Good gun alert: 20g Browning SxS, straight grip …

Browning BSS BOXLOCK SXS 20GA
Browning BSS BOXLOCK SXS 20GA

Sure Browning is famous for their Superposed and Citori OUs, and their A5 autoloaders.

But the company also “made” some great SxSs. I say “made” because Browning had their SxSs built by another company (just like they did with their OUs). For the BSS, that copy was Miroku in Japan.

Browning offered the Miroku-made BSS from 1971 to 1988. With a straight grip and a slim forend, the gun you see here is a Sporter model, which was Browning lightweight version of this gun. These doubles are great for grouse, woodcock, and qual, and at this price, this one is a fair deal.

Browning BSS BOXLOCK SXS 20GA
Browning BSS BOXLOCK SXS 20GA

Browning BSS BOXLOCK SXS 20GA: 26″ solid rib barrels modified to accept choke tubes, Colonial Arms choke tubes installed MOD – SKEET, smooth shiny bores, blued finish, white mid-bead, white bead front sight, very nice checkered straight buttstock – forearm, light marks consistent with field use, LOP – 14 1/2″, DAC – 1 5/8″, DAH 2 5/8″, and black Decelerator recoil pad. Price: $1,399

A lightweight, baby-frame 28g Charles Daly OU?

Baby frame 28g Charles Daly OU shotgun?
Baby frame 28g Charles Daly OU shotgun?

A lot of 28-gauge shotguns aren’t what they claim to be. Even though they shoot 28g shells, they’re really 20-gauge guns. That’s because some makers cut corners when they built them.

Instead of scaling down the entire firearm, they just stick a set of 28-gauge on a 20-gauge frame. The OU or SxS you end up with has the feel and heft of 20, but it shoots more expensive 28-gauge shells. What’s the point?

But some makers do make and have made true 28-gauge guns. Typically, these doubles are really expensive. But that’s not the case with this one at Cabelas in Hazelwood, MO — or at least I think it isn’t.

Baby frame 28g Charles Daly OU shotgun?
Baby frame 28g Charles Daly OU shotgun?

In the ’60s and into the ’70s, the Charles Daly name was used on a series OU shotguns made by Miroku in Japan. These shotguns were model after Browning Citoris. Overall, they were reliable, well-made doubles.

Miroku made two types of 28 gauge OUs: Some on 20-gauge frames, other on scaled down, 28-gauge frames.

I think the gun you see here is one of those lightweight, baby-frame 28s. According to the Blue Book of Gun Values, Daly/Miroku made around 1,000 of the lightweight/baby frame 28 gauges. So if this is one, and judging by the weight the seller has listed it is, it’s a hard-to-find over-under and a good deal.

Charles Daly Over-Under Shotgun in 28 GaugePrice: $1,349.99 

Weight: 5 Lbs.

Barrels: 26″

Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Minor surface scratches

Baby frame 28g Charles Daly OU shotgun?
Baby frame 28g Charles Daly OU shotgun?

Wood Condition: Minor surface scratches
Bore Condition: Clean
Stock Dimensions:
14″ LOP
Sights: Vent rib with brass mid and front bead
Chokes: Fixed

This week’s 5 great guns…

 

Beretta SO5 EELL 12 ga OU Sidelock Shotgun
Beretta SO5 EELL 12 ga OU Sidelock Shotgun

Beretta SO5 EELL 12 ga OU Sidelock Shotgun28in BBLS. Extremely nice field gun with hand detachable sidelocks. Ejectors, single select trigger, Briley Thinwall chokes, floral engraving signed by G. Bertasi 1969 vintage gun. Tight action, bright bores, beautiful wood with 14.25 LOP over a wood butt plate. Price: $16,500 

Winchester Model 21, Field Gun-Magnum 20ga SxSAnother fantastic find from Tom’s Smoking Gun Labs, Winchester Model 21, 20 gauge, 3″ chambers, 100% superb condition. Work started: October 04, 1956, To pack: January 31, 1957 Outstanding feather crouch wood stock. Buffalo Bill Center factory letter. Price: $12,500

Serial Number: 30826

Winchester Model 21, Field Gun-Magnum 20ga SxS
Winchester Model 21, Field Gun-Magnum 20ga SxS

Chambers: 3 inches
Ejectors: Selective
Condition: 100%
Metal Condition: 100%
Wood Condition: 100%
Bore Condition: 100%
Barrels: 28 inches
Action: sxs
Triggers: Single
Gauge: .20
Stock: Straight grip
Stock Comb: 1-1/2″
Stock Heel: 2-1/4″
Fore End: beavertail
Butt Pad: Winchester
LOP: 14-1/2″
Finish: Field finish
Sights: red front, metal middle
Manufacture Date: 1956 – 1957
Choke Left: Full
Choke Right: Modified

William Evans .400/.360 Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle
William Evans .400/.360 Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle

William Evans .400/.360 Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle: William Evans [From Purdey’s] 63 Pall Mall, St. James, London boxlock ejector double rifle chambered for the .400/.360 Purdey Nitro Express 2 3/4″ cartridge and London proved for Cordite 40 and a 300-grain bullet. This is the 9.3mm [.367] cartridge which is the best of the .400/.360’s.  Many rechambered to 9.3x74R when brass was unavailable. This one remains in its original chambering.  26″ dovetail lump ejector barrels with very good to excellent bores. Raised matted rib with doll’s head third bite. Three-leaf express rear sight with one standing and two folding leaves. Front sight with fine bead and flip up moonlight sight. Built on the venerable Webley Long Bar Action. Bushed strikers. Bottom tang extended to the steel grip cap. Reciever with 80% coverage fine English scroll engraving. Buttstock with a strong fiddleback figure.  14 5/8″ LOP to a checkered steel buttplate with widow’s peak. Neutral cast. Lever release forend.  Sling eyes fore and aft.  9lb 2oz This piece has every appearance of never having had any restoration. It is tight and on the face with very good to excellent bores. It has been used but not abused. Buttstock and forend solid and without repairs. Barrel blue at 94% with an even patina. Reciever is silver with an even patina. Checkering at 96%  Cased in its original brass cornered canvas trunk case with original trade label. This is classic British Empire stuff from the pre-war Golden Era of British gunmaking and built on the finest boxlock action body to come out of England.  Price: $15,900

Parker VH 16 Gauge Side-by-Side SUPER CLEAN, CRISP, UNTOUCHED GUN!
Parker VH 16 Gauge Side-by-Side SUPER CLEAN, CRISP, UNTOUCHED GUN!

Parker VH 16 Gauge Side-by-Side SUPER CLEAN, CRISP, UNTOUCHED GUN!
General Specs: Parker, year 1931, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 6oz, SxS
Serial Number: 234883
I get to see a lot of fine Parker guns in my business, and high-grade guns to boot, but this fine Parker, sn234883 built in 1931, stands out because of its CLEAN, UNMOLESTED condition.  Another nicety is that it is a full 1/4lb. lighter than most 16ga. Parkers built on the #1 frame, weighing just 6lbs. 6oz. and balanced perfectly on the hinge pin.  Look at the wood to metal fit, the checkering, the screws…they are factory original and superb.  All the finishes, including the wood finish, are factory original and untouched.  Virtually 99% factory case color remains on the receiver, bold and vivid (keep in mind the photo flash washes out some of the vividness. The colors show better in person), and 99% factory original blue on the barrels.  There is not one crack or split or repair anywhere in the wood, and the gun measures 14 1/4″ to the factory dogs head butt plate.  The 28″ barrels have no dings or pits, a few light handling marks, mirror perfect bores, unaltered 2 9/16″ chambers, rough barrel weight stamped at 3-5, and crisp clear lettering and rib matting. Even the factory jewelling at the breech face remains evident (see photos). You can look a long time and you will be hard-pressed to find a more genuine and crisp VH 16.  These guns are still a great investment, especially with high condition.  This is clearly an investment quality shotgun that has been carried and therefore can be used and shot with no loss of value.  If you want to see what near new, factory Parker case colors looked like, just check this one out.  They are not subtle, nor “pearlescent”, but bold and strong.  This fine Parker has it all; high factory condition, desirable features, good shooting dimensions, and the factory letter documenting the gun.  NICE!  Thanks for looking. Price: $8,950

Charles Daly – Miroku – Over Under – Field Grade – 20ga 28″ M / F – Round Knob Stock – Like New3″, M / F (.014 / .025),  Extractors, Single Selective Trigger, Round Knob Pistol Grip, LOP 14-1/8″, with Drop of 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″. Weight 6 lbs. 11 oz. Excellent Plus Used Gun – Metal 99%, Wood about 97% with some minor handling marks. Price: $875

Charles Daly - Miroku - Over Under - Field Grade - 20ga 28" M / F - Round Knob Stock - Like New: 
Charles Daly – Miroku – Over Under – Field Grade – 20ga 28″ M / F – Round Knob Stock – Like New:

Auction alert: 12g Browning sidelock BSS, 28″….

Browning Bss Sidelock 12 Gauge Shotgun Like New 12 GA
Browning Bss Sidelock 12 Gauge Shotgun Like New 12 GA

I say “Browning”, you say “over & under”. But just because this company has made some of the most famous OUs of all time doesn’t mean they haven’t made some other great doubles.

From 1971 to 1987, Browning also “made” side-by-sides, including the sidelock shotgun you see here. I say “made” because these guns were actually built in Japan by Miroku and imported into the US under the Browning name. Regardless, they’re great guns and real bargains today. This one looks brand new. And on top of that, it has 28″ barrels, which makes it extra special.

It’s on Gunauction.com now at No Reserve. The listing ends tomorrow, November 27, 2017 @ 1:00pm.

Browning Bss Sidelock 12 Gauge Shotgun Like New 12 GA: 28 INCH F/M FIXED CHOKE IS LIKE NEW IF NOT NEW IN BROWNING HARD CASE MADE FROM 1983 TO 1987 THIS GUN IS A REAL BEAUTY.

Browning Bss Sidelock 12 Gauge Shotgun Like New 12 GA
Browning Bss Sidelock 12 Gauge Shotgun Like New 12 GA

Auction alert: 20g Miroku OU, 28″ bbls…

B.C. Miroku Skeet O/U 20 ga double barrel shotgun
B.C. Miroku Skeet O/U 20 ga double barrel shotgun

Japan doesn’t come to mind when most people think gunmaking. But craftsmen there have been building firearms for hundreds of years.

Karaji Miroku was one of them, and in 1893 he started a gunsmithing business that  went on to become the Miroku Corporation, one of Japans biggest and best know gunmakers.

Today, Miroku builds a firearms for Browning and under their own name. In 2011, Field & Stream writer Phil Bourjaily toured their facility.

