Auction alert: 20g Beretta BL-4 OU shotgun, ends 12/3 …

Beretta, Model BL-4, 20 Ga, OU Shotgun
Beretta, Model BL-4, 20 Ga, OU Shotgun

Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of my favorite OUs. Ward’s Collectibles in Dallas, OR, has this 20g Beretta BL-4 in their online auction and the listing ends Friday, 12/3.

Introduced in the ’60s, Beretta’s BL grade OUs were imported into the US by the Garcia Corp through the ’70s.

Beretta, Model BL-4, 20 Ga, OU Shotgun
Beretta, Model BL-4, 20 Ga, OU Shotgun

The BLs feature a shallow, low profile action scaled to match the gauge. They were priced to be values – not cheap, but well made guns at fair prices. They came in a number of grades, with the BL-5s being the highest. All of them were rugged, reliable doubles, built to deliver a lot of quality for a fair amount of money.

Beretta, Model BL-4, 20 Ga, OU Shotgun
Beretta, Model BL-4, 20 Ga, OU Shotgun

Beretta, Model BL-4, 20 Ga: MFG. Late 1960’s, SN: X11025, O/U Take-down Shotgun, 28” Matted Vent Rib barrels, 3” chamber, F/M, Ejectors. The original capped pistol grip & checkered stocks are excellent, with original finish & a few minor finish level scrapes or scuffs. The original metal blue finish is 98% on barrels, with the blue on the receiver toning a lovely plum. The receiver displays fine scroll & accent hand engraving. Bores are excellent, Beretta Trident buttplate. Gold trigger. Fitted with mid & front bead. Excellent overall condition.

Beretta, Model BL-4, 20 Ga, OU Shotgun
Beretta, Model BL-4, 20 Ga, OU Shotgun

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Exceptionally rare and near mint Lightweight Parker CHE 12ga game gun with ventilated rib - Straight stocked w/ double triggers - a true rarity!
Exceptionally rare and near mint Lightweight Parker CHE 12ga game gun with ventilated rib – Straight stocked w/ double triggers – a true rarity!

Exceptionally rare and near mint Lightweight Parker CHE 12ga game gun with ventilated rib – Straight stocked w/ double triggers – a true rarity: Very rare gun made in 1927 on a #1 Frame, this Parker CHE Grade with 28″ Acme Steel barrels that have factory original Ventilated rib.  Made with splinter forend, nickel plated double triggers, straight grip buttstock with very fine French Walnut, which terminates with an older Silvers type pad.  The gun matches the serialization book exactly as found and is engraved in typical CHE Grade pattern with large flying goose on the trigger plate.

Known as an option “21” in the Parker Gun Identification and Serialization book, this is an exceptionally rare gun.  The barrels retain more than 98% original blue.  The frame retains virtually all of its bold original case color.  The trigger guard retains more than 95% of its original blue.  Stocks are excellent to near mint with nearly all of their original hand rubbed finish remaining with only minor handling marks.  Bores are brilliant and shiny and the mechanics are crisp.  The breechface shows almost no use and this is very much a near mint gun.  Metal and wood finishes are guaranteed original. Price: $21,500 

CASED PAIR OF MERKEL O/U DOUBLE RIFLES IN CALIBER 8X60MM
CASED PAIR OF MERKEL O/U DOUBLE RIFLES IN CALIBER 8X60MM

CASED PAIR OF MERKEL O/U DOUBLE RIFLES IN CALIBER 8X60MM:
The guns are fitted in an English oak and leather style case with brass corners. Interior is green felt that shows some wear but in generally good condition. No accessories other than a couple of leather straps. The guns complement each other very well. Both have about 95% barrel blue and about 75-80% clean case colors. Receivers are nicely engraved with one being a bit more elaborate than the other. One has a 13-1/2 inch LOP and the other has 14-1/2 inch LOP. Both have a 2-piece forearm. One is in the 15k serial range and the other is in the 19k serial range. Both have cheek pieces, sling swivels, fine bores and excellent mechanics. A nice little outfit. Perhaps a husband and wife shooting ensemble. Price: $13,500. for pair.

SxS Garbi 103A Special 12 Gauge
SxS Garbi 103A Special 12 Gauge

SxS Garbi 103A Special 12 Gauge: Top quality Spanish made sidelock double field gun with 30″” barrels choked Mod/Imp Cyl. Finely engraved with rose & scroll on case colored locks. Has double triggers with articulated front trigger, and auto ejectors. The stock is of beautiful figured walnut, with a Prince of Wales grip. LOP is 15″” over recoil pad. The gun is in perfect condition, hardly used, and comes in a Garbi marked canvas and leather case. A fine game gun, ready for the field. Price: $8,950

CSMC RBL 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
CSMC RBL 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

CSMC RBL 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun: Outstanding CSMC RBL 20 Guage.  English stock, Double Trigger, exhibition American Walnut feather crotch wood.  Case and original accessories included.  You will not find one nicer. Barrel Length: 28″ Condition: Excellent Metal Condition: Excellent Wood Condition: Excellent Bore Condition: Excellent Triggers: Double. Price: $4,200

Sauer Royal 16GA SxS Shotgun
Sauer Royal 16GA SxS Shotgun

Sauer Royal 16GA SxS Shotgun: Ejectors, made in 1951, 28M&F, Lop 14 3/8 to the original Sauer butt plate, 2 3/4 chambers, weight 6lb 7oz, stocked with 0 cast. As you can see, the trigger was slightly bent for left hand shooter. This gun is in excellent original new condition. Price: $2,850

Online auction alert: Spanish Armes de Chasse Armas Gil 20 Ga Sidelock SxS …

Armes de Chasse Armas Gil 20 Ga Sidelock Top-break Side by Side SxS Shotgun 28" & 30" Barrels, Cased
Armes de Chasse Armas Gil 20 Ga Sidelock Top-break Side by Side SxS Shotgun 28″ & 30″ Barrels, Cased

I’ve been chasing shotguns for decades now, but I still come across makers I know nothing about. Armas Gil is one of them, and this 20g sidelock by them is  on Gunbroker.com is one of them. All I can say is that I this gun looks like a standard, entry-level Spanish sidelock and appears to be in very original condition.

It’s on Gunbroker.com now with no reserve. The listing end Sunday, 11/28/2021, @ 8:26 PM. Here are all the details about the gun from the seller:

Armes de Chasse Armas Gil 20 Ga Sidelock Top-break Side by Side SxS Shotgun 28" & 30" Barrels, Cased
Armes de Chasse Armas Gil 20 Ga Sidelock Top-break Side by Side SxS Shotgun 28″ & 30″ Barrels, Cased

Armes de Chasse Armas Gil 20 Ga Sidelock Top-break Side by Side SxS Shotgun 28″ & 30″ Barrels, Cased: Serial#: 28-03-009-01 Year of Manufacture: Circa 2003 Gauge: 20 Gauge Action Type: Top-Break Sidelock Dual-Trigger Side by Side Shotgun with Ejectors

Armes de Chasse Armas Gil 20 Ga Sidelock Top-break Side by Side SxS Shotgun 28" & 30" Barrels, Cased
Armes de Chasse Armas Gil 20 Ga Sidelock Top-break Side by Side SxS Shotgun 28″ & 30″ Barrels, Cased

Markings: There are two sets of the barrels that come with the shotgun. The first set which is 30” is marked “ARMES DE CHASSE GAME GUN. HARTFORD. NC 27944 No 28” on the top of the left barrel. The bottom of the left barrel is marked with a single star (indicating the barrel is choked full) and “159”. The left barrel’s flat is marked “20-76”, “ARMAS GIL”, features the serial number “28-03-009-01”, has Spanish proof marks and “1200 bar”. The bottom of the right barrel is marked “159” over three stars (indicating the barrel is choked modified). The right barrel’s flat is marked “20-76”, “1198”, has three Spanish proofs and “1200”. The bottom of the barrel lug is marked “28”.

Armes de Chasse Armas Gil 20 Ga Sidelock Top-break Side by Side SxS Shotgun 28" & 30" Barrels, Cased
Armes de Chasse Armas Gil 20 Ga Sidelock Top-break Side by Side SxS Shotgun 28″ & 30″ Barrels, Cased

The second set of barrels which is 28” is marked “ARMES DE CHASSE GAME GUN. HARTFORD. NC 27944 No 28” on the top of the left barrel. The bottom of the left barrel is marked with two stars (indicating the barrel is choked improved modified) and “159”. The left barrel’s flat is marked “20-76”, “ARMAS GIL”, features the serial number “28-03-009-01”, has Spanish proof marks and “1200 bar”. The bottom of the right barrel is marked “MG” and “159” over four stars (indicating the barrel is choked improved cylinder). The right barrel’s flat is marked “20-76”, “1114”, has three Spanish proofs and “1200”. The bottom of the barrel lug is marked “28”.

Armes de Chasse Armas Gil 20 Ga Sidelock Top-break Side by Side SxS Shotgun 28" & 30" Barrels, Cased
Armes de Chasse Armas Gil 20 Ga Sidelock Top-break Side by Side SxS Shotgun 28″ & 30″ Barrels, Cased

The top of the forend is marked “600” on the wood. The metal parts of the forend have rose and scroll engravings. The receiver and trigger guard are covered in rose and scroll engravings. The water table is marked “20-70”, “ARMAS GIL” and the serial number on the left side. The right side of the water table is marked “20-70” and features three Spanish proofs. The middle of the water table is marked “28”.  The bottom tang is marked “No. 009-01”. There is a brass medallion on the belly marked “D”.

Barrel Length: The F/M barrels are 30” and the IM/IC barrels are 28”

Choke: The 30” set of barrels is choked Full on the left and Modified on the right. The 28” set of barrels is choked Improved Modified on the left and Improved Cylinder on the right. All the chokes are fixed.

Weight: 6 pounds, 9 ounces with 30” barrel and 6 pounds, 5.9 ounces with the 28” barrel

Sights/ Optics: The front sight on both barrels is a brass bead at the muzzle end of the rib. The ribs on both sets of barrels are serrated to reduce glare.

Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The stocks are two-piece smooth wood featuring a checkered forend, checkered straight wrist, straight comb, and the rear end of the butt is checkered. The stocks have some light handling marks but they lack any notable defects. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering remains sharp. The LOP is 15” from the front trigger and 14.25” from the back trigger to the rear end of the butt. The approximate drop at the comb is 1.5” and 2.25” at the heel with the 28” barrel and the approximate drop at the comb is 1.5” and 2.25” at the heel with the 30” barrel. Overall, the stocks are in Fine-Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blue and Case Color

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The four bores are all bright and have no erosion.

Overall Condition: The shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The shotgun has some light handling marks on its metal parts but lacks any notable defects, including both sets of barrels. The markings remain clear. The screwheads are serviceable. Overall, the shotgun is in Fine-Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The receiver features cocking indicators. The shotgun also has a side plate lever on the left side plate  which allows the user to remove the side plates. The barrels lock up with no play to the receiver. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box Paperwork and Accessories: The shotgun comes in a leather carrying case with green cushioning, two leather straps for securing the case, beige strap, a container for oil, a cleaning rod, a black leather container with the cleaning rod brushes in addition to a set of keys for locking the case, two metal snap caps, two yellow snap caps and four orange snap caps. The case has some light handling marks but it remains in Excellent condition. The leather straps have only light handling marks and remain in Fine condition.

