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H&H ROYAL HAMMERLESS .375 SxS BRITISH DOUBLE RIFLE
H&H ROYAL HAMMERLESS .375 SxS BRITISH DOUBLE RIFLE

H&H ROYAL HAMMERLESS .375 SxS BRITISH DOUBLE RIFLE: The Royal Hammerless Chopper Lump Barrles Extractors Rear Leaf Sight For 100 200 and 300 Yards. Manufacturer: Holland & Holland Model: Royal Hammerless Ejector Caliber Info: .375 Flanged Condition: Preowned Metal Condition: Very Good Barrels: 26″ Action: Sidelock Triggers: Double Gauge: .375 Flanged Fore End: Checkered LOP: 14 1/4 Weight: 9.500000 Case: Leather Luggage Price: $59,900

J P Sauer 20 gauge SxS Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
J P Sauer 20 gauge SxS Boxlock Ejector Shotgun

J P Sauer 20 gauge SxS Boxlock Ejector Shotgun: A wonderful high-grade J P Sauer 20 gauge features 28″ barrels choked strong improved modified and full (.021/.028).  2 -5/8″ chambers, side clips, third fastener.  Automatic ejectors, auto safe. Rich latent case color provides an ideal backdrop for the deep game scene engraving of dogs, partridge and wildfowl in a woodland setting surrounded by heavy acanthus that completely covers the small frame action.  Prince of Wales grip stock of high grade European walnut with classic color and smoky figure measures 1-1/2″, comb 2-1/2″ heel, 14-1/8″ over butt plate.  Slight cast for right hand.  Built in the Prussian era that shows the pride in craftsmanship.  Locks up like new.  A rare find, weighs an incredible 5 lbs, 5 oz. Truly a racy little thoroughbred! Price: $15,500

Parker DH 12g SxS Shotgun
Parker DH 12g SxS Shotgun

Parker DH 12g SxS Shotgun: Curio/Relic: Yes Manufacturer: Parker Model: DH Serial Number: 62xxx Barrels: 28 inches Action: SE Triggers: Double Trigger Gauge: 12 Gauge Fore End: Splinter LOP: 14 inches Weight: 6 3/8 lbs. Price: $5,950

AYA ~ No. 2 ~ 16 Ga ~ SxS ~ Shotgun
AYA ~ No. 2 ~ 16 Ga ~ SxS ~ Shotgun

AYA ~ No. 2 ~ 16 Ga ~ SxS ~ Shotgun: The AYA Nº 2 is the pre-eminent “affordable” sidelock double gun, and the most famous model in the AYA line. Since its introduction in the late 1950s, tens of thousands of Nº 2’s have been sold in the United Kingdom, the United States, and everywhere that shooters value the superb balance and handling of a fine double gun. Mechanically, the Nº 2 is identical to the Nº 1. Like the Nº 1, it was originally modeled on the time-tested Holland & Holland system. 16 Gauge. Chambers: 16 Ga. Metal Condition: Excellent Wood Condition: Excellent Bore Condition: Excellent Barrels: 28″ Triggers: Double Triggers Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP Fore End: Excellent Butt Pad: Excellent Weight: 6LBS 6OZ Sights: Front Bead Chokes: L: CYL R: MOD Price: $4,299.99

Joseph Lang & Son SLE 12GA
Joseph Lang & Son SLE 12GA

Joseph Lang & Son SLE 12GA: Up for Joseph Lang & Son SLE 12 GA  2 1/2″ Chambers 27 Circa 1896 (per British Gunmakers Nigel Brown) 3/4″ barrels IC/IM Very good bores no pitting no dents  , Wood in very good condition length of pull 14 3/4 DAC 1 3/4″ DOH 2 1/2 wood has been refreshed. action lock up nice and tight , ejector are woking as the should . see photos for overall condition.  Curio/Relic: Yes Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge Manufacturer: J Lang & Son Model: SLE Serial Number: 8424 Barrel Length: 27 3/4″ Chambers: 2 1/2″ Ejectors: auto Condition: Very Good Metal Condition: Very Good Wood Condition: Very good Bore Condition: Very good Barrels: 27 3/4″ Barrel Type: Steel Action: SLE Triggers: Double Stock Comb: 1 3/4″ Stock Heel: about 2 1/2″ Stock Cast: Right Hand Shooter LOP: 14 3/4″ Finish: Blue Weight: 6 LB 53 oz Manufacture Date: 1896 Chokes: IC/IM Choke Left: IM Choke Right: IC Price: $3,450
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12g LC Smith Grade 5 SxS Sidelock Shotgun
12g LC Smith Grade 5 SxS Sidelock Shotgun

12g LC Smith Grade 5 SxS Sidelock Shotgun: Manufacturer: LC Smith Model: Grade 5 Serial Number: 200161 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 30 inches Action: SE Triggers: Double Trigger Gauge: 12 Gauge Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: 3/4 inch LOP: 13 7/8 inches Weight: 8 lbs. Price: $10,500

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 Gauge Side-by-Side shotgun
A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 Gauge Side-by-Side shotgun

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 Gauge SxS Shotgun: Serial Number: 33907, Barrel Length: 30″, Gauge: 12 Gauge, Stock Dimensions: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H LOP: 14 1/4″  Weight: 7 lbs 9 oz Chokes: M – F. Price: $8500

Winchester Model 21 20 Gauge 28" Side-by-Side
Winchester Model 21 20 Gauge 28″ Side-by-Side

Winchester Model 21 20 Gauge 28″ Side-by-Side: Winchester Model 21 20 Gauge with 28″ barrels in excellent condition. Gun appears to be all original with all matching serial #200XX’s. The gun has original style butt plate, solid rib, metal bead front sight, 2 3/4″ chamber, barrels marked Mod/Full, pistol grip, kidney style beavertail forearm, LOP 14″, high figure wood, auto safety, ejectors and barrel selector. Gun condition is excellent plus with minor wood handling marks, great metal blue, perfect checkering and screw heads. Gun locks up tight and shoots great with no mechanical issues. Price: $7,450

Pre-Owned Rizzini Round Body EL Field Over-Under Shotgun | 20GA 28" | SN#: 95752
Pre-Owned Rizzini Round Body EL Field Over-Under Shotgun | 20GA 28″ | SN#: 95752

Pre-Owned Rizzini Round Body EL Field Over-Under Shotgun | 20GA 28″ | SN#: 95752: Gauge: 20GA  Barrel Length: 28″  Barrel Weight:  1240g Chamber:  3″ Magnum Chokes:  5 Flush Screw Chokes Rib:  7mm – 5mm Tapered Solid Stock Dimensions Drop at Nose: 1 3/8″  Drop at Heel:  2 ¼” Cast: RH Length of Pull: 14 ½” Forend Style: Rounded Comb:  Fixed  Weight:  6lb 7.9oz Barrel(s): Excellent Condition: No signs of rust or pitting.  Receiver: Excellent Condition: No scratches, dings or dents. All moving part in good working order.  Forend: Excellent Condition: No marring of wood. Checkering in great shape. Stock: Excellent Condition: No marring of wood. Checkering in great shape. Price: $6,500

Parker - VHE, 16ga. SxS. 28" Barrels Choked M/F
Parker – VHE, 16ga. SxS. 28″ Barrels Choked M/F

Parker – VHE, 16ga. SxS. 28″ Barrels Choked M/F: Pistol grip, dogs head buttplate, ejector gun, double triggers, splinter forend, 214,xxx serial number range, 2 9/16” chambers, #1 frame, 70% barrel blue, traces of case colors, original wood with normal handling marks. 6 lbs. 8 oz. 14 1/4” x 1 ½” x 2 5/8”. Price: $3,499

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Truly Exceptional and exceedingly rare Holland and Holland Dominion Grade 8 Bore shotgun with Huey case – A wonderful big bore: Easily the single finest 8ga Holland and Holland I’ve ever had the privilege of handling, this very rare Dominion Grade gun, made in 1903, made with 32″ fluid steel barrels with maker name and Bond street address on tops.  Large splinter forend is checkered in point pattern with horn tip.  Hand detachable case hardened locks with nice border engraved and frame is also case hardened and border engraved.  Locks aslo engraved “Holland and Holland” on both sides.  Beautifully figured English walnut buttstock is checkered in point pattern through the wrist and terminates with its original hard Silvers type pad.  The gun has double triggers and extractors, safety with the word “SAFE” in gold.  The gun is housed in a fantastic Marvin Huey fully furnished oak and leather case with accessories which itself is a work of art and $4500 to replace today.  This gun remains in superb all original condition (exceedingly rare) with more than 97% original barrel blue.  The locks and action retain nearly all of their original case color with toning at carry point but colors still present on most all surfaces.  Particularly vivid on locks.  The stocks are sound and retain nearly all of their factory original finish with only the most minor of handling marks.  Bores are brilliant and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp.  The case is excellent to near mint with only a few minor rubs. It would be impossible to find a finer 8ga Holland and this is by far the most choice I have examined. Price: $49,500

W&C Scott Crown Grade 28 gauge—cased and near new! Sure to please!
W&C Scott Crown Grade 28 gauge—cased and near new! Sure to please!

