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

J. PIRE (Belgium) Best Quality SLE 12ga 28" IM&F circa 1918
J. PIRE (Belgium) Best Quality SLE 12ga 28″ IM&F circa 1918

J. PIRE (Belgium) Best Quality SLE 12ga 28″ IM&F circa 1918: Model  Best Quality SLE Configuration  SXS Gauge / Caliber  12 GA Serial #  462 Country of Origin  Belgium Barrel Length (in Inches)  28″ Choke R  IM(.028″) Choke L  F (.034″) Trigger  DT (Double) Stock Configuration  Straight Grip, Drop points, Silver oval, Silvers pad Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib Receiver Finish  Blue Engraving Type  Fine Scroll Engraving Other Options  Articulated trigger Condition  EXC. Plus Condition Weight  7#5oz Dimensions  1 3/8 x 2 x 14 3/8 with 1/4 cast off Other Details  Built to the highest quality, equal to any gun anywhere, Mfg approx 1918. Price: $10,000

Alex Martin BLE (12 Gauge 2 inch) SxS Shotgun
Alex Martin BLE (12 Gauge 2 inch) SxS Shotgun

Alex Martin BLE (12 Gauge 2 inch) SxS Shotgun: Serial Number: 6841 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 26 inches Action: SE Triggers: Double Trigger Gauge: 12 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2 inches Stock Heel: 2 1/8 inches Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: 3/4 inches LOP: 14 3/4 inches Weight: 5 lbs. 8 oz. Price: $5,995

BC Miroku "My Luck" 12 ga model FE sidelock
BC Miroku “My Luck” 12 ga model FE sidelock

BC Miroku “My Luck” 12 ga model FE sidelock: Rare BC Miroku ” My Luck” FE sidelock 12ga Holland and Holland style 7 pin.  Gun comes with the most beautiful piece of wood I have seen on. Miroku gun.  It has English stock with pad and original l plate and splinter foreend.  Barrels are 28 inch IC/Full and blueing is excellent… other than a little case color wear on corners of receiver, gun is in excellent plus condition. My guess based on Miroku history, My Luck guns were made in the 50s. Stock has great dimensions at 14 5/8″ x 1.5″ x 2.5″. Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge Manufacturer: BC Miroku Model: FE Barrel Length: 28″ Chambers: 2 3/4″ Ejectors: Yes Condition: 95% Metal Condition: 95% Wood Condition: 99% Bore Condition: 100% Action: sidelock Triggers: Double Stock: English Stock Comb: 1.5″ Stock Heel: 2.5″ Fore End: splinter Butt Pad: Yes LOP: 14 5/8″ Finish: Oil Weight: 6 3/4lb Choke Left: full Choke Right: Ic Price: $3500

Webley & Scott Model 702 12 Ga Boxlock SxS
Webley & Scott Model 702 12 Ga Boxlock SxS

Webley & Scott Model 702 12 Ga Boxlock SxS: 12 Gauge, 28″ barrels, nitro proof, 2 3/4″ chambers, about 1/4 and full choke borings with ejectors, Bores at .731 & .730, minimum wall thickness at .026″ and .026″, Frame and top lever with scroll engraving, retaining virtually all of its original hardening colour, 14 3/4-inch well figured stock. The drop at comb is approximately 1-1/2″ and the drop at heel is approximately 2-3/16″.  There is very little cast, basically a straight stock.   6lb. 7oz., nitro proof. Comes in a lightweight case with original hang tag! Circa 1971.  This is a nice boxlock with very minor handling marks (one mark on left wrist, see photos) that includes a case, cleaning supplies, snap caps (one cap broken), and original hang tag. Sharp checkering, a nice example of an affordable british boxlock shotgun with great measurements. Price: $3,499

CHARLES OSBORNE - BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK EJECTOR - ACANTHUS SCROLL ENGRAVED - 30" BARRELS - GREAT WOOD
CHARLES OSBORNE – BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK EJECTOR – ACANTHUS SCROLL ENGRAVED – 30″ BARRELS – GREAT WOOD

CHARLES OSBORNE – BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK EJECTOR – ACANTHUS SCROLL ENGRAVED – 30″ BARRELS – GREAT WOOD: Charles Osborne, best quality boxlock ejector English made in 1920. This gun features superb Holland style acanthus scroll engraving and highly figured wood. Original case colors. Straight grip. Rib extension third fastener. Well timed ejectors. Barrels are 30″ with 2 3/4″ chambers. Right barrel measures .729 with 9/1000 choke (IC) while left barrel is .736 with 20/1000 choke (Mod). Gun is tight on face with forend attached, slight wiggle with forend off.  No cracks to wood. No loose ribs. Manual safety. Auto safety mechanism is included if you want to install it. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 8 OZ. Horn butt plate. Vacant stock oval. LOP – 14 3/8″. Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″. Drop at Heel – 2 1/4″. Price: $3,250

 

Bargain bird gun: a 12g Miroku Model M SxS…

BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″

Even though Miroku is one of the world’s oldest and largest gunmakers, we don’t hear much about them here in the States. For years, they’ve made side-by-sides and O/Us for other companies, including Charles Daly and Browning. At the same time, Miroku was also making shotguns under their own name. The double you see here is one of those guns. This looks like a Japanese version of a Webley & Scott M700 — and a heck of deal.

