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Browning Citori Upland Special 20 gauge Over Under Shotgun

Browning Citori Upland Special 20 gauge Over Under Shotgun

Here’s another nice looking Browning Citori O/U that’s up at Gunrunnerauctions.com now. The listing endd tomorrow 02/15 @ 19:05.  Browning introduced their Citori over-unders in 1973, and the gun has always been made in Japan by Miroku. You can learn more about line here at Browning’s corporate site.

Browning Citori Upland Special 20 gauge Over Under Shotgun: Serial #15522PY123, Mfg. Japan. Excellent condition. 28″ vent rib barrels have nice bright bores. Tight action. Fixed chokes of M/F. 98% blue. Straight grip stock has satin finish and Deaccelerator pad. Very nice and clean! Engraved blue receiver. Perfect for pheasant popping this fall and clays this summer.

Browning Citori Upland Special 20 gauge Over Under Shotgun

Browning Citori Upland Special 20 gauge Over Under Shotgun

20 gauge Browning Superlight O/U Shotgun

20 gauge Browning Superlight O/U Shotgun

Forget chocolates and roses, here’s a better gift for Valentine’s Day. This nice looking Superlight is up for auction now at Gunrunnerauctions.com. The listing end tomorrow, 2/14 @ 22:05. So if you like what you see, and you can convince your wife it’s really for her, hurry up and bid now.

Here’s the info on from the auctioneer:

Browning Superposed “Superlight”, 20 ga. over/under shotgun: Serial #62939V70, mfg. Belgium. Grade One. Excellent condition. The super light version with small frame, short barrels and straight grip stock. 97% blue with some marks on barrels and some light receiver edge wear. Blue receiver with border scroll work. Has been hunted with, but nicely cared for. 26 1/2″ barrels have bright bores. Choked IC/M. Tight action. 2 3/4″ chambers. Straight grip stock has nice checkering and only a few marks – nicely figured with plastic Browning marked buttplate. Ejectors. Single blue selective trigger. Very light and dainty! Hard one to find! Perfect for this winter’s bird hunting! Includes brown Browning hard case in excellent condition with keys. Great little gun!

20 gauge Browning Superlight O/U Shotgun

20 gauge Browning Superlight O/U Shotgun

A Clumber Spaniel

A Clumber Spaniel

Back before I got Puck, I had a thing for the less popular sporting breeds – Vizlas, Griffons, French Spaniels, etc. I also liked Clumber Spaniels.

From what I’ve been told, Clumbers used to be popular in the UK. Today, there numbers are extremely low – according to The Working Clumber Spaniel Society, there are just 134 registered Clumber Spaniels in the UK today.

There are a few of them in the North America, too, and The Clumber Spaniel Club of America does a lot of work to support the breed over here.

Lynn Bogue Hunt grouse painting, coming up at Copley Fine Art Auctions

What will become of upland hunting? Painting by Lynn Bogue Hunt

Here’s a real interesting post from over at Fin and Feather. I think our biggest problem is habitat: Finding wild birds, and places to hunt them, is getting harder across the US. As this trend continues, what will become of our sport? Please read this entire post and then let me know what you think.

The Problem with Upland Hunting

Spencer Knibbe, Fin and Feather

Is upland hunting headed towards extinction?

Running a website that focuses on upland hunting and fly fishing has been a unique study in the similarities, traditions, and differences between the two industries.

Fly fishing is an exciting and rapidly growing space. The industry and its participants have done a tremendous job in positioning  and continuously evolving the sport – as indicated by the passionate media presence, healthy gear market, dynamic newcomer outreach efforts, and impactful conservation initiatives.

In stark contrast, the upland hunting industry is characterized by growing obscurity, stodginess, and a general sense of decline…particularly in the world of ruffed grouse hunting which is a mere fraction of what it was in the days of Burton Spiller’s storied coverts. Upland continues to be left behind while the hunting industry as a whole is experiencing an uptick in participation rates….

