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Boss & Co. - Best - 20 ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Boss & Co. – Best – 20 ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Boss & Co. – Best – 20 ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun: #9729, Sidelock, Ejectors, Boss Single Trigger, Straight Grip: Lop: 14 1/2 ” to a checkered butt, Drop @ comb: 1 1/2 ” Drop @ heel: 2 1/8 “, Cast: 3/16 ” OFF, Weight: 5 lbs, 10 oz. Chamber: 2 3/4″, Bbl Length: 26″, Chokes: IC/M. Price: $70,000

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL EJECTOR, SELF OPENER S/S 12GA SHOTGUN: SELF OPENER S/S WITH HAND DETACHABABLE LOCKS, H & H BEST SCROLL, CASE COLORED ACTION, 28″ CHOPPER LUMP BBLS, MIN WALLS 24 THOU, 2 3/4, IC/1/4, STANDARD GAME RIB, EJECTORS, H & H SST, FABULOUS FIGURED WALNUT, ST/SP, 15 1/8, 1 1/2, 2″, 6LBS 10OZ, OAK & LEATHER CASE WITH ACCESSORIES & CANVAS COVER, EXCELLENT CONDITION, VERY LITTLE USE! Price: $25,950

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL EJECTOR, SELF OPENER S/S 12GA SHOTGUN

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL EJECTOR, SELF OPENER S/S 12GA SHOTGUN

LEFEVER DE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:

LEFEVER DE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:

LEFEVER DE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN: 30″ MODIFIED AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH ALOT OF ORIGINAL CASE COLORS 8LBS X 3 X 1 3/4 X 14 3/8. Price: $12,500

THOMAS BLAND 375 FLANGED N. E. 2 1/2″- VERY NICE RIFLE- EJECTOR- EXC BORES- A LOT of FEATURE #16903, Thomas Bland & Sons, 2 King William Street, Strand, London: A Thomas Bland & Sons 375 Flanged Nitro Express 2 1/2″ Double Rifle Made about 1914 with 26″ Ejector shoe lump barrels, Dolls head extension with a third bite, Sideclip action body, Bushed strikers, Bolted safety, Scalloped action back, Hinged front trigger, Nitro proved at 40 Cordite with a 300 grain bullet, 1/4 rib with 1 standing and 2 folding rear sights, Anson release forend, Very open pistol grip, No sling eyes, 14 5/16″ LOP over a steel buttplate, 9 lbs. 3 oz., Here is a very nice solid rifle that remains all original to this day, 65% original blue on the barrels, Traces of original case colors, Very solid wood both fore and aft, The checkering is still original and at 90%, The bores are excellent plus without a pit to be had and the rifling is as square as the day it was cut. The piece is accurate and loading information goes with the gun. I believe this is one of few that were proved with a 300 grain bullet, most are 270, plus the rear folding sight is marked “Axite – Nickel Bullet – 320 Grns.”

THOMAS BLAND 375 FLANGED N. E. 2 1/2" SXS DOUBLE RIFLE

THOMAS BLAND 375 FLANGED N. E. 2 1/2″ SXS DOUBLE RIFLE

This neat double rifle in a neat and fun cartridge has a lot of features not found on many boxlock English guns of this era; dolls head extension with a third bite, sideclip action body, bushed strikers, bolted safety, scalloped action back and a hinged front trigger. Thomas Bland & Sons were founded in 1840 in Birmingham and expanded to106 Strand in London in 1872. In 1900 they moved to 2 King William Street, Strand in London, and the address of this gun. This durable firm remained in business all these years, an incredible run from muzzle loaders to modern sporting guns. Thomas Bland & Sons Gunmakers Ltd. is to this day a viable firm, registered both in the UK and the USA and can be found on this side of the pond at woodcockhill  Price: $9,900

Simson BLE SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge: Made in Suhl, Germany. Boxlock action with a Greener crossbolt.  Ejectors,  28″ Kupp Steel Barrels, 2 3/4″ chambers, Chokes F & F. Bright bores. Pistol Grip Stock: 14 1/8″ LOP, 1 5/8″ DAC, 2 3/4″ DAH. 6 Lbs 14 Ozs. Price: $1,798.88

