Go to 20:06 to see Ian shoot a 4-bore
Check out Ian’s video to learn more about the rifles and learn how — and why — people used them.
Check out Ian’s video to learn more about the rifles and learn how — and why — people used them.
PURDEY BEST SXS 20 GAUGE: COMPLETED 1935, #24333, 28″ SELF OPENER 009 AND 016 2 3/4 CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKERS CASE, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 5 LBS 12 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 15″ LOP. Price: $48,500
Brand new Chapuis Super Orion O/U C35 28Ga 30″ barrels: A brand new Chapuis O/U with double triggers, straight grip and 30 “ barrels. 2 ¾” chambers, bores measure .550 with fixed chokes (Improved cyl – Improved modified). Round action with trigger plate locks, Coin finish with English style engraving coverage with pheasants, partridges on the sides of the receiver and German Short Hair under receiver. The shotgun weighs 5 pounds 14 OZ . English stock in a nice piece of Turkish walnut with the following dimensions: 15 ½” LOP over ¼” wood plate, 1 ½” and 2 ½” drop and 3/8” cast off. As usual on a Chapuis product, the trunnions size , rear lump interlocking and locking surfaces are ample to insure an extremely long mechanical lifespan. I trust them enough to offer a lifetime mechanical warranty to the original owner. Price: $4,990
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
CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN LAUNCH EDITION RBL IN 20 GAUGE – ALL OPTIONS – 3X WOOD UPGRADE – NEW: Holland Style Self Opeing System. Beavertail forend. Cased with all accessories. Barrels are 28″ with 5 choke tubes. Weight of gun is g LBS 8 OZ. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 3/4″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″ Price: $3,950
Bernardelli SXS, 28 GA, 26″ barrel, double trigger ejectors: Full and Improved modified chokes. The stock is in very good condition, does have a few light handling marks on it, has been hunted with. The barrels and bore are in great condition. Barrel walls measure 5.84mm. The drop at the Heel measures 2-3/8″ and the drop at the comb measures 1-1/2″. Excellent overall condition. Price: $1,699.99
The A.H. Fox A-grade shotgun was one up from the company’s bottom-of-the-line Sterlingworth. Twenty-gauges were introduced in 1912. The one here has the second-engraving pattern on it.
Here’s the report on it from the auctioneer:
Lot #497 ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN: Serial #201716. Barrel length 28″. This is an A grade that has full and improved chokes. This beautiful shotgun features auto ejectors, solid rib, single bead blue barrels that retain approximately 97% of expertly re-applied blue finish Box lock is deep factory engraved, clean with traces of color. Checkered pistol grip stock with cap and composition black butt-plate. Has splinter fore-end with sharp checkering. The stocks have been beautifully restored to near mint condition. Bores are clean and this gun locks up like new.
I don’t know why they’re calling it an “S2”. Every Beretta’s S2 (sometimes called “SO2”) shotgun I’ve seen has been a sidelock and a 12g. This guns is neither.
It looks more look an ASEL— the boxlock version of Beretta’s S-grade sidelock shotguns. Beretta built these guns from around 1947 and into the 1960s. They came in three models: ASE, ASEL, and ASEELL.
And this gun clearly has double triggers — not a Miller single trigger like it says in the listing.
Also, if you’re thinking about bidding on it, take a long look at the photos showing the damage to the head of the stock. Fixing that problem won’t be cheap.
Here’s another chance for you to get a great deal on one of my favorite OUs. This Beretta BL-4 is on Gunauction.com now. The listing ends this Sunday, January 26, 2020, @ 5:05pm.
