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.

Auction alert: The Phoenix Gun, 12g sidelock, Appleby engraved …

Gavin Gardiner is one of the U.K.’s top gun auctioneers, and at his upcoming sale at The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, he’s going to selling off several very nice guns, including the exceptional, one-of-a-kind sidelock shown in this video and listed below. It’s engraved by Malcolm Appleby, “the foremost gun engraver in the United Kingdom” according to Mr. Gardiner.

Gavin Gardiner’s Top Guns | Malcolm Appleby – The Phoenix 12-Bore Self-Opening Sidelock Ejector Gun

"THE PHOENIX GUN" A MAGNIFICENT MALCOLM APPLEBY-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO. 7420
“THE PHOENIX GUN”
A MAGNIFICENT MALCOLM APPLEBY-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO. 7420

“THE PHOENIX GUN” A MAGNIFICENT MALCOLM APPLEBY-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO. 7420
28-inch chopper-lump barrels with 2 3/4-inch chambers, about full choke borings, the tubes signed beneath the fore-end, ‘M. Appleby, Engraver’ and ‘M Lingard, Gunmaker’, the breeches and rib with fine feather details, the frame and locks engraved in typical Appleby style with flowing plumage, talons and highly detailed stylised themes around the mythical phoenix, the trigger plate with golden flames, the action base with beak and eyes, the fences carved in a similar manner, the safety catch with further golden flame detail, gold lined cocking indicators, 14 3/4-inch highly figured stock, 6lb. 10oz., nitro proof
S2
The gun retains all of its original finish and appears virtually unused.

Auction alert: Super rare S.A. Leonard 20g O/U, double triggers…

Poulinantiques.com, May 2018 auction. Lot #1029: S. A. LEONARD 20 GAUGE O/U SHOTGUN
Poulinantiques.com, May 2018 auction. Lot #1029: S. A. LEONARD 20 GAUGE O/U SHOTGUN

Here’s an unusual little 20 gauge OU that’s coming to auction next week at Poulinantiques.com. It shows the odd connections that used to exist in the European gun trade. This double was made & proofed in Germany, but sold in the U.S. by a British gunmaker named Samual A. Leanord.

S. A. Leonard was the son of British gunmaker Daniel Leonard and a former head stocker at James Purdey & Sons. He grew up in the London trade and as a top craftsman at Purdey’s reached its pinnacle.

He emigrated to the U.S. around 1928 and in the mid-’30s partnered with George J. Hyde, the shop foreman and metal man at Griffin & Howe, to create Leonard and Hyde. Before that, it looks like he imported some German OUs into the United States.

Poulinantiques.com, May 2018 auction. Lot #1029: S. A. LEONARD 20 GAUGE O/U SHOTGUN
Poulinantiques.com, May 2018 auction. Lot #1029: S. A. LEONARD 20 GAUGE O/U SHOTGUN

Leonard would have known quality when he saw it and where to source shotguns that met his high standards. This over-under was built in Suhl, Germany, and proofed in August 1933. With Krupp-steel barrels, double triggers and cool quarter ribs, it’s a beautiful little gun. The stock on it is very well done — just look at the drop points. I bet Leonard did the work himself.

Poulinantiques.com, May 2018 auction. Lot #1029: S. A. LEONARD 20 GAUGE O/U SHOTGUN
Poulinantiques.com, May 2018 auction. Lot #1029: S. A. LEONARD 20 GAUGE O/U SHOTGUN

