Before the end of the 19th century British gunmakers were competing to design breech loading, hammerless ejector systems. Almost without exception muzzle loaders, with their locks mounted on side plates, evolved into breech loading hammer guns. The McKay Brown round actions incorporate all the lock-work onto a single trigger-plate design. dismissing the need for sidelocks. With the absence of these, our guns feature a seamless true round action body and surrounding woodwork, adding to the beautiful aesthetics of these fine guns.
The elegant design features are most obvious, with no ugly protrusions and the avoidance of square edges. The graceful lines flow from the muzzle end of the barrels all the way through the action to the butt of the stock. Strength is obtained by a solid action body with only two small ejector holes.
Other actions (side locks) have larger rectangular slots passing through the body. The obvious advantages are smaller body dimensions giving compact, neater proportions with a reduction in body weight and this allows the ultimate balance and adds to the handling qualities.
The mechanical efficiency in cocking the locks is affected by a sliding bar under compression on dropping the barrels. The locks are mounted on the trigger plate with the pivoting limbs bridled to a solid upright bar.
Our strong mainsprings are of a bow type with roller bearings acting on the tumblers and the sears are geometrically positioned to give clean crisp trigger pulls.
The limbs are gold plated and the locks are contained in the head of the stock assuring maximum protection from the weather. The ejector mechanism, contained within the action body, is powered by substantial coil springs which are compressed when closing the barrels, giving the gun assisted opening.
Our barrel tubes are of chopper lump construction, made from quality forged steel with a carbon content specifically chosen for our gun barrels. The gun is made in all bore sizes and choke variations. Weight can vary with the specification of barrel length, type of barrel rib, choke boring, wood density and balance (which is paramount).