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12 gauge James Purdey & Sons Double Barrel, SxS Shotgun

12 gauge James Purdey & Sons Double Barrel, SxS Shotgun

Before there was golf, there was pigeon shooting. At one time this game/sport was one of the most popular pastimes in America. Cities and towns across the country had clubs dedicated to pigeon shooting, and the local papers reported on the shoots like they were high school basketball games. Big money was won and lost at pigeon shoots and serious competitors had double barrel shotguns custom made for the game.

Today, most of the pigeon shooting clubs are gone. But many of the guns built for the ring are still around. With long barrels, tight chokes, a heavy proof, and a pretty high stock, the James Purdey side-by-side shotgun you see here may be one of those double barrels. It looks like it’s in fantastic original condition, and today it would be the perfect gun for sporting clays, high, driven pheasants, or to just check out and appreciate.

12 gauge James Purdey & Sons Double Barrel, SxS Shotgun

12 gauge James Purdey & Sons Double Barrel, SxS Shotgun

JAMES PURDEY & SONS – 12 ga.SIDELOCK EJECTOR SELF OPENING PIGEON GUN : 31’ BARRELS CHOKED 7/8 & FULL (.030/.045 ) – SIDE CLIPS & THIRD FASTENER – STRAIGHT HAND STOCK MEASURES 14 7/16” OVER PAD X 1 3/8” X 2” – PROOF IS 1 ¼” WITH 2 7/8” CHAMBERS – CASE COLOURS 75% – HAS RAISED MATTED PIGEON RIB – MADE IN 1926 – CASED IN ORIGINAL OAK & LEATHER . Price: $39,000.00

12 gauge James Purdey & Sons Double Barrel, SxS Shotgun

12 gauge James Purdey & Sons Double Barrel, SxS Shotgun

Lettered Winchester Model 21 16 gauge Skeet Grade serial # 13146

Lettered Winchester Model 21 16 gauge Skeet Grade serial # 13146

Winchester’s Model 21 is of the baby brother of American double barrel shotguns. Launched in 1931, it hit the market well a couple years into the Great Depression and just after business at Parker, L.C. Smith, and Fox had started to slip.

By the time Winchester finished up standard production of their flagship side-by-side, the M21 would be the only high-quality side-by-side made in the US. Today, many people believe it was the best one ever mass produced in this country.

Lettered Winchester Model 21 16 gauge Skeet Grade serial # 13146

Lettered Winchester Model 21 16 gauge Skeet Grade serial # 13146

If you agree, this 16 gauge Model 21 may interest you. Its in a rare configuration and it appears to be in excellent shape. This online auctions ends Saturday, 7/20 @ 10:00:00 PM ET. So if you like it, bid on it now.

Here’s more about it from the seller:

Lettered Winchester Model 21 16 gauge Skeet Grade serial # 13146

Lettered Winchester Model 21 16 gauge Skeet Grade serial # 13146

Lettered Winchester Model 21 16 gauge Skeet Grade: Serial # 13146 (having final inspection of July 30, 1948) with 26″ two bead vent rib barrels choked WS-1 & WS-2 with excellent bores, single select trigger, selective ejectors, non-automatic safety, beavertail forearm and beautiful pistol grip stock with no cracks or chips having a 13 5/8″ LOP, 1 3/4″ DAC & 1 5/8″ DAH all as per enclosed Winchester archive letter in very good condition. It weighs in at 7 lb. Action locks up “21″ tight and the top lever is to the right. The vent rib was special order as all Skeet guns became standard with raised matted ribs in 1940. Also in 1947 28″ barrels became standard, so this 21 has special order 26″ barrels.

