Auction alert: 16g Parker GHE, No Reserve ….

1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28" Shotgun
1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28″ Shotgun

Classic. American. Grouse gun. Here it is, and it’s on Gunbroker.com now, being auctioned off at no reserve. The listing ends 11/4/2018 @ 8:43 PM.

The Parker GHE (a quality GH gun with Ejectors), was a lower, middle-grade gun in its day. Parker called it “a gun of exceptional value,” so it wasn’t cheap, but it offered a lot of nice features at a fair price.

1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28" Shotgun
1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28″ Shotgun

This one is in what I would called “honest wear” condition. It looks like it was shot a lot, and a lot of the original finish is gone. There’s a pronounced crack in the forend, too. But that crack looks fixable and the rest of the gun looks sound.

1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28" Shotgun1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28" Shotgun
1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28″ Shotgun

1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28″ Shotgun: This Parker Brothers shotgun shows a Serial Number of: 235828. Length of Pull measures 13.5″ to back trigger. Length of Pull measures 14.5 to the forward trigger. Manufacture date is listed as 1931. This classic representation has Upland Game Scenes engraved on the frame. Barrel length is listed at 28″. In the select world of vintage American double barrel shotguns, the name Parker Brothers stands in a class of their own. The Parker Gun Collectors Association has done a great job fostering knowledge on these fine guns, which many believe to be America’s finest. This GHE shows:

  • Serial Stamp is 235828.
  • Frame Size “1”
  • “16/1” on the barrel lug
  • Barrel flat shows 3 1 indicating barrel weight.
  • Watertable is stamped GH indicating grade.
  • Barrel is stamped “Special Steel”
  • Watertable is stamped “2”

This 1931 example is in very fine condition showing a proud degree of the original blue finish and case coloring. The select grade American hardwood stock and forearm show a rich texture and grain profile. The original dog’s head buttplate is featured and also remains in excellent condition. The lettering and engraving and screws are all in superb condition and look clocked properly along the axis of the gun. The triggers are crisp and break clean. There are fewer and fewer 16ga. Parkers with 28” Parker Special Steel barrels remaining original condition. The forearm shows small imperfections but remains solid throughout. A most gorgeous Parker Brother SXS Shotgun for your consideration. We have opened the gun and photographed the internal proofs in detail.

Good gun alert: 12g Parker VH SxS, 1 1/2 frame …

12g Parker VH 12ga Side by Side shotgun, #172487: Price: $2,500.00

I’m going to out on a limb here and say this 12g Parker VH is a nice double. While the seller doesn’t say much about the gun, it gun looks pretty original and appears to be in OK shape. Sure it has some honest wear, but that adds to the gun’s charm.

12g Parker VH 12ga Side by Side shotgun, #172487: Price: $2,500.00 
12g Parker VH 12ga Side by Side shotgun, #172487: Price: $2,500.00

What I really like about this double is what it is and what it doesn’t have.

12g Parker VH 12ga Side by Side shotgun, #172487: Price: $2,500.00 
12g Parker VH 12ga Side by Side shotgun, #172487: Price: $2,500.00

First, it’s a 12g on a 1 1/2 frame. Standard 12g Parkers come on No. 2 frames. That’s why they’re heavy — usually 7.5lbs+ — and too much gun for the hunting I do. The 1 1/2 frame is smaller than the 2, and twelves built on it can be a half-pound lighter. That means this Parker could weigh under 7lbs–which light for a 12g VH.

Second, it doesn’t have ejectors — which is good. Upland hunters don’t need them, and Parker ejectors aren’t great. Not having them on a SxS  makes this gun reliable and it makes it weigh a bit less.

12g Parker VH 12ga Side by Side shotgun, #172487: Price: $2,500.00 
12g Parker VH 12ga Side by Side shotgun, #172487: Price: $2,500.00

12g Parker VH 12ga Side by Side shotgun, #172487Price: $2,500.00 

Good gun alert: a 16g Parker VH SxS shotgun …

PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: 
PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN:

A buddy of mine is a gun collector, raconteur, and international outdoorsman. He has owned everything from Fox and Fabbris to Perazzis and Bosses, and he has hunted everything from mourning doves in Texas to elephants in Tanzania.

PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: 
PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN:

A few years ago he gave me some advice: Stick to Parkers and Purdeys. Why? Because they’re great guns and everyone knows them and wants one. So they’ll always be demand for good ones.

PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: 
PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN:

He’s has a point. And if you buy into it, this is the next grouse gun you should own. Not only is it a Parker, but it’s a later gun in excellent original condition. So it has all the tweaks and modifications Parker Bros. made to improve their guns and it hasn’t been abused.

PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: 
PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN:

PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: 16 gauge, 28″ Vulcan steel barrel choked IMP. & MOD on a No. 1 frame.  Splinter forend and pistol grip buttstock measuring  LOP: 14 1/4″, Comb: 1 1/2″, Heel: 2 1/4″. Weight:  6lbs 12 oz. Serial range 217xxx.  In beautiful original condition with the barrels retaining 98% plus original blue. Much of the factory casehardened finish remaining on the frame. Super wood and checkering. Original factory buttplate. Perfect bores. 1926 mfg. Price: $4,495.

‘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 

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Browning Superposed 28ga 28in M/F Straight English Stock
Browning Superposed 28ga 28in M/F Straight English Stock

Browning Superposed 28ga 28in M/F Straight English StockA very unique 28ga Browning Superposed it has a straight stock like a superlight but has a lightning frame with a field forearm   It has 28in barrels  choked Modified / Full it is in great condition  very tight  gorgeous wood. LOP 14 3/8″ to a Factory buttplate  This is a NO salt, vent-rib gun. Price: $8,500

BERETTA - Abercrombie & Fitch - ASEL - 20ga 28" - O/U Shotgun Solid Rib
BERETTA – Abercrombie & Fitch – ASEL – 20ga 28″ – O/U Shotgun Solid Rib

BERETTA – Abercrombie & Fitch – ASEL – 20ga 28″ – O/U Shotgun Solid RibHand Built Quality. Very Hard to Find with 28″ Barrels. 1951. Choked IC / M (.007 / .017), Double Trigger – Front Articulated, LOP 14-3/8″ Drop 1-7/16″ to 2-1/8″,Weight 5 lbs. 12 oz. Gun was very carefully restored some years ago, and remains 95+% condition. Bores are as they left the factory – except the chokes were opened to IC / M. Price: $5900

LC SMITH Model 2E 16ga Straight Grip Factory two barrel set 26 M&M, 30″ F&FAll original finish. Mfg 1912. Price: $4,500

Serial #  214934

LC SMITH Model 2E 16ga Straight Grip Factory two barrel set 26 M&M, 30" F&F
LC SMITH Model 2E 16ga Straight Grip Factory two barrel set 26 M&M, 30″ F&F

Choke 30″ F&F
Choke 26″ M&M
Trigger  Hunter one trigger
Stock Configuration  Straight Grip
Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm
Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib
Receiver Finish  Casehardened
Engraving Type  Game Scene Cameos Engraving
Other Options  Recoil pad
Condition  Near EXC. Condition
Weight  7#0oz
Dimensions  1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 14 with 0 cast

Abercrombie & Fitch F. Rizzini Side-By-Side 12 Ga
Abercrombie & Fitch F. Rizzini Side-By-Side 12 Ga

Abercrombie & Fitch F. Rizzini Side-By-Side 12 GaThis Italian double gun has a case colored, scalloped boxlock action with a checkered walnut stock set. The stock does not appear to have been cut for the recoil pad. The 28″ barrels are extractor only and have fixed Mod/Full chokes. Abercrombie & Fitch imported this shotgun. Price: $1,949.66
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Only a few light handling marks.
Wood Condition: There are a couple of very small cracks behind the scallops of the receiver.
Bore Condition: Bright, clean bores.
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double
Stock: Round knob pistol grip.
Stock Dimensions:
15 1/2″ LOP, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/2″ DAH
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Pachmayr White Line recoil pad.
Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz.
Sights: Brass bead.
Chokes: Fixed – Mod/Full

Browning Citori OU Double Barrel 12 gauge Shotgun
Browning Citori OU Double Barrel 12 gauge Shotgun

Browning Citori OU Double Barrel 12 gauge ShotgunBrowning Citori chambered in 12 gauge.  Shotgun has 28″ barrels and weighs 6lb 6oz.  Firearm has an English style straight stock and screw chokes. Price: $1,095

Rare gun alert: 16g Winchester Model 21, TWO TRIGGERS + ejectors…

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

I know what you’re thinking: What’s so rare about a 16 gauge Winchester Model 21? If that’s all this double was, I’d say “nuttin”.

But this SxS has three important important features which push it in the holi-cr@p-that’s-hard-to-find category: double triggers, ejectors, and very shootable dimensions.

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

The Winchester M21 was produced for 60 years: 1931 to 1991. In that time, Winchester built around 30,000. By the time the M21 hit the market, pumps and auto loaders were taking over the American market and SXS shotguns were on their way out. Fortunately, enough shooters preferred classics like this and kept the M21 in production for so long.

