Good gun alert: 16g Parker PH, 0-frame, 2 bbl set ….

PARKER PH 16GA O FRAME FACTORY 2-BARREL SET INCREDIBLE CONDITION
PARKER PH 16GA O FRAME FACTORY 2-BARREL SET INCREDIBLE CONDITION

Some vintage shotguns suck you in with their condition and make you think you need to own them — even when you know you don’t need another double. This Parker is one of those guns.

PARKER PH 16GA O FRAME FACTORY 2-BARREL SET INCREDIBLE CONDITION
PARKER PH 16GA O FRAME FACTORY 2-BARREL SET INCREDIBLE CONDITION

It appears to be in excellent shape all around, and the fact it’s a two-barrel set with different chokes makes the gun versatile. It’s also a 16-gauge on an 0-frame, so it’s built on a twenty-gauge size action. That’s why it weighs just 5lbs 15oz when it’s wearing its 26″ barrels.

Auction alert: Insanely rare 16g D.M. Lefever 16g SxS, 9F grade…

 

D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun
D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun

The shotgun you see here is one of the rarest of all vintage American double-barrel shotguns. It’s a D.M. Lefever 16g in 9F grade and is on Gunbroker.com now. The listing ends on 3/24/2019 @ 7:51 PM. Even though it’s a No Reserve auction, bidding starts at $5,995.

Daniel Myron Lefever was an American inventor and gunmaker. In his lifetime, he patented a number of gun designs, including the one built by the Lefever Arms Company from 1883 until 1916 (here’s a gun built on that patent).

D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun
D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun

In 1902, D. M. Lefever formed the D. M. Lefever, Sons & Company. The gun he built with that company is the type of SxS shotgun listed in this auction. Called a Lefever Cross-Bolt, it’s a very different design, and it was very successful for D.M. Lefever. The company only made about a 1,000 of them before going out of business. The one shown here is a 9F grade, one up from D.M. Lefever bottom of the line 0 Excelsior model.

D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun
D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun

Dan D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun: You are bidding on a fantastic and rare D.M. Lefever and Sons Co. shotgun! This has its ORIGINAL FACTORY ORDER TAG!!! D.M. Lefever and Sons only made about 1000 guns in the short span of their production, and this one is special in several ways! It is a snappy little 16 Ga. and has factory documented 26″ barrels. VERY EARLY production! It also has a straight grip English style stock, Imperial Steel barrels, 9F grade, and this actual gun was featured in the Double Gun Journal Winter 1992 Issue that has the great article on D.M. Lefever crossbolt guns. It is in beautiful condition with 90% plus original bluing on the barrels and high condition on the action and stock. Original butt plate with unturned screws. Barrels ring true and are plenty thick, bores are excellent. I took the D.M. Lefever to Britannia Sporting Arms in Cape Neddick, Maine and the proprietor Stephan Hutton (worked at Churchill’s in England) thoroughly looked the gun over and gave a glowing condition report! The states that it is a “very clean, solid gun that has seen very little use, and has been well-looked after over the years”, he noted that most of the small amount of wear has been because of handling.

D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun
D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun

It is completely original, locks up tight, is on face, and functions correctly as it is (the ejector spring was removed from the gun at some point, but is present with the gun and can be re-installed if desired) The chambers are 2 3/4” long and there are no signs of them having been “opened up”, so he believes that it left the factory this way. The stock and forearm are original to the gun and their conditions match nicely. He said that it is possible that the stock was refreshed at some point in the distant past, but that he personally highly doubts, it given the patina of the wood and the high original condition of the rest of the gun. The consensus was that it just remains in pretty amazing condition overall. The Length of Pull is a little over 14” and drop at comb was over 1 1/2”, drop at heel was 2 3/8” with no cast and will fit shooters of modern dimensions. These dimensions are all within 1/8” of the dimensions listed on the original factory tag, which are nominal dimensions. The bores have NO dents, bulges or pits, the ribs are sound, the minimum wall thicknesses on the barrels are healthy at .030 for the left barrel, and .029 for the right barrel. The chokes are listed as Cyl and Modified, and he found that the Cyl barrel had .003 constriction which could be considered Cyl or Skeet 1, other barrel was Modified. There were no signs of the chokes being modified after it left the factory. He noted that there is an almost imperceptible dent in the left barrel choke area at approx the 7 o’clock position, but stated that it was of absolutely no concern. The bore size was .675 in the right barrel and .679 in the left barrel, which is over nominal barrel size for a 16 gauge, but states that given the healthy wall thicknesses, that it most likely left the factory this way and was not polished at a later time. He stated that he does not know the reason that the ejector spring was removed, but that a previous owner may have not wanted the shells to eject or it could have been giving him problems. He said that without re-installing the ejector spring that it was impossible to know if there was a functional reason it was removed. The gun functions properly as it is, but he stated that with the ejector spring not in place, that care must be given when re-attaching the barrels to the action, as if the ejector arms rotate and go over other parts that you will not be able to re-attach the barrels until they are placed back in their proper position where they are normally held in place from the ejector spring. Although he has examined and worked on several D.M Lefevers, he stated that this one has a different action mechanism than the others that he had seen personally. He did not expressly say so, he did give the overall impression that this was the nicest, original D.M. Lefever that he had seen. With its Double Gun Journal provenance, desirable gauge, unusual features, and original hang tag, you probably won’t have many (if any) opportunities to find a nicer, better example of an early D.M Lefever! Buyer to pay actual shipping and INSURANCE costs. Payment by certified funds or cash. FFL or C&R required for shipment.

Auction alert: 20g Beretta 686 OU, Ruffed Grouse Society model…

 

Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26" 3" Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary
Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26″ 3″ Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary

Here’s a great grouse gun, made even better by being a Ruffed Grouse Society 25h Anniversary model. While it has some dings and hunting use, it looks like it’s still in great shape and ready to be taken to your favorite cover.

Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26" 3" Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary
Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26″ 3″ Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary

It’s on Gunbroker.com now and this NO RESERVE listing end 3/22/2019 @ 2:46 PM.

Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26" 3" Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary
Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26″ 3″ Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary

Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26″ 3″ Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary—NO RESERVE—NO CC FEES—NUMBER 33 OF 100—Shotgun shows some signs of use. Stock and forearm have various marks. Blueing looks good, one small spot on roll stamp where it has light freckling (pictured) Blemishes in stock behind the receiver. Rib has a small “divet” half way down, however is not noticed when shouldered. Fixed Modified and Improved Cylinder barrels. Clean bores.

Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26" 3" Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary
Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26″ 3″ Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary

All about the new Beretta’s new SL3 OU shotgun …

New Beretta SL3 OU shotgun
New Beretta SL3 OU shotgun

Last April I traveled to Italy for the launch of the Beretta’s new SL3 Over Under shotgun. Here’s an article I wrote about the trip for Shooting Sportsman magazine. Pics are from Project Upland’s A.J. DeRosa.

The Italian Way

Give me a ‘friggin break, Italy. It was a Sunday, almost 7 pm. After an overnight flight into Milan and a couple of hours on trains, I was in Brescia, sitting at the edge of a square called Piazzale Arnaldo, jet-lagged, cranky, and hungry enough to eat a gunstock.

I had booked a hotel in the part of town known for dining and nightlife, so I had charged out of it an hour earlier expecting to find crowds of people and bustling restaurants everywhere. I had imagined laughter, palmed glasses of red wine, and plates of Risotto alla Milanese and Tortelli di Zucca. But instead of walking into a scene from La Dolce Vita, I walked into ghost town out of a spaghetti western.

Everywhere I went, the streets were deserted: Via Tosio, Via S. Faustino, Via Crispi. Windows were shuttered; shops were closed; restaurants were empty. Nothing was open. I was looking to EAT, and my outfit, a dark shirt topped with a darker jacket, was ready to mask some spilled sauce. But there was no risotto or tortelli to be found anywhere. I couldn’t even get pizza. In Italy. Defeated and fading, I considered my situation. Room service at my hotel? Vending machines in the lobby? Did my hotel have vending machines? Ugh.

