What-the-what? A 12g W.W. Greener OU hammer rifle …

W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition

The OU rifle you see here is an oddball, a freak and weirdo. Of course, I would love to own it. Built in 1886, it’s breechloading British OU hammer rifle — the only one I’ve ever seen or hear about.

W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition

Hammerless over-under rifles aren’t uncommon. I’ve seen a number by Belgian and German makers and some British makers built them, too — including Boss.

According to the seller, this gun was made in 1886. That’s twenty-three years before Boss & Co patented their OU shotgun (1909), and even before Merkel started building their “Bock” hammerless OUs in the 1890s.

W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition

At close to 14.75bls, it’s a beast of a gun. I’m not sure what it was made to hunt — Cape Buffalo?, Rhinos? — but judging by its condition, it never made it into the field to do it.

W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition: Serial # 35494, Barrel Length: 25″ Damascus barrels, Triggers:  DT (Double), Forearm Type: Lever release, Rib Type:  1/4 Rib with express sights (1 standing and 3 folding), Receiver Finish: Casehardened, Engraving Type: Unusual basketweave style engraving, Other Options: Original Oak & Leather case including accessories, Silvers pad, Silver oval, Condition: Excellent, Weight: 14lb 10oz, Dimensions: 14 1/4 LOP, Other Details: Mfg 1886, spotless bores with sharp rifling. Price: $25,000

W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition

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Parker Reproduction 28GA, Double Trigger
Parker Reproduction 28GA, Double Trigger

Parker Reproduction SXS 28GA, Double Triggers: 26″ barrels choked IMPROVED CYL/MOD. Perfect bore – bright and shiny. Metal finish is in excellent original condition. No loss of case colors. LOP 14 1/4″. DAH 2 1/4″. DAC 1 1/2″. All screws are clean and show no sign of screwdriver use. A few very minor handling marks in the wood finish from being in the safe. Complete with canvas covered leather case and snap caps. Price: $5,995

JOHN DICKSON BOXLOCK EJECTOR 12 GAUGE:
JOHN DICKSON BOXLOCK EJECTOR 12 GAUGE:

JOHN DICKSON BOXLOCK SIDE-BY-SIDE EJECTOR 12 GAUGE: 28″ BARRELS, CHOKED .003″ AND .013″, CHAMBERS: 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CASED, EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR, 6LBS 8 OZ, STOCK: 2 1/8″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 15″ LOP. Price: $3,950

Like New CSMC RBL Launch 20 gauge Auto Eject Double Trigger Straight Grip Exhibition Wood Cased 28 Inch Barrels
Like New CSMC RBL Launch 20 gauge Auto Eject Double Trigger Straight Grip Exhibition Wood Cased 28 Inch Barrels

Like New CSMC RBL Launch 20 gauge Auto Eject Double Trigger Straight Grip Exhibition Wood Cased 28 Inch Barrels: We are proud to bring you this listing for this like new condition CSMC RBL Launch Edition 20 gauge side by side shotgun.  This shotgun features a set of 28 inch barrels, like new bores, screw in chokes (Sk/Sk/Mod/IM/Full) and choke tool, checkered splinter forend, automatic ejectors, double gold triggers, case colored and engraved receiver, checkered straight stock, exhibition wood and the factory butt plate.  The length of pull is 14 ¾ inches, 1 ½ inch drop at the comb, 2 ¾ inch drop at the heel and a total weight of 6.36lbs. This comes with the original factory case, snap caps, etc.  Price: $3750

Army Navy 12g Hammer gun
Army Navy 12g Hammer gun

Army Navy 12g SxS Hammer gun: Some bluing on the trigger guard. Some case colors on locks, hammers, and receiver. Barrels have patina.  Bores good some freckling. Chambered 12 ga, 2 1/2″. Right barrel .729″, Left barrel .702″. Gun is tight, no cracks in the wood. 30″ barrels. Hammers have been broken off and reground. Price: $1500

Suhl ~ H. Bachstadt ~ S/S ~ Boxlock ~16 Ga:
Suhl ~ H. Bachstadt ~ S/S ~ Boxlock ~16 Ga:

Suhl ~ H. Bachstadt ~ S/S ~ Boxlock ~16 Ga: This is a Belgian made side by side shotgun with German proofmarks from Suhl chambered in 16 ga. with 27 1/2 inch blued barrels. The barrels are in very good condition with most of their blueing, the receiver is in very good shape with most of its case color, the stock is in good condition with minor nicks and dents, the bore is in very good shape and is still shiny.  Chambers: 2 1/2″, Barrels: 27 1/2 inch blue with solid rib., Triggers: Double triggers., Stock: Checkered walnut with pistol grip., Stock Dimensions:, LOP 14 inches., Fore End: Matching Schnabel forearm with checkering., Butt Pad: Black plastic plate with checkering., Weight: 5 Lbs. 15 Oz., Sights: Brass front bead on solid rib., Chokes: Fully choked barrels. Price: $1,199.99

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Parker VHE 28ga., 26” barrels choked IC/M, 00 frame
Parker VHE 28ga., 26” barrels choked IC/M, 00 frame

Parker VHE 28ga., 26” barrels choked IC/M, 00 frame: Choked IC/M. 00 frame, pistol grip, beavertail, single selective miller trigger, DHBP, very late Remington Gun.  100% original case color with absolute perfect screws, 100% of the trigger guard blue, all the original barrel face scrapes, no rib marking, (factory installed trigger because it is a 14 ½” LOP with the trigger.)  This gun is guaranteed to be 100% original case color and blue. About as perfect a gun as you can get. 6lb 0oz. Price: $26,995

EJ CHURCHILL XXV Easy Opening True Pair 12ga Mfg 1937 cased in maker's leather case
EJ CHURCHILL XXV Easy Opening True Pair 12ga Mfg 1937 cased in maker’s leather case

EJ CHURCHILL XXV Easy Opening True Pair 12ga Mfg 1937 cased in maker’s leather case: Serial #  5981 & 5982, Barrel Length: 25″, Choke R  IC(.008) Choke L  M(.014), Stock Configuration  Straight Grip, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm, Rib Type  Churchill Rib, Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving TypeFull coverage Fine Scroll & Rosette Engraving, Other Options: Self-opening mechanisms, Maker’s leather motorcase for a pair
Condition  EXC. Condition, Weight  6#7oz, Dimensions: 1 3/8″ x 2 1/4″ x 15 3/4″ with 3/8 cast off, Other Details  Mfg 1937. Price: $12,000

JP Sauer & Son SXS 20ga Ejector
JP Sauer & Son SXS 20ga Ejector

JP Sauer & Son SXS 20ga Ejector: This JP Sauer was imported by Abercrombie & Fitch and features beautiful engraving with a scalloped frame. The gorgeous wood is in excellent condition.  It has ejectors, side clips and Greener cross bolt lock up. It is 20ga that is choked Imp. cyl. / Mod. It has a checkered butt with an engraved skeleton butt plate.  Please see the pictures of this beautiful shotgun! Barrels: 26″, Action: boxlock , Gauge: 20, Stock Comb: 1 1/2′, Stock Heel: 2 5/16″, Butt Pad: skeleton, LOP: 14 3/8″, Weight: 6lbs, Chokes: IC & Mod. Price: $4500

Zoli - Rizzini ~ Abercrombie & Fitch ~ Over Under ~ 28 Ga
Zoli – Rizzini ~ Abercrombie & Fitch ~ Over Under ~ 28 Ga

Zoli – Rizzini ~ Abercrombie & Fitch ~ Over Under ~ 28 Ga: Beautiful, lightweight over/under with Greener Cross Bolt action & single trigger. Manufactured: 1965, Caliber: 28 Gauge, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Metal Condition: Shows good case color at the frame & locks with some carry wear visible at the bottom. A bit of blue wear shows near the muzzles, Wood Condition: Wood appears in very good condition with some handling wear showing in the checkered fields, Bore Condition: Shiny & bright, Barrels: 26″ Vented Rib, Triggers: Single non-selective, Stock: Checkered Prince of Wales style grip, Stock Dimensions: 13 1/2″ LOP, 1 3/8″ DAC, 2 1/4″ DAH, Fore End: Checkered Semi-beavertail with Deeley style release, Butt Pad: Composite Checkered, Weight: 4 lbs 14 oz, Chokes: Fixed Modified & Improved Cylinder, Extras: Hard luggage case & snap caps. Price: $2,999.99 

J.D. DOUGALL 12 gauge Hammer Gun, 29 3/4" bbls.
J.D. DOUGALL 12 gauge Hammer Gun, 29 3/4″ bbls.

