Auction alert: Minty Beretta BL-3 20g, 28″ …

Beretta BL-3 BL3 20ga 20 Ga 28" STUNNER NEAR MINT
Beretta BL-3 BL3 20ga 20 Ga 28″ STUNNER NEAR MINT

Here’s another chance for you to get a deal on a great OUs. This Beretta BL-3 is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends tomorrow, Thursday, 8/29/2019, @ 8:10 PM.

Beretta BL-3 BL3 20ga 20 Ga 28" STUNNER NEAR MINT
Beretta BL-3 BL3 20ga 20 Ga 28″ STUNNER NEAR MINT

Beretta’s BL OUs are solid, reliable guns, and it looks like this one is in great shape. Here’s more info about it from the seller.

Beretta BL-3 BL3 20ga 20 Ga 28" STUNNER NEAR MINT
Beretta BL-3 BL3 20ga 20 Ga 28″ STUNNER NEAR MINT

Beretta BL-3 BL3 20ga 20 Ga 28″ STUNNER NEAR MINT: The gun is in excellent condition and functions perfectly. We grade this gun at a conservative 99%. Please look at the pictures and judge for yourself. The 28-inch barrels are marked ++/+++ which in Beretta signifies Improved Modified / Modified. The bores are both shiny and clean. It is equipped with a vented rib and a single brass bead front sight. The receiver is tastefully engraved on all sides. The walnut furniture is gorgeously grained with a matte finish and checkered for a secure comfortable grip. The gun has been shot very little and the mechanics are 100% and very tight as one would expect of a brand new Beretta. This is a perfect lightweight shotgun for bird hunting or a day of clay pigeons. No box is included. The following measurements were are approximate!!! 2.25″ Drop to heal. 7.75″ Drop at comb. 14″ Length of pull.

 

 

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PURDEY BEST HAMMER PIGEON GUN SXS 12 GAUGE
PURDEY BEST HAMMER PIGEON GUN SXS 12 GAUGE

PURDEY BEST HAMMER PIGEON GUN SXS 12 GAUGE: #17XXX, ORIGINAL 30″ STEEL BARRELS 027 AND 036 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EXTRACTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MINTY ORIGINAL CONDITION, 8LBS, 2 3/16″ DAH, 1 3/8″ DAC, 15 1/4″ LOP. Price: $42,500

Webley & Scott M701 (M700) - 16 Gauge:
Webley & Scott M701 (M700) – 16 Gauge:

Webley & Scott M701 (M700) – 16 Gauge: This Webley, serial number 131366, has strong case color and bluing and the wood is in excellent condition showing minimal signs of use. The right barrels is marked “Webley & Scott Ltd.” while the left barrel is marked “Birmingham”.  The barrels sport a single, silver bead. It has the following attributes: Barrel Length: 28”: Choked: Imp Cyl / Full, Ejectors, Overall weight:  6lb 2oz, LOP: 14-5/8”, DAC: 1-3/8”, DAH: 2-1/8”. Price: $3,195 

Fabrique National 16 gauge side by side sidelock shotgun
Fabrique National 16 gauge side by side sidelock shotgun

Fabrique National 16 gauge side by side sidelock shotgun: 30″ demi bloc barrels, 2 3/4″ chamber, Ejectores, Modify & full shocks. English straight stock LOP 14 1/8″ to front trigger. Mirror Bores. Shotgun is tight with or without the forearm. Barrels have some finish scratches as well as the stock, very good checkering, mechanical is excellent, ejectors are strong and on time. triggers are strong and crisp. weight 6.75 lb. Price: $2,995

BERETTA - Orvis Uplander - 686 Onyx - 26-1/2" IC /M - Like New:
BERETTA – Orvis Uplander – 686 Onyx – 26-1/2″ IC /M – Like New:

BERETTA – Orvis Uplander – 686 Onyx – 26-1/2″ IC /M – Like New: 20ga, 3″, 26-1/2″, IC / M (.017 / .029), LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/4″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. MINT – As New! Appears unfired. I think this was a leftover from the Orvis Shop. They didn’t have any high grade wood for it, so they ordered up a standard set of wood from Beretta. Price: $1675 

FRENCH GUILD 16GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN
FRENCH GUILD 16GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN

FRENCH GUILD 16GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN A wonderful 16ga French Guild gun. Ready for forest range or field. No issues! Nice wood. Great barrels. Locks up tight. Functions well.
Chambers: 65MM, Condition: VERY GOOD, Metal Condition: VERY GOOD, Wood Condition: VERY GOOD, Bore Condition: BRIGHT, Barrels: 27IN, Gauge: 16GA, Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN, Stock Heel: 2 1/16IN, Butt Pad: LEATHER PAD, LOP: 14 1/2IN, Weight: 5LBS 15OZ, Choke Left: SKEET II, Choke Right: SKEET. Price: $875

Auction alert: 20g Savage Fox A Grade SxS, No Reserve…

Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:
Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:

The Savage Fox A Grade shotgun you see here is an odd duck. It’s on Gunbroker.com now with No Reserve. The listing ends 8/25/2019 1:50 PM.

Savage Arms introduced these Savage Fox A Grades a few years ago, and what makes them odd is the fact that the only thing they have in common with a vintage Fox A Grade is the “Fox” name.

Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:
Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:

But that doesn’t mean the Savage Fox A Grade is a bad gun. In fact, I think it’s better than the real thing, and right now, the one you see here is an absolute steal.

Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:
Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:

The new Savage Fox A Grade is actually a CSMC RBL with different aesthetics. That’s a good thing because the RBL is a well built, it used the tried-and-true Anson & Deeley-style boxlock action, and features modern metals, modern stock dimensions,  choke tubes, and comes with a case.

Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:
Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:

Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge: The Savage Arms Fox A Grade is a side by side shotgun. This particular version is chambered in 20 gauge and features a hammer-less Anson Deeley-style box lock action along with Holland & Holland style extractors. The double triggers and case colored receiver add to the overall look. Undoubtedly the precision cut checkered American Black Walnut stock featuring an oil finished is something for the eye to behold. The Fox A Grade side by side is a work of art which belongs in a museum but can happily reside on your arm and in the field with you for years to come. Savage Arms Fox A Grade Side By Side Shotgun, 20 Gauge 28″ barrel. Comes with original box, papers etc. It’s in unfired like new condition.

