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B.C. Miroku Charles Daly O/U 20GA Shotgun, 28" Bbls

B.C. Miroku Charles Daly O/U 20GA Shotgun, 28″ Bbls

Here’s a great bird gun at an even better price. These Charles Daly / B. C. Miroku OUs are clones of Browning Citoris. Most of the 20 gauges you see out there have 26″ barrels. So with it’s 28″ tubes, this one is extra special.

B.C. Miroku Charles Daly O/U 20GA: $899.99 
Caliber: 20 Gauge

Barrels: 28 Inches

Chambers: 2 ¾”
Chokes: Top barrel cylinder choke (0.615 Inches) bottom barrel Imp. Cylinder (0.604 Inches)
Metal Condition: Excellent with a few handling marks. There is some silvering on the sharp edges and muzzle present.

B.C. Miroku Charles Daly O/U 20GA Shotgun, 28" Bbls

B.C. Miroku Charles Daly O/U 20GA Shotgun, 28″ Bbls

Wood Condition: Excellent with a few handling marks. A couple dents also.
Bore Condition: Excellent, bright and smooth
Triggers: Single selectable trigger
Stock: Pistol grip with rounded knob and checkering
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 14 ¼”, DAC 1 ½”, DAH 2 ½”
Fore End: Straight rounded hardwood with checkering
Butt Pad: Cushioned rubber butt pad
Weight: 6 Lbs. 5 Oz.
Sights: Front metal bead with vented raised rib
Chambers: 2 ¾”

 

Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 NE

Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 NE

Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 NEIncludes leather case. Price: $29,999.99 

Metal Condition: Good with scratches and some finish wear at the muzzle. Bright CCH on the receiver.
Wood Condition: Very good with handling marks.
Bore Condition: Shiny with good rifling.
Barrels: 26
Triggers: Double triggers.
Stock: Checkered walnut.
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 14½
Fore End: Checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Old English red rubber recoil pad.
Weight: 10-lbs., 7-ozs.
Sights: Hooded front bead, 3-position rear blades.

Piotti King #1 12 Gauge Sidelock Side by Side

Piotti King #1 12 Gauge Sidelock Side by Side

Piotti King #1 12 Gauge Sidelock Side by Side99% CASE COLOR, CASED, EXHIBITION WOOD. Year 1991, 12 Gauge, 6lbs 13oz, SxS. Piotti shotguns are considered Italian “BEST” guns and are equal to any double guns made in the world.  Some say they even surpass a Purdey!  A full sidelock Holland style action, engraved by Italy’s best, stocked to the fences, chopper lump barrels, all combine to make a fine game or clays gun.  This Piotti, sn9032 made in 1991, has exhibition custom ordered factory upgraded wood, gold shield in forend, blank gold shield in belly of stock, 27″ barrels, 6lbs. 13oz., balanced on the hinge pin for dynamic handling, and the original factory case.  This is a gun that would cost $46,830 if ordered new today at 2017 prices from William Larkin Moore. This is a grand investment, and will continue to grow in value as the price of new guns like it increase.  Buying a fine Piotti at less than half price is the way to go! Price: $18,900

John Dickson & Son wonderful round action SxS shogun with original nitro proofed Damascus barrel

John Dickson & Son wonderful round action SxS shogun with original nitro proofed Damascus barrel

John Dickson & Son wonderful round action SxS shogun with original nitro proofed Damascus barrelsThis is a very nice Dickson with original nitro proofed high quality Damascus barrels. Price: $14,900
Serial Number: 4386
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 29
Barrel Type: Damascus
Action: Trigger plate
Gauge: 12 gauge
Stock Comb: 1 7/16
Stock Heel: 2 3/16
Stock Cast: 3/8
LOP: 16″ (14″ original)
Weight: 6 lbs. 3 oz.
Choke Left: .013 IC
Choke Right: .008 Skeet II
Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .022
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .023

Parker DHE 20 Gauge 30” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm All Original

Parker DHE 20 Gauge 30” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm All Original

Parker DHE 20 Gauge 30” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm All Original20 gauge, 30″ barrels, 2 3/4″ chambers. Chokes measure .018 right and .021 left. Full length matte rib with a silver front bead. The rib is marked PARKER BROS MAKERS MERIDAN CT USA TITANIC STEEL. Bores are bright and shiny. Double triggers, ejectors, automatic safety. Pistol grip stock is has a 14” length of pull to the front trigger over what is probably the factory recoil pad. Splinter forearm. Condition: Barrels retain 95% original bluing with numerous light handling marks and light scratches. The #0 frame retains 20% original color and the floorplate retains 30% original color. Forend iron retains little original finish. Trigger guard retains 10% original bluing. The stock retains most of its original finish with a few light handling marks. The forend had varnish added with a few light handling marks. Drop at comb: 1 5/8”. Drop at heel: 2 3/4”. Weight: 6.3 lbs. Mechanics are good. Price: $13,995

