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AYA Model 117 Side by side 20 gauge sidelock shotgun

AYA Model 117 Side by side 20 gauge sidelock shotgun

Here’s something you don’t see much of anymore: A decent price on a shotgun at Cabela’s.

If you’re looking for a great upland gun, you just found it. This 20 gauge sidelock AYA looks like it’s pretty much new, and at $2,499, it’s a great deal.

AYA Model 117 Sidel by side 20 gauge : Price: $2,499.99

Chambers:2 3/4 Inch
Metal Condition: Mint, color-cased hardened action

AYA Model 117 Side by side 20 gauge sidelock shotgun

AYA Model 117 Side by side 20 gauge sidelock shotgun

Wood Condition: Mint
Bore Condition: Mint
Barrels: 27 1/2″
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: Walnut Straight Grip Stock
Stock Dimensions:LOP 14 1/2″
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Checkered Wood Buttplate
Weight: 5lbs. 12oz.
Sights:Single Front Bead
Chokes:Full and Cylinder Fixed Chokes

AYA Model 117 Side by side 20 gauge sidelock shotgun

AYA Model 117 Side by side 20 gauge sidelock shotgun

Here’s another great photo essay by writer, photographer  Craig Koshyk. He’s the author of : Pointing Dogs, Volume One: The Continental, one of the best books around about pointing dogs. If you want to learn more about dogs like the ones you’ll see in his pics, be sure to check it out

Desert Dogs: In Idaho with the WPCGA

Desert Dogs: In Idaho with the WPCGA, by Craig Koshyk

Desert Dogs: In Idaho with the WPCGA, by Craig Koshyk

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun

John Dickson & Sons is Scotland most famous gunmaker. Established in 1820, Dickson first made a name for itself in the 1840s with their fine “Improved Two Grooved Rifles”, a modified version of the British Army’s Brunswick rifle. Later in 1880, the company patented their famous  Round Action trigger plate shotgun. In between, they built the 10 bore hammer gun you see.

This double was sold by Dickson in December, 1875, and it looks very original. As you can tell from the specs, it’s big, heavy gun, probably made for pigeon shooting or waterfowling. I would love to get my hands on it and find out how those 32″ barrels feel.

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever)  Shotgun: Barrel: 32″, Stock: 141/2“, Chokes: 1/8 & 1/8, Weight: 8lb. 2oz. Bore: Left thou, Right thou, Min Wall: Left 35th thou, Right 35th thou, Circa: 1873 Trigger: 2, Ejection: Yes, Serial #: 3179. Price: £6,995

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever)  Shotgun

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever)  Shotgun

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever)  Shotgun

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever)  Shotgun

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun

Pre-war Westley Richards 12 ga. pair, 28' barrels

Pre-war Westley Richards 12 ga. pair, 28′ barrels

Pre-war Westley Richards 12 ga. pair, 28′ barrels: 2-3/4″ chambers.  Numbered 1 and 2 in gold; #1 choked modified/modified (.017/.017), #2 choked improved cylinder and open modified (.010/.013).  Single selective triggers, automatic ejectors.  These are “Best Quality” Westley guns as described in their catalog.  The scalloped back actions feature hinged floorplates and the Westley patent detachable locks, dolls head extension with sliding third bite.  Guns are fully engraved with fine English scroll surrounding “Westley Richards” in a banner.  Trigger guards engraved with a pointing dog.  Guns retain 95% case color and 96% blue.  Splinter forends, nicely figured straight grip stocks measure about 1-1/2′ comb, 2-1/8″ heel, LOP 14″ over a 3/4″ leather pad. Weight is just shy of  6 lbs, 12 oz.  Complete with fitted full leather trunk case with brass corners. Price: $23,500

Beautiful and rare 16ga Bittner Side lock, built in 1915, as shown in the Double Gun Journal

Beautiful and rare 16ga Bittner Side lock, built in 1915, as shown in the Double Gun Journal

