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PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN

PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: 26″ BARRELS, .005/.005 CHOKES, 3″ CHAMBERS, SPLINTER FOREND, FACTOR STRAIGHT GRIP “RARE”, 14″ 1 3/4″-2 7/8″, OOO FRAME, BRIGHT SHINY BORES, 95% BARREL BLUE, TIGHT ON FACE, GOOD SHOOTER ALL ORIGINAL UNALTERED PARKER CORRECT TO THE RECORD BOOK. Price: $24,500

W & C SCOTT PREMIER MONTE CARLO SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE
W & C SCOTT PREMIER MONTE CARLO SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE

W & C SCOTT PREMIER MONTE CARLO SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE: 30″ STEEL BARRELS 024 AND 037 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 7LBS 3 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $13,500

William Ford Deluxe 20 gauge SXS Sidelock
William Ford Deluxe 20 gauge SXS Sidelock

William Ford Deluxe 20 gauge SXS Sidelock: A very handsome and somewhat hard to find high quality 20 gauge English Sidelock from well known maker William Ford. Ford was also a well known barrel maker who made barrels for some of London’s Best Makers. This gun is in excellent condition with 70% original case color . Barrels are 2 3/4 Nitro Proofed and 25″ with Churchill Rib and bored IC right and Mod left. Stock is dark highly figured near exhibition quality with an LOP of 15″ to checkered butt. There are no dents or marks. Bluing near mint on barrels and trigger guard (may have been reblacked long ago. Engraving is outstanding and done in Holland & Holland style (I would not be surprized if the same engraver for H & H did this gun as well).. engraving everywhere is very sharp. Don’t let the 25″ barrels sway you…..with a 15 LOP this gun fits and feels like the proverbial Magic Wand. To top it all of it weighs a feathery 5lb 6 oz. Price: $9950 

Parker Reproduction DHE 2 Barrel Set D Grade 3 inch Chambers 20 Gauge
Parker Reproduction DHE 2 Barrel Set D Grade 3 inch Chambers 20 Gauge

Parker Reproduction DHE 2 Barrel Set D Grade 3 inch Chambers 20 Gauge: Both barrels are 28 inch and D grade with 3 inch chambers. The first barrel is choked Improved Cylinder and Modified. The other barrel is choke Quail One and Quail Two. The gun set comes with the case cover in very good condition and the case in excellent condition as well as the case key and two 20 gauge snap caps. The gun is in excellent condition with some case color loss and slight use to the stock.  The length of pull is 14 inches. Price: $6000

1938 Vintage Lefever Arms Ithaca "A" Grade .410 Double w/ 26" Barrels, Ejectors, & Single Trigger ** RARE w/ Factory Letter! **
1938 Vintage Lefever Arms Ithaca “A” Grade .410 Double w/ 26″ Barrels, Ejectors, & Single Trigger ** RARE w/ Factory Letter! **

1938 Vintage Lefever Arms Ithaca “A” Grade .410 Double w/ 26″ Barrels, Ejectors, & Single Trigger ** RARE w/ Factory Letter! **: This is a very special all-original Lefever / Ithaca “A” Grade .410 Ga. double-barrel shotgun made in 1938, complete with an original November of 1975-dated factory letter. One of only 150 made in .410 gauge, this extremely-cool and beautiful little double features a case-colored receiver, a factory gloss blue finish on the barrels, 26″ inch fluid-steel barrels choked “Modified” and “Full” with 3″ inch chambers, a checkered solid rib with a red front bead sight and an ivory mid-bead, automatic ejectors (special order), a single trigger (special order), a tang-mounted automatic safety, and a point-pattern checkered American Walnut stock set with a beavertail forearm and pistol-grip buttstock.  The beavertail forearm has a push-button release and an ebony diamond inlay at the front edge, and the buttstock features a factory black pistol grip cap and a factory black serrated buttplate. While the original Lefever Arms of Syracuse, New York Discontinued operations in 1916, it was bought by the Ithaca Gun Company sometime shortly after.  In 1921 Ithaca decided to use the Lefever name to brand a high-quality but lower-cost field gun they were manufacturing, calling it the Lefever Nitro Special.  This allowed Ithaca to maintain the prestige of the Ithaca name but still produce a lower-cost shotgun.  The Lefever Nitro Special was a big success for the company and by 1934 Ithaca decided to offer an “upgraded” version of the gun, calling it the Lefever “A” Grade.  The “A” Grade guns would feature a color case-hardened frame with some minimal engraving, an improved checkered solid rib design, and a better grade of wood.  Automatic ejectors and a single trigger could be special ordered on this model for an additional cost.  The production run of the Lefever “A” Grade ran from 1934 until 1940, with a total of only 2,350 guns produced.  Out of the 2,350 made, 1,000 were 12 Gauge, 600 were 16 Gauge, 600 were 20 Gauge, and only 150 were .410 Gauge.  This particular example is serial number 301038 and is one of the 150 .410 Gauge guns made.  It was shipped in 1938 to Herbert Hearn Hardware company in Cambridge, Maryland and is listed in their records as it sits now, as a 26″ inch gun choked “Modified” and “Full” with ejectors and a single trigger.  A quick internet search turns up some old pictures of the Hearn building when it was still in business as well as some pictures of what remains of the building today (which was being restored as of 2017).  As you can see from the pictures, this very handsome little Lefever has been used but not abused.  All of the finish that remains on this shotgun is original, and it has not been altered or “improved” in any way.  It is a very classy double with lots of original gloss blue showing on the barrels and patches of case colors still showing on the receiver, particularly in the protected areas.  The factory stampings of “Lefever Arms, Branch Ithaca Gun Co. Inc. Ithaca, N.Y.” and “LEFEVER A GRADE” on the top of the chambers is still clear and legible.  All of the serial numbered parts are matching and original, including the forearm metal, receiver, and barrels.  The stock set is stamped with the serial number as well, with the beavertail forearm stamped on the underside between the barrel channels and the buttstock stamped under the tang of the triggerguard.  The bores in the 26″ inch barrels are perfect and mirror-bright.  They are free from any pitting, dents, bulges, or damage of any kind.  The stock set on this Lefever is in very good condition overall, free from any cracks, chips, repairs, or major damage.  All of the factory stock hardware is intact and nothing has been modified.  The checkered panels on the wrist and forearm are still clean and show only light wear.  This “A” Grade Lefever has a perfect, tight lock-up, and is perfectly “on face” with no wiggle or slop.  The single trigger, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety all work perfectly.  We have no doubt that this Lefever will function just as well today as the day it left the factory, and should do so for many more decades.   If you have been looking for a classy and collectible American-made vintage .410 double, this is your chance to get one of the rarest we have had in decades.  This Lefever Ithaca should not only be an excellent field gun that you can enjoy shooting, but an excellent long-term investment as well.  There can’t be too many of the original 150 .410’s made that are still floating around out there in original condition, much less with special order automatic ejectors and a single trigger like this one! Price: $6,500

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H.J. Hussey Imperial Sidelock Live Pigeon gun 12ga
H.J. Hussey Imperial Sidelock Live Pigeon gun 12ga

H.J. Hussey Imperial Sidelock Live Pigeon gun 12ga: Amazing condition Hj hussey imperial ejector live pigeon gun. Great gun for driven birds, Helice/live birds or sporting clays. A less known but top english best gun maker. Serial Number: 14147 Barrel Length: 30 in Chambers: 2 3/4″ Ejectors: yes Condition: excellent like new Stock Comb: 1 7/16″ Stock Heel: 2 1/8″ LOP: 14 3/4″ Weight: 7 lbs 9 oz Choke Left: mod Choke Right: full Case: yes Price: $17,000

Beautiful ultra lightweight 16ga Lefever EE Grade Side-by-Side Game Gun
Beautiful ultra lightweight 16ga Lefever EE Grade Side-by-Side Game Gun

Beautiful ultra lightweight 16ga Lefever EE Grade Side-by-Side Game Gun: Made in the 39k serial number range with straight stock, double triggers, splinter forearm and LAC Monogrammed buttplate. This particular gun with 26″ (Original length) Krupp Steel barrels, 2-3/4″ chambers. Gun is beautifully engraved with much finer than normal game scenes on both sides of the gun. The gun remains in pleasing condition with about 80% toned original barrel blue, 20-30% original case color, and excellent wood finish with stocks being sound. Bores are bright and shiny and mechanics are crisp. Ejectors are in time and the gun is nice and tight on the face. Here are the technicals on the gun: LOP- 13-3/4″ to LAC Monogrammed Buttplate, DAC- 1-5/8″, DAH- 2-1/4″, Right Barrel- .663 with .005 choke , Left barrel- .664 with .005 choke, Weight – 5lbs 14oz , MWT- .028(L) and .026(R). Price: $7495

1938 Vintage Lefever Arms Ithaca "A" Grade .410 Double w/ 26" Barrels, Ejectors, & Single Trigger ** RARE w/ Factory Letter! **
1938 Vintage Lefever Arms Ithaca “A” Grade .410 Double w/ 26″ Barrels, Ejectors, & Single Trigger ** RARE w/ Factory Letter! **

