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ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS 20 gauge, 28" bbls

ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS 20 gauge, 28″ bbls

The Ithaca Flues is one of my favorite American doubles. While these SxSs aren’t as highly regarded as Foxes or Parkers, there’s something about them that appeals to me. Judging by the success of the model, there was something about them that appealed to other people, too.

The Ithaca Flues was one of the most popular SxSs ever made in America. Available from 1908 to 1925, around 223,000 of these shotguns were built. An American gunsmith named Emil Flues came up with  the design and Ithaca turned it into a simple, reliable double available at a pricel below other quality shotguns available at the time. Obviously, people thought they were a good deal.

Ithaca’s Flues came in five grades: 1, 2, 4, 6 & 7, The one you see here is a Grade 4 with ejectors (the “E” in 4E), and to my eye it features enough embellishment to be attactive without going over board looking pimped out

ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS20 ga double bbl. 28″ bbls with a solid matte rib choked modified and full. Good amount of orig blue finish on bbls. Slight wear at the muzzle. Case colored scroll engraved frame that has aged to a grey patina. Fleur-de-lis checkered pistol grip stock is in good condition. Typical handling mars. Rubber recoil pad. Price: $3,995

ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS 20 gauge, 28" bbls

ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS 20 gauge, 28″ bbls

ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS 20 gauge, 28" bbls

ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS 20 gauge, 28″ bbls

ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS 20 gauge, 28" bbls

ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS 20 gauge, 28″ bbls

Parker GH 8 Gauge SxS Shotgun

Parker GH 8 Gauge SxS Shotgun

Parker GH 8 Gauge SxS Shotgun36” Damascus Steel Barrels. 1 of only 16 made in this configuration. Year 1911. 13lbs, 2oz. Serial Number:  156790 Price: $14,000
Chokes: Full and Full, .048” Left and .054” Right
Bores: Very Good with very minor pitting (frosting) near the chambers.
Bore Diameter: 0.845” Left and 0.846” Right
Minimum Barrel Wall Thickness: 0.059” Left and 0.056” Right
Chambers: 3.25”
Ribs: Tight
Frame Size: #6
Extractors
Screws: Perfect
Engraving: Sharp
Trigger Type: Double
Type: Capped pistol grip with splinter forend, figured
LOP: 14.25”
DAC: 1.5”
DAH: 2.5”
Cast: 0
Checkering Condition: Excellent, Factory
Butt: Parker Dog’s Head Buttplate (DHBT)

ITHACA -20 GAUGE FLUES MODEL GRADE 4E - 28 INCH BARRELS CHOKED IC/M

ITHACA -20 GAUGE FLUES MODEL GRADE 4E – 28 INCH BARRELS CHOKED IC/M

ITHACA -20 GAUGE FLUES MODEL GRADE 4E – 28 INCH BARRELS CHOKED IC/MPISTOL GRIP WITH LOGO BUTTPLATE -EXCELLENT WOOD FIGURE -LOP 14″ DROPS 1 11/16″  X 2 3/4″ – WT. 5 LBS. 13 OZS. – GOLD PLATED DOUBLE TRIGGERS – AUTO SAFTEY – BARRLE BLUE 99% – CASE COLROS 90% – TOP LEVER RIGHT OF CENTER – SER.# 224XXX – IT WOULD HARD TO FIND ANOTHER 20 GA. 4E  WITH 28″ BLS. AS NICE AS THIS GUN .  APPEARS TO BE ALL ORIGINAL CONDIITON. Price: $9,000

BROWNING B25 GRADE 1 TRADITIONAL SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGEMADE 2002 30″ MOD AND FULL SOLID RIB 3″ CHAMBERS SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 6LBS 9 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 15 1/4″. Price: $7,500

BROWNING B25 GRADE 1 TRADITIONAL SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE

BROWNING B25 GRADE 1 TRADITIONAL SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE

ANSLEY FOX 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN C GRADE

ANSLEY FOX 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN C GRADE

ANSLEY FOX 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN C GRADE: THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL ANSLEY FOX C GRADE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN WITH ENGRAVING.  THIS GUN HAS SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOOD I HAVE SEEN ON A GUN .  THIS GUN IS EQUIPPED WITH 30″ KRUPP BARRELS AND A 14″ LENGTH OF PULL.  THIS GUN WAS MANUFACTURED IN 1909. THIS GUN IS ALL ORIGINAL!!!!!!!!!!  Price: $6,300

