Scarce: A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game…

Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS
Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS

I bet we would have liked Charles Davis. A dog breeder and grouse hunter, Mr Davis created “Shooting Around the Clock” back in 1920s to improve his shotgun skills and kill time between hunting seasons. By the ’30s, this game had evolved into Skeet and become the hottest shooting sport in the country. It had also become a sales opportunity many gunmakers were aiming to take advantage of.

The Sterlingworth Skeet and Upland Game Gun, was the SxS the A.H. Fox Co. made to target this new market. This model debut in company’s 1935 catalog. Here’s some info about these shotguns from the AH Fox Collectors Association website:

Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS
Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS

To meet the demand for a moderately priced skeet and upland game double gun we have produced the famous Fox-Sterlingworth gun in this new straight grip model with 26″ barrels bored: right skeet, cylinder, left quarter choke. This is a standard stock model possessing the features of skeet boring and stock design heretofore available only in custom-built guns

  • Barrels– Fluid compressed steel, 26″ length bored right skeet cylinder and left quarter choke
  • Action– Two trigger, extractor type
  • Stock– American walnut straight grip, length 14″, drop at comb 1 1/2″, drop at heel 2 1/2″
  • Engraving– Ornamented with line engraving on frame and guard
  • Weight– 12 gauge about 7 lbs, 16 gauge about 6 lbs, 20 gauge about 5 3/4 lbs

The following extras are furnished to order: Automatic ejectors, Fox-Kautzky Selective single trigger, Beavertail forend, recoil pad, Ivory sights

Of course, the one you see here is for sale. Here’s the listing for it from Gunsinternational.com:

Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxSVery nice, scare Fox Upland Skeet model Sterlingworth Utica, NY manufacture. 12 bore with .005 & .012 chokes in the original 26″ barrels. Bright shiny bores. 2 3/4″ chambers. Solid rib with ivory front and center bead. Extractor & double triggers. Case color in the protected areas with the balance of the receiver faded bright.  Very nice original straight grip butt stock and semi beavertail for end. Good checking and finish and less than normal nicks and dings. 14 1/4″ LOP 1 1/2″ DAC and 2 1/8″ DAH. Lever falls to the center and has a tight lock up and is on face. Excellent original blue on the barrels and trigger guard showing only a few scattered freckles.
?matching numbers.  An excellent scarce Fox for the shooter or collector. Price: $2,350

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A. H. FOX “DE” 12 GAUGE 30″ DOUBLE TRIGGER SIDE-BY-SIDE – ***RARE***F/F CHOKES – DOUBLE TRIGGER – CIRCA 1920 ****RARE****RARE****RARE***. Price: $24,995

A. H. FOX "DE" 12 GAUGE 30" DOUBLE TRIGGER SIDE-BY-SIDE - ***RARE***
A. H. FOX “DE” 12 GAUGE 30″ DOUBLE TRIGGER SIDE-BY-SIDE – ***RARE***

Stock Comb: 1 9/16″
Stock Heel: 2 5/8″
Stock Cast: NONE
Fore End: SPLINTER
Butt Pad: FOX FACTORY
LOP: 14 1/4″ FRONT TRIGGER
Rib: RAISED SOLID
Finish: ORIGINAL
Weight: 7 LBS 4 OZS
Manufacture Date: 1920
Chokes: FIXED
Choke Left: .045
Choke Right: .047

PIOTTI BSEE - 16 GAUGE - SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN - 29" BARRELS
PIOTTI BSEE – 16 GAUGE – SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN – 29″ BARRELS

PIOTTI BSEE – 16 GAUGE – SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN – 29″ BARRELS: Granetti Engraved in a Special King I Pattern. Highly figured wood. Mint condition. Scalloped action. Hand filed slighly concave rib. Ejectors. Non-auto safety. Leather covered recoil pad. Bores at .670 with chokes at 7/1000 (IC) and 20/1000 (Imp Mod). “BS” proof date. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 11 1/2 OZ. Shipping and insurance is $75. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 7/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/8″. Price: $13,750 

 

A.H. FOX CE PHILADELPHIA 12 GAUGE SXS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN30″ MOD AND FULL 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP VERY HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH ALMOST ALL OF THE CASE COLORS WITH LIGHT MARKS IN THE WOOD. 7 LBS, 11 0Z X 3″ X 2″ X 14 1/4″.  Price: $9,950

A.H. FOX CE PHILADELPHIA 12 GAUGE SXS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
A.H. FOX CE PHILADELPHIA 12 GAUGE SXS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
Parker VH 20 Gauge 26” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm:
Parker VH 20 Gauge 26” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm:

 

Parker VH 20 Gauge 26” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm: 26” barrels with 2 ¾” chambers and choke constrictions that measure .023 right and .023 left. The bores are clean and shiny and measure .677 right and .676 left. The barrels have been reblued, retain 98% of their finish and have a single silver bead. The rib is marked PARKER BROS, MAKERS. MERIDEN, CONN. VULCAN STEEL. The #0 frame has 50% original case coloring. The trigger guard has been reblued and retains 95% finish. Double triggers, extractors automatic safety. The forearm is original and retains 95% original finish with some scratches. The pistol grip stock has been refinished, retains 98% finish and the length of pull is 13 7/8” to the front trigger. It is finished off with a metal grip cap and a Parker hard rubber butt plate. Drop at comb: 1 3/4”, drop at heel: 3 1/8”, weight: 6.2 lbs. Price: $6500 

ZOLI & RIZZINI –BOXLOCK, SxS - IMPORTED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH - 28 GAUGE
ZOLI & RIZZINI –BOXLOCK, SxS – IMPORTED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH – 28 GAUGE

ZOLI & RIZZINI –BOXLOCK, SxS – IMPORTED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH – 28 GAUGE: ARCHED BACK BOXLOCK EXTRACTOR S X S – 26” MOD/FULL. – BALL GRIP STOCK LOP 14 7/16″ ” X 1 3/8″ ” X 2 7/16” – 5 LBS. 1 OZS. – CASE COLORS 99% – BLUE 99.9% – WOOD 99.5%  Price: $2,995

Good gun alert: 12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Ejector, $895 …

Parker shotgun ad
Parker shotgun ad

I can be hard on American shotguns. Parkers, L.C. Smiths. Foxes, Lefevers, Ithacas –I’ve owned them all, and it’s not that I don’t think they’re decent doubles. It’s just that they’re WAY too expensive today.

Once you get over the sentimental thrill of owning an “Old Reliable”, you realize the prices for Parkers and other made-in-the-USA SxSs are more about nostalgia than quality. This 20 gauge Parker A-1 Special is a perfect example. While it sold for$253,000, this 20 gauge, $8.750 Francotte is a better gun.

12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors
12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors

All that being said, every now and then though I come across an American-made SxS that I see as being true to its heritage. This 12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors is that kind of gun.

Sterlingworths were built to affordable, practical doubles appropriate for all kinds of shooting. And this gun is just that. At this price, it’s just what Fox wanted Sterlingworth to be: A ton of gun for the money (AKA a great deal).

