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

 

J.P.SAUER PRUSSIAN GRADE 45 SXS BOXLOCK EJECTOR 20 GAUGE
J.P.SAUER PRUSSIAN GRADE 45 SXS BOXLOCK EJECTOR 20 GAUGE

J.P. SAUER PRUSSIAN GRADE 45 SXS BOXLOCK EJECTOR 20 GAUGE: EXTREMELY RARE IN 20 GAUGE, #184XXX, 28″FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, FACTORY SLING SWIVELS, EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH HONEST WEAR, 6LBS 1 0Z, 2 5/8″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $29,500

Dickson Patent Round Action 12 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun - 28" Barrels:
Dickson Patent Round Action 12 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun – 28″ Barrels:

Dickson Patent Round Action 12 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun – 28″ Barrels: A 12 Gauge Dickson Patent Round Action shotgun. It has 28” barrels with 2 1/2″ chambers and game rib. The rib is marked John Dickson & Son. 63 Princes Street Edinburgh. Modern London proof with proper reproof marks from 1982. Chokes at Modified and Improved Modified. Wall thickness on the right barrel at .025” and the left barrel at .022”, Interior Diameters .737 right barrel & .737 left barrel. Full coverage scrolls with John Dickson & Sons in banner, carved oak leaf fences and bright finish. Dickson Patent Round-Action, Double triggers, Best quality walnut stock, traditional English straight hand grip, Splinter forend with Anson release, 14 5/8″ LOP over a 7/8” Pachmayr Decelerator rubber recoil pad, Cast Off 1/8” at face, 6 Lbs. 7 Oz. The shotgun is presented in a canvas case with accessories. Made under the Dickson Round-Action incorporating patents 9399 and 10621 and this gun is marked with the patent use number of 1351. Price: $13,900 

Emile Warnant - Liege Belgium - Excellent Quality - Sidelock Ejector SxS - 1925 Gun
Emile Warnant – Liege Belgium – Excellent Quality – Sidelock Ejector SxS – 1925 Gun

Emile Warnant – Liege Belgium – Excellent Quality – Sidelock Ejector SxS – 1925 Gun: 28 3/8″ Bbls – 2-3/4″ Chambers – Choked LM / IM (.015 / .027), Ejector Bbls, Raised Solid Rib, Hidden Third Bite, Bushed Firing Pins, Double Triggers – Front Articulated, English Stock, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 13 oz. Price: $2450

Beretta 686 Black Onyx 20 Gauge OU Ejector
Beretta 686 Black Onyx 20 Gauge OU Ejector

Beretta 686 Black Onyx 20 Gauge OU Ejector: 3″, 26″ barrels, single select trigger, 14 5/8″ length of pull, 5 chokes ( Full,  Imp Mod,  Mod, Imp Cyl, Cyl ), 1/2″ Beretta pad, straight English stock, 98% overall condition, Complete with Beretta Take Down Soft Case.  Serial Number L03697B. Price: $1,999

Franchi ~ Highlander ~ 20 Ga. ~ 26" bbls ~ 3" chambers
Franchi ~ Highlander ~ 20 Ga. ~ 26″ bbls ~ 3″ chambers

Franchi ~ Highlander ~ 20 Ga. ~ 26″ bbls ~ 3″ chambersWith original box. Metal Condition: Excellent, Light Finish Wear, Few Small Nicks & Scratches, Wood Condition: Stock is in Excellent Condition, Bore Condition: Bright Barrels: 26″ Barrels, Triggers: Factory Single, Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″ LOP, Butt Pad: Factory Pad Weight: 6 lbs, Sights: Single Gold Bead, Chokes: Changeable, Mobile Chokes, Extras: With 2 chokes and box. Price: $1,749.99 

Auction alert: LNIB 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″, box & papers…

Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28" bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″ bbls, new in box

Here’s another chance to get his great all-around OU: the 20g Beretta 686 Onyx. Beretta introduced these guns around ’88 and built them until around ’99 or so. For some reason, whoever bought this one never used it even though it has these features:

  • 28″ barrels
  • Lightweight
  • Choke tubes
  • Single selective trigger

It’s on Gunbroker.com and the listing ends tomorrow, 1/10/2019, @ 2:31 PM.

Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28" bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″ bbls, new in box

Pre-owned Beretta Model 686 Onyx “Black” Over and Under shotgun chambered in 20 Gauge: This shotgun features a 28″ two shot 3″ capability vent rib barrel, a Walnut stock and forearm, manual safety w/ barrel selector and interchangeable chokes. This weapon originates from an estate and was pre-owned and never used nor fired by its previous owner and is LNIB. The weapon still has its hang tags and remnants of factory grease still under the forearm. Currently, the barrel has a FULL and a Modified choke installed from the factory. The third choke is an Improved unopened still in the box. The LOP is 14.5 and Overall length is 45″. Included with the weapon is its original factory box, manual, warranty papers inside their plastic sleeve and 20 gauge choke wrench. This weapon is over 20 years old and in pristine condition. It would make a wonderful augment to any Beretta shotgun enthusiast. Buyer agrees to pay a flat rate of $40.00 shipping in lower 48.

Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28" bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″ bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28" bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″ bbls, new in box

Amazing engraving & more by Phil Coggan on Boss SxSs …

Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.

Engraving’s funny. While not even the best work can make a bad gun great, lousy engraving can ruin an otherwise fantastic double.

Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.

Phil Coggan is one of world finest gun engravers; his work improves the finest shotgun and increases their value. In the pics posted here, you can see why.

Phil Coggan's work on a pair of Boss & Co SxS shotguns. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a pair of Boss & Co SxS shotguns. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan's work on a pair of Boss & Co SxS shotguns. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a pair of Boss & Co SxS shotguns. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.

Purdeys coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20 …

20 GAUGE J PURDEY EXTRA FINISH SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN, Poulinauctions.com, 10/20
20 GAUGE J PURDEY EXTRA FINISH SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN, Poulinauctions.com, 10/20

Here’s something new I’m trying: gun videos.

This first one focuses on 4 Purdeys coming up at www.PoulinAuctions.com this Saturday, 10/20. There’s a nice, antique 20 gauge shotgun, a 12 gauge game gun, a 12 gauge Pigeon shotgun, and up last, a rare .360 Express underlever double rifle.

J. PURDEY & SONS SIDELOCK SXS .360 EXPRESS DOUBLE RIFLE, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.
J. PURDEY & SONS SIDELOCK SXS .360 EXPRESS DOUBLE RIFLE, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Good gun alert: 28g AYA Sidelock Ejector, great condition ….

AYA ~ SxS ~ Sidelock Ejector~28 Ga: Price: $3,599.99 
AYA ~ SxS ~ Sidelock Ejector~28 Ga: Price: $3,599.99

Now this double looks like a great deal. I’m not sure what model AYA it is, but it’s a nice looking gun. And even though it’s smallbore, its 29″ bbls and 14 7/8″ LOP probably give it the heft and swing it takes for big boys to shoot it well.

AYA ~ SxS ~ Sidelock Ejector~28 GaPrice: $3,599.99 

Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: No Blemishes
Wood Condition: Very Few Very Lite User Marks
Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 29″

Chokes: SKEET (.005″) and IC (.010″)

AYA ~ SxS ~ Sidelock Ejector~28 Ga: Price: $3,599.99 
AYA ~ SxS ~ Sidelock Ejector~28 Ga: Price: $3,599.99

Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: Checkered English Grip
Stock Dimensions: 14 7/8″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Splinder
Butt Pad: Checkered Butt
Weight: 6 Lbs 2 Oz.

Auction alert: Real nice 12g W & C Scott hammer shotgun …

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

Back in the ’90s, most hammer guns were curiosities few people were interested in. But thanks to magazines like The Doublegun Journal and organizations like The Vintagers, these old SxSs became the must-have doubles everyone wanted. Old ones that wouldn’t have brought $500 in 1995 were selling for $2,500 by 2005.

As a result, gun dealers grabbed every hammer gun they could find, slapped a high price on it, and made money. So today harder than ever to find nice, original hammer guns at decent prices. That being said, the W & C Scott sidelock SxS hammergun you see here appears to just that – nice, original and, because it’s a no-reserve auction, fairly priced.

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

When this gun was made, W & C Scott’s best-quality gun was The Premier Gun. This isn’t a Premier. Instead, it’s a high-quality, hand built, medium-grade gun. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends on 8/30/2018 @ 9:31 PM, EST.

