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

F.lli Piotti King I Sidelock I 20 Gauge I Sidelock
F.lli Piotti King I Sidelock I 20 Gauge I Sidelock

F.lli Piotti King I Sidelock I 20 Gauge I Sidelock: 28″ Chokes: IC – M L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 6 lbs 4 oz Ser. #: 9189 Price: $25,900

PURDEY "LIGHTWEIGHT", 12 gauge, 1937
PURDEY “LIGHTWEIGHT”, 12 gauge, 1937

PURDEY “LIGHTWEIGHT”, 12 gauge, 1937: This little Purdey is amazing.  It is very close to the way it left the makers in 1937.  It is safe to say that the blue and case color show at least 90% of their original glow.  The barrels are 26″ with 2 5/8″ chambers, proofed for 1 1/8oz., choked cylinder and improved cylinder.  The stock measures 14 1/2″  with 1 1/2″ drop at comb and 2 1/2.” at heel.  The gun weighs 6 1/4 lbs.  Checkering is sharp and both stock and forend are sound, no blemishes or repairs.  This little gun hasn’t been out very much. Now for the wonderful surprise.  The case includes all of the original tools, unused.  As pictured, they include:  three turnscrews, oil bottle, bore and chamber brushes, a field pull through, various small brushes and a stuck case remover, all in their leather pouches.  There is a spare set of firing pins, with their springs, housed in an ivory bottle. And the case is original for the gun. Reduced price is firm and includes 2 flats of RST ammo. Price: $22,500

Parker - GHE, 12ga, 100% New:
Parker – GHE, 12ga, 100% New:

Parker – GHE, 12ga, 100% New: 30” barrels choked Mod./Full, 1 ½ frame, late Parker/Remington production that is 100% new with very minor handling marks. Double trigger, automatic ejector, pistol grip, long length of pull, original factory pad. One of the highest conditioned guns we have ever owned. Collector quality, guaranteed authentic. It has all of the original trigger guard blue and even the forend has all the original case color. This gun is just new, untouched and authentic. If you are looking for the best, here it is. Price: $14,995

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE WAR 16 GAUGE
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE WAR 16 GAUGE

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE WAR 16 GAUGE: #67XX, 26″ IC AND MOD 2 3/4″, SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER, EJECTORS, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, MINTY ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS 14 OZ, 2 7/16″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP Price: $7,950

A.H.Fox 16ga. Sterlingworth 30" Barrels
A.H.Fox 16ga. Sterlingworth 30″ Barrels

A.H.Fox 16ga. Sterlingworth 30″ Barrels: Built-in Philadelphia in 1926. This gun has the hard to find 30″ barrels choked modified .015″ and full .035″.The gun is in outstanding all original condition. It retains 98% of the original case colors, 99% of the original barrel blue, and 98% of the original wood finish. All screws are still timed and appear to be unturned. The bores are mint with no dents, rust, or pits. The stock is sound with no cracks or damage. The top lever is far to the right and the barrels lock up with no play. This gun has been shot very little. I used it on doves this season and it handles and patterns beautifully. At 6 lbs 2 ounces, it would make a great walk up pheasant gun. Very hard to find in the configuration and condition. Price: $2995

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Holland & Holland “The Royal” .410 Bore 3” - Deep Engraving - Sidelock - Case Color - Rich Colors on Wood & Frame
Holland & Holland “The Royal” .410 Bore 3” – Deep Engraving – Sidelock – Case Color – Rich Colors on Wood & Frame

Holland & Holland “The Royal” .410 Bore 3” – Deep Engraving – Sidelock – Case Color – Rich Colors on Wood & FrameSmall Frame – Deep Engraving – Self Opener – Sidelock – Case Color – Rich Colors on Wood & Frame – Chokes: XF/XF – 26 1/2” Barrels – 14 7/8” X 1 3/8” X 2 1/8” – 4 lbs. 14 ozs. – Leather Pad – Accessories: Leather Case, Key, Oil, Oil Bottle & Patches – This Fine Shotgun has amazing rich case colors and wood – it’s dimensions and weight resonate that of a gun made for field adventure with a classy twist.  One of Holland & Holland’s small frame guns with the right configuration and style.  Nothing to apologize for on this gun, it has been shot – the evidence is so minute, I won’t mention it. Price: $89,995 

 

Piotti - King - 20 ga - Sidelock- Side-by-Side Shotgun: Price
Piotti – King – 20 ga – Sidelock- Side-by-Side Shotgun: Price

Piotti – King – 20 ga – Sidelock- Side-by-Side Shotgun: Price: $18,800.00 
Item Number: PIOA168
Shotgun type: SxS
Action: Sidelock
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 15 1/2 ”
Pad thickness: ”
Type of butt: Checkered Wood
Drop comb: 1 1/2 ”
Drop heel: 2 ”
Cast amount: 1/8 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 6 lbs, 4 oz
Manufactured in: Italy
Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: Leather Luggage Case
Extra barrels: 0
Barrel info:
Gauge: 20 ga
Chamber: 3 ”
Length: 28 ”
Chokes: IC/IM
Rib type: Concave
Comments : Gun is in very good condition with a few light blemishes, stock has inlaid initials.

J.P. Sauer & Sohn 16g SxS Boxlock Ejector SxSJ.P. Sauer & Sohn Ejector Anson & Deely Boxlock

16 x 16 Ga 2 3/4 – 27 3/4. Best Krupp 3 ring steel chocked F & 1M  .024 – .020, 14 3/4 pull to checkered butt plate with heel and toe plates, Prince of Wales grip. Gold stock oval game scene and scroll engraving. 99% Barrel blue, 95+% case color. Made July, 1939. Custom ordered by a (Wielben Stuttgart Germany) Fine Condition. Price: $8900

J.P. Sauer & Sohn 16g SxS Boxlock Ejector SxS
J.P. Sauer & Sohn 16g SxS Boxlock Ejector SxS

 

Heym 20 Gauge SxS Boxlock Game Gun. Pre-WWII Beautiful Full Engraving Excellent Condition
Heym 20 Gauge SxS Boxlock Game Gun. Pre-WWII Beautiful Full Engraving Excellent Condition

Heym 20 Gauge SxS Boxlock Game Gun. Pre-WWII Beautiful Full Engraving Excellent Condition: Price: $8,250
Manufacturer Information: F.W. Heym of Suhl, Germany
Model: Sideplated boxlock
Barrel Engravings: Barrel band engraving. Barrels are highest quality Krupp steel.
Frame Engravings: Deep cut game scenes featuring setters and partridge surrounded by Germanic floral scroll.
Full coverage.
Condition Percentage: The gun retains 99% of the metal finish and 98% of the barrel blue.
Complete Serial Number: 6086
Date of Manufacture: Circa 1930
Finish: Coin finished receiver and rust blued barrels.
Action Type: Top lever Sideplated boxlock
Gauge: 20 Ga.
Barrel Length: 26” LOP: 15”
Specialty Features: Cased gun, full coverage engraving, cocking indicators, sideclips, checkered triggers.

