Good gun alert: 20g Beretta S57E with double triggers, straight stock…

BERETTA - RARE - European Market - S57E - 20ga - English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors - Like New !
BERETTA – RARE – European Market – S57E – 20ga – English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors – Like New !

Here’s your chance to pick up a rare version of one of my favorite shotguns.

BERETTA - RARE - European Market - S57E - 20ga - English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors - Like New !
BERETTA – RARE – European Market – S57E – 20ga – English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors – Like New !

The  S57 was one of the trio of over-under shotguns that Beretta introduced in 1955. There was S55 (Silver Snipe), the S56 (Golden Snipe), and the S57 (Ruby Snipe).

BERETTA - RARE - European Market - S57E - 20ga - English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors - Like New !
BERETTA – RARE – European Market – S57E – 20ga – English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors – Like New !

These OUs combined features of Beretta’s expensive, handmade ASEs and sidelock S1s with mass-production techniques. In their day, Beretta’s S55, S56, and S57 competed with OUs like the Superposed. But the S55, S56, and S57 weighed less and cost less than Browning’s gun Thanks to these differences, the Beretta’s S-line of OUs sold well. Over time, these guns evolved into some of the best-selling OUs ever, like the Beretta 686 and the S687 Silver Pigeon.

BERETTA - RARE - European Market - S57E - 20ga - English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors - Like New !
BERETTA – RARE – European Market – S57E – 20ga – English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors – Like New !

BERETTA – RARE – European Market – S57E – 20ga – English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors – Like New! Very Very few Beretta shotguns were imported to the U.S. with English Stocks. 1963 – Beretta – S57E – – 20ga, 2-3/4″, 26-3/4″ M / F (.014 / .024) Vent Rib, Mid Rib Bead, Ejectors, Double Triggers – Front Articulated, Completely Hand Engraved, Long Trigger Guard Tang, English Stock, Game Forearm, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-5/16″ to 2-1/8″, Very Slight Cast Off, Weight 5 lbs 14 oz. Very tight gun. Still doesn’t fall open. Perfect Bores. Shot very little. Metal is 99+%. Wood about 97%. Shipping to CONUS included in price. Price: $2850

BERETTA - RARE - European Market - S57E - 20ga - English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors - Like New !
BERETTA – RARE – European Market – S57E – 20ga – English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors – Like New !

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PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN

PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: 26″ BARRELS, .005/.005 CHOKES, 3″ CHAMBERS, SPLINTER FOREND, FACTOR STRAIGHT GRIP “RARE”, 14″ 1 3/4″-2 7/8″, OOO FRAME, BRIGHT SHINY BORES, 95% BARREL BLUE, TIGHT ON FACE, GOOD SHOOTER ALL ORIGINAL UNALTERED PARKER CORRECT TO THE RECORD BOOK CURIO AND RELIC ELIGIBLE. Price: $24,500

Webley & Scott 20 Gauge Box Lock SXS Ejector Cased
Webley & Scott 20 Gauge Box Lock SXS Ejector Cased

Webley & Scott 20 Gauge Box Lock SXS Ejector Cased: 2 3/4-inch box lock ejector cased with accessories. Improved Cylinder and Modified chokes. English stock without cast, Strong case colors and 40% engraved. Leather-covered pad. Very light handling marks. Lockable case with a wood cleaning rod, jag, mop, and brass brush. Oil bottle and snap caps. 14 1/2 inch pull to front trigger. 5 pounds 11 ounces. 26-inch barrels. Checkering is sharp. Price: $4000

Merkel "Walter Uhlig" Over Under Double Rifle in 9.3 x 74R
Merkel “Walter Uhlig” Over Under Double Rifle in 9.3 x 74R

Merkel “Walter Uhlig” Over-Under Double Rifle in 9.3 x 74R: This Over/Under rifle has three claw mounts (no scope).  Boasts a 26″ barrel, with a 13 3/4″ LOP over pad.  Perfect bore!  This rifle is out of an estate that we are doing (No History). Serial Number: 24887. Barrel Length: 26″. Weight: 8 lbs 5 oz. Price: $3,995

Chapuis Orvis Classic SxS 20g 28"
Chapuis Orvis Classic SxS 20g 28″

Chapuis Orvis Classic SxS 20g 28″: Excellent condition. SN- 61905. IC/M. 3″ chambers. Ejectors. Automatic safety. 6 lbs. Comb 1 1/2″. Heel 2 1/2″. LOP 14 7/8″. Cast 1/4″ off. Double Triggers. Rare opportunity to get a high-quality Chapuis/Orvis sxs field gun at a great price. Orvis demo gun, maintained by Orvis Gunsmithing. Super clean with some minor nicks and handling marks. Pretty much like new. Hard case and materials. Seen little use. Price: $3600

BERETTA - 686 Onyx - OU - 20ga - 28" bbls Mobilchoke
BERETTA – 686 Onyx – OU – 20ga – 28″ bbls Mobilchoke

BERETTA – 686 Onyx – OU – 20ga – 28″ bbls Mobilchoke: LOP 14-5/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs 1 oz. Good Solid Working Gun. Shows some wear, but still tight and ready for the field. Price: $1485

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Merkel 203E Luxus Gold SLE - 16ga - 28” - IC/M - Spectacular German Field Gun ca. 1955 - Beautiful
Merkel 203E Luxus Gold SLE – 16ga – 28” – IC/M – Spectacular German Field Gun ca. 1955 – Beautiful

Merkel 203E Luxus Gold SLE – 16ga – 28” – IC/M – Spectacular German Field Gun ca. 1955 – Beautiful: Spectacular German Field Gun ca. 1955 – Beautiful Shotgun with some field experience – wood and metal show field evidence – a hairline crack in the stock toe (easy fix $200) – 14 3/8 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 – 6.10 lbs – I’ve not polished the patina on the Sidelock Plates because I feel it may disturb the nostalgia of the gun – if polished and wood refinished the gun would look like a blue ribbon shotgun – but I like it the way it is… very slender 16ga for the discerning upland shooter/collector. Price: $21,000

Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE Grade 20ga two-barrel set with case
Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE Grade 20ga two-barrel set with case

Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE Grade 20ga two-barrel set with case: Made in 1995, this fantastic early CSMC XE Fox has it all – and remains in exceptionally nice original condition to boot.  The gun is engraved in factory XE Grade pattern, signed by Leopold Schickl. Made originally with two sets of barrels and two forends – one in 27″ and one 26″, this would be the one gun any man would need for all seasons.  The gun was made with straight grip, double triggers, and splinter forends with Schnabel tips.  The gun is beautifully engraved with quail on left, woodcock on right, and standing Fox on the bottom all surrounded by well executed factory oak leaf pattern. This gun was made with exceptionally nice highly figured dark wood, as per the original order.  The stock terminates with the original checkered butt, and the grip is diamond shaped which is smooth and delicate.  Initials “E.H.” in gold stock shield near toe.  Each barrel with single ivory bead.  The gun is housed in its original two barrel set case with all accessories. Overall, the gun remains in near mint original condition retaining nearly all of its original finish to both wood and metal.  Mechanics are crisp and bores are brilliant and shiny.  Price: $17,000

12g D.B. Wesson Fire Arms Co. SxS RARE
12g D.B. Wesson Fire Arms Co. SxS RARE

12g D.B. Wesson Fire Arms Co. SxS RARE: This is one of the rare Wesson Fire Arms 12 gauge double hammer gun. The famous Gustave Young Shop engraved it. This is serial number 8 and it doesn’t have the barrel address. It has the Patent Dates on the water table. The Mechanical function is very good crisp and tight. The bores are very good bright and shiny and not a spec or rust or pitting. The checkering is very good and the butt stock is a very nice piece of stripped wood. The serial number 8 is under the thumb release stamped on the frame. The receiver, hammers, locks trigger guard and top tang are engraved. To save on weight the butt plate was skeletonized and the wood in the center of the place is nicely checkered. The receiver, hammers, trigger guard, top tang and bottom of the front wood still have blue 40-45% blue. The barrels have been rebrowned and there are no dents in the barrels. This is a very RARE item with only 219 being made. This comes with the original loading tools. These were made from 1868-1870, and also come with a copy of the patent information and a copy of the Descriptive Circular. Price: $7,495.

