For years now, the Southern SxShas been one of the finest events in the country for fine shotguns and doubles rifles. I’ve been to it many times, and I always come across guns that impress me–and that show me I still have a lot to see and learn.
If you go, one exhibitor you won’t want to miss is Lion Stone Consulting. Josh Lowensteiner at told me he’s bring a ton of great doubles, including one of the Holy Grails of American shotguns: The awesome Lefever you see here.
This guns is an all original, Special Order 8 gauge with 32″ Whitworth fluid steel bbls. It’s thought to have been made for President Grover Cleveland. If you would like to own an American SxS shotgun that has it all — condition, scarcity, provenance, prestige — talk to Josh. This Lefever has all that and much more.
THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE: #20901, 30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS MOD AND FULL 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, HORN BUTT AND GRIP CAP, 7LBS 9 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP. Price:$69,500
Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing (CSM) 16g Model 21 SxS: Flat side action has factory double triggers and automatic safety. The action, barrels, guard & tang and the forend iron have a very deep black high-polished finish with very tastefully inlaid gold vine and leaf borders with single bird game scenes of a flushing duck in cattails on the right side, a flushing woodcock in the alders on the left side and a rooster pheasant in the grass on the bottom of the action. The stock is nicely figured American walnut with a straight hand grip, what looks like a leather faced red Winchester pad and standard Model 21 beavertail forend with an ebony wedge in the tip. Two barrel set consists of one set of 28” barrels choked WS-1 and WS-2 and one set of 29” barrels that are choked Lt. Mod and Full. Each set of barrels has machine matted solid ribs with single orange beads, and damascened barrel flats and water tables. Gun is in excellent shape overall with some very small handling marks on one side, otherwise wood and metal is superb! In a leather CSM two barrel set flat case with Maker’s leather trade label and canvas cover with blank initial patch. This is a very attractive and tastefully adorned gun. Price:$20,000
August Francotte SxS Model 20 – 20 ga., 28″ barrels: Feature engine turned game rib, side clips, third fastener, 2-3/4″ chambers, choked improved cylinder and modified (.007/.014). Double triggers, auto safe. The sideplated action is engraved in a fine English scroll and retains 98% original case color hardening. The round pistol grip stock of nicely figured French walnut measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2″ heel, with a LOP of 14-3/4″ over a leather pad. Marked with the Abercrombie and Fitch import name on the barrels, this is a classic double for about 100 years and a staple of the A&F line. This is a fine example retaining nearly all of the original finish as seen in the photos. There is a slight abrasion on the right barrel and some handling marks from use on the stock. The gun remains tight as new and weighs 6 lbs., 2 oz. Classy little upland double! Price:$5,750
Merkel ~ 203E Sidelock OU ~ 12 Gauge: This is a fully engraved sidelock ejector over under shotgun with hand detachable sidelocks. The ejectors are strong and well-timed, the double trigger are crisp with the front trigger being articulated. The 27″ Bohler Steel barrels are like new and have fixed FULL chokes. The butt stock is nicely figured with good shooting dimensions and the 3 piece forearm that fits nicely in hand. 100% coverage bank note scroll engraving on the sidelocks along with cocking indicators. This is a great looking and feeling shotgun. 12 Gauge. Chambers: 3″ Over/Under with ejectors., Metal Condition: Excellent with a touch of thinning blue on the trigger guard. The coin finished receiver is excellent. Wood Condition: Very nice with a few small dings and dents. Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 27″ blue with a solid rib. Triggers: Double triggers with the front being articulated. Stock Dimensions: “14 1/2″” LOP to the front trigger, 1 1/2″” DAC, 2 5/16″” DAH. Fore End: 3 piece forend with checkering. Butt Pad: Matching walnut with a checkered straight grip and a black butt plate. Weight: 6 Lbs. 12 Oz. Sights: Single white color front bead on a flat solid rib. Chokes: Fixed FULL and FULL. Price:$4,999.97
Connecticut Shotgun RBL28 SxS 28Ga. Shotgun NEW IN THE BOX: SN #RBL002840. NEW IN THE BOX. LOP 14 5/8″. Chamber 2 3/4″. DAC 1 1/2″- DAH 2 1/8″. Chokes are R/S Mod. and L/S Full. 30″ barrels with a Traditional Game Solid Rib. Case Colored Receiver with Hunting Dogs Engraved on sides. Premium checkered pistol grip Walnut stock and Beavertail forend. Single select trigger with barrel selector behind trigger. Ejectors. Comes in a nice Canvas Breakdown Case with Red Felt Interior and includes a Chrome oil bottle, Chrome snap caps, cleaning brushes, cleaning rods, and eye and ear protectors. Weight: 6 lbs. Trigger Pull: 5 1/2 lbs. Price:$4600
