Old and new: Great looking 20 gauge doubles…

When I first got into doubles, twenty-gauge shotguns weren’t my thing. I was more interested in 12 gauges and — my favorites — sixteens. But as I’ve aged, I’ve earned a respect twenties. Ammo is easy to find for them, most of them are lightweight, and the throw enough lead to kill the birds I hunt most of the time.

The four 20 gauge shotguns listed below are both and unusual and unusually versatile. Check them out now.

W&C. Scott & Sons 20 Bore Hammergun in Excellent Condition
W&C. Scott & Sons 20 Bore Hammergun in Excellent Condition

W&C. Scott & Sons 20 Bore Hammergun in Excellent Condition: This little gun has a lot of character. It has great lines and handles like a wand. My photos don’t do justice to the gun. The finishes are much better than the photos suggest. The gun was refurbished by Keith & Cody Kearcher in Bend Oregon. The case coloring is original and is fading in the usual areas. The bores are bright and shiny with no visible imperfections. Lock-up is tight with or without the forend attached. I have used this gun on pheasants with great success. I use RST 2&1/2 inch loads. These are light Smokeless loads. Stock dimensions are excellent for the average shooter. Collectors are aware that small bore English guns are rare. This is especially true of W&C, Scott small bores. I have only encountered 3 in over 40 years of collecting Scott guns. Here are the specifications on this gun: Barrel length =28 inches. LOP from front trigger=14&1/2 inches. Chokes are Cylinder and Cylinder Weight is 5 & 3/4 pounds. Serial # is 37622. Date of Manufacture is 1885. Price: $3,250

Exquisite and rare C. Pryse 20ga Hammer gun- nitro proofed! A vintage gunners DREAM small bore!
Exquisite and rare C. Pryse 20ga Hammer gun- nitro proofed! A vintage gunners DREAM small bore!

Exquisite and rare C. Pryse 20ga Hammer gun- nitro proofed! A vintage gunners DREAM small bore! For your consideration is a very fine and extremely rare 20ga English hammer gun.  The gun features back action locks which are very finely scroll engraved.  28″ Damascus barrels which have been fitted with Briley choke tubes.  The straight grip buttstock has excellent dimensions and terminates with a solid HRBP.  The splinter forend is near fully checkered.  The gun balances beautifully and is very lightweight – weighing in at 5lbs 6oz!  Stocks are extremely fine, as restored and checkering is crisp.  The grain pattern in the stock is superb.  Both bores measure .635 and minimum wall thickness is .028(right) and .029(left). Price: $5795 

Browning Superlight - 20ga - 1972 Man. Date - IC/M - 26.5” - 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” - 5 lbs 11 ozs - SN: 2871 V72 - In The Box
Browning Superlight – 20ga – 1972 Man. Date – IC/M – 26.5” – 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” – 5 lbs 11 ozs – SN: 2871 V72 – In The Box

Browning Superlight – 20ga – 1972 Man. Date – IC/M – 26.5” – 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” – 5 lbs 11 ozs – SN: 2871 V72 – In The Box! 1972 Man. Date – IC/M – 26.5” – 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” – 5 lbs 11 ozs – SN: 2871 V72 – In The Box!  Minor Field Evidence can be found on wood and metal.  Great Shooting Superposed! Price: $4,900

Nikko Lightweight Ejector - 20ga - 28” Barrels - Straight Grip - M/IM Chokes - Winchester 101 Style - Tight Action - 14 1/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”
Nikko Lightweight Ejector – 20ga – 28” Barrels – Straight Grip – M/IM Chokes – Winchester 101 Style – Tight Action – 14 1/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”

Nikko Lightweight Ejector – 20ga – 28” Barrels – Straight Grip – M/IM Chokes – Winchester 101 Style – Tight Action – 14 1/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”: Nikko Lightweight Ejector – 20ga – 28” Barrels – Straight Grip – M/IM Chokes – 6 lbs 2 ozs – Clean and Tight Action – 14 1/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 6 lbs 2 ozs – NICE!  Dove Gun Deluxe!  Perfect Chokes, Configuration and Weight – Very Nice Shotgun

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

 

Parker Brothers ~ A-1 Special ~ 20 Ga. 
Parker Brothers ~ A-1 Special ~ 20 Ga.

Parker Brothers ~ A-1 Special ~ 20 Ga: S/N 158XXX – Circa 1912, Chambers: 2 3/4″ with Ejectors, Barrels: 28″, Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP – DAC 1 11/16″ – DAH 2 1/4″, Butt Pad: Engraved Skeleton, Weight: 6 LB. Wood shows a bit of age cracking with a couple of small storage marks and a bit of moisture damage to the right side of the buttstock. Blue remains at 100% with mint bores. Receiver shows 100% rose and scroll engraving coverage that remains excellent. Truly a remarkable example of the gunmakers art! Complete with a Parker Collectors “Letter of Originality”. Price: $79,999.99 

BOSS & Co Best SLE 20ga 26" IC&M Original 2 3/4" chambers, Makers leather case, Mfg 1947, rare and very nice
BOSS & Co Best SLE 20ga 26″ IC&M Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Makers leather case, Mfg 1947, rare and very nice

BOSS & Co Best SLE 20ga 26″ IC&M Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Makers leather case, Mfg 1947, rare and very nice: Serial #  8764, Barrel Length: 26″, Choke R  IC(.005), Choke L  M(.011), Trigger  ST (Single), Rib Type  Smooth Concave Rib, Receiver Finish:  Casehardened with most colors remaining, Engraving Type:  Boss style Fine Scroll & Rosette Engraving, Other Options:  Makers case with label, Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Condition  EXC. Plus Condition. Weight  5lbs 7oz. Dimensions  1 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 14 3/4 with 1/4 cast off. Other Details  Mfg 1947, Very high condition  Very hard to find in 20ga. Price: $59,000

J. Purdey & Sons - 12ga - SLE - Self Opener - 25” Barrels - .732/.729 Chokes - 2 3/4” Shells - 15 1/8” x 1 5/8” x 2 3/4” - 6 lbs 2 ozs - Lightweight!! 
J. Purdey & Sons – 12ga – SLE – Self Opener – 25” Barrels – .732/.729 Chokes – 2 3/4” Shells – 15 1/8” x 1 5/8” x 2 3/4” – 6 lbs 2 ozs – Lightweight!!

