Good gun alert: 12g Midland boxlock ejector …

 

Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun

Here’s a double that just may be a fantastic deal.

The Midland Gun Co. was one of the many gunmakers who thrived in the UK in the late 19th and early 20th century. They were known for making sound shotguns at affordable prices. And that is just what the one you see here looks like.

From what I can tell from the lousy pics, it looks pretty original. The only thing that worries me is the mention of it being for “2 3/4″ shells only”. Judging by this gun’s weight, I would say it was nitro proofed for 2 1/2″ shells. So before you buy it, you should check that out. Also, be sure to get a 3-day inspection period on it and have a qualified gunsmith check it before closing the deal.

Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector ShotgunMidland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector ShotgunPrice: $849.99 

Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2.75 in. shells only
Metal Condition: Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good, shiny but signs of use
Barrels: 28 in.
Triggers: Double Trigger
Stock: Round knob pistol grip, checkered wood
Stock Dimensions:
13.75-14.5 in. LOP
Fore End: Checkered wood
Butt Pad: Checkered wood
Weight: 6 lbs 11 oz
Item Location: Fort Mill, SC

Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun

Good gun alert: 20g Parker Repro, 28″, double triggers, long LOP …

20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28" bbls
20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28″ bbls

Get it before it’s gone. This 20g DHE Repro has the two special features everyone wants today, but few people wanted back when they were building these doubles: Two triggers and 28″ barrels. It also has a long length-of-pull and excellent original condition.

PARKER DHE REPRODUCTION 20 GAUGE: Price: $3,950.00 

28″ MOD AND FULL BBLS, 3″ CHAMBERS
DOUBLE TRIGGERS
EJECTORS
SPLINTER FOREARM
PISTOL GRIP
SKELETON BUTT
EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR
6LBS 12 OZ
2 1/8 DAH
1 1/2 DAC
15″ FACTORY LOP20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28" bbls

20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28" bbls
20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28″ bbls
20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28" bbls
20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28″ bbls

‘Friggin WOW. An incredible 28g Parker BHE side by side…

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. Here’s a double you don’t see every day–and may never see again.

It’s a 28 gauge Parker BHE built in 1916. When it was made, Quality B.H. guns were the 4th down in the company’s lineup, below the A. No. 1 Special, the A.A.H., and the A.H. (the first Invincible was completed in 1923).

Parker only made 1,034 B.H. grade guns. That’s not many, especially for a company that built 247,000+ doubles in all. Most of those B.H. grades were 12s. As it says below, only four were 28 gauges.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 
Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.  “00” frame. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety.  The gun is fabulously engraved with scroll and floral pattern – a special order feature. It has 2-7/8″ original chambers with excellent bright shiny bores, measuring .563 right and .557 left. Full length matted top rib with proper original Acme barrel legend.  The gun has a capped pistol grip, inlaid with a gold cap and a large “H” engraved on the cap. Original skeleton buttplate with traces of original blue remaining. Stock dimensions in the factory letter are LOP of 14-1/4″ with drop-at-comb of 1-3/4″ and drop-at-heel of 3-1/8″.  The gun has these exact specifications today. Weight is 5lbs 7oz – exactly as found in the PGCA letter.  Barrel blue is excellent and all original and appears to be in the 75% range. Price: $59,500 

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 
Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.  Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 

This week’s 6 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout - letters exactly as found!
Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout – letters exactly as found!

Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout – letters exactly as found!For your consideration is an extremely rare Parker BHE 28ga with original 26″ Acme Steel barrels.  “00” frame.  Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety.  The gun is fabulously engraved with scroll and floral pattern – a special order feature.  It has 2-7/8″ original chambers with excellent bright shiny bores, measuring .563 right and .557 left.  Full length matted top rib with proper original Acme barrel legend.  The gun has a capped pistol grip, inlaid with gold cap and a large “H” engraved on the cap.  Original skeleton buttplate with traces of original blue remaining.  Stock dimensions in the factory letter are LOP of 14-1/4″ with drop at comb of 1-3/4 and drop at heel of 3-1/8.  The gun has these exact specifications today.  Weight is 5lbs 7oz- exactly as found in the PGCA letter.  Barrel blue is excellent and all original and appears to be in the 75% range.  The gun does have some original colors as seen in the photos. Here is your chance to buy an incredibly rare Parker 28ga that is field ready for many more lifetimes ahead.  Please dont hesitate to contact me with any questions on the gun. Price: $59,500 

Parker AHE 12ga SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, ½ Frame Factory Two Barrel Set 26” and 28” Single Selective Trigger: LOP: 14” to end of pad, Hawkins Pad with 3/4″ Spacers. Barrel Set No. 1 is 28” choked RH: Modified and LH: Full   Weight of gun is 7.7 pounds with these barrels. Barrel Set No. 2 is 26” choked RH: Improved Cylinder and LH: Modified   Weight of the shotgun is 7.65 pounds with these barrels.

Parker AHE 12ga SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, ½ Frame Factory Two Barrel Set 26” and 28” Single Selective Trigger
Parker AHE 12ga SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, ½ Frame Factory Two Barrel Set 26” and 28” Single Selective Trigger

Both sets of barrels are 90% or better.  Both sets of barrels lock up tight and on the face.  There is no corrosion either inside or outside either set of barrels.  There are no dents or dings on either set of barrels.  Ejectors for both sets of barrels work properly and are in time.
The forearm wood shows little to no use.  All checkering on both forearms is in very fine condition.  There are no issues with either forearm.

The Stock checkering is in very fine condition showing little use.  The stock was cut and subsequently lengthened with the installation of 3/4″ total in spacers.  The Hawkins Pad is period correct.  The Parker letter does not indicate the stock treatment.  There are a few handling marks on both sides of the stock.

The action has 90% or better case colors.  There are Pheasant on the right and Quail on the left.  The bottom is engraved with two Setters and a fence row.  All screws are in fine condition and in time. The gold grip cap is in place and has initials engraved in it as well as a finely engraved border.

