‘Friggin WOW. An incredible 28g Parker BHE side by side…

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. Here’s a double you don’t see every day–and may never see again.

It’s a 28 gauge Parker BHE built in 1916. When it was made, Quality B.H. guns were the 4th down in the company’s lineup, below the A. No. 1 Special, the A.A.H., and the A.H. (the first Invincible was completed in 1923).

Parker only made 1,034 B.H. grade guns. That’s not many, especially for a company that built 247,000+ doubles in all. Most of those B.H. grades were 12s. As it says below, only four were 28 gauges.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 
Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.  “00” frame. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety.  The gun is fabulously engraved with scroll and floral pattern – a special order feature. It has 2-7/8″ original chambers with excellent bright shiny bores, measuring .563 right and .557 left. Full length matted top rib with proper original Acme barrel legend.  The gun has a capped pistol grip, inlaid with a gold cap and a large “H” engraved on the cap. Original skeleton buttplate with traces of original blue remaining. Stock dimensions in the factory letter are LOP of 14-1/4″ with drop-at-comb of 1-3/4″ and drop-at-heel of 3-1/8″.  The gun has these exact specifications today. Weight is 5lbs 7oz – exactly as found in the PGCA letter.  Barrel blue is excellent and all original and appears to be in the 75% range. Price: $59,500 

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 
Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.  Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 

Auction alert: 28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, perfect for mom….

Beretta BL-3 28ga 28", Over Under Shotgun
Beretta BL-3 28ga 28″, Over Under Shotgun

Here’s a great Mother’s Day gift for any mom who’s into upland hunting. If you fortunate, she may let you use it.

I’ve gushed about these Berettas many times before. Imported into the U.S. in the late ’60s and early ’70s, they were good deals in their day. Today, they’re one of the best buys you’ll find in a bird gun.

Simple, rugged, and well made, this 28g is a ton of gun in sexy, lightweight package. And its 28″ barrels make it extra special.

Beretta BL-3 28ga 28", Over Under Shotgun
Beretta BL-3 28ga 28″, Over Under Shotgun

It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends tomorrow, 5/13/2018 @ 4:29 PM.

Beretta BL-3 28ga 28″, Over Under Shotgun: Choked M/F. This is a gun you do not see very often but it is a real sweet gun. It weighs just under 6 pounds and shoots like a dream. There is a reason these little guns are so popular. Take a good look at the photos as the gun is in good shape but does have a few blemishes. some spots on the blueing of the toplever and a crack in the toe of the stock are the most noticeable. This will make an excellent quail or small gauge clays gun.

Beretta BL-3 28ga 28", Over Under Shotgun
Beretta BL-3 28ga 28″, Over Under Shotgun

Auction alert: 28g Ruger OU, 28″ bbls…

Auction Alert: 28g Ruger OU, 28" bbls
Auction Alert: 28g Ruger OU, 28″ bbls

Ruger has built some good shotguns and some not-so-good shotguns.

The Red Label OU you see here is one of the good ones, and it’s 28″ barrels make it a bit special.

With 2 3/4″ chambers and screw-in choke tubes, it’s versatile enough for grouse, quail, woodcock, and doves. It’s also affordable–and all American.

Bidding on this one starts at $995 and is happening now. It’s a No-Reserve action, ending 4/12/2018 @ 12:19 PM.

Ruger Red Label 28g O/U Shotgun: Beautiful Ruger Red Label 28g over/under shotgun, stainless receiver, nice wood, 28″ barrel. Inside barrel is clean. Top barrel has a Ruger improved cylinder choke, bottom has a full choke. The stock has a few typical dings from use. Bluing is good with a little wear on the edges of the vent rib on the right side, a ding on the left side of vent rib and a few scratches under barrel as pictured. We do not have a the box.

