This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

Parker Reproduction 28GA, Double Trigger
Parker Reproduction 28GA, Double Trigger

Parker Reproduction SXS 28GA, Double Triggers: 26″ barrels choked IMPROVED CYL/MOD. Perfect bore – bright and shiny. Metal finish is in excellent original condition. No loss of case colors. LOP 14 1/4″. DAH 2 1/4″. DAC 1 1/2″. All screws are clean and show no sign of screwdriver use. A few very minor handling marks in the wood finish from being in the safe. Complete with canvas covered leather case and snap caps. Price: $5,995

JOHN DICKSON BOXLOCK EJECTOR 12 GAUGE:
JOHN DICKSON BOXLOCK EJECTOR 12 GAUGE:

JOHN DICKSON BOXLOCK SIDE-BY-SIDE EJECTOR 12 GAUGE: 28″ BARRELS, CHOKED .003″ AND .013″, CHAMBERS: 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CASED, EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR, 6LBS 8 OZ, STOCK: 2 1/8″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 15″ LOP. Price: $3,950

Like New CSMC RBL Launch 20 gauge Auto Eject Double Trigger Straight Grip Exhibition Wood Cased 28 Inch Barrels
Like New CSMC RBL Launch 20 gauge Auto Eject Double Trigger Straight Grip Exhibition Wood Cased 28 Inch Barrels

Like New CSMC RBL Launch 20 gauge Auto Eject Double Trigger Straight Grip Exhibition Wood Cased 28 Inch Barrels: We are proud to bring you this listing for this like new condition CSMC RBL Launch Edition 20 gauge side by side shotgun.  This shotgun features a set of 28 inch barrels, like new bores, screw in chokes (Sk/Sk/Mod/IM/Full) and choke tool, checkered splinter forend, automatic ejectors, double gold triggers, case colored and engraved receiver, checkered straight stock, exhibition wood and the factory butt plate.  The length of pull is 14 ¾ inches, 1 ½ inch drop at the comb, 2 ¾ inch drop at the heel and a total weight of 6.36lbs. This comes with the original factory case, snap caps, etc.  Price: $3750

Army Navy 12g Hammer gun
Army Navy 12g Hammer gun

Army Navy 12g SxS Hammer gun: Some bluing on the trigger guard. Some case colors on locks, hammers, and receiver. Barrels have patina.  Bores good some freckling. Chambered 12 ga, 2 1/2″. Right barrel .729″, Left barrel .702″. Gun is tight, no cracks in the wood. 30″ barrels. Hammers have been broken off and reground. Price: $1500

Suhl ~ H. Bachstadt ~ S/S ~ Boxlock ~16 Ga:
Suhl ~ H. Bachstadt ~ S/S ~ Boxlock ~16 Ga:

Suhl ~ H. Bachstadt ~ S/S ~ Boxlock ~16 Ga: This is a Belgian made side by side shotgun with German proofmarks from Suhl chambered in 16 ga. with 27 1/2 inch blued barrels. The barrels are in very good condition with most of their blueing, the receiver is in very good shape with most of its case color, the stock is in good condition with minor nicks and dents, the bore is in very good shape and is still shiny.  Chambers: 2 1/2″, Barrels: 27 1/2 inch blue with solid rib., Triggers: Double triggers., Stock: Checkered walnut with pistol grip., Stock Dimensions:, LOP 14 inches., Fore End: Matching Schnabel forearm with checkering., Butt Pad: Black plastic plate with checkering., Weight: 5 Lbs. 15 Oz., Sights: Brass front bead on solid rib., Chokes: Fully choked barrels. Price: $1,199.99

Rare! A 16g Parker CHE SxS shotgun …

16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun
16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun

I usually don’t go for restored or refinished guns. But I have to say, I could be talked into this 16g Parker CHE. Not only is it rare, it’s my favorite gauge, it’s stock has excellent dimensions and whoever refinished it didn’t a good job (according to the seller, the work was done by Turnbull).

According to the Parker Collectors website, Parker made just 1,673 CH-grade shotguns. These guns came with either damascus-steel bbls (regular or Bernard) or fluid Acme-steel barrels. According to the seller, Parker made just fifty-six CHE 16ga 28″ Acme Steel guns. BTW: CHE = C-grade, Hammerless, with Ejectors).

16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun
16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun

Parker CHE 16 ga Restored: This 1926 gun was completely restored, rust bluing and case color by Turnbull, wood professionally finish. This 16 ga is on a 1 frame 2 1/2″ chamber with 28″ barrels, modified and improved cylinder. The weight is 6 lbs 11 oz, the LOP is 14 5/8 DAC is 1 3/8 and DAH is 2 3/8. They only made 56 CHE 16 ga 28″ Acme Steel guns. It does have a Miller trigger and the gun is better then what the pictures show, everything works as it should. Price: $8,750

16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun
16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun

This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss ….

