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

 

Flli Piotti King Grade side lock SXS 20 gauge 28
Flli Piotti King Grade side lock SXS 20 gauge 28

Flli Piotti King Grade side lock SXS 20 gauge 28″: Pre-owned in excellent condition Flli Piotti King grade SXS 20 gauge. Case coloring 98%, very minor handling marks on the stock. Fine rose and scroll engraving. 28″ fixed choke barrels (.005/.010), concaved rib. Double triggers with signal pins. Exhibition grade stock with straight grip and splinter fore end. Stock dimensions are: 1 1/2″ x 1 7/8″. LOP 15 1/4′. Over all weight 6 lbs 7 oz. Price: $22,995

Franchi Imperiale Montecarlo "best" sidelock 12 gauge SxS
Franchi Imperiale Montecarlo “best” sidelock 12 gauge SxS

Franchi Imperiale Montecarlo “best” sidelock 12 gauge SxS: Circa 1951 this Montecarlo was the absolute “best” gun available from Franchi for many years and since Franchi’s acquisition by Beretta it is still one of the “best” guns available from Beretta’s Premium gun line with a list price of over $100,000! This is a  perfectly configured game gun:  28 3/8” long chopper lump barrels, 2 ¾” chambers, both sides being .723” bore diameter with choke constrictions of .023” & .035” which translates to tight modified and full.  On top of the barrels is a hand-filed solid rib that tapers from 10mm (4/10”) to 6mm (1/4”) with a brass front bead. The coin finished frame is masterfully engraved in a 100% coverage fine floral, scroll and ribbon motif. The engraving continues on the fences, top tang and trigger guard.  Excellent work.  Double triggers with the front trigger being articulated.  Non-automatic safety. The stock and matching splinter forearm are cut from nicely grained French Walnut.  The straight grip stock has a 14 5/8” LOP over a Pachmayr presentation pad; 1 ½” DAC & 1 7/8” DAH with a slight cast for a right-hand shooter.  Fitted to the bottom of the forearm is the gold Imperiale Montecarlo insignia. Price: $19,875

PERAZZI DC12 SIDE BY SIDE 12GA 30" PIGEON BRAND NEW, NEVER FIRED
PERAZZI DC12 SIDE BY SIDE 12GA 30″ PIGEON BRAND NEW, NEVER FIRED

PERAZZI DC12 SIDE BY SIDE 12GA 30″ PIGEON, BRAND NEW, NEVER FIRED: 18.4 BORE, FIXED CHOKES, 1,630 KG, ENGLISH STRAIGHT STOCK, UPGRADED SC2/3 WOOD, 1 1/2″ X 2 1/8″ X 14 3/4″, MODIFIED BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, 8LBS, BRAND NEW, NEVER FIRED, CASED. Price: $14,900

PARKERS SIDE-BY-SIDE VHE SKEET 20 GAUGE
PARKERS SIDE-BY-SIDE VHE SKEET 20 GAUGE

PARKERS SIDE-BY-SIDE VHE SKEET 20 GAUGE: #241XXX, O FRAME, 26″ SKEET IN SKEET OUT, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, CONSTRICTION 005 AND 007, SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER, EJECTORS, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS 5 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 13 3/4″ LOP FROM REAR TRIGGER POSITION. Price: $13,500

Winchester Model 21 16 Bore SxS
Winchester Model 21 16 Bore SxS

Winchester Model 21 16 Bore SxS: 2 3/4″ 28″ choked IC/Mod. 14 1/2″ highly figured wood to checkered butt – also has checkered side panels. Blacking at 99% and overall the gun is very clean and tidy. 7lbs. Price: $7,500

This week’s 5 guns you’ve got to see…

 

J. Purdey & Sons - Best Sidelock Three Barrel Set - 20 ga
J. Purdey & Sons – Best Sidelock Three Barrel Set – 20 ga

J. Purdey & Sons – Best Sidelock Three Barrel Set – 20 ga: Price: $48,500.00 
Item Number: PUR22212
Shotgun type: SxS
Action: Sidelock
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Single
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 14 1/2 ”
Pad thickness: ”
Type of butt: Checkered Butt
Drop comb: 1 5/8 ”
Drop heel: 2 5/8 ”
Cast amount: 1/4 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 6 lbs, 4 oz

Manufactured in: England
Manufacture Year: Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: Leather Luggage Case

PARKER BROS VHE 28ga 28″ Straight grip, “0” frame mfg 1921: Price: $12,900

PARKER BROS VHE 28ga 28" Straight grip, "0" frame mfg 1921
PARKER BROS VHE 28ga 28″ Straight grip, “0” frame mfg 1921

Serial #  192528
Choke R  SKT(.005)
Choke L  IM(.020)
Trigger  DT (Double)
Stock Configuration  Straight Grip
Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm
Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib
Receiver Finish  Casehardened with traces remaining
Engraving Type  Border Engraving
Other Options  Dogs head butt plate, “0” frame, 2 3/4″ chambers
Condition  VG Plus Condition
Weight  6#2oz
Dimensions  1 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 14 1/2 with 0 cast
Other Details  Mfg 1921

Parker VHE SKEET Remington Era 1935 Straight Stock With Letter: 12 Gauge Serial

12 gauge Parker VHE SKEET Remington Era 1935 Straight Stock With Letter
12 gauge Parker VHE SKEET Remington Era 1935 Straight Stock With Letter

number 237237 completed on June 25, 1935. This is a Remington Era Parker.  This shotgun’s rare features letter up nicely.   Straight stock, 12 Gauge, 26-inch barrels, single trigger and large fore end.  The Parker research letter listing all options is included.  Condition is excellent with much of the original and bright Remington Era case color remaining on the receiver.  The barrel blue is also excellent with some light handling and wear.  Twin ivory beads.   The barrel flats are marked SKEET IN & SKEET OUT.  Frame size is 1 1/2.  The original straight stock is excellent and has a LOP of 13 1/4 inches from the REAR POSITION Parker single selective trigger over a Larry DelGrego & Son pad.  Nice original and timed action screws.  Drop at heel is 2 3/4 inches and drop at comb is 1 1/2 inches.  The original Parker Beavertail fore end is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks and sharp original checkering.   The shotgun is tight on the face with strong ejectors and proper functioning Parker single trigger. Weight is light at 7 pounds 9 ounces.  Excellent bores.  This is a fantastic highly optioned Parker Remington Era Skeet shotgun with a great Parker Research Letter that lists all options.  Go to ironmenarms.com  for more pictures. Price: $4550

