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HENRY ATKIN BEST SIDELOCK SxS 20 GAUGE
HENRY ATKIN BEST SIDELOCK SxS 20 GAUGE

HENRY ATKIN BEST SIDELOCK SxS 20 GAUGE: #24XXX, MADE 2001, FIRST GUN BUILT BY KEN DUGLAN AFTER AQUIRING ATKIN, GRANT & LANG FROM CYRIL ADAMS, GAME SCENE ENGRAVED BY DAVE & BRAD TALLET, SELF OPENING, 29″ SOLID RIB BARREL W/ 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, .009 AND .014 CONSTRICTIONS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREND, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, EXCELLENT CONDITION, SLIGHT CAST ON, IAN TOMLIN OAK AND LEATHER CASEm 5LBS 14 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 15 1/2″ LOP. Price: $46,500

DESENZANI NEW BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK 20GA O/U SHOTGUN
DESENZANI NEW BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK 20GA O/U SHOTGUN

DESENZANI NEW BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK 20GA O/U SHOTGUN: NEW BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK 20GA O/U SHOTGUN, COIN FINISHED ACTION WITH ROSE & SCROLL ENGRAVING BY MASTER ENGRAVER P PIERO, 27″ BBLS, 2 3/4, CHOKED LM/IM, RIBLESS DEMI BLOC BBLS, EJECTORS, SINGLE TRIGGER, XXX BEAUTIFUL HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, STRAIGHT STOCK, TRIM FOREND, LOP 14 7/8 TO CK BUTT, 1 3/8, 2 1/8, 6LBS 5OZ, FACTORY CASE WITH ACCESSORIES, NEW & UNFIRED, DELIVERED IN 2020. Price: $47,500

ALEXANDER HENRY Underlever Sidelock Hammerless Black powder Express, 14 bore, 28", Original O&L case, Exceptional condition, Mfg 1885
ALEXANDER HENRY Underlever Sidelock Hammerless Black powder Express, 14 bore, 28″, Original O&L case, Exceptional condition, Mfg 1885

ALEXANDER HENRY Underlever Sidelock Hammerless Black powder Express, 14 bore, 28″, Original O&L case, Exceptional condition, Mfg 1885: Model Underlever Sidelock Hammerless Black powder Express, Configuration  Double Rifle, Gauge / Caliber  14 bore, Serial #  5905, Country of Origin  Scotland, Barrel Length (in Inches) 28″, Trigger  DT (Double), Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip English style cheek piece, Steel heel & toes plates, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm with lever release, Rib Type  Level Flat Matted Rib, Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving Type  Fine English Scroll Engraving, Other Options  Back action sidelock, Jones Underlever, Original Oak & Leather case, Condition  EXC. Plus Condition, Weight  12#12oz, Dimensions  14 3/8″ LOP, Other Details  Mfg 1885, Excellent bores, Very nice all original condition. Price: $20,000

Fox BE 16 Gauge – 1 of 186, HIGH FACTORY CONDITION, vintage firearms inc
Fox BE 16 Gauge – 1 of 186, HIGH FACTORY CONDITION, vintage firearms inc

Fox BE 16 Gauge – 1 of 186, HIGH FACTORY CONDITION, vintage firearms inc: Year 1919, 16 Gauge, 6lbs, Chokes M/F, LOP 14 1/8″, DAH 2 7/16″, DAC 1 7/16″ Serial Number: 300966 You will see the word “RARE” used in many ads from guys trying to sell their guns.  Most of the time it is simply a word.  The gun is not rare at all.  The B Grade Fox small bore, cataloged for only 6 years, is indeed “RARE”.  Small bore guns were not produced until 1912, and the B Grade was discontinued in the catalog offerings in 1918, with only 186 ever produced.  Considering that as many as 15% may have left planet Earth due to damage and loss, there are likely only 160 or so in existence, and so very few of those are “as shipped” and intact.  In all the years spent in search of quality American double shotguns, I have only seen a dozen B Grade 16ga. guns.  I bought and sold 6 of them, presently have 3 ready to sell, and the rest were not worth owning.  This Fox BE 16, sn300966 shipped in 1919, RETAINS ALL FACTORY METAL FINISHES, WITH 85% CASE COLOR, 98% BARREL BLUE, AND 90% CHARCOAL BLUE ON THE TRIGGER GUARD.  The factory original wood has no signs of finish being added, but it likely has had some sort of finish applied as it is 102 years old and is in excellent condition.  THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST BE 16 GAUGE GUNS IN EXISTENCE, MAKING IT A VERY VALUABLE, INVESTMENT QUALITY FOX.  The 28” number 4 weight Chromox Fluid Steel barrels have excellent bores, 2 ½” chambers, factory choked M/F, tight ribs, clear sharp lettering and barrel wedge engraving, and fit tight on the hinge pin and breech face like a new gun.  The action has the late style, deeply cut B Grade engraving with full coverage scroll and a couple of quail on the bottom of the action.  The mechanics are excellent with strong, well-timed ejectors, crisp triggers, top lever right of center, perfect screws, and 85% strong factory case colors.  The stock is English walnut, as stated on the order card, and has modern dimensions of 14 1/8” LOP, 2 7/16” drop at heel, and 1 7/16” drop at the nose of the comb.  Years ago, we bent the stock up for the owner of this fine Fox, as it was 2 7/8” drop at heel. Price: $12,950Abercrombie and Fitch Beretta AS-20 EL 20ga: Chambers: 2 3/4″ Barrels: 26″ Gauge: 20 Gauge LOP: 14 7/8″ Weight: 5.8 LBs Choke Left: Skeet Choke Right: Skeet. Price: $7,995

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FOX XE 12GA SxS SHOTGUN, SPECTACULAR
FOX XE 12GA SxS SHOTGUN, SPECTACULAR

