Of all the odd-ball shotguns I’ve handled, from Darnes and Manufrance Ideals to Lancaster 4-bbls, the SuperBritteis my favorite and the only one I would like to own. Unlike those other weird guns, the SuperBritte’s quirkiness is a benefit–instead of an impediment.
While the side-opening action and sidelever look odd, they made the gun extremely trim, lively, and easy to use. Learning how to operate a SuperBritte takes a box of shells or so. Then you discover it’s as easy to shoot as a SxS, but with pointability and precision of an OU.
A Belgian gunmaker named Theophile Britte patented the “SUPERBRITTE” side-opening OU shotgun in 1931. “Super” refers to “superimposed” (French for Over Under). Britte — obviously — his name and the name of well-known Belgian gunmaker.
The Britte gunmaking company built SuperBrittes from 1932 to 1936. Only 250 of them were completed. Sometime in the 1990s, Griffin & Howe acquired a small collection of finished SuperBritte OUs plus several 12-gauge SuperBritte action/barrel sets. I think the SuperBritte you see here is one of the original, completed guns in the batch Griffin & Howe’s acquired.
SuperBritte – Side Opening – 16 ga – OU – Shotgun: Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Double, Grip: Straight Grip, Forend: Checkered Lop: 15 3/8 “, Pad thickness: 1 ” ,Type of butt: Leather Covered Pad, Drop comb: 1 1/2 “, Drop heel: 2 3/8 “, Cast amount: 3/8 “, Cast: Off, Weight: 6 lbs, 6 oz Manufactured in: Belgium, Finish: Coin, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Stock: Original finish, Metal: Original finish, Type of Case: G&H luggage case, Extra barrels: 0 Barrel info: Gauge: 16 ga, Chamber: 2 3/4 “, Length: 27 1/2 “, Chokes: M/IM, Rib type: Solid, Comments : A very unique side open action. Gun is in very good condition. Price:$30,000
Darne ~ Sliding Breech Shotgun ~ 20 Gauge: French Darne sliding breech side by side shotgun in 20 gauge. Overall condition is excellent with some minor wear to the case coloring to the rear of the sliding breech near the wrist of the stock. Chambers: 2 3/4, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Excellent, Bore Condition: Excellent, Barrels: 26″ Barrels, Triggers: Double, Fore End: Checkered Walnut, Butt Pad: Factory Plastic Darne Butt Plate, Sights: Brass Metal Front Bead, Chokes: CYL/CYL. Price:$1,599.99
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
Webley & Scott 20 Gauge Box Lock SXS Ejector Cased: 2 3/4-inch box lock ejector cased with accessories. Improved Cylinder and Modified chokes. English stock without cast, Strong case colors and 40% engraved. Leather-covered pad. Very light handling marks. Lockable case with a wood cleaning rod, jag, mop, and brass brush. Oil bottle and snap caps. 14 1/2 inch pull to front trigger. 5 pounds 11 ounces. 26-inch barrels. Checkering is sharp. Price:$4000
Merkel “Walter Uhlig” Over-Under Double Rifle in 9.3 x 74R: This Over/Under rifle has three claw mounts (no scope). Boasts a 26″ barrel, with a 13 3/4″ LOP over pad. Perfect bore! This rifle is out of an estate that we are doing (No History). Serial Number: 24887. Barrel Length: 26″. Weight: 8 lbs 5 oz. Price:$3,995
Chapuis Orvis Classic SxS 20g 28″: Excellent condition. SN- 61905. IC/M. 3″ chambers. Ejectors. Automatic safety. 6 lbs. Comb 1 1/2″. Heel 2 1/2″. LOP 14 7/8″. Cast 1/4″ off. Double Triggers. Rare opportunity to get a high-quality Chapuis/Orvis sxs field gun at a great price. Orvis demo gun, maintained by Orvis Gunsmithing. Super clean with some minor nicks and handling marks. Pretty much like new. Hard case and materials. Seen little use. Price:$3600
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 Royalâ€™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 retailerâ€™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: 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: 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: 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: 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
Here’s a double that looks like a great deal. It’s no-name Belgian gun, probably made for sporting goods shop in France. Unlike in the US, European gunmakers built thousands of shotguns like this for retailers throughout the continent. Sometimes retailers would put their name on the gun, other times they wouldn’t.
I’ve seen lots of Anson & Deeley-style boxlock Belgian guns like this, and they’ve been solid, reliable SxSs. I bet this would be a great upland — and it looks like its going to go for very little money. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends tomorrow, 5/19/2019, @ 9:00 PM.
