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12 gauge J.P. Sauer Double Barrel SxS Shotgun

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Double Barrel SxS Shotgun

As Thanksgiving winds down, it’s time to start thinking about next year.  This double barrel should be perfect for putting a gobbler on the table in 2014.

It’s a 12 gauge J.P Sauer side-by-side with 30″ barrels choked full and full, double triggers, ejectors, and a 14 1/2″ LOP. It’s a heavier gun – 7lbs, 10ozs, – so with a little luck it’s proofed for 2 3/4″ shells and heavy loads.

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Double Barrel SxS Shotgun

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Double Barrel SxS Shotgun

It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 11/29/2013 @ 10:51:27 PM ET. Here’s more about it from the seller:

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Double Barrel Shotgun, 30″ bbls: Wood very clean with minor marks. Case colors mostly faded out, some left on the top portion of the action. Barrels retain most of their original finish. Has 30″ barrels choked full and full with excellent bores. Locks up tight, has barrel extension and cross bolt and ejectors.

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Double Barrel SxS Shotgun

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Double Barrel SxS Shotgun

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Double Barrel SxS Shotgun

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Double Barrel SxS Shotgun

Happy Thanksgiving…

Have a great day and enjoy your bird.

Turkey, Spring 2013

Turkey, Spring 2013

Introducing Dogs & Doubles’ Gallery of Great Guns: An online museum dedicated to the world’s finest firearms. Here you’ll see the finest double barrel shotguns and rifles, in the finest original condition.

These guns doubles are from James D. Julia’s October 2013 Firearms Auction:

HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX SxS A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 26″ Bbls with slightly raised, narrow, matted, concave rib, are marked with “Chromox Steel”. Sold for $9,775

HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2" Chambers. 26" Bbls

HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 26″ Bbls

EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. No. 2 Frame. Sold for $11,500

EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4" Chambers. No. 2 Frame

EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. No. 2 Frame

EXCEPTIONAL ONE-OF-A-KIND PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag. Sold for $74,750

PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag

PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag

TRULY EXCEPTIONAL, INVESTMENT QUALITY, 20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SIDE-BY-SIDE GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Sold for $69,000.

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4" Chambers.

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers.

Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26" Barrels

Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26″ Barrels

Here’s another nice grouse gun. This little Charles Daly is on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends 11/27/2013 @ 9:48:25 AM ET. Made during World War 1, it looks like it’s still in excellent original condition.

Regarding Charles Daly, he was a businessman, not a gunmaker. Around 1875 he partnered with August Shoverling and started importing shotguns into the United States from Prussia/Germany. The side-by-sides they brought in were marketed under the Charles Daly name, and up to about WW2 they were some of the finest double-barrel shotguns offered in the US.

Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26" Barrels

Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26″ Barrels

Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26" Barrels

Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26″ Barrels

Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26″ Barrels: It is an Anson & Deeley boxlock in 16 gauge and is marked “Charles Daly” on both sides of the receiver, “Made in Prussia” on the watertables, “Prussia” on the barrel flats, “J. P. Sauer & Sohn, Suhl” on the top of both barrels and “Fluid Steel Krupp Essen” on the top barrel rib. The beauty of this piece is in its workmanship and condition. Adorned with just a bit of scroll and line engraving on the receiver, the gun is in 98% – almost mint – condition. It looks almost unused, amazing for a piece nearly 100 years old! The 26 inch Krupp steel barrels retain about 99% of their original blue with just one little scratch on the surface of the left tube. They chime like bells when dinged with your fingernail. The top rib has a doll’s head extension that locks into the top of the receiver for extra strength. The extension itself is carved to look like a scallop shell. The chamber lengths are 2 ½ inches.

Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26" Barrels

Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26″ Barrels

The barrels are choked improved cylinder and cylinder, perfect for upland game and the bores are perfect. Extractors, not ejectors. The receiver and triggerguard are case-hardened. The colors have pretty much faded now but if you look closely you will still see quite a lot of subtle colors plus some areas that are quite vivid. There is a bit of subtle scroll and line engraving. The screws have never been turned and amazingly every screw on the sides of the receiver is held in place by a tiny set screw. True Prussian quality. The wood is very nicely grained walnut with just a few extremely light dings from careful hunting use. About all of the original varnish remains and I would rate the wood at 98%. Finely checkered round knob wrist and forend with no damaged diamonds. There is an un-engraved initial oval inlaid into the stock about 3 inches in front of the heel. The butt is finished with a horn buttplate held in place with engraved screws. Length of pull is 14 inches. Drop at comb is 1 ½ inches. Drop at heel is 2 5/8 inches. Weight is 6 pounds 5 ounces. The gun comes with its original leg-o-mutton case in excellent condition including the case’s original key.

Parker VH 12 ga, 28” barrels on a 1 ½ frame:

Parker VH 12 ga, 28” barrels on a 1 ½ frame:

Parker VH 12 ga, 28” barrels on a 1 ½ frame: Clean shiny bores, rib has two ivory beads. LOP is 14.25”to an original butt plate. The butt plate is in great condition and you can clearly see the detail of the wood cock the dog is holding in its mouth. Drop at the comb is 1.75” and drop at the heel is 2.75”. Bores are choked F/F. Has some original case coloring on the sides of the box lock action. The bluing is original and very good, but it is beginning to wear thin in a couple of areas. Wood is solid, no cracks or gouges and this is a very nice clean original Parker on a desirable frame size. SN is 2129XX, and the Parker Association says this gun will letter. Price: $1,800

Early 12 ga Fox AE SxS, Factory straight grip, 30" bbls

Early 12 ga Fox AE SxS, Factory straight grip, 30″ bbls

12 ga Fox AE SxS, Factory straight grip, 30″ bbls: Case colors have faded. Barrels are smooth and shiny inside, single brass bead. The ribs are problem free and the wood is in very good condition too. The gun originally belonged to a man named George Eshias. I have been told that he was an Americana of Armenian heritage and that he was a famous hero in WW1 and that he fought with distinction in the US Army. I have not taken the time to confirm this, but his name has been engraved into the top of the left chamber . (Look at the photos) Hard to believe that his family let this heirloom go but life does get complicated at times. LOP is 14” and drop at the comb is 1.75, drop at the Heel is 3”. Barrels are choked F/F. Price: $2,600

Lefever FE 12 ga with 30” Damascus barrels and twin Ivory beads

Lefever FE 12 ga with 30” Damascus barrels and twin Ivory beads

Lefever FE 12 ga with 30” Damascus barrels and twin Ivory beads: Nice Silvers recoil pad and a LOP of 13.5”, Drop at comb of 2” and drop at heel of 3”. The ejectors work nicely and the gun locks up tightly. The bores are very good and this gun is ready for the field and some RST ammo!! It does have an old repair on the fingers by the triggers. The repair has been looked at by two different reputable gunsmiths and both independently agreed that the old repair is good and is nothing to worry about. Barrels are M/IM. Price: $1,700.00

 

Purdey 20 Gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Purdey 20 Gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Purdey 12 ga. pre-war best SxS sidelock gamegun: 30″ Sir Joseph Whitworth steel barrels, 2-1/2″ chambers, choked improved cylinder and full (.010/.032).  1920s production features the finest Purdey scroll of the era, retains 75% case colors.  Splinter forend, straight hand stock of highly figured true French walnut with extraordinary black figure and flame grain.  Measures 1-1/2″ comb, 2″ heel, 14-1/2″ LOP to a checkered butt.  Fine example of Purdey’s prime period.  Ideal for those high pheasants!  Weighs 6 lbs 10 oz.  Cased in canvas case with leather corners and Purdey label. Price: $39,500

