Holland & Holland is one the UKs oldest and most famous gunmakers. In this video by TGS Outdoors, Simon Reinhold, Holts Head of Operations, talks about the maker and goes over some guns that came up in Holts 2021 auction.
Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of my favorite modern SxSs. Connecticut Shotgun’s RBL are solid, well made shotguns, and they’re built on one of the most reliable shotgun designs ever created: the Anson & Deeley boxlock action.
This 20g RBL Launch Edition is on Gunbroker.com now with No Reserve. It ends tomorrow, 7/25/2021, @ 7:59 PM. Here’s more info about it from the seller:
Make: Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. Co. / Galazan
Model: RBL Launch Edition
Serial Number: RBL000511
Year of Manufacture: 2005-2010
Gauge: 20 Gauge 2 3/4″ Shells
Action Type: Boxlock Side-by-Side SXS, Top Break, Dual Trigger Shotgun with Ejectors
Markings: The top of the right barrel is marked “CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG. NEW BRITAIN CT. U.S.A.”, the top of the left is marked “RBL LAUNCH EDITION 20ga. 2 3/4”, each chamber and the top-rear of the rib have a foliate scroll motif. The left barrel flat is marked “511”, the right “RBL / PROOF”. The water table is marked “RBL000511” and “MADE IN USA MODEL RBL / CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG. / NEW BRITAIN, CONN.”, the top tang is marked “RBL000511”, the bottom of the trigger plate is marked “RBL” on banner. The receiver, trigger plate, guard, base of the forend iron, and lever have beautiful foliate scroll engraving with fine matting in the negative spaces.
Barrel Length: 28”, Solid-Rib
Choke: The barrels are threaded for RBL choke tubes with Improved Cylinder installed on both barrels. Also included are Full, Modified, and Improved Modified.
Sights / Optics: There is a brass bead at the front of the rib.
Weight: 6 lb., 2 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered select black American walnut with a capped pistol grip, straight comb and serrated black hard rubber buttplate. There are some spots of dark discoloration on the pistol grip cap. There are a few marks on the top rear corners of the forend. The diamond on the bottom of the forend has some marks into the edges. The bottom of the forend has some wear on the rear edge with a tiny hairline crack on the right side, not even 1/8″. The buttstock has a few light compressions and a couple scuffs. There are a couple little tiny dings and a couple of hairline scratches, the most noticeable is on the left side by the heel. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 14 1/4″ and 13 1/4″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the pad, 14″ and 13″ to the back of the wood. The pate has some light wear. Drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2″, drop at heel 2 1/8″. The cast is about neutral. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & French Gray
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion in the bores.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The barrels, forend iron and receiver have very light operational wear on the bearing surfaces, concealed when assembled. There are a few light marks on the barrels and rib. The barrel has some faint mottled thinning and discoloration at the front, most noticeable on the bottom of the right barrel. The bottom tang has some little spots of dark discoloration and fingerprinting. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly including the ejectors. The barrels lock up with no play to the receiver. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Amoskeag Auction Company has this great little Orvis / Arrieta Uplander in their No. 130 Featuring Fine Collectible Arms sale on Saturday, June 5, starting at 9:00 AM Eastern.
I’ve always liked these guns. I think they’re great looking birds guns and great values.
(BTW: Sorry I don’t have more pics to post, but the auctioneer only posted the two I’ve used here. Why? I have no idea.)
Lot 45. An Orvis Custom Uplander Sidelock Smallbore Double Ejectorgun by Arrieta: Serial #57-03-100-00, 28 ga., 28” barrels choked improved cylinder and modified with excellent bores. The barrels retain 99% original deep blue with some light border engraving at the breeches and tight matting along the rib. The locks and frame retain 98-99% original blue with very slight thinning and some small blemishes, the locks have multiple fine lines engraved around the borders with geometric patterns on the screw heads and hinge pin. The checkered straight grip walnut buttstock and forend are very good, there is a small hairline crack on each side of the forend at the frame and some lightly-added varnish on the forend and around the locks. The figure is quite nice and the butt has been skip-line checkered, the length-of-pull is 14 3/8” with drops of 1 1/4” and 1 7/8”. The gun also features double triggers, 2 3/4” chambers, the butt is cast-on, there are dial-style cocking indicators and the ejectors are robust. ESTIMATE: $2000-$3000
Alderfer Auction in Hatfield, PA, is holding a Firearms & Ammunition Sale next week on Tuesday, 5/11.
