How to buy vintage shotguns without getting burned: The 2nd most important questions to ask a seller

Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world! Super investment
Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world! Super investment

So I’ve had tech issues with Dogs & Doubles, and it has taken me a while to get things sorted out. Sorry for the trouble. But now I’m back. So here’s the next part of How to buy vintage shotguns without getting burned.

A few weeks ago, I talked about the first of the three most important questions you need to ask a seller before you buy a gun:

Question 1: Is the gun all original or has it been redone?

This week, we’ll cover: Question 2: What’s the condition of the barrels?

One thing I learned quickly in my gun-hoarding days was that bad barrels equal a bad gun. I know this sounds extreme, but it’s true for 2 reasons.

This gun was intentionally destroyed with a gross overcharge of smokeless powder. Pic from MidwayUSA website
This gun was intentionally destroyed with a gross overcharge of smokeless powder. Pic from MidwayUSA website

1: Safety. If the integrity of the barrels is compromised in any way, you can’t count on them to constrain the forces that are unleashed when you fire a gun.

16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun
16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun

2: Barrels are never worth replacing. OK, almost never. But on an old Parker or Fox, a new set made from scratch will cost your $8,000+ — if you can find someone to do it and do it right. You can send a British SxS or an OU back to the UK for new barrels, but you’re talking at least $10,000. European stuff can be just as pricey.

So when you’re buying a vintage shotgun, you need to figure out the condition of the barrels right away. Here are 5 questions to ask the seller.

Are these barrels their original length? I hope so -- I own the gun!
Are these barrels their original length? I hope so — I own the gun!

1. Are the barrels their original length? Back in the day, gunsmiths used to hack off a couple of inches from shotgun barrels all the time, usually to open up the chokes or to remove damage at the muzzle end. Unfortunately, this can affect how the barrels shoot and how the gun balances. It also lowers a gun’s resale value and can look lousy. So if the barrels are no longer their original length, the smart move is to pass on the gun.

Ouch. A nasty dent in a set Parker barrels. Image from the PerlicanParts forum.
Ouch. A nasty dent in a set Parker barrels. Image from the PerlicanParts forum.

2. Are there are any dents, dings, or bulges in the barrels? If so, you may be able to fix them. But depending on where they are, how bad they are, and the overall quality of the gun, it may not be worth doing. Determining the severity of a dent, ding, or bulge requires a gunsmith. The moment you consult one, you’ll start running a tab that could go to $200+ if you move ahead with any work. BTW: Check out this article to read more about dents what goes into repairing them: The Ins And Outs Of Shotgun Barrel Dents

Bad pitting inside a shotgun barrel
Bad pitting inside a shotgun barrel

3. Is there any pitting or corrosion, inside or out? Rust is never good. But some pin-pricks and small blooms of it can be easy to deal with if they’re on the exterior of the bbls. The same is true with a little light frosting inside the tubes. But thick rust and pits can only be removed with honing and polishing. These fixes aren’t cheap and they can create thin spots in the tubes. None of that is good.

4. Are the ribs tight?  Shotgun ribs are fastened to the barrels with soldering. When this soldering comes loose and falls away, moisture works underneath and rust follows. While loose ribs can be relayed, you don’t know how extensive the rust damage is until you remove the ribs. Plus, relaying ribs is expensive and you’ll have to reblue the barrels once it’s done.

5. Are there are any signs of repairs? Barrels get dented and fixed. Sometimes they bulge and are repaired. When they rust, people clean them up and reblue them (but won’t always reblue them the right way). While minor repairs aren’t a huge concern, major fixes are. If a set of barrels has been repaired, you (or more likely a gunsmith) will have to inspect them to see if the repair was done correctly and if the area around the repair has been compromised. And you know what that means — $$$$.

So that’s a lot to ask — I know. Later this week I’ll go over the rest of the things you need to find out about a set of shotgun barrels before you guy the gun, including chamber lengths, bore sizes, and minimum wall thicknesses. Stay tuned.

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

Merkel 203E Luxus Gold SLE - 16ga - 28” - IC/M - Spectacular German Field Gun ca. 1955 - Beautiful
Merkel 203E Luxus Gold SLE – 16ga – 28” – IC/M – Spectacular German Field Gun ca. 1955 – Beautiful

Merkel 203E Luxus Gold SLE – 16ga – 28” – IC/M – Spectacular German Field Gun ca. 1955 – Beautiful: Spectacular German Field Gun ca. 1955 – Beautiful Shotgun with some field experience – wood and metal show field evidence – a hairline crack in the stock toe (easy fix $200) – 14 3/8 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 – 6.10 lbs – I’ve not polished the patina on the Sidelock Plates because I feel it may disturb the nostalgia of the gun – if polished and wood refinished the gun would look like a blue ribbon shotgun – but I like it the way it is… very slender 16ga for the discerning upland shooter/collector. Price: $21,000

Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE Grade 20ga two-barrel set with case
Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE Grade 20ga two-barrel set with case

Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE Grade 20ga two-barrel set with case: Made in 1995, this fantastic early CSMC XE Fox has it all – and remains in exceptionally nice original condition to boot.  The gun is engraved in factory XE Grade pattern, signed by Leopold Schickl. Made originally with two sets of barrels and two forends – one in 27″ and one 26″, this would be the one gun any man would need for all seasons.  The gun was made with straight grip, double triggers, and splinter forends with Schnabel tips.  The gun is beautifully engraved with quail on left, woodcock on right, and standing Fox on the bottom all surrounded by well executed factory oak leaf pattern. This gun was made with exceptionally nice highly figured dark wood, as per the original order.  The stock terminates with the original checkered butt, and the grip is diamond shaped which is smooth and delicate.  Initials “E.H.” in gold stock shield near toe.  Each barrel with single ivory bead.  The gun is housed in its original two barrel set case with all accessories. Overall, the gun remains in near mint original condition retaining nearly all of its original finish to both wood and metal.  Mechanics are crisp and bores are brilliant and shiny.  Price: $17,000

