Let’s admire a beautiful old Purdey SxS shotgun…

Incredible island-lock hammergun by James Purdey, London
Incredible island-lock hammergun by James Purdey, London

I love old Purdeys, and when I take a look at the one you see here, I remember why. When this side-by-side was made around 1869, centerfire, breechloading shotguns like it were the latest-and-greatest thing. Even though its Henry Jones Screw-Grip Action looks primitive to us today, it was cutting-edge back then.

Incredible island-lock hammergun by James Purdey, London
Incredible island-lock hammergun by James Purdey, London

But even though this Purdey was built with the latest features from its era, it retains the understated, elegant looks that had made James Purdey’s firearms famous and that would define them throughout the 1800s and up to today.

Incredible island-lock hammergun by James Purdey, London
Incredible island-lock hammergun by James Purdey, London

The back-action, island locks on this gun are one of the features that make it special. So is the engraving, probably cut by Purdey’s house engraver at that time: James Lucas. The chiseled fences are also nice, and so is the teardrop shape to the triggerguard. What a gun!

Incredible island-lock hammergun by James Purdey, London
Incredible island-lock hammergun by James Purdey, London

What if you married a 16g A.H. Fox to a Westley Richards?

Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair
Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair, picture courtesy Dewey Vicknair

Here’s something you have to see: Customizing a Fox with English flair

It’s a story from Shooting Sportsman magazine about one of the craziest gun-making projects I’ve seen. It’s also a testament to just how talented its creator — Dewey Vicknair — is.

Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair
Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair, picture courtesy Dewey Vicknair

Customizing a Fox with English flair

From the article: “This project started in much the same manner as most custom-gun commissions: an initial call from a client who wanted something unique, made to fit, lightweight and well proportioned. That last part is the main reason behind using a Fox as the starting point—because of the gun’s slender action bar and its almost perfect visual balance with the rest of the frame. The base for the project was a NIB-condition Utica-made Sterlingworth in 16 gauge…” Read more at Customizing a Fox with English flair.

Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair
Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair, picture courtesy Dewey Vicknair

To see more pics and learn more about everything Dewey did to this gun, check out this post on his blog: “Anglicizing” a Fox (#005)

Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair
Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair, picture courtesy Dewey Vicknair
Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair
Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair, picture courtesy Dewey Vicknair
Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair
Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair, picture courtesy Dewey Vicknair

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

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE
ABERCROMBIE & FITCH FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE: #1327, 28″, 019″ & 036″, 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER, FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS 15 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 7/8″ LOP. Price: $15,500

CASED J P SAUER DOUBLE RIFLE IN DESIRABLE CALIBER 9.3 X 72R
CASED J P SAUER DOUBLE RIFLE IN DESIRABLE CALIBER 9.3 X 72R

CASED J P SAUER DOUBLE RIFLE IN DESIRABLE CALIBER 9.3 X 72R: Hammerless with a delicate sized frame. Features the cross bolt safety. Wood is in fine condition with a nice aged oil finish. Just a few minor dings. No cracks. Has a cheek piece and fitted with a trap for 4 cartridges on the underside of the butt . Trapdoor is spring loaded and delicately engraved. 26 inch barrels. The weight of the entire gun is only 6 pounds 7 ounces. Bores are excellent. Original sling swivels and correct front sight. Rear sight is a 3-leaf flip up express which looks to be a more modern installation. Deeley type forearm release. Full sidelock action is delicately engraved with tight dramatic scrolls. Barrels retain about 75% original dull blue. The action has turned a silvery color and looks good. Trigger guard retains a fair amount of original blue. Set triggers work and action is tight. DAH 2-7/8 inch. DAC 1-13/16 inch. LOP 14-1/4 inch. Barrels are on face. Case has seen a fair amount of use and has some oil staining. Also accompanying this gun is a photo of 2 silver medals for winning first place in the World Side by Side Championship for Stalking Rifle. Also included is about 50 rounds of 9.3 x 72R hand loaded cartridges. A very nice little outfit! Price: $7,750

Charles Lancaster BLE 28ga
Charles Lancaster BLE 28ga

Charles Lancaster BLE 28ga: Barrels: 28″, Triggers: Double, Stock Comb: 1 1/2″, Stock Heel: 2 1/2″ Stock Cast: 1/8″ off, LOP: 14 1/2″, Rib: Concave, Weight: 6.03 Price: $5,500

Brand new Chapuis Super Orion O/U C35 28Ga 30"
Brand new Chapuis Super Orion O/U C35 28Ga 30″

Brand new Chapuis Super Orion O/U C35 28Ga 30″: #64105 Chapuis Super Orion C35 28 Ga. 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. Price: $4,990

PARKER VH 16 GA 1921 UNMOLESTED for sale
PARKER VH 16 GA 1921 UNMOLESTED for sale

PARKER VH 16 GA 1921 UNMOLESTED for sale: A classic American field gun in classic 16ga. Unmolested. Used but not abused. 99 years old and still going strong! Locks up tight. Barrels ring. Bright bores. See photos for condition. Ready for field, forest or range! Model: VH, Barrel Length: 28IN, Chambers: 2 9/16 IN, Condition: VERY NICE, Bore Condition: BRIGHT, Barrel Type: VULCAN STEEL, Gauge: 16 GA, Stock Comb: 1 7/16IN, Stock Heel: 2 1/2 IN, Butt Pad: ORIGINAL HORN, LOP: 14 3/8IN, Weight: 6LBS 7OZ, Manufacture Date: 1921, Choke Left: FULL, Choke Right: FULL. Price: $2250 

Coming to you: The Virtual Southern Side by Side Classic …

Great news — even though this spring’s Southern SxS was canceled, Sean and Liz at Delaney & Sons have come up with a virtual way for us to experience this show.