FOX XE 12GA SxS SHOTGUN, SPECTACULAR: A Dandy High grade Fox with all the features! Original metal finish. Curio/Relic: Yes Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge Manufacturer: A.H. FOX Model: XE Barrel Length: 30IN Chambers: 2 3/4 IN Ejectors: YES Condition: EXCELLENT Metal Condition: EXCELLENT Wood Condition: EXCELLENT Bore Condition: EXCELLENT Barrel Type: CHROMOX STEEL Triggers: SINGLE SELECTIVE Stock Comb: 1 1/4IN Stock Heel: 1 1/8IN Butt Pad: SILVERS LOP: 15IN Rib: VENT Weight: 8LBS 5OZ Manufacture Date: 1936 Choke Left: FULL Choke Right: IMP/MOD Engraving: HAND ENGRAVED. Price: $9975.00

Beautiful Parker BHE 12ga with 30" barrels - fantastic engraving! Awesome modern dimensions, too
Beautiful Parker BHE 12ga with 30″ barrels – fantastic engraving! Awesome modern dimensions, too

Beautiful Parker BHE 12ga with 30″ barrels – fantastic engraving! Awesome modern dimensions, too: Fabulous gun made in 1922 made on a #2 frame with 30″ barrels.  Made with auto ejectors, double triggers, cappled pistol grip (gold oval in cap) and skeleton buttplate.  This gun is nicely engraved with game scenes on both sides and beautiful scene of setters on trigger plate as seen in the photos.  Overall the gun remains in excellent condition.  Barrels retain nearly all of an older restored blue.  Stocks are sound and retain nearly all of their restored finish.  The receiver is very nice with about 20% original color.  Engraving is crisp and clear.  The mechanics are crisp.  Bores are brilliant and shiny.  This is really a very clean and usable gun. Price: $9250 

Merkel 12Ga. 200E O/U Unfired
Merkel 12Ga. 200E O/U Unfired

Merkel 12Ga. 200E O/U Unfired: Merkel 12 gauge 200E game gun. This gun has 28″ solid rib barrels choked improved modified (.030″) and full (.040″). The gun appears to be unfired retaining 100% of the original case color, 100% of the original barrel blue, and 100% of the original wood finish. It has a straight grip stock with dimensions of 141/2″ LOP, 11/2″ at comb, and 23/8″ at heel. It has double triggers, ejectors, a 3 piece forend, and a scalloped action. It weighs 6-12 and would make a great light weight gun for pheasants, chukars, or huns. Built in the early 1970s in the GDR. Sorry, no box. Price: $4195

Webley BLE 700 Side-by-Side 12 Gauge
Webley BLE 700 Side-by-Side 12 Gauge

Webley BLE 700 Side-by-Side 12 Gauge: Barrels: 28″ Chokes: IC – F L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 3/8″C x 2 1/8″H Weight: 6 lbs 6 oz Ser. #: 144241 Price: $3,950

Beretta 686S Orvis Uplander 20/28 Gauge Over & Under 2 Barrel Set Engraved Checkered Walnut Stock
Beretta 686S Orvis Uplander 20/28 Gauge Over & Under 2 Barrel Set Engraved Checkered Walnut Stock

Beretta 686S Orvis Uplander 20/28 Gauge Over & Under 2 Barrel Set Engraved Checkered Walnut Stock: Here is an excellent quality two barrel over and under set in very desirable 20 and 28 gauge with screw in chokes.  The factory pad is still flexible, but is slightly deformed, probably from long term storage.  Comes with non-matching Beretta box and extra choke tubes. Barrels are matching serial numbers and numbered 1 and 2.  Nice wood!  Shotgun Gauge: 28 Gauge Manufacturer: BERETTA Model: 686S ORVIS UPLANDER Serial Number: L39083B Barrel Length: 26″/28″ Condition: EXCELLENT Metal Condition: EXCELLENT Wood Condition: EXCELLENT Bore Condition: EXCELLENT Action: OVER & UNDER Triggers: SINGLE SELECTIVE Stock: CHECKERED WALNUT Butt Pad: FACTORY PAD LOP: 14-1/4″ Finish: glossy Wood/Deep Blue Manufacture Date: 1993 Chokes: SCREW IN Engraving: YES Extras: BOX & PAPERS. Price: $3450.00

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Superb Charles Boswell 410ga O/U Pinless sidelock - Truly a bespoke gun in every regard! Long barrels with superb dimensions
Superb Charles Boswell 410ga O/U Pinless sidelock – Truly a bespoke gun in every regard! Long barrels with superb dimensions

Superb Charles Boswell 410ga O/U Pinless sidelock – Truly a bespoke gun in every regard! Long barrels with superb dimensions: This gun made in 2007, after Chris Batha obtained the rights to the Charles Boswell name in 2004, to make bespoke best quality guns under this name, with prices starting at $85,000.00. This beautifully filed, fitted, and finished creation of functional art by many Purdey and Holland trained gunmakers (Gerry Swanson, finisher) would certainly be well in excess of that number. This gun has 30 – 1/4″ demi bloc barrels fitted with solid matted rib. Left side of top barrel is engraved “Charles Boswell London.” Breech end of top barrel and ejector bolsters are scroll engraved. Flat of bottom barrel is stamped with 2007 London nitro proofs for 3″ chambers. Serial number is engraved on bottom barrel.  Beautifully sculpted small sized over/under action fitted with pinless sidelocks is somewhat rounded with nicely filed beads. Action features non-automatic safety and gold plated non-selective single trigger and is engraved with near full coverage well cut rose and scroll by noted ex-Purdey engraver Dave Tallet. (Signature on trigger plate) “Charles Boswell” is in gold diagonally across front portions of lockplates, and also in arched banner on bottom of action over “London”. Blued single beaded small bow trigger guard with matching scroll has serial number in gold on tang. Well marbled and figured European walnut straight grip buttstock with checkered wood butt with engraved steel heel and toe plates. Classic drop points are behind lockplates, and well cut semi flat top point pattern checkering is at grip. A silver oval engraved “CW” is on toe line. Matching slim one piece ejector forend has Anson type release. Gun is housed in a best quality oak and brown leather case by Ian Tomlin, has gold canvas brown leather trimmed outer cover. Case is lined in burgundy cloth and has Boswell paper label in lid. Tops of case partitions are also of oak, and case contains Boswell marked square oil bottle and snap caps. Two piece cleaning rod is still in its original wrapper. Cleaning brushes are in black leather case. Price: $47,500

