Auction alert: 20g Browning BSS sidelock, 28″ bbls…

Browning BSS Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge Shotgun
Browning BSS Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge Shotgun

I’ve always loved these sidelock Browning SxSs shotguns. Not only are they great looking, but they’re also very well made. Built in Japan by Miroku, they’ve earned a reputation for high-quality at a relatively low price. With high-quality locks, excellent metal-to-metal fit, and nice wood & checking, it’s easy to see why.

Browning BSS Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge Shotgun
Browning BSS Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge Shotgun

Rock Island Auction Company has this one. It’s one of the nice doubles coming up tomorrow, 12/8, 2019, in their December 2019 Premiere Firearms Auction – Day 3. According to Rock Island’s description (pasted in below), it’s a pretty original gun. The estimate is $1,700 to $2,750. If you can buy it in that range, it will be a bargain.

Browning BSS Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge Shotgun
Browning BSS Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge Shotgun

Browning BSS Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge Shotgun: Factory Engraved Browning BSS Side Lock Side by Side 20 Gauge Shotgun. Single steel bead sight on the smooth, concave rib barrels with standard markings, 2 3/4 inch chambers, modified/full chokes, automatic ejectors, and light engraving around the breech. Bright coin finished action and lock plates with finely executed rose and scroll engraving, double triggers, manual sliding tang safety, and matching engraving on the trigger guard and tangs. Checkered splinter forearm with Anson style latch, engraved fittings, and straight grip stock with blank initial oval and skip-line checkered bare butt. The length of pull is 14 1/4 inches.

Class: Modern Long Gun

Excellent overall. 99% original polished blue finish remains with some light handling marks, crisp engraving, sharp checkering, and some very small dings on the wood. Mechanically excellent.

What the heck is this?

Stunning Special order Ithaca Grade 2E 32 in Sxs
Stunning Special order Ithaca Grade 2E 32 in Sxs

Hard-core trap shooters are an odd bunch. They’ll do anything to get an edge. They’ll even shoot a gun with a stock like you see here.

Stunning Special order Ithaca Grade 2E 32 in Sxs
Stunning Special order Ithaca Grade 2E 32 in Sxs

Stunning Special order Ithaca Grade 2E 32 in SxS: Unique and historic Ithaca trap gun. 32 in SWAMPED RIB barrels and High Monte Carlo stock. As shown in other Ithaca Models in Lawrence (Lon) Smith’s book Better Trap Shooting. IN exceptional original condition, this gun would make a superb addition to a serious double gun or trap shooting collection.

Stunning Special order Ithaca Grade 2E 32 in Sxs
Stunning Special order Ithaca Grade 2E 32 in Sxs

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

E.J.CHURCHILL PREMIERE XXV 28 GAUGE
E.J.CHURCHILL PREMIERE XXV 28 GAUGE

E.J.CHURCHILL PREMIERE XXV 28 GAUGE: 25″ BARRELS, 007″ AND 010″, 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKERS CASE, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 4LBS 12 OZ, 2  1/8″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 14  1/16″ LOP. Price: $28,500

Westley Richards 20 Bore Drop Lock Deluxe
Westley Richards 20 Bore Drop Lock Deluxe

Westley Richards 20 Bore Drop Lock Deluxe: This is the early variation that has the removable bottom plate.  Engraving is the Deluxe style with dogs and game with deep relief Chisel type scroll.  Overall condition is about excellent.  Engraving is crisp, checkering is sharp to the touch and well defined. Barrels show the typical early style of London re-black. Bores are mint. Absolutely beautiful gun. Barrels: 28 Inch with 2 1/2″ Chambers. Bores; .624 R & .625 L Min. Wall: .024 R & .026 L, Chokes: IC & Mod.  Constrictions: .008 R & .020 L, Engraving: Deluxe Grade Game Scene and Relief, Action: Hand Detachable Lock (Droplock), Stock: High Quality Circassian, Butt: Half Inch Black Pachmayr Old English, L.O.P.13 3/4″, Weight5 lbs. 14.7 oz, Stock Dimensions:1 3/8″ x 2 1/8″ x 13 3/4″ with 3/8 cast off at heel and 1/2 cast off at toe. Price: $25,900

Army & Navy - Box Lock Ejector - .470 Nitro Express
Army & Navy – Box Lock Ejector – .470 Nitro Express

Army & Navy – Box Lock Ejector – .470 Nitro Express: 26″ Barrel, LOP 15-1/2, Weight 11 lbs. 1 oz. Bore is Excellent Plus with Sharp Rifling the Entire Way. Price: $22,750

James MacNaughton ~ This is the rare and sought after Skeleton Frame gun which is so beautiful
James MacNaughton ~ This is the rare and sought after Skeleton Frame gun which is so beautiful

James MacNaughton ~ This is the rare and sought after Skeleton Frame gun which is so beautiful!: Hammerless Sidelocks – This is the highly sought after Scottish round action with the skeleton frame giving it the appearance of a bar in wood. What a joy this would be to carry on that late winter snowy pheasant hunt. Where the metal action-ed double would be nice in your hand, this lovely killing machine with mostly wood in the hand would be warm to the carry. Serial Number: 2087, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 28″, Barrel Type: Steel, Action: Trigger plate round action, Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 9/16″, Stock Heel: 2 3/16″, LOP: 15 7/16″ ( 14 3/8″ of wood), Weight: 7 lbs. 1 oz., Choke Left: .013 IC, Choke Right: .006 Skeet, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .030″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .027″. Price: $16,500

Parker side by side, 16ga, VHE-grade, 28” barrels
Parker side by side, 16ga, VHE-grade, 28” barrels

Parker 16 Gauge VHE – Grade double barrel: 28” barrels, ejectors. Manufacturer: Parker
Serial Number: 217568. Price: $1,800

Holy cr@p. This thing’s worth how much?

(A) TRULY SUPERB QUALITY, BEAUTIFULLY RELIEF GOLD INLAID AND ENGRAVED PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY KOEZ
(A) TRULY SUPERB QUALITY, BEAUTIFULLY RELIEF GOLD INLAID AND ENGRAVED PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY KOEZ

Sometimes I think I know a lot about old doubles. Then a gun like this one pops up, and I realize how much I need to learn.

