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Holland & Holland Hammer Double Rifle, 8 gauge

Holland & Holland Hammer Double Rifle, 8 gauge

Holland & Holland Hammer Double Rifle, 8 gauge: 26″ smooth bore damascus barrels with perfect bores and single leaf folding express sights. Stalking safeties on hammers. Excellent condition. Price: $25,000.00

1916 Ansley H. Fox XE Grade 12ga:  Fox XE Grade, 1916 Philadelphia, PA. This gun is in +95% Condition. 2 5/8″ chambers, 28″ barrels, Full & Mod, 13 3/4″ LOP, 2 3/4″ D@H, 6lbs, 13oz. Price: $9,995.00

16 gauge Winchester Model 21 Double Barrel Shotgun

16 gauge Winchester Model 21 Double Barrel Shotgun

Winchester Model 21 16ga 28in M/F as new In the box: A collectors dream  this gun was made in 1954 still has original cosmoline on it  has the box and is 100% correct to the Cody Letter  28in m/f   slight handling marks on wood  blue is mint  Price: $9,900.00

BELGIUM GUILD GUN -20 GAUGE- SIDEPLATED BOXLOCK -EJECTORS – 26″ BLS: SKT./IC – STRAIGHT HAND STOCK WITH WOOD BUTTPLATE – LOP 14 1/16″ – DROP 1 3/8″ X2″ – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – WT. 5 LBS. 6 OZS. – Price: $3,800.

16 gauge Parker Double Barrel VH grade shotgun, O frame

16 gauge Parker Double Barrel VH grade shotgun, O frame

FABULOUS 0 FRAME 16GA PARKER WITH VULCAN BARRELS: ALL ORIGINAL 0 FRAME VH 16GA WITH VULCAN STEEL BARRELS — 28″ FULL/FULL — PERFECT ORIGINAL SCREWS — 35% ORIGINAL COLOR THAT IS VIBRANT IN AREAS — 90%++++ ORIGINAL BLUE — SOO HARD TO FIND STEEL BARREL 0 FRAME 16′S — GUN HAS EXCELLENT ORIGINAL VARNISH AND CHECKERING. 14 1/2  1 1/2 X  2 1/2 TO ORIGINAL SILVERS PAD. Price: $3,750.00

 

Massive 4 gauge, A. Peterman, Philadelphia, Single Barrel Waterfowl Shotgun

Massive 4 gauge, A. Peterman, Philadelphia, Single Barrel Waterfowl Shotgun

Yeah, that’s right – a 4 gauge. The shotgun for the manliest man.

Back in the 19th century, 4 gauges guns were used for everything from big-game in Africa to waterfowl in US and UK. The 4s came in a number chamber sizes–2 3/4″,  3″ ,  3 7/8″, and 4″– and they pushed up to 4 ozs of lead. That’s a lot of shot. Today’s mag tens have 3 1/2″ chambers and push just 1 5/8oz– flabby babies.

With a 40″ barrel, this 4 gauge was definitely built for ducks, geese, and swans. It was made around 1870 by Abraham Peterman, a gunmaker/gunsmith working in Philadelphia 1850 to 1880 or so. Peterman had a shop next to John Krider – a famous American gunmaker and sporting good retailer. Krider was a big deal with prosperous clients. For Peterman must have been successful to have a free standing storefront next door. The shotgun here suggests why. Even though it’s a beast, it looks very well made. It’s in great condition, too, and the metalwork looks all original.

Massive 4 gauge, A. Peterman, Philadelphia, Single Barrel Waterfowl Shotgun

Massive 4 gauge, A. Peterman, Philadelphia, Single Barrel Waterfowl Shotgun

Here’s more about it from the seller:

A. Peterman of 151 Walnut St. Philadelphia 4 Gauge Hammer Shotgun with Damascus Barrel. The gun appears to have the original case coloring and brown finish on the barrels. The wood has had a coat of oil added at some point in time. I do not think it was sanded as the wood to metal fit is perfect. The barrel is 39.5 inches in length and the length of pull measures 13 and 3/8. The gun is in good working order and locks up tight. Price:$37,500

Massive 4 gauge, A. Peterman, Philadelphia, Single Barrel Waterfowl Shotgun

Massive 4 gauge, A. Peterman, Philadelphia, Single Barrel Waterfowl Shotgun

A 12 gauge shell loaded into a massive 4 gauge by A. Peterman, Philadelphia

A 12 gauge shell loaded into a massive 4 gauge by A. Peterman, Philadelphia

Walnut & Second St, Philadelphia, Circa 1871. John Krider was on the corner, Wm. Robertson and A. Peterman were next door.

