Online auction alert: 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, no reserve….

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels
Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels

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.

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels
Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels

When I was a kid, I lusted for one of these. I’m certain the guys counter at L.L. Bean’s old hunting store were sick of me asking to see one every time I was in there (which was a lot). Eventually I bought one, and I’ve had a 686 in my safe for 20+ years now. From Maine to Montana, I’ve killed everything from ruffed grouse and huns to pheasants with one, and I’ve never had a mechanical issue of been let down.

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels. SK, SK, IC, M, F. 3 inch chambers. Single selective trigger. Ejectors. 14 5/8″ LOP factory Beretta pad. 6 lbs 6 oz. Excellent condition and bore.

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels
Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels
Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels
Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels
Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels
Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga. 26 1/2 inch barrels

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

P.V. Nelson - Best - 16 ga - SxS
P.V. Nelson – Best – 16 ga – SxS

P.V. Nelson – Best – 16 ga – SxS: Action: Sidelock. Gauge: 16 ga, Chamber: 2 3/4 “, Length: 29 “, Chokes: IC/MEjectors: Yes. Trigger: Double, Grip: Straight Grip. Forend: Checkered, Lop: 15 1/2 “, Type of butt: Checkered Wood, Drop comb: 1 3/8 “, Drop heel: 2 1/8 “, Cast amount: 3/16 “,Cast: Off,Weight: 6 lbs Manufactured in: England, Finish: Case Colored, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Stock: Original finish. Metal: Original finish, Type of Case: Oak & Leather. Price: $55,000

Churchill Premiere 12g Sidelock Best Quality Matched Pair
Churchill Premiere 12g Sidelock Best Quality Matched Pair

Churchill Premiere 12g Sidelock Best Quality Matched Pair: Serial Number: 1335 & 1336 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 30 inches Action: SE Triggers: Double Trigger Gauge: 12 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/4 inches Stock Heel: 2 7/16 inches Fore End: Splinter LOP: 14 7/8 inches Weight: 7 lbs. 1 oz. Cased. Price: $49,500

Parker - DHE, 16ga. 28” Barrels Choked F/IM
Parker – DHE, 16ga. 28” Barrels Choked F/IM

Parker – DHE, 16ga. 28” Barrels Choked F/IM: #1 frame, double trigger, auto ejector, pistol grip, skeleton butt, 98% original case color, NOT REFINISHED, extremely highly figured original wood. 209xxx serial #, perfect screws and still has all the fire blue on the screws and the original finish marks on the barrel. Exceptional Gun. 13 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″. Price: $12,500

1950 - Beretta - ASEL - - OU -- 20ga, 2-3/4", 26" M / IM (.013 / .022)
1950 – Beretta – ASEL – – OU — 20ga, 2-3/4″, 26″ M / IM (.013 / .022)

1950 – Beretta – ASEL – – OU — 20ga, 2-3/4″, 26″ M / IM (.013 / .022): Solid Rib, Ejectors, Double Triggers, LOP 14″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs 10 oz. Action is Tight. Bores are Perfect. Forearm has been replaced – a long time ago. Price: $4750

BC Miroku "My Luck" 12 ga model FE sidelock
BC Miroku “My Luck” 12 ga model FE sidelock

BC Miroku “My Luck” 12 ga model FE sidelock: Holland and Holland style 7 pin.  Gun comes with the most beautiful piece of wood I have seen on. Miroku gun.  It has English stock with pad and original l plate and splinter foreend.  Barrels are 28 inch IC/Full and blueing is excellent… other than a little case color wear on corners of receiver, gun is in excellent plus condition. My guess based on Miroku history, My Luck guns were made in the 50s. Stock has great dimensions at 14 5/8″ x 1.5″ x 2.5″. Price: $3500

Online auction alert: 20g Beretta S55 OU, no reserve…

European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28" F/M Mfd 1962
European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28″ F/M Mfd 1962

It’s turning out to be a good couple of week’s for bird guns. Last week I featured this real nice 20g Beretta S57.

European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28" F/M Mfd 1962
European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28″ F/M Mfd 1962

Yesterday, I spotted this great little 20g S55. Gunbroker.com. It’s listed online now at Gunbroker.com and the auction ends Wednesday, 10/15, @ 9:00 PM.

It has everything you need to hunt grouse, woodcock & quail: two triggers, two barrels, good chokes, and good stock dimensions. And don’t let the sling turn you off. Over your shoulder is a great way to carry your gun — especially if you hunt over pointing dogs.

European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28" F/M Mfd 1962
European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28″ F/M Mfd 1962

Beretta introduced it’s S-series OU shotguns in 1955. There were three models: the S55 (Silver Snipe), the S56 (Golden Snipe), and the S57 (Ruby Snipe). These OUs combined features of Beretta’s expensive, handmade ASEs and sidelock S1s with cost-cutting, mass-production techniques.

In their day, Beretta’s S55, S56, and S57 competed with OUs like the Browning Superposed. But the S55, S56, and S57 weighed less and cost less than Browning’s gun. Thanks to these differences, the Beretta’s S-line of OUs sold well.

European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28" F/M Mfd 1962
European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28″ F/M Mfd 1962

Over time, these guns evolved into some of the best-selling OUs ever, like the Beretta 686 and the S687 Silver Pigeon.

European Beretta Model S55 Over Under 20 Ga Shotgun 28″ F/M Mfd 1962: We offer you a Beretta Model S55 Over/Under 20 gauge shotgun. It appears to be similar to their Silver Snipe shotgun. It was made for the European market and came from the factory with sling swivels and has a sling as shown. It wears 27 7/8 inch barrels but they were marketed as 28 inch. Both sides of the receiver are marked the same “BERETTA LOGO – PIETRO BERETTA / GARDONE V.T Brescia / MADE IN ITALY. The top of the barrel is marked “BERETTA with the Beretta logo as shown. The top barrel on the left side reads “ACCIAIO SPECIALE AL CROMO MOLIBDENO” – ” SPECIAL CHROME MOLYBDENUM STEEL” / 1,100 15,8 15,1. “full”. The top edges on the left is marked with the model number S.55″ the right top edge the serial number “01536”. On the receiver bottom is an engraving over a banner marked P.BERETTA / S.55 / PATENT as shown The bottom barrel “17.4/70 15,8 15,4” “modified”. The bottom is marked with proof marks with the model “S.55” the serial number “01536” and date code “XVIII” which makes the year of production 1962. The bores on the barrels are in excellent condition and it functions just fine. The bluing is in fine condition with some marks and a small area of freckling on the bottom of the lower barrel. It has 2 3/4 inch chambers, extractors and double triggers. There are no “star” choke markings on the barrels. The forearm is solid with no cracks with some dings on the bottom as shown and also has the matching serial number of “01536”. The English style butt stock is solid with no cracks and has some dings with the most distracting on the left side as shown. Overall this is a very fine made in Italy over/under shotgun.

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

Piotti King 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS
Piotti King 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS

Piotti King 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS: Barrels: 27 1/2″ Chokes: M – F L.O.P. : 14 1/2″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 6 lbs 7 oz. Price: $17,500

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 Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case: Hammerless Sidelocks – 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 Note the weight! Serial Number: 7279 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 27″ Barrel Type: Steel Action: trigger plate round action Gauge: 12 gauge 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

Superb high original condition Parker DHE 12ga 28" Game Gun with original SST and Straight Stock
Superb high original condition Parker DHE 12ga 28″ Game Gun with original SST and Straight Stock

Superb high original condition Parker DHE 12ga 28″ Game Gun with original SST and Straight Stock: EXCEEDINGLY RARE TRANSITION GUN – not marked “Parker” anywhere on the action!  Very few of these (less than 6 in D Grade) known!!! Made on a 1-1/2 Frame with 28″ Titanic Steel barrels.  This scarce gun with splinter forend, straight stock and original Parker SST.  Gun has finely figured stocks with what is probably the original leather faced pad.  Perfect choke combo in this gun for upland game! Overall the gun is in superb original condition.  Retains about 97% original barrel blue, more than 97% bold original case color and crisp original wood finish.  Mechanics are crisp and bores are brilliant and shiny.  Gun has been fired but very very little. Price: $8750 

BERETTA - SO2 - 28" Bbls - Double Triggers - Solid Vintage Sidelock SO
BERETTA – SO2 – 28″ Bbls – Double Triggers – Solid Vintage Sidelock SO

BERETTA – SO2 – 28″ Bbls – Double Triggers – Solid Vintage Sidelock SO: 1968 – Beretta SO2 – 12ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ IM / F (.027 / .043) Boehler Steel Bbls, Ejectors, Double Triggers, LOP 14-1/2″ Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″,  1/8″ OFF,  Weight 7 lbs. 6 oz. Just in time for Bird Season! Mechanically Perfect Condition. This gun has seen very little use. It feels like a New Gun. Your chance to own a True U/O Sidelock of Beretta Quality. Serial Number: 34733 Barrel Length: 28″ Bore Info: Original Chambers: 2 3/4″ Ejectors: Strong Ejectors Condition: VG Bore Condition: Exc Barrels: Boehler Antinit Steel Action: U/O Triggers: DT Stock: POW Stock Drop: 1 1/2″ Stock Comb: 2 1/4″ Stock Cast: 1/8″ OFF Fore End: Game Butt Pad: Silvers LOP: 14 1/2″ Rib: Vented
Finish: Coin Weight: 7lbs 6oz Manufacture Date: 1968 Chokes: IM/F Engraving: Rose/Scroll. Price: $5,350

