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Wm R Shaefer & Sons, Boston, Gunmakers, From Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Wm R Shaefer & Sons, Boston, Gunmakers, From Buffalo Bill Center of the West

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:

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga:

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga

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.

 

 

 

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga

Elm Street, Scollay Sq, Boston, 1920.

Elm Street, Scollay Sq, Boston, 1920.

J.P. Sauer Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga:

J.P. Sauer Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga

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 20g Over Under Shotgun

Browning Citori Sporter 20g Over Under Shotgun

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 C Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun, 12 g

A. H. Fox C Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun, 12 g

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.

A. H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga

A. H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga

Pheasants Forever

Pheasants Forever

If you’ve read my posts about disappearing gamebird habitat in South Dakota (South Dakota is Dying & You’re Killing off SD’s Pheasants. See how.), you know that pheasants, ducks, and other wildlife are facing tough times across the state.

To try and tackle this problem, South Dakota’s Governor Dennis Daugaard is holding a Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit on December 6, 2013 in Huron. Find out more about it below, and if you care about what’s happening in SD, please attend. Unless action is taken soon, South Dakota will loose many more acres of prime habitat. As it does, more and more pheasants — and the great times, cherished memories, and big dollars they bring — will disappear.

Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will host a Pheasant Habitat Summit to discuss the future of pheasant habitat and hunting in South Dakota. The summit is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, at the Crossroads Convention Center in Huron.

“Pheasant hunting is extremely important to the culture and economic well-being of South Dakota,” Gov. Daugaard said. “South Dakota’s pheasant hunting experience is second to none and draws hunters from around the world. We want to do what we can now to ensure these opportunities for future generations.

The Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit will provide a forum for landowners, sportsmen, members of the tourism industry and other interested individuals to learn about the current state of pheasant habitat in South Dakota. The summit will include panel discussions and public input as a means to explore ways to maintain and enhance pheasant habitat.

The Governor’s Pheasant Summit is open to the public and pre-registration is required. Individuals may register online here. Information and registration is also available by calling the Game, Fish and Parks Department at 605.773.3387.

W.W. Greener Facile Princeps Actio

W.W. Greener’s Facile Princeps Action

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 FH25 in 28 gauge SxS Shotgun

W. W. Greener FH25 in 28 gauge SxS Shotgun

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.

W.W. Greener FH25 Facile Princeps 28 Ga. Double Gun:

W.W. Greener FH25 Facile Princeps 28 Ga. Double Gun:

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.

W.W. Greener FH25 Facile Princeps 28 Ga. Double Gun:

W.W. Greener FH25 Facile Princeps 28 Ga. Double Gun

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

W. W. Greener FH25 in 28 gauge SxS Shotgun

W. W. Greener FH25 in 28 gauge SxS Shotgun

W. W. Greener FH25 in 28 gauge SxS Shotgun

W. W. Greener FH25 in 28 gauge SxS Shotgun

W.W. Greener FH25 Facile Princeps 28 Ga. Double Gun:

W.W. Greener FH25 Facile Princeps 28 Ga. Double Gun:

Alderfer Auction & Appraisal in Hatfield, PA, is holding a firearms sale tomorrow, November 19, 2013. It starts at 12:00 PM EST. Here are a few lots I liked.

12g Pietro Beretta Silver Snipe over/under double barrel shotgun

12g Pietro Beretta Silver Snipe over/under double barrel shotgun

12 gauge Pietro Beretta Silver Snipe over/under double barrel shotgun: 28″ vent rib bbls. 2-3/4″ chambers. Full & IM chokes. SN A26407. Blued finish on metal, silver receiver, excellent bores, red bead front sight, checkered walnut stock and forend show light handling marks, after market rubber buttplate. Excellent. Estimate: $200 – $400

12 gauge Browning Lightning Grade 1 over/under double barrel shotgun

12 gauge Browning Lightning Grade 1 over/under double barrel shotgun

12 gauge Browning Lightning Grade 1 over/under double barrel shotgun: 28″ vent rib bbls. 2-3/4″ chambers. Full & IM chokes. SN 84079S8. Blued finish on metal, lightly engraved receiver, excellent bores, checkered walnut stock and forend show no handling marks, after market rubber buttplate. Barrel stamped “Made in Belgium”. Excellent. Estimate: $500 – $900

20 gauge LC Smith Hunter Arms Company Ideal Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

20 gauge LC Smith Hunter Arms Company Ideal Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

20 gauge LC Smith Hunter Arms Company Ideal Grade side by side double barrel shotgun: 26″ bbls. 2-3/4″ chambers. IM chokes. SN FW23494. Blued finish on metal, bluing is very thin from middle sight back to receiver, bores are dirty possibly lightly pitted, front and middle white bead sights, little to no case color remains on receiver, double triggers, checkered walnut stock and forend show handling marks, forend shows a crack and previous repair. Serial number on barrel, forend and receiver match. Good. Estimate: $500 – $700

16 gauge  LC Smith Hunter Arms Company Field Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

16 gauge LC Smith Hunter Arms Company Field Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

16 gauge  LC Smith Hunter Arms Company Field Grade side by side double barrel shotgun: 28″ bbls. 2-3/4″ chambers. Full chokes. SN FW151023. Blued finish on barrels, case colored receiver, bores are slightly dirty but look good, single bead front sight, checkered walnut stock and forend show multiple handling marks and scratches, underside of stock where it meets receiver just forward of trigger guard shows several chips to wood, black pistol-grip cap is chipped, black plastic buttplate is intact. Serial number on receiver, barrel and forend match. Very good. Estimate: $400 – $600

An ethanol plant

An ethanol plant

It seems crazy, but one of our nation’s biggest green-energy initiatives is destroying wildlife habitat, ruining farmland, and polluting waterways throughout the North America. Check out this piece from the AP to learn more about what’s behind this environmental disaster.

