5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

 

A. GALAZAN BEST PINLESS SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE:
A. GALAZAN BEST PINLESS SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE:

A. GALAZAN BEST PINLESS SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE: RICHARD ROY ENGRAVED, 29″ SELF OPENER 005 AND 015 2 3/4 CHAMBERS, SINGLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT WITH ENGRAVED HEEL AND TOE PLATES, 6LBS 1 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 3/8″ LOP.  Price: $37,500

F.lli Piotti 20g King No.1 Sidelock Ejector Side-by-Side Shotgun:
F.lli Piotti 20g King No.1 Sidelock Ejector Side-by-Side Shotgun:

F.lli Piotti 20g King No.1 Sidelock Ejector Side-by-Side Shotgun: H&H pattern bar action sidelock ejector, case colored with very well cut engraving of rose bouquets and the finest English style scroll. Platinum cocking indicators, non-auto safety, and two triggers — the front one being hinged.
Nicely figured Turkish walnut stock has a straight hand, diamond-shaped grip and splinter forend with an Anson pushrod release.29″ Chopper Lump barrels,  3″ chambers: 3″ (76mm). Choke Left: .020″, Choke Right: .010″. Very fine and expertly cut checkering with Mullered borders. 14 9/16″ LOP over a 1″ Pachmayr pad.  Manufactured in 1996 (“BH” date code) the gun has 29″ chopper lump steel barrels with a raised concave matted rib and are choked IC/M. Price: $15,000

Williams Evans 12 Gauge Sidelock Ejector SxS Matched Pair
Williams Evans 12 Gauge Sidelock Ejector SxS Matched Pair

Williams Evans 12 Gauge Sidelock Ejector SxS Matched Pair: 28″ barrels, light modified & modified, perfect bores, 2 3/4″ chambers, cased, excellent plus. Price: $12,000. 

Fox Sterlingworth 16Ga SxS:
Fox Sterlingworth 16Ga SxS:

Fox Sterlingworth 16Ga SxS: Serial Number: 365631, Barrels: 28″, Chokes: Mod/Full. Price: $1,900

Ithaca SKB Mod. 100 20ga 28 in. S x S
Ithaca SKB Mod. 100 20ga 28 in. S x S

Ithaca SKB Mod. 100 20ga 28 in. S x S: Barrels choked F / M. Single select trigger. Non-ejector. Engraved scalloped boxlock action in extremely good condition. Wood has some handling marks. Very nice shotgun. 14 in. LOP to factory butt plate. Price: $1350

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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

Amazing! What a pair of SxS Purdeys…

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with "Extra Finish"
James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with “Extra Finish”

According to its name, a “Best” gun sounds like it should be the finest shotgun a gunmaker builds. But that’s not always the case. With some makers, there’s a grade above “Bests” — “Better Bests”, I guess.

Holland & Holland calls these Modele de Luxes. At James Purdey & Sons, they’re known as guns with “Extra finish“, and the pair of 12 gauge Purdey sidelocks you see here are just that.

Overall, guns with Extra Finish are built to the same level as the maker’s standard Best-quality guns (or maybe a bit better, in the case of this pair). But as you can see, their engraving is taken to the next level (here’s a standard Purdey).

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with "Extra Finish"
James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with “Extra Finish”

These two may have been engraved by Ken Hunt (aka “The Godfather of Gun Engraving”), a British craftsman who worked at Purdey’s and learned his trade from Harry Kell. Along with the gorgeous engraving, the guns are beautifully made all around. Check out the metal-to-metal fit and the way the forend iron fits onto the action. Then look at those perfect drop points on the stock.

Does all this make them worth $125,000? Perhaps. Even with twice that much money, you would have a hard time duplicating the quality of these Purdeys today. Personally, I don’t think you could do it.

PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS PAIR 12 GAUGE: THESE APPEAR TO BE KEN HUNT ENGRAVED #266XX BOTH GUNS ARE IDENTICAL AND HAVE BEEN USED ON ONE DRIVEN HUNT IN THE LATE 50S THESE CAME FROM ORIGINAL OWNER 28″ SELF OPENERS 008 AND 022 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT MAKERS MOTOR CASE NEW CONDITION 6LBS 11 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 7/16″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $125,000

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with "Extra Finish"
James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with “Extra Finish”
James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with "Extra Finish"
James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with “Extra Finish”
James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with "Extra Finish"
James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with “Extra Finish”
James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with "Extra Finish"
James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with “Extra Finish”
James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with "Extra Finish"
James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with “Extra Finish”
James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with "Extra Finish"
James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with “Extra Finish”

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Cogswell & Harrison Side lock Ejector Matched Pair 12ga
Cogswell & Harrison Side lock Ejector Matched Pair 12ga

Cogswell & Harrison Side lock Ejector Matched Pair 12ga Cogswell & Harrison Matched pair, numbered 1 and 2. SN is 446xx. 12ga with 2.75″ chambers on both, Nitro Profed for 1 1/8oz loads. Chokes in both guns are Sk1 & Sk2 (.005/.015). LOP is 14″ with the wood butt plate. Comes in a factory leather (tired) hard case for both guns. Nice solid old guns, actions are nice and tight, bores are great. Price: $16,999

W.W. Greener, G 60 Royal, Boxlock Model, Self-Opener, Ejector, 12 gauge, 30”  2 ¾” 99%
W.W. Greener, G 60 Royal, Boxlock Model, Self-Opener, Ejector, 12 gauge, 30”  2 ¾” 99%

W.W. Greener, G 60 Royal, Boxlock Model, Self-Opener, Ejector, 12 gauge, 30”  2 ¾” 99%This is the famous Facile Princeps action, designed in 1998, and touted as, pound for pound, the strongest action ever produced.  This Royal was built in 1914. Its condition is 100% original and most likely only taken out for a shoot just a couple of times, stored all these years in some fine gun rack as can be seen by its nearly mint condition. The Royal model came in both sidelock and best boxlock versions, and is described as a Best Self-acting or Unique ejector with customer-ordered engraving which could be ordered with fine scroll or deeply carved relief or game scenes (depending on customer choice), with a gold crown on the top lever.  For pairs, the gold crown was replaced with gold numbers, 1 and 2, as noted in Graham Greener’s book, The Greener Story, page 110.  This specimen is a #2 of a pair, serial number 64144, and you can see that its owner chose elegant game scenes of dogs, birds, and a rabbit surrounded by extremely fine scroll work.  True to all Royal models, the fences are arcaded and the strength of the Facile Princeps action is enhanced by its bolstered receiver. All Royals were fitted with the best wood available. Barrels are original with mirror bores.  Right bore measures .732” with .040 choke (Full) and left bore is .733” with .040 choke (Full).  Proved for 1 ¼ oz. Nitro. The automatic ejectors are well-timed, manual safety and double triggers. Price: $9,750.

Arrieta Double Side Lock Ejector 16 Gauge
Arrieta Double Side Lock Ejector 16 Gauge

Arrieta Double Side Lock Ejector 16 Gauge: Barrels: 28″, 2 3/4″ chambers, ic/mod chokes, ejectors, double triggers, auto-resetting safety. Barrel Markings: The right barrel has Arrieta made in Span markings, and the left barrel is marked with the importer/dealer’s name “Quality  Arms INC. Houston Texas USA”. Rib: Tapered, matted, solid rib with brass bead front sight. Receiver: The receiver is lavishly engraved with English floral bouquet & scroll engraving on case colored side plates, cheeks, receiver top and bottom. Wood: Straight grip walnut stock with extended checkering and a leather covered recoil pad. Splinter forearm with checkering and a push bottom release. LOP: 14 3/8″; DAC 1 1/4″; DAC: 1 7/8″. Weighs: 6 Lbs. 4 oz.Condition: The barrel blue is in very good condition, about 98% condition. The case color on the left side plate is very strong but is faded toward front hinge, on the right side plate the case color is not quite as strong, but still very good with fading towards the front hinge along the bottom. The case color on the top of the receiver and tang is quite strong, while the bottom of the receiver the case color is fading some and yet there is lots of remaining color. The bores are very bright and shiny. The wood has quite a few very small superficial scratches, typically found on guns that have been hunted with but not abused. There are a couple of small dings as well. The oil finish is getting dry and could use a bit of freshening up. The leather on the recoil pad is raw in places and can use a good going over with some leather preservative/conditioner.  Price:  $3999.99

Caliber: 16 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very good.
Wood Condition: Very good but could use some TLC. For more info. see “Description”.
Bore Condition: Very good.
Butt Pad: Leather covered recoil pad.
Weight: 6 Lbs. 4 oz.
Chokes: IC & Mod.

