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1960 - Beretta Model 409 - Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun

1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun

Beretta is famous for its OUs. But they’ve also made a lot of nice side-by-sides.

Here’s a nice, lightweight, no-frills one that’s perfect for grouse, woodcock, and quail. It has a few issues, but nothing you can’t fix (or just live with).
1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun: 20ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ IM / F, Raised Solid Rib with Rib Extension Third Bite, Single Non-Selective Trigger, Extractors, Hand Engraved, LOP 14-1/8″, Drop 1-5/8″ to 2-1/2″, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. Price: $1575

Condition: Mechanically the gun is Excellent. The barrels have a few freckles. The stock has a crack on the left side. This is typical on these guns because of the sharp corner at the back of the frame. The stock is a through bolt stock, so it has no affect on the strength of the stock. Overall, a very nice little gun with the longer barrels that everyone seems to want these days.

1960 - Beretta Model 409 - Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun

1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun

1960 - Beretta Model 409 - Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun

1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun

A lot of hunting dogs find birds, point, and retrieve. Keep trails clear of debris for other hunters? This is my pointer, Sky, last fall at 8 months old.

Here are some interesting gunmaker case labels I’ve come across lately. Makers glued these labels inside the cases they supplied with their guns. I love seeing them.

James Woodward & Sons, St. James St., Gunmaker case label

James Woodward & Sons, St. James St., Gunmaker case label, circa 1890

James Woodward & Sons, St. James St., Gunmaker case label

James Woodward & Sons, St. James St., Gunmaker case label

James Woodward & Sons, Bury St, Gunmaker case label

James Woodward & Sons, Bury St, Gunmaker case label

William Cashmore, Birmingham, Gunmaker label

William Cashmore, Birmingham, Gunmaker label

Custom 2-hole Diamond Deluxe Dog Box

Custom 2-hole Diamond Deluxe Dog Box

As I was downloading some pics over the weekend, and I came across these ones of the aluminum Diamond Deluxe dog box I picked up last October.

Back when I just had Puck and then Lexi, I kept my dog in a crate in the extended-cab part of my pickup. But when I added Sky, I needed to come up with a better way to do things.

This box has proven to be a safe, secure way to transport my two pointers. It has lockable top storage, cross ventilation in the back, insulated holes, and lockable doors. The holes are wide and deep, and both of my girls can fit in one with ease. So now I have room for two more dogs.

Custom 2-hole Diamond Deluxe Dog Box

Custom 2-hole Diamond Deluxe Dog Box

Custom 2-hole Diamond Deluxe Dog Box

Custom 2-hole Diamond Deluxe Dog Box

Custom 2-hole Diamond Deluxe Dog Box

Custom 2-hole Diamond Deluxe Dog Box

BOSS & CO. A RARE 12-BORE 'PURDEY-ACTION' SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels

BOSS & CO. A RARE 12-BORE ‘PURDEY-ACTION’ SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels

This shotgun is just plain strange. It’s a 12 gauge Boss & Co. side-by-side built on a Purdey/Beesley self-opening action, and it’s coming up in Holt’s Fine Modern & Antique Guns auction on Thursday 16th March 2017.

Purdey patented the Beesley hammerless self-opening action in 1880. By the time this Boss was built (1908), that patent had expired. So Boss was free to build this gun without paying Purdey s single cent in licensing fees. But that doesn’t mean Boss went ahead and did it.

BOSS & CO. A RARE 12-BORE 'PURDEY-ACTION' SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels

BOSS & CO. A RARE 12-BORE ‘PURDEY-ACTION’ SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels

The Beesley action is difficult to make and nothing like the action Boss uses on its side-by-sides. So rather than manufacture this gun themselves, I think Boss had Purdey (Purdey’s outworkers) do it for them. Here’s why:

  • While the action is filed up like a Boss, the fences look like they belong on a Purdey
  • The toplever, tail of the topstrap, and safety looks more Purdey than Boss
  • The screws securing the locks to the action are a hybrid of Purdey & Boss styles
  • The action features striker discs and firing-pin retaining screws. Boss didn’t add these to SxSs they made until the late ’20s
  • It looks like it has Purdey ejectors

A RARE BOSS &CO 12-BORE ‘PURDEY-ACTION’ SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrelsOriginal Whitworth-steel 30in. nitro chopperlump barrels, rib engraved ‘BOSS & CO. 73 ST. JAMES’S STREET. LONDON.’ and gold-inlaid ‘1’ at the breech end, tubes engraved ‘SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH’S PRESSED FLUID STEEL’, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in both, rib slightly loose, right wall at 18;  extra 28in. unsigned nitro barrels (by another), 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/2 choke;  self-opening action with removable striker discs, toplever gold-inlaid ‘1’, gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, retaining traces of original colour-hardening, 14 3/8in. figured stock, weight 6lb. 7oz. (original barrels) and 6lb. 9oz. (extra barrels), in a brass-cornered oak and leather case with provision for the 30in. barrels only, the extra 28in. barrels in a canvas leg of mutton slip. Estimate £7,000-9,000

Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the gun was completed on the 26th August 1908 as No.1 of a pair of ‘Purdey Action’ guns for an Edward Bunbury.