The Virtual Southern Side by Side Classic, April 22 – 26

Experience the Virtual 2020 Southern Side by Side
Experience the Virtual 2020 Southern Side by Side

From Sean & Liz: If you have been to The Southern you will know the excitement you feel heading out to the course to compete or ducking into the vendor tents to see familiar faces and look around at all things related to shooting. We all look forward to this event every year, and we were disappointed to hear that this year’s event was canceled. So…we decided to host the virtual Southern Side by Side Classic.

What is the virtual Southern SxS?
What is the virtual Southern SxS?

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

JOHN DICKSON & SON 16 BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR
JOHN DICKSON & SON 16 BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR

JOHN DICKSON & SON 16 BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR: W/28″ 1/4-1/2 CHOCKED NITRO STEEL BARRELS.  100% FINE SCROLL ENGRAVED, D/T, P/G WITH GOLD OVAL AND CHECKERED BUTT.  5LBS 14OZS, 1 3/8 X 2 3/8 X 14 1/2″.  CASED IN FACTORY CANVAS AND LEATHER CASE. #6268. CIR:1910. Price: $11,500

Alex Martin BLE 12 gauge for 2-inch shells:
Alex Martin BLE 12 gauge for 2-inch shells:

Alex Martin BLE 12 gauge for 2-inch shells: Serial Number: 6841, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 26 inches, Triggers: Double Trigger, Gauge: 12 Gauge, Stock Comb: 1 1/2 inches, Stock Heel: 2 1/8 inches, Fore End: Splinter, Butt Pad: 3/4 inches, LOP: 14 3/4 inches, Weight: 5 lbs. 8 oz. Price: $5,995

Fine Lightweight L.C. Smith Specialty Grade 20 Bore - Superb Original Case Color: 
Fine Lightweight L.C. Smith Specialty Grade 20 Bore – Superb Original Case Color:

Fine Lightweight L.C. Smith Specialty Grade 20 Bore – Superb Original Case Color: This gun was made in 1917 with 26″ barrels, double triggers, splinter forend, capped pistol grip buttstock.  The gun remains in superb condition with more than 80% original case color, 99% restored wood finish, 97% plum barrel blue.  Trigger guard blue has been restored.  The gun has a super original stock with lovely figure and the original buttplate.  Bores are bright and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp. Price: $5995

Webley & Scott - Model 720 - 26" IC / IM - All Original - Nice Shape
Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape

Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape: 2-3/4″, IC / IM (.005 / .020), Ejectors, Double Triggers, English Stock, Checkered Butt, Splinter Forearm, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. Nice Original Gun that has been used in the field. Barrels 98+%, Wood 95+%, Frame shows some loss of finish – probably 85%. Price: $3650

PARKER VH - 20 GAUGE - 28" MOD AND FULL - 0 FRAME WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR
PARKER VH – 20 GAUGE – 28″ MOD AND FULL – 0 FRAME WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR

PARKER VH – 20 GAUGE – 28″ MOD AND FULL – 0 FRAME WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR: Here is a Parker VH 20 Gauge “0” FRAME. Original case color in protected areas. Vulcan Steel Barrels – 28″ with mirror bores. Right bore measures .615 with 15/1000 Choke (Mod). Left barrel is .613 with 27/1000 Choke (Full). Chambers measure 2 5/8″ (Slightly less than 2 3/4″). All screw slots in nice order. Extractor gun. No loose ribs – barrels ring well. Tight on face with no wiggle. Auto safety. All serial numbers match. Configuration verified in Parker Book. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 5/8 OZ. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 3/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $3,350

Online auction alert: 20g Beretta BL-4, 28″ bbls …

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28" Barrels
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels

I’m always on the lookout for deals, and this 20g Beretta BL-4 looks like a good one to me. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction ends tomorrow, 4/19, @ 10:01 PM.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28" Barrels
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels

Upside: I think it’s in great shape, it looks like it has a nice, long LOP thanks to the professionally-installed pad. It also has 28″ barrels, 3″ chambers, and ejectors.

Downside: The opening bid is $1,295. So not a steal, but a deal.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28" Barrels
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels

Beretta’s BL-grade shotguns were imported from Italy by the Garcia Corp in the ’60s and through the ’70s. They feature a shallow, low profile action scaled to match the gauge and they were build to be rugged, reliable doubles that delivered a lot of quality for the money.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels: Choked light mod / Mod. The chokes were opened up from Mod / Full and a recoil pad installed by Briley Mfg in 2012. The LOP is 15 inches. The cast and drop were not adjusted. We do not know if the gold leaf on the action is factory original or not. It was present when the gun was purchased from an estate in 2010. The gun is in excellent condition and has been fired very little since it was acquired from the /estate. The action is tight and on the face.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28" Barrels
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels

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

A.H. FOX HE SUPER FOX 12 GAUGE THE VERY BEST KNOWN
A.H. FOX HE SUPER FOX 12 GAUGE THE VERY BEST KNOWN

A.H. FOX HE SUPER FOX 12 GAUGE THE VERY BEST KNOWN: THIS IS THE FINEST HE KNOWN, #31525, 32″ EXTRA FULL AND EXTRA FULL (048″ AND 048″), DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, A FEW SCATTERED MARKS IN THE WOOD, 8LBS 9 OZ, 2 1/2″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $16,900

R. Robinson of 7 Queen Street. Hull, England ~ A light and handy 2" chambered 12 weighs 5 lb.s 4.5 oz
R. Robinson of 7 Queen Street. Hull, England ~ A light and handy 2″ chambered 12 weighs 5 lb.s 4.5 oz

R. Robinson of 7 Queen Street. Hull, England ~ A light and handy 2″ chambered 12 weighs 5 lb.s 4.5 oz: Boxlocks – If you have ever wanted a 2″ 12g or just a super light game gun this is a super buy. The gun is tight on face with beautiful barrels featuring the elegant Churchill rib. Serial Number: 11705. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 26″. Barrel Type: Steel. Action: Box lock ejector. Gauge: 12 gauge. Stock Comb: 1 3/8″ Stock Heel: 2″ Stock Cast: 1/4″. LOP: 14 3/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 4 1/4 oz.. Choke Left: .034 full. Choke Right: .034 full. Proof:Nitro: 2″ Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .027″ Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .027″. Price: $3,400

Henry Adkin English Nitro Proofed 16 Gauge:
Henry Adkin English Nitro Proofed 16 Gauge:

Henry Adkin English Nitro Proofed 16 Gauge: Barrels rib marked “57 High St. Bedford”. Proofed for three-tons. Chambered are 2½” shells. Bores are excellent. The barrels are on face and lockup tight. L.O.P. is 14½. Engraving is very fine tight floral scroll. Weight is 6½ libs. Checkering is excellent. Barrels are brown, showing fine Damascus pattern. This is a really neat, light, well made 16 Gauge. Price: $2,950

N. GUYOT FRENCH BOXLOCK SXS 20 GAUGE
N. GUYOT FRENCH BOXLOCK SXS 20 GAUGE

N. GUYOT FRENCH BOXLOCK SXS 20 GAUGE: 26 3/4″ BARRELS CYLINDER AND FULL 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EXTRACTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR, 5LBS 6 OZ. 2″ DAH, 1 5/16″ DAC, 14 1/8″ LOP. Price: $1,695

Ithaca NID made in 1947 16 gauge 28" barrels field grade excellent case color and bore. Very tight
Ithaca NID made in 1947 16 gauge 28″ barrels field grade excellent case color and bore. Very tight

Ithaca NID made in 1947 16 gauge 28″ barrels field grade excellent case color and bore. Very tight: Made in 1947. Bore is perfect and the action is very tight. The wood is is great condition with a few handling marks, one larger on the butt stock. All original with the receiver, barrels and forend stamped with matching serial numbers. Price: $1350

Auction alert: Dickinson Plantation 20ga, 28″, No Reserve…

 

Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28" bbls
Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28″ bbls

Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of the most impressive SxS shotguns to come on the market in the last five years: The Dickinson Plantation. These guns fstuff a ton of quality into an affordable package. And because they feature modern stock dimensions, choke tubes, and 3″ chambers, they’re far more shootable — and versatile– than vintage doubles.

Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28" bbls
Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28″ bbls

According to the Dickinson website: “The Plantation Series side-by-side shotgun features a precision trigger plate mechanisms with cosmetic side plates, beautifully finished and engraved receivers, and premium grade, hand-fitted Turkish walnut stocks and fore-ends. This is truly a shotgun that will meet the needs of the most demanding sportsman.” Brand new, I think they’re around $1500.

Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28" bbls
Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28″ bbls

This one is nearly new and comes in its original case with its original accessories. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the No Reserve listing ends Wednesday, 4/8/2020 @ 6:44 PM.

Dickinson Plantation 20ga, 28″ bbls, 3″ Chambers: Nice clean like new Dickinson Plantation side by side, double triggers, 5 screw in thin wall chokes. with case and papers. 6.40 pounds.

To learn more about these guns, check out this review:

Sidelock? Boxlock? See what sets them apart …

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

Boxlock and sidelock are the pointing and flushing dogs of SxS shotguns. Each has its merits, and it’s hard to say if one’s superior to the other.

Westley Richards 12 Bore S/S – BOXLOCK, EJECTORS WESTLEY SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, 28”, NICE!
Westley Richards 12 Bore S/S – BOXLOCK, EJECTORS WESTLEY SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, 28”, NICE!

To see what sets these guns apart, check out this page: The difference between a Boxlock and a Sidelock.

It’s from Boxall & Edmiston.

Anson & Deeley boxlock action, side by side shotgun, from Boxall & Edmiston
Anson & Deeley boxlock action, side by side shotgun, from Boxall & Edmiston

A decade ago or so, I met two Englishman at The Southern SxS: Peter Boxall, formerly a manufacturing director of Holland & Holland, and James Edmiston, former MD of the Sterling Armament Company. They had just launched a new shotgun company — Boxall & Edmiston — and their future looked bright.