Connecticut ShotgunRBL Launch  20ga SxS Shotgun
Connecticut ShotgunRBL Launch  20ga SxS Shotgun

Connecticut ShotgunRBL Launch  20ga SxS Shotgun: Unfired factory delivered condition. This gun is “as new” with the original factory packaging and paper in the makers case and RBL shipping box. 28″bbls, English grip,14 1/4″, splinter fore arm, double triggers, hidden chokes, upgraded 3x wood, assisted opening, ejectors, case color is great on this gun. Factory price for this gun with these specifications is $4700. Buy this one and save $800.  Price: $3,900

Belgian Guild Gun- O/U 20ga
Belgian Guild Gun- O/U 20ga

Belgian Guild Gun- O/U 20ga. 26” barrels chocked IC/Full, beautiful straight grip stock, checkered butt, double trigger, automatic ejectors, automatic safety, Belgian manufacture, marked “For Frank Pugliese” on the right side of the barrel, the gun remains in excellent overall condition with very minor handling marks, a wonderful upland bird gun, available for immediate delivery. 6lbs. 4oz. 14 ¼ “ x 1 ½ “ x 2 3/8”. Price: $2,499

Bargain bests: A nice pair of 12g sidelock Henry Atkin shotguns…

ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER
ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER

I love vintage British shotguns – especially sidelocks. But even though I think they’re as good as guns get, they can have problems. One comes from their age. Because they’re old, people have had a lot of time to mess with them. That’s why so many Purdeys, Holland & Hollands, and other top-tier British shotguns around today are tired, shot out, and pretty much dead.

This pair of best-quality Henry Atkins was made around 1896, so they’re very vintage. What caught my eye is their new stocks and barrels, all made by Atkin, Grant & Lang in 1988. They make this pair of 119-old SxSs part vintage and part brand new.

Whoever had these guns rebarreled and restocked spent a lot of money. Today, a single set of new barrels by Atkin, Grant & Lang costs £8995. These guns have two new sets – so that’s £17990, or about $28,000. All new wood costs $10,000+ a gun and brings the costs to $48,000 in all.

When you see the asking price —  just $24,000 — you understand why these Atkins such a steal.

ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER
ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER

ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER- NEW BUTTSTOCKS by the MAKER- ALL LONDON: #912 & 913, Henry Atkin (From Purdey’s) 6 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, A Very Nice Pair of Bar Action Sidelock Ejector 12 Bore Game Guns, Both guns with modern and new 28″ Chopper Lump barrels installed and proved in London in 1988 when they operated as Atkin Grant & Lang & Co Ltd at 6 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London (The address on these barrels), Both barrels remain as new since 1988: The #1 gun London proved at 3 1/4 tons with 2 3/4″ chambers, #1 is .730 .008 & .020″ (Imp.Cyl. & Mod.), 2 3/4″ chambers: The #2 gun London proved at 3 1/4 tons with 2 3/4″ chambers, #2 is .730 .008 & .016″ (Imp.Cyl. & Mod.), 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness all the way around at .032″, Both with new buttstocks with excellent internal inletting (I presume done in 1988 when the new barrels were added), Very nice wood with excellent color and contrast, The pair with Ejectors, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock and both 14 3/4 x 1 9/16 x 2 1/8″ over checkered butts, Both guns 6 lbs. 11 oz., Stanton & Son locks, 94% coverage of period scroll engraving, The action body’s still retain 15-20%

ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER
ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER

original case colors, The barrel blue at 97% on both, The buttstocks and forends remain at 94%, The checkering at 98%, Number 1 & 2 in Gold in 3 places, The engraving is very sharp & crisp and has never been brushed, All 4 barrels are almost as new inside & out, The pair is cased in what appears to be the original brass cornered trunk & now with the trade label from AG &L when the new barrels and new buttstocks were installed in 1988. Here is a very nice pair of guns with new modern Chopper Lump barrels & wood that will go a lifetime. These are a super pair of guns that are in much better condition than many of the vintage pairs offered on the market today. Price: $24,000

