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Truly Exceptional and exceedingly rare Holland and Holland Dominion Grade 8 Bore shotgun with Huey case – A wonderful big bore: Easily the single finest 8ga Holland and Holland I’ve ever had the privilege of handling, this very rare Dominion Grade gun, made in 1903, made with 32″ fluid steel barrels with maker name and Bond street address on tops.  Large splinter forend is checkered in point pattern with horn tip.  Hand detachable case hardened locks with nice border engraved and frame is also case hardened and border engraved.  Locks aslo engraved “Holland and Holland” on both sides.  Beautifully figured English walnut buttstock is checkered in point pattern through the wrist and terminates with its original hard Silvers type pad.  The gun has double triggers and extractors, safety with the word “SAFE” in gold.  The gun is housed in a fantastic Marvin Huey fully furnished oak and leather case with accessories which itself is a work of art and $4500 to replace today.  This gun remains in superb all original condition (exceedingly rare) with more than 97% original barrel blue.  The locks and action retain nearly all of their original case color with toning at carry point but colors still present on most all surfaces.  Particularly vivid on locks.  The stocks are sound and retain nearly all of their factory original finish with only the most minor of handling marks.  Bores are brilliant and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp.  The case is excellent to near mint with only a few minor rubs. It would be impossible to find a finer 8ga Holland and this is by far the most choice I have examined. Price: $49,500

W&C Scott Crown Grade 28 gauge—cased and near new! Sure to please!
W&C Scott Crown Grade 28 gauge—cased and near new! Sure to please!

W&C Scott Crown Grade 28 gauge—cased and near new! Sure to please! for sale: This 28 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch import is in outstanding all original condition. A Crown Grade W&C Scott with 25 inch barrels bored improved cylinder and full.(.009 & .022). The wood has much better then average wood and the dimensions are 1 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 inches. In the factory case with accessories and a correct label. It weighs 5 pounds 6.6 ounces and will make a dandy field gun. Check out the pictures and I think you’ll agree. Price: $5950

Orvis Custom 28 Gauge – ARRIETA MODEL 578, 99% FACTORY FINISHES
Orvis Custom 28 Gauge – ARRIETA MODEL 578, 99% FACTORY FINISHES

Orvis Custom 28 Gauge – ARRIETA MODEL 578, 99% FACTORY FINISHES: 5lbs 13oz, Chokes SK/LM, LOP 13 7/8″, DAH 2 3/8″, DAC 1 1/2″. Serial Number: 37459. Orvis periodically creates a custom shotgun offering with “Orvis Custom” labeling and some very nice, upgraded features.  You will see these custom labeled guns made by various quality makers over the years.  This gun was produced for Orvis by Arrieta of Spain.  The Arrieta y CIA is one of the finest of the Spanish made shotguns produced in the true Basque traditions.  Michael McIntosh praises the Arrieta in his book “Best Guns” and in fact carried his Arrieta afield as much as any other gun he owned.  The Basque makers were famous for making quality “copies” of other guns, and this Arrieta is a Holland & Holland sidelock action produced to perfection.  With chopper lump barrels, removable striker discs, articulated front trigger, stocked to the fences, drop points, beaded fences, sculpted frame, cocking indicators, deep chiseled, hand chiseled engraving, perfectly struck barrels, file cut rib, you have ALL OF THE BEST GUN FEATURES AT A FRACTION OF THE PRICE!  This gun, sn37459 built in 1984 was special ordered by Orvis with the options of case colored receiver and skeleton buttplate. Weighing in at 5lbs. 13oz. and balanced on the hinge pin, she is just what you would expect of a fine sidelock 28ga. game gun…dynamic handling characteristics and lightning fast mounting for the fast flush of quail, grouse, woodcock, or the wild upland birds of the western plains.  This gun will be a delight for all day walks over hill and dale.  These guns ran over $6800 when new, and this gun has barely been carried or fired.  You might as well save hundreds of dollars and buy this one.  Cased in a nice canvas and leather case with accessories and Arrieta trade label worth over $450, the case adds a lot of value to a fine little shotgun like this small bore.  Arrieta closed its doors several years ago and there are no more being made.  You will not find a better value in a modern, Holland & Holland style sidelock small gauge gun. Price: $4,950

Christoph Funk for Baker & Kimball, Boston 32" Vent Rib Original Single Trigger
Christoph Funk for Baker & Kimball, Boston 32″ Vent Rib Original Single Trigger

