Auction alert: 16g L.C. Smith Field Grade, 28″ bbls…

Auction alert: 16g L.C. Smith Field Grade, 28" bbls...
Auction alert: 16g L.C. Smith Field Grade, 28″ bbls…

This is a question I get all the time: What SxSs should a guy on a budget buy, especially if you like vintage guns?

The 16g. L.C. Smith you see here is one of the answers I give. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction listing ends 7/17/2019 @ 2:52 PM.

Super cool 1907 LC Smith Catalog Cover
Super cool 1907 LC Smith Catalog Cover

L.C. Smith was one of America’s major side-by-side shotgun makers. The first L.C. Smiths were made in 1884, the last in 1971. Over that time, the company built all sorts of SxSs and passed through several owners.

I’ ve owned a bunch of L.C. Smiths (including 16gs like this one), and I think these low-grades ones make excellent grouse, woodcock and quail guns. Because they’re not as collectible as Parkers or Foxes, they sell for fair money. And thanks to the way they’re built, I’ve found them to be lighter and more dynamic than most comparable Ithaca NIDs.

Auction alert: 16g L.C. Smith Field Grade, 28" bbls...
Auction alert: 16g L.C. Smith Field Grade, 28″ bbls…

This sixteen-gauge is from the period when Hunter Arms owned L.C. Smith (1888-1944). It’s a Field grade, which was the most basic gun L.C. Smith offered. I’m pretty sure it’s a Featherweight model, too, which means it was made a bit lighter than a standard 16g Field grade.

I like this gun for a few reasons:

  • First, it’s a late L.C. Smith (made in 1942, according to the seller). The stocks on guns from this period tend to have less drop than what you find on earlier guns, and on 16 gauges, chambers are often 2 3/4″ long instead of 2 1/2″ (like you find on earlier sixteens).
  • Second, it looks like it’s in excellent original condition with pleny of gorgeous color-case hardening and nice blueing
  • Last, you should be able to get a deal on it — and who doesn’t like a deal.

BTW: If you happen to get this gun, here’s a cool brochure you should check out: L.C. SMITH: CARE OF YOUR SHOTGUN, courtesy of the folks at the L.C. Smith Collectors Association

Auction alert: 16g L.C. Smith Field Grade, 28" bbls...
Auction alert: 16g L.C. Smith Field Grade, 28″ bbls…

LC SMITH FIELD GRADE 16 GAUGE: 28 ” BARRELS, M&F, MADE 1942, EXCELLENT BORES, A FEW HANDLING MARKS ON WOOD, METAL GREAT, 3-DAY NON FIRING INSPECTION.

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

PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE, 30" bbls, Straight Stock, 14 7/8" LOP
PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE, 30″ bbls, Straight Stock, 14 7/8″ LOP

PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE: #2374XX, OO FRAME, RARE 30″ BARRELS 008 AND 018 2 3/4, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, SKELETON BUTT, EXCELLENT, ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS 4 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 7/16″ DAC, 14 7/8″ LOP. Price: $49,500

William Evans 12 gauge boxlock (30", "Pall Mall")
William Evans 12 gauge boxlock (30″, “Pall Mall”)

William Evans 12 gauge boxlock (30″, “Pall Mall”): This is a very nice William Evans 12 ga. boxlock with double triggers.The automatic selective ejectors are robust. The gun sports 2 3/4 ” chambers and is a joy to shoot.  Serial Number: 9426. Chambers: 2 3/4″. Ejectors: Automatic Selective. Condition: Very Good. Metal Condition: Very Good. Wood Condition: Very Good . Bore Condition: Very Good. Barrels: 30″. Gauge: 12. Stock Comb: 1 3/8″.  Stock Heel: 2 1/4″. Stock Cast: Off. LOP: 14 3/4″. Weight: 6 lbs., 7.7oz. (6.48lbs). Manufacture Date: Circa 1909 . Chokes: IM / F. Choke Left: .696.” Choke Right: .707″. Case: Original canvas, wood, leather. Price: $4500

 BROWNING Superposed - Superlight - 20ga - As New in Box - With Briley Chokes
BROWNING Superposed – Superlight – 20ga – As New in Box – With Briley Chokes

BROWNING Superposed – Superlight – 20ga – As New in Box – With Briley Chokes: 1970 – Browning Superposed Superlight – 20ga, 26-1/2″, 2-3/4″, Briley Chokes (CL / SK / IC / LM / LF), Tapered Vent Rib, English Stock, Game Forearm, LOP 14-3/4″ to a 7/8″ Leather Covered Pad, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Weight 5 lbs. 13 oz. Someone took a MINT As New in Original Box Superlight and turned it into a perfect upland shooting machine. The gun looks like it was NEW when they started the project, and not used after the modifications. The checkering is really sharp. The pad is perfectly executed. The metal is 99%. The gun is so tight it still has to be pushed open. The wood finish appears to be a satin lacquer. A Great Gun! Price: $3650

Beretta 471 Silver Hawk 20ga/28" Multichoke
Beretta 471 Silver Hawk 20ga/28″ Multichoke

Beretta 471 Silver Hawk 20ga/28″ Multichoke: Factory original and in near new condition. Factory case and accessories included. Price: $3,495

L.C. Smith Quality 2E 20 Gauge
L.C. Smith Quality 2E 20 Gauge

L.C. Smith Quality 2E 20 Gauge: This L.C. Smith 2E in 20 gauge is in overall very good condition. The wood on the stock and forearm has very appealing grain and is an English style stock. The barrels are also in very good condition retaining a very good amount of bluing. The engravings on both sides and the bottom of the receiver are still very apparent. There does appear to be a slight repair on the forearm as seen in the picture of the forearm. This would make a very nice addition to a collection of American shotguns. Curio/Relic: Yes, Chambers: 2 3/4 inch side by side with ejectors. Metal Condition: Very good with light handling and wear marks.  Wood Condition: Very good with few handling marks. Bore Condition: Good condition for the age of the gun. Barrels: 28-inch blued barrels with solid rib. Triggers: Single trigger. Stock: Checkered walnut in the English style. Stock Dimensions: 14-inch LOP 1 1/2 inch DAC and 2-inch DAH  Fore End: Checkered walnut. Butt Pad: Black original butt plate. Weight: 7 lb 7 oz. Sights: Front and mid bead on a solid rib. Chokes: Improved Cylinder/Modified Price: $2,999.99

W. W. GREENER - FH 35 - 12 GA.
W. W. GREENER – FH 35 – 12 GA.

W. W. GREENER – FH 35 – 12 GA.: 27” BLS. IC/MOD. – WITH GREENER’S “WATERSHIELD” RIB – REPLACEMENT STRAIGHT HAND STOCK 15 3/8” X 1 3/8” X 2 5/16” X 3/8” CAST OFF – CHAMS. 2 ½” WITH 1 ¼ OZ. PROOF – A FEW STOCK DINGS AND ONE DING IN RIB. SOME BLUE WEAR ON BLS. Price: $2,500

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

 

PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE
PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE

PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGEALLISON HUNT ENGRAVED, 28″ BARRELS, CHOKED .015″ AND .022″, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 6LBS 13 OZ, STOCK DIMENSIONS: 2 14/: DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 15 1/4″ LOP. Price: $49,500

L.C. Smith A-2 Special - 12ga - 30” - IM/F - 13 7/8 X 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 X 7 lbs 13 ozs - SN: 3517 - Spectacular Condition - Beautiful Gun!
L.C. Smith A-2 Special – 12ga – 30” – IM/F – 13 7/8 X 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 X 7 lbs 13 ozs – SN: 3517 – Spectacular Condition – Beautiful Gun!

