A confession: the 20g C.S.M.C. Revelation OU…

20g C.S.M.C. Revelation OU Shotgun. Pic from CSMC.
20g C.S.M.C. Revelation OU Shotgun. Pic from CSMC.

I’m not a huge fan of new guns. For some reason, few of them give me that “gotta have it” feeling. But for some reason, I do have soft spot for the CSMC 20 gauge Revelation OU.

I saw this double for the first time at the 2018 Safari Club Show and was impressed. Even though it’s has a very no-thrills look, its trim, color-case hardened action makes it stands out. And with a straight grip and upgraded deluxe walnut, it’s a handsome gun over-under.

20g C.S.M.C. Revelation OU Shotgun. Pic from CSMC.
20g C.S.M.C. Revelation OU Shotgun. Pic from CSMC.

But was is it good?

Shooting Sportsman’s Bruce Buck reviewed it and had this to say about it:

Connecticut Shotgun has done a heck of a job with the Revelation. It is nicely made, mechanically correct, flat-out gorgeous and priced very well.”

So I guess the answer is yes. Faults? Maybe its weight. But with 3″ chambers, this OU needs to be hefty to tame those nasty magnum loads

Barrel Length 26”, 28”, or 30”
Chambers Accepts 2 ¾” & 3” shells
Trigger Single, user selectable
Ejection Automatic
Safety Automatic
Rib Ventilated
Stock Type Pistol grip or straight grip
Stock Dimensions 14 ½” x 1 ½” x 2 3/8” to a hard rubber butt plate
Wood Type Standard walnut or deluxe walnut ($350)
Wood Finish Oil
Weight 6 lb., 5 oz. (approx.)
Price $1,995 standard walnut, $2345 deluxe, plus $25 S&H

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Holland & Holland “The Royal” .410 Bore 3” - Deep Engraving - Sidelock - Case Color - Rich Colors on Wood & Frame
Holland & Holland “The Royal” .410 Bore 3” – Deep Engraving – Sidelock – Case Color – Rich Colors on Wood & Frame

Holland & Holland “The Royal” .410 Bore 3” – Deep Engraving – Sidelock – Case Color – Rich Colors on Wood & FrameSmall Frame – Deep Engraving – Self Opener – Sidelock – Case Color – Rich Colors on Wood & Frame – Chokes: XF/XF – 26 1/2” Barrels – 14 7/8” X 1 3/8” X 2 1/8” – 4 lbs. 14 ozs. – Leather Pad – Accessories: Leather Case, Key, Oil, Oil Bottle & Patches – This Fine Shotgun has amazing rich case colors and wood – it’s dimensions and weight resonate that of a gun made for field adventure with a classy twist.  One of Holland & Holland’s small frame guns with the right configuration and style.  Nothing to apologize for on this gun, it has been shot – the evidence is so minute, I won’t mention it. Price: $89,995 

 

Piotti - King - 20 ga - Sidelock- Side-by-Side Shotgun: Price
Piotti – King – 20 ga – Sidelock- Side-by-Side Shotgun: Price

Piotti – King – 20 ga – Sidelock- Side-by-Side Shotgun: Price: $18,800.00 
Item Number: PIOA168
Shotgun type: SxS
Action: Sidelock
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 15 1/2 ”
Pad thickness: ”
Type of butt: Checkered Wood
Drop comb: 1 1/2 ”
Drop heel: 2 ”
Cast amount: 1/8 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 6 lbs, 4 oz
Manufactured in: Italy
Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: Leather Luggage Case
Extra barrels: 0
Barrel info:
Gauge: 20 ga
Chamber: 3 ”
Length: 28 ”
Chokes: IC/IM
Rib type: Concave
Comments : Gun is in very good condition with a few light blemishes, stock has inlaid initials.

J.P. Sauer & Sohn 16g SxS Boxlock Ejector SxSJ.P. Sauer & Sohn Ejector Anson & Deely Boxlock

16 x 16 Ga 2 3/4 – 27 3/4. Best Krupp 3 ring steel chocked F & 1M  .024 – .020, 14 3/4 pull to checkered butt plate with heel and toe plates, Prince of Wales grip. Gold stock oval game scene and scroll engraving. 99% Barrel blue, 95+% case color. Made July, 1939. Custom ordered by a (Wielben Stuttgart Germany) Fine Condition. Price: $8900

J.P. Sauer & Sohn 16g SxS Boxlock Ejector SxS
J.P. Sauer & Sohn 16g SxS Boxlock Ejector SxS

 

Heym 20 Gauge SxS Boxlock Game Gun. Pre-WWII Beautiful Full Engraving Excellent Condition
Heym 20 Gauge SxS Boxlock Game Gun. Pre-WWII Beautiful Full Engraving Excellent Condition

Heym 20 Gauge SxS Boxlock Game Gun. Pre-WWII Beautiful Full Engraving Excellent Condition: Price: $8,250
Manufacturer Information: F.W. Heym of Suhl, Germany
Model: Sideplated boxlock
Barrel Engravings: Barrel band engraving. Barrels are highest quality Krupp steel.
Frame Engravings: Deep cut game scenes featuring setters and partridge surrounded by Germanic floral scroll.
Full coverage.
Condition Percentage: The gun retains 99% of the metal finish and 98% of the barrel blue.
Complete Serial Number: 6086
Date of Manufacture: Circa 1930
Finish: Coin finished receiver and rust blued barrels.
Action Type: Top lever Sideplated boxlock
Gauge: 20 Ga.
Barrel Length: 26” LOP: 15”
Specialty Features: Cased gun, full coverage engraving, cocking indicators, sideclips, checkered triggers.