Read the entire piece now

28 gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

I’ve gushed about Boss shotguns before. Now I’m going to do it again. Boss & Co. has built some of the finest shotguns in the world. The two you see here are about as rare and fantastic as they come. They’re both coming up in James D. Julia’s March 2014 auction.

These guns are a consecutively serial numbered set (9018 & 9019), and both were ordered on the same day in 1955. They’re all original and they match their original specs 100%.

28 gauge Boss SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Boss SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

The Boss O/U was patented in 1909. To date Boss & Co. has made just over of five hundred of them. Around twenty have been 28 gauges. The other gun is just as rare. Of the 3,975 or so side-by-sides Boss & Co has built since John Robertson took over the company in 1891, around twenty-five have been 28 gauges.

That means the two doubles you see are some of the rarest shotguns ever made by Boss. As a true set, they’re spectacular and one of kind.

Pics courtesy James D. Julia Auctioneers.

28 gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Boss SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Boss SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Boss SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Boss SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

JP Sauer and Sohn - Suhl, 16 gauge, 28" bbls

JP Sauer and Sohn – Suhl, 16 gauge, 28″ bbls

Here’s a nice looking double that should make a nice bird gun. It’s listed at Gunbroker.com and auction ends on 2/14/2014 @ 11:45:19 AM ET.

JP Sauer and Sohn – Suhl, 16 gauge, 28″ bbls, Ejectors

I think this is a pre-WW2 Sauer, and it appears to be in decent, original condition. The seller has done such a poor job of describing it that I doubt it will bring anywhere near its real value. But if you’re feeling lucky, it may be worth rolling the dice on it.

JP Sauer and Sohn - Suhl, 16 gauge, 28" bbls

JP Sauer and Sohn – Suhl, 16 gauge, 28″ bbls

JP Sauer and Sohn - Suhl, 16 gauge, 28" bbls

JP Sauer and Sohn – Suhl, 16 gauge, 28″ bbls

JP Sauer and Sohn - Suhl, 16 gauge, 28" bbls

JP Sauer and Sohn – Suhl, 16 gauge, 28″ bbls

JP Sauer and Sohn - Suhl, 16 gauge, 28" bbls

JP Sauer and Sohn – Suhl, 16 gauge, 28″ bbls

JP Sauer and Sohn - Suhl, 16 gauge, 28" bbls

JP Sauer and Sohn – Suhl, 16 gauge, 28″ bbls

JP Sauer and Sohn - Suhl, 16 gauge, 28" bbls

JP Sauer and Sohn – Suhl, 16 gauge, 28″ bbls 

 

28 gauge Ruger Red Label O/U Shotgun

28 gauge Ruger Red Label O/U Shotgun

Here’s another good deal on nice looking 28 gauge Ruger Red Label O/U. These 28″ barrels on this one make it extra special.

28 gauge Ruger Red Label O/U Shotgun: 28″ barrels, vent rib. Straight Grip, Single Trigger,  Lop: 14 1/4 “, Drop comb: 1 3/8 “, Drop heel: 2 5/8 “, Weight: 6 lbs, 4 oz., Stock & Metal: Original finish. Chamber: 2 3/4″. 2 Choke Tubes. Price: $1,100.00

28 gauge Ruger Red Label O/U Shotgun

28 gauge Ruger Red Label O/U Shotgun

20 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s a beautiful 20 gauge Holland & Holland Royal that has been on the market for a while, and I’m not sure why it’s still for sale.

According to the seller, it has new barrels by the maker. H&H may have restocked it, too, and freshened up the locks pins and the triggerguard. If all this work was all done by H&H, it probably cost $25,000+ to complete, and it was certainly done right.

Holland & Holland introduced their Royal hammerless shotgun in 1883 and refined it until 1894. The gun shown here must be one of the first 20 gauges made in the final Royal style. The engraving on it is gorgeous, and I’m sure the overall quality of the gun is fantastic. Just look at the action! Compared to the £65,000+ price of an all new Holland & Holland Royal, the cost of this one is very reasonable.