Connecticut ~ RBL Launch Edition ~SxS~Boxlock~20 Ga.Price: $3549.77

Connecticut ~ RBL Launch Edition ~SxS~Boxlock~20 Ga
Connecticut ~ RBL Launch Edition ~SxS~Boxlock~20 Ga

Manufacturer: RBL001096
Caliber: 20 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 28″ Choke Tube barrels
Triggers: Double Hard Gold Trigger inside a rolled double edge trigger guard
Stock: 2X Premium Walnut Stock
Stock Dimensions:
14 1/4″ or 14 3/4″ LOP
Fore End: Splinter forend
Butt Pad: Hard Rubber Butt Plate
Weight: 6.2 lbs
Sights: Single Brass Bead
Chokes: Left barrel: Modified | Right barrel: Improved Cylinder
Extras: Includes the RBL Launch Edition Case with 5 Chokes. Features scroll engraving designed by Richard Roy.

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FRANCOTTE ABERCROMBIE & FITCH EAGLE GRADE SXS DOUBLE RIFLE .22 WRF
FRANCOTTE ABERCROMBIE & FITCH EAGLE GRADE SXS DOUBLE RIFLE .22 WRF

FRANCOTTE ABERCROMBIE & FITCH EAGLE GRADE SXS DOUBLE RIFLE .22 WRF:
ONE OF A KIND, 21″ BARREL WITH QUARTER RIB SIGHT, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS
SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION IN MAKERS CASE
4LBS 12 OZ X 14″ LOP. Price: $59,500

 

DICKSON 12 ROUND ACTION- ALMOST LIKE BUYING a NEW VINTAGE DICKSON- COMPLETELY REBUILT by DAVID McKAY BROWN- NEW 28" CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 2001
DICKSON 12 ROUND ACTION- ALMOST LIKE BUYING a NEW VINTAGE DICKSON- COMPLETELY REBUILT by DAVID McKAY BROWN- NEW 28″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 2001

DICKSON 12 ROUND ACTION- ALMOST LIKE BUYING a NEW VINTAGE DICKSON- COMPLETELY REBUILT by DAVID McKAY BROWN- NEW 28″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 2001:
#4915, John Dickson & Son, Edinburgh: A Total David McKay Brown Rebuilt 12 Bore Round Action Dickson Made in 1899, it now has a new 2001 set of 28″ barrels by David McKay Brown that are Ejector Best Quality Chopper Lump at .725 .016 & .024″ (Skt.II & Imp.Mod.), 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness .029″ on both barrels, Rib extension third bite, London Proved in 2001 at 850 BAR, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 5/8 x 1 9/16 x 2 1/4″ over a checkered butt, Slight cast-off for the right hand, 6 lbs. 7 oz., Very nice wood that was stocked by McKay Brown about 45 years ago which include a new forend at the time and lettered by McKay Brown, 99% of period scroll engraving with a slight bit of Celtic engraving on the trigger plate, 99% case colors and lettered by McKay Brown and all necessary parts re-hardened, 98% blue remains on the barrels with David McKay Brown’s name and address on the top barrel rib, The wood finish remains at 96%, The checkering at 100%, The barrels inside and out remain as new from 2001, The engraving was cut up where necessary by Brown and it was regulated and live tested as they do with their new guns. All information was lettered by David McKay Brown Gunmakers. The whole is cased in a well-kept leather trunk with a true vintage trade label. This piece is nearly like buying a new Round Action done by Brown. The round action was born in Scotland in 1887 and remains alive in the 21st century from the very capable hands of Mr. David McKay Brown. Price: $29,750

Piotti King 1 - 20 Gauge - Sidelock - Double Barrel - Side by Side Shotgun
Piotti King 1 – 20 Gauge – Sidelock – Double Barrel – Side by Side Shotgun

Piotti King 1 – 20 Gauge – Sidelock – Double Barrel – Side by Side ShotgunGORGEOUS IN EVERY ASPECT AND TIGHT AS NEW!! Price: $19,995 

  • 14 3/8″ LOP
  • 6 lbs 6 ozs
  • Slight cast for right  handed shooter
  • Single Trigger
  • Ejectors
  • Crest Upgrade
  • Exhibition wood
  • 27″ barrels
  • IC/Mod
  • Straight grip
  • Splinter forend
  • Cased/Leather/with some accessories

LC Smith 3E 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun. Price: $3,950.00
Serial Number: 202xxx

LC Smith 3E 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
LC Smith 3E 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 32 inches
Action: SE
Triggers: Double Trigger
Gauge: 12 Gauge
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Plate
LOP: 14 1/8 inches
Weight: 8 lbs.

 

WEBLEY & SCOTT 12GA EJECTOR SXS BOXLOCK DOUBLE
WEBLEY & SCOTT 12GA EJECTOR SXS BOXLOCK DOUBLE

WEBLEY & SCOTT 12GA EJECTOR SXS BOXLOCK DOUBLEDOUBLE TRIGGER LONDON ADDRESS. BARREL LENGTH 30″ CHOKE RIGHT BARREL IMPROVED CYLINDER LEFT BARREL FULL CHOKE. FACTORY ORIGINAL BLUE WITH SOME LOSS DUE TO HANDLING. CASE COLORS ON FOREARM IRON AND SOME REMAIN ON RECEIVER. NICE SHARP ENGRAVING OF ACTION AND BARREL LUG. STOCK HAS BEEN REFINISHED  FACTORY CHECKERING HAS NOT BEEN REDONE AND REMAINS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.  SILVERS PAD HAS BEEN ADDED. LOP 14 1/2 DRAC 1 1/2″ DAC 2 1/2″ WEIGHT 7 LBS 2 OZ  BARRELS LOCK TIGHT TO FACE WITH FOREARM REMOVED. BORES ARE EXCELLENT NO RUST OR PITTING  AND NO DINGS. CHAMBER LENGTH 2 5/8″. Price: $1,595

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Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 NE
Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 NE

Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 NEIncludes leather case. Price: $29,999.99 

Metal Condition: Good with scratches and some finish wear at the muzzle. Bright CCH on the receiver.
Wood Condition: Very good with handling marks.
Bore Condition: Shiny with good rifling.
Barrels: 26
Triggers: Double triggers.
Stock: Checkered walnut.
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 14½
Fore End: Checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Old English red rubber recoil pad.
Weight: 10-lbs., 7-ozs.
Sights: Hooded front bead, 3-position rear blades.

