5 Doubles You Don’t Want to Miss….

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR SIDE-BY-SIDE PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR SIDE-BY-SIDE PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR SIDE-BY-SIDE PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE: #24XXX, 30″ SELF OPENING 041 AND 041 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 7LBS 6 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 14 3/4″ LOP. Price: $47,500

Armi. F.lli Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS (Extra Finish)
Armi. F.lli Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS (Extra Finish)

Armi. F.lli Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS (Extra Finish): 26″ Bbls. Chokes: CYL – CYL L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/8″H Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Ser. #: 8528 Stock #: 7845. Price: $24,900

Parker Reproductions – DHE 28ga, SxS, Double Triggers, 26” IC/Mod
Parker Reproductions – DHE 28ga, SxS, Double Triggers, 26” IC/Mod

Parker Reproductions – DHE 28ga, SxS, Double Triggers, 26” IC/Mod: Beautifully figured pistol grip stock with skeleton butt, double triggers, splinter forend, automatic ejectors, gold oval, 99% case color, 99% wood and finish, 99% bluing, perfect condition throughout, includes maker’s case, canvas cover, manual, warranty card and hang tag. 5lbs. 4oz. 14 3/8” X 1 1/2” X 2 3/8″. Price: $5,250.00 

H. Mahillion 20g Sidelock SxS Shotgun
H. Mahillion 20g Sidelock SxS Shotgun

H. Mahillion 20g Sidelock SxS Shotgun: Barrels are 26 ¾ inches, excellent bright strong bores with a single bead at the muzzle and matted rib. The barrels are bored cylinder. This lovely looking, lightly used, plated box lock ejector gun has metal that is 95% finished. This is straight grip English style stock and a splinter fore-end both nicely checkered. The length to heel is 13 inches. The Length to toe is 13 ¼ inches and the length to pull is 13 inches. The gun weighs 5 lbs. 9 ounces. This gun is perfect for a person of smaller stature. It comes with some original paperwork from H. Mahillion describing the gun in French. Price: $4,495

Garbi Model 100 Sidelock Ejector Game 20GA
Garbi Model 100 Sidelock Ejector Game 20GA

Garbi Model 100 Sidelock Ejector Game 20GA: 26″ fixed choke barrels (IC/M) with a swamped game rib. Five-pin Holland style side-lock with scroll engraving. Double triggers, Straight-Hand English stock to a checkered butt, splinter forearm. Minor handling marks on stock and forearm, very minor bluing wear on barrels. Does not include a case. Price: $2,995 

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A. GALAZAN BEST PINLESS SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE:
A. GALAZAN BEST PINLESS SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE:

A. GALAZAN BEST PINLESS SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE: RICHARD ROY ENGRAVED, 29″ SELF OPENER 005 AND 015 2 3/4 CHAMBERS, SINGLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT WITH ENGRAVED HEEL AND TOE PLATES, 6LBS 1 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 3/8″ LOP.  Price: $37,500

F.lli Piotti 20g King No.1 Sidelock Ejector Side-by-Side Shotgun:
F.lli Piotti 20g King No.1 Sidelock Ejector Side-by-Side Shotgun:

F.lli Piotti 20g King No.1 Sidelock Ejector Side-by-Side Shotgun: H&H pattern bar action sidelock ejector, case colored with very well cut engraving of rose bouquets and the finest English style scroll. Platinum cocking indicators, non-auto safety, and two triggers — the front one being hinged.
Nicely figured Turkish walnut stock has a straight hand, diamond-shaped grip and splinter forend with an Anson pushrod release.29″ Chopper Lump barrels,  3″ chambers: 3″ (76mm). Choke Left: .020″, Choke Right: .010″. Very fine and expertly cut checkering with Mullered borders. 14 9/16″ LOP over a 1″ Pachmayr pad.  Manufactured in 1996 (“BH” date code) the gun has 29″ chopper lump steel barrels with a raised concave matted rib and are choked IC/M. Price: $15,000

Williams Evans 12 Gauge Sidelock Ejector SxS Matched Pair
Williams Evans 12 Gauge Sidelock Ejector SxS Matched Pair

Williams Evans 12 Gauge Sidelock Ejector SxS Matched Pair: 28″ barrels, light modified & modified, perfect bores, 2 3/4″ chambers, cased, excellent plus. Price: $12,000. 

Fox Sterlingworth 16Ga SxS:
Fox Sterlingworth 16Ga SxS:

Fox Sterlingworth 16Ga SxS: Serial Number: 365631, Barrels: 28″, Chokes: Mod/Full. Price: $1,900

Ithaca SKB Mod. 100 20ga 28 in. S x S
Ithaca SKB Mod. 100 20ga 28 in. S x S

Ithaca SKB Mod. 100 20ga 28 in. S x S: Barrels choked F / M. Single select trigger. Non-ejector. Engraved scalloped boxlock action in extremely good condition. Wood has some handling marks. Very nice shotgun. 14 in. LOP to factory butt plate. Price: $1350

5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

 

FLLI RIZZINI R1E SxS 20 GAUGE
FLLI RIZZINI R1E SxS 20 GAUGE

FLLI RIZZINI R1E SxS 20 GAUGEMADE 1999, PELI ENGRAVED, 29″ BARRELS CHOKED 017 AND 020, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS. SINGLE TRIGGER. EJECTORS. SPLINTER FOREARM. ENGLISH GRIP. CHECKERED BUTT. NEW IN MAKER’S CASE. 6LBS 7 OZ X 2 3/8″ X 1 7/16″ X 14 3/8″. Price: $69,500

Crosshair Pair of E.J. Churchill 12 bore "Utility Model XXV" 2in. doubles w/assisted opening.
Crosshair Pair of E.J. Churchill 12 bore “Utility Model XXV” 2in. doubles w/assisted opening.

