Normally, I’m not a big fan of these guns. Most of them are way overpriced. But this is just $3,799.99 – a lot of money, but not much when it comes to 21s. It also has 30″ barrels and double triggers. In my book, those are two more reasons to like it.
Double rifles are just plain cool. But while have a huge “wow” factor, most have three things that stink about them: Their recoil will knocks your teeth loose, their ammo costs a fortune, and their arm-aching weight makes them a PIA to carry all day.
This rare boxlock Holland & Holland DR coming up in a couple weeks at James D. Julia Auctions’ Spring 2015 sale has none of those problems. It’s all “wow,” and a fantastic little double rifle you can really use.
It’s a 30-30, so the recoil is mild and ammo is inexpensive. And because it weighs just 6lbs 10 oz, carrying it all day would be easy. With it’s ghost-ring peep sight and shotgun-like handling, it just might be the ultimate rifle for northern New England deer hunting.
HOLLAND & HOLLAND .30-30 BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH EXTRA .410 BARRELS AND CASE: SN 17638. (ca 1899) Cal. 30-30 and .410. 3″ Chambers. 24″ Dovetailed 30-30 rifle bbls with partially file cut flat full length rib, are fitted with screwed-on ghost ring rear peep and gold bead front sight in ramp. Tops of bbls are engraved “Holland & Holland 98 New Bond Street. London.” and “Winners of All The “Field Rifle Trials” London.” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs with no caliber information. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SNs. 26″ Dovetailed .410 bbls with flat matted rib are engraved “Griffin & Howe Inc.” and “New York” on tops. There are 1″ triangles of Germanic scroll engraving at breech ends. Bbl flats are stamped with German nitro proofs for .410 and 12mm, with the proof date of 9/35. Bottoms of bbls are stamped “Krupp – Laufstahl” and bottom of right bbl is engraved “Made in Germany”. Small boxlock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, and a Miller single non-selective trigger. Action is engraved with 60% coverage well cut open shaded scroll. “Holland & Holland” is on each side of action. Bottom of action is engraved “Patent Ejector”. Steel trigger guard has scroll engraving on bow, and SN on tang, which extends to engraved steel grip cap. Nicely marbled and lightly fiddle figured European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 13-7/8″ over ribbed composition buttplate, and features classically shaped shadow line right hand cheekpiece, drop points, point pattern checkering with mullered borders at grip, and a gold circle engraved “H. C. P.” on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. 30-30 Rifle bbls: Drop at heel: approx 3-1/4″, drop at comb: approx 1-7/8″. Weight: 6 lbs 10 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. .410 Bbl set: Bore diameter at muzzles: left -.373, right -.386. Minimum wall thickness: left -.040, right -.039. Drop at heel: 2-7/8″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight: 4 lbs 10 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. A & F marked leather motor case is embossed on top. Interior is lined in burgundy cloth and contains 3-pc aluminum and plastic “Tri-Pak” cleaning rod, a leather wallet containing pull-through cleaning kit, along with brushes and mop,and a pair of .410 snap caps.
CONDITION: Excellent, as refinished. Rifle bbls retain nearly all of a fine satin re-black, engraving slightly softened, rear sight dovetail plugged. Shotgun bbls retain approx 95% of their orig blue, with some spotting, rubs, and silvering. Action retains traces of case color, and is mostly pewter gray. Stocks retain nearly all of an old oil refinish, considerably rounded at sharp edges, and a fairly large piece of new wood has been inlet at top of grip into comb. Checkering is good, and does not appear to have been re-cut at grip, but has been freshened on forend. All bores are excellent, rifling sharp throughout. Action is a bit loose with rifle bbls. (Tight with shotgun bbls) Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. Case leather is excellent with a few rubs and scratches. Handle and straps are excellent. Interior cloth is excellent with some rubs. Snap caps are corroded. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000
Here’s an interesting idea: Take a 12 gauge Browning BSS Sporter, and add a set of 30″ barrels from Browning’s regular model. The results look like they would make a great target gun, and I’m sure it would be just as nice in a duck blind or a pheasant field. Considering all the work done to it, the price seems very fair, too.
Browning BSS Custom by Art Isaacson with 30″ barrels: On an English Sporter frame. Art took the barrels from a high-gloss pistol-gripped 30″ target model and expertly fit them to a single-selective triggered English stocked Sporter BSS. Semi Beavertail forend. One handling mark on stock (small dimple). Uncut stock fitted with a Browning Sporter hard rubber buttpad, 5/8″ thick. LOP is 14 1/2″, DAC is 1 5/8″, DAH is 2 1/2″. With 7 custom fitted thin-wall Briley chokes (2-SK1, IC, LT MOD, MOD, IMOD, Full). This is a one-of-a-kind Art Issacson original. The gun is 99%, tight as new. It was set up to be a classic SxS Sporting Clays gun. Price:$2300
In his book Parker Guns: The Old Reliable, Ed Muderlak said something like “Parker shotguns aren’t rare. But Parker shotguns with lots original condition are.” Ed was right- of course. I live within a couple hours of a few large gun shops. These shops always have a few Parker on their racks. But rarely are these shotguns very original.
Original condition is everything to collectors, and that’s why Parkers like the one you see here drives them crazy. Made in 1923, it’s a 20 gauge G.H. with unusual 30″ barrels and what looks like a ton of original condition.
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS: RIGHT BARREL BORE .616 CHOKE .011 IMPROVED CYLINDER, LEFT BARREL BORE .618 CHOKE .022 IMPROVED MODIFIED, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, TWIN IVORY SIGHT BEADS, O FRAME, 14 1/4″ LENGTH OF PULL OVER DOGS HEAD BUTTPLATE, DROP 1 1/2″- 2 3/4″, 98% BARREL BLUE, 95% TRIGGER GUARD BLUE, 85% CASE COLOR, WOOD FINISH EXCELLENT, NICE TIGHT AND CRISP PARKER. PRICE: $10,999
A lot of side-by-side fans don’t know this, but up until World War 2, the Ithaca Gun Co. was one of the most successful shotguns makers in the US , and probably in the world. The company made several different models of side-by-sides up until then, and the Flues was one of their most popular.
Introduced in 1908 and made until 1926 (when it was replaced by the NID)m Ithaca made 223,000+ Flues shotguns. Of those, the one you see here has to be one of the rarest. Not only is it a graded 20 gauge, but it also has ejectors, 30″ barrel, and a ton of original condition.
It’s up for auction now on Gunbroker.com and the listing ends on 11/12/2013 @ 12:34:10 PM ET. You probably won’t see another one like it again, so if you like it, bid on it now. Here’s more about it from the seller:
Ithaca Flues Grade 3E 20 gauge. A great example of early Ithaca engraving. Serial number has this gun being manufactured in 1920. 30″ barrels, 2 1/2″ chambers, ejectors and it’s choked tight mod/tight mod with FULLY TAPERED CHOKES FROM THE FACTORY!!! The right barrel measures .605 with a .17 (.588) constriction at choke. The left barrel measures .605 with a .16 (.589)constriction at choke. The wood has beautiful figure, the case color is approximately 70%-75% intact and the bluing is 97%. The LOP is 14 1/8″. Drop @ Comb is 1 1/2″ and drop @ heel is 2 3/4″.