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Essential reading: Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

Essential reading: Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

I’ve been kicking around the upland world for a while. As my friends and covers get older, I wonder what will become of grouse and woodcock hunting. To keep it thriving, it’s important we to attract new voices and new perspectives. Both bring in new blood.

Through their videos, website, and now their first book, Project Upland offers readers and viewers fresh take on upland hunting, gun dogs, and fine shotguns. Last December, they approached me about writing an essay for their premier publication:  PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME 1.

The book came out a few weeks ago, and if you’re into bird hunting, it’s a must-read. It features lots of cool, full-color pics, and 10 essays with titles like The Quickest Path to Losing Hunting Partners, The Golden Hour, and, my piece, For the Heart. Here’s an excerpt. To read the whole thing, you’ll have to buy the book.

My essay in Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

My essay in Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

For the Heart

Love can be hard to understand, especially when it’s for anything other than babies, puppies, and ice cream. Of all the things I love about upland hunting—my Pointers flashing through the woods, the whirl of a flushing woodcock, the cidery smell of old apple trees—my lifelong affair with shotguns is the most difficult for me to comprehend.

I’m not from a family of hunters or shooters. My grandfather never killed a bird in his life. While my dad was a fisherman, he never even owned a gun or fired a rifle. And I didn’t grow up on a farm with cornfields or stands of Aspen outside my door. I grew up in Connecticut, down the street from a 7-Eleven and a strip mall anchored by a bar called the Amber Light Lounge & Cafe. But despite all this, bird hunting, and especially shotguns, have always been my thing…”

Me & my old Westley in Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

Me & my old Westley in Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

 

PIOTTI 20 MOD KING I- VIRTUALLY as NEW- 28" CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- VERY NICE DARK WOOD- 1994- 100% CASE COLORS- VERY NICE ENGRAVING- 99.5% OVERALL

PIOTTI 20 MOD KING I- VIRTUALLY as NEW- 28″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- VERY NICE DARK WOOD- 1994- 100% CASE COLORS- VERY NICE ENGRAVING- 99.5% OVERALL

PIOTTI 20 MOD KING I- VIRTUALLY as NEW- 28″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- VERY NICE DARK WOOD- 1994- 100% CASE COLORS- VERY NICE ENGRAVING- 99.5% OVERALL#9206, Fratelli Piotti, Gardone Val Trompia, Brescia Italy: A 20 Bore Model King 1 Bar Action Sidelock Ejector Game Gun Built in 1994, 28″ Chopper Lump barrels at .620 .006 & .013″ (Imp. Cyl. & Mod.), 3″ original chambers, KG 1,140 weight barrels, Concave matted top rib, Double triggers with the front articulated, Rolled trigger guard edge for the right hand, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/8″ over a 100% full face checkered butt, Neutral stock, 6 lbs. 4 oz., 98% coverage of small scale H&H Royal Scroll by Granetti on a case color hardened frame, Very nice dark wood, It has 100% original case colors, The original barrel blue at 100%, The original stock finish at 99%, The checkering is at 100%, The barrels inside and out remain as new. The piece has great balance and points like a dream. This super 20 Bore Game Gun for all intents and purposes is like new and has an overall appearance of never being hunted. Here is another Classic game gun, with the proper size action body with the correct weight, for 20 Bore gunning by one of the leading gunmaking firms in the world. This piece will remain a treasure forever.  Price: $18,900 

E.J.CHURCHILL BEST SXS .41028″ BARRELS FUL AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP NEW ORIGINAL CONDITION MAKERS CASE 4LBS 12  OZ X 2″ X 1 1/2″ X 14″. Price: $12,500

E.J.CHURCHILL BEST SXS .410

E.J.CHURCHILL BEST SXS .410

 

W.W. Greener G60 Royal 12 ga. Side-by-Side shotgun

W.W. Greener G60 Royal 12 ga. Side-by-Side shotgun

W.W. Greener G60 Royal 12 ga. Side-by-Side shotgunHeavy proof, 30″ Sir Joseph Whitworth compressed steel barrels.  Choked extra full (.040/.040). Automatic ejectors, double triggers. Built circa 1918, profusely engraved, deep cut arcaded fences, oak leaf, and fine scroll.  Game scenes of setter, partridge, waterfowl, and woodcock. Gold crown on toplever. This high-grade Greener weighs in at 8 lbs, 5 oz.   An outstanding vintage heavy game gun, ideal for pigeon, clays or waterfowl.  Barrels measure 040 minimum wall thickness.  Straight hand stock of dark, highly figured walnut measures 1-1/2″ comb, 2-1/4″ heel, 14-3/8″ LOP over a horn butt plate. Price: $10,900

