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Stunning high original condition W.C. Scott “Premier” Quality 12ga hammer gun - the finest example I have seen! W/orig. Case
Stunning high original condition W.C. Scott “Premier” Quality 12ga hammer gun – the finest example I have seen! W/orig. Case

Stunning high original condition W.C. Scott “Premier” Quality 12ga hammer gun – the finest example I have seen! W/orig. Case:
Absolutely gorgeous high original condition W.C. Scott 12ga “Premier” Hammer gun.  Virtually never seen with an original straight grip, this gun has got it all!  This gun made with 30″ Damascus barrels, checkered splinter forend with long fully engraved release lever at tip, double triggers and extractors.  The gun has a very fine piece of English Walnut which is checkered in a point pattern with tear drop behind the locks and terminates with its original lined horn buttplate.  The case hardened receiver is beautiful engraved in fine scroll as are the hammers and fences.  Large gold shield behind top tang.  The gun is near full coverage engraved and remains in exceptionally fine all original condition. Overall the gun remains in exceptional original condition with more than 90% of the Damascus pattern remaining.  Receiver retains more than 75% vivid original case color and the screws are all near mint retaining nearly all of their fine nitre blue.  Stocks are sound and retain nearly all of their original finish with checkering being very crisp for a gun of this vintage.  Stocks with minor handling marks and impressions, but nothing serious to note.  Bores are mostly bright and shiny with some light orange peel ahead of the chambers.  Mechanics are crisp. These high grade English hammer guns are impossible to source in original untouched condition as they were virtually all sent back to the maker for service annually.  This gun has exceptional merit to a collector and belongs in a distinguished collection. Price: $12,500

AyA Aguirre y Arranzabal - 410ga Round Body “No. 2” SLE Baby Frame - 27” - IC/IC - 3” - 99% In Original Maker’s Box & Paperwork - ca. 1999 - Rare! for sale
AyA Aguirre y Arranzabal – 410ga Round Body “No. 2” SLE Baby Frame – 27” – IC/IC – 3” – 99% In Original Maker’s Box & Paperwork – ca. 1999 – Rare! for sale

AyA Aguirre y Arranzabal – 410ga Round Body “No. 2” SLE Baby Frame – 27” – IC/IC – 3” – 99% In Original Maker’s Box & Paperwork – ca. 1999 – Rare! Fine English Scroll – Deep Case Colors – Checkered Butt – Blank Gold Oval – 7 pin sidelock – cocking indicators – double trigger – wonderful flushing bird gun Manufacturer: AyA Aguirre y Arranzabal Model: No. 2 Round Body SLE Serial Number: 051-99 Barrel Length: 27” Bore Info: 99% Chambers: 3” Ejectors: Auto Timed Crisp Condition: 99% Metal Condition: 99% Wood Condition: 99% Bore Condition: 99% Triggers: Double Stock: English Grip Stock Comb: 1 1/2” Stock Heel: 2 1/2” Stock Cast: Slight Right Hand – off Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: Checkered Butt LOP: 14 7/8” Rib: Concave Game Rib Finish: Hand Rubbed Oil Weight: 5 lbs 5 ozs Manufacture Date: 1999 Choke Left: .009 Choke Right: .009 Engraving: Fine English Scroll. Price: $7,995

A.H. Fox 12 ga. Double Barrel Shotgun Grade A 2nd Year
A.H. Fox 12 ga. Double Barrel Shotgun Grade A 2nd Year

A.H. Fox 12 ga. Double Barrel Shotgun Grade A 2nd Year: A super original high condition A.H. Fox Shotgun…Grade A…serial # 91xx…28 inch barrels…Krupp barrels…Mod. & Full…90% original case colors on the frame and water table…98+ original blue on the barrels…beautiful mint bores…looks like new! Original horn butt plate…14″ LOP…beautiful original case colors on the upper tag…beautiful original blue on the lower tang…action and barrels lock up like New! Original checkering looks like new… They are 2 small dings in the butt stock…1 on each side…stocks are perfect and original…no cracks or repairs…original varnish. Price: $3,850

Fabarm Autumn "As New" 20 Gauge 28 inch English Stock *Best Price Anywhere* for sale
Fabarm Autumn “As New” 20 Gauge 28 inch English Stock *Best Price Anywhere* for sale