J.D. DOUGALL 12 gauge Hammer Gun, SxS, 29 3/4″ bbls: Fine English scroll engraved case hardened island lock action, 29 3/4″ British Nitro Proofed Damascus bbls. w/ 2 3/4″ chambers (in proof), Concave rib marked “J.D.DOUGALL, GUN & RIFLE MANUFACTURER TO H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES, 59 ST JAMES’S STREET, LONDON W”, Chokes: Right .744 / .040 / F w/ .044 wall thickness & Left .740 / .035 / F w/ .040 wall thickness, Double triggers, External Hammers, Extractors, Well-figured straight stock w/ horn buttplate, Splinter forearm, Stock Dimensions: DC: 1 3/8″ x DH: 2 1/8″ x Cast: 0″ at Heel x LOP: 14 1/4″, Weight: 6 lb. 15 oz., Condition: Very Good Antique, Made in England Pre-1898, Serial #3695. Price: $2995

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Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance:
Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance:

Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance: Made in 1899 for Washington, DC-based sporting goods retailer William Wagner, this gun was given to Mr. Wagner “compliments of Parker Bros.”  per the factory order.  The gun is an early Pigeon gun with several special order features including the rib which is inscribed “Mfg. for Wm. Wagner”.  The gun was made with 30″ Whitworth Fluid steel barrels, double triggers, splinter forend, and has had ejectors added by Parker a few years after manufacture.  The gun has a straight grip buttstock and was ordered with a checkered butt per the factory order.  The stocks measure 1-5/8″ DAC, 2-3/8″ DAH, and 14-1/4″ LOP over the original checkered butt.  Made with 2-3/4″ chambers the barrels measure .734(rt) and .735(left) with chokes of .039(full) and .044(extra full).  The gun weighs 7lbs 8oz currently.  Overall the gun is in excellent condition.  The barrels retain 99% of an expert restored blue finish. The action retains traces of original case color which is vivid in protected areas, toned elsewhere.  The stocks retain most of an expert restored finish, comb lowered long ago, and are crisp with light checkering wear.

Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance:
Extremely Rare 12g Parker AAHE SxS Pigeon gun with very important provenance:

William Wagner & Son was an important sporting goods dealer in Washington, DC, and was responsible for selling many many Parker shotguns. Parker Bros. no doubt gave him this gun in appreciation of his many sales of fine Parker shotguns.

There is a set of 32″ Acme barrels that have been added to this gun with an original A1 Special forend.  This set of barrels will be made available to the purchaser of the gun and really makes this a wonderful shoooting outfit! A very rare Parker with unique history and rib inscription.  If you are looking for a historically significant Parker with great shooting qualities, and killer aesthetics, look no further.  Price: $28,900

Piotti Monte Carlo Sidelock SxS 20 Gauge (Extra Finish)
Piotti Monte Carlo Sidelock SxS 20 Gauge (Extra Finish)

Piotti Monte Carlo Sidelock SxS 20 Gauge (Extra Finish): 26″ Chokes: CYL – CYL L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/8″H Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Ser. #: 8528 Stock #: 7845. Price: $24,900 

STEPHEN GRANT Jones Rotary Underlever Hammer Gun 12 gauge, 30" bbls
STEPHEN GRANT Jones Rotary Underlever Hammer Gun 12 gauge, 30″ bbls

STEPHEN GRANT Jones Rotary Underlever Hammer Gun 12 gauge, 30″ bbls: SxS, Fine English scroll engraved back action hammer rotary underlever action, Professionally restored by Nick Makinson, Gun #1 of an orphaned pair, Built in 1882 for the 5th Earl of Clarendon, Edward Hyde Villiers. Lord Hyde served between 1846-1905 as Lord Chamberlain of the British Liberal Unionist party. 30″ Damascus bbls. w/ 2 1/2″ chambers, Barrels re-browned in U.K. (not nitro proofed), Concave rib, Chokes: Right .731 / .013 / IC & Left .731 / .031 / F, Double triggers, External Hammers, Extractors, Straight stock w/ checkered butt, Heel and toe plates, Splinter forearm, Stock Dimensions: DC: 1 1/2″ x DH: 2 1/4″ x Cast: 1/4″ off at 4 1/2″ x LOP: 14 1/2″, Weight: 6 lb. 13 oz., Condition: Excellent restored w/ maker’s leather-covered case, Made in England, Serial #5149. Price: $5995.

Chapuis SxS RGP round action 16 Ga. - Unfired:
Chapuis SxS RGP round action 16 Ga. – Unfired:

Chapuis SxS RGP round action 16 Ga. – Unfired: #56101.Made in 2012 , imported by us, this gun has never left the gun vault. 26” barrels, chrome lined bores .664  with .009” and .015” constriction (Imp Cyl and Mod) swamped rib. Ejectors. 100% inside and out. Special ordered scalloped action with no engraving, a case color harden frame and blacked furniture. Double triggers, firing pin discs, manual safety, all in like new condition. Weight is 6Lbs. Nice fiddle back walnut  English stock with a 14 ¼” LOP over a ¼” wood butt plate, drop is 1 ½” and 2 5/8” with 3/8 cast off, semi beaver tail forend. The wood finish and checkering are in 99% original condition with the faintest handling marks. Light, well balanced, fast handling shotgun. Price: $3,890.

A. JOS. DEFOURNEY 16GA SxS Boxlock shotgun
A. JOS. DEFOURNEY 16GA SxS Boxlock shotgun

A. JOS. DEFOURNEY 16GA SXS Boxlock Shotgun: A high quality, high condition European game from one of Belgium’s finest makers.  Ejectors, Articulating front trigger, Manual safe, Greener crossbolt, Purdy underbites, Brazed barrels, Horn grip cap and butt plate, Nice wood, Strong case color. Tasteful hand engraving, Well balanced and in 16ga to boot! No dents, cracks or pits. Price: $1895

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James Purdey Bar-in-Wood 12ga/30" Hammergun (2 1/2" Chambers)
James Purdey Bar-in-Wood 12ga/30″ Hammergun (2 1/2″ Chambers)

James Purdey Bar-in-Wood 12ga/30″ Hammergun (2 1/2″ Chambers): Serial #120XX — If you are looking for a high-quality hammer gun in excellent condition look no further. This gun is good and tight with modern shooting dimensions and what appears to be the correct case. 30″ barrels are choke CYL/CYL (.002″/.002″) with original 2 1/2″ chambers proofed 1 1/8″. This is a very nice gun overall. Price: $9,750

16 Gauge Fox Special SPE SXS
16 Gauge Fox Special SPE SXS

16 Gauge Fox Special SPE SXS: Extremely rare Fox 16 gauge SPE. I am told only about 48 SPE Foxes were made in 16 gauge. This gun SN 303359 has 26″ barrels with very good original blue and excellent bores. There is one minor ding on the left barrel near the muzzle. Straight grip stock with a 14 1/8″ LOP to the end of a worn leather covered pad. This Fox weighs 6.48 lbs on my digital scale with a DAC of 1 5/8″ and a DAH of 2 3/4″. The single trigger and BTF ejectors all function properly. This is a very nice gun. Price: $6500 

