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Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” 12 gauge SxS hammer gun

Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” 12 gauge SxS hammer gun

I used to have an itch for hammerguns, and over the years I scratched it by buying a bunch of them. The breechloading hammergun period lasted around twenty years — about 1865 to 1885 — so most of the hammerguns I picked up were real old.

But every now and then I would come across something special like the 12 gauge Francotte hammergun you see here. This hammergun is from the 20th century. Hammerguns were well out of fashion then, so whoever ordered this one wanted something special. Judging by how nice it is, they were willing to spend a lot of money to get just what they wanted.

It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends Sunday, 5/21/2017, @ 10:00 PM.

Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” SxS hammer gun: 12 gauge with 30″ Chopper Lump steel barrels & 2 3/4″ chambers. Ribs are tight.Up for auction is a hard to come by Francotte Nitro proof hammer gun. This is a top notch pre-war VL&D import gun with all of the marquee features of a true“Best gun”: Chopper Lump barrels, hidden Greener-type 3’rd fastener, double Purdey under bites, side clips, removable hinge pin, rebounding hammers, matted concave rib, articulated front trigger and nice partial coverage foliate scroll. Was restocked (fore end appears original to gun) way back when to a straight grip with a nice piece of French walnut & modern stock dimensions: 14 ¼” over original horn butt plate, 1 5/8” x 1 7/8” at heel. Excellent, un-touched “Chopper lump” 30 inch Bores @ .727 diameter per side with optimal Vintage “clays” chokes @ R .014. L. .022. Min walls .037. Weighs in right at 7 lbs. even. These are seldom seen, much less with all of these features. Hard to find a classier, well made Hammer gun than this Francotte built during their hey-day.

Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” 12 gauge SxS hammer gun

Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” 12 gauge SxS hammer gun

Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” 12 gauge SxS hammer gun

Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” 12 gauge SxS hammer gun

Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” 12 gauge SxS hammer gun

Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” 12 gauge SxS hammer gun

Andrew Shatz over at Claysandbirds.com had me back again to talk about shotguns. This time, we focused on British doubles. We had a great time. Check out what I had to say. The interview starts about 12 minutes in.

We used to have one big bed for both Lexi & Sky (the green one to the left). But that didn’t work. Sharing was not something they wanted to do. So I bought another bed. Now they fight over the new one, even though the older one is bigger. Go figure.

FABBRI OU PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE - 29 5/8" BARRELS

FABBRI OU PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – 29 5/8″ BARRELS

FABBRI OU SIDELOCK PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – 29 5/8″ BARRELS: Spectacular engraving featuring ribbons, scroll, vines and flowers. Gold Inlay pigeon in the forend. Bores at .732. Briley chokes. Chambers at 2 3/4″. Barrels are Phonix Steel and marked as such. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 10 1/4 OZ. Stock dimensions: LOP 14 3/8″ (13″ to end of wood), Drop at Comb – 1 7/16″, Drop at Heel – 1 3/4″. Price: $25.750

RARE HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON GRADE C HAMMERLESS BOXLOCK DAMASCUS 12 GAUGE DOUBLE GUN SERIAL #1 CIRCA 188230” Damascus barrels choked Improved and Full with original 2 ¾” chambers. Made as “Heavy Duc” weighing 9 pounds. Engraved on the rib “HARRINGTON &

RARE HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON GRADE C HAMMERLESS DAMASCUS 12 GAUGE DOUBLEGUN SERIAL #1 CIRCA 1882

RARE HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON GRADE C HAMMERLESS DAMASCUS 12 GAUGE DOUBLEGUN SERIAL #1 CIRCA 1882

