Good gun alert: 20g Heym 4A SxS shotgun …

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Here’s a great looking double that probably won’t be on the market long. To me, this gun looks like it was made in the 1920s or 1930s. That’s was when Germany was building some of the finest doubles on the planet.

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Heym was one of Germany’s top makers, and their doubles were beautifully made, well balanced, and — as you can see — great looking.

Like what you see? Pounce on it. I doubt it will be around long.

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun: Price: $4,500.00 
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Pistol Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 15 1/8 ”
Type of butt: Checkered Wood
Drop comb: 1 1/2 ”
Drop heel: 2 1/2 ”
Cast amount: 1/2 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 5 lbs, 2 oz

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Manufactured in: Germany
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: Leather Case

Barrel info:
Gauge: 20 ga
Chamber: 2 3/4 ”
Length: 26 ”
Chokes: IC/IM
Rib type: Concave

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Comments: Gun has some light handling marks, 1.5″ stock extension, initialed oval.

Greifelt & Co. 20g Over Under: Check out this pretty little double …

GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT
GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT

I love old, German OUs–especially smallbores. And the 20 gauge you see here really has my heart pumping.

Greifelt & Co used to be a major German gunmaker. Founded in 1885 in Suhl, the company went bust in 1945 at the end of WWII. In those 60 years, they exported shotguns and rifles throughout the world, including to Von Lengerke & Detmold (which was purchased by Abercrombie & Fitch in 1929).

GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT
GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT

This gun is typical of the German-style OUs that companies like VL&D imported into the US. It looks like it’s built on a Blitz-style triggerplate action with double Kersten locks. I love the engraving and the carving on the metalwork as well as the horn drop points on the stock. All very classy.

German over-unders like this were part of the first wave of the OU revolution that started in Europe and the UK before the first World War and then boomed in the US in the 1950s with the Browning Superposed.

GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT
GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT

GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT26″ SOLID RIB, IC AND MOD, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, 3-PIECE FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 5LBS 14 OZ, 3″ DAH, 2″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP. Price: $13,500

Auction alert: Super rare S.A. Leonard 20g O/U, double triggers…

Poulinantiques.com, May 2018 auction. Lot #1029: S. A. LEONARD 20 GAUGE O/U SHOTGUN
Poulinantiques.com, May 2018 auction. Lot #1029: S. A. LEONARD 20 GAUGE O/U SHOTGUN

Here’s an unusual little 20 gauge OU that’s coming to auction next week at Poulinantiques.com. It shows the odd connections that used to exist in the European gun trade. This double was made & proofed in Germany, but sold in the U.S. by a British gunmaker named Samual A. Leanord.

S. A. Leonard was the son of British gunmaker Daniel Leonard and a former head stocker at James Purdey & Sons. He grew up in the London trade and as a top craftsman at Purdey’s reached its pinnacle.

He emigrated to the U.S. around 1928 and in the mid-’30s partnered with George J. Hyde, the shop foreman and metal man at Griffin & Howe, to create Leonard and Hyde. Before that, it looks like he imported some German OUs into the United States.

Poulinantiques.com, May 2018 auction. Lot #1029: S. A. LEONARD 20 GAUGE O/U SHOTGUN
Poulinantiques.com, May 2018 auction. Lot #1029: S. A. LEONARD 20 GAUGE O/U SHOTGUN

Leonard would have known quality when he saw it and where to source shotguns that met his high standards. This over-under was built in Suhl, Germany, and proofed in August 1933. With Krupp-steel barrels, double triggers and cool quarter ribs, it’s a beautiful little gun. The stock on it is very well done — just look at the drop points. I bet Leonard did the work himself.

Poulinantiques.com, May 2018 auction. Lot #1029: S. A. LEONARD 20 GAUGE O/U SHOTGUN
Poulinantiques.com, May 2018 auction. Lot #1029: S. A. LEONARD 20 GAUGE O/U SHOTGUN

Lot #1029: S. A. LEONARD 20 GAUGE O/U SHOTGUN: 2 3/4″. S# 1014. Bbls. 26 3/4″ of Krupp Fluid steel. Plain bbl. w/ 3″ Boss-style short rib at breech & ivory front bead on raised sight ramp. High quality German shotgun mfg. for S. A. Leonard of New York. Case colored side plated boxlock action w/ arabesque scroll & borderline engraving. Action has double underlug bolting w/ top bite. Dbl. triggers. Selective ejectors. Bbls. have unusual side rib extensions forming upper portion of forearm above checkered walnut lower section. Straight hand walnut stock w/ checkered wrist having teardrop points behind side plates. LOP: 14 1/8″ over solid red decelerator pad. DAC: 1 5/8″. DAH: 2 3/8″. Stock is cast off. Bore diameter: over – .636″, under – .636″. Choke restrictions: over – .037″, under – .037″. Minimum wall thickness: over – .037″, under – .031″. Weight: 6 lbs., 2 oz. CONDITION: 90% lightly faded bbl. blue. Action retains 50% lightly faded case colors. Stock has worn finish showing scratches & marks. Clean bright bores. (17-3916/DS). CURIO. $1,250-1,750.

The very best: 28 gauge Hartmann & Weiss over under shotgun …

HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE

Back in the 1950s, Otto Weiss was a young gunmaker working at W. Glaser in Zurich. He had grown up in the guntrade, and by the time he was in Switzerland, he had already worked for two of Germany’s most famous firms: Ernst Thälmann Werke and Merkel. So he knew a bit about shotguns.

