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12 gauge Isaac Hollis hammer side-by-side shotgun

12 gauge Isaac Hollis hammer side-by-side shotgun

I. Hollis & Sons was a gunmaker in London from about 1861 – 1915. In that time they made everything from quality sporting guns to cheap export pieces. The one  you see here was probably one of their better pieces and it appears to be in excellent shape. Gulf Coast Guns just listed it for $995. If it’s sound, that’s a real good deal.

Here’s the listing from Gulf Coast’s site:

I. Hollis & Sons Hammer 12 gauge S/S: LOP: 14-1/4″ Drop: 2-1/2″ – 1-1/2″ Cast: 1/8″ Barrel length: 30″ Choke: IC/LM Weight: 7lb10oz. Nice steel barrel English hammer nitro proofed and re-proofed for 2-3/4″, very clean bores, tight action on face, choked for birds, 90%+ blue and color in protected places, all original with heel and toe caps, very nice, 2-3/4″ chambers, chokes – R)740-007, L)740-010. Price: $995.00

Hang tags for an. A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun #66328

Hang tags for an. A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun #66328

Twelve-gauge Fox Sterlingworths are one of the most popular American side-by-side shotguns ever made. The A.H Fox Company started making them in 1910 and by the time Savage Arms ended the line around 1942, over 110,000 Sterlingworths in 12g had been turned out. So today, good ones, and even ones with a lot of original condition, are pretty easy to find.

What is hard to find is a Sterlingworth with it’s original hang tangs, especially models from the first few years of production. That’s why this 12 gauge Sterlingworth coming up at Amoskeag Auctions caught my eye.

Hang tags for an. A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun #66328

Hang tags for an. A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun #66328

Here’s some info on the gun from the auctioneer’s website:

Lot 127. A. H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Shotgun With Original Hanging Tags

Serial #66328, 12 ga., 28″ barrels choked light modified and improved modified with bright bores showing some small dents in each near the muzzle area. The barrels retain 90% original blue showing various small scratches and some silvering of the muzzles and edges of the top rib and having a dent in the left barrel five inches back from the muzzle and a couple of tiny dents in the right barrel a few inches back from the muzzle as well. The frame exhibits 20% case colors with scattered areas of surface oxidation and showing wear on both sides and around the bottom.

12g Fox Sterlingworth double barrel shotgun with hang tags

12g Fox Sterlingworth double barrel shotgun with hang tags

The top lever and triggerguard are turning silver with remnants of blue on the bottom of the bow. The pistolgrip stock and splinter forearm rate good to very good showing dings and scratches over a mottled and thinning varnish and having slightly worn and soiled checkering. The stock has a hard rubber grip cap and the original grooved buttplate providing a length of 14 1/8″. The gun features double triggers, extractors, and automatic safety. There are two hanging tags, one with the shot charge and guarantee numbered to the gun and a second which is a certificate of proof. This is an original Philadelphia gun in good working condition and having the original hanging tags is very rare indeed. ($800/1200)

Purdey .303 Double Barrel Underlever Rifle

Purdey .303 Double Barrel Underlever Rifle

Here’s an as-good-as-it-gets, best quality James Purdey & Sons double rife. Of the 30,000+ firearms that Purdey has made, fewer than 400 of them have been hammerless double rifles.

The one you see here is .303, snap-action underlever, made on a Beesley action and in excellent original condition.

Purdey .303 Double Barrel Underlever Rifle

Purdey .303 Double Barrel Underlever Rifle

 

Purdey .303 Double Barrel Underlever Rifle

Purdey .303 Double Barrel Underlever Rifle

Thomas Wild 12 gauge Hammergun Double Barrel Shotgun

Thomas Wild 12 gauge Hammergun Double Barrel Shotgun

Happy 2013! As you nurse your hangover and make plans for 2013, here’s a nice shotgun to check out.