UST SCHULER GERMANY, FABULOUS HERKULES 12GA O/U BOXLOCK PIGEON GUN
AUGUST SCHULER GERMANY, FABULOUS HERKULES 12GA O/U BOXLOCK PIGEON GUN

AUGUST SCHULER GERMANY, FABULOUS HERKULES 12GA O/U BOXLOCK PIGEON GUN: 1924 MFG DATE, CASE COLORED ACTION WITH TIGHT SCROLL & FLORAL PATTERN, 30″ BBLS, 2 3/4, CHOKED IM/FULL, SOLID RIB, EXRACTORS, DBL TRIGGERS, BEAUTIFUL HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, PISTOL GRIP, TRIM FOREND, LOP 14 3/4 TO SILVERS PAD, 1 3/8, 2 5/8, 8LBS 10OZ, 99% ORIGINAL FINISH WOOD & METAL. Price: $3,995

BERETTA - RARE - BL-5 - - 28ga 28" M / F -- OU - - Hand Engraved
BERETTA – RARE – BL-5 – – 28ga 28″ M / F — OU – – Hand Engraved

BERETTA – RARE – BL-5 – – 28ga 28″ M / F — OU – – Hand Engraved: A VERY RARE Gun!  M / F (.010 / .023) Vent Rib, Mid Rib Bead, Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger, Hand Engraved, Long Trigger Guard Tang, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs 3 oz. Price: $3950

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Filli. Piotti Montecarlo 28 Gauge Sidelock Ejector – Extra Finish, Fabulous Wood and Engraving - Nizzoli Cased
Filli. Piotti Montecarlo 28 Gauge Sidelock Ejector – Extra Finish, Fabulous Wood and Engraving – Nizzoli Cased

Flli. Piotti Montecarlo 28 Gauge Sidelock Ejector – Extra Finish, Fabulous Wood and Engraving – Nizzoli Cased: Beautiful Filli. Piotti Montecarlo 28 gauge with fabulous wood and signed engraving. Long 14-3/4” Length of Pull to a checkered butt. Great engraving by Granetti with full case coloring. Toplever inlaid with gold crown. Cased in a Nizzoli leather case with maker’s label and accessories including snap caps and mahogany cleaning rod with attachments and proof certificate in Piotti wallet. All metal and wood finishes in great condition. Made in 1989 with double triggers, rolled edge trigger guard and manual safety. It’s an upland gunner’s magic wand at 5lb 12oz. Not many 28 gauge Piottis around especially in the condition of this Italian beauty!   ***   The 27” barrels have auto ejectors and are topped by a raised, solid tapered crosshatched rib. Chambered for 2-3/4” shotshells. The right barrel is bored 0.555 with a constriction of 0.010 for Modified choke. The left barrel is bored 0.554 and has a constriction of 0.015 for Improved Full choke.   ***   The breathtaking figure on the buttstock is beautifully finished and has crisp checkering. Stock dimensions are 14-3/4” to a checkered butt by 1-3/8” by 2”. Slightly cast-off for the righthand shot.   ***   This great handling and handsome 28 gauge is a lethal weapon for the experienced wingshooter. Ideal for quail, grouse, woodcock, dove and clays. You will be proud to uncase it at the range or carry it afield. Time runs short. Isn’t time to reward yourself? Price: $26,595

R. G.OWEN CUSTOM OVER UNDER 12 GAUGE WITH AN EXTRA SET OF BARRELS:
R. G.OWEN CUSTOM OVER UNDER 12 GAUGE WITH AN EXTRA SET OF BARRELS:

R. G.OWEN CUSTOM OVER UNDER 12 GAUGE WITH AN EXTRA SET OF BARRELS:
32″ VENT RIB MOD AND FULL 2 3/4″, 28″ VENT RIB IC AND MOD 2 3/4″,  SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER, EJECTORS, 3 PIECE FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, LIGHT MARKS IN THE WOOD, LIGHT BLUE WEAR, OAK & LEATHER CASE, 7LBS 15 OZ, 2 3/8″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $8,500

E.J.Churchill Best Quality 20 Gauge Boxlock Ejector
E.J.Churchill Best Quality 20 Gauge Boxlock Ejector

E.J.Churchill Best Quality 20 Gauge Boxlock Ejector: Model: Best Boxlock, Serial Number: 1856, Barrel Length: 26”, Bore Info: Left- .619″ Right- .621″, Chambers: 2 3/4”, Ejectors: Yes- very strong Southgate, Condition: Excellent, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Excellent, Bore Condition: Excellent, Barrel Type: Fluid Steel, Action: Best Boxlock w/ third fastener, Triggers: Double, Stock: Straight grip / Splinter, Stock Drop: 2 1/4”, Stock Comb: 1 5/8”, Stock Heel: 2 1/4”, Stock Cast: 3/8” cast off for right hand, Fore End: Small splinter, Butt Pad: Maker’s checkered butt, LOP: 14 3/8”, Rib: Concave hand-matted, Finish: Case colored/ blue, Weight: 5 lbs. 6 ounces, Sights: Single bead at muzzle, Manufacture Date: 1911, Choke Left: .003″, Choke Right: .002″, Engraving: Full coverage tight Summer scroll, Extras: Makers best leather trunk case with accessories, Case: Trunk case with canvas cover, Proof: Nitro: Yes, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .034″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .029″ Price: $8,495

Beautiful cased lightweight original Charles Boswell 20ga ejector gun with perfect modern dimensions:
Beautiful cased lightweight original Charles Boswell 20ga ejector gun with perfect modern dimensions:

Beautiful cased lightweight original Charles Boswell 20ga ejector gun with perfect modern dimensions: Absolutely dandy 20ga Charles Boswell boxlock game gun made with 28″ Damascus barrels that are Nitro proved.  FULLY TAPERED BORE.  High grade gun with arcaded fences.  Gun made with straight grip buttstock, splinter forend, double triggers and ejectors.  Gun is beautifully engraved and remains in excellent original condition with some case color remaining.  Barrels retain nearly all of their pattern.  Bores are bright and shiny, and the gun is on face with crisp mechanics. Price: $7500 

B Rizzini Aurum Extra 28 Gauge Over Under Shotgun
B Rizzini Aurum Extra 28 Gauge Over Under Shotgun

B Rizzini Aurum Extra 28 Gauge Over Under Shotgun: 28-inch barrels choked improved cylinder and modified.  Shotgun has a selective single trigger, automatic safety, long tang trigger guard and pierced opening lever. It is in excellent condition with shiny bores and smooth and tight lockup.  It is a fine handling 28 gauge that patterns well. Price: $2295

Great gun alert: 20g Piotti King, $9,999.99 ….

Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case
Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case

Armi F.lli Piotti is one of Italy’s top gunmakers. Found more than 50 years ago, it’s a family operation that builds world-class shotguns and double rifles. The model you see here — a King — is one of their best-quality guns. It’s rare to see one in 20 gauge for under $15,000.

Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case
Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case

So if this one checks out and is all good, it’s a great deal. Cabelas in Owatonna has it. Here’s more info about it from them.

Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case
Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case

Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case: Price $9,999.99

This is an outstanding Piotti King 1 20 gauge shotgun. The blue steel, dovetail lump barrels with single brass bead sight on the matte, concave rib, standard markings, 3-inch chambers with automatic ejectors, cylinder/improved cylinder chokes, underside of left barrel marked “W L MOORE, WESTLAKE, CA, “MOD. KING 1.”, and standard Italian proofs on the flats. Casehardened receiver and Holland & Holland pattern side locks with cocking indicators, dual triggers, and automatic sliding tang safety. The receiver and locks feature full coverage, tight scroll engraving with detailed floral flourishes. The tangs and rolled trigger guard are engraved to match and signed “GRANETTI” on the left side of the trigger. Attractively figured, checkered walnut straight grip stock and splinter forearm with engraved fittings, Anson latch, Piotti crest in gold inlay, and leather wrapped recoil pad. With leather bound take down case with Piotti interior label. Stock measurements are: drop at comb 1 1/2 inches; drop at heel 2 1/2 inches; length of pull 14 3/8 inches. Excellent with 95% original blue finish on the barrels, some light muzzle wear, small surface scratches, and some bright forearm marks. The receiver and locks have 65% original casehardened finish with some edge wear, uniform gray patina on the underside, and crisp, well defined engraving. The wood is also excellent with attractive figure, sharp checkering, and some small dings. Mechanically excellent. Case is good with stiff straps, scuffs and dings throughout the exterior, and corner and edge wear.

Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case
Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case

Chambers: 3 inch side x side with ejectors., Metal Condition: Very nice with minor wear and a little fading of the case color., Wood Condition: Excellent with attractive figure, sharp checkering, and some small dings., Bore Condition: Bright and shiny., Barrels: 26 1/2 inch blue with a raised concave rib., Triggers: Double triggers, Stock Dimensions: Drop at comb 1 1/2 inches; drop at heel 2 1/2 inches; length of pull 14 3/8 inches. Fore End: Splinter forearm with engraved fittings, Anson latch, Piotti crest in gold inlay. Butt Pad: Leather covered butt pad. Weight: 6 Lbs. 4 Oz. Sights: Single front brass bead. Chokes: Fixed, Cylinder and IC.

Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case
Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case

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OGDEN SMITH & HUSSEY IMPERIAL PIGEON SXS 12 GAUGE
OGDEN SMITH & HUSSEY IMPERIAL PIGEON SXS 12 GAUGE

OGDEN SMITH & HUSSEY IMPERIAL PIGEON SXS 12 GAUGE: 30″ WIDE PIGEON RIB 036 AND 038 CONSTRIXTION 2 3/4 NITRO, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 7LBS 15 OZ, 2 1/8″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $12,500

Francotte 20E 20 Gauge SxS - 1950, 99% CASE COLOR, MINTY!
Francotte 20E 20 Gauge SxS – 1950, 99% CASE COLOR, MINTY!