As I wondered, bells in towers throughout the city started to ring-in 7 pm. Dong, dong, dong. By the time they finished, the Piazzale Arnaldo had come to life. Couples appeared from around the corner and strolled by hand in hand. The Osteria Vecchio restaurant flicked on its lights and a waiter lined up tables on the stone walkway front. An old man with a cane tapped past. Within an hour or so, everything I had hoped to find earlier had appeared: Chatting people, open restaurants, and, finally, dinner: Casoncelli alla Bresciana (raviolis stuffed with meat, showered with sage butter, guanciale, and parmesan cheese). My shirt did not stay clean.

So what had happened? Basically, Italians do things their own way. On Sundays, that means spending the afternoon with family. Instead of going out around 5 pm (like an American expected them to do), they waited until later. As I would find out, the Italians also do things their own way when it comes to building firearms, and this is what made Beretta’s newest over-under so worthy of attention.

Beretta's new SL3 OU, different engraving patterns
Beretta’s new SL3 OU, different engraving patterns

Confusingly, Brescia is both una citta and una provincia in northern Italy. The second contains the first, and both are nudged against the Italian Alps, closer to Geneva than to Rome. The Provincia di Brescia is the industrial capital of Europe. Along with being a top producer of everything from automobile wheels to pipe fittings, the provincia builds 40% of the sporting guns sold throughout the world. In 2016, the province of Brescia sent more than 395,000 sporting guns to the U.S. alone. Most were built in Gardone Val Trompia, a town 30 miles north of the città di Brescia.

Gardone Val Trompia is squeezed into a valley (il Val Trompia) between mountain and peaks with wonderfully euphonic names like Monte Rodondone, Punta Almana, and Corni di Sonclivo. Unfortunately, the views of them from town aren’t worth seeing. This and Gardone Val Trompia industrial-park vibe keeps the area off of most tourists’ lists. Chances are, anyone traveling there isn’t looking for scenery; they’re looking for guns. Dozens of gunmakers and gun-related business are stacked into Val Trompia, from Zoli and F.lli Rizzini to the famous Creative Art engraving studio. The king of all them all is Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A. I was in Gardone Val Trompia to learn more Beretta’s new SL3, an over-under shotgun the company introduced to the U.S. at the 2018 Safari Club International Convention in Las Vegas. Compared to all the other OUs already on the market, I wanted to see if the SL3 was worth paying attention to at all.

At the range with Beretta's new SL3 OU
At the range with Beretta’s new SL3 OU

“With the SL3, we took all our experience in ballistics, all our experience in manufacturing premium guns, and all our experience in designing beautiful guns, and we put all of this together.” That’s Roberto Zarrillo, Marketing Manager at Beretta. If you know much about his employer, you realize Mr. Zarrillo’s saying a whole lot when he refers to “all our experience.”

Beretta is the world’s oldest gunmaker. It was established in 1526 by Bartolomeo Beretta. That was during the reign of England’s King Henry VIII and hundreds of years before James Purdey or Charles Parker were born. Over the last 492 years, Beretta has made everything from arquebus barrels to the M9 pistol used by today’s U.S. Armed Forces. Of course, Beretta has also made all types of shotguns.

In 1933, the company created its first breechloading OU: The Model S1. With sidelocks and a Woodward-style low-profile action, the Mod. S1 looked like a best-quality British OU. What set it apart was how Beretta built it–and its price. Using high-precision industrial techniques they perfected when building guns like their Model 1915 semiautomatic pistol, they updated traditional gunmaking techniques and turned out a world-class shotgun. Price wise, in the ‘50s, Beretta’s top-of-the-line SO3 cost $750, and a Purdey OU was $2,300. This combination of high-quality and affordability made the Mod. S1 and the sidelock Beretta OUs that followed revolutionary. It also made them the first successful Italian over-unders of the twentieth century and the foundation for all the over-unders Beretta builds today, including the new SL3.

Il Maestro Ferdinando Belleri, Beretta’s master gunmaker,

“Il Maestro” is a tough title to pull off, but with the just the right mix of sophistication and flair, Il Maestro Ferdinando Belleri, Beretta’s master gunmaker, nails it. When I met him, I didn’t know if I should shake his hand–or kiss it. We were in Beretta Due, home of the company’s Premium Division and where Maestro Belleri oversees the gunmakers who hand fit, stock, engrave, and finish Beretta’s finest firearms. As Il Maestro prepared to introduce me to his team’s new OU, I flipped through a brochure about this gun and read “The SL3 heralds a new era of Beretta premium shotguns, combining the finest Beretta technology available from our various product families.” Interesting, I thought. But that’s just ad copy. Let’s see what you’ve got.

What they had impressed.

Like Il Maestro, the Beretta SL3 has plenty of sophistication and flair. It’s a sideplated, over-under game gun available in 12 and 20 gauge, and it features a triggerplate-style action with V-springs, ejectors, and a single, selective trigger. The steel-shot approved barrels use screw-in Optima HP chokes, and right now they come in 28” and 30”. The pistol grip stocks are made of rich Turkish walnut, hand checkered (or not checkered, as an option) and dressed in a matte oil finish. Priced at $20,000, the SL3 is far from cheap. But it is more affordable than Beretta’s sidelock, SO-series over-unders which start at $27,500 and run to $90,000, and it’s less than other OUs aimed at the same market, like the sideplated Boxall & Edmiston (£25,200) and the James Purdey & Sons Trigger Plate (£55,000).

While the SL3 retains the classic features I’m used to seeing on Beretta OUs –trapezoidal locking shoulders on the barrels, pronounced hinge pins on the sides of the action, monoblocked barrels–the rest of the gun is unlike any other Beretta I’ve seen before. It’s slimmer than an SO10 and far rounder than a Beretta Giubileo. With its low profile, lack of sharp edges, and sweeping lines, it looks like it was designed in a wind tunnel. The stock is trim and minimalistic through the head and into the hand. There are no raised panels around the sideplates and there are no drop points. The forend iron, action, toplever and triggerguard complement one another with curves, sweeps, and sculpted layers finished in a mix of engraved, polished, and matte surfaces.

Action on the Beretta's new SL3 OU
Action on the Beretta’s new SL3 OU

While the overall design of the SL3 is very futuristic, the engraving patterns it’s offered in ground the gun in very 19th-century styles. Each pattern–floral scroll, gamescene, and fine English scroll–is cut with a five-axis laser system. While the first two patterns have their strengths, the gamebirds and rose bouquets look a bit flat and cumbersome. The floral scroll pattern doesn’t have either of these problems, and that’s one reason it’s the most impressive. It has a gorgeous Renaissance style with cross-hatch accents, and mesmerizing, three-dimensional look. The SL3 also comes in a stunning, unengraved, mirror-polished finish. Unengraved finishes are like Speedo bathing suits for firearms, and any gun wearing one better be flawless to avoid embarrassing itself. With subtle sculpting on the action and superb metalwork and fitting all around, the mirror-polished SL3s looks great. Even if they could blush, they wouldn’t have to.

Centuries from now, after artificial intelligence has taken over the world, our robot overlords may look back with fondness on their ancestors building shotgun components in Beretta Uno, the factory next to Maestro Belleri’s Beretta Due. Beretta Uno is home to the company’s cutting-edge gunmaking equipment. This is where the tubes that become the barrels are cold-hammer-forged into shape and then laser-welded together and the actions and other metal parts are milled out of bars of steel. The machines that do it do more than just run on their own, day in and day out without a break: they maintain themselves and, whenever needed, contact humans for assistance. That need doesn’t arise very often.

But even with all these high-tech techniques, the SL3 still requires at least a month of hand fitting by Beretta’s most skilled gunmakers to assemble and then stock, checker, fine tune, and complete. A good chunk of this time is spent “jointing” an SL3, gunmaking slang for fitting the barrels to the action and a skill machines are still far from mastering.