CSMC – A.H. Fox – CE 16 gauge – 2 barrel set: Spectacular New Britain Fox, CE 16 gauge 2 barrel set As New, Appears Unfired, Flawless, Mint 28 and 30 inch Chromox barrels, Chrome lined (steel shot compatible), Solid matte ribs 28″ barrels choked .011″ / .007″ , 30″ barrels choked .026″ / .020″. 2 3/4″ chambers, Double trigger, non automatic safety, single silver bead. Splinter and Beavertail forends, interchangeable with either barrel set. Exhibition American Black Walnut, 1 9/16 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 to Makers Skeletal Buttplate, neutral cast. 6 lbs with 30″ barrels and Splinter forend or 28″ barrels with BTFE. Best leather case with all accoutrements. Tuscano engraved. Price:$20,499
Caesar Guerini Apex Sporting 20-gauge with 32″ barrels MINT: RH Palm Swell. Factory extended choke tubes included along with all paperwork. Purchased new by me in 2012 and hardly used. There are 2 very tiny marks on the off-face side of the stock but they are hardly noticeable. Other than that the gun remains as new throughout – the exterior barrels, bore, rib, receiver metal, stock finish, checkering – it is all in immaculate condition. Factory original with no alterations of any kind. Price:$5,500
Parker Reproduction 28ga. w/the best options SG-BT-DT and choked Q1&Q2! Killer wood: Here’s a Parker 28 bore Repro that rings all the bells! A double trigger, straight grip with a beaver tail forend and the 26″ barrels are choked Quail 1 & Quail 2! It’s in the original factory case with snap caps, key and outer canvas cover. The condition is not perfect, but it’s very nice. The blue is all there, but the case colors have faded on the bottom and a little on the sides. I call it conservatively 50-60%. The wood is a terrific piece of claro with excellent figure. There was a chip just behind the top tang that was professionally repaired and will cause no further problems. Skeleton butt of course. The LOP is 14 5/8 inches and it weighs a delightful 5.67 pounds. There is no finer handling upland shotgun. Price:$5295
Rizzini Artemis 410 Over Under Shotgun: This gun has 28″ vent rib barrels choked improved cylinder (.005″) and modified (.010″). Thie gun is in excellent original condition. It retains 90% of the original case colors, 99% of the original wood finish,and 99% of the barrel blue. The wood is nicely figured European walnut with a Prince of Wales grip and a 145/8″ LOP over the factory wood buttplate. The chambers are 3″ and the bores are mint. The gun weighs 5-6 and balances at the hinge. This is a great little gun for preserve shooting or fun clays. The stock dimensions are 14 5/8″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″. Price:$3495
JP Sauer ~ Side by Side ~ 12 Ga ~ Boxlock: This JP Sauer Side by Side Model is a 12 Ga. shotgun. It has 28 inch barrels with extractors and a solid rib. White bead front and middle sights. With 2 3/4 inch chambers it has fixed M and IM Chokes. The butt stock is a checkered grip walnut straight grip. The forearm is a checkered grip walnut splinter style. It has a very nicely engraved receiver. Price:$1,499.99
I’ve always liked vintage Charles Daly side-by-sides, and I think they’re some of the finest boxlock shotguns ever made.
So when this 12g came up for auction on Gunbroker.com a few weeks ago, I was thrilled. But not as thrilled as some guys. This double hammered down for $6,125 — WAY than I wanted to pay for it (a far more than I thought it would bring).
Take a look at. What do you think — is it all original? Or is it totally redone? I think it’s all original, including the finish on the bbls.
This SxS was built in the 1890s, but not by anyone named Charles Daly.
Charles Daly was a businessman, not a gunmaker. He started branding guns with his name on them around 1875. At first, he used several makes in Europe. But by the late 1880s, he had settled on Heinrich A. Lindner for most of his shotguns.
Lindner was a gunmaker in Suhl, Prussia (which is now Germany). Lindner took Westley Richards brilliant Anson & Deeley shotgun action, tweaked it, and made it his own.
In its day, this gun was one of Daly’s lower-grade models. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t high quality (or inexpensive). Everything Lindner made was beautifully built. You can see that in this gun. From the proportions of the action and the stock to the shaping of the triggers and the finish on the metal, everything is well done.
When this gun was built, the shooting world was experiencing a fad for lightweight, 12-gauge shotguns. Belgian and German makers like Francotte and Lindner responded by building twelves that came in right around 6lbs.