Simson BLE SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Simson BLE SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge

20 gauge Ithaca NID double barrel SxS shotgun

20 gauge Ithaca NID double barrel SxS shotgun

A lot of people think double-barrel shotguns are too expensive. While nice shotguns aren’t cheap, you can buy plenty of side-by-sides and over-unders for less than what a new Benelli autoloader costs. Here are a couple of these bargain bird guns. All three are on the market right now:

For guys who likes the classics, this 20 gauge Ithaca NID is perfect for grouse, woodcock, and quail. Ithaca’s NIDs are sort of the F150 of the vintage shotgun world – rugged, reliable, and no frills (I’m talking the cheapest F150s). This one appears to be in decent original condition, and at $995 it’s fairly priced.

If you O/Us are more your style, this 20 gauge Beretta BL-4 is worth checking out. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends on 7/27/2014 @ 10:02:36 PM ET.

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 double barrel O/U shotgun

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 double barrel O/U shotgun

For guys looking for something different, this Ruger Red Label in 28 gauge is odd enough to catch attention but still versatile  enough to use all season. This one is also on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 7/27/2014 @ 5:28:45 PM.

28 gauge Ruger Red Label double barrel O/U shotgun

28 gauge Ruger Red Label double barrel O/U shotgun

12 bore Henry Atkin over and under sidelock ejector circa 1925

12 bore Henry Atkin over and under sidelock ejector circa 1925

The London gun trade has always been a bespoke business. If you wanted it and could pay for it, a gunmaker would build it for you — or in the case of the Henry Atkin O/U you see here, the gunmaker would find someone else to build it for you.

Henry Atkin started in the gun trade in 1848 as an apprentice at Purdeys. Around 1875, he was building shotguns in his own name, and he did so until his death in 1907. His firm continued on until it was absorbed by Atkin, Grant & Lang in 1960. Even though Henry Atkin was a talented gunmaker, he never developed a design for an over-under shotgun. After he died, his company continued their focus on side-by-side shotguns. So in 1925 when one of their customers wanted an O/U, Atkin turned to another team of gunmakers and had them build the gun instead.  I’m 99% certain this team was the Hill family.

Charles Hill played a major role in creating the over-under shotgun James Woodward & Sons patented in 1913. Unfortunately, he received little credit for his contributions (or not as much as he though he should). So Mr Hill left Woodward and started turning out Woodward-style O/Us for other makers.

12 bore Henry Atkin over and under sidelock ejector circa 1925

12 bore Henry Atkin over and under sidelock ejector circa 1925

Up until the WW2, the Hills turned out twenty or so Woodward-style O/Us for other makers. I’ve seen one other Atkin O/U – #3217 (believed to be the only Atkin-Woodward-style O/U until #2680 popped up). I’ve also seen Hill-made, Woodward-style over-unders with E.J. Churchill’s name on them and the Ogden, Smith & Hussey name on them.

12 bore Henry Atkin over and under sidelock ejector circa 1925: #2680. Twenty eight inch original fluid steel barrels with solid file cut top rib, choked quarter quarter and chambered for two and a half inch cartridges. The action is of “James Woodward” patent, fully engraved with “Henry Atkin” bouquet and scroll pattern, retaining full original colour and finish with double triggers. The stock measures fourteen and seven eighths with no extension, cast slightly for a right hander with a strait hand grip. Gun is presented in original maker’s oak and leather case with accessories. Price: £49,995

12 bore Henry Atkin over and under sidelock ejector circa 1925

12 bore Henry Atkin over and under sidelock ejector circa 1925

12 bore Henry Atkin over and under sidelock ejector circa 1925

12 bore Henry Atkin over and under sidelock ejector circa 1925

12 bore Henry Atkin over and under sidelock ejector circa 1925

12 bore Henry Atkin over and under sidelock ejector circa 1925

 

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The latest on Lexi: newest pics of our puppy…

We’re 2 1/2 weeks in with our new pointer pup Lexi. She’s a handful, but we’re loving her.