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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: Deluxe Boxlock Ejector Nitro Express, Serial #  T10943, Barrel Length: 26″, Trigger  DT (Double), Rib Type  1/4 Rib with express sights (1 standing 2 folding), Other Options  Sling swivel eyes, Front sight hood, Automatic safety, SAFE in gold, 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

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

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

Incredible High Original Condition Parker C Grade Hammer Gun with 32" Bernard barrels:
Incredible High Original Condition Parker C Grade Hammer Gun with 32″ Bernard barrels:

Incredible High Original Condition Parker C Grade Hammer Gun with 32″ Bernard barrels: For your consideration is something truly astounding. This is one of 10 made in this configuration. The gun is a 12ga C Grade with 32″ Bernard barrels. It is SN 39432, having been made in 1884. According to the Parker Identification and Serialization book, this was one of three consecutive guns in a row in this exact configuration. The gun itself is in incredible original condition and retains more than 60% bright original case color. Stocks retain most of their original finish with some finish added for preservation. The barrels are stunning and retain nearly all of their bold original pattern. The gun retains its original skeleton buttplate with LOP of 14-1/4″. The gun weighs 8lbs 7oz having been made on a #2 frame and has drops of 1-15/16 DAC and 2-15/16 DAH. Bores are bright and shiny and mechanics are crisp. The gun balances and swings like a dream. Bores measure .754 (rt) and .752 (left) with .034 choke in the right and .032 in the left. If you have ever wanted a truly “world class” and heirloom quality Parker hammer gun, look no further. I don’t think there is a better C Grade 32″ Bernard barreled hammer gun than this one as I have never seen or heard of one better than this in this configuration. Price: $13,950 

1961 Beretta SO3 English Stock Double Trigger
1961 Beretta SO3 English Stock Double Trigger

1961 Beretta SO3 English Stock Double Trigger: 12 gauge with 28 3/8 inch full and improved modified choke vent rib barrels. This gun is 98% with no box. Serial # is 26xxx. LOP 14 1/4 DAC 1 3/8 DAH 2 1/4 Wt. 7lb 4oz. Price: $7,350

Gebruder Merkel ~ Model 310E ~ 20 Ga:
Gebruder Merkel ~ Model 310E ~ 20 Ga:

Gebruder Merkel ~ Model 310E ~ 20 Ga: Wood is solid and without cracks showing only a few light use marks. Some light finish wear on butt stock. Nicely figured wood has darkened to a deep rich color with fine checkering and black diamonds behind receiver. Blue has worn thin on bottom tang and trigger guard but barrels remain good with only light thinning at muzzle. Small dent in bottom right barrel. Lockup is still tight with no wiggle and bores are excellent. Pre-War gun shows beautiful “Old World” craftmanship. Gun has top tang safety, Kersten Double Locks, auto ejectors and scalloped boxlock action. Manufacturer: S/N 233XX, Caliber: 20 GA, Chambers: 2 3/4″,  Barrels: 28″ Solid Matte Rib, Triggers: Double , Stock: Checkered Walnut Straight Grip, Stock Dimensions: 14 1/8″ LOP – 1 3/4″ DAC – 2 3/4  Fore End: Checkered Walnut, Butt Pad: Checkered Bone Butt Plate, Weight: 6 LB , Sights: Single Front Brass Bead, Chokes: Imp./Imp. – Fixed. Price: $4,699.99

Auction alert: 20g Beretta/Orvis Uplander, no reserve …

P. Beretta Orvis Uplander 20ga 26.5 O/U Shotgun
P. Beretta Orvis Uplander 20ga 26.5 O/U Shotgun

Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of the nicest upland guns you’ll find. This gun is a Beretta 686 Onyx that was fitted with upgraded wood and retailed by Orvis as their “Upland” gun. I think they offered these from around 1995 – 2005.

This one is on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction listing ends 8/20/2019 @ 2:04 PM.

P. Beretta Orvis Uplander 20ga 26.5 O/U Shotgun
P. Beretta Orvis Uplander 20ga 26.5 O/U Shotgun

P. Beretta Orvis Uplander 20ga 26.5 O/U Shotgun: You are bidding on a beautiful P Beretta Orvis Uplander 20ga 26.5 O/U Shotgun. LOP 14.5″ including 3/4″ pad. It is a very clean and well cared for shotgun. The bores are clean and free of damage. I see no finish issues or damage to the barrels aside from one tiny spot I tried to photo. I can barely see it but I can feel it when I run my finger along the side. Looks lightly used. I pictured two very small 1mm dings on the left side of the stock. Those 2 spots are the only damage I can find. Checkering looks 100%. It comes with the green soft case that is pictured.

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PARKER CH BERNARD STEEL BARRELS 12 GAUGE
PARKER CH BERNARD STEEL BARRELS 12 GAUGE

PARKER CH BERNARD STEEL BARRELS 12 GAUGE: DOESNT GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS, #65XXX, #1 FRAME, 30″ BERNARD STEEL BARRELS FULL AND FULL 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EXTRACTOR, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, SKELETON BUTT, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 7LBS 4 OZ, 2 7/8″ DAH,1 3/4″ DAC, 14 1/8″ LOP. Price: $15,500

Francotte - 20E, 20ga
Francotte – 20E, 20ga

Francotte – 20E, 20ga: 26” barrels choked Skeet/Improved Mod.  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. 5lbs 6oz. 14 ½” x 1 3/8” x 2 ½”. Price: $9,995

E.J. CHURCHILL REGAL XXV
E.J. CHURCHILL REGAL XXV

E.J. CHURCHILL REGAL XXV: 12 gauge with a 25 inch barrels. LOP measuring 15 inches to the end of the English recoil pad. The receiver is beautifully scroll engraved. Top opener, automatic ejectors and double triggers. A very light gun. Overall in excellent condition retaining virtually all the bright case colors and original blue. Would be hard to improve upon this beautiful gun. Marked on the bottom of the gun “The Regal”. Made in 1970. Price: $ 7,250. 

Connecticut RBL Launch Edition 20 GA
Connecticut RBL Launch Edition 20 GA

Connecticut RBL Launch Edition 20 GA: Beautiful American manufactured Connecticut Shotgun RBL Launch Edition DeLux side x side 20 ga with 3″ chambers.  28″ tubes with raised rib, beavertail forend, single selective trigger, Delux checkering, ejectors, and presentation grade American Feather Crotch walnut !!!  Comes with an assortment of screw chokes and an installation tool in a leather pouch.  The DeLux case has a beautiful cleaning rod with cleaning jags, and mop. Snap caps, and an oil/solvent bottle is included. Highly engraved reciever, tang, and trigger guard are beautifully case colored.  I have enjoyed shooting Sporting Clays, skeet,  pheasants, chuckars, and quail.  Getting old!  Someone else can enjoy this fine shotgun! Price: $4400

BROWNING BSS 20 GA 2 3/4 AND 3'' SPORTER
BROWNING BSS 20 GA 2 3/4 AND 3” SPORTER

BROWNING BSS 20 GA 2 3/4 AND 3” SPORTER: MADE IN JAPAN IN 1984.  BARRELS ARE 26 INCHES WITH A SOLID RIB AND CHOKED I.C./MOD.  METAL 98% AND WOOD 97%.  Stock Comb: 1 1/2 ”, Stock Heel: 2 3/8”, LOP: 14 1/4″, Weight: 6 LB 12 OZ GREAT SHOOTER OR INVESTMENT PIECE. Price: $2,350

See a forgotten American classic: 8 gauge Sneider SxS …

8-gauge Sneider, Baltimore, SxS Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun, 1880
8-gauge Sneider, Baltimore, SxS Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun, 1880

Charles Sneider is a name few people think of when they think of American shotgun makers. And for good reason.

