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OGDEN SMITH & HUSSEY IMPERIAL PIGEON SXS 12 GAUGE
OGDEN SMITH & HUSSEY IMPERIAL PIGEON SXS 12 GAUGE

OGDEN SMITH & HUSSEY IMPERIAL PIGEON SXS 12 GAUGE: 30″ WIDE PIGEON RIB 036 AND 038 CONSTRIXTION 2 3/4 NITRO, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 7LBS 15 OZ, 2 1/8″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $12,500

Francotte 20E 20 Gauge SxS - 1950, 99% CASE COLOR, MINTY!
Francotte 20E 20 Gauge SxS – 1950, 99% CASE COLOR, MINTY!

Francotte 20E 20 Gauge – 1950, 99% CASE COLOR, MINTY!, vintage firearms inc: General Specs: Francotte, Year 1950, 20 gauge, 5lbs 12oz, IC/M, LOP 14 7/16″, DAH 2 3/8″, DAC 1 1/2″, Serial Number: 89933. Auguste Francotte is world famous as a high-quality firearms maker from the gun making center of Leige, Belgium dating back as far as 1805.  Still making fine shotguns with price tags starting at $18,000, Francotte is a brand recognized and used by heads of state, business tycoons, and in some cases, the fortunate “Average Joe”. Search long and hard, you will not find another Auguste Francotte like this one.  First, this is the Model 20E, one of the higher grades A. Francotte offered in the boxlock ejector format and it has the sideplated action allowing for beautiful scroll engraving.  Second, the gun is 70 years old and RETAINS 99% OF THE FACTORY FINISH, INCLUDING ALL OF THE BOLD, VIVID, ORIGINAL BONE AND CHARCOAL CASE COLORS.  I HAVE NEVER SEEN A HIGHER CONDITION FRANCOTTE 20E!  Francotte guns are nicely built side by sides with a solid reputation for graceful looks and handling characteristics as well as rock solid dependability.  This fine Francotte, sn89933 built in 1950, has seen little use.  Beautifully hand engraved with FINE SCROLL ENGRAVING AND FOLIATE SCROLL BREECH BALLS, this is a very high-end side by side.  The wood is nicely figured European walnut showing lots of fiddleback figure and rich dark streaking, with most of the factory finish still there and the factory 28LPI hand-cut checkering in excellent condition.  There are field use marks in the buttstock wood, but all are superficial and there are no cracks or gouges in the wood.  We can restore the wood for you if you wish in a short period of time for an added cost; just ask about this in-house service we provide.  The gun weighs in at an ultra-light 5 3/4lbs. with its 26” Siemens Martin fluid steel barrels that are choked IC/M and have mirror perfect bores.  It is a very dynamic shotgun with the balance point on the hinge pin.  With the Prince of Wales style stock, it is lightning fast to the shoulder and puts a smile on your face when you handle her.  The gun is mechanically excellent with strong, well timed ejectors, barrels tight on the hinge pin and breech face like a new gun, perfect screws, crisp triggers…all in perfect working order and in need of no work at all.  THERE ARE 5 LOCKING POINTS ON THIS FRANCOTTE; A HIDDEN GREENER CROSS BOLT AT THE TOP RIB, DOUBLE UNDERLUG LOCKING BOLTS, SIDECLIPS, AND A THROUGH RECEIVER BARREL LUG, making sure the barrels are locked to the breech face laterally and vertically.  It just doesn’t get any better than that!  What a great gun for your upland pursuits, especially for the grouse and woodcock coverts and hunting over fine dogs.  She will represent well at the vintage sporting events too.  Francotte built some of the highest quality guns ever made and they are surprisingly affordable as this gun demonstrates.  Thanks for looking!  Price: $8,950

Parker Repro DHE - 20ga - 26” - IC/M - DT - Straight Grip - Skeleton Buttplate - High Grade Wood - Leather Maker’s Case
Parker Repro DHE – 20ga – 26” – IC/M – DT – Straight Grip – Skeleton Buttplate – High Grade Wood – Leather Maker’s Case

Parker Repro DHE – 20ga – 26” – IC/M – DT – Straight Grip – Skeleton Buttplate – High Grade Wood – Leather Maker’s Case: 14 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ – some case color wear – some handling marks – would make a great grouse, woodcock and quail gun – it’s TIGHT like new otherwise. Excellent Field Configuration worthy of an upland hunter. Price: $5,500  

BERETTA - SO4 - 30" M / F - Quality Sidelock Over Under - Completely Refurbished !
BERETTA – SO4 – 30″ M / F – Quality Sidelock Over Under – Completely Refurbished !

Beretta – SO4 – 30″ m / f – quality sidelock OU – completely refurbished: 12ga, 2-3/4″, 29-1/2″ M / F (.724 – .030 / .039) – Hand Filed Vent Rib, Ejectors, Single Non-Selective Trigger, LOP 14-7/8″, Drop 1-1/2 to 1-3/4″, Neutral Cast, Weight 8 lbs 4 oz. Completely refurbished gun, and used little – if any – since. Bores are perfect, and at factory original specs. This gun was reproofed in 1993, and possibly refurbished at that time. The gun is ready to shoot, but you can detect slight movement in the barrels. Price: $3950

A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun
A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun

A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model: My personal benchmark gun. Decided after it being in the safe for several years that someone else needs to own it. Will start it out here for a week and see what happens. Specs are 26″ barrels choked .013 and .020 and bores of .729 per my Skeets, and 2 3/4″ chambers and ejectors. LOP to end of wood 13 1/4″. To end of Antiflinch Pad 14 1/4″. DAC 1 5/8″, DAH 2 7/8″. Weight and this is downright lovely is 6 lb 9 oz. A 12 bore made for bird hunting as they say. Serial Number. is 122114. Call this my benchmark gun because the case colors are just about mint. Slight fading on the underside, but they are all there. Blueing is 100 percent except for some small spot right around the top rib where Dan Rossiter from Custom Stocks and Steel, believed there may have been a bit oil or whatever missed when the factory did the barrels. Gun has been apart one time and that was by Dan when he checked the internals. He added the Antiflinch pad (forgot what was on it). Bought this at a small in Va from a collector. Gun’s bores were covered in cosmoline and per the house the gun had not been fired for over 50 years (who knows). Wasn’t fired much if at all. Some flaking on the finish in spots. I’ve done nothing to the gun and its time to move it on. Pictures when the sun comes up. Serial Number: 122114, Barrel Length: 26″, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: Excellent, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Small bit of flaking, Bore Condition: Mint, Triggers: 2, Gauge: 12, Butt Pad: Jostam Anti flinch, Weight: 6 lb 9 oz, Choke Left: Mod, Choke Right: IC. PS.  This is a Savage marked gun with all the best Philly Fox features.   Also had twin Ivory beads (front and rear). Price: $1,950

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HARTMANN & WEISS BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 410
HARTMANN & WEISS BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 410

HARTMANN & WEISS BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 410: 27″ SOLID RIB MOD AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS, SINGLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, BOSS-STYLE FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, MAKER’S CASE, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 5LBS 5 OZ, 1 7/16″ DAC, 2 3/16″ DAH, 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $135,000

WESTLEY RICHARDS 410 Hand detachable (droplock) SxS
WESTLEY RICHARDS 410 Hand detachable (droplock) SxS

WESTLEY RICHARDS 410 Hand detachable (droplock): Scalloped action ejector with 28-inch chopper lump barrels chocked full and full. C bolt dolls head, double trigger, splinter forend with Deeley & Edge release. Length of pull is 14 9/16″ to a checkered bull. Drop is 1 1/2″ X 2 1/8″  Condition is excellent, almost as new condition, with upgraded wood and it’s original Westley Richards case. Completed in 2011. Price: $65,000

Ithaca Classic Doubles 4E hard to find 28 Bore
Ithaca Classic Doubles 4E hard to find 28 Bore

Ithaca Classic Doubles 4E hard to find 28 Bore: This is a beautiful Ithaca 4E in the hard to find 28 Gauge. This Classic Double was hand made to order and have beautiful wood, ejectors and 30-in barrels choked IC & M. The lop is 15 1/8 in over factory pad to front trigger. It will make a fine addition to your collection. Price: $6,499

Westley Richards (LONDON) Best Quality boxlock 20ga. 5lbs. 9 ozs.
Westley Richards (LONDON) Best Quality boxlock 20ga. 5lbs. 9 ozs.