W&C Scott Crown Grade 28 gauge—cased and near new! Sure to please! for sale: This 28 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch import is in outstanding all original condition. A Crown Grade W&C Scott with 25 inch barrels bored improved cylinder and full.(.009 & .022). The wood has much better then average wood and the dimensions are 1 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 inches. In the factory case with accessories and a correct label. It weighs 5 pounds 6.6 ounces and will make a dandy field gun. Check out the pictures and I think you’ll agree. Price: $5950

Orvis Custom 28 Gauge – ARRIETA MODEL 578, 99% FACTORY FINISHES
Orvis Custom 28 Gauge – ARRIETA MODEL 578, 99% FACTORY FINISHES

Orvis Custom 28 Gauge – ARRIETA MODEL 578, 99% FACTORY FINISHES: 5lbs 13oz, Chokes SK/LM, LOP 13 7/8″, DAH 2 3/8″, DAC 1 1/2″. Serial Number: 37459. Orvis periodically creates a custom shotgun offering with “Orvis Custom” labeling and some very nice, upgraded features.  You will see these custom labeled guns made by various quality makers over the years.  This gun was produced for Orvis by Arrieta of Spain.  The Arrieta y CIA is one of the finest of the Spanish made shotguns produced in the true Basque traditions.  Michael McIntosh praises the Arrieta in his book “Best Guns” and in fact carried his Arrieta afield as much as any other gun he owned.  The Basque makers were famous for making quality “copies” of other guns, and this Arrieta is a Holland & Holland sidelock action produced to perfection.  With chopper lump barrels, removable striker discs, articulated front trigger, stocked to the fences, drop points, beaded fences, sculpted frame, cocking indicators, deep chiseled, hand chiseled engraving, perfectly struck barrels, file cut rib, you have ALL OF THE BEST GUN FEATURES AT A FRACTION OF THE PRICE!  This gun, sn37459 built in 1984 was special ordered by Orvis with the options of case colored receiver and skeleton buttplate. Weighing in at 5lbs. 13oz. and balanced on the hinge pin, she is just what you would expect of a fine sidelock 28ga. game gun…dynamic handling characteristics and lightning fast mounting for the fast flush of quail, grouse, woodcock, or the wild upland birds of the western plains.  This gun will be a delight for all day walks over hill and dale.  These guns ran over $6800 when new, and this gun has barely been carried or fired.  You might as well save hundreds of dollars and buy this one.  Cased in a nice canvas and leather case with accessories and Arrieta trade label worth over $450, the case adds a lot of value to a fine little shotgun like this small bore.  Arrieta closed its doors several years ago and there are no more being made.  You will not find a better value in a modern, Holland & Holland style sidelock small gauge gun. Price: $4,950

Christoph Funk for Baker & Kimball, Boston 32" Vent Rib Original Single Trigger
Christoph Funk for Baker & Kimball, Boston 32″ Vent Rib Original Single Trigger

Christoph Funk for Baker & Kimball, Boston 32″ Vent Rib Original Single Trigger: The action is in original condition with some colors remaining, single,selective trigger original to the gun, auto safe, very tight scroll engraving with an attractive fancy back action and a stippled top, cross-bolt, ejectors are in time, nitro proofs and tight on face. The selector for the single trigger works via the top safe and is very intuitive. The barrels are 32″ with perfect bores, .724/.724 and chokes: over, .025 and under .020. 2 3/4″ chambers, full length vent rib, blue is near perfect with only a small amount of wear at the end of the fore end. This gun shoots very well with RST 7 1/2 Pigeon loads and also with 7 1/2- 2 1/2″ light loads. The patterns are wonderful and 3/4 above with both shells. The stocks are both in great condition with nice finish, small chequering that shows some wear, bone inlays original based on seeing another of these with them, 14 1/2″ length of pull to a Silvers pad, the pistol grip butt is sligthly cast off with a high straight comb, 1 3/4″ drop at comb and 2 3/8″ drop at heel, weight is 8lbs 9oz and the guns balances forward of the hinge pin. Price: $3,650

Browning Shotgun BSS Sporter 20 Gauge
Browning Shotgun BSS Sporter 20 Gauge

Browning Shotgun BSS Sporter 20 Gauge: This is a rare find. A New Unfired BSS 20 Gauge with Box and Manual! 26″ barrels Left Choke Full, Right Choke Modified with 3″ chambers. Barrrel Selector behind Trigger. Straight stock with beautiful wood.  LOP is 14 1/4 ” Original owner,  stored assembled in a safe. Barrels Stamped Browning Arms Co Morgan Utah and Montreal, Made in Japan. Gun only assembled for storage, pictures and to remove most original grease (some remains in the tight spots.) Gun is factory tight as the day it was made. Serial Number 03218PZ168 Buyer pays shipping. Price: $3,250

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E.J. Churchill Premiere Grade composed pair of 12 gauge over & unders with 28 inch barrels
E.J. Churchill Premiere Grade composed pair of 12 gauge over & unders with 28 inch barrels

E.J. Churchill Premiere Grade composed pair of 12 gauge over & unders with 28 inch barrels: Caliber: 12 gauge Action: Sidelock Ejector with pinless locks Triggers: Double with front articulated Safety: Automatic Barrel Length: 28 inches Chamber: Number 1 gun 2 1/2 inches -Number 2 gun 2 3/4 inches Rib: Game solid rib Chokes: 1/4 & 1/2 Stock Length: 14 1/4 inches Grip: Full pistol grip with horn cap Butt End Finish: Chequered Forend: Game Style Engraving Description: Decorative fine scroll Finish: Case Colour Weight: Gun Number 1 – 7lbs – 5oz – Gun Number 2 – 7lbs – 11oz Case: Double Leather Motercase Date of Manufacture: Gun Number 1 – 1926 – Gun Number 2 – 1930 Price: $57,500

Winchester ~ Model 21 Duck ~ 12 Gauge SxS Shotgun
Winchester ~ Model 21 Duck ~ 12 Gauge SxS Shotgun

Winchester ~ Model 21 Duck ~ 12 Gauge SxS Shotgun: In excellent condition. This Winchester features 32-inch barrels with textured rib and fixed front bead sight. Blued finish. Base of receiver marked: DUCK. Checkered walnut pistol grip stock and fore-end. Factory rubber recoil pad. Overall showing scattered light and handling wear on the finish and stock. SN: 29563 Price: $5,999.99

Beretta 471 Silver Hawk Case Color 20ga 26" IC/IM 3" Double Triggers 2005, NOS
Beretta 471 Silver Hawk Case Color 20ga 26″ IC/IM 3″ Double Triggers 2005, NOS

Beretta 471 Silver Hawk Case Color 20ga 26″ IC/IM 3″ Double Triggers 2005, NOS!: SN is S093xxA, made in 2005. Factory finish on both wood and metal, facotry recoil pad. Gun looks brand new in factory hard case. Factory articulated double triggers, factory ejectors that you can also make manual. Mint all original hard to find gun!  Price: $5,999

CSMC RBL 28 Gauge 30"BBL's Briley choke tubes
CSMC RBL 28 Gauge 30″BBL’s Briley choke tubes

CSMC RBL 28 Gauge 30″BBL’s Briley choke tubes: Very good condition CSMC RBL 28 gauge with 30″ barrels. Briley choke tubes. 2-SK, 2-IC, LM & M 2X American Black Walnut long tang capped pistol grip stock, forend, TruOil finish, single selective trigger, automatic ejectors, automatic safety, solid game rib, game scene engraving surrounded by full coverage scroll over a bone and charcoal case colored finish, Pachmayr SC100 recoil pad. Includes case and some accessories. Shotgun Gauge: 28 Gauge Manufacturer: CSMC Model: RBL Barrel Length: 30″ Chambers: 2 3/4″ Ejectors: yes Condition: very good Metal Condition: Very good Wood Condition: Very good Bore Condition: excellent Triggers: Single Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 3/8″ Stock Cast: 0 Fore End: Beaver tail LOP: 14 1/2″ Weight: 6 lbs. Price: $5900

12 gauge Holland & Holland Dominion back action sidelock ejector
12 gauge Holland & Holland Dominion back action sidelock ejector

12 gauge Holland & Holland Dominion back action sidelock ejector: The Holland & Holland ‘Dominion’ was introduced in the late-19th century to meet a growing demand for firearms to be used overseas in austere conditions where access to a competent gunsmith could not be guaranteed. The Dominion is a robust, back-action design and was available in both shotgun and rifle form. Today, these firearms have many devoted followers who continue to enjoy the long lasting reliability not always found in vintage guns. This is the second of a two gun set. Length: 28 inches, Chopper lump barrels  Chamber: 2½ inches  Weight: 6.6 pounds. Price: $4250

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John Rigby SxS Double Rifle Underlever 500 BPE
John Rigby SxS Double Rifle Underlever 500 BPE

John Rigby SxS Double Rifle Underlever 500 BPE: Jones Underlever. All original, Original finish. This gun has blued barrels engraved with a band of stylized foliage at each breech. Broad file cut matted sighting rib with rear sight with single folding leaf and bead front sight. Border and scroll engraved casehardened action with Jones Patent rotary underlever and carved percussion fences. Border and scroll engraved casehardened non-rebounding back action locks each with blued safety catch and signed “JNO. RIGBY & Co.”. Very well figured pistol grip stock with checkered grip and forearm. Price: $13,995