Fabarm Autumn “As New” 20 Gauge 28 inch English Stock *Best Price Anywhere* for sale: This gun is being sold in as near as new condition as possible because I have never fired it and it has only been assembled for the pictures. It has the full factory warranty available to the buyer. Fabarm Autumn side-by-side shotgun in 20 gauge. 28″ barrels, 3″ chambers. Swamped top rib with textured finish to reduce glare. Color case hardened receiver. Highly figured Deluxe Turkish Walnut. Splinter forend with straight English stock. 4 Lug locking system for a very strong lock-up between the monoblock and the action. Monolithic forged action for ultimate in strength. Auto ejectors.Shotgun Gauge: 20 Gauge Manufacturer: FABARM Model: Autumn Barrel Length: 28″ Bore Info: 20 Gauge Chambers: 3 inch Ejectors: Selective Condition: As New Metal Condition: As New Wood Condition: As New Bore Condition: As New Barrels: Double with game rib Barrel Type: Side by Side Action: Box Lock Triggers: Single Selective Stock: Straight Grip Stock Drop: 2.25 inch Stock Comb: 1.5″ Stock Cast: Slight RH Cast Off Fore End: Splinter Style Butt Pad: Fitted Walnut LOP: 14.5″ Rib: Swamped textured Game Finish: Case color action/Blued barrels Weight: 6 lbs 4 oz. Sights: Single metal bead Manufacture Date: 2021 Chokes: Interchangeable Choke Tubes Engraving: 100% Extras: CTs, Case, Sleeves Mfg Shipping box. Case: Intergale Item Location: Florida Minimum Wall Thickness Left: New Minimum Wall Thickness Right: New Price: $3,650

NICELY DONE DAVID KIRKWOOD SxS 2-BARREL SET 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
NICELY DONE DAVID KIRKWOOD SxS 2-BARREL SET 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

NICELY DONE DAVID KIRKWOOD SxS 2-BARREL SET 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN: 30 inch and 28 inch barrels with fine bores. Kirkwood made some of the finest guns seen. Checkered pistol grip wood is in good condition.  13-1/2 inches LOP. Engraving is sparsely applied. Barrels retain about 70% Damascus finish. Action retains about 10% case color in protected areas. Price: $2,650

5 things you’ll love about the FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun …

FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun
FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun

We’re back. Stitch and I just returned from a few weeks of grouse and woodcock hunting up in Maine. We had a great time and we found a lot of birds.

While the 12g I had with me did the job, here’s a SxS I wish I had had with me:

The FABARM Autumn SxS

Last spring Caeser Guerini sent me one of these shotguns in 20 gauge to look over and bang some rounds through. It was a great gun and a blast to shoot. Here’s what impressed me most about it:

5 things to love about the FABARM Autumn SxS:

20g FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun
20g FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun

1. IT’S EASY ON THE EYES

20g FABARM Autumn SxS
20g FABARM Autumn SxS

My FABARM Autumn was a great double to admire with a rounded, color-case hardened action, some interesting scroll engraving, and nicely figured, oil-finished wood, While it had a vintage vibe to it, its clean, pinless action gave it a sleek, modern look.

2. IT’S BUILT TO SHOOT TONS OF ROUNDS AND KEEP GOING

Unusual lumps on the 20g FABARM Autumn SXS, part of its unique locking system
What the?!? Unique quad lumps on the FABARM Autumn SXS, part of its extra durable locking system

On the outside, the FABARM Autumn looks like an old-school, Anson & Deeley style boxlock shotgun. But it’s not.

Instead, the gun mounts the lockwork on its triggerplate and uses sliding rods to cock the hammers.

Hybrid boxlock / triggerplate cocking and firing system on the 20g FABARM Autumn SXS
Hybrid boxlock / triggerplate cocking and firing system on the 20g FABARM Autumn SXS

Then there’s the real interesting part of the FABARM Autumn: its quad-lug system.

Another look at the unique split hinge pin, quad-lump locking system on the 20g FABARM Autumn SXS
The unique quad-lump locking system on the FABARM Autumn SXS

These 4 lumps  are designed to increase the longevity of the barrel/action connection and help you deliver quicker, more accurate second shots. How?

Even though we worship SxSs like Parkers and Purdeys, those guns, and others like them, have their weaknesses. One’s the way the barrels mount on the action.

These shotguns connect to the action with two lumps. The front lump has the hook. This catches the hingepin. The rear lump has a bite. This receives a sliding bolt that comes in from the back to lock down the barrels (most British and European SxSs also have a bite on the front lump, but it doesn’t always do much to secure the bbls).