Favorite place to sleep -- on my dirty laundry

Favorite place to sleep — on my dirty laundry

First trip to Petco with mom

First trip to Petco with mom

Just being cute

Just being cute

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Auction alert: Parker, L.C. Smiths, Brownings, & more…

Morphy Auctions in Lancaster, PA, is having a firearms auction tomorrow, Saturday, July 19, 2014 @ 9:00 AM Eastern. The sale has a lot of shotguns in it, including some nice doubles. Here are a couple that caught my eye.

NOTE: I tried talking to these guys about about a couple side by sides. Their knowledge of double-barrel shotguns is limited, so I would be careful with the descriptions — especially if you’re bidding blind.

L.C. Smith Field Hammer 16 Gauge Shotgun:

L.C. Smith Field Hammer 16 Gauge Shotgun:

Lot 563: L.C. Smith Field Hammer 16 Gauge Shotgun: Serial No. 156982 matching. Barrel length 28″. Side by side. Chamber length 2 – 3/4″. Choke dimension 1M, full. Length of pull 14 – 1/4″. Rare Gun! Royal steel barrels with mirror bores. Gun actually shows little use 40% case color. 90% thinning blue if the wood was refinished it was well-done. Most finish loss is due to age and storage. Original butt plate. Condition (Very Good). Est: $500 – $800.

Lot 565: Parker D Grade Hammer 10 Gauge Shotgun: Serial No. 39077 matching. Barrel length 32″. Side by side. Chamber length 2 – 7/8″. Choke dimension .25 .030. Length of pull 14 – 3/8″ to DHBP. Pitted bores. .035 wall thickness may allow for enough to clean up. Brown patina on all metal. Worn checkering. Could use some tender love and care. Condition (Good). Est: $500 – $800.

Parker D Grade Hammer 10 Gauge Shotgun

Parker D Grade Hammer 10 Gauge Shotgun

L.C. Smith Field Featherweight 16 Gauge Shotgun

L.C. Smith Field Featherweight 16 Gauge Shotgun

Lot 569: L.C. Smith Field Featherweight 16 Gauge Shotgun: Serial No. FW58545. Barrel length 26″. Side by side. Chamber length 2 – 3/4″. Choke dimension IC and MOP. Length of pull 14″. Drop on heel 2 – 1/2″. All original gun, case color and blue strong. The only nick is a flaking factory varnish. Condition (Fine). Est: $400 – $700.

Lot 574: Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 12 Gauge Shotgun: Serial No. 73670. Barrel 28″. Side by side. Chamber length 2 – 5/8″. Choke dimension 1C MOD. Length of pull 14 – 1/8″. 85% Thinning blue and case color in protected areas. Stock and trigger guard refinished, tight lock up, mirror bores. Condition (Very Good). Est: $450 – $650.

Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 12 Gauge Shotgun:

Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 12 Gauge Shotgun:

Lot 581: Parker Reproduction DHE 20 Gauge Shotgun: Serial No. 20-04194. Barrel length 28″. Side by side. Choke dimension 1C/ MOD. Single trigger. Two barrel set. English grip. Appears to have limited use. Close to new in box. Has box. Condition (Excellent). Est: $3000 – $4000

Parker Reproduction DHE 20 Gauge Shotgun

Parker Reproduction DHE 20 Gauge Shotgun

Lot 583: Baker Batavia Leader 20 Gauge Shotgun: Serial No. 3417F matching. Side by side. Chamber length 2 – 1/2″. Choke dimension MOD, 1MP.MOD. Length of pull 14 – 3/8″. Rare 20 gauge example!! Gun has fading case color and 90% thinning blue. Tight lock-up 80% varnish on wood. Condition (Very Good Plus). Est: $600 – $900

