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Blaser F16 Game 1 OU Shotgun

Blaser F16 Game 1 OU Shotgun

I’m not much of a target shooter, and I don’t spend a lot of time on skeet fields or sporting-clay courses. When I do show up to try either one, I’m usually one of the few guys there with an old SxS. What does everyone else carry?  Newish OUs, of course: Perazzis, Berettas, Browning, and more and more, Blasers.

Blaser is a German gunmaker, founded in 1957. They builds a range of firearms, and their OUs are built on low-profile actions inspired by the classic Boss/Woodward designs. Blaser’s new F16 Over Under looks like pretty cool double, and if I were in the market for a new double with stacked barrels, I would definitely give it a look.

Oh yeah – that video I mentioned. Here it is, and it’s pretty incredible.

And here’s more about the F16, straight from Blaser’s press release for the gun:

“The next genesis of game and competition shotguns has arrived introducing the Blaser F16. But don’t let platitudes and good looks fool you. Only through the restless pursuit of perfection is it possible to create a perfectly balanced over and under shotgun with the lowest profile receiver on the market. The exceptionally low center of gravity makes the new F16 extraordinarily pointable and dynamic. Innovative development processes were used in the monocoque construction providing the ability to give the borders of the receiver a softened appearance much like a round body game gun and further benefits the shooter with a seamless transition between barrel and receiver. You will immediately feel the difference when handling the shotgun. A prerequisite to becoming a better shot!

Aside from the intuitive pointability, a newly developed tapered rib supports better peripheral vision and results in faster target acquisition. The Triplex bore design and the proven ejection ball system (EBS) borrowed from the championship winning F3 allows the shooter to focus on what is really important; Hitting the next target!

The mechanical trigger mechanism of the F16 is the direct interface between shooter and shotgun. With a crisp trigger pull of (1650 grams/3lbs 10oz) there is no delay between thought impulse and action. The Inertia Block System (IBS) adds to shooter safety and comfort by preventing the ability for the shotgun to fan fire or double.

Performance and reliability can only be attributed to the quality of materials used, individual craftsmanship and the relentless pursuit of technological perfection Blaser is so well known for.

From the clays field to your favorite hunting area the F16 has become the new Gold Standard for others to measure against. For more info visit: www.BlaserF16.com

One of the taxidermy displays at the 2016 Safari Club Show in Vegas

One of the taxidermy displays at the 2016 Safari Club Show in Vegas. All animals were full, life size, btw.

Last month, I was fortunate to spend a few day in Las Vegas at Safari Club International’s annual get together. It was a huge show, featuring outfitters, gunmakers and retailers from around the globe. If you were looking to book a hunt to anywhere in the world, find a taxidermist, order a new shotgun from the world’s top makers, or buy an expensive fur coat (oddly, several people were selling these), it was the place to be.

Droplock Westley Richards SxS shotgun. Pic from WR website

Droplock Westley Richards SxS shotgun. Pic from WR website

I was there to see the guns, and I have to say, I saw plenty of them. Most of the major makers were there with plenty of new guns on hand for me to inspect. Of these, three makers really stood out: Westley Richards, Boss & Co and Hartmann & Weiss.

Westley Richards’ new droplocks are great doubles, and their sidelocks are nice, too. While far from cheap, both are some of the best guys in the new, best-quality market. Deliver times are reasonable, too.

Boss & Co had two of their new OUs on hand for me to look at. Both were 28 gauges and very impressive.Boss & Co invented the low-profile style OU, and the guns the company is making today retain the style, elegance and quality that made this design so famous. From what I saw at the show, Boss is building the best over-unders coming out of London (and the most of London’s other major makers were at SCI).

Hartmann & Weiss OU shotgun. Pic from H&W site

Hartmann & Weiss OU shotgun. Pic from H&W site

Compared to the other gunmakers, Hartmann & Weiss had one of the smallest booths at the show. But their doubles were hugely impressive. Drop dead ‘friggin gorgeous. The 16 gauge, Boss-style OU had on hand blew me away. It may have been too nice, actually. If it were mine, I don’t know if I could bring myself to use it. Even though it was a standard gun with rose-and-scroll engraving, it looked it deserved to be displayed behind glass forever.

To see some more pics of new doubles by Boss & Co and Hartmann & Weiss, check out these posts from The Explora, Westley Richards’ great blog:

The English and German Gunmakers. Hartmann & Weiss and Boss & Co.

Boss & Co. Over and Under .500 3″NE

BOSS & Co. 20 & 28g. OVER AND UNDER.

A HARTMANN & WEISS 20g Over and Under Engraved by Alan Brown.

