This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

 

Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance:
Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance:

Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance: Made in 1899 for Washington, DC-based sporting goods retailer William Wagner, this gun was given to Mr. Wagner “compliments of Parker Bros.”  per the factory order.  The gun is an early Pigeon gun with several special order features including the rib which is inscribed “Mfg. for Wm. Wagner”.  The gun was made with 30″ Whitworth Fluid steel barrels, double triggers, splinter forend, and has had ejectors added by Parker a few years after manufacture.  The gun has a straight grip buttstock and was ordered with a checkered butt per the factory order.  The stocks measure 1-5/8″ DAC, 2-3/8″ DAH, and 14-1/4″ LOP over the original checkered butt.  Made with 2-3/4″ chambers the barrels measure .734(rt) and .735(left) with chokes of .039(full) and .044(extra full).  The gun weighs 7lbs 8oz currently.  Overall the gun is in excellent condition.  The barrels retain 99% of an expert restored blue finish. The action retains traces of original case color which is vivid in protected areas, toned elsewhere.  The stocks retain most of an expert restored finish, comb lowered long ago, and are crisp with light checkering wear.

Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance:
Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance:

William Wagner & Son was an important sporting goods dealer in Washington, DC, and was responsible for selling many many Parker shotguns. Parker Bros. no doubt gave him this gun in appreciation of his many sales of fine Parker shotguns.

There is a set of 32″ Acme barrels that have been added to this gun with an original A1 Special forend.  This set of barrels will be made available to the purchaser of the gun and really makes this a wonderful shoooting outfit! A very rare Parker with unique history and rib inscription.  If you are looking for a historically significant Parker with great shooting qualities, and killer aesthetics, look no further.  Price: $28,900

Piotti Monte Carlo Sidelock SxS 20 Gauge (Extra Finish)
Piotti Monte Carlo Sidelock SxS 20 Gauge (Extra Finish)

Piotti Monte Carlo Sidelock SxS 20 Gauge (Extra Finish): 26″ Chokes: CYL – CYL L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/8″H Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Ser. #: 8528 Stock #: 7845. Price: $24,900 

STEPHEN GRANT Jones Rotary Underlever Hammer Gun 12 gauge, 30" bbls
STEPHEN GRANT Jones Rotary Underlever Hammer Gun 12 gauge, 30″ bbls

STEPHEN GRANT Jones Rotary Underlever Hammer Gun 12 gauge, 30″ bbls: SxS, Fine English scroll engraved back action hammer rotary underlever action, Professionally restored by Nick Makinson, Gun #1 of an orphaned pair, Built in 1882 for the 5th Earl of Clarendon, Edward Hyde Villiers. Lord Hyde served between 1846-1905 as Lord Chamberlain of the British Liberal Unionist party. 30″ Damascus bbls. w/ 2 1/2″ chambers, Barrels re-browned in U.K. (not nitro proofed), Concave rib, Chokes: Right .731 / .013 / IC & Left .731 / .031 / F, Double triggers, External Hammers, Extractors, Straight stock w/ checkered butt, Heel and toe plates, Splinter forearm, Stock Dimensions: DC: 1 1/2″ x DH: 2 1/4″ x Cast: 1/4″ off at 4 1/2″ x LOP: 14 1/2″, Weight: 6 lb. 13 oz., Condition: Excellent restored w/ maker’s leather-covered case, Made in England, Serial #5149. Price: $5995.

Chapuis SxS RGP round action 16 Ga. - Unfired:
Chapuis SxS RGP round action 16 Ga. – Unfired:

Chapuis SxS RGP round action 16 Ga. – Unfired: #56101.Made in 2012 , imported by us, this gun has never left the gun vault. 26” barrels, chrome lined bores .664  with .009” and .015” constriction (Imp Cyl and Mod) swamped rib. Ejectors. 100% inside and out. Special ordered scalloped action with no engraving, a case color harden frame and blacked furniture. Double triggers, firing pin discs, manual safety, all in like new condition. Weight is 6Lbs. Nice fiddle back walnut  English stock with a 14 ¼” LOP over a ¼” wood butt plate, drop is 1 ½” and 2 5/8” with 3/8 cast off, semi beaver tail forend. The wood finish and checkering are in 99% original condition with the faintest handling marks. Light, well balanced, fast handling shotgun. Price: $3,890.

A. JOS. DEFOURNEY 16GA SxS Boxlock shotgun
A. JOS. DEFOURNEY 16GA SxS Boxlock shotgun

A. JOS. DEFOURNEY 16GA SXS Boxlock Shotgun: A high quality, high condition European game from one of Belgium’s finest makers.  Ejectors, Articulating front trigger, Manual safe, Greener crossbolt, Purdy underbites, Brazed barrels, Horn grip cap and butt plate, Nice wood, Strong case color. Tasteful hand engraving, Well balanced and in 16ga to boot! No dents, cracks or pits. Price: $1895

5 doubles you don’t want to miss..

 

Boss & Co. Heavy 3" Proof Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun
Boss & Co. Heavy 3″ Proof Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun

Boss & Co. Heavy 3″ Proof Side-by-Side Pigeon GunBoss Heavy proof Pigeon Gun with Factory 3 inch Chambers and 1 1/2oz Original Proof. The gun is fitted with Chopper lump barrels that are fitted with Briley Teague style choke tubes. Gun appears to be little used.  The mirror perfect bores still at .729 L and .728 R.  The barrel blue remains at 98% plus. Case color 80-90%, showing some thinning; mostly on the bottom of the receiver.  Wood is excellent, retaining virtually all of it’s London style
finish. Overall a fantastic gun that points and handles as what you would expect from this highly revered maker.
Barrels: Bores: .729L & .728R. Wall Dims: .030 R & .030 L
Chokes: Teague Style Screw by Briley
Engraving: Jack Sumner Style English Fine Scroll
L.O.P.: 14 3/4″
Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz.
Stock Dimensions: 1 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 with 3/8 Cast Off
Price: $36,500