L.C. Smith A-2 Special SxS – 12ga – 30” – IM/F – 13 7/8 X 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 X 7 lbs 13 ozs – SN: 3517 – Spectacular Condition – Beautiful Gun!: Price: $19,995 

Boss & Co. Sidelock from 1899 ~ two barrel set at an exceptional price
Boss & Co. Sidelock from 1899 ~ two barrel set at an exceptional price

Boss & Co. Sidelock Side-by-Side from 1899 ~ two barrel set at an exceptional price: Hammerless Sidelocks – According to Boss records, this fine shotgun was ordered by William Fitzgerald Esq. of Dublin Ireland on November 1st, 1899. Serial Number: 4713, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 28″, Stock LOP: 13 1/2″,  Comb: 1 9/16″, Stock Heel: 2 3/16″, Stock Cast: 1/4″, Weight: 6 lbs. 8.5 oz. Choke Left: Orig. .005 Skeet – #, Choke Right: Orig. .006 Skeet – #, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: Orig. .026 – #2 set, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: Orig. .020 – #2 set. Price: $9,400

Beretta - SO 3, 12ga., Sidelock, OU Shotgun
Beretta – SO 3, 12ga., Sidelock, OU Shotgun

Beretta – SO 3, 12ga., Sidelock, OU Shotgun: 27 ½” barrels, IC/M choked, Pre-war full side lock over and under, beautiful European walnut straight grip stock, vent rib, double triggers, recoil pad, Boehler steel barrels, automatic ejectors, non-auto safety, excellent overall condition, all original, the engraving features magnificent floral and scroll engraving, handmade to the very highest quality, a beautiful gun with great modern dimensions, available for immediate delivery. 7 lbs.  2 oz. 14 3/4” X 1 5/8” X 2 5/8”. Price: $8,995

Parker/ Winchester Reproduction DHE 12 Gauge SxS
Parker/ Winchester Reproduction DHE 12 Gauge SxS

Parker/ Winchester Reproduction DHE 12 Gauge SxSRare 2- barrel 12 gauge set with 28” full/modified and 26” modified/improved cylinder barrels. Has pistol grip stock, single trigger and beavertail forend. Beautiful condition with original factory leather covered case. A very desirable Parker Reproduction shotgun. Price: 5,995.00

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

 

James Purdey & Sons, pair 12 ga, best-quality sidelock game guns
James Purdey & Sons, pair 12 ga, best-quality sidelock game guns

James Purdey &Sons, pair 12 ga, best-quality sidelock game guns: The ultimate pair for driven grouse! 26″ barrels feature original 2-3/4″ chambers, 1-1/4 oz proof, with hand-stippled flat top tapered ribs,  choked improved cylinder/qtr and qtr/half.  Single triggers, straight stocks.   The actions are engraved in the traditional Purdey pattern rose and scroll complete with 99% rich case colors.  The barrels retain virtually all the original lustrous barrel blue.  The stocks measure 1 -1/2″ comb, 2″ heel 15″ LOP over the 1/2″ leather pads, slight cast off.  Perfect checkering original finish with some slight handling marks.  This quintessential pair, built with the balance and quickness essential for the grouse moor, has been in storage since the 1950s and remain in outstanding original condition.   A true consecutive pair, bearing numbers 1 and 2 on the top levers, weighing 6 lbs 12 oz.  Originally ordered by Dean Witter, the founder of the largest investment firm at the time, the twin motor cases are monogrammed “Dean Witter San Francisco”. A fabulous pair for the grouse butt, walk up, or just admiring in your armchair. Price: $59,900 

Ithaca 7E Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge, SxS
Ithaca 7E Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge, SxS

Ithaca 7E Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge, SxS: This is the first 7E Grade Ithaca we have ever seen, which is understandable since there were only 22 or 25 ever manufactured.  According to Walter C. Snyder, historian of the Ithaca Gun Company, this shotgun was shipped to an undisclosed location on 12/5/44.  The condition is superb, as one might expect from such a high-grade shotgun, it shows almost no wear or evidence of use.  The blue and case-colors are near 100%, the bores are perfect and the highly figured American Walnut stock is ornately checkered and is in near new condition.  It appears that the only non-original part is a proper “sunburst” Ithaca marked reproduction recoil pad.  The case hardened receiver is highly engraved and has six gold inlays including 2 ducks, 2 pheasants, a dog holding a duck and a bald eagle complete with a white gold head.  The shotgun is fitted with ejectors, double gold plated triggers, and the barrels are 28 inches in length, choked full and full (0040″ + .0040″).  The stock dimensions are 14-inch length-of-pull, 2 3/4 inch drop at the heel and 1 3/4 inch drop at the comb. The weight is 7 lbs. 13 oz. The 7E Grade Ithaca is one of the rarest of all American Doubles and it would be hard to find a better one. Comes with a letter from the Chronicler of the Ithaca Gun Company dated 9/5/07. PRICE: $35,000

Colt 1878 10 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun, Grade 8, 32 Damascus Barrel, 1881 Vintage
Colt 1878 10 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun, Grade 8, 32 Damascus Barrel, 1881 Vintage

Colt 1878 10 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun, Grade 8, 32 Damascus Barrel, 1881 Vintage: Nice Grade 8 configured Colt 1878, 10 Gauge, Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun.  This 1881 vintage gun is fitted with 32 inch damascus barrels (with engraving), double triggers, attractively engraved color case-hardened frame and side-plates, checkered Walnut forearm with ebony tip, checkered Walnut pistol grip stock with a Colt black hard-rubber butt-plate and silver initial plaque, engraved color case-hardened hammers, and blue finished and engraved trigger guard and lower tang.  The gun is in fine condition, retaining 20% of its original color case hardened finishes, with the rest turning a pleasing silver/brown patina.  The trigger guard/lower tang retain 50% of their original blue finish and the action top lever retains 85% of its original blue finish.  The action is tight and functions perfectly.  The damascus barrels look nice, with nice figure, and the bores are bright, there is a dent on the right barrel (see picture).  All screw heads are mostly unmolested.  The Walnut stock is nicely figured with minor handling marks and no cracks or chips.  The butt-plate is attached with engraved screws, it fits well to the stock and is in excellent condition, with no cracks or chips. The forearm fits perfectly and is in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks.  This is a very nice example of a Colt 1878 Double.  Comes with a Colt factory letter stating gun was shipped on April 18, 1881, to E.K. Tryon & Company located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PRICE: $3,550. 

Winchester Model 23 SxS Heavy Duck
Winchester Model 23 SxS Heavy Duck

Winchester Model 23 SxS Heavy Duck: Built in 1984, this gun is one of only 500 Heavy Duck model 23s built. It has 30″ barrels with a tapered solid rib. The chambers are 3″ with bore diameters of .730″ and choked full (.040″) and full .040″). This gun is in excellent all original condition retaining 95% of the original blue and 98% of the original wood finish. The wood is sound and free of any cracks or damage. The stock dimensions are 14″ over the factory Winchester pad,11/2″ at comb, and 21/4″ at heel. The gun weighs 8-0. This gun is a great duck, goose, or pheasant gun. Install screw in chokes in it and you have a great clays gun. Also a nice addition to any collection.  Price: $1995

L.C. SMITH FIELD 16 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE, INCREDIBLE ORIGINAL CONDITION
L.C. SMITH FIELD 16 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE, INCREDIBLE ORIGINAL CONDITION

L.C. SMITH FIELD 16 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE, INCREDIBLE ORIGINAL CONDITION26″ BARRELS, 100% BRIGHT BLUE, MIRROR PERFECT BORES, IM CYL. AND FULL.  FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, 100% BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR, PERFECT UNTURNED SCREWS, TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE, BARRELS RING NICELY.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE, EXCELLENT WOOD AND CHECKERING. VARNISH FINISH STARTING TO FLAKE, NO SIGN OF WEAR ANYWHERE ON THE GUN.  100% ORIGINAL CONDITION, 1 3/8″ X 2 1/4″ X 14 1/8″, 6 1/2 POUNDS.  MADE IN 1946. Price: $1775

This week’s five good guns: June 24…

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Auction alert: Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 LC Smith No. 1E…

Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:

L.C. Smith was one of America’s famous gunmakers. Starting in 1880, the company, under various owners, built their distinct doubles until after WW2 and again from 1968-1971. Most collectors agree that the finest ones were made before 1914 or so.

This L.C. Smith is from that golden period. It’s super rare — not because of its grade, but because of its condition. Back when it was built, LC Smith No. 1s were at the bottom of the company’s lineup. Most people that bought them used them a lot. Finding one that looks this good is hard to do.

It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends today, 4/30/2018, @ 10:00 PM. So if you like what you see, bid now!

Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:

Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith No. 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent: Excellent & scarce “Pre 13”, LC Smith 1E, ejector 12 ga. Here’s one you don’t see every day. An exceptional and unusual Pre-13 Damascus, ejector gun (has modern type 2 ejectors & 3-position safety) with spectacular “above grade” wood and edge-engraved action and top lever. These are becoming increasingly hard to find – especially in this condition. Gun has the majority of it’s original finishes and is tight &mechanically excellent showing little evidence of shooting. (See pics.) Original 30” bores are as they should be: bright and shiny @ .726 L / .725 R, Choked F/F @ .037” per side, 2 ¾” chambers . Condition: Tight and crisp all over, barrels retain 90% of their original chocolate brown, action & lock plates 75%+ case color, trigger guard & other hardware 90% original blue. Excellent screws throughout, sharp engraving. Highly figured English Walnut stock measures 14 3/8” (from ft. trigger) trademark LC semi-PG Stock with “custom” leather covered pad (wood not cut) has a very nice “piano finish” with near perfect checkering. Also comes with original Gutta-percha butt plate and original screws. Again, look at the beautiful wood which is way above grade. Fore end excellent with a pressure scratch by the iron (see pic.) – otherwise excellent. Flaws: Stock finish has light scratches, no dings. Has a small area of light pitting on barrel tops by breeches (pictured) and a nearly invisible surface check repair right of top tang (pictured). “NO” cracks behind lock plates which is typical of older Elsies. All-in-all, a very high condition & scarce gun from the hey-day period for LC Smith. Haven’t seen another anywhere near this condition – especially a Damascus gun with this grade of fit, finish & wood! Perfect for vintage shooting! HISTORICAL NOTE: There were only 10,221 Grade 1s built in all gauges (between 1892-1913) with only 1640 (16%) having automatic ejectors making this the most scarce of the lower grade guns. I have to say that if LC Smith had stuck to this level of quality, they might still be in business today!

Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:

Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:

Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:
Beautiful High Condition Pre-13 12 gauge LC Smith 1E, Killer wood, Damascus, Excellent:

 

5 doubles you don’t want to miss..

 

Boss & Co. Heavy 3" Proof Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun
Boss & Co. Heavy 3″ Proof Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun

Boss & Co. Heavy 3″ Proof Side-by-Side Pigeon GunBoss Heavy proof Pigeon Gun with Factory 3 inch Chambers and 1 1/2oz Original Proof. The gun is fitted with Chopper lump barrels that are fitted with Briley Teague style choke tubes. Gun appears to be little used.  The mirror perfect bores still at .729 L and .728 R.  The barrel blue remains at 98% plus. Case color 80-90%, showing some thinning; mostly on the bottom of the receiver.  Wood is excellent, retaining virtually all of it’s London style
finish. Overall a fantastic gun that points and handles as what you would expect from this highly revered maker.
Barrels: Bores: .729L & .728R. Wall Dims: .030 R & .030 L
Chokes: Teague Style Screw by Briley
Engraving: Jack Sumner Style English Fine Scroll
L.O.P.: 14 3/4″
Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz.
Stock Dimensions: 1 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 with 3/8 Cast Off
Price: $36,500

L. C. SMITH 3E 16 GAUGE SxS TWO BARREL SET
L. C. SMITH 3E 16 GAUGE SxS TWO BARREL SET

L. C. SMITH 3E 16 GAUGE SxS TWO BARREL SETL. C. Smith Double Shotgun; SN 211771; 16 gauge; Grade 3 E; Two Barrel Set-both barrels 30 inch and numbered to the gun; one set choked full/full; Second set choked mod?mod; Single Trigger Ejectors; lots of original wood and metal finish remains; 14 inch pull to original butt plate; 2¾ DAH; 1¾ DAC; weight 7¾ pounds; 2½ inch chambers; Made 1909; Perfect Action bores; strong ejectors; FFL/C&R required for shipping; from my own personal collection;  Long guns shipped by FedEx in a hard case $65; all other items shipped fully insured Priority Mail; – -Hand guns $30 — Spurs $30– Knives, Swords & Sabers $30—Grips $20; return policy: three days inspection from the date the item is received; full refund of shipping both ways ONLY IF THE ITEM IS MISREPRESENTED. Price: $5,975

Early A.H.Fox C Grade 32" 12ga S/S Shotgun
Early A.H.Fox C Grade 32″ 12ga S/S Shotgun

Early A.H.Fox C Grade 32″ 12ga S/S Shotgun: A.H.Fox early style C grade 12 gauge.Built in 1908,this gun has 32″ Krupp still barrels choked full (.038″) and full (.038″).The gun is in excellent original condition retaining traces of the original case colors and 95% of the original barrel blue.The stock has a semi-pistol grip and 141/2″LOP over a solid pad.The wood is very highly figured and is free of any cracks or damage.The engraving is sharp and very well executed.There is a small dent in the right barrel that barely shows in the bore.It does not affect the safety or shooting of the gun, but I want to make you aware that it is there. This is a hard gun to find in original condition. It would make a great pheasant or dove gun or a fun vintage clays gun. Price: $4495 

Winchester Model 21 12 GA SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
Winchester Model 21 12 GA SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Winchester Model 21 12 GA SxS Double Barrel ShotgunPrice: $3,279.66
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Single Selective
Stock Dimensions:
1 1/2″ DAC, 2 5/8″ DAH, 14″ LOP
Butt Pad: Rubber Recoil Pad
Weight: 7 lb. 10 oz.

1964 Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 20 ga, 28"
1964 Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 20 ga, 28″

1964 Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 20 ga, 28″3″ mag with 28″ full & mod barrels. This gun was built in 1964 so there is no danger of salt wood. The action is very tight with the lever still to the right. This gun looks like new aside from some minor wear on the top lever, safety selector and gold plating on the trigger.  Price: $3,200
Curio/Relic: Yes
Serial Number: 32224V4
Condition: 98%
Metal Condition: 98%
Wood Condition: 99%
Bore Condition: mint

Auction alert: 20 gauge L.C. Smith Ideal…

Cased L.C. Smith Ideal Grade 20 gauge SxS Sidelock Shotgun
Cased L.C. Smith Ideal Grade 20 gauge SxS Sidelock Shotgun

Of the big 3 American makers — L.C. Smith, Parker Bros. & A.H. Fox– L.C. Smith is only one whose guns are still reasonably priced in 20 gauge.

This 20 gauge Ideal is coming up at Morphy Auctions in their June 10, 2017. From what I can see, it looks pretty original (except for the pad, of course). The stock has pretty decent dimensions, too, so most guys should be able to shoot it.

Cased L.C. Smith Ideal Grade 20 gauge SxS Sidelock Shotgun
Cased L.C. Smith Ideal Grade 20 gauge SxS Sidelock Shotgun

As a bonus, it comes in Brady leather case with accessories and the case’s original canvas cover. That alone is with $500-600.

Lot 925: (C) Cased L.C. Smith Ideal Grade 20 gauge Sidelock Shotgun: All serial numbers match. Brown blued London steel barrels with solid matte rib and single brass bead, breeches marked “L.C. SMITH Ideal GRADE/HUNTER ARMS CO. INC. M’F’R’S FULTON, N.Y. U.S.A.”. Casehardened sidelock actions engraved with ideal grade flowers on each side. Top of action, opener, bottom of action, and trigger guard bow engraved with sprigs of engraving. Both sideplates stamped “L.C. SMITH”. Features include: extractors, automatic thumb safeties, and double triggers. Plain walnut pistol grip buttstock with checkered wrist and red Pachmayr recoil pad. Checkered walnut splinter fore arm with ebony cap. Complete with leather case with protective snap on canvas cover. Partitioned interior lined with burgundy felt. Accessories include: English oiler, snap caps, and two piece cleaning rod. Excellent condition, barrels retain 70-80% original blue finish with some thinning on sides of breeches and muzzles. Some areas of wear with finish gone at breeches. Bores are excellent and shiny. Action is tight and retains approximately 60-70% original case colors, otherwise turn to silver. Trigger guard retains traces of blue finish. Stocks very good showing some wear and a few scattered marks from use. Case excellent with a few scuffs on corner of canvas cover. Manufacturer: L.C. Smith, Model: Ideal Grade, Serial Number: 144838, Caliber: , Barrel Length: 28″, FFL Status: Curio & Relic, Paperwork: , Blade Length: , Overall Length: , Gauge: 20, Chamber: 2 – 3/4″, Length of Pull: 14 – 3/4″, Drop at Comb: 1 – 9/16″, Drop at Heel: 2 – 1/2″, Internal Bore Diameter: Left – .615″, Right – .619″, Barrel Wall Thickness: Both – .046″, Choke: Both – Full, Weight: 6 lbs. – 11 oz.

