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Monthly Archive for November, 2015

Beretta’s BL over unders are great all around shotguns — especially the ones in 20 gauge.These guns were imported into the US in the ’60s & ’70s by the Garcia Corporation. With various degrees of engraving and a touch better finishing, I think they’re a bit more refined the 686s Beretta offered in years later. […]

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Harris Holland 8 Guage SXS Hammer Shotgun: #3012, 13 lb, 36 in.Rebounding Hammers, No chokes.Silver sheild, Gutta Percha Butt Plate, London Proofed 1874. 045 BBL thickness each BBL.excellent bores. Slight pitting on Breech end of chambers for 1/2 inch. BBLS refinished and rib address recut, Pitting on Breechface repaired, Butt Plate screws cleaned Otherwise original finish. Nice […]

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Parker shotguns are filled with myths and mysteries:The true origins of the Czar’s Parker; the whereabouts of the three Invincibles. While some of the mysteries have been solved, others, like the “why” of the 1/2 Frame, remain. Parker started building 1/2 guns in the fall of 1937–after the company had been sold to Remington and moved to Ilion, […]

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For a while now, some of the finest British shotguns in the world have been built by two German gunmakers. Hartmann & Weiss is located in Hamburg, and their guns are on par with, and maybe better than, the finest side-by-sides and over-unders being built in the UK today. Gerhard Harmann  & Otto Weiss learned gunmaking in […]

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Wow — now here’s a super cool little gun. Most of old .410s I see have short barrels and stubby stocks. Not this one. It has 28″ tubes and a 14″ LOP, so it’s enough gun for most of us to shoot. I would love to get it in my hands and check it out. […]

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F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge: Sidelock double. Serial # 1308.  2 3/4″ chambers.  26″ chopper lump  bbls,  IC/Mod.  hand matted rib,  Stunning deep ” sculptured ” engraving by Sosta Gianfranco (deceased).   Straight hand stock with highly figured turkish walnut, dropper points, and splinter forend. Checkering is perfect 32 LPI.     Stock dimensions are […]

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Here’s one of the hardest classic American doubles to find. Twenty-gauges by the Lefever Arms Co. are scarcer than Republican Presidential candidates with sound economic plans. Of all the major American shotgun makers — Parker. L.C. Smith, Ithaca, Fox — the Lefever Arms Co made the fewest guns. The total number was fewer than 74,000. […]

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Here’s one of the holy grails of grouse and quail guns. It’s a 20 gauge Beretta ASE, and what makes it so very special are the  28″ barrels and proper double triggers (most have 26 1/2″ bbls and single triggers). While it’s priced on the strong side, it just might be worth it. The 28″-bbls & double […]

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As I’ve written before, N. Guyot is one of the mysteries of the European gun trade. In the early to mid 1800s and into the 20th century, someone — or perhaps a family — “made” all sorts of firearms under this name: From target pistols and fancy hammerguns to high-quality sidelocks and plainer boxlocks. It appears […]

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Here’s a decent look double coming up to auction this weekend at Milestone Auctions in Willoughby Hills, OH. The auction is Saturday November 14, @ 10:00 AM Eastern. BTW: This shotgun is far from “Near Mint” like the sellers says. So be sure to take a closer look at the gun overall before bidding. The wood may be refinished, and […]

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