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E.J. CHURCHILL, SxS Boxlock, Double Barrel Shotgun .410 28” F/F

E.J. CHURCHILL, SxS Boxlock, Double Barrel Shotgun .410 28” F/F

E.J. CHURCHILL, SxS Boxlock, Double Barrel Shotgun .410 28” F/F: English walnut straight grip stock, checkered butt, double triggers, splinter forend, automatic ejectors, 85% barrel bluing and wood finish, 90% vivid case coloring remaining, light handing marks on wood, small and wonderful little gun, includes makers’ case. 14” x 1 1/2” x 2”,  4lbs., 12oz. Price: $18,999

Parker CHE Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge, Straight Hand Grip, 30" bbls

Parker CHE Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge, Straight Hand Grip, 30″ bbls

Parker CHE 12 Gauge, Straight Hand Grip, 30″ bbls: 2 Frame, Very Clean! The action is very clean with some case colors remaining in protected areas, screws are clean, double triggers, tight on the face, the engraving remains sharp. The barrels are 30″ steel with good blue, minor wear to the blue at the hand, bores are very clen, great wall thickness, chokes Full/ Full. The stock is a straight hand/ splinter with good chequering and finish, the stock does not have oil soaking, very minor handling marks, 14 1/4″ LOP to a skeleton butt, the stock is very high at 2 1/4″DAH and 1 1/2″DAC. 7lbs 4oz. Price: $15500

AUG. FRANCOTTE 20 GA. GRADE 20E Double Barrel Shotgun

AUG. FRANCOTTE 20 GA. GRADE 20E Double Barrel Shotgun

AUG. FRANCOTTE 20 GA. GRADE 20E Double Barrel Shotgun: BBLS. 27 3/4″ – CYL/FULL – 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, SIDEPLATED BOXLOCK, CC 75%, ROUND KNOB SEMI-PISTOL GRIP, LOP 14″ OVER SOLID LEATHERFACED PAD, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, WEIGHS 5 LBS. 7 OZS., OVERBORED , MIN. WALL L.028/ R .022., LOCK UP BY DOUBLE UNDERBITES AND GREENER STYLE CROSSBOLT. SIDECLIPS . Price $4,900

BERETTA - - 426E - 20ga - side-by-side shotgun - 28" M / F - Hand Engraved

BERETTA – - 426E – 20ga – side-by-side shotgun – 28″ M / F – Hand Engraved

BERETTA – - 426E – 20ga – side-by-side shotgun – 28″ M / F – Hand Engraved: 3″ chambers, M / F (.016 / .036), Raised Solid Rib, Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger, Beavertail Forearm, LOP 14-1/4″ with Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 6 oz. Condition is Excellent Plus – Metal 98+%. Wood has a few very minor marks – nothing through the finish. Price: $2450

WINCHESTER MODEL 101 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN: 28″ BARRELS, CHOKED MODIFIED AND FULL, 3″ CHAMBERS, 98% OVERALL. Price $1399

WINCHESTER MODEL 101 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN:

WINCHESTER MODEL 101 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN:

Greater Sage Grouse Breeding Areas

Greater Sage Grouse Breeding Areas

Greater Sage Grouse

Greater Sage Grouse

Like bison, grizzly bears, and elk, the Sage Grouse used to be seen in great numbers across a lot of America’s west. Today, that’s not true. As sage brush disappears from the western range, the birds are disappearing, too. While saving them seems sounds like a no-brainer, some farmers, ranchers, developers, and gas companies are saying no way.

But others are helping out. Check out this story from NPR to learn more about the issue:

In Montana Wilds, An Unlikely Alliance To Save The Sage Grouse

“As its name implies, the sage grouse lives in sagebrush country, the rolling hills of knee-high scrub that’s the common backdrop in movie Westerns. Pristine sagebrush is disappearing, however, and so are the birds. Biologists want to protect the sage grouse, but without starting a 21st century range war over it. So they’ve undertaken a grand experiment in the American West, to keep the grouse happy, as well as cattle ranchers and the energy industry…”

Read the entire piece here , listen to the radio story, and check out the great slide show.

Check out this PDF -  Beginner’s Guide to Greater Sage Grouse – to learn more about Sage Grouse and how to conserve them.

12 gauge Browning Superposed Superlight O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge Browning Superposed Superlight O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

Sorry for being MIA the past few days. Work has been a bear the past few days – 10, 11 hours a day in the office – and I haven’t had extra time or energy to do much more.  But now I’m back. And so are the good guns.

This 12 gauge Browning Superposed Superlight just came on the market and caught my eye. Except for the pad, it looks like a decent, original double, and at just $2,499.99, it also looks like a deal.

12 gauge Browning Superposed Superlight O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge Browning Superposed Superlight O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

The Browning Superposed was the last firearm designed by John Browning, and this over-under shotgun went into production in 1931 – five years after its inventor’s death. I think the Superlights were introduced in the late ’60s and offered into the ’70s. The one you see here weighs just 6 lbs. 8 oz., so it looks like it lives up to its name.