Merkel 203E 20 Gauge – LUXUS SIDELOCK, 1952, 99%, GAME SCENE, Vintage Firearms Inc
Merkel 203E 20 Gauge – LUXUS SIDELOCK, 1952, 99%, GAME SCENE, Vintage Firearms Inc

Merkel 203E 20 Gauge – LUXUS SIDELOCK, 1952, 99%, GAME SCENE, Vintage Firearms Inc: Year 1952, 20 Gauge, 6lbs 3oz, Chokes IC/IM, LOP 14 1/2″, DAH 2 11/16″, DAC 1 1/2″ Serial Number: 36585 Merkel over/under shotguns have been dominating the European market since 1924.  Of the various grades offered by this famed manufacturer, the 203E was the first grade in the lineup with full sidelock action, hand-detachable locks, Kirsten cross-bolts, double underlug barrels, beautifully figured European walnut stocks finely checkered, horn grip cap and butt plate, and slender three-piece forend wood.  This gun, sn36585 built in 1952, is the LUXUS MODEL POSSESSING DEEPLY CHISELED GAME SCENE ENGRAVING, ORNATE CARVINGS AT THE WRIST ON THE BUTTSTOCK, AND ARTICULATED FRONT TRIGGER.  Most gunners are aware that the earlier Merkel guns are superior to any put out in the 21rst century.  This Merkel 203E Luxus is in perfect mechanical condition with super-strong ejectors, the triggers are crisp, the barrels are tight on the hinge pin and breech face like a new gun.  This gun has barely been fired and shows no signs of wear anywhere.  ALL FINISHES ARE AT LEAST 99% AND ARE FACTORY FINISHES…NO RESTORATIONS ANYWHERE ON THE GUN.  The deeply chiseled engraving is profuse and fully covers the action, showing fine foliate and oak leaf engraving surrounding encapsulating game scenes.  The barrels at the breech are adorned with finely cut oak leaf engraving, as is the trigger guard.  The hand-detachable locks are easily removed allowing easy access for cleaning, inspection, and repair.  The inletting in the beautifully figured French walnut is done to perfection without a flaw or split anywhere.  The wood-to-metal fit is superb and masterfully done.  This is a BEST GUN in the way of beauty and workmanship.  The modern steel barrels are of the highest quality and able to handle any of the modern factory loads, including any of the soft non-toxic shot readily available today.  The 26” barrels are choked Improved Cylinder and Light Modifed…the perfect upland chokes.  Using RST spreader loads in the top barrel and you have an incredible grouse gun.  The bores are perfect mirror without flaw.  The stock dimensions are modern and will fit most.  See the specifications below.  We can install a fine leather covered pad for those who may need a longer LOP.  This gun weighs 6lbs. 3oz.  and balances dead on the hinge pin and handles like a much lighter gun.  She is amazing in looks and dynamics.  There are few of these guns to be found and one in this condition is usually priced at well over $15,000. Price: $13,750

JOHN WILKES BEST BOXLOCK EJECTOR 16 GA / 28" BBLS
JOHN WILKES BEST BOXLOCK EJECTOR 16 GA / 28″ BBLS

JOHN WILKES BEST BOXLOCK EJECTOR 16 GA / 28″ BBLS: Chambers: 2 1/2″, Rib Design: CONCAVE, Weight: 5lbs 14oz Bore/Chokes, Right/Bottom:.661/ .000 CYL., Left/Top:.661/ .010 SKEET 2 Stock Dimensions Drop At Comb: 1 5/8″, Drop At Heel: 2″ Special Features: ROSE & SCROLL ENGRAVED CASE HARDENED ACTION EJECTORS WELL FIGURED STRAIGHT GRIP STOCK PIGSKIN LEATHER COVERED RECOIL PAD SPLINTER FOREARM AUTO SAFETY CONDITION: EXCELLENT Circa:1926/ SERIAL # 9811. Price: $8495

Parker Reproduction 20 GA 2 Barrel Set - DHE 28", 26" Double Triggers:
Parker Reproduction 20 GA 2 Barrel Set – DHE 28″, 26″ Double Triggers:

Parker Reproduction 20 GA 2 Barrel Set – DHE 28″, 26″ Double Triggers: 14.25″ 1st Barrel – 28″ Mod & Full 2nd Barrel -26″ S&S In wonderful condition. Soft case included. Price: $6995

Henry Holland 12 Gauge SxS Underlever
Henry Holland 12 Gauge SxS Underlever

Henry Holland 12 Gauge SxS Underlever: 30″ barrels C/C. Beautiful damascus pattern on barrels. Great bores.  Finely engraved action, locks and hammers. 90% case colored action, locks and hammers. Tiger striped stock with original butt plate.
1 1/2″ X 2″ X 14 3/8″. Price: $5300    

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Holland & Holland 'Royal' Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26 inch barrels
Holland & Holland ‘Royal’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26 inch barrels

Holland & Holland ‘Royal’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26 inch barrels: A pre-owned 20 gauge Holland & Holland ‘Royal’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26 inch barrels at our Dallas Showroom. Holland & Holland sidelock ejector with patent assisted opening mechanism, double triggers and automatic safety. Action: 20 gauge, Sidelock ejector, Triggers: Double, Safety: Automatic. Barrels: 26 inch, Chamber: 2 3/4 inch, Rib: Game concaved with file cut surface, Chokes: 1/4 & 1/4. Stock: Deluxe grade Walnut, 14 5/8 inches, Semi pistol grip, Butt End Finish: Chequered, Forend: Splinter Style Forend. Engraving: Royal Scroll, Finish: Case colour finish. Weight: 5lbs – 10 oz. Case: Single Leather case. Date of Manufacture: 1960. Price: $38,000

Fantastic August Francotte XXV 16ga best quality sidelock game gun - Ultra lightweight Game Gun that is stone new and stunningly gorgeous
Fantastic August Francotte XXV 16ga best quality sidelock game gun – Ultra lightweight Game Gun that is stone new and stunningly gorgeous

Fantastic August Francotte XXV 16ga best quality sidelock game gun – Ultra lightweight Game Gun that is stone new and stunningly gorgeous: Stone cold gorgeous 16ga August Francotte 16ga game gun made with straight stock, double triggers, auto ejectors, splinter forend, and original beautifully checkered butt.  Case hardened action is near fully engraved in beautiful floral scroll pattern as seen in the photos.  Stunning straight grained European Walnut with fiddleback that is just so pretty! Overall the gun remains in near mint original condition with virtually all original refinish remaining on both wood and metal surfaces.  The gun would make an outstanding woodcock and grouse gun!  Mechanics are crips, bores are brilliant and shiny.  Gun is tight as new. Model: XXV Best Sidelock Barrel Length: 25″ Chambers: 2-3/4 Ejectors: Yes Condition: Near mint Metal Condition: Near mint Wood Condition: Near Mint Bore Condition: Brilliant and shiny Triggers: Double Triggers Stock Comb: 1-1/2″ Stock Heel: 2″ Fore End: Splinter with Deeley release Butt Pad: Checkered butt LOP: 14-1/8 Weight: 5lbs 12oz Choke Left: Full Choke Right: Light Mod. Price: $10,950

Browning Superposed 20 Gauge Over - Under
Browning Superposed 20 Gauge Over – Under

Browning Superposed 20 Gauge Over – Under: Bores are good. Some light finish loss in places mostly on barrels. Also has some scattered minor handling marks on stock and forearm. The butt plate has some chips around the edges. Serial Number: 18853 Chambers: 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 Drop: Drop to Comb: 2-1/8″, Drop to Heel: 1-1/2 Fore End: Rounded LOP: 14-1/4 in Rib: Vented Weight: 6 lbs 11 oz Manufacture Date: 1960 Chokes: Fixed: Skeet/Skeet Case: None. Price: $3,999.99

Cogswell & Harrison 16 bore ' Regency' Boxlock Ejector
Cogswell & Harrison 16 bore ‘ Regency’ Boxlock Ejector

Cogswell & Harrison 16 bore ‘ Regency’ Boxlock Ejector: Serial no. 80236, 26in nitro barrels, rib inlaid in script ‘Regency’ the barrels engraved ‘Cogswell & Harrsion Ltd. 168 Piccadilly London W1, 2 3/4 in chambers, bored approx. 3/4 choke in both, scroll-back action, automatic safety with gold-inlaid ‘safe’ detail, gold washed triggers, bold well executed full coverage acanthus scroll engraving, french grey finish, 15 inch LOP with english leather covered pad, weight 6lb., bores measure .665-right, . 662+ left, wall thicknesses 26- thou right and 27 thou left, in lightweight leathher case. A nice well balanced, light sweet 16 bird gun. Price: $3,500

SKB Estate 20 Gauge Bird Gun with 28” Barrels, Double Triggers, and Long Length of Pull– Excellent
SKB Estate 20 Gauge Bird Gun with 28” Barrels, Double Triggers, and Long Length of Pull– Excellent

SKB Estate 20 Gauge Bird Gun with 28” Barrels, Double Triggers, and Long Length of Pull– Excellent: SKB Estate 20 gauge side-by-side shotgun with brilliant case coloring and deep, rich bluing. Great quail, grouse and woodcock gun. Double triggers, manual safety, and extractors. Weight is 6lb 5oz. Straight grip splinter forearm stock configuration for quick handling.   ***   The richly blued 28” barrels are chambered for 2-3/4” and 3” shotshells. They are topped by a raised solid tapered crosshatched rib with a white Bradley style white front sight for greater visibility. The right barrel is bored 0.626 with a constriction of 0.008 for Improved Cylinder choke. The left barrel is bored 0.628 and has a constriction of 0.013 for Modified choke.   ***   The straight grip stock and splinter forearm are made of nicely figured Turkish walnut. Checkering is crisp. Condition is great with only a few minor handling marks. Stock dimensions are 15” to a checkered butt by 1-3/8” by 2”. Neutral cast.   ***   This nicely double is a perfectly configured bird slayer. Fast moving. Sure pointing. And handsome. You will be proud to uncase this little beauty at the range and enjoy carrying it afield. A lot of gun for the money. Better move quickly before someone else takes it away. Price: $1,895

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Holland & Holland is one the UKs oldest and most famous gunmakers. In this video by TGS Outdoors, Simon Reinhold, Holts Head of Operations, talks about the maker and goes over some guns that came up in Holts 2021 auction.

