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!: 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
: 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
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.
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.
Joseph Manton SxS Flintolock 22-bore: Incredibly rare 22-bore, double-barreled, flintlock Sporting Gun, initially completed in 1815 and cased complete with the original Manton parts for the field conversion to percussion ignition, ca. 1820. Weight: 5 Lbs 12 oz. Stock Dimensions:
14 5/8”x 1 1/8”x 2 1/8”x straight. Superb 30” rebrowned Damascus barrels with no dents or dings, excellent bores (.599”/.599”) and walls (both .060”-.033”). Joseph Manton Patent, Platinum-lined, touch holes. Manton Patent Stepped-in, and Inverted, Breeches which allowed for faster ignition in addition to directing rainwater away from the pan and toward a rectangular drain hole in the center of the breech allowing the water to flow out a hole in the bottom of the trigger plate just in front of the trigger guard bow. The Manton Patent Elevated Top Rib is engraved, “Joseph Manton’s New Improvements by His Majesty’s Patent”. Absolutely peerless quality locks, also loaded with Manton Patented features; Cocks, reinforced at the neck, Patent Hammers (frizzen’s), Gravitating Stops, with platinum-inlaid counterweights, to prevent the cock accidentally falling during loading with cocks inadvertently left at full cock. In addition to all these features, included with the gun are the parts and tools for rapid field conversion to percussion ignition (can be accomplished in under 2 minutes for each lock), likely added by Manton, ca. 1820. Locks tight and mechanically perfect in every way. Tang screw, side nail, both cock screws, and left frizzen replaced by LDA. The iron mounts are all nicely engraved in the pattern common to Joe Manton sporting guns of the late flintlock, 1815 -1817, era. The Figured Walnut stock has a repair to the head done by LDA and an old minor repair to the wood just forward of the finial on the trigger plate. Overall, the stock is in fine condition showing minimal wear and no abuse. The whole is cased in an ultra-rare original, two-tiered (for a pair of Manton double flintlock sporting guns), Joseph Manton case complete with all period accessories and a proper original Trade Label from the 1815-17 period listing many of the Manton Patent features found on the gun. This extraordinarily rare gun represents the ultimate development of the British flintlock sporting gun by, arguably, the greatest British Gun maker who ever lived, having all of the best innovations present and in working order on a single firearm by Joseph Manton. Overall, mechanically perfect and in fine condition throughout with traces of original finish. Price:$75,000
PURDEY – BEST DELUXE EXTRA FINISH, TWO BARREL SET, 12 GAUGE/12 GAUGE:
29″ BARRELS, M/F CHOKED – 29″ BARRELS, SK/IC CHOKED – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – HINGED FRONT TRIGGER – ORNAMENTAL ENGRAVING – 3 1/4 TON PROOF – BEAVERTAIL FOREND & SPLINTER FOREND – TURKISH WALNUT STRAIGHT GRIP STOCK – CHECKERED BUTT – SIDE CLIP – 3RD FASTENER – RAISED MATTED RIB – MAKER’S LEATHER MOTOR CASE INCLUDED 7 LBS. 11 OZ. 14 3/4″ X 1 3/8″ X 2 1/4″. Price:$49,500
Beretta AS-20EL OVER UNDER SHOTGUN (S 22364): 27 1/2″ barrels. Ic/mod. Solid rib. Double triggers. Long length of pull to a checkered butt. Straight grip. All the good stuff. 5 lbs. 11oz. One small depression in the stock (see photo) otherwise about perfect. Price:$8450
Perazzi MX28 (S138143) OU SHOTGUN: 28 guage. Ejectors: Yes. Condition: Good. Barrels: 30”. Stock Comb: 1 3/8”. Stock Heel: 2 1/8”. Fore End: English. LOP: 14 5/8”. Weight: 5lb 8oz. Single selective trigger. Perfect bores. Really pretty wood. Few knicks and scratches but a dandy little bird gun. Comes with Perazzi hard case. Chokes: Briley. Price:$7950
Daniel Myron Lefever started the Lefever Arms Co. in 1883 and guns were made under that name until around 1921. Over those 38 years, the company built around 73,000 SxS. Of those, twenty gauges were among the rarest
C-grades were middle-grade guns and several steps away from the company’s finest doubles — the $1000 Grade, the Optimus, and came after Lefever AAs, A, & B. According to the book Uncle Dan Lefever: Master Gunmakers by Robert Elliott, around 3,000 C-grades were built. How many of these were 20s? Maybe 30 – probably less. Because the records for Lefever Arms Co. firearms were lost, no one knows for sure.