A beautiful pair of shotguns by George Gibbs…

George Gibbs, Gun Maker, Trade Label
George Gibbs, Gun Maker, Trade Label

George Gibbs is a gunmaker we don’t hear a lot about today. Even though he helped design one of the most successful hammerless shotguns of the 19th century, and his son partnered with William Metford to create one of the finest falling-block rifles of the 1870 and 1880s, you would be hard pressed to find a hunter or shooter who recognizes the firms name today. This is a shame, because many of the guns built by George Gibbs, Gunmakers are fantastic.

This George Gibbs .450 3 1/4″ Double Rifle is one example of just how nice a Gibbs can be. The pair of sidelock shotguns you see here are two more. Graham Mackinlay has these guns now. Made as a true pair of Best-quality side-by-sides, they’re in beautiful shape.

    George Gibbs Sidelock Ejector Shotguns. Pic courtesy Graham Mackinlay
George Gibbs Sidelock Ejector Shotguns. Pic courtesy Graham Mackinlay

Pair of 12 gauge George Gibbs Sidelock Double Barrel Shotguns: These are ‘best’ grade sidelocks and have been in one family from new. Both guns retain a large amount of colour hardening. The actions and locks are engraved with incredibly fine acanthus scroll. They have 29″ steel barrels with fine sunken top ribs which read, ‘George Gibbs Bristol and 35 Savile Row, London W (barrels Sir Joseph Whitworth fluid pressed steel)’. The guns are in their original leather case with named accessories, striker pot and disc key. The highly figures stocks are 14 3/4″ with leather-covered pads. The barrels of these guns are in phenomenal condition and will last several generations. It’s rare to find some fine guns in this condition. Price: £ 25,000

    George Gibbs Sidelock Ejector Shotguns. Pic courtesy Graham Mackinlay
George Gibbs Sidelock Ejector Shotguns. Pic courtesy Graham Mackinlay
    George Gibbs Sidelock Ejector Shotguns. Pic courtesy Graham Mackinlay
George Gibbs Sidelock Ejector Shotguns. Pic courtesy Graham Mackinlay
George Gibbs Sidelock Ejector Shotguns. Pic courtesy Graham Mackinlay
George Gibbs Sidelock Ejector Shotguns. Pic courtesy Graham Mackinlay
    George Gibbs Sidelock Ejector Shotguns. Pic courtesy Graham Mackinlay
George Gibbs Sidelock Ejector Shotguns. Pic courtesy Graham Mackinlay

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

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Renato Telo 28 ga. O/U, ejectors, 28 " barrels
Renato Telo 28 ga. O/U, ejectors, 28 ” barrels

Renato Telo 28 ga. O/U, ejectors, 28 ” barrels: Feature a machine checkered solid rib, 2-3/4″ chambers, choked strong modified and improved modified (.017/.025). This little gun was sent to Ken Eyster, who is the master of chokes and patterns, for a complete efficiency treatment. Extensive testing and patterning have made this 28 extremely effective at all distances. The true to scale coin finished action with gold line borders, accents of English scroll and a beautifully executed woodcock in flight on the bottom. The sideplates are inscribed Renato Telo and New England Arms. This is one of a special series imported by New England Arms that feature the finest exhibition Circassian walnut money could buy, and this 28 is a stunning example. Extraordinary black and gold figure with flame feather crotch measures 1-3/8′ comb, 2″ heel, 14-3/4″ from the single trigger to the checkered butt. At true 28 ga. at 5lbs, 5oz! Feels alive in your hands! As new condition. Price: $10,250

PETER MARHOLT OVER/UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE, SHOTGUN SET
PETER MARHOLT OVER/UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE, SHOTGUN SET

