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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

 

 

 

Good gun alert: 20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28″ bbls, double triggers …

20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28" barrels, Double triggers
20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28″ barrels, Double triggers

Here’s one of the holy grails of grouse and quail guns. It’s a 20 gauge Beretta ASE, and what makes it so very special are the  28″ barrels and proper double triggers (most have 26 1/2″ bbls and single triggers). While it’s priced on the strong side, it just might be worth it. The 28″-bbls & double triggers configuration is just that hard to find.

Beretta introduced the ASEs in 1949 as lightweight hunting guns, and the company made them into the 1960s (the current ASEs are heavier, target guns, and not as nice). Early ASEs shotguns came in 2 gauges (12g and 20g) and 3 grades (ASE, ASEL, and ASEELL). I’ve been told that they were all made in Beretta S- and then SO -shop, the place where the company made it’s sidelock OUs. I’ve read that the ASEs used many of same features and parts as well, along with a great deal hand fitting. That made these guns very quality — probably among the highest-quality boxlock OUs every built in Italy.

BERETTA AS20E O/U 20 GAUGE28″ VENT RIB MOD AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 5LBS 10 OZ X 2″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 5/8″. Price: $4,950

20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28" barrels, Double triggers
20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28″ barrels, Double triggers
20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28" barrels, Double triggers
20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28″ barrels, Double triggers
20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28" barrels, Double triggers20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28" barrels, Double triggers
20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28″ barrels, Double triggers

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John Dickson of Edinburgh BEST Round action with new barrels by the maker and Huey cased
John Dickson of Edinburgh BEST Round action with new barrels by the maker and Huey cased

John Dickson of Edinburgh BEST Round action with new barrels by the maker and Huey casedThis Dickson is as sound as they come and has new chopperlump barrels by Dickson proofed in London. According to the new Donald Dallas book on John Dickson this gun was completed the 12 of April 1896. Price: $18,800

Antique: Yes
Serial Number: 4880
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 28
Barrel Type: Steel
Action: round action trigger plate
Gauge: 12 gauge
Stock Comb: 1 7/16
Stock Heel: 2 1/8
Stock Cast: 3/16
LOP: 14 1/4″
Weight: 6 lbs. 9 oz.
Choke Left: .024 full
Choke Right: .010 IC
Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .030
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .032

Winchester Model 21, 12 Gauge, Skeet Grade, SxS
Winchester Model 21, 12 Gauge, Skeet Grade, SxS

Winchester Model 21, 12 Gauge, Skeet GradeThis example is totally original and in excellent condition.  It has WS1 and WS2 skeet choked barrels, automatic ejectors, single select trigger, and 26 inch barrels.  It also has a straight grip “English” stock that measures 14 inches to a checkered butt.  The blue is well over 90% with the majority of the wear on the trigger guard tang.  The wood is excellent with only surface wear and minor scratches.  This shotgun has a great “original look”. Price: $6,250

Beretta — AS20-EL Boxloxk Ejector — 20 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers26 3/4″ O/U matted-vent-rib barrels of Boehler Antinit steel, choked modified & improved modified. 14 1/4″ pull from front trigger to checkered wood butt. 1 1/4″ – 2 1/4″ drop. No cast. Figured walnut stock with slender field forend, straight English grip, swivels, and classic point-pattern checkering. Shallow, scroll engraved, coin-finished, scalloped action with automatic ejectors and manual top tang safety. Weight: 5lbs, 9oz. Built 1962. 99% blue. Tight and with excellent bores. Price: $5975.

Beretta --- AS20-EL Boxloxk Ejector --- 20 Gauge, 2 3/4" Chambers
Beretta — AS20-EL Boxloxk Ejector — 20 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers
FR Jac Bartels Custom Sidelock SxS Shotgun, 16 gauge 27" barrels
FR Jac Bartels Custom Sidelock SxS Shotgun, 16 gauge 27″ barrels

