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John Dickson & Son Pre-Owned 'Round Action' Side-by-Side Shotgun
John Dickson & Son Pre-Owned ‘Round Action’ Side-by-Side Shotgun

John Dickson & Son Pre-Owned ‘Round Action’ Side-by-Side Shotgun: A pre-owned 12 bore John Dickson & Son ‘Round Action’ Ejector Shotgun with 28 inch barrels at our New York Showroom. John Dickson & Son best quality round action ejector with double trigger and automatic safety. Price: $29,900 
Barrel Length: 28 Inches – New 1989
Chamber: 2 1/2 Inch
Rib: Game
Chokes: Bottom: 1/4 Top: 3/4
Length: 14 3/8 Inches
Bend: 1 5/8 – 2 5/16
Weight: 6lb 5oz
Case: Single Leather Motor
Date of Manufacture: 1899

Westley Richards, SxS hand detachable sidelock assisted opening 12 Ga

Westley Richards, SxS hand detachable sidelock assisted opening 12 Ga

Westley Richards, SxS hand detachable sidelock assisted opening 12 Ga: #19133, Westley Richards ,  hand detachable sidelock  assisted opening 12 Ga. Made in 1965 , in maker leather case with snap caps and cleaning rod. 28” dovetail lump barrels, 2 ¾” chambers  in like new condition ,  bores measure .730” With mirror finish, chokes are .009” and .017” ( Imp Cyl and Mod) . Narrow swamped rib with like new  soldering . Holland type, spring loaded opener . Original blacking in 95+% condition.
Bar action , hand detachable sidelocks, single selective single trigger with selector on the right lock .
I have checked and serviced the gun for the last 5 years, and the single trigger has been absolutely trouble free. 95% coverage of acanthus leaves with a 95%+ original condition charcoal case color hardening. Automatic safety. Splinter forend with Anson release and Southgate ejectors. Nice game gun with weight at 6 lbs. 8 oz. and a balance point at the hinge. Stock measures 14 5/8” LOP over a .600” leather covered pad , drop is 1 3/8” and 2 1/16”  with a ¼” cast off. The wood is in 95% original condition with some light marking in the finish and checkering. Obviously this gun has been well taken care of and maintained  for the last 52 years . A chance to own a 95% condition  bespoke game gun  for a third of the new replacement. Price: $24,900

Parker VHE 20 ga SxS Skeet gun in 95 % Original Factory Condition
Parker VHE 20 ga SxS Skeet gun in 95 % Original Factory Condition

Parker VHE 20 ga Skeet gun in 95 % Original Factory Condition26” Barrels bored Skeet 1 and Skeet 2, Single Selective Trigger, Beavertail Forend, and Auto Ejectors.  This is a late Remington gun (SN 2423XX) in almost new condition throughout.  Case colors are about 95% showing slight ware just below the hinge pin on the bottom of the action bar.  Standard dimensions for a skeet gun but would also work well for sporting clays or quail: LOP = 14 ¼ in. over the factory original Noshock pad, DC = 1 ½ and DH = 2 ¼ inches.  A truly lovely little gun priced to sell. Price: $12,500

PARKER BROS. VHE 12 GA. No.1 FRAME28” BARRELS M/FULL, DT, PG, 14  1/4” X 1  ½” X 2  7/16′, CASE COLORS 90% plus –  WT. 6 LBS. 14 OZS., VERY CLEAN HIGH CONDITION ORIGINAL GUN. Price: $4,250

Parker VHE 12 gauge SxS, No. 1 frame, 6lbs, 14oz
Parker VHE 12 gauge SxS, No. 1 frame, 6lbs, 14oz
BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN:
BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN:

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

A hard to find Lefever Arms FE SxS in 16 gauge…

LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BBLS
LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BBLS

If this were 2005, I would be scheming to buy this 16 gauge Lefever FE. I used to love Lefevers. Of all the American SxSs, they’re sleekest and best looking. They’re also unique designs — a taster of the fruit that fell from the brain of they’re creator, Daniel Myron Lefever.

D.M. Lefever was one of America’s most inventive gunmakers. Born in upstate New York in 1835, he opened his first gunshop in 1857. Over the next two decades, he formed partnerships with a number men — Ellis, Dangerfield, Barber & Nichols — and built a wide range of muzzle- and breech-loading firearms.

LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BBLS
LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BBLS

In 1880 he formed the Lefever Arms Co in Syracuse, NY. The company was only around until 1919, and they only built around 65,000 shotguns (Parker made 200,000+ SxSs, Ithaca made many, many more). I’m not sure how many of Lefever’s guns were 16s, but estimates say fewer than 15%.

The 16 gauge you here is an F grade with ejectors (the E in F-E). Lefevers came in range of grades (see more about them here), and the F was a lower middle, comparable to Parker GH or a Fox B. I’ve owned several 16g F-grade Lefevers. They were all nice guns, and I’ve been looking at this one again and again, wondering if needs to be in my safe.

BTW: If you have a Lefever and you would like to know more about it, I’m happy to help. Just email me at gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BBLS
LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BBLS

LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE: ON A 20 GAUGE FRAME, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS, GOOD PATTERN.  AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS.  LOTS OF LIGHT CASE COLOR, COCKING INDICATORS, EXCELLENT ENGRAVED SCREWS, MALLARD ON RIGHT LOCK, SNIPE ON LEFT PPLUS FINE SCROLL AND BORDERS.  TOP LEVER TO THE RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPPLINTER FOREARM, VERY GOOD WOOD AND CHECKERING, 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, SOLID SILVERS PAD.  6 1/2 POUNDS. Price: $3,500

BTW on that 20g Parker BHE with the 32″ barrels…

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

I put up a post about this side-by-side the other day.

Now this Parker is on Gunbroker.com. Even though the listing end on 7/30/2016 @ 9:00 PM, the bidding has already broke $30,000!

1916 Parker BHE 20ga with 32″ Barrels 20 ga SxS: Very rare, highly collectable 1916 Parker BHE (serial #174053) with straight stock and 32″ barrels. This Parker remains in high original condition with very good stock, B engraved receiver and Acme steel barrels. It is apparent that this shotgun has likely spent a lot of it’s 100 year old life tucked away in someone’s safe, leg-o-mutton gun case or closet. Shotguns of this quality rarely come up for auction as they are usually socked away in someone’s collection for many years and then passed on to family members, never to be seen by the general public. The consignor, after only a brief ownership, brought this Parker to me with hopes of alleviating homefront tensions. This little SxS features a straight stock, 32″ barrels with shiney bores, ejectors (which work with authority), “0” frame and double triggers. All desireable options for any SxS, but especially a high grade Parker. LOP is at 13 7/8″, DAC is 1 1/2″, DAH is 2 3/4″ and it weighs in at 6 lb 8 oz. Both bores measure .618 with .018 constriction on the right barrel and .024 on the left. Lock up is Parker tight and there is no movement between the barrels and the receiver with the forearm off. This is a seldom seen opportunity to own a high grade Parker. Also included with this Parker is the original leg-o-mutton case that A.T. DeForest bought for it. USPS money orders preferred, with incentives to purchase with money orders or cash.