B.C. Miroku Skeet O/U 20 ga double barrel shotgun
B.C. Miroku Skeet O/U 20 ga double barrel shotgun

Back in the ’50s and ’60s, Miroku built shotgun like the one you see here. This is their version of a Browning Superposed, and it’s 95% the same gun. One of the biggest ways it differs is price. While vintage 20g Browning Superposed costs $1800+,  with this OU you can get the same quality for less money.

B.C. Miroku Skeet O/U 20 ga double barrel shotgunVery Good condition – shotgun – 28″ narrow VR, O/U, fixed Skeet (SS) chokes in both barrels barrel – checkered walnut forearm & rounded PG stock, equipped with checkered Miroku – blue finish, retains about 90-90% on barrels, retains about 80% plum patina finish to frame – retains traces of gold finish in protected areas of trigger – Markings: crisp- scroll engraved receiver, “MIROKU FIREARMS MFG., KOCHI JAPAN” on left side of barrel, – Sights: fiber optic front sight – Great Skeet Shooter – gold single trigger – auto ejectors – Excellent shiny bore – mechanics appear to be in working order – canvas and leather fitted gun case; green fleece lined, lockable combination latches, leather securing exterior straps; box is in like-new condition with single detractor being discoloration of canvas exterior

Good gun alert: Miroku/Daly 20g OU, 28″ bbls…

B.C. Miroku Charles Daly O/U 20GA Shotgun, 28" Bbls
B.C. Miroku Charles Daly O/U 20GA Shotgun, 28″ Bbls

Here’s a great bird gun at an even better price. These Charles Daly / B. C. Miroku OUs are clones of Browning Citoris. Most of the 20 gauges you see out there have 26″ barrels. So with it’s 28″ tubes, this one is extra special.

B.C. Miroku Charles Daly O/U 20GA: $899.99 
Caliber: 20 Gauge

Barrels: 28 Inches

Chambers: 2 ¾”
Chokes: Top barrel cylinder choke (0.615 Inches) bottom barrel Imp. Cylinder (0.604 Inches)
Metal Condition: Excellent with a few handling marks. There is some silvering on the sharp edges and muzzle present.

B.C. Miroku Charles Daly O/U 20GA Shotgun, 28" Bbls
B.C. Miroku Charles Daly O/U 20GA Shotgun, 28″ Bbls

Wood Condition: Excellent with a few handling marks. A couple dents also.
Bore Condition: Excellent, bright and smooth
Triggers: Single selectable trigger
Stock: Pistol grip with rounded knob and checkering
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 14 ¼”, DAC 1 ½”, DAH 2 ½”
Fore End: Straight rounded hardwood with checkering
Butt Pad: Cushioned rubber butt pad
Weight: 6 Lbs. 5 Oz.
Sights: Front metal bead with vented raised rib
Chambers: 2 ¾”

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F.illi Piotti Pre-Owned 20 bore 'King' Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun
F.illi Piotti Pre-Owned 20 bore ‘King’ Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

F.illi Piotti Pre-Owned 20 bore ‘King’ Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun: A pre-owned 20 bore F.lli Piotti ‘King’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 28 inch barrels at our New York Showroom. Sidelock ejector with double triggers (articulated front) and automatic safety. Price: $24,000
Triggers: Double (front articulated trigger)
Safety: Automatic
Barrel Length: 28 Inches
Chamber: 2 3/4 Inch
Rib: Raised semi-concaved
Chokes: Right: 1/4 Left: 1/4
Type: Deluxe quality walnut
Length: 14 3/8 Inches
Bend: 1 1/2 – 2 1/4
Cast: On 1/8 face
Grip: Traditional English straight hand grip
Butt End Finish: Chequered
Forend: Splinter Style Forend
Weight: 6lb 6oz
Date of Manufacture: 2006

L C SMITH CROWN GRADE 16 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN GORGEOUS
L C SMITH CROWN GRADE 16 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN GORGEOUS

L C SMITH CROWN GRADE 16 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN GORGEOUS28″ BARRELS, FULL AND FULL, 99% BLUE, MIRROR BORES, RAISED RIB, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS.  BARRELS ENGRAVED AT BOTH ENDS GOLD INLAY AT RIB EXTENSION.  FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, GORGEOUS VIVID CASE COLOR, NICELY ENGRAVED WITH ENGLISH POINTERS ON RIGHT LOCK, ENGLISH LETTERS ON LEFT LOCK, PLUS FLOWERS, LEAF AND SCROLLWORK.  GOLD CROWN INLAY ON TOP LEVER, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, HUNTER SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, HIGHLY FIGURED WOOD, PERFECT CHECKERING.  1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, ORIGINAL SILVERS SOLID PAD.  6 POUNDS 14 OUNCES, MADE IN 1949.  SUPERB, ORIGINAL SMITH WITH ABSOLUTELY NO DEFECTS. Price: $21,500

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

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

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun 1st year ProductionSuperb 20, 3 digit serial number, 28 inch barrels, IC/Mod, 3 inch chambers, round knob, vent rib, excellent condition, tight action, minimal wear, minor bluing loss on selective safety. Original in all respects.  Price: $1795

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun 1st year Production
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun 1st year Production

