Auction Alert: 12g Winchester M21 Custom grade, 28″…

Winchester Model 21 "Custom Grade" Side-by-Side 12-gauge
Winchester Model 21 “Custom Grade” Side-by-Side 12-gauge

The Winchester M21: Uglier than a hairless dog and as balanced as a sledgehammer OR Marlboro-man handsome and eminently American. Whatever you think of these side-by-sides, one thing is for certain: collectors go crazy for the M21s.

Winchester’s Model 21 was first produced in 1931, and it was manufactured by them until 1993. In all, about 35,000 of them left the Winchester factory. Here’s one of them. This shotgun is on Gunauction.com now, and the listing ends onAugust 31, 2014 17:45:00 PT.

Winchester Model 21 “Custom Grade” Side-by-Side 12-gauge: It wears 28″ barrels, has 2-3/4″ chambers, and is choked Modified and Improved Cylinder (the choking is reverse of standard with the tighter constriction on the right barrel). The barrel has a raised solid matted rib with an ivory front bead and a silver metallic mid-bead. The frame features the Custom Grade style hand-cut scroll engraving and the gun has a gold plated single-selective trigger, automatic ejectors, and a non-automatic safety. The barrel and frame flats & breeching surfaces are factory engine turned and the rib panel is marked “Custom Built by Winchester”. The buttstock is of the pistol grip variety with steel grip cap and is fitted with a “Decelerator” pad (the original ventilated Winchester pad is included). The LOP measures 14-1/4″, just 1/8″ more than original. The forend is of the skeet beavertail configuration with ebony insert. The Model 21 was always a hand-built gun of the highest quality. When it comes to durability, strength, and ultimate reliability, the Model 21 stands peerless above all other American doubles.

Winchester Model 21 "Custom Grade" Side-by-Side 12-gauge
Winchester Model 21 “Custom Grade” Side-by-Side 12-gauge

Overall condition is quite good and this beautiful double retains nearly all of the original factory blue finish. I’d grade the finish at 98-99% with just a few minor handling marks. There is no rust or any pitting and all markings are sharp and crisp. The grade AA fancy walnut stocks feature very nice figure and are in generally very good shape. There are some handling marks, a couple of dents in the butt, and also a fine/tight crack running down from the upper tang. I believe this crack would be a fairly easy repair. The gold oval nameplate on the underside of the stock was originally factory engraved with initials but has been buffed to remove them. The mechanics are in perfect working order and the bores are excellent…mirror bright with no issues. It comes with a Cody/Factory Letter which confirms the configuration of the gun and indicates that it was shipped in 1973. Also included is a vintage Winchester takedown case which I believe was original to a Winchester Model 23.

Winchester Model 21 "Custom Grade" Side-by-Side 12-gauge
Winchester Model 21 “Custom Grade” Side-by-Side 12-gauge
Winchester Model 21 "Custom Grade" Side-by-Side 12-gauge
Winchester Model 21 “Custom Grade” Side-by-Side 12-gauge
Winchester Model 21 "Custom Grade" Side-by-Side 12-gauge
Winchester Model 21 “Custom Grade” Side-by-Side 12-gauge

Good gun alert: another nice 12g Browning BSS, 28″…

Browning BSS 12 ga. 28",
Browning BSS 12 ga. 28″,

Duck gun, target gun, pheasant gun — all in one gun. That’s a 12 gauge Browning BSS. Rugged as an F350, and with a reliable single trigger, this gun can do it all. The 28″ barrels and fair price on this one make it that much sweeter.

Browning BSS 12 ga. 28″, F/M: Pistol grip stock, semi beavertail forend, in excellent condition. Made in 1972. Price: $1,049

Browning BSS 12 ga. 28",
Browning BSS 12 ga. 28″,

I shouldn’t share this: a 28 gauge Ruger O/U, 28″ bbls, straight grip…

28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip

If people are still collecting shotguns in 2114, one double I’m sure they’ll be call an American classic is the 28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under.

Ruger introduced their Red Label shotguns in 1977 and offered them until 2011 (and they’re introducing a modified version this year, btw). First available as 20 gauges and then 12s, the Red Labels were decent guns. In most of the shops I visited as a kid, they were the most expensive shotguns on the racks, right up there with the Belgian Browning Superposed and the Beretta 686s.

