Auction alert: 20g Beretta BL3 OU, 26″ bbls …

 

Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

Yes — another auction alert for 20g Beretta BL-3. I can’t help myself. These are great guns for short money, and I feel obligated to get the word out about everyone one I come across. This one is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends Sunday, 1/20/2019 @10:00 PM.

But there’s one thing to point out about this listing: It’s an “AS IS – No refund or exchange” sale. So when you buy, it’s yours — regardless of any issues you discover. Even though this guns looks pretty clean and original, here are a few questions I suggest asking the seller before bidding:

  • Are the barrels tight and on the face?
  • Are there any dents, dings, or bulges in the barrels? Any pitting?
  • Does the gun cock, fire, and function as it should?
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

Beretta Model BL-3 in 20GA with 26″ Barrel: (IC/M) and inertia trigger. Barrels are Improved Cylinder and Modified with a selector which one will go first. Excellent condition. Manufactured about the end of the 60’s, beginning of the 70’s.

Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

 

RARE PARKER BROS. AAH {LIVE PIGEON} DOUBLE 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
RARE PARKER BROS. AAH {LIVE PIGEON} DOUBLE 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

RARE PARKER BROS. AAH {LIVE PIGEON} DOUBLE 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN12 gauge, 30″ with the Whitworth steel barrels marked “PIGEON”, No. 2 frame,  extractor’s, gold plated double triggers, and non-automatic safety.   Shipped March 1, 1895, to Griffith & Temple Co., Louisville, KY. for P.L. Atherton.  The original stock was a half pistol grip.  Returned to the factory on Dec. 6, 1895 for a straight grip stock to be fitted to the gun with a pull measuring 14 1/2″.  Comb: 1 3/8″  Heel: 2 3/8″.  Factory records further indicate that Parker notables Runge, Rockwell, Stokes, and Phenix performed work on this gun.   The gun is accompanied by its factory letter and a copy of the ledger.  A letter from Larry Del Grego dated Feb 3, 1976, is included indicating the extent of his work on the gun.   Serial number 80729   In excellent condition with the barrels retaining all of the blue and perfect bores.  Beautiful wood and checkering.  Mechanically perfect. Price: $29,500

Scarce and Extremely Desirable Beretta AS-EL OU in 20ga
Scarce and Extremely Desirable Beretta AS-EL OU in 20ga

Scarce and Extremely Desirable Beretta AS-EL OU in 20ga: We are proud to bring to you this scarce and extremely desirable Beretta ASEL over and under shotgun in 20 gauge.  This shotgun appears to be in its original condition.  The 27.5-inch solid rib barrels displays a beautiful shiny bore with a fixed improved cylinder and modified choke.  The automatic ejectors work perfectly.  The action is smooth with a tight lock up.  The length of pull from the front trigger to the end of the checkered butt is 14 inch with a 1.25-inch drop at the comb and 2.25-inch drop at the heel.  This weighs in at a total 5.5lbs.  Don’t let this pass you by as they are extremely hard to find! Price: $8999.99

Stephen Grant Sidelock SxS with stunning Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels in its makers case:
Stephen Grant Sidelock SxS with stunning Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels in its maker’s case:

Stephen Grant Sidelock SxS with stunning Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels in its maker’s case: The condition of this fine shotgun is very nice and appears in original condition seeing little if no restoration. There is a small stock extension which we could remove and replace with a fine leather covered pad if one would like for a LOP up to 15 1/2″. Completed in 1903 this is a true Edwardian era gun ( Queen Victoria died in 1901 thank you Austin). The gun is found in an original Grant case which also is in very nice original condition. Serial Number: 7450, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 30″, Barrel Type: Damascus, Action: Sidelock  Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 7/16″, Stock Heel: 2″, Stock Cast: 1/8″, LOP: 15″ (14 1/2″ original), Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz., Choke Left: .017″ Mod, Choke Right: .010″ IC, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .025″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .024″. Price: $8,600

12G KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN
12G KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN

12G KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN: #654A, 12 ga., 31” bbls., extremely full choke almost down to a 16 bore, fully raised matted rib with 2 ivory beads, action engraved with game scenes, left side has a fox watching 4 pheasants flying, right side has 2 pointers watching 4 grouse flying, both are in an outdoor scene with brush, trees, hills & so forth, bottom of frame has a hawk sitting on a dead Mallard in an oval, also has “FCR” initials in gold on bottom of trigger guard with engraved scene around it, bbls. are also engraved & marked “Bohler Antinit”, the right side of bbls. marked “Nitro”, SST, ejectors, cocking indicators, top tang safety, flat panel on both sides of stock behind the receiver, fancy checkered PG with engraved steel PG cap, oval gold inlay in bottom of stock, leather covered recoil pad, 15” pull, checkered forend with Deeley lever forend release, beautiful condition with 100% bbl. blue, mint bores, 100% casehardening, very high quality. Price: $6950 

CASED ALEXANDER HENRY DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
CASED ALEXANDER HENRY DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

CASED ALEXANDER HENRY DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN: This gun features a top opening lever system. Excellent condition 28-inch barrels retaining nearly all the bright Damascus finish. Vivid case colors on the hammers and sidelocks. Walnut stocks are in very good condition measuring 14-1/4 inches to the end of the correct leather covered rubber buttpad. Checkering is crisp and sharp. Mechanical condition is excellent. This is an absolutely beautiful outfit fitted in an oak and leather case with brass corners. Looks like the inside has been re-lined with red felt. It has the original Alexander Henry label inside the lid. Complete with some snap caps, 3-piece cleaning rod, and an oil jar. Price: $ 5,975.

 

 

Auction alert: LNIB 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″, box & papers…

Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28" bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″ bbls, new in box

Here’s another chance to get his great all-around OU: the 20g Beretta 686 Onyx. Beretta introduced these guns around ’88 and built them until around ’99 or so. For some reason, whoever bought this one never used it even though it has these features:

  • 28″ barrels
  • Lightweight
  • Choke tubes
  • Single selective trigger

It’s on Gunbroker.com and the listing ends tomorrow, 1/10/2019, @ 2:31 PM.

Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28" bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″ bbls, new in box

Pre-owned Beretta Model 686 Onyx “Black” Over and Under shotgun chambered in 20 Gauge: This shotgun features a 28″ two shot 3″ capability vent rib barrel, a Walnut stock and forearm, manual safety w/ barrel selector and interchangeable chokes. This weapon originates from an estate and was pre-owned and never used nor fired by its previous owner and is LNIB. The weapon still has its hang tags and remnants of factory grease still under the forearm. Currently, the barrel has a FULL and a Modified choke installed from the factory. The third choke is an Improved unopened still in the box. The LOP is 14.5 and Overall length is 45″. Included with the weapon is its original factory box, manual, warranty papers inside their plastic sleeve and 20 gauge choke wrench. This weapon is over 20 years old and in pristine condition. It would make a wonderful augment to any Beretta shotgun enthusiast. Buyer agrees to pay a flat rate of $40.00 shipping in lower 48.

Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28" bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″ bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28" bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″ bbls, new in box

This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

 

PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE
PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE

PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGEALLISON HUNT ENGRAVED, 28″ BARRELS, CHOKED .015″ AND .022″, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 6LBS 13 OZ, STOCK DIMENSIONS: 2 14/: DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 15 1/4″ LOP. Price: $49,500

L.C. Smith A-2 Special - 12ga - 30” - IM/F - 13 7/8 X 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 X 7 lbs 13 ozs - SN: 3517 - Spectacular Condition - Beautiful Gun!
L.C. Smith A-2 Special – 12ga – 30” – IM/F – 13 7/8 X 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 X 7 lbs 13 ozs – SN: 3517 – Spectacular Condition – Beautiful Gun!