Unfortunately, things didn’t work out. But as of today, their website is still up and it’s filled with tons of info about guns and gunmaking. You can find it if you go here Shotgun Anatomy tab.

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

Westley Richards - Best Droplock SxS - 12 GA
Westley Richards – Best Droplock SxS – 12 GA

Westley Richards – Best Droplock SxS – 12 GA: Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Double, Grip: Straight Grip, Forend: Splinter, Lop: 15 1/8 “, Pad thickness: 0.75 “, Type of butt: Leather Covered Pad, Drop comb: 1 1/2 “, Drop heel: 2 “, Cast amount: 1/8 “, Cast: On, Weight: 6 lbs, 4 oz, Manufactured in: England, Manufacture Year: 1951, 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 Motor Case, Barrel info: Gauge: 12 GA, Chamber: 2 3/4 “, Length: 26 “, Chokes: IC/M, Rib type: Raised, Comments: Best Grade Droplock in very good condition. Includes original leather motor case. Price: $14,000

FRANCOTTE SPECIAL BOXLOCK SXS 28 GAUGE
FRANCOTTE SPECIAL BOXLOCK SXS 28 GAUGE

FRANCOTTE SPECIAL BOXLOCK SXS 28 GAUGE: 26″ MOD AND FULL 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, NEAR NEW CONDITION, 4LBS 15 OZ, 2 1/2″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 15″ LOP. Price: $8,500

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
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

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

CSMC RBL 16ga/29" (LNIC) for sale
CSMC RBL 16ga/29″ (LNIC) for sale

CSMC RBL 16ga/29″ SxS (LNIC): Factory original and excellent condition appearing test fired only: exhibition grade stock, truoil finish, straight grip, splinter forend, double trigger, ejectors, case colored receiver with scroll engraving surrounding a pointer and setter on each side of the receiver, solid game rib, assisted opener. The barrels are choked Skeet / Modified, the stock measures 1 1/2″ x 2 1/8″ x 15 1/4″, and weighs 6 pounds 11 ounces. Comes with the factory ABS plastic case, owner’s manual, registration card, and nickel-plated snap caps. Price: $4,250

Watch & learn: What to look for, engraving…

Gavin Gardiner is an expert on British and European sporting arms, and he holds some of the world’s best gun auctions. Check out this video to see some of his insights into engraving patterns and styles. (BTW: The intros to all of Gavin’s videos always make me smile).

Gavin Gardiner’s Guide to Sporting Guns | What to Look for – Engraving

Gavin Gardiner’s Guide to Sporting Guns | What to Look for - Engraving
Gavin Gardiner’s Guide to Sporting Guns | What to Look for – Engraving

Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector…

Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector
Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector

When I was a kid, the Orvis News was a paper that arrived in our mailbox every month. It featured fishing stories, product plugs, pictures from customers — that kind of stuff. It also listed the shotguns Orvis had on hand in their Manchester showroom. I swear I saw one these Orvis Arrietas back then. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew I wanted it.

Orvis News print newspaper
Orvis News print newspaper

These Orvis Arrietas are similar to Arrieta 557s. Their blacked-actions are stunning looking, and overall, this one is a great looking side by side. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and this online auction listing ends on 3/29/2020 @ 7:24 PM

Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector
Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector

The opening bid is $2700 and if you can get it for that much, I think you’ll get a good deal. Here the information about the gun from the seller:

Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector
Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector

Arrieta 16 ga SxS Orvis Custom Uplander 27″ sidelock ejectors: Double triggers, English straight stock, splinter forearm, sliding tang safety, 27 inch ejector barrels 2 ¾ inch chambers and choke modified and full. Blued receiver and barrels. Weighs about 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector
Auction alert: 16g Arrieta/Orvis sidelock ejector

Length of pull is approximately 14 1/8 inches from front trigger to the end of the wood. Stock currently has a ½ inch Pachmeyer Decelerator pad on it. Drop at the end of the buttpad is 1 7/8 inches and 1 3/8 at the comb. It has a brass oval that is non-engraved and the finish has a slight shine to it.

This is a used gun. I bought it used and have hunted and killed with it. I do not know the number of rounds it has fired but it still locks up tight and is on face. It has some minor hunting bruises to the wood but no dents or gouges to the metal. Some of the sharp edges have had some bluing loss. I an only selling because I bought a 30” LS Smith in 16 gauge to dove/quail hunt in the brush.

This gun is not overly engraved. Having only a tasteful border line and a couple engraved screw heads. some would call it a “funeral model” . I like the look.

These Spanish made doubles are getting harder to find at a reasonable price. Recent or current manufactured sidelocks from either Spain or Italy seem to start around 5 grand and go up from there. Here’s your chance to get a great shooting double at a reasonable price that has lots of hunt still in it.

On being a “best”, according to gunmaker Dewey Vicknair …

BOSS & CO, LONDON, BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN
BOSS & CO, LONDON, BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN

To a lot of people in the gun trade, “Best gun” is fighting words. Traditionally, it’s a handmade sidelock side-by-side shotgun or double rifle built to the highest standards by one of the major London makers like Holland & Holland or James Purdey & Sons.

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

But today, as some of these famous makers are relying more and more on CNC equipment to build their guns, is it fair to still call these “Best Guns”? And do they still justify their incredibly high prices? Find out what one person thinks.

