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

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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JAMES PURDEY & SON BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE SIDELOCKJAMES PURDEY & SON BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE SIDELOCK
JAMES PURDEY & SON BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE SIDELOCK

JAMES PURDEY & SON BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE SIDELOCKALLISON HUNT ENGRAVED 28″ BARRELS CHOKED .015″ AND .022″. 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS. DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 6LBS 13 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 9/16″ X 15 1/4″. Price: $55,000

Holland & Holland — Royal Sidelock Double Rifle — .500-450 3 1/4″ Nitro Express: 26″ SxS chopper-lump barrels with fine silver bead ramp front sight and folding ivory twilight bead, smooth swamped rib, sling eye, raised matted quarter rib with one platinum-lined standing express sight. 14 1/2″ pull from checkered, articulated front trigger to Silvers red rubber recoil pad. 1/2″ cast-off. Figured English walnut stocks with lever-release splinter forend, steel trapdoor pistol grip cap, classic point-pattern checkering, teardrops, beaded pancake cheekpiece, classic comb, vacant gold oval and rear sling swivel. Classic Holland & Holland Royal scroll

Holland & Holland --- Royal Sidelock Double Rifle --- .500-450 3 1/4" Nitro Express
Holland & Holland — Royal Sidelock Double Rifle — .500-450 3 1/4″ Nitro Express

engraved receiver with a concealed third fastener, bushed firing pins with retaining setscrews, silent extractors, manual top tang safety with SAFE inlaid in gold, triggerguard tang extending to grip cap and top tang extending over comb. Back-action sidelocks with gold-line cocking indicators and intercepting sears. London proofed for 70 grains cordite and 480-grain bullets. Weight: 10lbs, 5 1/2oz.  Built 1906 as No.2 of a pair with all components so numbered in gold. 98% proper barrel re-blue and 40% original casehardening colors. Barrels tight on the face, and with excellent bores. Stock heads up tight to action. In maker’s leather-trimmed canvas covered trunk case with snap caps, oil bottle, cleaning accessories and trade label. Price: $54,975.

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge – FACTORY 99% CASE COLOR, 30” VENT RIB, 1 OF A KIND!
L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge – FACTORY 99% CASE COLOR, 30” VENT RIB, 1 OF A KIND!

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge – FACTORY 99% CASE COLOR, 30” VENT RIB, 1 OF A KIND!: General Specs: L.C. Smith, year 1926, 20 Gauge, 6lbs 11oz, Side by Side
Serial Number: FWE89799. The Crown Grade Elsie; one of the finest, most elegant American doubles ever produced…a “MADE TO ORDER” shotgun, with only 800 made in all gauges, and only 145 made in 20 gauge.  If you consider loss and damage, there are likely less than 125 Crown Grade 20’s left on the planet.  What a RARE, ONE-OF-A-KIND CROWN GRADE we have here in this 1926 vintage Elsie, snFWE89799.  What is rare…really?  How about 1 of 29 20ga. Crown Grades with 30” barrels?  How about 1 of 32 with vent rib barrels?  How about 1 of 3 with every factory option, ie. Beavertail forend, ejectors, Hunter One trigger, factory pad (we replaced the hard, mushroomed pad with the same, original Hawkins pad it came with), vent rib?  How about 99% factory case color, 98% blue, exceptional wood with the original factory finish and checkering? The Crown Grade engraving is some of the most handsome found on any American double gun. I have seen many Crown Grade Elsie’s and all have a version of the same engraving. THIS GUN HAS UNIQUE, SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVING with waterfowl flying over a marsh in the ovals. It is definitively factory original and shown in Col. Brophy’s book “LC Smith Shotguns” on page 96. HOW ABOUT 1 OF 1, THE ONLY L.C. CROWN GRADE 20GA. OF ITS KIND. I think we can all agree this is the epitome of a truly rare, high condition, highly desirable vintage American double. This gun is in excellent condition, with mirror bores, excellent checkering and wood finish, tight as new on breech face and hinge pin with lever right of center, and perfect screws. This gun has desirable 30″ barrels, M/F chokes, double beads, and great shooting dimensions. Nicely balanced, weighing a mere 6lbs. 11oz on a featherweight frame with a reinforced forend lug, it would be a great clays or upland gun. A true collectible, investment quality firearm that will continue to rise in value as you enjoy its use. All parts are original to the gun. People often ask me “What is the best investment in a firearm?” I always tell them the same thing…low production guns in smaller gauges, in high grades, with tons of original factory original condition…and with features sought after by the modern day shooter/collector. Today’s shooter/collectors want long barrels. So this is one of those guns that have it all; rarity, condition, and desirability, including outstanding wood figure and overall aesthetics. WHAT A GREAT FIND! DON’T LET THIS ONE GET AWAY! Price: $24,950 

