10g Joseph Lang & a .410 Francotte: Two SxS shotguns coming up at Poulin Auctions …

Here are two more nice doubles coming up at Poulin Auctions 2018 Fall sale, which starts this Saturday, 10/20.

This Lang is a converted pinfire and an interesting piece of history. Lang was one of the first British makers to build breechloading shotguns, and I bet this gun was among the first ones he built.

LOT 1015: 10g JOSEPH LANG UNDERLEVER HAMMER SXS SHOTGUN, coming up at Poulin Auction on 10/20/18
LOT 1015: 10g JOSEPH LANG UNDERLEVER HAMMER SXS SHOTGUN, coming up at Poulin Auction on 10/20/18

This little Francotte is in great shape, but because it has been redone (very well, btw), it should go for a very fair price.

LOT 1055: .410 FRANCOTTE BOXLOCK SXS SHOTGUN, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18
LOT 1055: .410 FRANCOTTE BOXLOCK SXS SHOTGUN, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18

LOT 1055: .410 FRANCOTTE BOXLOCK SXS SHOTGUN

Check out this video to learn more about each one and to see the guns close up.

Cross pollination in British gunmaking: A 12g “by” Lang & Hussey…

LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN
LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN

James Woodward was one of the giants of British gunmaking. In 1872, he founded his firm–James Woodward & Sons. In 1948, after having built some of the finest doubles to ever come out of the UK, the company was sold to James Purdey & Sons. In the 76 years in between, Woodward built around 5000 guns. Even though the gun you see here is engraved Lang & Hussey, I’m almost certain it was made partly-or totally-by Mr. Woodward’s firm.

Why? Because it’s just too similar to one of Woodward’s most famous guns: the “Automatic”. It even has Woodward’s signature arcaded fences and T safety. And like all top-quality, hammerless Woodwards, it was made with Whitworth fluid-steel barrels.

LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN
LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN

The Woodward “Automatic” action was based on a design patented by J. Woodward and T. Southgate in 1876, and it cocks “automatically” when you open the gun by pushing forward on the lever wrapping over the triggerguard.

BTW: To learn more about James Woodward & Sons, check out James Woodward and the Vertical Double

LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTORHere is rare Lang & Hussey 12 gauge under-lever sidelock non-ejector, built in 1898.  The receiver features beautiful border and acanthus scroll engraving, arcaded fences, side-clips, and gold-inlaid cocking indicators.  The number “4” is inlaid in gold on rib and tang.  The gun locks up tight, and has a doll’s head extension.  The 30″ barrels have 2 1/2″ chambers and shiny bores, choked .040/.040.  The rib is engraved: LANG & HUSSEY Ld. 102 NEW BOND STREET. LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH’S FLUID PRESSED STEEL. The stock is very pretty French walnut, and has various dings and indentations, but is solid with no cracks.  It measures 1 1/2″ x 2 1/8″ x 14 1/4″ over a vintage solid red pad.  There is slight cast off.  The gun weighs 7 lbs 3 oz. Price: $2,600

LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN
LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN

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Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 NE
Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 NE

Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 NEIncludes leather case. Price: $29,999.99 

Metal Condition: Good with scratches and some finish wear at the muzzle. Bright CCH on the receiver.
Wood Condition: Very good with handling marks.
Bore Condition: Shiny with good rifling.
Barrels: 26
Triggers: Double triggers.
Stock: Checkered walnut.
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 14½
Fore End: Checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Old English red rubber recoil pad.
Weight: 10-lbs., 7-ozs.
Sights: Hooded front bead, 3-position rear blades.

Piotti King #1 12 Gauge Sidelock Side by Side
Piotti King #1 12 Gauge Sidelock Side by Side

Piotti King #1 12 Gauge Sidelock Side by Side99% CASE COLOR, CASED, EXHIBITION WOOD. Year 1991, 12 Gauge, 6lbs 13oz, SxS. Piotti shotguns are considered Italian “BEST” guns and are equal to any double guns made in the world.  Some say they even surpass a Purdey!  A full sidelock Holland style action, engraved by Italy’s best, stocked to the fences, chopper lump barrels, all combine to make a fine game or clays gun.  This Piotti, sn9032 made in 1991, has exhibition custom ordered factory upgraded wood, gold shield in forend, blank gold shield in belly of stock, 27″ barrels, 6lbs. 13oz., balanced on the hinge pin for dynamic handling, and the original factory case.  This is a gun that would cost $46,830 if ordered new today at 2017 prices from William Larkin Moore. This is a grand investment, and will continue to grow in value as the price of new guns like it increase.  Buying a fine Piotti at less than half price is the way to go! Price: $18,900

John Dickson & Son wonderful round action SxS shogun with original nitro proofed Damascus barrel
John Dickson & Son wonderful round action SxS shogun with original nitro proofed Damascus barrel