Is That New “Best Gun” Really What You Think It Is? by Dewey Vicknair

“With the gun first created in “virtual reality” and so much less hand work involved, one does wonder why the price of a modern best is so high, especially considering that one of the biggest names in best gunmaking now makes guns “for stock”, presumably for the buyer who just can’t wait for a bespoke gun.  It might even be said that the buyer is paying for something that he is not receiving, because he believes that he is purchasing a handmade gun when in fact, that gun is mostly made on CNC machinery.”

Read Dewey’s entire piece now

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

WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250-3000 CALIBER IN IT'S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE
WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250-3000 CALIBER IN IT’S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE

WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250-3000 CALIBER IN IT’S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE: 28″ barrels with five leaf express sight.  Engraved and casehardened  Anson and Deeley box lock receiver.  Top lever, extractors, and double triggers.   Checkered splinter forend and pistol grip buttstock with cheekpiece and leather pad.   LOP: 14 1/4″    Weight: 8lbs 6oz.   In beautiful original condition retaining all of the barrel blue, vivid case colors and excellent stock and checkering.  Mint bores.  In its original leather luggage case with canvas cover. Price: $18,500

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE SxS
PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE SxS

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE SxS: #1 FRAME, #232XXX, 28″ MOD AND FULL 2 3/4 CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT. Price: $13,900

Awesome California Duck Club DHE 20ga Parker with 30" barrels and special order features
Awesome California Duck Club DHE 20ga Parker with 30″ barrels and special order features

Awesome California Duck Club DHE 20ga Parker with 30″ barrels and special order features: Made on a “0” frame with splinter forend, straight stock, double triggers and original skeleton buttplate.  This gun with several special order features which are mentioned in the PGCA letter (photo included), most importantly is the forend checkering which calls for the forend to be checkered all over- this is the only fully checkered original DHE 20ga I have seen. The gun remains in pleasing untouched original condition with about 20% original case color.  Barrels are excellent with about 75% original toned blue.  The stocks are sound (no cracks) and retain about 85% of their original finish wish scattered handling marks from time in the blind.  Bores are brilliant and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp. Price: $10,500 

Francotte - 20E, 20ga. 26" Barrels Choked SK/IM
Francotte – 20E, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SK/IM

Francotte – 20E, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SK/IM: Semi pistol grip, small leather face pad, double trigger, AE, Abercrombie and Fitch gun in A&F case with all of its accessories. Sideclip, 3rd fastener, 90% plus case color, barrel blue and wood finish. Not a screw has been turned. Untouched great gun, splinter forend. A Great, Great untouched gun. 5 lbs. 6 oz. 14 ½” x 1 3/8″ x 2 ½”. Price: $9,995

JAMES WOODWARD 12g DAMASCUS HAMMERGUN MUST SEE
JAMES WOODWARD 12g DAMASCUS HAMMERGUN MUST SEE

JAMES WOODWARD 12g DAMASCUS HAMMERGUN MUST SEE: Stunning Hammergun from one of London’s finest makers. Best quality engraving, Damascus barrels and wood. See photos. Locks up tight, barrels ring, bright bores. no pits, no cracks and no dents. A well cared for gun from the 1870s. Barrel Length: 29IN
Bore: L .735 R.735, Chambers: 2 1/2 IN Stock Comb: 1 7/16 IN Stock Heel: 2 1/8IN Butt Pad: HORN LOP: 14 3/4IN Weight: 7LBS Manufacture Date: 1874-1879
Choke Left: CYL Choke Right: CYL. Price: $3475

Watch: Ron Spomer shoots a Hoenig Rotary Round Action double rifle …

Here’s an odd double rifle I would like shoot. It’s a Hoenig Rotary Round action–the quirky vision of a man named George Hoenig. Watch as Ron Spomer of Ron Spomer Outdoors tries out this one in 9.3x74R and then gentleman Mr Hoenig himself.

Watch: Ron Spomer shoots a Hoenig Rotary Round Action double rifle ...
Watch: Ron Spomer shoots a Hoenig Rotary Round Action double rifle …

Good gun alert: A 20g Parker Bros. VH SxS …

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.
Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.

I say “Grouse Gun” you say “Parker” — or at least a lot of guys do. And those guys have a side-by-side like this in mind.

It’s a VH-grade (or Quality V.H. as Parker used to say), and it looks like it’s in nice, original shape.

Parker Bros used to say their VH-grade guns were “A strictly high-grade gun at a very low price” and “A gun for hard usage that cannot be equaled”.

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.
Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price: This Little Parker was made in 1911. (Serial # 152279) According to records it was sold to a Vermont Doctor in 1911. The gun remained in Vermont for over 100 years. This gun has not been messed with like so many of the Parkers out there. It shows normal wear from careful owners for all those years. It has a pistol-grip stock with its original finish and original “Dogs Head” buttplate. It is stamped as an “0” size frame. Barrel length is 28 inches Chambers are 2& 3/4 inches. Chokes are Right= Cylinder  Left= Modified LOP= 13&3/4 inches. DAC= 1&5/8 inches. DAH= 3 inches. This is an extractor gun, no ejectors. Barrels marked “Vulcan Steel.” Bores are Bright and Shiny as Shown in the photo’s. There is some minor rivuling just forward of the chambers. Lock-up is like new. No movement between the action and the barrels, with or without forend attached. “Tight on the Face”. Finishes are all original and are what you would expect of a gun that was carefully used and maintained over 100 years. It retains most of the original blue on the barrels with some age toning. Typical wear near the breech from where the hand was placed. Some blue remains on the trigger bow. Case color is gone as is the case with most old parkers, due to their using cyanide For case harding, it does not hold-up as well as the charcoal-bone process. Most all screw heads are near perfect, Testimony to the fact that this gun has not been messed-with. This gun was originally intended for New England Grouse and Woodcock. It would serve that same purpose today and for the next 100 years in the hands of careful owners. Price: $3000

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.
Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.