Rizzini ~ Artemis ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU ~ Game Gun
Rizzini ~ Artemis ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU ~ Game Gun

Rizzini ~ Artemis ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU ~ Game Gun: New with original case. Manufactured: Circa 2017, Caliber: 28 Gauge, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Metal Condition: New, Wood Condition: New, Bore Condition: New, Barrels: 28″ Blues Steel with Ventilated Rib, Triggers: Single Selective Trigger with Ejectors, Stock: Deluxe Checkered Walnut Round Knob Butt Stock , Stock Dimensions: LOP: 14 3/8″, Fore End: Checkered Walnut, Butt Pad: Wood Butt Plate, Weight: 5 lbs. 10 ozs., Sights: Single Brass Bead, Chokes: Rizzini Choke Tubes: Full, Improved Modified, Modified, Improved Cylinder & Cylinder. Price: $3,999.99 

Browning Citori Lightning Gr. 3, 16 ga., 28 in. barrels
Browning Citori Lightning Gr. 3, 16 ga., 28 in. barrels

Browning Citori Lightning Gr. 3, 16 ga., 28 in. barrelsInvector chokes (3). Used but extremely great condition with Box & Manual. Beautiful Wood & Engraving. Price: $3275.00 Shipped 

BERNARDELLI GAMECOCK 28GA SXS EXCELLENT
BERNARDELLI GAMECOCK 28GA SXS EXCELLENT

BERNARDELLI GAMECOCK 28GA SXS EXCELLENT: A very nice game gun ready for field or range. Gun is good to go with no issues and in Excellent condition! Chambers: 2 3/4″, Condition: EXCELLENT, Metal Condition: EXCELLENT, Wood Condition: EXCELLENT, Bore Condition: EXCELLENT, Barrels: 25 5/8IN (65MM), Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN, Stock Heel: 2 3/8 IN, Butt Pad: ORIGINAL, LOP: 14 1/4″, Weight: 5LBS 11OZ, Choke Left: MOD, Choke Right: IMP/CYL. Price: $1895

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E.J. CHURCHILL PREMIER QUALITY OVER UNDER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS PAIR
E.J. CHURCHILL PREMIER QUALITY OVER UNDER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS PAIR

E.J. CHURCHILL PREMIER QUALITY OVER UNDER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS PAIR: BOTH GUNS ARE THE SAME DIMENSIONS, 28″ SOLID RIB, CHOKED .007″ AND .014″ with 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT MINT CONDITION MAKERS CASE, 7 LBS 4 0Z, DIMENSIONS: 2″ DAH,1 9/16″ DAC, 14 1/8″ LOP. Matched pair E.J. Churchill O/U The Premier Quality.  12 Bore game guns.  Gun I made in 1926, Gun II Made in 1929. Serial Nr. 4220 was made for Abercrombie & Fitch and 3173 for a Mr. Wilson in San Francisco. They were both originally pigeon guns with 32” barrels. They were matched up as a pair and re-barreled to 28” through Churchill, Atkin, Grant & Lang, and Don Masters chocked IC/M and probably restocked by the maker, work which was done for a Danish nobleman whose coat of arms are on the escutcheon.  Both guns have a full London proof.  The actions of these guns are exact copies of the Woodward O&U actions, and were made by the firm of Hills, who also made the actions for Woodward. It was said at the time that Woodward built the Over & Under guns for Bob Churchill. This may be indeed true, but it is not likely, I believe Hill did all the actioning and in addition, they both used the same outworkers. A marked difference is the ejector system, which differs from Woodward and shows the Churchill input, as Bob Churchill felt it needed improvement. In total only 15 Over & Under guns were built by Churchill before WWII, of which this pair is believed to be in the best condition of those remaining.  One of these guns is pictured in the book “The House of Churchill” by Don Masters. Price: $46,500

F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE, Boxlock, SxS, 16ga 29" Upgraded wood, Upgraded action shaping, 6#3oz Near Perfect condition
F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE, Boxlock, SxS, 16ga 29″ Upgraded wood, Upgraded action shaping, 6#3oz Near Perfect condition

F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE, Boxlock, SxS, 16ga 29″ Upgraded wood, Upgraded action shaping, 6#3oz Near Perfect condition: Serial #  A03. Barrel Length (in Inches):  29″,  Choked R  SKT(.005) Choked L  IM(.020), Trigger  DT (Double), Straight Grip, Splinter Forearm, English-style Smooth Concave Rib, Fine Scroll & Rosette Engraving, Upgraded wood, Upgraded action shaping, Checkered butt, Original box. Near PERFECT Condition. Weight  6#3oz. Dimensions  1 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 with 1/4 cast off. Mfg 2007, The ideal upland bird gun. Price: $14,900

Stephen Grant Classic Hammer Sidelever SxS with original Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels
Stephen Grant Classic Hammer Sidelever SxS with original Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels

Stephen Grant Classic Hammer Sidelever SxS with original Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels Serial Number: 3822, Ejectors: No, Barrels: 30″, Barrel Type: Damascus, Action: back-action side lever with rebounding hammers, Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 7/16″, Stock Heel: 2 1/4″, Stock Cast: 1/8″, LOP: 14 1/2″, Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz., Choke Left: .003 Near Cyl., Choke Right: .003 Near Cyl.
Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .030″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″. Price: $6,900

Webley and Scott 16 gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun
Webley and Scott 16 gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun

Webley & Scott 16 gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun: Nice old prewar Webley & Scott 16 ga. Choked imp and full 29” barrels, DT, AE, LOP is 14 3/4”, leather pad, this piece has a third fastener, really nice old shotgun. Price: $3,895

Ithaca Model 280 is a side by side 20 Ga. shotgun
Ithaca Model 280 is a side by side 20 Ga. shotgun

Ithaca ~ 280 ~ 20 Ga. ~ Side-by-Side ~ Boxlock Shotgun: This Ithaca Model 280 is a side by side 20 Ga. shotgun. It has 25 inch barrels with a solid rib and 3 inch chambers. A checkered grip walnut straight grip stock and beavertail forearm. Has a very nicely engraved receiver with birds in flight. In over all good condition it comes as is.Ithaca-SKB checkered black plate. Weighs 6 lbs. 3 oz. Shows a little use and wear. Price: $1,699.99

Auction alert: Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun …

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

I’ve seen lots of hammer guns. LOTS. But this Tolley is totally new to me. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and it’s being sold at No Reserve. The listing ends tomorrow, 12/16/2018, @ 11:00 PM EST.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

J & W Tolley, Gunmakers, was established around 1859 in Birmingham, England. They opened a shop in London in 1883, and in 1955, the final guns carrying the J & W Tolley name were made.