Westley Richards (LONDON) Best Quality boxlock 20ga. 5lbs. 9 ozs: 28″ tapered small swamp rib, IM/IC, DT’s, Ext. intricate 75% coverage R&S engraved,, fine checkered elegant English walnut 14 1/4″ LOP straight stock, 65% CC., 95% bbl. blue, light handling only,  1 5/8 DAC – 2 1/2″ DAH – 14 1/4″ LOP over factory buttplate – 5 lbs. 9 ozs. Very tight, mint bores. Price: $4,995

High Condition Parker VH 12Ga.
High Condition Parker VH 12Ga.

High Condition Parker VH 12Ga: In remarkable all original condition. Built-in 1922, this gun retains 98% of the original case colors,985 of the original barrel blue, and 98% of the original wood finish. The gun has 28″ Vulcan steel barrels choked improved modified (.030″) and full (.040″). The bores are mint and free of any rust, dents, or pitting. The wood is sound with no cracks or damage. A few very light handling marks are all that keep the wood from being 100%. The gun is built on a 1-1/2 frame and weighs 6-14. The stock dimensions are 141/4″ LOP over the dog’s head buttplate,1 1/2″ at comb, and 2 5/8″ at heel. The barrels lock up tightly and the top lever is to the right as it should be. This is a great example of the classic Parker. It is all original and would make a great addition to any collection. It would also make a fantastic dove or pheasant gun.VH grade guns are extremely hard to find in this condition because most of them saw very hard use. Nice enough to be proud off but not too nice to shoot. Price: $2995

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W. J. Jeffrey ~ Side-by-Side ~ Double Rifle ~ .475 NE
W. J. Jeffrey ~ Side-by-Side ~ Double Rifle ~ .475 NE

W. J. Jeffrey ~ Side-by-Side ~ Double Rifle ~ .475 NE: Metal Condition: Excellent with light mark, Wood Condition: Very good with handling marks, Bore Condition: Clean with no pitting or wear, Barrels: 24″, Stock: Checkered walnut, Stock Dimensions: 14.5″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered walnut, Butt Pad: Leather recoil pad, Weight: 11lbs 8ozs, Sights: Notch and blade sight with adjustable rear leafs. Price: $21,499.97

Parker VH 28ga 28” SxS for sale
Parker VH 28ga 28” SxS for sale

Parker VH 28ga 28” SxS for sale: All original gun that has never been fooled with. These are very hard to find and super rare in original condition. Bright, shiny, 28″ bores choked f/f.Serial Number: 165290, Barrel Length: 28”, Barrels: 28”, Gauge: 28ga, Stock Dimensions: 14”, Stock Comb: 1 1/2”, Stock Heel: 2 1/2″ Price: $14,500 

JOSEPH LANG & SONS BACK ACTION SIDELOCK REBOUNDING HAMMER DBL RIFLE , 450 BPE 3 1/4 WITH JONES UNDERLEVER
JOSEPH LANG & SONS BACK ACTION SIDELOCK REBOUNDING HAMMER DBL RIFLE , 450 BPE 3 1/4 WITH JONES UNDERLEVER

JOSEPH LANG & SONS BACK ACTION SIDELOCK REBOUNDING HAMMER DBL RIFLE , 450 BPE 3 1/4 WITH JONES UNDERLEVER: 450 BPE 3 1/4, SCROLL & VIVID CASE COLORED ACTION, 26″ BBL, STANDARD RIB, EXTRACTORS, DBL TRIGGERS, BEAUTIFUL HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, PISTOL GRIP, ENGRAVED GRIP CAP, SPLINTER FOREND, LOP 14 1/2, 9LBS 6OZ, 1 FX 1 FOLDING, BLADE FRONT, VERY FINE ORIGINAL CONDITION, WITH MIRROR BORES. Price: $11,495

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28"- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun: Advanced collectors always have what they call “reference guns”. A gun that they know to be all original to compare other guns to. This particular gun, a 225k SN range VH 12ga with original 28″ Vulcan Steel barrels is absolutely a reference gun. Made with capped pistol grip, splinter forend, double triggers and extractors. The gun remains in exceptional near mint original condition with more than 98% original barrel blue, virtually all of its bold original case color, and nearly all of its original stock finish. Here are the technical details on the gun: made on a 1-1/2 frame with drops of 1-1/2″ at comb and 2-3/4″ at heel and LOP of 14-1/2″ over the original DHBP. The gun weighs 6lbs 15oz and the barrels measure .730 (R) with .018(mod) and .732 (L) with .028 (imp. mod) and both barrels have .028MWT.  This gun is guaranteed authentic and completely original in every respect and comes to me from one of the great Parker collections in the country. PGCA Letter included identifying the gun exactly as found today. It is very near mint and truly fantastic. I wish every Parker I owned was this fine and easy to describe. Simply put, no excuses on this gun. Price: $5995

William Powell and Son Sidelock in very nice condition in its makers case ~ This is a super deal on an extremely nice English sidelock
William Powell and Son Sidelock in very nice condition in its maker’s case ~ This is a super deal on an extremely nice English sidelock

William Powell and Son Sidelock in very nice condition in its makers case ~ This is a super deal on an extremely nice English sidelock: Serial Number: 12001. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 29″. Barrel Type: Steel. Action: Sidelock ejector. Gauge: 12 gauge. Stock Comb: 1 1/2″. Stock Heel: 2″. Stock Cast: 3/16″. LOP: 14 5/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 9.5oz. Choke Left: .020″ full. Choke Right: .010″ IC. Proof: Nitro: 2 1/2″. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .025″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .023″ Price: $5,800

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GREIFELT PRE WAR CLAM SHELL SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 45-7
GREIFELT PRE WAR CLAM SHELL SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 45-7

GREIFELT PRE WAR CLAM SHELL SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 45-70: MADE 1923 25 1/2″ CHOPPER LUMP BARRELS 1 STANDING AND 1 FOLDING REAR SIGHT WITH ORIGINAL CLAW MOUNTS NEW CLAW RINGS BUILT BY DIETRICK APPEL WEAVER 2 1/2 POWER SCOPE DOUBLE TRIGGERS WITH BOTH BEING SET TRIGGERS EJECTORS PISTOL GRIP THE BARRELS HAVE BEEN REBLACKED THE REST OF THE GUN IS 100% ORIGINAL 10LBS 5 OZ WITH SCOPE 14 5/16 LOP. Price: $16,500   

Westley Richards 12g and .500 BPE 562 Grade Cape Gun
Westley Richards 12g and .500 BPE 562 Grade Cape Gun

Westley Richards 12g and .500 BPE 562 Grade Cape Gun: Made between the two World Wars and remaining in remarkably high original condition. Westley Richards & Co. offered multi-barreled rifle and shotgun combination guns for much of the first half of the twentieth century. These were offered in two-barrel side by side “Cape Gun” configurations as well as three-barrel drillings. In a supplemental list from 1912 of items offered by Westley’s at the time, these guns were listed as: “…made in all bores, suitable for Indian, African, and Colonial sports. Special attention and care are given to the most essential features, viz:-durability, boring, fine cutting of the rifling, the fitting and adjustment of the sights, and regulation of the shooting. Every gun is guaranteed accurately sighted and shot.”.  This is a 562 Grade completed November 14, 1924 for Mahomedally Noorbhoy, Bombay.  The combination shotgun and rifle is built on an A&D fixed lock, non-ejector action with a Greener type crossbolt, listed in our ledgers as a “treble bite with tang lever”. The color hardened action has two triggers, automatic beetle back safety, and is absent any engraving save for the Maker’s name and an engraved thin-line border with “cut-away” fences.
The dovetailed lump, 28″ barrels are of Westley Richard’s Special Quality steel and bear the “Golden Triangle” trademark. The full-length matted rib has a slightly raised quarter rib, fitted with two folding leaves and a Tangent sight and a ramp front sight with a low profile brass beaded sight blade. The sight leaves are platinum lined and engraved (100, 200, 300-1,200 yds) respectively.  The barrel is also engraved: “Westley Richards & Co. Birmingham”, “562 Grade” and “.500 Express 3 Inch Case Black Powder”.  The walnut stock has a nice straight figure, a semi-pistol grip, and a 14 1/2″ LOP over a smooth steel butt. The splinter forend has a matching steel forend tip with a Deeley latch. The rifle is finished with traditional sling eyes and the stock oval remains blank. On the bottom of the buttstock, just behind the pistol grip, the wood is correctly stamped “Made in England”. Gun retains nearly all of it is original color hardening and it remains vivid still protected by the original lacquer. The stock and barrels remain equally well preserved, retaining nearly all the original oil finish on the stock and nearly all of the original barrel black. The bores remain perfect, in both the shotgun and rifled barrels and are dent and rust free and all original. These combination guns from Westley Richards are quite rare today in any condition. And this gun is in as nice a condition as any collector could ask for. But for a gun made to a price point and intended to be used in the World’s most demanding environments, the overall quality and handling of the gun is superb and to find it so well preserved, is nothing short of a miracle. Price: $15,000

