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Browning Superposed SuperLight 28ga & 20ga - 28” 26.5” - IC/M - ca. 1984 - The Ultimate Upland Combo - Only One in Existence
Browning Superposed SuperLight 28ga & 20ga – 28” 26.5” – IC/M – ca. 1984 – The Ultimate Upland Combo – Only One in Existence

Browning Superposed SuperLight 28ga & 20ga – 28” 26.5” – IC/M – ca. 1984 – The Ultimate Upland Combo – Only One in Existence: Gregoire Engraved and Signed – I acquired this gun from the original owner some years back – at that time it was unfired. Since then, I found a set of 28ga barrels “in the white” from Browning and had them custom fitted to this gun, turning into the package I’m presenting today. The work was done by Browning Master Gunsmith and the barrels are numbered #1 and #2 respectively. I have hunted this gun and have enjoyed it thoroughly. The 28ga barrels are Lightning Model Barrels but because of the era they fit perfectly and I like both the wider Lightning field rib on the 28ga and the tapered rib of the 20ga barrels – best of both worlds. The package comes ready to travel in a Negrini Uplander Model case – I have used it during air travel and it is the coolest and most functional case for this setup.  This is a very fine shotgun and is one of 217 total Superlight guns made in 1983/1984 era – some of the last of the Belgium guns. I guess the question becomes, where can a man find a 28ga superlight…? Very hard to find. Note: I have a Browning letter for the original 20ga configuration – obviously does not talk about 28ga barrels. Price: $27,995

A. Ward Thompson ~ Double Barrel Boxlock Ejector ~ 28 Gauge ~ SxS Shotgun
A. Ward Thompson ~ Double Barrel Boxlock Ejector ~ 28 Gauge ~ SxS Shotgun

A. Ward Thompson ~ Double Barrel Boxlock Ejector ~ 28 Gauge ~ SxS Shotgun: Blued barrels engraved with band of stylized foliage at each breech end. Concave rib with bead front sight and signed “A. WARD THOMPSON. MIDDLESBROUGH”. The underside of the barrels struck with Birmingham nitro proof marks and nitro reproof marks. Casehardened action signed “A. WARD THOMPSON” on each side, with blued toplever, automatic safety with gold inlaid “SAFE”, blued trigger guard, and fences finely carved with stylized acanthus foliage. With classic English border and scroll engraving throughout. Well figured straight hand stock with carved drop points, checkered panels to the grip and forearm, the latter with Anson push button release, and the underside of the butt inset with gold oval initial escutcheon engraved with the monogram “R.W”. Price: $7,999.99

FRANCOTTE 25E PIGEON SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN
FRANCOTTE 25E PIGEON SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN

FRANCOTTE 25E PIGEON SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN: FRANCOTTE 30″ PIGEON GUN ON THE 25E GRADE, CHOKED I/C-MOD,CLEAN GUN,GREAT COLORS, BRIGHT BORES! LOP 14 1/2″-1 1/2-2 9/16….7.5LBS Price: $6,450

DEFOURNY SEVRIN 16 GAUGE BOXLOCK EJECTOR - MADE IN 1943 - HIGH CONDITION - LONG LOP
DEFOURNY SEVRIN 16 GAUGE BOXLOCK EJECTOR – MADE IN 1943 – HIGH CONDITION – LONG LOP

DEFOURNY SEVRIN 16 GAUGE BOXLOCK EJECTOR – MADE IN 1943 – HIGH CONDITION – LONG LOP: High condition Defourny Sevrin 16 gauge boxlock ejector made in 1943. Original case color at 98%. Well executed tight rose and scroll engraving. Ejectors well timed. Gun is tight on face like new. Purdey style third fastener. Barrels are 27 5/8″. Mirror bores that measure .665 right and .663 left. Chokes are full and full. Chambers measure 2 5/8″ and are stamped 2 1/2″ (65MM). Barrels ring nicely – ribs are tight. No cracks to wood. Wood reflects field use. LOP is 14 15/16″. Drop at comb – 1 1/2″. Drop at heel – 2 3/8″. Auto safety. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 7 1/2 OZ. Price: $3,650

L. C. Smith 30" 16GA Field Grade SxS by Hunter Arms
L. C. Smith 30″ 16GA Field Grade SxS by Hunter Arms

L. C. Smith 30″ 16GA Field Grade SxS by Hunter Arms: This gun has 30″ Armor Steel barrels choked full and full with 2 3/4″ chambers. The gun is in excellent original condition retaining 30% of the original case colors,95% of the original barrel blue and wood finish. The bores are bright and free of any rust or dents. The barrels are on face and lock up tightly to the action. The stock is sound with no cracks or damage and it retains the original factory buttplate. The action is a featherweight frame and the gun weighs 6-8. Stock dimensions are 14″ LOP, 1 5/8″ at comb, 2 5/8″ at heel. A classic pheasant gun or vintager clays gun. Price: $1,495