J. Purdey & Sons – 12ga – SLE – Self Opener – 25” Barrels – .732/.729 Chokes – 2 3/4” Shells – 15 1/8” x 1 5/8” x 2 3/4” – 6 lbs 2 ozs – Lightweight!! Self Opener – Great Quail & Grouse Gun – Fast Action Gun!  Original case and proof label – “WTC” on leather case and on stock – “Blue” Pins and hightlights on the Action – lever is plum.  This Purdey is Tight and handles gracefully in high-pressure shooting situations. The gun was a 2 1/2” gun and was sent back to Purdey to be Re-Proofed and opened up to 2 3/4” – performs beautifully! Price: $34,995

John Wilkes, 20ga. Sidelock Ejector 27" Barrels:
John Wilkes, 20ga. Sidelock Ejector 27″ Barrels:

John Wilkes, 20ga. Sidelock Ejector 27″ Barrels Ic/Mod: A custom stocked gun in England with an extremely high quality Turkish Circassian walnut with a straight grip, splinter forend, highest quality full sidelock gun double triggers, automatic ejector, checkered butt, full coverage miniature rose bouquet and scroll engraving Cast for a lefthanded shooter (we can adjust it back to neutral), gold oval, gun remains in pristine condition throughout, includes leather makers’ case with canvas cover, available for immediate delivery. LOP – 15 1/8” x 1 ½” x 2 3/8”. 5 lb., 12 oz. Price: $19,999

Magnificent Remington Parker VHE 16ga 1 frame with Condition
Magnificent Remington Parker VHE 16ga 1 frame with Condition

Magnificent Remington Parker VHE 16ga 1 frame with Condition: 28″ Mod/full and factory marked — incredible original wood and finishes — perfect screws — double triggers — 2 3/4 ” factory chambers — ejectors — 80% original color that is vibrant — 99% blue and varnish — late single line DHBP — splinter forend — Just a wonderful Remington era gun that has all of the zing you expect from Parker — A perfect gun for all occasions afield with the right dimensions and weight.
14 1/4″  1 1/2″ x 2 3/8″  7lb 3oz. Price: $6,950.00 

Good gun alert: 20g Browning Citori OU, 28″ bbls …

Browning 20 ga Citori Superlight Beauty 28" barrel, straight stock not far from new BARGAIN
Browning 20 ga Citori Superlight Beauty 28″ barrel, straight stock not far from new BARGAIN

Here’s your chance to pick up a great, all-around bird gun at a fair price.

The Browning Citori is one of the all-time great OU shotguns, and while there are a lot of used ones out there, you don’t see with this guns features, condition, and  — most importantly — price.

Browning 20 ga Citori Superlight Beauty 28" barrel, straight stock not far from new BARGAIN
Browning 20 ga Citori Superlight Beauty 28″ barrel, straight stock not far from new BARGAIN

Browning 20 ga Citori Superlight Beauty 28″ barrel, straight stock not far from new BARGAINFeatures 28″ Vent Rib Barrel, handsome straight stock, ejectors and selective safety with single trigger. Has had very little use, bore is perfect no dings and only minor handling marks. Tiny chip on butt plate at the toe. Has screw in Invector-type chokes…we do not know what chokes are in the gun. Shoots 2 3/4″ only. Price: $1,199

Good gun alert: 20g Parker Repro, 28″, double triggers, long LOP …

20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28" bbls
20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28″ bbls

Get it before it’s gone. This 20g DHE Repro has the two special features everyone wants today, but few people wanted back when they were building these doubles: Two triggers and 28″ barrels. It also has a long length-of-pull and excellent original condition.

PARKER DHE REPRODUCTION 20 GAUGE: Price: $3,950.00 

28″ MOD AND FULL BBLS, 3″ CHAMBERS
DOUBLE TRIGGERS
EJECTORS
SPLINTER FOREARM
PISTOL GRIP
SKELETON BUTT
EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR
6LBS 12 OZ
2 1/8 DAH
1 1/2 DAC
15″ FACTORY LOP20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28" bbls

20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28" bbls
20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28″ bbls
20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28" bbls
20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28″ bbls

Good gun alert: 20g Parker VH, 1927…

Parker VH 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun, 28" Barrels
Parker VH 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun, 28″ Barrels

Here’s a gun every red-plaid-jacket wearing grouse hunter would love to own.

Parkers like these are THE classic doubles for upland hunting. This one is especially nice because it looks pretty original, it has some nice finish on it, and it’s fairly priced.

