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The finest Parker Bros. AH 10ga extant! Near mint all original lightweight gun made on a #2 Frame with orig 30" barrels - appears test fired only
The finest Parker Bros. AH 10ga extant! Near mint all original lightweight gun made on a #2 Frame with orig 30″ barrels – appears test fired only

The finest Parker Bros. AH 10ga extant! Near mint all original lightweight gun made on a #2 Frame with orig 30″ barrels – appears test fired only:  One of just 14 made in this configuration – this rare early gun made on a #2 frame (very rare in 10ga) with 30″ Finest Damascus barrels.  This gun, made in 1890, was the highest grade gun made at the time and was made with original splinter forend, double triggers, extractors, and beautifully engraved skeleton buttplate.  This gun is absolutely 100% full coverage engraved, most certainly by W.H. Gough, and perhaps a detailed inspection will unveil his occasionally found and very elusive signature.  The gun is engraved with no less than 3 dogs on the bottom of the frame and 4 birds in a scene on the trigger plate, two more towards forend, two dogs on trigger guard bow with full scroll engraving, double dogs on right side with serpentine “PARKER BROS.” surrounded by full scroll, dog scenes on each of the breech balls, and double dogs on left, again with serpentine makers name surrounded by full scroll engraving.  The gun has its original engraved and blued skeleton buttplate.  Stocked with incredible straight grained European Walnut stocks which are beautifully checkered as seen in the photos.  All stampings are factory correct and original in every respect. This gun remains in spectacular original condition- nearly unheard of for one of these early guns.  The gun retains more than 95% bold vivid original case color throughout.  Stocks are excellent and sound with virtually all of their original hand rubbed finish with only minor handling marks throughout.  Trigger guard retains more than 80% original blue.  The buttplate retains more than 60% of its original high luster blue.  The breechface shows almost no signs of a shell ring from firing.  The barrels retain about 95% of their dark bold original pattern with only minor spotting towards the right breech as seen in the photos.  Bores are brilliant and shiny and the mechanics are crisp.  This gun matches it’s PGCA letter as seen in the photos. This exceptional “Best in Class” Parker is priced at $47,500 and can be shipped directly to your door as an antique.  If you desire the very best – look no further – this is it.  This gun is as fresh as a spring daisy having never been offered for sale publicly.
Price: $47,500

Parker Brothers BH 12g SxS Shotgun
Parker Brothers BH 12g SxS Shotgun

Parker Brothers BH 12g SxS Shotgun: 1898 BH 12 ga. with Fine DD  Damascus barrels…may have been redone because the pattern is fantastic.Double triggers, Straight stock with gold oval, good checkering. does have some handling marks…scratches dents etc. nothing major. bores are great chambers are 2 5/8″. lockes up tight as a drum. Have Parker letter for it. Mathces except for weight …letters at 8 lbs even…scales 7lbs 14 1/2oz…pretty close. Ready to hit the field. Antique: Yes, Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge, Model: BH, Serial Number: 88661 Barrel Length: 30″, Chambers: 2 5/8″, Condition: Original, Metal Condition: Good, Wood Condition: a few handling marks, Bore Condition: clean, Barrel Type: Fine Damascus, Action: Hammerless Top Lever, Triggers: Double Stock: English, Stock Drop: 2 1/2″ at heel, Fore End: Splinter, Butt Pad: Skeleton, LOP: 14 1/4″, Weight: 7lbs 14.5oz, Sights: Single steel, Manufacture Date: 1898, Choke Left: Full, Choke Right: Full Engraving: Excellent. Price: $9500

ORVIS CUSTOM UPLANDER 28G SIDELOCK SPANISH-MADE SXS
ORVIS CUSTOM UPLANDER 28G SIDELOCK SPANISH-MADE SXS

ORVIS CUSTOM UPLANDER 28G SIDELOCK SPANISH-MADE SXS: Clean gun with some very light handlng marks. Model: Orvis Uplander, Caliber Info: 28 Gauge, Ejectors: Yes Condition: Preowned, Metal Condition: Very Good, Barrels: 28″ Action: Sidelock, Triggers: Double, Gauge: 28 Gauge, Stock Comb: 1 1/4″ Stock Heel: 2″ Stock Cast: Off Fore End: Checkered LOP: 14 1/2 Rib: Flat File Cut Weight: 6.000000 Chokes: IC/M Case: No Price: $3,500

JP SAUER BLE 16G SxS GERMAN SHOTGUN
JP SAUER BLE 16G SxS GERMAN SHOTGUN

JP SAUER BLE 16G SxS GERMAN SHOTGUN: Solid gun with some loss of blue on the barrels. Model: Boxlock Ejector, Caliber Info: 16 Gauge, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: Preowned Metal Condition: Good, Barrels: 28″, Action: Boxlock, Triggers: Double, Gauge: 16 Gauge, Stock Comb: 1 1/2″, Stock Heel: 2 3/4″, Stock Cast: Off, Fore End: Checkered, LOP: 14 1/8″, Rib: Concave, Weight: 6.600000. Chokes: IM/IM. Price: $3,500

Francotte 18E Straight Grip Boxlock Ejector 12 gauge Grouse gun
Francotte 18E Straight Grip Boxlock Ejector 12 gauge Grouse gun

Francotte 18E Straight Grip Boxlock Ejector 12 gauge Grouse gun: This is a beautifully engraved, light and lively Francotte bird gun with 26″ barrels that are choked IC/Light Mod with 2-3/4″ chambers.  It is light enough that it can be carried all day at just 6 ounds 4 ounces. This is a great woodcock, quail, grouse and skeet gun with handling that will allow you to be successful on any outing that you choose. The radial matting on the barrels is quite attractive and provides a glare free sighting plane to a period ivory end bead. It is in good cosmetic and mechanical condition with ejectors that kick the empties well out of the way for quick reloading. It is a pre-war gun and exhibits the quality of items made when craftsmen were truly capable of fine work. The checkered side panels must be 35 lines per inch or more and the stock and forend checkering is very fine as well. The drop at the comb is 1-5/8″ and the drop at the heel is a mere 2″ and the length of pull is 14-1/4″ to a factory black plastic butt plate. Price: $2395

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Parker Reproduction DHE - 28ga - 28” and 26” - M/F and IC/M - Double Trigger - Beavertail - RAREST CONFIGURATION Leather Case Perfect with Dust Cover
Parker Reproduction DHE – 28ga – 28” and 26” – M/F and IC/M – Double Trigger – Beavertail – RAREST CONFIGURATION Leather Case Perfect with Dust Cover

Parker Reproduction DHE – 28ga – 28” and 26” – M/F and IC/M – Double Trigger – Beavertail – RAREST CONFIGURATION Leather Case Perfect with Dust Cover: The LOP is one of only a few special order guns with this longer LOP to the front trigger – special order guns were a tiny fraction of the Parker Repro guns – Leather Case Perfect with Dust Cover – Snap Caps – Keys – Gentlemen, this gun is the hardest configuration to find – the double triggers and the beavertail make this gun the hardest to find – it is indeed, in spectacular condition with 99% condition. 14 7/8″ x 1 3/8″ x 2 1/4″ – 5.13 lbs. Price: $13,995

W.C. Scott - The Chatsworth Model, 28ga. 25" Barrels Choked M/F.
W.C. Scott – The Chatsworth Model, 28ga. 25″ Barrels Choked M/F.