Parker VH 16ga. SxS Double Barrel Shotgun:

Parker VH 16ga. SxS Double Barrel Shotgun:

Parker VH 16ga. SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: Built in 1934. This gun has 28″ Vulcan steel barrels choked modified (.015″) and full (.035″). The gun is in excellent condition retaining 70% of the original case colors,98% of the original barrel blue,and 98% of the original wood finish. The bores are mint and free of any rust, pits or dents. The stock is sound with no cracks or damage. The stock dimensions are 143/4″LOP over a Pachmayr Old English pad,15/8″ at comb, and 25/8″ at heel. The barrels lock up tight to the action with no play. The gun is built on a #1 frame and weighs 6-10. This is one of the last Parker Bros.guns built before Remington took over. It is 17 serial numbers away from the first Remington built gun. A classic 16 gauge that would make a great dove or pheasant gun. Price: $3495

Browning ~ BBS ~ 12 ga ~ Boxlock Ejector SxS Shotgun

Browning ~ BBS ~ 12 ga ~ Boxlock Ejector SxS Shotgun

Browning ~ BBS ~ 12 ga ~ Boxlock Ejector SxS ShotgunPrice: $1,199.99 
Chambers: 3″
Metal Condition: Good
Wood Condition: Good
Bore Condition: Good
Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Single
Stock Dimensions: 14.75″ LOP
Butt Pad: Rubber
Weight: 7 lb 12 oz
Sights: Single Beed
Chokes: Modified and Full

28 gauge CSMC RBL SxS Shotgun, @ auction, no reserve

28 gauge CSMC RBL SxS Shotgun, @ auction, no reserve

The state of Connecticut may not be the first place you think of as “gun country.” But since the 19th century, it has been home to some of America’s most famous gunmakers, including Parker Bros, Winchester, and Colt. Thousands of rifles, pistols, and shotguns have been built in Connecticut, probably millions.

In the 1975s, a gunmaker called the Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company (CSMC) opened for business. CSMC started building Fox shotguns and Winchester M21s in the 1990s. Around 2006 or so they launched their RBL-line of side by sides, first in 12g and 20g. The 28gs followed a few years later, and ones like you see here cost around $7500+ new today.

This one is on Gunbroker.com now and the No Reserve listing ends Wednesday, 6/27/2018 @ 11:15 PM.

28 gauge CSMC RBL SxS Shotgun, @ auction, no reservev

28 gauge CSMC RBL SxS Shotgun, @ auction, no reserve

CSMC RBL all options 28 ga., first-year edition serial number 002801. Awesome, full “Feather crotch” American walnut! This was the debut of the 28 ga. & SHOT Show display gun several years ago. I saw that wood and configuration and have to have it, so they reluctantly agreed to ship it to me after the show. Hard to find, configuration with 30” barrels, concave tapered game rib, double triggers, Self-opening feature, Beavertail fore end, capped “Prince of Wales” pistol grip, Full-length rolled-edge trigger guard, stunning XXX Fancy feather-crotch American walnut with classic, dull oil finish. Nice scroll engraving with dog and bird cameos finished off with authentic bone charcoal case colors. Excellent overall condition with only signs of wear being on the breech face and slight thinning of the gold on the triggers (suede gloves) – the rest is near mint with a couple small dings on the fore end just below the screw (pictured). Complete with case and accessories. These are the best value in mid-range SxS guns on the market and this one is a desirable and very hard to find configuration.

28 gauge CSMC RBL SxS Shotgun, @ auction, no reserve

28 gauge CSMC RBL SxS Shotgun, @ auction, no reserve

 

JAMES PURDEY & SON BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE SIDELOCKJAMES PURDEY & SON BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE SIDELOCK

JAMES PURDEY & SON BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE SIDELOCK

JAMES PURDEY & SON BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE SIDELOCKALLISON HUNT ENGRAVED 28″ BARRELS CHOKED .015″ AND .022″. 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS. DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 6LBS 13 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 9/16″ X 15 1/4″. Price: $55,000

Holland & Holland — Royal Sidelock Double Rifle — .500-450 3 1/4″ Nitro Express: 26″ SxS chopper-lump barrels with fine silver bead ramp front sight and folding ivory twilight bead, smooth swamped rib, sling eye, raised matted quarter rib with one platinum-lined standing express sight. 14 1/2″ pull from checkered, articulated front trigger to Silvers red rubber recoil pad. 1/2″ cast-off. Figured English walnut stocks with lever-release splinter forend, steel trapdoor pistol grip cap, classic point-pattern checkering, teardrops, beaded pancake cheekpiece, classic comb, vacant gold oval and rear sling swivel. Classic Holland & Holland Royal scroll

