Online auction alert: 20g Browning BSS, no reserve….

BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION
BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION

Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of the most reliable and affordable side-by-side shotguns out there. It’s a 20g Browning BSS Sporter. It’s on Gunauction.com now and the listing ends Monday, November 30, @ 7:00pm.

Introduced in 1971, the original Browning BSS was an Anson & Deeley-style boxlock shotgun that combined a proven design with top-quality metals, excellent finishing, and an affordable price.

Standard models came in 12g & 20g with pistol grips, ejectors, single triggers, beavertail forends, and either 26″, 28″, or 30″ barrels. Sporters featured straight grips, 26″ or 28″ barrels, and a half-beavertail forends. Both were made in Japan by Miroku (the same company building Browning’s Citori OU).

In 1983, Browning introduced a sidelock BSS model, also made in Japan by Miroku.

BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION
BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION

BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION: ORIGINAL BROWNING BLUE FINISH 99.9% CONDITION, ENGRAVED BOXLOCK ACTION, AUTO EJECTORS, SINGLE NON-SELECTIVE TRIGGER , CHECKERED PISTOL GRIP WALNUT STOCK, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM WITH BEAUTIFUL THREE-DIMENSIONAL GRAIN, MECHANICAL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, TIGHT AND CLEAN, IN LIKE NEW CONDITION, 26″ BARRELS SOLID RIB, 14-1/4 LOP W/BUTT PLATE, NON-REMOVABLE CHOKE BORES ARE BOTH FULL, BORES ARE LIKE A MIRROR, 20-GA  2-3/4 AND 3″ CHAMBER, SN# 01857RN168 ALL MATCHING, NO BOX OR MANUAL FOUND.

BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION
BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION

 

BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION
BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION

Online auction alert: 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, no reserve….

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels
Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels

Here’s another chance to get a great deal on one of the finest all-around upland guns out there. This Beretta 686 Onyx is on Gunbroker.com now. The online auctions ends today, 11/9/2020, @ 1:33 PM.

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels
Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels

When I was a kid, I lusted for one of these. I’m certain the guys counter at L.L. Bean’s old hunting store were sick of me asking to see one every time I was in there (which was a lot). Eventually I bought one, and I’ve had a 686 in my safe for 20+ years now. From Maine to Montana, I’ve killed everything from ruffed grouse and huns to pheasants with one, and I’ve never had a mechanical issue of been let down.

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels. SK, SK, IC, M, F. 3 inch chambers. Single selective trigger. Ejectors. 14 5/8″ LOP factory Beretta pad. 6 lbs 6 oz. Excellent condition and bore.

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels
Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels
Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels
Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels
Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels
Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels

Online auction alert: Parker VH 12g, #1-frame, NO RESERVE…

PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26" VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!...MFD 1918
PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26″ VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!…MFD 1918

Here’s your chance to get a deal on an American classic and a great vintage bird gun. For reasons I’ll explain below, this regular looking 12g VH-grade Parker is really a super hard-to-find shotgun. It’s in Gunauction.com now, and it has No Reserve. The listing ends November 1, 2020, @ 5:07pm.

While 12g VH-quality Parkers are easy to find, most of the ones out here weigh around 8 lbs. Some come in at 7.25 – 7.5 lbs. Very few are as light as the one you see here: 6-pounds, 12-ounces.

PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26" VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!...MFD 1918
PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26″ VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!…MFD 1918

Why? Because this 12g Parker was built on a 16-gauge action.

On Parkers, each gauge was built on a range of different sized frames (AKA actions). These frame sizes correlated with the gun’s weight.

PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26" VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!...MFD 1918
PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26″ VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!…MFD 1918

On hammerless 12-gauges made in the 20th-century, the standard frame was a #2. Lightweight, hammerless 12s from this period were built on 1-1/2 frames. When someone ordered an ultralight model, it came on a #1 frame — the standard frame for 16-gauge Parkers.

PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26" VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!...MFD 1918
PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26″ VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!…MFD 1918

PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26″ VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!…MFD 1918: NO RESERVE!! Here’s a Parker Brothers VH Grade Hammerless Side-by-Side 12-gauge shotgun. This gun is built on the light #1 frame and has 26-inch Vulcan fluid steel barrels with 2-3/4″ chambers. It features double triggers, extractor, and automatic safety. Overall condition is very good although the metal finish shows wear and the stocks have been repaired/refinished. The barrels have not been cut and the chokes measure Cylinder (Left/.000″ constriction) and Modified (Right/.019″ constriction). The original finish on the barrels shows handling wear with various small nicks & dings but no dents. The finish is thin at the rear part of the barrels but I’d grade the barrel finish at about 65% overall. The finish on the frame has worn mostly to silver but there is some original case colors visible internally and in the most protected areas (inside the trigger guard, under the top lever). The serial numbered parts are matching and the screws are all nicely timed. The wood is quite sound but has been refinished and the checkering recut in the past. There are a couple of small chips along the upper tang and a small tight crack running back from the rear of the upper tang. A small chip is missing from the toe of the original dog’s head hard rubber buttplate. Length of Pull measures 13-7/8″ to the forward trigger; Drop @ Comb is 1-1/2″; Drop @ Heel is 2-7/8″. Weight is just under 6-pounds, 12-ounces. The mechanics are in good working order and the gun locks up tight with no signs of being off face. The triggers, safety, and extractor all work properly. The gun is just a little stiff to open which should improve with some shooting. The bores are bright and free of pitting, dents of bulges. The barrels “ring” when struck indicating the solder joints are solid. The serial number indicates this Parker VH was manufactured back in 1918. This would make someone a pretty decent vintage upland game gun!

On Ebay now: Boss, Purdey, Holland & Holland, NO RESERVES …

Here are some items I just listed on Ebay. All have $1 starts, no reserves.

Boss & Co Best-Quality Oak & Leather Case

Boss & Co Best-Quality Oak & Leather Case: Made in the 1990s for a 20g Boss OU shotgun, possibly by Vincent Rickards.
Boss & Co Best-Quality Oak & Leather Case:
Made in the 1990s for a 20g Boss OU shotgun, possibly by Vincent Rickards.

Made in the 1990s for a 20g Boss OU shotgun, possibly by Vincent Rickards.

James Purdey & Sons Lightweight Canvas Case with Accessories

James Purdey & Sons Lightweight Canvas Case with Accessories. Made for a 12-gauge side-by-side with 28” barrels.
James Purdey & Sons Lightweight Canvas Case with Accessories. Made for a 12-gauge side-by-side with 28” barrels.

