Webley & Scott 941 o/u
- By Pete Moore
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- Last updated: 16/12/2016
If there’s one make that’s now going from strength to strength it’s without doubt Webley & Scott. Side-by-sides, over-unders, boxlocks, sidelocks and all of them offered in a selection of gauges providing the shooter with a style and quality of shotgun perfectly suited to their needs and the amount of money they wish to spend with the tempting prospect of remaining with their chosen brand should they wish to trade up or acquire an alternative smoothbore. And it’s by virtue of these facts that the ranges of Webley & Scott shotguns are more or less unique, helping to ensure enduring loyalty from both parties.
The other aspect of Webley & Scott is that development with their Turkish builders is a continual process, the brand and its UK distributor Highland Outdoors always able to identify a gap in their market that needs to be filled, the new 941 over-under boxlock 410 being a prime example. And whilst there seems to be an ever burgeoning number of 410’s that are making an appearance the 941 is one of the few that offers the shooter the facility of multi-chokes, something that adds significantly to any 410’s versatility as an all-rounder and more especially as the nigh on perfect hedgerow or sporting vermin gun.
Less Is More
Open up the box and the gun that greets you exemplifies the term ‘less is more’. A dark, oiled and straight grained walnut stock complete with a slender grip embossed with the W&S initials and a neat plastic buttplate is complimented by a matching, tapering Schnabel-style, Anson latch forend, well formed panels of matching checkering adding a little style and practicality.
Complete with a vented 7mm top-rib and matching mid-rib, the blacked barrel tubes feed perfectly into 3” chambers which in turn are a precise fit into a basic alloy over-under boxlock action. An impressively strong lock-up, a deep bite extends from the base of the action face locating into the lug cut-outs situated below the bottom chamber. Equally notable given the fact that the 941 doesn’t make any particular claims to be an upmarket shotgun is the ease of access to the firing pins. In theory a type of disc-set striker, a lozenge shaped steel insert held in place by a small screw allows the shooter or better still a gunsmith quick ingress should the need arise, a physicality Webley & Scott are to be congratulated for.
Externally the narrow action requires nothing more than the matte black finish and white ‘Webley & Scott’ script to carry out its duties, the anodised surface continued around the trigger-guard, top tang, top-lever and broad automatic safety, only the chromed, curved trigger-blade dispensing with the dark hue.
The safety incorporates the barrel selector, and the firing order must be made with the safety applied, a quick sweep of the thumb determining the sequence in which the discharge will take place. With the safety off the order of fire is fixed so make sure you make your selection before you disengage the safety.
As anticipated, along with the fact that the format of this shotgun is for shooting game, the 941 for me at least shot slightly high, a fact borne out after testing with the Arrow Laser Shot, although the rest of the dimensions meant the gun fitted rather well. The overall length of the 941 is 45¼”, the barrels making up 28” of them. Drops at comb and heel are 13/8” and 21/8” with a comfortable 14¾” length of pull and an average trigger weight of 5lbs 4oz all of which results in a gun that weighs just 5lbs 9oz with a neutral balance point an inch in front of the hinges.
At this point I’d suggest that if like me, the 941 shot high for you, so nice is the 941 that I’d be tempted to have the comb lowered. Not an overly expensive operation when carried out by a decent gunsmith, but one that will allow any potential 941 owner to ensure this graceful little gun is a perfect fit and one that mounts exactly as it should time and again. That however isn’t to say the 941 mounts well without any adjustment and that for you it could be a flat shooter straight out of the box. All you might need to do until you’ve determined the correct sight picture is to push your head down on the stock slightly more.
Initially tried at fifty of Bond & Bywater’s sporting clays if nothing else the experienced emphasized my admiration for those who can break sporting targets with a 410. That said the fact the 941 was choked ¼ and ¼ didn’t give the Eley Trap 410 loads the best possible chance on the fast flying targets. However, whilst the 941 might not be the most effective clay breaker in my hands, an 18gram charge of Eley Extralong Magnum 6’s allowed the 941 to show its true sporting colours on Huntroyde Estate’s crows and squirrels.
An evening stroll with the 941 highlighted just how user friendly this little shotgun actually is, the weight alone meaning there are times you almost forget you have it broken over your arm. However, no matter how quickly the grey pests darted around the branches, the deft handling of this Webley & Scott – Eley ammo combination ensured each and every one sighted was brought to book, twelve shots equating to eleven furry grey carcasses, the twenty or so yards working distance more or less the optimum for any 410 to be at its most devastating.
Similarly with the crows, the 941 flawlessly acquitting itself, the accuracy spot on whilst the strength of the ejectors meant feeding new rounds into the chambers was a matter of seconds. Light and lithe, this little gun is pointing where it needs to be almost before you’ve thought about it with the added bonus of multi-chokes and a crisp trigger release, its safe to say that this new Webley & Scott 941 will quickly develop a dedicated and enthusiastic following. Small as they are the multi-chokes throw a good, uniform pattern whilst as a quick reacting gun or rifle sighted on momentarily stationary targets allows the 941 to shine.
As more and more shooters look to modify their sporting requirements, a quiet evening’s stroll along the edges of the fields or around the woods as the crows come into roost or the squirrels leap from branch to branch is gaining in popularity. The beauty of this type of shooting is that the lesser gauges especially the 410 come into their own, the 941 personifying the ideal shotgun. Choked nice and tight and loaded up with a 3” charge of 6’s such as Eley’s Extralong, not only is the sport rewarding but the benefit to the countryside and the local farmers is immeasurable.
Where Webley & Scott’s new 410 sets itself apart is that apart from the multi-choke facility the gun’s simplistic looks bestow that all important degree of elegance, all for £775. By their very nature most 410 shotguns are diminutive, something the 941’s makers have very capably capitalised upon. The new 941 looks good, shoots extremely well, enjoys sublime handling and represents value for money, an ethos that have been part of Webley & Scott’s philosophy since the very first guns to bear the name were introduced. So if you wonder why Webley & Scott are enjoying such well deserved success, try a Mod.941 410 for yourself and you’ll understand why. GM