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Chas. Hummell & Sons Best Sidelock Drilling 16x16x9.3x57R

Reference #: 3826986
Sidney, nebraska
(308) 255-8062
(308) 255-1986

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Description: Magnificent! We have no idea of the maker of this gun. The barrel legend reads Chas. Hummell & Son San Antonio, TX. Research yields scant information, but it is known that Hummell was a top arms merchant in San Antonio and imported some very fine firearms. From some aspects, this is typical German workmanship. The sidelever opener is uncommon but not rare on German drillings. The barrel selector is accomplished through a toplever and right behind the toplever, snail's ear cocking indicators are still functional and are prominent enough to be quite useful. The firearm features a top safety and single set rifle trigger. A cheekpiece stock of nicely figured walnut is fitted with a grip cap and horn buttplate, but it also features very modern drops, albeit with a shorter length of pull. Shotgun barrels are a very fine damascus pattern and are highlighted by fine gold line bands at the breeches. The rifle barrel appears to be made of fluid steel and has a nice clean bore. And this is where the somewhat ordinary ends.
The flip-up rear sight is manually operated (rather than by the safety lever), and the Beech's combination front sight certainly shows an American flair. The rear "sight focuser" is something seldom seen, allowing your eye to focus more precisely on the rear leaf sight. Crisp, well-executed engraving covers every metal surface on the action – game-scene and vine-and-leaf patterns abound. Sidelock actions aren’t common on drillings, but this one may be a one of a kind. The sidelock drillings typically encountered utilize sidelocks for the shotgun locks and a Blitz or triggerplate action for the rifle. This particular gun features a meticulously crafted dual sidelock design on the right lock – two hammers, two sears and two sets of springs. What an amazing piece.

(The 9.3x57R is a shorter version of the 9.3x72R and brass can be made from the 9.3x72R)

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