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GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun

GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun

Raise your hands if you think this Immanuel Meffert shotgun is an Anson & Deeley boxlock.

That’s what I thought at first. But as I looked closer, a few things kept telling me I was wrong: the single pin in the side of the action, the wide top-strap under the toplever, the cocked indicators on this top strap, and the position of the triggers (they look too far back for a boxlock). Very odd, and not very A & D boxlock.

After I poked around online a bit, I figured out what was going on: This shotguns is made on a “Treff” Action – a unique design built by Immanuel Meffert from 1912 to 1929. On a Treff, the lockwork is mounted on the topstrap. That’s why it’s so wide. The barrels cock this lockwork when they drop, and that pin in the side of the action secured the cocking rod.

GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun: Extractors and Cocking Indicators.  With 29 1/2″  Full & Full and has Bright Shiny Bores that are 100% ReRust Blued barrels with sideclips.  1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 13 3/4″ LOP  Nice wood. 16ga frame weighing only 6 1/2 lbs. Well Balanced and fun to shoot sporting clays.   Great Price For A Nice SXS. Price: $1095

GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun

GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun

GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun

GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun

GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun

GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

A couples friends of mine are crazy about muzzleloading Purdeys. Take a look at this one and you’ll see why.

James Purdey built 809 double-barrel percussion rifles.  The first was sold in 1827 and the last — 32-bore back action for eccentric Scottish collector Charles Gordon — left Purdey’s in 1896.

According to the The Early Purdeys, this percussion rifle was sold by Purdey in August of 1847. It was a 50-bore (not a 50 caliber) with 27″ barrels.The JP marks on the underside of the barrels indicate that these barrels were forged by James Purdey (the firm), instead of being outsourced to barrel maker like Charles Lancaster (CL).

When this rifle was made, James Purdey had been running his own business for 31 years. Shotguns, rifles, and pistols like this built his reputation and established his firm as one of the top gunmakers in the UK.

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey, 314 1/2 Oxford Street, London, 50-bore Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage: Hammergun with stalking safeties. Scroll engraved furniture and lockplates. Barrel Inscribed ” J.Purdey. 314 1/2, Oxford Street, London”. Price: $19,999.99

Antique: Yes
Manufacturer: 1848
Caliber: 50-bore
Metal Condition: Refreshed at sometime showing strong damascus brown patterns , Bluing worn on lower hardware.

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

Wood Condition: Shows a few dings and scratches
Barrels: 27 Inch
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: Straight Grip.
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/8″ LOP
Butt Pad: Blued Steel Plate
Weight: 6 Lbs 2 Ozs
Sights: Open Sights

 

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

Beretta S 2 12ga. Sidelock OU Shotgun 27 1/2" M/F 1957

Beretta S 2 12ga. Sidelock OU Shotgun 27 1/2″ M/F 1957

Beretta’s SO-series over-and-unders are one of the world’s greatest doubles. The one you see here looks like it’s in great shape – and it has double triggers.

Introduced around 1933, Beretta’s sidelock over-unders were the Italian maker’s response to Browning’s then new Superposeds. Beretta’s in-house firearms designer Tullio Marengoni considered Browning’s O/U “..very high, heavy and ugly.” He set about to create a low-profile over-and-under similar to a Boss or Woodward that could also be mass produced in Beretta’s factory.

Beretta S 2 12ga. Sidelock OU Shotgun 27 1/2" M/F 1957

Beretta S 2 12ga. Sidelock OU Shotgun 27 1/2″ M/F 1957

For the full story on Beretta’s SO-series shotguns, read this piece from Fieldsports Magazine: The Beretta SO: The story behind one of the most influential guns of the 20th century.

Beretta S 2 12ga. Sidelock 27 1/2″ M/F 1957 This gun is as new except that the previous owner had more dollars than sense . Looks like at the most a box of shells was fired , but he must have got at least one pheasant as he left a spot of blood on the lower right side barrel and it slightly pitted . It was stored all these years and never used again . We cleaned the spot up and in the right light you can see it but would have to look for it ! This gun is tight – just like a new one at the Beretta Store . This is maybe as close as you can get to a new 1957 hand made sidelock Beretta . Wood looks good . Great closet queen looking to get out once in a while . LOP is 14 3/4″, weight 7lbs. Price: $4,750