Holland & Holland --- Royal Sidelock Double Rifle --- .500-450 3 1/4" Nitro Express

Holland & Holland — Royal Sidelock Double Rifle — .500-450 3 1/4″ Nitro Express

engraved receiver with a concealed third fastener, bushed firing pins with retaining setscrews, silent extractors, manual top tang safety with SAFE inlaid in gold, triggerguard tang extending to grip cap and top tang extending over comb. Back-action sidelocks with gold-line cocking indicators and intercepting sears. London proofed for 70 grains cordite and 480-grain bullets. Weight: 10lbs, 5 1/2oz.  Built 1906 as No.2 of a pair with all components so numbered in gold. 98% proper barrel re-blue and 40% original casehardening colors. Barrels tight on the face, and with excellent bores. Stock heads up tight to action. In maker’s leather-trimmed canvas covered trunk case with snap caps, oil bottle, cleaning accessories and trade label. Price: $54,975.

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge – FACTORY 99% CASE COLOR, 30” VENT RIB, 1 OF A KIND!

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge – FACTORY 99% CASE COLOR, 30” VENT RIB, 1 OF A KIND!

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge – FACTORY 99% CASE COLOR, 30” VENT RIB, 1 OF A KIND!: General Specs: L.C. Smith, year 1926, 20 Gauge, 6lbs 11oz, Side by Side
Serial Number: FWE89799. The Crown Grade Elsie; one of the finest, most elegant American doubles ever produced…a “MADE TO ORDER” shotgun, with only 800 made in all gauges, and only 145 made in 20 gauge.  If you consider loss and damage, there are likely less than 125 Crown Grade 20’s left on the planet.  What a RARE, ONE-OF-A-KIND CROWN GRADE we have here in this 1926 vintage Elsie, snFWE89799.  What is rare…really?  How about 1 of 29 20ga. Crown Grades with 30” barrels?  How about 1 of 32 with vent rib barrels?  How about 1 of 3 with every factory option, ie. Beavertail forend, ejectors, Hunter One trigger, factory pad (we replaced the hard, mushroomed pad with the same, original Hawkins pad it came with), vent rib?  How about 99% factory case color, 98% blue, exceptional wood with the original factory finish and checkering? The Crown Grade engraving is some of the most handsome found on any American double gun. I have seen many Crown Grade Elsie’s and all have a version of the same engraving. THIS GUN HAS UNIQUE, SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVING with waterfowl flying over a marsh in the ovals. It is definitively factory original and shown in Col. Brophy’s book “LC Smith Shotguns” on page 96. HOW ABOUT 1 OF 1, THE ONLY L.C. CROWN GRADE 20GA. OF ITS KIND. I think we can all agree this is the epitome of a truly rare, high condition, highly desirable vintage American double. This gun is in excellent condition, with mirror bores, excellent checkering and wood finish, tight as new on breech face and hinge pin with lever right of center, and perfect screws. This gun has desirable 30″ barrels, M/F chokes, double beads, and great shooting dimensions. Nicely balanced, weighing a mere 6lbs. 11oz on a featherweight frame with a reinforced forend lug, it would be a great clays or upland gun. A true collectible, investment quality firearm that will continue to rise in value as you enjoy its use. All parts are original to the gun. People often ask me “What is the best investment in a firearm?” I always tell them the same thing…low production guns in smaller gauges, in high grades, with tons of original factory original condition…and with features sought after by the modern day shooter/collector. Today’s shooter/collectors want long barrels. So this is one of those guns that have it all; rarity, condition, and desirability, including outstanding wood figure and overall aesthetics. WHAT A GREAT FIND! DON’T LET THIS ONE GET AWAY! Price: $24,950 

Piotti King 20 GA – Sidelock Ejector – Rich Color Case – Rolled Trigger Guard – Turkish Walnut – IC/Mod – 27” – 14 3/8”

Piotti King 20 GA - Sidelock Ejector - Rich Color Case - Rolled Trigger Guard - Turkish Walnut - IC/Mod - 27”

Piotti King 20 GA – Sidelock Ejector – Rich Color Case – Rolled Trigger Guard – Turkish Walnut – IC/Mod – 27”

