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
Exceptionally rare high original condition Special Order Lefever “E” Grade 8ga with 34″ barrels: Easily the finest and most collectible Lefever to come to public market in the last several years. This gun is an exceptionally rare and fine Lefever Arms Co. “E” Grade 8ga. Made with 34″ Damascus barrels, splinter forend, double triggers, extractors, capped pistol grip buttstock and original lined buttplate. The gun is in the 12k serial number range and is finely engraved with scroll and game scenes on side. Special order original gold inlay on trigger guard. This is the only original gold inlaid E Grade gun I have encountered in more than 30 years of aggressively chasing Lefever guns. The gun remains in superb original condition with more than 80% bold dark original case colors remaining. The barrels are excellent with more than 90% bold original pattern and bright shiny bores. The gun retains more than 70% original trigger guard blue and the gold inlay is guaranteed factory original. The buttplate is sound. The stocks are excellent with crisp checkering though there is a small shake in the wood at the toe that measures 4-1/2″. This could easily be made invisible with today’s talented wood craftsmen and this is from the wood drying with a couple of small knots in it, not damage of any type. Overall, the gun is crisp and in delightful untouched original condition. Price: $22,500
PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 20GA EXCELLENT: A very lightly used Repro in a desirable configuration and in Excellent condition. With case, snap caps and cover.Shotgun Guage: 20 Gauge, Manufacturer: PARKER REPRODUCTION, Model: DHE, Barrel Length: 26IN, Chambers: 2 3/4 IN, Ejectors: YES, Condition: EXCELLENT, Metal Condition: EXCELLENT, Wood Condition: EXCELLENT, Bore Condition: EXCELLENT, Stock Comb: 1 7/16 IN, Stock Heel: 2 1/8IN, Butt Pad: SKELETON, LOP: 14 7/16IN, Weight: 6LBS 8OZ, Choke Left: MODIFIED, Choke Right: IMP/CYL, Extras: SNAP CAPS, Case: LEATHER HARD CASE AND COVER, Proof:Nitro: YES. Price: $4450
Browning BSS 20 Ga SxS Sporter: 3″ chambers. 26″ IC & M barrels. SST, ejectors. 1″ scratch in buttstock, small nick in stock fence behind receiver. Otherwise near new. LOP 14 1/4″ over pad. Price:$1700
Fox Sterlingworth 20 Gauge SxS: 1924 Fox S/W 20 gauge. 26″ M/F. Weight 5lbs. 15oz. 1 1/2′ X 21/2″ X14″ to an old Ranger pad. Good bores and mechanics. Leave your C grade ejector home on the rainy day. Price:$1550
F.lli. Rizzini R1 20 gauge SxS Shotgun: Sidelock double. Serial # 1308. 2 3/4″ chambers. 26″ chopper lump bbls, IC/Mod. hand matted rib, Stunning deep ” sculptured ” engraving by Sosta Gianfranco (deceased). Straight hand stock with highly figured turkish walnut, dropper points, and splinter forend. Checkering is perfect 32 LPI. Stock dimensions are 14 1/8″ LOP to center of checkered butt from a single trigger. 1 1/4 ” – 2 1/4 ” drop at heel without cast. 6 1/4 lbs.
This beautiful R1 Rizzini was made for Ambercrombie and Fitch in 1974 ( letter from Rizzini ) both names lettered in gold on barrels. Gun remains in “as new” condition. The overall fit and finish and handling qualities of this Rizzini indicates the degree of hand work that was performed on their “best” guns during this period. A fantastic bird gun. Leather VC case with makers label. Price:$31,500
LEBEAU COURALLY GRAND LUXE SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE: MADE 1972 ROUND ACTION SIDELOCK 27 1/2″ 005 AND 021 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT EXCELLENT PLUS CONDITION 6LBS 9 OZ X 2 1/2″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 3/4″. Price:$22,500
JOSEPH LANG SIDELOCK SIDE-BY-SIDE 12GA, CUSTOM, 2 BL SET: 12GA, CUSTOM, 2 BL SET, SIDELOCK EJECTOR, 30″ BARRELS, ONE SET CHOKED .022 AND .035, SECOND SET TRUE CYLINDER AND .019. BARRELS ARE CHOPPER LUMP. EARLY GUN DATES FROM 1913. ENGLISH STRAIGHT STOCK, 14 3/8 PULL TO A LEATHER BUTT , 1 1/4 x 2 3/4 DROP, SINGLE TRIGGER, HIGH QUALITY BOUQUET AND SCROLL ENGRAVING, CLASSIC LOOK, NICE LOOKING GUN IN GREAT SHAPE, CASED, WITH LETTER FROM DOUGLAS TATE OF BRITISH GAME GUNS. Price:$17,500
CHARLES DALY EMPIRE GRADE OVER UNDER 12GA: 28″ Krupp vent rib barrels … 2 3/4″ chambers … choked Full/ExFull … weight 7 lbs 2 oz … LOP 14 3/8″ over leather covered 1″ recoil pad … drop comb 1 1/2″ … drop heel 2 1/2″ … cast off 1/4″ … double, hand checkered, triggers, with front trigger articulated … ejectors … automatic safety. The top of the rib is imprinted “Charles Daly Empire Quality.”
This is an outstanding Prussian Daly from the pre-war era. All of the metal including the trigger guard, operating lever, tang, forend hardware and the grip cap are profusely covered in acanthus leaf scroll engraving. This same scroll surrounds game scenes on the receiver of pointing dogs on the left, a covey of quail on the right and ducks on the bottom. The metal exhibits a mottled tarnished pewter and smokey grey patina which adds to the original deep relief engraving and makes it more appealing now, than decades ago when first created.