 

Ithaca 4E NID 12 Gauge SxS Trap Gun with 32" F/M ejector vent rib barrels with 2 3/4" chambers

Ithaca 4E NID 12 Gauge SxS Trap Gun with 32″ F/M ejector vent rib barrels with 2 3/4″ chambers

Ithaca 4E NID 12 Gauge SxS Trap Gun with 32″ F/M ejector vent rib barrels with 2 3/4″ chambersSmall white mid bead and large white front bead. Bores are excellent measuring .736 on the right and .741 on the left. Original barrel blue remains at 98%. Choked .033 right and .019 left. Reciever with typical 4E engraving retaining 90% vivid case colors. Cocking indicators. Rear position single selecive trigger. Pistol grip buttstock and beavertail forend with ebony inlay at tip. Deeley forend release. Vacant stock oval.  14″ LOP to new replacement Ithaca Sunburst pad.  DAC-1 1/2″  DAH-1 7/8″ Weighs 8lb 15 oz

This 1926 production NID has every available factory option and remains in excellent condition. Lockup is tight. Lever remains right of center. Ejectors strong and well timed. Ribs solid. Buttstock and forend solid. An outstanding vintage trap or clays gun. Chokes reversed in the fashion that John Olin ordered his Model 21’s. Price: $4195 

The State of Quail: A video by Texas Parks & Wildlife ...

The State of Quail: A video by Texas Parks & Wildlife …

Everyone knows quail populations are falling across the U.S.

Texas is trying to reverse this trend. In this video you can learn a bit about what they’re doing to help these little gamebirds.

Check it out. There’s lot of great footage of all types of quail plus prairie chickens and other game.

Parker shotgun ad

Parker shotgun ad

I can be hard on American shotguns. Parkers, L.C. Smiths. Foxes, Lefevers, Ithacas –I’ve owned them all, and it’s not that I don’t think they’re decent doubles. It’s just that they’re WAY too expensive today.

Once you get over the sentimental thrill of owning an “Old Reliable”, you realize the prices for Parkers and other made-in-the-USA SxSs are more about nostalgia than quality. This 20 gauge Parker A-1 Special is a perfect example. While it sold for$253,000, this 20 gauge, $8.750 Francotte is a better gun.

12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors

12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors

All that being said, every now and then though I come across an American-made SxS that I see as being true to its heritage. This 12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors is that kind of gun.

Sterlingworths were built to affordable, practical doubles appropriate for all kinds of shooting. And this gun is just that. At this price, it’s just what Fox wanted Sterlingworth to be: A ton of gun for the money (AKA a great deal).

Fox Sterlingworth 12 Gauge SXS Shotgun: With 28″ Barrels, Choked IC/Mod, Double Triggers, Auto Ejectors, Barrels 90% And Thinning, Receiver 20% Case Colors, Wood 60% With Handling Marks, 1927 Philadelphia Gun. Price: $895

12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors

12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors

Arrieta by Orvis 20ga Uplander SxS Sidelock shotgun

Arrieta by Orvis 20ga Uplander SxS Sidelock shotgun

Even though most people think of as just a fishing company, Orvis has been selling hunting clothing and gear for as long as I can remember. For a while, they partnered with Arrieta to import different models of side-by-side shotguns.

The “Uplander” may have been their most basic model. I think it’s basically an Arrieta 557 with a color-case hardened action and no engraving.

Regardless, this one looks like a classy little double and its price makes it hell of a deal.

Arrieta by Orvis 20ga Uplander SxS Sidelock shotgunVery nice 20ga Arrieta 28″ barrels. straight grip, splinter forend, Leather recoil pad, LOP 14 1/8″, choked imp, mod, double triggers, 6lbs 2oz. Price: $2,595

Arrieta by Orvis 20ga Uplander SxS Sidelock shotgun

Arrieta by Orvis 20ga Uplander SxS Sidelock shotgun

 