Auction Alert: 28g Ruger OU, 28" bbls
Auction Alert: 28g Ruger OU, 28″ bbls
Auction Alert: 28g Ruger OU, 28" bbls
Auction Alert: 28g Ruger OU, 28″ bbls

This week’s 5 guns you’ve got to see…

 

J. Purdey & Sons - Best Sidelock Three Barrel Set - 20 ga
J. Purdey & Sons – Best Sidelock Three Barrel Set – 20 ga

J. Purdey & Sons – Best Sidelock Three Barrel Set – 20 ga: Price: $48,500.00 
Item Number: PUR22212
Shotgun type: SxS
Action: Sidelock
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Single
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 14 1/2 ”
Pad thickness: ”
Type of butt: Checkered Butt
Drop comb: 1 5/8 ”
Drop heel: 2 5/8 ”
Cast amount: 1/4 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 6 lbs, 4 oz

Manufactured in: England
Manufacture Year: Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: Leather Luggage Case

PARKER BROS VHE 28ga 28″ Straight grip, “0” frame mfg 1921: Price: $12,900

PARKER BROS VHE 28ga 28" Straight grip, "0" frame mfg 1921
PARKER BROS VHE 28ga 28″ Straight grip, “0” frame mfg 1921

Serial #  192528
Choke R  SKT(.005)
Choke L  IM(.020)
Trigger  DT (Double)
Stock Configuration  Straight Grip
Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm
Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib
Receiver Finish  Casehardened with traces remaining
Engraving Type  Border Engraving
Other Options  Dogs head butt plate, “0” frame, 2 3/4″ chambers
Condition  VG Plus Condition
Weight  6#2oz
Dimensions  1 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 14 1/2 with 0 cast
Other Details  Mfg 1921

Parker VHE SKEET Remington Era 1935 Straight Stock With Letter: 12 Gauge Serial

12 gauge Parker VHE SKEET Remington Era 1935 Straight Stock With Letter
12 gauge Parker VHE SKEET Remington Era 1935 Straight Stock With Letter

number 237237 completed on June 25, 1935. This is a Remington Era Parker.  This shotgun’s rare features letter up nicely.   Straight stock, 12 Gauge, 26-inch barrels, single trigger and large fore end.  The Parker research letter listing all options is included.  Condition is excellent with much of the original and bright Remington Era case color remaining on the receiver.  The barrel blue is also excellent with some light handling and wear.  Twin ivory beads.   The barrel flats are marked SKEET IN & SKEET OUT.  Frame size is 1 1/2.  The original straight stock is excellent and has a LOP of 13 1/4 inches from the REAR POSITION Parker single selective trigger over a Larry DelGrego & Son pad.  Nice original and timed action screws.  Drop at heel is 2 3/4 inches and drop at comb is 1 1/2 inches.  The original Parker Beavertail fore end is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks and sharp original checkering.   The shotgun is tight on the face with strong ejectors and proper functioning Parker single trigger. Weight is light at 7 pounds 9 ounces.  Excellent bores.  This is a fantastic highly optioned Parker Remington Era Skeet shotgun with a great Parker Research Letter that lists all options.  Go to ironmenarms.com  for more pictures. Price: $4550

Francotte Jubilee Knockabout grade in 12 GAKnockabout grade, imported by Abercrombie

Francotte Jubilee Knockabout grade in 12 GA
Francotte Jubilee Knockabout grade in 12 GA

& Fitch Co. New York. Has P.D. engraved on the trigger guard.  Price: $1,499.99 
Manufacturer: SN: N988343
Caliber: 12 GA
Chambers: 2 3/4 inch
Metal Condition: very good to excellent conditon, a handfull of minor scratches on the barrels, a couple of nicks on the bottom of the barrels, most of the color is left on the receiver, most of the bluing on the barrels is still intact
Wood Condition: very good to excellent condition, a few minor dings and marks on the stock and fore end
Bore Condition: bright and shiny
Barrels: 28 inch
Triggers: double, smooth triggers
Stock: checkered pistol grip with grip cap
Stock Dimensions:
14.5 inch lop at the front trigger, 13.5 inch lop at the rear
Fore End: checkered splinter style
Butt Pad: Deceletator rubber pad
Weight: 6.85 lbs
Sights: tapered solid rib with single brass bead
Chokes: fixed, right barrel: Cyl. left barrel: Imp. Cyl.
Extras: none, no box or case
Item Location: Kansas City, KS

FRANCHI - Instinct L - 20ga - 28" Chokes - Factory New
FRANCHI – Instinct L – 20ga – 28″ Chokes – Factory New

FRANCHI – Instinct L – 20ga – 28″ Chokes – Factory New2014 – Franchi Instinct L – 20ga, 3″, 28″ Single Selective Trigger, Ejectors, Prince of Wales Grip, LOP 14-3/4″ Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Weight 6 lbs 3 oz. Factory New Gun – Very Low Price. These are well-made guns that balance and handle very nicely. Price: $975

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: Gorgeous Piotti Lunik 28 gauge SxS…

Piotti Lunik - 28 gauge - side by side - straight grip - handmade in leather case - SPECTACULAR!
Piotti Lunik – 28 gauge – side by side – straight grip – handmade in leather case – SPECTACULAR!