This is a fine condition Late Remington Parker AHE. This is one of the last three AHE’s manufactured according to the Parker Story.  According to the Parker Story there were only 4 total 12 gauge AHE’s manufactured with 26” Fluid Steel Barrels.  There were only 18 total 12 gauge AHE’s manufactured with 28” Fluid Steel Barrels.  This is also on a desirable and scarce Parker ½ Frame action.  This combination makes this Parker extremely rare and possibly the only one manufactured.  With the exception of the stock modifications listed above the firearm shows little use.  The firearm matches the Parker Letter.  This is a no excuses, no speculation, verified factory two barrel, high grade, 1/2 Frame firearm that can easily take its place as the centerpiece of a collection. Both barrel sets are stamped ½ and all measurements on the action confirm this is a ½ frame 12ga. Price: $55,000

Boss & Co. Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun 12 Gauge (Assisted Opening – 1 1/4″ oz. Nitro Proofed)30″ Chokes: Improved Mod – Full L.O.P. : 15″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/8″ H Weight: 7 lbs 14 oz Ser. #: 7726 Price: $49,500 

Boss & Co. Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun 12 Gauge (Assisted Opening - 1 1/4" oz. Nitro Proofed)
Boss & Co. Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun 12 Gauge (Assisted Opening – 1 1/4″ oz. Nitro Proofed)
John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED
John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED

John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED6lbs 6oz, SxS, IC/M, LOP 14 3/4″, DAH 2 5/8″, DAC 1 5/8″. Serial Number: 18475. Purpose built in 1992 for gunning American upland birds over fine dogs. Weighing just 6lbs. 6oz. and balanced perfectly 1/8” in front of the hinge pin, the gun is fast to shoulder and a pleasure to carry all day through tough terrain. With its 28” chopper lump barrels choked IC/M and the English style stock the gun is simply gorgeous. The sidelock action has side plates shaped in the traditional Rigby style, with cocking indicators, game scene/banknote scroll engraving, perfect screws and metal fit, and sculpted bolsters on the bottom of the frame. The original case color is still prominent and aged to that perfect hue and contrast. The gun is stocked to the fences with gorgeous English walnut with a diamond shape at the grip, drop points, perfect 28LPI checkering, and terminates in a gorgeous pigskin Purdey style leather covered pad. The gun has the Holland & Holland style assisted-opening feature that you would expect from a true LONDON BEST, and is housed in the factory oak & leather case with all the best accessories. THIS IS A RARE FIND THAT YOU WON’T SEE FOR SALE IN THE MARKETPLACE AGAIN FOR SOME TIME. The reputation of Paul Roberts building best guns in the finest English fashion is well established. The engraving, done by John Beech of London, is superb, with gorgeous scenes of woodcock, pheasants, and a setter on point. A finer investment in the gunmaker’s art would be hard to find, regardless of the name on the barrels. Thanks for looking! Price: $24,500.00 

 

W. J. JEFFERY 2 INCH 12 GAUGE, BOXLOCK EJECTOR, SXS, 5LBS 3OZ
W. J. JEFFERY 2 INCH 12 GAUGE, BOXLOCK EJECTOR, SXS, 5LBS 3OZ

W. J. JEFFERY 2 INCH 12 GAUGE, BOXLOCK EJECTOR, SXS, 5LBS 3OZ: Price: $3475

Chambers: 2 INCH
Condition: VERY GOOD
Metal Condition: VERY GOOD
Wood Condition: VERY GOOD
Bore Condition: BRIGHT
Barrels: 26 IN
Gauge: 12 GA
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 1/4
LOP: 14 3/4IN
Weight: 5LBS 2.6OZ
Manufacture Date: 1946
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: IMP/CYL
Proof:Nitro: YES

FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE - 28" BARRELS - BOXLOCK - EJECTORS - FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES DOUBLE BARREL SXSFRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE – 28″ BARRELS – BOXLOCK – EJECTORS – FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES DOUBLE BARREL SXSHere 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). Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14″ Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″ Drop at Heel – 2 3/4″. Price: $1,200 

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

 

PHILIPP REEB Extra high-quality BLE 12ga 29" SxS Shotgun
PHILIPP REEB Extra high-quality BLE 12ga 29″ SxS Shotgun

PHILIPP REEB Extra high-quality BLE 12ga 29″: Price  $10,000.00
ID #  6754
Make:  PHILIPP REEB
Model:  Best quality BLE
Configuration:  SXS
Gauge / Caliber:  12 GA
Serial #:  3371
Country of Origin: Germany
Barrel Length (in Inches): 29″
Choke R: IC(.010)
Choke L: M(.017)
Trigger: DT (Double)
Stock Configuration: Straight Grip
Forearm Type: Splinter Forearm
Rib Type: Matted Concave Rib
Other Options:  Greener safety, Greener crossbolt, Cocking indicators, Skeleton steel buttplate, Horn accents, English proofs, 2 1/2″ chambers
Condition:  EXC. Condition
Weight: 6# 13oz
Dimensions: 1 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ x 14 3/8″ with 1/4″ cast off
Other Details: Mfg around 1920 this is a super high quality gun that is a cut above other similar guns

1980 – Perazzi MX8 Trap OU – SC3 Grade -Type IV Gun: Like New Condition! 12ga, 2-3/4″, 30″ Bbls IM / F(.727 – .030 / .727 – .040), 18.4 Bores, kg1610, Neutral Cast Stock at LOP 14-5/8″ Over Original Factory Pad, Drop 1-1/2″ to 1-3/8″ Across the Comb, and 2-1/4″ at the Heel. Weight 8 lbs. 12 oz. “As New” Condition – Fired Very Little. Looks like it came from a Time Capsule. Looks and feels like a brand new gun! Price: $8950

1980 - Perazzi MX8 Trap OU - SC3 Grade -Type IV Gun: Like New Condition! 12ga, 2-3/4", 30" Bbls
1980 – Perazzi MX8 Trap OU – SC3 Grade -Type IV Gun: Like New Condition! 12ga, 2-3/4″, 30″ Bbls

Parker Bros. DHE Grade 16 Gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun with 26″ Barrels: Number 1 frame.  The barrels are Titanic steel barrels with 90% bluing remaining.  They are 28″ in length and are choked Mod. and Full.  Bores are excellent with no pits or dings.  Engraving remains very sharp with 30-40% case colors remaining on receiver. A very solid 16 DHE Parker.  Price: $7,975.00

