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.

Auction alert: 20g Beretta/Orvis Uplander, no reserve …

P. Beretta Orvis Uplander 20ga 26.5 O/U Shotgun
P. Beretta Orvis Uplander 20ga 26.5 O/U Shotgun

Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of the nicest upland guns you’ll find. This gun is a Beretta 686 Onyx that was fitted with upgraded wood and retailed by Orvis as their “Upland” gun. I think they offered these from around 1995 – 2005.

This one is on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction listing ends 8/20/2019 @ 2:04 PM.

P. Beretta Orvis Uplander 20ga 26.5 O/U Shotgun
P. Beretta Orvis Uplander 20ga 26.5 O/U Shotgun

P. Beretta Orvis Uplander 20ga 26.5 O/U Shotgun: You are bidding on a beautiful P Beretta Orvis Uplander 20ga 26.5 O/U Shotgun. LOP 14.5″ including 3/4″ pad. It is a very clean and well cared for shotgun. The bores are clean and free of damage. I see no finish issues or damage to the barrels aside from one tiny spot I tried to photo. I can barely see it but I can feel it when I run my finger along the side. Looks lightly used. I pictured two very small 1mm dings on the left side of the stock. Those 2 spots are the only damage I can find. Checkering looks 100%. It comes with the green soft case that is pictured.

Auction alert: 20g Beretta 686 Onyx Ducks Unlimited OU, No Reserve …

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″

I like getting a deal. You like getting a deal. And it looks like the 20g Beretta OU you see here is going to be just that — a deal.

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″

It’s on Gunbroker.com now with No Reserve. The online auction ends 7/14/2019 @ 9:00 PM.

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″

These Beretta over-unders are tough guns to beat. They handle well, they’re well made, they’re durable, and they’re easy to fix. With its open chokes inserted, this one can handle steel shot, too. I’ve seen these sell for $1500+. If you can get it for less than, you’ve got a deal.

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″

Here’s more about it from the dealer who is selling it:

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″ No Reserve: Keystone Arms is proud to offer up today at $.01 with no reserve this spectacular Beretta 686 ONYX, chambered in 20 ga. This Limited Edition piece is part of the Ducks Unlimited banquet prizes done in 2008. This spectacular specimen remains in outstanding condition appearing to have not seen any action since the factory test firing.  Features include a jeweled receiver, high gloss hardwood stocks, and 28” vent rib barrels. This offering is complete with the 2 factory cases shown in the photos. A fabulous lightweight 20ga for your collection or next trip afield this Fall.

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″

Auction alert: A bunch of nice doubles coming up tomorrow …

Curless Auction in Pittsfield, IL, is having a Tremendous Firearm Auction 300 Gun Collection auction tomorrow, Friday, 5/31. It looks like there are some nice double in the sale. Here are a few that caught my eye.

WINCHESTER MODEL 21, 12 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 28", SINGLE TRIGGER, AUTO EJECTORS, MODIFIED/ IMPROVED, SN
WINCHESTER MODEL 21, 12 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 28″, SINGLE TRIGGER, AUTO EJECTORS, MODIFIED/ IMPROVED, SN

Lot #52: WINCHESTER MODEL 21, 12 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 28″, SINGLE TRIGGER, AUTO EJECTORS, MODIFIED/ IMPROVED, SN: SN 19524

CSMC A10 20 GA, AND 28 GA, 2 BARREL SET, CUSTOM WOOD BY WATTS WALNUT AND DONNIE GEMES CHECKERING, NEW:
CSMC A10 20 GA, AND 28 GA, 2 BARREL SET, CUSTOM WOOD BY WATTS WALNUT AND DONNIE GEMES CHECKERING, NEW:

Lot # 505: CSMC A10 20 GA, AND 28 GA, 2 BARREL SET, CUSTOM WOOD BY WATTS WALNUT AND DONNIE GEMES CHECKERING, NEW: UNFIRED

GRIFFIN AND HOWE IMPORTED ARIETTA, 20 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 26" BARRELS, HAND DETACHABLE SIDE LOCKS
GRIFFIN AND HOWE IMPORTED ARIETTA, 20 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 26″ BARRELS, HAND DETACHABLE SIDE LOCKS

Lot #516: GRIFFIN AND HOWE IMPORTED ARIETTA, 20 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 26″ BARRELS, HAND DETACHABLE SIDE LOCKS: HAND DETACHABLE SIDE LOCKS, FULLY ENGRAVED, ROLLED TRIGGER GUARD, ARTICULATED FRONT TRIGGER, CHECKERED BUTT, BUSHED FIRING PINS.