Here’s more about it from the seller:

12 gauge Browning Superposed Superlight

Price: $2,499.99

Manufacturer: 1968
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very Good, Carry Wear And Wear On Sharp Edges
Wood Condition: Very Good, Scattered Dents And Scratches
Bore Condition: Bright And Shiny
Barrels: 26 3/8
Triggers: Single, Selective
Stock: Checkered Straight-Hand Stock
Stock Dimensions: 14 5/8″ LOP.
Fore End: Checkered
Butt Pad: Pachmyr White Line Recoil Pad
Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz.
Sights: Red Front With White Mid Bead
Chokes: Improved Cylinder/Modified
JULES GERVAIS BEST SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE

JULES GERVAIS BEST SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE

JULES GERVAIS BEST SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE: 29 3/4 ” 012 AND 049 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS 7LB 4 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 1/2 X 14. Price: $7,500.00

Parker Reproduction – DHE – 28ga 26″ IC / M – - Beavertail Forearm – - As New – Cased: 2-3/4″, IC / M (.006 / .018), Pistol Grip, Single Selective Trigger, Beavertail Forearm, LOP 14-3/8″ with Drop 1-3/8″ to 21/8″, Weight 5 lbs. 9 oz. Gun is like new! The slightest hint of high edge color loss on the frame. A few very hard to see marks on the wood. A 99% gun by anyone’s measure. Lever is well right of center – clearly hasn’t been fired much – if at all. Includes: Gun, Case, and Snap Caps. Price: $4,950.00

Parker Reproduction - DHE - 28ga 26" IC / M - - Beavertail Forearm - - As New - Cased:

Parker Reproduction – DHE – 28ga 26″ IC / M – - Beavertail Forearm – - As New – Cased:

AUG. FRANCOTTE 20 GA. GRADE 20E, Double barrel shotgun

AUG. FRANCOTTE 20 GA. GRADE 20E, Double barrel shotgun

AUG. FRANCOTTE 20 GA. GRADE 20E: BLS. 27 3/4″ – CYL/FULL – 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, SIDEPLATED BOXLOCK, CC 75%, ROUND KNOB SEMI-PISTOL GRIP, LOP 14″ OVER SOLID LEATHERFACED PAD, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, WEIGHS 5 LBS. 7 OZS., OVERBORED , MIN. WALL L.028/ R .022., LOCK UP BY DOUBLE UNDERBITES AND GREENER STYLE CROSSBOLT. SIDECLIPS. Price: $4,900.

Winchester Classic 28g. Side-By-Side Model 23 Shotgun With Case

Winchester Classic 28g. Side-By-Side Model 23 Shotgun With Case

Winchester Classic 28g. Side-By-Side Model 23 Shotgun With Case: Serial # CL28-2xxE. This is a beautiful Winchester Model 23 Side-By-Side in .28 gauge. The shotgun has 26’ barrels with a vent rib, length of pull is 14 ½”. Chokes are IC and M, it chambers 2 ¾” shells. The shotgun has a deeply polished factory blue finish and deluxe checkered wooden stocks, it has really classic lines, and it’s a beautiful shotgun to behold! The shotgun easily rates 95% overall condition inside and out, the bores are shiny. The gun comes in a canvas-covered Winchester case (no accessories).  Price: $4,000.00

1969 Browning Superposed Superlight Solid Rib: This is a Browning superposed 12 gauge with 26 inch improved cylinder and modified choke solid rib barrels. This gun is 99% in the case. Very little to no use as the action will not open on it’s own. Serial # is 99xxxS9. DAC 1 1/2 DAH 2 3/8 LOP 14 1/4 Wt 6lb 9oz. Price: $3,000

1969 Browning Superposed Superlight Solid Rib

1969 Browning Superposed Superlight Solid Rib

 

20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28" bbls, straight-grip stock

20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28″ bbls, straight-grip stock

For some reason, Americans have never loved shotguns with straight-gripped stocks. That’s why most of the doubles by American makers like Parker, A.H. Fox, & L.C. Smith feature pistol grips.

When you do see straight-gripped stocks on an American double, it’s usually on a higher grade model. The higher-grades were custom made, and customers could order whatever they wanted.

But most of the lower-grade guns were bought off the rack at a local sporting-goods shop or hardware store, and buyers took what they could get. And that was usually a double with a pistol grip.

20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28" bbls, straight-grip stock

20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28″ bbls, straight-grip stock

So all this means that this Field-grade L.C. Smith is a tough shotgun to find — especially in original condition.

L C Smith, Hunter Arms, 20 Gauge Straight Stock: Field grade, 28″ bbls, Full & Full, 2 3/4″ chambers, Very good blue, Mirror bores, Light case color, Featherweight frame, Straight-grip stock, Splinter forearm with the Curtis Forend Fastener (refer to page 424 in the John Houchin’s L.C. Smith book). Very good wood and checkering. 1 1/2″ X 2 3/4″ X 14 1/2″. Made in 1913. Price: $1650

20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28" bbls, straight-grip stock

20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28″ bbls, straight-grip stock

20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28" bbls, straight-grip stock

20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28″ bbls, straight-grip stock

20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28" bbls, straight-grip stock

20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28″ bbls, straight-grip stock

20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28" bbls, straight-grip stock

20 gauge L.C. Smith Field Featherweight. 28″ bbls, straight-grip stock

America – F@!CK YEAH!