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Auction alert: Rare Sneider 8 gauge hammerless sxs…

8 gauge Sneider Baltimore SxS Hammerless Shotgun
8 gauge Sneider Baltimore SxS Hammerless Shotgun

I’ve always been fascinated by 8 gauges. Back in the 19th and in the early 20th century, high-quality eights like the one you see here were used by sportsman to pass shoot ducks, geese & swans. Parker, L.C. Smith & Lefever all made eights. So did smaller American makers like Sneider.

This 8g Sneider was made in the 1880s. When this SxS was built, it was one of the finest hammerless shotguns being made in America — and one of the most innovative.

Charles Edward Sneider learned his trade in Europe and by 1859 he was in Baltimore working for Thomas Poultney & David B. Trimble. By 1865, Sneider was on his own, working in Baltimore from a shop on 66 S Sharp St. In 1874 his sons  — Charles Lewis & Charles William  — were working with him. Charles William filed the patent that created this shotgun in 1880.

8 gauge Sneider Baltimore SxS Hammerless Shotgun
8 gauge Sneider Baltimore SxS Hammerless Shotgun

This patent cocked on the fall of the barrels and the locks used coiled springs, which were thought to be more reliable than leaf springs.  Sneider built several grades of shotguns on this patent. The upper grades (like the one shown here), locked up with a sliding bolt which engaged a bite in the rear barrel lump and top extension. They also featured compensating hinge pin which could be adjusted for wear and a unique sliding barrel stop which kept the barrels from wearing on the hinge pin when the gun was opened.

Front cover of an original Clark & Sneider catalog
Front cover of an original Clark & Sneider catalog

This Sneider is on Gunbroker.com now and the auction ends 6/26/2016 9:00 PM.


Sneider Highgrade 8 GA. SxS
: barrel rib marked “Sneider’s Patent Baltimore MD” Sneider was America’s first true sidelock shotgun. 36″ fine damascus barrels. Nice shinny bore with very small area of light pitting. No dings dents or bulges in barrels. Gun locks up tight and solid. Receiver and trigger guard are beautifully engraved. Dog head on trigger guard. Marsh scene with water foul on side plates. Gun is serial numbered 610 on trigger guard and water table. Small chip at toe of butt plate only – not wood. Chip at end of right side of forearm. Weight 13lbs 14.1 oz. LOP 13 5/8″ & 12 5/8″. DAC 2 1/4″. DAH 3 5/8″

8 gauge Sneider Baltimore SxS Hammerless Shotgun
8 gauge Sneider Baltimore SxS Hammerless Shotgun
Page from Original Clark & Sneider catalog
Page from Original Clark & Sneider catalog
8 gauge Sneider Baltimore SxS Hammerless Shotgun
8 gauge Sneider Baltimore SxS Hammerless Shotgun
8 gauge Sneider Baltimore SxS Hammerless Shotgun
8 gauge Sneider Baltimore SxS Hammerless Shotgun
8 gauge Sneider Baltimore SxS Hammerless Shotgun
8 gauge Sneider Baltimore SxS Hammerless Shotgun
8 gauge Sneider Baltimore SxS Hammerless Shotgun
8 gauge Sneider Baltimore SxS Hammerless Shotgun
8 gauge Sneider Baltimore SxS Hammerless Shotgun
8 gauge Sneider Baltimore SxS Hammerless Shotgun

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Browning Superposed 28ga 28in M/F Straight English Stock
Browning Superposed 28ga 28in M/F Straight English Stock

Browning Superposed 28ga 28in M/F Straight English StockA very unique 28ga Browning Superposed it has a straight stock like a superlight but has a lightning frame with a field forearm   It has 28in barrels  choked Modified / Full it is in great condition  very tight  gorgeous wood. LOP 14 3/8″ to a Factory buttplate  This is a NO salt, vent-rib gun. Price: $8,500

BERETTA - Abercrombie & Fitch - ASEL - 20ga 28" - O/U Shotgun Solid Rib
BERETTA – Abercrombie & Fitch – ASEL – 20ga 28″ – O/U Shotgun Solid Rib

BERETTA – Abercrombie & Fitch – ASEL – 20ga 28″ – O/U Shotgun Solid RibHand Built Quality. Very Hard to Find with 28″ Barrels. 1951. Choked IC / M (.007 / .017), Double Trigger – Front Articulated, LOP 14-3/8″ Drop 1-7/16″ to 2-1/8″,Weight 5 lbs. 12 oz. Gun was very carefully restored some years ago, and remains 95+% condition. Bores are as they left the factory – except the chokes were opened to IC / M. Price: $5900

LC SMITH Model 2E 16ga Straight Grip Factory two barrel set 26 M&M, 30″ F&FAll original finish. Mfg 1912. Price: $4,500

Serial #  214934

LC SMITH Model 2E 16ga Straight Grip Factory two barrel set 26 M&M, 30" F&F
LC SMITH Model 2E 16ga Straight Grip Factory two barrel set 26 M&M, 30″ F&F

Choke 30″ F&F
Choke 26″ M&M
Trigger  Hunter one trigger
Stock Configuration  Straight Grip
Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm
Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib
Receiver Finish  Casehardened
Engraving Type  Game Scene Cameos Engraving
Other Options  Recoil pad
Condition  Near EXC. Condition
Weight  7#0oz
Dimensions  1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 14 with 0 cast

Abercrombie & Fitch F. Rizzini Side-By-Side 12 Ga
Abercrombie & Fitch F. Rizzini Side-By-Side 12 Ga

