BEST of the bests: Pair of 12g Boss SxSs, incredible condition…

Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29"
Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29″

“Where are all the great guns?” That’s what some friends of mine have been saying lately. While good guns are always coming on the market, truly great ones have been scarce — until today.

Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29"
Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29″

This pair of 12 gauge Boss & Co sidelock side-by-side shotguns popped up on Gunsinternational.com this AM. They’re as good as vintage British shotguns get.

Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29"
Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29″

In their day, these SxSs were the pinnacle of gunmaking, and two of the most expensive shotguns in the world. Today, they’re rare, and still cost a fortune. From what I can see, no one has messed them up by trying to refresh or restore them.

Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29"
Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29″

Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29″: Sublime 1928 manufactured square body sidelock pair by world renowned Boss & Co. 90-95% original case colors, double triggers, straight grip, ejectors, automatic safety, chopper lump barrels, drop points, beaded trigger guard, fine English scroll, factory leather luggage case. Gun #1 is choked .010″ and .016″ with .729″ bores, weighs 6 pounds 9 ounces, and measures 1 1/2″ x 2″ x 14 1/2″ over a checkered butt. Gun #2 is choked .009″ and .015″ with .730″ bores weighs 6 pounds 10 ounces and has matching stock dimensions. Factory 2 1/2″ chambers with 1 1/8 ounce proof remains. It is very hard to find a pair of Pre-War English guns (let alone Boss guns) in this condition. Price: $90,000

Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29"
Boss & Co. Sidelock Pair 12ga/29″

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

Be impressed. New film about Boss & Co, gunmakers …

Without a doubt, Boss & Co is one of the world’s top gunmakers. In this film you find out a bit more about why the company has succeeded for so long and why their guns are still prized by shooters around the world.

12g Boss & Co. SxS Shotguns, 1925, post-Roberston. From www.drake.net
A pair of 12g Boss & Co SxS shotguns

Meet one of the world’s best barrel makers. Vid 2 of 5…

Bill Blacker, London Barrel Maker. Pic from BillBlacker.co.uk
Bill Blacker, London Barrel Maker. Pic from BillBlacker.co.uk

Here’s the next video in the five-part series about Bill Blacker. As I mentioned last time, Blacker is one of the world’s top barrel makers. With a background that started at Holland & Holland’s and includes James Purdey & Sons and most of the UK’s leading gunmakers,

This short video is part 2 of 5. I posted the first one last week, and I’ll be sharing the rest over the next few weeks. Check out each for the chance to learn more about best-quality guns from one of the top craftsmen working in the trade today.

Talking about British shotguns on Clays & Birds…

Andrew Shatz over at Claysandbirds.com had me back again to talk about shotguns. This time, we focused on British doubles. We had a great time. Check out what I had to say. The interview starts about 12 minutes in.

The 10 Best Game Guns by Mike Yardley…

Micheal Yardley is well known shooter, shooting instructor, and sporting writer from the UK. For years, he has written a Shotgun Review article for the UK’s Shooting Gazette magazine, and in the course of his career he has tested and reviewed hundreds of shotguns.

Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon
Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon

That means a list of his favorite shotguns should be very authoritative. What does he like? And why does he like them? Read his article to find out. A few of the usual suspects are there, but some of his choices may surprise you.

“Some gun stand out when I am testing them. They look right, they feel right, and, most importantly, they shoot well. They achieve aesthetic harmony and get top marks for ‘usability’ too. It is amazing how many guns just do not meet the basic criteria (i.e. that they should look reasonable, feel comfortable, point and swing well, don’t recoil too much, and have controls which are easy to operate). It also odd just how many people struggle on with gun which are not helping them at all!….” Read all of it now.

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