RICHARDSON, WORCESTER, MASS. U.S.A.”. Frame engraved with maker’s name on both side in a banner cartouche. Water table engraved “ANSON & DEELEY’S/PAT. FEB. 1, 1876 NO. 1”. Excellent and all original with most of the Damascus finish on the barrels and considerable blue, grey case hardening on the frame. Floor plate with modest amounts of blue. Walnut pistol grip checkered stock and forend with the original finish in fine condition. Factory logo embossed hard rubber butt plate. Mint bores and perfect working order. Of special note-several sources including the late Norm Flayderman consider this the first American made hammerless double barrel shotgun. Serial number “1” would make this exact gun the very first American hammerless double barrel shotgun (1st of the 1st).  Price: $6,500

Parker VHE (Ejector) 20 ga., 28" Steel bbl, Factory Single Trigger, Made in 1928 "0" Frame

Parker VHE (Ejector) 20 ga., 28″ Steel bbl, Factory Single Trigger, Made in 1928 “0” Frame

Parker VHE (Ejector) 20 ga., Side-by-Side, 28″ Steel bbl, Factory Single Trigger, Made in 1928 “0” FrameHere is a used Parker VHE, auto ejectors, 20 gauge, Perfect lightweight “0” Frame, 28″ barrels (Rt–IC fixed choke, Lt–IM fixed choke with bright shiny bores).  20 gauge shotgun extremely light and balanced but enough gun for geese or long range sharptails. Built in the roaring 20’s when America was great!  The perfect balanced Parker is a 20 gauge on the “0” frame with 28″ barrels–arguable the best!!  Original finish, Rare Factory single trigger, 70% case colors on left side of receiver, 35% on right side of receiver, 90% case colors on the water table, bottom of receiver shows wear probably from leather glove from hours of being carried in the field. Screws are unblemished. Original grip cap and blank shield, wood shows handling marks from normal use. Left side of forearm shows slight chip at the front near the barrel. Please see pictures. Price: $6,500

ZOLI /F.RIZZINI 28 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:

ZOLI /F.RIZZINI 28 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:

ZOLI /F.RIZZINI 28 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUNA CLEAN SMALL FRAME BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR IN 28 GAUGE WITH 26″ BARRELS, CHOKED IC/MOD, VERY GOOD CONDITION. LOP 14 3/4″- 1 3/4″- 2 9/16″. 4 3/4 LBS. Price: $2,200

REMINGTON MODEL 1894 AE BOXLOCK DOUBLE BARREL12 gauge. 30″ Damascus bbls with matted rib. Choked improved cylinder & full. VG bright bores. Bbls retain most all the Damascus pattern. 2 3/4″ chambers. Vivid case colors on the frame and trigger guard. Checkered walnut pistol grip buttstock in VG condition. Checkered Remington Arms buttplate. LOP 14-1/8′. DAC 1-5/8″. DAH 2-1/4″. Features double triggers, and automatic safety. Ejectors work properly. Price: $ 1,275

REMINGTON MODEL 1894 AE BOXLOCK DOUBLE BARREL

REMINGTON MODEL 1894 AE BOXLOCK DOUBLE BARREL

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2" LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2″ LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE

The one thing collector’s want most is original condition. Here’s an aweseome side-by-side Purdey shotguns with plenty of it. Just check out the color-case hardening on the action and the crispness of the wood. Great engraving, too.

Since its founding in 1814, Purdey has built 30,000+ firearms. I doubt they’ve built many like this, though. It’s a lightweight (5lb, 8oz) 12 gauge made to shoot 2″ shells. Of course, it’s built on Purdey’s famous Beesley action and appear to be in very nice original condition.

Twelve gauges with 2″ chambers were introduced by British makers in the 1930s and marketed as “featherweight” models.

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2" LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2″ LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE

Author Vic Venters, popular with sportsmen who hunted red grouse over pointers in the UK, not many were made. I can’t imagine Purdey built them in any significant numbers. And of the ones they made, how many are still in nearly-new original condition?

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2″ LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE: 28″ BARREL WITH SWAMPED RIB 004 AND 016 2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED BUTT EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH MOTOR CASE 5LBS 8 OZ X 2 1/2″ X 1 7/16″ X 15 1/4″. Price: $59,500

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2" LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2″ LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2" LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2″ LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE

High condition, lghtweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set

High condition, lightweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set

Remington 1894 are the Rodney Dangerfields of American Doubles. Even though they’re as well made as other American SxSs from that period, they get no respect. They don’t command nutso prices, either. And hat’s great new for anyone who appreciates fine SxSs AND likes getting deal.

