Good gun alert: 20g AYA No. 2 SxS, $2695 ….

20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27" barrels
20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27″ barrels

According to the gunmaker’s website, the AYA No. 2 shotgun is “the pre-eminent “affordable” sidelock double gun, and the most famous model in the AYA line. Since its introduction in the late 1950s, tens of thousands of Nº 2’s have been sold in the United Kingdom, the United States, and everywhere that shooters value the superb balance and handling of a fine double gun.”

Fair enough, and pretty much in line with what I known about these Spanish sidelocks. The one you see here looks like a great deal. While it does have a slight issue (a crack in the stock, right behind the safety), but that should be easy to fix.

20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27" barrels
20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27″ barrels

20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27″ barrels: Aguirre Y Aranzabal (AYA) No. 2 side-by-side shotgun in 20 gauge. 27″ barrel, 2 3/4″ chambers. Choked IC/Cyl. 14″ LOP. Good case coloring on single, select trigger. Metal retains a good amount of case coloring with moderate wear in the usual places. Wood is in good condition with scattered carry and safe marks. Very minimal crack behind top tang but it stops at the checkering. Bluing is in good shape with a few spots of bluing loss, see pics for details. This great little AYA will make for a wonderful quail or close-flushing hunting piece! Price: $2,695

20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27" barrels
20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27″ barrels

Good gun alert: 20g Heym 4A SxS shotgun …

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Here’s a great looking double that probably won’t be on the market long. To me, this gun looks like it was made in the 1920s or 1930s. That’s was when Germany was building some of the finest doubles on the planet.

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Heym was one of Germany’s top makers, and their doubles were beautifully made, well balanced, and — as you can see — great looking.

Like what you see? Pounce on it. I doubt it will be around long.

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun: Price: $4,500.00 
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Pistol Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 15 1/8 ”
Type of butt: Checkered Wood
Drop comb: 1 1/2 ”
Drop heel: 2 1/2 ”
Cast amount: 1/2 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 5 lbs, 2 oz

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Manufactured in: Germany
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: Leather Case

Barrel info:
Gauge: 20 ga
Chamber: 2 3/4 ”
Length: 26 ”
Chokes: IC/IM
Rib type: Concave

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Comments: Gun has some light handling marks, 1.5″ stock extension, initialed oval.

20g Parker VHE vs 20g Fox AE: Which would you pick?

AE Fox VS VHE Parker: Which 20g would would you pick?
AE Fox VS VHE Parker: Which 20g would would you pick?

Here are two classic American doubles–an A.H. Fox and a Parker–both in twenty gauge and both perfect for the uplands. Which would you pick?

A. H. FOX, PHILADELPHIA, A-GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, SxS SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX, PHILADELPHIA, A-GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, SxS SHOTGUN

This Fox has a lot going for it: Original condition, lightweight, decent stock dimensions. Drawbacks? It’s pricey.

A. H. FOX, PHILADELPHIA, A-GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, SxS SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX, PHILADELPHIA, A-GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, SxS SHOTGUN

A. H. FOX, PHILADELPHIA, A-GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, SxS SHOTGUN: 28″ CHROMOX FLUID COMPRESSED STEEL BARRELS, MODIFIED AND FULL, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, NUMBER FOUR WEIGHT, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS.  TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS.  GOOD CASE COLOR IN THE PROTECTED AREAS, STRONG TRIGGERGUARD BLUE, PERFECT ENGRAVED SCREWS, ATTRACTIVE ENGRAVING WITH BOLD SCROLLWORK WITH STIPPLED BACKGROUND.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, GORGEOUS HIGHLY FIGURED WOOD, ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE.  GREAT DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, 5 POUNDS 10 OUNCES. MADE IN 1925.  100% ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price: $5900

PARKER BROS. VHE 20 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN:
PARKER BROS. VHE 20 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN:

This Parker doesn’t have the original condition of the Fox and it’s a heavier gun. But it has better stock dimensions because it was restocked. It’s less expensive, too.