Genuine “Lightweight Flat V.C Canvas Case”, superb original condition, made for a 12-gauge side-by-side shotgun, 28” barrel compartment.

Holland & Holland Best Quality Oak & Leather Shotgun Shell Magazine

Holland & Holland Best Quality Oak & Leather Shotgun Shell Magazine. Holds up to 500 12-gauge shotgun shells. Made for a British aristocrat.
Holland & Holland Best Quality Oak & Leather Shotgun Shell Magazine. Holds up to 500 12-gauge shotgun shells. Made for a British aristocrat.

Holds up to 500 12-gauge shotgun shells. Made for a British aristocrat.

See my other Ebay listings:

Abercrombie & Fitch nickel-plated oil bottle

Boss & Co 3-turnscrew set, best quality, possibly by Mike Marsh

Boss & Co 20g chamber brush, best quality

Boss & Co cleaning rod, best quality

12g Purdey snap caps

Purdey 3-turnscrew set, rosewood handles & red leather case

Auction alert: 20g F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso …

LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059
LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059

Here’s your chance to get a deal on a great side-by-side. This 20g Piotti BSEE Lusso is coming up this Saturday at REATA PASS AUCTIONS INC in Humboldt, AZ. The auction begins at 11:00 AM Pacific time.

LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059
LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059

This gun is built on the Anson & Deeley boxlock action, one of the most reliable — and copied — shotguns designs ever created. Armi F.lli Piotti’s interpretation of it is one of the finest out there. New, BSEEs start at $23,150, and to get one like you see here, you’ll spend at least $30,000.

LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059
LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059

Here’s the auctioneer’s listing:

LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059
LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059

LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga SN: 8059: Superb quality side-by-side double barrel boxlock shotgun chambered for 2 3/4″ 20 gauge shells, carefully hand crafted in Brescia, Italy circa 1984. Masterfully engraved & signed by noted engraver Maestro Walter Patelli. Imported by William Larkin Moore of Westlake, CA with import information engraved on the underside of the barrel. Configuration: Blued 26″ chopper-lump barrels with fixed improved cylinder/cylinder chokes & matted solid sighting rib, silver bead front sight, automatic ejectors, single trigger, coin finished fancy back receiver featuring exquisite scrolling acanthus engraving with floral highlights, sliding tang safety, knurled top lever, super fine point highly figured black stripe walnut splinter forend with Anson release & inlayed diamond escutcheon, and straight grip shoulder stock with inlayed gold circle escutcheon & leather wrapped recoil pad. Stock dimensions: drop at comb 1 5/16″, drop at heel 1 7/8″, length of pull 14 3/8″ and cast-off approximately 1/4″. Includes a leather wrapped locking trunk case by Nizzoli with factory label and partitioned interior containing a three-piece wood cleaning rod, snap-caps & Fabbri lubricant. The barrels retain approximately 96% of their blued finish showing wear/thinning near the muzzle and scattered handling marks/scratched with no observed finish loss on the receiver. Action is smooth & on-face, the bores are pristine and the oil finished wood stocks are extra fine. Condition in near NRA Excellent. Estimate: $15,000 – $22,500

LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059
LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059
LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059
LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059

Great gun alert: Super rare 12g Boss OU, rising-bite action…

Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action

The sidelock, double-barrel over-under shotgun you see here is one of the holy grails of British shotguns — and one of the mysteries of British gunmaking. It’s coming up to auction tomorrow, 10/17, and it has an estimated hammer of $25,000.00 – $50,000.

Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action

Boss & Co. patented their OU action in 1909. According to the company’s website:

“Robertson did not invent the O/U shotgun, but he created an Over and Under gun that was elegant, shapely, strong and far lighter than any other on the market. Until that time Over and Under guns often hailed from Germany but were heavy and ungainly. But Robertson’s OUs were strong, lively, light and slender, marking the Boss & Co Over and Under as the best on the market as soon as it was introduced. Immediately it set the standard and became the benchmark, a celebrated design that remains unsurpassed.”

Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action

Since 1909, Boss & Co. has built around 600 over-under shotguns. Very, very few of them were built with a feature that’s on the gun being auctioned off tomorrow: A Boss-style rising-bite action.

Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action

No one knows how many OUs Boss built with its rising-bite style action. The feature  appears around 1920 and shows up on 12-gauges and 20-gauges through the ’30s (here it is on a gun they built in 1937). I’ve never seen it on a Boss OU built after WW2 (Note: Boss & Co just started building rising-bite actions again and completed one in the last year or so).

But Boss never patented their version of the rising bite. I’ve never seen any evidence that the company promoted this feature or offered it as an upgrade or an option. From what I can tell, it just appears on certain guns and then disappears.

One thing to note: While this gun was originally nitro-proofed with 2 3/4″ chambers for 1 1/4 – ounce loads, it wasn’t made to shoot modern, high-pressure/high-velocity shells. So if you buy it, do the gun a favor and use ammo like this.

Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action

Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Shotgun: One of England’s finest… Desirable, elegant, made for a shooter. This shotgun has simple lines yet elegant and exceptionally designed side lock. Currently, Boss & Co. only produces about 20 shotguns annually. This one was manufactured in 1919-1920, and proofed for modern shells. Solid rib barrels have a single silver bead front sight, marked with proofs, Nitro proofs and more near breech. Forend is highly ornate with metal side skirts along the back half of the top, engraved with a tight scroll and finely blued. Barrels mate with the hinge pin and special locking mechanism near top lever. Locks are engraved 1005 with fine English scroll. Top lever and trigger are blued and equally ornate. Case coloring is accented with lock pins in both a polished or bright blue. Chamber indicators have horizontal gold inlay. Auto ejectors are crisp and timed superbly. Auto safety. High grade straight English stock with oil rubbed finish completed with a checkered butt and metal plates protecting heel and toe. Choked “Full” and “Mod”, ideal for clays or pheasant. Includes original leather bound case, Boss & Co. label on inside. Factory accessories. Must ship to FFL or C&R Condition: Antique Excellent. Bluing is in the 90-95% with the loss in touch points only (lower tang, forend, top lever, etc.). Case coloring is around 40%, fences and transition areas exhibit fine color striations while side of locks is muted. Wood is excellent, hard to find imperfections, probably cleaned at some point. Mechanically excellent. Barrels and Bores are nearly blem free and mirror bright. Gun Measurements: Chamber size is 2 ¾” Bore Diameter: Over Barrel – From 9” at the breech .733, 12” from the breech is .731 and continues at .731 until it hits the choke and final measurement at muzzle is .714 giving it a “Modified” choke. Under Barrel- From 9” at the breech .7325, 12” from the breech is .7315 and continues at .7315 until it hits the choke and final measurement at muzzle is .694 giving it a “Full” choke. Barrel Wall Thickness: Over Barrel- 12” from breech is .038, 12” from muzzle is .033 and is consistent through to muzzle Under Barrel- 12” from breech is .039, 12” from muzzle is .033 and is consistent through to muzzle LOP @ Heel= 14 7/8″ LOP @ Toe= 15 1/4″ Choke: O=.709 (Mod) U=.689 (Full) Drop @ Comb = 1 1/2″ Drop @ Heel = 2 1/8″ Weight= 7.4 lbs Cast Neutral Barrel Length: 30″ Serial: 6605 Manufacturer: BOSS & CO., LTD. Gauge: 12ga Year-Range 1919 – 1920. Estimate: $25,000.00 – $50,000.00 USD

Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action

2 important issues with yesterday’s 20g Parker GHE …

Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26", Bore Condition: Excellent
Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26″

Yesterday, 10/14, I posted an online auction alert for this shotgun:

Today, I learned that I missed two issues it has thanks to a person following Dogs and Doubles on Facebook. Because of these issues, I’m shifting my “recommended” to a “be forewarned”.

ISSUE 1: The checkering pattern on the forend is incorrect for a GH-grade Parker.

Checkering recut to the wrong pattern for a GH-grade Parker
Checkering recut to the wrong pattern for a GH-grade Parker

It should look like this:

Correct forend checkering for a GH-grade Parker
Correct forend checkering for a GH-grade Parker
Correct forend checkering for a GH-grade Parker
Correct forend checkering for a GH-grade Parker

ISSUE 2: The “2 3/4 SHELL” stamp on the barrel flats was not put there by the maker.

This "2 3/4 SHELL" mark is not original
This “2 3/4 SHELL” mark is not original

While the incorrect checkering pattern doesn’t bother me much, that 2 3/4 SHELL stamp gives me pause. Was it put there to inform — or deceive? And what should you make of it?

Chamber-lengths on older Parker shotguns are a confusing topic and trying to figure them out makes my head hurt. From what I can figure out, this 20g GHE was probably made with 2 3/8″ chambers for low-pressure 2 1/2″ shells.

No, that’s not a typo: 2 3/8″ chambers for 2 1/2″ ammo. Parker often bored chambers 1/8″ short, believing it improved shot patterns.

Once 2 3/4″ became the standard shell length for American-made game loads, gunsmiths and gunmakers often lengthened short chambers to 2 3/4″.

So is that what happened with this gun? Sort of. If the chambers really are 2 3/4″, a gunsmith — not Parker or Remington — did the work. As for the stamp, it’s not from the factory. But the person who had the gun redone may have asked to have the chambers opened and the gunsmith obliged and marked his work.

Or maybe a gunsmith opened the chambers to 2 3/4″ before the gun was redone and then later someone else added the mark to make the longer chambers appear original. Possible, but unlikely.

Regardless, one thing we do know for certain is if you were to buy this gun, you need to have a qualified gunsmith take a close look at the barrels and action to be sure everything is still in sound, safe, and shootable condition.

And even if they are, remember that you can’t shoot modern, high-pressure 2 3/4″ loads in this gun. You must still use vintage-style shotgun ammo.

Rare American classics: 12g L.C. Smith Long Range Water Fowl SxSs….

Scarce L.C.. Smith Specialty grade 12ga "Long Range" 32" fantastic duck gun!
Scarce L.C.. Smith Specialty grade 12ga “Long Range” 32″ fantastic duck gun!

Power and range have always been obsessions with shooters, and as long as people have been using shotguns, they’ve tried to build ones that can reach out further and take game at longer ranges.

In the early ’20s, Fox introduced its contribution to this tradition: the A.H. Fox HE-grade SxSs. These guns were built to take ducks at long ranges using Western’s new12-gauge Super-X shotgun shells.

Western Super X ammo
Western Super X ammo

Around the same time as Fox, L.C. Smith got into the long-range game with its Long Range Wild Fowl Guns. These Smiths were also made to shoot Western’s new ammo and the company claimed “The killing range of this gun is from 70 to 85 yards, and the gun is capable of killing at even longer distances.”

The L.C. Smith Long Range Wild Fowl Guns were big 12 gauges built with wide, heavy actions and barrels built to withstand the recoil from heavy loads. They weighed 8 – 8 1/2 lbs and had 30″ or 32″ barrels with 3″ chambers and were designed to handle 1 3/8-oz of shot. Chokes, as you can imagine, were tight.

Scarce L.C.. Smith Specialty grade 12ga "Long Range" 32" fantastic duck gun!
Scarce L.C.. Smith Specialty grade 12ga “Long Range” 32″ fantastic duck gun!

Scarce L.C. Smith Specialty Grade 12ga “LONG RANGE” 32″ – FANTASTIC Duck Gun: Exceedingly rare configuration with ONLY 2 made in this configuration!!  Matches the LCSCA letter as found today! 12ga L.C. Smith Specialty Grade Long Range gun made with 32″ barrels.  Gun with large original beavertail forend, capped pistol grip buttstock and made with Hunter One SST.  Very scarce gun.  The tip of the beavertail on this gun with a bone inlay that appears it could be original. This gun remains in fine condition overall.  Barrels show most of an older restored blue with an area of light pinprick pitting at the breech end of the left tube on top. Action retains about 35% light original color.  Stocks are sound and retain most of a restored finish. There is a small repair to the bottom left stock finger as seen in the photos. Mechanics are crisp and bores are bright and shiny. These Long Range Guns don’t come up very often and this is a particularly useful and popular configuration. Price: $5950  

L.C. Smith 12 Gauge - LONG RANGE, 3", STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN
L.C. Smith 12 Gauge – LONG RANGE, 3″, STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN

This Field grade Long Range Water Fowl Gun was made in 1922, a few years before L.C. Smith had fully developed the features of these guns and come up with a consistent way to designate them. I’ll let the seller tell you all about it:

L.C. Smith 12 Gauge – LONG RANGE, 3″, STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN:

Description:
General Specs: L.C. Smith, Year 1922, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 12oz, Chokes F/F, LOP 14″ rear trigger, DAH 2 7/8″, DAC 1 13/16″
Serial Number: RE51777

L.C. Smith 12 Gauge - LONG RANGE, 3", STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN
L.C. Smith 12 Gauge – LONG RANGE, 3″, STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN

Anyone who has studied L.C. Smith is aware of their famous “LONG RANGE” waterfowler.  Made to shoot a heavy 1 3/8oz. load while keeping patterns 90% 40 yards, the Long Range is very sought after and in high condition like this one, nearly impossible to find.  Special attention to chamber, bore, and chokes from the finest barrel men in the business is what made the L.C. Smith Long Range gun a legend.  The Long Range had heavy barrels with reinforced forend lug, standard frame, 3” chambers, long barrels, and tight chokes.  Those are the features that make a L.C. Smith a Long Range gun.  The Long Range was not officially introduced to the public until 1923 and most (definitely not all) were marked with “LONG RANGE” on the bottom of the barrel lug visible on the underside of the action.  This Field Grade Long Range, snRE51777, was built and shipped in 1922 and does not have the “LONG RANGE” marking on the barrel lug.  It does have all the features of a Long Range and we have the L.C. Smith Collectors Association letter and the Cody Firearms Museum letter documenting it is a Long Range, one of about 2000 ever made.  Not so “Rare”, but only 343 had ejectors, and only 66 had single selective triggers.  Now that is RARE!  Now consider the factory English stock (only found on about 10% of the total production of L.C. Smith guns) and you have A VERY RARE COMBINATION INDEED. NOW, FOR THE FINAL CLAIM TO AN EXTREMELY RARE FIND…THIS GUN HAS 98% FACTORY CONDITION TO GO WITH ALL THE REST!

L.C. Smith 12 Gauge - LONG RANGE, 3", STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN
L.C. Smith 12 Gauge – LONG RANGE, 3″, STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN

For those of you that admire the famous Elsie LONG RANGE, and the magic and skills of some of the best bore and choke men that ever lived, this is the “Holy Grail”.  Truly a fine example of an untouched, factory original, 98% condition in case color, blue, and stock finish in a waterfowler from the heydays.  You can still see jeweling on the breech face of the barrel and all the original trigger blue remains on the trigger blade. The 32” F/F choked barrels match to perfection from left to right.  Of the last 1000 barrels I have measured up, this is the only set that has the same bore diameter, barrel wall thickness, and choke constriction.  It is simply unheard of.  And it is all untouched barrel work as it left the factory.  This gun even has a LONG STOCK WITH EXCELLENT SHOOTING DIMENSIONS and a 14” LOP measured from a single trigger in the rear position to the end of the butt plate.  Add a vintage pad and you will have 14 ¾” LOP.  This gun has everything the modern collector/shooter is looking for and is almost impossible to find.  You can tell this will be an amazing gun in the field.  A gun sure to increase in value as you enjoy its use.  A classic waterfowler at home in the blind or whacking turkey, blocking for pheasants, or blasting long range doves, this is a chance to own a very nice Elsie! Price: $5,750

Online auction alert: 20g Beretta S55 OU, no reserve…

European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28" F/M Mfd 1962
European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28″ F/M Mfd 1962

It’s turning out to be a good couple of week’s for bird guns. Last week I featured this real nice 20g Beretta S57.

European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28" F/M Mfd 1962
European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28″ F/M Mfd 1962

Yesterday, I spotted this great little 20g S55. Gunbroker.com. It’s listed online now at Gunbroker.com and the auction ends Wednesday, 10/15, @ 9:00 PM.

It has everything you need to hunt grouse, woodcock & quail: two triggers, two barrels, good chokes, and good stock dimensions. And don’t let the sling turn you off. Over your shoulder is a great way to carry your gun — especially if you hunt over pointing dogs.

European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28" F/M Mfd 1962
European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28″ F/M Mfd 1962

Beretta introduced it’s S-series OU shotguns in 1955. There were three models: the S55 (Silver Snipe), the S56 (Golden Snipe), and the S57 (Ruby Snipe). These OUs combined features of Beretta’s expensive, handmade ASEs and sidelock S1s with cost-cutting, mass-production techniques.

In their day, Beretta’s S55, S56, and S57 competed with OUs like the Browning Superposed. But the S55, S56, and S57 weighed less and cost less than Browning’s gun. Thanks to these differences, the Beretta’s S-line of OUs sold well.

European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28" F/M Mfd 1962
European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28″ F/M Mfd 1962

Over time, these guns evolved into some of the best-selling OUs ever, like the Beretta 686 and the S687 Silver Pigeon.

European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28″ F/M Mfd 1962: We offer you a Beretta Model S55 Over/Under 20 gauge shotgun. It appears to be similar to their Silver Snipe shotgun. It was made for the European market and came from the factory with sling swivels and has a sling as shown. It wears 27 7/8 inch barrels but they were marketed as 28 inch. Both sides of the receiver are marked the same “BERETTA LOGO – PIETRO BERETTA / GARDONE V.T Brescia / MADE IN ITALY. The top of the barrel is marked “BERETTA with the Beretta logo as shown. The top barrel on the left side reads “ACCIAIO SPECIALE AL CROMO MOLIBDENO” – ” SPECIAL CHROME MOLYBDENUM STEEL” / 1,100 15,8 15,1. “full”. The top edges on the left is marked with the model number S.55″ the right top edge the serial number “01536”. On the receiver bottom is an engraving over a banner marked P.BERETTA / S.55 / PATENT as shown The bottom barrel “17.4/70 15,8 15,4” “modified”. The bottom is marked with proof marks with the model “S.55” the serial number “01536” and date code “XVIII” which makes the year of production 1962. The bores on the barrels are in excellent condition and it functions just fine. The bluing is in fine condition with some marks and a small area of freckling on the bottom of the lower barrel. It has 2 3/4 inch chambers, extractors and double triggers. There are no “star” choke markings on the barrels. The forearm is solid with no cracks with some dings on the bottom as shown and also has the matching serial number of “01536”. The English style butt stock is solid with no cracks and has some dings with the most distracting on the left side as shown. Overall this is a very fine made in Italy over/under shotgun.

