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

 

Beretta 451 EELL Full Side lock, 12ga, 28" Mint in case:
Beretta 451 EELL Full Side lock, 12ga, 28″ Mint in case:

Beretta 451 EELL Full Side lock, 12ga, 28″ Mint in case: Fixed IC and IM chokes. Gun is used, but looks mint in leather case! SN is H04xx. Factory checkered butt, LOP is 14″. 1 5/8″ DAC, 2 3/4″ DAH, 1/4″ Cast off. Chokes are .012 & .032. Barrels are 1.330 Kg. Made in 1974. Gun is straight on 7 pounds. Factory finish on both metal and wood, full side lock model. Price: $13,999

Winchester Pre-War Mod 21 16ga, Double triggers
Winchester Pre-War Mod 21 16ga, Double triggers

Winchester Pre-War Mod 21 16ga, Double triggers: Ser no 63xx, 28″, M/Cyl, It is stamped M/F so the one barrel has been opened, Sides of receiver and barrel have real nice blue, The bottom plate and trigger guard have flaked to silver, Winchester Butt Plate, Great bores, 14″ X 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″. Price: $4995

MILLER & VAL GREISS LIVE PIGEON GUN - 32" BARRELS - FULL SIDELOCK WITH EJECTORS
MILLER & VAL GREISS LIVE PIGEON GUN – 32″ BARRELS – FULL SIDELOCK WITH EJECTORS

MILLER & VAL GREISS LIVE PIGEON GUN – 32″ BARRELS – FULL SIDELOCK WITH EJECTORS: Pre-War Miller & Val Greiss Pigeon Gun with True 32″ Krupp Three Ring Ejector Barrels. Back action sidelock with sideclips and a Purdey Style Third Fastener. Mirror bores measuring .726 with Full and Full Chokes (40/1000). Chambers as original at 2 1/2″. No loose ribs. Gun is tight on face. Manual safety. Prince of Wales Diamond Grip. LOP – 14 1/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $4,250 

Webley & Scott - Model 720 - 26" IC / IM - All Original - Nice Shape:
Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape

Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape: 26″, 2-3/4″, IC / IM (.005 / .020), Ejectors, Double Triggers, English Stock, Checkered Butt, Splinter Forearm, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. Nice Original Gun that has been used in the field. Barrels 98+%, Wood 95+%, Frame shows some loss of finish – probably 85%. Price: $4850 

Aya ~ No. 2 ~ 12 Ga. ~ Sidelock ~ 28" bbls
Aya ~ No. 2 ~ 12 Ga. ~ Sidelock ~ 28″ bbls

Aya ~ No. 2 ~ 12 Ga. ~ Sidelock ~ 28″ bbls: Triggers: Dual triggers, front is the right barrel, rear is the left barrel. Stock: Checkered straight grip (English style) walnut stock. Stock Dimensions: 14 5/8 inch length of pull front trigger, 13 5/8 inch length of pull rear trigger. Fore End: Checkered fore-end matches the stock. Butt Pad: Red rubber recoil pad.  Weight: 7 pounds. Sights: Single bead at the muzzle. Chokes: Fixed choke, both barrels are Full choked. Price: $1,999.99 

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

Holland & Holland Royal SxS Double Rifle .303 British
Holland & Holland Royal SxS Double Rifle .303 British

Holland & Holland Royal SxS Double Rifle .303 British: A Back-Action Sidelock Double Rifle chambered for the .303 British cartridge. It has 28” rifled barrels, File cut quarter rib with platinum lined express rear sights – 1 standing (100 Yds) and 2 folding (200 & 300 Yds). Island base foresight, Bushed strikers (Disk set strikers) with retaining set screws, Double triggers, An extended top strap over the comb, Holland & Holland traditional full coverage “Royal Scroll” engraving pattern with case color hardened finish, Full length trigger guard tang to an engraved steel grip cap, Best quality walnut stock has shadow line (Beaded) cheekpiece, Drop points, Pistol grip, Splinter forend with Anson release, 14 1/8” LOP to a horn plate, 9 Lbs. 9 Oz. Price: $39,750 

GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT
GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT

GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT: 26″ SOLID RIB IC AND MOD 2 1/2 CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, 3-PIECE FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 5LBS 14 OZ, 3″ DAH, 2″ DAC, 14 1/2 LOP. Price: $13,500

John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case!
John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case!

John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic 12 Gauge Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case! This gun dates from 1934 . A very nice Dickson from between the wars with great wall thickness and dimensions. This is the period that many consider to be the pinnacle of the UK gunmaking trade. The Bores are bright and shiny with a few pits in the right barrel towards the muzzle but in proof and nothing deep. Serial Number: 7279, Ejectors: Yes , Barrels: 27″, Barrel Type: Fluid steel, Action: trigger plate round action, Stock Comb: 1 7/16″, Stock Heel: 2″, Stock Cast: 1/4″, LOP: 14 3/8″ to wood butt, Weight: 6 lbs. 4.5 oz., Choke Left: .028 full, Choke Right: .015 IC-Mod, Proof: Nitro: 2 1/2″ nitro, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .029″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″. Price: $12,000

BERETTA - SO3 - 12ga 28" Boehler Barrels - Checkered Butt - All Original
BERETTA – SO3 – 12ga 28″ Boehler Barrels – Checkered Butt – All Original

BERETTA – SO3 – 12ga 28″ Boehler Barrels – Checkered Butt – All Original! 28″, 2-3/4″”, IM / F (.028 / .042), Vent Rib, Single Trigger, Pistol Grip, Checkered Butt, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 7 lbs. 4 oz. Nice Original Gun. About 95+% Overall. Price: $5975 

RIZZINI AURUM CLASSIC OU 28 GAUGE
RIZZINI AURUM CLASSIC OU 28 GAUGE

RIZZINI AURUM CLASSIC OU 28 GAUGE: 29″ VENT RIB WITH SCREW CHOKES, SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 6LBS, 2 3/8″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 14 9/16″ LOP. Price: $2,950

Auction alert: 20g Beretta 686 OU, Ruffed Grouse Society model…

 

Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26" 3" Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary
Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26″ 3″ Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary

Here’s a great grouse gun, made even better by being a Ruffed Grouse Society 25h Anniversary model. While it has some dings and hunting use, it looks like it’s still in great shape and ready to be taken to your favorite cover.

Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26" 3" Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary
Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26″ 3″ Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary

It’s on Gunbroker.com now and this NO RESERVE listing end 3/22/2019 @ 2:46 PM.

Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26" 3" Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary
Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26″ 3″ Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary

Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26″ 3″ Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary—NO RESERVE—NO CC FEES—NUMBER 33 OF 100—Shotgun shows some signs of use. Stock and forearm have various marks. Blueing looks good, one small spot on roll stamp where it has light freckling (pictured) Blemishes in stock behind the receiver. Rib has a small “divet” half way down, however is not noticed when shouldered. Fixed Modified and Improved Cylinder barrels. Clean bores.

Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26" 3" Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary
Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 GA NO RESERVE 26″ 3″ Ruffed Grouse Society 25th Anniversary

All about the new Beretta’s new SL3 OU shotgun …

New Beretta SL3 OU shotgun
New Beretta SL3 OU shotgun

Last April I traveled to Italy for the launch of the Beretta’s new SL3 Over Under shotgun. Here’s an article I wrote about the trip for Shooting Sportsman magazine. Pics are from Project Upland’s A.J. DeRosa.

The Italian Way

Give me a ‘friggin break, Italy. It was a Sunday, almost 7 pm. After an overnight flight into Milan and a couple of hours on trains, I was in Brescia, sitting at the edge of a square called Piazzale Arnaldo, jet-lagged, cranky, and hungry enough to eat a gunstock.

I had booked a hotel in the part of town known for dining and nightlife, so I had charged out of it an hour earlier expecting to find crowds of people and bustling restaurants everywhere. I had imagined laughter, palmed glasses of red wine, and plates of Risotto alla Milanese and Tortelli di Zucca. But instead of walking into a scene from La Dolce Vita, I walked into ghost town out of a spaghetti western.