(A) TRULY SUPERB QUALITY, BEAUTIFULLY RELIEF GOLD INLAID AND ENGRAVED PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY KOEZ
(A) TRULY SUPERB QUALITY, BEAUTIFULLY RELIEF GOLD INLAID AND ENGRAVED PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY KOEZ

Morphy Auctions sold it last month, and it hammered down for $225,000. With the 20% buyer’s premium, that means someone thought this gun was worth $270,000! I’ve studied the pictures and read the description over and over, and I have to say: I have no idea why a person would think that.

(A) TRULY SUPERB QUALITY, BEAUTIFULLY RELIEF GOLD INLAID AND ENGRAVED PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY KOEZ
(A) TRULY SUPERB QUALITY, BEAUTIFULLY RELIEF GOLD INLAID AND ENGRAVED PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY KOEZ

(A) TRULY SUPERB QUALITY, BEAUTIFULLY RELIEF GOLD INLAID AND ENGRAVED PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY KOEZI: (ca 1850) This exceptional example of the gunmakers art has 31 – 1/8″ intricately patterned Damascus barrels with slightly raised broad game rib, gold inlaid with makers names and the addresses “Varsovie” (Warsaw) and “Faubourg de Eracovie” (suburb of Krakow), and with serial number “388”. Heer lists Jachimek I Sosnowski (circa 1850-60) in Warsaw but does not have an entry for Koezi. The rib is also flush gold inlaid with scenes of hounds, coursing stags and boar, as well as a small vignette of game birds, all in nicely detailed and engraved backgrounds. Sides of barrels are semi relief gold inlaid with mounted hunters and hounds chasing a fox on right, and a stag on left. These backgrounds are also well detailed; and gold inlaid rose bouquets accent ends of scenes. Bottoms of barrels are stamped with Belgian black powder proofs and bottom of right barrel is stamped “H. VINCENT”. An ebony ramrod with silver mushroom tip and brass tail (worm under cap) is held by two plain pipes. Patent breeches with vented platinum blow-outs are case hardened and nicely filed. Breech iron has integral fences, and is gold inlaid with mounted huntress. French grey isolated bar locks with tall serpentine round bodied hammers are relief gold inlaid and engraved en suite with barrels with hunters and hounds chasing fox on right and boar on left. Hammers are embellished with gold rose bouquets. Trigger plate, also French grey, has stylized pineapple finial matching thimble. These pieces also have gold rose bouquets. Blued trigger guard depicts more relief gold hunters with mounted pair on trigger guard about to finish off a wolf. Rifleman on trigger guard tang is taking aim at a lion. These scenes continue onto top tang of blued buttplate. A vacant silver shield is at top of grip, and rear of barrel channels in stock are protected by hallmarked gold washed silver guard. Superb lightly fiddle figured blackest ebony stock has relief acanthus carved panels at grip in place of checkering, and with triangles on sides of butt. Barrels attach to stock with captive sliding side bolt through oval steel escutcheons, lightly scroll engraved and with gold borders. Gun and accessories are housed in extravagant Brazilian rosewood case with four pin key-locking closure. Top of case is inlaid with engraved brass scrolls highlighted by tortoise shell infill with silver, ivory, and turquoise inlaid floral accents. Large central motif is topped by a pair of cherubs either side of an imperial crown. Top is outlined by brass and silver bands, and edge is of carved beaded rosewood. Interior is lined in red velvet with gold braid surround. A thin silk pillow with more gold braid accents separates top from bottom compartment. Bottom is French fitted for a multitude of exceptional quality steel and ebony accessories. These include a beautifully scroll and game scene embossed copper bodied German silver top powder flask by James Dixon with matching shot pouch having brown Morocco leather body. Other accessories include ebony handled nipple wrench, lead dipper, and cleaning rod. Steel accessories are all very finely turned, knurled and polished, and include a wad punch, mainspring vice, powder measure, oil bottle, and bullet mold. CONDITION: Excellent, showing little use, and only minor handling marks, and finish loss mostly from rubbing in case. Mechanically excellent. Case exterior shows added finish and considerable replacement of tortoise shell with red lacquer infill. 8″ piece of top surround is missing at right edge, and a 12″ crack is evident at lower right side of top. Interior cloth is very fine, somewhat faded, as would be expected. There are rubs and compressions from contact with gun and accessories. Protective pillow shows some fraying at right edge, gold braid somewhat tarnished. Accessories are generally excellent with minor staining and grime. Just a wonderful gun. MGM38. AccessoriesCase, Accessories Barrel Length31 – 1/8″ Barrel Wall Thickness(L) .030 (R) .036 Chamber ChokeNone Drop at Comb1 – 1/2″- Drop at Heel2″ FFL StatusAntique Gauge10 Bore Internal Bore Diameter(L) .745 (R) .745 Length of Pull14 – 1/8″ ManufacturerKoezi & Jachimek ModelPercussion SXS Paperwork Weight8 lbs. 0 oz. Serial Number388

Auction alert: Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga 28″ …

 

Auction alert: Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga 28"
Auction alert: Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga 28″

Here’s another high-quality shotgun that doesn’t cost a fortune.

Even though Browning is closely associated with its over-under Superposed and semi-automatic A-5 shotguns, they did “build” some nice SxSs. These guns were Browning Side-by-Sides (BSSs). They came in boxlock models (built from 1971-1978) and sidelock models (built from 1983-1988). All these guns were built for Browning in Japan by Miroku.

Auction alert: Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga 28"
Auction alert: Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga 28″

Today, all these guns are highly regarded. The sidelock you see here is on Gunbroker.com now and it has No Reserve. The listing ends on Saturday, 11/23/2019 @ 6:35 PM.

Auction alert: Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga 28"
Auction alert: Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga 28″

Browning sidelock 12ga with 28″ barrels. Gun weighs 6lbs 9oz and has an LOP of 15 1/8 to end of 1″ pachmayr recoil pad. Barrels have been bored out Cylinder right and Skeet left. The gun has been hunted but still locks up very tight. There are some very minor hairline cracks at the back of locks on each side that have been reinforced internally with wood epoxy and I have had no problem with these. There are also some small chips in the wood where the locks have been removed to clean and lube after the season. A very small dent in the right barrel about 6 inches from muzzel, again I have had no problem with this when shooting. This gun locks up tight and functions perfectly.