Christoph Funk for Baker & Kimball, Boston 32″ Vent Rib Original Single Trigger: The action is in original condition with some colors remaining, single,selective trigger original to the gun, auto safe, very tight scroll engraving with an attractive fancy back action and a stippled top, cross-bolt, ejectors are in time, nitro proofs and tight on face. The selector for the single trigger works via the top safe and is very intuitive. The barrels are 32″ with perfect bores, .724/.724 and chokes: over, .025 and under .020. 2 3/4″ chambers, full length vent rib, blue is near perfect with only a small amount of wear at the end of the fore end. This gun shoots very well with RST 7 1/2 Pigeon loads and also with 7 1/2- 2 1/2″ light loads. The patterns are wonderful and 3/4 above with both shells. The stocks are both in great condition with nice finish, small chequering that shows some wear, bone inlays original based on seeing another of these with them, 14 1/2″ length of pull to a Silvers pad, the pistol grip butt is sligthly cast off with a high straight comb, 1 3/4″ drop at comb and 2 3/8″ drop at heel, weight is 8lbs 9oz and the guns balances forward of the hinge pin. Price: $3,650

Browning Shotgun BSS Sporter 20 Gauge
Browning Shotgun BSS Sporter 20 Gauge

Browning Shotgun BSS Sporter 20 Gauge: This is a rare find. A New Unfired BSS 20 Gauge with Box and Manual! 26″ barrels Left Choke Full, Right Choke Modified with 3″ chambers. Barrrel Selector behind Trigger. Straight stock with beautiful wood.  LOP is 14 1/4 ” Original owner,  stored assembled in a safe. Barrels Stamped Browning Arms Co Morgan Utah and Montreal, Made in Japan. Gun only assembled for storage, pictures and to remove most original grease (some remains in the tight spots.) Gun is factory tight as the day it was made. Serial Number 03218PZ168 Buyer pays shipping. Price: $3,250

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Stunning high original condition W.C. Scott “Premier” Quality 12ga hammer gun - the finest example I have seen! W/orig. Case
Stunning high original condition W.C. Scott “Premier” Quality 12ga hammer gun – the finest example I have seen! W/orig. Case

Stunning high original condition W.C. Scott “Premier” Quality 12ga hammer gun – the finest example I have seen! W/orig. Case:
Absolutely gorgeous high original condition W.C. Scott 12ga “Premier” Hammer gun.  Virtually never seen with an original straight grip, this gun has got it all!  This gun made with 30″ Damascus barrels, checkered splinter forend with long fully engraved release lever at tip, double triggers and extractors.  The gun has a very fine piece of English Walnut which is checkered in a point pattern with tear drop behind the locks and terminates with its original lined horn buttplate.  The case hardened receiver is beautiful engraved in fine scroll as are the hammers and fences.  Large gold shield behind top tang.  The gun is near full coverage engraved and remains in exceptionally fine all original condition. Overall the gun remains in exceptional original condition with more than 90% of the Damascus pattern remaining.  Receiver retains more than 75% vivid original case color and the screws are all near mint retaining nearly all of their fine nitre blue.  Stocks are sound and retain nearly all of their original finish with checkering being very crisp for a gun of this vintage.  Stocks with minor handling marks and impressions, but nothing serious to note.  Bores are mostly bright and shiny with some light orange peel ahead of the chambers.  Mechanics are crisp. These high grade English hammer guns are impossible to source in original untouched condition as they were virtually all sent back to the maker for service annually.  This gun has exceptional merit to a collector and belongs in a distinguished collection. Price: $12,500

AyA Aguirre y Arranzabal - 410ga Round Body “No. 2” SLE Baby Frame - 27” - IC/IC - 3” - 99% In Original Maker’s Box & Paperwork - ca. 1999 - Rare! for sale
AyA Aguirre y Arranzabal – 410ga Round Body “No. 2” SLE Baby Frame – 27” – IC/IC – 3” – 99% In Original Maker’s Box & Paperwork – ca. 1999 – Rare! for sale

AyA Aguirre y Arranzabal – 410ga Round Body “No. 2” SLE Baby Frame – 27” – IC/IC – 3” – 99% In Original Maker’s Box & Paperwork – ca. 1999 – Rare! Fine English Scroll – Deep Case Colors – Checkered Butt – Blank Gold Oval – 7 pin sidelock – cocking indicators – double trigger – wonderful flushing bird gun Manufacturer: AyA Aguirre y Arranzabal Model: No. 2 Round Body SLE Serial Number: 051-99 Barrel Length: 27” Bore Info: 99% Chambers: 3” Ejectors: Auto Timed Crisp Condition: 99% Metal Condition: 99% Wood Condition: 99% Bore Condition: 99% Triggers: Double Stock: English Grip Stock Comb: 1 1/2” Stock Heel: 2 1/2” Stock Cast: Slight Right Hand – off Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: Checkered Butt LOP: 14 7/8” Rib: Concave Game Rib Finish: Hand Rubbed Oil Weight: 5 lbs 5 ozs Manufacture Date: 1999 Choke Left: .009 Choke Right: .009 Engraving: Fine English Scroll. Price: $7,995

