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PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS SIDELOCK 12 GAUGE
PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS SIDELOCK 12 GAUGE

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS SIDLEOCK 12 GAUGE: MADE 1913 #20925 28″ SOLID RIB BARRELS (004 AND 028 CONSTRICTIONS) 2 5/8″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION CHECKERED BUTT 6LBS 7 OZ 2 3/16″ DAH 1 3/8″ DAC 14 1/4″ LOP  MAKERS OAK AND LEATHER CASE. Price: $29,500  

RARE LeFEVER “A” GRADE .410 BORE FIELD SHOTGUN from COLLECTING TEXAS – MADE 1934 to 1942
RARE LeFEVER “A” GRADE .410 BORE FIELD SHOTGUN from COLLECTING TEXAS – MADE 1934 to 1942

RARE LeFEVER “A” GRADE .410 BORE FIELD SHOTGUN from COLLECTING TEXAS – MADE 1934 to 1942: LeFever “A” Grade .410 Bore Double Barrel Shotgun; Serial No. A300274; .410 Bore; 3” Chambers with 26” Barrels Choked Full and Modified; Perfect Bores; Twin Ivory Beads; Auto Safety; Extractors; Double Triggers; Very Limited Production – Made 1934 to 1943; Most of the Original Blue and Case Colors Remain; Nice Original Wood with Most Original Varnish Present; 14” Pull from Front Trigger to Original Ithaca Recoil Pad; 1-3/8” D.A.C.; 2” D.A.H. at Heel; Really Nice Rare American 410 Double Shotgun. Price: $5,975.

Parker VH 20 Gauge SxS Shotgun
Parker VH 20 Gauge SxS Shotgun

Parker VH 20 Gauge SxS Shotgun: Ser# 169122. Made in 1914. 28” Barrels are choked Modified and Full. Chambers measure 2 1/2”, they ring true. Bores are very good. Looks like a very small dent in the left barrel about 1/2 way down, you can barely see it on the outside. The barrels have 60% of the original blue, there is some light to moderate pitting on the outside of the barrels and rib, nothing that is unsafe.The receiver shows 1% case color under the top lever the rest has gone silver with some scattered patina. The screws on the bottom of the receiver have been repaired and no longer sit flush with the bottom of the receiver. The gun locks up tight with no play in the hinge, the lever is right of center. It is an “O” Frame Automatic safety. The wood is sound with no cracks or repairs that I can see. It appears to have the original finish. It is a capped pistol grip. LOP = 14 1/4”, DAC = 1 5/8”, DAH =2 3/4” It has the original DHBP. The gun weighs 6 lb 3.6 oz. This is a good sound hunting gun that you will not be afraid to hunt grouse with. Price: $2,995

HENRY CLARKE 16 GAUGE WITH 30" BARRELS - MADE IN THE 1886 - 1894 TIME PERIOD
HENRY CLARKE 16 GAUGE WITH 30″ BARRELS – MADE IN THE 1886 – 1894 TIME PERIOD

HENRY CLARKE 16 GAUGE WITH 30″ BARRELS – MADE IN THE 1886 – 1894 TIME PERIOD: Exceptional condition English Double made by Henry Clarke in the 1886 – 1894 time period. This gun has all the hallmarks of a best maker; well figured wood, tight and detailed engraving and good design with the most modern features of this time period. Bar action locks with rebounding hammers. Articulated top lever with third fastener. Anson push rod fastening system (still on patent at the time – note the stamping). Gun is tight on face having been rejointed at some time in the past. Barrels are 30″ with mirror bores. Gun was proofed at 15/1 internal dimensions of .685. Presently the right bore measures .690 with 38/1000 choke (Full) while left is .691 with 35/1000 choke (Full). Chambers measure 2 5/8″. Minimum wall thickness in the right barrel is 30/1000 while the left 26/1000. Barrels ring nicely with no loose ribs. Stock has flat top checkering and an ebony buttplate with widows peak and engraved screws. Good dimension with; LOP of 14 3/8″, drop at comb 1 5/8″ and drop at heel of 2 1/2″. Weight of the gun is 6 LBS 2 1/8 OZ. Shipping is $50 and can be shipped directly as your loacl law allows. Price: $1,950

JOSEF JUST 20- FERLACH, AUSTRIA- O/U BOXLOCK GAME GUN- 300 SERIES ACTION with DOUBLE UNDERLUGS & DOUBLE BITE- KERSTEN TOP LOCK- 90% ENGRAVING:
JOSEF JUST 20- FERLACH, AUSTRIA- O/U BOXLOCK GAME GUN- 300 SERIES ACTION with DOUBLE UNDERLUGS & DOUBLE BITE- KERSTEN TOP LOCK- 90% ENGRAVING:

JOSEF JUST 20- FERLACH, AUSTRIA- O/U BOXLOCK GAME GUN- 300 SERIES ACTION with DOUBLE UNDERLUGS & DOUBLE BITE- KERSTEN TOP LOCK- 90% ENGRAVING: #5570, Josef Just, Ferlach, Austria: A Just 20 Bore Over & Under Boxlock Extractor Game Gun; 300 Series Action with double underlugs, double bite and a Kersten top lock with a single lug crossbolt, 28 3/8″ Solid Rib Bohler Steel barrels at .626 .006 & .018″ (Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Mod.), 2 1/2″ chambers, Correct wall thickness at .035″ on both barrels, Double triggers, Intercepting safety sears, Scalloped action back, Bolstered frame, Forend with a Deeley & Edge pull down release, Straight hand stock at 14 5/16 x 1 9/16 x 2 9/16″ over a hard buttplate, Neutral stock, 6 lbs. 8 oz., 90% coverage of rose and scroll engraving, The original barrel blue at 80-82%, The buttstock and forend remain at 90%, The checkering remains at 85%, Both bores remain excellent plus and bright and shiny the entire way. With the 300 Series action lock-up with the double underlugs, double bite and the upper crossbolt it should go the distant. Price: $1,875

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Unique Sweden FLODMAN OU 12 Ga 2 3/4” cased, made of stainless steel
Unique Sweden FLODMAN OU 12 Ga 2 3/4” cased, made of stainless steel

Unique Sweden FLODMAN OU 12 Ga 2 3/4” cased, made of stainless steel:
FF1227 Flodman 12 ga 2 ¾” cased. Delivered in the States in 1990 . 27 ¼” barrels full stainless , .722 Bores with 6 screw in chokes : .726” , .720” , .718” , .712” , .696”. Ejectors ( with a most interesting command thru the chamber wall) . Super low hinge pin less action with large bolts. All stainless construction Inline firing pin with lightning fast lock time. Weight is 7 Lbs. 7 Oz with the balance point ½” behind the forend wood. Single selective trigger. LOP is 14 5/8” , pistol grip with palm swell , 1 ½” and 2 “ drop , with ¼” cast off from nose of comb to heel.  In the factory case with tools and papers. The first one I saw was at Nuremberg IWA in the early 80s and they had a barreled action in a fish tank full of salt water!!! Innovative and superbly crafted. A design since copied, but this is the original. Model: Made of stainless steel Serial Number: FF1227 Barrel Length: 27 1/4 Stock Drop: 1 1/2 Stock Heel: 2 Stock Cast: 1/4″ off LOP: 14 5/8 Chokes: Screw in chokes Case: Factory case with tools and paper. Price: $10,500

Ithaca Field Grade 10ga - SxS Fantastic and near mint. Fabulous all original gun with bold vivid original case color
Ithaca Field Grade 10ga – SxS Fantastic and near mint. Fabulous all original gun with bold vivid original case color

Ithaca Field Grade 10ga – SxS Fantastic and near mint. Fabulous all original gun with bold vivid original case color: Easily the very best 10ga NID Model Field Grade Gun I have seen, this one made before the era of the 10ga Magnums in the 500k SN range.  This gun made with 32″ fluid steel barrels, checkered splinter forend, double triggers, extractors and safety. The case hardened frame is lightly border engraved.  Capped pistol grip buttstock is point pattern checkered through the wrist and terminates with the original lined lined hard rubber buttplate. Overall, the gun remains in near mint original condition.  Barrels retain nearly all of their original blue with only a very minor rub or two.  Receiver retains virtually all of its bold original case color as seen in the photos.  Stocks are sound and retain virtually all of their original finish with only very minor handling marks.  Bores are brilliant and shiny and mechanics are crisp.  This is a very near mint gun which has been scarcely fired.  Breech face shows almost no shell ring evidence. Price: $4,695 

WEBLEY & SCOTT MODEL 700 - TIME CAPSULE CONDITION FROM 1967 - 30" PIGEON RIB
WEBLEY & SCOTT MODEL 700 – TIME CAPSULE CONDITION FROM 1967 – 30″ PIGEON RIB

WEBLEY & SCOTT MODEL 700 – TIME CAPSULE CONDITION FROM 1967 – 30″ PIGEON RIB: Webley & Scott Model 700 in 12 gauge in remarkable condition, made in 1967 with zero wear. This gun features a 30″ barrels with a wide pigeon rib and elegant beavertail forend. Well timed and strong ejectors. Front and center beads. Manual safety. 100% case color, blue and stock finish. Mirror bores that measure .728 with 7/1000 Choke (IC) in the right barrel and 40/1000 Choke (Full) in the left barrel. LOP is 14 1/8″. Drop at comb – 1 3/8″. Drop at heel – 1 13/16″. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 5 OZ. Price: $3,650

Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun 12ga
Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun 12ga

Browning BSS Sporter SxS Shotgun 12ga: Excellent plus overall condition. Manufactured 1982. 3″ chambers, improved modified/modified chokes, and 14 1/8″ LOP. Serial Number: 02522PY158. Barrel Length: 26″. Price: $2,295

Lefever A Grade 20 Gauge SxS
Lefever A Grade 20 Gauge SxS

Lefever A Grade 20 Gauge SxS: Serial Number: 301169, Barrel Length: 28″
Gauge: 20 Gauge Stock Dimensions: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/2″ H LOP: 14 Weight: 6 lbs 4oz Chokes: M – F. Price: $1150

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MATCHED PAIR PIOTTI KING 12GA SLE WITH 27" CHOPPER LUMP BARRELS
MATCHED PAIR PIOTTI KING 12GA SLE WITH 27″ CHOPPER LUMP BARRELS

MATCHED PAIR PIOTTI KING 12GA SLE WITH 27″ CHOPPER LUMP BARRELS: CHOCKED .007/.018.  GUNS ARE 100% ROSE AND SCROLL ENGRAVED, RETAIN 100% ORIGINAL CASE COLORS, HAVE OUTSTANDING MACHED STOCKS AND ARE CASED IN FACTORY OAK AND LEATHER CASE. #8931/32 REMAIN IN AS NEW CONDITION, 1 1/2″ X 21/2″ X 14 7/8″, 6LBS 8OZS EACH.  Price: $41,000

PARKER SxS DHE 16 GAUGE REMINGTON GUN
PARKER SxS DHE 16 GAUGE REMINGTON GUN

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE: REMINGTON GUN O FRAME #238XXX 28″ FULL AND FULL (.023 AND .029 CONSTRICTIONS)  2 1/2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH MOST OF THE CASE COLORS 6LBS 15 OZ 2 1/2″ DAH 1 5/8″ DAC 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $9,250

Arrieta 557 Sidelock 20 gauge SxS
Arrieta 557 Sidelock 20 gauge SxS

Arrieta 557 Sidelock 20 gauge SxS: Perfect upland bird gun if you hunt Grouse, Woodcock, or Quail.  Barrels are 27 inch, neither stubby or whippy in the woods.  Perfect chokes at .003 Right and .006 Left.  Both bores measure .617 and match proof marks exactly.  Swamped rib with single metal bead.  Stock is straight English, with 1 1/2 DAC, 2 3/8 DAH, and measuring 14 3/4 LOP over checkered butt.  Slight cast off.  Splinter forend with Anson push button release.  Gun equipped with double triggers (front articulated), bushed strikers, cocking indicators, and hand-removable locks.  Weight of gun perfect at 5 pounds, 15 ounces.  Comes in a nice luggage case with snap caps. Gun condition is near perfect.  Stock has a couple of light impressions (not photographable), and no cracks, dents, or chips.  Blueing and case coloring near perfect.  No indentation on the breech face, indicating the gun has been fired very little.  Gun is as close to new as a used gun can be.  A real treat at a very fair price for some bird hunter. Price: $ 5,250

B. Jenkinson English Boxlock SxS Double gun 20g
B. Jenkinson English Boxlock SxS Double gun 20g

B. Jenkinson English Boxlock SxS Double gun 20g: B. Jenkinson New York, N.Y.   English Side by Side. 20 gauge. Double triggers with ejectors. No. 763.  What a sweetheart of a gun! A light 20 g. with narrow stock dimensions. 26″ barrels choked Mod and Full. 14″ LOP. 1.5 drop at comb 2.5 drop at heel. Modern Proof, 2 3/4″ chamber. Barrels ring like a bell and bores are bright. Case colors are strong on action with some wear on the underside.  Oil finish on stock with red pad. Monogram oval has a nick on the edge. Previous owner did have the action professionaly tightend. So the forend iron is tight fitting and the barrel hook bushed. The action closes as a new gun. Price $3995.

Very nice Lefever H Grade 12ga made with steel barrels- good shooting dimensions and under 7lbs
Very nice Lefever H Grade 12ga made with steel barrels- good shooting dimensions and under 7lbs

Very nice Lefever H Grade SxS 12ga made with steel barrels- good shooting dimensions and under 7lbs: Nice later steel barreled Lefever H Grade 12ga.  Made with 28″ Carmen Fluid Steel barrels, checkered splinter forend, double triggers, extractors, and capped pistol grip buttstock with original Lefever Arms Co. monogrammed buttplate.  Each sideplate with a flourish of scroll as is typically found on the H Grade guns.  This gun remains in very nice condition.  The barrels retain most of an older restored rust blue and bores are bright and shiny.  There is evidence of an old repaired dent or two at the bottom of the left barrel about 16″ from the muzzle.  The locks and top of the action retain more than 90% of their bold original case color.  Bottom of frame has mostly toned to a pleasing gray.  Stocks are sound with most of their original finish and only minor handling marks.  Mechanics are crisp. This gun is in way above average condition and is bargain priced at $995 plus shipping to your FFL. Price: $995 

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AYA No. 53 Presentation Sidelock 12 Ga SxS
AYA No. 53 Presentation Sidelock 12 Ga SxS

AYA No. 53 Presentation Sidelock 12 Ga SxS: Up for sale is a beautiful AYA presentation sidelock 12 Ga. This shotgun is in excellent condition with the exception of some slight handing marks on the stock. This gun was completed in February of 1949 and presented to General Lucas V. Beau, Commander of the United States Civil Air Patrol by a group of Spanish Aviation Cadets in 1951. This gun is very nice and also comes with a great story and factory leather case. If any questions or concerns arise, do not hesitate to call the number above or email. I don’t believe that this gun has ever been fired. Price: $7,950

The ultimate Lefever target/pigeon gun 32"krupp barrels, straight grip EE grade with insane modern dimensions
The ultimate Lefever target/pigeon gun 32″krupp barrels, straight grip EE grade with insane modern dimensions

The ultimate Lefever target/pigeon gun 32″krupp barrels, straight grip EE grade with insane modern dimensions: Beautiful later Syracuse made Lefever EE Grade made with 32″ Krupp fluid steel barrels.  This gun with splinter forend that has a clam shell release, made with double triggers, auto ejectors, auto safety.  Straight grip buttstock with long trigger guard tang, engraved stock oval with initials and original Lefever Arms Co. buttplate.  The gun is nicely engraved in standard late EE Grade pattern with Pointer in game scene on left, Setter in game scene on right and light scroll throughout. This rare Lefever remains in very nice overall condition.  The barrels retain virtually all of an older restored proper rust blue finish.  The receiver retains about 20% original case color.  Stocks are sound and retain most of an older restored finish.  The mechanics are crisp and the bores are bright and shiny.  The gun is tight on the face.  I believe the gun was made as a heavy proof type gun and the long chambers appear to be original. Price: $5795

Rizzini Artemis Light 16G OU Shotgun
Rizzini Artemis Light 16G OU Shotgun

Rizzini Artemis Light 16G OU Shotgun: 28″ in barrels as new condition wth case and all accessaries. 14 3/8 LOP Right hand cast. approx 6.5 lbs. Only shot a box of shells, beautiful gun!  Price: $3750

Webley & Scott Model 700 Side-by-Side12 Gauge
Webley & Scott Model 700 Side-by-Side12 Gauge

Webley & Scott Model 700 Side-by-Side 12 Gauge: Well used Webley & Scott 12 Bore Boxlock Ejector. 28″ Barrels, 2 3/4″ Chambers, choked IC & Full Frame and top lever with scroll engraving and retaining much of it’s original case hardening color Great measurements: 14 3/4″ LOP, DAH: 2 1/4″, DAC: 1 3/8″ Great barrel wall thickness at 0.031 & 0.028 Nitro proof Includes a Gunmark leather case 6lbs 7oz This is a well used Webley & Scott that has a good amount of handling marks/dents/dings.  No cracks or mechanical issues but a well used gun that would be a perfect addition for a rainy day. Price: $1,750

Dickinson Arms ~ Plantation ~ 28 Gauge ~ SxS ~ Shotgun
Dickinson Arms ~ Plantation ~ 28 Gauge ~ SxS ~ Shotgun

Dickinson Arms ~ Plantation ~ 28 Gauge ~ SxS ~ Shotgun: In excellent condition. This shotgun features a color case-hardened receiver, and a straight grip stock with double triggers. Only minor signs of use and handling marks. Includes case. Chambers: 2 3/4″ Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Excellent, Bore Condition: Clean, Barrels: 30″, Triggers: Double, Stock Dimensions: 14 3/4″ LOP, Butt Pad: Checkered Wood, Weight: 5 lb 8 oz. Sights: Single Bead. Chokes: IC, CYL. Price: $1,499.99

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Southern SxS Spring Classic 2015
Southern SxS Spring Classic 2021

For years now, the Southern SxS has been one of the finest events in the country for fine shotguns and doubles rifles. I’ve been to it many times, and I always come across guns that impress me–and that show me I still have a lot to see and learn.

Last year’s event was virtual. But this year, the Southern SxS year is roaring back. Judging by its solid list of exhibitors, it will be a great event.

