The gun trade, like all trades, has always had its rogues. From gunmakers like H.J. Hussey to gunshops like New England Arms in Kittery Point, Maine.
From what I’ve heard, Frank Malin was another of these rogues. A Brit who set up a gunmaking business in Canada, Malin, and the guns his guys built, have been the subject of all kinds of rumors. You can read some of them here. Regarding his guns, I’ve seen a few of them out there, including one which sold for $$8,625 back in 2006.
In my opinion, the Malin side-by-side below looks more Spanish than British. That being said, the metal work, blueing, color-case harding, and stock are all very well done (the stock looks awesome, actually). If the entire guns checks out and is sound, it’s a great deal.
BTW: The folks at Cabela’s failed to mention that this shogun features a Holland & Holland-style self-opening system. You can clearly see the plungers in the pics of the barrels.
F.E. Malin Victoria Deluxe SxS Sidelock Shotgun ~ 20 Ga. ~ Two Barrel Set: Two barrel 20 ga. set by F.E. Malin, London, Ontario, Canada. Barrel sets are numbered and the Number 1 set have a couple of light storage marks on the left barrel. Number 2 set appears unfired and all bores remain excellent. Wood is also excellent. Action and sideplates are beautifully engraved and case colored and remain excellent. Wood is also excellent. Complete with leather case and all original accessories. Outstanding. Price: $5,649.99
Manufacturer: S/N – 81XXX
Caliber: 20 Ga.
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 28 in.
Triggers: Double / Non-Selective Safety
Stock: Checkered Walnut
15 in. LOP – English Grip
Fore End: Checkered Walnut – Splinter
Butt Pad: Checkered Butt
Weight: 6 lbs.
Sights: Single Brass Bead
Chokes: Set #1 ~ Cylinder/Improved Cylinder Set #2 ~ Modified/Improved Modified