Here’s a challenge: Find a 6.5-6.75lb vintage double barrel shotgun with shootable dimensions, 28″+ barrels, two triggers, 2 3/4″ chambers, and a price tag that’s under $1000. It’s hard to do. That’s why this Franz Sodia on Griffin & Howe’s used gun list caught my eye. It has it all: light weight, long barrels, a straight stock, a [...]
Monthly Archive for May, 2012
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Posted in DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS on May 25th, 2012
Good guns are where you find, and you never know where a nice side-by-side will pop up. Just check out these double rifles coming up at this little auction in Kuna, ID. BTW: You can get great deals at little auctions like this. You can also get very burned. Be sure you have these guns [...]
Posted in DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS on May 24th, 2012
Here are a couple nice gunmaker catalogs on Ebay right now. The Boss & Co. one is from around 1930 (not 1920 as the seller thinks) and it’s the style Boss catalog you usually see on the market. The H&H catalog is new to me. I’ve never seen another one like. If it’s legit, it [...]
James Purdey & Sons has made a lot of shotguns. Since Purdey the Elder started the business in 1814, his company has turned out 30,000+ shotguns and rifles. This is one reason why you see so many Purdeys on the market today. While this one looks like many of ones on the market today, there [...]
Steady with Style is one of my favorite dog-training blogs. Author Martha Greenlee has been working with bird dogs for years, and her experience shows in every one of her posts. This latest one is a good example of what I mean. I went through this same process with Puck. If you have a [...]
Posted in DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS on May 23rd, 2012
Original condition is the #1 thing I look for in a double barrel shotgun, and the more of it a side-by-side has, the more I like it. So when I saw this 12 gauge Holland & Holland boxlock ejector, I was very impressed. From what I can see, this gun is all original and basically [...]
Here’s what happens when an 8 gauge W. & C. double barrel shotgun meets up with a 22 pound Connecticut turkey.
Posted in DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS on May 18th, 2012
Here in America, bigger is better. 72″ big screen TVs? Awesome. Ford F350s? Love ‘em. King Kong burgers? Yes, please! For shotgun shooters, magnum loads are right in line with this obsession. And when it comes to magnums, the 3 1/2″ 10 gauge is king. The Western Cartridge Co. introduced the mag 10 in 1932. [...]
Posted in DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS on May 17th, 2012
Lefevers are my favorite American shotguns and E-grades are my favorite Lefevers. With 6 grades above it and 4 below it, the E was sort of Lefever’s middle-grade side by side. This E grade is a nice, clean example of a 12 gauge. The price – $2950 – is pretty fair, too. For comparison, here’s [...]