Dark, dark Turkish walnut was selected for the pistol grip stock and three piece forearm. Truly outstanding fler-de-lis checkering is generously spread over the grip surfaces. A narrow wedge of horn is inlaid at the tip of the forearm and the gold inset oval in the toeline has yet to be initialed. The barrels retail 95% of their blue, the bores are bright & excellent and the wood has seen exceptional care. This gun may be better now that when it was made. Price:$12,500
HEYM PRE WAR SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 405 WINCHESTER: 24″ BARRELS WITH CLAW MOUNTS AND A PERIOD 4X SCOPE DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL FINISH 8LBS 11 OZ X 14 1/4″ LOP REGULATED WITH LIVE ROUNDS AND READY TO GO. Price:$10,900
The Holland & Holland Royal is one of the most iconic doubles every made. Introduced in 1885, the Royal’s design was based on a 1883 patent filed by Henry Holland and John Robertson. Throughout the 1880s, the Royal’s look & design was tweaked and refined until it evolved into the kind of gun we see here.
This Royal, coming up in James D. Julia’s Fall sale, was finished in 1894. At that time, the shooting world was transitioning from black powders to smokeless powders, and rifle makers were starting to introduced new “nitro express” loads to replace their black-powder express (BPE) cartridges.
The .450 BPE 3 1/4″ was one of the most popular cartridges of the black-powder era, and today it’s still a great round for anything you can hunt in North America. Because the 450BPE generates far less energy than the .450 Nitro Express, guns made for .450 BPE tend to be on the light side for double rifles. They ‘re also tend to be much more comfortable to shoot.
RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH CASE: SN 17818. Cal. 450 BPE. 28″ Dovetailed bbls are fitted with full length file cut rib, central portion swamped, and not file cut, forming long, low ramp for white bead front sight. Rear portion of rib is fitted with one standing, two folding leaf express rear sight. Tops of bbls are engraved “Holland & Holland. 98. New Bond Street, London.” and “Winners of All the “Field” Rifle Trials, London.” Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs for 450 express. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN. H&H Royal sidelock action with top tang extending over comb, features automatic safety with “SAFE and BOLTED” inlaid in gold. Action also has gold band tumbler end cocking indicators and dbl triggers. Action is engraved in early Holland “Royal” style with near full coverage well cut, varying sized, shaded scroll, surrounding “Holland & Holland” within broad scroll bordered device on front portion of each lockplate. Bottom of action is engraved “Charge 4 Drams” “Case 3-1/4 Inches”. Fences are engraved with exceptionally fine scallop shell central motifs, flanked by scroll and floral highlights. Trigger guard with scroll on bow has SN at grip, which extends to engraved steel cap. Lovely fiddle figured and lightly marbled European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over ribbed horn buttplate. Stock is finished in classic H&H style with drop points, and point pattern checkering at grip, with mullered borders and inward curving rear line. A gold oval on toe line is engraved “W. H. C. Ll” “FROM R. W. & H. A. Ll.” “Nov 1st, 1904″. Matching splinter forend has Anson release. Drop at heel: approx 2-13/16″, drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Weight: 8 lbs 7 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. What appears to be orig makers leather case with brass corners is embossed “Walter Lloyd” (matching engraving on gold oval on toe line) on top. Case is lined in royal blue cloth, and has large paper H&H label in lid, along with instruction label. The maker’s have kindly confirmed that the rifle was finished in 1894, and that in 1904 was sold 2nd hand to R. W. Llewelyn.
CONDITION: Very fine, original, as found. Bbls retain approx 60% orig blue, thinning overall, with some minor flecking. Action retains 50 – 60% orig case hardening color, strong where protected. Locks retain 60 – 70% orig color, right lock somewhat stronger. Top lever retains 80 – 90% of its orig blue, silvered on thumbpiece. Trigger guard retains perhaps 30% of its blue on bow, grip completely silvered. All engraving remains sharp and clear, no noted pitting. Stocks retain most of their fine orig hand rubbed oil finish, with some light marks and scratches, checkering lightly worn. Bores are excellent with bright sharp rifling throughout. A bit of looseness can be felt in action with forend removed, feels tight with forend in place. Bbls are very slightly off face. Case leather is darkening and has many light marks and scuffs. Straps and handle are good. Interior cloth is fine, with a bit of insect damage, and some blocks and partitions loose, with the butt block replaced and lined in green cloth. An exceptionally fine, elegant and rare, early top-lever Holland Royal rifle in a caliber suitable for almost any game with proper loads and bullets. Estimate: $27,500-$37,500
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German: ***NO RESERVE ***This model has true Holland & Holland style side lock with cocking indicators. These sideplates are removable with cranked screw. 20ga. 2 3/4″ chambers, Ejectors, articulated trigger, Silver grayed receiver with English style larg scroll engraving, 98% original finish, Perfect mechanics, Been fitted with Briley thin tube choke tubes. Has 26 3/4″ barrels, 14 3/4″ LOP, 2 1/2″ DAH, 1 3/4″ DAC, Right hand cast.Gun weighs 6 lbs. 12 oz. A very nice shot gun in high condition.
Best double rifle maker in the world. Weight: 11 lbs. 4 oz. Barrel length: 24″. LOP: 14 3/4″. Price:$85,000
CSMC Inverness – SPECIAL, Round Body, O/U, 20ga, 30″ barrels: A round elegant, classic timeless design that is more than just the sum total of its parts, TruLock chokes, Exhibition American black walnut pistol grip stock, Leather covered pad, TruOil finish, single selective trigger, Long tang trigger guard, automatic ejectors, automatic safety, vent rib, spectacular game scenes featuring quail in flight on one side and woodcock on the other with miniature rose & scroll engraving covering the rest of the receiver, the frame is French grayed and plasma hardened, available for immediate delivery. Base Price – $8,995.00, options include: Exhibition wood – $900, TruOil finish – $500, Long tang trigger guard – $700, Leather covered pad – $550, S&H – $75.00. 6 lbs. 10.6 oz. 14 ½” X 1 ½” X 2 3/8″. Price:$4,995
Browning, B-SS Sidelock, 12 gauge, SxS, DESIRABLE 28″ BARRELS: s/n 01092PX918 (mfg. 1983-1988 only). Action: FULL SIDELOCK SHOTGUN, double triggers, floral and scroll hand engraved, satin grey finish. Barrels: VERY DESIRABLE 28″ LENGTH, CHOPPER LUMPED AS ONLY THE FINEST GUNS ARE, double underlocking lugs, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, choked Modified & Full. Stock: English-style (straight) SELECT Walnut stock, splinter forearm, CHECKERED BUTT, nicely checkered, DAC 1 1/2″, DAH 2 1/4″, slightly cast off for a right hand shooter. 100% original metal and wood, metal retains 100% bright blue, receiver retains perfect satin grey finish, wood is 98-99% exhibiting only two storage marks on right side of buttstock. Price: $4,495
Nice side-by-side shotguns can cost a small fortune. But you have to pay one to get a quality double. For example, check out the Browning sidelock BSS you see here. It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends 4/19/2015 @ 5:14:32 PM ET. Even though the opening bid is high ($3,700), you’ll get a great deal if you can buy this gun for that much.