F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge SxS Shotgun

F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge SxS Shotgun

F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge SxS Shotgun: Sidelock double. Serial # 1308.  2 3/4″ chambers.  26″ chopper lump  bbls,  IC/Mod.  hand matted rib,  Stunning deep ” sculptured ” engraving by Sosta Gianfranco (deceased). Straight hand stock with highly figured turkish walnut, dropper points, and splinter forend. Checkering is perfect 32 LPI. Stock dimensions are 14 1/8″  LOP to center of checkered butt from a single trigger.   1 1/4 ” – 2 1/4 ” drop at heel without cast. 6 1/4 lbs.

This beautiful R1 Rizzini was made for Ambercrombie and Fitch in 1974  ( letter from Rizzini )  both names lettered in gold on barrels. Gun remains in  “as new”  condition. The overall fit and finish  and handling qualities of this Rizzini indicates the degree of hand work that was performed on their “best” guns during this period. A fantastic bird gun. Leather VC case with makers label. Price: $31,500

LEBEAU COURALLY GRAND LUXE SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGEMADE 1972 ROUND ACTION SIDELOCK 27 1/2″ 005 AND 021 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT EXCELLENT PLUS CONDITION 6LBS 9 OZ X 2 1/2″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 3/4″. Price: $22,500

LEBEAU COURALLY GRAND LUXE SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE

LEBEAU COURALLY GRAND LUXE SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE

JOSEPH LANG SIDELOCK SIDE-BY-SIDE 12GA, CUSTOM, 2 BL SET

JOSEPH LANG SIDELOCK SIDE-BY-SIDE 12GA, CUSTOM, 2 BL SET

JOSEPH LANG SIDELOCK SIDE-BY-SIDE 12GA, CUSTOM, 2 BL SET: 12GA, CUSTOM, 2 BL SET, SIDELOCK EJECTOR, 30″ BARRELS, ONE SET CHOKED .022 AND .035, SECOND SET TRUE CYLINDER AND .019. BARRELS ARE CHOPPER LUMP. EARLY GUN DATES FROM 1913. ENGLISH STRAIGHT STOCK, 14 3/8 PULL TO A LEATHER BUTT , 1 1/4 x 2 3/4 DROP, SINGLE TRIGGER, HIGH QUALITY BOUQUET AND SCROLL ENGRAVING, CLASSIC LOOK, NICE LOOKING GUN IN GREAT SHAPE, CASED, WITH LETTER FROM DOUGLAS TATE OF BRITISH GAME GUNS. Price: $17,500

CHARLES DALY EMPIRE GRADE OVER UNDER 12GA

CHARLES DALY EMPIRE GRADE OVER UNDER 12GA

CHARLES DALY EMPIRE GRADE OVER UNDER 12GA28″ Krupp vent rib barrels … 2 3/4″ chambers … choked Full/ExFull … weight 7 lbs 2 oz … LOP 14 3/8″ over leather covered 1″ recoil pad … drop comb 1 1/2″ … drop heel 2 1/2″ … cast off 1/4″ … double, hand checkered, triggers, with front trigger articulated … ejectors … automatic safety. The top of the rib is imprinted “Charles Daly Empire Quality.”

This is an outstanding Prussian Daly from the pre-war era. All of the metal including the trigger guard, operating lever, tang, forend hardware and the grip cap are profusely covered in acanthus leaf scroll engraving. This same scroll surrounds game scenes on the receiver of pointing dogs on the left, a covey of quail on the right and ducks on the bottom. The metal exhibits a mottled tarnished pewter and smokey grey patina which adds to the original deep relief engraving and makes it more appealing now, than decades ago when first created.

Dark, dark Turkish walnut was selected for the pistol grip stock and three piece forearm. Truly outstanding fler-de-lis checkering is generously spread over the grip surfaces. A narrow wedge of horn is inlaid at the tip of the forearm and the gold inset oval in the toeline has yet to be initialed. The barrels retail 95% of their blue, the bores are bright & excellent and the wood has seen exceptional care. This gun may be better now that when it was made. Price: $12,500

HEYM PRE WAR SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 405 WINCHESTER

HEYM PRE WAR SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 405 WINCHESTER

HEYM PRE WAR SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 405 WINCHESTER24″ BARRELS WITH CLAW MOUNTS AND A PERIOD 4X SCOPE DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL FINISH 8LBS 11 OZ X 14 1/4″ LOP REGULATED WITH LIVE ROUNDS AND READY TO GO. Price: $10,900

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

A couple days ago I put up a post about a 16g Parker DHE on an O frame. That double is one of the grails of grouse hunting. The one you see here is another. While maybe not as coveted as the Parker, it’s still a SxS a lot of guys wish they could carry in October.

Most of the 16g Foxes you’ll see out there are Sterlingworths. Graded, 16-gauge Foxes side-by-sides are scarce shotguns. This is just one of the 3800 or so 16g shotguns A.H. Fox made in grades A-F. This one, made around 1932-33, also has 30″ barrels, which makes it even scarcer.

