Avoiding Double Trouble – A Beginner’s Guide to Vintage Shotguns …

Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:

Avoiding Double Trouble – A Beginner’s Guide to Vintage Shotguns

This article originally appeared in Issue Zero of Project Upland Magazine.

“What do you love about bird hunting? For me, it’s everything from the clanging of dog bells and the smell of woodsmoke outside my cabin at night to the bittersweet emotions I feel when I kill a bird as beautiful as a woodcock.

Of course, I also love the guns, especially vintage side by-sides.

W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel side by side shotgun
W. & C. Scott Premier double barrel side by side shotgun

I’ve been obsessed with old side-by-sides for decades now. I’ve owned ones by all the major American makers, and I’ve owned others from the United Kingdom and other European makers. I actually haven’t owned a gun—like a Holland & Holland Royal or a Dickson Round Action, but I’ve held many examples in my hands. Even with all this experience, I learn new things about old shotguns all the time.

So if you’re looking to buy a vintage shotgun, trust me when I say there’s a lot you need to know before you buy one. Here’s a crash course to get you going. Before we begin, I’ll also give you a warning: Old doubles are addictive. Don’t be surprised (or sorry) if you find yourself spending hours learning about them and looking for the perfect one. It will be time well spent …”

Read all of Avoiding Double Trouble – A Beginner’s Guide to Vintage Shotguns at the Project Upland site.

Custom dog portrait, hand engraved on a Beretta SO shotgun
Custom dog portrait, hand engraved on a Beretta SO shotgun

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