Pair of E.J. Churchill 12 bore “Utility Model XXV” 2-in. SxS doubles w/assisted opening: A beautiful pair of E. J. Churchill 2in. 12 ga. Utility Model XXV assisted opening doubles. The best bouquet and foliate scroll engraving is perfect and, as most of that era, high-class English doubles, the quality is superb. All markings are proper for a pair. The no’s. 1 and 2 done in gold along with the designation XXV. In my experience, pairs of 2 in. 12’s are not very common and these are outstanding! Price: $8450. 
Serial Number: 5541/2
Barrels: 25″
Gauge: 12
Stock Comb: 1 -1/2″
Stock Heel: 2″
Stock Cast: 1/4 in
Fore End: A bit wider than splinter
Butt Pad: 1 in. with spacer
LOP: 14-1/4
Rib: Churchill
Finish: see pics
Weight: No. 1 5lb. 7 oz.; No. 2 5lb 4 oz.
Manufacture Date: 1936
Chokes: No. 1; 3/8 R and 1/2 L
Choke Left: No. 2; cyl R and 3/8 L
Case: Original motor case.
Proof:Nitro: London nitro proof

BROWNING CITORI FEATHER 16 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN
BROWNING CITORI FEATHER 16 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN

BROWNING CITORI FEATHER 16 GAUGE: AS NEW, RARE BROWNING CITORI FEATHER FIELD GUN IN 16 GAUGE! LIMITED PRODUCTION RUN. BUILT OFF THE LITE WEIGHT 20 GAUGE FRAME (6LBS), FEATURES 28″ VENT-RIB BARREL WITH INVECTOR CHOKE SYSTEM. LOP 14 1/4″-1 1/2″-2 1/4″. Price: $2,800.

W. H. POLLARD 16GA Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun:
W. H. POLLARD 16GA Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun:

W. H. POLLARD 16GA Side-by-Side Double Barrel ShotgunA very nice lively 16ga London game gun. Good wood, barrels, and mechanics. No issues good to go! Price: $1675 
Bore: .659R .659L
Chambers: 2 1/2 IN
Condition: EXCELLENT
Bore Condition: BRIGHT with a few light pits down the bores
Barrels: 28″
Gauge: 16
Stock Comb: 1 7/8″
Stock Heel: 2 1/4″
Butt Pad: LEATHER PAD
LOP: 14 7/8″
Weight: 6LBS 4OZ
Choke Left: IMP/MOD
Choke Right: CYL
Proof:Nitro: YES
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .031″
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .031″

ARMI FAMARS 28 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN - HIGH CONDITION:
ARMI FAMARS 28 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN – HIGH CONDITION:

FAMARS 28 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN – HIGH CONDITION: Here is a 28 Gauge Famars made for the European Market with double triggers, swivels, and extractors. Barrels are 27 7/8″ with screw in chokes (IC and IC). Looks like a Briley thin wall pattern. Top of barrels are engraved “Armi Famars”. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Manual safety. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 7/16″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/4″ Price: $1,450.

Good gun alert: 28g Gamba Principessa SxS …

Renato Gamba ~ Principessa ~ 28 Gauge SxS Boxlock
Renato Gamba ~ Principessa ~ 28 Gauge SxS Boxlock

Here’s what I call a can’t-go-wrong double. It’s a Renato Gamba Principessa 28 gauge built on a rugged Anson & Deeley action. It weighs six pounds and it looks pretty much new. Price — a very reasonable $1599.

Renato Gamba ~ Principessa ~ 28 Gauge SxS Boxlock
Renato Gamba ~ Principessa ~ 28 Gauge SxS Boxlock

Renato Gamba is Italian maker better known in the US for their Daytona OU target guns than their SxS game guns. I’ve seen a few of their boxlock SxSs. Each one has been a nice double, and I’m sure this one would be a great upland gun.

Renato Gamba ~ Principessa ~ 28 Gauge SxS Boxlock
Renato Gamba ~ Principessa ~ 28 Gauge SxS Boxlock

Renato Gamba ~ Principessa ~ 28 Gauge SxS BoxlockExcellent condition overall. Price: $1,599.99 
Manufacturer: Circa: 1981
Caliber: 28 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 26″ Blued Steel with Tapered Rib
Triggers: Single Non-Selective Trigger
Stock: Checkered Deluxe Walnut Straight Grip Butt Stock
Stock Dimensions:
DAC: 1 1/2″, DAH: 1 3/4″, Cast off: 3/8″, LOP: 13 1/4
Fore End: Checkered Walnut Semi-Splinter Fore Arm
Butt Pad: Leather Covered Butt Pad
Weight: 6 lbs.
Sights: Single Bead
Chokes: Fixed: Modified & Improved Cylinder

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James Purdey & Sons, London, 20 Gauge Sidelock Best Quality O/U Shotgun:
James Purdey & Sons, London, 20 Gauge Sidelock Best Quality O/U Shotgun:

James Purdey & Sons, London, 20 Gauge Sidelock Best Quality O/U ShotgunGun #26597. 28-inch Length of Barrel, 15-inch Length of Pull 1 7/16″ Drop at Comb, 2″ Drop at Heel. 6lbs 6oz. Manufacture’s case included Price: $69,500

BOSS & CO, LONDON, BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN26 1/2″ BARRELS 006 AND 010 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP MAKERS CASE EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION 5LBS 4 OZ X 2 1 1/4″ x 1 1/2″  X 14″ LOP. Price: $59,500

BOSS & CO, LONDON, BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN
BOSS & CO, LONDON, BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN
SanGiorgio - Model Vega - High Quality Modern SxS Hammer Gun - Great for Clays
SanGiorgio – Model Vega – High-Quality Modern SxS Hammer Gun – Great for Clays

SanGiorgio – Model Vega – High Quality Modern SxS Hammer Gun – Great for Clays: 1987 – Ameria SanGiorgio – Gardone V.T. – Vega – Hammer Gun– 12ga, 28” M / F, Extractors, Hand Filed Rib, Double Triggers – Front Trigger Articulated, Hand Detachable Locks, LOP 15-1/4″ to Factory Pad, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-3/8″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 7 lbs. 12 oz. Excellent Condition: Very Tight. Price: $4975 

Webley & Scott Ltd. ~ Side by Side ~ 12 Ga Side by Side Boxlock ShotgunThis Webley & Scott Ltd. 12 gauge shotgun S/N 1113XX was ordered and started October 12, 1926.  It is a boxlock with crossbolt – Pigeon Grade No.300 gun fitted with an Anson forend.  2 3/4 ‘ chambers.  30 inch fixed choke barrels with a flat rib.  This gun was first sold July 10, 1928.  It is in very good condition and a great addition to anyone who might collect side by side shotguns.  The preceding information was taken from a report presented by Gallyon & Sons Ltd. / U.K. dated July 31, 2008.  Price: $2,999.99 

Manufacturer: Made in England.

