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Even though Orvis is best known for fishing gear, they’ve always waded in fine shotguns for as long as I can remember. Their flagship store in Manchester usually has somedecent vintage shotguns for sale, and down through the years the company has offered a range of new side-by-side and over-under shotguns. I think these the […]

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The folks at Superior Pointers love fine grouse dogs from Robert Wehle’s incomparable Elhew Pointers, and they’re dedicated to improving this fine line of shooting dogs. Part of the improvement process includes breeding the best dogs they can find. Another crucial part is learning what goes it takes to create a fine bird dogs, from […]

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If you follow this blog at all, you know how much I like H.H. Heiser’s shotgun. From 1874 – 1955, the Hermann H. Heiser Saddlery Co. of Denver, Co., made some of the finest saddles, shooting accessories, and leather goods in the country. Today, items by H.H. Heiser’s s are very collectible. The leather, basketweave […]

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One of the best shotguns to ever come out of America were Browning’s line of Superposeds. Created by John Browning and made in Belgium, the Superposed was introduced to the US in 1931 as a 12 gauge with the 20 gauge coming into this country in 1949. The 20 gauge Superposed you see here was […]

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The history of the shotgun is littered with innovations that never went anywhere. From designs like this 10 gauge from Ethan Allen to the American Arms Co.’s Fox-patent Side Opener, some ideas sounded good, but never really caught on. The 14 gauge was another of ideas that never went anywhere. Fourteen gauge shotguns used to […]

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The firm of Auguste Francotte & Cie made a ton of guns, pistols, rifles, and especially shotguns. The company started out around 1805 and by the end of the 19th century and up in to the 1950s, their shotguns were imported into this country by Schoverling Daly & Gales and then Abercrombie & Fitch. The […]

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Browning’s problems with salt wood is a story that has been told many times (you can read all about it here). On the pic below you see what this salt wood did to guns. This O/U is a 20g Browning Superposed Lightning from 1968 – prime salt-wood time. Check out how that salt is eating […]

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Beretta S2 12 gauge Over Under Gamegun: 28″ solid rib barrels choked improved modified and full (.020/.040), automatic ejectors. Imported and retailed by Abercrombie & Fitch New York and is so inscribed on the barrels. Produced in 1950, this example appears to be unfired. Save for a few of the most minor handling marks, this […]

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Beretta’s SO-series over-and-unders are one of the world’s great shotguns. They’re also one of the most influential doubles of the 20th century. Introduced around 1935, the sidelock SO was built by Beretta’s as their answer to Browning’s new Superposeds. Tullio Marengoni, Beretta’s famous in-house firearms designer, considered Browning’s O/U “..very high, heavy and ugly.” He […]

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In 1875, Westley Richards started building side-by-side shotguns on their famous Anson & Deeley boxlock action. Twenty-one year later, the company updated the A & D design with the famous Detachable Lock Action. Check out the pics below to see some of what sets these designs apart. This first pic shows a regular Westley Richards […]

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