PETER MARHOLT OVER/UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE, SHOTGUN SET. MATCHING NUMBERS.30-06 AND 12 GA. BARRELS, DOUBLE KERSTEN BLITZ ACTION WITH EJECTORS AND BUSHED STRIKERS.FULLY ENGRAVED WITH GAME SCENES AND SCROLL.24″ 30-06 BARRELS WITH EXCELLENT BORES, QUARTER RIB AND CLAW MOUNTS WITH HENDSOLDT 4X32 SCOPE.12GA,28″ BARRELS WITH EXCELLENT BORES,CHOKED FULL AND MODIFIED WITH 98% BLUE & OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION THRUOUT,CIRCA 1951,RIFLE WEIGHT WITH SCOPE IS 8 LBS 9 OZ.WITH SHOT GUN BARRELS 6 LBS 10 OZS.L.O.P. IS 14 7/16″ D.O.C. 1 3/8″ AND D.O.H. 2 1/4″ES WITH LEATHER CASE. Price: $8,995.00

CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY SXS 12 GAUGE
CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY SXS 12 GAUGE

CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY SXS 12 GAUGE: 30″ FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 7LBS 3 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 5/8 X 14 3/8. Price: $6,950.00

Mode of Paris 12 Gauge SxS Boxlock Ejector Pair : A true pair and the measurements are the same for both. These are very well balanced with a case and leather covered pads. The actions are both tight on the face with 40% case colour remaining on both. The guns have a hidden third fastener with side clips and arcade d fences reminiscent of a Woodward. The barrels are  29 1/2″ with clean bores That measure: .727/.727 and chokes: .009/.020. The stocks are straight grip / splinter with good chequering/ finish and dimensions. The dah is 2 1/4″, dac 1 1/2″, 0 cast, 14 1/2″ lop. 6lbs 12oz. Price: $4,850.00

Pair of Mode of Paris Double Barrel, SxS12 Gauge Ejectors
Pair of Mode of Paris Double Barrel, SxS12 Gauge Ejectors
ITHACA NID FIELD MAGNUM Double Barrel Shotgun, 3 1/2" 10 GAUGE
ITHACA NID FIELD MAGNUM Double Barrel Shotgun, 3 1/2″ 10 GAUGE

ITHACA NID FIELD MAGNUM Double Barrel Shotgun, 3 1/2″ 10 GAUGE: #500XXX 32″ FULL AND FULL 3 1/2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS 10LBS 14 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 X 15 LOP. Price: $3,500.00

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

An incredible pair of Daniel Fraser shotguns hit the market…

A pair of 12 gauge Daniel Fraser boxlock side-by-side shotguns
A pair of 12 gauge Daniel Fraser boxlock side-by-side shotguns

My latest piece for Sporting Shot came out last week. Sporting Shot is the online brother of Shooting Sportsman magazine; my piece is about a spectacular collection of shotguns and rifles that I discovered last year.

The 12 gauge Daniel Fraser & Co. shotguns you see here are from that collection. As you can see, they’re fantastic side by sides. Check out the entire piece at Sporting Shot to find out more about them.

A Pair of Frasers, from Sporting Shot, Issue 15:

-So where do you want to start?” my host asked.

Daniel Frase & Co, original gunmaker's label
Daniel Fraser & Co, original gunmaker’s label

It was Saturday, a few minutes before noon. An hour earlier I had stepped off of a plane after a 1,200-mile flight, and my host had picked me up at the airport, driven me to his home in a suburban neighborhood of neat houses and nicely trimmed lawns. Now we were in his dining room,with the shades drawn against the midday sun. Ten leather shotgun cases were stacked on the table in front of us: Abercrombie & Fitches, nut-brown Bradys, and British oak & leathers with bright brass corners.

“How about right here?” I said, pulling aside an armchair and tapping one of the Bradys. I had a hunch about the case. It was tiny and had to hold a .410.

“Give it a go,” my host said, grinning like he knew I was about to be impressed. I sprung the case’s brass lock, lifted the lid and stopped.

After several moments of staring, all I could say was “Holy crap.” There, snug in the case’s red baize lining, was one of the rarest over/under shotguns on the planet: a Boss .410. And it looked brand-new.

“I told you,” my host said, grinning even wider. “And that’s just the start. We have nine more to go.”

Go here and click on A Rare Pair Head to Auction to read the entire piece and see more pics of these fantastic side-by-side shotguns.