E.J. Churchill “The Regal Model” XXV London Baby Frame BLE - 28ga - 25” - Sk/IMSK - Abercrombie & Fitch - Double Trigger - Checkered Butt
E.J. Churchill “The Regal Model” XXV London Baby Frame BLE – 28ga – 25” – Sk/IMSK – Abercrombie & Fitch – Double Trigger – Checkered Butt

E.J. Churchill “The Regal Model” XXV London Baby Frame BLE – 28ga – 25” – Sk/IMSK – Abercrombie & Fitch – Double Trigger – Checkered Butt: Abercrombie & Fitch – Fine Tapered Raised Hand Matted Rib – Double Trigger – Checkered Butt – 99% Condition – The Lightest Weight 28ga I have ever listed for sale – This Shotgun is Tiny but graceful in the hands – Amazing Little English VC Case. Price: $21,995

F.W Heym 20 Bore O/U German Shotgun
F.W Heym 20 Bore O/U German Shotgun

F.W Heym 20 Bore O/U German Shotgun: A super nice Heym  circa 1926 20 bore O/U bored  .010 and .013 – Mod and Mod.  28″ Solid Rib barrels. Bores are perfect with good walls. Stock Dimensions: 1 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ x 14 3/8″ with 1/4 cast off at heel. Weight 6 lbs. 2.3 oz. Price: $9850

MERKEL 200E EJECTOR 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
MERKEL 200E EJECTOR 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

MERKEL 200E EJECTOR 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN: 28 inch barrels. Extra Full & Extra Full. .052 & .057. Solid rib. Double triggers. Hinged front. Ejectors. Cocking indicators. 3 piece forearm. 14 1/4 LOP butt plate. 2 3/4 chambers. 50-60% case color. 96% blue. Excellent bores. 1957 mfg. Price: $1,895

BERETTA SILVER SNIPE 20G OU SHOTGUN
BERETTA SILVER SNIPE 20G OU SHOTGUN

BERETTA SILVER SNIPE 20G OU SHOTGUN: Solid gun in good condition with some light handling marks. Extractors Condition: Preowned Metal Condition: Good Barrels: 26″ Action: Boxlock Triggers: Single Gauge: 20 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 1/4″ Stock Cast: Off Fore End: Checkered Weight: 6lbs Chokes: IC/F Case: No. Price: $800

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Extraordinary early Parker A1 Special 12ga 2 barrel set- 30” and 34” - PGCA letter ordered by W.F. Parker! Deepest relief engraving I’ve ever seen
Extraordinary early Parker A1 Special 12ga 2 barrel set- 30” and 34” – PGCA letter ordered by W.F. Parker! Deepest relief engraving I’ve ever seen

Extraordinary early Parker A1 Special 12ga 2 barrel set- 30” and 34” – PGCA letter ordered by W.F. Parker! Deepest relief engraving I’ve ever seen!: Per the PGCA Research Letter – This gun Ordered by and likely used by Wilbur F. Parker!  Truly Exceptional Parker A1 Special 12ga two barrel set, made in 1907 on a #2 Frame.  This very rare gun is equipped with two sets of Whitworth Fluid Steel barrels- one set is 30″ long (original set), the other is 34″ (also definitely factory) long- an extreme rarity in these guns and also extremely desirable today.  This gun would make the ultimate vintage Pigeon Gun.  This gun currently sports a fantastic straight stock with gold plated double triggers, beavertail forend, and was made with auto ejectors, auto safety, and has older Silver’s type pad.  The top lever is beautifully sculpted as are the breech balls as seen in the photos.  These early A-1 Specials are some of the best engraved of all the Parker shotguns and this one is no exception.  The quality of the relief flowers are spectacular and by far the best executed I have seen.  The depth of the relief engraving and the quality is the finest on any Parker I have examined.  The fully engraved safety with gold inlaid “SAFE” in front.  See the photos for details on the engraving – it is breathtaking.  The PGCA letter for this gun is fascininating and worthy of review- see the photos for this as well. This gun remains in pleasing overall condition.  The gun has been updated, likely by Remington with both sets of barrels now having ventilated ribs, which are good and sound.  Mechanics are crisp throughout.  The gun has been completely restored with later Remington case color- likely done when the gun went back in for service in 43,45, or 46, though undoubtedly a Remington Parker work and quality.  The mechanics are crisp and the bores are brilliant and shiny. This extremely rare and desirable Parker is both pleasing to look at in the gun room and in the field.  Price: $60,000

ARRIZABALAGA SLE 20 GAUGE
ARRIZABALAGA SLE 20 GAUGE

ARRIZABALAGA SLE 20 GAUGE: Gun is in very good condition with some light handling marks. Oval is initialed. Caliber Info: 20 Gauge Ejectors: Yes Metal Condition: Very Good Barrels: 28″ Action: Sidelock Triggers: Double Gauge: 20 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 3/8″ Stock Cast: Off Fore End: Checkered LOP: 15 1/4″ Rib: Concave Weight: 6.5 lbs Chokes: IC/IM Case: Leather Luggage. Price: $12,775

“SCARCE” James Purdey of London Double Rifle chambered in .450 BPE that was manufactured in 1868 for the 15th Duke of Norfolk
“SCARCE” James Purdey of London Double Rifle chambered in .450 BPE that was manufactured in 1868 for the 15th Duke of Norfolk