Beautiful and rare 16ga Bittner Side lock, built in 1915, as shown in the Double Gun Journal: Very Rare Bittner side lock, built in 1915 and sold by Stavanoha in Vienna. The gun features beautiful wood and fine rose scroll engraving, 29.5″ long barrels, a LOP of 14.25″, DAC of 1.5″ and DAH of 2.75″. Solid silvers pad and the nicely engraved long trigger guard tang as should be found on a straight gripped gun. This remarkable gun not only survived two world wars but was also featured in the Double Gun Journal a few years ago. This little sweetheart weighs only 6.6lbs too. Price: $7,800

 

Rigby Hammer Double 12 GA SxS

Rigby Hammer Double 12 GA SxS

Rigby Hammer Double 12 GA SxS:  Caliber: 12 GA, Chambers: 2 3/4 inch, Metal Condition: Very good. Shows a little age, Wood Condition: Very good with minor handling marks. Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 30 inch Damascus steel with a solid rib. Triggers: Double. Stock: Checkered walnut straight stock. Engraved receiver, tangs, hammers and side plates. Stock Dimensions:LOP 14 1/2 inches. Fore End: Checkered walnut Splinter. Butt Pad: Smooth steel plate. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. Chokes: Fixed Mod. and Cyl. Extras:With Case. Price: $6,499.99

W.R. Pape 12b Hammer Gun

W.R. Pape 12b Hammer Gun

W.R. Pape 12b Hammer Gun:  Pape hammer gun in excellent original condition utilizing Papes patent 1504 of 1866 for lock up. 29″ damascus barrels choked R -IC, L-IM, and with recent British nitro proof and 2 3/4″ chambers. Bores are near perfect. Min wall Thickness R=.030 6″ from muzzle, L=.026 9″ from Muzzle. It was made in 1887. Profuse and crisp engraving all over along with Papes fancy checkering patterns make for a beautiful and unique gun It weighs 6lbs 2oz. Back action locks with rebounding hammers. LOP is 14 3/8 to heel and toe plates and a uniquely checked butt in between. There is a sligtht cast for right hand shooters. This gun is a collectors dream, made by the “Purdey” of the north. The only negative is that one of the hammer screws is missing – it has been replaced but it shoud be remade and engraved by a professional. The original was lost while shooting skeet several years ago. Price: $5500

Uriguen 12b sidelock SxS shotgun with 7 pin H&H style locks

Uriguen 12b sidelock SxS shotgun with 7 pin H&H style locks

Uriguen 12b sidelock SxS shotgun with 7 pin H&H style locks: Like new condition Uriguen high end Spanish double with removeable H&H style 7 pin locks with gold washed parts. 100% very crisp engraving coverage with more at breech end of barrels. Barrels are 32″ choked R=IC, L=IM and beautifully blacked. My original intent when I got this gun was to have the barrels shortened to 30″ and removeable chokes installed but I never got to it. Nicely grained stock wood with crisp fine checkering. It weighs 7 lbs. 4oz. LOP=14 5/8 to a Silvers style pad. Dac= 1 1/4, Dah= 1 3/4. There is also a slight cast for a right handed shooter. Non ejector. I will split shipping your dealer in contiguous 48. More Pix to interested buyers. Price: $2500

Breechloader, c1537. Image from The Field magazine.

Breechloader, c1537. Image from The Field magazine.

I love history, and I’m read all sort of books on the history and evolution of shotguns and upland hunting. For a crash course in the subject, check out this piece: History of Shotgunning and Shooting. It’s from The Field magazine and it does a great job of outlining the backstory on doubles and shooting. It reveals a few surprises, too – like the breechloader shown from around 1537. I didn’t know breechloaders were being made that long ago.

History of Shotgunning and Shooting

By Mark Murray-Flutter and Edward Impey

Mark Murray -Flutter is senior curator, firearms at the Royal Armouries and Edward Impey is the director-general and master.

The history of the shotgun and shooting, from the reign of Henry VIII to 1800. How bird shooting went from its infancy to the eve of the sport we know today…
“The early history of the shotgun and shooting, before the invention of the breech-loading shotgun as we know it, was a greatly different business. From around 1500 to the eve of the great technical and sporting developments that made the shotgun what it is today, the history of the shotgun encompasses some fascinating historical pieces….”
Beretta 470 Silverhawk .12 ga mint 28"bbls

Beretta 470 Silverhawk .12 ga mint 28″bbls

When it comes to side-by-sides, Beretta isn’t the first gunmaker that comes to mind for most American shooter. Most of think O/Us. But Beretta has been making SxSs longer than over-unders, and in 2003 they their newest model the 471 Silver Hawk.