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS: #6012, Year 1941, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 7oz, Side by Side.

Barrel Length: 28″
Chokes: .007/.025  IC/F  factory marked M/F
Bores: mirror
Bore Diameter: .671/.669
Wall Thickness: .025/.025
% Blue: 100%
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ribs: tight
Sights: front

Action: tight, slight left of center

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

Ejectors or Extractors: ejectors, excellent, timed
Case Color: blue 100%
Screws: excellent
Engraving: 0
Trigger Type: rare double trigger
Trigger Guard Color: 100%

Type: pistol grip, splinter forend; nicely figured

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

LOP: 14 1/4″
LOP To End Of Wood: 14 1/16″
DAH: 2 1/2″
DAC: 1 9/16″
Cast: 0
Checkering Condition: excellent
Butt Treatment: factory plate

Hard to find: A pre-1913 12 gauge L.C. Smith Pigeon grade SxS…

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

A hundred years ago, live pigeon shooting was a huge pastime in the U.S. People participated in shoots throughout the country, and the top shots traveled the country–and the world–competing and winning huge amounts of prize money.

Gunmakers responded to this popularity by building shotguns for this sport. Here’s the one that L.C. Smith offered from 1893-1913. It’s a Pigeon grade, and it looks like it’s in excellent original condition. I have to say, I really like it — especially the damascus bbls and the blush of color-case hardening on the action. I love how L.C. Smith finished the fences, too, as well as the overall shape of the stock. Very nice.

According to the L.C. Smith collector’s website:

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

“Only 1,397 Pigeon Guns were produced from 1893 through 1913 including four 10 gauge, 1,350 12 gauge, 23 16 gauge, and 20 20 gauge guns. Automatic ejectors were fitted to 883 guns. The catalog (1900) stated: “Our Pigeon Gun is an innovation. Appreciating that there is a demand for a very quick shooting gun, we deliver this grade. The straight grip admits the most rapid work possible and supplies a want long felt by many sportsmen. They are specially adapted to stand the tremendous strain of many heavy loads of nitro powder.” The stock was said to be: “A choice piece of French walnut, beautifully figured. The richness of the color in these finer stocks is superb. They are all finished in oil equal to the best pianos and consequently please the most exacting . . .” Stocks were not straight. could be ordered with a pistol grip and a Monte Carlo. Pigeon Nitro Steel barrels were available in 12 and 16 gauges, and Chainette Damascus barrels were available in 10, 12, and 16 gauges. Twenty gauge guns were available starting in 1907. The 20 gauge guns were only made with Pigeon Nitro Steel barrels. The catalog said: “The engraving is

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

handsome and very appropriate for a gun of this character. On one lock plate is engraved with a pigeon in full flight, on the other is a blue rock, and on the extension rib a pigeon in his native home. You will always find an artistic and appropriate finish on Smith Guns . . .” A precious metal bar was inlaid across the rib near the engraved pigeon. Engraved forward of the bar is HUNTER ARMS CO., MAKERS FULTON N.Y. Lightweight guns were available in 12, 16, and 20 gauges, and the Hunter One-Trigger was an option for about $25. The price increased from $125 at the start of production to $150 in 1898, but it dropped to $110 by 1912.”

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade ShotgunA marvelous example of the Damascus art. This was a real shooter’s gun, well maintained and ready to make friends with some dogs again. Price: $2,899.99

Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2-3/4 Inches
Metal Condition: Good. Very pretty damascus pattern. Fine grouse and partridge engravings are all very sharp.
Wood Condition: Good. A few shallow scratches and dents. Fineline checkering is quite flat and worn indicative of a a tool gun carried in the hunting field.

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

Bore Condition: Bright and serviceable
Barrels: 30 Inches
Triggers: Double triggers.
Stock: Prince of Wales pistol grip walnut

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

Stock Dimensions:
14-3/8 Inch LOP to front trigger
Fore End: Matching walnut splinter
Butt Pad: Black plate.
Weight: 8 Lb – 6 Oz.
Sights: Solid rib with gold bead
Chokes: Measures Full and Full

A couple classics: A 16g Ithaca NID & a 20g Fox Sterlingworth…

20 gauge Savage-Fox Sterlingworth SXS shotgun, 28" barrels
20 gauge Savage-Fox Sterlingworth SXS shotgun, 28″ barrels

Stone walls. Grown-over apple orchards. English setters.

If you’re a sucker for all the trappings of traditional grouse hunting, you’ll probably like the classic American shotguns posted here.

