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The most extraordinary Fox Shotgun upgrade Extant - A Grade Special Made for W.H. Gough with nearly a dozen Gold Inlays- Truly Exceptional!!!
The most extraordinary Fox Shotgun upgrade Extant – A Grade Special Made for W.H. Gough with nearly a dozen Gold Inlays- Truly Exceptional!!!

The most extraordinary Fox Shotgun upgrade Extant – A Grade Special Made for W.H. Gough with nearly a dozen Gold Inlays- Truly Exceptional!!!: Easily the most extraordinary and exceptional A.H. Fox shotgun we know of is serial number 6500, made for W.H. Gough.  This gun, an exact duplicate of the the original is truly the epitome of the gun makers art.  This gun, also serial number 6500, made with 30″ Krupp fluid steel barrels that have a fully hand engraved top rib and floral scroll wedges at the muzzle ends as well as gold inlays and 3″ floral scroll wedges at the breech.  The gun has a splinter forend, capped ball grip, gold plated double triggers, auto ejectors, and auto safety.  The gun is completely and fully engraved in exact duplication of serial number 6500 with full Gough floral scroll throughout the frame.  Gold “SAFE” in front of safety as well as gold inscription on top rib which reads “Built Expressly for W.H. Gough by A.H. Fox Gun Co, Philadelphia, PA”. This gun was made with extraordinary European Walnut stocks which are fabulously carved in leafy and floral patterns.  The butt terminates with a 1/2″ full leather covered pad.  Ball grip with incredible horn and gold cap.  The quality of the workmanship on this gun cannot be overstated. This gun is truly a display of what can be done, when no expense is spared in the art of gunmaking.  The gold inlays speak for themselves and the beauty of this gun cannot be overstated. If you are someone who is only satisfied by “the very best” look no further.  The cost of the work on this gun would far exceed $100k if done today, and the original gun is not obtainable at 2 or 3x that amount. This gun is offered at $64,500 plus shipping and insurance to your FFL. Price: $64,500

ABBIATICO & SALVINELLI SELF COCKING EJECTOR HAMMER GUN 28 GAUGE
ABBIATICO & SALVINELLI SELF COCKING EJECTOR HAMMER GUN 28 GAUGE

ABBIATICO & SALVINELLI SELF COCKING EJECTOR HAMMER GUN 28 GAUGE: SEVERIN ENGRAVED, #143, 26″ 002 AND 003 2 3/4″, SINGLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, NEW TEST FIRED ONLY, 5LBS 2 OZ, 1 3/4″ DAH, 1 5/16″ DAC, 14 5/16″ LOP. Price: $35,000

CASED J. PURDEY & SONS BEST QUALITY EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1912
CASED J. PURDEY & SONS BEST QUALITY EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1912

CASED J. PURDEY & SONS BEST QUALITY EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1912: 30”, 1 1/4oz. Sir Joseph Whitworth barrels with original 2 ¾” chambers choked Improved Cylinder and Modified. Double triggers. Extra grade engraving with Purdey’s classic relief chiseled “LEAF” motif fences. A number “2” gun of a set with top lever engraved in a floral circular cartouche “2”. Fancy walnut stock with solid pad (14”pull, 1 ½”,2 ½” drop, ¼”cast off) with silver “2” inlaid at heel and a silver monogram plate. Matching forend. Weight 7 pounds, 7 ounces. All matching and original with barrels re-proofed and refinished in Britain. Excellent condition with much original color case hardening. Mounts and screws with considerable original blue. Barrel with all the blue. Engraving and barrel address in top condition with the latter as sharp as can be attesting to the quality of the finishing. Perfect working order and excellent bright bores. Original Purdey best grade oak and leather luggage case with label with original serial number label for a similar gun a few hundred numbers away originally owned by the same person who ordered this gun. Direct from estate of the descendant of the original owner of both this gun and it’s case. Price: $18,500

Ithaca NID magnum field grade 10ga 3.5in
Ithaca NID magnum field grade 10ga 3.5in

Ithaca NID magnum field grade 10ga 3.5in: Very nice late gun with border engraving and nice stock wood. Original condition gun never refinished. Great vintage Duck, Goose or Turkey gun. Serial Number: 500616, Barrel Length: 32″, Ejectors: yes, Condition: very good, Triggers: double, Stock Comb: 1 1/2″, Stock Heel: 2 1/2″, LOP: 14 5/8″, Weight: 11lbs 4oz, Choke Left: full, Choke Right: full. Price: $4,500

BROWNING SUPERPOSD SUPERLIGHT OU SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE
BROWNING SUPERPOSD SUPERLIGHT OU SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE

BROWNING SUPERPOSD SUPERLIGHT OU SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE: 1972 Belgium mfg. 26.5 inch IC and Mod. Long tang. 13 1/8 LOP Pachmayr White Line pad. 97%. Excellent bores. Price: $2,895

Auction alert: a decent looking 20g A. H. Fox A grade…

Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun
Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun

Alderfer Auction in Hatfield, PA, is holding a Firearms & Ammunition Sale next week on Tuesday, 5/11.

Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun
Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun

While most of the shotguns in the sale are semi-autos or pumps, there are few OUs and some SxSs, including a decent looking 16 guage Sauer and this 20 gauge Fox A grade–which looks like a good shooter.

Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun
Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun

Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun: 20ga. 30″ bbls. 2 3/4″ chambers. IC/Mod chokes. SN 202360. 95% reblue finish on barrels shows light handling with small areas of light freckling and small area of oxidation 1″ from muzzle on under side of right barrel, good bores, gray with traces of case color full coverage engraved receiver, ejectors, checkered wood stock and forearm show light handling. LOP 14 1/4″ front trigger, 13 1/4″ rear trigger. Very good condition. 21-384. (C&R)

Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun
Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun

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Piotti 28 gauge BSEE Model boxlock ejector side by side
Piotti 28 gauge BSEE Model boxlock ejector side by side

Piotti 28 gauge BSEE model boxlock ejector side by side: Action: Boxlock ejector, Triggers: Double, Safety: Non-Automatic, Barrel Length: 29 1/2 inches, Chamber: 2 3/4 inch, Rib: Game Concaved, Chokes: Right : 1/4 Left : Tight 1/4. Stock Length: 14 1/2 inch, Grip: Classic Straight hand, Butt End Finish: 1/2 inch recoil pad, Forend: Game style. Engraving: Fine Decorative Scroll, Finish: Case Colour, Weight: 5 lbs – 13 oz, Case: Makers Leather Case, Date of Manufacture: 2008. Price: $19,995

A. H. FOX XE SxS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX XE SxS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

A. H. FOX XE SxS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN: #224XX, PHILLY GUN, 30″ FULL AND FULL 2 3/4, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 7LBS 3 OZ, 2 3/4″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $18,500

W.W. Greener FT-30 Hammerless 8 Gauge Shotgun
W.W. Greener FT-30 Hammerless 8 Gauge Shotgun

W. W. Greener FT-30 Hammerless 8 Gauge Shotgun: Very scarce W.W.Greener FT-30 snap underlever 8 gauge wildfowler S/N 58410 was made in 1911. F is for the Facile Princeps action and T is Greener’s code for an 8 gauge. This gun is super quality and undoubtedly worked on by the same team of gunmakers and engravers that Greener assigned to the G guns(G50-70). According to Graham Greener, this gun, obviously a special order, was started on Sept. 22,1910, and completed March 1, 1911. It has 32″ Sandvik(Swedish) steel barrels Birmingham nitro-proved for 2 1/4 oz. loads with 4″ chambers. Nominal proof is 9/2 and bore diameters are .824. Bores are mint. Gun is tight and on-face and retains almost all of vivid case color and has approx. 50% fine scroll and dogs and birds . Forend has Deeley lever takedown with horn tip. Triggers are gold plated and Greener name is inlaid on both sides of frame.Greener side safety. Serpentine fences are by Gardner, and engraving by Tomlinson, both of whom were on the team that built the top grades. Weight of the gun is 10 lbs. 14 ozs. Stock dimensions as follows; LOP =13 5/8″, DAC= 1 13/16″ DAH= 2 15/16″ with a highly figured straight grip butt stock. Screws are all clean, no rust, barrel blue is original and 98%. Stock has factory horn butt plate with several wormholes. Just a spectacular old gun in great untouched condition. You won’t find another one like it. For the advanced Greener collector. Price: $11,950