Abercrombie & Fitch F. Rizzini Side-By-Side 12 GaThis Italian double gun has a case colored, scalloped boxlock action with a checkered walnut stock set. The stock does not appear to have been cut for the recoil pad. The 28″ barrels are extractor only and have fixed Mod/Full chokes. Abercrombie & Fitch imported this shotgun. Price: $1,949.66
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Only a few light handling marks.
Wood Condition: There are a couple of very small cracks behind the scallops of the receiver.
Bore Condition: Bright, clean bores.
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double
Stock: Round knob pistol grip.
Stock Dimensions:
15 1/2″ LOP, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/2″ DAH
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Pachmayr White Line recoil pad.
Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz.
Sights: Brass bead.
Chokes: Fixed – Mod/Full

Browning Citori OU Double Barrel 12 gauge Shotgun
Browning Citori OU Double Barrel 12 gauge Shotgun

Browning Citori OU Double Barrel 12 gauge ShotgunBrowning Citori chambered in 12 gauge.  Shotgun has 28″ barrels and weighs 6lb 6oz.  Firearm has an English style straight stock and screw chokes. Price: $1,095

Good gun alert: 12g Browning BSS sidelock, 28″ bbls…

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE

If I say “Browning” most shotgun guys think “OU”. But Browning has also offered a line of highly regarded SxS shotguns. Tagged the “BSS”, these doubles came in two basic categories: Boxlocks and sidelocks. All of these shotguns were made in Japan by Miroku, and today they’ve proven themselves to be solid, dependable firearms.

Browning BSS sidelock was offered from 1983-1987. Even though these Holland & Holland-pattern side-by-sides were very well made, they weren’t big sellers.

Today, most of the ones you see have 26″ barrels. This one has 28″. That, along with its overall high quality and great price (these usually sell for $4000+) , make this BSS a double worth taking a couple closer looks at.

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE: 28″ MOD/FULL BARREL, DOUBLE TRIGGERS.  GUN LOOKS LIKE NEW SEE PICTURES, COMES IN BROWNING SXS HARD CASE. Price: $3,650

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE

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Symes & Wright, London, Best Quality 20 bore Sidelock Purdey-style OU Shotgun
Symes & Wright, London, Best Quality 20 bore Sidelock Purdey-style OU Shotgun

Symes & Wright, London, Best Quality 20 bore Sidelock Purdey-style OU Shotgun: 28″ barrels, stippled solid rib, 2-34″ chambers choked improved cylinder and modified (.009/.016).   Based on a Purdey-Woodward patent, the finely sculpted rounded bar action is engraved in the finest rose and scroll with vivid case colors.  Single trigger.  Highly figured French walnut pistol grip stock with black and gold highlights measures 13-3/4″ to a checkered butt. Symes & Wright, the partnership of two very successful Purdey craftsmen, produced only the finest London guns.  The Firm consisted of some of the most talented artisans in the British gun trade.  A boutique maker, they built only a limited number of guns to the highest standard.  This 20 bore over/under illustrates the high level of craftsmanship and style which was the hallmark of Symes & Wright.  Weighs 6 lbs, 7 oz.  Complete with fitted oak and leather case, a London Best.  Price: $65,000

James Purdey double rifle in .303 British - In superb condition in its makers oak & leather case Exquisite!
James Purdey double rifle in .303 British – In superb condition in its makers oak & leather case Exquisite!

James Purdey double rifle in .303 British – In superb condition in its makers oak & leather case Exquisite!Ever have a “Wow” moment? I sure did when I lifted the lid of the case and beheld this stunning double rifle from 1899 with almost all its case color on its locks and its stunning marble cake wood. Built in the waning days of the Victorian era (The blessed queen died in 1901) James Purdey was then what I consider at the pinnacle of their gun craft. This beautiful double rifle is a physical testament to the craftsman and company that is still today setting the standard to compare other gun makers. Small bore English double rifles in usable calibers are quite rare. This rifle is in superb condition with an excellent bore. .303 is readily available and is not considered obsolete, in fact being recorded by many to be an excellent caliber for North American big game. This rifle features the Beasley patent self-opening mechanism. The next owner of this rifle is a very lucky man or woman and will not only have an excellent investment but a work of art and craftsmanship from the golden age of English gunmaking. Price: $48,000

Phillipson & Nephew 12g SxS Sidelock Ejector
Phillipson & Nephew 12g SxS Sidelock Ejector

Phillipson & Nephew 12g SxS Sidelock EjectorStunning 12g sidelock ejector shotgun made by Phillipson & Nephew of Birmingham. Famous for making and supplying the majority of the trade with actions, they made a few guns under their own name which were always extremely well made, high end guns. This gun features 30″ barrels, beautifully engraved sidelocks with game scene surrounded in scroll retaining some case colour, double triggers, handsome and highly figured walnut stock measuring 14 3/8″ to centre. Cased with accessories in a leather case. A chance to acquire a very attractive, rare gun in excellent condition. Price: $11,995

L. C. SMITH - LONG RANGE 12 GA. 32" BARRELS FULL/FULL - 99% COND
L. C. SMITH – LONG RANGE 12 GA. 32″ BARRELS FULL/FULL – 99% COND

L. C. SMITH – LONG RANGE 12 GA. 32″ BARRELS FULL/FULL – 99% COND3″ CHAMBERS -PISTOL GRIP STOCK LOP 14  1/6″ – DROPS 1  9/16″ X 2  5/8″ – CASE COLORS 95% – BLUEING 99% – WOOD 98% – GUNS APPEARS TO BE ALL ORIGINAL.   HARD TO FIND ANY SMITH WITH THIS MUCH ORIGINAL CONDITION, MUCH LESS A LONG RANGE 3″ GUN. Price: $4,800

BERETTA - SO2 - Sidelock Over Under -- 27-1/2 Bbls - Double Triggers
BERETTA – SO2 – Sidelock Over Under — 27-1/2 Bbls – Double Triggers

BERETTA – SO2 –  Sidelock Over Under — 27-1/2 Bbls – Double Triggers: 2-3/4″, 27-1/2″ IC / LM (.007 / .011) Boehler Steel Bbls, LOP 14-1/2″ Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-7/16″, Weight 6 lbs. 15 oz. Somone has added a wood butt spacer and fitted a Beretta butt plate. Very nice work. The stock is 13-7/8″ without the extension. So, remove the extension and add a pad and the stock will go almost 15″ with a standard 1″ pad. Price: $3950

Last minute auction alert: Early Winchester M21 SxS…

EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28" Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28″ Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28" Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28″ Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28" Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28″ Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28" Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28″ Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28" Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28″ Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:

I just found this one, and it looks like it could end up being a good deal. I love these Winchester M21s, and it’s tough to find them with 28″.

If you like what you see, get on it right away. This gun is at GunAuction.com and the listing ends today February 14, 2016, @ 17:26:00 PT.

EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28″ Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:

Serial Number: 1438

Year of Manufacture: Likely a First year production. These guns were not assembled and completed in order of serial number. A Cody letter would show no records for this shotgun. All features and configuration lead us to believe this is is an early production shotgun.

Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” Shells

Action Type: Break-Open Boxlock Side by Side Extractor Shotgun

Markings: The side of the right barrel is marked “MODEL 21 – WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK – 12 GAUGE” The left barrel is marked “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / – NEW HAVEN. CONN. – PATENTS PENDING – ” and both barrel flats have Winchester proof marks. The underside of the right barrel is marked “WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL / MOD” followed by the verified proof “VP” in a circle. The bottom of the left barrel is marked “WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL / FULL” and Varified Proof. The barrel is numbered to the gun on the barrel flat. The inside of the forearm is stamped “1438” on the metal hardware. The right water table has the “WP” proof mark. The top tang is marked “1438”.

Barrel Length: 28”

Choke: Right Mod Left Full. The right bore at the muzzle measures .710”. The left bore at the muzzle measures .692”.

Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a steel bead front sight.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut. There are small light scuff marks on the left side. The belly and right side have light compression marks. The right side of the wrist just behind the tang has a light compression in the wood (it is in the exact place the thumb would rest on a right handed shooter just before pushing the safety forward). There is light oil staining to the wood where it meets the metal. There are no cracks or chips to the stock. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the front trigger and 13″ to the back of the checkered Winchester marked buttplate. The drop at the comb is 1 1/2” and the drop at the heel is 2 1/2” The stocks rate in about Very Good – Fine overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: All Original

Bore Condition: The bores are bright and there is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows thinning and gray / plum patina, mostly visible near the muzzle on the left barrel. There is light surface scratches from cleaning. The tangs and underside of the frame show the most finish loss (this is a field gun and this wear is common in the handled areas). The screw heads are slightly disfigured. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This shotgun has extractors. We have not fired this shotgun. We were told by the owner that it has been field tested and brought home it’s fair share of birds.

Rare gun alert: 16g Winchester Model 21, TWO TRIGGERS + ejectors…

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

I know what you’re thinking: What’s so rare about a 16 gauge Winchester Model 21? If that’s all this double was, I’d say “nuttin”.

But this SxS has three important important features which push it in the holi-cr@p-that’s-hard-to-find category: double triggers, ejectors, and very shootable dimensions.

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

The Winchester M21 was produced for 60 years: 1931 to 1991. In that time, Winchester built around 30,000. By the time the M21 hit the market, pumps and auto loaders were taking over the American market and SXS shotguns were on their way out. Fortunately, enough shooters preferred classics like this and kept the M21 in production for so long.

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS: #6012, Year 1941, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 7oz, Side by Side.

Barrel Length: 28″
Chokes: .007/.025  IC/F  factory marked M/F
Bores: mirror
Bore Diameter: .671/.669
Wall Thickness: .025/.025
% Blue: 100%
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ribs: tight
Sights: front

Action: tight, slight left of center

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

Ejectors or Extractors: ejectors, excellent, timed
Case Color: blue 100%
Screws: excellent
Engraving: 0
Trigger Type: rare double trigger
Trigger Guard Color: 100%

Type: pistol grip, splinter forend; nicely figured

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

LOP: 14 1/4″
LOP To End Of Wood: 14 1/16″
DAH: 2 1/2″
DAC: 1 9/16″
Cast: 0
Checkering Condition: excellent
Butt Treatment: factory plate

Good gun alert: 20g Browning BSS Sporter, 28″ bbls…

20ga. Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun
20ga. Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun

Of all the world’s major gunmakers, few have been around as long as Browning and fewer have made as wide a variety of firearms. Many of Browning’s guns were built on patents created by the company’s brilliant founder: John Moses Browning. But while JM  did invent everything from the M1911 pistol to the Superposed, he never came up with his own design for a SxS.

But that doesn’t mean Browning never “built” them.

20ga. Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun
20ga. Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun

In fact, Browning introduced it’s first side-by-side shotgun in 1972. It was the 12g BSS boxlock, and in 1973 the company added a 20g. These guns were actually made in Japan by Miroku and they  had beavertail forends and pistol-grip stocks. The trimmer, straight gripped Sporter models came out in ’78. (BTW: So did another classic — the Bee Gees’ Night Fever). Of all these BSS guns, ones Sporters with 28″ barrels are the toughest to find.

That’s why this 20g BSS caught my eye. While it’s not cheap, it is a nice gun at a fair price. It’s also pretty light for a 20g Browning with two tubes. For those reasons, I bet it will sell pretty quickly.

20ga. Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun28″ bbl. choked F/IC (factory choked), single select trigger, ejectors, premium grade straight stock, beavertail forearm, 6lbs, As new 99%. Price: $2,050

20ga. Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun
20ga. Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun

Hard to find: A pre-1913 12 gauge L.C. Smith Pigeon grade SxS…

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

A hundred years ago, live pigeon shooting was a huge pastime in the U.S. People participated in shoots throughout the country, and the top shots traveled the country–and the world–competing and winning huge amounts of prize money.

Gunmakers responded to this popularity by building shotguns for this sport. Here’s the one that L.C. Smith offered from 1893-1913. It’s a Pigeon grade, and it looks like it’s in excellent original condition. I have to say, I really like it — especially the damascus bbls and the blush of color-case hardening on the action. I love how L.C. Smith finished the fences, too, as well as the overall shape of the stock. Very nice.

According to the L.C. Smith collector’s website:

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

“Only 1,397 Pigeon Guns were produced from 1893 through 1913 including four 10 gauge, 1,350 12 gauge, 23 16 gauge, and 20 20 gauge guns. Automatic ejectors were fitted to 883 guns. The catalog (1900) stated: “Our Pigeon Gun is an innovation. Appreciating that there is a demand for a very quick shooting gun, we deliver this grade. The straight grip admits the most rapid work possible and supplies a want long felt by many sportsmen. They are specially adapted to stand the tremendous strain of many heavy loads of nitro powder.” The stock was said to be: “A choice piece of French walnut, beautifully figured. The richness of the color in these finer stocks is superb. They are all finished in oil equal to the best pianos and consequently please the most exacting . . .” Stocks were not straight. could be ordered with a pistol grip and a Monte Carlo. Pigeon Nitro Steel barrels were available in 12 and 16 gauges, and Chainette Damascus barrels were available in 10, 12, and 16 gauges. Twenty gauge guns were available starting in 1907. The 20 gauge guns were only made with Pigeon Nitro Steel barrels. The catalog said: “The engraving is

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

handsome and very appropriate for a gun of this character. On one lock plate is engraved with a pigeon in full flight, on the other is a blue rock, and on the extension rib a pigeon in his native home. You will always find an artistic and appropriate finish on Smith Guns . . .” A precious metal bar was inlaid across the rib near the engraved pigeon. Engraved forward of the bar is HUNTER ARMS CO., MAKERS FULTON N.Y. Lightweight guns were available in 12, 16, and 20 gauges, and the Hunter One-Trigger was an option for about $25. The price increased from $125 at the start of production to $150 in 1898, but it dropped to $110 by 1912.”

