This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

Holland & Holland Royal SxS Double Rifle .303 British
Holland & Holland Royal SxS Double Rifle .303 British

Holland & Holland Royal SxS Double Rifle .303 British: A Back-Action Sidelock Double Rifle chambered for the .303 British cartridge. It has 28” rifled barrels, File cut quarter rib with platinum lined express rear sights – 1 standing (100 Yds) and 2 folding (200 & 300 Yds). Island base foresight, Bushed strikers (Disk set strikers) with retaining set screws, Double triggers, An extended top strap over the comb, Holland & Holland traditional full coverage “Royal Scroll” engraving pattern with case color hardened finish, Full length trigger guard tang to an engraved steel grip cap, Best quality walnut stock has shadow line (Beaded) cheekpiece, Drop points, Pistol grip, Splinter forend with Anson release, 14 1/8” LOP to a horn plate, 9 Lbs. 9 Oz. Price: $39,750 

GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT
GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT

GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT: 26″ SOLID RIB IC AND MOD 2 1/2 CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, 3-PIECE FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 5LBS 14 OZ, 3″ DAH, 2″ DAC, 14 1/2 LOP. Price: $13,500

John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case!
John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case!

John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic 12 Gauge Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case! This gun dates from 1934 . A very nice Dickson from between the wars with great wall thickness and dimensions. This is the period that many consider to be the pinnacle of the UK gunmaking trade. The Bores are bright and shiny with a few pits in the right barrel towards the muzzle but in proof and nothing deep. Serial Number: 7279, Ejectors: Yes , Barrels: 27″, Barrel Type: Fluid steel, Action: trigger plate round action, Stock Comb: 1 7/16″, Stock Heel: 2″, Stock Cast: 1/4″, LOP: 14 3/8″ to wood butt, Weight: 6 lbs. 4.5 oz., Choke Left: .028 full, Choke Right: .015 IC-Mod, Proof: Nitro: 2 1/2″ nitro, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .029″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″. Price: $12,000

BERETTA - SO3 - 12ga 28" Boehler Barrels - Checkered Butt - All Original
BERETTA – SO3 – 12ga 28″ Boehler Barrels – Checkered Butt – All Original

BERETTA – SO3 – 12ga 28″ Boehler Barrels – Checkered Butt – All Original! 28″, 2-3/4″”, IM / F (.028 / .042), Vent Rib, Single Trigger, Pistol Grip, Checkered Butt, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 7 lbs. 4 oz. Nice Original Gun. About 95+% Overall. Price: $5975 

RIZZINI AURUM CLASSIC OU 28 GAUGE
RIZZINI AURUM CLASSIC OU 28 GAUGE

RIZZINI AURUM CLASSIC OU 28 GAUGE: 29″ VENT RIB WITH SCREW CHOKES, SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 6LBS, 2 3/8″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 14 9/16″ LOP. Price: $2,950

Bargain bird gun: 12g Mortimer & Sons boxlock…

Mortimer & Sons Boxlock SxS 12ga 28" w/ Ejectors
Mortimer & Sons Boxlock SxS 12ga 28″ w/ Ejectors

If I had to pick one shotgun for all my shooting,  it be a British 12 gauge. And if I wanted to get a great deal, it would be the British 12 gauge you see here.

This boxlock is built an Anson & Deeley action, a solid, time-tested design. The maker — Mortimer  — was one of Britain’s older gunmakers. Founded in the 1750s, they merged with John Dickson & Sons in 1938. Judging by the proof marks on this double, it was built between 1925 and 1938. It doesn’t appear to have been used much since then.

Event though its weight isn’t noted, I bet it comes in at 6 1/2 – 6 3/4 lbs, and the stock is probably 14 1/4″ inches long with 2 1/8″ drop at the heel. If the barrels are sound, tight and on the face, and everything else is in order, it’s a great deal (and with a little haggling, I get you could talk the price down to super-fantastic deal).