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REMINGTON 1894 EE GRADE 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN
REMINGTON 1894 EE GRADE 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

REMINGTON 1894 EE GRADE 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN: 28 inch barrels with excellent bores. Choked Full and Mod. Pistol grip walnut stocks 14 LOP. 2-piece steel buttplate. Checkering is excellent. Receiver has game scenes on both sides. The bottom has a deer scene. According to Charley Simmer there were less half a dozen EE grade made in the 16 gauge. I have this in my personal collection for many years. Price: $39,500

PERAZZI GORGEOUS MUST SEE!! Very RARE Perazzi SHO SIDELOCK Perazzi !! 12 ga 2 Barrel set 31" and 28" PRISTINE CONDITION
PERAZZI GORGEOUS MUST SEE!! Very RARE Perazzi SHO SIDELOCK Perazzi !! 12 ga 2 Barrel set 31″ and 28″ PRISTINE CONDITION

PERAZZI GORGEOUS MUST SEE!! Very RARE Perazzi SHO SIDELOCK Perazzi !! 12 ga 2 Barrel set 31″ and 28″ PRISTINE CONDITION: 31″ Barrel 12 ga  IM/FULL, 28″ Barrel 12ga LM/Mod, Original Perazzi Case Color Hardened with Factory Engraving. Condition is 99%  Stunning wood with Approximate stock dimensions 14.5″ LOP 1.5″ DAC 1.75″ DAH This is one of the very few Perazzi SHO Sidelock guns ever produced, and it is in very spectacular shape. A true show piece and work horse that is built tough as nails by Perazzi and will only go up in value! This Perazzi make absolute puff balls on the clays course and absolutely dominates in the pigeon ring and colombaire bringing birds down like wet rags. Price: $25,000

CSMC RBL "Reserve" 28ga 30" SKT&IC, AS NEW
CSMC RBL “Reserve” 28ga 30″ SKT&IC, AS NEW

CSMC RBL “Reserve” 28ga 30″ SKT&IC, AS NEW: Model  RBL “Reserve”. Configuration  SXSSerial #  RBL005830. Country of Origin  America. Barrel Length (in Inches) 30″. Choke R  SKT(.004). Choke L  IC(.007). Trigger  DT (Double). Stock Configuration  Straight Grip, Butt plate. Forearm Type  Semi Beaver Tail Forearm. Rib Type  Smooth Concave Rib. Receiver Finish  Casehardened. Engraving Type  Game Scene Cameos Engraving, Engraved wedges on barrels. Other Options  Factory case, 2 3/4″ chambers. Condition  AS NEW. Weight  5#12oz Dimensions  1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ x 14 3/4″ with 1/4″ cast off. Other Details  Test fired only, Appears new in every way. Price: $5,900

Halliday of London Cased 12 gauge Two-Inch Boxlock 5 lbs 5 oz
Halliday of London Cased 12 gauge Two-Inch Boxlock 5 lbs 5 oz

Halliday of London Cased 12 gauge Two-Inch Boxlock 5 lbs 5 oz: A very good little two-inch boxlock non-ejector by B. Halliday, built circa 1940’s.  The barrels are 28″ with 2″ chambers and very good bores, choked .003/.033 (about skeet/full).  The rib is engraved: B. HALLIDAY & CO. 63. CANNON ST. LONDON. E.C. and the tubes are engraved: FOR 2 INCH CASE ONLY and THE 20TH CENTURY GUN.  The receiver has the maker’s name in a flowing banner surrounded by simple border and scroll engraving.  There are traces of case colors still present.  The action locks up tight.  The fore-end has an Anson push-rod release.  The lightly figured stock measures 1 5/8″ x 2 1/8″ x 14 5/8″ with cast off.  The stock was originally shortened by 1 1/2″ (likely for a young shooter), and the original piece was later added.  It was done very well.  The weight is 5 lbs 5 oz.  A very nice double for the aficionado of 2 inch guns. Comes in its maker’s case. Price: $3995

Beautiful high condition nitro proved Bar In wood Westley Richards "Crab knuckle" 12 bore - An ultra lightweight hammer gun with original case
Beautiful high condition nitro proved Bar In wood Westley Richards “Crab knuckle” 12 bore – An ultra lightweight hammer gun with original case

Beautiful high condition nitro proved Bar In wood Westley Richards “Crab knuckle” 12 bore – An ultra lightweight hammer gun with original case:
Made in 1871, this beautiful early Westley Richards 12bore hammer gun.  Made with 30″ nitro proved damascus barrels, checkered splinter forend which is wedge fastened.  Made with crab knuckle joint at forend and bar in wood action.  Side plates are nicely scroll engraved as seen in the photos.  Made with double triggers and extractors.  Straight hand fiddle back figured English buttstock is nicely checkered in two point pattern through the wrist and terminates with its original checkered horn buttplate.  Housed in its original oak and leather case with felt interior. Overall the gun remains in excellent condition with fine mechanics.  The nitro proved barrels are excellent and retain most of an older rebrown.  Bores are bright.  Stocks are sound and retain nearly all of their older hand rub finish.  The locks are excellent and crisp.  The gun is nice and tight.  Case is very good with the interior having been restored long ago.  Exterior shows age and original name on top is somewhat illegible.  Price: $3695

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John Rigby SxS Double Rifle Underlever 500 BPE
John Rigby SxS Double Rifle Underlever 500 BPE

John Rigby SxS Double Rifle Underlever 500 BPE: Jones Underlever. All original, Original finish. This gun has blued barrels engraved with a band of stylized foliage at each breech. Broad file cut matted sighting rib with rear sight with single folding leaf and bead front sight. Border and scroll engraved casehardened action with Jones Patent rotary underlever and carved percussion fences. Border and scroll engraved casehardened non-rebounding back action locks each with blued safety catch and signed “JNO. RIGBY & Co.”. Very well figured pistol grip stock with checkered grip and forearm. Price: $13,995

Merkel 203E 20 Gauge – LUXUS SIDELOCK, 1952, 99%, GAME SCENE, Vintage Firearms Inc
Merkel 203E 20 Gauge – LUXUS SIDELOCK, 1952, 99%, GAME SCENE, Vintage Firearms Inc

Merkel 203E 20 Gauge – LUXUS SIDELOCK, 1952, 99%, GAME SCENE, Vintage Firearms Inc: Year 1952, 20 Gauge, 6lbs 3oz, Chokes IC/IM, LOP 14 1/2″, DAH 2 11/16″, DAC 1 1/2″ Serial Number: 36585 Merkel over/under shotguns have been dominating the European market since 1924.  Of the various grades offered by this famed manufacturer, the 203E was the first grade in the lineup with full sidelock action, hand-detachable locks, Kirsten cross-bolts, double underlug barrels, beautifully figured European walnut stocks finely checkered, horn grip cap and butt plate, and slender three-piece forend wood.  This gun, sn36585 built in 1952, is the LUXUS MODEL POSSESSING DEEPLY CHISELED GAME SCENE ENGRAVING, ORNATE CARVINGS AT THE WRIST ON THE BUTTSTOCK, AND ARTICULATED FRONT TRIGGER.  Most gunners are aware that the earlier Merkel guns are superior to any put out in the 21rst century.  This Merkel 203E Luxus is in perfect mechanical condition with super-strong ejectors, the triggers are crisp, the barrels are tight on the hinge pin and breech face like a new gun.  This gun has barely been fired and shows no signs of wear anywhere.  ALL FINISHES ARE AT LEAST 99% AND ARE FACTORY FINISHES…NO RESTORATIONS ANYWHERE ON THE GUN.  The deeply chiseled engraving is profuse and fully covers the action, showing fine foliate and oak leaf engraving surrounding encapsulating game scenes.  The barrels at the breech are adorned with finely cut oak leaf engraving, as is the trigger guard.  The hand-detachable locks are easily removed allowing easy access for cleaning, inspection, and repair.  The inletting in the beautifully figured French walnut is done to perfection without a flaw or split anywhere.  The wood-to-metal fit is superb and masterfully done.  This is a BEST GUN in the way of beauty and workmanship.  The modern steel barrels are of the highest quality and able to handle any of the modern factory loads, including any of the soft non-toxic shot readily available today.  The 26” barrels are choked Improved Cylinder and Light Modifed…the perfect upland chokes.  Using RST spreader loads in the top barrel and you have an incredible grouse gun.  The bores are perfect mirror without flaw.  The stock dimensions are modern and will fit most.  See the specifications below.  We can install a fine leather covered pad for those who may need a longer LOP.  This gun weighs 6lbs. 3oz.  and balances dead on the hinge pin and handles like a much lighter gun.  She is amazing in looks and dynamics.  There are few of these guns to be found and one in this condition is usually priced at well over $15,000. Price: $13,750

JOHN WILKES BEST BOXLOCK EJECTOR 16 GA / 28" BBLS
JOHN WILKES BEST BOXLOCK EJECTOR 16 GA / 28″ BBLS

JOHN WILKES BEST BOXLOCK EJECTOR 16 GA / 28″ BBLS: Chambers: 2 1/2″, Rib Design: CONCAVE, Weight: 5lbs 14oz Bore/Chokes, Right/Bottom:.661/ .000 CYL., Left/Top:.661/ .010 SKEET 2 Stock Dimensions Drop At Comb: 1 5/8″, Drop At Heel: 2″ Special Features: ROSE & SCROLL ENGRAVED CASE HARDENED ACTION EJECTORS WELL FIGURED STRAIGHT GRIP STOCK PIGSKIN LEATHER COVERED RECOIL PAD SPLINTER FOREARM AUTO SAFETY CONDITION: EXCELLENT Circa:1926/ SERIAL # 9811. Price: $8495

Parker Reproduction 20 GA 2 Barrel Set - DHE 28", 26" Double Triggers:
Parker Reproduction 20 GA 2 Barrel Set – DHE 28″, 26″ Double Triggers:

Parker Reproduction 20 GA 2 Barrel Set – DHE 28″, 26″ Double Triggers: 14.25″ 1st Barrel – 28″ Mod & Full 2nd Barrel -26″ S&S In wonderful condition. Soft case included. Price: $6995

Henry Holland 12 Gauge SxS Underlever
Henry Holland 12 Gauge SxS Underlever

Henry Holland 12 Gauge SxS Underlever: 30″ barrels C/C. Beautiful damascus pattern on barrels. Great bores.  Finely engraved action, locks and hammers. 90% case colored action, locks and hammers. Tiger striped stock with original butt plate.
1 1/2″ X 2″ X 14 3/8″. Price: $5300    

Two bargains: Boxlock shotguns on Gunbroker.com now …

Back when I wrote my article Boxlock Bargains for Shooting Sportsman Magazine, the two SxS you see here were the kind of shotguns I had in mind. Each one is a versatile birdgun that you can use for anything in the uplands. And each one will sell for cheap money. They’re on Gunbroker.com now, listed with No Reserve.

Miroku Model 550 12 Gauge 2.75" FULL/IMP Top-Break Side by Side SxS Shotgun
Miroku Model 550 12 Gauge 2.75″ FULL/IMP Top-Break Side by Side SxS Shotgun

Miroku Model 550 12 Gauge 2.75″ FULL/IMP Top-Break Side by Side SxS Shotgun: Serial#: 165020 Year of Manufacture: Circa 1960-1980 Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” Shells Barrel Length: 28” Choke: The left barrel is choked Full. The right barrel is choked Improved. Both chokes are fixed.

Miroku Model 550 12 Gauge 2.75" FULL/IMP Top-Break Side by Side SxS Shotgun
Miroku Model 550 12 Gauge 2.75″ FULL/IMP Top-Break Side by Side SxS Shotgun

Weight: 6 Pounds and 7.9 Ounces Stock: The LOP is 14” from the front and 13 ¼” from the back trigger to the rear end of the buttplate.