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade ShotgunA marvelous example of the Damascus art. This was a real shooter’s gun, well maintained and ready to make friends with some dogs again. Price: $2,899.99

Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2-3/4 Inches
Metal Condition: Good. Very pretty damascus pattern. Fine grouse and partridge engravings are all very sharp.
Wood Condition: Good. A few shallow scratches and dents. Fineline checkering is quite flat and worn indicative of a a tool gun carried in the hunting field.

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

Bore Condition: Bright and serviceable
Barrels: 30 Inches
Triggers: Double triggers.
Stock: Prince of Wales pistol grip walnut

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

Stock Dimensions:
14-3/8 Inch LOP to front trigger
Fore End: Matching walnut splinter
Butt Pad: Black plate.
Weight: 8 Lb – 6 Oz.
Sights: Solid rib with gold bead
Chokes: Measures Full and Full

Good gun alert: 16g Ithaca Flues Grade 1 1/2 …

ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED - EXCELLENT
ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED – EXCELLENT

I’ve always loved Ithaca’s Flues-grade SxSs. I don’t what it is about them, but every I see one, I get that urge to buy it — especially when I see one as nice as this.

The Flues was introduced in 1908 to 1926 when it was replaced by the NID.  Ithaca made a ton of them in that period — 223,000 — and it was certainly one of the most popular side-by-sides ever made in America.

Today, ones like this are great little grouse guns. Just be sure you shoot them with lightweight, low pressure shells.

ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED - EXCELLENT
ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED – EXCELLENT

ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED – EXCELLENTThis is a very unusual gun, in what I believe to be a factory fitted hard case from the period of manufacture – even though it does not have a factory label inside. This so called Flues Model Ithaca side by side is a 1&1/2 grade and so marked. Gun has 28 inch barrels with modified and full chokes, and plain extractors.  Barrels are like new in and out except for one small spot on the left barrel at breech which appears to be a rub mark from the case. Forearm is likewise like new.  Factory engraved receiver has just about all the case color with the exception of one small spot of pitting on top of the receiver to the right of the front of the toplever – hardly noticeable. Stock finish is original and excellent with slight bubbling – perhaps caused by heat in storage. Could easily be hand rubbed out to a wonderful finish – ditto for the forearm which has all the finish presently.  This gun and its wonderful case have definitely been in storage for many, many years and that is the reason it has most all of the original rust blue and vivid case colors. Even has the original Ithaca hard rubber buttplate.  Priced to sell quickly. Shipping will be $50.00 because of the weight of the hard case.  Price: $1,295

ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED - EXCELLENT
ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED – EXCELLENT

Model: Flues Grade 1&1/2
Serial Number: 300682
Caliber: 16 Ga
Ejectors: no
Condition: excellent
Metal Condition: excellent
Wood Condition: excellent
Bore Condition: excellent
Barrels: 28 inch
Action: side x side
Triggers: double

ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED - EXCELLENT
ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED – EXCELLENT

Gauge: 16 Ga
Stock: Standard
Fore End: excellent
Butt Pad: excellent
LOP: 14.0
Rib: flat/checkered
Finish: blue/cc
Chokes: no
Choke Left: full
Choke Right: modified

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BERETTA - SO5 - Sporting - 30" Mobilchokes - Cased
BERETTA – SO5 – Sporting – 30″ Mobilchokes – Cased

BERETTA – SO5 – Sporting – 30″ Mobilchokes – Cased: 29-1/2″ Boehler Steel Bbls, Mobilchokes, High Grade – Oil Finish Wood, LOP 14-1/2″ Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/8″, Right Palm Swell, Slight Cast Off, Weight 8 lbs. 2 oz. Nice Used SO5 with all the accessories – Eight Chokes, Cleaning Rod, etc. Price: $11,400

C.S.ROSSON SXS 2″ GAME GUN 12 GAUGE: 26 1/2″ 012 AND 024 2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT EXCELLENT CONDITION 5LBS 7 OZ X 2 3/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 15 3/8″. Price: $5,500

C.S.ROSSON SXS 2" GAME GUN 12 GAUGE
C.S.ROSSON SXS 2″ GAME GUN 12 GAUGE
BERETTA - RARE - ASE - 20ga - 26" - Vent Rib - Single Trigger - Prince of Whales - 1959 Hand Built Quality!
BERETTA – RARE – ASE – 20ga – 26″ – Vent Rib – Single Trigger – Prince of Whales – 1959 Hand Built Quality!

BERETTA – RARE – ASE – 20ga – 26″ – Vent Rib – Single Trigger – Prince of Whales – 1959 Hand Built Quality: IC / IM (.009 / .020), Tapered Field Style Vent Rib, Ejectors, Single Trigger, Prince of Whales Round Knob Grip, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-1/4″ to 2-1/8″, Cast Off for the Right Hand, Weight 5 lbs. 8 oz. Appears to be all original and overall Excellent Condition. Clearly hasn’t been used hard. Price: $4,450.00

  • Barrels – about perfect condition.
  • Bores – as new and measure exactly as they left the factory in 1959.
  • Forearm – excellent plus.
  • Receiver and Trigger Guard – excellent plus.
  • Butt Stock – original, but some finish issues. No cracks or repairs. New laquer fixes any problems with the Butt Stock. The butt plate has shrunk. I’ve seen this on Beretta shotguns from this era before.
Winchester Model 21 in 12ga. 1st year of production
Winchester Model 21 in 12ga. 1st year of production

Winchester Model 21 in 12ga. 1st year of production: Double triggers. Extractors. All original. 3-digit matching serial numbers on forend, barrels, and receiver. Original finish, original butt plate. 30″ barrel Modified/Full, 14″ LOP. The bores are great. Price: $3,995.