Francotte 20E 20 Gauge – 1950, 99% CASE COLOR, MINTY!, vintage firearms inc: General Specs: Francotte, Year 1950, 20 gauge, 5lbs 12oz, IC/M, LOP 14 7/16″, DAH 2 3/8″, DAC 1 1/2″, Serial Number: 89933. Auguste Francotte is world famous as a high-quality firearms maker from the gun making center of Leige, Belgium dating back as far as 1805.  Still making fine shotguns with price tags starting at $18,000, Francotte is a brand recognized and used by heads of state, business tycoons, and in some cases, the fortunate “Average Joe”. Search long and hard, you will not find another Auguste Francotte like this one.  First, this is the Model 20E, one of the higher grades A. Francotte offered in the boxlock ejector format and it has the sideplated action allowing for beautiful scroll engraving.  Second, the gun is 70 years old and RETAINS 99% OF THE FACTORY FINISH, INCLUDING ALL OF THE BOLD, VIVID, ORIGINAL BONE AND CHARCOAL CASE COLORS.  I HAVE NEVER SEEN A HIGHER CONDITION FRANCOTTE 20E!  Francotte guns are nicely built side by sides with a solid reputation for graceful looks and handling characteristics as well as rock solid dependability.  This fine Francotte, sn89933 built in 1950, has seen little use.  Beautifully hand engraved with FINE SCROLL ENGRAVING AND FOLIATE SCROLL BREECH BALLS, this is a very high-end side by side.  The wood is nicely figured European walnut showing lots of fiddleback figure and rich dark streaking, with most of the factory finish still there and the factory 28LPI hand-cut checkering in excellent condition.  There are field use marks in the buttstock wood, but all are superficial and there are no cracks or gouges in the wood.  We can restore the wood for you if you wish in a short period of time for an added cost; just ask about this in-house service we provide.  The gun weighs in at an ultra-light 5 3/4lbs. with its 26” Siemens Martin fluid steel barrels that are choked IC/M and have mirror perfect bores.  It is a very dynamic shotgun with the balance point on the hinge pin.  With the Prince of Wales style stock, it is lightning fast to the shoulder and puts a smile on your face when you handle her.  The gun is mechanically excellent with strong, well timed ejectors, barrels tight on the hinge pin and breech face like a new gun, perfect screws, crisp triggers…all in perfect working order and in need of no work at all.  THERE ARE 5 LOCKING POINTS ON THIS FRANCOTTE; A HIDDEN GREENER CROSS BOLT AT THE TOP RIB, DOUBLE UNDERLUG LOCKING BOLTS, SIDECLIPS, AND A THROUGH RECEIVER BARREL LUG, making sure the barrels are locked to the breech face laterally and vertically.  It just doesn’t get any better than that!  What a great gun for your upland pursuits, especially for the grouse and woodcock coverts and hunting over fine dogs.  She will represent well at the vintage sporting events too.  Francotte built some of the highest quality guns ever made and they are surprisingly affordable as this gun demonstrates.  Thanks for looking!  Price: $8,950

Parker Repro DHE - 20ga - 26” - IC/M - DT - Straight Grip - Skeleton Buttplate - High Grade Wood - Leather Maker’s Case
Parker Repro DHE – 20ga – 26” – IC/M – DT – Straight Grip – Skeleton Buttplate – High Grade Wood – Leather Maker’s Case

Parker Repro DHE – 20ga – 26” – IC/M – DT – Straight Grip – Skeleton Buttplate – High Grade Wood – Leather Maker’s Case: 14 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ – some case color wear – some handling marks – would make a great grouse, woodcock and quail gun – it’s TIGHT like new otherwise. Excellent Field Configuration worthy of an upland hunter. Price: $5,500  

BERETTA - SO4 - 30" M / F - Quality Sidelock Over Under - Completely Refurbished !
BERETTA – SO4 – 30″ M / F – Quality Sidelock Over Under – Completely Refurbished !

Beretta – SO4 – 30″ m / f – quality sidelock OU – completely refurbished: 12ga, 2-3/4″, 29-1/2″ M / F (.724 – .030 / .039) – Hand Filed Vent Rib, Ejectors, Single Non-Selective Trigger, LOP 14-7/8″, Drop 1-1/2 to 1-3/4″, Neutral Cast, Weight 8 lbs 4 oz. Completely refurbished gun, and used little – if any – since. Bores are perfect, and at factory original specs. This gun was reproofed in 1993, and possibly refurbished at that time. The gun is ready to shoot, but you can detect slight movement in the barrels. Price: $3950

A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun
A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun

A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model: My personal benchmark gun. Decided after it being in the safe for several years that someone else needs to own it. Will start it out here for a week and see what happens. Specs are 26″ barrels choked .013 and .020 and bores of .729 per my Skeets, and 2 3/4″ chambers and ejectors. LOP to end of wood 13 1/4″. To end of Antiflinch Pad 14 1/4″. DAC 1 5/8″, DAH 2 7/8″. Weight and this is downright lovely is 6 lb 9 oz. A 12 bore made for bird hunting as they say. Serial Number. is 122114. Call this my benchmark gun because the case colors are just about mint. Slight fading on the underside, but they are all there. Blueing is 100 percent except for some small spot right around the top rib where Dan Rossiter from Custom Stocks and Steel, believed there may have been a bit oil or whatever missed when the factory did the barrels. Gun has been apart one time and that was by Dan when he checked the internals. He added the Antiflinch pad (forgot what was on it). Bought this at a small in Va from a collector. Gun’s bores were covered in cosmoline and per the house the gun had not been fired for over 50 years (who knows). Wasn’t fired much if at all. Some flaking on the finish in spots. I’ve done nothing to the gun and its time to move it on. Pictures when the sun comes up. Serial Number: 122114, Barrel Length: 26″, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: Excellent, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Small bit of flaking, Bore Condition: Mint, Triggers: 2, Gauge: 12, Butt Pad: Jostam Anti flinch, Weight: 6 lb 9 oz, Choke Left: Mod, Choke Right: IC. PS.  This is a Savage marked gun with all the best Philly Fox features.   Also had twin Ivory beads (front and rear). Price: $1,950

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E.J. Churchill Premier O/U 28 ga., 29" barrels:
E.J. Churchill Premier O/U 28 ga., 29″ barrels:

E.J. Churchill Premier O/U 28 ga., 29″ barrels: Choked .005/.009 (improved cylinder/open modified)  feature a raised, tapered file cut game rib.  Auto ejectors, auto safety, single trigger.  The round bar action is engraved in the finest small scroll with a fabulous scene of flushing quail on the action bottom and framed with “EJ Churchill Premier” in gold.  The locks also bear the Churchill name, also in gold, contrasting against the old silver finish.  Truly a sensational visual treat!  Pistol grip stock of dark, old-world burl walnut with extraordinary figure measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2-3/8″ heel, 14-3/8″ to a checkered butt, slight cast for a right-hand shooter.  Slight forward bias, weighing only 5 lbs., 10 oz., results in an exceptional feel and swing.  A true masterpiece! Just the ticket for quail and dove! Deluxe brass cornered leather case with outer canvas cover. Offered at half of replacement. Price: $57,500

Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge (Extra Finish) King Holland & Holland Royal
Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge (Extra Finish) King Holland & Holland Royal

Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge (Extra Finish) King Holland & Holland Royal: 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 Price: $14,900

Scarce Parker VH 28ga "00" Frame Gun with perfect dimensions
Scarce Parker VH 28ga “00” Frame Gun with perfect dimensions

Scarce Parker VH 28ga “00” Frame Gun with perfect dimensions: Made in 1927, this handy little gun made on a “00” frame with 26″ Vulcan Steel barrels.  Made with splinter forend, double triggers, and extractors.  The gun has been completely restored by Larry Del Grego and Sons and made into a straight grip gun with fantastic modern stock dimensions with a long LOP.  Overall, the gun remains in superb condition as restored by Del Grego.  It retains virtually all finish to both wood and metal showing only very minor use and handling marks.  Mechanics are crisp and the bores are bright and shiny. Price: $14,500

William Evans Sidelock 16g in wonderful condition~ Check out the engraving and case color!
William Evans Sidelock 16g in wonderful condition~ Check out the engraving and case color!

William Evans Sidelock 16g in wonderful condition~ Check out the engraving and case color: This London 16 is in wonderful condition with over 90% original case color remaining. It is light and balances well and is tight as a drum. The trigger pulls are crisp and the auto ejectors shoot the shells across the room. Beyond wonderful condition, this London sidelock has near full coverage acanthus leaf engraving that is just stunning. What a wonderful little bird gun! Serial Number: 16988, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 26 1/2″, Barrel Type: Steel Action: Sidelock ejector, Gauge: 16 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 3/8″, Stock Heel: 2 5/16″, Stock Cast: 7/16″, LOP: 14 7/8″, Weight: 6 lbs. 1/2oz.,  Choke Left: .032 extra full, Choke Right: .010 IC, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .032″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .032″. Price: $4,900

Browning Superposed 20ga in Tolex Case
Browning Superposed 20ga in Tolex Case

Browning Superposed 20ga in Tolex Case: Early Browning Superposed 20ga with 28″ vent rib barrels in very nice original Tolex case made in 1950.  Gun has been used and shows some finish loss on the bottom of the receiver and stock but is otherwise in very good condition.  The 28″ vent rib barrels are choked IC/M and are for 2 3/4″ shells.  The Tolex case is in excellent condition however the inside strap is missing. Price: $4000

Online auction alert: 20g Beretta BL-4 OU shotgun …

BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER
BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER

Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of my all-time favorite over-under bird guns. This Beretta BL-4 has everything you need for upland hunting: 3″ chambers, ejectors, IC & Mod chokes, a single selective trigger. It looks a little used (yeah – the pics suck), but it also looks like you can get a great deal on it if you act now.