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William Evans 410 Gauge Deluxe Sidelock Over & Under With 28 inch Barrels
William Evans 410 Gauge Deluxe Sidelock Over & Under With 28 inch Barrels

William Evans 410 Gauge Deluxe Sidelock Ejector Over & Under Shotgun with 28 inch Barrels: Chamber: 3 Inch Mag, Rib: Ventilated, Chokes: Bottom : Full Top : Full, Length: 14 1/4 inches, Grip: Pistol Grip With Horn Cap, Butt End Finish: Chequered, Description: Game scenes featuring Quail & Dove with supporting deluxe Acanthus leaf and shaded background, Finish: Brush Silver, Weight: 6 lbs-1oz, Case: Single Oak & Leather Date of Manufacture: 1999. Price: $95,000

Holland and Holland #2 sidelock SxS double rifle 303 British
Holland and Holland #2 sidelock SxS double rifle 303 British

Holland and Holland #2 sidelock SxS double rifle 303 British: Excellent original condition (matches H&H letter) with great bores. Rifle shoots off the shelf ammo very well. Cased in fitted H&H oak and leather case. Quick detach Trijicon rmr reflex sight installed by JJ Perodeau. H&H letter and records included. Great wild boar and deer rifle.Curio/Relic: Yes. Serial Number: 17504, Barrel Length: 28 in, Condition: excellent, Triggers: double, LOP: 14 5/8″, Sights: express and Trijicon reflex, Manufacture Date: 1896, Case: yes, Optic: Trijicon reflex sight. Price: $20,000

Gerbruder Adamy 28 ga Over and Under Shotgun
Gerbruder Adamy 28 ga Over and Under Shotgun

Gerbruder Adamy 28 ga Over and Under Shotgun: Pre-War Gerbruder Adamy, Diamond Grade, 28ga., 27″ barrels choked SK/SK. Double trigger, straight grip, extractors, double triggers,leather pad, solid rib. Scroll and Game Scene Engraving of rabbits, dogs and birds. Has almost all of it’s case color, barrel blue and wood finish. A very high quality, hard to find small bore German Shotgun. Stock measures 14 1/8, 1 3/8, 2 3/4. Weight is 5lbs 9oz. Price: $12,995

Holland & Holland Top Lever Hammergun 12ga, 30"
Holland & Holland Top Lever Hammergun 12ga, 30″

Holland & Holland Top Lever Hammergun 12ga, 30″: A very nice ca.1875 back action hammer gun with good color remaining on the locks and hammers, Damascus barrels with rich brown finish and wedged forend. Dimensions are: LOP 14 1/4″ over a steel butt plate, DOC 2 1/4″, DOH 2 3/4″, chambers are 2 1/2″ and the weight is 7lbs 3oz. This is a high condition piece we believe to be original. Price: $8,495

W & C Scott .410 – 1926, EJECTORS, 28”, IN PROOF, NICE WOOD
W & C Scott .410 – 1926, EJECTORS, 28”, IN PROOF, NICE WOOD

W & C Scott .410 – 1926, EJECTORS, 28”, IN PROOF, NICE WOOD: Serial Number: 98002. 5lbs 1oz, Chokes F/F, LOP 14 1/2″, DAH 2 13/16″, DAC 1 9/16″. What a delightful find we have here with a W & C Scott and Sons baby frame .410 BOXLOCK EJECTOR GUN WITH 28” BARRELS AND A FULL-LENGTH ORIGINAL BUTTSTOCK MEASURING 14 ½” LOP TO THE HORN BUTTPLATE.  I emphasize this as most British made .410 doubleguns have short barrels and short stocks, and usually are extractor only guns built for youthful shooters or ladies.  To find an example of a “full-size” .410 from a well-known British maker with a London address on the barrels is a treasure in hand!  This gun, sn98002, was built in 1926 and is in excellent condition, STILL IN PROOF WITH 2 ½” CHAMBERS AND BORE DIAMETER OF .411.  Weighing just 5lbs. 1oz. and balanced just ahead of the hinge pin, this is a true, scaled frame, boxlock ejector.  The hard-to-find 28” barrels have tight ribs, mirror shiny bores choked F/F, with no dents or dings, newly reblacked to perfection, fit tight as new to the hinge pin and breech face, and the engraved maker’s name and address still sharp and clear on the barrels.  The action and mechanics are superb, as this is a VFI CERTIFIED GUN, HAVING BEEN STRIPPED TO THE SMALLEST PART, ULTRASONIC CLEANED, EACH PART INSPECTED FOR INTEGRITY AND FUNCTION, PROPERLY LUBRICATED AND REASSEMBLED, NOW WITH A 90 DAY MECHANICAL WARRANTY.  The action retains about 30% fading factory original case color and the bottom plate retains 80% of the original blue, the ejectors are strong and timed, triggers are crisp, screws are excellent, fine English scroll engraving and fancy borders adorn the action in a most pleasant way.  The action is tight with the lever right of center.  The wood is well figured and freshly restored to perfection with hand-rubbed Truoil finish to bring out the figure.  The wood-to-metal fit is tight, the original flat-topped checkering has been cleaned up, and there are no chips or cracks anywhere.  THIS IS A GORGEOUS LITTLE BRITISH .410!  The stock dimensions are modern (see table below), and this gun is ready to shoot for another 95 years with proper care.  It is a rare find to have all the best features found in a scaled frame .410, ie 28” barrels, in proof, long LOP, ejectors, superb mechanics, and freshly restored barrels, trigger guard, and wood…there is nothing left to do but go break a few clays and then let the quail, woodcock, or other upland game realize that you are deadly with this diminutive British double.  This is an investment grade gun that you will enjoy as it continues to grow in value and demand will never cease for such a gun.  Don’t hesitate, as this one won’t last long at the fair price we are presenting here. Price: $6,750

As good as it gets: a 10g Holland & Holland Royal SxS …

A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels

On the face of it, the word “best” s a simple meaning: Traditionally, it was the top-grade gun built by a manufacturer. But in an era when guns were almost entirely hand made, quality varied, and some best guns were best-er than others.

A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels

Check out this H&H Royal to see what I mean. I don’t know who they made this gun for or why they did such a nice job on it, but it’s one of the finest Holland & Holland Royal I’ve seen.

A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels

The Royal is Holland & Holland’s flagship gun. They’ve been building it since the 1890s, and it has been copied by countless makers in the UK to Spain, Germany, and Japan.

A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels

The engraving pattern on this gun is the company’s famous acanthus-scroll (inspired by the work of textile designer William Morris), but it’s executed a higher level than what you see on your average Royal. Everything is done a bit better, too. The action is a bit crisper, the wood a bit more elegant, the checkering a bit more careful. Overall, it’s a stunning gun.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND – ROYAL SXS 10 BORE

#23367. 31″ NITRO PROOFED STEEL BARRELS 2 7/8″ CHAMBERS, PROOFED FOR 1 1/2 OZ, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTOR, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MINT CONDITION, ORIGINAL, OAK AND LEATHER MAKERS CASE, 9LBS 4 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 3/4″ LOP. PRICE: $49,500

A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels

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Parker - VHE, 0 Frame Skeet, 20ga. 26" Barrels Choked SKEET IN/SKEET OUT
Parker – VHE, 0 Frame Skeet, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SKEET IN/SKEET OUT

Parker – VHE, 0 Frame Skeet, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SKEET IN / SKEET OUT: Parker factory original single selective trigger, automatic ejectors, factory beavertail, checkered butt, 14 1/8″ LOP, straight grip. This is an untouched, unmolested, straight out of an estate gun. 90% brilliant case color. The only reason we’re knocking down the percentage is because there’s some patinna mixed in. There’s untouched screws never taken apart. The trigger guard has over 90% of the original blue. Minor handling marks in the wood with a beautiful piece of feathered walnut. The gun has minor handling marks and is untouched and we we guarantee it. Twin ivory sights, 98% barrel blued. If you want one of the best small bore skeet guns on the market. 6 lbs. 6 oz. 14 1/8″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″. Price: $12,995

Beautiful and near mint W.C. Scott "The Chatsworth" Model 20ga with case
Beautiful and near mint W.C. Scott “The Chatsworth” Model 20ga with case