Thomas Wild was one of the old-guard Birmingham gunmakers. Founded in 1857, they made offered a wide range of firearms up until about 1937. One of their last catalogs featured best-quality sidelock ejectors for £60, entry level A&D boxlocks for £9, and hammerguns at £7. The hammergun you see here may have been one of the £7 models.

Even though it was a low-grade gun in its day, it was still very well made. And it is still in excellent condition today – something you rarely see in lower grade guns. With fluid steel barrels and a nice long stock and a price of $2750, it would make a great shotgun for anyone who wants the pluses of a hammergun without the minuses (tired old barrels, wood that has been refinished to death, etc).

Now I have to got take some more aspirin!

Thomas Wild 12 gauge Hammergun Double Barrel Shotgun

Thomas Wild 12 gauge Hammergun Double Barrel Shotgun

Thomas Wild 12 gauge Hammergun Double Barrel Shotgun

Thomas Wild 12 gauge Hammergun Double Barrel Shotgun

Thomas Wild 12 gauge Hammergun Double Barrel Shotgun

Thomas Wild 12 gauge Hammergun Double Barrel Shotgun

Thomas Wild 12 gauge Hammergun Double Barrel Shotgun

Thomas Wild 12 gauge Hammergun Double Barrel Shotgun

Thomas Wild 12 gauge Hammergun Double Barrel Shotgun

Thomas Wild 12 gauge Hammergun Double Barrel Shotgun

Thomas Wild 12 gauge Hammergun Double Barrel Shotgun

Thomas Wild 12 gauge Hammergun Double Barrel Shotgun

The “proofing” of individual firearms is something we’ve never really done here the US. But in the UK, Europe, and in other parts of the world, proofing is a process required by law and carried out by independent “proof houses”.

This video takes an interesting look at William Powell, and it worhships the usual gods of the English gunmaking: handfitting, bespoke ordering, tradition, cost, etc. Interesting stuff, but we’ve seen it all before.

The cool part is at 4:16-5:00 and 5:42-6:00. That’s where you get a glimpse of how the Birmingham proof house goes about proofing shotguns. I’ve never seen this recorded on video before, and it’s definitely worth checking out. I love that shot of the smoke puffing out after the testing of the bbls…

Modern 8 gauge side by side, Made in Italy, 39" bbls

Modern 8 gauge side by side, Made in Italy, 39″ bbls

Here’s a side-by-side shotgun that won’t be around for long: an Italian 8 Gauge SxS, Made in 1962.

In 1918, the US Federal Government made it illegal for anyone to use an eight gauge shotgun to hunt waterfowl and other federally-listed migratory game birds. Later, many states restricted hunting shotguns to 10 gauge and smaller.

Modern 8 gauge side by side, Made in Italy, 39" bbls

Modern 8 gauge side by side, Made in Italy, 39″ bbls

Of course, these laws didn’t apply in Europe, and it’s still legal in many areas there to hunt ducks, geese, and other waterfowl with the really big bores.

This 8-gauge shotgun was made for that kind of shooting. Judging by the looks of it, it looks like wasn’t used much at all. Here are the specs on it:

Price: $1,999.99
Manufacturer: 1962
Caliber: 8 Gauge.
Chambers: Side X Side.

Modern 8 gauge side by side, Made in Italy, 39" bbls

Modern 8 gauge side by side, Made in Italy, 39″ bbls

Metal Condition: Strong blue and case color.
Wood Condition: Excellent with crazing and flaking in the finish.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 39+” Blue Acier steel.
Triggers: Double.
Stock: Mid grade walnut with a checkered pistol grip.
Fore End: Semi splinter checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Red rubber vent butt pad.
Weight: 13 Lbs 12 Oz.

I’ve never really hunted ducks. I would like to try it, and this video shows why. I love the sight of those ducks coming in to those decoys. It sure looks like a lot of phone. Check it out.

20 gauge Orvis Upland side-by-side double barrel shotgun

20 gauge Orvis Uplander side-by-side double barrel shotgun

I think it’s going go! I’ve been watching this real nice little Orvis/Arrieta 20 gauge for a while now. It has been on Gunbroker.com for at least 6 months, and I’ve plugged it a couple of times as a great deal. But no matter what I’ve done, it just sat there. No interest.

