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Alexander Henry .450 BPE hammer double rifle

Alexander Henry .450 BPE hammer double rifle

Alexander Henry 450 3 1/4: Alex Henry 450 3 1/4″ BPE, Hammer underlever, recent rebrown, 1 standing 2 folding sights, in makers case. Case is marked with a crown and “S” reportedly built for   the Earl of Scarborough. $9,500

JULES GERVAIS BEST SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE: 29 3/4 ” 012 AND 049 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS 7LB 4 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 1/2 X 14. $7,500

12 gauge Jules Bervais side-by-side double barrel sidelock shotgun

12 gauge Jules Bervais side-by-side double barrel sidelock shotgun

BEAUTIFUL WESTLEY RICHARDS 20GA — STRAIGHT STOCK — ALL ORIGINAL: 27 1/2 ‘ IC/FULL — 2 TRIGGERS — EJECTOR — EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH APPROX 60% ORIGINAL FADED COLOR — EJECTORS — 5LB 13 OZ. $5,950

E.J. Churchill ‘REGAL’ Side By Side 12g. Shotgun: Vibrant Case Colored Reciever, 28″ Barrell, Splinter Forend, Push Button Release, Automatic ejectors. $3,495.00

L. C . SMITH – CROWN GRADE TRAP – VENT RIB SINGLE BARREL: CROWN GRADE -32″ VENT RIB – CHOKE FULL9 .030 ) – WEIGHT 8 LBS. – DROPS 1 3/8′ x 1 11/16″ – lop 13 7/8″ OVER HAWKINS PAD -CASE COLORS 98% – BLUE 99% – WOOD 98% – THIS GUN COULD HARDLY BE ANY BETTER. A REAL COLLECTORS PIECE. – $10,000.

 

28 gauge Saraqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun

28 gauge Sarasqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun

Victor Sarasqueta was a Spanish shotgun maker who opened for business in 1883 and firearms were made under his name up until around 1980s. This little 28 gauge sidelock side-by-side was made for the U.S. firearms importer Stoeger. For just $215o, it looks like a decent little shotgun.

Sarasqueta 28ga: Made for Stoeger as “The Sterlingworth” in the 60′s. Metal is in like new condition with very crisp 50% engraving coverage, stock has been professionally redone to resemble a British style field gun. Perfect bores on 26″ barrels with full chokes in both. True side lock in Holland style with interceptors and well finished. LOP is 14 1/4 to hard rubber plate. DOC = 1 1/2, DOH 2 5/16. It weighs 5 1/2 lbs.

28 gauge Saraqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun

28 gauge Sarasqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun

28 gauge Saraqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun

28 gauge Sarasqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun

28 gauge Saraqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun

28 gauge Sarasqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun

28 gauge Saraqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun

28 gauge Sarasqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun

Beretta 12 gauge 686 Onyx, 3 1/2" chambers, 28" bbls

Beretta 12 gauge 686 Onyx, 3 1/2″ chambers, 28″ bbls

If you’re looking for a solid, proven double at a great price, a Beretta 686 O/U is a tough gun to beat. My favorites in this line are the matte-black Onyx ones. I have straight-gripped 20 gauge that I used for grouse and woodcock. If I was in the market for something heavier, I would pick up this 12 gauge. It’s at auction now, so check it out right away.

With steel-shot approved 28″ bbls, 3.5″ chambers, and choke tubes, it’s all you need for everything from turkey to pheasants and ducks. It looks like it’s doing to be a great deal, too.

Beretta 12 gauge 686 Onyx, 3 1/2" chambers, 28" bbls

Beretta 12 gauge 686 Onyx, 3 1/2″ chambers, 28″ bbls

12 gauge Browning Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

12 gauge Browning Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

To most shotgun people, Browning means over & unders. This company’s Superposed and then Citori lines have been around for over 80+ years and they have to one of the most popular doubles ever made.

But Browning hasn’t always been about stacked barrels. From 1971 t0 1987, they made a line of side-by-sides called the BSS. Starting in 1983, this line included a very well made sidelock shotgun.

Gunsmith James Flynn like thse guns a lot.  You can find out why by reading this article here. I’ve seen a few sidelock BSSs. I liked them, but I never wanted them because every one I saw had 26″ bbls.

This one caught my eye because it’s the first one I’ve seen with 28″ barrels. It you’re looking for a reliable double at a good price, it may be worth checking out.

12 gauge Browning Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

12 gauge Browning Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

12 gauge Browning Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

12 gauge Browning Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

12 gauge Browning Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

12 gauge Browning Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

12 gauge Browning Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

12 gauge Browning Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

12 gauge Browning Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

12 gauge Browning Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

12 gauge Browning Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

12 gauge Browning Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

 

 

 

“I remember when…”

Daniel Acker for The New York Times

Daniel Acker for The New York Times

“I remember when…” is a phrase I hear all the time from older hunters.

“I remember when I could drive twenty minutes from here and flush a dozen coveys of quail.”

“I remember when that land out by the mall was great grouse cover.”

After reading this article in the New York Times, it sounds like pheasants hunters will soon be say “I remember when…” about the state of Iowa.

As Pheasants Disappear, Hunters in Iowa Follow

ELKHART, Iowa — Mike Wilson glared dejectedly through the mist on his silver-frame glasses at the soggy field of tall, dense brush, tilting the barrel of his 12-gauge shotgun toward the gray clouds.

“All I want to do,” he said, “is see a bird at this point.”

More than two hours into this pheasant hunt, the colorful rooster that one of Mr. Wilson’s hunting partners had shot that morning was now a distant memory. Only one other pheasant had graced the skies since, and it was too far off to even try a shot.

The pheasant, once king of Iowa’s nearly half-a-billion-dollar hunting industry, is vanishing from the state. Surveys show that the population in 2012 was the second lowest on record, 81 percent below the average over the past four decades.

The loss, pheasant hunters say, is both economic and cultural. It stems from several years of excessively damp weather and animal predators. But the factor inciting the most emotion is the loss of wildlife habitat as landowners increasingly chop down their brushy fields to plant crops to take advantage of rising commodity prices and farmland values…

READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE

 

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…

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