Baker Batavia Leader 20 Gauge Shotgun

Baker Batavia Leader 20 Gauge Shotgun

Lot 585: Nowotny SLE Shotgun: Serial No. 15496. Barrel length 28 – 3/8″. Chamber length 3″. Choke dimension full and full. Wall thickness .030+. Length of pull 14 – 5/16″. Drop on heel 1 – 5/8″. Nitro proof, coin finish, no import marks. Great engraving, ejectors, having great dimensions. Gun show only careful use. Condition (Excellent). Est: $2500 – $4000

12 gauge Nowotny SLE Shotgun

12 gauge Nowotny SLE Shotgun

Lot 591: Browning BSS 20 Gauge Shotgun: Serial No. 4010B37. Barrel length 28″. Side by side. Chamber length 3″. Choke dimensions mod full. Gun shows only limited use. Condition (Fine). Est: $700 – $900

Browning BSS 20 Gauge Shotgun

Browning BSS 20 Gauge Shotgun

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A great looking grouse gun: an L.C. Smith No. 00 20g gauge…

L C SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, OO GRADE 20 GAUGE

L C SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, OO GRADE 20 GAUGE

I’ve always like L.C. Smiths. While Parkers and Foxes are nice shotguns, I like the looks of a SxS with sidelocks. L.C. Smith was the only major American maker to build sidelocks, and today I think these guns are some of the best deals out there. While Parkers keep going up in price, and people are paying more and more for smallbore Foxes, you can still buy a nice LC for under $2000.

This 20g LC is a No. OO grade. From 1896 to 1913, the No. OO was LC’s entry level double. According to the LC Smith Collectors site, Hunter Arm’s 1900 catalog called the OO “A thoroughly reliable gun at a price within the reach of all. The new Armour Steel barrels are plain, but will stand the severest strain of nitro powder. English walnut stock; half pistol grip; checkered and well finished . . .”  LC Smith made over 47,000 No. OOs. Of those, 3,382 were 20 gauges.

L C SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, OO GRADE 20 GAUGE: 26″ BARRELS, MODIFIED AND FULL.  EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES.  FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, LIGHT CASE COLOR.  ROUND KNOB GRIP, SPLINTER FOREARM, SHARP CHECKERING, EXCELLENT WOOD.  ORIGINAL BUTTPLATE, 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, 5 POUNDS 8 OUNCES.  GREAT LITTLE LIGHTWEIGHT GROUSE GUN MADE IN 1911. Price: $1,750.00

L C SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, OO GRADE 20 GAUGE

L C SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, OO GRADE 20 GAUGE

L C SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, OO GRADE 20 GAUGE

L C SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, OO GRADE 20 GAUGE

L C SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, OO GRADE 20 GAUGE

L C SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, OO GRADE 20 GAUGE

L C SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, OO GRADE 20 GAUGE

L C SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, OO GRADE 20 GAUGE

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Auction alert: L.C. Smith Crown, Parker AHE & VHE, Fox XE, Winchester 21s..

Alderfer Auction & Appraisal in Hatfield, PA, is having a firearms sale tomorrow, July 15, 2014,  @12:00 PM EST. If you’re into American side-by-sides, this is a sale you’ll want to check out. There are nice guns by L.C. Smith, Parker Bros., A.H. Fox, Winchesters, and Ithaca. Here are a few of the ones that caught my eye:

20g LC Smith Crown Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

20g LC Smith Crown Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

Lot 120: LC Smith Crown Grade side by side double barrel shotgun: 20 ga. 26″ bbls. IM/Full chokes. SN 6421E. Blued finish on barrels, ejectors, Hunter Selective single trigger, full case colored receiver and locks, side locks are highly engraved with game dog scenes, excellent bores, white bead front and middle sights, middle bead is slightly worn, checkered walnut stock and forend show little to no handling marks, rubber buttplate, top of barrel rib is checkered and is stamped “Made to Order by the Fulton Arms Co Fulton NY”. All serial numbers match. Bore diameter: right – .620, left – .619. Bore restrictions: right – .020, left – .022. Chambers: 2-1/2″. Drop at comb: 1-5/8″, drop at heel: 2-3/4″. Weight: 5 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 13-5/16″ over 1″ silvers type pad. Estimated Price: $15,000 – $20,000