Beautiful and near mint W.C. Scott “The Chatsworth” Model 20ga with case: Stunning and beautiful little 20ga gun made by W&C Scott.  Likely made in the late 1970’s, this gun with 27″ barrels, splinter forend with Anson push bottom release, straight grip buttstock which terminates in finely checkered butt, double triggers, and auto ejectors.  Beautifully engraved with case hardened action and blued trigger plate.  The stocks have a diamond shaping on both the forend and the butt.  The gun is lively and balances well.  Cased in a tan canvas case with original owners initials which are also in gold towards toe of the stock as seen in the photos. This gun is near mint and appears test fired only.  There are a couple of minor handling marks but overall the gun is near mint.  Case is excellent with some light fading.  Bores are brilliant and shiny and mechanics are crisp. Price: $7295 

H&H Cavalier 12 ga. best boxlock SxS shotgun
H&H Cavalier 12 ga. best boxlock SxS shotgun

H&H Cavalier 12 ga. best boxlock SxS shotgun: For a few years H&H took what was essentially a best quality Birmingham boxlock similar to a W C Scott Bowood; added H&H improvements and extra finish to make the Cavalier.  Such upgrades as a removable hinge pin for future tightening capabilities, chopper lump barrels, higher grade wood and better finishes.  It is my understanding that H&H could never market/sell the Cavalier for enough money to cover their costs, so production stopped after three years for economic reasons. This is a Holland & Holland.  The 28” chopper lump barrels are finished in a dark rust blue and are fitted with a tapered, concave smooth solid rib and just a front silver bead.  The bore diameters are as stamped, .728” with the right barrel choked .010” (IC) and the left barrel choked .020” (Mod) and minimum wall thicknesses of .035” in each. The frame in nicely finished with original case colors retaining over 85% and a blued floor plate and blued trigger guard. The handsome walnut straight hand stock has a 15” LOP over and original ½” full leather recoil pad.  There is 1 3/8” DAC, 2 ¼” DAH and 14” right hand cast.  The splinter forearm is fitted with a Deeley release. This truly delightful game gun weighs 6 lbs. 5 oz., lively and balanced perfectly between the hands. The gun comes cased with H&H accessories. SN:  5002. Price: $8,475

Browning Superposed 20ga - SOLID RIB - 28” Barrels - IC/M - The Coolest Grade One Guns Ever Made in the 1950’s for sale
Browning Superposed 20ga – SOLID RIB – 28” Barrels – IC/M – The Coolest Grade One Guns Ever Made in the 1950’s for sale

Browning Superposed 20ga – SOLID RIB – 28” Barrels – IC/M – The Coolest Grade One Guns Ever Made in the 1950’s: 14 1/8″ x 1 5/8″ x 2 3/8″ – 6.6 lbs – SN: 6523 – Horn Buttplate with lots of worm character – this is a cool gun with lots to offer in nostalgia and field performance. Price: $4,995

ITHACA SKB 280 20 GA. 25" IC. & MOD. 99% COND
ITHACA SKB 280 20 GA. 25″ IC. & MOD. 99% COND

ITHACA SKB 280 20 GA. 25″ IC. & MOD. 99% COND: ENGLISH STOCK, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER & EJECTORS. Price: $1,995

On Ebay now: Boss, Purdey, Holland & Holland, NO RESERVES …

Here are some items I just listed on Ebay. All have $1 starts, no reserves.

Boss & Co Best-Quality Oak & Leather Case

Boss & Co Best-Quality Oak & Leather Case: Made in the 1990s for a 20g Boss OU shotgun, possibly by Vincent Rickards.
Boss & Co Best-Quality Oak & Leather Case:
Made in the 1990s for a 20g Boss OU shotgun, possibly by Vincent Rickards.

Made in the 1990s for a 20g Boss OU shotgun, possibly by Vincent Rickards.

James Purdey & Sons Lightweight Canvas Case with Accessories

James Purdey & Sons Lightweight Canvas Case with Accessories. Made for a 12-gauge side-by-side with 28” barrels.
James Purdey & Sons Lightweight Canvas Case with Accessories. Made for a 12-gauge side-by-side with 28” barrels.

Genuine “Lightweight Flat V.C Canvas Case”, superb original condition, made for a 12-gauge side-by-side shotgun, 28” barrel compartment.

Holland & Holland Best Quality Oak & Leather Shotgun Shell Magazine

Holland & Holland Best Quality Oak & Leather Shotgun Shell Magazine. Holds up to 500 12-gauge shotgun shells. Made for a British aristocrat.
Holland & Holland Best Quality Oak & Leather Shotgun Shell Magazine. Holds up to 500 12-gauge shotgun shells. Made for a British aristocrat.

Holds up to 500 12-gauge shotgun shells. Made for a British aristocrat.

See my other Ebay listings:

Abercrombie & Fitch nickel-plated oil bottle

Boss & Co 3-turnscrew set, best quality, possibly by Mike Marsh

Boss & Co 20g chamber brush, best quality

Boss & Co cleaning rod, best quality

12g Purdey snap caps

Purdey 3-turnscrew set, rosewood handles & red leather case

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Holland & Holland - Royal “Pigeon” Gun - 12ga - 30” - 3” - Full/Half (.019/.038) - 15” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” - 7.7 lbs - March 17, 1958
Holland & Holland – Royal “Pigeon” Gun – 12ga – 30” – 3” – Full/Half (.019/.038) – 15” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 7.7 lbs – March 17, 1958

Holland & Holland – Royal “Pigeon” Gun – 12ga – 30” – 3” – Full/Half (.019/.038) – 15” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 7.7 lbs – March 17, 1958: Matted Rib – Hinged Front Trigger – Self Opener – Provenance Data Pictured (please read) – This is a gun that was built for a gentleman that was “staying at the Ritz Hotel whilst in London!” – the original “RBL” initials are on the case, but the oval now has been changed to “JBL” (perhaps a family heir of the gun) – **IMPORTANT NOTE: this gun was specifically built as a “Pigeon and Live Bird” gun – as stated in the Holland & Holland Letter. Price: $32,995  

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ A-10 American ~ Over Under ~ 20 Gauge:
Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ A-10 American ~ Over Under ~ 20 Gauge:

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ A-10 American ~ Over Under ~ 20 Gauge: American black walnut English grip stock, hunting forend, Galazan recoil pad, gold single selective trigger adjustable for length of pull. Full side lock shotgun with hand detachable locks, tasteful light scroll engraving over traditional bone and charcoal case coloring. Satin blue 26″ barrels. Excellent condition in makers travel case.Chambers: 2 3/4 Inch Barrels: 26 Inch Triggers: Single, Tang Select Stock Dimensions: 14 1/2 Inch LOP, 2 1/4 Inch DAH, 1 1/2 Inch DAC, Neutral Cast Fore End: Field Weight: 6 Lbs 2 Oz. Sights: Matted Vent Rib, Red Front Chokes: 5- Tube Set. Price: $7,999.99

Beretta S3 12 Gauge OU Shotgun
Beretta S3 12 Gauge OU Shotgun

Beretta S3 12 Gauge OU Shotgun: 28 1/2″ Chokes: F – F L.O.P. : 14″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 3/8″H Weight: 7 lbs 4 oz Ser. #: 19438 Stock #: 9481 Price: $5,950

Belgian Browning Super Light Superposed 20 Ga
Belgian Browning Super Light Superposed 20 Ga

Belgian Browning Super Light Superposed 20 Ga: Consigned to Cole’s is this very nice Belgian Browning Superposed Super Light in 20 ga with 26-inch barrels.  The shotgun bears serial # 223PW02990.  The bores are excellent.  The upper barrel is choked Mod (**) and the lower is choked IC (**-).  This shotgun weighs in at 5lbs 14 oz, a true super lightweight.  The shotgun has a long tang, straight grip.  The LOP is 14 ¾” and terminates with a Decelerator recoil pad.  The stock has various minor nicks and dings from days afield.    The gun is nice and tight and there is no looseness to be found open or when in battery. The bluing is just starting to flake from the bottom of the receiver from carry.  Some very minor loss of factory finish is observed along the tang as well.  Again, this from honest use pursuing dove and quail.  One of the best I have seen or found out here in a very, very long time. Price: $4650

Zoli & Rizzini Field Grade S/S 20 Gauge
Zoli & Rizzini Field Grade S/S 20 Gauge

Zoli & Rizzini Field Grade S/S 20 Gauge: Offered for sale is this classic Field Grade double trigger side-by-side shotgun manufactured by Zoli&Rizzini in Magno Italy and imported to the U.S. by Abercrombie & Fitch in the1960s. The overall condition of this gun is very good to excellent rating in the 90% range. It has magnificent case hardened scalloped coloring enhanced by intricate engraving patterns and a blue finish on the frame, boxlock, lever and breech areas. The hardwood checkered Wales type grip and forearm are distinct and show very little ware. The top lever and boxlock plate also show fine engraving patterns adding value to this gun. Lock up is tight and the trigger mechanics are crisp. Overall the bluing is very uniform on both barrels with the possible exception of some very small age spots on the right side barrel. The stock shows some limited handling marks on one side which is to be expected for a field grade gun of this age. Overall it was well cared for over the years and is a very collectible firearm. Excellent value in this price range. Manufacturer: Zoli & Rizzini, Model: A&F Field Grade. Serial Number: 2427, Barrel Length: 26″, Bore Info: 2 3/4″, Ejectors: No, Condition: Very Good, Metal Condition: Good, Wood Condition: Lite Handling Marks, Bore Condition: Good, Barrels: 2, Action: Box Lock, Triggers: 2, Gauge: 20, Stock: Walnut, Butt Pad: Original, LOP: 14.25 inches, Finish: Blue, Weight: 6.5 pounds, Manufacture Date: 1965, Choke Left: M, Choke Right: IC. Price: $1,995

