Good gun alert: 20g Merkel 201E OU…

Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga
Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga

The first time I picked up one of these 20g Merkels, I almost threw it across the room. That’s because they’re far lighter than they look. They’re also far more responsive and dynamic than you would think.

The one you see here is a Model 201E. The 201s were one gun up from Merkel’s entry-level OUs. They had game-scene engraving is what separated them from the Model 200s. Both models featured Blitz actions, double Kersten locks, and double barrel lumps (without bites). With a leather-covered pad pushing the straight-gripped stock out to 14 3/4″ inches and doubles triggers, this looks like it was born to hunt grouse and woodcock.

Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga
Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga

Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga ~ OU: Chambers: 2 3/4″, Wood Condition: Very Few Very Lite User Marks, Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny, Barrels: 26″, Triggers: Double Triggers, Stock: Checkered English Grip, Stock Dimensions: 14 3/4″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered, Butt Pad: Leather Recoil Pad, Weight: 6 Lbs 4 OZ., Sights: Front Bead, Chokes: .010″ and .015″. Price: $3,199.99 

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Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world! Super investment
Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world! Super investment

Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world! Super investment: Hammerless Sidelocks – Boss 20g. Sidelock in exceptional condition and investment grade original. Featuring 28″ Whitworth steel barrels, 75% case color, 98% blue, in its maker’s case. This petite flower weighs in at 5 lbs. 4.5 oz., lighter than many 28 gauges. Stocked to the fences, assisted opening, iconic and crisp Boss single trigger, chopper-lump barrels, and stunning wood with super dimensions, this Boss has all and more of what we would expect from a Boss. What I expect most of all from Boss is what I think is their true trademark — Balance. Let me tell you, get this gun between your hands and you will not want to let it go as you would feel your letting go of a part of yourself. Twenty-gauge Boss doubles are like prime real estate. They seldom come up for sale, are priced at the top of the market, and there are never any regrets in owning as they are always worth what you paid and more. Price: $57,000 

H.J. Hussey Shotguns - IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, CASED, BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS, vintage firearms inc
H.J. Hussey Shotguns – IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, CASED, BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS, vintage firearms inc

H.J. Hussey Shotguns – IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, CASED, BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS, vintage firearms inc: General Specs: H.J. Hussey, Year 1902-1904, 12 Gauge, 6lbs 9oz; 6lbs 8oz, SK/LM , LOP 15 1/4″, DAH 2 1/8″, DAC 1 1/2″ Serial Numbers: 14170, 14171. “LONDON BEST”…we see this label referring to fabulous side by side shotguns from famed British gunmakers with their premises located in the London gunmaker’s district.  Well-known historic names including Purdey, Holland & Holland, and Boss immediately come to mind.  However, if you discuss the topic of “LONDON BEST GUNS” with those entrenched in the British gun world, you will also hear the name H.J. Hussey, a name less known but whose guns were superb and comparable to the very finest London had to offer.  You can refer to Nigel Brown’s volumes “British Gunmakers” and/or Google the Hussey name and you will see that Henry Joseph Hussey was long involved in the upper echelons of the British gun trade.  He was Assistant Manager of Holland & Holland until 1894.  He became involved with the famed firm of Joseph Lang gunmakers, and the firm became known as Lang & Hussey for several years.  Apparently, Henry Hussey was a bit of a rogue, having been accused of shady dealings, and he resigned from that company after a short stint.  After that, his firm became known as H.J. Hussey, LTD until his death in 1918.  The fine matching pair of 12 bore Hussey guns offered here, serial numbers 14170 and 14171 ca. 1902, are LONDON BEST GUNS in every way, with 7-pin sidelock actions featuring beaded fences, finely filed bolsters on the bottom of action, gold lined cocking indicators, superb acanthus scroll with elaborate border work and adorned with the finest floral bouquets you will ever see.  The top tang is gracefully shaped and simply flows into the action.  VERY RARELY SEEN ARE THE BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS IN THIS FINE PAIR OF HUSSEY GUNS, COMPLETE WITH THEIR REGISTERED NUMBERS. This is a very costly extra feature on a London gun, and the Boss single trigger is the most reliable ever developed.  Stocked to the fences with well-figured French walnut, including drop points and superb checkering with mullered borders, this pair is a stunning set of early London guns cased in a period oak and leather case complete with the maker’s label.  The original 28” barrels are in proof with 2 ½” chambers, excellent bores, tight ribs, and fit like new on hinge pin and standing breech.  The guns weigh within 1/2oz. of each other at 6lbs. 8oz. and have identical stock dimensions.  With chokes that would measure SK/LM in today’s world, the pair would make the ultimate driven grouse guns as well as the ultimate walk up guns for upland birds over fine dogs.  And of course, you can make quite an impression at the vintage sporting clays shoots as well.  Who shows up with a pair of Husseys!  These guns are being offered at a very attractive price, well under what you might pay for a pair from the more well-known London makers.  In fact, this pair of Husseys may be the best value on the finest pair of London guns on the market today and a great investment opportunity for those that love fine guns and the shooting sports. Price: $21,900 

Webley & Scott 450 BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle
Webley & Scott 450 BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle

Webley & Scott 450 BPE SxS 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

Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga
Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga

Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga: Barrels: 26″, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Chokes: .010″ and .015″, Metal Condition: No Blemishes, Wood Condition: Very Few Very Lite User Marks, Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny,  Triggers: Double Triggers, Stock: Checkered English Grip, Stock Dimensions: 14 3/4″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered, Butt Pad: Leather Recoil Pad, Weight: 6 Lbs 4 OZ. Price: $3,199.99 

PARKER GH - 12 GAUGE - COLLECTOR CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR AND DAMASCUS - ANTIQUE
PARKER GH – 12 GAUGE – COLLECTOR CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR AND DAMASCUS – ANTIQUE

PARKER GH – 12 GAUGE – COLLECTOR CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR AND DAMASCUS – ANTIQUE: Here is a high condition Antique Parker GH made in 1892. Excellent original condition with good amounts of case color and lovely high contrast Damascus Pattern on the 30″ barrels. Sharp engraving with great detail. Mechanically outstanding condition – tight on face, barrels ring true, no cracks to the wood. All matching serial numbers of course. Auto safety. Screw slots as original. Fully functional. Mirror bores measuring .732 with full and full chokes. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Period recoil pad has turned hard, needs replacing. As an antique, this gun can be shipped directly as local law allows. This gun is in the Parker Serial Number Book. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 13 7/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″, Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $1,750

Auction alert: Per-War, 12g Merkel 201E Over Under …

Lot #277 - Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun
Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun

Don’t be afraid of this double. I know it’s an old German OU with two features Americans shy away from (a cheekpiece and sling swivels), but I guarantee you it’s a nice shotgun. PA Auction Center in Quarryville, PA, has it and the live auction begins Saturday, Jan 19, 2019, @ 11:00 AM Eastern.

Lot #277 - Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun
Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun

Merkel is one of the world’s oldest gunmakers, and, in a lot of ways, they initiated the creation of the modern OUs we shoot today.

Lot #277 - Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun
Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun

According to the seller, this Merkel was built in 1937. That’s when the company’s gunmaking skills were near their peak, and OUs from that era are incredibly well made. They were also expensive. In their day, even lower-grade Merkels like this cost more than most Foxes, Parker, or L.C. Smiths.