Lot #1029: S. A. LEONARD 20 GAUGE O/U SHOTGUN: 2 3/4″. S# 1014. Bbls. 26 3/4″ of Krupp Fluid steel. Plain bbl. w/ 3″ Boss-style short rib at breech & ivory front bead on raised sight ramp. High quality German shotgun mfg. for S. A. Leonard of New York. Case colored side plated boxlock action w/ arabesque scroll & borderline engraving. Action has double underlug bolting w/ top bite. Dbl. triggers. Selective ejectors. Bbls. have unusual side rib extensions forming upper portion of forearm above checkered walnut lower section. Straight hand walnut stock w/ checkered wrist having teardrop points behind side plates. LOP: 14 1/8″ over solid red decelerator pad. DAC: 1 5/8″. DAH: 2 3/8″. Stock is cast off. Bore diameter: over – .636″, under – .636″. Choke restrictions: over – .037″, under – .037″. Minimum wall thickness: over – .037″, under – .031″. Weight: 6 lbs., 2 oz. CONDITION: 90% lightly faded bbl. blue. Action retains 50% lightly faded case colors. Stock has worn finish showing scratches & marks. Clean bright bores. (17-3916/DS). CURIO. $1,250-1,750.

Auction alert: Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 LC Smith No. 1E…

Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:

L.C. Smith was one of America’s famous gunmakers. Starting in 1880, the company, under various owners, built their distinct doubles until after WW2 and again from 1968-1971. Most collectors agree that the finest ones were made before 1914 or so.

This L.C. Smith is from that golden period. It’s super rare — not because of its grade, but because of its condition. Back when it was built, LC Smith No. 1s were at the bottom of the company’s lineup. Most people that bought them used them a lot. Finding one that looks this good is hard to do.

It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends today, 4/30/2018, @ 10:00 PM. So if you like what you see, bid now!

Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:

Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith No. 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent: Excellent & scarce “Pre 13”, LC Smith 1E, ejector 12 ga. Here’s one you don’t see every day. An exceptional and unusual Pre-13 Damascus, ejector gun (has modern type 2 ejectors & 3-position safety) with spectacular “above grade” wood and edge-engraved action and top lever. These are becoming increasingly hard to find – especially in this condition. Gun has the majority of it’s original finishes and is tight &mechanically excellent showing little evidence of shooting. (See pics.) Original 30” bores are as they should be: bright and shiny @ .726 L / .725 R, Choked F/F @ .037” per side, 2 ¾” chambers . Condition: Tight and crisp all over, barrels retain 90% of their original chocolate brown, action & lock plates 75%+ case color, trigger guard & other hardware 90% original blue. Excellent screws throughout, sharp engraving. Highly figured English Walnut stock measures 14 3/8” (from ft. trigger) trademark LC semi-PG Stock with “custom” leather covered pad (wood not cut) has a very nice “piano finish” with near perfect checkering. Also comes with original Gutta-percha butt plate and original screws. Again, look at the beautiful wood which is way above grade. Fore end excellent with a pressure scratch by the iron (see pic.) – otherwise excellent. Flaws: Stock finish has light scratches, no dings. Has a small area of light pitting on barrel tops by breeches (pictured) and a nearly invisible surface check repair right of top tang (pictured). “NO” cracks behind lock plates which is typical of older Elsies. All-in-all, a very high condition & scarce gun from the hey-day period for LC Smith. Haven’t seen another anywhere near this condition – especially a Damascus gun with this grade of fit, finish & wood! Perfect for vintage shooting! HISTORICAL NOTE: There were only 10,221 Grade 1s built in all gauges (between 1892-1913) with only 1640 (16%) having automatic ejectors making this the most scarce of the lower grade guns. I have to say that if LC Smith had stuck to this level of quality, they might still be in business today!

Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:

Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:

Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:

 

Auction alert: 12g Westley Richards droplock with hidden value…

WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN

There are 4 things I love about this classy, little Best-Quality Westley Richards boxlock ejector droplock shotgun coming to auction May 7, 2018 at Poulin’s Antiques in Fairfield, ME.

1. It’s an Anson & Deeley-style boxlock. This is one of the classic British shotgun designs. Reliable & rugged, it’s been around since 1875 and is still used by Westley Richards today (those guns start at £54,500).

WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN

2. Droplocks (or”detachable locks,” as the Brits call them). Invented in 1897, droplocks are durable, easy to maintain, and just plain cool. Gunwriter Vice Venters wrote “Westley Richards hand detachable…are nothing short of a stroke of genius.”

3. Newish barrels by Westley Richards in 1954. They’re this gun’s hidden value–and a huge benefit. Even though this gun is 100+ year old, it has modern, 2 3/4″ chambers nitro-proofed for 1 1/4 ounce loads (and perfect upland chokes). That means it can shoot most easy-to-find, modern, 12-gauge ammo (just stick to light loads and lead shot).

4. Its estimate. With a low range of $3,000, it could go cheap. And if it goes anywhere with the $3-5,000 range, it’s a deal.

Lot 1014: WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN: Cal. 12 Ga., 2 3/4″. S# 9004. Bbls. 26″ Fluid steel w/ Nitro proofs for 1 1/4 oz. loads were new from Westley Richards in 1954. “Westley Richards” gold name model. Scalloped drop lock action having Case colored finish w/ blue floorplate & trigger guard. Removable locks have fully jeweled surfaces. Single selective trigger. Auto ejectors. Horn-tipped splinter forearm & straight hand stock of hand checkered fine English walnut w/ silver nameplate in toeline. LOP: 14 5/16″ over Universal solid red pad. DAC: 1 5/8″. DAH: 2 1/4″. Cast off. Bore diameter: right – .729, left – .029. Bore restriction: right – .010, left – .020. Wall thickness: right – .033, left – .030. Weight: 6 lbs. 5.9 oz CONDITION: 70% blue w/ fading along sides. Frame retains 30% lightly visible case colors. Floorplate shows 80% blue. Trigger guard has good blue on bow w/ silvering along grip. Stocks have lightly worn finish w/ scattered scratches & handling marks. Very good bright bores. (17-3919/DS). CURIO. $3,000-5,000.

WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN

Auction alert: The world’s oldest Boss shotgun…

Oldest known Boss? A THOMAS BOSS PERCUSSION SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN, Cal. 16 Ga. S# 118.
Oldest known Boss? A THOMAS BOSS PERCUSSION SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN, Cal. 16 Ga. S# 118.

People say the past is gone. But that’s not true, especially if you own thi16 bore Thomas Boss double-barrel percussion shotgun. It puts the past right in your hands.

Built around 1833, this shotgun may be the oldest Boss firearm in existence. And for a gun that old, it appears to be in excellent shape and pretty original. Pretty amazing.

Back when it was built, percussion shotguns were cutting edge and Manhattan barely existed as a city above 14th Street. This double would have been ordered by a wealthy gentleman with time on his hands.

Oldest known Boss? A THOMAS BOSS PERCUSSION SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN, Cal. 16 Ga. S# 118.
Oldest known Boss? A THOMAS BOSS PERCUSSION SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN, Cal. 16 Ga. S# 118.

Thomas Boss, the founder of Boss & Co, would have had his hands all over it, would have had his all over this gun as it was being made, fabricating and fitting some parts and inspecting everything to make sure it was top-notch. Just imagine him clicking the hammers into place and pulling the triggers–the same hammers and triggers your hands would touch if you owned this gun.

An ex-Manton worker, Thomas Boss was one of the gunmakers who made London famous for quality, elegant firearms. You can see how he did it when you look at this elegant and beautifully built double.

Oldest known Boss? A THOMAS BOSS PERCUSSION SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN, Cal. 16 Ga. S# 118.Lot 1027: THOMAS BOSS PERCUSSION SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN: Cal. 16 Ga. S# 118. Bbls. 27″. Color case hardened action & hammers. Blued furniture. Twist Steel bbls. Dbl. triggers. Rib wears inscription “T. BOSS No. 1 GROSVENOR STREET, NEW BOND STREET, LONDON”. Action wears elegant vine & leaf, early Boss style, engraving w/ beautifully engraved dolphin hammers. Top & bottom tangs are also ornately engraved. Ramrod stop indicates this is original bbl. length. Ramrod appears original. Bore diameter: right – .662″, left – .667″. Consignor states that this is the earliest known Boss gun.