Walnut & Second St, Philadelphia, Circa 1871. John Krider was on the corner, Wm. Robertson and A. Peterman were next door.

Frederick Courtenay F.C. Selous, Explorer, Hunter, with his 4 gauge percussion rifle

Frederick Courtenay F.C. Selous, Explorer, Hunter, with his 4 gauge percussion rifle

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

The title “gunmaker” has always had always had a broad definition, especially here in America. Some of our gunmakers did make shotguns and rifles from scratch (or mostly from scratch). But others bought parts from overseas and then assembled, stocked, and finished off the firearm over here.

Many more American “gunmakers” were retailers who had their firearms built in their name by real gunmakers in the UK and Europe. Charles Daly is the most famous of these gunmaker-retailers, and until around World War II, side-by-sides carrying his name were made in Germany. From the looks of the shotgun you see here, William Donn was following a similar business model.

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

William Donn was gunsmith/gunmaker who worked in the Peoria to Chicago area from around 1870-1910. For while he has was partners with his brother, John. Later in his career he was on his own. Sometimes during in this second phase he imported this shotgun from the UK.

This side-by-side was made by Thomas Kilby of Thomas Kilby & Son, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, England, Kilby was a famous British barrel maker, and it looks like he also supplied finished SxS shotguns to retailers in the United States. While most ofhte work looks British, I’m not sure if Kilby also had the stock carved. He may have, or Donn may have had it done over here. Regardless, it’s a beautiful shotgun, and one I would love to call my own.

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge Thomas Kilby Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Puppies are a lot like kids: When you’re raising them, there are things you want to do and things you want to avoid. Writer, trainer, and gun-dog lover Betsy Danielson covered five in those points in her latest post at Strideaway.com. If you have a pup that you would like to turn into a hunting machine, I suggest you check it out now.

The Early Development of Bird Dogs, by Betsy Danielson

“My husband, Jerry Kolter, and I run Northwoods Bird Dogs, a pointing dog breeding and training business.

We’ve found that there are five factors vital to early development of puppies. Some of these practices help foster a good attitude that will make them a better dog in general. Others actually begin the very earliest stages of training—even before the puppy is aware it’s being trained. The five factor are…”

Read the entire piece now.

A 20 Gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels, Single Trigger, Rising Bite

A 20 Gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels, Single Trigger, Rising Bite

Boss O/Us are impressive shotguns. As one of the most influential designs in shotgun history, they’ve had an incredible impact on modern over unders. In fact, most of the O/Us made today owe a debt to this British design. But that’s not all that makes these O/Us special.

BossS over & unders are also beautifully made. John Robertson was a gunmaker and artists, and the sweeping lines of the stock, the exposed forend iron, and the unique sculpting on the action, make these guns in stunning. The experience and skills that they put into their doubles — especially the SxS and O/Us from  1920-1930s — represent the apex of  the trade and are almost extinct today.

A 20 Gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels, Single Trigger, Rising Bite

A 20 Gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels, Single Trigger, Rising Bite

Boss made around 450 of their “Vertical Guns,” so handling and inspecting one is a memorable event for a shotgun fanatic like myself. Having the chance to do this with four of them, including two that have never been fired, is extraordinary. But that’s exactly what I had happen a couple Saturdays ago.

A friend of mine invited us over to view part of his collection. Along with a couple minty 12 gauges by Purdey & Woodward, he also showed us his Boss O/Us. At one point, we had Boss O/U in 16 gauge, 20 gauge, 28 gauge, and .410 lined up in front of us. That’s a once-in-a- lifetime site, and the I’m grateful for the chance to see it.

This little Boss was one of the highlights. Being a 20 gauge Boss O/U from the 1930s, it’s a rare shotgun. Add in the 28″ barrels, Boss single trigger, and Boss rising-bite style action and you have  an insanely rare double. The fact that I had the chance to take a long, close look at it and raise it to my shoulder many times made the weekend incredibly special.

Boss O/Us in .410, 28g, 20g, & 16g

Boss O/Us in .410, 28g, 20g, & 16g

12 gauge Arrieta 871 Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

12 gauge Arrieta 871 Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

Arrieta is one of Spain’s top gunmakers, and the Arrieta 871 model is one of their top shotguns. With chopperlump barrels, a rounded, and a color-case hardened action, it’s a great looking double that has many of the features found on the world’s best SxS.