Everywhere I went, the streets were deserted: Via Tosio, Via S. Faustino, Via Crispi. Windows were shuttered; shops were closed; restaurants were empty. Nothing was open. I was looking to EAT, and my outfit, a dark shirt topped with a darker jacket, was ready to mask some spilled sauce. But there was no risotto or tortelli to be found anywhere. I couldn’t even get pizza. In Italy. Defeated and fading, I considered my situation. Room service at my hotel? Vending machines in the lobby? Did my hotel have vending machines? Ugh.

As I wondered, bells in towers throughout the city started to ring-in 7 pm. Dong, dong, dong. By the time they finished, the Piazzale Arnaldo had come to life. Couples appeared from around the corner and strolled by hand in hand. The Osteria Vecchio restaurant flicked on its lights and a waiter lined up tables on the stone walkway front. An old man with a cane tapped past. Within an hour or so, everything I had hoped to find earlier had appeared: Chatting people, open restaurants, and, finally, dinner: Casoncelli alla Bresciana (raviolis stuffed with meat, showered with sage butter, guanciale, and parmesan cheese). My shirt did not stay clean.

So what had happened? Basically, Italians do things their own way. On Sundays, that means spending the afternoon with family. Instead of going out around 5 pm (like an American expected them to do), they waited until later. As I would find out, the Italians also do things their own way when it comes to building firearms, and this is what made Beretta’s newest over-under so worthy of attention.

Beretta's new SL3 OU, different engraving patterns
Beretta’s new SL3 OU, different engraving patterns

Confusingly, Brescia is both una citta and una provincia in northern Italy. The second contains the first, and both are nudged against the Italian Alps, closer to Geneva than to Rome. The Provincia di Brescia is the industrial capital of Europe. Along with being a top producer of everything from automobile wheels to pipe fittings, the provincia builds 40% of the sporting guns sold throughout the world. In 2016, the province of Brescia sent more than 395,000 sporting guns to the U.S. alone. Most were built in Gardone Val Trompia, a town 30 miles north of the città di Brescia.

Gardone Val Trompia is squeezed into a valley (il Val Trompia) between mountain and peaks with wonderfully euphonic names like Monte Rodondone, Punta Almana, and Corni di Sonclivo. Unfortunately, the views of them from town aren’t worth seeing. This and Gardone Val Trompia industrial-park vibe keeps the area off of most tourists’ lists. Chances are, anyone traveling there isn’t looking for scenery; they’re looking for guns. Dozens of gunmakers and gun-related business are stacked into Val Trompia, from Zoli and F.lli Rizzini to the famous Creative Art engraving studio. The king of all them all is Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A. I was in Gardone Val Trompia to learn more Beretta’s new SL3, an over-under shotgun the company introduced to the U.S. at the 2018 Safari Club International Convention in Las Vegas. Compared to all the other OUs already on the market, I wanted to see if the SL3 was worth paying attention to at all.

At the range with Beretta's new SL3 OU
At the range with Beretta’s new SL3 OU

“With the SL3, we took all our experience in ballistics, all our experience in manufacturing premium guns, and all our experience in designing beautiful guns, and we put all of this together.” That’s Roberto Zarrillo, Marketing Manager at Beretta. If you know much about his employer, you realize Mr. Zarrillo’s saying a whole lot when he refers to “all our experience.”

Beretta is the world’s oldest gunmaker. It was established in 1526 by Bartolomeo Beretta. That was during the reign of England’s King Henry VIII and hundreds of years before James Purdey or Charles Parker were born. Over the last 492 years, Beretta has made everything from arquebus barrels to the M9 pistol used by today’s U.S. Armed Forces. Of course, Beretta has also made all types of shotguns.

In 1933, the company created its first breechloading OU: The Model S1. With sidelocks and a Woodward-style low-profile action, the Mod. S1 looked like a best-quality British OU. What set it apart was how Beretta built it–and its price. Using high-precision industrial techniques they perfected when building guns like their Model 1915 semiautomatic pistol, they updated traditional gunmaking techniques and turned out a world-class shotgun. Price wise, in the ‘50s, Beretta’s top-of-the-line SO3 cost $750, and a Purdey OU was $2,300. This combination of high-quality and affordability made the Mod. S1 and the sidelock Beretta OUs that followed revolutionary. It also made them the first successful Italian over-unders of the twentieth century and the foundation for all the over-unders Beretta builds today, including the new SL3.

Il Maestro Ferdinando Belleri, Beretta’s master gunmaker,

“Il Maestro” is a tough title to pull off, but with the just the right mix of sophistication and flair, Il Maestro Ferdinando Belleri, Beretta’s master gunmaker, nails it. When I met him, I didn’t know if I should shake his hand–or kiss it. We were in Beretta Due, home of the company’s Premium Division and where Maestro Belleri oversees the gunmakers who hand fit, stock, engrave, and finish Beretta’s finest firearms. As Il Maestro prepared to introduce me to his team’s new OU, I flipped through a brochure about this gun and read “The SL3 heralds a new era of Beretta premium shotguns, combining the finest Beretta technology available from our various product families.” Interesting, I thought. But that’s just ad copy. Let’s see what you’ve got.

What they had impressed.

Like Il Maestro, the Beretta SL3 has plenty of sophistication and flair. It’s a sideplated, over-under game gun available in 12 and 20 gauge, and it features a triggerplate-style action with V-springs, ejectors, and a single, selective trigger. The steel-shot approved barrels use screw-in Optima HP chokes, and right now they come in 28” and 30”. The pistol grip stocks are made of rich Turkish walnut, hand checkered (or not checkered, as an option) and dressed in a matte oil finish. Priced at $20,000, the SL3 is far from cheap. But it is more affordable than Beretta’s sidelock, SO-series over-unders which start at $27,500 and run to $90,000, and it’s less than other OUs aimed at the same market, like the sideplated Boxall & Edmiston (£25,200) and the James Purdey & Sons Trigger Plate (£55,000).

While the SL3 retains the classic features I’m used to seeing on Beretta OUs –trapezoidal locking shoulders on the barrels, pronounced hinge pins on the sides of the action, monoblocked barrels–the rest of the gun is unlike any other Beretta I’ve seen before. It’s slimmer than an SO10 and far rounder than a Beretta Giubileo. With its low profile, lack of sharp edges, and sweeping lines, it looks like it was designed in a wind tunnel. The stock is trim and minimalistic through the head and into the hand. There are no raised panels around the sideplates and there are no drop points. The forend iron, action, toplever and triggerguard complement one another with curves, sweeps, and sculpted layers finished in a mix of engraved, polished, and matte surfaces.

Action on the Beretta's new SL3 OU
Action on the Beretta’s new SL3 OU

While the overall design of the SL3 is very futuristic, the engraving patterns it’s offered in ground the gun in very 19th-century styles. Each pattern–floral scroll, gamescene, and fine English scroll–is cut with a five-axis laser system. While the first two patterns have their strengths, the gamebirds and rose bouquets look a bit flat and cumbersome. The floral scroll pattern doesn’t have either of these problems, and that’s one reason it’s the most impressive. It has a gorgeous Renaissance style with cross-hatch accents, and mesmerizing, three-dimensional look. The SL3 also comes in a stunning, unengraved, mirror-polished finish. Unengraved finishes are like Speedo bathing suits for firearms, and any gun wearing one better be flawless to avoid embarrassing itself. With subtle sculpting on the action and superb metalwork and fitting all around, the mirror-polished SL3s looks great. Even if they could blush, they wouldn’t have to.