Francotte 20E SxS 16 gauge Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
Francotte 20E SxS 16 gauge Boxlock Ejector Shotgun

Francotte 20E SxS 16 gauge Boxlock Ejector Shotgun: #81889, Barrels: 28 inches, Double Triggers, Stock Comb: 1 1/4 inches, Stock Heel: 2 1/8 inches, Fore End: Splinter, LOP: 14 1/8 inches, Weight: 5 lbs. 12 oz. Price: $5,750

Parker Repro - DHE Steel Shot Special - 12 ga
Parker Repro – DHE Steel Shot Special – 12 ga

Parker Repro – DHE Steel Shot Special – 12 ga: Action: Boxlock, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Double, Grip: Straight Grip, Forend: Checkered, Lop: 15 1/4 “, Pad thickness: 1.25 “, Type of butt: Leather Covered Pad, Drop comb: 1 3/8 “, Drop heel: 2 1/4 “, Cast amount: 0 “, Weight: 7 lbs, 5 oz, Manufactured in: Japan, Finish: Case Colored, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Stock: Original finish, Metal: Original finish, Type of Case: Leather Luggage Case Gauge: 12 ga. Chamber: 3 “, Length: 28 “, Chokes: IC/M, Rib type: Game. Comments : Gun is in very good condition with some light handling marks, right barrel has a small scratch near the muzzle. Oval is initialed. Price: $5,200

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William Evans 410 Gauge Deluxe Sidelock Over & Under With 28 inch Barrels
William Evans 410 Gauge Deluxe Sidelock Over & Under With 28 inch Barrels

William Evans 410 Gauge Deluxe Sidelock Ejector Over & Under Shotgun with 28 inch Barrels: Chamber: 3 Inch Mag, Rib: Ventilated, Chokes: Bottom : Full Top : Full, Length: 14 1/4 inches, Grip: Pistol Grip With Horn Cap, Butt End Finish: Chequered, Description: Game scenes featuring Quail & Dove with supporting deluxe Acanthus leaf and shaded background, Finish: Brush Silver, Weight: 6 lbs-1oz, Case: Single Oak & Leather Date of Manufacture: 1999. Price: $95,000

Holland and Holland #2 sidelock SxS double rifle 303 British
Holland and Holland #2 sidelock SxS double rifle 303 British

Holland and Holland #2 sidelock SxS double rifle 303 British: Excellent original condition (matches H&H letter) with great bores. Rifle shoots off the shelf ammo very well. Cased in fitted H&H oak and leather case. Quick detach Trijicon rmr reflex sight installed by JJ Perodeau. H&H letter and records included. Great wild boar and deer rifle.Curio/Relic: Yes. Serial Number: 17504, Barrel Length: 28 in, Condition: excellent, Triggers: double, LOP: 14 5/8″, Sights: express and Trijicon reflex, Manufacture Date: 1896, Case: yes, Optic: Trijicon reflex sight. Price: $20,000

Gerbruder Adamy 28 ga Over and Under Shotgun
Gerbruder Adamy 28 ga Over and Under Shotgun

Gerbruder Adamy 28 ga Over and Under Shotgun: Pre-War Gerbruder Adamy, Diamond Grade, 28ga., 27″ barrels choked SK/SK. Double trigger, straight grip, extractors, double triggers,leather pad, solid rib. Scroll and Game Scene Engraving of rabbits, dogs and birds. Has almost all of it’s case color, barrel blue and wood finish. A very high quality, hard to find small bore German Shotgun. Stock measures 14 1/8, 1 3/8, 2 3/4. Weight is 5lbs 9oz. Price: $12,995

Holland & Holland Top Lever Hammergun 12ga, 30"
Holland & Holland Top Lever Hammergun 12ga, 30″

Holland & Holland Top Lever Hammergun 12ga, 30″: A very nice ca.1875 back action hammer gun with good color remaining on the locks and hammers, Damascus barrels with rich brown finish and wedged forend. Dimensions are: LOP 14 1/4″ over a steel butt plate, DOC 2 1/4″, DOH 2 3/4″, chambers are 2 1/2″ and the weight is 7lbs 3oz. This is a high condition piece we believe to be original. Price: $8,495

W & C Scott .410 – 1926, EJECTORS, 28”, IN PROOF, NICE WOOD
W & C Scott .410 – 1926, EJECTORS, 28”, IN PROOF, NICE WOOD

W & C Scott .410 – 1926, EJECTORS, 28”, IN PROOF, NICE WOOD: Serial Number: 98002. 5lbs 1oz, Chokes F/F, LOP 14 1/2″, DAH 2 13/16″, DAC 1 9/16″. What a delightful find we have here with a W & C Scott and Sons baby frame .410 BOXLOCK EJECTOR GUN WITH 28” BARRELS AND A FULL-LENGTH ORIGINAL BUTTSTOCK MEASURING 14 ½” LOP TO THE HORN BUTTPLATE.  I emphasize this as most British made .410 doubleguns have short barrels and short stocks, and usually are extractor only guns built for youthful shooters or ladies.  To find an example of a “full-size” .410 from a well-known British maker with a London address on the barrels is a treasure in hand!  This gun, sn98002, was built in 1926 and is in excellent condition, STILL IN PROOF WITH 2 ½” CHAMBERS AND BORE DIAMETER OF .411.  Weighing just 5lbs. 1oz. and balanced just ahead of the hinge pin, this is a true, scaled frame, boxlock ejector.  The hard-to-find 28” barrels have tight ribs, mirror shiny bores choked F/F, with no dents or dings, newly reblacked to perfection, fit tight as new to the hinge pin and breech face, and the engraved maker’s name and address still sharp and clear on the barrels.  The action and mechanics are superb, as this is a VFI CERTIFIED GUN, HAVING BEEN STRIPPED TO THE SMALLEST PART, ULTRASONIC CLEANED, EACH PART INSPECTED FOR INTEGRITY AND FUNCTION, PROPERLY LUBRICATED AND REASSEMBLED, NOW WITH A 90 DAY MECHANICAL WARRANTY.  The action retains about 30% fading factory original case color and the bottom plate retains 80% of the original blue, the ejectors are strong and timed, triggers are crisp, screws are excellent, fine English scroll engraving and fancy borders adorn the action in a most pleasant way.  The action is tight with the lever right of center.  The wood is well figured and freshly restored to perfection with hand-rubbed Truoil finish to bring out the figure.  The wood-to-metal fit is tight, the original flat-topped checkering has been cleaned up, and there are no chips or cracks anywhere.  THIS IS A GORGEOUS LITTLE BRITISH .410!  The stock dimensions are modern (see table below), and this gun is ready to shoot for another 95 years with proper care.  It is a rare find to have all the best features found in a scaled frame .410, ie 28” barrels, in proof, long LOP, ejectors, superb mechanics, and freshly restored barrels, trigger guard, and wood…there is nothing left to do but go break a few clays and then let the quail, woodcock, or other upland game realize that you are deadly with this diminutive British double.  This is an investment grade gun that you will enjoy as it continues to grow in value and demand will never cease for such a gun.  Don’t hesitate, as this one won’t last long at the fair price we are presenting here. Price: $6,750

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Merkel 220E 9.3x74R caliber Over Under Double Rifle
Merkel 220E 9.3x74R caliber Over Under Double Rifle

Merkel 220E 9.3x74R caliber Over Under Double Rifle: Top quality German made double rifle with engraved case hardened receiver, double triggers and auto ejectors. Excellent condition. Price: $8,995

Fox A Grade 16 Gauge – RARE WELL-FIGURED ENGLISH STOCK, Vintage Firearms, Inc
Fox A Grade 16 Gauge – RARE WELL-FIGURED ENGLISH STOCK, Vintage Firearms, Inc