12g D.B. Wesson Fire Arms Co. SxS RARE
12g D.B. Wesson Fire Arms Co. SxS RARE

12g D.B. Wesson Fire Arms Co. SxS RARE: This is one of the rare Wesson Fire Arms 12 gauge double hammer gun. The famous Gustave Young Shop engraved it. This is serial number 8 and it doesn’t have the barrel address. It has the Patent Dates on the water table. The Mechanical function is very good crisp and tight. The bores are very good bright and shiny and not a spec or rust or pitting. The checkering is very good and the butt stock is a very nice piece of stripped wood. The serial number 8 is under the thumb release stamped on the frame. The receiver, hammers, locks trigger guard and top tang are engraved. To save on weight the butt plate was skeletonized and the wood in the center of the place is nicely checkered. The receiver, hammers, trigger guard, top tang and bottom of the front wood still have blue 40-45% blue. The barrels have been rebrowned and there are no dents in the barrels. This is a very RARE item with only 219 being made. This comes with the original loading tools. These were made from 1868-1870, and also come with a copy of the patent information and a copy of the Descriptive Circular. Price: $7,495.

UST SCHULER GERMANY, FABULOUS HERKULES 12GA O/U BOXLOCK PIGEON GUN
AUGUST SCHULER GERMANY, FABULOUS HERKULES 12GA O/U BOXLOCK PIGEON GUN

AUGUST SCHULER GERMANY, FABULOUS HERKULES 12GA O/U BOXLOCK PIGEON GUN: 1924 MFG DATE, CASE COLORED ACTION WITH TIGHT SCROLL & FLORAL PATTERN, 30″ BBLS, 2 3/4, CHOKED IM/FULL, SOLID RIB, EXRACTORS, DBL TRIGGERS, BEAUTIFUL HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, PISTOL GRIP, TRIM FOREND, LOP 14 3/4 TO SILVERS PAD, 1 3/8, 2 5/8, 8LBS 10OZ, 99% ORIGINAL FINISH WOOD & METAL. Price: $3,995

BERETTA - RARE - BL-5 - - 28ga 28" M / F -- OU - - Hand Engraved
BERETTA – RARE – BL-5 – – 28ga 28″ M / F — OU – – Hand Engraved

BERETTA – RARE – BL-5 – – 28ga 28″ M / F — OU – – Hand Engraved: A VERY RARE Gun!  M / F (.010 / .023) Vent Rib, Mid Rib Bead, Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger, Hand Engraved, Long Trigger Guard Tang, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs 3 oz. Price: $3950

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A pre-owned 20 gauge Holland & Holland 'Royal' Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26-inch barrels
A pre-owned 20 gauge Holland & Holland ‘Royal’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26-inch barrels

A pre-owned 20 gauge Holland & Holland ‘Royal’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26-inch barrels: Holland & Holland sidelock ejector with patent assisted opening mechanism, double triggers and automatic safety. Chamber: 2 3/4 inch, Rib: Game concaved with file cut surface, Chokes: 1/4 & 1/4 Stock: Length: 14 5/8 inches, Grip: Semi pistol grip, Butt End Finish: Chequred, Forend: Splinter Style Forend. Engraving: Description: Royal Scroll Finish: Case colour finish. Weight: 5lbs – 10 oz, Case: Single Leather case. Date of Manufacture: 1960. Price: $38,000

Perazzi MX20 SC3 OU 20ga with 27 3/4" bbls, Multichoke
Perazzi MX20 SC3 OU 20ga with 27 3/4″ bbls, Multichoke

Perazzi MX20 SC3 OU 20ga with 27 3/4″ bbls, Multichoke: Perazzi MX20 SC3 game gun with fine rose and scroll engraving, vibrant color case hardening, single selective non-removable trigger, rich-grained straight grip stock (14 7/8″ lop over leather covered pad), tapered forend, ventilated rib, and factory external choke tubes. This may be one of the most attractive versions of the SC3 upgrades offered by Perazzi through the years. Factory luggage case included. Price: $13,495

Winchester 21 Deluxe Grade IV Engraved 12 Gauge (W10734)
Winchester 21 Deluxe Grade IV Engraved 12 Gauge (W10734)

Winchester 21 Deluxe Grade IV Engraved 12 Gauge (W10734): Made in 1939. Has a 26” barrel. Beautiful gun in excellent condition. Engraving is nice and sharp in a number IV factory pattern. Wood is excellent. Gun comes with a factory letter. Excellent Deluxe gun! Price: $14,950

Beautiful A.H. Fox A Grade 16 Gauge SXS with Original Box
Beautiful A.H. Fox A Grade 16 Gauge SXS with Original Box

Beautiful A.H. Fox A Grade 16 Gauge SXS with Original Box: Beautiful A.H. Fox “A” Grade 16 Gauge shotgun. Has the original box. Made in 1937. 16 Gauge with 28” barrels. Gun is in mint condition. All of the original blue and case colors remain. Engraving is sharp. Wood is excellent. This is a double extractor gun. This gun comes in the original box and is in mint condition. There is a letter accompanying this gun confirming all features. Beautiful example of an A.H. Fox “A” Grade double-barrel shotgun. Price: $7,950

Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge
Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge

Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge: This handcrafted Pedro Arrizabalaga 20 gauge side by side features and English style straight stock. The deluxe walnut stock has an oil finish and fine checkering. The receiver is engraved with heavy scroll work. There is a second forend, original paperwork. Chambers: 2-3/4 inch, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Excellent, Barrels: 27-1/2 inch barrel, Triggers: Smooth double triggers, Stock Dimensions: LOP 14-1/8 inch to forward trigger; DAC 1 3/4″; DAH 2 1/2, Fore End: Matching semi beavertail, second forend splinter style, Butt Pad: Checkered. Price: $4,599.99

A closer look: Not your normal 12g Fox Sterlingworth ….

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

As I’ve said before, the Fox Sterlingworth is the gateway drug for a lot of people who become addicted to vintage shotguns. These side-by-sides were rugged, reliable, and great deals when they were introduced and they still are today — especially when they’re in this kind of condition.

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

Even though there are lots of 12g Sterlingworths on the market today, few of them are as nice, or as unique, as the one you see here.