Chambers: 2 3/4″ or 3″
Ejectors: Yes
Condition: Excellent
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 28 inch vent rib
Barrel Type: Chrome lined
Action: Box lock
Triggers: Single selective
Stock: Round knob pistol grip
Butt Pad: Original buttplate
Rib: Vent
Finish: Original
Chokes: Imp cyl/ modified

MIROKU 500 CASE COLORED 12GA SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN
MIROKU 500 CASE COLORED 12GA SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN

MIROKU 500 CASE COLORED 12GA SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUNA very nice Miroku with seldom found case colored action. Some hunting marks in the wood but over all a really nice gun. All is tight and right . No issues. Gun looks to have been hunted some but shot very little. 6llbs 10ozs make it a gun you can carry all day. Price: $1075
Chambers: 2 3/4IN
Condition: VERY GOOD
Bore Condition: EXCELLENT
Barrels: 28IN
Action: CASE COLORED
Gauge: 12GA
Stock Comb: 1 7/8IN
Stock Heel: 2 1/2IN
Butt Pad: ORIGINAL
LOP: 14 1/8IN
Weight: 6LBS 10OZ
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: IMP/CYL

Good gun alert: 12g Browning BSS sidelock, 28″, $3850…

Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga, 28 in. brl. LNIB
Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga, 28 in. brl. LNIB

Here’s a good deal. These sidelock Browning BSSs are nice doubles, and far superior to most SxSs in the same price range. They’re Holland & Holland-pattern side-by-sides , made in Japan by Miroku and were offered from 1983-1987.

Today, they’ve proven themselves to be solid, dependable firearms. At 6 1/2lbs, this one is just right for all kinds of upland hunting.

Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga, 28 in. brl. LNIBMade by Browning Miroku Japan 1984-1988 the BSS Sidelock is an excellent copy of the Holland and Holland sidelock British game gun. As new, 100%, in the original Browning case with keys and original owners manual. Price: $3850 

Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga, 28 in. brl. LNIB
Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga, 28 in. brl. LNIB
  • Straight Grip, Double Triggers, Checkered Butt, and Splinter Forend w/ Deely Latch
  • Holland & Holland Style Side Lock with interceptor sears
  • Chopper Lump 28 inch barrels (modified/full)
  • Southgate Ejector System
  • Coin Finish Receiver & Locks
  • Blued Barrel, British Style Game Rib
  • Drop At Comb: 1 1/2″ Drop At Heel: 2 3/8″ Length of Pull 14 1/4″ (to front trigger) Weight: 6lb 8oz.
Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga, 28 in. brl. LNIB
Browning BSS Sidelock 12ga, 28 in. brl. LNIB

Good gun alert: 12g Browning BSS sidelock, 28″ bbls…

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE

If I say “Browning” most shotgun guys think “OU”. But Browning has also offered a line of highly regarded SxS shotguns. Tagged the “BSS”, these doubles came in two basic categories: Boxlocks and sidelocks. All of these shotguns were made in Japan by Miroku, and today they’ve proven themselves to be solid, dependable firearms.

Browning BSS sidelock was offered from 1983-1987. Even though these Holland & Holland-pattern side-by-sides were very well made, they weren’t big sellers.

Today, most of the ones you see have 26″ barrels. This one has 28″. That, along with its overall high quality and great price (these usually sell for $4000+) , make this BSS a double worth taking a couple closer looks at.

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE: 28″ MOD/FULL BARREL, DOUBLE TRIGGERS.  GUN LOOKS LIKE NEW SEE PICTURES, COMES IN BROWNING SXS HARD CASE. Price: $3,650

12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE
12G BROWNING BSS SIDELOCK SxS SHOTGUN WITH BROWNING CASE

Good gun alert: 20g Browning BSS Sporter, 28″ bbls…

20ga. Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun
20ga. Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun

Of all the world’s major gunmakers, few have been around as long as Browning and fewer have made as wide a variety of firearms. Many of Browning’s guns were built on patents created by the company’s brilliant founder: John Moses Browning. But while JM  did invent everything from the M1911 pistol to the Superposed, he never came up with his own design for a SxS.

But that doesn’t mean Browning never “built” them.

20ga. Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun
20ga. Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun

In fact, Browning introduced it’s first side-by-side shotgun in 1972. It was the 12g BSS boxlock, and in 1973 the company added a 20g. These guns were actually made in Japan by Miroku and they  had beavertail forends and pistol-grip stocks. The trimmer, straight gripped Sporter models came out in ’78. (BTW: So did another classic — the Bee Gees’ Night Fever). Of all these BSS guns, ones Sporters with 28″ barrels are the toughest to find.

That’s why this 20g BSS caught my eye. While it’s not cheap, it is a nice gun at a fair price. It’s also pretty light for a 20g Browning with two tubes. For those reasons, I bet it will sell pretty quickly.

20ga. Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun28″ bbl. choked F/IC (factory choked), single select trigger, ejectors, premium grade straight stock, beavertail forearm, 6lbs, As new 99%. Price: $2,050

20ga. Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun
20ga. Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun

Auction alert: A 16g Miroku “My Luck” SxS …

16 gauge Miroku Side-by-Side shotgun, 28" barrels, Mod and Cyl, 14 7/8" LOP
16 gauge Miroku Side-by-Side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Mod and Cyl, 14 7/8″ LOP

Looking at doubles on Gunbroker.com is a tedious task, and most days I see the same overpriced, warmed-over junk that has been listed there for years. But every sometimes an interesting gun pops up.