PARKER BROS. VHE 20 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN:
PARKER BROS. VHE 20 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN:

PARKER BROS. VHE 20 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN 28″ BARRELS, VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, BARRELS RING BEAUTIFULLY, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS.  TRACES OF CASE COLOR, 0 FRAME.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, HIGHLY FIGURED WOOD, FINE CHECKERING, STEEL GRIP CAP.  THE GUN WAS RESTOCKED IN ENGLAND, OUTSTANDING WORK.  GREAT DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2″ X 15″, HAWKINS PAD, 6 POUNDS 10 OUNCES.  GREAT LITTLE PARKER TO HUNT WITH, MADE IN 1919. Price: $3500.00

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

Auction alert: 20g Beretta BL-3 OU, 28″ bbls…

Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3" chambers
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers

Here’s the perfect OU for upland hunting. These Beretta BL-3 were imported into the U.S. in the late ’60s, early ’70s. Today, they’re one of the best buys you’ll ever find in a bird gun. Simple, rugged, and well made, it’s a ton of gun in lightweight, sexy-looking package.

The 28″ barrels on this one make it special (most have 26″ tubes).

It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 3/12/2018 @ 6:41 PM.

Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers: A nice Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge shotgun, has 28-inch vent rib barrels with fixed modified and full chokes. Single-selective triggers. Extractors. Metal condition is excellent with nice blue and no rust and has engraved receiver. Stock and forearm are original and excellent with no cracks and nice original finish.

Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3" chambers
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3" chambers
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers

Auction alert: two nice Beretta OUs, 20g & 28g…

Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under 20g / 28g Shotgun
Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under 20g / 28g Shotgun

Beretta OUs are some of best doubles out there, especially the earlier models like these two. Both of these shotguns are coming to auction next week. If you’re looking for a great bird gun, you need to check them out.

Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions has this one. The sale starts Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 12:00 PM Pacific.

Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under Shotgun: With fitted pair of 20 ga. barrels, #QU2770, 28” vent rib 28 ga. barrels and 28” vent rib 20 ga. barrels, both fitted for Beretta mobil-chokes (28 ga. IC/IC.; 20 ga. IC/Mod.) Receiver with six gold quail inlaid on sides, plus gold QU logo inlaid on bottom, Beretta logo and other markings, ”1 of 750” on right-hand side; nice dark European walnut wood; 28 ga. forend with Schnaubel tip; 20 ga. is standard; buttstock with 14.5” length of pull to original Beretta pad. In Browning two-barrel hard case. Mfg’d 2003. Condition is excellent showing very little use, with few small handling marks to buttstock. Lockups are tight, bores are bright. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000.

Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under 20g / 28g Shotgun
Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under 20g / 28g Shotgun

Rock Island Auction Company has this one. It’s coming up for sale Thursday, February 15, 2018, @  9:00 AM Central.

Engraved Beretta BL3 Over/Under 20 Gauge Shotgun 28" with with Extra 26" Barrels:
Engraved Beretta BL3 Over/Under 20 Gauge Shotgun 28″ with with Extra 26″ Barrels:

Engraved Beretta BL3 Over/Under 20 Gauge Shotgun 28″ with with Extra 26″ Barrels: Serial #: V11890. 3″ chambers, choke tube system (improved cylinder/skeet installed), and 14″ LOP. With extra 26″ vent rib 20 gauge barrels with 3″ chambers, and modified/improved cylinder chokes. Also includes 3 Briley choke tubes, and choke tool. Estimate: $1,600-$2,500.

Good gun alert: 20g Browning BSS Grade II SxS…

BROWNING BSS GRADE II - 20 GAUGE - 28" - 99% ORIGINAL CONDITION
BROWNING BSS GRADE II – 20 GAUGE – 28″ – 99% ORIGINAL CONDITION

I’ve seen a lot of Browning BSS shotguns. A LOT. But this is the first 20g Grade II I’ve ever come across. It looks like it would be a great all-around upland gun.

Browning introduced the standard BSS (Browning Side by Side) in 1971 and built them until 1987. In ’78, the company introduced the Grade IIs. All these guns were made in Japan by Miroku, some were also assembled there while others were put together in South Korea.

BROWNING BSS GRADE II – 20 GAUGE – 28″ – 99% ORIGINAL CONDITIONHere is rare Browning BSS Grade II 20 gauge with 28″ Mod and Full Chopperlump Barrels. Chambers are 3″. Single selective trigger. Straight grip stock with long trigger guard tang. Slender beavertail forend. Manual safety.

Ejectors of course. Hand engraved. Original Browning recoil pad.

This shotgun was made in 1980 and has had very light use and remains in 99% condition. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions follow.