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PARKER DHE SxS 16 GAUGE: REMINGTON GUN, O FRAME
PARKER DHE SxS 16 GAUGE: REMINGTON GUN, O FRAME

PARKER DHE SxS 16 GAUGE: REMINGTON GUN, O FRAME, #238XXX, 28″ FULL AND FULL 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH MOST OF THE CASE COLORS, 6LBS 15 OZ. 2 1/4″, 1 1/2″, 14 1/4″ Price: $11,000

EARLY POST WAR WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK 12GA.-3” SHOTGUN WITH 32” BARRELS. CIRCA 1947
EARLY POST WAR WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK 12GA.-3” SHOTGUN WITH 32” BARRELS. CIRCA 1947

EARLY POST WAR WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK 12GA.-3” SHOTGUN WITH 32” BARRELS. CIRCA 1947: All original and never on market in excellent as found, untouched condition from family of the original owner. Bottom of frame stamped “DUCK”. Barrels marked “WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL” and both marked “FULL”. Serial in the 19,xxx range and matching. Selective factory single trigger, automatic ejectors and nickel bead front sight. Extra quality factory walnut checkered stock and beavertail forend with the original finish. Some minor oil staining. Excellent checkering which is original and not refreshed. Chip out of forend at the left front which is an easy repair by a good stock man. Original factory “WINCHESTER” pad(pliable and no shrinking or petrification). Length of pull 13 5/8″, 2 3/8″ drop at heel, 1 1/2″ drop at comb as backed up by accompanying factory letter. 98-99% original blue and all the original wood finish with only very slight wear. Monogram “JSB” inset in silver in pistol grip base. Perfect working order and excellent, bright bores. Has seen only modest use and is in it’s original condition which is rare for a Model 21 Duck as most saw hard weather use and many are refinished. They were only made until 1952. With factory letter. Price: $6,500

RIZZINI B Upland EL Side by Side, 20ga 29" M&IM, NEW
RIZZINI B Upland EL Side by Side, 20ga 29″ M&IM, NEW

RIZZINI B Upland EL Side by Side, 20ga 29″ M&IM, NEW: Barrel Length (in Inches)  29″, Choke R  M(.018), Choke L  IM(.023) Trigger  DT (Double), Stock Configuration  Straight Grip, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm, Rib Type  Smooth Concave Rib, Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving Type  Border Engraving with hand carved oak leaf fences, Other Options  Pierced top lever, Scalloped frame, 3″ chambers Condition  NEW Weight  6#2oz, Dimensions  1 3/8 2 1/4 x 15 1/8 with 1/4 cast off. Price: $4,250

B. RIZZINI -410 GAUGE O/U AURUM SMALL ACTION - CASE COLORED ACTION - 28" VENT RIB BLS W/CHOKE TUBES - STRAIGHT HAND STOCK
B. RIZZINI -410 GAUGE O/U AURUM SMALL ACTION – CASE COLORED ACTION – 28″ VENT RIB BLS W/CHOKE TUBES – STRAIGHT HAND STOCK

B. RIZZINI -410 GAUGE O/U AURUM SMALL ACTION – CASE COLORED ACTION – 28″ VENT RIB BLS W/CHOKE TUBES – STRAIGHT HAND STOCK: LOP 14  9/16″ – DC  1 7/16″ – DH 2 1/4″ – SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER –  WEIGHT 5 LBS. 12 OZS. – WITH FACTORY PLASTIC HARD CASE. – NEW UNFIRED. Price: $2,750

August Lebeau Liege SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 16 Ga
August Lebeau Liege SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 16 Ga

August Lebeau Liege SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 16 Ga: Very good, some finish, small nicks and scratches. Nicely finished wood, sling swivels installed, Pachmayr pad. Both barrels choked Improved Cylinder. 16 Gauge. Metal Condition: Very good, Wood Condition: Very good, Bore Condition: Bright Barrels: 28″, Triggers: Double triggers, Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered, Butt Pad: Pachmayr recoil pad, Sights: Single gold bead Chokes: Fixed IC / IC. Price: $1,499.99

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Ithaca Grade 2 Flues 16 Gauge SxS STUNNING 98% FACTORY CONDITION
Ithaca Grade 2 Flues 16 Gauge SxS STUNNING 98% FACTORY CONDITION