Centuries from now, after artificial intelligence has taken over the world, our robot overlords may look back with fondness on their ancestors building shotgun components in Beretta Uno, the factory next to Maestro Belleri’s Beretta Due. Beretta Uno is home to the company’s cutting-edge gunmaking equipment. This is where the tubes that become the barrels are cold-hammer-forged into shape and then laser-welded together and the actions and other metal parts are milled out of bars of steel. The machines that do it do more than just run on their own, day in and day out without a break: they maintain themselves and, whenever needed, contact humans for assistance. That need doesn’t arise very often.

But even with all these high-tech techniques, the SL3 still requires at least a month of hand fitting by Beretta’s most skilled gunmakers to assemble and then stock, checker, fine tune, and complete. A good chunk of this time is spent “jointing” an SL3, gunmaking slang for fitting the barrels to the action and a skill machines are still far from mastering.

The SL3 unique three-point locking system secures the barrels to the action and displaces the forces released by firing the gun. The first of its three points is the hinge pins at the front of the action. Then there are the “lower hooks.” These are on the underside of the barrels, and they match up with blocks in the floor of the action. While the hinge pins and the lower hooks are designed to displace and spread out force, the third point in the locking system—the bolt and locking pins–keep the gun closed upon firing. The way the bolt and locking pins are built into the action is one of the most innovative aspects of the Beretta SL3.

On most Italian OUs, the locking pins (aka “bites”) fit flush against the face of the action. The bolt slides horizontally forward to engage with them and lock things down. Borrowing from their DT11 competitions guns, Beretta made a small modification to the SL3: Its locking pins slip into vertical grooves machined into the face of action and on either side of the firing pins. By moving these locking pins back from the hinge pin, Beretta increased their ability to keep the barrels from pivoting on the hinge. It’s a little detail that makes huge sense, and another example of how Beretta always looks to improve its guns.

In testing, the robustness of the SL3’s entire three-point locking system proved itself when it withstood the pounding of 11,500 magnum cartridges with no issues. Something else that’s special about the SL3 three-point locking system: All aspects of it–the hinge pins, lower hooks, and locking pins–are easy to replace. When any of them wear, new ones are easy to fit and the gun can be back to new—and back in the field—in no time.

At the range with Beretta's new SL3 OU
At the range with Beretta’s new SL3 OU

When it heads to the field, the SL3 shows off its Premium-gun lineage with the case it comes in. Handmade by Beretta’s in-house Custom Gun Case Atelier, it’s an upgraded version of the canvas-and-leather cases British shotguns used to come in. On the outside, it’s covered in blue cotton, with Italian leather straps and corner bumpers, and a Beretta-crested locking clasp. On the inside, it’s lined with quilted wool and features a removable leather pouch for chokes tubes and cleaning accessories. Very classy. And speaking of heading to the field, the SL3 shoots as good as it looks when it gets there. The 12 gauge I used on a five-stand course had a dynamic, weight-forward balance that made it easy to get on a target and swing through. Right off, I was dusting clays coming in, going away, dropping down, and crisscrossing. While the gun wasn’t lightweight, it didn’t feel clunky, and it did a great job of managing felt recoil.

The day after meeting Maestro Belleri and seeing his team’s new SL3, I was back in Brescia, eating pizza in the famous Piazza della Loggia, and thinking about Beretta and their contributions to gunmaking. Why had this company succeeded for almost five hundred years? And why are they still on cutting edge at the beginning of the 21st century? From what I could see, it was because Beretta did things their way, and that “way” included having the foresight to embrace technology and change. The SL3 is the most recent culmination of this vision. From what I saw, it’s an awesome shotgun that does a great job of updating classic shotgun aesthetics with the latest innovations in design and engineering. I would be proud to own one, and I’m sure anyone who purchases and SL3 will feel the same way, too.

Auction alert: 20g Beretta AS-EL, of the best doubles they made…

Beretta AS-20EL 20 gauge Over Under.
Beretta AS-20EL 20 gauge Over Under.

There are two things I hate about this auction listing, and one thing I really love.

Hate: The lousy pics and the “As Is” terms. Love: The gun (or what I can see of it)

The gun pictures is a 20 gauge Beretta AS-EL, one of the best OUs Beretta has built. Beretta started making their AS-line of boxlock over & under shotguns in 1949 and they continued turning them out into the 1960s.

Beretta built these as hunting guns, and the company offered 2 gauges (12g and 20g) and three grades (ASE, ASEL, and ASEELL). Each grade featured hand engraving and all models were build with the quality that has made these doubles so great.

This one is on Gunbroker.com now. If you like what you see, get on it right away. The listing ends today, 3/4/2019, @11:07 AM.

Beretta AS-20EL 20 gauge Over Under.
Beretta AS-20EL 20 gauge Over Under.

Beretta AS-20EL 20 gauge Over Under. Wood is nice except for a 2-3 inch hairline crack on the fore end. The buttpad is not original to the gun. Overall the gun is approximately 80%.

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

 

J. Purdey & Sons - Best - Ultra Round Body - 20 ga - Over Under Shotgun
J. Purdey & Sons – Best – Ultra Round Body – 20 ga – Over Under Shotgun

J. Purdey & Sons – Best – Ultra Round Body – 20 ga – Over Under ShotgunSerial #29778, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Single, Grip: Rounded Pistol Grip, Lop: 15 1/4 “, Pad thickness: 0.75 “, Type of butt: Leather Covered Pad, Drop at comb: 1 3/8 “, Drop at heel: 2”, Cast amount: 1/4 “, OFF, Weight: 7 lbs, 2 oz, Manufactured in 2001, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock: Original finish, Metal: Original finish, Gauge: 20 ga, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Length: 30”, Chokes: M/IM, Rib type: Solid, Comments : Bulino Game Scene engraved by Giancarlo Pedretti. Price: $140,000

James Woodward & Sons ~ London Best~ Pair ~ 12 Ga
James Woodward & Sons ~ London Best~ Pair ~ 12 Ga

James Woodward & Sons ~ London Best~ Pair ~ 12 Ga: Metal Condition: excellent, Wood Condition: excellent, Bore Condition: shiny, Barrels: 29″, Triggers: double triggers, Stock Dimensions:
14.5″ LOP 2″ DAH 1.75″ DAC, Butt Pad: leather pad, Weight: 6lbs 7oz, Chokes: modified and quarter chokes. Price: $19,998

PERAZZI 12 MIRAGE LIVE BIRD GUN- 1978- 28 3/8" VENT RIB Bbls. at 11mm x 7mm- DETACH SINGLE TRIGGER- EVERY SERIAL # MATCHES- 96% ORIG. CASE COLORS
PERAZZI 12 MIRAGE LIVE BIRD GUN- 1978- 28 3/8″ VENT RIB Bbls. at 11mm x 7mm- DETACH SINGLE TRIGGER- EVERY SERIAL # MATCHES- 96% ORIG. CASE COLORS

PERAZZI 12 MIRAGE LIVE BIRD GUN- 1978- 28 3/8″ VENT RIB Bbls. at 11mm x 7mm- DETACH SINGLE TRIGGER- EVERY SERIAL # MATCHES- 96% ORIG. CASE COLORS#52562, Live Bird Gun, Made in 1978, 28 3/8″ Low Step Ventilated Rib at 11mm x 7mm, Ventilated side/midrib, .725 .014 & .022″ Briley’s in bottom barrel only (Light Mod. & Light Imp.Mod.), Top barrel factory fixed choke at .725 .042 (Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, KG 1,460 weight barrels, (The side ribs are vented,) Detachable single trigger with flat springs, Full forend with the round bottom and flat sides, Type IV forend, Pistol grip Monte Carlo stock at 14 1/2 x 1 7/16 x 1 7/16″ and 2 1/4″ at the heel over a 1″ Kick-Eez pad, 8 lbs., The gun is totally original in every respect with every serial number matching, It retains 96% original blue, The original case colors remain at 96-97%, The wood is still at 92-93%, The checkering at 99%, The bores are excellent. This piece is still tight with very good bite remaining. The piece comes with the original factory trunk case and the proof paperwork. This Mirage still has a lot of shooting life left and was well kept all these years. Price: $3,850