Mortimer & Sons Boxlock SxS 12ga 28″ w/ EjectorsGun remains in very good condition; boxlock ejector gun with 2 1/2″ chambers Nitro Proof for 1 1/8 oz, English grip and splinter forend. Price: $2,500

Mortimer & Sons Boxlock SxS 12ga 28" w/ Ejectors
Mortimer & Sons Boxlock SxS 12ga 28″ w/ Ejectors
Mortimer & Sons Boxlock SxS 12ga 28" w/ Ejectors
Mortimer & Sons Boxlock SxS 12ga 28″ w/ Ejectors
Mortimer & Sons Boxlock SxS 12ga 28" w/ Ejectors
Mortimer & Sons Boxlock SxS 12ga 28″ w/ Ejectors

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John Dickson & Son Pre-Owned 'Round Action' Side-by-Side Shotgun
John Dickson & Son Pre-Owned ‘Round Action’ Side-by-Side Shotgun

John Dickson & Son Pre-Owned ‘Round Action’ Side-by-Side Shotgun: A pre-owned 12 bore John Dickson & Son ‘Round Action’ Ejector Shotgun with 28 inch barrels at our New York Showroom. John Dickson & Son best quality round action ejector with double trigger and automatic safety. Price: $29,900 
Barrel Length: 28 Inches – New 1989
Chamber: 2 1/2 Inch
Rib: Game
Chokes: Bottom: 1/4 Top: 3/4
Length: 14 3/8 Inches
Bend: 1 5/8 – 2 5/16
Weight: 6lb 5oz
Case: Single Leather Motor
Date of Manufacture: 1899

Westley Richards, SxS hand detachable sidelock assisted opening 12 Ga

Westley Richards, SxS hand detachable sidelock assisted opening 12 Ga

Westley Richards, SxS hand detachable sidelock assisted opening 12 Ga: #19133, Westley Richards ,  hand detachable sidelock  assisted opening 12 Ga. Made in 1965 , in maker leather case with snap caps and cleaning rod. 28” dovetail lump barrels, 2 ¾” chambers  in like new condition ,  bores measure .730” With mirror finish, chokes are .009” and .017” ( Imp Cyl and Mod) . Narrow swamped rib with like new  soldering . Holland type, spring loaded opener . Original blacking in 95+% condition.
Bar action , hand detachable sidelocks, single selective single trigger with selector on the right lock .
I have checked and serviced the gun for the last 5 years, and the single trigger has been absolutely trouble free. 95% coverage of acanthus leaves with a 95%+ original condition charcoal case color hardening. Automatic safety. Splinter forend with Anson release and Southgate ejectors. Nice game gun with weight at 6 lbs. 8 oz. and a balance point at the hinge. Stock measures 14 5/8” LOP over a .600” leather covered pad , drop is 1 3/8” and 2 1/16”  with a ¼” cast off. The wood is in 95% original condition with some light marking in the finish and checkering. Obviously this gun has been well taken care of and maintained  for the last 52 years . A chance to own a 95% condition  bespoke game gun  for a third of the new replacement. Price: $24,900

Parker VHE 20 ga SxS Skeet gun in 95 % Original Factory Condition
Parker VHE 20 ga SxS Skeet gun in 95 % Original Factory Condition

Parker VHE 20 ga Skeet gun in 95 % Original Factory Condition26” Barrels bored Skeet 1 and Skeet 2, Single Selective Trigger, Beavertail Forend, and Auto Ejectors.  This is a late Remington gun (SN 2423XX) in almost new condition throughout.  Case colors are about 95% showing slight ware just below the hinge pin on the bottom of the action bar.  Standard dimensions for a skeet gun but would also work well for sporting clays or quail: LOP = 14 ¼ in. over the factory original Noshock pad, DC = 1 ½ and DH = 2 ¼ inches.  A truly lovely little gun priced to sell. Price: $12,500

PARKER BROS. VHE 12 GA. No.1 FRAME28” BARRELS M/FULL, DT, PG, 14  1/4” X 1  ½” X 2  7/16′, CASE COLORS 90% plus –  WT. 6 LBS. 14 OZS., VERY CLEAN HIGH CONDITION ORIGINAL GUN. Price: $4,250

Parker VHE 12 gauge SxS, No. 1 frame, 6lbs, 14oz
Parker VHE 12 gauge SxS, No. 1 frame, 6lbs, 14oz
BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN:
BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN:

BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN: 26 12/” BARRELS WITH MINT BORES, 3″ CHAMBERS, BORES: OVER .610 CHOKE .009, UNDER .610 CHOKE .009, MEASURES IMPROVED CYLINDER BOTH BARRELS, CHOKES MARKED SKEET, LEVER WELL RIGHT OF CENTER, USED BUT NOT ABUSED, PERFECT FOR THE FIELD SUPERPOSED, ROUND KNOB LONG TANG, MADE IN BELGIUM CIRCA 1959′ , DIMENSIONS WITH FACTORY BUTTPLATE 14 1/4″-1 1/2″-2 1/4″ Price: $1,950

A 12g John Dickson & Son Round Action you’ll drool over…

12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
CIRCA 1898

Of all the iconic British designs for hammerless double barrel shotguns, the Dickson Round Action is certainly the most unique.

And according to a lot of people, it’s also the most beautiful. Take a look at this one which just came up at Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers in Edinburgh, Scotland to see if you agree.

James MacNaughton filed a patent for a the world’s first trigger plate, round action hammerless breech loading SxS shotgun in July, 1879. Six months later (January of 1880), John Dickson filed a patent for what would become his company’s legendary Dickson Round Action.

Both designs were innovative and brilliant. By moving the lockwork onto the triggerplate and behind the breechface, MacNaughton and Dickson freed themselves to build trim, sleek actions which were still extremely strong.

On this Dickson, the full-coverage scroll engraving and the Acanthus-leave carvings on the fences are very unique, and part of what makes this side-by-side so beautiful.

12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
CIRCA 1898

Love Dicksons? This new book will be your bible…

JOHN DICKSON & SON, THE ROUND ACTION GUNMAKER, by Donald Dallas
JOHN DICKSON & SON, THE ROUND ACTION GUNMAKER, by Donald Dallas

About twenty-five years ago, the beginning of the double-gun renaissance began. The Double Gun Journal was a big part of this resurgence. So were Donald Dallas’s books on the famous London gunmakers.

Dallas published his first book  — Boss & Co, Builders of Best Guns Only — in 1995.  Books about James Purdey & Sons and Holland & Holland followed. While information about all these makers had already been published many times, Dallas’s books were these firms’s definitive histories. His original research corrected many errors and resulted in page after page of new information.

Dallas’s latest book — JOHN DICKSON & SON, THE ROUND ACTION GUNMAKER — does the same. With 352 pages and 447 photographs, this hefty, coffee-table size book tells two amazing stories: One is of  John Dickson & Son; the other is of how much love the author has for this firm.

John Dickson & Son trade label, circa 1962. Pic courtesy Drake.net
John Dickson & Son trade label, circa 1962. Pic courtesy Drake.net.

Dallas spent years researching and writing this book, and to get it into print he used his own funds. It is based on hundred of hours of original research, as well as on Dallas’s exclusive access to the maker’s archive and records. Along with the history of the company, readers will also find:

-Full color pictures of some of the finest Dickson firearms to ever be built.

-The ledgers of John Dickson & Son, with information on the 7,000 or so firearms the company built from 1840 – 2010.

-Production figures for Dicksons guns, rifles, and pistols.

-The patents of John Dickson & Son.

-The trade labels used by the company.

-A reprint of two John Dickson & Son catalogs, 1935 & 1962.

– The story of Charles Gordon, The mad Scottish gun Collector and Dickson patron.

The price for all this is just £60 plus postage.

16g John Dickson & Son Round Action, ca 1962. Super rare, stunning original condition. Sold by Lewis Drake & Associates. Pic courtesy Drake.net
16g John Dickson & Son Round Action, ca 1962. Super rare, stunning original condition. Sold by Lewis Drake & Associates. Pic courtesy Drake.net.

JOHN DICKSON & SON, THE ROUND ACTION GUNMAKER: A stunning, detailed history of John Dickson & Son from 1794 to the present day.