The double you see here was made early in the company’s history — around 1870 — and it has a couple unique features: the shape of its action and the way the barrels lock onto that action. Take a closer look at the pics to see what I mean.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

BTW: Something else worth mentioning is how great this auction listing is. Not only are there a lot of pics, but the seller gives you a lot of info about the gun, including an outline of the gun’s flaws. A listing like this make me feel a lot better about bidding on this gun. I wish more sellers would follow this example.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun: 1870s era, game-scene & scroll engraved Hammer gun. Established ca. 1859, Tolley gained their excellent reputation building top-shelf big bore shotguns and rifles. 8 lbs. dead-on and built like a tank with heavy duty top lever, back action locks, stout hammers & oversized “Mushroom-cap” firing pins. Has a unique, hidden fastener system that has to be one of the earliest examples of a hidden bite as Purdey’s, (known for 3rd bites) didn’t offer theirs until the late 1880s. Another unique feature is the cut-away “I-Beam” frame which was likely an attempt to shave off weight or to stiffen it up. Never the less, it gives the gun a distinctive look. To top it off, there’s an odd protrusion at the underside of the muzzles – most likely to prevent damage. The Ivory bead is also unusual on a gun from this period. This is a real piece of British gun innovation – we’ve never seen anything like it from any maker. The Game-scene & scroll engraving is top-rate and also unusual for a heavy-duty gun from this era. With sculpted percussion fences, detailed hammer filing, fine Damascus steel barrels, this gun is as distinctive as it is classy.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

EXTERNAL CONDITION: Looks like the gun was stored on a wall as one side is clean and shows quite a bit of original finish whereas the exposed side has what appears to be a light coat of cabin soot. NOTE: An expert cleaning of the duller side would likely reveal some very nice condition. The barrels have nearly all of their original Chocolate brown and fine Damascus pattern – Barrel lettering and proof marks are clear and sharp. The action and balance of metal show no evidence of polishing or buffing – everything is crisp and sharp and mechanically excellent! Barrels are an UN-CUT 28 3/16” (see pic of muzzles). Bores are very shiny with just a few light blemishes scattered throughout and we’d rate them a solid 9.5 / 10. Chambers are 2 ¾” with bores measuring R: .0736 & L:.731 min walls @ .733 / Choked: R: .011 / R: .007. The Horn capped ½ grip stock with “Gentleman’s” dimensions measures 14 ¼” x 2 ¼ x 3 ¼” drop at heel. Don’t snicker at these dimensions – the gun shoulders quite well and the boys back in the day were well known for their high percentages using these measurements. 8 lbs. dead on.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

FLAWS: There’s a small nick on the top outside of the L bbl. a few inches from the muzzles at the 12:00 position that’s barely visible from the inside. There’s also a 1/8” long sliver of wood missing alongside the top-tang (easy fix) and somebody made a small & careful attempt to remove some of the soot from the right side of the stock, but only a small patch – but that’s it. Take a close look at the wood-metal & metal-metal fit and the nearly spotless breech-face showing very little evidence of firing – this gun is tight and crisp! Lock-up is solid, gun is on the face and barrels ring true – no loose ribs! All-in-all, here’s a unique example that’s built like a tank from a well respected Birmingham maker in excellent condition. Sure, it’s had the screws turned a few times, and the bores touched-up, but the overall excellent, lightly used condition and unique design make this an unusual and rare find!

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

Auction alert: Real nice 12g W & C Scott hammer shotgun …

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

Back in the ’90s, most hammer guns were curiosities few people were interested in. But thanks to magazines like The Doublegun Journal and organizations like The Vintagers, these old SxSs became the must-have doubles everyone wanted. Old ones that wouldn’t have brought $500 in 1995 were selling for $2,500 by 2005.

As a result, gun dealers grabbed every hammer gun they could find, slapped a high price on it, and made money. So today harder than ever to find nice, original hammer guns at decent prices. That being said, the W & C Scott sidelock SxS hammergun you see here appears to just that – nice, original and, because it’s a no-reserve auction, fairly priced.

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

When this gun was made, W & C Scott’s best-quality gun was The Premier Gun. This isn’t a Premier. Instead, it’s a high-quality, hand built, medium-grade gun. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends on 8/30/2018 @ 9:31 PM, EST.

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

Beautiful W&C Scott Sidelock Double that was was manufactured at the Birmingham works in 1878 for retail through Scott’s London storefront. A bespoke piece with features, dimensions and appointments tailored to order, the gun features 30″, twin-beaded, browned Damascus barrels joined by a solid rib, manual extractor, wonderfully figured English Walnut pistol grip stock capped with a checkered buttplate of horn, and embellishment in the form of 70% engraving coverage. Brilliantly performed by one of the era’s finest artists, the engraving consists of classic, English vine-and-scroll highlighted by a Spaniel and Setter on either flank, each dog chasing an egret and a pheasant, respectively. The engraving extends to both the barrel and bolsters, while the blued trigger guard is adorned with a matching game bird. Wonderfully finished and in a remarkable state of preservation, the gun has seen no restoration, refinish or refreshing, with unfaded engraving, vivid Damascus star patterns on the barrel, while the receiver is awash in original case color. A wonderful find for the discriminating enthusiast, this Scott undoubtedly saw regular use followed by intervals of maintenance, likely by the original maker. Appearing ready for the field for decades to come, the gun locks up tightly, exhibits

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

bits superior balance and both bores are pristine. A true classic from a British icon, this all-original early W&C Scott Sidelock would be an outstanding addition to any advanced collection.

 

Condition

Very fine, the gun has seen no refinish, and retains better than 70% naturally softening case color on the frame and hammers, with the areas of selected bluing displaying almost no finish loss apart from subtle fading. The barrels have largely turned to a brown-tinged steel patina with 70% Damascus pattern. There is light oxidation along the outside of the barrels with rubbing around the muzzle-no rust or pitting is present on any metal surface. The markings are correct, with matching numbers on all components and no fading of the engraving. No import or export mark is present and the gun has not been reproved. The furniture shows light, consistent wear to the checkering and no cracks, chips, sanding or refreshing. Mechanically excellent, both bores are on the face, lockup is tight and the action is impressive. The bores are outstanding-clean and bright with no rust, pitting or oxidation.

W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30" Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8" ; Cast: Noticeably Off
W&C Scott Best Sidelock Double; 1878 Birmingham Production/London Retailed; 12 Bore; 30″ Damascus Steel Barrels; Choked: Modified & Improved Cylinder; LOP: 14 1/8″ ; Cast: Noticeably Off

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James Purdey & Sons, London, 20 Gauge Sidelock Best Quality O/U Shotgun:
James Purdey & Sons, London, 20 Gauge Sidelock Best Quality O/U Shotgun:

James Purdey & Sons, London, 20 Gauge Sidelock Best Quality O/U ShotgunGun #26597. 28-inch Length of Barrel, 15-inch Length of Pull 1 7/16″ Drop at Comb, 2″ Drop at Heel. 6lbs 6oz. Manufacture’s case included Price: $69,500

BOSS & CO, LONDON, BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN26 1/2″ BARRELS 006 AND 010 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP MAKERS CASE EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION 5LBS 4 OZ X 2 1 1/4″ x 1 1/2″  X 14″ LOP. Price: $59,500

BOSS & CO, LONDON, BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN
BOSS & CO, LONDON, BEST SXS 20 GAUGE SIDELOCK SHOTGUN
SanGiorgio - Model Vega - High Quality Modern SxS Hammer Gun - Great for Clays
SanGiorgio – Model Vega – High-Quality Modern SxS Hammer Gun – Great for Clays

SanGiorgio – Model Vega – High Quality Modern SxS Hammer Gun – Great for Clays: 1987 – Ameria SanGiorgio – Gardone V.T. – Vega – Hammer Gun– 12ga, 28” M / F, Extractors, Hand Filed Rib, Double Triggers – Front Trigger Articulated, Hand Detachable Locks, LOP 15-1/4″ to Factory Pad, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-3/8″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 7 lbs. 12 oz. Excellent Condition: Very Tight. Price: $4975 

Webley & Scott Ltd. ~ Side by Side ~ 12 Ga Side by Side Boxlock ShotgunThis Webley & Scott Ltd. 12 gauge shotgun S/N 1113XX was ordered and started October 12, 1926.  It is a boxlock with crossbolt – Pigeon Grade No.300 gun fitted with an Anson forend.  2 3/4 ‘ chambers.  30 inch fixed choke barrels with a flat rib.  This gun was first sold July 10, 1928.  It is in very good condition and a great addition to anyone who might collect side by side shotguns.  The preceding information was taken from a report presented by Gallyon & Sons Ltd. / U.K. dated July 31, 2008.  Price: $2,999.99 

Manufacturer: Made in England.