Piotti King 20 GA – Sidelock Ejector – Rich Color Case – Rolled Trigger Guard – Turkish Walnut – IC/Mod – 27” – 14 3/8”

Piotti King 20 GA - Sidelock Ejector - Rich Color Case - Rolled Trigger Guard - Turkish Walnut - IC/Mod - 27”
Piotti King 20 GA – Sidelock Ejector – Rich Color Case – Rolled Trigger Guard – Turkish Walnut – IC/Mod – 27”

X 1 9/16” X 2 3/8” – 6 lbs 6 oz: Rich Color Case – Rolled Trigger Guard – Turkish Walnut – IC/Mod – 27” – 14 3/8” X 1 9/16” X 2 3/8” – 6 lbs 6 ozs – Nizzoli Leather Case (Accessories) – Ser. #8601 – Checkered Butt – Fleur de Lis Engraving by Granetti – A True Italian MASTERPIECE in Straight Grip Field Configuration – This gun has been all over Texas and out west on quail and grouse hunts – it is a craftsman’s wonder in the hands.  Treat yourself to the best! Price: $19,900 

Factory Parker GHE Pigeon Gun SXS — 32″ full/full, no safety with options: Beavertail forend — single trigger — ejectors — Straight stock — Pad — 1 1/2 Frame — solid rib — twin beads — Pigeon dimensions with 1 7/8 drop at heel — Beautiful wood — 40/50% fading case color — 95% blue — Gun has spent its entire career in Pennsylvania — Very nice gun! 14 1/2″  x  1 1/2″ x 1 7/8″ Price: $5500

Factory Parker GHE Pigeon Gun SXS --- 32" full/full, no safety with options:
Factory Parker GHE Pigeon Gun SXS — 32″ full/full, no safety with options:

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Beretta S2 OU Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta S2 OU Double Barrel Shotgun

Beretta S2 OU Double Barrel ShotgunA 1953 BERETTA SIDELOCK S2 OVER/UNDER IN 12 GAUGE WITH 27.5″ SOLID RIB BARRELS. IT HAS 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS AND I/C (.012)-FULL.034) CHOKES. ENGLISH GRIP WITH SINGLE TRIGGER. VERY NICE CONDITION. LOP 13 7/8″- 1 7/16″- 2 1/2″ – 0″ cast. Price: $4,600

Parker (Winchester) ~ DHE ~ 20 Ga ~ Side-by-Side ShotgunReproduction of the Parker side by side shotgun manufactured by Winchester. This example has standard floral scroll engraving with a pointer on each side of the action and three pheasants in a field scene on the underside. The barrels have a single brass bead sight on the matte concave solid rib, full/modified chokes, and 3″ chambers with ejectors. It has blued barrels, buttplate and trigger guard and casehardened remaining parts. It is mounted on a very nicely figured multi-point checkered walnut forearm with engraved hardware and pistol grip stock, lightly engraved skeletonized buttplate and checkered bare butt, and gold initial oval. It includes a Parker reproduction leather takedown case. Price: $3,999.99 

Parker (Winchester) ~ DHE ~ 20 Ga ~ Side-by-Side Shotgun
Parker (Winchester) ~ DHE ~ 20 Ga ~ Side-by-Side Shotgun

Caliber: 20 Ga.
Chambers: 2 3/4 in., 3 in.
Metal Condition: Very good w/ minor wear marks
Wood Condition: Good w/ a 3″ scratch on left side
Bore Condition: Very good w/ minimal wear
Barrels: 28″ blued barrels
Triggers: Double triggers
Stock: Fixed, checkered walnut
Stock Dimensions:
13.5″ LOP on left trigger, 14.25″ LOP on right trigger, 1.5″ drop
Fore End: Checkered walnut
Butt Pad: Lightly engraved skeletonized buttplate, checkered bare butt
Weight: 7 lbs.
Sights: Fixed brass front bead
Chokes: Full on left barrel, modified on right barrel
Extras: Leather hard case

Arrieta Crown Sabel, 20ga Sidelock SxS, 27" bbls NICE
Arrieta Crown Sabel, 20ga Sidelock SxS, 27″ bbls NICE