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

Beautiful W&C Scott Sidelock Double that was was manufactured at the Birmingham works in 1878 for retail through Scott’s London storefront. A bespoke piece with features, dimensions and appointments tailored to order, the gun features 30″, twin-beaded, browned Damascus barrels joined by a solid rib, manual extractor, wonderfully figured English Walnut pistol grip stock capped with a checkered buttplate of horn, and embellishment in the form of 70% engraving coverage. Brilliantly performed by one of the era’s finest artists, the engraving consists of classic, English vine-and-scroll highlighted by a Spaniel and Setter on either flank, each dog chasing an egret and a pheasant, respectively. The engraving extends to both the barrel and bolsters, while the blued trigger guard is adorned with a matching game bird. Wonderfully finished and in a remarkable state of preservation, the gun has seen no restoration, refinish or refreshing, with unfaded engraving, vivid Damascus star patterns on the barrel, while the receiver is awash in original case color. A wonderful find for the discriminating enthusiast, this Scott undoubtedly saw regular use followed by intervals of maintenance, likely by the original maker. Appearing ready for the field for decades to come, the gun locks up tightly, exhibits

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

bits superior balance and both bores are pristine. A true classic from a British icon, this all-original early W&C Scott Sidelock would be an outstanding addition to any advanced collection.

 

Condition

Very fine, the gun has seen no refinish, and retains better than 70% naturally softening case color on the frame and hammers, with the areas of selected bluing displaying almost no finish loss apart from subtle fading. The barrels have largely turned to a brown-tinged steel patina with 70% Damascus pattern. There is light oxidation along the outside of the barrels with rubbing around the muzzle-no rust or pitting is present on any metal surface. The markings are correct, with matching numbers on all components and no fading of the engraving. No import or export mark is present and the gun has not been reproved. The furniture shows light, consistent wear to the checkering and no cracks, chips, sanding or refreshing. Mechanically excellent, both bores are on the face, lockup is tight and the action is impressive. The bores are outstanding-clean and bright with no rust, pitting or oxidation.

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

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

What is shotgun fit? Why does it matter?

Some key measurements for shotgun fitting
Some key measurements for shotgun fitting. Image from A Guide to Starting Shooting in the UK

While there are lots of aspects of doubles guys love to argue about–from the perfect overall chokes and shot size to whether OUs or SxSs are better–just about everyone agrees shotgun has fit you if you’re going to shoot it well.

But what does “fit you” mean? In What is Shotgun Fit – Sporting Clays Tip, the National Shooting Sports Foundation does a great job of explaining the basics.

Auction alert: The Phoenix Gun, 12g sidelock, Appleby engraved …

Gavin Gardiner is one of the U.K.’s top gun auctioneers, and at his upcoming sale at The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, he’s going to selling off several very nice guns, including the exceptional, one-of-a-kind sidelock shown in this video and listed below. It’s engraved by Malcolm Appleby, “the foremost gun engraver in the United Kingdom” according to Mr. Gardiner.

Gavin Gardiner’s Top Guns | Malcolm Appleby – The Phoenix 12-Bore Self-Opening Sidelock Ejector Gun

"THE PHOENIX GUN" A MAGNIFICENT MALCOLM APPLEBY-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO. 7420
“THE PHOENIX GUN”
A MAGNIFICENT MALCOLM APPLEBY-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO. 7420

“THE PHOENIX GUN” A MAGNIFICENT MALCOLM APPLEBY-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUN, NO. 7420
28-inch chopper-lump barrels with 2 3/4-inch chambers, about full choke borings, the tubes signed beneath the fore-end, ‘M. Appleby, Engraver’ and ‘M Lingard, Gunmaker’, the breeches and rib with fine feather details, the frame and locks engraved in typical Appleby style with flowing plumage, talons and highly detailed stylised themes around the mythical phoenix, the trigger plate with golden flames, the action base with beak and eyes, the fences carved in a similar manner, the safety catch with further golden flame detail, gold lined cocking indicators, 14 3/4-inch highly figured stock, 6lb. 10oz., nitro proof
S2
The gun retains all of its original finish and appears virtually unused.