 

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition
WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition: Serial #  16840, Barrel Length: 26″, Trigger  SST (Single Selective), Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip with trap (with spare front sight inside), Checkered panels with drop points, Pancake cheek piece, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm with horn insert at tip Rib Type  1/4 Rib With express sights (1 standing and two folding), Engraving Type  Westley Richards style Ornamental Scroll Engraving with game scene of elk on bottom and a Tiger on the trigger guard Other Options  Original Oak & Leather case wit accessories, Very fancy wood, Heel & Toe plates with checkered butt, Night sight, Floding front sight hood, Bolted safety, Sling swivels Condition  EXC. Plus Condition Weight  8#7oz Dimensions  14 3/8″ LOP Other Details  Mfg 1907, Amazing all original condition. Price: $65,000

Winchester Model 21, 12ga, 30" barrels, Custom Special Order
Winchester Model 21, 12ga, 30″ barrels, Custom Special Order

Winchester Model 21, 12ga, 30″ barrels, Custom Special Order: Standard grade Model 21 with fancy wood.  Special ordered with exceptional wood in 22 L.P.I. in classic kidney pattern and oval grip cap.  Canvas case with leather straps…letter of authenticity included. Serial Number: 16009, Chambers: 2 3/4 inch, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: Overall 95-97%, Metal Condition: 95%, Wood Condition: 98%, Bore Condition: Mint, Barrels: 30 inch, Triggers: Single Selective, Stock Drop: 1 9/16″ at comb, 2 1/2″ at heel, Stock Cast: None,Fore End: Beavertail (trap style), Butt Pad: Checkered Wood, LOP: 14 inches, Rib: Solid, Finish: Gloss, Weight: 7 lbs, 14 ozs, Manufacture Date: 1940, Choke Left: Fixed Modified, Choke Right: Fixed Full, Extras: Case, Authenticity Papers, Case: Yes. Price: $7,000

Beretta S03 Sidelock Game Gun 12g
Beretta S03 Sidelock Game Gun 12g

Beretta S03 Sidelock Game Gun 12ga: 28″ Boehler Antinit Steel Choked IC/Full 2 3/4″ Chambers, Double Trigger 1 1/2″x 2 1/2″ x 15 1/4″, Length to wood 13 7/8″ with 5/16″ spacer + 1″ Leather Faced Pad, This was a Factory Butt Plated Gun and still has the curve in the wood a plastic butt could be installed if someone wanted to do that. Production Date 1970, Chokes are original to gun and so marked on the barrel. PRICED TO SELL!!!! Price: $5750

Browning BSS Side Lock, Sidelock, 12ga, New
Browning BSS Side Lock, Sidelock, 12ga, New

Browning BSS Side Lock, Sidelock, 12ga, New: 28″ with fixed Mod and Full. Gun is new but no box, sorry, box was lost in a move. CLEAN gun, just one little ding as shown. SN is 010xxPT918. 1 5/8″ DAC, 2 1/8″ DAH, 14 3/8″ LOP, 1/8″ Cast off, 6 pounds 8 oz. Price: $3,999

Old and new: Great looking 20 gauge doubles…

When I first got into doubles, twenty-gauge shotguns weren’t my thing. I was more interested in 12 gauges and — my favorites — sixteens. But as I’ve aged, I’ve earned a respect twenties. Ammo is easy to find for them, most of them are lightweight, and the throw enough lead to kill the birds I hunt most of the time.

The four 20 gauge shotguns listed below are both and unusual and unusually versatile. Check them out now.

W&C. Scott & Sons 20 Bore Hammergun in Excellent Condition
W&C. Scott & Sons 20 Bore Hammergun in Excellent Condition

W&C. Scott & Sons 20 Bore Hammergun in Excellent Condition: This little gun has a lot of character. It has great lines and handles like a wand. My photos don’t do justice to the gun. The finishes are much better than the photos suggest. The gun was refurbished by Keith & Cody Kearcher in Bend Oregon. The case coloring is original and is fading in the usual areas. The bores are bright and shiny with no visible imperfections. Lock-up is tight with or without the forend attached. I have used this gun on pheasants with great success. I use RST 2&1/2 inch loads. These are light Smokeless loads. Stock dimensions are excellent for the average shooter. Collectors are aware that small bore English guns are rare. This is especially true of W&C, Scott small bores. I have only encountered 3 in over 40 years of collecting Scott guns. Here are the specifications on this gun: Barrel length =28 inches. LOP from front trigger=14&1/2 inches. Chokes are Cylinder and Cylinder Weight is 5 & 3/4 pounds. Serial # is 37622. Date of Manufacture is 1885. Price: $3,250

Exquisite and rare C. Pryse 20ga Hammer gun- nitro proofed! A vintage gunners DREAM small bore!
Exquisite and rare C. Pryse 20ga Hammer gun- nitro proofed! A vintage gunners DREAM small bore!

