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Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

I put up a post about this side-by-side the other day.

Now this Parker is on Gunbroker.com. Even though the listing end on 7/30/2016 @ 9:00 PM, the bidding has already broke $30,000!

1916 Parker BHE 20ga with 32″ Barrels 20 ga SxS: Very rare, highly collectable 1916 Parker BHE (serial #174053) with straight stock and 32″ barrels. This Parker remains in high original condition with very good stock, B engraved receiver and Acme steel barrels. It is apparent that this shotgun has likely spent a lot of it’s 100 year old life tucked away in someone’s safe, leg-o-mutton gun case or closet. Shotguns of this quality rarely come up for auction as they are usually socked away in someone’s collection for many years and then passed on to family members, never to be seen by the general public. The consignor, after only a brief ownership, brought this Parker to me with hopes of alleviating homefront tensions. This little SxS features a straight stock, 32″ barrels with shiney bores, ejectors (which work with authority), “0” frame and double triggers. All desireable options for any SxS, but especially a high grade Parker. LOP is at 13 7/8″, DAC is 1 1/2″, DAH is 2 3/4″ and it weighs in at 6 lb 8 oz. Both bores measure .618 with .018 constriction on the right barrel and .024 on the left. Lock up is Parker tight and there is no movement between the barrels and the receiver with the forearm off. This is a seldom seen opportunity to own a high grade Parker. Also included with this Parker is the original leg-o-mutton case that A.T. DeForest bought for it. USPS money orders preferred, with incentives to purchase with money orders or cash.

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

You hear all sorts of “truths” about Pointers: They’re not personable; they make lousy house dogs; they don’t retrieve (not naturally, anyway). Sky is my third pointer, and just like my first two, she has shown me that all these “truths” are total BS. Watch this video to see her dispel the third.

ernardelli Gamecock 12g SxS 28" Straight Grip

Bernardelli Gamecock 12g SxS 28″ Straight Grip

A lot of people think you have spend thousands of dollars to get decent SxS shotgun. While you certainly can do that, you can also spend a lot less. Just take a look at this Bernardelli Gamecock. It’s just $800 and an absolute steal.

I think twelve-gauge game guns like this are the most versatile shotguns you can guy. You can load them up to take pheasants or down to hunt grouse or quail. Typically, they run around 6.5lbs — so not too heavy to carry all day and not too light to shoot well or soak up recoil.

This one is on an Anson &  Deeley action, so you know it’s tough and reliable. I’m pretty sure it has ejectors, too. Overall, it look like a real nice gun at an insanely low price.

ernardelli Gamecock 12g SxS 28" Straight Grip

Bernardelli Gamecock 12g SxS 28″ Straight Grip

Bernardelli Gamecock 12g SxS 28″ Straight Grip: DT, SS, SF, 12 gauge. This shotgun seems to have spent its life in a closet. Other than normal handling wear throughout its life, she is immaculate. All numbers match, checkering, blueing, bores are gorgeous. She still opens and closes like new. I had Mike Orlen hone the chokes to IC and Mod. Mike did his normal mirror finish and perfect regulation. Documentation included. Serial # is 97596. Excellent birdgun to last a lifetime and gorgeous, original case coloring. Price: $800

 

 

Ruger Red Label 28g, 28" bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997

Ruger Red Label 28g, 28″ bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997

Here’s another one of these awesome OUs. These doubles are magic wands in the grouse woods. Most of the ones I see have pretty poor wood — but not this one. The 28″ barrels and straight grip are also hard to find.

This over-under is on Gunbroker.com now with No Reserve. The listing ends 7/24/2016 @ 9:18 PM.

Ruger Red Label 28g, 28″ bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997: This is an early gRed Label in a hard to find configuration. It comes with an english stock, 28″ barrels, 2 1/2″ drop and a 14 1/4″ LOP. Gun is about as nice as it gets. It comes with a very nice leather case with accessories and wooden cleaning rod as seen. Comes with 5 choke tubes.

Ruger Red Label 28g, 28" bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997

Ruger Red Label 28g, 28″ bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997

Ruger Red Label 28g, 28" bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997

Ruger Red Label 28g, 28″ bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997

Gunmaking, like any task, can be practiced at different levels. The folks building these inexpensive Dickinson SxSs and the ones building Dickson Round Actions are doing essentially the same thing, but with different amounts of time, skill, and precision.

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN. BUILT BY DRYHURST & TANDY.

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN. BUILT BY DRYHURST & TANDY.

