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Introducing the Gallery of Great Guns: Exhibiting the world’s finest double barrel shotguns and rifles…
Nov 27th, 2013 by Gregg
Introducing Dogs & Doubles’ Gallery of Great Guns: An online museum dedicated to the world’s finest firearms. Here you’ll see the finest double barrel shotguns and rifles, in the finest original condition.
These guns doubles are from James D. Julia’s October 2013 Firearms Auction:
HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX SxS A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 26″ Bbls with slightly raised, narrow, matted, concave rib, are marked with “Chromox Steel”. Sold for $9,775
Nov 26th, 2013 by Gregg
Here’s another nice grouse gun. This little Charles Daly is on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends 11/27/2013 @ 9:48:25 AM ET. Made during World War 1, it looks like it’s still in excellent original condition.
Regarding Charles Daly, he was a businessman, not a gunmaker. Around 1875 he partnered with August Shoverling and started importing shotguns into the United States from Prussia/Germany. The side-by-sides they brought in were marketed under the Charles Daly name, and up to about WW2 they were some of the finest double-barrel shotguns offered in the US.
Charles Daly Prussian Sauer SxS 16 Gauge, 26″ Barrels: It is an Anson & Deeley boxlock in 16 gauge and is marked “Charles Daly” on both sides of the receiver, “Made in Prussia” on the watertables, “Prussia” on the barrel flats, “J. P. Sauer & Sohn, Suhl” on the top of both barrels and “Fluid Steel Krupp Essen” on the top barrel rib. The beauty of this piece is in its workmanship and condition. Adorned with just a bit of scroll and line engraving on the receiver, the gun is in 98% – almost mint – condition. It looks almost unused, amazing for a piece nearly 100 years old! The 26 inch Krupp steel barrels retain about 99% of their original blue with just one little scratch on the surface of the left tube. They chime like bells when dinged with your fingernail. The top rib has a doll’s head extension that locks into the top of the receiver for extra strength. The extension itself is carved to look like a scallop shell. The chamber lengths are 2 ½ inches.
The barrels are choked improved cylinder and cylinder, perfect for upland game and the bores are perfect. Extractors, not ejectors. The receiver and triggerguard are case-hardened. The colors have pretty much faded now but if you look closely you will still see quite a lot of subtle colors plus some areas that are quite vivid. There is a bit of subtle scroll and line engraving. The screws have never been turned and amazingly every screw on the sides of the receiver is held in place by a tiny set screw. True Prussian quality. The wood is very nicely grained walnut with just a few extremely light dings from careful hunting use. About all of the original varnish remains and I would rate the wood at 98%. Finely checkered round knob wrist and forend with no damaged diamonds. There is an un-engraved initial oval inlaid into the stock about 3 inches in front of the heel. The butt is finished with a horn buttplate held in place with engraved screws. Length of pull is 14 inches. Drop at comb is 1 ½ inches. Drop at heel is 2 5/8 inches. Weight is 6 pounds 5 ounces. The gun comes with its original leg-o-mutton case in excellent condition including the case’s original key.