Beretta S 2 12ga. Sidelock OU Shotgun 27 1/2" M/F 1957

Beretta S 2 12ga. Sidelock OU Shotgun 27 1/2″ M/F 1957

Beretta S 2 12ga. Sidelock OU Shotgun 27 1/2" M/F 1957

Beretta S 2 12ga. Sidelock OU Shotgun 27 1/2″ M/F 1957

Beretta S 2 12ga. Sidelock OU Shotgun 27 1/2" M/F 1957

Beretta S 2 12ga. Sidelock OU Shotgun 27 1/2″ M/F 1957

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge

When it comes to grouse and woodcock guns, a lot of hunters pass over twelve gauges. That’s a shame. Twelve gauge shotguns are the most versatile doubles out there. Size wise, I find twelve gauges feel better in my hands twenties. When their weight is right, I think they’re perfect for all kinds of upland hunting.

Another thing I like about twelves is their versatility. Because there’s so much ammo out there for them,  you can load a 12g  up for wild pheasants (1 1/8oz loads) or down for smaller game (try 7/8 oz loads). And if you want to shoot a few ducks, you can even pick some non-tox ammo (or steel if you’re shooting a modern 12).

This Merkel looks like it would be a great do-it-all double. With double triggers, ejectors, and 2 3/4″ chambers, it’s as versatile as any shotgun gets. And because it’s pretty light (6lbs 8oz.), you can carry anywhere, too.

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge: Ejector model with Blitz action and arabesque engraving. Price: $1,599.99

Manufacturer: 1962
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Strong barrel bluing, Case colors present only at the protected areas of the receiver
Wood Condition: Refinished, Scattered dings and scratches
Bore Condition: Very Bright

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Double Trigger, Articulating Front
Stock: Round Knob
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/8″ LOP
Fore End: 3 Piece
Butt Pad: Suhl Plate
Weight: 6 Lbs 8 Ozs
Sights: Solid Rib with White Mid and Front Bead
Chokes: .048/ .052, Extra Full

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Beretta BL-4 OU Shotgun, 12 gauge 30" barrels

Beretta BL-4 OU Shotgun, 12 gauge 30″ barrels

Beretta’s BL grade OUs are great shotguns. Introduced in the ’60s, these doubles were imported into the US by the Garcia Corp through the ’70s. These guns were basically stripped-downed version of the company’s ASE line of OUs. The ASE were boxlock versions of the Beretta SO-series sidelock shotguns.

The BLs feature a shallow, low profile action scaled to match the gauge. They were priced to be values – not cheap, but well made guns at fair prices. They came in a number of grades, with the BL-5s being the highest. All of them were rugged, reliable doubles, built to deliver a lot of quality for a fair amount of money. Today, the Beretta BLs are pretty much steals, especially when they’re in this kind of condition.

This 12g BL-4 is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 6/24/2015 @ 6:58:01 PM ET.

Beretta BL-4 OU Shotgun, 12 gauge 30" barrels

Beretta BL-4 OU Shotgun, 12 gauge 30″ barrels

Beretta BL4 12 gauge Over Under Shotgun, 30″ barrels: 1972 (XX9) Beretta BL4 12 Gauge in amazing original condition , gun is stiff and the top lever is way to the right single selective trigger ,30″ barrels with modify and full chokes , ejectors ,bores are clean and super bright , 2.75″ chamber , stock have no scratch visible and the checkering is almost like new condition , this gun never been carried to field and it has been shot so minimal , one small scratch at the bottom of the receiver due to the wrong removal of the forearm see picture #12 .

Beretta BL-4 OU Shotgun, 12 gauge 30" barrels

Beretta BL-4 OU Shotgun, 12 gauge 30″ barrels

1992 - Armi F.lli Bertuzzi, Gardone, V. T. Italy - - Best Quality Sidelock Ejector - Game Gun - 16ga 2 Bbl Set

1992 – Armi F.lli Bertuzzi, Gardone, V. T. Italy – – Best Quality Sidelock Ejector – Game Gun – 16ga 2 Bbl Set

1992 – Armi F.lli Bertuzzi, Gardone, V. T. Italy – – Best Quality Sidelock Ejector – Game Gun – 16ga 2 Bbl Set: 28″ IC / M & 28″ M / F, Double Triggers, Bushed strikers, English Stock with Checkered Butt, LOP 14 3/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 4 oz. Condition is conservatively 98+%. Price: $27,500

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun: #237XXX #1 FRAME ALMOST  ALL OF THE ORIGINAL CASE COLORS 26″ IC AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP SKELETON BUTT EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS AND LIGHT WEAR AT MUZZLE 6BS 13 OZ X 2 3/4 X 1 9/16 X 14 1/4. Price: $15,000

