What do you think of these insane double rifles?

Over the last few months, William Larkin Moore & Sons has posted some of the finest vintage double rifles I’ve ever seen. There’s quite a range of them, including these two droplock Westley Richards with a ton of killer original condition:

.577 Nitro Express WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector, Mfg 1903,
.577 Nitro Express WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector, Mfg 1903,

From the massive, like this side-by-side .577 Nitro Express WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector, Mfg 1903. An elephant stomper like this can generate 7,010 Ft-lbf of punch with a 750-gr bullet — KABoom! Compare that to a .30-06, which generates 2,981Ft-lbf of smack with a 220-gr bullet.

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition
WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition

To the mid-size, like this WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition. With it’s lightweight, his double rifle would be perfect for deer hunting here in the States. And since it’s not a dangerous-game gun, the single trigger is just fine.

JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3" BPE Cased
JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3″ BPE Cased

The collection WLM is selling also contains stuff like super rare SxS rifle: JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3″ BPE Cased. To date, Dickson has made around 2,000 Round Action guns. Of these, fifteen have been double rifles and two have been .577s. And the one you see here is in fantastic condition. Special? You bet.

W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition

And this ‘friggin oddball OU. It’s a WW GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition. This rifle is just weird, and I can’t imagine why it was ever built. No one I know has seen another like it, and I bet it’s a one-off. On top of that, it looks new. So whoever ordered in back in 1886 never bothered to hunt with it. Maybe once they got it they realized how odd it was and decided they would take something else to Africa.

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

 

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition
WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition: Serial #  16840, Barrel Length: 26″, Trigger  SST (Single Selective), Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip with trap (with spare front sight inside), Checkered panels with drop points, Pancake cheek piece, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm with horn insert at tip Rib Type  1/4 Rib With express sights (1 standing and two folding), Engraving Type  Westley Richards style Ornamental Scroll Engraving with game scene of elk on bottom and a Tiger on the trigger guard Other Options  Original Oak & Leather case wit accessories, Very fancy wood, Heel & Toe plates with checkered butt, Night sight, Floding front sight hood, Bolted safety, Sling swivels Condition  EXC. Plus Condition Weight  8#7oz Dimensions  14 3/8″ LOP Other Details  Mfg 1907, Amazing all original condition. Price: $65,000

Winchester Model 21, 12ga, 30" barrels, Custom Special Order
Winchester Model 21, 12ga, 30″ barrels, Custom Special Order

Winchester Model 21, 12ga, 30″ barrels, Custom Special Order: Standard grade Model 21 with fancy wood.  Special ordered with exceptional wood in 22 L.P.I. in classic kidney pattern and oval grip cap.  Canvas case with leather straps…letter of authenticity included. Serial Number: 16009, Chambers: 2 3/4 inch, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: Overall 95-97%, Metal Condition: 95%, Wood Condition: 98%, Bore Condition: Mint, Barrels: 30 inch, Triggers: Single Selective, Stock Drop: 1 9/16″ at comb, 2 1/2″ at heel, Stock Cast: None,Fore End: Beavertail (trap style), Butt Pad: Checkered Wood, LOP: 14 inches, Rib: Solid, Finish: Gloss, Weight: 7 lbs, 14 ozs, Manufacture Date: 1940, Choke Left: Fixed Modified, Choke Right: Fixed Full, Extras: Case, Authenticity Papers, Case: Yes. Price: $7,000

Beretta S03 Sidelock Game Gun 12g
Beretta S03 Sidelock Game Gun 12g

Beretta S03 Sidelock Game Gun 12ga: 28″ Boehler Antinit Steel Choked IC/Full 2 3/4″ Chambers, Double Trigger 1 1/2″x 2 1/2″ x 15 1/4″, Length to wood 13 7/8″ with 5/16″ spacer + 1″ Leather Faced Pad, This was a Factory Butt Plated Gun and still has the curve in the wood a plastic butt could be installed if someone wanted to do that. Production Date 1970, Chokes are original to gun and so marked on the barrel. PRICED TO SELL!!!! Price: $5750

Browning BSS Side Lock, Sidelock, 12ga, New
Browning BSS Side Lock, Sidelock, 12ga, New

Browning BSS Side Lock, Sidelock, 12ga, New: 28″ with fixed Mod and Full. Gun is new but no box, sorry, box was lost in a move. CLEAN gun, just one little ding as shown. SN is 010xxPT918. 1 5/8″ DAC, 2 1/8″ DAH, 14 3/8″ LOP, 1/8″ Cast off, 6 pounds 8 oz. Price: $3,999

Auction alert: Westley Richards .470 NE Droplock double rifle…

Here’s one of the all-time classic dangerous-game safari rifles. It’s coming up at Poulin Auctions Spring 2019 sale, which starts this Friday, 3/30.

Auction alert: Westley Richards .470 NE Droplock double rifle...
Auction alert: Westley Richards .470 NE Droplock double rifle…

Westley Richards Droplocks (aka “hand detachable locks”) are one of the most famous side-by-side actions ever created, and the .470 Nitro Express cartridge is also highly regarded. If you’re thinking of heading to Africa on safari, this gun would be ideal for everything from Cape Buffalo to Elephants. Westley Richards still makes them today. The double rifles have a starting price of around $100,000+.

Auction alert: Westley Richards .470 NE Droplock double rifle...
Auction alert: Westley Richards .470 NE Droplock double rifle…

LOT 1047, WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE: Cal. 470 Nitro. S# 1431. Dovetail lump 26″ bbls. w/ single standing leaf express sight in matted quarter rib. pedestal front sight topped w/ blade including bright bead & flip up high visibility sight. Sling swivel attached to bottom rib. SST. Ejectors. Polished & jeweled hand detachable locks underneath hinged floorplate. Lock up is via dbl. under lugs w/ doll’s head top fastener. Westley Richards camming top lever. Stalking safety w/ gold “SAFE” & gold “BOLTED”. Action is decorated w/ 70% pattern of bold scroll. Full length bottom tang. Capped checkered walnut pistol grip stock w/ drop points checkered side panels, sling swivel & English leather covered pad. Grip cap is engraved to match & features trapdoor storage. Wide splinter forend w/ engraved pull lever style latch. Consignor states that rifle was recently checked for regulation by maker & that it is very accurate w/ Federal ammunition. LOP: 14″. Weight: 12 lbs. CONDITION: bbls. & furniture retain better than 90% freshened blue. Coin finished action exhibits crisp engraving. Hand detachable locks still display brilliant jeweling. Grip cap blue is beginning to show a plum tone. Wood shows a few scattered compression marks w/ none protruding through the finish. Checkering remains crisp. Initial oval is engraved w/ “LCT”. Leather covered pad retains strong black color. Action is tight & on face. Ejectors are strong. Bright bores w/ crisp rifling. ESTIMATE: $17,500-22,500.