20 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Double Barrel Shotgun

20g Holland & Holland Royal Sidelock Ejector: Mfr. in 1894, and returned to Holland & Holland and fitted with new 30″ Barrels, with Semi Concave Rib, and bears the 38 New Bond Street Address. 2 3/4″ Chambers, Nitro Proofed. Chokes are Improved Cylinder and Modified ( .008/.019 ), with .615/.615 Bores. Double Triggers, Automatic Ejectors, with Auto Safety. Standard Holland & Holland Bold Foliate Engraving on the Receiver, that still retains 95% of its vivid case colors, with 98%+ Barrel Blue, and 98%+ Wood Finish. Beautiful Figured, Fine Checkered Straight Grip Stock, to Checkered Butt, with non engraved Gold Oval. Measurements: 1 1/2″ X 2 1/4″ X 15 1/2″ LOP. With 1/8″ cast off, with a weight of 5 pounds, 14 ounces. Cased in a leather case with outer canvas cover. Price:  $39,595

20 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Double Barrel Shotgun

PARKER- AAHE 28ga. 28” barrels

PARKER- AAHE 28ga. 28” barrels

Here’s a shotgun that’s a bit of a mystery to me. Even though it says PARKER on it, and the seller is saying it’s “100% brand new and unfired”, I’m pretty sure it didn’t come out of Merident, CT, or Ilion, NY, like this. And it’s not one of those Parker/Winchester Reproductions from the ’80s.

Parker Bros. introduced the AA grade around 1895 as shotgun for pigeon shooting and the company built a total of 243 of them. The first models were hammerguns (AA) and then hammerless models (the AAH) were introduced. Hammerless models with ejectors were know as AAHEs. All models were fully engraved and featured Circassion walnut stocks with fine checkering. Whitworth-Steel barrels were standard, with damascus available on request.

PARKER- AAHE 28ga. 28” barrels

PARKER- AAHE 28ga. 28” barrels

PARKER- AAHE 28ga. 28” barrels choked M/F: Spectacular American black walnut straight grip stock, beavertail forend, skeleton butt, double triggers, automatic ejectors, automatic safety, solid rib, spectacular Fleur-de-lis checkering, gorgeous AAHE engraving pattern executed to the highest level, a fantastic high grade Parker, 100% brand new and unfired, cased in a oak & leather case with accessories, available for immediate delivery. 16 ½” x 1 ½” x 2 1/8”, 6lbs. 4oz. Price: $49,999.00

PARKER- AAHE 28ga. 28” barrels

PARKER- AAHE 28ga. 28” barrels

PARKER- AAHE 28ga. 28” barrels

PARKER- AAHE 28ga. 28” barrels

PARKER- AAHE 28ga. 28” barrels

PARKER- AAHE 28ga. 28” barrels

PARKER- AAHE 28ga. 28” barrels

PARKER- AAHE 28ga. 28” barrels

PARKER- AAHE 28ga. 28” barrels

PARKER- AAHE 28ga. 28” barrels

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

Quinn & Farmer Auctions in Charlottesville, VA has this nice looking double barrel shotgun coming up tomorrow at their a 2/8 sale. I know there’s a lot of vital information missing from the listing, but if you live within driving distance, you may be able to make it over today to see the gun for yourself.

Here are the details on it. This info comes from the actioneer. And BTW, according to the pics the auctioneer provided, at least one of the sets of bbls was made in or after 1954.

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun: 90-95% original condition, true droplock. Two-barrel set, 28″ & 30″, marked 2 3/4″. Gun made between 1901-1908. Strong traces of case hardening on frame, checkered stock grip. Serial number 16967. Gold oval inlay on underside of stock with intials, “RD.” Top of frame marked with numeral “1″ in gold. The shotgun is accompanied by its original leather case with name plate “ROBERT W. DANIEL/BRANDON,” with the name Brandon referring to Brandon Plantation.  Serial # 16967.

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

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