X 1 9/16” X 2 3/8” – 6 lbs 6 oz: Rich Color Case – Rolled Trigger Guard – Turkish Walnut – IC/Mod – 27” – 14 3/8” X 1 9/16” X 2 3/8” – 6 lbs 6 ozs – Nizzoli Leather Case (Accessories) – Ser. #8601 – Checkered Butt – Fleur de Lis Engraving by Granetti – A True Italian MASTERPIECE in Straight Grip Field Configuration – This gun has been all over Texas and out west on quail and grouse hunts – it is a craftsman’s wonder in the hands.  Treat yourself to the best! Price: $19,900 

Factory Parker GHE Pigeon Gun SXS — 32″ full/full, no safety with options: Beavertail forend — single trigger — ejectors — Straight stock — Pad — 1 1/2 Frame — solid rib — twin beads — Pigeon dimensions with 1 7/8 drop at heel — Beautiful wood — 40/50% fading case color — 95% blue — Gun has spent its entire career in Pennsylvania — Very nice gun! 14 1/2″  x  1 1/2″ x 1 7/8″ Price: $5500

Factory Parker GHE Pigeon Gun SXS --- 32" full/full, no safety with options:

Factory Parker GHE Pigeon Gun SXS — 32″ full/full, no safety with options:

 

Holland & Holland “The Royal” .410 Bore 3” - Deep Engraving - Sidelock - Case Color - Rich Colors on Wood & Frame

Holland & Holland “The Royal” .410 Bore 3” – Deep Engraving – Sidelock – Case Color – Rich Colors on Wood & Frame

Holland & Holland “The Royal” .410 Bore 3” – Deep Engraving – Sidelock – Case Color – Rich Colors on Wood & FrameSmall Frame – Deep Engraving – Self Opener – Sidelock – Case Color – Rich Colors on Wood & Frame – Chokes: XF/XF – 26 1/2” Barrels – 14 7/8” X 1 3/8” X 2 1/8” – 4 lbs. 14 ozs. – Leather Pad – Accessories: Leather Case, Key, Oil, Oil Bottle & Patches – This Fine Shotgun has amazing rich case colors and wood – it’s dimensions and weight resonate that of a gun made for field adventure with a classy twist.  One of Holland & Holland’s small frame guns with the right configuration and style.  Nothing to apologize for on this gun, it has been shot – the evidence is so minute, I won’t mention it. Price: $89,995 

 

Piotti - King - 20 ga - Sidelock- Side-by-Side Shotgun: Price

Piotti – King – 20 ga – Sidelock- Side-by-Side Shotgun: Price

Piotti – King – 20 ga – Sidelock- Side-by-Side Shotgun: Price: $18,800.00 
Item Number: PIOA168
Shotgun type: SxS
Action: Sidelock
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 15 1/2 ”
Pad thickness: ”
Type of butt: Checkered Wood
Drop comb: 1 1/2 ”
Drop heel: 2 ”
Cast amount: 1/8 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 6 lbs, 4 oz
Manufactured in: Italy
Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: Leather Luggage Case
Extra barrels: 0
Barrel info:
Gauge: 20 ga
Chamber: 3 ”
Length: 28 ”
Chokes: IC/IM
Rib type: Concave
Comments : Gun is in very good condition with a few light blemishes, stock has inlaid initials.

J.P. Sauer & Sohn 16g SxS Boxlock Ejector SxSJ.P. Sauer & Sohn Ejector Anson & Deely Boxlock

16 x 16 Ga 2 3/4 – 27 3/4. Best Krupp 3 ring steel chocked F & 1M  .024 – .020, 14 3/4 pull to checkered butt plate with heel and toe plates, Prince of Wales grip. Gold stock oval game scene and scroll engraving. 99% Barrel blue, 95+% case color. Made July, 1939. Custom ordered by a (Wielben Stuttgart Germany) Fine Condition. Price: $8900

J.P. Sauer & Sohn 16g SxS Boxlock Ejector SxS

J.P. Sauer & Sohn 16g SxS Boxlock Ejector SxS

 

Heym 20 Gauge SxS Boxlock Game Gun. Pre-WWII Beautiful Full Engraving Excellent Condition

Heym 20 Gauge SxS Boxlock Game Gun. Pre-WWII Beautiful Full Engraving Excellent Condition

Heym 20 Gauge SxS Boxlock Game Gun. Pre-WWII Beautiful Full Engraving Excellent Condition: Price: $8,250
Manufacturer Information: F.W. Heym of Suhl, Germany
Model: Sideplated boxlock
Barrel Engravings: Barrel band engraving. Barrels are highest quality Krupp steel.
Frame Engravings: Deep cut game scenes featuring setters and partridge surrounded by Germanic floral scroll.
Full coverage.
Condition Percentage: The gun retains 99% of the metal finish and 98% of the barrel blue.
Complete Serial Number: 6086
Date of Manufacture: Circa 1930
Finish: Coin finished receiver and rust blued barrels.
Action Type: Top lever Sideplated boxlock
Gauge: 20 Ga.
Barrel Length: 26” LOP: 15”
Specialty Features: Cased gun, full coverage engraving, cocking indicators, sideclips, checkered triggers.