Exquisite and rare C. Pryse 20ga Hammer gun- nitro proofed! A vintage gunners DREAM small bore! For your consideration is a very fine and extremely rare 20ga English hammer gun.  The gun features back action locks which are very finely scroll engraved.  28″ Damascus barrels which have been fitted with Briley choke tubes.  The straight grip buttstock has excellent dimensions and terminates with a solid HRBP.  The splinter forend is near fully checkered.  The gun balances beautifully and is very lightweight – weighing in at 5lbs 6oz!  Stocks are extremely fine, as restored and checkering is crisp.  The grain pattern in the stock is superb.  Both bores measure .635 and minimum wall thickness is .028(right) and .029(left). Price: $5795 

Browning Superlight - 20ga - 1972 Man. Date - IC/M - 26.5” - 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” - 5 lbs 11 ozs - SN: 2871 V72 - In The Box
Browning Superlight – 20ga – 1972 Man. Date – IC/M – 26.5” – 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” – 5 lbs 11 ozs – SN: 2871 V72 – In The Box

Browning Superlight – 20ga – 1972 Man. Date – IC/M – 26.5” – 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” – 5 lbs 11 ozs – SN: 2871 V72 – In The Box! 1972 Man. Date – IC/M – 26.5” – 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” – 5 lbs 11 ozs – SN: 2871 V72 – In The Box!  Minor Field Evidence can be found on wood and metal.  Great Shooting Superposed! Price: $4,900

Nikko Lightweight Ejector - 20ga - 28” Barrels - Straight Grip - M/IM Chokes - Winchester 101 Style - Tight Action - 14 1/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”
Nikko Lightweight Ejector – 20ga – 28” Barrels – Straight Grip – M/IM Chokes – Winchester 101 Style – Tight Action – 14 1/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”

Nikko Lightweight Ejector – 20ga – 28” Barrels – Straight Grip – M/IM Chokes – Winchester 101 Style – Tight Action – 14 1/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”: Nikko Lightweight Ejector – 20ga – 28” Barrels – Straight Grip – M/IM Chokes – 6 lbs 2 ozs – Clean and Tight Action – 14 1/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 6 lbs 2 ozs – NICE!  Dove Gun Deluxe!  Perfect Chokes, Configuration and Weight – Very Nice Shotgun

A mythical Parker: a 12 gauge A1-Special …

Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America's finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America’s finest firearms

The double you see here is one of the highest-grade side-by-sides ever made in America. It’s a 12 gauge Parker Bros. Quality A. No. 1 Special and it’s on a #2 frame with 32″ Whitworth steel barrels

Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America's finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America’s finest firearms

This incredible double just came on the market this week and it’s being offered by a dealer in North Carolina called Lion Stone Consultants. You can reach them at 704-280-2382. Price? Well, let’s just say it ain’t cheap.

Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America's finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America’s finest firearms

As you can imagine, this is a rare gun. Parker made about 79 A1-Specials. Of those, only thirteen were 12 gauges with 32″ barrels. It was ordered on 5/5/1914 and its original price was $397.75 — a lot of money considering the average annual salary for an American man was about $687 back then.

Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America's finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America’s finest firearms

Parker added the A-1 Special to their lineup in 1907.  and up until they built their first Invincible in 1923, it was the company’s highest-grade gun.

Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America's finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America’s finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America's finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America’s finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America's finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America’s finest firearms

Auction alert: A bunch of nice doubles coming up tomorrow …

Curless Auction in Pittsfield, IL, is having a Tremendous Firearm Auction 300 Gun Collection auction tomorrow, Friday, 5/31. It looks like there are some nice double in the sale. Here are a few that caught my eye.

WINCHESTER MODEL 21, 12 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 28", SINGLE TRIGGER, AUTO EJECTORS, MODIFIED/ IMPROVED, SN
WINCHESTER MODEL 21, 12 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 28″, SINGLE TRIGGER, AUTO EJECTORS, MODIFIED/ IMPROVED, SN

Lot #52: WINCHESTER MODEL 21, 12 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 28″, SINGLE TRIGGER, AUTO EJECTORS, MODIFIED/ IMPROVED, SN: SN 19524

CSMC A10 20 GA, AND 28 GA, 2 BARREL SET, CUSTOM WOOD BY WATTS WALNUT AND DONNIE GEMES CHECKERING, NEW:
CSMC A10 20 GA, AND 28 GA, 2 BARREL SET, CUSTOM WOOD BY WATTS WALNUT AND DONNIE GEMES CHECKERING, NEW:

Lot # 505: CSMC A10 20 GA, AND 28 GA, 2 BARREL SET, CUSTOM WOOD BY WATTS WALNUT AND DONNIE GEMES CHECKERING, NEW: UNFIRED

GRIFFIN AND HOWE IMPORTED ARIETTA, 20 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 26" BARRELS, HAND DETACHABLE SIDE LOCKS
GRIFFIN AND HOWE IMPORTED ARIETTA, 20 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 26″ BARRELS, HAND DETACHABLE SIDE LOCKS

Lot #516: GRIFFIN AND HOWE IMPORTED ARIETTA, 20 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 26″ BARRELS, HAND DETACHABLE SIDE LOCKS: HAND DETACHABLE SIDE LOCKS, FULLY ENGRAVED, ROLLED TRIGGER GUARD, ARTICULATED FRONT TRIGGER, CHECKERED BUTT, BUSHED FIRING PINS.

RBL 28 GA, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, AUTO EJECTORS, ASSISTED OPENING, EXHIBITION GRADE WOOD
RBL 28 GA, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, AUTO EJECTORS, ASSISTED OPENING, EXHIBITION GRADE WOOD

Lot # 525: RBL 28 GA, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, AUTO EJECTORS, ASSISTED OPENING, EXHIBITION GRADE WOOD: BEAVERTAIL FORE END, CASE COLORED, ROSEWOOD CLEANING  ROD, NEW AND UNFIRED IN MAKER’S CASE. SN-RBL003354

Good gun alert: 28g FAIR OU, double triggers, 28″ bbls…

FAIR Rizzini NEA 500 OU 28 Gauge
FAIR Rizzini NEA 500 OU 28 Gauge

A few years after I became obsesses with doubles, I stumbled into a job at gunshop called New England Arms. Located in Kittery Point, ME, New England Arms (NEA) was the finest gunshop in the world back then (we’re talking 1999) and the SxSs and OUs they had on their floor went from Fox Sterlingworths and Parker AH-grades to Purdeys, Bosses and Fabbris.