1938 Vintage Lefever Arms Ithaca “A” Grade .410 Double w/ 26″ Barrels, Ejectors, & Single Trigger ** RARE w/ Factory Letter! **: This is a very special all-original Lefever / Ithaca “A” Grade .410 Ga. double-barrel shotgun made in 1938, complete with an original November of 1975-dated factory letter.  One of only 150 made in .410 gauge, this extremely-cool and beautiful little double features a case-colored receiver, a factory gloss blue finish on the barrels, 26″ inch fluid-steel barrels choked “Modified” and “Full” with 3″ inch chambers, a checkered solid rib with a red front bead sight and an ivory mid-bead, automatic ejectors (special order), a single trigger (special order), a tang-mounted automatic safety, and a point-pattern checkered American Walnut stock set with a beavertail forearm and pistol-grip buttstock.  The beavertail forearm has a push-button release and an ebony diamond inlay at the front edge, and the buttstock features a factory black pistol grip cap and a factory black serrated buttplate. While the original Lefever Arms of Syracuse, New York Discontinued operations in 1916, it was bought by the Ithaca Gun Company sometime shortly after.  In 1921 Ithaca decided to use the Lefever name to brand a high-quality but lower-cost field gun they were manufacturing, calling it the Lefever Nitro Special.  This allowed Ithaca to maintain the prestige of the Ithaca name but still produce a lower-cost shotgun.  The Lefever Nitro Special was a big success for the company and by 1934 Ithaca decided to offer an “upgraded” version of the gun, calling it the Lefever “A” Grade.  The “A” Grade guns would feature a color case-hardened frame with some minimal engraving, an improved checkered solid rib design, and a better grade of wood.  Automatic ejectors and a single trigger could be special ordered on this model for an additional cost.  The production run of the Lefever “A” Grade ran from 1934 until 1940, with a total of only 2,350 guns produced.  Out of the 2,350 made, 1,000 were 12 Gauge, 600 were 16 Gauge, 600 were 20 Gauge, and only 150 were .410 Gauge.  This particular example is serial number 301038 and is one of the 150 .410 Gauge guns made.  It was shipped in 1938 to Herbert Hearn Hardware company in Cambridge, Maryland and is listed in their records as it sits now, as a 26″ inch gun choked “Modified” and “Full” with ejectors and a single trigger.  A quick internet search turns up some old pictures of the Hearn building when it was still in business as well as some pictures of what remains of the building today (which was being restored as of 2017).  As you can see from the pictures, this very handsome little Lefever has been used but not abused.  All of the finish that remains on this shotgun is original, and it has not been altered or “improved” in any way.  It is a very classy double with lots of original gloss blue showing on the barrels and patches of case colors still showing on the receiver, particularly in the protected areas.  The factory stampings of “Lefever Arms, Branch Ithaca Gun Co. Inc. Ithaca, N.Y.” and “LEFEVER A GRADE” on the top of the chambers is still clear and legible.  All of the serial numbered parts are matching and original, including the forearm metal, receiver, and barrels.  The stock set is stamped with the serial number as well, with the beavertail forearm stamped on the underside between the barrel channels and the buttstock stamped under the tang of the triggerguard.  The bores in the 26″ inch barrels are perfect and mirror-bright.  They are free from any pitting, dents, bulges, or damage of any kind.  The stock set on this Lefever is in very good condition overall, free from any cracks, chips, repairs, or major damage.  All of the factory stock hardware is intact and nothing has been modified.  The checkered panels on the wrist and forearm are still clean and show only light wear.  This “A” Grade Lefever has a perfect, tight lock-up, and is perfectly “on face” with no wiggle or slop.  The single trigger, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety all work perfectly.  We have no doubt that this Lefever will function just as well today as the day it left the factory, and should do so for many more decades.   If you have been looking for a classy and collectible American-made vintage .410 double, this is your chance to get one of the rarest we have had in decades.  This Lefever Ithaca should not only be an excellent field gun that you can enjoy shooting, but an excellent long-term investment as well.  There can’t be too many of the original 150 .410’s made that are still floating around out there in original condition, much less with special order automatic ejectors and a single trigger like this one! Price: $6,500

Johann Springer Boxlock Ejector SxS 12ga
Johann Springer Boxlock Ejector SxS 12ga

Johann Springer Boxlock Ejector SxS 12ga: Chambers: 2 3/4″ Metal Condition: Some Bluing Loss and Lite User Marks Wood Condition: Some User Marks Barrels: 30 Triggers: Double Triggers Stock Dimensions: 14 3/4″ LOP Fore End: Checkered Splinder Butt Pad: Butt Plate Weight: 7 lb. 10 oz. Sights: Front Bead Chokes: Full & Full. Price: $2,199.97

Savage ~ Fox Sterlingworth ~ 12 GA. ~ SxS ~ ("Skeet & Upland Game" model?
Savage ~ Fox Sterlingworth ~ 12 GA. ~ SxS ~ (“Skeet & Upland Game” model?)

Savage ~ Fox Sterlingworth ~ 12 GA. ~ SxS ~ (“Skeet & Upland Game” model?): This Savage Model Fox Sterlingworth is a 12 Ga. Side x Side shotgun. It has 26 inch barrels with extractors and a solid rib. With a 2 3/4 inch chambers it has fixed CYL and MOD chokes. A brass bead front sight. The butt stock is a checkered grip walnut straight grip. The forearm is a checkered grip walnut. It has double triggers. The receiver is case colored. S/N 160260. Chambers: 2 3/4 inch chambers with extractors. Metal Condition: Fair. Minor wear and handling / use marks. Wood Condition: Fair with many handling marks., Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 26 inch barrels with a solid rib. Triggers: Double. Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 5/8 inches. Fore End: Checkered grip walnut. Butt Pad: Ranger red rubber recoil pad. Weight: 7 lb. 2 oz. Sights: Brass bead front. Chokes: Fixed Cyl & Mod. Price: $999.99

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Exceptionally rare high original condition Special Order Lefever "E" Grade 8ga with 34" barrels
Exceptionally rare high original condition Special Order Lefever “E” Grade 8ga with 34″ barrels

Exceptionally rare high original condition Special Order Lefever “E” Grade 8ga with 34″ barrels: Easily the finest and most collectible Lefever to come to public market in the last several years.  This gun is an exceptionally rare and fine Lefever Arms Co. “E” Grade 8ga.  Made with 34″ Damascus barrels, splinter forend, double triggers, extractors, capped pistol grip buttstock and original lined buttplate.  The gun is in the 12k serial number range and is finely engraved with scroll and game scenes on side.  Special order original gold inlay on trigger guard.  This is the only original gold inlaid E Grade gun I have encountered in more than 30 years of aggressively chasing Lefever guns. The gun remains in superb original condition with more than 80% bold dark original case colors remaining.  The barrels are excellent with more than 90% bold original pattern and bright shiny bores.  The gun retains more than 70% original trigger guard blue and the gold inlay is guaranteed factory original.  The buttplate is sound.  The stocks are excellent with crisp checkering though there is a small shake in the wood at the toe that measures 4-1/2″.  This could easily be made invisible with today’s talented wood craftsmen and this is from the wood drying with a couple of small knots in it, not damage of any type.  Overall, the gun is crisp and in delightful untouched original condition. Price: $22,500

PARKER REPRODUCTION 20GA EXCELLENT
PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 20GA EXCELLENT

PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 20GA EXCELLENT: A very lightly used Repro in a desirable configuration and in Excellent condition. With case, snap caps and cover.Shotgun Guage: 20 Gauge, Manufacturer: PARKER REPRODUCTION, Model: DHE, Barrel Length: 26IN, Chambers: 2 3/4 IN, Ejectors: YES, Condition: EXCELLENT, Metal Condition: EXCELLENT, Wood Condition: EXCELLENT, Bore Condition: EXCELLENT, Stock Comb: 1 7/16 IN, Stock Heel: 2 1/8IN, Butt Pad: SKELETON, LOP: 14 7/16IN, Weight: 6LBS 8OZ, Choke Left: MODIFIED, Choke Right: IMP/CYL, Extras: SNAP CAPS, Case: LEATHER HARD CASE AND COVER, Proof:Nitro: YES. Price: $4450

Browning BSS 20 Ga SxS Sporter
Browning BSS 20 Ga SxS Sporter

Browning BSS 20 Ga SxS Sporter:  3″ chambers.  26″ IC & M barrels.  SST, ejectors.  1″ scratch in buttstock, small nick in stock fence behind receiver.  Otherwise near new.  LOP 14 1/4″ over pad. Price: $1700

Fox Sterlingworth 20 Gauge SxS
Fox Sterlingworth 20 Gauge SxS

Fox Sterlingworth 20 Gauge SxS: 1924 Fox S/W 20 gauge. 26″ M/F.   Weight 5lbs. 15oz.  1 1/2′ X 21/2″ X14″ to an old Ranger pad. Good bores and mechanics. Leave your C grade ejector home on the rainy day. Price: $1550

Ahhh…so this is how it works. A 10g Lefever sidecocker …

Daniel Myron Lefever was a gun-making genius, and the great-looking side-by-side you see here was one of his creations. This shotgun is a 10-gauge, D-grade Lefever “Sidecocker”. Check out the video above to see how it earned the “Sidecocker” nickname and how it overcame a “problem” hammerless shotguns had when they were introduced in the late 1870s and 1880s.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

Lefever patented his sidecocker design in 1880. According to the Lefever Arms Collectors Association site, it was the first commercially successful American hammerless shotgun.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

While there are several interesting features on these guns — the compensating action, the push-up lever on the top that opens the gun, the cocked-indicator nipples on the locks — the most interesting one is the lever on the left side of the action. That’s the “cocker” in sidecocker. When you push it down, it pushes the into the “cocked” position.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

OK. But doesn’t it eliminate one of the key advantages of the hammerless design  — self cocking? Yes, but back when this gun was introduced, not everyone loved the idea of a shotgun that cocked on its own. Up until the 1870s, almost every firearm had external hammers that shooters manually cocked. People liked the control and sense of security this gave them. The sidecocker design created a hammerless shotgun that retained the hammergun attributes some shooters still wanted in a new gun.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

Lefever used his sidecocker design from around 1883-1889 to build approximately 750 firearms, including a handful of double rifles and 3-barrel models (two shotgun barrels, one rifle). The shotguns came in six grades: AA, A, B, C, D, & E.