One thing: I would be sure to ask the seller about his inspection & return policy before bidding. Right now, he doesn’t mention anything about it in his listing.
French 16ga SxS Boxlock Chukar Gun 5lbs 11oz: Here is a very solid, lightweight 16 gauge boxlock non-ejector, built in France. There is no maker’s name, but the gun bears St. Etienne proofs and is stamped “Medaille d’Or (gold medal) on the barrel flats. The barrels are 68cm (26 3/4″) with 2 1/2″ chambers and shiny bores, choked .020/.032 (about modified/full). The action features side-clips and locks up tight. The fore-end has a Deeley-style latch release, and is unusually long (about 11”.) The stock has plenty of dings and scratches but is quite solid, and measures 1 3/4″ x 2 7/8″ x 14 1/2″ over a horn butt. There is slight cast off. A fine all-around upland gun, and absolutely perfect for the chukar hunter.
Over the last twenty years, double-gun collectors have had many of their greatest mysteries solved, like the story behind the Czar’s Parker and the whereabouts of Bo Whoop, Nash Buckingham’s famous Fox shotgun.
I don’t know how many guns Barré engraved for Purdey. The ones featured in the Shooting Sportsman article are in the Royal Gunroom at Sandringham. Other Barré-engraved Purdeys are in private collections, and every now and then, one pops up on the market, like the 12g hammer pigeon gun you see here.
This 12g Purdey with 32″ barrels was ordered in 1909 by King Alphonso XIII of Spain. According to Christie’s, Barré’s is mentioned as the engraver in the maker’s records.
1958 HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL 12 GAUGE, 3 INCH CHAMBER SELF OPENER LIVE PIGEON GUN: #36328, with original Case. 30 inch barrel, 2 triggers. Includes letter from Holland and Holland. Additionally the Case was verified as matched to the gun in 1958 the original owner was from Peru and travel to England to have it made. I have the original purchase order ROYAL SELF OPENER PIGEON GUN 1/2 CHOKE AND FULL CHOKE 7POUNDS 6 OUNCES CASED WITH TOOLS AND EXTRA STRIKERS. Price:$29,000
BERETTA SILVERHAWK 10GA SxS MAGNUM: A quality built 3 1/2in 10ga SxS. Excellent condition. No issues. Gun has seen very little use. Price:$2150
Model: SILVER HAWK
Chambers: 3 1/2IN
Metal Condition: EXCELLENT
Wood Condition: VERY GOOD
Bore Condition: EXCELLENT
Triggers: ARTICULATING FRONT
Stock Comb: 1 3/8 IN
Stock Heel: 2 3/8 IN
Butt Pad: ORIGINAL
LOP: 13 7/8 IN
Weight: 9LBS 9OZ
Manufacture Date: 1961
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: FULL
Some guys like pointers; some guys like setters. And some guys even like dogs like Wirehaired griffons. If you’re one of those guys who like things that are a little different, this double is for you.
It’s a Darne. Patented in 1881 by gunmaker Regis Darne, these double feature a very unique sliding actions which moves back from the barrels to expose the chambers. It’s an unusual design, and like griffs, not for everyone.
I’m not sure what grade this one is, but it is a nice looking double with a lot of genuine looking finish. The engraving is pretty nice, too. If quirky is your thing, you should grab it before it’s gone.
Darne – SxS – 16 ga: Price: $2,400.00
Shotgun type: SxS
Grip: Straight Grip
Lop: 14 3/8 ”
Pad thickness: ”
Type of butt: Factory
Drop comb: 1 1/2 ”
Drop heel: 2 ”
Cast amount: 0 ”
Weight: 6 lbs, 8 oz
Manufactured in: France
Manufacture Year: Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Good
Stock condition: Good
Metal condition: Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: none
Gauge: 16 ga
Chamber: 2 1/2 ”
Length: 29 ”
Rib type: Concave
Here’s proof that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a nice double barrel shotgun. The Manufrance Robust is good, solid shotgun, built on an Anson & Deeley style boxlock action. The one you see here looks pretty much new. It even has it’s original retractable leather sling – a pretty cool, and handy feature.