FAIR Rizzini NEA 500 OU 28 Gauge
FAIR Rizzini NEA 500 OU 28 Gauge

New England Arms also had these OUs built by for them in Italy by Fabbrica Armi Isidoro Rizzini (FAIR). These guns were built on the classic Brescian triggerplate action and used a Boss/Woodward-inspired lockup. They were solid, reliable guns, great for hunting. The one you see here is special with it’s double triggers, straight stock, and subtly color-case hardened action. At $1,150, I don’t see how it’s not a deal.

FAIR Rizzini NEA 500 OU 28 Gauge
FAIR Rizzini NEA 500 OU 28 Gauge

FAIR Rizzini NEA 500 OU 28 Gauge: With Imp & Mod Choke Tubes.  It is in good shape with normal wear from shooting sporting clays.  Straight English syle stock with double triggers and automatic ejectors.  Excellent price for this shotgun. Chambers: 2 3/4″, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: Good , Barrels: 28″, Triggers: Double, LOP: 14.5″, Chokes: Imp / Mod Price: $1,150 

Good gun alert: 12g Army & Navy boxlock ejector …

Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga

I’ve been looking at this double for a while, and I can’t figure out why its price is so low.

Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga
Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga

Not only is a Birmingham-built SxS that uses one of the most reliable actions of all time (the Anson & Deeley boxlock), but it also appears to be in excellent original condition. Does it have any faults? Maybe its weight. It’s not light, but it weighs as much as a lot of 16g Parkers (and some 20g Parkers).

Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga
Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga

The Army & Navy Stores were a cooperative that served British military officers throughout the old British Empire. They were not gunmakers. Instead, they had guns built for them by tradesman in Birmingham and London.

Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga
Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga

Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga: Chambers: 2.5″, Metal Condition: Some Light User Marks, Wood Condition: Some Lite User Marks, Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny, Barrels: 30″, Triggers: Double Triggers, Stock: Checkered English Grip, Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered Splinder, Butt Pad: Checkered Butt, Weight: 6 Lbs 14 Oz., Sights: Front Bead, Chokes: IC & LMOD Price: $1,849.99

 

Listen up: Talking doubles on “A Break in the Action” podcast…

Listen up: Talking vintage shotguns on the A Break in the Action podcast
Listen up: Talking vintage shotguns on the A Break in the Action podcast

Vintage shotguns with Gregg Elliott

I love spreading the word about old doubles and helping guys find great guns. So a couple of weeks ago I talked vintage shotguns with Ryan Doughty at the Break in the Action podcast. Give it a listen. I hope I said at a few memorable things.

 

Good gun alert: 20g Beretta Bl-3, $799

Beretta BL-3 20ga 26.5" VR Barrel 3" Shell O/U Shotgun 1968-76mfg
Beretta BL-3 20ga 26.5″ VR Barrel 3″ Shell O/U Shotgun 1968-76mfg

Here’s a great deal on a fantastic double for grouse, woodcock, quail and even pheasants. There BL3 are well made — and most of the time they’ll cost you a lot more.

Beretta BL-3 20ga 26.5" VR Barrel 3" Shell O/U Shotgun 1968-76mfg
Beretta BL-3 20ga 26.5″ VR Barrel 3″ Shell O/U Shotgun 1968-76mfg

Beretta BL-3 20ga 26.5″ VR Barrel 3″ Shell O/U Shotgun 1968-76mfg: This shotgun features a standard Beretta action mechanism with 26.5″ vent ribbed barrels, choked modified over and improved cylinder under. The shotgun also features walnut furniture with very fine cut checkering, in addition to blued hardware and fine, ornate engraving on the receiver and areas of the barrel. The shotgun is in excellent working condition with a tight action, excellent bores, nice ringing barrels and a solid action mechanism. Some signs of light use is present, but the gun appears to have been well cared for. Please refer to the photos to further assess the condition of the shotgun. A wonderful field gun or it’d be great for trap! 14″ LOP.  Price: $799

Beretta BL-3 20ga 26.5" VR Barrel 3" Shell O/U Shotgun 1968-76mfg
Beretta BL-3 20ga 26.5″ VR Barrel 3″ Shell O/U Shotgun 1968-76mfg

Auction alert: 12g Belgian Masquelier boxlock, no reserve…

Fine 12g Belgian Masquelier boxlock – Liege

Here’s another double that looks a like a deal. Masquelier was a well-known Belgian gunmaker for just over 100 hundred years. They made everything from pistols and top-quality sidelock shotguns to the kind of medium-grade boxlock shotguns you see here.

Fine 12g Belgian Masquelier boxlock – Liege

This gun is built on one of the finest shotguns designs every created — the Anson & Deeley action. From what I can see, the gun looks like it’s in great shape overall. It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing end this Tuesday, 5/21/2019, @ 10:20 PM.