Abercrombie & Fitch – 20ga SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 26” IC/Mod
Abercrombie & Fitch – 20ga SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 26” IC/Mod

Abercrombie & Fitch – 20ga SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 26” IC/Mod: Round knob pistol grip, ¾” leather faced pad, boxlock gun with scalloped receiver, gold oval, 95% case coloring remaining, 80% wood condition, 80% barrels with several light rust spots from normal use, solid game rib, double trigger,splinter forend,  hidden 3rd fastener lockup, extractor, manufactured in Italy by Zoli & Rizzini with 1970 proof, an excellent field gun, available for immediate delivery. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2 ½”, 6 lb., 6 oz. Price: $2,200

BERETTA S686 SPECIAL 28 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN
BERETTA S686 SPECIAL 28 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN

BERETTA S686 SPECIAL 28 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN: 26 1/2″ BARRELS WITH MOBIL CHOKES I.C. & MODIFIED TUBES INCLUDED, MINT BORES, 14 1/2″ LENGTH OF PULL OVER FACTORY BERETTA THIN RECOIL PAD, TIGHT ACTION WITH LEVER RIGHT OF CENTER, 98% OVERALL. Price: $1,550

 

Auction alert: 20g Beretta BL3 OU, 26″ bbls …

 

Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

Yes — another auction alert for 20g Beretta BL-3. I can’t help myself. These are great guns for short money, and I feel obligated to get the word out about everyone one I come across. This one is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends Sunday, 1/20/2019 @10:00 PM.

But there’s one thing to point out about this listing: It’s an “AS IS – No refund or exchange” sale. So when you buy, it’s yours — regardless of any issues you discover. Even though this guns looks pretty clean and original, here are a few questions I suggest asking the seller before bidding:

  • Are the barrels tight and on the face?
  • Are there any dents, dings, or bulges in the barrels? Any pitting?
  • Does the gun cock, fire, and function as it should?
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

Beretta Model BL-3 in 20GA with 26″ Barrel: (IC/M) and inertia trigger. Barrels are Improved Cylinder and Modified with a selector which one will go first. Excellent condition. Manufactured about the end of the 60’s, beginning of the 70’s.

Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

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

 

RARE PARKER BROS. AAH {LIVE PIGEON} DOUBLE 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
RARE PARKER BROS. AAH {LIVE PIGEON} DOUBLE 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

RARE PARKER BROS. AAH {LIVE PIGEON} DOUBLE 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN12 gauge, 30″ with the Whitworth steel barrels marked “PIGEON”, No. 2 frame,  extractor’s, gold plated double triggers, and non-automatic safety.   Shipped March 1, 1895, to Griffith & Temple Co., Louisville, KY. for P.L. Atherton.  The original stock was a half pistol grip.  Returned to the factory on Dec. 6, 1895 for a straight grip stock to be fitted to the gun with a pull measuring 14 1/2″.  Comb: 1 3/8″  Heel: 2 3/8″.  Factory records further indicate that Parker notables Runge, Rockwell, Stokes, and Phenix performed work on this gun.   The gun is accompanied by its factory letter and a copy of the ledger.  A letter from Larry Del Grego dated Feb 3, 1976, is included indicating the extent of his work on the gun.   Serial number 80729   In excellent condition with the barrels retaining all of the blue and perfect bores.  Beautiful wood and checkering.  Mechanically perfect. Price: $29,500

Scarce and Extremely Desirable Beretta AS-EL OU in 20ga
Scarce and Extremely Desirable Beretta AS-EL OU in 20ga

Scarce and Extremely Desirable Beretta AS-EL OU in 20ga: We are proud to bring to you this scarce and extremely desirable Beretta ASEL over and under shotgun in 20 gauge.  This shotgun appears to be in its original condition.  The 27.5-inch solid rib barrels displays a beautiful shiny bore with a fixed improved cylinder and modified choke.  The automatic ejectors work perfectly.  The action is smooth with a tight lock up.  The length of pull from the front trigger to the end of the checkered butt is 14 inch with a 1.25-inch drop at the comb and 2.25-inch drop at the heel.  This weighs in at a total 5.5lbs.  Don’t let this pass you by as they are extremely hard to find! Price: $8999.99

Stephen Grant Sidelock SxS with stunning Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels in its makers case:
Stephen Grant Sidelock SxS with stunning Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels in its maker’s case:

Stephen Grant Sidelock SxS with stunning Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels in its maker’s case: The condition of this fine shotgun is very nice and appears in original condition seeing little if no restoration. There is a small stock extension which we could remove and replace with a fine leather covered pad if one would like for a LOP up to 15 1/2″. Completed in 1903 this is a true Edwardian era gun ( Queen Victoria died in 1901 thank you Austin). The gun is found in an original Grant case which also is in very nice original condition. Serial Number: 7450, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 30″, Barrel Type: Damascus, Action: Sidelock  Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 7/16″, Stock Heel: 2″, Stock Cast: 1/8″, LOP: 15″ (14 1/2″ original), Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz., Choke Left: .017″ Mod, Choke Right: .010″ IC, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .025″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .024″. Price: $8,600

12G KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN
12G KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN

12G KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN: #654A, 12 ga., 31” bbls., extremely full choke almost down to a 16 bore, fully raised matted rib with 2 ivory beads, action engraved with game scenes, left side has a fox watching 4 pheasants flying, right side has 2 pointers watching 4 grouse flying, both are in an outdoor scene with brush, trees, hills & so forth, bottom of frame has a hawk sitting on a dead Mallard in an oval, also has “FCR” initials in gold on bottom of trigger guard with engraved scene around it, bbls. are also engraved & marked “Bohler Antinit”, the right side of bbls. marked “Nitro”, SST, ejectors, cocking indicators, top tang safety, flat panel on both sides of stock behind the receiver, fancy checkered PG with engraved steel PG cap, oval gold inlay in bottom of stock, leather covered recoil pad, 15” pull, checkered forend with Deeley lever forend release, beautiful condition with 100% bbl. blue, mint bores, 100% casehardening, very high quality. Price: $6950 

CASED ALEXANDER HENRY DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
CASED ALEXANDER HENRY DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

CASED ALEXANDER HENRY DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN: This gun features a top opening lever system. Excellent condition 28-inch barrels retaining nearly all the bright Damascus finish. Vivid case colors on the hammers and sidelocks. Walnut stocks are in very good condition measuring 14-1/4 inches to the end of the correct leather covered rubber buttpad. Checkering is crisp and sharp. Mechanical condition is excellent. This is an absolutely beautiful outfit fitted in an oak and leather case with brass corners. Looks like the inside has been re-lined with red felt. It has the original Alexander Henry label inside the lid. Complete with some snap caps, 3-piece cleaning rod, and an oil jar. Price: $ 5,975.

 

 

Auction alert: LNIB 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″, box & papers…

Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28" bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″ bbls, new in box

Here’s another chance to get his great all-around OU: the 20g Beretta 686 Onyx. Beretta introduced these guns around ’88 and built them until around ’99 or so. For some reason, whoever bought this one never used it even though it has these features:

  • 28″ barrels
  • Lightweight
  • Choke tubes
  • Single selective trigger

It’s on Gunbroker.com and the listing ends tomorrow, 1/10/2019, @ 2:31 PM.

Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28" bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″ bbls, new in box

Pre-owned Beretta Model 686 Onyx “Black” Over and Under shotgun chambered in 20 Gauge: This shotgun features a 28″ two shot 3″ capability vent rib barrel, a Walnut stock and forearm, manual safety w/ barrel selector and interchangeable chokes. This weapon originates from an estate and was pre-owned and never used nor fired by its previous owner and is LNIB. The weapon still has its hang tags and remnants of factory grease still under the forearm. Currently, the barrel has a FULL and a Modified choke installed from the factory. The third choke is an Improved unopened still in the box. The LOP is 14.5 and Overall length is 45″. Included with the weapon is its original factory box, manual, warranty papers inside their plastic sleeve and 20 gauge choke wrench. This weapon is over 20 years old and in pristine condition. It would make a wonderful augment to any Beretta shotgun enthusiast. Buyer agrees to pay a flat rate of $40.00 shipping in lower 48.

Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28" bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″ bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28" bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″ bbls, new in box

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

 

PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE
PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE

PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGEALLISON HUNT ENGRAVED, 28″ BARRELS, CHOKED .015″ AND .022″, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 6LBS 13 OZ, STOCK DIMENSIONS: 2 14/: DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 15 1/4″ LOP. Price: $49,500

L.C. Smith A-2 Special - 12ga - 30” - IM/F - 13 7/8 X 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 X 7 lbs 13 ozs - SN: 3517 - Spectacular Condition - Beautiful Gun!
L.C. Smith A-2 Special – 12ga – 30” – IM/F – 13 7/8 X 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 X 7 lbs 13 ozs – SN: 3517 – Spectacular Condition – Beautiful Gun!

L.C. Smith A-2 Special SxS – 12ga – 30” – IM/F – 13 7/8 X 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 X 7 lbs 13 ozs – SN: 3517 – Spectacular Condition – Beautiful Gun!: Price: $19,995 

Boss & Co. Sidelock from 1899 ~ two barrel set at an exceptional price
Boss & Co. Sidelock from 1899 ~ two barrel set at an exceptional price

Boss & Co. Sidelock Side-by-Side from 1899 ~ two barrel set at an exceptional price: Hammerless Sidelocks – According to Boss records, this fine shotgun was ordered by William Fitzgerald Esq. of Dublin Ireland on November 1st, 1899. Serial Number: 4713, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 28″, Stock LOP: 13 1/2″,  Comb: 1 9/16″, Stock Heel: 2 3/16″, Stock Cast: 1/4″, Weight: 6 lbs. 8.5 oz. Choke Left: Orig. .005 Skeet – #, Choke Right: Orig. .006 Skeet – #, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: Orig. .026 – #2 set, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: Orig. .020 – #2 set. Price: $9,400

Beretta - SO 3, 12ga., Sidelock, OU Shotgun
Beretta – SO 3, 12ga., Sidelock, OU Shotgun

Beretta – SO 3, 12ga., Sidelock, OU Shotgun: 27 ½” barrels, IC/M choked, Pre-war full side lock over and under, beautiful European walnut straight grip stock, vent rib, double triggers, recoil pad, Boehler steel barrels, automatic ejectors, non-auto safety, excellent overall condition, all original, the engraving features magnificent floral and scroll engraving, handmade to the very highest quality, a beautiful gun with great modern dimensions, available for immediate delivery. 7 lbs.  2 oz. 14 3/4” X 1 5/8” X 2 5/8”. Price: $8,995

Parker/ Winchester Reproduction DHE 12 Gauge SxS
Parker/ Winchester Reproduction DHE 12 Gauge SxS

Parker/ Winchester Reproduction DHE 12 Gauge SxSRare 2- barrel 12 gauge set with 28” full/modified and 26” modified/improved cylinder barrels. Has pistol grip stock, single trigger and beavertail forend. Beautiful condition with original factory leather covered case. A very desirable Parker Reproduction shotgun. Price: 5,995.00

Auction alert: 28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls …

28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls

I’ve gushed about these Berettas many times before. Imported into the U.S. by the Garcia Corporation in the late ’60s and early ’70s, they were good deals in their day. Today, they’re one of the best buys you’ll find in a bird gun.

28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls

Simple, rugged, and well made, this 28g is a ton of gun in a sexy, lightweight package. And its 28″ barrels make it extra special.

It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends tomorrow, 1/5/2019 @ 11:23 AM. Even though the bidding on it starts at $950, it’s still a great deal (and it looks like it might sell for close to starting-bid amount).

28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls

Beretta BL3 28 gauge. 28″ barrels choked modify and full. Toe has a small crack that has not been repaired. LOP – 14 1/8″ DROP AT COMB – 1.5″ DROP AT HEEL – 2.5″. Weight: 6.00 Pounds

Good gun alert: 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, straight grip …

 

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s one of the all-time great doubles – and one of the best bird guns you’ll ever find.

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Beretta introduced the 686 Onyx around ’88 and built them until around ’99 or so. In that time, the gun gained a reputation for being a rugged, reliable OU that handled well and was easy to maintain and repair. I saw my first one in the mid ’90s and couldn’t get it out of my head. Like the one for sale here, it had a straight stock and its matte-black finished looked so ‘friggin cool.

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel ShotgunPrice: $1,399.99
Manufacturer: Serial # F0314XX
Caliber: 20 Ga.
Chambers: 3″
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good with few handling marks
Barrels: 26″ Blued with vent rib
Triggers: Single gold metal trigger
Stock: Walnut straight grip with checkering
Fore End: Matching walnut with checkering
Butt Pad: Rubber Butt Pad
Weight: 6 lbs
Sights: Silver bead
Chokes: IC and Cyl

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

 

Boss & Co. - Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set - 12 ga
Boss & Co. – Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set – 12 ga

Boss & Co. – Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set – 12 gaAction: Sidelock, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Single, Grip: Straight Grip, Lop: 15 “, Type of butt: Checkered Wood, Drop comb: 1 5/8 “, Drop heel: 2 “, Cast amount: 1/4 “, Cast: Off, Weight: 6 lbs, 8 oz, Manufactured in: England, Finish: Case Colored, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Type of Case: Oak & Leather Case w/Accessories, First set of barrels: 12 ga, 28″, 2 3/4 ” chambers, Chokes: F/F, Second set: 12 ga, 28″, 2 3/4 ” chambers, Chokes: IC/M. Beautiful two barrel set, open assist in very good condition. Price: $80,000

Parker VHE .410 - 26” - Ejectors - “Remington Era” - Beavertail - Single Trigger - “Skeet In Skeet Out” - 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 - 5 lbs 15 ozs
Parker VHE .410 – 26” – Ejectors – “Remington Era” – Beavertail – Single Trigger – “Skeet In Skeet Out” – 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 – 5 lbs 15 ozs

Parker VHE .410 – 26” – Ejectors – “Remington Era” – Beavertail – Single Trigger – “Skeet In Skeet Out” – 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 – 5 lbs 15 ozs: SN: 237186 – Beyond Nice – Spectacular RARE!!  “000” Frame – ca. 1935 – CLEAN!  Price: $36,995 

Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels
Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels

Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels: For your consideration is an extremely rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga gun. Anyone who knows Lefever guns, knows well that the Lefever small bore guns simply don’t exist in nature. They are really rare and hard to find. This particular Lefever has gorgeous 28″ American Flag Damascus pattern. They are a thing of beauty!!!  The gun has DT, AE, and auto safety. The capped PG buttstock is checkered in a two-point pattern. The splinter forend is checkered in typical later FE pattern with engraved steel escutcheon. The action is engraved in typical FE pattern with flying duck on left, falling woodcock on right surrounded by light scroll engraving. The gun retains more than 1/2 of its original case color, particularly nice and dark on the left side and on top. Barrels retain about 85%+ original damascus pattern. Screws are all excellent and the gun is totally unmolested. The stocks are sound and measure 2″ DAC, 3-1/4″ DAH and LOP is 13-3/4″ over the original lined HRBP. Both barrels measure .620 on the money, and the chokes are .012 (right) and .020 (left). Min walls are about.028 in each barrel. The gun weighs right at 6lbs. This is an extremely rare gun and easily one of the top FE 20ga I have seen in more than 25 years of aggressively chasing Lefevers. Price: $6895 

Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61
Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61

Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61: 28″ tapered file finished rib choked IM/M, DT’s, ejectors, Greener crossbolt, double underlugs, full coverage game scenes of pursuing fox, grouse, flying waterfowl, all in woods & marshland, cocking indicators, deluxe checkered walnut straight stock, 2 piece forearm, 15″ LOP over 7/8″ matched solid pad. 97% bbl. & receiver finish, some light handling. Price: $2,899

Beretta 686 20 ga 28", with straight, English grip and Briley chokes
Beretta 686 20 ga 28″, with straight, English grip and Briley chokes

Beretta 686 20 ga 28″, with straight, English grip and Briley chokes: Comes with a spare PG stock and 5 Briley thin wall chokes. Price: $1,700

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

 

BOSS & Co.12 BORE PAIR- 3 SETS of Bbls. by PURDEY ABOUT 1970- ORIG. BOSS Bbls. LOST in SHIPMENT- ALL Bbls. ALMOST as NEW- ALL 28" & 2 3/4":
BOSS & Co.12 BORE PAIR- 3 SETS of Bbls. by PURDEY ABOUT 1970- ORIG. BOSS Bbls. LOST in SHIPMENT- ALL Bbls. ALMOST as NEW- ALL 28″ & 2 3/4″:

BOSS & Co. SIDELOCK SXS 12 BORE PAIR- 3 SETS of Bbls. by PURDEY ABOUT 1970- ORIG. BOSS Bbls. LOST in SHIPMENT- ALL Bbls. ALMOST as NEW- ALL 28″ & 2 3/4″: #6225 & 6226, Boss & Co. 13 Dover Street. Piccadilly. London. W.: A True 12 Bore Pair of Boss Bar Action Ejector Sidelock Game Guns Finished in 1913, Both guns with very attractive Sumner engraving. Both Guns 28″ Chopper Lump Barrels with the #2 gun with a spare 28″ chopper lump barrel; – The #1 Gun at .733 .008 & .009″ (Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Cyl.), 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on the right & left barrel at .030″; – The #2 gun is .733 .008 & .008″ (Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Cyl), 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .031″ & .033″ on the left; – The #2 gun spare barrel at .730 .015 & .038″ (Open Mod. & Full), 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on the right & left barrel at .034″; – All 3 barrels are modern Barrels by Purdey and each is marked accordingly “Barrels Made By. J. Purdey” with their address, All 3 are London proved at 3 1/4 Tons with 2 3/4″ chambers; All 3 have Purdey barrel numbers, the pair with barrel #’s 70927 to 70930 which should be about 1969 & the spare barrels with #’s 71703 & 71704 which should be about 1971, Double triggers, Rolled trigger guard edge for the right hand, Numbered 1 & 2 in Gold, Splinter forend with an Anson frontal release, Straight hand stocks and both at 15 1/16 x 1 7/16 x 2 1/8″ over a checkered butt with a 1 3/4″ extension that is expertly done, Remove the extension & add a 1″ pad & it will come out at 14 3/8″, 1/2″ Cast-Off for the right hand, They point like a dream, Both at 6 Lbs. 14 Oz.. Near exhibition wood on both with great black/brown contrast, Boss Classic Engraving by John James Sumner with his characteristic 6 bouquets of roses; – The #1 gun has Purdey barrel blue at 96%, The stock & forend re-oiled & is at 98%, The checkering at 99%, The original case colors remain at 40%; – The #2 gun has Purdey barrel blue at 97%, The stock & forend re-oiled & is at 97%, The checkering at 99%, Traces of case colors remain; – The Purdey barrel blue on the spare barrel for gun #2 is at 99%. All 3 sets of barrels remain in excellent plus condition inside & out with original dimensions and internally the bores are as new. All 3 barrels ring with a pronounced chime and remain smack on the face. The pair is cased in a fold-open leather cornered motor case with a trade label and no provision for the spare barrel. The original Boss barrels were lost in a shipment from the U. S. for a shoot in Scotland, hence the new barrels by Purdey. This is a very nice pair of Classic Boss Game Guns with 3 sets of barrels that remain as new.  Price: $39,000

H.J. Hussey IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, SIDELOCK EJECTOR SxS SHOTGUNS CASED BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS
H.J. Hussey IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, SIDELOCK EJECTOR SxS SHOTGUNS CASED BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS

H.J. Hussey IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, SIDELOCK EJECTOR SxS SHOTGUNS CASED BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS: Year 1902-1904, 12 Gauge, 6lbs 9oz; 6lbs 8oz, SK/LM , LOP 15 1/4″, DAH 2 1/8″, DAC 1 1/2″. The fine matching pair of 12 bore Hussey guns offered here, serial numbers 14170 and 14171 ca. 1902, are LONDON BEST GUNS in every way, with 7-pin sidelock actions featuring beaded fences, finely filed bolsters on the bottom of action, gold lined cocking indicators, superb acanthus scroll with elaborate border work and adorned with the finest floral bouquets you will ever see.  The top tang is gracefully shaped and simply flows into the action.  VERY RARELY SEEN ARE THE BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS IN THIS FINE PAIR OF HUSSEY GUNS, COMPLETE WITH THEIR REGISTERED NUMBERS. Price: $23,000

Beretta 450 sidelock side-by-side 12 gauge Live Pigeon gun:
Beretta 450 sidelock side-by-side 12 gauge Live Pigeon gun:

Beretta 450 sidelock side-by-side 12 gauge Live Pigeon gun: An interesting gun that was made in 1954 and it is as tight and fresh today as it was then, some 64 years ago!  Barrel markings tell that the monobloc barrels were made with the best Chrome Molybdenum Compressed Steel, Superior Type and that this gun was imported by the “Wilshire Gun House” in Los Angeles, CA.  Sometime in its life this gun was “freshened” professionally and the 28″ barrels were sent to England to be fitted with five Teague Precision thin wall chokes, that as you can see by the muzzle photo, are almost invisible.  The barrels have a raised solid rib which tapers from 11.3mm (7/16″) at the breech down to 5.4mm (7/32″) at the muzzle; there is a single small brass front bead. This 450 was restocked in Italy (probably by Beretta) with a spectacular and hefty piece of walnut configured with a right hand palm swell and the dimensions are: 14 ¾” LOP over a ½” Beretta pad, 1 5/16” DAC & 1 ¾” DAH with ¼” cast for a right hand shooter. A nicely scaled beavertail forearm with an Anson release allows the gun to be guided easily with the left hand. The sidelock action has cocking indicators, concealed third fastener, single non-selectable trigger, non-automatic top tang safety and it is completely covered in hand engraved a floral and scroll pattern then chrome finished for durability.  All original metal and wood finishes and all are 99%+. Weighs 7 lbs. 14 oz. It comes in a modern Beretta DT10 luggage case with the Teague choke tubes & wrench and with 4 serial numbered turn screws (screwdrivers) fitted to this gun. Price: $12,350

BOSS & Co. – Best Boxlock Ejector, SxS, 12ga, 30”:
BOSS & Co. – Best Boxlock Ejector, SxS, 12ga, 30”:

BOSS & Co. – Best Boxlock Ejector, SxS, 12ga, 30”: Mod./Full, straight grip stock with ¾” wood extension to a checkered butt and gold shield, double triggers, Schabel forend with horn insert, game rib, automatic ejectors, lovely full coverage scroll with BOSS & CO. engraved in ribbons on both sides of the receiver, rib marked with Boss & Co. St. James Street address, the wood finish remains in very good condition, traces of case coloring on receiver, most of the bluing remaining on the bottom plate of action and trigger guard,  95% barrel bluing, very clean and tight gun throughout, reproofed with 2 ¾” chambers, available for immediate delivery. 14 7/8” x 1 ½” x 2”
6lbs, 10 oz. Price: $6,995.