In 1883, the D-grade shown here cost about $125 — a lot of money back when a $5-$6 a week was good wage.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels: Truly a beautiful early sidecocking gun made with original 30″ Bernard Damascus barrels.  The gun made with capped pistol grip buttstock which is of very fancy flame grained American Walnut and terminates with an original checkered horn buttplate.  The splinter forend with triangular horn tip is nicely and finely checkered.  Action is finely engraved, likely by Jacob Glahn with well detailed dogs on both sides as seen in the photos.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

The gun remains in fine totally original untouched condition.  Barrels retain about 90-95%.  Frame has toned to a pleasing gray with perhaps as much as 25% color in the protected areas around the lever on the left side, engraving is crisp throughout.  Stocks are excellent, checkering has thinned from handling but is all still present and visible and original.  Buttplate is original and excellent.  Bores are mostly bright and shiny with a hint of frosting ahead of the chambers but overall excellent.  Truly a rare and untouched Sidecocker!

Antique: Yes. Serial Number: 6032. Barrel Length: 30″. Bore: 10 Bore. Chambers: 2-7/8″. Condition: Excellent. Metal Condition: Excellent. Wood Condition: Excellent. Bore Condition: Excellent. Barrel Type: Bernard Damascus. Triggers: Double Triggers. Stock Comb: 2-1/8″. Stock Heel: 3-3/8″. Fore End: Splinter Forend. Butt Pad: Original checkered horn BP. LOP: 14″. Weight: 9lbs 1oz. Choke Left: .776″ with .033″ choke. Choke Right: .767″ with .024″ choke. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .045″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .039″

Price: $7795

Ahhh...so this is how it works. A 10g Lefever sidecocker ...
Ahhh…so this is how it works. A 10g Lefever sidecocker …

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Piotti 20 Gauge King SxS Sidelock Shotgun
Piotti 20 Gauge King SxS Sidelock Shotgun

Piotti 20 Gauge King SxS Sidelock Shotgun: Cole Fine Guns San Antonio has the privilege of offering for your consideration this fine Piotti 20 gauge King 1 bearing serial # A067.  This fantastic Piotti specimen features full coverage scroll and rosette engraving by Mr. G Zacchi.  The coverage is complete and executed at the highest level.  The barrels are 29 inches and choked Improved Cylinder and Modified.  There is a concave rib that naturally draws the eye allowing for even more focus and attention to the intended target.  Buttstock and semi beavertail forend are wonderfully figured walnut and display considerable contrast in the dark hues as opposed to the lighter tones and shades of this piece.  The firearm is cased in a fitted leather-trimmed Negrini case. Price: $25,900

PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN

PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: 26″ BARRELS, .005/.005 CHOKES, 3″ CHAMBERS, SPLINTER FOREND, FACTOR STRAIGHT GRIP “RARE”, 14″ 1 3/4″-2 7/8″, OOO FRAME, BRIGHT SHINY BORES, 95% BARREL BLUE, TIGHT ON FACE, GOOD SHOOTER ALL ORIGINAL UNALTERED PARKER CORRECT TO THE RECORD BOOK. Price: $24,500

Rare high original condition Lefever EE 16ga with straight stock and 30" Krupp
Rare high original condition Lefever EE 16ga with straight stock and 30″ Krupp

Rare high original condition Lefever EE 16ga with straight stock and 30″ Krupp: Easily the very finest EE Grade 16ga I have had in more than 30 years of aggressively chasing Lefevers.  This RARE small bore Lefever in FINE high original conditon gun with 90% bright original case color on action.  Gun has been used very little and shows that it has been greatly cared for over its 110 years.  Engraved in beautiful EE Grade mid range pattern game scenes on sides and scroll.  The gun retains 99% restored barrel blue and wood finish. Price: $9950 

Beretta ASEL 20 ga., O/,  26"
Beretta ASEL 20 ga., O/,  26″

Beretta ASEL 20 ga., O/,  26″: Hand-filed vent rib barrels with double ivory beads are choked improved cylinder and full (.009/.024).  This late 1950s Abercrombie & Fitch gun features hinged front double triggers, auto ejectors and auto safe.  Fully engraved scallop-backed action, elegant special-order long forend, Prince of Wales grip.   Nicely figured Tyrolean walnut  stock measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2-3/8″ heel, 14-1/8″ LOP over the original wood butt.  Made in the same workrooms as the SO guns,  certainly the finest boxlock O/Us ever produced by Beretta.  The diminutive frame, scaled to the gauge allows this little 20 to weigh a mere 5 lbs, 10 ozs.  Honest example. Price: $6,750

Parker Reproduction 28GA, Double Triggers, Super Clean
Parker Reproduction 28GA, Double Triggers, Super Clean

Parker Reproduction 28GA, Double Triggers, Super Clean: 26″ barrels choked IMPROVED CYL/MOD. Perfect bore – bright and shiny. Metal finish is in excellent original condition. No loss of case colors. LOP 14 1/4″. DAH 2 1/4″. DAC 1 1/2″. All screws are clean and show no sign of screwdriver use. A few very minor handling marks in wood finish from being in the safe. Complete with canvas covered leather case and snap caps. Price: $4,995

Good gun alert: Insanely rare 20g Lefever CE …

Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore
Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore

The 20 guage CE-grade Lefever you see here is one of the rarest American side-by-sides I’ve come across.

Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore
Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore

Daniel Myron Lefever started the Lefever Arms Co. in 1883 and guns were made under that name until around 1921. Over those 38 years, the company built around 73,000 SxS. Of those, twenty gauges were among the rarest

Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore
Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore

C-grades were middle-grade guns and several steps away from the company’s finest doubles — the $1000 Grade, the Optimus, and came after Lefever AAs, A, & B. According to the book Uncle Dan Lefever: Master Gunmakers by Robert Elliott, around 3,000 C-grades were built. How many of these were 20s? Maybe 30 – probably less. Because the records for Lefever Arms Co. firearms were lost, no one knows for sure.

Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore
Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore

Lefever CE Grade 20 ga. Shotgun: Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore in excellent condition with 26” steel barrels  choked 1/4 and modified, twin beads, beautiful stock figure, Lefever butt plate, gold initial medallion, ejectors, double triggers, automatic safety, outstanding engraving, 72xxx s/n, some case colors, but mostly silver frame, excellent barrel blue, 14 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/4, 6.2 lbs., 2 3/4” chambers. Price: $12,500

Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore
Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore

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THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE
THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE

THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE: #20901, 30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS MOD AND FULL 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, HORN BUTT AND GRIP CAP, 7LBS 9 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP. Price: $69,500

PIOTTI, GARDONE, 20 BORE SLE, KING 1
PIOTTI, GARDONE, 20 BORE SLE, KING 1

PIOTTI, GARDONE, 20 BORE SLE, KING 1: c. 1993. 2 3/4″, 28″ , chopper lump, concave filled rib, choked IC/Mod. 14 1/2″ highly figured wood to checkered butt. Coin finished rose and scroll, beaded fences, and articulated front trigger highlight this beautifully made action. 6lbs 1oz. Cased in leather case with makers label. Price: $16,900 

Parker Brothers Double Barrel Shotgun, 1883 Vintage, 12 Gauge
Parker Brothers Double Barrel Shotgun, 1883 Vintage, 12 Gauge

Parker Brothers Double Barrel Shotgun, 1883 Vintage, 12 Gauge: Here is a classy looking Parker Brothers Double Barrel Hammer gun.  This 1883 vintage double is fitted with 30-inch damascus barrels, checkered walnut forearm, checkered walnut pistol gripped stock with a steel butt-plate and hard rubber grip cap, double triggers, color case-hardened hammers, receiver and side-locks, most metal parts are lightly engraved, and 12 Gauge chambered.  The gun is in excellent original condition, with attractively figured barrels, and the hammers, receiver, and side-locks retain 60% of their original color case-hardened finish, with most loss on the receiver.  The stock and forearm are in fine condition, retaining most all of their finishes, with the left side of stock having a crack at the lower butt-plate screw.  The trigger guard and butt-plate retain 50% of their original blue finishes.  The bores are bright, with only a couple of small corrosion spots, and no dents.  The action is tight and functions perfectly.  A truly elegant vintage shotgun. PRICE: $5,250

Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28 inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930
Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28 inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930

Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28-inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930: We are proud to bring you this listing for this mostly original condition Parker Brothers VHE 20 gauge shotgun on an “0” frame.  This was originally manufactured in 1930.  The shotgun features a set of factory 28 inch Vulcan Steel barrels with perfectly bright and shiny bores.  The finish on the barrels display some thinning and older rust spots that have been removed but not cold blued.  It displays factory automatic ejectors and 2.75-inch chambers.  It is equipped with double triggers.  The receiver still displays the factory case color with 85% coverage.  The stock has been cut one time in its life and a 2-inch piece of wood has been professionally fitted where it was cut.  The length of pull is 14.25 inches with a drop at the comb of 1.5 to 2 ¾ inches at the heel.  Neutral cast.  Total weight 6.08lbs total weight. Price: $5000

BROWNING BSS SPORTER STRAIGHT STOCK 20GA
BROWNING BSS SPORTER STRAIGHT STOCK 20GA

BROWNING BSS SPORTER STRAIGHT STOCK 20GA: 26″ BARREL AND I/C-MOD FIXED CHOKES. SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER/EJECTORS, VERY GOOD CONDITION OVERALL. LOP 14 7/8″  6.5 LBS. Price: $1,850

 

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

PARKER DH 8 GAUGE SUPER RARE NOT ANOTHER LIKE IT IN THE WORLD
PARKER DH 8 GAUGE SUPER RARE NOT ANOTHER LIKE IT IN THE WORLD

PARKER DH 8 GAUGE SUPER RARE NOT ANOTHER LIKE IT IN THE WORLD: #6 FRAME, #159XXX, 34″ STEEL BARRELS WITH FLAT RIB, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EXTRACTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, THIS GUN HAS ALL OF THE ORIGINAL CASE COLORS, A FEW LIGHT MARKS IN THE WOOD, OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL GUN, 12LBS 4 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14″ LOP TO ORIGINAL PAD. Price: $79,500 

Incredible AS NEW Parker DHE 16ga with 30" Barrels
Incredible AS NEW Parker DHE 16ga with 30″ Barrels

Incredible AS NEW Parker DHE 16ga with 30″ Barrels: A BENCHMARK Parker with 30″ Titanic Steel barrels, made on a #1 frame.  Made with original Miller SST, auto ejectors, splinter forend, and capped pistol grip- gun also has the original leather faced Hawkins pad. Chambers: 2-3/4″, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: Minty, Bore Condition: Brilliant and shiny, Barrels: Titanic Steel 30″, Triggers: Original Miller Trigger, Gauge: 16ga, Stock Dimensions: 13-1/2″ LOP from rear position SST, Stock Drop: 1-5/8″ DAC 2-9/16″ DAH, Fore End: Splinter, Butt Pad: Original Hawkins Pad, Bores: Right .662″ Left .660″, Choke Left: .020″, Choke Right: .004″. This gun retains virtually all factory original finish to both wood and metal with only very minor handling marks in the wood.  Case colors are bold and vivid at 100% as is barrel blue.  Trigger guard blue is 100% original.  This is truly a benchmark Parker.  Guaranteed original in every respect. Price: $15,500

Webley & Scott 450 BPE Double Rifle

Webley & Scott 450 BPE Double Rifle: This is a fantastic condition Webley & Scott 450 3 ¼” black powder express double rifle with a 26” barrel. It has a nice weight of 8 pounds 14 ounces and the LOP is 14 3/8”. The DAH is 17/8” and the DAC is 1 ¼”. It retains 95% of the beautiful case colors and 90% barrel finish. The locks, tang, hammers and under lever are nicely engraved. The receiver top is nicely stippled and the barrel rib is matted. Even the butt plate is engraved. The mechanical function on this underlever hammer gun is excellent with perfect bores. The checkering is sharp. The beautiful wood has one small ding on the forearm and two small impressions on the buttstock. The action on this rifle is tight as new. Price: $7,495

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing *** RBL *** Reserve 20 Gauge *** NRA *** Ejector Shotgun
Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing *** RBL *** Reserve 20 Gauge *** NRA *** Ejector Shotgun

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing *** RBL *** Reserve 20 Gauge *** NRA *** Ejector Shotgun: NATIONAL RIFLE  ASSOCIATION  Shotgun  28 inch barrels with hidden chokes tubes, Tru Oil, Exhibition Upgraded Wood, Beavertail forearm, 14 1/4 inch LOP, capped pistol grip, and extended trigger guard.  Full coverage engraving with rose and scroll with super case colors. Now the most important – This is number 33 of the National Rifle Association Connecticut Shotgun Limited Edition.  This model has Wayne Lapierre’s signature in gold on the trigger gaurd and the gold   NRA   emblem in the center of the bottom plate.  ***** A rare gun in near perfect condition.*****  Price: $3,495

Beautiful high original condition Lefever Special Order 12 Bore with straight stock and special features
Beautiful high original condition Lefever Special Order 12 Bore with straight stock and special features

Beautiful high original condition Lefever Special Order 12 Bore with straight stock and special features: Beautiful special order Lefever in high original condition.  Gun has original 26″ Damascus barrels which have nearly all of their original pattern present.  Splinter forend with carved ebony Dog’s head at center and engraved steel tip.  Action has bursts of scroll engraving on sides and bottom and is in meticulous original condition with about 75% bold original color remaining.  Straight grip buttstock with high-grade European walnut and original Lefever Arms Co. monogrammed buttplate. Original gold plated double triggers! Chambers: 2-5/8″, Ejectors: Extractors, Bore Condition: Mirror bright and shiny, Triggers: Gold plated double triggers, Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP, Stock Comb: 1-13/16, Stock Heel: 3″, Fore End: Splinter, Butt Pad: Orig. Lefever buttplate, Weight: 6lbs14oz, Bores: .738″ (both barrels), Choke Left: .031″, Choke Right: .016″ This is a gorgeous high original condition Lefever worthy of any American double gun collection.  If you have been looking for a great high original condition Lefever, look no further.  This one is wonderful. Price: $3450

Last minute auction alert: Nice 16g Lefever H grade …

Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30" Barrels
Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30″ Barrels

The Lefever Arms Co. made some of America’s SxS shotguns, and the one you see here is a perfect example of what makes these doubles so special. With its sideplated action, this H-grade looks as sleek and elegant like as British sidelock, and the proportions all around are compliment one another and make the entire gun look great.

Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30" Barrels
Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30″ Barrels

Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30″ Barrels: Nice original Lefever H Grade 16ga guns dont come along every day – this particular gun has 30″ twist barrels which makes it rather rare. Built with double triggers, extractors, splinter forend, and capped pistol grip stock, the gun remains in quite pleasing original condition. Case colors are around 70% original. Stocks retain about 90% original finish and are mostly sound. The barrels retain nearly all of their bold black and white twist pattern. Bores are bright and shiny, and mechanics are crisp. The only visible flaw in the gun is a very small repair at the toe which can be seen in the photos. The gun weighs 6lbs 12oz. Both barrels measure .672 with .017 (mod) choke in the right, and .035 (Ex-full) in the left. Min wall thickness is .025 in the right and .027 in the left. Stock measures 1-9/16″ DAH, 2-3/4″ DAH, and 13-5/8″ LOP over the original Lefever Arms Co. monogrammed buttplate. Imagine carrying this gun on a pheasant hunt with this weight, dimensions, and choke combo! You will look long and hard to find another 30″ 16ga Lefever in this clean condition.

Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30" Barrels
Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30″ Barrels
Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30" Barrels
Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30″ Barrels

Online auction alert: 16g Lefever GE SxS, 28″ bbls…

Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28" Dam bbls
Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28″ Dam bbls

What are the chances? In less than a week, two rare — and great looking — Lefevers have popped up on Gunbroker.

Last week I posted this 16g DM Lefever shotgun. Today, I’m posting that gun’s cousin, this 16g GE from the Lefever Arms Co. It’s on Gunbroker.com with No Reserve listing and it ends on 4/1/2019 @ 1:57 PM.

Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28" Dam bbls
Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28″ Dam bbls

Daniel Myron Lefever was an American inventor and gunmaker. In his lifetime, he patented a number of gun designs, including the one you see here, which was built by the Lefever Arms Company from 1883 until 1916.

Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28" Dam bbls
Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28″ Dam bbls

I love this gun for several reasons: First, there’s the design. Not only is it great looking (maybe the best looking of all American doubles), it’s also clever as hell. Not only does it have an adjustable action (so it’s easy to fix when it goes off the face), it also has an adjustable forend (so if it comes loose, it’s easy to tighten). Nest, this appears to be in excellent original condition. Considering this gun is 100+ years old, that’s special. Finally, there’s its gauge and barrel length. Sixteen-gauges with 28″ barrels from the Lefever Arms Co. are not that common.

Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28" Dam bbls
Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28″ Dam bbls

Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28″ Dam bbls: Fine original Lefever GE 16ga. 28″ Damascus barrels with bold pattern. Made with double triggers, splinter forend, capped pistol grip buttstock, and auto-safety. Weighing in at 6lbs 10oz. the gun retains a solid 40% original case color, 90%++ original Damascus pattern, 40% original trigger guard blue and most of the original stock finishes. The wood is nicely figured and measures 1-11/16″ DAC, 2-15/16 DAH, and 14-3/8″ LOP over the original Lefever Arms. Co monogrammed buttplate. Barrels, with original 2-1/2″ chambers measure .674(right) with .018 choke, and .667 (left) with .020 choke and minimum wall thickness is .027(right) and .032(left) making this a great shooting gun! The gun is priced at $2295 plus shipping to your FFL. This gun will make a fine shooting small bore Lefever that will also be comfortable in a collection of American doubles. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions via PM on this site or at (704) 280-2382. Thanks for looking!

Auction alert: Insanely rare 16g D.M. Lefever 16g SxS, 9F grade…

 

D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun
D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun

The shotgun you see here is one of the rarest of all vintage American double-barrel shotguns. It’s a D.M. Lefever 16g in 9F grade and is on Gunbroker.com now. The listing ends on 3/24/2019 @ 7:51 PM. Even though it’s a No Reserve auction, bidding starts at $5,995.

Daniel Myron Lefever was an American inventor and gunmaker. In his lifetime, he patented a number of gun designs, including the one built by the Lefever Arms Company from 1883 until 1916 (here’s a gun built on that patent).

D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun
D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun

In 1902, D. M. Lefever formed the D. M. Lefever, Sons & Company. The gun he built with that company is the type of SxS shotgun listed in this auction. Called a Lefever Cross-Bolt, it’s a very different design, and it was very successful for D.M. Lefever. The company only made about a 1,000 of them before going out of business. The one shown here is a 9F grade, one up from D.M. Lefever bottom of the line 0 Excelsior model.

D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun
D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun

Dan D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun: You are bidding on a fantastic and rare D.M. Lefever and Sons Co. shotgun! This has its ORIGINAL FACTORY ORDER TAG!!! D.M. Lefever and Sons only made about 1000 guns in the short span of their production, and this one is special in several ways! It is a snappy little 16 Ga. and has factory documented 26″ barrels. VERY EARLY production! It also has a straight grip English style stock, Imperial Steel barrels, 9F grade, and this actual gun was featured in the Double Gun Journal Winter 1992 Issue that has the great article on D.M. Lefever crossbolt guns. It is in beautiful condition with 90% plus original bluing on the barrels and high condition on the action and stock. Original butt plate with unturned screws. Barrels ring true and are plenty thick, bores are excellent. I took the D.M. Lefever to Britannia Sporting Arms in Cape Neddick, Maine and the proprietor Stephan Hutton (worked at Churchill’s in England) thoroughly looked the gun over and gave a glowing condition report! The states that it is a “very clean, solid gun that has seen very little use, and has been well-looked after over the years”, he noted that most of the small amount of wear has been because of handling.

D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun
D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun

It is completely original, locks up tight, is on face, and functions correctly as it is (the ejector spring was removed from the gun at some point, but is present with the gun and can be re-installed if desired) The chambers are 2 3/4” long and there are no signs of them having been “opened up”, so he believes that it left the factory this way. The stock and forearm are original to the gun and their conditions match nicely. He said that it is possible that the stock was refreshed at some point in the distant past, but that he personally highly doubts, it given the patina of the wood and the high original condition of the rest of the gun. The consensus was that it just remains in pretty amazing condition overall. The Length of Pull is a little over 14” and drop at comb was over 1 1/2”, drop at heel was 2 3/8” with no cast and will fit shooters of modern dimensions. These dimensions are all within 1/8” of the dimensions listed on the original factory tag, which are nominal dimensions. The bores have NO dents, bulges or pits, the ribs are sound, the minimum wall thicknesses on the barrels are healthy at .030 for the left barrel, and .029 for the right barrel. The chokes are listed as Cyl and Modified, and he found that the Cyl barrel had .003 constriction which could be considered Cyl or Skeet 1, other barrel was Modified. There were no signs of the chokes being modified after it left the factory. He noted that there is an almost imperceptible dent in the left barrel choke area at approx the 7 o’clock position, but stated that it was of absolutely no concern. The bore size was .675 in the right barrel and .679 in the left barrel, which is over nominal barrel size for a 16 gauge, but states that given the healthy wall thicknesses, that it most likely left the factory this way and was not polished at a later time. He stated that he does not know the reason that the ejector spring was removed, but that a previous owner may have not wanted the shells to eject or it could have been giving him problems. He said that without re-installing the ejector spring that it was impossible to know if there was a functional reason it was removed. The gun functions properly as it is, but he stated that with the ejector spring not in place, that care must be given when re-attaching the barrels to the action, as if the ejector arms rotate and go over other parts that you will not be able to re-attach the barrels until they are placed back in their proper position where they are normally held in place from the ejector spring. Although he has examined and worked on several D.M Lefevers, he stated that this one has a different action mechanism than the others that he had seen personally. He did not expressly say so, he did give the overall impression that this was the nicest, original D.M. Lefever that he had seen. With its Double Gun Journal provenance, desirable gauge, unusual features, and original hang tag, you probably won’t have many (if any) opportunities to find a nicer, better example of an early D.M Lefever! Buyer to pay actual shipping and INSURANCE costs. Payment by certified funds or cash. FFL or C&R required for shipment.

Incredible gun alert: 16g Lefever BE SxS …

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

Take a good, long look at this 16g BE-grade Lefever. Chances are good you’ll never see another one again.

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

Over its short history (XXXX-XXXX) the Lefever Arms Company made far fewer guns than the other major American SxS makers — Parker, Fox, L.C. Smith, and Ithaca. And as was the case with most gunmakers, most of the SxSs Lefever built were in their lower grades: I, DS, H, G, F. Very few of the company’s top-tier guns – the One Thousand Dollar Grade, the Optimus, the AA, A, & Bs – were made and most of these were 12 gauges.

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

So any B-grade Lefever is a scarce gun (a BE is a B-grade with Ejectors), and a 16 gauge BE is, well, super ‘friggin rare. In 20 years of following Lefevers, this is the first one I’ve seen on the open market.

BTW: If you own an old Lefever and would like to know more about it or sell it, please let me know. I would be happy to help out. Gregg@DogsandDoubles.com

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun: Offered here is the holy grail of Lefever collecting – an original Lefever BE Grade 16ga.  Made with original 28″ Krupp Steel Barrels, splinter forend with the rare clamshell release.  Original Lefever single selective trigger with selector in the safety slide.  Round knob pistol grip buttstock with gorgeous grain and fine checkering through the wrist. The gun weighs 5lbs 14oz and was made on the Lefever “XX” frame size as marked on the watertable. The gun has original 2-1/2″ original chambers, bright shiny bores.  The barrels measure .670 in both tubes (perfect for a 16ga Lefever) and have .020 choke (mod) in the right barrel and .028 (full) in the left barrel. Minimum wall thickness is .027 in both barrels.  The LOP is 12-3/4″ over a thick Lefever monogrammed buttplate (would be 13-3/4″ with double triggers) from the rear position single trigger with drops of  2″ at the comb and 2-7/8″ at the heel.  Barrels retain about 90% of the original blue.  Action retains more than 1/3 of the original case color with nice crisp engraving. Stocks are sound and retain most of their original finish with a few minors. Price: $18,500

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

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

 

Boss & Co. - Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set - 12 ga
Boss & Co. – Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set – 12 ga

Boss & Co. – Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set – 12 gaAction: Sidelock, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Single, Grip: Straight Grip, Lop: 15 “, Type of butt: Checkered Wood, Drop comb: 1 5/8 “, Drop heel: 2 “, Cast amount: 1/4 “, Cast: Off, Weight: 6 lbs, 8 oz, Manufactured in: England, Finish: Case Colored, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Type of Case: Oak & Leather Case w/Accessories, First set of barrels: 12 ga, 28″, 2 3/4 ” chambers, Chokes: F/F, Second set: 12 ga, 28″, 2 3/4 ” chambers, Chokes: IC/M. Beautiful two barrel set, open assist in very good condition. Price: $80,000

Parker VHE .410 - 26” - Ejectors - “Remington Era” - Beavertail - Single Trigger - “Skeet In Skeet Out” - 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 - 5 lbs 15 ozs
Parker VHE .410 – 26” – Ejectors – “Remington Era” – Beavertail – Single Trigger – “Skeet In Skeet Out” – 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 – 5 lbs 15 ozs

Parker VHE .410 – 26” – Ejectors – “Remington Era” – Beavertail – Single Trigger – “Skeet In Skeet Out” – 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 – 5 lbs 15 ozs: SN: 237186 – Beyond Nice – Spectacular RARE!!  “000” Frame – ca. 1935 – CLEAN!  Price: $36,995 

Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels
Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels

Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels: For your consideration is an extremely rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga gun. Anyone who knows Lefever guns, knows well that the Lefever small bore guns simply don’t exist in nature. They are really rare and hard to find. This particular Lefever has gorgeous 28″ American Flag Damascus pattern. They are a thing of beauty!!!  The gun has DT, AE, and auto safety. The capped PG buttstock is checkered in a two-point pattern. The splinter forend is checkered in typical later FE pattern with engraved steel escutcheon. The action is engraved in typical FE pattern with flying duck on left, falling woodcock on right surrounded by light scroll engraving. The gun retains more than 1/2 of its original case color, particularly nice and dark on the left side and on top. Barrels retain about 85%+ original damascus pattern. Screws are all excellent and the gun is totally unmolested. The stocks are sound and measure 2″ DAC, 3-1/4″ DAH and LOP is 13-3/4″ over the original lined HRBP. Both barrels measure .620 on the money, and the chokes are .012 (right) and .020 (left). Min walls are about.028 in each barrel. The gun weighs right at 6lbs. This is an extremely rare gun and easily one of the top FE 20ga I have seen in more than 25 years of aggressively chasing Lefevers. Price: $6895 

Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61
Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61

Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61: 28″ tapered file finished rib choked IM/M, DT’s, ejectors, Greener crossbolt, double underlugs, full coverage game scenes of pursuing fox, grouse, flying waterfowl, all in woods & marshland, cocking indicators, deluxe checkered walnut straight stock, 2 piece forearm, 15″ LOP over 7/8″ matched solid pad. 97% bbl. & receiver finish, some light handling. Price: $2,899

Beretta 686 20 ga 28", with straight, English grip and Briley chokes
Beretta 686 20 ga 28″, with straight, English grip and Briley chokes

Beretta 686 20 ga 28″, with straight, English grip and Briley chokes: Comes with a spare PG stock and 5 Briley thin wall chokes. Price: $1,700

This week’s 5 good guns…

 

JOHN WILKES PAIR BEST LONDON SIDELOCKS SXS .410
JOHN WILKES PAIR BEST LONDON SIDELOCKS SXS .410

JOHN WILKES PAIR BEST LONDON SIDELOCKS SXS .410: Price: $79,500
KEN HUNT ENGRAVED
CONSECUTIVE NUMBERED
BOTH ARE 26″ MOD AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS
DOUBLE TRIGGER
EJECTORS
SPLINTER FOREARM
ENGLISH GRIP
CHECKERED BUTT
4LBS 14 OZ X 2 X 1 1/2 X 15
BOTH GUNS ARE NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE

Westley Richards 20 bore  Hand Detachable (drop lock) Ejector, Side-by-Side Shotgun
Westley Richards 20 bore  Hand Detachable (drop lock) Ejector, Side-by-Side Shotgun

Westley Richards 20 bore  Hand Detachable (drop lock) Ejector, Side-by-Side Shotgun: Single Trigger, with a modern leather case. Circa 1931, Barrels are 28 inches with original 2 3/4 chambers proofed for 1 oz. Scalloped backed action 80 % coverage large scroll. Original Westley Richards Patent one trigger. Nicely fiddle figured European walnut stock measures 13 7/8 over a thin checkered horn plate, Deluxe checkering. Bore diameter left .619 right .620. Min. wall thickness right .030 left .032  choke is full and full both barrels .031. Dimensions are 1 5/8″ X 2 1/2″ with cast approx 1/4″ on. Weight 6 lbs. Barrels, Whitworth Steel, chopper lump, retain 90% of what looks to be original black. Action retains 70% to 80% case color. Floor plate retains 50% A lovely small bore upland or game gun. Price: $26,500

Chas. Lancaster .450/400 3 1/4" Side-by-Side Doxlock Non-Ejector Double Rifle, Super Condition
Chas. Lancaster .450/400 3 1/4″ Side-by-Side Doxlock Non-Ejector Double Rifle, Super Condition

Chas. Lancaster .450/400 3 1/4″ Side-by-Side Doxlock Non-Ejector Double Rifle, Super Condition: This is another one of those double rifles that are in exceptional condition without having been run through the refinishing mill. Barrels retain 98% original black. Frame has 90-95% vivid case color.  Wood is in very good condition, showing some handling marks.  The only alteration to the rifle is on the wood.  At one time a tang sight was added to the rifle which has been removed and new wood filled in its place; evidenced in one of the pictures.  Just a pleasure to find something this nice. Bores Are absolutely Mint!!!! 28″ barrels. 1/4 rib with 1S &2 F Scroll – 80% coverage. French Walnut stock. Solid Red Recoil Pad. 14 5/8″ LOP. 11 lbs. 2 oz. Price: $24,500

Lefever EE Grade 12ga. SxS Shotgun – BEAUTIFUL DAMASCUS, GREAT DIMENSIONS
Lefever EE Grade 12ga. SxS Shotgun – BEAUTIFUL DAMASCUS, GREAT DIMENSIONS

Lefever EE Grade 12ga. SxS Shotgun – BEAUTIFUL DAMASCUS, GREAT DIMENSIONS: 1901, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 10oz, SxS Serial Number: 35307E. Most who pursue American doubles are aware that Lefever Arms Co. of Syracuse, N.Y. produced very elegant shotguns.  The engraving is better than most in its tasteful application, the frames were ornately sculpted and shaped, and the workmanship overall was superior to the competition of the day.  With the last Lefever being produced in 1919, Lefever produced relatively few guns; in the range of 50.000 or so in all grades and gauges, most being lower grade guns.  Mr. Elliot’s book “Uncle Dan Lefever—Master Gunmaker” notes few high-grade Lefevers were produced, and most gunners that search for fine American vintage double guns are aware that there are few Lefever EE Grade guns ever seen for sale, especially in great original condition.  MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS LEFEVER, SN35307 MADE IN 1901, RETAINS PLENTY OF  FACTORY ORIGINAL CASE COLORS. Price: $4,450

Ruger Red Label. 28 ga. 28" choke tubes, with extra straight stock
Ruger Red Label. 28 ga. 28″ choke tubes, with extra straight stock

Ruger Red Label. 28 ga. 28″ choke tubes, with extra straight stockHere is a nice, lightweight 28 ga. that is both light, petite, and in a great gauge. Also with this gun come with an extra straight stock that has been shortened for a lady, youngster or a gentleman with shorter arms. The wood has lots of figure and would rate about 95% with some surface marks. The action of this gun has a few buff marks at the top. 1 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 14 1/2 * 6 lb 4 oz. Price: $1595.

Auction alert: Rare Lefever 8E 12 gauge SxS shotgun …

D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)
D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)

Daniel Myron Lefever was one of the geniuses of American gunmaking. Judging by the number of partnerships and businesses he formed in his career, he must have been mercurial, too.

From 1857 to his death in 1906, he worked for himself, and with others. By himself and with others, he built all sorts of firearms–including the one you see here. It comes from DM’s final venture: The D. M. Lefever, Sons & Company, which he formed with his sons in 1902.

Morphy Auctions is auctioning of this double tomorrow. If you like it, get on it now.

D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)
D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)

D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore): This early high quality Lefever was built using a scalloped boxlock, Greener crossbolt. Barrels were made of Krupp fluid steel, not Damascus, and features a solid matted rib with twin beads. Double triggers, beautiful dark grain hand checkered English type rear sight with Monte Carlo comb, finely checkered side panels, owner’s plaque in stock, and an early Upland Game red waffle recoil pad. Stamped on bottom of frame “D.M. Lefever Sons & Company Pat’d 1902 Not connected with Lefever Arms Company”.

D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)
D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)

Bores are clean and shiny. Barrels retain approximately 70% original blue starting to thin and patina, with age freckling on the right barrel extending 10″ from breech. Forearm is finely checkered with ebony tip. The frame exhibits delicate scroll engraving with setter on right side and mallard on left. The wood is in beautiful condition, has been freshened up at one time, with a couple minor dings. Lock-up is perfect with no wiggle with forearm off. Trigger guard is basically gun metal grey. Nice traces of case colors on both sides of frame. Lovely old high grade Lefever.

Serial Number: 1331

D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)
D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)

Barrel Length: 30″
Chambers: 2-5/8″
Length Of Pull: 15″
Drop at Comb: 1-3/4″
Drop at Heel: 2″
Internal Bore Diameters: .744″
Barrel Wall Thickness: Left – .045″, Right – .055″
Chokes: Both Barrels – Modified
Weight8 lbs. – 2 oz.

A hard to find Lefever Arms FE SxS in 16 gauge…

LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BBLS
LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BBLS

If this were 2005, I would be scheming to buy this 16 gauge Lefever FE. I used to love Lefevers. Of all the American SxSs, they’re sleekest and best looking. They’re also unique designs — a taster of the fruit that fell from the brain of they’re creator, Daniel Myron Lefever.

D.M. Lefever was one of America’s most inventive gunmakers. Born in upstate New York in 1835, he opened his first gunshop in 1857. Over the next two decades, he formed partnerships with a number men — Ellis, Dangerfield, Barber & Nichols — and built a wide range of muzzle- and breech-loading firearms.

LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BBLS
LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BBLS

In 1880 he formed the Lefever Arms Co in Syracuse, NY. The company was only around until 1919, and they only built around 65,000 shotguns (Parker made 200,000+ SxSs, Ithaca made many, many more). I’m not sure how many of Lefever’s guns were 16s, but estimates say fewer than 15%.

The 16 gauge you here is an F grade with ejectors (the E in F-E). Lefevers came in range of grades (see more about them here), and the F was a lower middle, comparable to Parker GH or a Fox B. I’ve owned several 16g F-grade Lefevers. They were all nice guns, and I’ve been looking at this one again and again, wondering if needs to be in my safe.