Browning starting offering boxlock side-by-side shotguns in 1971 and in 1983 the company introduced the sidelock model. All of these shotguns were made in Japan by Miroku, and they have a reputation for being solid, reliable guns.
Browning BSS Sidelock 12 Ga: Excellent (and rare) used Browning BSS sidelock SxS 12 gauge. 2 3/4in chambers. 28 inch barrels choked Mod and Full. Metal finish near new and action is still tight as new. Few small marks on wood as shown. Previous use of a slip on recoil pad has left faint line on buttstock as shown.
Arrieta is one of Spain’s best known gunmakers, and they’ve been making quality side-by-sides for decades. The 871 is there version of a Boss Round Body, and it features a sleek-looking rounded action and stock. William Larkin Moore lists a new 871 at $10,500, and I doubt it would be as nice as the one you see here.
WC SCOTT MODEL 67 CIRCULAR HAMMERS – FINE SCROLL AND GAME SCENE ENGRAVING – ORIGINAL CONDITION SINCE 1884: Here is a WC Scott 12 gauge – Model 67 with elegant cicular hammers. Completely original condition. Made in 1884. Elegant fine scroll and resting swan in water scene engraving. WC Scott patent lever forend latch. Double undebite. Rebounding hammers. Case colors. Strong damascus pattern. Bores as original – both barrels measure .730 with 30/1000 choke. Barrel length is 28″. Chambers measure just slighly less than 2 3/4″. Tight on face. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 3/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 7/8″, Drop at Heel – 3 1/2″. Price:$3,400
Rizzini – Aurum Classic – 20ga – 3″ – 29-1/8″ – Factory Chokes: Round Knob Pistol Grip, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 3 oz. Excellent Plus Condition – Metal is about 99% As New. Fired very little – lever is well over to right. Wood shows some handling marks from use in the field. Includes: Box, Papers, Six Chokes, Choke Wrench. Price:$2,350
J.P. SAUER & SOHN SUHL GERMANY. 12 GA DOUBLE: AUTO EJECTORS DOUBLE TRIGGER. LOP 14 1/8″ DAH 1 1/4″ DAH 1 1/2″ WEIGHT 6 LBS 7OZ BARREL LENGTH 28 1/4″ CHOKES RIGHT BARREL MODIFIED LEFT BARREL FULL. SERIAL NUMBERS ALL MATCHING ((400401)) CHAMBER LENGTH MARKED 2 3/4″ FACTORY BARREL BLUE 90%, BUTT STOCK FACTORY SAUER PLATE FINISH VERY GOOD,NO CRACKS OR SPLITS, FOREARM EXCELLENT NO CRACKS OR SPLITS, GREENER CROSS BOLT SCALPPED RECEIVER. BORES EXCELLENT FREE ON DENTS AND NO PITTING. BARRELS TIGHT TO FACE. HAS FACTORY LEATHER COVERED CASE WITH COMPARTMENTS((INTERIOR HAS BEEN REDONE ). Price:$1,795
BRUNO CASTELLANI (RETAILER) GARDONE, ITALY 410 O/U: Serial # 109xx, circa mid 1980’s. Absolutely excellent ++, extractor, TL, O/U 410 with 27″ barrels, choked Full & Mod, 3″ chambers, machined vent rib, weighing 5.5 lbs and retaining 99+ blue. Double trigger, cross-bolt, side plated boxlock, border engraved with “Bruno Castellani” on the left, and “Gardone, Italy” on the right sideplates in banners. Castellani was a retailer in Gardone during the 1980’s. The entire receiver & sideplates covered in 100% casecolors and protective varnish. Excellent, finely and extensively checkered european walnut with 1/2 PG, 1 1/2″ & 2 1/2″ drop, 14 3/8″ LOP over solid black pad and neutral cast. Price:$1395
FINE ALEXANDER HENRY BAR ACTION HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR J. LISTER: SN 6687. (1893) Cal. .450 BPE. 28″ Fine Damascus bbls with full length file cut rib are engraved “Alexr Henry Edinburgh and London.” and “Maker to Their Royal Highness’ The Prince of Wales and Duke of Edinburgh” on uncut portion of rib in front of one standing, three folding leaf express rear sight. Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs, SN, and “AH”. Case hardened Jones under lever action is fitted with unusual bar locks (most Henry rifles are fitted with back action locks). Locks have front sliding stalking safeties and round bodied serpentine hammers with dolphins heads and tall spurs. Action is engraved with well cut small intricate scroll. “Alexr Henry” is on each lockplate. Water table stamped with SN and “AH” has lightening cuts. Scroll engraved steel trigger guard has SN at grip.