Beretta was one of the first gunmakers to offer an OU on a low-profile, Boss/Woodward-style action at a price most Americans could afford. The companies first generation of these OUs was launched in 1955. In the U.S., they were called the Silver Snipe, Golden Snipe, & Ruby Snipe.

BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER
BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER

They were followed by Beretta’s BL-line of OUs, which showed up in here in 1968 and were imported until 1973. Like on the Snipes, Beretta’s BL OUs used modern steels and a simple trigger plate action with dependable coil springs. The barrels were built with a unique monoblock design and the guns BL-4s came with vent ribs, automatic ejectors, and hand engraving.

BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER
BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER

Beretta Model BL-4 O/U 20 gauge shotgun. Serial Number: X02317. Manufactured by Beretta in late 1960s. The engraving was hand done. Barrels: 67 mm, 26 1/4”. Fixed choke: IC and Modified. LOP 14 3/8″ DAH 1 7/8” DAC 1 1/4”. Pachmayr Decelerator SC100 recoil pad installed in the fall of 2019. The gun shows normal wear from field use. The barrels are in very good condition and have no pitting.

BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER
BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER

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PARKER AHE 20 GAUGE:
PARKER AHE 20 GAUGE:

PARKER AHE 20 GAUGE: #184302, O FRAME, 26″ MOD AND FULL, 2 3/4″, CHAMBERS,  .012″ AND .024″ CONSTRICTION, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, SKELETON BUTT, ORIGINAL METAL, WOOD HAS HANDLING MARKS, INCREDIBLE ENGRAVING, 5LBS 10 OZ, 2 1/2″ DAH, 1 7/16″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP Price: $39,500

William Greener 10g Percussion Side-by-Side 1853 New York Exhibition
William Greener 10g Percussion Side-by-Side 1853 New York Exhibition

William Greener 10g Percussion Side-by-Side 1853 New York Exhibition: An incredible William Greener 10g Percussion Gun made for the 1853 New York Exhibition and remains in remarkable original condition.   The gun is fitted with bar action locks with “Newcastle” style hammers and engraved in wonderful game scenes, obviously inspiring the engraving patterns of the later W.W. Greener high-grade guns. The right lock plate shows two setters pointing a brace of grouse, one looking over its shoulder (a tell-tell characteristic of original Greener guns). The left lock shows two running setters behind the hammers and a brace of snipe, one flushing one looking over its shoulder surrounded by full coverage and expertly engraved acanthus scroll, The trigger bow engraving shows a brace of pointers surrounded by scroll. Hammers and the breach block feature a dog’s head surrounded by matching scroll engraving. Furniture is also fully covered in matching scroll. The 29 3/4″ William Greener’s Laminated Steel barrels have a smooth game rib, platinum inlays with extensive engraving scroll along the full length of the rib, at the breaches, in the middle of the barrels and at the muzzles. The highly figured walnut is beautifully checkered in a point pattern on a straight hand grip and forend.  The stock has a 14″ LOP over a smooth steel butt plate with a game scene engraved 4-tiered “widow’s peak” depicting a brace of pheasant, the hen flushing, and the rooster looking over his shoulder surrounded by matching scroll. The original gold-stock shield between the hammers remains blank. Finally, the gun is housed in its original Oak & Leather case lined in a blue calf’s skin with its original trade label and host of accouterments.  Retains probably 20% original case colors in protected areas. Much of the original black remains on trigger bow and there are strong traces of original black on trigger bow tang and butt plate. The balance of metal having a soft silvered patina and the engraving remains sharp showing all its original shading and detail. The platinum letters on top rib remain all intact and remain flush. The bores remain in excellent condition and the barrels are bulge and dent free. Finally, the original case remains sound and sturdy and in equally remarkable condition as the gun. In addition to its history and provenance, this is without a doubt the oldest gun I have ever handled in such high, original condition and a testament to the illustrious reputation the elder Greener is famous for.  Price: $25,000

SANDRO LUCCHINI 28 & 20 BORE SIDELOCK HAMMER GUN- BOTH Bbls. 29" CHOPPER LUMP- MADE 2001- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- EXC. ENGRAVING- OVERALL 98%
SANDRO LUCCHINI 28 & 20 BORE SIDELOCK HAMMER GUN- BOTH Bbls. 29″ CHOPPER LUMP- MADE 2001- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- EXC. ENGRAVING- OVERALL 98%

SANDRO LUCCHINI 28 & 20 BORE SIDELOCK HAMMER GUN- BOTH Bbls. 29″ CHOPPER LUMP- MADE 2001- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- EXC. ENGRAVING- OVERALL 98%: #60978, Sandro Lucchini, Brescia, Italy: A Bar Action Sidelock Manual Cocking Extractor Hammer Gun with 20 & 28 Bore 29″ Barrels, Made in 2001, Each set of barrels with their own splinter forend, Both barrels are Demibloc and chopper lump, Top tang safety, The 20 bore chopper lump barrels at .623 .015 & .021″ (Mod. & Full), 3″ chambers, 1.160 KG weight barrels; The 28 bore chopper lump barrels at .547 .014 & .020″ (Mod. & Imp.Mod.), 2 3/4″ chambers, 1.120 KG weight barrels, Double triggers with the front articulated, Splinter game forend with a frontal Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 2” over a 9/16″ removable leather pad, It will go 15 5/16″ LOP with a 1″ pad installed, True game gun weight at 6 lbs. 9 oz. with the 28 bore barrels and 6 lbs. 10 oz. with the 20 bore barrels, Excellent Turkish Walnut that borders on being exhibition wood, 25% coverage of superb scroll engraving and signed on a coin finished frame; The engraving covers the top lever, hammers, trigger plate, forend metal, trigger guard and tang; Gold inlaid border surrounding the entire lockplates, frame and trigger guard, Gold inlaid serial number on the guard tang, Gold crown on the toplever; “S. Lucchini” in Gold on the left lockplate, It has very nicely carved fences that complement the 19th Century styled hammers plus a very nice carved frame. This exclusive 20/28 Bore Game Gun remains totally original. The barrels are new inside and out and ring with an awesome chime. This piece retains 99% blue on both barrel sets, the wood is 97% with very light hunting marks, the checkering is at 100% and the coin finished frame and forend iron are at 98%. The whole is cased in the maker’s leather cornered leather trunk. Here is another Classic Italian game gun with manual hammers with a top tang safety for fun 20 & 28 Bore gunning by one of the leading Italian gunmaking firms in the world. This is an exclusive side by side hammer gun which combines 19th century traditional lines with 21st century metallurgy and mechanics. This is a treasure in the field and in the gun cabinet. Price: $15,500

Auguste Francotte 20ga 25E Jubilee- REAL PHOTO's of a Gorgeous shotgun
Auguste Francotte 20ga 25E Jubilee- REAL PHOTO’s of a Gorgeous shotgun

Auguste Francotte 20ga 25E Jubilee- REAL PHOTO’s of a Gorgeous shotgun: Superb condition lightweight game gun- 28″ bores choked .001″ & .017″ are perfect. Appears to have been used little.  Serial num,mber 88396 would indicate by published tables to be 1937.  Stamped on barrels ABERCROMBIE & FITCH CO US AGENTS NEW YORK. Exceptionally well executed deep relief engraving, enough case colors to show she is honest. Sideclips, ejectors.  Locks like a vault with the best of sounds. 14 1/4″ LOP over a real horn buttplate 5lbs 14oz. 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ with 1/8″ of cast.  Multi lifetimes of use to be had out of this gun.  You simply could not find this level of build quality today for quadruple the money-can’t be done. Price: $6900

Kimball 2" 12 Gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun
Kimball 2″ 12 Gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun

Kimball 2″ 12 Gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun: 25″ Chokes: Cyl – Cyl L.O.P. : 14 1/4″ Drop: 1 1/2 C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 5 lbs 2 oz Ser. #: 87246 Used. Price: $3,995

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WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST PRE WAR DROPLOCK DOUBLE RILE 9.3X74R
WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST PRE WAR DROPLOCK DOUBLE RILE 9.3X74R

WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST PRE WAR DROPLOCK DOUBLE RILE 9.3X74R: MADE 1921. STARTED LIFE AS A 400-360. REBORED AND REFINISHED BY WESTLEY RICHARDS. 26″ BARRELS WITH 1 STANDING AND 4 FOLDING LEAF SIGHTS. DOUBLE TRIGGER. EJECTORS. SPLINTER FOREARM. PISTOL GRIP. MINT CONDITION. HUEY CASE. WITH MAKERS LABEL. 9LBS 14 OZ.  Price: $29,500

F.LLI PIOTTI Model King No.1 20ga 27" LtM & IM, Fancy Turkish walnut, Factory leather case:
F.LLI PIOTTI Model King No.1 20ga 27″ LtM & IM, Fancy Turkish walnut, Factory leather case:

