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

Westley Richards - Best Droplock SxS - 12 GA
Westley Richards – Best Droplock SxS – 12 GA

Westley Richards – Best Droplock SxS – 12 GA: Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Double, Grip: Straight Grip, Forend: Splinter, Lop: 15 1/8 “, Pad thickness: 0.75 “, Type of butt: Leather Covered Pad, Drop comb: 1 1/2 “, Drop heel: 2 “, Cast amount: 1/8 “, Cast: On, Weight: 6 lbs, 4 oz, Manufactured in: England, Manufacture Year: 1951, Finish: Case Colored, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Stock: Original finish Metal: Original finish, Type of Case: Leather Motor Case, Barrel info: Gauge: 12 GA, Chamber: 2 3/4 “, Length: 26 “, Chokes: IC/M, Rib type: Raised, Comments: Best Grade Droplock in very good condition. Includes original leather motor case. Price: $14,000

FRANCOTTE SPECIAL BOXLOCK SXS 28 GAUGE
FRANCOTTE SPECIAL BOXLOCK SXS 28 GAUGE

FRANCOTTE SPECIAL BOXLOCK SXS 28 GAUGE: 26″ MOD AND FULL 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, NEAR NEW CONDITION, 4LBS 15 OZ, 2 1/2″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 15″ LOP. Price: $8,500

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! Minor Field Evidence can be found on wood and metal.  Great Shooting Superposed! Price: $4,900

CSMC RBL 16ga/29" (LNIC) for sale
CSMC RBL 16ga/29″ (LNIC) for sale

CSMC RBL 16ga/29″ SxS (LNIC): Factory original and excellent condition appearing test fired only: exhibition grade stock, truoil finish, straight grip, splinter forend, double trigger, ejectors, case colored receiver with scroll engraving surrounding a pointer and setter on each side of the receiver, solid game rib, assisted opener. The barrels are choked Skeet / Modified, the stock measures 1 1/2″ x 2 1/8″ x 15 1/4″, and weighs 6 pounds 11 ounces. Comes with the factory ABS plastic case, owner’s manual, registration card, and nickel-plated snap caps. Price: $4,250

Watch & learn: What to look for, engraving…

Gavin Gardiner is an expert on British and European sporting arms, and he holds some of the world’s best gun auctions. Check out this video to see some of his insights into engraving patterns and styles. (BTW: The intros to all of Gavin’s videos always make me smile).

Gavin Gardiner’s Guide to Sporting Guns | What to Look for – Engraving

Gavin Gardiner’s Guide to Sporting Guns | What to Look for - Engraving
Gavin Gardiner’s Guide to Sporting Guns | What to Look for – Engraving

Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector…

Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector
Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector

When I was a kid, the Orvis News was a paper that arrived in our mailbox every month. It featured fishing stories, product plugs, pictures from customers — that kind of stuff. It also listed the shotguns Orvis had on hand in their Manchester showroom. I swear I saw one these Orvis Arrietas back then. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew I wanted it.

Orvis News print newspaper
Orvis News print newspaper

These Orvis Arrietas are similar to Arrieta 557s. Their blacked-actions are stunning looking, and overall, this one is a great looking side by side. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and this online auction listing ends on 3/29/2020 @ 7:24 PM

Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector
Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector

The opening bid is $2700 and if you can get it for that much, I think you’ll get a good deal. Here the information about the gun from the seller:

Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector
Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector

Arrieta 16 ga SxS Orvis Custom Uplander 27″ sidelock ejectors: Double triggers, English straight stock, splinter forearm, sliding tang safety, 27 inch ejector barrels 2 ¾ inch chambers and choke modified and full. Blued receiver and barrels. Weighs about 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector
Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector

Length of pull is approximately 14 1/8 inches from front trigger to the end of the wood. Stock currently has a ½ inch Pachmeyer Decelerator pad on it. Drop at the end of the buttpad is 1 7/8 inches and 1 3/8 at the comb. It has a brass oval that is non-engraved and the finish has a slight shine to it.

This is a used gun. I bought it used and have hunted and killed with it. I do not know the number of rounds it has fired but it still locks up tight and is on face. It has some minor hunting bruises to the wood but no dents or gouges to the metal. Some of the sharp edges have had some bluing loss. I an only selling because I bought a 30” LS Smith in 16 gauge to dove/quail hunt in the brush.

This gun is not overly engraved. Having only a tasteful border line and a couple engraved screw heads. some would call it a “funeral model” . I like the look.

These Spanish made doubles are getting harder to find at a reasonable price. Recent or current manufactured sidelocks from either Spain or Italy seem to start around 5 grand and go up from there. Here’s your chance to get a great shooting double at a reasonable price that has lots of hunt still in it.

On being a “best”, according to gunmaker Dewey Vicknair …

BOSS & CO, LONDON, BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN
BOSS & CO, LONDON, BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN

To a lot of people in the gun trade, “Best gun” is fighting words. Traditionally, it’s a handmade sidelock side-by-side shotgun or double rifle built to the highest standards by one of the major London makers like Holland & Holland or James Purdey & Sons.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

But today, as some of these famous makers are relying more and more on CNC equipment to build their guns, is it fair to still call these “Best Guns”? And do they still justify their incredibly high prices? Find out what one person thinks.

Is That New “Best Gun” Really What You Think It Is? by Dewey Vicknair

“With the gun first created in “virtual reality” and so much less hand work involved, one does wonder why the price of a modern best is so high, especially considering that one of the biggest names in best gunmaking now makes guns “for stock”, presumably for the buyer who just can’t wait for a bespoke gun.  It might even be said that the buyer is paying for something that he is not receiving, because he believes that he is purchasing a handmade gun when in fact, that gun is mostly made on CNC machinery.”