Front cover of an original Clark & Sneider catalog
Front cover of an original Clark & Sneider catalog, 1880 or so. Charles Sneider joined with Duncan Clark for a while to form Clark & Sneider

Even though he was talented and inventive, Sneider’s business was tiny. Over the course of his career, he may have built 500 guns — and that’s probably a big stretch. Compare that to Parker Bros., who built 225,000+ shotguns while they around.

Page from Original Clark & Sneider catalog
Page from Original Clark & Sneider catalog, showing their new hammerless gun

But the guns Sneider did build were highly regarded, especially by waterfowlers on the Chesapeake Bay. Sneider’s business was in Baltimore and he could smell the bay from his shop. Side-by-sides like the 8-gauge you see here didn’t have to go very far from his bench to get into some shooting.

8-gauge Sneider, Baltimore, SxS Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun, 1880
8-gauge Sneider, Baltimore, SxS Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun, 1880

Sneider started in the gun business as a ‘smith and moved on to converting muzzleloaders to breechloaders and then to building hammer guns. He got into hammerless-shotguns around 1879-1880 with his own, patented design. The gun you see here is built on that design. It’s a $300-grade, 8-gauge Sneider — the company’s top-of-the-line shotgun, and it appears to be in solid original condition.

8-gauge Sneider, Baltimore, SxS Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun, 1880
8-gauge Sneider, Baltimore, SxS Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun, 1880

In a time when earning $15 a week was killing it, three-hundred dollars was a lot of money to pay for a shotgun. So this SxS was certainly someone’s prized possession, and it looks like they took care of it.

Schematics of the Sneider hammerless shotgun
Schematics of the Sneider hammerless shotgun

Sneider’s design for his hammerless gun incorporated several interesting features, including a sliding locking bolt on the face of the action and a safety positioned on the top edge of the toplever. The locking bolt was a clever solution to a common problem. It stopped the barrels from opening too far and wearing on the hinge pin (which causes a gun to go “off the face”).

8-gauge Sneider, Baltimore, SxS Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun, 1880
8-gauge Sneider, Baltimore, SxS Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun, 1880
8-gauge Sneider, Baltimore, SxS Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun, 1880
8-gauge Sneider, Baltimore, SxS Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun, 1880

BTW: SxS 8-gauges like this are sometimes called “market guns”. They aren’t and they never were. Market guns were used by commercial waterfowlers, and guys in that business had better things to spend $300 than a gun.

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CHARLES LANCASTER Patent Four Barrel Breechloading Hammerless Smoothbore Rifle, .500/.450 No.1 Express 2 3/4" BPE, Cased on maker's leathe
CHARLES LANCASTER Patent Four Barrel Breechloading Hammerless Smoothbore Rifle, .500/.450 No.1 Express 2 3/4″ BPE, Cased on maker’s leathe

CHARLES LANCASTER Patent Four Barrel Breechloading Hammerless Smoothbore Rifle, .500/.450 No.1 Express 2 3/4″ BPE, Cased on maker’s leather: Serial #  5084, Country of Origin  England, Barrel Length (in Inches)  26″, Trigger  ST (Single), Stock Configuration  Straight Grip, English cheekpiece, Checkered Horn butt, Silver oval, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm with pin release, Rib Type  Short ribs, Express sights, Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving Type  Border Engraving with maker’s name in ribbon banners, Other Options  Jones underlever, Cased in original maker’s leather case, Condition  EXC. Plus Condition, Weight  10#4oz, Dimensions  14 5/8″ LOP, Other Details  Mfg 1882, Uses 270 gr paper patched bullet and 100gr No.6 BP, All original finish, Spotless bores, Mechanically excellent, Uses a unique revolving firing system, A super rare and very interesting gun. Price: $50,000

FRANCOTTE BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK ABERCROMBIE & FITCH SXS 28 GAUGE
FRANCOTTE BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK ABERCROMBIE & FITCH SXS 28 GAUGE

FRANCOTTE BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK ABERCROMBIE & FITCH SXS 28 GAUGE: SERIAL # 1330, 26″ BARRELS, CHOKES 009″ AND 016″, CHAMBERS 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, A&F CASE, EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS, 4 LBS 15 OZ, 2 1/2″ LOP, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $35,000

CHARLES HELLIS 12G BEST SLE, CASED, ORIGINAL CONDITION
CHARLES HELLIS 12G BEST SLE, CASED, ORIGINAL CONDITION

CHARLES HELLIS 12G BEST SLE, CASED, ORIGINAL CONDITION: A beautiful shotgun in original condition with the original bill of sale dated Nov. 1, 1935, Hyde Park, London. Sold to A.H.P Hope. Esq. Basildon Home Farm, Pangbourne, Berks. Also, a Bill of Sale for 12 bore Cartridges to the same buyer. CASED IN  ORIGINAL MAKERS’ LEATHER CASE made for the gun with Hellis label and all accouterments.
BARRELS: 26” steel, flawless blue, dolls head extension of 1/4”, on the rib is “ C Hellis and Sons Hyde Park London”.  RB .007” (IC). LB .030” (FULL).   Minimum wall thickness – RB .031”, LB 031. Bore is perfect. STOCK-RECEIVER: receiver has original case coloring and is covered with unworn scroll engraving. Crossed feathers on both sides indicate a lightweight gun. Chambered for 2 1/2” 12g shells, nitro proofed for 1 1/8 loading. LOP is 14 7/16” to butt, DAC -1 1/2”, DAH- 2 1/16”, cast off -3/8”. Stock is straight English style. with a checkered butt. FOREARM:  Splinter with Anson and Deeley pushbutton release. Wt: 6 # 2 oz. Date of mfg. is 1935 so sale and transfer of ownership has to be in accord with current regulations. Price- $8000 plus cost of shipping and insurance to your FFL dealer. The unique thing about this SLE is it’s original and unrestored condition. It looks u as if it were in Hellis’s salesroom! Price: $8,000

Westley Richards 12 gauge Boxlock restored in the UK to near new and cased with full accessories. Note the exhibition English walnut stock with a super long LOP!
Westley Richards 12 gauge Boxlock restored in the UK to near new and cased with full accessories. Note the exhibition English walnut stock with a super long LOP!

