Good gun alert: A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge…

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

Fox’s C-grade double barrel shotguns have always seemed like a good balance between too little and too much finish. The grades about them (the DE, XE, & FEs) are bit too done up for my taste, while the Sterlingworths, AEs, & BEs can be plain.

The one you see here is a good example of what I mean. The engraving is just enough to keep things interesting without being gaudy, and the wood is appealing with screaming “FIGURE” and stealing the whole show. In their 1925 catalog, A.H. Fox has this say about  their C-grade shotguns:

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

“This is the grade that has made good everywhere. In every respect it is a high grade. It’s beauty in looks and finish. No gun will stand up better to hard work. Its every detail is perfect. And at the price it is in a class absolutely by itself.

THE BARRELS are a high quality of Chromox Fluid Steel. They are guaranteed both for accurate shooting and great strength. THE STOCK is a choice selection of dark, curly Walnut. The grain is beautifully brought out in the hand rubbed oil finish. THE ENGRAVING is the work of an artist. It stands out clear and beautiful in design. THE CHECKERING is of fine diamond pattern on grip, panels and forend…”

Here’s more about this one from the seller:

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

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 GA: 30″ bbls, 2 3/4″ chambers, Modified & Full, 14 3/8″ LOP, 7 3/4lbs. Action shows case color in protected areas and barrel blue remains at 90%. Bores are bright and excellent! Wood is free of cracks with light use marks and has been fitted with an aftermarket pad. Small chip is missing at top right corner behind reciever. Lockup is tight. Price: $3,999

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

 

Good gun alert: a 12 gauge Fox CE double barrel shotgun…

12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS, 32" bbls
12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS, 32″ bbls

The A.H. Fox & Company was one America’s most famous gunmakers. Today, their doubles are some of the most collectible side-by-sides out there.

Like other makers, Fox offered their guns in a range of grades, from the entry level Sterlingworths to their over-the-top FEs.

The shotgun you see here is a C grade — Fox’s middle-grade double — and it looks like it’s in decent original condition. It’s on Gunbroker.com now with no reserve.

If you like it, get on it soon. The auction ends on 6/1/2013 @ 6:10:00 PM ET. Demand for it is strong and it looks like it will go north of $4000.

12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS, 32" bbls
12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS, 32″ bbls

Here are the details on it from the seller:

12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS, 32″ bbls: Factory card shows that S/N 26476 left the factory in the same current configuration as it is today. Barrels 32″ Full pistol grip Choked M&M when it left the factory Chokes today are .028 and .028 Weight 7lbs. 11 oz. Drop at heel 2 7/8″ LOP 14 1/8″ Ejectors Ivory front bead Bores are in very good condition. Wood is not cracked, only one small repair which can be seen in the picture of the forend, and a dent at the front of the comb. A fair amount of case coloring in the protected areas. I have personally hunted with this gun and it operates, ejects, and shoots flawlessly.

12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS, 32" bbls
12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS, 32″ bbls

The Baltimore Arms Company…

Baltimore Arms Company, 12 gauge
Baltimore Arms Company, 12 gauge

The road to success is littered with good ideas and strong starts. For every company that makes it, many others wither away and die. The Baltimore Arms Co. was a company that didn’t make it.

From January 1900 to October 1904, they manufactured side-by-side shotguns based on a patent designed by Frank Hollenbeck. These doubles came in three different variations: a 1900 model, a 1902 model and a 1904 model. The 1900 models came in 3 Grades ( A, B & C) and one gauge (12). All grades came with half-pistol grips and damascus bbls. Grade Cs could also be ordered with fluid steel barrels and straight grips.

For the 1902 models, the company added 16-gauges along with two higher grades: the Trap Gun (list price $125) with straight grip and a Grade D. The 1904 models featured slightly tweaked actions and several new options for the B Grades.

Baltimore Arms Company, 12 gauge
Baltimore Arms Company, 12 gauge

Overall, it the Baltimore Arms Company made around 6,000 shotguns. While that’s not a ton of doubles, it is enough to keep a couple on the market most of the time. A search on Gunbroker.com will usually pull a one up.

Check out this string here from Doublegunshop.com to take a look a few nices ones, including a real sweet Grade D with a straight grip.

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