Read Dewey’s entire piece now

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

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: 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 its original leather luggage case with canvas cover. Price: $18,500

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE SxS
PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE SxS

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE SxS: #1 FRAME, #232XXX, 28″ MOD AND FULL 2 3/4 CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT. Price: $13,900

Awesome California Duck Club DHE 20ga Parker with 30" barrels and special order features
Awesome California Duck Club DHE 20ga Parker with 30″ barrels and special order features

Awesome California Duck Club DHE 20ga Parker with 30″ barrels and special order features: Made on a “0” frame with splinter forend, straight stock, double triggers and original skeleton buttplate.  This gun with several special order features which are mentioned in the PGCA letter (photo included), most importantly is the forend checkering which calls for the forend to be checkered all over- this is the only fully checkered original DHE 20ga I have seen. The gun remains in pleasing untouched original condition with about 20% original case color.  Barrels are excellent with about 75% original toned blue.  The stocks are sound (no cracks) and retain about 85% of their original finish wish scattered handling marks from time in the blind.  Bores are brilliant and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp. Price: $10,500 

Francotte - 20E, 20ga. 26" Barrels Choked SK/IM
Francotte – 20E, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SK/IM

Francotte – 20E, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SK/IM: Semi pistol grip, small leather face pad, double trigger, AE, Abercrombie and Fitch gun in A&F case with all of its accessories. Sideclip, 3rd fastener, 90% plus case color, barrel blue and wood finish. Not a screw has been turned. Untouched great gun, splinter forend. A Great, Great untouched gun. 5 lbs. 6 oz. 14 ½” x 1 3/8″ x 2 ½”. Price: $9,995

JAMES WOODWARD 12g DAMASCUS HAMMERGUN MUST SEE
JAMES WOODWARD 12g DAMASCUS HAMMERGUN MUST SEE

JAMES WOODWARD 12g DAMASCUS HAMMERGUN MUST SEE: Stunning Hammergun from one of London’s finest makers. Best quality engraving, Damascus barrels and wood. See photos. Locks up tight, barrels ring, bright bores. no pits, no cracks and no dents. A well cared for gun from the 1870s. Barrel Length: 29IN
Bore: L .735 R.735, Chambers: 2 1/2 IN Stock Comb: 1 7/16 IN Stock Heel: 2 1/8IN Butt Pad: HORN LOP: 14 3/4IN Weight: 7LBS Manufacture Date: 1874-1879
Choke Left: CYL Choke Right: CYL. Price: $3475

Watch: Ron Spomer shoots a Hoenig Rotary Round Action double rifle …

Here’s an odd double rifle I would like shoot. It’s a Hoenig Rotary Round action–the quirky vision of a man named George Hoenig. Watch as Ron Spomer of Ron Spomer Outdoors tries out this one in 9.3x74R and then gentleman Mr Hoenig himself.

Watch: Ron Spomer shoots a Hoenig Rotary Round Action double rifle ...
Watch: Ron Spomer shoots a Hoenig Rotary Round Action double rifle …

Good gun alert: A 20g Parker Bros. VH SxS …

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.
Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.

I say “Grouse Gun” you say “Parker” — or at least a lot of guys do. And those guys have a side-by-side like this in mind.

It’s a VH-grade (or Quality V.H. as Parker used to say), and it looks like it’s in nice, original shape.

Parker Bros used to say their VH-grade guns were “A strictly high-grade gun at a very low price” and “A gun for hard usage that cannot be equaled”.

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.
Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price: This Little Parker was made in 1911. (Serial # 152279) According to records it was sold to a Vermont Doctor in 1911. The gun remained in Vermont for over 100 years. This gun has not been messed with like so many of the Parkers out there. It shows normal wear from careful owners for all those years. It has a pistol-grip stock with its original finish and original “Dogs Head” buttplate. It is stamped as an “0” size frame. Barrel length is 28 inches Chambers are 2& 3/4 inches. Chokes are Right= Cylinder  Left= Modified LOP= 13&3/4 inches. DAC= 1&5/8 inches. DAH= 3 inches. This is an extractor gun, no ejectors. Barrels marked “Vulcan Steel.” Bores are Bright and Shiny as Shown in the photo’s. There is some minor rivuling just forward of the chambers. Lock-up is like new. No movement between the action and the barrels, with or without forend attached. “Tight on the Face”. Finishes are all original and are what you would expect of a gun that was carefully used and maintained over 100 years. It retains most of the original blue on the barrels with some age toning. Typical wear near the breech from where the hand was placed. Some blue remains on the trigger bow. Case color is gone as is the case with most old parkers, due to their using cyanide For case harding, it does not hold-up as well as the charcoal-bone process. Most all screw heads are near perfect, Testimony to the fact that this gun has not been messed-with. This gun was originally intended for New England Grouse and Woodcock. It would serve that same purpose today and for the next 100 years in the hands of careful owners. Price: $3000

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.
Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.

Wow – a great looking 20g by Casartelli, engraved by Terzi…

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI

As much as I’ve learned about British and American gunmakers, there are still lots of continental makers I nothing about. Here’s one of them: a 20g Carlo Casartelli sidelock built in Brescia, Italy, and engraved by Mario Terzi. DORLEAC & DORLEAC L’ATELIER DE CHASSE in Perpignan, France, has this gun.