Nov 25th, 2013 by Gregg
Parker VH 12 ga, 28” barrels on a 1 ½ frame: Clean shiny bores, rib has two ivory beads. LOP is 14.25”to an original butt plate. The butt plate is in great condition and you can clearly see the detail of the wood cock the dog is holding in its mouth. Drop at the comb is 1.75” and drop at the heel is 2.75”. Bores are choked F/F. Has some original case coloring on the sides of the box lock action. The bluing is original and very good, but it is beginning to wear thin in a couple of areas. Wood is solid, no cracks or gouges and this is a very nice clean original Parker on a desirable frame size. SN is 2129XX, and the Parker Association says this gun will letter. Price: $1,800
12 ga Fox AE SxS, Factory straight grip, 30″ bbls: Case colors have faded. Barrels are smooth and shiny inside, single brass bead. The ribs are problem free and the wood is in very good condition too. The gun originally belonged to a man named George Eshias. I have been told that he was an Americana of Armenian heritage and that he was a famous hero in WW1 and that he fought with distinction in the US Army. I have not taken the time to confirm this, but his name has been engraved into the top of the left chamber . (Look at the photos) Hard to believe that his family let this heirloom go but life does get complicated at times. LOP is 14” and drop at the comb is 1.75, drop at the Heel is 3”. Barrels are choked F/F. Price: $2,600
Lefever FE 12 ga with 30” Damascus barrels and twin Ivory beads: Nice Silvers recoil pad and a LOP of 13.5”, Drop at comb of 2” and drop at heel of 3”. The ejectors work nicely and the gun locks up tightly. The bores are very good and this gun is ready for the field and some RST ammo!! It does have an old repair on the fingers by the triggers. The repair has been looked at by two different reputable gunsmiths and both independently agreed that the old repair is good and is nothing to worry about. Barrels are M/IM. Price: $1,700.00
Nov 24th, 2013 by Gregg
Purdey 12 ga. pre-war best SxS sidelock gamegun: 30″ Sir Joseph Whitworth steel barrels, 2-1/2″ chambers, choked improved cylinder and full (.010/.032). 1920s production features the finest Purdey scroll of the era, retains 75% case colors. Splinter forend, straight hand stock of highly figured true French walnut with extraordinary black figure and flame grain. Measures 1-1/2″ comb, 2″ heel, 14-1/2″ LOP to a checkered butt. Fine example of Purdey’s prime period. Ideal for those high pheasants! Weighs 6 lbs 10 oz. Cased in canvas case with leather corners and Purdey label. Price: $39,500
Purdey 20 Gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: Delivered in 1988, acquired from the orignial owner. Barrel length: 26″, Choke: Right barrel: 1/4, Left barrel: 1/2
LOP: 15″, Drop at heel – 1 7/8 inches, Drop at nose – 1 1/2 inches, Cast off at heel is 1/2 inch. There is. of course, a fitted case with all cleaning accessories and snap caps. Price: $39,500
Piotti Monte Carlo Double Barrel 12ga. 27.5″ Barrels: In excellent condition; has a beautiful english stock (with drop points) and splinter forend with exceptional figure, coin finish with scoll and floral engraving by Granetti, 14 3/4″ LOP over a leather covered pad, a single none selective trigger, and a flat file cut rib. A handsome addition for any collection. Price: $14,995
A. H. FOX – CE GRADE –12 ga. – PHILLY GUN – EJECTORS – DOUBLE TRIGGERS: 30” KRUPP STEEL BARRELS CHOKED FULL / FULL – BALL GRIP STOCK WITH CHECKERED PANELS – GROOVED BUTTPLATE – SPLINTER FOREND – CASE COLORS 50% – WEIGHT 7 LBS 15 OZS. – 14 ¼” X 1 11/16” X 2 15/16” – EXCELLENT CONDITION. Price: $6,750.00
Nov 23rd, 2013 by Gregg
Here’s one of the best grouse guns you’ll find: a 20 gauge Beretta 686 Onyx O/U with 28″ barrels and screw-in chokes. It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the auctions ends Wednesday, 11/27/2013, @ 2:50:50 PM ET.
With low-profile actions and reliable, time-tested mechanics, Beretta’s 680 series shotguns are one of the best over-under ever made. I think the 686 Onyx models are the finest looking ones the company has ever turned out.
Beretta Black Onyx 20ga, O/U, 28″ barrel, Single Trigger: This is a rare to find gun in that condition. They stopped making the black receiver. This is an excellent condition with fine wood. It still has the original blue box. This guns is like new in box, it has less 200 rounds. The top lever is still far to the right. For 2 3/4″ and 3″ shells.
Nov 23rd, 2013 by Gregg
Boston isn’t a city we think of as gun friendly. But in the 19th and early 20th century, it was home to a number of famous gunmakers, including William R. Schaefer.
Wm R. Schaefer started making percussion guns around 1853. By 1883, his sons had joined the business and they were making custom shotguns and rifles in Boston at 61 Elm Street (Elm Street was at the edge of Scollay Sq, near Faneuil Hall).
