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Westley Richards Droplock .500 Nitro Express SxS Double Rifle
Westley Richards Droplock .500 Nitro Express SxS Double Rifle

Westley Richards Droplock .500 Nitro Express SxS Double RifleBrand new. Fired only for regulation at factory. Regulated for 570-grain bullet. Articulated front trigger. Perfectly balanced.

Best double rifle maker in the world. Weight: 11 lbs. 4 oz. Barrel length: 24″. LOP: 14 3/4″. Price: $85,000

 

CSMC Inverness - SPECIAL, Round Body, O/U, 20ga, 30" barrels
CSMC Inverness – SPECIAL, Round Body, O/U, 20ga, 30″ barrels

CSMC Inverness – SPECIAL, Round Body, O/U, 20ga, 30″ barrels: A round elegant, classic timeless design that is more than just the sum total of its parts, TruLock chokes, Exhibition American black walnut pistol grip stock, Leather covered pad, TruOil finish, single selective trigger, Long tang trigger guard, automatic ejectors, automatic safety, vent rib, spectacular game scenes featuring quail in flight on one side and woodcock on the other with miniature rose & scroll engraving covering the rest of the receiver, the frame is French grayed and plasma hardened, available for immediate delivery. Base Price – $8,995.00, options include: Exhibition wood – $900, TruOil finish – $500, Long tang trigger guard – $700, Leather covered pad – $550, S&H – $75.00. 6 lbs.  10.6 oz. 14 ½” X 1 ½” X 2 3/8″. Price: $4,995

Browning, B-SS Sidelock, 12 gauge, SxS, DESIRABLE 28" BARRELS
Browning, B-SS Sidelock, 12 gauge, SxS, DESIRABLE 28″ BARRELS

Browning, B-SS Sidelock, 12 gauge, SxS, DESIRABLE 28″ BARRELSs/n 01092PX918 (mfg. 1983-1988 only). Action:   FULL SIDELOCK SHOTGUN,   double triggers,   floral and scroll hand engraved, satin grey finish. Barrels:  VERY DESIRABLE 28″ LENGTH,   CHOPPER LUMPED AS ONLY THE FINEST GUNS ARE,   double underlocking lugs,   AUTOMATIC EJECTORS,   choked Modified & Full. Stock:  English-style (straight) SELECT Walnut stock,   splinter forearm,   CHECKERED BUTT,   nicely checkered,   DAC 1 1/2″,   DAH 2 1/4″,   slightly cast off for a right hand shooter. 100% original metal and wood,   metal retains 100% bright blue,   receiver retains perfect satin grey finish,   wood is 98-99% exhibiting only two storage marks on right side of buttstock.  Price: $4,495

BERETTA - 424 - SxS - 12ga - 28" - M / F - Double Triggers - Extractors
BERETTA – 424 – SxS – 12ga – 28″ – M / F – Double Triggers – Extractors

BERETTA – 424 – SxS – 12ga – 28″ – M / F – Double Triggers – Extractors: 1981 – Beretta 424 12ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ M / F (.017 / .040) Vent Rib, Double Triggers, Extractors, LOP 14-1/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″,  Weight 6 lbs. 8 oz. Price: $1,350

BERETTA S685 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN: 26 1/4″ BARRELS, CHOKES IMPROVED CYLINDER & IMPROVED MODIFIED, MINT BORES, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, EXTRACTORS, MANUAL SAFETY, 13 9/16″ LENGTH OF PULL OVER PAD, 98% CONDITION. Price: $799

BERETTA S685 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN,
BERETTA S685 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN,

 

Good gun alert: a decent price on a 20 gauge CSMC Inverness…

CSMC INVERNESS 20GA 28" OVER UNDER SHOTGUN
CSMC INVERNESS 20GA 28″ OVER UNDER SHOTGUN

If you want an 20 gauge CSMC Inverness O/U but you don’t want to wait for it, here’s you chance to get a deal. This one popped up on Gunsinternational.com today, and it sounds like the owner is looking to sell it right away. You can read more about CSMC’s Inverness shotguns in this post.