Excellent, almost new Husqvarna 310A 12ga sxs boxlock
Excellent, almost new Husqvarna 310A 12ga sxs boxlock

Excellent, almost new Husqvarna 310A 12ga sxs boxlock: These Husqvarna boxlock 310 series guns are not uncommon, but in this condition they certainly are.  I would rate this gun at about 98%.  One of the nicest I’ve seen, and the nicest I’ve held in my hands, and I’ve bought, owned and sold a bunch of these.  The only real flaws are a bit of finish loss on the bottom of the receiver, and a couple tiny dings in the wood.  I was going to keep this, but I need a gps collar for my setter more than I need another sxs, so have at it.

Excellent, almost new Husqvarna 310A 12ga sxs boxlock
Excellent, almost new Husqvarna 310A 12ga sxs boxlock

Rock solid gun, no issues or surprises.  Made on Sauer greener crossbolt actions, Husqvarna made the rest using high quality Swedish steel.  27.5″ barrels choked f/xf, 2.75″ chambers, perfect bores, no dents or dings, super tight, as new lockup, still tight to open and close.  Modern dimensions of 1.5 x 2.5 x 14.25 to factory HVA buttplate.  Weighs 6 3/4 lbs.  Put Briley thin wall tubes in it and you could use this for everything.

5 things you’ll love about the FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun …

FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun
FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun

We’re back. Stitch and I just returned from a few weeks of grouse and woodcock hunting up in Maine. We had a great time and we found a lot of birds.

While the 12g I had with me did the job, here’s a SxS I wish I had had with me:

The FABARM Autumn SxS

Last spring Caeser Guerini sent me one of these shotguns in 20 gauge to look over and bang some rounds through. It was a great gun and a blast to shoot. Here’s what impressed me most about it:

5 things to love about the FABARM Autumn SxS:

20g FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun
20g FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun

1. IT’S EASY ON THE EYES

20g FABARM Autumn SxS
20g FABARM Autumn SxS

My FABARM Autumn was a great double to admire with a rounded, color-case hardened action, some interesting scroll engraving, and nicely figured, oil-finished wood, While it had a vintage vibe to it, its clean, pinless action gave it a sleek, modern look.

2. IT’S BUILT TO SHOOT TONS OF ROUNDS AND KEEP GOING

Unusual lumps on the 20g FABARM Autumn SXS, part of its unique locking system
What the?!? Unique quad lumps on the FABARM Autumn SXS, part of its extra durable locking system

On the outside, the FABARM Autumn looks like an old-school, Anson & Deeley style boxlock shotgun. But it’s not.

Instead, the gun mounts the lockwork on its triggerplate and uses sliding rods to cock the hammers.

Hybrid boxlock / triggerplate cocking and firing system on the 20g FABARM Autumn SXS
Hybrid boxlock / triggerplate cocking and firing system on the 20g FABARM Autumn SXS

Then there’s the real interesting part of the FABARM Autumn: its quad-lug system.

Another look at the unique split hinge pin, quad-lump locking system on the 20g FABARM Autumn SXS
The unique quad-lump locking system on the FABARM Autumn SXS

These 4 lumps  are designed to increase the longevity of the barrel/action connection and help you deliver quicker, more accurate second shots. How?

Even though we worship SxSs like Parkers and Purdeys, those guns, and others like them, have their weaknesses. One’s the way the barrels mount on the action.

These shotguns connect to the action with two lumps. The front lump has the hook. This catches the hingepin. The rear lump has a bite. This receives a sliding bolt that comes in from the back to lock down the barrels (most British and European SxSs also have a bite on the front lump, but it doesn’t always do much to secure the bbls).

Hook on a set of Purdey shotgun barrels
Hook and bites on a set of Purdey SXS shotgun barrels, from Hallowellco.com

When you fire a SxS, the barrels twist horizontally and flex vertically, trying to pivot on the hinge pin. Even though the bolt, bites and action secure the barrels and resist this twisting and flexing, these forces pulls you off your target. And over time, they cause wear which can lead to a SxS’s barrels going off face and become loose on the action.

(For a nerdy dive into what this mean, read this article by Delbert Whitman Jr.).

Unique split hingepin, quad-lump locking system on the 20g FABARM Autumn SXS
Another look at the unique split hinge pin, quad-lump locking system on the 20g FABARM Autumn SXS

The FABARM Autumn quad-lump design displaces this twisting and flexing over more surface area. This helps cut down on wear and increases the longevity of the barrel/action connection.

The quad-lug system also stabilizes the barrels and cuts down on horizontal flexing. This is an idea borrowed from competitive pigeon shooting and the thinking is that it helps you deliver a quicker, more accurate shot with the left barrel.

3. IT FEELS GREAT

A few years ago I shot a 12g Purdey Trigger Plate OU. It was big gun that came in at just over 8 lbs, but it had a lively feel that belied its weight and encouraged me to shoot it all day.

A few months later I was I hunting with a new 20g Italian OU. It was a field gun, and even though it weighed 6 3/4 lbs, it felt heavy and dead, like a target gun. I wanted to get rid of it as soon as possible.

I thought about those guns the first time I shot the 20g FABARM Autumn. How would it feel — dead or alive?

FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun
FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun

My gun had 28″ barrels and weighed 6 lbs, 6 oz. — a good weight for an all-around bird gun. But it also pistol grip stock and a beavertail forend. Those said “target” to me — and had me worried.

After a lot of clays and a flat of 2 3/4″, 7/8 oz loads (which were a PITA to find), I had my answer: alive and very lively.

Like that big Purdey OU, the FABARM Autumn snapped to my shoulder and and picked up the clays with little effort. The more I shot it, the more I wanted to shoot it. I think its lightweight barrels were a big reason for this, but not the only one.

I liked the pistol-grip, beavertail forend setup, too. They gave me a lot to hold onto and more control over the gun more. This made the gun easier to mount and move to target.

The selective single trigger was crisp and with just a of whisker play in it on second shots. And even though I pulled it as fast as I could and tried to make it fail, it fired round after round without a problem.

4. IT’S ALL YOU NEED FOR UPLAND HUNTING

With choke tubes, 3" chambers and steel-approved barrels, the 20g FABARM Autumn can do it all in the uplands
With choke tubes, 3″ chambers and steel-approved barrels, the 20g FABARM Autumn can do it all in the uplands

With  3″ chambers, choke tubes and barrels/choke tubes that are steel-shot safe, the 20g FABARM Autumn I had could handle all the bird hunting I did (or hoped to do).

If you’re an upland hunter, it could do the same for you.

5. IT’S BACKED BY A 5-YEAR WARRANTY

I’ve had old guns, older guns, and really old guns. They can be a PITA to maintain and repair. So I appreciate new, trouble-free new SxSs and OUs.

But of course, things do break. When they do, it’s good to know the gun is backed by a warranty, especially one with repair centers in the US.

The FABARM Autumn’s 5-year warranty gives you this kind of protection and peace of mind.

Of course, while I loved the gun, I thought it could use some tweaks:

  • The fences could use a bit of styling, especially on ahead of the toplever.
  • The pistol grip needs some refinement. I would like to see it look more like round-knob
  • They need to add an automatic safety. It’s a must have on a bird gun. I’ve owned guns without them, and it’s too easy to forget to slide it to “safe” after opening and closing the gun.

Ready to buy? Here are a few dealers on Gunsinternational.com who can help you out now:

Fabarm Autumn Pistol Grip Side by Side Shotgun | 20ga 30″ | For Sale at Cole Guns

Fabarm Autumn 20ga For Sale at Gordy and Sons Outfitters

Fabarm Autumn 20 gauge Side by Side 30″ For Sale at Pacific Sporting Arms East

Fabarm Autumn 20ga 28″ English Stock For Sale at Silver Creek Outfitters

Fabarm Autumn 20ga 28” barrels English Etock SST For Sale at the Iron Cowboy Gun Shop

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CSMC - A.H. Fox, FE Grade, 20ga. Two Barrel Set, 28” M/IM and 26” IC/M
CSMC – A.H. Fox, FE Grade, 20ga. Two Barrel Set, 28” M/IM and 26” IC/M

CSMC – A.H. Fox, FE Grade, 20ga. Two Barrel Set, 28” M/IM and 26” IC/M: Exhibition marble cake Turkish Circassian walnut straight grip stock, heel and toe plates, single selective trigger, automatic ejectors, solid game ribs, Krupp steel barrels, two Schable forends with ebony inserts, highly detailed gold inlays of quail and pheasant, dog bust on bottom, full coverage acanthus scroll over bone and charcoal case coloring, gold lightning bolts on barrel wedges, 100% perfect and new condition, lifetime warranty, makers’ case and accessories, available for immediate delivery. 5 lbs. 14 oz. 15 ½”x 1 ½” x 2 ½”. Price: $24,999

BERETTA S3EL 12 GA / 2BBL SET 27" & 27.5" OU SIDELOCK SHOTGUN:
BERETTA S3EL 12 GA / 2BBL SET 27″ & 27.5″ OU SIDELOCK SHOTGUN:

BERETTA S3EL 12 GA / 2BBL SET 27″ & 27.5″ OU SIDELOCK SHOTGUN: Circa: 1956 / SERIAL #17234 Chambers:2 3/4″ Rib Design:SOLID HAND FILED Weight:7 lb. Stock Dimensions Drop At Comb: 1 1/2″ Drop At Face: 1 15/16″ 4 1/2″ Drop At Heel: 2 1/2″ Cast At Face: 0″ 4 1/2″ Cast At Heel:0″ Length Of Pull:15″ Pitch: 2″ / 4° COIN FINISHED FULLY FLORAL ENGRAVED SIDELOCK ACTION ARTICULATED DOUBLE TRIGGERS AUTOMATIC EJECTORS NONAUTOMATIC SAFETY WELL FIGURED STRAIGHT GRIP STOCK w/ CHECKERED BUTT FIELD-STYLE FOREARM CONDITION: EXCELLENT w/ MAKER’S 2 BBL. CASE. Price: $19,500

F.lli. Rizzini Abercrombie & Fitch 28ga - EXTRA LUSSO - 26” - Sk/IC
F.lli. Rizzini Abercrombie & Fitch 28ga – EXTRA LUSSO – 26” – Sk/IC

F.lli. Rizzini Abercrombie & Fitch 28ga – EXTRA LUSSO – 26” – Sk/IC: Straight Grip – Splinter – Checkered Butt – Pierced Lever – Auto Safety – Perfect Quail Woodcock Grouse Gun – at 5 lbs 5 ozs this shotgun will carry all day in the grouse woods – magical swinging shotgun for a quick flushing woodcock or quail – remarkable craftsmanship – high grade wood – case color hardened in rich hues – dimensions and weight are designed for upland adventure. Shotgun Gauge: 28 Gauge Model: Extra Lusso Serial Number: 1400 Barrel Length: 26” Chambers: 2 3/4” Ejectors: Auto Crisp Timed Condition: Remarkable Metal Condition: Remarkable Wood Condition: Remarkable Triggers: Single Stock: Straight Grip Stock Comb: 1 3/8” Stock Heel: 2 1/2” Stock Cast: Neutral Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: Checkered Butt LOP: 14 3/8” Rib: Hand matted custom Finish: Oil hand rubbed Weight: 5 lbs 5 ozs. Price: $7,995

PARKER GD-2 12GA SxS SHOTGUN
PARKER GD-2 12GA SxS SHOTGUN

PARKER GD-2 12GA SxS SHOTGUN: HAMMER GUN WITH 30″ M/M DAMASCUS BARRELS, DHBP, 2 5/8″ CHAMBERS AND MUCH ORIGINAL COLOR. #46633 CIR: 1885.  EARLY TOP LEVER GUN, EXCELLENT BORES.  7LBS 5OZS. Price: $2600

William Rochester Pape 10 Ga 3" Nitro Proofed SBS Double Engraved Game Scenes William Ford Barrels
William Rochester Pape 10 Ga 3″ Nitro Proofed SBS Double Engraved Game Scenes William Ford Barrels

