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Looks to have a LOT of right hand cast. Very nice gun, love the beautiful carved fences. How is it choked?
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Who made the gun for Wm Evans?

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William Evans (From Purdey) built his own guns.

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Originally Posted By: treblig1958
William Evans (From Purdey) built his own guns.


This gun is obviously a W & S screw grip. More than likely...it arrived at Evans shop from the W&S factory, already finished and ready for the customer.

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Sounds like a nice game gun. I have a Harkom 16 that has 27" barrels and weighs about 5# 8 ozs. Makes a fine 'carry all day' gun.

Many Brit boxlocks have some sort of third fastener, which I am not wild about, as I don't believe they add any real strength when the gun has Purdey type double under lugs, and sometimes get in the way while loading.

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Originally Posted By: treblig1958
William Evans (From Purdey) built his own guns.


If he did, he didn't make many. All that I have seen (including the guns in their London shop) were made in Birmingham - even the sidelocks.


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Correct me if you have more information but I've understood Evans was not a gunmaker but a retailer who solicited orders, coordinated construction, and was in charge of quality control. Wasn't Evans' connection with Purdey thought to be as a bookkeeper?


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Previous posts (trw999) indicate Birmingham as a source of "white guns" and in particular Webley Scott for William Evans. I don't think they had their own factory..

http://www.doublegunshop.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=461982

This line was about my wife's 1902 William Evans 20 bore. William Evans in their letter about it's background, explained that the guns were numbered when the order was "sent to the factory." They would not answer the question, "where was the factory?" However, It took almost three years to fulfill an order at that time,.

http://www.doublegunshop.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=475388&page=4

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KIrby Hoyt was the source. He sent me the photos. http://www.vintagedoubles.com

It was one of over 40 that I looked at from every source I could find. This one had the best stock dimensions and rang my bell with it's simplicity.

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I also have a William Evan (of Purdy - such ego!). Mine is also a 16x2.5" but mine is much older and a hammer gun with 32" barrels.

Yours is truly elegant. It's a heck of a beautiful shotgun for sure.

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