L. C. SMITH 3E 16 GAUGE SxS TWO BARREL SET
L. C. SMITH 3E 16 GAUGE SxS TWO BARREL SET

L. C. SMITH 3E 16 GAUGE SxS TWO BARREL SETL. C. Smith Double Shotgun; SN 211771; 16 gauge; Grade 3 E; Two Barrel Set-both barrels 30 inch and numbered to the gun; one set choked full/full; Second set choked mod?mod; Single Trigger Ejectors; lots of original wood and metal finish remains; 14 inch pull to original butt plate; 2¾ DAH; 1¾ DAC; weight 7¾ pounds; 2½ inch chambers; Made 1909; Perfect Action bores; strong ejectors; FFL/C&R required for shipping; from my own personal collection;  Long guns shipped by FedEx in a hard case $65; all other items shipped fully insured Priority Mail; – -Hand guns $30 — Spurs $30– Knives, Swords & Sabers $30—Grips $20; return policy: three days inspection from the date the item is received; full refund of shipping both ways ONLY IF THE ITEM IS MISREPRESENTED. Price: $5,975

Early A.H.Fox C Grade 32" 12ga S/S Shotgun
Early A.H.Fox C Grade 32″ 12ga S/S Shotgun

Early A.H.Fox C Grade 32″ 12ga S/S Shotgun: A.H.Fox early style C grade 12 gauge.Built in 1908,this gun has 32″ Krupp still barrels choked full (.038″) and full (.038″).The gun is in excellent original condition retaining traces of the original case colors and 95% of the original barrel blue.The stock has a semi-pistol grip and 141/2″LOP over a solid pad.The wood is very highly figured and is free of any cracks or damage.The engraving is sharp and very well executed.There is a small dent in the right barrel that barely shows in the bore.It does not affect the safety or shooting of the gun, but I want to make you aware that it is there. This is a hard gun to find in original condition. It would make a great pheasant or dove gun or a fun vintage clays gun. Price: $4495 

Winchester Model 21 12 GA SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
Winchester Model 21 12 GA SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Winchester Model 21 12 GA SxS Double Barrel ShotgunPrice: $3,279.66
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Single Selective
Stock Dimensions:
1 1/2″ DAC, 2 5/8″ DAH, 14″ LOP
Butt Pad: Rubber Recoil Pad
Weight: 7 lb. 10 oz.

1964 Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 20 ga, 28"
1964 Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 20 ga, 28″

1964 Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 20 ga, 28″3″ mag with 28″ full & mod barrels. This gun was built in 1964 so there is no danger of salt wood. The action is very tight with the lever still to the right. This gun looks like new aside from some minor wear on the top lever, safety selector and gold plating on the trigger.  Price: $3,200
Curio/Relic: Yes
Serial Number: 32224V4
Condition: 98%
Metal Condition: 98%
Wood Condition: 99%
Bore Condition: mint

This week’s five good guns…

 

Fox XE 16 Gauge - FACTORY ORIGINAL, MINT CONDITION: Year 1919, 16 Gauge, 5lbs 12oz, Side-by-Side: Serial Number 300,790
Fox XE 16 Gauge – FACTORY ORIGINAL, MINT CONDITION: Year 1919, 16 Gauge, 5lbs 12oz, Side-by-Side: Serial Number 300,790

Fox XE 16 Gauge – FACTORY ORIGINAL, MINT CONDITIONYear 1919, 16 Gauge, 5lbs 12oz, Side-by-Side: Serial Number 300,790. During the 20 years of chasing A.H. Fox guns of all grades and gauges for my personal collection and to assist my clients to build their collections, the Fox XE 16ga. has been one of the most difficult to find.  I have only seen 5 offered for sale in the last 10 years.  This fine example could be the very best XE 16 on Mother Earth, as it has all original factory finishes retaining 99% case color, blue, and wood finish.  Built in 1919, sn300790 is one of 90 factory-documented Fox XE guns built in 16ga., with only 79 of those the cherished Philly made guns.  Some of these guns have disappeared so it is likely there are less than 70 or so left in the world.  Of the 70, few have this much condition remaining and most have been significantly altered since leaving the factory.  I have examined this gun inside and out, and it is a near new, factory original gun.  The signature A.H. Fox case colors are not duplicated in today’s world. The engraving on this gun is exceptionally sharp and clear and from the prime era of Fox engraving. When you examine the order card you will notice it shows 3 ½” drop at the heel which is an error on the card as the gun has 2 ½” drop at heel and THE GUN MATCHES ALL OTHER DETAILS ON THE ORDER CARD including the long length of pull, gun weight, barrel weight and length.  Errors were made when handwriting order cards.  The gun came from the factory with the 2 ½” drop at heel.  The factory marked serial number is on the head of the stock as shown in the photos.  Weighing just 5lbs. 13oz. and balanced perfectly on the hinge pin, you would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful A.H. Fox.  This gun has it all…rarity, high grade, incredible factory original condition, desirable features and stock dimensions, perfect mechanics, mirror bores, gorgeous wood figure, perfect screws…an A.H. Fox gun for the advanced collector or avid shooter/collector.  When you consider this is likely your only chance to own such a gun, it is a wise investment vehicle for your hard-earned funds at the price offered. Price: $27,950

Parker Reproduction 16/20 Ga Combo SxS Shotgun
Parker Reproduction 16/20 Ga Combo SxS Shotgun

Parker Reproduction 16/20 Ga Combo SxS ShotgunLike New Parker Reproduction 16/20 Ga Combo Set.  This is #6 out of 100 Special Edition Set for The National Sporting Fraternity Limited. Shotgun has a Krieghoff 16 Ga barrel, 28″ IC-Mod. Second barrel is a 20 Ga, 26″ IC-Mod. Comes with Leather Hard Case, Canvas Dust Cover, 16-20 Ga Snap Caps and Oil bottle.  Shotgun is in 99% condition with just a few faint handling marks.  Bluing is excellent with very strong case colors.  Comes with Parker Reproduction Catalog and a copy of Game & Gun magazine.  Steve Smith reviewed the combo set in this magazine. Price: $8,500

Greifelt Grade 1 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun:
Greifelt Grade 1 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun:

Greifelt Grade 1 20ga O/U Double Barrel ShotgunThis beautiful little 20ga Greifelt remains in absolutely outstanding condition.  With excellent scenes of birds on both sides of the action and delicate rose and scroll on the balance, it retains near 100% of the case colors. The 26″ barrels feature a solid rib with a metal bead; choked IC/IM with excellent bores and 98% bluing.  The barrels also have rose and scroll engraving at the breech end. The scalloped boxlock action with a Kersten style top crossbolt and dual underlugs has dual triggers with the front trigger being articulated.  The LOP is 14 1/2″ from the front trigger to the original horn buttplate.  The dark-colored walnut straight gripped stock features the original finish and only has a couple of handling marks. The gun comes in the oak and leather case with the original Von Lengerke & Detmold label. Price: $5,500 