Webley & Scott Ltd. ~ Side by Side ~ 12 Ga Side by Side Boxlock Shotgun
Webley & Scott Ltd. ~ Side by Side ~ 12 Ga Side by Side Boxlock Shotgun

Caliber: 12 Ga.
Chambers: 2 3/4 inch.
Metal Condition: Very good with some minor surface handling marks. Trigger guard and bottom tang are discolored.
Wood Condition: Very good with light checkering wear and light handling marks.
Bore Condition: Both are very clean, bright and shiny.
Barrels: 30 inches with a solid knurled top rib.
Triggers: Double.
Stock: Diamond checkered grip walnut round knob. Case colored receiver is lightly engraved with border and a little scroll.
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 14 1/2 inches. DAC 1 7/16 inch DAH 2 1/16 inch
Fore End: Diamond checkered grip walnut splinter.
Butt Pad: Horizontal grooved black metal. Has some light scratch/use marks.
Weight: 7 lbs. 8 oz.
Sights: Brass bead front.
Chokes: Fixed chokes. Right barrel is Modified. Left barrel is Full.
Extras: Comes with a Webley & Scott Ltd. hard locking case. The case is lined with green felt and has a Webley & Scott Ltd. information sign, two metal snap caps, a two-piece wooden cleaning rod with 4 cleaning attachments, a metal oil bottle, and a box of Farlo’s

Ithaca ~ N.I.D. ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Ithaca ~ N.I.D. ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Ithaca ~ N.I.D. ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel ShotgunThis is an Ithaca side by side 20 gauge shotgun manufactured in 1927 based on serial number. There is a dent in the left barrel and has been deemed safe to fire from a gunsmith. This is a great not-so-rare Ithaca that would look great in any collection. Price: $599.99 

Manufacturer: 1927
Caliber: 20 Ga
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Great for its age
Wood Condition: Good – Shows its age
Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 26
Triggers: Double Trigger
Stock: Walnut with Checkering on Pistol Grip
Stock Dimensions:
OAL 42″, LOP 13.5
Fore End: Walnut with Checkering to Match
Butt Pad: Plastic Plate
Weight: 6 lbs.
Sights: Front Bead

Buy this gun! 20 gauge Beretta 686 Onyx OU, 2-bbl set …

Beretta 686 Onyx 20 gauge Over Under 2 Barrel Set
Beretta 686 Onyx 20 gauge Over Under 2 Barrel Set

Here’s one of the finest double-barrel shotguns you’re going to find. These Beretta 686s handle like OUs costing many times more. They’re also reliable, easy to fix, and with this kind of Onyx finish, just plain sexy. For grouse, woodcock, and quail, they’re just about ideal.

With two set of barrels, 26.5″ and 29.5″, and a price tag of just $1699.99, this one is extra special. That’s why I’m saying someone needs to buy this gun. If someone else doesn’t snatch it up soon, I just might be the one to do it.

Beretta 686 Onyx 20 Gauge Over Under 2 Barrel SetThis is a very nice Beretta 686 Onyx 2 barrel set. The pictured barrels are 26.5 inch matte black and the second set are 29.5 inch blue, both have vent ribs. The walnut stock and matching forearm are a nice grade of wood with a small hairline crack on the left side of the forearm. All in all a very nice shotgun at a very nice price.  Price: $1699.99
Caliber: 20 Gauge.

Beretta 686 Onyx 20 gauge Over Under 2 Barrel Set
Beretta 686 Onyx 20 gauge Over Under 2 Barrel Set

Chambers: 2 3/4 and 3 inch Over/Under with ejectors.
Metal Condition: Excellent.
Wood Condition: Very good with a small crack on the left side of the forearm.
Bore Condition: All are bright and shiny.
Barrels: 26.5 inch matte black and the second set are 29.5 inch blue.
Triggers: Single silver color.
Stock: Nice mid-grade walut with a checkered pistol grip.
Stock Dimensions:
15 inch LOP
Fore End: Matching checkered walnut with finger grooves.
Butt Pad: Replacement black rubber butt pad.
Weight: 6 Lbs 3 Oz with the 26.5 inch barrels.
Sights: Vent ribs with single front beads.
Chokes: Screw in, comes with 9 total chokes.
Extras: Comes with the second barrel and extra chokes.

Good gun alert: 20 gauge Beretta Silver Hawk SxS …

1960 - Beretta Model 409 - Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun
1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun

Beretta is famous for its OUs. But they’ve also made a lot of nice side-by-sides.

Here’s a nice, lightweight, no-frills one that’s perfect for grouse, woodcock, and quail. It has a few issues, but nothing you can’t fix (or just live with).
1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun: 20ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ IM / F, Raised Solid Rib with Rib Extension Third Bite, Single Non-Selective Trigger, Extractors, Hand Engraved, LOP 14-1/8″, Drop 1-5/8″ to 2-1/2″, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. Price: $1575

Condition: Mechanically the gun is Excellent. The barrels have a few freckles. The stock has a crack on the left side. This is typical on these guns because of the sharp corner at the back of the frame. The stock is a through bolt stock, so it has no affect on the strength of the stock. Overall, a very nice little gun with the longer barrels that everyone seems to want these days.

1960 - Beretta Model 409 - Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun
1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun
1960 - Beretta Model 409 - Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun
1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun

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Browning Lebeau-Courally 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun
Browning Lebeau-Courally 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun

Browning Lebeau-Courally 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun: 28″ barrels choked IC/M. Ejectors and manual safety. Double triggers. 2 3/4″ chambers. Unfired. Never been anywhere but its case or in a safe. Pristine condition. Rare and spectacular. Price: $10,999

Armeria San Giorgio 12 Gauge Italian SXS Hammer Gun: Built in 1976. 28″ M/F Bohler Steel barrels with raised matted rib and silver front bead. Bores as new measuring .725 right and left. Choked .022 right and .035 left. Silver reciever with 40% coverage of well cut scroll engraving with a pheasant on the floorplate by Imario and signed. Exquisitely detailed rebounding hammers. Double triggers with the front articulated. Pierced top lever. Four locking screws on key screws. Stocked in an extremely nice piece of Circasian Walnut with excellent color and contrast. 32 LPI checkering. The inletting is superb. 14 3/4″ LOP to a checkered wood buttplate.  DAC-1 1/2″   DAH-2 5/8″   Cast off 3/8″    7lb 7oz