Of the Italian gunmakers around today, Armi Fratelli Piotti is one of the best. Why? Just take a look at the SxS you see here.

This gun is a Piotti “Lunik”, part of the company’s top-of-the-line King series of side by sides. Along with it’s incredible engraving and great wood, it’s metal-to-metal fit is fantastic and the wood-to-metal fit is just as nice.

Piotti was founded in the 1960s by brothers Araldo & Faustino Piotti (“fratelli” means brothers). One of their early guns was used in the ’72 Munich Olympics to win a gold medal and for decades professional pigeon shooters have relied on Piottis to win big money.

Piotti Lunik – 28 gauge – side by side – straight grip – handmade in leather case – SPECTACULAR!Description: Gorgeous wood – leather pad – 27” barrels – left: .070 right: .075 – LOP: 14 1/2” X 1 7/16” X 2 1/8” – 5 lbs 14.8 ozs – serial number: 9078 – gold crest – cocking indicators – Double Triggers – Splinter Forend – a very very fine gun in all the right configurations…LIKE NEW! Price: $32,995 

Piotti Lunik - 28 gauge - side by side - straight grip - handmade in leather case - SPECTACULAR!
Piotti Lunik – 28 gauge – side by side – straight grip – handmade in leather case – SPECTACULAR!
Piotti Lunik - 28 gauge - side by side - straight grip - handmade in leather case - SPECTACULAR!
Piotti Lunik – 28 gauge – side by side – straight grip – handmade in leather case – SPECTACULAR!
Piotti Lunik - 28 gauge - side by side - straight grip - handmade in leather case - SPECTACULAR!
Piotti Lunik – 28 gauge – side by side – straight grip – handmade in leather case – SPECTACULAR!
Piotti Lunik - 28 gauge - side by side - straight grip - handmade in leather case - SPECTACULAR!
Piotti Lunik – 28 gauge – side by side – straight grip – handmade in leather case – SPECTACULAR!
Piotti Lunik - 28 gauge - side by side - straight grip - handmade in leather case - SPECTACULAR!
Piotti Lunik – 28 gauge – side by side – straight grip – handmade in leather case – SPECTACULAR!

Auction alert: 28g Ruger Red Label OU, 28″ bbls ….

28g Ruger Red Label Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Ruger Red Label Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls

Arguing is a great American pastime, and these days, people seem to be more committed to it than ever before. So lets take a time out and talk about something that’s not controversial: The Ruger Red Label.

Kidding.

From the moment the Red Label was introduced in 1977 to when it was finally put to rest in 2016, people have had strong opinions about this over-under shotgun. Lovers liked how it was American made. Haters disliked its heavy weight, sloppy wood-to-metal fit and non-existent quality control.

28g Ruger Red Label Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Ruger Red Label Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls

The Red Label was first made in 12 and 20 gauge. These are these models earned the gun its reputation for being a heavy, cumbersome pig.  But in 1994, Ruger introduced their 28 gauge version of this shotgun. It proved to be the one that got just about everything right.

Field & Stream’s Phil Bourjaily owned one of the little OUs and wrote:

“The 28 is built on a perfectly scaled-down frame and handles beautifully. I was deadly with mine…”

If you end up owning this one, perhaps you’ll have the same kind of luck. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 12/25/2017 @ 10:26 AM.

28g Ruger Red Label Over Under, 28″ bbls: Up for auction is a ruger red label 28ga very nice condition, couple small marks on barrel. Great shooter.

Great gun alert: 28g Beretta BL-3 OU…

BERETTA - Model BL-3 - 28ga, 28" M/F - Single Selective Trigger - RARE - 1971
BERETTA – Model BL-3 – 28ga, 28″ M/F – Single Selective Trigger – RARE – 1971

Here’s a great excuse to get a another double. This Beretta BL-3 is an awesome OU and just about perfect as-is for grouse and woodcock.