REMINGTON 1894 - C GRADE - 32" ORDNANCE STEEL BARRELS WITH EJECTORS - 12 GAUGE
REMINGTON 1894 – C GRADE – 32″ ORDNANCE STEEL BARRELS WITH EJECTORS – 12 GAUGE

REMINGTON 1894 – C GRADE – 32″ ORDNANCE STEEL BARRELS WITH EJECTORS – 12 GAUGE: Here is Remington 1894 C Grade with the rare 32″ Ordnance Steel Barrels. This 12 gauge gauge gun has perefctly timed ejectors and sharp and well executed engraving. Mirror bores measuring .725 as original with 35/1000 Full Chokes in each barrel. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Tight on face. No loose ribs, barrels ring very nicely. No cracks to wood. Ivory front bead has cracked as photo shows. Auto safety. Weight of gun is 8 LBS 1 3/4 OZ.  LOP – 14 1/4″ Drop at Comb – 1 5/8″ Drop at Heel – 2 1/8″ Price: $3,750

Good gun alert: 20g Beretta S57E with double triggers, straight stock…

BERETTA - RARE - European Market - S57E - 20ga - English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors - Like New !
BERETTA – RARE – European Market – S57E – 20ga – English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors – Like New !

Here’s your chance to pick up a rare version of one of my favorite shotguns.

BERETTA - RARE - European Market - S57E - 20ga - English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors - Like New !
BERETTA – RARE – European Market – S57E – 20ga – English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors – Like New !

The  S57 was one of the trio of over-under shotguns that Beretta introduced in 1955. There was S55 (Silver Snipe), the S56 (Golden Snipe), and the S57 (Ruby Snipe).

BERETTA - RARE - European Market - S57E - 20ga - English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors - Like New !
BERETTA – RARE – European Market – S57E – 20ga – English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors – Like New !

These OUs combined features of Beretta’s expensive, handmade ASEs and sidelock S1s with mass-production techniques. In their day, Beretta’s S55, S56, and S57 competed with OUs like the Superposed. But the S55, S56, and S57 weighed less and cost less than Browning’s gun Thanks to these differences, the Beretta’s S-line of OUs sold well. Over time, these guns evolved into some of the best-selling OUs ever, like the Beretta 686 and the S687 Silver Pigeon.

BERETTA - RARE - European Market - S57E - 20ga - English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors - Like New !
BERETTA – RARE – European Market – S57E – 20ga – English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors – Like New !

BERETTA – RARE – European Market – S57E – 20ga – English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors – Like New! Very Very few Beretta shotguns were imported to the U.S. with English Stocks. 1963 – Beretta – S57E – – 20ga, 2-3/4″, 26-3/4″ M / F (.014 / .024) Vent Rib, Mid Rib Bead, Ejectors, Double Triggers – Front Articulated, Completely Hand Engraved, Long Trigger Guard Tang, English Stock, Game Forearm, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-5/16″ to 2-1/8″, Very Slight Cast Off, Weight 5 lbs 14 oz. Very tight gun. Still doesn’t fall open. Perfect Bores. Shot very little. Metal is 99+%. Wood about 97%. Shipping to CONUS included in price. Price: $2850

BERETTA - RARE - European Market - S57E - 20ga - English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors - Like New !
BERETTA – RARE – European Market – S57E – 20ga – English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors – Like New !

Happening today: A great gun, a great cause: Custom Tall Timbers Beretta SL3 …

Here your chance to get one and help a great cause: Bid on the Tall Timbers Gun Volume III: Beretta Custom SL3 Field Gun today, 9/27, starting at 4pm
Bid on the Tall Timbers Gun Volume III: Beretta Custom SL3 Field Gun today, 9/27, starting at 4pm

Here your chance to get one and help a great cause: Bid on the Tall Timbers Gun Volume III: Beretta Custom SL3 Field Gun today, 9/27, starting at 4pm

I was at Beretta’s factory in 2018 when they launched the SL3. It’s an impressive gun, and one I would be proud to own. (You can read my story about it in Shooting Sportsman mag here)

Here’s more about this Custom Tall Timbers Beretta SL3 OU from the folks at Tall Timbers:

Happening today: A great gun, a great cause: Custom Tall Timbers Beretta SL3 ...
Happening today: A great gun, a great cause: Custom Tall Timbers Beretta SL3 …

“A Quail Gun with a Cause”. Tall Timbers Gun III, Custom Stocked Hand-Engraved Beretta SL3

Tallahassee, Fla. August 26, 2020 ― Number Three in the Tall Timbers Gun series is, appropriately, the SL3, the newest offering from Beretta’s famed Premium Division in Gardone, Italy. The SL3 was introduced in 2018, first as a 12-gauge capable of withstanding high-volume punishment from driven-game shooters in Britain. Beretta designed it to be agile and responsive in the hands, yet capable of enduring hundreds of thousands of rounds, including hard-to-digest steel- and other hard non-toxic shot — in other words, a 21st Century version of a best game gun. Last year, the world’s oldest gunmaker unveiled its sleeker, lighter sibling in 20-gauge, perfect for American upland hunters, and ideal for those who pursue bobwhites behind bird dogs.

Ready for your custom stock dimensions: Happening today: A great gun, a great cause: Custom Tall Timbers Beretta SL3 ...
Ready for your custom stock dimensions: Happening today: A great gun, a great cause: Custom Tall Timbers Beretta SL3 …

The SL3 is a symbiosis between Beretta’s centuries-old craft heritage and its state-of-the-art command of modern metallurgy and manufacturing capabilities. Shotguns produced by the latter method, often designed by engineers, can be handsome and affordable and are usually relentlessly reliable, but can lack the grace and beauty and subtle handling attributes of those made by a skilled craftsman’s hands and eyes. But with handiwork in increasingly short supply worldwide, it is ever more expensive — a traditional handcrafted best gun will cost as much as a Porsche 911, and often much, much more.

At the range with Beretta's new SL3 OU
Me at the range in Italy with Beretta’s new SL3 OU back in 2018

The SL3 was purpose-made to bridge the gulf between man and machine. Ferdinando Belleri —the traditionally-trained master gunmaker who captains the Beretta custom shop — designed it with other elite old-school craftsmen, but its components are machined with exacting precision in the larger factory. These return to the custom shop — Beretta Due, as it’s called — and under Belleri’s eagle-eyed supervision every SL3 is assembled, hand-fit and finished to the standards which Beretta premium guns are known for. The result is a hybrid — with the beauty of Beretta’s sidelock SO10, and the durability of its Olympic medal-winning DT11 competition guns, and far less expensive than the former.

Bid on the Tall Timbers Gun Volume III: Beretta Custom SL3 Field Gun today, 9/27, starting at 4pm

As with the first two Tall Timbers guns—the first by bespoke Italian maker Luciano Bosis, the second by Scotland’s renowned David McKay Brown — this year’s gun is an international collaboration headed by Tall Timbers CEO William Palmer, assisted by Shooting Sportsman Senior Editor Vic Venters. For the second time, noted American artist C.D. Clarke was enlisted to provide artwork — of flushing bobwhite against a backdrop of the famous fire research grounds at Tall Timbers — to serve as a template for the SL3’s hand-engraved game scene on the base of the action. Standard SL3s come either with a plain highly polished action, or with English-style rose & scroll, or full game scenes, or deep floral scroll, engraved to superb standards by Beretta’s five-axis laser technology. The Tall Timbers Beretta combines the deep floral scroll with the hand-engraved bobwhite scene to distinguish it from all others. Premium Beretta dealer Rich Cole, of Cole Fine Guns & Gunsmithing — often dubbed “Mister Beretta” for his expertise on the line — was instrumental in recruiting Beretta for the third Tall Timbers gun. Cole, headquartered in Naples, Florida, and one of America’s pre-eminent dealers of fine Italian shotguns, traveled to Gardone to hand-select the highly figured walnut blank and to coordinate the custom engraving with Beretta. The gun has been headed up, but the stock left unfinished so that it can be custom fit by Cole to the purchaser’s bespoke stock dimensions. It will then be made-to-measure, hand-checkered and finished out in his workshop.

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

So equipped, the lucky new owner should never miss another bobwhite, but should it happen, it will be for a good cause — wild quail conservation.