LOP – 14 1/4″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 3/8″: Price: $2,950

BROWNING BSS GRADE II - 20 GAUGE - 28" - 99% ORIGINAL CONDITION
BROWNING BSS GRADE II – 20 GAUGE – 28″ – 99% ORIGINAL CONDITION
BROWNING BSS GRADE II - 20 GAUGE - 28" - 99% ORIGINAL CONDITION
BROWNING BSS GRADE II – 20 GAUGE – 28″ – 99% ORIGINAL CONDITION

Good gun alert: 20g Beretta BL-3, 28″ bbls…

Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28" barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28″ barrels

If this OU is as good as it looks, it’s a steal. It’s on Gunbroker.com with a “Buy Now” price of just $895.

Beretta BL-3s are the precursor to the company’s 686 line of over unders. Personally, I think they’re nicer shotguns. This one has a bit of decent engraving on it and it looks unused. Best of all, it has 28″ barrels — something that’s hard to find on these.

Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun: Very nice BL 3 with 28″barrel choked modified and full. Appears to have been fired very little, with beautiful wood. Beretta hand engraving throughout. Superior handling and balance. Overall this Italian made Beretta is about 95%. Excellent for smaller framed shooters. Comes with owner’s manual. Price: $895

Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28" barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28″ barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28" barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28″ barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28" barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28″ barrels

Francotte: “… an imported hand made gun at an American price.”

Francotte Shotguns, from 1938 Abercrombie & Fitch catalog
Francotte Shotguns, from 1938 Abercrombie & Fitch catalog

For most of the 20th century, Abercrombie & Fitch was the most famous name in American sporting goods. From a retail store on NYC’s Madison Avenue, and through catalogs sent out across North American, A&F sold everything from firearms to fishing lures.

In 1938, the first spread of their Rifle-Shotgun catalog opened with the following copy:

“In our opinion the Francotte, famous Belgian gun adapted by us to the American Sportsman and improved over a period of 50 years, represents real gun value second to none. It is, in fact, an imported hand made gun at an American price.”

Three pages of Francottes followed: From the top of the line Eagle Grade Hammerless Ejector No. 45 Quality to the Knockabout Ejector. All these guns featured Siemen-Martin ‘Special’ fluid steel barrels and could be ordered with Greener-crossbolts or doll’s head extensions. They were made made on what A&F called a “Francotte lock action”, said to be an improvement on Anson & Deeley-type boxlock action, and featured Francotte-patent ejectors.

Francotte (Abercrombie & Fitch) 28 gauge SXS Shotgun
Francotte (Abercrombie & Fitch) Quality 30E 28 gauge SXS Shotgun

Price wise, Francottes weren’t cheap. But they weren’t super expensive, either. At a time when a Parker Quality A-1 Special Quality with ejectors was $890, a Parker Quality B.H.E. was $375 and a Fox X.E. was $165, Francotte’s Eagle Grade Hammerless Ejector No. 45 Quality was $550. Their most affordable double — the Francotte Knockabout Ejector — was $175. In between were models like the No. 30 Quality (30E) at $400 and a No. 20 Quality (20E) at $275.

Compared to their American competitors, all these Francotte’s were built on superior designs, featured better finishing and proper scaling, and were more aesthetically pleasing overall. If you had stopped into A&F’s Madison Avenue store and placed a Parker, Fox, and Francotte side by side, it would have been plain to you which one was superior.

Francotte (Abercrombie & Fitch) 28 gague SXS Shotgun
Francotte (Abercrombie & Fitch) Quality 30E 28 gauge SXS Shotgun

Francotte (Abercrombie & Fitch) “30E” 28 gauge SXS ShotgunFrancotte Pre-war (Abercrombie & Fitch) SXS Shotgun. Side plated 28 GA. Ejectors, side clips, 26 inch BBL, Full and Full, Double triggers, 14 1/2 inch pull to horn butt plate with Abercrombie and Fitch Leather case. Bores like new. Price: $17,995

FRANCOTTE MODEL “20E” DOUBLE 20 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN RETAILED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH28″ barrels choked  R: .009″   L: .030″.   Engraved sideplate action with auto ejectors, side clips, hiddend third bite (crossbolt with rib extension), double triggers, top lever.  Checkered splinter forend and semi-pistol grip buttstock.  Stock measurements:   Comb: 1 1/2″  Heel: 2 1/2″  LOP: 14 1/4″ to a horn buttplate.  Weight 5lbs 13oz.   In beautiful original condition retaining nearly all of the casehardened finish on the action and sideplates.   Trigger guard and top lever have all of the high polish charcoal blue remaining.  Barrels showing 98% original blue with the maker’s  and A&F’s names engraved on top.  “A FRANCOTTE MAKER” and patent info on the left  sideplate at the bottom.  Excellent wood and checkering. 1949 mfg. Price: $8,750