W.C. Scott – The Chatsworth Model, 28ga. 25″ Barrels Choked M/F: Nicely figured European walnut straight grip stock, checkered butt, gold shield, splinter forend, automatic ejectors,  double triggers, drop points, 28 line checkering, game rib, scalloped frame, incredibly marvelous full coverage nimbus, ribbon, and rosette scroll engraving over a traditional bone and charcoal color case hardened finish, highest possible workmanship, one of the very last guns manufactured, Birmingham proofed, an absolute gem, gun appears unfired, the very best, included makers’ leather case, available for immediate delivery. 5 lbs. 6 oz. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2 3/8”.
Price: $12,500

JP Sauer – A&F Model 100 – 12 Gauge – UNFIRED – July 1937 – Boxlock – SxS
JP Sauer – A&F Model 100 – 12 Gauge – UNFIRED – July 1937 – Boxlock – SxS

JP Sauer – A&F Model 100 – 12 Gauge – UNFIRED – July 1937 – Boxlock – SxS: For your consideration is this 84-year-old JP Sauer side-by-side with great dimensions in 99% condition (including case colors, wood finish, barrel bluing).  I’ve had 3 multi-decade gun collectors look at this gun and they all agree this gun remains in UNFIRED condition (there are NO PRIMER MARKS on the action around the firing pins).  This area is clearly viewable in one of the photos.  There a few very minor handling marks, also viewable in the photos, but you’ll have to look pretty hard to find them!  Serial Number 322,234. The center of the rib is engraved with “Abercrombie & Fitch Co., New York, N.Y. U.S. Agents.Great Dimensions Weight – 6 lb 8 oz, Overall Length – 42 inches, Barrel Length – 26 inches, Drop at Comb – 1 9/16 inches, Drop at Heal – 2 ½ inches, Cast – 0 inches, Length of Pull – 14 ¼ inches, Left Choke – loose full, Right Choke – improved cylinder, Ejectors – strong and in time. Any collector of MINT side-by-sides and/or Pre-War German Guns will enjoy having this gun in their collection. Price: $5,350

FRANCOTTE MODEL 14E 20 GAUGE WONDERFUL
FRANCOTTE MODEL 14E 20 GAUGE WONDERFUL

FRANCOTTE MODEL 14E 20 GAUGE WONDERFUL: 26″ SIEMENS MARTIN MARKED BARRELS, MIRROR PERFECT BORES, 99% BRIGHT BLUE, IMCYL. AND FULL (.005 & .020), 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, BARRELS RING LINE A BELL.  ENGRAVED “VON LENGERKE & DETMOLD” ON RIGHT BARREL, “U.S. AGENTS NEW YORK” ON LEFT BARREL, RIB EXTENSION AND BREECH ENDS ALSO ENGRAVED, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS.  DUAL UNDER BITES AND GREENER CROSSBOLT, TIGHT ON FACE, 98% BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR, EXTREMELY TIGHT SCROLL ENGRAVING OVER ENTIRE FRAME, FENCES CARVED IN DEEP CUT LEAF PATTERN, ALL SCREWS NICELY ENGRAVED. ROUND KNOB GRIP STOCK, WITH FINELY CHECKERED AND CARVED SIDE PANELS, “S” SAFETY GOLD INLAYED, SPLINTER FOREARM WITH FRONT BUTTON RELEASE, DARK STREAKED EUROPEAN WALNUT, TINY AUGUSTE FRANCOTTE STAMP BEHIND THE GRIP. EXCELLENT WOOD AND CHECKERING, HORN BUTTPLATE, 1 1/2″ X 2 5/8″ X 14″, 5 1/2 POUNDS.  GREAT LITTLE DOUBLE IN GORGEOUS ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price: $4500

Webley & Scott 700 BLE SxS (2 Barrel Set)
Webley & Scott 700 BLE SxS (2 Barrel Set)

Webley & Scott 700 BLE SxS (2 Barrel Set): Serial Number: 123426, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 28 inches & 28 inches, Triggers: Double Trigger, Gauge: 12 Gauge, Stock Comb: 1 3/8 inches, Stock Heel: 2 1/4 inches, Fore End: Splinter, LOP: 15 3/8 inches, Weight: 6 lbs. 6 oz. Cased. Price: $3,250

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J. PIRE (Belgium) Best Quality SLE 12ga 28" IM&F circa 1918
J. PIRE (Belgium) Best Quality SLE 12ga 28″ IM&F circa 1918

J. PIRE (Belgium) Best Quality SLE 12ga 28″ IM&F circa 1918: Model  Best Quality SLE Configuration  SXS Gauge / Caliber  12 GA Serial #  462 Country of Origin  Belgium Barrel Length (in Inches)  28″ Choke R  IM(.028″) Choke L  F (.034″) Trigger  DT (Double) Stock Configuration  Straight Grip, Drop points, Silver oval, Silvers pad Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib Receiver Finish  Blue Engraving Type  Fine Scroll Engraving Other Options  Articulated trigger Condition  EXC. Plus Condition Weight  7#5oz Dimensions  1 3/8 x 2 x 14 3/8 with 1/4 cast off Other Details  Built to the highest quality, equal to any gun anywhere, Mfg approx 1918. Price: $10,000

Alex Martin BLE (12 Gauge 2 inch) SxS Shotgun
Alex Martin BLE (12 Gauge 2 inch) SxS Shotgun

Alex Martin BLE (12 Gauge 2 inch) SxS Shotgun: Serial Number: 6841 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 26 inches Action: SE Triggers: Double Trigger Gauge: 12 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2 inches Stock Heel: 2 1/8 inches Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: 3/4 inches LOP: 14 3/4 inches Weight: 5 lbs. 8 oz. Price: $5,995

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: Rare BC Miroku ” My Luck” FE sidelock 12ga 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″. Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge Manufacturer: BC Miroku Model: FE Barrel Length: 28″ Chambers: 2 3/4″ Ejectors: Yes Condition: 95% Metal Condition: 95% Wood Condition: 99% Bore Condition: 100% Action: sidelock Triggers: Double Stock: English Stock Comb: 1.5″ Stock Heel: 2.5″ Fore End: splinter Butt Pad: Yes LOP: 14 5/8″ Finish: Oil Weight: 6 3/4lb Choke Left: full Choke Right: Ic Price: $3500