Armeria San Giorgio 12 Gauge Italian SXS Hammer Gun
Armeria San Giorgio 12 Gauge Italian SXS Hammer Gun

This is a very high quality piece. San Giorgio was a small boutique father/son maker in the Val Trompia region of Italy obviously capable of very high quality work. This piece remains in almost new condition with a few stock handling marks. It appears to have been fired very little if at all. Lever remains well right of center. Barrels ring with a pure chime. It comes to the shoulder with ease. It exhibits the style, grace, and elegance that fine gunmaking is all about. Price: $5400

CSMC- RBL RESERVE 16ga. Side-by-Side Double Barrel Boxlock Shotgun 29″ barrels: Fixed chokes IC/M, 4X American black walnut straight grip stock, splinter forend, double triggers, automatic ejectors, solid game rib, 15” LOP to a ¾” factory recoil pad, dogs on point surrounded full coverage scroll engraving over magnificent case coloring, a perfect 6lbs. 12oz. weight, Base price-$3795.00, options include:, 4X wood. Price: $4,445

CSMC- RBL RESERVE 16ga. Side-by-Side Double Barrel Boxlock Shotgun 29" barrels
CSMC- RBL RESERVE 16ga. Side-by-Side Double Barrel Boxlock Shotgun 29″ barrels
AH Fox A Grade 20Ga SxS Shotgun 28" M/F #4 weight barrels
AH Fox A Grade 20Ga SxS Shotgun 28″ M/F #4 weight barrels

AH Fox A Grade 20Ga SxS Shotgun 28″ M/F #4 weight barrels14 1/4″ LOP to factory buttplate. Very nice overall condition with 30% CC’s and excellent blue. may have an added coat of oil and has a small chip missing from right side of forearm. Nice field gun that wieghs in at 5 1/2 lbs. Price: $3950

BERNARDELLI 28GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN, 27″ BARRELSUP FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IS A BERNARDELLI 28 GAUGE SXS BOX LOCK SHOTGUN THAT WAS IMPORTED FROM ITALY FOR LL BEAN. THE GUN RETAINS MOST ALL OF THE CASE COLOR, BARREL BLUE, AND WOOD FINISH. THIS SHOTGUN CAME WITH 27 INCH BARRELS. THIS WOULD MAKE AN EXCELLENT UPLAND BIRD GUN. Price: $1,475

BERNARDELLI 28GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN, 27" BARRELS
BERNARDELLI 28GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN, 27″ BARRELS

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LANCASTER 280 FLANGED- NEVER HUNTED & APPEARS UNFIRED- PRE-WAR PIECE FINISHED in 1946- SIDELOCK with 26" CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- 1946 NEW
LANCASTER 280 FLANGED- NEVER HUNTED & APPEARS UNFIRED- PRE-WAR PIECE FINISHED in 1946- SIDELOCK with 26″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- 1946 NEW

LANCASTER 280 FLANGED- NEVER HUNTED & APPEARS UNFIRED- PRE-WAR PIECE FINISHED in 1946- SIDELOCK with 26″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- 1946 NEW: #18803, Charles Lancaster Sidelock 280 Flanged That Never Went Hunting & Appears Unfired, Pre-War piece that was finished in 1946, WWII altered the intended use of many Sporting Firearms and I believe this gun is one of those as it remains to this day like a new rifle. The address is 7 Bury Street, St. James’s, London: A Bar Action Sidelock with 26″ Extractor Chopper Lump barrels with A Dolls Head rib extension plus a third bite, 1/4 rib with 1 standing & 2 folding rear sights, London Nitro Proved, Regulated with 140 grain bullets, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, Lever forend release, 14 13/16″ LOP over a checkered butt, 9 lbs. 14 oz., 95% coverage of period scroll engraving that is very well cut, 99% original case colors that remain bright & vivid, 99% original barrel black with near perfect striking on the barrels, The original stock finish remains at 98% with a few gun cabinet marks, The checkering is at 100%, The inside of the forend has 100% case colors, The breech face has 100% case colors, The bores are new.
Price: $35,500

Perazzi MX 20 Over/Under Shotgun
Perazzi MX 20 Over/Under Shotgun

Perazzi MX 20 Over/Under ShotgunNew-in-box 20 gauge Perazzi MX20 Over/Under shotgun with fixed chokes. Shotgun comes complete with a Perazzi hard case. Wood is lighter colored with a prince of wales stock and light Perazzi engraving and blued receiver and barrels. Choke constriction is Top: .028, Bottom: .020. Price: $8,999.99

Arrieta 801 20 Gauge Side-by-Side NEAR NEW, 28", MANY OPTIONS, UPGRADED WOOD, SELF OPENER: Price: $7,950.00
Arrieta 801 20 Gauge Side-by-Side NEAR NEW, 28″, MANY OPTIONS, UPGRADED WOOD, SELF OPENER: Price: $7,950.00

Arrieta 801 20 Gauge Side-by-Side NEAR NEW, 28″, MANY OPTIONS, UPGRADED WOOD, SELF OPENER: Price: $7,950.00
Barrel Length: 28″
Chokes: .002/.005  CYL/IC factory
Bores: perfect
Bore Diameter: .621/.622
Wall Thickness: .026/.027
% Blue: 99% factory
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ribs: tight, hand cut filed
Sights: single
Action: tight, right of center
Ejectors or Extractors: ejectors, strong, timed
Case Color: 99% factory
Screws: perfect
Engraving: clear, sharp fine English scroll
Trigger Type: double, crisp
Trigger Guard Color: 99% factory
Type: figured French, English stock/splinter forend
LOP: 14 11/16″
LOP To End Of Wood: 14 1/4″
DAH: 2 1/2″
DAC: 1 7/16″
Cast: 3/16″ off
Checkering Condition: perfect
Butt Treatment: sporting clays black

MAINWARING - SIDELOCK W/EJECTORS, 16 ga
MAINWARING – SIDELOCK W/EJECTORS, 16 ga

MAINWARING – SIDELOCK W/EJECTORS, 16 ga27 1/2″ BLS. M/IM, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, 100% COVERAGE IN SCROLL ENGRAVING, STRAIGHT GRIP, BUSHED FIRING PINS, 14″ x 1 3/8″ x 2 1/16″ x 3/8″ OFF, WEIGHT 6 LBS. 2 OZS., CC 50%. FIRST RATE GUN.  Price: $6,500

W.W. Greener – Damascus SxS Hammergun – 12 ga: Price: $5,900

Ejectors: No
Trigger: Double

W.W. Greener - Damascus SxS Hammergun - 12 ga: Price: $5,900
W.W. Greener – Damascus SxS Hammergun – 12 ga: Price: $5,900

Grip: Rounded Pistol Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 14 ”
Pad thickness: ”
Type of butt: Factory
Drop comb: 1 5/8 ”
Drop heel: 2 3/4 ”
Cast amount: 3/8 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 7 lbs, 4 oz
Manufactured in: England
Manufacture Year: Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: none
Extra barrels: 0
Gauge: 12 ga
Chamber: 2 1/2 ”
Length: 30 ”
Chokes: Full
Rib type: Concave
Comments : Gun is in very good condition with some light handling marks.