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C.G. Bonehill .577 3" Side-by-Side Boxlock Double Rifl
C.G. Bonehill .577 3″ Side-by-Side Boxlock Double Rifl

C.G. Bonehill .577 3″ Side-by-Side Boxlock Double Rifle: 26″ chopperlump barrels, one standing three folding gold line express sights on a quarter rib, proofed for the 100 gr. cordite 750 bullet.  Double triggers, auto ejectors.  This is the real stopper, genuine article! Original heavy proof.  Built on the Webley long bar, bushed pins, screw grip doll’s head.  The Rock of Gibraltar! Finely scroll engraved, with the “C.G. Bonehill” name in gold.  The rifle retains about 98% of what appears to be an older refresh.  Chambers are perfect, bores very good +, with fine sharp rifling right up to the chambers.  Tight on the face.  Beautifully grained French walnut, straight through the head, fits perfectly – no gaps – no cracks, just perfect.  A really rare pre-war ejector, in one of most of the most fabled calibers.  A true .577 weighing exactly 14 lbs., they way they ought to be!  15″ LOP over a leather pad.  This is the one you want when things get ugly!  Cased in canvas trunk case with brass corners. Price: $57,000

MANUFRANCE IDEAL GRADE 6RE SxS - 16 GAUGE - 29" BARRELS - HIGHLY ENGRAVED
MANUFRANCE IDEAL GRADE 6RE SxS – 16 GAUGE – 29″ BARRELS – HIGHLY ENGRAVED

MANUFRANCE IDEAL GRADE 6RE SxS – 16 GAUGE – 29″ BARRELS – HIGHLY ENGRAVED: Forend fastening system. Chisled vine fences with side clips. Ejectors. Ambidextrous safety. Acier barrel steel. Chambers 2 3/4″. Right bore measures .667 with 5/1000 choke (IC). Left bore at .668 with 28/1000 (Imp Mod). Barrels are 29″ and have a swamped rib. Gun is tight on face / no loose ribs. Loaded cartridge indicators. Stock has a 1″ ebony butt plate and skip line checkering. Weight is 6 LBS 2 1/2 OZ. Shipping is $50. Retractable sling is misisng. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 7/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 3/8″. Price: $6,750

Ithaca NID 28 gauge SxS Shotgun
Ithaca NID 28 gauge SxS Shotgun

Ithaca NID 28 gauge SxS Shotgun:  The gun is in great condition with no pitting on the barrel or bore.  There is very little original finish remaining, the majority of the original finish can be found on top of the receiver.  The LOP is 14 3/4”, the drop to heal is 2 1/8” and the drop to comb is 1 3/4”.  The gun is overall in great condition and is ready to be taken out on your next bird hunt. Price: $4500

BERETTA – Model 471 Silver Hawk – SxS – 20ga – 28″ Mobilchoke – CasedSingle Selective Trigger, Selectable Ejectors or Extractors, English Stock, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 7 oz. Excellent Condition. The coloring is faded to a modeled gray patina. Very little wear. A few minor handling marks. Includes: Case, Manual, Socks, Total of Four Chokes. Price: $2875

BERETTA - Model 471 Silver Hawk - SxS - 20ga - 28" Mobilchoke - Cased
BERETTA – Model 471 Silver Hawk – SxS – 20ga – 28″ Mobilchoke – Cased
L.C. Smith "O" Grade 16 Gauge - 1899 GUN, 70% CASE 70% CASE COLOR, CONDITION!
L.C. Smith “O” Grade 16 Gauge – 1899 GUN, 70% CASE 70% CASE COLOR, CONDITION!

L.C. Smith “O” Grade 16 Gauge – 1899 GUN, 70% CASE 70% CASE COLOR, CONDITION: 6lbs 14oz, Side by Side, Serial Number 60594.  The L.C. Smith “O” Grade, a “pre-1913” name given to this grade by Hunter Arms prior to 1913 (too obvious?) was a step above the Field Grade that came out in 1913 from Hunter Arms in that it had a bit nicer wood and checkering, a black ebony inlay in the forend tip, and a set of nice damascus steel barrels.  This gun, sn60594 built in 1899, is in remarkable condition for its 118 years of age, with lots of case color, perfect screws, perfect wood to metal fit, nicely figured European walnut (book says English walnut, looks like French to me), factory original checkering is excellent, no cracks anywhere, full length butt stock to the factory butt plate, 30″ damascus barrels that still retain 98% of their original black and white pattern, and tight as new mechanically.  With the long barrels and 1/2 round pistol grip, this is a great sporting clays or upland gun, and weighing 6lbs. 14oz. is not too heavy to carry all day.  They only made about 3100 of these guns in 16ga., likely less than 2500 or so left on the planet, so it is not a common gun, especially with this much factory condition remaining.  Price: $1,995

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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

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John Rigby .275 Side-by-Side Double Rifle No. 2 Magnum
John Rigby .275 Side-by-Side Double Rifle No. 2 Magnum

John Rigby .275 Side-by-Side Double Rifle No. 2 Magnum: 26″ chopperlump barrels with a file cut quarter rib, stippled front ramp.  One standing, two folding express sights for 100, 300 and 400 yards.  The quarter rib engraved in deep old English style “John Rigby & Co. 43 Sackville Street London”.  Right barrel engraved “No. 2 Magnum Cartridge Pointed Bullet 140 grs.”  Left barrel engraved “For Rigby. 275 Bore”.  This cartridge is also known as the 7mm Rigby Magnum Flanged.  Double triggers, automatic ejectors.  Webley long bar screw grip action retains 100% original color.  Action engraved about 75% in open acanthus scroll features John Rigby & Co.  in a scrolling banner.  Pistol grip stock of nicely figured French walnut measures 14-7/8″ over the checkered steel buttplate.  Lever release forend, engraved grip cap.  Weighs 9-1/4 lbs.  This is one outstanding Rigby rifle, built in 1938, retaining virtually 98% of the blue, case color and original oil finish.  Only the slightest handling marks.   Bores are 100% perfect.  Shoots 1″ at 65 yards with 175 grain bullet.  John Taylor rated the .275 No. 2 Magnum as his favorite of all small bore cartridges.  A fabulous rifle for the collector or shooter! Price: $34,500

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 16 Gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
L.C. Smith Crown Grade 16 Gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 16 Gauge SxS Double Barrel Shotgun – 1 OF 6 MADE ORIGINAL, TRADES OK!:  #80330 What is rare…really?  How about 1 of 68 total Crown Grades in 16ga., 1 of 6 with 32″ barrels, 1 of 2 so configured, 95% factory case color and blue, and all original parts?  This is the epitome of a truly rare, highly desirable vintage American double.  The Crown Grade engraving is some of the most handsome found on any American double gun.  This gun, sn80330 made in 1925, is an amazing classic L.C. Smith gun.  We did restore the butt stock as the finish was not on par with the rest of the gun.  All parts are original to the gun.  The screws are perfect, the bores are perfect, the engraving is crisp and clear, the triggers break like glass, the barrels are tight on the breech face and hinge pin like a new gun, the case color is bold and strong and everywhere, the wood to metal fit is superb…and those loooong 32″ barrels. Price: $22,950

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 16 GAUGE SKEET SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 16 GAUGE SKEET SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 16 GAUGE SKEET SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: 26″ BARRELS, CHOKED WS1 & WS2, PISTOL GRIP STOCK WITH CHECKERED BUTT 14″ -1 9/16″-2 3/8″, 98% ALL ORIGINAL UNALTERED MODEL 21, CODY INFO SHEET, SHIPPED 1947. Price: $9,000

Henry Atkin “from Purdey” 12Ga sidelock ejector. 2 Jermyn street Haymarket London#714 Henry Atkin “from Purdey” 12Ga sidelock ejector. 2 Jermyn street Haymarket London. 1889 gun apparently later rebarreled  with fluid steel barrels and fitted with ejectors by the maker. Reproofed in London after chamber opening to 2 ¾” in 1976 . 30” tubes with a broad flat rib. Soldering is good and they have a nice clear ring.  Blacking is 80% with sharp lettering. Mirror bores measuring .735”  with .035 Full and .035 Full chokes. Walls are at .032 explaining the gun weight of 7 pound 10 Oz . It balances at the back hedge of the forend wood. Tight on the face and in proper mechanical order. The action and bar action locks have 90% covering of absolutely gorgeous scroll engraving and 50% case color. The stock measures 15” LOP over a 1” Silvers pad, drop is 1 ½” &2 ¼”  , cast off ½” . It is solid, but shows 120 years of usage, with small dings and scratches, and worn checkering. Price: $5,990

Henry Atkin “from Purdey” 12Ga sidelock ejector. 2 Jermyn street Haymarket London
Henry Atkin “from Purdey” 12Ga sidelock ejector. 2 Jermyn street Haymarket London
Parker Reproduction DHE Grade 28 Gauge 26” Barrels Straight Grip Stock Splinter Forearm Beautiful
Parker Reproduction DHE Grade 28 Gauge 26” Barrels Straight Grip Stock Splinter Forearm Beautiful

Parker Reproduction DHE Grade 28 Gauge 26” Barrels Straight Grip Stock Splinter Forearm Beautiful: A gorgeous 28 gauge Parker reproduction with 99+% original case coloring and 100% original bluing. 26” barrels with 2 3/4″ chambers, Q1 (.002) and Q2 (.005) chokes. Double triggers, automatic safety and ejectors. Game scene engraving. Splinter forearm and English style straight grip stock. The wood retains 100% original finish and has a few very minor handling marks. Skeleton buttplate. 14 3/4” length of pull to front trigger. Comes in original leather trunk case with canvas wrap, keys and snap caps. Drop at comb: 1 1/4″. Drop at heel: 2 1/8″. Weight is 5.5 lbs. Mechanics are excellent. Price: $5297

Two beasts: An American 8 gauge, a British 4 gauge …

Big & beautiful. E. M. Reilly 4 gauge SxS Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun
Big & beautiful. E. M. Reilly 4 gauge SxS Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

If you collect big bore, waterfowling shotguns, or want to start, you’re in luck: Two of finest you’ll ever find are coming up in James D. Julia’s April, 2017, auction. In their day, big bores like these were far too expensive to be used by commercial hunters as “market guns.”