Ithaca Grade 2 Flues 16 Gauge SxS STUNNING 98% FACTORY CONDITION: SN274592 6lbs 5oz, SxS. Price: $3,950
Barrel Length: 28″
Chokes: .006/.019 IC/M
Ejectors or Extractors: extractors
Case Color: 97% vivid factory
Screws: perfect
Trigger Guard Color: 93% factory
Type: capped pistol grip/splinter forend
LOP: 14 1/8″
LOP To End Of Wood: 13 3/4″
DAH:  2 5/8″
DAC: 1 5/8
Cast: 0
Checkering Condition: excellent factory
Butt Treatment: factory plate

PARKER 28” VHE 16 GAUGE FACTORY STRAIGHT GRIP EJECTORS CHOKED MOD & IC #1 FRAME
PARKER 28” VHE 16 GAUGE FACTORY STRAIGHT GRIP EJECTORS CHOKED MOD & IC #1 FRAME

PARKER 28” VHE 16 GAUGE FACTORY STRAIGHT GRIP EJECTORS CHOKED MOD & IC #1 FRAMEVery nice 16 ga Parker VHE original straight grip with great dimensions 14 3/8 LOP 1 3/8 DAC & 2 ½ DAH and 28” barrels 2 5/8” chambers choked .015 Mod & .010 IC, all matching S/N including the stock Keith Kearcher refinished the wood and it came out beautiful. I did not have to do anything to the metal as the bluing is still good & CC still on the receiver. The bores are good but some light flaking out towards the choke but they are surface only. Price: $3150

 

B. JENKINSON DELUXE BOXLOCK 12GA S/S, BY G & S HOLLOWAY BIRMINGHAM: 28″ BBLS, 2 3/4 ORIGINAL PROOFS, CHOKED IC/1/2, RAISED GAME RIB, EJECTORS, DBL TRIGGERS, GORGEOUS HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, ST/SP, LOP 15″ TO BEST LEATHER PAD, 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 6LBS 11OZ, 98% ORIGINAL, VERY LITTLE USE! Price: $2,995

B. JENKINSON DELUXE BOXLOCK 12GA S/S, BY G & S HOLLOWAY BIRMINGHAM
B. JENKINSON DELUXE BOXLOCK 12GA S/S, BY G & S HOLLOWAY BIRMINGHAM
Joseph Defourny Side By Side 12 Ga Boxlock Shotgun
Joseph Defourny Side By Side 12 Ga Boxlock Shotgun

Joseph Defourny Side By Side 12 Ga Boxlock Shotgun: $1,539.99

S/N 6815
Caliber: 12 Ga
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 29.5 Inches
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered Pistol Grip
Fore End: Checkered
Butt Pad: 14 Inches

Husqvarna 12 gauge Deluxe SxS Boxlock Shotgun27 1/2″ full/full barrels,double triggers,extractors,scroll engraved casecolored receiver with original laquer on the casecolors,fancy wood,95% bluing,very nice. Price: $999

Husqvarna 12 gauge Deluxe SxS Boxlock Shotgun
Husqvarna 12 gauge Deluxe SxS Boxlock Shotgun

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Ithaca Flues Grade 4 SXS 20 GA, 28":
Ithaca Flues Grade 4 SXS 20 GA, 28″:

Ithaca Flues Grade 4 SXS 20 GA, 28″:  Action retains most of CCH, some areas worn. Engraving is sharp and distinct, a couple of scratches on either side of receiver. Barrel bluing very good with some slight handling marks.
Price: $8,499.88
Stock: Fancy walnut with Fleur De Lis checkering
Stock Dimensions: LOP 14″ and 13 1/4″, neutral cast.
Fore End: Fancy walnut with checkering and ebony tip.
Butt Pad: Factory hard black plate.

Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz.
Sights:Brass beads
Chokes: Left is modified, right is 1/4 choke.

EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN
EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN

EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN: 12 gauge, 26″ damascus steel barrels, auto ejecgtors, beautiful scroll engraved sideplates and relief engraved fences.  Double triggers, top lever, double underlocking lugs with Greener type third bite.  Bores measure .729″ both barrels with walls over .030″   Chokes:  R: .003″  L: .033″   Weight: 6lbs 7oz.    Stock measures   Comb: 1 1/2″   Heel: 2″  LOP: 14 1/2″ over a thin English hardrubber pad.  The barrels retain all of the beautiful damascus pattern,  The action showing lovely subdued case colors.  Mint bores, excellent checkering and varnish.  This would make a perfect bird gun. Price: $5,950