Fox Sterlingworth 12 Gauge SXS Shotgun: With 28″ Barrels, Choked IC/Mod, Double Triggers, Auto Ejectors, Barrels 90% And Thinning, Receiver 20% Case Colors, Wood 60% With Handling Marks, 1927 Philadelphia Gun. Price: $895

12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors
12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors

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Browning Lebeau-Courally 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun
Browning Lebeau-Courally 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun

Browning Lebeau-Courally 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun: 28″ barrels choked IC/M. Ejectors and manual safety. Double triggers. 2 3/4″ chambers. Unfired. Never been anywhere but its case or in a safe. Pristine condition. Rare and spectacular. Price: $10,999

Armeria San Giorgio 12 Gauge Italian SXS Hammer Gun: Built in 1976. 28″ M/F Bohler Steel barrels with raised matted rib and silver front bead. Bores as new measuring .725 right and left. Choked .022 right and .035 left. Silver reciever with 40% coverage of well cut scroll engraving with a pheasant on the floorplate by Imario and signed. Exquisitely detailed rebounding hammers. Double triggers with the front articulated. Pierced top lever. Four locking screws on key screws. Stocked in an extremely nice piece of Circasian Walnut with excellent color and contrast. 32 LPI checkering. The inletting is superb. 14 3/4″ LOP to a checkered wood buttplate.  DAC-1 1/2″   DAH-2 5/8″   Cast off 3/8″    7lb 7oz

Armeria San Giorgio 12 Gauge Italian SXS Hammer Gun
Armeria San Giorgio 12 Gauge Italian SXS Hammer Gun

This is a very high quality piece. San Giorgio was a small boutique father/son maker in the Val Trompia region of Italy obviously capable of very high quality work. This piece remains in almost new condition with a few stock handling marks. It appears to have been fired very little if at all. Lever remains well right of center. Barrels ring with a pure chime. It comes to the shoulder with ease. It exhibits the style, grace, and elegance that fine gunmaking is all about. Price: $5400

CSMC- RBL RESERVE 16ga. Side-by-Side Double Barrel Boxlock Shotgun 29″ barrels: Fixed chokes IC/M, 4X American black walnut straight grip stock, splinter forend, double triggers, automatic ejectors, solid game rib, 15” LOP to a ¾” factory recoil pad, dogs on point surrounded full coverage scroll engraving over magnificent case coloring, a perfect 6lbs. 12oz. weight, Base price-$3795.00, options include:, 4X wood. Price: $4,445

CSMC- RBL RESERVE 16ga. Side-by-Side Double Barrel Boxlock Shotgun 29" barrels
CSMC- RBL RESERVE 16ga. Side-by-Side Double Barrel Boxlock Shotgun 29″ barrels
AH Fox A Grade 20Ga SxS Shotgun 28" M/F #4 weight barrels
AH Fox A Grade 20Ga SxS Shotgun 28″ M/F #4 weight barrels

AH Fox A Grade 20Ga SxS Shotgun 28″ M/F #4 weight barrels14 1/4″ LOP to factory buttplate. Very nice overall condition with 30% CC’s and excellent blue. may have an added coat of oil and has a small chip missing from right side of forearm. Nice field gun that wieghs in at 5 1/2 lbs. Price: $3950

BERNARDELLI 28GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN, 27″ BARRELSUP FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IS A BERNARDELLI 28 GAUGE SXS BOX LOCK SHOTGUN THAT WAS IMPORTED FROM ITALY FOR LL BEAN. THE GUN RETAINS MOST ALL OF THE CASE COLOR, BARREL BLUE, AND WOOD FINISH. THIS SHOTGUN CAME WITH 27 INCH BARRELS. THIS WOULD MAKE AN EXCELLENT UPLAND BIRD GUN. Price: $1,475

BERNARDELLI 28GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN, 27" BARRELS
BERNARDELLI 28GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN, 27″ BARRELS

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PARKER BROS Model DHE SxS20ga Two barrel set 26″ & 30″: Price: $16,500

PARKER BROS Model DHE SxS 20ga Shotgun Two barrel set 26" & 30"
PARKER BROS Model DHE SxS 20ga Shotgun Two barrel set 26″ & 30″

Serial #   218784
Choke    26″ M&IM
Choke    30″ F&F
Trigger   Parker SST (Single Selective)
Stock Configuration   Pistol Grip
Forearm Type   Splinter Forearm
Rib Type   Matted Concave Rib
Receiver Finish   Casehardened
Engraving Type   Game Scene Cameos Engraving
Other Options   Recoil pad
Condition   EXC. Condition
Weight   6 #10oz
Dimensions   1 1/2″ x 2″ x 13 3/4″ with 1/8 cast off
Other Details   All original finish, MFG 1926

FAMARS Excalibur BL, 28 Ga., SxS, Game Gun
FAMARS Excalibur BL, 28 Ga., SxS, Game Gun

FAMARS Excalibur BL, 28 Ga., SxS, Game GunExcellent condition overall with a fitted carry case. Price: $8,999.99
Manufacturer: Circa: 1999
Caliber: 28 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 28″ Blued Steel with Ventilated Rib
Triggers: Single Non-Selective Trigger with Ejectors
Stock: Deluxe Checkered Straight Grip Walnut
Stock Dimensions:
DAC: 1 3/8″, DAH: 2 1/8″, Cast off: 1/8, LOP: 14 1/4:
Fore End: Checkered Walnut with Schnabel Tip
Butt Pad: Checkered Wood Butt
Weight: 5 lbs. 14 ozs.
Sights: Single Bead
Chokes: Fixed: Modified & Improved Cylinder

A.H.FOX PHILA.PA. C E GRADE (MFG. 1917) 12 GA. 2 3/4" S/N 235XX,W / FACTORY LETTER 98% PLUS CONDITION
A.H.FOX PHILA.PA. C E GRADE (MFG. 1917) 12 GA. 2 3/4″ S/N 235XX,W / FACTORY LETTER 98% PLUS CONDITION

A.H.FOX PHILA.PA. C E GRADE (MFG. 1917) 12 GA. 2 3/4″ S/N 235XX,W / FACTORY LETTER 98% PLUS CONDITION26″ SOLID RIB BARRELS WITH BRASS FRONT BEAD AND MID IVORY BEAD WITH EXCELLENT BORES FACTORY CHOKED FULL AND MODIFIED. FACTORY “RARE” SINGLE TRIGGER IN THE REAR POSITION.STRAIGHT GRIPS CHECKERED EUROPEAN STOCK WITH OIL FINISH,14 1/8″ L.O.P. OVER JOSTAM RECOIL PAD.2 9/16″ D.A.H. 1 5/8″ D.A.C. 98% ORIGINAL BARREL BLUE.90% ORIGINAL RECEIVER CASE COLOR AND EXCELLENT FACTORY ENGRAVING WITH BIRD AND DOG SCENES.GUN WEIGHS IN AT 6 LBS. 10 OZS WITH FACTORY LETTER. Price: $7,959

Arrieta Wingshooters Game Gun 2" inch 12ga SxS Shotgun
Arrieta Wingshooters Game Gun 2″ inch 12ga SxS Shotgun

Arrieta Wingshooters Game Gun 2 inch 12ga w/ 25+ boxes of shellsMy last hunting pointer has passed, and I am no longer hunting grouse and woodcock. For sale is my beautiful and gently used Arrieta grouse getter. I purchased directly from Jack Jansma ~ 13 years ago, at Orvis Sandanona show, in Millbrook, NY. It is the Wingshooters Game Gun, weighs 5# 13 oz, choked Cl / **** (IC), 27 in bbls, ejectors, rounded action. It has upgraded walnut, 14-5/8 lop, 1-7/16 comb, 2-1/8 heel. It is in excellent condition with only very minor scratches from hunting. It has leather covered , green felt lined hard case w/ canvas & leather cover. Included are set of nice snap caps, 25+ boxes of 2in shells a mix of #6 thru #8 ,(will have to ship separately ORM-D). I am asking 4500.00 (Compare to new 6495 w/o a hard case). Price: $4,500

Beretta BL 2 OU Shotgun12ga , 28″ full& mod , SST . Light wear on blue bottom of receiver , very good overall. Price: $650

Beretta BL 2 OBeretta BL 2 12 gauge OU ShotgunU Shotgun
Beretta BL 2 12 gauge OU Shotgun