One thing: Ask the seller about his inspection/return policy. When buying online, a 3-day inspection/return policy is a must. Be sure he’s offering one before bidding.

Fine 12g Belgian Masquelier boxlock – Liege

Fine 12g Belgian Masquelier boxlock – Liege: This is a nice, high quality, SxS 12 ga. made in Belgium by C. Masquelier, that produced the Masquelier guns from approx. 1925 – 1956. This fine example is a 12 ga. with 70mm,2 3/4″ chambers, bright clean bores, both choked 182 – which is approx. imp. modified. However, the right muzzle is slightly more open, measuring approx. .705, the right about .700. The barrels measure approx. 27 5/8″ long. The L.O.P. to the front trigger is approx. 14 1/2″, the drop at comb 1 1/2″ and at the heel, 2 3/8″. Cast – off. The action has a Greener cross bolt, and it locks up tight. Weighs approx. 6 lbs. 14 ozs. I believe the ‘Z’ over the proof mark on the bottom of the barrels indicates a 1952 manufacture date. The nice European walnut stock is solid, no cracks. The forend does have a very small splinter missing at the left front. The barrels both have several scattered areas of light corrosion from the muzzle, down about 12 – 13″, almost all of it is on the sides, the left barrel has a bit more, with another small spot above the forearm, the top of the barrels look very nice. This is a used hunting gun, cared for, but with some cosmetic marks and use. Overall, still a nice example of a fine Belgian sxs, priced cheap! ( look at other Masqueliers), ready to hunt with.

This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

 

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .318 Accelerated Express Cased Mfg 1913 Outstanding condition
WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .318 Accelerated Express Cased Mfg 1913 Outstanding condition

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .318 Accelerated Express Cased Mfg 1913 Outstanding condition: Barrel Length (in Inches)  24″, Stock Configuration: Capped Pistol Grip and very fine Flur-di-lis checkering and pancake style cheekpiece, Forearm Type:  Splinter Forearm Rib Type  1/4 Rib With express sights 1 standing and 4 folding Receiver Finish  Casehardened Engraving Type  Large ornamental scroll with game scene cameos and carved fences, Engraved wedges on barrels Other Options  Flip up night sight, Grip cap with trap, Leather case with maker’s label, Gold oval, Sling swivels, Bolted safety, Type C top lever Condition  EXC. Plus Condition Weight  9#9oz Dimensions  14 5/8″ LOP Other Details  Mfg 1913. Price: $60,000

Parker DHE 28 Gauge
Parker DHE 28 Gauge

Parker DHE 28 Gauge: 00 Frame, Serial Number: 240314, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 26 inches, Triggers: Single Selective Trigger, Gauge: 28 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 1/8 inches, Stock Heel: 1 3/4 inches, Fore End: Beavertail, LOP: 14 1/4 inches, Weight: 6 lbs. 1 oz. Price: $39,500

Fr. Wilh. HEYM - 20ga - 28” - Lightweight Game Gun - 2 3/4” - IC/M - Double Trigger - 14 5/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 3/8” - 5 lbs 12 ozs - SN: 6009 - Gorgeous!!
Fr. Wilh. HEYM – 20ga – 28” – Lightweight Game Gun – 2 3/4” – IC/M – Double Trigger – 14 5/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 3/8” – 5 lbs 12 ozs – SN: 6009 – Gorgeous!!

Fr. Wilh. HEYM – 20ga – 28” – Lightweight Game Gun – 2 3/4” – IC/M – Double Trigger – 14 5/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 3/8” – 5 lbs 12 ozs – SN: 6009 – Gorgeous!! SN: 6009 – there are three ebony inserts – auto safety – Gorgeous!!  Read the case label for specs – the entire package is wonderful – The Engraving is Outstanding – Field Gun for the Discerning Shooter.  Some bluing wear – Case colors are in very good shape – mechanically tight and sound. Price: $21,900

Anderson Wheeler - SLE - 20 Gauge SXS
Anderson Wheeler – SLE – 20 Gauge SXS

Anderson Wheeler – SLE – 20 Gauge SXS: Action: Sidelock, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Double, Grip: Straight Grip, Forend: Checkered, Lop: 15 “, Type of butt: Checkered Wood, Drop comb: 1 1/2 “, Drop heel: 2 3/16 “, Cast amount: 3/16 “, Cast: Off, Weight: 6 lbs, 4 oz, Manufactured in: England, Manufacture Year: 2015, Overall condition: NEW, Stock condition: NEW, Metal condition: NEW, Stock: Original finish, Metal: Original finish, Chambers: 2 3/4 “, Length: 29 “, Chokes: IM/XF, Rib type: Concave. Exquisitely hand-engraved example of a best London gun, which has long been the center of firearm’s excellence. Anderson Wheeler pride themselves on maintaining that tradition of beauty, craftsmanship, and reliability in the sporting firearms they produce. The blend of modern innovation, craftsmanship and precision engineering used in the building of Anderson Wheeler firearms, demonstrates years of striving to perfect that balance of reliability with artistic elegance. Price: $18,700

Arrieta 2" 12 gauge Sidelock SxS Game Gun 12Ga
Arrieta 2″ 12 gauge Sidelock SxS Game Gun 12Ga

