More pics of that great 10 gauge James Purdey hammergun…

James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun
James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun

There are a lot of Purdeys on the market today. Some are worked over, some are worn out  and some are overpriced. A lot are of them are all three, and that’s why so many of these guns have been looking for buyers for so long. But every now and then a real legit Purdey pops up. When it does, it usually sells right away.

This is one of these nicest vintage Purdeys I’ve seen in a while. It has condition and it was reasonably price. That’s why it sold in fewer than 12 hours.

James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun
James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun

From what I can tell, this gun was made in the late 1860s, early 1870s. Westley Richards invented the toplever in the 1862 and James Purdey patented their underbolt in 1863. The Scott spindle used to connect the two was patented in 1865. The gun you see here uses all three, so it has to be post 1865.

James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun
James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun

This gun also has a keyed forend, a feature from the percussion era that Purdey stop using when they switched to the Anson-patent forend release (introduced in 1872), and bar-action locks, which Purdey was just switching to as it developed a more modern look for its guns. One thing it’s missing is drop-points. This is pretty common on earlier Purdey. The sideclips are interesting. You don’t see side clips on a hammergun, and this has to be one of the first doubles Purdey used them on.

James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun
James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun

James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun: Rare light weight (8 pound) hammer game gun. Outstanding all original condition with very nice wood and good amount of case cloring remaining. Excellent 31 inch fine damascus barrels.Rare side clips and top lever. Very nice engraving and checkering.Proper 2 5/8 inch chambers with open chokes. Throws outstanding patterns and feels like a 12 bore. Excellent shootable dimensions and 14.5 inch LOP. Very little lifetime use and overall excellent condition.

James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun
James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun

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John Dickson of Edinburgh, 12g Round Action SxS shotgun with super rare sidelever
John Dickson of Edinburgh, 12g Round Action SxS shotgun with super rare sidelever

John Dickson of Edinburgh, 12g Round Action SxS shotgun with super rare sideleverThe Dickson round action is arguably considered to be the most elegant of all the side by side shotguns. Combine this with what is thought of as the most elegant of opening methods, the side lever, almost nirvana of the sidelock shotgun has been obtained. Only 26 round action Dickson guns were ever built. Great near perfect Damascus barrels with beautiful bores and excellent minimum wall thickness. Stock dimensions are excellent. If it were mine to keep and shoot I would have us remove the wood extension and install a best quality leather covered pad. This only costs and extra $300 and only takes two weeks. Built early in 1903.  Price: $27,500

Browning Superposed - A1 Superlight - 20ga - OU - English Stock Schnabel Forearm - IC / IM Choke
Browning Superposed – A1 Superlight – 20ga – OU – English Stock Schnabel Forearm – IC / IM Choke

Browning Superposed – A1 Superlight – 20ga – OU – English Stock Schnabel Forearm – IC / IM Choke: 1982 – Browning Superposed – A1 Game Gun – 20ga, 26-1/2″, 2-3/4″, IC / IM, English Stock, Schnabel Forearm, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-7/16″ to 2-1/4″, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. RARE Variation. Same gun as U.S. Market Superlight. During this period, there were no Grade I Superposed guns being produced for the U.S. Market. Price: $4,550

BERETTA – – RARE – – S56E – 20ga – 2 Barrel Set – O/U – Double Triggers – Ejectors – Prince of Whales Grip1968 – Beretta S56E – 20ga 2 Bbl Set – 26-1/2″ IC / M & 26-1/2″ F / XF, Double Triggers, Ejectors, Prince of Whales Grip, LOP 14″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/4″, Weight 5 lbs. 11 oz. Very Rare Gun:

  • Hand Engraved
  • Double Triggers
  • Round Knob Stock
  • Two Barrel Set

Price: $2,450

BERETTA - - RARE - - S56E - 20ga - 2 Barrel Set - O/U - Double Triggers - Ejectors - Prince of Whales Grip
BERETTA – – RARE – – S56E – 20ga – 2 Barrel Set – O/U – Double Triggers – Ejectors – Prince of Whales Grip
Ithaca Grade 2E, Side-by-Side, 10 Gauge 3 1/2" Magnum
Ithaca Grade 2E, Side-by-Side, 10 Gauge 3 1/2″ Magnum