Piotti BSEE 20 Gauge Boxlock SxS
Piotti BSEE 20 Gauge Boxlock SxS

Piotti BSEE 20 Gauge Boxlock SxS: 28″ Chokes: SKT – IC L.O.P. : 14 3/8″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2″H Weight: 6 lbs 11 oz Ser. #: 8506 Price: $14,500

P. Beretta - SO3, 12ga. 27 ½”, OU, Italian, Shotgun
P. Beretta – SO3, 12ga. 27 ½”, OU, Italian, Shotgun

P. Beretta – SO3, 12ga. 27 ½” Barrels Choked IC/M: Pre-war full side lock over and under, beautiful European walnut straight grip stock, vent rib, double triggers, recoil pad, Boehler steel barrels, automatic ejectors, non-auto safety, excellent overall condition, all original, the engraving features magnificent floral and scroll engraving, hand made to the very highest quality, a beautiful gun with great modern dimensions, available for immediate delivery. 7 lbs. 2 oz. 14 3/4” X 1 5/8” X 2 5/8”. Price: $8,995

Remington 1874 Whitmore ( SN # 19) 12 Ga. Shotgun, Early Engraved Barrel Address:
Remington 1874 Whitmore ( SN # 19) 12 Ga. Shotgun, Early Engraved Barrel Address:

Remington 1874 Whitmore ( SN # 19) 12 Ga. Shotgun, Early Engraved Barrel Address: This is the earliest Remington Whitmore Model 1874 I have ever seen. It has all matching serial numbers, #19. The original, engraved barrel address is truly a unique early feature. It is also engraved around the patent dates right in front of the lifter. The case hardening under the barrel on the frame and on the forearm steel is vivid. The case hardened locks and breech have turned a beautiful silver just like an old 1873 SAA. The 30-inch blued barrels go from blue to a thinning blue and plum color. The bores are in nice condition with a small amount of light pitting. This early hammer shotgun remains tight and the action is as solid as it was in 1874. The hammers cock crisply with a fine release on the triggers. The rebounding fire pins are just as crisp as the rest of the action. The buttstock is solid with no cracks but an inch and one-half above the steel butt plate there are two rack marks, one on each side (pictured) which are period usage. Fortunately, no one has ever tried to work on them. This is a beautiful and early American-made Remington cartridge shotgun that would stand proud in any fine Remington collection. Price: $1650

Online auction alert: 16g Fox Sterlingworth, No Reserve…

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun
FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun

For as long as I can remember, the Fox Sterlingworth has been the go-to shotgun for bird hunters looking to jump into the world of vintage American side-by-sides.

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun
FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun

Typically, these guns cost less than comparable Parkers and weigh less than comparable L.C. Smiths and Ithacas.

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun
FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun

The Sterlingworth is also a great looking gun built on a solid, dependable design. In its day, it was marketed as “… a plain, staunch, trustworthy gun, at a reasonable price, that will make good all the time and under all conditions.” That’s still true now.

This one’s on Gunbroker.com now. It looks like a good, honest gun that has seen plenty of field use and been well taken care of its entire life. The online auction for it ends 5/31/2020 @ 8:08 PM.

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun
FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun

BTW: To learn more about why hunters have been fond of these Fox shotguns for so long, READ: A LOVE FOR THE FOX STERLINGWORTH.

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun: This auction features the pictured 16 Gauge Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun built while under Savage ownership.  This gun has 28-inch barrels choked Full and Modified.  The length of pull measures 14 and 1/8 inches.  The bores are bright and shiny.  The front bead will be replaced before the gun is shipped.

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun
FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun

Let’s take a closer look: 16g Fratelli Piotti Monaco OU…

Flli Piotti - Monaco, OU, 16 gauge
Flli Piotti – Monaco, OU, 16 gauge

Here’s a great looking Italian over-under that deserves a closer look. This 16g Fratelli Piotti Monaco was one of last Sunday’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss.

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE

Fratelli Piotti was founded in 1960 by Araldo and Faustino Piotti. The company is a family operation that prides itself on combing traditional, handmade gunmaking with all the benefits of high-tech materials and the latest learnings and innovations.

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE

Their Monaco OUs are top-of-the-line guns. Their design and style borrows from both Boss & Woodward OUs and adds in Italian innovation and style. taken a classic British OU designs and updated them with modern innovations

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE

This one was engraved by Giorgia Contessa, one of Italy’s top talents in the field.

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE: CONTESSA ENGRAVED 28″ SOLID RIB TEAGUE CHOKES 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED BUTT AS NEW IN MAKERS OAK & LEATHER CASE 6LBS 12 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 5/16″ Price: $59,500

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE

Ahhh…so this is how it works. A 10g Lefever sidecocker …

Daniel Myron Lefever was a gun-making genius, and the great-looking side-by-side you see here was one of his creations. This shotgun is a 10-gauge, D-grade Lefever “Sidecocker”. Check out the video above to see how it earned the “Sidecocker” nickname and how it overcame a “problem” hammerless shotguns had when they were introduced in the late 1870s and 1880s.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

Lefever patented his sidecocker design in 1880. According to the Lefever Arms Collectors Association site, it was the first commercially successful American hammerless shotgun.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

While there are several interesting features on these guns — the compensating action, the push-up lever on the top that opens the gun, the cocked-indicator nipples on the locks — the most interesting one is the lever on the left side of the action. That’s the “cocker” in sidecocker. When you push it down, it pushes the into the “cocked” position.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

OK. But doesn’t it eliminate one of the key advantages of the hammerless design  — self cocking? Yes, but back when this gun was introduced, not everyone loved the idea of a shotgun that cocked on its own. Up until the 1870s, almost every firearm had external hammers that shooters manually cocked. People liked the control and sense of security this gave them. The sidecocker design created a hammerless shotgun that retained the hammergun attributes some shooters still wanted in a new gun.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

Lefever used his sidecocker design from around 1883-1889 to build approximately 750 firearms, including a handful of double rifles and 3-barrel models (two shotgun barrels, one rifle). The shotguns came in six grades: AA, A, B, C, D, & E.

In 1883, the D-grade shown here cost about $125 — a lot of money back when a $5-$6 a week was good wage.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels: Truly a beautiful early sidecocking gun made with original 30″ Bernard Damascus barrels.  The gun made with capped pistol grip buttstock which is of very fancy flame grained American Walnut and terminates with an original checkered horn buttplate.  The splinter forend with triangular horn tip is nicely and finely checkered.  Action is finely engraved, likely by Jacob Glahn with well detailed dogs on both sides as seen in the photos.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

The gun remains in fine totally original untouched condition.  Barrels retain about 90-95%.  Frame has toned to a pleasing gray with perhaps as much as 25% color in the protected areas around the lever on the left side, engraving is crisp throughout.  Stocks are excellent, checkering has thinned from handling but is all still present and visible and original.  Buttplate is original and excellent.  Bores are mostly bright and shiny with a hint of frosting ahead of the chambers but overall excellent.  Truly a rare and untouched Sidecocker!