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI

I think Casartelli was more of a rifle builder than a shotgun guy. Googling him turns up very little info. Master Engraver Mario Terzi is one of Italy’s most famous engravers.

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI

As for the gun, it’s a nice Italian take on the classic British Holland & Holland-style sidelock. I love how crisp, clean, and precise everything is, and how modern the gun looks. The engraving is great spin on the typical rose & scoll patterns you see on best-quality London guns.

Here’s the info on it from the seller:

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI: Chambers: 70mm / 2¾” Side by side sidelock ejector smallbore gun of an exceptional quality made by Carlo CASARTELLI in Concesio, Valle Trompia, Brescia. This Purdey double grip model is fitted with interceptor sear sidelocks and mechanical single trigger. The tumblers of the H&H pattern sidelocks have a small boss sliding in a mortise of the front attachment whose end-of-travel abuts on the mainspring upper branch ensuring their rebound out of strikers. The action, with finely edged detonators, as all the trimmings, are entirely scrolls and bouquets engraved under nitride tempered French grey finish. The outstanding quality of execution engraving bears the prestigious signature of master Mario TERZI. The 27″ game rib chopper-lump barrels, with their perfectly polished bores, are 3/10° and 5/10° at the chokes, while the hammers of the H&H ejectors hit the large rimmed cartridges extractors. The 15″ stock is cut from a splendid French walnut blank and, like the Purdey bolted forend, is finely diamond point checkered. This gun, perfectly balanced at the join, weighs 6lb. 3oz. Price: €15,000

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI

This weeks 5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector Express .405 win Mfg 1907 and still like new
WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector Express .405 win Mfg 1907 and still like new

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector Express .405 win Mfg 1907 and still like new: Serial #  16839, Country of Origin  England, Barrel Length (in Inches) 26″, Trigger  SST (Single Selective), Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip with trap (trap contains spare fitted strikers), English cheek piece, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm, Rib Type  1/4 Rib with express sights (1 standing and 2 folding), Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving Type  WR deluxe Scroll Engraving with game scene cameos, Other Options  Flip up night sight with folding hood, Checkered panels with drop points, Deluxe flat checkering, Original Silvers pad, Original O&L case, Gold Oval, Perfect bores, Condition  EXC. Plus Condition, Weight 9lb #8oz, Dimensions  1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ x 14 5/8″ with 3/8 cast off, Other Details  Mfg 1907. Price: $69,000

FLLI RIZZINI R2E .410 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
FLLI RIZZINI R2E .410 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN

FLLI RIZZINI R2E .410 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: 29″ BARRELS,  MODIFIED AND FULL, 3″, REMOVEABLE FLOORPLATE, SINGLE TRIGGER, SCALLOPED FRAME, EJECTORS, STRAIGHT HAND GRIP, SPLINTER FOREND, CHECKERED BUTT, 5 LBS 9 OZ, 14″ LOP. Price: $21,000

Browning Pigeon Superlight - 28ga/.410ga 3” - 6 lbs 5 ozs - 14 3/8” x 1 3/8” x 2 1/4” - SN: 1753F7 - Maker’s Case - Remarkable Condition - Rare!! 
Browning Pigeon Superlight – 28ga/.410ga 3” – 6 lbs 5 ozs – 14 3/8” x 1 3/8” x 2 1/4” – SN: 1753F7 – Maker’s Case – Remarkable Condition – Rare!!

Browning Pigeon Superlight – 28ga/.410ga 3” – 6 lbs 5 ozs – 14 3/8” x 1 3/8” x 2 1/4” – SN: 1753F7 – Maker’s Case – Remarkable Condition – Rare!! This the only Superlight 28/410 I’ve ever seen!! Price: $19,995  

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ RBL Launch Edition ~ 20 Gauge
Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ RBL Launch Edition ~ 20 Gauge

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ RBL Launch Edition ~ 20 Gauge: RBL Proof steel, barrels marked “RBL LAUNCH EDITION 20ga 2 3/4″ CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG. NEW BRITAIN CT. USA” on right and left respectivley with 2 3/4″ chamber with automatic ejectors, single bead sight on rib. Vibrantly casehardened box lock action with full coverage scroll engraving on crosshatch shaded backgrounds with single trigger with selector, and automatic sliding tang safety. Multi-point checkered forearm with Anson style push-button latch and straight stock with serrated plastic buttplate. Metal Condition: Excellent with light wear marks, Wood Condition: Great Dark Color with no deep scratches or cracks., Bore Condition: Clean and Shiny, Stock: Checkered straight stock, Weight: 6LB 6oz, Sights: Single Bead, Chokes: Right: Skeet, Left: IC. Includes: MOD,FULL, IMP MOD. Extras: Comes with Factory takedown case. Price: $3,999.99

 

Beretta S686 Special 28 Gauge Over Under with 28" bbls
Beretta S686 Special 28 Gauge Over Under with 28″ bbls

Beretta S686 Special 28 Gauge Over Under with 28″ bbls: Fixed full and modified chokes, engraved receiver. Chambers: 2 3/4 inch with ejectors. Metal Condition: Very good, a few scratches. Wood Condition: Very good, a few scratches. Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 28-inch vented rib.Triggers: Single curved trigger. Stock: Checkered, semi-pistol grip, wood. Stock Dimensions: 14-inch LOP. Fore End: Checkered, finger groove, straight, wood. Butt Pad: Beretta branded black plastic plate. Weight: 6 lbs. Sights: Steel bead front. Chokes: Fixed full and modified chokes. Price: $1,499.99