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

 

Westley Richards .577 3" NE Droplock SXS Double Rifle New Production
Westley Richards .577 3″ NE Droplock SXS Double Rifle New Production

Westley Richards .577 3″ NE Droplock SXS Double Rifle New Production: Westley Richards famous Droplock action with a scroll back, hinged cover plate, Snap Action Lever work and Model “C” Doll’s Head Extension, non-automatic “beetle back” safety, two triggers with the front one hinged, disk-set strikers, and Westleys’ patent ejectors. The action is color hardened with blacked furniture and wonderfully engraved in small scroll in a traditional House “diamond” pattern with the Maker’s name inlaid in gold on the top rib and on the action sides in flowing banners. Rolled trigger bow for a right hand shooter and an extended tang to a trap grip cap. Serial number is also inlaid in gold. Rifle is fitted with 25″ chopper lump barrels, WR pattern full length quarter rib with a standing Express sight (50 yds) and a single folding leaf (100 yds) both lined in gold with WR’s patent combination front sight with a flip up moon-sight. Barrels and sights are regulated for 750gr Bullets.Stock  is a highly figured, yet appropriately laid out, walnut stock w/ a right handed beaded cheekpiece, drop points, traditional point pattern checkering with Mullered borders, a blank gold oval and sling swivel stud. Rifle has a 15 1/8″ LOP over a leather covered pad and a splinter forend with an ebony forend tip and Deeley forend latch. The rifle weighs 13 lbs. 6 oz. Rifle is complete in a Maker’s Best O&L case w/ accouterments and canvas outer cover with the rifles descriptions and serial number on the initial patch. Price: $95,000

Ithaca 7E Double Barrel SxS Shotgun, 12 Gauge
Ithaca 7E Double Barrel SxS Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Ithaca 7E Double Barrel SxS Shotgun, 12 Gauge: This is the first 7E Grade Ithaca we have ever seen, which is understandable since there were only 22 or 25 ever manufactured.  According to Walter C. Snyder, an Historian of the Ithaca Gun Company, this shotgun was shipped to an undisclosed location on 12/5/44.  The condition is superb, as one might expect from such a high grade shotgun, it shows almost no wear or evidence of use.  The blue and case-colors are near 100%, the bores are perfect and the highly figured American Walnut stock is ornately checkered and is in near new condition.  It appears that the only non-original part is a proper “sunburst” Ithaca marked reproduction recoil pad.  The case hardened receiver is highly engraved and has six gold inlays including 2 ducks, 2 pheasants, a dog holding a duck and a bald eagle complete with a white gold head.  The shotgun is fitted with ejectors, double gold plated triggers, and the barrels are 28 inches in length, choked full and full (0040″ + .0040″).  The stock dimensions are: 14 inch length-of-pull, 2 3/4 inch drop at the heel and 1 3/4 inch drop at the comb.  The weight is 7 lbs. 13 oz.   The 7E Grade Ithaca is one of the rarest of all American Doubles and it would be hard to find a better one.  Comes with a letter from the Chronicler of the Ithaca Gun Company dated 9/5/07.  Price: $35,000

A.H. Fox XE, SxS Shotgun, Two Barrel Set:
A.H. Fox XE, SxS Shotgun, Two Barrel Set:

A.H. Fox XE, SxS Shotgun, Two Barrel Set: This is an A.H. Fox XE 12 gauge shotgun, with a 2nd barrel set fit by Turnbull Restoration. This classic American double gun carries serial number 29317, and is dated from 1924. Metal restoration was performed by Turnbull, and included light polishing, engraving was not re-cut (see photos); color case hardening of receiver, top lever and forend iron/latch; trigger reshaped to mid-position; both sets of barrels were polished and rust blued by us. The Fox has been utilized by its owner since restoration, so it does carry some handling marks. This Fox’s original barrel set is 28″ in length. A 2nd barrel set at 26″ was fit by Turnbull Restoration and engraved to match the original set. Wood condition is very good with minor handling marks. We did not work on this Fox’s wood, and appears to have been refinished by a 3rd party at some point. We replaced the original broken grip cap. 28″ barrel set (original): Cylinder/Improved Cylinder, 2-1/2″ chambers. 26″ heavey barrel set: Improved Cylinder/Modified, 3″ chambers with long forcing cones. Price: $20,000 

PARKER VH 410 000 FRAME SIDE--BY-SIDE SHOTGUN-- SUPER LITTLE ORIGINAL GUN:
PARKER VH 410 000 FRAME SIDE–BY-SIDE SHOTGUN– SUPER LITTLE ORIGINAL GUN:

PARKER VH 410 000 FRAME SIDE–BY-SIDE SHOTGUN– SUPER LITTLE ORIGINAL GUN: 26″ MOD/FULL — EXCELLENT DIMENSIONS AT 14 1/4 LOP — LATE REMINGTON REPLACED DHBP — ORIGINAL COLOR IS VIBRANT IN AREAS AND ABOUT 75% COVERAGE — ORIGINAL BLUE AT 95% BARRELS AND 50% FADING ON GUARD — BALL GRIP — EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CHECKERING AND VARNISH — SINGLE BEAD — SPLINTER FOREND — EXTRACTOR — FANTASTIC ORIGINAL GUN THAT WOULD LOVE TO BE BEHIND A DOG AGAIN — THE PERFECT UPLAND SET UP AND LIGHT AT 5LBS 7 OZ 14 1/4″ X  1 1/2″  X 2 5/8″ to a  Dog’s HEAD BUTT PLATE. Price: $24,500.

Westley Richards 20ga. 27” barrels choked M/F
Westley Richards 20ga. 27” barrels choked M/F

Westley Richards 20ga. 27” barrels choked M/F: Capped pistol grip, checkered butt, 2 ¾” proof 3 ¼ ton, drop lock, factory single trigger, beavertail, gold oval, scalloped frame, unfired condition.  This gun has 100% original case color, barrel blue and wood finish. Magnificently scroll engraved, just simply the best. Special ordered gun with hinged foreplate and the best Turkish walnut. 6 lb. 2 oz. 14 3/4” x 1 1/2” x 2’. Price: $19,995

 

Auction alert: 12g Westley Richards droplock with hidden value…

WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN

There are 4 things I love about this classy, little Best-Quality Westley Richards boxlock ejector droplock shotgun coming to auction May 7, 2018 at Poulin’s Antiques in Fairfield, ME.

1. It’s an Anson & Deeley-style boxlock. This is one of the classic British shotgun designs. Reliable & rugged, it’s been around since 1875 and is still used by Westley Richards today (those guns start at £54,500).

WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN

2. Droplocks (or”detachable locks,” as the Brits call them). Invented in 1897, droplocks are durable, easy to maintain, and just plain cool. Gunwriter Vice Venters wrote “Westley Richards hand detachable…are nothing short of a stroke of genius.”

3. Newish barrels by Westley Richards in 1954. They’re this gun’s hidden value–and a huge benefit. Even though this gun is 100+ year old, it has modern, 2 3/4″ chambers nitro-proofed for 1 1/4 ounce loads (and perfect upland chokes). That means it can shoot most easy-to-find, modern, 12-gauge ammo (just stick to light loads and lead shot).

4. Its estimate. With a low range of $3,000, it could go cheap. And if it goes anywhere with the $3-5,000 range, it’s a deal.

