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Boss & Co. - Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set - 12 ga
Boss & Co. – Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set – 12 ga

Boss & Co. – Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set – 12 gaAction: Sidelock, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Single, Grip: Straight Grip, Lop: 15 “, Type of butt: Checkered Wood, Drop comb: 1 5/8 “, Drop heel: 2 “, Cast amount: 1/4 “, Cast: Off, Weight: 6 lbs, 8 oz, Manufactured in: England, Finish: Case Colored, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Type of Case: Oak & Leather Case w/Accessories, First set of barrels: 12 ga, 28″, 2 3/4 ” chambers, Chokes: F/F, Second set: 12 ga, 28″, 2 3/4 ” chambers, Chokes: IC/M. Beautiful two barrel set, open assist in very good condition. Price: $80,000

Parker VHE .410 - 26” - Ejectors - “Remington Era” - Beavertail - Single Trigger - “Skeet In Skeet Out” - 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 - 5 lbs 15 ozs
Parker VHE .410 – 26” – Ejectors – “Remington Era” – Beavertail – Single Trigger – “Skeet In Skeet Out” – 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 – 5 lbs 15 ozs

Parker VHE .410 – 26” – Ejectors – “Remington Era” – Beavertail – Single Trigger – “Skeet In Skeet Out” – 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 – 5 lbs 15 ozs: SN: 237186 – Beyond Nice – Spectacular RARE!!  “000” Frame – ca. 1935 – CLEAN!  Price: $36,995 

Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels
Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels

Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels: For your consideration is an extremely rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga gun. Anyone who knows Lefever guns, knows well that the Lefever small bore guns simply don’t exist in nature. They are really rare and hard to find. This particular Lefever has gorgeous 28″ American Flag Damascus pattern. They are a thing of beauty!!!  The gun has DT, AE, and auto safety. The capped PG buttstock is checkered in a two-point pattern. The splinter forend is checkered in typical later FE pattern with engraved steel escutcheon. The action is engraved in typical FE pattern with flying duck on left, falling woodcock on right surrounded by light scroll engraving. The gun retains more than 1/2 of its original case color, particularly nice and dark on the left side and on top. Barrels retain about 85%+ original damascus pattern. Screws are all excellent and the gun is totally unmolested. The stocks are sound and measure 2″ DAC, 3-1/4″ DAH and LOP is 13-3/4″ over the original lined HRBP. Both barrels measure .620 on the money, and the chokes are .012 (right) and .020 (left). Min walls are about.028 in each barrel. The gun weighs right at 6lbs. This is an extremely rare gun and easily one of the top FE 20ga I have seen in more than 25 years of aggressively chasing Lefevers. Price: $6895 

Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61
Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61

Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61: 28″ tapered file finished rib choked IM/M, DT’s, ejectors, Greener crossbolt, double underlugs, full coverage game scenes of pursuing fox, grouse, flying waterfowl, all in woods & marshland, cocking indicators, deluxe checkered walnut straight stock, 2 piece forearm, 15″ LOP over 7/8″ matched solid pad. 97% bbl. & receiver finish, some light handling. Price: $2,899

Beretta 686 20 ga 28", with straight, English grip and Briley chokes
Beretta 686 20 ga 28″, with straight, English grip and Briley chokes

Beretta 686 20 ga 28″, with straight, English grip and Briley chokes: Comes with a spare PG stock and 5 Briley thin wall chokes. Price: $1,700

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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

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HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL MODEL SIDE BY SIDE DOUBLE RIFLE CHAMBERED 500/.465, FITTED WITH 26” BL
HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL MODEL SIDE BY SIDE DOUBLE RIFLE CHAMBERED 500/.465, FITTED WITH 26” BL