Parker VH 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun, 28″ Barrels: Serial Number 220979 — 1927. Pistol Grip. 0 frame. 14 1/2″ LOP. Drop at heel: 2 11/16″. Drop at comb: 1 7/16″. Right Bore .620”. Left Bore .619”
Chokes R .011 L .020. Some finish is worn off, but overall great original condition Parker. Price: $3,800

Parker VH 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun, 28" Barrels
Parker VH 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun, 28″ Barrels
Parker VH 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun, 28" Barrels
Parker VH 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun, 28″ Barrels
Parker VH 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun, 28" Barrels
Parker VH 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun, 28″ Barrels
Parker VH 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun, 28" Barrels
Parker VH 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun, 28″ Barrels

 

Killer condition = big $$ Minty Parker VH sells in flash…

Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, 26 Inch Barrels, Very Rare with Original Box
Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, 26 Inch Barrels, Very Rare with Original Box

Say you  a new shotgun. Would you use it, or stash it away — forever?

For some reason, whoever bought this 20g Parker VH back in 1921 for around $60 decided “stash it away — forever” was the way to go. And this week, 96 years later, it came out of hiding and sold for $14,750.

Quality V.H. shotguns were built to be “…strictly high-grade gun at a very low price–the best-made gun of its grade ever produced”. Hunters bought 78,670 of them and made the VH Parker’s most popular model.

Today, VHs are the most common Parkers out there. But how many of them all original, brand new, in their original box, with their original tags, like this one? Very, very few. That’s why some collector paid so much money for it.

Minty Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, with Original Box & Tags. Sold for $14,750.
Minty Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, with Original Box & Tags. Sold for $14,750.

Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, 26 Inch Barrels, Very Rare with Original Box and Hang TagsIt is not often that we have the opportunity to sell a firearm as special as this Parker.  In all the years we have been in the firearms business, neither we or any of the other dealers we have talked with have ever had an original box and hang-tags with a Parker Shotgun.  The 1921 vintage shotgun is a Vulcan Grade 20 Gauge with 26 inch barrels that is built on the lightweight O frame.  It is in the best condition we have seen in years with nearly 100% original blue and 95%+ original case colors, with the only wear apparent on the gun is a small loss of case colors and small dark staining spots on the sides of the breeches of the receiver, probably from “box wear”.  The bores are mint and the wood is nearly flawless, with only a couple of very small handling marks in the finish.  This is probably the nicest 20 Gauge Parker most people would ever see, and it is made extra special by having its original box and hang tags.  This is undoubtedly a “once in a lifetime” chance to own a very unique Parker Side-by-Side. PRICE: $14,750 — SOLD

Minty Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, with Original Box & Tags. Sold for $14,750.
Minty Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, with Original Box & Tags. Sold for $14,750.
Minty Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, with Original Box & Tags. Sold for $14,750.
Minty Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, with Original Box & Tags. Sold for $14,750.
Minty Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, with Original Box & Tags. Sold for $14,750.
Minty Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, with Original Box & Tags. Sold for $14,750.
Minty Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, with Original Box & Tags. Sold for $14,750.
Minty Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, with Original Box & Tags. Sold for $14,750.
Minty Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, with Original Box & Tags. Sold for $14,750.
Minty Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, with Original Box & Tags. Sold for $14,750.
Minty Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, with Original Box & Tags. Sold for $14,750.
Minty Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, with Original Box & Tags. Sold for $14,750.
Minty Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, with Original Box & Tags. Sold for $14,750.
Minty Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, with Original Box & Tags. Sold for $14,750.

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

Good gun alert: 20 gauge Beretta Silver Hawk SxS …

1960 - Beretta Model 409 - Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun
1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun

Beretta is famous for its OUs. But they’ve also made a lot of nice side-by-sides.

Here’s a nice, lightweight, no-frills one that’s perfect for grouse, woodcock, and quail. It has a few issues, but nothing you can’t fix (or just live with).
1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun: 20ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ IM / F, Raised Solid Rib with Rib Extension Third Bite, Single Non-Selective Trigger, Extractors, Hand Engraved, LOP 14-1/8″, Drop 1-5/8″ to 2-1/2″, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. Price: $1575

Condition: Mechanically the gun is Excellent. The barrels have a few freckles. The stock has a crack on the left side. This is typical on these guns because of the sharp corner at the back of the frame. The stock is a through bolt stock, so it has no affect on the strength of the stock. Overall, a very nice little gun with the longer barrels that everyone seems to want these days.

1960 - Beretta Model 409 - Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun
1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun
1960 - Beretta Model 409 - Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun
1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun

Good gun alert: 20g Beretta OU, S56E….

BERETTA S56E 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN WITH EJECTORS, 28" BARRELS
BERETTA S56E 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN WITH EJECTORS, 28″ BARRELS

Rugged and reliable, older Beretta OUs like this one are easy to love. You could spend 5X on a shotgun and not get an over-under that’s much better.

BERETTA S56E 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN WITH EJECTORS28″ BARRELS WITH 3″ CHAMBERS, CHOKED UNDER IC/LIGHT MOD 9.014) OVER FULL (.028), PRINCE OF WALES GRIP, 98% BLUE/GREY FINISH, WOOD GOOD SHOWS FIELD USE, TIGHT ACTION, MINT BORES. Price: $1,499

 

BERETTA S56E 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN WITH EJECTORS, 28" BARRELS
BERETTA S56E 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN WITH EJECTORS, 28″ BARRELS

Good gun alert: 20 gauge Ithaca Flues 4E, 28″ bbls…

ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS 20 gauge, 28" bbls
ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS 20 gauge, 28″ bbls

The Ithaca Flues is one of my favorite American doubles. While these SxSs aren’t as highly regarded as Foxes or Parkers, there’s something about them that appeals to me. Judging by the success of the model, there was something about them that appealed to other people, too.

