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: a fantastic 20g Beretta Bl-4, 28″ bbls….

Beretta BL4 BL 4 20 GA 28" NEW RARE MINT COLLECTOR
Beretta BL4 BL 4 20 GA 28″ NEW RARE MINT COLLECTOR

Here’s a great upland shotgun that looks brand new. Beretta introduced their BL boxlock O/Us in the 1960s. These over-unders came in five grades: BL-1 to BL-5s. Each one featured a shallow, low profile action scaled to match the gauge. They were priced to be values – not cheap, but well made guns at fair prices.

Today, the Beretta BLs are pretty much steals, especially when they’re in this kind of condition. This double is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 4/26/2015 @ 8:49:00 PM ET.

Beretta BL4 BL 4 20 GA 28″ NEW RARE MINT COLLECTOR: 28″ barrels, Mod & Full. 6lbs. This came from a collector. It was never assembled or fired. Gun is in premo condition. Comes with box and other papers too. I bought for my own collection and Im selling to get something else. Don’t miss this chance, you wont find another like this.

Beretta BL4 BL 4 20 GA 28" NEW RARE MINT COLLECTOR
Beretta BL4 BL 4 20 GA 28″ NEW RARE MINT COLLECTOR
Beretta BL4 BL 4 20 GA 28" NEW RARE MINT COLLECTOR
Beretta BL4 BL 4 20 GA 28″ NEW RARE MINT COLLECTOR

A little tribute to 4 bore double barrel shotguns…

I’ve been on a big-bore kick for a little while now, and seeing a couple 4 gauge and 8 gauge double-barrel shotguns at the Southern has fed this obsession of mine. While I’m not sure what I would do with one, I’m beginning to think that I can’t live without an 8 gauge side by side, or maybe even a double 4.

If I win the lottery any time soon, it looks like I can place an order for a new, hammerless sidelock 4 gauge double barrel. Watson Bros. in London is making them. Take a look at this video to see more about these massive guns.

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