Francotte Jubilee Knockabout grade in 12 GAKnockabout grade, imported by Abercrombie

Francotte Jubilee Knockabout grade in 12 GA
Francotte Jubilee Knockabout grade in 12 GA

& Fitch Co. New York. Has P.D. engraved on the trigger guard.  Price: $1,499.99 
Manufacturer: SN: N988343
Caliber: 12 GA
Chambers: 2 3/4 inch
Metal Condition: very good to excellent conditon, a handfull of minor scratches on the barrels, a couple of nicks on the bottom of the barrels, most of the color is left on the receiver, most of the bluing on the barrels is still intact
Wood Condition: very good to excellent condition, a few minor dings and marks on the stock and fore end
Bore Condition: bright and shiny
Barrels: 28 inch
Triggers: double, smooth triggers
Stock: checkered pistol grip with grip cap
Stock Dimensions:
14.5 inch lop at the front trigger, 13.5 inch lop at the rear
Fore End: checkered splinter style
Butt Pad: Deceletator rubber pad
Weight: 6.85 lbs
Sights: tapered solid rib with single brass bead
Chokes: fixed, right barrel: Cyl. left barrel: Imp. Cyl.
Extras: none, no box or case
Item Location: Kansas City, KS

FRANCHI - Instinct L - 20ga - 28" Chokes - Factory New
FRANCHI – Instinct L – 20ga – 28″ Chokes – Factory New

FRANCHI – Instinct L – 20ga – 28″ Chokes – Factory New2014 – Franchi Instinct L – 20ga, 3″, 28″ Single Selective Trigger, Ejectors, Prince of Wales Grip, LOP 14-3/4″ Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Weight 6 lbs 3 oz. Factory New Gun – Very Low Price. These are well-made guns that balance and handle very nicely. Price: $975

Scarce: A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game…

Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS
Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS

I bet we would have liked Charles Davis. A dog breeder and grouse hunter, Mr Davis created “Shooting Around the Clock” back in 1920s to improve his shotgun skills and kill time between hunting seasons. By the ’30s, this game had evolved into Skeet and become the hottest shooting sport in the country. It had also become a sales opportunity many gunmakers were aiming to take advantage of.

The Sterlingworth Skeet and Upland Game Gun, was the SxS the A.H. Fox Co. made to target this new market. This model debut in company’s 1935 catalog. Here’s some info about these shotguns from the AH Fox Collectors Association website:

Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS
Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS

To meet the demand for a moderately priced skeet and upland game double gun we have produced the famous Fox-Sterlingworth gun in this new straight grip model with 26″ barrels bored: right skeet, cylinder, left quarter choke. This is a standard stock model possessing the features of skeet boring and stock design heretofore available only in custom-built guns

  • Barrels– Fluid compressed steel, 26″ length bored right skeet cylinder and left quarter choke
  • Action– Two trigger, extractor type
  • Stock– American walnut straight grip, length 14″, drop at comb 1 1/2″, drop at heel 2 1/2″
  • Engraving– Ornamented with line engraving on frame and guard
  • Weight– 12 gauge about 7 lbs, 16 gauge about 6 lbs, 20 gauge about 5 3/4 lbs

The following extras are furnished to order: Automatic ejectors, Fox-Kautzky Selective single trigger, Beavertail forend, recoil pad, Ivory sights

Of course, the one you see here is for sale. Here’s the listing for it from Gunsinternational.com:

Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxSVery nice, scare Fox Upland Skeet model Sterlingworth Utica, NY manufacture. 12 bore with .005 & .012 chokes in the original 26″ barrels. Bright shiny bores. 2 3/4″ chambers. Solid rib with ivory front and center bead. Extractor & double triggers. Case color in the protected areas with the balance of the receiver faded bright.  Very nice original straight grip butt stock and semi beavertail for end. Good checking and finish and less than normal nicks and dings. 14 1/4″ LOP 1 1/2″ DAC and 2 1/8″ DAH. Lever falls to the center and has a tight lock up and is on face. Excellent original blue on the barrels and trigger guard showing only a few scattered freckles.
?matching numbers.  An excellent scarce Fox for the shooter or collector. Price: $2,350

Auction alert: 16g Arrieta Orvis Custom, 16g Winchester Skeet & more…

LOT 161: ARRIETA ORVIS CUSTOM, 16GA SXS SHOTGUN
LOT 161: ARRIETA ORVIS CUSTOM, 16GA SXS SHOTGUN

Happy 2016. Here’s an auction to kick off things off. Belcher Auction Company in Coldwater, MI, is having a sale tomorrow, 1/2/16, and there are bunch of shotguns coming up, including these two:

LOT 161: ARRIETA ORVIS CUSTOM, 16GA SXS SHOTGUN: S#37235, 27 INCH BARREL SET, CHOKED MOD/CYL BORE, BEAUTIFUL CASE COLOR ON RECEIVER, EXCELLENT BLUE, NICELY CHECKERED, MARBLED WOOD WALNUT STOCK, HAS EJECTORS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, NICELY ENGRAVED.

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 SKEET, 16GA SXS SHOTGUN:
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 SKEET, 16GA SXS SHOTGUN:

LOT 148: WINCHESTER MODEL 21 SKEET, 16GA SXS SHOTGUNS#15518 26 INCH SKEET/SKEET BARRELS, CHOKE WS1/WS2, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, NICELY FIGURED WOOD, DOUBLE BEAD SOLID RIB, SHOWS A LITTLE USE.