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

Joseph Manton SxS Flintolock 22-bore
Joseph Manton SxS Flintolock 22-bore

Joseph Manton SxS Flintolock 22-bore: Incredibly rare 22-bore, double-barreled, flintlock Sporting Gun, initially completed in 1815 and cased complete with the original Manton parts for the field conversion to percussion ignition, ca. 1820.   Weight: 5 Lbs 12 oz.   Stock Dimensions:
14 5/8”x 1 1/8”x 2 1/8”x straight. Superb 30” rebrowned Damascus barrels with no dents or dings, excellent bores (.599”/.599”) and walls (both .060”-.033”).  Joseph Manton Patent, Platinum-lined, touch holes. Manton Patent Stepped-in, and Inverted, Breeches which allowed for faster ignition in addition to directing rainwater away from the pan and toward a rectangular drain hole in the center of the breech allowing the water to flow out a hole in the bottom of the trigger plate just in front of the trigger guard bow. The Manton Patent Elevated Top Rib is engraved, “Joseph Manton’s New Improvements by His Majesty’s Patent”. Absolutely peerless quality locks, also loaded with Manton Patented features;  Cocks, reinforced at the neck, Patent Hammers (frizzen’s), Gravitating Stops, with platinum-inlaid counterweights, to prevent the cock accidentally falling during loading with cocks inadvertently left at full cock.  In addition to all these features,  included with the gun are the parts and tools for rapid field conversion to percussion ignition (can be accomplished in under 2 minutes for each lock), likely added by Manton, ca. 1820. Locks tight and mechanically perfect in every way. Tang screw, side nail, both cock screws, and left frizzen replaced by LDA. The iron mounts are all nicely engraved in the pattern common to Joe Manton sporting guns of the late flintlock, 1815 -1817, era. The Figured Walnut stock has a repair to the head done by LDA and an old minor repair to the wood just forward of the finial on the trigger plate.  Overall,  the stock is in fine condition showing minimal wear and no abuse. The whole is cased in an ultra-rare original, two-tiered (for a pair of Manton double flintlock sporting guns), Joseph Manton case complete with all period accessories and a proper original Trade Label from the 1815-17 period listing many of the Manton Patent features found on the gun. This extraordinarily rare gun represents the ultimate development of the British flintlock sporting gun by, arguably, the greatest British Gun maker who ever lived, having all of the best innovations present and in working order on a single firearm by Joseph Manton. Overall, mechanically perfect and in fine condition throughout with traces of original finish. Price: $75,000

PURDEY - BEST DELUXE EXTRA FINISH, TWO BARREL SET , 12 GAUGE/12 GAUGE
PURDEY – BEST DELUXE EXTRA FINISH, TWO BARREL SET , 12 GAUGE/12 GAUGE

PURDEY – BEST DELUXE EXTRA FINISH, TWO BARREL SET, 12 GAUGE/12 GAUGE:
29″ BARRELS, M/F CHOKED – 29″ BARRELS, SK/IC CHOKED – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – HINGED FRONT TRIGGER – ORNAMENTAL ENGRAVING – 3 1/4 TON PROOF – BEAVERTAIL FOREND & SPLINTER FOREND – TURKISH WALNUT STRAIGHT GRIP STOCK – CHECKERED BUTT – SIDE CLIP – 3RD FASTENER – RAISED MATTED RIB – MAKER’S LEATHER MOTOR CASE INCLUDED 7 LBS. 11 OZ. 14 3/4″ X 1 3/8″ X 2 1/4″. Price: $49,500  

Beretta AS-20EL 20g OU Shotgun
Beretta AS-20EL 20g OU Shotgun

Beretta AS-20EL OVER UNDER SHOTGUN (S 22364): 27 1/2″ barrels.  Ic/mod.  Solid rib.  Double triggers. Long length of pull to a checkered butt.  Straight grip.  All the good stuff.  5 lbs. 11oz.  One small depression in the stock (see photo) otherwise about perfect. Price: $8450

Perazzi MX28 (S138143) OU SHOTGUN
Perazzi MX28 (S138143) OU SHOTGUN

Perazzi MX28 (S138143) OU SHOTGUN: 28 guage. Ejectors: Yes. Condition: Good. Barrels: 30”. Stock Comb: 1 3/8”. Stock Heel: 2 1/8”. Fore End: English. LOP: 14 5/8”. Weight: 5lb 8oz. Single selective trigger.  Perfect bores.  Really pretty wood.  Few knicks and scratches but a dandy little bird gun. Comes with Perazzi hard case. Chokes: Briley. Price: $7950

PARKER BROS. 20 GAUGE VH - 26" BARRELS CHOKED FULL/FULL - STRAIGHT STOCK - DOUBLE TRIGGERS- SPLINTER FOREND -DOGS HEAD BUTT -CASE COLORS 45%
PARKER BROS. 20 GAUGE VH – 26″ BARRELS CHOKED FULL/FULL – STRAIGHT STOCK – DOUBLE TRIGGERS- SPLINTER FOREND -DOGS HEAD BUTT -CASE COLORS 45%

PARKER BROS. 20 GAUGE VH – 26″ BARRELS CHOKED FULL/FULL – STRAIGHT STOCK – DOUBLE TRIGGERS- SPLINTER FOREND -DOGS HEAD BUTT -CASE COLORS 45%: BLUE 90 % & – TRIGGER GAURD PATINA – CHECKERING VERY GOOD – ACTION TIGHT WITH TOP LEVER RIGHT OF CENTER – BLANK INITIAL SHEILD -LOP 14″ – DAC 1 7/16″ X DAH 2 1/16″ –  WEIGHS 6 LBS. 2 OZS. – ALL ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price: $4,500

Good gun alert: 20g Parker Winchester DHE, double triggers …

Like New condition Winchester Parker Reproduction DHE 20 gauge
Like New condition Winchester Parker Reproduction DHE 20 gauge

In 1984, America’s favorite vintage double-barrel shotguns were reborn as Parker Reproductions. The brainchild of Parker collector Tom Skeuse, these guns were made in Japan by Olin-Kodensha, builders of Winchester 101s.

