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Look great to us, but practically invisible to your pup.

Looks great to us, but practically invisible to your pup.

Everyone knows that dogs have incredible noses. But how much do you know about their eyes?

As it turns out, a dog’s sight is no where near as good. Instead of seeing things as we do or in black and white, dogs are “color blind”. They do see some colors, but not the same ones we do, or in the same way. This video and article from ShootingUK.co.uk explain a little but about what’s going on.

Check both out for some interesting insights into what your dog really sees. You’ll learn some interesting stuff, including why purple training dummies may be the right choice for teaching your pup to fetch.

How your dog’s vision affects , by Nick Ridley, ShootingUK.co.uk.

“Now here’s an interesting question — when you are starting your puppy’s training, which colour of dummy is it best to use? To answer we need to go back to basics: most professional trainers will tell you to make these early retrieving lessons fun and easy. The aim is to get the puppy used to fetching an object and bringing it back to you. To help achieve this you wouldn’t hide dummies in long grass or rough cover.

So to come back to my original question — which colour dummy is best? Believe it or not, blue or purple seems to be best. If we examine how and what a dog can see this may make more sense.”

Read all of How your dog’s vision affects its training now to learn more about the three aspects of a gundog’s sight, the evolution of sight, a dog’s natural instincts, dummy colors, and the why blue — yes blue — tennis balls.

I used to make it out to South Dakota for the pheasant opener each year. While we always shot a lot of birds, the experience was about a lot more than the birds we brought home. This video from Team Wild TV reminds me of what I loved so much about it. While my crowd carried autoloaders and dressed in Carhartts instead of tweeds, we shared many of the same sentiments.

Driven Pheasant Shooting: The Wolseley Park Shoot, Team Wild TV

Driven Pheasant Shooting: The Wolseley Park Shoot, Team Wild TV

20 gauge Sig Arms "Aurora" TR 20 Over Under Shotgun

20 gauge Sig Arms “Aurora” TR 20 Over Under Shotgun

A great gun — at a great price! This 20 gauge OU has it all – 28″ barrels, a straight “English” grip, and a nice long LOP. It’s pretty light, too, at just 6lbs, 4ozs.

These over unders were built for Sig Arms by B. Rizzini, and they’re very reliable and trouble free. You could spend a lot more money and get a lot less gun.

20 gauge Sig Arms “Aurora” TR 20 Over Under ShotgunPrice: $1,499.99

Caliber: 20 Gauge
Chambers: 3″ Magnum
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Both Are Very Bright

20 gauge Sig Arms "Aurora" TR 20 Over Under Shotgun

20 gauge Sig Arms “Aurora” TR 20 Over Under Shotgun

Barrels: 28″ Vented File Style RIB
Triggers: Single, Selective
Stock: Walnut With Straight Checkered Stock
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/2″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Walnut – Schnabel
Butt Pad: Butt Pad
Weight: 6 lbs 4 ozs
Sights: Front Is A Brass Bead
Chokes: IMP And MOD

20 gauge Sig Arms "Aurora" TR 20 Over Under Shotgun

20 gauge Sig Arms “Aurora” TR 20 Over Under Shotgun

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

High-grade L.C. Smith are some of the best-looking doubles ever made in America. Check out this 16g Crown grade to see why.

The Hunter Arms Company made the Crown from 1912-1950, and when it was first introduced it to replaced the company’s No. 5 grade. Crown grades were available in four gauges –  10, 12, 16, and 20 – and in .410. Hunter Arms built 862 Crowns, and 68 of these were in 16 gauge.

They were all made-to-order shotgun, so the specific subject of the engraving patterns, the barrel lengths, and stock measurements could all be dictated by the buyer. That being said, most of the Crowns I’ve seen have had 28″ or 30″ bbls.

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

This 16g was made in the mid 1930s. At that time, A. F. Stoeger listed an L.C. Smith Crown like this at $292.50, a whole lot more than a basic Winchester Model 21 ($73.40) and a just little more than a Parker CHE with a single trigger ($267.50).