At Glaser, he had an experience which changed his life. “When I was in Switzerland and came across some high-quality English guns, I thought ‘this is what I have to do’.” Fulfilling this ambition took him to London where he worked for Purdeys and then back to Germany where he met fellow gunmaker Gerhard Hartmann. Together, they formed — Hartmann & Weiss.

Today, many people believe Hartmann & Weiss is the finest gunmaker in the world. The over-under you see here is a good reason why. Built on Boss designs (with some improvements from H&W) and engraved by Ralph Bone, it’s about as perfect a shotgun as I’ve seen.

HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE

Check out these posts to see more pics of stunning Hartmann & Weiss OUs: It’s 1905 all over again & A HARTMANN & WEISS 20g Over and Under Engraved by Alan Brown &  The English and German Gunmakers. Hartmann & Weiss and Boss & Co.

HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGEI THINK THAT THERE ARE ONLY 4 OR 5 OF THESE IN EXISTENCE. ENGRAVED IN THE KELTIC STYLE BY THE LATE RALPH BONE 27″ BARRELS WITH A SOLID RIB  IC AND MOD 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS BOSS STYLE FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE 5LBS 6 OZ X 2″ X 1 9/16″ X 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $199,500

HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE
HARTMAN & WEISS BEST BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 28 GAUGE

Auction alert: 20g Merkel 200E OU shotgun, cased…

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

Wow — here’s a really nice looking Merkel. Morphy’s Auctions has it and the sale is Saturday, July 31, 2016.

From I can see, this O/U is pretty much brand new, and its condition,  28″ barrels and straight grip make it a great find. The case and accessories are nice, too, and probably worth $750 on their own.

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

These Merkels are incredibly well made, and even though some can be a bit heavy, they usually have the feel and liveliness of much lighter guns. They lock up with double Kersten locks, an incredibly strong and reliable system.

Cased Merkel Over-Under Shotgun: Serial # 34028 28″ barrels in 20 bore. Manufactured in Germany. Top barrel choked modified, bottom barrel choked cylinder. 2-3/4″ chamber. Auto-ejectors, mirror bores, solid matted rib, single bead front sight, three piece walnut forend finely checkered, case colored scalloped box lock, top tang safety, and checkered straight grip walnut buttstock with red Pachmayr pad. 14-1/8″ LOP to front trigger. Lock-up is tight. Receiver features fine scroll engraving and retains nearly all of the original case colors. Trigger guard is finely blued and engraved with light high edge wear. Stocks are near mint. Barrels retains 98% original factory blue. Has a 1-1/4″ drop at comb and 2-1/4″ drop at heel. Manufactured in Suhl, Germany. Near new condition throughout. Lovely 20 bore shotgun with scarce case colored frame. Comes in a period lined hard leather case with snap caps, cleaning rod, and tools.

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

Incredible clay busting video for Blaser’s new F16 OU…

Blaser F16 Game 1 OU Shotgun
Blaser F16 Game 1 OU Shotgun

I’m not much of a target shooter, and I don’t spend a lot of time on skeet fields or sporting-clay courses. When I do show up to try either one, I’m usually one of the few guys there with an old SxS. What does everyone else carry?  Newish OUs, of course: Perazzis, Berettas, Browning, and more and more, Blasers.

Blaser is a German gunmaker, founded in 1957. They builds a range of firearms, and their OUs are built on low-profile actions inspired by the classic Boss/Woodward designs. Blaser’s new F16 Over Under looks like pretty cool double, and if I were in the market for a new double with stacked barrels, I would definitely give it a look.

Oh yeah – that video I mentioned. Here it is, and it’s pretty incredible.

And here’s more about the F16, straight from Blaser’s press release for the gun:

“The next genesis of game and competition shotguns has arrived introducing the Blaser F16. But don’t let platitudes and good looks fool you. Only through the restless pursuit of perfection is it possible to create a perfectly balanced over and under shotgun with the lowest profile receiver on the market. The exceptionally low center of gravity makes the new F16 extraordinarily pointable and dynamic. Innovative development processes were used in the monocoque construction providing the ability to give the borders of the receiver a softened appearance much like a round body game gun and further benefits the shooter with a seamless transition between barrel and receiver. You will immediately feel the difference when handling the shotgun. A prerequisite to becoming a better shot!

Aside from the intuitive pointability, a newly developed tapered rib supports better peripheral vision and results in faster target acquisition. The Triplex bore design and the proven ejection ball system (EBS) borrowed from the championship winning F3 allows the shooter to focus on what is really important; Hitting the next target!

The mechanical trigger mechanism of the F16 is the direct interface between shooter and shotgun. With a crisp trigger pull of (1650 grams/3lbs 10oz) there is no delay between thought impulse and action. The Inertia Block System (IBS) adds to shooter safety and comfort by preventing the ability for the shotgun to fan fire or double.

Performance and reliability can only be attributed to the quality of materials used, individual craftsmanship and the relentless pursuit of technological perfection Blaser is so well known for.

From the clays field to your favorite hunting area the F16 has become the new Gold Standard for others to measure against. For more info visit: www.BlaserF16.com

Auction alert: 20g Merkel 203e sidelock OU shotgun – No Reserve ….

Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German

Here’s your chance to get a deal on a true sidelock OU. This Merkel OUs is on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing end Sunday, 9/13/2015 @8:55:00 PM ET.

Every Merkel shotgun I’ve seen has been very well made. And even though some (like this one) have looked clunky, they’ve all handled surprisingly well.

The 203E was Merkel’s entry-level sidelock shotgun. It features ejectors, double Kersten locks and hand-detachable back-action sidelocks. This one also features Briley chokes, making it extra versatile.

Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German***NO RESERVE ***This model has true Holland & Holland style side lock with cocking indicators. These sideplates are removable with cranked screw. 20ga. 2 3/4″ chambers, Ejectors, articulated trigger, Silver grayed receiver with English style larg scroll engraving, 98% original finish, Perfect mechanics, Been fitted with Briley thin tube choke tubes. Has 26 3/4″ barrels, 14 3/4″ LOP, 2 1/2″ DAH, 1 3/4″ DAC, Right hand cast.Gun weighs 6 lbs. 12 oz. A very nice shot gun in high condition.

Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German

Good gun alert: A great looking 12g Greifelt O/U …

Greifelt Over/Under German 12 ga Shotgun.
Greifelt Over/Under German 12 ga Shotgun.

Here is a fantastic shotgun. It’s a 12g Greifelt Grade No. 1 over under. This shotgun was built on a boxlock-style OU action, and it features Purdey-style underbites and a Kersten-style topbolt. It is incredibly well made.

Check out how fine the slots are on the pins in the action. Look at the checkering. Take a close look out the engraving. Now try to find that kind of quality on another gun priced at $2499.99.

Firearms with stacked barrels have been around for hundred of years. But they did’t take off until German makers like Merkel and then London’s Boss & Co. started building them. I’m not sure when the first German-made OUs made it into the US, but I’m pretty sure Boss’s design could be ordered through retailers here soon after the gun was patented in 1909.

Greifelt Over/Under German 12 ga Shotgun.
Greifelt Over/Under German 12 ga Shotgun.

Von Lengerke & Detmold in NYC imported Greifelt OUs in the 1920s. Back then, the Grade No. 1 was a $400 gun and a Parker BHE cost around $330.00. Stoeger was imported Merkels at around the same time, and an outfit called Sloan’s was bringing in German-made OUs made built by Heym and Adamy.

If you have an old German OU, please let me know. I love these guns, and I’m always on the lookout for them.

Greifelt Over/Under German 12 ga Shotgun. Price: $2,499.99

Caliber: 12 ga.
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: nice
Wood Condition: good
Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 26″

Greifelt Over/Under German 12 ga Shotgun.
Greifelt Over/Under German 12 ga Shotgun.

Triggers: dual
Stock: Walnut
Stock Dimensions:
13″ and `14″ LOP
Fore End: Splinter Checkered
Butt Pad: Black plastic
Sights: Front Bead on close rib
Chokes: Skeet and Imp Cyl
Extras: ejectors

Greifelt Over/Under German 12 ga Shotgun.
Greifelt Over/Under German 12 ga Shotgun.
Greifelt Over/Under German 12 ga Shotgun.
Greifelt Over/Under German 12 ga Shotgun.

Good gun alert: 12g Imman Meffert SxS shotgun …

GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun
GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun

Raise your hands if you think this Immanuel Meffert shotgun is an Anson & Deeley boxlock.

That’s what I thought at first. But as I looked closer, a few things kept telling me I was wrong: the single pin in the side of the action, the wide top-strap under the toplever, the cocked indicators on this top strap, and the position of the triggers (they look too far back for a boxlock). Very odd, and not very A & D boxlock.

After I poked around online a bit, I figured out what was going on: This shotguns is made on a “Treff” Action – a unique design built by Immanuel Meffert from 1912 to 1929. On a Treff, the lockwork is mounted on the topstrap. That’s why it’s so wide. The barrels cock this lockwork when they drop, and that pin in the side of the action secured the cocking rod.

GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun: Extractors and Cocking Indicators.  With 29 1/2″  Full & Full and has Bright Shiny Bores that are 100% ReRust Blued barrels with sideclips.  1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 13 3/4″ LOP  Nice wood. 16ga frame weighing only 6 1/2 lbs. Well Balanced and fun to shoot sporting clays.   Great Price For A Nice SXS. Price: $1095

GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun
GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun
GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun
GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun
GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun
GREAT CONDITION!!!! 12ga Inman Meffert, Suhl SxS shotgun

Good gun alert: 12g Merkel 200E OU …

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge
Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge

When it comes to grouse and woodcock guns, a lot of hunters pass over twelve gauges. That’s a shame. Twelve gauge shotguns are the most versatile doubles out there. Size wise, I find twelve gauges feel better in my hands twenties. When their weight is right, I think they’re perfect for all kinds of upland hunting.

Another thing I like about twelves is their versatility. Because there’s so much ammo out there for them,  you can load a 12g  up for wild pheasants (1 1/8oz loads) or down for smaller game (try 7/8 oz loads). And if you want to shoot a few ducks, you can even pick some non-tox ammo (or steel if you’re shooting a modern 12).

This Merkel looks like it would be a great do-it-all double. With double triggers, ejectors, and 2 3/4″ chambers, it’s as versatile as any shotgun gets. And because it’s pretty light (6lbs 8oz.), you can carry anywhere, too.