1958 HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL 12 GAUGE, 3 INCH CHAMBER SELF OPENER LIVE PIGEON GUN

1958 HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL 12 GAUGE, 3 INCH CHAMBER SELF OPENER LIVE PIGEON GUN

1958 HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL 12 GAUGE, 3 INCH CHAMBER SELF OPENER LIVE PIGEON GUN: #36328, with original Case. 30 inch barrel, 2 triggers. Includes letter from Holland and Holland. Additionally the Case was verified as matched to the gun in 1958 the original owner was from Peru and travel to England to have it made. I have the original purchase order ROYAL SELF OPENER PIGEON GUN 1/2 CHOKE AND FULL CHOKE 7POUNDS  6 OUNCES  CASED WITH TOOLS AND EXTRA STRIKERS. Price: $29,000

B. Searcy & Co. Classic Model 500 Nitro Express SxS Double Rifle14.5 LOP, 24″ Barrels, Over the comb top tang, Ejectors. Almost as new condition, buyer has warrenty as if purchased new from MFG. Price: $19,500

B. Searcy & Co. Classic Model 500 Nitro Express SxS Double Rifle

B. Searcy & Co. Classic Model 500 Nitro Express SxS Double Rifle

GASTINNE RENETTE BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE

GASTINNE RENETTE BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE

GASTINNE RENETTE BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE27 1/2″ MOD AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP LIKE NEW ORIGINAL CONDITION IN MAKERS LEATHER CASE 5LB 15 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/4″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $17,500

BERETTA SILVERHAWK 10GA SxS MAGNUMA quality built 3 1/2in 10ga SxS. Excellent condition. No issues. Gun has seen very little use. Price: $2150 
Model: SILVER HAWK
Chambers: 3 1/2IN
Condition: EXCELLENT
Metal Condition: EXCELLENT

BERETTA SILVERHAWK 10GA SxS MAGNUM

BERETTA SILVERHAWK 10GA SxS MAGNUM

Wood Condition: VERY GOOD
Bore Condition: EXCELLENT
Barrels: 32IN
Triggers: ARTICULATING FRONT
Gauge: 10GA
Stock Comb: 1 3/8 IN
Stock Heel: 2 3/8 IN
Butt Pad: ORIGINAL
LOP: 13 7/8 IN
Weight: 9LBS 9OZ
Manufacture Date: 1961
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: FULL

J.P. Sauer & Son SxS 12 GaugePrice: $999.99 

J.P. Sauer & Son SxS 12 Gauge: Price: $999.99 

J.P. Sauer & Son SxS 12 Gauge: Price: $999.99

Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Good with Carry Wear to Bottom of Receiver
Wood Condition: Good with Handling Marks, No Cracks
Bore Condition: Good, No Pitting or Dents
Barrels: 28″ with Solid Rib
Triggers: Factory Double
Stock: Checkered Walnut
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Walnut
Butt Pad: Factory Butt Plate
Weight: 7 lbs
Sights: Brass Front Bead
Chokes: Fixed/Full/Full

Francotte Shotguns, from 1938 Abercrombie & Fitch catalog

Francotte Shotguns, from 1938 Abercrombie & Fitch catalog

For most of the 20th century, Abercrombie & Fitch was the most famous name in American sporting goods. From a retail store on NYC’s Madison Avenue, and through catalogs sent out across North American, A&F sold everything from firearms to fishing lures.

In 1938, the first spread of their Rifle-Shotgun catalog opened with the following copy:

“In our opinion the Francotte, famous Belgian gun adapted by us to the American Sportsman and improved over a period of 50 years, represents real gun value second to none. It is, in fact, an imported hand made gun at an American price.”

Three pages of Francottes followed: From the top of the line Eagle Grade Hammerless Ejector No. 45 Quality to the Knockabout Ejector. All these guns featured Siemen-Martin ‘Special’ fluid steel barrels and could be ordered with Greener-crossbolts or doll’s head extensions. They were made made on what A&F called a “Francotte lock action”, said to be an improvement on Anson & Deeley-type boxlock action, and featured Francotte-patent ejectors.

Francotte (Abercrombie & Fitch) 28 gauge SXS Shotgun

Francotte (Abercrombie & Fitch) Quality 30E 28 gauge SXS Shotgun

Price wise, Francottes weren’t cheap. But they weren’t super expensive, either. At a time when a Parker Quality A-1 Special Quality with ejectors was $890, a Parker Quality B.H.E. was $375 and a Fox X.E. was $165, Francotte’s Eagle Grade Hammerless Ejector No. 45 Quality was $550. Their most affordable double — the Francotte Knockabout Ejector — was $175. In between were models like the No. 30 Quality (30E) at $400 and a No. 20 Quality (20E) at $275.

Compared to their American competitors, all these Francotte’s were built on superior designs, featured better finishing and proper scaling, and were more aesthetically pleasing overall. If you had stopped into A&F’s Madison Avenue store and placed a Parker, Fox, and Francotte side by side, it would have been plain to you which one was superior.

