Here’s the perfect double for anyone new to upland hunting — or anyone looking for a deal. This Charles Daly/ Miroku Model 500 20 Gauge is on Gunbroker.com now. It’s a NO RESERVE auction, ending 11/9/2014 3:58:13 PM ET.
The Charles Daly Model 500 is a very basic side-by-side. But basic doesn’t mean cheap. It just means you’re getting a lot of quality for very little money. Miroku made Charles Daly’s shotguns from 1967 to 1976, and the one you see here cost around $150 in 1968. The Model 500 was made on the classic Anson & Deeley action. It came in 12 & 20 gauge with 26″, 28″, or 30″ bbls (chopperlump bbls, btw). All 20 gauges had 3″ chambers.
NO RESERVE – Charles Daly Model 500 side by side Miroku 20 Gauge shotgun: One side is full choke the other is Mod choke. The barrel has some tarnish here and there but not pitted. The break action functions perfectly and locks up tight. The fore stock and butt stock are in overall good shape, they do show normal signs of field use, but the original is in good shape and still in tact. The inside of the barrels is clean and shiny.
You probably don’t know it, but Miroku is one of the largest gun makers in the world. For many years, this Japanese company made Charles Daly over unders. Since 1973 they’ve made Browning’s Citori O/U shotguns, and today they also make firearms under the Winchester brand and under their own name.
The company has also made side-by-sides, including Browning’s BSS shotguns and their own line of boxlocks and sidelock doubles. The shotgun you see here is one of the sidelocks. There’s not a lot of info out there about these guns, but I think this model was made in the 1980s. I’ve seen a couple, and they’ve both been extremely well made shotguns, and great buys, too.