Connecticut ~ RBL Launch Edition ~SxS~Boxlock~20 Ga.Price: $3549.77

Connecticut ~ RBL Launch Edition ~SxS~Boxlock~20 Ga
Connecticut ~ RBL Launch Edition ~SxS~Boxlock~20 Ga

Manufacturer: RBL001096
Caliber: 20 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 28″ Choke Tube barrels
Triggers: Double Hard Gold Trigger inside a rolled double edge trigger guard
Stock: 2X Premium Walnut Stock
Stock Dimensions:
14 1/4″ or 14 3/4″ LOP
Fore End: Splinter forend
Butt Pad: Hard Rubber Butt Plate
Weight: 6.2 lbs
Sights: Single Brass Bead
Chokes: Left barrel: Modified | Right barrel: Improved Cylinder
Extras: Includes the RBL Launch Edition Case with 5 Chokes. Features scroll engraving designed by Richard Roy.

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James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun
James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun

James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer GunRare light weight (8 pound) hammer game gun. Outstanding all original condition with very nice wood and good amount of case cloring remaining. Excellent 31 inch fine damascus barrels.Rare side clips and top lever. Very nice engraving and checkering.Proper 2&5/8 inch chambers with open chokes. Throws outstanding patterns and feels like a 12 bore. Excellent shootable dimensions and 14.5 inch LOP. Very little lifetime use and overall excellent condition. Price: $9500

Beretta – S05 – 12 ga Over Under Shotgun: Price: $7,500

Ejectors: Yes

Beretta - S05 - 12 ga Over Under Shotgun
Beretta – S05 – 12 ga Over Under Shotgun

Trigger: Single
Grip: Pistol Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 14 1/2 ”
Pad thickness: 0.75 ”
Type of butt: Decelerator Pad
Drop comb: 1 1/4 ”
Drop heel: 2 3/16 ”
Cast amount: 1/8 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 7 lbs, 10 oz
Barrel info:
Gauge: 12 ga
Chamber: 2 3/4 ”
Length: 28 ”
Chokes: 2 Choke Tubes
Rib type: Ventilated

Winchester Mod 21 SxS 16ga: Price: $4,899.99

Winchester Mod 21 SxS 16ga
Winchester Mod 21 SxS 16ga

Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Some Bluing Loss
Wood Condition: Well Used in Good Condition
Bore Condition: Nice and Shiny
Barrels: 26
Triggers: Single Selective
Stock: Checkered Pistol Grip
Stock Dimensions:
14 1/8″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Splinter
Butt Pad: Checkered Butt Plate
Weight: 6 Lbs 12 Oz.
Sights: Front Bead
Chokes: IC and MOD

Connecticut Shotgun RBL 28 Ga Side-by-Side ShotgunPrice: $4,499.99
Chambers: 2 3/4″

Connecticut Shotgun RBL 28 Ga Side-by-Side Shotgun
Connecticut Shotgun RBL 28 Ga Side-by-Side Shotgun

Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 30″ with ejectors
Triggers: Selectable
Stock: Fine Walnut with diamond checkering
Stock Dimensions:
14 3/4″ LOP, 1 5/8″ DAC, 2 3/8
Fore End: Fine Walnut with diamond checkering
Butt Pad: Factory butt plate
Weight: 5 lbs. 14 3/4
Chokes: Full / Mod.

Charles Smith Boxlock Ejector Side-by-SideCharles Smith Classic English Double 12 Bore SxS. Fine engraving, double triggers, Prince of Whales stock. Very low serial number. Price: $2999.99

Charles Smith Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
Charles Smith Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side

Chambers: 2 1/2″
Ejectors: Yes
Condition: Very Good
Metal Condition: Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 28
Action: BLE
Triggers: Double
Gauge: 12
Stock: Straight
Stock Comb: 1 9/16
Stock Heel: 2
Stock Cast: 1/4″ Cast Off
Fore End: Splinter
LOP: 14 1/4
Rib: Plain
Weight: 6 lbs 12 oz
Sights: Brass Bead
Chokes: Fixed
Choke Left: .028
Choke Right: .005

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Piotti King #1 12ga SxS Double Barrel 30" Pre-Owned Shotgun SN:8026
Piotti King #1 12ga SxS Double Barrel 30″ Pre-Owned Shotgun SN:8026