Bid on the Tall Timbers Gun Volume III: Beretta Custom SL3 Field Gun today, 9/27, starting at 4pm

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

David McKay Brown Trio of 16g Side by Side Game Guns
David McKay Brown Trio of 16g Side by Side Game Guns

David McKay Brown Trio of 16g Side by Side Game Guns: Consecutively numbered, true trio of 16g round action trigger plate self-opening Side by Side game guns by Scottish maker, David McKay Brown. Each gun is built on the classic Scottish trigger plate action with its rounded bar. Each gun features two triggers, auto-safeties, color case hardening and wonderfully executed small English scroll by renowned engraver Dave Tallett. Each gun features the Maker’s name inlayed in gold on the bottom the actions. Finally, each gun is appropriately numbered “1, 2, or 3” in gold and and the word “SAFE” is also inlayed in gold. All three guns feature 29” chopper lump barrels with 2 ¾” chambers and 2002 London proof marks. All three sets of barrels are bored and choked the same at: 3/8 (.015″) and 1/2 (.020″) with smooth concave game ribs.  The guns are stocked in a lovely set of well matched stock blanks with straight hand grips and splinter forend. There is a 15″ LOP over checkered butts and the guns are cast off 1/8″.  The guns weigh a lively 6 lbs. 2 oz. and are complete in  the Maker’s three gun motor case. The guns show some signs of use, but are overall in excellent condition, tight on face, and the barrels and stocks free from any dents, bulges or cracks.  Each gun is a superb example of the classic Scottish round action game gun. According to Donald Dallas’ book, David McKay Brown, Scotland’s Gun & Rifle Maker, The definitive history authorized by David McKay Brown, (2011 Quiller Press), the three guns were finished in 2003 and are the only trio of 16g Side by Side Game Guns shown in the ledgers when the book was published. Price: $95,000

VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN
VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN

VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN: Gun features a 30 inch barrel with an unusual 2 Ivory beads on it. Choked improved cylinder and modified. AH stamp on the water table as well as a number 6. 175k serial range. Original straight grip stock measuring 14-5/8 inches to the end of the Josten pad. Excellent condition with most original varnish. Sharp checkering. It has a gold inlaid unused inscription plate in the stock. This Parker is in beautiful shape with 85-90% bright case colors on the frame. Bottom of the receiver retains just traces of case color. The trigger guard is nicely engraved with a dog and has traces of blue remaining. Bottom of the receiver has a beautifully done dog with a bird in it’s mouth and a running deer. Both sides of the receiver are game scene engraved. Quite delicately done. Gun has the correct splinter forearm as well automatic ejectors. Also has the correct barrel markings “Acme Steel” on top of the rib. Overall this just a great gun. This is the 3rd A grade I have bought this week. This one came from an estate out of Fargo North Dakota. It has been identified in the Parker gun identification and serialization book having all the mentioned features. Has never been on the market before. Gun weighs 7pounds 5 ounces. Price: $41,500

Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE-grade 20ga two-barrel set with case
Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE-grade 20ga two-barrel set with case

Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE-grade 20ga two-barrel set with case: Made in 1995, this fantastic early CSMC XE Fox has it all – and remains in exceptionally nice original condition to boot.  The gun is engraved in factory XE Grade pattern, signed by Leopold Schickl.  Made originally with two sets of barrels and two forends – one in 27″ and one 26″, this would be the one gun any man would need for all seasons.  The gun was made with straight grip, double triggers, and splinter forends with Schnabel tips.  The gun is beautifully engraved with quail on left, woodcock on right, and standing Fox on the bottom all surrounded by well executed factory oak leaf pattern. This gun was made with exceptionally nice highly figured dark wood, as per the original order.  The stock terminates with the original checkered butt, and the grip is diamond shaped which is smooth and delicate.  Initials “E.H.” in gold stock shield near toe.  Each barrel with single ivory bead.  The gun is housed in its original two barrel set case with all accessories. Overall, the gun remains in near mint original condition retaining nearly all of its original finish to both wood and metal.  Mechanics are crisp and bores are brilliant and shiny. Price: $17,000  

BERETTA - RARE - European Market - S57E - 20ga - English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors - Like New !
BERETTA – RARE – European Market – S57E – 20ga – English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors – Like New !

BERETTA – RARE – European Market – S57E – 20ga – English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors – Like New! Very Very few Beretta shotguns were imported to the U.S. with English Stocks. 1963 – Beretta – S57E – – 20ga, 2-3/4″, 26-3/4″ M / F (.014 / .024) Vent Rib, Mid Rib Bead, Ejectors, Double Triggers – Front Articulated, Completely Hand Engraved, Long Trigger Guard Tang, English Stock, Game Forearm, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-5/16″ to 2-1/8″, Very Slight Cast Off, Weight 5 lbs 14 oz. Very tight gun. Still doesn’t fall open. Perfect Bores. Shot very little. Metal is 99+%. Wood about 97%. Shipping to CONUS included in price. Price: $2850

AYA sidelock SxS shotgun, No. 1 20ga
AYA sidelock SxS shotgun, No. 1 20ga

AYA sidelock SxS shotgun, No.1 20ga: This AYA is a 20GA with double triggers and a 26″ barrel. Both barrels are set in improved cylinder for the chokes. It comes with a hard case. This Shotgun is in very nice condition with little to no use wear. 20 Gauge. Metal Condition: Very good, Minor to no use wear. Wood Condition: Very good, Minor to no use wear. Barrels: 26″ Triggers: Double triggers Stock Dimensions: LOP 13 1/4″. Weight: 6 lb. 8 oz. Sights: Front metal bead. Chokes: IC/IC. Price: $2,499.99

How to buy vintage shotguns without getting burned: The 2nd most important questions to ask a seller

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! Super investment
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! Super investment

So I’ve had tech issues with Dogs & Doubles, and it has taken me a while to get things sorted out. Sorry for the trouble. But now I’m back. So here’s the next part of How to buy vintage shotguns without getting burned.

A few weeks ago, I talked about the first of the three most important questions you need to ask a seller before you buy a gun:

Question 1: Is the gun all original or has it been redone?

This week, we’ll cover: Question 2: What’s the condition of the barrels?

One thing I learned quickly in my gun-hoarding days was that bad barrels equal a bad gun. I know this sounds extreme, but it’s true for 2 reasons.

This gun was intentionally destroyed with a gross overcharge of smokeless powder. Pic from MidwayUSA website
This gun was intentionally destroyed with a gross overcharge of smokeless powder. Pic from MidwayUSA website

1: Safety. If the integrity of the barrels is compromised in any way, you can’t count on them to constrain the forces that are unleashed when you fire a gun.

16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun
16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun

2: Barrels are never worth replacing. OK, almost never. But on an old Parker or Fox, a new set made from scratch will cost your $8,000+ — if you can find someone to do it and do it right. You can send a British SxS or an OU back to the UK for new barrels, but you’re talking at least $10,000. European stuff can be just as pricey.

So when you’re buying a vintage shotgun, you need to figure out the condition of the barrels right away. Here are 5 questions to ask the seller.

Are these barrels their original length? I hope so -- I own the gun!
Are these barrels their original length? I hope so — I own the gun!

1. Are the barrels their original length? Back in the day, gunsmiths used to hack off a couple of inches from shotgun barrels all the time, usually to open up the chokes or to remove damage at the muzzle end. Unfortunately, this can affect how the barrels shoot and how the gun balances. It also lowers a gun’s resale value and can look lousy. So if the barrels are no longer their original length, the smart move is to pass on the gun.

Ouch. A nasty dent in a set Parker barrels. Image from the PerlicanParts forum.
Ouch. A nasty dent in a set Parker barrels. Image from the PerlicanParts forum.

2. Are there are any dents, dings, or bulges in the barrels? If so, you may be able to fix them. But depending on where they are, how bad they are, and the overall quality of the gun, it may not be worth doing. Determining the severity of a dent, ding, or bulge requires a gunsmith. The moment you consult one, you’ll start running a tab that could go to $200+ if you move ahead with any work. BTW: Check out this article to read more about dents what goes into repairing them: The Ins And Outs Of Shotgun Barrel Dents

Bad pitting inside a shotgun barrel
Bad pitting inside a shotgun barrel

3. Is there any pitting or corrosion, inside or out? Rust is never good. But some pin-pricks and small blooms of it can be easy to deal with if they’re on the exterior of the bbls. The same is true with a little light frosting inside the tubes. But thick rust and pits can only be removed with honing and polishing. These fixes aren’t cheap and they can create thin spots in the tubes. None of that is good.

4. Are the ribs tight?  Shotgun ribs are fastened to the barrels with soldering. When this soldering comes loose and falls away, moisture works underneath and rust follows. While loose ribs can be relayed, you don’t know how extensive the rust damage is until you remove the ribs. Plus, relaying ribs is expensive and you’ll have to reblue the barrels once it’s done.

5. Are there are any signs of repairs? Barrels get dented and fixed. Sometimes they bulge and are repaired. When they rust, people clean them up and reblue them (but won’t always reblue them the right way). While minor repairs aren’t a huge concern, major fixes are. If a set of barrels has been repaired, you (or more likely a gunsmith) will have to inspect them to see if the repair was done correctly and if the area around the repair has been compromised. And you know what that means — $$$$.

So that’s a lot to ask — I know. Later this week I’ll go over the rest of the things you need to find out about a set of shotgun barrels before you guy the gun, including chamber lengths, bore sizes, and minimum wall thicknesses. Stay tuned.

