Here’s one of the best grouse-hunting videos I’ve seen. It was produced by the Ruffed Grouse Society. If you care about grouse & woodcock, you should join the Ruffed Grouse Society and help them conserve and create wild-bird habitat.
Apr 8th, 2015 by Gregg
Back when I first got into doubles, I visited a shop called New England Arms in Kittery Point, ME. At the time, New England Arms was the best gunshop in the world, and sitting in its racks were hundreds of shotguns: Purdeys, Holland & Hollands, Fox XEs, Francottes and on and on. I was impressed — blown away, really — so much so that four months later I quit a great job in the corporate world to go work there.
This was back in 1999, and at that time New England Arms was introducing a new line of over-under shotguns to the American market. These O/Us were made in Italy for NEA by Fabbrica Armi Isidoro Rizzini (F.A.I.R) and the 16 gauge you see here is one of those guns. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auctions end 4/13/2015 @ 12:42:41 PM ET.
The NEA/FAIR O/Us are solid, reliable doubles. The sixteens were built on true 16-gauge frames, and that’s why they’re pretty lightweight. This one comes in at 6lbs, 3oz, – pretty trim for an O/U with 28″ bbls and a 14 1/2″ LOP.
FAIR I. Rizzini 16 gauge 28″ barrels: Excellent condition 16 gauge O/U. 28″ barrels. 14.5″ LOP. 6 pounds 3 ounces. Comes with Briley Chokes: SK, IC, LM, LM, M, IM. The gun has been fired less than 1000 times.
Apr 5th, 2015 by Gregg
PIOTTI LUNIK SXS 28 GAUGE: CREATIVE ARTS 27″ 004 AND 009 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP LEATHER COVERED PAD FANTASTIC ENGRAVING AND WOOD NEW CONDITION MAKERS CASE 5LBS 14 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 X 14 1/2. Price: $29,500
J.P Sauer Model 300 16GA: Made in 1937 , imported by Abercrombie and Fitch. 100% English scroll engraving, case color and blue. Action with double underlock and doll head rib extention and side clips with interceptor sears. 28″ barrels, M.IC. 2 3/4 chambers. LOP 14 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 2 7/8. weight 6lb 1 oz. Mint condition with nice piece of wood to original butt plate. This gun was sold in 1957 to Prince David Vachynadze. Price: $6800
Prussian Charles Daly Superior Grade 20ga, 28″: Superior Grade Prussian Charles Daly: scalloped boxlock receiver with scroll engraving, 14 1/2″ LOP over a leather faced pad and a Prince of Wales grip, splinter forearm with an Ebony tip, checkered side panels, cocking indicators, double triggers that are checkered on the face, ejectors, side clips, traces of case color remain on the receiver and trigger bow, some slight blue thinning on the barrels, Krupp steel barrels with 2 3/4″ chambers and choked IC/Mod. Price: $4,495.
Merkel Model 200E O/U Double Barrel Shotgun: 2 3/4 chambers, 28″ barrels, choke F&F with solid rib. Double trigger, front articulated, LOP 14 1/4 to otiginal Merkel Butt plate. 100% case color and blue. No cheek piece. This gun was made in 1955 , light weight, 6lb 7oz with nice piece of wood. Mint condition, probably unfired. Price: $2,950
Francaise Robust No. 7 12 Gauge: 12 Gauge. Chambers: 2-3/4″ Metal Condition:Bluing worn on the high points. Wood Condition: Scratched and dented. Bore Condition: Shiny, no pitting. Barrels:27 7/16″ Triggers: Double. Stock: Walnut. Dimensions: 14″ LoP. Fore End: Walnut. Butt Pad: Plastic. Weight: 6 lbs. Chokes: Right barrel .000″/ Left barrel .041. Price:$889.99
Here’s one of the Holy Grails of American shotguns. A.H. Fox made very few graded, 20 gauge double, and one in a CE-grade is very tough to do. This one here sure looks original, and the stock is high enough to make the gun really usable.