Beretta MODEL BL-4 OVER/UNDER 20-GAUGE…26″, IC/MOD, SST, EJECTORS…5-LBS, 13-OZ…IN BOX, MFD 1971…NO RESERVE 20 GA: Slim, lightweight and easy to carry, here’s a nice older Beretta Model BL-4 over/under shotgun. Chambered for 20-gauge shells, it has 26-inch barrels, 3-inch chambers, and is choked Modified over Improved Cylinder. It features a single-selective trigger, auto ejectors, and an automatic safety. The high strength chromium molybdenum steel barrels have a ventilate rib with two beads. The blued receiver is decorated with foliate scroll engraving. One of the nice things about this gun is that the frame is sized for 20-gauge…it’s not just a 12-gauge frame with 20-ga barrels. This makes the gun much slimmer and lighter…and a joy to carry in the field. This gun tips the scales at just under 5-pounds, 13-ounces. Overall condition is very good and it appears to have been fired only very little. The original blue finish is nearly all intact except for a dime-sized area on the left side of the receiver where it was partially stripped. There is no associated rust or pitting in this spot, or anywhere else for that matter. I’d grade the blue finish at about 95%. Nearly all of the gold plate remains on the trigger. The stocks are in very good condition and free of cracks or chips although there are a few small dings and minor scratches. The varnish is all still there and the wood grades about 95% also. Length of pull measures 14″ over the original factory buttplate. The drop @ comb is 1-5/8″ and drop @ heel is 2-1/2″. The mechanics are in good working order and the top lever is still well right of center. The bores are both excellent. The “XX7” Italian date code on the underside of the barrels indicates 1971 production. It comes with the original factory box with intact end label. A very high quality shotgun that will give years and years of service.
Last week I put up this post about re-coloring old doubles: Restore it or wreck it? Thoughts on making old guns look new again…
This week I realized something: A lot of folks may not know what color-case hardening or how old-school gunmakers did it (and do it). Fortunately there this video: A.A.Brown & Sons Processes – Colour Case Hardening (same as what you see above).
To learn more about what color-case hardening does and why gunmakers do it, read this article: Colour-case hardening: the last word in form.
Fancy engraving doesn’t kill birds. Neither does pretty wood. This 20g Beretta Silver Snipe OUT shotgun has neither of those, but it does what it needs to do its job.
Merrill’s Auctioneers & Appraisers in Williston, VT, has it. It’s coming to auction this Friday, January 24, 2020. The sale begins at 9:45 AM EST.
Beretta made these over-unders from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. They were no-frills shotguns, but they were rugged and reliable. If this one is in good, shootable condition (and you should ask lots of questions to find out — or better yet, go see the gun for yourself), it could be a great deal.
Army & Navy – Box Lock Ejector – .470 Nitro Express – SOLID Rifle!: 26″ Barrel, LOP 15-1/2, Weight 11 lbs. 1 oz. Very Tight Solid Rifle. Bore is Excellent Plus with Sharp Rifling the Entire Way. Price: $19,450
W&C SCOTT PREMIER MONTE CARLO 12 GAUGE: 30″ STEEL BARRELS 024 AND 037 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 7LBS 3 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $13,500.00
Beretta S3 sidelock 12 gauge Game Gun OU: Made in 1970 this beautiful example of Beretta’s best craftsmanship has 28” vent rib barrels, double triggers, automatic ejectors, non-auto safety, straight grip stock to a checkered butt. The specifications of the Boehler Antint steel barrels are: bottom barrel has a bore diameter of .732”, choke of .024” (IM) and minimum wall thicknesses of .035”; top barrel bore diameter of .725”, choke of .043” (XF) and minimum walls of .041”; the vent rib gradually tapers from 3/8” at the breech to 19/64”; front bead. The coin finished side-lock receiver is elegantly hand engraved in a floral and scroll pattern covering 100% of the surface. The straight grip stock and forearm were crafted from a nicely grain piece of French Walnut with the straight grip stock having a 14 1/8” LOP to the checkered butt; 1 ½” DAC and 2 1/8” DAH with a very slight cast favoring a right-hand shooter. 98% overall original finishes with only a few handling marks. At 7 lbs. 1 oz. the handles beautifully and is ready to be your next fine game gun. SN: 36807. Price: $7,150
Parker reproduction 16/20 two barrel set: 28″ / 26″ choked IC /M 16 ga barrels are marked Kreigoff. Chambers: 2 3/4″. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 28”/26”. Triggers: 2. Stock: Straight. Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″. Stock Drop: 1 1/2″. Stock Comb: 2 1/4″. Fore End: Splinter. Butt Pad: Skeleton. LOP: 14 1/4″. Choke Left: Mod. Choke Right: IC. Case: Yes. Price: $6800
ITHACA SKB 280 20 GA. 25″ IC. & MOD. 99% COND: ENGLISH STOCK, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER & EJECTORS. Price: $1,995
Connecticut RBL Launch Field 20g 28″ SN:#RBL004361, Pre-Owned: This shotgun has the original deluxe canvas and leather-trimmed case. It has very nice wood with minor handling marks in 99% metal condition. 28″ bbls, 3″ chambers, Flush choke tubes, 14 7/8″ LOP, Drop at Comb: 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel: 14 7/8″. 6lbs 3oz. Price: $2750
The VH was one of up from Parker’s lowest grade hammerless shotgun (the Trojan). The “H” stood for “Hammerless” and the “E” was added to “VH” to indicate this gun was made with Ejectors, rather than extractors. According to Parker, the VH was “…strictly high-grade gun at a low price” and said they were “A gun for hard usage that cannot be equaled”. Introduced in 1899, it was the company’s most popular model, and 78,670 were made in all.