Lot 121: Parker Bros DHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 20 ga. 32″ bbls. Full/Full chokes. SN 222427. Blued finish on barrels, excellent bores, full case colored engraved receiver showing hunting dog on both sides, ejectors, double triggers, steel bead front sight, white bead middle sight, engraved barrel rib is stamped “Parker Bros Makers Merideth CT USA Titanic Steel”, walnut stock and forend show little to no handling marks, Parker Bros marked black pistol grip cap, leather buttpad. All serial numbers match. Bore diameter: right – .622, left – .622. Bore restrictions: right – .027, left – .026. Chambers: 2-3/4″. Drop at comb: 1-5/8″, drop at heel: 2-5/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 15 oz. LOP: 14-5/16″ over 1-1/4″ leather covered pad. Estimated Price: $6,000 – $10,000

Parker Bros DHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun.

20g Parker Bros DHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun, 32″ bbls

20g Parker Bros BHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

20g Parker Bros BHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

Lot 122: Parker Bros BHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 20 ga. 25-7/8″ bbls. Skeet/IM chokes. SN 166563. Reblued finish on barrels, barrels have been shortened by a little bit, single bead steel front sight, nearly full case colored receiver, receiver is highly engraved with a pair of hunting dogs on both sides, bores are slightly dirty but look good, double triggers, straight grip checkered walnut stock and forend show very minor handling marks, barrel rib is stamped “Parker Bros Makers Meriden Conn ACME Steel”, original skeleton buttplate. All serial numbers match. Bore diameter: right – .625, left – .628. Bore restrictions: right – .004, left – .021. Chambers: 2-3/4″. Drop at comb: 1-7/8″, drop at heel: 3-1/2″. Weight: 5 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14″ over skeleton butt. Estimated Price: $12,000 – $16,000

28g Parker Bros AHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

28g Parker Bros AHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

Lot 123: Parker Bros AHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 28 ga. 26″ bbls. Modified/Full chokes. SN 188861. Original blued finish on metal, over 70% original case color, “00″ frame, some very small spots of light oxidation on underside of receiver, checkered walnut stock and forend show handling marks with a few being deep, receiver shows quail game scene on left side and pheasant scene on right, underside engraving shows hunting dog, barrel rib is stamped “Parker Bros Makers Meriden Conn ACME Steel”, lever mechanism sometimes sticks preventing the gun from closing, simply pushing lever to the right allows gun to close, single steel bead front sight, double triggers, skeleton buttplate. All serial numbers match. Bore diameter: right – .560, left – .556. Bore restrictions: right – .016, left – .023. Chambers: 2-1/2″. Drop at comb: 1-5/8″, drop at heel: 2-5/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/16″ over skeleton buttplate. Estimated Price: $30,000 – $40,000

AH Fox XE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 12 ga.

AH Fox XE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 12 ga.

Lot 125: AH Fox XE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 12 ga. 30″ bbls. Modified/Full chokes. SN 25397. Blued finish on barrels, excellent bores, Kautzky single selective trigger, white bead front and middle sights, highly engraved receiver shows grouse scene on left side, duck scene on right and a fox scene on underside, approximately 40% of case color remaining, checkered walnut stock shows little to no handling marks, right side of stock does have a small stress crack just behind receiver, appears to be restocked but the forearm appears to be original, after market rubber buttpad. Slight dent in left barrel forward of forend. Left side barrel is stamped “Made by AH Fox Gun Co Phila PA USA”, right side barrel is stamped “Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel”. All serial numbers match. Bore diameter: right – .731, left – .730. Bore restrictions: right – .023, left – .039. Chambers: 2-1/2″. Drop at comb: 2″, drop at heel: 3-1/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz. LOP: 14″ over 1″ Old English pad. Very good. Estimated Price: $3,000 – $5,000