I’ve called the Fox Sterlingworth the gateway drug of doubles. It has been the first side-by-side for a lot of guys (including me), and it has initiated a passion that has taken over many a life.

This Sterlingworth caught my eye because it’s a 20g with 28″ and super shootable stock dimensions. It’s also priced very fairly.

20 gauge Savage-Fox Sterlingworth SXS shotgun, 28" barrels
20 gauge Savage-Fox Sterlingworth SXS shotgun, 28″ barrels

Savage Arms Co. Sterlingworth, 20 Gauge Game GunPrice: $1,499.99
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 28″ Blued Steel with Tapered Concave Rib
Triggers: Double Triggers with Extractors
Stock: Checkered Walnut Pistol Grip Butt Stock
Stock Dimensions:
DAC: 1 3/8″, DAH: 2 3/8″, Cast off: 1/8″, 14″
Fore End: Checkered Walnut Splinter Style
Butt Pad: Synthetic Butt Plate
Weight: 6 lbs. 2 ozs.
Sights: Single Bead
Chokes: Fixed: Full & Modified

16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun

Ithaca was one America’s most successful gunmakers, and NID was the final incarnation of their SxSs. These guns are basic and tough– like old-school F150s with crank windows and bench seats. This 16g NID is on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends tomorrow, 12/23, @ 8:26:50 AM ET.

16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun

Ithaca NID Star Model 16 GA: Up for sale we have a beautiful NID 16 guage, 28″barrels choked M/F, all serial numbers match. This gun was made in 1929, 2 3/4″ chambers and shoots well, the gun is very solid and locks up tight. There is one deep scratch on the forearm, other then that the wood is really nice. The barrels and bores are excellent.

16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun

Auction alert: Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U, 20g & 28g set

Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U, 2 barrel Set 20g & 28g
Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U, 2 barrel Set 20g & 28g

Here’s a real nice looking two-barrel, over-under B. Rizzini set that’s up for auction now. It’s on Gunbroker.com and the listing ends 5/10/2015 @ 9:34:00 AM ET.

B. Rizzini is in Italy, and they’ve been building shotguns for around for 30+ years. There are a number of Italian gunmakers named Rizzini, and B. Rizzini has a reputation for being one of the best. (BTW. F.lli Rizzini is the top Italian-Rizzini gunmaker, but they’re in aother league, completely.)

New, 20g B. Rizzini Aurum Classics go for around $3400 and used I see 20g B. RIZZINI AURUM CLASSIC, USED $2895 for them.

Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U, 2 barrel Set 20g & 28g: Bottega C. Giovanelli by the trigger gauard, 28″ vent rib in 20 ga. and 28 ga. both barrels comes with 5 chokes, has a Kick-Eez recoil pad installed and the original wood butt plate (14 1/2″ LOP) comes in a hard case, Excellent Condition.

Auction alert: 12g Ruger Gold Label, SxS shotgun…

Ruger Gold Label, 12 ga. side by side shotgun
Ruger Gold Label, 12 ga. side by side shotgun

Here’s your chance to a Ruger Gold Label Side-by-Side shotgun. I saw one of these when they first came out and I thought it was a nice shotgun. It impressed many people, including Phil Bourjaily (Is the Ruger Gold Label a Failed Classicand Jim Carmichael (A Ruger Classic, Outdoor Life).

But even though the Ruger Gold Label had many fans, the company killed it. Why? I’m not sure. While I think it sold well, the numbers may not have been high enough to make building it worth Ruger’s trouble. Gunrunner online auction has this one and the listing ends tomorrow, 04/14/15 @ 19:50:00. If you like what you see, bid on it now.

Ruger Gold Label, 12 ga. side by side shotgun
Ruger Gold Label, 12 ga. side by side shotgun

Ruger Gold Label, 12 ga. side by side shotgun: Serial #460-02882, mfg. 2005. Excellent condition! The highly sought-after Gold Label – now discontinued – that was highly awaited by Ruger fans. This specimen is 99% and wonderful with no visible wear and has been shot very little – perhaps test-fired. 28″ solid rib barrels have bright bores. Tight action. Stainless receiver with gold Ruger “Eagle” symbol. Straight grip English stock has excellent figure with pretty satin finish. Ruger marked hard butt. Hand-checkered. Checkered splinter forearm with gold Ruger “Eagle” symbol inlaid in wood. Brass front bead. Single selective trigger. Ejectors. Tang safety. Includes five chokes and choke tube wrench. Nice lockable (combination) hard case with leather/green vinyl and green crushed velvet interior. Two snap caps. Both shotgun and case are in excellent, like new condition!