A.H. Fox CE Grade 20ga double barrel SxS shotgun: Early gun manufactured in 1915, SN: 2007xx. 26″ M/F Krupp Steel barrels with very good blue. Ejectors. Very nice wood in excellent condition, modern, shootable dimensions at 14″ LOP, 2 1/2″ DAH for original buttplate. Gun weighs right about 6 lbs, points and swings like a dream. Case colors in protected areas. Beautiful, early engraving in excellent condition. This gun comes with documentation and will letter if owner so desires. A rare opportunity to own a nice, original example of an early graded AH Fox shotgun produced when quality was at its best. Price: $12,500.
Mar 30th, 2015 by Gregg
Daniel Myron Lefever was one of America’s most inventive gunmakers. Born in upstate New York in 1835, he was apprenticed to a gunmaker in 1848 and opened his first gunshop in 1857. Over the next two decades, he formed partnerships with a number men — Ellis, Dangerfield, Barber & Nichols — and built a wide range of muzzle- and breech-loading firearms.
In 1878, DM created his first successful model of a hammerless side-by-side shotgun and a year later he struck out on his own to build it. This model would be tweaked and refined until around 1884 when it was replaced by the Lefever Arms Co. shotgun most people think of as the “True Lefever”.
In 1901, DM left Lefever Arms Co and started DM Lefever & Sons in Syracuse, NY. This company built D.M. Lefever’s new “Cross-Bolt” shotguns. The 12 gauge 7D you see here is one of those doubles.
Cross-Bolt Lefevers are sort of “True Lefever” hybrids. They use a similar hook to cock the locks. And like True Lefevers, they also use a grooved rib extension to lock to down the barrels. To this rib extension, DM added a Greener-style cross bolt. He then modified the internal lockwork so that it’s somewhat similar to an Anson & Deeley-style boxlock and did away with the sideplates see on his earlier designs.
D.M. Lefever 7D 12 Gauge Side By Side: DOM 1902. Nice Original Condition. Engraved And Case Colored. Rare, Vintage American Firearm from Syracuse, NY. Price: $2,995
- MAKE: D.M. LEFEVER
- MODEL: 7D
- DATE OF MANUFACTURE: 1902
- 12 GAUGE
- 32″ SIDE BY SIDE BARRELS
- EXTRA BEAVERTAIL FOREND
- CHOKED MODIFIED AND IMPROVED
- BOXLOCK, CROSS BOLT
- KRUPP FLUID STEEL
- HAWKINS RECOIL PAD
- LOP: FRONT=14″, REAR=13″
- OVERALL LENGTH: 48″
- WEIGHT: 7lbs 11ozs
- ALL PIECES HAVE MATCHING SERIAL NUMBER
Mar 29th, 2015 by Gregg
DEFOURNEY BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE: 27″ FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 7LBS 3 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 9/16 X 14 1/8. Price: $7,500
WC SCOTT MODEL 67 CIRCULAR HAMMERS – FINE SCROLL AND GAME SCENE ENGRAVING – ORIGINAL CONDITION SINCE 1884: Here is a WC Scott 12 gauge – Model 67 with elegant cicular hammers. Completely original condition. Made in 1884. Elegant fine scroll and resting swan in water scene engraving. WC Scott patent lever forend latch. Double undebite. Rebounding hammers. Case colors. Strong damascus pattern. Bores as original – both barrels measure .730 with 30/1000 choke. Barrel length is 28″. Chambers measure just slighly less than 2 3/4″. Tight on face. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 3/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 7/8″, Drop at Heel – 3 1/2″. Price: $3,400
Rizzini – Aurum Classic – 20ga – 3″ – 29-1/8″ – Factory Chokes: Round Knob Pistol Grip, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 3 oz. Excellent Plus Condition – Metal is about 99% As New. Fired very little – lever is well over to right. Wood shows some handling marks from use in the field. Includes: Box, Papers, Six Chokes, Choke Wrench. Price: $2,350