FRANCOTTE MODEL "20E" DOUBLE 20 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN RETAILED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH
FRANCOTTE MODEL “20E” DOUBLE 20 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN RETAILED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH

EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN: 26″ damascus steel barrels, auto ejecgtors, beautiful scroll engraved sideplates and relief engraved fences.  Double triggers, top lever, double underlocking lugs with Greener type third bite.  Bores measure .729″ both barrels with walls over .030″   Chokes:  R: .003″  L: .033″   Weight: 6lbs 7oz.    Stock measures   Comb: 1 1/2″   Heel: 2″  LOP: 14 1/2″ over a thin English hardrubber pad.  The barrels retain all of the beautiful damascus pattern,  The action showing lovely subdued case colors.  Mint bores, excellent checkering and varnish.  This would make a perfect bird gun. Price: $5,950

EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN
EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN

Auction alert: 20 gauge L.C. Smith Ideal…

Cased L.C. Smith Ideal Grade 20 gauge SxS Sidelock Shotgun
Cased L.C. Smith Ideal Grade 20 gauge SxS Sidelock Shotgun

Of the big 3 American makers — L.C. Smith, Parker Bros. & A.H. Fox– L.C. Smith is only one whose guns are still reasonably priced in 20 gauge.

This 20 gauge Ideal is coming up at Morphy Auctions in their June 10, 2017. From what I can see, it looks pretty original (except for the pad, of course). The stock has pretty decent dimensions, too, so most guys should be able to shoot it.

Cased L.C. Smith Ideal Grade 20 gauge SxS Sidelock Shotgun
Cased L.C. Smith Ideal Grade 20 gauge SxS Sidelock Shotgun

As a bonus, it comes in Brady leather case with accessories and the case’s original canvas cover. That alone is with $500-600.

Lot 925: (C) Cased L.C. Smith Ideal Grade 20 gauge Sidelock Shotgun: All serial numbers match. Brown blued London steel barrels with solid matte rib and single brass bead, breeches marked “L.C. SMITH Ideal GRADE/HUNTER ARMS CO. INC. M’F’R’S FULTON, N.Y. U.S.A.”. Casehardened sidelock actions engraved with ideal grade flowers on each side. Top of action, opener, bottom of action, and trigger guard bow engraved with sprigs of engraving. Both sideplates stamped “L.C. SMITH”. Features include: extractors, automatic thumb safeties, and double triggers. Plain walnut pistol grip buttstock with checkered wrist and red Pachmayr recoil pad. Checkered walnut splinter fore arm with ebony cap. Complete with leather case with protective snap on canvas cover. Partitioned interior lined with burgundy felt. Accessories include: English oiler, snap caps, and two piece cleaning rod. Excellent condition, barrels retain 70-80% original blue finish with some thinning on sides of breeches and muzzles. Some areas of wear with finish gone at breeches. Bores are excellent and shiny. Action is tight and retains approximately 60-70% original case colors, otherwise turn to silver. Trigger guard retains traces of blue finish. Stocks very good showing some wear and a few scattered marks from use. Case excellent with a few scuffs on corner of canvas cover. Manufacturer: L.C. Smith, Model: Ideal Grade, Serial Number: 144838, Caliber: , Barrel Length: 28″, FFL Status: Curio & Relic, Paperwork: , Blade Length: , Overall Length: , Gauge: 20, Chamber: 2 – 3/4″, Length of Pull: 14 – 3/4″, Drop at Comb: 1 – 9/16″, Drop at Heel: 2 – 1/2″, Internal Bore Diameter: Left – .615″, Right – .619″, Barrel Wall Thickness: Both – .046″, Choke: Both – Full, Weight: 6 lbs. – 11 oz.

Auction alert: 20 gauge Beretta BL-4 OU, 28″ bbls …

Beretta BL-4 OU, 20 gauge, 28", awesome gun
Beretta BL-4 OU, 20 gauge, 28″, awesome gun

Here’s a great bird gun. Beretta’s BL-line of OUs were imported into the US in the ’60s & ’70s by the Garcia Corporation. With various degrees of engraving and a touch better finishing, I think they’re a bit more refined the 686s. They can bought at better prices, too. This one is Gunbroker.com now. The online auction ends 4/27/2017 @ 2:42 PM.