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

This one is coming up at Kramer Auction Service LLC in Prairie du Chien, WI. Their auction starts on Saturday, March 26 @ 10:00 AM central time.

A.H. Fox A grade SxS Shotgun #301583: 16 ga. 30″ bbls w/bright bores & retaining good overall blue on exterior. Bbls. are marked w/Philadelphia PA address. Left bbl. has a small ding approx. 9″ back from muzzle which shoes slightly in bore. Fully engraved receiver shows good case color in protected areas. Mechanically crisp w/double triggers & ejectors. No Shoc recoil pad & LOP approx. 14″. Original checkered walnut stock. In nice overall condition.

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

Woodcock in Bryant Park. Click on image to go to video.

Woodcock in Bryant Park. Click on image to go to video.

Right now, the American Woodcock is migrating back from its wintering grounds in the southern United States. Many of these softball-sized birds will travel 1000+ miles as they return to their breeding grounds, some from Louisiana all the way to Maine and Canada. They make this trip twice a year. Just think about that. Amazing.

This woodcock decided to stop off in New York City during his trip. It was spotted in Bryant Park, a 4-acre enclave of green in the center of growling Manhattan. I wonder what the little bird made of the place? I do hope he made it out of there. I’ve been to Bryant Park, and while I love visiting, I’m alway glad to get back home.

BTW: Click on the image to go to Youtube and watch the video.

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE

If I say “Browning” most shotgun guys think “OU”. But Browning has also offered a line of highly regarded SxS shotguns. Tagged the “BSS”, these doubles came in two basic categories: Boxlocks and sidelocks. All of these shotguns were made in Japan by Miroku, and today they’ve proven themselves to be solid, dependable firearms.

Browning BSS sidelock was offered from 1983-1987. Even though these Holland & Holland-pattern side-by-sides were very well made, they weren’t big sellers.

Today, most of the ones you see have 26″ barrels. This one has 28″. That, along with its overall high quality and great price (these usually sell for $4000+) , make this BSS a double worth taking a couple closer looks at.

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE: 28″ MOD/FULL BARREL, DOUBLE TRIGGERS.  GUN LOOKS LIKE NEW SEE PICTURES, COMES IN BROWNING SXS HARD CASE. Price: $3,650

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE

Warmer weather has come early to New England, and Lexi and I have been out taking advantage of it. Here are some shots from the weekend.

Lexi Pointing. Her tail is not showing much confidence.

Lexi Pointing. Her tail is not showing much confidence.

Lexi Pointing

Lexi Pointing

Lexi Pointing

Lexi Pointing

Lexi Pointing

Lexi Pointing

Saw this truck on my was out of one spot. I think he's a bird hunter.

Saw this truck on my way out of one spot. I think he’s a bird hunter.

Persistence and patience

Persistence and patience

Shagbark Hickory tree

Shagbark Hickory tree

Old rock wall, younger trees

Old rock wall, younger trees

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

Here’s one of the holy grails of grouse hunting. This 16 gauge Parker DHE was made on a O-sized frame. Add in its 26″ barrels, and I bet you have a shotgun that weighs 6.5lbs or even less.

Unlike VH- or GH-grades, DH-grade Parkers were strictly custom-ordered guns. Like all Parker shotguns, they came in a variety of barrel lengths and stock styles, and the guns were available on different sized actions. Sixteens were offered on three: Twos, the standard actions for 12gs, Ones, the standard actions for 16gs, and Zeroes, the standard action for 20 gauges.

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

So a 16 gauge Parker on an O-sized action essentially a 16g on a 20g frame. This makes these gun especially light, and that’s what makes grouse hunters covet them so much.

This 16g DHE is being offered at No Reserve on Gunbroker.com now, and the auction ends 3/24/2016 9:33:14 AM ET.

Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun: Early 1911 16 Gauge 26″ Barrels All Correct and All Original Strong Original Blue on Barrels Small 0 Frame Action Beautiful Original Stock Finnish and Skeleton Butt Sharp Engraving.

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

16g Parker Brothers DHE SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, O Frame

 

