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Boss and Co., London. Superb pair of light weight 12ga. game guns, ca. 1925 Boss &
Boss and Co., London. Superb pair of light weight 12ga. game guns, ca. 1925. Image courtesy Lewis Drake & Co.

Boss and Co., London. Superb pair of light weight 12ga. game guns, ca. 1925: Exceptionally nice pair of Vintage 12ga. light weight game guns, ordered by an American in 1925. Weight of each gun: 6 Lbs. 6 oz. Stock Dimensions: 14 ½”x 1 3/8”x 2 3/8”. 29” chopper-lump steel barrels with original 2 ½” chambers. Double triggers, ejectors, and automatic safeties. Beautifully figured original straight-grip stocks and splinter forends have been professionally and properly refinished at some point. $75,000

Westley Richards Ovundo 12 ga., 28" solid rib barrels, 2-5/8" chambers
Westley Richards Ovundo 12 ga., 28″ solid rib barrels, 2-5/8″ chambers

Westley Richards Ovundo 12 ga: 28″ solid rib barrels, 2-5/8″ chambers, choked improved cylinder and improved modified (.011/.022), automatic ejectors. Scroll engraved action features patented sliding top bolting. Westley selective “one trigger” and automatic safe. Stock measures 1-5/8″ comb, 2-1/8″ heel, 14-1/4″ LOP to the rear position trigger. Weighs 6 lbs, 11 oz. A seldom-seen vintage British O/U. Complete in lightweight leather trunk case. $11,950

ENGLISH DOUBLE FLINTLOCK 16 BORE SHOTGUN BY "H. W. MORTIMER, LONDON".
ENGLISH DOUBLE FLINTLOCK 16 BORE SHOTGUN BY “H. W. MORTIMER, LONDON”.

ENGLISH DOUBLE FLINTLOCK 16 BORE SHOTGUN BY “H. W. MORTIMER: 30″ twist steel barrels, flintlocks with platinum toucholes and French cocks. Waterproof pans and roller frizzens. Checkered straight grip stock with skeleton grip extension. LOP: 14″ to it’s engraved steel buttplate. $9950

John MacPherson 2 Inch Light Game Boxlock: 12 bore, 2 ” chambers, 28″ fluid steel barrels Nitro proved at 1 1/8 oz., choked .020 Mod and .027 IM, ejectors, 5 lbs. 12 oz., 14 3/4″ LOP over a red Silvers pad, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/8″ DAH, neutral cast, fine English scroll engraving on action with  “John MacPherson & Sons” on both sides, straight grip, splinter forend, double triggers, ejectors, vacant gold oval in stock, Churchill style rib. Circa 1951.  A lovely condition gun with much case color and hard to find 28″ barrels on a 2″ chamber gun.  Also a bit heavier proof and weight than most 2″ guns. $5999

L.C. Smith Ideal 16E gauge S/S
L.C. Smith Ideal 16E gauge S/S

L.C. Smith Ideal 16E gauge SxS: LOP: 14″ Drop: 2-1/2″ – 1-1/2″ Cast: 0″
Barrel length:28″ Choke: F/M Weight: 6lb11oz A great 1946 Smith that is collector quality, lots of dark color & blue, mirror bores, very tight, super nice! 2-3/4″ chambers, chokes – R)663-021, L)664-029, ser#S10. $2,950.00

 

Daily Double: an Alex Martin 2″ 12 gauge…

Alexander Martin 2" 12 gauge double barrel shotgun
Alexander Martin 2" 12 gauge double barrel shotgun
Two-inch twelve gauge shotguns have never been very popular. Designed to be full bodied substitutes for small bores, the two-inchers give you the light weight of a 20 gauge on the large sized frame of a twelve. The result is a sub six-pound side-by-side that fits better in a adult shooter’s hands.

While it sounds like a great idea, it’s not one that really took off. Today, for every 200 hundred standard British boxlocks you see, you may come across a single 2″ example. Usually, these loners are pretty worn, and they often have 26″ barrels and short stocks. That’s why this Alex Martin caught my eye.

Check out the pics and specs below and you’ll see a near-new, original gun with great dimensions. Best of all, it’s price is very fair: just  £2995.

From the Kelbrook’s Shooting School’s site:

Second Hand  Mint – As New
Make / Model : Alex Martin  Best Quality Light Weight BLE
Style: Game
Barrel : 28
Mechanism: Side by side
Choke 1: 3/8
Choke 2: 3/4
Chamber: 2
Hand: R/H
Additional Information Supplied in Leather case. Original bore dimensions, Weighs 5lb 7oz, And is Proofed for 1oz loads.

 

Alexander Martin 2" 12 gauge double barrel shotgun
Alexander Martin 2″ 12 gauge double barrel shotgun
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