Piotti King #1 12 Gauge Sidelock Side by Side
Piotti King #1 12 Gauge Sidelock Side by Side

Piotti King #1 12 Gauge Sidelock Side by Side99% CASE COLOR, CASED, EXHIBITION WOOD. Year 1991, 12 Gauge, 6lbs 13oz, SxS. Piotti shotguns are considered Italian “BEST” guns and are equal to any double guns made in the world.  Some say they even surpass a Purdey!  A full sidelock Holland style action, engraved by Italy’s best, stocked to the fences, chopper lump barrels, all combine to make a fine game or clays gun.  This Piotti, sn9032 made in 1991, has exhibition custom ordered factory upgraded wood, gold shield in forend, blank gold shield in belly of stock, 27″ barrels, 6lbs. 13oz., balanced on the hinge pin for dynamic handling, and the original factory case.  This is a gun that would cost $46,830 if ordered new today at 2017 prices from William Larkin Moore. This is a grand investment, and will continue to grow in value as the price of new guns like it increase.  Buying a fine Piotti at less than half price is the way to go! Price: $18,900

John Dickson & Son wonderful round action SxS shogun with original nitro proofed Damascus barrel
John Dickson & Son wonderful round action SxS shogun with original nitro proofed Damascus barrel

John Dickson & Son wonderful round action SxS shogun with original nitro proofed Damascus barrelsThis is a very nice Dickson with original nitro proofed high quality Damascus barrels. Price: $14,900
Serial Number: 4386
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 29
Barrel Type: Damascus
Action: Trigger plate
Gauge: 12 gauge
Stock Comb: 1 7/16
Stock Heel: 2 3/16
Stock Cast: 3/8
LOP: 16″ (14″ original)
Weight: 6 lbs. 3 oz.
Choke Left: .013 IC
Choke Right: .008 Skeet II
Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .022
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .023

Parker DHE 20 Gauge 30” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm All Original
Parker DHE 20 Gauge 30” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm All Original

Parker DHE 20 Gauge 30” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm All Original20 gauge, 30″ barrels, 2 3/4″ chambers. Chokes measure .018 right and .021 left. Full length matte rib with a silver front bead. The rib is marked PARKER BROS MAKERS MERIDAN CT USA TITANIC STEEL. Bores are bright and shiny. Double triggers, ejectors, automatic safety. Pistol grip stock is has a 14” length of pull to the front trigger over what is probably the factory recoil pad. Splinter forearm. Condition: Barrels retain 95% original bluing with numerous light handling marks and light scratches. The #0 frame retains 20% original color and the floorplate retains 30% original color. Forend iron retains little original finish. Trigger guard retains 10% original bluing. The stock retains most of its original finish with a few light handling marks. The forend had varnish added with a few light handling marks. Drop at comb: 1 5/8”. Drop at heel: 2 3/4”. Weight: 6.3 lbs. Mechanics are good. Price: $13,995

 

Ithaca 4E NID 12 Gauge SxS Trap Gun with 32" F/M ejector vent rib barrels with 2 3/4" chambers
Ithaca 4E NID 12 Gauge SxS Trap Gun with 32″ F/M ejector vent rib barrels with 2 3/4″ chambers

Ithaca 4E NID 12 Gauge SxS Trap Gun with 32″ F/M ejector vent rib barrels with 2 3/4″ chambersSmall white mid bead and large white front bead. Bores are excellent measuring .736 on the right and .741 on the left. Original barrel blue remains at 98%. Choked .033 right and .019 left. Reciever with typical 4E engraving retaining 90% vivid case colors. Cocking indicators. Rear position single selecive trigger. Pistol grip buttstock and beavertail forend with ebony inlay at tip. Deeley forend release. Vacant stock oval.  14″ LOP to new replacement Ithaca Sunburst pad.  DAC-1 1/2″  DAH-1 7/8″ Weighs 8lb 15 oz

This 1926 production NID has every available factory option and remains in excellent condition. Lockup is tight. Lever remains right of center. Ejectors strong and well timed. Ribs solid. Buttstock and forend solid. An outstanding vintage trap or clays gun. Chokes reversed in the fashion that John Olin ordered his Model 21’s. Price: $4195 

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A&S Famars 28ga Jorema SLE Shotgun, 27 1/2 inch Single Trigger O/U
A&S Famars 28ga Jorema SLE Shotgun, 27 1/2 inch Single Trigger O/U

A&S Famars 28ga Jorema SLE 27 1/2 inch Single Trigger O/U:  Straight english stock with a rear single trigger  It has a 15in LOP with a pad  It does have the original leather covered pad  that will take it to 15 1/2 LOP  Beautiful wood   great engraving  Priced great. Price: $19,750

PIOTTI BSEE – 16 GAUGE – SxS – BOXLOCK – SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN – 29″Piotti 16 gauge BSEE with 29″ barrels. Granetti Engraved in a Special King I Pattern. Highly figured wood. Mint condition. Scalloped action. Hand filed slighly concave rib. Ejectors. Non-auto safety. Leather covered recoil pad. Bores at .670 with chokes at 7/1000 (IC) and 20/1000 (Imp Mod). “BS” proof date. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 11 1/2 OZ.  LOP – 14 7/8″ Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″ Drop at Heel – 2 1/8″.  Price: $14,500

PIOTTI BSEE - 16 GAUGE - SxS - BOXLOCK - SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN - 29
PIOTTI BSEE – 16 GAUGE – SxS – BOXLOCK – SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN – 29
JOHANN SPRINGER- 450 3 1/4" BPE in INCREDIBLE 94% COND.- 1894 for the MAHARAJA of DHOLPUR- BORES ABSOLUTELY as NEW- 95% ORIG. CASE COLORS
JOHANN SPRINGER- 450 3 1/4″ BPE in INCREDIBLE 94% COND.- 1894 for the MAHARAJA of DHOLPUR- BORES ABSOLUTELY as NEW- 95% ORIG. CASE COLORS

