I'm looking for any parts for W. Richards Belgian double barrel shotgun. Specifically, I need a hand stock and replacement hammers. I would be interested in purchasing regardless of condition. Feel free to contact me at 1-603-444-5641
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February 11, 2008, 02:44 PM
Those guns were among the tons of inexpensive shotguns imported in the late 19th and early 20th century. The "W. Richards" was phoney, intended to fool the customer into thinking the gun was made by Westley Richards, the famous English gunmaker. I know of no parts source. You could have a gunsmith/stockmaker make the necessary parts, but to be honest, I think the cost would be significantly more than the gun is worth. Another factor is that the gun almost certainly has Damascus barrels and would be unsafe to fire.
One source for hammers might be Dixie (www.dixiegunworks.com). Their catalog shows hammers that are unfinished and MIGHT be adapted to that gun at least for show.
February 11, 2008, 11:01 PM
Thanks very much for the response. I've read many other posts throughout the net that indicate how unsafe it is to fire that weapon. It's best I just hang it over the fireplace.
February 14, 2008, 04:57 PM
More then likely that's why the hammers are missing now.
Someone else reached the same conclusion many years ago and rendered it mostly harmless.