Lot #277 - Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun
Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun

Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre-War 12 Ga: Over-and-under with auto ejectors, full choke, solid rib, boxlock, double trigger, ivory bead, elaborately engraved frame, raised cheekpiece stock, 28 1/2″ barrel, SN 24844. Made in 1937. 14 1/4″ LOP. Includes a copy of the production card. Condition: Some normal wear but in overall great condition. Mirror bores.

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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

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J. Purdey & Sons Best Extra Finish Fine Scroll 28 Gauge SXS - DT - Beaded Edge Trigger Guard - 29” Barrels - Solid Rib (concave) - 5 lbs 9 ozs -15”LOP
J. Purdey & Sons Best Extra Finish Fine Scroll 28 Gauge SXS – DT – Beaded Edge Trigger Guard – 29” Barrels – Solid Rib (concave) – 5 lbs 9 ozs -15”LOP

J. Purdey & Sons Best Extra Finish Fine Scroll 28 Gauge SXS – DT – Beaded Edge Trigger Guard – 29” Barrels – Solid Rib (concave) – 5 lbs 9 ozs -15”LOP: Splinter Forend – Gold Oval with Logo – Orginal Order #6342 – Serial Number 30028 (denoting the 28GA for a special customer) – Leather Case with Flat Brass Corners – Case Colours – Gold “J. Purdey” on locks and base of action – Chokes R: 50%. L: 60% – Proof: 1200 BAR – Weight of Barrels 2 lbs 5.75 ozs – Straight Grip – Checkered Butt – I never shot this gun – the brush & swab appear to have been used – but there is no evidence of field use or firing wear anywhere on the face of the action whatsoever.  Accessories included as seen in photos. Price: $119,000 

Westley Richards & Co. Gold Name 20 Gauge SxS Boxlock Ejector Shotgun“Gold Name” Westley Richards. Full choke and improved cylinder. Barrels are 27” length. Gun has automatic ejectors, double triggers, scalloped frame. Gun looks as new and probably is. Stocks are splinter forend and checkered butt. Length of pull is 14 ½”. Comes with its original luggage case with trade label and accessories. This is an untouched 20 gauge Westley Richards! Price: $8,750

Westley Richards & Co. Gold Name 20 Gauge SxS Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
Westley Richards & Co. Gold Name 20 Gauge SxS Boxlock Ejector Shotgun

 

N. Guyot 12 Gauge SxS Sidelock Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun
N. Guyot 12 Gauge SxS Sidelock Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun

N. Guyot 12 Gauge SxS Sidelock Ejector Double Barrel ShotgunOffered for sale is an N. Guyot 12 gauge sidelock ejector SxS shotgun with Purdey-style 3rd fastener. It weighs 7lbs 3ozs, and has 2 3/4” chambers, with 28” barrels. It is choked IC & Mod. There is a 14 1/2” LOP from front trigger over a 1” Hawkins-style pad. The drop at the nose is 1 1/4”, and the drop at the heel is 2 1/8”. It is in excellent condition with 95% original case color, 98% original blue on small parts, and the barrels professionally re-blacked. Price: $8,000

FRANCOTTE 20E – VL&D IMPORT – 12 GAUGE – LOTS OF ORIGINAL CASE COLORHere’s a Francotte 20E in 12 gauge with 28″ barrels. Strong original case colors at 50%. Overall excellent condition. Tight and on the face. No loose ribs. No cracks to wood. Ejectors well timed. Double underbite with Greener Crossbolt and sideclips. Chambers are original at 2 3/4″. Right bore measures .727 with 7/1000 choke while left barrel is .734 with 11/1000 choke. Auto safety. Weight is 6 LBS 10 1/2 OZ. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/4″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/4″, Drop at Heel – 1 1/2″. Price: $2,650

FRANCOTTE 20E - VL&D IMPORT - 12 GAUGE - LOTS OF ORIGINAL CASE COLOR
FRANCOTTE 20E – VL&D IMPORT – 12 GAUGE – LOTS OF ORIGINAL CASE COLOR

 

Merkel 201E 12 ga. OU Shotgun, Upland, mfg. 10/61:
Merkel 201E 12 ga. OU Shotgun, Upland, mfg. 10/61:

Merkel 201E 12 ga. OU Shotgun, Upland, mfg. 10/6128″ tapered file finished rib, 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

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PURDEY - BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS , 410 Bore, SIDELOCK, DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
PURDEY – BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS , 410 Bore, SIDELOCK, DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

PURDEY – BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS , 410 Bore, SIDELOCK, DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNSTEPHEN KELLY ENGRAVED 28″ MOD AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE 5LBS 7 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 15″. Price: $119,000 

John Dickson & Son — Round Action Hammerless Ejector Toplever Cased Pair — 12ga, 2 3/4″ Chambers: 29″ SxS fluid steel chopper-lump barrels with smooth concave ribs and nickel-silver front beads, both choked improved cylinder & modified. The number 1 gun, 15″ pull from front trigger to checkered wood butt extension; the number 2 gun, 14″ pull from front trigger to checkered wood butt. Both guns with 1 5/8″ – 2 3/8″ drop and a trace of cast-off. Black streaked figured English walnut stocks with Anson-pushbutton-release splinter forends, straight English grips, classic point-pattern checkering and vacant initial ovals. Fine scroll engraved actions with rib-extension third fasteners, automatic ejectors and automatic top tang safeties with SAFE inlaid in gold. Weights: Gun 1: 6lbs, 10oz; Gun 2: 6lbs, 8oz. London proofed in 2004. Also with original pairs of 29″ damascus dovetail-lump barrels with 2 1/2″ chambers and London nitro proofed for 1 1/8oz. All components numbered 1 & 2. Gun No.1 built in 1899 and the second added nine months later to make the pair, both for A. L. Jessop—whose name still appears on the case lid. Tight, and with excellent bores. All ejectors function properly and in time. In original oak & leather double trunk case, with recently re-fit interior, and including turnscrews, cleaning rod and tips, snap caps, oil bottle and original leather maker’s trade label. Price: $39,750

John Dickson & Son --- Round Action Hammerless Ejector Toplever Cased Pair --- 12ga, 2 3/4" Chambers
John Dickson & Son — Round Action Hammerless Ejector Toplever Cased Pair — 12ga, 2 3/4″ Chambers
MERKEL - MODEL 324 PRE WAR O/U 2 BARREL SET , 6.5X57R / 6.5 X57R & 22 HORNET/22 HORNET
MERKEL – MODEL 324 PRE WAR O/U 2 BARREL SET , 6.5X57R / 6.5 X57R & 22 HORNET/22 HORNET

MERKEL – MODEL 324 PRE WAR O/U 2 BARREL SET , 6.5X57R / 6.5 X57R & 22 HORNET/22 HORNET: MADE 1938 MADE FOR HEIRICH SHERPING HANOVER BOTH SETS OF BARRELS ARE 26″ WITH 1/4 RIBS AND PERIOD ZEISS SCOPES WITH CLAW MOUNTS FOR EACH SET OF BARRELS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS 3 PIECE FOREARM PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED BUTT PERIOD FITTED LEATHER CASE 9LBS 15 OZ X 15″ LOP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price: $39,500