It’s up for at GunAuction.com now and the listing ends tomorrow, Sunday, February 16 @ 17:15:00 PT. Here are the details on the gun from the seller:
16 gauge Manufrance Robust 226 Side-by-Side Shotgun: Boxlock extractor with Self-Contained Leather Sling. Serial Number: 189139, Year of Manufacture: 1932-1944. Barrel Length: 27 ½”. Choke: The right barrel is choked “MODIFIED” and the left barrel is choked “FULL”. Chambers are 2 3/4″.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered hardwood. The buttplate is Bakelite and shows “MF” in a wreath. The screw heads are engraved. There are only faint handling marks and light wear to the checkering. There is a leather sling which retracts into the buttstock. The leather is in Fine Condition and shows no signs of cracking. The LOP measures 14 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows light pinprick surface erosion and frosting on the barrels. The case colored receiver also has a bit of frosting. The screw heads are mostly sharp with a couple of screw heads that are lightly marred but still serviceable. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good condition.
Back in the 19th century, the French were some of the most inventive gunmakers in the world. In many ways, men like Pauly — inventor of the self-contained cartridge — and Lefecheaux — inventor of the drop barrel, breech loading shotgun — created the modern side-by-side shotgun. Regis Darne, another frenchman, was just as inventive, even if his famous Darne sliding-breech shotgun had less impact on the shooting world.
Patented in 1897, the Darne shotgun is still being made today – and it’s as peculiar now as it was 100+ years ago. I’ve owned a couple them. People either love or hate the design, and I wasn’t on the love side. But other folks rave about the Darne’s light weight and unique action. If you’re one of these love folks, the Darne you see here is worth checking out. It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the auction ends on 1/5/2014 @ 9:00 PM ET.
Darne V19 16 gauge Double Barrel, SxS Shotgun: Exceptional Darne V19 sliding breech 16ga shotgun. Built in the late 60’s or early 70’s. Beautiful wood with original Darne buttplate. Gun is in original and excellent overall condition and appears to have been fired very little. Barrels measure approximately 27.5″ choked modified and full, excellent bores. LOP measures 15.25″ to front trigger and 14.25″ to rear trigger. Gun weighs 5.75″. Nicely engraved. It would be hard to find a nicer example of this gun.
Macon Brother’s Auctions in Walla Walla, WA, has a handful of nice looking doubles coming up tomorrow. You can check all of them out here. These are the ones that caught my eye:
DARNE MODEL P17 20 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN: SN 4S545; 20GA; 2-3/4″ CHAMBERS; 25-3/4″ BARRELS; IMPROVED CYLINDER & LIGHT MODIFIED CHOKES; 15″ LOP; DROP TO COMB 1-5/8″; DROP TO HEEL 2-1/2″ TO STOCK & 2-5/8″ TO PAD; CAST OFF; ENGRAVED FRAME; CHECKERED STOCK & FORE END; SLIDING BREECH; RECOIL PAD; 5.85LBS TOTAL WEIGHT; SOFT CASE.
WILLIAM EVANS 16 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN: SN 5649; “WILLIAM EVANS FROM PURDEY’S, 65 PALL MALL, ST. JAME’S, LONDON”; 16GA; 2-3/4″ CHAMBERS; 28″ BARRELS; MODIFIED & FULL CHOKES; 14-5/8″ LOP; DROP TO COMB 1-1/2″; DROP TO HEEL 2-5/8″ TO STOCK & 2-3/4″ TO PAD; CAST OFF; ENGRAVED FRAME; CHECKERED STOCK & FORE END; RECOIL PAD; 6.05LBS TOTAL WEIGHT; WILLIAM EVANS HARD CARRY CASE.
WEBLEY & SCOTT 20 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN: SN 129817; 20GA; 2-3/4″ CHAMBERS; SINGLE TRIGGER; 28″ BARRELS; MODIFIED & FULL CHOKE; 14-5/8″ LOP; DROP TO COMB 1-3/8″; DROP TO HEEL 2-5/8″; CAST OFF; ENGRAVED FRAME; CHECKERED STOCK & FORE END; CASE COLORED; SHELL EXTRACTORS; 5.65LBS TOTAL WEIGHT; SMALL RECOIL PAD.
AYA AGUIRRE-ARENZABAL 12 GAUGE MODEL 2 SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN: SN 437736; 12GA; 2-3/4″ CHAMBERS; 26″ BARRELS; IMPROVED & MODIFIED CHOKES; 14-9/16″ LOP; DROP TO COMB 1-9/16″; DROP TO HEEL 2-7/16″ TO STOCK & 2-1/2″ TO PAD; CAST OFF; ENGRAVED FRAME; CASE COLORED; CHECKERED STOCK & FORE END; 6.65LBS TOTAL WEIGHT; RECOIL PAD.