This week’s good guns, powered by Gunsinternational.com…

Holland and Holland Royal matched pair, 12 gauge, double barrel shotguns
Holland and Holland Royal matched pair, 12 gauge, double barrel shotguns

Holland and Holland Royal matched pair 12 gauge: Each gun has 2 sets of barrels.One set  is 30″ long and choked improved cylinder and improved modified.The second set is 25″long and choked improved and improved.The 30″ barrels are 21/2″ chambered and the shorter barrels are 23/4″.The stock dimensions are 143/4″ x 11/2″ x21/4″ with 3/8″ cast off at heel.The guns weigh 6-4 each.Cased in a VC motor case. Made in the mid 1920s.Serial numbers are 29453 and 29454. Price: $64,900

Pedro Arrizabalaga 20 gauage Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun
Pedro Arrizabalaga 20 gauage Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

Pedro Arrizabalaga 20 gauge side by side shotgun: 27-1/2″ barrels with flat file cut rib, choked modified and full, 2-3/4″ chambers. A best quality, hand-detachable sidelock with sideclips, and hidden third fastener. Self-opening coin finished action engraved in an early Holland & Holland acanthus pattern. Double triggers with articulated front trigger, splinter forend, straight diamond grip of well-figured European walnut measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2-1/8″ heel, 15-1/8″ over a full leather fitted pad. Weighs 6 lbs, 6 oz. Cased. Price: $8,750.

L. Santina Bernardelli - Rebounding Hammer - Side Lock - 28ga
L. Santina Bernardelli – Rebounding Hammer – Side Lock – 28ga

L. Santina Bernardelli – Rebounding Hammer – Side Lock – 28ga – English Stock; 1969, 2-3/4″, 27-3/4″ Extractor Barrels, M / F (.016 / .030), Hand Filed Rib, Double Triggers, English Stock, LOP 14-5/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Weight 4 lbs. 14 oz. 99% with only a couple of very minor marks. Price: $3,650.00

BERETTA - BL-5 - - RARE Factory 2 Barrel Set, 12ga, 28" M / F & 26-1/2" SK / SK:
BERETTA – BL-5 – – RARE Factory 2 Barrel Set, 12ga, 28″ M / F & 26-1/2″ SK / SK:

BERETTA – BL-5 – – RARE Factory 2 Barrel Set, 12ga, 28″ M / F & 26-1/2″ SK / SK: Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 7 lbs. 2 oz. When the BL Series was first introduced, the BL-5 was Beretta’s best grade. Box Lock Over Under. This BL-5 was made at about the time of the BL-6 introduction. Much of the engraving on this gun is done by hand. It has a very nice stock, a long trigger guard tang, and a Silver Pigeon inlay on the operating lever. Mechanically, the gun is excellent: it is tight, has all original finishes, bores are perfect. There are scattered areas of surface rust. Price: $1,475.00

FOX STERLINGWORTH 16 GAUGE WITH 28″ BARRELS:  Here is a nice condition Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge with 28″ barrels. Original case colors in protected areas. Gun is tight on face with toplever right of center. Bores measure right at .664 with Mod Choke and .661 with Full Choke. Chambers are 2 9/16″ as original. Good bores. Auto safety. No cracks in wood. Weight of gun is 6 LBS. 5 3/8 OZ.  Shipping is $35. Stock dimensions follow. Price $1,100.

FOX STERLINGWORTH 16 GAUGE WITH 28" BARRELS
FOX STERLINGWORTH 16 GAUGE WITH 28″ BARRELS

 

 

 

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Westley Richards. .275 Side-by-Side Double Rifle
Westley Richards. .275 Side-by-Side Double Rifle

JOHN RIGBY DOUBLE RIFLE: Caliber 275 #2 Magnum. Overall gun is in beautiful cond with virtually all the orig vivid case colors on the receiver as well as all the bbl blue, vivid blue on the triggerguard. Orig checkered deluxe pistol grip circassian style walnut stocks are in exc cond with metal buttplate and the typical 3-leaf platninum lined express sight. Best quality gun weighing 9-1/2 pounds, 26″ bbls, bores are as new, length of stock is 4-1/2″. Overall gun is in as new cond; beautiful inside and out. Price: $ 31,000.