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Parker GH 8 Gauge SxS Shotgun
Parker GH 8 Gauge SxS Shotgun

Parker GH 8 Gauge SxS Shotgun36” Damascus Steel Barrels. 1 of only 16 made in this configuration. Year 1911. 13lbs, 2oz. Serial Number:  156790 Price: $14,000
Chokes: Full and Full, .048” Left and .054” Right
Bores: Very Good with very minor pitting (frosting) near the chambers.
Bore Diameter: 0.845” Left and 0.846” Right
Minimum Barrel Wall Thickness: 0.059” Left and 0.056” Right
Chambers: 3.25”
Ribs: Tight
Frame Size: #6
Extractors
Screws: Perfect
Engraving: Sharp
Trigger Type: Double
Type: Capped pistol grip with splinter forend, figured
LOP: 14.25”
DAC: 1.5”
DAH: 2.5”
Cast: 0
Checkering Condition: Excellent, Factory
Butt: Parker Dog’s Head Buttplate (DHBT)

ITHACA -20 GAUGE FLUES MODEL GRADE 4E - 28 INCH BARRELS CHOKED IC/M
ITHACA -20 GAUGE FLUES MODEL GRADE 4E – 28 INCH BARRELS CHOKED IC/M

ITHACA -20 GAUGE FLUES MODEL GRADE 4E – 28 INCH BARRELS CHOKED IC/MPISTOL GRIP WITH LOGO BUTTPLATE -EXCELLENT WOOD FIGURE -LOP 14″ DROPS 1 11/16″  X 2 3/4″ – WT. 5 LBS. 13 OZS. – GOLD PLATED DOUBLE TRIGGERS – AUTO SAFTEY – BARRLE BLUE 99% – CASE COLROS 90% – TOP LEVER RIGHT OF CENTER – SER.# 224XXX – IT WOULD HARD TO FIND ANOTHER 20 GA. 4E  WITH 28″ BLS. AS NICE AS THIS GUN .  APPEARS TO BE ALL ORIGINAL CONDIITON. Price: $9,000

BROWNING B25 GRADE 1 TRADITIONAL SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGEMADE 2002 30″ MOD AND FULL SOLID RIB 3″ CHAMBERS SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 6LBS 9 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 15 1/4″. Price: $7,500

BROWNING B25 GRADE 1 TRADITIONAL SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE
BROWNING B25 GRADE 1 TRADITIONAL SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE
ANSLEY FOX 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN C GRADE
ANSLEY FOX 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN C GRADE

ANSLEY FOX 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN C GRADE: THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL ANSLEY FOX C GRADE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN WITH ENGRAVING.  THIS GUN HAS SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOOD I HAVE SEEN ON A GUN .  THIS GUN IS EQUIPPED WITH 30″ KRUPP BARRELS AND A 14″ LENGTH OF PULL.  THIS GUN WAS MANUFACTURED IN 1909. THIS GUN IS ALL ORIGINAL!!!!!!!!!!  Price: $6,300

BERETTA – RARE – S55  OU- 28ga – 28″ M / FVery Hard to Find in 28ga! 1976 – Beretta S55 – 28ga, 28″ M / F (.015 / .024) – LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 5 lbs. 13 oz. Condition is “Like New.” The S55 is the same gun as the BL3 – except for the engraving. Price: $1950

ERETTA - RARE - S55 OU- 28ga - 28" M / F:
ERETTA – RARE – S55 OU- 28ga – 28″ M / F:

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L.C. Smith A-2 SxS 12ga 30in Single (selective) trigger Ejector
L.C. Smith A-2 SxS 12ga 30in Single (selective) trigger Ejector

L.C. Smith A-2 SxS 12ga 30in Single (selective) trigger EjectorAn extremely rare gun with lots of condition  An A-2 LC Smith  12ga  30in  Whitworth Steel barrels  mod/full Single selective trigger  and ejectors  very nice wood   checkering still sharp   barrel blue  very good   faded but good case color  beautiful sharp engraving serial # 3517. Price: $22,995

AH Fox CE 12 gauge Side-by-Side shotgunAll original. Number 4 weight barrels Price: $9,950
Serial Number: 27467
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 30
Action: S-E
Triggers: Double
Gauge: 12
Fore End: Splinter
LOP: 14
Weight: 7 lbs 7 oz

AH Fox CE 12 gauge Side-by-Side shotgun
AH Fox CE 12 gauge Side-by-Side shotgun

EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN12 gauge, 26″ damascus steel barrels, auto ejecgtors, beautiful scroll engraved sideplates and relief engraved fences.  Double triggers, top lever, double underlocking lugs with Greener type third bite.  Bores measure .729″ both barrels with walls over .030″   Chokes:  R: .003″  L: .033″   Weight: 6lbs 7oz.    Stock measures   Comb: 1 1/2″   Heel: 2″  LOP: 14 1/2″ over a thin English hard rubber pad.  The barrels retain all of the beautiful damascus pattern,  The action showing lovely subdued case colors.  Mint bores, excellent checkering and varnish.  This would make a perfect bird gun. Price: $5,950

EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN
EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN
Beretta / Orvis Uplander 20ga / 28/ga OU 2 barrel set, Straight Grip, 28"
Beretta / Orvis Uplander 20ga / 28/ga OU 2 barrel set, Straight Grip, 28″

Beretta / Orvis Uplander 20ga / 28/ga OU / 2 barrel set: Straight grip stock 1 1/2″ dac 15″ lop to a leather recoil pad. Stock and forend checkered and finished by David Trevallion for Orvis in Sept. 1999. (He inserted his business card in the stock bolt hole after finishing and installing the pad for Orvis customer.) This is a truly lovely upland combo! The original 20ga barrels are 28″ with Beretta Mobile choke tubes. I had the a 28ga 26″ IC/M “Orvis Uplander” Marked Barrels professionally fit after I purchased the gun to make it a combo set.The gun shows very llight field use and is in 98% conditio? and Priced to sell ! You won’t find another one like this one at this price.  I have a thin Beretta pad fitted to make it 14 1/2″ lop. Original leather pad is included and comes installed if desired. Price: $3100

Rizzini Omnium OU 28 ga. 28" choke tubes. English Stock:
Rizzini Omnium OU 28 ga. 28″ choke tubes. English Stock:

Rizzini Omnium OU 28 ga. 28″ choke tubes. English Stock: Here is a nice 28 ga o/u made by one of Italys’ most respected shotgun makers. This elegant gun has a beautiful case colored receiver. Its a very nice, lightweight gun at only 5 lb. 8 oz. This gun was special order with a straight English stock. The English stock really makes for a fast handling upland gun, and its nice looking too! There are not many 28 ga. guns with a English stock and here is a good one. Layaways ok. Cased. New. Price: $2295

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BERETTA - Abercrombie & Fitch - SO3 - 28-1/8 Bbls - M / F - Double Triggers - Hand Built Sidelock Gun
BERETTA – Abercrombie & Fitch – SO3 – 28-1/8 Bbls – M / F – Double Triggers – Hand Built Sidelock Gun

BERETTA – Abercrombie & Fitch – SO3 – 28-1/8 Bbls – M / F – Double Triggers – Hand Built Sidelock Gun1952 – Abercrombie & Fitch – Beretta SO3 – OU Shotgun: 12ga, 2-3/4″, 28-1/8″ M / F (.024 / .039)Solid Rib Barrels, Double Triggers, Cocking Indicators, Factory Sling Swivels, Prince of Whales Grip with Checkered Butt, LOP 14-5/8″ Drop 1-7/16″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 7 lbs. Price: $6250

