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Armi Piotti is one of Italy’s best known gunmakers. Founded in the early sixties by brothers Araldo and Faustino Piotti, the company has earned a reputation for top-quality doubles at reasonable price (reasonable when compared to new British doubles, that is). I think “Used” is the best way to buy them. If I were in […]

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Little John’s Auction Service annual May antique and sporting guns auction starts tomorrow. There’s a lot of nice doubles there, including these Parker side by sides.  Here a few that really caught my eye: Lot 560: Parker AAHE Grade Pigeon gun, 12 gauge 2 ¾” chambers, 32” barrels: Serial number 205648. About 240 made. Excellent […]

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EXCEPTIONALLY FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DOUBLE RIFLE: Caliber 45-70. Engraved in Grand American style with four big game animals gold inlaid in the receiver; a moose on one side, an elk on one, a big horn sheep on the bottom and grizzly bears inlaid in gold on the trigger guard. The entire receiver is heavily […]

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The Anson & Deeley shotgun action was huge turning point in breech loading, double barrel shotguns. Patented in 1875, it was an elegant design, simple to make and reliable in the field. That’s why so many makers have borrowed for their shotguns over the last 125 years. Of all these makers, the Germans and Prussian […]

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Small bores are THE shotguns to have today. For every 12 gauge I come across, I must see a dozen twenties. The smaller gauges are also popular, and I know lots of guys who snap up any decent 28g  or .410s they can find. This demand has popped the prices on the real small gauges, […]

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The firm of Auguste Francotte & Cie made a ton of guns, pistols, rifles, and especially shotguns. The company started out around 1805 and by the end of the 19th century and up in to the 1950s, their shotguns were imported into this country by Schoverling Daly & Gales and then Abercrombie & Fitch. The […]

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I’m chilling and relaxing, and then I remembered this auction that I had to tell everyone about: Cornwell Inc Land & Home Brokers in Aurora, NE, has this bunch of real nice Brownings in its sale, ending tomorrow around 10:30AM, EST: Browning – Lightning Superposed 20 Ga Shotgun Browning – 12 Ga Shotgun BSS w/ […]

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Into small-bore American shotguns? Then here’s something to get excited about: Montrose Auctions in Montrose, GA has a handful of decent looking, small-bore American side-by-sides coming up on July 28th. Here are a few: Lot 487: a .410 L.C. Smith Field, #103614 Lot 488: a .410 Ithaca Field NID, #46423 Lot 489: a .410 Iver Johnson Skeeter, #26006 […]

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Most of the vintage .401s side-by-sides I see on the used market are small guns with tiny proportions – short stocks, stubby barrels, etc. This Francotte caught my eye because it looks like it was made with full-grown person in mind. With 28″ bbls and a 14 3/4″ stock, it’s a pint sized double barrel that […]

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