Piotti King #1 12ga SxS Double Barrel 30″ Pre-Owned Shotgun SN:8026: This Piotti King is a beautiful gun with gold inlay oval in stock, Gold inlay crest in forearm and fitted with thin wall Briley choke tubes. This gun is in great condition with minor wear. The action is engraved with rose and scroll engraving. Gauge: 12 Gauge Barrel Length: 30″ (76cm) Chamber: 2.75″ Chokes: thin wall Briley choke tubes (9) Length of pull: 14 3/8″, Drop at comb: 1.5″, Drop at heel: 1 3/4″, Cast at toe: 0.125, Weight: 7lbs 6oz. Price: $25,000

Arrieta 803 20 gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun
Arrieta 803 20 gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun

Arrieta 803 20 gauge Side-by-Side ShotgunHolland & Holland 7 pin hand removable sidelock. Purdy style hand engraving. Double triggers with front articulated trigger. Churchill type rib. Holland & Holland assited opener. English walnut straight handed stock and splinter forend with hand rubbed finish. Barrels are 26 5/8″ choked Mod and IM.  LOP is 14″ from the front trigger to center of the leather covered 1″ pad. Demensions are1 1/2″drop at comb, and 2 3/8″, with slight cast on for a right handed shooter.
This fine gun is 98% overall condition, with the case colors (99%) in near perfect condition, the blueing very fine (98%) with only 1 blemish (see photo) from the gun safe on left barrel, wood is in excellent condition with only very slight handling marks (98%). Price: $5700

Arrieta Model 557 28 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun
Arrieta Model 557 28 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

Arrieta Model 557 28 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun. Price: $3599.99.
Caliber: 28 Ga.
Chambers: 2 3/4 inches
Metal Condition: Blued
Wood Condition: Great
Bore Condition: Bright
Barrels: 28 inches
Triggers: Double
Stock: Wood
Stock Dimensions: LOP 15 inches
Weight: 6 pounds

Chokes: Improved Cylinder, Cylinder

Connecticut / Galazan RBL 16ga SxS round frame custom mint
Connecticut / Galazan RBL 16ga SxS round frame custom mint

Connecticut / Galazan RBL 16ga SxS round frame custom mintComes with two recoil pads 14-3/8″ 14-7/8″ LOP. Gun is in mint condition . 29″ barrels imp cyl / modified comes with factory hard case,snap caps . Less than five boxes fired through it.  Price: $3495

Beretta BL4 OU  – 2 barrel set , 20GA and 28GA: 20GA has 28″ barrel and 28GA has 26″ barrel. M&F IC&M, SST ejector. Straight grip. Weight 6lb 1oz. Leather case, gun is 90% + condition. Both barrels have the same serial number.  Price: $2,850

Beretta BL4 OU - 2 barrel set , 20GA and 28GA
Beretta BL4 OU – 2 barrel set , 20GA and 28GA
LC Smith Hunter Arms Model 3E 12 GA SxS
LC Smith Hunter Arms Model 3E 12 GA SxS

LC Smith Hunter Arms Model 3E 12 GA SxSPrice: $1,999.99
Manufacturer: S/N 1211
Caliber: 12 GA
Chambers: 2 3/4 inch
Metal Condition: Shows some age and use.
Wood Condition: Shows age. Piece of wood missing on forearm bottom at receiver. Many handling marks.
Bore Condition: Shiny
Barrels: 30 inches
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered walnut round knob.
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 14 inches
Fore End: Checkered walnut Splinter.
Butt Pad: Serrated wood. Piece of wood missing on the bottom.
Weight: 8 lbs. 0 oz.
Sights: Brass front bead.
Chokes: Fixed Full

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Westley Richards " Ovundo " 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger Ejector
Westley Richards ” Ovundo ” 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger Ejector

Westley Richards ” Ovundo ” 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger Ejector: A sweet beautiful  light 5lb 9oz   20ga  single trigger (selective)  straight english stock  to a checkered butt with toe and heel plates  Great case colors   great engraving on a scalloped frame knockout wood. Price: $25,995

CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY 20 GAUGE THIS IS THE BEST 20 THAT I HAVE ENCOUNTERED  AND ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD 28″ FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP NEAR NEW CONDITION 5LBS 12 OZ X 2 3/4″ X 1 3/4″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $15,000

CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY 20 GAUGE: 
CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY 20 GAUGE:
Charles Daly Prussian Best Quality Over Under 12 Ga - Near Mint Condition - 1930's
Charles Daly Prussian Best Quality Over Under 12 Ga – Near Mint Condition – 1930’s

Charles Daly Prussian Best Quality Over Under 12 Ga – Near Mint Condition – 1930’s: An absolutely georgeous Charles Daly Prussian Over/Under with full ownership history from the 1930’s just purchased from the original owner’s granddaughter. Shotgun has 30 inch barrels choked full and full. Checkering is so fine I cannot measure it. A wonderful matching stock and three piece forend of the most beautiful circassian walnut. All the original blue and all the original case color with only the slightest of handling marks on the wood.  Perfect bores and chambers.  Full coverage scroll engraving by an unnamed master. All original and almost too good to be true. Price: $12,995

CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG – LAUNCH EDITION – NEW IN CASE – 20 GA. 28 INCH: LAUNCH EDITION -20 GAUGE NEW IN CASE – 28″ BARRELS WITH FIVE  SCREW IN CHOKES  – STRAIGHT STOCK – 6 LBS  6OZS. – ROLLED EDGE TRIGGER  GAURD – ACCESS.  & PAPER WORK WITH CASE . Price: $3,800

CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG - LAUNCH EDITION - NEW IN CASE - 20 GA. 28 INCH
CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG – LAUNCH EDITION – NEW IN CASE – 20 GA. 28 INCH
WERTGARNER, KARL 16 AUSTRIAN SIDELOCK EJECT- 29 3/4" KRUPP Bbls.- 70% ENGRAVING- SIDECLIPS- HIDDEN CROSSBOLT- NICE PIECE
WERTGARNER, KARL 16 AUSTRIAN SIDELOCK EJECT- 29 3/4″ KRUPP Bbls.- 70% ENGRAVING- SIDECLIPS- HIDDEN CROSSBOLT- NICE PIECE

WERTGARNER, KARL 16 AUSTRIAN SIDELOCK EJECT- 29 3/4″ KRUPP Bbls.- 70% ENGRAVING- SIDECLIPS- HIDDEN CROSSBOLT- NICE PIECE: #3611, K. (Karl) Wertgarner, Enns, An Austrian 16 Bore Back Action Sidelock Ejector Made in 1910, 29 3/4″ Prima Essen Krupp Steel ejector barrels at .668 .012 & .021″ (Skt.II & Imp.Mod.), 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .032″ & on the left at .035″, Nitro proved in Ferlach, Rib extension with a hidden crossbolt, Sideclip action body, Double triggers, 70% coverage of very nice scroll engraving, Excellent wood with great black/brown contrast, Splinter forend with a Deeley & Edge release, Pistol grip stock at 14 11/16″ x 1 3/8 x 2 1/2″ over a full face basket weave horn buttplate, Slight cast-off for the right hand, 6 lbs. 6 oz., Horn grip cap, European style shadowline cheekpiece, 50% original case colors remain, The barrels reblacked & now at 99% with all inscriptions as sharp as the day they were cut, The stock reoiled but I don’t believe ever sanded & now at 96%, The checkering remains at 98% with the forend that has 98% coverage, The barrels are excellent inside and out. This is a lot of gun for this kind of money plus it points like a dream. ///////////////////////// Wertgarner in Austria has been around since 1820. Karl Wertgarner was there until 1944 and the firm is still in existence to this very day in the sporting gun trade. Price: $3,750.

 

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Pre-war Purdey Extra Lightweight 12 ga
Pre-war Purdey Extra Lightweight 12 ga

Pre-war Purdey Extra Lightweight 12 ga: An extraordinary pre-war Purdey 12 ga. weighing just 5 lbs, 15 oz.  26″ Sir Joseph Whitworth steel barrels feature a semi-swamped, hand-stippled rib, and retain 99% original barrel blue.  Choked improved cylinder and full, original 2-5/8″ chambers, spectacular original condition throughout.  The action retains 99.9% of its factory brilliant color case hardening over the traditional Purdey rose and scroll engraving pattern.  Straight hand stock of highly figured French walnut measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2-1/4″ heel and a 14-3/4″ length of pull to the checkered butt as indicated in the factory records.  Illustrated in the photos, you will see the original high-polish luster blue on the trigger guard.  Built in 1930, delivered to Abercrombie & Fitch, this may be the ultimate walk-up gun.  This racy, small frame 12 exhibits the balance and feel one would expect from London’s premier gunmaker.  Can’t say enough about this one!  Cased. Price: $42,500

WESTLEY RICHARDS OVUNDO O/U 20 GA
WESTLEY RICHARDS OVUNDO O/U 20 GA

WESTLEY RICHARDS OVUNDO O/U 20 GA: Serial #17536. Barrel Length: 28″. Chokes: C (.007″) & M (.011″).
Trigger SST (Single Selective). Stock Straight Grip, Foream Field style with horn tip. Rib: Solid Weight: 5#8oz Dimensions: 1 1/2 x 2 x 14 with 3/8 cast off, 2 1/2″ chambers. Other Options Gold oval, Heel & Toe plates, Cased in maker’s leather case with label. Price: $32,500

ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER- NEW BUTTSTOCKS by the MAKER- ALL LONDON
ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER- NEW BUTTSTOCKS by the MAKER- ALL LONDON

ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER- NEW BUTTSTOCKS by the MAKER- ALL LONDON#912 & 913, Henry Atkin (From Purdey’s) 6 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, A Very Nice Pair of Bar Action Sidelock Ejector 12 Bore Game Guns, Both guns with modern and new 28″ Chopper Lump barrels installed and proved in London in 1988 when they operated as Atkin Grant & Lang & Co Ltd at 6 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London (The address on these barrels), Both barrels remain as new since 1988: The #1 gun London proved at 3 1/4 tons with 2 3/4″ chambers, #1 is .730 .008 & .020″ (Imp.Cyl. & Mod.), 2 3/4″ chambers: The #2 gun London proved at 3 1/4 tons with 2 3/4″ chambers, #2 is .730 .008 & .016″ (Imp.Cyl. & Mod.), 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness all the way around at .032″, Both with new buttstocks with excellent internal inletting (I presume done in 1988 when the new barrels were added), Very nice wood with excellent color and contrast, The pair with Ejectors, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock and both 14 3/4 x 1 9/16 x 2 1/8″ over checkered butts, Both guns 6 lbs. 11 oz., Stanton & Son locks, 94% coverage of period scroll engraving, The action body’s still retain 15-20% original case colors, The barrel blue at 97% on both, The buttstocks and forends remain at 94%, The checkering at 98%, Number 1 & 2 in Gold in 3 places, The engraving is very sharp & crisp and has never been brushed, All 4 barrels are almost as new inside & out, The pair is cased in what appears to be the original brass cornered trunk & now with the trade label from AG &L when the new barrels and new buttstocks were installed in 1988. Here is a very nice pair of guns with new modern Chopper Lump barrels & wood that will go a lifetime. These are a super pair of guns that are in much better condition than many of the vintage pairs offered on the market today. Price: $24,000

ITHACA 5E 12 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
ITHACA 5E 12 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN

ITHACA 5E 12 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: 28″ BARRELS CHOKED MODIFIED AND FULL (.017& .035), 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREND, STRAIGHT GRIPS STOCK 14″ LOP DROP 1 1/2″-2 3/4″, AUTOMATIC SAFETY, VERY HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION, SERIAL NUMBER 433707 Price: $5999

20ga RBL Launch Connecticut Shotgun MFG: Lightly used 20ga RBL. 99% Very few imperfections. Gorgeous wood. Great configuration. Previous owner did not like the bright yellow case so he “aged it” to tone it down. A very atractive gun at a very atractive price!!!

20ga RBL Launch Connecticut Shotgun MFG
20ga RBL Launch Connecticut Shotgun MFG
Price: $3250
Manufacturer: Connecticut Shotgun
Model: RBL Launch
Chambers: 2 3/4
Ejectors: yes
Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 28in
Triggers: 2
Gauge: 20
Stock: English
Stock Comb: 1 1/2
Stock Heel: 2 1/8
LOP: 14 7/8
Weight: 6.55
Chokes: 5

 

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WW GREENER BEST DOUBLE RIFLE 450-400 2 3/8:
WW GREENER BEST DOUBLE RIFLE 450-400 2 3/8″

W.W. GREENER BEST DOUBLE RIFLE 450-400 2 3/8: MADE 1888 26″ DAMASCUS BARRELS WITH EJECTORS AND PERFECT BORES DOUBLE TRIGGER PISTOL GRIP APPEARS TO BE ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH TRACES OF CASE COLORS AND MAKERS CASE 8LBS 1 OZ X 14 1/8. Price: $15,000

 

Connecticut Shotgun RBL Launch Edition 20 Gauge: Band new. Single trigger, straight grip, 28″ bbls, 14 3/4″ LOP. In original box with case and all accessories. Price: $3750

Connecticut Shotgun RBL Launch Edition 20 Gauge
Connecticut Shotgun RBL Launch Edition 20 Gauge
Winchester Model 21 Shotgun - 12 Ga. - 30 in. Barrels - Circa 1947
Winchester Model 21 Shotgun – 12 Ga. – 30 in. Barrels – Circa 1947

Winchester Model 21 Shotgun – 12 Ga. – 30 in. Barrels – Circa 1947: Original condition. 2 3/4″ chambers with 30″ barrels. Right is marked mod, left is marked full. It has automatic ejectors, a single selective trigger, a pistol grip with high grade wood and a Beavertail forearm. The forearm is missing a screw on the bottom and has a very slight crack in the wood towards the rear of the forearm. Very little blueing loss and the bore is bright and shiny. The wood has light usage marks. Mechanically perfect. Shoots fine. The serial number indicates it is Circa 1947. Price: $3,299

 

Charles Daly Prussian/Lindner 10 GA SxS: Price: $2,999.99

Charles Daly Prussian/Lindner 10 GA SxS:Charles Daly Prussian/Lindner 10 GA SxS:
Charles Daly Prussian/Lindner 10 GA SxS:
Caliber: 10 GA
Chambers: 2 3/4 inch.
Metal Condition: Very good. Shows a little use/age.
Wood Condition: Good. Shows some light handling marks.
Bore Condition: Shiny
Barrels: 30 inch Damascus barrel with a solid rib.
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered walnut round knob. Lightly engraved case colored receiver.
Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 inches.
Fore End: Checkered walnut Splinter style with an ebony tip.
Butt Pad: Checkered black plate.
Weight: 9 lbs. 6 oz.
Sights: Metal front bead.
Chokes: Fixed Cylinder both barrels.

