Another nice 20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond side by side…

20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun

Here’s some eye candy for you: it’s a 20 gauge  Lindner made, Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun.

Charles Daly was a businessman, not a gunmaker. Born in 1839, he partnered with August Shoverling around 1875 to import shotguns into the United States. These side-by-sides were marketed under Charles Daly’s name, and up to about WW2, they were some of the finest double-barrel shotguns for sale in the US.

20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun

Regent Diamond Quality shotguns were highest grade side-by-sides that Lindner made for Charles Daly (go to this post to compare it to a regular Diamond).

Just check out how beautifully sculpted the action, fences and toplever on this one are. Even though the gold is a bit over the top, it’s well tastefully executed so that it helps make this a real elegant little gun.

20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality Shotgun

Gorgeous engraving on a Max Ern O/U double rifle…

Engraving can make or break a shotgun. Done right, it adds to a double’s overall elegance and beauty. Done wrong, its gaudiness screams “look at me” and ruins the entire gun. On this Max Ern O/U double rifle, I would say that the engraver got it right. You can see more examples of Max Ern firearms here.

Max Ern O/U Double Rifle
Max Ern O/U Double Rifle

Great dog photos you’ll really want to see…

Maisey, © Craig Koshyk Photography
Maisey, © Craig Koshyk Photography
Souris-Manon © Craig Koshyk Photography
Souris-Manon © Craig Koshyk Photography
French Spaniel © Craig Koshyk Photography
French Spaniel © Craig Koshyk Photography

Craig Koshyk is a great researcher and writer. He’s also a skilled. The pics you see here are just a few of the fantastic shots you’ll see when you visit his site: Craig Koshyk Photography.

And if you love hunting dogs, you need to follow Craig’s Pointing Dog Blog and pick up a copy of his book: Pointing Dogs, Volume One: The Continentals

All pics © Craig Koshyk Photography

Last week’s good guns, powered by Gunsinternational.com…

Westley Richards Droplock Explora Side by Side Double Barrel
Westley Richards Droplock Explora Side by Side Double Barrel

A bunch of nice guns came on the market last week through Gunsinternational.com. Here are a few that caught my eye.

Westley Richards Explora Droplock SXS , 12 gauge, 28” & 26” bbls: 28” Paradox bbls  with flips sights for 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 yards. 26″ shotguns bbls with 2 ¾” chambers. Single trigger, ejectors. English grip, excellent original condition. Belonged to famous hunter Tony Makris, 7lb 11oz with rifle bbls. 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 X 14 ½. $22,500

20 gauge Piotti King Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun
20 gauge Piotti King Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun

Piotti King 20 gauge SXS: 27″ bbls,  3″ chambers , double triggers, ejectors, straight English grip, in maker’s case. Excellent condition. 6lb 5oz. 2 3/8 X 1 1/2 X 14 ½. $19,900

L.C. Smith Eagle Grade 20ga: 26″ barrels. IC/Mod. 5 1/2lbs. Ejectors. Bold bas-relief engraving with frosted background. Mid and front ivory beads. Barrels 97%. Wood 97%. Case coloring 30%. 14″ LOP. 1 5/8 DAC. Bores are bright and shinney. No pits or dents. Gun has a rubber pad of the period. 1 of 581 in all gauges. 1 of 111 in 20 gauge. $16,000

Pre-war Krieghoff Combination Gun: Made in 1925.16 gauge over 8×57 jrs.Beautiful game scene engraving and very nicely figured wood.Bores on both barrels are bright and clean.Marked on the rifle barrel “H.Krieghoff”. An outstanding piece of German craftsmanship.All original. $4900

16 gauge Manufrance Side by Side Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge Manufrance Side by Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Manufrance sxs 16ga: Very nice light Manufrance with both top and bottom sunken rib, straight grip, sling swivels. Light engraving. It features double triggers, side clips and extractors. Bbls are  27.5″, choked full and mod. The drop at the comb is 1.75, and 2.75 at the heel. LOP is 15″ to a pad. $1750

Krieghoff Combination Over Under Shotgun/Rifle
Krieghoff Combination Over Under Shotgun/Rifle
20 gauge L.C. Smith Eagle Grade Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun
20 gauge L.C. Smith Eagle Grade Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun

I knew this sexy little 28 gauge O/U wouldn’t last long…

28 Gauge pre-war Diamond Grade Adamy O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 Gauge pre-war Diamond Grade Adamy O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

Good guns at fair prices have a tendency to sell fast. Sometimes, just how fast amazes me. This rare, 28 Gauge pre-war Diamond Grade Gebruder Adamy O/U popped up on Gunsinternational yesterday and sold in less than 24 hours.