Purdey 20 Gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Purdey 20 Gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Purdey 20 Gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: Delivered in 1988, acquired from the orignial owner. Barrel length:  26″, Choke: Right barrel: 1/4, Left barrel: 1/2
LOP: 15″, Drop at heel  – 1 7/8 inches, Drop at nose – 1 1/2 inches, Cast off at heel is 1/2 inch. There is. of course, a fitted case with all cleaning accessories and snap caps. Price: $39,500

Piotti Monte Carlo Double Barrel 12ga. 27.5″ Barrels: In excellent condition; has a beautiful english stock (with drop points) and splinter forend with exceptional figure, coin finish with scoll and floral engraving by Granetti, 14 3/4″ LOP over a leather covered pad, a single none selective trigger, and a flat file cut rib. A handsome addition for any collection. Price: $14,995

Piotti Monte Carlo Double Barrel 12ga. 27.5" Barrels:

Piotti Monte Carlo Double Barrel 12ga. 27.5″ Barrels

A. H. FOX - CE GRADE –12 ga. - PHILLY GUN – EJECTORS – DOUBLE TRIGGERS:

A. H. FOX – CE GRADE –12 ga. – PHILLY GUN – EJECTORS – DOUBLE TRIGGERS:

A. H. FOX – CE GRADE –12 ga. – PHILLY GUN – EJECTORS – DOUBLE TRIGGERS: 30” KRUPP STEEL BARRELS CHOKED FULL / FULL – BALL GRIP STOCK WITH CHECKERED PANELS – GROOVED BUTTPLATE – SPLINTER FOREND – CASE COLORS 50% – WEIGHT 7 LBS 15 OZS. – 14 ¼” X 1 11/16” X 2 15/16” – EXCELLENT CONDITION. Price: $6,750.00

BROWNING 20 GA SUPERPOSED 2 3/4 GRADE 1, 28" bbls:

BROWNING 20 GA SUPERPOSED 2 3/4 GRADE 1, 28″ bbls:

BROWNING 20 GA SUPERPOSED 2 3/4 GRADE 1, 28″ bbls: MADE IN BELGIUM IN 1952.  BARRELS ARE 28 INCHES WITH A SOLID RIB AND CHOKED FULL AND MOD.  VERY HARD TO FIND.  100% CONDITION. Price: $3,800

Beretta Black Onyx 20ga, O/U, 28" barrel, Single Trigger

Beretta Black Onyx 20ga, O/U, 28″ barrel, Single Trigger

Here’s one of the best grouse guns you’ll find: a 20 gauge Beretta 686 Onyx O/U with 28″ barrels and screw-in chokes. It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the auctions ends Wednesday, 11/27/2013, @ 2:50:50 PM ET.

With low-profile actions and reliable, time-tested mechanics, Beretta’s 680 series shotguns are one of the best over-under ever made. I think the 686 Onyx models are the finest looking ones the company has ever turned out.

Beretta Black Onyx 20ga, O/U, 28" barrel, Single Trigger

Beretta Black Onyx 20ga, O/U, 28″ barrel, Single Trigger

If you would like to get fancy, you can upgrade the wood with one of Cole Gunsmithing’s wood sets. I like straight grips, so I would go with this one here.

Beretta Black Onyx 20ga, O/U, 28″ barrel, Single Trigger: This is a rare to find gun in that condition. They stopped making the black receiver. This is an excellent condition with fine wood. It still has the original blue box. This guns is like new in box, it has less 200 rounds. The top lever is still far to the right. For 2 3/4″ and 3″ shells.

Beretta Black Onyx 20ga, O/U, 28" barrel, Single Trigger

Beretta Black Onyx 20ga, O/U, 28″ barrel, Single Trigger

Beretta Black Onyx 20ga, O/U, 28" barrel, Single Trigger

Beretta Black Onyx 20ga, O/U, 28″ barrel, Single Trigger

Wm R Shaefer & Sons, Boston, Gunmakers, From Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Wm R Shaefer & Sons, Boston, Gunmakers, From Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Boston isn’t a city we think of as gun friendly. But in the 19th and early 20th century, it was home to a number of famous gunmakers, including William R. Schaefer.