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

Hartmann & Weiss 16 Bore O/U on the Boss System
Hartmann & Weiss 16 Bore O/U on the Boss System

Hartmann & Weiss 16 Bore O/U on the Boss System: Gun was ordered in ’04 and delivered to my client in 2015!   It took eleven years to complete this beautiful example of H&W’s magnificent work. There are hardly enough adjectives to adequately describe this piece; except perhaps, that it is available for immediate delivery! Barrels 29 Inch with Solid Raised Rib, Chokes  Light Mod & Mod. Bottom barrel marked 1/4 and 1/2., Engraving Fine English Style Scroll, Stock   Best Grade Turkish Walnut, Butt: Checkered, L.O.P. 15 3/8″, Weigh  t6 lbs. 8.5 oz, Stock Dimensions1 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 15 3/8 to ctr. of checkered butt.  Cast: 1/4 off at heel – 3/8 off at toe. Price: $135,000

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL 10 BORE PARADOX DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR 1900 PARIS EXHIBITION
HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL 10 BORE PARADOX DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR 1900 PARIS EXHIBITION

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL 10 BORE PARADOX DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR 1900 PARIS EXHIBITION: LETTER FROM HOLLAND IN THE PHOTOS, 27″ PARADOX BARRELS WITH GREAT BORES, WE HAVE LIVE ROUNDS AND DATA AVAILABLE, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EXTRACTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, UNTOUCHED GREAT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 13 LBS 8 OZ, 14 7/8″ LOP. Price: $59,500

Pre-War MERKEL 202E Over_Under highly engraved and optioned 20ga
Pre-War MERKEL 202E Over_Under highly engraved and optioned 20ga

Pre-War MERKEL 202E Over_Under highly engraved and optioned 20ga: 27″ barrels and according to Merkel Germany direct records, manufactured in 1944.  A short look at this gun one realizes with the incredible detail and workmanship it absolutely could not be made today.  The deep relief hand engraving is really unlike any other you will see in depth and detail.  Ivory bead front sight, buffalo horn seamlessly blended in to form the rear trigger guard, and each and every exterior screw hand engraved-even the butt plate screws. Cocking Indicators, Greener crossbolt action, cross relief, Ejectors, with a 14 1/4″ LOP over a beautifully figured walnut stock, 5.9 lbs as shown. Price: $8930

Beretta ASEL 20 ga. O/U

Beretta ASEL 20 ga. O/UBeretta ASEL 20 ga. O/U: 26″ hand-filed vent rib barrels with double ivory beads are choked improved cylinder and full (.009/.024).  This late 1950s Abercrombie & Fitch gun features hinged front double triggers, auto ejectors and auto safe.  Fully engraved scallop-backed action, elegant special-order long forend, Prince of Wales grip.   Nicely figured Tyrolean walnut  stock measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2-3/8″ heel, 14-1/8″ LOP over the original wood butt.  Made in the same workrooms as the SO guns,  certainly the finest boxlock O/Us ever produced by Beretta.  The diminutive frame, scaled to the gauge allows this little 20 to weigh a mere 5 lbs, 10 ozs.  Honest example. Price: $6,750

Beretta BL4 (BL-4) - 28ga - 26 3/8” Barrels - Like New - ca. 1970 - Sk/Sk Chokes - 14 1/4” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” - 6 lbs - 99% Condition
Beretta BL4 (BL-4) – 28ga – 26 3/8” Barrels – Like New – ca. 1970 – Sk/Sk Chokes – 14 1/4” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 6 lbs – 99% Condition

Beretta BL4 (BL-4) – 28ga – 26 3/8” Barrels – Like New – ca. 1970 – Sk/Sk Chokes – 14 1/4” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 6 lbs – 99% Condition: Like New – ca. 1970 – Sk/Sk Chokes – 14 1/4” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 6 lbs – 99% Condition – Clean!  Upland Bird Gun: Price: $3,995 

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

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Boxlock Ejector Nitro Express .240 HV Flanged NE Game Scene engraved Mfg 1934 AS NEW
WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Boxlock Ejector Nitro Express .240 HV Flanged NE Game Scene engraved Mfg 1934 AS NEW

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Boxlock Ejector Nitro Express .240 HV Flanged NE Game Scene engraved Mfg 1934 AS NEW: Serial #  T10943, Country of Origin  England, Barrel Length (in Inches):  26″, Trigger:  DT (Double), Stock Configuration:  Capped Pistol Grip, Panels, Gold oval, Silvers pad, Forearm Type:  Splinter Forearm with Anson latch release, Rib Type:  1/4 Rib with express sights (1 standing 2 folding), Condition  Near New All Original, Weight  8#3oz, Dimensions  14 1/2″ LOP, Other Details  Mfg 1934, Spotless bores, Totally original and like new. Price: $37,500

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!: 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: $3750

Beretta Onyx 20 gauge Over Under Case Colored Straight Stock
Beretta Onyx 20 gauge Over Under Case Colored Straight Stock

: 28 inch barrels.  This firearm is somewhat of an enigma.  I have not seen an Onyx case colored which was not part of a custom order.  At any rate, an Onyx with a straight stock and insignia oval is not your everyday find.  I have included pictures of any defects I could find.  The premium, oil-finished walnut stock and for end complement the gloss-finished blued receiver with gold P. Beretta engraving, not found on other 686 Silver Pigeon models. Serial Number: N87078B, Chambers: 3 Inch, Barrels: 28 Inch, Triggers: Single. Stock: Straight, Stock Comb: 1 3/8″, Stock Heel: 2 1/4″, LOP: 15″, Rib: Vent, Weight: 5.8lbs. Price: $3,499