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE 16 GAUGE: #149XXX 28″ IC AND MOD 2 3/4 HUNTER ONE SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP NEAR NEW ORIGINAL CONDITION 6LBS 11 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14″. Price: $29,500.

BTW: I would like to thank the LC Smith Collectors club for a lot of this info. If you want to learn more about Elsies, you should check out their site.

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE: #149XXX 28″ IC AND MOD 2 3/4 HUNTER ONE SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP NEAR NEW ORIGINAL CONDITION 6LBS 11 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14″. Price: $29,500

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 16 SIDELOCK BADMINTON GRADE- GOLDEN ERA 1935- 26 1/2″ Bbls.- AN EXC & SOLID GAME GUN- ORIG. CASE: #30204, Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London: A Bar Action Hand Detachable Sidelock Ejector Badminton Grade 16 Bore Made 1935 with 26 1/2″ Dovetail Lump Barrels at .668 .017 & .022″ (Mod. & Imp.Mod), 2 1/2″ chambers, The wall

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 16 SIDELOCK BADMINTON GRADE- GOLDEN ERA 1935- 26 1/2" Bbls.- AN EXC & SOLID GAME GUN- ORIG. CASE

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 16 SIDELOCK BADMINTON GRADE- GOLDEN ERA 1935- 26 1/2″ Bbls.- AN EXC & SOLID GAME GUN- ORIG. CASE

thickness on the right and left at .025″, London Nitro Proof at 1 ounce, Double triggers with the front articulated, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 2 3/8″ over a 3/4″ pad, Neutral stock, 6 lbs. even, Nice wood with nice color, Border engraving, This gun retains 92-93% barrel blue, It retains 40% original case colors, The butt and forend wood remains at 90%, The checkering still at 92%, The barrels inside and out are in excellent plus condition and totally free of any pits, dings or dents, The barrels ring with a nice chime, John Stanton & Son locks (John Stanton was the inventor & patentee of the Stanton rebounding gunlock), Cased in the original factory brass cornered leather trunk with all the proper trade labels including the serial number. This is a very nice Badminton Sidelock Game Gun with excellent barrels, game gun weight at 6 lbs., made in the Golden Era, great dimensions and points like a dream. Price: $15,750

J. Blanch & Son --- Scalloped Boxlock Ejector --- 12 Gauge, 2 3/4" Chambers

J. Blanch & Son — Scalloped Boxlock Ejector — 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers

J. Blanch & Son — Scalloped Boxlock Ejector — 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers: 30″ SxS fluid-steel barrels with smooth concave rib and rib extension third fastener choked improved cylinder & full. 14 1/2″pull from front trigger to striated horn buttplate. 1 1/2″ – 2″ drop. Highly figured dark walnut stock with Anson-release splinter forend, straight English grip, classic point-pattern checkering, checkered sidepanels, teardrops, and vacant silver oval. Scroll and game scene engraved, scalloped Anson & Deeley action with carved fences, manual top tang safety with SAFE inlaid in gold. Weight: 6lbs, 6oz. Built early 1880s. 99% barrel reblack. 25% original casehardening colors. Excellent bores. Tight on the frame with the forend in place. London reproofed for 70mm (2 3/4″) cartridges in 2010. Price: $3675

1928 Merkel Suhl Combination gun Model 210

1928 Merkel Suhl Combination gun Model 210

1928 Merkel Suhl Combination gun Model 210:  Serial Number 16561. 16 GA over 8.1 x 72.  Barrels are clean and smooth.  Wood is good condition.  The gun was used, thus some small nicks are visible.  Arabesque scrolling.  Originally listed at $3900.  Appraisal letter for $2,900.  Willing to take less. Inherited gun for which I have no use. Price: $2700

Serial Number: 16561
Caliber: 8.1 x 72

Condition: good
Metal Condition: very good
Wood Condition: good
Bore Condition: excellent
Triggers: set trigger for rifled barrel
Gauge: 16