Fox A Grade 16 Gauge – RARE WELL-FIGURED ENGLISH STOCK, Vintage Firearms, Inc: General Specs: Year 1937, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 4oz, Chokes IC/IM Factory, LOP 14 1/8″, DAH 2 3/16″, DAC 1 3/8″
Serial Number: 303595. Ansley H. Fox created a timeless, high quality, simply designed box lock at his A.H. Fox Gun Co. in Philadelphia, PA.  Most vintage side x side lovers are well-aware the 20ga. and 16ga. Fox guns are the most dynamic, lightweight, best handling American double guns ever created.  Best of all, the 16ga. guns were all built on the diminutive 20ga. frame.  This Fox A Grade, sn303595 made in 1937, is one of only 2500 Fox A Grade 16ga. guns ever made, with about 2200 remaining in existence due to loss and destruction, so there are few offered for sale.  Only 10% or so were ever made with the English style stock, or maybe a few hundred in existence.  IF YOU ARE ONE WHO LOVES STRAIGHT STOCKED UPLAND GUNS…THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO OWN THE PERFECT LITTLE FOX 16GA.!  Straight gripped guns almost never surface for sale.  In this Fox we have a solid gun with excellent screws, factory 26” number 3 weight barrels factory choked IC/IM with mirror bores, factory bore diameter, 99% rich rust blue, double ivory beads, and lots of barrel wall thickness (see tables below for specs).  The ribs are tight, barrels tight on the hinge pin and breech face with the top lever right of center…like a new gun.  Take a good look at the photos and you will see a truly gorgeous Fox A Grade that has everything going for it.  She is one of those guns that just looks “right”.  The wood figure and finish is stunning, the wood-to-metal fit is superb, the action retains 70% factory case color and the engraving is sharp and clear, …JUST A CLASSY LOOKING FOX!  Even the genuine Silvers pad has that aged look and is fit to perfection.  Search long and hard and you will not find another Fox A Grade 16 with all these great features.  What a great upland gun choked perfect for nearly any bird on the North American continent.  Weighing just 6 1/4lbs. you can carry this gun all day over hill and dale without getting “long arms” by the end of the day.  This is a gun with enough wear on it that you will not feel bad taking it afield and shooting your vintage gun at clay targets.  This is the epitome of an investment quality Fox with desirable features, and affordability.  Price: $5,950

Browning - Superlight, O/U, 20ga.  26 1/2” Barrels Choked IC/M
Browning – Superlight, O/U, 20ga.  26 1/2” Barrels Choked IC/M

Browning – Superlight, O/U, 20ga.  26 1/2” Barrels Choked IC/M: Nicely figured straight grip walnut stock, single selective trigger, factory Browning buttplate, Schnabel forend, rounded frame, vent rib, automatic ejectors, highest quality 1972 Belgian manufacture, gun remains excellent condition throughout, available for immediate delivery. 5 lbs. 12 oz.. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2 ¼”. Price: $5,500

Boxlock 12Ga. Shotgun By Alfred Davis of London
Boxlock 12Ga. Shotgun By Alfred Davis of London

Boxlock 12Ga. Shotgun By Alfred Davis of London: A very nice 12 gauge boxlock by Alfred Davis of London. This gun was built in the late 1920s and has 28″ barrels choked skeet (.004″) and full .035″). The gun is in excellent condition retaining around 40% of the original case colors, 95% of the original barrel blue, and 98% of the original wood finish. The receiver is scroll engraved in standard English scroll. The gun has very good stock dimensions of 14″ x 1 1/2″ x2 1/4″. The chambers are 2 1/2″ and the bores are mint and free of any dents or pits. The barrels are in proof and on face. They lock up with no play or looseness. The gun weighs 6lbs, 3oz and balances on the hinge. It comes cased in the original makers case with case labels and a reproduction copy of Davis’s catalog. This would make a great grouse, woodcock, or quail gun. It would also be a fine pheasant gun for walking those big cornfields. A great value in an English double. Price: $1595

G.E. Lewis 16 ga Boxlock Ejector SxS Shotgun
G.E. Lewis 16 ga Boxlock Ejector SxS Shotgun

G.E. Lewis 16 ga Boxlock Ejector SxS Shotgun: Serial Number: 16056, Barrels: 26″, Barrel Type: Steel, Action: Box lock ejector, Gauge: 16 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 9/16″, Stock Heel: 2 7/16″, Stock Cast: 1/4″, LOP: 14 3/4″, Weight: 5 lbs. 14.5 oz., Choke Left: .032″ full, Choke Right: .028″  full, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .026″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .032″. Price: $2,900

Going to the Southern SxS? Be sure to see this 8 gauge….

Southern SxS Spring Classic 2015
Southern SxS Spring Classic 2021

For years now, the Southern SxS has been one of the finest events in the country for fine shotguns and doubles rifles. I’ve been to it many times, and I always come across guns that impress me–and that show me I still have a lot to see and learn.

Last year’s event was virtual. But this year, the Southern SxS year is roaring back. Judging by its solid list of exhibitors, it will be a great event.

If you go, one exhibitor you won’t want to miss is Lion Stone Consulting. Josh Lowensteiner at  told me he’s bring a ton of great doubles, including one of the Holy Grails of American shotguns: The awesome Lefever you see here.

Stunning, all original 8 gauge Lefever shotgun with 32" Whitworth fluid steel bbls. Thought to have been made for President Grover Cleveland.
Stunning, all original 8 gauge Lefever shotgun with 32″ Whitworth fluid steel bbls. Thought to have been made for President Grover Cleveland.

This guns is an all original, Special Order 8 gauge with 32″ Whitworth fluid steel bbls. It’s thought to have been made for President Grover Cleveland. If you would like to own an American SxS shotgun that has it all — condition, scarcity, provenance, prestige — talk to Josh. This Lefever has all that and much more.

Stunning, all original 8 gauge Lefever shotgun with 32" Whitworth fluid steel bbls. Thought to have been made for President Grover Cleveland.
Stunning, all original 8 gauge Lefever shotgun with 32″ Whitworth fluid steel bbls. Thought to have been made for President Grover Cleveland.

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THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE
THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE

THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE: #20901, 30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS MOD AND FULL 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, HORN BUTT AND GRIP CAP, 7LBS 9 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP. Price: $69,500

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing (CSM) 16g Model 21 SxS:
Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing (CSM) 16g Model 21 SxS:

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing (CSM) 16g Model 21 SxS: Flat side action has factory double triggers and automatic safety. The action, barrels, guard & tang and the forend iron have a very deep black high-polished finish with very tastefully inlaid gold vine and leaf borders with single bird game scenes of a flushing duck in cattails on the right side, a flushing woodcock in the alders on the left side and a rooster pheasant in the grass on the bottom of the action. The stock is nicely figured American walnut with a straight hand grip, what looks like a leather faced red Winchester pad and standard Model 21 beavertail forend with an ebony wedge in the tip. Two barrel set consists of one set of 28” barrels choked WS-1 and WS-2 and one set of 29” barrels that are choked Lt. Mod and Full. Each set of barrels has machine matted solid ribs with single orange beads, and damascened barrel flats and water tables. Gun is in excellent shape overall with some very small handling marks on one side, otherwise wood and metal is superb! In a leather CSM two barrel set flat case with Maker’s leather trade label and canvas cover with blank initial patch. This is a very attractive and tastefully adorned gun. Price: $20,000

August Francotte SxS Model 20 - 20 ga., 28" barrels
August Francotte SxS Model 20 – 20 ga., 28″ barrels

August Francotte SxS Model 20 – 20 ga., 28″ barrels: Feature engine turned game rib, side clips, third fastener, 2-3/4″ chambers, choked improved cylinder and modified (.007/.014).  Double triggers, auto safe. The sideplated action is engraved in a fine English scroll and retains 98% original case color hardening.  The round pistol grip stock of nicely figured French walnut measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2″ heel, with a LOP of 14-3/4″ over a leather pad.  Marked with the Abercrombie and Fitch import name on the barrels, this is a classic double for about 100 years and a staple of the A&F line.  This is a fine example retaining nearly all of the original finish as seen in the photos.  There is a slight abrasion on the right barrel and some handling marks from use on the stock.  The gun remains tight as new and weighs 6 lbs., 2 oz.  Classy little upland double! Price: $5,750

