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Parker VH .410 Shotgun, 26" bbls, 000 frame

Parker VH .410 Shotgun, 26″ bbls, 000 frame

Cowan’s Auction’s Fall 2014 Historic Firearms and Early Militaria sale is today Wednesday, 10/22, starting at 10am. There are a number nice looking percussion shotguns in the sale and this decent looking Cogswell & Harrison hammer shotgun. There’s also this little double, which is sure to attract plenty of attention.

Lot 921 – Parker VH 410 Shotgun, 26″ double barrels: S/N 219820. Top of barrels marked Parker Bros Makers Meridan CT. USA Vulcan steel. Marked on the side of frame Parker Bros. Frame is engraved along the outside edges with a border. Triple O size frame. Frame with the lightened oval cuts. Frame marked VH. Miller trigger. Walnut stock and forearm with checkered pistol grip and checkered forearm. Buttstock with hard rubber buttplate and Parker Brothers logo. No ejectors.

Condition: Barrels retain most of the original blue finish. Frame has traces of the original case colors in the protected areas. Most of the frame is a silvery grey. Stock and forearm are excellent with minimal nicks and dings. A very rare American made shotgun in 410 gauge.

Parker VH .410 Shotgun, 26" bbls, 000 frame

Parker VH .410 Shotgun, 26″ bbls, 000 frame

Parker VH .410 Shotgun, 26" bbls, 000 frame

Parker VH .410 Shotgun, 26″ bbls, 000 frame

PARKER BHE TRAP VENT RIB 12 GAUGE

PARKER BHE TRAP VENT RIB 12 GAUGE

PARKER BHE TRAP VENT RIB 12 GAUGE:  #207XXX #1 FRAME 32″ VENT RIB FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER  EJECTORS BEAVER TAIL FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH CASE COLORS  8LBS 7 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 7/8 X 14 1/2. Price: $16,500

ULTRA RARE 20 GAUGE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 TWO BARREL SET: Made in 1933 and everything letters. Both sets of barrels are 26″ in length, one set is imp cyl/mod the other is skeet/skeet. Winchester recoil pad. Overall this gun will go 95% on wood and metal. Price: $13,950

ULTRA RARE 20 GAUGE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 TWO BARREL SET:

ULTRA RARE 20 GAUGE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 TWO BARREL SET:

WEBLEY & SCOTT 12's- SET of 3 EACH MOD 702's- ALL- 28" Bbls.- 1974- OVERALL in 88% COND.- STRAIGHT STOCK at 15 1/8

WEBLEY & SCOTT 12’s- SET of 3 EACH MOD 702’s- ALL- 28″ Bbls.- 1974- OVERALL in 88% COND.- STRAIGHT STOCK at 15 1/8″

WEBLEY & SCOTT 12’s- SET of 3 EACH MOD 702’s- ALL- 28″ Bbls.- 1974- OVERALL in 88% COND.- STRAIGHT STOCK at 15 1/8: #143885 & 143886 & 144150, Webley & Scott, Birmingham: A Trio (3 each) of 12 Bore Game Guns in Model 702 Made in 1974 with 28″ Ejector Dovetail Lump barrels, #1 at .730 .012 & .038″ (Imp.Cyl. & Full), 2 3/4″; #2 at .730 .012 & .040″ (Imp.Cyl. & Full), 2 3/4″; #3 at .730 .009 & .031″ (Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Mod.), 2 3/4″; Standard concave game ribs, Nitro Proved at 3 1/4 tons per square inch, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stocks at 15 1/8 x 1 7/16 x 2 3/8″ over a 1″ pad, Very slight cast-off for the right hand, All 3 right at 6 lbs. 9 oz., 90% coverage of period scroll engraving, The original barrel blue on all 3 would average out at 88-90%, The 3 average about 90% original bright & vivid case colors, The stock finish comes out at 88%, The checkering overall at 95%, Each gun has a leather cheek face installed for a right hand shooter, Every bore is bright & shiny and in excellent condition but there are a few very minor dings in a couple of the barrels, Each gun is numbered 1 – 3 in Gold on the toplever. These guns belonged to a very Sporting Lady in Spain and were used to shoot driven Red-Legged Partridge in Spain. You can buy all 3 for $5950, or we will sell the #3 gun for $2250. Price: $5,950