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John Dickson of Edinburgh BEST Round action with new barrels by the maker and Huey cased
John Dickson of Edinburgh BEST Round action with new barrels by the maker and Huey cased

John Dickson of Edinburgh BEST Round action with new barrels by the maker and Huey casedThis Dickson is as sound as they come and has new chopperlump barrels by Dickson proofed in London. According to the new Donald Dallas book on John Dickson this gun was completed the 12 of April 1896. Price: $18,800

Antique: Yes
Serial Number: 4880
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 28
Barrel Type: Steel
Action: round action trigger plate
Gauge: 12 gauge
Stock Comb: 1 7/16
Stock Heel: 2 1/8
Stock Cast: 3/16
LOP: 14 1/4″
Weight: 6 lbs. 9 oz.
Choke Left: .024 full
Choke Right: .010 IC
Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .030
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .032

Winchester Model 21, 12 Gauge, Skeet Grade, SxS
Winchester Model 21, 12 Gauge, Skeet Grade, SxS

Winchester Model 21, 12 Gauge, Skeet GradeThis example is totally original and in excellent condition.  It has WS1 and WS2 skeet choked barrels, automatic ejectors, single select trigger, and 26 inch barrels.  It also has a straight grip “English” stock that measures 14 inches to a checkered butt.  The blue is well over 90% with the majority of the wear on the trigger guard tang.  The wood is excellent with only surface wear and minor scratches.  This shotgun has a great “original look”. Price: $6,250

Beretta — AS20-EL Boxloxk Ejector — 20 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers26 3/4″ O/U matted-vent-rib barrels of Boehler Antinit steel, choked modified & improved modified. 14 1/4″ pull from front trigger to checkered wood butt. 1 1/4″ – 2 1/4″ drop. No cast. Figured walnut stock with slender field forend, straight English grip, swivels, and classic point-pattern checkering. Shallow, scroll engraved, coin-finished, scalloped action with automatic ejectors and manual top tang safety. Weight: 5lbs, 9oz. Built 1962. 99% blue. Tight and with excellent bores. Price: $5975.

Beretta --- AS20-EL Boxloxk Ejector --- 20 Gauge, 2 3/4" Chambers
Beretta — AS20-EL Boxloxk Ejector — 20 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers
FR Jac Bartels Custom Sidelock SxS Shotgun, 16 gauge 27" barrels
FR Jac Bartels Custom Sidelock SxS Shotgun, 16 gauge 27″ barrels

FR Jac Bartels Custom Sidelock SxS Shotgun, 16 gauge 27″ barrels: This side by side is custom made by the German gunsmith Weisbaden. It is in good condition for the year that is was made and have very few handling marks.  Length of pull: 14 3/4″. Weight: 5lbs 10oz Drop at comb: 1 1/2″. Drop at heel: 2 1/2″. Chamber: 2 9/16″. Price: $3,995
Parker VHE 12ga. with 32″ Vulcan steel barrels: #231731,  Chokes are full (.035″) and full (.035″) with excellent bores and 3″ chambers.Other features include a pistol grip stock with a 141/2″ LOP over an old No Shok pad,a Parker single selective trigger,ejectors,twin beads,and a splinter forend.Built on a 11/2 frame,this gun weighs 8-5 but is so well balanced that it feels and handles much lighter.The gun retains 90% case colors,99% barrel blue and 99% wood finish.There is a possibility that the gun was restored long ago,but if so,the work was really outstanding.The barrel flats have a repair code of EH3,meaning the gun went back to Remington for work in October of 1939.The barrels are tight and on face and lock up soundly with the top lever to the right.This gun would make a tremendous live pigeon gun,trap gun, or clays gun.With Bismuth shot it would be an outstanding duck gun.A real classic. Price: $3995

Parker VHE 12ga. with 32" Vulcan steel barrels
Parker VHE 12ga. with 32″ Vulcan steel barrels

Auction alert: 16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland game …

Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz

Here is a hard Fox to find. It’s a 16g Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun and it’s on Gunbroker.com now. The auction ends 8/24/2015 @9:30:00 PM ET.

The Sterlingworth Skeet and Upland Game Gun was introduced in 1935. Skeet was new sport then, having been invented in 1920 by Charles Davis, a grouse hunter from Andover, MA.

In 1926, William Harnden Foster introduced Skeet to America with an article in the February issue ofNational Sportsman and Hunting and Fishing magazine. The game boomed in popularity and by the ’30s makers  offers shotguns tailored for the sport.

Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz

Fox added the Skeet & Upland Game Gun to their line in 1935 to “…meet the demand for a moderately priced skeet and upland game double gun”. They were offered in 12, 16 & 20 gauge, and with 26″ & 28″ barrels.

BTW: For a comp, here’s a nearly-new 16g with 26″ barrels that sold a couple years ago.

Fox Sterlingworth 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz: This Fox Sterlingworth bears a Utica barrel address, was made in 1936 (SN 3726xx), has 28” barrels choked Modified and Improved Modified with 2-3/4” chambers and mid/front ivory beads, automatic safety, straight stock, extractors, 2-1/2” DAH, 1-5/8” DAC and 13-3/8” & 14-1/8 LOP. The weight is a handy 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz

It retains about 65% blue with most of the thinning on the sides and a small ding in the right tube 10-1/4” from the breech that is barely visible inside. There’s also evidence of a very shallow dent on the bottom of the left tube 5” from the muzzle that seems to have been professionally removed. The bores are perfect mirrors and examination with a Hawkeye bore scope yields no indication of polishing. The frame retains 60% of original case color. The stocks are completely sound with scattered light to moderate handling marks (mostly light) and a repaired small, shallow chip on the right side of the butt plate. It is 100% on-face, lock-up is as tight as a vault (tested with the forend removed) and the top lever comes to rest well right of center. Though this gun has a short tang there are known factory examples of short tang straight stocked guns and there is absolutely no sign of it having been modified. A very nice 16 gauge that, on handling, one can immediately feel will comport itself quite well in the field.

Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz

Auction Alert: Per-war 16g Winchester M21, 26″ WS1/WS2 & 30″ F/F…

WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET...PRE-WAR SxS 26" WS1/WS2 + 30" F/F...SST, AE...Mfd 1937
WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET…PRE-WAR SxS 26″ WS1/WS2 + 30″ F/F…SST, AE…Mfd 1937

Here’s an interesting Winchester M21. It’s up for auction now Gunauction.com at No Reserve and the listing ends May 10, 2015 @ 17:09:00 PT. I can’t imagine Winchester made many 16g 21s like this. Sixteens were never very popular, especially after the first World War, and by the time this gun was made 20 gauges were catching on as the preferred smallbore to own.

WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET…PRE-WAR SxS 26″ WS1/WS2 + 30″ F/F…SST, AE…Mfd 1937:  NO RESERVE!! Here’s a nice, honest pre-war Model 21 Skeet grade 16-gauge with two sets of barrels. It left the factory in 1937 with the 26″ Skeet barrels choked WS-1 (right) and WS-2 (left). The 30″ barrels are choked Full & Full and were fitted at the factory a couple years after the gun was originally made. Both sets of barrels have 2-3/4″ chambers. The gun is factory fitted with a single-selective trigger, automatic ejectors, and a non-automatic safety. The gun features a pistol grip stock with checkered butt, and a beavertail forend. The LOP measures 14″; the Drop @ Comb is 1-9/16″; Drop @ Heel is 2-1/2″.

WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET...PRE-WAR SxS 26" WS1/WS2 + 30" F/F...SST, AE...Mfd 1937
WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET…PRE-WAR SxS 26″ WS1/WS2 + 30″ F/F…SST, AE…Mfd 1937

Overall condition is quite good and the gun retains most of the original factory finish. There are some normal handling marks, some finish wear to the bottom edges of the receiver, some thinning to the lower tang, and some finish wear to the rear of the Skeet barrels at the carry point. There is a tiny bit of very shallow pitting at the rear of the left skeet barrel (I need magnification to see it), but no significant deep pitting anywhere. I’d grade the original finish at about 90% on the receiver, about 90% on the skeet barrels, and about 95% on the full choke barrels. The stocks are in very good shape and are free of cracks, chips, or repairs. There are some normal handling marks, mostly to the left side and bottom of the butt. The checkering is all in good shape, not worn, and the stocks have never been sanded or refinished. This shotgun is in good mechanical condition with only one minor issue noted. When the right skeet barrel is fired by itself, the automatic ejector works more like an extractor and does not kick the shell clear (it makes the right sound, the shell just doesn’t eject). The left skeet ejector works fine and when both barrels have been fired, both shells are properly ejected. No issues with ejection on the full choke barrels. The single-selective trigger, and the safety both work properly. Bores are bright all the way around.

Included is a Cody Museum letter that verifies the configuration of the gun and that it was manufactured in 1937. The second page of the letter notes that the gun was returned to the factory in 1940 and the Full/Full barrels were tested. A very nice, very desirable Pre-War Winchester 21.

WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET...PRE-WAR SxS 26" WS1/WS2 + 30" F/F...SST, AE...Mfd 1937
WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET…PRE-WAR SxS 26″ WS1/WS2 + 30″ F/F…SST, AE…Mfd 1937
WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET...PRE-WAR SxS 26" WS1/WS2 + 30" F/F...SST, AE...Mfd 1937
WINCHESTER ~ MODEL 21 SKEET…PRE-WAR SxS 26″ WS1/WS2 + 30″ F/F…SST, AE…Mfd 1937

Auction Alert: 12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun…

12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun

Here’s a tough shotgun to find. A.H. Fox introduced their Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun in 1935 to meet the demand for the new shooting sport sweeping across the nation: SKEET.

This SxS came in 12g, 16g & 20g and 26″ barrels. It could be with or without ejectors, and if you wanted to upgrade it a bit, a Fox-Kautzky selective single trigger, a beavertail forend, a recoil pad and/or ivory sights. According to the Fox Collectors website, A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game SxS shotgun, this SxS was introduced:

12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun

“To meet the demand for a moderately priced skeet and upland game double gun we have produced the famous Fox-Sterlingworth gun in this new straight grip model with 26″ barrels bored: right skeet, cylinder, left quarter choke. This is a standard stock model possessing the features of skeet boring and stock design heretofore available only in custom-built guns.”

I owned one of these in 20g, and it was decent little double. This one would make a great all around upland gun.

12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun: Barrels are 26” long with skeet / ¼ choke, solid rib, and good bores. Break open double barrel shotgun. Metal retains most of its original blue and casehardened finish, Checkered walnut wood with period recoil pad. Extractors and double triggers. Mfg 1935 to 1945 SN: 160260 Condition: Very Good.

12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun

Incredible condition on 3 Parker VHEs– 28g, 20 & 16g….

Parker VHE 28ga Skeet Gun Single trigger beavertail skeet in skeet out
Parker VHE 28ga Skeet Gun Single trigger beavertail skeet in skeet out

If you’re into Parkers, these three side-by- sides will get your heart thumping. They’re all VHEs, and they’re all in very nice original condition. The first two double barrels are phenomenal. Just check out all that color. The 16g is real nice, too, and it would be a great gun for grouse hunting.

Parkers like this are very hard to fine, and all three are priced accordingly.