Truly superb and rare Charles Daly “Regent” Diamond Quality 20 Bore shotgun in superb original condition: Easily the finest Charles Daly I have offered in recent memory, this particular gun made with 28″ Witten Excelsior barrels, with slender splinter forend which has a beautiful original bone tip. Casehardened action is full coverage floral and scroll engraved with beautifully detailed gold inlays on all sides. The gun has double triggers, auto ejectors, and auto safety. Incredibly well figured ball pistol grip buttstock with cheekpiece on left side and terminates with the original lined horn buttplate. It is my understanding that these guns were built for Von Legerke and Detmold of Chicago in the early 30’s. This gun is cased. The quality and condtiion of this gun cannot be overstated!!! The gun remains in superb original untouched condition with more than 80% bold original case color, 97% original barrel blue and crisp stock finish. Bores are brilliant and shiny, mechanics are crisp, and the gun is tight on face. Price:$29,500
Purdey 12 Bore – Exceptional Condition – Cased: This is an absolutely exceptional Purdey finished in 1978. I can’t imagine finding a pre-owned Purdey in higher condition. Gun is in its original case with all accessories. The gun is still in spec with all the info stated on the build/service card installed the case. Only possible alteration from new might be the pad. If you want a like new Purdey at a fraction of a new gun – look no further! Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge Manufacturer: Purdey Model: SLE Serial Number: 28,xxx Barrel Length: 28 Bore Info: R .731″ L .729″ Chambers: 2 3/4″ Ejectors: Yes Condition: Excellent – Plus Metal Condition: 98% Wood Condition: 98% Bore Condition: As new Barrels: 28″ Barrel Type: Steel Action: Self Opening Triggers: Double
Stock: French Walnut Stock Dimensions: 1 3/8″ x 2″ x 15 1/8″ Stock Comb: 1 3/8″ Stock Heel: 2″ Stock Cast: 1/4″ Heel – 1/2″ Toe Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: Leather covered LOP: 15 1/8″ Rib: Game Finish: London Best Grade Weight: 6 – 10.0 oz Manufacture Date: 1972 Approx. Chokes: R .012 – L. .023 Choke Left: 65% Choke Right: 55% Engraving: Rose and Scroll Extras: Cleaning Rod 2-Piece Wood. Case: Motor Proof:Nitro: London Nitro Proof Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .034″ Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .035″ Price: $28,000.00
F.LLI POLI BEST SELF-COCKING EJECTOR HAMMER GUN 20 GA: Serial # 13718 Country of Origin Italy Barrel Length (in Inches) 28-3/4″ Choke R/U M Choke L/O IM Trigger DT (Double) Stock Configuration Straight Grip Forearm Type Splinter Forearm Rib Type Smooth Concave Rib Receiver Finish Coin Finish Engraving Type Pedretti Game Scene Cameos w/ Fine Scroll Engraving Other Options FANCY TURKISH WALNUT, RECOIL PAD, CASE Condition EXC. Plus Condition Weight 6LB 2OZ Dimensions DAC 1.5 DAH 2.375, LOP14.75 CAST OFF .375. Price:$20,000
MILLER & VAL GREISS 16 GAUGE HAMMER SHOTGUN – ANTIQUE MADE IN 1896: Made by JP Sauer in 1896. Elegant round bar action. Tight on face. Excellent bores. Original stock finish with sharp flat top checkering. No cracks to wood. Screw slots prestine. Extractors. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Right barrel measures .670 with 12/1000 choke (Mod). Left barrel is .672 with 24/1000 choke (Full). Excellent bores. Barrels are 28 3/4″. Rebounding locks. Miller & Val Greiss was a designated “Hofbuchsenmacher” which losely translates to a “gunmaker to the royal court”. Shipping is $50 and can be sent directly as local law allows. LOP is 13 15/16″. Drop at Comb is 1 9/16″. Drop at Heel at 2 5/16″. Price:$2,550
William Evans – Boxlock Ejector, Side-by-Side, 12ga. 28″ Barrels Choked IC/M: Nicely figured straight grip stock, period pad, gold oval, double triggers, splinter forend, automatic ejectors, boxlock gun, dolls head extension, third fastener, 85% barrel bluing and wood finish, full coverage rose bouquet and scroll engraving, marked William Evens from Purdey’s on rib and receiver, a very nice gun. 6lbs. 8 oz.
14 5/8″ X 1 ½” X 2 ½” Price: $8,500
Stephen Grant & Sons, 15,000 series, SxS, Boxlock, 28 Ga: All original, Serial Number: 15047, Barrel Length: 28”, Condition: 90%, Metal Condition: 90%, Wood Condition: Great Condition with some oil soak, Bore Condition: Excellent, Action: Top lever break action box lock, Triggers: Twin Stock: Wood, Manufacture Date: Early 1900’s, Chokes: Yes, but unmeasured, Engraving: Full Coverage English Scroll, Extras: Ejectors, Chisel fences, drop points, English stock with flat top checkering, Case: Original Canvas Case. Price:$7950
Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing RBL 28g, 28″ bbls: #RB1003201, 28 inch barrels, blue and case color finish, select walnut stock and forerarm, pistol grip, checkered, factory case containing a full compliment of accessories, still wrapped in tissue paper. Condition: NI case, I don’t think this piece has ever been assembled after it left the factory. Price:$4800
These firearms are guns — and because of their connections to American history –much, much more. And it’s the “much, much more” that makes them so valuable (Roosevelt’s Fox sold for $862,500).