JOHANN SPRINGER- 450 3 1/4″ BPE SIDE-BY-SIDE BOXLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE  in INCREDIBLE 94% COND.- 1894 for the MAHARAJA of DHOLPUR- BORES ABSOLUTELY as NEW- 95% ORIG. CASE COLORS#8449, Joh. Springer, Erben In Wien: A superb 450 3 1/4″ BPE Hammerless Toplever Boxlock Extractor Made for the HH Rana Nihal Singh the Maharaja of Dholpur in 1892 and delivered in 1894, 25 3/8″ dovetail extractor damascus barrels with bores like the day it was delivered in 1894, Rib extension crossbolt, 1 standing & 1 folding rear sights, Intercepting safety sears, Double triggers with the front articulated, Steel trigger guard tang to the grip cap, No sling eyes, Very nice piece of wood, Steel engraved grip cap, Anson forend release, 14 1/2″ lop over the original 1″ Silvers pad, 8 lbs. 8 oz., 85% coverage of very nice period scroll, 95% original & vivid case colors remain, 90% original browning on the barrels, The original wood finish remains at 95%, The original checkering at 98%, The bores are literally brand new, The inside of the forend has 100% case colors, The wood is as stout as it was 123 years ago. This friend is one incredible double rifle that remains in unbelievable and incredible condition in a cartridge you can find all kinds of ammo and it is fun to shoot. It has a Gold escutcheon on the stock line with a crown and the very distinct initials ‘NS’ (Nihal Singh). Price: $12,500

JOHANN SPRINGER- 360 2 1/4" BPE in INCREDIBLE 90% COND.- 1894 for the MAHARAJA of DHOLPUR- BORES ABSOLUTELY as NEW- 95% ORIG. CASE COLORS
JOHANN SPRINGER- 360 2 1/4″ BPE in INCREDIBLE 90% COND.- 1894 for the MAHARAJA of DHOLPUR- BORES ABSOLUTELY as NEW- 95% ORIG. CASE COLORS

JOHANN SPRINGER- 360 2 1/4″ BPE SxS BOXLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE in INCREDIBLE 90% COND.- 1894 for the MAHARAJA of DHOLPUR- BORES ABSOLUTELY as NEW- 95% ORIG. CASE COLORS#8451, Joh. Springer, Erben In Wien: A superb 360 2 1/4″ BPE Hammerless Toplever Boxlock Extractor Made for the HH Rana Nihal Singh the Maharaja of Dholpur in 1892 and delivered in 1894, 25″ dovetail extractor damascus barrels with bores like the day it was delivered in 1894, Sideclip action body, Rib extension crossbolt, 1 standing & 1 folding rear sights, Intercepting safety sears, Double triggers, Steel trigger guard tang to the grip cap, No sling eyes, Very nice piece of wood, Steel engraved grip cap, Anson forend release, 14 1/2″ lop over the original 1″ Silvers pad, 6 lbs. 12 oz., 85% coverage of very nice period scroll, 95% original & vivid case colors remain, 90% original browning on the barrels, The original wood finish remains at 92%, The original checkering at 96%, On the right side at the head of the stock a small piece of wood was replaced that is very well done and hardly noticeable, The bores are literally brand new, The inside of the forend has 100% case colors, The wood is as stout as it was 123 years ago. This flat out a neat double rifle at 6 3/4 pounds and it remains in superb condition. We can load the ammo for this piece. Price: $8,900

1973 – BROWNING Superposed – Superlight – 12ga – OU- 27-1/2″ – M/FTapered Vent Rib, English Stock, Schnable Forearm, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-5/8″ to 2-1/2″, Weight 6 lbs. 9 oz. Very hard to find Superlight with long barrels! Price: $2475

1973 - BROWNING Superposed - Superlight - 12ga - OU- 27-1/2" - M/F
1973 – BROWNING Superposed – Superlight – 12ga – OU- 27-1/2″ – M/F

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F.illi Piotti Pre-Owned 20 bore 'King' Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun
F.illi Piotti Pre-Owned 20 bore ‘King’ Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun

F.illi Piotti Pre-Owned 20 bore ‘King’ Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun: A pre-owned 20 bore F.lli Piotti ‘King’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 28 inch barrels at our New York Showroom. Sidelock ejector with double triggers (articulated front) and automatic safety. Price: $24,000
Triggers: Double (front articulated trigger)
Safety: Automatic
Barrel Length: 28 Inches
Chamber: 2 3/4 Inch
Rib: Raised semi-concaved
Chokes: Right: 1/4 Left: 1/4
Type: Deluxe quality walnut
Length: 14 3/8 Inches
Bend: 1 1/2 – 2 1/4
Cast: On 1/8 face
Grip: Traditional English straight hand grip
Butt End Finish: Chequered
Forend: Splinter Style Forend
Weight: 6lb 6oz
Date of Manufacture: 2006

L C SMITH CROWN GRADE 16 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN GORGEOUS
L C SMITH CROWN GRADE 16 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN GORGEOUS

L C SMITH CROWN GRADE 16 GAUGE SxS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN GORGEOUS28″ BARRELS, FULL AND FULL, 99% BLUE, MIRROR BORES, RAISED RIB, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS.  BARRELS ENGRAVED AT BOTH ENDS GOLD INLAY AT RIB EXTENSION.  FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, GORGEOUS VIVID CASE COLOR, NICELY ENGRAVED WITH ENGLISH POINTERS ON RIGHT LOCK, ENGLISH LETTERS ON LEFT LOCK, PLUS FLOWERS, LEAF AND SCROLLWORK.  GOLD CROWN INLAY ON TOP LEVER, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, HUNTER SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, HIGHLY FIGURED WOOD, PERFECT CHECKERING.  1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, ORIGINAL SILVERS SOLID PAD.  6 POUNDS 14 OUNCES, MADE IN 1949.  SUPERB, ORIGINAL SMITH WITH ABSOLUTELY NO DEFECTS. Price: $21,500

FRATELLI RIZZINI - R2 - 410 - MINT CONDITION SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN
FRATELLI RIZZINI – R2 – 410 – MINT CONDITION SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN

