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I encourage you to check out this piece about attempts to restore quail populations in Virginia. Upland game bird populations are in trouble in many parts of the country. Programs like these are one way we can help. I added this video just for the fun. This award-winning quail caller can make some amazing sounds […]

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Of the major American shotgun SxS shotgun makers — Remington, Lefever, A.H. Fox, Ithaca, Parker Bros, & L.C. Smith – Lefever made the fewest guns. While most of other companies turned out over 200,000 doubles in their history, Lefever made just 65,000 or so shotguns (and a handful of double rifles). Most of Lefever’s side-by-sides […]

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If people are still collecting shotguns in 2114, one double I’m sure they’ll be call an American classic is the 28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under. Ruger introduced their Red Label shotguns in 1977 and offered them until 2011 (and they’re introducing a modified version this year, btw). First available as 20 gauges and […]

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Here’s a great looking over-under at a very fair price. These Merkels are extremely well made, and it’s rare to find on in 20 gauge with a straight grip, double triggers, and a nice long length of pull. The price looks very fair, too. According to Hallowell.com, Merkel’s 201-E was the one up from the […]

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Here’s a nice little double. This Francotte is a 14E – one step up from the company’s field grade Knock About model. It’s looks all original, and I bet it would be a fantastic quail gun. August Francotte 14E SxS Shotgun .410, 26″ bbl: 2 1/2″ chambers, m/f, 14 1/8″ LOP, 2 5/8″ DH, 1 […]

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Good friends, a couple nice dogs, and a promising cover. That’s about all you need. Like this:Like Loading…

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So the answer is… restored, by the  Turnbull Manufacturing Company. This nice looking little double was auctioned off in Julia’s Fall, 2013 auction. Here’s its the listing from that sale: PARKER .410 VH BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED BY DOUG TURNBULL. SN 226161. Cal. .410. 3″ Chambers. 000 Frame. 26″ Bbls. This lovely little gun with all correct […]

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Original condition on a vintage shotguns is like good bird cover: I know it when I see it. The same is true with wood and metal finishes that have been restored. Spend enough time around old guns, and you start to develop an eye for what’s original and what isn’t. So for everyone who thinks […]

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Gastinne Renette Matched Pair 12ga. 30″bbls IM/Full Leather Case: Both guns remain in excellent condition, 2 3/4″ chambers, nitro proof, chokes in both guns IM/Full, rose and scroll engraving, straight grip stocks with checkered butt, double triggers, ejectors and 2 gun leather covered luggage case. Price: $17,650 Winchester Model 21 20 gauge SxS Custom #4 […]

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Droplock Westley Richards shotguns are nice doubles, and they’re very collectible, especially in the smaller gauges. Most of the time, a 20 gauge will cost you at least $15,000 if it has any kind of condition. So when I saw this little 20 gauge Westley Richards double barrel droplock shotgun on Gunbroker.com, I thought WOW […]

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