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Like the Federal Income Tax, skeet is one of those things I assume has always been around. Of course, that’s not true. Skeet was invented in 1920 by Charles Davis, a grouse hunter from Andover, MA (I can’t imagine grouse in Andover, MA).  In 1926, William Harnden Foster introduced the sport to America in the […]

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Duck gun, target gun, pheasant gun — all in one gun. That’s a 12 gauge Browning BSS. Rugged as an F350, and with a reliable single trigger, this gun can do it all. The 28″ barrels and fair price on this one make it that much sweeter. Browning BSS 12 ga. 28″, F/M: Pistol grip […]

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Here’s the best advice I ever got about collecting shotguns: Buy the most original condition you can afford. People always want good, original guns — especially American guns — and a nice, unmessed-with SxS or O/U always holds its value.  Also, because so many people insist upon “refinishing” their doubles, good, original shotguns get scarcer […]

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Here’s an interesting idea: Take a 12 gauge Browning BSS Sporter, and add a set of 30″ barrels from Browning’s regular model. The results look like they would make a great target gun, and I’m sure it would be just as nice in a duck blind or a pheasant field. Considering all the work done […]

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I love my 20 gauge Beretta 686. With 28″ barrels, a reliable single trigger, and choke tubes, it’s a hard gun to beat. And it’s great looking gun. The flat-black Onyx finish really sets off the figure in the stock, and gives the entire gun an elegant, classic look. But this little post-WW2 Merkel 200E […]

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A best-quality shotgun with minimal engraving is a bold creation. Engraving can make or break shotgun. Done right, it adds to a shotgun’s overall beauty. Done wrong, it calls too much attention to itself by garish, crude, or just plain ugly. Engraving can also hide the crisper details of a gun, Like a sheet tossed […]

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Here’s an OK deal on a real nice over-under shotgun. These Orvis/Beretta Uplander are 686s with fancy wood, and most of the ones I see have 26″ bbls. This one has that extra 2″ so many guys want these days. Even though the gun is a bit pricey (and the online description is lousy), I […]

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High-grade Lefevers are special shotguns. The Bs, As, AAs, Optimus-grades and Thousand-Dollar Grades guns made by Uncle Dan’s company are some of the finest side-by-sides ever made in America. The Lefever you see here is a 20 gauge BE – one of just six B-grade 20 gauge Lefevers known –  and an excellent example of […]

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OK – here’s a late one. Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions is having a sale today, January 25. There are bunch of good looking doubles coming up, everything from Purdeys & Francottes to American stuff. The auction starts at 10 am  – Pacific time. So if you jump on it now, you should be able […]

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Here’s a nice looking hammergun — too nice, really. Old doubles like this are like bird dogs – one is good, more is better. So if you buy this W. Richards and two years from now you have 4-5 more old doubles like it in your safe, don’t say I didn’t warn you. W. Richards […]

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