The Silver Hawk came out right when the vintage shotgun craze was at its peak in the US, and it was one of the first “new” SxSs offered by a maker outside of Spain. A lot of people liked then. and reviews in The Field and in the American Rifleman were positive. If there was a complaint, it was that the shotgun was overpriced. Personally, I thought the Silver Hawk has always been a good deal. If you disagree, here’s a chance to find out what one is really worth. This Silverhawk is up for auction now, and it’s being sold at no reserve. The listing ends Sunday, 1/25/2015, @ 7:45:00 PM ET. So if you like, get your bids in soon.

Beretta 470 Silverhawk .12 ga mint 28"bbls

Beretta 470 Silverhawk .12 ga mint 28″bbls

Beretta 470 Silver Hawk 12 ga mint 28″bbls:  This is a like new Beretta 470 Silver Hawk .12 ga shotgun with 28″ barrels. It does have the 3″ chambers and is choked full and full I believe by the markings. 18.4 and 18.4. As you can see from the photos hard to tell if it’s ever been shot. Bores are like mirrors as is the jeweling on the action. No box with this one but in like new condition. Beautiful wood and checkering.

Beretta 470 Silverhawk .12 ga mint 28"bbls

Beretta 470 Silverhawk .12 ga mint 28″bbls

Beretta 470 Silverhawk .12 ga mint 28"bbls

Beretta 470 Silverhawk .12 ga mint 28″bbls

Beretta 470 Silverhawk .12 ga mint 28"bbls

Beretta 470 Silverhawk .12 ga mint 28″bbls

River Ling, Voop Productions

River Ling, Voop Productions

This video has nothing to do with gundogs or double-barrel shotguns and everything to do with what it’s like to be in the field with both.

Even though it’s about deer stalking and salmon fishing in Scotland, it’s really about the passion we into our sport and our love of the outdoors. It’s short, beautifully shot, and well worth you time. Enjoy.

Craig Koshyk is the author of one of my favorite dog books: Pointing Dogs, Volume One: The Continental. He’s also a talented photographer, and, of course, a passionate upland hunter. His photo essay Prairie Dogs: Under the Broomhill Sky takes a look at the people, horses, and dogs that make the Broomhill Field Trials so special. The pictures are beautiful, so click through and give yourself a treat.

Prairie Dogs Under the Broomhill Sky, by Craig Koshyk

Prairie Dogs Under the Broomhill Sky, by Craig Koshyk

Pointing a Spring Woodcock

Puck pointing a woodcock in the spring

I used to read the magazine Sporting Classics regularly, but in the past few years I’ve stopped. Judging by the quality of these two stories, perhaps I should pick it up again. Both these stories are quick reads and, if you love bird dogs, well worth your time.

There’s Hardly a Man Who Can’t Be Improved By a Good Dog: By Robert Matthews

“At the time, I vowed that I wouldn’t get another dog. Life’s thread had grown too short, the grief too deep and the task too burdensome, I reasoned. And I knew for certain that I would never find another dog like Sam. A dog like that comes along only once in lifetime….”

“We think of ourselves as hunters, and of our pups as gun dogs. Yet as important as the hunting is—and make no mistake, it is important—the time we spend afield is only a part of it. There’s a bigger picture. It’s the tail thumps when we walk into the room, the gentle weight of his head on our knee, the absolute trust that shines in his eyes, the way that our hand seems to find his ear of its own volition. It’s the fact that, as every attentive dog owner knows, our dogs define the term “unconditional love.” Hell, if we had half their innate capacity for love—if we had a quarter of it—this magnificent world, which we treat with such studied indifference, would be a paradise.”
Pre-war Boss 20 ga., 26-1/2" barrels