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

This is a 12-gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush with automatic ejectors and it appears to be in excellent original condition.

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

Back in the day, standard Sterlingworths came in four models: Trap (32″ bbls), Standard (30″ bbls), Field (28″ bbls) and Brush (26″ bbs). “Brush” guns were the lightest Sterlingworths available and they came standard with the most open chokes (Cylinder & Mod). I’ve always thought of them as the perfect Sterlingworths for upland hunting, especially if you’re into grouse and woodcock.

In addition, because this one is a “Deluxe” model Sterlingworth, this gun came with twin ivory beads and an original pad. Automatic ejectors were added as another feature.

Sterlingworth page from a 1930 Fox Shotgun catalog
Sterlingworth page from a 1930 Fox Shotgun catalog

Here’s the link to it: A.H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Ejector Brush Model: Price $1,950

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What kind of Fox shotgun is worth $159,000? This one …

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

The gun you see here is one of the legends of American gunmaking. The FE was Fox’s finest shotgun. Few of them were built, and just six of those were twenty gauges. Morphy Auctions sold it this spring for $159,900 ($130,000+ buyer’s premium)!

Fox FE, page from 1939 Savage Fox Catalog. Gun cost $525.
Fox FE, page from 1939 Savage Fox Catalog. Gun cost $525.

Brand new in 1939, a twenty-gauge FE cost $525 — about the same as a Parker AHE and half what Abercrombie & Fitch wanted for a new Purdey. A Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors cost $57.75.

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

LOT 2237: FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN: Perhaps the most exciting discovery in American Sporting shotgun collecting in the past 20 years, and offered for sale publicly for the first time since new is the very last A.H. Fox FE Grade 20 Bore presented here. In total, there are believed to have been just six FE Grade 20 bore guns made, three in Philadelphia, and three by Savage Arms after their takeover of the A.H. Fox Gun Company.

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

Several of the other FE Grade 20 bore guns are known to collectors and this gun, previously rumored but not before offered publicly, has recently surfaced in Colorado where its current owner consigned it with our firm. The gun was made with #3 weight 28″ Chromox barrels which have a low profile raised ventilated matted rib with twin ivory beads. Barrels with chain border at muzzles and hand engraved “CHROMOX FLUID STEEL” / SAVAGE ARMS CORP., UTICA, N.Y. U.S.A.” on tops. Barrels also engraved with 2 – 3/4″ wedge of engraving at breech ends with gold lightning bolts – the signature on a FE Grade Fox! Made with beavertail forend which is finely checkered in point and tear drop pattern and also carved in fleur-de-lis towards action. The case hardened Deeley release is fully engraved as is forend iron, which is also hand engraved with serial number and simple scroll on the inside. Action is full coverage engraved, signed by W.H. Gough twice, once in front of the nickel plated trigger “ENG. BY W.H.G.” and once on the right side of the action on top of the game scene “Gough”.

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

Action with gold inlaid stars on hinge pin, gold inlaid setter on right, pointer on left, all surrounded by perfectly executed shaded floral scroll. Top lever and top tang are fully engraved and “SAFE” in gold in front of engraved safety button. One large quail and five chicks are found on the bottom ahead of the trigger plate in game scene. Trigger plate is fully engraved in floral scroll pattern. Trigger guard is fully engraved in floral scroll and gold inlaid “E.A. GRIM MD” on bow and serial number in gold on tang. Beautifully figured fiddleback European Walnut buttstock is of capped pistol grip configuration and terminates with its original skeleton buttplate which is case hardened and fully engraved. The butt is beautifully checkered in fleur-de-lis through the wrist with ribbands and checkered side panels with fleur-de-lis pattern. Housed in a beautiful Huey oak and leather case no. 194 made for this gun. Made with single selective trigger, auto ejectors and auto safety. According to the factory records, this gun was ordered new by Dr. E.A. Grim in the exact same configuration and nearly exact same condition as today.

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

The gun was special ordered with the skeleton buttplate, large forend, ventilated rib, gold name on trigger guard single trigger, and two ivory beads. Of note, the gun was requested to be proofed with black powder loads for 2 – 3/4″ chambers – a very late black powder proofing! According to our consignor, Dr. Grim died before taking possession of the gun. His widow then gave the gun to his physician partner who had it until the time of his passing in the 1970s. From there the gun was sold to a private collector in Colorado until being consigned to our firm earlier this year. CONDITION: Extremely fine and near mint. It would be hard to imagine a gun of this age and quality remaining in a finer state of preservation than this gun. It retains virtually all of its bold original barrel blue and case colors with almost no sign of any wear at all. The gun appears to have been test fired only with only the very faintest of shell ring on the right side of the standing breech. There are a couple of very minor handling marks and impressions in the stock but it is overall near mint. The case is very good with some rubs and scratches in the leather and outer straps are missing. Simply put, when it comes to Fox shotguns, truly there are none finer than this offering. This gun is suited for the most discriminating buyer of sporting arms and is a treasure in American Gun collecting and American Gun Art at its highest form. JSL Accessories: Case Barrel Length: 28″ Barrel Wall Thickness: (L) .023 (R) .026 Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: (L) .014 (R) .028 Drop at Comb: 1 – 11/16″ Drop at Heel: 3″ FFL Status: Curio & Relic Gauge: 20 Bore Internal Bore Diameter: (BOTH) .625 Length of Pull: 13 – 1/2″ From rear position single selective trigger Manufacturer: A.H. Fox Model: FE Grade SxS Serial Number: 203760 Weight: 6 lbs 6 oz. SOLD FOR: $159,900

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Original or restored? An A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge …

Original or restored? An A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge .
Original or restored? An A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge.

What do you think?

Original or restored? An A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge .
Original or restored? An A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge
Original or restored? An A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge .
Original or restored? An A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge

The answer is …

Original or restored? An A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge .
Original or restored? An A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge 

A.H. Fox CE, Restored by Turnbull Restorations in 2018

Original or restored? An A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge .
Original or restored? An A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge

From Turnbull Restorations: Metal restoration included light polishing, engraving was not re-cut (see photos); color case hardening of receiver, top lever and forend iron; charcoal bluing of trigger guard, safety, screws and pins.