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A pre-owned 20 gauge Holland & Holland 'Royal' Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26-inch barrels
A pre-owned 20 gauge Holland & Holland ‘Royal’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26-inch barrels

A pre-owned 20 gauge Holland & Holland ‘Royal’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26-inch barrels: Holland & Holland sidelock ejector with patent assisted opening mechanism, double triggers and automatic safety. Chamber: 2 3/4 inch, Rib: Game concaved with file cut surface, Chokes: 1/4 & 1/4 Stock: Length: 14 5/8 inches, Grip: Semi pistol grip, Butt End Finish: Chequred, Forend: Splinter Style Forend. Engraving: Description: Royal Scroll Finish: Case colour finish. Weight: 5lbs – 10 oz, Case: Single Leather case. Date of Manufacture: 1960. Price: $38,000

Perazzi MX20 SC3 OU 20ga with 27 3/4" bbls, Multichoke
Perazzi MX20 SC3 OU 20ga with 27 3/4″ bbls, Multichoke

Perazzi MX20 SC3 OU 20ga with 27 3/4″ bbls, Multichoke: Perazzi MX20 SC3 game gun with fine rose and scroll engraving, vibrant color case hardening, single selective non-removable trigger, rich-grained straight grip stock (14 7/8″ lop over leather covered pad), tapered forend, ventilated rib, and factory external choke tubes. This may be one of the most attractive versions of the SC3 upgrades offered by Perazzi through the years. Factory luggage case included. Price: $13,495

Winchester 21 Deluxe Grade IV Engraved 12 Gauge (W10734)
Winchester 21 Deluxe Grade IV Engraved 12 Gauge (W10734)

Winchester 21 Deluxe Grade IV Engraved 12 Gauge (W10734): Made in 1939. Has a 26” barrel. Beautiful gun in excellent condition. Engraving is nice and sharp in a number IV factory pattern. Wood is excellent. Gun comes with a factory letter. Excellent Deluxe gun! Price: $14,950

Beautiful A.H. Fox A Grade 16 Gauge SXS with Original Box
Beautiful A.H. Fox A Grade 16 Gauge SXS with Original Box

Beautiful A.H. Fox A Grade 16 Gauge SXS with Original Box: Beautiful A.H. Fox “A” Grade 16 Gauge shotgun. Has the original box. Made in 1937. 16 Gauge with 28” barrels. Gun is in mint condition. All of the original blue and case colors remain. Engraving is sharp. Wood is excellent. This is a double extractor gun. This gun comes in the original box and is in mint condition. There is a letter accompanying this gun confirming all features. Beautiful example of an A.H. Fox “A” Grade double-barrel shotgun. Price: $7,950

Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge
Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge

Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge: This handcrafted Pedro Arrizabalaga 20 gauge side by side features and English style straight stock. The deluxe walnut stock has an oil finish and fine checkering. The receiver is engraved with heavy scroll work. There is a second forend, original paperwork. Chambers: 2-3/4 inch, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Excellent, Barrels: 27-1/2 inch barrel, Triggers: Smooth double triggers, Stock Dimensions: LOP 14-1/8 inch to forward trigger; DAC 1 3/4″; DAH 2 1/2, Fore End: Matching semi beavertail, second forend splinter style, Butt Pad: Checkered. Price: $4,599.99

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

 

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 8 BORE HAMMER EXPRESS DOUBLE RIFLE
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 8 BORE HAMMER EXPRESS DOUBLE RIFLE

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 8 BORE HAMMER EXPRESS DOUBLE RIFLE: Serial # 8878, Barrel Length (in Inches): 24″, Trigger:  DT (Double), Stock Configuration: Pistol Grip, Forearm Type: Splinter Forearm w/ lever latch, Rib Type: Level Flat Rib, Receiver Finish: Casehardened, Engraving Type: Border Engraving, Other Options: Jones underlever, rifled bores, rebounding hammers, doll’s head rib extension, standing sight, horn grip cap, long top tang, cheek piece, eyelet sling swivels, pretty wood, Silver’s pad, cased. Condition: Remarkable – EXC. Plus Condition. Weight 18lb 3oz, Dimensions: dac 1-5/8″, dah 2-3/4″, lop 14-3/8″, c/o 3/8″. Other Details: Charge data 10 Dram 3-3/4″ Case, date stamped on bbl, 1885. Price: $45,000

Merkel 303EL 16 gauge Sidelock Over-Under Exhibition Gun from 1948
Merkel 303EL 16 gauge Sidelock Over-Under Exhibition Gun from 1948

Merkel 303EL 16 gauge Sidelock Over-Under Exhibition Gun from 1948: Year of Proof: 1948 and 1950 Caliber: 16/70 Serial Nr: 29806 LOP: 14 1/4 in. Weight: 6lb. 14 oz, Barrel Length: 28 in. Overal Length: 44 3/8 in. Choke: Mod and Imp Extras: Gun made for Exhibition in 1948. Sold in 1950 (e-mail from Merkel stating the history is shown below). This Merkel 303 EL (Exhibition Grade) Sidelock O/U Shotgun in 16/70 from 1948 is a very fine example of German craftsmanship. LOP is 14 1/4 inches. Weight is approx. 6.9 lbs. This Sidelock O/U has very nice exclusive engraving on the side locks with 4 pheasants and a hawk on the right side, 6 Ducks on the left side. Country Side fill. Chokes are Mod and Imp in the 28 in Barrels. I recently received an e-mail from the Merkel Team in Suhl. This gun was made for an exhibition in 1948 for which it was first proofed. It was sold in 1950 and proofed again at that time. There are NO importer’s markings anywhere on the gun. Today’s value is in excess of $ 25.000. This is truly a great value for an investment or just a beautiful gun to hunt with. This is a fine gun for any collection. It will definitely make some collector or shooter very happy. Price: $13,950

J.P. SAUER SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE
J.P. SAUER SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE

J.P. SAUER SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE: #391XXX, 26 1/2″ IC AND MOD 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS X 2 9/16″ X 1 5/8″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $7,950

Charles Boswell London, Boxlock Ejector, 20ga, 26" CLEAN
Charles Boswell London, Boxlock Ejector, 20ga, 26″ CLEAN

Charles Boswell London, Boxlock Ejector, 20ga, 26″ CLEAN: Double triggers, Fixed C and IC chokes (.000 and .010). Factory finish on both wood and metal. Great case colors! 15″ LOP to checkered butt, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1/4″ cast off. Price: $4,999

ITHACA NID - 12 GAUGE - MADE IN 1941 - 100% ORIGINAL CASE COLOR - TIME CAPSULE CONDITION:
ITHACA NID – 12 GAUGE – MADE IN 1941 – 100% ORIGINAL CASE COLOR – TIME CAPSULE CONDITION:

ITHACA NID – 12 GAUGE – MADE IN 1941 – 100% ORIGINAL CASE COLOR – TIME CAPSULE CONDITION: Here is a high condition Ithaca NID in 12 gauge made in 1941. This gun has 100% of theinal case color and 99% blue. Stock finish also at 99% with a few light handeling marks. Extractor gun. Barrels are 28″ with mirror bores. Right bore measures .734 with 20/1000 choke (Mod) while left is .732 with 37/1000 (Full). Chambers are 2 3/4″. All serial numbers match. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 14.3 OZ. Stock has Property Identification Marks from the Alabama National Guard. Marks are in light paint and can be removed if so desired. A property hang tag is also included. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/8″, Drop at Comb –  1 5/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $1,500 

Holland & Holland Dominion double rifle, 500/450 Express …

LOT 1003 - HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.
LOT 1003 – HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.

I love guns that tell a story, and as I was checking out the doubles in Poulin Auctions’ upcoming sale, this old double rifle starting telling me one the moment I saw it.

LOT 1003 - HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.
LOT 1003 – HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.

I could tell it had seen a lot of action, and considering the caliber, I could imagine what that action was: Africa during the golden days and lots of big, dangerous game. I sure it has had many cape buffalo, rhinos, and elephants in its sights.

LOT 1003 - HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.
LOT 1003 – HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.

LOT 1003 – HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express

Instead of being a Holland & Holland Royal, it’s a Grade 3 / Dominion. Rifles like these were workhorses, favored by professional hunters and serious sportsman who wanted a rugged gun that could be counted on to perform flawlessly safari after safari.