“SCARCE” James Purdey of London Double Rifle chambered in .450 BPE that was manufactured in 1868 for the 15th Duke of Norfolk:  The amount of man hours was very high when one of these rifles was made. From the factory letter we know that this rifle was completed in 1868. It was built for the Duke of Norfolk and stocked by John Robertson. The caliber is listed as a 60 bore which is the equivalent to the .450 BPE cartridge. This J. Purdey .450 “BPE” Black Powder Express Rotary Underlever Big Game Hammer Double Rifle is all matching with no alterations. The bores are in excellent condition being bright with excellent lands and grooves in the 30” barrels. It has a 3-leaf rear sight with one fixed and two folding blades. Each blade has a Platinum center line and are marked “100, 200 and 250.” The finish shows no signs of rust or pitting with strong pattern colors. The forearm is in very fine condition with no cracks and one chip as shown. The butt stock is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. This after 153 years is quite amazing. The receiver shows very fine and detailed engraving as you can see in the pictures. The rifle is tight and obviously has seen very little use over the decades. The rifle functions as it should with no issues. The original oak case has some accessories and the original cleaning rod. The center lock mechanism is missing but both side levers are present. No FFL transfer is needed to transfer this antique. The factory letter will be included. Price: $10K

MERKEL 200E 20ga 26" IC&M, DT, Mfg 1955 Excellent
MERKEL 200E 20ga 26″ IC&M, DT, Mfg 1955 Excellent

MERKEL 200E 20ga 26″ IC&M, DT, Mfg 1955 Excellent: Serial  #  41176 Country of Origin  Germany Barrel Length (in Inches) 26″ Choke U  IC (.005″), Choke O  M (.015″) Trigger  DT (Double) Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip, Recoil pad Forearm Type  3-piece Forearm Rib Type Solid rib Receiver Finish  Casehardened Engraving Type  Ornamental Scroll Engraving Other Options  2 3/4″ chambers, Cocking indicators, Horn grip cap Condition  EXC. Condition Weight  6#0oz Dimensions  1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″  x 14″ with 3/8″ cast off. Other Details Mfg 1955. Price: $5,500

Beretta ~ Model S686 Special ~ OU ~ 20 GA
Beretta ~ Model S686 Special ~ OU ~ 20 GA

Beretta ~ Model S686 Special ~ OU ~ 20 GA: Description: This Beretta S686 is in overall very good condition. Metal Condition: Very Good Wood Condition: Very Good Bore Condition: Excellent Barrels: 26″ Triggers: Single Selective Safety Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP Fore End: Checkered Walnut Semi Pistol Grip – Checkered Walnut Forend Butt Pad: Black Rubber Butt Pad Weight: 6 lbs Sights: Front Bead – Mid-Bead Chokes: With Screw in Choke Tubes Wood shows some light handling marks and dings. Complete with case! 20 Gauge. Price: $2,099.99

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Fantastic August Francotte XXV 16ga best quality sidelock game gun - Ultra lightweight Game Gun that is stone new and stunningly gorgeous
Fantastic August Francotte XXV 16ga best quality sidelock game gun – Ultra lightweight Game Gun that is stone new and stunningly gorgeous

Fantastic August Francotte XXV 16ga best quality sidelock game gun – Ultra lightweight Game Gun that is stone new and stunningly gorgeous: Stone cold gorgeous 16ga August Francotte 16ga game gun made with straight stock, double triggers, auto ejectors, splinter forend, and original beautifully checkered butt.  Case hardened action is near fully engraved in beautiful floral scroll pattern as seen in the photos.  Stunning straight grained European Walnut with fiddleback that is just so pretty!  Overall the gun remains in near mint original condition with virtually all original refinish remaining on both wood and metal surfaces.  The gun would make an outstanding woodcock and grouse gun!  Mechanics are crips, bores are brilliant and shiny.  Gun is tight as new. Price: $11,950

J & W Tolley 4 Bore – 1895, 95% CASE COLOR
J & W Tolley 4 Bore – 1895, 95% CASE COLOR

J & W Tolley 4 Bore – 1895, 95% CASE COLOR: 15lbs 12oz, Serial Number: 7804. J. & W. Tolley was an English gunmaker of some notoriety, mostly noted for large bore waterfowlers.  From about 1894 through 1903 they occupied a London address and that was when this gun was made.  Tolley guns became known for their quality in 1894 with their appointment as gunmakers to the King of Portugal and to the Persian Royal family.  These are not casual appointments, and the quality can be seen in their guns from the London address after 1894.  This amazing find is a FULLY FACTORY ORIGINAL, HIGH CONDITION, UNTOUCHED single barrel hammer gun with a Jones Underlever locking system produced by J & W Tolley 126 years ago.  The serial number (7804) and proof marks on the bottom of the barrel indicates a manufacture date of 1895.  The action retains 85% factory case color with some fading, nice border engraving with screws and breech area nicely but sparsely decorated.  The underlever and full tang trigger guard retain 95% vivid factory case colors.  The Jones underlever is known for its robust lock-up, and the barrels are tight on the breech face as a new gun.  The 38” fluid steel barrel has excellent mirror bore, 4” chamber, .940 bore diameter with extra full choke 52 thou restriction, and a minimum barrel wall thickness of .106”!  Barrel has normal and numerous light handling marks and 85% factory blue.  The mechanics are excellent, with a crisp trigger, strong springs, and perfect screws.  The fit of wood to metal is impeccable, and the checkering shows almost no wear.  The stock measurements are     14 9/16” LOP with a drop at heel of 2 ¾”.  WE HAVE PRESENTED THIS GUN IN “AS FOUND CONDITION” WITHOUT CLEANING OR ALTERING THE GUN.  We generally prescribe to cleaning up checkering and replacing decrepit butt pads before showing the gun, but some collectors prefer to choose what cleaning should be done.  We did function check the entire gun and it is awesome.  If you want service done to the gun we can arrange that with our gunsmith department and get the work done without delay.  The gun is a BEAST when brought to shoulder…IT IS A BEHEMOTH!  Weighing 15 3/4lbs. and balanced 2½” in front of the hinge pin, this is a gun that could be fired from the shoulder but was likely rested in the punt boat on a sack of grain.  There is a rear flip-up sight used to line up on the flock of waterfowl this gun was made to decimate, one shot at a time.  These are rare guns in 4 bore and to find a waterfowler in this high factory original condition is a treasure found.Price: $9,950.00