Wood restoration included new buttstock from customer wood, new forend from customer wood, latch housing, ebony tip, and hand checkering per original.

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

Holland & Holland Royal SxS double rifle
Holland & Holland Royal SxS double rifle

Holland & Holland Royal SxS double rifle: Chambered in .240 flanged, Great bores, strong original blue on the 25″ barrels and original stock finish, LOP 14&7/16″ over a Silvers pad. Top strap extended over the comb. Formerly had a bolted safety, the bolted portion has been removed. 8lbs 14 ozs. Tight and in proof. Carries the Cordite MKI proof Marks for 31&1/2 grains of powder and 100-grain bullet Max and a 2&1/2″ case. Lovely stalking rifle in fine condition. Price: $34,000

CSMC - A.H. Fox - CE 16 gauge - 2 barrel set
CSMC – A.H. Fox – CE 16 gauge – 2 barrel set

CSMC – A.H. Fox – CE 16 gauge – 2 barrel set: Spectacular New Britain Fox, CE 16 gauge 2 barrel set. As New, Appears Unfired, Flawless, Mint. 28- and 30-inch Chromox  barrels, Chrome lined (steel shot compatible), Solid matte ribs 28″ barrels choked .011 / .007 , 30″ barrels choked .026″ / .020″. 2 3/4″ chambers, Double trigger, non automatic safety, single silver bead. Splinter and Beavertail forends, interchangeable with either barrel set. Exhibition American Black Walnut, 1 9/16 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 to Makers Skeletal Buttplate, neutral cast, 6 lbs with 30″ barrels and Splinter forend. Best leather case with all accouterments. Tuscano engraved. Price: $25,499

PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN:
PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN:

PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: 26″ BARRELS, .005/.005 CHOKES, 3″ CHAMBERS, SPLINTER FOREND, FACTOR STRAIGHT GRIP “RARE”, 14″ 1 3/4″-2 7/8″, OOO FRAME, BRIGHT SHINY BORES, 95% BARREL BLUE, TIGHT ON FACE, GOOD SHOOTER ALL ORIGINAL UNALTERED PARKER CORRECT TO THE RECORD BOOK CURIO AND RELIC ELIGIBLE. Price: $24,500

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE
FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE: 28 1/2″, CHOKES .022″ AND .022″, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, LEATHER CASE, EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS, 7LBS 5 OZ, 1 3/4: DAH, 1 7/16″ DAC, 14″ LOP Price: $16,500

ARMY & NAVY SIDELOCK EJECT 16 BORE- MADE by WEBLEY in 1906 & SOLD by A&N in 1908- 28" Bbls.- DOLLS HEAD THIRD BITE- LONDON PROVED & in PROOF
ARMY & NAVY SIDELOCK EJECT 16 BORE- MADE by WEBLEY in 1906 & SOLD by A&N in 1908- 28″ Bbls.- DOLLS HEAD THIRD BITE- LONDON PROVED & in PROOF

ARMY & NAVY SIDELOCK EJECT 16 BORE- MADE by WEBLEY in 1906 & SOLD by A&N in 1908- 28″ Bbls.- DOLLS HEAD THIRD BITE- LONDON PROVED & in PROOF: #45968,  28″ Ejector Dovetail Lump Barrels with a rib extension dolls head & third bite, .665 .004 & .013″ (Skt.I & Mod.), 2 1/2″ chambers, Wall thickness on both the right & left barrels at .033″, London proved with these bore dimensions, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson frontal release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/8 x 1 5/8 x 2 3/16″ over a checkered horn buttplate, Slight cast-off for the right hand, 5 lbs. 15 oz., Border engraving only, Very nice wood with excellent black/brown contrast; Mr. Hugh Lomas from Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin recently did a complete strip, clean & lubricate, adjusted the strikers and rust blued the barrels, The barrels now retain 100% black, A nice patina on the frame and locks, The wood remains very sound and is at 80% with a lot of honest handling marks, The checkering is at 75%, The bores are very good with some blemishes but no pits, The barrels are certainly solid and ready for a lot more shooting with the excellent wall thickness. It remains tight on the face and the barrels ring with a very nice chime. Price: $2,700

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

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

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

Which would you pick?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What if you married a 16g A.H. Fox to a Westley Richards?

Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair
Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair, picture courtesy Dewey Vicknair

Here’s something you have to see: Customizing a Fox with English flair

It’s a story from Shooting Sportsman magazine about one of the craziest gun-making projects I’ve seen. It’s also a testament to just how talented its creator — Dewey Vicknair — is.

Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair
Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair, picture courtesy Dewey Vicknair

Customizing a Fox with English flair

From the article: “This project started in much the same manner as most custom-gun commissions: an initial call from a client who wanted something unique, made to fit, lightweight and well proportioned. That last part is the main reason behind using a Fox as the starting point—because of the gun’s slender action bar and its almost perfect visual balance with the rest of the frame. The base for the project was a NIB-condition Utica-made Sterlingworth in 16 gauge…” Read more at Customizing a Fox with English flair.

Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair
Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair, picture courtesy Dewey Vicknair

To see more pics and learn more about everything Dewey did to this gun, check out this post on his blog: “Anglicizing” a Fox (#005)

Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair
Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair, picture courtesy Dewey Vicknair
Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair
Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair, picture courtesy Dewey Vicknair
Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair
Anglicized A.H. Fox, built by gunmaker Dewey Vicknair, picture courtesy Dewey Vicknair

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ITHACA SKB 280 20GA
ITHACA SKB 280 20GA

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

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

 

Beautiful and rare Parker AHE Grade 12 Bore
Beautiful and rare Parker AHE Grade 12 Bore

Beautiful and rare Parker AHE Grade 12 Bore: Beautiful and high art AHE 12ga gun.  Made with 30″ Acme steel barrels, straight stock, and double triggers.  The gun features superb engraving with 13 animals engraved in beautiful full coverage scroll.  Beautiful buttstock with thick comb.  When you study a gun like this, it is easy to see why Parker Bros. sold nearly 250k shotguns in their time in business! Overall the gun is in excellent condition.  The stocks have been expertly restored and retain nearly all of their hand rubbed oil finish.  Barrels have been expertly restored and retain virtually all of their proper, toned blue.  Action retains about 80% case color over the well defined and deep engraving. This is an extremely beautiful gun with a lot of merit.  If you have been looking for a fairly priced high grade Parker, look no further. Price: $15,500

