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Monthly Archive for September, 2013

Ten gauge Purdey shotguns are not very common, so when one pops up, it catches my attention. The one you see here is at Alex Cooper Auctioneers in Towson, MD, and it goes off today, September 28 @ 1:00 PM EST. Interestingly, this one is nitro-proofed for 1 1/2 oz loads. That’s the same amount […]

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The A.H. Fox Sterlingworth  was one of the most practical doubles ever made in America. Rugged and affordable, it was a reliable SxS that gave hunters everything they needed at a great price. Wise Americans recognized this and made the Sterlingworth a huge success. But of the 100,000+ Sterlies made, none of the ones I’ve […]

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I’ve written about the Manufrance’s Ideal shotguns a couple times. These doubles use underlever opening/cocking levers and feature sleek, ultra round actions. Manufacture d’ Armes de Saint Etienne introduced the Ide al in 1887 and they made around 79,000 of them – that’s a pretty good run for such a quirky SxS. These two would be […]

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Quit the job. Put the guns and the dogs in the truck. Head west. Don’t look back…Videos like this one from the folks at Sky Dance Kennels in Dousman, WI, make me crazy…

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New England Arms in Kittery Point, ME, used to be the finest gunshop in the world. At their peak, the shop usually had a couple hundred used guns on hand — everything from high-grade Lefevers and Parkers shotguns to Boss O/Us and Holland & Holland double rifles. They were also North America’s largest importer of […]

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The 16 Parker DHE I wrote about this AM is a tough gun to find. But the Parker you see here is even harder to track down. It’s  a 16g BHE. According to the Parker Gun Collector’s Association, the Parker company made just 1,034 B- grade hammerless shotguns. Of those, I bet very few came […]

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Here’s a tough 16 gauge side-by-side to find: a Parker Bros. DHE-grade double barrel shotgun. Also known as Grade 3s, Parker introduced its D-grade shotguns in 1875. With a price of $100, this model was the company’s least expensive “custom made” shotgun. The DHE you see here was made in 1905 (the H is for […]

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Pigeon Gun…I’m always suspicious when I hear those words. Dealers love to them as a way to jack up the prices on any heavy twelve gauge shotgun, and a lot of time the words are misapplied to side-by-sides and O/Us that were really made as heavy game guns or even waterfowlers. That being said, I’m […]

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NOTE: Even though the seller has listed this gun as an XE, it appears to be a CE-grade Fox Shotgun. My mistake. Knowing when to stop is crucial to embellishing a shotgun. Too much engraving, fancy checkering, cakey wood, or gold ruins a SxS or O/U. Too little leaves a gun looking dull and unfinished. […]

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I’ve been to a bunch of field trials. Non of them have been like this one. This video was shot at the 2013 Border International Championship at Pennant, Sask. All I can say is that I would love to go.

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