BC Miroku Model M SXS 12 Gauge 2 3/4″: BC Miroku side by side double shotgun. Very Good condition with minimal wear on the stock and barrel. Color case hardening is 80-85% as seen in the photos. Barrels are smooth and bright with some very light marks on the outside finish. Action locks up tight as a tick. Price: $650

-English Stock
-Double Triggers
-Caliper measures end of barrel diameters at .680 for left and .710 for right. Patterning it seems to be true full and modified.
-Miroku plastic butt plate
-Splinter forearm

A very clean, straight shooting gun.

BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″

Good gun alert: 20 gauge B.C. Miroku My Luck Model F sidelock shotgun…

20 gauge BC My Luck Model F Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge BC My Luck Model F Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun

Last week I put up this post about a decent looking BC Miroku 12g sidelock that popped up on the market. Today, an even better deal has appeared. This double you see here is almost the same shotgun, except it’s a 20g with ejectors.

20 gauge BC My Luck Model F Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun

Price: $2,999.99

Caliber: 20 Ga
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Both Are Very Bright
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered Walnut In English Style
Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered
Butt Pad: Black Decelermator Soft Pad
Weight: 6 lbs
Sights: Front And Mid White Bead
Chokes: Fixed

Good gun alert: A 12 gauge B.C. Miroku My Luck Model FE sidelock double barrel…

B.C. Miroku Model FE My Luck Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
B.C. Miroku Model FE My Luck Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
B.C. Miroku Model FE My Luck Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
B.C. Miroku Model FE My Luck Double Barrel SxS Shotgun

You probably don’t know it, but Miroku is one of the largest gun makers in the world. For many years, this Japanese company made Charles Daly over unders. Since 1973 they’ve made Browning’s Citori O/U shotguns, and today they also make firearms under the Winchester brand and under their own name.

The company has also made side-by-sides, including Browning’s BSS shotguns and their own line of boxlocks and sidelock doubles. The shotgun you see here is one of the sidelocks. There’s not a lot of info out there about these guns, but I think this model was made in the 1980s. I’ve seen a couple, and they’ve both been extremely well made shotguns, and great buys, too.

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Here are the details on the shotgun you see here:

12 gauge B.C. Miroku Model FE My Luck Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun with ejectors

Price: $2,999.99

Caliber: 12 Ga
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Both Barrels Are Very Bright
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered Straight
Stock Dimensions: 13 1/2″ LOP And 12 3/4″ LOP
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Decelerator Soft Black Butt Pad
Weight: 6 lbs 14 oz

Good gun alert: 12g & 20g Miroku sidelock double barrel shotguns…

Very nice set of Miroku SxS's, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge
Very nice set of Miroku SxS’s, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge

Here are a couple of doubles that combine two things you rarely find in the shotgun world: high quality and low prices. These SxSs were made by Miroku, a Japanese gunmaker who has been in the firearms business since 1893. In 1973 they started producing the Browning’s Citori O/Us. They also made SxSs for the company, including the BSS boxlock and a shortlived line of sidelocks.

The guns you see here are from that run of sidelocks. They are Holland & Holland pattern doubles made with excellent quality steel. The workmanship on these guns is usually excellent, and I’m sure the fit and finish on these two will impress.

Very nice set of Miroku SxS's, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge
Very nice set of Miroku SxS’s, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge

Here’s more about the guns from the seller:

Set of Miroku Sidelock SxS’s, F-grade & FE, 20 gauge & 12 gauge: Both have 28″ barrels. The 12 has ejectors and the 20 has extractors. Both guns are from the early eighties and were holdovers from when Browning cancelled their contract with Miroku for the Browning Side Lock shotgun. Very well made with true 7 pin H&H style side locks. Bores are great, and pictures tell the story. Price: $4700 for pair

Very nice set of Miroku SxS's, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge
Very nice set of Miroku SxS’s, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge

Bargain bird guns: This nice double doesn’t cost a fortune…

20 gauge B.C. Miroku / Charles Daly Double Barrel O/U Shotgun
20 gauge B.C. Miroku / Charles Daly Double Barrel O/U Shotgun

I like shotguns (obviously, right?) and it’s easy for me to get caught up in the stuff that I can’t afford. Even though I appreciate their quality, and the skill that goes into making them, I know my chances of  owning a pristine Purdey side-by-side or Boss over-under are pretty slim.

Fortunately, I don’t have to spend huge amounts of money to get a nice double. Neither do you.

Just check out the 20 gauge Miroku/Charles Daly O/U that you see here. It’s a good looking, well made shotgun, and it costs less than one of those ugly Benelli Super Eagle things.

People have called these O/Us the poor-man’s Citori. But I would call them the wise-man’s bargain. They’re basically the same gun at 1/2 the price. There’s nothing “poor” about making a smart deal like that.

20 gauge B.C. Miroku / Charles Daly Double Barrel O/U Shotgun
20 gauge B.C. Miroku / Charles Daly Double Barrel O/U Shotgun
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