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

 

BOSS & Co.12 BORE PAIR- 3 SETS of Bbls. by PURDEY ABOUT 1970- ORIG. BOSS Bbls. LOST in SHIPMENT- ALL Bbls. ALMOST as NEW- ALL 28" & 2 3/4":
BOSS & Co.12 BORE PAIR- 3 SETS of Bbls. by PURDEY ABOUT 1970- ORIG. BOSS Bbls. LOST in SHIPMENT- ALL Bbls. ALMOST as NEW- ALL 28″ & 2 3/4″:

BOSS & Co. SIDELOCK SXS 12 BORE PAIR- 3 SETS of Bbls. by PURDEY ABOUT 1970- ORIG. BOSS Bbls. LOST in SHIPMENT- ALL Bbls. ALMOST as NEW- ALL 28″ & 2 3/4″: #6225 & 6226, Boss & Co. 13 Dover Street. Piccadilly. London. W.: A True 12 Bore Pair of Boss Bar Action Ejector Sidelock Game Guns Finished in 1913, Both guns with very attractive Sumner engraving. Both Guns 28″ Chopper Lump Barrels with the #2 gun with a spare 28″ chopper lump barrel; – The #1 Gun at .733 .008 & .009″ (Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Cyl.), 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on the right & left barrel at .030″; – The #2 gun is .733 .008 & .008″ (Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Cyl), 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .031″ & .033″ on the left; – The #2 gun spare barrel at .730 .015 & .038″ (Open Mod. & Full), 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on the right & left barrel at .034″; – All 3 barrels are modern Barrels by Purdey and each is marked accordingly “Barrels Made By. J. Purdey” with their address, All 3 are London proved at 3 1/4 Tons with 2 3/4″ chambers; All 3 have Purdey barrel numbers, the pair with barrel #’s 70927 to 70930 which should be about 1969 & the spare barrels with #’s 71703 & 71704 which should be about 1971, Double triggers, Rolled trigger guard edge for the right hand, Numbered 1 & 2 in Gold, Splinter forend with an Anson frontal release, Straight hand stocks and both at 15 1/16 x 1 7/16 x 2 1/8″ over a checkered butt with a 1 3/4″ extension that is expertly done, Remove the extension & add a 1″ pad & it will come out at 14 3/8″, 1/2″ Cast-Off for the right hand, They point like a dream, Both at 6 Lbs. 14 Oz.. Near exhibition wood on both with great black/brown contrast, Boss Classic Engraving by John James Sumner with his characteristic 6 bouquets of roses; – The #1 gun has Purdey barrel blue at 96%, The stock & forend re-oiled & is at 98%, The checkering at 99%, The original case colors remain at 40%; – The #2 gun has Purdey barrel blue at 97%, The stock & forend re-oiled & is at 97%, The checkering at 99%, Traces of case colors remain; – The Purdey barrel blue on the spare barrel for gun #2 is at 99%. All 3 sets of barrels remain in excellent plus condition inside & out with original dimensions and internally the bores are as new. All 3 barrels ring with a pronounced chime and remain smack on the face. The pair is cased in a fold-open leather cornered motor case with a trade label and no provision for the spare barrel. The original Boss barrels were lost in a shipment from the U. S. for a shoot in Scotland, hence the new barrels by Purdey. This is a very nice pair of Classic Boss Game Guns with 3 sets of barrels that remain as new.  Price: $39,000

H.J. Hussey IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, SIDELOCK EJECTOR SxS SHOTGUNS CASED BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS
H.J. Hussey IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, SIDELOCK EJECTOR SxS SHOTGUNS CASED BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS

H.J. Hussey IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, SIDELOCK EJECTOR SxS SHOTGUNS CASED BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS: Year 1902-1904, 12 Gauge, 6lbs 9oz; 6lbs 8oz, SK/LM , LOP 15 1/4″, DAH 2 1/8″, DAC 1 1/2″. The fine matching pair of 12 bore Hussey guns offered here, serial numbers 14170 and 14171 ca. 1902, are LONDON BEST GUNS in every way, with 7-pin sidelock actions featuring beaded fences, finely filed bolsters on the bottom of action, gold lined cocking indicators, superb acanthus scroll with elaborate border work and adorned with the finest floral bouquets you will ever see.  The top tang is gracefully shaped and simply flows into the action.  VERY RARELY SEEN ARE THE BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS IN THIS FINE PAIR OF HUSSEY GUNS, COMPLETE WITH THEIR REGISTERED NUMBERS. Price: $23,000