The Ithaca Flues was one of the most popular SxSs ever made in America. Available from 1908 to 1925, around 223,000 of these shotguns were built. An American gunsmith named Emil Flues came up with  the design and Ithaca turned it into a simple, reliable double available at a pricel below other quality shotguns available at the time. Obviously, people thought they were a good deal.

Ithaca’s Flues came in five grades: 1, 2, 4, 6 & 7, The one you see here is a Grade 4 with ejectors (the “E” in 4E), and to my eye it features enough embellishment to be attactive without going over board looking pimped out

ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS20 ga double bbl. 28″ bbls with a solid matte rib choked modified and full. Good amount of orig blue finish on bbls. Slight wear at the muzzle. Case colored scroll engraved frame that has aged to a grey patina. Fleur-de-lis checkered pistol grip stock is in good condition. Typical handling mars. Rubber recoil pad. Price: $3,995

ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS 20 gauge, 28" bbls
ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS 20 gauge, 28″ bbls
ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS 20 gauge, 28" bbls
ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS 20 gauge, 28″ bbls
ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS 20 gauge, 28" bbls
ITHACA GRADE 4E FLUES MODEL SxS 20 gauge, 28″ bbls

Auction alert: 20 gauge Beretta BL-4 O/U, 28″ barrels…

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 OU Double Barrel Shotgun on Gunbroker.com
20 gauge Beretta BL-4 OU Double Barrel Shotgun on Gunbroker.com

Game of Thrones fans know winter is coming. Bird hunters know something far more important is headed our way: grouse season. For folks who hunt in NH & Maine, opening day is October 1, and if you’re looking for a great double to take in the wood this fall, here it is.

Twenty-gauge Beretta BL 4s are great shotguns.  The Garcia Corporation imported them and other Beretta BL-grade O/Us into the US in the ’60s & ’70s. Each grades came with various degrees of engraving and touch better finishing than the company’s later 686s. I think that makes them look a bit more refined.

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 OU Double Barrel Shotgun on Gunbroker.com
20 gauge Beretta BL-4 OU Double Barrel Shotgun on Gunbroker.com

If I had this gun, I would open the chokes a bit (it looks like they’re still the original M & F right now) and get rid of that bad idea hanging off the butt-end of the stock. Then I’d start dreaming about October.

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 O/U, 28″ barrels: 3″ chambers. The top barrel has a full choke while the bottom has a modified choke.

Auction alert: A real nice 20g L.C. Smith Trap Grade…

L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26" & 28" bbls
L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26″ & 28″ bbls

Here’s a hard-to-find vintage American double in fantastic original condition. It’s a 20 gauge L.C. Smith Trap Grade, and it’s up for auction now at Gunrunnerauctions.com. If you collect Elsies, bid now. I doubt you’ll see a better one of these any time soon.

According to the L.C. Smith website, Hunter Arms Co. made 3346 Trap-grade sxs shotguns. Of those, 348 were 20 gauges. The site also says:

L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26" & 28" bbls
L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26″ & 28″ bbls

“Production of the Trap Grade began in 1912 and ran to 1940. The 1913 catalog stated “In the production of this grade particular attention has been paid to meet the requirements of sportsmen who are desirous of a gun for trap shooting, as well as for field, with all of the latest attachments – Hunter One-Trigger and Automatic Ejector especially – and at a very low price. Each lock-plate is engraved with a trap shooting scene consisting of a trap house and a squad of five shooters at the score. We can confidently recommend this grade as entirely satisfactory, especially for the purpose the name implies. With our special system of boring, no better guns are made for trap than the L.C. Smith Double Gun with Hunter One-Trigger.” The price with two triggers in 1913 was $55, and a Hunter One-Trigger brought the price up to $75. Ejectors added $11 to the price, and $86 would buy the gun with both ejectors and the Hunter One-Trigger. The base price of this grade increased to $77 by the time that it was discontinued in 1940. ”

L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26" & 28" bbls
L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26″ & 28″ bbls

L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26″ & 28″ bbls: Serial #8013, mfg. 1916 by Hunter Arms Co., Fulton, NY. Excellent condition. The rare “Trap Grade” in 20 ga. AND two-barrel set – all matching serial numbers on all iron. Grade E with scroll engraved receiver – left panel has a trapshooting squad of five men and a trap; right panel has a lone hunter shooting at a flushing bird. Case color is mostly gone on the receiver, but about 15% is in protected areas. Good tight action. Two barrels included: One 26″ barrel with solid rib, two ivory beads, bright bore, beavertail forearm; and one 28″solid rib barrel with two ivory beads, bright bores, splinter forearm. The 26″ barrel has 98% bright blue and the 28″ barrel has 90% blue with some wear near the muzzles. Wood is fancy with excellent dark burl and sharp checkering – appears to be have been refinished when the red Jostam recoil pad was fitted. Hunter One single trigger works well. Ejectors are strong and throw hulls across the room. LOP is 14″ over pad. Both barrels are marked “L.C. Smith Trap Grade” – 28″ barrel is also marked “Hunter Arms Co. Inc., Fulton, NY, USA” on top. Includes Cody factory letter stating the Grade E and Trap model and noting the 26″ barrel. The shotgun was finished on June 30, 1916. The second barrel was made in the factory, but it is correct to not see that noted in a factory letter.