Arrieta Crown Sabel, 20ga Sidelock SxS, 27″ bbls NICEArrieta Crown Sable Side by Side, 20ga, 3″ chambers, double trigger, ejectors, 27″ barrels, fixed IC and Mod. Sn is 317xx. Factory finish on both wood and metal. Hand-detachable sidelock. LOP Is 15 3/8″ to the front trigger. Email me if you would like these pics sent to you, they will come through bigger and better than on the listing page here. Price: $1,999

Browning ~ BSS ~ 12 Ga~ Sporter~ 28″ bblsA fine side by side ready for your hunt. Has a full/improved choked barrels. Price: $1,899.99
Caliber: 12 gauge.
Chambers: 3 Inches.
Metal Condition: Excellent.
Wood Condition: Excellent with handling marks.

Browning ~ BSS ~ 12 Ga ~ Sporter ~ 28" bbls
Browning ~ BSS ~ 12 Ga ~ Sporter ~ 28″ bbls

Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 28 inches.
Triggers: Single Trigger.
Stock: Checkered wood, straight stock.
Stock Dimensions:
14 Inches LOP.
Fore End: Checkered wood.
Butt Pad: Rubber butt pad.
Weight: 7 Pounds.
Sights: Front Bead.
Chokes: Full left, Improved right.

FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE - 28" BARRELS - EJECTORS - FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES
FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE – 28″ BARRELS – EJECTORS – FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES

FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE – 28″ BARRELS – EJECTORS – FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCESHere 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). Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14″. Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″. Drop at Heel – 2 3/4″ Price: $1,400 

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F.illi Piotti Pre-Owned 20 bore 'King' Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun
F.illi Piotti Pre-Owned 20 bore ‘King’ Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

F.illi Piotti Pre-Owned 20 bore ‘King’ Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun: A pre-owned 20 bore F.lli Piotti ‘King’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 28 inch barrels at our New York Showroom. Sidelock ejector with double triggers (articulated front) and automatic safety. Price: $24,000
Triggers: Double (front articulated trigger)
Safety: Automatic
Barrel Length: 28 Inches
Chamber: 2 3/4 Inch
Rib: Raised semi-concaved
Chokes: Right: 1/4 Left: 1/4
Type: Deluxe quality walnut
Length: 14 3/8 Inches
Bend: 1 1/2 – 2 1/4
Cast: On 1/8 face
Grip: Traditional English straight hand grip
Butt End Finish: Chequered
Forend: Splinter Style Forend
Weight: 6lb 6oz
Date of Manufacture: 2006

L C SMITH CROWN GRADE 16 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN GORGEOUS
L C SMITH CROWN GRADE 16 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN GORGEOUS

L C SMITH CROWN GRADE 16 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN GORGEOUS28″ BARRELS, FULL AND FULL, 99% BLUE, MIRROR BORES, RAISED RIB, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS.  BARRELS ENGRAVED AT BOTH ENDS GOLD INLAY AT RIB EXTENSION.  FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, GORGEOUS VIVID CASE COLOR, NICELY ENGRAVED WITH ENGLISH POINTERS ON RIGHT LOCK, ENGLISH LETTERS ON LEFT LOCK, PLUS FLOWERS, LEAF AND SCROLLWORK.  GOLD CROWN INLAY ON TOP LEVER, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, HUNTER SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, HIGHLY FIGURED WOOD, PERFECT CHECKERING.  1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, ORIGINAL SILVERS SOLID PAD.  6 POUNDS 14 OUNCES, MADE IN 1949.  SUPERB, ORIGINAL SMITH WITH ABSOLUTELY NO DEFECTS. Price: $21,500

FRATELLI RIZZINI - R2 - 410 - MINT CONDITION SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN
FRATELLI RIZZINI – R2 – 410 – MINT CONDITION SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN

FRATELLI RIZZINI – R2 – 410 – MINT CONDITION SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUNHere’s a mint condition Fratelli Rizzini R2 with the removable inspection plate in 410. Ejectors. Chopper lump barrels that are 27″ in length with Mod and Full chokes. Chambers are 3″. This gun was donated by Frank & Nan Pachmayr to Ducks Unlimited for fundraising purposes. Manual safety. Extraordinary fit, finish, balance and handling. Weight of gun is 5 LBS 11 3/8 OZ. Custom cased as shown. LOP – 14 1/2″ Drop at Comb – 1 7/16″ Drop at Heel – 1 5/16″. Price: $16,500

