God, this video makes me envious: Of the countryside, of the experience, and most of all, of the dogs. Running birds can frazzle a pointing dog. This setter handles them like she’s done it a million times.
Aug 25th, 2015 by Gregg
That last one sold in a flash. This one is nicer, but a bit of the stitching towards the top is loose. It has a But it Now price of $100: RedHead Leather Shotgun Case: Good Condition. Leather is not cracked. Missing the shoulder strap.
Aug 25th, 2015 by Gregg
Get it before it’s gone. This Beretta’s is nicer the company’s new 686s. It’s also less than half the price. If you’re looking for a perfect grouse gun, get it now. If the chokes are a bit tight for you, you can have them opened to right where you want them for around $75 a tube.
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge Over/Under, 28 Inch Vent Rib: This nice little Beretta shotgun has been used some but is still in very nice field condition. There is a little blue wear on the bottom of the receiver in the carry area but otherwise little wear. There are a couple of minor marks in the wood but you have to look for them. Price: $1099.99
Caliber: 20 Gauge.
Chambers: 3 Inch Over/Under with ejectors.
Metal Condition: Very good with a little blue wear.
Wood Condition: Very nice.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 28 inch Over/Under with a vent rib.
Triggers: Single gold color.
Stock: Nice but plain straight grain walnut with a checkered pistol grip and grip cap.
14 Inch LOP.
Fore End: Matching checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Black Beretta butt plate.
Weight: 5 Lbs 14 Oz.
Sights: Mid and front beads on the vent rib.
Chokes: Fixed Full and Mod.
Item Location: Owatonna, MN
Here’s another nice looking leg o’mutton case — perfect for your vintage double. It’s on Ebay now with a Buy it Now price of $89.50 and the listing ends Wednesday, 8/26, @ 5:09PM.
VINTAGE LEG O MUTTON LEATHER GUN CASE. VERY SOLID AND NICE. BRAUER BROS: Here is a vintage Brauer Brothers all leather gun case. Marked with their stamp on the end along with “MOOSE BRAND” and “St. Louis, Mo.” and their moose head logo. The leather is soft and pliable and the case is clean inside and out. All the stitching is sound as you can see in the photos. The closing strap has been replaced and it works fine. The case is payment. 34″ x 9″ x 3″ thick. It will hold 32″ barrels easily. My 30″ model 12 fits loose. This is as solid and sound a vintage case as I have owned.
Aug 24th, 2015 by Gregg
Here’s another head scratcher: It’s a Fox 16g/20g B-grade with the later style engraving. It could be a fantastic find — or a Caitlyn-Jenner-esque SxS (something that’s not quite what it used to be). Either way, I would get a factory letter on this Fox before I closed the deal.
Ansley H. Fox was shipping his first SxSs by by 1906. These were all 12s. The company shipped its first smallbore on September 17, 1912 (a CE Grade 20g, No. 200011). A.H. Fox made around 7580 smallbores (16g & 20g only) across all grades (A, B, C, X, D, F, SP/SPE, Trap/Skeeter, Special). Of those, 3875 or so were 16 gauges. Around 186 of those were Bs. So this is a rare American shotgun.
This B has two sets of barrels, each with their own forend. The 16g bbls were on this gun when it was made and the 20s were added by Fox at a later date (according to the seller, anyway). It sounds like the 16 gauge set has extractors and the 20 gauge set has ejectors. The stock looks nice and high, and the seller says it has a 14 3/8″ LOP. I’m sure how original it’s, though.
I can’t make up my mind about the finishes on this gun. They may be original or they may be refinished — either by the factory or by someone else. And the gun may be restocked. This may have been by Fox when the 20 gauge barrels were added or at a later date by someone else. Whatever happened, the checkering on it now certainly doesn’t look original. It’s either new or recut.
Manufacturer: Made as a B Grade in 1918. Sent back to have 20 gauge Ejector Barrels fitted.
Caliber: 16 gauge (28″) and 20 (26″) gauge barrels
Chambers: 20 gauge is chambered for 2 3/4 inch shells
Metal Condition: Very Good – Case Hardening color is still visible.
Wood Condition: Very Good – Some small dings
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 16 ga = 28″ / 20 ga. = 26
Triggers: Double Trigger
Stock: Checkered Walnut Pistol Grip
Stock Dimensions: 14 3/8 inch LOP
Fore End: Checkered Walnut
Butt Pad: New Factory Reproduction
Weight: 16 gauge = 5 lbs. 10 ozs. 20 gauge = 6 lbs.
Sights: Brass Bead Front Sight
Chokes: I CYL/MOD on both barrels
Item Location: Garner, NC
Here are few more vids of Lexi, taken last weekend. Check out the water retrieve.