Parker Reproduction by Winchester DHE GRADE, 28ga
Parker Reproduction by Winchester DHE GRADE, 28ga

Parker Reproduction by Winchester DHE GRADE SxS, 28ga: 26in. barrels, IC/Mod, boxlock action, ejectors, double triggers, beavertail forend,  English stock, skeleton steel buttplate, engraving in original DH style, case hardened frame, rust blue barrels. Supplied with leather trunk case, canvas and leather cover, and snap caps. 14 1/4” LOP. 5 lbs., 8 oz. Price: $4,900

5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world
Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world

Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun worldHammerless Sidelocks – Boss 20g. Sidelock in exceptional condition and investment grade original. Featuring 28″ Whitworth-steel barrels, 75% case color, 98% blue, in its maker’s case. This petite flower weighs in at 5 lbs. 4.5 oz., lighter than many 28 gauges. Stocked to the fences, assisted opening, iconic and crisp Boss single trigger, chopper-lump barrels, and stunning wood with super dimensions, this Boss has all and more of what we would expect from a Boss. What I expect most of all from Boss is what I think is their true trademark: balance? Let me tell you, get this gun between your hands and you will not want to let it go as you would feel your letting go of a part of yourself. Price: $67,000

F.lli Piotti King ~ SxS ~ 16 Ga ~ Double Barrel, Best-quality Italian ShotgunPrice: $18,500.66 
Caliber: 16 Ga.

F.lli Piotti King ~ SxS ~ 16 Ga ~ Double Barrel, Best-quality Italian Shotgun
F.lli Piotti King ~ SxS ~ 16 Ga ~ Double Barrel, Best-quality Italian Shotgun

Chambers: 2 3/4 Inch Chambers
Metal Condition: Mint with very fine full coverage scroll engraving with small floral bouquets.
Wood Condition: Near Mint with a couple of very light handling marks.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 27 Inch chopper lump barrels.
Triggers: Double Trigger
Stock: Walnut Straight Grip Stock
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 14 /58 Inch, DAH 1 1/2 Inch, DAH 2 1/4 Inch with a 1/8 Inch Cast Off
Fore End: Splinter Forearm
Butt Pad: Checkered Butt
Weight: 6 lbs. 4 oz.
Sights: Single Front Bead
Chokes: Cylinder and Cylinder Fix Choke
Extras: Comes with a leather fitted hard case.

Rare Parker Bros. DHE 20ga. Side-by-Side w/ 30" barrels
Rare Parker Bros. DHE 20ga. Side-by-Side w/ 30″ barrels

Rare Parker Bros. DHE 20ga. Side-by-Side w/ 30″ barrelsA very rare Parker Bros. DHE grade 20 gauge with 30″ Titanic steel barrels. This gun is unusual in that it was ordered with open chokes. According to the factory letter,the gun was ordered to shot 55% in the right barrel and 65% in the left. The actual choke dimensions are .005″ in the right and .015″ in the left. The gun has a straight grip stock, skeleton butt plate, double triggers and ejectors. The bores are mint with no pits or rust. The barrels are on face and lock up tightly. The receiver retains traces of the original case colors and has excellent engraving. The water table and forend iron retain strong case colors. The gun was built in 1918 and was ordered with 25/8″ chambers,which it still has. The stock dimensions remain unaltered at 141/4″LOP,15/8″ at comb,and 21/2″ at heel. The wood is sound with no cracks or damage. Just a few light handling marks from 100 years use. The gun was built on an O frame and weighs 6-8. This is a classic Parker bird gun with some very unusual features in all original unaltered condition. This gun is not a safe queen. This is a classic Parker that is nice enough to be proud off,but not too nice to shoot and enjoy. Fully authenticated and original. Price: $14,900 

AYA ~ SxS ~ 20 Ga. ~ Sidelock Spanish ShotgunPrice: $3,299.99

AYA ~ SxS ~ 20 Ga. ~ Sidelock Spanish Shotgun
AYA ~ SxS ~ 20 Ga. ~ Sidelock Spanish Shotgun

Caliber: 20 Ga
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Very few very Lite User Marks
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: Checkered English Grip
Stock Dimensions:
14 1/8″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Splinder
Butt Pad: Leather Recoil Pad
Weight: 6.5 Lbs
Sights: Front Bead
Chokes: Briley Chokes
Extras: With case and Briley chokes.

BERETTA - Model 410 - 10ga 3-1/2" Magnum SxS - Late Model
BERETTA – Model 410 – 10ga 3-1/2″ Magnum SxS – Late Model

BERETTA – Model 410 – 10ga 3-1/2″ Magnum SxS – Late ModelProbably the Toughest 10ga 3-1/2″ Magnum SxS ever produced. Easily the best for the money. 1971 – Beretta Model 410 – 10ga, 3-1/2″ Magnum, 31-1/2″ Full / Full -Hand Engraved, Raised Solid Rib, Rib Extension Third Bite, Double Triggers – Front Articulated, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 9 lbs. 8 oz. Has the look and feel of a Brand New gun. Appears unfired. Bores are chrome lined and perfect. There are a couple of minor marks on the barrels, otherwise As New.

The early guns were prone to cracked stocks on the side panels – due to a sharp corner at the scalloped back edge of the receiver. The later guns – like this one from the 1970s – had improvements that solved that issue. You can’t buy a better 10ga Magnum double for four times the money. Price: $2450

5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

Beretta S2 OU Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta S2 OU Double Barrel Shotgun

Beretta S2 OU Double Barrel ShotgunA 1953 BERETTA SIDELOCK S2 OVER/UNDER IN 12 GAUGE WITH 27.5″ SOLID RIB BARRELS. IT HAS 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS AND I/C (.012)-FULL.034) CHOKES. ENGLISH GRIP WITH SINGLE TRIGGER. VERY NICE CONDITION. LOP 13 7/8″- 1 7/16″- 2 1/2″ – 0″ cast. Price: $4,600

Parker (Winchester) ~ DHE ~ 20 Ga ~ Side-by-Side ShotgunReproduction of the Parker side by side shotgun manufactured by Winchester. This example has standard floral scroll engraving with a pointer on each side of the action and three pheasants in a field scene on the underside. The barrels have a single brass bead sight on the matte concave solid rib, full/modified chokes, and 3″ chambers with ejectors. It has blued barrels, buttplate and trigger guard and casehardened remaining parts. It is mounted on a very nicely figured multi-point checkered walnut forearm with engraved hardware and pistol grip stock, lightly engraved skeletonized buttplate and checkered bare butt, and gold initial oval. It includes a Parker reproduction leather takedown case. Price: $3,999.99 

Parker (Winchester) ~ DHE ~ 20 Ga ~ Side-by-Side Shotgun
Parker (Winchester) ~ DHE ~ 20 Ga ~ Side-by-Side Shotgun

Caliber: 20 Ga.
Chambers: 2 3/4 in., 3 in.
Metal Condition: Very good w/ minor wear marks
Wood Condition: Good w/ a 3″ scratch on left side
Bore Condition: Very good w/ minimal wear
Barrels: 28″ blued barrels
Triggers: Double triggers
Stock: Fixed, checkered walnut
Stock Dimensions:
13.5″ LOP on left trigger, 14.25″ LOP on right trigger, 1.5″ drop
Fore End: Checkered walnut
Butt Pad: Lightly engraved skeletonized buttplate, checkered bare butt
Weight: 7 lbs.
Sights: Fixed brass front bead
Chokes: Full on left barrel, modified on right barrel
Extras: Leather hard case

Arrieta Crown Sabel, 20ga Sidelock SxS, 27" bbls NICE
Arrieta Crown Sabel, 20ga Sidelock SxS, 27″ bbls NICE

Arrieta Crown Sabel, 20ga Sidelock SxS, 27″ bbls NICEArrieta Crown Sable Side by Side, 20ga, 3″ chambers, double trigger, ejectors, 27″ barrels, fixed IC and Mod. Sn is 317xx. Factory finish on both wood and metal. Hand-detachable sidelock. LOP Is 15 3/8″ to the front trigger. Email me if you would like these pics sent to you, they will come through bigger and better than on the listing page here. Price: $1,999

Browning ~ BSS ~ 12 Ga~ Sporter~ 28″ bblsA fine side by side ready for your hunt. Has a full/improved choked barrels. Price: $1,899.99
Caliber: 12 gauge.
Chambers: 3 Inches.
Metal Condition: Excellent.
Wood Condition: Excellent with handling marks.