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge
Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge: Ejector model with Blitz action and arabesque engraving. Price: $1,599.99

Manufacturer: 1962
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Strong barrel bluing, Case colors present only at the protected areas of the receiver
Wood Condition: Refinished, Scattered dings and scratches
Bore Condition: Very Bright

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge
Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Double Trigger, Articulating Front
Stock: Round Knob
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/8″ LOP
Fore End: 3 Piece
Butt Pad: Suhl Plate
Weight: 6 Lbs 8 Ozs
Sights: Solid Rib with White Mid and Front Bead
Chokes: .048/ .052, Extra Full

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge
Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge

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1992 - Armi F.lli Bertuzzi, Gardone, V. T. Italy - - Best Quality Sidelock Ejector - Game Gun - 16ga 2 Bbl Set
1992 – Armi F.lli Bertuzzi, Gardone, V. T. Italy – – Best Quality Sidelock Ejector – Game Gun – 16ga 2 Bbl Set

1992 – Armi F.lli Bertuzzi, Gardone, V. T. Italy – – Best Quality Sidelock Ejector – Game Gun – 16ga 2 Bbl Set: 28″ IC / M & 28″ M / F, Double Triggers, Bushed strikers, English Stock with Checkered Butt, LOP 14 3/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 4 oz. Condition is conservatively 98+%. Price: $27,500

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun: #237XXX #1 FRAME ALMOST  ALL OF THE ORIGINAL CASE COLORS 26″ IC AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP SKELETON BUTT EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS AND LIGHT WEAR AT MUZZLE 6BS 13 OZ X 2 3/4 X 1 9/16 X 14 1/4. Price: $15,000

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun:
PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun:
JP SAUER & SOHN - SUHL - MODEL XVIIE - MADE IN 1939 - 16 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS
JP SAUER & SOHN – SUHL – MODEL XVIIE – MADE IN 1939 – 16 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS

JP SAUER & SOHN – SUHL – MODEL XVIIE – MADE IN 1939 – 16 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS: Here is a special JP Sauer (Model XVIIE) in 16 gauge made in 1939. Elaborate scroll and game scene engraving. Scalloped frame. Well figured wood with diamond grip. Engraved heel and toe plates. Cocking indicators. Sideclips and arcaded fences. JP Sauer engraved on the barrel bands and heel plate. Top rib is engrved W. Eblen, Stuttgart (a high end gun retailer – Waffen Eblen). Special Krupp “3 ring steel”. Barrels are 27 3/4″. Right bore measures .664 with 20/1000 choke (Mod) while left bore measures .664 as well with 25/1000 choke (Full). Unengraved stock oval. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 7 1/8 OZ. Last image is a scan of the JP Sauer Catalogue from 1938. Shipping is $50. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 5/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″. Price: $9,750

Ernst Kerner Suhl, Double 12ga., 29” Bohler barrels choked Full/Full
Ernst Kerner Suhl, Double 12ga., 29” Bohler barrels choked Full/Full

Ernst Kerner Suhl, Double 12ga.,  29” Bohler barrels choked Full/FullDouble trigger Auto Ejector, sideclip 3rd fastener.  Cheek piece, 14 ¾” LOP, 13 3/8” of wood, wood extension might be the original piece of wood put back on.  Leave it as is or put a pad on and LOP would be normal.  Scalloped frame, ebony inlayed diamonds behind panels in stock.  Horn trigger guard.  100% engraved with setters and pheasants.  Bottom of frame has hawk and quail scene, right side has foxes and ducks.  2” of breech engraving, intercepting sears, balance of frame is profusely chisel engraved with oak leaves that is done to a very high level.  Virtually no use, in as found condition, super high grade gun of unbelievable quality. 6 lbs. 10 oz. 14 ¾” LOP  –  13 3/8” of wood. Price: $4,995

WINCHESTER – Model 21 – 2-3/4, 12ga – 30″ IC / F – – RARE – Double Trigger – Ejectors – Splinter – 30 InchMod / Full (.010 / .034), Pistol Grip, Splinter Forearm, Double Triggers, Ejectors, Automatic Safety, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-5/8″ to 2-5/8″, Weight 7 lbs. 4 oz. Excellent Condition. Appears to be original finishes – at about 92% overall. Bores are excellent. Price: $4,750

WINCHESTER - Model 21 - 2-3/4, 12ga - 30" IC / F - - RARE - Double Trigger - Ejectors - Splinter - 30 Inch
WINCHESTER – Model 21 – 2-3/4, 12ga – 30″ IC / F – – RARE – Double Trigger – Ejectors – Splinter – 30 Inch

Absolutely awesome. Check out this Abesser & Merkel OU shotgun…

12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE

I love big, German over unders, and I wanted this one the moment I saw it. It’s a beast, made by Abesser & Merkel with 32″ barrels (choked full X even fuller), 2 3/4″ chambers, and 8lbs 10ozs of recoil-sucking-up weight.

It locks up with Purdey-style underbolts under the bbls and double Kerstens at the top of the action. Even though the seller is calling it a sidelock, I’m 99.9% sure it’s built on a Blitz Action with sideplates – a very common set up for top-quality German O/Us from this period.

In the 1920s, Suhl, Germany, was full of gunmakers. A number of them turned out very fine shotguns, including Abesser & Merkel. Paul Abesser & Ernst Merkel established Abesser & Merkel in 1925, and even though Ernst shared a last name with Gebrüder Merkel, he was not a direct descendent, or ever a ever part of, that famous gunmaking family.