A.H. Fox 12 ga. Double Barrel Shotgun Grade A 2nd Year
A.H. Fox 12 ga. Double Barrel Shotgun Grade A 2nd Year

A.H. Fox 12 ga. Double Barrel Shotgun Grade A 2nd Year: A super original high condition A.H. Fox Shotgun…Grade A…serial # 91xx…28 inch barrels…Krupp barrels…Mod. & Full…90% original case colors on the frame and water table…98+ original blue on the barrels…beautiful mint bores…looks like new! Original horn butt plate…14″ LOP…beautiful original case colors on the upper tag…beautiful original blue on the lower tang…action and barrels lock up like New! Original checkering looks like new… They are 2 small dings in the butt stock…1 on each side…stocks are perfect and original…no cracks or repairs…original varnish. Price: $3,850

Fabarm Autumn "As New" 20 Gauge 28 inch English Stock *Best Price Anywhere* for sale
Fabarm Autumn “As New” 20 Gauge 28 inch English Stock *Best Price Anywhere* for sale

Fabarm Autumn “As New” 20 Gauge 28 inch English Stock *Best Price Anywhere* for sale: This gun is being sold in as near as new condition as possible because I have never fired it and it has only been assembled for the pictures. It has the full factory warranty available to the buyer. Fabarm Autumn side-by-side shotgun in 20 gauge. 28″ barrels, 3″ chambers. Swamped top rib with textured finish to reduce glare. Color case hardened receiver. Highly figured Deluxe Turkish Walnut. Splinter forend with straight English stock. 4 Lug locking system for a very strong lock-up between the monoblock and the action. Monolithic forged action for ultimate in strength. Auto ejectors.Shotgun Gauge: 20 Gauge Manufacturer: FABARM Model: Autumn Barrel Length: 28″ Bore Info: 20 Gauge Chambers: 3 inch Ejectors: Selective Condition: As New Metal Condition: As New Wood Condition: As New Bore Condition: As New Barrels: Double with game rib Barrel Type: Side by Side Action: Box Lock Triggers: Single Selective Stock: Straight Grip Stock Drop: 2.25 inch Stock Comb: 1.5″ Stock Cast: Slight RH Cast Off Fore End: Splinter Style Butt Pad: Fitted Walnut LOP: 14.5″ Rib: Swamped textured Game Finish: Case color action/Blued barrels Weight: 6 lbs 4 oz. Sights: Single metal bead Manufacture Date: 2021 Chokes: Interchangeable Choke Tubes Engraving: 100% Extras: CTs, Case, Sleeves Mfg Shipping box. Case: Intergale Item Location: Florida Minimum Wall Thickness Left: New Minimum Wall Thickness Right: New Price: $3,650

NICELY DONE DAVID KIRKWOOD SxS 2-BARREL SET 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
NICELY DONE DAVID KIRKWOOD SxS 2-BARREL SET 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

NICELY DONE DAVID KIRKWOOD SxS 2-BARREL SET 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN: 30 inch and 28 inch barrels with fine bores. Kirkwood made some of the finest guns seen. Checkered pistol grip wood is in good condition.  13-1/2 inches LOP. Engraving is sparsely applied. Barrels retain about 70% Damascus finish. Action retains about 10% case color in protected areas. Price: $2,650

At auction: A rare 12g SxS shotgun by Wm. R. Schaefer…

Wm R Shaefer & Sons, Boston, Gunmakers, From Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Wm R Shaefer & Sons, Boston, Gunmakers, From Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Boston isn’t a city we think of as gun friendly. But in the 19th and early 20th century, it was home to a number of famous gunmakers, including William R. Schaefer.

Wm R. Schaefer started making percussion guns around 1853. By 1883, his sons had joined the business and they were making custom shotguns and rifles in Boston at 61 Elm Street (Elm Street was at the edge of Scollay Sq, near Faneuil Hall).

The Wm R. Schaefer boxlock you see here was probably made in the 1880s. It looks very “Westley Richards” to me, which isn’t surprising. Schaefer was an agent for Harrington & Richardson’s A&D hammerless guns. Here’s more about this double from the seller:

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga:

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga
Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga

s/n 4170; brl length 30″; top break SxS; Good cond; checkered pistol grip, heavily engraved action, trigger guard, damascus brls, light rust at top front.

 

 

 

Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga
Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga
Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga
Wm R Schaefer Double Barrel Shotgun 12 ga
Elm Street, Scollay Sq, Boston, 1920.
Elm Street, Scollay Sq, Boston, 1920.
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