Ithaca Grade 2E, Side-by-Side, 10 Gauge 3 1/2″ Magnum: 32″ BARRELS, FULL AND FULL, VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS.  TYPICAL ENGRAVING PATTERN WITH A WOODCOCK ON THE RIGHT, QUAIL ON LEFT PLUS SCROLLWORK AND BORDERS, FADED CASE COLOR, EXCELLENT, ENGRAVED SCREWS, TOP LEVER TO FAR RIGHT.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, NICELY FIGURED WOOD AND NEAR PERFECT CHECKERING.  GREAT DIMENSIONS 1 3/8″ X 2″ X 14 1/4″, 10 POUNDS.  LATE GUN, NO COCKING INDICATORS.  SERIAL NUMBER OVER 500,OOO.  SCARCE – ONLY 164 GRADE TWO 10 GAUGE MAGNUMS WERE PRODUCED.  CIRCA MID 1930’S.  ALL ORIGINAL FINISH. Price: $4,750

William Powell & Son, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, SxS, 10g, For Fisher & Long, Detroit, Michigan
William Powell & Son, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, SxS, 10g, For Fisher & Long, Detroit, Michigan

William Powell & Son, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, SxS, 10g, For Fisher & Long, Detroit, Michigan: 10 gauge bar-in-wood William Powell, # 4834, built in 1872, 30 inch barrels, tight as new, 11.3 pounds, heavy, but the gun handles very well, imp cyl-mod choke in both barrels, patterns well, light pitting, could be honed out, these barrels are thick. The gun shows use, but not heavy use, screws are untouched, checkering is still good, now worn or recut, no cracks in stock, which is very stout. Barrels have not been cut, border engraved. Price: $1,950

 

 

A beautiful 10g hammergun by John Dickson & Sons…

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun
John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun

John Dickson & Sons is Scotland most famous gunmaker. Established in 1820, Dickson first made a name for itself in the 1840s with their fine “Improved Two Grooved Rifles”, a modified version of the British Army’s Brunswick rifle. Later in 1880, the company patented their famous  Round Action trigger plate shotgun. In between, they built the 10 bore hammer gun you see.

This double was sold by Dickson in December, 1875, and it looks very original. As you can tell from the specs, it’s big, heavy gun, probably made for pigeon shooting or waterfowling. I would love to get my hands on it and find out how those 32″ barrels feel.

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever)  Shotgun: Barrel: 32″, Stock: 141/2“, Chokes: 1/8 & 1/8, Weight: 8lb. 2oz. Bore: Left thou, Right thou, Min Wall: Left 35th thou, Right 35th thou, Circa: 1873 Trigger: 2, Ejection: Yes, Serial #: 3179. Price: £6,995

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever)  Shotgun
John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun
John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever)  Shotgun
John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun
John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever)  Shotgun
John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun
John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever)  Shotgun
John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun

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WESTLEY RICHARDS OVUNDO BEST QUALITY O/U 20 GAUGE
WESTLEY RICHARDS OVUNDO BEST QUALITY O/U 20 GAUGE

WESTLEY RICHARDS OVUNDO BEST QUALITY O/U 20 GAUGE28″ SOLID RIB 2 1/2″CHAMBERS  004 AND 009 SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT WITH HEEL AND TOE PLATES EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS 5LBS 9 OZ X 2 X 1 1/2 X 14. Price: $33,500

Beautiful Belgium Browning Diana Superlight 12 gauge: 26 1/2″ bbl, 2 3/4″ chambers, im/m, 14 1/4″ LOP, 1976 gun. 100% original, excellent condition, barely fired. M. Dodson engraved, striking wood. There were only a handful of these beautiful Diana superlights made, it is difficult to find one without pad. Trades considered.
Price: $11,750