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PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN

PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: 26″ BARRELS, .005/.005 CHOKES, 3″ CHAMBERS, SPLINTER FOREND, FACTOR STRAIGHT GRIP “RARE”, 14″ 1 3/4″-2 7/8″, OOO FRAME, BRIGHT SHINY BORES, 95% BARREL BLUE, TIGHT ON FACE, GOOD SHOOTER ALL ORIGINAL UNALTERED PARKER CORRECT TO THE RECORD BOOK CURIO AND RELIC ELIGIBLE. Price: $24,500

Webley & Scott 20 Gauge Box Lock SXS Ejector Cased
Webley & Scott 20 Gauge Box Lock SXS Ejector Cased

Webley & Scott 20 Gauge Box Lock SXS Ejector Cased: 2 3/4-inch box lock ejector cased with accessories. Improved Cylinder and Modified chokes. English stock without cast, Strong case colors and 40% engraved. Leather-covered pad. Very light handling marks. Lockable case with a wood cleaning rod, jag, mop, and brass brush. Oil bottle and snap caps. 14 1/2 inch pull to front trigger. 5 pounds 11 ounces. 26-inch barrels. Checkering is sharp. Price: $4000

Merkel "Walter Uhlig" Over Under Double Rifle in 9.3 x 74R
Merkel “Walter Uhlig” Over Under Double Rifle in 9.3 x 74R

Merkel “Walter Uhlig” Over-Under Double Rifle in 9.3 x 74R: This Over/Under rifle has three claw mounts (no scope).  Boasts a 26″ barrel, with a 13 3/4″ LOP over pad.  Perfect bore!  This rifle is out of an estate that we are doing (No History). Serial Number: 24887. Barrel Length: 26″. Weight: 8 lbs 5 oz. Price: $3,995

Chapuis Orvis Classic SxS 20g 28"
Chapuis Orvis Classic SxS 20g 28″

Chapuis Orvis Classic SxS 20g 28″: Excellent condition. SN- 61905. IC/M. 3″ chambers. Ejectors. Automatic safety. 6 lbs. Comb 1 1/2″. Heel 2 1/2″. LOP 14 7/8″. Cast 1/4″ off. Double Triggers. Rare opportunity to get a high-quality Chapuis/Orvis sxs field gun at a great price. Orvis demo gun, maintained by Orvis Gunsmithing. Super clean with some minor nicks and handling marks. Pretty much like new. Hard case and materials. Seen little use. Price: $3600

BERETTA - 686 Onyx - OU - 20ga - 28" bbls Mobilchoke
BERETTA – 686 Onyx – OU – 20ga – 28″ bbls Mobilchoke

BERETTA – 686 Onyx – OU – 20ga – 28″ bbls Mobilchoke: LOP 14-5/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs 1 oz. Good Solid Working Gun. Shows some wear, but still tight and ready for the field. Price: $1485

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Merkel 203E Luxus Gold SLE - 16ga - 28” - IC/M - Spectacular German Field Gun ca. 1955 - Beautiful
Merkel 203E Luxus Gold SLE – 16ga – 28” – IC/M – Spectacular German Field Gun ca. 1955 – Beautiful

Merkel 203E Luxus Gold SLE – 16ga – 28” – IC/M – Spectacular German Field Gun ca. 1955 – Beautiful: Spectacular German Field Gun ca. 1955 – Beautiful Shotgun with some field experience – wood and metal show field evidence – a hairline crack in the stock toe (easy fix $200) – 14 3/8 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 – 6.10 lbs – I’ve not polished the patina on the Sidelock Plates because I feel it may disturb the nostalgia of the gun – if polished and wood refinished the gun would look like a blue ribbon shotgun – but I like it the way it is… very slender 16ga for the discerning upland shooter/collector. Price: $21,000

Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE Grade 20ga two-barrel set with case
Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE Grade 20ga two-barrel set with case

Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE Grade 20ga two-barrel set with case: Made in 1995, this fantastic early CSMC XE Fox has it all – and remains in exceptionally nice original condition to boot.  The gun is engraved in factory XE Grade pattern, signed by Leopold Schickl. Made originally with two sets of barrels and two forends – one in 27″ and one 26″, this would be the one gun any man would need for all seasons.  The gun was made with straight grip, double triggers, and splinter forends with Schnabel tips.  The gun is beautifully engraved with quail on left, woodcock on right, and standing Fox on the bottom all surrounded by well executed factory oak leaf pattern. This gun was made with exceptionally nice highly figured dark wood, as per the original order.  The stock terminates with the original checkered butt, and the grip is diamond shaped which is smooth and delicate.  Initials “E.H.” in gold stock shield near toe.  Each barrel with single ivory bead.  The gun is housed in its original two barrel set case with all accessories. Overall, the gun remains in near mint original condition retaining nearly all of its original finish to both wood and metal.  Mechanics are crisp and bores are brilliant and shiny.  Price: $17,000

12g D.B. Wesson Fire Arms Co. SxS RARE
12g D.B. Wesson Fire Arms Co. SxS RARE

12g D.B. Wesson Fire Arms Co. SxS RARE: This is one of the rare Wesson Fire Arms 12 gauge double hammer gun. The famous Gustave Young Shop engraved it. This is serial number 8 and it doesn’t have the barrel address. It has the Patent Dates on the water table. The Mechanical function is very good crisp and tight. The bores are very good bright and shiny and not a spec or rust or pitting. The checkering is very good and the butt stock is a very nice piece of stripped wood. The serial number 8 is under the thumb release stamped on the frame. The receiver, hammers, locks trigger guard and top tang are engraved. To save on weight the butt plate was skeletonized and the wood in the center of the place is nicely checkered. The receiver, hammers, trigger guard, top tang and bottom of the front wood still have blue 40-45% blue. The barrels have been rebrowned and there are no dents in the barrels. This is a very RARE item with only 219 being made. This comes with the original loading tools. These were made from 1868-1870, and also come with a copy of the patent information and a copy of the Descriptive Circular. Price: $7,495.

UST SCHULER GERMANY, FABULOUS HERKULES 12GA O/U BOXLOCK PIGEON GUN
AUGUST SCHULER GERMANY, FABULOUS HERKULES 12GA O/U BOXLOCK PIGEON GUN

AUGUST SCHULER GERMANY, FABULOUS HERKULES 12GA O/U BOXLOCK PIGEON GUN: 1924 MFG DATE, CASE COLORED ACTION WITH TIGHT SCROLL & FLORAL PATTERN, 30″ BBLS, 2 3/4, CHOKED IM/FULL, SOLID RIB, EXRACTORS, DBL TRIGGERS, BEAUTIFUL HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, PISTOL GRIP, TRIM FOREND, LOP 14 3/4 TO SILVERS PAD, 1 3/8, 2 5/8, 8LBS 10OZ, 99% ORIGINAL FINISH WOOD & METAL. Price: $3,995

BERETTA - RARE - BL-5 - - 28ga 28" M / F -- OU - - Hand Engraved
BERETTA – RARE – BL-5 – – 28ga 28″ M / F — OU – – Hand Engraved

BERETTA – RARE – BL-5 – – 28ga 28″ M / F — OU – – Hand Engraved: A VERY RARE Gun!  M / F (.010 / .023) Vent Rib, Mid Rib Bead, Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger, Hand Engraved, Long Trigger Guard Tang, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs 3 oz. Price: $3950

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Holland & Holland - Royal “Pigeon” Gun - 12ga - 30” - 3” - Full/Half (.019/.038) - 15” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” - 7.7 lbs - March 17, 1958
Holland & Holland – Royal “Pigeon” Gun – 12ga – 30” – 3” – Full/Half (.019/.038) – 15” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 7.7 lbs – March 17, 1958

Holland & Holland – Royal “Pigeon” Gun – 12ga – 30” – 3” – Full/Half (.019/.038) – 15” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 7.7 lbs – March 17, 1958: Matted Rib – Hinged Front Trigger – Self Opener – Provenance Data Pictured (please read) – This is a gun that was built for a gentleman that was “staying at the Ritz Hotel whilst in London!” – the original “RBL” initials are on the case, but the oval now has been changed to “JBL” (perhaps a family heir of the gun) – **IMPORTANT NOTE: this gun was specifically built as a “Pigeon and Live Bird” gun – as stated in the Holland & Holland Letter. Price: $32,995  

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ A-10 American ~ Over Under ~ 20 Gauge:
Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ A-10 American ~ Over Under ~ 20 Gauge:

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ A-10 American ~ Over Under ~ 20 Gauge: American black walnut English grip stock, hunting forend, Galazan recoil pad, gold single selective trigger adjustable for length of pull. Full side lock shotgun with hand detachable locks, tasteful light scroll engraving over traditional bone and charcoal case coloring. Satin blue 26″ barrels. Excellent condition in makers travel case.Chambers: 2 3/4 Inch Barrels: 26 Inch Triggers: Single, Tang Select Stock Dimensions: 14 1/2 Inch LOP, 2 1/4 Inch DAH, 1 1/2 Inch DAC, Neutral Cast Fore End: Field Weight: 6 Lbs 2 Oz. Sights: Matted Vent Rib, Red Front Chokes: 5- Tube Set. Price: $7,999.99

Beretta S3 12 Gauge OU Shotgun
Beretta S3 12 Gauge OU Shotgun

Beretta S3 12 Gauge OU Shotgun: 28 1/2″ Chokes: F – F L.O.P. : 14″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 3/8″H Weight: 7 lbs 4 oz Ser. #: 19438 Stock #: 9481 Price: $5,950

Belgian Browning Super Light Superposed 20 Ga
Belgian Browning Super Light Superposed 20 Ga