While most of the shotguns in the sale are semi-autos or pumps, there are few OUs and some SxSs, including a decent looking 16 guage Sauer and this 20 gauge Fox A grade–which looks like a good shooter.
Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun: 20ga. 30″ bbls. 2 3/4″ chambers. IC/Mod chokes. SN 202360. 95% reblue finish on barrels shows light handling with small areas of light freckling and small area of oxidation 1″ from muzzle on under side of right barrel, good bores, gray with traces of case color full coverage engraved receiver, ejectors, checkered wood stock and forearm show light handling. LOP 14 1/4″ front trigger, 13 1/4″ rear trigger. Very good condition. 21-384. (C&R)
Here’s your chance to get a great deal on one of the best bird guns Beretta has built. Connecticut Firearms Auctions has this Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun in their Spring Firearms Auction. The auction starts on Saturday, April 10, 2021 @ 1pm EST.
In the 1930s, Beretta introduced its first Over Under — or Sovroposto — shotgun. Beretta’s SO shotguns were sidelocks and they utilized the company’s version of Woodward’s low-profile, OU design.
After WW2, Beretta introduced a boxlock version of their SOs, These guns came in at least three models (ASE, ASEL, and ASEELL). They locked up like Beretta SO-series shotguns and ones made after 1960 came with Boehler Antinit steel barrels. Basically they were top quality doubles at more affordable prices.
This one looks like it’s in nice shape — even though some knucklehead ported the barrels.
Lot 112: Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun chambered for 2 3/4″ or 3″ 20 gauge: Serial: 16465 With code XII dating this to 1956, the 28″ vent ribbed and ported single bead barrels have been threaded with removable chokes. Chokes that come with this gun installed appear to be skeet and skeet. The receiver with single trigger is completely engraved and is dressed in a nicely checkered light walnut stock and forend. Bottom barrel ejector sticks otherwise overall condition is excellent with mirror bores and just a few minor marks from use. Ships to FFL and C&R only. Measurements: Bore Diameter @ 9″ from muzzle O= .627 U= .629 Wall Thickness @ 9″ from muzzle = .038 (Both) LOP @ Heel= 13 9/16″ LOP @ Toe= 13 5/8″ Choke: O=.625 U=.627 Drop @ Comb = 1 1/2″ Drop @ Heel = 2 1/8″ Weight= 5.4 lbs Estimate: $2,000 – $4,000
At the start of this year, I had a feeling at the gun market was picking up again. I asked some dealers, checked with some friends, and they said they said the same thing: “Demand’s back!”
That’s when I put up this post:
A year ago, I wouldn’t have imagined this boxlock selling for more $4500. But guess what, it sold for $8000 a few weeks ago:
Guns aren’t the only things that are hot, either. The New York Times just reported that all sorts of collectibles are booming, from Rolexes to Nikes:
So if you’ve been thinking selling some guns, now’s the time to do it.
Turn them into cash today.
Wondering where to sell your guns — or any other collectibles — and how to get the best prices for them? I can help.
Learn how. Drop me an email at: Gregg@DogsandDoubles.com
This nice looking 16g AYA shotgun is on Gunbroker.com now. It’s listed at NO RESERVE and the sale ends Wednesday, 3/24/2021 @ 3:21 PM EST.
The seller’s calling this side-by-side a No. 2, which AYA says is its “affordable sidelock double gun”. To me, it looks like a great grouse gun. It has a longish length of pull (14 3/4″) and it weighs just 5lbs 13oz. If I were bidding on it, I would ask for some more pics and info on it — specifically, I would want to see the proof marks, and I would want to know if the gun is tight, on the face and fully functional. I would also want to know if there are any issues with the barrels (bulges, dents, repairs).
I would ask about seller’s inspection/return policy, too. Sellers should give you 3 days to inspect a gun and allow you to return it within that timeframe if it has issues.
I’ve always heard good things about AYAs. Michael Yardley reviewed an AYA No. 1 for The Field back in 2008 and liked it. I guess the No. 2 is one step down from that gun.
AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun: 28” barrels. 14 3/4 LOP. Choked at IC/M. 5 lbs 13oz’s. Balances and swings great. Costs 8k new ! FREE SHIPPING.
