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

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN:
PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN:

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN: MADE 1913, #20925, 28″ SOLID RIB BARRELS (004″ AND 028″ CONSTRICTIONS), 2 5/8″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, CHECKERED BUTT, 6LBS 7 OZ, 2 3/16″ DAH, 1 3/8″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP, MAKERS OAK AND LEATHER CASE. Price: $35,500

Extremely rare and awesome original Parker GH 12ga with 34" steel brls orig chambered for 2-7/8" -An amazing vintage California Duck
Extremely rare and awesome original Parker GH 12ga with 34″ steel brls orig chambered for 2-7/8″ -An amazing vintage California Duck

Extremely rare and awesome original Parker GH 12ga with 34″ steel brls orig chambered for 2-7/8″ -An amazing vintage California Duck: One of just 18 made with 34″ barrels and made in 1914, this awesome Parker G Grade gun made with original 34″ steel barrels.  The gun made with original straight grip stock, splinter forend and double triggers.  Made on a #2 frame. This gun is accompanied by a PGCA letter that matches the gun to a “T” and it appears untouched and all original, including the hardened original Silver’s pad. This gun remains in fine original condition with more 50% original case color, 95% original barrel blue, and 95% original stock finish.  The bores are brilliant and shiny, and the mechanics are crisp.  This is a stout gun and ready for incoming ducks this fall!  Price: $8995

Fabarm Autumn 20ga/30" SxS Shotgun
Fabarm Autumn 20ga/30″ SxS Shotgun

Fabarm Autumn 20ga/30″ SxS Shotgun: Case colored receiver with scroll engraving, scalloped frame, splinter forend, straight grip stock, deluxe grade Turkish walnut with checkering and oil finish, rounded action, wooden butt plate, TriBore barrels with five flush choke tubes, 3″ chambers, selective safety. Comes with factory case and paper work. Gun remains in “as new” condition and is unfired by the original owner. Price: $3,100

JOHN DICKSON & SON BOXLOCK EJECTOR 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN - 28" BARRELS
JOHN DICKSON & SON BOXLOCK EJECTOR 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN – 28″ BARRELS

JOHN DICKSON & SON BOXLOCK EJECTOR 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN – 28″ BARRELS: A 12 gauge boxlock ejector shotgun with 28” nitro proved barrels nicely fit with ejectors and a smooth concave game rib. The rib reads “JOHN DICKSON & SON.EDINBURGH.” Proved for 2-3/4″ cartridges and choked Improved Cylinder (Right) & Full (Left). Scroll engraving with “JOHN DICKSON & SON” in banner on both sides of the action body and case color finish going to a soft patina, Double triggers, Best Quality Walnut Stock, Traditional English straight hand grip, Vacant stock oval and Splinter forend with Anson type release, 14-1/2” LOP to a checkered butt, Cast Off 1/4” at face, 6 Lbs. 11 Oz. Price: $2,950

B. Woodward High Grade English Hammer double
B. Woodward High Grade English Hammer double

B. Woodward High Grade English Hammer double: Benjamin Woodward & Sons was as far as we can discern was not directly related to James Woodward but I think James would approve of the quality of this distant relatives accomplishment. The craftsmanship is very high. Antique: Yes, Serial Number: 6331, Ejectors: No, Barrels: 30″, Barrel Type: Damascus, Action: top lever back action with non-rebounding hammers, Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 7/8″, Stock Heel: 2 7/8″, Stock Cast: 0, LOP: 14 3/8″, Weight: 7 lbs. 3.5 oz., Choke Left: Cyl., Choke Right: Cyl. Proof:Black: 2 1/2″ Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .031″ Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .033″ Price: $2,400

Surprise! The affordable SxS is making a comeback …

FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun
FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun

Affordable SxSs were a thing of the past by the time I got out of college in the 90’s, found a job, and had money to spend on a gun.

SKB stopped making their side-by-sides in 1980. Stevens ended their low priced 311s and Fox Model Bs in 1989. AYAs and Arrietas were building SxS in the ’90s, but their lowest-grade guns cost more than my F150 was worth.

If I wanted a new double at a reasonable price, an OU was the only way to go: Berettas 686s, Browning Citoris, Ruger Red Labels.

But according to this new article in Outdoor life by A.J. DeRosa, that’s not the case anymore.

The Affordable Side-by-Side Shotgun Is Making a Comeback with American Bird Hunters, by A.J. DeRosa

CZ Bobwhite SxS Shotgun
CZ Bobwhite SxS Shotgun

The dampness of the cellar mixed with the smell of gun oil hit my nose. My eyes caught the fluorescent lights reflecting off blued metal. Well-kept barrels of various brands and models of vintage shotguns stood out in contrast against a worn table. My bank account was about to be sucked dry; I tried not to think about the overdraft fees. The affordable gun I had originally came for fell by the wayside as I shouldered an Italian-built shotgun with a slender English grip. Welcome to the world of side-by-side shotguns….

Read all of A.J. DeRosa’s: The Affordable Side-by-Side Shotgun Is Making a Comeback with American Bird Hunters

AKUS SxS Shotgun
AKUS SxS Shotgun
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