Instead, they were bought by well-off sportsmen and used to pass shoot ducks, geese and even swans. From what I’ve read, as hunting pressure along the Eastern flyways increased,  waterfowl became warier (and scarcer). To bring them down, hunters needed guns that could reach out further. With their big loads and heavy charges, big bores were able to do this.

Big & beautiful. E. M. Reilly 4 gauge SxS Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun
Big & beautiful. E. M. Reilly 4 gauge SxS Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

A monstrous & fabulous E.M. Reilly 4 gauge Side-by-Side hammer shotgun. I’ve had this double in my hands, and it’s incredible. To help it resist corrosion, it was nickel-plated and it features no engraving. It was probably made in England in the 1870s, and it remains in incredible — and to my eye — all original condition. Interestingly, it has stalking safeties on it – a feature normally reserved for hammer rifles.

An awesome 8 gauge L.C, Smith Quality 2. Stunning original condition.
An awesome 8 gauge L.C, Smith Quality 2. Stunning original condition.

An L.C. Smith 8 gauge Quality No. 2 Side-by-Side hammerless shotgun. I’m pretty sure this shotgun popped up on the market a few years ago. If it’s the same gun, it’s in incredible original condition and pretty much new. L.C. Smith probably made fewer than 50 eight gauges. This one has to be the finest one in existence. The Quality No. 2 was L.C. Smith’s lower middle grade. The company built them from 1890-1914 and made 12,483 total. Of those, just 38 were 8 gauges.

An awesome 8 gauge L.C, Smith Quality 2. Stunning original condition.
An awesome 8 gauge L.C, Smith Quality 2. Stunning original condition.

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

F.illi Piotti Pre-Owned 20 bore ‘King’ Sidelock 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-concave
Chokes: Right: 1/4 Left: 1/4
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
Case: Uncased
Date of Manufacture: 2006

L C Smith Crown Grade SxS 20 Gauge, 28" bbls, Wonderful
L C Smith Crown Grade SxS 20 Gauge, 28″ bbls, Wonderful

L C Smith Crown Grade 20 Gauge Wonderful: 28″ BARRELS.  99% BLUE, PERFECT BORES, IMCY. AND MODIFIED.  BOTH ENDS OF BARRELS ENGRAVED WITH SCROLL AND BORDERS.  GOLD INLAY AT BARREL EXTENSION, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, HUNTER SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, GOOD CASE COLOR.  RIGHT LOCK HAS TWO ENGLISH POINTERS, RAIL FENCE.  LEFT LOCK HAS TWO ENGLISH SETTERS IN A NON TYPICAL POSTURE WITH OVER HANGING TREE BRANCHES MUCH LIKE THE EARLIER GRADE 5 GUNS.  FOREARM LATCH AND TRIGGER GUARD HAVE ALL THE ORIGINAL BLUE, TOPP LEVER TO THE EXTREME RIGHT, UNTURNED SCREWS, GOLD CROWN INLAY ON TOP LEVER.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE.  NEAR PERFECT WOOD AND CHECKERING, GREAT DIMENSIONS, 1 3/8″ X 2 1/2″ X 14 1/2″, 6 POUNDS 4 OUNCES.  MADE IN 1928-1929.  CODY FIREARMS MUSEUM LETTER VARIFIES THE SPECS, ONLY 48 MADE IN THIS CONFIGURATION. Price: $17,500

William Powell & Son high quality boxlock in excellent condition, still in it original makers case! This absolutely stunning English double is in fantastic condition in its original makers case. With great dimensions and balance also this beautiful weapon will certainly make some shot-gunner extremely happy. Price: $6,900

William Powell & Son high quality boxlock in excellent condition, still in it original makers case!
William Powell & Son high quality boxlock in excellent condition, still in it original makers case!

BROWNING B25 GRADE 1 TRADITIONAL SUPERPOSED OVER UNDER 20 GAUGE:  MADE 2002 30″ MOD AND FULL SOLID RIB 3″ CHAMBERS SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 6LBS 9 OZ X 2 1/8 X 1 1/2 X 15 1/4  Price: $6,500

BROWNING B25 GRADE 1 TRADITIONAL SUPERPOSED OVER UNDER 20 GAUGE
BROWNING B25 GRADE 1 TRADITIONAL SUPERPOSED OVER UNDER 20 GAUGE
Browning B-S/S 12 Ga. SxS Shotgun, 28" bbls.
Browning B-S/S 12 Ga. SxS Shotgun, 28″ bbls.

Browning B-S/S 12 Ga. SxS Shotgun, Straight Grip 28″ bbls. Price: $1,959.99
Manufactured: 1984
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 3″
Metal Condition: Very good with a few very small marks
Wood Condition: Very Good with a few light handling marks
Bore Condition: Bright, clean bores.
Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Single gold color.
Stock: Checkered English Grip
Fore End: Checkered Fore end
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Decelerator Butt Pad
Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz.
Sights: Stainless Front Bead
Chokes: Fixed – Mod/Full

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L.C. Smith A-2 SxS 12ga 30in Single (selective) trigger Ejector
L.C. Smith A-2 SxS 12ga 30in Single (selective) trigger Ejector

L.C. Smith A-2 SxS 12ga 30in Single (selective) trigger EjectorAn extremely rare gun with lots of condition  An A-2 LC Smith  12ga  30in  Whitworth Steel barrels  mod/full Single selective trigger  and ejectors  very nice wood   checkering still sharp   barrel blue  very good   faded but good case color  beautiful sharp engraving serial # 3517. Price: $22,995

AH Fox CE 12 gauge Side-by-Side shotgunAll original. Number 4 weight barrels Price: $9,950
Serial Number: 27467
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 30
Action: S-E
Triggers: Double
Gauge: 12
Fore End: Splinter
LOP: 14
Weight: 7 lbs 7 oz

AH Fox CE 12 gauge Side-by-Side shotgun
AH Fox CE 12 gauge Side-by-Side shotgun

EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN12 gauge, 26″ damascus steel barrels, auto ejecgtors, beautiful scroll engraved sideplates and relief engraved fences.  Double triggers, top lever, double underlocking lugs with Greener type third bite.  Bores measure .729″ both barrels with walls over .030″   Chokes:  R: .003″  L: .033″   Weight: 6lbs 7oz.    Stock measures   Comb: 1 1/2″   Heel: 2″  LOP: 14 1/2″ over a thin English hard rubber pad.  The barrels retain all of the beautiful damascus pattern,  The action showing lovely subdued case colors.  Mint bores, excellent checkering and varnish.  This would make a perfect bird gun. Price: $5,950

EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN
EARLY FRANCOTTE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE EJECTOR GUN
Beretta / Orvis Uplander 20ga / 28/ga OU 2 barrel set, Straight Grip, 28"
Beretta / Orvis Uplander 20ga / 28/ga OU 2 barrel set, Straight Grip, 28″

Beretta / Orvis Uplander 20ga / 28/ga OU / 2 barrel set: Straight grip stock 1 1/2″ dac 15″ lop to a leather recoil pad. Stock and forend checkered and finished by David Trevallion for Orvis in Sept. 1999. (He inserted his business card in the stock bolt hole after finishing and installing the pad for Orvis customer.) This is a truly lovely upland combo! The original 20ga barrels are 28″ with Beretta Mobile choke tubes. I had the a 28ga 26″ IC/M “Orvis Uplander” Marked Barrels professionally fit after I purchased the gun to make it a combo set.The gun shows very llight field use and is in 98% conditio? and Priced to sell ! You won’t find another one like this one at this price.  I have a thin Beretta pad fitted to make it 14 1/2″ lop. Original leather pad is included and comes installed if desired. Price: $3100

Rizzini Omnium OU 28 ga. 28" choke tubes. English Stock:
Rizzini Omnium OU 28 ga. 28″ choke tubes. English Stock:

Rizzini Omnium OU 28 ga. 28″ choke tubes. English Stock: Here is a nice 28 ga o/u made by one of Italys’ most respected shotgun makers. This elegant gun has a beautiful case colored receiver. Its a very nice, lightweight gun at only 5 lb. 8 oz. This gun was special order with a straight English stock. The English stock really makes for a fast handling upland gun, and its nice looking too! There are not many 28 ga. guns with a English stock and here is a good one. Layaways ok. Cased. New. Price: $2295