John Dickson & Son wonderful round action SxS shogun with original nitro proofed Damascus barrelsThis is a very nice Dickson with original nitro proofed high quality Damascus barrels. Price: $14,900
Serial Number: 4386
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 29
Barrel Type: Damascus
Action: Trigger plate
Gauge: 12 gauge
Stock Comb: 1 7/16
Stock Heel: 2 3/16
Stock Cast: 3/8
LOP: 16″ (14″ original)
Weight: 6 lbs. 3 oz.
Choke Left: .013 IC
Choke Right: .008 Skeet II
Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .022
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .023

Parker DHE 20 Gauge 30” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm All Original
Parker DHE 20 Gauge 30” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm All Original

Parker DHE 20 Gauge 30” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm All Original20 gauge, 30″ barrels, 2 3/4″ chambers. Chokes measure .018 right and .021 left. Full length matte rib with a silver front bead. The rib is marked PARKER BROS MAKERS MERIDAN CT USA TITANIC STEEL. Bores are bright and shiny. Double triggers, ejectors, automatic safety. Pistol grip stock is has a 14” length of pull to the front trigger over what is probably the factory recoil pad. Splinter forearm. Condition: Barrels retain 95% original bluing with numerous light handling marks and light scratches. The #0 frame retains 20% original color and the floorplate retains 30% original color. Forend iron retains little original finish. Trigger guard retains 10% original bluing. The stock retains most of its original finish with a few light handling marks. The forend had varnish added with a few light handling marks. Drop at comb: 1 5/8”. Drop at heel: 2 3/4”. Weight: 6.3 lbs. Mechanics are good. Price: $13,995

 

Ithaca 4E NID 12 Gauge SxS Trap Gun with 32" F/M ejector vent rib barrels with 2 3/4" chambers
Ithaca 4E NID 12 Gauge SxS Trap Gun with 32″ F/M ejector vent rib barrels with 2 3/4″ chambers

Ithaca 4E NID 12 Gauge SxS Trap Gun with 32″ F/M ejector vent rib barrels with 2 3/4″ chambersSmall white mid bead and large white front bead. Bores are excellent measuring .736 on the right and .741 on the left. Original barrel blue remains at 98%. Choked .033 right and .019 left. Reciever with typical 4E engraving retaining 90% vivid case colors. Cocking indicators. Rear position single selecive trigger. Pistol grip buttstock and beavertail forend with ebony inlay at tip. Deeley forend release. Vacant stock oval.  14″ LOP to new replacement Ithaca Sunburst pad.  DAC-1 1/2″  DAH-1 7/8″ Weighs 8lb 15 oz

This 1926 production NID has every available factory option and remains in excellent condition. Lockup is tight. Lever remains right of center. Ejectors strong and well timed. Ribs solid. Buttstock and forend solid. An outstanding vintage trap or clays gun. Chokes reversed in the fashion that John Olin ordered his Model 21’s. Price: $4195 

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FABBRI BEST 20 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN
FABBRI BEST 20 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN

FABBRI BEST 20 GAUGE OU SHOTGUNMADE 2005, PELI CREATIVE ARTS ENGRAVED, 27 1/2″ VACUUM ARC REMELT BARRELS  SOLID RIB, IMPROVED MODIFIED AND FULL 2 3/4″, SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT NEW IN MAKERS CASE, 6LBS 2 OZ X 2″ X 1 3/8″ X 15″. Price: $99,500

JOSEPH LANG 12GA SIDE-BY-SIDE CUSTOM 2 BL SET 30″: SIDELOCK EJECTOR, 30″ BARRELS, ONE SET CHOKED .022 AND .035, SECOND SET TRUE CYLINDER AND .019. BARRELS ARE CHOPPER LUMP. EARLY GUN DATES FROM 1913. ENGLISH STRAIGHT STOCK, 14 3/8 PULL TO A LEATHER BUTT , 1 1/4 x 2 3/4 DROP, SINGLE TRIGGER, HIGH QUALITY BOUQUET AND SCROLL ENGRAVING, CLASSIC LOOK, NICE LOOKING GUN IN GREAT SHAPE, CASED, WITH LETTER FROM DOUGLAS TATE OF BRITISH GAME GUNS. Price: $14,700

JOSEPH LANG 12GA SIDE-BY-SIDE CUSTOM 2 BL SET 30"
JOSEPH LANG 12GA SIDE-BY-SIDE CUSTOM 2 BL SET 30″
Westley Richards 12 Bore S/S – BOXLOCK, EJECTORS WESTLEY SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, 28”, NICE!
Westley Richards 12 Bore S/S – BOXLOCK, EJECTORS WESTLEY SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, 28”, NICE!