Beautiful Belgium Browning Diana Superlight 12 gauge
Beautiful Belgium Browning Diana Superlight 12 gauge
Winchester Model 21, DUCK, Factory 2 BBL Set
Winchester Model 21, DUCK, Factory 2 BBL Set

Winchester Model 21, DUCK, Factory 2 BBL Set: Beautiful, Original Condition, Winchester Model 21 DUCK,.  Factory 2 Barrel Set. Matches Cody letter to the “T”. 32″ Full/Full, 30″ Mod/Imp Mod (for those incomers). English, Beavertail, Winchester Factory Pad as per letter. 97+% wood, 98+% bluing, flaking floorplate. Barrels ring like churchbells, Perfect bores, no chips splits cracks of rust. Please note forearm, each side, missing dime sized semicircle above checkered boarder, each side??? Price: $8,999

Parker DHE, 20 Gauge California Duck Gun: 32″ barrels, XFull / XFull. Interesting California provenance, Hanford Duck Club. Matches Parker letter with the exception of a period Silvers pad. This was a wealthy gentlemans Waterfoul hunter, certainly not a museum piece but enough original condition to be left alone. No rust, splits, chips or cracks.  Moderately pitted barrels. .030 minimum barrel wall thickness. This is an extremely stout, long range subgauge shooter.  1 of 128 so configured. 1 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 13 3/4 .  Unstruck barrel weight 3/13. Price: $8,999

Parker DHE, 20 Gauge, Double Barrel, California Duck Gun
Parker DHE, 20 Gauge, Double Barrel, California Duck Gun
F W Kessler Side-by-Side 24 Gauge Shotgun
F W Kessler Side-by-Side 24 Gauge Shotgun

F W Kessler Side-by-Side 24 Gauge Shotgun — Excellent Condition: Perfect for quail and woodcock or for scooping up some shooting silver at the Vintage Cup or Southern Side-by-Side this rare and beautiful Kessler 24 gauge is a wand. Fiocchi 24 gauge ammo is available and so are reloading components. A little smaller than 20 gauge but with more punch than a 28 this handsome double is a great shooter that you will be proud to own. *** Kessler is a maker of high quality firearms still in business today in Germany. This handsome double trigger boxlock is covered with dense scroll engraving and has a nice patina with vestiges of its original case coloring. The side clips are nicely engraved and add to the sturdiness of the gun as does the Kersten cross-bolt. Gold cocking indicators protrude through the top strap where they are clearly visible to the shooter. Overall weight is 5lb 10oz. *** The 27” non-ejector barrels are topped by a raised solid rib that has been hand cross-hatched. They appear to have been professionally reblued. Bore dimensions for the right barrel are 0.588 bore diameter with a constriction of 0.019 for Improved Modified choke. The left barrel has a bore diameter of 0.589 with a constriction of 0.027 for Full choke. *** It is stocked in a beautiful piece of walnut with straight grip and splinter forearm. The forearm has an ebony tip. The stock has been refinished and the checkering is crisp. Stock dimensions are 14-1/4” over a thin plastic buttplate by 1-3/8” by 2-3/8”. Slightly cast off for the right hand shooter.  Price: $4,795

Aya Custom 10ga 32bls 3.5 chamber 1968 mfg 98+%: 32 inch barrels, full and full, pistol grip with cap,EJECTORS, 14 3/4 lop,BEAVERTAIL DOUBLE TRIGGERS EJECTORS, raised solid rib, Butt plate with AYA logo, 3.5 inch CHAMBERS, mfg in 1968 CUSTOM ORDERED by Amarillo west texas oil man to shoot geese on the playas,which he did once and then put the gun away for the next 46 years. this shotgun is special and shows it and is like new. Price: $2,295

Aya Custom 10ga 32bls 3.5 chamber 1968 mfg 98+%
Aya Custom 10ga 32bls 3.5 chamber 1968 mfg 98+%

Good gun alert: a 10 gauge, 3 1/2″ Neumann SxS shotgun…

10 gauge Neumann SxS Game Gun, 32" bbls
10 gauge Neumann SxS Game Gun, 32″ bbls

A big gun, a small price – that this Neumann double barrel shotgun. This SxS was made in Belgium in the ’50s, and its a well-made shotgun. If you’re looking to push a lot of lead, it will do the trick.