L.C. Smith A-2 Special SxS – 12ga – 30” – IM/F – 13 7/8 X 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 X 7 lbs 13 ozs – SN: 3517 – Spectacular Condition – Beautiful Gun!: Price: $19,995 

Boss & Co. Sidelock from 1899 ~ two barrel set at an exceptional price
Boss & Co. Sidelock from 1899 ~ two barrel set at an exceptional price

Boss & Co. Sidelock Side-by-Side from 1899 ~ two barrel set at an exceptional price: Hammerless Sidelocks – According to Boss records, this fine shotgun was ordered by William Fitzgerald Esq. of Dublin Ireland on November 1st, 1899. Serial Number: 4713, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 28″, Stock LOP: 13 1/2″,  Comb: 1 9/16″, Stock Heel: 2 3/16″, Stock Cast: 1/4″, Weight: 6 lbs. 8.5 oz. Choke Left: Orig. .005 Skeet – #, Choke Right: Orig. .006 Skeet – #, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: Orig. .026 – #2 set, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: Orig. .020 – #2 set. Price: $9,400

Beretta - SO 3, 12ga., Sidelock, OU Shotgun
Beretta – SO 3, 12ga., Sidelock, OU Shotgun

Beretta – SO 3, 12ga., Sidelock, OU Shotgun: 27 ½” barrels, IC/M choked, Pre-war full side lock over and under, beautiful European walnut straight grip stock, vent rib, double triggers, recoil pad, Boehler steel barrels, automatic ejectors, non-auto safety, excellent overall condition, all original, the engraving features magnificent floral and scroll engraving, handmade to the very highest quality, a beautiful gun with great modern dimensions, available for immediate delivery. 7 lbs.  2 oz. 14 3/4” X 1 5/8” X 2 5/8”. Price: $8,995

Parker/ Winchester Reproduction DHE 12 Gauge SxS
Parker/ Winchester Reproduction DHE 12 Gauge SxS

Parker/ Winchester Reproduction DHE 12 Gauge SxSRare 2- barrel 12 gauge set with 28” full/modified and 26” modified/improved cylinder barrels. Has pistol grip stock, single trigger and beavertail forend. Beautiful condition with original factory leather covered case. A very desirable Parker Reproduction shotgun. Price: 5,995.00

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

Good gun alert: 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, straight grip …

 

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s one of the all-time great doubles – and one of the best bird guns you’ll ever find.

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Beretta introduced the 686 Onyx around ’88 and built them until around ’99 or so. In that time, the gun gained a reputation for being a rugged, reliable OU that handled well and was easy to maintain and repair. I saw my first one in the mid ’90s and couldn’t get it out of my head. Like the one for sale here, it had a straight stock and its matte-black finished looked so ‘friggin cool.

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel ShotgunPrice: $1,399.99
Manufacturer: Serial # F0314XX
Caliber: 20 Ga.
Chambers: 3″
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good with few handling marks
Barrels: 26″ Blued with vent rib
Triggers: Single gold metal trigger
Stock: Walnut straight grip with checkering
Fore End: Matching walnut with checkering
Butt Pad: Rubber Butt Pad
Weight: 6 lbs
Sights: Silver bead
Chokes: IC and Cyl

This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

 

Boss & Co. - Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set - 12 ga
Boss & Co. – Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set – 12 ga

Boss & Co. – Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set – 12 gaAction: Sidelock, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Single, Grip: Straight Grip, Lop: 15 “, Type of butt: Checkered Wood, Drop comb: 1 5/8 “, Drop heel: 2 “, Cast amount: 1/4 “, Cast: Off, Weight: 6 lbs, 8 oz, Manufactured in: England, Finish: Case Colored, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Type of Case: Oak & Leather Case w/Accessories, First set of barrels: 12 ga, 28″, 2 3/4 ” chambers, Chokes: F/F, Second set: 12 ga, 28″, 2 3/4 ” chambers, Chokes: IC/M. Beautiful two barrel set, open assist in very good condition. Price: $80,000

Parker VHE .410 - 26” - Ejectors - “Remington Era” - Beavertail - Single Trigger - “Skeet In Skeet Out” - 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 - 5 lbs 15 ozs
Parker VHE .410 – 26” – Ejectors – “Remington Era” – Beavertail – Single Trigger – “Skeet In Skeet Out” – 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 – 5 lbs 15 ozs

Parker VHE .410 – 26” – Ejectors – “Remington Era” – Beavertail – Single Trigger – “Skeet In Skeet Out” – 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 – 5 lbs 15 ozs: SN: 237186 – Beyond Nice – Spectacular RARE!!  “000” Frame – ca. 1935 – CLEAN!  Price: $36,995 

Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels
Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels

Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels: For your consideration is an extremely rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga gun. Anyone who knows Lefever guns, knows well that the Lefever small bore guns simply don’t exist in nature. They are really rare and hard to find. This particular Lefever has gorgeous 28″ American Flag Damascus pattern. They are a thing of beauty!!!  The gun has DT, AE, and auto safety. The capped PG buttstock is checkered in a two-point pattern. The splinter forend is checkered in typical later FE pattern with engraved steel escutcheon. The action is engraved in typical FE pattern with flying duck on left, falling woodcock on right surrounded by light scroll engraving. The gun retains more than 1/2 of its original case color, particularly nice and dark on the left side and on top. Barrels retain about 85%+ original damascus pattern. Screws are all excellent and the gun is totally unmolested. The stocks are sound and measure 2″ DAC, 3-1/4″ DAH and LOP is 13-3/4″ over the original lined HRBP. Both barrels measure .620 on the money, and the chokes are .012 (right) and .020 (left). Min walls are about.028 in each barrel. The gun weighs right at 6lbs. This is an extremely rare gun and easily one of the top FE 20ga I have seen in more than 25 years of aggressively chasing Lefevers. Price: $6895 

Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61
Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61

Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61: 28″ tapered file finished rib choked IM/M, DT’s, ejectors, Greener crossbolt, double underlugs, full coverage game scenes of pursuing fox, grouse, flying waterfowl, all in woods & marshland, cocking indicators, deluxe checkered walnut straight stock, 2 piece forearm, 15″ LOP over 7/8″ matched solid pad. 97% bbl. & receiver finish, some light handling. Price: $2,899

Beretta 686 20 ga 28", with straight, English grip and Briley chokes
Beretta 686 20 ga 28″, with straight, English grip and Briley chokes

Beretta 686 20 ga 28″, with straight, English grip and Briley chokes: Comes with a spare PG stock and 5 Briley thin wall chokes. Price: $1,700

This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

BOSS & Co.12 BORE PAIR- 3 SETS of Bbls. by PURDEY ABOUT 1970- ORIG. BOSS Bbls. LOST in SHIPMENT- ALL Bbls. ALMOST as NEW- ALL 28" & 2 3/4":
BOSS & Co.12 BORE PAIR- 3 SETS of Bbls. by PURDEY ABOUT 1970- ORIG. BOSS Bbls. LOST in SHIPMENT- ALL Bbls. ALMOST as NEW- ALL 28″ & 2 3/4″:

