Auction alert: Westley Richards .470 NE Droplock double rifle…

Here’s one of the all-time classic dangerous-game safari rifles. It’s coming up at Poulin Auctions Spring 2019 sale, which starts this Friday, 3/30.

Auction alert: Westley Richards .470 NE Droplock double rifle...
Auction alert: Westley Richards .470 NE Droplock double rifle…

Westley Richards Droplocks (aka “hand detachable locks”) are one of the most famous side-by-side actions ever created, and the .470 Nitro Express cartridge is also highly regarded. If you’re thinking of heading to Africa on safari, this gun would be ideal for everything from Cape Buffalo to Elephants. Westley Richards still makes them today. The double rifles have a starting price of around $100,000+.

Auction alert: Westley Richards .470 NE Droplock double rifle...
Auction alert: Westley Richards .470 NE Droplock double rifle…

LOT 1047, WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE: Cal. 470 Nitro. S# 1431. Dovetail lump 26″ bbls. w/ single standing leaf express sight in matted quarter rib. pedestal front sight topped w/ blade including bright bead & flip up high visibility sight. Sling swivel attached to bottom rib. SST. Ejectors. Polished & jeweled hand detachable locks underneath hinged floorplate. Lock up is via dbl. under lugs w/ doll’s head top fastener. Westley Richards camming top lever. Stalking safety w/ gold “SAFE” & gold “BOLTED”. Action is decorated w/ 70% pattern of bold scroll. Full length bottom tang. Capped checkered walnut pistol grip stock w/ drop points checkered side panels, sling swivel & English leather covered pad. Grip cap is engraved to match & features trapdoor storage. Wide splinter forend w/ engraved pull lever style latch. Consignor states that rifle was recently checked for regulation by maker & that it is very accurate w/ Federal ammunition. LOP: 14″. Weight: 12 lbs. CONDITION: bbls. & furniture retain better than 90% freshened blue. Coin finished action exhibits crisp engraving. Hand detachable locks still display brilliant jeweling. Grip cap blue is beginning to show a plum tone. Wood shows a few scattered compression marks w/ none protruding through the finish. Checkering remains crisp. Initial oval is engraved w/ “LCT”. Leather covered pad retains strong black color. Action is tight & on face. Ejectors are strong. Bright bores w/ crisp rifling. ESTIMATE: $17,500-22,500.

This week’s good guns: 5 doubles worth checking out…

 

RIGBY RISING BITE 470 N. E. SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE RIFLE- BORES as NEW with ORIG. Bbls.- SUPERB 1911 SIDELOCK CLASSIC- 26" EJECTOR CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- OUTSTANDING WOOD
RIGBY RISING BITE 470 N. E. SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE RIFLE- BORES as NEW with ORIG. Bbls.- SUPERB 1911 SIDELOCK CLASSIC- 26″ EJECTOR CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- OUTSTANDING WOOD

RIGBY RISING BITE 470 N. E. SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE RIFLE- BORES as NEW with ORIG. Bbls.- SUPERB 1911 SIDELOCK CLASSIC- 26″ EJECTOR CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- OUTSTANDING WOOD#17625, John Rigby & Co. 43 Sackville Road, London: A Rising Bite 470 Nitro Express Bar Action Sidelock Ejector Double Rifle with Original Barrels That Have Bores Like New, Made in 1911, 26″ Ejector Chopper Lump Barrels, Full length rib with 1 standing & 2 folding rear sights, Fold-up night sight, Nitro proved at 75 cordite with a 500 grain bullet, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, Spring actuated locking safety, Horn grip cap, 14 3/4″ LOP over a 1″ leather pad, 11 lbs. 2 oz., 97% coverage of classic Rigby scroll; “Jno. Rigby & Co.” in Gold on both sidelocks, The top rib, Serial number & Safe, Excellent European walnut with dark and deep contrast with great color, This piece was completely refinished from muzzle to butt, Fresh case colors, Reblacked barrels with the striking like the day it left Rigby, The stock and forend reoiled, It remains in 99% condition since the work was done. – Now the unbelievable news is the bores are virtually as new and these are the original barrels that have been there since day one. Then Marvin Huey built a full Deluxe Elephant hide brass cornered trunk case and added a lot of nice accessories. Here is a solid London Classic Rising Bite Rigby in the 470 cartridge with bores like new and a piece of wood that meets the eye very well. /////////////////////////////////////// The breech face marked with the R & B (John Rigby & Thomas Bissell) Patent #1141 which was patented March 21, 1879, the beginning of the Hammerless gun era, for the barrel locking method which we call the rising-bite. It is also marked #1026 in this vignette which applies to this gun as being the 1,026th gun built under the R & B patent. Price: $74,000.00