Miroku is one of the largest gun makers in the world. For many years, they made Charles Daly over unders, and since 1973 they’ve made Browning’s Citori O/U shotguns as well as OUs under their own name for the UK & Euro market.

16 gauge Miroku Side-by-Side shotgun, 28" barrels, Mod and Cyl, 14 7/8" LOP
16 gauge Miroku Side-by-Side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Mod and Cyl, 14 7/8″ LOP

Miroku also made side-by-sides, including Browning’s BSS shotguns. The gun you see here is one of their early SxSs. It’s probably from the ’50s, and what makes it special is the gauge. I’ve seen a lot of 12 and 20 gauge Mirokus. But this is the very first 16 gauge Miroku I’ve come acrossIt’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends 12/19/2015 10:12:49 AM ET

These Miroku My Luck boxlocks are quality guns. They’re built on Anson & Deeley style actions, they use double and Purdey-style underbites.

16 gauge Miroku Side-by-Side shotgun, 28" barrels, Mod and Cyl, 14 7/8" LOP
16 gauge Miroku Side-by-Side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Mod and Cyl, 14 7/8″ LOP

This one has chopper-lump barrels proofed for 2 3/4″ shells and possibly choked Improved & Full. I really like the color-case hardening and the shape of the stock. It’s all really done, and I’m sure the gun is high-quality throughout.

16 gauge Miroku Side-by-Side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Mod and Cyl, 14 7/8″ LOP.

16 gauge Miroku Side-by-Side shotgun, 28" barrels, Mod and Cyl, 14 7/8" LOP
16 gauge Miroku Side-by-Side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Mod and Cyl, 14 7/8″ LOP
16 gauge Miroku Side-by-Side shotgun, 28" barrels, Mod and Cyl, 14 7/8" LOP
16 gauge Miroku Side-by-Side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Mod and Cyl, 14 7/8″ LOP
16 gauge Miroku Side-by-Side shotgun, 28" barrels, Mod and Cyl, 14 7/8" LOP
16 gauge Miroku Side-by-Side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Mod and Cyl, 14 7/8″ LOP

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JOHN RIGBY BEST PRE WAR SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 22 HI POWER
JOHN RIGBY BEST PRE WAR SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 22 HI POWER

JOHN RIGBY BEST PRE WAR SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 22 HI POWERSIDELOCK 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: $69,500

HOFFMAN ARMS CO. SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE RIFLE
HOFFMAN ARMS CO. SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE RIFLE

HOFFMAN ARMS CO. SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE RIFLE10.75x68mm Mauser caliber (similar to .404 Jeffery).   26″ barrels with automatic ejectors and raised quarter rib with four leaf folding express sights.  The frame and barrels were supplied by Sempert & Krieghoff in 1929 to the Hoffman Arms Co.   It was stocked,  and finished by Seymour Griffin formerly of Griffin & Howe.  The receiver although unsigned appears to be beautifully engraved by Rudolph Kornbraith and has  “HOFFMAN ARMS CO”  in a banner on each side.  Checkered forend and pistol grip buttstock with engraved grip cap and ending with a hard rubber pad.  Condition is very high retaining considerable barrel blue, excellent casehardened finish on the receiver and triggerguard.  Super wood and checkering.  Beautiful mint bores.  Weight: 9lbs 6oz.  LOP: 14 1/8″   Comb: 1 1/2″  Heel: 2 1/4″.   This rifle is very accurate and with the proper load and  bullet will handle most anything. Price: $24,950

BERETTA - RARE - ASE - 20ga - 26" - Vent Rib - Single Trigger - Prince of Whales - 1959 Hand Built Quality
BERETTA – RARE – ASE – 20ga – 26″ – Vent Rib – Single Trigger – Prince of Whales – 1959 Hand Built Quality

BERETTA – RARE – ASE – 20ga – 26″ – Vent Rib – Single Trigger – Prince of Whales – 1959 Hand Built Quality: IC / IM (.009 / .020), Tapered Field Style Vent Rib, Ejectors, Single Trigger, Prince of Whales Round Knob Grip, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-1/4″ to 2-1/8″, Cast Off for the Right Hand, Weight 5 lbs. 8 oz. Appears to be all original and overall Excellent Condition. Clearly hasn’t been used hard. Price: $5,150

  • Barrels – about perfect condition.
  • Bores – as new and measure exactly as they left the factory in 1959.
  • Forearm – excellent plus.
  • Receiver and Trigger Guard – excellent plus.
  • Butt Stock – original, but some finish issues. No cracks or repairs. New laquer fixes any problems with the Butt Stock. The butt plate has shrunk. I’ve seen this on Beretta shotguns from this era before.
WILLIAM R. PAPE ISLAND SIDELOCK 12GA HAMMERGUN
WILLIAM R. PAPE ISLAND SIDELOCK 12GA HAMMERGUN

WILLIAM R. PAPE ISLAND SIDELOCK 12GA HAMMERGUN: WITH RARE LEVER RELEASE, BEAUTIFUL TIGHT ENGLISH SCROLL ENGRAVING WITH TRACES OF CASE COLORS, 29″ FINE DAMASCUS BBLS WITH DOLLSHEAD, 2 3/4″ NITRO PROOF, 850 BAR, MIN WALLS, 28 THOU PLUS, CHOKED IC/FULL, STANDARD GAME RIB, EXTRACTORS, DBL TRIGGERS, HIGHLY FIGURED ENGLISH WALNUT WITH ENGRAVED TOE & HEEL PLATES, LOP 14 1/2, 1 3/8, 1 13/16, 6LBS 7OZ, BERY FINE ORIGINAL CONDITION, EXCELLENT BORE, TIGHT ON FACE!  Price: $4,295