Parker Repro DHE - 28ga - 28” & 26” - M/F & IC/M - 99% Condition - Double Trigger - Skeleton Buttplate - Pistol Grip - Beavertail Forend
Parker Repro DHE – 28ga – 28” & 26” – M/F & IC/M – 99% Condition – Double Trigger – Skeleton Buttplate – Pistol Grip – Beavertail Forend

Parker Repro DHE – 28ga – 28” & 26” – M/F & IC/M – 99% Condition – Double Trigger – Skeleton Buttplate – Pistol Grip – Beavertail Forend: Factory Canvas Dust Cover over Leather Factory Case SPECS:  14 7/8″ LOP x 1 3/8″ DAC x 2 1/4″ DAH – 5 lbs 12 ozs – SN: 28-3196 Price: $8,995 

JOSEPH LANG SIDELOCK 12G DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
JOSEPH LANG SIDELOCK 12G DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

JOSEPH LANG SIDELOCK 12G DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN: Gun is in great original condition. Model: 2nd Quality Sidelock Caliber Info: 12 Gauge Ejectors: Yes Condition: Preowned Metal Condition: Very Good Barrels: 28″ Action: Sidelock Triggers: Double Gauge: 12 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 3/8″ Stock Heel: 2 1/4″ Fore End: Checkered LOP: 14 5/8″ Rib: Game Weight: 6.5 LBS Chokes: IC/M Case: Leather Luggage Price: $6,500

Rizzini Artemis 28 Gauge OU Double Barrel Shotgun
Rizzini Artemis 28 Gauge OU Double Barrel Shotgun

Rizzini Artemis 28 Gauge OU Double Barrel Shotgun: Gorgeous baby frame Rizzini Artemis, 29″ barrels with 5 factory choke tubes, 6 Custom Briley choke tubes were $500, Grade 5 wood–pics don’t do it, Original wood recoil pad, 14″ LOP. 5lbs 12oz, A delight to hold & swing, 2 rounds of trap went thru barrels, Mint condition. Price: $3,500

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Pedro Arrizabalaga SLE SxS 20 gauge:
Pedro Arrizabalaga SLE SxS 20 gauge:

Pedro Arrizabalaga SLE SxS 20 gauge: Floor plate, trigger guard, and fences fully engraved.  28 inch barrels 2 3/4 inch chambers flat rib, bores bright with 0 rust pits or dings. Right choke 0.006 Left is 0.012 weight 6 pounds. Double triggers auto safety and ejectors. Straight grip stock nicely figured and finished stock with custom leather covered pad. Splinter forearm with A&D push button latch. LOP 14 1/2 in DAC 1 1/2 in DAH 2 1/4 cast off 1/8. Excellent condition with light use.
Made Eibar Spain circa 1956. Price: $4850

Arrieta - SLE - 20ga - 27" IC / M -1987- Nice Gun - Reasonable Price

Arrieta – SLE – 20ga – 27″ IC / M -1987- Nice Gun – Reasonable PriceArrieta – SLE – 20ga – 27″ IC / M -1987- Nice Gun – Reasonable Price: Sidelock Ejector – 20ga, 2-3/4″, 27″ IC / M (.007 / .014), Double Triggers – Front Articulated, English Stock, Splinter Forearm, LOP 14-7/8″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/2″, Cast Off for Right Hand Shooter, Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. Gun shows some carry wear, but still tight. Barrels ring perfectly. Bores original and perfect. I think the wood might have been refinished. LOP is 13-3/4″ at edge of wood. Set up perfectly for quail. This is a pretty basic Arrieta SLE shotgun, but the quality and handling characteristics are still there. Price: $3950

Browning Superposed 20 Gauge Over/Under 1958
Browning Superposed 20 Gauge Over/Under 1958

Browning Superposed 20 Gauge Over/Under 1958: Serial Number: 14034 Chambers: 2-3/4 in & 3 in Ejectors: Yes Condition: Pre-owned Barrels: 28 in Barrel Type: O/U Action: Box Lock Triggers: Single Selective Gauge: 20ga Stock: Round knob Prince of Wales grip Stock Comb: Drop at Comb: 1-1/2 in Stock Heel: Drop at Heel: 2-3/16 in Fore End: Rounded Butt Pad: Rubber LOP: 14-1/4 Inch Rib: Vented Weight: 6 lbs 12 oz Sights: Silver front bead Manufacture Date: 1958 Chokes: Fixed: Top: Full Bottom: Modified Case: Box Price: $2,999.99

Beautiful high original condition Parker 12ga Trojan - Rare gun with nearly all original finishes remaining!
Beautiful high original condition Parker 12ga Trojan – Rare gun with nearly all original finishes remaining!

Beautiful high original condition Parker 12ga Trojan – Rare gun with nearly all original finishes remaining: Rare in this condition- Made on a #2 frame with 30″ barrels.  Has nearly all original finishes on barrels, more than 90% bold original case color on frame and more than 95% original stock finish with minor handling marks.  Bores are brilliant and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp.  A beautiful and only very very lightly used gun. Serial Number: 225,308 Barrel Length: 30” Chambers: 2-5/8” Ejectors: Extractors Condition: Excellent/Near Mint Metal Condition: Excellent/Near Mint Wood Condition: Excellent and all original Bore Condition: Brilliant and shiny Barrels: Trojan Steel Triggers: Double Triggers Stock Comb: 1-3/4” Stock Heel: 2-7/8” Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: Original BP LOP: 14-1/8” Weight: 7lbs 7oz Choke Left: .038 (Full) Choke Right: .026 (Mod) Price: $2500

Beretta 10g. 3.5" proofed double ~ Ducks, Geese, and Turkey's beware
Beretta 10g. 3.5″ proofed double ~ Ducks, Geese, and Turkey’s beware

Beretta 10g. 3.5″ proofed double ~ Ducks, Geese, and Turkey’s beware: Boxlock – Articulated front trigger on this behemoth! Tight and sound and ready for salt spray and mud. Serial Number: 22853 Ejectors: No Barrels: 31.5″ Barrel Type: Steel Action: Boxlock Gauge: 10 gauge Stock Comb: 1 7/16″ Stock Heel: 2 3/16″ Stock Cast: 1/16″ LOP: 14 3/4″ Weight: 10 lbs. 3 oz. Choke Left: .042″ A tighter full Choke Right: .032″ full Proof:Nitro: 3 1/2″ Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .055″ Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .055″ Price: $1,600

