It’s time to sell ! The gun market’s hot again …

Lot 5026: Early 20 Gauge Belgian Browning Superposed Shotgun with Case
Lot 5026: Early 20 Gauge Belgian Browning Superposed Shotgun with Case

[Absolutely nuts!] was what my friend’s text said.

He was talking about an early 20g Belgian Browning Superposed with case in Rock Island Auction’s last sale. The OU had just hammered down for $7,000 ($8,050 all in) against an estimate of $2,000 – $3,000.

High prices popped up throughout the sale. A This refinished 20g A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun sold for a total of $3450 (estimate was $800 – $1,300).

Lot 6626: A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun
Lot 6626: A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun

And this Arrieta La Paloma Sidelock 28 Gauge Shotgun with Case brought $4,888 with the premium. Estimate? $2,750 Р$4,250.

Lot 3092, an Arrieta La Paloma Sidelock 28 Gauge Shotgun with Case
Lot 3092, an Arrieta La Paloma Sidelock 28 Gauge Shotgun with Case

Rock Island wasn’t the only place where prices were strong. On Gunbroker.com, this 12g Fox Sterlingworth sold for $3,650.

12g Fox Sterlingworth sold for $3,650 on Sunday, 2/7
12g Fox Sterlingworth sold for $3,650 on Gunbroker, Sunday, 2/7

So what does this pop in demand mean? It means if you have guns (or gun-related items like cases), now’s the time to turn them into cash.

The market for many SxSs and OUs has been sluggish, especially for 12 gauges and shooter-grade guns. A lot of people have been sitting on the sidelines, waiting for interest to return.

From what I’m seeing, that interest is back, and it’s driving more demand — and higher prices — for these guns.

If you’re looking to sell and wondering about the best ways to do it, leave me a comment or send an email: gregg@dogsanddoubles.com.

Boss O/Us: shotgun on top, double rifle on bottom
Two Boss O/Us I helped a client sell: A .410 shotgun on top, a magnificent double rifle on bottom

I’ve advised people on how to get absolute top dollar for everything from high-grade Charles Dalys and Parker DHE Skeet guns to Woodward OUs and some of the finest (and most valuable) Bosses to hit the market in the last 15 years.

WOODWARD ROUND BODY OVER-UNDER SINGLE TRIGGER HEAVY GAME GUN
A super rare Woodward round-body OU. I helped a client sell it for top dollar.

Auction alert: Westley Richards at Rock Island…

Rock Island Auctions is holding their Spring Premiere Collector’s Firearms Auction
on April 20, 21 & 22. Here’s a 12 gauge and a 20 gauge Westley Richards double barrel shotguns that caught my eye. These both look very original. BTW: if you’re interested in these guns, make sure you have a qualified gunsmith inspect them before you bid.

20 gauge Westley Richards double barrel shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards double barrel shotgun

Lot #3633: Westley Richards Side by Side boxlock ejector  Hammerless 20 Gauge Shotgun, matching two-barrel set with case

Description: This Westley Richards shotgun comes with two 20 gauge, 27 inch barrel sets numbered to the gun with each set sharing a checkered forearm and having a single brass bead front sight, 2 3/4 inch chambers, ejectors and a solid rib marked “WESTLEY RICHARD & CO., BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND”. The first set has improved modified/extra full choked barrels with a gold letter “C” on the rib near the breech. The second set has improved modified/modified choked barrels. The scalloped action has gold “WESTLEY RICHARDS” in a banner accented with scrollwork on the sides. The shotgun has double triggers and a tang safety. The nicely figured straight grip stock is checkered and has a blank initial oval and bare checkered butt. Length of pull is 14 1/2 inches. Comes with a locking takedown case with a Westley Richards label on the inside of the lid and accessories. The following accessories are included: two snap caps, two piece cleaning rod with attachments, and oiler.

Condition: Excellent. Both barrel sets retain 98% original blue finish showing some mild thinning. The receiver retains 97% original case colors. The wood is also excellent with some minor handling marks. Checkering is crisp overall.

Lot #3654: 12 gauge Westley Richards boxlock ejector side-by-side shotgun. 26″ bbls, double triggers.

Catalog description: Single bead sight, “WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO. LTD. BIRMINGHAM. ENGLAND” marked solid rib, 2 3/4 inch chambers, choked improved modified/improved cylinder, and ejectors. Scalloped box lock action marked in gold “WESTLEY RICHARDS” on both sides. Double triggers and tang safety with replacement forearm. Checkered straight grip stock with blank initial oval and bare checkered butt. Length of pull is 14 1/2 inches. Comes with a takedown case with a paper Westley Richards label attached to the inside of the lid, oiler, four snap caps, and cleaning rod with attachments

Condition: Excellent. The barrels retain 95% original blue finish showing some minor thinning with a series of tool like marks near the breech (left barrel) The right barrel shows dent repair at mid point. The receiver retains 90% original case colors. The wood is fine with a number of minor handling marks and overall crisp checkering. Two small holes have been drilled on the butt. Case is very good overall.

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