William Powell 12 Bore Live Pigeon Gun

A very nice boxlock non-ejector 12 bore 2¾” double shotgun. The gun is built on the Anson & Deeley boxlock action with a locking third bite and side clips. The action is finely engraved in English scroll. It has 32” barrels that are nitro proofed for 1¼ ounce (32 gram) loads and is choked full and full. The stock of the gun is walnut with a prince of wales pistol grip and leather covered butt pad.  All the above features indicate that the gun has been designed as a live pigeon gun. This was a very popular Australian shooting sport prior to WWII and the introduction of clay target shooting. 

The barrels are engraved Made for Donald Mackintosh, Melbourne by William Powell & Son, Birmingham, Eng. Donald Mackintosh is a famous and internationally known Australian shooter. He won Australia’s first Olympic gold medal in the live pigeon event at the 1900 Paris Olympics (In fact Australia’s only shooting gold until Michael Diamond in 1996) and tied for the bronze medal in another event. He was later declared by his peers as the best wingshot in the world, having competed at the famous British and European live bird shooting grounds from 1896 until late 1908. On returning to Australia, Donald settled in Melbourne and established a gun shop in 1909 specialising in importing and retailing of shotguns, rifles and sporting requisites. Donald Mackintosh passed away in Melbourne in 1951 and was inducted posthumously into the Australian sports hall of fame in 1987.

Research into this gun indicates that it is one of eight manufactured for Donald Mackintosh in 1927.


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