Aug 24th, 2015 by Gregg
I’m not sure what we’re seeing here. Is this a rare, 20 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun? Or is it just regular 20g Sterlingworth someone has messed with?
This gun is serial number — 270421 — which puts it around 1938. That’s near the end of the line for A.H. Fox, and three years into the period when the company was building their straight-gripped, high-stocked Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game guns. So there’s a chance this is one of those guns. If that’s the case, it’s a great deal.
But here’s the thing: The stocks on Sterly S&UGs didn’t have the checkered sidepanels — or at least none of the ones I’ve seen, and the none ones Fox advertised in their literature, had stocks with checkered sidepanels. That detail was reserved for Foxes in B-grade and up.
So did the person who ordered this gun also ask for the panels? Did a stocker at the company add them as a way to kill the last few hours of a work week? Or was the stock a leftover intended for a higher-grade gun, and since A.H. Fox was nearing its end, the company wanted to use it up?
Of course, the other possible answers to this riddle are a restock — maybe by Savage at a later date or by someone else — or maybe even little custom work to the wood after the gun after it was delivered (I doubt this, though). But even if one of those are the case, this side-by-side is still a nice little double.
Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4″
Action tight Bluing 85%. Case color 12%
Desirable 26” barrels
Straight Stock! Wood shows handling wear. Has recoil pad installed
Acouple shallow dings in the barrels from over the years
LOP – 15 1/8 DAC – 1 1/4” DAH – 2 3/8”
Great light weight gun weighing in at 6lbs 2oz
Middle barrel bead, double triggers, extractors, box lock
Aug 23rd, 2015 by Gregg
Flli. Piotti — Model BSEE Boxlock Ejector — 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers: 28″ SxS chopper-lump barrels with smooth concave rib choked improved cylinder & modified. 14 1/4″pull from front trigger to checkered wood butt. 1 1/2″ – 2 3/8″ drop. 1/4″ cast-off. Dark, oil-finished, highly figured Turkish walnut with Anson-pushbutton-release splinter forend, flat sidepanels, diamond-section straight English grip, and fine classic point-pattern checkering. Scalloped, casehardened receiver with manual top tang safety, SAFE inlaid in gold, and beaded-edge triggerguard, fine English rose & scroll engraved and with maker’s name inlaid in gold on both sides of the receiver, signed Granetti. Weight: 6lbs, 8oz. Built 2000. Retaining 99%+blue and 99% casehardening colors. Tight, with mirror-bright bores and ejectors in perfect time. Price: $12,950.
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 500 3″ BPE- UNDERLEVER REBOUNDING HAMMER- EXC BORES- 28″ STEEL Bbls.- EXC. WOOD- ORIG. BLACK & OIL FINISH- ACCURATE: #5891, Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London; Henry Jones Double Screw-Grip Underlever Rebounding Hammer Double Rifle Made in 1880 in a 500 3″ Black Powder Express with 28″ Steel Barrels with a full length rib with 1 standing & 2 folding rear sights, Percussion style fences, Wedge forend attachment, The frame engraved “Charge 4 1/4 Drams Case 3 Inches”, 14 5/8″ L.O.P. over a checkered horn buttplate, 9 lbs. 2 oz., Horn grip cap, Sling eyes, 85% coverage of period scroll engraving, Both the forend and buttstock are very solid in every detail and every respect, Excellent wood with great color and contrast, The gun remains with original finish and the barrels retain their original blacking at 60%, Original oil finish at 80%, Original checkering at 90%, The screw heads remain excellent, The striker holes have no primer burn, Both bores are very close to excellent plus with solid grooves & lands and without any pits and have almost no surface blemishes. It is cased in a vintage brass cornered trunk that also remains in very nice shape. This is a very stout classic BPE double that has a lot of life to go and completely ready for the 21st century. The records loading and shooting go with the gun based on several loads using nitro for black that shot 2 1/2″ groups at 60 yards and dead on to point of aim. About 50 loaded rounds go with the gun. This is another first rate quality, style, grace, workmanship, handling and H&H romantic from a great period at the pinnacle of sporting guns in the last years of the 19th century. Price: $12,900