The Garcia Corporation imported Beretta BLs in the ’60s & ’70s. Personally, I think they’re better over-unders than the 686s and other boxlock models Beretta built afterwards.

For a long time, Beretta BLs were under appreciated. That’s not the case any longer. So if you like what you see, get on it now. This little 28 gauge won’t be on the market long.

BERETTA – Model BL-3 – 28ga, 28″ M/F – Single Selective Trigger – RARE – 1971: Vent Rib, Extractors, Single Selective Trigger, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. Price: $1975 

BERETTA - Model BL-3 - 28ga, 28" M/F - Single Selective Trigger - RARE - 1971
BERETTA – Model BL-3 – 28ga, 28″ M/F – Single Selective Trigger – RARE – 1971
BERETTA - Model BL-3 - 28ga, 28" M/F - Single Selective Trigger - RARE - 1971
BERETTA – Model BL-3 – 28ga, 28″ M/F – Single Selective Trigger – RARE – 1971

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: 28g Gamba SxS, 28″ bbls…

Renato Gamba Principessa 28ga, 28", Side-by-side shotgun
Renato Gamba Principessa 28ga, 28″, Side-by-side shotgun

Here’ a fantastic little side-by-side 28 gauge double barrel shotgun. If you’re a grouse, quail or woodcock hunter, it would perfect for you.

Renato Gamba is an Italian gunmaker located Gardone V.T. – the heart of Italian gunmaking. The family has been making guns since the second world war, and today they’re well known in competitive circles for their O/Us.

I think this SXS was made in the late ’80s or early ’90s. It looks like a standard, A&D boxlock action with a few modifications. It looks like it’s fantastic original condition overall. With its straight grip and 28″ barrels, it’s a hard gun to find — and a great deal.

Renato Gamba Principessa 28ga, 28″, Side-by-side shotgunIC/MOD English Stock. Price: $2,495

Renato Gamba Principessa 28ga, 28", Side-by-side shotgun
Renato Gamba Principessa 28ga, 28″, Side-by-side shotgun
Renato Gamba Principessa 28ga, 28", Side-by-side shotgun
Renato Gamba Principessa 28ga, 28″, Side-by-side shotgun

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

W&C SCOTT PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
W&C SCOTT PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

W&C SCOTT PREMIER SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS WITH GREAT ORIGINAL PATTERN 016 AND 034  CHOKES 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS BLACK POWDER PROOFED DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR 7LBS 12 OZ X 2 1/2″ X 1 5/8″ X 14 3/4″. Price: $16,500

JOHN MANTON CASED 16 BORE DOUBLE BARREL FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN – CIRCA 1796 – In Manton BooksA Cased 16-Bore D.B. Flintlock Sporting Gun by John Manton, London, Serial No. 2696, Circa 1796 Beautiful damascus 34″/85cm barrels signed with maker’s name “MANTON – LONDON” in gold on the sunken rib with silver foresight. London proof marks. Case-hardened patent breeches each with two engraved gold lines and gold-lined touch-hole, grooved tang finely engraved with scrolls, flowers, and foliage, signed flat beveled locks each with stepped tail, blued steel-spring, roller bearing on a ramp, and gold-lined semi-rainproof pan, the internal working parts retaining much of their original blue.

JOHN MANTON CASED 16 BORE DOUBLE BARREL FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN - CIRCA 1796
JOHN MANTON CASED 16 BORE DOUBLE BARREL FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN – CIRCA 1796

Nicely figured walnut half-stock, chequered grip, raised cheek-piece, finely engraved iron mounts including scroll trigger-guard, the tang of the butt-plate with a dog and bird, trigger-plate with large pineapple finial, silver escutcheon engraved with owner’s initial ‘A’, a star and crescent above, silver barrel-bolt escutcheons, and brass-mounted ramrod. Cased in associated re-lined and refitted mahogany case with some accessories, the exterior of the lid with large circular escutcheon incorporating the flush-fitting carrying handle. Accessories include double sided single charge brass powder flask and pigskin flint roll-up pouch. Price: $16,500

PARKER BROS VH 28ga SXS Shotgun, 28" barrels, Mfg 1912
PARKER BROS VH 28ga SXS Shotgun, 28″ barrels, Mfg 1912