BERETTA – RARE – S55  OU- 28ga – 28″ M / FVery Hard to Find in 28ga! 1976 – Beretta S55 – 28ga, 28″ M / F (.015 / .024) – LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 5 lbs. 13 oz. Condition is “Like New.” The S55 is the same gun as the BL3 – except for the engraving. Price: $1950

ERETTA - RARE - S55 OU- 28ga - 28" M / F:

ERETTA – RARE – S55 OU- 28ga – 28″ M / F:

Pheasant o2008 Pheasant opener in South Dakotapener in South Dakota

2008 Pheasant opener in South Dakota

A breeder I used to know was a blunt SOB. Within 30 minutes of our first meeting he cut me off mid sentence and said this: “Someday you’ll grow up and be done with that.”

We had been talking about pheasant hunting in South Dakota, and I had mentioned the numbers of birds we were killing out there. This was back in ’03, when we were seeing 4-500 pheasants a day on the ground we hunted. Limiting out wasn’t the problem. Limiting out before noon was.

But this arrogant breeder wasn’t impressed. He looked down on anyone who gauged success by the number of bird killed — especially if the birds were wild.

Back then, his attitude pissed me off. I get it now, though.

These days, even though I love to upland hunt, killing birds is far from my top priority. Feathers in hand are nice, and a dead bird every now and then does a lot to keep a bird dog interested in the game. but there’s a lot more that

Best of the best: a 12 gauge Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector O/U...

Best of the best: a 12 gauge Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector O/U…

Here’s an incredible over under. It’s an all original, nearly new Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector from around 1930. It’s in its original case and it comes with all its original accessories. Double triggers. Straight grip. All that color case hardening. Holy sh!t is right.

Ogden Smiths was a fishing tackle company at 62 St. James St. in London’s prestigious West End. In 1923, the company reformed with the addition of gunmaker Henry H. Hussey (son of famed gunmaker H.J. Hussey) to sell guns under the name Ogden Smiths & Hussey, Ltd. Even though this partnership lasted until 1933, very little is known about the guns they made. We do know that Hussey built firearms of different styles and qualities, including single-barrel trap guns, Anson & Deeley boxlocks and best-quality, SxSs.

Best of the best: a 12 gauge Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector O/U...

Best of the best: a 12 gauge Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector O/U…

This OU has 1925-1954 London proofmarks on it. It’s the second I’ve seen with the Ogden Smiths & Hussey name on it, and I think there are at least two more out there, including one that may be a 16 gauge.

All these OUs were probably built for Ogden Smiths & Hussey by the Hill family. Charles Hill was one of the creators of the James Woodward-patent Under & Over shotgun. After helping Woodward come up with the design for their famous shotgun, he built similar doubles for other gunmakers. When he died, the Hill family carried on this work and built OUs for firms like Henry Atkin, Churchill, and Ogden Smiths & Hussey.

BTW: If you have an Ogden Smiths & Hussey shotgun, case, accessories, or catalog, or if you know anything about the company, please drop me an email: Gregg@DogsandDoubles.com.

I would love to hear about them. And I would like to thank author John Newton for some of the information in this post.

Best of the best: a 12 gauge Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector O/U...

Best of the best: a 12 gauge Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector O/U…

Best of the best: a 12 gauge Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector O/U...

Best of the best: a 12 gauge Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector O/U…

Best of the best: a 12 gauge Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector O/U...

Best of the best: a 12 gauge Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector O/U…

Best of the best: a 12 gauge Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector O/U...

Best of the best: a 12 gauge Ogden Smiths & Hussey Imperial Ejector O/U…

J. Purdey & Sons Best Quality, 12 ga. side by side shotgun, 30" Whitworth steel barrels, Hammerless, Ejectors, Trunk Case, England

J. Purdey & Sons Best Quality, 12 ga. side by side shotgun, 30″ Whitworth steel barrels, Hammerless, Ejectors, Trunk Case, England

The internet is an incredible tool — especially if you’re interested in old guns. I’ve spent hundred of hours online learning about all sorts of SxSs and OUs. I’ve also done a fair amount of buying there — either through straight sales or online auctions.