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 - 30" BARREL - EARLY PRODUCTION WITH LOW 3 DIGIT SERIAL NUMBER
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 – 30″ BARREL – EARLY PRODUCTION WITH LOW 3 DIGIT SERIAL NUMBER

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 – 30″ BARREL – EARLY PRODUCTION WITH LOW 3 DIGIT SERIAL NUMBERHere’s an early Winchester Model 21 in 12 gauge – serial number 145. This honest gun has 30″ barrels choked mod and full. Mirror bores as original measuring .730 with 13/1000 choke in right and 35/1000 in left. Chambers at 2 3/4″. Extractors. Gun is tight and on the face with top lever right of center. No loose ribs – barrels ring true. All serial numbers match. No cracks to the wood with sharp checkering. One inch Winchester red recoil pad. Weight is 7 LBS 7 1/2 OZ. Shipping is $40. Great shootable stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/2″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 3/8″. Price: $3,500

Browning BSS 12 ga. 70's mfg. 2 3/4" also 3" shells
Browning BSS 12 ga. 70’s mfg. 2 3/4″ also 3″ shells

Browning BSS 12 ga. 70’s mfg. 2 3/4″ also 3″ shells28″ bbl. choked M/F, single trigger, ejectors, deluxe checkered European walnut, 99% as new original condition, lightest of handling only! Price: $1,229

Wow-what a Parker: DH-grade,16g, damascus bbls, 0 frame…

Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS - "O" FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS
Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS – “O” FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS

I’ve had an on-and-off love affair with Parkers. Over the last 20 years or so I’ve owned–and sold off–a bunch of them. But over that time, I’ve never seen one like this.

This 16 gauge, DH-grade’s combination of damascus-steel barrels, 0-size frame, modern stock dimensions and incredible wood make it very unusual.

Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS – “O” FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS: $9,750

General Specs: Parker, Year 1906, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 2oz, Side-by-Side
Serial Number: 140136

Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS - "O" FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS
Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS – “O” FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS

Some guns are just special, and a Parker 16ga. on an “O” frame (20ga. frame) is just such a gun.  More than a 1/2 pound lighter than a typical Parker 16ga, the “0” frame 16 is highly sought after by today’s upland hunter.  They are not common, and to find one on the nicely decorated DH Grade format is a treat.  This Parker DH, sn140136 made in 1906, is stunning with 99% factory damascus pattern, 95% factory case colors, perfect bores…no flaws anywhere.  The serialization book shows it is configured just as it left the factory.  They only made 458 damascus DH 16ga. guns.  There can only be a handful on the highly desirable “O” frame.  At 6lbs. 2oz. it is a delightful gun that will not wear you out by the end of the day.  The wood on this Parker is incredible, with full flame and feather-crotch figure finished in a hand-rubbed oil finish, a 14 ¾” LOP to the factory skeleton butt plate, and modern

Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS - "O" FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS
Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS – “O” FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS

shooting dimensions (shown below) and perfect mechanics.  This unusual combination of features makes it a very desirable Parker the likes of which you may never again see for sale, so don’t hesitate on “pulling the trigger” with this purchase.  This little Parker will be a joy to carry afield or to your favorite clays course and we don’t expect it will be for sale for any length of time.  This is the kind of Parker that will continue to gain value as you enjoy its use with its high factory original condition, very rare configuration on the “O” frame, low production numbers, awesome stock dimensions, and knock-out wood that is eye candy to all gun lovers!  Thanks for looking at our fine guns.
Barrel Length: 26″
Chokes: .666/.668
Bores: 0/.029 Cyl/F
Bore Diameter: .021/.020
Wall Thickness: excellent

Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS - "O" FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS
Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS – “O” FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS

% Blue: 99% damascus
Chambers: 2 9/16″
Ribs: tight
Sights: double, ivory
Action: tight, right of center
Ejectors or Extractors: extractor
Case Color: 95% factory
Screws: excellent
Engraving: excellent
Trigger Type: double, crisp
Trigger Guard Color: mostly grey
Stock: capped pistol grip/splinter forend, incredible figure
LOP: 14 3/4″
LOP To End Of Wood: same

Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS - "O" FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS
Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS – “O” FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS

DAH: 2 3/8″
DAC: 1 7/16″
Cast: neutral
Checkering Condition: perfect
Butt Treatment: skeleton

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A. H. FOX “DE” 12 GAUGE 30″ DOUBLE TRIGGER SIDE-BY-SIDE – ***RARE***F/F CHOKES – DOUBLE TRIGGER – CIRCA 1920 ****RARE****RARE****RARE***. Price: $24,995

A. H. FOX "DE" 12 GAUGE 30" DOUBLE TRIGGER SIDE-BY-SIDE - ***RARE***
A. H. FOX “DE” 12 GAUGE 30″ DOUBLE TRIGGER SIDE-BY-SIDE – ***RARE***

Stock Comb: 1 9/16″
Stock Heel: 2 5/8″
Stock Cast: NONE
Fore End: SPLINTER
Butt Pad: FOX FACTORY
LOP: 14 1/4″ FRONT TRIGGER
Rib: RAISED SOLID
Finish: ORIGINAL
Weight: 7 LBS 4 OZS
Manufacture Date: 1920
Chokes: FIXED
Choke Left: .045
Choke Right: .047

PIOTTI BSEE - 16 GAUGE - SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN - 29" BARRELS
PIOTTI BSEE – 16 GAUGE – SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN – 29″ BARRELS

PIOTTI BSEE – 16 GAUGE – SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN – 29″ BARRELS: Granetti Engraved in a Special King I Pattern. Highly figured wood. Mint condition. Scalloped action. Hand filed slighly concave rib. Ejectors. Non-auto safety. Leather covered recoil pad. Bores at .670 with chokes at 7/1000 (IC) and 20/1000 (Imp Mod). “BS” proof date. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 11 1/2 OZ. Shipping and insurance is $75. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 7/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/8″. Price: $13,750 

 

A.H. FOX CE PHILADELPHIA 12 GAUGE SXS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN30″ MOD AND FULL 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP VERY HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH ALMOST ALL OF THE CASE COLORS WITH LIGHT MARKS IN THE WOOD. 7 LBS, 11 0Z X 3″ X 2″ X 14 1/4″.  Price: $9,950

