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Here’s a nice look at what it like in Montana. Beautiful country.

Here’s one of the best American-made doubles you’ll find for grouse & woodcock hunting. Most of these I see have 26″ barrels and pretty plain wood. So the longer barrels and the nicely figures stock made this Red Label a special little gun.

Ruger Red Label 28ga. Over-Under 28″ barrels with Ruger chokes: New and unfired in the original box. Price: $1,795.00

Ruger Red Label 28ga. Over-Under 28" barrels

Ruger Red Label 28ga. Over-Under 28″ barrels

Ruger Red Label 28ga. Over-Under 28" barrels

Ruger Red Label 28ga. Over-Under 28″ barrels

Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun

Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun

I’ve been on a bit of German/Prussian shotgun kick the past few months. The more time I spend looking at these doubles, the more I like them. Lately, I seem to run into one every few weeks that I would love to own.

This double barrel by Frederic Surkamer/Merkel is the latest one I’ve fallen for. If I only I could come up with a reason to own it — and the cash to buy it. Check out how beautifully made it is — stout as NFL linebacker but still elegant. What a gun!

Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun

Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun

Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun: A Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action proved in January of 1929 with 30″ F/XF Krupp Steel ejector barrels with raised file cut solid rib with ivory mid and front beads. Bores are as new measuring .724 top and bottom. Choked .046 top and .040 bottom. This is the best of Merkel boxlocks with double underlugs and double bite. Double Kersten top lock. Bushed strikers. Triggers turned for the right hand.

Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun

Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun

Extensive and very well done German Acanthus leaf and gamebird engraving. Stocked in English Walnut. Two piece forend with wrap around checkering. Pistol grip buttstock with arrowhead points and Monte Carlo. 15 3/8″ LOP to a solid 5/8″ pad. DAC-1 1/2″ DAH-2 1/2″ although effectively less with the Monte Carlo configuration.

Frederick Surkamer was a noted Chicago gunsmith born in Illinois in 1871 who was a contemporary of Fred Adolph and R.G.Owen. He built custom rifles on Springfield and Mauser actions. He did work for the great sporting firms Von Lengerke & Antoine and Marshall Fields in Chicago. He also imported drillings and shotguns from Europe and stocked these guns.

Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun

Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun

The pistol grip cap reads “From Mother TAK [Theo A. Koch] 1928. This is an outstanding Pre -War gun and a true piece of Americana in outstanding condition showing minimal use. Overall condition is 99%. The previous owner had this gun for 50 years and acquired it from the original owner. It is an outstanding collector piece and well configured for Sporting Clays or Live Birds. Price: $4995

More fine guns, in superb original condition. These are from James D. Julia’s October 2013 Auction.

EXCEPTIONAL INVESTMENT QUALITY HIGH CONDITION PARKER LIFTER HAMMER GUN. SN 13722. (ca. 1878) Cal. 10 ga. 2-7/8" Chambers. 30" Damascus bbls

EXCEPTIONAL INVESTMENT QUALITY HIGH CONDITION PARKER LIFTER HAMMER GUN. SN 13722. (ca. 1878) Cal. 10 ga. 2-7/8″ Chambers. 30″ Damascus bbls

EXCEPTIONAL INVESTMENT QUALITY HIGH CONDITION PARKER LIFTER HAMMER GUN. SN 13722. (ca. 1878) Cal. 10 ga. 2-7/8″ Chambers. 30″ Damascus bbls. Sold for $10,350

EXCEPTIONAL, ONE-OF-A-KIND, ITHACA NID SOUSA/ $1000 GRADE 12 GAUGE MAGNUM. SN 500536. Cal. 12 ga. 3" Chambers.

EXCEPTIONAL, ONE-OF-A-KIND, ITHACA NID SOUSA/ $1000 GRADE 12 GAUGE MAGNUM. SN 500536. Cal. 12 ga. 3″ Chambers.