Arrieta 2″ Sidelock SxS Game Gun 12 Gauge: Serial #19-98, 12Ga 2″ chambers, Choked: Cyl./Imp. Cyl. Full length plain steel rib, Marked in gold “(For 2″ Case Only) Wingshooters Light Game Gun” Left barrel marked “Wingshooters LTD-Grand Rapids-Michigan USA, Double triggers, automatic ejectors, automatic safety. Straight grip stock checkered in 2-pt pattern with 15 1/2” LOP over  Pacmayer Decelerator pad, Splinter forend with Curtis release checkered in 4-pt diamond pattern. The receiver is lightly scroll engraved with wavy border pattern and marked “Arrieta YCIA” on both lockplates. Hand detachable locks, articulated front trigger, Weight 5 lbs. 13 oz. Condition is Extremely fine, near new. Buttstock and forearm are Exl. with very light handling marks, Perfect mechanics with Bright shiny bores. Price: $4495

Auction alert: 16g French SxS boxlock, no reserve …

 

French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz
French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz

Here’s a double that looks like a great deal. It’s no-name Belgian gun, probably made for sporting goods shop in France. Unlike in the US, European gunmakers built thousands of shotguns like this  for retailers throughout the continent. Sometimes retailers would put their name on the gun, other times they wouldn’t.

French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz
French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz

I’ve seen lots of Anson & Deeley-style boxlock Belgian guns like this, and they’ve been solid, reliable SxSs. I bet this would be a great upland — and it looks like its going to go for very little money. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends tomorrow, 5/19/2019, @ 9:00 PM.

French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz
French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz

One thing: I would be sure to ask the seller about his inspection & return policy before bidding. Right now, he doesn’t mention anything about it in his listing.

French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz
French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz

French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz: Here is a very solid, lightweight 16 gauge boxlock non-ejector, built in France. There is no maker’s name, but the gun bears St. Etienne proofs and is stamped “Medaille d’Or (gold medal) on the barrel flats. The barrels are 68cm (26 3/4″) with 2 1/2″ chambers and shiny bores, choked .020/.032 (about modified/full). The action features side-clips and locks up tight. The fore-end has a Deeley-style latch release, and is unusually long (about 11”.) The stock has plenty of dings and scratches but is quite solid, and measures 1 3/4″ x 2 7/8″ x 14 1/2″ over a horn butt. There is slight cast off. A fine all-around upland gun, and absolutely perfect for the chukar hunter.

French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz
French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz

How to shoot a ruffed grouse: One pro’s opinion…

Cal Robinson is one of Maine’s great guides. In the summer, he chases striped bass along the coast. Come fall, he heads up to the Rangeley area where he sets his pointers loose and chases grouse and woodcock.

In the video above from Bird Dogs Afield, Cal explains the key mistakes most guys make when shooting ruffed grouse — and what you need to do to be a more effective shot.

Find out how to shoot like this

Fantastic engraving by the master Keith Thomas …

P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS

Keith Thomas is one of the world’s top engravers. Check out the P.V. Nelson shotgun you see here to see why Thomas’s rose & scroll patterns are considered to be some of the finest ever cut.

P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS

Thomas began his engraving career in 1964 as an apprentice with Holland & Holland. In 1975, he went out on his own and since then he engraved guns for most of the world’s top gunmakers, including Boss & Co, W. W. Greener, Hartmann & Weiss, and A. A. Brown.

You can see more of Keith Thomas’s work here

P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS

Be impressed. New film about Boss & Co, gunmakers …

Without a doubt, Boss & Co is one of the world’s top gunmakers. In this film you find out a bit more about why the company has succeeded for so long and why their guns are still prized by shooters around the world.

12g Boss & Co. SxS Shotguns, 1925, post-Roberston. From www.drake.net
A pair of 12g Boss & Co SxS shotguns

This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 8 BORE HAMMER EXPRESS DOUBLE RIFLE
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 8 BORE HAMMER EXPRESS DOUBLE RIFLE

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 8 BORE HAMMER EXPRESS DOUBLE RIFLE: Serial # 8878, Barrel Length (in Inches): 24″, Trigger:  DT (Double), Stock Configuration: Pistol Grip, Forearm Type: Splinter Forearm w/ lever latch, Rib Type: Level Flat Rib, Receiver Finish: Casehardened, Engraving Type: Border Engraving, Other Options: Jones underlever, rifled bores, rebounding hammers, doll’s head rib extension, standing sight, horn grip cap, long top tang, cheek piece, eyelet sling swivels, pretty wood, Silver’s pad, cased. Condition: Remarkable – EXC. Plus Condition. Weight 18lb 3oz, Dimensions: dac 1-5/8″, dah 2-3/4″, lop 14-3/8″, c/o 3/8″. Other Details: Charge data 10 Dram 3-3/4″ Case, date stamped on bbl, 1885. Price: $45,000

Merkel 303EL 16 gauge Sidelock Over-Under Exhibition Gun from 1948
Merkel 303EL 16 gauge Sidelock Over-Under Exhibition Gun from 1948