Great gun, great looking: 20g Beretta Onyx, 28″, upgraded wood…

Beretta 686 Onyx OU 20 Gauge 28" Custom Walnut
Beretta 686 Onyx OU 20 Gauge 28″ Custom Walnut

You can have beauty. You can have function. And you can have beauty and function.

To me, beauty and function is what this 20 gauge Beretta Onyx is all about. With it’s matte-black finish and it’s figured wood, it’s one of the best looking — and best shooting — grouse guns you’re going to find.

I’ve always loved matte-black Beretta 686 Onyx OUs.If the original ones had any problems, it’s was their wood: It was as figured as a 2×4. This 686 has solved that problem by upgrading the buttstock and forend with some fantastic walnut. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends Sunday, 9/18/2016 @ 9:42 PM.

Beretta 686 Onyx OU 20 Gauge 28″ Custom Walnut: This is a “Custom Stocked” Beretta model 686 Onyx field grade over/under shotgun in 20 gauge. The barrels are 28 long with 3″ chambers. The gun comes with 4 choke tubes and a choke wrench. The “English” style stock and forearm were replacement select walnut from Cole’s Gunsmithing. The gun has single select trigger with ejectors. The selector is with the top tang safety. The metal is excellent with light wear to the bluing on the bottom left on the fore arm metal. The wood is in VG+ to excellent condition with one nick left side center by the recoil pad. there is a few light scratches on the bottom center of the stock.

Beretta 686 Onyx OU 20 Gauge 28" Custom Walnut
Beretta 686 Onyx OU 20 Gauge 28″ Custom Walnut
Beretta 686 Onyx OU 20 Gauge 28" Custom Walnut
Beretta 686 Onyx OU 20 Gauge 28″ Custom Walnut
Beretta 686 Onyx OU 20 Gauge 28" Custom Walnut
Beretta 686 Onyx OU 20 Gauge 28″ Custom Walnut

Auction alert: 20 gauge Beretta BL-4 O/U, 28″ barrels…

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 OU Double Barrel Shotgun on Gunbroker.com
20 gauge Beretta BL-4 OU Double Barrel Shotgun on Gunbroker.com

Game of Thrones fans know winter is coming. Bird hunters know something far more important is headed our way: grouse season. For folks who hunt in NH & Maine, opening day is October 1, and if you’re looking for a great double to take in the wood this fall, here it is.

Twenty-gauge Beretta BL 4s are great shotguns.  The Garcia Corporation imported them and other Beretta BL-grade O/Us into the US in the ’60s & ’70s. Each grades came with various degrees of engraving and touch better finishing than the company’s later 686s. I think that makes them look a bit more refined.

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 OU Double Barrel Shotgun on Gunbroker.com
20 gauge Beretta BL-4 OU Double Barrel Shotgun on Gunbroker.com

If I had this gun, I would open the chokes a bit (it looks like they’re still the original M & F right now) and get rid of that bad idea hanging off the butt-end of the stock. Then I’d start dreaming about October.

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 O/U, 28″ barrels: 3″ chambers. The top barrel has a full choke while the bottom has a modified choke.

Auction alert: A clay crushing Perazzi DC-12 sxs…

Perazzi DC-12 SxS Case Colored Double Barrel Shotgun
Perazzi DC-12 SxS Case Colored Double Barrel Shotgun

Target shooting isn’t my thing, and I’ve never set foot on a box-bird field. But guys I know who are nuts about clays and crack shots on live pigeons swear to me that this Perazzi is the best SxS you can buy for either game.

Even though Perazzi built its fame on OUs, the company made doubles with barrels both ways back when it started out. I’ve been told Perazzi DHO sidelock side-by-sides were made in collaboration with Fabbri, back when Perazzi/Fabbri were starting out as gunmakers and figuring out which path to follow. From what I can see, the DHO SxS is a pretty standard, H&H pattern sidelock. There doesn’t appear to be anything new or innovative going on with it.

Perazzi DC-12 SxS Case Colored Double Barrel Shotgun
Perazzi DC-12 SxS Case Colored Double Barrel Shotgun

That’s not the case with this Perazzi DC-12. This gun was built to shake off thousands and thousands heavy loads. To do that, it uses several unique features including a removable trigger group and dual, parallel barrel lugs. All in, these features have created a stout shotgun that ideal for serious target shooters.

LNIC Custom ordered, Perazzi DC-12 SxS Case Colored: Absolutely beautiful LNIC Custom ordered “Color Case Hardened” Perazzi DC 12 SxS shotgun, 30” IC/M. Here’s one of the recent (2013) SxS guns built by Perazzi as a re-introduction of their legendary competition SxS guns from the 70s. The DC 12 was a limited run as they are now only producing the DC-20 (see Shooting Sportsman article Jan-Feb 2016).

Perazzi DC-12 SxS Case Colored Double Barrel Shotgun
Perazzi DC-12 SxS Case Colored Double Barrel Shotgun

This gun has all of the positive attributes of the competition proven MX-8 platform: Removable trigger group, replacement firing pins, & main springs. This is the only SxS gun produced today with these features.

The gun is choked for Clays (IC/M) and has the following upgrades (at extra expense): SC 2 wood, gold selective trigger group, German Bone case colors. I bought it along with a 28” gun, took both to the range, shot one round of 5-Stand through each and opted for the shorter gun. Thus, this gun has exactly 25 rounds through it! It is LNIC. Better yet, I contacted Perazzi USA who informed me that the new owner will be protected under the factory warranty – so bid with confidence. Complete with owner’s manuals, extra springs and pins kit, stock wrench, Lube and factory brown ABS case with embossed “Perazzi” logo.