FRATELLI RIZZINI – R2 – 410 – MINT CONDITION SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUNHere’s a mint condition Fratelli Rizzini R2 with the removable inspection plate in 410. Ejectors. Chopper lump barrels that are 27″ in length with Mod and Full chokes. Chambers are 3″. This gun was donated by Frank & Nan Pachmayr to Ducks Unlimited for fundraising purposes. Manual safety. Extraordinary fit, finish, balance and handling. Weight of gun is 5 LBS 11 3/8 OZ. Custom cased as shown. LOP – 14 1/2″ Drop at Comb – 1 7/16″ Drop at Heel – 1 5/16″. Price: $16,500

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun 1st year ProductionSuperb 20, 3 digit serial number, 28 inch barrels, IC/Mod, 3 inch chambers, round knob, vent rib, excellent condition, tight action, minimal wear, minor bluing loss on selective safety. Original in all respects.  Price: $1795

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun 1st year Production
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge Over-Under Shotgun 1st year Production

Chambers: 2 3/4″ or 3″
Ejectors: Yes
Condition: Excellent
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 28 inch vent rib
Barrel Type: Chrome lined
Action: Box lock
Triggers: Single selective
Stock: Round knob pistol grip
Butt Pad: Original buttplate
Rib: Vent
Finish: Original
Chokes: Imp cyl/ modified

MIROKU 500 CASE COLORED 12GA SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN
MIROKU 500 CASE COLORED 12GA SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN

MIROKU 500 CASE COLORED 12GA SxS BOXLOCK SHOTGUNA very nice Miroku with seldom found case colored action. Some hunting marks in the wood but over all a really nice gun. All is tight and right . No issues. Gun looks to have been hunted some but shot very little. 6llbs 10ozs make it a gun you can carry all day. Price: $1075
Chambers: 2 3/4IN
Condition: VERY GOOD
Bore Condition: EXCELLENT
Barrels: 28IN
Action: CASE COLORED
Gauge: 12GA
Stock Comb: 1 7/8IN
Stock Heel: 2 1/2IN
Butt Pad: ORIGINAL
LOP: 14 1/8IN
Weight: 6LBS 10OZ
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: IMP/CYL

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

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

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

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

King who?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are couple other Purdeys attributed to Barre:

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

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

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Piotti King #1 12ga SxS Double Barrel 30" Pre-Owned Shotgun SN:8026
Piotti King #1 12ga SxS Double Barrel 30″ Pre-Owned Shotgun SN:8026

Piotti King #1 12ga SxS Double Barrel 30″ Pre-Owned Shotgun SN:8026: This Piotti King is a beautiful gun with gold inlay oval in stock, Gold inlay crest in forearm and fitted with thin wall Briley choke tubes. This gun is in great condition with minor wear. The action is engraved with rose and scroll engraving. Gauge: 12 Gauge Barrel Length: 30″ (76cm) Chamber: 2.75″ Chokes: thin wall Briley choke tubes (9) Length of pull: 14 3/8″, Drop at comb: 1.5″, Drop at heel: 1 3/4″, Cast at toe: 0.125, Weight: 7lbs 6oz. Price: $25,000

Arrieta 803 20 gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun
Arrieta 803 20 gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun

Arrieta 803 20 gauge Side-by-Side ShotgunHolland & Holland 7 pin hand removable sidelock. Purdy style hand engraving. Double triggers with front articulated trigger. Churchill type rib. Holland & Holland assited opener. English walnut straight handed stock and splinter forend with hand rubbed finish. Barrels are 26 5/8″ choked Mod and IM.  LOP is 14″ from the front trigger to center of the leather covered 1″ pad. Demensions are1 1/2″drop at comb, and 2 3/8″, with slight cast on for a right handed shooter.
This fine gun is 98% overall condition, with the case colors (99%) in near perfect condition, the blueing very fine (98%) with only 1 blemish (see photo) from the gun safe on left barrel, wood is in excellent condition with only very slight handling marks (98%). Price: $5700

Arrieta Model 557 28 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun
Arrieta Model 557 28 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

Arrieta Model 557 28 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun. Price: $3599.99.
Caliber: 28 Ga.
Chambers: 2 3/4 inches
Metal Condition: Blued
Wood Condition: Great
Bore Condition: Bright
Barrels: 28 inches
Triggers: Double
Stock: Wood
Stock Dimensions: LOP 15 inches
Weight: 6 pounds

Chokes: Improved Cylinder, Cylinder

Connecticut / Galazan RBL 16ga SxS round frame custom mint
Connecticut / Galazan RBL 16ga SxS round frame custom mint

Connecticut / Galazan RBL 16ga SxS round frame custom mintComes with two recoil pads 14-3/8″ 14-7/8″ LOP. Gun is in mint condition . 29″ barrels imp cyl / modified comes with factory hard case,snap caps . Less than five boxes fired through it.  Price: $3495

Beretta BL4 OU  – 2 barrel set , 20GA and 28GA: 20GA has 28″ barrel and 28GA has 26″ barrel. M&F IC&M, SST ejector. Straight grip. Weight 6lb 1oz. Leather case, gun is 90% + condition. Both barrels have the same serial number.  Price: $2,850

Beretta BL4 OU - 2 barrel set , 20GA and 28GA
Beretta BL4 OU – 2 barrel set , 20GA and 28GA
LC Smith Hunter Arms Model 3E 12 GA SxS
LC Smith Hunter Arms Model 3E 12 GA SxS

LC Smith Hunter Arms Model 3E 12 GA SxSPrice: $1,999.99
Manufacturer: S/N 1211
Caliber: 12 GA
Chambers: 2 3/4 inch
Metal Condition: Shows some age and use.
Wood Condition: Shows age. Piece of wood missing on forearm bottom at receiver. Many handling marks.
Bore Condition: Shiny
Barrels: 30 inches
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered walnut round knob.
Stock Dimensions:
LOP 14 inches
Fore End: Checkered walnut Splinter.
Butt Pad: Serrated wood. Piece of wood missing on the bottom.
Weight: 8 lbs. 0 oz.
Sights: Brass front bead.
Chokes: Fixed Full

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PIOTTI KING SIDE x SIDE 16 gauge 28" chopper lump barrels
PIOTTI KING SIDE x SIDE 16 gauge 28″ chopper lump barrels

PIOTTI KING SIDE x SIDE 16 gauge  28″ chopper lump barrels: … 2 3/4″ chambers … single selective trigger … LOP 14 7/8″ … drop comb 1 3/8″ … drop heel 2 1/8″ … weight 6 lbs 8 oz … bore dia: L..675 R.676 … bore restrictions: L.014 R.010 … wall thickness: L.026 R.032.