10 gauge Neumann SxS Game Gun, 32″ bbls: Very good condition overall with normal handling marks. Manufactured in Belgium by Neumann & Co. for Silver & Co. of San Francisco. Price: $1,099.99

10 gauge Neumann SxS Game Gun, 32" bbls
10 gauge Neumann SxS Game Gun, 32″ bbls
Caliber: 10 Gauge
Chambers: 3 1/2
Metal: Very Good
Wood: Very Good
Bore: Very Good
Barrels: 32″ with Tapered Concave Rib
Triggers: Double Triggers with Ejectors
Stock: Checkered Walnut Pistol Grip Style Butt Stock
Stock Dimensions: DAC: 1 3/8″, DAH: 2 1/8″, Cast off: 1/8″, LOP: 14 3/8
Fore End: Checkered Walnut Semi-Beavertail Style
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Ventilated Recoil Pad
Weight: 10 lbs. 10 ozs.
Sights: Two Beads
Chokes: Fixed: Light Full & Light Full, .030″ of constriction

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JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST EXTRA FINISH O/U 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST EXTRA FINISH O/U 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST EXTRA FINISH O/U 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN: KEN HUNT ENGRAVED 26″ VENT RIB 009 AND 024 3″ PROOFED SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS LARGE FOREARM PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED BUTT WITH ENGRAVED HEEL AND TOE PLATES NEW CONDITION IN MAKERS CASE  6LB 5 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 3/4 X 14 3/8. Price: $150,000

Holland & Holland Royal 12 ga Side-by-Side shotgun
Holland & Holland Royal 12 ga Side-by-Side shotgun

Holland & Holland Royal 12 ga Side-by-Side shotgun: Pre-war Holland & Holland 12 ga. Royal, 30″ chopperlump barrels with concave game rib, choked improved cylinder and modified (.005/.015), 2-1/2″ chambers.  Automatic ejectors, double triggers, hidden third bite and auto safe.  Hand-detachable sidelock features gold cocking indicators and the traditional Holland & Holland acanthus engraving which remains sharp and crisp.  Splinter forend, the highly figured stock with half-round grip measures 1-1/2″ comb x 2-1/2″ heel x 15-1/2″ LOP over a buttplate.  Excellent overall condition, tight and on the face.  Weighs 6 lbs, 10 oz. with a forward bias, balancing just ahead of the hingepin.  A classic Holland best! Price: $21,900

Parker Brothers DHE Trap 12ga Shotgun 32" Vent Rib Full/Full
Parker Brothers DHE Trap 12ga Shotgun 32″ Vent Rib Full/Full

Parker Brothers DHE Trap 12ga Shotgun 32″ Vent Rib Full/Full: Gun remains in very good condition with case colors remaining in the protected areas: double trigger, ejectors, beavertail forearm, straight with 14 1/2″ LOP over a Silver’s red rubber pad, vent rib, right barrel has a .738″ bore with .040″ choke (FULL), left barrel has a .740″ bore with .045″ choke (FULL). Price: $6,495

20g Browning BSS Sidelock, 28" bbls, Double Triggers
20g Browning BSS Sidelock, 28″ bbls, Double Triggers

20g Browning BSS Sidelock, 28″ bbls, Double Triggers: 20ga., 28″ (Briley CT’s -5-, double triggers (rare), ejectors, fully handengraved R&S type on rich satin coin finished receiver,elegant long tang stock, 14 1/4″ LOP over 1″ solid pad also Browning vented pad, exotic piece of Belgium hand checkered walnut straight stock & forearm, luxury pigskin leather fitted case,6 lbs.4 ozs. 99% new. Price: $4,895