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun:

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun:

JP SAUER & SOHN - SUHL - MODEL XVIIE - MADE IN 1939 - 16 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS

JP SAUER & SOHN – SUHL – MODEL XVIIE – MADE IN 1939 – 16 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS

JP SAUER & SOHN – SUHL – MODEL XVIIE – MADE IN 1939 – 16 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS: Here is a special JP Sauer (Model XVIIE) in 16 gauge made in 1939. Elaborate scroll and game scene engraving. Scalloped frame. Well figured wood with diamond grip. Engraved heel and toe plates. Cocking indicators. Sideclips and arcaded fences. JP Sauer engraved on the barrel bands and heel plate. Top rib is engrved W. Eblen, Stuttgart (a high end gun retailer – Waffen Eblen). Special Krupp “3 ring steel”. Barrels are 27 3/4″. Right bore measures .664 with 20/1000 choke (Mod) while left bore measures .664 as well with 25/1000 choke (Full). Unengraved stock oval. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 7 1/8 OZ. Last image is a scan of the JP Sauer Catalogue from 1938. Shipping is $50. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 5/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″. Price: $9,750

Ernst Kerner Suhl, Double 12ga., 29” Bohler barrels choked Full/Full

Ernst Kerner Suhl, Double 12ga., 29” Bohler barrels choked Full/Full

Ernst Kerner Suhl, Double 12ga.,  29” Bohler barrels choked Full/FullDouble trigger Auto Ejector, sideclip 3rd fastener.  Cheek piece, 14 ¾” LOP, 13 3/8” of wood, wood extension might be the original piece of wood put back on.  Leave it as is or put a pad on and LOP would be normal.  Scalloped frame, ebony inlayed diamonds behind panels in stock.  Horn trigger guard.  100% engraved with setters and pheasants.  Bottom of frame has hawk and quail scene, right side has foxes and ducks.  2” of breech engraving, intercepting sears, balance of frame is profusely chisel engraved with oak leaves that is done to a very high level.  Virtually no use, in as found condition, super high grade gun of unbelievable quality. 6 lbs. 10 oz. 14 ¾” LOP  –  13 3/8” of wood. Price: $4,995

WINCHESTER – Model 21 – 2-3/4, 12ga – 30″ IC / F – – RARE – Double Trigger – Ejectors – Splinter – 30 InchMod / Full (.010 / .034), Pistol Grip, Splinter Forearm, Double Triggers, Ejectors, Automatic Safety, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-5/8″ to 2-5/8″, Weight 7 lbs. 4 oz. Excellent Condition. Appears to be original finishes – at about 92% overall. Bores are excellent. Price: $4,750

WINCHESTER - Model 21 - 2-3/4, 12ga - 30" IC / F - - RARE - Double Trigger - Ejectors - Splinter - 30 Inch

WINCHESTER – Model 21 – 2-3/4, 12ga – 30″ IC / F – – RARE – Double Trigger – Ejectors – Splinter – 30 Inch

JOHN DICKSON & SON, THE ROUND ACTION GUNMAKER, by Donald Dallas

JOHN DICKSON & SON, THE ROUND ACTION GUNMAKER, by Donald Dallas

About twenty-five years ago, the beginning of the double-gun renaissance began. The Double Gun Journal was a big part of this resurgence. So were Donald Dallas’s books on the famous London gunmakers.

Dallas published his first book  — Boss & Co, Builders of Best Guns Only — in 1995.  Books about James Purdey & Sons and Holland & Holland followed. While information about all these makers had already been published many times, Dallas’s books were these firms’s definitive histories. His original research corrected many errors and resulted in page after page of new information.

Dallas’s latest book — JOHN DICKSON & SON, THE ROUND ACTION GUNMAKER — does the same. With 352 pages and 447 photographs, this hefty, coffee-table size book tells two amazing stories: One is of  John Dickson & Son; the other is of how much love the author has for this firm.

John Dickson & Son trade label, circa 1962. Pic courtesy Drake.net

John Dickson & Son trade label, circa 1962. Pic courtesy Drake.net.

Dallas spent years researching and writing this book, and to get it into print he used his own funds. It is based on hundred of hours of original research, as well as on Dallas’s exclusive access to the maker’s archive and records. Along with the history of the company, readers will also find:

-Full color pictures of some of the finest Dickson firearms to ever be built.

