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John Dickson & Son Hammer Gun, made in 1882 for Charles Gordon

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

On first glance, this vintage hammer built in 1882 appears to be out of period with its Jones Rotary underlever and even out of focus for Dickson's gunmaking, whilst they concentrated on Round-Action production. This can all be explained by the fact the gun was built for Charles Gordon.  

Charles Gordon guns are a rare thing to come across and we are in the privileged position to now offer for sale one of his breach-loading hammer guns. This is one of the forty-one 12 bore breach-loading guns that Gordon ordered from John Dickson & Son.

The gun is in good condition inside and out with full classic Sumner scroll engraving for the period and the action retaining some colour. The gun is fitted with a figured stock and finished neatly with heel and toe plates.

Donald Dallas wrote in his book 'Magnificent Madness' - 'The Charles Gordon story is a fascinating mix of wealth and pathos, worthy of any fictional drama; a gentleman of substantial means, profligate in his purchase of hundreds of guns, yet very eccentric, eventually losing his estate, wealth and personal power, ending his days alone and humble, living in a small cottage on his once large estate. Between 1868 and 1906, Charles Gordon bought 231 brand new top quality guns, rifles and pistols from John Dickson & Son, around 30 from Joseph Harkom & Son, 8 from Alexander Henry and 15 from James Purdey & Sons. He spent over £10,000 on buying these guns, an enormous sum of money in the late 19th century. Apart from the sheer size of the collection, three things make his collection highly unusual. Firstly, he never fired any of his firearms. Secondly, around half were muzzle-loaders, completely obsolete in this period and thirdly, many were quirky such as pairs having different bore sizes, barrels being way over the normal length and so on. In addition, the majority of his collection were all housed in lavish cases filled with every conceivable accessory, (even dog whistles!) with many of the accessories duplicated in the double cases.'


  • Price: £7250
  • Action:  Bar-Action, Rebounding locks, Jones Rotary Underlever, Hidden Anson fore-end fastener.
  • Gauge: 12
  • Barrel Length: 30in
  • Rib: 1/4in 
  • Chambers:  2 1/2in 
  • Proof: Birmingham Nitro Proof at .719
  • Bores: .727 (R) & .723 (L) 
  • Walls: .031 (R) & .032 (L)
  • Chokes: CYL (R)  & CYL (L) 
  • Ejectors: No
  • Stock: 14 1/2in to centre 
  • Cast OFF: 3/8in
  • Weight: 6lb 15oz
  • Location: Dunkeld, Scotland