1960 – Beretta SO2 Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun: 12ga, 2-3/4″, 27-1/2″ IC / LM (.007 / .011) Boehler Steel Bbls, LOP 14-1/2″ Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-7/16″, Weight 6 lbs. 15 oz. Perfect Chokes for an Upland Bird Gun. Somone has added a wood butt spacer and fitted a Beretta butt plate. Very nice work. The stock is 13-7/8″ without the extension. So, remove the extension and add a pad and the stock will go almost 15″ with a standard 1″ pad. Price: $3750

1960 - Beretta SO2 Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun
1960 – Beretta SO2 Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun
BELGIAN BROWNING Superposed O/U "Lightning" twenty (20) gauge
BELGIAN BROWNING Superposed O/U “Lightning” twenty (20) gauge

BELGIAN BROWNING Superposed O/U “Lightning” twenty (20) gauge: 28″ Mod/Full, 3″ mag barrels. Custom Superlight English stocked long tang wood w/Schnabel forend  make your “lightning” even lighter for all day carry. Top lever well right of center. Still stiff upon opening. The perfect quail, grouse & chukar gun.  EXCELLENT condition! Price: $2995

Webley & Scott Model: 700, 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun: Barrels: 26″ Chokes: SKT – IC L.O.P. : 14 5/8″ Drop: 1 1/4″C x 2 1/8″H Weight: 5 lbs 11 oz Ser. #: 142455 Stock #: 7470. Price: $2,850

Webley & Scott Model: 700, 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun
Webley & Scott Model: 700, 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun
Fox Sterlingworth 20 Gauge SxS Shotgun
Fox Sterlingworth 20 Gauge SxS Shotgun

Fox Sterlingworth 20 Gauge SxS Shotgun: Serial #263xxx (Early Utica Gun). 28″ Barrels, Field Choked, Modified and Full.  Metal retains 97-98% Original Blue on Barrels and Trigger Guard.  The only visible wear being on the muzzles and the slight discoloration ahead of the balls of the receiver ( both areas pictured ).  Case Colors are brilliant with all of 98% Coverage, (again, see Photos).  Bores are Excellent. Wood retains all of 95%+  Original Finish with some minor handling marks, one noticeable chip in bottom rear of butt next to buttplate ( Pictured ) and very Sharp Checking. Price: $2850
Bore: 20 gauge
Chambers: 2 5/8″
Ejectors: Extractors
Condition: Excellent
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Very good with small chip pictured
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Double
Stock Comb: 1 5/8″
Stock Heel: 2 5/8″
Stock Cast: Standard field configuration
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Original Plate
LOP: 14″
Rib: Solid with Ivory Bead
Chokes: Modified & Full

Auction alert: CE grade A.H. Fox, 12g & 16g…

Fox CE Grade, from 1937-39 Savage-era catalog
Fox CE Grade, from 1937-39 Savage-era catalog

If you’re a Fox fan, these two SxSs are going to make you drool. One’s a 16g and the other’s a 12g. Both look like CEs, and they’re coming to auction this Friday, May 20, @ Cottone Auctions.

Fox considered the CE to be a high-grade gun. In 1931, retailers asked $100 for it — more than twice the price of Sterlingworth with ejectors and a little less than a Parker GHE. The same year, a sidelock W. & C. Scott Premier cost $1,000.

Today, CE grade Foxes like the ones you see here are very collectible — especially the 16g. Fox made very few of them, and to see two with this kind of original condition is a treat.

16 gauge Ansley H. Fox, Philadelphia Double Barrel Shotgun, Vintage, original blueing & finish, 26″ barrels, 2 3/4″ chamber. Serial #302043

16 gauge Ansley H. Fox, Philadelphia CE grade Double Barrel Shotgun, Vintage, original blueing & finish, 26" barrels, 2 3/4" chamber. Serial #302043
16 gauge Ansley H. Fox, Philadelphia CE grade Double Barrel Shotgun, Vintage, original blueing & finish, 26″ barrels, 2 3/4″ chamber. Serial #302043

12 gauge Ansley H. Fox, Philadelphia Double Barrel Shotgun, Vintage, 30″ barrels, 2 3/4″ chamber. Serial #12031. Checkered grip. Highly figured stock. Original bluing & finish.

12 gauge Ansley H. Fox, Philadelphia CE grade Double Barrel Shotgun, Vintage, 30" barrels, 2 3/4" chamber. Serial #12031. Checkered grip. Highly figured stock. Original bluing & finish.
12 gauge Ansley H. Fox, Philadelphia CE grade Double Barrel Shotgun, Vintage, 30″ barrels, 2 3/4″ chamber. Serial #12031. Checkered grip. Highly figured stock. Original bluing & finish.

Good gun alert: 12g A.H. Fox Sterlingworth, 32″ barrels…

Fox Sterlingworth Trap SxS Shotgun, 32" barrels
Fox Sterlingworth Trap SxS Shotgun, 32″ barrels

Like a lot of guys, my first real SxS was a Fox Sterlingworth. My gun was a 12g with 30″ barrels, and even though it didn’t fit me, I killed a lot of wild pheasants with it.

Introduced in 1910 and built until around 1940, the Sterlingworth was Fox’s best selling shotgun. The vast majority were 12 gauges with 28″ or 30″ barrels. But the company also offered 12g Sterlingworths with 26″ and 32″ barrels.

From the beginning, Fox associated a “style” with the barrel lengths of its Sterlingworths: 26″ guns were Brush styles, 28″ guns were Field styles, 30″ guns were Standard styles, and 32″ guns were Trap styles.

Fox Sterlingworth Trap SxS Shotgun, 32" barrels
Fox Sterlingworth Trap SxS Shotgun, 32″ barrels

That means the guns you see here is a true Trap-style Sterlingworth, and with it’s 32″ barrels, it would a great gun for sporting clays or the field.

Fox Sterlingworth “Trap” SxS Shotgun, 32″ barrelsA totally original and honest 32″ 12 gauge Sterlingworth.  Not messed with and in great user condition. Tight as new. Lever way right of center. Completely on face. Both chokes are original with 4 1/2″ of taper. Just a nice user with perfect barrels. Price: $1350

Model: Sterlingworth Trap
Serial Number: 121061
Ejectors: No
Condition: Original

Fox Sterlingworth Trap SxS Shotgun, 32" barrels
Fox Sterlingworth Trap SxS Shotgun, 32″ barrels

Metal Condition: Original blue
Wood Condition: Original finish and checkering
Bore Condition: Unhoned and no pitting
Gauge: 12
Stock: 14 1/4″ x 1 5/8″ x 2 3/4″
Rib: Rings like a bell
Weight: 7 lbs 5 oz
Manufacture Date: 1928
Choke Left: .729 (.041)
Choke Right: .729 (.023)
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .030
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .029

Auction alert: a 16g A.H. Fox A grade SxS shotgun, 30″ bbls…

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583
A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

A couple days ago I put up a post about a 16g Parker DHE on an O frame. That double is one of the grails of grouse hunting. The one you see here is another. While maybe not as coveted as the Parker, it’s still a SxS a lot of guys wish they could carry in October.

Most of the 16g Foxes you’ll see out there are Sterlingworths. Graded, 16-gauge Foxes side-by-sides are scarce shotguns. This is just one of the 3800 or so 16g shotguns A.H. Fox made in grades A-F. This one, made around 1932-33, also has 30″ barrels, which makes it even scarcer.

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583
A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

This one is coming up at Kramer Auction Service LLC in Prairie du Chien, WI. Their auction starts on Saturday, March 26 @ 10:00 AM central time.

A.H. Fox A grade SxS Shotgun #301583: 16 ga. 30″ bbls w/bright bores & retaining good overall blue on exterior. Bbls. are marked w/Philadelphia PA address. Left bbl. has a small ding approx. 9″ back from muzzle which shoes slightly in bore. Fully engraved receiver shows good case color in protected areas. Mechanically crisp w/double triggers & ejectors. No Shoc recoil pad & LOP approx. 14″. Original checkered walnut stock. In nice overall condition.