One-hundred percent American made, Red Labels tended to be heavy, and the fit and finish on a lot of them was not good. But the 28 gauge Ruger Red Labels were different – like a single, gorgeous pup in a litter of malformed runts. These Red Labels were lightweight and sleek. If you could find a good one, they were beautiful upland guns.

And it looks like the one you see here might be a good one. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing end on 1/21/2014 5:15:24 PM ET. So if you like what you see, step up and get it. The price looks very fair.

28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under, 28″ bbls:  VR barrel…boxlock, SST, auto ejectors, checkered English straight grip stock, stainless steel frame…Comes with the original box, manual, choke wrench and all 5 choke tubes…Gun is mint/hard to even tell if it has been fired/Like New.

28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip

 

Good gun alert: 28 gauge Ruger Red Label, 28″ bbls…

Here’s one of the best American-made doubles you’ll find for grouse & woodcock hunting. Most of these I see have 26″ barrels and pretty plain wood. So the longer barrels and the nicely figures stock made this Red Label a special little gun.

Ruger Red Label 28ga. Over-Under 28″ barrels with Ruger chokes: New and unfired in the original box. Price: $1,795.00

Ruger Red Label 28ga. Over-Under 28" barrels
Ruger Red Label 28ga. Over-Under 28″ barrels
Ruger Red Label 28ga. Over-Under 28" barrels
Ruger Red Label 28ga. Over-Under 28″ barrels

Good gun alert: 20g Browning BSS Sporter, 28″ bbls…

20 gauge Browning BSS Sporter SxS, 28" barrels
20 gauge Browning BSS Sporter SxS, 28″ barrels

Here’s a nice, all around birds gun that just popped up on the market. The 28″ barrels make it hard to find, and a far more desirable gun all around.

20 gauge Browning BSS Sporter SxS, 28″ barrels

Price: $2,299.99

Manufacturer: 1978
Caliber: 20 gauge
Chambers: 3″
Metal Condition: Retains nearly all of its original factory blue with minimal marking if any at all
Wood Condition: A few minor compression marks, none through the ginish with one deeper mark on the right side of the fore end.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Single selective
Stock: Straight-hand
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″ LOP. 1 1/2″ DAC. 2 1/2″ DAH.
Fore End: Beavertail
Butt Pad: Browning buttplate
Weight: 6 1/2 lbs
Chokes: Mod/Full
Item Location: Sidney, NE

Good gun alert: 20 gauge B.C. Miroku My Luck Model F sidelock shotgun…

20 gauge BC My Luck Model F Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge BC My Luck Model F Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun

Last week I put up this post about a decent looking BC Miroku 12g sidelock that popped up on the market. Today, an even better deal has appeared. This double you see here is almost the same shotgun, except it’s a 20g with ejectors.

20 gauge BC My Luck Model F Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun

Price: $2,999.99

Caliber: 20 Ga
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Both Are Very Bright
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered Walnut In English Style
Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered
Butt Pad: Black Decelermator Soft Pad
Weight: 6 lbs
Sights: Front And Mid White Bead
Chokes: Fixed

A pa’tridge gun: A 16g Parker VH double barrel shotgun…

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

In New England, a ruffed grouse is called a pa’tridge. I don’t know why. There’s always one gauge I associate with pa’tridge hunting: the 16. I don’t know why this is, either.

Sixteen gauges have been around forever, but they’ve been very popular. The British never loved them, at least not as breechloading centerfires. It think it’s because the standard British game gun is a 12 gauge that’s weighs around 6lbs, 12oz. and is proofed for 1 1/8 ounces of shot.

Most British 16 gauge shotguns weigh just a few ounces less, and they’re proofed for a 1 ounce load. So for a gun buyer in the UK, the sixteen offers little benefit in weight while it pushes a 10%+ smaller payload.

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

But American 12 gauges are bigger guns, usually in the 7 1/2 pound+ range. For most makers, you had to drop down a gauge to get a double in the 6 1/2 – 6 3/4 pound range. I think that’s why the 16 gauge was more popular in the States.

The sixteen you see here is Parker’s VH grade. The VH was Parker’s original knock-about gun, and even though it was the least expensive hammerless double the company offered until they introduced the Trojan grade in 1913, the VH was never a cheap gun. It cost $50 when it was introduced in 1899. The same year, Winchester Model 97 repeater retailed for $27.