Perazzi DC-12 SxS Case Colored Double Barrel Shotgun
Perazzi DC-12 SxS Case Colored Double Barrel Shotgun

If you are a serious SxS shooter then this is the perfect gun for you. I’ve owned them all; Purdey, Boss, H&H, Parker, Win. 21s, Fox, etc…These new “P” guns are a superior design for serious competitive use. Thanks for looking and good luck bidding! Hit the Buy it now and get free 2-day shipping! Email with any questions. This is a true no-reserve auction! Sorry but no sales to CA, CT, AK, HI. There is not another one like this on the market today – shop around and you’ll see that this is a great deal. MSRP is over 17K. -Barrel Specs: 30”, both bores measure .723 and are choked R. .012 / L. .020 (IC/M) -Gun weight: 7 lbs. 14 oz. -Dimensions: 14 ¾” over a slim factory pad, 1 5/8” at comb, 2 1/8” drop at heel.

Perazzi DC-12 SxS Case Colored Double Barrel Shotgun
Perazzi DC-12 SxS Case Colored Double Barrel Shotgun

Good gun alert: 20g Franchi Instinct OU…

Franchi Luigi Model Instinct 'L' 20 ga OU Double Barrel Shotgun
Franchi Luigi Model Instinct ‘L’ 20 ga OU Double Barrel Shotgun

This has to be one of the best deals on the market right now. This 20g Franchi Instinct over-under has modern stock dimensions, a reliable single trigger, and screw-in chokes. It looks like it’s built on the same proven triggerplate-style action that a lot of modern Italian OUs use.

Sure the wood’s plain and the stock’s a bit chunky through the hand, but if I take my eyes off the trees and look at the forest, I see a darn nice shotgun. If you check out this review, you’ll see that other people agree: Review in Field & Stream

Franchi Luigi Model Instinct ‘L’ 20 ga28″ vent rib bbls. 4 Fran-chokes, gold single selrct trigger & accents, ejectors, jewelled turned action receiver, fancy wrap around checkered forearm, deluxe Prince ‘o Wales  European walnut stock, 14 3/4 ” LOP over factory solid pad,  6 lbs, as New in hard case, manual, warranty & providence. Price: $899

Franchi Luigi Model Instinct 'L' 20 ga OU Double Barrel Shotgun
Franchi Luigi Model Instinct ‘L’ 20 ga OU Double Barrel Shotgun

Holy hammergun: An incredible 12g Piotti Monaco SxS…

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK

I posted a pic of this Piotti shotgun a couple weeks ago. I wanted to post some more pics today just so we could drool some more over this incredible SxS.

This hammergun was made by Fratelli Piotti. Steve Barnett has it on his website now. The gun was engraved by Mario Terzi, and it’s a two barrel set. Both are 30″.  It’s a heavy-ish gun (7lbs, 14ozs), and it has a high, long stock: 1 7/16″ x 2″, LOP 15″. Judging by these specs and the fat, file-cut rib, it was probably built for competitive shooting — possibly live pigeons.

Hammerguns used to be the only guns. But in 1870s, their successors appeared on the market. By the end of the 19th century, boxlocks and hammerless sidelocks ruled and hammerguns were disappearing. By World War 1, the they were pretty much gone from the sporting gun scene. Except for special-order models like these Purdey ejectors coming up at Holt’s and cheap, utility grades, hammerguns were gone.

In the late ’60s, the Italian maker Abbiatico & Salvinelli revived hammerguns. Their self-cocking Castore hammergun with coin finishes and lush engraving put an Italian stamp on these doubles. Collectors were interested, and eventually more Italian makers started building these guns.

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK

Fratelli Piotti was started in the early ’60s by Araldo and Faustino Piotti. Today, the firm employs around 14 people and uses a combination of high-tech and manual craftsmanship to build some of the finest shotguns in Italy–include a range of hammerguns.

The Experience of a Customer at Piotti’s Workshop from Fratelli Piotti on Vimeo.

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCKv
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK

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PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE
PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE

PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGETERZI ENGRAVED MADE 2004 THIS IS THE BEST HAMMER GUN I HAVE EVER SEEN BOTH SETS OF BARRELS ARE 30″ 2 3/4 #1 IS 010 AND 018 #2 IS 032 AND 042 DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS BEAVERTAIL FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT WITH ENGRAVED HEEL AND TOE PLATES OAK AND LEATHER CASE NEW CONDITION 7LBS 14 OZ X 2″ X 1 7/16″ X 15″. Price: $89,500

F.W. HEYM BEST QUALITY SIDEPLATE BOXLOCK 12GA O/U SHOTGUN
F.W. HEYM BEST QUALITY SIDEPLATE BOXLOCK 12GA O/U SHOTGUN

F.W. HEYM BEST QUALITY SIDEPLATE BOXLOCK 12GA O/U SHOTGUNORNATE BEAUTIFUL GAME SCENES ENGRAVED ON ACTION, 30″ DEMI BLOCK SPLIT BBLS, 2 3/4, CHOKED FULL/FULL, VENT RIB, EJECTORS, SST, HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, PISTOL GRIP ENGRAVED CAP, 3 PC FOREND, VERY PRECISE SKIP LINE CHECKERING, 28 LPI, LOP 14 1/4 TO BEST LEATHER PAD, 1 1 /2, 2 3/8, 7LBS 4OZ, VERY MINTY, 99%! Price: $7,650

H.A. LINDER SUPERIOR GRADE 16GA SXS SHOTGUN
H.A. LINDER SUPERIOR GRADE 16GA SXS SHOTGUN

H.A. LINDER SUPERIOR GRADE 16GA“H.A. LINDER” , Prussian Mfg. 1912 (HAL&Crossed Pistols Maker’s Mark on BBL’s) , 16GA , 28″ Barrels choked: R-MOD (.016) L-FULL (.032) Bore’s Bright , Chambers 2 3/4″ , Sculptured Side-Clip Action with Third Fastener , Scroll Engraved , Cocking Indicators , Double Triggers , Ejectors , Pistol Grip Stock with Horn Gripcap (has engraved inlay w/original owners name) Dem’s: 1 1/2″x 2 9/16″x 14″LOP to original Horn Buttplate , Splinter Forend with Ebony Inlay at Tip , Very Nice European Walnut with lots of Figure , Checkered Side-Panels and Drop-Points , Casecolor 30-40% (vivid in protected areas) , blue 95%+ , wood 98% finish. Price: $6,500

