A HOLLAND & HOLLAND 8-BORE HAMMER GUN

A Holland & Holland 8-Bore with two Barrels. Courtesy of J-J. De Smed ©Hunting-Heritage.com

This Holland & Holland is a nice example of a waterfowl gun from the 19th century. The 8-Bore Underlever Hammer Gun looks mighty but elegant. Made in 1882, the gun comes with its original Damascus barrels of 68 cm. The owner later ordered some additional steel barrels of 86 cm length made by Westley Richards.

A Holland & Holland 8-Bore with two Barrels. Courtesy of J-J. De Smed ©Hunting-Heritage.com
A Holland & Holland 8-Bore with two Barrels. Courtesy of J-J. De Smed ©Hunting-Heritage.com

Something you may notice at once is the hole in the buttstock. Yes, it looks a bit unusual – but no, it isn’t an early version of a thumbhole stock! This is a working gun for harvesting lots of waterfowl and the hole is for mounting, making it easier to fire the big bore from a small boat.

A Holland & Holland 8-Bore with two Barrels. Courtesy of J-J. De Smed ©Hunting-Heritage.com
A Holland & Holland 8-Bore Hammer Gun. Courtesy of J-J. De Smed ©Hunting-Heritage.com
A Holland & Holland 8-Bore Hammer Gun. Courtesy of J-J. De Smed ©Hunting-Heritage.com

The charge is engraved on the action as 8 to 10 Drams – that’s 14 – 17,7 grams! Chamber length is 3 1/4 = 80 mm.

A Holland & Holland 8-Bore Hammer Gun. The charge is engraved on the action. Courtesy of J-J. De Smed ©Hunting-Heritage.com

The cartridges for the 8-bore Hammer Gun are as impressive as the whole gun: Eight Gauge cartridges from Eley.

Eley Eight Gauge cartridges as to be used in the Holland & Holland 8-bore Hammergun. Courtesy of J-J. De Smed ©Hunting-Heritage.com</em>
Eley Eight Gauge cartridges as to be used in the Holland & Holland 8-bore Hammergun. Courtesy of J-J. De Smed ©Hunting-Heritage.com</em>

This unusual 8-bore is just stunning. The gun is for sale, please ask!

1 Comment

  1. I have seen this 2 barrel set gun in real at the bi- anuual hunting expo in Gent. The gun is in mint condition and if want ready to be used.
    Thanks to Jean-Jacques who is the owner and Wolfgang for posting it on his blog.
    Marc.

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