Parker VHE 20ga SKEET Spectacular
Parker VHE 20ga SKEET Spectacular

Parker VHE 28ga Skeet Gun Single trigger beavertail skeet in skeet out: A spectacular  VHE 28ga SxS Skeet Gun Remington Era  00 Frame 26in skeet in  skeet out  Pictures do not do it justice  14in LOP to a checkered butt  with unbelievable wood on a VHE. Serial #238059  98% case color blue and wood  Beautiful original Parker. Price: $33,000

Parker VHE 20ga SKEET Spectacular: An amazing  Original Remington Era 20ga VHE  Single Trigger  Beavertail  0 Frame Skeet gun  Skeet In  Skeet Out  beautiful wood with a pistol grip cap  14 in LOP to a checkered butt  Strong 99% case colors blueing is mint  serial # 241531 wood is great  beavertail has maybe a repair  hard to tell. Price: $17,000

Parker VHE 16ga 28in M/F Exc: This gun has a PG with cap  with DT  Ejectors 28in barrels  with strong blue m/f  Made on a #1 Frame  has strong case colors 75-80%  Has  a 14 3/8 LOP to a dogs head buttplate wood is very nice  has some marks but nice figur. Price: $5,750

Parker VHE 16ga 28in M/F Exc
Parker VHE 16ga 28in M/F Exc

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Parker DHE 28ga SxS Skeet Gun (Remington Era)
Parker DHE 28ga SxS Skeet Gun (Remington Era)

Parker DHE 28ga SxS Skeet Gun (Remington Era): A beautiful RARE 28ga DHE Skeet gun has 26in barrels  skeet in /skeet out has a 00 Frame  single trigger Beavertail straight english stock to a checkered butt  gorgeous wood  one mark otherwis mint silver oval  no initials  98% easy case colors and blue. Price: $49,000

BERETTA – SO5 / SO3EELL – Hand Detachable Locks – Checkered Butt – Like New: 1970 12ga, 26″, IC / IC (.008 / .011), LOP 14-9/16″, Drop 1-7/16 to 2-3/8, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs. 6 oz. 100% Coverage – Hand Engraved. Hand Detachable Sidelock. Gold Crown Inlay. Pierced Top Lever. Hand Filed Rib. Ivory Sights. Single Selective Trigger. Checkered Butt. Excellent weight and chokes for a 12ga Upland Game Gun. Condition is “Like New.” Price: $8,500

BERETTA - SO5 / SO3EELL - Hand Detachable Locks - Checkered Butt - Like New
BERETTA – SO5 / SO3EELL – Hand Detachable Locks – Checkered Butt – Like New
LC SMITH Model 5E SXS 12 GA
LC SMITH Model 5E SXS 12 GA

LC SMITH Model 5E  SXS  12 GA: Serial #205881, 30″ bbls, F&F, 2 1/2″ chambers, Hunter one trigger, Straight Grip, Splinter Forearm, Matted Concave Rib, Casehardened Receiver, Game Scene Cameos Engraving, Vintage Hawkins pad, EXC. Condition, 7#15oz, 1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″ x 14″ with 1/8 cast off. This is a high condition original gun. Price $8,000

A. H. Fox, A Grade, 20 Gauge, Side-by-Side – Gorgeous: 26″ BARRELS, FULL & MODIFIED, 99% BRIGHT BLUE, MIRROR BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS.  ATTRACTIVE DEEP CUT ENGRAVING, SOME BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR.  ROUND KNOB GRIP STOCK, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, ABOUT PERFECT WOOD AND CHECKERING, 100% TRIGGER GUARD BLUE.  GREAT DIMENSIONS 1 1/2″ X 2 3/8″ X 14″, 6 POUNDS 2 OUNCES.  GORGEOUS LITTLE FOX MADE IN 1922. Price: $6,500

A. H. Fox, A Grade, 20 Gauge, Side-by-Side - Gorgeous
A. H. Fox, A Grade, 20 Gauge, Side-by-Side – Gorgeous
ITHACA 1916 FLUES HAMMERLESS 4E GRADE 12GA. 3" SHOTGUN 98% PLUS ORIGINAL CONDITION
ITHACA 1916 FLUES HAMMERLESS 4E GRADE 12GA. 3″ SHOTGUN 98% PLUS ORIGINAL CONDITION

ITHACA 1916 FLUES HAMMERLESS 4E GRADE 12GA. 3″ SHOTGUN 98% PLUS ORIGINAL CONDITION: ITHACA 1916 FLUES 4E GRADE HAMMERLESS 12GA. SHOTGUN,S/N 2719XX. 28″ SOLID RIB BARRELS WITH EXCELLENT BORES AND 2 IVORY BEADS.3″ CHAMBERS,CHOKED MODIFIED (.017) CONSTRICTION AND IMPROVED CYLINDER (.007) CONSTRICTION.99% ORIGINAL BARREL BLUE.FIGURED AMERICAN WALNUT WITH BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL FLUE DE LEA CHECKERING WITH BLACK TIP FOREARM,PISTOL GRIP CAP AND GOLD SHIELD.L.O.P. IS 14 1/2″ OVER SOLID RUBBER PAD,D.A.H. IS 2 7/8″ AND D.A.C. IS 1 7/8″ WITH NEUTRAL CAST.GUN WEIGHS 7 LBS. ORIGINAL GOLD DOUBLE TRIGGERS WITHOUT ANY WEAR.GUN LOOKS TO HAVE BEEN FIRED EXTREMELY LITTLE.ENGRAVED RECEIVER WITH 85% PLUS ORIGINAL VIVID CASE COLOR REMAINING,HAS DOG AND BIRD SCENES.A SUPER ORIGINAL CONDITION 4E 1916 12GA. SHOTGUN. Price: $4,250

Auction alert: Winchester M21 16 gauge Skeet, Churchill Utility 12g…

E. J. CHURCHILL CASED SHOTGUN - 12 ga Side by Side Hammerless 'Utility' Model
E. J. CHURCHILL CASED SHOTGUN – 12 ga Side by Side Hammerless ‘Utility’ Model

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, ME, is holding there FALL FEATURE AUCTION OF FINE ART & ANTIQUES this weekend. These side-buy-side shotguns are going off on Sat, Nov 08 2014, and the sale starts at 11:00 AM.

