Good morning everyone.
Yesterday afternoon, I finally heard sleigh bells coming from St James Street, so headed down to William Evans to collect the JP Sauer drilling that I bought on eGun over two months ago. This morning, I gave it a thorough clean, polish and inspection, and I'm very happy with my purchase. The left shotgun barrel has a little light pitting but as long as I clean it regularly, that's not a problem. It's been taken care of over the years. I put a dozen patches through the rifle barrel but it's clean, the rifling's sharp, no problems there. The scope mounts are perfectly tight with no movement whatsoever, and you can actually see underneath them to use the open sights or the shotgun barrels if you want to. The scope is clear, it's just that blacking is worn in places, but it's cosmetic. The wood is great.
I put in some 16 bore snapcaps (the 7x57R ones are at the Post Office, I haven't had a chance to collect them yet) and had a play with the triggers and barrel selectors. Here I noticed something that concerns me a bit: I don't seem to be able to fire the right shotgun barrel with the front trigger. It's also the rifle trigger and works fine when the rifle barrel is selected. But it won't move on the shotgun setting. The cocking indicator shows that the hammer is cocked. There's a striker where there should be. So I'm hoping that either I'm not doing something correctly, or maybe it's just a bit stuck because it hasn't been fired in a while and will react positively to a little WD40 or a bash.
There seems to be a very narrow little screw in the front trigger which is probably to adjust the trigger weight. I might have a play with that and see if it makes a difference. I did notice that the triggers seems heavy. I thought there was a set trigger function for the rifle. Maybe there is and I just haven't yet worked out how to set it. Anyway, apart from that, it's great an I really look forward to trying it out either at Malc's on Saturday if there's time, or at the BSRC in January, so I'm already for a day's mixed stalking and shooting on the 10th.
Here are a couple of not very good pictures. I'll try and take some better ones later.
Attachment 50436Attachment 50437