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

Holland & Holland Royal SxS Double Rifle .303 British
Holland & Holland Royal SxS Double Rifle .303 British

Holland & Holland Royal SxS Double Rifle .303 British: A Back-Action Sidelock Double Rifle chambered for the .303 British cartridge. It has 28” rifled barrels, File cut quarter rib with platinum lined express rear sights – 1 standing (100 Yds) and 2 folding (200 & 300 Yds). Island base foresight, Bushed strikers (Disk set strikers) with retaining set screws, Double triggers, An extended top strap over the comb, Holland & Holland traditional full coverage “Royal Scroll” engraving pattern with case color hardened finish, Full length trigger guard tang to an engraved steel grip cap, Best quality walnut stock has shadow line (Beaded) cheekpiece, Drop points, Pistol grip, Splinter forend with Anson release, 14 1/8” LOP to a horn plate, 9 Lbs. 9 Oz. Price: $39,750 

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 IMPORT: 26″ 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

John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case!
John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case!

John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic 12 Gauge Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case! This gun dates from 1934 . A very nice Dickson from between the wars with great wall thickness and dimensions. This is the period that many consider to be the pinnacle of the UK gunmaking trade. The Bores are bright and shiny with a few pits in the right barrel towards the muzzle but in proof and nothing deep. Serial Number: 7279, Ejectors: Yes , Barrels: 27″, Barrel Type: Fluid steel, Action: trigger plate round action, Stock Comb: 1 7/16″, Stock Heel: 2″, Stock Cast: 1/4″, LOP: 14 3/8″ to wood butt, Weight: 6 lbs. 4.5 oz., Choke Left: .028 full, Choke Right: .015 IC-Mod, Proof: Nitro: 2 1/2″ nitro, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .029″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″. Price: $12,000

BERETTA - SO3 - 12ga 28" Boehler Barrels - Checkered Butt - All Original
BERETTA – SO3 – 12ga 28″ Boehler Barrels – Checkered Butt – All Original

BERETTA – SO3 – 12ga 28″ Boehler Barrels – Checkered Butt – All Original! 28″, 2-3/4″”, IM / F (.028 / .042), Vent Rib, Single Trigger, Pistol Grip, Checkered Butt, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 7 lbs. 4 oz. Nice Original Gun. About 95+% Overall. Price: $5975 

RIZZINI AURUM CLASSIC OU 28 GAUGE
RIZZINI AURUM CLASSIC OU 28 GAUGE

RIZZINI AURUM CLASSIC OU 28 GAUGE: 29″ VENT RIB WITH SCREW CHOKES, SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 6LBS, 2 3/8″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 14 9/16″ LOP. Price: $2,950

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

This week’s five good guns…

 

Fox XE 16 Gauge - FACTORY ORIGINAL, MINT CONDITION: Year 1919, 16 Gauge, 5lbs 12oz, Side-by-Side: Serial Number 300,790
Fox XE 16 Gauge – FACTORY ORIGINAL, MINT CONDITION: Year 1919, 16 Gauge, 5lbs 12oz, Side-by-Side: Serial Number 300,790

Fox XE 16 Gauge – FACTORY ORIGINAL, MINT CONDITIONYear 1919, 16 Gauge, 5lbs 12oz, Side-by-Side: Serial Number 300,790. During the 20 years of chasing A.H. Fox guns of all grades and gauges for my personal collection and to assist my clients to build their collections, the Fox XE 16ga. has been one of the most difficult to find.  I have only seen 5 offered for sale in the last 10 years.  This fine example could be the very best XE 16 on Mother Earth, as it has all original factory finishes retaining 99% case color, blue, and wood finish.  Built in 1919, sn300790 is one of 90 factory-documented Fox XE guns built in 16ga., with only 79 of those the cherished Philly made guns.  Some of these guns have disappeared so it is likely there are less than 70 or so left in the world.  Of the 70, few have this much condition remaining and most have been significantly altered since leaving the factory.  I have examined this gun inside and out, and it is a near new, factory original gun.  The signature A.H. Fox case colors are not duplicated in today’s world. The engraving on this gun is exceptionally sharp and clear and from the prime era of Fox engraving. When you examine the order card you will notice it shows 3 ½” drop at the heel which is an error on the card as the gun has 2 ½” drop at heel and THE GUN MATCHES ALL OTHER DETAILS ON THE ORDER CARD including the long length of pull, gun weight, barrel weight and length.  Errors were made when handwriting order cards.  The gun came from the factory with the 2 ½” drop at heel.  The factory marked serial number is on the head of the stock as shown in the photos.  Weighing just 5lbs. 13oz. and balanced perfectly on the hinge pin, you would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful A.H. Fox.  This gun has it all…rarity, high grade, incredible factory original condition, desirable features and stock dimensions, perfect mechanics, mirror bores, gorgeous wood figure, perfect screws…an A.H. Fox gun for the advanced collector or avid shooter/collector.  When you consider this is likely your only chance to own such a gun, it is a wise investment vehicle for your hard-earned funds at the price offered. Price: $27,950

