A lot of gun in a little package: A 2″ 12g from Charles Hellis ….

Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2" Chambered boxlock SxS game gun
Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2″ Chambered boxlock SxS game gun

From the 1860s to 1980s, twelve gauges ruled in my blog. They were the standard game gun and what most men shot. After the first World War, there was a movement in the UK toward lighter and lighter doubles, and 2″ 12gs like the one you see here were the result. These guns weigh 6lbs or less, but shill had the proportions and feel of a standard British game gun.

Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2" Chambered boxlock SxS game gun
Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2″ Chambered boxlock SxS game gun

Today, these guns are ideal for upland hunting, especially over pointing dogs. These guns throw great patterns and they’re built to push 7/8-ounces of lead, enough to knock down quail, woodcock, and most grouse.

Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2" Chambered boxlock SxS game gun
Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2″ Chambered boxlock SxS game gun

Charles Hellis was a well-respected London gunmaker, and this gun looks like it’s in great shape overall and very fairly priced. The seller is one of the most highly-respected dealers in the country, too.

Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2" Chambered boxlock SxS game gun
Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2″ Chambered boxlock SxS game gun

Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2″ Chambered boxlock SxS game gun: Absolutely dandy lightweight 12bore 2″ game gun weighing in at just 5lbs 6oz!  This petite case hardened box lock action with Anson pushbutton release splinter forend made with extractors, double triggers and straight hand buttstock. If you’ve never used a 2″ 12 bore cartridge before, you absolutely have to give it a try. It is a ball and this gun would be a joy to carry all day long and will knock down any game bird in North America! Price: $2995

Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2" Chambered boxlock SxS game gun
Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2″ Chambered boxlock SxS game gun

Wow – a super original, super nice 12g, 2″, Purdeys SxS…

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2" LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE
PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2″ LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE

The one thing collector’s want most is original condition. Here’s an aweseome side-by-side Purdey shotguns with plenty of it. Just check out the color-case hardening on the action and the crispness of the wood. Great engraving, too.

Since its founding in 1814, Purdey has built 30,000+ firearms. I doubt they’ve built many like this, though. It’s a lightweight (5lb, 8oz) 12 gauge made to shoot 2″ shells. Of course, it’s built on Purdey’s famous Beesley action and appear to be in very nice original condition.

Twelve gauges with 2″ chambers were introduced by British makers in the 1930s and marketed as “featherweight” models.

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2" LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE
PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2″ LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE

Author Vic Venters, popular with sportsmen who hunted red grouse over pointers in the UK, not many were made. I can’t imagine Purdey built them in any significant numbers. And of the ones they made, how many are still in nearly-new original condition?

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2″ LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE: 28″ BARREL WITH SWAMPED RIB 004 AND 016 2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED BUTT EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH MOTOR CASE 5LBS 8 OZ X 2 1/2″ X 1 7/16″ X 15 1/4″. Price: $59,500

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2" LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE
PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2″ LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE
PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2" LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE
PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2″ LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE
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