Here’s the info on it from the seller:

Beretta BL-4 OU, 20 gauge, 28", awesome gun
Beretta BL-4 OU, 20 gauge, 28″, awesome gun

Used Beretta BL-4 20 gauge, 28″ bbls. This gun is in nice condition with only minor scratches and ware to it. None of the marks really stand out on the gun. Marks are noticeable but not bad at all. Overall gun was well cared for by the previous owner. Guns action runs smooth and opens and closes with no issue at all. Top barrel on the gun is Full choke and the bottom barrel is modified. Pictures of the gun should give you a good idea of how it looks.

The secrets of the sexy 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS …

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

On Wednesday, I put up this post  and asked Can you guess this 20 gauge Westley Richards’ secrets?

Right away, few folks spotted this pretty little side-by-side’s special features right: sideclips, a Greener-style top bolt, and, most impressively, droplocks (AKA hand-detachable locks).

Westley Richards patented the Anson & Deeley boxlock action in 1875. Twenty-one year later, they updated it with their iconic hand detachable locks. Hand-detachable locks were to clean up the action’s appearance. After their introduction, a couple major benefits became apparent: If a lock breaks in the field, it can be replaced in a few minutes, and at the end of damp mornings or wet days, you pull the locks out for oiling and give the inside of the gun a good opportunity to dry.

Original WR advertising image for detachable locks
Original WR advertising image for detachable locks

Here a few things I love the 20 gauge droplock you see here:

-The beautiful cut scroll engraving

-The original Westley Richards single selective trigger

-The blushes of genuine color-case hardening

-The untouched, fancy checkering on the stock

-It’s tiny action. I hard to tell in the pictures, but its perfectly scaled to the gauge.

-It’s condition. Other than the extension on the stock (and maybe a bit of oil on the wood), this gun has not been messed with. Sure it has some dings and wear, but every one was put there

BTW: Remember, this gun is for sale. If you would like to know more about it, drop me an email: gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

Can you guess this 20 gauge Westley Richards’ secrets?

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

Wow – what a nice shotgun. Classic, British, and very original, this vintage 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS was completed in November in 1929 for Boston sporting goods store Bob Smith.

It has a couple secrets. See if you can spot them. In a few days, I’ll reveal them and show & tell more about this great little double.

BTW: This gun is for sale. If you’re interested and would like to know more about it, drop me an email: gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

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

Browning Lebeau-Courally 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun
Browning Lebeau-Courally 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun

Browning Lebeau-Courally 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun: 28″ barrels choked IC/M. Ejectors and manual safety. Double triggers. 2 3/4″ chambers. Unfired. Never been anywhere but its case or in a safe. Pristine condition. Rare and spectacular. Price: $10,999

Armeria San Giorgio 12 Gauge Italian SXS Hammer Gun: Built in 1976. 28″ M/F Bohler Steel barrels with raised matted rib and silver front bead. Bores as new measuring .725 right and left. Choked .022 right and .035 left. Silver reciever with 40% coverage of well cut scroll engraving with a pheasant on the floorplate by Imario and signed. Exquisitely detailed rebounding hammers. Double triggers with the front articulated. Pierced top lever. Four locking screws on key screws. Stocked in an extremely nice piece of Circasian Walnut with excellent color and contrast. 32 LPI checkering. The inletting is superb. 14 3/4″ LOP to a checkered wood buttplate.  DAC-1 1/2″   DAH-2 5/8″   Cast off 3/8″    7lb 7oz

Armeria San Giorgio 12 Gauge Italian SXS Hammer Gun
Armeria San Giorgio 12 Gauge Italian SXS Hammer Gun

This is a very high quality piece. San Giorgio was a small boutique father/son maker in the Val Trompia region of Italy obviously capable of very high quality work. This piece remains in almost new condition with a few stock handling marks. It appears to have been fired very little if at all. Lever remains well right of center. Barrels ring with a pure chime. It comes to the shoulder with ease. It exhibits the style, grace, and elegance that fine gunmaking is all about. Price: $5400

CSMC- RBL RESERVE 16ga. Side-by-Side Double Barrel Boxlock Shotgun 29″ barrels: Fixed chokes IC/M, 4X American black walnut straight grip stock, splinter forend, double triggers, automatic ejectors, solid game rib, 15” LOP to a ¾” factory recoil pad, dogs on point surrounded full coverage scroll engraving over magnificent case coloring, a perfect 6lbs. 12oz. weight, Base price-$3795.00, options include:, 4X wood. Price: $4,445