Today, few people practice gunmaking at the absolute top level. David Dryhurst and Richard Tandy are two of them. In 1982 they became part owners of W.W. Greener, and since then they’ve gone on to build some of the finest doubles coming out of the UK — or anywhere else. You can find out more about their backgrounds and see some of their fabulous guns on this new website: W.W. Greener – The New Guns

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN. BUILT BY DRYHURST & TANDY.

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN. BUILT BY DRYHURST & TANDY.

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN. BUILT BY DRYHURST & TANDY.

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN. BUILT BY DRYHURST & TANDY.

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN. BUILT BY DRYHURST & TANDY.

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN. BUILT BY DRYHURST & TANDY.

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN. BUILT BY DRYHURST & TANDY.

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN. BUILT BY DRYHURST & TANDY.

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN. BUILT BY DRYHURST & TANDY.

W.W. GREENER PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN. BUILT BY DRYHURST & TANDY.

Time flies, and as it does, our little puppy is getting bigger! Here are some more recent pics of Lexi & Sky.

Sky, one of our Pointer out of Superior Pointers

Sky, one of our Pointer out of Superior Pointers

Sky, one of our Pointer out of Superior Pointers

Sky, one of our Pointer out of Superior Pointers

Lexi, one our Pointer out of Superior Pointers

Lexi, one our Pointer out of Superior Pointers

Sky & Lexi, our Pointer out of Superior Pointers

Sky & Lexi, our Pointer out of Superior Pointers

Sky & Lexi, our Pointer out of Superior Pointers

Sky & Lexi, our Pointer out of Superior Pointers

Lexi, our Pointer out of Superior Pointers

Lexi, our Pointer out of Superior Pointers

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

If you’re a Parker fanatic with deep pockets, grab your check book. Here’s a super rare one, and even though it’s 100 years old, it looks like this side-by-side remains in incredible original condition.

According to the Parker collector’s site, Parker Bros made just over 1,000 BH-grades (which are Quality Bs without hammers — BH). I imagine very, very few of those were 20 gauges with 32″ barrels, ejectors (the E in BHE) and straight grips.

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrelsVery rare, highly collectable 1916 Parker BHE (serial #174053) with straight stock and 32″ barrels. This Parker remains in high original condition with very good stock, B engraved receiver and Acme steel barrels. It is apparent that this shotgun has likely spent a lot of it’s 100 year old life tucked away in someone’s safe, leg-o-mutton gun case or closet. Shotguns of this quality rarely come up for as they are usually socked away in someone’s collection for many years and then passed on to family members, never to be seen by the general public. The consignor, after only a brief ownership, brought this Parker to me with hopes of alleviating homefront tensions. This little SxS features a straight stock, 32″ barrels with shiney bores, ejectors (which work with authority), “0” frame and double triggers. All desireable options for any SxS, but especially a high grade Parker. LOP is at 13 7/8″, DAC is 1 1/2″, DAH is 2 3/4″ and it weighs in at 6 lb 8 oz. Both bores measure .618 with .018 constriction on the right barrel and .024 on the left. Lock up is Parker tight and there is no movement between the barrels and the receiver with the forearm off. This is a seldom seen opportunity to own a high grade Parker. Also included with this Parker is the original leg-o-mutton case that A.T. DeForest bought for it. Price: P.O.R.

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Manufacturer: Parker
Model: BHE
Serial Number: 174053
Ejectors: yes
Metal Condition: very good
Wood Condition: verygood
Bore Condition: shiney
Barrels: 32 inch
Barrel Type: SxS
Action: boxlock

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Triggers: double
Gauge: 20
Stock: straight
Stock Comb: 1 1/2″
Stock Heel: 2 3/4″
LOP: 13 7/8″
Rib: solid
Weight: 6 lb 8 oz
Sights: single bead
Manufacture Date: 1916
Choke Left: full
Choke Right: mod
Engraving: B engraving

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Extras: Hard to find
Case: old leg-o-mutton

Ithaca Grade 2 Flues 16 Gauge SxS STUNNING 98% FACTORY CONDITION

Ithaca Grade 2 Flues 16 Gauge SxS STUNNING 98% FACTORY CONDITION

Ithaca Grade 2 Flues 16 Gauge SxS STUNNING 98% FACTORY CONDITION: SN274592 6lbs 5oz, SxS. Price: $3,950
Barrel Length: 28″
Chokes: .006/.019 IC/M
Ejectors or Extractors: extractors
Case Color: 97% vivid factory
Screws: perfect
Trigger Guard Color: 93% factory
Type: capped pistol grip/splinter forend
LOP: 14 1/8″
LOP To End Of Wood: 13 3/4″
DAH:  2 5/8″
DAC: 1 5/8
Cast: 0
Checkering Condition: excellent factory
Butt Treatment: factory plate

