I’ve been looking at this double for a while, and I can’t figure out why its price is so low.
Not only is a Birmingham-built SxS that uses one of the most reliable actions of all time (the Anson & Deeley boxlock), but it also appears to be in excellent original condition. Does it have any faults? Maybe its weight. It’s not light, but it weighs as much as a lot of 16g Parkers (and some 20g Parkers).
The Army & Navy Stores were a cooperative that served British military officers throughout the old British Empire. They were not gunmakers. Instead, they had guns built for them by tradesman in Birmingham and London.
Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga: Chambers: 2.5″, Metal Condition: Some Light User Marks, Wood Condition: Some Lite User Marks, Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny, Barrels: 30″, Triggers: Double Triggers, Stock: Checkered English Grip, Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered Splinder, Butt Pad: Checkered Butt, Weight: 6 Lbs 14 Oz., Sights: Front Bead, Chokes: IC & LMOD Price:$1,849.99
Here’s a double that looks like a great deal. It’s no-name Belgian gun, probably made for sporting goods shop in France. Unlike in the US, European gunmakers built thousands of shotguns like this for retailers throughout the continent. Sometimes retailers would put their name on the gun, other times they wouldn’t.
I’ve seen lots of Anson & Deeley-style boxlock Belgian guns like this, and they’ve been solid, reliable SxSs. I bet this would be a great upland — and it looks like its going to go for very little money. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends tomorrow, 5/19/2019, @ 9:00 PM.
One thing: I would be sure to ask the seller about his inspection & return policy before bidding. Right now, he doesn’t mention anything about it in his listing.
French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz: Here is a very solid, lightweight 16 gauge boxlock non-ejector, built in France. There is no maker’s name, but the gun bears St. Etienne proofs and is stamped “Medaille d’Or (gold medal) on the barrel flats. The barrels are 68cm (26 3/4″) with 2 1/2″ chambers and shiny bores, choked .020/.032 (about modified/full). The action features side-clips and locks up tight. The fore-end has a Deeley-style latch release, and is unusually long (about 11”.) The stock has plenty of dings and scratches but is quite solid, and measures 1 3/4″ x 2 7/8″ x 14 1/2″ over a horn butt. There is slight cast off. A fine all-around upland gun, and absolutely perfect for the chukar hunter.
As I’ve said many times before, Beretta’s BL grade OUs are great shotguns. Introduced in the ’60s, these doubles were imported into the US by the Garcia Corp through the 1970s.
The BLs feature a shallow, low profile action scaled to match the gauge. They were priced to be values – not cheap, but well-made guns at fair prices. They came in a number of grades, with the BL-5s being the highest. All of them were rugged, reliable doubles, built to deliver a lot of quality for a fair amount of money.
Today, Beretta BLs are steals, especially when they’re in this kind of condition.
Used Beretta BL-4M 20 ga, 3″ over/under old original box: Serial number X.00790 which makes it early for this model, comes with original box and all paperwork from Italy, 28″ F and M, engraved, see photos, this is before the 2 letter stamps that indicate age, it is very tight, does not show a lot of use, light and swings very nice, the fact that it is a 20ga shows that it is a 50% added value over the 12ga in my book of gun values, just measured the length of pull, 14 3/4″ trigger to end of butt pad, the trigger to end of wood without the butt pad is 13 3/4″, the roman numerals stamped under the barrels XXIV so that should make it a 1968 manufacture it is a 2 3/4 or 3″ shells. Price: $1,350
According to the gunmaker’s website, the AYA No. 2 shotgun is “the pre-eminent “affordable” sidelock double gun, and the most famous model in the AYA line. Since its introduction in the late 1950s, tens of thousands of Nº 2’s have been sold in the United Kingdom, the United States, and everywhere that shooters value the superb balance and handling of a fine double gun.”
Fair enough, and pretty much in line with what I known about these Spanish sidelocks. The one you see here looks like a great deal. While it does have a slight issue (a crack in the stock, right behind the safety), but that should be easy to fix.
20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27″ barrels: Aguirre Y Aranzabal (AYA) No. 2 side-by-side shotgun in 20 gauge. 27″ barrel, 2 3/4″ chambers. Choked IC/Cyl. 14″ LOP. Good case coloring on single, select trigger. Metal retains a good amount of case coloring with moderate wear in the usual places. Wood is in good condition with scattered carry and safe marks. Very minimal crack behind top tang but it stops at the checkering. Bluing is in good shape with a few spots of bluing loss, see pics for details. This great little AYA will make for a wonderful quail or close-flushing hunting piece! Price:$2,695