Over the course of doing this, I’ve learned one lesson over and over: Buying online is always a gamble. Occasionally, the odds are my favor (or I think they are). But most of the time, the odds of getting a good deal are against me. From what I can see, that’s the case with the 12g Purdey SxS you see here.

This Purdey could be an awesome gun. Purdey built some of their finest doubles from the 1890s to WW1. But while this example looks good and original in the pictures, what you can’t see could end up being bad. And while there are a lot of words in the description, there’s still a lot the auctioneer isn’t saying.

J. Purdey & Sons Best Quality, 12 ga. side by side shotgun, 30" Whitworth steel barrels, Hammerless, Ejectors, Trunk Case, England

J. Purdey & Sons Best Quality, 12 ga. side by side shotgun, 30″ Whitworth steel barrels, Hammerless, Ejectors, Trunk Case, England

Even after studying everything and even reaching out to the seller for more info, here are some questions I still have:

-Is the gun tight and on the face?

-Are the ejectors in time?

-Are there any dents, dings, or bulges in the barrels? Any signs of repairs?

-Are there any cracks, splits, or repairs in the wood?

On top of these questions, the barrel measurements provided are useless. It’s impossible to tell if the gun is in proof from them, and there’s no way of knowing the barrels’ minimum wall measurements.

So is this Purdey worth bidding on? It’s up to you. Do you feel lucky?

J. Purdey & Sons Best Quality, 12 ga. side by side shotgun, 30" Whitworth steel barrels, Hammerless, Ejectors, Trunk Case, England

J. Purdey & Sons Best Quality, 12 ga. side by side shotgun, 30″ Whitworth steel barrels, Hammerless, Ejectors, Trunk Case, England

Lot #13: J. Purdey & Sons Best Quality, 12 ga. side by side shotgun, 30″ Whitworth steel barrels, Hammerless, Ejectors, Trunk Case, England:  Serial #14952, mfg. 1894 in London, England. Antique. Very good condition. Wow! A drop-dead GORGEOUS example of the finest shotgun ever produced – a “Best Quality” Purdey in superb condition. 30″ Whitworth steel barrels have bright shiny bores – choked FULL/FULL. Tight lock-up with top lever dead center. Bluing on barrels is 90% with some thinness on the carry area above the forearm center. Beautifully scrolled lockplates with maker’s name on both sides. 20% faint case color remaining on lockplates. Ejectors work well! Double triggers. All matching iron. Splinter forearm. LOP is 14 1/2″ over original red pad which is a bit squished as expected. The dark European walnut is to die for with black swirls and figure. Straight grip – slender and dainty wrist. Fine line checkering is superb – shows just a bit of smoothness from hunting chores. This firearm has remained in a Montana family – having started its life in 1894 as a pair (#1’s whereabouts is unknown) with an Irish noble who hunted/shot driven birds with it, then it came over the “pond” to America where it was hunted with as well and then passed to the great-grandson. Lovingly cared for, it is a superb piece with some hunting marks on the wood as expected. Totally exceptional double! Underside of barrel has “Crown P” and “Crown V” proofs. Barrels are serialed to receiver. DAH 2 3/8″. DAC 1 3/8″. Left cast. Barrel measurements: Barrel wall – .0555 and .0460, outside diameter – .821 and .827, inside diameter – .710 and .735 and mid bore – .733 and .735. Included with this Purdey is a factory history from the London factory (an email – everything in the email is stated below). It states this fine shotgun was built for Mr. G.E. Pollock in August of 1894 and was number two of a pair (“2” is on the rear of barrel rib , on watertable and on the top lever). The present configuration is confirmed by the factory records as “30” Whitworth steel barrels, 2 3/4″ chambers, full choke both barrels”. Also noted is: “3rd grip to action, stock length is 14 9/16″ mid and weight of gun is 7 lb. 1/2 oz.” David Maynard of the factory staff added: “I would suggest an insurance value for this gun of 15,000 pounds ($19,623.75 in U.S. dollars).” Includes the family’s leather/silver appointed/green crushed velvet interior/key trunk case (good condition) that was purchased for this shotgun prior to W.W. I. A breathtaking example of a steel-barreled Best Quality Purdey. Today to have this gun made you would be in the six figures. Antique. Can ship right to your door. Gunrunner West item. NOTE: Extra photos available including shots of the barrel underside and watertable.