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

Parker called the VH “A gun for hard usage that cannot be equaled” and most buyers purchased them off the rack in 12 gauges on No. 2 frames with pistol grips. With its straight grip, this one was probably specially ordered.

Here’s more about it from the seller:

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

Parker VH 16, Remington Era,  Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original: Serial Number 240237, made approx. 1937. It is a VH 16 gauge with 28″ barrels choked light modified and modified. 2 3/4″ chambers with excellent bores. Length of pull is 14″ over the original dog’s head plate. The original straight grip stock is in excellent condition with sharp checkering. Both the wood and trigger guard are number matched to the shotgun and are without any doubt original. The wood is probably 2X fancy and is the nicest peice of wood we have seen on a V grade.

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

There are generous amounts of original case color remaining on the receiver sides and around the lever. Lock up is tight and the shotgun remains in excellent mechanical condition. DAH is 2 5/8″ DAC is 1 1/2″ and the weight is approx. 6 lbs 10 oz.. This is one fine original little English stock 16 gauge Parker with tons of condition. Price: $5,500.00

Good gun alert: A 28g L.L. Bean / Sigarms over-under shotgun…

28g L.L. Bean / Sigarms Over-Under Shotgun
28g L.L. Bean / Sigarms Over-Under Shotgun
28g L.L. Bean / Sigarms Over-Under Shotgun
28g L.L. Bean / Sigarms Over-Under Shotgun

Here’s a great deal in a small bore O/U. These doubles were made by Battista Rizzini for L.L. Bean, and they’re a lot of gun for the money. This one looks unfired.

28g L.L. Bean / Sigarms Over-Under Shotgun: Price: $1,999.99

Gauge 28 gauge
Metal Condition Near new in box
Stock Dimensions 14 5/8″ LOP. 1 1/2″ DAC. 2 1/4″ AH.
Gun Library East Hartford, CT
Stock Round-knob pistol-grip stock
Trigger Single selective
Status available
Fore End Field-style
Weight 6 1/4 lbs.
Choke Screw-in chokes – three included
Bore Condition Appears unfired
Chamber 2 3/4″
Barrel 26 1/2″
Wood Condition Near new in box
Butt Trim black recoil pad

A quick post: Rare Browning 12g BSS Sporter, 28″ bbls, straight grip…

Browning BSS Sporter, Staight grip, 12 gauge, 28" barrels
Browning BSS Sporter, Staight grip, 12 gauge, 28″ barrels

OK, so I’m still buried at work. But I saw this Browning pop up and I wanted to get it up for everyone to check out. It’s a 12 gauge Browning BSS Sporter with 28″ barrels.

Browning BSS shotguns were made in that period when every American want short barrels. So 98% of the ones you see out there have 26″ barrels – especially the Sporters (the ones with straight stocks, rather than pistol grips). BSS are modern guns, and they’re made with moderns steel and meant to be used with modern ammo. So this one here is pretty worry free. The only thing you might want to do is open the chokes a bit for steel ammo. Other than that, it’s ready for the field, and just about anything that flies you way.

Browning BSS Sporter, Staight grip, 12 gauge, 28" barrels
Browning BSS Sporter, Staight grip, 12 gauge, 28″ barrels

Browning BSS Sporter, Staight grip: Price: $1,899.99

Manufacturer: 1984
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 3
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Single Selective
Stock Dimensions: 1 5/8″ DAC, 2 1/2″ DAH, 14 1/4″ LOP
Butt Pad: Factory Butt Plate
Weight: 7 lb. 10 oz.
Chokes: Full/Modified
Extras: Box

Good gun alert: 20g Fox Sterlingworth, 28″, ejectors…

20g Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors
20g Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors

Here’s a double a lot of guys are looking for – and for good reason. Fox Sterlingworths are great American doubles. Finding one in 20g with this much condition, 28″ barrels and ejectors is tough to do.

If you like the looks of it, get on it now. It’s online and the auction ends 9/15/13 19:05:0. Here are the spec from the seller:

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth, 20 ga. side by side shotgun. Serial #263097, mfg. 1929. Very good condition. Oh boy, oh boy, we have a Prom Queen here! Go get the crown! Beautiful and elegant 20 ga. Sterlingworth on the small frame with ejectors and CONDITION: 70% fading case colors and 95% blue on the barrels! Yee haw! Nice tight action. 28″ ribbed barrels. Bright bores. Choked M/F. Marked “Savage Arms Corp., Utica, N.Y. USA” on top of left barrel and “Sterlingworth Fluid Compressed Steel” on right top of barrel. Original stock has some hunting marks as expected. Hard buttplate. Ejectors work great! Double triggers. All original and gorgeous!