Established in 1838 at 60 Princes Street, Edinburgh, the firm quickly gained a reputation for building very high quality guns and rifles, their two-groove percussion rifles achieving international acclaim. John Dickson (3) made the greatest contribution to the firm by patenting the round action gun in 1880 that instantly achived critical acclaim as a best gun utilising a trigger plate action. The beautiful and elegant three-barrelled gun followed in 1882 and by the time the ejector had been patented in 1887 the Dickson round action had been perfected. In 1923 John Dickson (3) retired and the business was sold. In 1928 the firm moved to 32 Hanover Street and in 1937 to 21 Frederick Street, the present day location of the firm.

This book goes into great detail on all the types of Dickson guns and rifles built and was written with the full permission of John Dickson & Son. 352 pages, 447 photographs.

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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.

http://www.gunsinternational.com/Merkel-447-SL-16ga-28-English-Stock-Double-Triggers-Side-Lock-Ejector. Merkel - - 447 SL - 16ga - 28" - English Stock, Double Triggers - Side Lock Ejector cfm?gun_id=100524833
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.

 

A beautiful 10g hammergun by John Dickson & Sons…

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun
John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun

John Dickson & Sons is Scotland most famous gunmaker. Established in 1820, Dickson first made a name for itself in the 1840s with their fine “Improved Two Grooved Rifles”, a modified version of the British Army’s Brunswick rifle. Later in 1880, the company patented their famous  Round Action trigger plate shotgun. In between, they built the 10 bore hammer gun you see.

This double was sold by Dickson in December, 1875, and it looks very original. As you can tell from the specs, it’s big, heavy gun, probably made for pigeon shooting or waterfowling. I would love to get my hands on it and find out how those 32″ barrels feel.

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever)  Shotgun: Barrel: 32″, Stock: 141/2“, Chokes: 1/8 & 1/8, Weight: 8lb. 2oz. Bore: Left thou, Right thou, Min Wall: Left 35th thou, Right 35th thou, Circa: 1873 Trigger: 2, Ejection: Yes, Serial #: 3179. Price: £6,995

John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever)  Shotgun
John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun
John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever)  Shotgun
John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun
John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever)  Shotgun
John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun
John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever)  Shotgun
John Dickson & Son, 10 gauge Hammer (Under Lever) Shotgun

Good gun alert: Great looking 12g Charles Ingram boxlock…

Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge
Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge

Someone needs to buy this great looking Scottish side-by-side right away. This gun was made for Charles Ingram Gunmakers, of Waterlook St. Glasgow– a business that began in 1835 — and it looks like it has a lot of original finish. I love the scroll engraving and the reddish cast of the wood, too. This SxS has post-1925 and post-1954 proof marks on it,  so it has been reproofed. I would take a close look at the wall thicknesses and also check to see if the barrels have been reblued.

British boxlocks like this are some of the best deals in the vintage gun market, so I’m sure it will sell quickly.

Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge. Price: $3,799.99

Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge
Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge
Caliber: 12 Guage
Chambers: 2 1/2
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 30
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered Walnut With Sraight English Grip
Stock Dimensions: 15″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Walnut Fore End With Anson & Deeley Latch
Butt Pad: Black Hard Rubber
Weight: 7 lbs.
Sights: Brass Bead Front
Chokes: Improved Cylinder (.008″) / Full (.040″)

The world’s sexiest shotgun? The Edinburgh Gun by J. MacNaughton…

James MacNaughton Edinburgh Gun - 20 gauge, lever cocker
James MacNaughton Edinburgh Gun – 20 gauge, lever cocker

What do you get when you cross the sleekness of a Scottish round-action with the elegance of bar-in-wood design? The shotgun you see here: The Edinburgh Gun by James MacNaughton & Sons.

James MacNaughton opened his gunmaking business in 1864 and in 1879 he introduced his Edinburgh Patent Hammerless Ejector – the world’s first “round-action” shotgun. The first MacNaughton round actions were lever cockers, and the locks cocked when you operated the gun’s top lever to open the breech. Later models, like the on you see here, switched over to a barrel-cocking design.

BTW: if you would like to have a new one, Dickson/MacNaughton will be happy to build one for you. Prices start at £38,775.