If you go, one exhibitor you won’t want to miss is Lion Stone Consulting. Josh Lowensteiner at  told me he’s bring a ton of great doubles, including one of the Holy Grails of American shotguns: The awesome Lefever you see here.

Stunning, all original 8 gauge Lefever shotgun with 32" Whitworth fluid steel bbls. Thought to have been made for President Grover Cleveland.
Stunning, all original 8 gauge Lefever shotgun with 32″ Whitworth fluid steel bbls. Thought to have been made for President Grover Cleveland.

This guns is an all original, Special Order 8 gauge with 32″ Whitworth fluid steel bbls. It’s thought to have been made for President Grover Cleveland. If you would like to own an American SxS shotgun that has it all — condition, scarcity, provenance, prestige — talk to Josh. This Lefever has all that and much more.

Stunning, all original 8 gauge Lefever shotgun with 32" Whitworth fluid steel bbls. Thought to have been made for President Grover Cleveland.
Stunning, all original 8 gauge Lefever shotgun with 32″ Whitworth fluid steel bbls. Thought to have been made for President Grover Cleveland.

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THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE
THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE

THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE: #20901, 30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS MOD AND FULL 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, HORN BUTT AND GRIP CAP, 7LBS 9 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP. Price: $69,500

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing (CSM) 16g Model 21 SxS:
Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing (CSM) 16g Model 21 SxS:

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing (CSM) 16g Model 21 SxS: Flat side action has factory double triggers and automatic safety. The action, barrels, guard & tang and the forend iron have a very deep black high-polished finish with very tastefully inlaid gold vine and leaf borders with single bird game scenes of a flushing duck in cattails on the right side, a flushing woodcock in the alders on the left side and a rooster pheasant in the grass on the bottom of the action. The stock is nicely figured American walnut with a straight hand grip, what looks like a leather faced red Winchester pad and standard Model 21 beavertail forend with an ebony wedge in the tip. Two barrel set consists of one set of 28” barrels choked WS-1 and WS-2 and one set of 29” barrels that are choked Lt. Mod and Full. Each set of barrels has machine matted solid ribs with single orange beads, and damascened barrel flats and water tables. Gun is in excellent shape overall with some very small handling marks on one side, otherwise wood and metal is superb! In a leather CSM two barrel set flat case with Maker’s leather trade label and canvas cover with blank initial patch. This is a very attractive and tastefully adorned gun. Price: $20,000

August Francotte SxS Model 20 - 20 ga., 28" barrels
August Francotte SxS Model 20 – 20 ga., 28″ barrels

August Francotte SxS Model 20 – 20 ga., 28″ barrels: Feature engine turned game rib, side clips, third fastener, 2-3/4″ chambers, choked improved cylinder and modified (.007/.014).  Double triggers, auto safe. The sideplated action is engraved in a fine English scroll and retains 98% original case color hardening.  The round pistol grip stock of nicely figured French walnut measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2″ heel, with a LOP of 14-3/4″ over a leather pad.  Marked with the Abercrombie and Fitch import name on the barrels, this is a classic double for about 100 years and a staple of the A&F line.  This is a fine example retaining nearly all of the original finish as seen in the photos.  There is a slight abrasion on the right barrel and some handling marks from use on the stock.  The gun remains tight as new and weighs 6 lbs., 2 oz.  Classy little upland double! Price: $5,750

Merkel ~ 203E Sidelock OU ~ 12 Gauge
Merkel ~ 203E Sidelock OU ~ 12 Gauge

Merkel ~ 203E Sidelock OU ~ 12 Gauge: This is a fully engraved sidelock ejector over under shotgun with hand detachable sidelocks. The ejectors are strong and well-timed, the double trigger are crisp with the front trigger being articulated. The 27″ Bohler Steel barrels are like new and have fixed FULL chokes. The butt stock is nicely figured with good shooting dimensions and the 3 piece forearm that fits nicely in hand. 100% coverage bank note scroll engraving on the sidelocks along with cocking indicators. This is a great looking and feeling shotgun. 12 Gauge. Chambers: 3″ Over/Under with ejectors., Metal Condition: Excellent with a touch of thinning blue on the trigger guard. The coin finished receiver is excellent. Wood Condition: Very nice with a few small dings and dents. Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 27″ blue with a solid rib. Triggers: Double triggers with the front being articulated. Stock Dimensions: “14 1/2″” LOP to the front trigger, 1 1/2″” DAC, 2 5/16″” DAH. Fore End: 3 piece forend with checkering. Butt Pad: Matching walnut with a checkered straight grip and a black butt plate. Weight: 6 Lbs. 12 Oz. Sights: Single white color front bead on a flat solid rib. Chokes: Fixed FULL and FULL. Price: $4,999.97

Connecticut Shotgun RBL28 SxS 28Ga. Shotgun NEW IN THE BOX
Connecticut Shotgun RBL28 SxS 28Ga. Shotgun NEW IN THE BOX

Connecticut Shotgun RBL28 SxS 28Ga. Shotgun NEW IN THE BOX: SN #RBL002840. NEW IN THE BOX. LOP 14 5/8″. Chamber 2 3/4″. DAC 1 1/2″- DAH 2 1/8″. Chokes are  R/S Mod. and  L/S Full.   30″ barrels with a Traditional Game Solid Rib. Case Colored Receiver with Hunting Dogs Engraved on sides. Premium  checkered pistol grip Walnut stock and  Beavertail forend. Single select trigger with barrel  selector behind trigger. Ejectors. Comes in a nice Canvas Breakdown Case with Red Felt Interior and includes a  Chrome oil bottle, Chrome snap caps, cleaning brushes, cleaning rods, and eye and ear protectors. Weight: 6 lbs. Trigger Pull: 5 1/2 lbs. Price: $4600

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

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

W & C SCOTT PREMIER MONTE CARLO SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE
W & C SCOTT PREMIER MONTE CARLO SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE

W & C SCOTT PREMIER MONTE CARLO SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE: 30″ STEEL BARRELS 024 AND 037 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 7LBS 3 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $13,500

William Ford Deluxe 20 gauge SXS Sidelock
William Ford Deluxe 20 gauge SXS Sidelock

William Ford Deluxe 20 gauge SXS Sidelock: A very handsome and somewhat hard to find high quality 20 gauge English Sidelock from well known maker William Ford. Ford was also a well known barrel maker who made barrels for some of London’s Best Makers. This gun is in excellent condition with 70% original case color . Barrels are 2 3/4 Nitro Proofed and 25″ with Churchill Rib and bored IC right and Mod left. Stock is dark highly figured near exhibition quality with an LOP of 15″ to checkered butt. There are no dents or marks. Bluing near mint on barrels and trigger guard (may have been reblacked long ago. Engraving is outstanding and done in Holland & Holland style (I would not be surprized if the same engraver for H & H did this gun as well).. engraving everywhere is very sharp. Don’t let the 25″ barrels sway you…..with a 15 LOP this gun fits and feels like the proverbial Magic Wand. To top it all of it weighs a feathery 5lb 6 oz. Price: $9950 

Parker Reproduction DHE 2 Barrel Set D Grade 3 inch Chambers 20 Gauge
Parker Reproduction DHE 2 Barrel Set D Grade 3 inch Chambers 20 Gauge

Parker Reproduction DHE 2 Barrel Set D Grade 3 inch Chambers 20 Gauge: Both barrels are 28 inch and D grade with 3 inch chambers. The first barrel is choked Improved Cylinder and Modified. The other barrel is choke Quail One and Quail Two. The gun set comes with the case cover in very good condition and the case in excellent condition as well as the case key and two 20 gauge snap caps. The gun is in excellent condition with some case color loss and slight use to the stock.  The length of pull is 14 inches. Price: $6000

1938 Vintage Lefever Arms Ithaca "A" Grade .410 Double w/ 26" Barrels, Ejectors, & Single Trigger ** RARE w/ Factory Letter! **
1938 Vintage Lefever Arms Ithaca “A” Grade .410 Double w/ 26″ Barrels, Ejectors, & Single Trigger ** RARE w/ Factory Letter! **