Francotte (Abercrombie & Fitch) 28 gague SXS Shotgun

Francotte (Abercrombie & Fitch) Quality 30E 28 gauge SXS Shotgun

Francotte (Abercrombie & Fitch) “30E” 28 gauge SXS ShotgunFrancotte Pre-war (Abercrombie & Fitch) SXS Shotgun. Side plated 28 GA. Ejectors, side clips, 26 inch BBL, Full and Full, Double triggers, 14 1/2 inch pull to horn butt plate with Abercrombie and Fitch Leather case. Bores like new. Price: $17,995

FRANCOTTE MODEL “20E” DOUBLE 20 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN RETAILED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH28″ barrels choked  R: .009″   L: .030″.   Engraved sideplate action with auto ejectors, side clips, hiddend third bite (crossbolt with rib extension), double triggers, top lever.  Checkered splinter forend and semi-pistol grip buttstock.  Stock measurements:   Comb: 1 1/2″  Heel: 2 1/2″  LOP: 14 1/4″ to a horn buttplate.  Weight 5lbs 13oz.   In beautiful original condition retaining nearly all of the casehardened finish on the action and sideplates.   Trigger guard and top lever have all of the high polish charcoal blue remaining.  Barrels showing 98% original blue with the maker’s  and A&F’s names engraved on top.  “A FRANCOTTE MAKER” and patent info on the left  sideplate at the bottom.  Excellent wood and checkering. 1949 mfg. Price: $8,750

FRANCOTTE MODEL "20E" DOUBLE 20 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN RETAILED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH

FRANCOTTE MODEL “20E” DOUBLE 20 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN RETAILED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH

EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN: 26″ damascus steel barrels, auto ejecgtors, beautiful scroll engraved sideplates and relief engraved fences.  Double triggers, top lever, double underlocking lugs with Greener type third bite.  Bores measure .729″ both barrels with walls over .030″   Chokes:  R: .003″  L: .033″   Weight: 6lbs 7oz.    Stock measures   Comb: 1 1/2″   Heel: 2″  LOP: 14 1/2″ over a thin English hardrubber pad.  The barrels retain all of the beautiful damascus pattern,  The action showing lovely subdued case colors.  Mint bores, excellent checkering and varnish.  This would make a perfect bird gun. Price: $5,950

EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN

EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge SxS, 28”, Double Triggers, Ejectors

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge SxS, 28”, Double Triggers, Ejectors

When I first saw  this side-by-side I though “Holy Sh!t”. While sixteen gauge Winchester Model Twenty Ones aren’t hard to find, ones with 28″ barrels, double triggers AND ejectors are rarer than Irish men named Ari.

Then I saw the gun’s wart: A buttstock with 3 5/8″ of drop in it. Whoever ordered it must have been built like a giraffe –or Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.
If you’ve always wanted a M21 set up like this and can deal with all the drop (or you don’t mind restocking it), go for it. If not, you can wait for the next one to pop up. But be forewarned: You’ll wait a L-O-N-G time.

 

Video: Hunting Arizona Mearns' Quail with Randy Newberg ...

Video: Hunting Arizona Mearns’ Quail with Randy Newberg …

As it says on his website, “Randy Newberg is a hunter” and “…the voice of the public land hunter in America.” It looks like he also a bit of a TV star and a popular podcaster.

In this video, you can go along with him as he and his buddies do some quail hunting in AZ. As one commenter said “The cussin in these videos makes it so funny. So real. I love it.” I agree. It’s well done, and worth checking out.

Keith Thomas, Gun Engraver

Keith Thomas, Gun Engraver

Last April at the 2017 Southern Side By Side Spring Classic I had the good fortune to meet Keith Thomas, one of the world’s top gun engravers. Thomas began his engraving career in 1964 as an apprentice with Holland & Holland. He stayed with that famous London firm until he went own in 1975.

Since then, he has worked for most of the work’s top gunmakers, including, including Boss & Co, W. W. Greener, Hartmann & Weiss, Asprey, Peter V. Nelson, Watson Bros, and A. A. Brown.

The Hartmann & Weiss you see here features his work and is a great example of why Thomas’s rose & scroll patterns are considered to be among the finest ever.

You can see more of Keith Thomas’s work here.

Hartmann & Weiss 28 gauge over-and-under shotgun

Hartmann & Weiss 28 gauge over-and-under shotgun

Hartmann & Weiss 28 gauge over-and-under shotgun

Hartmann & Weiss 28 gauge over-and-under shotgun

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