The 1894 you see here is a rare model. While almost all 12 gauge American SxSs (including most Remingtons) are heavy guns — 7 1/2 lbs+., this one comes in at a trim 6 lbs. 10 oz. Condition wise, this double is about as good as they good–especially for a gun that’s 100+ years old.
High condition, lghtweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set

High condition, lightweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set

So if you like what you see, bid now. It’s on Gunbroker.com now at No Reserve and the listing ends5/14/2017 @ 10:00 PM. So you have the chance to get a great deal on it. And BTW: And just for fun, check out a little Rodney on The Tonight Show back in 1974. He comes on about a minute in.

12 gauge, Remington 1894 AE 28″ & 30″ bbls, lightweight, ejectors, case color:  High condition Remington 1894 AE 12 ga. “Lightweight” ejector field gun, 2 barrel set. Up for auction is a very rare Remington 1894 “Lightweight” (6 lbs. 10 oz.) field gun in excellent un-touched condition, factory 2 barrel set. This is the only one we’ve ever seen being a long barreled American vintage double with English Game Gun weight.
High condition, lghtweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set

High condition, lightweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set

Remington catalog stated that the AE grades were available in weights from 6 ¾ – 8 lbs. Here’s one that weighs in at a featherweight 6 lbs. 10 oz. with both the 28 & 30” barrels. See specifications below, the gun has nominal bore diameters and thick walls. Small frame gun with frame width at a full .100 narrower than a standard frame gun. Appears to be a 12 built on a 16 sized frame – this is a true lightweight. Lots of case color and original barrel brown left on this one.

Standing breech shows little evidence of firing. Bores have no pitting, just a very light hint of frosting here and there…Otherwise excellent. Gun has excellent lock-up and no mechanical, or wood issues. High condition 1894 Ejector guns in high condition are hard enough to find, but even harder to find another lightweight much less one in this condition with 2 sets of barrels. This one is sharp all over!
High condition, lghtweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set

High condition, lightweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set

Barrel specifications: 30” Barrels: Both diameter @ .732, chokes .013 R, .029 L. Min walls .037 28” Barrels: (27 13/16” actual). Un-cut (see pics) Diameters: R .726, L .728, chokes .003 R, .004L Min walls .046 Stock: 3 ½ x 2 ½ x 14 1/8” to original butt plate. Weight: 6 lbs 10 oz. with both barrels.

Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U, 28"

Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U, 28″

Everyone who owns one of these 28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over Unders says the same thing about them: “They’re awesome little shotguns for grouse, woodcock, & quail.

This one looks unfired, and it features the harder-to-find 28” barrels. It’s on Gunbroker.com now at No Reserve. The listing ends this Sat, 4/29/2017, @ 9:59 PM. So if you like what you see, bid on it now.

Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U, 28″: Made in 1997 and I can find no evidence that it was ever fired! This gun is a solid 99%. Bores are pristine and there is no evidence of a primer ring on the breech face as seen. Barrel length is 28″ and LOP is 14 1/2″. It comes with a case that is very nice. Also comes with 5 extra chokes.

Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U, 28"

Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U, 28″

WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST DROPLOCK SXS RIFLE 600 NITRO

WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST DROPLOCK SXS RIFLE 600 NITRO

WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST DROPLOCK SXS RIFLE 600 NITRO24″ BARRELS WITH A SINGLE LEAF 1/4 RIB REAR AND A HOODED PATENTED WESTLEY NIGHT SITE FRONT DOUBLE TRIGGERS EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP TEST FIRED ONLY IN MAKERS OAK & LEATHER CASE 15 1/4 LBS . LOP: 14 3/4″. Price: $99,500