ITHACA, FLUES, GRADE 5, 12 GAUGE. TWO SETS OF BARRELS: 30″ FULL & FULL (MARKED 4 & 4), VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS – 26″ CYLINDER AND MODIFIED (MARKED 0 & 2), VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS. BOTH HAVE SPLINTER FOREARMS. GORGEOUS ENGRAVING, DEEP RELIEF CUT SCROLL AND FLOWERS, INTRICATE BORDERS. RIGHT SIDE HAS A WHITE GOLD QUAIL INLAY, LEFT SIDE A WHITE GOLD STANDING PHEASANT, EAGLE WITH WINGS SPREAD ON FLOORPLATE. ALL SCREW HEADS NICELY ENGRAVED. PISTOL GRIP STOCK, HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT WITH FLEUR DI LIS PATTERN, EXTREMELY FINE CHECKERING, GOLD SHIELD INLAY, SILVERS SOLID PAD. AN OUTSTANDING GUN ENGRAVED BY BILL MCGRAW, ITHACA’S TOP ENGRAVER. BUILT IN 1922, ALL MATCHING SERIAL NUMBERS, ALL ORIGINAL FINISH. A RARE SET IN VERY PLEASING ORIGINAL CONDITION. DIMENSIONS: 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, WEIGHT WITH 26″ BARRELS 7 POUNDS 4 OUNCES, WITH 30″ BARRELS 7 POUNDS 10 OUNCES. BOTH SETS RING, GUN IS TIGHT ON FACE WITH EITHER SET. PRICE: $6500
20GA FERLACH AUSTRIA VINZ URBAS SxS SHOTGUN, GAME ENGRAVED: Seldom found 20 Austrian double gun. Photos tell the story. Handels as good as it looks. Diamond grip, Game engraved, Horn drop points and butt plate. Price: $3495
Bore: 20 GA
Metal Condition: EXCELLENT
Wood Condition: EXCELLENT
Bore Condition: EXCELLENT
Stock Comb: 1 5/16
Stock Heel: 2 1/4
LOP: 14 7/8IN
Manufacture Date: 1946
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: FULL
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .023 BORE .622
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .027 BORE .622
BERETTA – RARE – Model 427 – 12ga – 28″ SK / IC – Hand Engraved Side Plates: 1981 – Beretta Model 427 – 12ga, 28″, SK / IC (.007 / .011), Raised Solid Rib, Ejectors, Double Triggers, Pistol Grip, Splinter Forearm, LOP 14-3/4″ Over a Leather Covered Pad, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 14 oz. LOP will go 14-3/8″ with a Standard 1 inch pad. RARE! The 427 was never imported to the U.S. It is the predecessor to the Model 627EL. Previous owner opened the chokes and used the gun for SxS Sporting Clays. Price: $2,950
Last weekend I headed up to norther NH to check on Lexi. She’s in her final few weeks of training, and she going to be running as a derby in her first field trial next weekend.
Aug 21st, 2015 by Gregg
Here is a hard Fox to find. It’s a 16g Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun and it’s on Gunbroker.com now. The auction ends 8/24/2015 @9:30:00 PM ET.
The Sterlingworth Skeet and Upland Game Gun was introduced in 1935. Skeet was new sport then, having been invented in 1920 by Charles Davis, a grouse hunter from Andover, MA.
In 1926, William Harnden Foster introduced Skeet to America with an article in the February issue ofNational Sportsman and Hunting and Fishing magazine. The game boomed in popularity and by the ’30s makers offers shotguns tailored for the sport.
Fox added the Skeet & Upland Game Gun to their line in 1935 to “…meet the demand for a moderately priced skeet and upland game double gun”. They were offered in 12, 16 & 20 gauge, and with 26″ & 28″ barrels.
BTW: For a comp, here’s a nearly-new 16g with 26″ barrels that sold a couple years ago.
Fox Sterlingworth 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz: This Fox Sterlingworth bears a Utica barrel address, was made in 1936 (SN 3726xx), has 28” barrels choked Modified and Improved Modified with 2-3/4” chambers and mid/front ivory beads, automatic safety, straight stock, extractors, 2-1/2” DAH, 1-5/8” DAC and 13-3/8” & 14-1/8 LOP. The weight is a handy 6 pounds, 7 ounces.
It retains about 65% blue with most of the thinning on the sides and a small ding in the right tube 10-1/4” from the breech that is barely visible inside. There’s also evidence of a very shallow dent on the bottom of the left tube 5” from the muzzle that seems to have been professionally removed. The bores are perfect mirrors and examination with a Hawkeye bore scope yields no indication of polishing. The frame retains 60% of original case color. The stocks are completely sound with scattered light to moderate handling marks (mostly light) and a repaired small, shallow chip on the right side of the butt plate. It is 100% on-face, lock-up is as tight as a vault (tested with the forend removed) and the top lever comes to rest well right of center. Though this gun has a short tang there are known factory examples of short tang straight stocked guns and there is absolutely no sign of it having been modified. A very nice 16 gauge that, on handling, one can immediately feel will comport itself quite well in the field.