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Monthly Archive for February, 2011

So I have an addendum to my last post about the Charles Daly double barrel coming to auction at Redding’s on Sunday: I’m not so sure that it left Prussia as a double rifle. Last night I spent a little time looking closely at the pictures and a few things about the gun jumped out […]

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No, that’s not a typo. A made-in-Prussia Charles Daly side-by-side double rifle is coming up to auction this Sunday, 2/27. Redding Auction Service in Gettysburg, PA, has it, and the gun looks very crisp and all original. I’ve never seen or heard of an original side-by-side, double rifle by Charles Daly. The auctioneer’s told me […]

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You hear a lot of things about double-barrel shotguns: the only ones moving are the small bores, restored is as good as new, American 12 gauges are dead, this is investment grade, and on and on. Most of these statements hold very little water. But “Condition is King” is something else you also hear and […]

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Time magazine ran an interesting article on Wednesday about investing in fine double barrel shotguns: “When the final hammer came down at the end of the December auction at Holt’s Auctioneers — which specializes in the sale of classic English shotguns — total sales had hit a record $2.72 million. Among the hot sellers: a […]

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Think gun prices are crazy?

The next time you think you payed to much for a double barrel shotgun, just keep this in mind: An antique fishing lure on Ebay just sold for almost $2000. This lure doesn’t look like much to me, but it did look like something to at least two guys. I guess it’s a Heddon Musky Black […]

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Rock Island Auctions has a few rare A.H. Fox double barrel shotguns coming up at their regional auction this weekend. One is this 20 gauge SP. A.H. Fox made introduced the SP grade in 1935. You can read all about them here. This 12 gauge Skeet & Upland Game is the other rare Fox. This […]

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Save the quail!!

The end of the 20th century wasn’t good for Bobwhite quail, and the beginning of the 21st hasn’t been much better. Their numbers have crashed across the south and into southwest and their sad story goes on and on. Fortunately, they do have a spark of hope. You can read more it in the recent […]

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Think you’re a good shot? Maybe. But could you handle a sling shot like this guy? Incredible. Nothing to do with dogs or doubles, but very entertaining. Like this:Like Loading…

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Nice to see some positive press for a shooting sport in a major U.S. paper. I always forget that some people have never done this kind of stuff before. Check out the recommended gear at the end. Funny. The Thrill of the Hunt “In a late December chill, I went quail hunting amid tall pines and […]

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Most Belgian double barrel shotguns get a bad rap in this country. Unless they’re by one of the big names, like Francotte or Lebeau Courally, nobody wants them. That’s too bad, really. There a lot of barely know Belgian makers out there, and many of them made fantastic guns. In fact, some of these guns are […]

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