Parker Reproduction Model DHE 20 Gauge 28"/26" Barrel Set, Straight Grip, Double Triggers
Parker Reproduction Model DHE 20 Gauge 28″/26″ Barrel Set, Straight Grip, Double Triggers

Parker Reproduction Model DHE 20 Gauge 28″/26″ Barrel Set, Straight Grip, Double TriggersPrice: $5,999.99
Caliber: 20 Gauge
Metal Condition: Metal Condition is Excellent
Wood Condition: Wood Condition is Excellent
Bore Condition: Bores are Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 28′ and 26″ Barrels
Triggers: Double Smooth Triggers
Stock: Nicely Figured Hardwood Stock with Double Panel Cut Checkering
Stock Dimensions:
14 1/4″ LOP; 2 ” DAH; 1.5″ DAC (center); 1 3/8″ DAC (front)
Fore End: Straight Hardwood Fore End
Butt Pad: Checkered Wood and Metal Butt Plate
Weight: 6 Pounds 12 Ounces
Sights: Single Brass Bead
Chokes: 28″ Full / Modified 26″ Modified / Improved Cylinder

Ithaca NID 16ga Side-by-Side Shotgun
Ithaca NID 16ga Side-by-Side Shotgun

Ithaca NID 16ga Side-by-Side ShotgunSerial no 466xxx 28″, M/F, DT, SF, 14″ Lop to wrong buttplate, Pistol grip cap not good, 20% case color, 90% Blue, wood shows handling marks nothing bad, good bore. Price: $995

Wow. What a nice looking Beretta OU…

Beretta Cole's Special 20ga/28ga OU Combo
Beretta Cole’s Special 20ga/28ga OU Combo

Back when I first got interesting in nice shotguns, I played hooky from work one day to take a drive up to a little gunshop in Harpswell, Maine. At the end of dirt roadI drove by 3 times before I found it: Cole Gunsmithing.

This was the late 1990’s, and Cole’s was a small place then. They had 4-5 used shotguns for sale at the front of the shop (nothing really special), and out back a couple gunsmiths worked away on various projects.

Today, Cole Gunsmithing is one of the biggest Beretta dealers in the US. They have two shops — one in Harpswell, ME, and another in Naples, FL — and they offer a wide range of great guns, including Cole Customs.

Beretta Cole's Special 20ga/28ga OU Combo
Beretta Cole’s Special 20ga/28ga OU Combo

Cole Customs are upgraded version Beretta OUs, and most of the ones they sell today feature upgraded engraving and fancy stocks. But the one you see is one of the nicest looking models they ever offered. Its plain finished, color-case hardened action looks plain sexy, and the sleek straight-gripped stock adds to the affect, too.

Beretta Cole's Special 20ga/28ga OU Combo
Beretta Cole’s Special 20ga/28ga OU Combo

Beretta Cole’s Special 20ga/28ga OU ComboSerial # RC0105. Original owner. Lightly used upland gun. Gun is in excellent condition showing only minor handling marks. The high grade wood is beautiful receiving many compliments. Checkering is in perfect condition. Color CaseHardened Receiver. Includes two barrels. One 20ga. and one 28ga. custom fitted to the 20ga. frame.  Both are 28″ with 2 3/4″ chambers and bright and shiny. Five multichokes are included with each barrel. The gun weighs 6lbs. when used with the 28ga. barrel and a little less with the 20ga. Nice and light for upland hunting.  Two custom fitted wood butt plates are included. The one that is currently installed provides a LOP of 14 3/4″.  When the other butt plate is installed the LOP is 14 1/4″.  Other dimensions are approximately 1 3/8″ DAC, 2″ DAH. Price: $4395.

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BERETTA - SO5 - Sporting - 30" Mobilchokes - Cased
BERETTA – SO5 – Sporting – 30″ Mobilchokes – Cased

BERETTA – SO5 – Sporting – 30″ Mobilchokes – Cased: 29-1/2″ Boehler Steel Bbls, Mobilchokes, High Grade – Oil Finish Wood, LOP 14-1/2″ Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/8″, Right Palm Swell, Slight Cast Off, Weight 8 lbs. 2 oz. Nice Used SO5 with all the accessories – Eight Chokes, Cleaning Rod, etc. Price: $11,400

C.S.ROSSON SXS 2″ GAME GUN 12 GAUGE: 26 1/2″ 012 AND 024 2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT EXCELLENT CONDITION 5LBS 7 OZ X 2 3/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 15 3/8″. Price: $5,500

C.S.ROSSON SXS 2" GAME GUN 12 GAUGE
C.S.ROSSON SXS 2″ GAME GUN 12 GAUGE
BERETTA - RARE - ASE - 20ga - 26" - Vent Rib - Single Trigger - Prince of Whales - 1959 Hand Built Quality!
BERETTA – RARE – ASE – 20ga – 26″ – Vent Rib – Single Trigger – Prince of Whales – 1959 Hand Built Quality!

BERETTA – RARE – ASE – 20ga – 26″ – Vent Rib – Single Trigger – Prince of Whales – 1959 Hand Built Quality: IC / IM (.009 / .020), Tapered Field Style Vent Rib, Ejectors, Single Trigger, Prince of Whales Round Knob Grip, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-1/4″ to 2-1/8″, Cast Off for the Right Hand, Weight 5 lbs. 8 oz. Appears to be all original and overall Excellent Condition. Clearly hasn’t been used hard. Price: $4,450.00

  • Barrels – about perfect condition.
  • Bores – as new and measure exactly as they left the factory in 1959.
  • Forearm – excellent plus.
  • Receiver and Trigger Guard – excellent plus.
  • Butt Stock – original, but some finish issues. No cracks or repairs. New laquer fixes any problems with the Butt Stock. The butt plate has shrunk. I’ve seen this on Beretta shotguns from this era before.
Winchester Model 21 in 12ga. 1st year of production
Winchester Model 21 in 12ga. 1st year of production

Winchester Model 21 in 12ga. 1st year of production: Double triggers. Extractors. All original. 3-digit matching serial numbers on forend, barrels, and receiver. Original finish, original butt plate. 30″ barrel Modified/Full, 14″ LOP. The bores are great. Price: $3,995.