FR Jac Bartels Custom Sidelock SxS Shotgun, 16 gauge 27″ barrels: This side by side is custom made by the German gunsmith Weisbaden. It is in good condition for the year that is was made and have very few handling marks.  Length of pull: 14 3/4″. Weight: 5lbs 10oz Drop at comb: 1 1/2″. Drop at heel: 2 1/2″. Chamber: 2 9/16″. Price: $3,995
Parker VHE 12ga. with 32″ Vulcan steel barrels: #231731,  Chokes are full (.035″) and full (.035″) with excellent bores and 3″ chambers.Other features include a pistol grip stock with a 141/2″ LOP over an old No Shok pad,a Parker single selective trigger,ejectors,twin beads,and a splinter forend.Built on a 11/2 frame,this gun weighs 8-5 but is so well balanced that it feels and handles much lighter.The gun retains 90% case colors,99% barrel blue and 99% wood finish.There is a possibility that the gun was restored long ago,but if so,the work was really outstanding.The barrel flats have a repair code of EH3,meaning the gun went back to Remington for work in October of 1939.The barrels are tight and on face and lock up soundly with the top lever to the right.This gun would make a tremendous live pigeon gun,trap gun, or clays gun.With Bismuth shot it would be an outstanding duck gun.A real classic. Price: $3995

Parker VHE 12ga. with 32" Vulcan steel barrels
Parker VHE 12ga. with 32″ Vulcan steel barrels

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Abbiatico & Salvinelli Best Quality Side Lock in 28 gauge
Abbiatico & Salvinelli Best Quality Side Lock in 28 gauge

Abbiatico & Salvinelli Best Quality Side Lock in 28 gauge: With 27″ smooth game rib barrels choked IC&M . Straight grip stock of outstanding light walnut with vivid black streaking in both sides. Matching splinter forend. LOP 14 1/2 over checkered butt. Beautiful and very fine full coverage english scroll engraving signed by master engraver Goldani. Gun is in 98% condition and is cased in it’s original trunk case. Price: $15,995

Mortimer and Sons .450 3 1/4 BPE: This is a original, mechanically sound double rifle, with Jones underlever chambered for the .450 3 1/4″ BPE.  It has a 27 3/4″ barrels with full length file cut rib and three rear sight leaves, one fixed at 100,and two folding at 200 and 300 yards.  The Henry

Mortimer and Sons .450 3 1/4 BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle
Mortimer and Sons .450 3 1/4 BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle

rifling in both barrels is very good with a teeny bit of pitting in each. There is very generous engraving on the action and lock plates and it is sharp with some color remaining in protected areas. The fore end has a lever style release and across the steel butt plate is written, “charge 120 grains”.  The length of pull is 14 5/8″ and it tips the scales at a fraction under 9lbs.  The only known defects are a 1/2″ crack in the heal of the stock just in front of the widow’s peak of the buttplate and a one inch sliver missing from the fore end, both of which are pictured and why I’m not asking $7500.  The stock has what I believe to be original finish, the checkering is very good, with handling marks comensurate to a rifle this old.  Overall, a very nice example of a fine Scottish double rifle. Price: $6,850

Merkel 447SL – Side Lock Ejector – 16ga, 28″, M/F, Raised Solid Rib, English Stock, Checkered Butt, Splinter Forearm: Price: $5,500.

http://www.gunsinternational.com/Merkel-447-SL-16ga-28-English-Stock-Double-Triggers-Side-Lock-Ejector. Merkel - - 447 SL - 16ga - 28" - English Stock, Double Triggers - Side Lock Ejector cfm?gun_id=100524833
Merkel – – 447 SL – 16ga – 28″ – English Stock, Double Triggers – Side Lock Ejector
1903 LC Smith No. 3 12G SxS Shotgun
1903 LC Smith No. 3 12G SxS Shotgun

1903 LC Smith No. 3 12G SxS Shotgun: Very nice 1903 year manufacture L.C. Smith with chain damascus 30″ barrels. Faint case color. Original factory engraving with grade 3 oval on each sideplate. All original with factory straight stock. Solid gun in very good condition. Lever is in center position. Price: $2250

 

Rizzini, Omnium Small, 28 Ga. O/U Shotgun:Price: $1,849.98

Rizzini, Omnium Small, 28 Ga. O/U Shotgun
Rizzini, Omnium Small, 28 Ga. O/U Shotgun
Manufacturer: SN: 86XXX
Caliber: 28 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very good
Wood Condition: Very good with few handling marks
Bore Condition: Clean and bright
Barrels: 28″ vent rib
Triggers: Single
Stock: Checkered hardwood
Stock Dimensions: LOP: 14 5/8
Fore End: Checkered hardwood with schnabel
Butt Pad: Rizzini ribbed wooden plate
Weight: 5 lbs., 8 oz.
Sights: Front bead
Chokes: Screw in tubes
Extras: Comes with 3 extra choke tubes, tube wrench, hard case and manual.