L.C.SMITH SPECIALTY 16 GAUGE FEATHERWEIGHT-ENGLISH STOCK RARE

L.C.SMITH SPECIALTY 16 GAUGE FEATHERWEIGHT-ENGLISH STOCK RARE

L.C.SMITH SPECIALTY 16 GAUGE FEATHERWEIGHT-ENGLISH STOCK RARE: sn218189E, Ejectors, Hunter One trigger, 26″bbls, choked sk1 and sk2. Mfg in 1914, one of only 691 manufactured between 1913-1950, and is even more unusual in the straight stock configuration.This gun is in excellent condition and would be a fine collectors piece and /or field gun. It shows light wear, has mirror bores, and the ejectors are in perfect working order. The stock is 141/4″LOP, cast off for the right hand, and is a nicely figured piece of wood with crisp checkering. The action is tight and there are double ivory beads on the barrels. An overall nice piece that will gain value and will be a pleasure to handle. Price: $5,600

Westley Richards Pigeon Side by Side 12GA 28"

Westley Richards Pigeon Side by Side 12GA 28″

Westley Richards Pigeon Side by Side 12GA 28″: Chokes (FULL/EXTRA FULL) barrels, case-colored action with single selective trigger. Prince of Wales pistol grip stock, splinter forend. About 60% of factory case-color hardening remains, minor bluing wear and handling marks in stock. Probably a live pigeon gun, tight bores and heavy barrels.  Built between 1906-1915 . Sold without case. Price: $4,995

 

 

Pheasant o2008 Pheasant opener in South Dakotapener in South Dakota

2008 Pheasant opener in South Dakota

Will the birds be back? That’s the big questions thousands of hunters will be asking as they head  today for the opening of South Dakota’s 2014 pheasant hunting season.

Last year’s opener was a bust for a lot of people. Back-to-back years of poor rain and thousands of acres of loss CRP took their toll on gamebirds throughout the state. This raised concern across the state and throughout the country: Was South Dakota dying? It sure looked like it.

I hear much of SD has had plenty of rain this year, and early reports from the state say bird numbers are better (even though numbers are still way down from the 10-year average).

South Dakota used to be the best place in the world to hunt wild ringneck pheasants. I hope it regains that title this season — and holds onto it in the years to come.

BTW: If you’re heading out for the opener, please let me know how you do. Stay safe — and I hope you see a ton of birds.

The first place we hit.

The first place we hit.

Lexi and I headed out for our first day in the field last Saturday. Lexi did well, but the birds were scarce. We moved two grouse and zero woodcock (and we hit two of my best woodcock spots).

The day started in some classic New England upland coverts – overgrown farmland broken up by plowed fields — plenty of tumbling rock walls and old, craggy apple trees. Lexi hit the first spot with crazed exuberance, bouncing and leaping like she was electrified. She seemed thrilled, but not sure why. We hunted into a birdy looking tangle and after a few seconds of high-octane tail wagging, she popped into a point. I thought she had her very first bird. It turned out to be a dud, though.

Lexi began by ranging out 10-20 yards and keeping a close eye on me. I walked her into the birdy-looking spots and tried to show her where to hunt. By the end of the day, she had started to hunt on her own. Her range was about 40 yards, and she was more independent and bold. She came when I called her, and quartered on command. Not bad for a five-month old pup.

The past week has real warm throughout New England, and I’m not hearing a lot of good things about the woodcock. I’m hoping to find some migrants tomorrow. We’ll be pushing further north and hitting spots that should have some local birds. With a little luck, Lexi may have her very first point. My fingers are crossed. Wish us luck.

Apples from an old apple tree

Apples from an old apple tree

A birdy looking spot

A birdy looking spot

Nice cover. No birds.

Nice cover. No birds.

 

Charles Daly Prussian O/U 12 Gauge - F.W. Heym

Charles Daly Prussian O/U 12 Gauge – F.W. Heym

Here’s a beautiful, high-quality shotgun you rarely see: It’s a 12 gauge Charles Daly O/U made in Prussia by F. W. Heym. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auctions ends on Sat, 10/18/2014, @ 12:46:55 AM ET.

Charles Daly was an importer, not a maker, and his company had doubles built in Europe for the American market. Charles Daly side-by-sides are famous for their high quality, and this O/U looks like it’s just as well made. It’s a boxlock with sideplates. It was built in the 1920s, right when Charles Daly first offered O/Us. In its day, it was a very expensive shotgun — $500. At the same time, you could buy a Charles Daly Diamond Quality side-by-side  for $450, an A.H. Fox DE for $256.60, and Parker CHE for around $220.

Charles Daly Prussian O/U 12 Gauge – F.W. Heym: This Charles Daly Prussian O/U 12 Gauge has been owned by the same family since its original purchase and is in very good condition. The pictures speak for themselves and I will answer any questions to the best of my ability. The length of pull is 14.5″ from front trigger to end of recoil pad, and 13.5″ from the rear trigger to end of recoil pad. (Correction) Barrels are 28″. Weight is 7 lbs. (Analog scale so this isn’t exact). Gun features shell extractors and safety lever. Choke is tapered, with bore diameter at muzzle being 18mm (perhaps just a hair under).