The Wm R. Schaefer boxlock you see here was probably made in the 1880s. It looks very “Westley Richards” to me, which isn’t surprising. Schaefer was an agent for Harrington & Richardson’s A&D hammerless guns. Here’s more about this double from the seller:
s/n 4170; brl length 30″; top break SxS; Good cond; checkered pistol grip, heavily engraved action, trigger guard, damascus brls, light rust at top front.
Nov 22nd, 2013 by Gregg
Late alert: Zettlemoyer Auction Co. in Fogelsville, PA, is having a firearms auction tomorrow, 11/23 @ 10:30am. They have a number of nice doubles in the sale, including the side-by-side and over-under shotguns below:
J.P. Sauer Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga: s/n 283723; brl length 28 1/4″; top break SxS; Very good cond ; extra pistol grip w/cheek weld, engraved action, West Germany.
Browning Citori Sporter O/U shotgun, 20 ga: s/n 06754; brl length 28″; top break O/U Excellent cond; OB, engraved receiver, vent rib, 3″ mag, checkered straight grip stock.
A. H. Fox C Grade Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 ga: s/n 19595; brl length 30″; top break SxS; Good condition; engraved: receiver, brls, trigger guard & foregrip release, checkered pistol grip stock, dbl bead.
A. H. Fox A Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun, 12 ga: s/n 13063 brl length 30″; top break SxS; Good cond; checkered pistol grip stock, engraved receiver.
A. H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga: s/n 359912; brl length 28″; top break SxS; Very good cond ; case colors, checkered pistol grip stock.
Nov 19th, 2013 by Gregg
W.W. Greener made some of my favorite shotguns — especially the doubles they made on their Facile Princeps boxlock. The Facile Princeps was patented in 1880, four years after Westley Richard’s famous Anson & Deeley patent boxlock. The designs are similar, so much that they sparked a lawsuit — a lawsuit which Greener won.
The Greeners you see here are both F25s – the lower end of the medium-grade Facile Princeps offered by the company. As you can see, the design of the this model changed a bit over time. That being said, they were always very well made doubles.
W. W. Greener F25 in 28 gauge SxS Shotgun: A rare gun with auto ejectors, 27″ barrels choked full & mod. LOP is 14 1/4″, English stock with well figured straight grip. 4-3/4 lbs. with checkered butt. Nice engraving with case. An unusual collector grade Greener. Price: $19,995
W.W. Greener F25 Facile Princeps 28 Ga. Double Gun: Serial #67177, 28 Bore, 27″ barrels with excellent, bright bores. This is a beautiful little gun built on Greener’s Facile Princeps non-ejecting boxlock action and exhibits almost no evidence of any past use. The ribbed barrels retain virtually all of the original blue with just a few hints of silvering at the muzzles and the frame, which is engraved with tasteful decorative flourishes and the “W.W. GREENER” ribands, retains a commensurate amount of the original vibrant color case-hardening (almost all of which remains on the breech faces attesting to the lack of use). Even the extractor still retains most of the original lustrous nitre bluing as does the Greener sliding safety on the left side of the wrist.
There is a small amount of silvering on the underside of the frame where it meets the forend and an unobtrusive and barely noticeable import mark on the water table. The checkered walnut forend and nicely figured semi-pistol grip buttstock have only some very minor handling marks and surface blemishes scattered about the original oil finish. The stock is proportioned for a lady or young adolescent and has a 13 1/2″ LOP with drops of 1 1/2″ and 2 3/8″ (small but not so small that the gun is unusable to longer armed individuals). About the only flaw worth mentioning is a slight proudness of the forend tip widow’s peak which would be very easy to rectify by a competent gunsmith. The gun is housed in its original Greener labeled, maroon baize-lined leather traveling case and comes complete with the original hang tag, Britannia metal oiler, a partial tube of Greener gun grease, various cleaning tools, and several gun rags.
The case exterior is quite scuffed and the included original leather security straps are flaked and broken but the case itself is still robust and fully serviceable. This is an absolutely gorgeous little 28 bore British double in almost flawless original condition, complete with the original case and accessories, and would make a stellar gun either for woodcock in the fall or simply just to look at in the gunroom. FFL or C&R. Price: $15,995