Westley Richards 12 Bore S/S – BOXLOCK, EJECTORS WESTLEY SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, 28”, NICE!This sweet little Westley Richards BLE is a great example of a fine British shotgun at a very affordable price.  A Birmingham proofed gun made in or around 1904, snO8605 weighs a svelte 6 1/2 pounds with 28” barrels and is balanced dead on the hinge pin.  This is one of the guns you hand to a shooter as you are trying to explain why the Brits have always had the most dynamic guns…they just feel right in your hands.  For those who like a single selective trigger, the Westley Richards “One Trigger” is amongst the best ever devised and works like a dream.  Few British guns have SELECTIVE single triggers and this is a very rare option.  Mechanically perfect in every way, with excellent bores, lots of wall thickness, still in proof with HEAVY 1 1/4OZ. PROOF STAMPINGS, lots of wear to the original factory finishes but still tight on hinge pin and breech face, the gun is ready for several more generations of use.  Choked just right for upland birds and sporting clays, great stock dimensions, and a great price, this is your chance to own a British gun with a very notable maker’s name.  Thanks for looking. Price: $3,750

Ithaca SKB 20ga. Model 280 "English" SxS
Ithaca SKB 20ga. Model 280 “English” SxS

Ithaca SKB 20ga. Model 280 “English” SxS: This gun has 28″ barrels choked modified (.012″) and full (.028″), 3″ chambers, choke left: full (.028″), choke right: modified (.012″). It has a straight grip stock with a 141/4″ LOP over the original buttplate. It has a single selective trigger,ejectors,and a beavertail forend. Stock Dimensions, 14 1/4″x1 1/2″x2 1/2″, weight: 6lb, 2 oz. The gun is in excellent condition retaining at least 98% of the original blue and wood finish. The barrel bores are bright and free of any rust,dents,or pits.The wood is solid and free of any cracks or damage and is nicely figured. The model 280 was only made for a short time and are fairly hard to find.This would make a great dove,pheasant,or clays gun. Price: $1695

Browning Citori Upland Special OU in 20 Gauge
Browning Citori Upland Special OU in 20 Gauge

Browning Citori Upland Special OU in 20 GaugeCouple very minimal handling marks otherwise, excellent condition. Price: $1,499.99
Caliber: 20 Gauge
Chambers: 3 Inch
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Bright
Barrels: 26 Inch
Triggers: SST
Stock: Straight Grip, Checkered Walnut
Stock Dimensions:
14 1/4″ LOP
Fore End: Schnabel tip
Butt Pad: Decelerator Recoil Pad
Weight: 6 Lbs 6 Ozs
Sights: Vent Rib, Metal Bead
Chokes: Mod / Imp. Cylinder Fixed

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Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 Nitro Express
Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 Nitro Express

Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 NE: Price: $29,999.99
Caliber: .470 Nitro Express
Metal Condition: Good with scratches and some finish wear at the muzzle. Bright CCH on the receiver.
Wood Condition: Very good with handling marks.
Bore Condition: Shiny with good rifling.
Barrels: 26″
Triggers: Double triggers.
Stock: Chekcered walnut.
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 14 ½”
Fore End: Checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Old English red rubber recoil pad.
Weight: 10-lbs., 7-ozs.
Sights: Hooded front bead, 3-position rear blades.

FRATELLI RIZZINI - R2 - 410 - SxS BOXLOCK MINT CONDITION
FRATELLI RIZZINI – R2 – 410 – SxS BOXLOCK MINT CONDITION

FRATELLI RIZZINI – R2 – 410 – SxS BOXLOCK MINT CONDITIONHere is a mint condition Fratelli Rizzini R2 with the removable inspection plate in 410. Ejectors. Chopper lump barrels that are 27″ in length with Mod and Full chokes. Chambers are 3″. This gun was donated by Frank & Nan Pachmayr to Ducks Unlimited for fundraising purposes. Manual safety. Extraordinary fit, finish, balance and handling. Weight of gun is 5 LBS 11 3/8 OZ. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/2″ Drop at Comb – 1 7/16″ Drop at Heel – 1 5/16″ Price: $15,500

PARKER VH GRADE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL S/S SHOTGUN12 gauge, 28″ fluid steel barrels with extractors and choked mod. & mod.   Double triggers, checkered splinter forend and straight grip buttstock ending with a factory buttplate.   LOP: 14″ to the buttplate.   Comb: 1 1/2″  Heel: 2 5/8″   Weight: 7lbs.   The barrels showing much of the blue with some light thinning where it was carried.  The frame has traces of case colors with the remainder faded.  Very crisp wood and checkering.  Excellent bores.  A great light weight shooter on the 1 1/2 frame size.   Serial range 2206xx. Price: $3,250

PARKER VH GRADE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL S/S SHOTGUN
PARKER VH GRADE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL S/S SHOTGUN
Browning BSS Sporter in 20 Gauge w/ Browning Luggage Case
Browning BSS Sporter in 20 Gauge w/ Browning Luggage Case