RBL 28 GA, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, AUTO EJECTORS, ASSISTED OPENING, EXHIBITION GRADE WOOD
RBL 28 GA, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, AUTO EJECTORS, ASSISTED OPENING, EXHIBITION GRADE WOOD

Lot # 525: RBL 28 GA, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, AUTO EJECTORS, ASSISTED OPENING, EXHIBITION GRADE WOOD: BEAVERTAIL FORE END, CASE COLORED, ROSEWOOD CLEANING  ROD, NEW AND UNFIRED IN MAKER’S CASE. SN-RBL003354

Auction alert: 16g French SxS boxlock, no reserve …

 

French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz
French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz

Here’s a double that looks like a great deal. It’s no-name Belgian gun, probably made for sporting goods shop in France. Unlike in the US, European gunmakers built thousands of shotguns like this  for retailers throughout the continent. Sometimes retailers would put their name on the gun, other times they wouldn’t.

French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz
French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz

I’ve seen lots of Anson & Deeley-style boxlock Belgian guns like this, and they’ve been solid, reliable SxSs. I bet this would be a great upland — and it looks like its going to go for very little money. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends tomorrow, 5/19/2019, @ 9:00 PM.

French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz
French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz

One thing: I would be sure to ask the seller about his inspection & return policy before bidding. Right now, he doesn’t mention anything about it in his listing.

French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz
French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz

French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz: Here is a very solid, lightweight 16 gauge boxlock non-ejector, built in France. There is no maker’s name, but the gun bears St. Etienne proofs and is stamped “Medaille d’Or (gold medal) on the barrel flats. The barrels are 68cm (26 3/4″) with 2 1/2″ chambers and shiny bores, choked .020/.032 (about modified/full). The action features side-clips and locks up tight. The fore-end has a Deeley-style latch release, and is unusually long (about 11”.) The stock has plenty of dings and scratches but is quite solid, and measures 1 3/4″ x 2 7/8″ x 14 1/2″ over a horn butt. There is slight cast off. A fine all-around upland gun, and absolutely perfect for the chukar hunter.

French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz
French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz

Auction alert: A new 12g Holloway & Naughton best-quality sidelock SxS …

This nearly-new 12g sidelock shotgun is coming up in Poulin Auctions Spring 2019 sale, which starts 3/30. It’s a best-quality, British gun made around 1994, and it’s built on a Beesley action, just like a Purdey. Watch the video above to learn more about it.

LOT 1045, POULIN AUCTIONS SPRING 2019 SALE: MAGNIFICENT HOLLOWAY & NAUGHTON BEST CASED TWO BARREL SET SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN:
LOT 1045, POULIN AUCTIONS SPRING 2019 SALE: MAGNIFICENT HOLLOWAY & NAUGHTON BEST CASED TWO BARREL SET SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN:

LOT 1045: MAGNIFICENT HOLLOWAY & NAUGHTON BEST CASED TWO BARREL SET SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN: Both sets of bbls. are 12 Ga. w/ 2 3/4″ chambers. S# H&N 12-94. Bbl. 1) Length: 30″. Choke constrictions: .011″ right, & .021″ left. Bbl. 2) Length: 28″. Choke constrictions: .011″ right, .020″ left. A true Best Quality gun, this H&N is stocked to the fences with drop points. The firing pins are bushed. Exquisite Delahaut bouquet & scroll engraving decorates all of the action metal with carbona blue pins. A banner “HOLLOWAY & NAUGHTON” in gold with gold stripe cocking indicators provides a dramatic contrast against the elegant case colors. As the gun was made in 2006, it wears the vivid colors that made Ray St. Ledger a legend in the English gun trade.