J.P. SAUER & SOHN SUHL GERMANY. 12 GA DOUBLE: AUTO EJECTORS DOUBLE TRIGGER. LOP 14 1/8″ DAH 1 1/4″ DAH 1 1/2″ WEIGHT 6 LBS 7OZ BARREL LENGTH 28 1/4″ CHOKES RIGHT BARREL MODIFIED LEFT BARREL FULL. SERIAL NUMBERS ALL MATCHING ((400401)) CHAMBER LENGTH MARKED 2 3/4″ FACTORY BARREL BLUE 90%, BUTT STOCK FACTORY SAUER PLATE FINISH VERY GOOD,NO CRACKS OR SPLITS, FOREARM EXCELLENT NO CRACKS OR SPLITS, GREENER CROSS BOLT SCALPPED RECEIVER. BORES EXCELLENT FREE ON DENTS AND NO PITTING. BARRELS TIGHT TO FACE. HAS FACTORY LEATHER COVERED CASE WITH COMPARTMENTS((INTERIOR HAS BEEN REDONE ). Price: $1,795
BRUNO CASTELLANI (RETAILER) GARDONE, ITALY 410 O/U: Serial # 109xx, circa mid 1980’s. Absolutely excellent ++, extractor, TL, O/U 410 with 27″ barrels, choked Full & Mod, 3″ chambers, machined vent rib, weighing 5.5 lbs and retaining 99+ blue. Double trigger, cross-bolt, side plated boxlock, border engraved with “Bruno Castellani” on the left, and “Gardone, Italy” on the right sideplates in banners. Castellani was a retailer in Gardone during the 1980’s. The entire receiver & sideplates covered in 100% casecolors and protective varnish. Excellent, finely and extensively checkered european walnut with 1/2 PG, 1 1/2″ & 2 1/2″ drop, 14 3/8″ LOP over solid black pad and neutral cast. Price: $1395
Mar 28th, 2015 by Gregg
If you’re looking for a nice O/U, here’s a 16 gauge German double that deserves your attention. This Merkel was made in 1951, and even though it’s 60+ years old, it looks pretty much new. These older Merkel over-unders are solid and incredibly well made. Even though they look a little beefy, they are surprisingly nimble shotguns.
This one weighs just over 6lbs — lighter than a lot of modern 20s — and with 28″ barrels, double triggers, and high dimensions, it would be perfect for upland hunting.
I think Merkel introduced their 200-line of O/U shotguns right after WW2. The 200s were built on triggerplate-style, Blitz actions and used double Kersten locks (with no underbolt) to lock up. The E in 200E stands for Ejectors. Even though the 200 were one of the least expensive O/Us Merkel offered, they were still pricey. Comparable models offered in the ’20s cost as much as a new 12g A.H. Fox XE. Personally, I think the Merkels were the better shotgun.
Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun: Circa. 4/51 Proof Date. Overall in Excellent Condition.
Both blue and case color remain at 98-99%. Bores are in perfect condition. Chokes at Mod and Full with a weight at 6 lbs. 3.3 oz. make this an easy to carry pheasant gun with the performance to take care of the task.
Gauge: 16 gauge
Barrels: 28″ w/orig. 2 3/4″ Chambers & Solid Rib
Chokes: Mod & Full
Action: Merkel-Kersten Lock
Stock: European Walnut
Butt: Packmayr Pad with Leather Face
LOP: 14 1/2 to hinged front trigger
Weight: 6 lbs. 3.3 oz.
Stock Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 14 1/2 with 3/16 cast off
Mar 27th, 2015 by Gregg
Here are two tough-to find American doubles coming to auction. They’re both A.H. Fox HE SxS, one in 12 gauge and one in 20 gauge. Both are coming up this weekend at Amoskeag Auctions March sale.
Fox made about 300 of these HE-grade Super Fox side-by-side shotguns — just sixty in 20 gauge and the rest in 12. All of them were heavy, overbored doubles made for wildfowling with Western Cartridge’s new-at-the-time Super-X ammo.
Lot # 85: Rare A. H. Fox He Grade Superfox Double Ejectorgun Shipped To E.C. Crossman. Serial #202292, 20 Ga. (2 3/4”), 32” Chromox barrels choked full and full with bright excellent bores showing just some faint remnants of light pitting in a couple spots with a tiny dent in the right tube near the muzzles which was professionally raised. The barrels retain about 90% original blue, the loss due to overall light fading, actually appearing much stronger undernormal ambient light. The frame is lovely and retains 75-80% original color case-hardening which is quite vivid, the belly of frame toning to a silvery case-hardened patina; it features light fancy borderline engraving with little floral sprays around the pins and screw holes.