BERETTA - 626 Onyx - SxS - 20ga - 28" - 3" - SST - Ejectors - Mobilchokes - Box

BERETTA – 626 Onyx – SxS – 20ga – 28″ – 3″ – SST – Ejectors – Mobilchokes – Box

BERETTA – 626 Onyx – SxS – 20ga – 28″ – 3″ – SST – Ejectors – Mobilchokes – Box: 1991 – Beretta 626 Onyx- 20ga, 3″, 28″ MobilChokes, Single Selective Trigger, Ejectors, LOP 14-1/2″, Drop 1-3/8″” to 2-1/4″, Weight 6 lbs. 8 oz. Gun is mechanically EXCELLENT Plus. Finish on wood and barrels is clearly original, and 98+%. The finish on the Receiver is a little off, but I don’t know why. It appears to be polished, where these guns are typically matte. It might have been polished, or possibly even blued. Either way, the gun is extremely nice. Price: $2,450.00

JP SAUER ROYAL GRADE - 12 GAUGE - EJECTORS:

JP SAUER ROYAL GRADE – 12 GAUGE – EJECTORS:

Here’s a decent looking double that would surely get the job done in South Dakota and Montana. Even if it’s not the prettiest SxS in the world, it sure is priced right. With its ejectors, straight stock, original 2 3/4″ chambers, and slick looking long forend, I don’t see how you can go wrong.

JP SAUER ROYAL GRADE – 12 GAUGE – EJECTORS: Here is a JP Sauer Royal Grade with all the options. Straight grip with long trigger guard tang. Ejectors. Cocking indicators. Side clips. Solid wood – no cracks. Tight on face. Auto safety. Case colors in protected areas. Made in Suhl in 1961. Barrel is 28 1/4″. Chambers are 2 3/4″. No loose ribs. Bores as original. Right at .726 with 36/1000 choke (Full). Left at .724 with 48/1000 choke (Extra Full). Weight of gun is 6 LBS 14 3/8 OZ. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 7/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 5/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $950

JP SAUER ROYAL GRADE - 12 GAUGE - EJECTORS:

JP SAUER ROYAL GRADE – 12 GAUGE – EJECTORS:

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Here’s a real rare double. It’s an 8g Sneider made in the 1880s. When this SxS was built, it was one of the finest hammerless shotguns being made in America — and one of the most innovative.

E & C Sneider was founded by  Charles Edward Sneider. He learned his trade in Europe and by 1859 he was in Baltimore working for Thomas Poultney & David B. Trimble. By 1865, Sneider was on his own, working in Baltimore from a shop on 66 S Sharp St. In 1874 his sons  — Charles Lewis & Charles William  — were working with him. Charles William filed the patent that created this shotgun in 1880.

This patent cocked on the fall of the barrels and the locks used coiled springs, which were thought to be more reliable than leaf springs. It also featured a unique trigger safety which used a serrated dial on the toplever to engage a rod pointing up from the top of the action. When this dial was pushed forward, it pressed down on this rod and freed the trigger sear for firing.

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Sneider built several grades of shotguns on this patent. The top grades (like the one shown here), locked up with a sliding bolt which engaged a bite in the rear barrel lump and top extension. They also featured compensating hinge pin which could be adjusted for wear and a unique sliding barrel stop which kept the barrels from wearing on the hinge pin when the gun was opened.

Eight gauges like this were popular up and down the Eastern seaboard. They were far too expensive to buy and be used as “market guns” by commercial hunters. Instead, sportsmen used them to pass shoot ducks, geese & swans.

Here’s more info on this 8g.

C. W. Snieder patent of 1880 for a hammerless shotgun

C. W. Snieder patent of 1880 for a hammerless shotgun

This is a very rare Baltimore made, Antique Sneider 8 gauge shotgun. E &C. Sneider guns where made in Baltimore MD in the 19th century. This one being a high grade 8ga is extremely rare. This gun is well made, heavy and large. The Damascus barrels are 36″ long. They are solid and I see no dents. There is still some Damascus color and swirl. There are some dark spots in the bores, but overall they are clean and shiny. The action is tight. The firing pins look good and overall the gun is in fine functional condition. The engraving is very nice, as you can see. The wood is a high grade and in very good condition. The buttplate is original and nice, but does show a slight gap between the stock. The forend is in fine shape, but it could be a little tighter to the barrels. This is a large and heavy shot gun, weighing 14.6 lbs. A really fine piece for any antique gun collection.