Beretta 450 sidelock side-by-side 12 gauge Live Pigeon gun:
Beretta 450 sidelock side-by-side 12 gauge Live Pigeon gun:

Beretta 450 sidelock side-by-side 12 gauge Live Pigeon gun: An interesting gun that was made in 1954 and it is as tight and fresh today as it was then, some 64 years ago!  Barrel markings tell that the monobloc barrels were made with the best Chrome Molybdenum Compressed Steel, Superior Type and that this gun was imported by the “Wilshire Gun House” in Los Angeles, CA.  Sometime in its life this gun was “freshened” professionally and the 28″ barrels were sent to England to be fitted with five Teague Precision thin wall chokes, that as you can see by the muzzle photo, are almost invisible.  The barrels have a raised solid rib which tapers from 11.3mm (7/16″) at the breech down to 5.4mm (7/32″) at the muzzle; there is a single small brass front bead. This 450 was restocked in Italy (probably by Beretta) with a spectacular and hefty piece of walnut configured with a right hand palm swell and the dimensions are: 14 ¾” LOP over a ½” Beretta pad, 1 5/16” DAC & 1 ¾” DAH with ¼” cast for a right hand shooter. A nicely scaled beavertail forearm with an Anson release allows the gun to be guided easily with the left hand. The sidelock action has cocking indicators, concealed third fastener, single non-selectable trigger, non-automatic top tang safety and it is completely covered in hand engraved a floral and scroll pattern then chrome finished for durability.  All original metal and wood finishes and all are 99%+. Weighs 7 lbs. 14 oz. It comes in a modern Beretta DT10 luggage case with the Teague choke tubes & wrench and with 4 serial numbered turn screws (screwdrivers) fitted to this gun. Price: $12,350

BOSS & Co. – Best Boxlock Ejector, SxS, 12ga, 30”:
BOSS & Co. – Best Boxlock Ejector, SxS, 12ga, 30”:

BOSS & Co. – Best Boxlock Ejector, SxS, 12ga, 30”: Mod./Full, straight grip stock with ¾” wood extension to a checkered butt and gold shield, double triggers, Schabel forend with horn insert, game rib, automatic ejectors, lovely full coverage scroll with BOSS & CO. engraved in ribbons on both sides of the receiver, rib marked with Boss & Co. St. James Street address, the wood finish remains in very good condition, traces of case coloring on receiver, most of the bluing remaining on the bottom plate of action and trigger guard,  95% barrel bluing, very clean and tight gun throughout, reproofed with 2 ¾” chambers, available for immediate delivery. 14 7/8” x 1 ½” x 2”
6lbs, 10 oz. Price: $6,995.

Parker Reproduction by Winchester DHE GRADE, 28ga
Parker Reproduction by Winchester DHE GRADE, 28ga

Parker Reproduction by Winchester DHE GRADE SxS, 28ga: 26in. barrels, IC/Mod, boxlock action, ejectors, double triggers, beavertail forend,  English stock, skeleton steel buttplate, engraving in original DH style, case hardened frame, rust blue barrels. Supplied with leather trunk case, canvas and leather cover, and snap caps. 14 1/4” LOP. 5 lbs., 8 oz. Price: $4,900

A confession: the 20g C.S.M.C. Revelation OU…

20g C.S.M.C. Revelation OU Shotgun. Pic from CSMC.
20g C.S.M.C. Revelation OU Shotgun. Pic from CSMC.

I’m not a huge fan of new guns. For some reason, few of them give me that “gotta have it” feeling. But for some reason, I do have soft spot for the CSMC 20 gauge Revelation OU.

I saw this double for the first time at the 2018 Safari Club Show and was impressed. Even though it’s has a very no-thrills look, its trim, color-case hardened action makes it stands out. And with a straight grip and upgraded deluxe walnut, it’s a handsome gun over-under.

20g C.S.M.C. Revelation OU Shotgun. Pic from CSMC.
20g C.S.M.C. Revelation OU Shotgun. Pic from CSMC.

But was is it good?

Shooting Sportsman’s Bruce Buck reviewed it and had this to say about it:

Connecticut Shotgun has done a heck of a job with the Revelation. It is nicely made, mechanically correct, flat-out gorgeous and priced very well.”