Serial Number: 223582

Parker Bros. DHE Grade 16 Gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun with 26" Barrels
Parker Bros. DHE Grade 16 Gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun with 26″ Barrels

Ejectors: Yes
Condition: Very Good
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Excellent
Gauge: 16 Gauge
Stock Comb: 1 5/8″
Stock Heel: 2 5/8″
LOP: 14 1/4″
Manufacture Date: 1928
Choke Left: Full
Choke Right: Mod

Belgian Browning 20ga Superlite Over Under Shotgun NIB: Built in 1983, this gun is new and unfired in the original box. It has a fabulous highly figured stock and forend. The barrels are 261/2″ and are choked improved cylinder and modified. The gun weighs just 5-12 and balances between the hands. A great classic upland bird gun for the shooter or collectors.  Price: $6495

Belgian Browning 20ga Superlite Over Under Shotgun NIB
Belgian Browning 20ga Superlite Over Under Shotgun NIB

Parker Brothers ~ VH ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel ShotgunNice example of an early ’30’s Parker Brothers side by side shotgun.  Price: $3,499.99 
Manufactured: 1930.
Caliber: 20 Ga.

Parker Brothers ~ VH ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker Brothers ~ VH ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Chambers: Break action side by side.
Metal Condition: Very good with, barrel blueing is intact except for the very end of the muzzle, smoke/ case finish is mostly worn off of the receiver.
Wood Condition: Walnut pistol grip stock, clean checkering on the fore end and rear stock, several dings and small scratches.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 28″ round Vulcan steel barrels.
Triggers: Double triggers.
Stock: 13″ LOP rear trigger, 14″ LOP front trigger.
Fore End: Satin walnut finish with checkering.
Butt Pad: Black synthetic butt pad.
Weight: 6.1 pounds.
Sights: Silver dot at the muzzle.
Chokes: Fixed chokes, both barrels are Modified.

Good gun alert: 12g Charles Hellis boxlock SxS…

CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side

Here’s a real nice boxlock ejector that just popped up on the market. It’s a Charles Hellis with awesome damascus barrels, and if I didn’t already have enough doubles, I would be on the phone to the seller trying work out a deal for it.

Charles Hellis, gunmakers, was founded by its namesake in 1884, and by the 20th century it was another of London’s prosperous gunmakers. Hellis made many different grades and types of guns, from modestly-priced boxlocks to Best-quality sidelocks. The company also specialized in lightweight boxlocks and sidelocks tagged “The Featherweight” and usually engraved with images of feathers on the actions or lockplates. The inlayed side panels on this Hellis boxlock are another of the company’s signature styles.

Gunmaker Charles Hellis outside his shop on Edgware Road, London
Gunmaker Charles Hellis outside his shop on Edgware Road, London

Something to note: Check out the proof marks on this gun. The barrels were originally proofed at two different bore sizes: 13 and 13/1 (.710″ & .719″) and the reproofed at .719″ and .729″ (13/1 & 12). While it’s unusual to see a set of barrels with two different bore sizes at proofing, it’s not unheard or wrong in anyway. What’s important is that both tubes are in proof with good wall thicknesses (which is the case with this SxS).

CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side

CHARLES HELLIS 12GA  Boxlock Ejector Side-by-SideA very nice London, ejector, damascus, nitro proofed, game gun. Tight lockup and ribs. Excellent bores. In proof. No dents. No cracks. Price: $3275
Serial Number: 1239
Bore: R.720 L.729
Chambers: 2 1/2in
Ejectors: YES
Condition: EXCELENT
Metal Condition: EXCELLENT
Wood Condition: EXCELLENT
Bore Condition: EXCELLENT
Barrels: 30IN
Barrel Type: DAMASCUS

CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side

Gauge: 12GA
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 1/4IN
Butt Pad: HARD RUBBER?HORN?
LOP: 14 3/4IN
Weight: 6LBS 12OZ
Manufacture Date: 1900-1905
Choke Left: SKT II .015
Choke Right: SKT .005
Proof:Nitro: YES
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .028
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .030

CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side. Nice forend tip — unusual for a boxlock.
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side

Auction alert: a great little 20g H. Mahillon boxlock SxS …

H. Mahillon, Gunmaker
H. Mahillon, Gunmaker

The Anson & Deeley boxlock is one of the most successful shotgun actions of all time. Invented in 1875 by Westley Richards, the design has been the basis for millions of shotguns, including the one you see here.

H. Mahillon was a Belgian maker with a shop is Brussels. They “made” a wide range of guns: From bolt rifles to best-quality sidelock pigeon guns. I say “made” because I’m not sure if the company built its own guns or had them made in the trade by other craftsmen. Regardless of who actually did the making, every Mahillon I’ve seen has been very well built.

I’m sure the one you see here is, too. If you’re looking for a great little bird gun at a fantastic price, this is it. It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends tomorrow, 9/11/2015, @ 4:30:26 PM ET.

H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: Up for bid is a lovely looking, lightly used H Mahillon SxS side plated boxlock ejectorgun shotgun chambered in 20 gauge. Barrels are 26 3/4″ with excellent, bright strong bores with a single bead at the muzzle and matted rib. Metal surfaces are blued and coin finished. I believe the barrels have been professionally reblued and currently retain about 95% of this finish with some scattered marks, scratches and small dings. Receiver is coin finished and it and the lever, sideplated boxlocks, triggerguard, tangs, and screw heads show tasteful engraving; please see the multiple closeup photos. Straight grip English style stock and splinter forend are nicely checkered. Shotgun features a checkered wooden butt and side clips where the receiver and breech end of the barrels meet. LOP is 12 3/4″ and 13 3/4″ with drops at comb and heel of 1 1/2″ and 2 3/16″ respectively. Shotgun weighs in at 5 lb 12 oz. European swivels are at the stock and bottom rib of the barrels. Matching serial numbers.

H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Good gun alert: a 12g William Ford Boxlock Ejector…

12 gauge William Ford - BLE - Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge William Ford – BLE – Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Birmingham, England, used to be one of the world’s largest gunmaking towns. Thousands of people used to be employed by the trade there, and all kinds of makers had shops or factories in and around the city. William Ford was one of these makers.

