Posted by John Brownell on February 10, 2020, 12:19 pm
I have a grade 2 from 1910, the positions of the triggers are reversed, ie: the rear trigger fires the right barrel, and the front trigger fires the left barrel. The barrels are choked the same, F/F and they are 32 " long. Is there a known reason why this gun is constructed this way? I just learned that one of my Sterlingworths is set up the same way. I am confused!
John, I also have a 16 ga. hammer gun that has this same feature. The only thing I can think of is that the gun was set up for a lefty. The left barrel on mine is .020 constriction and the right is .025. Luckily both of your barrels are full so it really doesn't make much difference.
The triggers are not reversed as you cannot switch them. It has been a few years and I cannot remember what it took to do that but maybe it is time to take it apart and photograph the difference. The right trigger plate has to reach the left sear and vice versa.
Guns used to shoot "driven birds" are often setup like your gun. The idea is to shoot the tighter choked barrel first at the bird further away then shoot again with the more open choke as the birds get closer to the peg. I am assuming that your left barrel has the tighter choke.
Thanks Terry, That makes perfect sense. Milt sent me a link that suggests the same explanation . I will measure the chokes with my micrometer but I think they are both Full choke on the LC. The Sterlingworth is M/F with the right barrel being the M.I'm not looking to reverse the situation, I'm looking to understand why this was done. I appreciate all the responses I have received, There is a wealth of knowledge among our members!
I am a curious sort of fellow so I took the trigger plate down to inspect the triggers, my inspection showed me that they were truly the same, so I took out the pivot pin and reassembled the trigger plate with the triggers in what I consider to be the correct orientation. Everything worked out, the pulls are correct and there is no play evident . So the good news is that you can reverse the triggers to suit your taste!