L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26" & 28" bbls
L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26″ & 28″ bbls
L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26" & 28" bbls
L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26″ & 28″ bbls

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MANTON 8 BORE EXPRESS- 17 Lbs. 7 Oz. of REAL TURN of the CENTURY SPORT- 24" FULLY RIFLED STEEL Bbls.- EXC PLUS BORES- CASES & ALL LOADING DATA
MANTON 8 BORE EXPRESS- 17 Lbs. 7 Oz. of REAL TURN of the CENTURY SPORT- 24″ FULLY RIFLED STEEL Bbls.- EXC PLUS BORES- CASES & ALL LOADING DATA

MANTON 8 BORE EXPRESS- 17 Lbs. 7 Oz. of REAL TURN of the CENTURY SPORT- 24″ FULLY RIFLED STEEL Bbls.- EXC PLUS BORES- CASES & ALL LOADING DATA#5770, Manton & Co. Gun Makers To H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh. K.G. London & Calcutta: A large Jones Action Underlever Back-Action Rebounding Hammer 8 Bore Black Powder Express Shoulder Double Rifle Made with a 3 1/4″ Case and with 24″ Steel fully rifled barrels with a rib extension dolls head, Full length rib with 1 standing & 3 folding platinum lined rear sights at 50 – 100 & 150, Percussion style fences, Full length trigger guard tang to a steel engraved grip cap, Extremely solid and sound wood with nice color & contrast, Shadowline cheekpiece, Sling eyes, Lever release forend, Great stock length at 14 1/2″ LOP over a 7/8″ Silvers pad, Great weight at 17 Lbs. 7 Oz., This is a full rifled set of barrels and the bores remain excellent plus and I would put them at 92-93% from the day they were cut, All the screws are in very good to excellent shape and nearly everyone lays north & south including the 6 inside the forend, It has been professionally refinished from stem to stern with fresh case colors, The whole is cased in a high quality oak & leather trunk with a trade label. This piece is accurate, comes with the proper head stamped cases, bullets, bullet mold, wads and all the loading data will be provided. It is ready to go hunting and a whole bunch of fun shooting. There are 8 bores and then there are other 8 bores but one would have to go a fair distance to come up with a more solid gun than this Manton with barrels that are in excellent condition inside and out plus it has the proper weight and great length of pull. To quote Mr. Geoffrey Boothroyd “Few people would dispute that the most famous name in the history of British gunmaking is that of Manton”. Manton in this era called the 8, 10 & 12 bores as “Big Game” rifles; the 450, 500 & 577’s were called “Express Rifles” and the 400 & 470 as “High Velocity” rifles. Price: $39,000

Francotte 20E 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun, 1926, FACTORY ORIGINAL HIGH CONDITION
Francotte 20E 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun, 1926, FACTORY ORIGINAL HIGH CONDITION

Francotte 20E 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun, 1926, FACTORY ORIGINAL HIGH CONDITION5lb 12oz, Side by Side, Serial # 81889. his Francotte Model 20E is a sideplated box lock gun that is a mid-grade gun from this maker.  Built in 1926 during the time when quality reigned supreme, this little Francotte retains most of its factory original condition with 85% vivid case color, clear sharp deep chiseled engraving, excellent screws, mirror bores, 98% factory blue, beautifully figured European walnut with excellent checkering…just a beautiful little 16 bore.  Weighing just 5 3/4lbs. and balanced just ahead of the hinge pin with 28″ barrels choked LM/IM (.014/.024 restrictions, can be altered to your specs in our shop within 10 days of purchase), this is the epitome of the upland game gun.  The gun is mechanically excellent in all ways, with strong well timed ejectors, crisp double triggers, tight as new on hinge and breech face, this is the way you like to find them.  The Francotte guns are one of the best buys in the fine gun world and known for strength and durability while being quite refined.  This gun has 5 locking points; Greener cross bolt, double underlug bites, sideclips, and through the frame barrel lug…just as good as you can get and being 90 years old and still tight as new, a testament to its design.  Compare this gun to any other offerings for condition and features and you will agree it is priced to sell. Price: $6,450

ENGLISH DOUBLE BARREL HAMMERGUN BY "JOSEPH HARKOM & SON, EDINBURGH
ENGLISH DOUBLE BARREL HAMMERGUN BY “JOSEPH HARKOM & SON, EDINBURGH

ENGLISH DOUBLE BARREL HAMMERGUN BY “JOSEPH HARKOM & SON, EDINBURGH12 gauge, 30″ damascus steel barrels.  Casehardened and engraved back action locks, carved fences, underlever action.  Three position hammers and extractors.  In lovely condition with very crisp engraving with the action and locks showing much of the case colors fading.  The barrels showing  a nice pattern and have been professionally rebrowned.  Beautiful wood and checkering.   Dimensions:   Barrels measure .728″ in both barrels.  Chokes are cylinder bored.  Walls exceed .028″  Weight: 7lbs 1oz.  LOP: 14 5/8″ to a steel buttplate.   Comb:  1 1/2″  Heel: 2″. Price: $3,950

L.C. SMITH WILDFOWL 3" Chambers 12GA 32" bbls
L.C. SMITH WILDFOWL 3″ Chambers 12GA 32″ bbls

L.C. SMITH WILDFOWL 3″ Chambers 12GA 32″ bblsA Classic American Side-by-Side Water Fowl gun. Price: $1800
Manufacturer: HUNTER ARMS
Model: L.C.SMITH WILDFOWL
Serial Number: R191118
Chambers: 3″
Barrels: 32″
Gauge: 12
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 1/2in
Butt Pad: LONDON STYLE
LOP: 14 1/2IN
Weight: 8.25LBS
Manufacture Date: 1939
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: FULL
Proof:Nitro: YES