1938 Vintage Lefever Arms Ithaca “A” Grade .410 Double w/ 26″ Barrels, Ejectors, & Single Trigger ** RARE w/ Factory Letter! **: This is a very special all-original Lefever / Ithaca “A” Grade .410 Ga. double-barrel shotgun made in 1938, complete with an original November of 1975-dated factory letter. One of only 150 made in .410 gauge, this extremely-cool and beautiful little double features a case-colored receiver, a factory gloss blue finish on the barrels, 26″ inch fluid-steel barrels choked “Modified” and “Full” with 3″ inch chambers, a checkered solid rib with a red front bead sight and an ivory mid-bead, automatic ejectors (special order), a single trigger (special order), a tang-mounted automatic safety, and a point-pattern checkered American Walnut stock set with a beavertail forearm and pistol-grip buttstock.  The beavertail forearm has a push-button release and an ebony diamond inlay at the front edge, and the buttstock features a factory black pistol grip cap and a factory black serrated buttplate. While the original Lefever Arms of Syracuse, New York Discontinued operations in 1916, it was bought by the Ithaca Gun Company sometime shortly after.  In 1921 Ithaca decided to use the Lefever name to brand a high-quality but lower-cost field gun they were manufacturing, calling it the Lefever Nitro Special.  This allowed Ithaca to maintain the prestige of the Ithaca name but still produce a lower-cost shotgun.  The Lefever Nitro Special was a big success for the company and by 1934 Ithaca decided to offer an “upgraded” version of the gun, calling it the Lefever “A” Grade.  The “A” Grade guns would feature a color case-hardened frame with some minimal engraving, an improved checkered solid rib design, and a better grade of wood.  Automatic ejectors and a single trigger could be special ordered on this model for an additional cost.  The production run of the Lefever “A” Grade ran from 1934 until 1940, with a total of only 2,350 guns produced.  Out of the 2,350 made, 1,000 were 12 Gauge, 600 were 16 Gauge, 600 were 20 Gauge, and only 150 were .410 Gauge.  This particular example is serial number 301038 and is one of the 150 .410 Gauge guns made.  It was shipped in 1938 to Herbert Hearn Hardware company in Cambridge, Maryland and is listed in their records as it sits now, as a 26″ inch gun choked “Modified” and “Full” with ejectors and a single trigger.  A quick internet search turns up some old pictures of the Hearn building when it was still in business as well as some pictures of what remains of the building today (which was being restored as of 2017).  As you can see from the pictures, this very handsome little Lefever has been used but not abused.  All of the finish that remains on this shotgun is original, and it has not been altered or “improved” in any way.  It is a very classy double with lots of original gloss blue showing on the barrels and patches of case colors still showing on the receiver, particularly in the protected areas.  The factory stampings of “Lefever Arms, Branch Ithaca Gun Co. Inc. Ithaca, N.Y.” and “LEFEVER A GRADE” on the top of the chambers is still clear and legible.  All of the serial numbered parts are matching and original, including the forearm metal, receiver, and barrels.  The stock set is stamped with the serial number as well, with the beavertail forearm stamped on the underside between the barrel channels and the buttstock stamped under the tang of the triggerguard.  The bores in the 26″ inch barrels are perfect and mirror-bright.  They are free from any pitting, dents, bulges, or damage of any kind.  The stock set on this Lefever is in very good condition overall, free from any cracks, chips, repairs, or major damage.  All of the factory stock hardware is intact and nothing has been modified.  The checkered panels on the wrist and forearm are still clean and show only light wear.  This “A” Grade Lefever has a perfect, tight lock-up, and is perfectly “on face” with no wiggle or slop.  The single trigger, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety all work perfectly.  We have no doubt that this Lefever will function just as well today as the day it left the factory, and should do so for many more decades.   If you have been looking for a classy and collectible American-made vintage .410 double, this is your chance to get one of the rarest we have had in decades.  This Lefever Ithaca should not only be an excellent field gun that you can enjoy shooting, but an excellent long-term investment as well.  There can’t be too many of the original 150 .410’s made that are still floating around out there in original condition, much less with special order automatic ejectors and a single trigger like this one! Price: $6,500

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H.J. Hussey Imperial Sidelock Live Pigeon gun 12ga
H.J. Hussey Imperial Sidelock Live Pigeon gun 12ga

H.J. Hussey Imperial Sidelock Live Pigeon gun 12ga: Amazing condition Hj hussey imperial ejector live pigeon gun. Great gun for driven birds, Helice/live birds or sporting clays. A less known but top english best gun maker. Serial Number: 14147 Barrel Length: 30 in Chambers: 2 3/4″ Ejectors: yes Condition: excellent like new Stock Comb: 1 7/16″ Stock Heel: 2 1/8″ LOP: 14 3/4″ Weight: 7 lbs 9 oz Choke Left: mod Choke Right: full Case: yes Price: $17,000

Beautiful ultra lightweight 16ga Lefever EE Grade Side-by-Side Game Gun
Beautiful ultra lightweight 16ga Lefever EE Grade Side-by-Side Game Gun

Beautiful ultra lightweight 16ga Lefever EE Grade Side-by-Side Game Gun: Made in the 39k serial number range with straight stock, double triggers, splinter forearm and LAC Monogrammed buttplate. This particular gun with 26″ (Original length) Krupp Steel barrels, 2-3/4″ chambers. Gun is beautifully engraved with much finer than normal game scenes on both sides of the gun. The gun remains in pleasing condition with about 80% toned original barrel blue, 20-30% original case color, and excellent wood finish with stocks being sound. Bores are bright and shiny and mechanics are crisp. Ejectors are in time and the gun is nice and tight on the face. Here are the technicals on the gun: LOP- 13-3/4″ to LAC Monogrammed Buttplate, DAC- 1-5/8″, DAH- 2-1/4″, Right Barrel- .663 with .005 choke , Left barrel- .664 with .005 choke, Weight – 5lbs 14oz , MWT- .028(L) and .026(R). Price: $7495

1938 Vintage Lefever Arms Ithaca "A" Grade .410 Double w/ 26" Barrels, Ejectors, & Single Trigger ** RARE w/ Factory Letter! **
1938 Vintage Lefever Arms Ithaca “A” Grade .410 Double w/ 26″ Barrels, Ejectors, & Single Trigger ** RARE w/ Factory Letter! **

1938 Vintage Lefever Arms Ithaca “A” Grade .410 Double w/ 26″ Barrels, Ejectors, & Single Trigger ** RARE w/ Factory Letter! **: This is a very special all-original Lefever / Ithaca “A” Grade .410 Ga. double-barrel shotgun made in 1938, complete with an original November of 1975-dated factory letter.  One of only 150 made in .410 gauge, this extremely-cool and beautiful little double features a case-colored receiver, a factory gloss blue finish on the barrels, 26″ inch fluid-steel barrels choked “Modified” and “Full” with 3″ inch chambers, a checkered solid rib with a red front bead sight and an ivory mid-bead, automatic ejectors (special order), a single trigger (special order), a tang-mounted automatic safety, and a point-pattern checkered American Walnut stock set with a beavertail forearm and pistol-grip buttstock.  The beavertail forearm has a push-button release and an ebony diamond inlay at the front edge, and the buttstock features a factory black pistol grip cap and a factory black serrated buttplate. While the original Lefever Arms of Syracuse, New York Discontinued operations in 1916, it was bought by the Ithaca Gun Company sometime shortly after.  In 1921 Ithaca decided to use the Lefever name to brand a high-quality but lower-cost field gun they were manufacturing, calling it the Lefever Nitro Special.  This allowed Ithaca to maintain the prestige of the Ithaca name but still produce a lower-cost shotgun.  The Lefever Nitro Special was a big success for the company and by 1934 Ithaca decided to offer an “upgraded” version of the gun, calling it the Lefever “A” Grade.  The “A” Grade guns would feature a color case-hardened frame with some minimal engraving, an improved checkered solid rib design, and a better grade of wood.  Automatic ejectors and a single trigger could be special ordered on this model for an additional cost.  The production run of the Lefever “A” Grade ran from 1934 until 1940, with a total of only 2,350 guns produced.  Out of the 2,350 made, 1,000 were 12 Gauge, 600 were 16 Gauge, 600 were 20 Gauge, and only 150 were .410 Gauge.  This particular example is serial number 301038 and is one of the 150 .410 Gauge guns made.  It was shipped in 1938 to Herbert Hearn Hardware company in Cambridge, Maryland and is listed in their records as it sits now, as a 26″ inch gun choked “Modified” and “Full” with ejectors and a single trigger.  A quick internet search turns up some old pictures of the Hearn building when it was still in business as well as some pictures of what remains of the building today (which was being restored as of 2017).  As you can see from the pictures, this very handsome little Lefever has been used but not abused.  All of the finish that remains on this shotgun is original, and it has not been altered or “improved” in any way.  It is a very classy double with lots of original gloss blue showing on the barrels and patches of case colors still showing on the receiver, particularly in the protected areas.  The factory stampings of “Lefever Arms, Branch Ithaca Gun Co. Inc. Ithaca, N.Y.” and “LEFEVER A GRADE” on the top of the chambers is still clear and legible.  All of the serial numbered parts are matching and original, including the forearm metal, receiver, and barrels.  The stock set is stamped with the serial number as well, with the beavertail forearm stamped on the underside between the barrel channels and the buttstock stamped under the tang of the triggerguard.  The bores in the 26″ inch barrels are perfect and mirror-bright.  They are free from any pitting, dents, bulges, or damage of any kind.  The stock set on this Lefever is in very good condition overall, free from any cracks, chips, repairs, or major damage.  All of the factory stock hardware is intact and nothing has been modified.  The checkered panels on the wrist and forearm are still clean and show only light wear.  This “A” Grade Lefever has a perfect, tight lock-up, and is perfectly “on face” with no wiggle or slop.  The single trigger, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety all work perfectly.  We have no doubt that this Lefever will function just as well today as the day it left the factory, and should do so for many more decades.   If you have been looking for a classy and collectible American-made vintage .410 double, this is your chance to get one of the rarest we have had in decades.  This Lefever Ithaca should not only be an excellent field gun that you can enjoy shooting, but an excellent long-term investment as well.  There can’t be too many of the original 150 .410’s made that are still floating around out there in original condition, much less with special order automatic ejectors and a single trigger like this one! Price: $6,500

Johann Springer Boxlock Ejector SxS 12ga
Johann Springer Boxlock Ejector SxS 12ga

Johann Springer Boxlock Ejector SxS 12ga: Chambers: 2 3/4″ Metal Condition: Some Bluing Loss and Lite User Marks Wood Condition: Some User Marks Barrels: 30 Triggers: Double Triggers Stock Dimensions: 14 3/4″ LOP Fore End: Checkered Splinder Butt Pad: Butt Plate Weight: 7 lb. 10 oz. Sights: Front Bead Chokes: Full & Full. Price: $2,199.97

Savage ~ Fox Sterlingworth ~ 12 GA. ~ SxS ~ ("Skeet & Upland Game" model?
Savage ~ Fox Sterlingworth ~ 12 GA. ~ SxS ~ (“Skeet & Upland Game” model?)