WEBLEY & SCOTT Model 100 16GA Side-by-Side Boxlock ShotgunA classic British game gun in seldom encounterd 16ga. Light and well balanced comes to the shoulder quick. Barrels ring, locks up tight, no dents, no cracks and bright bores. Long forcing cones. Very nice leather pad. This one has nicer wood and more detailed engraving than the average 700. Price: $2975

WEBLEY & SCOTT Model 100 16GA Side-by-Side Boxlock Shotgun
WEBLEY & SCOTT Model 100 16GA Side-by-Side Boxlock Shotgun

Chambers: 2 1/2in w/long forcing cones
Ejectors: YES
Condition: VERY GOOD
Metal Condition: VERY GOOD
Wood Condition: VERY GOOD
Bore Condition: EXCELENT
Barrels: 28 IN
Gauge: 16GA
Stock Comb: 1 3/8 IN
Stock Heel: 2 5/16IN
Butt Pad: VERY NICE LEATHER PAD
LOP: 14 1/12IN
Weight: 6LBS
Manufacture Date: 1960
Choke Left: SKEET 2
Choke Right: SKEET
Proof:Nitro: YES

BERETTA 626E SxS BOXLOCK IN 12 GAUGE - WITH EJECTORS
BERETTA 626E SxS BOXLOCK IN 12 GAUGE – WITH EJECTORS

BERETTA 626E SxS BOXLOCK IN 12 GAUGE – WITH EJECTORSBarrels are 28″ with Mod and Full chokes. Mirror bores as original measuring .725. Gun is tight on face. Manual safety. “AS” Proof date. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 11 1/2 OZ. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/4″, Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/4″. Price: $1,250

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HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL DOUBLE RIFLE PRE WAR 500/465
HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL DOUBLE RIFLE PRE WAR 500/465

HOLLAND&HOLLAND ROYAL DOUBLE RIFLE PRE WAR 500/465MADE 1921 26″ BARRELS WITH GREAT BORES 1/4 RIB 3 LEAF EXPRESS SIGHT HOLLAND FLIP NIGHT SIGHT EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP LONG BOTTOM TANG WITH ENGRAVED TRAP DOOR GRIP CAP EXTENDED TOP TANG EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION IN MAKERS CASE 10LBS 5 OZ X 14 1/8″ LOP. Price: $95,000

FABBRI – O/U PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – HAND MADE IN 1967:  Here is a Fabbri “Tipo Piccione Extra”. This is a hand made gun of the finest quality, before Fabbri began using CNC machines. Barrels and Receiver are marked “ARMI FABBRI BRESCIA”. Engraving second to none with fine cut ribbons, roses and scroll. Case colored receiver exhibiting the majority of original case colors. Proof date code of XXIII indicating 1967 production date. Barrels are 29 1/2″. Bores are approximately .741 with 25/1000 (Imp Mod) for the under barrel and 43/1000 (Full) for the top. These were typical box pigeon chokes for that time period. Weight of the gun is 7 LBS 11 1/4 OZ. The gun is not formally cased, however a protective shipping case will be included. A high quality 4-way adjustable stock has been installed with the hardware polished to a high luster in keeping with the fine quality of the gun. Partial trades are possible on this gun with fair and reasonable valuations.  Price: $25,000

FABBRI - O/U PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE - HAND MADE IN 1967
FABBRI – O/U PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – HAND MADE IN 1967
CHARLES DALY (Lindner) 12ga 28" SxS Prussian Shotgun
CHARLES DALY (Lindner) 12ga 28″ SxS Prussian Shotgun

CHARLES DALY (Lindner) 12ga 28″ SxS Prussian Shotgun: Price: $8,500 
Make   CHARLES DALY (Lindner)
Model   Diamond Quality
Configuration   SXS
Gauge / Caliber   12 GA
Price   $8,500.00
Serial #   1390
Country of Origin   Germany
Barrel Length (in Inches)   28
Choke R/U   IM
Choke L/O   IM
Trigger   DT (Double)
Stock Configuration   Round Knob Semi-PG
Forearm Type   Splinter Forearm
Rib Type   Matted Concave Rib
Receiver Finish   Casehardened
Engraving Type   Fine Scroll Engraving with cameo game scenes on bottom
Other Options   Side clips, Cocking indicators, Drop points, Excelsior steel barrels, Gold oval in stock, Silvers pad, Horn tip on forearm and grip
Condition   Near EXC. Condition, all original finish
Weight   6#11oz
Dimensions   1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 14 3/4 with 1/8 cast off
Other Details   A really nice example of Linder quality

AyA SXS 28 Gauge sidelock shotgun, 28" bbls
AyA SXS 28 Gauge sidelock shotgun, 28″ bbls

AyA SXS 28 Gauge shotgun, 28″ bbls: Sidelock double with full coverage rose and scroll engraving, Double Triggers auto ejectors, and cocking indicators. Has 28” modified/improved cylinder chopper lump barrels. The straight stock is finely checkered and nicely figured. A beautiful bird gun, in excellent condition with canvas hard case. Price: $4,995

Merkel Over/Under Rifle with Hensoldt Wetzlar Scope, 9.3x74R
Merkel Over/Under Rifle with Hensoldt Wetzlar Scope, 9.3x74R

Merkel Over/Under Rifle with Hensoldt Wetzlar Scope, 9.3x74R Price: $3,999.99
Manufacturer: Merkel — Made in the German Democratic Republic.
Caliber: 9.3x74R
Metal Condition: Fair with scratches and surface rust. The blue finish remains on the barrels, while there is some CCH remaining on the receiver.
Wood Condition: Good with handling marks.
Bore Condition: Shiny with good rifling.
Barrels: 25 1/2″
Stock: Checkered walnut.
Fore End: Checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Factory black plastic.
Weight: 8-lbs., 14-ozs.
Sights: 4×32 Hensoldt Wetzlar Scope plus front bead and rear blade.
Item Location: Fort Worth, TX

Auction alert: 20g Merkel 200E OU shotgun, cased…

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

Wow — here’s a really nice looking Merkel. Morphy’s Auctions has it and the sale is Saturday, July 31, 2016.

From I can see, this O/U is pretty much brand new, and its condition,  28″ barrels and straight grip make it a great find. The case and accessories are nice, too, and probably worth $750 on their own.

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

These Merkels are incredibly well made, and even though some can be a bit heavy, they usually have the feel and liveliness of much lighter guns. They lock up with double Kersten locks, an incredibly strong and reliable system.

Cased Merkel Over-Under Shotgun: Serial # 34028 28″ barrels in 20 bore. Manufactured in Germany. Top barrel choked modified, bottom barrel choked cylinder. 2-3/4″ chamber. Auto-ejectors, mirror bores, solid matted rib, single bead front sight, three piece walnut forend finely checkered, case colored scalloped box lock, top tang safety, and checkered straight grip walnut buttstock with red Pachmayr pad. 14-1/8″ LOP to front trigger. Lock-up is tight. Receiver features fine scroll engraving and retains nearly all of the original case colors. Trigger guard is finely blued and engraved with light high edge wear. Stocks are near mint. Barrels retains 98% original factory blue. Has a 1-1/4″ drop at comb and 2-1/4″ drop at heel. Manufactured in Suhl, Germany. Near new condition throughout. Lovely 20 bore shotgun with scarce case colored frame. Comes in a period lined hard leather case with snap caps, cleaning rod, and tools.