Westley Richards 12 gauge Boxlock restored in the UK to near new and cased with full accessories. Note the exhibition English walnut stock with a super long LOP!: A stunning restoration done by A.W. Rule in England ( See awruleandsongunmakers.co.uk/ ) This fine Westley is tight and ready to go! The pictures and data tell it all. Manufacturer: Westley Richards restored in the UK to near new and cased with full accessories. Note the exhibition English walnut stock with a super long LOP! Serial Number: 6041, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 28″, Barrel Type: Steel, Action: Boxlock ejector, Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 9/16″, Stock Heel: 2 3/16″, Stock Cast: 5/16″, LOP: 15 3/4″ to checkered, Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz., Choke Left: .018 Tight Mod, Choke Right: .005 Skeet, Proof: Nitro: 2 3/4″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .029″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .031″. Price: $7,600

PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE TRIGGERS
PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE TRIGGERS

PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE TRIGGERS: 26 inch IC & Mod. Double triggers. Automatic ejectors. 14 3/8 LOP skeleton butt. Excellent condition showing some case coloring wear. 5 lbs 10oz. Excellent bores. No case. Price: $4,550

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PURDEY BEST QUALITY OVER UNDER PAIR 16 GAUGE KELL ENGRAVED
PURDEY BEST QUALITY OVER UNDER PAIR 16 GAUGE KELL ENGRAVED

PURDEY BEST QUALITY OVER UNDER PAIR 16 GAUGE KELL ENGRAVED: PURDEY SAYS MADE 1949, NOTED IN RECORDS ENGRAVED BY  KELL, BOTH GUNS ARE THE SAME: 28″ SOLID RIB, CHOKED 012″ AND 032″, 2 1/2 CHAMBERS, SINGLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKERS OAK AND LEATHER CASE, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS 5 OZ, 2 1/2″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 14″ LOP FROM REAR POSITION SINGLE TRIGGER. Price: $139,500

Colt 1878 Grade 8 SxS Hammer Gun
Colt 1878 Grade 8 SxS Hammer Gun

Colt 1878 Grade 8 SxS Hammer Gun: Serial Number: 20648, Barrels: 30 inches, Triggers: Double Triggers, Gauge: 12 Gauge, Fore End: Splinter, LOP: 14 /14 inches, Weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz. Price: $24,500

Extremely Rare Sir Joseph Whitworth .451 Percussion Double Rifle With Hexagonal Bore
Extremely Rare Sir Joseph Whitworth .451 Percussion Double Rifle With Hexagonal Bore

Extremely Rare Sir Joseph Whitworth .451 Percussion Double Rifle With Hexagonal Bore, and Case: Extremely Rare Sir Joseph Whitworth Percussion Double Rifle with Hexagonal .451 Bores with case, and powder flask.  Very few were produced, and it is said that no more than 50 were made in total.  Possibly fewer. Whitworth’s single-shot rifles were prized by Confederate sharpshooters during the Civil War and were also used extensively in target shooting in the apex of the percussion rifle era. Parker Hale continues to market reproductions as to the Target rifle variants with the correct Hexagonal rifling. (I took a very large bull elk, quite cleanly, with one of these reproductions, before I owned this double!)  Far fewer Sporting rifles were produced by Whitworth, and, again, fewer still of the double rifle variety. These double’s barrels were produced from a single piece of bar stock which Whitworth bored. A very unusual method of production, but extremely effective when done right, and Whitworth was one of England’s most renowned machinists.  Hex bullets can be used of course, or, more commonly, people use .451 +/- conical bullets that simply bump up to hex shape upon firing.  These are very effective hunting rifles as the bullets have great sectional density when weighing 485-500 grains or so. This provides almost the perfect combination of bullet diameter and penetration.   Bullet molds are quite common in this configuration. Most users recommend a powder charge of approximately 90-95 grains of FF Black powder.  This example shows honest use, but was maintained properly, and is in excellent condition overall, as is it’s original case. Mechanically and functionally excellent, and very good as to appearance is the way I would grade this example.  Folding sights in 100-yard increments to 500 yards. Test targets are included showing how well this rifle’s barrels are regulated at both 50 and 100 yards, and the powder charge and bullet type used to achieve these tight groups. Bores are excellent, and show little if any frosting whatsoever.  Stock shows numerous handling marks and scratches, but no cracks or splits. Stock has pistol grip cap of steel, and a silver stock oval which is not yet engraved.  Rifle’s Bluing is browning on the tang, the locks and receiver, and is quite good on the buttplate. Barrels also quite good as to blue. Some Scattered scratches and handling marks in the barrel bluing. Locks and triggers work perfectly. Ramrod correct for rifle, and there is a period powder flask in the case. Weighs 9 pounds 8 ounces, and balances well.  The pictures tell the story, but feel free to contact me with questions. Try to find another! 🙂 For those with genuine interest, more photos can be supplied. A truly special rifle for the percussion enthusiast. Thanks for looking! Price: $19,999

PRUSSIAN CHARLES DALY - TIME CAPSULE CONDITION - MADE IN 1932 - EJECTORS - 30" BARRELS
PRUSSIAN CHARLES DALY – TIME CAPSULE CONDITION – MADE IN 1932 – EJECTORS – 30″ BARRELS

PRUSSIAN CHARLES DALY – TIME CAPSULE CONDITION – MADE IN 1932 – EJECTORS – 30″ BARRELS: Here is a Prussian Charles Daly 12 gauge made in 1932 with exceptional condition. Superior Quality with Krupp Steel Barrels. Original condition throughout. Strong case colors. Detailed scroll engraving. Scalloped action. Cocking indicators. Ejectors. Arcaded fences. Double underbite with a Greener Style Hidden Third Fastener. Auto safety. Elegant stock with Prince of Wales Round Grip. Tight on face / no loose ribs / 30″ barrels ring perfectly / no cracks to wood. Mirror bores with right measuring at .727 with 37/1000 choke (Full). Left measures .735 with 48/1000 choke (Extra Full). Chambers are 2 3/4″. Shipping is $40. Original basketweave butt plate. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 3/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″. Price: $5,500 

 

Emile Warnant - Liege Belgium - Excellent Quality - Sidelock Ejector - 1925 Gun - 28" Bbls - 2-3/4" Chambers for sale
Emile Warnant – Liege Belgium – Excellent Quality – Sidelock Ejector – 1925 Gun – 28″ Bbls – 2-3/4″ Chambers for sale

Emile Warnant – Liege Belgium – Excellent Quality – Sidelock Ejector – 1925 Gun – 28″ Bbls – 2-3/4″ Chambers: Well Made Side Lock Ejector in Very Nice Condition at a Reasonable Price. (.015 / .027), Ejector Bbls, Raised Solid Rib, Hidden Third Bite, Bushed Firing Pins, Double Triggers – Front Articulated, English Stock, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 13 oz. Price: $2450 

What do you think of these insane double rifles?