A.H. Fox AE SXS Double Trigger Ejectors 16 GA 27-15/16" barrel
A.H. Fox AE SXS Double Trigger Ejectors 16 GA 27-15/16″ barrel

A.H. Fox AE SXS Double Trigger Ejectors 16 GA 27-15/16″ barrel: Stock has a few light handling marks but is in Excellent condition. LOP measures 14-1/4″. Drop at the heel measures 2-7/16″ and the comb measures 1-9/16″. Bore is smooth and shiny, looks excellent. The chamber wall thickness measures 5mm. Barrels look great. Both barrels are modified chokes. Gun is in excellent condition and ready for hunting. Price: $4,999.99

Charles Daly Prussian 12 Gauge (Lightweight Model)
Charles Daly Prussian 12 Gauge (Lightweight Model)

Charles Daly Prussian 12 Gauge (Lightweight Model): 28″ Chokes: IC – MOD L.O.P. : 14 1/2″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 6 lbs 8 oz Ser. #: 11555. Price: $4,950

Ed Kettner 24-gauge SxS
Ed Kettner 24-gauge SxS

Ed Kettner 24-gauge SxS: This is a sweet and trim little double. Ketnner made very high quality doubles. It has just been restocked and looks great. The 24 ga.was the European ga. for European woodcock. Serial Number: 2686. Barrels: 281/4 inches. Action: extractor. Triggers: double. Stock Comb: 1 & 1/2. Stock Heel: 2 & 3/8. Stock Cast: 1/4. Fore End: semi BT. Butt Pad: plastic. LOP: 14 & 3/4 inches. Weight: 5 lbs. 7 oz.. Chokes: ic/mod. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: 30 thou. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: 30 thou. Price: $4450.

BERETTA - SxS - - 426E - 20ga 28" - SST - Ejectors:
BERETTA – SxS – – 426E – 20ga 28″ – SST – Ejectors:

BERETTA – SxS – – 426E – 20ga 28″ – SST – Ejectors: Raised Solid Rib, Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger, LOP 14-1/4, Drop 1-1/2 to 2-1/2″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs 4 oz. Metal is Excellent 98+%. Gun is mechanically perfect – very tight with lever well right of center. Wood has been refinished, and the sharp points of the checkering was taken down. Price: $1940

Auction alert: A.H. FOX 20g AE SxS …

 

ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN
ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN

Milestone Auctions in Willoughby, OH, has this 20g A.H. Fox AE side-by-side, and it’s coming up today, 1/25. The auction starts at 10am.

ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN
ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN

The A.H. Fox A-grade shotgun was one up from the company’s bottom-of-the-line Sterlingworth. Twenty-gauges were introduced in 1912. The one here has the second-engraving pattern on it.

ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN
ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN

Here’s the report on it from the auctioneer:

Lot #497 ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN: Serial #201716. Barrel length 28″. This is an A grade that has full and improved chokes. This beautiful shotgun features auto ejectors, solid rib, single bead blue barrels that retain approximately 97% of expertly re-applied blue finish Box lock is deep factory engraved, clean with traces of color. Checkered pistol grip stock with cap and composition black butt-plate. Has splinter fore-end with sharp checkering. The stocks have been beautifully restored to near mint condition. Bores are clean and this gun locks up like new.

ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN
ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Incredible Investment Grade - A.H. Fox FE Grade - Made in Philly
Incredible Investment Grade – A.H. Fox FE Grade – Made in Philly

Incredible Investment Grade – A.H. Fox FE Grade – Made in Philly: Exceedingly rare and original Philadelphia A.H. Fox FE Grade.  This gun is a 12ga with original 32″ barrels and straight stock, made with double triggers.  This is easily the finest FE Grade we have handled and one of the finest extant.  This gun has not been offered for sale publicly in recent times having formerly been in the Famed Tom Kidd and Dana Tauber A.H. Fox Shotgun collections. This gun remains in extremely fine original condition with more than 90% factory case colors, nearly all of the original barrel blue remains, with crisp engraving.  The stocks are sound and superb with original finish and have had some finish added for preservation. Price: $90,000

PARKER DH 8 GAUGE SUPER RARE NOT ANOTHER LIKE IT IN THE WORLD
PARKER DH 8 GAUGE SUPER RARE NOT ANOTHER LIKE IT IN THE WORLD

PARKER DH 8 GAUGE SUPER RARE NOT ANOTHER LIKE IT IN THE WORLD: #6 FRAME, #159XXX, 34″ STEEL BARRELS WITH FLAT RIB, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EXTRACTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, THIS GUN HAS ALL OF THE ORIGINAL CASE COLORS, A FEW LIGHT MARKS IN THE WOOD, OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL GUN, 12LBS 4 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14″ LOP TO ORIGINAL PAD. Price: $79,500

HOLLAND & HOLLAND PARADOX 12 BORE- ROYAL SIDELOCK EJECT HAMMERLESS- 28" EJECT Bbls.- NITRO PROVED in LONDON in 2004- VERY ACCURATE- ORIG. O&L CASE
HOLLAND & HOLLAND PARADOX 12 BORE- ROYAL SIDELOCK EJECT HAMMERLESS- 28″ EJECT Bbls.- NITRO PROVED in LONDON in 2004- VERY ACCURATE- ORIG. O&L CASE