Belgian Browning Super Light Superposed 20 Ga: Consigned to Cole’s is this very nice Belgian Browning Superposed Super Light in 20 ga with 26-inch barrels.  The shotgun bears serial # 223PW02990.  The bores are excellent.  The upper barrel is choked Mod (**) and the lower is choked IC (**-).  This shotgun weighs in at 5lbs 14 oz, a true super lightweight.  The shotgun has a long tang, straight grip.  The LOP is 14 ¾” and terminates with a Decelerator recoil pad.  The stock has various minor nicks and dings from days afield.    The gun is nice and tight and there is no looseness to be found open or when in battery. The bluing is just starting to flake from the bottom of the receiver from carry.  Some very minor loss of factory finish is observed along the tang as well.  Again, this from honest use pursuing dove and quail.  One of the best I have seen or found out here in a very, very long time. Price: $4650

Zoli & Rizzini Field Grade S/S 20 Gauge
Zoli & Rizzini Field Grade S/S 20 Gauge

Zoli & Rizzini Field Grade S/S 20 Gauge: Offered for sale is this classic Field Grade double trigger side-by-side shotgun manufactured by Zoli&Rizzini in Magno Italy and imported to the U.S. by Abercrombie & Fitch in the1960s. The overall condition of this gun is very good to excellent rating in the 90% range. It has magnificent case hardened scalloped coloring enhanced by intricate engraving patterns and a blue finish on the frame, boxlock, lever and breech areas. The hardwood checkered Wales type grip and forearm are distinct and show very little ware. The top lever and boxlock plate also show fine engraving patterns adding value to this gun. Lock up is tight and the trigger mechanics are crisp. Overall the bluing is very uniform on both barrels with the possible exception of some very small age spots on the right side barrel. The stock shows some limited handling marks on one side which is to be expected for a field grade gun of this age. Overall it was well cared for over the years and is a very collectible firearm. Excellent value in this price range. Manufacturer: Zoli & Rizzini, Model: A&F Field Grade. Serial Number: 2427, Barrel Length: 26″, Bore Info: 2 3/4″, Ejectors: No, Condition: Very Good, Metal Condition: Good, Wood Condition: Lite Handling Marks, Bore Condition: Good, Barrels: 2, Action: Box Lock, Triggers: 2, Gauge: 20, Stock: Walnut, Butt Pad: Original, LOP: 14.25 inches, Finish: Blue, Weight: 6.5 pounds, Manufacture Date: 1965, Choke Left: M, Choke Right: IC. Price: $1,995

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OGDEN SMITH & HUSSEY IMPERIAL PIGEON SXS 12 GAUGE
OGDEN SMITH & HUSSEY IMPERIAL PIGEON SXS 12 GAUGE

OGDEN SMITH & HUSSEY IMPERIAL PIGEON SXS 12 GAUGE: 30″ WIDE PIGEON RIB 036 AND 038 CONSTRIXTION 2 3/4 NITRO, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 7LBS 15 OZ, 2 1/8″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $12,500

Francotte 20E 20 Gauge SxS - 1950, 99% CASE COLOR, MINTY!
Francotte 20E 20 Gauge SxS – 1950, 99% CASE COLOR, MINTY!

Francotte 20E 20 Gauge – 1950, 99% CASE COLOR, MINTY!, vintage firearms inc: General Specs: Francotte, Year 1950, 20 gauge, 5lbs 12oz, IC/M, LOP 14 7/16″, DAH 2 3/8″, DAC 1 1/2″, Serial Number: 89933. Auguste Francotte is world famous as a high-quality firearms maker from the gun making center of Leige, Belgium dating back as far as 1805.  Still making fine shotguns with price tags starting at $18,000, Francotte is a brand recognized and used by heads of state, business tycoons, and in some cases, the fortunate “Average Joe”. Search long and hard, you will not find another Auguste Francotte like this one.  First, this is the Model 20E, one of the higher grades A. Francotte offered in the boxlock ejector format and it has the sideplated action allowing for beautiful scroll engraving.  Second, the gun is 70 years old and RETAINS 99% OF THE FACTORY FINISH, INCLUDING ALL OF THE BOLD, VIVID, ORIGINAL BONE AND CHARCOAL CASE COLORS.  I HAVE NEVER SEEN A HIGHER CONDITION FRANCOTTE 20E!  Francotte guns are nicely built side by sides with a solid reputation for graceful looks and handling characteristics as well as rock solid dependability.  This fine Francotte, sn89933 built in 1950, has seen little use.  Beautifully hand engraved with FINE SCROLL ENGRAVING AND FOLIATE SCROLL BREECH BALLS, this is a very high-end side by side.  The wood is nicely figured European walnut showing lots of fiddleback figure and rich dark streaking, with most of the factory finish still there and the factory 28LPI hand-cut checkering in excellent condition.  There are field use marks in the buttstock wood, but all are superficial and there are no cracks or gouges in the wood.  We can restore the wood for you if you wish in a short period of time for an added cost; just ask about this in-house service we provide.  The gun weighs in at an ultra-light 5 3/4lbs. with its 26” Siemens Martin fluid steel barrels that are choked IC/M and have mirror perfect bores.  It is a very dynamic shotgun with the balance point on the hinge pin.  With the Prince of Wales style stock, it is lightning fast to the shoulder and puts a smile on your face when you handle her.  The gun is mechanically excellent with strong, well timed ejectors, barrels tight on the hinge pin and breech face like a new gun, perfect screws, crisp triggers…all in perfect working order and in need of no work at all.  THERE ARE 5 LOCKING POINTS ON THIS FRANCOTTE; A HIDDEN GREENER CROSS BOLT AT THE TOP RIB, DOUBLE UNDERLUG LOCKING BOLTS, SIDECLIPS, AND A THROUGH RECEIVER BARREL LUG, making sure the barrels are locked to the breech face laterally and vertically.  It just doesn’t get any better than that!  What a great gun for your upland pursuits, especially for the grouse and woodcock coverts and hunting over fine dogs.  She will represent well at the vintage sporting events too.  Francotte built some of the highest quality guns ever made and they are surprisingly affordable as this gun demonstrates.  Thanks for looking!  Price: $8,950

Parker Repro DHE - 20ga - 26” - IC/M - DT - Straight Grip - Skeleton Buttplate - High Grade Wood - Leather Maker’s Case
Parker Repro DHE – 20ga – 26” – IC/M – DT – Straight Grip – Skeleton Buttplate – High Grade Wood – Leather Maker’s Case

Parker Repro DHE – 20ga – 26” – IC/M – DT – Straight Grip – Skeleton Buttplate – High Grade Wood – Leather Maker’s Case: 14 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ – some case color wear – some handling marks – would make a great grouse, woodcock and quail gun – it’s TIGHT like new otherwise. Excellent Field Configuration worthy of an upland hunter. Price: $5,500  

BERETTA - SO4 - 30" M / F - Quality Sidelock Over Under - Completely Refurbished !
BERETTA – SO4 – 30″ M / F – Quality Sidelock Over Under – Completely Refurbished !

Beretta – SO4 – 30″ m / f – quality sidelock OU – completely refurbished: 12ga, 2-3/4″, 29-1/2″ M / F (.724 – .030 / .039) – Hand Filed Vent Rib, Ejectors, Single Non-Selective Trigger, LOP 14-7/8″, Drop 1-1/2 to 1-3/4″, Neutral Cast, Weight 8 lbs 4 oz. Completely refurbished gun, and used little – if any – since. Bores are perfect, and at factory original specs. This gun was reproofed in 1993, and possibly refurbished at that time. The gun is ready to shoot, but you can detect slight movement in the barrels. Price: $3950

A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun
A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun

A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model: My personal benchmark gun. Decided after it being in the safe for several years that someone else needs to own it. Will start it out here for a week and see what happens. Specs are 26″ barrels choked .013 and .020 and bores of .729 per my Skeets, and 2 3/4″ chambers and ejectors. LOP to end of wood 13 1/4″. To end of Antiflinch Pad 14 1/4″. DAC 1 5/8″, DAH 2 7/8″. Weight and this is downright lovely is 6 lb 9 oz. A 12 bore made for bird hunting as they say. Serial Number. is 122114. Call this my benchmark gun because the case colors are just about mint. Slight fading on the underside, but they are all there. Blueing is 100 percent except for some small spot right around the top rib where Dan Rossiter from Custom Stocks and Steel, believed there may have been a bit oil or whatever missed when the factory did the barrels. Gun has been apart one time and that was by Dan when he checked the internals. He added the Antiflinch pad (forgot what was on it). Bought this at a small in Va from a collector. Gun’s bores were covered in cosmoline and per the house the gun had not been fired for over 50 years (who knows). Wasn’t fired much if at all. Some flaking on the finish in spots. I’ve done nothing to the gun and its time to move it on. Pictures when the sun comes up. Serial Number: 122114, Barrel Length: 26″, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: Excellent, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Small bit of flaking, Bore Condition: Mint, Triggers: 2, Gauge: 12, Butt Pad: Jostam Anti flinch, Weight: 6 lb 9 oz, Choke Left: Mod, Choke Right: IC. PS.  This is a Savage marked gun with all the best Philly Fox features.   Also had twin Ivory beads (front and rear). Price: $1,950

Online auction alert: 20g Beretta BL-4 OU shotgun …

BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER
BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER

Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of my all-time favorite over-under bird guns. This Beretta BL-4 has everything you need for upland hunting: 3″ chambers, ejectors, IC & Mod chokes, a single selective trigger. It looks a little used (yeah – the pics suck), but it also looks like you can get a great deal on it if you act now.