Browning BSS Sporter (Straight Grip) in 20 Gauge, 28″ barrels w/ Browning Luggage CaseIt would be hard to find a nicer and more desirable Browning BSS side by side than this one!  This 20 gauge “Sporter” model was made in 1979 and is as nice as they come.  It comes complete with the original dark brown Browning hard sided luggage case with the owner’s manual and latch keys.  It has 28 inch barrels which is the longest length that Browning offered in this model, and they are the hardest length to find.  This model BSS also features a straight English style grip, a single selectable trigger, automatic ejectors, and a oil finished walnut stock with checkering on the wrist and forearm.  The Browning factory blue finish on the metal parts rates a conservative 98% and looks minty.  Only under very close examination can you find anything to deduct some percentage points.  The original factory stock set is in excellent condition and could pass for being made last week!  The checkering is still sharp and it has not been altered in any way.  The Browning butt plate is in excellent shape, and the shotgun pulls 14 & 1/4 inches.  The condition of this Browning is nearly perfect and looks like it was never used or carried in the field.  These BSS models have a reputation for being durable and nicely fit and finished.  Not only are they a very attractive and classy double gun, they handle well in the field and have great balance.  We share the opinion of many that you can’t buy a nicer double for the money than this model, and we think it would be next to impossible to find a BSS in any better condition than this one.  Price: $2,150

Antonio Zoli, 20 gauge, SxS, Abercrombie & Fitch version: Price: $1999.99
Antonio Zoli, 20 gauge, SxS, Abercrombie & Fitch version: Price: $1999.99

Antonio Zoli, 20 gauge, SxS, Abercrombie & Fitch versionPrice: $1999.99
Caliber: 20 Gauge.
Chambers: Chambered for 2 3/4″ shells.
Metal Condition: Excellent with fine engraving.
Wood Condition: Excellent.
Bore Condition: Bright & shiny.
Barrels: 26 Inches.
Triggers: Double trigger se.
Stock: Fine walnut with excellent checkering on both the stock and the fore end.
Stock Dimensions:
14.5 LOP.
Fore End: Walnut with matching checkering.
Butt Pad: Original butt plate.
Weight: 5 Lbs, 9 Ounces.
Sights: rib with front bead.

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PIOTTI MONTE CARLO GRADE SIDELOCK SXS 410
PIOTTI MONTE CARLO GRADE SIDELOCK SXS 410

PIOTTI MONTE CARLO GRADE SIDELOCK SXS 410PACHMAYR DUCKS UNLIMITED DINNER GUN 27″ IC AND MOD 3″ CHAMBERS SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS BEAVERTAIL FOREARM ENGLIASH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 5LBS 4 OZ X 2″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $17,500

JOSEPH LANG & SONS .360 BPE HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE: 26″ bbls, fastened bead front sight, Express rear sight with 1 standing and 2 folding leaves. Bbls have a good amount of blue fading slightly. VG bores. The petite frame has 3/4 coverage fine scroll engraving and very nice case colors. Double triggers. Beautiful checkered Walnut stocks in VG+ conditon. Silver nameplate in the toeline. Sling swivels. LOP 14-3/8″. Stock is cast off. Overall weight is 7 lbs. 14.8 oz. Beautiful European double rifle! Price: $12,500

JOSEPH LANG & SONS .360 BPE HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE
JOSEPH LANG & SONS .360 BPE HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE
RG Owen - 12 gauge Boxlock Ejector (BLE) Double Barrel, SxS, shotgun
RG Owen – 12 gauge Boxlock Ejector (BLE) Double Barrel, SxS, shotgun

RG Owen – 12 gauge Boxlock Ejector (BLE) Double Barrel, SxS, shotgun: Price: $7,200.00
Shotgun type: SxS
Action: Scalloped Boxlock
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Straight Grip
Lop: 14 “, 0.5 ” Pad
Drop comb: 1 9/16 ”
Drop heel: 2 3/8 ”
Cast amount: 1/2 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 6 lbs, 4 oz
Manufactured in: USA
Manufacture Year: Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Good
Stock & Metal condition: Good & original
Chamber: 2 5/8 ”
Length: 26 ”
Chokes: IC/IM
Rib type: Concave
Comments : Gun is in good condition with some light handling marks.

TOZ- 57K OLYMPIC OVER UNDER SKEET GUN - MADE IN USSR
TOZ- 57K OLYMPIC OVER UNDER SKEET GUN – MADE IN USSR

TOZ- 57K OLYMPIC OVER UNDER SKEET GUN – MADE IN USSR: Here is a mint condition TOZ – 57K Olympic Skeet Gun hand made in the USSR. TOZ or Tulsky Oruzheiny Zavod is one of the oldest gun making concerns in the world, founded by Peter the Great in the 1700’s. This gun was used for Olympic Skeet and features the famous Tula Choke System for Skeet giving wider and better patterns. Barrels are 26 1/2″ with 2 3/4″ chmabers. Rail lock up system – very strong, gun will never shoot loose under this system. Elaborate wire inlays in the receiver and stock. Wood inlays in stock. No safety as this is a serious competition gun. Extractors. Gun has a mercury recoil reducer and weighs 8 LBS 5 3/8 OZ. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 5/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 9/16″, Drop at Heel – 2 11/16″. Price: $2,300

WW GREENER MONARCH MODEL M GRADE - 12 GAUGE - EJECTORS - COLLECTOR CONDITION
WW GREENER MONARCH MODEL M GRADE – 12 GAUGE – EJECTORS – COLLECTOR CONDITION