J.P. Sauer & Sohn Suhl SxS 12 Ga Shotgun with straight stock
J.P. Sauer & Sohn Suhl SxS 12 Ga Shotgun with straight stock

J.P. Sauer & Sohn Suhl SxS 12 Ga Shotgun with straight stockPrice: $1,199.99
Caliber: 12 Ga.
Metal Condition: Excellent.
Wood Condition: Excellent Light handling Marks..
Bore Condition: Excellent.
Barrels: 28 Inches. With a Greener Style cross bolt break.
Triggers: Double Triggers.
Stock: Walnut with diamond pattern on grip.
Fore End: Walnut with diamond.
Butt Pad: Factory with embossed logo.
Weight: 7 Pounds

Auction alert: 20g Beretta Bl-3, 28″ bbls, no reserve …

Beretta BL-3 20 gauge O/U, 28" bbls. F & M chokes
Beretta BL-3 20 gauge O/U, 28″ bbls. F & M chokes

I know I’ve been binging on these OUs lately, but these Berettas really are nice doubles. And when I see a chance for someone to get a deal on one, I feel obligated to point it out.

This one is on Gunbroker.com now. It’s being offered at No Reserve. The listing ends 11/1/2015 9:00:00 PM ET.

Beretta BL-3 20 gauge O/U, 28″ bbls. F & M chokes. Wood has only a few marks in it and the metal has light wear. Made in 1969. S/N V015xx

Beretta BL-3 20 gauge O/U, 28" bbls. F & M chokes
Beretta BL-3 20 gauge O/U, 28″ bbls. F & M chokes
Beretta BL-3 20 gauge O/U, 28" bbls. F & M chokes
Beretta BL-3 20 gauge O/U, 28″ bbls. F & M chokes

Good gun alert: 20g Sig Arms Aurora OU …

20 gauge Sig Arms "Aurora" TR 20 Over Under Shotgun
20 gauge Sig Arms “Aurora” TR 20 Over Under Shotgun

A great gun — at a great price! This 20 gauge OU has it all – 28″ barrels, a straight “English” grip, and a nice long LOP. It’s pretty light, too, at just 6lbs, 4ozs.

These over unders were built for Sig Arms by B. Rizzini, and they’re very reliable and trouble free. You could spend a lot more money and get a lot less gun.

20 gauge Sig Arms “Aurora” TR 20 Over Under ShotgunPrice: $1,499.99

Caliber: 20 Gauge
Chambers: 3″ Magnum
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Both Are Very Bright

20 gauge Sig Arms "Aurora" TR 20 Over Under Shotgun
20 gauge Sig Arms “Aurora” TR 20 Over Under Shotgun

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

20 gauge Sig Arms "Aurora" TR 20 Over Under Shotgun
20 gauge Sig Arms “Aurora” TR 20 Over Under Shotgun

Auction alert: Two HE Super Foxes, a 12 & a super-rare 20 gauge…

Rare 20 gauge A. H. Fox He Grade Superfox Double Ejectorgun Shipped To E.C. Crossman
Rare 20 gauge A. H. Fox He Grade Superfox Double Ejectorgun Shipped To E.C. Crossman

Here are two tough-to find American doubles coming to auction. They’re both A.H. Fox HE SxS, one in 12 gauge and one in 20 gauge. Both are coming up this weekend at Amoskeag Auctions March sale.

Fox made about 300 of these HE-grade Super Fox side-by-side shotguns — just sixty in 20 gauge and the rest in 12. All of them were heavy, overbored doubles made for wildfowling with Western Cartridge’s new-at-the-time Super-X ammo.

Lot # 85: Rare A. H. Fox He Grade Superfox Double Ejectorgun Shipped To E.C. Crossman. Serial #202292, 20 Ga. (2 3/4”), 32” Chromox barrels choked full and full with bright excellent bores showing just some faint remnants of light pitting in a couple spots with a tiny dent in the right tube near the muzzles which was professionally raised. The barrels retain about 90% original blue, the loss due to overall light fading, actually appearing much stronger undernormal ambient light. The frame is lovely and retains 75-80% original color case-hardening which is quite vivid, the belly of frame toning to a silvery case-hardened patina; it features light fancy borderline engraving with little floral sprays around the pins and screw holes.

Rare 20 gauge A. H. Fox He Grade Superfox Double Ejectorgun Shipped To E.C. Crossman
Rare 20 gauge A. H. Fox He Grade Superfox Double Ejectorgun Shipped To E.C. Crossman

The gun is stocked half-pistolgrip in a nice grade of walnut, the stock rating very good plus to near excellent with much original varnish and only minor dings and handling marks from the years. It is fitted with a more contemporary Hawkins recoil pad, added to the contour of the butt, the original pad having deteriorated with the years, the length of pull is 14 7/16” with drops of 1 1/2” and 2 7/8”; the forend is a bit darker and rates very good plus as well showing a thin sliver of bedding compound at its junction with the forend iron. The gun locks up Fox-tight with the top lever still right of center, the gun seems to operate well mechanically and the ejectors are robust; the safety is non-automatic. The included factory letter confirms the configuration and shows shipment to none other than E.C. Crossman on August 14, 1925 “for Phill Crosman” (sic). Savage historian John T. Callahan took the liberty of including copies of the original build card and job tag for the shotgun. The build card, under the “For” heading reads “E.C. Crossman”, the rear of the card showing pellet count for left and right barrels. The job tag reads on front and back: “Test Gun and send to Phill Crosman” and “Mr. Roll This Gun shoots 79% in 5 shots out of Right bbl 79 1/2% out of 5 shots in Left bbl B.Becker”, obviously from the renowned Burt Becker to Adolph Roll, Fox Sales Manager. With only sixty 20 ga. Super Fox shotguns ever made, this is a really rare and lovely Super Fox in its own right, all-the-more desireable with the connection to the famous Crossman clan. Truly a super – Super Fox. Estimate: $8000 – $10000.