Happy Independence Day!

 John Trumbull's painting, Declaration of Independence, depicting basuras the five-man drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence presenting their work to the Congress.

John Trumbull’s painting, Declaration of Independence, depicting basuras the five-man drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence presenting their work to the Congress.

Here are some other important events in American history that happened today:

1817 – In Rome, New York, construction on the Erie Canal began.

1827 – Slavery was abolished in New York State

1863 – American Civil War: Siege of Vicksburg – Vicksburg, Mississippi surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant after 47 days of siege. 150 miles up the Mississippi River

1863 – American Civil War: The Army of Northern Virginia withdrew from the battlefield after losing the Battle of Gettysburg, signalling an end to the Southern invasion of the North.

I came across these videos last night and I thought they were awesome. I would love to see this stuff going on live.

LEFEVER "H" GRADE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SHOTGUN

LEFEVER “H” GRADE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SHOTGUN

There aren’t a few rules to gun collecting. “Cash rules” is one of them. So is “Oral agreements are worth the paper they’re written on.”

Another rule is “Original condition is king”. The more of it a double has, the more it costs (and “restored” never compares to original). The side-by-sides below are perfect examples of the high prices that shotguns in original condition can command. Check them out to see what original finishes really look like, and how much they’ll cost you.

LEFEVER “H” GRADE 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN: 16 gauge, 28″ damascus steel barrels, double triggers, extractors, and top lever opening. Checkered forend and pistol grip buttstock measuring 14″ to a factory buttplate. Comb: 1 3/4″ Heel: 3″ Weight: 6lbs 11oz. Retaining 99% original barrel brown, 99% plus vivid casehardened finish. Beautiful wood and checkering. Appears unused. Mint bores. Chokes: mod & full. Price: $6750.00

LEFEVER "H" GRADE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SHOTGUN

LEFEVER “H” GRADE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SHOTGUN

LEFEVER "H" GRADE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SHOTGUN

LEFEVER “H” GRADE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SHOTGUN

A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia

A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia

A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia: A H FOX, PHIL., A GRADE 20 GAUGE, 26″ BARRELS.  EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES, IC & MODIFIED (RIGHT BARREL .007, LEFT .017), CLEARLY MARKED NUMBER FOUR BARREL WEIGHT.  AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, ATTRACTIVE DEEP CUT ENGRAVING, LIGHT CASE COLOR, TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT, VERY STRONG EJECTORS.  MOST OF THE BLUE ON THE TRIGGER GUARD.  ROUND KNOB PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, EXCELLENT WOOD, PERFECT CHECKERING.  ORIGINAL BUTTPLATE, 1 1/2 X 2 5/8″ X 14 1/8″, 5 POUNDS 8 OUNCES.  MADE IN 1926.  ALL ORIGINAL FINISH.  NICE LITTLE FOX.  Price: $5,000.00

A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia

A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia

A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia

A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia

A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia

A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia

A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia

A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia

A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia

A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

Fox’s C-grade double barrel shotguns have always seemed like a good balance between too little and too much finish. The grades about them (the DE, XE, & FEs) are bit too done up for my taste, while the Sterlingworths, AEs, & BEs can be plain.

The one you see here is a good example of what I mean. The engraving is just enough to keep things interesting without being gaudy, and the wood is appealing with screaming “FIGURE” and stealing the whole show. In their 1925 catalog, A.H. Fox has this say about  their C-grade shotguns:

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

“This is the grade that has made good everywhere. In every respect it is a high grade. It’s beauty in looks and finish. No gun will stand up better to hard work. Its every detail is perfect. And at the price it is in a class absolutely by itself.

THE BARRELS are a high quality of Chromox Fluid Steel. They are guaranteed both for accurate shooting and great strength. THE STOCK is a choice selection of dark, curly Walnut. The grain is beautifully brought out in the hand rubbed oil finish. THE ENGRAVING is the work of an artist. It stands out clear and beautiful in design. THE CHECKERING is of fine diamond pattern on grip, panels and forend…”

Here’s more about this one from the seller:

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 GA: 30″ bbls, 2 3/4″ chambers, Modified & Full, 14 3/8″ LOP, 7 3/4lbs. Action shows case color in protected areas and barrel blue remains at 90%. Bores are bright and excellent! Wood is free of cracks with light use marks and has been fitted with an aftermarket pad. Small chip is missing at top right corner behind reciever. Lockup is tight. Price: $3,999

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

 

Lingo – everything has it. Here’s a good intro some of the basic training terms retriever guys toss around all the time.

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