Lot 967: E. J. CHURCHILL CASED BOXLOCK SHOTGUN: 12 ga Side by Side Hammerless ‘Utility’ Model, s/n 3900 (circa 1937), double trigger, 30″ barrel, 2 1/2 choke, with crown V and other English proof marks, walnut stock with checkered pistol grip and fore-end, heavily engraved, gold inlaid ‘Safe’ mark, cushioned butt, rib sight, nicely blued finish. 46″ overall. Still has cleaning rods. One small nick in top edge of barrels, otherwise very good condition. Estimate $ 3,000-4,000

 

Winchester Model 21 Side by Side 16ga. Trap / Skeet
Winchester Model 21 Side by Side 16ga. Trap / Skeet

Lot 968: WINCHESTER MODEL 21 16 GAUGE Trap / Skeet SHOTGUN: Winchester Model 21 Side by Side 16ga., s/n 7353 (mfg in 1937), 26′ barrels, WS1/WS2 choked, pistol grip stock, beaver tail fore-end with kidney style checkering, single selective trigger, automatic ejectors, non-auto safety, solid matte rib, 43″ long overall. Includes original hard leather case. Excellent overall condition with a few light marks. Estimate $ 2,500-3,500

 

Lot 988: FRENCH SHOTGUN – St. Etienne Manufrance Robust No 32 S, 16 gauge: Breech Break Double Barrel Shotgun, serial number 99916, circa 1920, with engraved silver plate block and trigger guard, walnut stock. includes modern soft case. With appropriate manufacturer’s and proof marks. 27 1/2″ barrel, 44 1/2″ long overall. Good condition, minor wear to silver plating, all original except added butt cushion. Estimate $ 800-1,000

St. Etienne Robust No 32 S, 16 gauge Breech Break Double Barrel Shotgun
St. Etienne Manufrance Robust No 32 S, 16 gauge Breech Break Double Barrel Shotgun

Gallery of Great Guns: a stunning 16 gauge Winchester M21 Deluxe Skeet…

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

Here’s another addition to the Gallery of Great Guns. This double-barrel, side-by-side shotgun was auctioned off by James D. Julia Auctions in the spring of 2012.

RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB. SN 13223. Cal. 16 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 26″ Barrels with raised, ventilated rib, match specifications in factory letter with Bradley red bead front sight and Winchester white metal middle sight. Bbl flats are stamped with “16 Gauge”, SN, patent information, and “2-3/4 Cham”. Bottoms of bbls are stamped “Winchester Proof Steel” “WS-1” and “WS-2”. Standard blued action is fitted with single selective trigger.

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

Action and bbls are engraved with classic pre-war number 5 engraving, as most certainly executed by Alden George Ulrich, with about 50% coverage of flowing scrollwork framing vignettes of dogs and game. Setter with bird in mouth is on bottom of action; pheasant on left; grouse on right side; rare vignette of pointer is on trigger guard bow. Nicely crotch figured American walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14″ over factory leather-faced open-sided red pad, with deluxe checkering pattern, checkered sidepanels and vacant gold oval on toe line. Matching beavertail forend has SN on iron, and rib between bbl channels. Bore diameter: left-.664, right -.667. Bore restrictions: left -.005, right -.002. Wall thickness: left -.029, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 2 oz. LOP: 14″.

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

PROVENANCE: Cody Firearms Museum letter with specs along with build receipts and final inspection reports showing this gun made for P. A. Roper and dated 6/13/40.

CONDITION: Extremely fine. All specifications matching those on orig factory build information, and nearly all orig finish is remaining, with only a few minor marks on bbls. Sharp edges of action are silvering, blue on bottom beginning to thin slightly. Trigger guard is graying on edges and grip. Stock retains nearly all its orig finish beginning to rub through on flutes and top of comb, with a few minor marks. Checkering is only slightly worn. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Ejectors in time. Trigger works. A truly fine investment quality Winchester M21 sporting classic. SOLD FOR $34, 500

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE SKEET GUN NO. 5 ENGRAVED WITH VENTILATED RIB

Auction alert: great high grade Parker doubles in AAHE, CHE, DHE plus GHE, VHE

Little John’s Auction Service annual May antique and sporting guns auction starts tomorrow. There’s a lot of nice doubles there, including these Parker side by sides.  Here a few that really caught my eye:

Parker AAHE Grade Pigeon gun, 12 gauge 2 ¾” chambers, 32” barrels
Parker AAHE Grade Pigeon gun, 12 gauge 2 ¾” chambers, 32” barrels

Lot 560: Parker AAHE Grade Pigeon gun, 12 gauge 2 ¾” chambers, 32” barrels: Serial number 205648. About 240 made. Excellent as restored condition by DelGrego. Barrels show Peerless steel marking. The interior of the barrels are very good plus with 99% plus of the proper color refinish. The action has been lightly polished. The trigger guard has been refinished. The stock remains in excellent as restored. LOP 14 ½”, 1 7/8” drop at the heel, ½” drop at the comb. Wall thickness .29 right and .25 left. . Est.: $35,000- $70,000.

Lot 600: Parker CHE grade 12 gauge double barrel shotgun, 30″ barrels: Serial #118334. English style straight stock, double triggers, auto ejectors, Titanic steel marked barrels, in very good+ to near fine original condition, . The barrels show 75-85% original blue; action retains 40-60% case hardening; the trigger guard has drifted to traces of blue; the stock shows a good grain and fancy checkering, with the forend almost fully checkered. LOP 14-1/2″. The gun locks tight, the bores are bright, and this is a very nice looking collector’s grade Parker. Est.: $6,000-$12,000

Parker CHE grade 12 gauge double barrel shotgun, 30" barrels
Parker CHE grade 12 gauge double barrel shotgun, 30″ barrels
28 gauge Parker CHE double barrel SxS shotgun, OO frame
28 gauge Parker CHE double barrel SxS shotgun, OO frame

Lot 197: Parker VHE grade 20 gauge, SxS shotgun: Fine original condition. Serial #210670. The barrel’s measure 26”. 14 ¼” LOP The barrel’s retain 95% plus bright original blue, action shows 50% to 70% bright original case hardening. Trigger guard shows 50% to 70% thinning original blue.  The gun is completely authentic and not abused. A collectors quality Parker out of a local estate. The barrels are both choked improved modified showing 2 ½” drop at the heel and 1 ½” drop at comb. Full 2 ¾” chambers and the ejectors work well. Est.: $1,400-$2,800.