Arrieta Model 578 SLE 12 Gauge28″ barrels with smooth, tapered, solid rib and front brass bead sight, choked cylinder and modified. 2 3/4″ chambers, ejectors and double triggers. The stocks are nicely figured, the butt-stock has a straight grip with wrap-around extended checkering, and a tear drop on both cheeks. The forend is splinter design with matching checkering as the butt-stock. Condition: The barrel blue is in very good plus condition with just a few light marks. The receiver’s cased-colors have faded some since the shotgun left the factory. The nicely figured stocks are in very good plus condition with a small number of small marks and light scratches.LOP: 14 1/2″ Drop at comb: 1 7/16″ Drop at heel: 2″. Weight: 6 lbs 10 oz. Price: $3969.66

Arrieta Model 578 SLE 12 Gauge
Arrieta Model 578 SLE 12 Gauge

 

 

 

A fair price for great OU: 20g Beretta BL-5, 28″ barrels…

20 gauge Beretta BL-5 O/U Shotgun, 28" barrels
20 gauge Beretta BL-5 O/U Shotgun, 28″ barrels

I wasn’t going to put up a post about this OU. “No Reserve” auctions with high starting bids annoy me, and I most of the time I don’t like drawing attention to them.

But after I looked around, I realized the opening bid on this Beretta BL-5 — $1,950.00 — is a pretty fair price for a shotgun like this. Cabela’s has this 20g 687 Silver Pigeon listed for $2799 and this Caesar Guerini Summit 20 GA for $3,099.99.

20 gauge Beretta BL-5 O/U Shotgun, 28" barrels
20 gauge Beretta BL-5 O/U Shotgun, 28″ barrels

I think the Beretta BL-5 is better than both of them, and it has nicer wood, too. It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends on 12/30/2015 @ 2:56:53 PM ET.

BERETTA BL-5 20 GA. OU SHOTGUNBEAUTIFUL AND RARE BERETTA O/U 20 GA. SHOTGUN. CUSTOM WALNUT STOCK, 28″ F/M BARRELS, ST, VR, WITH A THIN PAD. A VERY HIGH QUALITY BOX LOCK FROM ONE OF THE FINEST ITALIAN MAKERS.

How could you go wrong? A 20g Franchi Instinct L OU …

Franchi Instinct L 20 Gauge Over-Under Double Barrrel shotgun
Franchi Instinct L 20 Gauge Over-Under Double Barrrel shotgun

Double-barrel shotguns tend to be expensive. But that doesn’t mean you can find nice ones for very fair prices — including brand new ones.

Just look at this 20g Franchi Instinct over-under.  It’s is brand new OU with modern stock dimensions, a reliable single trigger, and screw-in chokes. It looks like it’s built on the same proven triggerplate-style action that a lot of modern Italian OUs use. And from what it says over on Franchi’s website, it  weighs in at just dog whisker over 6lbs – just right for a 20g. When it comes to a good gun for a fair price, those features pretty much check all the boxes.

Franchi Instinct L 20 Gauge Over-Under Double Barrrel shotgun
Franchi Instinct L 20 Gauge Over-Under Double Barrrel shotgun

Sure the wood’s plain and the stock’s a bit chunky through the hand, but if I take my eyes off the trees and look at the forest, I see a darn nice shotgun.

Franchi Instinct L 20 Gauge Over-Under Double Barrrel shotgun: 28” barrels, case colored receiver, case, 3 chokes, satin walnut. New. Price: $1,159.95.

To find out more about Franchi’s OUs, check out these reviews:

Franchi Instinct L 20 Gauge Over-Under Double Barrrel shotgun
Franchi Instinct L 20 Gauge Over-Under Double Barrrel shotgun

Review in The Daily Caller

Review in Guns & Ammo

Review in Field & Stream

Good gun alert: 20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28″ bbls, double triggers …

20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28" barrels, Double triggers
20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28″ barrels, Double triggers

Here’s one of the holy grails of grouse and quail guns. It’s a 20 gauge Beretta ASE, and what makes it so very special are the  28″ barrels and proper double triggers (most have 26 1/2″ bbls and single triggers). While it’s priced on the strong side, it just might be worth it. The 28″-bbls & double triggers configuration is just that hard to find.

Beretta introduced the ASEs in 1949 as lightweight hunting guns, and the company made them into the 1960s (the current ASEs are heavier, target guns, and not as nice). Early ASEs shotguns came in 2 gauges (12g and 20g) and 3 grades (ASE, ASEL, and ASEELL). I’ve been told that they were all made in Beretta S- and then SO -shop, the place where the company made it’s sidelock OUs. I’ve read that the ASEs used many of same features and parts as well, along with a great deal hand fitting. That made these guns very quality — probably among the highest-quality boxlock OUs every built in Italy.

BERETTA AS20E O/U 20 GAUGE28″ VENT RIB MOD AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 5LBS 10 OZ X 2″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 5/8″. Price: $4,950

20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28" barrels, Double triggers
20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28″ barrels, Double triggers
20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28" barrels, Double triggers
20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28″ barrels, Double triggers
20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28" barrels, Double triggers20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28" barrels, Double triggers
20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28″ barrels, Double triggers

Auction alert: 20g Beretta Bl-3, 28″ bbls, no reserve …

Beretta BL-3 20 gauge O/U, 28" bbls. F & M chokes
Beretta BL-3 20 gauge O/U, 28″ bbls. F & M chokes

I know I’ve been binging on these OUs lately, but these Berettas really are nice doubles. And when I see a chance for someone to get a deal on one, I feel obligated to point it out.

This one is on Gunbroker.com now. It’s being offered at No Reserve. The listing ends 11/1/2015 9:00:00 PM ET.

Beretta BL-3 20 gauge O/U, 28″ bbls. F & M chokes. Wood has only a few marks in it and the metal has light wear. Made in 1969. S/N V015xx

Beretta BL-3 20 gauge O/U, 28" bbls. F & M chokes
Beretta BL-3 20 gauge O/U, 28″ bbls. F & M chokes
Beretta BL-3 20 gauge O/U, 28" bbls. F & M chokes
Beretta BL-3 20 gauge O/U, 28″ bbls. F & M chokes

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