See this week’s 5 good guns you don’t want to miss …

J. Purdey & Sons - Best Sidelock Ejector - 410 ga - OU
J. Purdey & Sons – Best Sidelock Ejector – 410 ga – OU

J. Purdey & Sons – Best Sidelock Ejector – 410 ga – OU: #30309. Trigger: Single, Grip: Prince of Wales grip, Forend: Checkered, Lop: 15 1/8 “, Type of butt: Checkered Wood, Drop comb: 1 3/8 “, Drop heel: 1 7/8 “, Cast amount: 3/16 “, Cast: OFF, Weight: 5 lbs, 10 oz, Manufactured in: England, Finish: Coin & Black, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Stock: Original finish, Metal: Original finish, Type of Case: Leather Luggage Case, Chamber: 3 “, Length: 29 “, Chokes: F/F, Rib type: Solid, Comments : Beautiful gun with a small stock repair on left side of wrist. Price: $80,000

LANCASTER 450/400 3 1/4" BPE- DELUXE GRADE- SUPERB ORIG. COND.- FULLY ENGRAVED- DELUXE WOOD- ACCURATE- MADE 1884 for NAWAB of BAHAWALPUR- SCREWS
LANCASTER 450/400 3 1/4″ BPE- DELUXE GRADE- SUPERB ORIG. COND.- FULLY ENGRAVED- DELUXE WOOD- ACCURATE- MADE 1884 for NAWAB of BAHAWALPUR- SCREWS

LANCASTER 450/400 3 1/4″ BPE- DELUXE GRADE- SUPERB ORIG. COND.- FULLY ENGRAVED- DELUXE WOOD- ACCURATE- MADE 1884 for NAWAB of BAHAWALPUR- SCREWS: #5415, Charles Lancaster: 151 New Bond Street, London: A 450/400 3 1/4″ Black Powder Express Deluxe Grade Double Rifle That Remains in Superb Condition, Fully engraved, Excellent wood, It is Accurate, Made in 1884 for Nawab of the Princely State Bahawalpur, A Jones action underlever back-action locks with non-rebounding hammers, London proved, 28″ “Non-Fouling Smooth Oval Bore Rifling” steel barrels with a rib extension dolls head, Full length matted rib with 1 standing rear sight that is Gold lined, Percussion style fences, Dolphin hammers, Rear sliding hammer safeties, A long trigger guard tang that is engraved and checkered, An absolute deluxe piece of wood with great color contrast, Extremely solid wood that will last another 137 years, Shadowline cheekpiece, Sling eyes, The forend release is a patented rotating snap that has a friction-reducing roller under the forend iron that is spring loaded to force the rod forward so it will snap into the bite on the forend loop mounted on the barrels, To remove it you insert your finger tip at the forward end of the forend and pull down so the roller allows the spring to compress, A novel and secure tiedown that came from George Hackett as patent #964 of 1878, 14 1/4″ LOP over a fully checkered and engraved steel buttplate, Great weight at 8 lbs. 7 oz., 95% coverage of excellent period scroll engraving that covers all the metal including the forend iron and trigger guard, The original & honest barrel blue remains at 94% with excellent striking, 40% original case colors that is very vivid in some areas, The breech face has 50% case colors with zero primer burn at the striker holes, The butt & forend are as solid as they were 137 years ago, The original stock finish is at 80% with 137 years of handling but never refinished, The original checkering remains at 95%, The bores and chambers are absolutely excellent plus without a pit to be had, The inletting looks like the tree grew around the metal, Every screw including the buttplate remains at 98% and they lay north & south, The inside of the forend almost looks like it left the shop yesterday, The dolls head fits like new. It is cased in a near vintage oak & leather trunk that is in very nice condition. It is very accurate with .406″ 250 & 254 grain bullets using 4198 powder at 50 yards and shoots to the point of aim. This is very nice stuff in a total Deluxe Grade double from the real Golden Era of the British gun trade. Dreams of tigers and ships and palaces, fine spices and women and silk. As my friend Mr. Wal Winfer would say, “We are but temporary custodians of all things on this planet. Treat this old piece gently. Load and shoot it with care. But, above all, preserve its integrity for the future enjoyment of the next temporary custodian.” Price: $12,750

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 20 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 20 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 20 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN: #178XX, 28″ IC AND M 006 AND 015 CONSTRICTION, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, EXCELLENT WITH LIGHT WEAR, 6LBS  4OZ, 2 3/16″ DAH, 1 1/4″ DAC, 14 3/4″ LOP. Price: $8,500

Charles Hellis & Sons Two Inch 12 gauge London Box Lock Ejector SxS Game Gun
Charles Hellis & Sons Two Inch 12 gauge London Box Lock Ejector SxS Game Gun

