Good Gun Alert: a Manufrance Ideal Grade 4 SxS 16 gauge…

 

Manufrance Ideal Grade 4 16 gauge double barrel shotgun
Manufrance Ideal Grade 4 16 gauge double barrel shotgun

Manufrance’s Ideal grade double barrel shotguns are uncommon here in North America. Even though Manufrance made about 79,000 of them, they were imported into the United States in great numbers. So when you see ones like this 16 gauge Grade 4, it’s special.

Here are the specs from the seller:

A beautiful Manufrance Ideal Grade 4 16ga SxS shotgun with 27.5″ barrels. 14.25″ LOP over orginal buttplate. Very comfortable stock dimension of 1.5″/2.5″ drops. This is a 6# gun and is an exceptional pointing gun. Stock has unique Manufrance retractable sling that extends and clips to front sling-eye.

Has the unique Manufrance bottom release action and beautiful swamped rib.

A very-good overall condition gun. If you know Manufrance Ideal’s, you will love this gun! Priced very fairly compared to thers on the market.

Manufrance Ideal Grade 4 16 gauge double barrel shotgun
Manufrance Ideal Grade 4 16 gauge double barrel shotgun
Manufrance Ideal Grade 4 16 gauge double barrel shotgun
Manufrance Ideal Grade 4 16 gauge double barrel shotgun

A Manufrance Ideal 16 gauge double barrel shotgun…

The French have always been inventive gunmakers. Pauly, Lefecheaux and Darne gave the world some unique ideas on how double barrel shotguns could be made. Manufacture d’ Armes de Saint Etienne did the same thing. Their Ideal shotguns was another unique contribution to history of side by sides.

16 gauge Manufrance Ideal Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge Manufrance Ideal Double Barrel Shotgun

Ideal-model shotguns were introduced in 1887 and I think they were made into the 1960s. I think this one one was made around 1940. It’s a 16 gauge Gr. 2 with a straight grip, 28″ barrels, and the traditional double triggers. In the slideshow below you’ll also a higher grade Ideal with the monocle-style triggers.

The little lever behind the triggerguard opens & cocks the gun, and the little button on the triggerplate operates the gun’s safety mechanism. This gun weighs about 6lbs. You can see more Ideals and learn more about them here and here.

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