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

Extraordinary early Parker A1 Special 12ga 2 barrel set- 30” and 34” - PGCA letter ordered by W.F. Parker! Deepest relief engraving I’ve ever seen
Extraordinary early Parker A1 Special 12ga 2 barrel set- 30” and 34” – PGCA letter ordered by W.F. Parker! Deepest relief engraving I’ve ever seen

Extraordinary early Parker A1 Special 12ga 2 barrel set- 30” and 34” – PGCA letter ordered by W.F. Parker! Deepest relief engraving I’ve ever seen!: Per the PGCA Research Letter – This gun Ordered by and likely used by Wilbur F. Parker!  Truly Exceptional Parker A1 Special 12ga two barrel set, made in 1907 on a #2 Frame.  This very rare gun is equipped with two sets of Whitworth Fluid Steel barrels- one set is 30″ long (original set), the other is 34″ (also definitely factory) long- an extreme rarity in these guns and also extremely desirable today.  This gun would make the ultimate vintage Pigeon Gun.  This gun currently sports a fantastic straight stock with gold plated double triggers, beavertail forend, and was made with auto ejectors, auto safety, and has older Silver’s type pad.  The top lever is beautifully sculpted as are the breech balls as seen in the photos.  These early A-1 Specials are some of the best engraved of all the Parker shotguns and this one is no exception.  The quality of the relief flowers are spectacular and by far the best executed I have seen.  The depth of the relief engraving and the quality is the finest on any Parker I have examined.  The fully engraved safety with gold inlaid “SAFE” in front.  See the photos for details on the engraving – it is breathtaking.  The PGCA letter for this gun is fascininating and worthy of review- see the photos for this as well. This gun remains in pleasing overall condition.  The gun has been updated, likely by Remington with both sets of barrels now having ventilated ribs, which are good and sound.  Mechanics are crisp throughout.  The gun has been completely restored with later Remington case color- likely done when the gun went back in for service in 43,45, or 46, though undoubtedly a Remington Parker work and quality.  The mechanics are crisp and the bores are brilliant and shiny. This extremely rare and desirable Parker is both pleasing to look at in the gun room and in the field.  Price: $60,000

ARRIZABALAGA SLE 20 GAUGE
ARRIZABALAGA SLE 20 GAUGE

ARRIZABALAGA SLE 20 GAUGE: Gun is in very good condition with some light handling marks. Oval is initialed. Caliber Info: 20 Gauge Ejectors: Yes Metal Condition: Very Good Barrels: 28″ Action: Sidelock Triggers: Double Gauge: 20 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 3/8″ Stock Cast: Off Fore End: Checkered LOP: 15 1/4″ Rib: Concave Weight: 6.5 lbs Chokes: IC/IM Case: Leather Luggage. Price: $12,775

“SCARCE” James Purdey of London Double Rifle chambered in .450 BPE that was manufactured in 1868 for the 15th Duke of Norfolk
“SCARCE” James Purdey of London Double Rifle chambered in .450 BPE that was manufactured in 1868 for the 15th Duke of Norfolk

“SCARCE” James Purdey of London Double Rifle chambered in .450 BPE that was manufactured in 1868 for the 15th Duke of Norfolk:  The amount of man hours was very high when one of these rifles was made. From the factory letter we know that this rifle was completed in 1868. It was built for the Duke of Norfolk and stocked by John Robertson. The caliber is listed as a 60 bore which is the equivalent to the .450 BPE cartridge. This J. Purdey .450 “BPE” Black Powder Express Rotary Underlever Big Game Hammer Double Rifle is all matching with no alterations. The bores are in excellent condition being bright with excellent lands and grooves in the 30” barrels. It has a 3-leaf rear sight with one fixed and two folding blades. Each blade has a Platinum center line and are marked “100, 200 and 250.” The finish shows no signs of rust or pitting with strong pattern colors. The forearm is in very fine condition with no cracks and one chip as shown. The butt stock is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. This after 153 years is quite amazing. The receiver shows very fine and detailed engraving as you can see in the pictures. The rifle is tight and obviously has seen very little use over the decades. The rifle functions as it should with no issues. The original oak case has some accessories and the original cleaning rod. The center lock mechanism is missing but both side levers are present. No FFL transfer is needed to transfer this antique. The factory letter will be included. Price: $10K

MERKEL 200E 20ga 26" IC&M, DT, Mfg 1955 Excellent
MERKEL 200E 20ga 26″ IC&M, DT, Mfg 1955 Excellent

MERKEL 200E 20ga 26″ IC&M, DT, Mfg 1955 Excellent: Serial  #  41176 Country of Origin  Germany Barrel Length (in Inches) 26″ Choke U  IC (.005″), Choke O  M (.015″) Trigger  DT (Double) Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip, Recoil pad Forearm Type  3-piece Forearm Rib Type Solid rib Receiver Finish  Casehardened Engraving Type  Ornamental Scroll Engraving Other Options  2 3/4″ chambers, Cocking indicators, Horn grip cap Condition  EXC. Condition Weight  6#0oz Dimensions  1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″  x 14″ with 3/8″ cast off. Other Details Mfg 1955. Price: $5,500

Beretta ~ Model S686 Special ~ OU ~ 20 GA
Beretta ~ Model S686 Special ~ OU ~ 20 GA

Beretta ~ Model S686 Special ~ OU ~ 20 GA: Description: This Beretta S686 is in overall very good condition. Metal Condition: Very Good Wood Condition: Very Good Bore Condition: Excellent Barrels: 26″ Triggers: Single Selective Safety Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP Fore End: Checkered Walnut Semi Pistol Grip – Checkered Walnut Forend Butt Pad: Black Rubber Butt Pad Weight: 6 lbs Sights: Front Bead – Mid-Bead Chokes: With Screw in Choke Tubes Wood shows some light handling marks and dings. Complete with case! 20 Gauge. Price: $2,099.99

Auction alert: 20g Merkel 200E OU shotgun, cased…

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

Wow — here’s a really nice looking Merkel. Morphy’s Auctions has it and the sale is Saturday, July 31, 2016.