WW GREENER MONARCH MODEL M GRADE – 12 GAUGE – EJECTORS – COLLECTOR CONDITION: Here is a WW Greener Monarch Grade in 12 gauge with Baker type ejectors. This high original condition Medium Grade Monarch was made in 1897 and qualifies as an “Antique”. This is an Anson & Deeley actioned gun with a Greener Cross Bolt and Side Safety. Barrels are 30″ damascus with ejectors. The mirror bores measure .731 with 40/1000 choke in each barrel. Minimum wall thickness in right barrel is 37/1000 while the minimum in the left is 38/1000. The gun is remarkable condition for its age. Barrels ring true – no loose ribs. Good amount of original case colors remain. Well figured stock has original finish with very sharp checkering. No visable cracks. Engraving is crisp. The original Silvers recoil pad has hardened with age. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 6 1/4 OZ. Shipping is $50. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/2″ Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″ Drop at Heel – 3″ Price: $2,250

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Joh. Springer, Vienna --- Model 40, Matched Consecutive Pair Sidelock Ejectors --- 12ga, 2 1/2" Chambers
Joh. Springer, Vienna — Model 40, Matched Consecutive Pair Sidelock Ejectors — 12ga, 2 1/2″ Chambers

Joh. Springer, Vienna — Model 40, Matched Consecutive Pair Sidelock Ejectors — 12ga, 2 1/2″ Chambers28″ SxS chopper-lump barrels with concave matted ribs, all choked full. 14″ pull from articulated front triggers to striated horn buttplates. 1 3/8″ – 2 1/4″ drop. Trace of cast-off. Fully figured, dark, European walnut stocks with Anson-release splinter forends, classic point-pattern checkering with mullered borders, and diamond-section straight English grips. Sidelock actions with bushed firing pins, concealed third fasteners, intercepting sears, gold-washed internals, automatic ejectors and automatic top tang safeties with SAFE inlaid in gold, fully engraved in Springer’s Holland & Holland-type scroll. Weights: 6lbs, 12oz each. All components numbered 1 & 2; barrels & action being in gold. CV inlaid in silver on underside of forends. Built 1934. Gun No.1 retaining 98% blue and 30% casehardening colors. Gun No.2 retaining 99% blue and 60% casehardening colors. Tight, and with excellent bores. In original double motor case that has spared no sacrifice to protect the guns.  Price: $27,950

Lebeau Courally 20 Gauge Sidelock Ejector Like New, 27" BBLS, 15" LOP
Lebeau Courally 20 Gauge Sidelock Ejector Like New, 27″ BBLS, 15″ LOP

Lebeau Courally 20 Gauge Sidelock Ejector Like New, 27″ BBLS, 15″ LOPLebeau Courally 20 Gauge Ejector “The Standard Pigeon Gun” The action is in 95% original condition with strong colors, double triggers articulated front, hand detachable locks, intercepting scears. The barrels are 27″ long with perfect blue and bores, measuring .630/.630, Mod/ Full, 2 3/4″ chamber and the pattern is wonderful! The stock is a straight hand/ splinter with a 15″ length of pull, 2 1/8″ drop at heel, 1 1/2″ drop at comb, the cast is neutral and the balance is just to the back of the pin, a nice quick one. 5lbs 14oz. Price: $17,500

JOSEPH LANG, BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK, 12GA, S/S SHOTGUN
JOSEPH LANG, BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK, 12GA, S/S SHOTGUN

JOSEPH LANG, BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK, 12GA, S/S SHOTGUN: 1913 MFG DATE, BEST PRE WAR ROSE & SCROLL, 26″ BBLS, 2 1/2, SK/MOD, STD RIB, EJECTORS, DBL TRIGGERS, GORGEOUS HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, ST/SP, LOP 14 3/4 TO CK BUTT, 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 6LBS 5OZ, VERY MINTY ORIGINAL CONDITION, VARNISH IS STILL ON THE ACTION! MINT BORES! Price: $11,950

Model: BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK
Chambers: 2 1/2
Ejectors: YES
Condition: VERY MINTY ORIGINAL CONDITION
Metal Condition: EXCELLENT ORIGINAL
Wood Condition: EXCELLENT ORIGINAL
Bore Condition: MINT!
Barrels: 26″
Action: SIDELOCK
Triggers: DBL
Gauge: 12GA
Stock: HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT
Fore End: STRAIGHT/SPLINTER
LOP: LOP 14 3/4 TO CK BUTT, 1 1/2, 2 1/2
Rib: STANDARD GAME RIB
Weight: 6LBS 5OZ
Manufacture Date: 1913 MFG DATE
Chokes: SK/MOD
Engraving: BEST PRE WAR ROSE & SCROLL

Gamba Princepessa, 28ga, 28″ barrels, IC/M fixed chokes: Single non selective trigger, extractor, great case color, nice wood. Gun is 97-98%. LOP is 14 1/8″, 1 1/2″ Drop a comb, 2 1/4″ at heal, aprox 1/4″ Cast off, 6 pound gun!  Price: $1,999