F.LLI PIOTTI Model King No.1 20ga 27″ LtM & IM, Fancy Turkish walnut, Factory leather case: Serial #  8891, Country of Origin  Italy, Barrel Length (in Inches) 27″, Choke R  Lt.M (.010″), Choke L  IM (.020″), Trigger  DT (Double), Stock Configuration  Straight Grip, Gold oval, Recoil pad, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm with Piotii gold crest, Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib, Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving Type  King I Fine scroll Engraving, Other Options  Upgraded fancy Turkish walnut, Factory Leather case, 2 3/4″ chambers, Condition  EXC. Condition, Weight  5lbs 15oz, Dimensions  1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ x 14 3/4″ with 0 cast, Other Details  Mfg 1990. Price: $20,000

WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK 12- 32" Bbls.- 1925 TOTALLY ORIG GUN (Except Pad)- "C" BOLTING w/ 3rd BITE- SCALLOPED ACTION- HINGED:
WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK 12- 32″ Bbls.- 1925 TOTALLY ORIG GUN (Except Pad)- “C” BOLTING w/ 3rd BITE- SCALLOPED ACTION- HINGED:

WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK 12- 32″ Bbls.- 1925 TOTALLY ORIG GUN (Except Pad)- “C” BOLTING w/ 3rd BITE- SCALLOPED ACTION- HINGED: #T8681, Westley Richards & Co. London: A Hand Detachable Modele de Luxe Ejector (Droplock) 12 Bore Completed in 1925 That Remains Totally Original Except for the Pad, 32″ barrels, “C” Bolting Dolls Head Third Fastener Rib Extension, Hinged cover plate, Scalloped action body, 32″ Ejector Dovetail Lump barrels originally proved at 1 1/4 ounce, The bores at .733 .015 & .042″ (Open Mod. & Full), Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .033″ and .032″ on the left barrel, Rounded action body, Original factory Single selective trigger and so marked, Scalloped action back, Splinter forend with a Deeley & Edge release, Straight hand stock at 14 1/16 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/8″ over a cushy pad with a rubber face (We will install a 1″ pad soon), Nice cast-off for the right hand, Very nice 32″ barrel weight of 7 lbs. 9 oz., 90% coverage of very well cut scroll engraving, Nice wood with very nice color and contrast, This Droplock remains totally original except the pad, Original 85% case colors, Original barrel black is at 90%, The barrel striking remains perfect, Original wood finish remains at 82-84%, The checkering remains at 94%, The barrels inside and out look like the day they left Westley and remain excellent plus, The breech face retains 90% case colors. It is cased in the original leather trunk with the proper trade label and cleaning accessories. Here is a Droplock Westley that qualifies as an exceptional piece from the Golden Era between the 2 great wars. This is a nice piece with desirable 32″ barrels. Price: $13,850

Caesar Guerini Revenant Game 20GA 30"
Caesar Guerini Revenant Game 20GA 30″

Caesar Guerini Revenant Game 20GA 30″: Pre-Owned Caesar Guerini Revenant Game 20GA with 30″ factory choke tubed barrels, factory solid game rib. Nitride finished side-plates with highly detailed game scene engraving with scrolls and grape leaves, gold motifs and highlights; Boss style forearm iron with full coverage engraving, long tang. Factory non-selective single trigger, Purdey style pistol grip stock to factory removable butt plate, fully checkered round game forearm. Outstanding condition, demo fired only-very minor handling marks 98%+ condition. Includes case, chokes and tools. Price: $10,995

Connecticut Shotgun RBL 16ga. – 29”, AS NEW, “RESERVE"
Connecticut Shotgun RBL 16ga. – 29”, AS NEW, “RESERVE”

Connecticut Shotgun RBL 16ga. – 29”, AS NEW, “RESERVE” VINTAGE FIREARMS INC: Serial Number: RBL004829. General Specs: Connecticut Shotgun, 2015±, 16 Ga, Weight 6lbs 12oz, Chokes LM/M, LOP 14 3/4″, DAH 2 1/2″, DAC 1 1/2″.  Many of you that enjoy shooting with the side by side shotgun are familiar with Tony Galazan’s well received RBL series of round bodied guns.  The gun presented here is an as new RBL RESERVE series from Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Co.  The RBL is a robust gun with excellent mechanics and a very appealing look with its bone and charcoal case colored receiver, gold plated triggers, and nicely figured walnut stock.  This gun shipped with 29” barrels that retain 100% of their fine rust blue, perfect bores, choked LM/M.  The metal overall retains 99.9% of the factory finishes, with the only wear of any kind at the safety on the top tang.  The wood has a very nice figure and retains all of its original finish and perfect checkering.  The gun balances dead on the hinge pin and has a very solid feel and comes to shoulder the way a fine side x side is supposed to.  Galazan has a solid performer with his RBL.  We have priced this gun to sell quickly, as I do not believe it has ever been in the field or used much at all.  There is only the faintest hint of a primer ring on the standing breech indicating very little shooting.  The RBL Reserve is a solid investment and will do you well on the sporting clays course or in the field. Price: $3,550

Let’s take a closer look: 16g Fratelli Piotti Monaco OU…

Flli Piotti - Monaco, OU, 16 gauge
Flli Piotti – Monaco, OU, 16 gauge

Here’s a great looking Italian over-under that deserves a closer look. This 16g Fratelli Piotti Monaco was one of last Sunday’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss.

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE

Fratelli Piotti was founded in 1960 by Araldo and Faustino Piotti. The company is a family operation that prides itself on combing traditional, handmade gunmaking with all the benefits of high-tech materials and the latest learnings and innovations.

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE

Their Monaco OUs are top-of-the-line guns. Their design and style borrows from both Boss & Woodward OUs and adds in Italian innovation and style. taken a classic British OU designs and updated them with modern innovations

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE

This one was engraved by Giorgia Contessa, one of Italy’s top talents in the field.

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE: CONTESSA ENGRAVED 28″ SOLID RIB TEAGUE CHOKES 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED BUTT AS NEW IN MAKERS OAK & LEATHER CASE 6LBS 12 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 5/16″ Price: $59,500

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE

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Flli Piotti - Monaco, OU, 16 gauge
Flli Piotti – Monaco, OU, 16 gauge

Flli Piotti – Monaco, OU, 16 gauge: CONTESSA ENGRAVED 28″ SOLID RIB TEAGUE CHOKES 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED BUTT AS NEW IN MAKERS OAK & LEATHER CASE 6LBS 12 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 5/16″ Price: $59,500

Garbi 28 gauge Model 100 Sidelock in near new condition

Garbi 28 gauge Model 100 Sidelock in near new condition: This appears to be a very well made look-alike of a Holland & Holland Royal. For a 28 gauge sidelock that takes 2 3/4″ shells. I do admit that this is a super value, especially as in this case where the gun is in near new condition. Deluxe features include chopper lump barrels, bushed firing pins, Hollands style hand detachable locks, and hinged front trigger. Serial Number: 15439. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 26″. Barrel Type: Steel. Action: Boxlock ejector. Gauge: 28 gauge. Stock Comb: 1 1/2″. Stock Heel: 2 1/4″. Stock Cast: 1/8″. LOP: 14 3/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 9.5 oz. Choke Left: .012″. Choke Right: .003″ Near Cyl. Proof: Nitro: 2 3/4″. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .036″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .035″. Price: $5,400

Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28 inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930
Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28 inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930

Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28 inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930: We are proud to bring you this listing for this mostly original condition Parker Brothers VHE 20 gauge shotgun on an “0” frame.  Serial Number: 233660. This was originally manufactured in 1930.  The shotgun features a set of factory 28 inch Vulcan Steel barrels with perfectly bright and shinny bores.  The finish on the barrels display some thinning and older rust spots that have been removed but not cold blued.  It displays factory automatic ejectors and 2.75 inch chambers.  It is equipped with double triggers.  The receiver still displays the factory case color with 85% coverage.  The stock has been cut one time in its life and a 2 inch piece of wood has been professionally fitted where it was cut.  The length of pull is 14.25 inches with a drop at the comb of 1.5 to 2 ¾ inches at the heel.  Neutral cast.  Total weight 6.08lbs total weight. Price: $5000

BERETTA - - BL-3 -- OU- - 28ga - 28" M / F - RARE - - MINT As New
BERETTA – – BL-3 — OU- – 28ga – 28″ M / F – RARE – – MINT As New

BERETTA – – BL-3 — OU- – 28ga – 28″ M / F – RARE – – MINT As New:1970 – Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28″, 2-3/4″, M / F (.007 / .024), LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″, Very Slight Cast Off, Weight 6 lbs. 3 oz. Like New – Looks Unfired – Metal 99++%, Wood 99% with a couple of very tiny marks. Price: $2075

L. Douard ~ Field ~ 12 Ga. ~ Boxlock ~ Side by Side:
L. Douard ~ Field ~ 12 Ga. ~ Boxlock ~ Side by Side:

L. Douard ~ Field ~ 12 Ga. ~ Boxlock ~ Side by Side: This is a very nice Belgian L. Douard double barrel boxlock shotgun in 12 Ga. Very good condition with bright shiny bores. Retains most of the original but thinning barrel blue and about half of the original case colors. The wood is very good to near excellent with minor dings and scratches. Chambers: 2-3/4″ with ejectors. Metal Condition: Very good. Wood Condition: Very good. Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 27″ blued with raised rib. Triggers: Factory double triggers. Stock: Checkered walnut with English style straight grip. Stock Dimensions: 14-1/2″ length of pull. Fore End: Matching checkered walnut splinter fore end. Butt Pad: Serrated wood butt plate. Weight: 6 lb 5 oz. Sights: Brass bead front sight on the raised rib. Chokes: Fixed improved modified x improved modified. Price: $799.97

Online auction alert: 20g Beretta BL-4, 28″ bbls …

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28" Barrels
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels

I’m always on the lookout for deals, and this 20g Beretta BL-4 looks like a good one to me. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction ends tomorrow, 4/19, @ 10:01 PM.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28" Barrels
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels

Upside: I think it’s in great shape, it looks like it has a nice, long LOP thanks to the professionally-installed pad. It also has 28″ barrels, 3″ chambers, and ejectors.