CSM RBL 20g SxS 28" Multichoke BBls
CSMC RBL 20g SxS 28″ Multichoke BBls

CSMC RBL 20g SxS 28″ Multichoke BBls: Factory original and excellent with case and extras. Price: $3,295

Zoli/F.lli Rizzini A&F Game Gun 20 Gauge
Zoli/F.lli Rizzini A&F Game Gun 20 Gauge

Zoli-F.lli Rizzini A&F Game Gun 20 Gauge: Double Triggers, 26″ Chokes: Cyl – Mod L.O.P. : 14 1/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 5 lbs 10oz Ser. #: 2881 Price: $2,950

What makes Caeser Guerini shotgun so impressive…

New Caeser Guerini Invictus M-Spec 34"
New Caeser Guerini Invictus M-Spec 34″

Italian shotguns have always impressed me, and a trip I took last week reminded me why.

Greystone Castle Sporting Club
Greystone Castle Sporting Club

I attended Caeser Guerini’s 2020 Writer-Dealer Event at Greystone Castle Sporting Club, and  all the over-unders there displayed an admirable commitment to quality and innovation.

New Caeser Guerini Maxum Gold Field
New Caeser Guerini Maxum Gold Field

For field guns, Caesar Guerini has added two new over-unders: the Maxum Gold Field (a limited-edition version of the gun shown here) and a 28-gauge version of their Revenant model.

New Caeser Guerini Revenant in 28g
New Caeser Guerini Revenant in 28g

To their Syren line of shotguns for women, they’ve also added two models.

Syren Elos N2 Elevate
Syren Elos N2 Elevate

First, there’s the Syren Elos N2 Elevate — a new model of this gun. It uses Fabarm’s Quick Release Rib System to change the Syren Elos N2 Elevate’s point of impact. In minutes, this gun can adapt to Trap, Skeet, or Sporting Clays.

Changing ribs, changing POI on the Syren Elos N2 Elevate
Changing ribs, changing POI on the Syren Elos N2 Elevate

There’s also the new Syren Julia Sporting. Aesthetics have always been a Guerini strong point, and this new double is a real head-turner — and clay buster.

To their Invictus target guns, Caeser Guerini introduced three models: the Invictus II Sporting, the Invictus III Sporting Limited, and the Invictus I M-SPEC 34” Specialist.

New Caeser Guerini Invictus II Sporting
New Caeser Guerini Invictus II Sporting
Caeser Guerini Invictus III Limited Edition
Caeser Guerini Invictus III Limited Edition
New Caeser Guerini Invictus I M-SPEC 34” Specialist
New Caeser Guerini Invictus I M-SPEC 34” Specialist

Built to fire a million rounds and keep on going, these OUs draw on their patented Invictus Block and easy-to-replace Invictus Cam pivot points to make them easy to tighten them up and bring the barrels-to-action connection back to factory specs.

Replaceable Invictus Block on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun
Replaceable Invictus Block on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun

While you can make this repair with other OUs, you can do it quickly and with incredible precision and with almost zero hand-fitting with an Invictus. This helps keep your Invictus gun in your hand and shooting, rather than on your gunsmith’s bench in pieces.

Replaceable bbl-hinges on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun
Replaceable Invictus cams on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun

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

 

A. Chapu ~ Stunning from pre-WWII Paris BEST quality Sidelocks
A. Chapu ~ Stunning from pre-WWII Paris BEST quality Sidelocks

A. Chapu ~ Stunning from pre-WWII Paris BEST quality Sidelocks: Hammerless Sidelocks – This along with our number 3967 is a fabulous pair of Shotguns. Quality of a Boss, Purdey, or Holland Royal’s this pair is a joy to hold, fondle, and at a price much less than what the others would certainly cost you. BEST quality features include chopperlump barrels, double seared locks, bushed firing pins, and articulated front triggers. Featured in what I believe to be their original retailer’s trunk case these guns are in outstanding condition. The weight and choking combined with their original 2 3/4″ chambering make these guns an excellent choice for sporting clays or the hard dying Montana, Dakota\’s and eastern Oregon ringnecks. Price: $14,500

A.H. Fox CE 16 gauge SXS Philadelphia shotgun
A.H. Fox CE 16 gauge SXS Philadelphia shotgun

A.H. Fox CE 16 gauge SXS Philadelphia shotgun: Fine example of an original Fox CE with beavertail forend. A gorgeously crafted American-made shotgun in spectacular condition. Serial Number: 303164. Ejectors: Yes. Condition: Excellent. Metal Condition: Excellent. Wood Condition: Excellent original finish shows little wear. Bore Condition: Mirror. Barrels: 28″. Barrel Type: Chromox Steel. Triggers: Double. Gauge: Sixteen Stock Comb: DOC: 1 3/8″, Stock Heel: DOH: 2 1/2″. Stock Cast: Off. Fore End: Beavertail. Butt Pad: Leather. LOP: 14.5. Finish: Hand-rubbed Oil. Sights: Single Steel Bead. Manufacture Date: 1931. Chokes: Left: Modified (.017), Right: Improved Cylinder (.006). Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .043″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .039″. Price: $15,500

CSMC RBL 28 ga 28 inch Deluxe wood English Stock, Auto Eject, Cased
CSMC RBL 28 ga 28 inch Deluxe wood English Stock, Auto Eject, Cased