Over the last few months, William Larkin Moore & Sons has posted some of the finest vintage double rifles I’ve ever seen. There’s quite a range of them, including these two droplock Westley Richards with a ton of killer original condition:

.577 Nitro Express WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector, Mfg 1903,
.577 Nitro Express WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector, Mfg 1903,

From the massive, like this side-by-side .577 Nitro Express WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector, Mfg 1903. An elephant stomper like this can generate 7,010 Ft-lbf of punch with a 750-gr bullet — KABoom! Compare that to a .30-06, which generates 2,981Ft-lbf of smack with a 220-gr bullet.

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

To the mid-size, like this WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition. With it’s lightweight, his double rifle would be perfect for deer hunting here in the States. And since it’s not a dangerous-game gun, the single trigger is just fine.

JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3" BPE Cased
JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3″ BPE Cased

The collection WLM is selling also contains stuff like super rare SxS rifle: JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3″ BPE Cased. To date, Dickson has made around 2,000 Round Action guns. Of these, fifteen have been double rifles and two have been .577s. And the one you see here is in fantastic condition. Special? You bet.

W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition

And this ‘friggin oddball OU. It’s a WW GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition. This rifle is just weird, and I can’t imagine why it was ever built. No one I know has seen another like it, and I bet it’s a one-off. On top of that, it looks new. So whoever ordered in back in 1886 never bothered to hunt with it. Maybe once they got it they realized how odd it was and decided they would take something else to Africa.

If you could only own 3 doubles, which would you pick?

If you could only own 3 double-barrel shotguns, which ones would you pick? This isn’t a question I want to face, but if I had to, my answer would be:

PURDEY - BAR IN WOOD 12 GAUGE
PURDEY – BAR IN WOOD 12 GAUGE

A 12-gauge hammergun like this JAMES PURDEY & SON BAR IN WOOD. I’ve always been fascinated by old school SxS shotguns. I’ve shot these SxSs, and every time I pull back the hammers I feel like I’m traveling back in time. I love how hammerguns do this and link you to a style of gunmaking and to a sporting world that’s long gone now.

LEBEAU COURALLY 12 1932 SIDELOCK EJECT 30" WHITWORTH CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. TOTALLY ORIG. AFTER 86 YEARS VERY NICE WOOD BUILT as a PIGEON GUN.
LEBEAU COURALLY 12 1932 SIDELOCK EJECT 30″ WHITWORTH CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. TOTALLY ORIG. AFTER 86 YEARS VERY NICE WOOD BUILT as a PIGEON GUN.

A true pigeon gun like this LEBEAU COURALLY 12 1932 SIDELOCK EJECT 30″ WHITWORTH CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. TOTALLY ORIG. AFTER 86 YEARS VERY NICE WOOD BUILT as a PIGEON GUN. Pigeon guns were built for competitive live pigeon shoots. These shoots were — and are — serious business. Up until around WW1, they were as popular as today’s professional sports and newspapers reported on them the same way they cover NFL games are today. Top competitors won thousands of dollars and demanded that their guns were built to withstand thousands and thousands of shots without fail.

LINSEY BROTHERS, LEEDS ENGLAND - CASED for sale.
LINSEY BROTHERS, LEEDS ENGLAND – CASED for sale.

A lightweight, 12g game gun like this LINSEY BROTHERS, LEEDS ENGLAND – CASED for sale. As an upland hunter, I carry my gun far more than I shoot it. So I like to hunt grouse and woodcock with a gun that weighs around 6 1/4 pounds. But I also like the proportions of a 12 gauge (most of the time, anything smaller than a 16 feels too small). Twelve-gauge ammo is also easy to come by, and it comes in all sorts of loads. So with one gun, I can hunt quail on Monday, pheasants on Tuesday, and grouse the rest of the week (in theory, anyway), and I can always use ammo that’s just the day’s game.

Auction alert: 1982 12g Westley Richards, Anson & Deeley Boxlock …

1982 12g Westley Richards, Anson & Deeley Boxlock
1982 12g Westley Richards, Anson & Deeley Boxlock

One of the most versatile shotguns you can own is a lightweight twelve gauge. And that’s exactly what you see here. This side-by-side is on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction ends today, 7/22/2019, @ 4:42 PM, EST.

1982 12g Westley Richards, Anson & Deeley Boxlock
1982 12g Westley Richards, Anson & Deeley Boxlock

Thanks to all the different loads available for a 12 gauge, a SxS like this is perfect for everything from grouse and woodcock to pheasants and even quail.

1982 12g Westley Richards, Anson & Deeley Boxlock
1982 12g Westley Richards, Anson & Deeley Boxlock

1982 12g Westley Richards, Anson & Deeley Boxlock: SERIAL NUMBER: GN147, Caliber/Gauge: 12 Gauge – 2-¾”, Barrel Length: 26” Factory Length, Chokes: Imp Cylinder / Modified, LOP: 14-3/8” to Factory Plate, Drop at Comb: 1-¼”, Drop at Heel: 2”, Cast: Cast Off for right-handed shooter, Pitch: 2.2 Degrees, Bore: Excellent: Bores are shiny and smooth with no signs of rust or pitting.

1982 12g Westley Richards, Anson & Deeley Boxlock
1982 12g Westley Richards, Anson & Deeley Boxlock

Stock: 80% – Very Good: Stock and forend in original, factory configuration. Checkering is sharp and without defect. Finish is strong throughout with minor wear. Light handling marks visible with no cracks, chips, dents or gouges present. Handling marks do not do through finish.

Metal: 80% – Very Good: Original, factory bluing on barrels is dark and strong. Case color on receiver is approximately 50% remaining, with areas of dark, contrasting color and other areas of little to no color remaining. Steel is smooth to the touch with no rust, oxidation or pitting present. Light handling marks present on inspection.

Original, 1982 Westley Richards, Anson and Deeley Boxlock in 12 gauge. Includes factory, takedown case.