Oldest known Boss? A THOMAS BOSS PERCUSSION SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN, Cal. 16 Ga. S# 118.
Oldest known Boss? A THOMAS BOSS PERCUSSION SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN, Cal. 16 Ga. S# 118.

CONDITION: locks retain substantial amounts of case color which appears original. Bbls. retain significant brown finish highlighting the Twist pattern. All markings regarding maker are crisp & legible. Locks are strong & crisp. The beautifully figured stock retains crisp flat top checkering w/ numerous scuff marks. The finish remains strong. Edges of forend show two sm. voids. Bores show light pitting. (01-14725/TB). ANTIQUE. Estimate: $800-1200.

Auction alert: 20 gauge Woodward OU shotgun…

J. WOODWARD & SONS A FINE 20-BORE OVER AND UNDER EJECTOR GUN, NO. 6733
J. WOODWARD & SONS A FINE 20-BORE OVER AND UNDER EJECTOR GUN, NO. 6733

The shotgun you see here is a dream-double for a lot of guys. This 20 gauge Woodward Over-Under shotgun is one of the world’s rarest shotguns. If you have to have it, you can bid on it in Gavin Gardiner’s 4/18/18 auction.

James Woodward & Sons introduced their version of an OU shotgun in 1913 and built them until the company was acquired by James Purdey & Sons in 1949.

Before 1949, James Woodward & Sons built fewer than four hundred OUs. Of those, sixty or so were 20 gauges.

Gavin Gardiner’s Top Guns | James Woodward & Sons 20-Bore Over and Under Ejector Gun
Gavin Gardiner’s Top Guns | James Woodward & Sons 20-Bore Over and Under Ejector Gun

What to look for when buying vintage shotguns…

Gavin Gardiner’s Guide to Sporting Guns: What to Look for - Condition.
Gavin Gardiner’s Guide to Sporting Guns: What to Look for – Condition.

So you want to buy a vintage shotgun. This short video will introduce you to some of the things you should look for when looking at old doubles.

Gavin Gardiner is one of the UK’s top gun auctioneers and an authority on fine side-by-sides and OUs. While the shotguns in this video are high-end and British, the lessons Gavin teaches apply to all doubles, from Parkers and Purdeys to Foxes and Francottes.

Gavin Gardiner’s Guide to Sporting Guns: What to Look for – Condition.

Auction alert: 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″…

20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels
20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels

Here’s your chance to get one of the all-time great shotguns: A 20 gauge Beretta 686 Onyx OU. If you’re an upland hunter looking for solid, do-it-all double barrel, this is it.

Beretta introduced the 686 Onyx in the ’80s and made them into early 2000. These shotguns are built on a simple, time-tested design and feature trigger-plate style actions.

I saw my first 686 one in the ’90s and fell in love right away. Its matte-black finish made it look both utilitarian and elegant. I think it cost $1200–a fortune for a kid just out of college and heading into the world with a BA in English.

Since then, I’ve shot some of the finest — and priciest — doubles in the world. Are they better than this gun? Absolutely. But does a $75,000 Boss feel 50x nicer than a 686 Onyx? I’m not so sure.

This ones comes in its original box and includes 2 choke tubes. It’s on Gunbroker.com now with an opening bid of $1200 and No Reserve. The listing ends on 4/14/2018 @ 1:07 PM

20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels: Very good condition used Beretta 686 Onyx 20 Guage. Orignal box, manual, 2 extra chokes. overall a nice over and under 20 ga. Metal and blueing are excellent. Wood is overall good, with a few small dings in the stock.

20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels
20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels
20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels
20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels
20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels
20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels
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