So I guess the answer is yes. Faults? Maybe its weight. But with 3″ chambers, this OU needs to be hefty to tame those nasty magnum loads

Barrel Length 26”, 28”, or 30”
Chambers Accepts 2 ¾” & 3” shells
Trigger Single, user selectable
Ejection Automatic
Safety Automatic
Rib Ventilated
Stock Type Pistol grip or straight grip
Stock Dimensions 14 ½” x 1 ½” x 2 3/8” to a hard rubber butt plate
Wood Type Standard walnut or deluxe walnut ($350)
Wood Finish Oil
Weight 6 lb., 5 oz. (approx.)
Price $1,995 standard walnut, $2345 deluxe, plus $25 S&H

Good gun alert: 28g Ruger Red Label OU, 28″ bbls

Ruger Red Label 28 gauge over/under shotgun, 28" bbls
Ruger Red Label 28 gauge over/under shotgun, 28″ bbls

Here’s a fair price on the finest shotgun Ruger ever made. These 28g Red Labels are everything they’re 20g & 12g cousins are not: Lively, lightweight, and a pleasure to carry and shoot. They’re ideal for grouse, woodcock, & quail too.

This one has 28″ barrels and better-than-average wood, which makes it a little special.

Ruger Red Label 28 gauge over/under shotgunAs new, Ruger Red Label 28 gauge with desirable 28″ barrel. Has all 5 factory chokes, and fancy butt stock wood. Gun is very tight and has perfect bluing and wood finish. The checkering is also perfect. Please examine the photos to verify condition. Price: $1699

Chambers: 2-3/4″
Ejectors: yes
Metal Condition: fine
Wood Condition: fine
Bore Condition: perfect
Triggers: single

Ruger Red Label 28 gauge over/under shotgun, 28" bbls
Ruger Red Label 28 gauge over/under shotgun, 28″ bbls
Ruger Red Label 28 gauge over/under shotgun, 28" bbls
Ruger Red Label 28 gauge over/under shotgun, 28″ bbls
Ruger Red Label 28 gauge over/under shotgun, 28" bbls
Ruger Red Label 28 gauge over/under shotgun, 28″ bbls

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. 

Solved! The mystery of Barré, one of Purdey’s best engravers…

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

Over the last twenty years, double-gun collectors have had many of their greatest mysteries solved, like the story behind the Czar’s Parker and the whereabouts of Bo Whoop, Nash Buckingham’s famous Fox shotgun.

In the SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 issue of Shooting Sportsman magazine, author Douglas Tate has solved another mystery: who was  The mysterious Purdey engraver Aristide Barré?

I don’t know how many guns Barré engraved for Purdey. The ones featured in the Shooting Sportsman article are in the Royal Gunroom at Sandringham. Other Barré-engraved Purdeys are in private collections, and every now and then, one pops up on the market, like the 12g hammer pigeon gun you see here.

This 12g Purdey with 32″ barrels was ordered in 1909 by King Alphonso XIII of Spain. According to Christie’s, Barré’s is mentioned as the engraver in the maker’s records.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

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.

Cross pollination in British gunmaking: A 12g “by” Lang & Hussey…

LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN
LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN

James Woodward was one of the giants of British gunmaking. In 1872, he founded his firm–James Woodward & Sons. In 1948, after having built some of the finest doubles to ever come out of the UK, the company was sold to James Purdey & Sons. In the 76 years in between, Woodward built around 5000 guns. Even though the gun you see here is engraved Lang & Hussey, I’m almost certain it was made partly-or totally-by Mr. Woodward’s firm.

Why? Because it’s just too similar to one of Woodward’s most famous guns: the “Automatic”. It even has Woodward’s signature arcaded fences and T safety. And like all top-quality, hammerless Woodwards, it was made with Whitworth fluid-steel barrels.

LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN
LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN

The Woodward “Automatic” action was based on a design patented by J. Woodward and T. Southgate in 1876, and it cocks “automatically” when you open the gun by pushing forward on the lever wrapping over the triggerguard.