Antique: Yes. Serial Number: 6032. Barrel Length: 30″. Bore: 10 Bore. Chambers: 2-7/8″. Condition: Excellent. Metal Condition: Excellent. Wood Condition: Excellent. Bore Condition: Excellent. Barrel Type: Bernard Damascus. Triggers: Double Triggers. Stock Comb: 2-1/8″. Stock Heel: 3-3/8″. Fore End: Splinter Forend. Butt Pad: Original checkered horn BP. LOP: 14″. Weight: 9lbs 1oz. Choke Left: .776″ with .033″ choke. Choke Right: .767″ with .024″ choke. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .045″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .039″

Price: $7795

Ahhh...so this is how it works. A 10g Lefever sidecocker ...
Ahhh…so this is how it works. A 10g Lefever sidecocker …

Auction alert: Check out this 20g Browning BSS Sporter …

Browning B S/S Side by Side Shotgun
Browning B S/S Side by Side Shotgun

Here’s a nice little upland gun coming in Alderfer Auction’s Online Firearms and Tactical Accessories Sale which goes live May 19, 2020, at 12:00 PM. Miroku of Japan made these rugged, reliable boxlock SxSs for Browning, and their action is based on the classic Anson & Deeley boxlock design.

Browning B S/S Side by Side Shotgun
Browning B S/S Side by Side Shotgun

Browning BSS Side by Side Shotgun: 20 ga. 26″ bbl. SN 03004RN168. 95% blued finish on metal shows moderate thinning on lower edges of receiver and minor scratches on barrels, very good bores with ejectors, mod/IC chokes, 3″ chambers, single brass bead on solid rib, checkered wood stock and forearm show average handling marks, 14 1/4″ LOP. Very good.

Browning B S/S Side by Side Shotgun
Browning B S/S Side by Side Shotgun

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Flli Piotti - Monaco, OU, 16 gauge
Flli Piotti – Monaco, OU, 16 gauge

Flli Piotti – Monaco, OU, 16 gauge: CONTESSA ENGRAVED 28″ SOLID RIB TEAGUE CHOKES 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED BUTT AS NEW IN MAKERS OAK & LEATHER CASE 6LBS 12 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 5/16″ Price: $59,500

Garbi 28 gauge Model 100 Sidelock in near new condition

Garbi 28 gauge Model 100 Sidelock in near new condition: This appears to be a very well made look-alike of a Holland & Holland Royal. For a 28 gauge sidelock that takes 2 3/4″ shells. I do admit that this is a super value, especially as in this case where the gun is in near new condition. Deluxe features include chopper lump barrels, bushed firing pins, Hollands style hand detachable locks, and hinged front trigger. Serial Number: 15439. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 26″. Barrel Type: Steel. Action: Boxlock ejector. Gauge: 28 gauge. Stock Comb: 1 1/2″. Stock Heel: 2 1/4″. Stock Cast: 1/8″. LOP: 14 3/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 9.5 oz. Choke Left: .012″. Choke Right: .003″ Near Cyl. Proof: Nitro: 2 3/4″. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .036″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .035″. Price: $5,400

Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28 inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930
Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28 inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930

Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28 inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930: We are proud to bring you this listing for this mostly original condition Parker Brothers VHE 20 gauge shotgun on an “0” frame.  Serial Number: 233660. This was originally manufactured in 1930.  The shotgun features a set of factory 28 inch Vulcan Steel barrels with perfectly bright and shinny bores.  The finish on the barrels display some thinning and older rust spots that have been removed but not cold blued.  It displays factory automatic ejectors and 2.75 inch chambers.  It is equipped with double triggers.  The receiver still displays the factory case color with 85% coverage.  The stock has been cut one time in its life and a 2 inch piece of wood has been professionally fitted where it was cut.  The length of pull is 14.25 inches with a drop at the comb of 1.5 to 2 ¾ inches at the heel.  Neutral cast.  Total weight 6.08lbs total weight. Price: $5000

BERETTA - - BL-3 -- OU- - 28ga - 28" M / F - RARE - - MINT As New
BERETTA – – BL-3 — OU- – 28ga – 28″ M / F – RARE – – MINT As New

BERETTA – – BL-3 — OU- – 28ga – 28″ M / F – RARE – – MINT As New:1970 – Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28″, 2-3/4″, M / F (.007 / .024), LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″, Very Slight Cast Off, Weight 6 lbs. 3 oz. Like New – Looks Unfired – Metal 99++%, Wood 99% with a couple of very tiny marks. Price: $2075

L. Douard ~ Field ~ 12 Ga. ~ Boxlock ~ Side by Side:
L. Douard ~ Field ~ 12 Ga. ~ Boxlock ~ Side by Side:

L. Douard ~ Field ~ 12 Ga. ~ Boxlock ~ Side by Side: This is a very nice Belgian L. Douard double barrel boxlock shotgun in 12 Ga. Very good condition with bright shiny bores. Retains most of the original but thinning barrel blue and about half of the original case colors. The wood is very good to near excellent with minor dings and scratches. Chambers: 2-3/4″ with ejectors. Metal Condition: Very good. Wood Condition: Very good. Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 27″ blued with raised rib. Triggers: Factory double triggers. Stock: Checkered walnut with English style straight grip. Stock Dimensions: 14-1/2″ length of pull. Fore End: Matching checkered walnut splinter fore end. Butt Pad: Serrated wood butt plate. Weight: 6 lb 5 oz. Sights: Brass bead front sight on the raised rib. Chokes: Fixed improved modified x improved modified. Price: $799.97

What a Woodward! A great gun from a mysterious maker …

James Woodward & Sons, St. James St., Gunmaker case label
James Woodward & Sons, St. James St., Gunmaker case label

Of all the famous London gunmakers, James Woodward & Sons is the most mysterious. Great examples of their doubles are hard to find. So is reliable information about the company.

JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE
JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE

We do know that James Woodward opened his business in 1874 and that his company was bought by James Purdey & Sons in 1948. In its 74 years, Woodward may have built around 4,500 guns or so — no one is sure about the exact number. The company introduced its famous Woodward over & under in 1913.

JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE
JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE

The James Woodward & Sons side-by-side you see here is one of the nicest Woodward SxSs I’ve seen on the market in years. It made around 1930, and according to the seller it’s in minty condition. It’s a big gun, and its weight, broad, file-cut rib, sideclips, and 2 3/4″ chambers make me thing it may have been made with live-pigeon shooting in mind.

The deep cut, arcaded fences on this gun are one of Woodward’s signature features. So is this gun’s T-shaped safety.

JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE
JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE

Read this article from Gray’s Sporting Journal to learn more about James Woodward & Sons: The enduring influence of the gunmaker’s gunmaker.

Go here to see from great OUs: James Woodward & Sons. A pair of 12g over and under guns.

JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE
JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE

JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE: #6952, 30″ BARRELS, CHOKES .008″ AND .027″, CHAMBERS 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTOR, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MINT, MAKERS CASE, 7LBS 11 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 3/4″ LOP. Price: $39,500

JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE
JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE

Which 20g would you pick? A Webley & Scott or A.H. Fox …

Which 20g would you pick? A Webley & Scott or a. A.H. Fox ...
Which 20g would you pick? A Webley & Scott or a. A.H. Fox …

Two classic side-by-sides. Similar in some ways, different in others.

Which would you pick?

 Webley & Scott - Model 720 - 26" IC / IM - All Original
Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original

This 20g Webley & Scott Model 720 is a basic British boxlock built by one of the UK’s most famous makers. It was made to be rugged, reliable, and relatively affordable.

To that end, it was built on one of the most reliable actions ever conceived — the Anson & Deeley boxlock action. Harrington & Richardson imported them into the US in the ’70s, and back then they cost $1400 and came with a case and cleaning accessories.

Compared to the Fox, it has longer, 3″ chambers, shorter barrels, and a straight-grip stock that’s higher and longer. It’s a more modern gun and it’s cheaper, too ($3650 vs. $5900).

A H FOX, PHIL. A GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, 100% ORIGINAL
A H FOX, PHIL. A GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, 100% ORIGINAL

This 20g A.H. Fox A Grade is a great looking vintage SxS built by a legendary maker. It drips with the mystique that so many of us love about old American shotguns. It has great looking wood and it’s built on the reliable Fox boxlock action. It has ejectors, too.

Compared to the Webley, it has 2 1/2″ chambers, and a shorter, pistol-grip stock with a bit more drop, and longer barrels. It’s also a bit lighter. It’s also around 50 years older.

