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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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: email@example.com.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
This gun is built on the Anson & Deeley boxlock action, one of the most reliable — and copied — shotguns designs ever created. Armi F.lli Piotti’s interpretation of it is one of the finest out there. New, BSEEs start at $23,150, and to get one like you see here, you’ll spend at least $30,000.
Here’s the auctioneer’s listing:
LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga SN: 8059: Superb quality side-by-side double barrel boxlock shotgun chambered for 2 3/4″ 20 gauge shells, carefully hand crafted in Brescia, Italy circa 1984. Masterfully engraved & signed by noted engraver Maestro Walter Patelli. Imported by William Larkin Moore of Westlake, CA with import information engraved on the underside of the barrel. Configuration: Blued 26″ chopper-lump barrels with fixed improved cylinder/cylinder chokes & matted solid sighting rib, silver bead front sight, automatic ejectors, single trigger, coin finished fancy back receiver featuring exquisite scrolling acanthus engraving with floral highlights, sliding tang safety, knurled top lever, super fine point highly figured black stripe walnut splinter forend with Anson release & inlayed diamond escutcheon, and straight grip shoulder stock with inlayed gold circle escutcheon & leather wrapped recoil pad. Stock dimensions: drop at comb 1 5/16″, drop at heel 1 7/8″, length of pull 14 3/8″ and cast-off approximately 1/4″. Includes a leather wrapped locking trunk case by Nizzoli with factory label and partitioned interior containing a three-piece wood cleaning rod, snap-caps & Fabbri lubricant. The barrels retain approximately 96% of their blued finish showing wear/thinning near the muzzle and scattered handling marks/scratched with no observed finish loss on the receiver. Action is smooth & on-face, the bores are pristine and the oil finished wood stocks are extra fine. Condition in near NRA Excellent. Estimate: $15,000 – $22,500
The sidelock, double-barrel over-under shotgun you seehere is one of the holy grails of British shotguns — and one of the mysteries of British gunmaking. It’s coming up to auction tomorrow, 10/17, and it has an estimated hammer of $25,000.00 – $50,000.
Boss & Co. patented their OU action in 1909. According to the company’s website:
“Robertson did not invent the O/U shotgun, but he created an Over and Under gun that was elegant, shapely, strong and far lighter than any other on the market. Until that time Over and Under guns often hailed from Germany but were heavy and ungainly. But Robertson’s OUs were strong, lively, light and slender, marking the Boss & Co Over and Under as the best on the market as soon as it was introduced. Immediately it set the standard and became the benchmark, a celebrated design that remains unsurpassed.”
Since 1909, Boss & Co. has built around 600 over-under shotguns. Very, very few of them were built with a feature that’s on the gun being auctioned off tomorrow: A Boss-style rising-bite action.
No one knows how many OUs Boss built with its rising-bite style action. The feature appears around 1920 and shows up on 12-gauges and 20-gauges through the ’30s (here it is on a gun they built in 1937). I’ve never seen it on a Boss OU built after WW2 (Note: Boss & Co just started building rising-bite actions again and completed one in the last year or so).
But Boss never patented their version of the rising bite. I’ve never seen any evidence that the company promoted this feature or offered it as an upgrade or an option. From what I can tell, it just appears on certain guns and then disappears.
One thing to note: While this gun was originally nitro-proofed with 2 3/4″ chambers for 1 1/4 – ounce loads, it wasn’t made to shoot modern, high-pressure/high-velocity shells. So if you buy it, do the gun a favor and use ammo like this.
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Shotgun: One of England’s finest… Desirable, elegant, made for a shooter. This shotgun has simple lines yet elegant and exceptionally designed side lock. Currently, Boss & Co. only produces about 20 shotguns annually. This one was manufactured in 1919-1920, and proofed for modern shells. Solid rib barrels have a single silver bead front sight, marked with proofs, Nitro proofs and more near breech. Forend is highly ornate with metal side skirts along the back half of the top, engraved with a tight scroll and finely blued. Barrels mate with the hinge pin and special locking mechanism near top lever. Locks are engraved 1005 with fine English scroll. Top lever and trigger are blued and equally ornate. Case coloring is accented with lock pins in both a polished or bright blue. Chamber indicators have horizontal gold inlay. Auto ejectors are crisp and timed superbly. Auto safety. High grade straight English stock with oil rubbed finish completed with a checkered butt and metal plates protecting heel and toe. Choked “Full” and “Mod”, ideal for clays or pheasant. Includes original leather bound case, Boss & Co. label on inside. Factory accessories. Must ship to FFL or C&R Condition: Antique Excellent. Bluing is in the 90-95% with the loss in touch points only (lower tang, forend, top lever, etc.). Case coloring is around 40%, fences and transition areas exhibit fine color striations while side of locks is muted. Wood is excellent, hard to find imperfections, probably cleaned at some point. Mechanically excellent. Barrels and Bores are nearly blem free and mirror bright. Gun Measurements: Chamber size is 2 ¾” Bore Diameter: Over Barrel – From 9” at the breech .733, 12” from the breech is .731 and continues at .731 until it hits the choke and final measurement at muzzle is .714 giving it a “Modified” choke. Under Barrel- From 9” at the breech .7325, 12” from the breech is .7315 and continues at .7315 until it hits the choke and final measurement at muzzle is .694 giving it a “Full” choke. Barrel Wall Thickness: Over Barrel- 12” from breech is .038, 12” from muzzle is .033 and is consistent through to muzzle Under Barrel- 12” from breech is .039, 12” from muzzle is .033 and is consistent through to muzzle LOP @ Heel= 14 7/8″ LOP @ Toe= 15 1/4″ Choke: O=.709 (Mod) U=.689 (Full) Drop @ Comb = 1 1/2″ Drop @ Heel = 2 1/8″ Weight= 7.4 lbs Cast Neutral Barrel Length: 30″ Serial: 6605 Manufacturer: BOSS & CO., LTD. Gauge: 12ga Year-Range 1919 – 1920. Estimate: $25,000.00 – $50,000.00 USD
ISSUE 1: The checkering pattern on the forend is incorrect for a GH-grade Parker.
It should look like this:
ISSUE 2: The “2 3/4 SHELL” stamp on the barrel flats was not put there by the maker.
While the incorrect checkering pattern doesn’t bother me much, that 2 3/4 SHELL stamp gives me pause. Was it put there to inform — or deceive? And what should you make of it?
Chamber-lengths on older Parker shotguns are a confusing topic and trying to figure them out makes my head hurt. From what I can figure out, this 20g GHE was probably made with 2 3/8″ chambers for low-pressure 2 1/2″ shells.
No, that’s not a typo: 2 3/8″ chambers for 2 1/2″ ammo. Parker often bored chambers 1/8″ short, believing it improved shot patterns.
Once 2 3/4″ became the standard shell length for American-made game loads, gunsmiths and gunmakers often lengthened short chambers to 2 3/4″.
So is that what happened with this gun? Sort of. If the chambers really are 2 3/4″, a gunsmith — not Parker or Remington — did the work. As for the stamp, it’s not from the factory. But the person who had the gun redone may have asked to have the chambers opened and the gunsmith obliged and marked his work.
Or maybe a gunsmith opened the chambers to 2 3/4″ before the gun was redone and then later someone else added the mark to make the longer chambers appear original. Possible, but unlikely.
Regardless, one thing we do know for certain is if you were to buy this gun, you need to have a qualified gunsmith take a close look at the barrels and action to be sure everything is still in sound, safe, and shootable condition.
And even if they are, remember that you can’t shoot modern, high-pressure 2 3/4″ loads in this gun. You must still use vintage-style shotgun ammo.