Gamba Princepessa, 28ga, 28" barrels, IC/M fixed chokes
Gamba Princepessa, 28ga, 28″ barrels, IC/M fixed chokes
Browning Citori Superlight OU Shotgun, 12 GA
Browning Citori Superlight OU Shotgun, 12 GA

Browning Citori Superlight OU Shotgun, 12 GAPrice: $1,289.99
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 26
Triggers: Single Selective
Stock Dimensions:
1 5/8″ DAC, 2 9/16″ DAH, 14 1/4″ LOP
Butt Pad: Factory Butt Plate
Weight: 7 lb. 2 oz.
Chokes: Invector

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F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge SxS Shotgun
F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge SxS Shotgun

F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge SxS Shotgun: Sidelock double. Serial # 1308.  2 3/4″ chambers.  26″ chopper lump  bbls,  IC/Mod.  hand matted rib,  Stunning deep ” sculptured ” engraving by Sosta Gianfranco (deceased). Straight hand stock with highly figured turkish walnut, dropper points, and splinter forend. Checkering is perfect 32 LPI. Stock dimensions are 14 1/8″  LOP to center of checkered butt from a single trigger.   1 1/4 ” – 2 1/4 ” drop at heel without cast. 6 1/4 lbs.

This beautiful R1 Rizzini was made for Ambercrombie and Fitch in 1974  ( letter from Rizzini )  both names lettered in gold on barrels. Gun remains in  “as new”  condition. The overall fit and finish  and handling qualities of this Rizzini indicates the degree of hand work that was performed on their “best” guns during this period. A fantastic bird gun. Leather VC case with makers label. Price: $31,500

LEBEAU COURALLY GRAND LUXE SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGEMADE 1972 ROUND ACTION SIDELOCK 27 1/2″ 005 AND 021 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT EXCELLENT PLUS CONDITION 6LBS 9 OZ X 2 1/2″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 3/4″. Price: $22,500

LEBEAU COURALLY GRAND LUXE SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE
LEBEAU COURALLY GRAND LUXE SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE
JOSEPH LANG SIDELOCK SIDE-BY-SIDE 12GA, CUSTOM, 2 BL SET
JOSEPH LANG SIDELOCK SIDE-BY-SIDE 12GA, CUSTOM, 2 BL SET

JOSEPH LANG SIDELOCK SIDE-BY-SIDE 12GA, CUSTOM, 2 BL SET: 12GA, CUSTOM, 2 BL SET, SIDELOCK EJECTOR, 30″ BARRELS, ONE SET CHOKED .022 AND .035, SECOND SET TRUE CYLINDER AND .019. BARRELS ARE CHOPPER LUMP. EARLY GUN DATES FROM 1913. ENGLISH STRAIGHT STOCK, 14 3/8 PULL TO A LEATHER BUTT , 1 1/4 x 2 3/4 DROP, SINGLE TRIGGER, HIGH QUALITY BOUQUET AND SCROLL ENGRAVING, CLASSIC LOOK, NICE LOOKING GUN IN GREAT SHAPE, CASED, WITH LETTER FROM DOUGLAS TATE OF BRITISH GAME GUNS. Price: $17,500

CHARLES DALY EMPIRE GRADE OVER UNDER 12GA
CHARLES DALY EMPIRE GRADE OVER UNDER 12GA

CHARLES DALY EMPIRE GRADE OVER UNDER 12GA28″ Krupp vent rib barrels … 2 3/4″ chambers … choked Full/ExFull … weight 7 lbs 2 oz … LOP 14 3/8″ over leather covered 1″ recoil pad … drop comb 1 1/2″ … drop heel 2 1/2″ … cast off 1/4″ … double, hand checkered, triggers, with front trigger articulated … ejectors … automatic safety. The top of the rib is imprinted “Charles Daly Empire Quality.”

This is an outstanding Prussian Daly from the pre-war era. All of the metal including the trigger guard, operating lever, tang, forend hardware and the grip cap are profusely covered in acanthus leaf scroll engraving. This same scroll surrounds game scenes on the receiver of pointing dogs on the left, a covey of quail on the right and ducks on the bottom. The metal exhibits a mottled tarnished pewter and smokey grey patina which adds to the original deep relief engraving and makes it more appealing now, than decades ago when first created.

Dark, dark Turkish walnut was selected for the pistol grip stock and three piece forearm. Truly outstanding fler-de-lis checkering is generously spread over the grip surfaces. A narrow wedge of horn is inlaid at the tip of the forearm and the gold inset oval in the toeline has yet to be initialed. The barrels retail 95% of their blue, the bores are bright & excellent and the wood has seen exceptional care. This gun may be better now that when it was made. Price: $12,500

HEYM PRE WAR SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 405 WINCHESTER
HEYM PRE WAR SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 405 WINCHESTER

HEYM PRE WAR SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 405 WINCHESTER24″ BARRELS WITH CLAW MOUNTS AND A PERIOD 4X SCOPE DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL FINISH 8LBS 11 OZ X 14 1/4″ LOP REGULATED WITH LIVE ROUNDS AND READY TO GO. Price: $10,900

Auction alert: a fantastic 12g Joseph Lang boxlock side-by-side…

JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28", IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28″, IC/MOD, Mfd 1965

There are three things I look for when buying a double: original condition, shootable dimensions, and a fair price. This SxS by Joseph Lang & Sons has the first two. As far as price, it’s going to sell for exactly what people think it’s worth.