Ithaca NID Grade II 10ga 3 1/2" Magnum SxS Shotgun
Ithaca NID Grade II 10ga 3 1/2″ Magnum SxS Shotgun

Ithaca NID Grade II 10ga 3 1/2″ Magnum SxS Shotgun: Ithaca grade II 10ga 31/2″ magnum.32″ barrels choked full and full.Pistol grip stock,double triggers,extractors.Retains 30% of the original case colors and 95% of the original blue.Excellent bore with no dents or pitting.The stock is very sound with no cracks.The barrels are tight and on face to the action with the top lever slightly to the right of center.A very nice example of the Ithaca magnum for the collector or the shooter.Weighs 10-14.Built in 1933. Price: $3,995

Auction alert: a 10 gauge James Purdey & Sons double barrel shotgun…

10 gauge James Purdey & Sons Double Barrel SxS Shotguns
10 gauge James Purdey & Sons Double Barrel SxS Shotguns

Ten gauge Purdey shotguns are not very common, so when one pops up, it catches my attention. The one you see here is at Alex Cooper Auctioneers in Towson, MD, and it goes off today, September 28 @ 1:00 PM EST.

Interestingly, this one is nitro-proofed for 1 1/2 oz loads. That’s the same amount of lead than a 12g, 3 1/2″ shell throws. But a ten gauge does it better and throw better patterns because of its larger bore size. It’s also built to handle the recoil, so it will do less damage to you, and itself, when you pull the trigger.

10 gauge James Purdey & Sons Double Barrel SxS Shotguns
10 gauge James Purdey & Sons Double Barrel SxS Shotguns

James Purdey & Sons 10 gauge Double Barrel Sidelock SxS Shotgun: London, 1905, made on order of J. H. Smith, Tuxedo Park, NY; blued double barrel, 31 in. L.; engraved case-hardened frame; checkered burl walnut stock and forearm; with original case and several accessories (including barrel rods, cleaning tools, and loading tools). Estimate: $20,000 – $25,000

10 gauge James Purdey & Sons Double Barrel SxS Shotguns
10 gauge James Purdey & Sons Double Barrel SxS Shotguns

Good gun alert: a 10 gauge Parker D-grade hammergun…

Parker D-grade Lifter Double Barrel Shotgun, 10GA, 32" bbls
Parker D-grade Lifter Double Barrel Shotgun, 10GA, 32″ bbls

When it comes to hammerguns, Parkers made on their lifter-action have always been one of favorite designs. And I think graded lifters are some of the most beautiful shotguns ever made in America. Just check out this Quality 6, A Grade to see what I mean.

The Quality 3, D Grade you see here is another great looking example. Parker introduced this model in 1875. Price at $100 (a ton of money back then, btw) it was one of the company’s best sellers. It’s easy to see why.

Here’s more about this one from the seller:

Parker D-grade Lifter Double Barrel Shotgun, 10GA, 32″ bbls: much color, nice patterned bbls., exotic stock w /2 7/8″ drop, all original conditional with great color & condition, great bore, 100% original. Price: $3,499.00

Parker D-grade Lifter Double Barrel Shotgun, 10GA, 32" bbls
Parker D-grade Lifter Double Barrel Shotgun, 10GA, 32″ bbls
Parker D-grade Lifter Double Barrel Shotgun, 10GA, 32" bbls
Parker D-grade Lifter Double Barrel Shotgun, 10GA, 32″ bbls

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Browning Superposed - P3U - 20ga - Superlight - 2 Bbl Set - 3 Piece Forearm
Browning Superposed – P3U – 20ga – Superlight – 2 Bbl Set – 3 Piece Forearm

Browning Superposed – P3U – 20ga – Superlight – 2 Bbl Set – 3 Piece Forearms – Checkered Butt – Oil Finish: 1977 – Browning Superposed Presentation 3U Grade (P3U) Superlight – 2 Barrel Set – 20ga 26-1/2”, IC / M and 26-1/2” F / F, Tapered Ribs, Three Piece Schnabel Forearms, Oil Finished Wood, Checkered Butt, English Stock, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-3/8” x 2-1/8”, Weight 6 lbs. 2 oz. Price: $26,900.00