LOT 1045, POULIN AUCTIONS SPRING 2019 SALE: MAGNIFICENT HOLLOWAY & NAUGHTON BEST CASED TWO BARREL SET SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN:
LOT 1045, POULIN AUCTIONS SPRING 2019 SALE: MAGNIFICENT HOLLOWAY & NAUGHTON BEST CASED TWO BARREL SET SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN:

Barrels are struck to perfection & finished with luscious rich blue that appears inches deep. No less impressive than the metal, mother nature’s most elegant marble cake walnut highlights the stock & forend. Smoky figure abounds throughout the auburn backgrounds with perfect layout for a gun of this quality. Both bbl. sets feature file cut concave game ribs with brass front beads. Both bbls. use the same forend. Both bbl. sets are chopper lump bbl. construction. Checkered walnut straight hand stock with checkered butt. Checkered splinter forend. Double triggers with front trigger articulated. Purdey style self opening action. Toeline of stock features nameplate marked “RDP”. DAC: 1 1/2″. DAH: 2 3/8″. LOP: 14 5/8″. Weight: 6.95 lbs. with 28″ barrels & 7.05 lbs. with 30″ barrels. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: maker’s very compact 2 barrel case replete with “Holloway & Naughton” marked nickel plated oil bottle & snap caps. The body of the snap caps & fitted turn screws feature off white synthetic bodies. Ebony & brass 2 piece cleaning rod. Key is included. CONDITION: all aspects near excellent with 28″ barrel set (left barrel) showing faint thinning of blue for the last 1/2″ to the muzzle. PROVENANCE: From the Robert Pettus Collection. ESTIMATE: $40,000-60,000.

LOT 1045, POULIN AUCTIONS SPRING 2019 SALE: MAGNIFICENT HOLLOWAY & NAUGHTON BEST CASED TWO BARREL SET SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN:
LOT 1045, POULIN AUCTIONS SPRING 2019 SALE: MAGNIFICENT HOLLOWAY & NAUGHTON BEST CASED TWO BARREL SET SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN:
LOT 1045, POULIN AUCTIONS SPRING 2019 SALE: MAGNIFICENT HOLLOWAY & NAUGHTON BEST CASED TWO BARREL SET SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN:
LOT 1045, POULIN AUCTIONS SPRING 2019 SALE: MAGNIFICENT HOLLOWAY & NAUGHTON BEST CASED TWO BARREL SET SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN:

Auction alert: Per-War, 12g Merkel 201E Over Under …

Lot #277 - Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun
Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun

Don’t be afraid of this double. I know it’s an old German OU with two features Americans shy away from (a cheekpiece and sling swivels), but I guarantee you it’s a nice shotgun. PA Auction Center in Quarryville, PA, has it and the live auction begins Saturday, Jan 19, 2019, @ 11:00 AM Eastern.

Lot #277 - Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun
Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun

Merkel is one of the world’s oldest gunmakers, and, in a lot of ways, they initiated the creation of the modern OUs we shoot today.

Lot #277 - Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun
Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun

According to the seller, this Merkel was built in 1937. That’s when the company’s gunmaking skills were near their peak, and OUs from that era are incredibly well made. They were also expensive. In their day, even lower-grade Merkels like this cost more than most Foxes, Parker, or L.C. Smiths.

Lot #277 - Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun
Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun

Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre-War 12 Ga: Over-and-under with auto ejectors, full choke, solid rib, boxlock, double trigger, ivory bead, elaborately engraved frame, raised cheekpiece stock, 28 1/2″ barrel, SN 24844. Made in 1937. 14 1/4″ LOP. Includes a copy of the production card. Condition: Some normal wear but in overall great condition. Mirror bores.

Auction alert: 28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls …

28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls

I’ve gushed about these Berettas many times before. Imported into the U.S. by the Garcia Corporation in the late ’60s and early ’70s, they were good deals in their day. Today, they’re one of the best buys you’ll find in a bird gun.

28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls

Simple, rugged, and well made, this 28g is a ton of gun in a sexy, lightweight package. And its 28″ barrels make it extra special.