28g Parker Bros VHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

28g Parker Bros VHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

Lot 137: Parker Bros VHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 28 ga. 26″ bbls. Skeet/M chokes. SN 145394. Blued finish on barrels, little to no case color left on receiver, newer checkered walnut stock by Remington and forend show little to no handling marks, bores are slightly dirty but look good, double triggers, steel bead front sight, black pistol-grip cap has the engraved name of prior owner, checkered black plastic buttplate is intact. All serial numbers match. Barrel rib is stamped “Parker Brothers Makers Meriden Conn Vulcan Steel”. Bore diameter: right – .556, left – .559. Bore restrictions: right – .004, left – .012. Chambers: 2-3/4″. Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz. 0 Frame. Excellent. Estimated Price: $6,000 – $12,000

Ithaca Grade 4E side by side double barrel shotgun. 16 ga

Ithaca Grade 4E side by side double barrel shotgun. 16 ga

Lot 138: Ithaca Grade 4E side by side double barrel shotgun. 16 ga. 30″ bbls. Full/Modified chokes. SN 326745. Blued finish on metal, full case colored receiver, receiver shows a few small areas of light freckling, bores are very dirty, underside of barrel shows an area where the factory sling attachment has been removed and stock shows a hole where the sling stud would have been, double triggers have an oxidized green finish, checkered walnut stock and forend show handling marks, factory black plastic buttplate shows minor chips. All serial numbers match. Estimated Price: $500 – $900

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Is 2 1/2″ not enough for you? A nice 12g Powell heavy proofer…

William Powell & Son SxS Boxlock Ejector 12 Ga. Shotgun

William Powell & Son SxS Boxlock Ejector 12 Ga. Shotgun

The British are famous for their game guns: 12 gauge side-by-sides with 28″ or 30″ barrels, 2 1/2″ chambers, a straight stock, and doubles triggers. Most of these doubles weigh in at around 6 3/4lbs, and they’re ideal for taking everything up to pheasants out to about 40 yards.

Of course, the Brits also made heavy twelves for waterfowling and pigeon shooting. The William Powell double you see here is one of them, and from what I can see, it looks like it’s a good deal. With original 2 3/4″ chambers, it should be proofed for 1 1/4 oz. loads – more than enough lead for clays shooting – and with it’s high stock and should fit most shooters pretty well.

William Powell & Son SxS Boxlock Ejector 12 Ga. Shotgun: Price: $ 2,849.99

This fine Birmingham double found its way to America by a rather circuitous route through Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  The left barrel is marked with the maker’s name and Carr’s Lane, Birmingham address and the right is marked, “Made for Donald Mackintosh, Melbourne”.  Research indicates that Donald Mackintosh, Pty. Ltd. was a gunsmith and sporting goods store located on Latrobe Street in Melbourne and engaged in the importation of fine firearms from all over the world.  An ad from the 1950′s announced the recent arrival of W. Powell and G. & S. Holloway hammerless SxS guns made to Mackintosh’s specifications.  This would explain the pistol grip stock found on this shotgun as opposed to the classic English straight stock more frequently encountered on guns of this type.  In any event, it is an excellent example of one of Birminham’s finer gunmakers with handsome engraving and barrels that ring clear and true.  The lockup is as tight as the day it left England.

William Powell & Son SxS Boxlock Ejector 12 Ga. Shotgun

William Powell & Son SxS Boxlock Ejector 12 Ga. Shotgun

 

Manufacturer: Estimated post WW II to early 1950′s by barrel flat markings
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2-3/4″ – Ejectors
Metal Condition: Engraved, case-colored receiver retains approximately 60% of original coloring with some vibrant areas remaining. Barrel bluing is approximately 85 – 90% with some freckling and patina.
Wood Condition: Stock and forend are structurally sound, but carry the bumps and impression marks typically found on a field gun.
Bore Condition: Bright bores
Barrels: 30
Triggers: Double triggers
Stock: Checkered pistol grip walnut
Stock Dimensions: LOP: 14-1/4″, DAC: 1-3/8″, DAH: 2-1/8
Fore End: Splinter-type checkered walnut with Anson release
Butt Pad: Serrated bone buttplate
Weight: 8 lbs.
Sights: Single metal bead
Chokes: Fixed – Full / Full

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Good guns alert: Beretta 686 20g & 20/28g set, both with 28″ bbls…

If you follow this blog, you know how much I love these guns. And if you’ve ever shot a Beretta 686 with 28″ barrels, you’ll know why. These two are in nice shape and priced right. If you think the wood on them is too plain, check out these custom stocks from Cole Gunsmithing.

