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Ansley H. Fox, XE Grade, 12 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun

Ansley H. Fox, 12 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun

NOTE: Even though the seller has listed this gun as an XE, it appears to be a CE-grade Fox Shotgun. My mistake.

Knowing when to stop is crucial to embellishing a shotgun. Too much engraving, fancy checkering, cakey wood, or gold ruins a SxS or O/U. Too little leaves a gun looking dull and unfinished. Getting it just right is the trick.

Fox’s XE grades were higher grade doubles in their day, not the very best, but very, very good, and quite expensive. They featured Automatic Ejectors, a Silver’s Recoil Pad and Lyman Sights. The stocks were made of Circassian Walnut and oil finished with a  full pistol, half pistol, straight grip, or  Monte-Carlo style grip. They were offered with Chromox Fluid Steel in 26 “, 28″, 30″ & 32″ barrels. Like all Fox shotguns, they came in 12 gauge, 16 gauge and 20 gauge.

From A.H. Fox, via the A.H. Fox Collectors Association website:

Ansley H. Fox, XE Grade, 12 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun

Ansley H. Fox, 12 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun

“The XE is the result of the increasing demand for a gun which shall be as nearly perfect for the purpose as it is possible to be made. Each gun receives and elaborate amount of handwork, which.. is still the only way to produce a really accurate and high grade gun.”

Here’s more about the one you see here from the seller:

Ansley H. Fox, 12 Gauge, 28″ Barrels: Bores in Excellent Condition as is the Whole Shotgun, Mfg. in Phila. PA, Double Trigger, Half Pistol Grip, #4 Barrels Weight, Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel, Metal Bead, Ejector, LOP 14 7/16″, Choke Modified & Full. Hand Engraved Scroll Work and Game Scenes. Serial #30827. Price: $8950

Ansley H. Fox, XE Grade, 12 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun

Ansley H. Fox, 12 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun

I’ve been to a bunch of field trials. Non of them have been like this one. This video was shot at the 2013 Border International Championship at Pennant, Sask. All I can say is that I would love to go.

The Border International 2013 Horseback Field Trial

The Border International 2013 Horseback Field Trial

In the UK, bird hunting is called shooting, and much of this “shooting” is done driven style. Take a look at this quick video from the British Association for Shooting and Conservation to see how driven pheasant shooting is done…

Alderfer Auction Co. in Hatfield, PA, is having a big firearms auction on September 17, 2013, 12:00 PM EST. Here are few of the double barrels in the sale that caught my eye.

Ithaca Grade 2 side by side double barrel shotgun:

Ithaca Grade 2 side by side double barrel shotgun

Ithaca Grade 2 side by side double barrel shotgun: 12 ga. 30″ bbls. 2-3/4″ shells. Full chokes. SN 183829. Blued finish on barrels, barrels show several areas of freckling and light pitting, barrel rib approximately 3″ from muzzle shows a small dent, lightly engraved receiver shows no case color, bores are slightly dirty but look good, checkered walnut stock and forend show light handling marks and has 1-1/2″ crack, factory plastic butt plate shows wear but is intact as does the pistol grip cap, white bead front sight, double triggers and automatic ejectors. Good. Estimated: $400 – $700

Von Lengerke & Detmold The Knock About Gun side by side double barrel shotgun

Von Lengerke & Detmold The Knock About Gun side by side double barrel shotgun

Von Lengerke & Detmold Knock About Gun side by side double barrel shotgun: 12 ga. 30″ bbls. 2-3/4″ shells. IM/Full chokes. SN 87884. Blued finish on barrels, small amount of case color on receiver, bores are slightly dirty but look good, very small amount of light oxidation on barrels just below muzzle, right side lock has light freckling, right side barrel to include the rib shows areas of freckling, checkered walnut stock and forend shows handling marks some deep, plastic spacer and after market butt plate added. Estimate: $400 – $600