Happening today: A great gun, a great cause: Custom Tall Timbers Beretta SL3 …

Here your chance to get one and help a great cause: Bid on the Tall Timbers Gun Volume III: Beretta Custom SL3 Field Gun today, 9/27, starting at 4pm
Bid on the Tall Timbers Gun Volume III: Beretta Custom SL3 Field Gun today, 9/27, starting at 4pm

Here your chance to get one and help a great cause: Bid on the Tall Timbers Gun Volume III: Beretta Custom SL3 Field Gun today, 9/27, starting at 4pm

I was at Beretta’s factory in 2018 when they launched the SL3. It’s an impressive gun, and one I would be proud to own. (You can read my story about it in Shooting Sportsman mag here)

Here’s more about this Custom Tall Timbers Beretta SL3 OU from the folks at Tall Timbers:

Happening today: A great gun, a great cause: Custom Tall Timbers Beretta SL3 ...
Happening today: A great gun, a great cause: Custom Tall Timbers Beretta SL3 …

“A Quail Gun with a Cause”. Tall Timbers Gun III, Custom Stocked Hand-Engraved Beretta SL3

Tallahassee, Fla. August 26, 2020 ― Number Three in the Tall Timbers Gun series is, appropriately, the SL3, the newest offering from Beretta’s famed Premium Division in Gardone, Italy. The SL3 was introduced in 2018, first as a 12-gauge capable of withstanding high-volume punishment from driven-game shooters in Britain. Beretta designed it to be agile and responsive in the hands, yet capable of enduring hundreds of thousands of rounds, including hard-to-digest steel- and other hard non-toxic shot — in other words, a 21st Century version of a best game gun. Last year, the world’s oldest gunmaker unveiled its sleeker, lighter sibling in 20-gauge, perfect for American upland hunters, and ideal for those who pursue bobwhites behind bird dogs.

Ready for your custom stock dimensions: Happening today: A great gun, a great cause: Custom Tall Timbers Beretta SL3 ...
Ready for your custom stock dimensions: Happening today: A great gun, a great cause: Custom Tall Timbers Beretta SL3 …

The SL3 is a symbiosis between Beretta’s centuries-old craft heritage and its state-of-the-art command of modern metallurgy and manufacturing capabilities. Shotguns produced by the latter method, often designed by engineers, can be handsome and affordable and are usually relentlessly reliable, but can lack the grace and beauty and subtle handling attributes of those made by a skilled craftsman’s hands and eyes. But with handiwork in increasingly short supply worldwide, it is ever more expensive — a traditional handcrafted best gun will cost as much as a Porsche 911, and often much, much more.

At the range with Beretta's new SL3 OU
Me at the range in Italy with Beretta’s new SL3 OU back in 2018

The SL3 was purpose-made to bridge the gulf between man and machine. Ferdinando Belleri —the traditionally-trained master gunmaker who captains the Beretta custom shop — designed it with other elite old-school craftsmen, but its components are machined with exacting precision in the larger factory. These return to the custom shop — Beretta Due, as it’s called — and under Belleri’s eagle-eyed supervision every SL3 is assembled, hand-fit and finished to the standards which Beretta premium guns are known for. The result is a hybrid — with the beauty of Beretta’s sidelock SO10, and the durability of its Olympic medal-winning DT11 competition guns, and far less expensive than the former.

Bid on the Tall Timbers Gun Volume III: Beretta Custom SL3 Field Gun today, 9/27, starting at 4pm

As with the first two Tall Timbers guns—the first by bespoke Italian maker Luciano Bosis, the second by Scotland’s renowned David McKay Brown — this year’s gun is an international collaboration headed by Tall Timbers CEO William Palmer, assisted by Shooting Sportsman Senior Editor Vic Venters. For the second time, noted American artist C.D. Clarke was enlisted to provide artwork — of flushing bobwhite against a backdrop of the famous fire research grounds at Tall Timbers — to serve as a template for the SL3’s hand-engraved game scene on the base of the action. Standard SL3s come either with a plain highly polished action, or with English-style rose & scroll, or full game scenes, or deep floral scroll, engraved to superb standards by Beretta’s five-axis laser technology. The Tall Timbers Beretta combines the deep floral scroll with the hand-engraved bobwhite scene to distinguish it from all others. Premium Beretta dealer Rich Cole, of Cole Fine Guns & Gunsmithing — often dubbed “Mister Beretta” for his expertise on the line — was instrumental in recruiting Beretta for the third Tall Timbers gun. Cole, headquartered in Naples, Florida, and one of America’s pre-eminent dealers of fine Italian shotguns, traveled to Gardone to hand-select the highly figured walnut blank and to coordinate the custom engraving with Beretta. The gun has been headed up, but the stock left unfinished so that it can be custom fit by Cole to the purchaser’s bespoke stock dimensions. It will then be made-to-measure, hand-checkered and finished out in his workshop.

Action on the Beretta's new SL3 OU
Action on the Beretta’s new SL3 OU

So equipped, the lucky new owner should never miss another bobwhite, but should it happen, it will be for a good cause — wild quail conservation.

Bid on the Tall Timbers Gun Volume III: Beretta Custom SL3 Field Gun today, 9/27, starting at 4pm

What kind of Fox shotgun is worth $159,000? This one …

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

The gun you see here is one of the legends of American gunmaking. The FE was Fox’s finest shotgun. Few of them were built, and just six of those were twenty gauges. Morphy Auctions sold it this spring for $159,900 ($130,000+ buyer’s premium)!

Fox FE, page from 1939 Savage Fox Catalog. Gun cost $525.
Fox FE, page from 1939 Savage Fox Catalog. Gun cost $525.

Brand new in 1939, a twenty-gauge FE cost $525 — about the same as a Parker AHE and half what Abercrombie & Fitch wanted for a new Purdey. A Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors cost $57.75.

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

LOT 2237: FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN: Perhaps the most exciting discovery in American Sporting shotgun collecting in the past 20 years, and offered for sale publicly for the first time since new is the very last A.H. Fox FE Grade 20 Bore presented here. In total, there are believed to have been just six FE Grade 20 bore guns made, three in Philadelphia, and three by Savage Arms after their takeover of the A.H. Fox Gun Company.

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

Several of the other FE Grade 20 bore guns are known to collectors and this gun, previously rumored but not before offered publicly, has recently surfaced in Colorado where its current owner consigned it with our firm. The gun was made with #3 weight 28″ Chromox barrels which have a low profile raised ventilated matted rib with twin ivory beads. Barrels with chain border at muzzles and hand engraved “CHROMOX FLUID STEEL” / SAVAGE ARMS CORP., UTICA, N.Y. U.S.A.” on tops. Barrels also engraved with 2 – 3/4″ wedge of engraving at breech ends with gold lightning bolts – the signature on a FE Grade Fox! Made with beavertail forend which is finely checkered in point and tear drop pattern and also carved in fleur-de-lis towards action. The case hardened Deeley release is fully engraved as is forend iron, which is also hand engraved with serial number and simple scroll on the inside. Action is full coverage engraved, signed by W.H. Gough twice, once in front of the nickel plated trigger “ENG. BY W.H.G.” and once on the right side of the action on top of the game scene “Gough”.

