Ebbs-Forgett 20 Bore – BEST BRITISH SIDELOCK, 3” MAGNUM PROOF
Ex Tax: $17,750.00
Product Code: Ebbs & Forgett SLE Magnum 20b sn008
General Specs: Ebbs-Forgett, Year 1974, 20 Gauge, 5lbs 11oz, Chokes IC/M, LOP 14 1/8", DAH 2 1/2", DAC 1 7/16"
Serial Number: 008
Here we have a stunning example of a fine English BEST
GUN 20 bore at an incredibly affo...
General Specs: Ebbs-Forgett, Year 1974, 20 Gauge, 5lbs 11oz, Chokes IC/M, LOP 14 1/8", DAH 2 1/2", DAC 1 7/16" Serial Number: 008
Here we have a stunning example of a fine English BEST
GUN 20 bore at an incredibly affordable price.
This gun, and a matching, consecutively serial numbered 12 bore also
available, was built by Master Gunmaker Brian Ebbs in 1974 and remains unfired
and in new condition. Brian Ebbs was
born in Birmingham England in 1938 and began as an apprentice gunmaker at an
early age, ultimately achieving status as a Master Gunmaker in the elite world
of British gunmaking. His firm is listed
in the seminal volumes of Nigel Brown, BRITISH GUNMAKERS, VOLUME 2, as
EBBS-FORGETT OF 5/6 Price St., Birmingham, England from 1967-1974. Ebbs was commissioned by an American, John P.
Hundley, to build a matching set of 9-pin sidelock guns in 12 bore and 20 bore,
which VFI is fortunate enough to have up for sale. We are selling the guns individually if
necessary but would prefer to keep this unique set of guns together if
possible. Maybe a couple of shooting
buddies can buy them so they remain united.
The guns comprise a very versatile and useful set and are a better
bargain purchased together, as it is always more costly to build a matching set
of guns. BOTH GUNS REMAIN
UNFIRED. It seems Mr. Hundley met an
unfortunate death in a plane crash and never had the privilege of shooting
these fine shotguns. The 20 bore is
MAGNUM PROOFED for 3” loads at 3 1/2 tons, which is a rare find in a British
gun. Balanced perfectly on the hinge pin
and weighing 5lbs. 11oz. with its 27”IC/M finely struck barrels, this is the
ultimate 20 bore upland gun, even for tough late season pheasants, ducks, or even
turkey with its magnum capabilities. The
action and barrels are adorned with stunning Holland style scroll engraving,
executed by an engraver that also worked for Holland & Holland. The depth of the cuts, background shading,
and perfection of the scroll is superior to any gun in its class. There are no visible primer marks around the
firing pin holes, indicating an unfired gun.
The mechanics are perfect, crisp, and new, and the gun is stocked to the
fences with finely figured French walnut showing perfect wood-to-metal fit,
crisp drop points, and delightfully engraved heel and toe plates with a
checkered butt. The trigger guard has
the rolled edge, and the fences are beaded as well…attributes of a British
BEST. The barrels, action, and forend
are marked “2” in gold inlays, and the gold stock shield remains blank, ready
to be personalized with your initials.
The metal and wood finishes are 100% and untouched since leaving the
shop in Birmingham. If you choose to buy
the set or just one gun, we can custom fit a case of your choice to the gun(s)
within a few weeks of purchase. To order
a new British sidelock gun in today’s world, hand fitted and made as this gun
was in 1974, would cost many times more than the price this gun can be
purchased for. There will be no better
time than now to finally own a brand new, unfired, British 20 bore, Magnum
Proofed, BEST GUN as beautiful as this one you see now. Don’t hesitate, life is short…write the
check! Thanks for looking.
Barrel Length: 27" Chokes: .006/.018 IC/M Bores: both mirror Bore Diameter: .619/.617 Wall Thickness: .022/.030 % Blue: 100% original Chambers: 3" 3 1/2 TON PROOF Ribs: Churchill style; tight Sights: single brass
Action: tight Ejectors or Extractors: ejectors, strong, timed Case Color: 100% original Screws: perfect untouched Engraving: full coverage Holland type scroll Trigger Type: double, crisp Trigger Guard Color: 100%
Type: straight stock/splinter forend LOP: 14 1/8" DAH: 2 1/2" DAC: 1 7/16" Cast: 1/4" H 3/8" T Off Checkering Condition: perfect 28 lines per inch Butt Treatment: heel/toe plates; checkered
There are more photos upon request. There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on this gun. Call us for full details. Please see all of our fine Vintage Firearms on this website. We have many more sxs shotguns for sale and soon to be listed, check back or email us for a preview. Thanks for looking!
Payment and Shipping
Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price represents the 3% cash discount price. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher cost)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: 6% Michigan Only
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $140.00 We ship internationally!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes
Call to purchase #616-292-6240. If you have any questions please call or email us, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc
We employ a full time gunsmith on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs "tweaked", let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns "as found" and others want them "just so". We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.