Here’s all the info on this one from the seller:

CSMC INVERNESS 20GA 28″ OVER UNDER SHOTGUN…NEED TO SELL: UP FOR SALE IS A CSMC INVERNESS WITH 28″ BARREL IN 20GA. THIS SHOTGUN IS IN REALLY NICE SHAPE. THE END OF THE BOTTOM BARREL COULD BE REBLUED BUT ITS NOT ANY HUGE PROBLEM. I AM HAVING SOME FINANCIAL PROBLEMS AND NEED TO SELL ASAP. COMES WITH ORIGINAL BOX AND FIVE CHOKES WILL SELL FOR $3450 O.B.O………………… I WONT ACCEPT ANY LOW BALL OFFERS. IF IT DOESN’T SELL BY WEDNESDAY, I’M JUST GONNA PAWN IT…….. THIS SHOULD SELL IMMEDIATELY AT THIS PRICE. Price: $3450 O.B.O

CSMC INVERNESS 20GA 28" OVER UNDER SHOTGUN
CSMC INVERNESS 20GA 28″ OVER UNDER SHOTGUN
CSMC INVERNESS 20GA 28" OVER UNDER SHOTGUN
CSMC INVERNESS 20GA 28″ OVER UNDER SHOTGUN

 

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Boss and Co., London. Superb pair of light weight 12ga. game guns, ca. 1925 Boss &
Boss and Co., London. Superb pair of light weight 12ga. game guns, ca. 1925. Image courtesy Lewis Drake & Co.

Boss and Co., London. Superb pair of light weight 12ga. game guns, ca. 1925: Exceptionally nice pair of Vintage 12ga. light weight game guns, ordered by an American in 1925. Weight of each gun: 6 Lbs. 6 oz. Stock Dimensions: 14 ½”x 1 3/8”x 2 3/8”. 29” chopper-lump steel barrels with original 2 ½” chambers. Double triggers, ejectors, and automatic safeties. Beautifully figured original straight-grip stocks and splinter forends have been professionally and properly refinished at some point. $75,000

Westley Richards Ovundo 12 ga., 28" solid rib barrels, 2-5/8" chambers
Westley Richards Ovundo 12 ga., 28″ solid rib barrels, 2-5/8″ chambers

Westley Richards Ovundo 12 ga: 28″ solid rib barrels, 2-5/8″ chambers, choked improved cylinder and improved modified (.011/.022), automatic ejectors. Scroll engraved action features patented sliding top bolting. Westley selective “one trigger” and automatic safe. Stock measures 1-5/8″ comb, 2-1/8″ heel, 14-1/4″ LOP to the rear position trigger. Weighs 6 lbs, 11 oz. A seldom-seen vintage British O/U. Complete in lightweight leather trunk case. $11,950

ENGLISH DOUBLE FLINTLOCK 16 BORE SHOTGUN BY "H. W. MORTIMER, LONDON".
ENGLISH DOUBLE FLINTLOCK 16 BORE SHOTGUN BY “H. W. MORTIMER, LONDON”.

ENGLISH DOUBLE FLINTLOCK 16 BORE SHOTGUN BY “H. W. MORTIMER: 30″ twist steel barrels, flintlocks with platinum toucholes and French cocks. Waterproof pans and roller frizzens. Checkered straight grip stock with skeleton grip extension. LOP: 14″ to it’s engraved steel buttplate. $9950

John MacPherson 2 Inch Light Game Boxlock: 12 bore, 2 ” chambers, 28″ fluid steel barrels Nitro proved at 1 1/8 oz., choked .020 Mod and .027 IM, ejectors, 5 lbs. 12 oz., 14 3/4″ LOP over a red Silvers pad, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/8″ DAH, neutral cast, fine English scroll engraving on action with  “John MacPherson & Sons” on both sides, straight grip, splinter forend, double triggers, ejectors, vacant gold oval in stock, Churchill style rib. Circa 1951.  A lovely condition gun with much case color and hard to find 28″ barrels on a 2″ chamber gun.  Also a bit heavier proof and weight than most 2″ guns. $5999

L.C. Smith Ideal 16E gauge S/S
L.C. Smith Ideal 16E gauge S/S

L.C. Smith Ideal 16E gauge SxS: LOP: 14″ Drop: 2-1/2″ – 1-1/2″ Cast: 0″
Barrel length:28″ Choke: F/M Weight: 6lb11oz A great 1946 Smith that is collector quality, lots of dark color & blue, mirror bores, very tight, super nice! 2-3/4″ chambers, chokes – R)663-021, L)664-029, ser#S10. $2,950.00

 

CSMC’s Inverness O/U: More of the story…

The Inverness is the newest over-and-under being made by Connecticut Shotgun -one of the finest American gunmakers of all time. Since this double’s introduction in January, the Inverness has raised a lot questions. You can read some of them on this string over at the Shooting Sportsman’s board.