From what I can see, this one looks like pretty original. The pad is an addition, but the rest of the gun look good. If the barrels are in good shape and the rest of it is sound and shootable, this gun would be great for grouse, quail, woodcock, and anything else in the uplands.
You don’t often you see a 100+-year-old double rifle in this kind of condition. Not only is it all original, but it also retains a ton of that original finish.
This gun was made by Webley & Scott for Army & Navy, a co-op that started in the 19th-century for military members. Army & Navy offered all kinds of firearms for its members, and Webley & Scott was one of the co-op’s biggest suppliers.
This rifle is chambered for .450 Black Powder Express (.450 31⁄4-inch BPE), one of the most popular rounds of the late 19th century. Many different types of rifles were chambered for .450 BPE and these guns were used for everything from deer stalking in Scotland to elephant hunting in Africa. The round was replaced by the more potent .450 Nitro Express in 1898 (BTW: go here to see how the .450NE compares to a .470NE).
Along with the gun’s original finish and overall finish, a few things about it caught my eye, from the engraving and the ribbon fences to the wide top strap, the long top lever, and the toe-and-heel plates. While this wasn’t a best-quality gun in its day, it was a very nice one.
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle: 26″ Steel Barrels with a Dolls Head Rib Extension Third Bite, Full-Length Rib with 1 Standing & 1 Folding Platinum Lined Rear Sights, Bushed Strikers, Lever Release Forend, Steel Engraved Grip Cap, Shadowline Cheek Piece, Sling Eyes, Double Triggers, 14 1/2″ LOP to an Engraved Steel Butt Plate, Weight 8 lbs. 7 oz. All Original Rifle – Built on the Great Webley action. Sold in 1896 for 40 Pounds Sterling! Bores look day one new. Tight and Sound in Every Regard. Lots of handling marks from being around for 123 years. Price: $9995
I’ve never been a fan of restoring or refinishing guns. That’s because few people do it right. I’ve seen too many doubles wrecked by ‘smiths who’ve reblacked a set of barrels the wrong way or messed up a gun’s checkering by trying to recut it.
Re-coloring actions is another process very few ‘smiths do right. In this post on The Vintage Gun Journal, author Diggory Haddoke’s talks about why you should think twice before allowing anyone to do it to your gun:
“I’m likely to upset a few people with this article. There are businesses specialising in re-applying case colours to old guns and some of the proponents are quite high-profile. There are also collectors out there reading this who have paid a lot of money to have case-colours re-applied when having an old gun restored…”
Find out more. Read all of Diggory’s post now: The Case Against New Colours: Does renewing case colours finish the restoration or ruin the gun?