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PARKER BHE TRAP VENT RIB 12 GAUGE
PARKER BHE TRAP VENT RIB 12 GAUGE

PARKER BHE TRAP VENT RIB 12 GAUGE:  #207XXX #1 FRAME 32″ VENT RIB FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER  EJECTORS BEAVER TAIL FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH CASE COLORS  8LBS 7 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 7/8 X 14 1/2. Price: $16,500

ULTRA RARE 20 GAUGE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 TWO BARREL SET: Made in 1933 and everything letters. Both sets of barrels are 26″ in length, one set is imp cyl/mod the other is skeet/skeet. Winchester recoil pad. Overall this gun will go 95% on wood and metal. Price: $13,950

ULTRA RARE 20 GAUGE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 TWO BARREL SET:
ULTRA RARE 20 GAUGE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 TWO BARREL SET:
WEBLEY & SCOTT 12's- SET of 3 EACH MOD 702's- ALL- 28" Bbls.- 1974- OVERALL in 88% COND.- STRAIGHT STOCK at 15 1/8
WEBLEY & SCOTT 12’s- SET of 3 EACH MOD 702’s- ALL- 28″ Bbls.- 1974- OVERALL in 88% COND.- STRAIGHT STOCK at 15 1/8″

WEBLEY & SCOTT 12’s- SET of 3 EACH MOD 702’s- ALL- 28″ Bbls.- 1974- OVERALL in 88% COND.- STRAIGHT STOCK at 15 1/8: #143885 & 143886 & 144150, Webley & Scott, Birmingham: A Trio (3 each) of 12 Bore Game Guns in Model 702 Made in 1974 with 28″ Ejector Dovetail Lump barrels, #1 at .730 .012 & .038″ (Imp.Cyl. & Full), 2 3/4″; #2 at .730 .012 & .040″ (Imp.Cyl. & Full), 2 3/4″; #3 at .730 .009 & .031″ (Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Mod.), 2 3/4″; Standard concave game ribs, Nitro Proved at 3 1/4 tons per square inch, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stocks at 15 1/8 x 1 7/16 x 2 3/8″ over a 1″ pad, Very slight cast-off for the right hand, All 3 right at 6 lbs. 9 oz., 90% coverage of period scroll engraving, The original barrel blue on all 3 would average out at 88-90%, The 3 average about 90% original bright & vivid case colors, The stock finish comes out at 88%, The checkering overall at 95%, Each gun has a leather cheek face installed for a right hand shooter, Every bore is bright & shiny and in excellent condition but there are a few very minor dings in a couple of the barrels, Each gun is numbered 1 – 3 in Gold on the toplever. These guns belonged to a very Sporting Lady in Spain and were used to shoot driven Red-Legged Partridge in Spain. You can buy all 3 for $5950, or we will sell the #3 gun for $2250. Price: $5,950

L.C.SMITH SPECIALTY 16 GAUGE FEATHERWEIGHT-ENGLISH STOCK RARE
L.C.SMITH SPECIALTY 16 GAUGE FEATHERWEIGHT-ENGLISH STOCK RARE

L.C.SMITH SPECIALTY 16 GAUGE FEATHERWEIGHT-ENGLISH STOCK RARE: sn218189E, Ejectors, Hunter One trigger, 26″bbls, choked sk1 and sk2. Mfg in 1914, one of only 691 manufactured between 1913-1950, and is even more unusual in the straight stock configuration.This gun is in excellent condition and would be a fine collectors piece and /or field gun. It shows light wear, has mirror bores, and the ejectors are in perfect working order. The stock is 141/4″LOP, cast off for the right hand, and is a nicely figured piece of wood with crisp checkering. The action is tight and there are double ivory beads on the barrels. An overall nice piece that will gain value and will be a pleasure to handle. Price: $5,600

Westley Richards Pigeon Side by Side 12GA 28"
Westley Richards Pigeon Side by Side 12GA 28″

Westley Richards Pigeon Side by Side 12GA 28″: Chokes (FULL/EXTRA FULL) barrels, case-colored action with single selective trigger. Prince of Wales pistol grip stock, splinter forend. About 60% of factory case-color hardening remains, minor bluing wear and handling marks in stock. Probably a live pigeon gun, tight bores and heavy barrels.  Built between 1906-1915 . Sold without case. Price: $4,995

 

 

A couple American classics: an A.H. Fox B grade & a Lefever EE grade…

A. H. FOX, PHIL., B GRADE 12 GAUGE, 30" KRUPP FLUID STEEL BARRELS
A. H. FOX, PHIL., B GRADE 12 GAUGE, 30″ KRUPP FLUID STEEL BARRELS

Here’s the best advice I ever got about collecting shotguns: Buy the most original condition you can afford. People always want good, original guns — especially American guns — and a nice, unmessed-with SxS or O/U always holds its value.  Also, because so many people insist upon “refinishing” their doubles, good, original shotguns get scarcer every day.