PARKER 28” VHE 16 GAUGE FACTORY STRAIGHT GRIP EJECTORS CHOKED MOD & IC #1 FRAME

PARKER 28” VHE 16 GAUGE FACTORY STRAIGHT GRIP EJECTORS CHOKED MOD & IC #1 FRAME

PARKER 28” VHE 16 GAUGE FACTORY STRAIGHT GRIP EJECTORS CHOKED MOD & IC #1 FRAMEVery nice 16 ga Parker VHE original straight grip with great dimensions 14 3/8 LOP 1 3/8 DAC & 2 ½ DAH and 28” barrels 2 5/8” chambers choked .015 Mod & .010 IC, all matching S/N including the stock Keith Kearcher refinished the wood and it came out beautiful. I did not have to do anything to the metal as the bluing is still good & CC still on the receiver. The bores are good but some light flaking out towards the choke but they are surface only. Price: $3150

 

B. JENKINSON DELUXE BOXLOCK 12GA S/S, BY G & S HOLLOWAY BIRMINGHAM: 28″ BBLS, 2 3/4 ORIGINAL PROOFS, CHOKED IC/1/2, RAISED GAME RIB, EJECTORS, DBL TRIGGERS, GORGEOUS HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, ST/SP, LOP 15″ TO BEST LEATHER PAD, 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 6LBS 11OZ, 98% ORIGINAL, VERY LITTLE USE! Price: $2,995

B. JENKINSON DELUXE BOXLOCK 12GA S/S, BY G & S HOLLOWAY BIRMINGHAM

B. JENKINSON DELUXE BOXLOCK 12GA S/S, BY G & S HOLLOWAY BIRMINGHAM

Joseph Defourny Side By Side 12 Ga Boxlock Shotgun

Joseph Defourny Side By Side 12 Ga Boxlock Shotgun

Joseph Defourny Side By Side 12 Ga Boxlock Shotgun: $1,539.99

S/N 6815
Caliber: 12 Ga
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 29.5 Inches
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered Pistol Grip
Fore End: Checkered
Butt Pad: 14 Inches

Husqvarna 12 gauge Deluxe SxS Boxlock Shotgun27 1/2″ full/full barrels,double triggers,extractors,scroll engraved casecolored receiver with original laquer on the casecolors,fancy wood,95% bluing,very nice. Price: $999

Husqvarna 12 gauge Deluxe SxS Boxlock Shotgun

Husqvarna 12 gauge Deluxe SxS Boxlock Shotgun

The British gun trade has always had ups and downs, but the 1950s were especially tough for the industry. Coming off of the ruin of WW2 and the hard times that followed for all of Europe, a lot of gunmakers were having a tough time finding people to build their shotguns and rifles.

E.J. Churchill was one of them, and as you can read in this letter, they were having so much trouble that they were turning away work. This letter was sent to an American customer looking to have a Churchill Premier sidelock double rifle made for him .22LR. Yeah – .22 Long Rifle! Talk about cool. To bad it was never built. Driven wabbits, anyone?

E.J. Churchill Letter, 1957

E.J. Churchill Letter, 1957

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 OU Double Barrel Shotgun on Gunbroker.com

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 OU Double Barrel Shotgun on Gunbroker.com

Game of Thrones fans know winter is coming. Bird hunters know something far more important is headed our way: grouse season. For folks who hunt in NH & Maine, opening day is October 1, and if you’re looking for a great double to take in the wood this fall, here it is.

Twenty-gauge Beretta BL 4s are great shotguns.  The Garcia Corporation imported them and other Beretta BL-grade O/Us into the US in the ’60s & ’70s. Each grades came with various degrees of engraving and touch better finishing than the company’s later 686s. I think that makes them look a bit more refined.

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 OU Double Barrel Shotgun on Gunbroker.com

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 OU Double Barrel Shotgun on Gunbroker.com

If I had this gun, I would open the chokes a bit (it looks like they’re still the original M & F right now) and get rid of that bad idea hanging off the butt-end of the stock. Then I’d start dreaming about October.

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 O/U, 28″ barrels: 3″ chambers. The top barrel has a full choke while the bottom has a modified choke.

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