Grouse & woodcock season opened in Maine on October 1, and my first weekend will be this Saturday. With some luck, we’ll see some woodcock action like this.
Oct 6th, 2013 by Gregg
Army-Navy .470 NE SxS Double Rifle: Ser. No. 45921 .470 NE- 25″ barrels. Built on the Webley Long Bar action, perhaps the strongest double rifle action ever made. Double triggers, ejectors and intercepting sears. Bores are good to very good with rifling square and tall. Wt.- 11 lbs. Pull- 14 1/2″ from front trigger. A super classic hunting rifle! Price: $29,500.00
BERTUZZI 28 MOD VENERE BEST GUN- 28″ Bbls.- 1987- COMPLETE GOLD BORDER INLAYS on a BLUED FRAME- OVERALL 97%: #5847, Armi F.lli Bertuzzi, Gardone, V. T. Italy, A Bertuzzi Venere Best Quality Sidelock 28 Bore Ejector Game Gun Made in 1987, 28″ Chopper Lump barrels at .549 .017 & .032″ (Imp.Mod. & Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, Barrel weight at KG 1.210, Single non-selective trigger, Bushed strikers, Fairly small beavertail forend, Pistol grip stock at 14 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 2 1/16″ over a full face checkered butt, Neutral stock, 6 lbs. 2 oz.; Complete Gold inlaid border engraving on all metal including the forend, trigger guard, toplever & safety by Danteghini & signed, Blued frame and lockplates, Very nice piece of European walnut with nice color contrast, The entire receiver blue is at 98%, The barrel blue is 98%, The original wood finish is 97%, The checkering remains at 99%, The bores remain as new, Cased in the makers leather trunk. Bertuzzi guns are top of the line Italian made pieces. This is top drawer Italian workmanship and quality with classic lines, good balance and comes to the hand with ease with a very proper size 28 Bore Action body. Price: $24,900.00
Parker DHE 10ga. Damascus SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: Very early Parker 10GA. DHE damascus 30″ barrels, skeleton butt, 14″ LOP, choked Cyl-Mod, #62847. This shotgun pre-dates any known ejector Parker but it is the ‘real deal’!! Clean shiny bores, no dents or damage. minor check in wood grain near butt. Plenty of orig case color. A beautiful and crisp old 10 ga DHE. Price: $5750
CSMC Inverness 20 Gauge Straight Grip, 28″ BBL. Vent Rib New In Box: Case coloured with full coverage tight scroll engraving. Round body, single trigger, selectable and auto safe. The barrels are 28″ vent rib, 5 interchangeable chokes, Tony has done a really nice job with the blue on these. The stock is a straight grip with very high quality wood, 14 1/2″ LOP, 2 1/2″ drop at heel, 1 1/2″ drop at comb, the chequering and finish are wonderful. 6lbs 5oz. Price: $4,895.00
AyA #2 28GA SXS Excellent Condition: This particular gun has 28 inch barrels giving it great balance and it swings smoothly, with fixed improved cylinder and modified chokes. Stock dimensions are 1 1/2 X 2 1/4 X 14 1/8 over the checkered butt. Wood on the straight stock is excellent European Walnut with hand cut checkering. The wood has been professionally done by Dennis DeVault in an oil finish (not shot since). The wood is “Knock Your Socks Off” gorgeous. The gun is in excellent condition and has only been lightly used. Price: $4500
Oct 4th, 2013 by Gregg
Investing in shotguns is tricky business. Most of the time the subject comes up I snicker and think “Good luck.” I’ve seen a lot of shotguns and I’ve been around auctions & dealers for a while now. In that time, I’ve seen just a few guns I would consider good enough to invest in. I think this 20 gauge Charles Daly Regent Diamond SxS is one of them.
For collectors, this little Daly has it all: original condition, incredibly high quality, and scarcity. It’s also another advantage. Over the last decade, shooters and collectors have rediscovered just how fantastic pre-WW2 Daly’s are. Demand has risen and prices have climbed. This trend will continue, especially when for guns like this one.
Regent Diamond’s were Daly’s best guns, and one of the best shotguns ever made. The one you see here is fantastic a example — and it’s a super scarce 20 gauge with 28″ barrels. When it comes to collecting, one thing people will always want is the best of the best. This is it.