Wow – a great looking 20g by Casartelli, engraved by Terzi…

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI

As much as I’ve learned about British and American gunmakers, there are still lots of continental makers I nothing about. Here’s one of them: a 20g Carlo Casartelli sidelock built in Brescia, Italy, and engraved by Mario Terzi. DORLEAC & DORLEAC L’ATELIER DE CHASSE in Perpignan, France, has this gun.

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI

I think Casartelli was more of a rifle builder than a shotgun guy. Googling him turns up very little info. Master Engraver Mario Terzi is one of Italy’s most famous engravers.

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI

As for the gun, it’s a nice Italian take on the classic British Holland & Holland-style sidelock. I love how crisp, clean, and precise everything is, and how modern the gun looks. The engraving is great spin on the typical rose & scoll patterns you see on best-quality London guns.

Here’s the info on it from the seller:

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI: Chambers: 70mm / 2¾” Side by side sidelock ejector smallbore gun of an exceptional quality made by Carlo CASARTELLI in Concesio, Valle Trompia, Brescia. This Purdey double grip model is fitted with interceptor sear sidelocks and mechanical single trigger. The tumblers of the H&H pattern sidelocks have a small boss sliding in a mortise of the front attachment whose end-of-travel abuts on the mainspring upper branch ensuring their rebound out of strikers. The action, with finely edged detonators, as all the trimmings, are entirely scrolls and bouquets engraved under nitride tempered French grey finish. The outstanding quality of execution engraving bears the prestigious signature of master Mario TERZI. The 27″ game rib chopper-lump barrels, with their perfectly polished bores, are 3/10° and 5/10° at the chokes, while the hammers of the H&H ejectors hit the large rimmed cartridges extractors. The 15″ stock is cut from a splendid French walnut blank and, like the Purdey bolted forend, is finely diamond point checkered. This gun, perfectly balanced at the join, weighs 6lb. 3oz. Price: €15,000

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI

This weeks 5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector Express .405 win Mfg 1907 and still like new
WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector Express .405 win Mfg 1907 and still like new

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector Express .405 win Mfg 1907 and still like new: Serial #  16839, Country of Origin  England, Barrel Length (in Inches) 26″, Trigger  SST (Single Selective), Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip with trap (trap contains spare fitted strikers), English cheek piece, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm, Rib Type  1/4 Rib with express sights (1 standing and 2 folding), Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving Type  WR deluxe Scroll Engraving with game scene cameos, Other Options  Flip up night sight with folding hood, Checkered panels with drop points, Deluxe flat checkering, Original Silvers pad, Original O&L case, Gold Oval, Perfect bores, Condition  EXC. Plus Condition, Weight 9lb #8oz, Dimensions  1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ x 14 5/8″ with 3/8 cast off, Other Details  Mfg 1907. Price: $69,000

FLLI RIZZINI R2E .410 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
FLLI RIZZINI R2E .410 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN

FLLI RIZZINI R2E .410 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: 29″ BARRELS,  MODIFIED AND FULL, 3″, REMOVEABLE FLOORPLATE, SINGLE TRIGGER, SCALLOPED FRAME, EJECTORS, STRAIGHT HAND GRIP, SPLINTER FOREND, CHECKERED BUTT, 5 LBS 9 OZ, 14″ LOP. Price: $21,000

Browning Pigeon Superlight - 28ga/.410ga 3” - 6 lbs 5 ozs - 14 3/8” x 1 3/8” x 2 1/4” - SN: 1753F7 - Maker’s Case - Remarkable Condition - Rare!! 
Browning Pigeon Superlight – 28ga/.410ga 3” – 6 lbs 5 ozs – 14 3/8” x 1 3/8” x 2 1/4” – SN: 1753F7 – Maker’s Case – Remarkable Condition – Rare!!

Browning Pigeon Superlight – 28ga/.410ga 3” – 6 lbs 5 ozs – 14 3/8” x 1 3/8” x 2 1/4” – SN: 1753F7 – Maker’s Case – Remarkable Condition – Rare!! This the only Superlight 28/410 I’ve ever seen!! Price: $19,995  

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ RBL Launch Edition ~ 20 Gauge
Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ RBL Launch Edition ~ 20 Gauge