Charles Hellis & Sons Two Inch 12 gauge London Box Lock Ejector SxS Game Gun: This is a rare London address high grade box lock ejector in the Two Inch 12 bore. Built on a Birmingham proved action by London Best gun makers, Charles Hellis & Sons, it has fine, full coverage London rose, or bouquet, and scroll engraving, nicely figured walnut straight grip stock with drop points and fine checkering, excellent rust blue barrels and case colored action. Most two inch 12 bores were built very plain for low cost use by young shooters and ended up in poor condition. This one is quite the opposite, a beautiful higher grade London built boxlock in fine condition with adult dimensions and no problems. Very light weight and pleasant to shoot, it weighs just 5 pounds, 7 ounces.  It has automatic ejectors, 26 inch dovetail lump barrels, double triggers, auto safety, 14-1/4” stock over an Old English recoil pad. Bores are bright and shiny with no rust and measure .732 left and right. Both barrels are choked modified at .020, leaving room for adjustment if you desire. Bluing remains excellent overall with no rust and little wear.  Case coloring remains quite strong on the action. Engraving includes fences and splinter forend iron. The name C.Hellis & Sons, Ltd. Is engraved on both sides of the action, and the name and address is also engraved on the swamped game rib as ‘Charles Hellis & Sons, Ltd, 121 & 123 Edgeware Road, Hyde Park, London W.’   Also inlaid on the rib in either sterling silver or white gold are the words’FOR 2 INCH CASE ONLY’. Serial number is 4129 and it was likely built pre war in the early 1930s. Price: $6500

CAESAR GUERINI / LL BEAN .410 OU SHOTGUN
CAESAR GUERINI / LL BEAN .410 OU SHOTGUN

CAESAR GUERINI / LL BEAN .410 OU SHOTGUN: SPECIAL EDITION CAESAR GUERINI FOR LL BEAN,  410 UPLAND SHOTGUN WITH 28″ VENT RIB BARRELS. COMES WITH 4 CHOKE TUBES.  EXCELLENT CONDITION! 6LB….CASED LOP 14 7/8″-1 1/2″-2″. Price: $3,000

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

WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST PRE WAR DROPLOCK DOUBLE RILE 9.3X74R
WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST PRE WAR DROPLOCK DOUBLE RILE 9.3X74R

WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST PRE WAR DROPLOCK DOUBLE RILE 9.3X74R: MADE 1921. STARTED LIFE AS A 400-360. REBORED AND REFINISHED BY WESTLEY RICHARDS. 26″ BARRELS WITH 1 STANDING AND 4 FOLDING LEAF SIGHTS. DOUBLE TRIGGER. EJECTORS. SPLINTER FOREARM. PISTOL GRIP. MINT CONDITION. HUEY CASE. WITH MAKERS LABEL. 9LBS 14 OZ.  Price: $29,500

F.LLI PIOTTI Model King No.1 20ga 27" LtM & IM, Fancy Turkish walnut, Factory leather case:
F.LLI PIOTTI Model King No.1 20ga 27″ LtM & IM, Fancy Turkish walnut, Factory leather case:

F.LLI PIOTTI Model King No.1 20ga 27″ LtM & IM, Fancy Turkish walnut, Factory leather case: Serial #  8891, Country of Origin  Italy, Barrel Length (in Inches) 27″, Choke R  Lt.M (.010″), Choke L  IM (.020″), Trigger  DT (Double), Stock Configuration  Straight Grip, Gold oval, Recoil pad, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm with Piotii gold crest, Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib, Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving Type  King I Fine scroll Engraving, Other Options  Upgraded fancy Turkish walnut, Factory Leather case, 2 3/4″ chambers, Condition  EXC. Condition, Weight  5lbs 15oz, Dimensions  1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ x 14 3/4″ with 0 cast, Other Details  Mfg 1990. Price: $20,000

WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK 12- 32" Bbls.- 1925 TOTALLY ORIG GUN (Except Pad)- "C" BOLTING w/ 3rd BITE- SCALLOPED ACTION- HINGED:
WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK 12- 32″ Bbls.- 1925 TOTALLY ORIG GUN (Except Pad)- “C” BOLTING w/ 3rd BITE- SCALLOPED ACTION- HINGED:

WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK 12- 32″ Bbls.- 1925 TOTALLY ORIG GUN (Except Pad)- “C” BOLTING w/ 3rd BITE- SCALLOPED ACTION- HINGED: #T8681, Westley Richards & Co. London: A Hand Detachable Modele de Luxe Ejector (Droplock) 12 Bore Completed in 1925 That Remains Totally Original Except for the Pad, 32″ barrels, “C” Bolting Dolls Head Third Fastener Rib Extension, Hinged cover plate, Scalloped action body, 32″ Ejector Dovetail Lump barrels originally proved at 1 1/4 ounce, The bores at .733 .015 & .042″ (Open Mod. & Full), Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .033″ and .032″ on the left barrel, Rounded action body, Original factory Single selective trigger and so marked, Scalloped action back, Splinter forend with a Deeley & Edge release, Straight hand stock at 14 1/16 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/8″ over a cushy pad with a rubber face (We will install a 1″ pad soon), Nice cast-off for the right hand, Very nice 32″ barrel weight of 7 lbs. 9 oz., 90% coverage of very well cut scroll engraving, Nice wood with very nice color and contrast, This Droplock remains totally original except the pad, Original 85% case colors, Original barrel black is at 90%, The barrel striking remains perfect, Original wood finish remains at 82-84%, The checkering remains at 94%, The barrels inside and out look like the day they left Westley and remain excellent plus, The breech face retains 90% case colors. It is cased in the original leather trunk with the proper trade label and cleaning accessories. Here is a Droplock Westley that qualifies as an exceptional piece from the Golden Era between the 2 great wars. This is a nice piece with desirable 32″ barrels. Price: $13,850

Caesar Guerini Revenant Game 20GA 30"
Caesar Guerini Revenant Game 20GA 30″

Caesar Guerini Revenant Game 20GA 30″: Pre-Owned Caesar Guerini Revenant Game 20GA with 30″ factory choke tubed barrels, factory solid game rib. Nitride finished side-plates with highly detailed game scene engraving with scrolls and grape leaves, gold motifs and highlights; Boss style forearm iron with full coverage engraving, long tang. Factory non-selective single trigger, Purdey style pistol grip stock to factory removable butt plate, fully checkered round game forearm. Outstanding condition, demo fired only-very minor handling marks 98%+ condition. Includes case, chokes and tools. Price: $10,995

Connecticut Shotgun RBL 16ga. – 29”, AS NEW, “RESERVE"
Connecticut Shotgun RBL 16ga. – 29”, AS NEW, “RESERVE”

Connecticut Shotgun RBL 16ga. – 29”, AS NEW, “RESERVE” VINTAGE FIREARMS INC: Serial Number: RBL004829. General Specs: Connecticut Shotgun, 2015±, 16 Ga, Weight 6lbs 12oz, Chokes LM/M, LOP 14 3/4″, DAH 2 1/2″, DAC 1 1/2″.  Many of you that enjoy shooting with the side by side shotgun are familiar with Tony Galazan’s well received RBL series of round bodied guns.  The gun presented here is an as new RBL RESERVE series from Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Co.  The RBL is a robust gun with excellent mechanics and a very appealing look with its bone and charcoal case colored receiver, gold plated triggers, and nicely figured walnut stock.  This gun shipped with 29” barrels that retain 100% of their fine rust blue, perfect bores, choked LM/M.  The metal overall retains 99.9% of the factory finishes, with the only wear of any kind at the safety on the top tang.  The wood has a very nice figure and retains all of its original finish and perfect checkering.  The gun balances dead on the hinge pin and has a very solid feel and comes to shoulder the way a fine side x side is supposed to.  Galazan has a solid performer with his RBL.  We have priced this gun to sell quickly, as I do not believe it has ever been in the field or used much at all.  There is only the faintest hint of a primer ring on the standing breech indicating very little shooting.  The RBL Reserve is a solid investment and will do you well on the sporting clays course or in the field. Price: $3,550

What makes Caeser Guerini shotgun so impressive…

New Caeser Guerini Invictus M-Spec 34"
New Caeser Guerini Invictus M-Spec 34″

Italian shotguns have always impressed me, and a trip I took last week reminded me why.

Greystone Castle Sporting Club
Greystone Castle Sporting Club

I attended Caeser Guerini’s 2020 Writer-Dealer Event at Greystone Castle Sporting Club, and  all the over-unders there displayed an admirable commitment to quality and innovation.

New Caeser Guerini Maxum Gold Field
New Caeser Guerini Maxum Gold Field

For field guns, Caesar Guerini has added two new over-unders: the Maxum Gold Field (a limited-edition version of the gun shown here) and a 28-gauge version of their Revenant model.

New Caeser Guerini Revenant in 28g
New Caeser Guerini Revenant in 28g

To their Syren line of shotguns for women, they’ve also added two models.

Syren Elos N2 Elevate
Syren Elos N2 Elevate

First, there’s the Syren Elos N2 Elevate — a new model of this gun. It uses Fabarm’s Quick Release Rib System to change the Syren Elos N2 Elevate’s point of impact. In minutes, this gun can adapt to Trap, Skeet, or Sporting Clays.

Changing ribs, changing POI on the Syren Elos N2 Elevate
Changing ribs, changing POI on the Syren Elos N2 Elevate

There’s also the new Syren Julia Sporting. Aesthetics have always been a Guerini strong point, and this new double is a real head-turner — and clay buster.