BOSS & Co. SIDELOCK SXS 12 BORE PAIR- 3 SETS of Bbls. by PURDEY ABOUT 1970- ORIG. BOSS Bbls. LOST in SHIPMENT- ALL Bbls. ALMOST as NEW- ALL 28″ & 2 3/4″: #6225 & 6226, Boss & Co. 13 Dover Street. Piccadilly. London. W.: A True 12 Bore Pair of Boss Bar Action Ejector Sidelock Game Guns Finished in 1913, Both guns with very attractive Sumner engraving. Both Guns 28″ Chopper Lump Barrels with the #2 gun with a spare 28″ chopper lump barrel; – The #1 Gun at .733 .008 & .009″ (Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Cyl.), 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on the right & left barrel at .030″; – The #2 gun is .733 .008 & .008″ (Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Cyl), 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .031″ & .033″ on the left; – The #2 gun spare barrel at .730 .015 & .038″ (Open Mod. & Full), 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on the right & left barrel at .034″; – All 3 barrels are modern Barrels by Purdey and each is marked accordingly “Barrels Made By. J. Purdey” with their address, All 3 are London proved at 3 1/4 Tons with 2 3/4″ chambers; All 3 have Purdey barrel numbers, the pair with barrel #’s 70927 to 70930 which should be about 1969 & the spare barrels with #’s 71703 & 71704 which should be about 1971, Double triggers, Rolled trigger guard edge for the right hand, Numbered 1 & 2 in Gold, Splinter forend with an Anson frontal release, Straight hand stocks and both at 15 1/16 x 1 7/16 x 2 1/8″ over a checkered butt with a 1 3/4″ extension that is expertly done, Remove the extension & add a 1″ pad & it will come out at 14 3/8″, 1/2″ Cast-Off for the right hand, They point like a dream, Both at 6 Lbs. 14 Oz.. Near exhibition wood on both with great black/brown contrast, Boss Classic Engraving by John James Sumner with his characteristic 6 bouquets of roses; – The #1 gun has Purdey barrel blue at 96%, The stock & forend re-oiled & is at 98%, The checkering at 99%, The original case colors remain at 40%; – The #2 gun has Purdey barrel blue at 97%, The stock & forend re-oiled & is at 97%, The checkering at 99%, Traces of case colors remain; – The Purdey barrel blue on the spare barrel for gun #2 is at 99%. All 3 sets of barrels remain in excellent plus condition inside & out with original dimensions and internally the bores are as new. All 3 barrels ring with a pronounced chime and remain smack on the face. The pair is cased in a fold-open leather cornered motor case with a trade label and no provision for the spare barrel. The original Boss barrels were lost in a shipment from the U. S. for a shoot in Scotland, hence the new barrels by Purdey. This is a very nice pair of Classic Boss Game Guns with 3 sets of barrels that remain as new.  Price: $39,000

H.J. Hussey IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, SIDELOCK EJECTOR SxS SHOTGUNS CASED BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS
H.J. Hussey IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, SIDELOCK EJECTOR SxS SHOTGUNS CASED BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS

H.J. Hussey IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, SIDELOCK EJECTOR SxS SHOTGUNS CASED BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS: Year 1902-1904, 12 Gauge, 6lbs 9oz; 6lbs 8oz, SK/LM , LOP 15 1/4″, DAH 2 1/8″, DAC 1 1/2″. The fine matching pair of 12 bore Hussey guns offered here, serial numbers 14170 and 14171 ca. 1902, are LONDON BEST GUNS in every way, with 7-pin sidelock actions featuring beaded fences, finely filed bolsters on the bottom of action, gold lined cocking indicators, superb acanthus scroll with elaborate border work and adorned with the finest floral bouquets you will ever see.  The top tang is gracefully shaped and simply flows into the action.  VERY RARELY SEEN ARE THE BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS IN THIS FINE PAIR OF HUSSEY GUNS, COMPLETE WITH THEIR REGISTERED NUMBERS. Price: $23,000

Beretta 450 sidelock side-by-side 12 gauge Live Pigeon gun:
Beretta 450 sidelock side-by-side 12 gauge Live Pigeon gun:

Beretta 450 sidelock side-by-side 12 gauge Live Pigeon gun: An interesting gun that was made in 1954 and it is as tight and fresh today as it was then, some 64 years ago!  Barrel markings tell that the monobloc barrels were made with the best Chrome Molybdenum Compressed Steel, Superior Type and that this gun was imported by the “Wilshire Gun House” in Los Angeles, CA.  Sometime in its life this gun was “freshened” professionally and the 28″ barrels were sent to England to be fitted with five Teague Precision thin wall chokes, that as you can see by the muzzle photo, are almost invisible.  The barrels have a raised solid rib which tapers from 11.3mm (7/16″) at the breech down to 5.4mm (7/32″) at the muzzle; there is a single small brass front bead. This 450 was restocked in Italy (probably by Beretta) with a spectacular and hefty piece of walnut configured with a right hand palm swell and the dimensions are: 14 ¾” LOP over a ½” Beretta pad, 1 5/16” DAC & 1 ¾” DAH with ¼” cast for a right hand shooter. A nicely scaled beavertail forearm with an Anson release allows the gun to be guided easily with the left hand. The sidelock action has cocking indicators, concealed third fastener, single non-selectable trigger, non-automatic top tang safety and it is completely covered in hand engraved a floral and scroll pattern then chrome finished for durability.  All original metal and wood finishes and all are 99%+. Weighs 7 lbs. 14 oz. It comes in a modern Beretta DT10 luggage case with the Teague choke tubes & wrench and with 4 serial numbered turn screws (screwdrivers) fitted to this gun. Price: $12,350

BOSS & Co. – Best Boxlock Ejector, SxS, 12ga, 30”:
BOSS & Co. – Best Boxlock Ejector, SxS, 12ga, 30”:

BOSS & Co. – Best Boxlock Ejector, SxS, 12ga, 30”: Mod./Full, straight grip stock with ¾” wood extension to a checkered butt and gold shield, double triggers, Schabel forend with horn insert, game rib, automatic ejectors, lovely full coverage scroll with BOSS & CO. engraved in ribbons on both sides of the receiver, rib marked with Boss & Co. St. James Street address, the wood finish remains in very good condition, traces of case coloring on receiver, most of the bluing remaining on the bottom plate of action and trigger guard,  95% barrel bluing, very clean and tight gun throughout, reproofed with 2 ¾” chambers, available for immediate delivery. 14 7/8” x 1 ½” x 2”
6lbs, 10 oz. Price: $6,995.

Parker Reproduction by Winchester DHE GRADE, 28ga
Parker Reproduction by Winchester DHE GRADE, 28ga

Parker Reproduction by Winchester DHE GRADE SxS, 28ga: 26in. barrels, IC/Mod, boxlock action, ejectors, double triggers, beavertail forend,  English stock, skeleton steel buttplate, engraving in original DH style, case hardened frame, rust blue barrels. Supplied with leather trunk case, canvas and leather cover, and snap caps. 14 1/4” LOP. 5 lbs., 8 oz. Price: $4,900

5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world
Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world

Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun worldHammerless Sidelocks – Boss 20g. Sidelock in exceptional condition and investment grade original. Featuring 28″ Whitworth-steel barrels, 75% case color, 98% blue, in its maker’s case. This petite flower weighs in at 5 lbs. 4.5 oz., lighter than many 28 gauges. Stocked to the fences, assisted opening, iconic and crisp Boss single trigger, chopper-lump barrels, and stunning wood with super dimensions, this Boss has all and more of what we would expect from a Boss. What I expect most of all from Boss is what I think is their true trademark: balance? Let me tell you, get this gun between your hands and you will not want to let it go as you would feel your letting go of a part of yourself. Price: $67,000

F.lli Piotti King ~ SxS ~ 16 Ga ~ Double Barrel, Best-quality Italian ShotgunPrice: $18,500.66 
Caliber: 16 Ga.