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583
A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583
A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583
A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

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Beretta AS20EL Over Under Premium 20ga 28inch bbls- very nice-vary rare in 28inch
Beretta AS20EL Over Under Premium 20ga 28inch bbls- very nice-vary rare in 28inch

Beretta AS20EL Over Under Premium Over Under 20ga 28inch bbls: 2 3/4″ chambers, 28″ barrels with a vent rib and choked Mod. and Full, (see pictures for barrel weight 1,130kg and constriction) 14 1/4″ LOP over old Pachmyr Pad, ejectors, double triggers, English Stock grip, Game Forend (trim) and checkering is all there, coin finished receiver withfine hand engraving of acanthus scroll work, bottom of action also engraved “Brevettato” and “Italy”, excellent condition with some handling marks. These ASE -AS20EL- guns were made between 1947 and 1964.  This is a 20 bore and is very scarce and were very limited. 20 bores are known to have extraordinaryily trim frames and stocks and are usually as light as a 28 bore.  The 20s are even more scarce.
Appears to be all original (except pad) and overall Excellent Condition. Clearly hasn’t been used hard. Price: $9,250

A H Fox, Phil., XE Grade #4 weight barrels Gorgeous Engraving
A H Fox, Phil., XE Grade #4 weight barrels Gorgeous Engraving

A H Fox, Phil., XE Grade #4 weight barrels Gorgeous Engraving: 12 GAUGE, 30″ BARRELS, FULL AND MODIFIED, KRUPP STEEL, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, NO. 4 WEIGHT BARRELS.  GORGEOUS VERY DEEP CUT ENGRAVING, 100% COVERAGE, CASE COLOR IN THE PROTECTED AREAS.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, LONG SPLINTER FOREARM VERY FINE CHECKERING, HIGHLY FIGURED CIRCASSIAN WALNUT, LEATHER COVERED PAD.  NICE HIGH GRADE FOX MADE IN 1916.  GREAT DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, 7 1/2 POUNDS. Price: $7,500

J.P. Sauer and Sons Model 40E Side-by-Side 12ga/28" Prussian Mfg
J.P. Sauer and Sons Model 40E Side-by-Side 12ga/28″ Prussian Mfg

J.P. Sauer and Sons Model 40E Side-by-Side 12ga/28″ Prussian Mfg: Scalloped boxlock receiver with full coverage game scenes of upland birds, waterfowl, and dogs surrounded by acanthus leaf and scroll, double trigger, ejectors, finely checkered side panels, side clips, Krupp Steel barrels with a matted rib and 2 5/8″ chambers, Mod/Full, pistol grip, splinter forearm with an ebony tip, 14 1/4″ LOP over a Hawkins vented recoil pad. This vintage gun still remains in high condition for its age and maintains approx. 60% of its original case colors. Price: $5,995

BERETTA - RARE - Special Order - S56E - 20ga - 2 Barrel Set - SST - Ejectors - Hand Engraved
BERETTA – RARE – Special Order – S56E – 20ga – 2 Barrel Set – SST – Ejectors – Hand Engraved

BERETTA – RARE – Special Order – S56E – 20ga – 2 Barrel Set – SST – Ejectors – Hand EngravedSingle Selective Trigger, Ejectors, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-9/16″ to 2-5/8″, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. Barrel 1: 28″, 3″ Chambers, Choked – Improved Modified / Full. Barrel 2: 26-1/2″, 2-3/4″ Chambers, Choked – Improved Cylinder / Modified. Rare Gun: Special Order – Factory 2 Barrel Set with Factory Pad. Earlier version of the gun that Garcia called the BL-4. Price: $2350

Beretta S 686 OU Ultra Light 12 GA 28 in, 6lbs
Beretta S 686 OU Ultra Light 12 GA 28 in, 6lbs

Beretta S 686 OU Ultra Light 12 GA 28 in, 6lbsPrice: $1,199.99
Manufacturer: 1991
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4 inch.
Metal Condition: Very good with some small scratches.
Wood Condition: Very good with some small scratches, dings, and dents.
Bore Condition: Clean and bright.
Barrels: 28 inch.
Triggers: Single selective.
Stock: Checkered walnut.
Stock Dimensions:
1 1/2 inch DOC ~ 2 1/4 inch DOH ~ 14 1/4 inch LOP
Fore End: Checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: KICK EEZ recoil pad.
Weight: 6 lbs.
Sights: White front bead with metal mid bead.
Chokes: Mobil choke system.
Extras: Comes with 2 choke tubes, Improved Cylinder and Cylinder.

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JAMES PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SIDELOCK 12 GA. SELF-OPENING DOUBLE SHOTGUN, CIRCA 1907
JAMES PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SIDELOCK 12 GA. SELF-OPENING DOUBLE SHOTGUN, CIRCA 1907

JAMES PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SIDELOCK 12 GA. SELF-OPENING DOUBLE SHOTGUN, CIRCA 1907: 30” barrels with 2 ½” chambers choked improved modified in both barrels. Automatic ejectors and double triggers. Center rib engraved “J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH’S FLUID PRESSED STEEL”. No “3” engraved on the both the rib and the lever. Lock plates signed with maker’s name. Checkered walnut straight grip stock and checkered splinter forend. 14 ½” pull over checkered butt. 2”, 1 ½” drop. .Best Quality rose bouquet and scroll engraving. Matching serial numbers in the 17,xxx range. All original except the barrel finish which has been expertly custom blued. Locks and frame with much of the original case hardening color and the lever and the trigger guard with most of the original blue. Stock and forend with the original finish. Forend with small sliver missing near the release button on the left side. Perfect working order and excellent bores. Price: $16,500

A.H. Fox SPE Skeet Grade 12 Gauge Side by Side
A.H. Fox SPE Skeet Grade 12 Gauge Side by Side

A.H. Fox SPE Skeet Grade 12 Gauge Side by SideAll original condition, all specs can be viewed on letter from Savage Historian, John Callahan. Price: $6,000

Model: SPE Skeet Grade
Serial Number: 34970
Chambers: 2 3/4
Ejectors: Automatic
Condition: Original
Triggers: Single selectable
Gauge: 12
Fore End: Beavertail
Manufacture Date: May 27, 1937

Winchester Model 21 Field Grade 20 Gauge 1935 Production
Winchester Model 21 Field Grade 20 Gauge 1935 Production

Winchester Model 21 Field Grade 20 Gauge 1935 ProductionThis Winchester was produced in 1935. The shotgun’s serial number is 5294. The barrels are 26 inches. The barrels are solid rib choked Full and Modified. It has the single selective trigger. The trigger works correctly. The safety is the automatic engaged safety. The ejectors are manual ejectors. The recoil pad is the red Winchester pad. The barrels are bright with no damage or dents. The lockup is tight. The barrels have the solid rib. This gun has seen field use and handling. There is blue loss on the underbelly of the receiver due to carrying. This is a great light handling 21 in a great gauge. This gun can give the owner many years of great service. This is one of the original condition early model 21’s that has not been “restored”. The unusual feature is the single selective trigger without the automatic ejectors on this shotgun. This feature is not commonly seen. This shotgun’s overall condition would rate a 90% condition. The overall approximate weight is 6 pounds. The length of pull is 13 and 1/2 inches. This shotgun has had only two owners. Price: $5750

Ithaca Grade 4 16 Gauge - NICE ORIGINAL GUN, 80% CASE COLOR
Ithaca Grade 4 16 Gauge – NICE ORIGINAL GUN, 80% CASE COLOR

