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Monthly Archive for December, 2013

Here’s a double you rarely see. It’s a sxs 20ga Beretta 626 Onyx, and it’s up for auction now, with the listing ending tomorrow, 12/24/2013, @ 6:22:43 PM ET. From the info I’ve found, it looks like Beretta offered 20 gauge 626s from 1985-1987. I can’t imagine the company made many of them. 20ga Beretta […]

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A big gun, a small price – that this Neumann double barrel shotgun. This SxS was made in Belgium in the ’50s, and its a well-made shotgun. If you’re looking to push a lot of lead, it will do the trick. 10 gauge Neumann SxS Game Gun, 32″ bbls: Very good condition overall with normal […]

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Here’s another addition to the Gallery of Great Guns. This double-barrel, side-by-side shotgun was auctioned off by James D. Julia Auctions in the spring of 2012. RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB. SN 13223. Cal. 16 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 26″ Barrels with raised, ventilated rib, match […]

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Here’s a dog I haven’t heard of before: The Sprocker. It’s a cross between a Springer Spaniel and a Cocker Spaniel. According to SprockerSpaniel.co.uk, Sprockers have been around for over 2o years, and there are between 5,000 – 10,000 of them in the UK, making one of the most popular spaniel breeds there. Other than […]

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I have a fondness for older, European O/Us, especially for ones like you see below. The doubles have everything you need — 28″ bbls, decent dimensions — and they appear to be beautifully made and in good original condition. One thing: I would double-check the chambers on the 12 gauge. They may have come from […]

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I often think of Birmingham and London as the centers of the UK’s double-barrel shotgun trade. Of course, both cities did make significant contributions to the history of gunmaking, but Edinburgh also played a important role. James MacNaughton opened a shop in Edinburgh in 1864 and in 1879 he patented his triggerplate-action ‘Edinburgh Patent Hammerless […]

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Here’s something I would love to try.

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Is this the finest Purdey bar-in-wood side-by-side hammergun in America? The seller thinks so, and he might be right. Many people who collect vintage doubles think Purdey’s bar-in-wood hammerguns are the most elegant side-by-sides ever made. I don’t know about the “most” elegant — I prefer lift-up models by William Powell & Son – but Purdey’s […]

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Montrose Auctions in Montrose, GA, has a handful of nice shotguns coming up tomorrow, Saturday, 12/14,  @ 10:00 AM Eastern. Here are a few that caught my eye: AYA SxS shotgun 12ga: Serial # 392041 Made in Spain for Sears Roebuck and Co. Excellent overall condition, LOP 14 5/8. 27 1/2″ bbls. Crescent Quail SxS […]

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Many collectors believe that London-made shotgun built between World War 1 and World War 2 are among the finest side-by-sides and over-unders ever created. Take a look at the double rifle you see here and you’ll understand why. Holland & Holland was known for making the best double rifles in the world, and the Modele […]

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