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

THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE
THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE

THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE: #20901, 30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS MOD AND FULL 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, HORN BUTT AND GRIP CAP, 7LBS 9 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP. Price: $69,500

PIOTTI, GARDONE, 20 BORE SLE, KING 1
PIOTTI, GARDONE, 20 BORE SLE, KING 1

PIOTTI, GARDONE, 20 BORE SLE, KING 1: c. 1993. 2 3/4″, 28″ , chopper lump, concave filled rib, choked IC/Mod. 14 1/2″ highly figured wood to checkered butt. Coin finished rose and scroll, beaded fences, and articulated front trigger highlight this beautifully made action. 6lbs 1oz. Cased in leather case with makers label. Price: $16,900 

Parker Brothers Double Barrel Shotgun, 1883 Vintage, 12 Gauge
Parker Brothers Double Barrel Shotgun, 1883 Vintage, 12 Gauge

Parker Brothers Double Barrel Shotgun, 1883 Vintage, 12 Gauge: Here is a classy looking Parker Brothers Double Barrel Hammer gun.  This 1883 vintage double is fitted with 30-inch damascus barrels, checkered walnut forearm, checkered walnut pistol gripped stock with a steel butt-plate and hard rubber grip cap, double triggers, color case-hardened hammers, receiver and side-locks, most metal parts are lightly engraved, and 12 Gauge chambered.  The gun is in excellent original condition, with attractively figured barrels, and the hammers, receiver, and side-locks retain 60% of their original color case-hardened finish, with most loss on the receiver.  The stock and forearm are in fine condition, retaining most all of their finishes, with the left side of stock having a crack at the lower butt-plate screw.  The trigger guard and butt-plate retain 50% of their original blue finishes.  The bores are bright, with only a couple of small corrosion spots, and no dents.  The action is tight and functions perfectly.  A truly elegant vintage shotgun. PRICE: $5,250

Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28 inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930
Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28 inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930

Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28-inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930: We are proud to bring you this listing for this mostly original condition Parker Brothers VHE 20 gauge shotgun on an “0” frame.  This was originally manufactured in 1930.  The shotgun features a set of factory 28 inch Vulcan Steel barrels with perfectly bright and shiny bores.  The finish on the barrels display some thinning and older rust spots that have been removed but not cold blued.  It displays factory automatic ejectors and 2.75-inch chambers.  It is equipped with double triggers.  The receiver still displays the factory case color with 85% coverage.  The stock has been cut one time in its life and a 2-inch piece of wood has been professionally fitted where it was cut.  The length of pull is 14.25 inches with a drop at the comb of 1.5 to 2 ¾ inches at the heel.  Neutral cast.  Total weight 6.08lbs total weight. Price: $5000

BROWNING BSS SPORTER STRAIGHT STOCK 20GA
BROWNING BSS SPORTER STRAIGHT STOCK 20GA

BROWNING BSS SPORTER STRAIGHT STOCK 20GA: 26″ BARREL AND I/C-MOD FIXED CHOKES. SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER/EJECTORS, VERY GOOD CONDITION OVERALL. LOP 14 7/8″  6.5 LBS. Price: $1,850

 

Odd, but still decent: a 16g Fox Sterlingworth

Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun
Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun

Over the last 20 years, I’ve owned a number of A. H. Fox shotguns, including an SP Grade Skeet & Upland Game Gun, several A-grades, Sterlingworths (including a pin gun with ejectors and a minty Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun) and a nice HE/Super Fox. I’ve sold off or traded away almost all those guns, and today, I’m not as interested Ansley’s doubles as I used to be.

But one gun I would still like to own is a 16g Sterlingworth with a straight, English-style stock. These guns were made in the Savage period and badged Skeet & Upland Game models. They’re tough to find, so when I saw this listing on Gunbroker.com, I was excited. I was thrilled when I saw the price.

Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun
Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun

But on closer inspection, I discovered this gun isn’t what I had hoped. Instead of being a Skeet & Upland Game, it’s just regular Sterlingworth that was converted to a straight grip. Whoever did the work did a nice job. They even extended the trigger guard out to make it look more “English” — something Savage didn’t bother doing on their Skeet & Upland Game guns.

Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun
Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun

Regardless, it’s a nice looking gun. And if you’re looking for a classic, American grouse gun, it’s a good deal. This online auction ends today, 7/15/2019 @ 1:54 PM EST.

Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun
Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun

Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun: 28 in Special Alloy steel barreled 16 gauge gun. Case colors remaining in scattered areas. Extractors, long trigger tang, White front bead and mid-bead. 1 7/8″ DAC, 3″ DAH, 14 3/8″ LOP. Clean bores, perfect mechanicals. Choked IM and a tight Full. A svelte 6lbs 7 oz.

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

Piotti BSEE 28 Gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS
Piotti BSEE 28 Gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS

Piotti BSEE 28 Gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS: 29 1/2″ Chokes: Mod/Full L.O.P. : 14 7/8″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 5 lbs 12 oz Ser. #: A033. Price: $18,900

W.C.SCOTT BEST PREMIER QUALITY SXS 10 BORE
W. & C. SCOTT BEST PREMIER QUALITY SXS 10 BORE

W. & C. SCOTT BEST PREMIER QUALITY SXS 10 BORE: 32″  DAMASCUS BARRELS GREAT BORES, 2 7/8″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EXTRACTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR, VINTAGE ENGLISH CASE, 9LBS 11 OZ, 3″ DAH, 2″ DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $12,500

Superb Antique 12ga Parker DH in closet queen original condition! for sale
Superb Antique 12ga Parker DH in closet queen original condition! for sale

Superb Antique 12ga Parker DH in closet queen original condition: Rarely do we find early damascus guns in incredible condition. Most of the high condition Parkers are in the 175k SN range and newer. When you study a gun like this DH, you can see why Parker sold 240k guns. They made really beautiful firearms.

This particular gun is in the 82k SN range and made on a 1-1/2 frame. It has 28″ Damascus barrels with brilliant pattern, virtually all of which remains in pristine condition. The bores are brilliant and shiny. Made with splinter forend, double triggers, and extractors. The action is engraved in typical early DH pattern and retains more than 80% bold original case color. Stocks retain nearly all of their original finish. The quality of the wood on this gun cannot be overstated. The original skeleton buttplate retains more than 1/2 of the original blued finish as does the trigger guard.

Technical details: Right barrel- .731 with .025 Choke, Left Barrel .731 with .037 choke. Weight: 7lbs 5oz. 2-5/8″ chambers. LOP- 14″ to original skeleton BP. DAC 1-7/8″. DAH 3-1/8″

If you have ever wanted a truly high original condition early Damascus Parker, look no further. It would take a lifetime of searching to improve on the overall quality and condition of this fine early Parker. Price: $8395

Fox A Grade 20 Gauge – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK, NICE!, vintage firearms inc
Fox A Grade 20 Gauge – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK, NICE!, vintage firearms inc