WEBLEY & SCOTT 12 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN: SN 123521; 12GA; 2-1/2″ CHAMBERS; 28″ BARRELS; IMPROVED CYLINDER (SKEET) & IMPROVED CYLINDER MODIFIED CHOKES; 14-3/4″ LOP; DROP TO COMB 1-3/4″; DROP TO HEEL 2-3/4″ TO STOCK & 2-7/8″ TO PAD; CAST OFF; ENGRAVED FRAME; CASE COLORED; CHECKERED STOCK & FORE END; RECOIL PAD; 6.60LBS TOTAL WEIGHT; WEBLEY & SCOTT HARD CASE.
This one would be great for grouse & woodcock. It looks like it’s brand new, and it’s for sale at Gunsinternational.com:
Manufrance “Ideal” in nice condition. Grade O: 29” bbls, Full & Skeet chokes, 2 ½” chambers, Nitro Proof, 6 lbs. 5.5 oz., 2 7/16 “ D@H,14 1/8” LOP. A very nice simple but elegant example of a Manufrance Ideal. Great dimensions and condition. Price: $1,900.00
The Manufrance Ideal is an odd double. With its unique underlever opening/cocking lever, sleek, light weight, rounded action, and retractable sling, it’s sort of the Citroën of side by sides. But even though it’s peculiar, the Ideal is also one of handiest upland shotguns ever.
Manufacture d’ Armes de Saint Etienne introduced the Ideal in 1887 and they made them into ’60s. The company built around 79,000 of them, but few of these doubles were imported into the US. Many of the ones we see here were brought in one at a time by Americans who picked them up overseas. Few of those are are nice Grade 2 20 gauges like the one below:
Here’s more about it from the seller:
MANUFRANCE IDEAL GRADE 2 RARE 20 GAUGE: Hate to use the term rare or unique but have to on this Manufrance Ideal grade 2 20 gauge. I have researched on line and have not found but one grade 2 in 12 gauge and it was not in nice condition. This grade 2 still has a lot of case coloring, the bluing is probably 95 %. The LOP is 13 7/8 to end of bone butt plate DOC is 1 ½ and DOH is 3”. The choke is cylinder & .028 full and wieghs a nice 5# 14oz with a swamp rib or Churchill rib.. The stock may need to be redone but really high grade French Walnut. You can see in one of the picture the 2 screws need to be redone as someone did not know how to use a screw driver. The stock has a built in retractable sling. Price: 4450.00 OBO
Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions in Irvine, CA, is having a big gun auction this weekend, starting tomorrow, 8/3 @ 10am, Pacific. There are a lot of shotguns coming up. Here are a few of the doubles that caught my eye:
John Krider, Phila. 8 Ga. Perc. Market Shotgun: Philadelphia made 8 Ga. Percussion Double Barrel Market Shotgun, by John Krider, 28” barrels, sideplates, hammer, triggerguard and buttplate are lightly engraved and marked ”John Krider”; barrel flat engraved ”Philadelphia”. Condition is about fine with trace case colors to lockplate and hammers. Barrels have toned brown. Checkering shows only the slightest flattening with a very small repair at toe of stock. Good functioning action, good bores, with beautiful original hickory ramrod. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000.
Remington Grade 2 Model 1878 SxS Shotgun: Heavy Duck Side-by-Side Shotgun, #6033, 10 ga., 32” damascus barrels, checkered stock and forend, steel buttplate, case hardened frame, hammers and thumb lever. Mfg’d 1878-1882. Condition is very good retaining approx. 20%-30% thinning and toning brown to barrels, 50% thinning and silvering case colors to frame, hammer and lever. Stock with slight scuffs and dings, minor flattening to checks at pistol grip and somewhat more moderate to forend. Missing the head of left hammer screw. Action is crisp, bores are bright. Estimate : $800-$1,200.
Parker G Grade SxS Shotgun: #131065, 12 ga., 28” fine damascus barrels, lightly engraved case hardened frame, select figured American pistol-grip checkered stock, Parker Bros. hard rubber checkered butt pad, double trigger with extractors. Mfg’d 1904. Condition is fine to near excellent. Barrel shows just minor thinning to damascus pattern, with minor thinning to case color on frame at balance point. Stock shows minor flattening to checks, somewhat more pronounced on forend, with minor impressions. Action is crisp, bores are right. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000.