CSMC- RBL RESERVE 16ga. Side-by-Side Double Barrel Boxlock Shotgun 29" barrels
CSMC- RBL RESERVE 16ga. Side-by-Side Double Barrel Boxlock Shotgun 29″ barrels
AH Fox A Grade 20Ga SxS Shotgun 28" M/F #4 weight barrels
AH Fox A Grade 20Ga SxS Shotgun 28″ M/F #4 weight barrels

AH Fox A Grade 20Ga SxS Shotgun 28″ M/F #4 weight barrels14 1/4″ LOP to factory buttplate. Very nice overall condition with 30% CC’s and excellent blue. may have an added coat of oil and has a small chip missing from right side of forearm. Nice field gun that wieghs in at 5 1/2 lbs. Price: $3950

BERNARDELLI 28GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN, 27″ BARRELSUP FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IS A BERNARDELLI 28 GAUGE SXS BOX LOCK SHOTGUN THAT WAS IMPORTED FROM ITALY FOR LL BEAN. THE GUN RETAINS MOST ALL OF THE CASE COLOR, BARREL BLUE, AND WOOD FINISH. THIS SHOTGUN CAME WITH 27 INCH BARRELS. THIS WOULD MAKE AN EXCELLENT UPLAND BIRD GUN. Price: $1,475

BERNARDELLI 28GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN, 27" BARRELS
BERNARDELLI 28GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN, 27″ BARRELS

Wow! What a Parker: 20g BHE, 32″ bbls, straight grip…

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

If you’re a Parker fanatic with deep pockets, grab your check book. Here’s a super rare one, and even though it’s 100 years old, it looks like this side-by-side remains in incredible original condition.

According to the Parker collector’s site, Parker Bros made just over 1,000 BH-grades (which are Quality Bs without hammers — BH). I imagine very, very few of those were 20 gauges with 32″ barrels, ejectors (the E in BHE) and straight grips.

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrelsVery rare, highly collectable 1916 Parker BHE (serial #174053) with straight stock and 32″ barrels. This Parker remains in high original condition with very good stock, B engraved receiver and Acme steel barrels. It is apparent that this shotgun has likely spent a lot of it’s 100 year old life tucked away in someone’s safe, leg-o-mutton gun case or closet. Shotguns of this quality rarely come up for as they are usually socked away in someone’s collection for many years and then passed on to family members, never to be seen by the general public. The consignor, after only a brief ownership, brought this Parker to me with hopes of alleviating homefront tensions. This little SxS features a straight stock, 32″ barrels with shiney bores, ejectors (which work with authority), “0” frame and double triggers. All desireable options for any SxS, but especially a high grade Parker. LOP is at 13 7/8″, DAC is 1 1/2″, DAH is 2 3/4″ and it weighs in at 6 lb 8 oz. Both bores measure .618 with .018 constriction on the right barrel and .024 on the left. Lock up is Parker tight and there is no movement between the barrels and the receiver with the forearm off. This is a seldom seen opportunity to own a high grade Parker. Also included with this Parker is the original leg-o-mutton case that A.T. DeForest bought for it. Price: P.O.R.

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Manufacturer: Parker
Model: BHE
Serial Number: 174053
Ejectors: yes
Metal Condition: very good
Wood Condition: verygood
Bore Condition: shiney
Barrels: 32 inch
Barrel Type: SxS
Action: boxlock

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Triggers: double
Gauge: 20
Stock: straight
Stock Comb: 1 1/2″
Stock Heel: 2 3/4″
LOP: 13 7/8″
Rib: solid
Weight: 6 lb 8 oz
Sights: single bead
Manufacture Date: 1916
Choke Left: full
Choke Right: mod
Engraving: B engraving

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Extras: Hard to find
Case: old leg-o-mutton

Now you see it, soon you won’t: A 20g Lefever FE, 28″ bbls …

LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN

Here’s one of the hardest classic American doubles to find. Twenty-gauges by the Lefever Arms Co. are scarcer than Republican Presidential candidates with sound economic plans.

Of all the major American shotgun makers — Parker. L.C. Smith, Ithaca, Fox — the Lefever Arms Co made the fewest guns. The total number was fewer than 74,000. And because they were built before twenty gauges became popular, very few were made in that gauge — especially in grades F & up.