PURDEY BAR IN WOOD 12 GAUGE: MADE 1878 30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS 005 AND 025 CONSTRICTION MINIMUM WALL THICKNESS 30 THOU IN EACH BARREL NITRO PROOFED 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH ALMOST ALL THE PATTERN ON THE BARRELS 80% CASE COLORS THE BEST TO COME TO MARKET IN SOME TIME 6LBS 10 OZ Price: $24,500
Winchester 21 Duck 12 Gauge: 32″ Chokes: F – F L.O.P. : 13 1/2″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 7 lbs 11 oz Ser. #: 17803. Price: $8,950
Connecticut Shotgun RBL 28 Ga in case: It has a beautiful engraved cases colored receiver and English stock with 14 in LOP to front trigger. It has had Briley tubes added with receipt from Briley for $688. It will make a high-end gun for the field or clays. Price: $4,999.00
BROWNING BSS, 20GA, 28″ Barrels, F/M, 1975: F/MOD, Single Non-Select Trigger, SN#599B57, MFG: 1975. This gun has seen Very Little Use, Fine Condition, Excellent Bores, Fine Walnut Checkered Wood. Price: $1599
Smith & Wesson ~ Elite Gold – Grade I ~ 20 Ga: It has 28 inch barrels with ejectors and a solid rib. A white bead front sight and a brass middle bead. 3 inch chambers with fixed Imp.Cyl. and Mod. chokes. A single trigger. It has a checkered Grade III walnut round knob pistol grip stock and checkered Grade III walnut splinter forearm. A scalloped boxlock action with color case hardened frame and light scroll engraving. In as new condition. Manufacturer: Made in Turkey. Metal Condition: New. Wood Condition: New. Bore Condition: New. Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 1/2 inches. Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz. Sights: White front bead. Brass middle bead. Chokes: Fixed Imp.Cyl. and Mod. Extras: Comes in its original cardboard box. Price: $1,429.97
I’m pretty sure I posted this video from the Quail Coalition before. But it’s such a great look into a type of hunting I would love to experience that I figured why not check it out again.
This video shows as sorts of wild Texas quail doing what every hunter wants them to see them do: busting out in crazy flushes. And notice they hunters not using cockers or flushing-whips to get the birds in the air. That’s because these quail are the real deal.
Dewey Vicknair, gunsmith, gunmaker, and gun writer, uses his blog Vicknair Gunsmithing to speak his mind on everything from guns and gunmaking to elephants and ivory.
He’s a knowledgeable, opinionated guy, who doesn’t pull any punches. And his views are firearms are based on more than just books – they’re based on years of hands-on experience.
So when Dewey says something, I listen. Check out this piece for his opinion on how Best guns like Purdeys compare to production-made models like Parkers.
Apparently, the term “best gun” and what it means, is a subject of debate lately on certain gun forums. While it is amusing (and a bit cringey) to hear people extoll Parker (or any other maker) as the “Purdey or Boss” of American guns, it’s simply not even remotely …
Kramer’s 2020 Winter Gun & Military Auction starts this Saturday, January 11, 2020, @ 9:30 AM Central time. Here are a couple of doubles they have that caught my eye.
The finish on this Parker GHE 20 ga is rough, but it looks original. It’s a late gun, built around XXXX, so it has all the upgrades the company built into its guns over the years. It also has 30″ barrels — unusual for a 20.
Parker GHE 20 ga Dbl Bbl Shotgun: #232230; 20 ga. 30″ special steel bbls w/good bores. Bbls retain good original blue w/some small spots mixed. GH style engraved receiver, checkered wood stock is solid w/scratches & marks. The original butt plate appears to have period repair at the toe. Overall a nice 20 ga Parker double.
Browning BSS shotguns are as rugged & reliable as SxSs can be. This 20 looks like it’s in decent shape, and it comes with a case.
Browning BSS 20 ga. Dbl Bbl Shotgun: #01208RR368; 20 ga. 26″ bbls. which are IMP cyl by MOD. Straight grip English checkered stock w/LOP approx. 13 3/4″, single selective trigger, ejectors & beavertail forearm. In nice, lightly used condition & comes in Browning luggage case.
Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of my favorite OUs. The Beretta 686 is the first double-barrel shotgun I lusted after. With it’s simple, Onyx-colored action, it’s a sexy gun. It’s also a gun that’s reliable and great handling.
This one is on Gunbroker.com now with No Reserve. The listing ends 1/14/2020 @ 2:07 PM. Here’s more about it from the seller.
LNIB Beretta 686 Onyx MC3 20ga 26″: Gun is in spectacular condition & comes complete with Original Box, hang tags & 4 Chokes. One owner, bought new & shot skeet with a few times. Gun is still very tight & not broken in.