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL MODEL SIDE BY SIDE DOUBLE RIFLE CHAMBERED 500/.465, FITTED WITH 26” BLPRE OWNED, HARDLY SHOT. MANUFACTURED IN 1907. FIXED SIGHT REGULATED FOR 30 YARDS, THREE FOLDING AT 100, 200, 300 YARDS. FLIP UP MOON SIGHT. ENGRAVED WITH BORDER SCROLL, MAKERS NAME ON LOCK PLATE.  DELUXE GRADE WALNUT, FULL PISTOL GRIP WITH CAP BOX, LOP 14 ½” INCLUDING 1 “ RECOIL PAD.  LEVER FOREND.  DOUBLE TRIGGER, FRONT ARTICULATED, NON-AUTO SAFETY. WEIGHT: 10LBS 11OZ. Price: $64,900

 

Ithaca 10 gauge NID Grade 3 SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
Ithaca 10 gauge NID Grade 3 SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Ithaca 10 gauge NID Grade 3 SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: Price: $7,950
Serial Number: 433760
Barrels: 32 inches
Action: SE
Triggers: Double Trigger
Gauge: 10 Gauge
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: 1 inch
LOP: 14 5/8 inches
Weight: 8 1/2 lbs.

Aug. Francotte Sidelock Ejector 12 Bore Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Aug. Francotte Sidelock Ejector 12 Bore Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Aug. Francotte Sidelock Ejector 12 Bore Side-by-Side Double Barrel ShotgunFully Engraved. Gun is of Exceptional condition and quality.  Sidelock guns from this maker are rarely encountered.   Engraving is superbly well done. Gun retains 95% original blue. Bores are excellent.  Excellent w ell figured wood is impeccably well checkered.  Hidden third fastener barrels are tight on face.  This sidelock gun certainly ranks up here with the worlds “Best Guns” rating – with a lifetime of service included. Price: $6995 
Barrels: 28 3/8″ (72 cm) Bore dia. .729 L & .728 R. Min. Walls. .025 R & .025 L
Chokes: Mod & Full.  .023 & .038.
Butt: Checkered
L.O.P.: 14 5/8 to center of butt.
Weight: 6 lbs. 6.2 oz.
Stock Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 2 1/8 x 14 5/8 with 3/8 cast off

Parker VHE 16 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm
Parker VHE 16 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker VHE 16 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter ForearmThis Parker has 28” barrels with 2 1/2” chambers and choke constrictions that measure .025 right and .027 left. The bores are clean and shiny and measure .667 right and .664 left. The barrels retain 90% of their original finish and have a single silver bead on a solid rib. There are various light handling marks, light freckling and a couple of thinned areas where someone tried to steel wool some rust off. The rib is marked PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CT. U.S.A. VULCAN. STEEL. The #1 frame has 50% original case coloring. The trigger guard retains 10% original bluing. Double triggers, ejectors, automatic safety. The forearm and buttstock have had varnish added and have various light scratches and dings in them. Length of pull is 14 1/4” to the front trigger over a Parker hard rubber butt plate. Drop at comb: 1 1/2”, drop at heel: 2 3/8”, weight: 6.6 lbs. Mechanics are good. Price: $5,250 

Charles Lancaster 12 ga. Percussion SxS Double
Charles Lancaster 12 ga. Percussion SxS Double

Charles Lancaster 12 ga. Percussion SxS Double: Circa 1840s, S/N 1989, 12 ga. percussion, 30″ Damascus barrels bear initials “CL”.  Rib inscribed “Charles Lancaster 151 New Bond Street London”.  Nice original example with some repair to the top left hammer.  Wonderful stock, original checkering, fire-blued steel buttplate.  Bores appear mint.  Shot and powder flasks, tools in leather pouch, original maker’s oak case. This is a best gun of the period. Lancaster began in 1811 as a gun barrel maker, then set up shop as a gunmaker at 151 New Bond Street, building guns of the highest quality.  His barrels were used in the early guns of Joseph Manton and James Purdey.  Really neat ” barn find”.  Price: $2,500 