LEBEAU COURALLY SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE
LEBEAU COURALLY SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE

LEBEAU COURALLY SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE: 26 3/4″ BARRELS 013 AND 023 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT NEAR NEW CONDITION 5LBS 10 OZ X 2 5/16 X 1 1/2 X 15. Price: $22,500.00

BERETTA 1964 ASEL 20- THE PROPER SIZE 20 GAME GUN- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD by BILL McGUIRE- 27 1/2″ BOEHLER ANTINIT Bbls:  #31186, Beretta O/U Model ASEL 20 Bore Made in 1964 & Then Stocked by Master Stockmaker Mr. Bill McGuire with Exhibition Wood, It has 27 1/2″ Matted Vent Rib Boehler Antinit Steel barrels with top bite cross bolt lugs at .626 .011 & .025″ (Skt.II & Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, Correct factory bores and chokes as it left the factory in 1964, 1.185 KG weight barrels, Single non-selective trigger, Scalloped frame, Game forend, Straight hand stock at 14 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 2 1/8″ over a 9/16″ pad & can go 14 7/8″ with a 1″ pad, Neutral stock for the right or left hand; It is trim, slim and superb balance at 6 lbs. 2 oz., 95% coverage of scroll with light floral that is cut on a scalloped frame, The gun retains 99% of fresh rust blue, The frame has a soft patina at 98%, The wood is at 98%, The recessed fleur-de-lis checkering at 100%, The bores are excellent plus; A complete restock by Master Stockmaker Mr. Bill McGuire. The ASE/ASEL Model Beretta is the best Boxlock they ever produced and it will never be again at anywhere near this price. Price: $8,450.00

BERETTA 1964 ASEL 20- THE PROPER SIZE 20 GAME GUN- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD by BILL McGUIRE- 27 1/2" BOEHLER ANTINIT Bbls
BERETTA 1964 ASEL 20- THE PROPER SIZE 20 GAME GUN- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD by BILL McGUIRE- 27 1/2″ BOEHLER ANTINIT Bbls
Ithaca (NID) 3 1/2 Mag 2E 10 ga:
Ithaca (NID) 3 1/2 Mag 2E 10 ga:

Ithaca (NID) 3 1/2 Mag 2E 10 ga: 3 1/2 Mag, Model 2E, Action SxS, Barrel Chamber 3 1/2 in, Barrel Length 32 in, Barrel Chokes .040 – .041, Barrel Rib Type Solid Rib, Drop At Comb 1 1/2 in, Drop At Heel 2 1/2 in, Gauge 10 ga, Grip Capped Semi Pistol Grip, Ejectors Yes, Forend Splinter, LOP 14 in over a Pad, Pad Thickness 1 in, Serial Number 500XXX, Shotgun Type SxS, Trigger Double Triggers, Type of Butt White Line Pad, Weight 11 lbs 2 ozs. Price: $ 7,950

HIGH QUALITY 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BBL HAMMER FRENCH MADE SHOTGUN
HIGH QUALITY 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BBL HAMMER FRENCH MADE SHOTGUN

HIGH QUALITY 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BBL HAMMER FRENCH MADE SHOTGUN: 28″ bbls choked full and modified, some pitting in both bbls, exterior finish is quite nice with a considerable amount of Damascus pattern showing. Back action locks have vivid case colors present, orig nicely grained wood shows a considerable amount of orig varnish, some wear to the checkering, 13″ pull, underlever opener, steel buttplate. Nice, clean and quite an attractive little gun. Price: $1,650.

Auction alert: Wow -10g Parker Bros. Quality 6, A-grade, lift-action hammer shotgun….

10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga
10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga

Parker Bros. was one of America’s oldest, largest, and most innovative gun makers. From 1869 to 1942, the company turned out over 240,000+ shotguns.