Browning ~ BSS ~ 12 Ga ~ Sporter ~ 28" bbls
Browning ~ BSS ~ 12 Ga ~ Sporter ~ 28″ bbls

Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 28 inches.
Triggers: Single Trigger.
Stock: Checkered wood, straight stock.
Stock Dimensions:
14 Inches LOP.
Fore End: Checkered wood.
Butt Pad: Rubber butt pad.
Weight: 7 Pounds.
Sights: Front Bead.
Chokes: Full left, Improved right.

FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE - 28" BARRELS - EJECTORS - FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES
FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE – 28″ BARRELS – EJECTORS – FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES

FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE – 28″ BARRELS – EJECTORS – FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCESHere is a solid Francotte 20E with 28″ barrels and ejectors. This is a well made sideplated boxlock. Double underbite with concealed Greener style third fastener. Side clips. Tight and on the face. No loose ribs. No cracks to wood. A vintage VL&D Import. Auto safety. Right barrel measures .729 with 3/1000 choke (Skeet), while left is .730 with 8/1000 (IC). Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14″. Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″. Drop at Heel – 2 3/4″ Price: $1,400 

Auction alert: 28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, perfect for mom….

Beretta BL-3 28ga 28", Over Under Shotgun
Beretta BL-3 28ga 28″, Over Under Shotgun

Here’s a great Mother’s Day gift for any mom who’s into upland hunting. If you fortunate, she may let you use it.

I’ve gushed about these Berettas many times before. Imported into the U.S. in the late ’60s and early ’70s, they were good deals in their day. Today, they’re one of the best buys you’ll find in a bird gun.

Simple, rugged, and well made, this 28g is a ton of gun in sexy, lightweight package. And its 28″ barrels make it extra special.

Beretta BL-3 28ga 28", Over Under Shotgun
Beretta BL-3 28ga 28″, Over Under Shotgun

It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends tomorrow, 5/13/2018 @ 4:29 PM.

Beretta BL-3 28ga 28″, Over Under Shotgun: Choked M/F. This is a gun you do not see very often but it is a real sweet gun. It weighs just under 6 pounds and shoots like a dream. There is a reason these little guns are so popular. Take a good look at the photos as the gun is in good shape but does have a few blemishes. some spots on the blueing of the toplever and a crack in the toe of the stock are the most noticeable. This will make an excellent quail or small gauge clays gun.

Beretta BL-3 28ga 28", Over Under Shotgun
Beretta BL-3 28ga 28″, Over Under Shotgun

Brescia, Italy. Great place, great people, great guns…

Train station in Brescia, Italy
The train station in Brescia, Italy

Last week I flew into Milan, Italy, and traveled east to Brescia to visit Beretta and a few other gunmakers.

People in the Brescia region have been building guns for 400+ years. Today, the area is home to 100+ companies who build 40% of the sporting and hunting firearms sold around the world.

In 2016, these companies shipped 395,000 guns to the U.S. alone.

Beretta is the biggest and most famous of these companies. This year they’re introducing a fine new OU called the SL3. I talk more about this gun–and about the other gunmakers I visited–in future posts.

Learn more about gunmaking in the Brescia region.

Roman ruins in Brescia
Roman ruins in Brescia
Vineyards in front of the Castle of Brescia
Vineyards in front of the Castle of Brescia
Cool building in the old part of Brescia
Cool building in the old part of Brescia
Val Trompia, from a roofdeck at the Beretta factory
Val Trompia, from a roof deck at the Beretta factory
Dinner one night in Brescia
Dinner one night in Brescia
Mille Miglia Musem in Brescia
At the Mille Miglia Museum in Brescia

Auction alert: 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″…

20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels
20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels

Here’s your chance to get one of the all-time great shotguns: A 20 gauge Beretta 686 Onyx OU. If you’re an upland hunter looking for solid, do-it-all double barrel, this is it.

Beretta introduced the 686 Onyx in the ’80s and made them into early 2000. These shotguns are built on a simple, time-tested design and feature trigger-plate style actions.

I saw my first 686 one in the ’90s and fell in love right away. Its matte-black finish made it look both utilitarian and elegant. I think it cost $1200–a fortune for a kid just out of college and heading into the world with a BA in English.

Since then, I’ve shot some of the finest — and priciest — doubles in the world. Are they better than this gun? Absolutely. But does a $75,000 Boss feel 50x nicer than a 686 Onyx? I’m not so sure.

This ones comes in its original box and includes 2 choke tubes. It’s on Gunbroker.com now with an opening bid of $1200 and No Reserve. The listing ends on 4/14/2018 @ 1:07 PM

20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels: Very good condition used Beretta 686 Onyx 20 Guage. Orignal box, manual, 2 extra chokes. overall a nice over and under 20 ga. Metal and blueing are excellent. Wood is overall good, with a few small dings in the stock.

20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels
20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels
20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels
20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels
20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels
20g Beretta 686 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels

Auction alert: 20g Beretta BL-3 OU, 28″ bbls…

Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3" chambers
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers

Here’s the perfect OU for upland hunting. These Beretta BL-3 were imported into the U.S. in the late ’60s, early ’70s. Today, they’re one of the best buys you’ll ever find in a bird gun. Simple, rugged, and well made, it’s a ton of gun in lightweight, sexy-looking package.

The 28″ barrels on this one make it special (most have 26″ tubes).

It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 3/12/2018 @ 6:41 PM.

Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers: A nice Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge shotgun, has 28-inch vent rib barrels with fixed modified and full chokes. Single-selective triggers. Extractors. Metal condition is excellent with nice blue and no rust and has engraved receiver. Stock and forearm are original and excellent with no cracks and nice original finish.

Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3" chambers
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3" chambers
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers

Auction alert: two nice Beretta OUs, 20g & 28g…

Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under 20g / 28g Shotgun
Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under 20g / 28g Shotgun

Beretta OUs are some of best doubles out there, especially the earlier models like these two. Both of these shotguns are coming to auction next week. If you’re looking for a great bird gun, you need to check them out.

Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions has this one. The sale starts Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 12:00 PM Pacific.

Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under Shotgun: With fitted pair of 20 ga. barrels, #QU2770, 28” vent rib 28 ga. barrels and 28” vent rib 20 ga. barrels, both fitted for Beretta mobil-chokes (28 ga. IC/IC.; 20 ga. IC/Mod.) Receiver with six gold quail inlaid on sides, plus gold QU logo inlaid on bottom, Beretta logo and other markings, ”1 of 750” on right-hand side; nice dark European walnut wood; 28 ga. forend with Schnaubel tip; 20 ga. is standard; buttstock with 14.5” length of pull to original Beretta pad. In Browning two-barrel hard case. Mfg’d 2003. Condition is excellent showing very little use, with few small handling marks to buttstock. Lockups are tight, bores are bright. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000.

Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under 20g / 28g Shotgun
Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under 20g / 28g Shotgun

Rock Island Auction Company has this one. It’s coming up for sale Thursday, February 15, 2018, @  9:00 AM Central.

Engraved Beretta BL3 Over/Under 20 Gauge Shotgun 28" with with Extra 26" Barrels:
Engraved Beretta BL3 Over/Under 20 Gauge Shotgun 28″ with with Extra 26″ Barrels:

Engraved Beretta BL3 Over/Under 20 Gauge Shotgun 28″ with with Extra 26″ Barrels: Serial #: V11890. 3″ chambers, choke tube system (improved cylinder/skeet installed), and 14″ LOP. With extra 26″ vent rib 20 gauge barrels with 3″ chambers, and modified/improved cylinder chokes. Also includes 3 Briley choke tubes, and choke tool. Estimate: $1,600-$2,500.

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