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Here’s proof that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a nice double barrel shotgun. The Manufrance Robust is good, solid shotgun, built on an Anson & Deeley style boxlock action. The one you see here looks pretty much new. It even has it’s original retractable leather sling – a pretty […]

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Back in the 19th century, the French were some of the most inventive gunmakers in the world. In many ways, men like Pauly — inventor of the self-contained cartridge — and Lefecheaux — inventor of the drop barrel, breech loading shotgun —  created the modern side-by-side shotgun. Regis Darne, another frenchman, was just as inventive, even if […]

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Macon Brother’s Auctions in Walla Walla, WA, has a handful of nice looking doubles coming up tomorrow. You can check all of them out here. These are the ones that caught my eye: DARNE MODEL P17 20 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN: SN 4S545; 20GA; 2-3/4″ CHAMBERS; 25-3/4″ BARRELS; IMPROVED CYLINDER & LIGHT MODIFIED CHOKES; […]

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I’ve written about the Manufrance’s Ideal shotguns a couple times. These doubles use underlever opening/cocking levers and feature sleek, ultra round actions. Manufacture d’ Armes de Saint Etienne introduced the Ide al in 1887 and they made around 79,000 of them – that’s a pretty good run for such a quirky SxS. These two would be […]

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The Manufrance Ideal is an odd double. With its unique underlever opening/cocking lever, sleek, light weight, rounded action, and retractable sling, it’s sort of the Citroën of side by sides. But even though it’s peculiar, the Ideal is also one of handiest upland shotguns ever. Manufacture d’ Armes de Saint Etienne introduced the Ideal  in 1887 […]

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Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions in Irvine, CA, is having a big gun auction this weekend, starting tomorrow, 8/3 @ 10am, Pacific. There are a lot of shotguns coming up. Here are a few of the doubles that caught my eye: John Krider, Phila. 8 Ga. Perc. Market Shotgun: Philadelphia made 8 Ga. Percussion Double […]

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Browning Superposed – P3U – 20ga – Superlight – 2 Bbl Set – 3 Piece Forearms – Checkered Butt – Oil Finish: 1977 – Browning Superposed Presentation 3U Grade (P3U) Superlight – 2 Barrel Set – 20ga 26-1/2”, IC / M and 26-1/2” F / F, Tapered Ribs, Three Piece Schnabel Forearms, Oil Finished Wood, […]

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London is the traditional source of the world’s best shotguns, and for good reason. Boss & Co., Purdey & Sons, Holland & Holland and other makers based their have been making fantastic doubles for over 150+ years. But Best-quality doubles have also come from other parts of the UK and Europe. This 20 gauge sidelock […]

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Craig Koshyk is a great researcher and writer. He’s also a skilled. The pics you see here are just a few of the fantastic shots you’ll see when you visit his site: Craig Koshyk Photography. And if you love hunting dogs, you need to follow Craig’s Pointing Dog Blog and pick up a copy of […]

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I’m a big fan of Guyot shotguns, and I’ve written about these doubles here, here, and here. Just about every Guyot side-by-side that I’ve seen has been very well made, from the lower-end boxlocks to the top-of-line sidelocks. The sidelock here is an another example of just how much skill went into Guyot’s best double […]

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