William Ford rose to prominence in the late 1870s as a barrel maker, and by the 1880s he had his own shop/factory in Birmingham. I’m not sure when the side-by-side you see here was built, but judging by the fluid-steel bbls I’d say it was made in the early 20th century. From what I can see, this double looks like a good deals  – if the gun is in proof and the bbl walls are sound (I like to see .o25″+ as a minimum in each tube). Be sure you find out before you close the deal.

12 gauge William Ford – BLE – Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun: Price: $2,650

12 gauge William Ford - BLE - Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge William Ford – BLE – Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Shotgun type: SxS
Action: Boxlock
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 14 1/2 ”
Pad thickness: 0.5 ”
Type of butt: Leather Covered Pad
Drop comb: 1 3/8 ”
Drop heel: 2 1/4 ”

12 gauge William Ford - BLE - Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge William Ford – BLE – Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Cast amount: 3/16 ”
Cast: OFF
Weight: 6 lbs, 10 oz

Chamber: 2 3/4 ”
Length: 28 ”
Chokes: Skeet 1 and 2
Rib type: Concave

Manufactured in: England
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good

12 gauge William Ford - BLE - Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge William Ford – BLE – Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: Leather Luggage Case

Somebody please buy this double: a 12g Simson boxlock…

Simson 12 gauge BLE SxS
Simson 12 gauge BLE SxS

Here’s one of the best deals on a doubles that I’ve seen in a while. This German side-by-side looks like it’s in great original condition. Unless it has a wart I can’t see (thin walls, oversized bores, pitting in the tubes), it’s a steal.

It’s made with an Anson & Deeley-style action with a Greener crossbolt – one of the best actions ever created – and it features ejectors, original 2 3/4″ chambers, and chokes that can be opened to right where you want them. What more could you want?

12 gauge German BLE SxS: Made in Suhl, Germany.  Boxlock action with a Greener crossbolt.  Ejectors,  Kupp Steel Barrels.

PRICE: $799.66

Simson 12 gauge BLE SxS
Simson 12 gauge BLE SxS
Simson 12 gauge BLE SxS
Simson 12 gauge BLE SxS
Simson 12 gauge BLE SxS
Simson 12 gauge BLE SxS
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4 Inch
Metal Condition: Case color hardening still visible on receiver. Barrels retain 85% of their blueing with some lite
Wood Condition: Good overall with some lite dings and scratches – no cracks
Bore Condition: Excellent – bright
Barrels: 28 Inch with a solid rib
Triggers: Double non-selective
Stock: Checkered pistol grip with cap on oil finished walnut
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/8″ LOP, 1 5/8″ DAC, 2 3/4″ DAH
Fore End: Checkered oil finished walnut splinter
Butt Pad: Hard rubber
Weight: 6 Lbs 14 Ozs
Sights: Bead on ramp
Chokes: Fixed – full / Full

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Boss & Co. - Best - 20 ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Boss & Co. – Best – 20 ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Boss & Co. – Best – 20 ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun: #9729, Sidelock, Ejectors, Boss Single Trigger, Straight Grip: Lop: 14 1/2 ” to a checkered butt, Drop @ comb: 1 1/2 ” Drop @ heel: 2 1/8 “, Cast: 3/16 ” OFF, Weight: 5 lbs, 10 oz. Chamber: 2 3/4″, Bbl Length: 26″, Chokes: IC/M. Price: $70,000

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL EJECTOR, SELF OPENER S/S 12GA SHOTGUN: SELF OPENER S/S WITH HAND DETACHABABLE LOCKS, H & H BEST SCROLL, CASE COLORED ACTION, 28″ CHOPPER LUMP BBLS, MIN WALLS 24 THOU, 2 3/4, IC/1/4, STANDARD GAME RIB, EJECTORS, H & H SST, FABULOUS FIGURED WALNUT, ST/SP, 15 1/8, 1 1/2, 2″, 6LBS 10OZ, OAK & LEATHER CASE WITH ACCESSORIES & CANVAS COVER, EXCELLENT CONDITION, VERY LITTLE USE! Price: $25,950

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL EJECTOR, SELF OPENER S/S 12GA SHOTGUN
HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL EJECTOR, SELF OPENER S/S 12GA SHOTGUN
LEFEVER DE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:
LEFEVER DE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:

LEFEVER DE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN: 30″ MODIFIED AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH ALOT OF ORIGINAL CASE COLORS 8LBS X 3 X 1 3/4 X 14 3/8. Price: $12,500

THOMAS BLAND 375 FLANGED N. E. 2 1/2″- VERY NICE RIFLE- EJECTOR- EXC BORES- A LOT of FEATURE #16903, Thomas Bland & Sons, 2 King William Street, Strand, London: A Thomas Bland & Sons 375 Flanged Nitro Express 2 1/2″ Double Rifle Made about 1914 with 26″ Ejector shoe lump barrels, Dolls head extension with a third bite, Sideclip action body, Bushed strikers, Bolted safety, Scalloped action back, Hinged front trigger, Nitro proved at 40 Cordite with a 300 grain bullet, 1/4 rib with 1 standing and 2 folding rear sights, Anson release forend, Very open pistol grip, No sling eyes, 14 5/16″ LOP over a steel buttplate, 9 lbs. 3 oz., Here is a very nice solid rifle that remains all original to this day, 65% original blue on the barrels, Traces of original case colors, Very solid wood both fore and aft, The checkering is still original and at 90%, The bores are excellent plus without a pit to be had and the rifling is as square as the day it was cut. The piece is accurate and loading information goes with the gun. I believe this is one of few that were proved with a 300 grain bullet, most are 270, plus the rear folding sight is marked “Axite – Nickel Bullet – 320 Grns.”