So if I were still crazy about American doubles, I would take a long like at the two you see here. They’re as classic as you can get, and both appear to be nearly all original. Both feature fair prices, too, and the Lefever looks like it could be a deal.

A. H. FOX, PHIL., B GRADE 12 GAUGE, 30″ KRUPP FLUID STEEL BARRELS: F&M, 2 9/16″ CHAMBERS, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES. GAME SCENE ENGRAVED WITH BIRDS AND SCROLLWORK, TRACE OF CASE COLOR. ROUND KNOB PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM. NICELY FIGURED ENGLISH WALNUT, FINE CHECKERING, ATTRACTIVE WOOD WITH NICE FINISH. SOLID LEATHER FACED PAD, 1 5/8″ X 2 3/4″ X 14, WEIGHS 7 1/4 POUNDS. MADE IN 1910. NICE ALL ORIGINAL EARLY FOX. Price: $2,350

A. H. FOX, PHIL., B GRADE 12 GAUGE, 30" KRUPP FLUID STEEL BARRELS
A. H. FOX, PHIL., B GRADE 12 GAUGE, 30″ KRUPP FLUID STEEL BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS

LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS: IC & MODIFIED, 2 1/2″ CHAMBER, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, NO DINGS OR DENTS, GRAY FINISH. AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, GAME SCENE ENGRAVING, SETTER IN A CIRCLE ON THE RIGHT, POINTER IN A CIRCLE ON LEFT, FINE SCROLL WORK AND BORDERS, DUCK IN FLIGHT ON THE TRIGGER GUARD, NO CASE COLOR. PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, FINE CHECKERING. NICELY FIGURED ENGLISH WALNUT WITH BOLD BLACK STREAKS. VERY SHOOTABLE DIMENSIONS 1 1/2″ X 2 1/4″ X 14 1/4″ SOLID PAD. MADE IN 1907, 7 1/2 POUNDS. EXCELLENT MECHANICALLY, GREAT CANDIDATE TO REFINISH. Price: $1,800

LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE, 12 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS

The finest James Purdey & Son bar-in-wood SxS shotgun in America?

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun
12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

Is this the finest Purdey bar-in-wood side-by-side hammergun in America? The seller thinks so, and he might be right.

Many people who collect vintage doubles think Purdey’s bar-in-wood hammerguns are the most elegant side-by-sides ever made. I don’t know about the “most” elegant — I prefer lift-up models by William Powell & Son – but Purdey’s bar-in-woods are right at the top.

The one you see here is #11090, and it was made in 1881, and it looks like it’s in excellent original condition. Purdey built their first centerfire shotgun in 1865, and by 1868 (gun #7744), or maybe even earlier, they were making centerfires with bar-in-wood style locks & actions.

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun
12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

Many other makers made them, too, including Westley Richards, William Powell & Son, Stephen Grant, Army & Navy. A few companiess even built them with hammerless actions, including Purdey and Edinburgh’s McNaughton.

Here’s more about #11090 from the seller:

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel SxS Shotgun: You are looking at the best documented and best preserved 12 bore Purdey Bar in Wood Hammer shotgun available. Built in 1881, This gun is featured in the premier book on Purdey’s by Donald Dallas published in 2000 with three photos and a copy of the “Dimension Book” page with all specifications for Purdey # 11090 ( see photos ). It is almost unbelievable that the gun and the original case is in the pristine condition as found after 133 years.

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun
12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

This Purdey was made for Paul Fitter and his initials are still in the silver oval in buttstock and on the outside of case. The gun remains in perfect shooting condition and I have used it quite well in Vintage Sporting Clays events with lite Winchester AA target loads. The Damascus barrels are perfect…30″ with original CYL / F chokes, 2 5/8″ chambers , Bores are .735, hidden third bite, and not a rub, scratch or dent to be found. The action is tight as new and at 6lbs 15 oz. the gun balances beautifully.

The dimensions are shown on the work sheet and remain as is. The wood has been freshened a bit to remove old oil, etc. and the original horn buttplate is in excellent condition. The original case colors are strong and the fine Purdey rose and scroll engraving is vivid.