12 gauge A. H. Fox He Grade Super Fox Boxlock Double Ejectorgun.
12 gauge A. H. Fox He Grade Super Fox Boxlock Double Ejectorgun.

Lot # 386: A. H. Fox He Grade Super Fox Boxlock Double Ejectorgun: Serial #29562, 12 Ga. (3”), 30” barrels choked full and full with bright excellent bores. The barrels retain about 98% excellent quality restored blue finish with some light muzzle wear and a remnant or two of light pitting beneath. The frame is lovely retaining 99% restored vibrant color case-hardening with the familiar light H-grade borderline engraving and makers name; the triggerguard shows excellent blue as well. The round knob pistolgrip buttstock rates excellent as professionally refinished with evidence of a repaired crack at left and right of top tang; it seems to have been effective and the stock seems sound and will not flex. The splinter forend is in a similar state of condition and both show perfectly chased checkering.

12 gauge A. H. Fox He Grade Super Fox Boxlock Double Ejectorgun.
12 gauge A. H. Fox He Grade Super Fox Boxlock Double Ejectorgun.

The length of pull to the grooved hard rubber buttplate is 14 1/8” with drops of 1 5/8” and 3” (although the factory letter indicates 2 3/4”, the stock appears original in all respects). The safety is non-automatic and two of the screws show some light slot damage…they are not quite regulated and clearly someone with an incorrect width blade attempted to turn them. The gun locks up tightly with the top lever still right of center and the gun seems to operate properly mechanically. The included factory letter verifies the configuration and shows shipment in September of 1925 to W. R. Burkhard Co. (St. Paul Minn.). Really an excellent as-restored Super Fox that should be taken back afield for some waterfowl bustin in the fall seasons. Estimate: $2500 – $4000

Good gun alert: 20g Parker DHE Repro, 26″ & 28″, double triggers…

Parker (Winchester Reproduction) Model DHE Two-Barrel Hunting Set
Parker (Winchester Reproduction) Model DHE Two-Barrel Hunting Set

Here’s a fair price on one of the hardest-to-find Parker Repros: a 20g DHE, 26″ & 28″ set, with a straight grip and double triggers.

In 1984, America’s most famous double-barrel shotguns was reborn as the Parker Reproduction by Winchester. Built in Japan until 1989, these side-by-sides were offered for sale until around 1997. Since then, they’ve gained a following and their prices have risen steadily.

Parker (Winchester Reproduction) Model DHE Two-Barrel Hunting Set

Parker (Winchester Reproduction) Model DHE Two-Barrel Hunting Set
Parker (Winchester Reproduction) Model DHE Two-Barrel Hunting Set

Price: $5,999.99

Caliber:20 gauge

Chambers:3″ chambers

Metal Condition:Color cased-hardened receiver is excellent, barrel sets are excellent

Wood Condition:Wood is very good+

Bore Condition:Bore is excellent

Barrels:26″ barrel set; 28″ barrel set

Triggers:Double triggers

Stock:AA American walnut straight grip stock with fine cut two-panel checkering

Parker (Winchester Reproduction) Model DHE Two-Barrel Hunting Set
Parker (Winchester Reproduction) Model DHE Two-Barrel Hunting Set

Stock Dimensions:13 3/8″ LOP to rear trigger, 14 3/8″ LOP to front trigger; 2 1/4″ DAH; 1 7/8″ DAC (center); 1 1/2″ DAC (front)

Fore End:Walnut splinter fore end with fancy fine cut single-panel checkering

Butt Pad:Niedner skeleton butt plate with fine cut checkered butt

Weight:6 pounds 10 ounces

Sights:Solid, concave, matted, tapered rib

Chokes:Fixed choke; 26″ improved cylinder, modified: 28″ modified, full

Incredible condition on 3 Parker VHEs– 28g, 20 & 16g….

Parker VHE 28ga Skeet Gun Single trigger beavertail skeet in skeet out
Parker VHE 28ga Skeet Gun Single trigger beavertail skeet in skeet out

If you’re into Parkers, these three side-by- sides will get your heart thumping. They’re all VHEs, and they’re all in very nice original condition. The first two double barrels are phenomenal. Just check out all that color. The 16g is real nice, too, and it would be a great gun for grouse hunting.

Parkers like this are very hard to fine, and all three are priced accordingly.