Merkel ~ 203E Sidelock OU ~ 12 Gauge
Merkel ~ 203E Sidelock OU ~ 12 Gauge

Merkel ~ 203E Sidelock OU ~ 12 Gauge: This is a fully engraved sidelock ejector over under shotgun with hand detachable sidelocks. The ejectors are strong and well-timed, the double trigger are crisp with the front trigger being articulated. The 27″ Bohler Steel barrels are like new and have fixed FULL chokes. The butt stock is nicely figured with good shooting dimensions and the 3 piece forearm that fits nicely in hand. 100% coverage bank note scroll engraving on the sidelocks along with cocking indicators. This is a great looking and feeling shotgun. 12 Gauge. Chambers: 3″ Over/Under with ejectors., Metal Condition: Excellent with a touch of thinning blue on the trigger guard. The coin finished receiver is excellent. Wood Condition: Very nice with a few small dings and dents. Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 27″ blue with a solid rib. Triggers: Double triggers with the front being articulated. Stock Dimensions: “14 1/2″” LOP to the front trigger, 1 1/2″” DAC, 2 5/16″” DAH. Fore End: 3 piece forend with checkering. Butt Pad: Matching walnut with a checkered straight grip and a black butt plate. Weight: 6 Lbs. 12 Oz. Sights: Single white color front bead on a flat solid rib. Chokes: Fixed FULL and FULL. Price: $4,999.97

Connecticut Shotgun RBL28 SxS 28Ga. Shotgun NEW IN THE BOX
Connecticut Shotgun RBL28 SxS 28Ga. Shotgun NEW IN THE BOX

Connecticut Shotgun RBL28 SxS 28Ga. Shotgun NEW IN THE BOX: SN #RBL002840. NEW IN THE BOX. LOP 14 5/8″. Chamber 2 3/4″. DAC 1 1/2″- DAH 2 1/8″. Chokes are  R/S Mod. and  L/S Full.   30″ barrels with a Traditional Game Solid Rib. Case Colored Receiver with Hunting Dogs Engraved on sides. Premium  checkered pistol grip Walnut stock and  Beavertail forend. Single select trigger with barrel  selector behind trigger. Ejectors. Comes in a nice Canvas Breakdown Case with Red Felt Interior and includes a  Chrome oil bottle, Chrome snap caps, cleaning brushes, cleaning rods, and eye and ear protectors. Weight: 6 lbs. Trigger Pull: 5 1/2 lbs. Price: $4600

Auction alert: 20g Beretta ASEL O/U shotgun …

Lot 112: Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun chambered for 2 3/4" or 3" 20 gauge:
Lot 112: Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun chambered for 2 3/4″ or 3″ 20 gauge:

Here’s your chance to get a great deal on one of the best bird guns Beretta has built. Connecticut Firearms Auctions has this Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun in their Spring Firearms Auction. The auction starts on Saturday, April 10, 2021 @ 1pm EST.

In the 1930s, Beretta introduced its first Over Under —  or Sovroposto — shotgun. Beretta’s SO shotguns were sidelocks and they utilized the company’s version of Woodward’s low-profile, OU design.

Lot 112: Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun chambered for 2 3/4" or 3" 20 gauge:
Lot 112: Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun chambered for 2 3/4″ or 3″ 20 gauge:

After WW2, Beretta introduced a boxlock version of their SOs, These guns came in at least three models (ASE, ASEL, and ASEELL). They locked up like Beretta SO-series shotguns and ones made after 1960 came with Boehler Antinit steel barrels. Basically they were top quality doubles at more affordable prices.

This one looks like it’s in nice shape — even though some knucklehead ported the barrels.

Lot 112: Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun chambered for 2 3/4" or 3" 20 gauge:
Lot 112: Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun chambered for 2 3/4″ or 3″ 20 gauge:

Lot 112: Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun chambered for 2 3/4″ or 3″ 20 gauge:  Serial: 16465 With code XII dating this to 1956, the 28″ vent ribbed and ported single bead barrels have been threaded with removable chokes. Chokes that come with this gun installed appear to be skeet and skeet. The receiver with single trigger is completely engraved and is dressed in a nicely checkered light walnut stock and forend. Bottom barrel ejector sticks otherwise overall condition is excellent with mirror bores and just a few minor marks from use. Ships to FFL and C&R only. Measurements: Bore Diameter @ 9″ from muzzle O= .627 U= .629 Wall Thickness @ 9″ from muzzle = .038 (Both) LOP @ Heel= 13 9/16″ LOP @ Toe= 13 5/8″ Choke: O=.625 U=.627 Drop @ Comb = 1 1/2″ Drop @ Heel = 2 1/8″ Weight= 5.4 lbs Estimate: $2,000 – $4,000

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CSMC - A.H. Fox - CE 16 gauge - 2 barrel set
CSMC – A.H. Fox – CE 16 gauge – 2 barrel set

CSMC – A.H. Fox – CE 16 gauge – 2 barrel set: Spectacular New Britain Fox, CE 16 gauge 2 barrel set As New, Appears Unfired, Flawless, Mint 28 and 30 inch Chromox barrels, Chrome lined (steel shot compatible), Solid matte ribs 28″ barrels choked .011″ / .007″ , 30″ barrels choked .026″ / .020″. 2 3/4″ chambers, Double trigger, non automatic safety, single silver bead. Splinter and Beavertail forends, interchangeable with either barrel set. Exhibition American Black Walnut, 1 9/16 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 to Makers Skeletal Buttplate, neutral cast. 6 lbs with 30″ barrels and Splinter forend or 28″ barrels with BTFE. Best leather case with all accoutrements. Tuscano engraved. Price: $20,499

Caesar Guerini Apex Sporting 20-gauge with 32" barrels MINT
Caesar Guerini Apex Sporting 20-gauge with 32″ barrels MINT

Caesar Guerini Apex Sporting 20-gauge with 32″ barrels MINT: RH Palm Swell.  Factory extended choke tubes included along with all paperwork.  Purchased new by me in 2012 and hardly used.  There are 2 very tiny marks on the off-face side of the stock but they are hardly noticeable.  Other than that the gun remains as new throughout – the exterior barrels, bore, rib, receiver metal, stock finish, checkering – it is all in immaculate condition.  Factory original with no alterations of any kind. Price: $5,500

Parker Reproduction 28ga. w/the best options-SG-BT-DT and choked Q1&Q2! Killer wood!
Parker Reproduction 28ga. w/the best options-SG-BT-DT and choked Q1&Q2! Killer wood!

Parker Reproduction 28ga. w/the best options SG-BT-DT and choked Q1&Q2! Killer wood: Here’s a Parker 28 bore Repro that rings all the bells! A double trigger, straight grip with a beaver tail forend and the 26″ barrels are choked Quail 1 & Quail 2! It’s in the original factory case with snap caps, key and outer canvas cover. The condition is not perfect, but it’s very nice. The blue is all there, but the case colors have faded on the bottom and a little on the sides. I call it conservatively 50-60%. The wood is a terrific piece of claro with excellent figure. There was a chip just behind the top tang that was professionally repaired and will cause no further problems. Skeleton butt of course. The LOP is 14 5/8 inches and it weighs a delightful 5.67 pounds. There is no finer handling upland shotgun. Price: $5295  

Rizzini Artemis 410 Over Under Shotgun
Rizzini Artemis 410 Over Under Shotgun

Rizzini Artemis 410 Over Under Shotgun: This gun has 28″ vent rib barrels choked improved cylinder (.005″) and modified (.010″). Thie gun is in excellent original condition. It retains 90% of the original case colors, 99% of the original wood finish,and 99% of the barrel blue. The wood is nicely figured European walnut with a Prince of Wales grip and  a 145/8″ LOP over the factory wood buttplate. The chambers are 3″ and the bores are mint. The gun weighs 5-6 and balances at the hinge. This is a great little gun for preserve shooting or fun clays. The stock dimensions are 14 5/8″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″. Price: $3495

JP Sauer ~ Side by Side ~ 12 Ga ~ Boxlock
JP Sauer ~ Side by Side ~ 12 Ga ~ Boxlock

JP Sauer ~ Side by Side ~ 12 Ga ~ Boxlock: This JP Sauer Side by Side Model is a 12 Ga. shotgun. It has 28 inch barrels with extractors and a solid rib. White bead front and middle sights. With 2 3/4 inch chambers it has fixed M and IM Chokes. The butt stock is a checkered grip walnut straight grip. The forearm is a checkered grip walnut splinter style. It has a very nicely engraved receiver. Price: $1,499.99

It’s official: Now is the time to sell your guns …

12g Fox Sterlingworth sold for $3,650 on Sunday, 2/7
12g Fox Sterlingworth sold for $3,650 on Sunday, 2/7

At the start of this year, I had a feeling at the gun market was picking up again. I asked some dealers, checked with some friends, and they said they said the same thing: “Demand’s back!”