Intricately marbled and lightly figured European walnut steel trap capped pistol grip buttstock measures 13-3/4″ over checkered wood butt with engraved steel heel and toe plates. A thin shadow line beaded cheekpiece is on left side, and point pattern checkering with mullered borders is at grip. Matching splinter forend has forward pivoting release. Drop at heel: approx 2-7/8″, drop at comb: approx 2″. Weight: 8 lbs 9 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″. PROVENANCE: Copies of factory ledger pages. Biographical info on Joseph Lister, founder of antiseptic surgery, for whom it appears this rifle was made. Richard Schreiber Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain approx 95% orig brown with excellent definition to pattern. Action and lockplates retain 80 – 90% orig case hardening color, silvered on tangs and slightly on beads and fences. Stocks retain most of their orig rubbed oil finish with a number of light marks, dents, and scratches, a bit dry on butt. Henry rifle bores are excellent, bright, sharp, and shiny throughout, with just a hint of frosting near breech end of left bbl. Action is tight. Locks are crisp. A beautiful Scottish rifle. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000
VERY FINE, SCARCE, ORIGINAL CONDITION LEFEVER EE: SN 48880. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 32″ Bbls with slightly raised, flat, matted rib mounted with two white beads, are engraved “KRUPP” and “FLUID STEEL” on tops. Krupp markings are also on bottoms of bbls. SN is on bottom left bbl. Typical late action with sideplates covering sears, features Lefever’s automatic safety (S engraved), cocking indicators, adjustable trigger pull, nickel-plated double triggers, and usual Lefever ejector system, ball and socket hinge, and cocking hook. Action and lockplates are engraved in typical “E” style with 30% coverage well cut scroll with geometric borders surrounding oval vignettes of nicely engraved dogs on lockplates; a pointer on left and setter on right. “Lefever” “Arms Co” is engraved on each lockplate. A duck is flushing from marsh on trigger guard bow. SN is at grip. Interesting, well marbled, stump grain European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/16″ over old, most likely original, Silver pad, with edges and face cleaned up. Standard point pattern checkering with line borders is at grip. A vacant silver oval is on toe line. Matching splinter forend has usual steel tip, steel escutcheon at
center, and usual friction release. Bore diameter: left -.731, right -.730. Bore restrictions: left -.038 (full), right -.040 (full). Minimum wall thickness: left -.032, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-11/16″. Weight: 7 lbs 9 oz. LOP: 14-1/16″. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain approx 60 – 70% orig blue, with some flecking and silvering on sharp edges. Bottom rib has an old striation/ scratch running from muzzle to 1″ in front of loop. Action retains approx 70% orig case hardening color, silvered from normal hand wear on fences, beads, and around bottom. Lockplates retain 80 – 90% orig case hardening color, right plate a bit less. There is about 20% color on trigger guard bow. Stocks retain most of their orig finish with butt slightly lightened after pad has been cleaned up. Checkering is lightly worn. Bores are very fine, lightly frosted. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. There are a number of short stable cracks behind lockplates. A neat old gun with great dimensions. Estimate: $6,500-$9,500
FINE, AS FOUND, WILLIAM EVANS SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE: SN 10120. (Ca 1911)Cal. 12 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 30″ Dovetailed steel bbls are engraved “William Evans (From Purdey’s) 63 Pall Mall. St. James’s, London.” on low, concave game rib. Bbl flats are damascened and stamped with London nitro proofs for 1-1/8 oz of shot. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN. Case hardened sidelock action is stocked to the fences and features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), double triggers, bushed strikers, and screw grip dolls head third fastener. Action and lockplates are engraved with bold, large, open, shaded scroll with acanthus highlights, and an attractive floral and scroll device on lockplates. Action beads are well filed and fences engraved with large shaded scroll somewhat deeper in relief than that on action. Scroll engraved steel trigger guard has relief SN on short tang. Well figured and lightly streaked, dark European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over checkered wood butt, and features drop points, diamond hand, classic point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a vacant silver oval on toe line.
Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.731, right -.730. Bore restrictions: left -.019 (Mod), right -.011 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.033, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Maker’s leather case with brass corners is embossed “L. C. C.” and “JUNR” on lid, which also has remnants of numerous shipping labels. Interior is lined in scarlet cloth having gold embossed black Evans label on lid. CONDITION: Excellent, as found, retaining an exceptional amount of what appears to be its orig finish on wood and metal under more than a half century’s accumulation of wiped on oil and dust. Bbl blue appears to be smooth, with only a few rubs through. Case colors appear to be vivid, with silvering only on action beads and fences. Oil finish of stock shows slightly raised grain and a number of minor nicks and dents. Checkering is slightly worn and dirty. Bores are bright and shiny with a hint of frosting. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. Case leather is dark, crazed, and with considerable amount of top grain lifted. Handle, straps, and retainers are missing. Interior cloth shows considerable insect damage, some mildew. Partitions are tight. Label is excellent. A solid, good handling gun in need of a judicious cleaning. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000
EXCEPTIONAL, NEAR NEW, MANY OPTION L. C. SMITH FIELD GRADE WITH HANG TAG AND BOX. SN FWS38768. Cal. 16 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Bbls with raised, matted, single sighting plane rib, are marked “L.C. SMITH – 16 GA. – Field – FULTON, N.Y. U.S.A.” on top of right bbl. Bbl flats are stamped with Hunter proofs, SN, and “FIELD 2 3/4 IN CHAMBER”. Typical case hardened featherweight action features automatic safety and Hunter single selective trigger. “L.C. SMITH” is on each lockplate. Trigger blade, selector, and trigger guard are blued. Relatively plain American walnut capped pistol grip stock measures 14″ over ribbed composition buttplate. Flat top point pattern checkering with line borders is at grip. Matching schnabeled beavertail ejector forend has reinforcing bolt and secondary knurled release button in blued oval escutcheon. Drop at heel: 2-11/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs 8 oz. LOP: 14″. Gun is accompanied by its orig yellow hang tag with