 

 

 

TRULY EXCEPTIONAL, ONE-OF-A-KIND, ITHACA NID SOUSA/ $1000 GRADE 12 GAUGE MAGNUM. SN 500536. Cal. 12 ga. 3″ Chambers. Sold for $69,000

EXCEPTIONALLY FINE HIGH CONDITION PATRICK MULLIN 8 BORE PERCUSSION WATERFOWLER. Sold for $9,775

EXCEPTIONALLY FINE HIGH CONDITION PATRICK MULLIN 8 BORE PERCUSSION WATERFOWLER. Sold for $9,775

 

 

 

EXCEPTIONALLY FINE HIGH CONDITION PATRICK MULLIN 8 BORE PERCUSSION WATERFOWLER. Sold for $9,775

Beretta BL-4 20 gauge Over-Under shotgun, 28" barrels, 3" chambers

Beretta BL-4 20 gauge Over-Under shotgun, 28″ barrels, 3″ chambers

This Beretta BL-4 is great O/U shotgun that’s getting tougher to find and more expensive every day. If this one is as nice as it looks, $999 it’s a steal. Like the looks of it? Then get on it now. It won’t be on the market long.

Beretta BL-4 20 gauge Over-Under shotgun, 28″ barrels, 3″ chambers: Price: $999

The action is tight, barrels on face and the top lever is just left of center.

Beretta BL-4 20 gauge Over-Under shotgun, 28" barrels, 3" chambers

Beretta BL-4 20 gauge Over-Under shotgun, 28″ barrels, 3″ chambers

Manufactured: 1969
Caliber: 20 gauge
Chambers: 3″
Metal: Good, silvering along edges
Wood: Good, some scratches and dents
Bore: Very good & bright
Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Single selective
Stock: Pistol grip
Stock: 14 1/4″
Butt Pad: Beretta plate
Weight: 6 lbs. 1 oz.
Sights: Vent rib, double beads
Chokes: M & F

 

 

 

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST EXTRA FINISH O/U 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST EXTRA FINISH O/U 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST EXTRA FINISH O/U 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN: KEN HUNT ENGRAVED 26″ VENT RIB 009 AND 024 3″ PROOFED SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS LARGE FOREARM PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED BUTT WITH ENGRAVED HEEL AND TOE PLATES NEW CONDITION IN MAKERS CASE  6LB 5 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 3/4 X 14 3/8. Price: $150,000

Holland & Holland Royal 12 ga Side-by-Side shotgun

Holland & Holland Royal 12 ga Side-by-Side shotgun

Holland & Holland Royal 12 ga Side-by-Side shotgun: Pre-war Holland & Holland 12 ga. Royal, 30″ chopperlump barrels with concave game rib, choked improved cylinder and modified (.005/.015), 2-1/2″ chambers.  Automatic ejectors, double triggers, hidden third bite and auto safe.  Hand-detachable sidelock features gold cocking indicators and the traditional Holland & Holland acanthus engraving which remains sharp and crisp.  Splinter forend, the highly figured stock with half-round grip measures 1-1/2″ comb x 2-1/2″ heel x 15-1/2″ LOP over a buttplate.  Excellent overall condition, tight and on the face.  Weighs 6 lbs, 10 oz. with a forward bias, balancing just ahead of the hingepin.  A classic Holland best! Price: $21,900

Parker Brothers DHE Trap 12ga Shotgun 32" Vent Rib Full/Full

Parker Brothers DHE Trap 12ga Shotgun 32″ Vent Rib Full/Full

Parker Brothers DHE Trap 12ga Shotgun 32″ Vent Rib Full/Full: Gun remains in very good condition with case colors remaining in the protected areas: double trigger, ejectors, beavertail forearm, straight with 14 1/2″ LOP over a Silver’s red rubber pad, vent rib, right barrel has a .738″ bore with .040″ choke (FULL), left barrel has a .740″ bore with .045″ choke (FULL). Price: $6,495