I wrote an article for the latest issue of Sporting Shot (pages 8-9) to clear up some of this confusion. The first draft of my piece went way back into the gun’s early history, but to streamline the article a lot of this back story was cut out. So here’s my first draft of the story so you can learn more about the origins of the Inverness:

Connecticut Shotgun's Inverness O/U shotgun
Connecticut Shotgun's Inverness O/U shotgun

Over the last couple months, shooters have been puzzled by a new double on the market. At the beginning of the year, the Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company (CMSC) introduced the Inverness Round Body Over/Under shotgun. But what started out as excitement generated for this great looking shotgun turned into confusion for people around the country.

The trouble began with an email. On January 16, 2012, Anthony Galazan, President of the Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company, sent out a message that greeted readers with “This Is An Advanced Announcement To All Our Loyal Customers!!” It went on to say “This is our most ambitious and exciting offer to date.”

The offer was for CSMC’s new Inverness Round Body Over/Under. Pictures showed a sleek, color-case hardened double with a single trigger, rose-and-scroll engraving, and a true Prince of Wales grip. At first glance, the gun looked like a McKay Brown, an $80,000 O/U. But the Inverness could be ordered for as little as $2,995—IF you ordered one right away.

The confusion came from the same source – CSMC –but two years earlier. In February 2010, B. Rizzini USA (a division of CSMC at the time) had released a round body over/under shotgun. The gun’s name? the Inverness. When CSMC’s January 2012 email went out, CSMC was still selling this B. Rizzini USA gun. One name, two guns, one company. Not good.

To sort this all out, let’s step all the way back to 1966. That’s when B. Rizzini started making O/Us in Italy. By 1990, these shotguns were being brought into the United States. In 2008 CSMC launched B. Rizzini USA and became the U.S. importers and distributors for B. Rizzini’s shotguns and rifles. The plan was for CSMC to sell some guns directly to customers while wholesaling others to dealers throughout the country.

In 2010, B. Rizzini USA introduced the Inverness round body over/unders. This gun was an existing B. Rizzini model, badged with a name owned by CSMC. The “Inverness” name was simply a way for CSMC to offer its own line of B. Rizzinis.

Now let’s jump forward a few years. CSMC and B. Rizzini end their joint venture; B. Rizzini USA comes to an end. CSMC decides to sell off the remaining Inverness-badged B. Rizzinis they have in stock. At the same time, they started developing a new O/U that they planned to make in their New Britain, CT, factory. This is when the new Inverness is born.

Like a lot of Italian O/Us, B. Rizzinis are made on a shallow, coil spring, triggerplate-style action with coil spring ejectors. Over the last 40+ years, this design has been tweaked and improved to the point where CSMC felt it was an excellent platform for the new gun they wanted to build: a reliable over/under that gave shooters the look and feel of a best-quality double at an affordable price.

“We’ve always been about giving folks good guns at affordable prices,” says Lou Frutuoso, CSMC’s Sales and Market Manager, “and when we wanted to make a new O/U, we looked at the Italian’s O/U-style action and realized it could be a great starting point for us.”

Drawing on the manufacturing skills they’ve refined from making RBLs and A-10s, CSMC created gave their new Inverness’s a list of upgraded features: A more sculpted, rounder action, a true Prince of Wales stock, bone-and-charcoal color case hardening, an extended top tang strap, steel-shot ready barrels, and a better-fitting, more durable forend. They also gave the shotgun a file-cut rib and fine rose-and-scroll engraving, along with more hand fitting and finer overall tolerances. After a prototype was built and tweaked, CSMC send out the January 16, 2012 email announcing their new gun.

Today the new CSMC Inverness is available in a single-triggered 20 gauge with either 28” or 30” barrels. For an additional charge, customers can add a leather covered pad, an extended trigger guard, and grades of walnut for the stock. Right now, delivery times for these guns are set for late 2012 and early 2013.

Firsts are something that the Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company is used. Their best-quality A.Galazan shotguns are the first world-class doubles to be made in the America and the A-10s are the first mass-produced sidelock Over/Unders ever made in this country. With the introduction of their new Inverness line, CSMC has achieved another first. This time, it’s the first affordable, high-quality O/U that 100% made in the USA.

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