F.lli Piotti King ~ SxS ~ 16 Ga ~ Double Barrel, Best-quality Italian Shotgun
F.lli Piotti King ~ SxS ~ 16 Ga ~ Double Barrel, Best-quality Italian Shotgun

Chambers: 2 3/4 Inch Chambers
Metal Condition: Mint with very fine full coverage scroll engraving with small floral bouquets.
Wood Condition: Near Mint with a couple of very light handling marks.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 27 Inch chopper lump barrels.
Triggers: Double Trigger
Stock: Walnut Straight Grip Stock
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 14 /58 Inch, DAH 1 1/2 Inch, DAH 2 1/4 Inch with a 1/8 Inch Cast Off
Fore End: Splinter Forearm
Butt Pad: Checkered Butt
Weight: 6 lbs. 4 oz.
Sights: Single Front Bead
Chokes: Cylinder and Cylinder Fix Choke
Extras: Comes with a leather fitted hard case.

Rare Parker Bros. DHE 20ga. Side-by-Side w/ 30" barrels
Rare Parker Bros. DHE 20ga. Side-by-Side w/ 30″ barrels

Rare Parker Bros. DHE 20ga. Side-by-Side w/ 30″ barrelsA very rare Parker Bros. DHE grade 20 gauge with 30″ Titanic steel barrels. This gun is unusual in that it was ordered with open chokes. According to the factory letter,the gun was ordered to shot 55% in the right barrel and 65% in the left. The actual choke dimensions are .005″ in the right and .015″ in the left. The gun has a straight grip stock, skeleton butt plate, double triggers and ejectors. The bores are mint with no pits or rust. The barrels are on face and lock up tightly. The receiver retains traces of the original case colors and has excellent engraving. The water table and forend iron retain strong case colors. The gun was built in 1918 and was ordered with 25/8″ chambers,which it still has. The stock dimensions remain unaltered at 141/4″LOP,15/8″ at comb,and 21/2″ at heel. The wood is sound with no cracks or damage. Just a few light handling marks from 100 years use. The gun was built on an O frame and weighs 6-8. This is a classic Parker bird gun with some very unusual features in all original unaltered condition. This gun is not a safe queen. This is a classic Parker that is nice enough to be proud off,but not too nice to shoot and enjoy. Fully authenticated and original. Price: $14,900 

AYA ~ SxS ~ 20 Ga. ~ Sidelock Spanish ShotgunPrice: $3,299.99

AYA ~ SxS ~ 20 Ga. ~ Sidelock Spanish Shotgun
AYA ~ SxS ~ 20 Ga. ~ Sidelock Spanish Shotgun

Caliber: 20 Ga
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Very few very Lite User Marks
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: Checkered English Grip
Stock Dimensions:
14 1/8″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Splinder
Butt Pad: Leather Recoil Pad
Weight: 6.5 Lbs
Sights: Front Bead
Chokes: Briley Chokes
Extras: With case and Briley chokes.

BERETTA - Model 410 - 10ga 3-1/2" Magnum SxS - Late Model
BERETTA – Model 410 – 10ga 3-1/2″ Magnum SxS – Late Model

BERETTA – Model 410 – 10ga 3-1/2″ Magnum SxS – Late ModelProbably the Toughest 10ga 3-1/2″ Magnum SxS ever produced. Easily the best for the money. 1971 – Beretta Model 410 – 10ga, 3-1/2″ Magnum, 31-1/2″ Full / Full -Hand Engraved, Raised Solid Rib, Rib Extension Third Bite, Double Triggers – Front Articulated, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 9 lbs. 8 oz. Has the look and feel of a Brand New gun. Appears unfired. Bores are chrome lined and perfect. There are a couple of minor marks on the barrels, otherwise As New.

The early guns were prone to cracked stocks on the side panels – due to a sharp corner at the scalloped back edge of the receiver. The later guns – like this one from the 1970s – had improvements that solved that issue. You can’t buy a better 10ga Magnum double for four times the money. Price: $2450

5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

Beretta S2 OU Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta S2 OU Double Barrel Shotgun

Beretta S2 OU Double Barrel ShotgunA 1953 BERETTA SIDELOCK S2 OVER/UNDER IN 12 GAUGE WITH 27.5″ SOLID RIB BARRELS. IT HAS 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS AND I/C (.012)-FULL.034) CHOKES. ENGLISH GRIP WITH SINGLE TRIGGER. VERY NICE CONDITION. LOP 13 7/8″- 1 7/16″- 2 1/2″ – 0″ cast. Price: $4,600

Parker (Winchester) ~ DHE ~ 20 Ga ~ Side-by-Side ShotgunReproduction of the Parker side by side shotgun manufactured by Winchester. This example has standard floral scroll engraving with a pointer on each side of the action and three pheasants in a field scene on the underside. The barrels have a single brass bead sight on the matte concave solid rib, full/modified chokes, and 3″ chambers with ejectors. It has blued barrels, buttplate and trigger guard and casehardened remaining parts. It is mounted on a very nicely figured multi-point checkered walnut forearm with engraved hardware and pistol grip stock, lightly engraved skeletonized buttplate and checkered bare butt, and gold initial oval. It includes a Parker reproduction leather takedown case. Price: $3,999.99 

Parker (Winchester) ~ DHE ~ 20 Ga ~ Side-by-Side Shotgun
Parker (Winchester) ~ DHE ~ 20 Ga ~ Side-by-Side Shotgun

Caliber: 20 Ga.
Chambers: 2 3/4 in., 3 in.
Metal Condition: Very good w/ minor wear marks
Wood Condition: Good w/ a 3″ scratch on left side
Bore Condition: Very good w/ minimal wear
Barrels: 28″ blued barrels
Triggers: Double triggers
Stock: Fixed, checkered walnut
Stock Dimensions:
13.5″ LOP on left trigger, 14.25″ LOP on right trigger, 1.5″ drop
Fore End: Checkered walnut
Butt Pad: Lightly engraved skeletonized buttplate, checkered bare butt
Weight: 7 lbs.
Sights: Fixed brass front bead
Chokes: Full on left barrel, modified on right barrel
Extras: Leather hard case

Arrieta Crown Sabel, 20ga Sidelock SxS, 27" bbls NICE
Arrieta Crown Sabel, 20ga Sidelock SxS, 27″ bbls NICE

Arrieta Crown Sabel, 20ga Sidelock SxS, 27″ bbls NICEArrieta Crown Sable Side by Side, 20ga, 3″ chambers, double trigger, ejectors, 27″ barrels, fixed IC and Mod. Sn is 317xx. Factory finish on both wood and metal. Hand-detachable sidelock. LOP Is 15 3/8″ to the front trigger. Email me if you would like these pics sent to you, they will come through bigger and better than on the listing page here. Price: $1,999

Browning ~ BSS ~ 12 Ga~ Sporter~ 28″ bblsA fine side by side ready for your hunt. Has a full/improved choked barrels. Price: $1,899.99
Caliber: 12 gauge.
Chambers: 3 Inches.
Metal Condition: Excellent.
Wood Condition: Excellent with handling marks.