BTW: To learn more about James Woodward & Sons, check out James Woodward and the Vertical Double

LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTORHere is rare Lang & Hussey 12 gauge under-lever sidelock non-ejector, built in 1898.  The receiver features beautiful border and acanthus scroll engraving, arcaded fences, side-clips, and gold-inlaid cocking indicators.  The number “4” is inlaid in gold on rib and tang.  The gun locks up tight, and has a doll’s head extension.  The 30″ barrels have 2 1/2″ chambers and shiny bores, choked .040/.040.  The rib is engraved: LANG & HUSSEY Ld. 102 NEW BOND STREET. LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH’S FLUID PRESSED STEEL. The stock is very pretty French walnut, and has various dings and indentations, but is solid with no cracks.  It measures 1 1/2″ x 2 1/8″ x 14 1/4″ over a vintage solid red pad.  There is slight cast off.  The gun weighs 7 lbs 3 oz. Price: $2,600

LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN
LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN

Good gun alert: A Holy Grail 28g DHE Parker Repro…

Parker Reproduction DHE SxS 28 Gauge 2 Bbl. Set Cased, Double Triggers
Parker Reproduction DHE SxS 28 Gauge 2 Bbl. Set Cased, Double Triggers

Fads come and go. Back when these Parker Repros were being made, guys went nuts for short-barreled doubles with single triggers. Twenty-six inches was the preferred length for tubes. Anything longer was as passe as wearing a belt with suspenders.

Consequently, finding a Repro set up like this one is very hard to do. If you like what you see, get it. I bet this gun won’t be around long.

Parker Reproduction DHE SxS 28 Gauge 2 Bbl. Set Cased, Double Triggers
Parker Reproduction DHE SxS 28 Gauge 2 Bbl. Set Cased, Double Triggers

Parker Reproduction DHE SxS 28 Gauge 2 Bbl. Set CasedParker Reproduction DHE 28 Gauge 2 Barrel Set – Cased.  Gun is in Near New  Overall Condition: fired very little, if at all.  Wood has exceptional grain with nice contrasting dark streaks and no off colored sapwood sometimes evident in other guns of this model.  Straight grip stock with splinter forearm and double triggers. Ready for a lifetime of service. Price: $7695

MakerParker Reproduction by Winchester
Gauge/Caliber: 28 Gauge
Barrels: 26″ & 28″
Chokes: 26 Q 1&2 – 28″ Mod & Full
Butt: Skeleton
L.O.P.: 14 3/4″
Weight: 5 lbs. 8.8 oz. w/ 28″ Bbls.  5 lbs. 7.4 oz w/26″ Bbls.
Stock Dimensions: 1 1/4 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 w neutral cast

Parker Reproduction DHE SxS 28 Gauge 2 Bbl. Set Cased, Double Triggers
Parker Reproduction DHE SxS 28 Gauge 2 Bbl. Set Cased, Double Triggers

For the heart, for Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Vol 1…

Essential reading: Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1
Essential reading: Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

I’ve been kicking around the upland world for a while. As my friends and covers get older, I wonder what will become of grouse and woodcock hunting. To keep it thriving, it’s important we to attract new voices and new perspectives. Both bring in new blood.

Through their videos, website, and now their first book, Project Upland offers readers and viewers fresh take on upland hunting, gun dogs, and fine shotguns. Last December, they approached me about writing an essay for their premier publication:  PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME 1.

The book came out a few weeks ago, and if you’re into bird hunting, it’s a must-read. It features lots of cool, full-color pics, and 10 essays with titles like The Quickest Path to Losing Hunting Partners, The Golden Hour, and, my piece, For the Heart. Here’s an excerpt. To read the whole thing, you’ll have to buy the book.

My essay in Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1
My essay in Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

For the Heart

Love can be hard to understand, especially when it’s for anything other than babies, puppies, and ice cream. Of all the things I love about upland hunting—my Pointers flashing through the woods, the whirl of a flushing woodcock, the cidery smell of old apple trees—my lifelong affair with shotguns is the most difficult for me to comprehend.

I’m not from a family of hunters or shooters. My grandfather never killed a bird in his life. While my dad was a fisherman, he never even owned a gun or fired a rifle. And I didn’t grow up on a farm with cornfields or stands of Aspen outside my door. I grew up in Connecticut, down the street from a 7-Eleven and a strip mall anchored by a bar called the Amber Light Lounge & Cafe. But despite all this, bird hunting, and especially shotguns, have always been my thing…”

Me & my old Westley in Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1
Me & my old Westley in Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

This week’s five good guns…

 