BTW: The same seller is also offering this 20g AYA No. 3, which is worth checking out.
Lot 113: BERETTA 686 ONYX PRO, SN U23336S: 20 GA 3 INCH, 28 IN BARREL SHOTGUN & 28 GA 2 3/4 INCH, 28 IN BARREL, FIELD COMBO, 2 BARREL SET, 9 TOTAL CHOKE TUBES, WITH CUSTOM LOCKING CASE (CASE CODE 427), 28 IN BARREL.
If I had to name the best SxS bargain out there, I would say “12g British Boxlock Non-Ejectors”, especially ones like the double you see here.
Montrose Auction Inc has this one by Charles Osborne. It’s coming up today in their firearms auction, and if it’s good, shootable shape, it may be worth chasing.
Even those these guns are 12 gauges, most of them weigh around 6 3/4 pounds and handle better than a lot of American SxS costing many times more
Charles Osborne opened a shop at at 1 Litchfield Street, Birmingham in 1838. The company was around until 1957.
This side-by-side was probably made before WW1. It looks like a standard Anson & Deeley boxlock — which is a good thing. The A&D boxlock is one of the best actions ever invented.
Lot 242: Charles Osborne Boxlock SxS Shotgun 12ga: Serial # 59518 Good to very good overall condition. 2 1/2″ chambers, modified/full chokes, 14 1/8″ LOP. Barrel 30″.
I just put this nice, original Boss & Co leather shotgun case on Ebay. The auction started at $1 and there’s NO RESERVE on it. The listing ends this Wednesday, 2/24, @ 10:00PM EST.
Boss & Co, London, genuine leather shotgun case for 2-barrel set: Made for a 12g SxS with 2 sets of barrels. Good leather and stitching throughout. Missing 1 exterior corner bumper (see pics). No straps. Handle is tight & secure. Brass locking clasp work great (NO KEY THOUGH). Barrel compartments are 29” long. Stock compartment is 21” long.
Welcome to another round of original or redone! I asked the same questions about this 20g GHE the other day. The answer was “all original”.
What do you think about this 28g Parker GHE SKEET gun?
At first glance, this old SxS looks pretty original. But when you look closer and do a little research, that changes.
Parker records show this double was made in 1936 with a beavertail forend, single trigger, 26″ barrels, and ejectors. The records also say it was made with an English-style straight-grip stock. As you can see, it now has a pistol-grip stock. Problem? Maybe.
Markings on the barrels that show the gun went back to Parker in 1937 for repairs. Did Parker restock it at that time? If they did restock, the stock looks barely used — unlike the barrels and the back of the triggerguard.
Turnbull Restorations confirmed they recolored the action. They may have reblued the triggerguard, too. The blueing on the barrels looks good, but it may have been redone (if you’re recoloring the action, why not reblue the bbls, too?).
That red bead on the front of the bbls is another head scratcher. It could be original Parker did offer those red beads as options back when this gun was made.
Regardless of originality this gun still hammered down for almost $26,000. Why? Because it’s scarce, and even though it’s not all original it’s still a nice vintage American double.
I’ve always liked beat up, old birds guns, especially ones like this 16g Parker VH that’s on Gunbroker.com right now. This old SxS looks like it spent decades chasing quail behind a couple pointers and making memories.
While it has problems (like a stock that’s cracked in a couple places), the issues I can see can be fixed. If the barrels and the rest of the gun are sound, there’s no reason you can’t take this shotgun back into the field to hunt again.
Parker Bros VH, 16 Gauge, 0 Frame, 26″ Barrels, No Reserve: Sights: Front Bead, Choke: Improved and Modified, Chamber: 2 1/2 Inches, Stock: LOP: 13″ – 14″ (Dual Triggers), DAH: 2 5/8 Inches, DAC: 1 5/8 Inches, Weight: 6.0 lbs, Serial Number: 157060. Additional Features: Barrel, receiver, and forend all have matching serial numbers. Original factory buttplate. Automatic safety. Overall Condition: Good -Several small cracks throughout the wrist. Bore Condition: Good Finish Condition: Good Mechanical Condition: Good
[Absolutely nuts!] was what my friend’s text said.
