The late Mr. McIntosh--who was, in general, a fan of classic American doubles--found a number of things to criticize about Elsies. See the chapter in his "Gun Review Book". Not much question that the Brits did sidelocks better. Imitation is proof of flattery, and the Spanish have chosen to imitate the British designs rather than the Elsie. Matter of fact, no one has chosen to imitate Elsie.