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What does it take to build the best? Check out these videos to find out. They do a great job of documenting just how Holland & Holland builds their legendary shotguns and double rifles. Compared to the Beretta video I posted the other day, it looks like H & H uses a lot more handwork. […]

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H. Mahillon, Brussels – Matched Consecutive Pair, Sidelock Ejectors – 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″: 28″ SxS barrels with hand-matted concave ribs, both choked cylinder & modified. 14 5/8″pull from articulated front triggers to checkered butts. 1 1/2″ – 2 1/8″drop. 1/4″ cast-off. Highly figured English walnut stocks with Anson-pushbutton-release splinter forends, straight English grips, classic […]

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Christie’s Fall, 2014, Sporting Guns sale went off last Monday. There were a lot of nice doubles in the sale, including a bunch of impressive shotguns and rifles from King Alphonse XIII of Spain‘s personal collection. King Alphonse was a big shooter, and he had the funds to indulge in great shotguns and double rifles. […]

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Beretta is one of the world’s oldest gunmakers, and for hundred years they’ve used the innovative techniques to build their firearms. In this video, you can see the techniques the company is using to build their SO-series O/U shotguns. Beretta’s SO-series over-and-unders are one of the world’s great doubles. Introduced around 1933 as the model […]

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I’ve never owned a Winchester Model 21. But if I were to get one, it would similar to the one you see here. Simple, with no frills or goofy gold. Double triggers. Nice long barrels. I bet it’s a deadly double for pheasants. The M21 was first produced in 1931, and it was manufactured by […]

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I’ve written a lot about Charles Daly shotguns — and for good reason. Up until the mid-1930s, Daly shotguns were some of the finest doubles sold in the US. Charles Daly was a businessman, not a gunmaker. Around 1875 he partnered with August Shoverling to import shotguns into the United States. These side-by-sides were marketed under […]

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What do you get when one of England’s most inventive gunsmiths takes on the O/U? The gun shown here – a Frederick Beesley “Shotover”. In 1880, Frederick Beesley created the Beesley-Purdey Self Opener, one of England’s most successful shotgun actions- the Beesley-Purdey Self Opener. He invented the Shotover in 1913, four years after Boss & Co. […]

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The Super-Fox is one of America’s legendary shotguns. Famous outdoor writer and sportsman Nash Buckingham raved about it’s ability on high birds. He loved the loved the gun so much that he named it “Bo Whoop” because of the unique sound it made when fired. The A.H. Fox company offered the Super-Fox from 1923 to […]

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Here’s an impressive little double. This 28 gauge Zanotti is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends Monday, 12/14/2014, @ 8:30:00 PM ET. I think Zanotti is owned by Stefano and Fabio Zanotti. According to this website, the Zanottis have been making complete shotguns since 1625 – longer than Beretta – and the company has […]

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Redding Auction Service has this nice looking 12 gauge Francotte shotgun coming up in its 12/14 Firearms Auction. From what I can see, it looks like it’s in fantastic original condition (although the pad is a later addition). These old Francottes are great doubles, and whoever ends up with this SxS is going to get […]

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