Alex Marin, Pair. 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotguns
Alex Marin, Pair. 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotguns

ALEX MARTIN BEST SLE SXS PAIR 12 GAUGE: CELTIC ENGRAVING BOTH HAVE 28″ BARRELS WITH 011 AND 026 WITH BRILEY FIXED BLIND CHOKING 2 3/4 CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP LEATHER COVERED PADS 6LB 13 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 X 15 EXCELLENT CONDITION. Price: $25, 000

Holland & Holland .500 Double Rifle
Holland & Holland .500 Double Rifle

HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE .500 3 1/4″: 27″ steel barrels, ramp front sight with folding night sight. Two leaf rear express sight. Lightly engraved back action locks and rebounding hammers. Stock dimensions LOP: 14 1/2″ Comb: 1 1/2″ Heel: 2 1/4″ Weight: 9lbs 2oz. Super untouched original barrel blue. The action and locks are lightly engraved and retain areas of casehardening with the remainder fading to a pleasing mottled gray. Mint bores and tight action. Beautiful wood and checkering. Left side of the receiver engraved “CHARGE 5 DRAMS, CASE 3 1/4 INCHES” Price: $12,500

12 gauge Beretta Boxlock Side-by-Side, Made in 1933
12 gauge Beretta Boxlock Side-by-Side, Made in 1933

BERETTA 1933 BOXLOCK SxS- REMAINS TOTALLY ORIG & NEARLY as NEW- OUTSTANDING CONDITION INSIDE & OUT- 28″ KRUPP STEEL BARRELS: #60439, Beretta Boxlock SxS Made in 1933, 12 Bore with 27 7/8″ Krupp Steel Extractor Barrels , crossbolt rib extension, a hidden third bite at .725 .042 & .042″ (Full & Full), Original 2 3/4″, Original & Correct 18.3mm bores, Double triggers with a true & real articulated front trigger, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 2 11/16″ over the factory horn buttplate with “Armi P. Beretta Brescia, 6 lbs. 15 oz., Sling eyes, The initial shield on top of the stock at the heel, 15% coverage of scroll and border engraving, 95% original barrel blue, 85% original case colors, The absolute original wood finish at 97%, The original checkering is at 100%, The trigger guard bow and tang have 100% original blue, Every screw inside & out lays North & South, The gun remains tight as new with a lot of bite left and with bores that remain as new. Price: $2,950.00

20 gauge L.C. Smith Field, Double Barrel Shotgun, 30" barrels, Ejectors
20 gauge L.C. Smith Field, Double Barrel Shotgun, 30″ barrels, Ejectors

LC Smith 20ga ejector, all original: 20ga LC Smith. 30″ barrels. F/XF choke. some case showing. honest blue wear. Pad added by Pete Mazur. Pete has inspected all, including inside-all original and working. relly good condition for an LC. Price:$2850.00

 

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Boss and Co., London. Superb pair of light weight 12ga. game guns, ca. 1925 Boss &
Boss and Co., London. Superb pair of light weight 12ga. game guns, ca. 1925. Image courtesy Lewis Drake & Co.

Boss and Co., London. Superb pair of light weight 12ga. game guns, ca. 1925: Exceptionally nice pair of Vintage 12ga. light weight game guns, ordered by an American in 1925. Weight of each gun: 6 Lbs. 6 oz. Stock Dimensions: 14 ½”x 1 3/8”x 2 3/8”. 29” chopper-lump steel barrels with original 2 ½” chambers. Double triggers, ejectors, and automatic safeties. Beautifully figured original straight-grip stocks and splinter forends have been professionally and properly refinished at some point. $75,000

Westley Richards Ovundo 12 ga., 28" solid rib barrels, 2-5/8" chambers
Westley Richards Ovundo 12 ga., 28″ solid rib barrels, 2-5/8″ chambers

Westley Richards Ovundo 12 ga: 28″ solid rib barrels, 2-5/8″ chambers, choked improved cylinder and improved modified (.011/.022), automatic ejectors. Scroll engraved action features patented sliding top bolting. Westley selective “one trigger” and automatic safe. Stock measures 1-5/8″ comb, 2-1/8″ heel, 14-1/4″ LOP to the rear position trigger. Weighs 6 lbs, 11 oz. A seldom-seen vintage British O/U. Complete in lightweight leather trunk case. $11,950

ENGLISH DOUBLE FLINTLOCK 16 BORE SHOTGUN BY "H. W. MORTIMER, LONDON".
ENGLISH DOUBLE FLINTLOCK 16 BORE SHOTGUN BY “H. W. MORTIMER, LONDON”.