Lot 1014: WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN: Cal. 12 Ga., 2 3/4″. S# 9004. Bbls. 26″ Fluid steel w/ Nitro proofs for 1 1/4 oz. loads were new from Westley Richards in 1954. “Westley Richards” gold name model. Scalloped drop lock action having Case colored finish w/ blue floorplate & trigger guard. Removable locks have fully jeweled surfaces. Single selective trigger. Auto ejectors. Horn-tipped splinter forearm & straight hand stock of hand checkered fine English walnut w/ silver nameplate in toeline. LOP: 14 5/16″ over Universal solid red pad. DAC: 1 5/8″. DAH: 2 1/4″. Cast off. Bore diameter: right – .729, left – .029. Bore restriction: right – .010, left – .020. Wall thickness: right – .033, left – .030. Weight: 6 lbs. 5.9 oz CONDITION: 70% blue w/ fading along sides. Frame retains 30% lightly visible case colors. Floorplate shows 80% blue. Trigger guard has good blue on bow w/ silvering along grip. Stocks have lightly worn finish w/ scattered scratches & handling marks. Very good bright bores. (17-3919/DS). CURIO. $3,000-5,000.

WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN

This week’s 5 good guns…

 

JOHN WILKES PAIR BEST LONDON SIDELOCKS SXS .410
JOHN WILKES PAIR BEST LONDON SIDELOCKS SXS .410

JOHN WILKES PAIR BEST LONDON SIDELOCKS SXS .410: Price: $79,500
KEN HUNT ENGRAVED
CONSECUTIVE NUMBERED
BOTH ARE 26″ MOD AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS
DOUBLE TRIGGER
EJECTORS
SPLINTER FOREARM
ENGLISH GRIP
CHECKERED BUTT
4LBS 14 OZ X 2 X 1 1/2 X 15
BOTH GUNS ARE NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE

Westley Richards 20 bore  Hand Detachable (drop lock) Ejector, Side-by-Side Shotgun
Westley Richards 20 bore  Hand Detachable (drop lock) Ejector, Side-by-Side Shotgun

Westley Richards 20 bore  Hand Detachable (drop lock) Ejector, Side-by-Side Shotgun: Single Trigger, with a modern leather case. Circa 1931, Barrels are 28 inches with original 2 3/4 chambers proofed for 1 oz. Scalloped backed action 80 % coverage large scroll. Original Westley Richards Patent one trigger. Nicely fiddle figured European walnut stock measures 13 7/8 over a thin checkered horn plate, Deluxe checkering. Bore diameter left .619 right .620. Min. wall thickness right .030 left .032  choke is full and full both barrels .031. Dimensions are 1 5/8″ X 2 1/2″ with cast approx 1/4″ on. Weight 6 lbs. Barrels, Whitworth Steel, chopper lump, retain 90% of what looks to be original black. Action retains 70% to 80% case color. Floor plate retains 50% A lovely small bore upland or game gun. Price: $26,500

Chas. Lancaster .450/400 3 1/4" Side-by-Side Doxlock Non-Ejector Double Rifle, Super Condition
Chas. Lancaster .450/400 3 1/4″ Side-by-Side Doxlock Non-Ejector Double Rifle, Super Condition

Chas. Lancaster .450/400 3 1/4″ Side-by-Side Doxlock Non-Ejector Double Rifle, Super Condition: This is another one of those double rifles that are in exceptional condition without having been run through the refinishing mill. Barrels retain 98% original black. Frame has 90-95% vivid case color.  Wood is in very good condition, showing some handling marks.  The only alteration to the rifle is on the wood.  At one time a tang sight was added to the rifle which has been removed and new wood filled in its place; evidenced in one of the pictures.  Just a pleasure to find something this nice. Bores Are absolutely Mint!!!! 28″ barrels. 1/4 rib with 1S &2 F Scroll – 80% coverage. French Walnut stock. Solid Red Recoil Pad. 14 5/8″ LOP. 11 lbs. 2 oz. Price: $24,500

Lefever EE Grade 12ga. SxS Shotgun – BEAUTIFUL DAMASCUS, GREAT DIMENSIONS
Lefever EE Grade 12ga. SxS Shotgun – BEAUTIFUL DAMASCUS, GREAT DIMENSIONS

Lefever EE Grade 12ga. SxS Shotgun – BEAUTIFUL DAMASCUS, GREAT DIMENSIONS: 1901, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 10oz, SxS Serial Number: 35307E. Most who pursue American doubles are aware that Lefever Arms Co. of Syracuse, N.Y. produced very elegant shotguns.  The engraving is better than most in its tasteful application, the frames were ornately sculpted and shaped, and the workmanship overall was superior to the competition of the day.  With the last Lefever being produced in 1919, Lefever produced relatively few guns; in the range of 50.000 or so in all grades and gauges, most being lower grade guns.  Mr. Elliot’s book “Uncle Dan Lefever—Master Gunmaker” notes few high-grade Lefevers were produced, and most gunners that search for fine American vintage double guns are aware that there are few Lefever EE Grade guns ever seen for sale, especially in great original condition.  MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS LEFEVER, SN35307 MADE IN 1901, RETAINS PLENTY OF  FACTORY ORIGINAL CASE COLORS. Price: $4,450

Ruger Red Label. 28 ga. 28" choke tubes, with extra straight stock
Ruger Red Label. 28 ga. 28″ choke tubes, with extra straight stock

Ruger Red Label. 28 ga. 28″ choke tubes, with extra straight stockHere is a nice, lightweight 28 ga. that is both light, petite, and in a great gauge. Also with this gun come with an extra straight stock that has been shortened for a lady, youngster or a gentleman with shorter arms. The wood has lots of figure and would rate about 95% with some surface marks. The action of this gun has a few buff marks at the top. 1 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 14 1/2 * 6 lb 4 oz. Price: $1595.

The secrets of the sexy 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS …

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

On Wednesday, I put up this post  and asked Can you guess this 20 gauge Westley Richards’ secrets?

Right away, few folks spotted this pretty little side-by-side’s special features right: sideclips, a Greener-style top bolt, and, most impressively, droplocks (AKA hand-detachable locks).

Westley Richards patented the Anson & Deeley boxlock action in 1875. Twenty-one year later, they updated it with their iconic hand detachable locks. Hand-detachable locks were to clean up the action’s appearance. After their introduction, a couple major benefits became apparent: If a lock breaks in the field, it can be replaced in a few minutes, and at the end of damp mornings or wet days, you pull the locks out for oiling and give the inside of the gun a good opportunity to dry.

Original WR advertising image for detachable locks
Original WR advertising image for detachable locks

Here a few things I love the 20 gauge droplock you see here:

-The beautiful cut scroll engraving

-The original Westley Richards single selective trigger

-The blushes of genuine color-case hardening

-The untouched, fancy checkering on the stock

-It’s tiny action. I hard to tell in the pictures, but its perfectly scaled to the gauge.

-It’s condition. Other than the extension on the stock (and maybe a bit of oil on the wood), this gun has not been messed with. Sure it has some dings and wear, but every one was put there

BTW: Remember, this gun is for sale. If you would like to know more about it, drop me an email: gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

Can you guess this 20 gauge Westley Richards’ secrets?