Charles Daly Prussian O/U 12 Gauge - F.W. Heym

Charles Daly Prussian O/U 12 Gauge – F.W. Heym

Charles Daly Prussian O/U 12 Gauge - F.W. Heym

Charles Daly Prussian O/U 12 Gauge – F.W. Heym

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

Here’s one of the finest German O/Us I’ve ever seen. It’s a sidelock Merkel Paragon, made in 1928 and ordered for an American through A.F. Stoeger’s in New York City. I spotted this shotgun at the Orvis Game Fair Show a couple weekends ago.

The gun is built on Merkel 303-style action with Double Kersten locks and double underbites and removable sidelocks with a concealed lever release (the lever is the round thing you can see behind the gold inlays in the pic to the right).  It was an awesome, and I couldn’t believe how well it handled. Absolutely stunning.

This Merkel changed hands between dealers at the show, and now it looks like it’s sold. I think the price was close to $60,000 — a ton of money, but not that much when you consider what you’re getting: one of the finest and most unusual over-unders you’ll ever find, at any price.

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE: MADE 1928 I HAVE SHOWN THIS GUN TO A LOT OF PEOPLE AND ITS THE VERY BEST OF THE BEST MERKEL EVER MADE PROBABLY A FEATURE ARTICLE ON THE GUN IN AN UPCOMING DOUBLE GUN JOURNAL ARTICLE AMAZING PROVENANCE AND ORDER SHEET THIS GUN IN 1928 COST THE SAME AS A BOSS OR WOODWARD O/U IN THE STOEGER CATALOG JUST OVER $1000 AND MORE THAN A PARKER INVINCIBLE. 32″ VENT RIB SPLIT BARRELS 28″ VENT RIB BARRELS HEEL AND TOE PLATES THE PHOTOS WILL TELL THE REST ALONG WITH T HE UPCOMING ARTICLE. PRICE: SOLD

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

12g Fox Sterlingworth "Trap" with true 32" barrels

12g Fox Sterlingworth “Trap” with true 32″ barrels

The Fox Sterlingworth was one of the most popular American doubles of all time. From 1910 to about 1940, A.H. Fox and then the Savage Arms Company built around 140,000 of these great side-by-side shotguns to shooters throughout North America. Most were “Standard” or “Field” guns. A few were true Sterlingworth “Trap” guns.

First offered in 1913, the Sterlingworth “Trap” gun wasn’t a grade. It was just the company’s designation for a heavy 12g, 16g, or 20g Sterly with 32″ bbls & full chokes. Ejectors were available as an option.

12g Fox Sterlingworth “Trap” with true 32″ barrels: Good original case color. Gun is tight with top lever well right of center. Mirror bores as original. Right at .725 with 43/1000 choke (extra full). Left also at .725 with 41/1000 choke (extra full). Chambers at 2 5/8″. Extractors. Auto safety. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 8 OZ. This gun points like a dream. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 3/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 5/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $1,350

12g Fox Sterlingworth "Trap" with true 32" barrels

12g Fox Sterlingworth “Trap” with true 32″ barrels

12g Fox Sterlingworth "Trap" with true 32" barrels

12g Fox Sterlingworth “Trap” with true 32″ barrels

12g Fox Sterlingworth "Trap" with true 32" barrels

12g Fox Sterlingworth “Trap” with true 32″ barrels

12g Fox Sterlingworth "Trap" with true 32" barrels

12g Fox Sterlingworth “Trap” with true 32″ barrels

A.H. Fox Historic Live Bird Side-by-Side CE-grade 12 Gauge shotgun

A.H. Fox Historic Live Bird Side-by-Side CE-grade 12 Gauge shotgun

A.H. Fox Historic Live Bird Side-by-Side CE-grade 12 Gauge shotgun: Offered is a very high original condition Fox CE 12 Gauge factory Live Bird NO Safety shotgun.  This fine historic Fox was ordered by JW Keifer.  We have compiled some interesting history on the Honorable JW Keifer including his service as the YOUNGEST Union General in the Civil War and his time as Speaker of the  US House of Representatives.  The shotgun is in FANTASTIC original condition with much case color remaining.  It has the FANCIEST figured wood of any original Fox Shotgun that I have seen regardless of grade.  Nearly all the barrel blue remains and the bores are excellent.  Original butt plate with a small chip at the toe. Factory choked cylinder and improved cylinder and no safety.  All features and dimensions are confirmed in the included Fox Letter.  Also included is some very interesting history on JW Keifer.  This is a one of a kind Fox with a very historic pedigree and in fantastic ORIGINAL condition.  Go to Ironmenarms.com  for additional pictures. Price: $18,500