The 871 you see here is up for auction now. It has 28″ barrels and a 14 1/4″ LOP. If you like the looks of it, bid on it now. The auction ends today May 5, 2013, @ 15:00:00 PT.

12 gauge Arrieta 871 Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

12 gauge Arrieta 871 Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

12 gauge Arrieta 871 Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

12 gauge Arrieta 871 Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

Watching a pointer slam into bird is one of the most thrilling things an upland hunter can see. Check out this video to see it happen.

10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga

10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga

Parker Bros. was one of America’s oldest, largest, and most innovative gun makers. From 1869 to 1942, the company turned out over 240,000+ shotguns.

The one you see is built on the Parker Lifter-Action, one of the company’s earliest designs. It’s an A-grade, and it was the top-of-line Parker back when it was made in 1876. As a 2-barrel set in what looks to be its original case, it’s a fantastic shotgun and important piece of American gunmaking history.

10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga

10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga

It’s up for auction now, and the sale ends tomorrow May 5, 2013 @ 15:00:00 PT. Whoever get this double  will be lucky person. Here’s more info on the gun from the seller:

10 gauge Parker Bros, Quality 6, A-grade, Double Barrel Lifter-action Shotgun: 6801 mfg. circa 1876. Quality 6 SxS shotgun with two sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga., under lift opened hammer action, color case hardened side plates, 1st barrel set 32 in. Damascus steel, 2nd barrel set 28 in. Damascus steel, DT, EXT, checkered PG walnut stock with skeleton steel buttplate and splinter forearm, LOP 14 1/4 in. over wood.

10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga

10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga

10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga

10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga

20 gauge Winchester M21 Tournament Skeet Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Winchester M21 Tournament Skeet Double Barrel Shotgun

The Winchester M21 double barrel shotgun is a side-by-side I often overlook. Mass produced by Winchester from 1930-1959, it came out just as most American makers were easing their way out of the business.  Rugged and well made, Winchester turned out about 30,000 of them before the M21 became a special-order item through their Custom Shop in 1960.

The little 20 gauge Tournament Skeet you see here is one of the rarer models the made, and that extra set of barrels must make it extra special. Winchester M21 Tournament grades were cranked out from 1933–1944. This one was made in 1934. So is it the first 20g Tournament they made? Perhaps…

BTW: This gun is being offered at NO RESERVE. The auction ends on May 5, 2013 @ 15:00:00 PT. Here’s more about the double from the seller:

20 gauge Winchester M21 Tournament Skeet Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Winchester M21 Tournament Skeet Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Model 21 SxS Tournament Skeet Double Barrel Shotgun: #5853 mfg. circa 1934. Two sets of barrels, 1st set – 26 in. 20 ga. matted rib BBL with 2 3/4 in. chambers and choked WS1/WS2, 2nd set – 26 in. 20 ga. matted rib BBL with 2 3/4 in. chambers and choked Full/Mod, reinforced boxlock frame with none–factory style full coverage foliate arabesque engraving, EJT, deluxe checkered walnut straight grip stock w/solid recoil pad and black spacer, LOP 12 1/2 over wood and 13 7/8 over pad, deluxe “Kidney” pattern checkered BT forearm, blue finish, and factory case.

Condition (assuming original) - Appears to be in NRA Modern Excellent overall condition, factory records are incomplete, returned to factory for second set of barrels, wood appears replaced with factory style checkering on forearm, none-factory checkering on buttstock with spacer and pad, none-factory engraving, metal retains 95% Plus blue.

20 gauge Winchester M21 Tournament Skeet Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Winchester M21 Tournament Skeet Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943

28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943

Twenty-eight gauge Parkers are tough to find, especially ones with 28″ barrels and a bit of original condition. From the looks of things, the one you see here has all that and more.

This 28g Parker is up for auction now at Gunauction.com. It’s a no reserve auction, ending on Sunday, May 5, 2013 @ 15:00:00 PT. So if you like what you see, get on it now.

 

28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943

28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943

28 gauge Parker DH Grade SxS Double Barrel shotgun: 152943 mfg. circa 1910, 28 ga., built on a “00” color case hardened boxlock frame, blue finished 28 in. Titanic Steel BBLs, DT, EXT, checkered deluxe PG walnut stock w/hard rubber butt plate and splinter forearm.

Condition (assuming original) – Appears to be in NRA Modern Good overall original condition with 70%-80% BBL blue and 50%-60% color case hardened finish remaining and only light handling marks.

28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943

28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943

28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943

28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943

 

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