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun 1st year ProductionSuperb 20, 3 digit serial number, 28 inch barrels, IC/Mod, 3 inch chambers, round knob, vent rib, excellent condition, tight action, minimal wear, minor bluing loss on selective safety. Original in all respects.  Price: $1795

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun 1st year Production
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun 1st year Production

Chambers: 2 3/4″ or 3″
Ejectors: Yes
Condition: Excellent
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 28 inch vent rib
Barrel Type: Chrome lined
Action: Box lock
Triggers: Single selective
Stock: Round knob pistol grip
Butt Pad: Original buttplate
Rib: Vent
Finish: Original
Chokes: Imp cyl/ modified

MIROKU 500 CASE COLORED 12GA SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN
MIROKU 500 CASE COLORED 12GA SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN

MIROKU 500 CASE COLORED 12GA SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUNA very nice Miroku with seldom found case colored action. Some hunting marks in the wood but over all a really nice gun. All is tight and right . No issues. Gun looks to have been hunted some but shot very little. 6llbs 10ozs make it a gun you can carry all day. Price: $1075
Chambers: 2 3/4IN
Condition: VERY GOOD
Bore Condition: EXCELLENT
Barrels: 28IN
Action: CASE COLORED
Gauge: 12GA
Stock Comb: 1 7/8IN
Stock Heel: 2 1/2IN
Butt Pad: ORIGINAL
LOP: 14 1/8IN
Weight: 6LBS 10OZ
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: IMP/CYL

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J. Rigby & Co. 10 ga. Magnum Side-by-Side Shotgun
J. Rigby & Co. 10 ga. Magnum Side-by-Side Shotgun

J. Rigby & Co.  10 ga. Magnum Side-by-Side ShotgunThis is the real deal – 32″ barrels choked extra full/extra full (.050/.050), 3-1/2″ chambers, 4 ton proof, a really rare gun, I’ve never seen one like this.  Automatic ejectors, double triggers.  Sidelock action with Rigby’s signature drop edge lockplates.  Carved leaf fences, doll’s head locks off the toplever,  Rigby London in gold on the top rib and the locks.  Traditional Rigby foliate scroll.  Rich, bold case colors complement the oversize action.  Beavertail forend, full pistol grip stock with grip cap of straight grained English walnut, measures 1-1/2″ comb x 1-7/8″ heel x 14-1/2 LOP over a 3/4″ pad.  The gun retains 99% of its color and lustrous Johnson’s barrel black.  Minor handling marks in the finish as this gun has seen just a bit of use.  Lots of front end bias – you will not stop your swing with this one!  Built in 1985, most likely when Rigby was located in Covent Garden, London.  Just a really special gun and possibly one-of-a-kind!  Weighs 9 lbs. Cased.  Price: $39,500

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 16 Gauge - 95% FACTORY ORIGINAL, AMAZING
L.C. Smith Crown Grade 16 Gauge – 95% FACTORY ORIGINAL, AMAZING

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 16 Gauge – 95% FACTORY ORIGINAL, AMAZING: Year 1925, 16 Gauge, 7lbs 4oz, Side-by-Side. Year 1925, 16 Gauge, 7lbs 4oz, Side-by-Side. Serial Number: 80330. What is rare…really?  How about 1 of 68 total Crown Grades in 16ga?  How about 1 of 6 with 32″ barrels?  How about 1 of 2 so configured?  How about 95%  factory case color and blue, all original parts?  This is the epitome of a truly rare, highly desirable vintage American double.  The Crown Grade engraving is some of the most handsome found on any American double gun.  This gun, sn80330 made in 1925, is one of the most amazing, untouched, L.C. Smith guns I have owned and one of the finest American doubles I have seen.  Maybe I should not say untouched, as we did restore the butt stock as the finish was not on par with the rest of the gun.  All parts are original to the gun.  The screws are perfect, the bores are perfect, the engraving is crisp and clear, the triggers break like glass, the barrels are tight on the breech face and hinge pin like a new gun, the case color is bold and strong and everywhere, the wood to metal fit is superb…and those loooong 32″ barrels.
barrels. Price: $27,500