Like New condition Winchester Parker Reproduction DHE 20 gauge
Like New condition Winchester Parker Reproduction DHE 20 gauge

Today, they’re perfect for people who want vintage-gun character without all the vintage-gun hassles (worn out parts, poor repairs, lousy stock dimensions, etc).

Albert Peterson Fine Guns has this one. If you like it, get on it right away. I doubt it will be around long.

Like New condition Winchester Parker Reproduction DHE 20 gauge
Like New condition Winchester Parker Reproduction DHE 20 gauge

Like New condition Winchester Parker Reproduction DHE 20 gauge: We are proud to bring to you this beautiful little Winchester made Parker Reproduction DHE side by side shotgun in 20 gauge. This shotgun is as new. It does show some minor storage or transportation marks on the stock. There is an indent on the right side of the stock, right above the triggers and a little nick in the toe. Nothing major. This appears to be unfired.  The barrels are 26 inches, fixed IC/Mod chokes, automatic ejectors, double trigger, splinter forend, and English stock. The finish is 99% between blue and case color. Comes with the original factory case, outer sleeve, snap caps and keys.  Length of pull 14 5/16 inches drop at the comb 1 3/8 inches drop at heel 2 1/4 inches.  Total weight of 6.5lbs. Price: $5000 

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

 

JD DOUGALL Lockfast, Side Lever Back action hammer Express, .500 3" BPE Mfg 1869 Exceptional condition
JD DOUGALL Lockfast, Side Lever Back action hammer Express, .500 3″ BPE Mfg 1869 Exceptional condition

JD DOUGALL Lockfast, Side Lever Back action hammer Express, .500 3″ BPE Mfg 1869 Exceptional condition: Serial #  2719, Barrel Length (in Inches). 28″ Damascus barrels. Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip, Silvers pad. Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm with pin release. Rib Type  Level Flat Rib with express sights (1 standing 2 folding). Receiver Finish  Casehardened with lots of original colors remaining. Engraving Type  Fine Scroll Engraving. Other Options  Stalking safties and action safety. Condition  EXC. Plus Condition. Weight  8#14oz. Dimensions  14″ LOP. Other Details  Mfg 1869, Spotless bores with sharp rifling. Price: $18,500

Beretta ASEL 20g OU Shotgun 28" Bbls
Beretta ASEL 20g OU Shotgun 28″ Bbls

Beretta ASEL 20g OU Shotgun 28″ Bbls: Good to very good. SN- 12083. 5 1/2 lbs. Comb 1 1/4″. Heel 2 1/4″. LOP 14 1/4″ to checkered butt. Cast 0″. Ejectors. Manual safety. 28″ bbls. M/IM. Double triggers. 2 3/4″ chambers. Amazingly light bird gun. Sweet solid rib. Nice condition. Rear swivel stud replaced with screw. Stock appears refinished, but not over sanded or abused. Price: $7900

Parker VH 20 Gauge (High Original Condition)
Parker VH 20 Gauge (High Original Condition)

Parker VH 20 Gauge (High Original Condition): 28″ Chokes: M – F L.O.P. : 14 1/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 6 lbs 2 oz Ser. #: 215699. Price: $4,950

Renato Gamba - Princi Pessa, 28ga. 26" Barrels.
Renato Gamba – Princi Pessa, 28ga. 26″ Barrels.

Renato Gamba – Princi Pessa, 28ga. 26″ Barrels: Single trigger, straight grip,  ¾”pad, Splinter forend, extractor gun, beautiful gold inlayed woodcock on trigger guard bow, case colored frame, game rib, gun remains in great condition. Available for immediate delivery. 6 lbs. 0 oz. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2”. Price: $1,850

BERETTA 686 ONYX 20 GA., 28" BBLS, WITH BOXvv
BERETTA 686 ONYX 20 GA., 28″ BBLS, WITH BOX

BERETTA 686 ONYX 20 GA., 28″ BBLS, WITH BOX: LOP 14 1/2″. DROP 1 3/4″ X 2 1/2″. Price: $1500

Good gun alert: Insanely rare 20g Lefever CE …

Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore
Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore

The 20 guage CE-grade Lefever you see here is one of the rarest American side-by-sides I’ve come across.

Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore
Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore

Daniel Myron Lefever started the Lefever Arms Co. in 1883 and guns were made under that name until around 1921. Over those 38 years, the company built around 73,000 SxS. Of those, twenty gauges were among the rarest

Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore
Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore

C-grades were middle-grade guns and several steps away from the company’s finest doubles — the $1000 Grade, the Optimus, and came after Lefever AAs, A, & B. According to the book Uncle Dan Lefever: Master Gunmakers by Robert Elliott, around 3,000 C-grades were built. How many of these were 20s? Maybe 30 – probably less. Because the records for Lefever Arms Co. firearms were lost, no one knows for sure.

Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore
Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore

Lefever CE Grade 20 ga. Shotgun: Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore in excellent condition with 26” steel barrels  choked 1/4 and modified, twin beads, beautiful stock figure, Lefever butt plate, gold initial medallion, ejectors, double triggers, automatic safety, outstanding engraving, 72xxx s/n, some case colors, but mostly silver frame, excellent barrel blue, 14 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/4, 6.2 lbs., 2 3/4” chambers. Price: $12,500

Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore
Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore

Auction alert: 16g Grulla sidelock shotgun, no reserve …

 

Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL
Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL

Grulla Armas is one of Spain’s most famous gunmakers, and since 1932 they’ve turned some of the country’s finest SxS shotguns. The one you see here is a 16 gauge Model 216. It’s on Gunbroker.com now at No Reserve. The auction ends tomorrow, 10/15/2019, @9:00 PM.

Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL
Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL

Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL: 28″ fixed choke improved and modified. H&H style, DT, ejectors, straight grip English stock, luxury grade wood, case hardened with hand engraved Purdey style rose and scroll. Two triggers, 14″ & 15″ LOP. Front of comb (face) 1 3/4″, midpoint on the comb, 2 1/4″ and 3″ at the heel. Weight is 6.4 lbs and there is no box, case, or paperwork. Current retail is over 10K. This beauty is offered at no reserve.

Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL
Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL
Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL
Stunning Grulla Armas SXS 16ga. 216 SL

Watch this video to find out some more about the company:

Good gun alert: 20g Browning BSS Sporter, $999.99

Browning ~ B S/S Sporter ~ 20 Ga
Browning ~ B S/S Sporter ~ 20 Ga

Get on this one fast. This 20g Browning BSS Sporter is priced right, and I guarantee it won’t be on the market for long.

