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20 gauge James Purdey & Sons Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

20 gauge James Purdey & Sons Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

When it comes to high-end side-by-sides, Purdey is the name most people know. The one you see here is a 20 gauge, built on the company’s famous Beesley-patent action. It’s a modern gun, built in the early ’90s, and it’s in fantastic original condition. A friend of mine was kind enough to show me see this shotgun yesterday. It’s a fantastic piece. Take a look at the pics to see why James Purdey & Sons is so famous for making fine doubles.

BTW: this Purdey is for sale. You can find out more about it here.

A pair of 12 gauge Daniel Fraser boxlock side-by-side shotguns

A pair of 12 gauge Daniel Fraser boxlock side-by-side shotguns

My latest piece for Sporting Shot came out last week. Sporting Shot is the online brother of Shooting Sportsman magazine; my piece is about a spectacular collection of shotguns and rifles that I discovered last year.

The 12 gauge Daniel Fraser & Co. shotguns you see here are from that collection. As you can see, they’re fantastic side by sides. Check out the entire piece at Sporting Shot to find out more about them.

A Pair of Frasers, from Sporting Shot, Issue 15:

-So where do you want to start?” my host asked.

Daniel Frase & Co, original gunmaker's label

Daniel Fraser & Co, original gunmaker’s label

It was Saturday, a few minutes before noon. An hour earlier I had stepped off of a plane after a 1,200-mile flight, and my host had picked me up at the airport, driven me to his home in a suburban neighborhood of neat houses and nicely trimmed lawns. Now we were in his dining room,with the shades drawn against the midday sun. Ten leather shotgun cases were stacked on the table in front of us: Abercrombie & Fitches, nut-brown Bradys, and British oak & leathers with bright brass corners.

“How about right here?” I said, pulling aside an armchair and tapping one of the Bradys. I had a hunch about the case. It was tiny and had to hold a .410.

“Give it a go,” my host said, grinning like he knew I was about to be impressed. I sprung the case’s brass lock, lifted the lid and stopped.

After several moments of staring, all I could say was “Holy crap.” There, snug in the case’s red baize lining, was one of the rarest over/under shotguns on the planet: a Boss .410. And it looked brand-new.

“I told you,” my host said, grinning even wider. “And that’s just the start. We have nine more to go.”

Go here and click on A Rare Pair Head to Auction to read the entire piece and see more pics of these fantastic side-by-side shotguns.

Check it out — winter pheasants in South Dakota. Great dogs wood, great birds. And its all on public land.

J.P. Sauer & Sohn Rare Sidelock Drilling 12 GA x 12 GA x 9x57MM

J.P. Sauer & Sohn Rare Sidelock Drilling 12 GA x 12 GA x 9x57MM

I’ve always liked drillings, probably because they seem so practical.  With one gun I could kill everything from a goose to a moose — especially if I was carrying the one you see here.

This  J.P. Sauer & Sohn sidelock drilling and its in 12 GA x 12 GA x 9x57MM. That’s pretty much all the firepower I would need for anything that walks or flies in North America.

If you’re thinking the same thing, you should jump on this one. At just $1995, it looks like it could be a steal.

Here are the full details on it from the seller:

J.P. Sauer & Sohn Sidelock Drilling: 12g x 12g x 9 x 57mm, 2 3/4″ chambers, 26 3/4″ bbls, 14 1/8″ LOP, 8 LB. Action and sidelocks are mostly patina with barrel blue starting to patina. Bores are excellent! Wood shows handling & use marks but remains free of cracks. Lockup is tight with no looseness on the hinge. Price: $1,999.99

J.P. Sauer & Sohn Rare Sidelock Drilling 12 GA x 12 GA x 9x57MM

J.P. Sauer & Sohn Rare Sidelock Drilling 12 GA x 12 GA x 9x57MM

Woodcock crack me up. They’re such odd little birds, so determined in their ways, so accommodating to me and my dog, always easy to find, and always a joy to see. They’ll be back in my coverts in a few weeks and Puck and I will be happy to see them. These videos show a couple of males “peenting” out their mating call.

Go here to learn more about woodcock and listen to some audio of them.

ITHACA SKB MODEL 280 Double Barrel Shotgun, 20 gauge, 28" barrels

ITHACA SKB MODEL 280 Double Barrel Shotgun, 20 gauge, 28″ barrels

It’s tax season – and that means it’s almost tax-rebate time. So if get a little money back from the Feds and you’ll lucky enough to be able to spend it on a gun, this nice little 20g is worth considering. It’s an Ithaca / SKB and it looks pretty much new.

