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SOLD - John Dickson & Son Hammer Gun, made in 1876

16 gauge, bar-action sidelever hammer, side-by-side shotgun

We have just completed a gentle renovation of a rare and unique Dickson hammer gun. This gun is the first of only six 16 gauge sidelever hammer guns, and the only single gun (the other five are a pair and a trio), built by Dickson between 1876 and 1883. 

This gun was delivered in January 1876, built on a Hodges Patent Action and originally with 30in damascus barrels and a lengthy well-figured 16 1/2in stock. We have now sleeved the gun, completed the mandatory re-proof and it also benefits from new 2 3/4in chambers. The stock has been shortened and finished with a slim horn heelplate at some point but it is still 15 1/8in. 

The gun was was made for the High Sheriff of Northumberland, a landed proprietor of Shawdon Hall, near Alnwick in Northumberland. He obviously liked his sidelever guns as he took delivery of a pair of sidelever 20 bore Dickson Round-Actions in 1884.


  • Action:  Bar-action Hodges Action, Rebounding locks, snap action with sidelever, Hidden Anson push rod fore-end fastener.
  • Gauge: 16
  • Barrel Length: 30in
  • Rib: 3/8in 
  • Chambers:  2 3/4in (70 MM)
  • Proof: Birmingham Nitro Proof at 17.0mm & 17.9mm
  • Bores: 17.0mm (R) & 17.9mm (L) 
  • Walls: .035 (R) & .0325 (L)
  • Chokes:  1/4 (R)  &  1/2 (L) 
  • Ejectors: No
  • Stock: 15 1/8in to centre 
  • Cast OFF: 3/8in
  • Weight: 6lb
  • Location: Dunkeld