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 quality name, and, best of all, a low price. Basically, it looks like a great bird gun. And even though it looks like it has a few issues (the pitting in the left bbl), it looks like it’s also a great deal.
(But if you buy it, make sure you have your own gunsmith go over it closely before you OK the deal.)
Here’s G&H’s info about the gun:
Franz Sodia – Scalloped BLE – 12 ga – $850.00
Grip: Straight Grip
Lop: 15 1/8 ”
Pad thickness: 1 ”
Type of butt: Pachmayr Vent Pad
Drop @ comb: 1 3/8 ”
Drop @ heel: 2 1/2 ”
Cast amount: 0 ”
Weight: 6 lbs, 4 oz
Comments : Inside left barrel has some pits. Right barrel okay inside. Outside of barrels has some surface rust & minor pitting. Finish wear on outside surfaces. Gun sound and tight. Mars and handling marks on wood.