This week’s five good guns: June 24…

 

JAMES PURDEY & SON BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE SIDELOCKJAMES PURDEY & SON BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE SIDELOCK
JAMES PURDEY & SON BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE SIDELOCK

JAMES PURDEY & SON BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE SIDELOCKALLISON HUNT ENGRAVED 28″ BARRELS CHOKED .015″ AND .022″. 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS. DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 6LBS 13 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 9/16″ X 15 1/4″. Price: $55,000

Holland & Holland — Royal Sidelock Double Rifle — .500-450 3 1/4″ Nitro Express: 26″ SxS chopper-lump barrels with fine silver bead ramp front sight and folding ivory twilight bead, smooth swamped rib, sling eye, raised matted quarter rib with one platinum-lined standing express sight. 14 1/2″ pull from checkered, articulated front trigger to Silvers red rubber recoil pad. 1/2″ cast-off. Figured English walnut stocks with lever-release splinter forend, steel trapdoor pistol grip cap, classic point-pattern checkering, teardrops, beaded pancake cheekpiece, classic comb, vacant gold oval and rear sling swivel. Classic Holland & Holland Royal scroll

Holland & Holland --- Royal Sidelock Double Rifle --- .500-450 3 1/4" Nitro Express
Holland & Holland — Royal Sidelock Double Rifle — .500-450 3 1/4″ Nitro Express

engraved receiver with a concealed third fastener, bushed firing pins with retaining setscrews, silent extractors, manual top tang safety with SAFE inlaid in gold, triggerguard tang extending to grip cap and top tang extending over comb. Back-action sidelocks with gold-line cocking indicators and intercepting sears. London proofed for 70 grains cordite and 480-grain bullets. Weight: 10lbs, 5 1/2oz.  Built 1906 as No.2 of a pair with all components so numbered in gold. 98% proper barrel re-blue and 40% original casehardening colors. Barrels tight on the face, and with excellent bores. Stock heads up tight to action. In maker’s leather-trimmed canvas covered trunk case with snap caps, oil bottle, cleaning accessories and trade label. Price: $54,975.

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge – FACTORY 99% CASE COLOR, 30” VENT RIB, 1 OF A KIND!
L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge – FACTORY 99% CASE COLOR, 30” VENT RIB, 1 OF A KIND!

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge – FACTORY 99% CASE COLOR, 30” VENT RIB, 1 OF A KIND!: General Specs: L.C. Smith, year 1926, 20 Gauge, 6lbs 11oz, Side by Side
Serial Number: FWE89799. The Crown Grade Elsie; one of the finest, most elegant American doubles ever produced…a “MADE TO ORDER” shotgun, with only 800 made in all gauges, and only 145 made in 20 gauge.  If you consider loss and damage, there are likely less than 125 Crown Grade 20’s left on the planet.  What a RARE, ONE-OF-A-KIND CROWN GRADE we have here in this 1926 vintage Elsie, snFWE89799.  What is rare…really?  How about 1 of 29 20ga. Crown Grades with 30” barrels?  How about 1 of 32 with vent rib barrels?  How about 1 of 3 with every factory option, ie. Beavertail forend, ejectors, Hunter One trigger, factory pad (we replaced the hard, mushroomed pad with the same, original Hawkins pad it came with), vent rib?  How about 99% factory case color, 98% blue, exceptional wood with the original factory finish and checkering? The Crown Grade engraving is some of the most handsome found on any American double gun. I have seen many Crown Grade Elsie’s and all have a version of the same engraving. THIS GUN HAS UNIQUE, SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVING with waterfowl flying over a marsh in the ovals. It is definitively factory original and shown in Col. Brophy’s book “LC Smith Shotguns” on page 96. HOW ABOUT 1 OF 1, THE ONLY L.C. CROWN GRADE 20GA. OF ITS KIND. I think we can all agree this is the epitome of a truly rare, high condition, highly desirable vintage American double. This gun is in excellent condition, with mirror bores, excellent checkering and wood finish, tight as new on breech face and hinge pin with lever right of center, and perfect screws. This gun has desirable 30″ barrels, M/F chokes, double beads, and great shooting dimensions. Nicely balanced, weighing a mere 6lbs. 11oz on a featherweight frame with a reinforced forend lug, it would be a great clays or upland gun. A true collectible, investment quality firearm that will continue to rise in value as you enjoy its use. All parts are original to the gun. People often ask me “What is the best investment in a firearm?” I always tell them the same thing…low production guns in smaller gauges, in high grades, with tons of original factory original condition…and with features sought after by the modern day shooter/collector. Today’s shooter/collectors want long barrels. So this is one of those guns that have it all; rarity, condition, and desirability, including outstanding wood figure and overall aesthetics. WHAT A GREAT FIND! DON’T LET THIS ONE GET AWAY! Price: $24,950 

Piotti King 20 GA – Sidelock Ejector – Rich Color Case – Rolled Trigger Guard – Turkish Walnut – IC/Mod – 27” – 14 3/8”

Piotti King 20 GA - Sidelock Ejector - Rich Color Case - Rolled Trigger Guard - Turkish Walnut - IC/Mod - 27”
Piotti King 20 GA – Sidelock Ejector – Rich Color Case – Rolled Trigger Guard – Turkish Walnut – IC/Mod – 27”

X 1 9/16” X 2 3/8” – 6 lbs 6 oz: Rich Color Case – Rolled Trigger Guard – Turkish Walnut – IC/Mod – 27” – 14 3/8” X 1 9/16” X 2 3/8” – 6 lbs 6 ozs – Nizzoli Leather Case (Accessories) – Ser. #8601 – Checkered Butt – Fleur de Lis Engraving by Granetti – A True Italian MASTERPIECE in Straight Grip Field Configuration – This gun has been all over Texas and out west on quail and grouse hunts – it is a craftsman’s wonder in the hands.  Treat yourself to the best! Price: $19,900 

Factory Parker GHE Pigeon Gun SXS — 32″ full/full, no safety with options: Beavertail forend — single trigger — ejectors — Straight stock — Pad — 1 1/2 Frame — solid rib — twin beads — Pigeon dimensions with 1 7/8 drop at heel — Beautiful wood — 40/50% fading case color — 95% blue — Gun has spent its entire career in Pennsylvania — Very nice gun! 14 1/2″  x  1 1/2″ x 1 7/8″ Price: $5500

Factory Parker GHE Pigeon Gun SXS --- 32" full/full, no safety with options:
Factory Parker GHE Pigeon Gun SXS — 32″ full/full, no safety with options:

Filling up fast: The London Gunmakers Tour…

Audley House, James Purdey & Sons, one stops on this tour
Audley House, James Purdey & Sons, one stop on this tour

If you love fine shotguns, you need to make a pilgrimage to London. For 200+ years, it has been home to many of the world’s finest gunmakers.

This year, Delaney & Sons 2018 London Gunmaker’s Tour makes it easier than ever for you to visit London and experience all the fantastic shooting and gunmaking history located there.

To create the London Gunmakers Tour, Delaney & Sons joined with James Purdey & Sons’ Stephen Murray and put together an insider’s glimpse into this world.

This 7-day trip includes:

  • Visits to seven of the world’s most famous gunmakers: James Purdey & Sons, Holland & Holland, William & Son, William Evans, Boss & Co, John Rigby & Co and Watson Brothers
  • A visit to Wimbledon Commons, the birthplace of modern clay shooting
  • A visit to West London Shooting School
  • Exclusive access to the London Proof House and the British NRA Museum
  • A visit to the Hurlingham Club, home of world-famous pigeon shoots in the 18th and early 19th century
  • Accommodations, ground transportation, meals, and entry into all venues
  • And much more…

The cost: Just $3,750 per person, double occupancy. Discover more about this trip to learn it’s such a great deal.

What a double rifle: A Holland & Holland 500/465 Nitro sidelock…

Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle
Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle

How would you spend $75,000? On a BMW 6-series, a year-and-a-half of fancy college for your kid, or on this  Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle — one of the nicest DRs I’ve seen in a long time.

Unlike your standard H&H Royal rifle, this one has a slightly rounded bar (nice is you ever carry it there) and a blued action with minimal engraving. The blued action is gorgeous to the eye. But to the gunmakers, I’m sure it was pain in the ass. On a finish like that, the tiniest screw-up stands out like fresh blood trail on snow.

Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle
Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle

Size and performance wise, the .500/.465 Nitro Express pushes a 440 grain bullet @ 2,150 ft/s and generates a tooth-rattling 4,930 ft·lbs of force. That’s a bit less than a .470 Nitro Express (500 grs @ 2,150 Ft/s, generating 5,140 ft lbs of force), but more than enough to clobber all but the biggest, most POd animal (and a lot more than a .30-06 — about 2,850 ft lbs).

Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle: 26″ Whitworth chopperlump barrels, quarter rib, one standing, two folding sights.  Front sight with folding moon.  An unusual Holland described in the ledger as a “best-quality hammerless ejector cordite express rifle”.  Border engraved hand-detachable action with a blacked finish throughout.  Fitted with the Holland detachable mounts, the scope is marked British made W. Ottway & Co. Ealing London.  The rifle went back to Holland & Holland in 1951 for regulation of sights and scope.  Appears to have seen little use since that time.  Stock of densely grained, well-figured dark walnut measures 14-1/4″ over a leather pad.  Tight on the face, the bores are perfect.  Weighs 11 lbs, 12 oz with the scope.  Cased.  A fabulous rifle for your next safari! Price: $75,000

Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle
Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle

A super rare Holland & Holland Royal OU shotgun…

Holland & Holland - Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U - 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00
Holland & Holland – Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U – 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00

Back in the early 1900s,  a new kind of shotgun appeared in British. It was the hammerless OU, probably Merkel’s “Bock” over unders. Even though stack-barrel guns had been around for centuries, the German design was unique, and it’s inventiveness inspired several London makers to come up with OUs of their own.