Arrieta Model 578 SLE 12 Gauge28″ barrels with smooth, tapered, solid rib and front brass bead sight, choked cylinder and modified. 2 3/4″ chambers, ejectors and double triggers. The stocks are nicely figured, the butt-stock has a straight grip with wrap-around extended checkering, and a tear drop on both cheeks. The forend is splinter design with matching checkering as the butt-stock. Condition: The barrel blue is in very good plus condition with just a few light marks. The receiver’s cased-colors have faded some since the shotgun left the factory. The nicely figured stocks are in very good plus condition with a small number of small marks and light scratches.LOP: 14 1/2″ Drop at comb: 1 7/16″ Drop at heel: 2″. Weight: 6 lbs 10 oz. Price: $3969.66

Arrieta Model 578 SLE 12 Gauge
Arrieta Model 578 SLE 12 Gauge

 

 

 

A couple classics: A 16g Ithaca NID & a 20g Fox Sterlingworth…

20 gauge Savage-Fox Sterlingworth SXS shotgun, 28" barrels
20 gauge Savage-Fox Sterlingworth SXS shotgun, 28″ barrels

Stone walls. Grown-over apple orchards. English setters.

If you’re a sucker for all the trappings of traditional grouse hunting, you’ll probably like the classic American shotguns posted here.

I’ve called the Fox Sterlingworth the gateway drug of doubles. It has been the first side-by-side for a lot of guys (including me), and it has initiated a passion that has taken over many a life.

This Sterlingworth caught my eye because it’s a 20g with 28″ and super shootable stock dimensions. It’s also priced very fairly.

20 gauge Savage-Fox Sterlingworth SXS shotgun, 28" barrels
20 gauge Savage-Fox Sterlingworth SXS shotgun, 28″ barrels

Savage Arms Co. Sterlingworth, 20 Gauge Game GunPrice: $1,499.99
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 28″ Blued Steel with Tapered Concave Rib
Triggers: Double Triggers with Extractors
Stock: Checkered Walnut Pistol Grip Butt Stock
Stock Dimensions:
DAC: 1 3/8″, DAH: 2 3/8″, Cast off: 1/8″, 14″
Fore End: Checkered Walnut Splinter Style
Butt Pad: Synthetic Butt Plate
Weight: 6 lbs. 2 ozs.
Sights: Single Bead
Chokes: Fixed: Full & Modified

16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun

Ithaca was one America’s most successful gunmakers, and NID was the final incarnation of their SxSs. These guns are basic and tough– like old-school F150s with crank windows and bench seats. This 16g NID is on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends tomorrow, 12/23, @ 8:26:50 AM ET.

16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun

Ithaca NID Star Model 16 GA: Up for sale we have a beautiful NID 16 guage, 28″barrels choked M/F, all serial numbers match. This gun was made in 1929, 2 3/4″ chambers and shoots well, the gun is very solid and locks up tight. There is one deep scratch on the forearm, other then that the wood is really nice. The barrels and bores are excellent.

16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun

Elusive & mysterious: The 12g Parker half frame ….

Parker VHE Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm
Parker VHE Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker shotguns are filled with myths and mysteries:The true origins of the Czar’s Parker; the whereabouts of the three Invincibles. While some of the mysteries have been solved, others, like the “why” of the 1/2 Frame, remain.

Parker started building 1/2 guns in the fall of 1937–after the company had been sold to Remington and moved to Ilion, NY. Before the internet, a serious Parker collector would have been lucky to see one of these doubles in his lifetime. Today, thanks to a wired world, you can check out three of them.

Parker GHE Grade 2 Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker VHE Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Rare Parker GHE Grade 2 Side by Side Shotgun 12 Gauge ½ Frame 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Splinter Forearm

Parker VHE Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm
Parker VHE Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Michael McIntosh wrote a bit about the 1/2 frame. He speculated that it was Parker’s attempt to create  a British-style, 12g gamegun (basically a 12g weighs around 6 3/4 lbs and shooting a 1 1/8oz load). In Parker Guns: The Old Reliable, fellow author Ed Muderlak disagreed and dedicated a full chapter and 10+ pages of his book to prying apart McIntosh’s thesis.

Neither proved anything. One just told better tale while the other presented a sounder argument. But at the end of Chapter 5: Circumstantial Evidence, Muderlak states the one thing we really know about these shotguns: “… nobody knows what Remington had on its corporate mind when it retooled for the half-frame in 1937.”

 

Now you see it, soon you won’t: A 20g Lefever FE, 28″ bbls …

LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN

Here’s one of the hardest classic American doubles to find. Twenty-gauges by the Lefever Arms Co. are scarcer than Republican Presidential candidates with sound economic plans.

Of all the major American shotgun makers — Parker. L.C. Smith, Ithaca, Fox — the Lefever Arms Co made the fewest guns. The total number was fewer than 74,000. And because they were built before twenty gauges became popular, very few were made in that gauge — especially in grades F & up.

With damascus barrels and a single-selective trigger, this 20g FE is very curious. My gut tells me it went back to the factory at one point,  but who knows?

LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUNHARD TO FIND SMALLBORE 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS WITH PERFECT PATTERN IMPROVED CYLINDER AND FULL 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LOTS OF CASE COLOR 6LBS 5 OZ X 3 X 2 X 13 1/2 FROM REAR SINGLE TRIGGER. Price: $12,500

LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN

Good gun alert: 28g Parker Repro, 28″ bbls, double triggers …

28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls, double triggers
28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls, double triggers

Shotguns, like everything else, are subject to fads. When Parker Reproductions were introduced in 1984, 26″ barrels and single triggers were in. So today, finding them set up any other way is hard to do.

28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: For sale is a sweet little parker reproduction in a 28 ga. with a very rare configuration. It comes with a Beavertail forearm, Double triggers and 28″ M/F barrels. To find all three of these hard to get options all in the same gun is very unusual. The only one i have seen. It also has a beautifully figured PG stock and forearm. The gun rates at a strong 98% in its case and overall condition. Price: $5195

28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls, double triggers
28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls, double triggers
28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls, double triggers
28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls, double triggers

Absolutely awesome: A super rare 3-barrel shotgun …

SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

What’s better than a double-barrel shotgun? How about a triple-barreled one.