Good gun alert: a nice looking Lefever double in 16 gauge…

16 gauge Syracuse Lefever Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" Damascus bbls
16 gauge Syracuse Lefever Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ Damascus bbls

The sixteen was never America’s favorite gauge  Even though all our makers built 16s, the gauge that was most popular with us was the twelve. There’s a simple reason for this: versatility. Most American shooters were opportunistic. They shot everything from waterfowl to rabbits and upland game. A twelve could handle all this action.

But the sixteen always had lot of fans – and for good reason. For an upland game it’s hard to beat. Slightly larger than a standard 20, it handles a bit more lead if required. It’s also feel better in your hands  (at least it does in mine).

16 gauge Syracuse Lefever Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" Damascus bbls
16 gauge Syracuse Lefever Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ Damascus bbls

Of all the America makers, Lefever made the fewest 16 gauge double barrels.  Daniel Myron Lefever was one of the geniuses of American gunmaking. Born in 1835, he started making firearms under his own name in 1857.  In 1880 he formed the Lefever Arms Co in Syracuse, NY. The company was only around until 1919, and in that time they only built around 65,000 shotguns. I’m not sure how many of these were 16s, but I bet the number is under 10%.

The 16 gauge Lefever you see here is a G or an H grade, probably made around 1897. The G and H grade were the lower end of the SxS shotguns Lefever made, and they compared to L.C. Smith’s #2 and Parker’s GH grade doubles.

Here’s more about this Lefever from the seller:

Lefever Sidelock 16 GA:  28″ damascus bbls, Full & Full chokes, double triggers, 14″ LOP, 6 1/4lbs. Metal has little finish remaining but bores remain excellent. Lockup is tight and solid. Wood has darkened with age and forend has a filler peice added. Sidelocks have cockimg indicators and mechanical function is excellent! Price: $1,199.99

16 gauge Syracuse Lefever Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" Damascus bbls
16 gauge Syracuse Lefever Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ Damascus bbls

Good gun alert: 12g & 20g Miroku sidelock double barrel shotguns…

Very nice set of Miroku SxS's, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge
Very nice set of Miroku SxS’s, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge

Here are a couple of doubles that combine two things you rarely find in the shotgun world: high quality and low prices. These SxSs were made by Miroku, a Japanese gunmaker who has been in the firearms business since 1893. In 1973 they started producing the Browning’s Citori O/Us. They also made SxSs for the company, including the BSS boxlock and a shortlived line of sidelocks.

The guns you see here are from that run of sidelocks. They are Holland & Holland pattern doubles made with excellent quality steel. The workmanship on these guns is usually excellent, and I’m sure the fit and finish on these two will impress.

Very nice set of Miroku SxS's, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge
Very nice set of Miroku SxS’s, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge

Here’s more about the guns from the seller:

Set of Miroku Sidelock SxS’s, F-grade & FE, 20 gauge & 12 gauge: Both have 28″ barrels. The 12 has ejectors and the 20 has extractors. Both guns are from the early eighties and were holdovers from when Browning cancelled their contract with Miroku for the Browning Side Lock shotgun. Very well made with true 7 pin H&H style side locks. Bores are great, and pictures tell the story. Price: $4700 for pair

Very nice set of Miroku SxS's, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge
Very nice set of Miroku SxS’s, one 20 gauge, one 12 gauge

Good gun alert: a .410 Piotti King No. 1, 28″ bbls…

.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls
.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls

Armi Piotti is one of Italy’s best known gunmakers. Founded in the early sixties by brothers Araldo and Faustino Piotti, the company has earned a reputation for top-quality doubles at reasonable price (reasonable when compared to new British doubles, that is).

I think “Used” is the best way to buy them. If I were in the market for a real small bore, I would take a long look at this King No. 1 sidelock .410.  It caught my eye for three reasons:

.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls
.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls

1.) The 28″ barrels. Most of the .410s you see out there are weare shorter tubes – usually 26″. But when it comes to little guns like this, longer is better. Those two inches may not seem like much, but the birds will hate you for it.