A.H. FOX CE PHILADELPHIA 12 GAUGE SXS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
A.H. FOX CE PHILADELPHIA 12 GAUGE SXS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
Parker VH 20 Gauge 26” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm:
Parker VH 20 Gauge 26” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm:

 

Parker VH 20 Gauge 26” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm: 26” barrels with 2 ¾” chambers and choke constrictions that measure .023 right and .023 left. The bores are clean and shiny and measure .677 right and .676 left. The barrels have been reblued, retain 98% of their finish and have a single silver bead. The rib is marked PARKER BROS, MAKERS. MERIDEN, CONN. VULCAN STEEL. The #0 frame has 50% original case coloring. The trigger guard has been reblued and retains 95% finish. Double triggers, extractors automatic safety. The forearm is original and retains 95% original finish with some scratches. The pistol grip stock has been refinished, retains 98% finish and the length of pull is 13 7/8” to the front trigger. It is finished off with a metal grip cap and a Parker hard rubber butt plate. Drop at comb: 1 3/4”, drop at heel: 3 1/8”, weight: 6.2 lbs. Price: $6500 

ZOLI & RIZZINI –BOXLOCK, SxS - IMPORTED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH - 28 GAUGE
ZOLI & RIZZINI –BOXLOCK, SxS – IMPORTED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH – 28 GAUGE

ZOLI & RIZZINI –BOXLOCK, SxS – IMPORTED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH – 28 GAUGE: ARCHED BACK BOXLOCK EXTRACTOR S X S – 26” MOD/FULL. – BALL GRIP STOCK LOP 14 7/16″ ” X 1 3/8″ ” X 2 7/16” – 5 LBS. 1 OZS. – CASE COLORS 99% – BLUE 99.9% – WOOD 99.5%  Price: $2,995

Auction alert: a 16g A.H. Fox A grade SxS shotgun, 30″ bbls…

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583
A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

A couple days ago I put up a post about a 16g Parker DHE on an O frame. That double is one of the grails of grouse hunting. The one you see here is another. While maybe not as coveted as the Parker, it’s still a SxS a lot of guys wish they could carry in October.

Most of the 16g Foxes you’ll see out there are Sterlingworths. Graded, 16-gauge Foxes side-by-sides are scarce shotguns. This is just one of the 3800 or so 16g shotguns A.H. Fox made in grades A-F. This one, made around 1932-33, also has 30″ barrels, which makes it even scarcer.

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583
A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

This one is coming up at Kramer Auction Service LLC in Prairie du Chien, WI. Their auction starts on Saturday, March 26 @ 10:00 AM central time.

A.H. Fox A grade SxS Shotgun #301583: 16 ga. 30″ bbls w/bright bores & retaining good overall blue on exterior. Bbls. are marked w/Philadelphia PA address. Left bbl. has a small ding approx. 9″ back from muzzle which shoes slightly in bore. Fully engraved receiver shows good case color in protected areas. Mechanically crisp w/double triggers & ejectors. No Shoc recoil pad & LOP approx. 14″. Original checkered walnut stock. In nice overall condition.

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583
A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583
A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583
A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

Rare gun alert: 16g Winchester Model 21, TWO TRIGGERS + ejectors…

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

I know what you’re thinking: What’s so rare about a 16 gauge Winchester Model 21? If that’s all this double was, I’d say “nuttin”.

But this SxS has three important important features which push it in the holi-cr@p-that’s-hard-to-find category: double triggers, ejectors, and very shootable dimensions.

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

The Winchester M21 was produced for 60 years: 1931 to 1991. In that time, Winchester built around 30,000. By the time the M21 hit the market, pumps and auto loaders were taking over the American market and SXS shotguns were on their way out. Fortunately, enough shooters preferred classics like this and kept the M21 in production for so long.

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS: #6012, Year 1941, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 7oz, Side by Side.

Barrel Length: 28″
Chokes: .007/.025  IC/F  factory marked M/F
Bores: mirror
Bore Diameter: .671/.669
Wall Thickness: .025/.025
% Blue: 100%
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ribs: tight
Sights: front

Action: tight, slight left of center

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

Ejectors or Extractors: ejectors, excellent, timed
Case Color: blue 100%
Screws: excellent
Engraving: 0
Trigger Type: rare double trigger
Trigger Guard Color: 100%

Type: pistol grip, splinter forend; nicely figured

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

LOP: 14 1/4″
LOP To End Of Wood: 14 1/16″
DAH: 2 1/2″
DAC: 1 9/16″
Cast: 0
Checkering Condition: excellent
Butt Treatment: factory plate

Good gun alert: 16 gauge Darne slide action sxs…

16 gauge Darne R-Series Slide Action SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Darne R-Series Slide Action SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Darne R-Series Slide Action SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Darne R-Series Slide Action SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Darne R-Series Slide Action SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Darne R-Series Slide Action SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Darne R-Series Slide Action SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Darne R-Series Slide Action SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Darne R-Series Slide Action SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Darne R-Series Slide Action SxS Shotgun

Some guys like pointers; some guys like setters. And some guys even like dogs like Wirehaired griffons. If you’re one of those guys who like things that are a little different, this double is for you.

It’s a Darne. Patented in 1881 by gunmaker Regis Darne, these double feature a very unique sliding actions which moves back from the barrels to expose the chambers. It’s an unusual design, and like griffs, not for everyone.

I’m not sure what grade this one is, but it is a nice looking double with a lot of genuine looking finish. The engraving is pretty nice, too. If quirky is your thing, you should grab it before it’s gone.

Darne – SxS – 16 ga: Price: $2,400.00
Shotgun type: SxS
Action: Boxlock
Ejectors: No
Trigger: Double
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 14 3/8 ”
Pad thickness: ”
Type of butt: Factory
Drop comb: 1 1/2 ”
Drop heel: 2 ”
Cast amount: 0 ”
Cast:
Weight: 6 lbs, 8 oz

Manufactured in: France
Manufacture Year: Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Good
Stock condition: Good
Metal condition: Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: none
Barrel info:
Gauge: 16 ga
Chamber: 2 1/2 ”
Length: 29 ”
Chokes: C/M
Rib type: Concave

Auction alert: 16 gauge A.H. Fox A-grade SxS shotgun …

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

Here’s a nice looking, classic American double. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends today, 9/24/2015, @ 9:40:00 PM ET.