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Ithaca Grade 2 Flues 16 Gauge SxS STUNNING 98% FACTORY CONDITION
Ithaca Grade 2 Flues 16 Gauge SxS STUNNING 98% FACTORY CONDITION

Ithaca Grade 2 Flues 16 Gauge SxS STUNNING 98% FACTORY CONDITION: SN274592 6lbs 5oz, SxS. Price: $3,950
Barrel Length: 28″
Chokes: .006/.019 IC/M
Ejectors or Extractors: extractors
Case Color: 97% vivid factory
Screws: perfect
Trigger Guard Color: 93% factory
Type: capped pistol grip/splinter forend
LOP: 14 1/8″
LOP To End Of Wood: 13 3/4″
DAH:  2 5/8″
DAC: 1 5/8
Cast: 0
Checkering Condition: excellent factory
Butt Treatment: factory plate

PARKER 28” VHE 16 GAUGE FACTORY STRAIGHT GRIP EJECTORS CHOKED MOD & IC #1 FRAME
PARKER 28” VHE 16 GAUGE FACTORY STRAIGHT GRIP EJECTORS CHOKED MOD & IC #1 FRAME

PARKER 28” VHE 16 GAUGE FACTORY STRAIGHT GRIP EJECTORS CHOKED MOD & IC #1 FRAMEVery nice 16 ga Parker VHE original straight grip with great dimensions 14 3/8 LOP 1 3/8 DAC & 2 ½ DAH and 28” barrels 2 5/8” chambers choked .015 Mod & .010 IC, all matching S/N including the stock Keith Kearcher refinished the wood and it came out beautiful. I did not have to do anything to the metal as the bluing is still good & CC still on the receiver. The bores are good but some light flaking out towards the choke but they are surface only. Price: $3150

 

B. JENKINSON DELUXE BOXLOCK 12GA S/S, BY G & S HOLLOWAY BIRMINGHAM: 28″ BBLS, 2 3/4 ORIGINAL PROOFS, CHOKED IC/1/2, RAISED GAME RIB, EJECTORS, DBL TRIGGERS, GORGEOUS HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, ST/SP, LOP 15″ TO BEST LEATHER PAD, 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 6LBS 11OZ, 98% ORIGINAL, VERY LITTLE USE! Price: $2,995

B. JENKINSON DELUXE BOXLOCK 12GA S/S, BY G & S HOLLOWAY BIRMINGHAM
B. JENKINSON DELUXE BOXLOCK 12GA S/S, BY G & S HOLLOWAY BIRMINGHAM
Joseph Defourny Side By Side 12 Ga Boxlock Shotgun
Joseph Defourny Side By Side 12 Ga Boxlock Shotgun

Joseph Defourny Side By Side 12 Ga Boxlock Shotgun: $1,539.99

S/N 6815
Caliber: 12 Ga
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 29.5 Inches
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered Pistol Grip
Fore End: Checkered
Butt Pad: 14 Inches

Husqvarna 12 gauge Deluxe SxS Boxlock Shotgun27 1/2″ full/full barrels,double triggers,extractors,scroll engraved casecolored receiver with original laquer on the casecolors,fancy wood,95% bluing,very nice. Price: $999

Husqvarna 12 gauge Deluxe SxS Boxlock Shotgun
Husqvarna 12 gauge Deluxe SxS Boxlock Shotgun

Elusive & mysterious: The 12g Parker half frame ….

Parker VHE Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm
Parker VHE Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker shotguns are filled with myths and mysteries:The true origins of the Czar’s Parker; the whereabouts of the three Invincibles. While some of the mysteries have been solved, others, like the “why” of the 1/2 Frame, remain.

Parker started building 1/2 guns in the fall of 1937–after the company had been sold to Remington and moved to Ilion, NY. Before the internet, a serious Parker collector would have been lucky to see one of these doubles in his lifetime. Today, thanks to a wired world, you can check out three of them.