Webley & Scott - Model 720 - 26" IC / IM - All Original - Nice Shape
Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape

Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape: 3″, IC / IM (.005 / .020), Ejectors, Double Triggers, English Stock, Checkered Butt, Splinter Forearm, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. Nice Original Gun that has been used in the field. Barrels 98+%, Wood 95+%, Frame shows some loss of finish – probably 85%. Price: $3650

A. H. FOX, PHIL. A GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS
A. H. FOX, PHIL. A GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS

A. H. FOX, PHIL. A GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS: 28″ CHROMOX FLUID COMPRESSED STEEL BARRELS, MODIFIED AND FULL, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, NUMBER FOUR WEIGHT, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS.  TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS.  GOOD CASE COLOR IN THE PROTECTED AREAS, STRONG TRIGGERGUARD BLUE, PERFECT ENGRAVED SCREWS, ATTRACTIVE ENGRAVING WITH BOLD SCROLLWORK WITH STIPPLED BACKGROUND.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, GORGEOUS HIGHLY FIGURED WOOD, ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE.  GREAT DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, 5 POUNDS 10 OUNCES.  MADE IN 1925.  100% ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price: $5900

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ABERCROMBIE & FITCH FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE
ABERCROMBIE & FITCH FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE: #1327, 28″, 019″ & 036″, 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER, FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS 15 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 7/8″ LOP. Price: $15,500

CASED J P SAUER DOUBLE RIFLE IN DESIRABLE CALIBER 9.3 X 72R
CASED J P SAUER DOUBLE RIFLE IN DESIRABLE CALIBER 9.3 X 72R

CASED J P SAUER DOUBLE RIFLE IN DESIRABLE CALIBER 9.3 X 72R: Hammerless with a delicate sized frame. Features the cross bolt safety. Wood is in fine condition with a nice aged oil finish. Just a few minor dings. No cracks. Has a cheek piece and fitted with a trap for 4 cartridges on the underside of the butt . Trapdoor is spring loaded and delicately engraved. 26 inch barrels. The weight of the entire gun is only 6 pounds 7 ounces. Bores are excellent. Original sling swivels and correct front sight. Rear sight is a 3-leaf flip up express which looks to be a more modern installation. Deeley type forearm release. Full sidelock action is delicately engraved with tight dramatic scrolls. Barrels retain about 75% original dull blue. The action has turned a silvery color and looks good. Trigger guard retains a fair amount of original blue. Set triggers work and action is tight. DAH 2-7/8 inch. DAC 1-13/16 inch. LOP 14-1/4 inch. Barrels are on face. Case has seen a fair amount of use and has some oil staining. Also accompanying this gun is a photo of 2 silver medals for winning first place in the World Side by Side Championship for Stalking Rifle. Also included is about 50 rounds of 9.3 x 72R hand loaded cartridges. A very nice little outfit! Price: $7,750

Charles Lancaster BLE 28ga
Charles Lancaster BLE 28ga

Charles Lancaster BLE 28ga: Barrels: 28″, Triggers: Double, Stock Comb: 1 1/2″, Stock Heel: 2 1/2″ Stock Cast: 1/8″ off, LOP: 14 1/2″, Rib: Concave, Weight: 6.03 Price: $5,500

Brand new Chapuis Super Orion O/U C35 28Ga 30"
Brand new Chapuis Super Orion O/U C35 28Ga 30″

Brand new Chapuis Super Orion O/U C35 28Ga 30″: #64105 Chapuis Super Orion C35 28 Ga. A brand new Chapuis O/U with double triggers, straight grip and 30 “ barrels.  2 ¾” chambers, bores measure .550  with fixed chokes (Improved cyl – Improved modified). Round action with trigger plate locks, Coin finish with English style engraving coverage with pheasants, partridges on the sides of the receiver and German Short Hair under receiver. The shotgun weighs 5 pounds 14 OZ . English stock in a nice piece of Turkish walnut with the following dimensions: 15 ½” LOP over ¼” wood plate,  1  ½”   and 2 ½”  drop and 3/8” cast off. As usual on a Chapuis product, the trunnions size , rear lump interlocking and locking surfaces are ample to insure an extremely long mechanical lifespan. Price: $4,990

PARKER VH 16 GA 1921 UNMOLESTED for sale
PARKER VH 16 GA 1921 UNMOLESTED for sale

PARKER VH 16 GA 1921 UNMOLESTED for sale: A classic American field gun in classic 16ga. Unmolested. Used but not abused. 99 years old and still going strong! Locks up tight. Barrels ring. Bright bores. See photos for condition. Ready for field, forest or range! Model: VH, Barrel Length: 28IN, Chambers: 2 9/16 IN, Condition: VERY NICE, Bore Condition: BRIGHT, Barrel Type: VULCAN STEEL, Gauge: 16 GA, Stock Comb: 1 7/16IN, Stock Heel: 2 1/2 IN, Butt Pad: ORIGINAL HORN, LOP: 14 3/8IN, Weight: 6LBS 7OZ, Manufacture Date: 1921, Choke Left: FULL, Choke Right: FULL. Price: $2250 

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JOHN DICKSON & SON 16 BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR
JOHN DICKSON & SON 16 BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR

JOHN DICKSON & SON 16 BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR: W/28″ 1/4-1/2 CHOCKED NITRO STEEL BARRELS.  100% FINE SCROLL ENGRAVED, D/T, P/G WITH GOLD OVAL AND CHECKERED BUTT.  5LBS 14OZS, 1 3/8 X 2 3/8 X 14 1/2″.  CASED IN FACTORY CANVAS AND LEATHER CASE. #6268. CIR:1910. Price: $11,500

Alex Martin BLE 12 gauge for 2-inch shells:
Alex Martin BLE 12 gauge for 2-inch shells:

Alex Martin BLE 12 gauge for 2-inch shells: Serial Number: 6841, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 26 inches, 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

Fine Lightweight L.C. Smith Specialty Grade 20 Bore - Superb Original Case Color: 
Fine Lightweight L.C. Smith Specialty Grade 20 Bore – Superb Original Case Color:

Fine Lightweight L.C. Smith Specialty Grade 20 Bore – Superb Original Case Color: This gun was made in 1917 with 26″ barrels, double triggers, splinter forend, capped pistol grip buttstock.  The gun remains in superb condition with more than 80% original case color, 99% restored wood finish, 97% plum barrel blue.  Trigger guard blue has been restored.  The gun has a super original stock with lovely figure and the original buttplate.  Bores are bright and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp. Price: $5995

Webley & Scott - Model 720 - 26" IC / IM - All Original - Nice Shape
Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape

Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape: 2-3/4″, IC / IM (.005 / .020), Ejectors, Double Triggers, English Stock, Checkered Butt, Splinter Forearm, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. Nice Original Gun that has been used in the field. Barrels 98+%, Wood 95+%, Frame shows some loss of finish – probably 85%. Price: $3650

PARKER VH - 20 GAUGE - 28" MOD AND FULL - 0 FRAME WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR
PARKER VH – 20 GAUGE – 28″ MOD AND FULL – 0 FRAME WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR

PARKER VH – 20 GAUGE – 28″ MOD AND FULL – 0 FRAME WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR: Here is a Parker VH 20 Gauge “0” FRAME. Original case color in protected areas. Vulcan Steel Barrels – 28″ with mirror bores. Right bore measures .615 with 15/1000 Choke (Mod). Left barrel is .613 with 27/1000 Choke (Full). Chambers measure 2 5/8″ (Slightly less than 2 3/4″). All screw slots in nice order. Extractor gun. No loose ribs – barrels ring well. Tight on face with no wiggle. Auto safety. All serial numbers match. Configuration verified in Parker Book. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 5/8 OZ. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 3/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $3,350

Good gun alert: A 20g Parker Bros. VH SxS …

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.
Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.

I say “Grouse Gun” you say “Parker” — or at least a lot of guys do. And those guys have a side-by-side like this in mind.

It’s a VH-grade (or Quality V.H. as Parker used to say), and it looks like it’s in nice, original shape.

Parker Bros used to say their VH-grade guns were “A strictly high-grade gun at a very low price” and “A gun for hard usage that cannot be equaled”.