Downside: The opening bid is $1,295. So not a steal, but a deal.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28" Barrels
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels

Beretta’s BL-grade shotguns were imported from Italy by the Garcia Corp in the ’60s and through the ’70s. They feature a shallow, low profile action scaled to match the gauge and they were build to be rugged, reliable doubles that delivered a lot of quality for the money.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels: Choked light mod / Mod. The chokes were opened up from Mod / Full and a recoil pad installed by Briley Mfg in 2012. The LOP is 15 inches. The cast and drop were not adjusted. We do not know if the gold leaf on the action is factory original or not. It was present when the gun was purchased from an estate in 2010. The gun is in excellent condition and has been fired very little since it was acquired from the /estate. The action is tight and on the face.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28" Barrels
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels

Wow – a great looking 20g by Casartelli, engraved by Terzi…

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI

As much as I’ve learned about British and American gunmakers, there are still lots of continental makers I nothing about. Here’s one of them: a 20g Carlo Casartelli sidelock built in Brescia, Italy, and engraved by Mario Terzi. DORLEAC & DORLEAC L’ATELIER DE CHASSE in Perpignan, France, has this gun.

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI

I think Casartelli was more of a rifle builder than a shotgun guy. Googling him turns up very little info. Master Engraver Mario Terzi is one of Italy’s most famous engravers.

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI

As for the gun, it’s a nice Italian take on the classic British Holland & Holland-style sidelock. I love how crisp, clean, and precise everything is, and how modern the gun looks. The engraving is great spin on the typical rose & scoll patterns you see on best-quality London guns.

Here’s the info on it from the seller:

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI: Chambers: 70mm / 2¾” Side by side sidelock ejector smallbore gun of an exceptional quality made by Carlo CASARTELLI in Concesio, Valle Trompia, Brescia. This Purdey double grip model is fitted with interceptor sear sidelocks and mechanical single trigger. The tumblers of the H&H pattern sidelocks have a small boss sliding in a mortise of the front attachment whose end-of-travel abuts on the mainspring upper branch ensuring their rebound out of strikers. The action, with finely edged detonators, as all the trimmings, are entirely scrolls and bouquets engraved under nitride tempered French grey finish. The outstanding quality of execution engraving bears the prestigious signature of master Mario TERZI. The 27″ game rib chopper-lump barrels, with their perfectly polished bores, are 3/10° and 5/10° at the chokes, while the hammers of the H&H ejectors hit the large rimmed cartridges extractors. The 15″ stock is cut from a splendid French walnut blank and, like the Purdey bolted forend, is finely diamond point checkered. This gun, perfectly balanced at the join, weighs 6lb. 3oz. Price: €15,000

TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI
TERZI engraved Best Quality 20 GA Sidelock Ejector CARLO CASARTELLI

What makes Caeser Guerini shotgun so impressive…

New Caeser Guerini Invictus M-Spec 34"
New Caeser Guerini Invictus M-Spec 34″

Italian shotguns have always impressed me, and a trip I took last week reminded me why.

Greystone Castle Sporting Club
Greystone Castle Sporting Club

I attended Caeser Guerini’s 2020 Writer-Dealer Event at Greystone Castle Sporting Club, and  all the over-unders there displayed an admirable commitment to quality and innovation.

New Caeser Guerini Maxum Gold Field
New Caeser Guerini Maxum Gold Field

For field guns, Caesar Guerini has added two new over-unders: the Maxum Gold Field (a limited-edition version of the gun shown here) and a 28-gauge version of their Revenant model.

New Caeser Guerini Revenant in 28g
New Caeser Guerini Revenant in 28g

To their Syren line of shotguns for women, they’ve also added two models.

Syren Elos N2 Elevate
Syren Elos N2 Elevate

First, there’s the Syren Elos N2 Elevate — a new model of this gun. It uses Fabarm’s Quick Release Rib System to change the Syren Elos N2 Elevate’s point of impact. In minutes, this gun can adapt to Trap, Skeet, or Sporting Clays.

Changing ribs, changing POI on the Syren Elos N2 Elevate
Changing ribs, changing POI on the Syren Elos N2 Elevate

There’s also the new Syren Julia Sporting. Aesthetics have always been a Guerini strong point, and this new double is a real head-turner — and clay buster.

To their Invictus target guns, Caeser Guerini introduced three models: the Invictus II Sporting, the Invictus III Sporting Limited, and the Invictus I M-SPEC 34” Specialist.

New Caeser Guerini Invictus II Sporting
New Caeser Guerini Invictus II Sporting
Caeser Guerini Invictus III Limited Edition
Caeser Guerini Invictus III Limited Edition
New Caeser Guerini Invictus I M-SPEC 34” Specialist
New Caeser Guerini Invictus I M-SPEC 34” Specialist

Built to fire a million rounds and keep on going, these OUs draw on their patented Invictus Block and easy-to-replace Invictus Cam pivot points to make them easy to tighten them up and bring the barrels-to-action connection back to factory specs.

Replaceable Invictus Block on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun
Replaceable Invictus Block on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun

While you can make this repair with other OUs, you can do it quickly and with incredible precision and with almost zero hand-fitting with an Invictus. This helps keep your Invictus gun in your hand and shooting, rather than on your gunsmith’s bench in pieces.

Replaceable bbl-hinges on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun
Replaceable Invictus cams on a Caeser Guerini Invictus OU shotgun

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

 

Piotti 20 Gauge King SxS Sidelock Shotgun
Piotti 20 Gauge King SxS Sidelock Shotgun

Piotti 20 Gauge King SxS Sidelock Shotgun: Cole Fine Guns San Antonio has the privilege of offering for your consideration this fine Piotti 20 gauge King 1 bearing serial # A067.  This fantastic Piotti specimen features full coverage scroll and rosette engraving by Mr. G Zacchi.  The coverage is complete and executed at the highest level.  The barrels are 29 inches and choked Improved Cylinder and Modified.  There is a concave rib that naturally draws the eye allowing for even more focus and attention to the intended target.  Buttstock and semi beavertail forend are wonderfully figured walnut and display considerable contrast in the dark hues as opposed to the lighter tones and shades of this piece.  The firearm is cased in a fitted leather-trimmed Negrini case. Price: $25,900

PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN

PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: 26″ BARRELS, .005/.005 CHOKES, 3″ CHAMBERS, SPLINTER FOREND, FACTOR STRAIGHT GRIP “RARE”, 14″ 1 3/4″-2 7/8″, OOO FRAME, BRIGHT SHINY BORES, 95% BARREL BLUE, TIGHT ON FACE, GOOD SHOOTER ALL ORIGINAL UNALTERED PARKER CORRECT TO THE RECORD BOOK. Price: $24,500

Rare high original condition Lefever EE 16ga with straight stock and 30" Krupp
Rare high original condition Lefever EE 16ga with straight stock and 30″ Krupp

Rare high original condition Lefever EE 16ga with straight stock and 30″ Krupp: Easily the very finest EE Grade 16ga I have had in more than 30 years of aggressively chasing Lefevers.  This RARE small bore Lefever in FINE high original conditon gun with 90% bright original case color on action.  Gun has been used very little and shows that it has been greatly cared for over its 110 years.  Engraved in beautiful EE Grade mid range pattern game scenes on sides and scroll.  The gun retains 99% restored barrel blue and wood finish. Price: $9950 

Beretta ASEL 20 ga., O/,  26"
Beretta ASEL 20 ga., O/,  26″

Beretta ASEL 20 ga., O/,  26″: Hand-filed vent rib barrels with double ivory beads are choked improved cylinder and full (.009/.024).  This late 1950s Abercrombie & Fitch gun features hinged front double triggers, auto ejectors and auto safe.  Fully engraved scallop-backed action, elegant special-order long forend, Prince of Wales grip.   Nicely figured Tyrolean walnut  stock measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2-3/8″ heel, 14-1/8″ LOP over the original wood butt.  Made in the same workrooms as the SO guns,  certainly the finest boxlock O/Us ever produced by Beretta.  The diminutive frame, scaled to the gauge allows this little 20 to weigh a mere 5 lbs, 10 ozs.  Honest example. Price: $6,750

Parker Reproduction 28GA, Double Triggers, Super Clean
Parker Reproduction 28GA, Double Triggers, Super Clean

Parker Reproduction 28GA, Double Triggers, Super Clean: 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 wood finish from being in the safe. Complete with canvas covered leather case and snap caps. Price: $4,995

All about the new Beretta’s new SL3 OU shotgun …

New Beretta SL3 OU shotgun
New Beretta SL3 OU shotgun

Last April I traveled to Italy for the launch of the Beretta’s new SL3 Over Under shotgun. Here’s an article I wrote about the trip for Shooting Sportsman magazine. Pics are from Project Upland’s A.J. DeRosa.