Webley & Scott Ltd. ~ Side by Side ~ 12 Ga Side by Side Boxlock Shotgun
Webley & Scott Ltd. ~ Side by Side ~ 12 Ga Side by Side Boxlock Shotgun

Caliber: 12 Ga.
Chambers: 2 3/4 inch.
Metal Condition: Very good with some minor surface handling marks. Trigger guard and bottom tang are discolored.
Wood Condition: Very good with light checkering wear and light handling marks.
Bore Condition: Both are very clean, bright and shiny.
Barrels: 30 inches with a solid knurled top rib.
Triggers: Double.
Stock: Diamond checkered grip walnut round knob. Case colored receiver is lightly engraved with border and a little scroll.
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 14 1/2 inches. DAC 1 7/16 inch DAH 2 1/16 inch
Fore End: Diamond checkered grip walnut splinter.
Butt Pad: Horizontal grooved black metal. Has some light scratch/use marks.
Weight: 7 lbs. 8 oz.
Sights: Brass bead front.
Chokes: Fixed chokes. Right barrel is Modified. Left barrel is Full.
Extras: Comes with a Webley & Scott Ltd. hard locking case. The case is lined with green felt and has a Webley & Scott Ltd. information sign, two metal snap caps, a two-piece wooden cleaning rod with 4 cleaning attachments, a metal oil bottle, and a box of Farlo’s

Ithaca ~ N.I.D. ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Ithaca ~ N.I.D. ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Ithaca ~ N.I.D. ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel ShotgunThis is an Ithaca side by side 20 gauge shotgun manufactured in 1927 based on serial number. There is a dent in the left barrel and has been deemed safe to fire from a gunsmith. This is a great not-so-rare Ithaca that would look great in any collection. Price: $599.99 

Manufacturer: 1927
Caliber: 20 Ga
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Great for its age
Wood Condition: Good – Shows its age
Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 26
Triggers: Double Trigger
Stock: Walnut with Checkering on Pistol Grip
Stock Dimensions:
OAL 42″, LOP 13.5
Fore End: Walnut with Checkering to Match
Butt Pad: Plastic Plate
Weight: 6 lbs.
Sights: Front Bead

Hello! Check out this hot 12g hammergun…

Centerfire, breechloading hammerguns were popular from about 1867-1890. But once makers like Westley Richards, W& C Scott, and James Purdey & Sons introduced reliable, easy-to-use hammerless design, hammerguns were pushed out in the door.

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Parker Bros. 12 gauge AHE Side-by-Side shotgun 2 BBL SET: Price: $24,500 
Parker Bros. 12 gauge AHE Side-by-Side shotgun 2 BBL SET: Price: $24,500

Parker Bros. 12 gauge AHE Side-by-Side shotgun 2 BBL SETPrice: $24,500 
Serial Number: 95xxx
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 30″
Action: SE
Triggers: Double Trigger
Gauge: 12 Gauge
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Plate
LOP: 13 3/4″
Weight: 7 3/4 lbs.

BERETTA - SO2 - 27-1/2 Bbls - Double Triggers - Prince of Wales Grip
BERETTA – SO2 – 27-1/2 Bbls – Double Triggers – Prince of Wales Grip

BERETTA – SO2 – 27-1/2 Bbls – Double Triggers – Prince of Wales Grip: IC / LM (.007 / .012) Boehler Steel Bbls, Ejectors, Double Triggers, Prince of Wales Grip, LOP 14-1/2″ Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-7/16″, Weight 6 lbs. 15 oz. A wooden spacer and Beretta butt plate have been fitted to extend the stock. The stock has NOT been cut. 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. Excellent Condition. The stocks have been refinished. The barrels are original finish. Price: $3475 

BERETTA 626 ONYX 12 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: 28″ MOBILCHOKE BARRELS, SKEET & IMPROVED CYLINDER TUBES INCLUDED, 3″ CHAMBERS, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, BEAVERTAIL FOREND, PISTOL GRIP STOCK, 14 1/2″ LOP, 96% BLUE, STOCK SHOWS SOME MODERATE FIELD USE. PRICE: $1899

BERETTA 626 ONYX 12 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN 28" BBLS
BERETTA 626 ONYX 12 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN 28″ BBLS
JP SAUER HAMMER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN - 12 GAUGE - ORIGINAL CONDITION - FLUID STEEL 30" BARRELS
JP SAUER HAMMER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN – 12 GAUGE – ORIGINAL CONDITION – FLUID STEEL 30″ BARRELS

JP SAUER HAMMER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN – 12 GAUGE – ORIGINAL CONDITION – FLUID STEEL 30″ BARRELSHere is a JP Sauer 12 hammer game gun stocked to the fences. Original unrestored condition. Fluid steel 30″ barrels . Traces of case color in protected areas. Made in Suhl, Germany. Good bores. Right barrel at .722 with 15/1000 choke (Mod). Left barrel at .728 with 33/1000 choke (Full). Both as original. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Sharp checkering. Double underbite with Greener Style Third Fastener. Tight on face. No cracks to wood. Shipping is $40. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 8 OZ. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 5/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″. Price: $1,850

BROWNING CITORI SUPER LIGHT OVER UNDER 20GA LIKE NEW
BROWNING CITORI SUPER LIGHT OVER UNDER 20GA LIKE NEW

BROWNING CITORI SUPER LIGHT OVER UNDER 20GA LIKE NEW: BARREL LENGTH 26″ CHOKE FIXED MODIFIED AND INPROVED CYLINDER, BORES LIKE NEW BLUE PERFECT. WOOD MINT EXCEPT ON SMALL MARK ON FOREND TIP. SHOWS LITTLE IF ANY USE. MANUFACTURE DATE 1983.  WEIGHT 6LBS 3 OZ. Price: $1,395

Auction alert: Great looking 12 gauge Francotte hammergun…

Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” 12 gauge SxS hammer gun
Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” 12 gauge SxS hammer gun

I used to have an itch for hammerguns, and over the years I scratched it by buying a bunch of them. The breechloading hammergun period lasted around twenty years — about 1865 to 1885 — so most of the hammerguns I picked up were real old.

But every now and then I would come across something special like the 12 gauge Francotte hammergun you see here. This hammergun is from the 20th century. Hammerguns were well out of fashion then, so whoever ordered this one wanted something special. Judging by how nice it is, they were willing to spend a lot of money to get just what they wanted.

It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends Sunday, 5/21/2017, @ 10:00 PM.

Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” SxS hammer gun: 12 gauge with 30″ Chopper Lump steel barrels & 2 3/4″ chambers. Ribs are tight.Up for auction is a hard to come by Francotte Nitro proof hammer gun. This is a top notch pre-war VL&D import gun with all of the marquee features of a true“Best gun”: Chopper Lump barrels, hidden Greener-type 3’rd fastener, double Purdey under bites, side clips, removable hinge pin, rebounding hammers, matted concave rib, articulated front trigger and nice partial coverage foliate scroll. Was restocked (fore end appears original to gun) way back when to a straight grip with a nice piece of French walnut & modern stock dimensions: 14 ¼” over original horn butt plate, 1 5/8” x 1 7/8” at heel. Excellent, un-touched “Chopper lump” 30 inch Bores @ .727 diameter per side with optimal Vintage “clays” chokes @ R .014. L. .022. Min walls .037. Weighs in right at 7 lbs. even. These are seldom seen, much less with all of these features. Hard to find a classier, well made Hammer gun than this Francotte built during their hey-day.

Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” 12 gauge SxS hammer gun
Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” 12 gauge SxS hammer gun
Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” 12 gauge SxS hammer gun
Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” 12 gauge SxS hammer gun
Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” 12 gauge SxS hammer gun
Rare Francotte Pre-war “Best Quality” 12 gauge SxS hammer gun

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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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LANCASTER 280 FLANGED- NEVER HUNTED & APPEARS UNFIRED- PRE-WAR PIECE FINISHED in 1946- SIDELOCK with 26" CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- 1946 NEW
LANCASTER 280 FLANGED- NEVER HUNTED & APPEARS UNFIRED- PRE-WAR PIECE FINISHED in 1946- SIDELOCK with 26″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- 1946 NEW

LANCASTER 280 FLANGED- NEVER HUNTED & APPEARS UNFIRED- PRE-WAR PIECE FINISHED in 1946- SIDELOCK with 26″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- 1946 NEW: #18803, Charles Lancaster Sidelock 280 Flanged That Never Went Hunting & Appears Unfired, Pre-War piece that was finished in 1946, WWII altered the intended use of many Sporting Firearms and I believe this gun is one of those as it remains to this day like a new rifle. The address is 7 Bury Street, St. James’s, London: A Bar Action Sidelock with 26″ Extractor Chopper Lump barrels with A Dolls Head rib extension plus a third bite, 1/4 rib with 1 standing & 2 folding rear sights, London Nitro Proved, Regulated with 140 grain bullets, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, Lever forend release, 14 13/16″ LOP over a checkered butt, 9 lbs. 14 oz., 95% coverage of period scroll engraving that is very well cut, 99% original case colors that remain bright & vivid, 99% original barrel black with near perfect striking on the barrels, The original stock finish remains at 98% with a few gun cabinet marks, The checkering is at 100%, The inside of the forend has 100% case colors, The breech face has 100% case colors, The bores are new.
Price: $35,500

Perazzi MX 20 Over/Under Shotgun
Perazzi MX 20 Over/Under Shotgun

Perazzi MX 20 Over/Under ShotgunNew-in-box 20 gauge Perazzi MX20 Over/Under shotgun with fixed chokes. Shotgun comes complete with a Perazzi hard case. Wood is lighter colored with a prince of wales stock and light Perazzi engraving and blued receiver and barrels. Choke constriction is Top: .028, Bottom: .020. Price: $8,999.99

Arrieta 801 20 Gauge Side-by-Side NEAR NEW, 28", MANY OPTIONS, UPGRADED WOOD, SELF OPENER: Price: $7,950.00
Arrieta 801 20 Gauge Side-by-Side NEAR NEW, 28″, MANY OPTIONS, UPGRADED WOOD, SELF OPENER: Price: $7,950.00

Arrieta 801 20 Gauge Side-by-Side NEAR NEW, 28″, MANY OPTIONS, UPGRADED WOOD, SELF OPENER: Price: $7,950.00
Barrel Length: 28″
Chokes: .002/.005  CYL/IC factory
Bores: perfect
Bore Diameter: .621/.622
Wall Thickness: .026/.027
% Blue: 99% factory
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ribs: tight, hand cut filed
Sights: single
Action: tight, right of center
Ejectors or Extractors: ejectors, strong, timed
Case Color: 99% factory
Screws: perfect
Engraving: clear, sharp fine English scroll
Trigger Type: double, crisp
Trigger Guard Color: 99% factory
Type: figured French, English stock/splinter forend
LOP: 14 11/16″
LOP To End Of Wood: 14 1/4″
DAH: 2 1/2″
DAC: 1 7/16″
Cast: 3/16″ off
Checkering Condition: perfect
Butt Treatment: sporting clays black

MAINWARING - SIDELOCK W/EJECTORS, 16 ga
MAINWARING – SIDELOCK W/EJECTORS, 16 ga

MAINWARING – SIDELOCK W/EJECTORS, 16 ga27 1/2″ BLS. M/IM, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, 100% COVERAGE IN SCROLL ENGRAVING, STRAIGHT GRIP, BUSHED FIRING PINS, 14″ x 1 3/8″ x 2 1/16″ x 3/8″ OFF, WEIGHT 6 LBS. 2 OZS., CC 50%. FIRST RATE GUN.  Price: $6,500

W.W. Greener – Damascus SxS Hammergun – 12 ga: Price: $5,900

Ejectors: No
Trigger: Double

W.W. Greener - Damascus SxS Hammergun - 12 ga: Price: $5,900
W.W. Greener – Damascus SxS Hammergun – 12 ga: Price: $5,900

Grip: Rounded Pistol Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 14 ”
Pad thickness: ”
Type of butt: Factory
Drop comb: 1 5/8 ”
Drop heel: 2 3/4 ”
Cast amount: 3/8 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 7 lbs, 4 oz
Manufactured in: England
Manufacture Year: Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: none
Extra barrels: 0
Gauge: 12 ga
Chamber: 2 1/2 ”
Length: 30 ”
Chokes: Full
Rib type: Concave
Comments : Gun is in very good condition with some light handling marks.

Wow – what a Purdey hammergun. But $99,500?

Alfonso XIII of Spain, pigeon shooter & owner of many Purdeys
Alfonso XIII of Spain, pigeon shooter & owner of many Purdeys

Provenance is tricky, especially when it comes to old guns. Some provenances can boost a shotgun’s value many times over, while other barely register at all with buyers.

Fo example: Would you pay $60,000 more for a shotgun made for King Alfonso XIII.

King who?

Yeah – that’s the problem. King Alfonso XIII was Spain’s monarch from 1886-1931. While he was a big deal in his day, I don’t know anyone who cares about him now. So it’s hard to say if a gun connected to him is worth a $60,000 premium.

That’s just what’s going on with the James Purdey & Sons 12g hammergun you see here. This side-by-side came up for sale in Christie’s, December 2014 sale:

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

A VERY RARE BARRÉ ENGRAVED 12-BORE TOPLEVER LIVE PIGEON HAMMERGUN. J. PURDEY & SONS, AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, LONDON, SERIAL NO. 19395.

The hammer price plus premium: $35,370. It looks to me like whoever has the gun now connected it to King Alfonso before or after he bought it. It certainly is a spectacular shotgun, and it appears to be in excellent condition. Regardless, though, the big question is: Is its connection to a King worth sixty large?

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN32″ 029 AND 032 1 1/4 OZ PROOF DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT MAKERS CASE EXCELLENT CONDITION 7LBS 9 0Z X 2″ X 1 1/2″. Price: $99,500

More info from the seller:
“Purdey Hammer gun sn. 19395 came from a collection of Spanish Royal Firearms, from the household of King Alfonso XIII of Spain. The makers have confirmed that this hammergun was completed in April 1909 for the King of Spain, Alfonso XIII. The records are specific that Barre was the engraver. The gun is covered in finely chiseled low relief with foliate scrollwork illustrating monsters and masks upon a blackened background. Included is a gold inlaid escutcheon with the Spanish Royal Coat of Arms.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

It is believed that the King used this gun in winning the Tiro-Pichon De Madrid in May 1921. Our provenance includes a picture of the King aside the trophy given for his win and holding what appears to be this gun. Purdey awarded the winner of the Tiro-Pichon De Madrid a prize gun that was to duplicate this piece, however Barre did not engrave the later gun as he was dead by 1921.”

BTW: A similar Purdey was also in Christie’s 12/2014 sale: #22210. You can read more about it in this post: The king of Spain’s Purdey pigeon shotgun brings $55,000…

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

Here are couple other Purdeys attributed to Barre:

SPECTACULAR HIGH RELIEF 12 GAUGE BARRE ENGRAVED J. PURDEY & SONS DELUXE SIDE LOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN. SN 18218. Price realized: $50,600

James Purdey & Sons Side by Side Shotgun (Gift from King Edward VII to the Shah) Barre Engraved – 12 ga.

