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A best-quality shotgun with minimal engraving is a bold creation. Engraving can make or break shotgun. Done right, it adds to a shotgun’s overall beauty. Done wrong, it calls too much attention to itself by garish, crude, or just plain ugly. Engraving can also hide the crisper details of a gun, Like a sheet tossed […]

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Here’s an OK deal on a real nice over-under shotgun. These Orvis/Beretta Uplander are 686s with fancy wood, and most of the ones I see have 26″ bbls. This one has that extra 2″ so many guys want these days. Even though the gun is a bit pricey (and the online description is lousy), I […]

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High-grade Lefevers are special shotguns. The Bs, As, AAs, Optimus-grades and Thousand-Dollar Grades guns made by Uncle Dan’s company are some of the finest side-by-sides ever made in America. The Lefever you see here is a 20 gauge BE – one of just six B-grade 20 gauge Lefevers known –  and an excellent example of […]

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OK – here’s a late one. Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions is having a sale today, January 25. There are bunch of good looking doubles coming up, everything from Purdeys & Francottes to American stuff. The auction starts at 10 am  – Pacific time. So if you jump on it now, you should be able […]

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Here’s a nice looking hammergun — too nice, really. Old doubles like this are like bird dogs – one is good, more is better. So if you buy this W. Richards and two years from now you have 4-5 more old doubles like it in your safe, don’t say I didn’t warn you. W. Richards […]

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“Buy the gun, not the name” – that’s a bit of wisdom firearm collectors toss around all the time. It’s good advice, too. There are lots of big-name shotguns out there in lousy condition. When you’re buying, it’s easy to be blinded by  a  famous name — like James Purdey & Sons —  and overlook […]

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In 1984, of of America’s most famous double-barrel shotguns was reborn as the Parker Reproduction by Winchester. Built in Japan until 1998, these side-by-sides were offered for sale until around 1997. Since then, they’ve gained a following and their prices have risen steadily. There were about 6,000 20 gauge Parker Repros, and almost all of […]

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I encourage you to check out this piece about attempts to restore quail populations in Virginia. Upland game bird populations are in trouble in many parts of the country. Programs like these are one way we can help. I added this video just for the fun. This award-winning quail caller can make some amazing sounds […]

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Of the major American shotgun SxS shotgun makers — Remington, Lefever, A.H. Fox, Ithaca, Parker Bros, & L.C. Smith – Lefever made the fewest guns. While most of other companies turned out over 200,000 doubles in their history, Lefever made just 65,000 or so shotguns (and a handful of double rifles). Most of Lefever’s side-by-sides […]

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If people are still collecting shotguns in 2114, one double I’m sure they’ll be call an American classic is the 28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under. Ruger introduced their Red Label shotguns in 1977 and offered them until 2011 (and they’re introducing a modified version this year, btw). First available as 20 gauges and […]

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