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Monthly Archive for June, 2012

Check out this video of Michael Yardley shooting wild pigeons in South Africa. Looks like fun. It looks like this Yardley guy is a hell of a shot, too (of course, I’m sure he edits out the misses).

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Leroy Merz has this nice 12 gauge Westley Richards drop lock double barrel shotgun on his site now. Westley has been making drop locks (aka hand-detachable locks) since 1895 and you see these side-by-sides in a wide range of grades, from plain ones to deluxe models like this and this. Here the info on this one from the dealer’s site: […]

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Fox Sterlingworths have been the “gateway” double barrels for a lot of guys, including me. My first side-by-side was a 12 gauge Sterlingworth and many wild South Dakota pheasants fell to that shotgun. If you’re looking for something more of an entry-level grouse gun, this 20 gauge Sterlingworth looks like it may go for a […]

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Who says nice double barrel shotguns are expensive? I posted this 12 gauge Francotte Grade 14 shotgun last Friday. It auctioned off on Saturday, 6/9, at no reserve. The hammer price? Just $500 — that’s less than a new Browning Citori — and a ton of gun for the money. These Francotte were some of […]

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Here’s an interesting look into what double barrel shotguns used to cost. Back in 1951, Abercrombie & Fitch’s store on NYC’s Madison Avenue carried all types of side-by-side shotguns, from Purdey to Parkers. They also sold Winchesters and  Francottes. This ad shows what those guns cost. From the ad: Winchester Model 21 Shotgun: An outstanding American-made […]

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A Parker double barrel hammergun made for Annie Oakley sold for $143,400. You can read more about it in this article from the Kansas City Star.

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Here’s an interesting video from Willow Creek Kennels that shows a pair of GSPs working with a chocolate Lab. Pretty cool.

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Here are a couple double barrel shotguns coming up at auction tomorrow. Sorry for the late notice, but I just found out about them. 12 gauge Westley Richards, boxlock ejector, 30″ bbls. Wiederseim Associates, Inc. in Chester Springs, PA, has this shotgun and the auction is tomorrow, 6/9/ Francotte has always made nice double barrels – especially […]

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A.A. Brown & Sons is not well known. Even though their Supreme de Luxe double barrel was just named one of the best British guns of the last 60 years, few people have heard of this gunmaker’s name. This is understandable.  Since opening 1938, many of A.A. Brown & Sons’s double barrels have been made for the trade. Through the […]

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  Here’s a nice 20 gauge boxlock ejector side-by-side that would be perfect for grouse, quail, woodcock. According to the dealer, this double barrel Dumoulin features 28″ barrels, 2 3/4″ chambers, and excellent dimensions (1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ x 14 1/2″). It looks like it has a lot of original finish, too. Dumoulin was a […]

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