Webley & Scott Model 702 12 Ga Boxlock SxS
Webley & Scott Model 702 12 Ga Boxlock SxS

Webley & Scott Model 702 12 Ga Boxlock SxS: 12 Gauge, 28″ barrels, nitro proof, 2 3/4″ chambers, about 1/4 and full choke borings with ejectors, Bores at .731 & .730, minimum wall thickness at .026″ and .026″, Frame and top lever with scroll engraving, retaining virtually all of its original hardening colour, 14 3/4-inch well figured stock. The drop at comb is approximately 1-1/2″ and the drop at heel is approximately 2-3/16″.  There is very little cast, basically a straight stock.   6lb. 7oz., nitro proof. Comes in a lightweight case with original hang tag! Circa 1971.  This is a nice boxlock with very minor handling marks (one mark on left wrist, see photos) that includes a case, cleaning supplies, snap caps (one cap broken), and original hang tag. Sharp checkering, a nice example of an affordable british boxlock shotgun with great measurements. Price: $3,499

CHARLES OSBORNE - BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK EJECTOR - ACANTHUS SCROLL ENGRAVED - 30" BARRELS - GREAT WOOD
CHARLES OSBORNE – BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK EJECTOR – ACANTHUS SCROLL ENGRAVED – 30″ BARRELS – GREAT WOOD

CHARLES OSBORNE – BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK EJECTOR – ACANTHUS SCROLL ENGRAVED – 30″ BARRELS – GREAT WOOD: Charles Osborne, best quality boxlock ejector English made in 1920. This gun features superb Holland style acanthus scroll engraving and highly figured wood. Original case colors. Straight grip. Rib extension third fastener. Well timed ejectors. Barrels are 30″ with 2 3/4″ chambers. Right barrel measures .729 with 9/1000 choke (IC) while left barrel is .736 with 20/1000 choke (Mod). Gun is tight on face with forend attached, slight wiggle with forend off.  No cracks to wood. No loose ribs. Manual safety. Auto safety mechanism is included if you want to install it. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 8 OZ. Horn butt plate. Vacant stock oval. LOP – 14 3/8″. Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″. Drop at Heel – 2 1/4″. Price: $3,250

 

Good gun alert: 12g Army & Navy boxlock ejector …

Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga

I’ve been looking at this double for a while, and I can’t figure out why its price is so low.

Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga
Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga

Not only is a Birmingham-built SxS that uses one of the most reliable actions of all time (the Anson & Deeley boxlock), but it also appears to be in excellent original condition. Does it have any faults? Maybe its weight. It’s not light, but it weighs as much as a lot of 16g Parkers (and some 20g Parkers).

Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga
Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga

The Army & Navy Stores were a cooperative that served British military officers throughout the old British Empire. They were not gunmakers. Instead, they had guns built for them by tradesman in Birmingham and London.

Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga
Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga

Army & Navy CSL ~ BLE ~ 12 Ga: Chambers: 2.5″, Metal Condition: Some Light User Marks, Wood Condition: Some Lite User Marks, Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny, Barrels: 30″, Triggers: Double Triggers, Stock: Checkered English Grip, Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered Splinder, Butt Pad: Checkered Butt, Weight: 6 Lbs 14 Oz., Sights: Front Bead, Chokes: IC & LMOD Price: $1,849.99

 

Good gun alert: 20g Heym 4A SxS shotgun …

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Here’s a great looking double that probably won’t be on the market long. To me, this gun looks like it was made in the 1920s or 1930s. That’s was when Germany was building some of the finest doubles on the planet.

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Heym was one of Germany’s top makers, and their doubles were beautifully made, well balanced, and — as you can see — great looking.

Like what you see? Pounce on it. I doubt it will be around long.

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun: Price: $4,500.00 
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Pistol Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 15 1/8 ”
Type of butt: Checkered Wood
Drop comb: 1 1/2 ”
Drop heel: 2 1/2 ”
Cast amount: 1/2 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 5 lbs, 2 oz

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Manufactured in: Germany
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: Leather Case

Barrel info:
Gauge: 20 ga
Chamber: 2 3/4 ”
Length: 26 ”
Chokes: IC/IM
Rib type: Concave

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Comments: Gun has some light handling marks, 1.5″ stock extension, initialed oval.

Good gun alert: 12g Midland boxlock ejector …

 

Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun

Here’s a double that just may be a fantastic deal.

The Midland Gun Co. was one of the many gunmakers who thrived in the UK in the late 19th and early 20th century. They were known for making sound shotguns at affordable prices. And that is just what the one you see here looks like.

From what I can tell from the lousy pics, it looks pretty original. The only thing that worries me is the mention of it being for “2 3/4″ shells only”. Judging by this gun’s weight, I would say it was nitro proofed for 2 1/2″ shells. So before you buy it, you should check that out. Also, be sure to get a 3-day inspection period on it and have a qualified gunsmith check it before closing the deal.

Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector ShotgunMidland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector ShotgunPrice: $849.99 

Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2.75 in. shells only
Metal Condition: Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good, shiny but signs of use
Barrels: 28 in.
Triggers: Double Trigger
Stock: Round knob pistol grip, checkered wood
Stock Dimensions:
13.75-14.5 in. LOP
Fore End: Checkered wood
Butt Pad: Checkered wood
Weight: 6 lbs 11 oz
Item Location: Fort Mill, SC

Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
Midland Gun Co ~ 12 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector Shotgun

Good gun alert: 20g Parker Repro, 28″, double triggers, long LOP …

20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28" bbls
20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28″ bbls

Get it before it’s gone. This 20g DHE Repro has the two special features everyone wants today, but few people wanted back when they were building these doubles: Two triggers and 28″ barrels. It also has a long length-of-pull and excellent original condition.

PARKER DHE REPRODUCTION 20 GAUGE: Price: $3,950.00 

28″ MOD AND FULL BBLS, 3″ CHAMBERS
DOUBLE TRIGGERS
EJECTORS
SPLINTER FOREARM
PISTOL GRIP
SKELETON BUTT
EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR
6LBS 12 OZ
2 1/8 DAH
1 1/2 DAC
15″ FACTORY LOP20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28" bbls

20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28" bbls
20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28″ bbls
20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28" bbls
20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28″ bbls

‘Friggin WOW. An incredible 28g Parker BHE side by side…

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. Here’s a double you don’t see every day–and may never see again.

It’s a 28 gauge Parker BHE built in 1916. When it was made, Quality B.H. guns were the 4th down in the company’s lineup, below the A. No. 1 Special, the A.A.H., and the A.H. (the first Invincible was completed in 1923).