Connecticut ~ RBL Launch Edition ~SxS~Boxlock~20 Ga.Price: $3549.77

Connecticut ~ RBL Launch Edition ~SxS~Boxlock~20 Ga

Connecticut ~ RBL Launch Edition ~SxS~Boxlock~20 Ga

Manufacturer: RBL001096
Caliber: 20 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 28″ Choke Tube barrels
Triggers: Double Hard Gold Trigger inside a rolled double edge trigger guard
Stock: 2X Premium Walnut Stock
Stock Dimensions:
14 1/4″ or 14 3/4″ LOP
Fore End: Splinter forend
Butt Pad: Hard Rubber Butt Plate
Weight: 6.2 lbs
Sights: Single Brass Bead
Chokes: Left barrel: Modified | Right barrel: Improved Cylinder
Extras: Includes the RBL Launch Edition Case with 5 Chokes. Features scroll engraving designed by Richard Roy.

When I first got into Parker, the collector’s world for these shotguns was still filled with mysteries like the story of the Czar’s Parker and the whereabouts of the three Invincibles. While many of these mysteries have been solved, others, like the “why” of the Parker 12-gauge “1/2-frame”, remain.

Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame

Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame

PARKER VHE 12 GAUGE IN RARE 1/2 FRAMEHere is a Parker VHE in the rare 1/2 Frame size. Parker made a very low number of guns in 1/2 Frame size. Historians seem to believe that the total number was in the approximate 300-piece range. This gun has 26″ ejector barrels. Mirror bores at .731 with 15/1000 choke (Mod) and 28/1000 choke (Full). Chambers are 2 3/4″. All serial numbers match. Unrestored condition. Auto safety. Weight is 6 LBS 11 OZ. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/16″. Drop at Comb – 1 5/8″. Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″ Price: $3,995 

Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame

Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame

Parker built its first 12-gauge 1/2-frame guns in the fall of 1937 after the company had been sold to Remington and moved to Ilion, NY.

Michael McIntosh wrote a bit about the 1/2 frame. He speculated that it was Parker’s attempt to create a British-style, 12-bore game gun (basically a 12g weighs around 6 3/4 lbs and shoots a 1 1/8oz load).

Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame

Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame

Parker author & researcher Ed Muderlak disagreed and dedicated a full chapter and 10+ pages of Parkers Guns: The Old Reliable to prying apart McIntosh’s thesis.

Neither writer proved anything. While McIntosh told a better tale and Muderlak presented a sound argument, the 1/2-frame is still a mystery. Or as Muderlak finally states after showing off his argumentative skills  “… nobody knows what Remington had on its corporate mind when it retooled for the half-frame in 1937.”

 

WESTLEY RICHARDS - SXS SMALL ACTION SIDELOCK, .410 Gauge

WESTLEY RICHARDS – SXS SMALL ACTION SIDELOCK, .410 Gauge

WESTLEY RICHARDS – SXS SMALL ACTION SIDELOCK, .410 Gauge26″ M/F – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – AUTOMATIC EJECTORS – STRAIGHT GRIP STOCK HIGH COMB STOCK – THIN RECOIL PAD – HAND DETACHABLE LOCKS – SLIM BEAVERTAIL FOREND – FULL COVERAGE ROSE AND SCROLL ENGRAVING OVER A COLOR CASE HARDENED RECEIVER 4 LBS. 14 OZ. 14 1/2″ X 1  1/2″ X 1 1/2″. Price: $49,500 

DAN'L FRASER 500/450 #1 BPE- 96% COND. & ORIG. METAL & WOOD- MUSEUM QUALITY & MUSEUM CONDITION- BORES & CHAMBERS are PERFECT- ORIG. O&L CASE

DAN’L FRASER 500/450 #1 BPE- 96% COND. & ORIG. METAL & WOOD- MUSEUM QUALITY & MUSEUM CONDITION- BORES & CHAMBERS are PERFECT- ORIG. O&L CASE