While long guns with 3 barrels aren’t hard to find, top-quality 3-barrel shotguns are extremely scarce. John Dickson & Son made a few 3-barrel SxSs, and so did Westley Richards and  Boss & Co. Today, Johann Fanzoj builds high quality triple-barreled shotguns. These are best-quality guns, and they sell for €100,000+. (BTW: At the other end of the market, an outfit called Chiappa Firearms sell a Turkish-made 3-barrel shotgun call the Triple Threat. But from what I’ve seen, it’s junk.)
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

The Frederick Surkamer 3-bbl shotgun you see here was built on design patented by a R.M Jenkins in the 1930s.  The front trigger serves as a double single trigger firing the 9 o’clock and 12 o’clock barrels.  The firing sequence is 9 o’clock barrel, 12 o’clock barrel, and then 3 o’clock barrel — if done in order. But if you want, you can also fire the 9 and 3 and then pull the front again for the 12.  You can also fire the 3 first space and then the 9 and 12.

What makes this design unique is that the ejectors track whichever barrels have been fired — making it the only true three-barrel, selective ejection firing system in existence. No matter which barrel you fire, the correct  ejector will trip a kick the hull clear of the chamber.
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

Frederick Surkamer was  Chicago-area gunsmith who built custom rifles, worked for Von Lengerke & Antoine and Marshall Fields, and imported & finished drillings and shotguns from Europe.  I’ve been told that this 3-bbl gun was manufactured by him here in the United States. There are absolutely no proof marks on the gun anywhere, which helps supports this claim.

R.M. JENKINS SURKAMER THREE BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGEONE OF A  KIND GUN DESIGNED BY R.M. JENKINS FOR SURKAMER CHICAGO SERIAL #1 28″ BARRELS CYLINDER IC AND IM  CHOKES DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP NEW CONDITION 6LBS 6 OZ X 2″ X 1 9/16: X 13 1/2″. Price: $45,000

SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

Auction alert: 16 gauge A.H. Fox A-grade SxS shotgun …

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

Here’s a nice looking, classic American double. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends today, 9/24/2015, @ 9:40:00 PM ET.

BTW: This is what a minty 16g A-Grade looks like.

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgunWe have for auction a nice clean Ansley H. Fox of Philadelphia PA. “A Grade” Double Barrel Side X Side Shotgun, chambered for 16 gauge shot shell cartridges. This beautiful vintage shotgun bearing serial number 300236 was manufactured in 1913 the second year of production for 16 gauge Ansley H. Fox of Philadelphia models according to published factory records. The serial numbers in our auction photographs have been digitally removed, however we will gladly provide them to the winning bidder upon request at the completion of the auction. This beautiful vintage example has remained in wonderful factory original condition over the past 102 years, still retaining most of the original factory blued barrel finish, and showing areas of the factory applied case colored frame finish still is visible. Bores and function are excellent.

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

This is an early Ansley H. Fox of Philadelphia Pa, and is not to be confused with the later Fox shotgun variations. The shotgun in our auction listing is an “A Grade” Model, with very nice factory engraving. Early graded A. H. Fox model shotguns are very rare, and seldom encountered, especially ones that are still retaining nice clean factory original condition, with no after market modifications, or have been refinished like the one in our auction.

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

The 26 inch side X side “Krupp Fluid Steel” barrels were factory designed with a full length sighting rib, extractors, are choked Full on the right, and Modified on the left, and still have nice bright bores & chambers. This early vintage double barrel shotgun still has the factory original early style 16 gauge 2 9/16 inch shot shell chambering, and has “not” been rechambered as many have, to accommodate the more modern 2 ¾ inch shells. The locking leaver still rests firmly to the right as it should, the action is still very tight, and the barrel to action fit is solid with no looseness. Again folks, please keep in mind that this beautiful vintage A. H. Fox is all factory original with no modifications, which in todays market is a very Rare find! This beauty still retains the factory original genuine Walnut wood stock & forearm, which has very nice factory checkering, with no cracks, chips, or alterations.

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

This nice old A. H. Fox shotgun has the following stock measurements, the LOP (Length of Pull) is 14 ¼ inches, and is fitted with the original black bake-a-lite butt plate. No folks, you didn’t read it wrong,,, this grand old shotgun has not been cut! The drop at the comb is 2 ¼ inches, is 3 inches at the butt, and has no cast off, and the shotgun weighs a total of just 6 1/4 lbs. This is simply an exceptional 102 year old example of a very nice, very clean, unaltered, factory original A. H. Fox of Philadelphia Pa. shotgun. This beauty would certainly make a great addition to any Ansley H. Fox, or any other fine vintage gun collection.

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Cogswell & Harrison Side lock Ejector Matched Pair 12ga
Cogswell & Harrison Side lock Ejector Matched Pair 12ga

Cogswell & Harrison Side lock Ejector Matched Pair 12ga Cogswell & Harrison Matched pair, numbered 1 and 2. SN is 446xx. 12ga with 2.75″ chambers on both, Nitro Profed for 1 1/8oz loads. Chokes in both guns are Sk1 & Sk2 (.005/.015). LOP is 14″ with the wood butt plate. Comes in a factory leather (tired) hard case for both guns. Nice solid old guns, actions are nice and tight, bores are great. Price: $16,999

W.W. Greener, G 60 Royal, Boxlock Model, Self-Opener, Ejector, 12 gauge, 30”  2 ¾” 99%
W.W. Greener, G 60 Royal, Boxlock Model, Self-Opener, Ejector, 12 gauge, 30”  2 ¾” 99%

W.W. Greener, G 60 Royal, Boxlock Model, Self-Opener, Ejector, 12 gauge, 30”  2 ¾” 99%This is the famous Facile Princeps action, designed in 1998, and touted as, pound for pound, the strongest action ever produced.  This Royal was built in 1914. Its condition is 100% original and most likely only taken out for a shoot just a couple of times, stored all these years in some fine gun rack as can be seen by its nearly mint condition. The Royal model came in both sidelock and best boxlock versions, and is described as a Best Self-acting or Unique ejector with customer-ordered engraving which could be ordered with fine scroll or deeply carved relief or game scenes (depending on customer choice), with a gold crown on the top lever.  For pairs, the gold crown was replaced with gold numbers, 1 and 2, as noted in Graham Greener’s book, The Greener Story, page 110.  This specimen is a #2 of a pair, serial number 64144, and you can see that its owner chose elegant game scenes of dogs, birds, and a rabbit surrounded by extremely fine scroll work.  True to all Royal models, the fences are arcaded and the strength of the Facile Princeps action is enhanced by its bolstered receiver. All Royals were fitted with the best wood available. Barrels are original with mirror bores.  Right bore measures .732” with .040 choke (Full) and left bore is .733” with .040 choke (Full).  Proved for 1 ¼ oz. Nitro. The automatic ejectors are well-timed, manual safety and double triggers. Price: $9,750.