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

Wow – what a nice shotgun. Classic, British, and very original, this vintage 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS was completed in November in 1929 for Boston sporting goods store Bob Smith.

It has a couple secrets. See if you can spot them. In a few days, I’ll reveal them and show & tell more about this great little double.

BTW: This gun is for sale. If you’re interested and would like to know more about it, drop me an email: gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger
20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger
Lightweight 20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

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PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH OVER UNDER 2 BARREL SET 28 GAUGE
PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH OVER UNDER 2 BARREL SET 28 GAUGE

PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH OVER UNDER 2 BARREL SET 28 GAUGETHIS IS THE FINEST KEN HUNT ENGRAVED GUN THAT WE HAVE HAD 26″ SOLID RIB IC AND MOD 28″ FULL AND FULL SOLID RIB SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM CAPPED PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED BUTT NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE 5LBS 12 OZ X 2 X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $175,000

WESTLEY RICHARDS .410 DROPLOCK SxS SHOTGUN28″ BARRELS, M/F CHOKES, 4 LBS. 10 OZ., 14 5/8″ X 1 3/8″ X 2″  Price: $65,000

WESTLEY RICHARDS .410 DROPLOCK SxS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS .410 DROPLOCK SxS SHOTGUN
CHARLES DALY HAL LINDNER DIAMOND GRADE FEATHERWEIGHT BOXLOCK 12GA SHOTGUN
CHARLES DALY HAL LINDNER DIAMOND GRADE FEATHERWEIGHT BOXLOCK 12GA SHOTGUN

CHARLES DALY HAL LINDNER DIAMOND GRADE FEATHERWEIGHT BOXLOCK 12GA SHOTGUNSCALLOPED BOXLOCK 12GA, S/S, COCKING IDICATORS, INERSEPTING SEARS, BEAUTIFUL FULL COVERAGE SCROLL WITH GAME SCENES, 28″ EXTRA FINE DAMASCUS BBLS, LONDON NITRO PROOFED, 3 TONS, 2 1/2″, MIN WALLS 27 THOU, CHOKED 1/4, 3/4, RAISED GAME RIB, EJECTORS, SINGLE TRIGGER, GORGEOUS HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, ST/SP, CHECKERED SIDE PANELS, TEARDROPS, ENGRAVED SKELTON BUTTPLATE, LOP 14 1/4, 1 5/8, 2 3/4, 5LBS 14OZ, VERY FINE WOOD, BORES AND DAMASCUS PATTERN ON BBLS. Price: $11,950

FRANCOTTE MODEL "20E" DOUBLE 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN RETAILED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH
FRANCOTTE MODEL “20E” DOUBLE 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN RETAILED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH

FRANCOTTE MODEL “20E” DOUBLE 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN RETAILED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH20 gauge, 28″ barrels choked  R: .009″   L: .030″.   Engraved sideplate action with auto ejectors, side clips, hiddend third bite (crossbolt with rib extension), double triggers, top lever.  Checkered splinter forend and semi-pistol grip buttstock.  Stock measurements:   Comb: 1 1/2″  Heel: 2 1/2″  LOP: 14 1/4″ to a horn buttplate.  Weight 5lbs 13oz.   In beautiful original condition retaining nearly all of the casehardened finish on the action and sideplates.   Trigger guard and top lever have all of the high polish charcoal blue remaining.  Barrels showing 98% original blue with the maker’s  and A&F’s names engraved on top.  “A FRANCOTTE MAKER” and patent info on the left  sideplate at the bottom.  Excellent wood and checkering.  1949 mfg. Price: $8,750

Verees & Co. 28ga. 28″ auto-ejector, built by Lebeau Courally 1954: Chokes F-F (.028) Doub. Trig., LOP 14 1/4″ to Silvers type pad,  DAC 1 3/8″  DAH 2″ Beaver tail FE
Condition:  nearly unfired with strong case color and blue. Price: $4750

Verees & Co. 28ga. 28" auto-ejector, built by Lebeau Courally 1954
Verees & Co. 28ga. 28″ auto-ejector, built by Lebeau Courally 1954

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Westley Richards " Ovundo " 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger Ejector
Westley Richards ” Ovundo ” 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger Ejector

Westley Richards ” Ovundo ” 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger Ejector: A sweet, beautiful , light shotgun. 5lb 9oz. Single trigger (selective). Straight english stock  to a checkered butt with toe and heel plates  Great case colors, great engraving on a scalloped frame. Knockout wood. Price: $25,995

J.P. Sauer & Son Prussia 12ga Scalloped Boxlock.  Straigh grip English StockPrice: $1,895
Serial Number: 125798
Chambers: 2 3/4
Ejectors: extractor
Action: Boxlock
Triggers: Double

J.P. Sauer & Son Prussia 12ga Scalloped Boxlock. Straigh grip English Stock
J.P. Sauer & Son Prussia 12ga Scalloped Boxlock. Straigh grip English Stock

Gauge: 12ga
Stock Comb: 1 1/2
Stock Heel: 2 1/4
Fore End: Splinter
LOP: 14.75
Weight: 7lbs 14oz
Choke Left: full
Choke Right: full

The best of the best? Perhaps…

One of the taxidermy displays at the 2016 Safari Club Show in Vegas
One of the taxidermy displays at the 2016 Safari Club Show in Vegas. All animals were full, life size, btw.

Last month, I was fortunate to spend a few day in Las Vegas at Safari Club International’s annual get together. It was a huge show, featuring outfitters, gunmakers and retailers from around the globe. If you were looking to book a hunt to anywhere in the world, find a taxidermist, order a new shotgun from the world’s top makers, or buy an expensive fur coat (oddly, several people were selling these), it was the place to be.

Droplock Westley Richards SxS shotgun. Pic from WR website
Droplock Westley Richards SxS shotgun. Pic from WR website

I was there to see the guns, and I have to say, I saw plenty of them. Most of the major makers were there with plenty of new guns on hand for me to inspect. Of these, three makers really stood out: Westley Richards, Boss & Co and Hartmann & Weiss.

Westley Richards’ new droplocks are great doubles, and their sidelocks are nice, too. While far from cheap, both are some of the best guys in the new, best-quality market. Deliver times are reasonable, too.

Boss & Co had two of their new OUs on hand for me to look at. Both were 28 gauges and very impressive.Boss & Co invented the low-profile style OU, and the guns the company is making today retain the style, elegance and quality that made this design so famous. From what I saw at the show, Boss is building the best over-unders coming out of London (and the most of London’s other major makers were at SCI).

Hartmann & Weiss OU shotgun. Pic from H&W site
Hartmann & Weiss OU shotgun. Pic from H&W site

Compared to the other gunmakers, Hartmann & Weiss had one of the smallest booths at the show. But their doubles were hugely impressive. Drop dead ‘friggin gorgeous. The 16 gauge, Boss-style OU had on hand blew me away. It may have been too nice, actually. If it were mine, I don’t know if I could bring myself to use it. Even though it was a standard gun with rose-and-scroll engraving, it looked it deserved to be displayed behind glass forever.