Browning ~ BSS ~ 12 Ga ~ Sporter ~ 28" bbls
Browning ~ BSS ~ 12 Ga ~ Sporter ~ 28″ bbls

Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 28 inches.
Triggers: Single Trigger.
Stock: Checkered wood, straight stock.
Stock Dimensions:
14 Inches LOP.
Fore End: Checkered wood.
Butt Pad: Rubber butt pad.
Weight: 7 Pounds.
Sights: Front Bead.
Chokes: Full left, Improved right.

FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE - 28" BARRELS - EJECTORS - FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES
FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE – 28″ BARRELS – EJECTORS – FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES

FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE – 28″ BARRELS – EJECTORS – FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCESHere is a solid Francotte 20E with 28″ barrels and ejectors. This is a well made sideplated boxlock. Double underbite with concealed Greener style third fastener. Side clips. Tight and on the face. No loose ribs. No cracks to wood. A vintage VL&D Import. Auto safety. Right barrel measures .729 with 3/1000 choke (Skeet), while left is .730 with 8/1000 (IC). Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14″. Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″. Drop at Heel – 2 3/4″ Price: $1,400 

Auction alert: 28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, perfect for mom….

Beretta BL-3 28ga 28", Over Under Shotgun
Beretta BL-3 28ga 28″, Over Under Shotgun

Here’s a great Mother’s Day gift for any mom who’s into upland hunting. If you fortunate, she may let you use it.

I’ve gushed about these Berettas many times before. Imported into the U.S. 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.

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

Beretta BL-3 28ga 28", Over Under Shotgun
Beretta BL-3 28ga 28″, Over Under Shotgun

It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends tomorrow, 5/13/2018 @ 4:29 PM.

Beretta BL-3 28ga 28″, Over Under Shotgun: Choked M/F. This is a gun you do not see very often but it is a real sweet gun. It weighs just under 6 pounds and shoots like a dream. There is a reason these little guns are so popular. Take a good look at the photos as the gun is in good shape but does have a few blemishes. some spots on the blueing of the toplever and a crack in the toe of the stock are the most noticeable. This will make an excellent quail or small gauge clays gun.

Beretta BL-3 28ga 28", Over Under Shotgun
Beretta BL-3 28ga 28″, Over Under Shotgun

Brescia, Italy. Great place, great people, great guns…

Train station in Brescia, Italy
The train station in Brescia, Italy

Last week I flew into Milan, Italy, and traveled east to Brescia to visit Beretta and a few other gunmakers.

People in the Brescia region have been building guns for 400+ years. Today, the area is home to 100+ companies who build 40% of the sporting and hunting firearms sold around the world.

In 2016, these companies shipped 395,000 guns to the U.S. alone.

Beretta is the biggest and most famous of these companies. This year they’re introducing a fine new OU called the SL3. I talk more about this gun–and about the other gunmakers I visited–in future posts.

Learn more about gunmaking in the Brescia region.

Roman ruins in Brescia
Roman ruins in Brescia
Vineyards in front of the Castle of Brescia
Vineyards in front of the Castle of Brescia
Cool building in the old part of Brescia
Cool building in the old part of Brescia
Val Trompia, from a roofdeck at the Beretta factory
Val Trompia, from a roof deck at the Beretta factory
Dinner one night in Brescia
Dinner one night in Brescia
Mille Miglia Musem in Brescia
At the Mille Miglia Museum in Brescia

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

Auction alert: 20g Beretta BL-3 OU, 28″ bbls…

Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3" chambers
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers

Here’s the perfect OU for upland hunting. These Beretta BL-3 were imported into the U.S. in the late ’60s, early ’70s. Today, they’re one of the best buys you’ll ever find in a bird gun. Simple, rugged, and well made, it’s a ton of gun in lightweight, sexy-looking package.

The 28″ barrels on this one make it special (most have 26″ tubes).

It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 3/12/2018 @ 6:41 PM.

Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers: A nice Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge shotgun, has 28-inch vent rib barrels with fixed modified and full chokes. Single-selective triggers. Extractors. Metal condition is excellent with nice blue and no rust and has engraved receiver. Stock and forearm are original and excellent with no cracks and nice original finish.

Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3" chambers
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3" chambers
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers

Auction alert: two nice Beretta OUs, 20g & 28g…

Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under 20g / 28g Shotgun
Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under 20g / 28g Shotgun

Beretta OUs are some of best doubles out there, especially the earlier models like these two. Both of these shotguns are coming to auction next week. If you’re looking for a great bird gun, you need to check them out.

Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions has this one. The sale starts Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 12:00 PM Pacific.

Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under Shotgun: With fitted pair of 20 ga. barrels, #QU2770, 28” vent rib 28 ga. barrels and 28” vent rib 20 ga. barrels, both fitted for Beretta mobil-chokes (28 ga. IC/IC.; 20 ga. IC/Mod.) Receiver with six gold quail inlaid on sides, plus gold QU logo inlaid on bottom, Beretta logo and other markings, ”1 of 750” on right-hand side; nice dark European walnut wood; 28 ga. forend with Schnaubel tip; 20 ga. is standard; buttstock with 14.5” length of pull to original Beretta pad. In Browning two-barrel hard case. Mfg’d 2003. Condition is excellent showing very little use, with few small handling marks to buttstock. Lockups are tight, bores are bright. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000.

Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under 20g / 28g Shotgun
Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under 20g / 28g Shotgun

Rock Island Auction Company has this one. It’s coming up for sale Thursday, February 15, 2018, @  9:00 AM Central.

Engraved Beretta BL3 Over/Under 20 Gauge Shotgun 28" with with Extra 26" Barrels:
Engraved Beretta BL3 Over/Under 20 Gauge Shotgun 28″ with with Extra 26″ Barrels:

Engraved Beretta BL3 Over/Under 20 Gauge Shotgun 28″ with with Extra 26″ Barrels: Serial #: V11890. 3″ chambers, choke tube system (improved cylinder/skeet installed), and 14″ LOP. With extra 26″ vent rib 20 gauge barrels with 3″ chambers, and modified/improved cylinder chokes. Also includes 3 Briley choke tubes, and choke tool. Estimate: $1,600-$2,500.