Lettered Winchester Model 21 16 gauge Skeet Grade serial # 13146

Lettered Winchester Model 21 16 gauge Skeet Grade serial # 13146

The Skeet Grade stock standard dimensions were 1 9/16 DAC & 2″ DAH. Special order dimensions on this Winchester as listed above. Only exception to the letter is the Hawkins pad (Winchester offered many pads from outside vendors during the 1930s & 40s) instead of listed Winchester pad on this SxS, but this could have easily been changed at any time by request of the customer or for supply reasons. The pad looks like a factory installation to me and the LOP is spot on to the letter.

Check out this short video to see Little Jeb go from wild to steady — right before your very eyes! Here’s a bit about the video from the folks at GunDogDevelopment.com: A chronology of Little Jeb’s steadiness training. Over the last six months, we anxiously waited for him to show us that he was ready to be steadied on game. This video journal, begining May 25, 2013 captures all of his training sessions up to July 13, 2013. All of the clips are in sequence to show his progression.

Although edited, all of the benchmarks to move him through the program have been included. Little Jeb received one E-collar correction in the at the finally. If you watch closely, you can see a slight twitch in his tail when the correction occurred.

28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun

In 1984, Winchester Arms introduced the “The Parker Reproduction by Winchester“, a double barrel shotgun based in the original Parker Bros. design. Made in Japan, these side-by-sides were vailable in three grades –DHE  BHE and A1 Special grades –  and produced until 1989.

28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun

In all, around 12,000 Parker Repros were made — 4,203 DHE in 28 gauge. Of these 4,203 shotguns, the one below is one of the hardest configurations to find. It’s also the most desirable. Take a good look at it. I get it will be gone soon.

28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun: A very rare configuration – 28″ bbls, straight-hand stock, double triggers and a beavertail fore end. In the factory hard case with canvas cover and snap caps.

Price: $4,999.99

Caliber: 28 gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Case color has faded some. Retains most of its original blue.
Wood Condition: Light marking if any. When installing the recoil pad, the stock was left as long as possible, so the widow’s peak left by the skeleton butt has been filled.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double
Stock: Straight-hand
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/2″ LOP. 1 1/2″ DAC. 2 3/8″ DAH.
Fore End: Beavertail
Butt Pad: Trim black recoil pad
Weight: 5 3/4 lbs.
Chokes: Mod/Full
Item Location: Sidney, NE
James Woodward & Sons, 12 Guagem Double Barrel Shotgun:

James Woodward & Sons, 12 Guagem Double Barrel Shotgun:

Of all the London “Best” shotgun makers, nice doubles by James Woodward are some of the toughest guns to find.  Woodward was in business from 1874 to 1948. In that time, the company made fewer than 4500 guns, and that includes double rifles, sidelock and boxlock side-by-sides of all grades, and the company’s famous Under & Overs.

So if this best-quality, sidelock Woodward is legit and original, it’s a tough side-by-side to find and maybe a great deal:

James Woodward & Sons,  12 Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun: 12-3/4″ 12 Guage Side by Side Shotgun. Best Quality AE Sidelock, Number 1 of 2. 28″ Cyl. & Mod.  1-1/8 ounce Nitro Proof. Pistol Grip, 14-1/2″ Lenght of Pull to Checkered Butt. 6 Pounds 8 ounces. 90% Case Color. In origonal Leather Case.  Price: $17,700.00

James Woodward & Sons, 12 Guagem Double Barrel Shotgun:

James Woodward & Sons, 12 Guagem Double Barrel Shotgun:

James Woodward & Sons, 12 Guagem Double Barrel Shotgun:

James Woodward & Sons, 12 Guagem Double Barrel Shotgun:

Parker D-grade Lifter Double Barrel Shotgun, 10GA, 32" bbls

Parker D-grade Lifter Double Barrel Shotgun, 10GA, 32″ bbls

When it comes to hammerguns, Parkers made on their lifter-action have always been one of favorite designs. And I think graded lifters are some of the most beautiful shotguns ever made in America. Just check out this Quality 6, A Grade to see what I mean.

The Quality 3, D Grade you see here is another great looking example. Parker introduced this model in 1875. Price at $100 (a ton of money back then, btw) it was one of the company’s best sellers. It’s easy to see why.

