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A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

Graded, smallbore Foxes are special shotguns. While A.H. Fox did make a lot of doubles, the vast majority most  were 12 gauges. When it comes to 16 gauges and 20 gauges, “The Most Perfectly Proportioned Small-Gauge Gun Ever Built,” the vast majority were Sterlingworths, the company’s entry level, field-grade model.

A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

The first smallbore Fox shotgun – a 20 gauge CE #200,011 – left the factory on September 17, 1912. Fox’s graded guns ran  As, Bs, Cs, Xs, Ds & Fs., and according to a Fox catalog from 1925  the C was “In every respect…a high grade. It’s beauty in looks and finish. No gun will stand up better to hard work. Its every detail is perfect. And at the price it is in a class absolutely by itself.” Fox made just 413 C-grades in 20 gauge, and the one you see here left the factory in 1926. While there’s no question that it’s a rare gun, what do you think about the finish on the barrels, action, and wood? Original, or refinished? Take a close look and let me know what you think. I’ll let you know the answer in the next couple days.

A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

16 gauge  Manufrance  Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun

16 gauge Manufrance Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun

Here’s proof that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a nice double barrel shotgun. The Manufrance Robust is good, solid shotgun, built on an Anson & Deeley style boxlock action. The one you see here looks pretty much new. It even has it’s original retractable leather sling – a pretty cool, and handy feature.

It’s up for at GunAuction.com now and the listing ends tomorrow, Sunday, February 16 @ 17:15:00 PT. Here are the details on the gun from the seller:

16 gauge  Manufrance  Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun: Boxlock extractor with Self-Contained Leather Sling. Serial Number: 189139, Year of Manufacture: 1932-1944. Barrel Length: 27 ½”.  Choke: The right barrel is choked “MODIFIED” and the left barrel is choked “FULL”. Chambers are 2 3/4″.

16 gauge  Manufrance  Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun

16 gauge Manufrance Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered hardwood. The buttplate is Bakelite and shows “MF” in a wreath. The screw heads are engraved. There are only faint handling marks and light wear to the checkering. There is a leather sling which retracts into the buttstock. The leather is in Fine Condition and shows no signs of cracking. The LOP measures 14 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.

Finish Originality: All Original

Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows light pinprick surface erosion and frosting on the barrels. The case colored receiver also has a bit of frosting. The screw heads are mostly sharp with a couple of screw heads that are lightly marred but still serviceable. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good condition.

16 gauge  Manufrance  Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun

16 gauge Manufrance Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun

16 gauge  Manufrance  Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun

16 gauge Manufrance Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun

16 gauge  Manufrance  Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun

16 gauge Manufrance Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun

16 gauge  Manufrance  Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun

16 gauge Manufrance Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun

Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.

Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.

Parker shotguns are the most famous side-by-sides ever made in America. Parker Bros got into the shotgun game in 1866, and from their factory in Meriden, CT. The company’s gun business prospered into the twentieth century.

But then Great Depression hit and sales plummeted. In 1934, Remington stepped in and bought all of the Parker gun business and published the catalog you see here to announce their acquisition. It’s on Ebay now, and the auction ends tomorrow, 2/15 @ 04:35:22 PST. BTW: the pages shown here are just a few of the ones that make up the entire catalog.

Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog

Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.

Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.

Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.

Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.

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

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