Lefever CE Grade 20 ga. Shotgun: Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore in excellent condition with 26” steel barrels choked 1/4 and modified, twin beads, beautiful stock figure, Lefever butt plate, gold initial medallion, ejectors, double triggers, automatic safety, outstanding engraving, 72xxx s/n, some case colors, but mostly silver frame, excellent barrel blue, 14 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/4, 6.2 lbs., 2 3/4” chambers. Price:$12,500
Here’s a great deal on a fantastic double for grouse, woodcock, quail and even pheasants. There BL3 are well made — and most of the time they’ll cost you a lot more.
Beretta BL-3 20ga 26.5″ VR Barrel 3″ Shell O/U Shotgun 1968-76mfg: This shotgun features a standard Beretta action mechanism with 26.5″ vent ribbed barrels, choked modified over and improved cylinder under. The shotgun also features walnut furniture with very fine cut checkering, in addition to blued hardware and fine, ornate engraving on the receiver and areas of the barrel. The shotgun is in excellent working condition with a tight action, excellent bores, nice ringing barrels and a solid action mechanism. Some signs of light use is present, but the gun appears to have been well cared for. Please refer to the photos to further assess the condition of the shotgun. A wonderful field gun or it’d be great for trap! 14″ LOP. Price:$799
According to the gunmaker’s website, the AYA No. 2 shotgun is “the pre-eminent “affordable” sidelock double gun, and the most famous model in the AYA line. Since its introduction in the late 1950s, tens of thousands of Nº 2’s have been sold in the United Kingdom, the United States, and everywhere that shooters value the superb balance and handling of a fine double gun.”
Fair enough, and pretty much in line with what I known about these Spanish sidelocks. The one you see here looks like a great deal. While it does have a slight issue (a crack in the stock, right behind the safety), but that should be easy to fix.
20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27″ barrels: Aguirre Y Aranzabal (AYA) No. 2 side-by-side shotgun in 20 gauge. 27″ barrel, 2 3/4″ chambers. Choked IC/Cyl. 14″ LOP. Good case coloring on single, select trigger. Metal retains a good amount of case coloring with moderate wear in the usual places. Wood is in good condition with scattered carry and safe marks. Very minimal crack behind top tang but it stops at the checkering. Bluing is in good shape with a few spots of bluing loss, see pics for details. This great little AYA will make for a wonderful quail or close-flushing hunting piece! Price:$2,695
Here’s a great looking double that probably won’t be on the market long. To me, this gun looks like it was made in the 1920s or 1930s. That’s was when Germany was building some of the finest doubles on the planet.
Heym was one of Germany’s top makers, and their doubles were beautifully made, well balanced, and — as you can see — great looking.
Like what you see? Pounce on it. I doubt it will be around long.
Here are two classic American doubles–an A.H. Fox and a Parker–both in twenty gauge and both perfect for the uplands. Which would you pick?
This Fox has a lot going for it: Original condition, lightweight, decent stock dimensions. Drawbacks? It’s pricey.
A. H. FOX, PHILADELPHIA, A-GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, SxS SHOTGUN: 28″ CHROMOX FLUID COMPRESSED STEEL BARRELS, MODIFIED AND FULL, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, NUMBER FOUR WEIGHT, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS. TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS. GOOD CASE COLOR IN THE PROTECTED AREAS, STRONG TRIGGERGUARD BLUE, PERFECT ENGRAVED SCREWS, ATTRACTIVE ENGRAVING WITH BOLD SCROLLWORK WITH STIPPLED BACKGROUND. PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, GORGEOUS HIGHLY FIGURED WOOD, ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE. GREAT DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, 5 POUNDS 10 OUNCES. MADE IN 1925. 100% ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price:$5900
This Parker doesn’t have the original condition of the Fox and it’s a heavier gun. But it has better stock dimensions because it was restocked. It’s less expensive, too.
