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Lefever is one my favorite American shotgun makers. While their lower-grade doubles are too plain for me, the E-grades and up are some of the most beautiful side-by-sides this country has ever built. Check out this EE grade to see what I mean. And if you know where I can find a nice 16 gauge […]

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Here’s the best advice I ever got about collecting shotguns: Buy the most original condition you can afford. People always want good, original guns — especially American guns — and a nice, unmessed-with SxS or O/U always holds its value.  Also, because so many people insist upon “refinishing” their doubles, good, original shotguns get scarcer […]

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High-grade Lefevers are special shotguns. The Bs, As, AAs, Optimus-grades and Thousand-Dollar Grades guns made by Uncle Dan’s company are some of the finest side-by-sides ever made in America. The Lefever you see here is a 20 gauge BE – one of just six B-grade 20 gauge Lefevers known -  and an excellent example of […]

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Auctions seem like straight forward businesses: You give the auctioneer an item; they promote it, sell it, and charge you and the buyer a percentage of the hammer price. Done. Because auctioneers are work for a percentage of the sale price,  it’s in their best interest to do everything possible to increase the hammers on […]

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Happy New Year, everyone.  Redding Auction Service is holding there first big firearms sale of the year this weekend. It looks like they have some nice doubles coming up on Sunday, January 5, 2014 @ 8:30am. Here are the lots that caught my eye. Lot 40: Merkel Mod. 47E 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun w/28” Barrels: […]

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The doubel barrel shotgun you see here is a head scratcher. While it sure looks like a Lefever and it’s made on a Lefever-pushlever-patent action, it was made by J.A. Prechtel. Who was J.A. Prechtel? I have no idea, and neither does anyone else. According to the inscription on the barrels, Prechtel was located in […]

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RIGBY BEST PRE WAR DOUBLE RIFLE 22 SAVAGE HI POWER: SIDELOCK EJECTOR 24″ BARRELS WITH 1/4 RIB ONE STANDING SIGHT GREAT BORES DOUBLE TRIGGER PISTOL GRIP SPLINTER FOREARM EXCELLENT PLUS CONDITION MAKERS CASE WITH ACCESORIES 7LB 6 OZ X 14 7/8. Price: $79,500.00 “LeFever” JA Prechtel Ornately Engraved High Grade Gun, 10 & 12 gauge Set: […]

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Sorry for my lack of posts lately. My life has been crazy — shooting events, work, training for a race, plus a new house with a long list of honey-do’s to check off before my hunting season can get rolling. On Saturday I made it down to Addieville, RI, to catch The Vintager’s annual event. […]

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CHURCHILL GUMAKERS LTD, SXS, Premier Model , 12 GA, 2 3/4″: 28”, M& IM, DT, Straight Grip, Splinter Forearm, Churchill Rib, Premier pattern Fine Scroll Engraving, Casehardened Receiver, Autosafety, Checkered Butt, Gold Oval, Makers Leather VC Case w/Label, “Finest Quality” Original 2 3/4″ 3 1/4 ton proofs, Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 14 […]

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There aren’t a few rules to gun collecting. “Cash rules” is one of them. So is “Oral agreements are worth the paper they’re written on.” Another rule is “Original condition is king”. The more of it a double has, the more it costs (and “restored” never compares to original). The side-by-sides below are perfect examples […]

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