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Monthly Archive for August, 2011

Live Bird Gun — if you collect double-barrel shotguns, those three words can cost you plenty. There seems to be something special about doubles made for pigeon shooting–something that collectors like and sellers love. That’s why true pigeon guns command premium prices. It’s also why dealers are quick to label any side-by-side or over/under with certain features […]

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This a nice little G-grade Lefever 20g shotgun going off tomorrow at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, TX. The double barrel looks like it has a lot of original finish and color. In 20 gauge, and with 28″ barrels, it’s a hard gun to find. Too bad about all that drop in the stock, though. Unless […]

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Where I live…

My home is just outside of Boston. I work in the city, take the train every day, escape all of it when I can. It’s a great life. But it’s not where I live. I live in Maine at the end of October, as fall’s great show winds down. The maple trees are bare, but […]

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Here are three great double barrel shotguns on the market right now. Today. As we speak. First is this pair of 12g Boss side-by-sides at Lewis Drake’s. Boss & Co. made some of the finest doubles ever. This pair is a great example of just how beautiful they can be. Second is  this Belgian 12 […]

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As a primer to the upcoming bird season, I was flipping through Common Sense Grouse and Woodcock Training by Roy W. Strickland today. Roy Strickland was a revered gun dog trainer. Is his 60+ year career, he trained lots of great grouse dogs and saw many more. The fifth chapter of his handy little book […]

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Irish Setters are beautiful dogs with sad stories. At one time, they were hunting dogs, and they were bred for the field. But over time, they lost their hunting backgrounds and were turned into overbred show dogs. But today that’s changing. A dedicated group of people are breeding Red Setters – a variant of the […]

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Sorry for the late notice, but I just stumbles across this auction. It’s being held tomorrow, 8/13, in Montrose, GA, at Montrose Auctions. It features over 850 firearms, including nice looking doubles like this sharp 12 gauge Francotte and this clean 20 gauge Fox A grade. The sale also includes a bunch of Parkers and Brownings, and other […]

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A Rare Fox a C HE…

A friend of mind passed me this photo of this A.H. Fox. It’s a 12 gauge HE side by side finished with C-grade engraving and wood. It’s in fantastic original condition, too. Fox upgraded a handful of HE shotguns to other level of engraving and finish. I’ve seen one done as an X-grade and I’ve also […]

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Starting in 1949 and running though the 1960s (and maybe later), Beretta made a line of boxlock over & under shotguns called the AS grades. Most Beretta guys agree that they are the finest boxlock double barrel O/Us shotguns ever made by Beretta. They came in 12g and 20g and were offered in a handful of […]

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Every August I take Puck up to Wildwind Kennels for physical conditioning and tuning up. We headed up to central Maine yesterday to kick off this year’s training camp. While we were there, Jim and the guys were running spaniels and doing some dog work. They were kind enough to ask me along and we […]

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