With damascus barrels and a single-selective trigger, this 20g FE is very curious. My gut tells me it went back to the factory at one point,  but who knows?

LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUNHARD TO FIND SMALLBORE 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS WITH PERFECT PATTERN IMPROVED CYLINDER AND FULL 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LOTS OF CASE COLOR 6LBS 5 OZ X 3 X 2 X 13 1/2 FROM REAR SINGLE TRIGGER. Price: $12,500

LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN

Auction alert: 20 gauge Parker VH, 28″ barrels …

PARKER BROS. VH GRADE 20 GA, VULCAN SHOTGUN
PARKER BROS. VH GRADE 20 GA, VULCAN SHOTGUN

Here’s a decent look double coming up to auction this weekend at Milestone Auctions in Willoughby Hills, OH. The auction is Saturday November 14, @ 10:00 AM Eastern.

BTW: This shotgun is far from “Near Mint” like the sellers says. So be sure to take a closer look at the gun overall before bidding. The wood may be refinished, and even though the seller says the barrel-blue is original, it sure looks redone to me.

PARKER BROS. VH GRADE 20 GA, VULCAN SHOTGUN
PARKER BROS. VH GRADE 20 GA, VULCAN SHOTGUN

PARKER BROS. VH GRADE 20 GA, VULCAN SHOTGUN#176671, MFG 1935, 20 gauge PARKER BROTHERS VH GRADE SIZE 0 FRAME Double Barrel Shotgun WITH 28″ Vulcan Steel Barrels with mirror bores. The barrels have a matted tapered concave rib, and is marked “PARKER BROS MAKERS. MERIDEN CONN. VULCAN STEEL” flanked by two arrows pointing inward. It has double triggers and tang safety, action is crisp, markings are vivid. Barrels retain 98% original finish. Excellent checkered stock . Excellent-Near Mint *

PARKER BROS. VH GRADE 20 GA, VULCAN SHOTGUN
PARKER BROS. VH GRADE 20 GA, VULCAN SHOTGUN

Great gun alert: 20 gauge Beretta BL – 4, 28″ bbls …

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge Over/Under, 28 Inch Vent Rib
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge Over/Under, 28 Inch Vent Rib

Get it before it’s gone. This Beretta’s is nicer the company’s new 686s. It’s also less than half the price. If you’re looking for a perfect grouse gun, get it now. If the chokes are a bit tight for you, you can have them opened to right where you want them for around $75 a tube.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge Over/Under, 28 Inch Vent RibThis nice little Beretta shotgun has been used some but is still in very nice field condition. There is a little blue wear on the bottom of the receiver in the carry area but otherwise little wear. There are a couple of minor marks in the wood but you have to look for them. Price: $1099.99

Caliber: 20 Gauge.
Chambers: 3 Inch Over/Under with ejectors.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge Over/Under, 28 Inch Vent Rib
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge Over/Under, 28 Inch Vent Rib

Metal Condition: Very good with a little blue wear.
Wood Condition: Very nice.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 28 inch Over/Under with a vent rib.
Triggers: Single gold color.
Stock: Nice but plain straight grain walnut with a checkered pistol grip and grip cap.
Stock Dimensions:
14 Inch LOP.
Fore End: Matching checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Black Beretta butt plate.
Weight: 5 Lbs 14 Oz.
Sights: Mid and front beads on the vent rib.
Chokes: Fixed Full and Mod.
Item Location: Owatonna, MN

Auction alert: Great 20 gauges by Browning, Beretta & SigArms …

Just in time for the upcoming grouse season! Here are three great 20 gauges. They’re all up for auction, and they’re all good deals.

Browning Model BSS B-S/S, 28" Side by Side, SxS Shotgun With Ejectors, MFD 1970s 20 Gauge 2-3/4" & 3"
Browning Model BSS B-S/S, 28″ Side by Side, SxS Shotgun With Ejectors, MFD 1970s 20 Gauge 2-3/4″ & 3″

Browning Model BSS B-S/S, 28″ Side by Side, SxS Shotgun With Ejectors, MFD 1970s 20 Gauge 2-3/4″ & 3:

Serial Number: 2167B57

Gauge: 20 Gauge, 2 3/4″ & 3″ Shells

Action Type: Top Lever Break Side by Side (SxS) with Single Trigger and Ejectors

Markings: The left side of the left barrel is marked “”BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN JAPAN AND ASSEMBLED IN KOREA” and the right side of the right barrel is marked “B-S/S SPECIAL STEEL 20 GA. SHELLS – 2 ¾” AND 3””.