That’s when I put up this post:

It’s time to sell ! The gun market’s hot again …

A year ago, I wouldn’t have imagined this boxlock selling for more $4500. But guess what, it sold for $8000 a few weeks ago:

Griffin & Howe Boxlock shotgun built for the President of Packard Motor Co. Sold for $8,000!!
Griffin & Howe Boxlock shotgun built for the President of Packard Motor Co. Sold for $8,000!!

ALVAN MACAULEY “President of Packard Motor Co.” Griffin & Howe Boxlock

Guns aren’t the only things that are hot, either. The New York Times just reported that all sorts of collectibles are booming, from Rolexes to Nikes:

So if you’ve been thinking selling some guns, now’s the time to do it.

Turn them into cash today.

Wondering where to sell your guns — or any other collectibles — and how to get the best prices for them? I can help.

Learn how. Drop me an email at: Gregg@DogsandDoubles.com

Original or redone? A 12g Prussian Charles Daly Feather Weight …

Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26" Featherweight
Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26″ Featherweight

I’ve always liked vintage Charles Daly side-by-sides, and I think they’re some of the finest boxlock shotguns ever made.

Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26" Featherweight
Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26″ Featherweight

So when this 12g came up for auction on Gunbroker.com a few weeks ago, I was thrilled. But not as thrilled as some guys. This double hammered down for $6,125 — WAY than I wanted to pay for it (a far more than I thought it would bring).

Take a look at. What do you think — is it all original? Or is it totally redone? I think it’s all original, including the finish on the bbls.

Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26" Featherweight
Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26″ Featherweight

This SxS was built in the 1890s, but not by anyone named Charles Daly.

Charles Daly was a businessman, not a gunmaker. He started branding guns with his name on them around 1875. At first, he used several makes in Europe. But by the late 1880s, he had settled on Heinrich A. Lindner for most of his shotguns.

Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26" Featherweight
Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26″ Featherweight

Lindner was a gunmaker in Suhl, Prussia (which is now Germany). Lindner took Westley Richards brilliant Anson & Deeley shotgun action, tweaked it, and made it his own.

In its day, this gun was one of Daly’s lower-grade models. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t high quality (or inexpensive). Everything Lindner made was beautifully built. You can see that in this gun. From the proportions of the action and the stock to the shaping of the triggers and the finish on the metal, everything is well done.

A page from a 1920s Schoverling, Daly & Gales catalog.
A page from a 1920s Schoverling, Daly & Gales catalog.

When this gun was built, the shooting world was experiencing a fad for lightweight, 12-gauge shotguns. Belgian and German makers like Francotte and Lindner responded by building twelves that came in right around 6lbs.

Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26" Featherweight
Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26″ Featherweight

Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26″ Featherweight:

  • Make: Charles Daly made by Charles Lindner in Prussia
  • Model: Empire grade Featherweight
  • Action: Side by Side
  • Serial number / year:  1046 / late 1800’s early 1900’s
  • Finish: The Damascus twist is a very pretty pattern and shows well.  The receiver is mostly in the white but we do see traces of the original case color under the lever and in the non-contact areas.
  • Caliber: 12ga – we do not know the chamber length.
  • Barrel Length: 26″ with fixed cylinder chokes
  • Bore Condition: Excellent – both are clean, smooth and bright.
  • Stock/grips: The stock and forend are in great shape with light use and handling wear.  The checkering is still fairly sharp.  We do not see any cracks, breaks or repairs.
  • LOP: 14″
    Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26" Featherweight
    Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26″ Featherweight

    Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26" Featherweight
    Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26″ Featherweight

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Truly superb and rare Charles Daly "Regent" Diamond Quality 20 Bore shotgun in superb original condition
Truly superb and rare Charles Daly “Regent” Diamond Quality 20 Bore shotgun in superb original condition

Truly superb and rare Charles Daly “Regent” Diamond Quality 20 Bore shotgun in superb original condition: Easily the finest Charles Daly I have offered in recent memory, this particular gun made with 28″ Witten Excelsior barrels, with slender splinter forend which has a beautiful original bone tip.  Casehardened action is full coverage floral and scroll engraved with beautifully detailed gold inlays on all sides.  The gun has double triggers, auto ejectors, and auto safety.  Incredibly well figured ball pistol grip buttstock with cheekpiece on left side and terminates with the original lined horn buttplate.  It is my understanding that these guns were built for Von Legerke and Detmold of Chicago in the early 30’s.  This gun is cased.  The quality and condtiion of this gun cannot be overstated!!! The gun remains in superb original untouched condition with more than 80% bold original case color, 97% original barrel blue and crisp stock finish.  Bores are brilliant and shiny, mechanics are crisp, and the gun is tight on face. Price: $29,500

Purdey 12 Bore - Exceptional Condition - Cased:
Purdey 12 Bore – Exceptional Condition – Cased:

Purdey 12 Bore – Exceptional Condition – Cased: This is an absolutely exceptional Purdey finished in 1978.  I can’t imagine finding a pre-owned Purdey in higher condition. Gun is in its original case with all accessories.  The gun is still in spec with all the info stated on the build/service card installed the case.  Only possible alteration from new might be the pad.  If you want a like new Purdey at a fraction of a new gun – look no further! Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge Manufacturer: Purdey Model: SLE Serial Number: 28,xxx Barrel Length: 28 Bore Info: R .731″ L .729″ Chambers: 2 3/4″ Ejectors: Yes Condition: Excellent – Plus Metal Condition: 98% Wood Condition: 98% Bore Condition: As new Barrels: 28″ Barrel Type: Steel Action: Self Opening Triggers: Double
Stock: French Walnut Stock Dimensions: 1 3/8″ x 2″ x 15 1/8″ Stock Comb: 1 3/8″ Stock Heel: 2″ Stock Cast: 1/4″ Heel – 1/2″ Toe Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: Leather covered LOP: 15 1/8″ Rib: Game Finish: London Best Grade Weight: 6 – 10.0 oz Manufacture Date: 1972 Approx. Chokes: R .012 – L. .023 Choke Left: 65% Choke Right: 55% Engraving: Rose and Scroll Extras: Cleaning Rod 2-Piece Wood. Case: Motor Proof:Nitro: London Nitro Proof Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .034″ Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .035″ Price: $28,000.00

F.LLI POLI BEST SELF-COCKING EJECTOR HAMMER GUN 20 GA
F.LLI POLI BEST SELF-COCKING EJECTOR HAMMER GUN 20 GA

F.LLI POLI BEST SELF-COCKING EJECTOR HAMMER GUN 20 GA: Serial # 13718 Country of Origin   Italy Barrel Length (in Inches)   28-3/4″ Choke R/U M Choke L/O  IM Trigger   DT (Double) Stock Configuration   Straight Grip Forearm Type   Splinter Forearm Rib Type Smooth   Concave Rib Receiver Finish   Coin Finish Engraving Type     Pedretti Game Scene Cameos w/ Fine Scroll Engraving Other Options    FANCY TURKISH WALNUT, RECOIL PAD, CASE Condition    EXC. Plus Condition Weight    6LB 2OZ Dimensions  DAC 1.5 DAH 2.375, LOP14.75 CAST OFF .375. Price: $20,000