William Rochester Pape 10 Ga 3″ Nitro Proofed SBS Double Engraved Game Scenes William Ford Barrels: This 10 gauge wears the serial number of 10319 which dates it right at the turn of the century. It wears 26” steel barrels that have excellent bores with no issues, 3” chambers with ejectors. They have been refinished at some time with the bluing being is very fine condition. There are few small spots of pitting showing under the finish and one larger spot on the right barrel as pictured. The barrels are marked “WILLIAM FORD / 15 St. MARY’S ROW. BIRMINGHAM.” They are not numbered to the shogun but are “Nitro Proofed”; 3″ for 1 1/2 ounce load. The right barrel is .015 (modified), the left .035 (full). The forearm is marked with the serial number and initials “W.R.P.”. It shows several marks and dings but is solid with no cracks. The butt stock is in the same condition with a L.O.P. of 14 ¾”, 1 5/8” at the comb and 2 1/8” at the heel. The receiver is marked with the manufactures name “W.R. PAPE” on both sides. The left side shows fine scroll work with a dog and pheasants. The right shows a dog and quail. On the bottom is matching scroll work with a Partridge. The water table is marked “W.R. PAPE / Proof / 10319” on both sides. The shotgun weighs right at 7 ½ pounds with the action tight on face. Price: $2,499

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AYA No. 53 Presentation Sidelock 12 Ga SxS
AYA No. 53 Presentation Sidelock 12 Ga SxS

AYA No. 53 Presentation Sidelock 12 Ga SxS: Up for sale is a beautiful AYA presentation sidelock 12 Ga. This shotgun is in excellent condition with the exception of some slight handing marks on the stock. This gun was completed in February of 1949 and presented to General Lucas V. Beau, Commander of the United States Civil Air Patrol by a group of Spanish Aviation Cadets in 1951. This gun is very nice and also comes with a great story and factory leather case. If any questions or concerns arise, do not hesitate to call the number above or email. I don’t believe that this gun has ever been fired. Price: $7,950

The ultimate Lefever target/pigeon gun 32"krupp barrels, straight grip EE grade with insane modern dimensions
The ultimate Lefever target/pigeon gun 32″krupp barrels, straight grip EE grade with insane modern dimensions

The ultimate Lefever target/pigeon gun 32″krupp barrels, straight grip EE grade with insane modern dimensions: Beautiful later Syracuse made Lefever EE Grade made with 32″ Krupp fluid steel barrels.  This gun with splinter forend that has a clam shell release, made with double triggers, auto ejectors, auto safety.  Straight grip buttstock with long trigger guard tang, engraved stock oval with initials and original Lefever Arms Co. buttplate.  The gun is nicely engraved in standard late EE Grade pattern with Pointer in game scene on left, Setter in game scene on right and light scroll throughout. This rare Lefever remains in very nice overall condition.  The barrels retain virtually all of an older restored proper rust blue finish.  The receiver retains about 20% original case color.  Stocks are sound and retain most of an older restored finish.  The mechanics are crisp and the bores are bright and shiny.  The gun is tight on the face.  I believe the gun was made as a heavy proof type gun and the long chambers appear to be original. Price: $5795

Rizzini Artemis Light 16G OU Shotgun
Rizzini Artemis Light 16G OU Shotgun

Rizzini Artemis Light 16G OU Shotgun: 28″ in barrels as new condition wth case and all accessaries. 14 3/8 LOP Right hand cast. approx 6.5 lbs. Only shot a box of shells, beautiful gun!  Price: $3750

Webley & Scott Model 700 Side-by-Side12 Gauge
Webley & Scott Model 700 Side-by-Side12 Gauge

Webley & Scott Model 700 Side-by-Side 12 Gauge: Well used Webley & Scott 12 Bore Boxlock Ejector. 28″ Barrels, 2 3/4″ Chambers, choked IC & Full Frame and top lever with scroll engraving and retaining much of it’s original case hardening color Great measurements: 14 3/4″ LOP, DAH: 2 1/4″, DAC: 1 3/8″ Great barrel wall thickness at 0.031 & 0.028 Nitro proof Includes a Gunmark leather case 6lbs 7oz This is a well used Webley & Scott that has a good amount of handling marks/dents/dings.  No cracks or mechanical issues but a well used gun that would be a perfect addition for a rainy day. Price: $1,750

Dickinson Arms ~ Plantation ~ 28 Gauge ~ SxS ~ Shotgun
Dickinson Arms ~ Plantation ~ 28 Gauge ~ SxS ~ Shotgun

Dickinson Arms ~ Plantation ~ 28 Gauge ~ SxS ~ Shotgun: In excellent condition. This shotgun features a color case-hardened receiver, and a straight grip stock with double triggers. Only minor signs of use and handling marks. Includes case. Chambers: 2 3/4″ Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Excellent, Bore Condition: Clean, Barrels: 30″, Triggers: Double, Stock Dimensions: 14 3/4″ LOP, Butt Pad: Checkered Wood, Weight: 5 lb 8 oz. Sights: Single Bead. Chokes: IC, CYL. Price: $1,499.99

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HENRY ATKIN BEST SIDELOCK SxS 20 GAUGE
HENRY ATKIN BEST SIDELOCK SxS 20 GAUGE

HENRY ATKIN BEST SIDELOCK SxS 20 GAUGE: #24XXX, MADE 2001, FIRST GUN BUILT BY KEN DUGLAN AFTER AQUIRING ATKIN, GRANT & LANG FROM CYRIL ADAMS, GAME SCENE ENGRAVED BY DAVE & BRAD TALLET, SELF OPENING, 29″ SOLID RIB BARREL W/ 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, .009 AND .014 CONSTRICTIONS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREND, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, EXCELLENT CONDITION, SLIGHT CAST ON, IAN TOMLIN OAK AND LEATHER CASEm 5LBS 14 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 15 1/2″ LOP. Price: $46,500

DESENZANI NEW BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK 20GA O/U SHOTGUN
DESENZANI NEW BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK 20GA O/U SHOTGUN

DESENZANI NEW BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK 20GA O/U SHOTGUN: NEW BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK 20GA O/U SHOTGUN, COIN FINISHED ACTION WITH ROSE & SCROLL ENGRAVING BY MASTER ENGRAVER P PIERO, 27″ BBLS, 2 3/4, CHOKED LM/IM, RIBLESS DEMI BLOC BBLS, EJECTORS, SINGLE TRIGGER, XXX BEAUTIFUL HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, STRAIGHT STOCK, TRIM FOREND, LOP 14 7/8 TO CK BUTT, 1 3/8, 2 1/8, 6LBS 5OZ, FACTORY CASE WITH ACCESSORIES, NEW & UNFIRED, DELIVERED IN 2020. Price: $47,500

ALEXANDER HENRY Underlever Sidelock Hammerless Black powder Express, 14 bore, 28", Original O&L case, Exceptional condition, Mfg 1885
ALEXANDER HENRY Underlever Sidelock Hammerless Black powder Express, 14 bore, 28″, Original O&L case, Exceptional condition, Mfg 1885

ALEXANDER HENRY Underlever Sidelock Hammerless Black powder Express, 14 bore, 28″, Original O&L case, Exceptional condition, Mfg 1885: Model Underlever Sidelock Hammerless Black powder Express, Configuration  Double Rifle, Gauge / Caliber  14 bore, Serial #  5905, Country of Origin  Scotland, Barrel Length (in Inches) 28″, Trigger  DT (Double), Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip English style cheek piece, Steel heel & toes plates, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm with lever release, Rib Type  Level Flat Matted Rib, Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving Type  Fine English Scroll Engraving, Other Options  Back action sidelock, Jones Underlever, Original Oak & Leather case, Condition  EXC. Plus Condition, Weight  12#12oz, Dimensions  14 3/8″ LOP, Other Details  Mfg 1885, Excellent bores, Very nice all original condition. Price: $20,000

Fox BE 16 Gauge – 1 of 186, HIGH FACTORY CONDITION, vintage firearms inc
Fox BE 16 Gauge – 1 of 186, HIGH FACTORY CONDITION, vintage firearms inc

Fox BE 16 Gauge – 1 of 186, HIGH FACTORY CONDITION, vintage firearms inc: Year 1919, 16 Gauge, 6lbs, Chokes M/F, LOP 14 1/8″, DAH 2 7/16″, DAC 1 7/16″ Serial Number: 300966 You will see the word “RARE” used in many ads from guys trying to sell their guns.  Most of the time it is simply a word.  The gun is not rare at all.  The B Grade Fox small bore, cataloged for only 6 years, is indeed “RARE”.  Small bore guns were not produced until 1912, and the B Grade was discontinued in the catalog offerings in 1918, with only 186 ever produced.  Considering that as many as 15% may have left planet Earth due to damage and loss, there are likely only 160 or so in existence, and so very few of those are “as shipped” and intact.  In all the years spent in search of quality American double shotguns, I have only seen a dozen B Grade 16ga. guns.  I bought and sold 6 of them, presently have 3 ready to sell, and the rest were not worth owning.  This Fox BE 16, sn300966 shipped in 1919, RETAINS ALL FACTORY METAL FINISHES, WITH 85% CASE COLOR, 98% BARREL BLUE, AND 90% CHARCOAL BLUE ON THE TRIGGER GUARD.  The factory original wood has no signs of finish being added, but it likely has had some sort of finish applied as it is 102 years old and is in excellent condition.  THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST BE 16 GAUGE GUNS IN EXISTENCE, MAKING IT A VERY VALUABLE, INVESTMENT QUALITY FOX.  The 28” number 4 weight Chromox Fluid Steel barrels have excellent bores, 2 ½” chambers, factory choked M/F, tight ribs, clear sharp lettering and barrel wedge engraving, and fit tight on the hinge pin and breech face like a new gun.  The action has the late style, deeply cut B Grade engraving with full coverage scroll and a couple of quail on the bottom of the action.  The mechanics are excellent with strong, well-timed ejectors, crisp triggers, top lever right of center, perfect screws, and 85% strong factory case colors.  The stock is English walnut, as stated on the order card, and has modern dimensions of 14 1/8” LOP, 2 7/16” drop at heel, and 1 7/16” drop at the nose of the comb.  Years ago, we bent the stock up for the owner of this fine Fox, as it was 2 7/8” drop at heel. Price: $12,950Abercrombie and Fitch Beretta AS-20 EL 20ga: Chambers: 2 3/4″ Barrels: 26″ Gauge: 20 Gauge LOP: 14 7/8″ Weight: 5.8 LBs Choke Left: Skeet Choke Right: Skeet. Price: $7,995

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FOX XE 12GA SxS SHOTGUN, SPECTACULAR
FOX XE 12GA SxS SHOTGUN, SPECTACULAR

FOX XE 12GA SxS SHOTGUN, SPECTACULAR: A Dandy High grade Fox with all the features! Original metal finish. Curio/Relic: Yes Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge Manufacturer: A.H. FOX Model: XE Barrel Length: 30IN Chambers: 2 3/4 IN Ejectors: YES Condition: EXCELLENT Metal Condition: EXCELLENT Wood Condition: EXCELLENT Bore Condition: EXCELLENT Barrel Type: CHROMOX STEEL Triggers: SINGLE SELECTIVE Stock Comb: 1 1/4IN Stock Heel: 1 1/8IN Butt Pad: SILVERS LOP: 15IN Rib: VENT Weight: 8LBS 5OZ Manufacture Date: 1936 Choke Left: FULL Choke Right: IMP/MOD Engraving: HAND ENGRAVED. Price: $9975.00