Wm R. Schaefer started making percussion guns around 1853. By 1883, his sons had joined the business and they were making custom shotguns and rifles in Boston at 61 Elm Street (Elm Street was at the edge of Scollay Sq, near Faneuil Hall).

The Wm R. Schaefer boxlock you see here was probably made in the 1880s. It looks very “Westley Richards” to me, which isn’t surprising. Schaefer was an agent for Harrington & Richardson’s A&D hammerless guns. Here’s more about this double from the seller:

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga:

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga

s/n 4170; brl length 30″; top break SxS; Good cond; checkered pistol grip, heavily engraved action, trigger guard, damascus brls, light rust at top front.

 

 

 

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga

Elm Street, Scollay Sq, Boston, 1920.

Elm Street, Scollay Sq, Boston, 1920.

J.P. Sauer Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga:

J.P. Sauer Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga

Late alert: Zettlemoyer Auction Co. in Fogelsville, PA, is having a firearms auction tomorrow, 11/23 @ 10:30am. They have a number of nice doubles in the sale, including the side-by-side and over-under shotguns below:

J.P. Sauer Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga: s/n 283723; brl length 28 1/4″; top break SxS; Very good cond ; extra pistol grip w/cheek weld, engraved action, West Germany.

Browning Citori Sporter 20g Over Under Shotgun

Browning Citori Sporter 20g Over Under Shotgun

Browning Citori Sporter O/U shotgun, 20 ga: s/n 06754; brl length 28″; top break O/U Excellent cond; OB, engraved receiver, vent rib, 3″ mag, checkered straight grip stock.

A. H. Fox C Grade Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 ga: s/n 19595; brl length 30″; top break SxS; Good condition; engraved: receiver, brls, trigger guard & foregrip release, checkered pistol grip stock, dbl bead.

A. H. Fox C Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun, 12 g

A. H. Fox C Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun, 12 g

A. H. Fox A Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun, 12 ga: s/n 13063 brl length 30″; top break SxS; Good cond; checkered pistol grip stock, engraved receiver.

A. H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga: s/n 359912; brl length 28″; top break SxS; Very good cond ; case colors, checkered pistol grip stock.

A. H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga

A. H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga

Pheasants Forever

Pheasants Forever

If you’ve read my posts about disappearing gamebird habitat in South Dakota (South Dakota is Dying & You’re Killing off SD’s Pheasants. See how.), you know that pheasants, ducks, and other wildlife are facing tough times across the state.

To try and tackle this problem, South Dakota’s Governor Dennis Daugaard is holding a Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit on December 6, 2013 in Huron. Find out more about it below, and if you care about what’s happening in SD, please attend. Unless action is taken soon, South Dakota will loose many more acres of prime habitat. As it does, more and more pheasants — and the great times, cherished memories, and big dollars they bring — will disappear.

Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will host a Pheasant Habitat Summit to discuss the future of pheasant habitat and hunting in South Dakota. The summit is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, at the Crossroads Convention Center in Huron.

“Pheasant hunting is extremely important to the culture and economic well-being of South Dakota,” Gov. Daugaard said. “South Dakota’s pheasant hunting experience is second to none and draws hunters from around the world. We want to do what we can now to ensure these opportunities for future generations.

The Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit will provide a forum for landowners, sportsmen, members of the tourism industry and other interested individuals to learn about the current state of pheasant habitat in South Dakota. The summit will include panel discussions and public input as a means to explore ways to maintain and enhance pheasant habitat.

The Governor’s Pheasant Summit is open to the public and pre-registration is required. Individuals may register online here. Information and registration is also available by calling the Game, Fish and Parks Department at 605.773.3387.

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