TRULY EXCEPTIONAL, INVESTMENT QUALITY, 20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. This very fine, top of the line, small bore creation, made in Germany for the firm Charles Daly, has 28″ dovetailed bbls with raised, concave, matted game rib, fitted with Bradley red bead front and King red bead mid sights. Rib is gold inlaid on milled out portion, “Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality”. Breech portion of bbls are engraved for 2-1/2″ with exceptionally well detailed open, shaded scroll emanating from acanthus ferns, as base for scroll framed logos for Witten Excelsior steel. 2-3/4″ chambers. Bottoms of bbls with provisional proofs are stamped “Excelsior Witten”.
Scallop-backed, case hardened, boxlock action with intercepting sears, stamped “PRUSSIA” on water table, features automatic safeties (SAFE inlaid in gold), gold-plated pin type cocking indicators, side clips, and square crossbolt third fastener. Nickel-plated double triggers have very fine checkering on finger blades. Action is embellished with exceptionally well cut and beautifully shaded large open scroll matching bbls, surrounding well detailed oval vignettes of game birds, gold inlaid in high relief. Buttstock measures 13-3/4″ over orig ribbed horn buttplate. There is a small inset horn oval on pistol grip tip, and a gold oval on toe line is engraved “G.P.” Stock side panels have broad chip carved borders to central checkered areas, drop point extensions which protrude into checkering which has fancy crenelated borders. Matching, long splinter ejector forend has fleur-di-lis extensions into checkering, horn tip, and Deeley type release. Bore diameter: left-.640, right -.640. Bore restrictions: left -.035 (Full), right -.025 (IMod). Wall thickness: left -.025, right -.026. Drop at heel: 3″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 5 lbs. 5 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″.
PROVENANCE: Charles Daly hang tag for this gun along with Abercrombie & Fitch hang tag for this gun, with specifications. (Affixed to trigger guard)
CONDITION: Exceptionally fine. Bbls retain nearly all of what appears to be orig lustrous blue, with only a few very minor marks, mostly from contact with action and forend. Action retains 95 – 98% orig case hardening color, with only a hint of silvering on highest points of fences and sharp edges. Trigger guard is slightly silvered at grip, top lever slightly silvered on thumbpiece. The only marks on breechface are from contact with ends of bbls. There are no cartridge or primer halos around firing pin holes. Stocks retain essentially all of their orig rubbed oil finish with some open grain and a few minor marks, checkering excellent. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. As fine an example of this super rare gun as one could ever hope to find. Estimate: $20,000-30,000
Oct 3rd, 2013 by Gregg
Here’s another head scratcher: A 12 gauge Fox Sterlingworth double barrel shotgun with a straight, English-style stock.
Fox did make Sterlingworth with straight gripped stocks. Called the Skeet & Upland Game Game it was Savage-era gun introduced in 1935. But this is a Philadelphia gun made around 1926. So where did the gun get that English style stock?
So where did the stock come from? It must be a replacement – maybe done at the factory. Original or not, I think it looks nice and makes this Sterlie a great all around shooter. Here’s more about this SxS from the seller:
A.H.Fox Sterlingworth side by side 12 ga shotgun, #109050: 26″ barrels extractors only, mfg in Phila. PA. Double triggers, straight, English-style stock checkered. Wood is good condition with handling marks but with some figure to wood, barrels have excellent bluing with one small defect top right barrel where at one time was dinged(inspected with bore scope and no internal defects), bore is bright and shiny. Double triggers with auto safety. LOP 13″ to rear and 14″ to front.
Oct 3rd, 2013 by Gregg
Of all the sporting magazines out there today, Covey Rise is the newest – and one of the most beautiful. If you haven’t seen it yet, head over to the local bookstore and pick up a cop. I’m sure you’ll be impressed. If you grab the latest issue, you can check out my latest article, excerpted below. I hope you like it.
In 1948, a young Italian gunmaker man named Stefano Fausti stood at his workbench, picked up his files, and started a company. For most people, the time would not have seemed propitious. During World War II, Italy had been crushed as armies ground a crimson path to Berlin. But as these armies blew up and bombed their way across the country, they also cleared the way for a new nation…
To read the entire piece, pick up Covey Rise’s October/November 2013 edition on news stands, or subscribe today to Covey Rise Magazine.