Defourny High Quality BLE SXS 16 GA
Defourny High Quality BLE SXS 16 GA

Defourny High Quality BLE SXS 16 GA: Price $3,900.00
Serial #9774
Country: Belgium
Barrel Length: 27″
Chokes: M, IM
Trigger: DT (Double)
Stock: Straight Grip
Foream: Splinter Forearm
Rib: Matted Concave Rib
Receiver Finish: Casehardened Receiver
Engraving Type: Ornamental Scroll Engraving
Other Options: Checkered butt, Silver oval
Condition: EXC. Plus Condition
Weight: 5lb 10oz
Dimensions: 1 1/2 x 2 1/8 x 14 3/4 with 1/2 cast off. 2 3/4 chambers
Other Details This is a high quality gun with original 2 3/4″ chambers. It would make an outstanding prairie bird or Chukar gun. Price: $3,900

W. Richards - Boxlock Extractor - 3", 12 ga -
W. Richards – Boxlock Extractor – 3″, 12 ga –

W. Richards – Boxlock Extractor – 12 ga: Price: $3,500

Shotgun type: SxS
Action: Boxlock
Ejectors: No
Trigger: Double

Barrel info: 
Gauge: 12 ga
Chamber: 3 ”
Length: 30 ”
Chokes: Full Mod
Rib type: Flat File Cut
Grip: Rounded Pistol Grip
Forend: Checkered

Lop: 14 1/2 ”
Type of butt: Factory
Drop comb: 1 5/8 ”
Drop heel: 1 7/8 ”
Cast amount: 0 ”
Weight: 7 lbs, 8 oz

Manufactured in: England
Manufacture Year: Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Comments : Nice clean gun, well taken care of.

 

JP SAUER 12 GAUGE MADE IN 1939 - GRADE VIIIE - WITH SPECIAL ENGRAVING - AUTO EJECTORS
JP SAUER 12 GAUGE MADE IN 1939 – GRADE VIIIE – WITH SPECIAL ENGRAVING – AUTO EJECTORS

JP SAUER 12 GAUGE MADE IN 1939 – GRADE VIIIE – WITH SPECIAL ENGRAVING – AUTO EJECTORS: Here is a JP Sauer 12 gauge made in Suhl with upgraded engraving. Pre-war quality. Special engraving – lovely Fox with rabbit scene on floorplate. Original condition thoughout. Right bore at .723 with 10/1000 choke (IC). Left bore also at .723 with 40/1000 choke (Full). Chambers are 2 3/4″. Barrels are 28 1/2″. Auto ejectors. Sideclips. Auto safety. Cocking indicators. Buttplate with engraved and charcoil blued screws. Double underbite with Greener style cross bolt. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 12 7/8″ OZ. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/4″, Drop at Comb – 1 5/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″. Price: $2,500

 

*What is a good gun? It’s a side-by-side or O/U shotgun or rifle that in excellent overall condition and priced fairly.

Great guns you can barely give away…

Most Belgian double barrel shotguns get a bad rap in this country. Unless they’re by one of the big names, like Francotte or Lebeau Courally, nobody wants them. That’s too bad, really. There a lot of barely know Belgian makers out there, and many of them made fantastic guns. In fact, some of these guns are on par with best-grade shotguns from the big English makers.

The good part of this is that these guns are fantastic values. While you can easily spend 2x-3x more for a bigger English name, or something trendy from Italy, you won’t be buying that much more gun.

Here are a few examples on the market right now:

12 gauge Ernest Wilmart double barrel sidelock ejector shotgun
12 gauge Ernest Wilmart double barrel sidelock ejector shotgun

An Ernest Wilmart 12 gauge sidelock ejector: Of the three gunmakers listed here, Ernest Wilmart is the only one I could find some information on. The firm was founded in 1879. This gun is a very fine sidelock ejector, finished and engraved and a very “Belgian” style. While its aesthetics may not be to your liking, it’s quality is pretty apparent. If this gun had a good decent British name on it, it would be priced in the $15,000 range. Right now, I think it’s still $3000-$4000 over priced. How many guys do you know who are lusting for a Wilmart?

A 12 bore double barrel sidelock ejector by “Fabrication Artisanal Ligeoise”: This is a good gun by a maker who is totally unknown to me. I couldn’t find anything about them, either. Judging by the name, I wonder if they were a cooperative or association of makers? Again, no idea. Regardless, though, this is a quality shotgun.

12 gauge Belgian-made double barrel sidelock ejector shotgun
12 gauge Belgian-made double barrel sidelock ejector shotgun

A DeFourney 16 gauge sidelock ejector side by side: This is a name I’ve heard. There were several DeFourney  (or Defournys) in the Liege from about 1870 and on. I’m not sure which one made this gun. But whoever did knew what they were doing. If you put this gun side by side with a Holland & Holland Royal, I think you would have a hard time telling me what makes the Holland worth $20,000 more. This little 16 gauge is THAT nice. These days, the engraving alone would cost more than the $7,000 asking price.

a 16 gauge DeFourney double barrel sidelock ejector side by side shotgun

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