The SL3 unique three-point locking system secures the barrels to the action and displaces the forces released by firing the gun. The first of its three points is the hinge pins at the front of the action. Then there are the “lower hooks.” These are on the underside of the barrels, and they match up with blocks in the floor of the action. While the hinge pins and the lower hooks are designed to displace and spread out force, the third point in the locking system—the bolt and locking pins–keep the gun closed upon firing. The way the bolt and locking pins are built into the action is one of the most innovative aspects of the Beretta SL3.

On most Italian OUs, the locking pins (aka “bites”) fit flush against the face of the action. The bolt slides horizontally forward to engage with them and lock things down. Borrowing from their DT11 competitions guns, Beretta made a small modification to the SL3: Its locking pins slip into vertical grooves machined into the face of action and on either side of the firing pins. By moving these locking pins back from the hinge pin, Beretta increased their ability to keep the barrels from pivoting on the hinge. It’s a little detail that makes huge sense, and another example of how Beretta always looks to improve its guns.

In testing, the robustness of the SL3’s entire three-point locking system proved itself when it withstood the pounding of 11,500 magnum cartridges with no issues. Something else that’s special about the SL3 three-point locking system: All aspects of it–the hinge pins, lower hooks, and locking pins–are easy to replace. When any of them wear, new ones are easy to fit and the gun can be back to new—and back in the field—in no time.

At the range with Beretta's new SL3 OU
At the range with Beretta’s new SL3 OU

When it heads to the field, the SL3 shows off its Premium-gun lineage with the case it comes in. Handmade by Beretta’s in-house Custom Gun Case Atelier, it’s an upgraded version of the canvas-and-leather cases British shotguns used to come in. On the outside, it’s covered in blue cotton, with Italian leather straps and corner bumpers, and a Beretta-crested locking clasp. On the inside, it’s lined with quilted wool and features a removable leather pouch for chokes tubes and cleaning accessories. Very classy. And speaking of heading to the field, the SL3 shoots as good as it looks when it gets there. The 12 gauge I used on a five-stand course had a dynamic, weight-forward balance that made it easy to get on a target and swing through. Right off, I was dusting clays coming in, going away, dropping down, and crisscrossing. While the gun wasn’t lightweight, it didn’t feel clunky, and it did a great job of managing felt recoil.

The day after meeting Maestro Belleri and seeing his team’s new SL3, I was back in Brescia, eating pizza in the famous Piazza della Loggia, and thinking about Beretta and their contributions to gunmaking. Why had this company succeeded for almost five hundred years? And why are they still on cutting edge at the beginning of the 21st century? From what I could see, it was because Beretta did things their way, and that “way” included having the foresight to embrace technology and change. The SL3 is the most recent culmination of this vision. From what I saw, it’s an awesome shotgun that does a great job of updating classic shotgun aesthetics with the latest innovations in design and engineering. I would be proud to own one, and I’m sure anyone who purchases and SL3 will feel the same way, too.

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

 

Westley Richards .577 3" NE Droplock SXS Double Rifle New Production
Westley Richards .577 3″ NE Droplock SXS Double Rifle New Production

Westley Richards .577 3″ NE Droplock SXS Double Rifle New Production: Westley Richards famous Droplock action with a scroll back, hinged cover plate, Snap Action Lever work and Model “C” Doll’s Head Extension, non-automatic “beetle back” safety, two triggers with the front one hinged, disk-set strikers, and Westleys’ patent ejectors. The action is color hardened with blacked furniture and wonderfully engraved in small scroll in a traditional House “diamond” pattern with the Maker’s name inlaid in gold on the top rib and on the action sides in flowing banners. Rolled trigger bow for a right hand shooter and an extended tang to a trap grip cap. Serial number is also inlaid in gold. Rifle is fitted with 25″ chopper lump barrels, WR pattern full length quarter rib with a standing Express sight (50 yds) and a single folding leaf (100 yds) both lined in gold with WR’s patent combination front sight with a flip up moon-sight. Barrels and sights are regulated for 750gr Bullets.Stock  is a highly figured, yet appropriately laid out, walnut stock w/ a right handed beaded cheekpiece, drop points, traditional point pattern checkering with Mullered borders, a blank gold oval and sling swivel stud. Rifle has a 15 1/8″ LOP over a leather covered pad and a splinter forend with an ebony forend tip and Deeley forend latch. The rifle weighs 13 lbs. 6 oz. Rifle is complete in a Maker’s Best O&L case w/ accouterments and canvas outer cover with the rifles descriptions and serial number on the initial patch. Price: $95,000

Ithaca 7E Double Barrel SxS Shotgun, 12 Gauge
Ithaca 7E Double Barrel SxS Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Ithaca 7E Double Barrel SxS Shotgun, 12 Gauge: This is the first 7E Grade Ithaca we have ever seen, which is understandable since there were only 22 or 25 ever manufactured.  According to Walter C. Snyder, an Historian of the Ithaca Gun Company, this shotgun was shipped to an undisclosed location on 12/5/44.  The condition is superb, as one might expect from such a high grade shotgun, it shows almost no wear or evidence of use.  The blue and case-colors are near 100%, the bores are perfect and the highly figured American Walnut stock is ornately checkered and is in near new condition.  It appears that the only non-original part is a proper “sunburst” Ithaca marked reproduction recoil pad.  The case hardened receiver is highly engraved and has six gold inlays including 2 ducks, 2 pheasants, a dog holding a duck and a bald eagle complete with a white gold head.  The shotgun is fitted with ejectors, double gold plated triggers, and the barrels are 28 inches in length, choked full and full (0040″ + .0040″).  The stock dimensions are: 14 inch length-of-pull, 2 3/4 inch drop at the heel and 1 3/4 inch drop at the comb.  The weight is 7 lbs. 13 oz.   The 7E Grade Ithaca is one of the rarest of all American Doubles and it would be hard to find a better one.  Comes with a letter from the Chronicler of the Ithaca Gun Company dated 9/5/07.  Price: $35,000

A.H. Fox XE, SxS Shotgun, Two Barrel Set:
A.H. Fox XE, SxS Shotgun, Two Barrel Set:

A.H. Fox XE, SxS Shotgun, Two Barrel Set: This is an A.H. Fox XE 12 gauge shotgun, with a 2nd barrel set fit by Turnbull Restoration. This classic American double gun carries serial number 29317, and is dated from 1924. Metal restoration was performed by Turnbull, and included light polishing, engraving was not re-cut (see photos); color case hardening of receiver, top lever and forend iron/latch; trigger reshaped to mid-position; both sets of barrels were polished and rust blued by us. The Fox has been utilized by its owner since restoration, so it does carry some handling marks. This Fox’s original barrel set is 28″ in length. A 2nd barrel set at 26″ was fit by Turnbull Restoration and engraved to match the original set. Wood condition is very good with minor handling marks. We did not work on this Fox’s wood, and appears to have been refinished by a 3rd party at some point. We replaced the original broken grip cap. 28″ barrel set (original): Cylinder/Improved Cylinder, 2-1/2″ chambers. 26″ heavey barrel set: Improved Cylinder/Modified, 3″ chambers with long forcing cones. Price: $20,000 

PARKER VH 410 000 FRAME SIDE--BY-SIDE SHOTGUN-- SUPER LITTLE ORIGINAL GUN:
PARKER VH 410 000 FRAME SIDE–BY-SIDE SHOTGUN– SUPER LITTLE ORIGINAL GUN:

PARKER VH 410 000 FRAME SIDE–BY-SIDE SHOTGUN– SUPER LITTLE ORIGINAL GUN: 26″ MOD/FULL — EXCELLENT DIMENSIONS AT 14 1/4 LOP — LATE REMINGTON REPLACED DHBP — ORIGINAL COLOR IS VIBRANT IN AREAS AND ABOUT 75% COVERAGE — ORIGINAL BLUE AT 95% BARRELS AND 50% FADING ON GUARD — BALL GRIP — EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CHECKERING AND VARNISH — SINGLE BEAD — SPLINTER FOREND — EXTRACTOR — FANTASTIC ORIGINAL GUN THAT WOULD LOVE TO BE BEHIND A DOG AGAIN — THE PERFECT UPLAND SET UP AND LIGHT AT 5LBS 7 OZ 14 1/4″ X  1 1/2″  X 2 5/8″ to a  Dog’s HEAD BUTT PLATE. Price: $24,500.