The engraver, G.Ranetti, proudly signed this work on the trigger plate to the right of the trigger. The receiver is literally covered with extremely fine and detailed small scroll with interspersed acanthus and floral scroll over-lays. Perfect shading and delicated gold inlays in certain areas make this a memorable piece. This fine engraving work continues to the trigger guard, upper and lower tang, operating lever, butt plate frame and forearm latching hardware. This is the ultimate of 100% coverage. The bottom of the left barrel is engraved “W.L.Moore, Westlake, CA. Mod KING 1”.

Finely cut wrap around, 32 LPI checkering highlights the straight English grip and the splinter forearm. The high contrast grain of this European walnut will definitely turn heads for a second look. The forearm features a gold Fratelli Piotti coat of arms. This piece comes in a custom oak and leather case with protective brass corners and a lock. The case interior is burgandy cloth with oak compartments. Accessories include a rosewood & brass cleaning rod, oil bottle, wallet with cleaning tips and brushes, snap caps and cleaning gauze. Price: $16,500

BERETTA 1951 S3EL SIDELOCK- EXC FLORAL & SCROLL ENGRAVING by M. SLATNIK- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 27 1/2" SOLID RIB BARRELS
BERETTA 1951 S3EL SIDELOCK- EXC FLORAL & SCROLL ENGRAVING by M. SLATNIK- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 27 1/2″ SOLID RIB BARRELS

BERETTA 1951 S3EL SIDELOCK- EXC FLORAL & SCROLL ENGRAVING by M. SLATNIK- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 27 1/2″ SOLID RIB BARRELS: #9036, Beretta O/U Sidelock Ejector Model S3EL 12 Bore Made in 1951 with 27 1/2″ Acciaio Inossidabile Excelsior Steel Barrels with a Hand Filed Solid Rib at .726 .004 & .008″ (Skt.I & Imp.Cyl.), Original 2 3/4″, 1.365 KG weight barrels, Double triggers with the front trigger articulated, Game forend with finger grooves, Straight hand stock at 14 5/8 x 1 5/16 x 2 1/8″ over a 7/8″ pad, Slight cast-off for the right hand, 7 lbs., It has a super piece of wood that borders on being an exhibition piece with great black & brown color contrast, It has 100% coverage of great floral engraving with roses done with a very fine scroll background plus neat floral borders by M. Slatnik and signed, All early Beretta’s done by Slatnik are special pieces as he was one of the leading Italian engravers of this era; This piece has 9 retainer screws, including the replaceable locking shoulders on the barrel, which secure key screws on the frame, forend and trigger guard, I believe the barrels were reblacked a long time ago and very professionally done, All lettering sharp and very difficult to tell they were reblacked, The buttstock might have been re-oiled but not refinished and it remains in 94% condition with light handling marks only, The checkering is original and remains at 98%, The bores are excellent plus, It remains a very stout mechanical gun in every respect. Here is a 1951 Quality Sidelock that has at least 94-95% of its mechanical life left for the balance of your sporting days. Buy this piece here for $7950 or order a new one for about $30K, you are the judge. Price: $7,950

THOMAS BLAND- 500/450 #1 EXP- EXC PLUS BORES- VERY NICE UNDERLEVER HAMMER RIFLE- HENRY'S PATENT STEEL BARRELS
THOMAS BLAND- 500/450 #1 EXP- EXC PLUS BORES- VERY NICE UNDERLEVER HAMMER RIFLE- HENRY’S PATENT STEEL BARRELS

THOMAS BLAND- 500/450 #1 EXP- EXC PLUS BORES- VERY NICE UNDERLEVER HAMMER RIFLE- HENRY’S PATENT STEEL BARRELS: #9968, T. Bland & Sons, 106 Strand, London: A Thomas Bland & Sons 500/450 #1 Express Black Powder Henry Jones Hammer Underlever Double Rifle Made about 1889, 28″ Henry’s patent steel barrels, Full rib with 3 folding rear sights, Non-rebounding hammers, Anson Patent #15529 forend release, Full length trigger guard tang to a steel grip cap, Sling eyes, 14 7/16″ LOP over a steel buttplate, 8 lbs. 14 oz., Very nice wood, Here is a very nice solid rifle with 75% original blue on the barrels, 25% original case colors, Very solid wood both fore and aft that has had oil applied but not refinished, The checkering is still original and at 80%, The bores are excellent plus with both still at 9 1/2 and near 10 and almost look like new, It is cased in a nice brass cornered oak & leather trunk with a Bland trade label. ////////////// //////////////////// Thomas Bland & Sons were founded in 1840 in Birmingham and expanded to106 Strand in London in 1872. In 1900 they moved to 2 King William Street, Strand in London. This durable firm remained in business all these years, an incredible run from muzzle loaders to modern sporting guns. Price: $7,450

Winchester --- Model 21 Duck --- 12 Gauge, 3"
Winchester — Model 21 Duck — 12 Gauge, 3″

Winchester — Model 21 Duck — 12 Gauge, 3″: 30″ SxS barrels of Winchester Proof Steel with steel bead front sight and raised matted rib choked full & full. 13 5/8″pull from single selective trigger to original Winchester red rubber recoil pad. 1 1/2″ – 2 1/2″ drop. Figured walnut stock with beavertail forend with internal brace and diamond-pattern checkering, and standard grade checkering on pistol grip. Bolstered frame with automatic ejectors and automatic top tang safety. Weight: 7lbs, 9 1/2oz. S/N: 29,9xx. Barrel date 1954. 3″ Chambers. DUCK on floorplate. 99% barrel blue. 95% receiver blue, with just enough flaking on the floorplate to show it’s real. Price: $6450

A. H. Fox ( Philly) 'B' Grade ejector 12 bore factory 2 bbl. set
A. H. Fox ( Philly) ‘B’ Grade ejector 12 bore factory 2 bbl. set