The gun is stocked half-pistolgrip in a nice grade of walnut, the stock rating very good plus to near excellent with much original varnish and only minor dings and handling marks from the years. It is fitted with a more contemporary Hawkins recoil pad, added to the contour of the butt, the original pad having deteriorated with the years, the length of pull is 14 7/16” with drops of 1 1/2” and 2 7/8”; the forend is a bit darker and rates very good plus as well showing a thin sliver of bedding compound at its junction with the forend iron. The gun locks up Fox-tight with the top lever still right of center, the gun seems to operate well mechanically and the ejectors are robust; the safety is non-automatic. The included factory letter confirms the configuration and shows shipment to none other than E.C. Crossman on August 14, 1925 “for Phill Crosman” (sic). Savage historian John T. Callahan took the liberty of including copies of the original build card and job tag for the shotgun. The build card, under the “For” heading reads “E.C. Crossman”, the rear of the card showing pellet count for left and right barrels. The job tag reads on front and back: “Test Gun and send to Phill Crosman” and “Mr. Roll This Gun shoots 79% in 5 shots out of Right bbl 79 1/2% out of 5 shots in Left bbl B.Becker”, obviously from the renowned Burt Becker to Adolph Roll, Fox Sales Manager. With only sixty 20 ga. Super Fox shotguns ever made, this is a really rare and lovely Super Fox in its own right, all-the-more desireable with the connection to the famous Crossman clan. Truly a super – Super Fox. Estimate: $8000 – $10000.
Lot # 386: A. H. Fox He Grade Super Fox Boxlock Double Ejectorgun: Serial #29562, 12 Ga. (3”), 30” barrels choked full and full with bright excellent bores. The barrels retain about 98% excellent quality restored blue finish with some light muzzle wear and a remnant or two of light pitting beneath. The frame is lovely retaining 99% restored vibrant color case-hardening with the familiar light H-grade borderline engraving and makers name; the triggerguard shows excellent blue as well. The round knob pistolgrip buttstock rates excellent as professionally refinished with evidence of a repaired crack at left and right of top tang; it seems to have been effective and the stock seems sound and will not flex. The splinter forend is in a similar state of condition and both show perfectly chased checkering.
The length of pull to the grooved hard rubber buttplate is 14 1/8” with drops of 1 5/8” and 3” (although the factory letter indicates 2 3/4”, the stock appears original in all respects). The safety is non-automatic and two of the screws show some light slot damage…they are not quite regulated and clearly someone with an incorrect width blade attempted to turn them. The gun locks up tightly with the top lever still right of center and the gun seems to operate properly mechanically. The included factory letter verifies the configuration and shows shipment in September of 1925 to W. R. Burkhard Co. (St. Paul Minn.). Really an excellent as-restored Super Fox that should be taken back afield for some waterfowl bustin in the fall seasons. Estimate: $2500 – $4000
Mar 26th, 2015 by Gregg
This video features the U.S. Championship for Pointing Dogs was held at Alabama’s M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area on December 1-6, 2012. Even though it ‘s from a few years ago, it’s worth watching if you want to learn more about how field trails are put together are run. There’s some nice dog work in it, too.
Mar 24th, 2015 by Gregg
Here’s a fair price on one of the hardest-to-find Parker Repros: a 20g DHE, 26″ & 28″ set, with a straight grip and double triggers.
In 1984, America’s most famous double-barrel shotguns was reborn as the Parker Reproduction by Winchester. Built in Japan until 1989, these side-by-sides were offered for sale until around 1997. Since then, they’ve gained a following and their prices have risen steadily.
Metal Condition:Color cased-hardened receiver is excellent, barrel sets are excellent
Wood Condition:Wood is very good+
Bore Condition:Bore is excellent
Barrels:26″ barrel set; 28″ barrel set
Stock:AA American walnut straight grip stock with fine cut two-panel checkering
Stock Dimensions:13 3/8″ LOP to rear trigger, 14 3/8″ LOP to front trigger; 2 1/4″ DAH; 1 7/8″ DAC (center); 1 1/2″ DAC (front)
Fore End:Walnut splinter fore end with fancy fine cut single-panel checkering
Butt Pad:Niedner skeleton butt plate with fine cut checkered butt
Weight:6 pounds 10 ounces
Sights:Solid, concave, matted, tapered rib
Chokes:Fixed choke; 26″ improved cylinder, modified: 28″ modified, full