Westley Richards 20ga. 27” barrels choked M/F
Westley Richards 20ga. 27” barrels choked M/F

Westley Richards 20ga. 27” barrels choked M/F: Capped pistol grip, checkered butt, 2 ¾” proof 3 ¼ ton, drop lock, factory single trigger, beavertail, gold oval, scalloped frame, unfired condition.  This gun has 100% original case color, barrel blue and wood finish. Magnificently scroll engraved, just simply the best. Special ordered gun with hinged foreplate and the best Turkish walnut. 6 lb. 2 oz. 14 3/4” x 1 1/2” x 2’. Price: $19,995

 

Auction alert: 20g Browning Superposed OU …

The shotgun you see here is the only over-under I consider to be both vintage and American. Even this Superposed was made in Belgium, it was designed by John Moses Browning — one of America’s most famous gunmakers.

This 20g is coming up in Poulin Auctions Spring 2019 sale, being held 3/30/2019 – 4/2/2019.

Auction alert: 20g Browning Superposed coming in Poulin Auctions Spring 2019 sale
Auction alert: 20g Browning Superposed coming in Poulin Auctions Spring 2019 sale

Auction alert: 28g Parker DHE SxS shotgun…

Check out the video above to get a closer look at this nice looking 28 gauge Parker Bros DHE side-by-side. This gun, and a lot of other great doubles, are coming up at the end of the month at Poulin Auctions Spring 2019 Firearms sale.

PoulinAuctions.com, Spring, 2019 sale, Lot: 1089, PARKER DHE GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
PoulinAuctions.com, Spring, 2019 sale, Lot: 1089, PARKER DHE GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

Lot: 1089, PARKER DHE GRADE SXS SHOTGUN: Cal. 28 Ga. S# 207714. Bbls. 28″ w/ 2 3/4″.chambers. Choked imp. cyl. & mod. 1924 Production. Single trigger serial numbered to gun. 00 Frame, ejectors & color cased hardened action. Blued bbls. Capped pistol grip stock. Skeleton buttplate. Splinter forend. LOP: 14 1/8″. DAC: 1 5/8″. DAH: 2 1/2″. Weight: 5 lbs., 14 oz. CONDITION: action retains 60% original color case hardening w/ colors fading to gray w/ noticeable wear along sharp edges & where carried. Bbls. retain better than 90% original blue w/ slight fading around forend & unusual engraved rib legend. Wood remains proud to metal w/ some scattered compression marks. Wood grain is rather plain w/ some very light fiddleback. Checkering remains crisp w/in skeleton buttplate. Grip cap remains crisp. Bores are bright & shiny & measure .552″ right & .550″ left. Action locks up tight & on face though top rib extension shows slight gap at breech end. (19-154/TB). CURIO. Estimate $20,000-28,000.

4-gauges: See what are they and what they’re like to shoot…

What’s it’s like to shoot a 4-gauge shotgun? And what’s the story behind these guns? Find out in this video featuring big-bore enthusiast Nick Horton at The Gun Shop in the UK. These shoulder-fired 4-bore shotguns shoot case up to 4.25″ long and pushing up to 4 1/2 oz of lead, and they can knock down game out to100 yards capable.

Ouch! The 4 Bore Test, a new video from The Gun Shop
Ouch! The 4 Bore Test, a new video from The Gun Shop

 

Good gun alert: 20g Merkel 201E OU…

Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga
Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga

The first time I picked up one of these 20g Merkels, I almost threw it across the room. That’s because they’re far lighter than they look. They’re also far more responsive and dynamic than you would think.

The one you see here is a Model 201E. The 201s were one gun up from Merkel’s entry-level OUs. They had game-scene engraving is what separated them from the Model 200s. Both models featured Blitz actions, double Kersten locks, and double barrel lumps (without bites). With a leather-covered pad pushing the straight-gripped stock out to 14 3/4″ inches and doubles triggers, this looks like it was born to hunt grouse and woodcock.

Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga
Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga

Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga ~ OU: Chambers: 2 3/4″, Wood Condition: Very Few Very Lite User Marks, Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny, Barrels: 26″, Triggers: Double Triggers, Stock: Checkered English Grip, Stock Dimensions: 14 3/4″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered, Butt Pad: Leather Recoil Pad, Weight: 6 Lbs 4 OZ., Sights: Front Bead, Chokes: .010″ and .015″. Price: $3,199.99 

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

 

Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world! Super investment
Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world! Super investment

Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world! Super investment: Hammerless Sidelocks – Boss 20g. Sidelock in exceptional condition and investment grade original. Featuring 28″ Whitworth steel barrels, 75% case color, 98% blue, in its maker’s case. This petite flower weighs in at 5 lbs. 4.5 oz., lighter than many 28 gauges. Stocked to the fences, assisted opening, iconic and crisp Boss single trigger, chopper-lump barrels, and stunning wood with super dimensions, this Boss has all and more of what we would expect from a Boss. What I expect most of all from Boss is what I think is their true trademark — Balance. Let me tell you, get this gun between your hands and you will not want to let it go as you would feel your letting go of a part of yourself. Twenty-gauge Boss doubles are like prime real estate. They seldom come up for sale, are priced at the top of the market, and there are never any regrets in owning as they are always worth what you paid and more. Price: $57,000 

H.J. Hussey Shotguns - IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, CASED, BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS, vintage firearms inc
H.J. Hussey Shotguns – IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, CASED, BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS, vintage firearms inc

H.J. Hussey Shotguns – IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, CASED, BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS, vintage firearms inc: General Specs: H.J. Hussey, Year 1902-1904, 12 Gauge, 6lbs 9oz; 6lbs 8oz, SK/LM , LOP 15 1/4″, DAH 2 1/8″, DAC 1 1/2″ Serial Numbers: 14170, 14171. “LONDON BEST”…we see this label referring to fabulous side by side shotguns from famed British gunmakers with their premises located in the London gunmaker’s district.  Well-known historic names including Purdey, Holland & Holland, and Boss immediately come to mind.  However, if you discuss the topic of “LONDON BEST GUNS” with those entrenched in the British gun world, you will also hear the name H.J. Hussey, a name less known but whose guns were superb and comparable to the very finest London had to offer.  You can refer to Nigel Brown’s volumes “British Gunmakers” and/or Google the Hussey name and you will see that Henry Joseph Hussey was long involved in the upper echelons of the British gun trade.  He was Assistant Manager of Holland & Holland until 1894.  He became involved with the famed firm of Joseph Lang gunmakers, and the firm became known as Lang & Hussey for several years.  Apparently, Henry Hussey was a bit of a rogue, having been accused of shady dealings, and he resigned from that company after a short stint.  After that, his firm became known as H.J. Hussey, LTD until his death in 1918.  The fine matching pair of 12 bore Hussey guns offered here, serial numbers 14170 and 14171 ca. 1902, are LONDON BEST GUNS in every way, with 7-pin sidelock actions featuring beaded fences, finely filed bolsters on the bottom of action, gold lined cocking indicators, superb acanthus scroll with elaborate border work and adorned with the finest floral bouquets you will ever see.  The top tang is gracefully shaped and simply flows into the action.  VERY RARELY SEEN ARE THE BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS IN THIS FINE PAIR OF HUSSEY GUNS, COMPLETE WITH THEIR REGISTERED NUMBERS. This is a very costly extra feature on a London gun, and the Boss single trigger is the most reliable ever developed.  Stocked to the fences with well-figured French walnut, including drop points and superb checkering with mullered borders, this pair is a stunning set of early London guns cased in a period oak and leather case complete with the maker’s label.  The original 28” barrels are in proof with 2 ½” chambers, excellent bores, tight ribs, and fit like new on hinge pin and standing breech.  The guns weigh within 1/2oz. of each other at 6lbs. 8oz. and have identical stock dimensions.  With chokes that would measure SK/LM in today’s world, the pair would make the ultimate driven grouse guns as well as the ultimate walk up guns for upland birds over fine dogs.  And of course, you can make quite an impression at the vintage sporting clays shoots as well.  Who shows up with a pair of Husseys!  These guns are being offered at a very attractive price, well under what you might pay for a pair from the more well-known London makers.  In fact, this pair of Husseys may be the best value on the finest pair of London guns on the market today and a great investment opportunity for those that love fine guns and the shooting sports. Price: $21,900 