Extraordinary Purdey 450/360 Double Rifle Formerly Owned by Prime Minister of Great Britain
Extraordinary Purdey 450/360 Double Rifle Formerly Owned by Prime Minister of Great Britain

Extraordinary Purdey 450/360 Double Rifle Formerly Owned by Prime Minister of Great Britain: Extremely fine Purdey double barrel hammerless rifle owned by the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, the fifth Earl of Rosbery and used by him at the country estate of Dalmeny for deerstalking. Cal: 450/360 – 2 3/8″ BP. Serial #:14xxx. 27″ Whitworth fluid steel barrels w/ extractors and single rear and front sight. Top rib marked: “J. Purdey & Sons  Audley House South Audley Street London Made of Sir Joseph Whitworth Fluid Pressed Steel” .Case colored and fine rose & scroll engraved Beesely self-opener sidelock action with side-clips, double underlugs, and hidden third fastener. Top tang slide safety w/ “SAFE” in gold and additional small swing-tang secondary safety. Double triggers. Beautiful black-streaked english walnut stock with paneled cheekpiece and checkered butt. Finely engraved steel gripcap. 14 1/2″ LOP. Sling swivel. Gold escutcheon plate engraved with Roseberry’s arms. Weights: 8lbs 2oz. Bbls only: 4lbs13oz. Cased in original brass bound oak and leather case w/ maker’s label intact and original red baize lining. Has “Great Northern Railway”  label on outside of case with destination “Dalmeny” (the home of the Earl of Rosebery). included accessories are: various ebony handled tools, rosewood cleaning rod, brass jags, rectangular Dixon marked plated oil bottle, spare gilt firing pins & springs. Condition: Gun is in extremely fine original condition. Most all original case color remains bright and vivid. Barrels on-face. Bores clear. Scant miscellaneous handling marks on wood. Price: $24,900

PARKER QUALITY 4 TOP LEVER HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE SxS
PARKER QUALITY 4 TOP LEVER HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE SxS

PARKER QUALITY 4 TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN 12 GAUGE: IT WOULD BE TOUGH TO FIND ANOTHER HAMMER GUN IN AS ORIGINAL CONDITION AS THIS 32″ BERNARD STEEL BARRELS GREAT BORES 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS BOTH BARRELS ARE CYLINDER BORED DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP SKELETON BUTT 8LBS 7 OZ X 3″ X 2″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $18,500

BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN: 26 12/” BARRELS WITH MINT BORES, 3″ CHAMBERS, BORES: OVER .610 CHOKE .009, UNDER .610 CHOKE .009, MEASURES IMPROVED CYLINDER BOTH BARRELS, CHOKES MARKED SKEET, LEVER WELL RIGHT OF CENTER, USED BUT NOT ABUSED, PERFECT FOR THE FIELD SUPERPOSED, ROUND KNOB LONG TANG, MADE IN BELGIUM CIRCA 1959′ , DIMENSIONS WITH FACTORY BUTTPLATE 14 1/4″-1 1/2″-2 1/4″. Price: $1,950

BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN:
BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN:

SKB – Model 280 – 12ga 28″ M/F SxS – As New Condition: Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger, English Stock, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-5/8″ to 2-1/2″. Weight 7lbs. 1 oz. Excellent Plus – 99+% Condition. This gun appears almost New Unfired. Price: $1475

SKB - Model 280 - 12ga 28" M/F SxS - As New Condition:
SKB – Model 280 – 12ga 28″ M/F SxS – As New Condition:

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Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 NE
Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 NE

Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 NEIncludes leather case. Price: $29,999.99 

Metal Condition: Good with scratches and some finish wear at the muzzle. Bright CCH on the receiver.
Wood Condition: Very good with handling marks.
Bore Condition: Shiny with good rifling.
Barrels: 26
Triggers: Double triggers.
Stock: Checkered walnut.
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 14½
Fore End: Checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Old English red rubber recoil pad.
Weight: 10-lbs., 7-ozs.
Sights: Hooded front bead, 3-position rear blades.