 

ITHACA FLUES FIELD GRADE IN 20 GAUGE
ITHACA FLUES FIELD GRADE IN 20 GAUGE

ITHACA FLUES FIELD GRADE IN 20 GAUGE – ORIGINAL CONDITION: Here is a excellent condition Ithaca Flues Field Grade in 20 gauge. Original condition thoughout. Damascus barrels are 28″ with mirror bores. Right bore measures at .609 with 21/1000 choke (full) while left is .610 with 22/1000 choke (full). Chambers are 2 3/4″.  Extractors. All serial numbers match. Ithaca hard butt plate. Gun is onface with top lever right of center. Weight of gun is 5 LBS 11 1/8 OZ. Shipping is $40. LOP – 14 1/4″ Drop at Comb – 1 5/8″ Drop at Heel – 2 3/4″. Price: $895

Good gun alert: a decent price on a 20 gauge CSMC Inverness…

CSMC INVERNESS 20GA 28" OVER UNDER SHOTGUN
CSMC INVERNESS 20GA 28″ OVER UNDER SHOTGUN

If you want an 20 gauge CSMC Inverness O/U but you don’t want to wait for it, here’s you chance to get a deal. This one popped up on Gunsinternational.com today, and it sounds like the owner is looking to sell it right away. You can read more about CSMC’s Inverness shotguns in this post.

Here’s all the info on this one from the seller:

CSMC INVERNESS 20GA 28″ OVER UNDER SHOTGUN…NEED TO SELL: UP FOR SALE IS A CSMC INVERNESS WITH 28″ BARREL IN 20GA. THIS SHOTGUN IS IN REALLY NICE SHAPE. THE END OF THE BOTTOM BARREL COULD BE REBLUED BUT ITS NOT ANY HUGE PROBLEM. I AM HAVING SOME FINANCIAL PROBLEMS AND NEED TO SELL ASAP. COMES WITH ORIGINAL BOX AND FIVE CHOKES WILL SELL FOR $3450 O.B.O………………… I WONT ACCEPT ANY LOW BALL OFFERS. IF IT DOESN’T SELL BY WEDNESDAY, I’M JUST GONNA PAWN IT…….. THIS SHOULD SELL IMMEDIATELY AT THIS PRICE. Price: $3450 O.B.O

CSMC INVERNESS 20GA 28" OVER UNDER SHOTGUN
CSMC INVERNESS 20GA 28″ OVER UNDER SHOTGUN
CSMC INVERNESS 20GA 28" OVER UNDER SHOTGUN
CSMC INVERNESS 20GA 28″ OVER UNDER SHOTGUN

 

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CSMC A.H. Fox FE special 20 gauge double barrel shotgun
CSMC A.H. Fox FE special 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

CSMC Fox FE Special 20g side-by-side double barrel shotgun: Spectacular A.H. Fox FE special, made by Connecticut Shotgun. Near new. 28″ bbl., 14 1/4″ lop (from back trigger), 3″ chambers, xtrfull/xtrfull, exhibition wood. Cased with all accessories. Outstanding deep relief engraving by master engraver Bryson Gwinell. Priced under what it would cost to reproduce, a chance for a real beauty at a DE price. Price: $23,000

Winchester Model 21 Grade 4 .410 Vent Rib: Lovely Winchester Model 21 Grade 4 engraved .410. 26″ bbls, 3″ chambers, f/f. Gun is 100% original. Overall excellent + condition, possibly unfired. Factory Vent Rib. Price: $21,500

Arrizabalaga 16 Gauge Self Opener SLE with 30” Barrels:
Arrizabalaga 16 Gauge Self Opener SLE with 30” Barrels:

Arrizabalaga 16 Gauge Self Opener SLE with 30” Barrels: Pedro Arrizabalaga is known as the king of Spanish gunmakers and this beautiful best grade16 gauge proves it. With Woodward-style engraving and arcaded fences this gun has the looks and the handling characteristics knowledgeable shooters demand. It is fully engraved with great case coloring. *** Manufactured in 1999 it has a self-opening action, double triggers, 30” barrels with 2-3/4” chambers, automatic ejectors, and a solid concave rib. The gun has bushed strikers and the front trigger is articulated. The chokes are Improved Cylinder and Modified. The bluing is 99%. *** Stocked in a very highly figured piece of Circassian walnut with dark chocolate swirls in a caramel colored background. It has a straight hand grip and splinter forearm. The checkering is sharp and carved out to around 28 lines per inch. The length of pull is 15-1/4” over a 1” leather pad. Great shooting dimensions of 1-3/8” X 2-1/16”. Weighs 6lb 10 oz. *** Comes cased in its original oak and leather brass-cornered case with maker’s label including mahogany cleaning rod and attachments, snap caps and oil bottle. All this fits snugly in a codura outer cover to protect the leather. Replacement cost is $26,950 plus $1,550 for the case. Price: $16,750

ARMY & NAVY 12 BORE Side-by-Side Double RIFLE- FULL RIFLED
ARMY & NAVY 12 BORE Side-by-Side Double RIFLE- FULL RIFLED

