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C.G. Bonehill .577 3″ Side-by-Side Boxlock Double Rifle: 26″ chopperlump barrels, one standing three folding gold line express sights on a quarter rib, proofed for the 100 gr. cordite 750 bullet.  Double triggers, auto ejectors.  This is the real stopper, genuine article! Original heavy proof.  Built on the Webley long bar, bushed pins, screw grip doll’s […]

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James Woodward & Sons over-under shotguns are some of the finest doubles ever built. When patented in 1913 (four years after Boss’s OU), Woodwards’ version of a stack-barreled double was a lot things: lightweight, elegant, easy to load and put together, and built on a shallow action. But it wasn’t was perfected. That didn’t come later. In […]

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I don’t know much about this maker, and I think the ignition system is based on an updated version of Dreyse’s needlefire patent. But I am 100% certain that it’s a beautiful gun. Ornate Deep Relief Engraved Gold Inlaid Heinrich Barella of Magdenburg, Double Barrel 16 Gauge Shotgun with Elaborate Raised Relief Carved Stock, made approx. […]

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Beretta is famous for its OUs. But they’ve also made a lot of nice side-by-sides. Here’s a nice, lightweight, no-frills one that’s perfect for grouse, woodcock, and quail. It has a few issues, but nothing you can’t fix (or just live with). 1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun: 20ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ IM / […]

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A truly versatile hunting dog …

A lot of hunting dogs find birds, point, and retrieve. Keep trails clear of debris for other hunters? This is my pointer, Sky, last fall at 8 months old.

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Here are some interesting gunmaker case labels I’ve come across lately. Makers glued these labels inside the cases they supplied with their guns. I love seeing them.

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As I was downloading some pics over the weekend, and I came across these ones of the aluminum Diamond Deluxe dog box I picked up last October. Back when I just had Puck and then Lexi, I kept my dog in a crate in the extended-cab part of my pickup. But when I added Sky, I needed to come up with […]

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This shotgun is just plain strange. It’s a 12 gauge Boss & Co. side-by-side built on a Purdey/Beesley self-opening action, and it’s coming up in Holt’s Fine Modern & Antique Guns auction on Thursday 16th March 2017. Purdey patented the Beesley hammerless self-opening action in 1880. By the time this Boss was built (1908), that patent had […]

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Pictures from fall, 2016 …

I was going through some pictures this weekend, and I came across these ones I took last fall. Hope you like them.

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On Wednesday, I put up this post  and asked Can you guess this 20 gauge Westley Richards’ secrets? Right away, few folks spotted this pretty little side-by-side’s special features right: sideclips, a Greener-style top bolt, and, most impressively, droplocks (AKA hand-detachable locks). Westley Richards patented the Anson & Deeley boxlock action in 1875. Twenty-one year later, they updated […]

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