Piotti Piuma 20 ga., Double barrel boxlock ejector

Piotti Piuma 20 ga., Double barrel boxlock ejector

Piotti Piuma 20 ga., Double barrel boxlock ejector:  28″ chopperlump barrels with flat file cut rib.  2-3/4″ chambers, choked .006/.014, improved cylinder and modified. Case colored scalloped back action engraved with fine floral and foliate scroll as a King 1, signed by Granetti.  Single non-selective trigger, auto ejectors. Slim beavertail forend, straight hand stock of exhibition walnut with the finest of fine checkering, measures 14-1/4″ to a checkered butt.  This little gun weighs a mere 5 lbs, 11 oz.  As a bonus, complete with 28 ga. Briley Ultralight insert tubes.   98% condition and half of new retail!  A real beauty! Price: $14,500

WEBLEY & SCOTT Ltd. 12 BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK EJECTOR- 1925- GOLDEN ERA & NOT PRODUCED LIKE THIS AFTER WWII- SCREW GRIP ACTION
WEBLEY & SCOTT Ltd. 12 BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK EJECTOR- 1925- GOLDEN ERA & NOT PRODUCED LIKE THIS AFTER WWII- SCREW GRIP ACTION

WEBLEY & SCOTT Ltd. 12 BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK EJECTOR- 1925- GOLDEN ERA & NOT PRODUCED LIKE THIS AFTER WWII- SCREW GRIP ACTION: #97774, Webley & Scott Ltd., 55 Victoria Street, London, England: A 12 Bore Webley & Scott Ltd. Best Quality Boxlock Ejector Made 1925 with a Screw Grip action body, 30″ Dovetail Lump Barrels with a rib extension third bite at .734 .005 & .037″ (Skt.I & Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on the right at .031″ & .030″ on the left, Birmingham Nitro proved at 1 1/8 ounce, Double triggers, Bushed strikers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Carved shoulders at the head of the forend, Excellent wood, Straight hand stock at 14 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/2″ over a 1 3/16″ Silvers pad, Neutral stock, 6 lbs. 9 oz., 95% coverage of very sharp small scroll engraving that is Classic Pre-War cut, The balls of the action are deeply carved with oak leaves, It is engraved under the top lever, The top lever is completely engraved and it is nicely profiled, This gun retains 90% original bright and vivid case colors, The original barrel blue is a 96%, The stock remains at 95%, The checkering at 98%, The floorplate and trigger guard have been reblacked, The piece is tight on the face, The bores are in excellent condition, The barrels ring with nice chime, The wood remains strong & solid in every respect. This is one doggone nice Pre-War British boxlock that has been very well kept with obvious good custodians. I can assure you they didn’t make them like this after the second war. Price: $5,250

Browning B-S/S 12 GA SxS Boxlock Shotgun
Browning B-S/S 12 GA SxS Boxlock Shotgun

Browning B-S/S 12 GA SxS Boxlock ShotgunPrice: $2,199.99
Manufacturer: 1983
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 3
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Single Selective
Stock Dimensions:
1 9/16″ DAC, 2 1/2″ DAH, 14 1/4″ LOP
Butt Pad: Factory Butt Plate
Weight: 7 lb. 8 zo.
Chokes: Full/Modified
Extras: Box

Wow – what a gun: 16g L.C. Crown grade, original, near new …

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE
LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

High-grade L.C. Smith are some of the best-looking doubles ever made in America. Check out this 16g Crown grade to see why.

The Hunter Arms Company made the Crown from 1912-1950, and when it was first introduced it to replaced the company’s No. 5 grade. Crown grades were available in four gauges –  10, 12, 16, and 20 – and in .410. Hunter Arms built 862 Crowns, and 68 of these were in 16 gauge.

They were all made-to-order shotgun, so the specific subject of the engraving patterns, the barrel lengths, and stock measurements could all be dictated by the buyer. That being said, most of the Crowns I’ve seen have had 28″ or 30″ bbls.

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE
LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

This 16g was made in the mid 1930s. At that time, A. F. Stoeger listed an L.C. Smith Crown like this at $292.50, a whole lot more than a basic Winchester Model 21 ($73.40) and a just little more than a Parker CHE with a single trigger ($267.50).

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE 16 GAUGE: #149XXX 28″ IC AND MOD 2 3/4 HUNTER ONE SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP NEAR NEW ORIGINAL CONDITION 6LBS 11 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14″. Price: $29,500.

BTW: I would like to thank the LC Smith Collectors club for a lot of this info. If you want to learn more about Elsies, you should check out their site.