THOMAS BLAND 375 FLANGED N. E. 2 1/2" SXS DOUBLE RIFLE
THOMAS BLAND 375 FLANGED N. E. 2 1/2″ SXS DOUBLE RIFLE

This neat double rifle in a neat and fun cartridge has a lot of features not found on many boxlock English guns of this era; dolls head extension with a third bite, sideclip action body, bushed strikers, bolted safety, scalloped action back and a hinged front trigger. Thomas Bland & Sons were founded in 1840 in Birmingham and expanded to106 Strand in London in 1872. In 1900 they moved to 2 King William Street, Strand in London, and the address of this gun. This durable firm remained in business all these years, an incredible run from muzzle loaders to modern sporting guns. Thomas Bland & Sons Gunmakers Ltd. is to this day a viable firm, registered both in the UK and the USA and can be found on this side of the pond at woodcockhill  Price: $9,900

Simson BLE SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge: Made in Suhl, Germany. Boxlock action with a Greener crossbolt.  Ejectors,  28″ Kupp Steel Barrels, 2 3/4″ chambers, Chokes F & F. Bright bores. Pistol Grip Stock: 14 1/8″ LOP, 1 5/8″ DAC, 2 3/4″ DAH. 6 Lbs 14 Ozs. Price: $1,798.88

Simson BLE SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge
Simson BLE SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Is 2 1/2″ not enough for you? A nice 12g Powell heavy proofer…

William Powell & Son SxS Boxlock Ejector 12 Ga. Shotgun
William Powell & Son SxS Boxlock Ejector 12 Ga. Shotgun

The British are famous for their game guns: 12 gauge side-by-sides with 28″ or 30″ barrels, 2 1/2″ chambers, a straight stock, and doubles triggers. Most of these doubles weigh in at around 6 3/4lbs, and they’re ideal for taking everything up to pheasants out to about 40 yards.

Of course, the Brits also made heavy twelves for waterfowling and pigeon shooting. The William Powell double you see here is one of them, and from what I can see, it looks like it’s a good deal. With original 2 3/4″ chambers, it should be proofed for 1 1/4 oz. loads – more than enough lead for clays shooting – and with it’s high stock and should fit most shooters pretty well.

William Powell & Son SxS Boxlock Ejector 12 Ga. Shotgun: Price: $ 2,849.99

This fine Birmingham double found its way to America by a rather circuitous route through Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  The left barrel is marked with the maker’s name and Carr’s Lane, Birmingham address and the right is marked, “Made for Donald Mackintosh, Melbourne”.  Research indicates that Donald Mackintosh, Pty. Ltd. was a gunsmith and sporting goods store located on Latrobe Street in Melbourne and engaged in the importation of fine firearms from all over the world.  An ad from the 1950’s announced the recent arrival of W. Powell and G. & S. Holloway hammerless SxS guns made to Mackintosh’s specifications.  This would explain the pistol grip stock found on this shotgun as opposed to the classic English straight stock more frequently encountered on guns of this type.  In any event, it is an excellent example of one of Birminham’s finer gunmakers with handsome engraving and barrels that ring clear and true.  The lockup is as tight as the day it left England.

William Powell & Son SxS Boxlock Ejector 12 Ga. Shotgun
William Powell & Son SxS Boxlock Ejector 12 Ga. Shotgun

 

Manufacturer: Estimated post WW II to early 1950’s by barrel flat markings
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2-3/4″ – Ejectors
Metal Condition: Engraved, case-colored receiver retains approximately 60% of original coloring with some vibrant areas remaining. Barrel bluing is approximately 85 – 90% with some freckling and patina.
Wood Condition: Stock and forend are structurally sound, but carry the bumps and impression marks typically found on a field gun.
Bore Condition: Bright bores
Barrels: 30
Triggers: Double triggers
Stock: Checkered pistol grip walnut
Stock Dimensions: LOP: 14-1/4″, DAC: 1-3/8″, DAH: 2-1/8
Fore End: Splinter-type checkered walnut with Anson release
Butt Pad: Serrated bone buttplate
Weight: 8 lbs.
Sights: Single metal bead
Chokes: Fixed – Full / Full

Real nice 16g & 20g Webley & Scott double barrel shotguns…

Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28" barrels Made in England
Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28″ barrels Made in England

I’ve written this before, but if  Webley & Scott is the Ford of British gunmaker, the Model 700 is their F150 pickup. Introduced in the 1950’s, the rugged and reliable M700 was the double of choice for thousands of shooters in the UK and Europe.

But almost all those Webleys were 12 gauges. The Brits have never loved the smaller bores, and their gunmakers have never made 16s & 20s in great numbers. That’s one of the things that makes the side-by-sides you see here special. The other thing that makes them unique is their condition. Both of these SxSs look new – pretty impressive when you consider they’re at least 40 years old.

Webley & Scott 700 series 16ga with 30" barrels.
Webley & Scott 700 series 16ga with 30″ barrels.

Webley & Scott Model 700 16 bore 30″ barrels: This is great well balanced bird gun.  I think 16ga Webleys with 2 3/4″ chambers are harder to find than the 28ga guns. 16ga, 30″ barrels, Imp/ Full (.008/.036), 2 3/4″ chambers, semi-pistol grip stock, 14 1/2″x1 1/4″x2 1/8″ and cast off,  6 lbs. Two triggers, ejectors, grooved stock end, excellent codition.  Barrel blue is 99%, case colors 99 %, wood 97 %. Bores are perfect with no dents or bulges. Price: $ 3995

Webley & Scott Model 700 16ga with 30" barrels.
Webley & Scott Model 700 16ga with 30″ barrels.
Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28" barrels Made in England
Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28″ barrels Made in England

Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28″ barrels: High condition W & S Model 700 20 bore with rare 28″ barrels with 3″ chambers. Original Birmingham nitro 3 1/2 ton proof. Gun remains in proof. Little used. Game rib.  Barrels have engine turned breech. 139xxx series made in Birmingham in the ’60s or ’70s. Lacquered original case colors. Original blacking. Slight wear at muzzles and sides of action from case. Shiny bores choked Skeet 1 right and Modified left. Double triggers. Pleasing wood and sharp checkering with a few marks. Blank oval. Checkered butt. Properly balanced gun.  Weight approximately 5 lb 9 oz. Dimensions 14 5/8 x 14 1/2 x 14 3/4. Drop 1 3/8″ x 2″. Cast off 1/4″. Ejectors in time, no buggered screws!  This is a nice, true English built gun. Price: $4795

Good gun alert: a 12 gauge John Harper double barrel shotgun…

12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun

When most Americans think about hunting in the UK, fancy estates, titles, and big bills come to mind. But not everyon in the UK was an aristocrat or rich. Everyday sports-people also found time for the field. When they did, they carried doubles like the one you see here.