Parker GHE Grade 2 Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker VHE Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Rare Parker GHE Grade 2 Side by Side Shotgun 12 Gauge ½ Frame 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Splinter Forearm

Parker VHE Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm
Parker VHE Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Michael McIntosh wrote a bit about the 1/2 frame. He speculated that it was Parker’s attempt to create  a British-style, 12g gamegun (basically a 12g weighs around 6 3/4 lbs and shooting a 1 1/8oz load). In Parker Guns: The Old Reliable, fellow author Ed Muderlak disagreed and dedicated a full chapter and 10+ pages of his book to prying apart McIntosh’s thesis.

Neither proved anything. One just told better tale while the other presented a sounder argument. But at the end of Chapter 5: Circumstantial Evidence, Muderlak states the one thing we really know about these shotguns: “… nobody knows what Remington had on its corporate mind when it retooled for the half-frame in 1937.”

 

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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

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FLLI RIZZINI R1E SXS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
FLLI RIZZINI R1E SXS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

FLLI RIZZINI R1E SXS 12 GAUGEMADE 1975 28″ IC AND MOD 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION OAK AND LEATHER CASED 6LB 11 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 14 1/2 THIS IS THE SAME GUN PICTURED ON THE BACK COVER OF SHOOTING SPORTSMAN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2008. Price: $29,500

Piotti Monaco 12ga SxS SLE single trigger: A spectacular gun with very little use  as new  28 3/8 in Barrels with chokes  Holland Sidelock action  Italys finest  14 1/4  LOP to a checkered butt  Single Trigger  beavertail forearm   Cased  Gorgeous wood  the gun is as new in case  priced at 1/3 of replacement cost. Price: $17,999

Piotti Monaco 12ga SxS SLE single trigger shotgun
Piotti Monaco 12ga SxS SLE single trigger shotgun
Parker VHE 16 Gauge SxS - MINTY, UNTOUCHED, 6LB 2OZ, UNTOUCHED
Parker VHE 16 Gauge SxS – MINTY, UNTOUCHED, 6LB 2OZ, UNTOUCHED

Parker VHE 16 Gauge SxS – MINTY, UNTOUCHED, 6LB 2OZ, UNTOUCHEDParker, Year 1930, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 3oz, Side by Side. Serial Number: 232983. There are LOTS of Parker VHE16ga. guns out there for sale, but this one stands above.  Look at the wood to metal fit, the checkering, the screws…they are factory original and superb.  All of the finishes, including the wood finish, are factory original and untouched.  Virtually 98% factory case color remains on the receiver, bold and vivid (keep in mind the photo flash washes out some of the vividness.  The colors show better in person).  There is  98% factory original blue on the barrels.  There is not one crack or split or repair anywhere in the wood, and the gun measures 14 1/4″ to the factory dogs head butt plate.  The 26″ barrels have no dings or pits, a few light handling marks, mirror perfect bores, unaltered 2 9/16″ chambers, rough barrel weight stamped at 3-2 (which is lighter than most every “O” frame 16ga. you will find), and crisp clear lettering and rib matting. Even the factory jewelling at the breech face remains strong and clear (see photos). Price: $8,950

W & C SCOTT - 12 MOD CHATSWORTH DELUXE- SCOTT'S HIGHEST GRADE BOXLOCK- 1984- 28" Bbls.- SKT.I & SKT.II- DBL. TRIGGERS
W & C SCOTT – 12 MOD CHATSWORTH DELUXE- SCOTT’S HIGHEST GRADE BOXLOCK- 1984- 28″ Bbls.- SKT.I & SKT.II- DBL. TRIGGERS