12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE

Go here to see more pics of this Abessor & Merkel Pre-War Excelsior Live Bird Pigeon gun

12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE: Pre War Abesser & Merkel 12 gauge, ejector full side lock over under live bird double barrel shotgun. Serial number 22200. Made in Germany in the 1920’s, this high grade and extensively engraved shotgun remains in EXCELLENT original condition. Features include NO SAFETY, Factory single selective trigger, 32 inch barrels choked full and extra full with a double beaded ventilated rib. The full coverage engraving is finely detailed with much of the original case coloring remaining. The original barrel and trigger guard blue are also excellent as are the bores. The wood is highly figured with fine original sharp checkering. There are ebony drop points, a scalloped horn grip cap and original recoil pad with horn spacer. Excellent screws all around with only the screws in upper forend showing signs of removal at one time. The shotgun is tight and mechanically in great shape. Length of pull is 14 1/4 inches from the rear position single trigger over the original pad. Drop at comb is 1 1/2 inches and drop at heel is 1 3/4 inches. Chambers are 2 3/4. and weight is 8 pounds 10 ounces. This is a true piece of gunmaker’s art and has many factory features that are not normally seen on a Pre-war German over unders. Price: $9,500

12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE

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#654A KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN
#654A KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN

#654A KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN: 12 ga., 31” bbls., extremely full choke almost down to a 16 bore, fully raised matted rib with 2 ivory beads, action engraved with game scenes, left side has a fox watching 4 pheasants flying, right side has 2 pointers watching 4 grouse flying, both are in an outdoor scene with brush, trees, hills & so forth, bottom of frame has a hawk sitting on a dead Mallard in an oval, also has “FCR” initials in gold on bottom of trigger guard with engraved scene around it, bbls. are also engraved & marked “Bohler Antinit”, right side of bbls. marked “Nitro”, SST, ejectors, cocking indicators, top tang safety, flat panel on both sides of stock behind the receiver, fancy checkered PG with engraved steel PG cap, oval gold inlay in bottom of stock, leather covered recoil pad, 15” pull, checkered forend with Deeley lever forend release, beautiful condition with 100% bbl. blue, mint bores, 100% casehardening, very high quality. Price: $9,500

PRUSSIAN LINDER – 16 GAUGE – 28″BARRELS – EJECTORS AND WELL FIGURED WOOD
PRUSSIAN LINDER – 16 GAUGE – 28″BARRELS – EJECTORS AND WELL FIGURED WOOD

PRUSSIAN LINDER – 16 GAUGE – 28″BARRELS – EJECTORS AND WELL FIGURED WOOD: Prussian Linder SxS 16 gauge with excellent original condition. Correct Linder markings with “crossed pistols”. Well figured wood with with grip cap with owners name. Ejectors. Barrels are 28″. Gun is in proof. Proofed originally 16/1 (.669 to .679). Bores measure right in the middle of that range at .674. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Right barrel has 15/1000 choke (Mod) while left barrel has 34/1000 (Full). Tight on face. Double underbite with Greener style cross bolt. Excelsior Steel Barrels. No loose ribs. Original case color in protected areas. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 7 1/4 OZ. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 13 7/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 11/16″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″. Price: $3,800

FAIR Rizzini SRC 702 OU 20 Gauge Shotgun
FAIR Rizzini SRC 702 OU 20 Gauge Shotgun

FAIR Rizzini SRC 702 20 Gauge: FAIR Rizzini SRC 702 20ga imported by New England Arms, straight stock with beautiful wood, color case hardening, and gold line inlay.  The barrels are 26″ long with screw in choke tubes (included is one cylinder choke tube and one light-modified choke tube).  The bore diameter is 0.628 inches and the length of pull is approximately 14 3/8 inches.  Overall very clean, one small ding on the right side of the stock which can be seen in the picture of the right side of the stock. Price: $3,495

Browning Superposed – Superlight – OU – A1 Game Gun – Unfired – New in Original Box: 1975 – Browning FN Superposed – A1 Game Gun – 12ga, 26-1/2″, 2-3/4″, IC / IM (.011 / .028), Swan Neck Straight Grip Stock, Schnabel Forearm, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 6 lbs. 10 oz. Same gun as U.S. Market Superlight except for the much more comfortable and practical Swan Neck Stock. Perfect Pheasant Gun with this choke setup! Gun is New – Unfired – MINT in Original Box. Price: $2,950

Browning Superposed - Superlight - OU - A1 Game Gun - Unfired - New in Original Box
Browning Superposed – Superlight – OU – A1 Game Gun – Unfired – New in Original Box

Browning Citori Superlight FEATHER 20ga. 26″ New in box: With invector plus chokes.3 included ic, mod, full. English stock and silver engraved receiver. weight( 5.60 lbs.)100% new in box. Price: $2,100

Browning Citori Superlight FEATHER 20ga. 26″ New in box:
Browning Citori Superlight FEATHER 20ga. 26″ New in box:

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*Ggood guns are SxS, O/Us or double rifles with decent original condition and a fair price that have appeared on Gunsinternational.com in the last week .