PETER CHAPMAN BEST SIDELOCK SXS 28 GAUGE: 27″ SELF OPENER. CHOKES 006″ AND 008″, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, MAKER’S CASE, MINT CONDITION, 5 LBS 5 OZ, 2 3/16″, 1 3/8″, 14 9/16″ LOP. Price: $57,500
PIOTTI MONACO 2 SXS 410: ZACCHI ENGRAVED, 26″ MOD AND FULL 3″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT WITH ENGRAVED HEEL AND TOE PLATES, MARVIN HUEY OAK & LEATHER CASE, MINT CONDITION, 4LBS 15 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 7/16″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $29,500
W.J. Jeffery 12g Sidelock Ejector: A superb W.J. Jeffery No. 3 Model, 12g sidelock ejector in, what can only be described as, first class condition. Completed around 1930, the gun is built on a 7 pin, square body, sidelock action beautifully engraved with two bouquets of roses on each lock plate, both fences, forend iron and a single large bouquet on the bottom of the action, all surrounded by a fine scroll coverage. The action retains nearly all its original case colours and the file up and shape is of real quality. The 28” barrels feature 2 1/2” chambers and are choked 1/4 in the right and 3/4 in the left. The bores read almost as proofed and the wall thickness is .025? at the thinnest point. The stock measures 14 5/8” to the center of the leather-covered recoil pad and has a bend of 1 1/2” at the comb and 2 1/8” at the heel. The cast measures 1/4” off at the heel and 3/8” at the toe. The splinter forend has the Anson push rod release, forend diamond and engraved tailpipe. Weighing 6lbs 7.4oz the gun comes to the shoulder with ease and is as delightful to handle as it is to look at. Cased in a lightweight, compact, leather case with a set of cleaning rods, snap caps and cleaning accessories. A very beautiful but perfectly usable sidelock for a variety of game shooting. Price: $13,100
Greifelt & Co. BLE 20 Gauge: 26″ Chokes: SKT – IC L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 5 lbs 7 oz Ser. #: 31054. Price: $8,950
Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge: This handcrafted Pedro Arrizabalaga 20 gauge side by side features and English style straight stock. The deluxe walnut stock has an oil finish and fine checkering. The receiver is engraved with heavy scrollwork. There is a second fore-end, original paperwork, and literature. This shotgun is in excellent condition with little to no signs of wear and use. Chambers: 2-3/4 inch, Barrels: 27-1/2 inch barrel, Triggers: Smooth double triggers, Stock: Deluxe walnut with oil finish and fine checkering, Stock Dimensions: 14-1/8 inch to forward trigger, Fore End: Matching semi-beavertail, second forend splinter style, Butt Pad: Checkered, Weight: 5.95 pounds, Sights: Single front brass bead, Chokes: Barrels stamped “15 15.6” Gauges at Modified, Extras: Second forend, original paperwork and literature. Price: $4,599.99
PIOTTI 20 MODEL MONACO 2 BEST GUN- 27″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. w/ BRILEY CHOKES- 1983- OVERALL at 98%- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.- GREAT ENGRAVING: #7897, Fratelli Piotti, Italy: A 20 Bore Best & Highest-Grade Monaco 2 Bar Action Sidelock Ejector Game Gun Built on a True 20 Bore Frame, Finished in 1983, 27” Chopper Lump barrels at .623 .010 – .013 – .015 – .018 & .024″ Briley chokes (Skt.II – Mod. – Tight Mod. – Imp. Mod. & Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, KG 1,080 weight barrels, Flat matted top rib, Double triggers with the front articulated, Bushed strikers, Rolled trigger guard edge for the right hand, Splinter forend with an Anson frontal release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/8 x 1 7/16 x 2 3/8” over a 3/4″ pad and will go 14 9/16″ with a 1″ pad installed, Neutral stock, Gold crest on the forearm, Great 20 Bore weight at 5 lbs. 13 oz., A lot of 28 Bore Sidelocks weight this much, 90% coverage of gorgeous Monaco 2 rose, floral & very fine scroll engraving with a neat floral & vine border by Mr. G. Zacchi on a coin finished frame, Deep relief work at the action breech, G. Zacchi engraved some very high-end Perazzi guns as well, Carved fences and nicely carved frame, A superb piece of European Walnut that would almost go as Exhibition with excellent color & contrast of deep brown & black, The barrels with a pronounced chime, The whole is cased in the maker’s leather trunk with a trade label, This superb 20 Bore Game Gun has 98-99% original barrel blue, The coin finished frame remains at 99%, The original stock finish remains at 97% with very light handling marks, The checkering is at 99%, The bores as new, It remains as tight as the day it left the capable hands of all the Piotti craftsmen. Here is a Classic game gun, with the proper size action body with the correct weight, for 20 Bore gunning by one of the leading gunmaking firms in the world. This piece will remain a treasure forever. Price: $23,900
1938 PARKER DHE 16 gauge #1 frame, 26″ Titanic Steel bbls., 100% Original: SxS boxlock w/ Dog and game scene engraved case hardened action, #1 frame, 26″ Titanic Steel bbls. w/ 2 3/4″ chambers, Filed concave rib w/ ivory bead, Chokes: Right .674 / .010 / IC & Left .673 / .018 / M, Double triggers, Automatic ejectors, Automatic safety, Highly figured capped pistol grip stock w/ skeletonized metal buttplate, Splinter forearm, Stock Dimensions: DC: 1 5/8″ x DH: 2 11/16″ x Cast: 1/16″ OFF at Heel x LOP: 14 1/16″, Weight: 6 lb. 12 oz., Condition: 100% Original unaltered condition, 99%+ Original Blue, case colors and stock finish, Made in USA circa 1938, Serial #242277. $15,000.