Webley & Scott 450 BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle
Webley & Scott 450 BPE Side-by-Side Double Rifle

Webley & Scott 450 BPE SxS Double Rifle: This is a fantastic condition Webley & Scott 450 3 ¼” black powder express double rifle with a 26” barrel. It has a nice weight of 8 pounds 14 ounces and the LOP is 14 3/8”. The DAH is 17/8” and the DAC is 1 ¼”. It retains 95% of the beautiful case colors and 90% barrel finish. The locks, tang, hammers and under lever are nicely engraved. The receiver top is nicely stippled and the barrel rib is matted. Even the butt plate is engraved. The mechanical function on this underlever hammer gun is excellent with perfect bores. The checkering is sharp. The beautiful wood has one small ding on the forearm and two small impressions on the buttstock. The action on this rifle is tight as new. Price: $7,495

Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga
Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga

Merkel ~ Mod 201E ~ 20 Ga: Barrels: 26″, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Chokes: .010″ and .015″, Metal Condition: No Blemishes, Wood Condition: Very Few Very Lite User Marks, Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny,  Triggers: Double Triggers, Stock: Checkered English Grip, Stock Dimensions: 14 3/4″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered, Butt Pad: Leather Recoil Pad, Weight: 6 Lbs 4 OZ. Price: $3,199.99 

PARKER GH - 12 GAUGE - COLLECTOR CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR AND DAMASCUS - ANTIQUE
PARKER GH – 12 GAUGE – COLLECTOR CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR AND DAMASCUS – ANTIQUE

PARKER GH – 12 GAUGE – COLLECTOR CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR AND DAMASCUS – ANTIQUE: Here is a high condition Antique Parker GH made in 1892. Excellent original condition with good amounts of case color and lovely high contrast Damascus Pattern on the 30″ barrels. Sharp engraving with great detail. Mechanically outstanding condition – tight on face, barrels ring true, no cracks to the wood. All matching serial numbers of course. Auto safety. Screw slots as original. Fully functional. Mirror bores measuring .732 with full and full chokes. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Period recoil pad has turned hard, needs replacing. As an antique, this gun can be shipped directly as local law allows. This gun is in the Parker Serial Number Book. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 13 7/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″, Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $1,750

Wow – an awesome Purdey Pigeon gun…

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

When people talk about the very best shotguns, this is what they have in mind. The Purdey SxS you see here is one of the finest I’ve seen, and it’s in superb condition.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

This gun is a great example of what a true Best-quality shotgun should be. Overall, it has a distinct look — handsome and proud, but not gaudy or ostentatious. Metal-to-metal and metal-to-wood fit is as perfect as it gets, all around. The action and little things like the toplever are filed up beautifully. And the stock and forend are shaped and proportioned perfectly. And check out those drop points.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

Because it’s all original, this SxS is also a great example of how a gun from that period was finished. Look closely. See how the hinge pin, safety, and screw in the toplever are all a bright blue, while the toplever itself, as well as the triggerguard and forend iron are an inkier blue to almost black? Now see how the blueing on the barrels has turned a purplish hue over time. This mix of finishes is a big part of what makes these old, original shotguns so beautiful — and desirable.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

Also, check out how the action looks a bit dull and dirty overall. That’s because it was varnished when new to protect the color-case hardening. Much of that original varnish remains, and over the last 80+ years, it has yellowed a bit, picked up some grime, and lost its sheen.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

Made for live-pigeon shooting, it was built in in the 1930s — one of the best periods for British shotguns. As crazy as it seems, it’s gun #3 of at least a trio. Perhaps that’s why it was never used — the owner had two others just like it to go to first.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE: #24XXX, 30″ SELF OPENING, CHOKED .041″ AND .041″, CHAMBERS 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 7LBS 6 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 14 3/4″ LOP. Price: $47,500

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

Great gun alert: 20 gauge SKB 280, 28″ bbls…

SKB 280 20 gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS:
SKB 280 20 gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS:

Looking for a great, all around upland gun? Here it is.

SKB 280 20 gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS:
SKB 280 20 gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS:

SKB 280 20 gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS: Blued scroll & game scene engraved receiver, 28″ bbls. w/ 2 3/4″ & 3″ ch., Flat filed rib, Chokes: Right .618 / .010 / M & Left .616 / .030 / F, Single selective trigger, Automatic ejectors, Automatic safety, Straight grip stock w/ maker’s butt plate, Beavertail forearm, Stock Dimensions: DC: 1 1/2″ x DH: 2 3/8″ x Cast: 0″ x LOP: 14 1/4″, Weight: 6 lb. 6 oz., Condition: Very Good to Excellent, Made in Japan and imported by Ithaca Gun Company, Ithaca New York circa 1969-78, Serial #S6280396. Price: $1995

SKB 280 20 gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS:
SKB 280 20 gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS:

Auction alert: 20g Beretta AS-EL, of the best doubles they made…

Beretta AS-20EL 20 gauge Over Under.
Beretta AS-20EL 20 gauge Over Under.

There are two things I hate about this auction listing, and one thing I really love.

Hate: The lousy pics and the “As Is” terms. Love: The gun (or what I can see of it)

The gun pictures is a 20 gauge Beretta AS-EL, one of the best OUs Beretta has built. Beretta started making their AS-line of boxlock over & under shotguns in 1949 and they continued turning them out into the 1960s.

Beretta built these as hunting guns, and the company offered 2 gauges (12g and 20g) and three grades (ASE, ASEL, and ASEELL). Each grade featured hand engraving and all models were build with the quality that has made these doubles so great.

This one is on Gunbroker.com now. If you like what you see, get on it right away. The listing ends today, 3/4/2019, @11:07 AM.

Beretta AS-20EL 20 gauge Over Under.
Beretta AS-20EL 20 gauge Over Under.

Beretta AS-20EL 20 gauge Over Under. Wood is nice except for a 2-3 inch hairline crack on the fore end. The buttpad is not original to the gun. Overall the gun is approximately 80%.

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

 

J.P.SAUER PRUSSIAN GRADE 45 SXS BOXLOCK EJECTOR 20 GAUGE
J.P.SAUER PRUSSIAN GRADE 45 SXS BOXLOCK EJECTOR 20 GAUGE

J.P. SAUER PRUSSIAN GRADE 45 SXS BOXLOCK EJECTOR 20 GAUGE: EXTREMELY RARE IN 20 GAUGE, #184XXX, 28″FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, FACTORY SLING SWIVELS, EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH HONEST WEAR, 6LBS 1 0Z, 2 5/8″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $29,500

Dickson Patent Round Action 12 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun - 28" Barrels:
Dickson Patent Round Action 12 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun – 28″ Barrels:

Dickson Patent Round Action 12 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun – 28″ Barrels: A 12 Gauge Dickson Patent Round Action shotgun. It has 28” barrels with 2 1/2″ chambers and game rib. The rib is marked John Dickson & Son. 63 Princes Street Edinburgh. Modern London proof with proper reproof marks from 1982. Chokes at Modified and Improved Modified. Wall thickness on the right barrel at .025” and the left barrel at .022”, Interior Diameters .737 right barrel & .737 left barrel. Full coverage scrolls with John Dickson & Sons in banner, carved oak leaf fences and bright finish. Dickson Patent Round-Action, Double triggers, Best quality walnut stock, traditional English straight hand grip, Splinter forend with Anson release, 14 5/8″ LOP over a 7/8” Pachmayr Decelerator rubber recoil pad, Cast Off 1/8” at face, 6 Lbs. 7 Oz. The shotgun is presented in a canvas case with accessories. Made under the Dickson Round-Action incorporating patents 9399 and 10621 and this gun is marked with the patent use number of 1351. Price: $13,900 