Savage ~ Fox Sterlingworth ~ 12 GA. ~ SxS ~ (“Skeet & Upland Game” model?): This Savage Model Fox Sterlingworth is a 12 Ga. Side x Side shotgun. It has 26 inch barrels with extractors and a solid rib. With a 2 3/4 inch chambers it has fixed CYL and MOD chokes. A brass bead front sight. The butt stock is a checkered grip walnut straight grip. The forearm is a checkered grip walnut. It has double triggers. The receiver is case colored. S/N 160260. Chambers: 2 3/4 inch chambers with extractors. Metal Condition: Fair. Minor wear and handling / use marks. Wood Condition: Fair with many handling marks., Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 26 inch barrels with a solid rib. Triggers: Double. Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 5/8 inches. Fore End: Checkered grip walnut. Butt Pad: Ranger red rubber recoil pad. Weight: 7 lb. 2 oz. Sights: Brass bead front. Chokes: Fixed Cyl & Mod. Price: $999.99

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Exceptionally rare high original condition Special Order Lefever "E" Grade 8ga with 34" barrels
Exceptionally rare high original condition Special Order Lefever “E” Grade 8ga with 34″ barrels

Exceptionally rare high original condition Special Order Lefever “E” Grade 8ga with 34″ barrels: Easily the finest and most collectible Lefever to come to public market in the last several years.  This gun is an exceptionally rare and fine Lefever Arms Co. “E” Grade 8ga.  Made with 34″ Damascus barrels, splinter forend, double triggers, extractors, capped pistol grip buttstock and original lined buttplate.  The gun is in the 12k serial number range and is finely engraved with scroll and game scenes on side.  Special order original gold inlay on trigger guard.  This is the only original gold inlaid E Grade gun I have encountered in more than 30 years of aggressively chasing Lefever guns. The gun remains in superb original condition with more than 80% bold dark original case colors remaining.  The barrels are excellent with more than 90% bold original pattern and bright shiny bores.  The gun retains more than 70% original trigger guard blue and the gold inlay is guaranteed factory original.  The buttplate is sound.  The stocks are excellent with crisp checkering though there is a small shake in the wood at the toe that measures 4-1/2″.  This could easily be made invisible with today’s talented wood craftsmen and this is from the wood drying with a couple of small knots in it, not damage of any type.  Overall, the gun is crisp and in delightful untouched original condition. Price: $22,500

PARKER REPRODUCTION 20GA EXCELLENT
PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 20GA EXCELLENT

PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 20GA EXCELLENT: A very lightly used Repro in a desirable configuration and in Excellent condition. With case, snap caps and cover.Shotgun Guage: 20 Gauge, Manufacturer: PARKER REPRODUCTION, Model: DHE, Barrel Length: 26IN, Chambers: 2 3/4 IN, Ejectors: YES, Condition: EXCELLENT, Metal Condition: EXCELLENT, Wood Condition: EXCELLENT, Bore Condition: EXCELLENT, Stock Comb: 1 7/16 IN, Stock Heel: 2 1/8IN, Butt Pad: SKELETON, LOP: 14 7/16IN, Weight: 6LBS 8OZ, Choke Left: MODIFIED, Choke Right: IMP/CYL, Extras: SNAP CAPS, Case: LEATHER HARD CASE AND COVER, Proof:Nitro: YES. Price: $4450

Browning BSS 20 Ga SxS Sporter
Browning BSS 20 Ga SxS Sporter

Browning BSS 20 Ga SxS Sporter:  3″ chambers.  26″ IC & M barrels.  SST, ejectors.  1″ scratch in buttstock, small nick in stock fence behind receiver.  Otherwise near new.  LOP 14 1/4″ over pad. Price: $1700

Fox Sterlingworth 20 Gauge SxS
Fox Sterlingworth 20 Gauge SxS

Fox Sterlingworth 20 Gauge SxS: 1924 Fox S/W 20 gauge. 26″ M/F.   Weight 5lbs. 15oz.  1 1/2′ X 21/2″ X14″ to an old Ranger pad. Good bores and mechanics. Leave your C grade ejector home on the rainy day. Price: $1550

Ahhh…so this is how it works. A 10g Lefever sidecocker …

Daniel Myron Lefever was a gun-making genius, and the great-looking side-by-side you see here was one of his creations. This shotgun is a 10-gauge, D-grade Lefever “Sidecocker”. Check out the video above to see how it earned the “Sidecocker” nickname and how it overcame a “problem” hammerless shotguns had when they were introduced in the late 1870s and 1880s.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

Lefever patented his sidecocker design in 1880. According to the Lefever Arms Collectors Association site, it was the first commercially successful American hammerless shotgun.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

While there are several interesting features on these guns — the compensating action, the push-up lever on the top that opens the gun, the cocked-indicator nipples on the locks — the most interesting one is the lever on the left side of the action. That’s the “cocker” in sidecocker. When you push it down, it pushes the into the “cocked” position.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

OK. But doesn’t it eliminate one of the key advantages of the hammerless design  — self cocking? Yes, but back when this gun was introduced, not everyone loved the idea of a shotgun that cocked on its own. Up until the 1870s, almost every firearm had external hammers that shooters manually cocked. People liked the control and sense of security this gave them. The sidecocker design created a hammerless shotgun that retained the hammergun attributes some shooters still wanted in a new gun.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

Lefever used his sidecocker design from around 1883-1889 to build approximately 750 firearms, including a handful of double rifles and 3-barrel models (two shotgun barrels, one rifle). The shotguns came in six grades: AA, A, B, C, D, & E.

In 1883, the D-grade shown here cost about $125 — a lot of money back when a $5-$6 a week was good wage.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels: Truly a beautiful early sidecocking gun made with original 30″ Bernard Damascus barrels.  The gun made with capped pistol grip buttstock which is of very fancy flame grained American Walnut and terminates with an original checkered horn buttplate.  The splinter forend with triangular horn tip is nicely and finely checkered.  Action is finely engraved, likely by Jacob Glahn with well detailed dogs on both sides as seen in the photos.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

The gun remains in fine totally original untouched condition.  Barrels retain about 90-95%.  Frame has toned to a pleasing gray with perhaps as much as 25% color in the protected areas around the lever on the left side, engraving is crisp throughout.  Stocks are excellent, checkering has thinned from handling but is all still present and visible and original.  Buttplate is original and excellent.  Bores are mostly bright and shiny with a hint of frosting ahead of the chambers but overall excellent.  Truly a rare and untouched Sidecocker!

Antique: Yes. Serial Number: 6032. Barrel Length: 30″. Bore: 10 Bore. Chambers: 2-7/8″. Condition: Excellent. Metal Condition: Excellent. Wood Condition: Excellent. Bore Condition: Excellent. Barrel Type: Bernard Damascus. Triggers: Double Triggers. Stock Comb: 2-1/8″. Stock Heel: 3-3/8″. Fore End: Splinter Forend. Butt Pad: Original checkered horn BP. LOP: 14″. Weight: 9lbs 1oz. Choke Left: .776″ with .033″ choke. Choke Right: .767″ with .024″ choke. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .045″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .039″

Price: $7795

Ahhh...so this is how it works. A 10g Lefever sidecocker ...
Ahhh…so this is how it works. A 10g Lefever sidecocker …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parker Reproduction 28GA, Double Triggers, Super Clean: 26″ barrels choked IMPROVED CYL/MOD. Perfect bore – bright and shiny. Metal finish is in excellent original condition. No loss of case colors. LOP 14 1/4″. DAH 2 1/4″. DAC 1 1/2″. All screws are clean and show no sign of screwdriver use. A few very minor handling marks in wood finish from being in the safe. Complete with canvas covered leather case and snap caps. Price: $4,995

Good gun alert: Insanely rare 20g Lefever CE …

Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore
Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore

The 20 guage CE-grade Lefever you see here is one of the rarest American side-by-sides I’ve come across.

Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore
Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore

Daniel Myron Lefever started the Lefever Arms Co. in 1883 and guns were made under that name until around 1921. Over those 38 years, the company built around 73,000 SxS. Of those, twenty gauges were among the rarest

Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore
Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore

C-grades were middle-grade guns and several steps away from the company’s finest doubles — the $1000 Grade, the Optimus, and came after Lefever AAs, A, & B. According to the book Uncle Dan Lefever: Master Gunmakers by Robert Elliott, around 3,000 C-grades were built. How many of these were 20s? Maybe 30 – probably less. Because the records for Lefever Arms Co. firearms were lost, no one knows for sure.

Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore
Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore

Lefever CE Grade 20 ga. Shotgun: Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore in excellent condition with 26” steel barrels  choked 1/4 and modified, twin beads, beautiful stock figure, Lefever butt plate, gold initial medallion, ejectors, double triggers, automatic safety, outstanding engraving, 72xxx s/n, some case colors, but mostly silver frame, excellent barrel blue, 14 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/4, 6.2 lbs., 2 3/4” chambers. Price: $12,500

Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore
Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore

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THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE
THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE

THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE: #20901, 30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS MOD AND FULL 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, HORN BUTT AND GRIP CAP, 7LBS 9 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP. Price: $69,500

PIOTTI, GARDONE, 20 BORE SLE, KING 1
PIOTTI, GARDONE, 20 BORE SLE, KING 1

PIOTTI, GARDONE, 20 BORE SLE, KING 1: c. 1993. 2 3/4″, 28″ , chopper lump, concave filled rib, choked IC/Mod. 14 1/2″ highly figured wood to checkered butt. Coin finished rose and scroll, beaded fences, and articulated front trigger highlight this beautifully made action. 6lbs 1oz. Cased in leather case with makers label. Price: $16,900 

Parker Brothers Double Barrel Shotgun, 1883 Vintage, 12 Gauge
Parker Brothers Double Barrel Shotgun, 1883 Vintage, 12 Gauge

Parker Brothers Double Barrel Shotgun, 1883 Vintage, 12 Gauge: Here is a classy looking Parker Brothers Double Barrel Hammer gun.  This 1883 vintage double is fitted with 30-inch damascus barrels, checkered walnut forearm, checkered walnut pistol gripped stock with a steel butt-plate and hard rubber grip cap, double triggers, color case-hardened hammers, receiver and side-locks, most metal parts are lightly engraved, and 12 Gauge chambered.  The gun is in excellent original condition, with attractively figured barrels, and the hammers, receiver, and side-locks retain 60% of their original color case-hardened finish, with most loss on the receiver.  The stock and forearm are in fine condition, retaining most all of their finishes, with the left side of stock having a crack at the lower butt-plate screw.  The trigger guard and butt-plate retain 50% of their original blue finishes.  The bores are bright, with only a couple of small corrosion spots, and no dents.  The action is tight and functions perfectly.  A truly elegant vintage shotgun. PRICE: $5,250

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

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

BROWNING BSS SPORTER STRAIGHT STOCK 20GA
BROWNING BSS SPORTER STRAIGHT STOCK 20GA

BROWNING BSS SPORTER STRAIGHT STOCK 20GA: 26″ BARREL AND I/C-MOD FIXED CHOKES. SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER/EJECTORS, VERY GOOD CONDITION OVERALL. LOP 14 7/8″  6.5 LBS. Price: $1,850

 

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PARKER DH 8 GAUGE SUPER RARE NOT ANOTHER LIKE IT IN THE WORLD
PARKER DH 8 GAUGE SUPER RARE NOT ANOTHER LIKE IT IN THE WORLD

PARKER DH 8 GAUGE SUPER RARE NOT ANOTHER LIKE IT IN THE WORLD: #6 FRAME, #159XXX, 34″ STEEL BARRELS WITH FLAT RIB, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EXTRACTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, THIS GUN HAS ALL OF THE ORIGINAL CASE COLORS, A FEW LIGHT MARKS IN THE WOOD, OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL GUN, 12LBS 4 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14″ LOP TO ORIGINAL PAD. Price: $79,500 

Incredible AS NEW Parker DHE 16ga with 30" Barrels
Incredible AS NEW Parker DHE 16ga with 30″ Barrels

Incredible AS NEW Parker DHE 16ga with 30″ Barrels: A BENCHMARK Parker with 30″ Titanic Steel barrels, made on a #1 frame.  Made with original Miller SST, auto ejectors, splinter forend, and capped pistol grip- gun also has the original leather faced Hawkins pad. Chambers: 2-3/4″, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: Minty, Bore Condition: Brilliant and shiny, Barrels: Titanic Steel 30″, Triggers: Original Miller Trigger, Gauge: 16ga, Stock Dimensions: 13-1/2″ LOP from rear position SST, Stock Drop: 1-5/8″ DAC 2-9/16″ DAH, Fore End: Splinter, Butt Pad: Original Hawkins Pad, Bores: Right .662″ Left .660″, Choke Left: .020″, Choke Right: .004″. This gun retains virtually all factory original finish to both wood and metal with only very minor handling marks in the wood.  Case colors are bold and vivid at 100% as is barrel blue.  Trigger guard blue is 100% original.  This is truly a benchmark Parker.  Guaranteed original in every respect. Price: $15,500

Webley & Scott 450 BPE Double Rifle

Webley & Scott 450 BPE Double Rifle: This is a fantastic condition Webley & Scott 450 3 ¼” black powder express double rifle with a 26” barrel. It has a nice weight of 8 pounds 14 ounces and the LOP is 14 3/8”. The DAH is 17/8” and the DAC is 1 ¼”. It retains 95% of the beautiful case colors and 90% barrel finish. The locks, tang, hammers and under lever are nicely engraved. The receiver top is nicely stippled and the barrel rib is matted. Even the butt plate is engraved. The mechanical function on this underlever hammer gun is excellent with perfect bores. The checkering is sharp. The beautiful wood has one small ding on the forearm and two small impressions on the buttstock. The action on this rifle is tight as new. Price: $7,495

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing *** RBL *** Reserve 20 Gauge *** NRA *** Ejector Shotgun
Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing *** RBL *** Reserve 20 Gauge *** NRA *** Ejector Shotgun

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing *** RBL *** Reserve 20 Gauge *** NRA *** Ejector Shotgun: NATIONAL RIFLE  ASSOCIATION  Shotgun  28 inch barrels with hidden chokes tubes, Tru Oil, Exhibition Upgraded Wood, Beavertail forearm, 14 1/4 inch LOP, capped pistol grip, and extended trigger guard.  Full coverage engraving with rose and scroll with super case colors. Now the most important – This is number 33 of the National Rifle Association Connecticut Shotgun Limited Edition.  This model has Wayne Lapierre’s signature in gold on the trigger gaurd and the gold   NRA   emblem in the center of the bottom plate.  ***** A rare gun in near perfect condition.*****  Price: $3,495

Beautiful high original condition Lefever Special Order 12 Bore with straight stock and special features
Beautiful high original condition Lefever Special Order 12 Bore with straight stock and special features

Beautiful high original condition Lefever Special Order 12 Bore with straight stock and special features: Beautiful special order Lefever in high original condition.  Gun has original 26″ Damascus barrels which have nearly all of their original pattern present.  Splinter forend with carved ebony Dog’s head at center and engraved steel tip.  Action has bursts of scroll engraving on sides and bottom and is in meticulous original condition with about 75% bold original color remaining.  Straight grip buttstock with high-grade European walnut and original Lefever Arms Co. monogrammed buttplate. Original gold plated double triggers! Chambers: 2-5/8″, Ejectors: Extractors, Bore Condition: Mirror bright and shiny, Triggers: Gold plated double triggers, Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP, Stock Comb: 1-13/16, Stock Heel: 3″, Fore End: Splinter, Butt Pad: Orig. Lefever buttplate, Weight: 6lbs14oz, Bores: .738″ (both barrels), Choke Left: .031″, Choke Right: .016″ This is a gorgeous high original condition Lefever worthy of any American double gun collection.  If you have been looking for a great high original condition Lefever, look no further.  This one is wonderful. Price: $3450

Last minute auction alert: Nice 16g Lefever H grade …

Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30" Barrels
Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30″ Barrels

The Lefever Arms Co. made some of America’s SxS shotguns, and the one you see here is a perfect example of what makes these doubles so special. With its sideplated action, this H-grade looks as sleek and elegant like as British sidelock, and the proportions all around are compliment one another and make the entire gun look great.

Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30" Barrels
Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30″ Barrels

Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30″ Barrels: Nice original Lefever H Grade 16ga guns dont come along every day – this particular gun has 30″ twist barrels which makes it rather rare. Built with double triggers, extractors, splinter forend, and capped pistol grip stock, the gun remains in quite pleasing original condition. Case colors are around 70% original. Stocks retain about 90% original finish and are mostly sound. The barrels retain nearly all of their bold black and white twist pattern. Bores are bright and shiny, and mechanics are crisp. The only visible flaw in the gun is a very small repair at the toe which can be seen in the photos. The gun weighs 6lbs 12oz. Both barrels measure .672 with .017 (mod) choke in the right, and .035 (Ex-full) in the left. Min wall thickness is .025 in the right and .027 in the left. Stock measures 1-9/16″ DAH, 2-3/4″ DAH, and 13-5/8″ LOP over the original Lefever Arms Co. monogrammed buttplate. Imagine carrying this gun on a pheasant hunt with this weight, dimensions, and choke combo! You will look long and hard to find another 30″ 16ga Lefever in this clean condition.

Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30" Barrels
Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30″ Barrels
Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30" Barrels
Nice Lefever H Grade 16ga with 30″ Barrels

Online auction alert: 16g Lefever GE SxS, 28″ bbls…

Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28" Dam bbls
Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28″ Dam bbls

What are the chances? In less than a week, two rare — and great looking — Lefevers have popped up on Gunbroker.