Beautiful Parker BHE 12ga with 30" barrels - fantastic engraving! Awesome modern dimensions, too
Beautiful Parker BHE 12ga with 30″ barrels – fantastic engraving! Awesome modern dimensions, too

Beautiful Parker BHE 12ga with 30″ barrels – fantastic engraving! Awesome modern dimensions, too: Fabulous gun made in 1922 made on a #2 frame with 30″ barrels.  Made with auto ejectors, double triggers, cappled pistol grip (gold oval in cap) and skeleton buttplate.  This gun is nicely engraved with game scenes on both sides and beautiful scene of setters on trigger plate as seen in the photos.  Overall the gun remains in excellent condition.  Barrels retain nearly all of an older restored blue.  Stocks are sound and retain nearly all of their restored finish.  The receiver is very nice with about 20% original color.  Engraving is crisp and clear.  The mechanics are crisp.  Bores are brilliant and shiny.  This is really a very clean and usable gun. Price: $9250 

Merkel 12Ga. 200E O/U Unfired
Merkel 12Ga. 200E O/U Unfired

Merkel 12Ga. 200E O/U Unfired: Merkel 12 gauge 200E game gun. This gun has 28″ solid rib barrels choked improved modified (.030″) and full (.040″). The gun appears to be unfired retaining 100% of the original case color, 100% of the original barrel blue, and 100% of the original wood finish. It has a straight grip stock with dimensions of 141/2″ LOP, 11/2″ at comb, and 23/8″ at heel. It has double triggers, ejectors, a 3 piece forend, and a scalloped action. It weighs 6-12 and would make a great light weight gun for pheasants, chukars, or huns. Built in the early 1970s in the GDR. Sorry, no box. Price: $4195

Webley BLE 700 Side-by-Side 12 Gauge
Webley BLE 700 Side-by-Side 12 Gauge

Webley BLE 700 Side-by-Side 12 Gauge: Barrels: 28″ Chokes: IC – F L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 3/8″C x 2 1/8″H Weight: 6 lbs 6 oz Ser. #: 144241 Price: $3,950

Beretta 686S Orvis Uplander 20/28 Gauge Over & Under 2 Barrel Set Engraved Checkered Walnut Stock
Beretta 686S Orvis Uplander 20/28 Gauge Over & Under 2 Barrel Set Engraved Checkered Walnut Stock

Beretta 686S Orvis Uplander 20/28 Gauge Over & Under 2 Barrel Set Engraved Checkered Walnut Stock: Here is an excellent quality two barrel over and under set in very desirable 20 and 28 gauge with screw in chokes.  The factory pad is still flexible, but is slightly deformed, probably from long term storage.  Comes with non-matching Beretta box and extra choke tubes. Barrels are matching serial numbers and numbered 1 and 2.  Nice wood!  Shotgun Gauge: 28 Gauge Manufacturer: BERETTA Model: 686S ORVIS UPLANDER Serial Number: L39083B Barrel Length: 26″/28″ Condition: EXCELLENT Metal Condition: EXCELLENT Wood Condition: EXCELLENT Bore Condition: EXCELLENT Action: OVER & UNDER Triggers: SINGLE SELECTIVE Stock: CHECKERED WALNUT Butt Pad: FACTORY PAD LOP: 14-1/4″ Finish: glossy Wood/Deep Blue Manufacture Date: 1993 Chokes: SCREW IN Engraving: YES Extras: BOX & PAPERS. Price: $3450.00

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Rare high original condition Parker DHE 20ga with original 32" barrels - Great modern dimensions and loaded with condition
Rare high original condition Parker DHE 20ga with original 32″ barrels – Great modern dimensions and loaded with condition

Rare high original condition Parker DHE 20ga with original 32″ barrels – Great modern dimensions and loaded with condition: Beautiful and rare Parker DHE 20ga made with original 32″ Titanic Steel barrels on a “0” Frame.  Made in 1926, this gun made with splinter forend, double triggers, auto ejectors, capped pistol grip buttstock which terminates with what appears to be its original hardening Jostam ventilated pad.  Engraved in typical of the period DHE grade pattern with four pheasants on trigger plate. These long barreled Parkers are highly desired by today’s discerning buyers.  This gun remains in excellent all original condition with more than 97% original barrel blue, around 1/2 of the original color remains, particularly nice on the sides and top.  Stocks are excellent and sound with more than 95% original finish remaining.  The bores are brilliant and shiny and the mechanics are crisp.  This gun matches the PGCA research letter and the Serialization book to the “T”. Price: $17,950 

Garbi 28 gauge side by side sidelock ejector shotgun with 28 inch barrels
Garbi 28 gauge side by side sidelock ejector shotgun with 28 inch barrels

: Calibre: 28 gauge Action: Sidelock ejector with hand detachable locks & front articulated trigger Triggers: Double with front articulated Safety: Automatic Barrel Length: 28 inch Chamber: 2 3/4 inch Rib: Game Concaved Chokes: Right : 1/4 Left : 1/4 Type: Deluxe Grade Walnut Length: 14 1/2 inches Grip: Classic Straight Hand Butt End Finish: Chequred Forend: Spinter Style Forend Description: Fine Rose & Scroll Finish: Case colour finish Weight: 6 lbs – 4oz
Case: Uncased Date of Manufacture: 2003 Price: $9,950

W.J. Jeffery & Co. London sidelock with wonderful and realistic engraved dog scenes
W.J. Jeffery & Co. London sidelock with wonderful and realistic engraved dog scenes

W.J. Jeffery & Co. London sidelock with wonderful and realistic engraved dog scenes: Hammerless Sidelocks – Check out the engraving on this gun. Built between 1904 and 1906 it is highly unusual to have realistic dog scenes engraved from this period. Beyond the wonderful engraving this gun features very nice marbled English walnut and an extra Purdey hidden third bite. The barrels have some light pitting on the outside of the left barrel that could be removed with a restrike and black. Probably the result of being put away in a damp case. The gun is tight on face and field ready. Manufacturer: W.J. Jeffery & Co. London sidelock with wonderful and realistic engraved dog scenes. Serial Number: 14766 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 28″ Barrel Type: Steel Action: Sidelock ejector Gauge: 12 gauge Stock Comb: 1 9/16″ Stock Heel: 2 1/8″ Stock Cast: 1/8″ LOP: 15″ with leather pad Weight: 6lbs. 9.5oz Choke Left: .028 full Choke Right: .004 Skeet Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″ Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .022″ Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .026″. Price: $4,900

C. S. Rosson 12g with 2″ chambers ~ Light and Handy: Boxlocks – What a great little 2″ double. Great dimensions for many and is very light and handy. Two inch guns like this one in good condition are very hard to find!  Serial Number: 4670 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 26 3/8″ Barrel Type: Steel Action: Box lock ejector Gauge: 12 gauge Stock Comb: 1 9/16″ Stock Heel: 2 5/16″ Stock Cast: 0 LOP: 14 5/8″ with ru Weight: 5lbs 11oz Choke Left: .023 full Choke Right: .019 tight Mod Proof: Nitro: 2″ only Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .026″ Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .025″ Price: $3,600

F.lli Rizzini & Zoli - 12ga. 26" Barrels Choked M/F
F.lli Rizzini & Zoli – 12ga. 26″ Barrels Choked M/F

F.lli Rizzini & Zoli – 12ga. 26″ Barrels Choked M/F: Imported by Abercrombie and Fitch, double triggers, extractor gun, Prince of Wales grip, 90% bluing and case coloring, light handling marks on wood from normal use, scalloped receiver, gold oval, factory butt plate, extremely high quality gun manufactured by one of Italy’s finest gun makers. 6 lbs. 4 oz. 14 ½” x 1 ½” x 2 ¼”. Price: $1,999

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Exceedingly rare Parker Bros. CHE 12ga 3" Magnum w/32"brls - Late Remington gun with incredible wood and dimensions in outstanding condition
Exceedingly rare Parker Bros. CHE 12ga 3″ Magnum w/32″brls – Late Remington gun with incredible wood and dimensions in outstanding condition

Exceedingly rare Parker Bros. CHE 12ga 3″ Magnum w/32″brls – Late Remington gun with incredible wood and dimensions in outstanding condition: Exceedingly rare gun made in 1939, this is the only 3″ marked “CHE” Grade I’ve ever seen.  This exact gun, pictured on page 296 of the “Parker Story”.  The gun made on a #2 frame (rare to find this late) with a beavertail forend, high raised rib, Parker Single Selective Trigger, auto ejectors, capped pistol grip buttstock, and original skeleton buttplate.  The gun has fabulously figured American Walnut stocks with what are unquestionably factory sling swivels.  Beautifully engraved by Runge with large flying duck on the trigger plate.  This is a beast of a gun and the rarity cannot be overstated!  Overall the gun remains in super condition.  Barrels and trigger guard retain about all of an older restored factory correct quality rust blue.  Receiver retains about 40% original case color- engraving is super crispy and well defined.  Stocks are sound and retain most of an older professionally restored finish with only minor handling marks.  Bores are brilliant and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp and the gun is tight on the face.Serial Number: 241,442 Barrel Length: 32″ Chambers: 3″ Ejectors: yes Condition: Excellent Metal Condition: Excellent Wood Condition: Excellent Bore Condition: Brilliant and shiny Barrel Type: Acme Steel Triggers: Parker SST Stock Comb: 1-5/8″ Stock Heel: 2-1/2″ Fore End: Original Beavertail Butt Pad: Original Skeleton BP LOP: 14-1/4″ Weight: 8lbs 12oz Choke Left: Full Choke Right: Full Price: $25,000

MERKEL 1953 MOD 303E SUHL- TOTALLY LIKE PRE-WAR QUALITY- GAME SCENE- TOTALLY ORIG- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION- 28" V R Bbls.- OVERALL 98-99% PIECE
MERKEL 1953 MOD 303E SUHL- TOTALLY LIKE PRE-WAR QUALITY- GAME SCENE- TOTALLY ORIG- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION- 28″ V R Bbls.- OVERALL 98-99% PIECE

MERKEL 1953 MOD 303E SUHL- TOTALLY LIKE PRE-WAR QUALITY- GAME SCENE- TOTALLY ORIG- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION- 28″ V R Bbls.- OVERALL 98-99% PIECE: #37917, A Classic 1953 Proper Period Suhl Made Gebruder Merkel 12 Bore O/U Model 303E Hand Detachable Sidelock that was proved in November 1953, Best and top of the line 300 series action body with double underlugs with double bite, Kersten cross bolt, 28″ Vent Rib Ejector Bohler Stahl barrels, .722 .042 & .045″ (Full & Full), Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Bolstered frame, Double triggers with the front articulated, Cocking indicators, Sidelock plates with a concealed folding release, The inside of the locks and forend are jeweled, 3 piece game forend with horn escutcheons around the forend tiedown screws, This is found only on best Merkel O/U’s, Open round pistol grip stock at 14 5/8 x 1 1/2 x 2 5/8″ over a 3/4 checkered butt, Cast-off for the right hand, 7 lbs. 12 oz., Excellent wood with excellent color and contrast of black & browns, Both the forend and buttstock match well, No sling swivels or cheekpiece, 99% coverage of 1953 game scene engraving that is absolutely Pre-War Quality with a Setter and Partridge plus a Fox with Ducks, This is definitely Pre-War quality and execution, The original barrel blue remains at 99%, The trigger guard & tang blue is 100%, The original stock finish is at 98-99%, The checkering is at 99%, The bores are as new, Every screw remains directly north and south, This is almost like buying it brand new in late 1953 or early 1954. You can investigate buying a recent Merkel O/U and see what you pay and what you get. These early 1950’s Merkel’s are for all intents and purposes no different than the Pre-War guns. Price: $8,950

BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20GA--RKLT 1961 28" SKEET/SKEET
BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20GA–RKLT 1961 28″ SKEET/SKEET

BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20GA–RKLT 1961 28″ SKEET/SKEET: BEAUTIFUL BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20GA–RKLT 1961 — 28″ SKEET/SKEET — ALL ORIGINAL GUN THAT RETAINS STRONG ORIGINAL BUE WITH SLIGHT LOSS AT CARRY POINTS ON BASE — 98% BARREL BLUE — 99% VARNISH — FACTORY BUTT PLATE — AN ALL ORIGINAL GUN THAT IS TIGHT AND ON FACE AND READY FOR ANOTHER 60 YEARS !!!!!!! THESE ARE REALLY STRONG INVESTMENTS AND WILL CONTINUE TO CLIMB AS THE CITORI ARE TAKING OFF IN VALUE — PRICE TO MOVE! Serial Number: 22413 Barrel Length: 28″ Bore Info: 20 Chambers: 2 3/4″ AND 3″ Ejectors: YES Condition: EXCELLENT Triggers: SINGLE Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 3/8″ Butt Pad: PLATE, LOP: 14 1/4″, Rib: VENT, Choke Left: SKEET, Choke Right: SKEET. Price: $3,750
William Ford in wonderful condition with 3″ proofs shoot your 2 3/4″ shells all day long: This is a great opportunity to have an English shotgun to use in the field or sporting clays that can easily shoot American 2 3/4″ shells. This gun features beautiful barrels inside and out and extremely tight on face using the Purdey double underbite and the Greener cross bolt. William Ford was known for their excellent barrels. Side clips and quality rose and scroll engraving with an action that still has 50% case colors complete what is a very sound and well made English double.: William Ford in Wonderful Condition with 3″ proofs ~ Shoot your 2 3/4″ shells all day long! Serial Number: 15294, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 30″, Barrel Type: Steel, Action: Box lock ejector, Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 1/2″, Stock Heel: 2″, Stock, Cast: 3/16″, LOP: 14 3/16″ Weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz. Choke Left: .030″ full Choke Right: .029″ full Proof:Nitro: 3″ Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .035″ Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .033″ Price: $3,200

Franchi Instinct L - 28 Gauge - OU - Shotgun DISCOUNTED DUE TO DISPLAY DAMAGE
Franchi Instinct L – 28 Gauge – OU – Shotgun DISCOUNTED DUE TO DISPLAY DAMAGE

Franchi Instinct L – 28 Gauge – OU – Shotgun DISCOUNTED DUE TO DISPLAY DAMAGE: Franchi’s Instinct L is a well-balanced, fast handling over/under shotgun that gets on target quickly so you can down flushed birds before they’re out of range. This is an ideal upland bird gun—like its name, the gun handles instinctively. This Instinct L comes with an A-grade walnut Prince-of-Wales stock and fore-end that are finely checkered to provide a secure grip. The buttstock features an open-radius pistol grip to provide comfort and style. A hard-heeled recoil pad shoulders effortlessly, and stays put on the shoulder for quick follow-up shots. A color case hardened receiver adds elegance to purpose. The auto safety doubles as a barrel selector, and auto ejectors send spent cartridges clear for unhindered reloading. The vent rib has a fiber optic sight. The Franchi Instinct L Over/Under Shotgun comes with a custom-fitted hard case, 3 choke tubes (IC, M, F) and wrench. Price: $1099.97

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20g Piotti King 1 Sidelock SxS Italian SxS Shotgun
20g Piotti King 1 Sidelock SxS Italian SxS Shotgun

20g Piotti King 1 SxS Sidelock Shotgun: Serial Number: 8601, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 27 inches, Triggers: Single Trigger Gauge: 20 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2 inches Stock Heel: 2 3/8 inches Fore End: Splinter LOP: 14 1/4 inches Weight: 6 lbs. 6 oz. Cased. Price: $24,500

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE SXS
PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE SXS

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE SXS: REMINGTON GUN, O FRAME, #238XXX, 28″, FULL AND FULL, 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH MOST OF THE CASE COLORS, 6LBS 15 OZ, 2 1/4″, 1 1/2″, 14 1/4″. Price: $10,750

Zoli Round Body Pernice Over Under, 28g, 30" bbls
Zoli Round Body Pernice Over Under, 28g, 30″ bbls

Zoli Round Body Pernice Over Under, 28g, 30″ bbls: The Zoli Pernice reflects the classic tradition of game guns, with exquisite scroll engraving – totally finished by hand and signed by the famous Bottega Incisioni. Uniquely, the Pernice is a true round body model, with a fully rounded frame, machined from a monolithic forged steel alloy with a Zoli removable trigger group. All trigger parts are titanium nitrate treated for maximum corrosion resistance, while main springs are coated with a self-lubricating material to preserve their strength over time. As standard with Zoli guns, the Pernice features silver soldered barrels and is equipped with a top solid Churchill rib. The stock is crafted from a fine Turkish Walnut with fine hand checkering and is hand finished in a luxe oil. Serial Number: 254143, Barrel Length: 30″, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Ejectors: Automatic, Condition: New, Metal Condition: New, Wood Condition: New, Bore Condition: New, Barrels: 30″, Barrel Type: Steel, Action: Over Under, Triggers: Single Selective, Stock: Deluxe Walnut, Stock Comb: 1 3/8″, Stock Heel: 2 1/4″ LOP: 14 1/2″, Rib: Solid Flat, Finish: Blue SteelWeight: 6lbs 10oz, Chokes: 5 Flush Fit Screw In Case: Factory. Price: $7,200Scarce Francotte 20E 16ga SxS Game Gun: Fine August Francotte 16ga made in 20E Grade likely made in or around 1925.  Boxlock gun with false sideplates which gives the engraver a bigger canvas for the rose and scroll engraving on this gun.  This gun made with original 27-3/4″ length fluid steel barrels, splinter forend, double triggers, auto ejectors, and auto safety.  The straight grip buttstock is nicely figured and terminates with a pretty full leather covered pad.  The gun is nicely scroll engraved as seen in the photos.  Gun is sound and in proof. This gun remains in excellent condition with about 40% original case color remaining.  Barrels retain about all of an older restored proper rust blue.  Stocks are sound as restored and are quite nice.  Bores are bright and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp.  Gun is nice and tight on the face. Price: $5,000 

J.P. Sauer 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Sidelock
J.P. Sauer 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Sidelock

J.P. Sauer 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Sidelock: This German double gun wears serial number 101157, dating it from 1903. Overall condition is very good. Top lever spring has been recently replaced. Small crack behind top tang safety. Serial Number: 101157, Barrel Length: 26″, Chambers: 2-3/4″, Action: Sidelock. Stock Dimensions: 1-5/8″ x 2-3/8″ x 14-3/16″, Butt Pad: Checkered, Manufacture Date: 1903, Chokes: Modified, Skeet, Grips: Checkered Pistol Grip. Price: $4,800

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Holland & Holland 'Royal' Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26 inch barrels
Holland & Holland ‘Royal’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26 inch barrels

Holland & Holland ‘Royal’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26 inch barrels: A pre-owned 20 gauge Holland & Holland ‘Royal’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26 inch barrels at our Dallas Showroom. Holland & Holland sidelock ejector with patent assisted opening mechanism, double triggers and automatic safety. Action: 20 gauge, Sidelock ejector, Triggers: Double, Safety: Automatic. Barrels: 26 inch, Chamber: 2 3/4 inch, Rib: Game concaved with file cut surface, Chokes: 1/4 & 1/4. Stock: Deluxe grade Walnut, 14 5/8 inches, Semi pistol grip, Butt End Finish: Chequered, Forend: Splinter Style Forend. Engraving: Royal Scroll, Finish: Case colour finish. Weight: 5lbs – 10 oz. Case: Single Leather case. Date of Manufacture: 1960. Price: $38,000

Fantastic August Francotte XXV 16ga best quality sidelock game gun - Ultra lightweight Game Gun that is stone new and stunningly gorgeous
Fantastic August Francotte XXV 16ga best quality sidelock game gun – Ultra lightweight Game Gun that is stone new and stunningly gorgeous

Fantastic August Francotte XXV 16ga best quality sidelock game gun – Ultra lightweight Game Gun that is stone new and stunningly gorgeous: Stone cold gorgeous 16ga August Francotte 16ga game gun made with straight stock, double triggers, auto ejectors, splinter forend, and original beautifully checkered butt.  Case hardened action is near fully engraved in beautiful floral scroll pattern as seen in the photos.  Stunning straight grained European Walnut with fiddleback that is just so pretty! Overall the gun remains in near mint original condition with virtually all original refinish remaining on both wood and metal surfaces.  The gun would make an outstanding woodcock and grouse gun!  Mechanics are crips, bores are brilliant and shiny.  Gun is tight as new. Model: XXV Best Sidelock Barrel Length: 25″ Chambers: 2-3/4 Ejectors: Yes Condition: Near mint Metal Condition: Near mint Wood Condition: Near Mint Bore Condition: Brilliant and shiny Triggers: Double Triggers Stock Comb: 1-1/2″ Stock Heel: 2″ Fore End: Splinter with Deeley release Butt Pad: Checkered butt LOP: 14-1/8 Weight: 5lbs 12oz Choke Left: Full Choke Right: Light Mod. Price: $10,950

Browning Superposed 20 Gauge Over - Under
Browning Superposed 20 Gauge Over – Under

Browning Superposed 20 Gauge Over – Under: Bores are good. Some light finish loss in places mostly on barrels. Also has some scattered minor handling marks on stock and forearm. The butt plate has some chips around the edges. Serial Number: 18853 Chambers: 3 in Ejectors: Yes Condition: Pre-owned Barrels: 28 in Barrel Type: O/U Action: Box Lock Triggers: Single Selective Gauge: 20ga Stock: Round knob Prince of Wales grip Stock Drop: Drop to Comb: 2-1/8″, Drop to Heel: 1-1/2 Fore End: Rounded LOP: 14-1/4 in Rib: Vented Weight: 6 lbs 11 oz Manufacture Date: 1960 Chokes: Fixed: Skeet/Skeet Case: None. Price: $3,999.99

Cogswell & Harrison 16 bore ' Regency' Boxlock Ejector
Cogswell & Harrison 16 bore ‘ Regency’ Boxlock Ejector

Cogswell & Harrison 16 bore ‘ Regency’ Boxlock Ejector: Serial no. 80236, 26in nitro barrels, rib inlaid in script ‘Regency’ the barrels engraved ‘Cogswell & Harrsion Ltd. 168 Piccadilly London W1, 2 3/4 in chambers, bored approx. 3/4 choke in both, scroll-back action, automatic safety with gold-inlaid ‘safe’ detail, gold washed triggers, bold well executed full coverage acanthus scroll engraving, french grey finish, 15 inch LOP with english leather covered pad, weight 6lb., bores measure .665-right, . 662+ left, wall thicknesses 26- thou right and 27 thou left, in lightweight leathher case. A nice well balanced, light sweet 16 bird gun. Price: $3,500

SKB Estate 20 Gauge Bird Gun with 28” Barrels, Double Triggers, and Long Length of Pull– Excellent
SKB Estate 20 Gauge Bird Gun with 28” Barrels, Double Triggers, and Long Length of Pull– Excellent