The one you see is built on the Parker Lifter-Action, one of the company’s earliest designs. It’s an A-grade, and it was the top-of-line Parker back when it was made in 1876. As a 2-barrel set in what looks to be its original case, it’s a fantastic shotgun and important piece of American gunmaking history.

10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga
10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga

It’s up for auction now, and the sale ends tomorrow May 5, 2013 @ 15:00:00 PT. Whoever get this double  will be lucky person. Here’s more info on the gun from the seller:

10 gauge Parker Bros, Quality 6, A-grade, Double Barrel Lifter-action Shotgun: 6801 mfg. circa 1876. Quality 6 SxS shotgun with two sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga., under lift opened hammer action, color case hardened side plates, 1st barrel set 32 in. Damascus steel, 2nd barrel set 28 in. Damascus steel, DT, EXT, checkered PG walnut stock with skeleton steel buttplate and splinter forearm, LOP 14 1/4 in. over wood.

10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga
10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga
10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga
10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga

Good gun alert: a great 10g V. Chr. Schilling hammer shotgun…

10 gauge Schilling Double Barrel Side by Side Hammer Shotgun
10 gauge Schilling Double Barrel Side by Side Hammer Shotgun

Here’s another hammergun that’s making me crazy: 10 gauge V Chr. Schilling. I love old double barrels like this one, especially ones with color and finish like this Schilling has. Check out the arrow-head drop points, too. Awesome.

This is a big 10 gauge, probably made in the 1880s as a waterfowler. I would love to buy it, but my bank account (and wife) say  I can’t own them all.

V Chr. Schilling was a European gunmaker based in Suhl, Germany. Founded in 1816 and around until the 1920s (I think), they were major players in that region’s gun trade, and they made all grades of sporting guns along with military weapons and other firearms. They also made doubles for the American firm Charles Daly.

Here’s more info about the one you see here one from the seller:

10 gauge Schilling Side-by-Side Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun: 30″ bbls, 14″ LOP to a butt plate, double triggers, 8lbs. 10z., with case. Price: $1,799.99

10 gauge Schilling Double Barrel Side by Side Hammer Shotgun
10 gauge Schilling Double Barrel Side by Side Hammer Shotgun
10 gauge Schilling Double Barrel Side by Side Hammer Shotgun
10 gauge Schilling Double Barrel Side by Side Hammer Shotgun
10 gauge Schilling Double Barrel Side by Side Hammer Shotgun
10 gauge Schilling Double Barrel Side by Side Hammer Shotgun
10 gauge Schilling Double Barrel Side by Side Hammer Shotgun
10 gauge Schilling Double Barrel Side by Side Hammer Shotgun

Daily Double: Ithaca NID Magnum 10 gauge side-by-side shotgun…

Ithaca NID Magnum 10 double barrel shotgun
Ithaca NID Magnum 10 double barrel shotgun

Here in America, bigger is better. 72″ big screen TVs? Awesome. Ford F350s? Love ’em. King Kong burgers? Yes, please! For shotgun shooters, magnum loads are right in line with this obsession. And when it comes to magnums, the 3 1/2″ 10 gauge is king.

The Western Cartridge Co. introduced the mag 10 in 1932. It was stuffed with 2 ounces of shot and it generated a brain-bruising amount of kick. To handle it, Ithaca developed the NID Magnum-Ten side by sides. These doubles came standard with 32″ bbls and they weighed 10-11 lbs+ plus. The first one was serial number 500,000. From 1932 -1942, Ithaca made 887 of them in all. Here’s a bit about them from Michael McIntosh’s book Best Guns:

From Michael McIntosh's book Best Guns
From Michael McIntosh's book Best Guns

Today, you can usually find a few Ithaca NID Magnum 10s on the market. They’re usually expensive, but that’s how it goes. Nice things are never cheap.