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.
Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price: This Little Parker was made in 1911. (Serial # 152279) According to records it was sold to a Vermont Doctor in 1911. The gun remained in Vermont for over 100 years. This gun has not been messed with like so many of the Parkers out there. It shows normal wear from careful owners for all those years. It has a pistol-grip stock with its original finish and original “Dogs Head” buttplate. It is stamped as an “0” size frame. Barrel length is 28 inches Chambers are 2& 3/4 inches. Chokes are Right= Cylinder  Left= Modified LOP= 13&3/4 inches. DAC= 1&5/8 inches. DAH= 3 inches. This is an extractor gun, no ejectors. Barrels marked “Vulcan Steel.” Bores are Bright and Shiny as Shown in the photo’s. There is some minor rivuling just forward of the chambers. Lock-up is like new. No movement between the action and the barrels, with or without forend attached. “Tight on the Face”. Finishes are all original and are what you would expect of a gun that was carefully used and maintained over 100 years. It retains most of the original blue on the barrels with some age toning. Typical wear near the breech from where the hand was placed. Some blue remains on the trigger bow. Case color is gone as is the case with most old parkers, due to their using cyanide For case harding, it does not hold-up as well as the charcoal-bone process. Most all screw heads are near perfect, Testimony to the fact that this gun has not been messed-with. This gun was originally intended for New England Grouse and Woodcock. It would serve that same purpose today and for the next 100 years in the hands of careful owners. Price: $3000

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.
Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.

What makes Caeser Guerini shotgun so impressive…

New Caeser Guerini Invictus M-Spec 34"
New Caeser Guerini Invictus M-Spec 34″

Italian shotguns have always impressed me, and a trip I took last week reminded me why.

Greystone Castle Sporting Club
Greystone Castle Sporting Club

I attended Caeser Guerini’s 2020 Writer-Dealer Event at Greystone Castle Sporting Club, and  all the over-unders there displayed an admirable commitment to quality and innovation.

New Caeser Guerini Maxum Gold Field
New Caeser Guerini Maxum Gold Field

For field guns, Caesar Guerini has added two new over-unders: the Maxum Gold Field (a limited-edition version of the gun shown here) and a 28-gauge version of their Revenant model.

New Caeser Guerini Revenant in 28g
New Caeser Guerini Revenant in 28g

To their Syren line of shotguns for women, they’ve also added two models.

Syren Elos N2 Elevate
Syren Elos N2 Elevate

First, there’s the Syren Elos N2 Elevate — a new model of this gun. It uses Fabarm’s Quick Release Rib System to change the Syren Elos N2 Elevate’s point of impact. In minutes, this gun can adapt to Trap, Skeet, or Sporting Clays.

Changing ribs, changing POI on the Syren Elos N2 Elevate
Changing ribs, changing POI on the Syren Elos N2 Elevate

There’s also the new Syren Julia Sporting. Aesthetics have always been a Guerini strong point, and this new double is a real head-turner — and clay buster.

To their Invictus target guns, Caeser Guerini introduced three models: the Invictus II Sporting, the Invictus III Sporting Limited, and the Invictus I M-SPEC 34” Specialist.

New Caeser Guerini Invictus II Sporting
New Caeser Guerini Invictus II Sporting
Caeser Guerini Invictus III Limited Edition
Caeser Guerini Invictus III Limited Edition
New Caeser Guerini Invictus I M-SPEC 34” Specialist
New Caeser Guerini Invictus I M-SPEC 34” Specialist

Built to fire a million rounds and keep on going, these OUs draw on their patented Invictus Block and easy-to-replace Invictus Cam pivot points to make them easy to tighten them up and bring the barrels-to-action connection back to factory specs.

Replaceable Invictus Block on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun
Replaceable Invictus Block on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun

While you can make this repair with other OUs, you can do it quickly and with incredible precision and with almost zero hand-fitting with an Invictus. This helps keep your Invictus gun in your hand and shooting, rather than on your gunsmith’s bench in pieces.

Replaceable bbl-hinges on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun
Replaceable Invictus cams on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun

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

 

A. Chapu ~ Stunning from pre-WWII Paris BEST quality Sidelocks
A. Chapu ~ Stunning from pre-WWII Paris BEST quality Sidelocks

A. Chapu ~ Stunning from pre-WWII Paris BEST quality Sidelocks: Hammerless Sidelocks – This along with our number 3967 is a fabulous pair of Shotguns. Quality of a Boss, Purdey, or Holland Royal’s this pair is a joy to hold, fondle, and at a price much less than what the others would certainly cost you. BEST quality features include chopperlump barrels, double seared locks, bushed firing pins, and articulated front triggers. Featured in what I believe to be their original retailer’s trunk case these guns are in outstanding condition. The weight and choking combined with their original 2 3/4″ chambering make these guns an excellent choice for sporting clays or the hard dying Montana, Dakota\’s and eastern Oregon ringnecks. Price: $14,500

A.H. Fox CE 16 gauge SXS Philadelphia shotgun
A.H. Fox CE 16 gauge SXS Philadelphia shotgun

A.H. Fox CE 16 gauge SXS Philadelphia shotgun: Fine example of an original Fox CE with beavertail forend. A gorgeously crafted American-made shotgun in spectacular condition. Serial Number: 303164. Ejectors: Yes. Condition: Excellent. Metal Condition: Excellent. Wood Condition: Excellent original finish shows little wear. Bore Condition: Mirror. Barrels: 28″. Barrel Type: Chromox Steel. Triggers: Double. Gauge: Sixteen Stock Comb: DOC: 1 3/8″, Stock Heel: DOH: 2 1/2″. Stock Cast: Off. Fore End: Beavertail. Butt Pad: Leather. LOP: 14.5. Finish: Hand-rubbed Oil. Sights: Single Steel Bead. Manufacture Date: 1931. Chokes: Left: Modified (.017), Right: Improved Cylinder (.006). Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .043″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .039″. Price: $15,500

CSMC RBL 28 ga 28 inch Deluxe wood English Stock, Auto Eject, Cased
CSMC RBL 28 ga 28 inch Deluxe wood English Stock, Auto Eject, Cased

CSMC RBL 28 ga 28 inch Deluxe wood English Stock, Auto Eject, Cased: RBL002862, Caliber/Gauge: 28 Ga., Barrel Length: 28 inch, Sights: Factory Original Bore: Excellent, Rib: Solid, Choke: Improved Modified/ Modfied, Chamber: 2 3/4 inches, Length of Pull: 14 3/4 inches, Drop Comb: 1 1/2 inches, Drop Heel: 2 1/4 inches, Weight: 5.52 lbs, Cast: Neutral, Finish: Factory Original, Grips/Stock: Factory Original Price: $4750 

PRE-WAR 1930 FRIEDRICH HEYM 12GA. 26" DELUXE 4A GRADE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
PRE-WAR 1930 FRIEDRICH HEYM 12GA. 26″ DELUXE 4A GRADE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN

PRE-WAR 1930 FRIEDRICH HEYM 12GA. 26″ DELUXE 4A GRADE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: Serial number “60xx” and dated 11/30 (1930) on barrels. Raised solid ib engraved “Grade 4A Krupp Fluid Steel Barrels” so made for the American market. Barrels also engraved “Suhl, Germany” on left and ‘Fr. Wilh. Heym” on right. All the correct proofs on water table. Very old professionally reblued barrels(only barrels) choked improved cylinder and modified and chambered for 2 3/4″ shells. Markings still crisp. Mint brilliant bore with no dents or dings. Ejectors. Original splinter forend with horn tip, original checkering and no cracks, hairlines or wood losses(engraving superb including screw heads inside). Deluxe 4A case colored receiver with crisply heavy relief engraved game scenes(see photos) and most of the original case colors darkening to patina. Screws unturned. Cocking indicators. Boxlock with sideplates. Dbl triggers extending through 14 1/3″ length of pull over original basketweave horn buttplate with no losses(often chipped or worm eaten). Original buttstock with fabulous deluxe wood(match forend) having horn pistol grip cap and NO cracks, hairlines, or wood loss. Checkering original and very fine. Right hand cast. Lever at center and tight on face as would be expected with sideclips. Works perfectly. Heym still in business today. Very fine example of one of Germany’s greatest makers and never before been on the market. Weighs 6 lbs. Price: $3,850

ITHACA SKB 280 20GA
ITHACA SKB 280 20GA

ITHACA SKB 280 20GA: These are rock solid guns! No issues. Ready for field, forest or range. A few hunting marks keep wood from being Excellent. Chambers: 3 IN, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: EXCELLENT, Metal Condition: EXCELLENT, Wood Condition: VERY GOOD, Bore Condition: BRIGHT CHROME LINED, Barrels: 25IN. Barrel Type: CHROME LINED, Triggers: SINGLE SELECTIVE, Gauge: 20GA, Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN, Stock Heel: 2 3/8 IN, Butt Pad: ORIGINAL, LOP: 14 1/4 REAR POSITION SINGLE TRIGGER, Weight: 6 LBS 2 OZ, Choke Left: MOD Choke Right: IMP/CYL. Price: $1675

Auction alert: 20g Parker GHE & a 20g Browning BSS …

Kramer’s 2020 Winter Gun & Military Auction starts this Saturday, January 11, 2020, @ 9:30 AM Central time. Here are a couple of doubles they have that caught my eye.