From I can see, this O/U is pretty much brand new, and its condition,  28″ barrels and straight grip make it a great find. The case and accessories are nice, too, and probably worth $750 on their own.

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

These Merkels are incredibly well made, and even though some can be a bit heavy, they usually have the feel and liveliness of much lighter guns. They lock up with double Kersten locks, an incredibly strong and reliable system.

Cased Merkel Over-Under Shotgun: Serial # 34028 28″ barrels in 20 bore. Manufactured in Germany. Top barrel choked modified, bottom barrel choked cylinder. 2-3/4″ chamber. Auto-ejectors, mirror bores, solid matted rib, single bead front sight, three piece walnut forend finely checkered, case colored scalloped box lock, top tang safety, and checkered straight grip walnut buttstock with red Pachmayr pad. 14-1/8″ LOP to front trigger. Lock-up is tight. Receiver features fine scroll engraving and retains nearly all of the original case colors. Trigger guard is finely blued and engraved with light high edge wear. Stocks are near mint. Barrels retains 98% original factory blue. Has a 1-1/4″ drop at comb and 2-1/4″ drop at heel. Manufactured in Suhl, Germany. Near new condition throughout. Lovely 20 bore shotgun with scarce case colored frame. Comes in a period lined hard leather case with snap caps, cleaning rod, and tools.

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

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PIOTTI LUNIK SXS 28 GAUGE
PIOTTI LUNIK SXS 28 GAUGE

PIOTTI LUNIK SXS 28 GAUGECREATIVE ARTS 27″ 004 AND 009 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP LEATHER COVERED PAD FANTASTIC ENGRAVING AND WOOD NEW CONDITION MAKERS CASE 5LBS 14 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 X 14 1/2. Price: $29,500

J.P Sauer Model 300 16GA: Made in 1937 , imported by Abercrombie and Fitch. 100% English scroll engraving, case color and blue. Action with double underlock and doll head rib extention and side clips with interceptor sears. 28″ barrels, M.IC. 2 3/4 chambers. LOP 14 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 2 7/8. weight 6lb 1 oz. Mint condition with nice piece of wood to original butt plate. This gun was sold in 1957 to Prince David Vachynadze. Price: $6800

J.P Sauer Model 300 16GA
J.P Sauer Model 300 16GA
Prussian Daly Superior Grade 20ga/28"
Prussian Charles Daly Superior Grade 20ga/28″

Prussian Charles Daly Superior Grade 20ga, 28″Superior Grade Prussian Charles Daly: scalloped boxlock receiver with scroll engraving, 14 1/2″ LOP over a leather faced pad and a Prince of Wales grip, splinter forearm with an Ebony tip, checkered side panels, cocking indicators, double triggers that are checkered on the face, ejectors, side clips, traces of case color remain on the receiver and trigger bow, some slight blue thinning on the barrels, Krupp steel barrels with 2 3/4″ chambers and choked IC/Mod. Price: $4,495.

Merkel Model 200E O/U Double Barrel Shotgun: 2 3/4 chambers, 28″ barrels, choke F&F with solid rib. Double trigger, front articulated, LOP 14 1/4 to otiginal Merkel Butt plate. 100% case color and blue. No cheek piece. This gun was made in 1955 , light weight, 6lb 7oz with nice piece of wood. Mint condition, probably unfired. Price: $2,950

Merkel Model 200E O/U Double Barrel Shotgun:
Merkel Model 200E O/U Double Barrel Shotgun:
Francaise Robust No. 7 12 Gauge
Francaise Robust No. 7 12 Gauge

Francaise Robust No. 7 12 Gauge: 12 Gauge. Chambers: 2-3/4″ Metal Condition:Bluing worn on the high points. Wood Condition: Scratched and dented. Bore Condition: Shiny, no pitting. Barrels:27 7/16″ Triggers: Double. Stock: Walnut. Dimensions: 14″ LoP. Fore End: Walnut. Butt Pad: Plastic. Weight: 6 lbs. Chokes: Right barrel .000″/ Left barrel .041. Price:$889.99

Good gun alert: 20g Merkel 200E, double triggers, 28″ bbls…

Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

If you’re looking for a good deal on an O/U, here’s a shotgun to get excited about. It’s a 20g Merkel 200E and it looks pretty much new. Merkel’s 200Es feature Blitz-style action with double Kersten locks. They’re solid, sound guns, and tough to find with double triggers, 28″ barrels, a long stock.

Merkel 200E 20ga O/U: mfg. 1955, 28″ bbls. choked F/M,Dt’s, ejectors, hand checkered oil finished deluxe stock, 14 5/8″ LOP over factory buttplate, 5lbs., 13ozs., 99% as new condition. Price: $2999

Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
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