correct information penciled in. Brown corrugated cardboard shipping box printed “L.C. SMITH GUNS” on both sides, has blue and white Smith shipping label with destination penciled in, along with railway express label with cost of gun and shipping penciled in. Inner packing box with orig waxed wrappings inside is marked “16 Ga Field” on end. CONDITION: Truly exceptional, essentially as new, appears unfired, with a few very light scratches across rib at rear, and a few light marks in buttstock. Finish on grip cap lifted. There are also a few light marks on trigger guard bow. Bores are excellent. Trigger works. Left ejector is “live” and undoubtedly just a bit gummy from disuse. Hang tag is good, considerably creased and soiled, information legible. Box is fine, some tape lifting, labels lightly foxed and soiled. An unusual, investment quality L. C. Smith. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000
EDWINSON GREEN 450 #2 N. E.- A REAL DOUBLE RIFLE- EXC PLUS BORES- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 75% ORIGINAL CASE COLORS: #6445, Edwinson Green & Sons, Makers, Cheltenham, England: A Real Double Rifle, Made by the Makers of Jeffery Boxlock Double Rifles, A Very Solid 450 #2 Nitro Express with Excellent Plus Bores that was Made in 1906, 28″ Krupp Steel Extractor Chopper Lump Barrels, Dolls Head Extension, 1/4 rib with 1 standing & 3 folding rear sights, Nitro proved at 75 cordite & 480 grain bullet, No sling eyes, Bushed strikers, No cheekpiece, 14 7/8″ LOP over a 1″ leather pad, Cast-Off for the right hand, The proper and correct 450 #2 Big Bore weight of 11 lbs. 7 oz., 15% coverage of very nice scroll, Near exhibition wood with deep black/brown contrast, The buttstock and forend wood remains extremely solid with a lifetime of game field use left in both the forend and buttstock, The strength to this gun is the excellent plus bores & wood condition, The barrel blue appears totally original at 90%, The buttstock refinished & now at 96%, The checkering is at 98%, The frame has 75% original case colors, The breech face has 90% case colors, The inside of the forend has 99% case colors. This is one extremely solid rifle that remains in excellent condition with excellent plus bores that look new for all intents and purposes. This is real stuff that was owned by one of the best double rifle hunter/shooter enthusiasts in the U.S. It is an accurate double that will shoot 2″ at 50 yards and put both 350 & 480 .458″ diameter bullets into 4″ at 100 yards. All the loading information will be furnished with the purchase. Then top it all off; it has super bores, great condition, points like a dream with the proper cast-off and is offered in one of the greatest English cartridges of all time that shoots .458″ diameter bullets all day long. There are double rifles and then there are serious double rifles. Serious rifles have two barrels, everything else just burns gunpowder. Some guns depth is a backyard wading pool; this 450 #2 has depth of the ocean./////////////////////////////// Edwinson Charles Green learned his craft in Birmingham and moved to Cheltenham in 1863 and remained active until his death in 1927 at the age of 89. He was very skilled as his patented O/U laid the ground work for the first Purdey O/U. Mr. Ernest Lawrence Sr. was the works manager at Purdey in 1924 and was approached by Mr. Atholl Purdey to build an O/U gun. Mr. Harry Lawrence was then in the factory and he drew from the ideas of Mr. Edwinson Green. He also patented a 3 barrel gun and built a round action nearly identical to the Dickson. Edwinson Green & Sons was still operating as late as 1983. Price:$27,000
F.W. Kessler Very Best Grade .250 Savage Ejector Clam Shell Action Double Rifle: With all the great features and in spectacular condition. F. W. Kessler was known for the highest quality and best workmanship available in his day. The bores of these 27 inch barrels are mint. The barrels retain about 97% original blue except a small blemish, (see photo 14) likely a blood spot, on the right barrel just forward of the rear sights. This rare clam shell action has full coverage of very delicate bouquet and scroll engraving. Original case colors ,in protected areas, are about 99% plus with original 80% fading colors on remaining exposed areas. The stock has excellent figure and finish with a leather covered pad. Checkering is excellent on both stock and forearm. The stock has a beaded cheek rest and the forearm has a horn insert in the tip. The rear sights are 1 standing and 4 folding to 500 yards. The front sight is hooded with a flip up night sight. Just a few additional fine features are a scalloped action ,excellant screws, both triggers set, cocking indicators, sling swivels, rib extention with Greener cross bolt and bushed strikers. Price:$10,950
PAUL JAEGER 12 GAUGE DOUBLE – HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION – 4 BITE LOCKUP: Here is a high condition Paul Jaeger 12 gauge double. This interesting gun has FOUR bites – two Purdey style under bites, Greener style cross bolt and a rib extension bite. Early Paul Jaeger, Philadelphia, PA import from Belgium. Gun retains most of original case color. Extractor. Auto safety. Side clips. Mirror bores with .726 measurements. Barrels are 26″ choke Full and Full (40/1000). Chambers are 2 3/4″. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 5 OZ – a great carry weight. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/4″, Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/4″. Price:$1,450
LC SMITH LONG RANGE IN 12 GAUGE – 30″ BARRELS: Here is the famous LC Smith “Long Range” 12 gauge in Field Grade. Designed for long range waterfowl shooting this gun features 3″ chambers and special chokes. Correct “Long Range” features and markings (see last photo). Mirror 30″ bores as original, Right at .727 with 30/1000 choke (Full) and Left at .728 with 48/1000 choke (Extra Full). Chambers measure 3″ and have correct forcing cones. Barrels ring true with no loose ribs. Gun is tight on face. Case colors in protected areas. Extractors. LC Smith buttplate. Weight is 7 LBS 15 OZ. Beavertail forend. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/8″ Drop at Comb – 1 9/16″ Drop at Heel – 2 3/8″ Price:$1,400
A double-barrel shotgun is a couple barrels, an action, a trigger or two, some walnut, and a few other parts.
Sometimes, though, it can be a whole lot more, too. While this 12 gauge L.C. Smith Field may look like it’s just a nice SxS with a ton of original condition, the story behind it turns it into a unique treasure that deserves to be cherished:
“The times were hard on the farm in Eastern South Dakota in 1949 but Mom and the kids got $78 together and bought Dad the 12 gauge he always wanted. L. C. Smith #48894 was under the Christmas tree in 1949. Dad was one of the first Americans involved in the Korean War as part of the U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 34th Regiment, 24th Division. Dad never returned from the heavy action in Korea and the fall of 1950 before Pheasant season #48894 was oiled and put away, literally forever.”