SKB Estate 20 Gauge Bird Gun with 28” Barrels, Double Triggers, and Long Length of Pull– Excellent: SKB Estate 20 gauge side-by-side shotgun with brilliant case coloring and deep, rich bluing. Great quail, grouse and woodcock gun. Double triggers, manual safety, and extractors. Weight is 6lb 5oz. Straight grip splinter forearm stock configuration for quick handling.   ***   The richly blued 28” barrels are chambered for 2-3/4” and 3” shotshells. They are topped by a raised solid tapered crosshatched rib with a white Bradley style white front sight for greater visibility. The right barrel is bored 0.626 with a constriction of 0.008 for Improved Cylinder choke. The left barrel is bored 0.628 and has a constriction of 0.013 for Modified choke.   ***   The straight grip stock and splinter forearm are made of nicely figured Turkish walnut. Checkering is crisp. Condition is great with only a few minor handling marks. Stock dimensions are 15” to a checkered butt by 1-3/8” by 2”. Neutral cast.   ***   This nicely double is a perfectly configured bird slayer. Fast moving. Sure pointing. And handsome. You will be proud to uncase this little beauty at the range and enjoy carrying it afield. A lot of gun for the money. Better move quickly before someone else takes it away. Price: $1,895

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Superb Charles Boswell 410ga O/U Pinless sidelock - Truly a bespoke gun in every regard! Long barrels with superb dimensions
Superb Charles Boswell 410ga O/U Pinless sidelock – Truly a bespoke gun in every regard! Long barrels with superb dimensions

Superb Charles Boswell 410ga O/U Pinless sidelock – Truly a bespoke gun in every regard! Long barrels with superb dimensions: This gun made in 2007, after Chris Batha obtained the rights to the Charles Boswell name in 2004, to make bespoke best quality guns under this name, with prices starting at $85,000.00. This beautifully filed, fitted, and finished creation of functional art by many Purdey and Holland trained gunmakers (Gerry Swanson, finisher) would certainly be well in excess of that number. This gun has 30 – 1/4″ demi bloc barrels fitted with solid matted rib. Left side of top barrel is engraved “Charles Boswell London.” Breech end of top barrel and ejector bolsters are scroll engraved. Flat of bottom barrel is stamped with 2007 London nitro proofs for 3″ chambers. Serial number is engraved on bottom barrel.  Beautifully sculpted small sized over/under action fitted with pinless sidelocks is somewhat rounded with nicely filed beads. Action features non-automatic safety and gold plated non-selective single trigger and is engraved with near full coverage well cut rose and scroll by noted ex-Purdey engraver Dave Tallet. (Signature on trigger plate) “Charles Boswell” is in gold diagonally across front portions of lockplates, and also in arched banner on bottom of action over “London”. Blued single beaded small bow trigger guard with matching scroll has serial number in gold on tang. Well marbled and figured European walnut straight grip buttstock with checkered wood butt with engraved steel heel and toe plates. Classic drop points are behind lockplates, and well cut semi flat top point pattern checkering is at grip. A silver oval engraved “CW” is on toe line. Matching slim one piece ejector forend has Anson type release. Gun is housed in a best quality oak and brown leather case by Ian Tomlin, has gold canvas brown leather trimmed outer cover. Case is lined in burgundy cloth and has Boswell paper label in lid. Tops of case partitions are also of oak, and case contains Boswell marked square oil bottle and snap caps. Two piece cleaning rod is still in its original wrapper. Cleaning brushes are in black leather case. Price: $47,500

E.J. Churchill “The Regal Model” XXV London Baby Frame BLE - 28ga - 25” - Sk/IMSK - Abercrombie & Fitch - Double Trigger - Checkered Butt
E.J. Churchill “The Regal Model” XXV London Baby Frame BLE – 28ga – 25” – Sk/IMSK – Abercrombie & Fitch – Double Trigger – Checkered Butt

E.J. Churchill “The Regal Model” XXV London Baby Frame BLE – 28ga – 25” – Sk/IMSK – Abercrombie & Fitch – Double Trigger – Checkered Butt: Abercrombie & Fitch – Fine Tapered Raised Hand Matted Rib – Double Trigger – Checkered Butt – 99% Condition – The Lightest Weight 28ga I have ever listed for sale – This Shotgun is Tiny but graceful in the hands – Amazing Little English VC Case. Price: $21,995

F.W Heym 20 Bore O/U German Shotgun
F.W Heym 20 Bore O/U German Shotgun

F.W Heym 20 Bore O/U German Shotgun: A super nice Heym  circa 1926 20 bore O/U bored  .010 and .013 – Mod and Mod.  28″ Solid Rib barrels. Bores are perfect with good walls. Stock Dimensions: 1 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ x 14 3/8″ with 1/4 cast off at heel. Weight 6 lbs. 2.3 oz. Price: $9850

MERKEL 200E EJECTOR 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
MERKEL 200E EJECTOR 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

MERKEL 200E EJECTOR 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN: 28 inch barrels. Extra Full & Extra Full. .052 & .057. Solid rib. Double triggers. Hinged front. Ejectors. Cocking indicators. 3 piece forearm. 14 1/4 LOP butt plate. 2 3/4 chambers. 50-60% case color. 96% blue. Excellent bores. 1957 mfg. Price: $1,895

BERETTA SILVER SNIPE 20G OU SHOTGUN
BERETTA SILVER SNIPE 20G OU SHOTGUN

BERETTA SILVER SNIPE 20G OU SHOTGUN: Solid gun in good condition with some light handling marks. Extractors Condition: Preowned Metal Condition: Good Barrels: 26″ Action: Boxlock Triggers: Single Gauge: 20 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 1/4″ Stock Cast: Off Fore End: Checkered Weight: 6lbs Chokes: IC/F Case: No. Price: $800

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Holland & Holland Royal Best Quality Sidelock 12ga/26.5"
Holland & Holland Royal Best Quality Sidelock 12ga/26.5″

Holland & Holland Sidelock 12ga/26.5″: London best gun specially made for Abercrombie & Fitch Co. New York — Full sidelock with 99% color case remaining. A&F factory logo is inlayed in gold on bottom of receiver. Straight grip stock measures 1 9/16″ x 2 1/16″ x 14 3/8″ over checkered butt, double triggers, splinter forend. This gun weighs 6lbs 9oz. Mint condition. 1962 Mfg. Price: $28,495

Colt 1878 Grade 8 SxS Hammer Shotgun
Colt 1878 Grade 8 SxS Hammer Shotgun

Colt 1878 Grade 8 SxS Hammer Shotgun: Serial Number: 20648, Barrels: 30 inches, Triggers: Double Trigger, Gauge: 12 Gauge, Fore End: Splinter, LOP: 14 /14 inches Weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz. Price: $18,950

KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN
KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN

KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN: #654A KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN, 12 ga., 31” bbls., extremely full choke almost down to a 16 bore, fully raised matted rib with 2 ivory beads, action engraved with game scenes, left side has a fox watching 4 pheasants flying, right side has 2 pointers watching 4 grouse flying, both are in an outdoor scene with brush, trees, hills & so forth, bottom of frame has a hawk sitting on a dead Mallard in an oval, also has “FCR” initials in gold on bottom of trigger guard with engraved scene around it, bbls. are also engraved & marked “Bohler Antinit”, right side of bbls. marked “Nitro”, SST, ejectors, cocking indicators, top tang safety, flat panel on both sides of stock behind the receiver, fancy checkered PG with engraved steel PG cap, oval gold inlay in bottom of stock, leather covered recoil pad, 15” pull, checkered forend with Deeley lever forend release, beautiful condition with 100% bbl. blue, mint bores, 100% casehardening, very high quality. Price: $5750

J.D. Dougall Highest Quality 12 Gauge Dbl. Bbl. Barrel Shotgun with Patented "Lockfast Breech System in Exc. Original Condition
J.D. Dougall Highest Quality 12 Gauge Dbl. Bbl. Barrel Shotgun with Patented “Lockfast Breech System in Exc. Original Condition

J.D. Dougall Highest Quality 12 Gauge Dbl. Bbl. Barrel Shotgun with Patented “Lockfast Breech System in Exc. Original Condition: Exceptional J.D. Dougall double barrel shotgun manufactured in 1872.  It has the maker’s name with London address on the barrels top rib, although Dougall is believed to have been a Glasgow gun maker.  The receiver has beautifully scalloped fences and noseless “rabbit ear” hammers (a Dougall standard).  The receiver, lockplates, hammers, trigger guard & top tang are beautifully engraved with about 60% coverage of extremely fine English foliate arabesque patterns. This shotgun is marked “Highest” highest quality on barrels, frame and forend.  Untouched original finish on metal and wood.  Barrels are brown damascus with recent Birmingham nitro proof “2016”.  Stock has all original finish and checkering with very few handing marks.  Shotgun has 75% original case color remaining.  It has a full pistol grip with color hardened grip cap engraved, heel and toe butt plate engraved.  Min. barrel wall thickness is .024 right and .023 left barrel.  The 28″ uncut barrels have mint bores and are choked pre-choke and cylinder bored.  This classic shotgun will make someone a great Quail gun. Price: $4,950

LC SMITH FEATHERWEIGHT FIELD IN 20 GAUGE
LC SMITH FEATHERWEIGHT FIELD IN 20 GAUGE

LC SMITH FEATHERWEIGHT FIELD IN 20 GAUGE: LC Smith Featherweight 20 gauge with 26″ barrels. Original case color at 25%. Extractors. Tight on face with top lever well right of center. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Mirror bores. Right barrel measures .612 with 12/1000 choke (IC). Left at .614 with 21/1000 choke (Mod). Weight of the gun is 6 LBS 3 OZ.  Aftermarket butt plate. LOP is 14 1/8″. Drop at comb – 1 1/2″. Drop at heel – 2 5/8″. A nice solid, collectable LC Smith ready for the field. Price: $1,295

Online auction alert: AYA sidelock 20g, No Reserve ….

NR AYA sidelock 20 ga double barrel ejector w/ leather case engraved
NR AYA sidelock 20 ga double barrel ejector w/ leather case engraved

For decades now, Spanish shotguns have been one of the best values out there — especially if you can buy a used one that’s in excellent shape. From what I can see, this pre-owned AYA is in that kind of shape.

NR AYA sidelock 20 ga double barrel ejector w/ leather case engraved
NR AYA sidelock 20 ga double barrel ejector w/ leather case engraved

I’m not sure what grade it is — made a AYA No. 2 — but it looks like a decent gun. I like the shaping of the action, the color-case hardening, and the wood. The engraving is OK, but it works with the rest of the gun. Overall, this 20g looks like a great little bird gun.

NR AYA sidelock 20 ga double barrel ejector w/ leather case engraved
NR AYA sidelock 20 ga double barrel ejector w/ leather case engraved

It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the the online auction listing ends today, 8/6/2021 @ 9:35 PM ET. Here’s more info about this gun from the seller:

NR AYA sidelock 20 ga double barrel ejector w/ leather case engraved
NR AYA sidelock 20 ga double barrel ejector w/ leather case engraved

NR AYA sidelock 20 ga double barrel ejector w/ leather case engraved: Straight grip, 27 1/2in barrels, 14in LOP, drops 1 7/16 to 2 1/8 chokes marked 15.2-15.6 and 14.8-15.6 so around extra full and full? Tight and on face, ejectors work seem to work well and on time. bores bright / very good condition. Check all pictures, looks to be in nice shape, very good bore and blueing, stock and forend has some wear / clear coat has started to crackle. Would look really nice with a satin oil finish.