Griefelt Suhl Double Rifle with claw mount scope 45-70 Caliber
Griefelt Suhl Double Rifle with claw mount scope 45-70 Caliber

Griefelt Suhl Double Rifle with claw mount scope 45-70 Caliber: Auto ejectors, weight 10.2 LBS.,doub triggers w/sing sets, Barrels 25 1/2″ with exc bores, DAC 1 3/8″/ DAH2 1/8″ LOP 141/4″ to front trig. Weaver K-2.5 with see through claw mounts. Full Clam Shell Action, cocking indicators, 95% CC and blue. A wonderful Double Rifle in a great caliber. Price: $16,500

LANCASTER 8 BORE UNDERLEVER HAMMER LONDON NITRO PROVED- 13 Lbs. 12 Oz.- 36″ DAMASCUS NP Bbls.- 1882- TOTALLY ORIGINAL PIECEPrice: $11,500 #5156, Charles Lancaster, 151 New Bond St., London, Patent Breech Loader, Choke: A Massive Lancaster Jones Back Action Underlever 8 Bore Rebounding Hammer London Nitro Proved Smoothbore Made in 1882 with Barrels that are 3 Feet Long, .843 .043 & .043″ (Imp.Mod. & Imp.Mod.), 3 1/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .054″ & .053 on the left, 36″ Damascus Steel London Nitro Proved barrels at 2 1/4 ounce,

LANCASTER 8 BORE UNDERLEVER HAMMER LONDON NITRO PROVED- 13 Lbs. 12 Oz.- 36" DAMASCUS NP Bbls.- 1882- TOTALLY ORIGINAL PIECE
LANCASTER 8 BORE UNDERLEVER HAMMER LONDON NITRO PROVED- 13 Lbs. 12 Oz.- 36″ DAMASCUS NP Bbls.- 1882- TOTALLY ORIGINAL PIECE

Rebounding Hammers, Hinged front trigger, Long top tang that goes nearly to the point of the comb, Splinter forend with a lever release forend, Straight hand stock at 14 x 1 5/8 x 2 1/4″ over the original 3/4″ Silvers pad, Cast-off for the right hand, True 8 Bore weight at 13 lbs. 12 oz., Very nice wood with very nice color and contrast, 10% of nice border engraving, The original barrel browning remains at 70%, Original case colors at 25%, The original wood finish is still at 80%, The checkering at 85%, The wood remains excellent and super sound in every respect, The barrels are excellent inside and out without a pit to be had, The barrels ring with a very pronounced chime. It is cased in the original trunk with the original trade label. This is a very nice serious Big Bore piece that has London nitro proof barrels. It will take you shooting well into the 21st century. Here is the embodiment of 1882 Lancaster Quality; excellent bores, strong wood with nice figure, 8 bore weight, nitro proof barrels and it comes to the hand with ease even with this size and weight plus it balances very well. All these city-light gun writers that try to convince the shooting public that we all need shot barrels that are 3 feet long; here is there piece to grind clay targets into dust. We are working on a source for proper 8 bore loads that already have been used in this nitro proved piece that patterns well at 40 yards with either #5 or 6 shot. Fun stuff here. Price: $11,500

JP SAUER & SOHN - SUHL - MEISTERWERK - MODEL XVIIIE - MADE IN 1939 - 16 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS
JP SAUER & SOHN – SUHL – MEISTERWERK – MODEL XVIIIE – MADE IN 1939 – 16 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS

JP SAUER & SOHN – SUHL – MEISTERWERK – MODEL XVIIIE – MADE IN 1939 – 16 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS: Elaborate scroll and game scene engraving. Scalloped frame. Well figured wood with diamond grip. Engraved heel and toe plates. Cocking indicators. Sideclips and arcaded fences. JP Sauer engraved on the barrel bands and heel plate. Top rib is engrved W. Eblen, Stuttgart (a high end gun retailer – Waffen Eblen). Special Krupp “3 ring steel”. Barrels are 27 3/4″. Right bore measures .664 with 20/1000 choke (Mod) while left bore measures .664 as well with 25/1000 choke (Full). Unengraved stock oval. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 7 1/8 OZ. Last image is a scan of the JP Sauer Catalogue from 1938. Shipping is $50. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 5/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″. Price: $11,500

1950 LC Smith Field Grade 410 High Condition
1950 LC Smith Field Grade 410 High Condition

1950 LC Smith Field Grade 410 High Condition: This is a LC Smith field 410 with 28 inch full and modified choke barrels. This gun is 98% case on the receiver 97%, blue on barrels, 80% blue on trigger guard and 97% wood. Small chip in forearm. Serial # is 56057. Second to last known 410 serial number of 56059 on the LC Smith collectors. Price: $7,000

PARKER BROS DHE SXS 12 GA: Serial #190291. Barrel Length: 32″, Chokes F & F. Triggers:  DT (Double) Stock: Pistol Grip Foream: Splinter Forearm Rib: Matted Concave Rib. No.2 frame, 1920 gun special ordered with Damascus barrels and French walnut. EXC. Condition. Weight Description 8#4oz. Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 14 5/8 with 1/8 cast off. This is a very nice unmolested gun, The damascus barrels aree spotless and show no signs of tampering, All finish original, This gun would be ideal for Classic SxS sporting clays shooting. Price $6,500.00

PARKER BROS DHE SXS 12 GA
PARKER BROS DHE SXS 12 GA

Good gun alert: A great looking 16 gauge Merkel O/U…

Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun
Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun

If you’re looking for a nice O/U, here’s a 16 gauge German double that deserves your attention. This Merkel was made in 1951, and even though it’s 60+ years old, it looks pretty much new. These older Merkel over-unders are solid and incredibly well made. Even though they look a little beefy, they are surprisingly nimble shotguns.