Parker Brothers 12 gauge GHE grade Factory Skeet, by Remington
Parker Brothers 12 gauge GHE grade Factory Skeet, by Remington

Lot 176: Parker Brothers 12 gauge GHE grade Factory Skeet, by Remington: Serial #241791. In fine to near excellent condition. 26” barrels with ventilated rib, single trigger, auto ejectors, beavertail forend, pistol grip stock, skeleton butt plate. The gun shows 95% to 98% original blue and case hardening with just some slight handling and minor use. The stocks are also fine to near excellent showing a nice burled wood grain. The barrels are both choked cylinder or skeet. 14” LOP. Est.: $7,000 -$14,000.

Lot 1463: 28 gauge Parker CHE double barrel SxS shotgun, OO frame: Serial #184814. Barrels originally 30”, now 26”. English style straight stock, skeleton steel butt plate and checkered butt, serial number 184814. Old factory or Del Greco quality refinish of which and 90% to 95% of this blue finish remains showing good sharp edges and sharp markings with just a few small scratches, slight toning and minor losses. The frame is typically Parker engraved with fancy scrolls showing hunting dog on left and right with game bird on bottom. The frame shows 65% to 85% proper and old-style case hardened colors. Select checkered walnut stocks which of also been lightly refreshed and refinished. The action is tight and the bores are near excellent . Est.: $20,000-$40,000

28 gauge Parker CHE double barrel SxS shotgun, OO frame
28 gauge Parker CHE double barrel SxS shotgun, OO frame

Auction alert: a 20 gauge Winchester M21 Tournament Skeet…

20 gauge Winchester M21 Tournament Skeet Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Winchester M21 Tournament Skeet Double Barrel Shotgun

The Winchester M21 double barrel shotgun is a side-by-side I often overlook. Mass produced by Winchester from 1930-1959, it came out just as most American makers were easing their way out of the business.  Rugged and well made, Winchester turned out about 30,000 of them before the M21 became a special-order item through their Custom Shop in 1960.

The little 20 gauge Tournament Skeet you see here is one of the rarer models the made, and that extra set of barrels must make it extra special. Winchester M21 Tournament grades were cranked out from 1933–1944. This one was made in 1934. So is it the first 20g Tournament they made? Perhaps…

BTW: This gun is being offered at NO RESERVE. The auction ends on May 5, 2013 @ 15:00:00 PT. Here’s more about the double from the seller:

20 gauge Winchester M21 Tournament Skeet Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Winchester M21 Tournament Skeet Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Model 21 SxS Tournament Skeet Double Barrel Shotgun: #5853 mfg. circa 1934. Two sets of barrels, 1st set – 26 in. 20 ga. matted rib BBL with 2 3/4 in. chambers and choked WS1/WS2, 2nd set – 26 in. 20 ga. matted rib BBL with 2 3/4 in. chambers and choked Full/Mod, reinforced boxlock frame with none–factory style full coverage foliate arabesque engraving, EJT, deluxe checkered walnut straight grip stock w/solid recoil pad and black spacer, LOP 12 1/2 over wood and 13 7/8 over pad, deluxe “Kidney” pattern checkered BT forearm, blue finish, and factory case.

Condition (assuming original) Appears to be in NRA Modern Excellent overall condition, factory records are incomplete, returned to factory for second set of barrels, wood appears replaced with factory style checkering on forearm, none-factory checkering on buttstock with spacer and pad, none-factory engraving, metal retains 95% Plus blue.

20 gauge Winchester M21 Tournament Skeet Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Winchester M21 Tournament Skeet Double Barrel Shotgun

Are you getting it wrong? Five myths and misconceptions about shooting…

Orvis Shooting School, Millbrook, NY. A great place to become a better shot.
Orvis Shooting School, Millbrook, NY. A great place to become a better shot.

There are lot of superstitions, fairy tales and just plain non-sense in the world of shotgun shooting. If you spend any time on a skeet field or a clays course, you’ll heard plenty of it.

Writer Laurie Hart has heard plenty of it, too. In the piece excerpted below, she calls a few of them out. Click through and read the entire piece for her explanation of why each myth and misconception is pure BS.

Five Myths and Misconceptions About Shooting, by Laurie Hart, from the UK’s FieldSports magazine.

1: The tighter the choke the longer the shot string.

2: A longer shot string makes it easier to hit the target.

3: The more open the choke the bigger the pattern.

4: Shooting across and into water enables you to see the shot string.

5: Swinging very rapidly can spread the shot across the sky.

In her article, Laurie explains each of these myths and misconceptions in greater detail, and I suggest you check the whole thing out now.

Good gun alert: 12 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland game…

12 gauge Savage - Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Savage – Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s another 12 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game that just hit the market.  Fox added the Skeet & Upland Game Gun to their line in 1935 to “…meet the demand for a moderately priced skeet and upland game double gun”. They were offered in 12, 16 & 20 gauge, and with 26″ & 28″ barrels.

This was delivered in 1935, so it’s one of the first Skeet & Upland Game Guns that Fox/Savage Arms made. It looks pretty used, and the price seems high. But I bet it will be done in a few days.  Guys really want these doubles, and there aren’t that many of them out there.

Here are the details on it from the seller:

12 gauge Savage - Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Savage – Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Double Barrel Shotgun

FOX STERLINGWORTH RARE SKEET AND UPLAND GAME 12GA:  26″ SKEET AMD 1/4 CHOKE, STRAIGHT GRIP. THIS GUN MODEL WAS ONLY MADE 1935 – 1945. THIS ONE WAS MADE IN 1935. 95+% BARREL BLUE WITH SOME FRECKLING, TRACES OF CASE IN PROTECTED AREAS, TIGHT ACTION WITH LEVER TO THE RIGHT, EXC. BORES, NICE WOOD SHOWING SOME HUNTING USE, RARE STERLINGWORTH WITH LETTER. Price: $3,250.00

12 gauge Savage - Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Savage – Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction Alert: 20g Winchester M21, Parker DHE & Beretta 686 DU…

Gunrunner.com Online Firearms Auctions
Gunrunner.com Online Firearms Auctions

Gunrunner online firearms auctions these nice doubles in their December online auction. These lots are ending over the next few days, starting tomorrow.