Parker only made 1,034 B.H. grade guns. That’s not many, especially for a company that built 247,000+ doubles in all. Most of those B.H. grades were 12s. As it says below, only four were 28 gauges.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 
Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.  “00” frame. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety.  The gun is fabulously engraved with scroll and floral pattern – a special order feature. It has 2-7/8″ original chambers with excellent bright shiny bores, measuring .563 right and .557 left. Full length matted top rib with proper original Acme barrel legend.  The gun has a capped pistol grip, inlaid with a gold cap and a large “H” engraved on the cap. Original skeleton buttplate with traces of original blue remaining. Stock dimensions in the factory letter are LOP of 14-1/4″ with drop-at-comb of 1-3/4″ and drop-at-heel of 3-1/8″.  The gun has these exact specifications today. Weight is 5lbs 7oz – exactly as found in the PGCA letter.  Barrel blue is excellent and all original and appears to be in the 75% range. Price: $59,500 

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 
Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.  Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 

This week’s 6 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout - letters exactly as found!
Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout – letters exactly as found!

Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout – letters exactly as found!For your consideration is an extremely rare Parker BHE 28ga with original 26″ Acme Steel barrels.  “00” frame.  Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety.  The gun is fabulously engraved with scroll and floral pattern – a special order feature.  It has 2-7/8″ original chambers with excellent bright shiny bores, measuring .563 right and .557 left.  Full length matted top rib with proper original Acme barrel legend.  The gun has a capped pistol grip, inlaid with gold cap and a large “H” engraved on the cap.  Original skeleton buttplate with traces of original blue remaining.  Stock dimensions in the factory letter are LOP of 14-1/4″ with drop at comb of 1-3/4 and drop at heel of 3-1/8.  The gun has these exact specifications today.  Weight is 5lbs 7oz- exactly as found in the PGCA letter.  Barrel blue is excellent and all original and appears to be in the 75% range.  The gun does have some original colors as seen in the photos. Here is your chance to buy an incredibly rare Parker 28ga that is field ready for many more lifetimes ahead.  Please dont hesitate to contact me with any questions on the gun. Price: $59,500 

Parker AHE 12ga SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, ½ Frame Factory Two Barrel Set 26” and 28” Single Selective Trigger: LOP: 14” to end of pad, Hawkins Pad with 3/4″ Spacers. Barrel Set No. 1 is 28” choked RH: Modified and LH: Full   Weight of gun is 7.7 pounds with these barrels. Barrel Set No. 2 is 26” choked RH: Improved Cylinder and LH: Modified   Weight of the shotgun is 7.65 pounds with these barrels.

Parker AHE 12ga SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, ½ Frame Factory Two Barrel Set 26” and 28” Single Selective Trigger
Parker AHE 12ga SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, ½ Frame Factory Two Barrel Set 26” and 28” Single Selective Trigger

Both sets of barrels are 90% or better.  Both sets of barrels lock up tight and on the face.  There is no corrosion either inside or outside either set of barrels.  There are no dents or dings on either set of barrels.  Ejectors for both sets of barrels work properly and are in time.
The forearm wood shows little to no use.  All checkering on both forearms is in very fine condition.  There are no issues with either forearm.

The Stock checkering is in very fine condition showing little use.  The stock was cut and subsequently lengthened with the installation of 3/4″ total in spacers.  The Hawkins Pad is period correct.  The Parker letter does not indicate the stock treatment.  There are a few handling marks on both sides of the stock.

The action has 90% or better case colors.  There are Pheasant on the right and Quail on the left.  The bottom is engraved with two Setters and a fence row.  All screws are in fine condition and in time. The gold grip cap is in place and has initials engraved in it as well as a finely engraved border.

This is a fine condition Late Remington Parker AHE. This is one of the last three AHE’s manufactured according to the Parker Story.  According to the Parker Story there were only 4 total 12 gauge AHE’s manufactured with 26” Fluid Steel Barrels.  There were only 18 total 12 gauge AHE’s manufactured with 28” Fluid Steel Barrels.  This is also on a desirable and scarce Parker ½ Frame action.  This combination makes this Parker extremely rare and possibly the only one manufactured.  With the exception of the stock modifications listed above the firearm shows little use.  The firearm matches the Parker Letter.  This is a no excuses, no speculation, verified factory two barrel, high grade, 1/2 Frame firearm that can easily take its place as the centerpiece of a collection. Both barrel sets are stamped ½ and all measurements on the action confirm this is a ½ frame 12ga. Price: $55,000

Boss & Co. Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun 12 Gauge (Assisted Opening – 1 1/4″ oz. Nitro Proofed)30″ Chokes: Improved Mod – Full L.O.P. : 15″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/8″ H Weight: 7 lbs 14 oz Ser. #: 7726 Price: $49,500 

Boss & Co. Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun 12 Gauge (Assisted Opening - 1 1/4" oz. Nitro Proofed)
Boss & Co. Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun 12 Gauge (Assisted Opening – 1 1/4″ oz. Nitro Proofed)
John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED
John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED

John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED6lbs 6oz, SxS, IC/M, LOP 14 3/4″, DAH 2 5/8″, DAC 1 5/8″. Serial Number: 18475. Purpose built in 1992 for gunning American upland birds over fine dogs. Weighing just 6lbs. 6oz. and balanced perfectly 1/8” in front of the hinge pin, the gun is fast to shoulder and a pleasure to carry all day through tough terrain. With its 28” chopper lump barrels choked IC/M and the English style stock the gun is simply gorgeous. The sidelock action has side plates shaped in the traditional Rigby style, with cocking indicators, game scene/banknote scroll engraving, perfect screws and metal fit, and sculpted bolsters on the bottom of the frame. The original case color is still prominent and aged to that perfect hue and contrast. The gun is stocked to the fences with gorgeous English walnut with a diamond shape at the grip, drop points, perfect 28LPI checkering, and terminates in a gorgeous pigskin Purdey style leather covered pad. The gun has the Holland & Holland style assisted-opening feature that you would expect from a true LONDON BEST, and is housed in the factory oak & leather case with all the best accessories. THIS IS A RARE FIND THAT YOU WON’T SEE FOR SALE IN THE MARKETPLACE AGAIN FOR SOME TIME. The reputation of Paul Roberts building best guns in the finest English fashion is well established. The engraving, done by John Beech of London, is superb, with gorgeous scenes of woodcock, pheasants, and a setter on point. A finer investment in the gunmaker’s art would be hard to find, regardless of the name on the barrels. Thanks for looking! Price: $24,500.00 

 

W. J. JEFFERY 2 INCH 12 GAUGE, BOXLOCK EJECTOR, SXS, 5LBS 3OZ
W. J. JEFFERY 2 INCH 12 GAUGE, BOXLOCK EJECTOR, SXS, 5LBS 3OZ