BOSS & CO. A RARE 12-BORE 'PURDEY-ACTION' SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels

BOSS & CO. A RARE 12-BORE ‘PURDEY-ACTION’ SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels

BOSS & CO. A RARE 12-BORE 'PURDEY-ACTION' SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels

BOSS & CO. A RARE 12-BORE ‘PURDEY-ACTION’ SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels

I was going through some pictures this weekend, and I came across these ones I took last fall. Hope you like them.

Lexi pointing a grouse, fall, 2016

Lexi pointing a grouse, fall, 2016

Enjoying the view, Fall, 2016

Enjoying the view, Fall, 2016

Fall, 2016

Fall, 2016

Wildflower in an Alder cover, fall, 2016

Wildflower in an Alder cover, fall, 2016

Fall, 2016

Fall, 2016

Fall, 2016

Fall, 2016

This tire has been there a while. Fall, 2016

This tire has been there a while. Fall, 2016

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

On Wednesday, I put up this post  and asked Can you guess this 20 gauge Westley Richards’ secrets?

Right away, few folks spotted this pretty little side-by-side’s special features right: sideclips, a Greener-style top bolt, and, most impressively, droplocks (AKA hand-detachable locks).

Westley Richards patented the Anson & Deeley boxlock action in 1875. Twenty-one year later, they updated it with their iconic hand detachable locks. Hand-detachable locks were to clean up the action’s appearance. After their introduction, a couple major benefits became apparent: If a lock breaks in the field, it can be replaced in a few minutes, and at the end of damp mornings or wet days, you pull the locks out for oiling and give the inside of the gun a good opportunity to dry.

Original WR advertising image for detachable locks

Original WR advertising image for detachable locks

Here a few things I love the 20 gauge droplock you see here:

-The beautiful cut scroll engraving

-The original Westley Richards single selective trigger

-The blushes of genuine color-case hardening

-The untouched, fancy checkering on the stock

-It’s tiny action. I hard to tell in the pictures, but its perfectly scaled to the gauge.

-It’s condition. Other than the extension on the stock (and maybe a bit of oil on the wood), this gun has not been messed with. Sure it has some dings and wear, but every one was put there

BTW: Remember, this gun is for sale. If you would like to know more about it, drop me an email: gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun

AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun

For decades now, AyA’s No 2 Grade sidelock shotguns have been one of the best deals in a custom made side-by-side. Introduced in the ’50s, thousands of them have been sold to shooters across Europe and in the US, including famous gunwriter Michael McIntosh, He had one built for him in ’90s, and he shot the crap out of it on trips around the globe. The gun didn’t seem to mind. After around 80,000 rounds, the only thing it required was a new firing pin.

Whoever buys this one will probably have the same kind of luck. It’s on Gunbroker.com now with No Reserve. The listing ends 3/12/2017 @ 9:00 PM.

AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun: Choked MOD/IC. No dings or dents in barrels. Barrels are perfect, very shinny and no pits. Gun has seen very little use and spent its life in a safe. Cocking indicators, double trigger and ejectors. LOP 14 3/4″, DAH 2 1/2″. DAC 1 1/2″. Gun weighs 6lb 6.4oz. No cracks or chips in wood. Beautifully figured wood. A few very light handling marks. All screws are clean and show no sign of screwdriver use.

AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun

AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun

AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun

AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun

AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun

AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

Wow – what a nice shotgun. Classic, British, and very original, this vintage 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS was completed in November in 1929 for Boston sporting goods store Bob Smith.

It has a couple secrets. See if you can spot them. In a few days, I’ll reveal them and show & tell more about this great little double.

BTW: This gun is for sale. If you’re interested and would like to know more about it, drop me an email: gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

Lexi, always sweet and loving

Lexi, always sweet and loving

I was some pictures of yesterday, and I fired off a few shots of my girls. These two pics do a great job of capturing who they are and what sets them apart.

Lexi and Sky are Elhew-bred Pointers out of Superior Pointers in Bayfield, WI. They share a father, and Lexi is the elder by about two years now.

Sky, always a rascal

Sky, always the mischievous rascal

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