This week’s 5 great guns…

 

Beretta SO5 EELL 12 ga OU Sidelock Shotgun
Beretta SO5 EELL 12 ga OU Sidelock Shotgun

Beretta SO5 EELL 12 ga OU Sidelock Shotgun28in BBLS. Extremely nice field gun with hand detachable sidelocks. Ejectors, single select trigger, Briley Thinwall chokes, floral engraving signed by G. Bertasi 1969 vintage gun. Tight action, bright bores, beautiful wood with 14.25 LOP over a wood butt plate. Price: $16,500 

Winchester Model 21, Field Gun-Magnum 20ga SxSAnother fantastic find from Tom’s Smoking Gun Labs, Winchester Model 21, 20 gauge, 3″ chambers, 100% superb condition. Work started: October 04, 1956, To pack: January 31, 1957 Outstanding feather crouch wood stock. Buffalo Bill Center factory letter. Price: $12,500

Serial Number: 30826

Winchester Model 21, Field Gun-Magnum 20ga SxS
Winchester Model 21, Field Gun-Magnum 20ga SxS

Chambers: 3 inches
Ejectors: Selective
Condition: 100%
Metal Condition: 100%
Wood Condition: 100%
Bore Condition: 100%
Barrels: 28 inches
Action: sxs
Triggers: Single
Gauge: .20
Stock: Straight grip
Stock Comb: 1-1/2″
Stock Heel: 2-1/4″
Fore End: beavertail
Butt Pad: Winchester
LOP: 14-1/2″
Finish: Field finish
Sights: red front, metal middle
Manufacture Date: 1956 – 1957
Choke Left: Full
Choke Right: Modified

William Evans .400/.360 Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle
William Evans .400/.360 Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle

William Evans .400/.360 Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle: William Evans [From Purdey’s] 63 Pall Mall, St. James, London boxlock ejector double rifle chambered for the .400/.360 Purdey Nitro Express 2 3/4″ cartridge and London proved for Cordite 40 and a 300-grain bullet. This is the 9.3mm [.367] cartridge which is the best of the .400/.360’s.  Many rechambered to 9.3x74R when brass was unavailable. This one remains in its original chambering.  26″ dovetail lump ejector barrels with very good to excellent bores. Raised matted rib with doll’s head third bite. Three-leaf express rear sight with one standing and two folding leaves. Front sight with fine bead and flip up moonlight sight. Built on the venerable Webley Long Bar Action. Bushed strikers. Bottom tang extended to the steel grip cap. Reciever with 80% coverage fine English scroll engraving. Buttstock with a strong fiddleback figure.  14 5/8″ LOP to a checkered steel buttplate with widow’s peak. Neutral cast. Lever release forend.  Sling eyes fore and aft.  9lb 2oz This piece has every appearance of never having had any restoration. It is tight and on the face with very good to excellent bores. It has been used but not abused. Buttstock and forend solid and without repairs. Barrel blue at 94% with an even patina. Reciever is silver with an even patina. Checkering at 96%  Cased in its original brass cornered canvas trunk case with original trade label. This is classic British Empire stuff from the pre-war Golden Era of British gunmaking and built on the finest boxlock action body to come out of England.  Price: $15,900

Parker VH 16 Gauge Side-by-Side SUPER CLEAN, CRISP, UNTOUCHED GUN!
Parker VH 16 Gauge Side-by-Side SUPER CLEAN, CRISP, UNTOUCHED GUN!

Parker VH 16 Gauge Side-by-Side SUPER CLEAN, CRISP, UNTOUCHED GUN!
General Specs: Parker, year 1931, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 6oz, SxS
Serial Number: 234883
I get to see a lot of fine Parker guns in my business, and high-grade guns to boot, but this fine Parker, sn234883 built in 1931, stands out because of its CLEAN, UNMOLESTED condition.  Another nicety is that it is a full 1/4lb. lighter than most 16ga. Parkers built on the #1 frame, weighing just 6lbs. 6oz. and balanced perfectly on the hinge pin.  Look at the wood to metal fit, the checkering, the screws…they are factory original and superb.  All the finishes, including the wood finish, are factory original and untouched.  Virtually 99% factory case color remains on the receiver, bold and vivid (keep in mind the photo flash washes out some of the vividness. The colors show better in person), and 99% factory original blue on the barrels.  There is not one crack or split or repair anywhere in the wood, and the gun measures 14 1/4″ to the factory dogs head butt plate.  The 28″ barrels have no dings or pits, a few light handling marks, mirror perfect bores, unaltered 2 9/16″ chambers, rough barrel weight stamped at 3-5, and crisp clear lettering and rib matting. Even the factory jewelling at the breech face remains evident (see photos). You can look a long time and you will be hard-pressed to find a more genuine and crisp VH 16.  These guns are still a great investment, especially with high condition.  This is clearly an investment quality shotgun that has been carried and therefore can be used and shot with no loss of value.  If you want to see what near new, factory Parker case colors looked like, just check this one out.  They are not subtle, nor “pearlescent”, but bold and strong.  This fine Parker has it all; high factory condition, desirable features, good shooting dimensions, and the factory letter documenting the gun.  NICE!  Thanks for looking. Price: $8,950

Charles Daly – Miroku – Over Under – Field Grade – 20ga 28″ M / F – Round Knob Stock – Like New3″, M / F (.014 / .025),  Extractors, Single Selective Trigger, Round Knob Pistol Grip, LOP 14-1/8″, with Drop of 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″. Weight 6 lbs. 11 oz. Excellent Plus Used Gun – Metal 99%, Wood about 97% with some minor handling marks. Price: $875

Charles Daly - Miroku - Over Under - Field Grade - 20ga 28" M / F - Round Knob Stock - Like New: 
Charles Daly – Miroku – Over Under – Field Grade – 20ga 28″ M / F – Round Knob Stock – Like New:

Good gun alert: A couple nice Berettas OUs…

BERETTA S686 ULTRALIGHT 12 GAUGE OVER/UNDER DOUBLE BARREL ITALIAN SHOTGUN
BERETTA S686 ULTRALIGHT 12 GAUGE OVER/UNDER DOUBLE BARREL ITALIAN SHOTGUN

I’ve never been into modern shotguns. It’s not that I have anything against them, it’s just that they’ve never done anything for me, kind of like Chevy pickups and the color yellow. That being said, there is one line of modern shotguns I admire: Beretta 686s.

Beretta 686s are affordable, easy to fix, versatile, and good looking. They handle well, too. If you’re looking for a new gun that’s just about all you can ask for.

Like lightweight? Then this Beretta is first you. At just over 6 pounds, it’s about as trim as you can get in a 12 gauge double (or would want to get).

BERETTA S686 ULTRALIGHT 12 GAUGE OVER/UNDER DOUBLE BARREL ITALIAN SHOTGUN: 28″ MOBIL CHOKE BARRELS, SKEET & MODIFIED TUBES INCLUDED, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, 14 1/4″ LOP 1 1/2″- 2 1/4″, 6LBS 2OZ, 99% BLUE, A FEW LIGHT HANDLING MARKS IN WOOD. Price: $1,550

Beretta Custom 686, 12 gauge, OU, Italian Double, color-case hardened with straight grip stock
Beretta Custom 686, 12 gauge, OU, Italian Double, color-case hardened with straight grip stock

If you’re into “different”, this Beretta’s a good choice. Its color-case hardened action gives it a unique look. At the same, its long stock (14 3/4″ LOP) is just what most people need for a shotgun to fit well.