Along with those SxSs, there’s the one you see here. It’s Walter P. Chrysler’s 20g Winchester Model 21 and another of the holy-grail guns for collector’s of American shotguns. Ned Schwing knew it was one of the finest M21s made, and that’s why he featured it on the cover of a big about Winchester’s Finest shotgun.
Winchester Model 21 “Walter P. Chrysler” – 20ga – 28” – “CHRYSLER GUN” – As Featured on the Cover Of Ned Schwing’s Book “Winchester’s Finest” Model 21: This is a Custom Built by Winchester Shotgun that has pages of documentation – as you’ll note on the cover photo – it was featured on the cover of the Winchester’s Finest The Model 21 by Ned Schwing book – this shotgun is one of the finest pieces of Americana in USA Gun History – it is an honor to photograph and describe this fine shotgun – I was, in my lifetime, a Chrysler representative and it thrills me to have the opportunity to not only have sold and managed their products, but to offer this relic of history to the open market for the first time. The Chrysler Gun was used in many of the advertising pieces during its era and was noted for its fine scroll engraving and high quality black walnut – If you are a serious Winchester Model 21 collector and would like the documents emailed to you, just send me a note – I will provide. It has wonderful dimensions as stated on the Cody letter and is like new off the shelf in many regards. This shotgun is in 99% condition and would serve it purpose over pointing dogs or at the sporting club, equally. Price:$250,000
F.lli Rizzini R1 sidelock Ejector SS Firmo Fracassi Engraved: 12 gauge, engraved by the Master engravers Firmo Frassi (game scene) and A. Contessa, don’t think its ever been fired, pristine new condition, choked .013 and .034, 14 1/2″, checkered butt, weighs 6lb, 8 oz, straight grip, manificient highest grade turkish walnut, checkered butt, single trigger, DAC=1.5″, DAH= 2 3/8″, 27.5″ barrel, 1/8″ cast off for right hand shooter. From my personal collection. Cased with accessories and paper work from factory. Firmo Fracassi is without doubt one of the world’s finest engravers & his attention to details defies imagination. A Grand Master of Bulino engraving, see the unbelievable detailed game scene on this one, for many years he has worked directly with his private clients, most of whom give him carte blanche on how he designs & executes the engraving once the subject matter has been selected. A true Master Engraver, Fracassi never repeats or copies an existing engraving, including his own. Manufactured in Italy in 1990, serial # 1950. Contessa completed the scroll work. Price:$59,500
Exceptionally fine, lightweight high original condition Parker DHE 12ga Game gun – Straight Stock, Parker SST, great wood and perfect dimensions: Absolutely beautiful high original condition Parker DHE 12ga gun in a rare configuration. RARE Transition gun NOT marked Parker anywhere on the frame! Just a few known like this!!! This gun made in early 1932 with 28″ Titanic barrels on a 1-1/2 frame. Made with splinter forend, original Parker SST, auto ejectors, straight grip buttstock with original leather faced pad. The gun is beautifully engraved in standard DHE 12ga pattern with pheasants on trigger plate. Overall the gun remains in superb high original condition with more than 95% bold original case color. Barrel blue shows some handling marks at 95% original, and barrels are undented and bores are brilliant and shiny. Stocks are sound with minor handling marks and retain more than 97% of their original finish. The pad is hardening and appears original. Loaded with original trigger guard blue which is toning at grip. Checkering is crisp as we expect to find on a very lightly used gun like this. Mechanics are crisp. Price:$9500
MERKEL 200E 20ga 26″ IC&M, DT, Mfg 1955 Excellent: Serial # 41176, Country of Origin Germany, Barrel Length (in Inches) 26, Choke U IC(.005), Choke O M(.015), Trigger DT (Double), Stock Configuration Capped Pistol Grip, Recoil pad, Forearm Type 3-piece Forearm, Rib Type Solid rib, Receiver Finish Casehardened, Engraving Type Ornamental Scroll Engraving, Other Options 2 3/4″ chambers, Cocking indicators, Horn grip cap, Condition EXC. Condition, Weight 6# 0oz, Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 14 with 3/8 cast off Other Details Mfg 1955 Price:$5,500
A.D. JANSEN OVER UNDER BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28 GAUGE: 26 3/4″ IC AND FULL 2 3/4″, SOLID RIB, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 5LBS 6 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 3/8″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP. Price:$4,950
Lot 113: BERETTA 686 ONYX PRO, SN U23336S: 20 GA 3 INCH, 28 IN BARREL SHOTGUN & 28 GA 2 3/4 INCH, 28 IN BARREL, FIELD COMBO, 2 BARREL SET, 9 TOTAL CHOKE TUBES, WITH CUSTOM LOCKING CASE (CASE CODE 427), 28 IN BARREL.