Piotti King #1 12 Gauge Sidelock Side by Side
Piotti King #1 12 Gauge Sidelock Side by Side

Piotti King #1 12 Gauge Sidelock Side by Side99% CASE COLOR, CASED, EXHIBITION WOOD. Year 1991, 12 Gauge, 6lbs 13oz, SxS. Piotti shotguns are considered Italian “BEST” guns and are equal to any double guns made in the world.  Some say they even surpass a Purdey!  A full sidelock Holland style action, engraved by Italy’s best, stocked to the fences, chopper lump barrels, all combine to make a fine game or clays gun.  This Piotti, sn9032 made in 1991, has exhibition custom ordered factory upgraded wood, gold shield in forend, blank gold shield in belly of stock, 27″ barrels, 6lbs. 13oz., balanced on the hinge pin for dynamic handling, and the original factory case.  This is a gun that would cost $46,830 if ordered new today at 2017 prices from William Larkin Moore. This is a grand investment, and will continue to grow in value as the price of new guns like it increase.  Buying a fine Piotti at less than half price is the way to go! Price: $18,900

John Dickson & Son wonderful round action SxS shogun with original nitro proofed Damascus barrel
John Dickson & Son wonderful round action SxS shogun with original nitro proofed Damascus barrel

John Dickson & Son wonderful round action SxS shogun with original nitro proofed Damascus barrelsThis is a very nice Dickson with original nitro proofed high quality Damascus barrels. Price: $14,900
Serial Number: 4386
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 29
Barrel Type: Damascus
Action: Trigger plate
Gauge: 12 gauge
Stock Comb: 1 7/16
Stock Heel: 2 3/16
Stock Cast: 3/8
LOP: 16″ (14″ original)
Weight: 6 lbs. 3 oz.
Choke Left: .013 IC
Choke Right: .008 Skeet II
Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .022
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .023

Parker DHE 20 Gauge 30” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm All Original
Parker DHE 20 Gauge 30” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm All Original

Parker DHE 20 Gauge 30” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm All Original20 gauge, 30″ barrels, 2 3/4″ chambers. Chokes measure .018 right and .021 left. Full length matte rib with a silver front bead. The rib is marked PARKER BROS MAKERS MERIDAN CT USA TITANIC STEEL. Bores are bright and shiny. Double triggers, ejectors, automatic safety. Pistol grip stock is has a 14” length of pull to the front trigger over what is probably the factory recoil pad. Splinter forearm. Condition: Barrels retain 95% original bluing with numerous light handling marks and light scratches. The #0 frame retains 20% original color and the floorplate retains 30% original color. Forend iron retains little original finish. Trigger guard retains 10% original bluing. The stock retains most of its original finish with a few light handling marks. The forend had varnish added with a few light handling marks. Drop at comb: 1 5/8”. Drop at heel: 2 3/4”. Weight: 6.3 lbs. Mechanics are good. Price: $13,995

 

Ithaca 4E NID 12 Gauge SxS Trap Gun with 32" F/M ejector vent rib barrels with 2 3/4" chambers
Ithaca 4E NID 12 Gauge SxS Trap Gun with 32″ F/M ejector vent rib barrels with 2 3/4″ chambers

Ithaca 4E NID 12 Gauge SxS Trap Gun with 32″ F/M ejector vent rib barrels with 2 3/4″ chambersSmall white mid bead and large white front bead. Bores are excellent measuring .736 on the right and .741 on the left. Original barrel blue remains at 98%. Choked .033 right and .019 left. Reciever with typical 4E engraving retaining 90% vivid case colors. Cocking indicators. Rear position single selecive trigger. Pistol grip buttstock and beavertail forend with ebony inlay at tip. Deeley forend release. Vacant stock oval.  14″ LOP to new replacement Ithaca Sunburst pad.  DAC-1 1/2″  DAH-1 7/8″ Weighs 8lb 15 oz

This 1926 production NID has every available factory option and remains in excellent condition. Lockup is tight. Lever remains right of center. Ejectors strong and well timed. Ribs solid. Buttstock and forend solid. An outstanding vintage trap or clays gun. Chokes reversed in the fashion that John Olin ordered his Model 21’s. Price: $4195 

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Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 Nitro Express
Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 Nitro Express

Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 NE: Price: $29,999.99
Caliber: .470 Nitro Express
Metal Condition: Good with scratches and some finish wear at the muzzle. Bright CCH on the receiver.
Wood Condition: Very good with handling marks.
Bore Condition: Shiny with good rifling.
Barrels: 26″
Triggers: Double triggers.
Stock: Chekcered walnut.
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 14 ½”
Fore End: Checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Old English red rubber recoil pad.
Weight: 10-lbs., 7-ozs.
Sights: Hooded front bead, 3-position rear blades.