Merkel 303EL 16 gauge Sidelock Over-Under Exhibition Gun from 1948: Year of Proof: 1948 and 1950 Caliber: 16/70 Serial Nr: 29806 LOP: 14 1/4 in. Weight: 6lb. 14 oz, Barrel Length: 28 in. Overal Length: 44 3/8 in. Choke: Mod and Imp Extras: Gun made for Exhibition in 1948. Sold in 1950 (e-mail from Merkel stating the history is shown below). This Merkel 303 EL (Exhibition Grade) Sidelock O/U Shotgun in 16/70 from 1948 is a very fine example of German craftsmanship. LOP is 14 1/4 inches. Weight is approx. 6.9 lbs. This Sidelock O/U has very nice exclusive engraving on the side locks with 4 pheasants and a hawk on the right side, 6 Ducks on the left side. Country Side fill. Chokes are Mod and Imp in the 28 in Barrels. I recently received an e-mail from the Merkel Team in Suhl. This gun was made for an exhibition in 1948 for which it was first proofed. It was sold in 1950 and proofed again at that time. There are NO importer’s markings anywhere on the gun. Today’s value is in excess of $ 25.000. This is truly a great value for an investment or just a beautiful gun to hunt with. This is a fine gun for any collection. It will definitely make some collector or shooter very happy. Price: $13,950

J.P. SAUER SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE
J.P. SAUER SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE

J.P. SAUER SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE: #391XXX, 26 1/2″ IC AND MOD 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS X 2 9/16″ X 1 5/8″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $7,950

Charles Boswell London, Boxlock Ejector, 20ga, 26" CLEAN
Charles Boswell London, Boxlock Ejector, 20ga, 26″ CLEAN

Charles Boswell London, Boxlock Ejector, 20ga, 26″ CLEAN: Double triggers, Fixed C and IC chokes (.000 and .010). Factory finish on both wood and metal. Great case colors! 15″ LOP to checkered butt, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1/4″ cast off. Price: $4,999

ITHACA NID - 12 GAUGE - MADE IN 1941 - 100% ORIGINAL CASE COLOR - TIME CAPSULE CONDITION:
ITHACA NID – 12 GAUGE – MADE IN 1941 – 100% ORIGINAL CASE COLOR – TIME CAPSULE CONDITION:

ITHACA NID – 12 GAUGE – MADE IN 1941 – 100% ORIGINAL CASE COLOR – TIME CAPSULE CONDITION: Here is a high condition Ithaca NID in 12 gauge made in 1941. This gun has 100% of theinal case color and 99% blue. Stock finish also at 99% with a few light handeling marks. Extractor gun. Barrels are 28″ with mirror bores. Right bore measures .734 with 20/1000 choke (Mod) while left is .732 with 37/1000 (Full). Chambers are 2 3/4″. All serial numbers match. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 14.3 OZ. Stock has Property Identification Marks from the Alabama National Guard. Marks are in light paint and can be removed if so desired. A property hang tag is also included. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/8″, Drop at Comb –  1 5/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $1,500 

A first time for me: a 20g P.V. Nelson sidelock …

 

P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS

Here’s something I’ve never seen before: it’s a Peter V. Nelson shotgun for sale on the open market.

Peter Nelson is one of the world’s greatest gunmakers. He also a gunmaker few people know anything about.

P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS

Nelson started his career in the 1950s as an actioner at James Purdey & Sons. From there, he worked on guns for Hartmann & Weiss. In 1989, he went out on his own and built guns under his own name. I think he retired from gunmaking in 2012. This Queen’s Golden Jubilee Gun was one of the last firearms he built.

According to Vic Venters, Nelson built around 84 guns in all. Nine clients commissioned these guns; two clients ordered around 60 of them. I believe a few of these guns have changed hands over the years, but it was always done with just a phone call. These guns were not advertised anywhere or on display at a gunshow or in a gunshop. Take a look at the craftsmanship of the SXS show here, you can see why.

P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS

P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS: KEITH THOMAS ENGRAVED, MADE 1991, ROUNDED ACTION, 28″ 006 AND 006 2 3/4″, 26″ 009 AND 009 2 3/4″,  SINGLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, EXCELLENT WITH HANDLING MARKS IN THE WOOD, 5LBS 10 OZ, 2 1/2″ DAH,1 1/2″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $57,500

P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS

Great gun alert: 20g Beretta BL-4, 28″ barrels …

Great gun alert: Beretta BL-4M o/u old original box 3" 20GA
Great gun alert: Beretta BL-4M o/u old original box 3″ 20GA

As I’ve said many times before, Beretta’s BL grade OUs are great shotguns. Introduced in the ’60s, these doubles were imported into the US by the Garcia Corp through the 1970s.

The BLs feature a shallow, low profile action scaled to match the gauge. They were priced to be values – not cheap, but well-made guns at fair prices. They came in a number of grades, with the BL-5s being the highest. All of them were rugged, reliable doubles, built to deliver a lot of quality for a fair amount of money.

Great gun alert: Beretta BL-4M o/u old original box 3" 20GA
Great gun alert: Beretta BL-4M o/u old original box 3″ 20GA

Today, Beretta BLs are steals, especially when they’re in this kind of condition.