Holy hammergun: An incredible 12g Piotti Monaco SxS…

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK

I posted a pic of this Piotti shotgun a couple weeks ago. I wanted to post some more pics today just so we could drool some more over this incredible SxS.

This hammergun was made by Fratelli Piotti. Steve Barnett has it on his website now. The gun was engraved by Mario Terzi, and it’s a two barrel set. Both are 30″.  It’s a heavy-ish gun (7lbs, 14ozs), and it has a high, long stock: 1 7/16″ x 2″, LOP 15″. Judging by these specs and the fat, file-cut rib, it was probably built for competitive shooting — possibly live pigeons.

Hammerguns used to be the only guns. But in 1870s, their successors appeared on the market. By the end of the 19th century, boxlocks and hammerless sidelocks ruled and hammerguns were disappearing. By World War 1, the they were pretty much gone from the sporting gun scene. Except for special-order models like these Purdey ejectors coming up at Holt’s and cheap, utility grades, hammerguns were gone.

In the late ’60s, the Italian maker Abbiatico & Salvinelli revived hammerguns. Their self-cocking Castore hammergun with coin finishes and lush engraving put an Italian stamp on these doubles. Collectors were interested, and eventually more Italian makers started building these guns.

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK

Fratelli Piotti was started in the early ’60s by Araldo and Faustino Piotti. Today, the firm employs around 14 people and uses a combination of high-tech and manual craftsmanship to build some of the finest shotguns in Italy–include a range of hammerguns.

The Experience of a Customer at Piotti’s Workshop from Fratelli Piotti on Vimeo.

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCKv
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK

This week’s good guns: Powered by Gunsinternational.com…

PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE
PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE

PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGETERZI ENGRAVED MADE 2004 THIS IS THE BEST HAMMER GUN I HAVE EVER SEEN BOTH SETS OF BARRELS ARE 30″ 2 3/4 #1 IS 010 AND 018 #2 IS 032 AND 042 DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS BEAVERTAIL FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT WITH ENGRAVED HEEL AND TOE PLATES OAK AND LEATHER CASE NEW CONDITION 7LBS 14 OZ X 2″ X 1 7/16″ X 15″. Price: $89,500

F.W. HEYM BEST QUALITY SIDEPLATE BOXLOCK 12GA O/U SHOTGUN
F.W. HEYM BEST QUALITY SIDEPLATE BOXLOCK 12GA O/U SHOTGUN

F.W. HEYM BEST QUALITY SIDEPLATE BOXLOCK 12GA O/U SHOTGUNORNATE BEAUTIFUL GAME SCENES ENGRAVED ON ACTION, 30″ DEMI BLOCK SPLIT BBLS, 2 3/4, CHOKED FULL/FULL, VENT RIB, EJECTORS, SST, HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, PISTOL GRIP ENGRAVED CAP, 3 PC FOREND, VERY PRECISE SKIP LINE CHECKERING, 28 LPI, LOP 14 1/4 TO BEST LEATHER PAD, 1 1 /2, 2 3/8, 7LBS 4OZ, VERY MINTY, 99%! Price: $7,650

H.A. LINDER SUPERIOR GRADE 16GA SXS SHOTGUN
H.A. LINDER SUPERIOR GRADE 16GA SXS SHOTGUN

H.A. LINDER SUPERIOR GRADE 16GA“H.A. LINDER” , Prussian Mfg. 1912 (HAL&Crossed Pistols Maker’s Mark on BBL’s) , 16GA , 28″ Barrels choked: R-MOD (.016) L-FULL (.032) Bore’s Bright , Chambers 2 3/4″ , Sculptured Side-Clip Action with Third Fastener , Scroll Engraved , Cocking Indicators , Double Triggers , Ejectors , Pistol Grip Stock with Horn Gripcap (has engraved inlay w/original owners name) Dem’s: 1 1/2″x 2 9/16″x 14″LOP to original Horn Buttplate , Splinter Forend with Ebony Inlay at Tip , Very Nice European Walnut with lots of Figure , Checkered Side-Panels and Drop-Points , Casecolor 30-40% (vivid in protected areas) , blue 95%+ , wood 98% finish. Price: $6,500

Parker Reproduction Model DHE 20 Gauge 28"/26" Barrel Set, Straight Grip, Double Triggers
Parker Reproduction Model DHE 20 Gauge 28″/26″ Barrel Set, Straight Grip, Double Triggers

Parker Reproduction Model DHE 20 Gauge 28″/26″ Barrel Set, Straight Grip, Double TriggersPrice: $5,999.99
Caliber: 20 Gauge
Metal Condition: Metal Condition is Excellent
Wood Condition: Wood Condition is Excellent
Bore Condition: Bores are Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 28′ and 26″ Barrels
Triggers: Double Smooth Triggers
Stock: Nicely Figured Hardwood Stock with Double Panel Cut Checkering
Stock Dimensions:
14 1/4″ LOP; 2 ” DAH; 1.5″ DAC (center); 1 3/8″ DAC (front)
Fore End: Straight Hardwood Fore End
Butt Pad: Checkered Wood and Metal Butt Plate
Weight: 6 Pounds 12 Ounces
Sights: Single Brass Bead
Chokes: 28″ Full / Modified 26″ Modified / Improved Cylinder

Ithaca NID 16ga Side-by-Side Shotgun
Ithaca NID 16ga Side-by-Side Shotgun

Ithaca NID 16ga Side-by-Side ShotgunSerial no 466xxx 28″, M/F, DT, SF, 14″ Lop to wrong buttplate, Pistol grip cap not good, 20% case color, 90% Blue, wood shows handling marks nothing bad, good bore. Price: $995

More pics of that great 10 gauge James Purdey hammergun…

James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun
James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun

There are a lot of Purdeys on the market today. Some are worked over, some are worn out  and some are overpriced. A lot are of them are all three, and that’s why so many of these guns have been looking for buyers for so long. But every now and then a real legit Purdey pops up. When it does, it usually sells right away.

This is one of these nicest vintage Purdeys I’ve seen in a while. It has condition and it was reasonably price. That’s why it sold in fewer than 12 hours.

James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun
James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun

From what I can tell, this gun was made in the late 1860s, early 1870s. Westley Richards invented the toplever in the 1862 and James Purdey patented their underbolt in 1863. The Scott spindle used to connect the two was patented in 1865. The gun you see here uses all three, so it has to be post 1865.

James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun
James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun

This gun also has a keyed forend, a feature from the percussion era that Purdey stop using when they switched to the Anson-patent forend release (introduced in 1872), and bar-action locks, which Purdey was just switching to as it developed a more modern look for its guns. One thing it’s missing is drop-points. This is pretty common on earlier Purdey. The sideclips are interesting. You don’t see side clips on a hammergun, and this has to be one of the first doubles Purdey used them on.

James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun
James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun

James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun: Rare light weight (8 pound) hammer game gun. Outstanding all original condition with very nice wood and good amount of case cloring remaining. Excellent 31 inch fine damascus barrels.Rare side clips and top lever. Very nice engraving and checkering.Proper 2 5/8 inch chambers with open chokes. Throws outstanding patterns and feels like a 12 bore. Excellent shootable dimensions and 14.5 inch LOP. Very little lifetime use and overall excellent condition.

James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun
James Purdey 10 Bore SxS Hammer Gun

Auction alert: Super nice 12g W & C Scott hammergun…

Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com
Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com

I don’t need any more hammerguns…I don’t need any more hammerguns …I don’t need any more hammerguns…

I need to keep saying this to myself every time I look at this SxS.