L. C. SMITH- 12 BORE THAT REMAINS as NEW & APPEARS UNFIRED- 98% ORIG COND- 1949- 28″ Bbls.- 99% ORIG CASE COLORS: #FWS 48894, L.C. Smith Gun Company Field Grade Featherweight 12 Bore Made in 1949 that Remains Almost as New; Original Condition and it Appears Unfired, 28″ Armor Steel Extractor barrels at .732 .028 & .041″ (Imp.Mod. & Full), 2 3/4″chambers, Double Triggers, Splinter forend, Pistol grip stock at 14 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 2 9/16″ over the factory buttplate, 7 lbs. 7 oz. This piece retains 96% original vivid barrel blue, The total original case colors remain at 99% including the top lever, The breech face has 100% case colors, The trigger guard and triggers retain 98% blue, The butt and forend has the original finish and remains at 99% with a few very light handling marks only, The checkering remains at 100%, The trigger faces have 100% blue, The barrels inside are literally new, The left barrel has an area of surface corrosion about the size of 2 pencil erasers, The very toe of the buttplate has a 3/16″ piece missing, I do believe the piece was never fired. Here is almost like buying it new in 1949, they don’t get much better condition than this piece.
The times were hard on the farm in Eastern South Dakota in 1949 but Mom and the kids got $78 together and bought Dad the 12 gauge he always wanted. L. C. Smith #48894 was under the Christmas tree in 1949. Dad was one of the first Americans involved in the Korean War as part of the U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 34th Regiment, 24th Division. Dad never returned from the heavy action in Korea and the fall of 1950 before Pheasant season #48894 was oiled and put away, literally forever. If only guns could talk! Price:$2,495
AYA is on of Spain’s oldest gunmakers. Founded in 1915 by Miguel Aguirre and Nicolas Aranzabal— Aguirre y Aranzabal is still making shotguns and double rifles today. Since 1960, the No. 4/53 has been their standard boxlock. According to the company’s website, the No. 4 was modeled off of a Westley Richards. Mechanically, it’s a simple Anson & Deeley design which employs a Purdey double underbolt locking system. It also features disc-set firing pins, a replaceable hinge pin, and chopper-lump barrels.
BTW: This catalog is a great way to learn more about the company and the guns they build.
The AYA No. 4 you see here is up on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends 3/1/2015 @ 5:36:20 PM ET. If you’re looking for a good deal on a 28 gauge SxS, this is it.
AYA 28 gauge No. 4 model Boxlock SxS with 27 inch barrels: Choked, according to my cheap choke gauge,it has fixed Cylinder & Improved Cylinder, and the right barrel would not quite take the Cylinder indicator so its tighter than Cylinder, the bores are like new. The outside of the barrels retain 98% or more of the original blued finish. The receiver which is patterned after the famous Westley Richards box lock design is lightly engraved and color case hardened, retaining 95% or more of the case colors, the only wear is on the edges where the balance
point for carrying is. No rust or cracks its in excellent condition, very solid and clean, near new looking. Double triggers but it has automatic ejectors and they work very positively. It has the strait English style stock and the corresponding splinter forend which makes it look very trim and racy, the LOP is 14 & 3/4’s inches and the end of the stock is checkered sans buttplate. The wood used for the butt stock seems to be a high grade Walnut, I don’t know if this is the grade 2 model or not, it does have the silver initial plate on the bottom of the stock. I do know its a great looking gun, fast handling, it only weighs in at 5 pounds & 2 ounces.
Here’s a great looking American double that’s very hard to find. It’s an L.C. Smith No. 5, and it looks like it’s in excellent original condition. Best of all, it’s on Gunbroker.com now at no reserve. The listing ends Thursday, 2/12/2015, @ 5:30:45 PM ET – so if you like what you see, you’ve got to move right away.
The No. 5 was L.C. Smith upper middle grade gun, comparable in cost to a Parker DHE or CHE (even though the L.C. has much finer engraving). Hunter Arms built them from 1894-1912, and in all, they made just 523. Every one was made to order, so engraving patterns vary a bit by shotgun.
“Our No. 5 Smith Gun meets the views of the patron who is in need of a gun handsomely finished and elaborately engraved. We embody in this gun much of beauty. This grade has always stood well ahead”
LC Smith Number 5 Unrestored Unmolested Original Matching #s Elsie 5, Mfg 1903*No Reserve* Very Rare: 12 gauge, 30″ bbls I have a 1903 Elsie number 5 that has been in the gun safe for years and is now time for some else to enjoy her! This gun is matching numbers, original number 5. The silver receiver is in excellent if not perfect condition, the butt stock has a couple minor scratches with no cracks top or bottom which is rare for this gun. The fore stock is in excellent condition and locks the gun up tight and allows for the ejectors to work. The Damascus Barrels very bright and shiny and are in great shape with a small repairable rap about 1/4″ round located 6 inches from the end of the left barrel.
Cogswell & Harrison Hammergun, 30″ Damascus barrels: 2-1/2″ chambers. Bar action sidelock completely engraved in fine foliate scroll,. Percussion fences. The hammers, of substantial size, add to the impressive style of this circa 1880s gamegun. Splinter forend with swing lever release, straight hand stock with high, modern dimensions (1-1/2″ comb, 1-7/8″ heel, 14-1/2″ LOP) should be just the ticket for rising birds. The Damascus pattern of rich deep brown color and contrast are at about 100% finish. The action retains a wonderful glow of patina and case colors. Beautifully figured French walnut, a fabulous example in the original canvas case. Weighs 6lbs, 14 oz. Perfect for your vintage events! Price:$5,500
MERKEL OVER UNDER, 12GA, 271/2″:BUILT 1943, CHOKES ,010 & ,012, THREE PIECE FOREARM, CHECKERED BUTT, DOUBLE TRIGGER, 1 3/8″ X 2 1/8″ X 14 3/8″, BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIBLE PIECE IN THE GREATEST CONDITION.