W. J. JEFFERY 2 INCH 12 GAUGE, BOXLOCK EJECTOR, SXS, 5LBS 3OZ: Price: $3475

Chambers: 2 INCH
Condition: VERY GOOD
Metal Condition: VERY GOOD
Wood Condition: VERY GOOD
Bore Condition: BRIGHT
Barrels: 26 IN
Gauge: 12 GA
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 1/4
LOP: 14 3/4IN
Weight: 5LBS 2.6OZ
Manufacture Date: 1946
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: IMP/CYL
Proof:Nitro: YES

FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE - 28" BARRELS - BOXLOCK - EJECTORS - FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES DOUBLE BARREL SXSFRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE – 28″ BARRELS – BOXLOCK – EJECTORS – FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES DOUBLE BARREL SXSHere is a solid Francotte 20E with 28″ barrels and ejectors. This is a well made sideplated boxlock. Double underbite with concealed Greener style third fastener. Side clips. Tight and on the face. No loose ribs. No cracks to wood. A vintage VL&D Import. Auto safety. Right barrel measures .729 with 3/1000 choke (Skeet), while left is .730 with 8/1000 (IC). Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14″ Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″ Drop at Heel – 2 3/4″. Price: $1,200 

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

 

PHILIPP REEB Extra high-quality BLE 12ga 29" SxS Shotgun
PHILIPP REEB Extra high-quality BLE 12ga 29″ SxS Shotgun

PHILIPP REEB Extra high-quality BLE 12ga 29″: Price  $10,000.00
ID #  6754
Make:  PHILIPP REEB
Model:  Best quality BLE
Configuration:  SXS
Gauge / Caliber:  12 GA
Serial #:  3371
Country of Origin: Germany
Barrel Length (in Inches): 29″
Choke R: IC(.010)
Choke L: M(.017)
Trigger: DT (Double)
Stock Configuration: Straight Grip
Forearm Type: Splinter Forearm
Rib Type: Matted Concave Rib
Other Options:  Greener safety, Greener crossbolt, Cocking indicators, Skeleton steel buttplate, Horn accents, English proofs, 2 1/2″ chambers
Condition:  EXC. Condition
Weight: 6# 13oz
Dimensions: 1 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ x 14 3/8″ with 1/4″ cast off
Other Details: Mfg around 1920 this is a super high quality gun that is a cut above other similar guns

1980 – Perazzi MX8 Trap OU – SC3 Grade -Type IV Gun: Like New Condition! 12ga, 2-3/4″, 30″ Bbls IM / F(.727 – .030 / .727 – .040), 18.4 Bores, kg1610, Neutral Cast Stock at LOP 14-5/8″ Over Original Factory Pad, Drop 1-1/2″ to 1-3/8″ Across the Comb, and 2-1/4″ at the Heel. Weight 8 lbs. 12 oz. “As New” Condition – Fired Very Little. Looks like it came from a Time Capsule. Looks and feels like a brand new gun! Price: $8950

1980 - Perazzi MX8 Trap OU - SC3 Grade -Type IV Gun: Like New Condition! 12ga, 2-3/4", 30" Bbls
1980 – Perazzi MX8 Trap OU – SC3 Grade -Type IV Gun: Like New Condition! 12ga, 2-3/4″, 30″ Bbls

Parker Bros. DHE Grade 16 Gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun with 26″ Barrels: Number 1 frame.  The barrels are Titanic steel barrels with 90% bluing remaining.  They are 28″ in length and are choked Mod. and Full.  Bores are excellent with no pits or dings.  Engraving remains very sharp with 30-40% case colors remaining on receiver. A very solid 16 DHE Parker.  Price: $7,975.00

Serial Number: 223582

Parker Bros. DHE Grade 16 Gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun with 26" Barrels
Parker Bros. DHE Grade 16 Gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun with 26″ Barrels

Ejectors: Yes
Condition: Very Good
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Excellent
Gauge: 16 Gauge
Stock Comb: 1 5/8″
Stock Heel: 2 5/8″
LOP: 14 1/4″
Manufacture Date: 1928
Choke Left: Full
Choke Right: Mod

Belgian Browning 20ga Superlite Over Under Shotgun NIB: Built in 1983, this gun is new and unfired in the original box. It has a fabulous highly figured stock and forend. The barrels are 261/2″ and are choked improved cylinder and modified. The gun weighs just 5-12 and balances between the hands. A great classic upland bird gun for the shooter or collectors.  Price: $6495

Belgian Browning 20ga Superlite Over Under Shotgun NIB
Belgian Browning 20ga Superlite Over Under Shotgun NIB

Parker Brothers ~ VH ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel ShotgunNice example of an early ’30’s Parker Brothers side by side shotgun.  Price: $3,499.99 
Manufactured: 1930.
Caliber: 20 Ga.

Parker Brothers ~ VH ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker Brothers ~ VH ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Chambers: Break action side by side.
Metal Condition: Very good with, barrel blueing is intact except for the very end of the muzzle, smoke/ case finish is mostly worn off of the receiver.
Wood Condition: Walnut pistol grip stock, clean checkering on the fore end and rear stock, several dings and small scratches.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 28″ round Vulcan steel barrels.
Triggers: Double triggers.
Stock: 13″ LOP rear trigger, 14″ LOP front trigger.
Fore End: Satin walnut finish with checkering.
Butt Pad: Black synthetic butt pad.
Weight: 6.1 pounds.
Sights: Silver dot at the muzzle.
Chokes: Fixed chokes, both barrels are Modified.

Good gun alert: 12g Charles Hellis boxlock SxS…

CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side

Here’s a real nice boxlock ejector that just popped up on the market. It’s a Charles Hellis with awesome damascus barrels, and if I didn’t already have enough doubles, I would be on the phone to the seller trying work out a deal for it.

Charles Hellis, gunmakers, was founded by its namesake in 1884, and by the 20th century it was another of London’s prosperous gunmakers. Hellis made many different grades and types of guns, from modestly-priced boxlocks to Best-quality sidelocks. The company also specialized in lightweight boxlocks and sidelocks tagged “The Featherweight” and usually engraved with images of feathers on the actions or lockplates. The inlayed side panels on this Hellis boxlock are another of the company’s signature styles.

Gunmaker Charles Hellis outside his shop on Edgware Road, London
Gunmaker Charles Hellis outside his shop on Edgware Road, London

Something to note: Check out the proof marks on this gun. The barrels were originally proofed at two different bore sizes: 13 and 13/1 (.710″ & .719″) and the reproofed at .719″ and .729″ (13/1 & 12). While it’s unusual to see a set of barrels with two different bore sizes at proofing, it’s not unheard or wrong in anyway. What’s important is that both tubes are in proof with good wall thicknesses (which is the case with this SxS).

CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side

CHARLES HELLIS 12GA  Boxlock Ejector Side-by-SideA very nice London, ejector, damascus, nitro proofed, game gun. Tight lockup and ribs. Excellent bores. In proof. No dents. No cracks. Price: $3275
Serial Number: 1239
Bore: R.720 L.729
Chambers: 2 1/2in
Ejectors: YES
Condition: EXCELENT
Metal Condition: EXCELLENT
Wood Condition: EXCELLENT
Bore Condition: EXCELLENT
Barrels: 30IN
Barrel Type: DAMASCUS

CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side

Gauge: 12GA
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 1/4IN
Butt Pad: HARD RUBBER?HORN?
LOP: 14 3/4IN
Weight: 6LBS 12OZ
Manufacture Date: 1900-1905
Choke Left: SKT II .015
Choke Right: SKT .005
Proof:Nitro: YES
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .028
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .030

CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side. Nice forend tip — unusual for a boxlock.
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side
CHARLES HELLIS 12GA Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side

Auction alert: a great little 20g H. Mahillon boxlock SxS …

H. Mahillon, Gunmaker
H. Mahillon, Gunmaker

The Anson & Deeley boxlock is one of the most successful shotgun actions of all time. Invented in 1875 by Westley Richards, the design has been the basis for millions of shotguns, including the one you see here.

H. Mahillon was a Belgian maker with a shop is Brussels. They “made” a wide range of guns: From bolt rifles to best-quality sidelock pigeon guns. I say “made” because I’m not sure if the company built its own guns or had them made in the trade by other craftsmen. Regardless of who actually did the making, every Mahillon I’ve seen has been very well built.

I’m sure the one you see here is, too. If you’re looking for a great little bird gun at a fantastic price, this is it. It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends tomorrow, 9/11/2015, @ 4:30:26 PM ET.

H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: Up for bid is a lovely looking, lightly used H Mahillon SxS side plated boxlock ejectorgun shotgun chambered in 20 gauge. Barrels are 26 3/4″ with excellent, bright strong bores with a single bead at the muzzle and matted rib. Metal surfaces are blued and coin finished. I believe the barrels have been professionally reblued and currently retain about 95% of this finish with some scattered marks, scratches and small dings. Receiver is coin finished and it and the lever, sideplated boxlocks, triggerguard, tangs, and screw heads show tasteful engraving; please see the multiple closeup photos. Straight grip English style stock and splinter forend are nicely checkered. Shotgun features a checkered wooden butt and side clips where the receiver and breech end of the barrels meet. LOP is 12 3/4″ and 13 3/4″ with drops at comb and heel of 1 1/2″ and 2 3/16″ respectively. Shotgun weighs in at 5 lb 12 oz. European swivels are at the stock and bottom rib of the barrels. Matching serial numbers.

H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
H. Mahillon 20g SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Good gun alert: a 12g William Ford Boxlock Ejector…

12 gauge William Ford - BLE - Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge William Ford – BLE – Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Birmingham, England, used to be one of the world’s largest gunmaking towns. Thousands of people used to be employed by the trade there, and all kinds of makers had shops or factories in and around the city. William Ford was one of these makers.

William Ford rose to prominence in the late 1870s as a barrel maker, and by the 1880s he had his own shop/factory in Birmingham. I’m not sure when the side-by-side you see here was built, but judging by the fluid-steel bbls I’d say it was made in the early 20th century. From what I can see, this double looks like a good deals  – if the gun is in proof and the bbl walls are sound (I like to see .o25″+ as a minimum in each tube). Be sure you find out before you close the deal.

12 gauge William Ford – BLE – Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun: Price: $2,650

12 gauge William Ford - BLE - Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge William Ford – BLE – Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Shotgun type: SxS
Action: Boxlock
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 14 1/2 ”
Pad thickness: 0.5 ”
Type of butt: Leather Covered Pad
Drop comb: 1 3/8 ”
Drop heel: 2 1/4 ”

12 gauge William Ford - BLE - Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge William Ford – BLE – Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Cast amount: 3/16 ”
Cast: OFF
Weight: 6 lbs, 10 oz

Chamber: 2 3/4 ”
Length: 28 ”
Chokes: Skeet 1 and 2
Rib type: Concave

Manufactured in: England
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good

12 gauge William Ford - BLE - Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge William Ford – BLE – Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: Leather Luggage Case

Somebody please buy this double: a 12g Simson boxlock…

Simson 12 gauge BLE SxS
Simson 12 gauge BLE SxS

Here’s one of the best deals on a doubles that I’ve seen in a while. This German side-by-side looks like it’s in great original condition. Unless it has a wart I can’t see (thin walls, oversized bores, pitting in the tubes), it’s a steal.

It’s made with an Anson & Deeley-style action with a Greener crossbolt – one of the best actions ever created – and it features ejectors, original 2 3/4″ chambers, and chokes that can be opened to right where you want them. What more could you want?

12 gauge German BLE SxS: Made in Suhl, Germany.  Boxlock action with a Greener crossbolt.  Ejectors,  Kupp Steel Barrels.

PRICE: $799.66

Simson 12 gauge BLE SxS
Simson 12 gauge BLE SxS
Simson 12 gauge BLE SxS
Simson 12 gauge BLE SxS
Simson 12 gauge BLE SxS
Simson 12 gauge BLE SxS
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4 Inch
Metal Condition: Case color hardening still visible on receiver. Barrels retain 85% of their blueing with some lite
Wood Condition: Good overall with some lite dings and scratches – no cracks
Bore Condition: Excellent – bright
Barrels: 28 Inch with a solid rib
Triggers: Double non-selective
Stock: Checkered pistol grip with cap on oil finished walnut
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/8″ LOP, 1 5/8″ DAC, 2 3/4″ DAH
Fore End: Checkered oil finished walnut splinter
Butt Pad: Hard rubber
Weight: 6 Lbs 14 Ozs
Sights: Bead on ramp
Chokes: Fixed – full / Full

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Boss & Co. - Best - 20 ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Boss & Co. – Best – 20 ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Boss & Co. – Best – 20 ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun: #9729, Sidelock, Ejectors, Boss Single Trigger, Straight Grip: Lop: 14 1/2 ” to a checkered butt, Drop @ comb: 1 1/2 ” Drop @ heel: 2 1/8 “, Cast: 3/16 ” OFF, Weight: 5 lbs, 10 oz. Chamber: 2 3/4″, Bbl Length: 26″, Chokes: IC/M. Price: $70,000

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL EJECTOR, SELF OPENER S/S 12GA SHOTGUN: SELF OPENER S/S WITH HAND DETACHABABLE LOCKS, H & H BEST SCROLL, CASE COLORED ACTION, 28″ CHOPPER LUMP BBLS, MIN WALLS 24 THOU, 2 3/4, IC/1/4, STANDARD GAME RIB, EJECTORS, H & H SST, FABULOUS FIGURED WALNUT, ST/SP, 15 1/8, 1 1/2, 2″, 6LBS 10OZ, OAK & LEATHER CASE WITH ACCESSORIES & CANVAS COVER, EXCELLENT CONDITION, VERY LITTLE USE! Price: $25,950