BTW: If you have a Lefever and you would like to know more about it, I’m happy to help. Just email me at gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28" DAMASCUS BBLS
LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE, 28″ DAMASCUS BBLS

LEFEVER SYRACUSE, FE GRADE, 16 GAUGE: ON A 20 GAUGE FRAME, 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS, GOOD PATTERN.  AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS.  LOTS OF LIGHT CASE COLOR, COCKING INDICATORS, EXCELLENT ENGRAVED SCREWS, MALLARD ON RIGHT LOCK, SNIPE ON LEFT PPLUS FINE SCROLL AND BORDERS.  TOP LEVER TO THE RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPPLINTER FOREARM, VERY GOOD WOOD AND CHECKERING, 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, SOLID SILVERS PAD.  6 1/2 POUNDS. Price: $3,500

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Fabbri – TIPO PICONE EXTRA, SxS, 28 GAUGE: Straight grip, single trigger, 28″ BARREL  Price: $65,000

Fabbri - TIPO PICONE EXTRA, SxS, 28 GAUGE
Fabbri – TIPO PICONE EXTRA, SxS, 28 GAUGE
FABBRI - PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE - HAND MADE IN 1966
FABBRI – PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – HAND MADE IN 1966

FABBRI – PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – HAND MADE IN 1966Here is a hand made Fabbri Pigeon Gun with 29 5/8″ barrels. Spectacular engraving featuring ribbons, scroll, vines and flowers. Gold Inlay pigeon in the forend. Bores at .732. Briley chokes. Chambers at 2 3/4″. Barrels are Phoenix Steel and marked as such. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 10 1/4 OZ. Leather case as shown. Shipping and insurance is $80. Stock dimensions follow. LOP 14 3/8″ (13″ to end of wood). Drop at Comb – 1 7/16″. Drop at Heel – 1 3/4″. Price: $27,500

HOLLOWAY 28 BORE- JENKINSON in N.Y. IMPORT- MADE in 1952- REMAINS in 99% OVERALL COND.- EXC. ENGLISH DETAIL & WORKMANSHIP- NICE PIECE
HOLLOWAY 28 BORE- JENKINSON in N.Y. IMPORT- MADE in 1952- REMAINS in 99% OVERALL COND.- EXC. ENGLISH DETAIL & WORKMANSHIP- NICE PIECE

HOLLOWAY 28 BORE- JENKINSON in N.Y. IMPORT- MADE in 1952- REMAINS in 99% OVERALL COND.- EXC. ENGLISH DETAIL & WORKMANSHIP- NICE PIECE:
#700 Holloway, G & S: A 28 Bore English Boxlock Ejector Game Gun that was imported by B. (Bob) Jenkinson, New York, N. Y. and so marked, Jenkinson imported a fair number of English guns in the 50’s & 60’s and I believe nearly all were made by Holloway, This 28 Bore was made in 1952, 26″ dovetail lump barrels at .550 .013 & .016″ (Mod. & Imp. Mod.), Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Proved in Birmingham at 3/4 ounce, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/4″ over a checkered butt, Slight cast-off with a swept comb that points like a dream, 28 bore weight at 5 lbs. 1 oz., 60% coverage of English scroll, Nice wood, The original barrel blue at 99%, The gun retains 98% original bright & vivid case colors, The stock finish is original and at 99%, The checkering at 100%, The blue on the floorplate, trigger guard, trigger guard tang and forend metal is 99%, The bores are as new from breech to muzzle, The gun is smack on the face with plenty of bite, The barrels ring with a nice chime. This is flat out one nice 1952 English boxlock with excellent workmanship on both the metal & wood. The stock inletting is superb and the checkering is as well cut as you will find on any English Best Sidelock. This is like buying it new in 1952. The Jenkinson serial # is 700 and the Holloway # is 22734. /////////////////////////////////// Holloway & Co. has been around since the 19th century. They had premises at 10-12 & 14 Vesey Street in Birmingham. In 1901 Tommy Naughton was the manager at Holloway & Co. and he bought the firm and it became Holloway & Naughton Ltd. but they continued business separately. G & S (George & Sidney) Holloway were for the most part makers to the trade and maintained an excellent reputation before and after WWII. About 1978 production of new Holloway guns was dropped but they continued with repairs. Graham Clive Holloway of G & S Holloway died in February of 1994 and that was the end of an era for G & S Holloway. To this day Holloway & Naughton shotguns are still made and manufactured to the client’s individual requirements and they can be found at hollowaynaughton.co.uk B. (Bob) Jenkinson was a dealer in many Holloway made guns during the 1950’s & 1960’s in New York City. Price: $8,500

Griffin & Howe --- Pre-war Boxlock Ejector --- 20 Gauge, 2 3/4" chambers
Griffin & Howe — Pre-war Boxlock Ejector — 20 Gauge, 2 3/4″ chambers

Griffin & Howe — Pre-war Boxlock Ejector — 20 Gauge, 2 3/4″28″ SxS barrels of Krupp Fluid Steel with matted rib, choked improved cylinder & modified. 14 1/4″ pull from single selective trigger to original basketweave-molded horn buttplate. 1 1/2″ – 2 3/8″drop. Figured European walnut stock with horn-tipped Deeley-release splinter forend, straight English grip, classic point-pattern checkering and with checkered sidepanels, teardrops and vacant brass initial oval. Fine scroll and game scene engraved, scalloped boxlock action, with deep chiseled fences, cocking indicators, automatic ejectors, Greener crossbolt, side clips, and manual top tang safety with S inlaid in gold. Weight: 5lbs, 10 1/2oz. German built in 1932. In Abercrombie & Fitch leather VC case with snap caps and oil bottle. Price: $7950

LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE 12 GAUGE, 32" DAMASCUS BARRELS
LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE 12 GAUGE, 32″ DAMASCUS BARRELS

LEFEVER, SYRACUSE, EE GRADE 12 GAUGE, 32″ DAMASCUS BARRELS: FULL AND FULL TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, BOLD DAMASCUS PATTERN, BRIGHT CLEAN BORES, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS.  ATTRACTIVE ENGRAVING WITH SETTER DOG IN A CIRCLE ON RIGHT LOCK, POINTER DOG IN CIRCLE ON LEFT LOCK, PLUS FINE SCROLLWORK AND BORDERS MALLARD ON TRIGGERGUARD, COCKING INDICATORS, LIGHT CASE COLOR, PERFECT ENGRAVED SCREWS, TOP LEVER TO THE RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM WITH THE CLAMSHELL LATCH, HIGHLY FIGURED IMPORTED WALNUT, FINE CHECKERING.  ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE, 1 3/4″ X 2 3/4″ X 13 3/4″, 7 3/4 POUNDS, 100% ORIGINAL CONDITION.  PRICE: $3,950

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HOLLIS, ISAAC- 500 3" BPE- AN EXC & ORIG CLASSIC UNDERLEVER REBOUNDING HAMMER EXPRESS- EXC PLUS BORES- SUPER WOOD
HOLLIS, ISAAC- 500 3″ BPE- AN EXC & ORIG CLASSIC UNDERLEVER REBOUNDING HAMMER EXPRESS- EXC PLUS BORES- SUPER WOOD

HOLLIS, ISAAC- 500 3″ BPE- AN EXC & ORIG CLASSIC UNDERLEVER REBOUNDING HAMMER EXPRESS- EXC PLUS BORES- SUPER WOOD:
I. (Isaac) Hollis & Sons, London: A Very Nice Isaac Hollis 500 3″ Black Powder Express Made about 1869 with a Jones Action Underlever Bar-Action with Rebounding Hammers, This gun is a very nice example of a Classic BPE double rifle that has been very well kept, It is with 28″ damascus barrels made by Alex. Henry that are numbered 1414 & 1415, Full length rib with 1 standing & 1 folding express sights, Rebounding locks, Percussion style fences, Stanton locks numbered 22042, Cross wedge forend release, Steel engraved grip cap, Sling eyes, 14 3/8″ LOP over a full checkered horn buttplate, 8 lbs. 15 oz., Outstanding figured wood with excellent & deep black/brown color & contrast, 85% coverage of well cut period scroll engraving including the hammers, top strap, lever, trigger guard, forend and grip cap, This vintage Classic still retains 30% original case colors, The barrel brown is still original & remains at 30%, The buttstock & forend has finish added but not sanded, Very solid wood in every respect, The wood remains at 88% with handling marks from being around all these years, The checkering is sharp & original and still at 94%, The inside of the forend has 95% case colors, Every screw inside & out is still 95%, The bores are excellent plus condition the entire way, The barrels at 1 in 38″ twist and was shot with 120 grains of black powder with both 320 & 380 paper patched bullets, The gun is cased in leather but it is in need of some work . Here is first rate quality, style, grace, workmanship, handling and romance from a great period at the pinnacle of sporting guns in the last years of the 19th century. Isaac Hollis & Sons was established in 1814 and had London offices from 1870 to 1911. Price: $12,500

CSMC Fox CE Grade 20ga SxS Shotgun
CSMC Fox CE Grade 20ga SxS Shotgun

CSMC Fox CE Grade 20ga SxS ShotgunBeautiful example of Tony Galazan’s Fox CE 20ga.  I purchased this gun five years ago while at the Southern SXS shoot at Backwoods Quail Club in South Carolina.  It has been used for quail hunting two seasons, and at the Southern Side x Side (sub-ga.) Competitions only.  The gun has been shipped back to CSMC for inspection and service and is in perfect/excellent condition.   This gun sports IC/MOD 30″ barrels, 15-1/8″ L.O.P., 1-1/2″ DAC, 2-1/2″ DAH 1/8″ CAST OFF.  Prince of Wales pistol grip and Splinter forearm.  Cased in original CSMC Leather w/ canvas cover and accessories.  Price: $11,500