Parker VHE 20ga SKEET Spectacular
Parker VHE 20ga SKEET Spectacular

Parker VHE 28ga Skeet Gun Single trigger beavertail skeet in skeet out: A spectacular  VHE 28ga SxS Skeet Gun Remington Era  00 Frame 26in skeet in  skeet out  Pictures do not do it justice  14in LOP to a checkered butt  with unbelievable wood on a VHE. Serial #238059  98% case color blue and wood  Beautiful original Parker. Price: $33,000

Parker VHE 20ga SKEET Spectacular: An amazing  Original Remington Era 20ga VHE  Single Trigger  Beavertail  0 Frame Skeet gun  Skeet In  Skeet Out  beautiful wood with a pistol grip cap  14 in LOP to a checkered butt  Strong 99% case colors blueing is mint  serial # 241531 wood is great  beavertail has maybe a repair  hard to tell. Price: $17,000

Parker VHE 16ga 28in M/F Exc: This gun has a PG with cap  with DT  Ejectors 28in barrels  with strong blue m/f  Made on a #1 Frame  has strong case colors 75-80%  Has  a 14 3/8 LOP to a dogs head buttplate wood is very nice  has some marks but nice figur. Price: $5,750

Parker VHE 16ga 28in M/F Exc
Parker VHE 16ga 28in M/F Exc

Good gun alert: a 20g Belgian Browning Superposed, RKLT, 28″…

Browning Superposed  20 GA Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun
Browning Superposed 20 GA Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s a real nice 20 gauge Browning O/U. These early Browning Superposeds are great shotguns with excellent, shootable dimensions. This one is priced very fairly (something Cabela’s doesn’t do too often, anymore). If it’s as good as it looks, it’s a deal.

Browning Superposed  20 GA Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun Price: $1,539.99

Manufactured: 1952

Caliber: 20 GA

Browning Superposed  20 GA Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun
Browning Superposed 20 GA Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Chambers: 2 3/4″

Metal Condition: Small ding scratch top of barrel.

Wood Condition: Large scratch left side of stock handling marks.

Bore Condition: Excellent

Barrels: 28″

Triggers: Single smooth trigger.

Stock: European walnut

Browning Superposed  20 GA Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun
Browning Superposed 20 GA Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Stock Dimensions: LOP: 14 1/8″

Fore End: European walnut.

Butt Pad: Factory plastic plate.

Weight: 7 Lbs.

Chokes: Modified/Modified.

Good gun alert: 20g Browning Superlight — $2895…

Browning, Belgium, Year 1972, 20 Gauge, 5lbs 11oz, O/U
Browning, Belgium, Year 1972, 20 Gauge, 5lbs 11oz, O/U

Here’s one of the greatest grouse guns of all time – and if its all good, it’s heck of deal. This Browning Superlight is lightweight and it has modern dimensions and 2 3/4″ chambers, and one of the most reliable single triggers ever made.

Browning, Belgium, Year 1972, 20 Gauge, 5lbs 11oz, O/U

Price: $2,895

Serial Number: 2736v72

Browning, Belgium, Year 1972, 20 Gauge, 5lbs 11oz, O/U
Browning, Belgium, Year 1972, 20 Gauge, 5lbs 11oz, O/U

The Browning Superposed has been the most notable over/under commercially produced in the world.  From its arduous beginning in the late 1920’s, to its introduction in the U.S. in 1931, the Superposed has been popular amongst shooters and collectors alike.  Adorned with various levels of engraving and decoration, this creation of genius gun designer John Browning was finally discontinued from full production in 1977 with the beginning of the “Presentation Series”.

In 1969 Browning introduced the Superposed “SUPERLIGHT” in the 20ga. and finally was born a true upland bird gun.  A typical Browning Lightning hunting model weighs about 6 1/2lbs. in 20ga.  At 5lbs. 11oz. and balanced dead on the hinge pin, this 20 bore Superlight is over 3/4lbs. lighter!  This is a truly dynamic upland bird gun, with its straight hand stock, rounded frame, and schnabel forend that can be carried all day without fatigue.  This gun, sn2736V72 has indeed been carried, as it has honest wear throughout.  Built in 1972, it is one of only 746 total 20ga. Superlight guns made between 1969 and 1977.  Highly desired by upland hunters that are in the know, these guns usually trade in the mid $4000 or more when in high condition.  With about 92% factory blue on the receiver and barrels and 98% factory finish on the stocks, the gun is still ready for the field as she sits.  Priced to sell to a guy that hunts more than he collects, this is an opportunity to own a great Browning.

Browning, Belgium, Year 1972, 20 Gauge, 5lbs 11oz, O/U
Browning, Belgium, Year 1972, 20 Gauge, 5lbs 11oz, O/U

Barrel Length: 26 1/2″
Chokes: IC/IC .007/.008
Bores: excellent
Wall Thickness: .030/.031
% Blue: 92%
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ribs: vent rib, tight
Sights: single

Action: tight, right of center
Ejectors or Extractors: ejectors, strong, timed
Case Color: blue 92%
Screws: perfect
Engraving: sharp
Trigger Type: single selective trigger, crisp
Trigger Guard Color: long tang 50%

Type: english stock/schable forend
LOP: 14 3/8″
LOP To End Of Wood: 14″
DAH: 2 1/2″
DAC: 1 3/8″
Cast: 0
Checkering Condition: very good
Butt Treatment: factory plate

Another nice Parker shotgun, this one is sweet little 20g AHE…

Parker AHE 20ga Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker AHE 20ga Double Barrel Shotgun

It must be rare-Parker season. Here’s another one that’s hard to find. Parker Bros. made just 306 AH grade hammerless shotguns. Of those, I bet very few are late 20 gauges like this one.

Parker AHE 20ga Double Barrel Shotgun: 0 Frame, Single trigger, English stock, Splinter forend, Skeleton butt. A rare sweet Parker with a beautiful piece of wood 14 1/4 LOP 0 Frame 26 in ic/m good case color and blue 3 quail on left side pheasents on right side and bottom A Remington Era gun Find another one of these 6lbs 6oz. Price: $49,500

Parker AHE 20ga Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker AHE 20ga Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker AHE 20ga Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker AHE 20ga Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker AHE 20ga Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker AHE 20ga Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker AHE 20ga Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker AHE 20ga Double Barrel Shotgun
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