A.H.FOX HE SUPER FOX 12 GAUGE: #31532, 30″ BARRELS, FULL AND FULL (047 AND 051), 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 8 LBS 6 OZ, 2 3/8″ DAH,1 1/2″ DAC,14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $9,950
Beretta ~ DT 11 ~ 12 Ga. OU Shotgun: 3″ chambers, 32″ barrels with interchangeable chokes, Sporting Clays model with beautifully patterned select walnut stock and fore-end. Shows very little signs of use. Triggers: Single-stage trigger with barrel selector safety. Stock: Gorgeous select grade walnut checkered pistol grip stock with a satin finish. Stock Dimensions: 13 3/4 inch length of pull, standard Beretta palm swell and cast for right hand shooter, 1 5/8′ drop at the comb, 2″ and 7 1/4 ” drop at the Heel and Toe. Fore End: Beautiful Checkered walnut fore-end matches the stock. Butt Pad: Black rubber recoil pad. Weight: 9 pounds Chokes: Interchangeable chokes. Skeet over Cylinder are installed. Price: $7,499.97
Browning Superlight – 20ga – 1972 Man. Date – IC/M – 26.5” – 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” – 5 lbs 11 ozs – SN: 2871 V72 – In The Box!: Minor Field Evidence can be found on wood and metal. Great Shooting Superposed! Price: $4,900
Westley Richards 14-bore Flintlock Shotgun with extra set of .54 cal. hollow-point bullet barrels, ca.1841: Westley Richards, Birmingham. Magnificent, penultimate, 14-bore flintlock double-barreled sporting gun, #1556, the very last flintlock gun made by the firm for a gentleman in 1841, complete with a superb set of .54 cal. bullet-rifle barrels made for the gun just over 20 years ago by my dear friend and consummate gun maker, Michael Ehinger, of Stedman North Carolina. Weight: 7 Lbs. 2 oz. with original shotgun barrels. Stock dimensions: 13 7/8”x 1 ¼”x 2”x 3/16” cast-off. Superb 30” finest quality Damascus barrels with absolutely brilliant, pristine, bores (.702”/.702”) and breeches, and retaining most of the original finish except for some loss where the shooter’s hand would grip the forend when firing the gun. The 30” modern steel rifle barrels remain in mint condition with brilliant bores and breeches and retain all of their original brown, faux-Damascus, finish. The case-hardened stepped-in breeches have either stainless steel or Inconel touch-hole liners. Barrel sights consist of a fixed rear sight to 75 yds. and a single flip-up sight out to 150 yds. In addition, there are two hollow-point bullet molds that accompany the rifle, one for everyday use and another brass mold as finely crafted as any of the period (see photos). The exquisite locks, with “John Manton” deep-V pans complete with platinum divider bars in the bottom, self-priming frizzens, and extremely stout “solid cocks”, are of absolutely peerless quality demonstrated in the crisp snap upon cocking up along with that “oily” feel to the action so highly praised by the great Col. Peter Hawker who, in his book, “Instructions To Young Sportsmen”, referred so respectfully to Westley Richards of Birmingham as, “Joe Manton the second”. Locks are pristine and, like the false breech, retain most of the original hardening color without a speck of corrosion.
