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This is My Classic Shotgun: Cogswell & Harrison Sandhurst SxS

Over the course of a century, Philip McGuire’s side-by-side from English gun maker Cogswell & Harrison probably passed over countless fields and through countless hands. Curious to find out what he could about the gun after purchasing it in 2003, McGuire wrote Cogswell & Harrison to obtain a Certificate of Origin*.

Phil McGuire’s Cogswell & Harrison shotgun along with his 13-year-old Llewellin setter, “Arthur.”

Phil McGuire’s Cogswell & Harrison shotgun along with his 13-year-old Llewellin setter, “Arthur.”

“This gun was produced to an order from our New Bond Street shop and was completed by our craftsmen on 22nd October 1913. It was no2 of a matched pair, the no1 gun being 46514. It was built as a twelve bore double barrel side-by-side boxlock ejector, a model known as the Sandhurst. It was fitted with our company’s patented assisted opening and ejector mechanism the Avant Tout. It had a conventional top lever, double triggers and an automatic top safety. It had ornamental strengthening sideplates and was tastefully engraved throughout in keeping with quality of this model,” stated the certificate he received.

The gun was custom fitted for its first owner, Mr. C. McNeill, who paid twenty-six guineas for it days after it was completed. In 1932, the gun was offered for sale pre-owned through Cogswell & Harrison’s Piccadilly shop, and purchased by HWT Lewis for twenty-two guineas plus sixteen shillings for repairs.

McGuire had the gun, which is chambered for 2 ½ inch shells, fitted and says its dimensions are perfect for him. “I love the old gun, absolutely no kick at all!”

*Most gun collector associations provide this service. Both the Parker and L.C. Smith Collector Associations, which are coming to Pheasants Forever’s National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic this February, will do this for a small fee.

Do you have a classic shotgun with a story to tell? Email a photo to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

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2 Responses to “This is My Classic Shotgun: Cogswell & Harrison Sandhurst SxS”

  1. David Cummings says:

    What a great story and a beautifully composed photo… but a pitifully small photo. That’s as big as it gets? ;D

  2. jo kentgens says:

    Dear Philip,

    My heart missed a beat when I read your story.

    I was the proud owner of a Sandhurst model Cogswell and Harrison.
    This gun was sent to my grandfather from the U.K.after the second world war by a Mr.N.McNiel.(all guns were confiscated during the war in occupied Holland) who I think was married to my grandmothers sister and I inherited it in 1967
    I received a certificate of origin from Cogswell in 1995.
    In this they state that this gun was purchased in 1901.number 41476 The owner (Mr.N.McNiel decided to purchase a second model to make up a pair and the number 2 gun number 46395 was collected in August 1914)

    The interesting fact is that I d’ont think McNiel is a common name so feel that there might be a connection somewhere.

    My gun 41476 was stolen in 1996 and I have not found any gun like it since!!

    Thought you would be interested in this story.


    Jo Kentgens


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