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

Action with gold inlaid stars on hinge pin, gold inlaid setter on right, pointer on left, all surrounded by perfectly executed shaded floral scroll. Top lever and top tang are fully engraved and “SAFE” in gold in front of engraved safety button. One large quail and five chicks are found on the bottom ahead of the trigger plate in game scene. Trigger plate is fully engraved in floral scroll pattern. Trigger guard is fully engraved in floral scroll and gold inlaid “E.A. GRIM MD” on bow and serial number in gold on tang. Beautifully figured fiddleback European Walnut buttstock is of capped pistol grip configuration and terminates with its original skeleton buttplate which is case hardened and fully engraved. The butt is beautifully checkered in fleur-de-lis through the wrist with ribbands and checkered side panels with fleur-de-lis pattern. Housed in a beautiful Huey oak and leather case no. 194 made for this gun. Made with single selective trigger, auto ejectors and auto safety. According to the factory records, this gun was ordered new by Dr. E.A. Grim in the exact same configuration and nearly exact same condition as today.

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

The gun was special ordered with the skeleton buttplate, large forend, ventilated rib, gold name on trigger guard single trigger, and two ivory beads. Of note, the gun was requested to be proofed with black powder loads for 2 – 3/4″ chambers – a very late black powder proofing! According to our consignor, Dr. Grim died before taking possession of the gun. His widow then gave the gun to his physician partner who had it until the time of his passing in the 1970s. From there the gun was sold to a private collector in Colorado until being consigned to our firm earlier this year. CONDITION: Extremely fine and near mint. It would be hard to imagine a gun of this age and quality remaining in a finer state of preservation than this gun. It retains virtually all of its bold original barrel blue and case colors with almost no sign of any wear at all. The gun appears to have been test fired only with only the very faintest of shell ring on the right side of the standing breech. There are a couple of very minor handling marks and impressions in the stock but it is overall near mint. The case is very good with some rubs and scratches in the leather and outer straps are missing. Simply put, when it comes to Fox shotguns, truly there are none finer than this offering. This gun is suited for the most discriminating buyer of sporting arms and is a treasure in American Gun collecting and American Gun Art at its highest form. JSL Accessories: Case Barrel Length: 28″ Barrel Wall Thickness: (L) .023 (R) .026 Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: (L) .014 (R) .028 Drop at Comb: 1 – 11/16″ Drop at Heel: 3″ FFL Status: Curio & Relic Gauge: 20 Bore Internal Bore Diameter: (BOTH) .625 Length of Pull: 13 – 1/2″ From rear position single selective trigger Manufacturer: A.H. Fox Model: FE Grade SxS Serial Number: 203760 Weight: 6 lbs 6 oz. SOLD FOR: $159,900

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

Online auction alert: 16g AYA No. 2, Sidelock, 29″ bbls…

Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

Here’s your chance to get a deal on a great upland gun. This 16g AYA No. 2 is on Gunbroker.com. The online auction ends on Sunday, 6/28/2020, @ 7:59 PM.

The AYA No 2 is a Holland & Holland-style sidelock shotgun, and it has been popular with shooters in the US and the UK for decades. According to Dave Florent of The Oxford Gun Co. it’s the best value you’ll find in a sidelock.
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
The one you see here is a recent gun, and it appears to be in excellent original condition.
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

Make: Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA), Gauge: 16 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Shells Model: Number 2 Serial Number: 238, Action Type: Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun with Ejectors. Barrel Length: 29” Choke: Left: Modified, Right: Improved Cylinder, both fixed. Weight: 6 lb. 8.2 oz.

Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

Year of Manufacture: 2012 (AyA guns have a coded serial number, 16-03 identifies the maker as AyA, 238 is the serial number, 12 is the year of manufacture), shipped January 2013 per AyA.

Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “AYA – AGUIRRE & ARANZABAL – MADE IN SPAIN” The top of the left barrel is marked “”NECG-Claremont NH” / 16 Gauge”, “16.9” is marked on the bottom of each barrel with the left “***” and the right “****”. The flat has the AYA proof and logo “16-03 / 2338-12” and a series of Spanish proofs. The top of the forend iron is marked “238-12”, the top of the forend is stamped “238 12”. The water table is marked with a series of Spanish proofs, the AYA logo, and “16-03 / 238-12”. The guard is marked “N238”. The receiver has extensive fine scroll and border engraving with engraving motif continued on the guard, lever, exposed portions of the forend iron and the rear of the barrel rib.

Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with splinter forend, straight grip, straight comb, gold-colored initial plate inlet to the belly and bare checkered butt. The stocks have only minor handling wear, most notable in the butt at the heel. The checkering is well defined, generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approximately 14 7/8″ and 13 7/8″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the butt. Drop at comb is approximately 1 3/8″, drop at heel 2 1/4″. The cast is about neutral. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Case Color and Blue Finish Originality: Original Bore Condition: The bores are Bright. There is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. Most of the balance is in light operational wear, concealed when assembled. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly including ejectors. The safety returns to safe when the action is opened. The barrels lock-up to the receiver with no play. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Online auction alert: 20g Beretta BL-4 OU shotgun …

BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER
BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER

Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of my all-time favorite over-under bird guns. This Beretta BL-4 has everything you need for upland hunting: 3″ chambers, ejectors, IC & Mod chokes, a single selective trigger. It looks a little used (yeah – the pics suck), but it also looks like you can get a great deal on it if you act now.

Beretta was one of the first gunmakers to offer an OU on a low-profile, Boss/Woodward-style action at a price most Americans could afford. The companies first generation of these OUs was launched in 1955. In the U.S., they were called the Silver Snipe, Golden Snipe, & Ruby Snipe.

BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER
BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER

They were followed by Beretta’s BL-line of OUs, which showed up in here in 1968 and were imported until 1973. Like on the Snipes, Beretta’s BL OUs used modern steels and a simple trigger plate action with dependable coil springs. The barrels were built with a unique monoblock design and the guns BL-4s came with vent ribs, automatic ejectors, and hand engraving.

BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER
BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER

Beretta Model BL-4 O/U 20 gauge shotgun. Serial Number: X02317. Manufactured by Beretta in late 1960s. The engraving was hand done. Barrels: 67 mm, 26 1/4”. Fixed choke: IC and Modified. LOP 14 3/8″ DAH 1 7/8” DAC 1 1/4”. Pachmayr Decelerator SC100 recoil pad installed in the fall of 2019. The gun shows normal wear from field use. The barrels are in very good condition and have no pitting.

BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER
BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER

Auction alert: Dickinson Plantation 20ga, 28″, No Reserve…

 

Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28" bbls
Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28″ bbls

Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of the most impressive SxS shotguns to come on the market in the last five years: The Dickinson Plantation. These guns fstuff a ton of quality into an affordable package. And because they feature modern stock dimensions, choke tubes, and 3″ chambers, they’re far more shootable — and versatile– than vintage doubles.

Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28" bbls
Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28″ bbls

According to the Dickinson website: “The Plantation Series side-by-side shotgun features a precision trigger plate mechanisms with cosmetic side plates, beautifully finished and engraved receivers, and premium grade, hand-fitted Turkish walnut stocks and fore-ends. This is truly a shotgun that will meet the needs of the most demanding sportsman.” Brand new, I think they’re around $1500.

Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28" bbls
Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28″ bbls

This one is nearly new and comes in its original case with its original accessories. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the No Reserve listing ends Wednesday, 4/8/2020 @ 6:44 PM.

Dickinson Plantation 20ga, 28″ bbls, 3″ Chambers: Nice clean like new Dickinson Plantation side by side, double triggers, 5 screw in thin wall chokes. with case and papers. 6.40 pounds.

To learn more about these guns, check out this review:

Auction alert: Nice looking pair of 20g Arrieta SxSs…

Auction alert: Nice looking pair of 20g Arrieta SxSs...
Auction alert: Nice looking pair of 20g Arrieta SxSs…

Here’s a nice looking pair of Spanish side-by-sides coming up tomorrow at Gunslinger Auctions in Glendora, CA. Here’s more about these guns from the auctioneer:

Auction alert: Nice looking pair of 20g Arrieta SxSs...
Auction alert: Nice looking pair of 20g Arrieta SxSs…

ARRIETA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE BARREL TWO GUN SET

A13961 and A13962
Make: Arrieta
Model: SXS
Shotgun Gauge: 20 Gauge
Barrel Length: 28in
Condition: Excellent
TWO GUN SET. GUNS MARKED 1 AND 2. HIGHLY ENGRAVED. SHOW LITTLE USE. FULL AND IMPROVED BARRELS. LOP 14in TO REAR TRIGGER. MINT BORES. COMES IN BEAUTIFUL LEATHER CASE.
Serial #: 32641 and 32642
Low Estimate: 8000.00
High Estimate: 10000.00

Auction alert: Nice looking pair of 20g Arrieta SxSs...
Auction alert: Nice looking pair of 20g Arrieta SxSs…

Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32″ bbls…

Here’s your chance to pick one of the rarest American SxS shotguns you’ll come across. This 20 gauge Parker AAHE is coming up at Gunslinger Auctions in Glendora, CA, this Sat, Feb. 1. The live auction starts at noon, west-coast time.

Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32" bbls...
Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32″ bbls…

Parker made 238 Quality AAH-grade shotguns. Most were 12 gauges. I can’t imagine more than a couple of those were 20 gauges with 32″ barrels. Back then this gun was made, it was one gun down from Parker’s top-of-the-line Parker Quality A-1 Special. While this 20 gauge has seen better days, I bet it will hammer down for $30,000+.

Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32" bbls...
Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32″ bbls…

Here’s more info about it from the auctioneer:
Make: Parker Bros.
Model: AAHE GRADE 7
Shotgun Gauge: 20 Gauge
Barrel Length: 32in
Condition: Excellent

Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32" bbls...
Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32″ bbls…

MADE IN APPROXIMATELY 1915. FINELY ENGRAVED FLORAL PATTERN THROUGHOUT RECEIVER AND BACKS OF BARRELS, ALSO TRIGGER GUARD. SCARCE 32in BARREL. LOP 13.5in TO REAR TRIGGER. 3in DROP. BUTTSTOCK SHOWS TYPICAL HANDLING MARKS, ALL CAN BE REMOVED BY COMPETENT GUNSMITH. BEAUTIFUL CHECKERING ON WRIST. CHOKES ARE FULL AND FULL. MINT BORES.
Serial #: 207210
Low Estimate: 25000.00
High Estimate: 45000.00

Auction alert: 20g Beretta MODEL BL-4 OU, no reserve…

Beretta MODEL BL-4 OVER/UNDER 20-GAUGE...26", IC/MOD, SST, EJECTORS...5-LBS, 13-OZ...IN BOX, MFD 1971...NO RESERVE 20 GA: 
Beretta MODEL BL-4 OVER/UNDER 20-GAUGE…26″, IC/MOD, SST, EJECTORS…5-LBS, 13-OZ…IN BOX, MFD 1971…NO RESERVE 20 GA:

Here’s another chance for you to get a great deal on one of my favorite OUs. This Beretta BL-4 is on Gunauction.com now. The listing ends this Sunday, January 26, 2020, @ 5:05pm.

Beretta MODEL BL-4 OVER/UNDER 20-GAUGE...26", IC/MOD, SST, EJECTORS...5-LBS, 13-OZ...IN BOX, MFD 1971...NO RESERVE 20 GA: 
Beretta MODEL BL-4 OVER/UNDER 20-GAUGE…26″, IC/MOD, SST, EJECTORS…5-LBS, 13-OZ…IN BOX, MFD 1971…NO RESERVE 20 GA:

Beretta MODEL BL-4 OVER/UNDER 20-GAUGE…26″, IC/MOD, SST, EJECTORS…5-LBS, 13-OZ…IN BOX, MFD 1971…NO RESERVE 20 GA: Slim, lightweight and easy to carry, here’s a nice older Beretta Model BL-4 over/under shotgun. Chambered for 20-gauge shells, it has 26-inch barrels, 3-inch chambers, and is choked Modified over Improved Cylinder. It features a single-selective trigger, auto ejectors, and an automatic safety. The high strength chromium molybdenum steel barrels have a ventilate rib with two beads. The blued receiver is decorated with foliate scroll engraving. One of the nice things about this gun is that the frame is sized for 20-gauge…it’s not just a 12-gauge frame with 20-ga barrels. This makes the gun much slimmer and lighter…and a joy to carry in the field. This gun tips the scales at just under 5-pounds, 13-ounces. Overall condition is very good and it appears to have been fired only very little. The original blue finish is nearly all intact except for a dime-sized area on the left side of the receiver where it was partially stripped. There is no associated rust or pitting in this spot, or anywhere else for that matter. I’d grade the blue finish at about 95%. Nearly all of the gold plate remains on the trigger. The stocks are in very good condition and free of cracks or chips although there are a few small dings and minor scratches. The varnish is all still there and the wood grades about 95% also. Length of pull measures 14″ over the original factory buttplate. The drop @ comb is 1-5/8″ and drop @ heel is 2-1/2″. The mechanics are in good working order and the top lever is still well right of center. The bores are both excellent. The “XX7” Italian date code on the underside of the barrels indicates 1971 production. It comes with the original factory box with intact end label. A very high quality shotgun that will give years and years of service.