HOLLAND & HOLLAND PARADOX 12 BORE- ROYAL SIDELOCK EJECT HAMMERLESS- 28″ EJECT Bbls.- NITRO PROVED in LONDON in 2004- VERY ACCURATE- ORIG. O&L CASE: #15549, Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London – “Paradox” Fosbery Patent; A H&H “Best Quality” Bar Action 12 Bore Hand Detachable Lock Royal Ejector Fosbery Patent Sidelock Finished in 1900, Nitro proved in London in 2004 to 850 BAR with 3″ chambers and the proper reproof marks, 28″ ejector dovetail lump steel barrels, Slight raised 1/4 rib and 2 folding leaf sights, .737″ bore size and the London 2004 proof marked at 18.7mm, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .034″ and .033″ on the left. The 7-groove ratchet rifling paradox choke is 3″ long, London Proved to 3″ chambers, Double triggers, Hand detachable locks, Brazier locks, Auto safety, Long extended top strap that goes over the comb, New wood by Reto Buehler at Buehler Custom Sporting Arms in Medford, Oregon, Anson frontal forend release, Half grip stock at 15 1/8 x 1 9/16 x 2 1/4″ over a 3/4″ Silvers pad with plugs for removal, Neutral stock, Great balance and it comes to the hand with ease and points like a dream, 7 lbs. 10 oz., 99% coverage of period Royal scroll engraving, The whole is cased in the original classic oak and leather brass cornered trunk with 2 vintage labels and 1 for Paradox loading. It is a very accurate gun and the loads used will be provided accordingly. A Lee loader can be used quite easily. A fun gun for fir or feather and built for snipe and tigers. This is dreams of tigers and ships and palaces, fine spices and women and silk. Colonel Fosbery’s patent #7568 of June 20, 1885 was intended to make a gun capable of being fired either with shot, ball or conical bullet. Holland & Holland gave the rifled choke-bore its name, “Paradox”. Back in the day, Paradox meant “That which is contrary to received opinion; strange, but true”. H&H wanted 100-yard performance that duplicated the Express rifle at that time, and still have a gun that gave very good patterns. The Paradox will pattern from cylinder to improved cylinder chokes. H&H built a total of 1,463 Paradox guns. The last Paradox, by serial number only, was a 10 bore #15979 and finished October 10, 1930 at a cost of 166 pounds. The very last was a 12 bore #15972 and was finished in 1933. Price: $29,500

ALEXANDER HENRY Boxlock Ejector BPE .577BPE Mfg 1898
ALEXANDER HENRY Boxlock Ejector BPE .577BPE Mfg 1898

ALEXANDER HENRY Boxlock Ejector BPE .577BPE Mfg 1898: Serial #  7150, Country of Origin  Scotland, Barrel Length (in Inches)  24″ Damascus barrels, Trigger  DT (Double), Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip with trap in cap, English cheekpiece, Panels and drop points, Silvers pad, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm with Anson release, Rib Type  Level Flat Rib with express sights (1 standing 3 folding), Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving Type  Fine Scroll Engraving, Other Options  Ejectors, Henry rifling, Flip up night sight, Sling swivel eyes, Condition  EXC. Condition, Weight  9#9oz, Dimensions  14 1/8″ LOP, Other Details  Mfg 1898, Nice bores. Price: $25,000

A.D. JANSEN OVER UNDER BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28 GAUGE
A.D. JANSEN OVER UNDER BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28 GAUGE

A.D. JANSEN OVER UNDER BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28 GAUGE: 26 3/4″,  IC AND FULL 2 3/4″, SOLID RIB, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 5LBS 6 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 3/8″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP. Price: $4,950

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F.lli Piotti King I Sidelock I 20 Gauge I Sidelock
F.lli Piotti King I Sidelock I 20 Gauge I Sidelock

F.lli Piotti King I Sidelock I 20 Gauge I Sidelock: 28″ Chokes: IC – M L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 6 lbs 4 oz Ser. #: 9189 Price: $25,900

PURDEY "LIGHTWEIGHT", 12 gauge, 1937
PURDEY “LIGHTWEIGHT”, 12 gauge, 1937

PURDEY “LIGHTWEIGHT”, 12 gauge, 1937: This little Purdey is amazing.  It is very close to the way it left the makers in 1937.  It is safe to say that the blue and case color show at least 90% of their original glow.  The barrels are 26″ with 2 5/8″ chambers, proofed for 1 1/8oz., choked cylinder and improved cylinder.  The stock measures 14 1/2″  with 1 1/2″ drop at comb and 2 1/2.” at heel.  The gun weighs 6 1/4 lbs.  Checkering is sharp and both stock and forend are sound, no blemishes or repairs.  This little gun hasn’t been out very much. Now for the wonderful surprise.  The case includes all of the original tools, unused.  As pictured, they include:  three turnscrews, oil bottle, bore and chamber brushes, a field pull through, various small brushes and a stuck case remover, all in their leather pouches.  There is a spare set of firing pins, with their springs, housed in an ivory bottle. And the case is original for the gun. Reduced price is firm and includes 2 flats of RST ammo. Price: $22,500

Parker - GHE, 12ga, 100% New:
Parker – GHE, 12ga, 100% New:

Parker – GHE, 12ga, 100% New: 30” barrels choked Mod./Full, 1 ½ frame, late Parker/Remington production that is 100% new with very minor handling marks. Double trigger, automatic ejector, pistol grip, long length of pull, original factory pad. One of the highest conditioned guns we have ever owned. Collector quality, guaranteed authentic. It has all of the original trigger guard blue and even the forend has all the original case color. This gun is just new, untouched and authentic. If you are looking for the best, here it is. Price: $14,995

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE WAR 16 GAUGE
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE WAR 16 GAUGE

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE WAR 16 GAUGE: #67XX, 26″ IC AND MOD 2 3/4″, SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER, EJECTORS, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, MINTY ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS 14 OZ, 2 7/16″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP Price: $7,950

A.H.Fox 16ga. Sterlingworth 30" Barrels
A.H.Fox 16ga. Sterlingworth 30″ Barrels

A.H.Fox 16ga. Sterlingworth 30″ Barrels: Built-in Philadelphia in 1926. This gun has the hard to find 30″ barrels choked modified .015″ and full .035″.The gun is in outstanding all original condition. It retains 98% of the original case colors, 99% of the original barrel blue, and 98% of the original wood finish. All screws are still timed and appear to be unturned. The bores are mint with no dents, rust, or pits. The stock is sound with no cracks or damage. The top lever is far to the right and the barrels lock up with no play. This gun has been shot very little. I used it on doves this season and it handles and patterns beautifully. At 6 lbs 2 ounces, it would make a great walk up pheasant gun. Very hard to find in the configuration and condition. Price: $2995