Browning Superposed Midas Grade over/under double barrel shotgun

Browning Superposed Midas Grade over/under double barrel shotgun

Browning Superposed Midas Grade over/under double barrel shotgun. 12 ga. 29-3/4″ bbls. 2-3/4″ shells. Full/Modified chokes. SN 1289S71. Blued finish on metal, highly engraved receiver, excellent bores, select checkered walnut stock and forend show no handling marks, rubber butt pad, white bead front and middle sights. Stamped on barrels “Browning Arms Company Morgan Utah & Montreal PQ Made in Belgium”. Serial number on barrels match receiver. In factory Browning marked hard side lockable case (with keys) with warranty card. Estimate: $5,000 – $7,500

Browning Superposed Diana Grade over/under double barrel shotgun. 12 ga.

Browning Superposed Diana Grade over/under double barrel shotgun. 12 ga.

Browning Superposed Diana Grade over/under double barrel shotgun. 12 ga. 28″ vent rib bbls. 2-3/4″ shells. Full/Modified chokes. SN 91091. Blued finish on barrels, highly engraved receiver, very good bores, select checkered walnut stock and forend show multiple light scratches, factory black plastic butt plate, single bead white front sight. Barrel is stamped “Browning Arms Company St. Louis MO & Montreal PQ Made in Belgium”. Serial number on barrels and receiver match. In factory marked Browning hard side lockable case (with keys). Very good. Estimate: $2,500 – $4,000

Browning Upland Special over/under double barrel shotgun. 20 ga

Browning Upland Special over/under double barrel shotgun. 20 ga

Browning Upland Special over/under double barrel shotgun. 20 ga. 26″ vent rib bbls. 2-3/4″ shells. Adjustable chokes. SN 12506PW123. Blued finish on metal, excellent bores, checkered walnut stock and forend show minor handling marks, factory plastic butt plate. Serial number on barrels and receiver match. In factory marked Browning hard side lockable case (with keys) and 4 choke tubes. Very good. Estimate: $200 – $400

JOSEPH MANTON 16 BORE PERCUSSION BALL & SHOTGUN

JOSEPH MANTON 16 BORE PERCUSSION BALL & SHOTGUN

JOSEPH MANTON 16 BORE PERCUSSION BALL & SHOTGUN. 16 bore, 32″ twist steel barrels, stepped at 22 1/2″ from the muzzle and intended for ball as well as shot. The barrel legend reads “JOSEPH MANTON & SON, 6 HOLLES STREET, CAVENDISH SQUARE, LONDON”. Serial number 10651 and listed in the Manton book with a full description including the stepped barrel. Cased in a magnificent pigskin lined oak box by John Dickson & Son’s for Charles Gordon around 1890. It is now in mint condition with all of the accessories that include both shot flask and mold.  Price: $24,500.00

Beautiful Belgium Browning Superposed Midas 20 Gauge RKLT

Beautiful Belgium Browning Superposed Midas 20 Gauge RKLT

Beautiful Belgium Browning Superposed Midas 20 Gauge RKLT: Very desirable 28″ bbl, 3″ chambers, f/f, 14 1/4″ LOP. 100% factory original, original Browning pad. Vranken engraved, and signed 3 times! 1960 gun, RKLT. 1960 was the first year of the named Brownings, before that they were grades. Vranken was the engraver who designed the new Midas engraving, this is his work, possibly even one of the first. Conservative 95% condition. Cased. Price: $17,950

Westley Richards Droplock 12ga Single Trigger 27"

Westley Richards Droplock 12ga Single Trigger 27″

Westley Richards Droplock 12ga Single Trigger 27″: The nicest Westley I have seen weighs only 6lbs 9oz , has a factory single trigger, ejectors, 27in barrels,choked imp. cyl./ full  ,unbelievable wood, 14 1/2 in LOP to a checkered butt, straight english stock  gun is marked # 1 in gold. Price: $13,450.00

Armes De Luxe Masqulier Liege 12ga SxS (Paul Jaeger Import): Made in Liege, Belgium, Imported by Paul Jaeger of Jenkintown, PA. Like New Condition. English (Straight) Stock. 26 3/8″ barrels MOD/CYL. 15.25 LOP x 2.5D@H, Mod & Cyl. Price: $4,295.00

