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

Truly exceptional, genuine, and very rare early Parker A1 Special 12ga - Superior engraving and metal work- early "Whit1" gun & the 6th A1
Truly exceptional, genuine, and very rare early Parker A1 Special 12ga – Superior engraving and metal work- early “Whit1” gun & the 6th A1

Truly exceptional, genuine, and very rare early Parker A1 Special 12ga – Superior engraving and metal work- early “Whit1” gun & the 6th A1: This extraordinary Parker A1 Special ranks amongst one of the nicest A1 Special 12ga guns I have handled.  Made in 1906 on a #2 frame, this exact gun is pictured on pages 359 and 360 of “The Parker Story.  This gun, with beautiful 30” Whitworth steel barrels made with fully checkered forend with fleur-de-lis pattern.  Made with double triggers, auto ejectors, auto safety, buttstock with gold capped pistol grip and terminates with an older Silver’s type pad.  The action is full coverage engraved in very deep relief floral and scroll pattern.  Sculpted fences.  The grip cap has a lined gold washer and the cap itself with full gold initial plate as seen in the photos.  Truly exceptional – this is the 6th A1 Special Parker Bros. ever made and is documented exactly as found today. This gun remains in excellent overall condition.  The barrels are superb with more than 97% factory quality rust blue.  Action has toned mostly with sharp engraving throughout.  Checkering is excellent and shows light handling wear.  Stocks are sound and retain most of their original finish with finish added for preservation.  The pad is an older replacement. This exceptional and rare Parker is housed in a full leather case.  The case is in excellent condition with only minor rubs. Price: $89,500

Purdey SxS 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS Game Gun
Purdey SxS 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS Game Gun

Purdey SxS 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS Game Gun: All original James Purdey & Sons 12 ga self opening game gun.  All original gun (except possibly pad), originally built in 1933.  Pad may be original as well as gun resold new in 1941 (original buyer did not take delivery of gun).  28 inch barrels, 2 5/8 inch chambers, choked IC / 1/2, measuring .006R/.020L.  Barrel wall thickness at .029 both.  Original London Proof Marks, matching serial numbers on all components, and Purdey barrel numbers intact.  Concave Game Rib marked with Purdey name, address, and special steel markings.  Ejectors.  Anson Fore-end fastener.  English straight stock LOP 14 3/8 in to pad, 13 5/8 in wood.  Drop 1 1/2 to 2 3/8 in.  Minimal Cast Off.  Weight 6 lb 4 oz.  Later leather case with Maker’s Label.  Assortment of accessories (some are A&F, New York) included.  Recent Purdey factory sales history document (2020) and 1930s Sales Brochure supplied with gun.  35 photo zip file available to interested parties. Price: $27,500

A H FOX, PHIL., XE GRADE - GORGEOUS 12 GAUGE
A H FOX, PHIL., XE GRADE – GORGEOUS 12 GAUGE

A H FOX, PHIL., XE GRADE – GORGEOUS 12 GAUGE: 28″ KRUPP FLUID STEEL BARRELS, NUMBER 4 WEIGHT, MODIFIED (.020) AND FULL (.034), 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS  EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR-BRIGHT BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, BARRELS RING BEAUTIFULLY.  DEEP CUT ACANTHUS SCROLL ENGRAVING AT THE BREECH ENDS. CASE COLORED FRAME HAS GORGEOUS DEEP RELIEF CUT ENGRAVING, VIGNETTE ON RIGHT WITH TWO QUAIL IN FLIGHT, LEFT SIDE HAS A PAIR OF DUCKS IN FLIGHT, STANDING FOX ON THE BOTTOM, BOLD LEAF FOLIATE PATTERN WITH STIPPLED BACKGROUND.  100% COVERAGE INCLUDING TOP LEVER, FENCES, TANG, TRIGGER GUARD AND FOREARM IRON, SCREWS.  TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE. ROUND KNOB GRIP, LONG SPLINTER FOREARM WITH EBONY TIP.  FINE CHECKERING WITH RIBBON BANDS.  VERY ATTRACTIVE ENGLISH WALNUT WITH BOLD BLACK STREAKS.  ORIGINAL SILVERS PAD, 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14 1/4″, 6 POUNDS 10 OUNCES.  WONDERFUL EARLY FOX IN VERY PLEASING CONDITION.  MADE IN 1915. Price: $11,000

Westley Richards Boxlock Game Gun 12 Gauge
Westley Richards Boxlock Game Gun 12 Gauge

Westley Richards Boxlock Game Gun 12 Gauge: Serial Number: T10352, Barrel Length: 26″, Stock Dimensions:1 1/2″ C x 2 1/2″ H, LOP: 14 1/8, Weight: 5 lbs 14 oz, Chokes: 1/4 – 3/4, Price: $2,950.