Ithaca Grade 4 16 Gauge – NICE ORIGINAL GUN, 80% CASE COLOR:#376165, Made in 1924, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 7oz, Side by Side. This gun, sn376165 built in 1924, is no exception, balanced dead on the hinge pin and weighing 6lbs. 7oz. it is a delight in hand.  Retaining 80% factory case color, gorgeous engraving, checkering, and wood, this gun is a work of art at a very affordable price.  It has great barrels with plenty of wall thickness, mirror bores, choked perfect for upland game, and with nice shooting dimensions it has everything a shooter/collector might want. Price: $4,950.00

Barrel Length: 26″
Chokes: .013/.028  LM/F
Bores: mirror
Bore Diameter: .670/.668
Wall Thickness: .029/.028
% Blue: 100%
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ribs: tight
Sights: single
Action: tight, way right of center
Ejectors or Extractors: extractors
Case Color: 80% fading
Screws: excellent
Engraving: clear, sharp
Trigger Type: double,  crisp
Trigger Guard Color: 93%
Type: capped pistol grip/splinter forend
LOP: 14″
LOP To End Of Wood: 13 5/8″
DAH: 2 5/8″
DAC: 1 11/16″
Cast: 1/8″ off
Checkering Condition: very good
Butt Treatment: factory plate

C. Hellis & Sons Boxlock SxS 12ga/28" IC/Full
C. Hellis & Sons Boxlock SxS 12ga/28″ IC/Full

C. Hellis & Sons Boxlock SxS 12ga/28″ IC/Full: Case colored boxlock with double triggers, straight grip stock, auto-ejectors, splinter forend, and checkered butt. Lop measures 14″ with 1 1/4oz proof and 2 3/4″ chambers. Condition is very good overall with strong color case and excellent barrel blue. This is a very nice gun overall.  Price: $3,995

A couple classics: A 16g Ithaca NID & a 20g Fox Sterlingworth…

20 gauge Savage-Fox Sterlingworth SXS shotgun, 28" barrels
20 gauge Savage-Fox Sterlingworth SXS shotgun, 28″ barrels

Stone walls. Grown-over apple orchards. English setters.

If you’re a sucker for all the trappings of traditional grouse hunting, you’ll probably like the classic American shotguns posted here.

I’ve called the Fox Sterlingworth the gateway drug of doubles. It has been the first side-by-side for a lot of guys (including me), and it has initiated a passion that has taken over many a life.

This Sterlingworth caught my eye because it’s a 20g with 28″ and super shootable stock dimensions. It’s also priced very fairly.

20 gauge Savage-Fox Sterlingworth SXS shotgun, 28" barrels
20 gauge Savage-Fox Sterlingworth SXS shotgun, 28″ barrels

Savage Arms Co. Sterlingworth, 20 Gauge Game GunPrice: $1,499.99
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 28″ Blued Steel with Tapered Concave Rib
Triggers: Double Triggers with Extractors
Stock: Checkered Walnut Pistol Grip Butt Stock
Stock Dimensions:
DAC: 1 3/8″, DAH: 2 3/8″, Cast off: 1/8″, 14″
Fore End: Checkered Walnut Splinter Style
Butt Pad: Synthetic Butt Plate
Weight: 6 lbs. 2 ozs.
Sights: Single Bead
Chokes: Fixed: Full & Modified

16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun

Ithaca was one America’s most successful gunmakers, and NID was the final incarnation of their SxSs. These guns are basic and tough– like old-school F150s with crank windows and bench seats. This 16g NID is on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends tomorrow, 12/23, @ 8:26:50 AM ET.

16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun

Ithaca NID Star Model 16 GA: Up for sale we have a beautiful NID 16 guage, 28″barrels choked M/F, all serial numbers match. This gun was made in 1929, 2 3/4″ chambers and shoots well, the gun is very solid and locks up tight. There is one deep scratch on the forearm, other then that the wood is really nice. The barrels and bores are excellent.

16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun

Auction alert: 16 gauge A.H. Fox A-grade SxS shotgun …

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

Here’s a nice looking, classic American double. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends today, 9/24/2015, @ 9:40:00 PM ET.

BTW: This is what a minty 16g A-Grade looks like.

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgunWe have for auction a nice clean Ansley H. Fox of Philadelphia PA. “A Grade” Double Barrel Side X Side Shotgun, chambered for 16 gauge shot shell cartridges. This beautiful vintage shotgun bearing serial number 300236 was manufactured in 1913 the second year of production for 16 gauge Ansley H. Fox of Philadelphia models according to published factory records. The serial numbers in our auction photographs have been digitally removed, however we will gladly provide them to the winning bidder upon request at the completion of the auction. This beautiful vintage example has remained in wonderful factory original condition over the past 102 years, still retaining most of the original factory blued barrel finish, and showing areas of the factory applied case colored frame finish still is visible. Bores and function are excellent.

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

This is an early Ansley H. Fox of Philadelphia Pa, and is not to be confused with the later Fox shotgun variations. The shotgun in our auction listing is an “A Grade” Model, with very nice factory engraving. Early graded A. H. Fox model shotguns are very rare, and seldom encountered, especially ones that are still retaining nice clean factory original condition, with no after market modifications, or have been refinished like the one in our auction.

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

The 26 inch side X side “Krupp Fluid Steel” barrels were factory designed with a full length sighting rib, extractors, are choked Full on the right, and Modified on the left, and still have nice bright bores & chambers. This early vintage double barrel shotgun still has the factory original early style 16 gauge 2 9/16 inch shot shell chambering, and has “not” been rechambered as many have, to accommodate the more modern 2 ¾ inch shells. The locking leaver still rests firmly to the right as it should, the action is still very tight, and the barrel to action fit is solid with no looseness. Again folks, please keep in mind that this beautiful vintage A. H. Fox is all factory original with no modifications, which in todays market is a very Rare find! This beauty still retains the factory original genuine Walnut wood stock & forearm, which has very nice factory checkering, with no cracks, chips, or alterations.

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

This nice old A. H. Fox shotgun has the following stock measurements, the LOP (Length of Pull) is 14 ¼ inches, and is fitted with the original black bake-a-lite butt plate. No folks, you didn’t read it wrong,,, this grand old shotgun has not been cut! The drop at the comb is 2 ¼ inches, is 3 inches at the butt, and has no cast off, and the shotgun weighs a total of just 6 1/4 lbs. This is simply an exceptional 102 year old example of a very nice, very clean, unaltered, factory original A. H. Fox of Philadelphia Pa. shotgun. This beauty would certainly make a great addition to any Ansley H. Fox, or any other fine vintage gun collection.

If this 20g A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS is legit, it’s a steal …

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4", Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4″, Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?

I’m not sure what we’re seeing here. Is this a rare, 20 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun? Or is it just regular 20g Sterlingworth someone has messed with?

This gun is serial number — 270421 — which puts it around 1938. That’s near the end of the line for A.H. Fox, and three years into the period when the company was building their straight-gripped, high-stocked Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game guns. So there’s a chance this is one of those guns. If that’s the case, it’s a great deal.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4", Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4″, Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?

But here’s the thing: The stocks on Sterly S&UGs didn’t have the checkered sidepanels — or at least none of the ones I’ve seen, and the none ones Fox advertised in their literature,  had stocks with checkered sidepanels. That detail was reserved for Foxes in B-grade and up.

So did the person who ordered this gun also ask for the panels? Did a stocker at the company add them as a way to kill the last few hours of a work week? Or was the stock a leftover intended for a higher-grade gun, and since A.H. Fox was nearing its end, the company  wanted to use it up?

Of course, the other possible answers to this riddle are a restock — maybe by Savage at a later date or by someone else — or maybe even little custom work to the wood after the gun after it was delivered (I doubt this, though). But even if one of those are the case, this side-by-side is still a nice little double.