W & C SCOTT – 12 MOD CHATSWORTH DELUXE- SCOTT’S HIGHEST GRADE BOXLOCK- 1984- 28″ Bbls.- SKT.I & SKT.II- DBL. TRIGGERS: #146985, W & C Scott Gunmakers, Birmingham, England: A W. C. Scott SxS Model Chatsworth 12 Bore Made 1984, This was Scott’s highest grade boxlock in the 1980 to 1990 period, There were about 200 Model Chatsworth built, This gun is with 28″ Ejector barrels at .732 .004 & .012″ (Skt.I & Skt.II), 2 3/4″ chambers, Double triggers, Scalloped action back, Excellent wood with excellent black/brown contrast, Carved shoulders at the knuckle of the forend, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 15 x 1 3/8 x 2″ over a checkered butt, Cast-Off for the right hand, 6 lbs. 6 oz., 98% coverage of floral & scroll that has more depth than lower grade models, Initialed escutcheon in the stock line, The gun retains 98% original case colors, The barrels retain 98% original blue, The original wood finish remains at 97%, The checkering is at 99%, The breech face retains 95% case colors. The gun is tight as new and the barrels ring with a pronounced chime. This gun is cased in the maker’s leather trunk with accessories and a trade label. The gun was bought new in 1985 from Holland & Holland for 3,330 pound Sterling with the case and has been a one owner gun since. That was right at $4657 U.S. dollars in 1985. Abercrombie & Fitch imported several of the roughly 200 Model Chatsworth’s made in the 1980 to 1990 period. This piece doesn’t have any apologies and remains in excellent plus condition.  Here is a piece that came from the Premier Works after Webley & Scott discontinued their production in 1979. In 1980 Mr. Patrick Whatley was the managing director of the new W&C Scott shop and had about 26 craftsmen at the facility, most from Webley & Scott. Mr. Whatley began as a gunmaker with Webley & Scott in 1947. Then in 1985 Holland & Holland bought all the assets of W&C Scott and it continued on from there with the Scott and H&H then offered their own new boxlock gun. Price: $6,500

Winchester Model 21 - 12 Gauge - marked Skeet & Trap - AAA Walnut - with Cody Letter
Winchester Model 21 – 12 Gauge – marked Skeet & Trap – AAA Walnut – with Cody Letter

Winchester Model 21 – 12 Gauge – marked Skeet & Trap – AAA Walnut – with Cody LetterWinchester Model 21 – 12 Gauge – marked Skeet and Trap – straight grip – 28″ Barrels – WS1 and WS2 – single select trigger – select auto eject – Beautiful AAA walnut stock and forend with checkered butt – 14″ LOP – double bead – with Cody letter. Price: $6,495

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

Auction alert: L.C. Smith Crown, Parker AHE & VHE, Fox XE, Winchester 21s..

Alderfer Auction & Appraisal in Hatfield, PA, is having a firearms sale tomorrow, July 15, 2014,  @12:00 PM EST. If you’re into American side-by-sides, this is a sale you’ll want to check out. There are nice guns by L.C. Smith, Parker Bros., A.H. Fox, Winchesters, and Ithaca. Here are a few of the ones that caught my eye:

20g LC Smith Crown Grade side by side double barrel shotgun
20g LC Smith Crown Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

Lot 120: LC Smith Crown Grade side by side double barrel shotgun: 20 ga. 26″ bbls. IM/Full chokes. SN 6421E. Blued finish on barrels, ejectors, Hunter Selective single trigger, full case colored receiver and locks, side locks are highly engraved with game dog scenes, excellent bores, white bead front and middle sights, middle bead is slightly worn, checkered walnut stock and forend show little to no handling marks, rubber buttplate, top of barrel rib is checkered and is stamped “Made to Order by the Fulton Arms Co Fulton NY”. All serial numbers match. Bore diameter: right – .620, left – .619. Bore restrictions: right – .020, left – .022. Chambers: 2-1/2″. Drop at comb: 1-5/8″, drop at heel: 2-3/4″. Weight: 5 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 13-5/16″ over 1″ silvers type pad. Estimated Price: $15,000 – $20,000