Winchester Model 21 Deluxe 20ga. 2-barrel set: 28” barrels choked Mod/Full and interchangeable 28” barrels choked WS1/WS2.  Vent rib, single selective trigger, selective ejector, non-auto safety.  Capped pistol grip, checkered butt, highly figured feather crotch walnut, marked deluxe on floor plate with factory letter indicating that.  Multi point deluxe checkering.  Very special gun in as new condition with Cody Letter. 14” x 1 ½” x 2 ¼” 6lbs 14oz. Price: $13,995

Winchester Model 21 Deluxe 20ga. 2-barrel set

Winchester Model 21 Deluxe 20ga. 2-barrel set

Parker GHE Grade 2 20 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker GHE Grade 2 20 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker GHE Grade 2 20 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm: This Parker has 28” barrels with 2 ¾” chambers and choke constrictions that measure .001 right and .014 left. The bore diameters measure .617 right and .618 left. The barrels retain 95% original bluing with freckling in several areas, some light scratches, thinning in areas and wear from the forend. The rib has a single silver bead and is marked “PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CT. U.S.A. PARKER SPEC. STEEL”. The bores are clean and shiny. The 0 frame retains 60% original case coloring. The trigger guard retains 10% original bluing. The forend iron has little finish left. Double triggers, ejectors and automatic safety. The pistol grip stock and forearm have had varnish added. They retain most of their finish with some thinning in the grip area and various light handling marks. The length of pull is 14” to the front trigger over a Parker hard rubber butt plate. Drop at comb: 1 1/4″. Drop at heel: 2 3/8″. Weight: 6.25 lbs. Mechanics are excellent. Price: $12,500

IVER JOHNSON – SKEET-ER 410 GAUGE – 28″ – D.T. PISTOL GRIP STOCK LOP 14 1/16″ OVER LOGO BUTTPLATE – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – RECEIVER BLUE 90% – TOP LEVER WELL RIGHT OF CENTER. Price: $4,450

IVER JOHNSON - SKEET-ER 410 GAUGE - 28" - D.T.

IVER JOHNSON – SKEET-ER 410 GAUGE – 28″ – D.T.

 

1998 - Beretta - 686 Onyx - 28ga, 28"

1998 – Beretta – 686 Onyx – 28ga, 28″

1998 – Beretta – 686 Onyx – 28ga, 28″: Mobichoke Barrels, LOP 14-1/2″, Drop 1-9/16″ to 2-1/2″, Weight 6 lbs. 2 oz. Condition: Metal 99%, Wood 98+% – just a couple of minor handling marks. Price: $1775

John Dickson & Son Pre-Owned 'Round Action' Side-by-Side Shotgun

John Dickson & Son Pre-Owned ‘Round Action’ Side-by-Side Shotgun

John Dickson & Son Pre-Owned ‘Round Action’ Side-by-Side Shotgun: A pre-owned 12 bore John Dickson & Son ‘Round Action’ Ejector Shotgun with 28 inch barrels at our New York Showroom. John Dickson & Son best quality round action ejector with double trigger and automatic safety. Price: $29,900 
Barrel Length: 28 Inches – New 1989
Chamber: 2 1/2 Inch
Rib: Game
Chokes: Bottom: 1/4 Top: 3/4
Length: 14 3/8 Inches
Bend: 1 5/8 – 2 5/16
Weight: 6lb 5oz
Case: Single Leather Motor
Date of Manufacture: 1899