Miroku of Japan made these boxlock SxSs for Browning, and they’re based on the classic Anson & Deeley boxlock design. Rugged and dependable, they’re only drawbacks are their weight — they are a bit heavy — and the stocks can be a bit thick.

Browning ~ B S/S Sporter ~ 20 Ga
Browning ~ B S/S Sporter ~ 20 Ga

This one’s special because it’s a Sporter, so it has a trimmer, English-style, straight-grip stock. This makes it a bit lighter than most 20g BSSs — and a bit better looking. It does look a bit used, but I don’t see any signs of abuse. If it checks out with your gunsmith, it should be a great all-around upland gun.

Browning ~ B S/S Sporter ~ 20 Ga: Chambers: 3″, Metal Condition: Some Bluing Loss, Wood Condition: Very Few Very Light User Marks, Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny, Barrels: 26″, Triggers: Single Selective, Stock: Checkered English Grip, Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered, Butt Pad: Pachmayr Recoil Pad, Weight: 6 Lbs 10 Oz., Sights: Front Bead, Chokes: IC and LMOD. Price: $999.99

Browning ~ B S/S Sporter ~ 20 Ga
Browning ~ B S/S Sporter ~ 20 Ga

Made Old Again — my latest article in Covey Rise magazine …

My latest article in Covey Rise, Oct-Nov 2019 edition
My latest article in Covey Rise, Oct-Nov 2019 edition

“Restore” is a 4-letter word. On vintage guns, it really means “refinished” — and, most of the time, these guns are not refinished in ways that reflect what they looked like when new.

When old gun cases are “restored”, they often suffer the same fate — unless Kade Gile works on them.

Excerpt of Made Old Again, from Covey Rise magazine, Oct/Nov, 2019
Excerpt of Made Old Again, from Covey Rise magazine, Oct/Nov, 2019

Kade doesn’t make old gun cases look new. Instead, he repairs or refits them while retaining their vintage charm. He brings them back to life but makes sure they look old again.

Covey Rise, Oct-Nov 2019 edition
Covey Rise, Oct-Nov 2019 edition

I wrote about how he does it in this article from the October-November issue of Covey Rise magazine.

BTW: Have a gun case you would like Kade to work on? Drop him an email: KadeGile@Hotmail.com

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

 

Incredible Investment Grade - A.H. Fox FE Grade - Made in Philly
Incredible Investment Grade – A.H. Fox FE Grade – Made in Philly

Incredible Investment Grade – A.H. Fox FE Grade – Made in Philly: Exceedingly rare and original Philadelphia A.H. Fox FE Grade.  This gun is a 12ga with original 32″ barrels and straight stock, made with double triggers.  This is easily the finest FE Grade we have handled and one of the finest extant.  This gun has not been offered for sale publicly in recent times having formerly been in the Famed Tom Kidd and Dana Tauber A.H. Fox Shotgun collections. This gun remains in extremely fine original condition with more than 90% factory case colors, nearly all of the original barrel blue remains, with crisp engraving.  The stocks are sound and superb with original finish and have had some finish added for preservation. Price: $90,000

PARKER DH 8 GAUGE SUPER RARE NOT ANOTHER LIKE IT IN THE WORLD
PARKER DH 8 GAUGE SUPER RARE NOT ANOTHER LIKE IT IN THE WORLD

PARKER DH 8 GAUGE SUPER RARE NOT ANOTHER LIKE IT IN THE WORLD: #6 FRAME, #159XXX, 34″ STEEL BARRELS WITH FLAT RIB, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EXTRACTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, THIS GUN HAS ALL OF THE ORIGINAL CASE COLORS, A FEW LIGHT MARKS IN THE WOOD, OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL GUN, 12LBS 4 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14″ LOP TO ORIGINAL PAD. Price: $79,500

HOLLAND & HOLLAND PARADOX 12 BORE- ROYAL SIDELOCK EJECT HAMMERLESS- 28" EJECT Bbls.- NITRO PROVED in LONDON in 2004- VERY ACCURATE- ORIG. O&L CASE
HOLLAND & HOLLAND PARADOX 12 BORE- ROYAL SIDELOCK EJECT HAMMERLESS- 28″ EJECT Bbls.- NITRO PROVED in LONDON in 2004- VERY ACCURATE- ORIG. O&L CASE

HOLLAND & HOLLAND PARADOX 12 BORE- ROYAL SIDELOCK EJECT HAMMERLESS- 28″ EJECT Bbls.- NITRO PROVED in LONDON in 2004- VERY ACCURATE- ORIG. O&L CASE: #15549, Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London – “Paradox” Fosbery Patent; A H&H “Best Quality” Bar Action 12 Bore Hand Detachable Lock Royal Ejector Fosbery Patent Sidelock Finished in 1900, Nitro proved in London in 2004 to 850 BAR with 3″ chambers and the proper reproof marks, 28″ ejector dovetail lump steel barrels, Slight raised 1/4 rib and 2 folding leaf sights, .737″ bore size and the London 2004 proof marked at 18.7mm, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .034″ and .033″ on the left. The 7-groove ratchet rifling paradox choke is 3″ long, London Proved to 3″ chambers, Double triggers, Hand detachable locks, Brazier locks, Auto safety, Long extended top strap that goes over the comb, New wood by Reto Buehler at Buehler Custom Sporting Arms in Medford, Oregon, Anson frontal forend release, Half grip stock at 15 1/8 x 1 9/16 x 2 1/4″ over a 3/4″ Silvers pad with plugs for removal, Neutral stock, Great balance and it comes to the hand with ease and points like a dream, 7 lbs. 10 oz., 99% coverage of period Royal scroll engraving, The whole is cased in the original classic oak and leather brass cornered trunk with 2 vintage labels and 1 for Paradox loading. It is a very accurate gun and the loads used will be provided accordingly. A Lee loader can be used quite easily. A fun gun for fir or feather and built for snipe and tigers. This is dreams of tigers and ships and palaces, fine spices and women and silk. Colonel Fosbery’s patent #7568 of June 20, 1885 was intended to make a gun capable of being fired either with shot, ball or conical bullet. Holland & Holland gave the rifled choke-bore its name, “Paradox”. Back in the day, Paradox meant “That which is contrary to received opinion; strange, but true”. H&H wanted 100-yard performance that duplicated the Express rifle at that time, and still have a gun that gave very good patterns. The Paradox will pattern from cylinder to improved cylinder chokes. H&H built a total of 1,463 Paradox guns. The last Paradox, by serial number only, was a 10 bore #15979 and finished October 10, 1930 at a cost of 166 pounds. The very last was a 12 bore #15972 and was finished in 1933. Price: $29,500