Last week I posted this 16g DM Lefever shotgun. Today, I’m posting that gun’s cousin, this 16g GE from the Lefever Arms Co. It’s on Gunbroker.com with No Reserve listing and it ends on 4/1/2019 @ 1:57 PM.

Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28" Dam bbls
Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28″ Dam bbls

Daniel Myron Lefever was an American inventor and gunmaker. In his lifetime, he patented a number of gun designs, including the one you see here, which was built by the Lefever Arms Company from 1883 until 1916.

Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28" Dam bbls
Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28″ Dam bbls

I love this gun for several reasons: First, there’s the design. Not only is it great looking (maybe the best looking of all American doubles), it’s also clever as hell. Not only does it have an adjustable action (so it’s easy to fix when it goes off the face), it also has an adjustable forend (so if it comes loose, it’s easy to tighten). Nest, this appears to be in excellent original condition. Considering this gun is 100+ years old, that’s special. Finally, there’s its gauge and barrel length. Sixteen-gauges with 28″ barrels from the Lefever Arms Co. are not that common.

Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28" Dam bbls
Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28″ Dam bbls

Fine original Lefever GE 16ga with 28″ Dam bbls: Fine original Lefever GE 16ga. 28″ Damascus barrels with bold pattern. Made with double triggers, splinter forend, capped pistol grip buttstock, and auto-safety. Weighing in at 6lbs 10oz. the gun retains a solid 40% original case color, 90%++ original Damascus pattern, 40% original trigger guard blue and most of the original stock finishes. The wood is nicely figured and measures 1-11/16″ DAC, 2-15/16 DAH, and 14-3/8″ LOP over the original Lefever Arms. Co monogrammed buttplate. Barrels, with original 2-1/2″ chambers measure .674(right) with .018 choke, and .667 (left) with .020 choke and minimum wall thickness is .027(right) and .032(left) making this a great shooting gun! The gun is priced at $2295 plus shipping to your FFL. This gun will make a fine shooting small bore Lefever that will also be comfortable in a collection of American doubles. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions via PM on this site or at (704) 280-2382. Thanks for looking!

Auction alert: Insanely rare 16g D.M. Lefever 16g SxS, 9F grade…

 

D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun
D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun

The shotgun you see here is one of the rarest of all vintage American double-barrel shotguns. It’s a D.M. Lefever 16g in 9F grade and is on Gunbroker.com now. The listing ends on 3/24/2019 @ 7:51 PM. Even though it’s a No Reserve auction, bidding starts at $5,995.

Daniel Myron Lefever was an American inventor and gunmaker. In his lifetime, he patented a number of gun designs, including the one built by the Lefever Arms Company from 1883 until 1916 (here’s a gun built on that patent).

D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun
D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun

In 1902, D. M. Lefever formed the D. M. Lefever, Sons & Company. The gun he built with that company is the type of SxS shotgun listed in this auction. Called a Lefever Cross-Bolt, it’s a very different design, and it was very successful for D.M. Lefever. The company only made about a 1,000 of them before going out of business. The one shown here is a 9F grade, one up from D.M. Lefever bottom of the line 0 Excelsior model.

D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun
D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun

Dan D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun: You are bidding on a fantastic and rare D.M. Lefever and Sons Co. shotgun! This has its ORIGINAL FACTORY ORDER TAG!!! D.M. Lefever and Sons only made about 1000 guns in the short span of their production, and this one is special in several ways! It is a snappy little 16 Ga. and has factory documented 26″ barrels. VERY EARLY production! It also has a straight grip English style stock, Imperial Steel barrels, 9F grade, and this actual gun was featured in the Double Gun Journal Winter 1992 Issue that has the great article on D.M. Lefever crossbolt guns. It is in beautiful condition with 90% plus original bluing on the barrels and high condition on the action and stock. Original butt plate with unturned screws. Barrels ring true and are plenty thick, bores are excellent. I took the D.M. Lefever to Britannia Sporting Arms in Cape Neddick, Maine and the proprietor Stephan Hutton (worked at Churchill’s in England) thoroughly looked the gun over and gave a glowing condition report! The states that it is a “very clean, solid gun that has seen very little use, and has been well-looked after over the years”, he noted that most of the small amount of wear has been because of handling.

D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun
D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun

It is completely original, locks up tight, is on face, and functions correctly as it is (the ejector spring was removed from the gun at some point, but is present with the gun and can be re-installed if desired) The chambers are 2 3/4” long and there are no signs of them having been “opened up”, so he believes that it left the factory this way. The stock and forearm are original to the gun and their conditions match nicely. He said that it is possible that the stock was refreshed at some point in the distant past, but that he personally highly doubts, it given the patina of the wood and the high original condition of the rest of the gun. The consensus was that it just remains in pretty amazing condition overall. The Length of Pull is a little over 14” and drop at comb was over 1 1/2”, drop at heel was 2 3/8” with no cast and will fit shooters of modern dimensions. These dimensions are all within 1/8” of the dimensions listed on the original factory tag, which are nominal dimensions. The bores have NO dents, bulges or pits, the ribs are sound, the minimum wall thicknesses on the barrels are healthy at .030 for the left barrel, and .029 for the right barrel. The chokes are listed as Cyl and Modified, and he found that the Cyl barrel had .003 constriction which could be considered Cyl or Skeet 1, other barrel was Modified. There were no signs of the chokes being modified after it left the factory. He noted that there is an almost imperceptible dent in the left barrel choke area at approx the 7 o’clock position, but stated that it was of absolutely no concern. The bore size was .675 in the right barrel and .679 in the left barrel, which is over nominal barrel size for a 16 gauge, but states that given the healthy wall thicknesses, that it most likely left the factory this way and was not polished at a later time. He stated that he does not know the reason that the ejector spring was removed, but that a previous owner may have not wanted the shells to eject or it could have been giving him problems. He said that without re-installing the ejector spring that it was impossible to know if there was a functional reason it was removed. The gun functions properly as it is, but he stated that with the ejector spring not in place, that care must be given when re-attaching the barrels to the action, as if the ejector arms rotate and go over other parts that you will not be able to re-attach the barrels until they are placed back in their proper position where they are normally held in place from the ejector spring. Although he has examined and worked on several D.M Lefevers, he stated that this one has a different action mechanism than the others that he had seen personally. He did not expressly say so, he did give the overall impression that this was the nicest, original D.M. Lefever that he had seen. With its Double Gun Journal provenance, desirable gauge, unusual features, and original hang tag, you probably won’t have many (if any) opportunities to find a nicer, better example of an early D.M Lefever! Buyer to pay actual shipping and INSURANCE costs. Payment by certified funds or cash. FFL or C&R required for shipment.

Incredible gun alert: 16g Lefever BE SxS …

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

Take a good, long look at this 16g BE-grade Lefever. Chances are good you’ll never see another one again.

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

Over its short history (XXXX-XXXX) the Lefever Arms Company made far fewer guns than the other major American SxS makers — Parker, Fox, L.C. Smith, and Ithaca. And as was the case with most gunmakers, most of the SxSs Lefever built were in their lower grades: I, DS, H, G, F. Very few of the company’s top-tier guns – the One Thousand Dollar Grade, the Optimus, the AA, A, & Bs – were made and most of these were 12 gauges.

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

So any B-grade Lefever is a scarce gun (a BE is a B-grade with Ejectors), and a 16 gauge BE is, well, super ‘friggin rare. In 20 years of following Lefevers, this is the first one I’ve seen on the open market.

BTW: If you own an old Lefever and would like to know more about it or sell it, please let me know. I would be happy to help out. Gregg@DogsandDoubles.com

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun: Offered here is the holy grail of Lefever collecting – an original Lefever BE Grade 16ga.  Made with original 28″ Krupp Steel Barrels, splinter forend with the rare clamshell release.  Original Lefever single selective trigger with selector in the safety slide.  Round knob pistol grip buttstock with gorgeous grain and fine checkering through the wrist. The gun weighs 5lbs 14oz and was made on the Lefever “XX” frame size as marked on the watertable. The gun has original 2-1/2″ original chambers, bright shiny bores.  The barrels measure .670 in both tubes (perfect for a 16ga Lefever) and have .020 choke (mod) in the right barrel and .028 (full) in the left barrel. Minimum wall thickness is .027 in both barrels.  The LOP is 12-3/4″ over a thick Lefever monogrammed buttplate (would be 13-3/4″ with double triggers) from the rear position single trigger with drops of  2″ at the comb and 2-7/8″ at the heel.  Barrels retain about 90% of the original blue.  Action retains more than 1/3 of the original case color with nice crisp engraving. Stocks are sound and retain most of their original finish with a few minors. Price: $18,500

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

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

 

Boss & Co. - Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set - 12 ga
Boss & Co. – Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set – 12 ga

Boss & Co. – Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set – 12 gaAction: Sidelock, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Single, Grip: Straight Grip, Lop: 15 “, Type of butt: Checkered Wood, Drop comb: 1 5/8 “, Drop heel: 2 “, Cast amount: 1/4 “, Cast: Off, Weight: 6 lbs, 8 oz, Manufactured in: England, Finish: Case Colored, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Type of Case: Oak & Leather Case w/Accessories, First set of barrels: 12 ga, 28″, 2 3/4 ” chambers, Chokes: F/F, Second set: 12 ga, 28″, 2 3/4 ” chambers, Chokes: IC/M. Beautiful two barrel set, open assist in very good condition. Price: $80,000

