High quality doesn’t always equal high price. Case in point: I’ve always been amazed by how well-made pre-World War II German OUs are and how low their prices remain.
It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction listing ends Sunday, 10/2/2022 @ 8:25 PM EST.
F.W. Heym was founded in Suhl, Germany, in July 1865. The company is still around today. They built this shotgun in the 1920s. It features a Merkel-style triggerplate action, sideplates, ejectors, and 28″ barrels with a full-length vent rib. It also has original 2 3/4″ chambers.
Back in the ’20s, this shotgun was one of the highest-grade F.W. Heyms imported into the US. It was expensive and costs about as much as Paker BHE SxS.
I’ve shot fancy British OUs that cost 10x-12x more than guns like this Heym. Are those Purdeys and Woodwards 10x-12x better? I didn’t think so.
Friedrich Wilhelm Heym Grade No 9D 16 Ga 28″ Over/Under Shotgun 1919-33: Make: Friedrich Wilhelm Heym of Suhl, Germany Model: Grade No. 9D Serial#: 5805AH Year of Manufacture: Circa 1919-1933
Finish Originality: Original
Gauge: 16 Gauge, 2 3/4″ chamber.
Weight: 6 Pounds and 7.9 Ounces
Barrel Length: 28” with a ventilated rib, the ribs are sound and tight.
Choke: The top barrel has a Full choke and the bottom barrel has a Improved Modified Choke. Both chokes are fixed.
Action Type: Over/Under Hammerless Top-Break Shotgun with a Barrel Selector and Ejectors
Markings: The receiver is covered in floral scroll engravings and on the bottom is marked “FR. WILH. HEYM, SUHL / GERMANY”. The top of the receiver, obscured by the barrel when it is in the down position, is marked with two Weimar-era proof marks (a German Eagle and a crowned “U” which was a definitive proof) above Germany on the right side and features the serial number on the right “5805AH”. The belly features a medallion marked “G.P.” The upper left portion of the top barrel, concealed by the side panel, is marked “ROECHLING”, “GTC” inside an oval, “ELEKTROSTAHL”, and has faded German proof marks concealed by a wood side panel (an eagle next to “NITRO” which was a nitro proof, two faded eagles, a corwned “U” definitive proof, “16” inside an oval which was the gauge designation and some marks that are no longer legible). The bottom barrel, visible when the forend is removed, is marked “ROECHLING”, “GTC” inside an oval and “ELEKTROSTAHL”. The bottom of the lower barrel is serial matched. The left rear portion of the upper barrel, which is visible when the gun is fully assembled, is marked “NEW-YORK”, “GRADE No 9 D” and Nitro next to a faded mark. The right rear portion of the upper barrel, which is visible when the gun is fully assembled, is marked “SLOANS SPORTING GOODS Co INC”. The forend iron is serial matched.
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a red bead and there is a red colored bead about half way down the rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The stock is 4 piece wood featuring a checkered detachable forend, two smooth wood side panels, a checkered semi-pistol grip with a engraved metal cap, a fluted straight comb, a medallion on the belly and a textured black synthetic butt-plate. The stock has some light handling marks, nicks and scuffs. Notably, there is a tiny crack at the tip of the top tang. The LOP is 14.5” from the trigger to the rear of the butt-plate. The drops are approximately 1.75” and 2.5” inches from the comb and heel respectively. The butt-plate has some light handling marks. Overall, the stock is in Very Good-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue and Case Color
Bore Condition: The bores are mostly bright with some light erosion concentrated around the muzzles.
Overall Condition: The shotgun retains about 65% of its metal finish. There are some light-moderate handling marks, nicks and scuffs. Notably, the case-colored receiver’s finish has largely worn off, with some surviving finish on the top tang, concealed by the barrel and on the sides. The barrels have a patch of moderate finish loss on the forward left side, light wear around the leading edges and some light wear around the muzzles. Some of the markings have faded but most remain clear. The screwheads are lightly tooled and remain serviceable. Overall, the shotgun is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrels lock with no play on the frame. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: Friedrich Wilhelm Heym was a Suhl based industrialist who founded his namesake company in mid 1865. The company is most famous for the shotguns and rifles it has produced. The company primarily exported its goods to the Russian Empire before shifting its focus to the United States around the time WWI broke out (Germany and Russia went to war in 1914). Ironically, Germany would end up fighting the United States as well in 1917. Despite this, when WWI ended the company continued to export arms to the U.S., primarily exporting shotguns and drillings. The company survived WWII and remains in operation today.
This particular specimen is an over/under shotgun, designated the Grade No. 9D, which was made during the Weimar-era based on the proof marks. The gun has some handling wear but it retains its beautiful engravings and is still mechanically sound. The gun should make a wonderful addition to any collection. Good luck on your bid!