 

Good gun alert: 12 gauge Beretta AS EL, straight grip, double triggers…

: BERETTA - ASEL - 12ga 27-5/8" - English Stock - Hand Engraved - Hand Built
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BERETTA – ASEL – 12ga 27-5/8″ – English Stock – Hand Engraved – Hand Built

Here’s a great double that’s very hard to find. These AS-grade Beretta O/Us are some of the finest shotguns the company made. With a straight grip and double triggers, this one would make a great field gun.

1959 – Beretta ASEL 12ga, 2-3/4″, 27-5/8″: IC / IC (.010 / .011), Double Trigger, Ejectors, English Stock, LOP 14″, Drop 1-3/8″ – 2-1/4″, Weight 7 lbs. 2 oz. Hand Built, Hand Engraved, Custom Grade Gun. These guns were built with the same care and right along side the SO Grade Berettas of the day. Basically, a Box Lock version of the SO Side Lock gun. Price: $3,850

: BERETTA - ASEL - 12ga 27-5/8" - English Stock - Hand Engraved - Hand Built
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BERETTA – ASEL – 12ga 27-5/8″ – English Stock – Hand Engraved – Hand Built

Good gun alert: 12 gauge Beretta ASE, 30″ barrels…

Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30" light full and improved cylinder barrels
Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30″ light full and improved cylinder barrels
Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30" light full and improved cylinder barrels
Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30″ light full and improved cylinder barrels
Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30" light full and improved cylinder barrels
Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30″ light full and improved cylinder barrels
Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30" light full and improved cylinder barrels
Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30″ light full and improved cylinder barrels

I’m a big fan of Beretta’s original line of ASE boxlock O/U shotguns. Beretta introduced the ASEs in 1949 as lightweight hunting guns, and the company made them into the 1960s (the current ASEs are heavier, target guns, and not as nice). The early ASEs shotguns came in 2 gauges (12g and 20g) and 3 grades (ASE, ASEL, and ASEELL).

Most of the ASEs I’ve seen have been 20 gauges. The few 12 bores I’ve come across have had 26″ or 28″ barrels.

This is the first one I’ve seen with longer, 30″, tubes. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the auction ends tomorrow, 1/4/2014, @ 12:29:31 PM ET.

Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30″ light full and improved cylinder barrels: Ejectors, solid rib, new Beretta hammer springs and lever springs. New 3/4″ recoil pad with changeable 1/2″ recoil pad included. LOP to wood 14 1/16″, with 3/4″ pad 14 7/8″. Drop at heel 2 1/4″, drop at comb 1 1/2″. Made in 1954. Rare with 30″ barrels. Excellent mechanical condition with a few light handling marks.

Gone! Dream Beretta AS EELL O/U sells in just a few hours..

Beretta AS EELL Double Barrel Over-Under 20 gauge, 27 1/2" bbls
Beretta AS EELL Double Barrel Over-Under 20 gauge, 27 1/2″ bbls

SALE PENDING – that’s what the listing on this fantastic little Beretta said just a few hours after the little O/U gun on the market. It’s easy to see why. Of all the configurations that Beretta’s ASE over-under shotguns came in, this one has to be the rarest. I wish I hadn’t missed it.