DAN’L FRASER 500/450 #1 BPE- 96% COND. & ORIG. METAL & WOOD- MUSEUM QUALITY & MUSEUM CONDITION- BORES & CHAMBERS are PERFECT- ORIG. O&L CASE#2026, Dan’l Fraser & Co., 4 Leith St. Terrace, Edinburgh: A Daniel Fraser 500/450 No. 1 BPE Double Rifle That is Totally Museum Quality & Museum Condition, Overall a 96% Original Piece on both Metal & Wood, Made about 1891, 27″ steel barrels with perfect bores (I don’t like the word perfect but it applies here), Rib extension dolls head with a third bite, Fold-up night sight, Full length hand filed rib with 1 standing & 1 folding sights with Ivory & Platinum, Intercepting safety sears on a Boxlock action, Bushed strikers, Bolted safety block, Carved fences, Swing lever forend release, Full length trigger guard strap to the profiled horn grip cap, Shadowline cheekpiece, Sling eyes, 14 7/8″ LOP over a Fraser horn buttplate with their rubber divider (A patented Fraser buttplate/pad), 9 lbs. 4 oz., Excellent wood with excellent color contrast, 98% coverage of period scroll engraving including the top lever, trigger guard and forend lever, Absolute original barrel blue at 96%, It retains 98% bright & vivid original case colors, The breech face and receiver flats retain 100% case colors, The inside of the opening lever and forend retain 100% bright and vivid case colors, The striker bushings have 95% deep heat blue, The stock & forend remain at 97%, The checkering is at 100%, The bores and chambers are absolutely like brand new and totally look like the day they left #4 Leith Street, The total of all the screws are at 98%. It is smack on face with all the bite left on the double underlugs with double bite. The whole is cased in the maker’s original brass cornered oak & leather trunk, ivory container with spare strikers, fish-hook sling swivels, 2 boxes of original Kynoch bpe cartridges, some brass & cast bullets, original cleaning gear and the original & correct trade label. The trunk case remains in excellent condition as well. It comes with a set of RCBS loading dies plus a lot of loading information. This piece embodies classic Daniel Fraser with strength, distinctive styling, high quality, elegance, grace and from a firm that is all things Edinburgh and Scottish. There are double rifles and then there are serious double rifles. Dreams of tigers and ships and palaces, fine spices and women and silk. ////////////////////////////////////////// Daniel Fraser apprenticed 7 years with the famous gunmaker Alexander Henry. In 1880 his patent #5403 became the famous falling block Fraser rifle. He was the designer of the ‘Velox’ bullet. There are very few Fraser double rifles as the original Fraser Co. did not survive after the First World War. Every Fraser and nearly every Scottish gun usually have very few apologies. Daniel Fraser died in August of 1902 at the young age of 57.  Price: $23,500

F.LLI PIOTTI King No. 1 12ga Sidelock Best-Quality Pigeon gun

F.LLI PIOTTI King No. 1 12ga Sidelock Best-Quality Pigeon gun

F.LLI PIOTTI King No. 1 12ga Sidelock Best-Quality Pigeon gun: Price  $19,000.00
Configuration: SXS
Serial #:  8063
Barrel Length: 28″
Choke: R  M(.019)
Choke: L  IM(.031)
Trigger: ST (Single)
Stock Configuration:  Pistol Grip
Forearm: Beaver Tail
Rib Type: Level Flat Filed Rib
Action Finish: Coin
Engraving: King I fine Italian scroll and bouquets by Granetti
Other Options: Gold crest in forend, Gold crown on top lever, Extra fine 32lpi checkering, Recoil pad, Factory leather case,
Condition: EXC. Plus Condition
Weight: 7lb 15oz
Dimensions:  1 3/8″ x 1 3/4″ x 14 1/4″ with 3/8 cast off

 

SIACE 28 Gauge Side-by-Side Self-Cocking Hammer Shotgun

SIACE 28 Gauge Side-by-Side Self-Cocking Hammer Shotgun

SIACE 28 Gauge Side-by-Side Self-Cocking Hammer Shotgun: Imported by New England Arms Co.  Sidelock with self Cocking and 1999 Production Date, 28″ barrels with extractor choked IC and improved Modify, double trigger, articulated front trigger, engraved receiver by master engraver Cabrioli P. sharp checkering on both the grip and the butt plate Few small scratches on the stock and small oxidation in three spots nothing deep, bores are bright and shiny. Price: $5900
Manufacturer: Siace
Model: SXS
Bore: 28 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ejectors: Yes
Condition: Used
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Clean & Bright
Barrels: 28″
Action: Side Lock
Triggers: Double
Gauge: 28
Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 1/4″
Weight: 6.00 lb

BROWNING BELGIUM 20 BORE SUPERLIGHT- 1972- STRAIGHT STOCK- 26 1/2" VENT RIB BARRELS- ORIG. I.C. & M CHOKES- OVERALL a 99% GUN- ONLY 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.