BERETTA S-57 – 12 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN – MADE IN 1970 – EJECTORS – HAND ENGRAVED: Here is a vintage Beretta Model S-57E in 12 gauge made in 1970. Ejectors. Great original condition. Single selective trigger. Vent rib barrels are 28″. Bores as original. Right .723 with 10/1000 Choke (IC). Left at .723 with 30/1000 choke (Imp Mod). Chambers are 2 3/4″. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 3 1/2 OZ. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/4″. Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″. Drop at Heel – 2 1/4″. Price: $1,150

BERETTA S-57 - 12 GAUGE OU - MADE IN 1970 - EJECTORS - HAND ENGRAVED

BERETTA S-57 – 12 GAUGE OU – MADE IN 1970 – EJECTORS – HAND ENGRAVED

Beretta SO4 Trap 12 ga O/U Shotgun: Full/Imp. Mod., O/U, 2 3/4″, 30″ Boehler barrel, 14 3/8″ length of pull, raised comb stock, excellent condition, w/case.  For further information call John at 941-748-7318. Price: $6,800

Beretta SO4 Trap 12 ga O/U Shotgun

Beretta SO4 Trap 12 ga O/U Shotgun

Westley Richards, Boxlock, Side-by-Side shotgun, 12 gauge (factory 2 3/4″ chambers),  s/n T 10993,   Heavy 1 1/4 oz. Proof:

Westley Richards, Boxlock, Side-by-Side shotgun, 12 gauge (factory 2 3/4" chambers),  s/n T 10993

Westley Richards, Boxlock, Side-by-Side shotgun, 12 gauge (factory 2 3/4″ chambers), s/n T 10993

Receiver:  crossbolt,  side clips,  AUTOMATIC EJECTORS,   double triggers,   receiver retains most of original case colors (some light scratching through clear coating on right side that doesn’t cut into case colors),   PROOFED FOR HEAVY LOADS (SEE PHOTOS OF WATER TABLE),

Barrels:   28″ length,   BORES EXCELLENT PLUS,   choked Full & Improved Mod.,  swamped hand filed rib,   blue has somewhat thinned over the years (gun has never been reblacked),

Stock:   English (straight) style,   splinter forearm,   buttstock has 14 1/4″ LOP over solid pad and spacer (see photos),      DAC 1 3/4″,   DAH 2 1/2″,   twin Ivory beads,    checkering is excellent on buttstock and forearm, EXCELLENT MECHANICAL CONDITION,    YOU CAN’T HAVE A GUN OF THIS QUALITY BUILT FOR SEVERAL TIMES WHAT IT IS SELLING FOR,     cased in a vintage Oak and leather case,   Retail value $6000,   Sale priced at $5495

 

Here’s a great deal on a fantastic over-under. This gun was made in the early 2000s by Battista Rizzini for Sig Arms. It’s built on a proven action, and the single trigger is as reliable as any out there. With a straight grip, 28″ barrels, and choke tubes, it’s one gun that do it all.

Sig Arms Aurora TR20 O/U 28″, 20 gauge, Straight Grip

This is a beautifully handling 20 gauge over/under on a true 20 ga frame built by B. Rizzini for Sig Arms.

Features:

Sig Arms Aurora TR20 O/U 28", 20 gauge, Straight Grip

Sig Arms Aurora TR20 O/U 28″, 20 gauge, Straight Grip

• Hand rubbed oil finished European walnut stocks
• 20 line per inch cut checkering
• Schnable forend
• Single selective trigger with automatic ejectors
• Monobloc construction with case color
• Polished blued barrels with hard chromed bores
• Full set of interchangeable choke tubes

Our season begins…

Lexi, English Pointer, Superior Pointers

Lexi, English Pointer, Superior Pointers

Today is going to be a great day. This will Lexi first day in the fields, and I can’t say how excited I am to get her into some birds. Grouse and Woodock season opened in Maine on October 1. Normally, I would have been out last weekend. But a wedding and some previous got in the way. So I’ve been waiting….and waiting…and waiting for today.

We’re going to hit some woodcock covers right off, and with a little luck, Lexi will be into some birds right away. I hope the light bulb goes off in her head once she gets a bit of that scent. If I’m really lucky, maybe I’ll seen a bit of a point. Wish us luck. I’ll report back when we get home. Wish us luck. If you’re heading out, I hope you see some birds, too.

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