Caesar Guerini MAXUM - 12ga - 30” - Giovanelli engraved  - All Accessories - Leather and Airline Case - 99% Condition - Value Priced High Grade Sporting Gun
Caesar Guerini MAXUM – 12ga – 30” – Giovanelli engraved  – All Accessories – Leather and Airline Case – 99% Condition – Value Priced High Grade Sporting Gun

Caesar Guerini MAXUM – 12ga – 30” – Giovanelli engraved  – All Accessories – Leather and Airline Case – 99% Condition – Value Priced High Grade Sporting Gun: 15″ LOP with adjustable trigger x 1 1/2 x 2 1/4 – 8.2 lbs – 2 cases included – everything is in the case that it came with… nice shotgun for the club. Price: $5,995

MILLER & VAL GREISS 16 GAUGE HAMMER SHOTGUN - ANTIQUE MADE IN 1896:
MILLER & VAL GREISS 16 GAUGE HAMMER SHOTGUN – ANTIQUE MADE IN 1896:

MILLER & VAL GREISS 16 GAUGE HAMMER SHOTGUN – ANTIQUE MADE IN 1896: Made by JP Sauer in 1896. Elegant round bar action. Tight on face. Excellent bores. Original stock finish with sharp flat top checkering. No cracks to wood. Screw slots prestine. Extractors. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Right barrel measures .670 with 12/1000 choke (Mod). Left barrel is .672 with 24/1000 choke (Full). Excellent bores. Barrels are 28 3/4″. Rebounding locks. Miller & Val Greiss was a designated “Hofbuchsenmacher” which losely translates to a “gunmaker to the royal court”. Shipping is $50 and can be sent directly as local law allows. LOP is 13 15/16″. Drop at Comb is 1 9/16″. Drop at Heel at 2 5/16″. Price: $2,550

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Rigby Rising Bite Sidelock SxS Double Rifle 9.3x74R
Rigby Rising Bite Sidelock SxS Double Rifle 9.3x74R

Rigby Rising Bite Sidelock SxS Sidelock Double Rifle 9.3x74R: 26″ Ser. #: 17808 Price: $35,000

BERTUZZI - Venere - 410 Bore -Sidelock- SxS - 28" - Game Scenes with Gold by Dassa
BERTUZZI – Venere – 410 Bore -Sidelock- SxS – 28″ – Game Scenes with Gold by Dassa

BERTUZZI – Venere – 410 Bore -Sidelock- SxS – 28″ – Game Scenes with Gold by Dassa: Single Non-Selective Trigger, English Stock, LOP 15-1/8″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/4″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 5 lbs. 6 oz. Makers Case. Excellent Plus – 99% – Condition. Price: $27,950

William Evans - Boxlock Ejector, Side-by-Side, 12ga. 28" Barrels Choked IC/M
William Evans – Boxlock Ejector, Side-by-Side, 12ga. 28″ Barrels Choked IC/M

William Evans – Boxlock Ejector, Side-by-Side, 12ga. 28″ Barrels Choked IC/M: Nicely figured straight grip stock, period pad, gold oval, double triggers, splinter forend, automatic ejectors, boxlock gun, dolls head extension, third fastener, 85% barrel bluing and wood finish, full coverage rose bouquet and scroll engraving, marked William Evens from Purdey’s on rib and receiver, a very nice gun. 6lbs. 8 oz.
14 5/8″ X 1 ½” X 2 ½” Price: $8,500

Stephen Grant & Sons, 15,000 series, SxS, Boxlock, 28 Ga
Stephen Grant & Sons, 15,000 series, SxS, Boxlock, 28 Ga

Stephen Grant & Sons, 15,000 series, SxS, Boxlock, 28 Ga: All original, Serial Number: 15047, Barrel Length: 28”, Condition: 90%, Metal Condition: 90%, Wood Condition: Great Condition with some oil soak, Bore Condition: Excellent, Action: Top lever break action box lock, Triggers: Twin Stock: Wood, Manufacture Date: Early 1900’s, Chokes: Yes, but unmeasured, Engraving: Full Coverage English Scroll, Extras: Ejectors, Chisel fences, drop points, English stock with flat top checkering, Case: Original Canvas Case. Price: $7950

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing RBL 28g, 28" bbls
Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing RBL 28g, 28″ bbls

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing RBL 28g, 28″ bbls: #RB1003201, 28 inch barrels, blue and case color finish, select walnut stock and forerarm, pistol grip, checkered, factory case containing a full compliment of accessories, still wrapped in tissue paper. Condition: NI case, I don’t think this piece has ever been assembled after it left the factory. Price: $4800

Auction alert: AYA No. 2 sidelock 16g, NO RESERVE …

AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun
AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun

This nice looking 16g AYA shotgun is on Gunbroker.com now. It’s listed at NO RESERVE and the sale ends Wednesday, 3/24/2021 @ 3:21 PM EST.

The seller’s calling this side-by-side a No. 2, which AYA says is its “affordable sidelock double gun”. To me, it looks like a great grouse gun. It has a longish length of pull (14 3/4″) and it weighs just 5lbs 13oz. If I were bidding on it, I would ask for some more pics and info on it — specifically, I would want to see the proof marks, and I would want to know if the gun is tight, on the face and fully functional. I would also want to know if there are any issues with the barrels (bulges, dents, repairs).

AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun
AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun

I would ask about seller’s inspection/return policy, too. Sellers should give you 3 days to inspect a gun and allow you to return it within that timeframe if it has issues.

I’ve always heard good things about AYAs. Michael Yardley reviewed an AYA No. 1   for The Field back in 2008 and liked it. I guess the No. 2 is one step down from that gun.

AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun
AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun

AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun: 28” barrels. 14 3/4 LOP. Choked at IC/M. 5 lbs 13oz’s. Balances and swings great. Costs 8k new ! FREE SHIPPING.

BTW: The same seller is also offering this 20g AYA No. 3, which is worth checking out.

Fresh to market: One of America’s most famous SXS, just $250,000! …

Winchester Model 21 “Walter P. Chrysler” - 20ga - 28” - “CHRYSLER GUN” - As Featured on the Cover Of Ned Schwing’s Book “Winchester’s Finest” Model 21
Winchester Model 21 “Walter P. Chrysler” – 20ga – 28” – “CHRYSLER GUN” – As Featured on the Cover Of Ned Schwing’s Book “Winchester’s Finest” Model 21

Over the years, American gunmakers made a lot of shotguns for famous individuals. A few of the best known are:

These firearms are guns — and because of their connections to American history –much, much more. And it’s the “much, much more” that makes them so valuable (Roosevelt’s Fox sold for $862,500).

Winchester Model 21 “Walter P. Chrysler” - 20ga - 28” - “CHRYSLER GUN” - As Featured on the Cover Of Ned Schwing’s Book “Winchester’s Finest” Model 21
Winchester Model 21 “Walter P. Chrysler” – 20ga – 28” – “CHRYSLER GUN” – As Featured on the Cover Of Ned Schwing’s Book “Winchester’s Finest” Model 21

Along with those SxSs, there’s the one you see here. It’s Walter P. Chrysler’s 20g Winchester Model 21 and another of the holy-grail guns for collector’s of American shotguns. Ned Schwing knew it was one of the finest M21s made, and that’s why he featured it on the cover of a big about Winchester’s Finest shotgun.