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

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WESTLEY RICHARDS 8 BORE- 16 Lbs. 3 Oz.- EXHIBIT PIECE at PARIS WORLD'S FAIR in 1900- 26" FULLY RIFLED DAMASCUS Bbls.- EXC. BORES- CASED
WESTLEY RICHARDS 8 BORE- 16 Lbs. 3 Oz.- EXHIBIT PIECE at PARIS WORLD’S FAIR in 1900- 26″ FULLY RIFLED DAMASCUS Bbls.- EXC. BORES- CASED

WESTLEY RICHARDS 8 BORE- 16 Lbs. 3 Oz.- EXHIBIT PIECE at PARIS WORLD’S FAIR in 1900- 26″ FULLY RIFLED DAMASCUS Bbls.- EXC. BORES- CASED: Westley Toplever Centerfire Patent Ejector 8 Bore Rifle Finished in 1900 as an Exhibition Piece for the Paris World’s Fair in 1900, The barrels are 26″ Ejector Damascus fully rifled with 9 groove rifling with “C” Bolting” Dolls Head extension with a Third Bite, They both are initialed “F.L.” which most likely was Fred Lilley, A swamped concave stippled and engraved rib with 2 folding engraved sights at 50 & 100 yards, The rib engraved “3 1/4″ Case 12 Drams Spherical Ball 10 Drams Conical Bullet” which is special as the rifling pitch is such to handle both a round or conical bullet with the 12 dram or 10 dram load respectively, Top tang safety, Full length trigger guard tang to a steel engraved grip cap with a Bull Elephant engraved on the trigger guard bow, Extremely solid and sound wood with very nice color & contrast, Shadowline cheekpiece, Checkered side panels with carved teardrops, Sling eyes, Deeley & Edge forend release with a horn tip, John Deeley was the managing director of Westley from 1872 to 1899, He helped create the famous Anson & Deeley action, Great stock length at 15 1/8″ LOP over a 7/8″ Silvers pad, Great weight at 16 Lbs. 3 Oz., This is a full rifled set of barrels and the bores remain excellent and I would put the right bore at 90% and the left bore at 95-96% from the day they were rifled, All the screws are in very good to excellent shape and nearly everyone lays north & south, Original damascus pattern remains at 80%, The wood finish remains at 90%, The checkering remains at 97%, The whole is cased in an oak & leather brass cornered trunk with proper cleaning accessories. This is an interesting 8 bore with an Anson & Deeley toplever action with ejectors and certainly worthy as an exhibit gun at the Paris World’s Fair in 1900. It comes with a very interesting and original Paris World’s Fair catalog that is great reading of a bygone era.  Price: $45,000

PARKER PH IN RARE 8GA WITH 38" BARRELS
PARKER PH IN RARE 8GA WITH 38″ BARRELS

PARKER PH IN RARE 8GA WITH 38″ BARRELSVISIBLE PATINA ON PLAIN TWIST BARRELS, SILVER BROWN RECEIVER WITH SOME SPOTTING, NICE STRONG ENGRAVING, MARKED P ON WATER TABLE WHICH HAS NICE CASE COLORS AND SHOWS ALMOST NO SIGN OF USE ON THE FACE AROUND THE FIRING PIS, GOOD WOOD WITH NO CRACKS AND SOME HUNTING DINGS, BEAUTIFUL SHINY BORE, 1 OF 11 38″ PARKER 8GA GUNS AND ONE OF 2 MARKED PT 8GA 38″ IN THE PARKER BOOK(CHART ON PAGE 1003), MADE IN 1913. Price: $19,500

FAMARS Castore 12G Sidelock SXS Self Cocking Hammer Gun
FAMARS Castore 12G Sidelock SXS Self Cocking Hammer Gun

FAMARS Castore 12G Sidelock SXS Self Cocking Hammer GunThis is a stunning FAMARS 12G Side-by-Side Shotgun. A true sidelock. Manufactured in the 70s, this gun represents the heyday of the FAMARS organization which was known for its high quality and beautiful craftmanship. Price: $16,500.
– Beautifully browned 28″ barrels choked R(.017) and L(.031). Concave rib. Notice pix showing minor marks on barrels.
– ARMI FAMARS appears in gold on the top rib and on the sidelocks. The gold FAMARS emblem is on the forend.
– Beautiful engraving by Pasolini as inscribed on the gun. Engraving is of the very fine European style but subtle and not overdone. Neptune dragon on top lever with a gold crown.
– Self cocking lower profile hammers. Double triggers.
– Stock dimensions: 15 1/4″ LOP over 1″ leather pad which shows wear. 1 5/8″ DAC and 2 1/2″ DAH. Slight cast on for LH shooter. Weight 7 lbs. 10oz.
– Wood very nicely grained.
– Original maker’s black leather trunk case.

MERKEL, O/U, model 201E PreWar (Mfg 1929), 20 GA
MERKEL, O/U, model 201E PreWar (Mfg 1929), 20 GA

MERKEL, O/U, model 201E PreWar (Mfg 1929), 20 GA: 28 1/2”, F& F, ST, Capped Pistol Grip, 3-piece Forened, Solid Rib, Fine Scroll & Rosette Engraving, Casehardened Receiver, Pad, Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 14 3/8 with 1/4 cast off, Weight 6#3oz, 2 1/2″ chambers, ID 3846, Near EXC. Condition. Price: $3,900

W W GREENER FH35 12ga Sold by Abrecrombie & Fitch in 1936 w/papers & hang tagThis is a one owner W.W. GREENER MODEL FH35 in 12 gauge with ejectors. Excellent overall condition. 30″ Full Choke barrels with excellent bores. Barrel blue is about 99% original. Case colors are about 50/60%. Beautiful walnut wood. Comes with original bill of sale dated 1936 from Abercrombie & Fitch, New York, And original hang tag.  Price: $3500

W W GREENER FH35 12ga Sold by Abrecrombie & Fitch in 1936 w/papers & hang tag
W W GREENER FH35 12ga Sold by Abrecrombie & Fitch in 1936 w/papers & hang tag

Awesome gun alert: Pre-WW2 Merkel .410 OU, 28″ barrels …

Pre-WW2 Merkel .410 OU, 28" barrelsPre-WW2 Merkel .410 OU, 28" barrels
Pre-WW2 Merkel .410 OU, 28″ barrels

Wow — now here’s a super cool little gun. Most of old .410s I see have short barrels and stubby stocks. Not this one. It has 28″ tubes and a 14″ LOP, so it’s enough gun for most of us to shoot. I would love to get it in my hands and check it out. Check out how the action is filed up. Great work.