Beretta MODEL BL-4 OVER/UNDER 20-GAUGE...26", IC/MOD, SST, EJECTORS...5-LBS, 13-OZ...IN BOX, MFD 1971...NO RESERVE 20 GA: 
Beretta MODEL BL-4 OVER/UNDER 20-GAUGE…26″, IC/MOD, SST, EJECTORS…5-LBS, 13-OZ…IN BOX, MFD 1971…NO RESERVE 20 GA:
Beretta MODEL BL-4 OVER/UNDER 20-GAUGE...26", IC/MOD, SST, EJECTORS...5-LBS, 13-OZ...IN BOX, MFD 1971...NO RESERVE 20 GA: v
Beretta MODEL BL-4 OVER/UNDER 20-GAUGE…26″, IC/MOD, SST, EJECTORS…5-LBS, 13-OZ…IN BOX, MFD 1971…NO RESERVE 20 GA:
Beretta MODEL BL-4 OVER/UNDER 20-GAUGE...26", IC/MOD, SST, EJECTORS...5-LBS, 13-OZ...IN BOX, MFD 1971...NO RESERVE 20 GA: 
Beretta MODEL BL-4 OVER/UNDER 20-GAUGE…26″, IC/MOD, SST, EJECTORS…5-LBS, 13-OZ…IN BOX, MFD 1971…NO RESERVE 20 GA:

Auction alert: 20g Parker GHE & a 20g Browning BSS …

Kramer’s 2020 Winter Gun & Military Auction starts this Saturday, January 11, 2020, @ 9:30 AM Central time. Here are a couple of doubles they have that caught my eye.

Auction alert: Parker GH 20 ga Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer's Auctions
Auction alert: Parker GH 20 ga Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer’s Auctions

The finish on this Parker GHE 20 ga is rough, but it looks original. It’s a late gun, built around XXXX, so it has all the upgrades the company built into its guns over the years. It also has 30″ barrels — unusual for a 20.

Auction alert: Parker GH 20 ga Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer's Auctions
Auction alert: Parker GH 20 ga Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer’s Auctions

Parker GHE 20 ga Dbl Bbl Shotgun: #232230; 20 ga. 30″ special steel bbls w/good bores. Bbls retain good original blue w/some small spots mixed. GH style engraved receiver, checkered wood stock is solid w/scratches & marks. The original butt plate appears to have period repair at the toe. Overall a nice 20 ga Parker double.

Browning BSS shotguns are as rugged & reliable as SxSs can be. This 20 looks like it’s in decent shape, and it comes with a case.

Auction alert: Browning BSS 20 ga. Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer's Auctions
Auction alert: Browning BSS 20 ga. Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer’s Auctions

Browning BSS 20 ga. Dbl Bbl Shotgun: #01208RR368; 20 ga. 26″ bbls. which are IMP cyl by MOD. Straight grip English checkered stock w/LOP approx. 13 3/4″, single selective trigger, ejectors & beavertail forearm. In nice, lightly used condition & comes in Browning luggage case.

Auction alert: Browning BSS 20 ga. Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer's Auctions
Auction alert: Browning BSS 20 ga. Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer’s Auctions

Auction alert: 20g Beretta 686 Onyx …

LNIB Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga 26"
LNIB Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga 26″

Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of my favorite OUs. The Beretta 686 is the first double-barrel shotgun I lusted after. With it’s simple, Onyx-colored action, it’s a sexy gun. It’s also a gun that’s reliable and great handling.

LNIB Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga 26"
LNIB Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga 26″

This one is on Gunbroker.com now with No Reserve. The listing ends 1/14/2020 @ 2:07 PM. Here’s more about it from the seller.

LNIB Beretta 686 Onyx MC3 20ga 26″: Gun is in spectacular condition & comes complete with Original Box, hang tags & 4 Chokes. One owner, bought new & shot skeet with a few times. Gun is still very tight & not broken in.

LNIB Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga 26"
LNIB Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga 26″

Auction alert: Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga 28″ …

 

Auction alert: Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga 28"
Auction alert: Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga 28″

Here’s another high-quality shotgun that doesn’t cost a fortune.

Even though Browning is closely associated with its over-under Superposed and semi-automatic A-5 shotguns, they did “build” some nice SxSs. These guns were Browning Side-by-Sides (BSSs). They came in boxlock models (built from 1971-1978) and sidelock models (built from 1983-1988). All these guns were built for Browning in Japan by Miroku.

Auction alert: Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga 28"
Auction alert: Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga 28″

Today, all these guns are highly regarded. The sidelock you see here is on Gunbroker.com now and it has No Reserve. The listing ends on Saturday, 11/23/2019 @ 6:35 PM.

Auction alert: Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga 28"
Auction alert: Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga 28″

Browning sidelock 12ga with 28″ barrels. Gun weighs 6lbs 9oz and has an LOP of 15 1/8 to end of 1″ pachmayr recoil pad. Barrels have been bored out Cylinder right and Skeet left. The gun has been hunted but still locks up very tight. There are some very minor hairline cracks at the back of locks on each side that have been reinforced internally with wood epoxy and I have had no problem with these. There are also some small chips in the wood where the locks have been removed to clean and lube after the season. A very small dent in the right barrel about 6 inches from muzzel, again I have had no problem with this when shooting. This gun locks up tight and functions perfectly.

Auction alert: 28g Beretta S686 Special OU …

Lot #1875: 28g Beretta Model S686 Special Over/Under Shotgun with Case
Lot #1875: 28g Beretta Model S686 Special Over/Under Shotgun with Case

The Rock Island Auction Company’s September Premier sale starts tomorrow, 9/6. On Saturday, 9/7, the 28-gauge Beretta over under you see here is coming up for sale.

These 686-series Beretta’s are some of finest values you’ll ever find. If you’re a quail, grouse, or woodcock hunter, they’re all you need to hunt birds.

Lot #1875: 28g Beretta Model S686 Special Over/Under Shotgun with Case
Lot #1875: 28g Beretta Model S686 Special Over/Under Shotgun with Case

Here’s more info about this one from the auctioneer:

Lot #1875: 28g Beretta Model S686 Special Over/Under Shotgun with Case: Manufactured in 1992 with standard markings and features. Receiver has floral scroll engraving with two barrel bands near the breech. Includes a Beretta takedown case, warranty pamphlet and one snap cap. 28″ bbls, 2 3/4″ chambers, modified/improved cylinder chokes, and 14 5/8″ length of pull.

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