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In this quick video, you can see some of the engraving techniques used by the folks at Armi Fratelli Piotti. Pretty cool work, and the bulino style engraving is really extraordinary.

Fratelli Piotti’s Engraving from Fratelli Piotti on Vimeo.

PIOTTI LUNIK SXS 28 GAUGE SHOTGUN

PIOTTI LUNIK SXS 28 GAUGE SHOTGUN

For over 50 years now,  Armi Fratelli Piotti has been building some of finest double-barrel shotguns in Italy. Here are two that are excellent examples of just how nice their side-by-sides can be.

Which one rings your bell? I think they’re both beautiful, but I prefer the Monte Carlo with the scroll engraving and the color-case hardened action.

PIOTTI LUNIK SXS 28 GAUGE SHOTGUN: 27″, choked 009 AND 014. 2 3/4″ chambers. DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT FANTASTIC WOOD AND ENGRAVING 5LBS 11 OZ. Stock measurements: 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 5/8″. Price: $35,000

PIOTTI MONTE CARLO SXS 28 GAUGE SHOTGUN

PIOTTI MONTE CARLO SXS 28 GAUGE SHOTGUN

PIOTTI MONTE CARLO SXS 28 GAUGE SHOTGUN: 27″, choked 009 AND 014. 2 3/4″ chambers. DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT FANTASTIC WOOD AND ENGRAVING 5LBS 11 OZ. Stock measurements: 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 5/8″. Price: $29,500

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG

Gun collectors like little extras, and stuff like a shotgun’s original case, cleaning accessories, and retail hang tag will make a double much more special – and valuable. This 20 gauge Sterlingworth Deluxe has both, and it’s in nice original condition. I bet it will end up in a collector’s safe very soon.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG: A very unique set that has spent most of it’s entire life just a handful of miles from the Fox/Savage plant in Utica, NY. and was no doubt purchased/owned by a Savage employee. The gun is an A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe grade in 20 gauge. This is the most deluxe “Deluxe” that I have seen. The Sterlingworth Deluxe was catalogued with twin ivory beads and recoil pad which this gun has completely original. What sets this gun apart is the highly grained/figured walnut in the buttstock…very atypical for a Sterlingworth gun. This wood was generally reserved for the graded Fox guns, no doubt hand picked for the original buyer. The overall condition of this little Fox is excellent.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG

It retains a generous 50-60% factory color case hardening, faded on the belly and forward sides of frame. The barrels and trigger guard retain most of their original factory blued finish. The barrels show some thinning and light scratching on typical carry areas. The wood is totally sound with good fit and finish. No cracks or serious mars. Light handling marks from gentle use. Most of the factory varnish remains on both buttstock and forend. All screws are virtually untouched. This gun locks up tight and lever is well right of center. It’s obvious that this 20ga Fox was carried more than it was shot which one would expect from a Northeast upland bird gun.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG

I measure the barrels as follows: Right: 621 with 9 thou to 4 thou of choke…minimum wall thickness of 29 thou at the muzzle. Left: 621 with 8 thou choke… minimum wall thickness 35 thou. 2 3/4″ chambers. This gun still has its orginal factory hangtag included which is a delight. This gun originally had full choke right and improved cylinder left…a very unusual combination. Apparently the right barrel choke was opened at a later time to an IC constriction as well, making it better suited for close flushing birds. While the gun and hangtag are special in their own right, this set is complete with what is believed to be a factory Savage Arms era hardcase which was obviously built for this particular gun. Savage collectors will recognize this case as a similar type that was catalogued for the Savage Model 99 Rifle/410 Combination set.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG

Original hang tag for the A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun

This case is larger than the rifle case but wears similar hardware and has the same type of black leatherette covering. The interior is lined in red felt with separate areas for 20ga shells, cleaning rod & jags and other accessories. I have seen no reference to this type Fox shotgun case mentioned in any of the Fox literature but by virtue of this gun’s tie to Utica and special wood I have no reason to think it was not supplied as a special order to a Savage employee/Exec. with it’s similiarity to the catalogued rifle cases. This is an unique opportunity to purchase a special set that can be used and enjoyed afield. Price: $2,995.00

Merry Christmas to everyone and your families. I hope you’re having a good great day. Here are a few of the things I was hoping Santa would bring me this year:

Boss & Co., London. Magnificent 12ga. OU game gun, two sets of barrels. Pic copyright 2013 Lewis Drake and Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Boss & Co., London. Magnificent 12ga. OU game gun, two sets of barrels. Pic copyright 2013 Lewis Drake and Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

-More time to hunt

-More places to hunt

-More birds

-More patience, so I can enjoy all of it.