Hook on a set of Purdey shotgun barrels
Hook and bites on a set of Purdey SXS shotgun barrels, from Hallowellco.com

When you fire a SxS, the barrels twist horizontally and flex vertically, trying to pivot on the hinge pin. Even though the bolt, bites and action secure the barrels and resist this twisting and flexing, these forces pulls you off your target. And over time, they cause wear which can lead to a SxS’s barrels going off face and become loose on the action.

(For a nerdy dive into what this mean, read this article by Delbert Whitman Jr.).

Unique split hingepin, quad-lump locking system on the 20g FABARM Autumn SXS
Another look at the unique split hinge pin, quad-lump locking system on the 20g FABARM Autumn SXS

The FABARM Autumn quad-lump design displaces this twisting and flexing over more surface area. This helps cut down on wear and increases the longevity of the barrel/action connection.

The quad-lug system also stabilizes the barrels and cuts down on horizontal flexing. This is an idea borrowed from competitive pigeon shooting and the thinking is that it helps you deliver a quicker, more accurate shot with the left barrel.

3. IT FEELS GREAT

A few years ago I shot a 12g Purdey Trigger Plate OU. It was big gun that came in at just over 8 lbs, but it had a lively feel that belied its weight and encouraged me to shoot it all day.

A few months later I was I hunting with a new 20g Italian OU. It was a field gun, and even though it weighed 6 3/4 lbs, it felt heavy and dead, like a target gun. I wanted to get rid of it as soon as possible.

I thought about those guns the first time I shot the 20g FABARM Autumn. How would it feel — dead or alive?

FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun
FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun

My gun had 28″ barrels and weighed 6 lbs, 6 oz. — a good weight for an all-around bird gun. But it also pistol grip stock and a beavertail forend. Those said “target” to me — and had me worried.

After a lot of clays and a flat of 2 3/4″, 7/8 oz loads (which were a PITA to find), I had my answer: alive and very lively.

Like that big Purdey OU, the FABARM Autumn snapped to my shoulder and and picked up the clays with little effort. The more I shot it, the more I wanted to shoot it. I think its lightweight barrels were a big reason for this, but not the only one.

I liked the pistol-grip, beavertail forend setup, too. They gave me a lot to hold onto and more control over the gun more. This made the gun easier to mount and move to target.

The selective single trigger was crisp and with just a of whisker play in it on second shots. And even though I pulled it as fast as I could and tried to make it fail, it fired round after round without a problem.

4. IT’S ALL YOU NEED FOR UPLAND HUNTING

With choke tubes, 3" chambers and steel-approved barrels, the 20g FABARM Autumn can do it all in the uplands
With choke tubes, 3″ chambers and steel-approved barrels, the 20g FABARM Autumn can do it all in the uplands

With  3″ chambers, choke tubes and barrels/choke tubes that are steel-shot safe, the 20g FABARM Autumn I had could handle all the bird hunting I did (or hoped to do).

If you’re an upland hunter, it could do the same for you.

5. IT’S BACKED BY A 5-YEAR WARRANTY

I’ve had old guns, older guns, and really old guns. They can be a PITA to maintain and repair. So I appreciate new, trouble-free new SxSs and OUs.

But of course, things do break. When they do, it’s good to know the gun is backed by a warranty, especially one with repair centers in the US.

The FABARM Autumn’s 5-year warranty gives you this kind of protection and peace of mind.

Of course, while I loved the gun, I thought it could use some tweaks:

  • The fences could use a bit of styling, especially on ahead of the toplever.
  • The pistol grip needs some refinement. I would like to see it look more like round-knob
  • They need to add an automatic safety. It’s a must have on a bird gun. I’ve owned guns without them, and it’s too easy to forget to slide it to “safe” after opening and closing the gun.

Ready to buy? Here are a few dealers on Gunsinternational.com who can help you out now:

Fabarm Autumn Pistol Grip Side by Side Shotgun | 20ga 30″ | For Sale at Cole Guns

Fabarm Autumn 20ga For Sale at Gordy and Sons Outfitters

Fabarm Autumn 20 gauge Side by Side 30″ For Sale at Pacific Sporting Arms East

Fabarm Autumn 20ga 28″ English Stock For Sale at Silver Creek Outfitters

Fabarm Autumn 20ga 28” barrels English Etock SST For Sale at the Iron Cowboy Gun Shop

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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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