The Ithaca Gun Company brought these double into the US from 1969 to 1978. All reports I’ve read on the Model 280 have said that this is one of the best side-by-sides to come out of Japan. Here’s more info on it from the seller:

ITHACA SKB MODEL 280: 20GA 28″BL, F/M, 1 1/4″ X 2 1/2″ X 14 1/4″, ENGLISH STOCK, 6.5LB. NEW IN A BOX. Price: $1,895.0o

ITHACA SKB MODEL 280 Double Barrel Shotgun, 20 gauge, 28" barrels

ITHACA SKB MODEL 280 Double Barrel Shotgun, 20 gauge, 28″ barrels

ITHACA SKB MODEL 280 Double Barrel Shotgun, 20 gauge, 28" barrels

ITHACA SKB MODEL 280 Double Barrel Shotgun, 20 gauge, 28″ barrels

 

If you love pheasant hunting, please watch this video. Upland game habitat is being destroyed at accelerating rate across the midwest. Since 2006, 1.3 million+ acres of once conserved land have gone under the plow. The result is far fewer bird. Pheasant numbers in states like Iowa are already collapsing. If the trend continues, the Dakotas will be next. But you don’t have to sit by and let this happen. Watch this video to learn more.

W.W. Greener Self-Acting Ejector G60 Royal side-by-side double barrel shotgun

W.W. Greener Self-Acting Ejector G60 Royal side-by-side double barrel shotgun

I have lots of dream doubles, One of them is an original W.W. Greener  G-gun. When I saw the one shown here on Griffin & Howe’s website, my heart jumped.

Greener’s Self-Acting Ejector shotguns were some of the finest side-by-sides to ever come out of the UK. This 12 gauge G-60 Royal grade was made in 1907. It has 30″ barrels with original 3″ chambers and heavy proofs. The G60 was a best-quality gun, and it was made by W.W. Greener’s finest gunmakers. In it’s day, this one cost around £63. That was a ton of money, and whoever bought this gun could have paid around the same  for a Purdey or Holland & Holland Royal.

W.W. Greener Self-Acting Ejector G60 Royal side-by-side double barrel shotgun

W.W. Greener Self-Acting Ejector G60 Royal side-by-side double barrel shotgun

W.W. Greener Self-Acting Ejector G60 Royal side-by-side double barrel shotgun

W.W. Greener Self-Acting Ejector G60 Royal side-by-side double barrel shotgun

W.W. Greener Self-Acting Ejector G60 Royal side-by-side double barrel shotgun

W.W. Greener Self-Acting Ejector G60 Royal side-by-side double barrel shotgun

W.W. Greener Self-Acting Ejector G60 Royal side-by-side double barrel shotgun

W.W. Greener Self-Acting Ejector G60 Royal side-by-side double barrel shotgun

W.W. Greener Self-Acting Ejector G60 Royal side-by-side double barrel shotgun

W.W. Greener Self-Acting Ejector G60 Royal side-by-side double barrel shotgun

Linton Outdoors Chukar Hunting from Linton Outdoors on Vimeo.

PETER MISCHITZ AUSTRIAN BOXLOCK Double Barrel side -by-side 12GA

PETER MISCHITZ AUSTRIAN BOXLOCK Double Barrel side -by-side 12GA

Here’s a good deal on a side-by-side shotgun. It’s a 12 gauge boxlock ejector by Peter Mischitz. I’ve never heard of this maker, but from what I’ve been able to dig up it sounds like Peter Mischitz  worked in the Ferlach region of Austria around the time of World War 2.

I’ve seen Austrian/German boxlocks like this before, so I think it was probably supplied by the trade and then finished off by the maker on a as-ordered basis. A couple things make this gun special: all the color on the action, the ejectors, and, most importantly, the straight-grip stock. All together, these special features add up to make this shotgun a

Here’s more about from the dealer’s listing:

AUSTRIAN SCALLOPED BOXLOCK DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN: 12 gauge … 28″ raised matted ribbed barrels … 2 3/4″ chambers … choked Mod/ImpMod … weight 6 lbs 6 oz … LOP 15″ over Old English recoil pad … drop comb 1 1/2″ … drop heel 2 5/8″ … cast neutral … side clips … double triggers … ejectors … automatic safety … sling swivels. Bores are excellent, action is tight. The color case has faded to about 50%, the wood rates very good to excellent with a few use marks and the barrels retain 90%+ of the original blue. Price: $1,999.99

PETER MISCHITZ AUSTRIAN BOXLOCK Double Barrel side -by-side 12GA

PETER MISCHITZ AUSTRIAN BOXLOCK Double Barrel side -by-side 12GA

PETER MISCHITZ AUSTRIAN BOXLOCK Double Barrel side -by-side 12GA

PETER MISCHITZ AUSTRIAN BOXLOCK Double Barrel side -by-side 12GA

PETER MISCHITZ AUSTRIAN BOXLOCK Double Barrel side -by-side 12GA

PETER MISCHITZ AUSTRIAN BOXLOCK Double Barrel side -by-side 12GA

PETER MISCHITZ AUSTRIAN BOXLOCK Double Barrel side -by-side 12GA

PETER MISCHITZ AUSTRIAN BOXLOCK Double Barrel side -by-side 12GA

PETER MISCHITZ AUSTRIAN BOXLOCK Double Barrel side -by-side 12GA

PETER MISCHITZ AUSTRIAN BOXLOCK Double Barrel side -by-side 12GA

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