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WW GREENER BEST DOUBLE RIFLE 450-400 2 3/8:

WW GREENER BEST DOUBLE RIFLE 450-400 2 3/8″

W.W. GREENER BEST DOUBLE RIFLE 450-400 2 3/8: MADE 1888 26″ DAMASCUS BARRELS WITH EJECTORS AND PERFECT BORES DOUBLE TRIGGER PISTOL GRIP APPEARS TO BE ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH TRACES OF CASE COLORS AND MAKERS CASE 8LBS 1 OZ X 14 1/8. Price: $15,000

 

Connecticut Shotgun RBL Launch Edition 20 Gauge: Band new. Single trigger, straight grip, 28″ bbls, 14 3/4″ LOP. In original box with case and all accessories. Price: $3750

Connecticut Shotgun RBL Launch Edition 20 Gauge

Connecticut Shotgun RBL Launch Edition 20 Gauge

Winchester Model 21 Shotgun - 12 Ga. - 30 in. Barrels - Circa 1947

Winchester Model 21 Shotgun – 12 Ga. – 30 in. Barrels – Circa 1947

Winchester Model 21 Shotgun – 12 Ga. – 30 in. Barrels – Circa 1947: Original condition. 2 3/4″ chambers with 30″ barrels. Right is marked mod, left is marked full. It has automatic ejectors, a single selective trigger, a pistol grip with high grade wood and a Beavertail forearm. The forearm is missing a screw on the bottom and has a very slight crack in the wood towards the rear of the forearm. Very little blueing loss and the bore is bright and shiny. The wood has light usage marks. Mechanically perfect. Shoots fine. The serial number indicates it is Circa 1947. Price: $3,299

 

Charles Daly Prussian/Lindner 10 GA SxS: Price: $2,999.99

Charles Daly Prussian/Lindner 10 GA SxS:Charles Daly Prussian/Lindner 10 GA SxS:

Charles Daly Prussian/Lindner 10 GA SxS:

Caliber: 10 GA
Chambers: 2 3/4 inch.
Metal Condition: Very good. Shows a little use/age.
Wood Condition: Good. Shows some light handling marks.
Bore Condition: Shiny
Barrels: 30 inch Damascus barrel with a solid rib.
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered walnut round knob. Lightly engraved case colored receiver.
Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 inches.
Fore End: Checkered walnut Splinter style with an ebony tip.
Butt Pad: Checkered black plate.
Weight: 9 lbs. 6 oz.
Sights: Metal front bead.
Chokes: Fixed Cylinder both barrels.

 

ITHACA FLUES FIELD GRADE IN 20 GAUGE

ITHACA FLUES FIELD GRADE IN 20 GAUGE

ITHACA FLUES FIELD GRADE IN 20 GAUGE – ORIGINAL CONDITION: Here is a excellent condition Ithaca Flues Field Grade in 20 gauge. Original condition thoughout. Damascus barrels are 28″ with mirror bores. Right bore measures at .609 with 21/1000 choke (full) while left is .610 with 22/1000 choke (full). Chambers are 2 3/4″.  Extractors. All serial numbers match. Ithaca hard butt plate. Gun is onface with top lever right of center. Weight of gun is 5 LBS 11 1/8 OZ. Shipping is $40. LOP – 14 1/4″ Drop at Comb – 1 5/8″ Drop at Heel – 2 3/4″. Price: $895

Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge

Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge

Someone needs to buy this great looking Scottish side-by-side right away. This gun was made for Charles Ingram Gunmakers, of Waterlook St. Glasgow– a business that began in 1835 — and it looks like it has a lot of original finish. I love the scroll engraving and the reddish cast of the wood, too. This SxS has post-1925 and post-1954 proof marks on it,  so it has been reproofed. I would take a close look at the wall thicknesses and also check to see if the barrels have been reblued.

British boxlocks like this are some of the best deals in the vintage gun market, so I’m sure it will sell quickly.

Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge. Price: $3,799.99

Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge

Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge

Caliber: 12 Guage
Chambers: 2 1/2
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 30
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered Walnut With Sraight English Grip
Stock Dimensions: 15″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Walnut Fore End With Anson & Deeley Latch
Butt Pad: Black Hard Rubber
Weight: 7 lbs.
Sights: Brass Bead Front
Chokes: Improved Cylinder (.008″) / Full (.040″)
Holland & Holland Full Sidelock , Royal Ejector 20 Bore.

Holland & Holland Full Sidelock , Royal Ejector 20 Bore.

Holland & Holland Full Sidelock , Royal Ejector 20 Bore. Mfr. in 1894, and returned to Holland & Holland and fitted with new 30″ Barrels, with Semi Concave Rib, and bears the 38 New Bond Street Address. 2 3/4″ Chambers, Nitro Proofed. Chokes are Improved Cylinder and Modified ( .008/.019), with .615/.615 Bores. Double Triggers, Automatic Ejectors, with Auto Safety. Standard Holland & Holland Bold Foliate Engraving on the Receiver, that still retains 95% of its vivid case colors, with 98%+ Barrel Blue, and 98%+ Wood Finish. Beautiful Figured, Fine Checkered Straight Grip Stock, to Checkered Butt, with non engraved Gold Oval. Measurements are 1 1/2″ X 2 1/4″ X 15 1/2″ LOP. With 1/8″ cast off, with a weight of 5 pounds, 14 ounces. Cased in a leather case with outer canvas cover. AN Incredible Upland Gun by one of London’s Most Prestigious Makers. Price: $ 39,595

Purdey 20 Gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Purdey 20 Gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Purdey 20 Gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: Offered for sale is a bespoke Purdey 20 Gauge side by side that was delivered in 1988.  We acquired it from the orignial owner. There is. of course, a fitted case with all cleaning accessories and snap caps. Specifications are:
Barrel length – 26 inches
LOP to front trigger – 15 inches
Choke
Right barrel – 1/4
Left barrel – 1/2
Drop at heel  – 1 7/8 inches
Drop at nose – 1 1/2 inches
Cast off at heel is 1/2 inch.

Price: $39,500

A H Fox, Philadelphia --- AE Grade --- 12 Gauge, 2 1/2" Chambers

A H Fox, Philadelphia — AE Grade — 12 Gauge, 2 1/2″ Chambers

A H Fox, Philadelphia — AE Grade — 12 Gauge, 2 1/2″ Chambers: 28″ SxS barrels of Cromox fluid compressed steel, with concave matted rib, choked improved cylinder & modified. 14 1/8″pull from front trigger to original buttplate. 1 5/8″ – 2 3/4″ drop. No cast. Lightly figured, oil finished stock with Deeley latched splinter forend, round knob half pistol grip, classic point-pattern checkering and with checkered sidepanels. Automatic ejectors and manual top tang safety. Weight: 7lbs, 5 1/2oz. Built 1920. 99%+ proper barrel reblue. 95% original triggerguard blue. 70% original casehardening colors. Tight, mechanically excellent, with sharp engraving and with mirror-bright bores. Price: $2995.

Midland Gun Co. SXS 12 Ga:

Price: $1,999.99

Midland Gun Co. SXS 12 Ga.

Midland Gun Co. SXS 12 Ga.

Caliber: 12 Ga.
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: A Few Light Scratches, Barrels Reblued
Wood Condition: Light Handling Marks
Bore Condition: Bright And Clean, Right Barrel Shows Light Dents
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered Half Pistol Grip Round Knob
Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 3/8
Sights: Silver Bead, Smooth Concaved Rib
Chokes: IC/IC

Last Saturday, my wife and I took Lexi to the local pool for “Doggie Day”. We thought Lexi would have a good time in the water. She didn’t. It looks like water retrieves may be out.

BERETTA 686 Onyx - 20 Gauge , Color-Case Hardened Action

BERETTA 686 Onyx – 20 Gauge , Color-Case Hardened Action

I know, another 686. Blah, blah, blah. But this one is different, I swear. How? It has a color-case hardened action, something I’ve never seen on a 686 from Beretta. I really like the looks of it  – even though the wood stinks. If it were mine, I would class it up a bit with a new custom wood set from Cole Gunsmithing.