Parker Reproduction 16/20 Ga Combo SxS Shotgun
Parker Reproduction 16/20 Ga Combo SxS Shotgun

Parker Reproduction 16/20 Ga Combo SxS ShotgunLike New Parker Reproduction 16/20 Ga Combo Set.  This is #6 out of 100 Special Edition Set for The National Sporting Fraternity Limited. Shotgun has a Krieghoff 16 Ga barrel, 28″ IC-Mod. Second barrel is a 20 Ga, 26″ IC-Mod. Comes with Leather Hard Case, Canvas Dust Cover, 16-20 Ga Snap Caps and Oil bottle.  Shotgun is in 99% condition with just a few faint handling marks.  Bluing is excellent with very strong case colors.  Comes with Parker Reproduction Catalog and a copy of Game & Gun magazine.  Steve Smith reviewed the combo set in this magazine. Price: $8,500

Greifelt Grade 1 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun:
Greifelt Grade 1 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun:

Greifelt Grade 1 20ga O/U Double Barrel ShotgunThis beautiful little 20ga Greifelt remains in absolutely outstanding condition.  With excellent scenes of birds on both sides of the action and delicate rose and scroll on the balance, it retains near 100% of the case colors. The 26″ barrels feature a solid rib with a metal bead; choked IC/IM with excellent bores and 98% bluing.  The barrels also have rose and scroll engraving at the breech end. The scalloped boxlock action with a Kersten style top crossbolt and dual underlugs has dual triggers with the front trigger being articulated.  The LOP is 14 1/2″ from the front trigger to the original horn buttplate.  The dark-colored walnut straight gripped stock features the original finish and only has a couple of handling marks. The gun comes in the oak and leather case with the original Von Lengerke & Detmold label. Price: $5,500 

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 - 30" BARREL - EARLY PRODUCTION WITH LOW 3 DIGIT SERIAL NUMBER
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 – 30″ BARREL – EARLY PRODUCTION WITH LOW 3 DIGIT SERIAL NUMBER

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 – 30″ BARREL – EARLY PRODUCTION WITH LOW 3 DIGIT SERIAL NUMBERHere’s an early Winchester Model 21 in 12 gauge – serial number 145. This honest gun has 30″ barrels choked mod and full. Mirror bores as original measuring .730 with 13/1000 choke in right and 35/1000 in left. Chambers at 2 3/4″. Extractors. Gun is tight and on the face with top lever right of center. No loose ribs – barrels ring true. All serial numbers match. No cracks to the wood with sharp checkering. One inch Winchester red recoil pad. Weight is 7 LBS 7 1/2 OZ. Shipping is $40. Great shootable stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/2″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 3/8″. Price: $3,500

Browning BSS 12 ga. 70's mfg. 2 3/4" also 3" shells
Browning BSS 12 ga. 70’s mfg. 2 3/4″ also 3″ shells

Browning BSS 12 ga. 70’s mfg. 2 3/4″ also 3″ shells28″ bbl. choked M/F, single trigger, ejectors, deluxe checkered European walnut, 99% as new original condition, lightest of handling only! Price: $1,229

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.

Auction Alert: a nice little 20 gauge Greifelt O/U…

20 gauge Greifelt Double Barrel Over Under Shotgun
20 gauge Greifelt Double Barrel Over Under Shotgun

Greifelt is on of those Euro makers we don’t hear much about these days. But in their day, they made some real nice double-barrel shotguns, including this 20 gauge over-under being auctioned off tomorrow by The Potomack Company in Alexandria, VA.

Here’s more info on the shotgun from the auctioneer’s site:

OVER & UNDER 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN BY GREIFELT & CO., SUHL, GERMANY An engraved, pre-WWII, fine European sporting shotgun with 26-inch barrels, checkered forearm and pistol grip. Pachmayr recoil pad, solid rib, ejectors, bright clear bores; 42 inches total length. Imported by Von Lengerke & Detmold of New York, and so marked on barrel. Serial number 30188. With vintage leather Abercrombie & Fitch leather case. Can be sold directly to a buyer possessing a federal firearms dealer’s license or a curio & relic collector’s license; otherwise, paperwork will be conducted by an area gun dealer. Will ship to out-of-state buyer with license or to his licensed dealer, length of pull is 14 in., drop at comb is 1 5/8 in., drop at heel is 2 9/16 in., cast off.

20 gauge Greifelt Double Barrel Over Under Shotgun
20 gauge Greifelt Double Barrel Over Under Shotgun
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