The secret, dirty cost of Obama’s green power push

By DINA CAPPIELLO and MATT APUZZO

“CORYDON, Iowa (AP) – The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply.

Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

With the Iowa political caucuses on the horizon in 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama made homegrown corn a centerpiece of his plan to slow global warming. And when President George W. Bush signed a law that year requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year, Bush predicted it would make the country “stronger, cleaner and more secure.”

But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.

As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found….”

Read the whole piece now and discover how ethanol policies are destroying farmland and wildlife habitat across the country.

Leather Von Lengerke & Detmold Deluxe Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case

Leather Von Lengerke & Detmold Deluxe Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case

A great shotgun deserves great gun case. Here are three great gun cases on Ebay now. If you’re looking for the perfect vintage case for your favorite double, one of these may be it. All three were made in the UK for American sporting good companies.

This leather Von Lengerke & Detmold Deluxe Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case is from around World War 1. Back then and through the 1920s, Von Lengerke & Detmold was one of the top sporting goods store in NYC. They would have supplied leather cases like this with best fine shotguns like a Charles Daly Diamond or Regent Diamond or a J.P. Sauer Deluxe.

12 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Original Accessories

12 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Original Accessories

12 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Original Accessories

12 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Original Accessories

20 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Original Accessories

20 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Original Accessories

20 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Original Accessories

20 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Original Accessories

Abercrombie & Fitch bought V, L & D in 1929, and then went on to be one of the world’s most famous outdoors store until they closed in 1976.

-12 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Accessories

-20 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Accessories

These Abercrombie & Fitch cases are from the 1950s, and they were best-quality lightweight leather models in their day. These two are especially nice because they come with their original A & F snaps caps, two-piece cleaning rods and cleaning accessories.

20 gauge Browning BSS Sporter SxS, 28" barrels

20 gauge Browning BSS Sporter SxS, 28″ barrels

Here’s a nice, all around birds gun that just popped up on the market. The 28″ barrels make it hard to find, and a far more desirable gun all around.

20 gauge Browning BSS Sporter SxS, 28″ barrels

Price: $2,299.99

Manufacturer: 1978
Caliber: 20 gauge
Chambers: 3″
Metal Condition: Retains nearly all of its original factory blue with minimal marking if any at all
Wood Condition: A few minor compression marks, none through the ginish with one deeper mark on the right side of the fore end.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Single selective
Stock: Straight-hand
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″ LOP. 1 1/2″ DAC. 2 1/2″ DAH.
Fore End: Beavertail
Butt Pad: Browning buttplate
Weight: 6 1/2 lbs
Chokes: Mod/Full
Item Location: Sidney, NE

Combines working wheat.

Combines working wheat.

While the decline of gamebird habitat in South Dakota and across the midwest is a tragic, there is another side of the story: The pinch many farmers are feeling today, and how this pinch drives them to plant crops on more and more of their land.

Gunnar Rundgren is an organic farmer with an interesting perspective on where this pinch comes from and where it’s leading America’s agricultural community. Here’s an excerpt from a piece he published on the website Postgrowth.org.

Check it out, and click through to learn more what else is going on across America’s farmland.

Unlimited Competition Is Not Sustainable

By Gunnar Rundgren on 1st November 2013

Large farms now dominate crop production in the United States. Although most cropland was operated by farms with less than 600 crop acres in the early 1980s, today most cropland is on farms with at least 1,100 acres, and many farms are 5 and 10 times that size. Meanwhile, in 1987, the average dairy herd size was 80 cows; by 2007, it was 570 cows. The change in hogs was even more striking, from 1,200 hogs removed in a year to 30,000. These long-term shifts in farm size have been accompanied by greater specialization—beginning with a separation of livestock farming from crop farming in the latter half of the 20th century. For instance in 1900, there were dairy cows and hogs on three-fourth of the farms, while in 2005 only one farm in twenty had either hogs or dairy cows. This allowed crop farmers to devote more time to crop production, invest in crop production and gradually increase yields and acreage…

Read the entire piece now to learn more about how farming in America has changed, and how it needs to change to be sustainable into the future.

 

Great grouse guns don’t have to cost a fortune. In the case of the Beretta you see here, they definitely don’t. This BL-4 is lightweight, reliable, and practically new. And I bet it sell at a very reasonable price.

I think Beretta introduced their BL boxlock O/Us in the 1960s. They came in grades from the BL-1 to the BL-5, and today guy’s like them because they handle like doubles costing many, many times more. This one is coming up as part of Little John’s Auction Services Fall Sale, Session IV, on Monday, 11/18/13/.

Beretta Model BL-4 O/U shotgun, 20 gauge, 28" barrels

Beretta Model BL-4 O/U shotgun, 20 gauge, 28″ barrels

Beretta Model BL-4 O/U shotgun, 20 gauge, 28″ barrels: Auto ejectors, 3” chambers, 28” ventilated rib barrels, F over M choked, blue finish, checkered wood stocks, black plastic butt plate, single gold trigger, length of pull is 14-3/8”, #X10511. This gun is in overall excellent condition showing little use or handling; fine bores, crisp action, beautiful wood stocks, 99%+ original finish. Est: $600-$1,200.

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