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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