A. H. Fox ( Philly) ‘B’ Grade ejector 12 bore factory 2 bbl. set: s# 154xx, #1 bbl.30″  F/F, #2 bbl., 26″ M/Ic, double ivories on both bbls., lightly engraved bird gamescenes, factory single select trigger (scarce), ejectors, exotic premium grade American round knob walnut stock, checkered side panels,  13″ LOP over leather covered factory pad, 1 1/2″ DAC – 2 1/2″ DAH, 60% + CC, 95% bbl. blue, lightest of handling, tight as new, release lever rt. of center, neutral case, #1 & #2 bbls. have transition engraving pattern slightly diff. at breech neverthless are # 1 & 2 bbls. probably sent at later date than 1st  #1 bbl. Price: $4,699

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Flli Piotti 20 gauge sidelock with fabulous engraving
Flli Piotti 20 gauge sidelock with fabulous engraving

Flli Piotti 20 gauge sidelock with fabulous engraving: This gun was imported to America by our friends at William Larkin & Moore. They record this as a KING 1 model. This little 20 is of the highest quality. While it is known that I prefer pre WWII guns I find as I handle this gun it is hard to put down. Built like a Swiss watch and feels so wonderful between the hands. Excellent stock work and metal work I cannot fault but only find praise. Serial Number: 7684. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 26″,2 3/4″. Stock Comb: 1 1/2″. Stock Heel: 2 1/8″. Stock Cast: 1/8″. LOP: 14 3/4″ over Leather. Weight: 5 lbs. 11 oz. Choke Left: 018 Mod. Right: 008 IC. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .029, Right: .034 Price: $22,000

A.H.FOX XE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN: #24XXX 32″ 005 AND 013 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LOTS OF ORIGINAL CASE COLORS 6LBS 15 OZ X 2 3/4 X 1 1/2 X 14 1/2 TO ORIGINAL HAWKINS PAD. Price: $16,500

A.H.FOX XE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:
A.H.FOX XE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:
Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. A-10 American 20 GA. O/U Sidelock Shotgun:
Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. A-10 American 20 GA. O/U Sidelock Shotgun:

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. A-10 American 20 GA. O/U Sidelock Shotgun: Chambers: 2 3/4″. Metal Condition: Excellent. Wood Condition: Very Good, a few small impressions on the stock. Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny. Barrels:28″. Triggers:4 Lbs. Stock:Straight, checkered. Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 1/2″. Weight:6 Lbs 4 Ozs. Sights:Vented rib, front red bead. Chokes:Interchangeable. Extras:Hard case, extra chokes, papers. Price: $7,399.99

Winchester M21 16 gauge SXS, Double Triggers, Ejectors: Nice old 16 gauge M21 hunting gun, DT Ejector, splinter forend, good dimensions, great chokes, light weight. Originally mod/full first barrel opened to IC, bores 10 and 28 thou. 26″ barrels. Nice wood 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/2″ DAH, 14″ LOP from front trigger. Believe blue to be original. Thinning on bottom of receiver. I suspect an extra coat of varnish on wood which has better than average grain — a little fiddle back. A few hunting knocks here and there — not bad. Weight 6 lb 10 oz; light for a 16 gauge M21. SN 6000 (Yeah 6K even). Price: $7,000.

Winchester M21 16 gauge SXS, Double Triggers, Ejectors
Winchester M21 16 gauge SXS, Double Triggers, Ejectors
Beretta BL4 Over-Under 20GA & 28GA factory two barrel set
Beretta BL4 Over-Under 20GA & 28GA factory two barrel set

Beretta BL4 Over-Under 20GA & 28GA factory two barrel set: 20GA has 28″ barrels M&F. 28GA has 26″ barrels IC&M. Mint condition, 97% blue barrels and action. Straight grip single select trigger ejectors. Weight: 6lb with 20GA, 6lb 1 oz with 28GA. LOP 14 3/8″ x 14 7/8″ to the toe. Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 2 3/8. Both barrels have same serial number. Price: $2,950

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Piotti King Extra, Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge
Piotti King Extra, Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Piotti King Extra, Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge: 27″ barrels, improved & improved modified, straight grip, double triggers, splinter forend, makers case. Excellent plus. Price: $24,950

Garbi Model 101 Side-by-Side 28 gauge Shotgun: Two bbl set: 28″ improved and modified, 30″ full and modified. Raised file cut rib, $800 wood upgrade. New. Price: $9500.00

Garbi Model 101 Side-by-Side 28 gauge Shotgun
Garbi Model 101 Side-by-Side 28 gauge Shotgun

AyA No. 2 20ga SxS shotgun: A new shotgun with 29″ barrels, 2 3/4″ chambers, a straight grip stock 14 3/4″ LOP; 1 3/8″ DAC; 2 1/4″ DAH, splinter forend. Price: $5,799.99

AyA No. 2 20ga SxS shotgun
AyA No. 2 20ga SxS shotgun
Fox A Grade 20 Gauge - PHILLY GUN, ULTRALIGHT, 5 1/2LBS
Fox A Grade 20 Gauge – PHILLY GUN, ULTRALIGHT, 5 1/2LBS

Fox A Grade 20 Gauge – PHILLY GUN, ULTRALIGHT, 5 1/2LBS: Sn 202455, made in 1926.  The factory original (uncut) 26″ number 4 weight Chromox Steel barrels retain 97% blue, clear lettering, mirror bores, 2 3/4″ chambers, 2 3/4″ chambers, tight ribs, no dents or dings, extractors, barrels tight on breech face and hinge pin, bore diameter .619, choked IC/IC (.010 each barrel, can be altered to your choice within 21 days of purchase), minimum barrel wall thickness 20 thou right, 27 thou left, barrels tight on breech face and hinge pin. The action is tight with lever waaay right of center. The factory butt stock is uncut retaining most of a new Truoil finish, 14 3/8″ to the factory butt plate, 2 5/8″ drop at heel, 1 1/2″ drop at comb, 1/8″ cast off, excellent checkering, no cracks or splits, great wood to metal fit, and really great modern dimensions.  One of 2000 Philly A Grade 20ga. guns ever made (2379 total A Grades including Savage guns). Price: $5,495.00

Belgian Browning 20ga superposed RKLT Over Under Shotgun
Belgian Browning 20ga superposed RKLT Over Under Shotgun

Belgian Browning 20ga superposed RKLT Over Under Shotgun: Round knob,long tang gun built in 1959 .28″ barrels choked modified and full.141/4″ LOP over an early pad.95% wood and metal finish remaining and all original. Price: $2,995.00

 

Good gun alert: a .410 Piotti King No. 1, 28″ bbls…

.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls
.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls

Armi Piotti is one of Italy’s best known gunmakers. Founded in the early sixties by brothers Araldo and Faustino Piotti, the company has earned a reputation for top-quality doubles at reasonable price (reasonable when compared to new British doubles, that is).