Lot 121: Parker Bros DHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 20 ga. 32″ bbls. Full/Full chokes. SN 222427. Blued finish on barrels, excellent bores, full case colored engraved receiver showing hunting dog on both sides, ejectors, double triggers, steel bead front sight, white bead middle sight, engraved barrel rib is stamped “Parker Bros Makers Merideth CT USA Titanic Steel”, walnut stock and forend show little to no handling marks, Parker Bros marked black pistol grip cap, leather buttpad. All serial numbers match. Bore diameter: right – .622, left – .622. Bore restrictions: right – .027, left – .026. Chambers: 2-3/4″. Drop at comb: 1-5/8″, drop at heel: 2-5/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 15 oz. LOP: 14-5/16″ over 1-1/4″ leather covered pad. Estimated Price: $6,000 – $10,000

Parker Bros DHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun.
20g Parker Bros DHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun, 32″ bbls
20g Parker Bros BHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun
20g Parker Bros BHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

Lot 122: Parker Bros BHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 20 ga. 25-7/8″ bbls. Skeet/IM chokes. SN 166563. Reblued finish on barrels, barrels have been shortened by a little bit, single bead steel front sight, nearly full case colored receiver, receiver is highly engraved with a pair of hunting dogs on both sides, bores are slightly dirty but look good, double triggers, straight grip checkered walnut stock and forend show very minor handling marks, barrel rib is stamped “Parker Bros Makers Meriden Conn ACME Steel”, original skeleton buttplate. All serial numbers match. Bore diameter: right – .625, left – .628. Bore restrictions: right – .004, left – .021. Chambers: 2-3/4″. Drop at comb: 1-7/8″, drop at heel: 3-1/2″. Weight: 5 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14″ over skeleton butt. Estimated Price: $12,000 – $16,000

28g Parker Bros AHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun
28g Parker Bros AHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

Lot 123: Parker Bros AHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 28 ga. 26″ bbls. Modified/Full chokes. SN 188861. Original blued finish on metal, over 70% original case color, “00” frame, some very small spots of light oxidation on underside of receiver, checkered walnut stock and forend show handling marks with a few being deep, receiver shows quail game scene on left side and pheasant scene on right, underside engraving shows hunting dog, barrel rib is stamped “Parker Bros Makers Meriden Conn ACME Steel”, lever mechanism sometimes sticks preventing the gun from closing, simply pushing lever to the right allows gun to close, single steel bead front sight, double triggers, skeleton buttplate. All serial numbers match. Bore diameter: right – .560, left – .556. Bore restrictions: right – .016, left – .023. Chambers: 2-1/2″. Drop at comb: 1-5/8″, drop at heel: 2-5/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/16″ over skeleton buttplate. Estimated Price: $30,000 – $40,000

AH Fox XE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 12 ga.
AH Fox XE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 12 ga.

Lot 125: AH Fox XE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 12 ga. 30″ bbls. Modified/Full chokes. SN 25397. Blued finish on barrels, excellent bores, Kautzky single selective trigger, white bead front and middle sights, highly engraved receiver shows grouse scene on left side, duck scene on right and a fox scene on underside, approximately 40% of case color remaining, checkered walnut stock shows little to no handling marks, right side of stock does have a small stress crack just behind receiver, appears to be restocked but the forearm appears to be original, after market rubber buttpad. Slight dent in left barrel forward of forend. Left side barrel is stamped “Made by AH Fox Gun Co Phila PA USA”, right side barrel is stamped “Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel”. All serial numbers match. Bore diameter: right – .731, left – .730. Bore restrictions: right – .023, left – .039. Chambers: 2-1/2″. Drop at comb: 2″, drop at heel: 3-1/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz. LOP: 14″ over 1″ Old English pad. Very good. Estimated Price: $3,000 – $5,000

28g Parker Bros VHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun
28g Parker Bros VHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