This SxS is by John Harper, a gunmaker who used to be located in Birmingham, England. Harper opened a shop in 1902 and his business was in operation until 1975. From what I can tell, most of his trade was in good quality boxlocks, sort of the meat-and-potatoes of the English shotgun business. Doubles like these were great deals when they were made 80 years ago. Today, the same is still true.

Even though this shotgun has been on the market before, it’s still a great deal at its current price ($3,295).

12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun

JOHN HARPER 12 GA BLE: Serial # 14XX, circa about 1920’s. John Harper specialized in making guns for others such as James Woodward and W.R. Pape. An exceptional well kept light wgt (6.7 Lbs.), BL Ejector with 28″ barrels retaining 98% blue, mint, mirror bores choked IC / F, nitro proofed 1 1/8 oz, with 2 3/4″ chambers and rib extension with Greener x-bolt. The nicely scroll engraved receiver retains about 80% original case colors with the floor plate and TG 90% blue. The well figured, dark streaked SG / Spl wood with excellent crisp checkering shows only the most minor handling marks and retains 97% finish. Serrated original BP, vacant silver oval and push button FE release. An elegant collector/shooter. Price $3,295

12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun

Good gun alert: a solid 12 gauge Webley & Scott 700…

12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com
12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com

If there’s a side-by-side that you could call the perfect starter double, Webley & Scott’s 700 is the gun. A basic boxlock built on the tried and trued Anson & Deeley action, 700s were made for decades.

They’ve always been great guns, and if you’re looking for a solid, reliable English shotgun that’s on the affordable side, it’s a great choice.

The one you see here, looks like it can be bought for $3,000 – a great price for a solid Birmingham boxlock in nearly-new condition. If this shotgun looks good to you, get on it now. The auction ends Wednesday, 6/12/2013 @ 12:07:43 PM ET.

12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com
12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com

Here’s more about it from the seller:

Webley & Scott 700 series 12ga 28″ barrels mod/full: in about 93% condition with a small area of freckling on right barrel. LOP is 15″ to front trigger w/ original Silvers pad. Case colors are strong.

Good gun alert: a real nice 20 gauge W. & C. Scott boxlock…

W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2" chambers, 28" bbls, 14 1/2" straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2″ chambers, 28″ bbls, 14 1/2″ straight grip

The Brits have always liked lightweight 12 gauges. For most of their shooting, 1 to 1 1/8 ounces of lead are just right. Once they realized this, they built most of their doubles to shoot for this much lead. And those doubles are twelves.

Today, that means twenty-gauge British doubles are hard to find, especially ones like the W. & C. Scott you see here. This one has 28″ barrels, long stock (14 1/2″) and the high dimensions ( DAC 1 5/8″, DAH 2″) barrels and stock.

It also has condition. From what I can see, this Scott is very original. That’s incredible for a shotgun was made before the first World War. And it makes the price — just $3,995 –very fair. So fair, that I bet this SxS will be sold in a few days. If it looks good to you, buy it now.

W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2" chambers, 28" bbls, 14 1/2" straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2″ chambers, 28″ bbls, 14 1/2″ straight grip

Here’s more about it from the seller:

W. & C. Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE: 2 1/2″ chambers, bores are bright and shiny. In proof 7/8oz. 5# 9oz. 28″ barrels with both bores .617. Chokes are .027 full and.031 full. Barrels retain 90-95% original blue. Action and fore-end hardware retain 75% original vivid case color. DAC 1 5/8″, DAH 2″, LOP 14 1/2″to a checkered butt, Initial oval in stock is blannk. Cast off 3/8″. Nicely figured wood with sharp checkering. A hard to find 20GA English gun with shootable dimensions. Price: $3995.00

W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2" chambers, 28" bbls, 14 1/2" straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2″ chambers, 28″ bbls, 14 1/2″ straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2" chambers, 28" bbls, 14 1/2" straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2″ chambers, 28″ bbls, 14 1/2″ straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2" chambers, 28" bbls, 14 1/2" straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2″ chambers, 28″ bbls, 14 1/2″ straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2" chambers, 28" bbls, 14 1/2" straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2″ chambers, 28″ bbls, 14 1/2″ straight grip

On Gunbroker.com now: a lightweight 16 gauge Merkel O/U

16 gauge Merkel Over Under Shotgun on Gunbroker.com
16 gauge Merkel Over Under Shotgun on Gunbroker.com

Sixteen-gauge O/Us are tough shotguns to find, especially ones made on true 16-gauge frames. Many of the 16g over-unders made in the last couple decades were really 12 gauge actions with smaller-gauge barrels mounted on them. That doesn’t appear to be the case with the Merkel you see here.

This double must have been made on a 16g frame. That’s the only way Merkel could have pushed the weight so low. The gun also has double triggers – a feature that makes it even more special.

If you like what you see, act now. This gun is on Gunbroker.com and the auction ends later today at 7:40:59 PM ET. Here are the vitals on it: 26 3/4″ bbls, 14″ LOP, weight just over 6 lbs. Appears to have ejectors and seller is saying that the bores are clean.

16 gauge Merkel Over Under Shotgun on Gunbroker.com
16 gauge Merkel Over Under Shotgun on Gunbroker.com

 

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EXCEPTIONALLY FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DOUBLE RIFLE: Caliber 45-70.
EXCEPTIONALLY FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DOUBLE RIFLE: Caliber 45-70.

EXCEPTIONALLY FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DOUBLE RIFLE: Caliber 45-70. Engraved in Grand American style with four big game animals gold inlaid in the receiver; a moose on one side, an elk on one, a big horn sheep on the bottom and grizzly bears inlaid in gold on the trigger guard. The entire receiver is heavily and extensively engraved by Nick Kusmit; this is one of the last guns he did before he left Winchester. The stock is checkered and carved; carving extends half the length of the buttstock and 3/4 of the length of the forearm-very beautifully and tastefully done. Overall gun is in as new condition, fitted in an orig Winchester luggage case. Completely made in the Winchester plant custom department and was assembled by Tony Galazan of a Connecticut shotgun manufacturing company when it was completed. One of the finest Winchester Model 21’s ever made; just a handful of these were made in 45-70. Price: $75,000.