ITHACA, NID, GRADE 2, 10 GAUGE – $3950

3 1/2″ MAGNUM, 32″ BARRELS, FULL AND FULL, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES.  AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, NICELY ENGRAVED WITH GAME BIRDS, SCROLL, BORDERS AND STIPPLEWORK, SOME CASE COLOR, TOP LEVER TO THE RIGHT.  MOST OF THE ORIGINAL BLUE ON TRIGGER GUARD.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, HIGHLY FIGURED WOOD WITH EXCELLENT CHECKERING AND FINISH.  1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, PACHMAYER PAD WITH SPACER, 11 POUNDS.  SERIAL NUMBER OVER 500,000.  ONLY 164 PRODUCED.  CIRCA MID 1930’S.  SCARCE GUN.

Wow- what a cool 10g L.C. Smith…

The 2 7/8″ 10 gauge is a load lost to time. Back in the late 19th century, it was the most popular load in this country and lots of American double barrel shotguns were made to shoot it. But as powders improved and shooting styles changes, more and more hunters swapped their 10s for 12s.

10 gauge L.C. Smith Grade 3 double barrel shotgun
10 gauge L.C. Smith Grade 3 double barrel shotgun

By the beginning of the 20th century, the 10g was pretty much obsolete. While a few were still made, it was a vanishing species. It would be revived a bit when 8 gauge shotguns were banned by the Feds and Ithaca introduced its 3 1/2″, 10g to fill the gap, but it would never reign supreme again.

Here’s a 10g L.C. Smith made towards the end of this gauge’s popularity. It’s a beautiful gun, and rare in a Gr. 3. The Gr. 3s were medium quality Smiths and the company made just 3,790 of them.

A rare gun: Joseph Jakob 10g double-barrel shotgun…

American used to be full of gunmakers, especially toward the end of the 19th century. From the big boys like Colt and Winchester to tiny guys like Krider and Tonks, these operations turned out everything from mass-produced pistols to top quality, custom made double-barrel shotguns.

Joseph Jakob 10 gauge double barrel shotgun
Joseph Jakob 10 gauge double barrel shotgun

Joseph Jakob was one of these tiny guys. Based on 1156 Passyhunk Avenue in Philadelphia, PA, he  made guns of the highest order. Very little is known about Jakobs, though. It’s thought that he was around for about a decade — 1870-1880– and there are under 10 known surviving examples of his work in circulation today. These guns are all very hig quality. This side-by-side is an excellent example.

It’s a 10 gauge made around 1880. Even though it says JOSEPH JAKOB- MAKER 1156 PASSYUNK AVE PHILADA on the rib (that’s not a typo, btw), the action, barrels, and metalwork on this gun were not made in PA or anywhere else in USA. These parts were made in Prussia by Lindner, the famous double-barrel maker behind Charles Daly shotguns. These parts were then shipped to the USA and finished off by Jakob, or by people he employed for the task. This was a common practice and “makers” throughout the US did it with parts they brought in from the UK and Europe.

Wow – W. & C. Scott 10 gauge Premier shotgun…

W. & C. Scott is one of my favorite English makers. Their guns, especially their early breechloaders, are some of the finest double-barrel shotguns ever made in the UK.

10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun
10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun

For a good chunks of Scott’s history (especially the 19th century), North America was their major market. Thousands of their guns were sold over here, many through an outfit called William Reid & Sons of Boston, MA. This gun here is a perfect example of the kind of side-by-side shotgun Scott was making, and of how Reid would have outfitted it and presented it to a client.

Made in about 1881,  this is a hammerless 10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier in fantastic, all original condition. It is a true, Best-quality gun, and when this one was made, it was Scott’s top-of-the-line shotgun. I’m not sure how much it would have cost, but it was very expensive. A few things about this gun: the engraving is very stylized. I know the birds look a bit kooky; but in the 1880s, that was how they engraved them. Look at how the forend-iron fits into the action — flawless. And check out how the lockplates fit– again, perfect. This gun was handmade and it’s amazing to see how well perfect it is. Compared to most brand new, CNC made guns, it’s far nicer. BTW: If you have a W. & C Scott shotgun and you would like to know more about it, please drop me an email. I would be happy to help you out with it.

Gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun
10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun
10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun
10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun
10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun
10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun
10 gauge W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel shotgun
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