CHARLES DALY MODEL 500 20GA SxS BY MIROKU
CHARLES DALY MODEL 500 20GA SxS BY MIROKU

CHARLES DALY MODEL 500 20GA SxS BY MIROKU: The nicest Model 500 I have seen. Very few minor imperfections in wood and metal. Close to new. 28in barrels have had the chokes opened to IC and MOD . Price: $1200
Manufacturer: Miroku
Model: Charles Daly Model 500
Bore: 20 GA
Chambers: 3IN
Condition: Close to New
Barrels: 28IN
Triggers: 2
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 9/16IN
LOP: 14 1/4
Weight: 6.6 lbs

 

 

Auction alert: Two bargain bird guns, one SxS, one OU …

Miroku Model M SxS English Stock, DT, 28" 12ga
Miroku Model M SxS English Stock, DT, 28″ 12ga

Just in time for the coming bird season! Here are two great looking doubles that on Gunbroker.com right now. If you’re looking for a lot of quality for very little money, take your pick. You can’t go wrong with either shotgun.

The Miroku is a great double, and probably one of the best deals you’ll ever find in a quality SxS. These guns are well made, and the handle like SxS costing many times more. I’ve only seen a few with color-case hardened actions and double triggers. What a nice SXS!

The Beretta is a 686 Onyx with 28″ bbls — a tough combo to find — and one of the greatest set ups you’ll ever come across for grouse & woodcock.

Miroku Model M SxS English Stock, DT, 28″ 12gaFor sale is a Miroku Model M side by side English style shotgun. This gun was never imported to the United States, so it was likely brought home from Japan by an American GI in the 60’s. IT IS NOT A CHARLES DALY, but Gunbroker does not let you list under “Miroku”, and the gun is functionally similar to the Daly 500, using the same receiver and chopper lump barrels, but with an English stock and splinter forend. The gun is in very good shape, with minor blueing rubbing and case color loss, as pictured. No cracks in the stock, and no pitting in the metal. Bores are bright and shiny, and the action is tight, with the lever just right of center.

Miroku Model M SxS English Stock, DT, 28" 12ga
Miroku Model M SxS English Stock, DT, 28″ 12ga
BERETTA 686 Black Onyx 20 GA, 28", OU Shotgun
BERETTA 686 Black Onyx 20 GA, 28″, OU Shotgun

BERETTA 686 Black Onyx 20 GA, 28″, OU Shotgun:Up for auction is a nice 20 gauge Beretta 686 Onyx with the bright blue and gloss finish stock. The barrels are 28″ long with 2 screw in choke tubes(M and IC). This shotgun is in good condition with normal wear. It does have a couple of dings in the stock and a few specs in the blueing.

BERETTA 686 Black Onyx 20 GA, 28", OU Shotgun
BERETTA 686 Black Onyx 20 GA, 28″, OU Shotgun

Auction alert: 12g Browning BSS Sidelock, 28″ bbls…

Browning BSS Sidelock SxS 12 Ga
Browning BSS Sidelock SxS 12 Ga

Nice side-by-side shotguns can cost a small fortune. But you have to pay one to get a quality double. For example, check out the Browning sidelock BSS you see here. It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends 4/19/2015 @ 5:14:32 PM ET. Even though the opening bid is high ($3,700), you’ll get a great deal if you can buy this gun for that much.

Browning BSS Sidelock SxS 12 Ga
Browning BSS Sidelock SxS 12 Ga

Browning starting offering boxlock side-by-side shotguns in 1971 and in 1983 the company introduced the sidelock model. All of these shotguns were made in Japan by Miroku, and they have a reputation for being solid, reliable guns.

Browning BSS Sidelock 12 Ga: Excellent (and rare) used Browning BSS sidelock SxS 12 gauge. 2 3/4in chambers. 28 inch barrels choked Mod and Full. Metal finish near new and action is still tight as new. Few small marks on wood as shown. Previous use of a slip on recoil pad has left faint line on buttstock as shown.

Browning BSS Sidelock SxS 12 Ga
Browning BSS Sidelock SxS 12 Ga

Bargain bird gun: a 12g Miroku Model M SxS…

BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″

Even though Miroku is one of the world’s oldest and largest gunmakers, we don’t hear much about them here in the States. For years, they’ve made side-by-sides and O/Us for other companies, including Charles Daly and Browning. At the same time, Miroku was also making shotguns under their own name. The double you see here is one of those guns. This looks like a Japanese version of a Webley & Scott M700 — and a heck of deal.

BC Miroku Model M SXS 12 Gauge 2 3/4″: BC Miroku side by side double shotgun. Very Good condition with minimal wear on the stock and barrel. Color case hardening is 80-85% as seen in the photos. Barrels are smooth and bright with some very light marks on the outside finish. Action locks up tight as a tick. Price: $650

-English Stock
-Double Triggers
-Caliper measures end of barrel diameters at .680 for left and .710 for right. Patterning it seems to be true full and modified.
-Miroku plastic butt plate
-Splinter forearm

A very clean, straight shooting gun.

BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″

This week’s good guns: Powered by Gunsinternational.com…

Arrieta Model 871 SxS 16 Gauge
Arrieta Model 871 SxS 16 Gauge

Arrieta Model 871 SxS 16 Gauge: Price:$4,229.99

Metal Condition: Excellent

Wood Condition: Excellent

Bore Condition:Bright And Shiny
Barrels:28″

Triggers: Double Trigger

Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″LOP And 13 1/4″LOP

Weight:6 lbs. 2 ozs.

W. C. Scott Premier Hammer Double Barrel Shotgun in 10 gauge
W. C. Scott Premier Hammer Double Barrel Shotgun in 10 gauge

W. C. Scott Premier Hammer Double Barrel Shotgun in 10 gauge: This is one of the highest grade Scott guns one could buy in the day and the quality shows in its fit, finish, engraving, fancy Damascus, and lockup and lock quality. All of the highest grade. Bores are bright with only a few shallow pits showing. 30″ Damascus bbls, Chokes .045, Extra full in both, 2 7/8″ Chambers, 8 lbs. 13 oz. Price: $2,200

Meriden high grade (M58?) SXS 12 gauge in excellent condition: Meriden SXS 12 gauge that seems to be a model 58. highly engraved and possibly unfired, Gorgeous condition with only minor handling marks on the butt stock. 30 inch barrels with mint bores. Meriden manufactured 12, 16, and 20 gauge sidelock double-barrel shotguns fitted with steel, laminated, twist, and Damascus barrels. Some of these guns were engraved by artisans who formerly worked for Parker (also located in Meriden) They made hammer and hammerless varieties and are sought after by collectors. The shotguns were well made and available in a variety of grades. All had automatic safeties and cocking indicators. Barrels could be had in twist, damascus of several grades, armory steel or Krupp steel. Hammerless or hammer shotguns with varying amounts of engraving were available. Price: $1795

Meriden high grade (M58?) SXS 12 gauge in excellent condition
Meriden high grade (M58?) SXS 12 gauge in excellent condition
Browning BSS SXS shotgun, 28" barrels
Browning BSS SXS shotgun, 28″ barrels

Browning BSS SXS shotgun, 28″ barrels: *Full/**Modified  This shotgun has the Standard Style (pistol grip) stock, a  14 1/4″ length of pull, 1 5/8″ drop at comb, and 2 1/2″ drop at heel.  There are some minor handling and use dings on the stock, and some discoloration as shown in the photos, but the checkering is crisp, and the gun locks up tight. Price: $1,199

20 Gauge side by side Miroku – Western Field: Very nice quality 20 gauge side by side, sold through western field as model 326 EMJ, made by Miroku. Full modified choke, double trigger extractor – bluing and wood showing some wear, action is very tight. Bore is excellent. Excellent quality for this gun at this price. Price: $340

20 Gauge side by side Miroku - Western Field
20 Gauge side by side Miroku – Western Field

Good gun alert: 20 gauge B.C. Miroku My Luck Model F sidelock shotgun…

20 gauge BC My Luck Model F Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge BC My Luck Model F Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun

Last week I put up this post about a decent looking BC Miroku 12g sidelock that popped up on the market. Today, an even better deal has appeared. This double you see here is almost the same shotgun, except it’s a 20g with ejectors.

20 gauge BC My Luck Model F Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun

Price: $2,999.99

Caliber: 20 Ga
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Both Are Very Bright
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered Walnut In English Style
Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered
Butt Pad: Black Decelermator Soft Pad
Weight: 6 lbs
Sights: Front And Mid White Bead
Chokes: Fixed

Good gun alert: A 12 gauge B.C. Miroku My Luck Model FE sidelock double barrel…

B.C. Miroku Model FE My Luck Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
B.C. Miroku Model FE My Luck Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
B.C. Miroku Model FE My Luck Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
B.C. Miroku Model FE My Luck Double Barrel SxS Shotgun

You probably don’t know it, but Miroku is one of the largest gun makers in the world. For many years, this Japanese company made Charles Daly over unders. Since 1973 they’ve made Browning’s Citori O/U shotguns, and today they also make firearms under the Winchester brand and under their own name.

The company has also made side-by-sides, including Browning’s BSS shotguns and their own line of boxlocks and sidelock doubles. The shotgun you see here is one of the sidelocks. There’s not a lot of info out there about these guns, but I think this model was made in the 1980s. I’ve seen a couple, and they’ve both been extremely well made shotguns, and great buys, too.

Made in Japan: Take a Tour of the Miroku Shotgun Factor with Field & Stream’s Phil Bourjaily

Here are the details on the shotgun you see here:

12 gauge B.C. Miroku Model FE My Luck Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun with ejectors

Price: $2,999.99

Caliber: 12 Ga
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Both Barrels Are Very Bright
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered Straight
Stock Dimensions: 13 1/2″ LOP And 12 3/4″ LOP
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Decelerator Soft Black Butt Pad
Weight: 6 lbs 14 oz

Auction alert: Winchester M21, L.C. Smith .410, Charles Daly & more…

Little John’s Auction Service in Orange, CA, is having a big firearms auction on August 25, 26 & 27. Here are a few doubles in the sale that caught my eye:

Miroku Charles Daly Model 500 SxS hammerless shotgun, 20 gauge, 3” chamber
Miroku Charles Daly Model 500 SxS hammerless shotgun, 20 gauge, 3” chamber