Westley Richards 20 bore Droplock Double Barrel Shotgun with 30" barrels & Double Triggers
Westley Richards 20 bore Droplock Double Barrel Shotgun with 30″ barrels & Double Triggers

Westley Richards 20 bore Droplock with 30″ barrels, Double Triggers, Long stock: Boxlock ejector, straighe grip, 2 3/4″ chambers, 15 5/8″ LOP, 2 1/8″ DOH, Chokes IC/Mod, 6lbs, 5oz, in original case. Looks very original. Price: $26,000.

.410 Francotte 14E double-barrel side-by-side shotgn
.410 Francotte 14E double-barrel side-by-side shotgun

100% Original August Francotte 14E .410 w/letter, cased: August Francotte 14E .410, 26″ bbl, 2 1/2″ chambers, m/f, 14 1/8″ LOP, 2 5/8″ DH, 1 3/8″ DC, 4lb. 2oz., hand rubbed oil finish. All original, untouched, unmolested gun. Manufactured in 1925, with letters and other documentation from Griffin & Howe, the authority on Francottes. Stamped Francotte Choke Bore. Gun is in about 90% condition, no cracks, dents, gouges or deep scratches in wood. BBl retain most of their original color. Metal is in excellent condition with about 85% blue remaining. Engraving is also excellent: Price: $10,750

16 gauge Lang Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge Lang Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

LANG 16 in SUPER NICE ORIG 1967 COND- 85-90% ORIG CASE COLORS- BOXLOCK EJECT- 28″ Bbls at SKT.I & SKT.II- WEBLEY ACTION- NICE STUFF: #20756, Joseph Lang & Son, 7 Bury Street, St. James’s, London, England: A very nice & totally original Post War Boxlock Ejector 16 Bore Game Gun Made in 1967 with 28″ Ejector Dovetail Lump Barrels, The versatile Webley action, Original London Proof at 3 1/4 tons and at the current correct bore size of .622″, The bores at .622 .005 & .011 (Skt.I. & Skt.II), Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Scalloped action back, Double triggers, Splinter forend, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/8″ over a 3/4″ leather pad, It also has a 5/8″ leather pad that was fit to the stock and will go back on without alteration, With a 1″ pad it will go 15 1/8″, Cast-Off for the right hand, Game gun weight of 6 lbs. 2 oz., Nice wood, 85% coverage of very nice scroll engraving that remains as sharp as the day it was cut, This gun still remains totally original, It retains an absolute & honest 85-90% original bright & vivid case colors, The original barrel blue at 94%, The wood absolutely appears with original finish and remains at 96-97%, The checkering is at 99%, The bores are absolute excellent plus condition, The barrels outside are excellent plus, It is totally free of any blemishes at the striker holes, The whole is cased in the original leather cornered leather trunk with a trade label. Price: $7,950.00

ARMY & NAVY 12- SUPERB ORIG 1924 COND- 90% ORIG CASE COLORS- 28" Bbls- WEBLEY ACTION
ARMY & NAVY 12- SUPERB ORIG 1924 COND- 90% ORIG CASE COLORS- 28″ Bbls- WEBLEY ACTION

ARMY & NAVY 12- SUPERB ORIG 1924 COND- 90% ORIG CASE COLORS- 28″ Bbls- WEBLEY ACTION- EXC. BARRELS- 6 Lbs. 6 Oz.- 70% ENGRAVED- ORIG CASE: #68323, Army & Navy C. S. L., London : A very nice & totally original late Pre-WW II Boxlock Ejector 12 Bore Game Gun Made in 1924 with 28″ Ejector Dovetail Lump Barrels with a rib extension Cross Bolt, It was sold to Major R. Gurney in 1928 for 25 British Pounds, The versatile Webley action with their #98513, Original Birmingham Proof at 1 1/8 ounce, The bores at .730 .004 & .032″ (Skt.I. & Full), 2 1/2″ chambers, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, Splinter forend, Straight hand stock at 14 1/8 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/8″ over a grooved butt, Cast-Off for the right hand, Game gun weight of 6 lbs. 6 oz., Nice wood, 70% coverage of very nice scroll engraving that remains as sharp as the day it was cut, This vintage 1924 gun still remains totally original since Major Gurney picked it up except the trigger guard has been reblacked, It retains an absolute & honest 90% original case colors, The original barrel blue at 94%, The wood absolutely appears with original finish and remains at 92%, The checkering is at 99%, The bores are absolute excellent plus condition and look like 1924, The barrels outside are excellent plus, The breech face retains 98% case colors and totally free of any pits at the strikers, The whole is cased in the original leather trimmed canvas trunk with original accessories and an original trade label, The oil bottle marked A&N and the lid has “R G” for Major Gurney. This is one honest Lightweight Pre-War British boxlock that is not found often in this condition with the whole package including a case. This piece has a whole bunch of life left in it.  Major Gurney made a deal on this piece in 1928 for 25 pound Sterling and traded in a 35 pound gun and put 10 pounds in his pocket. He may be needed the 10 pounds more than the gun as he damn sure didn’t wear this piece out. R. Gurney was born in 1875 in Surrey, England and was with the Suffolk Regiment in 1929. It makes you wonder if he ever returned home as it appears this gun was put away for a very long time. Price: $5,950.00

 

 

A heck of a nice shotgun: a .410 side-by-side by F.W. Heym…

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

The Anson & Deeley shotgun action was huge turning point in breech loading, double barrel shotguns. Patented in 1875, it was an elegant design, simple to make and reliable in the field. That’s why so many makers have borrowed for their shotguns over the last 125 years.

Of all these makers, the Germans and Prussian may have done the most to make the A & D action their own. With shotguns like this Lindner-made, Charles Daly Diamond-grade and this J.P. Sauer Deluxe grades like this, Anson & Deeley’s original ideas were retained. But the style and refinement of the action was pushed to a new level.