J. Purdey & Sons Best Quality, 12 ga. side by side shotgun, 30" Whitworth steel barrels, Hammerless, Ejectors, Trunk Case, England

J. Purdey & Sons Best Quality, 12 ga. side by side shotgun, 30″ Whitworth steel barrels, Hammerless, Ejectors, Trunk Case, England

L.C. Smith A-2 SxS 12ga 30in Single (selective) trigger Ejector

L.C. Smith A-2 SxS 12ga 30in Single (selective) trigger Ejector

L.C. Smith A-2 SxS 12ga 30in Single (selective) trigger EjectorAn extremely rare gun with lots of condition  An A-2 LC Smith  12ga  30in  Whitworth Steel barrels  mod/full Single selective trigger  and ejectors  very nice wood   checkering still sharp   barrel blue  very good   faded but good case color  beautiful sharp engraving serial # 3517. Price: $22,995

AH Fox CE 12 gauge Side-by-Side shotgunAll original. Number 4 weight barrels Price: $9,950
Serial Number: 27467
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 30
Action: S-E
Triggers: Double
Gauge: 12
Fore End: Splinter
LOP: 14
Weight: 7 lbs 7 oz

AH Fox CE 12 gauge Side-by-Side shotgun

AH Fox CE 12 gauge Side-by-Side shotgun

EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN12 gauge, 26″ damascus steel barrels, auto ejecgtors, beautiful scroll engraved sideplates and relief engraved fences.  Double triggers, top lever, double underlocking lugs with Greener type third bite.  Bores measure .729″ both barrels with walls over .030″   Chokes:  R: .003″  L: .033″   Weight: 6lbs 7oz.    Stock measures   Comb: 1 1/2″   Heel: 2″  LOP: 14 1/2″ over a thin English hard rubber pad.  The barrels retain all of the beautiful damascus pattern,  The action showing lovely subdued case colors.  Mint bores, excellent checkering and varnish.  This would make a perfect bird gun. Price: $5,950

EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN

EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN

Beretta / Orvis Uplander 20ga / 28/ga OU 2 barrel set, Straight Grip, 28"

Beretta / Orvis Uplander 20ga / 28/ga OU 2 barrel set, Straight Grip, 28″

Beretta / Orvis Uplander 20ga / 28/ga OU / 2 barrel set: Straight grip stock 1 1/2″ dac 15″ lop to a leather recoil pad. Stock and forend checkered and finished by David Trevallion for Orvis in Sept. 1999. (He inserted his business card in the stock bolt hole after finishing and installing the pad for Orvis customer.) This is a truly lovely upland combo! The original 20ga barrels are 28″ with Beretta Mobile choke tubes. I had the a 28ga 26″ IC/M “Orvis Uplander” Marked Barrels professionally fit after I purchased the gun to make it a combo set.The gun shows very llight field use and is in 98% conditio? and Priced to sell ! You won’t find another one like this one at this price.  I have a thin Beretta pad fitted to make it 14 1/2″ lop. Original leather pad is included and comes installed if desired. Price: $3100

Rizzini Omnium OU 28 ga. 28" choke tubes. English Stock:

Rizzini Omnium OU 28 ga. 28″ choke tubes. English Stock:

Rizzini Omnium OU 28 ga. 28″ choke tubes. English Stock: Here is a nice 28 ga o/u made by one of Italys’ most respected shotgun makers. This elegant gun has a beautiful case colored receiver. Its a very nice, lightweight gun at only 5 lb. 8 oz. This gun was special order with a straight English stock. The English stock really makes for a fast handling upland gun, and its nice looking too! There are not many 28 ga. guns with a English stock and here is a good one. Layaways ok. Cased. New. Price: $2295

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

Wow — here’s a really nice looking Merkel. Morphy’s Auctions has it and the sale is Saturday, July 31, 2016.