Great gun alert: Beretta BL-4M o/u old original box 3" 20GA
Great gun alert: Beretta BL-4M o/u old original box 3″ 20GA

Used Beretta BL-4M 20 ga, 3″ over/under old original box: Serial number X.00790 which makes it early for this model, comes with original box and all paperwork from Italy, 28″ F and M, engraved, see photos, this is before the 2 letter stamps that indicate age, it is very tight, does not show a lot of use, light and swings very nice, the fact that it is a 20ga shows that it is a 50% added value over the 12ga in my book of gun values, just measured the length of pull, 14 3/4″ trigger to end of butt pad, the trigger to end of wood without the butt pad is 13 3/4″, the roman numerals stamped under the barrels XXIV so that should make it a 1968 manufacture it is a 2 3/4 or 3″ shells. Price: $1,350

Last minute auction alert: Nice 16g Lefever H grade …

Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30" Barrels
Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30″ Barrels

The Lefever Arms Co. made some of America’s SxS shotguns, and the one you see here is a perfect example of what makes these doubles so special. With its sideplated action, this H-grade looks as sleek and elegant like as British sidelock, and the proportions all around are compliment one another and make the entire gun look great.

Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30" Barrels
Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30″ Barrels

Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30″ Barrels: Nice original Lefever H Grade 16ga guns dont come along every day – this particular gun has 30″ twist barrels which makes it rather rare. Built with double triggers, extractors, splinter forend, and capped pistol grip stock, the gun remains in quite pleasing original condition. Case colors are around 70% original. Stocks retain about 90% original finish and are mostly sound. The barrels retain nearly all of their bold black and white twist pattern. Bores are bright and shiny, and mechanics are crisp. The only visible flaw in the gun is a very small repair at the toe which can be seen in the photos. The gun weighs 6lbs 12oz. Both barrels measure .672 with .017 (mod) choke in the right, and .035 (Ex-full) in the left. Min wall thickness is .025 in the right and .027 in the left. Stock measures 1-9/16″ DAH, 2-3/4″ DAH, and 13-5/8″ LOP over the original Lefever Arms Co. monogrammed buttplate. Imagine carrying this gun on a pheasant hunt with this weight, dimensions, and choke combo! You will look long and hard to find another 30″ 16ga Lefever in this clean condition.

Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30" Barrels
Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30″ Barrels
Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30" Barrels
Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30″ Barrels

This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

 

Beretta 451 EELL Full Side lock, 12ga, 28" Mint in case:
Beretta 451 EELL Full Side lock, 12ga, 28″ Mint in case:

Beretta 451 EELL Full Side lock, 12ga, 28″ Mint in case: Fixed IC and IM chokes. Gun is used, but looks mint in leather case! SN is H04xx. Factory checkered butt, LOP is 14″. 1 5/8″ DAC, 2 3/4″ DAH, 1/4″ Cast off. Chokes are .012 & .032. Barrels are 1.330 Kg. Made in 1974. Gun is straight on 7 pounds. Factory finish on both metal and wood, full side lock model. Price: $13,999

Winchester Pre-War Mod 21 16ga, Double triggers
Winchester Pre-War Mod 21 16ga, Double triggers

Winchester Pre-War Mod 21 16ga, Double triggers: Ser no 63xx, 28″, M/Cyl, It is stamped M/F so the one barrel has been opened, Sides of receiver and barrel have real nice blue, The bottom plate and trigger guard have flaked to silver, Winchester Butt Plate, Great bores, 14″ X 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″. Price: $4995

MILLER & VAL GREISS LIVE PIGEON GUN - 32" BARRELS - FULL SIDELOCK WITH EJECTORS
MILLER & VAL GREISS LIVE PIGEON GUN – 32″ BARRELS – FULL SIDELOCK WITH EJECTORS

MILLER & VAL GREISS LIVE PIGEON GUN – 32″ BARRELS – FULL SIDELOCK WITH EJECTORS: Pre-War Miller & Val Greiss Pigeon Gun with True 32″ Krupp Three Ring Ejector Barrels. Back action sidelock with sideclips and a Purdey Style Third Fastener. Mirror bores measuring .726 with Full and Full Chokes (40/1000). Chambers as original at 2 1/2″. No loose ribs. Gun is tight on face. Manual safety. Prince of Wales Diamond Grip. LOP – 14 1/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $4,250 

Webley & Scott - Model 720 - 26" IC / IM - All Original - Nice Shape:
Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape

Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape: 26″, 2-3/4″, IC / IM (.005 / .020), Ejectors, Double Triggers, English Stock, Checkered Butt, Splinter Forearm, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. Nice Original Gun that has been used in the field. Barrels 98+%, Wood 95+%, Frame shows some loss of finish – probably 85%. Price: $4850 

Aya ~ No. 2 ~ 12 Ga. ~ Sidelock ~ 28" bbls
Aya ~ No. 2 ~ 12 Ga. ~ Sidelock ~ 28″ bbls

Aya ~ No. 2 ~ 12 Ga. ~ Sidelock ~ 28″ bbls: Triggers: Dual triggers, front is the right barrel, rear is the left barrel. Stock: Checkered straight grip (English style) walnut stock. Stock Dimensions: 14 5/8 inch length of pull front trigger, 13 5/8 inch length of pull rear trigger. Fore End: Checkered fore-end matches the stock. Butt Pad: Red rubber recoil pad.  Weight: 7 pounds. Sights: Single bead at the muzzle. Chokes: Fixed choke, both barrels are Full choked. Price: $1,999.99 

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