PARKER BROS. VHE 12 GA. No.1 FRAME28” BARRELS IM/FULL, DT, PG, 14  1/8” X 1  ½” X 2  ¾”, CASE COLORS 50%, WT. 6 LBS. 10 OZS., VERY CLEAN ORIGINAL GUN. Price: $4,250

PARKER BROS. VHE 12 GA. No.1 FRAME
PARKER BROS. VHE 12 GA. No.1 FRAME

 

LEFEVER A GRADE 16 GAUGE, 28" BARRELS
LEFEVER A GRADE 16 GAUGE, 28″ BARRELS

LEFEVER A GRADE 16 GAUGE, 28″ BARRELS: FULL AND MODIFIED, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES.  TYPICAL LINE ENGRAVING, SOME CASE COLOR.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, EXCELLENT WOOD AND CHECKERING.  ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE.  MOST OF THE BLUE ON TRIGGER GUARD, TOP LEVER TO THE RIGHT.  GREAT DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2 3/8″ X 14 1/8″, WEIGHS 6 POUNDS, 8 OUNCES.  GREAT LITTLE BIRD GUN.  CIRCA MID 1930’S. Price: $1,475

Browning Citori 20 Gauge OU Shotgun
Browning Citori 20 Gauge OU Shotgun

Browning Citori 20 Gauge OU ShotgunWith fitted case  Price: $1,299.99
Manufacturer: S/N 31334NVAXX
Caliber: 20 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Freckling to Barrels and Receiver with Carry Wear to Bottom of Receiver
Wood Condition: Normal Field Wear and Scratches
Bore Condition: Good
Barrels: 26″ Vent Rib
Triggers: Factory
Stock: Checkered Walnut
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/8″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Walnut
Butt Pad: Browning Butt Plate
Weight: 6 1/4 lbs
Sights: Steel Front Bead
Chokes: Variable/Invector Plus/With 5 Chokes

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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: 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

John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:
John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:

John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:
Here we have something special:  A totally original, untouched John Rigby in .470 Nitro Express. What makes this one unique is CHARACTER:  This thing has been CARRIED…  The black on the floor plate being worn away to silver, and the same for the barrel black around the quarter rib –  just where your hand would carry for many long hikes.   Look at the checkering – none missing, but many worn down flat from being carried…  This thing has LOTS AND LOTS OF MILES on it…
Yet look again at the underlying condition:   The bores are excellent – no pitting, no staining, no erosion whatsoever.   Barrels ring true.   Most of the screw heads being aligned and their slots clean and unbuggered…   What this tells me is that someone carried this for years, yet they took great care of it each and every night.   Try and find another with half as much “personality”!   Harder yet, try holding this rifle and NOT ask yourself “If only you could talk…”   I don’t think this can be done!!!

John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:
John Rigby & Co. .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle in completely original condition with EXCELLENT bores:

The specifics:  Serial number 17964, circa 1921-22.   Boxlock Ejector action with extension.   Disk set strikers.  Class C engraving.  Harvey lever forend as seen on many fine Henry and Rigby rifles.   26” barrels.  The barrel rib is marked “John Rigby & Co. 43.Sackville St. London.” The top of the left barrel is marked “Special . 470 Bore . Big Game Rifle” and the top of the right barrel is marked “For Special Cordite Cartridges & Bullet 500 Grs.” Excellent bores. 100 yard standing site with 200- and 300-yard folding leaves.  Sling swivels (missing forward loop). Stock is 14 3/8” LOP over 1/8” black spacer.  No cheek piece and minimal cast so would work great for a left hand shooter (I shoot left handed and this rifle shoulders very nicely for me). Silver escutcheon engraved “J. McK”.   Cased in canvas case with brass hardware, leather trim and leather straps. Outer lid of case is marked “H. G. INGLE. / KOLHAPUR, / INDIA.”. The canvas is stained and worn through in several spots. The leather strap on the right side has torn but the piece is retained. Interior of case includes Rigby Sackville Street trade label, a second Rigby label to caution against leaving the action cocked, and many original accessories including Rigby tool for removal of striker discs, turnscrew, leather muzzle cover, snap caps, striker pot with strikers, and the foresight hood. What this does need is a new recoil pad as the current pad is dried and hardened.  The front swivel is missing the loop for the sling (presumably to allow usage of leather muzzle cover by sliding leather thong strap through the front swivel post).  If you wanted, you could have the checkering refreshed and barrels reblacked but if you ask me, that’s like repainting a vintage Corvette that’s been discovered with its original paint…   I’d vote to keep it like it is – and be the envy of every PH in camp the next time you are in Africa! Price: $26,500

PIOTTI BSEE SXS 12 GAUGE: #98XX 28″ 007 AND 014 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT UPGRADE WOOD TEST FIRED ONLY 6LBS 10 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 7/16″ X 14 3/4″. Price: $18,500

PIOTTI BSEE SXS 12 GAUGE
PIOTTI BSEE SXS 12 GAUGE
Parker DHE Grade 3 Side by Side Shotgun 12 Gauge Two Barrel Set Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm
Parker DHE Grade 3 Side by Side Shotgun 12 Gauge Two Barrel Set Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker DHE Grade 3 Side by Side Shotgun 12 Gauge Two Barrel Set Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm: #146041. This Parker has one set of 26” barrels and one set of 32” barrels. Both sets have 2 3/4” chambers and single beads. The 26” set has what measures .004 right and .004 left constrictions on the chokes. The bore diameters measure .7295 right and .7295 left. These barrels retain 90% original bluing with some small spots of surface rust and have a single ivory bead. The center rib is marked PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CONN. TITANIC STEEL. The bores are clean and shiny. The 32” set has what measures .036 right and .036 left constrictions on the chokes. The bore diameters measure .7285 right and .728 left. These barrels retain 90% original bluing with some minor surface rust near the muzzle and have a single silver bead. The center rib is marked PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CONN. TITANIC STEEL. The bores are clean and shiny. There is only one forearm. The 2 frame retains 10% original color. The trigger guard retains no bluing and has some surface rust in spots. It has double triggers and ejectors. The pistol grip stock and forearm are original and are in very good condition. The length of pull is 14 1/4” to the front trigger over a skeleton buttplate that has no finish and surface rust on it. Drop at comb: 1 3/4″, Drop at heel: 2 3/4″, weight: 7.9 lbs with the 32” barrels. Price: $10,000

LEFEVER ARMS Co C-GRADE 10 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN: 30″ BARRELS WITH NEAR PERFECT DAMASCUS DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH CASE COLORS 8LBS 1 OZ X 3″ X 2″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $7,500

LEFEVER ARMS Co C-GRADE 10 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN
LEFEVER ARMS Co C-GRADE 10 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN

Now you see it, soon you won’t: A 20g Lefever FE, 28″ bbls …

LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN

Here’s one of the hardest classic American doubles to find. Twenty-gauges by the Lefever Arms Co. are scarcer than Republican Presidential candidates with sound economic plans.

Of all the major American shotgun makers — Parker. L.C. Smith, Ithaca, Fox — the Lefever Arms Co made the fewest guns. The total number was fewer than 74,000. And because they were built before twenty gauges became popular, very few were made in that gauge — especially in grades F & up.

With damascus barrels and a single-selective trigger, this 20g FE is very curious. My gut tells me it went back to the factory at one point,  but who knows?

LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUNHARD TO FIND SMALLBORE 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS WITH PERFECT PATTERN IMPROVED CYLINDER AND FULL 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LOTS OF CASE COLOR 6LBS 5 OZ X 3 X 2 X 13 1/2 FROM REAR SINGLE TRIGGER. Price: $12,500

LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN
LEFEVER FE 20 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL AMERICAN SHOTGUN

Auction alert: a nice looking 12g CE-grade Lefever …

12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun

Here’s a great looking American double that’s coming to auction tomorrow, 7/25 @ 9am EST. Morphy’s Auctions in Denver, PA, has the gun. From what I can see, it looks like a nice, old SXS. The only problem I can see is the bbls look like they may have been blued at one time – but I could be wrong.

Daniel Myron Lefever was a prolific American inventor and he patented the design this shotgun is built on in 1880.

12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun: Serial # 26295 This early C grade reads Lefever Arms Company on the right barrel and Fine Damascus Steel on the left barrel. The 30″ barrels have 2 – 1/2″ chambers and a bore diameter of .742 on both tubes. With a choke constriction of .036 on each tube this makes it choked full and full. The highly engraved receiver has hunting scenes with a dog in a circle on both the right and left side plate. The gun features double triggers, automatic ejectors, cocking indicators, tear drop side panels and a checkered capped pistol grip. The highly figured walnut buttstock has a LOP of 14 – 1/4″ to a leather pad. A silver oval shaped inlay is located 5″ from the toe. With a little TLC this gun will be ready for the October woods.

12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
12 gauge Lefever Arms Co Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
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