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If it's this one in Oxfordshire, it looks right:




Compare it to the lock on this Spring Opener from my blog:



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That's the gun... not too bad for a 90 year old shooter.

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You are working with a fine, reputable dealer. I have purchased from him before. I absolutely trust his gunsmith, Alan, who, in fact, is sorting a Boss for me at the moment prior to import. I would Make sure Alan has gone through the gun and tested it. Good luck!


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I have an Atkin spring opener. I spent some time in finding it (I particularly wanted an Atkin). Mine was made in 1911.

A point to note - I handled a number - and they had rather different 'feels' on closure - varying from smooth and easy to really quite hard to close. I did some research.

The problem would appear to be that this action, like the Beesley Purdey (which is near identical) needs to be 'just right' if the closure (which tensions the mainspring which does both the tumbler and self opening) is to be smooth and uniform. If it is not right, the force is not uniform through the travel of closure and the closure action becomes stiff/hard/lumpy. It is (I have been told) very hard to get right once this has been upset. A good one is a joy to use (as Gough Thomas wrote), but there are ones about in states that are not anywhere near what they should be (Gough Thomas described them as 'lumpy' in closure feel).

Try and handle as many as you can (and also Purdeys) so that you become familiar with the 'feel' of that type of self opening action.

I have handled some that I would not have wanted to own/use.

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JohnfromUK -- Thank you for your cautionary comments. I'm afraid I will have to rely on the dealer in this regard. Other guns I have bought sight unseen and imported from the UK to the US have been good guns.


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John,
Superb analysis and description of something many folks will never get to see, or, feel. I know exactly of what you are speaking, and could never describe it.

Thank you.

Do you still happen to have the Darne 10? Forgive me if I have the wrong John, it has been some time.

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Thanks Ted, the credit for the description should really go to the late Gough Thomas, as it is his words I have (from memory) used.
Forgive the quick 'off topic' which I will keep short, but I do still have my Darne (model V21 and in 12 bore).

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