Good gun alert: a nice looking Lefever double in 16 gauge…

16 gauge Syracuse Lefever Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" Damascus bbls
16 gauge Syracuse Lefever Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ Damascus bbls

The sixteen was never America’s favorite gauge  Even though all our makers built 16s, the gauge that was most popular with us was the twelve. There’s a simple reason for this: versatility. Most American shooters were opportunistic. They shot everything from waterfowl to rabbits and upland game. A twelve could handle all this action.

But the sixteen always had lot of fans – and for good reason. For an upland game it’s hard to beat. Slightly larger than a standard 20, it handles a bit more lead if required. It’s also feel better in your hands  (at least it does in mine).

16 gauge Syracuse Lefever Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" Damascus bbls
16 gauge Syracuse Lefever Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ Damascus bbls

Of all the America makers, Lefever made the fewest 16 gauge double barrels.  Daniel Myron Lefever was one of the geniuses of American gunmaking. Born in 1835, he started making firearms under his own name in 1857.  In 1880 he formed the Lefever Arms Co in Syracuse, NY. The company was only around until 1919, and in that time they only built around 65,000 shotguns. I’m not sure how many of these were 16s, but I bet the number is under 10%.

The 16 gauge Lefever you see here is a G or an H grade, probably made around 1897. The G and H grade were the lower end of the SxS shotguns Lefever made, and they compared to L.C. Smith’s #2 and Parker’s GH grade doubles.

Here’s more about this Lefever from the seller:

Lefever Sidelock 16 GA:  28″ damascus bbls, Full & Full chokes, double triggers, 14″ LOP, 6 1/4lbs. Metal has little finish remaining but bores remain excellent. Lockup is tight and solid. Wood has darkened with age and forend has a filler peice added. Sidelocks have cockimg indicators and mechanical function is excellent! Price: $1,199.99

16 gauge Syracuse Lefever Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" Damascus bbls
16 gauge Syracuse Lefever Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ Damascus bbls

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20 gauge Piotti King Double Barrels Side by Side Shotgun
20 gauge Piotti King Double Barrels Side by Side Shotgun

A lot of nice doubles came on the market this week. Here are a few that caught my eye at Gunsinternational.com.

F.LLI PIOTTI, SXS, Model King Royal, 20 GA: 28”, IC& M, DT, Straight Grip, Splinter Forearm, Smooth Concave Rib, H&H Royal Style Engraving, Casehardened Receiver, Checkered Butt, Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 14 5/8 with 1/8 cast off, Weight 6#4oz, 3″ chambers, ID 3758, PERFECT Condition, UNFIRED. Price: $23,000.00

20 gauge Browing B25 Superposed Double Barrel Over-Under Shotgun, Color Case hardened Action
20 gauge Browing B25 Superposed Double Barrel Over-Under Shotgun, Color Case hardened Action

Browning B25 Superposed Traditional 20 ga: 28″ demi-block barrels – not monoblock. Factory fitted invector chokes. Action retains 100% case color hardening. Round knob, long tang stock of nicely figured European walnut with oil finish measures 1-1/4″ x 2-1/8″ x 14-3/8″ LOP over the original buttplate. This gun was produced in 1997 and is no longer available. In the original Browning case, with additional chokes in Browning-marked leather pouch, and all the original papers. 99.9% condition. Weighs just 6 lbs, 2 oz. Best price for this model on the market today! Price: $8,750

12 gauge Francotte 14E Double Barrels Side by Side Shotgun
12 gauge Francotte 14E Double Barrels Side by Side Shotgun

Francotte 14E 12 Gauge Ejector: This is a VL&D gun that is very near original condition. This gun has seen very little use. The action is very tight with a dolls head and a Greener crossbolt. The engraving is the standard 14E scroll on a case colour frame with 75% remaining. The barrels are 30″ with 95% blue and bores that measure: .728/.726 and chokes: .032/.030 bores are mirror. The stock is a pistol grip with a splinter and the buttstock has wonderful figure and great chequering including chequered sidepanels behind the action. The lop is 14 1/8″ to an original leatherfaced silvers pad and the drop is 3″. The gun weighs 7lbs 5oz. Price: $2650.00

10 gauge Lefever Double Barrels Side by Side Shotgun
10 gauge Lefever Double Barrels Side by Side Shotgun

LEFEVER G GRADE 10 GAUGE – HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION: Here’s “collector quality” LeFever G Grade 10 Gauge with all the original finish. Excellent case color throughout. Great damascus pattern. Mirror bores. Tight on face. Famous “Compensated LeFever Action”. Engine turned rib. Right bore measures .778 with full choke while Left bore measures .777 also with full choke. Great wall thickness with minimum wall thickness of 47/1000. Chambers measure slightly more than 2 3/4″ perhaps 2 7/8″. Weight of gun is 9 LBS 8 1/2 OZ. Auto safety. Original LeFever butt plate.  Gun is tight on face. No cracks in wood. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/4″. Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″. Drop at Heel – 2 3/4″. Price: $2,400

BERETTA 686 ONYX 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN: 26 1/2″ BARRELS, SKEET AND IMPROVED CYLINDER TUBES INCLUDED, 99% OVERALL VERY CLEAN. Price: $1499

20 gauge Beretta Black Onyx Double Barrel Over-Under Shotgun
20 gauge Beretta Black Onyx Double Barrel Over-Under Shotgun
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