He was talking about an early 20g Belgian Browning Superposed with case in Rock Island Auction’s last sale. The OU had just hammered down for $7,000 ($8,050 all in) against an estimate of $2,000 – $3,000.
High prices popped up throughout the sale. A This refinished 20g A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun sold for a total of $3450 (estimate was $800 – $1,300).
And this Arrieta La Paloma Sidelock 28 Gauge Shotgun with Case brought $4,888 with the premium. Estimate? $2,750 – $4,250.
Rock Island wasn’t the only place where prices were strong. On Gunbroker.com, this 12g Fox Sterlingworth sold for $3,650.
So what does this pop in demand mean? It means if you have guns (or gun-related items like cases), now’s the time to turn them into cash.
The market for many SxSs and OUs has been sluggish, especially for 12 gauges and shooter-grade guns. A lot of people have been sitting on the sidelines, waiting for interest to return.
From what I’m seeing, that interest is back, and it’s driving more demand — and higher prices — for these guns.
If you’re looking to sell and wondering about the best ways to do it, leave me a comment or send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve advised people on how to get absolute top dollar for everything from high-grade Charles Dalys and Parker DHE Skeet guns to Woodward OUs and some of the finest (and most valuable) Bosses to hit the market in the last 15 years.
Genuine leather Abercrombie & Fitch VC leather shotgun case. No Reserve. Ends Tomorrow, 2/9, 7pm EST
- Made in England
- Excellent leather and stitching throughout, no rot, tears, or funky odors
- Handle is secure
- Brass locking clasps work great (NO KEY THOUGH)
- Barrel compartment measures 30” long, 1 7/8” wide at the muzzle, 2 1/2” wide at the breech
- Stock compartment is 20” long
- Set up for 12g snap caps
Here’s your chance to get a deal on a nice looking Garbi shotgun. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction ends Sunday, 2/7/2021, @ 7:59 PM.
The 101 was Garbi’s entry level shotgun, and it’s a true sidelock with ejectors and chopperlump barrels. Even though the stock is a bit short (13 1/2″ LOP) and the seller says there are a few cracks in the wood, these issues are fixable with a pad and a little repair work.
Armas Garbi William Larkin Moore 101 Sidelock 28″ 16 GA SXS Shotgun, 1998: Serial Number: 27_03_059_98, Year of Manufacture: 1998 (Q2 Date Code), Gauge: 16, 2 ¾” Shells, Action Type: Side by Side, Side-Lock, Double Non-Selective Trigger Shotgun with Ejectors. Markings: The top of the right barrel is marked “ARMAS GARBI SPAIN.”, the top of the left barrel is marked “WILLIAM LARKIN MOORE & CO. WESTLAKE VILLAGE. CA. Ml 101”. The underside of the left barrel is marked with three stars and “17”, the underside of the right barrel is marked with four stars and “17”. Each barrel flat is marked “16-70” in oval,with three proofs on either side of the barrels and “900 bares”. The left barrel flat is also marked “G.A. 27_03_059_98”, the left with “Q*2 1230 gmos”. The inside of the forend is marked “059”. The water table is marked “16-70” in oval on each lug. The left lug is marked with Garbi’s logo and “G.A. 27_03_059_98″, the right with three proof marks. The receiver, sideplates, lever, guard and forend iron have foliate scroll and border engraving. Barrel Length: 28”. Choke: Left: Improved Cylinder, Right: Cylinder, both fixed. Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a steel bead, screwed into the barrel set’s solid rib. Weight: 6 lb., 3.2 oz. Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered select walnut with splinter forend, straight wrist, straight comb and checkered bare butt. The stocks have a few scattered light marks with a more notable scratch on the comb at the heel. There are a couple of tiny cracks at the rear of the top tang and a very thin grain-line crack at a knot on the bottom-right of the forend at the rear. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 13 1/2″ and 12 5/8″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the butt. The butt has light wear at the heel with sharp checkering. The drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2″, drop at heel 2 1/8”. The cast is about neutral. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good-Fine condition. Type of Finish: Blued & Coin. Finish Originality: Original. Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.. Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The coin finish has infrequent minor surface oxidation. The action has minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine condition.. Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The shotgun has double non-selective triggers and selective ejectors. The action closes tightly with no movement. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards. Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
To kick off the new year, Bauer Auction Service in Mattoon, IL, is their General Auction Gun Sales Ring 1 of 2 on this Friday, January 1. Here are a few doubles that caught my eye. Descriptions are from the seller.