BTW: This is what a minty 16g A-Grade looks like.

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgunWe have for auction a nice clean Ansley H. Fox of Philadelphia PA. “A Grade” Double Barrel Side X Side Shotgun, chambered for 16 gauge shot shell cartridges. This beautiful vintage shotgun bearing serial number 300236 was manufactured in 1913 the second year of production for 16 gauge Ansley H. Fox of Philadelphia models according to published factory records. The serial numbers in our auction photographs have been digitally removed, however we will gladly provide them to the winning bidder upon request at the completion of the auction. This beautiful vintage example has remained in wonderful factory original condition over the past 102 years, still retaining most of the original factory blued barrel finish, and showing areas of the factory applied case colored frame finish still is visible. Bores and function are excellent.

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

This is an early Ansley H. Fox of Philadelphia Pa, and is not to be confused with the later Fox shotgun variations. The shotgun in our auction listing is an “A Grade” Model, with very nice factory engraving. Early graded A. H. Fox model shotguns are very rare, and seldom encountered, especially ones that are still retaining nice clean factory original condition, with no after market modifications, or have been refinished like the one in our auction.

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

The 26 inch side X side “Krupp Fluid Steel” barrels were factory designed with a full length sighting rib, extractors, are choked Full on the right, and Modified on the left, and still have nice bright bores & chambers. This early vintage double barrel shotgun still has the factory original early style 16 gauge 2 9/16 inch shot shell chambering, and has “not” been rechambered as many have, to accommodate the more modern 2 ¾ inch shells. The locking leaver still rests firmly to the right as it should, the action is still very tight, and the barrel to action fit is solid with no looseness. Again folks, please keep in mind that this beautiful vintage A. H. Fox is all factory original with no modifications, which in todays market is a very Rare find! This beauty still retains the factory original genuine Walnut wood stock & forearm, which has very nice factory checkering, with no cracks, chips, or alterations.

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

This nice old A. H. Fox shotgun has the following stock measurements, the LOP (Length of Pull) is 14 ¼ inches, and is fitted with the original black bake-a-lite butt plate. No folks, you didn’t read it wrong,,, this grand old shotgun has not been cut! The drop at the comb is 2 ¼ inches, is 3 inches at the butt, and has no cast off, and the shotgun weighs a total of just 6 1/4 lbs. This is simply an exceptional 102 year old example of a very nice, very clean, unaltered, factory original A. H. Fox of Philadelphia Pa. shotgun. This beauty would certainly make a great addition to any Ansley H. Fox, or any other fine vintage gun collection.

Auction Alert: Per-war 16g Winchester M21, 26″ WS1/WS2 & 30″ F/F…

WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET...PRE-WAR SxS 26" WS1/WS2 + 30" F/F...SST, AE...Mfd 1937
WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET…PRE-WAR SxS 26″ WS1/WS2 + 30″ F/F…SST, AE…Mfd 1937

Here’s an interesting Winchester M21. It’s up for auction now Gunauction.com at No Reserve and the listing ends May 10, 2015 @ 17:09:00 PT. I can’t imagine Winchester made many 16g 21s like this. Sixteens were never very popular, especially after the first World War, and by the time this gun was made 20 gauges were catching on as the preferred smallbore to own.

WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET…PRE-WAR SxS 26″ WS1/WS2 + 30″ F/F…SST, AE…Mfd 1937:  NO RESERVE!! Here’s a nice, honest pre-war Model 21 Skeet grade 16-gauge with two sets of barrels. It left the factory in 1937 with the 26″ Skeet barrels choked WS-1 (right) and WS-2 (left). The 30″ barrels are choked Full & Full and were fitted at the factory a couple years after the gun was originally made. Both sets of barrels have 2-3/4″ chambers. The gun is factory fitted with a single-selective trigger, automatic ejectors, and a non-automatic safety. The gun features a pistol grip stock with checkered butt, and a beavertail forend. The LOP measures 14″; the Drop @ Comb is 1-9/16″; Drop @ Heel is 2-1/2″.

WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET...PRE-WAR SxS 26" WS1/WS2 + 30" F/F...SST, AE...Mfd 1937
WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET…PRE-WAR SxS 26″ WS1/WS2 + 30″ F/F…SST, AE…Mfd 1937

Overall condition is quite good and the gun retains most of the original factory finish. There are some normal handling marks, some finish wear to the bottom edges of the receiver, some thinning to the lower tang, and some finish wear to the rear of the Skeet barrels at the carry point. There is a tiny bit of very shallow pitting at the rear of the left skeet barrel (I need magnification to see it), but no significant deep pitting anywhere. I’d grade the original finish at about 90% on the receiver, about 90% on the skeet barrels, and about 95% on the full choke barrels. The stocks are in very good shape and are free of cracks, chips, or repairs. There are some normal handling marks, mostly to the left side and bottom of the butt. The checkering is all in good shape, not worn, and the stocks have never been sanded or refinished. This shotgun is in good mechanical condition with only one minor issue noted. When the right skeet barrel is fired by itself, the automatic ejector works more like an extractor and does not kick the shell clear (it makes the right sound, the shell just doesn’t eject). The left skeet ejector works fine and when both barrels have been fired, both shells are properly ejected. No issues with ejection on the full choke barrels. The single-selective trigger, and the safety both work properly. Bores are bright all the way around.

Included is a Cody Museum letter that verifies the configuration of the gun and that it was manufactured in 1937. The second page of the letter notes that the gun was returned to the factory in 1940 and the Full/Full barrels were tested. A very nice, very desirable Pre-War Winchester 21.

WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET...PRE-WAR SxS 26" WS1/WS2 + 30" F/F...SST, AE...Mfd 1937
WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET…PRE-WAR SxS 26″ WS1/WS2 + 30″ F/F…SST, AE…Mfd 1937
WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET...PRE-WAR SxS 26" WS1/WS2 + 30" F/F...SST, AE...Mfd 1937
WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET…PRE-WAR SxS 26″ WS1/WS2 + 30″ F/F…SST, AE…Mfd 1937

Good gun alert: A great looking 16 gauge Merkel O/U…

Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun
Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun

If you’re looking for a nice O/U, here’s a 16 gauge German double that deserves your attention. This Merkel was made in 1951, and even though it’s 60+ years old, it looks pretty much new. These older Merkel over-unders are solid and incredibly well made. Even though they look a little beefy, they are surprisingly nimble shotguns.