FW HEYM , Side-by-Side, Double Barrel, Boxlock, .410
FW HEYM , Side-by-Side, Double Barrel, Boxlock, .410

F.W. Heym is another German maker who did a lot to refine the Anson & Deeley’s boxlock, and in the .410 side-by-side shown here, you can see how they turned the prosaic into something special.

Founded by Friedrich Wilhelm Heym in July 1865, the company is still around today. Back before World War II,  a lot of their side-by-side and over-under shotguns were made for this country and imported into the US by Sloan’s Sporting Goods. The double you see here was retailed through Sloan’s NYC store, and I’m sure it was a pricey shotgun in its day. As you can see, it still is expensive. But given it’s quality, condition, and configuration, I bet it won’t be around for long.

FW HEYM , Side-by-Side, Double Barrel, Boxlock, .410
FW HEYM , Side-by-Side, Double Barrel, Boxlock, .410

Here’s more about it from the seller:

F.W. Heym, Pre War, SXS , 410  Bore: Boxlock ejector with sideplates. Made in 1928 and imported by Sloan’s Sporting Good, NY. 28″, IC & MOD, 3″ chambers, double triggers, ejectors. Excellent plus original condition. 5LB 7 OZ.  2 1/2 X 1 1/2 X 14 3/4. Price: $22,500.00

FW HEYM , Side-by-Side, Double Barrel, Boxlock, .410
FW HEYM , Side-by-Side, Double Barrel, Boxlock, .410

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12 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Ejector Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun
12 gauge Holland & Holland Royal Ejector Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun

Holland & Holland Royal SXS 12 GAUGE: Made 1952. #339XX, 26″ bbls, Chokes 009 and 016, 2 3/4″ chambers, self opener, leather covered pad, excellent original condition with light handling marks. 6lbs 11oz . 14 3/4 LOP. Price: $37,500.00

Army Navy .470 Nitro Express Side-by-Side Double Rifle
Army Navy .470 Nitro Express Side-by-Side Double Rifle

Army-Navy Side-by-Side Double Rifle .470 Nitro Express: No. 45921, 25″ barrels. Built on the Webley Long Bar action, perhaps the strongest double rifle action ever made. Double triggers, ejectors and intercepting sears. Bores are good to very good with rifling square and tall. Wt.- 11 lbs. Pull- 14 1/2″ from front trigger. A super classic hunting rifle! Price: $29,500.00

F.W. Heym 20 gauge Boxlock Ejector Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun
F.W. Heym 20 gauge Boxlock Ejector Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun

Fr. Wilh. Heym Side Plate 20ga: 28” barrels, IMP CYL/MOD, SG/DT Leather pad, matt rib, cocking indicators, splinter for end, AE, doll’s head extension, 2 ¾”, Krupp steel barrels, pre-war. Extreme high quality gun. In its original compact leather case. The highest grade, side plate gun with magnificent semi-relief game scenes, of pointers, setters, fox and duck scene. Balance of receiver covered in semi-relief ornamental scroll, with deep chisel breeches. Retaining most all case color, barrel blue and wood finish. We have owned 12’s and 16’s but never had the opportunity of handling a 20 ga. This gun is of superior quality over most other guns. With perfect dimensions, light weight and fast, all of the best options and configuration, side clips, third fastener. The very best pre-war quality. 14 5/8” x 1 ½” x 2 3/8” 5lbs 13oz. Price: $14,500.00

12 gauge Dumoulin Sidelock Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun
12 gauge Dumoulin Sidelock Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun

12 gauge Dumoulin Sidelock Ejector Side-by-Side Shotgun: 2 3/4″ chambers, 27 1/2″ bbls, F & IM chokes, straight grip, double triggers, 14 5/8 inches to a checkered butt, color-case hardened action, full rose & scroll engraving. Excellent overall condition. 6lb., 6oz. Price: $8999

12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun
12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun

A. H. Fox CE 12 Ga: Ser. No. 33915 12 Ga.- 2 3/4″ chambers- 30″ Chromox barrels choked M/F. DT, EJ, SF, Semi PG stock to hard butt. 14″ X 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″. 60% CC, 95% blue and finish. A nice old Fox. Price: $6,500.00

Check out this real nice 28 gauge by John Wilkes…

28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Nice British 28 gauge side-by-sides are hard to find.  So when I saw this one by John Wilkes, I had to check it out. It’s special for a couple reasons: First there’s the 28″ barrels. Then there’s the longish stock (14 1/2″ LOP over a leather pad). Coming in third is the shotgun’s beautiful wood and excellent overall condition.

Here’s more about the shotgun from the dealer’s listing:

John Wilkes Boxlock, 28 bore, 2 1/2″ chambers, 28″ original fluid steel barrels with original London Nitro proof of 5/8 oz., choked IC and Mod.,  5 lbs. 1 oz., 14 1/2″ LOP over a leather pad, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/8″ DAH, neutral cast, English scroll engraving with the maker’s name in banner on the sides of the action, straight grip, splinter forend, double triggers, rib engraved “John Wilkes, 1 Lower St. James St., Golden Square, London”, concave game rib, automatic safety with “SAFE” in silver, Greener crossbolt, highly figured walnut. Completed in 1912. Excellent condition showing about 60% case color remaining. Comes with a high quality leather luggage case and a maker’s label. Price: $10,950.00

28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Good gun alert: 12 gauge John Harper boxlock double….

12 gauge John Harper Boxlock side-by-side
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock side-by-side

I’m always looking for good doubles (as you can probably tell). When I find a bargain, I hate to pass it by. But sometimes I have to, and in the case of this 12 gauge John Harper side-by-side shotgun, passing it up is killing me.

John Harper was a gunmaker in Birmingham, England. He opened a shop in 1902 and his business was in operation until 1975. From what I can tell, most of his trade was in good quality boxlocks, sort of the meat-and-potatoes of the English shotgun business.

12 gauge John Harper Boxlock side-by-side
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock side-by-side

The side-by-side you see here was one of those meat-and-potato kind of guns. Built on an Anson & Deeley patent, this side-by-side looks like it’s still in excellent original conditions. It also has ejectors – a nice plus – and some great looking wood. The price is the best part — just $2299. I hate to let it go, but I guess you can’t own them all.

12 gauge John Harper Boxlock side-by-side
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock side-by-side
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