“Another bargain!!!” Those are the first two words of this article I wrote for Shooting Sportsman magazine: Boxlock Bargains: Why lightweight 12s are the kings of bird guns.
The 12 gauge you see here are perfect examples of what I was writing about. The Merkel OU weighs 6 lb., 5.2 oz., the Francotte side-by-side 6 lb., 1 oz. Both have ejectors, straight grips, double triggers, and old school styling; and their barrels have original 2 3/4″ chambers, excellent bore measurements, and plenty of wall thickness.
Both are on Gunbroker.com now. There’s no reserve on either one, so they offer you the chance to get a great bird gun — and a very high-quality shotgun — for little money.
As I wrote in my article for Shooting Sportsman, lightweight 12s have a number of advantages:
- There’s a range of ammo available for them, so you can modify your load to hunt anything from quail and woodcock to pheasant. Plus, when a vintage 12 gauge has original 2 3/4″ chambers it should be OK shooting any easy-to-find, major brand, low-brass12g game loads.
- They have adult-sized proportions, and they’re better balanced. Unlike smallbores, lightweight twelves don’t feel dainty or whippy, and their barrels aren’t swallowed up in your hands. All this makes them easier to control and shoot.
- People ignore them, favoring 20gs and 28gs instead (even though 12s are ballistically superior). This keeps demand — and prices — for lightweight twelve gauges foolishly low.
Merkel Brothers Lightweight 200E 70cm (27.5″) IC/C 12 GA, 1930. 6 lb., 5.2 oz. No reserve. See it on Gunbroker.com now.
Auguste Francotte Featherweight Boxlock 12 GA 28″ IM/M Double Barrel, 1928. 6 lb., 1 oz. No reserve. See it on Gunbroker.com now.
Merkel Brothers Lightweight 200E 27.5″ IC/C 12 GA, 1930. 6lbs, 5.2 oz: Merkel’s one of Europe’s most famous gunmakers, and one of the few old-school German gunmakers around today. Most collectors agree that the shotguns they made before World War Two — like this OU — are their highest quality and finest overall.
This is a model 200 with ejectors, so a 200E. It was made for the European market, and the barrels measure 70cm (27.5″), a common length for Continental shotguns. The barrels feature a full-length solid rib, and there are two white beads ahead of the toplever and on either side of the top rib. Technically, it’s not a boxlock. Instead, it’s built on a standard Merkel-style triggerplate action. But because it lacks sideplates, it has a similar look.
Auguste Francotte Featherweight Boxlock 12 GA 28″ IM/M Double Barrel. 1928. 6lbs, 1 oz: Another pre-war double from a famous European maker. This SxS is built on of the finest designs of all time — the Anson & Deeley boxlock action — and features ejectors. The action retails a ton of color-case hardening and has Woodward-style arcade fences, fine, hand-cut scroll engraving, and a Purdey-style hidden third bite. The gun has fantastic proportions and real sexy look to it.
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Exceptionally rare and near mint Lightweight Parker CHE 12ga game gun with ventilated rib – Straight stocked w/ double triggers – a true rarity: Very rare gun made in 1927 on a #1 Frame, this Parker CHE Grade with 28″ Acme Steel barrels that have factory original Ventilated rib. Made with splinter forend, nickel plated double triggers, straight grip buttstock with very fine French Walnut, which terminates with an older Silvers type pad. The gun matches the serialization book exactly as found and is engraved in typical CHE Grade pattern with large flying goose on the trigger plate.
Known as an option “21” in the Parker Gun Identification and Serialization book, this is an exceptionally rare gun. The barrels retain more than 98% original blue. The frame retains virtually all of its bold original case color. The trigger guard retains more than 95% of its original blue. Stocks are excellent to near mint with nearly all of their original hand rubbed finish remaining with only minor handling marks. Bores are brilliant and shiny and the mechanics are crisp. The breechface shows almost no use and this is very much a near mint gun. Metal and wood finishes are guaranteed original. Price: $21,500
CASED PAIR OF MERKEL O/U DOUBLE RIFLES IN CALIBER 8X60MM:
The guns are fitted in an English oak and leather style case with brass corners. Interior is green felt that shows some wear but in generally good condition. No accessories other than a couple of leather straps. The guns complement each other very well. Both have about 95% barrel blue and about 75-80% clean case colors. Receivers are nicely engraved with one being a bit more elaborate than the other. One has a 13-1/2 inch LOP and the other has 14-1/2 inch LOP. Both have a 2-piece forearm. One is in the 15k serial range and the other is in the 19k serial range. Both have cheek pieces, sling swivels, fine bores and excellent mechanics. A nice little outfit. Perhaps a husband and wife shooting ensemble. Price: $13,500. for pair.