Boss & Co’s John Robertson was one of the first with his OU patent of 1909. James Woodward & Sons locked down their design in 1913. Not wanting to be outdone, other makers followed, including Holland & Holland.

Holland & Holland - Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U - 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00
Holland & Holland – Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U – 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00

The 12 gauge shotgun you see here is a Holland & Holland Royal built on the company’s first OU design. Patented in 1914, this model was made into the 1930s. But with its deep action and complex design, it flopped. According to author Donald Dallas, the company built just 14 of them (including this incredible double rifle, SN 28482).

After scrapping this model, Holland & Holland made another run at OUs in the ’50s with a second design. It failed. Then in the ’80s the company introduced their current Royal OU (a design developed by W.W. Greener gunmakers Richard Tandy and David Dryhurst).

Holland & Holland – Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U – 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00
Action: Sidelock

Holland & Holland - Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U - 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00
Holland & Holland – Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U – 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00

Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 15 ”
Pad thickness: 0.75 ”
Type of butt: Rubber Pad
Drop comb: 1 3/4 ”
Drop heel: 2 1/8 ”
Cast amount: 1/4 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 7 lbs, oz
Manufactured in: England
Manufacture Year: 1915Finish: Case Colored

Holland & Holland - Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U - 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00
Holland & Holland – Royal Hammerless Ejector O/U – 12 ga: Price: $26,500.00

Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Barrel info:
Gauge: 12 ga
Chamber: 2 5/8 ”
Length: 29 ”
Chokes: C/IC
Rib type: Solid
Comments : Gun is in very good condition with a few light blemishes.

Peculiar Purdeys: Two of their odder SxS shotguns…

James Purdey & Sons, 12g with detachable lockplates, by Harry Lawrence
James Purdey & Sons, 12g with detachable lockplates, by Harry Lawrence

Since James Purdey & Sons adopted the Beesley hammerless action in 1880, the company has done a remarkable job of building pretty much the same sidelock, side-by-side shotguns, over and over again. While modest updates and changes have been made, the guns have pretty much stayed the same. To see what I mean, compare this one from 1883 to this one 2006.

But every now and then Purdey did something unique. These are two side-by-side are a couple of those oddballs.

James Purdey & Sons, 12g with detachable lockplates, by Harry Lawrence
James Purdey & Sons, 12g with detachable lockplates, by Harry Lawrence

This first one looks pretty standard– until you see the hand-detachable locks. As far as I know, the first shotguns with easy-to-remove locks were droplock Westley Richards, introduced in 1897. But these were boxlocks. Holland & Holland was the first company to build sidelocks with hand-detachable locks, introduced in 1908.

(BTW: If you go here, you see how to remove Holland-style hand detachable locks.)

James Purdey & Sons, 12g with detachable lockplates, by Harry Lawrence
James Purdey & Sons, 12g with detachable lockplates, by Harry Lawrence

Whoever ordered this Purdey must have admired Holland’s idea and asked for it in his gun. Why? No idea. And even though I’m sure the request left the guys at the factory scratching their heads, they went about doing what the customer wanted (and could be billed more money for).

Unlike H&H-style actions, the locks on Purdey’s are not held together by a single pin running plate to plate. Instead, they’re attached to top, fronts of the action by separate screws. So to make the locks hand detachable, you have to build quick-release levers for of them. You can see them on either side of this shotgun. Not too very looking, but they do the job.

James Purdey & Sons Extra Finish SxS shotgun with W.W. Greener-style crossbolt
James Purdey & Sons Extra Finish SxS shotgun with W.W. Greener-style crossbolt

The next Purdey is one of the oddest hammerless Purdey’s I’ve seen, and the only one I’ve come across with a W.W. Greener-style crossbolt.

W.W. Greener introduced his rounded crossbolt in 1880 as part of his patent for the Facile Princips action. It’s not the most elegant way to secure a pair of bbls to an action, and with double underbites, it’s largely superfluous. But I guess no one told the guy who ordered this Purdey.

Bow down to this beast: 4 gauge SxS Holland & Holland elephant gun…

HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers
HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers

Like lightweight guns? Then you’ll hate this 4 gauge. At 21 lbs 4 oz., it weighs more than 3 Browning Superlights, and with its 4″, 4-bore chambers, it pushes out more lead, too.

Back in the 19th century, short barreled shotgun/rifles like this were used on the largest of large land mammals. They were essentially shotguns with rifled barrels. With it’s massive size, this one is more cannon than gun. It fires two shotgun-style shells, each stuffed with a single, ping-pong sized lead ball. That’s almost enough umph! to stop a train, and also why the thing is so heavy. Even at 20+lbs, I bet the recoil is more vicious than the animal you would be shooting at.

HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers
HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers

This particular one was made for an bigwig in India. Indian nobleman used to buy crates of shotguns and rifles from the major British makers. Who knows what this one saw or who hands touched it? We do know that James D. Julia Auctioneers sold it October, 2015, for $149,500. For a 130-year old gun, that’s a very princely sum.

BTW: If you have an old double barrel shotgun or rifle you would like to know more about (including its value), just drop me an email at gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

Here’s all the info on this double from the auctioneer:

HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE. SN 8336.: Cal. 4 bore. (.955 Groove diameter, 11 groove Enfield type rifling) 4″ Chambers. 24″ Fine Damascus bbls, swamped at center with slight flare toward muzzles, are fitted with full length flat rib with dolls head extension. Rear portion behind single standing leaf express rear sight marked for 50 yards, is file cut. Central portion of rib is engraved “Presented to Mirza Toffal Ali Beg Khan Bahadur by Nawab Salar Jung Mukhtar-ul Mulk, Prime Minister of Hyderabad, Ootagamund, June 15, 1885”. Silver bead front sight is longitudinally dovetailed into rib. Top of right bbl is engraved with H&H New Bond street address. Top of left is engraved “Winners of All the “Field” Rifle Trials London 1883″. Breech ends are engraved with wide acanthus bands behind 2-3/8″ triangles of exceptionally well cut scrolling acanthus with floral centers. Matching bands are at muzzles. Gun is numbered “2” on top of dolls head extension, top tang, and on forend iron. Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs for 6 bore. SNs are stamped on bottoms of bbls. A large sling eye is soldered to bottom rib. Massive case hardened Jones underlever round bar action (almost 3-1/2″ across breech face) has nicely filed fences, and is fitted with rebounding back action locks by Brazier sporting large, flat bodied, serpentine hammers with dolphin heads. Top tang extends over comb. Action and locks are engraved with 30% coverage well cut sprays of scroll, as background and accent to very well rendered scenes of big game animals, many for which this rifle would be suited. Right side of action depicts a rhinoceros with large deciduous and palm trees in background. Left side depicts an elephant strolling through open savannah with some trees and mountain in background. A bear in similar background is on left lockplate, and a well limned tiger burns bright from the right. A fine portrait of a lion is on top of action between hammers. SN and “2” are on trigger guard tang which extends to horn grip cap. Fiddle figured and lightly streaked dense European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over Silver type pad, and features right hand shadow line cheekpiece, point pattern checkering with mullered borders at grip, and a sling eye, matching but smaller than that on bottom of bbl, on toe line. Central portion of cheekpiece has inset gold circle engraved with complex monogram including the large letters “S” and “J” intertwined with smaller letters “M” and “K” and “JUS”. (This rifle is almost identical, except for some nuances of engraving, with four bore rifle no. 8333, made for the Nizam of Hyderabad, and pictured and described on pages 67-69 in HOLLAND & HOLLAND THE ROYAL GUNMAKER by Donald Dallas. Factory records indicate that both rifles were ordered through Rogers, Rock & Co., H&H’s Indian agents. This rifle was undoubtedly part of a large shipment of big bore rifles for various Indian princes.) Matching broad splinter forend has pivoting lever release. Drop at heel: approx 3-5/16″, drop at comb: approx 2-1/4″. Weight: 21 lbs 4 oz. LOP: 14-3/8”.

PROVENANCE: Copy of factory ledger page, confirming specs and stating rifle was regulated with 14 drams of powder in a spherical ball.

HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers
HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers

CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain over 80% orig Damascus brown with some areas of further browning and discoloration with a number of light marks and dings. Action and locks retain 60 – 70% orig case hardening color with some brown staining and high edges silvered. Top of action colors are vivid, fading and turning brown along grip strap. Trigger guard is essentially all gray to brown patina with traces of dark color hardening under opening lever. Stocks retain most of an old oil refinish over numerous marks and dings, both heavy and light. Sharp edges are slightly rounded. Wood is somewhat below metal at top of grip, which shows a number of well done repairs. Checkering nicely re-cut. Forend wood is fine, checkering re-cut, with a small chip at right front of bbl channel. Pad is an old replacement, fitted to orig curve, and factory specs state rifle was originally made with a “recoil buttplate”. Bores are excellent, very shiny with sharp rifling throughout, with one or two minor imperfections, most likely small flaws in Damascus. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. An exceptionally cool big bore. Estimate: $60,000-$90,000.

HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers
HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers
HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers
HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers
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