ARMY & NAVY 12 BORE RIFLE- FULL RIFLED- LONDON N. P. in 2009 to 2 3/4″- EXC COND INSIDE & OUT- 80% ORIG CASE COLORS- 80% ENGRAVING: #518, Made Expressly For “The Army & Navy Cooperative Society Limited” London: A super nice Bar Action Sidelock 12 Bore Rifle with Non-Rebounding locks, Jones Screw-Grip Action Underlever; 26″ damascus barrels, London Nitro Proof in 2009 to 70mm (2 3/4″) and 18.9mm on the right barrel and 18.8mm on the left, Full length rib with 1 standing & 4 folding express sights that are platinum lined & sighted at 150 – 200 – 250 & 300 yards, Percussion style fences, Wedge forend fastener, Steel engraved grip cap, No cheekpiece, Sling eyes, 14 1/2″ LOP over a full faced checkered horn buttplate, A deep 5 1/2″ butt from heel to toe ideal for a Big Bore, 10 lbs. 1 oz., Superb wood with excellent black/brown color & contrast, 80% coverage of very fine & well cut period scroll engraving including the hammers, top strap, lever, trigger guard, forend and grip cap. This classic vintage gun still retains an honest 80% original case colors, The wood absolutely appears with original finish and remains at 88-90%, The checkering is at 90%, The barrels were re-browned in London when nitro proved, The bores are absolute excellent to near excellent plus condition with square rifling the entire way and remain bright & shiny, The breech face retains 90% case colors and totally free of any pits at the strikers, The forend inside has 100% case colors, Both locks inside & out remain in excellent plus condition and have all the trappings of being built by gun lock maker John Stanton of Wolverhampton. The internal inletting looks as clean as the day it was cut and totally free of oil soak. The gun is quite accurate plus it will shoot off the shelf Winchester 1 ounce sabot slugs. This is flat out one good looking and extremely solid rifle in every respect from metal to wood with super bores. Here is first rate quality, style, grace, workmanship, handling and romance from a great period at the pinnacle of sporting guns in the last years of the 19th century. Price: $14,750.00

Ithaca SXS, double barrel shotgun in 28 gauge
Ithaca SXS, double barrel shotgun in 28 gauge

Ithaca SXS shotgun in 28 GA: Wonderful Ithaca  SXS shotgun in 28 GA with original 2 3/4″ chambers,  LOP 14″ to an Ithaca butt plate, Choked Cyl-Mod (.000 and .014) Krupp steel barrels measuring 26″, double triggers. This is an all original shotgun with all original finish. Barrels and stock finish near 100% and CC at 50%+. Price: $5700

CSMC’s Inverness O/U: More of the story…

The Inverness is the newest over-and-under being made by Connecticut Shotgun -one of the finest American gunmakers of all time. Since this double’s introduction in January, the Inverness has raised a lot questions. You can read some of them on this string over at the Shooting Sportsman’s board.

I wrote an article for the latest issue of Sporting Shot (pages 8-9) to clear up some of this confusion. The first draft of my piece went way back into the gun’s early history, but to streamline the article a lot of this back story was cut out. So here’s my first draft of the story so you can learn more about the origins of the Inverness:

Connecticut Shotgun's Inverness O/U shotgun
Connecticut Shotgun's Inverness O/U shotgun

Over the last couple months, shooters have been puzzled by a new double on the market. At the beginning of the year, the Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company (CMSC) introduced the Inverness Round Body Over/Under shotgun. But what started out as excitement generated for this great looking shotgun turned into confusion for people around the country.

The trouble began with an email. On January 16, 2012, Anthony Galazan, President of the Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company, sent out a message that greeted readers with “This Is An Advanced Announcement To All Our Loyal Customers!!” It went on to say “This is our most ambitious and exciting offer to date.”

The offer was for CSMC’s new Inverness Round Body Over/Under. Pictures showed a sleek, color-case hardened double with a single trigger, rose-and-scroll engraving, and a true Prince of Wales grip. At first glance, the gun looked like a McKay Brown, an $80,000 O/U. But the Inverness could be ordered for as little as $2,995—IF you ordered one right away.

The confusion came from the same source – CSMC –but two years earlier. In February 2010, B. Rizzini USA (a division of CSMC at the time) had released a round body over/under shotgun. The gun’s name? the Inverness. When CSMC’s January 2012 email went out, CSMC was still selling this B. Rizzini USA gun. One name, two guns, one company. Not good.

To sort this all out, let’s step all the way back to 1966. That’s when B. Rizzini started making O/Us in Italy. By 1990, these shotguns were being brought into the United States. In 2008 CSMC launched B. Rizzini USA and became the U.S. importers and distributors for B. Rizzini’s shotguns and rifles. The plan was for CSMC to sell some guns directly to customers while wholesaling others to dealers throughout the country.