The Italian Way

Give me a ‘friggin break, Italy. It was a Sunday, almost 7 pm. After an overnight flight into Milan and a couple of hours on trains, I was in Brescia, sitting at the edge of a square called Piazzale Arnaldo, jet-lagged, cranky, and hungry enough to eat a gunstock.

I had booked a hotel in the part of town known for dining and nightlife, so I had charged out of it an hour earlier expecting to find crowds of people and bustling restaurants everywhere. I had imagined laughter, palmed glasses of red wine, and plates of Risotto alla Milanese and Tortelli di Zucca. But instead of walking into a scene from La Dolce Vita, I walked into ghost town out of a spaghetti western.

Everywhere I went, the streets were deserted: Via Tosio, Via S. Faustino, Via Crispi. Windows were shuttered; shops were closed; restaurants were empty. Nothing was open. I was looking to EAT, and my outfit, a dark shirt topped with a darker jacket, was ready to mask some spilled sauce. But there was no risotto or tortelli to be found anywhere. I couldn’t even get pizza. In Italy. Defeated and fading, I considered my situation. Room service at my hotel? Vending machines in the lobby? Did my hotel have vending machines? Ugh.

As I wondered, bells in towers throughout the city started to ring-in 7 pm. Dong, dong, dong. By the time they finished, the Piazzale Arnaldo had come to life. Couples appeared from around the corner and strolled by hand in hand. The Osteria Vecchio restaurant flicked on its lights and a waiter lined up tables on the stone walkway front. An old man with a cane tapped past. Within an hour or so, everything I had hoped to find earlier had appeared: Chatting people, open restaurants, and, finally, dinner: Casoncelli alla Bresciana (raviolis stuffed with meat, showered with sage butter, guanciale, and parmesan cheese). My shirt did not stay clean.

So what had happened? Basically, Italians do things their own way. On Sundays, that means spending the afternoon with family. Instead of going out around 5 pm (like an American expected them to do), they waited until later. As I would find out, the Italians also do things their own way when it comes to building firearms, and this is what made Beretta’s newest over-under so worthy of attention.

Beretta's new SL3 OU, different engraving patterns
Beretta’s new SL3 OU, different engraving patterns

Confusingly, Brescia is both una citta and una provincia in northern Italy. The second contains the first, and both are nudged against the Italian Alps, closer to Geneva than to Rome. The Provincia di Brescia is the industrial capital of Europe. Along with being a top producer of everything from automobile wheels to pipe fittings, the provincia builds 40% of the sporting guns sold throughout the world. In 2016, the province of Brescia sent more than 395,000 sporting guns to the U.S. alone. Most were built in Gardone Val Trompia, a town 30 miles north of the città di Brescia.

Gardone Val Trompia is squeezed into a valley (il Val Trompia) between mountain and peaks with wonderfully euphonic names like Monte Rodondone, Punta Almana, and Corni di Sonclivo. Unfortunately, the views of them from town aren’t worth seeing. This and Gardone Val Trompia industrial-park vibe keeps the area off of most tourists’ lists. Chances are, anyone traveling there isn’t looking for scenery; they’re looking for guns. Dozens of gunmakers and gun-related business are stacked into Val Trompia, from Zoli and F.lli Rizzini to the famous Creative Art engraving studio. The king of all them all is Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A. I was in Gardone Val Trompia to learn more Beretta’s new SL3, an over-under shotgun the company introduced to the U.S. at the 2018 Safari Club International Convention in Las Vegas. Compared to all the other OUs already on the market, I wanted to see if the SL3 was worth paying attention to at all.

At the range with Beretta's new SL3 OU
At the range with Beretta’s new SL3 OU

“With the SL3, we took all our experience in ballistics, all our experience in manufacturing premium guns, and all our experience in designing beautiful guns, and we put all of this together.” That’s Roberto Zarrillo, Marketing Manager at Beretta. If you know much about his employer, you realize Mr. Zarrillo’s saying a whole lot when he refers to “all our experience.”

Beretta is the world’s oldest gunmaker. It was established in 1526 by Bartolomeo Beretta. That was during the reign of England’s King Henry VIII and hundreds of years before James Purdey or Charles Parker were born. Over the last 492 years, Beretta has made everything from arquebus barrels to the M9 pistol used by today’s U.S. Armed Forces. Of course, Beretta has also made all types of shotguns.

In 1933, the company created its first breechloading OU: The Model S1. With sidelocks and a Woodward-style low-profile action, the Mod. S1 looked like a best-quality British OU. What set it apart was how Beretta built it–and its price. Using high-precision industrial techniques they perfected when building guns like their Model 1915 semiautomatic pistol, they updated traditional gunmaking techniques and turned out a world-class shotgun. Price wise, in the ‘50s, Beretta’s top-of-the-line SO3 cost $750, and a Purdey OU was $2,300. This combination of high-quality and affordability made the Mod. S1 and the sidelock Beretta OUs that followed revolutionary. It also made them the first successful Italian over-unders of the twentieth century and the foundation for all the over-unders Beretta builds today, including the new SL3.

Il Maestro Ferdinando Belleri, Beretta’s master gunmaker,

“Il Maestro” is a tough title to pull off, but with the just the right mix of sophistication and flair, Il Maestro Ferdinando Belleri, Beretta’s master gunmaker, nails it. When I met him, I didn’t know if I should shake his hand–or kiss it. We were in Beretta Due, home of the company’s Premium Division and where Maestro Belleri oversees the gunmakers who hand fit, stock, engrave, and finish Beretta’s finest firearms. As Il Maestro prepared to introduce me to his team’s new OU, I flipped through a brochure about this gun and read “The SL3 heralds a new era of Beretta premium shotguns, combining the finest Beretta technology available from our various product families.” Interesting, I thought. But that’s just ad copy. Let’s see what you’ve got.

What they had impressed.

Like Il Maestro, the Beretta SL3 has plenty of sophistication and flair. It’s a sideplated, over-under game gun available in 12 and 20 gauge, and it features a triggerplate-style action with V-springs, ejectors, and a single, selective trigger. The steel-shot approved barrels use screw-in Optima HP chokes, and right now they come in 28” and 30”. The pistol grip stocks are made of rich Turkish walnut, hand checkered (or not checkered, as an option) and dressed in a matte oil finish. Priced at $20,000, the SL3 is far from cheap. But it is more affordable than Beretta’s sidelock, SO-series over-unders which start at $27,500 and run to $90,000, and it’s less than other OUs aimed at the same market, like the sideplated Boxall & Edmiston (£25,200) and the James Purdey & Sons Trigger Plate (£55,000).

While the SL3 retains the classic features I’m used to seeing on Beretta OUs –trapezoidal locking shoulders on the barrels, pronounced hinge pins on the sides of the action, monoblocked barrels–the rest of the gun is unlike any other Beretta I’ve seen before. It’s slimmer than an SO10 and far rounder than a Beretta Giubileo. With its low profile, lack of sharp edges, and sweeping lines, it looks like it was designed in a wind tunnel. The stock is trim and minimalistic through the head and into the hand. There are no raised panels around the sideplates and there are no drop points. The forend iron, action, toplever and triggerguard complement one another with curves, sweeps, and sculpted layers finished in a mix of engraved, polished, and matte surfaces.

Action on the Beretta's new SL3 OU
Action on the Beretta’s new SL3 OU

While the overall design of the SL3 is very futuristic, the engraving patterns it’s offered in ground the gun in very 19th-century styles. Each pattern–floral scroll, gamescene, and fine English scroll–is cut with a five-axis laser system. While the first two patterns have their strengths, the gamebirds and rose bouquets look a bit flat and cumbersome. The floral scroll pattern doesn’t have either of these problems, and that’s one reason it’s the most impressive. It has a gorgeous Renaissance style with cross-hatch accents, and mesmerizing, three-dimensional look. The SL3 also comes in a stunning, unengraved, mirror-polished finish. Unengraved finishes are like Speedo bathing suits for firearms, and any gun wearing one better be flawless to avoid embarrassing itself. With subtle sculpting on the action and superb metalwork and fitting all around, the mirror-polished SL3s looks great. Even if they could blush, they wouldn’t have to.

Centuries from now, after artificial intelligence has taken over the world, our robot overlords may look back with fondness on their ancestors building shotgun components in Beretta Uno, the factory next to Maestro Belleri’s Beretta Due. Beretta Uno is home to the company’s cutting-edge gunmaking equipment. This is where the tubes that become the barrels are cold-hammer-forged into shape and then laser-welded together and the actions and other metal parts are milled out of bars of steel. The machines that do it do more than just run on their own, day in and day out without a break: they maintain themselves and, whenever needed, contact humans for assistance. That need doesn’t arise very often.

But even with all these high-tech techniques, the SL3 still requires at least a month of hand fitting by Beretta’s most skilled gunmakers to assemble and then stock, checker, fine tune, and complete. A good chunk of this time is spent “jointing” an SL3, gunmaking slang for fitting the barrels to the action and a skill machines are still far from mastering.

The SL3 unique three-point locking system secures the barrels to the action and displaces the forces released by firing the gun. The first of its three points is the hinge pins at the front of the action. Then there are the “lower hooks.” These are on the underside of the barrels, and they match up with blocks in the floor of the action. While the hinge pins and the lower hooks are designed to displace and spread out force, the third point in the locking system—the bolt and locking pins–keep the gun closed upon firing. The way the bolt and locking pins are built into the action is one of the most innovative aspects of the Beretta SL3.