PARKER BROS VH 28ga SxS Shotgun, 28″ bbls, Mfg 1912: Price: $12,900

Serial #  158698
Choke R  F (.029)
Choke L  F (.029)
Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip, Dogs head buttplate
Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm
Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib
Other Options  “0” Frame, 2 1/2″ chambers, Vulcan steel barrels, Shield in toe of stock, Factory letter
Condition  EXC. Condition
Weight  5#13oz
Dimensions  1 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 14 with 0 cast

DEFOURNEY WOODWARD-STYLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE
DEFOURNEY WOODWARD-STYLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE

DEFOURNEY WOODWARD-STYLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE29″ 007 AND 016 2  3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION 7LBS 6 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $9,950

PHILLIP MORRIS & SON BOXLOCK EJECTOR SXS .410, 28″ BBLS28″ CYLINDER AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LOTS OF CASE COLOR 4LBS 15 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/2″.  Price: $8,500

PHILLIP MORRIS & SON BOXLOCK EJECTOR SXS .410, 28" BBLS
PHILLIP MORRIS & SON BOXLOCK EJECTOR SXS .410, 28″ BBLS

Auction alert: 28 gauge, 28″ Ruger Red Label O/U…

Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U, 28"
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U, 28″

Everyone who owns one of these 28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over Unders says the same thing about them: “They’re awesome little shotguns for grouse, woodcock, & quail.

This one looks unfired, and it features the harder-to-find 28” barrels. It’s on Gunbroker.com now at No Reserve. The listing ends this Sat, 4/29/2017, @ 9:59 PM. So if you like what you see, bid on it now.

Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U, 28″: Made in 1997 and I can find no evidence that it was ever fired! This gun is a solid 99%. Bores are pristine and there is no evidence of a primer ring on the breech face as seen. Barrel length is 28″ and LOP is 14 1/2″. It comes with a case that is very nice. Also comes with 5 extra chokes.

Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U, 28"
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U, 28″

Good gun alert: 28 gauge, 28″ Ruger Red Label OU, great wood …

Ruger Red Label O/U 28 Gauge
Ruger Red Label O/U 28 Gauge

Ruger Red Label O/U 28 GaugeA very good looking Ruger Red Label O/U shotgun in 28 gauge. Nice light gun that would be great for sporting or even better for bird hunting. Lower serial for a 28 Gauge Red Label so could be nice for a Ruger collection. Price: $1,499.99
Manufacturer: 1997
Caliber: 28 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4 inch
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Couple of field marks but excellent overall
Bore Condition: Shiny
Barrels: 28 inch with rib and ejectors
Triggers: Single
Stock: Nice walnut with checkered pistol grip

Ruger Red Label O/U 28 Gauge
Ruger Red Label O/U 28 Gauge

Stock Dimensions:
14 1/4 inch LOP
Fore End: Matching checkered walnut
Butt Pad: Black Ruger buttplate
Weight: 6 lbs 3 ozs
Sights: Single silver colored bead
Chokes: Screw in MOD and Improved CYL in gun, SKT and CYL in box
Extras: Comes with box and extra chokes
Item Location: Berlin, MA

Ruger Red Label O/U 28 Gauge
Ruger Red Label O/U 28 Gauge

The very best: 28 gauge Hartmann & Weiss over under shotgun …

HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE

Back in the 1950s, Otto Weiss was a young gunmaker working at W. Glaser in Zurich. He had grown up in the guntrade, and by the time he was in Switzerland, he had already worked for two of Germany’s most famous firms: Ernst Thälmann Werke and Merkel. So he knew a bit about shotguns.

At Glaser, he had an experience which changed his life. “When I was in Switzerland and came across some high-quality English guns, I thought ‘this is what I have to do’.” Fulfilling this ambition took him to London where he worked for Purdeys and then back to Germany where he met fellow gunmaker Gerhard Hartmann. Together, they formed — Hartmann & Weiss.

Today, many people believe Hartmann & Weiss is the finest gunmaker in the world. The over-under you see here is a good reason why. Built on Boss designs (with some improvements from H&W) and engraved by Ralph Bone, it’s about as perfect a shotgun as I’ve seen.

HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE

Check out these posts to see more pics of stunning Hartmann & Weiss OUs: It’s 1905 all over again & A HARTMANN & WEISS 20g Over and Under Engraved by Alan Brown &  The English and German Gunmakers. Hartmann & Weiss and Boss & Co.

HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGEI THINK THAT THERE ARE ONLY 4 OR 5 OF THESE IN EXISTENCE. ENGRAVED IN THE KELTIC STYLE BY THE LATE RALPH BONE 27″ BARRELS WITH A SOLID RIB  IC AND MOD 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS BOSS STYLE FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE 5LBS 6 OZ X 2″ X 1 9/16″ X 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $199,500

HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE

Auction alert: 28g Ruger Red Label, 28″ bbls, No Reserve….

Ruger Red Label 28g, 28" bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997
Ruger Red Label 28g, 28″ bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997

Here’s another one of these awesome OUs. These doubles are magic wands in the grouse woods. Most of the ones I see have pretty poor wood — but not this one. The 28″ barrels and straight grip are also hard to find.

This over-under is on Gunbroker.com now with No Reserve. The listing ends 7/24/2016 @ 9:18 PM.

Ruger Red Label 28g, 28″ bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997: This is an early gRed Label in a hard to find configuration. It comes with an english stock, 28″ barrels, 2 1/2″ drop and a 14 1/4″ LOP. Gun is about as nice as it gets. It comes with a very nice leather case with accessories and wooden cleaning rod as seen. Comes with 5 choke tubes.

Ruger Red Label 28g, 28" bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997
Ruger Red Label 28g, 28″ bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997
Ruger Red Label 28g, 28" bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997
Ruger Red Label 28g, 28″ bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997

Auction alert: A 28g, 28″ Ruger Red Label OU….

Ruger Red Label 28 gauge, OU Shotgun, 1st year NIB
Ruger Red Label 28 gauge, OU Shotgun, 1st year NIB

Summer’s just getting started and that’s great news. It means we’re getting closer to grouse & woodcock season.

As you daydream about fall colors and flushing birds, you’re probably thinking about the right shotgun to carry, too. Well, this new-to-you 28g Ruger Red Label OU would be the perfect choice.

I remember dreaming about Red Labels decades, ago. Back when I was a kid, they were the only OUs most gunshops carried. I spent a lot of time leaning across counters and trying to get a closer look at them.

I don’t think I ever saw a 28g. If I had, I’m sure I would have fallen in love with it. While the Ruger Red Label 12s & 20s can have more warts than a Halloween witch, the 28s are as close to perfect as these guns get. They’re fairly priced, too.

This one is on Gunbroker.com now and the auction ends 6/5/2016 @ 3:45:18 PM ET.

Ruger Red Label 28 gauge, OU Shotgun, 1st year NIB
Ruger Red Label 28 gauge, OU Shotgun, 1st year NIB

Ruger Red Label 28 gauge, OU Shotgun, 1st year NIB: Gun is new in the box.First year production. 28 inch tubes. Unfortunately has some handling marks on the fore end from being assembled. Has not been fired. Has choke tubes, tool, manual.

Wow – what a quail gun: 28 gauge Joseph Manton / Purdey SXS …

Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels

Joseph Manton was one of the finest gunmakers of the 19th century and one of the most influential gunmakers in British history. His work set the standard and the course for the 180+ years of Best quality gunmaking that came after him.

A handful of men who worked for Manton– including James Purdey, Thomas Boss and William Greener–followed his standards and founded some of the most important makers in the British gun trade.

Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels

Joseph Manton work was so good that  Colonel Peter Hawker, the 19th century sportsman and writer, is said to have called Manton ‘The greatest artist in firearms that ever the world produced.”

Unfortunately, other than its name and the traditions it carries on, the double you see here has no connection Joseph Manton or to the Manton family. Instead, it was made in the 1980s by a team of British craftsmen, one of whom owned the rights to the name Joseph Manton.

Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels

Regardless, it’s not the name on the gun that matters, but rather skill that went into building it. And from what I can see, a tremendous amount of skill went into building this side-by-side.

(BTW: Since this gun was made, the name Joseph Manton name passed to other owners. You can find out more about the guns they’re building here.)

Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels: 2-3/4″ chambers, auto-ejectors, choked tight improved cylinder and modified (.009/.016).  London proof 1986.  Narrow tapered raised game rib.  Built on a finely scaled Purdey-type self-opening action.  Extensively engraved with a bold foliate scroll and vibrant case color hardened finish.  Single trigger, auto-safe.  Straight hand stock of classic French walnut with contrasting grain and black and gold fiddleback measures 14-1/8″ to a checkered butt, splinter forend.  The diminutive size is reflected as this little gun tips the scale at a mere 5 lbs, 3 oz.  The 28″ barrels give this gun a forward bias and truly lively feel in the hand! Simply outstanding!  Cased in lightweight leather trunk case. Price: $57,000

Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels

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JAMES WOODWARD & SON BEST SXS, SIDELOCK, 12 GAUGE
JAMES WOODWARD & SON BEST SXS, SIDELOCK, 12 GAUGE

JAMES WOODWARD & SON BEST SXS, SIDELOCK, 12 GAUGE: 26″ BARRELS, LM/F (.016″/.044″) CHOKED – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – AUTO EJECTORS – SPLINTER FOREND – ENGLISH WALNUT TRADEMARK WOODWARD STYLE PISTOL GRIP STOCK – HAND CHECKERED HORN BUTT – SOLID GAME RIB – FULL COVERAGE ROSETTE BOUQUET & MINIATURE SCROLL ENGRAVING ON COLOR CASE HARDENED RECEIVER – ARCADED FENCES – EXCELLENT CONDITION – STRONG CASE COLOR REMAINING – 1927 MANUFACTURE – LEATHER CASE INCLUDED. 6 LBS. 1 OZ. 14 3/8″ X 1 5/8″ X 2 3/4″. Price: $45,000

Charles Daly Prussian 12ga. Linder Diamond Quality Featherweight SXS
Charles Daly Prussian 12ga. Linder Diamond Quality Featherweight SXS

Charles Daly Prussian 12ga. Linder Diamond Quality Featherweight SXSWonderful Prussian Proofed Super Light Linder Daly. This 12ga. Diamond Quality featherweight weighs in at 5.6lbs. Auto ejectors, doub. triggers, LOP 14 3/8″ to leather covered pad, DAC 1 1/2″  DAH 2″,  26″ barrels have chokes of R. .026 (full) and  L. .000 (Cyl.) and orig. 2 9/16″ chambers with a bore dimension of .721 which corresponds with the water table marks of 13/1
Condition: This shotgun has had very little use and retains a high degree of original finish overall. The breech face retains nearly all of it’s case colors showing few rounds were fired and the remainder of the receiver retains 60-70% orig CC. Barrels retain nearly all their original blue. The barrels are on face with a tight lock-up tight ejectors and proper timing. Price: $9800

Verees & Co. 28ga. 28" auto-ejector, built by Lebeau Courally 1954
Verees & Co. 28ga. 28″ auto-ejector, built by Lebeau Courally 1954

Verees & Co. Side-by-Side 28ga. 28″ auto-ejector, built by Lebeau Courally 1954: Chokes F-F (.028) Doub. Trig., LOP 14 1/4″ to Silvers type pad,  DAC 1 3/8″  DAH 2″ Beaver tail FE
Condition:  nearly unfired with strong case color and blue. Price: $4750

PARKER REPRODUCTION 12 GA DOUBLE TRIGGER LONG LOPPistol Grip Stock and Splinter  Forend, 26″ Barrels  Ic/Mod, DAC 1 3/8″ DAH 2 3/8″ 14 3/4″ LOP, 6 lbs.8 oz. Outstanding American Walnut. Excellent used condition – 50% CC, 99% Blue, 99% Wood and Finish, No Dents, Cracks or Scratches.  Very few minor handling and hunting marks. Comes with Factory Leather Takedown Case, Canvas and Leather Case Cover, Keys and Snapcaps. Price: $3750

PARKER REPRODUCTION 12 GA DOUBLE TRIGGER LONG LOP
PARKER REPRODUCTION 12 GA DOUBLE TRIGGER LONG LOP
J. P. Sauer SxS Boxlock Shotgun in 12 Gauge
J. P. Sauer SxS Boxlock Shotgun in 12 Gauge

J. P. Sauer SxS Boxlock Shotgun in 12 GaugeExtractor model with auto safety. Very Clean. Price: $1,199.99
Chambers: 2 3/4 Inch
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Few light handling marks
Bore Condition: Bright
Barrels: 28 Inch
Triggers: Double Trigger
Stock: Straight Grip Walnut Stock
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″ LOP
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Sauer Plate
Weight: 6 Lbs 11 Ozs
Sights: Matted Rib with Metal Bead
Chokes: Full/Full

Auction alert: 28g Ruger Red Label O/U, 28″ barrels…

Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28" bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28″ bbls Minty!

