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ALEXANDER HENRY HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE .500 BPE
ALEXANDER HENRY HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE .500 BPE

ALEX HENRY HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE 500 BPE: 28″  DAMASCUS BARRELS WITH 3 LEAF EXPRESS SIGHT AND PERFECT BORES DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR AND MAKERS CASE 8LBS 7 OZ X 14 1/4. Price: $12,500

L.C. SMITH HUNTER ARMS SPECIALTY GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE:  30″ BARRELS, FULL & FULL, VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BORES.  AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, HUNTER SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER.  FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, UNTURNED SCREWS, LIGHT CASE COLOR, TYPICAL ENGRAVING WITH GAME BIRDS AND SCROLLWORK.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, NICELY FIGURED WOOD, EXCELLENT WOOD AND CHECKERING.  ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE.  GREAT DIMENSIONS 1 1/2″ X 2 5/8″ X 14″, 6 POUNDS 2 OUNCES.  L C SMITH RECORDS, LETTER INCLUDED.  MADE IN 1925, 100% ORIGINAL CONDITION.  SCARCE GUN. Price: $5,800

L.C. SMITH HUNTER ARMS SPECIALTY GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE
L.C. SMITH HUNTER ARMS SPECIALTY GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE
PARKER GHE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
PARKER GHE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

PARKER GHE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN: 32″ damascus steel barrels choked full & full. Auto ejector’s, double triggers, and deluxe checkered wood. LOP: 14 3/8″ to a dogs head buttplate. COMB: 1 1/2″ HEEL: 2 1/2″ Weight: 8lbs 6oz. Retaining 97% plus original barrel finish and pattern. The frame showing 95-97% original case colors. Triggerguard bow and tang 97% plus original bright blue. Super wood and checkering. Bores are mint. Price: $4950

Francotte model 14E 20ga Boxlock Ejector: 26″ barrels choked modified(.017″) and full(.027″).Semi pistol grip stock,double triggers,ejectors.Imported in the 1930s by V,L,&D.Weighs 6-4.2 3/4″ chambers.Stock dimensions are 143/8″ LOP,1 5/8″ at comb, and 2 3/4″ at heel.Nicely engraved.A fine little upland bird gun. Price: $4,000

Francotte model 14E 20ga Boxlock Ejector
Francotte model 14E 20ga Boxlock Ejector

 

 

 

 

 

B. Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U 20 gauge: 28″ barrels,10 choke tubes. English grip, field forend. DAC 1 1/2″ DAH 2 1/4″ CAST 1/8″ off LOP 14 5-8″ to checkered butt. 6lbs 4oz. Gun is in excellent condition. Price $2,400

B. Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U 20 gauge
B. Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U 20 gauge

A great looking .410 by Francotte, in super nice condition…

August Francotte 14E SxS Shotgun .410, 26" bbls
August Francotte 14E SxS Shotgun .410, 26″ bbls

Here’s a nice little double. This Francotte is a 14E – one step up from the company’s field grade Knock About model. It’s looks all original, and I bet it would be a fantastic quail gun.

August Francotte 14E SxS Shotgun .410, 26″ bbl: 2 1/2″ chambers, m/f, 14 1/8″ LOP, 2 5/8″ DH, 1 3/8″ DC, 4lb. 2oz., hand rubbed oil finish. All original, untouched, unmolested gun. Manufactured in 1925, with letters and other documentation from Griffin & Howe, the authority on Francottes. Stamped Francotte Choke Bore. Gun is in about 90% condition, no cracks, dents, gouges or deep scratches in wood. BBl retain most of their original color. Metal is in excellent condition with about 85% blue remaining. Engraving is also excellent. Price: $9750

August Francotte 14E SxS Shotgun .410, 26" bbls
August Francotte 14E SxS Shotgun .410, 26″ bbls
August Francotte 14E SxS Shotgun .410, 26" bbls
August Francotte 14E SxS Shotgun .410, 26″ bbls
August Francotte 14E SxS Shotgun .410, 26" bbls
August Francotte 14E SxS Shotgun .410, 26″ bbls
August Francotte 14E SxS Shotgun .410, 26" bbls
August Francotte 14E SxS Shotgun .410, 26″ bbls
August Francotte 14E SxS Shotgun .410, 26" bbls
August Francotte 14E SxS Shotgun .410, 26″ bbls

Good Gun Alert: 20 gauge Francotte 14E in fantastic condition…

20 gauge Francotte 14 E Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Francotte 14 E Double Barrel Shotgun

It’s hard to believe, but Abercrombie & Fitch used to call itself ‘The Greatest Sporting Goods Store in the World”. Judging by the inventory of fine guns they use to carry, that claim is easy to believe.

Along with new double-barrel shotguns by everyone from Parker to Purdey, Abercrombie & Fitch also stocked a number Francotte side-by-sides. This 20 gauge Francotte 14E on Gunbroker.com now is an excellent example of one of those shotguns.

20 gauge Francotte 14 E Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Francotte 14 E Double Barrel Shotgun

Even though the Grade 14 was the lowest grade Francotte that Abercrombie carried, these guns were fantastically well made. They weren’t cheap, either. In 1951 a 20 gauge Francotte 14E cost $550 (a Winchester Model 21 was $329.20). And that’s without the case and accessories.

This 20 gauge Francotte 14E on Gunbroker.com looks like it’s in excellent, all original condition. With it’s 28″ barrels, double triggers and modern dimensions (1 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 14 1/2) and sub-six pound weight, I think it would be a perfect shotgun for grouse and woodcock. Best of all, it’s pretty much brand new.

20 gauge Francotte 14 E Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Francotte 14 E Double Barrel Shotgun
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