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A.H. Fox SERIAL NUMBER 29!!! C Grade Yes, Serial # 29:
A.H. Fox SERIAL NUMBER 29!!! C Grade Yes, Serial # 29:

A.H. Fox SERIAL NUMBER 29!!! C Grade Yes, Serial # 29: This A.H. Fox shotgun is actually serial number 29… the twenty ninth gun made in the very first days/weeks of production.  We can be quite sure that Ansley had his hands on this gun!!  This is the earliest A.H. Fox serial number that I have ever seen AND it is in the handsome C grade. This gun is very tight and mechanically sound… a testimonial to the wonderful Fox design. Gorgeous walnut stock & forend with strong grain, color and figure.  Leather-faced buttpad has be replaced but it was done long ago. Checkering is sharp and appears nicely recut. Excellent dimensions 14 3/8″ LOP 1 1/2″ DAC  2 3/8″ DAH. This gun is treated to the earliest style of C engraving which is nearly all flowing scrollwork. Dog on bottom, birds on breechballs and trigger bow. Engraving remains sharp and clear. This gun has 30″ Krupp steel barrels. This barrels are in perfect condition inside and out. No dings, dents or pitting. RT  731 bore  44k choke  36kMWT. LFT 732 bore  42k choke  37kMWT. Barrels ring true. 96% deep rich blue. Engraving wedges at breech. Double triggers are both crisp, extractors (this gun made before auto-ejectors on a Fox) non-automatic safety. Price: $8995

BERETTA Model SO4 International Trap O/U 12 GA: Barrel Length (in Inches)29-1/2 (75cm), Chokes IM / F, SST (Single Selective), Pistol Grip, Semi Beaver Tail Forearm, Vent Rib, Coin Finish Receiver, Scroll Border EngravingVG Plus Condition. Weight Description8lb 1o oz. Dimensions 1 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 14 3/8 with 1/4 cast off Price: $6,995

BERETTA Model SO4 International Trap O/U 12 GA
BERETTA Model SO4 International Trap O/U 12 GA

RBL 20 GAUGE SELF OPENER DOUBLE TRIGGER 28: Very nice RBL 20 gauge with double trigger and 28″ barrels with choke tubes. Straight English grip 14 3/4 LOP DAC 1 1/2 DAH 2 1/2 with self opener. This gun has been fired but is still almost new. Sorry no case so priced two sell at $3350.00 3 day inspection S & I is $47.00 will trade. Contact Bud 509-465-8406 for more information. Price: $3350

RBL 20 GAUGE SELF OPENER DOUBLE TRIGGER 28
RBL 20 GAUGE SELF OPENER DOUBLE TRIGGER 28

MERKEL, O/U, Model 200E, 20 GA: 28”, IC& M, DT, Pistol Grip, 3-piece Forened, Solid Rib, Scroll Border Engraving, Casehardened Receiver, Pad, Butt has been extended in Germany with very nice oak leaf carving on extention, Early 1950’s gun, Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 14 5/8 with 3/8 cast off, Weight 6#1oz, 2 3/4″ chambers, ID 3844, EXC. Condition. Price: $3,000

MERKEL, O/U, Model 200E, 20 GA
MERKEL, O/U, Model 200E, 20 GA
L.C. Smith "O" Grade 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun
L.C. Smith “O” Grade 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun

L.C. Smith “O” Grade 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun: 1899 GUN, 70% CASE COLOR, CONDITION: LC Smith, Year 1899, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 14oz, Side by Side. Serial Number: 60594

The L.C. Smith “O” Grade was a step above the Field Grade that came out in 1913 from Hunter Arms (replacing the pre-1913 “OO” Grade) in that it had a bit nicer wood and checkering, a black ebony inlay in the forend tip, and in 1899, the year this gun was produced, a set of nice damascus steel barrels.  This gun, sn60594, is in remarkable condition for its 115 years of age, with lots of case color, perfect screws, perfect wood to metal fit, nicely figured European walnut (book says English walnut, looks like French to me), factory original checkering is excellent, 30″ damascus barrels that still retain 98% of their original black and white pattern, no cracks anywhere, full length butt stock to the factory butt plate, and tight as new mechanically.  With the long barrels and 1/2 round pistol grip, this is a great sporting clays or upland gun, and weighing 6lbs. 14oz. is not too heavy to carry all day.

Barrel Length: 30″, Chokes: .028/.026  F/F, Bores: very good, Bore Diameter: .646/.648, Wall Thickness: .031/.028, Blue: 95% damascus, Chambers: 2 5/8″, Ribs: tight, Sights: single, Ejectors or Extractors: extractors, Case Color: 85% faded, Screws: perfect, Trigger Type: double, crisp
Trigger Guard Color: 60%, Stock Type: 1/2 round grip / splinter forend , LOP: 14 3/8″, LOP To End Of Wood: 14 1/8″, DAH: 2 7/8″, DAC: 1 5/8″, Cast: 0, Checkering Condition: excellent, Butt Treatment: factory plate. Pr

Good gun alert: 20g Merkel 200E, double triggers, 28″ bbls…

Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

If you’re looking for a good deal on an O/U, here’s a shotgun to get excited about. It’s a 20g Merkel 200E and it looks pretty much new. Merkel’s 200Es feature Blitz-style action with double Kersten locks. They’re solid, sound guns, and tough to find with double triggers, 28″ barrels, a long stock.

Merkel 200E 20ga O/U: mfg. 1955, 28″ bbls. choked F/M,Dt’s, ejectors, hand checkered oil finished deluxe stock, 14 5/8″ LOP over factory buttplate, 5lbs., 13ozs., 99% as new condition. Price: $2999

Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

My cheating heart: a 20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun…

20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.

I love my 20 gauge Beretta 686. With 28″ barrels, a reliable single trigger, and choke tubes, it’s a hard gun to beat. And it’s great looking gun. The flat-black Onyx finish really sets off the figure in the stock, and gives the entire gun an elegant, classic look.

But this little post-WW2 Merkel 200E has my eyes wandering. I don’t know why it appeal to me. It’s probably the gun’s age. For some reason, I like old doubles. It looks like this one Merkel made in the ’50s. According to Hallowellco.com., the Model 200-E featured a  Blitz action with double Kersten locks and  underlugs with no bites. Even though my Beretta is a more practical gun, this Merkel has me wondering if it’s time to make a trade. Here’s more about it from the seller:

20 gauge Merkel 200E Double Barrel Shotgun: Kersten crossolt action, 20ga, 26″ m/IC, DT’s ejectors, fancy checkered English stock, 14 1/” LOP over buttplate, 6 lbs., 90%+ blue bbls, 40% fading receiver color, some light stock handling, tight as new
Price: $1,595.00

20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
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