 

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgunAntique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

Antique Sneider 8 gauge double barrel sxs shotgun

12g James Woodward & Son SxS Shotgun with a Purdey-patent thumbhole underlver

12g James Woodward & Son SxS Shotgun with a Purdey-patent thumbhole snap action

Here’s something unsual: A hammerless 12g James Woodward & Sons side-by-side shotgun with a second-pattern James Purdey & Sons thumbhole lever. Very odd.

This Woodward looks like it’s right around the turn of the 19th century. In it’s day, the action was pretty current technology. But the mechanism that opens it — the Purdey thumbhole lever — is from an earlier generation of gunmaking.

James Purdey & Sons introduced it’s second-pattern thumbhole in the late 1860s. It was a refined version of the company’s first patent thumbhole, introduced in 1863 to go along with Purdey’s new double-bite bolt. By the mid 1870s, Purdey started transitioning to the toplever/Scott spindle setup on its hammerguns, and then it went to that system on almost all it’s shotguns by the the 1880s.

So what is this old fashion design doing with younger Woodward? I guess whoever ordered the gun wanted it there. Perhaps they were familiar with the system and wanted to stick with it on their new shotgun. And if that’s what the customer wanted (and could pay for) that’s what Woodward would have done.

12g James Woodward & Son SxS Shotgun with a  Purdey-patent thumbhole underlver

12g James Woodward & Son SxS Shotgun with a Purdey-patent thumbhole snapaction

 

Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action

Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action

I have no idea who TAK who was (Theo A. Koch?), but I do know he had an awesome mom. How? Because she bought him the two shotguns you see here.

Both of these OUs were built in Germany and then stocked by Frederick Surkamer, a Chicago-area gunsmith who built custom rifles, worked for Von Lengerke & Antoine and Marshall Fields, and imported & finished drillings and shotguns from Europe.

These O/Us both look very Merkel to me, and even though both listing says the doubles are boxlocks, I bet both of these shotguns are built on Blitz-style actions.

Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action

Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action

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. 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. 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.

F. Surkamer - Boxlock Ejector - 12 ga - OU - Double Barrel Shotgun

F. Surkamer – Boxlock Ejector – 12 ga – OU – Double Barrel Shotgun

F. Surkamer – Boxlock Ejector – 12 ga – OU – Double Barrel Shotgun:

Action: Boxlock
Manufactured in: Germany
Manufacture Year: 1928
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Pistol Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 15 3/8 ”
Pad thickness: 0.75 ”
Type of butt: Pachmayr Pad
Drop @ comb: 1 5/8 ”

F. Surkamer - Boxlock Ejector - 12 ga - OU - Double Barrel Shotgun

F. Surkamer – Boxlock Ejector – 12 ga – OU – Double Barrel Shotgun

Drop @ heel: 2 1/2 ”
Cast amount: 1/8 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 8 lbs, oz

Chamber: 2 3/4 ”
Length: 30 ”
Chokes: IM/M
Proof:
Reproof:
Rib type: Solid

Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action

Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action

Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action

Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action

F. Surkamer - Boxlock Ejector - 12 ga - OU - Double Barrel Shotgun

F. Surkamer – Boxlock Ejector – 12 ga – OU – Double Barrel Shotgun

F. Surkamer - Boxlock Ejector - 12 ga - OU - Double Barrel Shotgun

F. Surkamer – Boxlock Ejector – 12 ga – OU – Double Barrel Shotgun

F. Surkamer - Boxlock Ejector - 12 ga - OU - Double Barrel Shotgun

F. Surkamer – Boxlock Ejector – 12 ga – OU – Double Barrel Shotgun

Head out again with author Malcolm Brooks to hunts chukar and rabbits. He heading in Montana, hunting in the areas that inspired his debut novel: Painted Horses.

Upland From No Where: Part 2, Silvertip Creek

Upland From No Where: Part 2, Silvertip Creek

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