 

Winchester Model 21 Skeet, 20 ga. side by side, 26″, mfg. 1937

Winchester M21 20 gauge Skeet gun
Winchester M21 20 gauge Skeet gun

Kolar Skeet Set, 12, 20, 28, .410 ga over/under shotgun, Engraved, Tubes, Case

Browning Superposed Diana Grade, 12 ga. O/U shotgun, 30″ Broadway, mfg. 1970

Parker/Winchester DHE Grade, 28 ga. side by side shotgun, 26″, Leather case, Unfired

Beretta White Onyx 686 DU, 20 ga. over/under shotgun, 28″, NIB

Kimber Augusta “S-I Sporting”, 12 ga. over/under shotgun, 30″, Hard Case

Krieghoff K-80 Skeet, 12, 20, 28, .410 ga. over/under shotgun, 2 barrels, Kolar Tubes, 10 chokes, Hard Case

Ithaca Model 100, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 25″, IC/M

Parker/Winchester 20 gauge DHE double barrel shotgun, 26", straight grip
Parker/Winchester 20 gauge DHE double barrel shotgun, 26″, straight grip

Auction Alert: Parkers, Winchesters, Brownings & more…

20 gauge Winchester Model 21 Skeet
20 gauge Winchester Model 21 Skeet

Bauer Auction Service is holding this firearms auction on 11/25 at 9:00 AM in Mattoon, IL. The sale features over 700 lots. Here are a few shotguns that caught my eye.

Franchi Highlander 12 ga 3″: LNIB, 28″ barrels, screw in chokes, single trigger, ejectors

Browning Cynergy 28 ga: Satin Classic Field, NIB, screw in chokes, single trigger, ejectors, 28″ VR, walnut stock

Winchester 21 Skeet 20 ga: Field grade skeet, rare configuration, 26″ barrel, walnut stock, checkered butt, single trigger, ejectors, beaver tail forearm, solid rib, stamped skeet

Parker VH Grade Double 20 ga: MFG 1907, case hardened, factory 26″ barrel, choked Imp Cyl, full, hard to find gauge, model

12 gauge Parker VH, single selective trigger
12 gauge Parker VH, single selective trigger

Parker VH Grade Double 12 ga: MFG 1924, 1 1/2 size frame, selective single trigger, 28″ modified/full

 

 

 

Auction Alert: Krieghoff, Parker, Fox, Lefever, Colt & more…

Gunrunner Online Firearms Auctions
Gunrunner Online Auctions

Gunrunner Online Firearms auction is having their November sale right now. They’re auctioning off these shotguns today and through the rest of the week. Below are a few from the list that caught my eye. There are some nice looking doubles there – get on them now.

Krieghoff Model 32 Trap "Crown Grade", 12 ga. O/U, 4 barrels
Krieghoff Model 32 Trap “Crown Grade”, 12 ga. O/U, 4 barrels

-Krieghoff Model 32 Trap “Crown Grade”, 12 ga. O/U, 4 barrels, Hard Case

-Parker Trojan, 12 ga. side by side shotgun, 30″, mfg. 1926

-Ithaca-SKB Model 600, .410 ga. over/under, 28″, Scroll engraved

-Remington 3200 Special Trap, 12 ga. over/under shotgun, 30″

-Rizzini Express 90L Double Rifle, .30-06 cal. over/under, 20 ga. barrel, Hard Case, Italy

-Ithaca Grade 4E, 12 ga. side by side shotgun, 30″, Flues, mfg. 1920

-Browning Citori Lightning, 28 ga. over/under shotgun, 28″, Box

Colt 1883 Grade 2 double barrel shotgun
Colt 1883 Grade 2 double barrel shotgun

-Colt Model 1883 Grade 2, 12 ga. side by side shotgun, Engraved, 30″, 1886 mfg., Factory Letter

-Colt Model 1878, 10 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Factory Letter

-Ithaca Model 600, 20 ga. over/under shotgun, 28″ VR, Engraved, SKB mfg.

-Browning Liege, 12 ga. over/under shotgun, 26″ VR, IC/M, Belgium

LeFever Grade DS, 16 ga. side by side shotgun, 26″, F/F

16g Fox Sterlingworth side by side, 28" barrels
16g Fox Sterlingworth side by side, 28″ barrels

-A.H. Fox Sterlingworth, 16 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″

Is this Ithaca 20 gauge double barrel really an NID Skeet?

20 gauge Ithaca NID double barrel shotgun
20 gauge Ithaca NID double barrel shotgun

The Ithaca Gun Company was one of America’s most fertile and successful gunmakers. From 1885 to 1936, they made 470,000+ double barrel shotguns, more than any other maker in America.

Of these, one of the hardest to find today is an original Ithaca NID Skeet gun, especially a 20 gauge. So if the gun you see here is one, it’s a very rare, and desirable, double.

The New Ithaca Double side-by-side (aka NID) — was introduced in 1926 and discontinued around 1948. The first Skeet models were offered in 1935. They came with a single triggers, ejectors, “SKEET” choking, a beavertail forend, and twin ivory beads. A vent rib and rubber recoil pad were optional.

20 gauge Ithaca NID double barrel shotgun
20 gauge Ithaca NID double barrel shotgun

This 20 gauge Ithaca does hase some of these standard features. The “cylinder” may be SKEET chokes. Even thought the straight-gripped stock looks skinny through the wrist, it may be original, too. The only way you’ll really know is to research the serial.

Unfortunately, this is going to be tough to do. As of today, this Ithaca was already sold and on its way to a new home. I wonder if its new owner knows what might have?

20 gauge Ithaca NID double barrel shotgun
20 gauge Ithaca NID double barrel shotgun

 

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