I have a thing for beat-up old guns. So when I saw this Purdey, I felt that tingly “I gotta have it” feeling right away. While it’s very well used, it looks like it was cleaned up right and made into a nice, everyday shooter.
It’s from 1895, which is my favorite time-period for Purdeys. Just look at how elegant everything is, from the shaping of the action and the triggerguard to the toplever and triggers themselves. The metal-to-metal fit looks great, too, which is impressive for a gun that 120+ years old.
If you like that stuff too and you’ve always wanted a Purdey, this may be the one for you. But act fast. I’m sure how much longer I can control myself.
J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895: Re-nitro proofed original 28” barrels choked Improved Cylinder and Modified with original 2 ¾” chambers. Double triggers. 15xxx serial range number “3” gun of an original set. Restored overall in England circa 1960’s with new deluxe walnut checkered straight wrist stock with checkered butt (15” pull, 1 ½”, 2 ½” drop and ¼” cast off at heel). Weight 6 pounds, 12 ounces. Original forend with wear. Barrels and mounts refinished and frame and side locks polished in the French manner. Completely refurbished locks and ejectors and as tight as a new gun. Bores and wall thickness in proof and bright and pit free. Engraving in perfect condition and Audley Street barrel address slightly polished down but fully legible. Nice resurrection of an 1895 “antique” Purdey. Price: $5,900
W.C. Scott – The Chatsworth Model, 28ga. 25″ Barrels Choked M/F: Nicely figured European walnut straight grip stock, checkered butt, gold shield, splinter forend, automatic ejectors, double triggers, drop points, 28 line checkering, game rib, scalloped frame, incredibly marvelous full coverage nimbus, ribbon, and rosette scroll engraving over a traditional bone and charcoal color case hardened finish, highest possible workmanship, one of the very last guns manufactured, Birmingham proofed, an absolute gem, gun appears unfired, the very best, included makers’ leather case, available for immediate delivery. 5 lbs. 6 oz. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2 3/8”. Price: $12,500
JP Sauer – A&F Model 100 – 12 Gauge – UNFIRED – July 1937 – Boxlock – SxS: For your consideration is this 84-year-old JP Sauer side-by-side with great dimensions in 99% condition (including case colors, wood finish, barrel bluing). I’ve had 3 multi-decade gun collectors look at this gun and they all agree this gun remains in UNFIRED condition (there are NO PRIMER MARKS on the action around the firing pins). This area is clearly viewable in one of the photos. There a few very minor handling marks, also viewable in the photos, but you’ll have to look pretty hard to find them! Serial Number 322,234. The center of the rib is engraved with “Abercrombie & Fitch Co., New York, N.Y. U.S. Agents.” Great Dimensions Weight – 6 lb 8 oz, Overall Length – 42 inches, Barrel Length – 26 inches, Drop at Comb – 1 9/16 inches, Drop at Heal – 2 ½ inches, Cast – 0 inches, Length of Pull – 14 ¼ inches, Left Choke – loose full, Right Choke – improved cylinder, Ejectors – strong and in time. Any collector of MINT side-by-sides and/or Pre-War German Guns will enjoy having this gun in their collection. Price:$5,350
FRANCOTTE MODEL 14E 20 GAUGE WONDERFUL: 26″ SIEMENS MARTIN MARKED BARRELS, MIRROR PERFECT BORES, 99% BRIGHT BLUE, IMCYL. AND FULL (.005 & .020), 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, BARRELS RING LINE A BELL. ENGRAVED “VON LENGERKE & DETMOLD” ON RIGHT BARREL, “U.S. AGENTS NEW YORK” ON LEFT BARREL, RIB EXTENSION AND BREECH ENDS ALSO ENGRAVED, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS. DUAL UNDER BITES AND GREENER CROSSBOLT, TIGHT ON FACE, 98% BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR, EXTREMELY TIGHT SCROLL ENGRAVING OVER ENTIRE FRAME, FENCES CARVED IN DEEP CUT LEAF PATTERN, ALL SCREWS NICELY ENGRAVED. ROUND KNOB GRIP STOCK, WITH FINELY CHECKERED AND CARVED SIDE PANELS, “S” SAFETY GOLD INLAYED, SPLINTER FOREARM WITH FRONT BUTTON RELEASE, DARK STREAKED EUROPEAN WALNUT, TINY AUGUSTE FRANCOTTE STAMP BEHIND THE GRIP. EXCELLENT WOOD AND CHECKERING, HORN BUTTPLATE, 1 1/2″ X 2 5/8″ X 14″, 5 1/2 POUNDS. GREAT LITTLE DOUBLE IN GORGEOUS ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price:$4500
“Why …?” is a question I ask a lot when looking at guns. Why did Parker use a doll’s head? Why did Greener think a side safety was a great idea?