This one weighs just over 6lbs — lighter than a lot of modern 20s — and with 28″ barrels, double triggers, and high dimensions, it would be perfect for upland hunting.

I think Merkel introduced their 200-line of O/U shotguns right after WW2.  The 200s were built on triggerplate-style, Blitz actions and used double Kersten locks (with no underbolt) to lock up. The E in 200E stands for Ejectors. Even though the 200 were one of the least expensive O/Us Merkel offered, they were still pricey. Comparable models offered in the ’20s cost as much as a new 12g A.H. Fox XE. Personally, I think the Merkels were the better shotgun.

Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun
Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun

Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun: Circa. 4/51 Proof Date. Overall in Excellent Condition.
Both blue and case color remain at 98-99%. Bores are in perfect condition. Chokes at Mod and Full with a weight at 6 lbs. 3.3 oz. make this an easy to carry pheasant gun with the performance to take care of the task.

Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun
Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun

Gauge: 16 gauge

Barrels: 28″ w/orig. 2 3/4″ Chambers & Solid Rib

Chokes: Mod & Full

Action: Merkel-Kersten Lock

Stock: European Walnut

Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun
Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun

Butt: Packmayr Pad with Leather Face

LOP: 14 1/2 to hinged front trigger

Weight: 6 lbs. 3.3 oz.

Stock Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 14 1/2 with 3/16 cast off

Auction alert: 20g Merkel 47E, 28″, single trigger, NO RESERVE….

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge
MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

Timex watches were famous for being able to “take a licking and keep on ticking.” Merkels have the same kind of reputation. While they’re not the sleekest doubles out there, you can stand up to tens-of-thousands of rounds without a hitch.

This one is up for auction now on Gunbroker.com. I love the color-case hardening on it and leather pad on the end of it is a nice touch. This would be a perfect travel gun for everything from grouse in Maine to pheasants in the Dakota. And because it’s a Merkel, you can rely to function flawlessly and get the job done wherever you take it. The listing ends tomorrow, 2/2/2015, @ 10:00:00 PM ET — so get in your bids now.

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge
MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge: Up for auction is an excellent little Merkel 47E 20 gauge with factory upgrade single selective trigger. This gun is an earlier generation as evidenced by the cocking indicators, intercepting sears and nicer engraving. The gun has desirable 28” barrels with both bores measuring .628” & chokes @ IC/M, .009R, .016L. The reinforced, super strong, reinforced “Color Hardened” action has “Purdey” style double underbites, a “Greener Crossbolt” style third fastener with side clips & disc set strikers. The nicely figured European walnut pistol grip stock measures 14 7/8” over a beautiful #6 custom leather pad by David Yale of Delta, CO. (450.00 upgrade). Checkering is razor sharp with no flaws. Drop is just over 2 1/8”, comb 1 ½” with about ¼” cast for a RH shooter.

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge
MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

Condition is excellent with just minor dings on the furniture and a few light spots in the coloring on the action. No serious wood or metal problems! All in all this is really nice, lightly used little Dove / Quail gun weighing in at 6 lbs. 6 oz. I’ve owned a lot of Merkels over the years and what is lacking in style, is more than make up in handling, “uber” strength and durability! In fact I have a pair of 147SLs that I regularly use in Argentina – they’re that tough! These guns are one of the best values in box lock smallbores today. Email with any questions & I’m always open to trades!

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge
MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge
MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge
MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge
MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge
MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

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Abbiatico & Salvinelli Best Quality Side Lock in 28 gauge
Abbiatico & Salvinelli Best Quality Side Lock in 28 gauge

Abbiatico & Salvinelli Best Quality Side Lock in 28 gauge: With 27″ smooth game rib barrels choked IC&M . Straight grip stock of outstanding light walnut with vivid black streaking in both sides. Matching splinter forend. LOP 14 1/2 over checkered butt. Beautiful and very fine full coverage english scroll engraving signed by master engraver Goldani. Gun is in 98% condition and is cased in it’s original trunk case. Price: $15,995

Mortimer and Sons .450 3 1/4 BPE: This is a original, mechanically sound double rifle, with Jones underlever chambered for the .450 3 1/4″ BPE.  It has a 27 3/4″ barrels with full length file cut rib and three rear sight leaves, one fixed at 100,and two folding at 200 and 300 yards.  The Henry

Mortimer and Sons .450 3 1/4 BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle
Mortimer and Sons .450 3 1/4 BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle

rifling in both barrels is very good with a teeny bit of pitting in each. There is very generous engraving on the action and lock plates and it is sharp with some color remaining in protected areas. The fore end has a lever style release and across the steel butt plate is written, “charge 120 grains”.  The length of pull is 14 5/8″ and it tips the scales at a fraction under 9lbs.  The only known defects are a 1/2″ crack in the heal of the stock just in front of the widow’s peak of the buttplate and a one inch sliver missing from the fore end, both of which are pictured and why I’m not asking $7500.  The stock has what I believe to be original finish, the checkering is very good, with handling marks comensurate to a rifle this old.  Overall, a very nice example of a fine Scottish double rifle. Price: $6,850