In 2010, B. Rizzini USA introduced the Inverness round body over/unders. This gun was an existing B. Rizzini model, badged with a name owned by CSMC. The “Inverness” name was simply a way for CSMC to offer its own line of B. Rizzinis.

Now let’s jump forward a few years. CSMC and B. Rizzini end their joint venture; B. Rizzini USA comes to an end. CSMC decides to sell off the remaining Inverness-badged B. Rizzinis they have in stock. At the same time, they started developing a new O/U that they planned to make in their New Britain, CT, factory. This is when the new Inverness is born.

Like a lot of Italian O/Us, B. Rizzinis are made on a shallow, coil spring, triggerplate-style action with coil spring ejectors. Over the last 40+ years, this design has been tweaked and improved to the point where CSMC felt it was an excellent platform for the new gun they wanted to build: a reliable over/under that gave shooters the look and feel of a best-quality double at an affordable price.

“We’ve always been about giving folks good guns at affordable prices,” says Lou Frutuoso, CSMC’s Sales and Market Manager, “and when we wanted to make a new O/U, we looked at the Italian’s O/U-style action and realized it could be a great starting point for us.”

Drawing on the manufacturing skills they’ve refined from making RBLs and A-10s, CSMC created gave their new Inverness’s a list of upgraded features: A more sculpted, rounder action, a true Prince of Wales stock, bone-and-charcoal color case hardening, an extended top tang strap, steel-shot ready barrels, and a better-fitting, more durable forend. They also gave the shotgun a file-cut rib and fine rose-and-scroll engraving, along with more hand fitting and finer overall tolerances. After a prototype was built and tweaked, CSMC send out the January 16, 2012 email announcing their new gun.

Today the new CSMC Inverness is available in a single-triggered 20 gauge with either 28” or 30” barrels. For an additional charge, customers can add a leather covered pad, an extended trigger guard, and grades of walnut for the stock. Right now, delivery times for these guns are set for late 2012 and early 2013.

Firsts are something that the Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company is used. Their best-quality A.Galazan shotguns are the first world-class doubles to be made in the America and the A-10s are the first mass-produced sidelock Over/Unders ever made in this country. With the introduction of their new Inverness line, CSMC has achieved another first. This time, it’s the first affordable, high-quality O/U that 100% made in the USA.

Good gun alert: Scott Imperial Premier…

Connecticut Shotgun just listed this rare British double barrel shotgun. W & C Scott Imperial Premier Double Barrel, Side by Side shotgun, 12 gaugeIt’s a W. & C. Scott Imperial Premier sidelock in 12 gauge. Connecticut Shotgun’s full listing reads:

“WC Scott Premier Imperial grade, 12ga, 30”, F/F, the very rarest WC Scott the holy grail of the line Whitworth barrels, double trigger, auto ejectors, pistol grip, leather face pad, fleur de lis checkered massively miniature highly detailed chiseled engraving of oak leaves water fowl woodcock, incredible. Escutcheon dated 1915, the very rarest highest grade in the height of the era, English full sidelock, extremely rare. 8lbs. 14 3/8” x 1 3/8” x 2”.”

W & C Scott Imperial Premier Double Barrel, Side by Side shotgun, 12 gaugeW. & C. Scott introduced the Imperial Premier in about 1893 and they made them until 1932. Imperial Premiers were Scott’s very best quality shotguns, one step up from their standard best-grade: the Premier. In 1928 and Imperial Premier cost $1200, a Holland & Holland Modele de Luxe $1150. At the same time, a new Ford Model A Coupe went for $495 and the average American home cost $2100.

W & C Scott Imperial Premier Double Barrel, Side by Side shotgun, 12 gauge

The Imperial Premier was a standard bar-action sidelock built on a Rogers-patent action. This action was patented in 1881 and it cocked when the bbls dropped, much like an Anson & Deeley or H&H Royal action, and Scott used it on all their sidelock shotguns up until 1939.

Quality wise, the guns I’ve seen have had the superb metal-to-metal and metal-to-wood fit that you would expect. The engraving has all been deep relief, and beautifully done, the wood beautiful French walnut, and the checkering very ornate. I’ve never handled or fired one of these guns, but I’m sure they open and close as smoothly as an H&H Royal or a Boss, with perfectly timed ejectors and excellent trigger pulls.

I have no idea how many Imperial Premiers Scott made – probably fewer than 100. In the past 10 years I’ve seen four or five on the market and pics of about 10 in all. W. & C. Scott Imperial Premier side by side shotgunThis second Imperial Premier came up for auction at Cowan’s Auctions in 2007. It was made in about 1904, so almost 10 year before the gun above, and it’s a bit different: there’s more engraving on the barrels, the overall engraving pattern itself is different, and the bar of the action on this one is rounded. The action is missing the double bead and some of the sculpting the gun above has. You can see this better in this picture of the bottom of the action.

W. & C. Scott Imperial Premier side by side shotgun

Scott did this on some of their sidelocks, but I’ve never been able to figure out why.

If you know of any other Imperial Premiers, please drop me a note and tell me about them.

And contact me, too, if you have any comments on this post that you would like to share.

gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

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