SxS Garbi 103A Special 12 Gauge: Top quality Spanish made sidelock double field gun with 30″” barrels choked Mod/Imp Cyl. Finely engraved with rose & scroll on case colored locks. Has double triggers with articulated front trigger, and auto ejectors. The stock is of beautiful figured walnut, with a Prince of Wales grip. LOP is 15″” over recoil pad. The gun is in perfect condition, hardly used, and comes in a Garbi marked canvas and leather case. A fine game gun, ready for the field. Price: $8,950
CSMC RBL 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun: Outstanding CSMC RBL 20 Guage. English stock, Double Trigger, exhibition American Walnut feather crotch wood. Case and original accessories included. You will not find one nicer. Barrel Length: 28″ Condition: Excellent Metal Condition: Excellent Wood Condition: Excellent Bore Condition: Excellent Triggers: Double. Price: $4,200
Sauer Royal 16GA SxS Shotgun: Ejectors, made in 1951, 28M&F, Lop 14 3/8 to the original Sauer butt plate, 2 3/4 chambers, weight 6lb 7oz, stocked with 0 cast. As you can see, the trigger was slightly bent for left hand shooter. This gun is in excellent original new condition. Price: $2,850
John Rigby SxS Double Rifle Underlever 500 BPE: Jones Underlever. All original, Original finish. This gun has blued barrels engraved with a band of stylized foliage at each breech. Broad file cut matted sighting rib with rear sight with single folding leaf and bead front sight. Border and scroll engraved casehardened action with Jones Patent rotary underlever and carved percussion fences. Border and scroll engraved casehardened non-rebounding back action locks each with blued safety catch and signed “JNO. RIGBY & Co.”. Very well figured pistol grip stock with checkered grip and forearm. Price: $13,995
Merkel 203E 20 Gauge – LUXUS SIDELOCK, 1952, 99%, GAME SCENE, Vintage Firearms Inc: Year 1952, 20 Gauge, 6lbs 3oz, Chokes IC/IM, LOP 14 1/2″, DAH 2 11/16″, DAC 1 1/2″ Serial Number: 36585 Merkel over/under shotguns have been dominating the European market since 1924. Of the various grades offered by this famed manufacturer, the 203E was the first grade in the lineup with full sidelock action, hand-detachable locks, Kirsten cross-bolts, double underlug barrels, beautifully figured European walnut stocks finely checkered, horn grip cap and butt plate, and slender three-piece forend wood. This gun, sn36585 built in 1952, is the LUXUS MODEL POSSESSING DEEPLY CHISELED GAME SCENE ENGRAVING, ORNATE CARVINGS AT THE WRIST ON THE BUTTSTOCK, AND ARTICULATED FRONT TRIGGER. Most gunners are aware that the earlier Merkel guns are superior to any put out in the 21rst century. This Merkel 203E Luxus is in perfect mechanical condition with super-strong ejectors, the triggers are crisp, the barrels are tight on the hinge pin and breech face like a new gun. This gun has barely been fired and shows no signs of wear anywhere. ALL FINISHES ARE AT LEAST 99% AND ARE FACTORY FINISHES…NO RESTORATIONS ANYWHERE ON THE GUN. The deeply chiseled engraving is profuse and fully covers the action, showing fine foliate and oak leaf engraving surrounding encapsulating game scenes. The barrels at the breech are adorned with finely cut oak leaf engraving, as is the trigger guard. The hand-detachable locks are easily removed allowing easy access for cleaning, inspection, and repair. The inletting in the beautifully figured French walnut is done to perfection without a flaw or split anywhere. The wood-to-metal fit is superb and masterfully done. This is a BEST GUN in the way of beauty and workmanship. The modern steel barrels are of the highest quality and able to handle any of the modern factory loads, including any of the soft non-toxic shot readily available today. The 26” barrels are choked Improved Cylinder and Light Modifed…the perfect upland chokes. Using RST spreader loads in the top barrel and you have an incredible grouse gun. The bores are perfect mirror without flaw. The stock dimensions are modern and will fit most. See the specifications below. We can install a fine leather covered pad for those who may need a longer LOP. This gun weighs 6lbs. 3oz. and balances dead on the hinge pin and handles like a much lighter gun. She is amazing in looks and dynamics. There are few of these guns to be found and one in this condition is usually priced at well over $15,000. Price: $13,750
JOHN WILKES BEST BOXLOCK EJECTOR 16 GA / 28″ BBLS: Chambers: 2 1/2″, Rib Design: CONCAVE, Weight: 5lbs 14oz Bore/Chokes, Right/Bottom:.661/ .000 CYL., Left/Top:.661/ .010 SKEET 2 Stock Dimensions Drop At Comb: 1 5/8″, Drop At Heel: 2″ Special Features: ROSE & SCROLL ENGRAVED CASE HARDENED ACTION EJECTORS WELL FIGURED STRAIGHT GRIP STOCK PIGSKIN LEATHER COVERED RECOIL PAD SPLINTER FOREARM AUTO SAFETY CONDITION: EXCELLENT Circa:1926/ SERIAL # 9811. Price: $8495
Parker Reproduction 20 GA 2 Barrel Set – DHE 28″, 26″ Double Triggers: 14.25″ 1st Barrel – 28″ Mod & Full 2nd Barrel -26″ S&S In wonderful condition. Soft case included. Price: $6995
Henry Holland 12 Gauge SxS Underlever: 30″ barrels C/C. Beautiful damascus pattern on barrels. Great bores. Finely engraved action, locks and hammers. 90% case colored action, locks and hammers. Tiger striped stock with original butt plate.