Merkel Brothers 301E .410 Bore: Rare 1920s Merkel Brothers .410 O/U ejector. A.F. Stoeger import. 28-inch barrels with solid rib and two ivory beads. M&F chokes. 2.5″ chambers. 14″ LOP to original Merkel buttplate. Single trigger. Scroll engraving. Round grip. About 50% of blacking remaining on trigger guard strap. Nicely grained wood with minor handling marks and overall excellent condition.  Price: $12,900

Serial Number: 14746

Pre-WW2 Merkel .410 OU, 28" barrels
Pre-WW2 Merkel .410 OU, 28″ barrel

Bore: .410
Chambers: 2.5
Ejectors: Yes
Condition: Excellent
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Excellent
Action: Kirsten cross bolt
Triggers: Single
Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP

Pre-WW2 Merkel .410 OU, 28" barrels
Pre-WW2 Merkel .410 OU, 28″ barrels

Auction alert: 20g Merkel 203e sidelock OU shotgun – No Reserve ….

Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German

Here’s your chance to get a deal on a true sidelock OU. This Merkel OUs is on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing end Sunday, 9/13/2015 @8:55:00 PM ET.

Every Merkel shotgun I’ve seen has been very well made. And even though some (like this one) have looked clunky, they’ve all handled surprisingly well.

The 203E was Merkel’s entry-level sidelock shotgun. It features ejectors, double Kersten locks and hand-detachable back-action sidelocks. This one also features Briley chokes, making it extra versatile.

Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German***NO RESERVE ***This model has true Holland & Holland style side lock with cocking indicators. These sideplates are removable with cranked screw. 20ga. 2 3/4″ chambers, Ejectors, articulated trigger, Silver grayed receiver with English style larg scroll engraving, 98% original finish, Perfect mechanics, Been fitted with Briley thin tube choke tubes. Has 26 3/4″ barrels, 14 3/4″ LOP, 2 1/2″ DAH, 1 3/4″ DAC, Right hand cast.Gun weighs 6 lbs. 12 oz. A very nice shot gun in high condition.

Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German

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W. & C. Scott "Victoria" grade SxS 16g hammergun in fantastic conditionW. & C. Scott "Victoria" grade SxS 16g hammergun in fantastic condition
W. & C. Scott “Victoria” grade SxS 16g hammergun in fantastic condition

W. & C. Scott “Victoria” grade SxS 16g hammergun in fantastic condition! Exquisite engraving and the Damascus pattern is fantastic. What else can I say. Well, I forgot to mention the stunning craftsmanship and hammers of the highest quality while the action has over 50% original case color remaining. Need I say more! I love this 16g. hammer gun.  Price: $6,200

 

Ithaca Grade 4E 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun. FLUES, 97% FACTORY CASE COLOR, NICE!
Ithaca Grade 4E 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun. FLUES, 97% FACTORY CASE COLOR, NICE!

Ithaca Grade 4E 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun. FLUES, 97% FACTORY CASE COLOR, NICEYear 1920, 16 Gauge, 7lbs 4oz. This gun, sn330025 built in 1920 is a great example, with 97% vivid factory case color, 92% factory barrel blue, 98% factory trigger guard blue, and near new highly figured factory finished wood with beautiful flor-de-lis checkering.  This is a HIGH CONDITION FACTORY ORIGINAL GUN.  Even the jewelling at the breech face is still evident.  The only thing that seems to be altered since the gun left the factory are the chokes, as the gun is stamped “4 & 4″ which would indicate F/F chokes.  The 28” barrels are presently choked IC/M (.007/.017) with their double ivory beads and mirror bores.  This is a gun for heavy work, with minimum wall thickness of 36 thousandths and weighing 7 1/4lbs.  What a great sporting clays gun or pheasant gun for heavy loads!  Engraved by the famous Joseph Loy, with his trademark signature, the gun is near new in all ways, including being tight on breech face and hinge pin like a new gun.  This is a single trigger gun that still has the ornate factory butt plate and great stock dimensions.  A great investment in an American treasure.  Price: $5,250

Parker Reproduction 28ga 28in M/F Double Trigger: A minty 28ga Parker repro with double triggers  splinter and a pistol grip  14 1/4 LOP to skeleton butt cased with snap caps. Price: $4,995

Parker Reproduction 28ga 28in M/F Double Trigger
Parker Reproduction 28ga 28in M/F Double Trigger
MERKEL MODEL 220 OVER UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE 9.3X74R
MERKEL MODEL 220 OVER UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE 9.3X74R

MERKEL MODEL 220 OVER UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE 9.3X74R: 26″ BARREL WITH 1/4 RIB SIGHT AND CLAW MOUNTS WITH NO RINGS DOUBLE SET TRIGGER EJECTORS 3 PIECE FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS 8LBS 4 OZ X 14 LOP. Price: $4,950

Parker GH 12 – Damascus, Collector QualityParker GH, 12 Gauge. Serial No. 56625, circa 1889, It has 30″ Damascus steel barrels. The stock is PG, choked, RH Mod., LH Full. LOP is  14″, DAH 2.5″.Weight  7.5 lbs. Rare No. 1 frame.

Parker GH 12 - Damascus, Collector Quality
Parker GH 12 – Damascus, Collector Quality

Condition: 98% case colors, sharp engraving, screws are indexed correctly and doesn’t appear to have been dissaembled . The barrel pattern and finish are fine with some wear. I believe is has the original wood finish and checkering. The wood is proud of the receiver and the checkering has appropriate wear from carrying.The bores are smooth and clear.  An orginal Parker canvas gun case and a rosewood cleaning rod are included with the gun. The PGCA Letter is included. This is one of the nicest 12 gauge Parkers I’ve owned. It points and shoots exceptionally well. A nice piece for the trap range or the man cave. Price: $3,995

Parker GH 12 - Damascus, Collector Quality
Parker GH 12 – Damascus, Collector Quality

Good gun alert: 12g Merkel 200E OU …

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge
Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge

When it comes to grouse and woodcock guns, a lot of hunters pass over twelve gauges. That’s a shame. Twelve gauge shotguns are the most versatile doubles out there. Size wise, I find twelve gauges feel better in my hands twenties. When their weight is right, I think they’re perfect for all kinds of upland hunting.

Another thing I like about twelves is their versatility. Because there’s so much ammo out there for them,  you can load a 12g  up for wild pheasants (1 1/8oz loads) or down for smaller game (try 7/8 oz loads). And if you want to shoot a few ducks, you can even pick some non-tox ammo (or steel if you’re shooting a modern 12).

This Merkel looks like it would be a great do-it-all double. With double triggers, ejectors, and 2 3/4″ chambers, it’s as versatile as any shotgun gets. And because it’s pretty light (6lbs 8oz.), you can carry anywhere, too.

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge
Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge: Ejector model with Blitz action and arabesque engraving. Price: $1,599.99

Manufacturer: 1962
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Strong barrel bluing, Case colors present only at the protected areas of the receiver
Wood Condition: Refinished, Scattered dings and scratches
Bore Condition: Very Bright

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge
Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Double Trigger, Articulating Front
Stock: Round Knob
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/8″ LOP
Fore End: 3 Piece
Butt Pad: Suhl Plate
Weight: 6 Lbs 8 Ozs
Sights: Solid Rib with White Mid and Front Bead
Chokes: .048/ .052, Extra Full

Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge
Merkel Model 200E OU Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Absolutely awesome. Check out this Abesser & Merkel OU shotgun…

12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE

I love big, German over unders, and I wanted this one the moment I saw it. It’s a beast, made by Abesser & Merkel with 32″ barrels (choked full X even fuller), 2 3/4″ chambers, and 8lbs 10ozs of recoil-sucking-up weight.