Beretta was one of the first gunmakers to offer an OU on a low-profile, Boss/Woodward-style action at a price most Americans could afford. The companies first generation of these OUs was launched in 1955. In the U.S., they were called the Silver Snipe, Golden Snipe, & Ruby Snipe.

BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER
BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER

They were followed by Beretta’s BL-line of OUs, which showed up in here in 1968 and were imported until 1973. Like on the Snipes, Beretta’s BL OUs used modern steels and a simple trigger plate action with dependable coil springs. The barrels were built with a unique monoblock design and the guns BL-4s came with vent ribs, automatic ejectors, and hand engraving.

BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER
BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER

Beretta Model BL-4 O/U 20 gauge shotgun. Serial Number: X02317. Manufactured by Beretta in late 1960s. The engraving was hand done. Barrels: 67 mm, 26 1/4”. Fixed choke: IC and Modified. LOP 14 3/8″ DAH 1 7/8” DAC 1 1/4”. Pachmayr Decelerator SC100 recoil pad installed in the fall of 2019. The gun shows normal wear from field use. The barrels are in very good condition and have no pitting.

BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER
BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER

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A GALAZAN - BEST BOSS O/U , 20 Gauge FANTASY ENGRAVED:
A GALAZAN – BEST BOSS O/U , 20 Gauge FANTASY ENGRAVED:

A GALAZAN – BEST BOSS O/U , 20 Gauge FANTASY ENGRAVED: CREATIVE ARTS FAUSTI ENGRAVED 29″ SOLID RIB 012 AND 017 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT WITH ENGRAVED HEEL AND TOE PLATES INCREDIBLE ENGRAVING AND WOOD NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE 6LBS 9 OZ X 2 3/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $39,500

Parker Reproduction BHE SxS 20 Gauge Shotgun
Parker Reproduction BHE SxS 20 Gauge Shotgun

Parker Reproduction BHE SxS 20 Gauge Shotgun: Cased. 0 Frame. Serial Number: 20-0059. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 26 inches. Triggers: Double Triggers. Stock Comb: 1 1/8 inches. Stock Heel: 2 inches. Fore End: Splinter. LOP: 14 3/4 inches. Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz. Price: $10,500

Thomas Bland SLE 20 Gauge
Thomas Bland SLE 20 Gauge

Thomas Bland SLE 20 Gauge: 28″ Chokes: IC – M L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 5 lbs 6 oz Ser. #: 17525 Price: $8,950

Beretta 689 Express 9.3X74R Over & Under Rifle
Beretta 689 Express 9.3X74R Over & Under Rifle

Beretta 689 Express 9.3X74R Over & Under Double Rifle: Listed as used, but in as new condition with Beretta hard foam lined case. Unsurpassed Beretta quality features solid rib, nicely colored, case hardened receiver, jeweled action, iron sights, claw mounts, double triggers, richly grained, satin finished and checkered walnut stock and fore end, sling bases with quick detachable loops, and factory recoil pad.  All this accompanied by a Zeiss Digital-Z 4X32 T* scope with integral mounting rail.  Appears unfired.  As always, let the pictures be your guide to condition.  Always glad to answer questions. Price: $7500

RUGER RED LABEL 28 GA., 28” BARRELS, 5 CHOKE TUBES & WRENCH, OUTSTANDING WOOD, AS NEW IN THE BOX WITH OWNERS MANUA
RUGER RED LABEL 28 GA., 28” BARRELS, 5 CHOKE TUBES & WRENCH, OUTSTANDING WOOD, AS NEW IN THE BOX WITH OWNERS MANUA

RUGER RED LABEL 28 GA., 28” BARRELS, 5 CHOKE TUBES & WRENCH, OUTSTANDING WOOD, AS NEW IN THE BOX WITH OWNERS MANUAL: Price: $2,595

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GREIFELT PRE WAR CLAM SHELL SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 45-7
GREIFELT PRE WAR CLAM SHELL SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 45-7

GREIFELT PRE WAR CLAM SHELL SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 45-70: MADE 1923 25 1/2″ CHOPPER LUMP BARRELS 1 STANDING AND 1 FOLDING REAR SIGHT WITH ORIGINAL CLAW MOUNTS NEW CLAW RINGS BUILT BY DIETRICK APPEL WEAVER 2 1/2 POWER SCOPE DOUBLE TRIGGERS WITH BOTH BEING SET TRIGGERS EJECTORS PISTOL GRIP THE BARRELS HAVE BEEN REBLACKED THE REST OF THE GUN IS 100% ORIGINAL 10LBS 5 OZ WITH SCOPE 14 5/16 LOP. Price: $16,500   

Westley Richards 12g and .500 BPE 562 Grade Cape Gun
Westley Richards 12g and .500 BPE 562 Grade Cape Gun

Westley Richards 12g and .500 BPE 562 Grade Cape Gun: Made between the two World Wars and remaining in remarkably high original condition. Westley Richards & Co. offered multi-barreled rifle and shotgun combination guns for much of the first half of the twentieth century. These were offered in two-barrel side by side “Cape Gun” configurations as well as three-barrel drillings. In a supplemental list from 1912 of items offered by Westley’s at the time, these guns were listed as: “…made in all bores, suitable for Indian, African, and Colonial sports. Special attention and care are given to the most essential features, viz:-durability, boring, fine cutting of the rifling, the fitting and adjustment of the sights, and regulation of the shooting. Every gun is guaranteed accurately sighted and shot.”.  This is a 562 Grade completed November 14, 1924 for Mahomedally Noorbhoy, Bombay.  The combination shotgun and rifle is built on an A&D fixed lock, non-ejector action with a Greener type crossbolt, listed in our ledgers as a “treble bite with tang lever”. The color hardened action has two triggers, automatic beetle back safety, and is absent any engraving save for the Maker’s name and an engraved thin-line border with “cut-away” fences.
The dovetailed lump, 28″ barrels are of Westley Richard’s Special Quality steel and bear the “Golden Triangle” trademark. The full-length matted rib has a slightly raised quarter rib, fitted with two folding leaves and a Tangent sight and a ramp front sight with a low profile brass beaded sight blade. The sight leaves are platinum lined and engraved (100, 200, 300-1,200 yds) respectively.  The barrel is also engraved: “Westley Richards & Co. Birmingham”, “562 Grade” and “.500 Express 3 Inch Case Black Powder”.  The walnut stock has a nice straight figure, a semi-pistol grip, and a 14 1/2″ LOP over a smooth steel butt. The splinter forend has a matching steel forend tip with a Deeley latch. The rifle is finished with traditional sling eyes and the stock oval remains blank. On the bottom of the buttstock, just behind the pistol grip, the wood is correctly stamped “Made in England”. Gun retains nearly all of it is original color hardening and it remains vivid still protected by the original lacquer. The stock and barrels remain equally well preserved, retaining nearly all the original oil finish on the stock and nearly all of the original barrel black. The bores remain perfect, in both the shotgun and rifled barrels and are dent and rust free and all original. These combination guns from Westley Richards are quite rare today in any condition. And this gun is in as nice a condition as any collector could ask for. But for a gun made to a price point and intended to be used in the World’s most demanding environments, the overall quality and handling of the gun is superb and to find it so well preserved, is nothing short of a miracle. Price: $15,000

Piotti BSEE 20 Gauge Boxlock SxS
Piotti BSEE 20 Gauge Boxlock SxS

Piotti BSEE 20 Gauge Boxlock SxS: 28″ Chokes: SKT – IC L.O.P. : 14 3/8″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2″H Weight: 6 lbs 11 oz Ser. #: 8506 Price: $14,500

P. Beretta - SO3, 12ga. 27 ½”, OU, Italian, Shotgun
P. Beretta – SO3, 12ga. 27 ½”, OU, Italian, Shotgun

P. Beretta – SO3, 12ga. 27 ½” Barrels Choked IC/M: 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, hand made 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

Remington 1874 Whitmore ( SN # 19) 12 Ga. Shotgun, Early Engraved Barrel Address:
Remington 1874 Whitmore ( SN # 19) 12 Ga. Shotgun, Early Engraved Barrel Address:

Remington 1874 Whitmore ( SN # 19) 12 Ga. Shotgun, Early Engraved Barrel Address: This is the earliest Remington Whitmore Model 1874 I have ever seen. It has all matching serial numbers, #19. The original, engraved barrel address is truly a unique early feature. It is also engraved around the patent dates right in front of the lifter. The case hardening under the barrel on the frame and on the forearm steel is vivid. The case hardened locks and breech have turned a beautiful silver just like an old 1873 SAA. The 30-inch blued barrels go from blue to a thinning blue and plum color. The bores are in nice condition with a small amount of light pitting. This early hammer shotgun remains tight and the action is as solid as it was in 1874. The hammers cock crisply with a fine release on the triggers. The rebounding fire pins are just as crisp as the rest of the action. The buttstock is solid with no cracks but an inch and one-half above the steel butt plate there are two rack marks, one on each side (pictured) which are period usage. Fortunately, no one has ever tried to work on them. This is a beautiful and early American-made Remington cartridge shotgun that would stand proud in any fine Remington collection. Price: $1650