Winchester Model 21 “Walter P. Chrysler” - 20ga - 28” - “CHRYSLER GUN” - As Featured on the Cover Of Ned Schwing’s Book “Winchester’s Finest” Model 21
Winchester Model 21 “Walter P. Chrysler” – 20ga – 28” – “CHRYSLER GUN” – As Featured on the Cover Of Ned Schwing’s Book “Winchester’s Finest” Model 21

Winchester Model 21 “Walter P. Chrysler” – 20ga – 28” – “CHRYSLER GUN” – As Featured on the Cover Of Ned Schwing’s Book “Winchester’s Finest” Model 21: This is a Custom Built by Winchester Shotgun that has pages of documentation – as you’ll note on the cover photo – it was featured on the cover of the Winchester’s Finest The Model 21 by Ned Schwing book – this shotgun is one of the finest pieces of Americana in USA Gun History – it is an honor to photograph and describe this fine shotgun – I was, in my lifetime, a Chrysler representative and it thrills me to have the opportunity to not only have sold and managed their products, but to offer this relic of history to the open market for the first time. The Chrysler Gun was used in many of the advertising pieces during its era and was noted for its fine scroll engraving and high quality black walnut – If you are a serious Winchester Model 21 collector and would like the documents emailed to you, just send me a note – I will provide. It has wonderful dimensions as stated on the Cody letter and is like new off the shelf in many regards. This shotgun is in 99% condition and would serve it purpose over pointing dogs or at the sporting club, equally. Price: $250,000

Winchester Model 21 “Walter P. Chrysler” - 20ga - 28” - “CHRYSLER GUN” - As Featured on the Cover Of Ned Schwing’s Book “Winchester’s Finest” Model 21
Winchester Model 21 “Walter P. Chrysler” – 20ga – 28” – “CHRYSLER GUN” – As Featured on the Cover Of Ned Schwing’s Book “Winchester’s Finest” Model 21
Winchester Model 21 “Walter P. Chrysler” - 20ga - 28” - “CHRYSLER GUN” - As Featured on the Cover Of Ned Schwing’s Book “Winchester’s Finest” Model 21
Winchester Model 21 “Walter P. Chrysler” – 20ga – 28” – “CHRYSLER GUN” – As Featured on the Cover Of Ned Schwing’s Book “Winchester’s Finest” Model 21

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F.lli Rizzini R1 sidelock Ejector SS Firmo Fracassi Engraved
F.lli Rizzini R1 sidelock Ejector SS Firmo Fracassi Engraved

F.lli Rizzini R1 sidelock Ejector SS Firmo Fracassi Engraved: 12 gauge, engraved by the Master engravers Firmo Frassi (game scene) and A. Contessa, don’t think its ever been fired, pristine new condition, choked .013 and .034, 14 1/2″, checkered butt, weighs 6lb, 8 oz, straight grip, manificient highest grade turkish walnut, checkered butt, single trigger, DAC=1.5″, DAH= 2 3/8″, 27.5″ barrel, 1/8″ cast off for right hand shooter. From my personal collection. Cased with accessories and paper work from factory.  Firmo Fracassi is without doubt one of the world’s finest engravers & his attention to details defies imagination. A Grand Master of Bulino engraving, see the unbelievable detailed game scene on this one, for many years he has worked directly with his private clients, most of whom give him carte blanche on how he designs & executes the engraving once the subject matter has been selected. A true Master Engraver, Fracassi never repeats or copies an existing engraving, including his own. Manufactured in Italy in 1990, serial # 1950. Contessa completed the scroll work. Price: $59,500

Exceptionally fine, lightweight high original condition Parker DHE 12ga Game gun – Straight Stock, Parker SST, great wood and perfect dimensions

Exceptionally fine, lightweight high original condition Parker DHE 12ga Game gun – Straight Stock, Parker SST, great wood and perfect dimensions: Absolutely beautiful high original condition Parker DHE 12ga gun in a rare configuration.  RARE Transition gun NOT marked Parker anywhere on the frame!  Just a few known like this!!! This gun made in early 1932 with 28″ Titanic barrels on a 1-1/2 frame.  Made with splinter forend, original Parker SST, auto ejectors, straight grip buttstock with original leather faced pad.  The gun is beautifully engraved in standard DHE 12ga pattern with pheasants on trigger plate. Overall the gun remains in superb high original condition with more than 95% bold original case color.  Barrel blue shows some handling marks at 95% original, and barrels are undented and bores are brilliant and shiny.  Stocks are sound with minor handling marks and retain more than 97% of their original finish.  The pad is hardening and appears original.  Loaded with original trigger guard blue which is toning at grip.  Checkering is crisp as we expect to find on a very lightly used gun like this.  Mechanics are crisp. Price: $9500

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

A.D. JANSEN OVER UNDER BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28 GAUGE
A.D. JANSEN OVER UNDER BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28 GAUGE

A.D. JANSEN OVER UNDER BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28 GAUGE: 26 3/4″  IC AND FULL 2 3/4″, SOLID RIB, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 5LBS 6 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 3/8″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP. Price: $4,950

Piotti BLE SxS 12 Gauge
Piotti BLE SxS 12 Gauge

: Serial Number: 1650, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 27 3/4 inches, Triggers: Single Trigger, Gauge: 12 Gauge, Stock Comb: 1 1/4 inches, Stock Heel: 1 3/4 inches, Fore End: Splinter, LOP: 14 7/8 inches, Weight: 6 lbs. 15 oz. Cased. Price: $3,595

Auction alert: Beretta 686 Onyx Pro, 20g & 28g two-bbl set …

Lot 113: BERETTA 686 ONYX PRO, SN U23336S
Lot 113: BERETTA 686 ONYX PRO, SN U23336S

Here’s a nice looking Beretta 686 Onyx 2-bbl set. Jeff Dobson & Associates in Jasper, GA, has it in their upcoming firearms auction. The sale starts tomorrow, 3/13, @ 10 AM EST.

Lot 113: BERETTA 686 ONYX PRO, SN U23336S
Lot 113: BERETTA 686 ONYX PRO, SN U23336S

Lot 113: BERETTA 686 ONYX PRO, SN U23336S: 20 GA 3 INCH, 28 IN BARREL SHOTGUN & 28 GA 2 3/4 INCH, 28 IN BARREL, FIELD COMBO, 2 BARREL SET, 9 TOTAL CHOKE TUBES, WITH CUSTOM LOCKING CASE (CASE CODE 427), 28 IN BARREL.

Lot 113: BERETTA 686 ONYX PRO, SN U23336S
Lot 113: BERETTA 686 ONYX PRO, SN U23336S

A bargain Purdey? Could be. See this 12g SxS now …

J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895
J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895

I have a thing for beat-up old guns. So when I saw this Purdey, I felt that tingly “I gotta have it” feeling right away. While it’s very well used, it looks like it was cleaned up right and made into a nice, everyday shooter.

J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895
J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895

It’s from 1895, which is my favorite time-period for Purdeys. Just look at how elegant everything is, from the shaping of the action and the triggerguard to the toplever and triggers themselves. The metal-to-metal fit looks great, too, which is impressive for a gun that 120+ years old.

J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895
J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895

If you like that stuff too and you’ve always wanted a Purdey, this may be the one for you. But act fast. I’m sure how much longer I can control myself.

J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895
J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895

J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895: Re-nitro proofed original 28” barrels choked Improved Cylinder and Modified with original 2 ¾” chambers. Double triggers. 15xxx serial range number “3” gun of an original set. Restored overall in England circa 1960’s with new deluxe walnut checkered straight wrist stock with checkered butt (15” pull, 1 ½”, 2 ½” drop and ¼” cast off at heel). Weight 6 pounds, 12 ounces. Original forend with wear. Barrels and mounts refinished and frame and side locks polished in the French manner. Completely refurbished locks and ejectors and as tight as a new gun. Bores and wall thickness in proof and bright and pit free. Engraving in perfect condition and Audley Street barrel address slightly polished down but fully legible. Nice resurrection of an 1895 “antique” Purdey. Price: $5,900

Auction alert: a 28g Ruger Red Label OU, 28″ bbls …

Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun
Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun

I’ve always been a fan of Ruger’s 28-gauge Red Label OUs. They handle well, they’re reliable, and they’re great all-around bird guns.

This one is coming up Saturday, March 13, @ Carol Watson Spring Antique & Modern Firearms Auction.

It has 28″ barrels and nice wood, which makes it’s special, and it looks like it’s in great original condition.

Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun
Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun

Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun: #420-02582. 28 ga. 28” vent rib barrels have 2-3/4” chambers and are fitted with Ruger choke tubes (5 included: 2 Skeet, IC, Mod. Full). Gun also includes pair of Briley .410 bore conversion tubes with additional four choke tubes (2 Skeet, IC, Mod.). Stainless steel boxlock action features a single selective trigger, non-auto safety and auto ejectors. American walnut slender forend and pistol-grip buttstock feature standard Ruger checkering, Ruger metal grip cap and black buttplate; buttstock is of exceptionally nice grain. With choke tool in original Ruger boxes. Mfg’d approx. 1996. Condition is near excellent, with few small handling marks to wood and slight wear to action, which functions correctly and locks tight; bores are bright. Est.: $2,000-$2,600.

Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun
Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun
Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun
Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun
Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun
Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun

4 gauges, 8gs, & more. See an insane collection of big bores……

R.B Rodda 4 Bore hammer shotgun at Giles Marriott in the UK
R.B Rodda 4 Bore hammer shotgun at Giles Marriott in the UK

If you’ve ever wanted to own a big-bore shotgun, this is your opportunity to get one.

Giles Marriott is a dealer in the UK who specializes in vintage side-by-sides, over-unders, and other fine guns. Right now he has this amazing group of big-bore shotguns on his site.

Auguste Francotte 4 Bore hammer shotgun for sale now at Giles Marriott UK
Auguste Francotte 4 Bore hammer shotgun for sale now at Giles Marriott UK

It includes everything from 4-bores like this vintage SxS Francotte hammergun and this 2-gun set of modern Watson sidelocks (these guns must have have cost $100,000+ each to make).

Watson Brothers 4 Bore hand detachable, single trigger, sidelock ejectors, for sale at Giles Marriott, UK
Watson Brothers 4 Bore hand detachable, single trigger, sidelock ejectors, for sale at Giles Marriott, UK

The collection also includes bunch of 8 gauges and some nice 10 gauges, including this incredible bar-in-wood Horsley.

Thomas Horsley & Son 8 bore Bar-in-wood Shotgun for sale at Giles Marriott in the UK
Thomas Horsley & Son 8 bore Bar-in-wood Shotgun for sale at Giles Marriott in the UK

Eight-gauges and even four-gauges were common in the US around the Chesapeake Bay and other big waterfowling areas. Affluent shooters used them to pass shoot ducks, geese, and swans.

Holland & Holland 8 bore double shotgun for sale by Giles Marriott in the UK
Holland & Holland 8 bore double shotgun for sale by Giles Marriott in the UK

While waterfowl hunting with shotguns larger than 10 gauges was outlawed in the US in the ’30s, it remained legal in the UK. Judging by fantastic condition of these guns, I doubt they’ve spent much time in the field.

W.C Scott 10 bore shotgun for sale at Giles Marriott in the UK
W.C Scott 10 bore shotgun for sale at Giles Marriott in the UK

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

Parker Reproduction DHE - 28ga - 28” and 26” - M/F and IC/M - Double Trigger - Beavertail - RAREST CONFIGURATION Leather Case Perfect with Dust Cover
Parker Reproduction DHE – 28ga – 28” and 26” – M/F and IC/M – Double Trigger – Beavertail – RAREST CONFIGURATION Leather Case Perfect with Dust Cover

Parker Reproduction DHE – 28ga – 28” and 26” – M/F and IC/M – Double Trigger – Beavertail – RAREST CONFIGURATION Leather Case Perfect with Dust Cover: The LOP is one of only a few special order guns with this longer LOP to the front trigger – special order guns were a tiny fraction of the Parker Repro guns – Leather Case Perfect with Dust Cover – Snap Caps – Keys – Gentlemen, this gun is the hardest configuration to find – the double triggers and the beavertail make this gun the hardest to find – it is indeed, in spectacular condition with 99% condition. 14 7/8″ x 1 3/8″ x 2 1/4″ – 5.13 lbs. Price: $13,995

W.C. Scott - The Chatsworth Model, 28ga. 25" Barrels Choked M/F.
W.C. Scott – The Chatsworth Model, 28ga. 25″ Barrels Choked M/F.

W.C. Scott – The Chatsworth Model, 28ga. 25″ Barrels Choked M/F: Nicely figured European walnut straight grip stock, checkered butt, gold shield, splinter forend, automatic ejectors,  double triggers, drop points, 28 line checkering, game rib, scalloped frame, incredibly marvelous full coverage nimbus, ribbon, and rosette scroll engraving over a traditional bone and charcoal color case hardened finish, highest possible workmanship, one of the very last guns manufactured, Birmingham proofed, an absolute gem, gun appears unfired, the very best, included makers’ leather case, available for immediate delivery. 5 lbs. 6 oz. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2 3/8”.
Price: $12,500

JP Sauer – A&F Model 100 – 12 Gauge – UNFIRED – July 1937 – Boxlock – SxS
JP Sauer – A&F Model 100 – 12 Gauge – UNFIRED – July 1937 – Boxlock – SxS

JP Sauer – A&F Model 100 – 12 Gauge – UNFIRED – July 1937 – Boxlock – SxS: For your consideration is this 84-year-old JP Sauer side-by-side with great dimensions in 99% condition (including case colors, wood finish, barrel bluing).  I’ve had 3 multi-decade gun collectors look at this gun and they all agree this gun remains in UNFIRED condition (there are NO PRIMER MARKS on the action around the firing pins).  This area is clearly viewable in one of the photos.  There a few very minor handling marks, also viewable in the photos, but you’ll have to look pretty hard to find them!  Serial Number 322,234. The center of the rib is engraved with “Abercrombie & Fitch Co., New York, N.Y. U.S. Agents.Great Dimensions Weight – 6 lb 8 oz, Overall Length – 42 inches, Barrel Length – 26 inches, Drop at Comb – 1 9/16 inches, Drop at Heal – 2 ½ inches, Cast – 0 inches, Length of Pull – 14 ¼ inches, Left Choke – loose full, Right Choke – improved cylinder, Ejectors – strong and in time. Any collector of MINT side-by-sides and/or Pre-War German Guns will enjoy having this gun in their collection. Price: $5,350

FRANCOTTE MODEL 14E 20 GAUGE WONDERFUL
FRANCOTTE MODEL 14E 20 GAUGE WONDERFUL

FRANCOTTE MODEL 14E 20 GAUGE WONDERFUL: 26″ SIEMENS MARTIN MARKED BARRELS, MIRROR PERFECT BORES, 99% BRIGHT BLUE, IMCYL. AND FULL (.005 & .020), 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, BARRELS RING LINE A BELL.  ENGRAVED “VON LENGERKE & DETMOLD” ON RIGHT BARREL, “U.S. AGENTS NEW YORK” ON LEFT BARREL, RIB EXTENSION AND BREECH ENDS ALSO ENGRAVED, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS.  DUAL UNDER BITES AND GREENER CROSSBOLT, TIGHT ON FACE, 98% BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR, EXTREMELY TIGHT SCROLL ENGRAVING OVER ENTIRE FRAME, FENCES CARVED IN DEEP CUT LEAF PATTERN, ALL SCREWS NICELY ENGRAVED. ROUND KNOB GRIP STOCK, WITH FINELY CHECKERED AND CARVED SIDE PANELS, “S” SAFETY GOLD INLAYED, SPLINTER FOREARM WITH FRONT BUTTON RELEASE, DARK STREAKED EUROPEAN WALNUT, TINY AUGUSTE FRANCOTTE STAMP BEHIND THE GRIP. EXCELLENT WOOD AND CHECKERING, HORN BUTTPLATE, 1 1/2″ X 2 5/8″ X 14″, 5 1/2 POUNDS.  GREAT LITTLE DOUBLE IN GORGEOUS ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price: $4500

Webley & Scott 700 BLE SxS (2 Barrel Set)
Webley & Scott 700 BLE SxS (2 Barrel Set)

Webley & Scott 700 BLE SxS (2 Barrel Set): Serial Number: 123426, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 28 inches & 28 inches, Triggers: Double Trigger, Gauge: 12 Gauge, Stock Comb: 1 3/8 inches, Stock Heel: 2 1/4 inches, Fore End: Splinter, LOP: 15 3/8 inches, Weight: 6 lbs. 6 oz. Cased. Price: $3,250

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