BROWNING BELGIUM 20 BORE SUPERLIGHT- 1972- STRAIGHT STOCK- 26 1/2″ VENT RIB BARRELS- ORIG. I.C. & M CHOKES- OVERALL a 99% GUN- ONLY 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.

BROWNING BELGIUM 20 BORE SUPERLIGHT- 1972- STRAIGHT STOCK- 26 1/2″ VENT RIB BARRELS- ORIG. I.C. & M CHOKES- OVERALL a 99% GUN- ONLY 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.: #2448 V72, Belgium Browning 20 Bore Superlight with a Vent Rib and a schnabel forend Made in 1972; It has 26 1/2″ Ejector vent rib barrels at .624 .005 & .014 (Imp.Cyl. & Mod.), Factory choke markings are I.C. & Mod., 2 3/4″ chambers, Single selective trigger, Game forend with the schnabel, Straight hand stock at 14 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 2 1/4″ over the factory hard buttplate, 5 lbs. 13 oz., The gun retains 99% barrel blue, The receiver blue is 99%, The wood is 98% with very few & light handling marks only, The checkering is 100%, The bores and chambers look like new, It remains as tight as the day it left Belgium and the mechanical life left is 99-100%. This is almost like buying it new in 1972. Price: $4,400

Boss & Co. 20 gauge Sidelock SxS Shotgun, #7201, 28" bbls, made around 1924

Boss & Co. 20 gauge Sidelock SxS Shotgun, #7201, 28″ bbls, made around 1924

What’s the one word that matters most to gun collectors? It’s “original”, and the more original an old firearm is, the more valuable it will be.

Boss & Co. 20 gauge Sidelock SxS Shotgun, #7201, 28″ bbls, made around 1924. Is this the holy grail of grouse guns? Perhaps. But even if you disagree, its price–$67,000–will make you say “holy sh!t”. Why is it so much?

Boss & Co. 20 gauge Sidelock SxS Shotgun, #7201, 28" bbls, made around 1924

Boss & Co. 20 gauge Sidelock SxS Shotgun, #7201, 28″ bbls, made around 1924

Condition, first. This gun looks well cared for, lightly used, and totally unmessed with. It has a lot of its original blueing and color-case hardening are still present. There’s even original finish on the lock pins The finish on the wood looks original, too, and no one has recut the checkering (thank god!).

After condition, this gun’s vintage adds to its value. It was made around 1924. Boss shotguns from the 1920’s and 1930’s tend to be this maker’s best examples. And the best guns always bring the biggest money.

This gun also has some special features. The length of its barrels (28″), the length of its stock (14″), and an original Boss single-trigger. Taken together, they make the gun appealing to modern shooters.

Boss & Co. 20 gauge Sidelock SxS Shotgun, #7201, 28" bbls, made around 1924

Boss & Co. 20 gauge Sidelock SxS Shotgun, #7201, 28″ bbls, made around 1924

Even though it’s expensive, it’s cheap compared to what brand new 20g Boss SxSs cost now. One of those will run you around $130,000+.

 

Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world

Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world

Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun worldHammerless Sidelocks – Boss 20g. Sidelock in exceptional condition and investment grade original. Featuring 28″ Whitworth-steel barrels, 75% case color, 98% blue, in its maker’s case. This petite flower weighs in at 5 lbs. 4.5 oz., lighter than many 28 gauges. Stocked to the fences, assisted opening, iconic and crisp Boss single trigger, chopper-lump barrels, and stunning wood with super dimensions, this Boss has all and more of what we would expect from a Boss. What I expect most of all from Boss is what I think is their true trademark: balance? Let me tell you, get this gun between your hands and you will not want to let it go as you would feel your letting go of a part of yourself. Price: $67,000

F.lli Piotti King ~ SxS ~ 16 Ga ~ Double Barrel, Best-quality Italian ShotgunPrice: $18,500.66 
Caliber: 16 Ga.

F.lli Piotti King ~ SxS ~ 16 Ga ~ Double Barrel, Best-quality Italian Shotgun

F.lli Piotti King ~ SxS ~ 16 Ga ~ Double Barrel, Best-quality Italian Shotgun

Chambers: 2 3/4 Inch Chambers
Metal Condition: Mint with very fine full coverage scroll engraving with small floral bouquets.
Wood Condition: Near Mint with a couple of very light handling marks.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 27 Inch chopper lump barrels.
Triggers: Double Trigger
Stock: Walnut Straight Grip Stock
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 14 /58 Inch, DAH 1 1/2 Inch, DAH 2 1/4 Inch with a 1/8 Inch Cast Off
Fore End: Splinter Forearm
Butt Pad: Checkered Butt
Weight: 6 lbs. 4 oz.
Sights: Single Front Bead
Chokes: Cylinder and Cylinder Fix Choke
Extras: Comes with a leather fitted hard case.