To see some more pics of new doubles by Boss & Co and Hartmann & Weiss, check out these posts from The Explora, Westley Richards’ great blog:

The English and German Gunmakers. Hartmann & Weiss and Boss & Co.

Boss & Co. Over and Under .500 3″NE

BOSS & Co. 20 & 28g. OVER AND UNDER.

A HARTMANN & WEISS 20g Over and Under Engraved by Alan Brown.

Wow – some nice looking Westley Richards Ovundos …

New Westley Richards Ovundo Double Barrel OU Shotgun
New Westley Richards Ovundo Double Barrel OU Shotgun

Westley Richards is one the gun world’s most famous makers — and for good reason. Their 1875 patent for the Anson & Deeley side-by-side boxlock action is one of the most important shotgun innovations ever created. In 1914, Westley Richards came up with another shotgun patent. This one was for an over-under, and even though it wasn’t as revolutionary as the one they filed in 1875, this patent was almost as unique.

Westley Richards called their new OU the Ovundo, and with it they joined Boss & Co, Frederick Beesley and James Woodward & Sons as another British gunmaker building stack-barreled, hammerless guns. But while Boss and Woodward both used low-profile actions with pivot-points mounted on the sides of the barrels and locking points in the lower third of the action, WR used a single, small lump on the bottom of the barrels and locking bites located at the top sides the barrels at the breech end. The Ovundo were also boxlocks, with the lockwork mounted on either side of the action, and they came in range of models, from basic ones with fixed locks to fancy ones with sideplates, inspection ports and detachable locks.

BTW: According to this blog post by Simon Clode Westley Richards is set to start building the Ovundo again.

20g Westley Richards Ovundo Over-Under Shotgun.
20g Westley Richards Ovundo Over-Under Shotgun.

Westley Richards “Ovundo” 20ga 28in Solid Rib Single Trigger EjectorA sweet beautiful  light 5lb 9oz   20ga  single trigger (selective)  straight english stock  to a checkered butt with toe and heel plates. Great case colors, great engraving on a scalloped frame. Knockout wood. Price: $25,995.

WESTLEY RICHARDS OVUNDO DROP LOCK 12 GAUGEHINGED PLATE  26″ SOLID RIB 014 AND 036 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP SKELETON BUTT MAKERS CASE EXCELLENT MINTY ORIGINAL CONDITION 6LBS 14 OZ X 2 5/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $35,000.

12g Westley Richards Ovundo Over-Under Shotgun.
12g Westley Richards Ovundo Over-Under Shotgun.
Exceptional 20g Westley Richards Ovundo Over-Under Shotgun. Pic courtesy Lewis Drake & Associates.
Exceptional 20g Westley Richards Ovundo Over-Under Shotgun. Pic courtesy Lewis Drake & Associates.

Westley Richards, BirminghamMagnificent 20ga. “Ovundo”, detachable-lock, game gun completed in 1924 and remaining in near new condition throughoutStunning vintage 20ga. remaining in near pristine condition throughout. Weight: 6 lbs. 1 oz.  Stock Dimensions: 14 ¾”x 1 ½”x 2 3/8”x straight.  Superb, flawless, 28” barrels with 2 ¾” chambers and brilliant bores, .628”/.631” (proofed at .625”/.626”), choked .011”/ .035”, and with minimum wall thickness of .033”/.029”, retain virtually all the original black finish. The iconic Westley Richards Patent Hand-Detachable locks remain in pristine condition. Beautifully deep-relief engraved action and side plates equipped with inspection doors retain virtually all the original brilliant hardening colors.

Exceptional 20g Westley Richards Ovundo Over-Under Shotgun. Pic courtesy Lewis Drake & Associates.
Exceptional 20g Westley Richards Ovundo Over-Under Shotgun. Pic courtesy Lewis Drake & Associates.

Westley Richards Patent single-selective trigger. Nicely figured walnut stock and forend retain virtually all the original finish and checkering remains crisp and sharp showing no evidence of use whatever. Silver’s butt pad in good condition.. Original Maker’s oak and leather case is in fine condition and contains the original complement of accessories in virtually unused condition. The original canvas and leather outer cover has a number of tiny specs of what would appear to be white paint spatter but is otherwise in very good condition. The overall fit and finish of this magnificent little gun is exemplary in every regard and it is hard to believe it is almost 100 years old. Overall a near pristine example and a great rarity. Unlikely you will ever have another opportunity to own such a classic in this condition. Price: $74,500.

The big guns bring big bucks at Julia’s…

Oct 1 marked the opening of grouse & woodcock season in Maine, and Lexi and I have made it the past two weekends. We’ve had little luck, though.

On the first weekend, we hit a cover in the afternoon, after I spent the AM at Poulin’s and Julia’s, checking out the guns in their fall auctions. Poulins and Julia’s hold two major firearms auctions a years — one in the spring and one in the fall. I make a point of checking them both out, if only to see some of the spectacular doubles they’re selling.

Poulin’s sale had a couple doubles that caught that interested me. This 12g, J. Funken sidelock was good quality, and the finished looked pretty original to me. But while it was a nice gun, it didn’t WOW.

12g WESTLEY RICHARDS DROP LOCK SXS SHOTGUN.
12g WESTLEY RICHARDS DROP LOCK SXS SHOTGUN.

I thought this 12g Westley Richards droplock was sleeper. The gun was rebarrelled by Westley in the 50’s, and both tubes were in as-new shape (minus some of original blueing). The stock was a little messed with, but not in a bad way. Add a Silver’s pad, and it would be good to go.

Interestingly, the patent Westley based this gun’s single trigger on was developed and filed by an American: A.E. Lard. It’s a complicated design, but Westley built them with top-quality components, construction and fittings. This made them reliable and subsequently, very popular. L.C. Smith used a similar Lard-patent for their Hunter One single triggers, but failed to apply the same quality control. That’s one reason the Hunter Ones can be such PITA.

PAIR OF CUSTOM FINISHED BROWNING B-25 OU SHOTGUNS
PAIR OF CUSTOM FINISHED BROWNING B-25 OU SHOTGUNS

Over at Julia’s, a few guns caught my eye. If I were going to the UK to shoot high pheasants, I would have bought these Browning B25s. They’re rugged, reliable, good looking, and heavy enough to suck up a day’s worth of 1 1/4oz loads. These guns hammered down for $8000 against a reserve of $12,500 — so they didn’t sell. Has they hit $12,500, they still would have been a good deal. They’re a lot of quality for the money. To see just how much, compare them to this next pair of guns.

This OU is a titanium Fabbri, a double that’s supposed to b the pinnacle of modern gunmaking. Even though this one waspretty much new and probably cost the original owner $150,000+, bidding on it topped put at $80,000 against a reserve of $100,000.

IVO FABBRI TITANIUM ACTION PINLESS SIDELOCK EJECTOR SINGLE TRIGGER OVER-UNDER GAME OR PIGEON GUN WITH CASE.
IVO FABBRI TITANIUM ACTION PINLESS SIDELOCK EJECTOR SINGLE TRIGGER OVER-UNDER GAME OR PIGEON GUN WITH CASE.