Miroku Charles Daly Model 500 SxS hammerless shotgun, 20 gauge, 3” chamber: 26” ventilated rib barrels, blue finish, checkered wood stocks, #226232. This gun is in overall excellent condition showing little use or handling. Est.: $300-$600

Winchester Model 21 SxS hammerless shotgun, 12 gauge
Winchester Model 21 SxS hammerless shotgun, 12 gauge

Winchester Model 21 SxS hammerless shotgun, 12 gauge:  2-3/4” chambers, skeet and skeet choke, 26” nickel cromium steel barrels, blue finish, deluxe checkered wood stocks, KICK-EEZ hard rubber butt pad, double triggers, 14-1/8” length of pull, #2721. This gun is in overall fine condition showing approx. 98% original finish on the barrel assembly, approx. 96% original finish on the receiver with some spots of erosion at the edge of the recoil shield and at the front of the underside of the receiver with loss of finish to the underside of the trigger guard and barrel release latch; fine bores, crisp actions, sharp markings, fine wood stocks with deluxe checkering and beautiful flame graining. Est.: $3,500-$4,500.

Belgian-made Browning O/U shotgun, 20 gauge, 28” ventilated rib barrels
Belgian-made Browning O/U shotgun, 20 gauge, 28” ventilated rib barrels

Belgian-made Browning O/U shotgun, 20 gauge, 28”: Ventilated rib barrels, blue finish, checkered wood stocks, single trigger, hard rubber butt pad, #22441 in overall good condition showing considerable blue finish on barrels but scattered surface rust from poor storage, bores should clean to good, crisp actions, near fine stocks; a little TLC will greatly improve this early Browning. Est.: $550-$850.

L.C. Smith/Hunter Arms Co. SxS hammerless shotgun, .410 gauge, 26” barrels
L.C. Smith/Hunter Arms Co. SxS hammerless shotgun, .410 gauge, 26” barrels

L.C. Smith/Hunter Arms Co. SxS hammerless shotgun, .410 gauge, 26” barrels: Blue and case hardened finish, checkered deluxe wood stocks, double triggers, 14-3/4” length of pull to end of hard rubber butt pad, #108450 in overall fine condition showing the majority of its original blue finish on barrels with some areas of wear on the sides of each barrel, majority of vivid original case colors on receiver, fine bores, crisp actions, sharp markings and fine wood stocks with beautiful graining patterns to wood. Est.: $2,500-$3,500.

Spanish Ugartechea 28 gauge SxS hammerless shotgun
Spanish Ugartechea 28 gauge SxS hammerless shotgun

Spanish Ugartechea 28 gauge, 28″, boxlock SxS hammerless shotgun: Ejectors, double triggers, 28 gauge, 28” barrels, blue and case hardened finish, checkered wood stocks, hard rubber butt pad, #AOC/SG-19 in overall fine condition showing the majority of its original finish on the barrels and original vivid case colors on the receiver, fine bores, crisp actions and fine wood stocks. Est.: $2,000-$3,000.

Good gun alert: 12g & 20g Miroku sidelock double barrel shotguns…

Very nice set of Miroku SxS's, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge
Very nice set of Miroku SxS’s, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge

Here are a couple of doubles that combine two things you rarely find in the shotgun world: high quality and low prices. These SxSs were made by Miroku, a Japanese gunmaker who has been in the firearms business since 1893. In 1973 they started producing the Browning’s Citori O/Us. They also made SxSs for the company, including the BSS boxlock and a shortlived line of sidelocks.

The guns you see here are from that run of sidelocks. They are Holland & Holland pattern doubles made with excellent quality steel. The workmanship on these guns is usually excellent, and I’m sure the fit and finish on these two will impress.

Very nice set of Miroku SxS's, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge
Very nice set of Miroku SxS’s, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge

Here’s more about the guns from the seller:

Set of Miroku Sidelock SxS’s, F-grade & FE, 20 gauge & 12 gauge: Both have 28″ barrels. The 12 has ejectors and the 20 has extractors. Both guns are from the early eighties and were holdovers from when Browning cancelled their contract with Miroku for the Browning Side Lock shotgun. Very well made with true 7 pin H&H style side locks. Bores are great, and pictures tell the story. Price: $4700 for pair

Very nice set of Miroku SxS's, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge
Very nice set of Miroku SxS’s, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge

Bargain bird guns: This nice double doesn’t cost a fortune…

20 gauge B.C. Miroku / Charles Daly Double Barrel O/U Shotgun
20 gauge B.C. Miroku / Charles Daly Double Barrel O/U Shotgun

I like shotguns (obviously, right?) and it’s easy for me to get caught up in the stuff that I can’t afford. Even though I appreciate their quality, and the skill that goes into making them, I know my chances of  owning a pristine Purdey side-by-side or Boss over-under are pretty slim.

Fortunately, I don’t have to spend huge amounts of money to get a nice double. Neither do you.

Just check out the 20 gauge Miroku/Charles Daly O/U that you see here. It’s a good looking, well made shotgun, and it costs less than one of those ugly Benelli Super Eagle things.

People have called these O/Us the poor-man’s Citori. But I would call them the wise-man’s bargain. They’re basically the same gun at 1/2 the price. There’s nothing “poor” about making a smart deal like that.

20 gauge B.C. Miroku / Charles Daly Double Barrel O/U Shotgun
20 gauge B.C. Miroku / Charles Daly Double Barrel O/U Shotgun
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