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12g Charles Daly Regent Diamond Boxlock Shotgun
12g Charles Daly Regent Diamond Boxlock Shotgun

12g Charles Daly Regent Diamond Boxlock Shotgun: Serial Number: 1873. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 30 inches. Action: SE. Triggers: Double Trigger. Gauge: 12 Gauge. Stock Comb: 1 3/8 inches. Stock Heel: 2 1/2 inches. Fore End: Splinter. Butt Pad: 1 inch. LOP: 13 3/4 inches. Weight: 7 lbs. 11 oz. Price: $39,500

Awesome and beastly Parker DH 20ga 32" - Dubray Gun with factory 2-7/8" chambers:
Awesome and beastly Parker DH 20ga 32″ – Dubray Gun with factory 2-7/8″ chambers:

Awesome and beastly Parker DH 20ga 32″ – Dubray Gun with factory 2-7/8″ chambers: I have for sale an awesome and very early 20ga magnum DH Grade Parker. The gun was ordered in 1903 by Arthur DuBray and is Serial Number 119,763. It was ordered with factory original 32” Barrels on a “0” Frame. This is the earliest 20ga gun I have encountered with factory original 2-7/8″ chambers and the gun is an absolute beast. Made with double triggers, extractors, and splinter forend. The gun now has an older silvers type pad with 14 1/2” LOP. As best I can tell it has 0 cast and Drop at comb 1 5/8 “ and Drop at heel 2 5/8 “. These dimensions are fantastic! Here are the barrel measurements on the gun: Chokes R .019 L .027, Bore R .617” L .618” Barrel Wall Thickness (At thinnest point) R .044 L .041 Weight 7lbs. Overall, the gun remains in pleasing condition with more than 95% barrel blue, around 30-40% case color. Stocks have been expertly freshened up. The gun is mechanically superb, on face, and tight. These 32″ 20ga guns are highly coveted and this gun being a DuBray ordered gun with the letter, magnum chambers and straight stock/double trigger combo is absolutely a show stopper. Price: $16,500

CSMC RBL SxS 20Ga Launch Edition Shotgun 28" Barrels Unfired
CSMC RBL SxS 20Ga Launch Edition Shotgun 28″ Barrels Unfired

CSMC RBL SxS 20Ga Launch Edition Shotgun 28″ Barrels Unfired: Serial No 1878 Purchased New by Current Owner in November 2007. Has a Single Selective Trigger and a Straight Grip with Walnut Stock. This gun has never been fired – complete with CSMC Custom Case and original accessories. Has 5 choke Tubes. Chambers: 2 3/4″. Ejectors: Ejector. Condition: ANIB. Metal Condition: 100%. Wood Condition: 100%. Bore Condition: New. Barrels: Double. Barrel Type: SxS. Action: BLE. Triggers: Single. Stock: Walnut. LOP: 14 1/4″.  Finish: Satin. Chokes: 5 Tubes. Engraving: Scroll. Price: $3,900

12g Wallis Brothers Excellent Sidelock Ejector ~ Features Chopper-lump Sir Joseph Whitworth Barrels
12g Wallis Brothers Excellent Sidelock Ejector ~ Features Chopper-lump Sir Joseph Whitworth Barrels

12g Wallis Brothers Excellent Sidelock Ejector ~ Features Chopper-lump Sir Joseph Whitworth Barrels: 9-pin sidelocks, stocked to the fences. Serial Number: 760. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 30″. Barrel Type: Steel. Action: Sidelock. Gauge: 12 gauge. Stock Comb: 1 1/2″. Stock Heel: 2 1/16″. Stock Cast: 3/16″. LOP: 14 3/8″ to checkered butt. Weight: 7 lbs. 1 oz. Choke Left: .035″ Full. Choke Right: .008″ IC. Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .032″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″. Wallis Brothers was in business at 364 High St, Lincoln circa 1886, 156 High St circa 1890-97, High St & Corporation St circa 1901-05, 4 Saint Mary St. 1913-40. Price: $3,800

Beretta s56e 20ga 28" 3" OU like new factory pad
Beretta s56e 20ga 28″ 3″ OU like new factory pad

Beretta s56e 20ga 28″ 3″ OU like new factory pad: M / F (.014 / .031), Ejectors, Factory Pad, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. RARE European Market 20ga Magnum with a Factory Pad. This gun has seen very little use. I rate it 99% overall. It is mechanically perfect – very tight, perfect bores. A few minor handling marks on the stocks. Price: $1575

Auction alert: 20g Beretta ASEL O/U shotgun …

Lot 112: Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun chambered for 2 3/4" or 3" 20 gauge:
Lot 112: Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun chambered for 2 3/4″ or 3″ 20 gauge:

Here’s your chance to get a great deal on one of the best bird guns Beretta has built. Connecticut Firearms Auctions has this Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun in their Spring Firearms Auction. The auction starts on Saturday, April 10, 2021 @ 1pm EST.

In the 1930s, Beretta introduced its first Over Under —  or Sovroposto — shotgun. Beretta’s SO shotguns were sidelocks and they utilized the company’s version of Woodward’s low-profile, OU design.

Lot 112: Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun chambered for 2 3/4" or 3" 20 gauge:
Lot 112: Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun chambered for 2 3/4″ or 3″ 20 gauge:

After WW2, Beretta introduced a boxlock version of their SOs, These guns came in at least three models (ASE, ASEL, and ASEELL). They locked up like Beretta SO-series shotguns and ones made after 1960 came with Boehler Antinit steel barrels. Basically they were top quality doubles at more affordable prices.

This one looks like it’s in nice shape — even though some knucklehead ported the barrels.

