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The Manufrance Ideal is an odd double. With its unique underlever opening/cocking lever, sleek, light weight, rounded action, and retractable sling, it’s sort of the Citroën of side by sides. But even though it’s peculiar, the Ideal is also one of handiest upland shotguns ever. Manufacture d’ Armes de Saint Etienne introduced the Ideal  in 1887 […]

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CHURCHILL GUMAKERS LTD, SXS, Premier Model , 12 GA, 2 3/4″: 28”, M& IM, DT, Straight Grip, Splinter Forearm, Churchill Rib, Premier pattern Fine Scroll Engraving, Casehardened Receiver, Autosafety, Checkered Butt, Gold Oval, Makers Leather VC Case w/Label, “Finest Quality” Original 2 3/4″ 3 1/4 ton proofs, Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 14 […]

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There are 365 days in the year. For me, the best days arrive when the upland hunting season begins, and this year, Friday, October 11, will be my first day in the field. Here’s a bit of what I’m hoping to see.

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Bespoke. In the shotgun world, it describes a custom made. A side-by-side or over under for you. Gauge, wood quality, engraving, grip style, barrel length, chokes, weight, triggers, and stock dimensions are a few of the features we imagine “bespeaking”. But in the Golden Age of gunmaking, bespoke went beyond this. In the case of […]

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SALE PENDING – that’s what the listing on this fantastic little Beretta said just a few hours after the little O/U gun on the market. It’s easy to see why. Of all the configurations that Beretta’s ASE over-under shotguns came in, this one has to be the rarest. I wish I hadn’t missed it. BERETTA […]

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Aguirre y Aranzabal is one of Spain’s most famous gunmakers. The Model No. 2 side-by-side is one of their most popular double barrel shotguns. AyA has been making the Holland-pattern No. 2 sidelock since the ’50s, and these side-by-sides are pretty easy to find on used. But most of the ones you see are in […]

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For some folks, British is always better – from shotguns to gundogs. While I’m a nut for British doubles, I’ve always had my doubts about spaniels and labs imported from the UK. Like our language, the way we hunt differs just enough to make the transition from one side of the Atlantic to the other […]

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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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