Here’s one of the best birds guns ever made in America. These little 28 gauge Ruger over-unders are the perfect grouse & woodcock shotgun. This one looks pretty much brand new, and it’s being auction off with no reserve. If you like what you see, get your bid in now. The listing ends 2/6/2016 @ 8:58:58 PM ET.

Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28″ bbls Box Minty!This one has one of the nicest pieces of wood I’ve ever seen on a Red Label. Made in 1999 and still in 99% condition. It has 28″ barrels with a 14″ LOP. Comes with the factory box, papers and choke tubes. 3 day inspection.

Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28" bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28″ bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28" bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28″ bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28" bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28″ bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28" bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28″ bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28" bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28″ bbls Minty!

Auction alert: Two great looking Ruger Red Label 28g OUs …

RED LABEL STURM RUGER 28 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN
RED LABEL STURM RUGER 28 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN

You said to yourself “I sure would like to pick up a nice OU for October.” Well, here are two, and they’re both up for auction now on Gunbroker.com. One’s a true “No Reserve” sale. The other is “No Reserve” with a $1200 starting bid. Both are great looking guns.

Here are the key features both share:

-English stocks
-Great looking wood
-28″ barrels

-Modern stock dimensions

Even though I have issues with Ruger’s 12g & 20g OUs, I love their 28 gauges. These shotguns are a joy to handle, reliable, and well made. I’m convinced they’ll be remembered as one of the best bird guns America has ever built.

RED LABEL STURM RUGER 28 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN
RED LABEL STURM RUGER 28 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN

RED LABEL STURM RUGER 28 GAUGE OU SHOTGUNYou are bidding on a Scarce Red Label Sturm Ruger 28 Gauge over and under shotgun, new with no reserve! This firearm is part a large 40+ year old collection of which I will be auctioning off in upcoming future auctions. Most of the guns are new in the box and many were never even opened or removed from the protective wrappings until now! Unfortunately the box on this one was lost during relocation. This is a Scarce Red Label Sturm Ruger 28 Gauge over and under shotgun, new with no reserve! This is a scarce configuration with the English style stock! It chambers 2 3/4″ shells and features are a 28″ vent rib over and under barrel with interchangeable choke tubes, stainless receiver and trigger with high polished blued parts, and an absolutely gorgeous walnut stock with checkered stock and forearm.

RUGER Red Label English 28 gauge OU Shotgun
RUGER Red Label English 28 gauge OU Shotgun

RUGER Red Label English 28 gauge OU Shotgun: A very nice over under 28 gauge with the straight English stock, barrels are 28 in long,stock has had a pachmeyer decelerator pad, stock measures 15.5 inches with pad, 14.5 to end of wood i do not think stock was shortened just pad added. gun comes up and points very well. a few very small marks on stock,stock has nice grain. gun comes with 5 choke tubes, 2 skeet, 2 modified, 1 imp cyl, and choke tube wrench.e Red Label again.

RUGER Red Label English 28 gauge OU Shotgun
RUGER Red Label English 28 gauge OU Shotgun

Auction alert: Another nice looking 28g Ruger Red Label…

RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW
RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW

Did you miss that 28g Ruger Red Label from the other day? Here’s another chance to get one. This one looks even nicer, and it has 28″ barrels and some very fine American walnut. It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and this listing ends 5/30/2015 @ 11:54:22 AM ET.

RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW

Serial# 420-22271
Caliber- 28 Gauge

RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW
RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW

Chokes- 7 Removable- Imp Cyl, Mod (2), Full (2), Skeet (2)
Action- Over & Under
Finish- Stainless steel action; blued barrels
Capacity- 2
Barrel- 28″
Stock- American walnut

This shotgun is absolutely like-new- no dings, scratches or handling marks.  The original owner said that he put less then a box of shells thru it.   The gun comes with the original box and packing material (which is in excellent condition), all 7 chokes (2 are in the barrels), choke tool, owners manual, and lock.

RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW
RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW
RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW
RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW
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