NR AYA sidelock 20 ga double barrel ejector w/ leather case engraved
NR AYA sidelock 20 ga double barrel ejector w/ leather case engraved
NR AYA sidelock 20 ga double barrel ejector w/ leather case engraved
NR AYA sidelock 20 ga double barrel ejector w/ leather case engraved
NR AYA sidelock 20 ga double barrel ejector w/ leather case engraved
NR AYA sidelock 20 ga double barrel ejector w/ leather case engraved

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The finest Parker Bros. AH 10ga extant! Near mint all original lightweight gun made on a #2 Frame with orig 30" barrels - appears test fired only
The finest Parker Bros. AH 10ga extant! Near mint all original lightweight gun made on a #2 Frame with orig 30″ barrels – appears test fired only

The finest Parker Bros. AH 10ga extant! Near mint all original lightweight gun made on a #2 Frame with orig 30″ barrels – appears test fired only:  One of just 14 made in this configuration – this rare early gun made on a #2 frame (very rare in 10ga) with 30″ Finest Damascus barrels.  This gun, made in 1890, was the highest grade gun made at the time and was made with original splinter forend, double triggers, extractors, and beautifully engraved skeleton buttplate.  This gun is absolutely 100% full coverage engraved, most certainly by W.H. Gough, and perhaps a detailed inspection will unveil his occasionally found and very elusive signature.  The gun is engraved with no less than 3 dogs on the bottom of the frame and 4 birds in a scene on the trigger plate, two more towards forend, two dogs on trigger guard bow with full scroll engraving, double dogs on right side with serpentine “PARKER BROS.” surrounded by full scroll, dog scenes on each of the breech balls, and double dogs on left, again with serpentine makers name surrounded by full scroll engraving.  The gun has its original engraved and blued skeleton buttplate.  Stocked with incredible straight grained European Walnut stocks which are beautifully checkered as seen in the photos.  All stampings are factory correct and original in every respect. This gun remains in spectacular original condition- nearly unheard of for one of these early guns.  The gun retains more than 95% bold vivid original case color throughout.  Stocks are excellent and sound with virtually all of their original hand rubbed finish with only minor handling marks throughout.  Trigger guard retains more than 80% original blue.  The buttplate retains more than 60% of its original high luster blue.  The breechface shows almost no signs of a shell ring from firing.  The barrels retain about 95% of their dark bold original pattern with only minor spotting towards the right breech as seen in the photos.  Bores are brilliant and shiny and the mechanics are crisp.  This gun matches it’s PGCA letter as seen in the photos. This exceptional “Best in Class” Parker is priced at $47,500 and can be shipped directly to your door as an antique.  If you desire the very best – look no further – this is it.  This gun is as fresh as a spring daisy having never been offered for sale publicly.
Price: $47,500

Parker Brothers BH 12g SxS Shotgun
Parker Brothers BH 12g SxS Shotgun

Parker Brothers BH 12g SxS Shotgun: 1898 BH 12 ga. with Fine DD  Damascus barrels…may have been redone because the pattern is fantastic.Double triggers, Straight stock with gold oval, good checkering. does have some handling marks…scratches dents etc. nothing major. bores are great chambers are 2 5/8″. lockes up tight as a drum. Have Parker letter for it. Mathces except for weight …letters at 8 lbs even…scales 7lbs 14 1/2oz…pretty close. Ready to hit the field. Antique: Yes, Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge, Model: BH, Serial Number: 88661 Barrel Length: 30″, Chambers: 2 5/8″, Condition: Original, Metal Condition: Good, Wood Condition: a few handling marks, Bore Condition: clean, Barrel Type: Fine Damascus, Action: Hammerless Top Lever, Triggers: Double Stock: English, Stock Drop: 2 1/2″ at heel, Fore End: Splinter, Butt Pad: Skeleton, LOP: 14 1/4″, Weight: 7lbs 14.5oz, Sights: Single steel, Manufacture Date: 1898, Choke Left: Full, Choke Right: Full Engraving: Excellent. Price: $9500

ORVIS CUSTOM UPLANDER 28G SIDELOCK SPANISH-MADE SXS
ORVIS CUSTOM UPLANDER 28G SIDELOCK SPANISH-MADE SXS

ORVIS CUSTOM UPLANDER 28G SIDELOCK SPANISH-MADE SXS: Clean gun with some very light handlng marks. Model: Orvis Uplander, Caliber Info: 28 Gauge, Ejectors: Yes Condition: Preowned, Metal Condition: Very Good, Barrels: 28″ Action: Sidelock, Triggers: Double, Gauge: 28 Gauge, Stock Comb: 1 1/4″ Stock Heel: 2″ Stock Cast: Off Fore End: Checkered LOP: 14 1/2 Rib: Flat File Cut Weight: 6.000000 Chokes: IC/M Case: No Price: $3,500

JP SAUER BLE 16G SxS GERMAN SHOTGUN
JP SAUER BLE 16G SxS GERMAN SHOTGUN

JP SAUER BLE 16G SxS GERMAN SHOTGUN: Solid gun with some loss of blue on the barrels. Model: Boxlock Ejector, Caliber Info: 16 Gauge, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: Preowned Metal Condition: Good, Barrels: 28″, Action: Boxlock, Triggers: Double, Gauge: 16 Gauge, Stock Comb: 1 1/2″, Stock Heel: 2 3/4″, Stock Cast: Off, Fore End: Checkered, LOP: 14 1/8″, Rib: Concave, Weight: 6.600000. Chokes: IM/IM. Price: $3,500

Francotte 18E Straight Grip Boxlock Ejector 12 gauge Grouse gun
Francotte 18E Straight Grip Boxlock Ejector 12 gauge Grouse gun

Francotte 18E Straight Grip Boxlock Ejector 12 gauge Grouse gun: This is a beautifully engraved, light and lively Francotte bird gun with 26″ barrels that are choked IC/Light Mod with 2-3/4″ chambers.  It is light enough that it can be carried all day at just 6 ounds 4 ounces. This is a great woodcock, quail, grouse and skeet gun with handling that will allow you to be successful on any outing that you choose. The radial matting on the barrels is quite attractive and provides a glare free sighting plane to a period ivory end bead. It is in good cosmetic and mechanical condition with ejectors that kick the empties well out of the way for quick reloading. It is a pre-war gun and exhibits the quality of items made when craftsmen were truly capable of fine work. The checkered side panels must be 35 lines per inch or more and the stock and forend checkering is very fine as well. The drop at the comb is 1-5/8″ and the drop at the heel is a mere 2″ and the length of pull is 14-1/4″ to a factory black plastic butt plate. Price: $2395

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Extraordinary early Parker A1 Special 12ga 2 barrel set- 30” and 34” - PGCA letter ordered by W.F. Parker! Deepest relief engraving I’ve ever seen
Extraordinary early Parker A1 Special 12ga 2 barrel set- 30” and 34” – PGCA letter ordered by W.F. Parker! Deepest relief engraving I’ve ever seen

Extraordinary early Parker A1 Special 12ga 2 barrel set- 30” and 34” – PGCA letter ordered by W.F. Parker! Deepest relief engraving I’ve ever seen!: Per the PGCA Research Letter – This gun Ordered by and likely used by Wilbur F. Parker!  Truly Exceptional Parker A1 Special 12ga two barrel set, made in 1907 on a #2 Frame.  This very rare gun is equipped with two sets of Whitworth Fluid Steel barrels- one set is 30″ long (original set), the other is 34″ (also definitely factory) long- an extreme rarity in these guns and also extremely desirable today.  This gun would make the ultimate vintage Pigeon Gun.  This gun currently sports a fantastic straight stock with gold plated double triggers, beavertail forend, and was made with auto ejectors, auto safety, and has older Silver’s type pad.  The top lever is beautifully sculpted as are the breech balls as seen in the photos.  These early A-1 Specials are some of the best engraved of all the Parker shotguns and this one is no exception.  The quality of the relief flowers are spectacular and by far the best executed I have seen.  The depth of the relief engraving and the quality is the finest on any Parker I have examined.  The fully engraved safety with gold inlaid “SAFE” in front.  See the photos for details on the engraving – it is breathtaking.  The PGCA letter for this gun is fascininating and worthy of review- see the photos for this as well. This gun remains in pleasing overall condition.  The gun has been updated, likely by Remington with both sets of barrels now having ventilated ribs, which are good and sound.  Mechanics are crisp throughout.  The gun has been completely restored with later Remington case color- likely done when the gun went back in for service in 43,45, or 46, though undoubtedly a Remington Parker work and quality.  The mechanics are crisp and the bores are brilliant and shiny. This extremely rare and desirable Parker is both pleasing to look at in the gun room and in the field.  Price: $60,000

ARRIZABALAGA SLE 20 GAUGE
ARRIZABALAGA SLE 20 GAUGE

ARRIZABALAGA SLE 20 GAUGE: Gun is in very good condition with some light handling marks. Oval is initialed. Caliber Info: 20 Gauge Ejectors: Yes Metal Condition: Very Good Barrels: 28″ Action: Sidelock Triggers: Double Gauge: 20 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 3/8″ Stock Cast: Off Fore End: Checkered LOP: 15 1/4″ Rib: Concave Weight: 6.5 lbs Chokes: IC/IM Case: Leather Luggage. Price: $12,775

“SCARCE” James Purdey of London Double Rifle chambered in .450 BPE that was manufactured in 1868 for the 15th Duke of Norfolk
“SCARCE” James Purdey of London Double Rifle chambered in .450 BPE that was manufactured in 1868 for the 15th Duke of Norfolk

“SCARCE” James Purdey of London Double Rifle chambered in .450 BPE that was manufactured in 1868 for the 15th Duke of Norfolk:  The amount of man hours was very high when one of these rifles was made. From the factory letter we know that this rifle was completed in 1868. It was built for the Duke of Norfolk and stocked by John Robertson. The caliber is listed as a 60 bore which is the equivalent to the .450 BPE cartridge. This J. Purdey .450 “BPE” Black Powder Express Rotary Underlever Big Game Hammer Double Rifle is all matching with no alterations. The bores are in excellent condition being bright with excellent lands and grooves in the 30” barrels. It has a 3-leaf rear sight with one fixed and two folding blades. Each blade has a Platinum center line and are marked “100, 200 and 250.” The finish shows no signs of rust or pitting with strong pattern colors. The forearm is in very fine condition with no cracks and one chip as shown. The butt stock is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. This after 153 years is quite amazing. The receiver shows very fine and detailed engraving as you can see in the pictures. The rifle is tight and obviously has seen very little use over the decades. The rifle functions as it should with no issues. The original oak case has some accessories and the original cleaning rod. The center lock mechanism is missing but both side levers are present. No FFL transfer is needed to transfer this antique. The factory letter will be included. Price: $10K

MERKEL 200E 20ga 26" IC&M, DT, Mfg 1955 Excellent
MERKEL 200E 20ga 26″ IC&M, DT, Mfg 1955 Excellent

MERKEL 200E 20ga 26″ IC&M, DT, Mfg 1955 Excellent: Serial  #  41176 Country of Origin  Germany Barrel Length (in Inches) 26″ Choke U  IC (.005″), Choke O  M (.015″) Trigger  DT (Double) Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip, Recoil pad Forearm Type  3-piece Forearm Rib Type Solid rib Receiver Finish  Casehardened Engraving Type  Ornamental Scroll Engraving Other Options  2 3/4″ chambers, Cocking indicators, Horn grip cap Condition  EXC. Condition Weight  6#0oz Dimensions  1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″  x 14″ with 3/8″ cast off. Other Details Mfg 1955. Price: $5,500

Beretta ~ Model S686 Special ~ OU ~ 20 GA
Beretta ~ Model S686 Special ~ OU ~ 20 GA

Beretta ~ Model S686 Special ~ OU ~ 20 GA: Description: This Beretta S686 is in overall very good condition. Metal Condition: Very Good Wood Condition: Very Good Bore Condition: Excellent Barrels: 26″ Triggers: Single Selective Safety Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP Fore End: Checkered Walnut Semi Pistol Grip – Checkered Walnut Forend Butt Pad: Black Rubber Butt Pad Weight: 6 lbs Sights: Front Bead – Mid-Bead Chokes: With Screw in Choke Tubes Wood shows some light handling marks and dings. Complete with case! 20 Gauge. Price: $2,099.99

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