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Monthly Archive for January, 2011

W. & C. Scott is one of my favorite English makers. Their guns, especially their early breechloaders, are some of the finest double-barrel shotguns ever made in the UK. For a good chunks of Scott’s history (especially the 19th century), North America was their major market. Thousands of their guns were sold over here, many […]

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Hang around gunshops and auctions for a while and there’s a word you’re bound to here: Investment, as in this gun is a great investment. Whenever you hear it, be wary. A 12 gauge Krider double barrel percussion shotgun that has been a market recently is a good example of why. John Krider was an […]

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If a Parker built the great American shotgun, Griffin & Howe built the great American rifle. In May of 1923, a former cabinet maker named Seymour Griffin got together with James V. Howe and together with Col. Townsend Whelen and a couple other guys, they formed Griffin & Howe.  Within a few years, the firm had […]

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Another day, and more good guns to buy. Here’s a nice looking A.H. Fox AE 12 gauge double barrel shotgun that’s on SoldUSA.com right now. From what I can see, I’d say this gun is all original and very crisp. Not much color, but it doesn’t looked messed with, either. Check out this pair of […]

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South Dakota – it’s heaven for anyone into bird hunting. But there can be a downside. Too many birds. To see what I mean, check out this video. I’ve hunted South Dakota and I’ve seen bird numbers like this. While it’s awesome to see, it can really frazzle a bird dog– especially a pointer. I’ve […]

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Something I’ve never seen: ruffed grouse feeding. This short video shows up to four ruffed grouse feeding on the ground and in trees.

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Gun Runner Online Auctions has a few nice double barrel shotguns in their January auction. You can bid on these auctions now. They end on 1/14 & 1/15. I’ve never dealt with Gunrunner, but they seem pretty legit. But be aware that all sales are final. So ask lots of questions before you bid. A.H. […]

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In the small world of pre-WW2 American custom guns, the Hoffman Arms Company is well known. They’re bolt-action rifles were some of the finest made in the United States at that time, and examples of them are pretty easy. What’s not so easy to find are shotguns made by Hoffman Arms Company. So I was […]

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Value is an interesting concept, especially when it comes to double barrel shotguns. Why one gun is more valuable than another is sometimes hard to figure out. Here’s an an example of what I mean. This Parker DHE side by side is online right now at Gunbroker.com: This other Parker DHE double barrel shotgun is at […]

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This 8-gauge L.C. Smith side-by-side, double barrel shotgun is on Gunbroker right now. The seller says it has 32″ barrels. From the pics, it looks like it might be a No. 1 grade. L.C. Smith made very few 8 gauges – estimates vary from 30-35. From what I’ve been able to find out, they made […]

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