I think “Used” is the best way to buy them. If I were in the market for a real small bore, I would take a long look at this King No. 1 sidelock .410.  It caught my eye for three reasons:

.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls
.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls

1.) The 28″ barrels. Most of the .410s you see out there are weare shorter tubes – usually 26″. But when it comes to little guns like this, longer is better. Those two inches may not seem like much, but the birds will hate you for it.

2.) The long-ish stock. With a 14 3/8″ LOP, this double will fit a lot of guys right out of the box. With a pad, it could fit even more.

3.) The price. While this gun isn’t cheap ($19,750), it costs less than 1/2 its replacement cost.

Here’s more about it from the seller:

Piotti .410 King No. 1 In outstanding Condition: In Makers Case. Granetti Engraved. 28″ Mod/Full With 3″ Chambers. Double trigger with articulated front. Gun Weighs 5Lbs. 2.5 Oz. File Cut Taperd Solid Rib. 14 3/8″ LOP. 1 1/2″ – 2 1/8″ To Checkered Butt. Cast Off. Price: $19,750.00

.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls
.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls
.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls
.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls
.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls
.410 Piotti King 1 Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls

Last week’s good guns, powered by Gunsinternational.com…

Westley Richards Droplock Explora Side by Side Double Barrel
Westley Richards Droplock Explora Side by Side Double Barrel

A bunch of nice guns came on the market last week through Gunsinternational.com. Here are a few that caught my eye.

Westley Richards Explora Droplock SXS , 12 gauge, 28” & 26” bbls: 28” Paradox bbls  with flips sights for 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 yards. 26″ shotguns bbls with 2 ¾” chambers. Single trigger, ejectors. English grip, excellent original condition. Belonged to famous hunter Tony Makris, 7lb 11oz with rifle bbls. 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 X 14 ½. $22,500

20 gauge Piotti King Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun
20 gauge Piotti King Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun

Piotti King 20 gauge SXS: 27″ bbls,  3″ chambers , double triggers, ejectors, straight English grip, in maker’s case. Excellent condition. 6lb 5oz. 2 3/8 X 1 1/2 X 14 ½. $19,900

L.C. Smith Eagle Grade 20ga: 26″ barrels. IC/Mod. 5 1/2lbs. Ejectors. Bold bas-relief engraving with frosted background. Mid and front ivory beads. Barrels 97%. Wood 97%. Case coloring 30%. 14″ LOP. 1 5/8 DAC. Bores are bright and shinney. No pits or dents. Gun has a rubber pad of the period. 1 of 581 in all gauges. 1 of 111 in 20 gauge. $16,000

Pre-war Krieghoff Combination Gun: Made in 1925.16 gauge over 8×57 jrs.Beautiful game scene engraving and very nicely figured wood.Bores on both barrels are bright and clean.Marked on the rifle barrel “H.Krieghoff”. An outstanding piece of German craftsmanship.All original. $4900

16 gauge Manufrance Side by Side Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge Manufrance Side by Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Manufrance sxs 16ga: Very nice light Manufrance with both top and bottom sunken rib, straight grip, sling swivels. Light engraving. It features double triggers, side clips and extractors. Bbls are  27.5″, choked full and mod. The drop at the comb is 1.75, and 2.75 at the heel. LOP is 15″ to a pad. $1750

Krieghoff Combination Over Under Shotgun/Rifle
Krieghoff Combination Over Under Shotgun/Rifle
20 gauge L.C. Smith Eagle Grade Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun
20 gauge L.C. Smith Eagle Grade Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun

Good Gun Alert: .410 Piotti King, New New Condition…

Piotti King Sidelock Side by Side .410
Piotti King Sidelock Side by Side .410

I don’t follow Italian sidelock shotguns all that much. That being said, something tells me that this nearly-new Piotti that Cabela’s just listed must be a good deal. William Larkin Moore has a price of $36,600 for one of these brand new.

Piotti King 1 SxS .410g – $13,999

Here’s more on it from Cabela’s site: This beautiful lightweight gun has been very lightly fired, perhaps only once. The bores are bright and smooth. We wiped cosmoline off the muzzle and breechface. The action is fully engraved. The wood is very nice. It shows virtually no wear. The initial plate in the buttstock has been engraved with initials. It comes in a fitted hard case.

Piotti King Sidelock Side by Side .410
Piotti King Sidelock Side by Side .410
Piotti King Sidelock Side by Side .410
Piotti King Sidelock Side by Side .410
Piotti King Sidelock Side by Side .410
Piotti King Sidelock Side by Side .410
Chambers: 3″
Metal Condition: Near New
Wood Condition: Near New
Bore Condition: Near New
Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered Straight English Style Extra Extra Fancy Walnut
Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 1/2″
Fore End: Checkered Splinter Extra Extra Fancy Walnut
Butt Pad: Checkered Wood
Weight: 5 Lbs., 3 Ozs.
Sights: Single Bead on Matted Rib
Chokes: Modified & Modified
Extras: Piotti Hardcase.
Item Location: Glendale, AZ

Fit for the friend of a King…

Say you were Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, and you wanted to give a friend a a set of four double barrel shotguns. What would you go with?

Garbi 103A 20 gauge shotgun, ordered by the King of Spain
Garbi 103A 20 gauge shotgun, ordered by the King of Spain

When Juan Carlos ordered four side-by-side for the now broke, ex-billionaire Patricia Kluge, he went with Garbis 103As. Because Mrs. Kluge has fallen on hard times, you now have a chance to buy these guns for yourself. They’re being auctioned off by the Potomack Company on June 11th.

The Model 103A is a traditional game gun with Purdey style Rose & Scroll engraving that is completely done by hand. The action also has the traditional shaping improvements of a higher quality gun with beaded fences and sculpturing. The 103A also has an improved quality of wood and checkering.. New, these gun are about $18,000 a piece. Of course, I get they give Juan Carlos a deal.

BTW: what does the King shoot? According to this article, a trio of Kemens.

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