Emile Warnant - Liege Belgium - Excellent Quality - Sidelock Ejector SxS - 1925 Gun
Emile Warnant – Liege Belgium – Excellent Quality – Sidelock Ejector SxS – 1925 Gun

Emile Warnant – Liege Belgium – Excellent Quality – Sidelock Ejector SxS – 1925 Gun: 28 3/8″ Bbls – 2-3/4″ Chambers – Choked LM / IM (.015 / .027), Ejector Bbls, Raised Solid Rib, Hidden Third Bite, Bushed Firing Pins, Double Triggers – Front Articulated, English Stock, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 13 oz. Price: $2450

Beretta 686 Black Onyx 20 Gauge OU Ejector
Beretta 686 Black Onyx 20 Gauge OU Ejector

Beretta 686 Black Onyx 20 Gauge OU Ejector: 3″, 26″ barrels, single select trigger, 14 5/8″ length of pull, 5 chokes ( Full,  Imp Mod,  Mod, Imp Cyl, Cyl ), 1/2″ Beretta pad, straight English stock, 98% overall condition, Complete with Beretta Take Down Soft Case.  Serial Number L03697B. Price: $1,999

Franchi ~ Highlander ~ 20 Ga. ~ 26" bbls ~ 3" chambers
Franchi ~ Highlander ~ 20 Ga. ~ 26″ bbls ~ 3″ chambers

Franchi ~ Highlander ~ 20 Ga. ~ 26″ bbls ~ 3″ chambersWith original box. Metal Condition: Excellent, Light Finish Wear, Few Small Nicks & Scratches, Wood Condition: Stock is in Excellent Condition, Bore Condition: Bright Barrels: 26″ Barrels, Triggers: Factory Single, Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″ LOP, Butt Pad: Factory Pad Weight: 6 lbs, Sights: Single Gold Bead, Chokes: Changeable, Mobile Chokes, Extras: With 2 chokes and box. Price: $1,749.99 

Auction alert: Winchester M21 Duck + M21 Deluxe Field…

 

Winchester M. 21 12ga 3" Duck S/S Shotgun
Winchester M. 21 12ga 3″ Duck S/S Shotgun

Goeman Auction Service in Lennox, SD, is having a gun auction tomorrow, 2/23. It looks like they have a bunch of nice Winchesters, including these two M21s.

Winchester M. 21 12ga 3" Duck S/S Shotgun
Winchester M. 21 12ga 3″ Duck S/S Shotgun

Winchester M. 21 12ga 3″ Duck S/S Shotgun: 30″ Bbls. Both full chokes. Beautiful bluing. Nice wood. Beavertail forearm. Single trigger. Few light dings on the underside of the forearm. Rates 95% SN 30170.

Winchester M. 21 Deluxe Field 12ga S/S Shotgun
Winchester M. 21 Deluxe Field 12ga S/S Shotgun

Winchester M. 21 Deluxe Field 12ga S/S Shotgun: 30″ Bbls. Improved cylinder right bbl. Modified left bbl. Beautiful burled walnut wood. Checkered buttstock and beavertail forearm. Bluing is superb. Some bluing loss on the back side of the trigger guard. Few light hunting scratches on the left side of the buttstock. Nothing through the finish. Rates 96% SN 19423

Incredible gun alert: 16g Lefever BE SxS …

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

Take a good, long look at this 16g BE-grade Lefever. Chances are good you’ll never see another one again.

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

Over its short history (XXXX-XXXX) the Lefever Arms Company made far fewer guns than the other major American SxS makers — Parker, Fox, L.C. Smith, and Ithaca. And as was the case with most gunmakers, most of the SxSs Lefever built were in their lower grades: I, DS, H, G, F. Very few of the company’s top-tier guns – the One Thousand Dollar Grade, the Optimus, the AA, A, & Bs – were made and most of these were 12 gauges.

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

So any B-grade Lefever is a scarce gun (a BE is a B-grade with Ejectors), and a 16 gauge BE is, well, super ‘friggin rare. In 20 years of following Lefevers, this is the first one I’ve seen on the open market.

BTW: If you own an old Lefever and would like to know more about it or sell it, please let me know. I would be happy to help out. Gregg@DogsandDoubles.com

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun: Offered here is the holy grail of Lefever collecting – an original Lefever BE Grade 16ga.  Made with original 28″ Krupp Steel Barrels, splinter forend with the rare clamshell release.  Original Lefever single selective trigger with selector in the safety slide.  Round knob pistol grip buttstock with gorgeous grain and fine checkering through the wrist. The gun weighs 5lbs 14oz and was made on the Lefever “XX” frame size as marked on the watertable. The gun has original 2-1/2″ original chambers, bright shiny bores.  The barrels measure .670 in both tubes (perfect for a 16ga Lefever) and have .020 choke (mod) in the right barrel and .028 (full) in the left barrel. Minimum wall thickness is .027 in both barrels.  The LOP is 12-3/4″ over a thick Lefever monogrammed buttplate (would be 13-3/4″ with double triggers) from the rear position single trigger with drops of  2″ at the comb and 2-7/8″ at the heel.  Barrels retain about 90% of the original blue.  Action retains more than 1/3 of the original case color with nice crisp engraving. Stocks are sound and retain most of their original finish with a few minors. Price: $18,500

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

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

 

Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance:
Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance:

Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance: Made in 1899 for Washington, DC-based sporting goods retailer William Wagner, this gun was given to Mr. Wagner “compliments of Parker Bros.”  per the factory order.  The gun is an early Pigeon gun with several special order features including the rib which is inscribed “Mfg. for Wm. Wagner”.  The gun was made with 30″ Whitworth Fluid steel barrels, double triggers, splinter forend, and has had ejectors added by Parker a few years after manufacture.  The gun has a straight grip buttstock and was ordered with a checkered butt per the factory order.  The stocks measure 1-5/8″ DAC, 2-3/8″ DAH, and 14-1/4″ LOP over the original checkered butt.  Made with 2-3/4″ chambers the barrels measure .734(rt) and .735(left) with chokes of .039(full) and .044(extra full).  The gun weighs 7lbs 8oz currently.  Overall the gun is in excellent condition.  The barrels retain 99% of an expert restored blue finish. The action retains traces of original case color which is vivid in protected areas, toned elsewhere.  The stocks retain most of an expert restored finish, comb lowered long ago, and are crisp with light checkering wear.

Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance:
Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance:

William Wagner & Son was an important sporting goods dealer in Washington, DC, and was responsible for selling many many Parker shotguns. Parker Bros. no doubt gave him this gun in appreciation of his many sales of fine Parker shotguns.

There is a set of 32″ Acme barrels that have been added to this gun with an original A1 Special forend.  This set of barrels will be made available to the purchaser of the gun and really makes this a wonderful shoooting outfit! A very rare Parker with unique history and rib inscription.  If you are looking for a historically significant Parker with great shooting qualities, and killer aesthetics, look no further.  Price: $28,900

Piotti Monte Carlo Sidelock SxS 20 Gauge (Extra Finish)
Piotti Monte Carlo Sidelock SxS 20 Gauge (Extra Finish)

Piotti Monte Carlo Sidelock SxS 20 Gauge (Extra Finish): 26″ Chokes: CYL – CYL L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/8″H Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Ser. #: 8528 Stock #: 7845. Price: $24,900 

STEPHEN GRANT Jones Rotary Underlever Hammer Gun 12 gauge, 30" bbls
STEPHEN GRANT Jones Rotary Underlever Hammer Gun 12 gauge, 30″ bbls

STEPHEN GRANT Jones Rotary Underlever Hammer Gun 12 gauge, 30″ bbls: SxS, Fine English scroll engraved back action hammer rotary underlever action, Professionally restored by Nick Makinson, Gun #1 of an orphaned pair, Built in 1882 for the 5th Earl of Clarendon, Edward Hyde Villiers. Lord Hyde served between 1846-1905 as Lord Chamberlain of the British Liberal Unionist party. 30″ Damascus bbls. w/ 2 1/2″ chambers, Barrels re-browned in U.K. (not nitro proofed), Concave rib, Chokes: Right .731 / .013 / IC & Left .731 / .031 / F, Double triggers, External Hammers, Extractors, Straight stock w/ checkered butt, Heel and toe plates, Splinter forearm, Stock Dimensions: DC: 1 1/2″ x DH: 2 1/4″ x Cast: 1/4″ off at 4 1/2″ x LOP: 14 1/2″, Weight: 6 lb. 13 oz., Condition: Excellent restored w/ maker’s leather-covered case, Made in England, Serial #5149. Price: $5995.