BERETTA 686 Onyx – 20 Gauge : Price: $2,099.99

Caliber: 20 gauge
Chambers: 3 Inch
Metal Condition: Excellent but for a small amount of suface corrosion near the hinge pin on either side.
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny
Barrels: 26-1/2 Inch
Triggers: Single gold trigger, selectable at the tang safety
Stock: Checkered walnut
Stock Dimensions: 14-1/2 Inch LOP
Fore End: Matching checkered walnut
Butt Pad: Textured rubber pad
Weight: 6 lbs
Sights: Ventilated rib with gold-colored bead.
Chokes: Screw-in chokes, Imp Cyl and Full furnished
Winchester Model 21 "Custom Grade" Side-by-Side 12-gauge

Winchester Model 21 “Custom Grade” Side-by-Side 12-gauge

The Winchester M21: Uglier than a hairless dog and as balanced as a sledgehammer OR Marlboro-man handsome and eminently American. Whatever you think of these side-by-sides, one thing is for certain: collectors go crazy for the M21s.

Winchester’s Model 21 was first produced in 1931, and it was manufactured by them until 1993. In all, about 35,000 of them left the Winchester factory. Here’s one of them. This shotgun is on Gunauction.com now, and the listing ends onAugust 31, 2014 17:45:00 PT.

Winchester Model 21 “Custom Grade” Side-by-Side 12-gauge: It wears 28″ barrels, has 2-3/4″ chambers, and is choked Modified and Improved Cylinder (the choking is reverse of standard with the tighter constriction on the right barrel). The barrel has a raised solid matted rib with an ivory front bead and a silver metallic mid-bead. The frame features the Custom Grade style hand-cut scroll engraving and the gun has a gold plated single-selective trigger, automatic ejectors, and a non-automatic safety. The barrel and frame flats & breeching surfaces are factory engine turned and the rib panel is marked “Custom Built by Winchester”. The buttstock is of the pistol grip variety with steel grip cap and is fitted with a “Decelerator” pad (the original ventilated Winchester pad is included). The LOP measures 14-1/4″, just 1/8″ more than original. The forend is of the skeet beavertail configuration with ebony insert. The Model 21 was always a hand-built gun of the highest quality. When it comes to durability, strength, and ultimate reliability, the Model 21 stands peerless above all other American doubles.

Winchester Model 21 "Custom Grade" Side-by-Side 12-gauge

Winchester Model 21 “Custom Grade” Side-by-Side 12-gauge

Overall condition is quite good and this beautiful double retains nearly all of the original factory blue finish. I’d grade the finish at 98-99% with just a few minor handling marks. There is no rust or any pitting and all markings are sharp and crisp. The grade AA fancy walnut stocks feature very nice figure and are in generally very good shape. There are some handling marks, a couple of dents in the butt, and also a fine/tight crack running down from the upper tang. I believe this crack would be a fairly easy repair. The gold oval nameplate on the underside of the stock was originally factory engraved with initials but has been buffed to remove them. The mechanics are in perfect working order and the bores are excellent…mirror bright with no issues. It comes with a Cody/Factory Letter which confirms the configuration of the gun and indicates that it was shipped in 1973. Also included is a vintage Winchester takedown case which I believe was original to a Winchester Model 23.

Winchester Model 21 "Custom Grade" Side-by-Side 12-gauge

Winchester Model 21 “Custom Grade” Side-by-Side 12-gauge

Winchester Model 21 "Custom Grade" Side-by-Side 12-gauge

Winchester Model 21 “Custom Grade” Side-by-Side 12-gauge

Winchester Model 21 "Custom Grade" Side-by-Side 12-gauge

Winchester Model 21 “Custom Grade” Side-by-Side 12-gauge

1921 A.H. Fox 20 gauge XE double barrel shotgun

1921 A.H. Fox 20 gauge XE double barrel shotgun

It’s confirmed: Fox collectors are nuts. The auction for this 20g A.H. Fox XE ended Monday, and the final price was $24,002. That’s a lot for a gun with almost no original color-case hardening and a stubby stock. At least its provenance is sound. That must be what drove the price so high.