Fox A Grade 20 Gauge – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK, NICE!, vintage firearms inc: General Specs: Fox, Year 1938, 20 Gauge, 5lb 14oz, Chokes M/F, LOP 14 1/4″, DAH 2 5/8″, DAC 1 9/16″. Serial Number: 203917. Many gun lovers reading this ad regularly scour the internet for good deals on Fox shotguns.  One thing for certain; the availability of graded 20ga. Fox shotguns has dwindled to nearly zero.  Shooter/collectors have recognized the Fox 16ga. and 20ga. guns are the most well balanced, lightest weight, best handling guns of all the vintage American doubles.  It is also known that they have the simplest, most reliable actions as well.  They only made about 2400 A Grade 20ga. Fox guns, with likely less than 2000 remaining in action due to loss and damage. This little Fox A Grade, sn203917 produced in 1938, is an awesome find.  First, it is a factory English style grip, which is very rare (less than 10% made with English grip, or 240 guns).  The handling characteristics and aesthetics of an English grip little Fox is as close as an American double gun will come to being comparable to the finest English makers.  This gun weighs just 5lbs. 14oz. and balances dead on the hinge pin…it seems to float to your shoulder and balances perfectly in hand.  Next, the wood on the gun has much more figure than you will normally find on and A Grade Fox, and we all love nice wood!  Then we have this beautiful condition and pleasing patina to this gun, with 65% bright vivid factory case color, perfect screws, superb wood to metal fit, modern dimensions with the original butt plate…all these things add up to a superior vintage Fox gun.  The factory order card shows the gun “as shipped”; even the chokes and chambers are unaltered since leaving the factory.  Due to damage, loss, poor restorations, etc. there are only a few genuine, honest, factory correct, high-condition straight stocked Fox A Grade 20ga. guns left in the world, and the guys that own them are not likely to be selling them soon.  This Fox has perfect mechanics, excellent bores, and is tight as new on breech face and hinge pin.  THIS IS A “VFI CERTIFIED” GUN, meaning we stripped the forend iron and receiver to the smallest parts, ran it through the Ultrasonic cleaner, inspected all parts for integrity and function, then lubricated and reassembled (a $275 service!). VFI CERTIFIED guns carry a 90-day mechanical warranty. It is hard enough to find a decent A Grade 20ga. nowadays, let alone with a well figured English stock. Don’t let this one escape you. It will be a long time until another Fox A Grade 20 this nice is offered for sale. It will continue to gain value as you enjoy its use, so it is a grand investment tool for your hard-earned funds. Thanks for looking! Price: $6,450

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga ~ OU ~ 28" bbls
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga ~ OU ~ 28″ bbls

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga ~ OU ~ 28″ bbls: Chambers: 3″, Metal Condition: Excellent , Wood Condition: Very good with light handling marks, Bore Condition: Bright, Barrels: 28″, Triggers: Single select trigger , Stock: Checkered walnut, Stock Dimensions: 14.75″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered walnut, Butt Pad: Rubber recoil pad, Weight: 6lbs 2ozs, Sights: Front bead, Chokes: Modified and Full, Extras: Comes with case. Item Location: Cabela’s. Fort Worth, TX. Price: $1,399.99

Auction alert: 16g L.C. Smith Field Grade, 28″ bbls…

Auction alert: 16g L.C. Smith Field Grade, 28" bbls...
Auction alert: 16g L.C. Smith Field Grade, 28″ bbls…

This is a question I get all the time: What SxSs should a guy on a budget buy, especially if you like vintage guns?

The 16g. L.C. Smith you see here is one of the answers I give. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction listing ends 7/17/2019 @ 2:52 PM.

Super cool 1907 LC Smith Catalog Cover
Super cool 1907 LC Smith Catalog Cover

L.C. Smith was one of America’s major side-by-side shotgun makers. The first L.C. Smiths were made in 1884, the last in 1971. Over that time, the company built all sorts of SxSs and passed through several owners.

I’ ve owned a bunch of L.C. Smiths (including 16gs like this one), and I think these low-grades ones make excellent grouse, woodcock and quail guns. Because they’re not as collectible as Parkers or Foxes, they sell for fair money. And thanks to the way they’re built, I’ve found them to be lighter and more dynamic than most comparable Ithaca NIDs.

Auction alert: 16g L.C. Smith Field Grade, 28" bbls...
Auction alert: 16g L.C. Smith Field Grade, 28″ bbls…

This sixteen-gauge is from the period when Hunter Arms owned L.C. Smith (1888-1944). It’s a Field grade, which was the most basic gun L.C. Smith offered. I’m pretty sure it’s a Featherweight model, too, which means it was made a bit lighter than a standard 16g Field grade.

I like this gun for a few reasons:

  • First, it’s a late L.C. Smith (made in 1942, according to the seller). The stocks on guns from this period tend to have less drop than what you find on earlier guns, and on 16 gauges, chambers are often 2 3/4″ long instead of 2 1/2″ (like you find on earlier sixteens).
  • Second, it looks like it’s in excellent original condition with pleny of gorgeous color-case hardening and nice blueing
  • Last, you should be able to get a deal on it — and who doesn’t like a deal.

BTW: If you happen to get this gun, here’s a cool brochure you should check out: L.C. SMITH: CARE OF YOUR SHOTGUN, courtesy of the folks at the L.C. Smith Collectors Association

Auction alert: 16g L.C. Smith Field Grade, 28" bbls...
Auction alert: 16g L.C. Smith Field Grade, 28″ bbls…

LC SMITH FIELD GRADE 16 GAUGE: 28 ” BARRELS, M&F, MADE 1942, EXCELLENT BORES, A FEW HANDLING MARKS ON WOOD, METAL GREAT, 3-DAY NON FIRING INSPECTION.

Auction alert: 20g Beretta 686 Onyx Ducks Unlimited OU, No Reserve …

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″

I like getting a deal. You like getting a deal. And it looks like the 20g Beretta OU you see here is going to be just that — a deal.

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″

It’s on Gunbroker.com now with No Reserve. The online auction ends 7/14/2019 @ 9:00 PM.

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″

These Beretta over-unders are tough guns to beat. They handle well, they’re well made, they’re durable, and they’re easy to fix. With its open chokes inserted, this one can handle steel shot, too. I’ve seen these sell for $1500+. If you can get it for less than, you’ve got a deal.

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″

Here’s more about it from the dealer who is selling it:

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″ No Reserve: Keystone Arms is proud to offer up today at $.01 with no reserve this spectacular Beretta 686 ONYX, chambered in 20 ga. This Limited Edition piece is part of the Ducks Unlimited banquet prizes done in 2008. This spectacular specimen remains in outstanding condition appearing to have not seen any action since the factory test firing.  Features include a jeweled receiver, high gloss hardwood stocks, and 28” vent rib barrels. This offering is complete with the 2 factory cases shown in the photos. A fabulous lightweight 20ga for your collection or next trip afield this Fall.