It locks up with Purdey-style underbolts under the bbls and double Kerstens at the top of the action. Even though the seller is calling it a sidelock, I’m 99.9% sure it’s built on a Blitz Action with sideplates – a very common set up for top-quality German O/Us from this period.

In the 1920s, Suhl, Germany, was full of gunmakers. A number of them turned out very fine shotguns, including Abesser & Merkel. Paul Abesser & Ernst Merkel established Abesser & Merkel in 1925, and even though Ernst shared a last name with Gebrüder Merkel, he was not a direct descendent, or ever a ever part of, that famous gunmaking family.

12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE

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12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE: Pre War Abesser & Merkel 12 gauge, ejector full side lock over under live bird double barrel shotgun. Serial number 22200. Made in Germany in the 1920’s, this high grade and extensively engraved shotgun remains in EXCELLENT original condition. Features include NO SAFETY, Factory single selective trigger, 32 inch barrels choked full and extra full with a double beaded ventilated rib. The full coverage engraving is finely detailed with much of the original case coloring remaining. The original barrel and trigger guard blue are also excellent as are the bores. The wood is highly figured with fine original sharp checkering. There are ebony drop points, a scalloped horn grip cap and original recoil pad with horn spacer. Excellent screws all around with only the screws in upper forend showing signs of removal at one time. The shotgun is tight and mechanically in great shape. Length of pull is 14 1/4 inches from the rear position single trigger over the original pad. Drop at comb is 1 1/2 inches and drop at heel is 1 3/4 inches. Chambers are 2 3/4. and weight is 8 pounds 10 ounces. This is a true piece of gunmaker’s art and has many factory features that are not normally seen on a Pre-war German over unders. Price: $9,500

12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE
12g Abesser & Merkel OU Full Side Lock Pigeon Excelsior Grade SUHL NICE

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PIOTTI LUNIK SXS 28 GAUGE
PIOTTI LUNIK SXS 28 GAUGE

PIOTTI LUNIK SXS 28 GAUGECREATIVE ARTS 27″ 004 AND 009 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP LEATHER COVERED PAD FANTASTIC ENGRAVING AND WOOD NEW CONDITION MAKERS CASE 5LBS 14 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 X 14 1/2. Price: $29,500

J.P Sauer Model 300 16GA: Made in 1937 , imported by Abercrombie and Fitch. 100% English scroll engraving, case color and blue. Action with double underlock and doll head rib extention and side clips with interceptor sears. 28″ barrels, M.IC. 2 3/4 chambers. LOP 14 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 2 7/8. weight 6lb 1 oz. Mint condition with nice piece of wood to original butt plate. This gun was sold in 1957 to Prince David Vachynadze. Price: $6800

J.P Sauer Model 300 16GA
J.P Sauer Model 300 16GA
Prussian Daly Superior Grade 20ga/28"
Prussian Charles Daly Superior Grade 20ga/28″

Prussian Charles Daly Superior Grade 20ga, 28″Superior Grade Prussian Charles Daly: scalloped boxlock receiver with scroll engraving, 14 1/2″ LOP over a leather faced pad and a Prince of Wales grip, splinter forearm with an Ebony tip, checkered side panels, cocking indicators, double triggers that are checkered on the face, ejectors, side clips, traces of case color remain on the receiver and trigger bow, some slight blue thinning on the barrels, Krupp steel barrels with 2 3/4″ chambers and choked IC/Mod. Price: $4,495.

Merkel Model 200E O/U Double Barrel Shotgun: 2 3/4 chambers, 28″ barrels, choke F&F with solid rib. Double trigger, front articulated, LOP 14 1/4 to otiginal Merkel Butt plate. 100% case color and blue. No cheek piece. This gun was made in 1955 , light weight, 6lb 7oz with nice piece of wood. Mint condition, probably unfired. Price: $2,950

Merkel Model 200E O/U Double Barrel Shotgun:
Merkel Model 200E O/U Double Barrel Shotgun:
Francaise Robust No. 7 12 Gauge
Francaise Robust No. 7 12 Gauge

Francaise Robust No. 7 12 Gauge: 12 Gauge. Chambers: 2-3/4″ Metal Condition:Bluing worn on the high points. Wood Condition: Scratched and dented. Bore Condition: Shiny, no pitting. Barrels:27 7/16″ Triggers: Double. Stock: Walnut. Dimensions: 14″ LoP. Fore End: Walnut. Butt Pad: Plastic. Weight: 6 lbs. Chokes: Right barrel .000″/ Left barrel .041. Price:$889.99

Good gun alert: A great looking 16 gauge Merkel O/U…

Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun
Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun

If you’re looking for a nice O/U, here’s a 16 gauge German double that deserves your attention. This Merkel was made in 1951, and even though it’s 60+ years old, it looks pretty much new. These older Merkel over-unders are solid and incredibly well made. Even though they look a little beefy, they are surprisingly nimble shotguns.

This one weighs just over 6lbs — lighter than a lot of modern 20s — and with 28″ barrels, double triggers, and high dimensions, it would be perfect for upland hunting.

I think Merkel introduced their 200-line of O/U shotguns right after WW2.  The 200s were built on triggerplate-style, Blitz actions and used double Kersten locks (with no underbolt) to lock up. The E in 200E stands for Ejectors. Even though the 200 were one of the least expensive O/Us Merkel offered, they were still pricey. Comparable models offered in the ’20s cost as much as a new 12g A.H. Fox XE. Personally, I think the Merkels were the better shotgun.

Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun
Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun

Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun: Circa. 4/51 Proof Date. Overall in Excellent Condition.
Both blue and case color remain at 98-99%. Bores are in perfect condition. Chokes at Mod and Full with a weight at 6 lbs. 3.3 oz. make this an easy to carry pheasant gun with the performance to take care of the task.

Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun
Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun

Gauge: 16 gauge

Barrels: 28″ w/orig. 2 3/4″ Chambers & Solid Rib

Chokes: Mod & Full

Action: Merkel-Kersten Lock

Stock: European Walnut

Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun
Merkel 16 Gauge 200E O/U Shotgun

Butt: Packmayr Pad with Leather Face

LOP: 14 1/2 to hinged front trigger

Weight: 6 lbs. 3.3 oz.

Stock Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 14 1/2 with 3/16 cast off

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Cogswell & Harrison Hammergun, 30" Damascus barrels
Cogswell & Harrison Hammergun, 30″ Damascus barrels

Cogswell & Harrison Hammergun, 30″ Damascus barrels: 2-1/2″ chambers.  Bar action sidelock completely engraved in fine foliate scroll,.  Percussion fences.  The hammers, of substantial size, add to the impressive style of this circa 1880s gamegun. Splinter forend with swing lever release, straight hand stock with high, modern dimensions (1-1/2″ comb, 1-7/8″ heel, 14-1/2″ LOP) should be just the ticket for rising birds.  The Damascus pattern of rich deep brown color and contrast are at about 100% finish.  The action retains a wonderful glow of patina and case colors.  Beautifully figured French walnut, a fabulous example in the original canvas case.  Weighs 6lbs, 14 oz.  Perfect for your vintage events! Price: $5,500

MERKEL OVER UNDER, 12GA, 271/2″: BUILT 1943, CHOKES ,010 & ,012, THREE PIECE FOREARM, CHECKERED BUTT, DOUBLE TRIGGER, 1 3/8″ X 2 1/8″ X 14 3/8″, BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIBLE PIECE IN THE GREATEST CONDITION.