I have mixed feeling about Fabbris. To me, they’re sort of like the new James Bond movies: I want to love them, but every time I see them I’m disappointed. According to this piece in The Field, Fabbris use advanced steel and building techniques to construct their guns. While I’m glad someone in the gun trade is doing this kind of stuff, I wonder if its unnecessary. After all, we’re talking about shotguns, not fighter jets. Perazzi’s and Krieghoffs don’t use super high-tech steels and advanced construction techniques, and their guns have withstood hundred-of-thousands of rounds and won enough Olympic medals to decorate the Christmas tree in Times Square. I imagine Fabbri does it for the same reason their customers buy these OUs: Because they can.

HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE.
HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE.

Now for a couple doubles that didn’t disappoint. The first one was this monster 4-bore Holland & Holland double rifle which hammered down for $130,000 ($149,500 with the premium). The second was this  .577 Holland & Holland Double Rifle. It brought $115,000 with the juice.

In these two side-by-sides, you could see the evolution of the really big bore. The 4-bore was built in 1884 and at that time it was one the biggest rifles you could buy.  The .577 was from 1928. It pushed a 750 grain bullet with 90 grains of cordite — ka BOOM. Both guns were made for Indian princes. Judging by the guns’ conditions, the princes didn’t take these doubles out very much.

INCREDIBLE GOLDEN AGE HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL DELUXE HAMMERLESS EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE IN .577 NITRO
INCREDIBLE GOLDEN AGE HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL DELUXE HAMMERLESS EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE IN .577 NITRO

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Stephen Grant & Sons, London. Exceedingly rare and fine light weight “Twelve-Twenty” self-opening game gun finished out with 20ga. barrels, ca. 1948, Pic Copyright Lewis Drake & Associates, www.drake.net
Stephen Grant & Sons, London. Exceedingly rare and fine light weight “Twelve-Twenty” self-opening game gun finished out with 20ga. barrels, ca. 1948, Pic Copyright Lewis Drake & Associates, www.drake.net

Stephen Grant & Sons, London. Exceedingly rare and fine light weight “Twelve-Twenty” self-opening game gun finished out with 20ga. barrels, ca. 1948Weight: only 5 ½ Lbs.  Stock Dimensions: 15 3/8”x 1 3/8”x 2 3/8”x 3/8” cast-off.  Superb 28” chopperlump steel barrels with original 2 ¾” 1 oz. proofs have absolutely mint bores (.619”/.620”), choked .007”/.025”, and minimum walls .028”/.029”.  Beautifully sculpted and engraved, Baker 1913 patent, self-opening action is fitted with absolutely peerless quality, locks by Chilton & son. For those not familiar with this action and lock design I suggest you do a bit of reading. This happens to be my favorite of all the great British self-opening mechanisms. Overall this magnificent example, complete with original maker’s case and accessories, remains in virtually mint condition throughout and is a great rarity.  Price: $57,500

WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK SXS 12 GAUGE
WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK SXS 12 GAUGE

WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK SXS 12 GAUGE30″ BARRELS 024 AND 036 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP MAKERS CASE EXCELLENT ORIGINAL UNTOUCHED CONDITION WITH LIGHT BLUE WEAR AND LIGHT HANDLING MARKS IN THE WOOD 6LBS 5 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 7/16″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $12,500

Westley Richards Flintlock Blackpowder Side-by-SideWestley Richards Flintlock Blackpowder — Gun remains in very good condition; flintlock hammer gun with very modest scroll engraving on the lock plates and hammers, steel butt plate and damascus barrels. Price: $8,500

Westley Richards Flintlock Blackpowder Side-by-Side
Westley Richards Flintlock Blackpowder Side-by-Side
Arrieta 803 20 gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
Arrieta 803 20 gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Arrieta 803 20 gaugeHolland & Holland 7 pin hand removable sidelock. Purdy style hand engraving. Double triggers with front articulated trigger. Churchill type rib. Holland & Holland assited opener. English walnut straight handed stock and splinter forend with hand rubbed finish. Barrels are 26 5/8″ choked Mod and IM.  LOP is 14″ from the front trigger to center of the leather covered 1″ pad. Demensions are1 1/2″drop at comb, and 2 3/8″, with slight cast on for a right handed shooter.
This fine gun is 98% overall condition, with the case colors (99%) in near perfect condition, the blueing very fine (98%) with only 1 blemish (see photo) from the gun safe on left barrel, wood is in excellent condition with only very slight handling marks (98%). Price: $5700

Beretta 686 Onyx, 20-Gauge, OU Shotgun, 28" bbls
Beretta 686 Onyx, 20-Gauge, OU Shotgun, 28″ bbls

Beretta 686 Onyx, 20-Gauge, OU Shotgun, 28″ bbls: Price: $1,299.99

Caliber: 20-Gauge.
Chambers: 3″
Metal Condition: Very good with minor blemishes.
Wood Condition: Very good with minor blemishes.
Bore Condition: Shiny.
Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Single select.
Stock: Chekcered walnut.
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 13½”, DAH 2″, DAC 1½”.
Fore End: Checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Polymer recoil pad.
Weight: 5-lbs., 15-ozs.
Sights: Front bead.
Chokes: 2-chokes: IC, IC

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Pre-war Westley Richards 12 ga. pair, 28' barrels
Pre-war Westley Richards 12 ga. pair, 28′ barrels

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
Beautiful and rare 16ga Bittner Side lock, built in 1915, as shown in the Double Gun Journal

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
Rigby Hammer Double 12 GA SxS

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
W.R. Pape 12b Hammer Gun

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
Uriguen 12b sidelock SxS shotgun with 7 pin H&H style locks

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

Auction alert: a nice looking 12g Westley Richards Droplock shotgun…

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

Quinn & Farmer Auctions in Charlottesville, VA has this nice looking double barrel shotgun coming up tomorrow at their a 2/8 sale. I know there’s a lot of vital information missing from the listing, but if you live within driving distance, you may be able to make it over today to see the gun for yourself.

Here are the details on it. This info comes from the actioneer. And BTW, according to the pics the auctioneer provided, at least one of the sets of bbls was made in or after 1954.

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun: 90-95% original condition, true droplock. Two-barrel set, 28″ & 30″, marked 2 3/4″. Gun made between 1901-1908. Strong traces of case hardening on frame, checkered stock grip. Serial number 16967. Gold oval inlay on underside of stock with intials, “RD.” Top of frame marked with numeral “1” in gold. The shotgun is accompanied by its original leather case with name plate “ROBERT W. DANIEL/BRANDON,” with the name Brandon referring to Brandon Plantation.  Serial # 16967.

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

What’s this 20 gauge Westley Richard’s little secret?

20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun

Droplock Westley Richards shotguns are nice doubles, and they’re very collectible, especially in the smaller gauges. Most of the time, a 20 gauge will cost you at least $15,000 if it has any kind of condition.

20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun

So when I saw this little 20 gauge Westley Richards double barrel droplock shotgun on Gunbroker.com, I thought WOW – a deal! But after I took a longer look at the pics, I figured out why it’s priced so low.