Pre-war Boss 20 ga., 26-1/2″ barrels

Pre-war Boss 20 ga., 26-1/2″ barrels: Choked improved cylinder and modified (.007/.010).  Original 2-3/4 1oz. heavy proof. Raised concave game rib marked “Boss & Co. 41 Albermarle Street Picadilly London W”.  Built with the style and grace that these “golden era” Boss guns are famous for.  The petite “easy opening” action gun weighs a mere 5lbs, 5 oz.  Fitted with the Boss patent single trigger.  Well-figured stock measures 1-3/8″ comb, 1-7/8″ heel, 14-1/4″ LOP to a checkered butt.  Balanced directly on the pin, this estate-fresh example retains 97% original blue, 80% vibrant case colors over the jewel-like engraving by the renowned Jack Sumner.  Built in 1930 to the true small bore specs, a unique opportunity to purchase a seldom-seen heavy proof vintage 20.  Cased in original violin case. Price: $59,500

A&S Famars Castore Hammergun – Pasolini Engraved and Fabulous Wood – Like New Condition

A&S Famars Castore Hammergun – Pasolini Engraved and Fabulous Wood – Like New Condition

A&S Famars Castore Hammergun – Pasolini Engraved and Fabulous Wood – Like New Condition: Beautiful A&S Famars Castore 12 gauge self-cocking hammergun with double triggers engraved by Master Engraver Pasolini and restocked by Piotti in a fabulous piece of Circassian walnut. Cased in a leather maker’s case with trade label and mahogany three-piece cleaning rod. Made in 1974 when both Mario Abbiatico and Remo Salvinelli were active in the business. In fact, “Remo” is engraved on the bottom of the rear lug indicating that he personally worked on this gun.   ***   The frame is beautifully engraved and has uniquely shaped fences, ornately engraved hammers, and a signature likeness of Neptune on the pierced toplever. Maker’s name “Famars” is inlaid in gold on the bottom of the frame and a gold crown is inlaid in the toplever. Overall weight is 7lb 4oz.   ***   The 28” barrels have 2-3/4” chambers and auto ejectors. The right barrel has a constriction of 0.010 for Improved Cylinder choke. The left has a constriction of 0.020 for Modified choke. Topped with a smooth concave game style rib. The breech ends of the barrels are adorned by two gold rings with one ring at the muzzles as well. The maker’s name “Armi Famars” is inlaid in gold on the top of the rib.   ***   This Castore was restocked in a fabulous piece of Circassian walnut by Piotti in Italy. Straight grip and splinter forearm. Professionally installed leather recoil pad. Stock dimensions are 1-3/8” by 2-1/4” by 15”.   ***   This rare and highly desirable double is in like new condition. Price: $18,495

Harris Holland 500BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle

Harris Holland .500 BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle

Harris Holland .500 BPE Double Rifle: A Holland 3″ 500BPE double express rifle by Harris Holland. SN 39xx. Harris was the first of the Hollands in “Holland and Holland” and the founder if the initial company. This rifle is in excellent condition for a 140 year old rifle. It has been well taken care of. The 28″ damascus barrels have near excellent bores probably regulated by Bill Froome because it shoots excellent diagrams with black or smokeless powder. They have early Metford style rifling with square lands and grooves. LOP is 14″ to a steel shotgun style butt. It weighs 8 1/2 lbs. Load data appears on left action bar – characteristic of Holland rifles. There is about 60% coverage of fine English scroll crisp and like new. It is very tight and on face with a unique “dolls head” top rib projection – see photos. There are no “negatives” regarding this rifle. I will pay shipping to the contiguous 48. I have plenty more pics and will create specials upon request. Price: $14,500

PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE: 26″IC AND MOD 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP SKELETON BUTT NEW CONDITION IN MAKERS CASE 5LBS 6 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 3/8″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $5,500

PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE

PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE

Lefever EE 16ga SxS double Barrel Shotgun - Rare

Lefever EE 16ga SxS double Barrel Shotgun – Rare

Lefever EE 16ga – Rare: Gun retains 50%-60% plus bright original overall case color on frame and sideplates. Roughly 85-90% original plum barrel blue. Original chokes and chambers- 2 5/8″ chambers and choked I/C and Mod.  Excellent bores, 28″ Krupp fluid steel barrels. Original butt stock retains most of the original varnish and does have a white line pad on it. Splinter forearm which, while matches nicely, is likely an early Ithaca replacement based on the engraving and checkering pattern. Nicely engraved with one dog on each side in typical E grade pattern in the 54,xxx serial range. Price: $4995

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