It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends tomorrow, 1/5/2019 @ 11:23 AM. Even though the bidding on it starts at $950, it’s still a great deal (and it looks like it might sell for close to starting-bid amount).

28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls

Beretta BL3 28 gauge. 28″ barrels choked modify and full. Toe has a small crack that has not been repaired. LOP – 14 1/8″ DROP AT COMB – 1.5″ DROP AT HEEL – 2.5″. Weight: 6.00 Pounds

Auction alert: 20g AYA Grade 4 SxS Spanish boxlock shotgun …

AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain

Here’s a great little double that has everything a bird gun — and a bird hunter — needs. Best of all, it’s in excellent, original condition. It’s on Gunrunner auctions now and the listing ends tomorrow, 12/19, in the afternoon.

AYA is probably the most famous Spanish gunmaker in the world. They’ve been hand-making doubles for decades. In that time, they’ve earned a reputation for good-quality guns at fair prices.

AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain

The AYA you see here is one of their Anson & Deeley boxlock models. Even though it’s one the company’s least expensive models, it costs around $4995 brand new today.

Lot 10. AYA Grade 4, 20 gauge side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain: Serial #552293, mfg. Spain. Excellent condition. Very, very nice AYA 20 ga. side by side on the tiny frame and dainty wrist. 28″ tubes have excellent shiny bores and bluing is 98%+. Choked IC/M. Ejectors. Double triggers. 3″ magnum chambers. Wood is excellent with nice figure and has a modern solid brown pad with white spacer nicely fitted. LOP is 14 1/2″ over pad. Splinter forearm has nice checkering. All matching iron and forearm wood. Case-colored receiver is 97% with slight lower edge wear and one scratch on bottom. Some light scroll work. Tang safety. Dandy quail or dove gun! Elegant and the best of Spanish craftsmanship! Light and dainty!

AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain

Auction alert: A beautiful 12g Boss & Co OU …

LOT 332: BOSS & CO. A FINE 12-BORE SINGLE TRIGGER SIDELOCK EJECTOR OVER AND UNDER GUN, NO. 9990
LOT 332: BOSS & CO. A FINE 12-BORE SINGLE TRIGGER SIDELOCK EJECTOR OVER AND UNDER GUN, NO. 9990

The12g Boss OU see here is built on one of the most important shotgun designs of the 20th century. It’s also an absolute bargain.

The UK’s Gavin Gardiner is selling it in his Fine Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns Auction on 12 December 2018. Check out his video of it below to see just how nice it is.

Built on a design patented by Boss & Co in 1909, the Boss OU introduced the world to the low-profile OU. Up until 1909, breech-loading OUs had lumps on the bottom of the barrels like a side-by-side. This made them thick through the action and clunky looking.

LOT 332: BOSS & CO. A FINE 12-BORE SINGLE TRIGGER SIDELOCK EJECTOR OVER AND UNDER GUN, NO. 9990
LOT 332: BOSS & CO. A FINE 12-BORE SINGLE TRIGGER SIDELOCK EJECTOR OVER AND UNDER GUN, NO. 9990

Boss & Co go rid of lumps by mounting “trunions” on either side of barrels. This slimmed down the action, lightened the guns, and made Boss OUs look as sleek as their SxSs.

Today, most modern OUs owe a huge debt to Boss’s design, from a Beretta Silver Pigeon and a CSMC’s A10 to a Fabbri

Boss & Co is still in business and they’re still building their legendary OUs today. I think prices start at around $240,000. So if you can buy this gun for anything less than $100,000, you’re getting a fantastic deal.

LOT 332: BOSS & CO. A FINE 12-BORE SINGLE TRIGGER SIDELOCK EJECTOR OVER AND UNDER GUN, NO. 9990: 28-inch barrels with 2 3/4-inch chambers, about 1/4 and 1/2 choke borings, the frame, locks and top lever engraved with fine bouquet and scroll engraving and retaining almost all of its original hardening colour, the maker’s name signed within a scrolling banner, gold line cocking indicators, 14 1/2-inch well-figured stock and Boss half pistol grip, nitro proof, 7lb., in its maker’s lightweight case with canvas outer cover S2 The maker confirms that the gun was delivered in 1995. The gun remained in store with its maker for a number of years and remains virtually as new and unused.