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Browning Superposed 28ga 28in M/F Straight English Stock
Browning Superposed 28ga 28in M/F Straight English Stock

Browning Superposed 28ga 28in M/F Straight English StockA very unique 28ga Browning Superposed it has a straight stock like a superlight but has a lightning frame with a field forearm   It has 28in barrels  choked Modified / Full it is in great condition  very tight  gorgeous wood. LOP 14 3/8″ to a Factory buttplate  This is a NO salt, vent-rib gun. Price: $8,500

BERETTA - Abercrombie & Fitch - ASEL - 20ga 28" - O/U Shotgun Solid Rib
BERETTA – Abercrombie & Fitch – ASEL – 20ga 28″ – O/U Shotgun Solid Rib

BERETTA – Abercrombie & Fitch – ASEL – 20ga 28″ – O/U Shotgun Solid RibHand Built Quality. Very Hard to Find with 28″ Barrels. 1951. Choked IC / M (.007 / .017), Double Trigger – Front Articulated, LOP 14-3/8″ Drop 1-7/16″ to 2-1/8″,Weight 5 lbs. 12 oz. Gun was very carefully restored some years ago, and remains 95+% condition. Bores are as they left the factory – except the chokes were opened to IC / M. Price: $5900

LC SMITH Model 2E 16ga Straight Grip Factory two barrel set 26 M&M, 30″ F&FAll original finish. Mfg 1912. Price: $4,500

Serial #  214934

LC SMITH Model 2E 16ga Straight Grip Factory two barrel set 26 M&M, 30" F&F
LC SMITH Model 2E 16ga Straight Grip Factory two barrel set 26 M&M, 30″ F&F

Choke 30″ F&F
Choke 26″ M&M
Trigger  Hunter one trigger
Stock Configuration  Straight Grip
Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm
Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib
Receiver Finish  Casehardened
Engraving Type  Game Scene Cameos Engraving
Other Options  Recoil pad
Condition  Near EXC. Condition
Weight  7#0oz
Dimensions  1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 14 with 0 cast

Abercrombie & Fitch F. Rizzini Side-By-Side 12 Ga
Abercrombie & Fitch F. Rizzini Side-By-Side 12 Ga

Abercrombie & Fitch F. Rizzini Side-By-Side 12 GaThis Italian double gun has a case colored, scalloped boxlock action with a checkered walnut stock set. The stock does not appear to have been cut for the recoil pad. The 28″ barrels are extractor only and have fixed Mod/Full chokes. Abercrombie & Fitch imported this shotgun. Price: $1,949.66
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Only a few light handling marks.
Wood Condition: There are a couple of very small cracks behind the scallops of the receiver.
Bore Condition: Bright, clean bores.
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double
Stock: Round knob pistol grip.
Stock Dimensions:
15 1/2″ LOP, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/2″ DAH
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Pachmayr White Line recoil pad.
Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz.
Sights: Brass bead.
Chokes: Fixed – Mod/Full

Browning Citori OU Double Barrel 12 gauge Shotgun
Browning Citori OU Double Barrel 12 gauge Shotgun

Browning Citori OU Double Barrel 12 gauge ShotgunBrowning Citori chambered in 12 gauge.  Shotgun has 28″ barrels and weighs 6lb 6oz.  Firearm has an English style straight stock and screw chokes. Price: $1,095

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Symes & Wright, London, Best Quality 20 bore Sidelock Purdey-style OU Shotgun
Symes & Wright, London, Best Quality 20 bore Sidelock Purdey-style OU Shotgun

Symes & Wright, London, Best Quality 20 bore Sidelock Purdey-style OU Shotgun: 28″ barrels, stippled solid rib, 2-34″ chambers choked improved cylinder and modified (.009/.016).   Based on a Purdey-Woodward patent, the finely sculpted rounded bar action is engraved in the finest rose and scroll with vivid case colors.  Single trigger.  Highly figured French walnut pistol grip stock with black and gold highlights measures 13-3/4″ to a checkered butt. Symes & Wright, the partnership of two very successful Purdey craftsmen, produced only the finest London guns.  The Firm consisted of some of the most talented artisans in the British gun trade.  A boutique maker, they built only a limited number of guns to the highest standard.  This 20 bore over/under illustrates the high level of craftsmanship and style which was the hallmark of Symes & Wright.  Weighs 6 lbs, 7 oz.  Complete with fitted oak and leather case, a London Best.  Price: $65,000

James Purdey double rifle in .303 British - In superb condition in its makers oak & leather case Exquisite!
James Purdey double rifle in .303 British – In superb condition in its makers oak & leather case Exquisite!

James Purdey double rifle in .303 British – In superb condition in its makers oak & leather case Exquisite!Ever have a “Wow” moment? I sure did when I lifted the lid of the case and beheld this stunning double rifle from 1899 with almost all its case color on its locks and its stunning marble cake wood. Built in the waning days of the Victorian era (The blessed queen died in 1901) James Purdey was then what I consider at the pinnacle of their gun craft. This beautiful double rifle is a physical testament to the craftsman and company that is still today setting the standard to compare other gun makers. Small bore English double rifles in usable calibers are quite rare. This rifle is in superb condition with an excellent bore. .303 is readily available and is not considered obsolete, in fact being recorded by many to be an excellent caliber for North American big game. This rifle features the Beasley patent self-opening mechanism. The next owner of this rifle is a very lucky man or woman and will not only have an excellent investment but a work of art and craftsmanship from the golden age of English gunmaking. Price: $48,000

Phillipson & Nephew 12g SxS Sidelock Ejector
Phillipson & Nephew 12g SxS Sidelock Ejector

Phillipson & Nephew 12g SxS Sidelock EjectorStunning 12g sidelock ejector shotgun made by Phillipson & Nephew of Birmingham. Famous for making and supplying the majority of the trade with actions, they made a few guns under their own name which were always extremely well made, high end guns. This gun features 30″ barrels, beautifully engraved sidelocks with game scene surrounded in scroll retaining some case colour, double triggers, handsome and highly figured walnut stock measuring 14 3/8″ to centre. Cased with accessories in a leather case. A chance to acquire a very attractive, rare gun in excellent condition. Price: $11,995

L. C. SMITH - LONG RANGE 12 GA. 32" BARRELS FULL/FULL - 99% COND
L. C. SMITH – LONG RANGE 12 GA. 32″ BARRELS FULL/FULL – 99% COND

L. C. SMITH – LONG RANGE 12 GA. 32″ BARRELS FULL/FULL – 99% COND3″ CHAMBERS -PISTOL GRIP STOCK LOP 14  1/6″ – DROPS 1  9/16″ X 2  5/8″ – CASE COLORS 95% – BLUEING 99% – WOOD 98% – GUNS APPEARS TO BE ALL ORIGINAL.   HARD TO FIND ANY SMITH WITH THIS MUCH ORIGINAL CONDITION, MUCH LESS A LONG RANGE 3″ GUN. Price: $4,800

BERETTA - SO2 - Sidelock Over Under -- 27-1/2 Bbls - Double Triggers
BERETTA – SO2 – Sidelock Over Under — 27-1/2 Bbls – Double Triggers

BERETTA – SO2 –  Sidelock Over Under — 27-1/2 Bbls – Double Triggers: 2-3/4″, 27-1/2″ IC / LM (.007 / .011) Boehler Steel Bbls, LOP 14-1/2″ Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-7/16″, Weight 6 lbs. 15 oz. Somone has added a wood butt spacer and fitted a Beretta butt plate. Very nice work. The stock is 13-7/8″ without the extension. So, remove the extension and add a pad and the stock will go almost 15″ with a standard 1″ pad. Price: $3950

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J. Rigby & Co. 10 ga. Magnum Side-by-Side Shotgun
J. Rigby & Co. 10 ga. Magnum Side-by-Side Shotgun

J. Rigby & Co.  10 ga. Magnum Side-by-Side ShotgunThis is the real deal – 32″ barrels choked extra full/extra full (.050/.050), 3-1/2″ chambers, 4 ton proof, a really rare gun, I’ve never seen one like this.  Automatic ejectors, double triggers.  Sidelock action with Rigby’s signature drop edge lockplates.  Carved leaf fences, doll’s head locks off the toplever,  Rigby London in gold on the top rib and the locks.  Traditional Rigby foliate scroll.  Rich, bold case colors complement the oversize action.  Beavertail forend, full pistol grip stock with grip cap of straight grained English walnut, measures 1-1/2″ comb x 1-7/8″ heel x 14-1/2 LOP over a 3/4″ pad.  The gun retains 99% of its color and lustrous Johnson’s barrel black.  Minor handling marks in the finish as this gun has seen just a bit of use.  Lots of front end bias – you will not stop your swing with this one!  Built in 1985, most likely when Rigby was located in Covent Garden, London.  Just a really special gun and possibly one-of-a-kind!  Weighs 9 lbs. Cased.  Price: $39,500