ENGLISH DOUBLE FLINTLOCK 16 BORE SHOTGUN BY “H. W. MORTIMER: 30″ twist steel barrels, flintlocks with platinum toucholes and French cocks. Waterproof pans and roller frizzens. Checkered straight grip stock with skeleton grip extension. LOP: 14″ to it’s engraved steel buttplate. $9950

John MacPherson 2 Inch Light Game Boxlock: 12 bore, 2 ” chambers, 28″ fluid steel barrels Nitro proved at 1 1/8 oz., choked .020 Mod and .027 IM, ejectors, 5 lbs. 12 oz., 14 3/4″ LOP over a red Silvers pad, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/8″ DAH, neutral cast, fine English scroll engraving on action with  “John MacPherson & Sons” on both sides, straight grip, splinter forend, double triggers, ejectors, vacant gold oval in stock, Churchill style rib. Circa 1951.  A lovely condition gun with much case color and hard to find 28″ barrels on a 2″ chamber gun.  Also a bit heavier proof and weight than most 2″ guns. $5999

L.C. Smith Ideal 16E gauge S/S
L.C. Smith Ideal 16E gauge S/S

L.C. Smith Ideal 16E gauge SxS: LOP: 14″ Drop: 2-1/2″ – 1-1/2″ Cast: 0″
Barrel length:28″ Choke: F/M Weight: 6lb11oz A great 1946 Smith that is collector quality, lots of dark color & blue, mirror bores, very tight, super nice! 2-3/4″ chambers, chokes – R)663-021, L)664-029, ser#S10. $2,950.00

 

Merry Christmas to all…

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone out there. I hope you’re having a good time and the cheer is spreading.  I wish great health and even better luck in 2012.

Here at Dogs & Doubles were getting ready to do some upland hunting. I should be in central Maine for the next few days, wrapping up my grouse season. If the snow stays away, we should have a good time.

BTW: here’s a few things that were on my gift lis. Once again, the fat man in red didn’t come through. Probably out of his budget.

1. This pair of W.W. Greener sidelock shotguns from Sportarm.com:

A pair W.W. Greener 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotguns
A pair W.W. Greener 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotguns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see more pics of this guns here, here, and here.

2. This place in Montana where I could take full advantage of them.

3. And six of these guys. Those puppies are from Autumn Memory Kennels. My girl is from there, and they turn out great English Pointers.

English Pointer puppies from Autumn Memory Kennels
English Pointer puppies from Autumn Memory Kennels

Hemingway’s Double Rifle brings $295,000+…

James Julia auctioned this piece of firearm/literary/American history today: this Westley Richards droplock double rifle in .577 Nitro Express that was once owned by Ernest Hemingway. The gun hammered down for $295,000. That’s without the buyer’s a premium of 15%. So whoever bought Papa’s mammoth double dropped  around $340,000 to get it. Those are some deep pockets.

Hemingway's .577 Nitro Express Westley Richards Double Rifle
Hemingway's .577 Nitro Express Westley Richards Double Rifle

The gun would probably be worth $70,000 – $80,000 without the provenance. And who would ever want at .577 NE double rifle with a single trigger? Facing down a charging elephant is no time to run a quality check on something like that.

You can read more about Hemignway’s monster double in this article from Garden & Gun magazine.

If you really want a .577 and you missed out on Hemingway’s gun, go to Schwandt Classic Arms and take a look under double rifles. There you’ll see a better rifle for about half the money. It’s a Holland & Hollandy Royal in .577NE. It’s a sidelock (droplocks are over rated) AND it has double triggers. I’ve seen this gun in person and it’s awesome.

I don’t know if I would want to shoot a .577 NE , though. I’ve fired a .470 NE double rifle and that gun bounced my brain around pretty well. Anything more than that is too much for me.

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