Fox Sterlingworth 20GA. NICE! Straight Stock!

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4", Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4″, Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?

Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4″
Action tight Bluing 85%. Case color 12%
Desirable 26” barrels
Straight Stock! Wood shows handling wear. Has recoil pad installed
Acouple shallow dings in the barrels from over the years
LOP – 15 1/8 DAC – 1 1/4” DAH – 2 3/8”
Great light weight gun weighing in at 6lbs 2oz
Middle barrel bead, double triggers, extractors, box lock

Price: $1,850

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4", Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4″, Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4", Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4″, Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?

Auction alert: 16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland game …

Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz

Here is a hard Fox to find. It’s a 16g Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun and it’s on Gunbroker.com now. The auction ends 8/24/2015 @9:30:00 PM ET.

The Sterlingworth Skeet and Upland Game Gun was introduced in 1935. Skeet was new sport then, having been invented in 1920 by Charles Davis, a grouse hunter from Andover, MA.

In 1926, William Harnden Foster introduced Skeet to America with an article in the February issue ofNational Sportsman and Hunting and Fishing magazine. The game boomed in popularity and by the ’30s makers  offers shotguns tailored for the sport.

Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz

Fox added the Skeet & Upland Game Gun to their line in 1935 to “…meet the demand for a moderately priced skeet and upland game double gun”. They were offered in 12, 16 & 20 gauge, and with 26″ & 28″ barrels.

BTW: For a comp, here’s a nearly-new 16g with 26″ barrels that sold a couple years ago.

Fox Sterlingworth 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz: This Fox Sterlingworth bears a Utica barrel address, was made in 1936 (SN 3726xx), has 28” barrels choked Modified and Improved Modified with 2-3/4” chambers and mid/front ivory beads, automatic safety, straight stock, extractors, 2-1/2” DAH, 1-5/8” DAC and 13-3/8” & 14-1/8 LOP. The weight is a handy 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz

It retains about 65% blue with most of the thinning on the sides and a small ding in the right tube 10-1/4” from the breech that is barely visible inside. There’s also evidence of a very shallow dent on the bottom of the left tube 5” from the muzzle that seems to have been professionally removed. The bores are perfect mirrors and examination with a Hawkeye bore scope yields no indication of polishing. The frame retains 60% of original case color. The stocks are completely sound with scattered light to moderate handling marks (mostly light) and a repaired small, shallow chip on the right side of the butt plate. It is 100% on-face, lock-up is as tight as a vault (tested with the forend removed) and the top lever comes to rest well right of center. Though this gun has a short tang there are known factory examples of short tang straight stocked guns and there is absolutely no sign of it having been modified. A very nice 16 gauge that, on handling, one can immediately feel will comport itself quite well in the field.

Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz

Good gun alert: Nice looking 16g A.H. Fox Sterlingworth …

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels

Here’s a great way to start an affair with nice American doubles. With 28″ barrels and what looks like an all-original finish, this Fox Sterlingworth is nice. And the price  –$1095 — makes is even nicer.

From 1910 to about 1940, A.H. Fox and then the Savage Arms Company built around 140,000 Sterlingworths. Most were 12 gauges, but about 23,000 were 16s. Whatever the gauge, these side-by-sides were, and still are, great doubles — especially when they’re priced right.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels. Tight Full/Tight Mod. LOP 14 1/8” & 13 ¼”, DAC 1 5/8”, DAH 2 5/8”. Chambered for 2 ½” shells. Numbers matching gun. Condition: Barrels have a nice ring to them. Bright shinny bore. Right barrel has imperfection about 14” in. Signs of imperfection are visible from outside if looking down the side of barrel. Tight solid action. Barrel lever is right of center. Nice shooter. Price: $1,095

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels

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PIOTTI KING SIDE x SIDE 16 gauge 28" chopper lump barrels
PIOTTI KING SIDE x SIDE 16 gauge 28″ chopper lump barrels

PIOTTI KING SIDE x SIDE 16 gauge  28″ chopper lump barrels: … 2 3/4″ chambers … single selective trigger … LOP 14 7/8″ … drop comb 1 3/8″ … drop heel 2 1/8″ … weight 6 lbs 8 oz … bore dia: L..675 R.676 … bore restrictions: L.014 R.010 … wall thickness: L.026 R.032.

The engraver, G.Ranetti, proudly signed this work on the trigger plate to the right of the trigger. The receiver is literally covered with extremely fine and detailed small scroll with interspersed acanthus and floral scroll over-lays. Perfect shading and delicated gold inlays in certain areas make this a memorable piece. This fine engraving work continues to the trigger guard, upper and lower tang, operating lever, butt plate frame and forearm latching hardware. This is the ultimate of 100% coverage. The bottom of the left barrel is engraved “W.L.Moore, Westlake, CA. Mod KING 1”.

Finely cut wrap around, 32 LPI checkering highlights the straight English grip and the splinter forearm. The high contrast grain of this European walnut will definitely turn heads for a second look. The forearm features a gold Fratelli Piotti coat of arms. This piece comes in a custom oak and leather case with protective brass corners and a lock. The case interior is burgandy cloth with oak compartments. Accessories include a rosewood & brass cleaning rod, oil bottle, wallet with cleaning tips and brushes, snap caps and cleaning gauze. Price: $16,500

BERETTA 1951 S3EL SIDELOCK- EXC FLORAL & SCROLL ENGRAVING by M. SLATNIK- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 27 1/2" SOLID RIB BARRELS
BERETTA 1951 S3EL SIDELOCK- EXC FLORAL & SCROLL ENGRAVING by M. SLATNIK- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 27 1/2″ SOLID RIB BARRELS

BERETTA 1951 S3EL SIDELOCK- EXC FLORAL & SCROLL ENGRAVING by M. SLATNIK- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 27 1/2″ SOLID RIB BARRELS: #9036, Beretta O/U Sidelock Ejector Model S3EL 12 Bore Made in 1951 with 27 1/2″ Acciaio Inossidabile Excelsior Steel Barrels with a Hand Filed Solid Rib at .726 .004 & .008″ (Skt.I & Imp.Cyl.), Original 2 3/4″, 1.365 KG weight barrels, Double triggers with the front trigger articulated, Game forend with finger grooves, Straight hand stock at 14 5/8 x 1 5/16 x 2 1/8″ over a 7/8″ pad, Slight cast-off for the right hand, 7 lbs., It has a super piece of wood that borders on being an exhibition piece with great black & brown color contrast, It has 100% coverage of great floral engraving with roses done with a very fine scroll background plus neat floral borders by M. Slatnik and signed, All early Beretta’s done by Slatnik are special pieces as he was one of the leading Italian engravers of this era; This piece has 9 retainer screws, including the replaceable locking shoulders on the barrel, which secure key screws on the frame, forend and trigger guard, I believe the barrels were reblacked a long time ago and very professionally done, All lettering sharp and very difficult to tell they were reblacked, The buttstock might have been re-oiled but not refinished and it remains in 94% condition with light handling marks only, The checkering is original and remains at 98%, The bores are excellent plus, It remains a very stout mechanical gun in every respect. Here is a 1951 Quality Sidelock that has at least 94-95% of its mechanical life left for the balance of your sporting days. Buy this piece here for $7950 or order a new one for about $30K, you are the judge. Price: $7,950

THOMAS BLAND- 500/450 #1 EXP- EXC PLUS BORES- VERY NICE UNDERLEVER HAMMER RIFLE- HENRY'S PATENT STEEL BARRELS
THOMAS BLAND- 500/450 #1 EXP- EXC PLUS BORES- VERY NICE UNDERLEVER HAMMER RIFLE- HENRY’S PATENT STEEL BARRELS