Armes De Luxe Masqulier Liege 12ga SxS (Paul Jaeger Import)

Armes De Luxe Masqulier Liege 12ga SxS (Paul Jaeger Import)

Francotte #14 Jubilee 16ga. (Abercrombie & Fitch Import)

Francotte #14 Jubilee 16ga. (Abercrombie & Fitch Import)

Francotte #14 Jubilee 16ga. (Abercrombie & Fitch Import): 28″ Churchill style solid rib, choked IM/F, 70% coverage engraving,DT’s jectors,breathtaking long tang Belgium Bastogne straight walnut stock & forearm, 14 1/4″+ LOP, 1 1/2″ DAC – 2 3/” DAH – 6 lbs., 99%+ As New Condition condition. Price: $3,999.00

Ithaca 4E Flues 12 ga. SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Ithaca 4E Flues 12 ga. SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Ithaca 4E Flues 12 ga. SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Ithaca 4E Flues 12 ga. SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Ithaca #2 Pigeon Gun, 12 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun

Ithaca #2 Crass Pigeon Gun, 12 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun

Ithaca #2 Pigeon Gun, 12 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun

Ithaca #2 Pigeon Gun, 12 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun

The Ithaca Gun Co. used to be one of the biggest gunmakers in America. Up until the WW2, they turned out more SxS shotguns than any other maker in this country. The Flues model double was the company biggest seller. From 1908 to 1926,  Ithaca made 223,000 of them (Parker made 95,000 side-by-sides in the same period.)

Ithaca 4E Flues 12 ga. SxS: A truly magnificent, 100% original 4E.  32” full and full barrels with twin ivory beads.  Double triggers. Retaining close to 90% original case colors and 98% blue.  The straight grip buttstock is dramatically figured with a “sunburst” of grain.  13 5/8” LOP, 1 ½” DAC & 2 ¼” DAH.  Even the original pad in excellent condition.   9 lbs. 3 oz.

Before the Flues, Ithaca made a Lewis model, and before that gun was their Crass model double barrel.

Ithaca Crass #2 Pigeon Gun, 12 Gauge, Game Gun: Circa 1902, in excellent overall condition. 12 gauge, 2 ¾”, 28”, Cylinder & Full, Double triggers, extractors, DAC: 1 5/8″, DAH: 2 5/8″, Cast off: 1/8″, LOP: 14”, 7lbs, 14 oz.

 

20g Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors

20g Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors

Here’s a double a lot of guys are looking for – and for good reason. Fox Sterlingworths are great American doubles. Finding one in 20g with this much condition, 28″ barrels and ejectors is tough to do.

If you like the looks of it, get on it now. It’s online and the auction ends 9/15/13 19:05:0. Here are the spec from the seller:

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth, 20 ga. side by side shotgun. Serial #263097, mfg. 1929. Very good condition. Oh boy, oh boy, we have a Prom Queen here! Go get the crown! Beautiful and elegant 20 ga. Sterlingworth on the small frame with ejectors and CONDITION: 70% fading case colors and 95% blue on the barrels! Yee haw! Nice tight action. 28″ ribbed barrels. Bright bores. Choked M/F. Marked “Savage Arms Corp., Utica, N.Y. USA” on top of left barrel and “Sterlingworth Fluid Compressed Steel” on right top of barrel. Original stock has some hunting marks as expected. Hard buttplate. Ejectors work great! Double triggers. All original and gorgeous!

Texas used to be the last stronghold of wild bobwhite quail – especially the western part of the start. Unfortunately, it looks like the bird’s numbers are falling there just like they’re falling throughout the US. Sporting Classic Daily posted this video about one group trying to turn things around for Gentleman Bob.

Operation Idiopathic Decline is the largest disease and parasite study every done on quail. It’s trying to figure out why west Texas’s quail population is collapsing, and they’re trying to find a way to stop this decline.

