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

Auction Alert: Winchesters, Fox, Connecticut Shotgun & more…

20 gauge Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing RBL side-by-side shotgun
20 gauge Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing RBL side-by-side shotgun

Belcher McPherson Auction Company in Marshall, MI, is having a Sportsman’s Auction on Saturday, Nov 03, 2012, 10:00 AM Eastern. There are bunch of side-by-sides and O/Us there. Here are some of the doubles that caught my eye.

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company RBL Launch Edition SxS 20ga.

Huss Stahl SxS 16ga Shotgun

20 gauge Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing RBL side-by-side shotgun
20 gauge Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing RBL side-by-side shotgun

Antique Syracuse Double Barrel 12ga. SxS Shotgun

Winchester Model 24 12ga SxS Shotgun

Winchester Model 24 16ga. SxS Shotgun

Winchester Model 24 20ga. SxS Shotgun

Fox Sterlingworth 16ga. SxS Shotgun

Ithaca SKB Model 280 20ga. SxS Shotgun

Ruger Red Label 28ga. O/U Shotgun – NIB

Charles Daly B.O. Miroku 12ga. O/U Shotgun

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