20g Browning BSS Sidelock, 28" bbls, Double Triggers

20g Browning BSS Sidelock, 28″ bbls, Double Triggers

20g Browning BSS Sidelock, 28″ bbls, Double Triggers: 20ga., 28″ (Briley CT’s -5-, double triggers (rare), ejectors, fully handengraved R&S type on rich satin coin finished receiver,elegant long tang stock, 14 1/4″ LOP over 1″ solid pad also Browning vented pad, exotic piece of Belgium hand checkered walnut straight stock & forearm, luxury pigskin leather fitted case,6 lbs.4 ozs. 99% new. Price: $4,895

Ithaca NID Grade II 10ga 3 1/2" Magnum SxS Shotgun

Ithaca NID Grade II 10ga 3 1/2″ Magnum SxS Shotgun

Ithaca NID Grade II 10ga 3 1/2″ Magnum SxS Shotgun: Ithaca grade II 10ga 31/2″ magnum.32″ barrels choked full and full.Pistol grip stock,double triggers,extractors.Retains 30% of the original case colors and 95% of the original blue.Excellent bore with no dents or pitting.The stock is very sound with no cracks.The barrels are tight and on face to the action with the top lever slightly to the right of center.A very nice example of the Ithaca magnum for the collector or the shooter.Weighs 10-14.Built in 1933. Price: $3,995

Miller Val. Greiss O/U German Game Gun 12 Gauge

Miller Val. Greiss O/U German Game Gun 12 Gauge

German-style over-under shotguns are some of the most under rated shotguns out there – and also one of the best buys you’ll find. I own the 16g Heym O/U you can see in this pic. It beautifully made – far nicer than a Browning Superposed – and it handles as well as my 20g Beretta 686.

I’m sure the 12 gauge Miller & Val. Greiss you see here is just as well made and handy. And at $2199, it looks like bargain.

Miller Val. Greiss O/U German Game Gun 12 Gauge

Miller Val. Greiss O/U German Game Gun 12 Gauge

Miller & Val. Greiss O/U Shotgun German Game Gun 12 Gauge: Price: $2,199.99

Made in Munich (Germany) with 30″ barrels, choked I.M. (.028) & Full (.039), has a tapered, matted solid rib with front and intermediate ivory bead sights, 2 3/4” chambers, ejectors, double triggers and a manual operating thumb safety. The barrels are of Bohler Special steel and the action features the Greener style cross bolt locking mechanism. The action is extensively engraved in a fine floral pattern. The bottom of the receiver is engraved with the initials MGM, and the top barrel on the left side is stamped with the name Frederic R. Sherman.

Miller Val. Greiss O/U German Game Gun 12 Gauge

Miller Val. Greiss O/U German Game Gun 12 Gauge

Manufactured: 1927
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Barrels: 30″, solid rib
Triggers: Double
Stock: Pistol Grip
Stock Dimensions: LOP: 14″; DAC: 1 9/16″ & DAC: 2 1/16
Fore End: 3 Piece
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Decelerator with modified toe.
Weight: ????
Sights: Ivory beads.
Chokes: I.M. (.028) & Full (.039)

 

1908 A.H. Fox Philadelphia, PA, double barrel shotgun Campfire catalog

1908 A.H. Fox Philadelphia, PA, double barrel shotgun Campfire catalog

For the really obsessed shotgun collector, vintage catalogs are a must have. If you’re really into A.H. Foxes, the catalog you see here is a real score. It’s a Campfire-series, and one of the toughest A.H. Fox catalogs to find.

The Campfire Series catalogs were the second series of catalogs A.H. Fox used, and the company they sent them out  from 1907 to 1912. The catalog you see here is from 1908 , making it the fourth the company produced.

It appears to be in great condition overall, and the seller has put up a lot of photos in the listing. Check it out now to learn more about this catalog and to place a bid.

1908 A.H. Fox Philadelphia, PA, double barrel shotgun Campfire catalog

1908 A.H. Fox Philadelphia, PA, double barrel shotgun Campfire catalog

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

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