Boxlock action

Boxlock action

The boxlock action is a hammerless action of a type commonly used in double barreled shotguns, dating back to 1875. The boxlock action was developed by Anson and Deeley, based on the earlier Westly-Richards action. The boxlock action uses concealed, self cocking hammers in a break-open action. Strongly opposed by most sportsmen and manufacturers at first, the boxlock action quickly become the dominant form of double barreled shotgun action. [cite web |url= |title=Action, Boxlock |publisher=SAAMI] cite book |title=The New International Encyclopædia |author=Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby |date=1904 |publisher=Dodd, Mead and Company |page=808]


The boxlock action was the result of a long evolution of hammerless actions, created by two gunsmiths, Anson and Deeley, working for the Westly-Richards company in 1875. The contribution of Anson and Deeley was in the simple and elegant lock mechanism, which provided a hammerless action with fewer moving parts than exposed hammer models available at the time. This allowed a rugged and simple action which was faster to operate than exposed hammer guns. The original model, pictured above, used hammer block safety, which was problematic, as it was possible for the gun to discharge when the safety was released. An 1882 improvement incorporated a trigger block safety, which was automatically engaged when the hammers were cocked. This type of automatic safety is still prevalent in modern boxlock actions. [cite book |title=The Modern Sportsman's Gun and Rifle |author=John Henry Walsh |year=1882 |publisher=Horace Cox |page=183 - 189] [cite journal |url= |title=New Weatherby Firearms For 2001 |journal=Guns Magazine |date=Feb, 2002 |author=Dave Anderson]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ugartechea — Armas Ugartechea is a Basque shotgun manufacturer located in Eibar, Spain. They build several models of Double barreled shotgun. Overview Ugartechea is the last of the Big Three of Basque gunmaking from the 1960s that still exists bearing any… …   Wikipedia

  • Westley Richards — is one of the oldest surviving traditional English gunmakers. It was founded in 1812 by William Westley Richards. Their inventions included the Anson Deeley boxlock action and the Droplock, which equals in status James Purdey s self opening and… …   Wikipedia

  • Shotgun — For other uses, see Shotgun (disambiguation). A pump action Remington 870, two semi automatic …   Wikipedia

  • Double-barreled shotgun — Double barrel redirects here. For the song by Dave and Ansell Collins, see Double Barrel. A view of the break action of a typical side by side double barrelled shotgun, with the Anson Deeley boxlock action open and the extractor visible. The… …   Wikipedia

  • Webley & Scott — is an arms manufacturer based in Birmingham, England. Webley produced handguns and long guns from 1834. The company ceased to manufacture firearms in 1979 and now produces air pistols, air rifles and shotguns.Webley is famous for the revolvers… …   Wikipedia

  • .700 Nitro Express — Infobox Firearm Cartridge name=.700 Nitro Express caption= origin=flagcountry|United Kingdom type= Big Game Rifle service= used by= wars= designer=Jim Bell / William Feldstein design date=1988 manufacturer=H H production date=1988 number=… …   Wikipedia

  • Browning Superposed — Infobox Weapon name= Browning Superposed caption= origin=flagcountry|United States flagcountry|Belgium type= Shotgun is ranged=yes service= used by= designer= John Browning design date= 1931 manufacturer= Browning Arms Co. Fabrique Nationale unit …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”