PARKER BROS. VHE 20 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: 28″ BARRELS, VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, BARRELS RING BEAUTIFULLY, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS. TRACES OF CASE COLOR, 0 FRAME. PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, HIGHLY FIGURED WOOD, FINE CHECKERING, STEEL GRIP CAP. THE GUN WAS RESTOCKED IN ENGLAND, OUTSTANDING WORK. GREAT DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2″ X 15″, HAWKINS PAD, 6 POUNDS 10 OUNCES. GREAT LITTLE PARKER TO HUNT WITH, MADE IN 1919. Price:$3500.00
Boss & Co. Heavy 3″ Proof Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun: Boss Heavy proof Pigeon Gun with Factory 3 inch Chambers and 1 1/2oz Original Proof. The gun is fitted with Chopper lump barrels that are fitted with Briley Teague style choke tubes. Gun appears to be little used. The mirror perfect bores still at .729 L and .728 R. The barrel blue remains at 98% plus. Case color 80-90%, showing some thinning; mostly on the bottom of the receiver. Wood is excellent, retaining virtually all of it’s London style
finish. Overall a fantastic gun that points and handles as what you would expect from this highly revered maker.
Barrels: Bores: .729L & .728R. Wall Dims: .030 R & .030 L
Chokes: Teague Style Screw by Briley
Engraving: Jack Sumner Style English Fine Scroll
L.O.P.: 14 3/4″
Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz.
Stock Dimensions: 1 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 with 3/8 Cast Off Price:$36,500
L. C. SMITH 3E 16 GAUGE SxS TWO BARREL SET: L. C. Smith Double Shotgun; SN 211771; 16 gauge; Grade 3 E; Two Barrel Set-both barrels 30 inch and numbered to the gun; one set choked full/full; Second set choked mod?mod; Single Trigger Ejectors; lots of original wood and metal finish remains; 14 inch pull to original butt plate; 2¾ DAH; 1¾ DAC; weight 7¾ pounds; 2½ inch chambers; Made 1909; Perfect Action bores; strong ejectors; FFL/C&R required for shipping; from my own personal collection; Long guns shipped by FedEx in a hard case $65; all other items shipped fully insured Priority Mail; – -Hand guns $30 — Spurs $30– Knives, Swords & Sabers $30—Grips $20; return policy: three days inspection from the date the item is received; full refund of shipping both ways ONLY IF THE ITEM IS MISREPRESENTED. Price: $5,975
Early A.H.Fox C Grade 32″ 12ga S/S Shotgun:A.H.Fox early style C grade 12 gauge.Built in 1908,this gun has 32″ Krupp still barrels choked full (.038″) and full (.038″).The gun is in excellent original condition retaining traces of the original case colors and 95% of the original barrel blue.The stock has a semi-pistol grip and 141/2″LOP over a solid pad.The wood is very highly figured and is free of any cracks or damage.The engraving is sharp and very well executed.There is a small dent in the right barrel that barely shows in the bore.It does not affect the safety or shooting of the gun, but I want to make you aware that it is there. This is a hard gun to find in original condition. It would make a great pheasant or dove gun or a fun vintage clays gun. Price: $4495
Winchester Model 21 12 GA SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: Price:$3,279.66
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Triggers: Single Selective
1 1/2″ DAC, 2 5/8″ DAH, 14″ LOP
Butt Pad: Rubber Recoil Pad
Weight: 7 lb. 10 oz.
1964 Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 20 ga, 28″: 3″ mag with 28″ full & mod barrels. This gun was built in 1964 so there is no danger of salt wood. The action is very tight with the lever still to the right. This gun looks like new aside from some minor wear on the top lever, safety selector and gold plating on the trigger. Price:$3,200
Serial Number: 32224V4
Metal Condition: 98%
Wood Condition: 99%
Bore Condition: mint
Fox XE 16 Gauge – FACTORY ORIGINAL, MINT CONDITION: Year 1919, 16 Gauge, 5lbs 12oz, Side-by-Side: Serial Number 300,790. During the 20 years of chasing A.H. Fox guns of all grades and gauges for my personal collection and to assist my clients to build their collections, the Fox XE 16ga. has been one of the most difficult to find. I have only seen 5 offered for sale in the last 10 years. This fine example could be the very best XE 16 on Mother Earth, as it has all original factory finishes retaining 99% case color, blue, and wood finish. Built in 1919, sn300790 is one of 90 factory-documented Fox XE guns built in 16ga., with only 79 of those the cherished Philly made guns. Some of these guns have disappeared so it is likely there are less than 70 or so left in the world. Of the 70, few have this much condition remaining and most have been significantly altered since leaving the factory. I have examined this gun inside and out, and it is a near new, factory original gun. The signature A.H. Fox case colors are not duplicated in today’s world. The engraving on this gun is exceptionally sharp and clear and from the prime era of Fox engraving. When you examine the order card you will notice it