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun: This is the “Edinburgh Gun”. A Superb Conditioned and Very Elegant Hammerless Round Action Triggerplate Bar-In-Wood (Skeleton-Action) Double 12 Bore Nitro Made about 1933; This very gun, #3558, is the last recorded gun of the original MacNaughton business and their records, The record of this gun is undated and it is believed to have been delivered either during or shortly after WWII, The current owners have confirmed this fact, It has 28″ Ejector dovetail lump barrels with hidden third bite at .733″ .007 & .027″ (Open Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Mod.), 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on the right and left at .0275″; Original London Nitro Proved at 1 1/8 ounce and then London proved to 3 1/4 tons when the chambers were lengthened to 2 3/4″ from 2 1/2″ & marked with the proper reproof, The safety is a turning top lever on the top strap, Double triggers, The receiver top tang with the MacNaughton trap door, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 1 7/8″ over a 5/8″ removable leather pad with plugs, It will go 15 3/16″ with a 1″ pad, Cast-off for the right hand, Great game gun weight at 6 lbs. 11 oz., Very nice wood with excellent black/brown contrast, Good bite remains, 95% coverage of classic scroll engraving, 40% original case colors, 98% case colors remain inside the forend, 60% original case colors on the breech face, A professional reblack on the barrels and now remain at 97%, The stock & forend are at 95%, The checkering is at 98%, The bores are 100% bright and shiny and remain like new.

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun

This is special stuff from one of the most famous Edinburgh Gunmakers of the 19th century. It is estimated that about 100 bar-in-wood MacNaughton actions were made and roughly about 200 solid bar actions. James MacNaughton was the patentee of the first round action similar to Dickson’s own later design. His round action triggerplate lockwork was patent #2848 of 1879 which included a falling block as well as this SxS. This patent is certainly the forerunner of all the round actions that are still made to this day. This classic MacNaughton system also carried a U. S. patent #264,723 of 1882. The firm became James MacNaughton & Sons at 36 Hanover in 1905 and remained there until 1940. In 1999 the owners of James MacNaughton bought John Dickson & Son Ltd and formed the company trading under the name of Dickson & MacNaughton to this day. Price: $27,750.00

12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J. MacNaughton & Sons, Edinburgh, #3558, Double Barrel Shotgun

Cool little double rifle: An Alexander Henry .300 Sherwood, 19 3/4″ bbls..

Alexander Henry, Gunmaker, Scotland, from Wikipedia
Alexander Henry, Gunmaker Scotland, from Wikipedia

After John Dickson & Son, Alexander Henry may be Edinburgh’s most famous gunmaker. Mr Henry   opened his business in 1853, and within a decade he was know throughout Scotland and the UK for his competition rifles, sporting rifles, and a major for the Henry rifling used in the famous Martini-Henry rifle. In 1870, he also invented snap caps.

Even though Mr Henry died in 1894, his is business lived up until about World War 1. The petite little double rifle / shotgun you see here was made at that time. The 300 Sherwood cartridge it uses was introduced by Westley Richards in 1901. Made for small game hunting, the cartridge pushes a 140 grain projectile at 1,400 feet per second and generates 610 foot pounds of energy — comparable to a .357 Magnum.

Alexander Henry & Co. Edinburgh. .300 Sherwood & .410 Sidelock Double Rifle & Shotgun
Alexander Henry & Co. Edinburgh. .300 Sherwood & .410 Sidelock Double Rifle & Shotgun

Alexander Henry & Co., Edinburgh, .300 Sherwood & .410 Sidelock Double Rifle/Shotgun: Scroll Engraved. AE, 2 Barrel Set: 19 3/4″ .300 Sherwood nitro proof. 1 standing & 4 leaf folding sights & 28″ inch Mod. & Full 3″ nitro proof. Pistol grip, Auto Safety, 14″ LOP to checkered butt. Highly figured Walnut Stock. 85% case color, 5 pound 1 ounce, & 5 pound 3 ounce. Original Oak and Leather Case with tools plus 50 rounds of Kynoch .300 Sherwood Ammunition. Price: $29,500.00

