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Drawbolt Sterlingworth

Postby Jack71 » Sun Oct 10, 2021 6:31 pm

I picked this nice Drawbolt Sterlingworth recently. It's #1338XX, 12 gauge with 30" barrels. I wouldn't have known what it was had I not seen Frank Srebro's article on them in Winter 2014 Double Gun Journal.
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Re: Drawbolt Sterlingworth

Postby Jeff S » Sun Oct 10, 2021 6:52 pm

Nice looking Fox, and it pays to read those articles. :)
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Re: Drawbolt Sterlingworth

Postby Silvers » Mon Oct 11, 2021 7:40 am

Thanks Jack for a tip of the hat. One of our long time members has a Drawbolt Sterlingworth Ejector gun that he's had completely redone - metal and wood - into a custom Fox something like a C-Grade and with (as I recall) a pierced break lever. I've seen and handled it a couple of times while at the Southern SxS. Great gun and kind of what might have been if Savage stayed in the A H Fox shotgun business after the War. :)

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Re: Drawbolt Sterlingworth

Postby Researcher » Mon Oct 11, 2021 10:52 am

I've recorded three ejector guns in the batch of 30-inch barrel Drawbolt guns in the 133xxx range. In the mostly 28-inch batch in the 143xxx range I haven't seen an ejector gun. In the 26-inch guns in the 161xxx range I've recorded one with both ejectors and the Fox-Kautzky Single Selective Trigger.

I have in my files some pictures of a Drawbolt frame with a Fox-Kautzky Single Selective Trigger that are annotated 161580 which is a bit beyond surviving records. Unfortunately none of the pictures show the serial number and I have no recollection of where those pictures came from.

FWIW there is also a Tom Kidd article "The End of the Line" on Drawbolts in The Double Gun Journal, Volume Eight, Issue 1, page 117.
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Re: Drawbolt Sterlingworth

Postby Jim Cloninger » Mon Oct 11, 2021 2:59 pm

Very nice looking Sterlingworth.
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