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ RBL Launch Edition ~ 20 Gauge: RBL Proof steel, barrels marked “RBL LAUNCH EDITION 20ga 2 3/4″ CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG. NEW BRITAIN CT. USA” on right and left respectivley with 2 3/4″ chamber with automatic ejectors, single bead sight on rib. Vibrantly casehardened box lock action with full coverage scroll engraving on crosshatch shaded backgrounds with single trigger with selector, and automatic sliding tang safety. Multi-point checkered forearm with Anson style push-button latch and straight stock with serrated plastic buttplate. Metal Condition: Excellent with light wear marks, Wood Condition: Great Dark Color with no deep scratches or cracks., Bore Condition: Clean and Shiny, Stock: Checkered straight stock, Weight: 6LB 6oz, Sights: Single Bead, Chokes: Right: Skeet, Left: IC. Includes: MOD,FULL, IMP MOD. Extras: Comes with Factory takedown case. Price: $3,999.99

 

Beretta S686 Special 28 Gauge Over Under with 28" bbls
Beretta S686 Special 28 Gauge Over Under with 28″ bbls

Beretta S686 Special 28 Gauge Over Under with 28″ bbls: Fixed full and modified chokes, engraved receiver. Chambers: 2 3/4 inch with ejectors. Metal Condition: Very good, a few scratches. Wood Condition: Very good, a few scratches. Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 28-inch vented rib.Triggers: Single curved trigger. Stock: Checkered, semi-pistol grip, wood. Stock Dimensions: 14-inch LOP. Fore End: Checkered, finger groove, straight, wood. Butt Pad: Beretta branded black plastic plate. Weight: 6 lbs. Sights: Steel bead front. Chokes: Fixed full and modified chokes. Price: $1,499.99

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

Hartmann & Weiss 16 Bore O/U on the Boss System
Hartmann & Weiss 16 Bore O/U on the Boss System

Hartmann & Weiss 16 Bore O/U on the Boss System: Gun was ordered in ’04 and delivered to my client in 2015!   It took eleven years to complete this beautiful example of H&W’s magnificent work. There are hardly enough adjectives to adequately describe this piece; except perhaps, that it is available for immediate delivery! Barrels 29 Inch with Solid Raised Rib, Chokes  Light Mod & Mod. Bottom barrel marked 1/4 and 1/2., Engraving Fine English Style Scroll, Stock   Best Grade Turkish Walnut, Butt: Checkered, L.O.P. 15 3/8″, Weigh  t6 lbs. 8.5 oz, Stock Dimensions1 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 15 3/8 to ctr. of checkered butt.  Cast: 1/4 off at heel – 3/8 off at toe. Price: $135,000

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL 10 BORE PARADOX DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR 1900 PARIS EXHIBITION
HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL 10 BORE PARADOX DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR 1900 PARIS EXHIBITION

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL 10 BORE PARADOX DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR 1900 PARIS EXHIBITION: LETTER FROM HOLLAND IN THE PHOTOS, 27″ PARADOX BARRELS WITH GREAT BORES, WE HAVE LIVE ROUNDS AND DATA AVAILABLE, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EXTRACTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, UNTOUCHED GREAT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 13 LBS 8 OZ, 14 7/8″ LOP. Price: $59,500

Pre-War MERKEL 202E Over_Under highly engraved and optioned 20ga
Pre-War MERKEL 202E Over_Under highly engraved and optioned 20ga

Pre-War MERKEL 202E Over_Under highly engraved and optioned 20ga: 27″ barrels and according to Merkel Germany direct records, manufactured in 1944.  A short look at this gun one realizes with the incredible detail and workmanship it absolutely could not be made today.  The deep relief hand engraving is really unlike any other you will see in depth and detail.  Ivory bead front sight, buffalo horn seamlessly blended in to form the rear trigger guard, and each and every exterior screw hand engraved-even the butt plate screws. Cocking Indicators, Greener crossbolt action, cross relief, Ejectors, with a 14 1/4″ LOP over a beautifully figured walnut stock, 5.9 lbs as shown. Price: $8930

Beretta ASEL 20 ga. O/U

Beretta ASEL 20 ga. O/UBeretta ASEL 20 ga. O/U: 26″ hand-filed vent rib barrels with double ivory beads are choked improved cylinder and full (.009/.024).  This late 1950s Abercrombie & Fitch gun features hinged front double triggers, auto ejectors and auto safe.  Fully engraved scallop-backed action, elegant special-order long forend, Prince of Wales grip.   Nicely figured Tyrolean walnut  stock measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2-3/8″ heel, 14-1/8″ LOP over the original wood butt.  Made in the same workrooms as the SO guns,  certainly the finest boxlock O/Us ever produced by Beretta.  The diminutive frame, scaled to the gauge allows this little 20 to weigh a mere 5 lbs, 10 ozs.  Honest example. Price: $6,750

Beretta BL4 (BL-4) - 28ga - 26 3/8” Barrels - Like New - ca. 1970 - Sk/Sk Chokes - 14 1/4” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” - 6 lbs - 99% Condition
Beretta BL4 (BL-4) – 28ga – 26 3/8” Barrels – Like New – ca. 1970 – Sk/Sk Chokes – 14 1/4” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 6 lbs – 99% Condition

Beretta BL4 (BL-4) – 28ga – 26 3/8” Barrels – Like New – ca. 1970 – Sk/Sk Chokes – 14 1/4” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 6 lbs – 99% Condition: Like New – ca. 1970 – Sk/Sk Chokes – 14 1/4” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 6 lbs – 99% Condition – Clean!  Upland Bird Gun: Price: $3,995 

