My Elsie has the right barrel with a tighter choke than the left barrel. Was this ordered this way because the shooter was left handed? I was told that sometimes this was preferred for driven shoots. Any thoughts?
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Posted by Tom Archer on May 9, 2021, 8:12 pm, in reply to "Specialty grade"
Most likely it was ordered for a left handed shooter. If it has double triggers check the bend in the triggers. If a single trigger gun a trigger bend wouldn't be necessary and thus would provide no answer. If not for a left-handed shooter, then driven birds; or perhaps a blind situated for shooting incoming ducks or doves might be the answer? You may never know, but speculation is a fun aspect of double gun collecting; and always makes for great conversations.
Some guys would prefer to pull the back trigger first so they would be shooting the left barrel first (lighter choke) then the tighter choke last. I don't think too many Elsies traveled overseas to shoot driven birds in my opinion. Mike
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Posted by Bob Jones on May 12, 2021, 8:08 pm, in reply to "Re: Specialty grade" Edited by board administrator May 13, 2021, 7:22 am
My parker skeet gun, my right barrel is tighter than my left barrel parker made all there skeet guns that way, out going first target incoming target last.
In reference to Alan's above question there are several thoughts about the preference of tight choked right barrels. The subject is examined in a little more detail in the October 23 2015 message of this site and an article in the LCSCA Journal dated Fall 2015. Basically the references point out that tight choked right barrels were preferred by many righthanded shooters because they believed it eliminated side torque from a barrel more aligned on the right side of the center line of the gun that would slow their recovery for a second shot. Most observers have not noticed that twist to the right so it is probably more of a mental exercise than valid but that didn't stop many well known shooters from ordering their guns that way including Olin, Askins and Keith as cited in the 2015 journal article. So, Alan, it's a toss up whether your gun was ordered by a left or right handed shooter but he (or she) thought they had good reason to do so. The only sure thing is to be a member of this organization to receive the answers and opinions of thoughts such as these in more detail via the journals.