shows 3 ½” drop at the heel which is an error on the card as the gun has 2 ½” drop at heel and THE GUN MATCHES ALL OTHER DETAILS ON THE ORDER CARD including the long length of pull, gun weight, barrel weight and length. Errors were made when handwriting order cards. The gun came from the factory with the 2 ½” drop at heel. The factory marked serial number is on the head of the stock as shown in the photos. Weighing just 5lbs. 13oz. and balanced perfectly on the hinge pin, you would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful A.H. Fox. This gun has it all…rarity, high grade, incredible factory original condition, desirable features and stock dimensions, perfect mechanics, mirror bores, gorgeous wood figure, perfect screws…an A.H. Fox gun for the advanced collector or avid shooter/collector. When you consider this is likely your only chance to own such a gun, it is a wise investment vehicle for your hard-earned funds at the price offered. Price:$27,950
Parker Reproduction 16/20 Ga Combo SxS Shotgun: Like New Parker Reproduction 16/20 Ga Combo Set. This is #6 out of 100 Special Edition Set for The National Sporting Fraternity Limited. Shotgun has a Krieghoff 16 Ga barrel, 28″ IC-Mod. Second barrel is a 20 Ga, 26″ IC-Mod. Comes with Leather Hard Case, Canvas Dust Cover, 16-20 Ga Snap Caps and Oil bottle. Shotgun is in 99% condition with just a few faint handling marks. Bluing is excellent with very strong case colors. Comes with Parker Reproduction Catalog and a copy of Game & Gun magazine. Steve Smith reviewed the combo set in this magazine. Price:$8,500
Greifelt Grade 1 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun: This beautiful little 20ga Greifelt remains in absolutely outstanding condition. With excellent scenes of birds on both sides of the action and delicate rose and scroll on the balance, it retains near 100% of the case colors. The 26″ barrels feature a solid rib with a metal bead; choked IC/IM with excellent bores and 98% bluing. The barrels also have rose and scroll engraving at the breech end. The scalloped boxlock action with a Kersten style top crossbolt and dual underlugs has dual triggers with the front trigger being articulated. The LOP is 14 1/2″ from the front trigger to the original horn buttplate. The dark-colored walnut straight gripped stock features the original finish and only has a couple of handling marks. The gun comes in the oak and leather case with the original Von Lengerke & Detmold label. Price: $5,500
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 – 30″ BARREL – EARLY PRODUCTION WITH LOW 3 DIGIT SERIAL NUMBER: Here’s an early Winchester Model 21 in 12 gauge – serial number 145. This honest gun has 30″ barrels choked mod and full. Mirror bores as original measuring .730 with 13/1000 choke in right and 35/1000 in left. Chambers at 2 3/4″. Extractors. Gun is tight and on the face with top lever right of center. No loose ribs – barrels ring true. All serial numbers match. No cracks to the wood with sharp checkering. One inch Winchester red recoil pad. Weight is 7 LBS 7 1/2 OZ. Shipping is $40. Great shootable stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/2″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 3/8″. Price:$3,500
Here’s the perfect OU for upland hunting. These Beretta BL-3 were imported into the U.S. in the late ’60s, early ’70s. Today, they’re one of the best buys you’ll ever find in a bird gun. Simple, rugged, and well made, it’s a ton of gun in lightweight, sexy-looking package.
The 28″ barrels on this one make it special (most have 26″ tubes).
It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 3/12/2018 @ 6:41 PM.
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers: A nice Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge shotgun, has 28-inch vent rib barrels with fixed modified and full chokes. Single-selective triggers. Extractors. Metal condition is excellent with nice blue and no rust and has engraved receiver. Stock and forearm are original and excellent with no cracks and nice original finish.
Beretta OUs are some of best doubles out there, especially the earlier models like these two. Both of these shotguns are coming to auction next week. If you’re looking for a great bird gun, you need to check them out.
Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under Shotgun: With fitted pair of 20 ga. barrels, #QU2770, 28” vent rib 28 ga. barrels and 28” vent rib 20 ga. barrels, both fitted for Beretta mobil-chokes (28 ga. IC/IC.; 20 ga. IC/Mod.) Receiver with six gold quail inlaid on sides, plus gold QU logo inlaid on bottom, Beretta logo and other markings, ”1 of 750” on right-hand side; nice dark European walnut wood; 28 ga. forend with Schnaubel tip; 20 ga. is standard; buttstock with 14.5” length of pull to original Beretta pad. In Browning two-barrel hard case. Mfg’d 2003. Condition is excellent showing very little use, with few small handling marks to buttstock. Lockups are tight, bores are bright. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000.