FRATELLI RIZZINI - R2 - 410 - SxS BOXLOCK MINT CONDITION
FRATELLI RIZZINI – R2 – 410 – SxS BOXLOCK MINT CONDITION

FRATELLI RIZZINI – R2 – 410 – SxS BOXLOCK MINT CONDITIONHere is a mint condition Fratelli Rizzini R2 with the removable inspection plate in 410. Ejectors. Chopper lump barrels that are 27″ in length with Mod and Full chokes. Chambers are 3″. This gun was donated by Frank & Nan Pachmayr to Ducks Unlimited for fundraising purposes. Manual safety. Extraordinary fit, finish, balance and handling. Weight of gun is 5 LBS 11 3/8 OZ. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/2″ Drop at Comb – 1 7/16″ Drop at Heel – 1 5/16″ Price: $15,500

PARKER VH GRADE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL S/S SHOTGUN12 gauge, 28″ fluid steel barrels with extractors and choked mod. & mod.   Double triggers, checkered splinter forend and straight grip buttstock ending with a factory buttplate.   LOP: 14″ to the buttplate.   Comb: 1 1/2″  Heel: 2 5/8″   Weight: 7lbs.   The barrels showing much of the blue with some light thinning where it was carried.  The frame has traces of case colors with the remainder faded.  Very crisp wood and checkering.  Excellent bores.  A great light weight shooter on the 1 1/2 frame size.   Serial range 2206xx. Price: $3,250

PARKER VH GRADE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL S/S SHOTGUN
PARKER VH GRADE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL S/S SHOTGUN
Browning BSS Sporter in 20 Gauge w/ Browning Luggage Case
Browning BSS Sporter in 20 Gauge w/ Browning Luggage Case

Browning BSS Sporter (Straight Grip) in 20 Gauge, 28″ barrels w/ Browning Luggage CaseIt would be hard to find a nicer and more desirable Browning BSS side by side than this one!  This 20 gauge “Sporter” model was made in 1979 and is as nice as they come.  It comes complete with the original dark brown Browning hard sided luggage case with the owner’s manual and latch keys.  It has 28 inch barrels which is the longest length that Browning offered in this model, and they are the hardest length to find.  This model BSS also features a straight English style grip, a single selectable trigger, automatic ejectors, and a oil finished walnut stock with checkering on the wrist and forearm.  The Browning factory blue finish on the metal parts rates a conservative 98% and looks minty.  Only under very close examination can you find anything to deduct some percentage points.  The original factory stock set is in excellent condition and could pass for being made last week!  The checkering is still sharp and it has not been altered in any way.  The Browning butt plate is in excellent shape, and the shotgun pulls 14 & 1/4 inches.  The condition of this Browning is nearly perfect and looks like it was never used or carried in the field.  These BSS models have a reputation for being durable and nicely fit and finished.  Not only are they a very attractive and classy double gun, they handle well in the field and have great balance.  We share the opinion of many that you can’t buy a nicer double for the money than this model, and we think it would be next to impossible to find a BSS in any better condition than this one.  Price: $2,150

Antonio Zoli, 20 gauge, SxS, Abercrombie & Fitch version: Price: $1999.99
Antonio Zoli, 20 gauge, SxS, Abercrombie & Fitch version: Price: $1999.99

Antonio Zoli, 20 gauge, SxS, Abercrombie & Fitch versionPrice: $1999.99
Caliber: 20 Gauge.
Chambers: Chambered for 2 3/4″ shells.
Metal Condition: Excellent with fine engraving.
Wood Condition: Excellent.
Bore Condition: Bright & shiny.
Barrels: 26 Inches.
Triggers: Double trigger se.
Stock: Fine walnut with excellent checkering on both the stock and the fore end.
Stock Dimensions:
14.5 LOP.
Fore End: Walnut with matching checkering.
Butt Pad: Original butt plate.
Weight: 5 Lbs, 9 Ounces.
Sights: rib with front bead.