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Flli Piotti - Monaco, OU, 16 gauge
Flli Piotti – Monaco, OU, 16 gauge

Flli Piotti – Monaco, OU, 16 gauge: CONTESSA ENGRAVED 28″ SOLID RIB TEAGUE CHOKES 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED BUTT AS NEW IN MAKERS OAK & LEATHER CASE 6LBS 12 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 5/16″ Price: $59,500

Garbi 28 gauge Model 100 Sidelock in near new condition

Garbi 28 gauge Model 100 Sidelock in near new condition: This appears to be a very well made look-alike of a Holland & Holland Royal. For a 28 gauge sidelock that takes 2 3/4″ shells. I do admit that this is a super value, especially as in this case where the gun is in near new condition. Deluxe features include chopper lump barrels, bushed firing pins, Hollands style hand detachable locks, and hinged front trigger. Serial Number: 15439. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 26″. Barrel Type: Steel. Action: Boxlock ejector. Gauge: 28 gauge. Stock Comb: 1 1/2″. Stock Heel: 2 1/4″. Stock Cast: 1/8″. LOP: 14 3/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 9.5 oz. Choke Left: .012″. Choke Right: .003″ Near Cyl. Proof: Nitro: 2 3/4″. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .036″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .035″. Price: $5,400

Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28 inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930
Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28 inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930

Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28 inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930: We are proud to bring you this listing for this mostly original condition Parker Brothers VHE 20 gauge shotgun on an “0” frame.  Serial Number: 233660. This was originally manufactured in 1930.  The shotgun features a set of factory 28 inch Vulcan Steel barrels with perfectly bright and shinny bores.  The finish on the barrels display some thinning and older rust spots that have been removed but not cold blued.  It displays factory automatic ejectors and 2.75 inch chambers.  It is equipped with double triggers.  The receiver still displays the factory case color with 85% coverage.  The stock has been cut one time in its life and a 2 inch piece of wood has been professionally fitted where it was cut.  The length of pull is 14.25 inches with a drop at the comb of 1.5 to 2 ¾ inches at the heel.  Neutral cast.  Total weight 6.08lbs total weight. Price: $5000

BERETTA - - BL-3 -- OU- - 28ga - 28" M / F - RARE - - MINT As New
BERETTA – – BL-3 — OU- – 28ga – 28″ M / F – RARE – – MINT As New

BERETTA – – BL-3 — OU- – 28ga – 28″ M / F – RARE – – MINT As New:1970 – Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28″, 2-3/4″, M / F (.007 / .024), LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″, Very Slight Cast Off, Weight 6 lbs. 3 oz. Like New – Looks Unfired – Metal 99++%, Wood 99% with a couple of very tiny marks. Price: $2075

L. Douard ~ Field ~ 12 Ga. ~ Boxlock ~ Side by Side:
L. Douard ~ Field ~ 12 Ga. ~ Boxlock ~ Side by Side:

L. Douard ~ Field ~ 12 Ga. ~ Boxlock ~ Side by Side: This is a very nice Belgian L. Douard double barrel boxlock shotgun in 12 Ga. Very good condition with bright shiny bores. Retains most of the original but thinning barrel blue and about half of the original case colors. The wood is very good to near excellent with minor dings and scratches. Chambers: 2-3/4″ with ejectors. Metal Condition: Very good. Wood Condition: Very good. Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 27″ blued with raised rib. Triggers: Factory double triggers. Stock: Checkered walnut with English style straight grip. Stock Dimensions: 14-1/2″ length of pull. Fore End: Matching checkered walnut splinter fore end. Butt Pad: Serrated wood butt plate. Weight: 6 lb 5 oz. Sights: Brass bead front sight on the raised rib. Chokes: Fixed improved modified x improved modified. Price: $799.97

Online auction alert: 20g Beretta BL-4, 28″ bbls …

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28" Barrels
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels

I’m always on the lookout for deals, and this 20g Beretta BL-4 looks like a good one to me. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction ends tomorrow, 4/19, @ 10:01 PM.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28" Barrels
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels

Upside: I think it’s in great shape, it looks like it has a nice, long LOP thanks to the professionally-installed pad. It also has 28″ barrels, 3″ chambers, and ejectors.

Downside: The opening bid is $1,295. So not a steal, but a deal.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28" Barrels
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels

Beretta’s BL-grade shotguns were imported from Italy by the Garcia Corp in the ’60s and through the ’70s. They feature a shallow, low profile action scaled to match the gauge and they were build to be rugged, reliable doubles that delivered a lot of quality for the money.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels: Choked light mod / Mod. The chokes were opened up from Mod / Full and a recoil pad installed by Briley Mfg in 2012. The LOP is 15 inches. The cast and drop were not adjusted. We do not know if the gold leaf on the action is factory original or not. It was present when the gun was purchased from an estate in 2010. The gun is in excellent condition and has been fired very little since it was acquired from the /estate. The action is tight and on the face.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28" Barrels
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels

This weeks 5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector Express .405 win Mfg 1907 and still like new
WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector Express .405 win Mfg 1907 and still like new

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector Express .405 win Mfg 1907 and still like new: Serial #  16839, Country of Origin  England, Barrel Length (in Inches) 26″, Trigger  SST (Single Selective), Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip with trap (trap contains spare fitted strikers), English cheek piece, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm, Rib Type  1/4 Rib with express sights (1 standing and 2 folding), Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving Type  WR deluxe Scroll Engraving with game scene cameos, Other Options  Flip up night sight with folding hood, Checkered panels with drop points, Deluxe flat checkering, Original Silvers pad, Original O&L case, Gold Oval, Perfect bores, Condition  EXC. Plus Condition, Weight 9lb #8oz, Dimensions  1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ x 14 5/8″ with 3/8 cast off, Other Details  Mfg 1907. Price: $69,000

FLLI RIZZINI R2E .410 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
FLLI RIZZINI R2E .410 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN

FLLI RIZZINI R2E .410 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: 29″ BARRELS,  MODIFIED AND FULL, 3″, REMOVEABLE FLOORPLATE, SINGLE TRIGGER, SCALLOPED FRAME, EJECTORS, STRAIGHT HAND GRIP, SPLINTER FOREND, CHECKERED BUTT, 5 LBS 9 OZ, 14″ LOP. Price: $21,000

Browning Pigeon Superlight - 28ga/.410ga 3” - 6 lbs 5 ozs - 14 3/8” x 1 3/8” x 2 1/4” - SN: 1753F7 - Maker’s Case - Remarkable Condition - Rare!! 
Browning Pigeon Superlight – 28ga/.410ga 3” – 6 lbs 5 ozs – 14 3/8” x 1 3/8” x 2 1/4” – SN: 1753F7 – Maker’s Case – Remarkable Condition – Rare!!

Browning Pigeon Superlight – 28ga/.410ga 3” – 6 lbs 5 ozs – 14 3/8” x 1 3/8” x 2 1/4” – SN: 1753F7 – Maker’s Case – Remarkable Condition – Rare!! This the only Superlight 28/410 I’ve ever seen!! Price: $19,995  

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ RBL Launch Edition ~ 20 Gauge
Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ RBL Launch Edition ~ 20 Gauge

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ RBL Launch Edition ~ 20 Gauge: RBL Proof steel, barrels marked “RBL LAUNCH EDITION 20ga 2 3/4″ CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG. NEW BRITAIN CT. USA” on right and left respectivley with 2 3/4″ chamber with automatic ejectors, single bead sight on rib. Vibrantly casehardened box lock action with full coverage scroll engraving on crosshatch shaded backgrounds with single trigger with selector, and automatic sliding tang safety. Multi-point checkered forearm with Anson style push-button latch and straight stock with serrated plastic buttplate. Metal Condition: Excellent with light wear marks, Wood Condition: Great Dark Color with no deep scratches or cracks., Bore Condition: Clean and Shiny, Stock: Checkered straight stock, Weight: 6LB 6oz, Sights: Single Bead, Chokes: Right: Skeet, Left: IC. Includes: MOD,FULL, IMP MOD. Extras: Comes with Factory takedown case. Price: $3,999.99

 

Beretta S686 Special 28 Gauge Over Under with 28" bbls
Beretta S686 Special 28 Gauge Over Under with 28″ bbls

Beretta S686 Special 28 Gauge Over Under with 28″ bbls: Fixed full and modified chokes, engraved receiver. Chambers: 2 3/4 inch with ejectors. Metal Condition: Very good, a few scratches. Wood Condition: Very good, a few scratches. Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 28-inch vented rib.Triggers: Single curved trigger. Stock: Checkered, semi-pistol grip, wood. Stock Dimensions: 14-inch LOP. Fore End: Checkered, finger groove, straight, wood. Butt Pad: Beretta branded black plastic plate. Weight: 6 lbs. Sights: Steel bead front. Chokes: Fixed full and modified chokes. Price: $1,499.99

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Hartmann & Weiss 16 Bore O/U on the Boss System
Hartmann & Weiss 16 Bore O/U on the Boss System