For the same money,  the winning bidder could have bought this 20 gauge Westley Richards droplock. Much nicer gun, but it doesn’t come with as nice a story.

1921 A.H. Fox 20 gauge XE double barrel shotgun: According to J.T. Callahan, the Fox records indicate that this gun, SN 201509, a 20 gauge XE, was shipped on August 7, 1921 from Philadelphia to Abercrombie & Fitch of NYC, the original consignee. The gun was made with 26” barrels, choked IC (r) and M (l) with a LOP of 13 ½” and DOH of 2 5/8”. Weight, 5 lbs., 12 oz. — FINAL HAMMER: $24,002

Over in Scotland, Gavin Gardiner held his annual Gleneagles Sale on the same day (Monday). This pair of 12g sidelock Wilkes shotguns did extremely well – pricey, but possibly worth it.

JOHN WILKES PAIR OF KELL-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUNS, NOS. 13802/3

JOHN WILKES PAIR OF KELL-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUNS, NOS. 13802/3

JOHN WILKES A MAGNIFICENT PAIR OF KELL-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUNS, NOS. 13802/3: 28-inch barrels with 2 1/2-inch chambers, about 1/4 and 3/4 choke borings, matted top ribs, the frames, locks and gold numbered top levers with best bouquet and scroll engraving and retaining virtually all of their original hardening colour, the inside of the fore-end irons with further bouquet and scroll engraving, gold washed lockwork, rolled edge trigger guards, 14 1/2-inch highly figured exhibition quality stocks, inlaid in gold with the entwined initials “W.D.”, 6lb. 9oz., nitro proof, in their maker’s presentation case with engraved fittings and canvas outer cover. ESTIMATE: £25000-35000 SALE PRICE: £53,900

The maker confirms that the guns were completed on 24th August 1935 for W. W. Dowding. The guns were engraved by Harry Kell with special flower and scroll work and the guns remain as originally built. The original cost was £220 with the case costing £13 15s and the matching outer cover a further £5 12s 6d.

W. W. Dowding

William W. Dowding, for whom these guns were made, was one of the Wilkes’ largest retail customers in the 1930s. He started to buy guns from them in 1931 and in the course of the next five years ordered a total of ten new guns as well as buying others and a wide variety of shooting requisites. The story passed down the family was that in 1933 Dowding challenged Jack Wilkes to make for him a pair of guns that were on a par with the best the London trade could offer. Guns 13802/3 were Jack’s response to that challenge. Many years later his sons viewed this pair of guns as his masterpiece.

To make them, Wilkes went to many of the best outworkers in the the London trade. George Lane and Bolter normally worked for Woodward; Mealey at the time was on Wilkes’ payroll, but had worked for Grant & Lang and several others in a very long career; and Willie Lane was shortly to join Grant & Lang’s payroll. The engraver Harry Kell is probably the only outworker now widely known.

Beretta 686 ONYX 20 GA., 28" BBLS

Beretta 686 ONYX 20 GA., 28″ BBLS

Here’s another one of these great Beretta O/Us at an even better price.

This one has a pistol grip. If you would like to switch it to a straight-gripped stock, check out the wood sets at Cole Gunsmithing. You could get a new butt and forend for as little as $365.

Beretta 686 ONYX 20 GA, 28″ bbls.

Price: $ 1,449.99

Manufacturer: Approx. 1996 ; SN – F06055B
Caliber: 20 GA.
Chambers: 3
Metal Condition: Shows original finish with gold inlay on reciever and light handling marks.
Wood Condition: Shows original finish with light handling marks.
Bore Condition: Bright.
Barrels: 28″ with vent. rib.
Triggers: Single selective with gold washing.
Stock: Select walnut with pistol grip and sharp checkering.
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/2″ LOP ; 1 1/2″ DAC ; 2 1/4″ DAH.
Fore End: Select walnut with finger groove and sharp checkering.
Butt Pad: Beretta logo black rubber.
Weight: 5 lbs. 11 oz.
Sights: Silver bead.
Chokes: Choke tubes : IC / MOD.
Beretta Uplander in 20 gauge 28" barells 3 inch chamber

Beretta Uplander in 20 gauge 28″ barells 3 inch chamber

Here’s a great upland gun at a fair price. These Beretta/Orvis Uplanders are tough to finds with 28″ barrels.