Chapuis SxS RGP round action 16 Ga. - Unfired:
Chapuis SxS RGP round action 16 Ga. – Unfired:

Chapuis SxS RGP round action 16 Ga. – Unfired: #56101.Made in 2012 , imported by us, this gun has never left the gun vault. 26” barrels, chrome lined bores .664  with .009” and .015” constriction (Imp Cyl and Mod) swamped rib. Ejectors. 100% inside and out. Special ordered scalloped action with no engraving, a case color harden frame and blacked furniture. Double triggers, firing pin discs, manual safety, all in like new condition. Weight is 6Lbs. Nice fiddle back walnut  English stock with a 14 ¼” LOP over a ¼” wood butt plate, drop is 1 ½” and 2 5/8” with 3/8 cast off, semi beaver tail forend. The wood finish and checkering are in 99% original condition with the faintest handling marks. Light, well balanced, fast handling shotgun. Price: $3,890.

A. JOS. DEFOURNEY 16GA SxS Boxlock shotgun
A. JOS. DEFOURNEY 16GA SxS Boxlock shotgun

A. JOS. DEFOURNEY 16GA SXS Boxlock Shotgun: A high quality, high condition European game from one of Belgium’s finest makers.  Ejectors, Articulating front trigger, Manual safe, Greener crossbolt, Purdy underbites, Brazed barrels, Horn grip cap and butt plate, Nice wood, Strong case color. Tasteful hand engraving, Well balanced and in 16ga to boot! No dents, cracks or pits. Price: $1895

Bargain bird guns: 12 FN SxS & a 20g Franchi OU…

Franchi ~ Instinct L ~ 20 Gauge ~ OU:
Franchi ~ Instinct L ~ 20 Gauge ~ OU:

One of the biggest myths about doubles is that they cost a fortune. Another is that they’re heavy — especially 12 gauges. The OU and SxS you hear bust both those myths. Not only are they bargain bird guns that cost less than a lot of autoloaders, but they are also both lightweight — especially the 12.

This first one is a modern 20g made by one of Italy’s most respected companies. Phil Bourjaily over at Field & Stream reviewed this line of OUs back 2012 and had a lot of good things to say about them. I’m sure he’d tell you to hop on this one right way if you’re looking for a great, all around upland gun.

Franchi ~ Instinct L ~ 20 Gauge ~ OU:
Franchi ~ Instinct L ~ 20 Gauge ~ OU:

Franchi ~ Instinct L ~ 20 Gauge ~ OU: Color case-hardened steel receiver and auto ejectors. Tang-mounted automatic safety with built-in barrel selector provides positive selection without changing the safety’s position. Excellent in factory carton. Chambers: 3 Inch. Metal Condition: Excellent. Wood Condition: Couple minimal handling marks. Bore Condition: Bright. Barrels: 28-inch. Triggers: SST. Stock: Prince of Wales Pistol Grip, Checkered Walnut. Stock Dimensions: 14 1/2″ LOP, Cast for the right-handed shooter. Fore End: Checkered walnut. Butt Pad: Factory recoil pad. Weight: 6 Lbs 4 Ozs. Sights: Vent Top and Side Ribs, Red Bar Front. Price: $899.99 

This 12g side-by-side It’s built on one of the most reliable shotgun designs every created — the A & D boxlock. action. And because it has been restocked, it has shootable dimensions and the wood is fresh and sound.

FN “New Anson” 12g Boxlock Ejector SxS Double Made for a French Retailer
FN “New Anson” 12g Boxlock Ejector SxS Double Made for a French Retailer

FN “New Anson” 12g Boxlock Ejector SxS Double Made for a French Retailer: This gun is a New Anson model box lock ejector manufactured by Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre for a Paris based retailer in the 1930s. The 12 gauge Siemens-Martin steel barrels are 27.5 inches long. Bores are clean and bright, choked improved cylinder (.010) and modified (.020). Minimal wall thickness is .032. Gun weighs 6 lb, 5 oz. The stock is of European walnut with a straight grip. 15” pull, 2½” drop at the heel, 1½” at the comb. The wood is a quality replacement with an oil finish and very attractive checkering. Butt plate and forend finial are made of horn. The receiver is nicely engraved. The top lever screw and top tang screw are only slightly buggered as seen in accompanying photographs, beyond that the gun is in fine condition. Approximately 50% case coloring remains on the receiver. The barrels and trigger guard are apparently re-blacked as they do not show much wear. Action is tight both when opened and closed. Ejectors are strong and in time. A quick-detachable leather sling is included. Price: $1,500

FN “New Anson” 12g Boxlock Ejector SxS Double Made for a French Retailer
FN “New Anson” 12g Boxlock Ejector SxS Double Made for a French Retailer

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

 

Armi Ivo Fabbri ~ Majestic Engraved ~ OU ~ 12 Ga
Armi Ivo Fabbri ~ Majestic Engraved ~ OU ~ 12 Ga

Armi Ivo Fabbri ~ Majestic Engraved ~ OU ~ 12 Ga: Made in 1972 and engraved with their “Majestic” pattern. Serial number 3198. Metal Condition: excellent. Wood Condition: excellent. Bore Condition: shiny. Barrels: 28. Trigger: single select. Stock Dimensions: 14.25″ LOP 1.5″ DAH 1.25″ DAC. Butt Pad: rubber recoil pad. Weight: 7lbs 6ozs. Sights: two beads. Cokes: Full and Modified fixed chokes. Price: $39,999.99 

James Purdey BEST Sidelock in 16g with 30" original chopperlump barrels ~ Oak & Leather cased
James Purdey BEST Sidelock in 16g with 30″ original chopperlump barrels ~ Oak & Leather cased

James Purdey BEST Sidelock in 16g with 30″ original chopperlump barrels ~ Oak & Leather cased: Hammerless Sidelocks – Stunning 16g. with excellent barrels! Serial Number: 19180. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 29″. Action: Sidelock self-opener. Gauge: 16 gauge. Stock Comb: 1 7/16. Stock Heel: 2 1/8″. Stock Cast: 1/8″. LOP: 14 1/16″ to checkered butt. Weight: 5 lbs. 14 oz. Choke Left: .005″ Skeet. Choke Right: Cyl. Proof: Nitro 2 1/2″. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .026″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″. Price: $16,900

Miller & Val. Greiss 20 Gauge O/U Trap Gun with 34” Bohler Special Steel Barrels
Miller & Val. Greiss 20 Gauge O/U Trap Gun with 34” Bohler Special Steel Barrels