BERETTA – Gallery Special – 686 Onyx – 20ga & 28ga Set – High Grade Wood: Two Barrel set - LOP 14-3/4”, Drop 1-1/4” to 2 3/8″ over a Kick-Eez pad, with a slight cast off. Both Barrels 28″ Mobilchoke and Numbered 1 & 2 with 5 factory screw chokes each gauge. Weight – 6 lbs. 7 oz. with the 20 bore barrels and 6 lbs. 10 oz. with the 28 bore barrels.

BERETTA - Gallery Special - 686 Onyx - 20ga & 28ga Set - High Grade Wood

BERETTA – Gallery Special – 686 Onyx – 20ga & 28ga Set – High Grade Wood

Sold only thru Beretta Gallery stores – Gallery markings on the bottom of the frame, top tang, and trigger guard. Upgrade wood with oil finish and a stock oval. Schnabel forearm for each set of barrels. Original satin black finish at 98+%, and original wood oil finish is at 98+%, bores are as new and the gun remains as tight as new. Very Rare Gun. The only Black Onyx Finish multiple barrel sets I’ve every seen have been Gallery Guns. I suspect the Onyx was never offered in the two barrel set, except through the Gallery Store. Price: $3,950

 

Beretta 686 Onyx 20 GA O/U: Price: $1,499.99

Beretta 686 Onyx 20 GA O/U

Beretta 686 Onyx 20 GA O/U

Caliber: 20 GA
Chambers: 2 3/4 inch and 3 inch.
Metal Condition: Excellent. A light handling mark bottom barrel at bore.
Wood Condition: Excellent.
Bore Condition: Very bright and shiny.
Barrels: 28 inch matte black with a ventilated rib.
Triggers: Single
Stock: Checkered walnut pistol grip with a black steel cap.
Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 1/2 inches.
Fore End: Checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Beretta black rubber pad.
Weight: 6 lbs. 3 oz.
Sights: Brass front bead.
Chokes: Tubes

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A couple incredible doubles: a .410 Boss & Co. OU & SxS…

.410 Boss Over-Under (O/U) Double Barrel Shotgun. Coming to auction Fall, 2014.Info at Juliaauctions.com

.410 Boss & Co Over-Under (O/U) Double Barrel Shotgun, as new in maker’s case. Coming to auction Fall, 2014. Info at Juliaauctions.com

Wow – talk about fantastic.

Two of the world’s rarest double-barrel shotguns are coming to market this fall James D. Julia Auctions. These shotguns are best-quality, London-made sidelock .410s by Boss & Co: a side-by-side and an over under.

Ordered in the 1950s, these doubles are in incredible original condition. They are also incredibly rare. Of the 10,200+ guns Boss & Co. has delivered to date, seventeen have been .410s: thirteen side-by-sides and four over unders.

These .410s are sure to attract big attention from around the world. They’ll also attract big bids. Pre-auction estimates put their value at $135,000+ a piece, and the final hammer price will probably be much higher – especially for the O/U. Last spring, a set of 28 gauge Bosses in similar condition came up at Julia’s. The final prices for those guns were $138,000 for the SxS and $207,000 for the O/U.

For more info on these spectacular doubles, go to Juliaauctions.com.

Picture courtesy of James D. Julia Auctioneers.

.410 Boss Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun. Coming to auction Fall, 2014. Info at Juliaauctions.com

.410 Boss & Co Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun, as new in maker’s case.. Coming to auction Fall, 2014. Info at Juliaauctions.com

 

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