W. & C. Scotts I  are some my favorite doubles–especially old and original ones like this. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 12/20/2015 @ 7:50:00 PM ET.

Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com
Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com

This 12 gauge was made in the 1880s, and it was a medium-grade shotgun in its day. But look at the quality — from the metal-to-metal fit on the locks & action to the colors. And check out how the stock is shaped up. The checkering is nice, too. Then there’s that deep, inky blue on the triggerguard. You can almost dive into it and swim around. Not even Purdey or Hartmann & Weiss does that kind of blueing today and those guns are $125,000+.

Ughh. I don’t need any more hammerguns…I don’t need any more hammerguns …I don’t need any more hammerguns…

Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com
Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com

Antique WC SCOTT HAMMER DAMASCUS SHOTGUN Very Nice: This auction features the pictured Antique W.C. Scott 12 Gauge Shotgun with exposed hammers and Damascus Barrels. This gun has been in storage for about 40 years and still has some dried grease that needs to be removed. A real Barn Find! This gun is tight and has good bores with a little minor pitting. The barrels measure 31 and 1/8 inches with very tight FULL CHOKES. The length of pull is 14 and 1/8 inches. Note all the remaining original Case colors!

Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com
Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com
Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com
Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com
Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com
Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com
Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com
Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com
Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com
Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com
Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com
Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com
Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com
Antique 12g W & C Scott SxS Hammergun on Gunbroker.com

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JOHN RIGBY BEST PRE WAR SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 22 HI POWER
JOHN RIGBY BEST PRE WAR SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 22 HI POWER

JOHN RIGBY BEST PRE WAR SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 22 HI POWERSIDELOCK EJECTOR 24″ BARRELS WITH 1/4 RIB ONE STANDING SIGHT GREAT BORES DOUBLE TRIGGER PISTOL GRIP SPLINTER FOREARM EXCELLENT PLUS CONDITION MAKERS CASE WITH ACCESORIES 7LB 6 OZ X 14 7/8″. Price: $69,500

HOFFMAN ARMS CO. SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE RIFLE
HOFFMAN ARMS CO. SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE RIFLE

HOFFMAN ARMS CO. SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE RIFLE10.75x68mm Mauser caliber (similar to .404 Jeffery).   26″ barrels with automatic ejectors and raised quarter rib with four leaf folding express sights.  The frame and barrels were supplied by Sempert & Krieghoff in 1929 to the Hoffman Arms Co.   It was stocked,  and finished by Seymour Griffin formerly of Griffin & Howe.  The receiver although unsigned appears to be beautifully engraved by Rudolph Kornbraith and has  “HOFFMAN ARMS CO”  in a banner on each side.  Checkered forend and pistol grip buttstock with engraved grip cap and ending with a hard rubber pad.  Condition is very high retaining considerable barrel blue, excellent casehardened finish on the receiver and triggerguard.  Super wood and checkering.  Beautiful mint bores.  Weight: 9lbs 6oz.  LOP: 14 1/8″   Comb: 1 1/2″  Heel: 2 1/4″.   This rifle is very accurate and with the proper load and  bullet will handle most anything. Price: $24,950

BERETTA - RARE - ASE - 20ga - 26" - Vent Rib - Single Trigger - Prince of Whales - 1959 Hand Built Quality
BERETTA – RARE – ASE – 20ga – 26″ – Vent Rib – Single Trigger – Prince of Whales – 1959 Hand Built Quality

BERETTA – RARE – ASE – 20ga – 26″ – Vent Rib – Single Trigger – Prince of Whales – 1959 Hand Built Quality: IC / IM (.009 / .020), Tapered Field Style Vent Rib, Ejectors, Single Trigger, Prince of Whales Round Knob Grip, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-1/4″ to 2-1/8″, Cast Off for the Right Hand, Weight 5 lbs. 8 oz. Appears to be all original and overall Excellent Condition. Clearly hasn’t been used hard. Price: $5,150

  • Barrels – about perfect condition.
  • Bores – as new and measure exactly as they left the factory in 1959.
  • Forearm – excellent plus.
  • Receiver and Trigger Guard – excellent plus.
  • Butt Stock – original, but some finish issues. No cracks or repairs. New laquer fixes any problems with the Butt Stock. The butt plate has shrunk. I’ve seen this on Beretta shotguns from this era before.
WILLIAM R. PAPE ISLAND SIDELOCK 12GA HAMMERGUN
WILLIAM R. PAPE ISLAND SIDELOCK 12GA HAMMERGUN

WILLIAM R. PAPE ISLAND SIDELOCK 12GA HAMMERGUN: WITH RARE LEVER RELEASE, BEAUTIFUL TIGHT ENGLISH SCROLL ENGRAVING WITH TRACES OF CASE COLORS, 29″ FINE DAMASCUS BBLS WITH DOLLSHEAD, 2 3/4″ NITRO PROOF, 850 BAR, MIN WALLS, 28 THOU PLUS, CHOKED IC/FULL, STANDARD GAME RIB, EXTRACTORS, DBL TRIGGERS, HIGHLY FIGURED ENGLISH WALNUT WITH ENGRAVED TOE & HEEL PLATES, LOP 14 1/2, 1 3/8, 1 13/16, 6LBS 7OZ, BERY FINE ORIGINAL CONDITION, EXCELLENT BORE, TIGHT ON FACE!  Price: $4,295

CHARLES DALY MODEL 500 20GA SxS BY MIROKU
CHARLES DALY MODEL 500 20GA SxS BY MIROKU

CHARLES DALY MODEL 500 20GA SxS BY MIROKU: The nicest Model 500 I have seen. Very few minor imperfections in wood and metal. Close to new. 28in barrels have had the chokes opened to IC and MOD . Price: $1200
Manufacturer: Miroku
Model: Charles Daly Model 500
Bore: 20 GA
Chambers: 3IN
Condition: Close to New
Barrels: 28IN
Triggers: 2
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 9/16IN
LOP: 14 1/4
Weight: 6.6 lbs

 

 

Absolutely awesome: A 16g Charles Lancaster SxS hammergun …

CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE
CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE

Here’s a fascinating old shotgun in incredible original condition. It’s a Charles Lancaster SxS hammergun, and I’m guessing it’s from the early 1870s.

Charles Lancaster started out in the London gun trade in 1811 as a barrel maker. Soon he was known as the best in the business, and his barrels were being used by the top gunmakers of the day, including Manton and Purdey. In 1826, Charles Lancaster launched his own gunmaking business at 151 New Bond Street, London. After his death in 1847, his business was taken over by his sons: Charles William and Alfred (who left to start his own firm in 1860). Charles William Lancaster run his father’s business until his death in 1878. Henry Alfred Alexander Thorn, one of Charles William Lancaster former apprentices, purchased the business in 1879 and renamed it Charles Lancaster and Co.

Charles William Lancaster came up with a number of unique designs, including the Pillar Breech Rifle (1848), Oval Bore Rifling (1850) and the Gas Check Bullet (1851). In 1853, he came up with the Base-fire cartridge – the first true centerfire cartridge ever developed.

CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE
CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE

On the original base-fires shotguns, the barrels slide forward from the action and then dropped down when the gun opened. This guns isn’t a base fire, but it incorporates the low hammers and in-line firing pins that were two of the signatures of Lancaster’s base-fire design.

CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE: 28″ DAMASCUS BARRELS GREAT BORES CYLINDER AND MODIFIED 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SPLINTER FOREARM EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION IN MAKERS CASE 5LBS 15 OZ X 2 9/16″ X 1 9/16″ X 14 7/16″. Price: $13,500

CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE
CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE
CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE
CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE
CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE
CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE
CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE
CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE
CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE
CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE
CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE
CHARLES LANCASTER BEST SIDELEVER HAMMER GUN 16 GAUGE
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