Beretta Custom 686, 12 gauge, OU, Italian Double, color-case hardened with straight grip stock:  With a 1.3Kg mobilchoke, 28-inch barrel.  The barrel is un-numbered Ultra-lite which has been properly fit to the beautiful color-cased receiver.  Three choke tubes included. LOP is 14.75 to factory pad.  The drop is 1 3/8 to 2 3/8’ with slight RH cast.  Weight is 7 lbs.  Metal is 99% and wood is new.   The result is a very well handling gun in factory case. Price: $1,875

This week’s 5 good double guns…

 

JAMES PURDEY & SONS, 1 OF A  3 OVER UNDER SET,  20 GAUGE, 28 GAUGE, .410
JAMES PURDEY & SONS, 1 OF A  3 OVER UNDER SET,  20 GAUGE, 28 GAUGE, .410

JAMES PURDEY & SONS  THREE OVER-UNDER SET,  20 GAUGE, 28 GAUGE, .410, ALL BARRELS 26″: SET OF THREE JAMES PURDEY SHOTGUNS. THIS SET INCLUDES BOTH 2028 GAUGE AND THE ACCOMPANYING .410 BORE. THESE FINE PURDEYS ARE KEN HUNT ENGRAVED ALL WITH FIELD FOREARMS AND VENT RIBS. THE WOOD FIT AND FINISH ARE COMMENSURATE WITH PURDEY EXCELLENCE. ALL OF THESE SHOTGUNS ARE FITTED WITH 26 INCH BARRELS. Price: $525,000

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 500/465 N. E.- DOMINION SIDELOCK EJECT- EXC. PLUS BORES- VERY NICE LEATHER TRUNK- ORIG. STOCK + NEW LEFT HAND STOCK: #19497, Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London: A Holland & Holland Back Action Dominion Grade Sidelock Ejector 500/465 Nitro Express that was finished at the factory on Sept. 11, 1911, It has 26″ Ejector Chopper Lump

HOLLAND & HOLLAND SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 500/465 N. E.- DOMINION SIDELOCK EJECT- EXC. PLUS BORES- VERY NICE LEATHER TRUNK
HOLLAND & HOLLAND SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 500/465 N. E.- DOMINION SIDELOCK EJECT- EXC. PLUS BORES- VERY NICE LEATHER TRUNK

barrels with a rib extension plus third bite, London proved at 75 cordite & 480 grain bullet, The barrels with 1/4 rib with 1 standing & 2 folding rear sights, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, An extended top strap over the comb, Trapdoor grip cap, Shadowline cheekpiece, Very nice wood, 14 3/8″ L.O.P. over a 1″ Silvers pad, Cast-off for the right hand, 10 lbs. 14 oz., Complete border engraving coverage, Traces of original case colors, The barrels were reblacked and now remain at 94%, The buttstock professionally refinished and now at 95%, The original checkering remains at 94%, The wood is in excellent condition and remains very stout inside & out including the inletting, Another strong point to this gun is the bores that are excellent plus with sharp rifling the entire way, Recently J.J. Perodeau in our shop added a left hand stock without any alteration to the original configuration or the original stock, New stock is 15 1/8″ lop, In other words it is a right or left hand gun, This is a doggone nice double rifle with a bunch of life left in it. It is cased in a very nice period brass cornered leather trunk with a lot of accessories. J.J. also fit a red dot optic sight into the open sight dovetail without alteration to the gun. This 465 is very accurate with IMR 3031 powder. Here is a very solid rifle with excellent bores that is very mechanically sound and ready for many more trips to the field. Price: $38,000

Parker DHE 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun - 30", ALL FACTORY FINISHES SKELETON BUTT
Parker DHE 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun – 30″, ALL FACTORY FINISHES SKELETON BUTT

Parker DHE 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun – 30″, ALL FACTORY FINISHES SKELETON BUTTYear 1924, 7lbs 2oz, SxS, SN #206615 In the world of vintage American shotguns, Parker reigns supreme.  Parker Gun Collectors Association is unquestionably the longest standing, best organized of the collector’s associations focusing on double shotguns, Parker has the most recognizable name, and Parker in fact made some of Americas finest shotguns.  Most agree that the DH Grade is the first grade to show fine engraving with game scenes, well figured wood with drop points and fancy checkering, fine Titanic steel barrels, and that highly desirable Parker Skeleton butt plate…the features that bring pride with owning a fine Parker shotgun.  They made only 1178 DH Grade Parkers in 16ga., only  600 or so had ejectors, and only 303 had long, graceful 30” barrels.  This fine Parker, SN206615 made in 1924, is one of the 303 made.  With nice figure in its walnut stocks, perfect wood to metal fit, excellent screws, clear sharp engraving, strong well-timed ejectors, 30″ Titanic Steel barrels, excellent mechanics and shooting dimensions, it is the perfect upland bird and vintage clays gun.  FINDING FACTORY ORIGINAL PARKER GUNS IS GETTING HARDER EACH DAY.  For those of you that want them UNTOUCHED, this is your gun!  There are few left that still retain the original Skeleton Butt Plate!  The 35% factory case colors are clean and vivid.  The factory blue is 93%.  The wood is gorgeous without a crack or repair anywhere, with excellent checkering. This Parker is in top condition and priced to be an affordable, highly engraved, collector quality treasure for your shooting pleasures.  A fine Parker for now and generations to come. Price: $11,950

1968 - Beretta BL-4 (S56E) - O/U - 20ga, 3", 28" M / F - Ejectors
1968 – Beretta BL-4 (S56E) – O/U – 20ga, 3″, 28″ M / F – Ejectors

1968 – Beretta BL-4 (S56E) – O/U – 20ga, 3″, 28″ M / F – Ejectors: Single Selective Trigger, Round Knob Stock, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/4″, Weight 6 lbs. 3 oz. Early BL-4 with Round Knob “Prince of Wales” grip. These Early guns tended to have higher combs than the later Flat Knob Stock guns. Tight – Fired Very Little. Metal 98%. Wood 95+% – shows some minor handling marks. Price: $1650

BERETTA – Model S57E – 12ga, 28″ M/F – English Stock – Double Triggers – Over-Under – EjectorsRARE – English Stock Boxlock Beretta with Double Triggers and Ejectors. 1974 – Beretta Model S57E / BL-5 – 12ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ M / F, (.023 / .037), Vent Rib, Ejectors, English Stock, Double Triggers – Front Articulated, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Weight 6 lbs. 8 oz. Mechanically Excellent Plus Condition – Fired Very Little. Some rust damage at the muzzle. The bores on these Beretta shotguns are chrome lined, so nothing inside the barrel. Price: $1150

BERETTA - Model S57E - 12ga, 28" M/F - English Stock - Double Triggers - Over-Under - Ejectors
BERETTA – Model S57E – 12ga, 28″ M/F – English Stock – Double Triggers – Over-Under – Ejectors

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PURDEY - BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS , 410 Bore, SIDELOCK, DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
PURDEY – BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS , 410 Bore, SIDELOCK, DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

PURDEY – BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS , 410 Bore, SIDELOCK, DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNSTEPHEN KELLY ENGRAVED 28″ MOD AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE 5LBS 7 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 15″. Price: $119,000 

John Dickson & Son — Round Action Hammerless Ejector Toplever Cased Pair — 12ga, 2 3/4″ Chambers: 29″ SxS fluid steel chopper-lump barrels with smooth concave ribs and nickel-silver front beads, both choked improved cylinder & modified. The number 1 gun, 15″ pull from front trigger to checkered wood butt extension; the number 2 gun, 14″ pull from front trigger to checkered wood butt. Both guns with 1 5/8″ – 2 3/8″ drop and a trace of cast-off. Black streaked figured English walnut stocks with Anson-pushbutton-release splinter forends, straight English grips, classic point-pattern checkering and vacant initial ovals. Fine scroll engraved actions with rib-extension third fasteners, automatic ejectors and automatic top tang safeties with SAFE inlaid in gold. Weights: Gun 1: 6lbs, 10oz; Gun 2: 6lbs, 8oz. London proofed in 2004. Also with original pairs of 29″ damascus dovetail-lump barrels with 2 1/2″ chambers and London nitro proofed for 1 1/8oz. All components numbered 1 & 2. Gun No.1 built in 1899 and the second added nine months later to make the pair, both for A. L. Jessop—whose name still appears on the case lid. Tight, and with excellent bores. All ejectors function properly and in time. In original oak & leather double trunk case, with recently re-fit interior, and including turnscrews, cleaning rod and tips, snap caps, oil bottle and original leather maker’s trade label. Price: $39,750