This one weighs just over 6lbs — lighter than a lot of modern 20s — and with 28″ barrels, double triggers, and high dimensions, it would be perfect for upland hunting.

I think Merkel introduced their 200-line of O/U shotguns right after WW2.  The 200s were built on triggerplate-style, Blitz actions and used double Kersten locks (with no underbolt) to lock up. The E in 200E stands for Ejectors. Even though the 200 were one of the least expensive O/Us Merkel offered, they were still pricey. Comparable models offered in the ’20s cost as much as a new 12g A.H. Fox XE. Personally, I think the Merkels were the better shotgun.

Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun
Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun

Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun: Circa. 4/51 Proof Date. Overall in Excellent Condition.
Both blue and case color remain at 98-99%. Bores are in perfect condition. Chokes at Mod and Full with a weight at 6 lbs. 3.3 oz. make this an easy to carry pheasant gun with the performance to take care of the task.

Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun
Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun

Gauge: 16 gauge

Barrels: 28″ w/orig. 2 3/4″ Chambers & Solid Rib

Chokes: Mod & Full

Action: Merkel-Kersten Lock

Stock: European Walnut

Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun
Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun

Butt: Packmayr Pad with Leather Face

LOP: 14 1/2 to hinged front trigger

Weight: 6 lbs. 3.3 oz.

Stock Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 14 1/2 with 3/16 cast off

Good gun alert: a 16g Browning Citori Superlight…

Browning Citori Superlight 16ga. with 26" invector choked barrel
Browning Citori Superlight 16ga. with 26″ invector choked barrel

Sixteen-gauge over unders are not easy shotguns to find, especially ones in nearly-new, all original condition. That’s why this Browning Citori caught my eye. It’s a well made gun in great shape, and it’s in the greatest gauge ever made.

I like sixteens. Because they tend to be smaller than twelves but bigger than twenties, they fit me well and they’re lightweight without being too light. And the one ounce of lead they through is plenty for all the birds I shoot.

The Browning Citori was first introduced to the American public in 1973. It was made in Japan by Miroku. You can read  more about the history of the Browning-Miroku relationship here.

Browning Citori Superlight 16ga: with 26″ invector choked barrel. English stock and Schnable forend, 6.7 lbs.limited production.100% new in box.add 3% for credit cards. Shipping is 25.00 . Price: $1,700

Browning Citori Superlight 16ga. with 26" invector choked barrel
Browning Citori Superlight 16ga. with 26″ invector choked barrel
Browning Citori Superlight 16ga. with 26" invector choked barrel
Browning Citori Superlight 16ga. with 26″ invector choked barrel
Browning Citori Superlight 16ga. with 26" invector choked barrel
Browning Citori Superlight 16ga. with 26″ invector choked barrel

Auction alert: Odd Ithaca…16 gauge B-grade hammergun…

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION
ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

When I think of Ithaca, the shotguns that come to mind are SxSs like the Flues, NIDs, and the Magnum 10s, as well as the company’s fantastic Model 37 pump (in 16 gauge, of course).

The last shotgun I think of the one you see here: a  boxlock-style hammergun in 16 gauge with damascus barrels. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auctions ends on 2/14/2015 @ 6:49:38 PM ET.

Ithaca made hammerguns from about 1886-1913. It made a lot of them, too — around 46,00 in all. These shotguns went through a number of refinements over their 27-year run, and the model you see here is the Ithaca hammergun in its final stage. As you can see, it’s sort of a boxlock with external hammers – an odd but effective design. Ithaca made hammerguns in a number of grades. This is a B – a low-mid grade -and it appears to be in excellent original condition. I love the crisp finish on the wood and those long damascus barrels.

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION
ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION: 30 INCH DAMASCUS BBLS WITH EXCELLENT BORES WITH FULL AND FULL CHOKES. LOP IS 14 AND DAH IS 2-1/2 INCHES. WITH 2-1/2 INCH CHAMBERS.WEIGHT IS 6 LBS 10 OZS. GREAT WOOD WITH FEW HANDLING MARKS AND NICE PATINA ON THE BBLS. GUN IN UNTOUCHED ORIGINAL CONDITION. SHE WAS BUILT IN 1912.

 

ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION
ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION
ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION
ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION
ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION
ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION
ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION
ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION
ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION
ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION
ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION
ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION
ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION
ITHACA 16 GA B-GRADE SxS HAMMER GUN IN GREAT CONDITION

This week’s good guns: Powered by Gunsinternational.com…

Pre-war Boss 20 ga., 26-1/2" barrels
Pre-war Boss 20 ga., 26-1/2″ barrels

Pre-war Boss 20 ga., 26-1/2″ barrels: Choked improved cylinder and modified (.007/.010).  Original 2-3/4 1oz. heavy proof. Raised concave game rib marked “Boss & Co. 41 Albermarle Street Picadilly London W”.  Built with the style and grace that these “golden era” Boss guns are famous for.  The petite “easy opening” action gun weighs a mere 5lbs, 5 oz.  Fitted with the Boss patent single trigger.  Well-figured stock measures 1-3/8″ comb, 1-7/8″ heel, 14-1/4″ LOP to a checkered butt.  Balanced directly on the pin, this estate-fresh example retains 97% original blue, 80% vibrant case colors over the jewel-like engraving by the renowned Jack Sumner.  Built in 1930 to the true small bore specs, a unique opportunity to purchase a seldom-seen heavy proof vintage 20.  Cased in original violin case. Price: $59,500

A&S Famars Castore Hammergun – Pasolini Engraved and Fabulous Wood – Like New Condition
A&S Famars Castore Hammergun – Pasolini Engraved and Fabulous Wood – Like New Condition