I’ve seen a lot of Browning BSS shotguns. A LOT. But this is the first 20g Grade II I’ve ever come across. It looks like it would be a great all-around upland gun.
Browning introduced the standard BSS (Browning Side by Side) in 1971 and built them until 1987. In ’78, the company introduced the Grade IIs. All these guns were made in Japan by Miroku, some were also assembled there while others were put together in South Korea.
If this OU is as good as it looks, it’s a steal. It’s on Gunbroker.com with a “Buy Now” price of just $895.
Beretta BL-3s are the precursor to the company’s 686 line of over unders. Personally, I think they’re nicer shotguns. This one has a bit of decent engraving on it and it looks unused. Best of all, it has 28″ barrels — something that’s hard to find on these.
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun: Very nice BL 3 with 28″barrel choked modified and full. Appears to have been fired very little, with beautiful wood. Beretta hand engraving throughout. Superior handling and balance. Overall this Italian made Beretta is about 95%. Excellent for smaller framed shooters. Comes with owner’s manual. Price: $895
For most of the 20th century, Abercrombie & Fitch was the most famous name in American sporting goods. From a retail store on NYC’s Madison Avenue, and through catalogs sent out across North American, A&F sold everything from firearms to fishing lures.
In 1938, the first spread of their Rifle-Shotgun catalog opened with the following copy:
“In our opinion the Francotte, famous Belgian gun adapted by us to the American Sportsman and improved over a period of 50 years, represents real gun value second to none. It is, in fact, an imported hand made gun at an American price.”
Three pages of Francottes followed: From the top of the line Eagle Grade Hammerless Ejector No. 45 Quality to the Knockabout Ejector. All these guns featured Siemen-Martin ‘Special’ fluid steel barrels and could be ordered with Greener-crossbolts or doll’s head extensions. They were made made on what A&F called a “Francotte lock action”, said to be an improvement on Anson & Deeley-type boxlock action, and featured Francotte-patent ejectors.
Price wise, Francottes weren’t cheap. But they weren’t super expensive, either. At a time when a Parker Quality A-1 Special Quality with ejectors was $890, a Parker Quality B.H.E. was $375 and a Fox X.E. was $165, Francotte’s Eagle Grade Hammerless Ejector No. 45 Quality was $550. Their most affordable double — the Francotte Knockabout Ejector — was $175. In between were models like the No. 30 Quality (30E) at $400 and a No. 20 Quality (20E) at $275.
Compared to their American competitors, all these Francotte’s were built on superior designs, featured better finishing and proper scaling, and were more aesthetically pleasing overall. If you had stopped into A&F’s Madison Avenue store and placed a Parker, Fox, and Francotte side by side, it would have been plain to you which one was superior.
Francotte (Abercrombie & Fitch) “30E” 28 gauge SXS Shotgun: Francotte Pre-war (Abercrombie & Fitch) SXS Shotgun. Side plated 28 GA. Ejectors, side clips, 26 inch BBL, Full and Full, Double triggers, 14 1/2 inch pull to horn butt plate with Abercrombie and Fitch Leather case. Bores like new. Price:$17,995
FRANCOTTE MODEL “20E” DOUBLE 20 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN RETAILED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH: 28″ barrels choked R: .009″ L: .030″. Engraved sideplate action with auto ejectors, side clips, hiddend third bite (crossbolt with rib extension), double triggers, top lever. Checkered splinter forend and semi-pistol grip buttstock. Stock measurements: Comb: 1 1/2″ Heel: 2 1/2″ LOP: 14 1/4″ to a horn buttplate. Weight 5lbs 13oz. In beautiful original condition retaining nearly all of the casehardened finish on the action and sideplates. Trigger guard and top lever have all of the high polish charcoal blue remaining. Barrels showing 98% original blue with the maker’s and A&F’s names engraved on top. “A FRANCOTTE MAKER” and patent info on the left sideplate at the bottom. Excellent wood and checkering. 1949 mfg. Price:$8,750
EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN: 26″ damascus steel barrels, auto ejecgtors, beautiful scroll engraved sideplates and relief engraved fences. Double triggers, top lever, double underlocking lugs with Greener type third bite. Bores measure .729″ both barrels with walls over .030″ Chokes: R: .003″ L: .033″ Weight: 6lbs 7oz. Stock measures Comb: 1 1/2″ Heel: 2″ LOP: 14 1/2″ over a thin English hardrubber pad. The barrels retain all of the beautiful damascus pattern, The action showing lovely subdued case colors. Mint bores, excellent checkering and varnish. This would make a perfect bird gun. Price:$5,950
Of the big 3 American makers — L.C. Smith, Parker Bros. & A.H. Fox– L.C. Smith is only one whose guns are still reasonably priced in 20 gauge.