Merkel 447SL – Side Lock Ejector – 16ga, 28″, M/F, Raised Solid Rib, English Stock, Checkered Butt, Splinter Forearm: Price: $5,500.

http://www.gunsinternational.com/Merkel-447-SL-16ga-28-English-Stock-Double-Triggers-Side-Lock-Ejector. Merkel - - 447 SL - 16ga - 28" - English Stock, Double Triggers - Side Lock Ejector cfm?gun_id=100524833
Merkel – – 447 SL – 16ga – 28″ – English Stock, Double Triggers – Side Lock Ejector
1903 LC Smith No. 3 12G SxS Shotgun
1903 LC Smith No. 3 12G SxS Shotgun

1903 LC Smith No. 3 12G SxS Shotgun: Very nice 1903 year manufacture L.C. Smith with chain damascus 30″ barrels. Faint case color. Original factory engraving with grade 3 oval on each sideplate. All original with factory straight stock. Solid gun in very good condition. Lever is in center position. Price: $2250

 

Rizzini, Omnium Small, 28 Ga. O/U Shotgun:Price: $1,849.98

Rizzini, Omnium Small, 28 Ga. O/U Shotgun
Rizzini, Omnium Small, 28 Ga. O/U Shotgun
Manufacturer: SN: 86XXX
Caliber: 28 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very good
Wood Condition: Very good with few handling marks
Bore Condition: Clean and bright
Barrels: 28″ vent rib
Triggers: Single
Stock: Checkered hardwood
Stock Dimensions: LOP: 14 5/8
Fore End: Checkered hardwood with schnabel
Butt Pad: Rizzini ribbed wooden plate
Weight: 5 lbs., 8 oz.
Sights: Front bead
Chokes: Screw in tubes
Extras: Comes with 3 extra choke tubes, tube wrench, hard case and manual.

 

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

Two real nice Euro O/Us: A 12 gauge Sodia and a .410 Merkel…

MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F
MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F

I have a fondness for older, European O/Us, especially for ones like you see below. The doubles have everything you need — 28″ bbls, decent dimensions — and they appear to be beautifully made and in good original condition.

One thing: I would double-check the chambers on the 12 gauge. They may have come from the factory or 3″, or someone may have bored them out. Buyer beware.

MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F
MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F

MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F: Round knob pistol grip, single trigger, serrated horn butt plate, cocking indicators, solid rib, automatic ejectors, late 1920’s manufacture, scalloped and rebated receiver, imported by A.F. Stoeger, completely original untouched gun, highest quality between the wars workmanship, an extremely small-action tiny gun. 14” x 1 5/8” x 2 ½”. 5lbs. 11oz. Price: $13,995

Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28" bbls
Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28″ bbls

Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28″ bbls: Beautifully engraved case hardened receiver shows minimal signs of wear and use. The barrels are 28″ long and choked full and full. The barrel has a ventilated rib with a matte finish and a silver bead. The barrels have a blued finish with a few small scratches, and wear around the muzzle. The European Walnut buttstock and forearm are finely hand checkered, and have a few minor scratches from regular use. The buttpad is fitted with a Pachmayr Decelerator buttpad. Price: $3,799.99

Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28" bbls
Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28″ bbls
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 3
Metal: Very Good
Wood: Very Good
Bore: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: European Walnut
Fore End: European Walnut
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Decelerator
Weight: 7 lb 2 oz
Sights: Silver Bead
Chokes: F/F

I wish I could come up with a reason to own this…

Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun
Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun

I’ve been on a bit of German/Prussian shotgun kick the past few months. The more time I spend looking at these doubles, the more I like them. Lately, I seem to run into one every few weeks that I would love to own.

This double barrel by Frederic Surkamer/Merkel is the latest one I’ve fallen for. If I only I could come up with a reason to own it — and the cash to buy it. Check out how beautifully made it is — stout as NFL linebacker but still elegant. What a gun!

Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun
Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun

Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun: A Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action proved in January of 1929 with 30″ F/XF Krupp Steel ejector barrels with raised file cut solid rib with ivory mid and front beads. Bores are as new measuring .724 top and bottom. Choked .046 top and .040 bottom. This is the best of Merkel boxlocks with double underlugs and double bite. Double Kersten top lock. Bushed strikers. Triggers turned for the right hand.

Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun
Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun

Extensive and very well done German Acanthus leaf and gamebird engraving. Stocked in English Walnut. Two piece forend with wrap around checkering. Pistol grip buttstock with arrowhead points and Monte Carlo. 15 3/8″ LOP to a solid 5/8″ pad. DAC-1 1/2″ DAH-2 1/2″ although effectively less with the Monte Carlo configuration.

Frederick Surkamer was a noted Chicago gunsmith born in Illinois in 1871 who was a contemporary of Fred Adolph and R.G.Owen. He built custom rifles on Springfield and Mauser actions. He did work for the great sporting firms Von Lengerke & Antoine and Marshall Fields in Chicago. He also imported drillings and shotguns from Europe and stocked these guns.

Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun
Frederick Surkamer Merkel 301-E 12 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun

The pistol grip cap reads “From Mother TAK [Theo A. Koch] 1928. This is an outstanding Pre -War gun and a true piece of Americana in outstanding condition showing minimal use. Overall condition is 99%. The previous owner had this gun for 50 years and acquired it from the original owner. It is an outstanding collector piece and well configured for Sporting Clays or Live Birds. Price: $4995

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