A&S Famars Castore Hammergun – Pasolini Engraved and Fabulous Wood – Like New Condition: Beautiful A&S Famars Castore 12 gauge self-cocking hammergun with double triggers engraved by Master Engraver Pasolini and restocked by Piotti in a fabulous piece of Circassian walnut. Cased in a leather maker’s case with trade label and mahogany three-piece cleaning rod. Made in 1974 when both Mario Abbiatico and Remo Salvinelli were active in the business. In fact, “Remo” is engraved on the bottom of the rear lug indicating that he personally worked on this gun.   ***   The frame is beautifully engraved and has uniquely shaped fences, ornately engraved hammers, and a signature likeness of Neptune on the pierced toplever. Maker’s name “Famars” is inlaid in gold on the bottom of the frame and a gold crown is inlaid in the toplever. Overall weight is 7lb 4oz.   ***   The 28” barrels have 2-3/4” chambers and auto ejectors. The right barrel has a constriction of 0.010 for Improved Cylinder choke. The left has a constriction of 0.020 for Modified choke. Topped with a smooth concave game style rib. The breech ends of the barrels are adorned by two gold rings with one ring at the muzzles as well. The maker’s name “Armi Famars” is inlaid in gold on the top of the rib.   ***   This Castore was restocked in a fabulous piece of Circassian walnut by Piotti in Italy. Straight grip and splinter forearm. Professionally installed leather recoil pad. Stock dimensions are 1-3/8” by 2-1/4” by 15”.   ***   This rare and highly desirable double is in like new condition. Price: $18,495

Harris Holland 500BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle
Harris Holland .500 BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle

Harris Holland .500 BPE Double Rifle: A Holland 3″ 500BPE double express rifle by Harris Holland. SN 39xx. Harris was the first of the Hollands in “Holland and Holland” and the founder if the initial company. This rifle is in excellent condition for a 140 year old rifle. It has been well taken care of. The 28″ damascus barrels have near excellent bores probably regulated by Bill Froome because it shoots excellent diagrams with black or smokeless powder. They have early Metford style rifling with square lands and grooves. LOP is 14″ to a steel shotgun style butt. It weighs 8 1/2 lbs. Load data appears on left action bar – characteristic of Holland rifles. There is about 60% coverage of fine English scroll crisp and like new. It is very tight and on face with a unique “dolls head” top rib projection – see photos. There are no “negatives” regarding this rifle. I will pay shipping to the contiguous 48. I have plenty more pics and will create specials upon request. Price: $14,500

PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE: 26″IC AND MOD 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP SKELETON BUTT NEW CONDITION IN MAKERS CASE 5LBS 6 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 3/8″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $5,500

PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE
PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE
Lefever EE 16ga SxS double Barrel Shotgun - Rare
Lefever EE 16ga SxS double Barrel Shotgun – Rare

Lefever EE 16ga – Rare: Gun retains 50%-60% plus bright original overall case color on frame and sideplates. Roughly 85-90% original plum barrel blue. Original chokes and chambers- 2 5/8″ chambers and choked I/C and Mod.  Excellent bores, 28″ Krupp fluid steel barrels. Original butt stock retains most of the original varnish and does have a white line pad on it. Splinter forearm which, while matches nicely, is likely an early Ithaca replacement based on the engraving and checkering pattern. Nicely engraved with one dog on each side in typical E grade pattern in the 54,xxx serial range. Price: $4995

Good gun alert: a nice looking 16g Webley & Scott Model 700…

Webley & Scott model 700E 16ga M/F
Webley & Scott model 700E 16ga M/F

I’ve raved about Webley & Scott’s Model 700 shotguns a bunch of times. Rugged and dependable, the M700 was introduced in the 1950s as an entry-level shotgun and it went of to become one of the most popular side-by-sides ever made. While 12 gauge Model 700s are easy to find, 16 gauges are not. The one you see here is on Gunbroker.com now and the auction ends on 11/16/2014 3:07:58 PM ET.

The Brits were never big fans of 16s. But here in the US, a small number of upland hunters have preferred them. Sixteens tend to weigh less than twelves, and they push more than enough lead to drop any grouse, woodcock, or quail.

Webley & Scott model 700E 16ga M/F: Scarce 16 gauge English shotgun by Webley and Scott Birminham England. Gun is 98% original finishes, tight as the day it was made. Nice color case frame and perfect dent free barrels with bright bores. Factory marked 2 3/4 chambers proofed for 3 1/4 tons ejectors are timed and work flawlessly. Wood is a nice grade of English walnut, double triggers 14 1/2 over checkered but. 1 3/8 comb 2 1/8 heal. slight cast for right hand shooter. Auto safety 6lbs-1/4 oz Chokes are .011/.035 both bores are .662.

Webley & Scott model 700E 16ga M/F
Webley & Scott model 700E 16ga M/F
Manufacturer:  Webley & Scott
Model:  700-E
Barrel Length:  28 inch
Gauge:  16
Capacity:  2

Nice looking Lefever alert! A 16g HE with a rare straight grip…

Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun
Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun

I used to be hot for Lefevers – especially ones in 16 gauge.  I owned three F-grades 16s at one point, including one that was practically new.

These days, my passion for Uncle Dan’s doubles has cooled a bit. But I have to say, the Lefever you see here does get my heart pumping. Its sleek looks reminds me why I fell in love with these guns. If the stock was a bit longer, I’d be on the phone right now trying to cut a deal.

Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun: Fine condition LOP: 13-3/4″ Drop: 2-1/4″ – 1-1/2″ Cast: 1/4″on Barrel length: 28″ Choke: rt:IC/lt:F (light) Weight: 6lb, 13oz 1913 HE in fine condition, side plates have 99% original case color, frame 70% color, very nice Damascus pattern with very good bores, very minor pitting, barrel wall thickness .040+ both barrels, 2-1/2″ chambers, ser#677–. Price: $3,000

Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun
Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun
Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun
Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun

What’s it worth? A nice 16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth, 28″ barrels…

16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun

Here’s a shotgun that a lot of guys are looking: A 16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with 28″ barrels. This one looks like it’s in decent shape. It’s up for auction now, and it will be interesting to see just how high the price goes. The listing ends Sunday, February 23 @18:02 PT.

Here’s the full description from the seller:

16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun: Like new old 16ga 2 3/4 inch AH Fox Sterlingworth with 28inch barrels. Gun is near mint condition. The recoil pad that was on the gun got hard so I sent it out to be replaced. While it was out the forearm and stock were retouched because they had a few marks. Wood has no cracks, marks or dings. All wood is perfect. While it was getting the wood done a small scratch on the trigger guard was redone. Other than that all case colors are original, all bluing on the barrel is original and perfect. Wood to metal fit is perfect and tight. There is one small nick in the wood as you can see in the fourth picture. It is the size of a pin head. Bore are perfect, chokes are modified and improved cylinder these are correct measurements and factory. Gun appears to have slight use. Flawless, almost mint condition. Comes with a full box of old shells and a 16 ga gun cleaning kit that has not been used.

