John Manton, London. Exceptionally fine shooting 18-bore double-barreled flintlock Sporting Gun #4713, made in 1806 -  Price On Request

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John Manton, London. Exceptionally fine shooting 18-bore double-barreled flintlock Sporting Gun #4713, made in 1806. Weight: 6 Lbs. 3 oz. 
Stock Dimensions: 14 ¼”x 1 ¼”x 2 ¼”x ¼” cast-off.  Extraordinarily fine 32” skelp Damascus barrels, retaining all of a re-brown finish, have absolutely brilliant bores (.636”/.636”) and breeches, with good wall thickness (.036”/.036”) at the muzzles. The stepped-in breeches with gold-inlaid bands and stainless steel  touchhole liners, retain the original, rectangular, stamped gold poincon depicting a tiny raised crown surmounting “Manton London”. Magnificent locks, reconverted from an early drum and nipple percussion conversion, by Master Gun Maker, Steve Alexander, include new lock-plates with pans, cocks, hammers (frizzens), and feather-springs. Except for bridle screws and one main-spring, all the lock internal parts are original. Stock has a few very minor repairs.
 Beautifully slender and light weight, with very fast locks, however, what really sets this gun apart is that it shoots the second tightest patterns of any flintlock firearm I have had the pleasure of handling in the past 65 or so years!! Please refer to the last few photos of a target recently fired at 30 yds. in preparation for this description. The load was 2 ¼ drams “Olde Eynsford” 3F powder, 1 oz. #7 ½ lead shot, fired at a target bird within a 30” circle at just over 30 yards. Results: Right barrel placed 61% of the pellets within the 30” circle and 10 pellets into the bird in the center. Left barrel placed 53% of the pellets within the 30” circle and 8 pellets into the bird in the center.
 Believe it or not this magnificent, 214 year-old, masterpiece out-performs my old Parker , choked .008”, shooting modern 2 3/4 dr. eq. smokeless powder and 1 1/8 oz. #7 ½  loads.  The Manton not only places a higher percentage of pellets within the circle, the shot penetration is dramatically greater and more uniform than the Parker!!
 Overall a magnificent double flintlock gun by one of the greatest gunmakers who ever drew breath, and unlikely you will ever find another that performs as well as this one.