It’s easy to see why. It’s a beautiful little shotgun and it looks like it’s in excellent original condition. The price on it was pretty fair, too. I think it was $4950.

Gebruder Adamy is a German gunmaker who has been in business since 1921. According to the seller’s listing, this shotgun was made in 1925. It was made for the American market and it may have been imported by a company’s like Sloan’s Sporting Goods or Abercrombie & Fitch. I really like the straight grip and the double triggers. I bet the gun’s new owner will like them, too. He got himself a great little shotgun.

Here’s more info on it from the seller’s listing:

28 Gauge pre-war Diamond Grade Adamy O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 Gauge pre-war Diamond Grade Adamy O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

Mirror bores. Bottom barrel is .544 with 7/1000 choke while top barrel is .543 with 8/1000 choke – solid IC chokes. Double underbite locking system with Kersten cross bolt system on top – very strong. Gun is an extractor – good way to save those 28 Gauage hulls! Solid tapered rib 15/32″ to 10/32″. Gun was made in 1925 per the date code. Weight of the gun is 5 Lbs. 7 3/4 OZ. LOP – 13 5/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 3/4″.

28 Gauge pre-war Diamond Grade Adamy O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 Gauge pre-war Diamond Grade Adamy O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 Gauge pre-war Diamond Grade Adamy O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 Gauge pre-war Diamond Grade Adamy O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 Gauge pre-war Diamond Grade Adamy O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 Gauge pre-war Diamond Grade Adamy O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 Gauge pre-war Diamond Grade Adamy O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 Gauge pre-war Diamond Grade Adamy O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 Gauge pre-war Diamond Grade Adamy O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 Gauge pre-war Diamond Grade Adamy O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

Can a butt-pad cost $1220?

20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 1961
20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 1961
20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 1962
20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 1962
20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 1962
20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 1962

When it comes to vintage shotguns, original condition is king. The more original condition a double has, the more people want it — 100% of the time. OK, but how much more are they really willing to pay for it?

Check out these two 20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightnings that just sold over at GunRunnerAuctions.com.

This first one was made in 1961. It has 26 1/2″ barrels and it’s is in excellent, all original condition. The selling price: $2520.

Now take a look at this one. Even though it was made in 1962, and its essentially the same shotgun, it sold for $1300. It even has 28″ bbls, something guys really want today.

So why did it sell for so much less? Because someone messed with the stock. Cutting it and then adding that spacer and pad chopped off $1220 of the shotgun’s value.

 

 

U.S. Energy industry vs. the Lesser Prairie Chicken

Lesser Prairie Chicken, photo by: Greg Kramos / USFWS
Lesser Prairie Chicken, photo by: Greg Kramos / USFWS

Here’s some more information from The Texas Tribune about the upcoming battle between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and  the American Energy Industry over the survival of the lesser prairie chicken.

As I wrote in this post, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service may list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. This would result in serious repercussions for the energy industries in the midwest.

Texas Energy Industry Could be Stymied by Small Grouse

“In a few months, a grouse known as the lesser prairie chicken will emerge from its West Texas winter hideaway. Males will do a loud and elaborate mating dance, delighting females — and birdwatchers.

But there is less dancing now because the chickens’ numbers have declined. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, acting under the Endangered Species Act, will decide by the end of September whether to put the birds on its list of threatened species. Such a move could have serious repercussions for wind farms, as well as oil and gas drilling, conceivably halting activity in some areas. Those industries are fighting to keep them off the list…”

You can read all the post here.

Good gun alert: 12 gauge John Harper boxlock double….

12 gauge John Harper Boxlock side-by-side
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock side-by-side

I’m always looking for good doubles (as you can probably tell). When I find a bargain, I hate to pass it by. But sometimes I have to, and in the case of this 12 gauge John Harper side-by-side shotgun, passing it up is killing me.

John Harper was a gunmaker in Birmingham, England. He opened a shop in 1902 and his business was in operation until 1975. From what I can tell, most of his trade was in good quality boxlocks, sort of the meat-and-potatoes of the English shotgun business.

12 gauge John Harper Boxlock side-by-side
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock side-by-side

The side-by-side you see here was one of those meat-and-potato kind of guns. Built on an Anson & Deeley patent, this side-by-side looks like it’s still in excellent original conditions. It also has ejectors – a nice plus – and some great looking wood. The price is the best part — just $2299. I hate to let it go, but I guess you can’t own them all.

12 gauge John Harper Boxlock side-by-side
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock side-by-side

Take a fun look at an English Cocker pup…

Check out this quick video for a fun look at an English Cocker puppy being introduced to birds. The energy that these little dogs have always makes me smile. The video features trainer Bill Schaller of Schaller’s English Cocker

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