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 16 Gauge - 95% FACTORY ORIGINAL, AMAZING
L.C. Smith Crown Grade 16 Gauge – 95% FACTORY ORIGINAL, AMAZING

L.C. Smith Crown Grade 16 Gauge – 95% FACTORY ORIGINAL, AMAZING: Year 1925, 16 Gauge, 7lbs 4oz, Side-by-Side. Year 1925, 16 Gauge, 7lbs 4oz, Side-by-Side. Serial Number: 80330. What is rare…really?  How about 1 of 68 total Crown Grades in 16ga?  How about 1 of 6 with 32″ barrels?  How about 1 of 2 so configured?  How about 95%  factory case color and blue, all original parts?  This is the epitome of a truly rare, highly desirable vintage American double.  The Crown Grade engraving is some of the most handsome found on any American double gun.  This gun, sn80330 made in 1925, is one of the most amazing, untouched, L.C. Smith guns I have owned and one of the finest American doubles I have seen.  Maybe I should not say untouched, as we did restore the butt stock as the finish was not on par with the rest of the gun.  All parts are original to the gun.  The screws are perfect, the bores are perfect, the engraving is crisp and clear, the triggers break like glass, the barrels are tight on the breech face and hinge pin like a new gun, the case color is bold and strong and everywhere, the wood to metal fit is superb…and those loooong 32″ barrels.
barrels. Price: $27,500

Piotti Piuma 20 ga., Double barrel boxlock ejector

Piotti Piuma 20 ga., Double barrel boxlock ejector

Piotti Piuma 20 ga., Double barrel boxlock ejector:  28″ chopperlump barrels with flat file cut rib.  2-3/4″ chambers, choked .006/.014, improved cylinder and modified. Case colored scalloped back action engraved with fine floral and foliate scroll as a King 1, signed by Granetti.  Single non-selective trigger, auto ejectors. Slim beavertail forend, straight hand stock of exhibition walnut with the finest of fine checkering, measures 14-1/4″ to a checkered butt.  This little gun weighs a mere 5 lbs, 11 oz.  As a bonus, complete with 28 ga. Briley Ultralight insert tubes.   98% condition and half of new retail!  A real beauty! Price: $14,500

WEBLEY & SCOTT Ltd. 12 BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK EJECTOR- 1925- GOLDEN ERA & NOT PRODUCED LIKE THIS AFTER WWII- SCREW GRIP ACTION
WEBLEY & SCOTT Ltd. 12 BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK EJECTOR- 1925- GOLDEN ERA & NOT PRODUCED LIKE THIS AFTER WWII- SCREW GRIP ACTION

WEBLEY & SCOTT Ltd. 12 BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK EJECTOR- 1925- GOLDEN ERA & NOT PRODUCED LIKE THIS AFTER WWII- SCREW GRIP ACTION: #97774, Webley & Scott Ltd., 55 Victoria Street, London, England: A 12 Bore Webley & Scott Ltd. Best Quality Boxlock Ejector Made 1925 with a Screw Grip action body, 30″ Dovetail Lump Barrels with a rib extension third bite at .734 .005 & .037″ (Skt.I & Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on the right at .031″ & .030″ on the left, Birmingham Nitro proved at 1 1/8 ounce, Double triggers, Bushed strikers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Carved shoulders at the head of the forend, Excellent wood, Straight hand stock at 14 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/2″ over a 1 3/16″ Silvers pad, Neutral stock, 6 lbs. 9 oz., 95% coverage of very sharp small scroll engraving that is Classic Pre-War cut, The balls of the action are deeply carved with oak leaves, It is engraved under the top lever, The top lever is completely engraved and it is nicely profiled, This gun retains 90% original bright and vivid case colors, The original barrel blue is a 96%, The stock remains at 95%, The checkering at 98%, The floorplate and trigger guard have been reblacked, The piece is tight on the face, The bores are in excellent condition, The barrels ring with nice chime, The wood remains strong & solid in every respect. This is one doggone nice Pre-War British boxlock that has been very well kept with obvious good custodians. I can assure you they didn’t make them like this after the second war. Price: $5,250

Browning B-S/S 12 GA SxS Boxlock Shotgun
Browning B-S/S 12 GA SxS Boxlock Shotgun

Browning B-S/S 12 GA SxS Boxlock ShotgunPrice: $2,199.99
Manufacturer: 1983
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 3
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Single Selective
Stock Dimensions:
1 9/16″ DAC, 2 1/2″ DAH, 14 1/4″ LOP
Butt Pad: Factory Butt Plate
Weight: 7 lb. 8 zo.
Chokes: Full/Modified
Extras: Box

Auction alert: A real nice 20g L.C. Smith Trap Grade…

L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26" & 28" bbls
L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26″ & 28″ bbls

Here’s a hard-to-find vintage American double in fantastic original condition. It’s a 20 gauge L.C. Smith Trap Grade, and it’s up for auction now at Gunrunnerauctions.com. If you collect Elsies, bid now. I doubt you’ll see a better one of these any time soon.

According to the L.C. Smith website, Hunter Arms Co. made 3346 Trap-grade sxs shotguns. Of those, 348 were 20 gauges. The site also says:

L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26" & 28" bbls
L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26″ & 28″ bbls

“Production of the Trap Grade began in 1912 and ran to 1940. The 1913 catalog stated “In the production of this grade particular attention has been paid to meet the requirements of sportsmen who are desirous of a gun for trap shooting, as well as for field, with all of the latest attachments – Hunter One-Trigger and Automatic Ejector especially – and at a very low price. Each lock-plate is engraved with a trap shooting scene consisting of a trap house and a squad of five shooters at the score. We can confidently recommend this grade as entirely satisfactory, especially for the purpose the name implies. With our special system of boring, no better guns are made for trap than the L.C. Smith Double Gun with Hunter One-Trigger.” The price with two triggers in 1913 was $55, and a Hunter One-Trigger brought the price up to $75. Ejectors added $11 to the price, and $86 would buy the gun with both ejectors and the Hunter One-Trigger. The base price of this grade increased to $77 by the time that it was discontinued in 1940. ”

L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26" & 28" bbls
L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26″ & 28″ bbls

L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26″ & 28″ bbls: Serial #8013, mfg. 1916 by Hunter Arms Co., Fulton, NY. Excellent condition. The rare “Trap Grade” in 20 ga. AND two-barrel set – all matching serial numbers on all iron. Grade E with scroll engraved receiver – left panel has a trapshooting squad of five men and a trap; right panel has a lone hunter shooting at a flushing bird. Case color is mostly gone on the receiver, but about 15% is in protected areas. Good tight action. Two barrels included: One 26″ barrel with solid rib, two ivory beads, bright bore, beavertail forearm; and one 28″solid rib barrel with two ivory beads, bright bores, splinter forearm. The 26″ barrel has 98% bright blue and the 28″ barrel has 90% blue with some wear near the muzzles. Wood is fancy with excellent dark burl and sharp checkering – appears to be have been refinished when the red Jostam recoil pad was fitted. Hunter One single trigger works well. Ejectors are strong and throw hulls across the room. LOP is 14″ over pad. Both barrels are marked “L.C. Smith Trap Grade” – 28″ barrel is also marked “Hunter Arms Co. Inc., Fulton, NY, USA” on top. Includes Cody factory letter stating the Grade E and Trap model and noting the 26″ barrel. The shotgun was finished on June 30, 1916. The second barrel was made in the factory, but it is correct to not see that noted in a factory letter.

L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26" & 28" bbls
L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26″ & 28″ bbls
L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26" & 28" bbls
L.C. Smith Trap Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun 26″ & 28″ bbls

See the amazing finish on this 100+ year old L.C. Smith No. 2…

 L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN
L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN

Twelve-gauge, L.C. Smith No. 2s are not hard guns find– unless you’re looking for an example with the kind of condition you see here. Hunter Arms made 10,815 of them from 1890-1914, and according to the L.C. Smith Collector’s site, they turned out the one you see here in 1899.

Yeah, 1899. That’s before Ford introduced it’s first car and before most people in the US had electricity.
L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN

L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN

No. 2s weren’t fancy guns, and most of the one you see today are pretty banged up. This one looks like it has barely been used, and except for the pad and maybe a light refinish to the back of the buttstock, I’m thinking it’s all original. So take a long look at it, because doing so is almost like taking a trip back in time.