Another “Why?” I’ve asked many times is “Why did MacNaughton build a 28g Round Action shotguns?”
These guns pop up every now and then, and every time I see one, I scratch my head and wonder what the thinking was behind them. The one’s I’ve seen were made in the 1890s, had 24″-24 1/2″ barrels, and weighed around 5lbs. They also had adult-size stocks dimensions (which kills the whole “made for kids” idea).
People have told me these guns were made for walked-up woodcock shooting in the UK. I’ve also heard these SxS were made for naturalists gathering birds for avian collections. Both sounded like plausible explanations to me.
To learn more about MacNaughtons and their mysterious 28-gauge side-by-sides, check out this post from the John Dickson & Son site:
Affordable SxSs were a thing of the past by the time I got out of college in the 90’s, found a job, and had money to spend on a gun.
SKB stopped making their side-by-sides in 1980. Stevens ended their low priced 311s and Fox Model Bs in 1989. AYAs and Arrietas were building SxS in the ’90s, but their lowest-grade guns cost more than my F150 was worth.
If I wanted a new double at a reasonable price, an OU was the only way to go: Berettas 686s, Browning Citoris, Ruger Red Labels.
But according to this new article in Outdoor life by A.J. DeRosa, that’s not the case anymore.
The dampness of the cellar mixed with the smell of gun oil hit my nose. My eyes caught the fluorescent lights reflecting off blued metal. Well-kept barrels of various brands and models of vintage shotguns stood out in contrast against a worn table. My bank account was about to be sucked dry; I tried not to think about the overdraft fees. The affordable gun I had originally came for fell by the wayside as I shouldered an Italian-built shotgun with a slender English grip. Welcome to the world of side-by-side shotguns….
While it has problems (like a stock that’s cracked in a couple places), the issues I can see can be fixed. If the barrels and the rest of the gun are sound, there’s no reason you can’t take this shotgun back into the field to hunt again.
Parker Bros VH, 16 Gauge, 0 Frame, 26″ Barrels, No Reserve: Sights: Front Bead, Choke: Improved and Modified, Chamber: 2 1/2 Inches, Stock: LOP: 13″ – 14″ (Dual Triggers), DAH: 2 5/8 Inches, DAC: 1 5/8 Inches, Weight: 6.0 lbs, Serial Number: 157060. Additional Features: Barrel, receiver, and forend all have matching serial numbers. Original factory buttplate. Automatic safety. Overall Condition: Good -Several small cracks throughout the wrist. Bore Condition: Good Finish Condition: Good Mechanical Condition: Good
If I had a $1 for every time someone said to me “I would like find a nice, original Fox Sterlingworth”, I’d have enough money to buy nice, original 16g Sterlie you see here.
It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction ends 2/21/2021 @ 8:33 PM.
While Fox Sterlingworths are far from rare (more than 150,000 were built), ones in solid, original condition are hard to find, especially in 16 gauge.
A. H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga SxS Shotgun: This is a A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga and this gun is a jewel. Weighing in at 6 lbs (feels like a lot less) the LOP is 14 1/“ DOC 2” and DAH is “3 this little gun comes up like a dream! It has on little tiny chip on the edge of the forearm but other than that this is a super ALL ORIGINAL gun. The case color is 95% and the wood 85+ Only bc of the chip. The barrels are 28” imp modified/ Full.
J. PIRE (Belgium) Best Quality SLE 12ga 28″ IM&F circa 1918: Model Best Quality SLE Configuration SXS Gauge / Caliber 12 GA Serial # 462 Country of Origin Belgium Barrel Length (in Inches) 28″ Choke R IM(.028″) Choke L F (.034″) Trigger DT (Double) Stock Configuration Straight Grip, Drop points, Silver oval, Silvers pad Forearm Type Splinter Forearm Rib Type Matted Concave Rib Receiver Finish Blue Engraving Type Fine Scroll Engraving Other Options Articulated trigger Condition EXC. Plus Condition Weight 7#5oz Dimensions 1 3/8 x 2 x 14 3/8 with 1/4 cast off Other Details Built to the highest quality, equal to any gun anywhere, Mfg approx 1918. Price:$10,000
Alex Martin BLE (12 Gauge 2 inch) SxS Shotgun: Serial Number: 6841 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 26 inches Action: SE Triggers: Double Trigger Gauge: 12 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2 inches Stock Heel: 2 1/8 inches Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: 3/4 inches LOP: 14 3/4 inches Weight: 5 lbs. 8 oz. Price:$5,995