16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun

Auction alert: 16g Manufrance Robust 226 SxS – good deal….

16 gauge  Manufrance  Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Manufrance Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun

Here’s proof that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a nice double barrel shotgun. The Manufrance Robust is good, solid shotgun, built on an Anson & Deeley style boxlock action. The one you see here looks pretty much new. It even has it’s original retractable leather sling – a pretty cool, and handy feature.

It’s up for at GunAuction.com now and the listing ends tomorrow, Sunday, February 16 @ 17:15:00 PT. Here are the details on the gun from the seller:

16 gauge  Manufrance  Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun: Boxlock extractor with Self-Contained Leather Sling. Serial Number: 189139, Year of Manufacture: 1932-1944. Barrel Length: 27 ½”.  Choke: The right barrel is choked “MODIFIED” and the left barrel is choked “FULL”. Chambers are 2 3/4″.

16 gauge  Manufrance  Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Manufrance Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered hardwood. The buttplate is Bakelite and shows “MF” in a wreath. The screw heads are engraved. There are only faint handling marks and light wear to the checkering. There is a leather sling which retracts into the buttstock. The leather is in Fine Condition and shows no signs of cracking. The LOP measures 14 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.

Finish Originality: All Original

Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows light pinprick surface erosion and frosting on the barrels. The case colored receiver also has a bit of frosting. The screw heads are mostly sharp with a couple of screw heads that are lightly marred but still serviceable. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good condition.

16 gauge  Manufrance  Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Manufrance Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge  Manufrance  Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Manufrance Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge  Manufrance  Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Manufrance Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge  Manufrance  Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Manufrance Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun

Good gun alert: 16g Parker VH, O frame, lots of original condition…

16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28"
16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″
16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28"
16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″

Take a good look at the 16g Parker double you see here. I bet it will be gone soon – and for good reason. As a 16 gauge on a O frame, it’s hard to find and one of the best grouse guns ever made in America. It also has excellent dimensions, with just 2″ D@C.

Here’s more about it from the seller.

16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″: A splendid high condition Parker VH 16 ga. on the small O frame. The 28″ full choke barrels were 3#3ounce pre strike. The frame has 80-90& original case color on the exterior and near 100% in protected and interior locations. The blue is 90% or better with some rub marks. The wood has a few very minor handling marks. The screws appear unturned. The gun was made in 1910 and exists in exceptional condition. Original hard rubber butt plate, (1 small spilt near upper screw hole. Bore are mint. Capped pistol grip 14″ LOP, 1 1/14″ DAC 2″ DAH. A spectacular find and very collectable. Price: $3,600

16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28"
16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″
16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28"
16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″

 

A pa’tridge gun: A 16g Parker VH double barrel shotgun…

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

In New England, a ruffed grouse is called a pa’tridge. I don’t know why. There’s always one gauge I associate with pa’tridge hunting: the 16. I don’t know why this is, either.

Sixteen gauges have been around forever, but they’ve been very popular. The British never loved them, at least not as breechloading centerfires. It think it’s because the standard British game gun is a 12 gauge that’s weighs around 6lbs, 12oz. and is proofed for 1 1/8 ounces of shot.

Most British 16 gauge shotguns weigh just a few ounces less, and they’re proofed for a 1 ounce load. So for a gun buyer in the UK, the sixteen offers little benefit in weight while it pushes a 10%+ smaller payload.

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

But American 12 gauges are bigger guns, usually in the 7 1/2 pound+ range. For most makers, you had to drop down a gauge to get a double in the 6 1/2 – 6 3/4 pound range. I think that’s why the 16 gauge was more popular in the States.

The sixteen you see here is Parker’s VH grade. The VH was Parker’s original knock-about gun, and even though it was the least expensive hammerless double the company offered until they introduced the Trojan grade in 1913, the VH was never a cheap gun. It cost $50 when it was introduced in 1899. The same year, Winchester Model 97 repeater retailed for $27.

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

Parker called the VH “A gun for hard usage that cannot be equaled” and most buyers purchased them off the rack in 12 gauges on No. 2 frames with pistol grips. With its straight grip, this one was probably specially ordered.

Here’s more about it from the seller:

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

Parker VH 16, Remington Era,  Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original: Serial Number 240237, made approx. 1937. It is a VH 16 gauge with 28″ barrels choked light modified and modified. 2 3/4″ chambers with excellent bores. Length of pull is 14″ over the original dog’s head plate. The original straight grip stock is in excellent condition with sharp checkering. Both the wood and trigger guard are number matched to the shotgun and are without any doubt original. The wood is probably 2X fancy and is the nicest peice of wood we have seen on a V grade.

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

There are generous amounts of original case color remaining on the receiver sides and around the lever. Lock up is tight and the shotgun remains in excellent mechanical condition. DAH is 2 5/8″ DAC is 1 1/2″ and the weight is approx. 6 lbs 10 oz.. This is one fine original little English stock 16 gauge Parker with tons of condition. Price: $5,500.00

Good gun alert: 16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game…

Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge #370858 - RARE GUN, Skeet & Upland Game
Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge Skeet & Upland Game Gun

Of all the A.H. Fox Sterlingworth shotguns ever made, the model you see here is one of the hardest to find.  The Sterlingworth Skeet and Upland Game Gun was introduced in 1935. Skeet was new sport then, having been invented in 1920 by Charles Davis, a grouse hunter from Andover, MA.

In 1926, William Harnden Foster introduced Skeet to America with an article in the February issue of National Sportsman and Hunting and Fishing magazine. The game boomed in popularity and by the ’30s makers  offers shotguns tailored for the sport.

Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge #370858 - RARE GUN, Skeet & Upland Game
Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge #370858 – RARE GUN, Skeet & Upland Game

Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge #370858 – RARE GUN, Skeet & Upland Game! Factory Letter! 6 lb 8oz: Price: $3,250.00

Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge #370858 - RARE GUN, Skeet & Upland Game
Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge #370858 – RARE GUN, Skeet & Upland Game

Barrel Length: 26″
Chokes: .009/.019
Bores: mirror
% Blue: 99%
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ribs: tight
Sights: double ivory
Ejectors or Extractors: extractors
Case Color: 60%
Trigger Type: double
Trigger Guard Color: 99%

Type: english/splinter
LOP: 14, to End Of Wood: 12 7/8″
DAH: 2 3/4″, DAC: 1 5/8″, Cast: 0
Price: $3,250.00

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