Auction alert: Parker GH 20 ga Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer's Auctions
Auction alert: Parker GH 20 ga Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer’s Auctions

The finish on this Parker GHE 20 ga is rough, but it looks original. It’s a late gun, built around XXXX, so it has all the upgrades the company built into its guns over the years. It also has 30″ barrels — unusual for a 20.

Auction alert: Parker GH 20 ga Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer's Auctions
Auction alert: Parker GH 20 ga Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer’s Auctions

Parker GHE 20 ga Dbl Bbl Shotgun: #232230; 20 ga. 30″ special steel bbls w/good bores. Bbls retain good original blue w/some small spots mixed. GH style engraved receiver, checkered wood stock is solid w/scratches & marks. The original butt plate appears to have period repair at the toe. Overall a nice 20 ga Parker double.

Browning BSS shotguns are as rugged & reliable as SxSs can be. This 20 looks like it’s in decent shape, and it comes with a case.

Auction alert: Browning BSS 20 ga. Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer's Auctions
Auction alert: Browning BSS 20 ga. Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer’s Auctions

Browning BSS 20 ga. Dbl Bbl Shotgun: #01208RR368; 20 ga. 26″ bbls. which are IMP cyl by MOD. Straight grip English checkered stock w/LOP approx. 13 3/4″, single selective trigger, ejectors & beavertail forearm. In nice, lightly used condition & comes in Browning luggage case.

Auction alert: Browning BSS 20 ga. Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer's Auctions
Auction alert: Browning BSS 20 ga. Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer’s Auctions

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

 

PIOTTI 20 MODEL MONACO 2 BEST GUN- 27" CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. w/ BRILEY CHOKES- 1983- OVERALL at 98%- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.- GREAT ENGRAVING
PIOTTI 20 MODEL MONACO 2 BEST GUN- 27″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. w/ BRILEY CHOKES- 1983- OVERALL at 98%- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.- GREAT ENGRAVING

PIOTTI 20 MODEL MONACO 2 BEST GUN- 27″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. w/ BRILEY CHOKES- 1983- OVERALL at 98%- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.- GREAT ENGRAVING: #7897, Fratelli Piotti, Italy: A 20 Bore Best & Highest-Grade Monaco 2 Bar Action Sidelock Ejector Game Gun Built on a True 20 Bore Frame, Finished in 1983, 27” Chopper Lump barrels at .623 .010 – .013 – .015 – .018 & .024″ Briley chokes (Skt.II – Mod. – Tight Mod. – Imp. Mod. & Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, KG 1,080 weight barrels, Flat matted top rib, Double triggers with the front articulated, Bushed strikers, Rolled trigger guard edge for the right hand, Splinter forend with an Anson frontal release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/8 x 1 7/16 x 2 3/8” over a 3/4″ pad and will go 14 9/16″ with a 1″ pad installed, Neutral stock, Gold crest on the forearm, Great 20 Bore weight at 5 lbs. 13 oz., A lot of 28 Bore Sidelocks weight this much, 90% coverage of gorgeous Monaco 2 rose, floral & very fine scroll engraving with a neat floral & vine border by Mr. G. Zacchi on a coin finished frame, Deep relief work at the action breech, G. Zacchi engraved some very high-end Perazzi guns as well, Carved fences and nicely carved frame, A superb piece of European Walnut that would almost go as Exhibition with excellent color & contrast of deep brown & black, The barrels with a pronounced chime, The whole is cased in the maker’s leather trunk with a trade label, This superb 20 Bore Game Gun has 98-99% original barrel blue, The coin finished frame remains at 99%, The original stock finish remains at 97% with very light handling marks, The checkering is at 99%, The bores as new, It remains as tight as the day it left the capable hands of all the Piotti craftsmen. Here is a 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: $23,900

https://www.gunsinternational.com/guns-for-sale-online/shotguns/parker-shotguns/1938-parker-dhe-16-gauge-1-frame-26-quot-titanic-steel-bbls-100-original.cfm?gun_id=101353705
1938 PARKER DHE 16 gauge #1 frame, 26″ Titanic Steel bbls., 100% Original for sale

1938 PARKER DHE 16 gauge #1 frame, 26″ Titanic Steel bbls., 100% Original: SxS boxlock w/ Dog and game scene engraved case hardened action, #1 frame, 26″ Titanic Steel bbls. w/ 2 3/4″ chambers, Filed concave rib w/ ivory bead, Chokes: Right .674 / .010 / IC & Left .673 / .018 / M, Double triggers, Automatic ejectors, Automatic safety, Highly figured capped pistol grip stock w/ skeletonized metal buttplate, Splinter forearm, Stock Dimensions: DC: 1 5/8″ x DH: 2 11/16″ x Cast: 1/16″ OFF at Heel x LOP: 14 1/16″, Weight: 6 lb. 12 oz., Condition: 100% Original unaltered condition, 99%+ Original Blue, case colors and stock finish, Made in USA circa 1938, Serial #242277. $15,000. 

A.H.FOX HE SUPER FOX 12 GAUGE
A.H.FOX HE SUPER FOX 12 GAUGE

A.H.FOX HE SUPER FOX 12 GAUGE: #31532, 30″ BARRELS, FULL AND FULL (047 AND 051), 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 8 LBS 6 OZ, 2 3/8″ DAH,1 1/2″ DAC,14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $9,950

Beretta ~ DT 11 ~ 12 Ga. OU Shotgun
Beretta ~ DT 11 ~ 12 Ga. OU Shotgun

Beretta ~ DT 11 ~ 12 Ga. OU Shotgun: 3″ chambers, 32″ barrels with interchangeable chokes, Sporting Clays model with beautifully patterned select walnut stock and fore-end. Shows very little signs of use. Triggers: Single-stage trigger with barrel selector safety. Stock: Gorgeous select grade walnut checkered pistol grip stock with a satin finish. Stock Dimensions: 13 3/4 inch length of pull, standard Beretta palm swell and cast for right hand shooter, 1 5/8′ drop at the comb, 2″ and 7 1/4 ” drop at the Heel and Toe. Fore End: Beautiful Checkered walnut fore-end matches the stock. Butt Pad: Black rubber recoil pad. Weight: 9 pounds Chokes: Interchangeable chokes. Skeet over Cylinder are installed. Price: $7,499.97

Browning Superlight - 20ga - 1972 Man. Date - IC/M - 26.5” - 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” - 5 lbs 11 ozs - SN: 2871 V72 - In The Box!
Browning Superlight – 20ga – 1972 Man. Date – IC/M – 26.5” – 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” – 5 lbs 11 ozs – SN: 2871 V72 – In The Box!