W.W. Greener ”The Trapgun” SxS Shotgun: #35004, 12 ga., 27-3/4” damascus barrels with unchoked bores, smooth game rib, exposed hammers, double trigger, with Prince of Wales pistol-grip checkered walnut stock and large heavy beavertail forend. Top of barrels marked ”W.W. Greener THE TRAPGUN. 68 Haymarket, London”. Mfg’d approx. 1886. Condition is fine with light thinning and silvering to damascene patterned barrels. Frame and sidelocks retain approx. 75% original finish. Stocks with light scuffs and minor flattening to checks. Action is tight, bores are bright. Front bead is missing, and barrels may have been shortened. Length of pull 14”. Estimate: $1,800-$2,400.
16 gauge Darne Model R-13 SxS Sliding Breech Shotgun: 27” blue barrels, floral engraved case hardened frame, double triggers, ejectors, straight checkered stock and horn-tipped forend, with leather sling. Condition is very good to near fine retaining approx. 92% re-blackened barrels. Case colors to frame have mostly gone silver. Stock with minor flattening, small holes to left side cheekpiece from an old cheek pad, repair at heel behind rear sling swivel, and ¼” hole just forward of triggerguard that may be original. Buttplate shows repairs and is missing lower screw. Action is crisp, bores are fine and bright. Estimate: $800-$1,200.
One-of-a-Kind Angelo Bee Exhibition Grade Engraved and 4-Color Gold Inlaid Belgian Browning Model 25: Over/Under Shotgun, #2883F69, 28 ga., 26-1/2” vent rib barrel, straight grip Exhibition Grade walnut stock with false three-piece checkered forend. Left scene depicts fighting pheasants; right scene with pintail ducks setting down, with classic Belgian scrolls and gold inlaid flora. Bottom of stock is extensively inlaid with multi-colored gold wire design and game birds. Buttstock is additionally inlaid with false sidelock type plates with large duck and pheasant motif in gold. Angelo Bee told us that it was is first foray into double border inlays in his career and this gun is from his personal collection. Condition is excellent with breathtaking designs. Estimate: $18,000-$24,000.
BERETTA 1964 ASEL 20- THE PROPER SIZE 20 GAME GUN- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD by BILL McGUIRE- 27 1/2″ BOEHLER ANTINIT Bbls: #31186, Beretta O/U Model ASEL 20 Bore Made in 1964 & Then Stocked by Master Stockmaker Mr. Bill McGuire with Exhibition Wood, It has 27 1/2″ Matted Vent Rib Boehler Antinit Steel barrels with top bite cross bolt lugs at .626 .011 & .025″ (Skt.II & Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, Correct factory bores and chokes as it left the factory in 1964, 1.185 KG weight barrels, Single non-selective trigger, Scalloped frame, Game forend, Straight hand stock at 14 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 2 1/8″ over a 9/16″ pad & can go 14 7/8″ with a 1″ pad, Neutral stock for the right or left hand; It is trim, slim and superb balance at 6 lbs. 2 oz., 95% coverage of scroll with light floral that is cut on a scalloped frame, The gun retains 99% of fresh rust blue, The frame has a soft patina at 98%, The wood is at 98%, The recessed fleur-de-lis checkering at 100%, The bores are excellent plus; A complete restock by Master Stockmaker Mr. Bill McGuire. The ASE/ASEL Model Beretta is the best Boxlock they ever produced and it will never be again at anywhere near this price. Price: $8,450.00
Ithaca (NID) 3 1/2 Mag 2E 10 ga: 3 1/2 Mag, Model 2E, Action SxS, Barrel Chamber 3 1/2 in, Barrel Length 32 in, Barrel Chokes .040 – .041, Barrel Rib Type Solid Rib, Drop At Comb 1 1/2 in, Drop At Heel 2 1/2 in, Gauge 10 ga, Grip Capped Semi Pistol Grip, Ejectors Yes, Forend Splinter, LOP 14 in over a Pad, Pad Thickness 1 in, Serial Number 500XXX, Shotgun Type SxS, Trigger Double Triggers, Type of Butt White Line Pad, Weight 11 lbs 2 ozs. Price: $ 7,950
HIGH QUALITY 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BBL HAMMER FRENCH MADE SHOTGUN: 28″ bbls choked full and modified, some pitting in both bbls, exterior finish is quite nice with a considerable amount of Damascus pattern showing. Back action locks have vivid case colors present, orig nicely grained wood shows a considerable amount of orig varnish, some wear to the checkering, 13″ pull, underlever opener, steel buttplate. Nice, clean and quite an attractive little gun. Price: $1,650.
