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Monthly Archive for March, 2013

Refinishing shotguns is like golf: Lots of people do it, few do it well. The 12 gauge VH-grade Parker shotgun you see here is up for auction now (ending March 17, 2013 17:15:00 PT). This double was made in 1902 and refinished by Parker in 1950 (owned by Remington and located in Ilion, NY, by […]

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This little 16 gauge is going to be soon, so I’ll make this quick. This side-by-side is a Charles Daly, and it appears to be a Lindner-made gun. That means it’s a beautifully made little gun. At $2,599, it could be a great deal. If you want it, get on it now. Here’s more about […]

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The side-by-sides made by A.H. Fox as classic and American as double-barrel shotguns get. A.H. Foxes came in a number of grades. The Sterlingworths were their entry level shotguns. Today, they’re the ones you see all the time on the used markets. Fox’s graded doubles go from A to F. There’s no E, and there’s […]

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Small bores are THE shotguns to have today. For every 12 gauge I come across, I must see a dozen twenties. The smaller gauges are also popular, and I know lots of guys who snap up any decent 28g  or .410s they can find. This demand has popped the prices on the real small gauges, […]

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Hit more– and miss less. Follow these tips on how to grip and hold a shotgun.

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Nice hammerguns are to find. So when I saw these three on Saturday at the preview for James D. Julia’s 3/12 auction, I stopped and gave each one a closer look. They’re nice shotguns, and all three –a 28 gauge, a 20 gauge, and a lightweight 20 gauge — are very hard to find. LOT: […]

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Merkel is not a gunmaker I associate with dynamic shotguns. Most of the Merkels I’ve seen have been stout O/Us with full pistol grips and robust forends. While these guns looked like they could chew through thousands of rounds without a glitch, they didn’t look like they would do it with any liveliness or grace. […]

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Charles Daly shotguns & drilling used to be some of the finest guns available in America. Even though these firearms were made in Europe, they were marketed under the Charles Daly name and sold in American sporting good shops like Von Lengerke & Detmolf and Abercrombie & Fitch. The three Charles Dalys you see below […]

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L.C. Smith shotguns get bad raps. Cracked stocks – that’s the most common criticism you’ll here about them. Finicky single triggers – that’s the other complaint people bring up all the time. While there’s some truth to these charges, the really only apply the post-1913 LCs. Before then, these side-by-side were much more trouble free. […]

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The famous engraver Henry Albert Kell, aka Harry Kell, is one of the most famous individuals to emerge from England’s  sporting-arms trade. Born in 1880, he was apprenticed to the trade in 1894. By 1900, his training was complete and he was engraving for his dad’s firm – Sanders & Kell. Between the wars, Harry […]

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