Lot 276c: Winchester 21 12 Ga Shotgun: Excellent condition with leather hard case, hard to find pre war mfg, 28″ f/m choke barrels, checkered walnut stock, double triggers, Serial # 1024
Lot 385: Webley & Scott Double 12 Ga Shotgun: Excellent condition, England mfg, case hardened, 28″ barrels, double triggers, ejectors, checkered round knob walnut stock, checkered butt, Serial #140209
Lot 300a: Ithaca 4e 16 Ga Shotgun: Scarce model, excellent condition, mfg 1927, engraved, case hardened,28″ factory vent rib barrels, single trigger, ejectors, fancy walnut & fancy checkered stock, cocking indicators, serial # 447336
Lot 400a: Ah Fox Ce Grade 16 Ga Shotgun: Scarce model, excellent condition,mfg 1925, case hardened, engraved, 28″ barrels, single trigger, ejectors, checkered round knob fancy walnut stock, Serial # 302328
Check’em out. Here are three decent looking Spanish sidelock shotguns coming up at Morphy Auctions Field & Range Firearms – Day 4 sale, which starts Friday, December 18, 2020, @ 10:00 AM EST. There are many other decent looking doubles in the sale, including SxSs & OUs by Ithaca, Parker, Fox (including this 16g Sterlingworth Brush gun), Connecticut Shotgun, Browning, LC Smith, Winchester, and other makers. So if you have the time, it’s worth wading through the listings.
LOT 4353: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN. Arrieta Model 570 side by side shotgun made in Spain and imported by Quality Arms, Houston, Texas. Blued fine steel barrels with smooth concave rib with fixed chokes with ejectors. Silver finished scroll and floral engraved sidelock action with double triggers and automatic safety. Walnut checkered English straight grip stock with checkered wood butt. Walnut checkered splinter forearm with push-button release. Comes in Beretta hard plastic case. CONDITION: 90% overall finish with gun having the appearance of being fired very little. Gun has small handling marks and dings. Perfect bores and mechanics. Case is in good condition. DLM Accessories: Case Barrel Length: 28″ Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Imp Cyl and Cyl Drop at Comb: 1 – 1/2″ Drop at Heel: 2 – 1/4″ FFL Status: Modern Gauge: 20 Bore Length of Pull: 14 -1/4″ Manufacturer: Arrieta Model: 570 Serial Number: 57037511 Weight: 6lbs 2oz
LOT 4354: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 16 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN. Arrieta Model 570 side by side shotgun made in Spain and imported by William Larkin Moore and Company in Scottsdale, Arizona. Fine blued steel barrels with matted rib, bead front sight, ejectors, and fixed chokes. Case hardened sidelock action with full coverage scroll and vignette engraving with engraved barrel lugs with side clips. Gun has double triggers and non-automatic safety. Walnut checkered pistol grip stock with checkered wood butt. Walnut checkered splinter forearm with push-button release. Comes with weather cased Maker’s label canvas trunk with accessories from Jeff’s Outfitters. CONDITION: 95% plus overall with some small usage scratches and some small dings in stock near comb. Gun looks to have been fired very little. Perfect bores with good mechanics. Case in good shape with some small handling marks. DLM Accessories: Case, accessories Barrel Length: 28″ Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Mod and Imp Cyl Drop at Comb: 1 – 1/4″ Drop at Heel: 1 – 7/8″ FFL Status: Modern Gauge: 16 Bore Length of Pull: 14″ Manufacturer: Arrieta Model: 570 Serial Number: 57031912 Weight: 6lb 5.6oz
LOT 4355: CASED AYA 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN. Aguirre y Aranzabal Model XXV side by side shotgun made in Spain circa 1988-1993. Blued fine steel barrels with Churchill rib, bead front sight, ejectors, and fixed chokes. Case hardened sidelock action with full coverage vignette engraved detachable sideplates with double triggers and automatic safety. Walnut checkered English straight grip style stock with raised diamond carving behind locks. Gun comes with added “Kick-EEZ” pad. Walnut checkered splinter forearm with push-button release. Comes in fitted canvas case with weather cover from Jeff’s Outfitters. CONDITION: Overall like new with some light usage scratches and marks. Stock cut for added recoil pad. Gun appears to have been fired very little. Perfect bores and mechanics. Case in great shape with some light handling marks. DLM Accessories: Case Barrel Length: 26″ Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Mod and Imp Cyl Drop at Comb: 1 – 1/4″ Drop at Heel: 2″ FFL Status: Modern Gauge: 20 Bore Length of Pull: 14″ Manufacturer: AYA Model: XXV Serial Number: 602227 Weight: 5lbs 11.6oz
I don’t know what to make of this great looking, 20g ‘Merkel’. It’s lot #2099 in Poulin Auctions Saturday, 12/12, sale.