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun
12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

I am interested in finding a collector / Vintage shooter who is willing to continue to preserve this fantastic piece of Purdey’s history. You will not find a better example anywhere in the U.S.A. Price: POR

Auction alert: 16 gauge Winchester M21s, 16g Valmet O/U…

Eldred’s Auctions in East Dennis, MA, is having an Americana & Paintings auction tomorrow, July 31st, at their gallery in Cape Cod. Along with a bunch of nice decoys, they also have these decent looking shotguns coming up.

16g WINCHESTER MODEL 21 SKEET SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
16g WINCHESTER MODEL 21 SKEET SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN

16g WINCHESTER MODEL 21 SKEET SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
Serial #19261. Highly figured walnut stock. Replaced butt pad. Blued finish with moderate wear. Barrels chocked full and mod. Length of barrel 28. Length of pull 14¼”. Includes matched set of extra barrels choked at skeet and skeet. Also includes a leather gun case. Overall good condition, though it is missing a screw on the forstock, and there is signicant wear forward of the trigger guard. Leather case with surface wear. Original blueing. Slight rust. Serial numbers on barrells match. Estimate $5,000 – $10,000.

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 FIELD GRADE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN 16 ga., Serial #28667
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 FIELD GRADE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN 16 ga., Serial #28667

16 gauge WINCHESTER MODEL 21 FIELD GRADE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
Serial #28667. Blued finish with moderate wear. Choked at skeet and skeet. Length of pull 14.” Condition: Surface nicks and dings throughout. Length o f barrel 28. Chokes opened up. Original chokes were full and mod. Estimate $2,000-$3,000

16g VALMET MODEL 1950 OVER AND UNDER SHOTGUN
Serial #4341. Minor wear. Length of barrel 26½.” Estimate $200-$300.

16g VALMET MODEL 1950 OVER AND UNDER SHOTGUN
16g VALMET MODEL 1950 OVER AND UNDER SHOTGUN

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12 gauge Perazzi Game Gun, Over Under Shotgun
12 gauge Perazzi Game Gun, Over Under Shotgun

PERAZZI – – Light Game Gun, 27-1/2″ – IC / M – Great Condition: 2-3/4″, IC / M (.007 / .015), LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs. 10 oz. Condition 96+%. A few minor handling marks on the stock, and some very light high edge wear on the receiver. Price: $4,150.00

J.P. Sauer .410 Over & Under Double Barrel Shotgun
J.P. Sauer .410 Over & Under Double Barrel Shotgun

JP SAUER BEST PRE WAR O/U 410: Made in 1936, 26” bbls, Full & Full, 3” chambers, double triggers, ejectors, field forend, pistol grip, incredible engraving and  carving. Excellent original condition. 5lb 5oz. Stock 2 3/8 X 1 1/2 X 14 ½. Price: $35,000

Browning B25 Traditional 20 gauge Superposed O/U Shotgun
Browning B25 Traditional 20 gauge Superposed O/U Shotgun

Browning B25 Superposed “Traditional” 20 ga: Made in 1997, model is no longer available. 28″ demi-block barrels – not monoblock. Factory fitted invector chokes. 100% case color hardening. Round knob, long tang stock, 14-3/8″ over the original buttplate. In original Browning case, with additional chokes in Browning-marked leather pouch, and all the original papers. 99.9% condition. 6 lbs, 2 oz. Price: $8,750

Charles Lancaster 16 gauge O/U double barrel shotgun
Charles Lancaster 16 gauge O/U double barrel shotgun

Charles Lancaster 16 gauge, O/U, 1911: Excellent conditon with horn forend tip and leather recoil pad.  Includes a letter of authenticity from Lancaster showing manufacture date and that the chamber was lengthened to 2-3/4″ in 1950 by Lancaster in London. Choked English 1/4 & ½. Stock dimensions:  LOP 14-7/8″; DAC 1-5/8″; DAH 2-3/8; Cast-off 1/4″. Price: $9,995.00

12 gauge Stephen Grant side-by-side hammergun
12 gauge Stephen Grant side-by-side hammergun

Stephen Grant hammer 12 gauge in wonderful condition: Outstanding high grade Grant with great wall thickness and bright bores. 30” Damascus bbls, 2 ½” chambers, Black powder proof, Choke .002 & .006, Stock: 14 ¼” x 1 7/16” x 2 ¼”. Price: $9,800

Here’s a hard to find double: a Lefever D grade side by side…

12 gauge Lefever D grade double barrel shotgun
12 gauge Lefever D grade double barrel shotgun

Of the classic American side-by-side makers, the Lefever Arms Co. had one of the shortest runs. They were in business from just 1880-1919, and in that time they built around 65,000 shotguns. Most of these Lefevers were utility grades. So for a collector to see anything else today is a rare. That’s why this Lefever caught my eye:

12 gauge Lefever D grade double barrel shotgun
12 gauge Lefever D grade double barrel shotgun

Lefever D Grade Ser. No. 37976. 12 Ga.- 30″ Damascus barrels choked .015″ and .040″. Double triggers, ejectors and straight grip stock.