2.) The long-ish stock. With a 14 3/8″ LOP, this double will fit a lot of guys right out of the box. With a pad, it could fit even more.

3.) The price. While this gun isn’t cheap ($19,750), it costs less than 1/2 its replacement cost.

Here’s more about it from the seller:

Piotti .410 King No. 1 In outstanding Condition: In Makers Case. Granetti Engraved. 28″ Mod/Full With 3″ Chambers. Double trigger with articulated front. Gun Weighs 5Lbs. 2.5 Oz. File Cut Taperd Solid Rib. 14 3/8″ LOP. 1 1/2″ – 2 1/8″ To Checkered Butt. Cast Off. Price: $19,750.00

.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls
.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls
.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls
.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls
.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls
.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls

This week’s good guns: powered by Gunsinternational.com…

Holland & Holland Hammer Double Rifle, 8 gauge
Holland & Holland Hammer Double Rifle, 8 gauge

Holland & Holland Hammer Double Rifle, 8 gauge: 26″ smooth bore damascus barrels with perfect bores and single leaf folding express sights. Stalking safeties on hammers. Excellent condition. Price: $25,000.00

1916 Ansley H. Fox XE Grade 12ga:  Fox XE Grade, 1916 Philadelphia, PA. This gun is in +95% Condition. 2 5/8″ chambers, 28″ barrels, Full & Mod, 13 3/4″ LOP, 2 3/4″ D@H, 6lbs, 13oz. Price: $9,995.00

16 gauge Winchester Model 21 Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge Winchester Model 21 Double Barrel Shotgun

Winchester Model 21 16ga 28in M/F as new In the box: A collectors dream  this gun was made in 1954 still has original cosmoline on it  has the box and is 100% correct to the Cody Letter  28in m/f   slight handling marks on wood  blue is mint  Price: $9,900.00

BELGIUM GUILD GUN -20 GAUGE- SIDEPLATED BOXLOCK -EJECTORS – 26″ BLS: SKT./IC – STRAIGHT HAND STOCK WITH WOOD BUTTPLATE – LOP 14 1/16″ – DROP 1 3/8″ X2″ – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – WT. 5 LBS. 6 OZS. – Price: $3,800.

16 gauge Parker Double Barrel VH grade shotgun, O frame
16 gauge Parker Double Barrel VH grade shotgun, O frame

FABULOUS 0 FRAME 16GA PARKER WITH VULCAN BARRELS: ALL ORIGINAL 0 FRAME VH 16GA WITH VULCAN STEEL BARRELS — 28″ FULL/FULL — PERFECT ORIGINAL SCREWS — 35% ORIGINAL COLOR THAT IS VIBRANT IN AREAS — 90%++++ ORIGINAL BLUE — SOO HARD TO FIND STEEL BARREL 0 FRAME 16’S — GUN HAS EXCELLENT ORIGINAL VARNISH AND CHECKERING. 14 1/2  1 1/2 X  2 1/2 TO ORIGINAL SILVERS PAD. Price: $3,750.00

 

An amazing weekend, an incredible 20 gauge Boss & Co. O/U shotgun…

A 20 Gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels, Single Trigger, Rising Bite
A 20 Gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels, Single Trigger, Rising Bite

Boss O/Us are impressive shotguns. As one of the most influential designs in shotgun history, they’ve had an incredible impact on modern over unders. In fact, most of the O/Us made today owe a debt to this British design. But that’s not all that makes these O/Us special.

BossS over & unders are also beautifully made. John Robertson was a gunmaker and artists, and the sweeping lines of the stock, the exposed forend iron, and the unique sculpting on the action, make these guns in stunning. The experience and skills that they put into their doubles — especially the SxS and O/Us from  1920-1930s — represent the apex of  the trade and are almost extinct today.

A 20 Gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels, Single Trigger, Rising Bite
A 20 Gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels, Single Trigger, Rising Bite

Boss made around 450 of their “Vertical Guns,” so handling and inspecting one is a memorable event for a shotgun fanatic like myself. Having the chance to do this with four of them, including two that have never been fired, is extraordinary. But that’s exactly what I had happen a couple Saturdays ago.