BC Miroku “My Luck” 12 ga model FE sidelock: Rare BC Miroku ” My Luck” FE sidelock 12ga Holland and Holland style 7 pin. Gun comes with the most beautiful piece of wood I have seen on. Miroku gun. It has English stock with pad and original l plate and splinter foreend. Barrels are 28 inch IC/Full and blueing is excellent… other than a little case color wear on corners of receiver, gun is in excellent plus condition. My guess based on Miroku history, My Luck guns were made in the 50s. Stock has great dimensions at 14 5/8″ x 1.5″ x 2.5″. Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge Manufacturer: BC Miroku Model: FE Barrel Length: 28″ Chambers: 2 3/4″ Ejectors: Yes Condition: 95% Metal Condition: 95% Wood Condition: 99% Bore Condition: 100% Action: sidelock Triggers: Double Stock: English Stock Comb: 1.5″ Stock Heel: 2.5″ Fore End: splinter Butt Pad: Yes LOP: 14 5/8″ Finish: Oil Weight: 6 3/4lb Choke Left: full Choke Right: Ic Price:$3500
Webley & Scott Model 702 12 Ga Boxlock SxS: 12 Gauge, 28″ barrels, nitro proof, 2 3/4″ chambers, about 1/4 and full choke borings with ejectors, Bores at .731 & .730, minimum wall thickness at .026″ and .026″, Frame and top lever with scroll engraving, retaining virtually all of its original hardening colour, 14 3/4-inch well figured stock. The drop at comb is approximately 1-1/2″ and the drop at heel is approximately 2-3/16″. There is very little cast, basically a straight stock. 6lb. 7oz., nitro proof. Comes in a lightweight case with original hang tag! Circa 1971. This is a nice boxlock with very minor handling marks (one mark on left wrist, see photos) that includes a case, cleaning supplies, snap caps (one cap broken), and original hang tag. Sharp checkering, a nice example of an affordable british boxlock shotgun with great measurements. Price:$3,499
CHARLES OSBORNE – BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK EJECTOR – ACANTHUS SCROLL ENGRAVED – 30″ BARRELS – GREAT WOOD: Charles Osborne, best quality boxlock ejector English made in 1920. This gun features superb Holland style acanthus scroll engraving and highly figured wood. Original case colors. Straight grip. Rib extension third fastener. Well timed ejectors. Barrels are 30″ with 2 3/4″ chambers. Right barrel measures .729 with 9/1000 choke (IC) while left barrel is .736 with 20/1000 choke (Mod). Gun is tight on face with forend attached, slight wiggle with forend off. No cracks to wood. No loose ribs. Manual safety. Auto safety mechanism is included if you want to install it. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 8 OZ. Horn butt plate. Vacant stock oval. LOP – 14 3/8″. Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″. Drop at Heel – 2 1/4″. Price: $3,250
A hundred years, most of New England was excellent grouse cover, especially north of Boston and up into southern New Hampshire and Maine. As people abandoned their small farms for jobs in the factory towns, mother nature took over and turned the old sheep pastures and apple orchards into prime grouse and woodcock cover.
The guys alive then hunted a world that will never be again. I think of them sometime, and of all the birds they used to see. When I do, I imagine them carrying a gun like this Parker as they follow a setter through hundreds of acres of grouse dreamland.
Parker VH – 16g – SxS- Shotgun: Presented for you today is a pre-owned Parker VH 16 gauge shotgun. Carrying serial number 236444 this desirable American side by side was originally manufactured in 1934 in Parker’s Meriden, CT factory. Metal condition: 40% original case color, trigger guard burnished to white, engraving crisp, screws excellent. Very good rust blue on barrels. Excellent bore. Wood condition: Very good original condition with very good original checkering; 3/4″ Silvers pad (hard) with remnants of leather cover. Serial Number: 236444 Metal Condition: 40%, Bore Condition: Excellent, Action: Boxlock, Gauge: 16 Stock Dimensions: 1-1/2″ x 2-5/8″ x 14-1/2, Butt Pad: Silvers recoil pad,LOP: 14-1/2″, Chokes: Full/Modified Grips: Checkered Pistol. Price: $4,000
In support of my “Week of Great Guns” on Shooting Sportsman Magazine’s Instagram page (@shootingsportsmanmag), here’s today’s featured double — a 20g Krieghoff made in 1928.
Krieghoff was founded in 1886 as “Sempert & Krieghoff”. By the time this OU was built, the company had dropped the “Sempert” and earned a reputation for building several unique types of drillings. In the late ’50s, Krieghoff started making the Remington Model 32-inspired OU that they’re famous for today.
The Krieghoff you see here is built on a type OU action created by Merkel in the 1900s. In the 1920s and into the early 1930s, German companies like Heym, Greifelt, and Krieghoff built their own versions of Merkel’s design and exported these guns to the US. These guns were expensive and cost as much — if not more than — most high-grade Parkers and Foxes when they were new. Today, they’re not cheap, but ones in good, original condition offer you a ton of quality at a very fair price.
I’ve handled a lot guns like this Krieghoff, and two things always impress me about them.
First: they’re beautifully made. Fit and finish is great, the stock and action are well shaped, and the guns function like double costing much more.