CSMC RBL 28 ga 28 inch Deluxe wood English Stock, Auto Eject, Cased: RBL002862, Caliber/Gauge: 28 Ga., Barrel Length: 28 inch, Sights: Factory Original Bore: Excellent, Rib: Solid, Choke: Improved Modified/ Modfied, Chamber: 2 3/4 inches, Length of Pull: 14 3/4 inches, Drop Comb: 1 1/2 inches, Drop Heel: 2 1/4 inches, Weight: 5.52 lbs, Cast: Neutral, Finish: Factory Original, Grips/Stock: Factory Original Price: $4750 

PRE-WAR 1930 FRIEDRICH HEYM 12GA. 26" DELUXE 4A GRADE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
PRE-WAR 1930 FRIEDRICH HEYM 12GA. 26″ DELUXE 4A GRADE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN

PRE-WAR 1930 FRIEDRICH HEYM 12GA. 26″ DELUXE 4A GRADE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: Serial number “60xx” and dated 11/30 (1930) on barrels. Raised solid ib engraved “Grade 4A Krupp Fluid Steel Barrels” so made for the American market. Barrels also engraved “Suhl, Germany” on left and ‘Fr. Wilh. Heym” on right. All the correct proofs on water table. Very old professionally reblued barrels(only barrels) choked improved cylinder and modified and chambered for 2 3/4″ shells. Markings still crisp. Mint brilliant bore with no dents or dings. Ejectors. Original splinter forend with horn tip, original checkering and no cracks, hairlines or wood losses(engraving superb including screw heads inside). Deluxe 4A case colored receiver with crisply heavy relief engraved game scenes(see photos) and most of the original case colors darkening to patina. Screws unturned. Cocking indicators. Boxlock with sideplates. Dbl triggers extending through 14 1/3″ length of pull over original basketweave horn buttplate with no losses(often chipped or worm eaten). Original buttstock with fabulous deluxe wood(match forend) having horn pistol grip cap and NO cracks, hairlines, or wood loss. Checkering original and very fine. Right hand cast. Lever at center and tight on face as would be expected with sideclips. Works perfectly. Heym still in business today. Very fine example of one of Germany’s greatest makers and never before been on the market. Weighs 6 lbs. Price: $3,850

ITHACA SKB 280 20GA
ITHACA SKB 280 20GA

ITHACA SKB 280 20GA: These are rock solid guns! No issues. Ready for field, forest or range. A few hunting marks keep wood from being Excellent. Chambers: 3 IN, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: EXCELLENT, Metal Condition: EXCELLENT, Wood Condition: VERY GOOD, Bore Condition: BRIGHT CHROME LINED, Barrels: 25IN. Barrel Type: CHROME LINED, Triggers: SINGLE SELECTIVE, Gauge: 20GA, Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN, Stock Heel: 2 3/8 IN, Butt Pad: ORIGINAL, LOP: 14 1/4 REAR POSITION SINGLE TRIGGER, Weight: 6 LBS 2 OZ, Choke Left: MOD Choke Right: IMP/CYL. Price: $1675

Really rare gun alert: 16 bore John Dickson round action …

 

John Dickson , Edinburgh .16 bore round action ejector with damascus barrels . Made 1905 for sale:
John Dickson , Edinburgh .16 bore round action ejector with damascus barrels . Made 1905 for sale:

Here’s your chance to buy one of the rarest and most beautiful side-by-side shotguns ever made.John Dickson , Edinburgh .16 bore round action ejector with damascus barrels . Made 1905 for sale:

John Dickson & Son has been building Round Action shotguns since the 1880s. Since then, they’ve made approximately 2,000 of these SxSs. Of these, I believe fewer than a dozen of these have been sixteen gauges.

John Dickson , Edinburgh .16 bore round action ejector with damascus barrels . Made 1905 for sale:
John Dickson , Edinburgh .16 bore round action ejector with damascus barrels . Made 1905 for sale:

Besides being a rare gauge, the one you see here is special for couple other reasons, to: First, the engraving. It’s an unusual pattern, probably executed by Harry Kell. Second, the damascus barrels. According to the seller, this gun was made in 1905. That’s late for damascus barrels, so whoever ordered this gun specified that he want them instead of fluid-steel.

John Dickson , Edinburgh .16 bore round action ejector with damascus barrels . Made 1905 for sale:
John Dickson , Edinburgh .16 bore round action ejector with damascus barrels . Made 1905 for sale:

John Dickson , Edinburgh .16 bore round action ejector with damascus barrels . Made 1905 for sale: A very rare gun with perfect nitro proved damascus barrels. Made 1905. Model: Round action. Bore: 16. Chambers: 2 1/2″. Ejectors: yes. Barrel Type: Damascus. Triggers: 2. Stock: 15 3/8″. Stock Cast: right hand cast off. LOP: 15 3/8″. Manufacture Date: 1905. Choke Left: 1/4. Choke Right: imp cyl. Proof:Nitro: London nitro. Price: $39,000

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

 

Beautiful and rare Parker AHE Grade 12 Bore
Beautiful and rare Parker AHE Grade 12 Bore

Beautiful and rare Parker AHE Grade 12 Bore: Beautiful and high art AHE 12ga gun.  Made with 30″ Acme steel barrels, straight stock, and double triggers.  The gun features superb engraving with 13 animals engraved in beautiful full coverage scroll.  Beautiful buttstock with thick comb.  When you study a gun like this, it is easy to see why Parker Bros. sold nearly 250k shotguns in their time in business! Overall the gun is in excellent condition.  The stocks have been expertly restored and retain nearly all of their hand rubbed oil finish.  Barrels have been expertly restored and retain virtually all of their proper, toned blue.  Action retains about 80% case color over the well defined and deep engraving. This is an extremely beautiful gun with a lot of merit.  If you have been looking for a fairly priced high grade Parker, look no further. Price: $15,500