On most Italian OUs, the locking pins (aka “bites”) fit flush against the face of the action. The bolt slides horizontally forward to engage with them and lock things down. Borrowing from their DT11 competitions guns, Beretta made a small modification to the SL3: Its locking pins slip into vertical grooves machined into the face of action and on either side of the firing pins. By moving these locking pins back from the hinge pin, Beretta increased their ability to keep the barrels from pivoting on the hinge. It’s a little detail that makes huge sense, and another example of how Beretta always looks to improve its guns.

In testing, the robustness of the SL3’s entire three-point locking system proved itself when it withstood the pounding of 11,500 magnum cartridges with no issues. Something else that’s special about the SL3 three-point locking system: All aspects of it–the hinge pins, lower hooks, and locking pins–are easy to replace. When any of them wear, new ones are easy to fit and the gun can be back to new—and back in the field—in no time.

At the range with Beretta's new SL3 OU
At the range with Beretta’s new SL3 OU

When it heads to the field, the SL3 shows off its Premium-gun lineage with the case it comes in. Handmade by Beretta’s in-house Custom Gun Case Atelier, it’s an upgraded version of the canvas-and-leather cases British shotguns used to come in. On the outside, it’s covered in blue cotton, with Italian leather straps and corner bumpers, and a Beretta-crested locking clasp. On the inside, it’s lined with quilted wool and features a removable leather pouch for chokes tubes and cleaning accessories. Very classy. And speaking of heading to the field, the SL3 shoots as good as it looks when it gets there. The 12 gauge I used on a five-stand course had a dynamic, weight-forward balance that made it easy to get on a target and swing through. Right off, I was dusting clays coming in, going away, dropping down, and crisscrossing. While the gun wasn’t lightweight, it didn’t feel clunky, and it did a great job of managing felt recoil.

The day after meeting Maestro Belleri and seeing his team’s new SL3, I was back in Brescia, eating pizza in the famous Piazza della Loggia, and thinking about Beretta and their contributions to gunmaking. Why had this company succeeded for almost five hundred years? And why are they still on cutting edge at the beginning of the 21st century? From what I could see, it was because Beretta did things their way, and that “way” included having the foresight to embrace technology and change. The SL3 is the most recent culmination of this vision. From what I saw, it’s an awesome shotgun that does a great job of updating classic shotgun aesthetics with the latest innovations in design and engineering. I would be proud to own one, and I’m sure anyone who purchases and SL3 will feel the same way, too.

Auction alert: 20g Beretta BL3 OU, 26″ bbls …

 

Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

Yes — another auction alert for 20g Beretta BL-3. I can’t help myself. These are great guns for short money, and I feel obligated to get the word out about everyone one I come across. This one is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends Sunday, 1/20/2019 @10:00 PM.

But there’s one thing to point out about this listing: It’s an “AS IS – No refund or exchange” sale. So when you buy, it’s yours — regardless of any issues you discover. Even though this guns looks pretty clean and original, here are a few questions I suggest asking the seller before bidding:

  • Are the barrels tight and on the face?
  • Are there any dents, dings, or bulges in the barrels? Any pitting?
  • Does the gun cock, fire, and function as it should?
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

Beretta Model BL-3 in 20GA with 26″ Barrel: (IC/M) and inertia trigger. Barrels are Improved Cylinder and Modified with a selector which one will go first. Excellent condition. Manufactured about the end of the 60’s, beginning of the 70’s.

Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

Good gun alert: 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, straight grip …

 

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s one of the all-time great doubles – and one of the best bird guns you’ll ever find.

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Beretta introduced the 686 Onyx around ’88 and built them until around ’99 or so. In that time, the gun gained a reputation for being a rugged, reliable OU that handled well and was easy to maintain and repair. I saw my first one in the mid ’90s and couldn’t get it out of my head. Like the one for sale here, it had a straight stock and its matte-black finished looked so ‘friggin cool.

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel ShotgunPrice: $1,399.99
Manufacturer: Serial # F0314XX
Caliber: 20 Ga.
Chambers: 3″
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good with few handling marks
Barrels: 26″ Blued with vent rib
Triggers: Single gold metal trigger
Stock: Walnut straight grip with checkering
Fore End: Matching walnut with checkering
Butt Pad: Rubber Butt Pad
Weight: 6 lbs
Sights: Silver bead
Chokes: IC and Cyl

5 Doubles You Don’t Want to Miss….

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR SIDE-BY-SIDE PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR SIDE-BY-SIDE PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR SIDE-BY-SIDE PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE: #24XXX, 30″ SELF OPENING 041 AND 041 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 7LBS 6 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 14 3/4″ LOP. Price: $47,500

Armi. F.lli Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS (Extra Finish)
Armi. F.lli Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS (Extra Finish)

Armi. F.lli Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS (Extra Finish): 26″ Bbls. 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

Parker Reproductions – DHE 28ga, SxS, Double Triggers, 26” IC/Mod
Parker Reproductions – DHE 28ga, SxS, Double Triggers, 26” IC/Mod

Parker Reproductions – DHE 28ga, SxS, Double Triggers, 26” IC/Mod: Beautifully figured pistol grip stock with skeleton butt, double triggers, splinter forend, automatic ejectors, gold oval, 99% case color, 99% wood and finish, 99% bluing, perfect condition throughout, includes maker’s case, canvas cover, manual, warranty card and hang tag. 5lbs. 4oz. 14 3/8” X 1 1/2” X 2 3/8″. Price: $5,250.00 

H. Mahillion 20g Sidelock SxS Shotgun
H. Mahillion 20g Sidelock SxS Shotgun

H. Mahillion 20g Sidelock SxS Shotgun: Barrels are 26 ¾ inches, excellent bright strong bores with a single bead at the muzzle and matted rib. The barrels are bored cylinder. This lovely looking, lightly used, plated box lock ejector gun has metal that is 95% finished. This is straight grip English style stock and a splinter fore-end both nicely checkered. The length to heel is 13 inches. The Length to toe is 13 ¼ inches and the length to pull is 13 inches. The gun weighs 5 lbs. 9 ounces. This gun is perfect for a person of smaller stature. It comes with some original paperwork from H. Mahillion describing the gun in French. Price: $4,495

Garbi Model 100 Sidelock Ejector Game 20GA
Garbi Model 100 Sidelock Ejector Game 20GA

Garbi Model 100 Sidelock Ejector Game 20GA: 26″ fixed choke barrels (IC/M) with a swamped game rib. Five-pin Holland style side-lock with scroll engraving. Double triggers, Straight-Hand English stock to a checkered butt, splinter forearm. Minor handling marks on stock and forearm, very minor bluing wear on barrels. Does not include a case. Price: $2,995 

5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

 

A. GALAZAN BEST PINLESS SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE:
A. GALAZAN BEST PINLESS SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE:

A. GALAZAN BEST PINLESS SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE: RICHARD ROY ENGRAVED, 29″ SELF OPENER 005 AND 015 2 3/4 CHAMBERS, SINGLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT WITH ENGRAVED HEEL AND TOE PLATES, 6LBS 1 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 3/8″ LOP.  Price: $37,500

F.lli Piotti 20g King No.1 Sidelock Ejector Side-by-Side Shotgun:
F.lli Piotti 20g King No.1 Sidelock Ejector Side-by-Side Shotgun:

F.lli Piotti 20g King No.1 Sidelock Ejector Side-by-Side Shotgun: H&H pattern bar action sidelock ejector, case colored with very well cut engraving of rose bouquets and the finest English style scroll. Platinum cocking indicators, non-auto safety, and two triggers — the front one being hinged.
Nicely figured Turkish walnut stock has a straight hand, diamond-shaped grip and splinter forend with an Anson pushrod release.29″ Chopper Lump barrels,  3″ chambers: 3″ (76mm). Choke Left: .020″, Choke Right: .010″. Very fine and expertly cut checkering with Mullered borders. 14 9/16″ LOP over a 1″ Pachmayr pad.  Manufactured in 1996 (“BH” date code) the gun has 29″ chopper lump steel barrels with a raised concave matted rib and are choked IC/M. Price: $15,000

Williams Evans 12 Gauge Sidelock Ejector SxS Matched Pair
Williams Evans 12 Gauge Sidelock Ejector SxS Matched Pair

Williams Evans 12 Gauge Sidelock Ejector SxS Matched Pair: 28″ barrels, light modified & modified, perfect bores, 2 3/4″ chambers, cased, excellent plus. Price: $12,000. 

Fox Sterlingworth 16Ga SxS:
Fox Sterlingworth 16Ga SxS:

Fox Sterlingworth 16Ga SxS: Serial Number: 365631, Barrels: 28″, Chokes: Mod/Full. Price: $1,900

Ithaca SKB Mod. 100 20ga 28 in. S x S
Ithaca SKB Mod. 100 20ga 28 in. S x S

Ithaca SKB Mod. 100 20ga 28 in. S x S: Barrels choked F / M. Single select trigger. Non-ejector. Engraved scalloped boxlock action in extremely good condition. Wood has some handling marks. Very nice shotgun. 14 in. LOP to factory butt plate. Price: $1350

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