Take a look at all the images. Then let me know if you can figure out what’s up with it:

20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock with a single trigger, straight-gripped stock, and 15″ LOP.

20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun

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Matched Pair Westley Richards Droplocks w/hinged floor plate - 12 ga
Matched Pair Westley Richards Droplocks w/hinged floor plate – 12 ga

Matched Pair Westley Richards Droplocks w/hinged floor plate – 12 ga: 28 inch barrels, S.S.T., auto ejectors, both are choked I/C and I/C. LOP 14″.  The barrel flats are stamped  with 2 3/4″,  3 1/4 ton,  1 1/8 oz .  Made in 1912 according to Griffin & Howe. Triggers and ejectors work well. One trigger guard has a Pointer engraved; the other a Setter. Both have a little cast off of  1/8 – 3/16″.  Stocks have leather pads. The dimensions are: #1   DAC 1 5/8,  DAH 2 1/8,  Weight 6 lbs 8 ozs., #2: DAC 1 1/2,  DAH 2 1/8,  Weight 6 lbs 8 ozs. Price: $19,600

Holland & Holland Top Lever Hammer 450 BPE SxS Rifle: Circa. 1886. SN: 8772.   Steel Barrels are Proofed: 52 Cordite – 365 Bullet.   Exceptional overall condition.  Bores appear, as new ,  in virtually unused condition.  Action is total sound.  Case colors and blue remain in very rich color. This would be a pleasant rifle to shoot and hunt with.  Rare find in this condition. Barrels: 26″, Fluid Steel,  Stock well Figured French Walnut Butt Horn L.O.P. 14 1/2″ Weight 7 lbs. 13.3 oz  Price $16,500

Holland & Holland Top Lever 450 3 14" BPE Circa. 1886.
Holland & Holland Top Lever 450 3 14″ BPE Circa. 1886.
A.H Fox , Sterlingworth, 20ga., 30” Barrels, choked IM/F
A.H Fox , Sterlingworth, 20ga., 30” Barrels, choked IM/F

A.H Fox , Sterlingworth, 20ga., 30” Barrels, choked IM/F100% case color, 99% blue, and wood finish.  Small handling marks.  Original pad that has been deteriorated from sitting in a rack.  Twin ivory sights, ultra rare barrel length.  This gun is near perfect Philadelphia, PA gun, no excuses, right out of the woodwork, virgin gun. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2 ¾”. 6 lbs 5oz. Price: $5,500

L.C. SMITH, IDEAL 20GA 28″ BARREL: Double Triggers, Case Color on Receiver is 90%+, Barrel Blue is 85%+, Both Screw Heads on Side-plate, are slightly damaged. This gun was Made in 1936, and we believe this is a “Standard Weight Frame”, Only 22 standard weight frame 20GA Ideal’s were ever made. London Steel Barrels, most likely Mod/Full. Wood is 95% and has very few handling marks. Grip Cap, and Butt Plate excellent. Price: $3300

L.C. SMITH, IDEAL GRADE, 20 GA, 28" BARREL
L.C. SMITH, IDEAL GRADE, 20 GA, 28″ BARREL
B. Rizzini Artemis Classic 20 ga, 28" O/U shotgun
B. Rizzini Artemis Classic 20 ga, 28″ O/U shotgun

B. Rizzini Artemis Classic 20 ga, 28″ O/U: This gun is barely used, in “as new condition” with beautiful AAA upgraded wood. The barrels are 28″ with 7 Rizzini chokes: Cyl, Skt x 2, IC, LM, LF, XF & 3″ chambers. Right hand 1/8″ cast off, 1 3/8″ DAC, 2 1/4″ DAH and 14 1/2″ LOP to Rizinni wood butt plate. Rizzini hard case and cloth sleeves are included. Price: $2495.

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EXCEPTIONALLY FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DOUBLE RIFLE: Caliber 45-70.
EXCEPTIONALLY FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DOUBLE RIFLE: Caliber 45-70.

EXCEPTIONALLY FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DOUBLE RIFLE: Caliber 45-70. Engraved in Grand American style with four big game animals gold inlaid in the receiver; a moose on one side, an elk on one, a big horn sheep on the bottom and grizzly bears inlaid in gold on the trigger guard. The entire receiver is heavily and extensively engraved by Nick Kusmit; this is one of the last guns he did before he left Winchester. The stock is checkered and carved; carving extends half the length of the buttstock and 3/4 of the length of the forearm-very beautifully and tastefully done. Overall gun is in as new condition, fitted in an orig Winchester luggage case. Completely made in the Winchester plant custom department and was assembled by Tony Galazan of a Connecticut shotgun manufacturing company when it was completed. One of the finest Winchester Model 21’s ever made; just a handful of these were made in 45-70. Price: $75,000.

Westley Richards 20 bore Droplock Double Barrel Shotgun with 30" barrels & Double Triggers
Westley Richards 20 bore Droplock Double Barrel Shotgun with 30″ barrels & Double Triggers

Westley Richards 20 bore Droplock with 30″ barrels, Double Triggers, Long stock: Boxlock ejector, straighe grip, 2 3/4″ chambers, 15 5/8″ LOP, 2 1/8″ DOH, Chokes IC/Mod, 6lbs, 5oz, in original case. Looks very original. Price: $26,000.

.410 Francotte 14E double-barrel side-by-side shotgn
.410 Francotte 14E double-barrel side-by-side shotgun

100% Original August Francotte 14E .410 w/letter, cased: August Francotte 14E .410, 26″ bbl, 2 1/2″ chambers, m/f, 14 1/8″ LOP, 2 5/8″ DH, 1 3/8″ DC, 4lb. 2oz., hand rubbed oil finish. All original, untouched, unmolested gun. Manufactured in 1925, with letters and other documentation from Griffin & Howe, the authority on Francottes. Stamped Francotte Choke Bore. Gun is in about 90% condition, no cracks, dents, gouges or deep scratches in wood. BBl retain most of their original color. Metal is in excellent condition with about 85% blue remaining. Engraving is also excellent: Price: $10,750

16 gauge Lang Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge Lang Boxlock Ejector Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

LANG 16 in SUPER NICE ORIG 1967 COND- 85-90% ORIG CASE COLORS- BOXLOCK EJECT- 28″ Bbls at SKT.I & SKT.II- WEBLEY ACTION- NICE STUFF: #20756, Joseph Lang & Son, 7 Bury Street, St. James’s, London, England: A very nice & totally original Post War Boxlock Ejector 16 Bore Game Gun Made in 1967 with 28″ Ejector Dovetail Lump Barrels, The versatile Webley action, Original London Proof at 3 1/4 tons and at the current correct bore size of .622″, The bores at .622 .005 & .011 (Skt.I. & Skt.II), Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Scalloped action back, Double triggers, Splinter forend, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/8″ over a 3/4″ leather pad, It also has a 5/8″ leather pad that was fit to the stock and will go back on without alteration, With a 1″ pad it will go 15 1/8″, Cast-Off for the right hand, Game gun weight of 6 lbs. 2 oz., Nice wood, 85% coverage of very nice scroll engraving that remains as sharp as the day it was cut, This gun still remains totally original, It retains an absolute & honest 85-90% original bright & vivid case colors, The original barrel blue at 94%, The wood absolutely appears with original finish and remains at 96-97%, The checkering is at 99%, The bores are absolute excellent plus condition, The barrels outside are excellent plus, It is totally free of any blemishes at the striker holes, The whole is cased in the original leather cornered leather trunk with a trade label. Price: $7,950.00