ALEXANDER HENRY Boxlock Ejector BPE .577BPE Mfg 1898
ALEXANDER HENRY Boxlock Ejector BPE .577BPE Mfg 1898

ALEXANDER HENRY Boxlock Ejector BPE .577BPE Mfg 1898: Serial #  7150, Country of Origin  Scotland, Barrel Length (in Inches)  24″ Damascus barrels, Trigger  DT (Double), Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip with trap in cap, English cheekpiece, Panels and drop points, Silvers pad, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm with Anson release, Rib Type  Level Flat Rib with express sights (1 standing 3 folding), Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving Type  Fine Scroll Engraving, Other Options  Ejectors, Henry rifling, Flip up night sight, Sling swivel eyes, Condition  EXC. Condition, Weight  9#9oz, Dimensions  14 1/8″ LOP, Other Details  Mfg 1898, Nice bores. Price: $25,000

A.D. JANSEN OVER UNDER BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28 GAUGE
A.D. JANSEN OVER UNDER BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28 GAUGE

A.D. JANSEN OVER UNDER BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28 GAUGE: 26 3/4″,  IC AND FULL 2 3/4″, SOLID RIB, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 5LBS 6 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 3/8″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP. Price: $4,950

For sale: 20g Boss OU…the stuff of dreams.

I’ve never handled a holy relic. But I have handled a Boss OU.

The first time was in the summer of 1999. I was working at New England Arms, a gunshop Forbes FYI magazine said was “probably the finest gunshop in the world.” (It’s owner ended up in federal prison, but that’s another story).

Anyway, a 16g Boss OU came into the shop on a Tuesday. Even though it had problems, we sold it by Thursday. I think the price was $65,000. We mailed it out the following Monday, giving me fives days to admire it (I worked Mon-Sat). It went to some guy in Austin, TX, with “Dell” money.

12 gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Pigeon Shotgun
A 12 gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Pigeon Shotgun

Since then, I’ve handled Boss OUs in 12g, 16g, 20g, 28g, & .410. I’ve seen a 10g, and I know the whereabouts of a couple of 14gs. I’ve seen Boss OUs with rare, Rigby-style rising bites, and ones with the various action styles Boss used over the years for no apparent reason.

I’ve even handled one of the finest firearms Boss has ever built — and one of the finest sporting guns ever made — this unique round-action OU double rifle from 1929.

Boss & Co. Over & Under Double Rifle
Boss & Co. Over & Under Double Rifle

Boss & Co. introduced their revolutionary OU in 1909. The company is still around today and still building its legendary shotgun. I think the starting price is £115,000 or so.

BTW: If you have a Boss OU and would like to know more about it or sell it, drop me an email — Gregg@DogsandDoubles.com. I can help you out.

Boss O/Us: shotgun on top, double rifle on bottom
Boss O/Us: shotgun on top, double rifle on bottom

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

F.lli Piotti King I Sidelock I 20 Gauge I Sidelock
F.lli Piotti King I Sidelock I 20 Gauge I Sidelock

F.lli Piotti King I Sidelock I 20 Gauge I Sidelock: 28″ Chokes: IC – M L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 6 lbs 4 oz Ser. #: 9189 Price: $25,900

PURDEY "LIGHTWEIGHT", 12 gauge, 1937
PURDEY “LIGHTWEIGHT”, 12 gauge, 1937

PURDEY “LIGHTWEIGHT”, 12 gauge, 1937: This little Purdey is amazing.  It is very close to the way it left the makers in 1937.  It is safe to say that the blue and case color show at least 90% of their original glow.  The barrels are 26″ with 2 5/8″ chambers, proofed for 1 1/8oz., choked cylinder and improved cylinder.  The stock measures 14 1/2″  with 1 1/2″ drop at comb and 2 1/2.” at heel.  The gun weighs 6 1/4 lbs.  Checkering is sharp and both stock and forend are sound, no blemishes or repairs.  This little gun hasn’t been out very much. Now for the wonderful surprise.  The case includes all of the original tools, unused.  As pictured, they include:  three turnscrews, oil bottle, bore and chamber brushes, a field pull through, various small brushes and a stuck case remover, all in their leather pouches.  There is a spare set of firing pins, with their springs, housed in an ivory bottle. And the case is original for the gun. Reduced price is firm and includes 2 flats of RST ammo. Price: $22,500

Parker - GHE, 12ga, 100% New:
Parker – GHE, 12ga, 100% New:

Parker – GHE, 12ga, 100% New: 30” barrels choked Mod./Full, 1 ½ frame, late Parker/Remington production that is 100% new with very minor handling marks. Double trigger, automatic ejector, pistol grip, long length of pull, original factory pad. One of the highest conditioned guns we have ever owned. Collector quality, guaranteed authentic. It has all of the original trigger guard blue and even the forend has all the original case color. This gun is just new, untouched and authentic. If you are looking for the best, here it is. Price: $14,995

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE WAR 16 GAUGE
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE WAR 16 GAUGE

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE WAR 16 GAUGE: #67XX, 26″ IC AND MOD 2 3/4″, SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER, EJECTORS, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, MINTY ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS 14 OZ, 2 7/16″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP Price: $7,950

A.H.Fox 16ga. Sterlingworth 30" Barrels
A.H.Fox 16ga. Sterlingworth 30″ Barrels

A.H.Fox 16ga. Sterlingworth 30″ Barrels: Built-in Philadelphia in 1926. This gun has the hard to find 30″ barrels choked modified .015″ and full .035″.The gun is in outstanding all original condition. It retains 98% of the original case colors, 99% of the original barrel blue, and 98% of the original wood finish. All screws are still timed and appear to be unturned. The bores are mint with no dents, rust, or pits. The stock is sound with no cracks or damage. The top lever is far to the right and the barrels lock up with no play. This gun has been shot very little. I used it on doves this season and it handles and patterns beautifully. At 6 lbs 2 ounces, it would make a great walk up pheasant gun. Very hard to find in the configuration and condition. Price: $2995