Barrel Length: 28″

Choke: The left barrel is choked Full and the right barrel is choked Modified.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The LOP measures 14 1/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the 1″ White Line rubber recoil pad. The stocks rate in about Good to Very Good overall condition.

Finish Originality: Factory Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with scattered pits and erosion. None of these threaten the ability of this gun to shoot and none compromise safe barrel wall thickness.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 65% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows thinning on the underside of the frame and the lower tang. The barrel at the chambers shows patches of finish loss as well. The remaining finish has begun to turn a plum color. This is a well used but still very functional and even attractive shotgun which is in the kind of condition where you wouldn’t mind taking this gun into the field and letting it earn a few more marks. The screw heads are serviceable but a bit worn. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Good to Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly and while the gun opens easily, there is no play once closed and with the forearm mounted. We have not fired this shotgun.

Beretta Model 626 ONYX SXS Shotgun Single Selective Trigger 28” MFD 1992, Factory Box Screw-In Chokes 20 Gauge
Beretta Model 626 ONYX SXS Shotgun Single Selective Trigger 28” MFD 1992, Factory Box Screw-In Chokes 20 Gauge

Beretta Model 626 ONYX SXS Shotgun Single Selective Trigger 28” MFD 1992, Factory Box Screw-In Chokes 20 Gauge:

Serial Number: A44883A

Gauge: 20 Gauge

Action Type: Side by Side Top Lever Break Open Action, Single Selective Trigger, Ejectors

Barrel Length: The barrels are 28” in length with a full length solid rib.

Choke: This shotgun is equipped with screw-in “MobilChokes”. Both chokes are marked “PB-IC-SP ****”, or Improved Cylinder.

Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a small silver bead at the front of the solid rib. The rear sight is a shallow “U” groove in the top of the rib.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a pistol grip, blued steel grip cap and a thin black solid rubber recoil pad marked on the rear surface with a “P. Beretta” logo.

Type of Finish: The barrels and receiver have a black matte finish. The forend tip is blued.

Finish Originality: All Original

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

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 99% of its metal finish.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger selector button is at the top of the safety. We have not fired this shotgun.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This shotgun comes with its original factory cardboard box.

Sigarms/ B.Rizzini Model TR-20 U
Sigarms/ B.Rizzini Model TR-20 U

Sigarms/ B.Rizzini Model TR-20 U: Sigarms Model Aurora TR-20U 12 gauge over & under shotgun, English stock, 14 3/4″ pull to 1/2″ pad. 28″ vent-rib barrels with choke tubes. Case colored receiver. Gold SST Schnabel fore-end, deluxe checkering, ejectors. Manufactured by B. Rizzini, Italy. This gun has not been fired very much and is in excellent condition.

Good gun alert: 20g Sig Arms “Aurora” O/U…

Sig Arms "Aurora" Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 20 Gauge, 28"
Sig Arms “Aurora” Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 20 Gauge, 28″

There are two doubles I always recommend as all around “great guns”. The first is a Beretta 686 Onyx. The other is the O/U you see here.

The Aurora over under was made in Italy by B. Rizzini, and Sig Arms imported them for a while, first for L.L. Bean and then for themselves (or at least I think that was how it worked). Regardless, these shotguns are perfect upland doubles, and this one is priced very fairly. I bet it will be sold soon.

Sig Arms “Aurora” Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 20 Gauge, 28″

Price: $1,499.99
Caliber: 20 Gauge
Chambers: 3″ Magnum
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Both Are Very Bright
Barrels: 28″ Vented File Style RIB
Triggers: Single, Selective
Stock: Walnut With Straight Checkered Stock
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/2″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Walnut – Schnabel
Butt Pad: Butt Pad
Weight: 6 lbs 4 ozs
Sights: Front Is A Brass Bead
Chokes: IMP And MOD
Sig Arms "Aurora" Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 20 Gauge, 28"
Sig Arms “Aurora” Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 20 Gauge, 28″
Sig Arms "Aurora" Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 20 Gauge, 28"
Sig Arms “Aurora” Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 20 Gauge, 28″
Sig Arms "Aurora" Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 20 Gauge, 28"
Sig Arms “Aurora” Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 20 Gauge, 28″
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