From I can see, this O/U is pretty much brand new, and its condition,  28″ barrels and straight grip make it a great find. The case and accessories are nice, too, and probably worth $750 on their own.

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

These Merkels are incredibly well made, and even though some can be a bit heavy, they usually have the feel and liveliness of much lighter guns. They lock up with double Kersten locks, an incredibly strong and reliable system.

Cased Merkel Over-Under Shotgun: Serial # 34028 28″ barrels in 20 bore. Manufactured in Germany. Top barrel choked modified, bottom barrel choked cylinder. 2-3/4″ chamber. Auto-ejectors, mirror bores, solid matted rib, single bead front sight, three piece walnut forend finely checkered, case colored scalloped box lock, top tang safety, and checkered straight grip walnut buttstock with red Pachmayr pad. 14-1/8″ LOP to front trigger. Lock-up is tight. Receiver features fine scroll engraving and retains nearly all of the original case colors. Trigger guard is finely blued and engraved with light high edge wear. Stocks are near mint. Barrels retains 98% original factory blue. Has a 1-1/4″ drop at comb and 2-1/4″ drop at heel. Manufactured in Suhl, Germany. Near new condition throughout. Lovely 20 bore shotgun with scarce case colored frame. Comes in a period lined hard leather case with snap caps, cleaning rod, and tools.

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

Gone to the dogs…

Sky and I headed up to northern NH on Saturday to say “hello” to Lexi and Craig Doherty. Craig runs Wild Apple Kennel, and this is the second season he has worked with Lexi.

Lexi left for training camp at the end of June, and this was the first time the Sky has seen her since then. After they had a moment to reacquaint, we put took some pigeons out for them and ran a couple other dogs Craig has in his kennel this summer. Overall, a great day.

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Lexi pointing a pigeon

Boss & Co. 12 gauge Best Quality and extremely rare self opening London sidelock

Boss & Co. 12 gauge Best Quality and extremely rare self opening London sidelock

Boss & Co. 12 gauge Best Quality and extremely rare self opening London sidelockThis Boss was built between the wars and is one of only 56 ever made as a true self opener. Having excellent original wall thickness and dimensions this fine Boss correctly and elegantly represents what is considered the paragon of British gun making, the Boss BEST sidelock ejector. This Boss comes in a correct VC (stands for Very Compact) motor case and is truly ready for the field and to be appreciated by its new owner. Price: $32,000.00
Serial Number: 8355
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 28″, Choke: IC, Skeet 1
Action: Sidelock ejector
LOP: 14 1/8″ (13 11/16″ o
Weight: 6 lbs. 5 oz.
Choke
Proof: Nitro: 2 1/2″

 Reilly 8 Bore underlever hammer double rifle


Reilly 8 Bore underlever hammer double rifle

Reilly 8 Bore underlever hammer double rifleFully rifled 8 Bore Jones underlever rebounding hammer double rifle. 24″ damascus barrels with strong rifling with minor pitting in front of the chambers. Bores are very good. The full lenth rib has a dolls head extension with one fixed sight and one folding sight. This double rifle was made about 1892 and is very very similar to the Holland and Manton 8 Bore double rifles and was probably made by the same maker. The right weight for an 8 Bore at 16 pounds 8.8 ounces with the barrel weight at 9 pounds 12 ounces. The twist is about 1 in 56 indicating a conical bullet rifle. The chambers are 3 1/4″. The double rifle locks up on face and is mechanically in very very good condition. It is border engraved and the  makers name is on both back action locks.The pull is 14 3/8 ” over what looks to be a horn butt plate. The stock is solid and very sound with NO proud metal. Wood to metal fit is very very good also! The barrels were rebrowned in England and retain about 95% finish. The stock has the correct patina as you would expect for an English double rifle, the checkering is crisp. The stock has a shadowline Holland style cheekpiece and is in excellent condition. The screw heads are in good condition showing very little wear. The detriment to the rifle is the pitting over the action, locks, underlever and forend iron. The pitting does NOT effect the use of the rifle and could be polished out and the border engraving recut. Price: $15,950 