Sep 28th, 2013 by Gregg
Ten gauge Purdey shotguns are not very common, so when one pops up, it catches my attention. The one you see here is at Alex Cooper Auctioneers in Towson, MD, and it goes off today, September 28 @ 1:00 PM EST.
Interestingly, this one is nitro-proofed for 1 1/2 oz loads. That’s the same amount of lead than a 12g, 3 1/2″ shell throws. But a ten gauge does it better and throw better patterns because of its larger bore size. It’s also built to handle the recoil, so it will do less damage to you, and itself, when you pull the trigger.
James Purdey & Sons 10 gauge Double Barrel Sidelock SxS Shotgun: London, 1905, made on order of J. H. Smith, Tuxedo Park, NY; blued double barrel, 31 in. L.; engraved case-hardened frame; checkered burl walnut stock and forearm; with original case and several accessories (including barrel rods, cleaning tools, and loading tools). Estimate: $20,000 – $25,000
Sep 27th, 2013 by Gregg
The A.H. Fox Sterlingworth was one of the most practical doubles ever made in America. Rugged and affordable, it was a reliable SxS that gave hunters everything they needed at a great price.
Wise Americans recognized this and made the Sterlingworth a huge success. But of the 100,000+ Sterlies made, none of the ones I’ve seen have had a round-knob stock on them like the onee on this Sterlie.
Round-knob grips were special order items available on A-B-C and other graded Foxes. But that wasn’t the case with the Sterlies. Serial #363731 puts this gun around 1927. According to the AH Fox Collector’s Association, the 1927 catalog The FOX GUN”( A.H. Fox “Wood Grain” Catalog A.H. Fox Gun Company, Philadelphia, Pa.) states: “…THE STOCK is best quality plain American Walnut, thoroughly seasoned and checkered. Full capped pistolgrip only…”
So where did this stock come from? It sure looks original to me. So was it special ordered, or added afterwards by the factory? I’m not sure. A factory letter may solve the mystery — or it may say nothing.
This shotgun is at Gunauction.com and the listing ends October 6, 2013 @ 16:47:00 PT. If you like the stock as much as I do, you should bid on it now. Here are the details on it from the seller:
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16ga Side by Side: Serial number 363781 which is correct on for end, barrel and receiver. 26″ barrels, choke unknown, checkered pistol grip, boxlock action, extractors and ejectors,double triggers and auto safety,. Mfg 1910-1942 in Phila. Pa, by A.H. Fox company. Bluing on barrels are just outstanding, and receiver shows case coloring as you can see in pictures, bore is bright and shiny . LOP to rear trigger is 13 1/4 and 14 to front, wood shows some small handling marks, but overall in super condition.
I’ve written about the Manufrance’s Ideal shotguns a couple times. These doubles use underlever opening/cocking levers and feature sleek, ultra round actions. Manufacture d’ Armes de Saint Etienne introduced the Ide
al in 1887 and they made around 79,000 of them – that’s a pretty good run for such a quirky SxS.
These two would be perfect for pheasants and sharpies. It’s up for auction on Gunbroker.com, and the listing ends at 9/29/2013 3:00:42 PM ET. It can be bought for $1,250 – a very fair price.
Manufrance Ideal, Costo Super, 12ga. 2 1/2″ chambers: Choked mod. and imp, cyl,, horn butt plate, retractable sling is intact and functioning . No dents in barrels, bright shiny bores. weight is 6 3/4lbs.
This one would be great for grouse & woodcock. It looks like it’s brand new, and it’s for sale at Gunsinternational.com:
Manufrance “Ideal” in nice condition. Grade O: 29” bbls, Full & Skeet chokes, 2 ½” chambers, Nitro Proof, 6 lbs. 5.5 oz., 2 7/16 “ D@H,14 1/8” LOP. A very nice simple but elegant example of a Manufrance Ideal. Great dimensions and condition. Price: $1,900.00
Sep 26th, 2013 by Gregg
Quit the job. Put the guns and the dogs in the truck. Head west. Don’t look back…Videos like this one from the folks at Sky Dance Kennels in Dousman, WI, make me crazy…