HOLLIS, ISAAC- 500 3" BPE- AN EXC & ORIG CLASSIC UNDERLEVER REBOUNDING HAMMER EXPRESS- EXC PLUS BORES- SUPER WOOD

HOLLIS, ISAAC- 500 3″ BPE- AN EXC & ORIG CLASSIC UNDERLEVER REBOUNDING HAMMER EXPRESS- EXC PLUS BORES- SUPER WOOD

HOLLIS, ISAAC- 500 3″ BPE- AN EXC & ORIG CLASSIC UNDERLEVER REBOUNDING HAMMER EXPRESS- EXC PLUS BORES- SUPER WOOD:
I. (Isaac) Hollis & Sons, London: A Very Nice Isaac Hollis 500 3″ Black Powder Express Made about 1869 with a Jones Action Underlever Bar-Action with Rebounding Hammers, This gun is a very nice example of a Classic BPE double rifle that has been very well kept, It is with 28″ damascus barrels made by Alex. Henry that are numbered 1414 & 1415, Full length rib with 1 standing & 1 folding express sights, Rebounding locks, Percussion style fences, Stanton locks numbered 22042, Cross wedge forend release, Steel engraved grip cap, Sling eyes, 14 3/8″ LOP over a full checkered horn buttplate, 8 lbs. 15 oz., Outstanding figured wood with excellent & deep black/brown color & contrast, 85% coverage of well cut period scroll engraving including the hammers, top strap, lever, trigger guard, forend and grip cap, This vintage Classic still retains 30% original case colors, The barrel brown is still original & remains at 30%, The buttstock & forend has finish added but not sanded, Very solid wood in every respect, The wood remains at 88% with handling marks from being around all these years, The checkering is sharp & original and still at 94%, The inside of the forend has 95% case colors, Every screw inside & out is still 95%, The bores are excellent plus condition the entire way, The barrels at 1 in 38″ twist and was shot with 120 grains of black powder with both 320 & 380 paper patched bullets, The gun is cased in leather but it is in need of some work . Here is first rate quality, style, grace, workmanship, handling and romance from a great period at the pinnacle of sporting guns in the last years of the 19th century. Isaac Hollis & Sons was established in 1814 and had London offices from 1870 to 1911. Price: $12,500

CSMC Fox CE Grade 20ga SxS Shotgun

CSMC Fox CE Grade 20ga SxS Shotgun

CSMC Fox CE Grade 20ga SxS ShotgunBeautiful example of Tony Galazan’s Fox CE 20ga.  I purchased this gun five years ago while at the Southern SXS shoot at Backwoods Quail Club in South Carolina.  It has been used for quail hunting two seasons, and at the Southern Side x Side (sub-ga.) Competitions only.  The gun has been shipped back to CSMC for inspection and service and is in perfect/excellent condition.   This gun sports IC/MOD 30″ barrels, 15-1/8″ L.O.P., 1-1/2″ DAC, 2-1/2″ DAH 1/8″ CAST OFF.  Prince of Wales pistol grip and Splinter forearm.  Cased in original CSMC Leather w/ canvas cover and accessories.  Price: $11,500

PARKER BROS. VHE 12 GA. No.1 FRAME28” BARRELS IM/FULL, DT, PG, 14  1/8” X 1  ½” X 2  ¾”, CASE COLORS 50%, WT. 6 LBS. 10 OZS., VERY CLEAN ORIGINAL GUN. Price: $4,250

PARKER BROS. VHE 12 GA. No.1 FRAME

PARKER BROS. VHE 12 GA. No.1 FRAME

 

LEFEVER A GRADE 16 GAUGE, 28" BARRELS

LEFEVER A GRADE 16 GAUGE, 28″ BARRELS

LEFEVER A GRADE 16 GAUGE, 28″ BARRELS: FULL AND MODIFIED, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES.  TYPICAL LINE ENGRAVING, SOME CASE COLOR.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, EXCELLENT WOOD AND CHECKERING.  ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE.  MOST OF THE BLUE ON TRIGGER GUARD, TOP LEVER TO THE RIGHT.  GREAT DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2 3/8″ X 14 1/8″, WEIGHS 6 POUNDS, 8 OUNCES.  GREAT LITTLE BIRD GUN.  CIRCA MID 1930’S. Price: $1,475

Browning Citori 20 Gauge OU Shotgun

Browning Citori 20 Gauge OU Shotgun

Browning Citori 20 Gauge OU ShotgunWith fitted case  Price: $1,299.99
Manufacturer: S/N 31334NVAXX
Caliber: 20 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Freckling to Barrels and Receiver with Carry Wear to Bottom of Receiver
Wood Condition: Normal Field Wear and Scratches
Bore Condition: Good
Barrels: 26″ Vent Rib
Triggers: Factory
Stock: Checkered Walnut
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/8″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Walnut
Butt Pad: Browning Butt Plate
Weight: 6 1/4 lbs
Sights: Steel Front Bead
Chokes: Variable/Invector Plus/With 5 Chokes

Here’s some more about the fabulous big-bore rifles coming up next week in James D. Julia’s Spring 2016 Firearms Auction. The info is a little off, but it’s amazing to see so many of these beasts together in one place.

INCREDIBLE FOUR BORE HOLLAND & HOLLAND HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR THE NIZAM OF HYDERABAD WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND FULL COMPLEMENT OF ORIGINAL ACCESSORIES.

INCREDIBLE FOUR BORE HOLLAND & HOLLAND HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR THE NIZAM OF HYDERABAD WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND FULL COMPLEMENT OF ORIGINAL ACCESSORIES.

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