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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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Re: Drawbolt Sterlingworth

Postby 67galaxie » Wed Nov 03, 2021 7:59 pm

Does anyone have a link to the article that Frank wrote in the double gun journal? I would love to read it
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Re: Drawbolt Sterlingworth

Postby 67galaxie » Wed Nov 03, 2021 8:49 pm

I just sent an email request to info@doublegunshop for the articles. Thanks guys! I also requested Franks 2021 summer article Saga of the Supers, Fox Waterfowl Guns. I am really excited about that one as well
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Re: Drawbolt Sterlingworth

Postby Silvers » Thu Nov 04, 2021 7:46 am

galaxie, thanks for your interest in those articles. As I read this there might be some confusion between the doublegunshop web site and the Double Gun Journal. As far as I know the DGJ has been/is available only in hard book format. Past issues of the DGJ are often available on E bay, or you can call the DGJ at 231-536-7439 to order directly. Heidi usually answers. The DGJ is copyrighted of course and I'm sensitive to that. Otherwise I'd be happy to make and send you copies.

Meanwhile galaxie I know you're interested and here's a partial pic of a Sterlingworth Drawbolt that was not in the article you cited. Note the wide top tang and the machine screw head at its back end - as compared with the narrow tang and shank end of a machine screw on the regular SW. As the name implies, the Drawbolt uses a bolt that runs inside and along the long axis of the buttstock to "draw" the stock into the back end of the frame. As is typical on most modern shotguns.

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Re: Drawbolt Sterlingworth

Postby ROMAC » Thu Nov 04, 2021 9:49 am

I had the chance to buy one a few years back for not a lot of money but the one side looked like it fell off the back of a truck and slid in gravel.

It hurt to walk away but I passed.
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Re: Drawbolt Sterlingworth

Postby 67galaxie » Thu Nov 04, 2021 2:33 pm

I greatly appreciate the help sir!
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