Lot 112: Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun chambered for 2 3/4" or 3" 20 gauge:
Lot 112: Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun chambered for 2 3/4″ or 3″ 20 gauge:

Lot 112: Beretta model ASEL Over Under shotgun chambered for 2 3/4″ or 3″ 20 gauge:  Serial: 16465 With code XII dating this to 1956, the 28″ vent ribbed and ported single bead barrels have been threaded with removable chokes. Chokes that come with this gun installed appear to be skeet and skeet. The receiver with single trigger is completely engraved and is dressed in a nicely checkered light walnut stock and forend. Bottom barrel ejector sticks otherwise overall condition is excellent with mirror bores and just a few minor marks from use. Ships to FFL and C&R only. Measurements: Bore Diameter @ 9″ from muzzle O= .627 U= .629 Wall Thickness @ 9″ from muzzle = .038 (Both) LOP @ Heel= 13 9/16″ LOP @ Toe= 13 5/8″ Choke: O=.625 U=.627 Drop @ Comb = 1 1/2″ Drop @ Heel = 2 1/8″ Weight= 5.4 lbs Estimate: $2,000 – $4,000

Auction alert: Beretta 686 Onyx Pro, 20g & 28g two-bbl set …

Lot 113: BERETTA 686 ONYX PRO, SN U23336S
Lot 113: BERETTA 686 ONYX PRO, SN U23336S

Here’s a nice looking Beretta 686 Onyx 2-bbl set. Jeff Dobson & Associates in Jasper, GA, has it in their upcoming firearms auction. The sale starts tomorrow, 3/13, @ 10 AM EST.

Lot 113: BERETTA 686 ONYX PRO, SN U23336S
Lot 113: BERETTA 686 ONYX PRO, SN U23336S

Lot 113: BERETTA 686 ONYX PRO, SN U23336S: 20 GA 3 INCH, 28 IN BARREL SHOTGUN & 28 GA 2 3/4 INCH, 28 IN BARREL, FIELD COMBO, 2 BARREL SET, 9 TOTAL CHOKE TUBES, WITH CUSTOM LOCKING CASE (CASE CODE 427), 28 IN BARREL.

Lot 113: BERETTA 686 ONYX PRO, SN U23336S
Lot 113: BERETTA 686 ONYX PRO, SN U23336S

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CHARLES DALY LINDER MODEL 375 DIAMOND GRADE 20 GAUGE
CHARLES DALY LINDER MODEL 375 DIAMOND GRADE 20 GAUGE

CHARLES DALY LINDER MODEL 375 DIAMOND GRADE 20 GAUGE: #23XX, 26″ SKEET CHOKE AND MODIFIED 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE, TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MINT CONDITION, 5LBS 8 OZ, 2 5/8″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 14 7/16″ LOP. Price: $42,500

Ithaca NID magnum field grade 10ga 3.5in
Ithaca NID magnum field grade 10ga 3.5in

Ithaca NID magnum field grade 10ga 3.5in: Very nice late gun with border engraving and nice stock wood. Original condition gun never refinished. Great vintage Duck, Goose or Turkey gun. Serial Number: 500616 Barrel Length: 32″ Ejectors: yes Condition: very good Triggers: double Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 1/2″ LOP: 14 5/8″ Weight: 11lbs 4oz Choke Left: full Choke Right: full Price: $5,000

BROWNING - O/U BELGIUM SUPERPOSED SUPERLIGHT - 20 GA - 26 1/2" VENT RIB BARRELS CHOKED MOD/FULL
BROWNING – O/U BELGIUM SUPERPOSED SUPERLIGHT – 20 GA – 26 1/2″ VENT RIB BARRELS CHOKED MOD/FULL

BROWNING – O/U BELGIUM SUPERPOSED SUPERLIGHT – 20 GA – 26 1/2″ VENT RIB BARRELS CHOKED MOD/FULL: STRAIGHT STOCK AND SCHNAUBLE FOREND – BLUED ROUNDED FRAME – SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER – TOP LEVER WELL RIGHT OF CENTER – 99% CONDITION – 1976 MAUFACTURE – MECHANICAL TRIGGER. Price: $4,400

Parker VH 16 gauge on rare 0 Frame
Parker VH 16 gauge on rare 0 Frame

Parker VH 16 gauge on rare 0 Frame: 0 frames usually found on 20 gauge Parkers. This is an 0 frame 16 gauge with original factory 26 inch barrels with great bores. Chokes are Full and Full. Serial number 117334. 14 inch LOP over added pad. DAC 1 3/4. DAH 2 1/2. Weight is 6 pounds 6.6 oz. still has 2 5/8 inch chambers. More photos on request. Price: $1998

1970 - Beretta BL-4 - 28ga, 2-3/4", 28"
1970 – Beretta BL-4 – 28ga, 2-3/4″, 28″

1970 – Beretta BL-4 – 28ga, 2-3/4″, 28″: IC / IC (005″ / .005″) Vent Rib, Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger,  LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs. 3 oz. One owner gun. Shows some wear, but tight and properly functioning in every regard. The chokes were opened from F/M to IC/IC. The gentleman fell with the gun years ago and two chip of wood broke off at the bottom head of the stock. He had it repaired and the stock refinished. Nice condition BL-4 28ga at a reasonable price – especially for a 28 inch gun! Price: $1975

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J.P. SAUER SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE
J.P. SAUER SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE

J.P. SAUER SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE: #391XXX, 26 1/2″ IC AND MOD 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS X 2 9/16″ X 1 5/8″ X 14 1/2″ Price: $7,950

Parker VH 20g 26" original...high condition
Parker VH 20g 26″ original…high condition

Parker VH 20g 26″ original…high condition: 26” solid rib barrels choke IC/F.  Double triggers, automatic safety, late Parker gun.  Capped pistol grip stock with 13 7/8” LOP over the dogs head butt plate, 1 5/8” DAC and 2 ½” DAH; splinter forearm. The frame is bright from carrying but there is at least 80% muted case colors, original barrel blue is excellent; trigger guard has only traces of blue.  Wood varnish appears to be original and there is on small repair at the rear of the top tang. The barrels have .618” bore diameters where .615 is standard so I will assume that the bores were lightly polished by .003” with nominal wall thickness of .027”.  “0” frame. So, this is a very nice, high condition VH 20…ready for upland hunting and as a great addition to your collection.  Made in 1935 and is exactly as specified in the Parker Gun Id book. SN:  238463 Price: $3,650