PIOTTI 20 MOD KING I- VIRTUALLY as NEW- 28" CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- VERY NICE DARK WOOD- 1994- 100% CASE COLORS- VERY NICE ENGRAVING- 99.5% OVERALL
PIOTTI 20 MOD KING I- VIRTUALLY as NEW- 28″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- VERY NICE DARK WOOD- 1994- 100% CASE COLORS- VERY NICE ENGRAVING- 99.5% OVERALL

PIOTTI 20 MOD KING I- VIRTUALLY as NEW- 28″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- VERY NICE DARK WOOD- 1994- 100% CASE COLORS- VERY NICE ENGRAVING- 99.5% OVERALL#9206, Fratelli Piotti, Gardone Val Trompia, Brescia Italy: A 20 Bore Model King 1 Bar Action Sidelock Ejector Game Gun Built in 1994, 28″ Chopper Lump barrels at .620 .006 & .013″ (Imp. Cyl. & Mod.), 3″ original chambers, KG 1,140 weight barrels, Concave matted top rib, Double triggers with the front articulated, Rolled trigger guard edge for the right hand, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/8″ over a 100% full face checkered butt, Neutral stock, 6 lbs. 4 oz., 98% coverage of small scale H&H Royal Scroll by Granetti on a case color hardened frame, Very nice dark wood, It has 100% original case colors, The original barrel blue at 100%, The original stock finish at 99%, The checkering is at 100%, The barrels inside and out remain as new. The piece has great balance and points like a dream. This super 20 Bore Game Gun for all intents and purposes is like new and has an overall appearance of never being hunted. Here is another Classic game gun, with the proper size action body with the correct weight, for 20 Bore gunning by one of the leading gunmaking firms in the world. This piece will remain a treasure forever.  Price: $18,900 

E.J.CHURCHILL BEST SXS .41028″ BARRELS FUL AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP NEW ORIGINAL CONDITION MAKERS CASE 4LBS 12  OZ X 2″ X 1 1/2″ X 14″. Price: $12,500

E.J.CHURCHILL BEST SXS .410
E.J.CHURCHILL BEST SXS .410

 

W.W. Greener G60 Royal 12 ga. Side-by-Side shotgun
W.W. Greener G60 Royal 12 ga. Side-by-Side shotgun

W.W. Greener G60 Royal 12 ga. Side-by-Side shotgunHeavy proof, 30″ Sir Joseph Whitworth compressed steel barrels.  Choked extra full (.040/.040). Automatic ejectors, double triggers. Built circa 1918, profusely engraved, deep cut arcaded fences, oak leaf, and fine scroll.  Game scenes of setter, partridge, waterfowl, and woodcock. Gold crown on toplever. This high-grade Greener weighs in at 8 lbs, 5 oz.   An outstanding vintage heavy game gun, ideal for pigeon, clays or waterfowl.  Barrels measure 040 minimum wall thickness.  Straight hand stock of dark, highly figured walnut measures 1-1/2″ comb, 2-1/4″ heel, 14-3/8″ LOP over a horn butt plate. Price: $10,900

Parker VH 16ga. SxS Double Barrel Shotgun:
Parker VH 16ga. SxS Double Barrel Shotgun:

Parker VH 16ga. SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: Built in 1934. This gun has 28″ Vulcan steel barrels choked modified (.015″) and full (.035″). The gun is in excellent condition retaining 70% of the original case colors,98% of the original barrel blue,and 98% of the original wood finish. The bores are mint and free of any rust, pits or dents. The stock is sound with no cracks or damage. The stock dimensions are 143/4″LOP over a Pachmayr Old English pad,15/8″ at comb, and 25/8″ at heel. The barrels lock up tight to the action with no play. The gun is built on a #1 frame and weighs 6-10. This is one of the last Parker Bros.guns built before Remington took over. It is 17 serial numbers away from the first Remington built gun. A classic 16 gauge that would make a great dove or pheasant gun. Price: $3495

Browning ~ BBS ~ 12 ga ~ Boxlock Ejector SxS Shotgun
Browning ~ BBS ~ 12 ga ~ Boxlock Ejector SxS Shotgun

Browning ~ BBS ~ 12 ga ~ Boxlock Ejector SxS ShotgunPrice: $1,199.99 
Chambers: 3″
Metal Condition: Good
Wood Condition: Good
Bore Condition: Good
Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Single
Stock Dimensions: 14.75″ LOP
Butt Pad: Rubber
Weight: 7 lb 12 oz
Sights: Single Beed
Chokes: Modified and Full

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