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Monthly Archive for April, 2012

UPDATE: It turns it out this Beretta has 26 3/4″ barrels. It’s still nice gun, though. I’ve written before about Beretta’s fabulous AS series of over/under shotguns. Handling wise, they’re up there with some of the most expensive O/Us in the world. For the money, they’re one of the best O/Us you can buy. Most […]

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I’m always amazed by the doubles people have squirreled. Judging by the condition of this 16 gauge over/under, this F.W. Heym has been hiding under some bed, or in some back closet, most its life. F.W. Heym was a German gunmaker founded by Friedrich Wilhelm Heym in July 1865. This shotgun was sold through the Sloan’s […]

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So the hammer fell on lot #178 in Gavin Gardiner’s 4/18 Spring Fine Modern and Vintage Sporting Guns. Lot 178: Boss & Co., 12-bore single trigger assisted opening sidelock ejector, No. 6364 The results……….no sale! Most likely  this means that the final hammer price did not exceed the reserve left on the lot. I’m not sure […]

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Rock Island Auctions is holding their Spring Premiere Collector’s Firearms Auction on April 20, 21 & 22. Here’s a 12 gauge and a 20 gauge Westley Richards double barrel shotguns that caught my eye. These both look very original. BTW: if you’re interested in these guns, make sure you have a qualified gunsmith inspect them […]

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A little while ago, this discussion came up over at Doublegunshop.com regarding how a new stock on a double barrel shotgun would affect the gun’s overall value. I contend that when all’s equal, restocked shotguns are always worth less than comparable, 100% original models. This is regardless of who restocks the gun or the quality […]

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Check ’em out. The first one is a 12g W.&C. Scott Premier. It’s a real early hammerless Premier side by side. According to the patent use number, it’s the 67th gun built on that action. The second gun is an 8 gauge J.D. Dougall double barrel. Nice shotgun, but it needs work.

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Back when I was a kid,  “bohemian” went with two things: Bohemian Rhapsody , the wacky rock-opera by ’70s super group Queen, and lazy people who didn’t stink like hippies, but who still didn’t have full time jobs. I had no idea Bohemia was an actual place, or that this region had its own breed […]

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If you’ve have cash to spend, now’s a great time to be looking for a double barrel shotgun. There are more fine side-by-sides and over-unders on the market right now than ever before. Of these, this W.W. Greener 28 gauge, best quality side by side is on of the very best. Even though W.W. Greener built […]

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This could almost be America…

I’m not sure how the Greeks spell “woodcock,” but from this video is looks like they hunt them the same way we do. From the blaze-orange vest to the dogs, it’s amazing how much it’s like upland hunting in New England. I dig those huge Euro woodcock, too.

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On Gavin Gardiner’s April 18th Spring Fine Modern and Vintage Sporting Guns, I’ve saved the best for last. This E.M Reilly may just be the sleeper of the sale. Lot 180: E. M. Reilly & Co. 12-bore sidelock ejector, No. 33922 30-inch damascus barrels with 2 1/2-inch chambers, about improved cylinder and full choke boring, doll’s head […]

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