London is the traditional source of the world’s best shotguns, and for good reason. Boss & Co., Purdey & Sons, Holland & Holland and other makers based their have been making fantastic doubles for over 150+ years. But Best-quality doubles have also come from other parts of the UK and Europe.
This 20 gauge sidelock by Gastinne Renette is one of them. Gastinne Renette was one of Europe’s most famous gunmakers. With a shop in Paris, they sold all sorts of firearms, from presentation-grade percussion rifles to this little double. And from what I can see of this 20 gauge, it’s on par with the finest shotguns from London and any other city in the world.
I’m a big fan of Guyot shotguns, and I’ve written about these doubles here, here, and here. Just about every Guyot side-by-side that I’ve seen has been very well made, from the lower-end boxlocks to the top-of-line sidelocks.
The sidelock here is an another example of just how much skill went into Guyot’s best double barrel shotguns. It was auctioned off last year and went for a very fair at a great price. I wish I had been the person who got it. Here’s the auctioneer’s full listing on it:
Serial #12451, 12 bore, 29 1/2″ barrels are choked improved cylinder and modified and show bright excellent bores. The shotgun features ejectors, cocking indicators, articulated front trigger, sideclips and non-automatic safety. The action and locks feature full coverage rose and scroll engraving with “N. GUYOT” on left lock and “A PARIS” on right lock. The barrel rib is engraved “Sir Joseph Whitworth’s Fluid Comressed Steel” and the barrels are marked “N. Guyot Arqr. Paris / 12 Rue de Ponthieu”.
The barrels retain 95% superb quality blued finish that appears original. The barrels feature their original French proofs and have been additionally proofed in England “12 ga / 70mm / 850 BAR”. The action and locks retain 80% original color case-hardened finish with most loss on belly where colors are blending with a pleasing smooth gray patina. The triggerguard retains about 60% thinning original blue finish. The checkered straight grip buttstock and splinter forend are of beautifully figured French walnut and rate excellent plus and may have been lightly cleaned with freshened checkering.
The shotgun locks up very tight and points beautifully with a 14 5/8″ pull over a later leather covered pad with drops of 1 1/2″ and 2 1/8″. A very fine, best quality Parisian double gun of superlative quality. (Estimate: $8000/12,000) SOLD FOR $9200.00.
The French love quirky shotguns. One of the quirkiest they’ve come up with is the sliding breech double barrel. Darne is the most popular maker of these side-by-sides. But there was another company who turned out doubles on the same odd-ball idea: Charlin.
I’ve owned a couple Darnes and handled a few Charlins. For some reason, the actions on the Charlins have had a smoother, more refined feeling. That being said, there’s a problem Charlins: they’re hard to find. When you do come across, they’re usually expensive.
But not this one looks like your chance to get one at a decent price. While it looks a bit rough, and its’ probably a low-grade model, it is a real Charlin. And you just don’t see that every day.
Ideal-model shotguns were introduced in 1887 and I think they were made into the 1960s. I think this one one was made around 1940. It’s a 16 gauge Gr. 2 with a straight grip, 28″ barrels, and the traditional double triggers. In the slideshow below you’ll also a higher grade Ideal with the monocle-style triggers.
The little lever behind the triggerguard opens & cocks the gun, and the little button on the triggerplate operates the gun’s safety mechanism. This gun weighs about 6lbs. You can see more Ideals and learn more about them here and here.
Guy De La Valdene is easy to envy. He has spent his life fishing and hunting, has owned a quail plantation in Florida, and has life-long friendships with guys like Jim Harrison and Russel Chatham. Valdene also writes, and when he does, he’s good enough at it to give me another reason to be jealous of him.
One of his earliest works is Making Game: An Essay On Woodcock. I just picked up a first edition of this book. I’m not that far into it, but when I finished the foreward last night and set the book down, I knew I was I going to enjoy the remaining 202 pages.
“The morality behind hunting is buried beneath a dozen reasons, all of which are valid, but none of which ultimately satisfy me. It wouldn’t occur to me to hurt an animal unless I were actively hunting it. I condemn cruelty of any kind, and yet I have crippled more birds than most. The contradictions are hypocritical, but, even though I cannot explain them, I do not feel like a hypocrite. What I am is a bird hunter, and sanity’s sake I will leave it at that.”
-Guy De La Valdene, from Making Game: An Essay On Woodcock.