MERKEL OVER UNDER, 12GA, 271/2": BUILT 1943
MERKEL OVER UNDER, 12GA, 271/2″: BUILT 1943

CSMC RBL LAUNCH EDITION SxS 20GA SHOTGUN: 28″ barrels w/ 5 screw chokes. Self opener. 15 1/4″ LOP leather covered pad. Double triggers, automatic ejectors. 98-99% in original luggage case with accessories. Price: $3,050

CSMC RBL LAUNCH EDITION SxS 20GA SHOTGUN
CSMC RBL LAUNCH EDITION SxS 20GA SHOTGUN
Beretta Model 471 Silver Hawk 20 Ga.
Beretta Model 471 Silver Hawk 20 Ga.

Beretta Model 471 Silver Hawk 20 Ga: 28″ bbls, 3″ chambers, IC/IM ejectors, 14 1/2″ LOP, 6 lbs. 4 oz. Double triggers. This elegant side-by-side 20 Gauge has a richly blued, concave rib barrel set paired with a case colored receiver and a checkered walnut stock set. The trigger guard, forend iron and release, top snap, and bottom tang are also case colored. The lever is far right of center. It is fitted with ejectors. It has a traditional double trigger group with an articulated front. The English-style straight stock ends in a wooden buttplate bearing the Beretta Trident logo. It comes with the maker’s hard case. Price: $2,799.99

Thomas Johnson 12b Hammer Gun
Thomas Johnson 12b Hammer Gun

Thomas Johnson 12b Hammer Gun: A really nice 12bore hammer gun by a provincial maker. Back action locks. 60% coverage crisp scroll engraving Gun is in excellent condition with 28″ lovely patterened damascus barrels with near perfect bores and nitro proofed. Tight and on face. Choked cyl/cyl. LOP=14 3/8 to a horn butt. DAC=1 1/2 DAH=2 1/4 Weight = 6lbs 5oz Min wall R=.026 11″ from muzzle L = .026 10″ from muzzle. Nicely patterned butt stock wood. Price: $2150

 

Auction alert: 20g Merkel 47E, 28″, single trigger, NO RESERVE….

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge
MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

Timex watches were famous for being able to “take a licking and keep on ticking.” Merkels have the same kind of reputation. While they’re not the sleekest doubles out there, you can stand up to tens-of-thousands of rounds without a hitch.

This one is up for auction now on Gunbroker.com. I love the color-case hardening on it and leather pad on the end of it is a nice touch. This would be a perfect travel gun for everything from grouse in Maine to pheasants in the Dakota. And because it’s a Merkel, you can rely to function flawlessly and get the job done wherever you take it. The listing ends tomorrow, 2/2/2015, @ 10:00:00 PM ET — so get in your bids now.

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge
MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge: Up for auction is an excellent little Merkel 47E 20 gauge with factory upgrade single selective trigger. This gun is an earlier generation as evidenced by the cocking indicators, intercepting sears and nicer engraving. The gun has desirable 28” barrels with both bores measuring .628” & chokes @ IC/M, .009R, .016L. The reinforced, super strong, reinforced “Color Hardened” action has “Purdey” style double underbites, a “Greener Crossbolt” style third fastener with side clips & disc set strikers. The nicely figured European walnut pistol grip stock measures 14 7/8” over a beautiful #6 custom leather pad by David Yale of Delta, CO. (450.00 upgrade). Checkering is razor sharp with no flaws. Drop is just over 2 1/8”, comb 1 ½” with about ¼” cast for a RH shooter.

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge
MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

Condition is excellent with just minor dings on the furniture and a few light spots in the coloring on the action. No serious wood or metal problems! All in all this is really nice, lightly used little Dove / Quail gun weighing in at 6 lbs. 6 oz. I’ve owned a lot of Merkels over the years and what is lacking in style, is more than make up in handling, “uber” strength and durability! In fact I have a pair of 147SLs that I regularly use in Argentina – they’re that tough! These guns are one of the best values in box lock smallbores today. Email with any questions & I’m always open to trades!

MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge
MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge
MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge
MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge
MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge
MERKEL 47E Boxlock, ejector, single trigger 20 gauge

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Abbiatico & Salvinelli Best Quality Side Lock in 28 gauge
Abbiatico & Salvinelli Best Quality Side Lock in 28 gauge

Abbiatico & Salvinelli Best Quality Side Lock in 28 gauge: With 27″ smooth game rib barrels choked IC&M . Straight grip stock of outstanding light walnut with vivid black streaking in both sides. Matching splinter forend. LOP 14 1/2 over checkered butt. Beautiful and very fine full coverage english scroll engraving signed by master engraver Goldani. Gun is in 98% condition and is cased in it’s original trunk case. Price: $15,995

Mortimer and Sons .450 3 1/4 BPE: This is a original, mechanically sound double rifle, with Jones underlever chambered for the .450 3 1/4″ BPE.  It has a 27 3/4″ barrels with full length file cut rib and three rear sight leaves, one fixed at 100,and two folding at 200 and 300 yards.  The Henry

Mortimer and Sons .450 3 1/4 BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle
Mortimer and Sons .450 3 1/4 BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle

rifling in both barrels is very good with a teeny bit of pitting in each. There is very generous engraving on the action and lock plates and it is sharp with some color remaining in protected areas. The fore end has a lever style release and across the steel butt plate is written, “charge 120 grains”.  The length of pull is 14 5/8″ and it tips the scales at a fraction under 9lbs.  The only known defects are a 1/2″ crack in the heal of the stock just in front of the widow’s peak of the buttplate and a one inch sliver missing from the fore end, both of which are pictured and why I’m not asking $7500.  The stock has what I believe to be original finish, the checkering is very good, with handling marks comensurate to a rifle this old.  Overall, a very nice example of a fine Scottish double rifle. Price: $6,850

Merkel 447SL – Side Lock Ejector – 16ga, 28″, M/F, Raised Solid Rib, English Stock, Checkered Butt, Splinter Forearm: Price: $5,500.

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Merkel – – 447 SL – 16ga – 28″ – English Stock, Double Triggers – Side Lock Ejector
1903 LC Smith No. 3 12G SxS Shotgun
1903 LC Smith No. 3 12G SxS Shotgun

1903 LC Smith No. 3 12G SxS Shotgun: Very nice 1903 year manufacture L.C. Smith with chain damascus 30″ barrels. Faint case color. Original factory engraving with grade 3 oval on each sideplate. All original with factory straight stock. Solid gun in very good condition. Lever is in center position. Price: $2250

 

Rizzini, Omnium Small, 28 Ga. O/U Shotgun:Price: $1,849.98

Rizzini, Omnium Small, 28 Ga. O/U Shotgun
Rizzini, Omnium Small, 28 Ga. O/U Shotgun
Manufacturer: SN: 86XXX
Caliber: 28 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very good
Wood Condition: Very good with few handling marks
Bore Condition: Clean and bright
Barrels: 28″ vent rib
Triggers: Single
Stock: Checkered hardwood
Stock Dimensions: LOP: 14 5/8
Fore End: Checkered hardwood with schnabel
Butt Pad: Rizzini ribbed wooden plate
Weight: 5 lbs., 8 oz.
Sights: Front bead
Chokes: Screw in tubes
Extras: Comes with 3 extra choke tubes, tube wrench, hard case and manual.