Browning Superposed 20ga Grade 1 w/28” barrels. A nice 1962 vintage O/U:
Browning Superposed 20ga Grade 1 w/28” barrels. A nice 1962 vintage O/U:

Browning Superposed 20ga Grade 1 w/28” barrels. A nice 1962 vintage O/U: Here’s a really nice 1962 RKLT 20 bore Superposed with desirable 28 inch barrels bored modified and full. It’s unaltered with the original buttplate. The blue is crisp at 99%. The wood has some marks and scuffs on it and rates 95%. Bores and mechanics are excellent. Price: $2850

Browning Citori Superlight 20ga In Factory Box
Browning Citori Superlight 20ga In Factory Box

Browning Citori Superlight 20ga In Factory Box: This Shotgun is ready for the field gun is still tight when opening but has blueing ware from carrying  Also a few handeling marks and 1 scratch in the wood. Serial Number: 24148NRA33 Barrel Length: 26″ Condition: Used with finish wear Chokes: Invector. Price: $1,675

Beretta Silver Pigeon 1 OU Shotgun, 28GA, 28IN, Mobile Chokes, SST, AE
Beretta Silver Pigeon 1 OU Shotgun, 28GA, 28IN, Mobile Chokes, SST, AE

Beretta Silver Pigeon 1 OU Shotgun, 28GA, 28IN, Mobile Chokes, SST, AE: Very Nice Beretta 28GA with 28 inch mobile choke barrels that has seen little use.  Comes with F, M, IC Mobile chokes with M/IC chokes installed.  Nice oil-finished wood with some light handling marks on the left side of butt stock that can easily be sanded out.  Bluing is perfect and bores are mirror.  Weight is slightly over 6 pounds. Price: $1,595   

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Holloway & Naughton 12g Sidelock Boss-style Over/Under Sidelock Ejector
Holloway & Naughton 12g Sidelock Boss-style Over/Under Sidelock Ejector

Holloway & Naughton 12g Sidelock Boss-style Over/Under Sidelock Ejector: A faithful rendition of the Boss & Co. Over/Under Sidelock Ejector patented in 1909 with the same type of bifurcated lumps and trunnion system. These are Protruding studs on the bottom barrel that lay into semi-circular slots on each side of the action. These studs act as the barrel’s lumps and require a much shallower action shape to work with the stacked barrels, giving the guns a slimmer profile. The action is color hardened with a R&S type engraving, signed by the trigger “DELAHAUT G.”, with gold lined cocking indicators and the word “SAFE” and the serial number inlaid in gold. The gun has a single non-selective mechanical trigger. Gun is very nicely stocked in with a highly figured French walnut with characteristic light honey color and very dark marbling with “fiddle back” radiating through the entire butt stock. Traditional drop points and point pattern checkering and a Woodward style grip with a trigger bow that extends to an ebony pistol grip cap. Stock has 15 ½” LOP over a checkered butt. The forend matches perfectly and uses the Boss type ejector system, also patented in 1909, with the long cocking rods housed in the with the same type of Boss extended forend iron that runs the top edge of the forend. The 30” demi-bloc barrels have a solid machine matted top rib and semi-circular Boss type rib extension. The gun has original 2 ¾” (70mm) chambers with 2006 London proof marks. The barrels are fitted with Teague chokes and carry 2009 Birmingham proof marks from when the chokes were added. Gun has most likely been fired but appears as new in a Maker’s lightweight leather “VC” case with canvas cover. Price: $42,500

Otto Geyger 16ga SxS boxlock with ejectors
Otto Geyger 16ga SxS boxlock with ejectors

Otto Geyger 16ga with ejectors: An Otto Geyger of Berlin SXS 16 ga shot gun. 29 1/4″ barrels that are clean and  are choked F/XF. Ejectors work beautifully. Gun was finished in Oct of 1925. Greener safety and english style rose scroll engraving. LOP is 14″. DAC is 1.5″ and DAH is 2 1/4″. Wood is solid, Checkering on the splinter fore end is a bit worn. Wood has never been refinished or sanded. Price: $4500

BERETTA - SO2 - 30" Solid Rib IC / M - - Abercrombie & Fitch Gun with Letters
BERETTA – SO2 – 30″ Solid Rib IC / M – – Abercrombie & Fitch Gun with Letters

BERETTA – SO2 – 30″ Solid Rib IC / M – – Abercrombie & Fitch Gun with Letters:1947 – Abercrombie & Fitch – Beretta – SO2 – – 12ga, 2-3/4″, 30″ IC / M (.010 / .019) – Solid Rib, Ejectors, Double Triggers, Prince of Wales Grip, LOP 15″ to the Pad (13-5/8″ to edge of wood), Drop 1-3/8 to 2-3/8″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 7 lbs 8 oz. Tight Gun! Bores are Perfect, Ready for the Field! Price: $3750

Parker - VHE, 12ga. 26" Barrels Choked M/F
Parker – VHE, 12ga. 26″ Barrels Choked M/F

Parker – VHE, 12ga. 26″ Barrels Choked M/F: Capped pistol grip[ stock, original dogs head butt plate, double triggers, automatic ejectors, splinter forend, 234,xxx, 1 1/2 frame, 90% bluing, traces of case coloring remaining, light handling marks on wood, very clean and untouched gun. 6 lbs. 14 oz. 14 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″ Price: $2,499

 

Dickinson Plantation 28g 28 SxS Shotgun
Dickinson Plantation 28g 28 SxS Shotgun

Dickinson Plantation 28g 28 SxS Shotgun: SN- TRL1050, 28″ bbls, 2 3/4″ chambers, Ejectors, Manual Safety, 5 1/2 lbs, Comb 1 1/2″, Heel 2 3/8″, LOP 14 3/4″, Cast 1/8″ off, Full set of chokes, Double triggers. Not much to add. Clean with very little use. Price: $1800

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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