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F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge SxS Shotgun
F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge SxS Shotgun

F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge: Sidelock double. Serial # 1308.  2 3/4″ chambers.  26″ chopper lump  bbls,  IC/Mod.  hand matted rib,  Stunning deep ” sculptured ” engraving by Sosta Gianfranco (deceased).   Straight hand stock with highly figured turkish walnut, dropper points, and splinter forend. Checkering is perfect 32 LPI.     Stock dimensions are 14 1/8″  LOP to center of checkered butt from a single trigger.   1 1/4 ” – 2 1/4 ” drop at heel without cast.  6 1/4 lbs.  This beautiful R1 Rizzini was made for Ambercrombie and Fitch in 1974  ( letter from Rizzini )  both names lettered in gold on barrels.  Gun remains in  “as new”  condition.  The overall fit and finish  and handling qualities of this Rizzini indicates the degree of hand work that was performed on their “best” guns during this period.  A fantastic bird gun. Leather VC case with makers label. Price: $31,500

John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:
John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:

John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:
Here we have something special:  A totally original, untouched John Rigby in .470 Nitro Express. What makes this one unique is CHARACTER:  This thing has been CARRIED…  The black on the floor plate being worn away to silver, and the same for the barrel black around the quarter rib –  just where your hand would carry for many long hikes.   Look at the checkering – none missing, but many worn down flat from being carried…  This thing has LOTS AND LOTS OF MILES on it…
Yet look again at the underlying condition:   The bores are excellent – no pitting, no staining, no erosion whatsoever.   Barrels ring true.   Most of the screw heads being aligned and their slots clean and unbuggered…   What this tells me is that someone carried this for years, yet they took great care of it each and every night.   Try and find another with half as much “personality”!   Harder yet, try holding this rifle and NOT ask yourself “If only you could talk…”   I don’t think this can be done!!!

John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:
John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:

The specifics:  Serial number 17964, circa 1921-22.   Boxlock Ejector action with extension.   Disk set strikers.  Class C engraving.  Harvey lever forend as seen on many fine Henry and Rigby rifles.   26” barrels.  The barrel rib is marked “John Rigby & Co. 43.Sackville St. London.” The top of the left barrel is marked “Special . 470 Bore . Big Game Rifle” and the top of the right barrel is marked “For Special Cordite Cartridges & Bullet 500 Grs.” Excellent bores. 100 yard standing site with 200- and 300-yard folding leaves.  Sling swivels (missing forward loop). Stock is 14 3/8” LOP over 1/8” black spacer.  No cheek piece and minimal cast so would work great for a left hand shooter (I shoot left handed and this rifle shoulders very nicely for me). Silver escutcheon engraved “J. McK”.   Cased in canvas case with brass hardware, leather trim and leather straps. Outer lid of case is marked “H. G. INGLE. / KOLHAPUR, / INDIA.”. The canvas is stained and worn through in several spots. The leather strap on the right side has torn but the piece is retained. Interior of case includes Rigby Sackville Street trade label, a second Rigby label to caution against leaving the action cocked, and many original accessories including Rigby tool for removal of striker discs, turnscrew, leather muzzle cover, snap caps, striker pot with strikers, and the foresight hood. What this does need is a new recoil pad as the current pad is dried and hardened.  The front swivel is missing the loop for the sling (presumably to allow usage of leather muzzle cover by sliding leather thong strap through the front swivel post).  If you wanted, you could have the checkering refreshed and barrels reblacked but if you ask me, that’s like repainting a vintage Corvette that’s been discovered with its original paint…   I’d vote to keep it like it is – and be the envy of every PH in camp the next time you are in Africa! Price: $26,500

PIOTTI BSEE SXS 12 GAUGE: #98XX 28″ 007 AND 014 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT UPGRADE WOOD TEST FIRED ONLY 6LBS 10 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 7/16″ X 14 3/4″. Price: $18,500