SecondL Even though they look clunky, they handle really well. Even though this Krieghoff looks like it would be heavy, it comes in at just 6lbs 4oz. With it’s 30″ barrels, I bet it handles great. I love its double triggers, too.
KRIEGHOFF 20 BORE 1928 SUHL BEST GRADE O/U- 99% ENGRAVING w/ GAME SCENES- 30″ V R Bbls.- 100% ORIG. 1928 FINISH- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION-EXC. BORE:#10838, A Krieghoff 20 Bore Suhl Made 1928 Boxlock Best Grade Over & Under Game Gun with 30″ Vent Rib barrels Imported to the U. S. by “B. H. Dyas Co. Los Angeles”, Built on their Best 300 series action body with double underlugs with double bite, A single extension Kersten hidden cross bolt, The 30″ Extractor Krupp steel barrels at .627 .013 & .017″ (Mod. & Imp.Mod), 2 3/4″ chambers, A neat Vent Rib with round posts, 3 piece forend with a horn tip, Bolstered frame, Scalloped action, Intercepting safety sears, Double triggers, Pistol grip stock at 13 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 2 3/8″ over a thin horn buttplate, We installed a 1″ pad without any alteration to the wood so the horn buttplate can go back on at anytime, It is 14 1/4″ LOP with the 1″ pad installed, Neutral stock for the right or left hand, 6 lbs. 4 oz. with the horn buttplate & 6 lbs. 5 oz. with the pad, 99% coverage of extremely nice pre-war Suhl engraving with 5 game scenes of birds and dogs with the balance in neat floral engraving, “B. H. Dyas Co. Los Angeles” in Gold inlaid on the top barrel, It has 2 retainer screws which secure key screws, This piece remains totally 1928 original from muzzle to butt, The original barrel blue remains at 88-90%, The original stock finish is at 85% with typical handling marks, The checkering is at 88-90%, The bores are excellent to near excellent plus. This is a doggone solid, tight, clean and well-made classic 1928 Krieghoff over & under game gun. Compare this Suhl made Sempert & Krieghoff to a current gun for the same price and Suhl in 1928 looks like a pretty strong value to me. Most current guns depth is a backyard wading pool; this Krieghoff’s depth is the ocean. The difference in liking a gun or loving a gun is in the details. This piece has all the solidity and majestic fit of closing a Bentley door. Price:$8,750
Here’s your chance to get a deal on a nice looking Garbi shotgun. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction ends Sunday, 2/7/2021, @ 7:59 PM.
The 101 was Garbi’s entry level shotgun, and it’s a true sidelock with ejectors and chopperlump barrels. Even though the stock is a bit short (13 1/2″ LOP) and the seller says there are a few cracks in the wood, these issues are fixable with a pad and a little repair work.
Armas Garbi William Larkin Moore 101 Sidelock 28″ 16 GA SXS Shotgun, 1998: Serial Number: 27_03_059_98, Year of Manufacture: 1998 (Q2 Date Code), Gauge: 16, 2 ¾” Shells, Action Type: Side by Side, Side-Lock, Double Non-Selective Trigger Shotgun with Ejectors. Markings: The top of the right barrel is marked “ARMAS GARBI SPAIN.”, the top of the left barrel is marked “WILLIAM LARKIN MOORE & CO. WESTLAKE VILLAGE. CA. Ml 101”. The underside of the left barrel is marked with three stars and “17”, the underside of the right barrel is marked with four stars and “17”. Each barrel flat is marked “16-70” in oval,with three proofs on either side of the barrels and “900 bares”. The left barrel flat is also marked “G.A. 27_03_059_98”, the left with “Q*2 1230 gmos”. The inside of the forend is marked “059”. The water table is marked “16-70” in oval on each lug. The left lug is marked with Garbi’s logo and “G.A. 27_03_059_98″, the right with three proof marks. The receiver, sideplates, lever, guard and forend iron have foliate scroll and border engraving. Barrel Length: 28”. Choke: Left: Improved Cylinder, Right: Cylinder, both fixed. Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a steel bead, screwed into the barrel set’s solid rib. Weight: 6 lb., 3.2 oz. Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered select walnut with splinter forend, straight wrist, straight comb and checkered bare butt. The stocks have a few scattered light marks with a more notable scratch on the comb at the heel. There are a couple of tiny cracks at the rear of the top tang and a very thin grain-line crack at a knot on the bottom-right of the forend at the rear. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 13 1/2″ and 12 5/8″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the butt. The butt has light wear at the heel with sharp checkering. The drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2″, drop at heel 2 1/8”. The cast is about neutral. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good-Fine condition. Type of Finish: Blued & Coin. Finish Originality: Original. Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.. Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The coin finish has infrequent minor surface oxidation. The action has minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine condition.. Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The shotgun has double non-selective triggers and selective ejectors. The action closes tightly with no movement. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards. Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.