Darne ~ Sliding Breech Shotgun ~ 20 Gauge: French Darne sliding breech side by side shotgun in 20 gauge. Overall condition is excellent with some minor wear to the case coloring to the rear of the sliding breech near the wrist of the stock. Chambers: 2 3/4, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Excellent, Bore Condition: Excellent, Barrels: 26″ Barrels, Triggers: Double, Fore End: Checkered Walnut, Butt Pad: Factory Plastic Darne Butt Plate, Sights: Brass Metal Front Bead, Chokes: CYL/CYL. Price: $1,599.99
The French love quirky shotguns. One of the quirkiest they’ve come up with is the sliding breech double barrel. Darne is the most popular maker of these side-by-sides. But there was another company who turned out doubles on the same odd-ball idea: Charlin.
I’ve owned a couple Darnes and handled a few Charlins. For some reason, the actions on the Charlins have had a smoother, more refined feeling. That being said, there’s a problem Charlins: they’re hard to find. When you do come across, they’re usually expensive.
But not this one looks like your chance to get one at a decent price. While it looks a bit rough, and its’ probably a low-grade model, it is a real Charlin. And you just don’t see that every day.
More about Darnes and Charlins here at Geoffrey Gournet’s Darne/USA forum.