Oh, and I thought this shotgun would be nice, too:

Boss & Co., London. Magnificent 12ga. OU game gun with rising-bite third-fastener and two original sets of barrels. Ordered from Boss in April, 1937.  Rare Boss single-selective trigger. Automatic safety. Incredibly rare, hidden, rising-bite third-fastener. Interesting “finger rest” on right lock plate specified in the original order records. Flawless fit and finish with action and locks retaining most of the original hardening colors. Barrels, forend iron, and mounts retain most of their original brilliant black finish. Highly figured original straight-grip stock with checkered butt and splinter forend retain all the original finish. The whole set cased in original maker’s case with trade label and a complete complement of original Boss accessories just as it left the maker in 1937. Overall mechanically perfect, lightly used, and remaining in near-mint, original, condition throughout.

28 gauge Boss O/U & SxS, all original, new condition

28 gauge Boss O/U & SxS, all original, new condition. Coming to auction at James D. Julia’s March 2014 sale.

Two of the world’s finest doubles? The ultimate shotguns for quail hunting? A collector’s dream? Yes, certainly, and absolutely.

What you see here is an amazing set of double barrel shotguns: A 28 gauge Boss side-by-side and a 28 gauge Boss over-under, both ordered after WW2, never used, and stored away in their original case ever since.

These Bosses were ordered on March 18th, 1955, by an American visiting Boss & Co’s Albemarle Street shop in London. They’ve been in the same family since day one, and they’re consecutively serial numbered, 200% original, and in in mint condition.

James D. Julia will be auctioning them off in their March 2014 sale. Boss has made very few 28 gauge shotguns – around 25 side-by-sides and 20 over-unders to date. A brace like this is unheard of and probably one of a kind.

Boss & Co is famous for being one of the world’s finest gunmakers, and when you see these doubles you’ll understand why. Simply stunning is the best way to describe them.

20ga Beretta 626 Onyx Side-by-Side, 28" bbls

20ga Beretta 626 Onyx Side-by-Side, 28″ bbls

Here’s a double you rarely see. It’s a sxs 20ga Beretta 626 Onyx, and it’s up for auction now, with the listing ending tomorrow, 12/24/2013, @ 6:22:43 PM ET.

From the info I’ve found, it looks like Beretta offered 20 gauge 626s from 1985-1987. I can’t imagine the company made many of them.

20ga Beretta 626 Onyx Side-by-Side, 28″ bbls:  These guns are rare to begin with and the 28″ barrels are ultra rare. This gun is in excellent shape with only safe marks. This gun may possibly have one box of shells through it and locks up as new. It has 28″ barrels with factory interchangeable chokes. Cylinder/IC are included. It has ejectors and sst. Barrels and receiver have the factory matte finish so you do not have to worry about the blueing rusting. Center bead installed. LOP is 14 1/2 to the factory Beretta Recoil Pad. DAC is 1 1/2 and DAH is 2 3/8 and the stock is neutral.

20ga Beretta 626 Onyx Side-by-Side, 28" bbls

20ga Beretta 626 Onyx Side-by-Side, 28″ bbls

20ga Beretta 626 Onyx Side-by-Side, 28" bbls

20ga Beretta 626 Onyx Side-by-Side, 28″ bbls

10 gauge Neumann SxS Game Gun, 32" bbls

10 gauge Neumann SxS Game Gun, 32″ bbls

A big gun, a small price – that this Neumann double barrel shotgun. This SxS was made in Belgium in the ’50s, and its a well-made shotgun. If you’re looking to push a lot of lead, it will do the trick.

10 gauge Neumann SxS Game Gun, 32″ bbls: Very good condition overall with normal handling marks. Manufactured in Belgium by Neumann & Co. for Silver & Co. of San Francisco. Price: $1,099.99

10 gauge Neumann SxS Game Gun, 32" bbls

10 gauge Neumann SxS Game Gun, 32″ bbls

Caliber: 10 Gauge
Chambers: 3 1/2
Metal: Very Good
Wood: Very Good
Bore: Very Good
Barrels: 32″ with Tapered Concave Rib
Triggers: Double Triggers with Ejectors
Stock: Checkered Walnut Pistol Grip Style Butt Stock
Stock Dimensions: DAC: 1 3/8″, DAH: 2 1/8″, Cast off: 1/8″, LOP: 14 3/8
Fore End: Checkered Walnut Semi-Beavertail Style
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Ventilated Recoil Pad
Weight: 10 lbs. 10 ozs.
Sights: Two Beads
Chokes: Fixed: Light Full & Light Full, .030″ of constriction
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

Here’s another addition to the Gallery of Great Guns. This double-barrel, side-by-side shotgun was auctioned off by James D. Julia Auctions in the spring of 2012.

RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB. SN 13223. Cal. 16 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 26″ Barrels with raised, ventilated rib, match specifications in factory letter with Bradley red bead front sight and Winchester white metal middle sight. Bbl flats are stamped with “16 Gauge”, SN, patent information, and “2-3/4 Cham”. Bottoms of bbls are stamped “Winchester Proof Steel” “WS-1″ and “WS-2″. Standard blued action is fitted with single selective trigger.

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

Action and bbls are engraved with classic pre-war number 5 engraving, as most certainly executed by Alden George Ulrich, with about 50% coverage of flowing scrollwork framing vignettes of dogs and game. Setter with bird in mouth is on bottom of action; pheasant on left; grouse on right side; rare vignette of pointer is on trigger guard bow. Nicely crotch figured American walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14″ over factory leather-faced open-sided red pad, with deluxe checkering pattern, checkered sidepanels and vacant gold oval on toe line. Matching beavertail forend has SN on iron, and rib between bbl channels. Bore diameter: left-.664, right -.667. Bore restrictions: left -.005, right -.002. Wall thickness: left -.029, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 2 oz. LOP: 14″.

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

PROVENANCE: Cody Firearms Museum letter with specs along with build receipts and final inspection reports showing this gun made for P. A. Roper and dated 6/13/40.

CONDITION: Extremely fine. All specifications matching those on orig factory build information, and nearly all orig finish is remaining, with only a few minor marks on bbls. Sharp edges of action are silvering, blue on bottom beginning to thin slightly. Trigger guard is graying on edges and grip. Stock retains nearly all its orig finish beginning to rub through on flutes and top of comb, with a few minor marks. Checkering is only slightly worn. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Ejectors in time. Trigger works. A truly fine investment quality Winchester M21 sporting classic. SOLD FOR $34, 500

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

A Sprocker Spaniel, from SprockerSpaniel.co.uk

A Sprocker Spaniel, from SprockerSpaniel.co.uk

Here’s a dog I haven’t heard of before: The Sprocker. It’s a cross between a Springer Spaniel and a Cocker Spaniel.

According to SprockerSpaniel.co.uk, Sprockers have been around for over 2o years, and there are between 5,000 – 10,000 of them in the UK, making one of the most popular spaniel breeds there.

Other than color variations, I’m not sure what advantages a Sprocker offers, and I don’t understand what niche they fill in the gundog world. Is it a leggy, rangier Cocker? A stockier, close-hunting Springer? If you have one, please let me know. I would love to learn more.

A Sprocker Spaniel, from SprockerSpaniel.co.uk

A Sprocker Spaniel, from SprockerSpaniel.co.uk

MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F

MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F

I have a fondness for older, European O/Us, especially for ones like you see below. The doubles have everything you need — 28″ bbls, decent dimensions — and they appear to be beautifully made and in good original condition.

One thing: I would double-check the chambers on the 12 gauge. They may have come from the factory or 3″, or someone may have bored them out. Buyer beware.

MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F

MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F

MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F: Round knob pistol grip, single trigger, serrated horn butt plate, cocking indicators, solid rib, automatic ejectors, late 1920’s manufacture, scalloped and rebated receiver, imported by A.F. Stoeger, completely original untouched gun, highest quality between the wars workmanship, an extremely small-action tiny gun. 14” x 1 5/8” x 2 ½”. 5lbs. 11oz. Price: $13,995

Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28" bbls

Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28″ bbls

Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28″ bbls: Beautifully engraved case hardened receiver shows minimal signs of wear and use. The barrels are 28″ long and choked full and full. The barrel has a ventilated rib with a matte finish and a silver bead. The barrels have a blued finish with a few small scratches, and wear around the muzzle. The European Walnut buttstock and forearm are finely hand checkered, and have a few minor scratches from regular use. The buttpad is fitted with a Pachmayr Decelerator buttpad. Price: $3,799.99

Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28" bbls

Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28″ bbls

Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 3
Metal: Very Good
Wood: Very Good
Bore: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: European Walnut
Fore End: European Walnut
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Decelerator
Weight: 7 lb 2 oz
Sights: Silver Bead
Chokes: F/F

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