Here’s more about this one from the seller:

Parker D-grade Lifter Double Barrel Shotgun, 10GA, 32″ bbls: much color, nice patterned bbls., exotic stock w /2 7/8″ drop, all original conditional with great color & condition, great bore, 100% original. Price: $3,499.00

Parker D-grade Lifter Double Barrel Shotgun, 10GA, 32" bbls

Parker D-grade Lifter Double Barrel Shotgun, 10GA, 32″ bbls

Parker D-grade Lifter Double Barrel Shotgun, 10GA, 32" bbls

Parker D-grade Lifter Double Barrel Shotgun, 10GA, 32″ bbls

As I posted on Friday, Sage Grouse are disappearing from much of their native range in the  western U.S. The Sage Grouse Initiative seems to be helping the birds. Check out the video to learn more.

Saving Sage-Grouse: The Wyoming Example from Conservation Media on Vimeo.

GALE & SON 16 ENGLISH A&D BOXLOCK

GALE & SON 16 ENGLISH A&D BOXLOCK Double Barrel Shotgun

Ejectors are overrated, especially in a double for upland hunting. I spend a lot of time chasing grouse and woodcock, and I’ve never needed more than two shots. Being able to reload my shotgun quickly has never been an issue.

I have had ejectors break, which lead to a pricey repair bill. Today I own a 12 gauge boxlock that had ejectors  — before I my gunsmith deactivated them. The shotgun works just find, and I don’t notice the difference.

That little diversions lead me to this side-by-side shotgun. It’s a basic British boxlock  with extractors, made in Birmingham and then retailed by the firm E. Gale & Son. Built on Anson & Deeley actions, shotguns like this are as solid and reliable a double as you’ll find. This one looks pretty new — and it’s a 16 gauge. Those two things make it rare for a 60+ year old British SxS.

Here’s more about it from the seller:

GALE & SON 16 ENGLISH A&D BOXLOCK

GALE & SON 16 ENGLISH A&D BOXLOCK Double Barrel Shotgun

GALE & SON 16 ENGLISH A&D BOXLOCK- VERY NICE COND- 6 Lbs. 4 Oz.- 70% ORIG CASE COLORS- WALL THICKNESS at .037: #22425, E. Gale & Son Ltd, Barnstaple: A very nice English late Pre-WW II or Early Post War Boxlock Extractor 16 Bore Game Gun Made between 1925 & 1950, 27″ Extractor Dovetail Lump Barrels, The versatile Anson & Deeley action, Original Birmingham Proof at 1 ounce & 2 1/2″ chambers, The bores at .661 .001 & .031″ (Cyl. & Full), 2 1/2″ chambers, Great Wall thickness at .038″ on the right & .037″ on the left, Double triggers, Splinter forend with a snap release, Straight hand stock at 14 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/4″ over a checkered butt, Cast-Off for the right hand, Game gun weight of 6 lbs. 4 oz., Fairly nice wood, Very nice border engraving.

It retains an honest 70% original case colors, Original barrel blue at 88%, The wood absolutely appears with original finish and remains at 90%, The checkering is at 97%, The bores are absolute excellent plus condition and have the correct & original bore size, The barrels outside are excellent plus, The barrels ring with a great chime, It is tight on the face with excellent bite left. This is an honest and nice handling late Pre-War British boxlock that remains in very nice condition. This piece has a lot of life left in it.

GALE & SON 16 ENGLISH A&D BOXLOCK

GALE & SON 16 ENGLISH A&D BOXLOCK

Gale was established in 1869 on 6 Joy Street in Barnstaple in Devonshire. It was started by George Gale and in 1906 it had changed to Edward Gale. In the 1930′s they got involved in the fishing business as well and were still around up to 1988. I have read that Edward Gale trained at Purdey and also read that Gale sold many guns over the years and were Barnstaple’s last gunmaker. Price: $2,950

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.

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