The first time I saw this OU, I thought it was the real thing. But while it has all the features of the a genuine Merkel 304E — sidelocks, double Purdey-style bolts, double Kersten locks, scroll engraving, ejectors–and it has German nitro proofmarks, it’s actually a clone. A well-made clone, but still a clone.
So who made it? No idea. Did a couple Merkel’s gunmakers sneak parts out the door at lunch and build this gun at home? Maybe. Judging by the gun’s excellent proportions, the way the action is filed up, and great metal-to-metal fit, whoever built it knew what they were doing and probably. Germany was in tough shape after World War 2, and the people there did whatever possible to make money and survive.
If it were a real Merkel 304E, it would be worth $12,000+. Since it’s a clone, it will go for a less and give someone the opportunity to own a nice gun for a lot less money.
BTW: The pics here are a combo of images that I had of this gun and of the images Poulin Auctions posted on its site.
LOT 2099. 20-GAUGE POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK: EJECTOR DOUBLE TRIGGER O/U GAME SHOTGUN IN HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION. Cal. 20 Ga., 3″. S# 30645. Bbls. 27 7/8″ Demi-bloc are fitted with low narrow ventilated rib. Left side of top bbl. engraved “GEBRUDER MERKEL SUHL”. Breech ends are engraved w/ attractively cut, large shaded scroll. Sides bottom bbl. are stamped w/ postwar German nitro proofs for 3″ chambers, choke information & S#. No date mark is found. Case hardened, double Kersten O/U, sidelock, action w/ double underbites & Purdey locking bolt features non-auto safety, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators & double triggers (front articulated). Action is engraved w/ near full coverage, lightly & attractively cut, large shaded scroll within geometric & sm. scroll borders. Bottom of action engraved “GEBRUDER MERKEL” (there is no “GM” logo on breech face). Single beaded blued steel trigger guard engraved to match w/ S# on tang. Nicely streaked European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 15″ over red “Old English” pad. Stock features semi-diamond hand, drop points, & closely spaced point pattern checkering w/ mullered borders. Grip cap is horn, deeply embossed w/ portrait of a “Green Man”. Matching 3-piece slim forend has Deeley release. MEASUREMENTS: BBLS Bottom: Dia – .608. Restriction – .010 (light mod.). Top: Dia. .610. Restriction -.004 (IC). Wall Thickness – Bottom .045. Top .044. STOCK – DAH – 2 3/16″. DAC – 1 5/8-“. Cast very slightly off. LOP – 15”. WEIGHT – 6 lb. 11 oz. CONDITION: very fine. Evidence of only very light field use. Bbls. retaining over 95% original blue w/ only a hint of silver on sharp edges. Action & locks retain over 95% of their original case hardening color w/ only a hint of silver & a few very light marks. Stocks retain nearly all of their original oil finish w/ some added oil on butt w/ installation of relatively new pad. Checkering very lightly worn. Bores are very fine. Action is tight. Bbls. are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. (20-3174/MGM). CURIO. ESTIMATE: $2,500-4,500.
Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of the most reliable and affordable side-by-side shotguns out there. It’s a 20g Browning BSS Sporter. It’s on Gunauction.com now and the listing ends Monday, November 30, @ 7:00pm.
Introduced in 1971, the original Browning BSS was an Anson & Deeley-style boxlock shotgun that combined a proven design with top-quality metals, excellent finishing, and an affordable price.
Standard models came in 12g & 20g with pistol grips, ejectors, single triggers, beavertail forends, and either 26″, 28″, or 30″ barrels. Sporters featured straight grips, 26″ or 28″ barrels, and a half-beavertail forends. Both were made in Japan by Miroku (the same company building Browning’s Citori OU).
