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

A.A. Brown 20g Super De Luxe Sidelock SxS Shotgun
A.A. Brown 20g Super De Luxe Sidelock SxS Shotgun

A.A. Brown 20g Super De Luxe Sidelock SxS Shotgun: The Supreme De Luxe self-opening sidelock ejector by A.A. Brown & Sons is only made bespoke and is “best quality” in every sense.  The Supreme De Luxe is based on the well proven H&H type bar-action sidelock with ABAS’ distinct shape; a semi-rounded action body with double beads hand-filed into the bar and complemented by slightly domed lock plates. In addition, the action has ribbed cocking indicators, disk-set strikers, charcoal blued pins and pegs, gilded lock work for corrosion resistance, two triggers, and an automatic safety with the word “SAFE” inlaid in gold.  Completed in 2002 this Supreme De Luxe was engraved by the very well-known and highly regarded (and now retired) Keith Thomas in the maker’s house pattern bouquet and scroll with the maker’s name inside unfurled banners. On the bottom of the action fine scroll surrounds a game scene of a woodcock flying among timber above the words “Supreme De Luxe” engraved below the game scene’s vignette.
The subtle roundness of the lock plates and action body continues through the drop points and wrist of the nicely figured walnut stock contributing to how good these ABAS guns feel in the hands. The stock has a 15 9/16” LOP over a checkered butt paired with a “Woodward” style pistol grip. Originally made for a left-hand shooter, the guard bow edge is rolled on its left side, but the triggers and stock are now filed and cast for a right-hand shooter. The stock oval carries the initials: V.V.   The splinter forend has an Anson push rod and is slightly elongated giving the gun a sleek profile and allowing for the off-hand arm to stretch out a bit. The forend and pistol grip have a flat-top checkering, a very specialized skill and something not often seen on today’s best quality guns, with Mullered borders. The chopper-lump barrels are just over 30” and proofed in Birmingham in 1999 with 2 3/4” chambers. Each barrel is precisely bored at .615” with .007” choke in the right and .014” choke in the left. The Supreme De Luxe also incorporates an H&H style self-opening mechanism mounted to the bottom of the barrels under the forend.   The gun was specially commissioned to be built as a 20g on a slightly larger 16g frame for volume shooting, yet the gun weighs a lively 6 lbs. 2.6 oz.  The gun is finished with a traditional color hardened action body, lock plates, and forend iron and blacked furniture and complete in a vintage oak & leather case refitted for this gun and relined in a green baize with a maker’s leather trade label. Price: $49,000*

Piotti ~ BSEE ~ 28 Ga. ~ Side-by-Side shotgun
Piotti ~ BSEE ~ 28 Ga. ~ Side-by-Side shotgun

Piotti ~ BSEE ~ 28 Ga. ~ Side-by-Side shotgun: This Piotti Model BSEE is a side by side shotgun in 28 Ga. It has 29 inch barrels with ejectors and a solid rib. A brass bead front sight. With 2 3/4 inch chambers it has fixed Mod. and Cyl. chokes. Double triggers. The butt stock is a checkered grip deluxe walnut straight grip. The forearm is a checkered grip deluxe walnut beavertail style. The stainless steel receiver is very nicely engraved. Serial Number A059. 28 Gauge Chambers: 2 3/4 inch. Metal Condition: Excellent. Wood Condition: Excellent. A few minor handling marks. Bore Condition: “Clean, bright and shiny. Barrels: 29 inch barrels with ejectors and a solid rib. Triggers: Double. Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 1/2 inch. DAC 1 3/8 inch. DAH 2 inch. Fore End: Checkered grip deluxe walnut beavertail style. Butt Pad: Checkered butt stock end. Weight: 5 Lb. 9 Oz. Sights: Brass bead front sight. Chokes: Fixed Mod. and Cyl. Price: $22,999.99*

LC SMITH~LONG RANGE~12 GAUGE~SxS~Shotgun
LC SMITH~LONG RANGE~12 GAUGE~SxS~Shotgun

LC SMITH~LONG RANGE~12 GAUGE~SxS~Shotgun: Hunter Arms LC Smith Field Grade Long Range 12 gauge shotgun. The LC Smith has 32″ barrels measuring .685 at the muzzle and accepts 3″ shells. The shotgun was manufactured in 1929 and is in excellent shape. The wood is free of cracks and while the finish has darkened some it still presents very well with great checking on the pistol grip and splinter front. The metal condition is excellent, and the case-hardening still shows bright. The length of pull on the front trigger is 14″ and 13″ on the rear. The stock has not been cut, and it retains the original steel cap. Gun locks up tight and functions as it should. 12 Gauge. Price: $2,999.99*

Petrik 16 ga Over&Under~ Only 5lbs. 14 oz. and is 2 3/4" proofed ~ Ribless with double triggers
Petrik 16 ga Over&Under~ Only 5lbs. 14 oz. and is 2 3/4″ proofed ~ Ribless with double triggers

Petrik 16 ga Over&Under~ Only 5lbs. 14 oz. and is 2 3/4″ proofed ~ Ribless with double triggers: Boxlocks – These French guns are the bases for the Remington model 32 but like most guns from the French are much more refined and balanced than the American version. Light, simple, elegant, and strong. What is not to like? Only 5lbs. 14 oz. and is 2 3/4″ proofed ~ Ribless with double triggers! Serial Number: 1181 Ejectors: No Barrels: 26 5/8″
Barrel Type: Steel Action: Boxlock Gauge: 16 gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 7/16″ Stock Cast: 1/4″
LOP: 13 5/8″ Weight: 5lbs 14ozs Choke Left: .005 lower Choke Right: .022″ upper Proof:Nitro: 2 3/4″ Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .024″ Lower barrel Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .025″ Upper barrel. Price: $2,400*

BERETTA - Model 410 - 20ga 27" IM / F SxS Boxlock Shotgun
BERETTA – Model 410 – 20ga 27″ IM / F SxS Boxlock Shotgun

BERETTA – Model 410 – 20ga 27″ IM / F SxS Boxlock Shotgun: 1956 – Beretta – Model 410 – 20ga, 2-3/4″, 27″ IM / F (.025 / .033) Extractors, Rib Extension Third Bite, Totally Hand Engraved, Double Triggers – Front Articulated, Prince of Wales Grip, LOP 14-1/8″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight – 5 lbs. 11 oz. Excellent Condition – Shot Very Little and Very Tight. Clearly used very little. Gun is about 95% showing some minor cosmetic handling marks and light scratches. Pad is vintage but still soft. The 410 is one grade higher than the 409 Silver Hawk of the same era – more engraving, better wood, more and finer checkering. Price: $2,250*

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Speaking of color-case hardening. What is it? How’s it done?

Last week I put up this post about re-coloring old doubles: Restore it or wreck it? Thoughts on making old guns look new again…

This week I realized something: A lot of folks may not know what color-case hardening or how old-school gunmakers did it (and do it). Fortunately there this video: A.A.Brown & Sons Processes – Colour Case Hardening (same as what you see above).

To learn more about what color-case hardening does and why gunmakers do it, read this article: Colour-case hardening: the last word in form.

A.A.Brown & Sons Processes - Colour Case Hardening
A.A.Brown & Sons Processes – Colour Case Hardening