12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun

12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun

Do you love the idea of ordering a bespoke shotgun? A lot of people do. But there can be a downside to a having a shotgun custom made just for you: After all your anticipating and money spent, what you specified on paper may not be what arrives at your door.

That’s one reason I like used doubles. With a used shotgun, you know what you’re getting (at least once your gunsmith has had a chance to look it over). Even if you buy a side-by-side or over-under online, you should be able to get your money back in a couple of weeks if there’s a problem.

12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun

12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun

So you’re thinking about “bespeaking” a 12 gauge Spanish sidelock, I would take a long look at the Arrieta you see here instead.  I’m not sure if it’s 557, a 570, or something between. But whatever model it is, it sure looks like a good deal for $2,999 – especially when you consider that a brand  new 12 gauge 557 costs $4,999.

If you agree, now. This shotgun is at Gunauction.com, and the listing ends September 14, 2013 19:57:00 PT. Here’s more about it from the seller:

12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun

12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun

12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun: This elegant gun is one of Arrieta’s best guns! It’s a 7 pin Holland & Holland style lock. It has has a case colored receiver and is beautifully engraved with ultra fine scroll engraving, gold plated removable sidelocks, double trigger (front hinged), auto ejectors and so much more. Notice all the details like N/S screws, the beautiful case color, the fit of wood to metal and so on. This particular gun is “as built” with the exception of an added pad (owner is tall), no wood was cut off. It is a 12 bore choked light modified and improved modified. 6 pounds 12 ounces. Stats: LOP 15″, BBls 27&3/4″, DAH 2&1/4″, DAT 7&1/4″, OAL 45&1/4.

12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun

12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun

E.C. Griffith's PARKER DH 12GA 30" Double Barrel Shotgun

E.C. Griffith’s PARKER DH 12GA 30″ Double Barrel Shotgun

Shooting live pigeons used to be a big sport in the United States. After the Civil War and up until around 1900, top competitors like Captain A.H. Bogardus and J.A.R. Elliott traveled around the country, shot in front of huge crowds, and won thousands of dollars.

E.C. Griffith was another one of these top shots, and in 1901 he won the the country’s most prestigious live pigeon shoot:

“The ninth Grand American at live birds was again held at Interstate Park on April 3, 1901…Shooting from 28 yards, E.C. Griffith killed 25 straight from 28 yards, then had to endure an 18 bird miss-and-out shoot off over 21 others to claim the crown.”

-From the Pennsylvania State Sportsmen’s Association

E.C. Griffith's PARKER DH 12GA 30" Double Barrel Shotgun

E.C. Griffith’s PARKER DH 12GA 30″ Double Barrel Shotgun

Amazingly, the Parker shotgun he used to win this event just popped up on the market. Here’s more info about this historic side-by-side from the seller:

PARKER DH 12GA 30″ Double Barrel Shotgun IMOD & IMOD: DT, EXTRACTORS, STRAIGHT GRIP, THIS IS THE GUN THAT E.C. GRIFFITH WON THE 1901 GRAND AMERICAN HANDICAP LIVE BIRD SHOOT.WE HAVE AN EMAIL FROM THE TRAP SHOOTERS HALL OF FAME STATNG THE INFROMATION ON THE PLAQUE ON THe STOCK IS CORRECT AND THAT HE ALSO WON THE CLAY BIRD SHOOT AS WELL AS HIS RHODE ISLAND STATE SHOOT THAT YEAR. THE PARKER LETTER DOES STATE THE GUN WAS ORDERED FOR MR GRIFFITH IN 1898. THE BARRELS ARE 90% BLUE, RECEIVER IS SILVER BROWN, WOOD IS VG WITH DETERIORATING VINTAGE PAD, ANTIQUE. Price: $9,850.00

E.C. Griffith's PARKER DH 12GA 30" Double Barrel Shotgun

E.C. Griffith’s PARKER DH 12GA 30″ Double Barrel Shotgun

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