BERETTA ASEL EELL 20 GAUGE O/U WITH 27 1/2″ BARRELS – GREAT ENGRAVING: Lovely deep cut floral engraving. Solid rib. Ejectors. Straight grip with long trigger guard. High condition. Plugged swivel holes – typical of ASEL guns. Barrel weight of 1,190. Mirror bores. Bottom barrel measures at .625 with 20/1000 choke (Mod) while top barrel is .623 with 28/1000 Choke (Full). Bottom barrel firing pin need replacement. Weight of gun is 5 LBS 11 1/8″ OZ. Shipping is $35. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 5/8″ Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″ Drop at Heel – 2 1/8″ Price: SALE PENDING

Beretta AS EELL Double Barrel Over-Under 20 gauge, 27 1/2" bbls
Beretta AS EELL Double Barrel Over-Under 20 gauge, 27 1/2″ bbls
Beretta AS EELL Double Barrel Over-Under 20 gauge, 27 1/2" bbls
Beretta AS EELL Double Barrel Over-Under 20 gauge, 27 1/2″ bbls
Beretta AS EELL Double Barrel Over-Under 20 gauge, 27 1/2" bbls
Beretta AS EELL Double Barrel Over-Under 20 gauge, 27 1/2″ bbls
Beretta AS EELL Double Barrel Over-Under 20 gauge, 27 1/2" bbls
Beretta AS EELL Double Barrel Over-Under 20 gauge, 27 1/2″ bbls

Good gun alert: another nice 20 gauge Beretta ASE…

1953 Beretta AS 20E Boxlock 20 Gauge Over Under Shotgun
1953 Beretta AS 20E Boxlock 20 Gauge Over Under Shotgun

I’ve written about these great little doubles a number of time before. They’re such great shotguns that very time I see one I feel obligated to let people know.

Back in 1949, Beretta introduced a line of O/Us that would become legends. The ASs were boxlock O/Us and Beretta built them as lightweight hunting guns. The shotguns came in 2 gauges (12g and 20g) and 3 grades (ASE, ASEL, and ASEELL).

1953 Beretta AS 20E Boxlock 20 Gauge Over Under Shotgun
1953 Beretta AS 20E Boxlock 20 Gauge Over Under Shotgun

Today, a lot of Beretta fanatics consider the AS-grades to be the best boxlock shotguns made by the Italian company. If you’re looking for a fantastic upland gun, the one you see here is hard to beat.

1953 Beretta AS 20E Boxlock 20 Gauge Over Under: 26 inch skeet and skeet chokes. This gun is 99% receiver 97% barrels and 98% wood. Double triggers. Serial # is 11xxx. WT 5lb 7oz DAC 1 3/8 DAH 2 1/8 LOP 14.

1953 Beretta AS 20E Boxlock 20 Gauge Over Under Shotgun
1953 Beretta AS 20E Boxlock 20 Gauge Over Under Shotgun

Good gun alert: a 12 gauge Beretta ASEL, double triggers, long bbls…

1956 - Beretta ASEL - 12ga, 27-5/8" bbls
1956 – Beretta ASEL – 12ga, 27-5/8″ bbls

A fantastic O/U at a fair price — that’s what you see here. Beretta started making their AS-line of boxlock over & under shotguns in 1949 and they continued turning them out into the 1960s.

These were made for hunting (i.e., light weight compared to the later ASE target models introduced in the late ’80s). The ASELs were hand engraved and hand fitted. They eventually were replaced in the early 60s by the S5x series of beretta boxlock over/unders. The S5x series was manufactured to allow parts interchangeability without hand-fitting.

1956 - Beretta ASEL - 12ga, 27-5/8" bbls
1956 – Beretta ASEL – 12ga, 27-5/8″ bbls

Beretta build these as hunting guns, and the company offered 2 gauges (12g and 20g) and three grades (ASE, ASEL, and ASEELL). Each grade featured hand engraving and all models were build with the quality that has made these doubles so great. Toady, a lot of serious Beretta fanatics condider any of the AS-grades to be the finest boxlock O/Us shotguns Beretta ever made.

Here’s more about this one from the seller:

1956 – Beretta ASEL – 12ga, 27-5/8″ bbls: 2-3/4″, Modified / Full (.018 / .041), Double Triggers, Solid Tapered Rib, Prince of Whales Grip, Checkered Butt, LOP 14-1/2″ with Drop 1-3/8″ to 2″, Weight 6 lbs. 13 oz. all Original Super Nice Condition – especially for a 1956 gun. A very lightly used gun that hasn’t been shot much at all. Perfect Bores. Sharp Checkering. Bank Vault Action. A Very Tight Gun! Price: Price: $4900

1956 - Beretta ASEL - 12ga, 27-5/8" bbls
1956 – Beretta ASEL – 12ga, 27-5/8″ bbls
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