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE
LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE
LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE
LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE
LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE
LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE
LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE
LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE
LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE
LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

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LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE
LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE

LC SMITH CROWN GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 16 GAUGE: #149XXX 28″ IC AND MOD 2 3/4 HUNTER ONE SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP NEAR NEW ORIGINAL CONDITION 6LBS 11 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14″. Price: $29,500

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 16 SIDELOCK BADMINTON GRADE- GOLDEN ERA 1935- 26 1/2″ Bbls.- AN EXC & SOLID GAME GUN- ORIG. CASE: #30204, Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London: A Bar Action Hand Detachable Sidelock Ejector Badminton Grade 16 Bore Made 1935 with 26 1/2″ Dovetail Lump Barrels at .668 .017 & .022″ (Mod. & Imp.Mod), 2 1/2″ chambers, The wall

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 16 SIDELOCK BADMINTON GRADE- GOLDEN ERA 1935- 26 1/2" Bbls.- AN EXC & SOLID GAME GUN- ORIG. CASE
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 16 SIDELOCK BADMINTON GRADE- GOLDEN ERA 1935- 26 1/2″ Bbls.- AN EXC & SOLID GAME GUN- ORIG. CASE

thickness on the right and left at .025″, London Nitro Proof at 1 ounce, Double triggers with the front articulated, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 2 3/8″ over a 3/4″ pad, Neutral stock, 6 lbs. even, Nice wood with nice color, Border engraving, This gun retains 92-93% barrel blue, It retains 40% original case colors, The butt and forend wood remains at 90%, The checkering still at 92%, The barrels inside and out are in excellent plus condition and totally free of any pits, dings or dents, The barrels ring with a nice chime, John Stanton & Son locks (John Stanton was the inventor & patentee of the Stanton rebounding gunlock), Cased in the original factory brass cornered leather trunk with all the proper trade labels including the serial number. This is a very nice Badminton Sidelock Game Gun with excellent barrels, game gun weight at 6 lbs., made in the Golden Era, great dimensions and points like a dream. Price: $15,750

J. Blanch & Son --- Scalloped Boxlock Ejector --- 12 Gauge, 2 3/4" Chambers
J. Blanch & Son — Scalloped Boxlock Ejector — 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers

J. Blanch & Son — Scalloped Boxlock Ejector — 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers: 30″ SxS fluid-steel barrels with smooth concave rib and rib extension third fastener choked improved cylinder & full. 14 1/2″pull from front trigger to striated horn buttplate. 1 1/2″ – 2″ drop. Highly figured dark walnut stock with Anson-release splinter forend, straight English grip, classic point-pattern checkering, checkered sidepanels, teardrops, and vacant silver oval. Scroll and game scene engraved, scalloped Anson & Deeley action with carved fences, manual top tang safety with SAFE inlaid in gold. Weight: 6lbs, 6oz. Built early 1880s. 99% barrel reblack. 25% original casehardening colors. Excellent bores. Tight on the frame with the forend in place. London reproofed for 70mm (2 3/4″) cartridges in 2010. Price: $3675

1928 Merkel Suhl Combination gun Model 210
1928 Merkel Suhl Combination gun Model 210

1928 Merkel Suhl Combination gun Model 210:  Serial Number 16561. 16 GA over 8.1 x 72.  Barrels are clean and smooth.  Wood is good condition.  The gun was used, thus some small nicks are visible.  Arabesque scrolling.  Originally listed at $3900.  Appraisal letter for $2,900.  Willing to take less. Inherited gun for which I have no use. Price: $2700

Serial Number: 16561
Caliber: 8.1 x 72

Condition: good
Metal Condition: very good
Wood Condition: good
Bore Condition: excellent
Triggers: set trigger for rifled barrel
Gauge: 16

BERETTA - 626 Onyx - SxS - 20ga - 28" - 3" - SST - Ejectors - Mobilchokes - Box
BERETTA – 626 Onyx – SxS – 20ga – 28″ – 3″ – SST – Ejectors – Mobilchokes – Box

BERETTA – 626 Onyx – SxS – 20ga – 28″ – 3″ – SST – Ejectors – Mobilchokes – Box: 1991 – Beretta 626 Onyx- 20ga, 3″, 28″ MobilChokes, Single Selective Trigger, Ejectors, LOP 14-1/2″, Drop 1-3/8″” to 2-1/4″, Weight 6 lbs. 8 oz. Gun is mechanically EXCELLENT Plus. Finish on wood and barrels is clearly original, and 98+%. The finish on the Receiver is a little off, but I don’t know why. It appears to be polished, where these guns are typically matte. It might have been polished, or possibly even blued. Either way, the gun is extremely nice. Price: $2,450.00

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