-The ledgers of John Dickson & Son, with information on the 7,000 or so firearms the company built from 1840 – 2010.

-Production figures for Dicksons guns, rifles, and pistols.

-The patents of John Dickson & Son.

-The trade labels used by the company.

-A reprint of two John Dickson & Son catalogs, 1935 & 1962.

– The story of Charles Gordon, The mad Scottish gun Collector and Dickson patron.

The price for all this is just £60 plus postage.

16g John Dickson & Son Round Action, ca 1962. Super rare, stunning original condition. Sold by Lewis Drake & Associates. Pic courtesy Drake.net

16g John Dickson & Son Round Action, ca 1962. Super rare, stunning original condition. Sold by Lewis Drake & Associates. Pic courtesy Drake.net.

JOHN DICKSON & SON, THE ROUND ACTION GUNMAKER: A stunning, detailed history of John Dickson & Son from 1794 to the present day.

Established in 1838 at 60 Princes Street, Edinburgh, the firm quickly gained a reputation for building very high quality guns and rifles, their two-groove percussion rifles achieving international acclaim. John Dickson (3) made the greatest contribution to the firm by patenting the round action gun in 1880 that instantly achived critical acclaim as a best gun utilising a trigger plate action. The beautiful and elegant three-barrelled gun followed in 1882 and by the time the ejector had been patented in 1887 the Dickson round action had been perfected. In 1923 John Dickson (3) retired and the business was sold. In 1928 the firm moved to 32 Hanover Street and in 1937 to 21 Frederick Street, the present day location of the firm.

This book goes into great detail on all the types of Dickson guns and rifles built and was written with the full permission of John Dickson & Son. 352 pages, 447 photographs.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels

Here’s a great way to start an affair with nice American doubles. With 28″ barrels and what looks like an all-original finish, this Fox Sterlingworth is nice. And the price  –$1095 — makes is even nicer.

From 1910 to about 1940, A.H. Fox and then the Savage Arms Company built around 140,000 Sterlingworths. Most were 12 gauges, but about 23,000 were 16s. Whatever the gauge, these side-by-sides were, and still are, great doubles — especially when they’re priced right.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels. Tight Full/Tight Mod. LOP 14 1/8” & 13 ¼”, DAC 1 5/8”, DAH 2 5/8”. Chambered for 2 ½” shells. Numbers matching gun. Condition: Barrels have a nice ring to them. Bright shinny bore. Right barrel has imperfection about 14” in. Signs of imperfection are visible from outside if looking down the side of barrel. Tight solid action. Barrel lever is right of center. Nice shooter. Price: $1,095

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels

Look great to us, but practically invisible to your pup.

Looks great to us, but practically invisible to your pup.

Everyone knows that dogs have incredible noses. But how much do you know about their eyes?

As it turns out, a dog’s sight is no where near as good. Instead of seeing things as we do or in black and white, dogs are “color blind”. They do see some colors, but not the same ones we do, or in the same way. This video and article from ShootingUK.co.uk explain a little but about what’s going on.

Check both out for some interesting insights into what your dog really sees. You’ll learn some interesting stuff, including why purple training dummies may be the right choice for teaching your pup to fetch.

How your dog’s vision affects , by Nick Ridley, ShootingUK.co.uk.

“Now here’s an interesting question — when you are starting your puppy’s training, which colour of dummy is it best to use? To answer we need to go back to basics: most professional trainers will tell you to make these early retrieving lessons fun and easy. The aim is to get the puppy used to fetching an object and bringing it back to you. To help achieve this you wouldn’t hide dummies in long grass or rough cover.

So to come back to my original question — which colour dummy is best? Believe it or not, blue or purple seems to be best. If we examine how and what a dog can see this may make more sense.”

Read all of How your dog’s vision affects its training now to learn more about the three aspects of a gundog’s sight, the evolution of sight, a dog’s natural instincts, dummy colors, and the why blue — yes blue — tennis balls.

I used to make it out to South Dakota for the pheasant opener each year. While we always shot a lot of birds, the experience was about a lot more than the birds we brought home. This video from Team Wild TV reminds me of what I loved so much about it. While my crowd carried autoloaders and dressed in Carhartts instead of tweeds, we shared many of the same sentiments.

Driven Pheasant Shooting: The Wolseley Park Shoot, Team Wild TV

Driven Pheasant Shooting: The Wolseley Park Shoot, Team Wild TV

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