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The French have always been inventive gunmakers. Pauly, Lefecheaux and Darne gave the world some unique ideas on how double barrel shotguns could be made. Manufacture d’ Armes de Saint Etienne did the same thing. Their Ideal shotguns was another unique contribution to history of side by sides.

16 gauge Manufrance Ideal Double Barrel Shotgun

16 gauge Manufrance Ideal Double Barrel Shotgun

Ideal-model shotguns were introduced in 1887 and I think they were made into the 1960s. I think this one one was made around 1940. It’s a 16 gauge Gr. 2 with a straight grip, 28″ barrels, and the traditional double triggers. In the slideshow below you’ll also a higher grade Ideal with the monocle-style triggers.

The little lever behind the triggerguard opens & cocks the gun, and the little button on the triggerplate operates the gun’s safety mechanism. This gun weighs about 6lbs. You can see more Ideals and learn more about them here and here.

2 Responses to “A Manufrance Ideal 16 gauge double barrel shotgun…”

  1. Ham says:

    The Citroen of shotguns – very cool gun, Gregg. I would be curious to hear how it handles, it certainly looks sleek What are the second set of discs on the breech face? That dolls-head lock up look very substantial.

    Nice reminder that the A&D boxlock is not the only design that can work for a nice shotgun.

  2. Gregg says:

    Yeah, it’s just as quirky. The safety may have to be modified a bit to work right. The rest of the gun is neat.

    That second set on the outside is a loaded-indicator. It pushes out a little snail-eye on the corner of the fences when the gun is loaded. You can see the little stub in one of the pics.


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