THOMAS BLAND- 500/450 #1 EXP- EXC PLUS BORES- VERY NICE UNDERLEVER HAMMER RIFLE- HENRY’S PATENT STEEL BARRELS: #9968, T. Bland & Sons, 106 Strand, London: A Thomas Bland & Sons 500/450 #1 Express Black Powder Henry Jones Hammer Underlever Double Rifle Made about 1889, 28″ Henry’s patent steel barrels, Full rib with 3 folding rear sights, Non-rebounding hammers, Anson Patent #15529 forend release, Full length trigger guard tang to a steel grip cap, Sling eyes, 14 7/16″ LOP over a steel buttplate, 8 lbs. 14 oz., Very nice wood, Here is a very nice solid rifle with 75% original blue on the barrels, 25% original case colors, Very solid wood both fore and aft that has had oil applied but not refinished, The checkering is still original and at 80%, The bores are excellent plus with both still at 9 1/2 and near 10 and almost look like new, It is cased in a nice brass cornered oak & leather trunk with a Bland trade label. ////////////// //////////////////// Thomas Bland & Sons were founded in 1840 in Birmingham and expanded to106 Strand in London in 1872. In 1900 they moved to 2 King William Street, Strand in London. This durable firm remained in business all these years, an incredible run from muzzle loaders to modern sporting guns. Price: $7,450

Winchester --- Model 21 Duck --- 12 Gauge, 3"
Winchester — Model 21 Duck — 12 Gauge, 3″

Winchester — Model 21 Duck — 12 Gauge, 3″: 30″ SxS barrels of Winchester Proof Steel with steel bead front sight and raised matted rib choked full & full. 13 5/8″pull from single selective trigger to original Winchester red rubber recoil pad. 1 1/2″ – 2 1/2″ drop. Figured walnut stock with beavertail forend with internal brace and diamond-pattern checkering, and standard grade checkering on pistol grip. Bolstered frame with automatic ejectors and automatic top tang safety. Weight: 7lbs, 9 1/2oz. S/N: 29,9xx. Barrel date 1954. 3″ Chambers. DUCK on floorplate. 99% barrel blue. 95% receiver blue, with just enough flaking on the floorplate to show it’s real. Price: $6450

A. H. Fox ( Philly) 'B' Grade ejector 12 bore factory 2 bbl. set
A. H. Fox ( Philly) ‘B’ Grade ejector 12 bore factory 2 bbl. set

A. H. Fox ( Philly) ‘B’ Grade ejector 12 bore factory 2 bbl. set: s# 154xx, #1 bbl.30″  F/F, #2 bbl., 26″ M/Ic, double ivories on both bbls., lightly engraved bird gamescenes, factory single select trigger (scarce), ejectors, exotic premium grade American round knob walnut stock, checkered side panels,  13″ LOP over leather covered factory pad, 1 1/2″ DAC – 2 1/2″ DAH, 60% + CC, 95% bbl. blue, lightest of handling, tight as new, release lever rt. of center, neutral case, #1 & #2 bbls. have transition engraving pattern slightly diff. at breech neverthless are # 1 & 2 bbls. probably sent at later date than 1st  #1 bbl. Price: $4,699

Head scratcher: a12g A.H. Fox A grade, straight grip, 32″ bbls …

A.H. Fox "A" Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32" bbls
A.H. Fox “A” Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32″ bbls

It’s rare that a twelve-gauge, A-grade Fox excites me. But when I saw this one, I started doing the mental math to figure out how to pay for it. With it’s straight grip and 32″ barrels, it’s an unusual A grade.

But even though the gun looks right, that butt stock has me scratching my head. Is it really original? Te fact that it’s “cast on” for a lefty raises questions. If I were going to add this SxS to my safe, I would be sure to take a much closer look at it (and probably order a letter from The A.H. Fox Collector’s Club).

A.H. Fox “A” Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun: 32″ bbls. choked tight & full, DT’s, extractor, oil finished hand checkered American walnut, 14 1/4″ LOP over factory buttplate, 1/4″ cast ‘ON’ (left handed favorable), 75% case colors, 95% bbl. blue, most minor of handling, This Fox is pure & has mountains of curb appeal (Phizazz) tight as new & all original so. Price: $3,999

A.H. Fox "A" Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32" bblsA.H. Fox "A" Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32" bbls
A.H. Fox “A” Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32″ bbls
A.H. Fox "A" Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32" bbls
A.H. Fox “A” Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32″ bbls
A.H. Fox "A" Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32" bbls
A.H. Fox “A” Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32″ bbls

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Flli Piotti 20 gauge sidelock with fabulous engraving
Flli Piotti 20 gauge sidelock with fabulous engraving

Flli Piotti 20 gauge sidelock with fabulous engraving: This gun was imported to America by our friends at William Larkin & Moore. They record this as a KING 1 model. This little 20 is of the highest quality. While it is known that I prefer pre WWII guns I find as I handle this gun it is hard to put down. Built like a Swiss watch and feels so wonderful between the hands. Excellent stock work and metal work I cannot fault but only find praise. Serial Number: 7684. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 26″,2 3/4″. Stock Comb: 1 1/2″. Stock Heel: 2 1/8″. Stock Cast: 1/8″. LOP: 14 3/4″ over Leather. Weight: 5 lbs. 11 oz. Choke Left: 018 Mod. Right: 008 IC. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .029, Right: .034 Price: $22,000

A.H.FOX XE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN: #24XXX 32″ 005 AND 013 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LOTS OF ORIGINAL CASE COLORS 6LBS 15 OZ X 2 3/4 X 1 1/2 X 14 1/2 TO ORIGINAL HAWKINS PAD. Price: $16,500

A.H.FOX XE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:
A.H.FOX XE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:
Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. A-10 American 20 GA. O/U Sidelock Shotgun:
Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. A-10 American 20 GA. O/U Sidelock Shotgun:

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. A-10 American 20 GA. O/U Sidelock Shotgun: Chambers: 2 3/4″. Metal Condition: Excellent. Wood Condition: Very Good, a few small impressions on the stock. Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny. Barrels:28″. Triggers:4 Lbs. Stock:Straight, checkered. Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 1/2″. Weight:6 Lbs 4 Ozs. Sights:Vented rib, front red bead. Chokes:Interchangeable. Extras:Hard case, extra chokes, papers. Price: $7,399.99

Winchester M21 16 gauge SXS, Double Triggers, Ejectors: Nice old 16 gauge M21 hunting gun, DT Ejector, splinter forend, good dimensions, great chokes, light weight. Originally mod/full first barrel opened to IC, bores 10 and 28 thou. 26″ barrels. Nice wood 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/2″ DAH, 14″ LOP from front trigger. Believe blue to be original. Thinning on bottom of receiver. I suspect an extra coat of varnish on wood which has better than average grain — a little fiddle back. A few hunting knocks here and there — not bad. Weight 6 lb 10 oz; light for a 16 gauge M21. SN 6000 (Yeah 6K even). Price: $7,000.

Winchester M21 16 gauge SXS, Double Triggers, Ejectors
Winchester M21 16 gauge SXS, Double Triggers, Ejectors
Beretta BL4 Over-Under 20GA & 28GA factory two barrel set
Beretta BL4 Over-Under 20GA & 28GA factory two barrel set

Beretta BL4 Over-Under 20GA & 28GA factory two barrel set: 20GA has 28″ barrels M&F. 28GA has 26″ barrels IC&M. Mint condition, 97% blue barrels and action. Straight grip single select trigger ejectors. Weight: 6lb with 20GA, 6lb 1 oz with 28GA. LOP 14 3/8″ x 14 7/8″ to the toe. Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 2 3/8. Both barrels have same serial number. Price: $2,950

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