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL EJECTOR, SELF OPENER S/S 12GA SHOTGUN
HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL EJECTOR, SELF OPENER S/S 12GA SHOTGUN
LEFEVER DE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:
LEFEVER DE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:

LEFEVER DE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN: 30″ MODIFIED AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH ALOT OF ORIGINAL CASE COLORS 8LBS X 3 X 1 3/4 X 14 3/8. Price: $12,500

THOMAS BLAND 375 FLANGED N. E. 2 1/2″- VERY NICE RIFLE- EJECTOR- EXC BORES- A LOT of FEATURE #16903, Thomas Bland & Sons, 2 King William Street, Strand, London: A Thomas Bland & Sons 375 Flanged Nitro Express 2 1/2″ Double Rifle Made about 1914 with 26″ Ejector shoe lump barrels, Dolls head extension with a third bite, Sideclip action body, Bushed strikers, Bolted safety, Scalloped action back, Hinged front trigger, Nitro proved at 40 Cordite with a 300 grain bullet, 1/4 rib with 1 standing and 2 folding rear sights, Anson release forend, Very open pistol grip, No sling eyes, 14 5/16″ LOP over a steel buttplate, 9 lbs. 3 oz., Here is a very nice solid rifle that remains all original to this day, 65% original blue on the barrels, Traces of original case colors, Very solid wood both fore and aft, The checkering is still original and at 90%, The bores are excellent plus without a pit to be had and the rifling is as square as the day it was cut. The piece is accurate and loading information goes with the gun. I believe this is one of few that were proved with a 300 grain bullet, most are 270, plus the rear folding sight is marked “Axite – Nickel Bullet – 320 Grns.”

THOMAS BLAND 375 FLANGED N. E. 2 1/2" SXS DOUBLE RIFLE
THOMAS BLAND 375 FLANGED N. E. 2 1/2″ SXS DOUBLE RIFLE

This neat double rifle in a neat and fun cartridge has a lot of features not found on many boxlock English guns of this era; dolls head extension with a third bite, sideclip action body, bushed strikers, bolted safety, scalloped action back and a hinged front trigger. Thomas Bland & Sons were founded in 1840 in Birmingham and expanded to106 Strand in London in 1872. In 1900 they moved to 2 King William Street, Strand in London, and the address of this gun. This durable firm remained in business all these years, an incredible run from muzzle loaders to modern sporting guns. Thomas Bland & Sons Gunmakers Ltd. is to this day a viable firm, registered both in the UK and the USA and can be found on this side of the pond at woodcockhill  Price: $9,900

Simson BLE SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge: Made in Suhl, Germany. Boxlock action with a Greener crossbolt.  Ejectors,  28″ Kupp Steel Barrels, 2 3/4″ chambers, Chokes F & F. Bright bores. Pistol Grip Stock: 14 1/8″ LOP, 1 5/8″ DAC, 2 3/4″ DAH. 6 Lbs 14 Ozs. Price: $1,798.88

Simson BLE SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge
Simson BLE SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Is 2 1/2″ not enough for you? A nice 12g Powell heavy proofer…

William Powell & Son SxS Boxlock Ejector 12 Ga. Shotgun
William Powell & Son SxS Boxlock Ejector 12 Ga. Shotgun

The British are famous for their game guns: 12 gauge side-by-sides with 28″ or 30″ barrels, 2 1/2″ chambers, a straight stock, and doubles triggers. Most of these doubles weigh in at around 6 3/4lbs, and they’re ideal for taking everything up to pheasants out to about 40 yards.

Of course, the Brits also made heavy twelves for waterfowling and pigeon shooting. The William Powell double you see here is one of them, and from what I can see, it looks like it’s a good deal. With original 2 3/4″ chambers, it should be proofed for 1 1/4 oz. loads – more than enough lead for clays shooting – and with it’s high stock and should fit most shooters pretty well.

William Powell & Son SxS Boxlock Ejector 12 Ga. Shotgun: Price: $ 2,849.99

This fine Birmingham double found its way to America by a rather circuitous route through Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  The left barrel is marked with the maker’s name and Carr’s Lane, Birmingham address and the right is marked, “Made for Donald Mackintosh, Melbourne”.  Research indicates that Donald Mackintosh, Pty. Ltd. was a gunsmith and sporting goods store located on Latrobe Street in Melbourne and engaged in the importation of fine firearms from all over the world.  An ad from the 1950’s announced the recent arrival of W. Powell and G. & S. Holloway hammerless SxS guns made to Mackintosh’s specifications.  This would explain the pistol grip stock found on this shotgun as opposed to the classic English straight stock more frequently encountered on guns of this type.  In any event, it is an excellent example of one of Birminham’s finer gunmakers with handsome engraving and barrels that ring clear and true.  The lockup is as tight as the day it left England.

William Powell & Son SxS Boxlock Ejector 12 Ga. Shotgun
William Powell & Son SxS Boxlock Ejector 12 Ga. Shotgun

 

Manufacturer: Estimated post WW II to early 1950’s by barrel flat markings
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2-3/4″ – Ejectors
Metal Condition: Engraved, case-colored receiver retains approximately 60% of original coloring with some vibrant areas remaining. Barrel bluing is approximately 85 – 90% with some freckling and patina.
Wood Condition: Stock and forend are structurally sound, but carry the bumps and impression marks typically found on a field gun.
Bore Condition: Bright bores
Barrels: 30
Triggers: Double triggers
Stock: Checkered pistol grip walnut
Stock Dimensions: LOP: 14-1/4″, DAC: 1-3/8″, DAH: 2-1/8
Fore End: Splinter-type checkered walnut with Anson release
Butt Pad: Serrated bone buttplate
Weight: 8 lbs.
Sights: Single metal bead
Chokes: Fixed – Full / Full

Real nice 16g & 20g Webley & Scott double barrel shotguns…

Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28" barrels Made in England
Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28″ barrels Made in England

I’ve written this before, but if  Webley & Scott is the Ford of British gunmaker, the Model 700 is their F150 pickup. Introduced in the 1950’s, the rugged and reliable M700 was the double of choice for thousands of shooters in the UK and Europe.

But almost all those Webleys were 12 gauges. The Brits have never loved the smaller bores, and their gunmakers have never made 16s & 20s in great numbers. That’s one of the things that makes the side-by-sides you see here special. The other thing that makes them unique is their condition. Both of these SxSs look new – pretty impressive when you consider they’re at least 40 years old.

Webley & Scott 700 series 16ga with 30" barrels.
Webley & Scott 700 series 16ga with 30″ barrels.