Hartmann & Weiss 16 Bore O/U on the Boss System: Gun was ordered in ’04 and delivered to my client in 2015!   It took eleven years to complete this beautiful example of H&W’s magnificent work. There are hardly enough adjectives to adequately describe this piece; except perhaps, that it is available for immediate delivery! Barrels 29 Inch with Solid Raised Rib, Chokes  Light Mod & Mod. Bottom barrel marked 1/4 and 1/2., Engraving Fine English Style Scroll, Stock   Best Grade Turkish Walnut, Butt: Checkered, L.O.P. 15 3/8″, Weigh  t6 lbs. 8.5 oz, Stock Dimensions1 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 15 3/8 to ctr. of checkered butt.  Cast: 1/4 off at heel – 3/8 off at toe. Price: $135,000

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL 10 BORE PARADOX DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR 1900 PARIS EXHIBITION
HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL 10 BORE PARADOX DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR 1900 PARIS EXHIBITION

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL 10 BORE PARADOX DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR 1900 PARIS EXHIBITION: LETTER FROM HOLLAND IN THE PHOTOS, 27″ PARADOX BARRELS WITH GREAT BORES, WE HAVE LIVE ROUNDS AND DATA AVAILABLE, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EXTRACTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, UNTOUCHED GREAT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 13 LBS 8 OZ, 14 7/8″ LOP. Price: $59,500

Pre-War MERKEL 202E Over_Under highly engraved and optioned 20ga
Pre-War MERKEL 202E Over_Under highly engraved and optioned 20ga

Pre-War MERKEL 202E Over_Under highly engraved and optioned 20ga: 27″ barrels and according to Merkel Germany direct records, manufactured in 1944.  A short look at this gun one realizes with the incredible detail and workmanship it absolutely could not be made today.  The deep relief hand engraving is really unlike any other you will see in depth and detail.  Ivory bead front sight, buffalo horn seamlessly blended in to form the rear trigger guard, and each and every exterior screw hand engraved-even the butt plate screws. Cocking Indicators, Greener crossbolt action, cross relief, Ejectors, with a 14 1/4″ LOP over a beautifully figured walnut stock, 5.9 lbs as shown. Price: $8930

Beretta ASEL 20 ga. O/U

Beretta ASEL 20 ga. O/UBeretta ASEL 20 ga. O/U: 26″ hand-filed vent rib barrels with double ivory beads are choked improved cylinder and full (.009/.024).  This late 1950s Abercrombie & Fitch gun features hinged front double triggers, auto ejectors and auto safe.  Fully engraved scallop-backed action, elegant special-order long forend, Prince of Wales grip.   Nicely figured Tyrolean walnut  stock measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2-3/8″ heel, 14-1/8″ LOP over the original wood butt.  Made in the same workrooms as the SO guns,  certainly the finest boxlock O/Us ever produced by Beretta.  The diminutive frame, scaled to the gauge allows this little 20 to weigh a mere 5 lbs, 10 ozs.  Honest example. Price: $6,750

Beretta BL4 (BL-4) - 28ga - 26 3/8” Barrels - Like New - ca. 1970 - Sk/Sk Chokes - 14 1/4” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” - 6 lbs - 99% Condition
Beretta BL4 (BL-4) – 28ga – 26 3/8” Barrels – Like New – ca. 1970 – Sk/Sk Chokes – 14 1/4” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 6 lbs – 99% Condition

Beretta BL4 (BL-4) – 28ga – 26 3/8” Barrels – Like New – ca. 1970 – Sk/Sk Chokes – 14 1/4” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 6 lbs – 99% Condition: Like New – ca. 1970 – Sk/Sk Chokes – 14 1/4” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 6 lbs – 99% Condition – Clean!  Upland Bird Gun: Price: $3,995 

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WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Boxlock Ejector Nitro Express .240 HV Flanged NE Game Scene engraved Mfg 1934 AS NEW
WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Boxlock Ejector Nitro Express .240 HV Flanged NE Game Scene engraved Mfg 1934 AS NEW

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Boxlock Ejector Nitro Express .240 HV Flanged NE Game Scene engraved Mfg 1934 AS NEW: Serial #  T10943, Country of Origin  England, Barrel Length (in Inches):  26″, Trigger:  DT (Double), Stock Configuration:  Capped Pistol Grip, Panels, Gold oval, Silvers pad, Forearm Type:  Splinter Forearm with Anson latch release, Rib Type:  1/4 Rib with express sights (1 standing 2 folding), Condition  Near New All Original, Weight  8#3oz, Dimensions  14 1/2″ LOP, Other Details  Mfg 1934, Spotless bores, Totally original and like new. Price: $37,500

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!: 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: $3750

Beretta Onyx 20 gauge Over Under Case Colored Straight Stock
Beretta Onyx 20 gauge Over Under Case Colored Straight Stock

: 28 inch barrels.  This firearm is somewhat of an enigma.  I have not seen an Onyx case colored which was not part of a custom order.  At any rate, an Onyx with a straight stock and insignia oval is not your everyday find.  I have included pictures of any defects I could find.  The premium, oil-finished walnut stock and for end complement the gloss-finished blued receiver with gold P. Beretta engraving, not found on other 686 Silver Pigeon models. Serial Number: N87078B, Chambers: 3 Inch, Barrels: 28 Inch, Triggers: Single. Stock: Straight, Stock Comb: 1 3/8″, Stock Heel: 2 1/4″, LOP: 15″, Rib: Vent, Weight: 5.8lbs. Price: $3,499

CSM RBL 20g SxS 28" Multichoke BBls
CSMC RBL 20g SxS 28″ Multichoke BBls

CSMC RBL 20g SxS 28″ Multichoke BBls: Factory original and excellent with case and extras. Price: $3,295

Zoli/F.lli Rizzini A&F Game Gun 20 Gauge
Zoli/F.lli Rizzini A&F Game Gun 20 Gauge

Zoli-F.lli Rizzini A&F Game Gun 20 Gauge: Double Triggers, 26″ Chokes: Cyl – Mod L.O.P. : 14 1/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 5 lbs 10oz Ser. #: 2881 Price: $2,950

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Beautiful and rare Parker AHE Grade 12 Bore
Beautiful and rare Parker AHE Grade 12 Bore

Beautiful and rare Parker AHE Grade 12 Bore: Beautiful and high art AHE 12ga gun.  Made with 30″ Acme steel barrels, straight stock, and double triggers.  The gun features superb engraving with 13 animals engraved in beautiful full coverage scroll.  Beautiful buttstock with thick comb.  When you study a gun like this, it is easy to see why Parker Bros. sold nearly 250k shotguns in their time in business! Overall the gun is in excellent condition.  The stocks have been expertly restored and retain nearly all of their hand rubbed oil finish.  Barrels have been expertly restored and retain virtually all of their proper, toned blue.  Action retains about 80% case color over the well defined and deep engraving. This is an extremely beautiful gun with a lot of merit.  If you have been looking for a fairly priced high grade Parker, look no further. Price: $15,500

A.H. Fox AE SXS Double Trigger Ejectors 16 GA 27-15/16" barrel
A.H. Fox AE SXS Double Trigger Ejectors 16 GA 27-15/16″ barrel

A.H. Fox AE SXS Double Trigger Ejectors 16 GA 27-15/16″ barrel: Stock has a few light handling marks but is in Excellent condition. LOP measures 14-1/4″. Drop at the heel measures 2-7/16″ and the comb measures 1-9/16″. Bore is smooth and shiny, looks excellent. The chamber wall thickness measures 5mm. Barrels look great. Both barrels are modified chokes. Gun is in excellent condition and ready for hunting. Price: $4,999.99

Charles Daly Prussian 12 Gauge (Lightweight Model)
Charles Daly Prussian 12 Gauge (Lightweight Model)

Charles Daly Prussian 12 Gauge (Lightweight Model): 28″ Chokes: IC – MOD L.O.P. : 14 1/2″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 6 lbs 8 oz Ser. #: 11555. Price: $4,950

Ed Kettner 24-gauge SxS
Ed Kettner 24-gauge SxS

Ed Kettner 24-gauge SxS: This is a sweet and trim little double. Ketnner made very high quality doubles. It has just been restocked and looks great. The 24 ga.was the European ga. for European woodcock. Serial Number: 2686. Barrels: 281/4 inches. Action: extractor. Triggers: double. Stock Comb: 1 & 1/2. Stock Heel: 2 & 3/8. Stock Cast: 1/4. Fore End: semi BT. Butt Pad: plastic. LOP: 14 & 3/4 inches. Weight: 5 lbs. 7 oz.. Chokes: ic/mod. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: 30 thou. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: 30 thou. Price: $4450.

BERETTA - SxS - - 426E - 20ga 28" - SST - Ejectors:
BERETTA – SxS – – 426E – 20ga 28″ – SST – Ejectors:

BERETTA – SxS – – 426E – 20ga 28″ – SST – Ejectors: Raised Solid Rib, Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger, LOP 14-1/4, Drop 1-1/2 to 2-1/2″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs 4 oz. Metal is Excellent 98+%. Gun is mechanically perfect – very tight with lever well right of center. Wood has been refinished, and the sharp points of the checkering was taken down. Price: $1940

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