Parker VHE .410 - 26” - Ejectors - “Remington Era” - Beavertail - Single Trigger - “Skeet In Skeet Out” - 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 - 5 lbs 15 ozs
Parker VHE .410 – 26” – Ejectors – “Remington Era” – Beavertail – Single Trigger – “Skeet In Skeet Out” – 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 – 5 lbs 15 ozs

Parker VHE .410 – 26” – Ejectors – “Remington Era” – Beavertail – Single Trigger – “Skeet In Skeet Out” – 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 – 5 lbs 15 ozs: SN: 237186 – Beyond Nice – Spectacular RARE!!  “000” Frame – ca. 1935 – CLEAN!  Price: $36,995 

Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels
Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels

Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels: For your consideration is an extremely rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga gun. Anyone who knows Lefever guns, knows well that the Lefever small bore guns simply don’t exist in nature. They are really rare and hard to find. This particular Lefever has gorgeous 28″ American Flag Damascus pattern. They are a thing of beauty!!!  The gun has DT, AE, and auto safety. The capped PG buttstock is checkered in a two-point pattern. The splinter forend is checkered in typical later FE pattern with engraved steel escutcheon. The action is engraved in typical FE pattern with flying duck on left, falling woodcock on right surrounded by light scroll engraving. The gun retains more than 1/2 of its original case color, particularly nice and dark on the left side and on top. Barrels retain about 85%+ original damascus pattern. Screws are all excellent and the gun is totally unmolested. The stocks are sound and measure 2″ DAC, 3-1/4″ DAH and LOP is 13-3/4″ over the original lined HRBP. Both barrels measure .620 on the money, and the chokes are .012 (right) and .020 (left). Min walls are about.028 in each barrel. The gun weighs right at 6lbs. This is an extremely rare gun and easily one of the top FE 20ga I have seen in more than 25 years of aggressively chasing Lefevers. Price: $6895 

Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61
Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61

Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61: 28″ tapered file finished rib choked IM/M, DT’s, ejectors, Greener crossbolt, double underlugs, full coverage game scenes of pursuing fox, grouse, flying waterfowl, all in woods & marshland, cocking indicators, deluxe checkered walnut straight stock, 2 piece forearm, 15″ LOP over 7/8″ matched solid pad. 97% bbl. & receiver finish, some light handling. Price: $2,899

Beretta 686 20 ga 28", with straight, English grip and Briley chokes
Beretta 686 20 ga 28″, with straight, English grip and Briley chokes

Beretta 686 20 ga 28″, with straight, English grip and Briley chokes: Comes with a spare PG stock and 5 Briley thin wall chokes. Price: $1,700

This week’s 5 good guns…

 

JOHN WILKES PAIR BEST LONDON SIDELOCKS SXS .410
JOHN WILKES PAIR BEST LONDON SIDELOCKS SXS .410

JOHN WILKES PAIR BEST LONDON SIDELOCKS SXS .410: Price: $79,500
KEN HUNT ENGRAVED
CONSECUTIVE NUMBERED
BOTH ARE 26″ MOD AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS
DOUBLE TRIGGER
EJECTORS
SPLINTER FOREARM
ENGLISH GRIP
CHECKERED BUTT
4LBS 14 OZ X 2 X 1 1/2 X 15
BOTH GUNS ARE NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE

Westley Richards 20 bore  Hand Detachable (drop lock) Ejector, Side-by-Side Shotgun
Westley Richards 20 bore  Hand Detachable (drop lock) Ejector, Side-by-Side Shotgun

Westley Richards 20 bore  Hand Detachable (drop lock) Ejector, Side-by-Side Shotgun: Single Trigger, with a modern leather case. Circa 1931, Barrels are 28 inches with original 2 3/4 chambers proofed for 1 oz. Scalloped backed action 80 % coverage large scroll. Original Westley Richards Patent one trigger. Nicely fiddle figured European walnut stock measures 13 7/8 over a thin checkered horn plate, Deluxe checkering. Bore diameter left .619 right .620. Min. wall thickness right .030 left .032  choke is full and full both barrels .031. Dimensions are 1 5/8″ X 2 1/2″ with cast approx 1/4″ on. Weight 6 lbs. Barrels, Whitworth Steel, chopper lump, retain 90% of what looks to be original black. Action retains 70% to 80% case color. Floor plate retains 50% A lovely small bore upland or game gun. Price: $26,500

Chas. Lancaster .450/400 3 1/4" Side-by-Side Doxlock Non-Ejector Double Rifle, Super Condition
Chas. Lancaster .450/400 3 1/4″ Side-by-Side Doxlock Non-Ejector Double Rifle, Super Condition

Chas. Lancaster .450/400 3 1/4″ Side-by-Side Doxlock Non-Ejector Double Rifle, Super Condition: This is another one of those double rifles that are in exceptional condition without having been run through the refinishing mill. Barrels retain 98% original black. Frame has 90-95% vivid case color.  Wood is in very good condition, showing some handling marks.  The only alteration to the rifle is on the wood.  At one time a tang sight was added to the rifle which has been removed and new wood filled in its place; evidenced in one of the pictures.  Just a pleasure to find something this nice. Bores Are absolutely Mint!!!! 28″ barrels. 1/4 rib with 1S &2 F Scroll – 80% coverage. French Walnut stock. Solid Red Recoil Pad. 14 5/8″ LOP. 11 lbs. 2 oz. Price: $24,500

Lefever EE Grade 12ga. SxS Shotgun – BEAUTIFUL DAMASCUS, GREAT DIMENSIONS
Lefever EE Grade 12ga. SxS Shotgun – BEAUTIFUL DAMASCUS, GREAT DIMENSIONS

Lefever EE Grade 12ga. SxS Shotgun – BEAUTIFUL DAMASCUS, GREAT DIMENSIONS: 1901, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 10oz, SxS Serial Number: 35307E. Most who pursue American doubles are aware that Lefever Arms Co. of Syracuse, N.Y. produced very elegant shotguns.  The engraving is better than most in its tasteful application, the frames were ornately sculpted and shaped, and the workmanship overall was superior to the competition of the day.  With the last Lefever being produced in 1919, Lefever produced relatively few guns; in the range of 50.000 or so in all grades and gauges, most being lower grade guns.  Mr. Elliot’s book “Uncle Dan Lefever—Master Gunmaker” notes few high-grade Lefevers were produced, and most gunners that search for fine American vintage double guns are aware that there are few Lefever EE Grade guns ever seen for sale, especially in great original condition.  MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS LEFEVER, SN35307 MADE IN 1901, RETAINS PLENTY OF  FACTORY ORIGINAL CASE COLORS. Price: $4,450

Ruger Red Label. 28 ga. 28" choke tubes, with extra straight stock
Ruger Red Label. 28 ga. 28″ choke tubes, with extra straight stock

Ruger Red Label. 28 ga. 28″ choke tubes, with extra straight stockHere is a nice, lightweight 28 ga. that is both light, petite, and in a great gauge. Also with this gun come with an extra straight stock that has been shortened for a lady, youngster or a gentleman with shorter arms. The wood has lots of figure and would rate about 95% with some surface marks. The action of this gun has a few buff marks at the top. 1 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 14 1/2 * 6 lb 4 oz. Price: $1595.

Auction alert: Rare Lefever 8E 12 gauge SxS shotgun …

D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)
D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)

Daniel Myron Lefever was one of the geniuses of American gunmaking. Judging by the number of partnerships and businesses he formed in his career, he must have been mercurial, too.

From 1857 to his death in 1906, he worked for himself, and with others. By himself and with others, he built all sorts of firearms–including the one you see here. It comes from DM’s final venture: The D. M. Lefever, Sons & Company, which he formed with his sons in 1902.

Morphy Auctions is auctioning of this double tomorrow. If you like it, get on it now.

D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)
D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)

D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore): This early high quality Lefever was built using a scalloped boxlock, Greener crossbolt. Barrels were made of Krupp fluid steel, not Damascus, and features a solid matted rib with twin beads. Double triggers, beautiful dark grain hand checkered English type rear sight with Monte Carlo comb, finely checkered side panels, owner’s plaque in stock, and an early Upland Game red waffle recoil pad. Stamped on bottom of frame “D.M. Lefever Sons & Company Pat’d 1902 Not connected with Lefever Arms Company”.

D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)
D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)

Bores are clean and shiny. Barrels retain approximately 70% original blue starting to thin and patina, with age freckling on the right barrel extending 10″ from breech. Forearm is finely checkered with ebony tip. The frame exhibits delicate scroll engraving with setter on right side and mallard on left. The wood is in beautiful condition, has been freshened up at one time, with a couple minor dings. Lock-up is perfect with no wiggle with forearm off. Trigger guard is basically gun metal grey. Nice traces of case colors on both sides of frame. Lovely old high grade Lefever.

Serial Number: 1331

D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)
D.M. Lefever & Sons Grade 8E SxS Shotgun (12 Bore)

Barrel Length: 30″
Chambers: 2-5/8″
Length Of Pull: 15″
Drop at Comb: 1-3/4″
Drop at Heel: 2″
Internal Bore Diameters: .744″
Barrel Wall Thickness: Left – .045″, Right – .055″
Chokes: Both Barrels – Modified
Weight8 lbs. – 2 oz.

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