A.H. Fox AE SXS Double Trigger Ejectors 16 GA 27-15/16" barrel
A.H. Fox AE SXS Double Trigger Ejectors 16 GA 27-15/16″ barrel

A.H. Fox AE SXS Double Trigger Ejectors 16 GA 27-15/16″ barrel: Stock has a few light handling marks but is in Excellent condition. LOP measures 14-1/4″. Drop at the heel measures 2-7/16″ and the comb measures 1-9/16″. Bore is smooth and shiny, looks excellent. The chamber wall thickness measures 5mm. Barrels look great. Both barrels are modified chokes. Gun is in excellent condition and ready for hunting. Price: $4,999.99

Charles Daly Prussian 12 Gauge (Lightweight Model)
Charles Daly Prussian 12 Gauge (Lightweight Model)

Charles Daly Prussian 12 Gauge (Lightweight Model): 28″ Chokes: IC – MOD L.O.P. : 14 1/2″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 6 lbs 8 oz Ser. #: 11555. Price: $4,950

Ed Kettner 24-gauge SxS
Ed Kettner 24-gauge SxS

Ed Kettner 24-gauge SxS: This is a sweet and trim little double. Ketnner made very high quality doubles. It has just been restocked and looks great. The 24 ga.was the European ga. for European woodcock. Serial Number: 2686. Barrels: 281/4 inches. Action: extractor. Triggers: double. Stock Comb: 1 & 1/2. Stock Heel: 2 & 3/8. Stock Cast: 1/4. Fore End: semi BT. Butt Pad: plastic. LOP: 14 & 3/4 inches. Weight: 5 lbs. 7 oz.. Chokes: ic/mod. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: 30 thou. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: 30 thou. Price: $4450.

BERETTA - SxS - - 426E - 20ga 28" - SST - Ejectors:
BERETTA – SxS – – 426E – 20ga 28″ – SST – Ejectors:

BERETTA – SxS – – 426E – 20ga 28″ – SST – Ejectors: Raised Solid Rib, Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger, LOP 14-1/4, Drop 1-1/2 to 2-1/2″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs 4 oz. Metal is Excellent 98+%. Gun is mechanically perfect – very tight with lever well right of center. Wood has been refinished, and the sharp points of the checkering was taken down. Price: $1940

See if you could handle Hemingway’s elephant gun…

*THE IMMORTAL ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST QUALITY HAND DETACHABLE SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE W/ORIGINAL CASE.

THE IMMORTAL ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST QUALITY HAND DETACHABLE SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE W/ORIGINAL CASE.
THE IMMORTAL ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST QUALITY HAND DETACHABLE SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE W/ORIGINAL CASE.

Way back in the early 20th century, Ernest Hemingway was the man and, in a lot of ways, THE MAN.

A literary icon by 27 (wow, that makes me feel like a chump), Hemingway was famous for his to-the-point, English-Pointer lean sentences and simple dialogue.

He was also famous for he-man exploits like African safaris.

Hemingway went to Africa in 1933 and 1954. On his second trip, the .577 Nitro Express Westley Richards you see here and in the video above was the gun he carried.

*THE IMMORTAL ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST QUALITY HAND DETACHABLE SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE W/ORIGINAL CASE.
*THE IMMORTAL ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST QUALITY HAND DETACHABLE SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE W/ORIGINAL CASE.

The .577 Nitro Express is one of the most bad-ass hunting rounds of all time. Hemingway’s rifle fired a 750 gr. bullet, and generated a crushing 7,010 ft⋅lbf. By comparison, a .30-06 Springfield shooting a 220-gr bullet generates a wimpy 2,981 ft⋅lbf.

Famous Africa hunter John “Pondoro” Taylor wrote that the .577 Nitro Express was “a magnificent killer – it literally crumbles up an elephant”. Unfortunately, it could have the same impact on the man shooting it.

Shooting Ernest Hemingway’s .577 Nitro Express
Shooting Ernest Hemingway’s .577 Nitro Express

Auction alert: Nice looking pair of 20g Arrieta SxSs…

Auction alert: Nice looking pair of 20g Arrieta SxSs...
Auction alert: Nice looking pair of 20g Arrieta SxSs…

Here’s a nice looking pair of Spanish side-by-sides coming up tomorrow at Gunslinger Auctions in Glendora, CA. Here’s more about these guns from the auctioneer:

Auction alert: Nice looking pair of 20g Arrieta SxSs...
Auction alert: Nice looking pair of 20g Arrieta SxSs…

ARRIETA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE BARREL TWO GUN SET

A13961 and A13962
Make: Arrieta
Model: SXS
Shotgun Gauge: 20 Gauge
Barrel Length: 28in
Condition: Excellent
TWO GUN SET. GUNS MARKED 1 AND 2. HIGHLY ENGRAVED. SHOW LITTLE USE. FULL AND IMPROVED BARRELS. LOP 14in TO REAR TRIGGER. MINT BORES. COMES IN BEAUTIFUL LEATHER CASE.
Serial #: 32641 and 32642
Low Estimate: 8000.00
High Estimate: 10000.00

Auction alert: Nice looking pair of 20g Arrieta SxSs...
Auction alert: Nice looking pair of 20g Arrieta SxSs…

Watch: Flushing Grouse – A Ruffed Grouse Society Film ….