PIOTTI BSEE SXS 12 GAUGE
PIOTTI BSEE SXS 12 GAUGE
Parker DHE Grade 3 Side by Side Shotgun 12 Gauge Two Barrel Set Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm
Parker DHE Grade 3 Side by Side Shotgun 12 Gauge Two Barrel Set Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker DHE Grade 3 Side by Side Shotgun 12 Gauge Two Barrel Set Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm: #146041. This Parker has one set of 26” barrels and one set of 32” barrels. Both sets have 2 3/4” chambers and single beads. The 26” set has what measures .004 right and .004 left constrictions on the chokes. The bore diameters measure .7295 right and .7295 left. These barrels retain 90% original bluing with some small spots of surface rust and have a single ivory bead. The center rib is marked PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CONN. TITANIC STEEL. The bores are clean and shiny. The 32” set has what measures .036 right and .036 left constrictions on the chokes. The bore diameters measure .7285 right and .728 left. These barrels retain 90% original bluing with some minor surface rust near the muzzle and have a single silver bead. The center rib is marked PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CONN. TITANIC STEEL. The bores are clean and shiny. There is only one forearm. The 2 frame retains 10% original color. The trigger guard retains no bluing and has some surface rust in spots. It has double triggers and ejectors. The pistol grip stock and forearm are original and are in very good condition. The length of pull is 14 1/4” to the front trigger over a skeleton buttplate that has no finish and surface rust on it. Drop at comb: 1 3/4″, Drop at heel: 2 3/4″, weight: 7.9 lbs with the 32” barrels. Price: $10,000

LEFEVER ARMS Co C-GRADE 10 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN: 30″ BARRELS WITH NEAR PERFECT DAMASCUS DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH CASE COLORS 8LBS 1 OZ X 3″ X 2″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $7,500

LEFEVER ARMS Co C-GRADE 10 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN
LEFEVER ARMS Co C-GRADE 10 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN

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 Army-Navy .470 NE SxS Double Rifle:
Army-Navy .470 NE SxS Double Rifle

Army-Navy .470 NE SxS Double Rifle: Ser. No. 45921 .470 NE- 25″ barrels. Built on the Webley Long Bar action, perhaps the strongest double rifle action ever made. Double triggers, ejectors and intercepting sears. Bores are good to very good with rifling square and tall. Wt.- 11 lbs. Pull- 14 1/2″ from front trigger. A super classic hunting rifle! Price: $29,500.00

BERTUZZI 28 MOD VENERE BEST GUN- 28" Bbls.
BERTUZZI 28 gauge MOD VENERE BEST GUN- 28″ Bbls.

BERTUZZI 28 MOD VENERE BEST GUN- 28″ Bbls.- 1987- COMPLETE GOLD BORDER INLAYS on a BLUED FRAME- OVERALL 97%: #5847, Armi F.lli Bertuzzi, Gardone, V. T. Italy, A Bertuzzi Venere Best Quality Sidelock 28 Bore Ejector Game Gun Made in 1987, 28″ Chopper Lump barrels at .549 .017 & .032″ (Imp.Mod. & Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, Barrel weight at KG 1.210, Single non-selective trigger, Bushed strikers, Fairly small beavertail forend, Pistol grip stock at 14 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 2 1/16″ over a full face checkered butt, Neutral stock, 6 lbs. 2 oz.; Complete Gold inlaid border engraving on all metal including the forend, trigger guard, toplever & safety by Danteghini & signed, Blued frame and lockplates, Very nice piece of European walnut with nice color contrast, The entire receiver blue is at 98%, The barrel blue is 98%, The original wood finish is 97%, The checkering remains at 99%, The bores remain as new, Cased in the makers leather trunk. Bertuzzi guns are top of the line Italian made pieces. This is top drawer Italian workmanship and quality with classic lines, good balance and comes to the hand with ease with a very proper size 28 Bore Action body. Price: $24,900.00

Parker DHE 10ga. Damascus SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker DHE 10ga. Damascus SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Parker DHE 10ga. Damascus SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: Very early Parker 10GA. DHE damascus 30″ barrels, skeleton butt, 14″ LOP, choked Cyl-Mod, #62847. This shotgun pre-dates any known ejector Parker but it is the ‘real deal’!! Clean shiny bores, no dents or damage. minor check in wood grain near butt. Plenty of orig case color. A beautiful and crisp old 10 ga DHE. Price: $5750

CSMC Inverness 20 Gauge Straight Grip, 28" BBL.  New In Box
CSMC Inverness 20 Gauge Straight Grip, 28″ BBL. New In Box

CSMC Inverness 20 Gauge Straight Grip, 28″ BBL. Vent Rib New In Box: Case coloured with full coverage tight scroll engraving. Round body, single trigger, selectable and auto safe. The barrels are 28″ vent rib, 5 interchangeable chokes, Tony has done a really nice job with the blue on these. The stock is a straight grip with very high quality wood, 14 1/2″ LOP, 2 1/2″ drop at heel, 1 1/2″ drop at comb, the chequering and finish are wonderful. 6lbs 5oz. Price: $4,895.00