John Dickson & Son --- Round Action Hammerless Ejector Toplever Cased Pair --- 12ga, 2 3/4" Chambers
John Dickson & Son — Round Action Hammerless Ejector Toplever Cased Pair — 12ga, 2 3/4″ Chambers
MERKEL - MODEL 324 PRE WAR O/U 2 BARREL SET , 6.5X57R / 6.5 X57R & 22 HORNET/22 HORNET
MERKEL – MODEL 324 PRE WAR O/U 2 BARREL SET , 6.5X57R / 6.5 X57R & 22 HORNET/22 HORNET

MERKEL – MODEL 324 PRE WAR O/U 2 BARREL SET , 6.5X57R / 6.5 X57R & 22 HORNET/22 HORNET: MADE 1938 MADE FOR HEIRICH SHERPING HANOVER BOTH SETS OF BARRELS ARE 26″ WITH 1/4 RIBS AND PERIOD ZEISS SCOPES WITH CLAW MOUNTS FOR EACH SET OF BARRELS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS 3 PIECE FOREARM PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED BUTT PERIOD FITTED LEATHER CASE 9LBS 15 OZ X 15″ LOP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price: $39,500

WEBLEY & SCOTT Model 100 16GA Side-by-Side Boxlock ShotgunA classic British game gun in seldom encounterd 16ga. Light and well balanced comes to the shoulder quick. Barrels ring, locks up tight, no dents, no cracks and bright bores. Long forcing cones. Very nice leather pad. This one has nicer wood and more detailed engraving than the average 700. Price: $2975

WEBLEY & SCOTT Model 100 16GA Side-by-Side Boxlock Shotgun
WEBLEY & SCOTT Model 100 16GA Side-by-Side Boxlock Shotgun

Chambers: 2 1/2in w/long forcing cones
Ejectors: YES
Condition: VERY GOOD
Metal Condition: VERY GOOD
Wood Condition: VERY GOOD
Bore Condition: EXCELENT
Barrels: 28 IN
Gauge: 16GA
Stock Comb: 1 3/8 IN
Stock Heel: 2 5/16IN
Butt Pad: VERY NICE LEATHER PAD
LOP: 14 1/12IN
Weight: 6LBS
Manufacture Date: 1960
Choke Left: SKEET 2
Choke Right: SKEET
Proof:Nitro: YES

BERETTA 626E SxS BOXLOCK IN 12 GAUGE - WITH EJECTORS
BERETTA 626E SxS BOXLOCK IN 12 GAUGE – WITH EJECTORS

BERETTA 626E SxS BOXLOCK IN 12 GAUGE – WITH EJECTORSBarrels are 28″ with Mod and Full chokes. Mirror bores as original measuring .725. Gun is tight on face. Manual safety. “AS” Proof date. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 11 1/2 OZ. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/4″, Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/4″. Price: $1,250

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Parker Bros. 12 gauge AHE Side-by-Side shotgun 2 BBL SET: Price: $24,500 
Parker Bros. 12 gauge AHE Side-by-Side shotgun 2 BBL SET: Price: $24,500

Parker Bros. 12 gauge AHE Side-by-Side shotgun 2 BBL SETPrice: $24,500 
Serial Number: 95xxx
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 30″
Action: SE
Triggers: Double Trigger
Gauge: 12 Gauge
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Plate
LOP: 13 3/4″
Weight: 7 3/4 lbs.

BERETTA - SO2 - 27-1/2 Bbls - Double Triggers - Prince of Wales Grip
BERETTA – SO2 – 27-1/2 Bbls – Double Triggers – Prince of Wales Grip

BERETTA – SO2 – 27-1/2 Bbls – Double Triggers – Prince of Wales Grip: IC / LM (.007 / .012) Boehler Steel Bbls, Ejectors, Double Triggers, Prince of Wales Grip, LOP 14-1/2″ Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-7/16″, Weight 6 lbs. 15 oz. A wooden spacer and Beretta butt plate have been fitted to extend the stock. The stock has NOT been cut. Very nice work. The stock is 13-7/8″ without the extension. So, remove the extension and add a pad and the stock will go almost 15″ with a standard 1″ pad. Excellent Condition. The stocks have been refinished. The barrels are original finish. Price: $3475 

BERETTA 626 ONYX 12 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: 28″ MOBILCHOKE BARRELS, SKEET & IMPROVED CYLINDER TUBES INCLUDED, 3″ CHAMBERS, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, BEAVERTAIL FOREND, PISTOL GRIP STOCK, 14 1/2″ LOP, 96% BLUE, STOCK SHOWS SOME MODERATE FIELD USE. PRICE: $1899

BERETTA 626 ONYX 12 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN 28" BBLS
BERETTA 626 ONYX 12 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN 28″ BBLS
JP SAUER HAMMER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN - 12 GAUGE - ORIGINAL CONDITION - FLUID STEEL 30" BARRELS
JP SAUER HAMMER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN – 12 GAUGE – ORIGINAL CONDITION – FLUID STEEL 30″ BARRELS

JP SAUER HAMMER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN – 12 GAUGE – ORIGINAL CONDITION – FLUID STEEL 30″ BARRELSHere is a JP Sauer 12 hammer game gun stocked to the fences. Original unrestored condition. Fluid steel 30″ barrels . Traces of case color in protected areas. Made in Suhl, Germany. Good bores. Right barrel at .722 with 15/1000 choke (Mod). Left barrel at .728 with 33/1000 choke (Full). Both as original. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Sharp checkering. Double underbite with Greener Style Third Fastener. Tight on face. No cracks to wood. Shipping is $40. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 8 OZ. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 5/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″. Price: $1,850

BROWNING CITORI SUPER LIGHT OVER UNDER 20GA LIKE NEW
BROWNING CITORI SUPER LIGHT OVER UNDER 20GA LIKE NEW

BROWNING CITORI SUPER LIGHT OVER UNDER 20GA LIKE NEW: BARREL LENGTH 26″ CHOKE FIXED MODIFIED AND INPROVED CYLINDER, BORES LIKE NEW BLUE PERFECT. WOOD MINT EXCEPT ON SMALL MARK ON FOREND TIP. SHOWS LITTLE IF ANY USE. MANUFACTURE DATE 1983.  WEIGHT 6LBS 3 OZ. Price: $1,395

Good gun alert: 20g Beretta BL-3, 28″ bbls…

Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28" barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28″ barrels

If this OU is as good as it looks, it’s a steal. It’s on Gunbroker.com with a “Buy Now” price of just $895.

Beretta BL-3s are the precursor to the company’s 686 line of over unders. Personally, I think they’re nicer shotguns. This one has a bit of decent engraving on it and it looks unused. Best of all, it has 28″ barrels — something that’s hard to find on these.

Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun: Very nice BL 3 with 28″barrel choked modified and full. Appears to have been fired very little, with beautiful wood. Beretta hand engraving throughout. Superior handling and balance. Overall this Italian made Beretta is about 95%. Excellent for smaller framed shooters. Comes with owner’s manual. Price: $895

Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28" barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28″ barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28" barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28″ barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28" barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28″ barrels
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