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Francotte is one of my favorite gunmakers. In the 190+ years they were around, they made thousands and thousands of side-by-side shotguns from their factory in Leige, Belgium. Today, the ones we see more often are boxlocks like this. They were imported into the US by companies like Von Lengerke & Detmold and Abercrombie & […]

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The cost of quality…

Time is our enemy. Second to second, minute to minute, it passes the same today as yesterday, last year, and a decade ago. That’s no the case with us. As time passes, we wear out and break down. The same is true with our shotguns. When an old double needs work, getting it repaired right […]

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Little John’s Auction Service in Orange, CA, is having a big firearms auction on August 25, 26 & 27. Here are a few doubles in the sale that caught my eye: Miroku Charles Daly Model 500 SxS hammerless shotgun, 20 gauge, 3” chamber: 26” ventilated rib barrels, blue finish, checkered wood stocks, #226232. This gun […]

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In Martha Greenlee’s latest post at Steady With Style, she explains the difference between working you dog On Birds and Around Birds. It’s a slight difference, but it can make a big deal in how your dog learns and performs. Check it out now. On Birds and Around Birds, by Martha Greenlee @ Steady With […]

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High-grade, twenty-gauges by A.H. Fox Gun Co. are some the finest smallbore shotguns the US has ever made. But while they’re fantastic doubles, they’re also super hard to find. Fox made just eighteen hundred or so 20 gauge in grades A-F, and the higher you go in grades, the fewer guns there are. So when […]

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Even though the British invented the low-profile over-under shotgun (Boss & Co,. 1909), it was the Italians made them affordable enough for a mass market. Beretta started down this path in 1935 when they started selling their SO-series sidelock O/Us. They followed this effort up in 1949 with a more affordable boxlock version – the […]

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I’ve written about these great little doubles a number of time before. They’re such great shotguns that very time I see one I feel obligated to let people know. Back in 1949, Beretta introduced a line of O/Us that would become legends. The ASs were boxlock O/Us and Beretta built them as lightweight hunting guns. […]

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The little Beretta O/U was in the rack behind the knife counter, at attention with a few 20gs just like it,  some 12gs, and rifles with shining, stainless-steel bolts. It was a 686 Onyx with a straight stock. After my first dozen visits, the guys in the shop set it on the counter as soon […]

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Old gun cases fascinate me as much as old firearms. The dings in the leather, the name embossed on the lid, the oil and powder stains in the baize lining, and the musty smell when you first lift the lid — that’s the tease before you get to the main show of the gun itself. […]

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