AyA #2 28GA SXS Excellent Condition
AyA #2 28GA SXS Excellent Condition

AyA #2 28GA SXS Excellent Condition: This particular gun has 28 inch barrels giving it great balance and it swings smoothly, with fixed improved cylinder and modified chokes.  Stock dimensions are 1 1/2 X 2 1/4 X 14 1/8 over the checkered butt.  Wood on the straight stock is excellent European Walnut with hand cut checkering. The wood has been professionally done by Dennis DeVault in an oil finish (not shot since). The wood is “Knock Your Socks Off” gorgeous. The gun is in excellent condition and has only been lightly used. Price: $4500

 

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12 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Ejector Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun
12 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Ejector Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun

Holland & Holland Royal SXS 12 GAUGE: Made 1952. #339XX, 26″ bbls, Chokes 009 and 016, 2 3/4″ chambers, self opener, leather covered pad, excellent original condition with light handling marks. 6lbs 11oz . 14 3/4 LOP. Price: $37,500.00

Army Navy .470 Nitro Express Side-by-Side Double Rifle
Army Navy .470 Nitro Express Side-by-Side Double Rifle

Army-Navy Side-by-Side Double Rifle .470 Nitro Express: No. 45921, 25″ barrels. Built on the Webley Long Bar action, perhaps the strongest double rifle action ever made. Double triggers, ejectors and intercepting sears. Bores are good to very good with rifling square and tall. Wt.- 11 lbs. Pull- 14 1/2″ from front trigger. A super classic hunting rifle! Price: $29,500.00

F.W. Heym 20 gauge Boxlock Ejector Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun
F.W. Heym 20 gauge Boxlock Ejector Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun

Fr. Wilh. Heym Side Plate 20ga: 28” barrels, IMP CYL/MOD, SG/DT Leather pad, matt rib, cocking indicators, splinter for end, AE, doll’s head extension, 2 ¾”, Krupp steel barrels, pre-war. Extreme high quality gun. In its original compact leather case. The highest grade, side plate gun with magnificent semi-relief game scenes, of pointers, setters, fox and duck scene. Balance of receiver covered in semi-relief ornamental scroll, with deep chisel breeches. Retaining most all case color, barrel blue and wood finish. We have owned 12’s and 16’s but never had the opportunity of handling a 20 ga. This gun is of superior quality over most other guns. With perfect dimensions, light weight and fast, all of the best options and configuration, side clips, third fastener. The very best pre-war quality. 14 5/8” x 1 ½” x 2 3/8” 5lbs 13oz. Price: $14,500.00

12 gauge Dumoulin Sidelock Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun
12 gauge Dumoulin Sidelock Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun

12 gauge Dumoulin Sidelock Ejector Side-by-Side Shotgun: 2 3/4″ chambers, 27 1/2″ bbls, F & IM chokes, straight grip, double triggers, 14 5/8 inches to a checkered butt, color-case hardened action, full rose & scroll engraving. Excellent overall condition. 6lb., 6oz. Price: $8999

12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun
12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun

A. H. Fox CE 12 Ga: Ser. No. 33915 12 Ga.- 2 3/4″ chambers- 30″ Chromox barrels choked M/F. DT, EJ, SF, Semi PG stock to hard butt. 14″ X 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″. 60% CC, 95% blue and finish. A nice old Fox. Price: $6,500.00

Traveling with a travel gun…

Traveling with a nice double barrel is an uncomfortable experience, especially when commercial airlines are involved. I’ve heard too many horror stories about favorite guns being damaged or stolen to rest peacefully when my side-by-sides are in the sky.

Worry about the landing, not about your guns
Worry about the landing, not about your guns

A couple of years ago I eliminated some of this anxiety by buying a travel shotgun. I picked a 20 gauge Beretta 686 Onyx with 28″ barrels. It’s an all around over & under that handles everything I hunt and all the ammo I need to stuff into it (including steel).

Most importantly, it’s not collectible and easy to replace. So if I lose it, or if it ends up severely damaged, I won’t cry because a valuable, hard to find side-by-side has been ruined.

Here are a couple quality double barrel shotguns that I think would make great travel guns. They’re nice guns, too, and I would be proud to carry either one in the field.

An affordable, meat-and-potatoes option: 12g Beretta Bl-3 O/U, 28″ barrels

If you run with a fancier crowd, this one’s more upscale and traditional: 12g Beretta 470 SxS, 28″ barrels

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