In 1983, Browning introduced a sidelock BSS model, also made in Japan by Miroku.
BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION: ORIGINAL BROWNING BLUE FINISH 99.9% CONDITION, ENGRAVED BOXLOCK ACTION, AUTO EJECTORS, SINGLE NON-SELECTIVE TRIGGER , CHECKERED PISTOL GRIP WALNUT STOCK, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM WITH BEAUTIFUL THREE-DIMENSIONAL GRAIN, MECHANICAL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, TIGHT AND CLEAN, IN LIKE NEW CONDITION, 26″ BARRELS SOLID RIB, 14-1/4 LOP W/BUTT PLATE, NON-REMOVABLE CHOKE BORES ARE BOTH FULL, BORES ARE LIKE A MIRROR, 20-GA 2-3/4 AND 3″ CHAMBER, SN# 01857RN168 ALL MATCHING, NO BOX OR MANUAL FOUND.
Here’s another chance to get a great deal on one of the finest all-around upland guns out there. This Beretta 686 Onyx is on Gunbroker.com now. The online auctions ends today, 11/9/2020, @ 1:33 PM.
When I was a kid, I lusted for one of these. I’m certain the guys counter at L.L. Bean’s old hunting store were sick of me asking to see one every time I was in there (which was a lot). Eventually I bought one, and I’ve had a 686 in my safe for 20+ years now. From Maine to Montana, I’ve killed everything from ruffed grouse and huns to pheasants with one, and I’ve never had a mechanical issue of been let down.
Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels. SK, SK, IC, M, F. 3 inch chambers. Single selective trigger. Ejectors. 14 5/8″ LOP factory Beretta pad. 6 lbs 6 oz. Excellent condition and bore.
Here’s your chance to get a deal on an American classic and a great vintage bird gun. For reasons I’ll explain below, this regular looking 12g VH-grade Parker is really a super hard-to-find shotgun. It’s in Gunauction.com now, and it has No Reserve. The listing ends November 1, 2020, @ 5:07pm.
While 12g VH-quality Parkers are easy to find, most of the ones out here weigh around 8 lbs. Some come in at 7.25 – 7.5 lbs. Very few are as light as the one you see here: 6-pounds, 12-ounces.
Why? Because this 12g Parker was built on a 16-gauge action.
On Parkers, each gauge was built on a range of different sized frames (AKA actions). These frame sizes correlated with the gun’s weight.
On hammerless 12-gauges made in the 20th-century, the standard frame was a #2. Lightweight, hammerless 12s from this period were built on 1-1/2 frames. When someone ordered an ultralight model, it came on a #1 frame — the standard frame for 16-gauge Parkers.
PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26″ VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!…MFD 1918: NO RESERVE!! Here’s a Parker Brothers VH Grade Hammerless Side-by-Side 12-gauge shotgun. This gun is built on the light #1 frame and has 26-inch Vulcan fluid steel barrels with 2-3/4″ chambers. It features double triggers, extractor, and automatic safety. Overall condition is very good although the metal finish shows wear and the stocks have been repaired/refinished. The barrels have not been cut and the chokes measure Cylinder (Left/.000″ constriction) and Modified (Right/.019″ constriction). The original finish on the barrels shows handling wear with various small nicks & dings but no dents. The finish is thin at the rear part of the barrels but I’d grade the barrel finish at about 65% overall. The finish on the frame has worn mostly to silver but there is some original case colors visible internally and in the most protected areas (inside the trigger guard, under the top lever). The serial numbered parts are matching and the screws are all nicely timed. The wood is quite sound but has been refinished and the checkering recut in the past. There are a couple of small chips along the upper tang and a small tight crack running back from the rear of the upper tang. A small chip is missing from the toe of the original dog’s head hard rubber buttplate. Length of Pull measures 13-7/8″ to the forward trigger; Drop @ Comb is 1-1/2″; Drop @ Heel is 2-7/8″. Weight is just under 6-pounds, 12-ounces. The mechanics are in good working order and the gun locks up tight with no signs of being off face. The triggers, safety, and extractor all work properly. The gun is just a little stiff to open which should improve with some shooting. The bores are bright and free of pitting, dents of bulges. The barrels “ring” when struck indicating the solder joints are solid. The serial number indicates this Parker VH was manufactured back in 1918. This would make someone a pretty decent vintage upland game gun!