12 gauge Lefever D grade double barrel shotgun
12 gauge Lefever D grade double barrel shotgun

This D was made around 1901-02. At that time, Lefevers came in 11 grades: Optimus, A.A., A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, and the Durston Special. That means this 12 gauge D would have been middle-grade shotgun: one step  down from a C, one step up from an E.  It was still expensive, though, ($125 with out ejectors, $140 with), but far cheaper than Lefever’s highest-grade shotgun: the $400 Optimus. (BTW: at the same time, a Winchester 1886 was $14.97 at Sears.)

12 gauge Lefever D grade double barrel shotgun
12 gauge Lefever D grade double barrel shotgun

The factory records for the Lefever Arms Co. are lost, so it’s impossible to say how many D grades were made. I’ve seen a couple over the last decade, so the overall numbers must have been pretty low. So if you’re a Lefever fan, or if you love vintage American side-by-sides, this is a shotgun you might want to pounce on right away. It could be a long time before another one comes your way.

Good Gun Alert: another A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge, WInchester M21 20 gauge

A.H. Fox 20g CE grade double barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox 20g CE grade double barrel shotgun

Here’s a quick alert on a couple double barrel shotguns I just came across. These guns are at Gunrunner Online Auctions and there are a few other nice side-by-side and over-unders there, too.

-An A.H. Fox CE Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun with 26″ steel barrels, . Serial #201055, mfg. 1918.

-Winchester Model 21 “Tournament Skeet”, 20 ga. side by side, 26″, mfg. 1936. Straight grip checkered stock with checkered butt. Single selective trigger. Ejectors.

UPDATE:  The Fox brought $7580, the M21 $6990.

Winchester Model 21 Tournament Skeet grade double barrel shotgun
Winchester Model 21 Tournament Skeet grade double barrel shotgu

Good gun alert: A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun…

 

A.H. Fox 20 gauge CE grade double barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox 20 gauge CE grade double barrel shotgun

Here’s a side-by-side you don’t see every day. It’s a 20 gauge A.H. Fox CE double barrel shotgun and it’s being auctioned off at Little John’s on Wednesday, May 23. The C grade was Fox’s mid-grade gun. From one of their catalogs: “This is the grade that has made good everywhere. In every respect it is a high grade. It’s beauty in looks and finish. No gun will stand up better to hard work. Its every detail is perfect. And at the price it is in a class absolutely by itself.”

Fox introduced 16 & 20 gauge guns around 1911-1912 and the company called their new smallbores “The most perfectly proportioned small-gauge gun ever built.” A lot of Fox collectors would agree with this statement, and because Fox made so few graded 20 gauges, this CE is sure to attract a ton of interest. Add in it’s condition and the presence of the original hang tag and this side-by-side could each go for $10,000+.

 

Is this for real: Winchest M21 16 gauge with a straight grip…

Winchester M21 double barrel shotgun
Winchester M21 double barrel shotgun

I don’t know a thing about Winchester Model 21s. Let me rephrase that. I know just enough about Winchester M21 to wonder if this 16 gauge with double triggers, 28″ barrels, and a straight grip is the real thing. I’ve seen all these features on other M21 double barrel shotguns, but I’ve never seen them all together on a sixteen.

The oddest looking this on this side-by-side is the stock. Even though the gun has a long triggerguard, I just can’t convince myself that the stock is original. So what do you think? If there are any M21 experts out there, let us know. Is this gun the real deal, or just another franken double trying to pass itself off as an American classic?

 

Good Gun Alert: 12g & 20g Browning Superposed…

Browning Superposed shotguns are tough to beat. They’re a reliable, time-tested design and one of the few “vintage” shotguns with dimensions that most guys can shoot well. If you’re looking for a solid, dependable shooter, this 12 gauge double barrel Browning is worth a bid:

12 gauge Browning Superposed Shotgun
12 gauge Browning Superposed Shotgun

Fifty years from now, guys will lust after original 20 gauge Browning Over-and-Unders in the same way guys today chase small-bore Parkers. Here’s Lightning with 28″ barrels that future collectors will probably drool over:

20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightning Shotgun
20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightning Shotgun
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