A friend of mine invited us over to view part of his collection. Along with a couple minty 12 gauges by Purdey & Woodward, he also showed us his Boss O/Us. At one point, we had Boss O/U in 16 gauge, 20 gauge, 28 gauge, and .410 lined up in front of us. That’s a once-in-a- lifetime site, and the I’m grateful for the chance to see it.

This little Boss was one of the highlights. Being a 20 gauge Boss O/U from the 1930s, it’s a rare shotgun. Add in the 28″ barrels, Boss single trigger, and Boss rising-bite style action and you have  an insanely rare double. The fact that I had the chance to take a long, close look at it and raise it to my shoulder many times made the weekend incredibly special.

Boss O/Us in .410, 28g, 20g, & 16g
Boss O/Us in .410, 28g, 20g, & 16g

Great duck gun alert: a 12 gauge Browning BSS with 28″ barrels…

12 gauge Browning BSS, Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels
12 gauge Browning BSS, Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels

When it comes to duck hunting, pumps and autoloaders are the shotguns you’re most likely to share space with in a blind. If you do see a double, it’s probably an O/U working. So if you prefer side-bys-sides, you may think you don’t have any options.

Fortunately you do, and  this Browning BSS is one of them. It’s also about as good a duck gun as you’ll ever find. With 28″ barrels, a reliable single trigger, and enough beef to soak up heavy rounds, it can deliver the medicine to just about anything you can decoy in.

12 gauge Browning BSS, Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels
12 gauge Browning BSS, Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels

Wondering about steel shot? Don’t worry. From what I’ve been told, the barrels on a Browning BSS should be fine with steel loads in the smaller shot sizes. Just be sure the chokes are open enough to handle it (I’ve been told that Modified is as tight as you should go).

Here’s more about this shotgun from the seller:

12 gauge Browning BSS Side-by-Side Double-Barrel Shotgun: 28″ Mod & Full 3″ chambers, single select trigger, ejectors, Beavertail, Pistol Grip, Excellent Condition with Light Blue Wear, Light Handling Marks. 7lb 10oz X 2 3/8 X 1 1/2 X 14 1/4. Price: $1,295.00

12 gauge Browning BSS, Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels
12 gauge Browning BSS, Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels

Auction alert: a nice 16g Fox Sterlingworth with 28″ barrels…

16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrels Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrels Side-by-Side Shotgun

Fox Sterlingworths are the gateway drug of vintage doubles. A Sterly was my first side-by-side, and I was hooked on doubles forever once I shots a few pheasant with it.

The A.H. Fox Company started making Sterlingworths around 1910. The company offered them right up to its end. In that time, these shotguns were one of America’s best buys. Rugged and reliable, they came in all sorts of configurations – from the Standard model you see here to a Sterlingworth Wildfowl and Sterlingworth Brush models.

16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrels Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrels Side-by-Side Shotgun

This 16 gauge would be perfect as is for grouse and woodcock. But be warned: If you buy it, you’re a big step closer to an addiction to old doubles.

Here’s a more about it from the seller:

Fox Sterlingworth 16GA Double Barrel Shotgun#368593: The 28″ bores are are excellent with 2 5/8″ chambers. No dents. There is a patch under the barrels, in front of the forend with light surface pitting. There are a few other spots of even lighter corrosion. This is a non-ejector gun. The pull is about 14 1/8″. There are no chips or cracks in the wood. It is excellent mechanically and test fired OK.

16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrels Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrels Side-by-Side Shotgun

Check out this real nice 28 gauge by John Wilkes…

28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Nice British 28 gauge side-by-sides are hard to find.  So when I saw this one by John Wilkes, I had to check it out. It’s special for a couple reasons: First there’s the 28″ barrels. Then there’s the longish stock (14 1/2″ LOP over a leather pad). Coming in third is the shotgun’s beautiful wood and excellent overall condition.