Westley Richards, SxS hand detachable sidelock assisted opening 12 Ga


Westley Richards, SxS hand detachable sidelock assisted opening 12 Ga

Westley Richards, SxS hand detachable sidelock assisted opening 12 Ga: #19133, Westley Richards ,  hand detachable sidelock  assisted opening 12 Ga. Made in 1965 , in maker leather case with snap caps and cleaning rod. 28” dovetail lump barrels, 2 ¾” chambers  in like new condition ,  bores measure .730” With mirror finish, chokes are .009” and .017” ( Imp Cyl and Mod) . Narrow swamped rib with like new  soldering . Holland type, spring loaded opener . Original blacking in 95+% condition.
Bar action , hand detachable sidelocks, single selective single trigger with selector on the right lock .
I have checked and serviced the gun for the last 5 years, and the single trigger has been absolutely trouble free. 95% coverage of acanthus leaves with a 95%+ original condition charcoal case color hardening. Automatic safety. Splinter forend with Anson release and Southgate ejectors. Nice game gun with weight at 6 lbs. 8 oz. and a balance point at the hinge. Stock measures 14 5/8” LOP over a .600” leather covered pad , drop is 1 3/8” and 2 1/16”  with a ¼” cast off. The wood is in 95% original condition with some light marking in the finish and checkering. Obviously this gun has been well taken care of and maintained  for the last 52 years . A chance to own a 95% condition  bespoke game gun  for a third of the new replacement. Price: $24,900

Parker VHE 20 ga SxS Skeet gun in 95 % Original Factory Condition

Parker VHE 20 ga SxS Skeet gun in 95 % Original Factory Condition

Parker VHE 20 ga Skeet gun in 95 % Original Factory Condition26” Barrels bored Skeet 1 and Skeet 2, Single Selective Trigger, Beavertail Forend, and Auto Ejectors.  This is a late Remington gun (SN 2423XX) in almost new condition throughout.  Case colors are about 95% showing slight ware just below the hinge pin on the bottom of the action bar.  Standard dimensions for a skeet gun but would also work well for sporting clays or quail: LOP = 14 ¼ in. over the factory original Noshock pad, DC = 1 ½ and DH = 2 ¼ inches.  A truly lovely little gun priced to sell. Price: $12,500

PARKER BROS. VHE 12 GA. No.1 FRAME28” BARRELS M/FULL, DT, PG, 14  1/4” X 1  ½” X 2  7/16′, CASE COLORS 90% plus –  WT. 6 LBS. 14 OZS., VERY CLEAN HIGH CONDITION ORIGINAL GUN. Price: $4,250

Parker VHE 12 gauge SxS, No. 1 frame, 6lbs, 14oz

Parker VHE 12 gauge SxS, No. 1 frame, 6lbs, 14oz

BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN:

BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN:

BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN: 26 12/” BARRELS WITH MINT BORES, 3″ CHAMBERS, BORES: OVER .610 CHOKE .009, UNDER .610 CHOKE .009, MEASURES IMPROVED CYLINDER BOTH BARRELS, CHOKES MARKED SKEET, LEVER WELL RIGHT OF CENTER, USED BUT NOT ABUSED, PERFECT FOR THE FIELD SUPERPOSED, ROUND KNOB LONG TANG, MADE IN BELGIUM CIRCA 1959′ , DIMENSIONS WITH FACTORY BUTTPLATE 14 1/4″-1 1/2″-2 1/4″ Price: $1,950

Beretta BL-4 OU, 20 gauge, 28", awesome gun

Beretta BL-4 OU, 20 gauge, 28″, awesome gun

Here’s a great bird gun. Beretta’s BL-line of OUs were imported into the US in the ’60s & ’70s by the Garcia Corporation. With various degrees of engraving and a touch better finishing, I think they’re a bit more refined the 686s. They can bought at better prices, too. This one is Gunbroker.com now. The online auction ends 4/27/2017 @ 2:42 PM.

Here’s the info on it from the seller:

Beretta BL-4 OU, 20 gauge, 28", awesome gun

Beretta BL-4 OU, 20 gauge, 28″, awesome gun

Used Beretta BL-4 20 gauge, 28″ bbls. This gun is in nice condition with only minor scratches and ware to it. None of the marks really stand out on the gun. Marks are noticeable but not bad at all. Overall gun was well cared for by the previous owner. Guns action runs smooth and opens and closes with no issue at all. Top barrel on the gun is Full choke and the bottom barrel is modified. Pictures of the gun should give you a good idea of how it looks.

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