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Beautiful James Purdey 16ga Self Opener -- 29" 1908 gun
Beautiful James Purdey 16ga Self Opener — 29″ 1908 gun

Beautiful James Purdey 16ga Self Opener — 29″ 1908 gun: Ic/Ic .006/.010 — 1908 Best quality and Cased with original trade label and charge card — 2 1/2 ” lightweight gun 5lbs 13oz — super engraving that still shows a considerable amount of original color — straight hand stock with excellent dimensions 14 1/4  1 1/2 x  2 3/16  to checked butt. A wonderful gun to carry afield. The heyday of Purdey production. .028 thous in both tubes. This little gun carries like a 28ga. Gun is in the Purdey log book as listed. 14 1/4″ x 1 1/2 ” x  2 3/16″  checkered butt. 5lbs 13oz. Price: $29,500

1926 AH FOX CE 20 Gauge, 28" Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel bbls., 100% Original:
1926 AH FOX CE 20 Gauge, 28″ Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel bbls., 100% Original:

1926 AH FOX CE 20 Gauge, 28″ Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel bbls., 100% Original: SxS boxlock w/ Game scene engraved case hardened action, 28″ Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel bbls. w/ 2 1/2″ chambers, Filed concave rib w/ double ivory beads, Chokes: Right .621 / .009 / M & Left .623 / .021 / F, Double triggers, Automatic ejectors, Automatic safety, Well figured straight grip stock w/ original buttplate, Splinter forearm, Stock Dimensions: DC: 1 9/16″ x DH: 2 7/8″ x Cast: 3/8″ OFF at Heel x LOP: 14 3/4″, Weight: 5 lb. 13 oz., Condition: 100% Original unaltered condition, 99%+ Original Blue, case colors and stock finish, Made in USA circa 1926, Serial #202682. Price: $20,000.

WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250-3000 CALIBER IN IT'S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE
WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250-3000 CALIBER IN IT’S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE

WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250 3000 CALIBER IN IT’S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE: .250-3000 Savage caliber, 28″ barrels with five-leaf express sight.  Engraved and casehardened  Anson and Deeley box lock receiver.  Top lever, extractors, and double triggers.  Checkered splinter forend and pistol grip buttstock with cheekpiece and leather pad.   LOP: 14 1/4″. Weight: 8lbs 6oz.   In beautiful original condition retaining all of the barrel blue, vivid case colors and excellent stock and checkering.  Mint bores. In it’s original leather luggage case with canvas cover. Price: $18,500

CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG CO RBL LAUNCH EDITION 20GA S/S SHOTGUN
CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG CO RBL LAUNCH EDITION 20GA S/S SHOTGUN

CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG CO RBL LAUNCH EDITION 20GA S/S SHOTGUN: CASE COLORED ACTION WITH SCROLL, 28″ BBLS, 2 3/4, MULTI CHOKES, STANDARD RIB, EJECTORS, SST, 3X WALNUT STOCK, PISTOL GRIP, SMALL BEAVERTAIL FOREND, LOP 14 3/8, 1 1/2, 2 3/8, 6LBS 9OZ, CASED WITH ALL ACCESSORIES, AS NEW! Price: $3,695

A & F - 1970 - F.lli. Rizzini - BLNE 20ga, 26", 3", IC / M
A & F – 1970 – F.lli. Rizzini – BLNE 20ga, 26″, 3″, IC / M

A & F – 1970 – F.lli. Rizzini – BLNE 20ga, 26″, 3″, IC / M: Extractors, Double Triggers, Prince or Wales Grip, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-5/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. Price: $2650

Auction alert: 20g Savage Fox A Grade SxS, No Reserve…

Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:
Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:

The Savage Fox A Grade shotgun you see here is an odd duck. It’s on Gunbroker.com now with No Reserve. The listing ends 8/25/2019 1:50 PM.

Savage Arms introduced these Savage Fox A Grades a few years ago, and what makes them odd is the fact that the only thing they have in common with a vintage Fox A Grade is the “Fox” name.

Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:
Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:

But that doesn’t mean the Savage Fox A Grade is a bad gun. In fact, I think it’s better than the real thing, and right now, the one you see here is an absolute steal.

Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:
Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:

The new Savage Fox A Grade is actually a CSMC RBL with different aesthetics. That’s a good thing because the RBL is a well built, it used the tried-and-true Anson & Deeley-style boxlock action, and features modern metals, modern stock dimensions,  choke tubes, and comes with a case.

Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:
Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:

Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge: The Savage Arms Fox A Grade is a side by side shotgun. This particular version is chambered in 20 gauge and features a hammer-less Anson Deeley-style box lock action along with Holland & Holland style extractors. The double triggers and case colored receiver add to the overall look. Undoubtedly the precision cut checkered American Black Walnut stock featuring an oil finished is something for the eye to behold. The Fox A Grade side by side is a work of art which belongs in a museum but can happily reside on your arm and in the field with you for years to come. Savage Arms Fox A Grade Side By Side Shotgun, 20 Gauge 28″ barrel. Comes with original box, papers etc. It’s in unfired like new condition.

Odd, but still decent: a 16g Fox Sterlingworth

Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun
Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun

Over the last 20 years, I’ve owned a number of A. H. Fox shotguns, including an SP Grade Skeet & Upland Game Gun, several A-grades, Sterlingworths (including a pin gun with ejectors and a minty Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun) and a nice HE/Super Fox. I’ve sold off or traded away almost all those guns, and today, I’m not as interested Ansley’s doubles as I used to be.

But one gun I would still like to own is a 16g Sterlingworth with a straight, English-style stock. These guns were made in the Savage period and badged Skeet & Upland Game models. They’re tough to find, so when I saw this listing on Gunbroker.com, I was excited. I was thrilled when I saw the price.

Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun
Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun

But on closer inspection, I discovered this gun isn’t what I had hoped. Instead of being a Skeet & Upland Game, it’s just regular Sterlingworth that was converted to a straight grip. Whoever did the work did a nice job. They even extended the trigger guard out to make it look more “English” — something Savage didn’t bother doing on their Skeet & Upland Game guns.

Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun
Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun

Regardless, it’s a nice looking gun. And if you’re looking for a classic, American grouse gun, it’s a good deal. This online auction ends today, 7/15/2019 @ 1:54 PM EST.

Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun
Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun

Very nice A H FOX 16 ga 28in English Stocked gun: 28 in Special Alloy steel barreled 16 gauge gun. Case colors remaining in scattered areas. Extractors, long trigger tang, White front bead and mid-bead. 1 7/8″ DAC, 3″ DAH, 14 3/8″ LOP. Clean bores, perfect mechanicals. Choked IM and a tight Full. A svelte 6lbs 7 oz.

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Piotti BSEE 28 Gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS
Piotti BSEE 28 Gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS

Piotti BSEE 28 Gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS: 29 1/2″ Chokes: Mod/Full L.O.P. : 14 7/8″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 5 lbs 12 oz Ser. #: A033. Price: $18,900

W.C.SCOTT BEST PREMIER QUALITY SXS 10 BORE
W. & C. SCOTT BEST PREMIER QUALITY SXS 10 BORE

W. & C. SCOTT BEST PREMIER QUALITY SXS 10 BORE: 32″  DAMASCUS BARRELS GREAT BORES, 2 7/8″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EXTRACTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR, VINTAGE ENGLISH CASE, 9LBS 11 OZ, 3″ DAH, 2″ DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $12,500

Superb Antique 12ga Parker DH in closet queen original condition! for sale
Superb Antique 12ga Parker DH in closet queen original condition! for sale

Superb Antique 12ga Parker DH in closet queen original condition: Rarely do we find early damascus guns in incredible condition. Most of the high condition Parkers are in the 175k SN range and newer. When you study a gun like this DH, you can see why Parker sold 240k guns. They made really beautiful firearms.

This particular gun is in the 82k SN range and made on a 1-1/2 frame. It has 28″ Damascus barrels with brilliant pattern, virtually all of which remains in pristine condition. The bores are brilliant and shiny. Made with splinter forend, double triggers, and extractors. The action is engraved in typical early DH pattern and retains more than 80% bold original case color. Stocks retain nearly all of their original finish. The quality of the wood on this gun cannot be overstated. The original skeleton buttplate retains more than 1/2 of the original blued finish as does the trigger guard.

Technical details: Right barrel- .731 with .025 Choke, Left Barrel .731 with .037 choke. Weight: 7lbs 5oz. 2-5/8″ chambers. LOP- 14″ to original skeleton BP. DAC 1-7/8″. DAH 3-1/8″

If you have ever wanted a truly high original condition early Damascus Parker, look no further. It would take a lifetime of searching to improve on the overall quality and condition of this fine early Parker. Price: $8395

Fox A Grade 20 Gauge – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK, NICE!, vintage firearms inc
Fox A Grade 20 Gauge – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK, NICE!, vintage firearms inc

Fox A Grade 20 Gauge – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK, NICE!, vintage firearms inc: General Specs: Fox, Year 1938, 20 Gauge, 5lb 14oz, Chokes M/F, LOP 14 1/4″, DAH 2 5/8″, DAC 1 9/16″. Serial Number: 203917. Many gun lovers reading this ad regularly scour the internet for good deals on Fox shotguns.  One thing for certain; the availability of graded 20ga. Fox shotguns has dwindled to nearly zero.  Shooter/collectors have recognized the Fox 16ga. and 20ga. guns are the most well balanced, lightest weight, best handling guns of all the vintage American doubles.  It is also known that they have the simplest, most reliable actions as well.  They only made about 2400 A Grade 20ga. Fox guns, with likely less than 2000 remaining in action due to loss and damage. This little Fox A Grade, sn203917 produced in 1938, is an awesome find.  First, it is a factory English style grip, which is very rare (less than 10% made with English grip, or 240 guns).  The handling characteristics and aesthetics of an English grip little Fox is as close as an American double gun will come to being comparable to the finest English makers.  This gun weighs just 5lbs. 14oz. and balances dead on the hinge pin…it seems to float to your shoulder and balances perfectly in hand.  Next, the wood on the gun has much more figure than you will normally find on and A Grade Fox, and we all love nice wood!  Then we have this beautiful condition and pleasing patina to this gun, with 65% bright vivid factory case color, perfect screws, superb wood to metal fit, modern dimensions with the original butt plate…all these things add up to a superior vintage Fox gun.  The factory order card shows the gun “as shipped”; even the chokes and chambers are unaltered since leaving the factory.  Due to damage, loss, poor restorations, etc. there are only a few genuine, honest, factory correct, high-condition straight stocked Fox A Grade 20ga. guns left in the world, and the guys that own them are not likely to be selling them soon.  This Fox has perfect mechanics, excellent bores, and is tight as new on breech face and hinge pin.  THIS IS A “VFI CERTIFIED” GUN, meaning we stripped the forend iron and receiver to the smallest parts, ran it through the Ultrasonic cleaner, inspected all parts for integrity and function, then lubricated and reassembled (a $275 service!). VFI CERTIFIED guns carry a 90-day mechanical warranty. It is hard enough to find a decent A Grade 20ga. nowadays, let alone with a well figured English stock. Don’t let this one escape you. It will be a long time until another Fox A Grade 20 this nice is offered for sale. It will continue to gain value as you enjoy its use, so it is a grand investment tool for your hard-earned funds. Thanks for looking! Price: $6,450

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga ~ OU ~ 28" bbls
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga ~ OU ~ 28″ bbls

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga ~ OU ~ 28″ bbls: Chambers: 3″, Metal Condition: Excellent , Wood Condition: Very good with light handling marks, Bore Condition: Bright, Barrels: 28″, Triggers: Single select trigger , Stock: Checkered walnut, Stock Dimensions: 14.75″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered walnut, Butt Pad: Rubber recoil pad, Weight: 6lbs 2ozs, Sights: Front bead, Chokes: Modified and Full, Extras: Comes with case. Item Location: Cabela’s. Fort Worth, TX. Price: $1,399.99

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