I saw this beast and, even though it is military, I thought that it looked like a punt gun. It is hard to believe this was fired from the shoulder. Not only is it a ferocious looking firearm it is also one of coolest badass looking ones I have ever seen. It is supposed to have substantial recoil. I believe that. It fires an 8 inch cartridge.
Steve has a thing for punt guns. He has a good quote, likely in Good Guns or Good Guns Again, about the appeal of a big gun. The last chapter in his A Sportsman’s Library was the book above. I read it and it was interesting and entertaining.
MSSRS GYE & MONCRIEFF
A SCARCE 12-BORE 1881 PATENT PIVOTING-BREECH ‘THE “GYE” GUN’ HAMMERLESS NON-EJECTOR, serial no. 1796,
circa 1882, 30in. fixed damascus barrels, the rib engraved ‘CONSTRUCTED BY MESSRS GYE & MONCRIEFF. ST. JAMES’S STREET. LONDON.’, 2 1/2in. chambers, Lionel Gye patent pivoting breech action (at fault) patent no. 4585 of 20th October 1881 with 1882 improvements, patent no. 1282 of 16th March and no. 2746 of 10th June, sprung extractor, manual safety (at fault) with gold-inlaid ‘SAFE’ detail, cocking-indicators, some acanthus scroll engraving (some scarring), 13 7/8in. stock including buttplate (cracked), the fore-part with elongated lever barrel release, weight 7lb. 2oz.
More pics and details on this Gye Pivot Breech shotgun are under the link.
For those on Facebook, here is a video demo of the action. I couldn’t find it elsewhere.
They call it a pivot breech but a swing breech sounds better to me. Just about everything has been tried with shotguns but there are still innovations once in a while.
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