A non-firing contemporary 12-bore boxlock, by W.W. Greener, the plain ‘Empire’ model mirror like action with some border engraving, typical cross-bolt and Greener side safety, the barrels have been taken back to their original stunning gun metal grey, the stock has been Lockyer dipped to give the contemporary dark finish, together with classic double-trigger.
The ‘Empire’ model was made in the first part of the 20th century to be shipped, as its name suggests, to the farthest reaches of the Commonwealth. With fewer moving parts, it was designed to withstand bumps and knocks and areas where a gunsmith was not in reach. Although simple in its design, the reasons behind it are fascinating and take you back to the years of the British Empire.
The Greener business began in 1829 when William Greener left Manton gunsmith and set up on his own in Newcastle. When breechloading arms were invented, his son William Wellington Greener saw this as the future and split from his father and set up in 1855 eventually moving to London. This sporting arm featured here was a product of William Wellington Greener (W.W. Greener)