CSMC RBL LAUNCH EDITION SxS 20GA SHOTGUN: 28″ barrels w/ 5 screw chokes. Self opener. 15 1/4″ LOP leather covered pad. Double triggers, automatic ejectors. 98-99% in original luggage case with accessories. Price:$3,050
Beretta Model 471 Silver Hawk 20 Ga: 28″ bbls, 3″ chambers, IC/IM ejectors, 14 1/2″ LOP, 6 lbs. 4 oz. Double triggers. This elegant side-by-side 20 Gauge has a richly blued, concave rib barrel set paired with a case colored receiver and a checkered walnut stock set. The trigger guard, forend iron and release, top snap, and bottom tang are also case colored. The lever is far right of center. It is fitted with ejectors. It has a traditional double trigger group with an articulated front. The English-style straight stock ends in a wooden buttplate bearing the Beretta Trident logo. It comes with the maker’s hard case. Price:$2,799.99
Thomas Johnson 12b Hammer Gun: A really nice 12bore hammer gun by a provincial maker. Back action locks. 60% coverage crisp scroll engraving Gun is in excellent condition with 28″ lovely patterened damascus barrels with near perfect bores and nitro proofed. Tight and on face. Choked cyl/cyl. LOP=14 3/8 to a horn butt. DAC=1 1/2 DAH=2 1/4 Weight = 6lbs 5oz Min wall R=.026 11″ from muzzle L = .026 10″ from muzzle. Nicely patterned butt stock wood. Price:$2150
Pre-war Westley Richards 12 ga. pair, 28′ barrels: 2-3/4″ chambers. Numbered 1 and 2 in gold; #1 choked modified/modified (.017/.017), #2 choked improved cylinder and open modified (.010/.013). Single selective triggers, automatic ejectors. These are “Best Quality” Westley guns as described in their catalog. The scalloped back actions feature hinged floorplates and the Westley patent detachable locks, dolls head extension with sliding third bite. Guns are fully engraved with fine English scroll surrounding “Westley Richards” in a banner. Trigger guards engraved with a pointing dog. Guns retain 95% case color and 96% blue. Splinter forends, nicely figured straight grip stocks measure about 1-1/2′ comb, 2-1/8″ heel, LOP 14″ over a 3/4″ leather pad. Weight is just shy of 6 lbs, 12 oz. Complete with fitted full leather trunk case with brass corners. Price:$23,500
Beautiful and rare 16ga Bittner Side lock, built in 1915, as shown in the Double Gun Journal: Very Rare Bittner side lock, built in 1915 and sold by Stavanoha in Vienna. The gun features beautiful wood and fine rose scroll engraving, 29.5″ long barrels, a LOP of 14.25″, DAC of 1.5″ and DAH of 2.75″. Solid silvers pad and the nicely engraved long trigger guard tang as should be found on a straight gripped gun. This remarkable gun not only survived two world wars but was also featured in the Double Gun Journal a few years ago. This little sweetheart weighs only 6.6lbs too. Price:$7,800
Rigby Hammer Double 12 GA SxS: Caliber: 12 GA, Chambers: 2 3/4 inch, Metal Condition: Very good. Shows a little age, Wood Condition: Very good with minor handling marks. Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 30 inch Damascus steel with a solid rib. Triggers: Double. Stock: Checkered walnut straight stock. Engraved receiver, tangs, hammers and side plates. Stock Dimensions:LOP 14 1/2 inches. Fore End: Checkered walnut Splinter. Butt Pad: Smooth steel plate. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. Chokes: Fixed Mod. and Cyl. Extras:With Case. Price: $6,499.99
W.R. Pape 12b Hammer Gun: Pape hammer gun in excellent original condition utilizing Papes patent 1504 of 1866 for lock up. 29″ damascus barrels choked R -IC, L-IM, and with recent British nitro proof and 2 3/4″ chambers. Bores are near perfect. Min wall Thickness R=.030 6″ from muzzle, L=.026 9″ from Muzzle. It was made in 1887. Profuse and crisp engraving all over along with Papes fancy checkering patterns make for a beautiful and unique gun It weighs 6lbs 2oz. Back action locks with rebounding hammers. LOP is 14 3/8 to heel and toe plates and a uniquely checked butt in between. There is a sligtht cast for right hand shooters. This gun is a collectors dream, made by the “Purdey” of the north. The only negative is that one of the hammer screws is missing – it has been replaced but it shoud be remade and engraved by a professional. The original was lost while shooting skeet several years ago. Price:$5500
Uriguen 12b sidelock SxS shotgun with 7 pin H&H style locks: Like new condition Uriguen high end Spanish double with removeable H&H style 7 pin locks with gold washed parts. 100% very crisp engraving coverage with more at breech end of barrels. Barrels are 32″ choked R=IC, L=IM and beautifully blacked. My original intent when I got this gun was to have the barrels shortened to 30″ and removeable chokes installed but I never got to it. Nicely grained stock wood with crisp fine checkering. It weighs 7 lbs. 4oz. LOP=14 5/8 to a Silvers style pad. Dac= 1 1/4, Dah= 1 3/4. There is also a slight cast for a right handed shooter. Non ejector. I will split shipping your dealer in contiguous 48. More Pix to interested buyers. Price:$2500
Pre-war Boss 20 ga., 26-1/2″ barrels: Choked improved cylinder and modified (.007/.010). Original 2-3/4 1oz. heavy proof. Raised concave game rib marked “Boss & Co. 41 Albermarle Street Picadilly London W”. Built with the style and grace that these “golden era” Boss guns are famous for. The petite “easy opening” action gun weighs a mere 5lbs, 5 oz. Fitted with the Boss patent single trigger. Well-figured stock measures 1-3/8″ comb, 1-7/8″ heel, 14-1/4″ LOP to a checkered butt. Balanced directly on the pin, this estate-fresh example retains 97% original blue, 80% vibrant case colors over the jewel-like engraving by the renowned Jack Sumner. Built in 1930 to the true small bore specs, a unique opportunity to purchase a seldom-seen heavy proof vintage 20. Cased in original violin case. Price:$59,500