Lot 137: Parker Bros VHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 28 ga. 26″ bbls. Skeet/M chokes. SN 145394. Blued finish on barrels, little to no case color left on receiver, newer checkered walnut stock by Remington and forend show little to no handling marks, bores are slightly dirty but look good, double triggers, steel bead front sight, black pistol-grip cap has the engraved name of prior owner, checkered black plastic buttplate is intact. All serial numbers match. Barrel rib is stamped “Parker Brothers Makers Meriden Conn Vulcan Steel”. Bore diameter: right – .556, left – .559. Bore restrictions: right – .004, left – .012. Chambers: 2-3/4″. Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz. 0 Frame. Excellent. Estimated Price: $6,000 – $12,000

Ithaca Grade 4E side by side double barrel shotgun. 16 ga
Ithaca Grade 4E side by side double barrel shotgun. 16 ga

Lot 138: Ithaca Grade 4E side by side double barrel shotgun. 16 ga. 30″ bbls. Full/Modified chokes. SN 326745. Blued finish on metal, full case colored receiver, receiver shows a few small areas of light freckling, bores are very dirty, underside of barrel shows an area where the factory sling attachment has been removed and stock shows a hole where the sling stud would have been, double triggers have an oxidized green finish, checkered walnut stock and forend show handling marks, factory black plastic buttplate shows minor chips. All serial numbers match. Estimated Price: $500 – $900

Good gun alert: 16 gauge Parker VHE, 28″ barrels…

16 gauge Parker VHE double barrel side-by-side, 28" barrels
16 gauge Parker VHE double barrel side-by-side, 28″ barrels

Here’s a good deal on a great little bird gun. It’s a 16 gauge Parker VHE with 28″ barrels. The VH-grade was Parker’s most basic graded shotgun, and one step up from their more streamlined Trojan models.

Parker introduced it VH line of hammerless doubles in 1899 and they offered them right up to the company’s end. In that time, they made a lot of them – 78,670.

Here’s more about this one from the seller:

Parker VHE 16 Bore: #1 frame,16 Bore, SN 235XXX, 28″ IC/M, no pitting inside or out, barrels have turned a nice pertina, original wood finish with normal use marks. Original dog’s head buttplate. Very nice shooter or a great canidate for upgrading. Price: $2750

16 gauge Parker VHE double barrel side-by-side, 28" barrels
16 gauge Parker VHE double barrel side-by-side, 28″ barrels

 

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: Parker A-1 Special, L.C. Smith Monogram & more…

12 gauge Parker A-1 Special Dside-by-side shotgun, 2 barrel set
12 gauge Parker A-1 Special side-by-side shotgun, 2 barrel set

Bonhams Fall, 2012 Antique Arms & Armor and Modern Sporting Guns sale is on Monday, November 12. If you click here, you should be to see all the shotguns in the sale.

This year’s sale is in San Francisco, CA, which is nice for American buyers. You can bid away and not have to worry about the hassle of importing any lots you win. Good luck.

Lot 3389: A 20 gauge Parker Brothers VHE Grade boxlock shotgun with hang tag and factory letter.

Lot 3391: 16 gauge DHE Grade Parker Brothers boxlock ejector shotgun. This is a late gun with lots of original condition. Very hard to find like this.

 

12 gauge Parker A-1 Special Dside-by-side shotgun, 2 barrel set
12 gauge Parker A-1 Special side-by-side shotgun, 2 barrel set

Lot 3392: 12 gauge A-1 Special Parker Brothers boxlock shotgun two barrel set. After these three Invincibles, the A-1 Specials were the highest grade shotguns Parker ever created. They introduced the first one around 1907 and about 79 in all.

Lot 3393: 20 gauge Winchester Model 21 boxlock trap shotgun

Lot 3394: 12 gauge L.C. Smith Monogram Grade sidelock ejector shotgun with hang tag and factory letter. Made in 1924. Another rare America side by side. Introduced in 1895 and offered until 1945, L.C. Smith made fewer than 250 of these shotguns.

12 gauge L.C. Smith Monogram Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge L.C. Smith Monogram Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
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