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″

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

PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE, 30" bbls, Straight Stock, 14 7/8" LOP
PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE, 30″ bbls, Straight Stock, 14 7/8″ LOP

PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE: #2374XX, OO FRAME, RARE 30″ BARRELS 008 AND 018 2 3/4, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, SKELETON BUTT, EXCELLENT, ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS 4 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 7/16″ DAC, 14 7/8″ LOP. Price: $49,500

William Evans 12 gauge boxlock (30", "Pall Mall")
William Evans 12 gauge boxlock (30″, “Pall Mall”)

William Evans 12 gauge boxlock (30″, “Pall Mall”): This is a very nice William Evans 12 ga. boxlock with double triggers.The automatic selective ejectors are robust. The gun sports 2 3/4 ” chambers and is a joy to shoot.  Serial Number: 9426. Chambers: 2 3/4″. Ejectors: Automatic Selective. Condition: Very Good. Metal Condition: Very Good. Wood Condition: Very Good . Bore Condition: Very Good. Barrels: 30″. Gauge: 12. Stock Comb: 1 3/8″.  Stock Heel: 2 1/4″. Stock Cast: Off. LOP: 14 3/4″. Weight: 6 lbs., 7.7oz. (6.48lbs). Manufacture Date: Circa 1909 . Chokes: IM / F. Choke Left: .696.” Choke Right: .707″. Case: Original canvas, wood, leather. Price: $4500

 BROWNING Superposed - Superlight - 20ga - As New in Box - With Briley Chokes
BROWNING Superposed – Superlight – 20ga – As New in Box – With Briley Chokes

BROWNING Superposed – Superlight – 20ga – As New in Box – With Briley Chokes: 1970 – Browning Superposed Superlight – 20ga, 26-1/2″, 2-3/4″, Briley Chokes (CL / SK / IC / LM / LF), Tapered Vent Rib, English Stock, Game Forearm, LOP 14-3/4″ to a 7/8″ Leather Covered Pad, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Weight 5 lbs. 13 oz. Someone took a MINT As New in Original Box Superlight and turned it into a perfect upland shooting machine. The gun looks like it was NEW when they started the project, and not used after the modifications. The checkering is really sharp. The pad is perfectly executed. The metal is 99%. The gun is so tight it still has to be pushed open. The wood finish appears to be a satin lacquer. A Great Gun! Price: $3650

Beretta 471 Silver Hawk 20ga/28" Multichoke
Beretta 471 Silver Hawk 20ga/28″ Multichoke

Beretta 471 Silver Hawk 20ga/28″ Multichoke: Factory original and in near new condition. Factory case and accessories included. Price: $3,495

L.C. Smith Quality 2E 20 Gauge
L.C. Smith Quality 2E 20 Gauge

L.C. Smith Quality 2E 20 Gauge: This L.C. Smith 2E in 20 gauge is in overall very good condition. The wood on the stock and forearm has very appealing grain and is an English style stock. The barrels are also in very good condition retaining a very good amount of bluing. The engravings on both sides and the bottom of the receiver are still very apparent. There does appear to be a slight repair on the forearm as seen in the picture of the forearm. This would make a very nice addition to a collection of American shotguns. Curio/Relic: Yes, Chambers: 2 3/4 inch side by side with ejectors. Metal Condition: Very good with light handling and wear marks.  Wood Condition: Very good with few handling marks. Bore Condition: Good condition for the age of the gun. Barrels: 28-inch blued barrels with solid rib. Triggers: Single trigger. Stock: Checkered walnut in the English style. Stock Dimensions: 14-inch LOP 1 1/2 inch DAC and 2-inch DAH  Fore End: Checkered walnut. Butt Pad: Black original butt plate. Weight: 7 lb 7 oz. Sights: Front and mid bead on a solid rib. Chokes: Improved Cylinder/Modified Price: $2,999.99

W. W. GREENER - FH 35 - 12 GA.
W. W. GREENER – FH 35 – 12 GA.

W. W. GREENER – FH 35 – 12 GA.: 27” BLS. IC/MOD. – WITH GREENER’S “WATERSHIELD” RIB – REPLACEMENT STRAIGHT HAND STOCK 15 3/8” X 1 3/8” X 2 5/16” X 3/8” CAST OFF – CHAMS. 2 ½” WITH 1 ¼ OZ. PROOF – A FEW STOCK DINGS AND ONE DING IN RIB. SOME BLUE WEAR ON BLS. Price: $2,500

Good gun alert: 28g Parker Repro, 28″ bbls, double triggers …

Parker-Winchester DHE 28ga, 28" M/F
Parker-Winchester DHE 28ga, 28″ M/F

Get it now! Here’s one of the hardest Parker Repro to find, and it looks like it’s in excellent original condition.

Parker-Winchester DHE 28ga, 28" M/F
Parker-Winchester DHE 28ga, 28″ M/F

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

Parker-Winchester DHE 28ga, 28" M/F
Parker-Winchester DHE 28ga, 28″ M/F

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

Parker-Winchester DHE 28ga, 28″ M/F: Double triggers, pistol grip stock, splinter forend, and skeleton buttplate. This gun has some thinning to the case colors and light handling to the stock finish. Factory case and dust cover included. Price: $4,495

Parker-Winchester DHE 28ga, 28" M/F
Parker-Winchester DHE 28ga, 28″ M/F
Parker-Winchester DHE 28ga, 28" M/F
Parker-Winchester DHE 28ga, 28″ M/F

Rare, made even rarer: A unique Boss Round Body SxS …

Unique Boss & Co Round Body SxS Shotgun
Unique Boss & Co Round Body SxS Shotgun

Boss & Co Round Body side-by-sides are some of the rarest shotguns in the world. Introduced in 1893, the company has made fewer than 400 of them to date. Over the last 20 years, I’ve come across around a 1/4 of them. The one you see here is the most unique one I’ve seen: Boss & Co. Best Quality SLE 12 bore Rare Round Body

Unique Boss & Co Round Body SxS Shotgun
Unique Boss & Co Round Body SxS Shotgun

While it’s “round”, it still carries some shaping from a standard Boss SxS action. You can see this ahead of the locks and behind the hinge pins. This shaping also continues onto the bottom of the action.

Unique Boss & Co Round Body SxS Shotgun, showing the unusual bead field into the action
Unique Boss & Co Round Body SxS Shotgun, showing the unusual bead field into the action

Why is this extra shaping there? I’ve seen Belgian shotguns with similar rounded actions like this. Maybe the person who commissioned this gun saw guns like that, too, and asked Boss to make him a similar pair. Or maybe the person wanted a Boss Round Body with a personal spin?

Unique Boss & Co Round Body SxS Shotgun, showing the unusual bead field into the action

Of course, the Boss tradesman who filed up the action may have just finished the gun this way. Boss was a quirky gunmaker, and it’s not uncommon to see variations in their actions that make little sense — other than they may have pleased the man building the gun.

For reference, here’s a standard Boss Round Body:

Standard Boss Round Body SxS Sidelock Shotgun
Standard Boss Round Body SxS Sidelock Shotgun
Standard Boss Round Body SxS Sidelock Shotgun
Standard Boss Round Body SxS Sidelock Shotgun

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