High-grade, twenty-gauges by A.H. Fox Gun Co. are some the finest smallbore shotguns the US has ever made. But while they’re fantastic doubles, they’re also super hard to find. Fox made just eighteen hundred or so 20 gauge in grades A-F, and the higher you go in grades, the fewer guns there are. So when a gun like this DE Special pops up on the market, it’s a big deal.
But while this shotgun looks nice, it does make me scratch my head. Is it real – a genuine DE “Special” – or is it some kind of upgrade? In the darker days of gun collecting, there were several “restoration” artists who made a created phoney high-grade doubles and then passed them on to less knowledgeable collectors.
Is this 20g Fox one of those guns? The seller isn’t saying, but he sure has his doubts. Read his listing, take a look at the pics, and then decide for yourself just how special this 20g DE Special really is.
A.H. FOX DE SPECIAL 20GA — 26″ MOD/FULL — KRUPP FLUID STEEL: MOD /FULL .012/.025 — LONG SPLINTER FOREND WITH EBONY TIP — STRAIGHT HAND STOCK — STANDARD D SYLE CHECKING — 2 TRIGGERS — EJECTORS – EARLY NON REBATED FRAME — FANTASTIC 1ST GENERATION ENGRAVING PATTERN WITH GOLD — FRAME ENGRAVED SPECIAL — “PATENT PENDING” ENGRAVED ON THE EJECTOR FLATS.
THIS GUN IS MISSING IN THE FACTORY RECORDS BUT IS 2 DIGITS FROM A 20GA D SPECIAL. THE UNUSUAL THING IS THE OTHER GUN IS LISTED IN THE RECORDS WITH THIS GUNS SERIAL NUMBER AND THE LAST DIGIT CROSSED OUT THEN PENCILED IN WITH ITS LAST DIGIT. THIS GUN IS DEAD ON FACTORY ENGRAVING WITH IDENTICAL BIRDS, DOGS AND SCROLL TO A 12GA D SPECIAL THAT I OWNED. GUN APPEARS TO HAVE ORIGINAL FOX COLOR HARDENING INCLUDING THE GUARD BOW.
THIS GUN COULD VERY WELL BE A LUNCHBOX “EMPLOYEE” FOX. VERY BEAUTIFUL, UNIQUE AND RARE AH FOX. AND ALMOST NEW IN CONDITION. PERFECT ORIGINAL SCREWS —I THINK THIS IS A REAL “D” DONE AT FOX BUT CANNOT VERIFY THE GUN SO IT IS BEING PRICED 50K BELOW AN ORIGINAL — DONT MISS THIS GUN!!! Price: $39,500.00