Webley & Scott Model 700 16 bore 30″ barrels: This is great well balanced bird gun.  I think 16ga Webleys with 2 3/4″ chambers are harder to find than the 28ga guns. 16ga, 30″ barrels, Imp/ Full (.008/.036), 2 3/4″ chambers, semi-pistol grip stock, 14 1/2″x1 1/4″x2 1/8″ and cast off,  6 lbs. Two triggers, ejectors, grooved stock end, excellent codition.  Barrel blue is 99%, case colors 99 %, wood 97 %. Bores are perfect with no dents or bulges. Price: $ 3995

Webley & Scott Model 700 16ga with 30" barrels.
Webley & Scott Model 700 16ga with 30″ barrels.
Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28" barrels Made in England
Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28″ barrels Made in England

Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28″ barrels: High condition W & S Model 700 20 bore with rare 28″ barrels with 3″ chambers. Original Birmingham nitro 3 1/2 ton proof. Gun remains in proof. Little used. Game rib.  Barrels have engine turned breech. 139xxx series made in Birmingham in the ’60s or ’70s. Lacquered original case colors. Original blacking. Slight wear at muzzles and sides of action from case. Shiny bores choked Skeet 1 right and Modified left. Double triggers. Pleasing wood and sharp checkering with a few marks. Blank oval. Checkered butt. Properly balanced gun.  Weight approximately 5 lb 9 oz. Dimensions 14 5/8 x 14 1/2 x 14 3/4. Drop 1 3/8″ x 2″. Cast off 1/4″. Ejectors in time, no buggered screws!  This is a nice, true English built gun. Price: $4795

Good gun alert: a 12 gauge John Harper double barrel shotgun…

12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun

When most Americans think about hunting in the UK, fancy estates, titles, and big bills come to mind. But not everyon in the UK was an aristocrat or rich. Everyday sports-people also found time for the field. When they did, they carried doubles like the one you see here.

This SxS is by John Harper, a gunmaker who used to be located in Birmingham, England. Harper opened a shop in 1902 and his business was in operation until 1975. From what I can tell, most of his trade was in good quality boxlocks, sort of the meat-and-potatoes of the English shotgun business. Doubles like these were great deals when they were made 80 years ago. Today, the same is still true.

Even though this shotgun has been on the market before, it’s still a great deal at its current price ($3,295).

12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun

JOHN HARPER 12 GA BLE: Serial # 14XX, circa about 1920’s. John Harper specialized in making guns for others such as James Woodward and W.R. Pape. An exceptional well kept light wgt (6.7 Lbs.), BL Ejector with 28″ barrels retaining 98% blue, mint, mirror bores choked IC / F, nitro proofed 1 1/8 oz, with 2 3/4″ chambers and rib extension with Greener x-bolt. The nicely scroll engraved receiver retains about 80% original case colors with the floor plate and TG 90% blue. The well figured, dark streaked SG / Spl wood with excellent crisp checkering shows only the most minor handling marks and retains 97% finish. Serrated original BP, vacant silver oval and push button FE release. An elegant collector/shooter. Price $3,295

12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge John Harper Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun

Good gun alert: a solid 12 gauge Webley & Scott 700…

12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com
12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com

If there’s a side-by-side that you could call the perfect starter double, Webley & Scott’s 700 is the gun. A basic boxlock built on the tried and trued Anson & Deeley action, 700s were made for decades.

They’ve always been great guns, and if you’re looking for a solid, reliable English shotgun that’s on the affordable side, it’s a great choice.

The one you see here, looks like it can be bought for $3,000 – a great price for a solid Birmingham boxlock in nearly-new condition. If this shotgun looks good to you, get on it now. The auction ends Wednesday, 6/12/2013 @ 12:07:43 PM ET.

12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com
12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com

Here’s more about it from the seller:

Webley & Scott 700 series 12ga 28″ barrels mod/full: in about 93% condition with a small area of freckling on right barrel. LOP is 15″ to front trigger w/ original Silvers pad. Case colors are strong.

Good gun alert: a real nice 20 gauge W. & C. Scott boxlock…

W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2" chambers, 28" bbls, 14 1/2" straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2″ chambers, 28″ bbls, 14 1/2″ straight grip

The Brits have always liked lightweight 12 gauges. For most of their shooting, 1 to 1 1/8 ounces of lead are just right. Once they realized this, they built most of their doubles to shoot for this much lead. And those doubles are twelves.

Today, that means twenty-gauge British doubles are hard to find, especially ones like the W. & C. Scott you see here. This one has 28″ barrels, long stock (14 1/2″) and the high dimensions ( DAC 1 5/8″, DAH 2″) barrels and stock.

It also has condition. From what I can see, this Scott is very original. That’s incredible for a shotgun was made before the first World War. And it makes the price — just $3,995 –very fair. So fair, that I bet this SxS will be sold in a few days. If it looks good to you, buy it now.

W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2" chambers, 28" bbls, 14 1/2" straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2″ chambers, 28″ bbls, 14 1/2″ straight grip

Here’s more about it from the seller:

W. & C. Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE: 2 1/2″ chambers, bores are bright and shiny. In proof 7/8oz. 5# 9oz. 28″ barrels with both bores .617. Chokes are .027 full and.031 full. Barrels retain 90-95% original blue. Action and fore-end hardware retain 75% original vivid case color. DAC 1 5/8″, DAH 2″, LOP 14 1/2″to a checkered butt, Initial oval in stock is blannk. Cast off 3/8″. Nicely figured wood with sharp checkering. A hard to find 20GA English gun with shootable dimensions. Price: $3995.00

W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2" chambers, 28" bbls, 14 1/2" straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2″ chambers, 28″ bbls, 14 1/2″ straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2" chambers, 28" bbls, 14 1/2" straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2″ chambers, 28″ bbls, 14 1/2″ straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2" chambers, 28" bbls, 14 1/2" straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2″ chambers, 28″ bbls, 14 1/2″ straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2" chambers, 28" bbls, 14 1/2" straight grip
W&C Scott and Son, 20 GA BLE. 2 1/2″ chambers, 28″ bbls, 14 1/2″ straight grip

On Gunbroker.com now: a lightweight 16 gauge Merkel O/U

16 gauge Merkel Over Under Shotgun on Gunbroker.com
16 gauge Merkel Over Under Shotgun on Gunbroker.com

Sixteen-gauge O/Us are tough shotguns to find, especially ones made on true 16-gauge frames. Many of the 16g over-unders made in the last couple decades were really 12 gauge actions with smaller-gauge barrels mounted on them. That doesn’t appear to be the case with the Merkel you see here.

This double must have been made on a 16g frame. That’s the only way Merkel could have pushed the weight so low. The gun also has double triggers – a feature that makes it even more special.

If you like what you see, act now. This gun is on Gunbroker.com and the auction ends later today at 7:40:59 PM ET. Here are the vitals on it: 26 3/4″ bbls, 14″ LOP, weight just over 6 lbs. Appears to have ejectors and seller is saying that the bores are clean.

16 gauge Merkel Over Under Shotgun on Gunbroker.com
16 gauge Merkel Over Under Shotgun on Gunbroker.com

 

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