Rare Parker Bros. DHE 20ga. Side-by-Side w/ 30" barrels

Rare Parker Bros. DHE 20ga. Side-by-Side w/ 30″ barrels

Rare Parker Bros. DHE 20ga. Side-by-Side w/ 30″ barrelsA very rare Parker Bros. DHE grade 20 gauge with 30″ Titanic steel barrels. This gun is unusual in that it was ordered with open chokes. According to the factory letter,the gun was ordered to shot 55% in the right barrel and 65% in the left. The actual choke dimensions are .005″ in the right and .015″ in the left. The gun has a straight grip stock, skeleton butt plate, double triggers and ejectors. The bores are mint with no pits or rust. The barrels are on face and lock up tightly. The receiver retains traces of the original case colors and has excellent engraving. The water table and forend iron retain strong case colors. The gun was built in 1918 and was ordered with 25/8″ chambers,which it still has. The stock dimensions remain unaltered at 141/4″LOP,15/8″ at comb,and 21/2″ at heel. The wood is sound with no cracks or damage. Just a few light handling marks from 100 years use. The gun was built on an O frame and weighs 6-8. This is a classic Parker bird gun with some very unusual features in all original unaltered condition. This gun is not a safe queen. This is a classic Parker that is nice enough to be proud off,but not too nice to shoot and enjoy. Fully authenticated and original. Price: $14,900 

AYA ~ SxS ~ 20 Ga. ~ Sidelock Spanish ShotgunPrice: $3,299.99

AYA ~ SxS ~ 20 Ga. ~ Sidelock Spanish Shotgun

AYA ~ SxS ~ 20 Ga. ~ Sidelock Spanish Shotgun

Caliber: 20 Ga
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Very few very Lite User Marks
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: Checkered English Grip
Stock Dimensions:
14 1/8″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Splinder
Butt Pad: Leather Recoil Pad
Weight: 6.5 Lbs
Sights: Front Bead
Chokes: Briley Chokes
Extras: With case and Briley chokes.

BERETTA - Model 410 - 10ga 3-1/2" Magnum SxS - Late Model

BERETTA – Model 410 – 10ga 3-1/2″ Magnum SxS – Late Model

BERETTA – Model 410 – 10ga 3-1/2″ Magnum SxS – Late ModelProbably the Toughest 10ga 3-1/2″ Magnum SxS ever produced. Easily the best for the money. 1971 – Beretta Model 410 – 10ga, 3-1/2″ Magnum, 31-1/2″ Full / Full -Hand Engraved, Raised Solid Rib, Rib Extension Third Bite, Double Triggers – Front Articulated, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 9 lbs. 8 oz. Has the look and feel of a Brand New gun. Appears unfired. Bores are chrome lined and perfect. There are a couple of minor marks on the barrels, otherwise As New.

The early guns were prone to cracked stocks on the side panels – due to a sharp corner at the scalloped back edge of the receiver. The later guns – like this one from the 1970s – had improvements that solved that issue. You can’t buy a better 10ga Magnum double for four times the money. Price: $2450

Northern NH Bird Dog Club 2018 Annual Trial, Stark, NH

Northern NH Bird Dog Club 2018 Annual Trial, Stark, NH

Only one thing sucks more than planted quail: cold, wet, planted quail.

In the best conditions, planted quail prefer running to flushing. When these birds are cold and wet, they’re as likely to fly as a frog or groundhog.

And cold, wet planted quail, plus a handful of well-trained bird dogs, is what Lexi and I faced off against at the Northern NH Bird Dog Club 2018 Annual Trial.

This trial ran from April 27-29. We were in Sunday’s Amateur Shooting Dog stake. It was a cold, cloudy day. Rain shifted back-and-forth from drizzling to pouring.

 

Lexi was in the third brace (there were only 4 in the entire stake). She had a great run, stayed in the pocket the whole time, handled perfectly, and, as you can see in the videos, the didn’t let those lousy quail throw her off her game (or make her break point). By the time we finished the course, I thought for sure we would be taking home a yellow ribbon.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. While I was disappointed, Lexi didn’t mind. She just had fun chasing birds.

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