This 20 gauge Ideal is coming up at Morphy Auctions in their June 10, 2017. From what I can see, it looks pretty original (except for the pad, of course). The stock has pretty decent dimensions, too, so most guys should be able to shoot it.
As a bonus, it comes in Brady leather case with accessories and the case’s original canvas cover. That alone is with $500-600.
Lot 925: (C) Cased L.C. Smith Ideal Grade 20 gauge Sidelock Shotgun: All serial numbers match. Brown blued London steel barrels with solid matte rib and single brass bead, breeches marked “L.C. SMITH Ideal GRADE/HUNTER ARMS CO. INC. M’F’R’S FULTON, N.Y. U.S.A.”. Casehardened sidelock actions engraved with ideal grade flowers on each side. Top of action, opener, bottom of action, and trigger guard bow engraved with sprigs of engraving. Both sideplates stamped “L.C. SMITH”. Features include: extractors, automatic thumb safeties, and double triggers. Plain walnut pistol grip buttstock with checkered wrist and red Pachmayr recoil pad. Checkered walnut splinter fore arm with ebony cap. Complete with leather case with protective snap on canvas cover. Partitioned interior lined with burgundy felt. Accessories include: English oiler, snap caps, and two piece cleaning rod. Excellent condition, barrels retain 70-80% original blue finish with some thinning on sides of breeches and muzzles. Some areas of wear with finish gone at breeches. Bores are excellent and shiny. Action is tight and retains approximately 60-70% original case colors, otherwise turn to silver. Trigger guard retains traces of blue finish. Stocks very good showing some wear and a few scattered marks from use. Case excellent with a few scuffs on corner of canvas cover. Manufacturer: L.C. Smith, Model: Ideal Grade, Serial Number: 144838, Caliber: , Barrel Length: 28″, FFL Status: Curio & Relic, Paperwork: , Blade Length: , Overall Length: , Gauge: 20, Chamber: 2 – 3/4″, Length of Pull: 14 – 3/4″, Drop at Comb: 1 – 9/16″, Drop at Heel: 2 – 1/2″, Internal Bore Diameter: Left – .615″, Right – .619″, Barrel Wall Thickness: Both – .046″, Choke: Both – Full, Weight: 6 lbs. – 11 oz.
Here’s a great bird gun. Beretta’s BL-line of OUs were imported into the US in the ’60s & ’70s by the Garcia Corporation. With various degrees of engraving and a touch better finishing, I think they’re a bit more refined the 686s. They can bought at better prices, too. This one is Gunbroker.com now. The online auction ends 4/27/2017 @ 2:42 PM.
Here’s the info on it from the seller:
Used Beretta BL-4 20 gauge, 28″ bbls. This gun is in nice condition with only minor scratches and ware to it. None of the marks really stand out on the gun. Marks are noticeable but not bad at all. Overall gun was well cared for by the previous owner. Guns action runs smooth and opens and closes with no issue at all. Top barrel on the gun is Full choke and the bottom barrel is modified. Pictures of the gun should give you a good idea of how it looks.
Right away, few folks spotted this pretty little side-by-side’s special features right: sideclips, a Greener-style top bolt, and, most impressively, droplocks (AKA hand-detachable locks).
Westley Richards patented the Anson & Deeley boxlock action in 1875. Twenty-one year later, they updated it with their iconic hand detachable locks. Hand-detachable locks were to clean up the action’s appearance. After their introduction, a couple major benefits became apparent: If a lock breaks in the field, it can be replaced in a few minutes, and at the end of damp mornings or wet days, you pull the locks out for oiling and give the inside of the gun a good opportunity to dry.
Here a few things I love the 20 gauge droplock you see here:
-The beautiful cut scroll engraving
-The original Westley Richards single selective trigger
-The blushes of genuine color-case hardening
-The untouched, fancy checkering on the stock
-It’s tiny action. I hard to tell in the pictures, but its perfectly scaled to the gauge.
-It’s condition. Other than the extension on the stock (and maybe a bit of oil on the wood), this gun has not been messed with. Sure it has some dings and wear, but every one was put there
BTW: Remember, this gun is for sale. If you would like to know more about it, drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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