Well, it looks like a couple smart folks are moving on it. It’s easy to see why. First off, this side-by-side has it all: sidelocks, 2-3/4″ chambers, 28″ IC/Mod barrels, 14 1/2″ LOP to a checkered butt, double triggers, and ejectors.

It’s also in real nice original condition, with almost all its color-case hardening and blueing.  And check out the stock. That’s classic Spanish walnut, and it has just enough figure to make the entire gun look great.

20 gauge Orvis Upland side-by-side double barrel shotgun

20 gauge Orvis Upland side-by-side double barrel shotgun

20 gauge Charles Daly double barrel shotgun

20 gauge Charles Daly double barrel shotgun

Charles Daly “made” some of my favorite double-barrel shotguns. I say “made” because Charles Daly was an importer and a marketer, not an actual gunmaker. Starting around 1875, he formed a partnership with August Shoverling and together they imported firearms under name “Charles Daly”.

Most of these side-by-sides were made in the Suhl region of Prussia, the most famous ones by the Lindner family of gunmakers. Charles Schilling also made shotguns under the Charles Daly name and I think this little 20 gauge is one. It’s up for auction now, so you could get a deal on it. But hurry, the auction ends in less than 24 hours.

Even though the Schilling-made Dalys differ a bit from the Lindners, they’re still very well made shotguns. If you’re looking for a lightweight 20g for upland hunting, this would be a good way to go.

20 gauge Charles Daly double barrel shotgun

20 gauge Charles Daly double barrel shotgun

20 gauge Charles Daly double barrel shotgun

20 gauge Charles Daly double barrel shotgun

12 gauge Guyot double barrel sidelock shotgun

12 gauge Guyot double barrel sidelock shotgun

I’m a big fan of Guyot shotguns, and I’ve written about these doubles here, here, and here. Just about every Guyot side-by-side that I’ve seen has been very well made, from the lower-end boxlocks to the top-of-line sidelocks.

The sidelock here is an another example of just how much skill went into Guyot’s best double barrel shotguns. It was auctioned off last year and went for a very fair at a great price. I wish I had been the person who got it. Here’s the auctioneer’s full listing on it:

46. Very fine French Sidelock Double Ejector Shotgun by Guyot of Paris

12 gauge Guyot double barrel sidelock shotgun

12 gauge Guyot double barrel sidelock shotgun

Serial #12451, 12 bore, 29 1/2″ barrels are choked improved cylinder and modified and show bright excellent bores.  The shotgun features ejectors, cocking indicators, articulated front trigger, sideclips and non-automatic safety. The action and locks feature full coverage rose and scroll engraving with “N. GUYOT” on left lock and “A PARIS” on right lock. The barrel rib is engraved “Sir Joseph Whitworth’s Fluid Comressed Steel” and the barrels are marked “N. Guyot Arqr. Paris / 12 Rue de Ponthieu”.

12 gauge Guyot double barrel sidelock shotgun

12 gauge Guyot double barrel sidelock shotgun

The barrels retain 95% superb quality blued finish that appears original. The barrels feature their original French proofs and have been additionally proofed in England “12 ga / 70mm / 850 BAR”. The action and locks retain 80% original color case-hardened finish with most loss on belly where colors are blending with a pleasing smooth gray patina. The triggerguard retains about 60% thinning original blue finish. The checkered straight grip buttstock and splinter forend are of beautifully figured French walnut and rate excellent plus and may have been lightly cleaned with freshened checkering.

The shotgun locks up very tight and points beautifully with a 14 5/8″ pull over a later leather covered pad with drops of 1 1/2″ and 2 1/8″. A very fine, best quality Parisian double gun of superlative quality. (Estimate: $8000/12,000) SOLD FOR $9200.00.

12 gauge Guyot double barrel sidelock shotgun

12 gauge Guyot double barrel sidelock shotgun

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