L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUNA beautiful high condition early L.C. Smith SxS. 12 ga with 2-3/4″ chambers. Serial range of 103k making it built in about 1898-1900. Early characteristics including the early style sideplate, rectangular safety window and dogs head on the forearm. High condition with beautiful blue bbls that are just as nice on the inside. Frame has all case colors remaining. Most are very vivid. Grade 2 bird engravings on the sidelocks. Wood is exceptional and has the very thin wrist with pistol grip knob. LOP 14″ from the added white line recoil pad. Fine early shotgun! Price: $4,875.
L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN
L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN
L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN
L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN
L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN
L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN
L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN
L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN
L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN
L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN
L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN
L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN
L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN

L.C. SMITH No. 2 12 GAUGE HAMMERLESS SXS SHOTGUN

Hard to find: A pre-1913 12 gauge L.C. Smith Pigeon grade SxS…

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

A hundred years ago, live pigeon shooting was a huge pastime in the U.S. People participated in shoots throughout the country, and the top shots traveled the country–and the world–competing and winning huge amounts of prize money.

Gunmakers responded to this popularity by building shotguns for this sport. Here’s the one that L.C. Smith offered from 1893-1913. It’s a Pigeon grade, and it looks like it’s in excellent original condition. I have to say, I really like it — especially the damascus bbls and the blush of color-case hardening on the action. I love how L.C. Smith finished the fences, too, as well as the overall shape of the stock. Very nice.

According to the L.C. Smith collector’s website:

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

“Only 1,397 Pigeon Guns were produced from 1893 through 1913 including four 10 gauge, 1,350 12 gauge, 23 16 gauge, and 20 20 gauge guns. Automatic ejectors were fitted to 883 guns. The catalog (1900) stated: “Our Pigeon Gun is an innovation. Appreciating that there is a demand for a very quick shooting gun, we deliver this grade. The straight grip admits the most rapid work possible and supplies a want long felt by many sportsmen. They are specially adapted to stand the tremendous strain of many heavy loads of nitro powder.” The stock was said to be: “A choice piece of French walnut, beautifully figured. The richness of the color in these finer stocks is superb. They are all finished in oil equal to the best pianos and consequently please the most exacting . . .” Stocks were not straight. could be ordered with a pistol grip and a Monte Carlo. Pigeon Nitro Steel barrels were available in 12 and 16 gauges, and Chainette Damascus barrels were available in 10, 12, and 16 gauges. Twenty gauge guns were available starting in 1907. The 20 gauge guns were only made with Pigeon Nitro Steel barrels. The catalog said: “The engraving is

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

handsome and very appropriate for a gun of this character. On one lock plate is engraved with a pigeon in full flight, on the other is a blue rock, and on the extension rib a pigeon in his native home. You will always find an artistic and appropriate finish on Smith Guns . . .” A precious metal bar was inlaid across the rib near the engraved pigeon. Engraved forward of the bar is HUNTER ARMS CO., MAKERS FULTON N.Y. Lightweight guns were available in 12, 16, and 20 gauges, and the Hunter One-Trigger was an option for about $25. The price increased from $125 at the start of production to $150 in 1898, but it dropped to $110 by 1912.”

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade ShotgunA marvelous example of the Damascus art. This was a real shooter’s gun, well maintained and ready to make friends with some dogs again. Price: $2,899.99

Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2-3/4 Inches
Metal Condition: Good. Very pretty damascus pattern. Fine grouse and partridge engravings are all very sharp.
Wood Condition: Good. A few shallow scratches and dents. Fineline checkering is quite flat and worn indicative of a a tool gun carried in the hunting field.

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

Bore Condition: Bright and serviceable
Barrels: 30 Inches
Triggers: Double triggers.
Stock: Prince of Wales pistol grip walnut

L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun
L.C. Smith Hunter Arms Damascus Side by Side Pre-1913 Pigeon Grade Shotgun

Stock Dimensions:
14-3/8 Inch LOP to front trigger
Fore End: Matching walnut splinter
Butt Pad: Black plate.
Weight: 8 Lb – 6 Oz.
Sights: Solid rib with gold bead
Chokes: Measures Full and Full

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GREENER 360 NO. 2 EJECTOR SxS DOUBLE RIFLE
GREENER 360 NO. 2 EJECTOR SxS DOUBLE RIFLE

GREENER 360 NO. 2 EJECTOR SxS DOUBLE RIFLE: Exceptionally fine condition this Anson & Deeley boxlock Ejector Greener Double Rifle was made in 1928 and remains in exceptional condition. The Trigger guard is engraved: “GRADE R.E.H.T. 60” Chambered for the .360 #2, 3” it has great bores and the previous owner reports excellent accuracy. The gun weighs 10 lb 7 oz with 26 ½” barrels. The front sight is a moderate size bead with a fixed rear sight labeled 100 yards and folding leaves at 200 and 300 yards. The stock is straight grain well laid out walnut nicely checked over the top of the grip. The length of pull is 14 3/8” with drop from line of sight at 1 7/8” and 2 ¾” to the heel.  The barrels shows the “40 Pall Mall, London. S.W.”  address and are engraved for the “Cordite 55 Grs Bullet ‘320Grs” load. Barrel flats show Greener Trade Mark elephant, Birmingham Nitro Proofs and chamber specs. The gun is in wonderful condition with the only corrosion in the Greener Safety recess with gold SAFE lettering. The stock has a few nicks, shows some shrinkage but is overall excellent. The butt is capped with a checkered steel buttplate and a horn grip cap and forend tip.The checkering is in excellent condition and is more pointed-up and not flat-toppedd giving a firm grip. Some cartridge brass is included with the rifle.  Price: $19,995

CHARLES DALY DIAMOND QUALITY 16GA
CHARLES DALY DIAMOND QUALITY 16GA

CHARLES DALY DIAMOND QUALITY 16GA: Early Lindner manf. 26in IC and Full. .006 & .024. Double triggers. Automatic ejectors. Receiver fully scroll engraved with game scene on bottom and trigger guard. 50-60% case coloring. 97-98% blue. 14 1/4 LOP pad. 1 1/2 comb 2 1/4 heel. Excellent bores. Light weight model only 6 lbs! Price: $8,950

W.W. GREENER JUBILEE GRADE SIDE-BY-SIDE - 12 GAUGE - EJECTORS - HIGH CONDITION FROM 1934
W.W. GREENER JUBILEE GRADE SIDE-BY-SIDE – 12 GAUGE – EJECTORS – HIGH CONDITION FROM 1934

W.W. GREENER JUBILEE GRADE SIDE-BY-SIDE – 12 GAUGE – EJECTORS – HIGH CONDITION FROM 1934Here is an oustanding original condition Greener Jubilee Grade made in 1934 to celebrate His Majesty, King George’s Silver Jubilee. This gun features a Anson and Deeley style scalloped action with ejectors. Case colors at 80%. Original bore configuration and in proof – chambers ar 2 1/2″, chokes at IC (12/1000) and Full (42/1000). Rolled edge trigger guard. Auto safety. Tight on face. Barrels ring true – no loose ribs. Nicely executed engraving including fences and barrel bands. Unengraved stock oval. Barrel length is 27″. Flat top checkering. The annual production of hand made guns for WW Greener in 1934 was a total of 100 guns. Made in a great period of English gunmaking. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2″. Price: $3,500

HIGH QUALITY "Gastinne Renette, A Paris" FRENCH SxS SHOTGUN
HIGH QUALITY “Gastinne Renette, A Paris” FRENCH SxS SHOTGUN

HIGH QUALITY “Gastinne Renette, A Paris” FRENCH SxS SHOTGUNA 12 ga shotgun chambered for 2-1/2″ shells. A very classic looking European shotgun with a straight grip stock. Very thin in the wrist area. Very tight engraving on the frame. Heavy deep relief engraved bolsters. The frame has most case color remaining. Typical of European style, the inset panel is in blue as is the trigger guard. Extensive high quality engraving with the classical long pointed lower tang. Bbl blue very nice also. Wood is good overall cond with typical hunting mars and dings. The buttplate on this is not separate but instead sculpted into the stock. Price: $2,100.

L C SMITH NO.2, 30" DAMASCUS BARRELS, EXCELLENT WOOD
L C SMITH NO.2, 30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS, EXCELLENT WOOD

L C SMITH NO.2, 30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS, EXCELLENT WOOD: No Cracks, Tight Action, SN#40601, Made in 1897-98.  LOP: 14 1/2″ Front Trigger, 13 1/2″ Back Trigger.  Three Position Safety,  Gun Requires Low Pressure Shells. Price is $949.00 or Best Offer by January 30. 2016. Antique Gun, No FFL Required.  Price: $949.00 or Best Offer by January 30. 2016.

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