Arrieta Double Side Lock Ejector 16 Gauge
Arrieta Double Side Lock Ejector 16 Gauge

Arrieta Double Side Lock Ejector 16 Gauge: Barrels: 28″, 2 3/4″ chambers, ic/mod chokes, ejectors, double triggers, auto-resetting safety. Barrel Markings: The right barrel has Arrieta made in Span markings, and the left barrel is marked with the importer/dealer’s name “Quality  Arms INC. Houston Texas USA”. Rib: Tapered, matted, solid rib with brass bead front sight. Receiver: The receiver is lavishly engraved with English floral bouquet & scroll engraving on case colored side plates, cheeks, receiver top and bottom. Wood: Straight grip walnut stock with extended checkering and a leather covered recoil pad. Splinter forearm with checkering and a push bottom release. LOP: 14 3/8″; DAC 1 1/4″; DAC: 1 7/8″. Weighs: 6 Lbs. 4 oz.Condition: The barrel blue is in very good condition, about 98% condition. The case color on the left side plate is very strong but is faded toward front hinge, on the right side plate the case color is not quite as strong, but still very good with fading towards the front hinge along the bottom. The case color on the top of the receiver and tang is quite strong, while the bottom of the receiver the case color is fading some and yet there is lots of remaining color. The bores are very bright and shiny. The wood has quite a few very small superficial scratches, typically found on guns that have been hunted with but not abused. There are a couple of small dings as well. The oil finish is getting dry and could use a bit of freshening up. The leather on the recoil pad is raw in places and can use a good going over with some leather preservative/conditioner.  Price:  $3999.99

Caliber: 16 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very good.
Wood Condition: Very good but could use some TLC. For more info. see “Description”.
Bore Condition: Very good.
Butt Pad: Leather covered recoil pad.
Weight: 6 Lbs. 4 oz.
Chokes: IC & Mod.

Connecticut ShotgunRBL Launch  20ga SxS Shotgun
Connecticut ShotgunRBL Launch  20ga SxS Shotgun

Connecticut ShotgunRBL Launch  20ga SxS Shotgun: Unfired factory delivered condition. This gun is “as new” with the original factory packaging and paper in the makers case and RBL shipping box. 28″bbls, English grip,14 1/4″, splinter fore arm, double triggers, hidden chokes, upgraded 3x wood, assisted opening, ejectors, case color is great on this gun. Factory price for this gun with these specifications is $4700. Buy this one and save $800.  Price: $3,900

Belgian Guild Gun- O/U 20ga
Belgian Guild Gun- O/U 20ga

Belgian Guild Gun- O/U 20ga. 26” barrels chocked IC/Full, beautiful straight grip stock, checkered butt, double trigger, automatic ejectors, automatic safety, Belgian manufacture, marked “For Frank Pugliese” on the right side of the barrel, the gun remains in excellent overall condition with very minor handling marks, a wonderful upland bird gun, available for immediate delivery. 6lbs. 4oz. 14 ¼ “ x 1 ½ “ x 2 3/8”. Price: $2,499

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Westley Richards Droplock .500 Nitro Express SxS Double Rifle
Westley Richards Droplock .500 Nitro Express SxS Double Rifle

Westley Richards Droplock .500 Nitro Express SxS Double RifleBrand new. Fired only for regulation at factory. Regulated for 570-grain bullet. Articulated front trigger. Perfectly balanced.

Best double rifle maker in the world. Weight: 11 lbs. 4 oz. Barrel length: 24″. LOP: 14 3/4″. Price: $85,000

 

CSMC Inverness - SPECIAL, Round Body, O/U, 20ga, 30" barrels
CSMC Inverness – SPECIAL, Round Body, O/U, 20ga, 30″ barrels

CSMC Inverness – SPECIAL, Round Body, O/U, 20ga, 30″ barrels: A round elegant, classic timeless design that is more than just the sum total of its parts, TruLock chokes, Exhibition American black walnut pistol grip stock, Leather covered pad, TruOil finish, single selective trigger, Long tang trigger guard, automatic ejectors, automatic safety, vent rib, spectacular game scenes featuring quail in flight on one side and woodcock on the other with miniature rose & scroll engraving covering the rest of the receiver, the frame is French grayed and plasma hardened, available for immediate delivery. Base Price – $8,995.00, options include: Exhibition wood – $900, TruOil finish – $500, Long tang trigger guard – $700, Leather covered pad – $550, S&H – $75.00. 6 lbs.  10.6 oz. 14 ½” X 1 ½” X 2 3/8″. Price: $4,995

Browning, B-SS Sidelock, 12 gauge, SxS, DESIRABLE 28" BARRELS
Browning, B-SS Sidelock, 12 gauge, SxS, DESIRABLE 28″ BARRELS

Browning, B-SS Sidelock, 12 gauge, SxS, DESIRABLE 28″ BARRELSs/n 01092PX918 (mfg. 1983-1988 only). Action:   FULL SIDELOCK SHOTGUN,   double triggers,   floral and scroll hand engraved, satin grey finish. Barrels:  VERY DESIRABLE 28″ LENGTH,   CHOPPER LUMPED AS ONLY THE FINEST GUNS ARE,   double underlocking lugs,   AUTOMATIC EJECTORS,   choked Modified & Full. Stock:  English-style (straight) SELECT Walnut stock,   splinter forearm,   CHECKERED BUTT,   nicely checkered,   DAC 1 1/2″,   DAH 2 1/4″,   slightly cast off for a right hand shooter. 100% original metal and wood,   metal retains 100% bright blue,   receiver retains perfect satin grey finish,   wood is 98-99% exhibiting only two storage marks on right side of buttstock.  Price: $4,495

BERETTA - 424 - SxS - 12ga - 28" - M / F - Double Triggers - Extractors
BERETTA – 424 – SxS – 12ga – 28″ – M / F – Double Triggers – Extractors

BERETTA – 424 – SxS – 12ga – 28″ – M / F – Double Triggers – Extractors: 1981 – Beretta 424 12ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ M / F (.017 / .040) Vent Rib, Double Triggers, Extractors, LOP 14-1/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″,  Weight 6 lbs. 8 oz. Price: $1,350

BERETTA S685 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN: 26 1/4″ BARRELS, CHOKES IMPROVED CYLINDER & IMPROVED MODIFIED, MINT BORES, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, EXTRACTORS, MANUAL SAFETY, 13 9/16″ LENGTH OF PULL OVER PAD, 98% CONDITION. Price: $799

BERETTA S685 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN,
BERETTA S685 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN,

 

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