 PARKER BROS., MODEL DHE., 20 GA., 0 FRAME. Price: $12,500


PARKER BROS., MODEL DHE., 20 GA., 0 FRAME. Price: $12,500

PARKER BROS., MODEL DHE., 20 GA., 0 FRAME. Price: $12,500
ID #   6140
Make   PARKER BROS
Model   DHE
Configuration   SXS
Gauge / Caliber   20 GA
Serial #    236110
Country of Origin   America
Barrel Length (in Inches) 26
Choke R/U   M (Modified)
Choke L/O    F (Full)
Trigger   DT (Double)
Stock Configuration   Pistol Grip
Forearm Type   Splinter Forearm
Rib Type   Matted Concave Rib
Receiver Finish   Casehardened – TRACES OF COLOR IN PROTECTED AREAS
Engraving Type   DHE: Fine Scroll w/ Cameos Engraving
Other Options   0 FRAME, FACTORY DOGS HEAD BUTT. GOLD OVAL
Condition   Near EXC. Condition, ALL ORIGINAL
Weight   5LB 12 OZ
Dimensions    DAC 1-1/2, DAH 2-5/8, LOP 14, C/O 1/4
Other Details    BRADY BROS. LEATHER CASE, PARKER BROS. FACTORY PAPERS, LIGHT WEIGHT GAME GUN

Manufrance Ideal 16g #4 SxS Shotgun

Manufrance Ideal 16g #4 SxS Shotgun

Manufrance Ideal #4 SxS Shotgun16GA, 2 3/4″ chambers, double trigger extractors, 28 M&F with mint bores, 100% color case in the protected areas and 60% around the action, 60% on the rest of the gun with nice open engraving. Original blue. Nice piece of wood, straight grip with retractable sling. Original butt plate. This gun is in excellent condition and has a very tight action. Dimensions are 14 x 1 1/4 x 2 1/4, weight 5lb 13oz. It is very hard to find a round action gun like this one. Price: $3,500

Beretta 471 Side x Side ~ 20 GaugeWith original factory hard case and manual Price: $2,699.99 Manufacturer: S/N – S10351A
Caliber: 20 GA
Chambers: 3
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Very Good / Excellent

Beretta 471 Side x Side ~ 20 Gauge

Beretta 471 Side x Side ~ 20 Gauge

Bore Condition: Mirror
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Factory
Stock: Checkered Walnut
Stock Dimensions:
14-1/4″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Walnut
Butt Pad: Brown Rubber
Weight: 6lb 15oz
Sights: Bead Front
Chokes: CYL X IC

Holland & Holland - Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U - 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00

Holland & Holland – Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U – 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00

Back in the early 1900s,  a new kind of shotgun appeared in British. It was the hammerless OU, probably Merkel’s “Bock” over unders. Even though stack-barrel guns had been around for centuries, the German design was unique, and it’s inventiveness inspired several London makers to come up with OUs of their own.

Boss & Co’s John Robertson was one of the first with his OU patent of 1909. James Woodward & Sons locked down their design in 1913. Not wanting to be outdone, other makers followed, including Holland & Holland.

Holland & Holland - Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U - 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00

Holland & Holland – Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U – 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00

The 12 gauge shotgun you see here is a Holland & Holland Royal built on the company’s first OU design. Patented in 1914, this model was made into the 1930s. But with its deep action and complex design, it flopped. According to author Donald Dallas, the company built just 14 of them (including this incredible double rifle, SN 28482).

After scrapping this model, Holland & Holland made another run at OUs in the ’50s with a second design. It failed. Then in the ’80s the company introduced their current Royal OU (a design developed by W.W. Greener gunmakers Richard Tandy and David Dryhurst).

Holland & Holland – Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U – 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00
Action: Sidelock

Holland & Holland - Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U - 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00

Holland & Holland – Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U – 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00

Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 15 ”
Pad thickness: 0.75 ”
Type of butt: Rubber Pad
Drop comb: 1 3/4 ”
Drop heel: 2 1/8 ”
Cast amount: 1/4 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 7 lbs, oz
Manufactured in: England
Manufacture Year: 1915Finish: Case Colored

Holland & Holland - Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U - 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00

Holland & Holland – Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U – 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00

Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Barrel info:
Gauge: 12 ga
Chamber: 2 5/8 ”
Length: 29 ”
Chokes: C/IC
Rib type: Solid
Comments : Gun is in very good condition with a few light blemishes.

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