Just a moment

Available Guns

John Dickson & Son Hammer Gun, made in 1871

12 gauge, bar-action hammer, side-by-side shotgun

This beautiful vintage hammer gun is perhaps one of the most unusual Dickson's that we have had for sale in recent years.

Fitted with a Purdey Patent Thumb-hole opening system, the gun is in fine condition inside and out with full the classic scroll engraving for the period and the action retaining some colour. The gun is fitted with a well figured stock and finished neatly with a 1/2in ebonite extension. The damascus barrels were only nitro-proved in 2018.

The gun has just left the workshop after having a gentle renovation to prepare it for sale - the stock and fore-end have been cleaned, re-oiled and the chequering cleaned out, and we have repaired some wood losses to the fore-end. The gun has had complete service, strip and clean and we have re-browned the barrels, re-blacked the guard and colored the pins.

What is highly unusual is that the gun has replacement choked 31in damascus barrels fitted by James MacNaughton in circa 1880 and also had a MacNaughton case fitted to it at that time.


Delivered in 1871 as a 18th birthday present but to also celebrate this young man succeeding to the Baronetcy of Pencuik on the death of his father in 1870.


  • Price: $8250
  • Action:  Bar-Action, Rebounding locks, Purdey Thumb-hole opener, Cross-tenon fore-end fastener.
  • Gauge: 12
  • Barrel Length: 31in
  • Rib: 1/8in 
  • Chambers:  2 1/2in (65 MM)
  • Proof: Birmingham Nitro Proof at 18.7 in 2018
  • Bores: 18.6 (R) & 18.6 (L) 
  • Walls: .035 (R) & .035 (L)
  • Chokes: CYL (R)  & 3/4 (L) 
  • Ejectors: No
  • Stock: 14 1/2in to centre 
  • Cast OFF: 3/8in
  • Weight: 7lb 8oz
  • Location: MacNab Fine Firearms, Bedford, Virginia, USA