To their Invictus target guns, Caeser Guerini introduced three models: the Invictus II Sporting, the Invictus III Sporting Limited, and the Invictus I M-SPEC 34” Specialist.

New Caeser Guerini Invictus II Sporting
New Caeser Guerini Invictus II Sporting
Caeser Guerini Invictus III Limited Edition
Caeser Guerini Invictus III Limited Edition
New Caeser Guerini Invictus I M-SPEC 34” Specialist
New Caeser Guerini Invictus I M-SPEC 34” Specialist

Built to fire a million rounds and keep on going, these OUs draw on their patented Invictus Block and easy-to-replace Invictus Cam pivot points to make them easy to tighten them up and bring the barrels-to-action connection back to factory specs.

Replaceable Invictus Block on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun
Replaceable Invictus Block on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun

While you can make this repair with other OUs, you can do it quickly and with incredible precision and with almost zero hand-fitting with an Invictus. This helps keep your Invictus gun in your hand and shooting, rather than on your gunsmith’s bench in pieces.

Replaceable bbl-hinges on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun
Replaceable Invictus cams on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun

Good gun alerts: A couple nice looking 20 gauges…

Guerini-Pintossi 820 Over and Under Shotgun in 20 Gauge
Guerini-Pintossi 820 Over and Under Shotgun in 20 Gauge

What’s the perfect gauge for grouse & woodcock hunting? A lot of guys think it’s a 20, and even though I would disagree, I see their point. Most twenties are light, which makes them easy to carry all day long. And they carry enough lead to knock down anything that you’ll hunt in the uplands–even wild pheasants if you keep your shots close.

Also, 20 gauge ammo is easy to find. Every gun shop and gas station that stock shells usually has a few boxes of it on hand. I love my 16s, but if I were up in northern Maine and ran out of shells, I know I’d be out of luck.

If you’re a fan or 20 gauge doubles, here are two nice ones that just popped up on the market. This first one is by a maker I’ve never heard of before–Guerini-Pintossi. I think this Italian maker was around in the ’60s & ’70s, and this OU looks like a basic, no frills double with a shallow action a blitz/trigger-plate style design that reminds me of a Merkel 200-E. It’s definitely in nearly-new condition. I love the 28″ barrels and the double triggers. The gun’s weight is nice, too.

Guerini-Pintossi 820 Over and Under Shotgun in 20 Gauge
Guerini-Pintossi 820 Over and Under Shotgun in 20 Gauge

Guerini-Pintossi 820 Over and Under Shotgun in 20 Gauge: Price: $999.99
Manufacturer: Imported by Richland Arms, Made in Italy
Caliber: 20 Gauge
Chambers: 3 Inch
Metal Condition: Very Good with Nice Case Color Light Handling Marks
Wood Condition: Good with Light Handling Marks
Bore Condition: Shiny and Bright
Barrels: 28 inch
Triggers: Two Factory Triggers
Stock: Walnut Pistol Grip Stock with Checkering
Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP
Fore End: Walnut Forearm with Checkering
Butt Pad: Factory Plastic Butt Pad
Weight: 6.2 lbs
Chokes: Fixed Mod and Imp Mod

J.P. Sauer 20g. - Pre WWII quality - 20 gauge with straight grip and ejectors!
J.P. Sauer 20g. – Pre WWII quality – 20 gauge with straight grip and ejectors!

Twenty-gauge Sauers like this one are hard to find, especially with a straight grip, double triggers, and condition, In fact, this is the only one I’ve seen. I’m pretty sure it was made in the ’50s. It’s on an Anson & Deeley-style boxlock action, and it has condition, good barrels and lots of condition. It’s real light, too — just 5 3/4lbs.

J.P. Sauer 20g. – Pre WWII quality – 20 gauge with straight grip and ejectors:
You know we get a nice number of really exceptional little doubles through our shop but it brings me sincere pleasure when I get one in like this in a very affordable price range that has everything a person could want in a double gun. This little Sauer has condition, great dimensions, and the super pre-world war II craftsmanship one can expect from this great maker.  Price: $2,200

J.P. Sauer 20g. - Pre WWII quality - 20 gauge with straight grip and ejectors!
J.P. Sauer 20g. – Pre WWII quality – 20 gauge with straight grip and ejectors!

Serial Number: 315276
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 26″
Barrel Type: Steel
Action: boxlock
Gauge: 20 gauge
Stock Comb: 1 7/16″
Stock Heel: 2 1/4″
Stock Cast: 1/16″
LOP: 14 5/8″
Weight: 5 lb. 12.5 oz.
Choke Left: .021 full
Choke Right: .010 IC
Proof: Nitro: 2 3/4″ NP
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .034
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .034

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