ARMY & NAVY 12- SUPERB ORIG 1924 COND- 90% ORIG CASE COLORS- 28" Bbls- WEBLEY ACTION
ARMY & NAVY 12- SUPERB ORIG 1924 COND- 90% ORIG CASE COLORS- 28″ Bbls- WEBLEY ACTION

ARMY & NAVY 12- SUPERB ORIG 1924 COND- 90% ORIG CASE COLORS- 28″ Bbls- WEBLEY ACTION- EXC. BARRELS- 6 Lbs. 6 Oz.- 70% ENGRAVED- ORIG CASE: #68323, Army & Navy C. S. L., London : A very nice & totally original late Pre-WW II Boxlock Ejector 12 Bore Game Gun Made in 1924 with 28″ Ejector Dovetail Lump Barrels with a rib extension Cross Bolt, It was sold to Major R. Gurney in 1928 for 25 British Pounds, The versatile Webley action with their #98513, Original Birmingham Proof at 1 1/8 ounce, The bores at .730 .004 & .032″ (Skt.I. & Full), 2 1/2″ chambers, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, Splinter forend, Straight hand stock at 14 1/8 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/8″ over a grooved butt, Cast-Off for the right hand, Game gun weight of 6 lbs. 6 oz., Nice wood, 70% coverage of very nice scroll engraving that remains as sharp as the day it was cut, This vintage 1924 gun still remains totally original since Major Gurney picked it up except the trigger guard has been reblacked, It retains an absolute & honest 90% original case colors, The original barrel blue at 94%, The wood absolutely appears with original finish and remains at 92%, The checkering is at 99%, The bores are absolute excellent plus condition and look like 1924, The barrels outside are excellent plus, The breech face retains 98% case colors and totally free of any pits at the strikers, The whole is cased in the original leather trimmed canvas trunk with original accessories and an original trade label, The oil bottle marked A&N and the lid has “R G” for Major Gurney. This is one honest Lightweight Pre-War British boxlock that is not found often in this condition with the whole package including a case. This piece has a whole bunch of life left in it.  Major Gurney made a deal on this piece in 1928 for 25 pound Sterling and traded in a 35 pound gun and put 10 pounds in his pocket. He may be needed the 10 pounds more than the gun as he damn sure didn’t wear this piece out. R. Gurney was born in 1875 in Surrey, England and was with the Suffolk Regiment in 1929. It makes you wonder if he ever returned home as it appears this gun was put away for a very long time. Price: $5,950.00

 

 

Auction alert: a pre-war Krieghoff Neptun “Kurz” drilling…

Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock "Kurz" Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm
Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock “Kurz” Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm

Krieghoff is one of the world’s top gunmakers, and if you’re into target competition O/Us, you’re already familiar with their guns. This German company started as Sempert & Krieghoff in 1886, and in the late ’50s they started messing with the target shotguns that would build them into the name we know today.

Before that, the company was well known for European-style game guns: rifles, shotguns, combination guns, Drillings, Vierlings. The Neptun-grade drilling you see here may have been one of finest guns at one time. As you can see, is still a fantastic looking firearm today. If you like it, bid on it right away – the action ends Monday 4/15 @ 10:09 PM EST

Here’s more about the gun from the seller:

Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock "Kurz" Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm
Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock “Kurz” Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm

Pre-war Krieghoff Neptun “Kurz” Sidelock Drilling: 16 x 16 over 8 x 57 JR. This elegant powerhouse is a “Top-Of-The-Line” fully-featured unaltered example of the “Master Hunter’s” choice of weapon for close quarters driven Boar. Fast, light, powerful and deadly accurate. Fully engraved in beautiful Suhl scroll and traditional game scenes with extra fine detail only found on the top of the line guns from this period.

Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock "Kurz" Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm
Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock “Kurz” Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm

Gun has factory un-cut 21 7/8” barrels and weighs in at a featherweight 6 lbs 12 oz, (7 pounds 12 oz. with scope!) Both bores measure .673 with identical constrictions of .038 and show only the slightest sign of frosting. Rifle bore is excellent as well. Stock measures 13 5/8” over factory butt plate. Rifle has side-lever cocking and automatic flip up rear sight. Also has the only hand-detachable trigger group we’ve seen on a Krieghoff drilling. Has spring-loaded trapdoor butt stock cartridge magazine. Scope is a factory mounted Zeiss “Zielever” 4x with “post” reticle and an early attempt at bullet drop compensator and engraved quick detach mounts.

Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock "Kurz" Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm
Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock “Kurz” Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm

Recently serviced by “Scope Doctor” and is fully functional and crystal clear. Entire gun was gone over by a veteran Krieghoff factory smith and functions flawlessly. Case is contemporary Oak and Leather with custom fitted interior by none other than Mike Messina of NY. This drilling is top-notch all the way. Very rare to find this much firepower packed into such a high-grade, compact and lightweight package. Gun is totally original and has slight pitting on standing breech and dings in the wood alongside the trigger guard (see pictures), but overall is very good.

Keep in mind that this was likely a GI bring back and is nothing short of a miracle that it has it’s original scope still in excellent working condition.

Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock "Kurz" Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm
Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock “Kurz” Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm
Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock "Kurz" Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm
Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock “Kurz” Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm

A Westley Richards droplock: here’s what makes them different…

In 1875, Westley Richards started building side-by-side shotguns on their famous Anson & Deeley boxlock action. Twenty-one year later, the company updated the A & D design with the famous Detachable Lock Action. Check out the pics below to see some of what sets these designs apart.

This first pic shows a regular Westley Richards Anson & Deeley boxlock action. Note the three pins  on the side of the action. Those pins fasten the lockwork in place.

A standard boxlock Westley Richards
A standard boxlock Westley Richards

The next pic shows a Westley Richards droplock. See how the the three pins on those three pins are missing on this gun? That’s because the detachable lockwork on this Westley is fastened on plates housed inside the action.

A droplock Westley Richards
A droplock Westley Richards, pic from Hallowellco.com

Here’s another pic of a standard Westley boxlock. Even though this shotgun is equipped with a hinged floor plate, it’s a fixed-lock gun.

Locks & action on a standard boxlock Westley Richards
Locks & action on a standard boxlock Westley Richards

This is a droplock with the floorplate removed and the left-had lock lifted from the action. See the plate to the back of the lock? That’s what the lockwork is mounted on.

Locks on a Westley Richards Droplock
Locks on a Westley Richards Droplock, pic from Hallowellco.com

In this final pic you can see the set of the locks dropped all the way out of the gun. You can also the plate that entire lock mechanism is mounted on.

Westley Richards Boxlock with Detachable Locks (Droplocks)
Westley Richards Boxlock with Detachable Locks (Droplocks)
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