Here’s more about the shotgun from the dealer’s listing:

John Wilkes Boxlock, 28 bore, 2 1/2″ chambers, 28″ original fluid steel barrels with original London Nitro proof of 5/8 oz., choked IC and Mod.,  5 lbs. 1 oz., 14 1/2″ LOP over a leather pad, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/8″ DAH, neutral cast, English scroll engraving with the maker’s name in banner on the sides of the action, straight grip, splinter forend, double triggers, rib engraved “John Wilkes, 1 Lower St. James St., Golden Square, London”, concave game rib, automatic safety with “SAFE” in silver, Greener crossbolt, highly figured walnut. Completed in 1912. Excellent condition showing about 60% case color remaining. Comes with a high quality leather luggage case and a maker’s label. Price: $10,950.00

28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge John Wilkes Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Good gun alert: 20 gauge Fox Sterlingwortm 28″, ejectors…

20 gauge A.H. Fox side-by-side, 28" bbls, ejectors
20 gauge A.H. Fox side-by-side, 28″ bbls, ejectors

Looking for a vintage American shotgun for grouse and woodcock? Then I would call about this little A.H. Fox 20 gauge Sterlingworth side-by-side right away.

Cabela’s has it and it just popped up on Gunsinternational.com. With 28″ barrels, ejectors, and some nice original finish, it’s a tough double to find. The price is pretty fair, too. If you’re looking for a vintage American shotgun to use on grouse and woodcock, I would call about this one right away.

20 gauge A.H. Fox side-by-side, 28" bbls, ejectors
20 gauge A.H. Fox side-by-side, 28″ bbls, ejectors
20 gauge A.H. Fox side-by-side, 28" bbls, ejectors
20 gauge A.H. Fox side-by-side, 28″ bbls, ejectors

Auction Alert: Fox, Ithaca & FN/Browning…

Good guns! Some nice double barrel shotguns are coming up to auction of the next few weeks. Here are couple side-by-sides and over-and-unders that caught my eye:

Fox A grade 20 gauge double barrel shotgun
Fox A grade 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

A.H. Fox Grade CE, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, mfg. 1927

A.H. Fox Grade A, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″, mfg. 1930

Fabrique Nationale & Arms 28 Ga. O/U Shotgun

Ithaca Classic Doubles 4E 20 Gauge Shotgun

Big prices for Parkers at Julia’s Spring ’09 Auction…

The James D. Julia Auction Company started their spring 2009 firearms auction yesterday, 3/16. Even though the economy stinks, there’s still money out there for good double barrel shotguns.

Several nice Parkers brought big money, although many of them missed their pre-sale estimates. This nice 20g A-1 Special with 32″ bbls hammered down at $95,000 (plus a 15% buyer’s premium). That’s a lot, but quite a bit below the auctioneer’s $120,000 – $150,000 estimate. While the gun is one of just a few 20g A-1 Specials Parker made, it had been “restored” some (reblued barrels, refinished wood) and that hurt it’s value.

This Parker AAHE 20g was another nice gun that went for big money, but failed to reach its low end estimate. The bidding on this one ended at $55,000, just under the pre-sale estimate of $60,000 – $90,000. The bbl and wood on this one had also been refinished – something the big spenders do not like to see.

One nice Parker that did beat its low-end estimate was was this very cool 28g CHE . This gun went to a buyer for $48,000 against an estimate of $30,000 – $60,000. Why did it do well? On top of being a small bore with very unique monte-carlo-style straight gripped stock, it’s excellent original condition. Parker CHE 28 gauge double barrel side by side shotgun at Julia's 2009 spring auctionAlmost all of the original barrel blue and color case hardening are present and the wood looks right too. And when it comes to guns, condition is king. Auction after auction has proven that buyers will pay a fat premium for it.

That being said, this Parker GHE 28g went for $48,000, just shy of it’s low-end estimate of $50,000. This gun was in fantastic, all original condition – pretty much new all around with all its blueing, color-case hardening, and wood finish – and it had great wood and a solid provenance. Parker GHE 28 gauge side by side shotgunEven though it’s a gun I would give my pinkies to own, I think there’s a simple reason it failed to blast past the estimate: the estimate was just too high. Prices for nice Parkers have skyrocket over the last few years. In the case of this gun, I think the auctioneer was bit too hopeful of what this gun was worth today.

On the more affordable side, a few nice Parkers did sell for under $5,000. This damascus-barreled 12g GH went for $2,750 – not a bad price considering all the original condition it had. Parker 12 gauge GH grade double barrel shotgunA gun like this would be a nice place for a new Parker fan to start building a collection.

Julia’s auction continues today, with lots of Colts and other stuff coming up. I’ll report back soon with info on other American doubles along with info on some British stuff, including a Rigby .450 double rifle and beautiful set of Purdey percussion guns.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, let me know.

Gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

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