 

Amazing. More about that 20g Merkel Paragon O/U…

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

Here’s one of the finest German O/Us I’ve ever seen. It’s a sidelock Merkel Paragon, made in 1928 and ordered for an American through A.F. Stoeger’s in New York City. I spotted this shotgun at the Orvis Game Fair Show a couple weekends ago.

The gun is built on Merkel 303-style action with Double Kersten locks and double underbites and removable sidelocks with a concealed lever release (the lever is the round thing you can see behind the gold inlays in the pic to the right).  It was an awesome, and I couldn’t believe how well it handled. Absolutely stunning.

This Merkel changed hands between dealers at the show, and now it looks like it’s sold. I think the price was close to $60,000 — a ton of money, but not that much when you consider what you’re getting: one of the finest and most unusual over-unders you’ll ever find, at any price.

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE: MADE 1928 I HAVE SHOWN THIS GUN TO A LOT OF PEOPLE AND ITS THE VERY BEST OF THE BEST MERKEL EVER MADE PROBABLY A FEATURE ARTICLE ON THE GUN IN AN UPCOMING DOUBLE GUN JOURNAL ARTICLE AMAZING PROVENANCE AND ORDER SHEET THIS GUN IN 1928 COST THE SAME AS A BOSS OR WOODWARD O/U IN THE STOEGER CATALOG JUST OVER $1000 AND MORE THAN A PARKER INVINCIBLE. 32″ VENT RIB SPLIT BARRELS 28″ VENT RIB BARRELS HEEL AND TOE PLATES THE PHOTOS WILL TELL THE REST ALONG WITH T HE UPCOMING ARTICLE. PRICE: SOLD

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

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GRIFFIN & HOWE BEST PAIR 2" game guns 12 gauge
GRIFFIN & HOWE BEST PAIR 2″ game guns 12 gauge

GRIFFIN & HOWE BEST PAIR 2″ Game Guns, 12 gauge: THIS IS THE BEST PAIR OF GUNS WE HAVE HAD .GUN #1 IS SIDEPLATED WITH 17 GOLD INLAYS 25″031 AND 042 2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SPLINTER FOREARM ENGISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT 5LB 5 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 5/8 X 14 GUN #2 IS A SCALLOPED FRAME WITH 26 GOLD INLAYS AND LOTS OF GOLD WIRE DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR BEAVERTAIL FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT 5LB 11 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 X 14 1/2 BOTH ARE CASED IN A MAKERS OAK AND LEATHER CASE. Price: $49,500

WINCHESTER MOD 21 DELUXE TRAP PRE-WAR- 12- ORIG. in 90% OVERALL COND- 30″ VENT RIB Bbls.- EXC WOOD- EXC BORES: #12999, Winchester Model 21 Deluxe Trap Grade in 12 Bore, Marked Trap, Finished June 19, 1941, 30″ Vent Rib Barrels at .735 .035 & .017″ (Full & Mod), 2 3/4″ chambers, Factory marked Full on the Right barrel & factory marked Mod. on the Left barrel, Single selective trigger, Beavertail forend, Straight grip stock at 14 3/8 x 1 1/2 x 2″ over the original 7/8″ pad with the Winchester name, 7 lbs. 14 oz., “TRAP” stamped on the floorplate, Correct trap forend that is 11″ in length, Correct Kidney pattern checkering, Very nice wood with excellent feather crotch and nice color and contrast, Checkered side panels at the head of the stock, The original barrel blue is 95%, The original receiver blue is 96%, The floorplate with 88% blue, The original wood finish is at 88%, The checkering remains at 97%, The bores are excellent plus and virtually look like new. The frame has the correct water table stampings on both the left & right side with all the US patents and Model 21 WRAC stampings which are the early 1940’s. The barrels have the inspection triangle with the #1 inside which dates it to 1941. Here is a super honest M-21 Trap that remains in excellent mechanical condition inside and out with all of its life left. The gun was made for Harper & McIntire Co. and is still correct to this day as delivered by Winchester in 1941 relative the vent rib, grade, barrel length and the stock dimensions. It had a good life and was well kept. Price: $8,350

WINCHESTER MOD 21 DELUXE TRAP PRE-WAR- 12- ORIG. in 90% OVERALL COND
WINCHESTER MOD 21 DELUXE TRAP PRE-WAR- 12- ORIG. in 90% OVERALL CONDITION
Zanotti 20ga., Model 625, SxS Shotgun
Zanotti 20ga., Model 625, SxS Shotgun

Zanotti 20ga., Model 625, SxS Shotgun: 28″ chopperlump barrels choked .006/.009, 2-3/4″ chambers, hand-filed game rib, double triggers, automatic ejectors. Scalloped back boxlock action fully engraved in a floral arabesque retains 90% of the original case color hardening. The toplever features a carved hound on the scent, non-automatic safety. Splinter forend, straight hand stock of dark well-figured European walnut measures 1-1/4″ comb, 2″ heel, 14-3/4″ LOP over a full leather pad. The ejectors are as new and the trigger pulls superb. Weighs 5 lbs, 15 oz. Zanotti is purported to be the oldest gunmaker in the world, dating back to the 1600s. This model is the same basic gun manufactured by other prestigious Italian makers at about 3-4 times the cost. 98% blue with some minor handling marks. A lot of gun for the money! Price: $5,750

MERKEL 220 O/U 9.3X74 DOUBLE RIFLE: 25 1/2″ barrels. Claw mounts with Leupold 3×9 scope. Double set triggers. Automatic ejectors. 96%. 15in LOP pad. Excellent bores. Price: $5,650

MERKEL 220 O/U 9.3X74 DOUBLE RIFLE
MERKEL 220 O/U 9.3X74 DOUBLE RIFLE
Parker GHE 12 ga,28" Parker Special Steel barrels:
Parker GHE 12 ga,28″ Parker Special Steel barrels:

Parker GHE 12 ga,28″ Parker Special Steel barrels: F/M (.038/.015),weighs 7lbs 9 oz. 14 1/4 ” LOP to Original Dogs Head buttplate. 1 1/2 Frame Serial number 231XXX (1929),Meriden grip cap. Real nice clean Original unmessed with Parker GHE with a good bit of case color and very nicely figured stock.Built in Meriden and again, unmessed with (no pad added,no buggered screws-no opening of chokes) since it left the factory in 1929. Has been hunted and carried but not abused. Shoots great and ejectors work perfectly.Lever is to the right,mirror clean bores no-dents in barrels,only minor detraction is small splinter (just under 1″) line in stock by upper right side of upper tang-pictured.Happy to answer questions over phone or send more pictures if needed. Price: $3395

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