Other than the Decelerator pad, this shotgun looks like it has never been messed with, and the original 2 3/4″ chambers are a nice touch. It’s up for auction now with no reserve, and the listing ends on February 8, 2015, @ 17:03:00 PT.

Joseph Lang was one of England’s great gunmakers. He started his business in 1821 went on to make key contributions to the breach-loading designs that changed shotguns forever in the 1850s and 1860s. In 1907, his company introduced the .470 Nitro Express – the most famous dangerous-game cartridge ever created. The company was merged with Stephen Grant & Sons in 1925 and went on to become a part of Atkin, Grant & Lang.

JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28", IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28″, IC/MOD, Mfd 1965

JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28, IC/MOD, Mfd 1965… GUN… V 12-GAUGE: NO RESERVE!! Here’s a very high quality English shotgun that was manufactured by Joseph Lang & Son, one of the grand old London gunmakers dating back to the 1820’s. This particular double gun is a relatively recent effort and was manufactured in about 1965. A 12-gauge boxlock, it wears 28″ barrels with 2-3/4″ chambers. The barrels are choked Improved Cylinder (right / .0089″ constriction) and Modified (left / .0216″ constriction). It features double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. The buttstock is the straight, English style with a LOP measuring 14-3/4″ to the forward trigger. Drop @ Comb is 1-1/2″; Drop @ Heel is 2-1/4″.

JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28", IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28″, IC/MOD, Mfd 1965

Condition is excellent and the gun retains most of the original finish. The case colors on the frame are vivid with only light wear. The bright blue finish on the trigger plate and trigger guard/tang is excellent with minimal wear. Likewise, the finish on the barrels rates nearly 100% with little appreciable wear. The stocks are in fine shape too with a few handling marks but no cracks or chips. A thin black “Decelerator” pad has been professionally installed without cutting the stock and the original hard buttplate & screws are included should the purist wish to put it back to “factory original”. Weight is 6-3/4 pounds. Mechanically excellent, this gun locks up tight, functions flawlessly, and has mirror bright bores. A Browning takedown case is included which is in very good shape and serves to protect this wonderful English double. In the 175 years that Joseph Lang guns were in production, just over 24,000 guns were produced. These rank the very best of the English makers. A very, very nice shotgun!!

JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28", IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28″, IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28", IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28″, IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28", IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28″, IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28", IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28″, IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28", IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28″, IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28", IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28″, IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28", IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28″, IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28", IC/MOD, Mfd 1965
JOSEPH LANG & SON / LONDON ~ BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28″, IC/MOD, Mfd 1965

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BERETTA - SO3 - 12ga 28" M / F - English Stock - Double Trigger - Leather Pad
BERETTA – SO3 – 12ga 28″ M / F – English Stock – Double Trigger – Leather Pad

BERETTA – SO3 – 12ga 28″ M / F – English Stock – Double Trigger – Leather Pad: 2-3/4″, 28″ M / F (.020 / .037), LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/8″, Slight Cast Off for Right Hand, Weight 7 lbs. 2 oz. Excellent Condition. Barrels retain about 97% original blue. The Trigger Guard has been refinished. The wood was recently recheckered and refinished – Excellent Work. New Leather Covered Pad. Price: $6,450

JOSEPH LANG 12GA, SxS, 2 BL SET: SIDELOCK EJECTOR, 30″ BARRELS, ONE SET CHOKED .022 AND .035, SECOND SET TRUE CYLINDER AND .019. BARRELS ARE CHOPPER LUMP. GUN DATES FROM 1913. ENGLISH STRAIGHT STOCK, 14 3/8 PULL TO A LEATHER BUTT , 1 1/4 x 2 3/4 DROP, SINGLE TRIGGER, HIGH QUALITY BOUQUET AND SCROLL ENGRAVING, CLASSIC LOOK, NICE LOOKING GUN IN GREAT SHAPE, CASED, WITH LETTER FROM DOUGLAS TATE OF BRITISH GAME GUNS. Price: $17,500

JOSEPH LANG 12GA, SxS, 2 BL SET
JOSEPH LANG 12GA, SxS, 2 BL SET
MERKEL, O/U, Model 201E, 16 GA,
MERKEL, O/U, Model 201E, 16 GA,

MERKEL, O/U, Model 201E, 16 GA: 28”, IC& IM, DT, Straight Grip, 3-piece Forened, Solid Rib, Fine Scroll & Rosette Engraving, Gray Receiver, Pad, Mfg 1953, 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 14 5/8 with 1/4 cast off, Weight 6#8oz, 2 3/4″ chambers, ID 3845, EXC. Condition. Price: $5,500