A beautiful Purdey double rifle. But what do you do with it?

Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories
Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories

There’s a list of things I like to see when I look at doubles. This James Purdey double rifle checks all my boxes: It’s vintage; it’s gorgeous; it’s by a famous maker, it’s top quality; it’s in great orginal condition; and it’s cased and comes with most, if not all, its original accessories.

Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories
Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories

Unfortunately, other than stare at it, I have no idea what I would do with it. Why? Because of its only flaw: It’s a 28-bore rifle. This means it has rifled barrels, but shoots a 28g shell (probably 2 1/2″) loaded with a lead slug. While this load would be fine for whitetails, getting the ammo would be a PITA.

Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories
Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories

Even if you could get it or wanted to do through the trouble or loading up your own, getting the rifle to regulate and shoot right could be just a difficult. A .450 BPE like this is more practical and, in a most ways, just plain better.

Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories
Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories

Lot 535: Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories: The makers have kindly confirmed that this rifle was completed on October 2nd 1867 for Viscount Downe of the 2nd Lite Guards, as a center fire double hammer rifle in 28 bore with 30 inch Damascus barrels. Only 327 hammer double rifles were manufactured by Purdey in 1880-1900 per page 200 of “Purdey: Gun & Rifle Makers, The Definitive History” by Dallas. A rather similarly laid out pinfire double rifle is pictured in plate 36. The rifle has the matching serial number on the bottom of the barrels, the forearm hardware, and the lever. The barrel rib has a bead blade front sight and four leaf rear sight (three folding leaves) with platinum sight lines and is signed “J. PURDEY 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET LONDON” on top ahead of the rear sight. The barrel flats have standard London black powder proof marks, and the water table has London view marks. The non-rebounding floating back action locks are signed “PURDEY” in small letters, and “PATENT” is marked on the upper tang. The checkered buttplate is marked “CHARGE/3 DMS No. 6 POWDER” at the heel. The action, locks, and furniture have fine English scrollwork engraving. The action has carved percussion fences, the pistol grip trigger guard acts as the rotary underlever, and the locks each have blued sliding safety catches. The well figured stock and forearm are checkered, and the length of pull is 14 3/8 inches. The initial escutcheon on the bottom of the buttstock is inscribed with a coronet and monogram. It comes in a factory oak case with a trade label with hand marked loading information and a second handwritten label indicating where powder could be purchased in Calcutta and Bombay indicating this rifle was likely taken to India at some point. The case contains a variety of equipment for loading and maintenance.

Condition: Very fine with 90% brown finish and distinct Damascus twist patterns along the barrel group which has some soft spots and small patches of minor surface oxidation, 75% plus original case colors with particularly vibrant colors in the protected areas, some mottled patina, and crisp engraving and marking; remnants of original bright blue finish on the heel of the buttplate and gray and brown patina on the balance, and general minor marks and scratches throughout. The wood is also very fine and has crisp checkering, some minor edge wear (including some small chips on the forearm), light pressure marks and scratches, and smooth oiled finish. Mechanically excellent. The case and accessories are fine with mild storage wear.

Purdeys coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20 …

20 GAUGE J PURDEY EXTRA FINISH SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN, Poulinauctions.com, 10/20
20 GAUGE J PURDEY EXTRA FINISH SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN, Poulinauctions.com, 10/20

Here’s something new I’m trying: gun videos.

This first one focuses on 4 Purdeys coming up at www.PoulinAuctions.com this Saturday, 10/20. There’s a nice, antique 20 gauge shotgun, a 12 gauge game gun, a 12 gauge Pigeon shotgun, and up last, a rare .360 Express underlever double rifle.

J. PURDEY & SONS SIDELOCK SXS .360 EXPRESS DOUBLE RIFLE, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.
J. PURDEY & SONS SIDELOCK SXS .360 EXPRESS DOUBLE RIFLE, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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