Beretta Uplander in 20 gauge 28″ barells 3 inch chamber: Beretta Mobile chokes IC/M included. LOP over leather butt pad is 15″. Drop 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 slight cast off for right handed shooter. weight 6lb 3 oz on my digital postal scale. HARD TO FIND! The gun has oil rubbed drop dead gorgeous wood. All metal is pretty matte blue. I have hunted with it so it has some small dents in the wood none of the dents go through the finish. I tried to photograph them but they are mostly so light they don’t show up in a photgraph but they are there. The metal is perfect the blueing is not rubed through any where and the barrels are shinny no rust of any kind anywhere not dents in the barrels chambers are shinny. The action is tight and the top lever is well right of center. The top rib has a slight imperfection I have tried to photograph in the up close pictures it is small and hardly noticible when you look down the barrels. The leather butt pad is in great condition. Price: $2,300

Beretta Uplander in 20 gauge 28" barells 3 inch chamber

Beretta Uplander in 20 gauge 28″ barells 3 inch chamber

Beretta Uplander in 20 gauge 28" barells 3 inch chamber

Beretta Uplander in 20 gauge 28″ barells 3 inch chamber

The late 19th century was a golden age for sporting guns in the UK. Hundred of makers had shops throughout the country, thousands of people were employed by the trade, and because shooting was THE ACTIVITY for the Royals and other well-to-dos, there were plenty of customers.

The country’s most prestigious makers were in London, close to Buckingham Palace. Makers like Purdey, Boss, Holland & Holland, and Stephen Grant had shops in the West End. They fought for patronage from high-end customers and were always on the lookout for ways to set themselves apart from the competition.

On January 1, 1891, John Robertson took control of Boss & Co. Robertson had grown up in gunmaking. He joined the London trade in 1864 at Purdeys and went out on his own in 1873. Once he was in charge of things at Boss, his first task was to update the  company’s shotguns and remake Boss as the city’s premier gunmaker.

12 gauge Back-Action Boss, a typical pre-Robertson gun

12 gauge Back-Action Boss, a typical pre-Robertson gun. Go here to see listing for gun.

Pre-Robertson, Boss had been known for making back-action sidelocks and hammerguns with Jones-style underlevers. Robertson ditched these old designs for modern, bar-action locks and a look all his own. He came up with a new, streamlined design for Boss’s guns and created the company’s classic look – snakey, handsome, and sleek.

A few years later, Robertson pushed this streamlining  further and came up with something daring: Boss’s famous Round Body Action. The Round Body pushes sleek as far as it will go, and it looks more Space Age than Victorian Age. The lockplates and action are filed up for a round appearance. There are no beads, hips, or edges to be seen. The fences retain their bulbous “Boss” shape, but the stock gets the “round” treatment  around the locks  and through the hand. There are no drop points. The result is very unique and very modern. If George Jetson found his way back to London in 1900, he would want this shotgun.

Round-Body Bosses were never popular, and of the 10,000 or so double barrels Boss has built to date, fewer than 300 were the Round-Bodies. Most of these RBs were 12 gauges, very few were 20s. So the 20 gauge Boss Round Body you see here is a rare side by side. It was made in the early ‘3os and it looks like it’s in decent shape.

20 gauge Boss &Co. Sidelock SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, Round Body

20 gauge Boss &Co. Sidelock SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, Round Body

20 gauge Boss &Co. Sidelock SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, Round Body

20 gauge Boss &Co. Sidelock SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, Round Body

20 gauge Boss &Co. Sidelock SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, Round Body

20 gauge Boss &Co. Sidelock SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, Round Body

20 gauge Boss &Co. Sidelock SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, Round Body

20 gauge Boss &Co. Sidelock SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, Round Body

20 gauge Boss &Co. Sidelock SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, Round Body

20 gauge Boss &Co. Sidelock SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, Round Body

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