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

 

Beautiful James Purdey 16ga Self Opener -- 29" 1908 gun
Beautiful James Purdey 16ga Self Opener — 29″ 1908 gun

Beautiful James Purdey 16ga Self Opener — 29″ 1908 gun: Ic/Ic .006/.010 — 1908 Best quality and Cased with original trade label and charge card — 2 1/2 ” lightweight gun 5lbs 13oz — super engraving that still shows a considerable amount of original color — straight hand stock with excellent dimensions 14 1/4  1 1/2 x  2 3/16  to checked butt. A wonderful gun to carry afield. The heyday of Purdey production. .028 thous in both tubes. This little gun carries like a 28ga. Gun is in the Purdey log book as listed. 14 1/4″ x 1 1/2 ” x  2 3/16″  checkered butt. 5lbs 13oz. Price: $29,500

1926 AH FOX CE 20 Gauge, 28" Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel bbls., 100% Original:
1926 AH FOX CE 20 Gauge, 28″ Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel bbls., 100% Original:

1926 AH FOX CE 20 Gauge, 28″ Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel bbls., 100% Original: SxS boxlock w/ Game scene engraved case hardened action, 28″ Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel bbls. w/ 2 1/2″ chambers, Filed concave rib w/ double ivory beads, Chokes: Right .621 / .009 / M & Left .623 / .021 / F, Double triggers, Automatic ejectors, Automatic safety, Well figured straight grip stock w/ original buttplate, Splinter forearm, Stock Dimensions: DC: 1 9/16″ x DH: 2 7/8″ x Cast: 3/8″ OFF at Heel x LOP: 14 3/4″, Weight: 5 lb. 13 oz., Condition: 100% Original unaltered condition, 99%+ Original Blue, case colors and stock finish, Made in USA circa 1926, Serial #202682. Price: $20,000.

WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250-3000 CALIBER IN IT'S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE
WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250-3000 CALIBER IN IT’S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE

WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250 3000 CALIBER IN IT’S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE: .250-3000 Savage caliber, 28″ barrels with five-leaf express sight.  Engraved and casehardened  Anson and Deeley box lock receiver.  Top lever, extractors, and double triggers.  Checkered splinter forend and pistol grip buttstock with cheekpiece and leather pad.   LOP: 14 1/4″. Weight: 8lbs 6oz.   In beautiful original condition retaining all of the barrel blue, vivid case colors and excellent stock and checkering.  Mint bores. In it’s original leather luggage case with canvas cover. Price: $18,500

CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG CO RBL LAUNCH EDITION 20GA S/S SHOTGUN
CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG CO RBL LAUNCH EDITION 20GA S/S SHOTGUN

CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG CO RBL LAUNCH EDITION 20GA S/S SHOTGUN: CASE COLORED ACTION WITH SCROLL, 28″ BBLS, 2 3/4, MULTI CHOKES, STANDARD RIB, EJECTORS, SST, 3X WALNUT STOCK, PISTOL GRIP, SMALL BEAVERTAIL FOREND, LOP 14 3/8, 1 1/2, 2 3/8, 6LBS 9OZ, CASED WITH ALL ACCESSORIES, AS NEW! Price: $3,695

A & F - 1970 - F.lli. Rizzini - BLNE 20ga, 26", 3", IC / M
A & F – 1970 – F.lli. Rizzini – BLNE 20ga, 26″, 3″, IC / M

A & F – 1970 – F.lli. Rizzini – BLNE 20ga, 26″, 3″, IC / M: Extractors, Double Triggers, Prince or Wales Grip, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-5/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. Price: $2650

Good gun alert: 12g Parker DHE Repro, double triggers …

Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26" IC & MOD
Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26″ IC & MOD

Here are 3 reasons I love this Parker Repro SxS: It has double triggers, it has a long-ish 14 3/4″ LOP, and it looks nearly new.

Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26" IC & MOD
Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26″ IC & MOD

Parker Reproductions came about in 1984, the Parker as the brainchild of Parker collector Tom Skeuse. These guns were made in Japan by Olin-Kodensha, builders of Winchester 101s.

They’re great guns for anyone who loves America’s famous double-barrel shotguns and wants all that vintag character without all the vintage-gun hassles (worn out parts, poor repairs, lousy stock dimensions, etc).

Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26" IC & MOD
Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26″ IC & MOD

Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26″ IC & MOD for sale: Just in time for hunting season a nice very lightly used 12ga with great chokes & dimensions.  Just a handful of teeny handling marks. Virtually all finishes remain…. deep case color & blue.  26″ IC & MOD chokes.  6# 11 oz. 14 3/4″ to a skeleton buttplate.  NO PAD!   1 5/16″  2 1/4″. Factory case & slipcover lightly used. Minor wear. Price: $3795

Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26" IC & MOD
Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26″ IC & MOD

Good gun alert: 28g Rizzini Aurum OU, 30″ bbls…

Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun
Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun

When it comes to nice OUs, Battista Rizzini is one of Italy best known gunmakers. He founded the Rizzini Company in 1966, and his shotguns have been popular in the US since the late 1990s. These OUs are built are time-tested triggerplate-style actions, and they proven themselves to be rugged, dependable doubles.

Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun
Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun

Today, these guns are imported into this country by Rizzini USA and the little 28-gauge you see here looks like a great deal.

Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun
Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun

Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun: A true collector’s firearm and Rizinni’s most popular field model, the Aurum Over & Under Shotguns exhibit some of the finest scroll-engraving artwork you’ll see anywhere. Rizzini artisans hand finish each engraving for a level of detail you won’t find in mass-produced firearms. Battista Rizzini himself, hand selects every piece of Turkish walnut to transform into polished, richly detailed stocks. Rizzini scales each frame to its corresponding gauge for ideal weight and swing balance. Chrome-lined precision barrels with vented top rib. Round-knob Prince of Wales grip and Schnabel forend. Single selective trigger can be used to fire either barrel. Includes five interchangeable chokes. Manufactured: 2004, Caliber: 28 Gauge, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Good with a lot of carry wear to left side of butt stock and where stock meets the frame., Bore Condition: Excellent, Barrels: 30″, Triggers: Single selective, Stock: Checkered Turkish walnut prince of wales grip, Stock Dimensions: 14 1/2″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered walnut schnabel, Butt Pad: Grooved hard wood butt plate, Weight: 6 lb, Sights: Ventilated rib with brass bead front sight, Chokes: Flush choke tubes, Full, IM, M, IC, Cylinder, Extras: With lockable cloth-lined fitted hard case. Made in Italy. Item Location: Columbus, OH. Price: $1,799.99

Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun
Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun

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

 

Preowned Parker DH SxS 8 Gauge
Preowned Parker DH SxS 8 Gauge

Preowned Parker DH SxS 8 Gauge: Gorgeous Preowned Park DH SxS 8 Gauge! Only 9 Made, if you are a collector this gun is just for you! Serial Number: 19011144, Condition: good, Metal Condition: good, Wood Condition: good, Bore Condition: good, Barrels: SxS, Barrel Type: SxS, Action: Break Open, Triggers: Double, Gauge: 8, LOP: 14 1/2, Rib: Flat, Case: no. Price: $29,995

ITHACA GRADE 7E FLUES 12 GAUGE:
ITHACA GRADE 7E FLUES 12 GAUGE:

ITHACA GRADE 7E FLUES 12 GAUGE: #209XXX, 28″ BARRELS 016 AND 020 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR, 7LBS 3 OZ, 2 3/4 DAH, 1 5/8 DAC, 14 1/2 LOP Price: $17,500

Army & Navy CSL London 12 ga. Sidelock:
Army & Navy CSL London 12 ga. Sidelock:

Army & Navy CSL London 12 ga. Sidelock: Very good condition with 30” barrels, 1 1/8 oz. proof, 2 3/4” chambers, choked rt. I/C, left Full. It has double triggers, ejectors, scroll engraving, and firing pin bushings. The nicely figured, oil refinished stock measures 14 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 2 with Old English pad. Non-original English leather case. The gun has been shot very little. A great value in a London Sidelock. Price: $4,950

Rizzini Upland EL 20 Gauge – 29”, 6lb. GAME GUN, ENGLISH STOCK, NICE

Rizzini Upland EL 20 Gauge – 29”, 6lb. GAME GUN, ENGLISH STOCK, NICE: General Specs: Rizzini, Year 2007, 20 Gauge, 6lbs 1oz, Chokes IC/LM, LOP 14 5/8″, DAH 2 3/8″, DAC 1 7/16″. Serial Number: 63092. What a great value we find here in this fine Italian side x side 20 gauge!  B. Rizzini is a highly respected Italian maker of fine shotguns for both the target games and hunting live game.  Having been in business for decades in Italy’s valley of gunmakers, Rizzini is synonymous with quality and innovation.  I am quite impressed with this attractive Upland EL side x side, sn63092 made in 2007.  The diminutive boxlock action with double underlug bites has a fancy scalloped back of the action, sculpted bottom of the frame, gold inlaid lettering, no visible screws, beautiful factory case color, a pierced top lever, and deeply chiseled oak leaf engraved breech balls and some nice scroll engraved on the trigger guard, all appearing to be hand cut and signed by the engraver (signed inc. Ri. Pa).  This gun is nicely adorned with ejectors and a well-designed single selective trigger, both expensive and desirable options on an upland game gun.  The wood is very nicely figured European walnut with borderless checkering and a near perfect hand-rubbed oil finish with only one very minor handling mark on the right side of the buttstock.  The 29” finely struck barrels retain 99% of their factory blue, chambered for 3” modern shells, with a concave game rib, perfect mirror bores, and choked IC/LM for the ultimate upland gun.  This gun is a delight in hand as well, weighing 6lbs. 1oz. and balanced perfectly on the hinge pin, she is a very dynamic handling gun. Price: $3,750

Parker VHE 12 ga., 28" bbl
Parker VHE 12 ga., 28″ bbl

Parker VHE 12 ga., 28″ bbls: Vulcan Steel barrels choked full and extra Full (.028/.037). The action retains a nice patina of case colors as seen in the photos.  Double triggers, auto ejectors, 1-1/2 frame size.  The barrel flats with overload proofs .  Splinter forend, capped pistol grip stock measures 14 -1/16 of original wood without the pad and spacer.  Circa 1929, excellent overall. Price: $2,995

Love your SxS shotgun? Then don’t do this …

How NOT to carry a SxS shotgun
How NOT to carry a SxS shotgun

This picture made me chuckle – and wince. It shows Capt. Cool demonstrating one of the worst ways to carry a SxS shotgun. And it looks like a nice SxS gun with a rounded action.

When you open a SxS and rest the barrels on your shoulder like this, all the weight of action and stock bounces on the hinge pin (the pivot-point in the action that the “hook” at the front of the forward lump rides on).

With every step you take, this bouncing wears on that pin. It will soon wear it out and make the gun go “off the face”, meaning the barrels will no longer mount properly against the face of the action.

On most guns, “off the face” is a fixable problem. But doing it right is not cheap, and finding a guy who can do it right isn’t easy.

Auction alert: 28g Beretta S686 Special OU …

Lot #1875: 28g Beretta Model S686 Special Over/Under Shotgun with Case
Lot #1875: 28g Beretta Model S686 Special Over/Under Shotgun with Case

The Rock Island Auction Company’s September Premier sale starts tomorrow, 9/6. On Saturday, 9/7, the 28-gauge Beretta over under you see here is coming up for sale.

These 686-series Beretta’s are some of finest values you’ll ever find. If you’re a quail, grouse, or woodcock hunter, they’re all you need to hunt birds.

Lot #1875: 28g Beretta Model S686 Special Over/Under Shotgun with Case
Lot #1875: 28g Beretta Model S686 Special Over/Under Shotgun with Case

Here’s more info about this one from the auctioneer:

Lot #1875: 28g Beretta Model S686 Special Over/Under Shotgun with Case: Manufactured in 1992 with standard markings and features. Receiver has floral scroll engraving with two barrel bands near the breech. Includes a Beretta takedown case, warranty pamphlet and one snap cap. 28″ bbls, 2 3/4″ chambers, modified/improved cylinder chokes, and 14 5/8″ length of pull.

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