A&S Famars Castore Hammergun – Pasolini Engraved and Fabulous Wood – Like New Condition: Beautiful A&S Famars Castore 12 gauge self-cocking hammergun with double triggers engraved by Master Engraver Pasolini and restocked by Piotti in a fabulous piece of Circassian walnut. Cased in a leather maker’s case with trade label and mahogany three-piece cleaning rod. Made in 1974 when both Mario Abbiatico and Remo Salvinelli were active in the business. In fact, “Remo” is engraved on the bottom of the rear lug indicating that he personally worked on this gun. *** The frame is beautifully engraved and has uniquely shaped fences, ornately engraved hammers, and a signature likeness of Neptune on the pierced toplever. Maker’s name “Famars” is inlaid in gold on the bottom of the frame and a gold crown is inlaid in the toplever. Overall weight is 7lb 4oz. *** The 28” barrels have 2-3/4” chambers and auto ejectors. The right barrel has a constriction of 0.010 for Improved Cylinder choke. The left has a constriction of 0.020 for Modified choke. Topped with a smooth concave game style rib. The breech ends of the barrels are adorned by two gold rings with one ring at the muzzles as well. The maker’s name “Armi Famars” is inlaid in gold on the top of the rib. *** This Castore was restocked in a fabulous piece of Circassian walnut by Piotti in Italy. Straight grip and splinter forearm. Professionally installed leather recoil pad. Stock dimensions are 1-3/8” by 2-1/4” by 15”. *** This rare and highly desirable double is in like new condition. Price:$18,495
Harris Holland .500 BPE Double Rifle: A Holland 3″ 500BPE double express rifle by Harris Holland. SN 39xx. Harris was the first of the Hollands in “Holland and Holland” and the founder if the initial company. This rifle is in excellent condition for a 140 year old rifle. It has been well taken care of. The 28″ damascus barrels have near excellent bores probably regulated by Bill Froome because it shoots excellent diagrams with black or smokeless powder. They have early Metford style rifling with square lands and grooves. LOP is 14″ to a steel shotgun style butt. It weighs 8 1/2 lbs. Load data appears on left action bar – characteristic of Holland rifles. There is about 60% coverage of fine English scroll crisp and like new. It is very tight and on face with a unique “dolls head” top rib projection – see photos. There are no “negatives” regarding this rifle. I will pay shipping to the contiguous 48. I have plenty more pics and will create specials upon request. Price:$14,500
PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 28 GAUGE: 26″IC AND MOD 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP SKELETON BUTT NEW CONDITION IN MAKERS CASE 5LBS 6 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 3/8″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $5,500
Lefever EE 16ga – Rare: Gun retains 50%-60% plus bright original overall case color on frame and sideplates. Roughly 85-90% original plum barrel blue. Original chokes and chambers- 2 5/8″ chambers and choked I/C and Mod. Excellent bores, 28″ Krupp fluid steel barrels. Original butt stock retains most of the original varnish and does have a white line pad on it. Splinter forearm which, while matches nicely, is likely an early Ithaca replacement based on the engraving and checkering pattern. Nicely engraved with one dog on each side in typical E grade pattern in the 54,xxx serial range. Price:$4995
Since 2010, I’ve changed companies twice, married, bought a home, lost Puck (my first great bird dog), added Lexi, picked up some nice doubles, and hunted all over the place.
I’m going to try and do more with Dogs and Doubles in 2015. I’d like to get my total visits above 300,000 for the year. That’s a big jump, so Pplease keep checking on a regular basis to see what Lexi and I have going on – and to see all sorts of great side-by-side and over-under shotguns.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Dogs & Doubles. Lexi and I hope you having a wonderful day with your loved ones, family and friends.
Here are a couple doubles I wish Santa had left me under the tree. I guess he couldn’t fit them down the chimney – or maybe he decided to keep them for himself
This first one America’s original magnum shotgun – a. Ithaca 3 1/2″ 10 gauge SxS. It’s the perfect double for pass-shooting your Christmas goose – especially from a flying sleigh.
The hammerless Alex Henry double rifle looks fabulous — especially for a SxS that’s 100+ years old. It would be a great deer rifle. Of course, you shouldn’t mention this to Rudolph, Dancer, and the rest of Santa’s string.
Ithaca Gun Co, Year 1939, 10 Gauge, 10lbs 7oz, Side by Side: Serial Number: 500683. In the world of vintage American double big bore shotguns, this gun is a legend. Only Parker and Ithaca made a true 10ga. magnum, both rarely seen for sale. Of course, if a Parker comes up it is priced sky high, as they made precious few and Parkers rein King in the way of price. The Ithaca Mag 10 came about in 1932 when Spencer Olin came up with the cannon sized shotgun shell, the 3 1/2″ magnum 10ga. with 2 ounces or more of shot. He approached Ithaca and the boys there came up with the 10 1/2lb. Ithaca 10 Mag.
Ithaca guns are great guns, and eminently more affordable than the Parker. Total production in all grades of the Ithaca 10 Mag was 887 guns. Only 156 were made in Grade 2, making this a truly rare gun. Unaltered and well cared for since it left the factory, this gun, sn500683 made in 1939, is raw power for your long range shooting. Whether it be geese, turkey, or blocking corn fields for pheasants, the 3 1/2″ 10ga. magnum is the hardest hitting double shotgun allowed in the USA. Still carrying lots of factory condition, this is a rare, investment grade shotgun that will continue to grow in value as you enjoy its use. No closet queen, this gun is ready to hunt. It is not beat up, but has enough wear on it that you will not hesitate to take it afield. You will not have this opportunity again for a very long time with production numbers so low. There cannot be 150 Grade 2 Magnums left on the planet, and few as nice and original as this one. Price:$6,950
Alexander Henry Double Rifle, Edinburgh & London- .360 caliber: Charge 2 1/4″ Drs, 26” barrels, full sidelock. A finest construction available as it was Built for the Maharaj Rana of Dholpur. This outstanding small frame gun is a double rifle almost in miniature, has virtually 100% of the case color, blue, Damascus finish on the barrels, and wood finish. Leather pad, French fitted case with every conceivable accessory, flip up sights, double trigger, large gold escutcheon in stock with the Maharaj’s stamp, there is no finer gun available in finer condition, one of best guns ever made, superb unaltered condition, the gun is virtually unused. Comes with original Oak and crocodile presentation case and with some correspondence to the NRA. A wonderful item. 6lb. 7oz. 13 7/8” x 1 7/8” x 2 7/8”. Price: $32,500