Ithaca 4E 20 gauge with 28″ bbls: This is a Lewis & Nig model 4E with 28″ long barrels and double, gold plated, checkered triggers. The length of pull is 14-1/4″ to a factory butt plate. This gun was made in 1906. The left bore is .633 dia with .005 choke and the Right bore is .636 dia and has .039 choke. The barrel wall thickness in the thinest area is .025, so it’s barrel thickness is OK. The barrel tops are marked Krupp Fluid Steel. Wonderful bird gun with beautiful wood. Price: $4,295

Ithaca 4E 20 gauge with 28" bbls
Ithaca 4E 20 gauge with 28″ bbls
Francotte 20ga model 14E
Francotte 20ga model 14E

Francotte 20gauge model 14E: Imported in the 1920s by Von Lengerke and Detmold of New York. VL&D were big competitors of Abercrombie and Fitch and imported many high quality European guns.This gun has 26″ barrels choked modified (.017″) and full (.027″). It has a semi pistol grip stock,double triggers,and ejectors.The stock dimensions are 14 3/8″ LOP x 15/8″ at comb x 2 3/4″ at heel.It weighs 6-2 and has 2 3/4″ chambers. It has full coverage scroll engraving and checkered sidepanels.The bores are clean and bright with no damage.A great upland gun.C&R eligible. Price: $3,995

Guns, guns, guns!

Just a quick update before the weekend. I’m heading up to Maine to chase woodcock with Puck. I’m very excited to see some birds and get the dog in the woods. The woodock should be back in full force, so I hope to see a bunch of them. We may get out in the evening to watch the males display, too. I’ll post some pics on Sunday.

Minty Turner Lightweight Shotgun at Amoskeag
Minty Turner Lightweight Shotgun at Amoskeag

Here are a couple interesting guns on the market right now:

Here’s an odd “Purdey” hammergun. It has a sidelever and a very plain finish. It is not “…in the white…” as the seller states. Instead, it’s just plain, low grade double barrel, retailed by Purdey and probably made by W. & C. Scott. The price is very optimistic.

This Lang is another interesting side-by-side shotgun.  It’s a converted pinfire with a unique lever-opening action. Very odd.

And don’t forget Amoskeag Auction Company’s sale on March 26. There are lots of Lefevers there, plus a few other nice guns, including this brand new Turner Lightweight (look at that ‘friggin condition) and a super little Francotte .410 (with long barrels AND a long stock–hard to find).

Here are all the Lefevers, listed by lot #:

6. Lefever Arms Company D-Grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 12g

7. Lefever Arms Company F-grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 12g

48. Rare Special Order Lefever DE Grade Sidelock Ejectorgun, 16g

95. Lefever Arms Company E-grade Sidelock Double Ejectorgun, 12g

360. Lefever Arms Company F-grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 12g

512. Rare Barber and Lefever Thumb Opener Double Hammergun, 10g

514. Rare Barber and Lefever Thumb Opener Double Hammergun, 10g

515. Rare Barber and Lefever Round Body Thumb Opener Double Hammergun, 12g

564. Lefever Arms Company H-grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 12g

565. Lefever Arms Thumb-opener Sidelock Double Shotgun, 10g

588. John Nichols E-grade Thumb Opener Double Hammergun, 10g

607. Lefever Arms Company H-grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 16g

615. Lefever Arms Company DS Grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 20g

616. Lefever Arms Company F-grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 16g

619. Lefever Arms Company E-grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 10g

620. Lefever Arms Company F-grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 12g

621. Lefever Arms Company I-grade Sidelock Double Ejectorgun, 12g

622. Lefever Arms Company G-grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 12g

679. Manton Percussion Double Converted to Breech-loader by Dangerfield and Lefever , 12g

681. Dangerfield and Lefever Breechloading Double Hammergun Conversion,  10g

682. Nichols and Lefever Thumb Opener Double Hammergun, 10g

683. Nichols and Lefever Thumb Opener Double Hammergun, 10g

684. Nichols and Lefever Thumb Opener Double Hammergun, 12g

685. Extremely Rare H. Tomes & Co Percussion Double Converted to Breechloader by Francis Dangerfield

756. Lefever Arms Company G-grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 12g

762. Lefever Arms Company DS-Grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 16g

822. Nichols and Lefever Thumb Opener Double Hammergun, 10g

847.Bar-in-wood Percussion Converted Double Barrel Shotgun by J A Ellis of Canandaigua New York, 10g

848.Bar-in-wood Percussion Converted Double Barrel Shotgun by Dangerfield & Lefever, 14g

852. Lefever Arms G Grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 12g

867. Lefever Arms Company H-grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 12g

868. Lefever Arms Company G-grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 12g

869. LeFever Arms Company DS Grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 12g

872. Lefever Arms Company F-grade Sidelock Double Shotgun, 12g

909. Rare Barber and Lefever Thumb Opener Percussion-converted Shotgun, 16g

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