Category Archives: Firearms

Another ‘Khyber Pass Special’

Earlier his week a friend complained, tongue in cheek, that the Range Officer wouldn’t let him fire his Martini-action pistol on the pistol range. When I saw it, I knew why! Some time back I wrote about an alleged Enfield … Continue reading

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Vintage .410 ammo

The club ammo store has just been reorganised and guess what was found in the process?

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Inside your Miroku M500 shotgun

Since I had to remove the stock of my Miroku M500 20-bore for repairs, I thought I would take a few photos while everything was exposed.

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AYA Model 400 Spanish proof marks

Spanish proof marks from my 1960 AYA Model 400 (precursor of the model 4) 12-bore SxS. Barrel flats: Left to right: F*1 = Spanish date code for 1960 Lion over AYA in circle = AYA house mark ‘X’ in shield … Continue reading

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Miroku M500 proof marks

Via the magic of Photoshop, the various proof markings are separated out below. Circular mark above serial number = Miroku house symbol 410677= Serial number SP in circle surmounted by ‘horns’ over NP = Japanese nitro proof (see below) 20 … Continue reading

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.577-450 Martini-Henry ‘Khyber Pass Special’

‘Take a look at this,’ said a friend, handing me a .577-450 Martini-Henry. Fresh back from the Anglo-Zulu War battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, I was in ‘Martini-Henry mode’ and fascinated to see an original. ‘The only thing is,’ said … Continue reading

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Miroku M500 20-bore side-by-side

It is an accepted fact in the gun trade that the name engraved on the barrel may not identify the actual maker (this includes ‘best’ English gunmakers who happily had their 3rd and 4th grade shotguns manufactured for them by … Continue reading

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Revolvers don’t have safety catches! I repeat …

Few things make my blood boil faster than when an otherwise competent author has one of his characters click off the safety catch of his/her revolver. In Stieg Larsson’s ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’: “Modig … drew her service … Continue reading

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Westley Richards on clays

After a couple of rounds of skeet with the Miroku last Saturday, including a 20/25, which I felt was enough to be going on with, I thought it might be fun to try a round with the Westley Richards (see earlier … Continue reading

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New lease of life for an old Westley Richards

Acquired a nice, if tired, old Westley Richards 12-bore boxlock, non-ejector at the weekend. (Opinions differ as to age: one source suggests 1903 whilst another suggests 1938). After shooting clays with a Miroku over/under, its a bit of a shock … Continue reading

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