Browning Superlight – 20ga – 1972 Man. Date – IC/M – 26.5” – 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” – 5 lbs 11 ozs – SN: 2871 V72 – In The Box!: Minor Field Evidence can be found on wood and metal.  Great Shooting Superposed! Price: $4,900

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

 

Armi Ivo Fabbri ~ Majestic Engraved ~ OU ~ 12 Ga
Armi Ivo Fabbri ~ Majestic Engraved ~ OU ~ 12 Ga

Armi Ivo Fabbri ~ Majestic Engraved ~ OU ~ 12 Ga: Made in 1972 and engraved with their “Majestic” pattern. Serial number 3198. Metal Condition: excellent. Wood Condition: excellent. Bore Condition: shiny. Barrels: 28. Trigger: single select. Stock Dimensions: 14.25″ LOP 1.5″ DAH 1.25″ DAC. Butt Pad: rubber recoil pad. Weight: 7lbs 6ozs. Sights: two beads. Cokes: Full and Modified fixed chokes. Price: $39,999.99 

James Purdey BEST Sidelock in 16g with 30" original chopperlump barrels ~ Oak & Leather cased
James Purdey BEST Sidelock in 16g with 30″ original chopperlump barrels ~ Oak & Leather cased

James Purdey BEST Sidelock in 16g with 30″ original chopperlump barrels ~ Oak & Leather cased: Hammerless Sidelocks – Stunning 16g. with excellent barrels! Serial Number: 19180. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 29″. Action: Sidelock self-opener. Gauge: 16 gauge. Stock Comb: 1 7/16. Stock Heel: 2 1/8″. Stock Cast: 1/8″. LOP: 14 1/16″ to checkered butt. Weight: 5 lbs. 14 oz. Choke Left: .005″ Skeet. Choke Right: Cyl. Proof: Nitro 2 1/2″. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .026″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″. Price: $16,900

Miller & Val. Greiss 20 Gauge O/U Trap Gun with 34” Bohler Special Steel Barrels
Miller & Val. Greiss 20 Gauge O/U Trap Gun with 34” Bohler Special Steel Barrels

Miller & Val. Greiss 20 Gauge O/U Trap Gun with 34” Bohler Special Steel Barrels: Handsome and unique German made 20-gauge trap gun with 34” Bohler Special Steel barrels and lots of engraving and case coloring. Stocked in a beautiful highly figured European walnut stock. The gun is marked Miller & Val. Greiss   Munchen who was a gunmaker that handmade fabulous quality shotguns and rifles from the late 19th century until the early 1930’s. The 34” Bohler Steel barrels are slender as is the forearm. It has double triggers, automatic ejectors, and a Kersten cross bolt. The gun weighs 7lb 13oz and handles like a dream. The 34” Bohler Special Steel 20-gauge barrels are chambered for 2-3/4” shotshells. Topped by a raised solid tapered crosshatched rib. The rib has front and middle beads. The under barrel is bored 0.628 and has a constriction of 0.035 for Full choke. The upper barrel is also bored 0.628 with a constriction of 0.035 for Full choke. Precise German manufacturing.   ***   The stock and two-piece forearm are made from highly figured walnut with intricate carvings and sharp checkering. Recently refinished there are just a few handling marks from normal usage. Stock dimensions are 14-1/2” over a 5/8” pad by 1-1/2” by 2-3/8”.   ***   I have never seen another like it. Well made and sturdy but very responsive. Would be a lot of fun to shoot on clays, trap or dove. Price: $9,850

Winchester Model 21 SxS, 12ga, 32" barrels, FULL/FULL
Winchester Model 21 SxS, 12ga, 32″ barrels, FULL/FULL

Winchester Model 21 SxS, 12ga, 32″ barrels, FULL/FULLEarly gun with four-digit serial number: double trigger, extractor, solid rib, splinter forend, 14 3/4″ LOP over a solid red Winchester rubber pad. Slight blue wear on the bottom of the receiver and trigger bow. This is a nice long barreled field gun. Price: $3,995

Browning Citori Superlight OU, Grade1 16 gauge
Browning Citori Superlight OU, Grade1 16 gauge

Browning Citori Superlight OU, Grade1 16 gaugeAs new in box, never fired. 26” barrels, 3 Invector Choke Tubes: IC, MOD and FULL. Original box w/papers. Built in 1994. Price: $1,900

Auction alert: 28g Sigarms L.L. Bean New Englander OU …

Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean "New Englander" 28 Bore O/U Shotgun
Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean “New Englander” 28 Bore O/U Shotgun

Here’s a great double that coming up at Morphy Auctions on Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019. The auction starts at 9:00 AM Eastern.

Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean "New Englander" 28 Bore O/U Shotgun
Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean “New Englander” 28 Bore O/U Shotgun

As the auctioneer states, these guns were made in Italy by B. Rizzini for Sigarms (Sig Sauer) and the retailed by L.L. Bean. I’ve always thought they were great looking double and great deals. This one looks little used, and it even comes with its original case, chokes tubes, and accessories.

Lot 1477, Case for Sigarms L.L. Bean "New Englander" 28 Bore O/U Shotgun
Lot 1477, Case for Sigarms L.L. Bean “New Englander” 28 Bore O/U Shotgun

Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean “New Englander” 28 Bore O/U Shotgun: Made by B. Rizzini for Sigarms, this special series made exclusively for L.L. Bean of Maine. The gun is a boxlock over-under with auto ejectors, gold plated single selective trigger and non-auto safety. With the gun are interchangeable screw-in chokes. The barrels are fitted with a low profile matted ventilated rib with brass front bead. The well figured Turkish walnut, stock with ball grip and round nosed forend with Anson type push button release which is near fully checkered. Case colored frame. Both sides of the frame have “L.L. Bean” in gold. Bottom of frame has “New Englander” in gold. Housed in a “Sigarms” hard case with gray foam lining. Original paperwork is also included. CONDITION: Excellent as very lightly field used. Retains more than 97% original finish to both wood and metal. Checkering is crisp. Mechanics are crisp and bores are bright and shiny. Case is excellent with minor wear. JSL Accessories: Case Barrel Length: 26 – 1/2″ Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Tubes. Length Of Pull: 14 – 3/4″

Auction alert: 8-gauge Ralph Grant SxS plus ammo …

8 gauge Ralph Grant Boxlock SxS shotgun
8 gauge Ralph Grant Boxlock SxS shotgun

Here’s something you almost never see for sale in the U.S: A modern 8g SxS shotgun. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction ends on 2/4/2019 @ 8:30 PM.

These days, 8-gauge shotguns are mythical beasts, like Gryphons or a Hydras.  But at the end of the 19th century and into the first part of the 20th, good-quality 8 gauge shotguns were common up and down the Eastern seaboard and anywhere in the US where guys hunted waterfowl. And no, they weren’t used as “market” guns. Instead, they were used to pass shoot ducks, geese, and swans at long ranges.

8 gauge Ralph Grant Boxlock SxS shotgun
8 gauge Ralph Grant Boxlock SxS shotgun

Unfortunately, in the 1930s the Federal Government outlawed the use of 8 gauges on migratory birds, and that killed demand for them. Today, some states allow you to use them for turkeys and predator hunting. Others state don’t allow you to hunt with them at all.

That being said, the 8 gauges have always had a following in the UK and they remain legal. This gun was made to meet that demand. Built in Spain and imported into Great Britain, it found its way over here. Now you have the chance to bring it home.

8 gauge Ralph Grant Boxlock SxS shotgun
8 gauge Ralph Grant Boxlock SxS shotgun

Ralph Grant Eight Bore SXS Shotgun plus Ammo 8 Ga: Ralph Grant, a retailer from Leicester, England marketed these fine Spanish made shotguns in England and the water table bears both Eibar and Birmingham proofs. Made in 1985, it features 32” barrels with 3-1/2” chambers, full chokes (fixed) and raised matted rib with mid and front beads, engraved and coin finished double bite boxlock action with bushed firing pins and automatic safety, double bordered hand checkered stocks with beavertail forend with Anson release and 14-5/8” LOP butt with ventilated recoil pad.

8 gauge ammo for the 8g Ralph Grant Boxlock SxS shotgun
8 gauge ammo for the 8g Ralph Grant Boxlock SxS shotgun

It comes with two sealed boxes and two loose rounds of English made Gamebore Cartridge Company, Ltd. The Mammoth Heavy Load 3-1/2” black powder 2-ounce number 5’s for a total of 22 cartridges. It is in excellent condition retaining 98% high luster blue with thinning at the muzzles and breech ends, 99% bright finished frame, perfect bores and completely sound stocks with scattered light to moderate handling marks. Lock-up is 100% on-face with zero play, the top lever comes to rest well right of center and the action works perfectly. Ya know that bird that’s laughing at you from way up there? Ruin his day.

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