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

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Boxlock Ejector Nitro Express .240 HV Flanged NE Game Scene engraved Mfg 1934 AS NEW
WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Boxlock Ejector Nitro Express .240 HV Flanged NE Game Scene engraved Mfg 1934 AS NEW

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Boxlock Ejector Nitro Express .240 HV Flanged NE Game Scene engraved Mfg 1934 AS NEW: Serial #  T10943, Country of Origin  England, Barrel Length (in Inches):  26″, Trigger:  DT (Double), Stock Configuration:  Capped Pistol Grip, Panels, Gold oval, Silvers pad, Forearm Type:  Splinter Forearm with Anson latch release, Rib Type:  1/4 Rib with express sights (1 standing 2 folding), Condition  Near New All Original, Weight  8#3oz, Dimensions  14 1/2″ LOP, Other Details  Mfg 1934, Spotless bores, Totally original and like new. Price: $37,500

Webley & Scott - Model 720 - 26" IC / IM - All Original - Nice Shape!:
Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape!:

Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape!: 2-3/4″, IC / IM (.005 / .020), Ejectors, Double Triggers, English Stock, Checkered Butt, Splinter Forearm, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. Nice Original Gun that has been used in the field. Barrels 98+%, Wood 95+%, Frame shows some loss of finish – probably 85%. Price: $3750

Beretta Onyx 20 gauge Over Under Case Colored Straight Stock
Beretta Onyx 20 gauge Over Under Case Colored Straight Stock

: 28 inch barrels.  This firearm is somewhat of an enigma.  I have not seen an Onyx case colored which was not part of a custom order.  At any rate, an Onyx with a straight stock and insignia oval is not your everyday find.  I have included pictures of any defects I could find.  The premium, oil-finished walnut stock and for end complement the gloss-finished blued receiver with gold P. Beretta engraving, not found on other 686 Silver Pigeon models. Serial Number: N87078B, Chambers: 3 Inch, Barrels: 28 Inch, Triggers: Single. Stock: Straight, Stock Comb: 1 3/8″, Stock Heel: 2 1/4″, LOP: 15″, Rib: Vent, Weight: 5.8lbs. Price: $3,499

CSM RBL 20g SxS 28" Multichoke BBls
CSMC RBL 20g SxS 28″ Multichoke BBls

CSMC RBL 20g SxS 28″ Multichoke BBls: Factory original and excellent with case and extras. Price: $3,295

Zoli/F.lli Rizzini A&F Game Gun 20 Gauge
Zoli/F.lli Rizzini A&F Game Gun 20 Gauge

Zoli-F.lli Rizzini A&F Game Gun 20 Gauge: Double Triggers, 26″ Chokes: Cyl – Mod L.O.P. : 14 1/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 5 lbs 10oz Ser. #: 2881 Price: $2,950

What makes Caeser Guerini shotgun so impressive…

New Caeser Guerini Invictus M-Spec 34"
New Caeser Guerini Invictus M-Spec 34″

Italian shotguns have always impressed me, and a trip I took last week reminded me why.

Greystone Castle Sporting Club
Greystone Castle Sporting Club

I attended Caeser Guerini’s 2020 Writer-Dealer Event at Greystone Castle Sporting Club, and  all the over-unders there displayed an admirable commitment to quality and innovation.

New Caeser Guerini Maxum Gold Field
New Caeser Guerini Maxum Gold Field

For field guns, Caesar Guerini has added two new over-unders: the Maxum Gold Field (a limited-edition version of the gun shown here) and a 28-gauge version of their Revenant model.

New Caeser Guerini Revenant in 28g
New Caeser Guerini Revenant in 28g

To their Syren line of shotguns for women, they’ve also added two models.

Syren Elos N2 Elevate
Syren Elos N2 Elevate

First, there’s the Syren Elos N2 Elevate — a new model of this gun. It uses Fabarm’s Quick Release Rib System to change the Syren Elos N2 Elevate’s point of impact. In minutes, this gun can adapt to Trap, Skeet, or Sporting Clays.

Changing ribs, changing POI on the Syren Elos N2 Elevate
Changing ribs, changing POI on the Syren Elos N2 Elevate

There’s also the new Syren Julia Sporting. Aesthetics have always been a Guerini strong point, and this new double is a real head-turner — and clay buster.

To their Invictus target guns, Caeser Guerini introduced three models: the Invictus II Sporting, the Invictus III Sporting Limited, and the Invictus I M-SPEC 34” Specialist.

New Caeser Guerini Invictus II Sporting
New Caeser Guerini Invictus II Sporting
Caeser Guerini Invictus III Limited Edition
Caeser Guerini Invictus III Limited Edition
New Caeser Guerini Invictus I M-SPEC 34” Specialist
New Caeser Guerini Invictus I M-SPEC 34” Specialist

Built to fire a million rounds and keep on going, these OUs draw on their patented Invictus Block and easy-to-replace Invictus Cam pivot points to make them easy to tighten them up and bring the barrels-to-action connection back to factory specs.

Replaceable Invictus Block on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun
Replaceable Invictus Block on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun

While you can make this repair with other OUs, you can do it quickly and with incredible precision and with almost zero hand-fitting with an Invictus. This helps keep your Invictus gun in your hand and shooting, rather than on your gunsmith’s bench in pieces.

Replaceable bbl-hinges on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun
Replaceable Invictus cams on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun
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