I’m a pointing-dog guy, and for me, the sight of a dog locked up on a grouse or woodcock is crucial to the upland-hunting experience.

But some guys would disagree, including Fritz and Ric Heller. They star in this film, produced by Project Upland in association with the Ruffed Grouse Society.

Exploring the World of Ruffed Grouse Hunting with Flushing Dogs

“The primary reason I go (grouse hunting) is to get away from everything and to be in that moment. It’s really special to be 100% completely present and committed, and it probably talks a lot about the flushing dogs. You know, you’re not listening to a beeper or a bell in the distance waiting for it to stop, you’re 100% focused on what’s going on in front of you the entire time…”

Watch: Flushing Grouse – A Ruffed Grouse Society Film ....
Watch: Flushing Grouse – A Ruffed Grouse Society Film ….

Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32″ bbls…

Here’s your chance to pick one of the rarest American SxS shotguns you’ll come across. This 20 gauge Parker AAHE is coming up at Gunslinger Auctions in Glendora, CA, this Sat, Feb. 1. The live auction starts at noon, west-coast time.

Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32" bbls...
Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32″ bbls…

Parker made 238 Quality AAH-grade shotguns. Most were 12 gauges. I can’t imagine more than a couple of those were 20 gauges with 32″ barrels. Back then this gun was made, it was one gun down from Parker’s top-of-the-line Parker Quality A-1 Special. While this 20 gauge has seen better days, I bet it will hammer down for $30,000+.

Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32" bbls...
Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32″ bbls…

Here’s more info about it from the auctioneer:
Make: Parker Bros.
Model: AAHE GRADE 7
Shotgun Gauge: 20 Gauge
Barrel Length: 32in
Condition: Excellent

Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32" bbls...
Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32″ bbls…

MADE IN APPROXIMATELY 1915. FINELY ENGRAVED FLORAL PATTERN THROUGHOUT RECEIVER AND BACKS OF BARRELS, ALSO TRIGGER GUARD. SCARCE 32in BARREL. LOP 13.5in TO REAR TRIGGER. 3in DROP. BUTTSTOCK SHOWS TYPICAL HANDLING MARKS, ALL CAN BE REMOVED BY COMPETENT GUNSMITH. BEAUTIFUL CHECKERING ON WRIST. CHOKES ARE FULL AND FULL. MINT BORES.
Serial #: 207210
Low Estimate: 25000.00
High Estimate: 45000.00

See for youself: 4-bore stopping rifles, about & shooting….

See for youself: 4-bore stopping rifles, about & shooting....
Shooting a 4-bore stopping rifle: Go to 20:06 in the video to see what it’s like. 

Go to 20:06 to see Ian shoot a 4-bore

Big-bores shotguns and rifles have always fascinated me: From 8-gauge shotguns like the one I wrote about here to the 4-bore rifles Ian features in this video: An Overview of 4-Bore Stopping Rifles.

Check out Ian’s video to learn more about the rifles and learn how — and why — people used them.

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

PURDEY BEST SXS 20 GAUGE
PURDEY BEST SXS 20 GAUGE

PURDEY BEST SXS 20 GAUGE: COMPLETED 1935, #24333, 28″ SELF OPENER 009 AND 016 2 3/4 CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKERS CASE, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 5 LBS 12 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 15″ LOP. Price: $48,500

Brand new Chapuis Super Orion O/U C35 28Ga 30" barrels
Brand new Chapuis Super Orion O/U C35 28Ga 30″ barrels

Brand new Chapuis Super Orion O/U C35 28Ga 30″ barrels: A brand new Chapuis O/U with double triggers, straight grip and 30 “ barrels.  2 ¾” chambers, bores measure .550  with fixed chokes (Improved cyl – Improved modified). Round action  with trigger plate locks, Coin finish with English style engraving coverage with pheasants, partridges on the sides of the receiver and German Short Hair under receiver. The shotgun weighs 5 pounds 14 OZ . English stock in a nice piece of Turkish walnut with the following dimensions: 15 ½” LOP over ¼” wood plate,  1  ½”   and 2 ½”  drop and 3/8” cast off. As usual on a Chapuis product, the trunnions size , rear lump interlocking and locking surfaces are ample to insure an extremely long mechanical lifespan. I trust them enough to offer a lifetime mechanical warranty to the original owner. Price: $4,990

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 TRIGGER, 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

CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN LAUNCH EDITION RBL IN 20 GAUGE - ALL OPTIONS - 3X WOOD UPGRADE - NEW
CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN LAUNCH EDITION RBL IN 20 GAUGE – ALL OPTIONS – 3X WOOD UPGRADE – NEW

CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN LAUNCH EDITION RBL IN 20 GAUGE – ALL OPTIONS – 3X WOOD UPGRADE – NEW: Holland Style Self Opeing System. Beavertail forend. Cased with all accessories. Barrels are 28″ with 5 choke tubes. Weight of gun is g LBS 8 OZ. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 3/4″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″ Price: $3,950

Bernardelli SXS, 28 GA, 26" barrel, double trigger ejectors
Bernardelli SXS, 28 GA, 26″ barrel, double trigger ejectors

Bernardelli SXS, 28 GA, 26″ barrel, double trigger ejectors: Full and Improved modified chokes. The stock is in very good condition, does have a few light handling marks on it, has been hunted with. The barrels and bore are in great condition. Barrel walls measure 5.84mm. The drop at the Heel measures 2-3/8″ and the drop at the comb measures 1-1/2″. Excellent overall condition. Price: $1,699.99

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