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

Pedro Arrizabalaga SLE SxS 20 gauge:
Pedro Arrizabalaga SLE SxS 20 gauge:

Pedro Arrizabalaga SLE SxS 20 gauge: Floor plate, trigger guard, and fences fully engraved.  28 inch barrels 2 3/4 inch chambers flat rib, bores bright with 0 rust pits or dings. Right choke 0.006 Left is 0.012 weight 6 pounds. Double triggers auto safety and ejectors. Straight grip stock nicely figured and finished stock with custom leather covered pad. Splinter forearm with A&D push button latch. LOP 14 1/2 in DAC 1 1/2 in DAH 2 1/4 cast off 1/8. Excellent condition with light use.
Made Eibar Spain circa 1956. Price: $4850

Arrieta - SLE - 20ga - 27" IC / M -1987- Nice Gun - Reasonable Price

Arrieta – SLE – 20ga – 27″ IC / M -1987- Nice Gun – Reasonable PriceArrieta – SLE – 20ga – 27″ IC / M -1987- Nice Gun – Reasonable Price: Sidelock Ejector – 20ga, 2-3/4″, 27″ IC / M (.007 / .014), Double Triggers – Front Articulated, English Stock, Splinter Forearm, LOP 14-7/8″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/2″, Cast Off for Right Hand Shooter, Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. Gun shows some carry wear, but still tight. Barrels ring perfectly. Bores original and perfect. I think the wood might have been refinished. LOP is 13-3/4″ at edge of wood. Set up perfectly for quail. This is a pretty basic Arrieta SLE shotgun, but the quality and handling characteristics are still there. Price: $3950

Browning Superposed 20 Gauge Over/Under 1958
Browning Superposed 20 Gauge Over/Under 1958

Browning Superposed 20 Gauge Over/Under 1958: Serial Number: 14034 Chambers: 2-3/4 in & 3 in Ejectors: Yes Condition: Pre-owned Barrels: 28 in Barrel Type: O/U Action: Box Lock Triggers: Single Selective Gauge: 20ga Stock: Round knob Prince of Wales grip Stock Comb: Drop at Comb: 1-1/2 in Stock Heel: Drop at Heel: 2-3/16 in Fore End: Rounded Butt Pad: Rubber LOP: 14-1/4 Inch Rib: Vented Weight: 6 lbs 12 oz Sights: Silver front bead Manufacture Date: 1958 Chokes: Fixed: Top: Full Bottom: Modified Case: Box Price: $2,999.99

Beautiful high original condition Parker 12ga Trojan - Rare gun with nearly all original finishes remaining!
Beautiful high original condition Parker 12ga Trojan – Rare gun with nearly all original finishes remaining!

Beautiful high original condition Parker 12ga Trojan – Rare gun with nearly all original finishes remaining: Rare in this condition- Made on a #2 frame with 30″ barrels.  Has nearly all original finishes on barrels, more than 90% bold original case color on frame and more than 95% original stock finish with minor handling marks.  Bores are brilliant and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp.  A beautiful and only very very lightly used gun. Serial Number: 225,308 Barrel Length: 30” Chambers: 2-5/8” Ejectors: Extractors Condition: Excellent/Near Mint Metal Condition: Excellent/Near Mint Wood Condition: Excellent and all original Bore Condition: Brilliant and shiny Barrels: Trojan Steel Triggers: Double Triggers Stock Comb: 1-3/4” Stock Heel: 2-7/8” Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: Original BP LOP: 14-1/8” Weight: 7lbs 7oz Choke Left: .038 (Full) Choke Right: .026 (Mod) Price: $2500

Beretta 10g. 3.5" proofed double ~ Ducks, Geese, and Turkey's beware
Beretta 10g. 3.5″ proofed double ~ Ducks, Geese, and Turkey’s beware

Beretta 10g. 3.5″ proofed double ~ Ducks, Geese, and Turkey’s beware: Boxlock – Articulated front trigger on this behemoth! Tight and sound and ready for salt spray and mud. Serial Number: 22853 Ejectors: No Barrels: 31.5″ Barrel Type: Steel Action: Boxlock Gauge: 10 gauge Stock Comb: 1 7/16″ Stock Heel: 2 3/16″ Stock Cast: 1/16″ LOP: 14 3/4″ Weight: 10 lbs. 3 oz. Choke Left: .042″ A tighter full Choke Right: .032″ full Proof:Nitro: 3 1/2″ Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .055″ Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .055″ Price: $1,600

The L.C. Smith Long Range Wildfowl shotgun…

Early Ad for L.C. Smith's Long Range Wildfowl Double Barrel Shotgun
Early Ad for L.C. Smith’s Long Range Wildfowl Double Barrel Shotgun

The 1920s were big times for America, and for American firearms. Over those 10 years, a lot of things changed about both. For guns, two new products came onto and had a significant impact on the market.

The first new product was the Super-X shotgun shell. Introduced by the Western Cartridge Company, it was loaded with their new progressive powder.  Super-X shotgun shells gave “…high velocity and longer range without high gas pressure plus “Short Shot String” and the maker told customers that the end result “…assures clean kills at distances almost unbelievable.”

Western Cartridge Company, 12g Super X shotgun ammunition
Western Cartridge Company, 12g Super X shotgun ammunition

Next up was the Super-Fox shotgun, introduced by the the A.H. Fox Company. A.H. Fox created the first Super-Fox to test Western’s new shells. John Olin, Western’s founder, took delivery of this prototype in 1921. It was well received and in 1923 A.H. Fox made the Super-Fox a part of their line up. Soon it was hit with duck hunters, including the the legendary wing shooter Nash Buckingham.

To take advantage of the new Western ammo and compete with the Super Fox, L.C. Smith introduced the 12 Long Range Waterfowl shotguns in 1924. Available in 3″ and 2 3/4″ 12 gauge, and in all available grades, the L.C. Smith Long Range Wild Fowl guns was advertised as:

THE HARDEST HITTING GUN IN THE WORLD

“The L.C. Smith Long Range Wild Fowl Gun is built from our Regular model, and is designed to handle heavy charges of modern propellant powders, giving it an increased range of 15 to 25 yards, and extreme velocity and penetration with uniform patterns.”

Catalog Description of L.C. Smith's Long Range Wildfowl Double Barrel Shotgun
Catalog Description of L.C. Smith’s Long Range Wildfowl Double Barrel Shotgun

L.C. Smith catalogs claimed that the Long Range Wild Fowls used “A distinctive L.C. Smith method of choking adds 15 to 20 yards to ordinary shotgun range…specially bored to a longer, tapering choke…” To handle heavy recoil, these guns also featured a a reinforced forend loop on the barrels.

L.C. Smith Long Range Wildfowl Double Barrel Shotgun
L.C. Smith Long Range Wildfowl Double Barrel Shotgun

The last L.C. Smith Long Range Wild Fowl Gun was completed in 1942, and in all they made 2,631 of these guns. Right now, this nice one is on Gunbroker.com.

You can learn more about the L.C. Smith Long Range Wild Fowl Gun here.

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