Alexander Henry & Co. Edinburgh. .300 Sherwood & .410 Sidelock Double Rifle & Shotgun
Alexander Henry & Co. Edinburgh. .300 Sherwood & .410 Sidelock Double Rifle & Shotgun
lexander Henry, Gunmaker, Edinburgh & London
lexander Henry, Gunmaker, Edinburgh & London
Box of .300 Sherwood Kynoch Rifle Cartridges
Box of .300 Sherwood Kynoch Rifle Cartridges

Good gun alert: a nice J. Dickson & Son boxlock, built for heavy loads…

12 gauge J. Dickson & Sons 2 3/4" Heavy Proof Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun
12 gauge J. Dickson & Sons 2 3/4″ Heavy Proof Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

British and Scottish gunmakers are famous for their lightweight game guns. But they also made great shotguns for waterfowl and bigger game.

The Dickson boxlock you see here would be perfect in a duck blind, or beside you while you’re calling in a fat turkey. With original 1 3/8″ proofs, it can push enough shot to smack down large birds. Because the gun is built for these load, it’s heavy enough to swallow up all that recoil and keep you from getting hit just as hard.

This one was probably made in Birmingham for Dickson. It’s looks pretty original. If the barrels check out and the rest of the gun is sound, it could be a good deal.

12 gauge J. Dickson & Sons 2 3/4" Heavy Proof Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun
12 gauge J. Dickson & Sons 2 3/4″ Heavy Proof Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

JOHN DICKSON – 12 GA. BOXLOCK – HEAVY PROOF: EXTRACTORS, 30” M/F, D.T., P.G. STOCK. TRIGGER GUARD TANG EXTENDS TO GRIP CAP. LOP 14 ¼” OVER  PAD.  CASE COLORS 95%, WT. 7 LBS. 15 OZS.  1 3/8 OZ.PROOF, EXCELLENT CLAYS OR WATERFOWL – $3,600. Price: $3,600.00

12 gauge J. Dickson & Sons 2 3/4" Heavy Proof Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun
12 gauge J. Dickson & Sons 2 3/4″ Heavy Proof Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

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.

Auction alert: a John Dickson round-action double rifle…

John Dickson Round Action Double Rifle, .500EX
John Dickson Round Action Double Rifle, .500EX

Dickson round actions are one of those shotguns that guys go crazy about. First patented in 1880 and the refined throughout the 19th century, these doubles are made on a unique trigger-plate action that gives the guns their unique, rounded look.

Because they’ve been making side-by-sides for 100+ years, Dickson round-action shotguns are easy to find. Dickson round-action double rifles are not, though. In fact, this one coming to auction on Saturday, 10/6, is the first one I’ve ever seen. And from what I can tell, it appears to be a very nice, and very original rifle.

John Dickson Round Action Double Rifle, .500EX
John Dickson Round Action Double Rifle, .500EX

Lot 341: John Dickson & Son side by side top lever double-barrel Express rifle, .500 cal., London and black powder proof barrels with ejectors, a highly scroll engraved receiver, trigger guard, lever and tang, a gold-filled safe indicator, a right-handed English walnut stock with a cheek rest, a pistol grip with checkering to the wrist and fore end and a brass escutcheon on the butt stock, serial #4655, 28″ barrels. Estimated: $6000 – $8000

Huge gun brings a big price at Julia’s…

How much would you pay for a 4 gauge double barrel shotguns? For one person, the answer was $86,250.00. That’s what this 4 bore Dickson brought the other day at Julia’s March 2012 auction.

4 gauge Dickson Double Barrel Shotgun, Julia's March 2012
4 gauge Dickson Double Barrel Shotgun, Julia's March 2012

With 42″ barrels, and weighing in at over 22 pounds, this gun is a beast. Eccentric British collector Charles Gordonhad it made for him in the 19th century. The gun has seen a little refinishing, but it’s still in excellent overall condition.

BTW: This 4 bore is not a punt gun.  Punt guns were larger, usually attached to small boats (called punts) and used shoot flocks of ducks and geese. This Dickson would have been fired from the shoulder and used to pass shoot larger waterfowl including swans.

Here’s a 4 bore punt gun in action:

Here’s a guy firing a 4 bore from the shoulder at sporting clays.

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