W.R. Pape ~ Newcastle ~ A great light little 12 by one of England's top makers
W.R. Pape ~ Newcastle ~ A great light little 12 by one of England’s top makers

W.R. Pape ~ Newcastle ~ A great light little 12 by one of England’s top makers:
Boxlocks – What a delightful little game gun by one of my favorite makers. William Rochester Pape was known among the English shotgun crowd as the “Purdey of the North.” This was a direct tribute to their quality and attention to detail. Serial Number: 11816, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 30″, Barrel Type: Steel, Action: Box lock ejector, Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 7/16″, Stock Heel: 1 7/8″, Stock Cast: 1/8″, LOP: 14 7/8″, Weight: 6lbs 6oz., Choke Left: .034 full, Choke Right: Cyl., Proof: Nitro 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .029, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .031. Price: $2,500

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grouse hunters: Here’s your dream Parker SxS…

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE
PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE

Ruffed grouse hunting isn’t for sissies. There are no horse-drawn carriages to ride in or wide-open fields to stroll through, and no one pushes birds your way as you block a shelterbelt.

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE
PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE

If you want to chase these ruffed grouse, you need to get in the woods and get dirty. You’re going to get scratched up and bruised, and you’re going to carry your gun a lot.

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE
PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE

That’s why lightweight doubles are popular with experienced grouse guys.

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE
PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE

The Parker VH you see here is 16 gauge built on a 0 frame (frame = action, Parker actions ran from 000-frames, used on .410s and 28 gauges, to 7-frames, used on 10 and 8 gauges). It weighs just 5lbs, 13oz — lighter than a lot of 20-gauges – and about a pound less than your typical 16-gauge Parker.

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE
PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE26″ BARRELS, IMP-CYL. AND FULL, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, JIM GEARY STAMP. TIGHT ON FACE, BARRELS RING BEAUTIFULLY.  UNTURNED SCREWS, GOOD CASE COLOR INCLUDING THE BOTTOM OF FRAME.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, VERY GOOD WOOD WITH WORN CHECKERING.  GOOD DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2 3/4″ X 14 1/2″ WITH WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE ORIGINAL SILVERS 1/2″ PAD, 5 POUNDS 13 OUNCES.  MADE IN 1913, ALL ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price: $3250

A nice 16g SxS that doesn’t cost a fortune…

Bargain bird gun: A St. Etienne "Heliobloc" 16Ga Boxlock Side-by-Side, 2 ½” chambers, extractors
Bargain bird gun: A St. Etienne “Heliobloc” 16Ga Boxlock Side-by-Side, 2 ½” chambers, extractors

When I first got into doubles, I thought every gun with two barrels cost a fortune–especially side by sides. Of course, to a kid just out of college they did.

But as I learned more about nice shotguns, I realized not all doubles are insanely expensive. While you can easily spend $5,000 – $30,000+ on a SxS from a maker like Parker or James Purdey & Sons, you can also spend less and get one that would be an ideal bird gun.

The boxlock you see here looks like that kind of gun. Sure it’s a basic boxlock, but it’s built on one of the most reliable designs ever created (the Anson & Deeley action). With sideplates and a blued finish, it’s a nice looking gun, and because it’s European, it has that “je ne sais quoi” that set it apart from your everyday A.H. Fox or British boxlock. Best of all, it costs less than a brand-new Benelli autoloader.

Bargain bird gun: A St. Etienne "Heliobloc" 16Ga Boxlock Side-by-Side, 2 ½” chambers, extractors
Bargain bird gun: A St. Etienne “Heliobloc” 16Ga Boxlock Side-by-Side, 2 ½” chambers, extractors

St. Etienne “Heliobloc” 16Ga Boxlock Side-by-Side, 2 ½” chambers, extractors: A nice guild gun on St Etienne preferred boxlock action; the Helicobloc action works on the same principle than the Webley screw grip, but with the thread at the Bottom of the top lever spindle. This one is sideplated, double triggers, manual safety, border engraved with a black finish (90% condition). The stock is semi pistol grip with round knob, 14 ¾” LOP over .800” pad,  1 ¾” and 2 ¾” drop, ¾” cast off with nice skip line checkering and carved borders (90% finish 95% checkering). 27” tubes with dovetail lumps by Jean Breuil barrel maker (very nicely done with brazed ribs, triple-proof and Martens steel). Bores are .669, walls are .031 and chokes at .014 and .022 (mod and imp mod). Blacking is in 90% condition, the bores have light oxidation at the upper mid barrel , that I guess would clean up with a .002 honing. Price: $1,200

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