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Daniel Myron Lefever was one of the geniuses of American gunmaking. Born in 1835, he started making firearms under his own name in 1857.  In 1880 he formed the Lefever Arms Co in Syracuse, NY. It had one of the shortest runs of the American gunmakers.. The company was only around until 1919, and in […]

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Holland & Holland is one of the most famous gunmakers in the world, and the Holland & Holland Royal shotguns is one of the most influential shotgun designs of all time. But I don’t know about their baseball hats. From the price on this one, it looks like people are willing to pay top dollar […]

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Fox Sterlingworths used to be one of the best buys in American shotguns. Hunters realized this and made it the company’s best seller. From 1910 to about 1940, the A.H. Fox and then the Savage Arms Company shipped around 140,000 of these great side-by-side shotguns to shooters throughout North America. Most Sterlies were used hard […]

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A fantastic O/U at a fair price — that’s what you see here. Beretta started making their AS-line of boxlock over & under shotguns in 1949 and they continued turning them out into the 1960s. These were made for hunting (i.e., light weight compared to the later ASE target models introduced in the late ’80s). […]

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Respect, like success, is something you have to earn. The first time I sent my pointer to the trainer, I visited her every weekend. But when I showed up it was play time, not work time. We went for runs, tossed a ball around, and goofed off. I was her buddy, and she treated me […]

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Stephen Grant was one of the 19th century’s finest gunmakers. Today, he may be one of the under appreciated. Born in 1821 in Tipperary, Ireland, he started his apprenticeship in Dublin and then moved to London where he worked with Charles Lancaster and Thomas Boss. In 1867, Grant went out on his own. He quickly […]

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Little John’s Auction Service annual May antique and sporting guns auction starts tomorrow. There’s a lot of nice doubles there, including these Parker side by sides.  Here a few that really caught my eye: Lot 560: Parker AAHE Grade Pigeon gun, 12 gauge 2 ¾” chambers, 32” barrels: Serial number 205648. About 240 made. Excellent […]

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Little John’s Auction Service annual May antique and sporting guns auction starts this Wednesday. If you’re into nice doubles, this is a sale you don’t want to miss. It’s a big auction, spread out over 2 days – Wednesday & Thursday, May 22-23. I’m going to put up several posts featuring the highlights of this […]

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There a bunch of nice doubles going off this weekend – including the second Winchester Model 21 made. Here are a few other highlights: Gunslinger Auctions in Covina, CA, has this nice vintage double rifle in their 5/19 sale: Alex Henry Double Rifle: In .450 with exposed hammers, blueing on barrels is very good, vintage […]

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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 […]

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