Miller & Val. Greiss 20 Gauge O/U Trap Gun with 34” Bohler Special Steel Barrels: Handsome and unique German made 20-gauge trap gun with 34” Bohler Special Steel barrels and lots of engraving and case coloring. Stocked in a beautiful highly figured European walnut stock. The gun is marked Miller & Val. Greiss   Munchen who was a gunmaker that handmade fabulous quality shotguns and rifles from the late 19th century until the early 1930’s. The 34” Bohler Steel barrels are slender as is the forearm. It has double triggers, automatic ejectors, and a Kersten cross bolt. The gun weighs 7lb 13oz and handles like a dream. The 34” Bohler Special Steel 20-gauge barrels are chambered for 2-3/4” shotshells. Topped by a raised solid tapered crosshatched rib. The rib has front and middle beads. The under barrel is bored 0.628 and has a constriction of 0.035 for Full choke. The upper barrel is also bored 0.628 with a constriction of 0.035 for Full choke. Precise German manufacturing.   ***   The stock and two-piece forearm are made from highly figured walnut with intricate carvings and sharp checkering. Recently refinished there are just a few handling marks from normal usage. Stock dimensions are 14-1/2” over a 5/8” pad by 1-1/2” by 2-3/8”.   ***   I have never seen another like it. Well made and sturdy but very responsive. Would be a lot of fun to shoot on clays, trap or dove. Price: $9,850

Winchester Model 21 SxS, 12ga, 32" barrels, FULL/FULL
Winchester Model 21 SxS, 12ga, 32″ barrels, FULL/FULL

Winchester Model 21 SxS, 12ga, 32″ barrels, FULL/FULLEarly gun with four-digit serial number: double trigger, extractor, solid rib, splinter forend, 14 3/4″ LOP over a solid red Winchester rubber pad. Slight blue wear on the bottom of the receiver and trigger bow. This is a nice long barreled field gun. Price: $3,995

Browning Citori Superlight OU, Grade1 16 gauge
Browning Citori Superlight OU, Grade1 16 gauge

Browning Citori Superlight OU, Grade1 16 gaugeAs new in box, never fired. 26” barrels, 3 Invector Choke Tubes: IC, MOD and FULL. Original box w/papers. Built in 1994. Price: $1,900

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

 

J. Purdey & Sons - Best - Ultra Round Body - 20 ga - Over Under Shotgun
J. Purdey & Sons – Best – Ultra Round Body – 20 ga – Over Under Shotgun

J. Purdey & Sons – Best – Ultra Round Body – 20 ga – Over Under ShotgunSerial #29778, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Single, Grip: Rounded Pistol Grip, Lop: 15 1/4 “, Pad thickness: 0.75 “, Type of butt: Leather Covered Pad, Drop at comb: 1 3/8 “, Drop at heel: 2”, Cast amount: 1/4 “, OFF, Weight: 7 lbs, 2 oz, Manufactured in 2001, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock: Original finish, Metal: Original finish, Gauge: 20 ga, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Length: 30”, Chokes: M/IM, Rib type: Solid, Comments : Bulino Game Scene engraved by Giancarlo Pedretti. Price: $140,000

James Woodward & Sons ~ London Best~ Pair ~ 12 Ga
James Woodward & Sons ~ London Best~ Pair ~ 12 Ga

James Woodward & Sons ~ London Best~ Pair ~ 12 Ga: Metal Condition: excellent, Wood Condition: excellent, Bore Condition: shiny, Barrels: 29″, Triggers: double triggers, Stock Dimensions:
14.5″ LOP 2″ DAH 1.75″ DAC, Butt Pad: leather pad, Weight: 6lbs 7oz, Chokes: modified and quarter chokes. Price: $19,998

PERAZZI 12 MIRAGE LIVE BIRD GUN- 1978- 28 3/8" VENT RIB Bbls. at 11mm x 7mm- DETACH SINGLE TRIGGER- EVERY SERIAL # MATCHES- 96% ORIG. CASE COLORS
PERAZZI 12 MIRAGE LIVE BIRD GUN- 1978- 28 3/8″ VENT RIB Bbls. at 11mm x 7mm- DETACH SINGLE TRIGGER- EVERY SERIAL # MATCHES- 96% ORIG. CASE COLORS

PERAZZI 12 MIRAGE LIVE BIRD GUN- 1978- 28 3/8″ VENT RIB Bbls. at 11mm x 7mm- DETACH SINGLE TRIGGER- EVERY SERIAL # MATCHES- 96% ORIG. CASE COLORS#52562, Live Bird Gun, Made in 1978, 28 3/8″ Low Step Ventilated Rib at 11mm x 7mm, Ventilated side/midrib, .725 .014 & .022″ Briley’s in bottom barrel only (Light Mod. & Light Imp.Mod.), Top barrel factory fixed choke at .725 .042 (Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, KG 1,460 weight barrels, (The side ribs are vented,) Detachable single trigger with flat springs, Full forend with the round bottom and flat sides, Type IV forend, Pistol grip Monte Carlo stock at 14 1/2 x 1 7/16 x 1 7/16″ and 2 1/4″ at the heel over a 1″ Kick-Eez pad, 8 lbs., The gun is totally original in every respect with every serial number matching, It retains 96% original blue, The original case colors remain at 96-97%, The wood is still at 92-93%, The checkering at 99%, The bores are excellent. This piece is still tight with very good bite remaining. The piece comes with the original factory trunk case and the proof paperwork. This Mirage still has a lot of shooting life left and was well kept all these years. Price: $3,850

Abercrombie & Fitch – 20ga SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 26” IC/Mod
Abercrombie & Fitch – 20ga SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 26” IC/Mod

Abercrombie & Fitch – 20ga SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 26” IC/Mod: Round knob pistol grip, ¾” leather faced pad, boxlock gun with scalloped receiver, gold oval, 95% case coloring remaining, 80% wood condition, 80% barrels with several light rust spots from normal use, solid game rib, double trigger,splinter forend,  hidden 3rd fastener lockup, extractor, manufactured in Italy by Zoli & Rizzini with 1970 proof, an excellent field gun, available for immediate delivery. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2 ½”, 6 lb., 6 oz. Price: $2,200

BERETTA S686 SPECIAL 28 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN
BERETTA S686 SPECIAL 28 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN

BERETTA S686 SPECIAL 28 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN: 26 1/2″ BARRELS WITH MOBIL CHOKES I.C. & MODIFIED TUBES INCLUDED, MINT BORES, 14 1/2″ LENGTH OF PULL OVER FACTORY BERETTA THIN RECOIL PAD, TIGHT ACTION WITH LEVER RIGHT OF CENTER, 98% OVERALL. Price: $1,550

 

Auction alert: 28g Sigarms L.L. Bean New Englander OU …

Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean "New Englander" 28 Bore O/U Shotgun
Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean “New Englander” 28 Bore O/U Shotgun

Here’s a great double that coming up at Morphy Auctions on Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019. The auction starts at 9:00 AM Eastern.

Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean "New Englander" 28 Bore O/U Shotgun
Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean “New Englander” 28 Bore O/U Shotgun

As the auctioneer states, these guns were made in Italy by B. Rizzini for Sigarms (Sig Sauer) and the retailed by L.L. Bean. I’ve always thought they were great looking double and great deals. This one looks little used, and it even comes with its original case, chokes tubes, and accessories.

Lot 1477, Case for Sigarms L.L. Bean "New Englander" 28 Bore O/U Shotgun
Lot 1477, Case for Sigarms L.L. Bean “New Englander” 28 Bore O/U Shotgun

Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean “New Englander” 28 Bore O/U Shotgun: Made by B. Rizzini for Sigarms, this special series made exclusively for L.L. Bean of Maine. The gun is a boxlock over-under with auto ejectors, gold plated single selective trigger and non-auto safety. With the gun are interchangeable screw-in chokes. The barrels are fitted with a low profile matted ventilated rib with brass front bead. The well figured Turkish walnut, stock with ball grip and round nosed forend with Anson type push button release which is near fully checkered. Case colored frame. Both sides of the frame have “L.L. Bean” in gold. Bottom of frame has “New Englander” in gold. Housed in a “Sigarms” hard case with gray foam lining. Original paperwork is also included. CONDITION: Excellent as very lightly field used. Retains more than 97% original finish to both wood and metal. Checkering is crisp. Mechanics are crisp and bores are bright and shiny. Case is excellent with minor wear. JSL Accessories: Case Barrel Length: 26 – 1/2″ Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Tubes. Length Of Pull: 14 – 3/4″

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