Beautifully engraved mounts retain much of the brilliant black finish with some flaking to the butt plate and moderate corrosion at the heel of the butt. The stock retains a fair amount of the original varnish with the dark, oil-stained, areas missing finish where the hands of the shooter rubbed during normal use. There is also some unavoidable damage to the leather cheek pad. The shotgun comes cased in an original Westley Richards case with original trade label and many period accessories along with spare ramrod and spare frizzens. A few later, but helpful in the field, accessories might also be found in the case as well. Unfortunately, there is no provision in the original casing for the additional rifle barrels. Overall an absolutely magnificent, one-of-a-kind, set for either the collector or the dedicated flintlock hunter. The ultimate Christmas gift for that special person in your life! Price: $59,500
MERKEL 203E LUXUS – 20 GAUGE – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – DEEP GAME SCENE ENGRAVED WITH OAK LEAF CARVED STOCK – OAK AND LEATHER CASE: Here is a Gebruder Merkel 203E Luxus in 20 gauge made in 1955 in the GDR. Outstanding deep game scene and oak leaf engraving. Oakleaf carving on the stock. Gun is in 99% + original condition. Toe under, compact oak and leather case with an unattached Gebruder Merkel Leather Trade Label. Q1 (Quality 1 ) stamped on barrel lump. Concealed top lever release. Hand detachable locks. Three-piece forend. Horn grip cap with two engraved screws. Auto safety. Bohler Barrels are 26″ with IC and Mod chokes. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Mirror bores. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 5 1/4 OZ. Double triggers with front trigger articulated. Ejectors well-timed. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/2″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″. Price: $14,500
High original condition Parker VH 16ga: Made in 1911 on a #1 frame with 26″ original length Vulcan steel barrels. Made with a capped pistol grip, extractors, double triggers, and splinter forend. Gun remains in extremely fine high original condition with more than 95% original blue, 95%+ bold original case colors. The gun has more storage wear than hunting wear and the stocks retain about all of the original finish with a few very minor marks. This is a crisp gun! Chambers: 2-1/2″, Stock Comb: 1-9/16″, Stock Heel: 2-3/4″, Fore End: Splinter, Butt Pad: Original DHBP, LOP: 14-3/8″, Weight: 6lbs 6oz, Chokes: Both barrels: .666″, Choke Left: .017″ (Mod), Choke Right: .003″ (Imp. Cyl). Price: $4995
Webley & Scott – 16ga. 26” barrels: Made expressly for SR Jeffrey and Son, 26″ barrels choked Mod/Full. Light edge wear. This is a custom stock gun in England with an extremely high quality Turkish Circassian walnut with a diamond grip. The value of the stock is more than the asking price of the gun. Double trigger, Auto ejector, Medium scroll engraved over bone and charcoal case coloring. Incredible workmanship throughout. Available for immediate delivery. 15 1/16″ x 1 3/8″ x 2 ¼”. 5 lbs. 12 oz. Price: $3,995
PERAZZI – Grand American 1 – MX-8 – Type IV – Great Price and Value: 12ga, 2-3/4″, 29-1/2″, Choked Full in Top Barrel and Choke Tube Bottom, LOP 14-1/2″, Drop 1-3/8″ Across the Comb, Slight Cast Off, Weight 8 lbs. 3 oz.
Price includes shipping to CONUS and a Browning O/U Hard Case. Price: $3575
This great little double is coming up to auction tomorrow, December 10, 2019, @ 10:00 AM GMT, at Holts Auctioneers.
Description: JOHN ROBERTSON
A .410 (2 1/2IN.) BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 8959,
27in. nitro barrels, rib engraved ‘JOHN ROBERTSON. 41. ALBERMARLE STREET. LONDON. W.1.’, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/4 choke, automatic safety with engraved ‘SAFE’ detail, border and acanthus scroll engraving with ‘JOHN ROBERTSON’ in scrolling banners, retaining much original colour-hardening and finish, 14 1/2in. figured stock with flat top chequering, weight 4lb. 8oz., with a canvas and leather slip and a one-piece wood and brass cleaning rod.