1 1/2″ X 2″ X 14 3/8″. Price: $5300
FOX XE 12GA SxS SHOTGUN, SPECTACULAR: A Dandy High grade Fox with all the features! Original metal finish. Curio/Relic: Yes Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge Manufacturer: A.H. FOX Model: XE Barrel Length: 30IN Chambers: 2 3/4 IN Ejectors: YES Condition: EXCELLENT Metal Condition: EXCELLENT Wood Condition: EXCELLENT Bore Condition: EXCELLENT Barrel Type: CHROMOX STEEL Triggers: SINGLE SELECTIVE Stock Comb: 1 1/4IN Stock Heel: 1 1/8IN Butt Pad: SILVERS LOP: 15IN Rib: VENT Weight: 8LBS 5OZ Manufacture Date: 1936 Choke Left: FULL Choke Right: IMP/MOD Engraving: HAND ENGRAVED. Price: $9975.00
Beautiful Parker BHE 12ga with 30″ barrels – fantastic engraving! Awesome modern dimensions, too: Fabulous gun made in 1922 made on a #2 frame with 30″ barrels. Made with auto ejectors, double triggers, cappled pistol grip (gold oval in cap) and skeleton buttplate. This gun is nicely engraved with game scenes on both sides and beautiful scene of setters on trigger plate as seen in the photos. Overall the gun remains in excellent condition. Barrels retain nearly all of an older restored blue. Stocks are sound and retain nearly all of their restored finish. The receiver is very nice with about 20% original color. Engraving is crisp and clear. The mechanics are crisp. Bores are brilliant and shiny. This is really a very clean and usable gun. Price: $9250
Merkel 12Ga. 200E O/U Unfired: Merkel 12 gauge 200E game gun. This gun has 28″ solid rib barrels choked improved modified (.030″) and full (.040″). The gun appears to be unfired retaining 100% of the original case color, 100% of the original barrel blue, and 100% of the original wood finish. It has a straight grip stock with dimensions of 141/2″ LOP, 11/2″ at comb, and 23/8″ at heel. It has double triggers, ejectors, a 3 piece forend, and a scalloped action. It weighs 6-12 and would make a great light weight gun for pheasants, chukars, or huns. Built in the early 1970s in the GDR. Sorry, no box. Price: $4195
Webley BLE 700 Side-by-Side 12 Gauge: Barrels: 28″ Chokes: IC – F L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 3/8″C x 2 1/8″H Weight: 6 lbs 6 oz Ser. #: 144241 Price: $3,950
Beretta 686S Orvis Uplander 20/28 Gauge Over & Under 2 Barrel Set Engraved Checkered Walnut Stock: Here is an excellent quality two barrel over and under set in very desirable 20 and 28 gauge with screw in chokes. The factory pad is still flexible, but is slightly deformed, probably from long term storage. Comes with non-matching Beretta box and extra choke tubes. Barrels are matching serial numbers and numbered 1 and 2. Nice wood! Shotgun Gauge: 28 Gauge Manufacturer: BERETTA Model: 686S ORVIS UPLANDER Serial Number: L39083B Barrel Length: 26″/28″ Condition: EXCELLENT Metal Condition: EXCELLENT Wood Condition: EXCELLENT Bore Condition: EXCELLENT Action: OVER & UNDER Triggers: SINGLE SELECTIVE Stock: CHECKERED WALNUT Butt Pad: FACTORY PAD LOP: 14-1/4″ Finish: glossy Wood/Deep Blue Manufacture Date: 1993 Chokes: SCREW IN Engraving: YES Extras: BOX & PAPERS. Price: $3450.00
Exceedingly rare Parker Bros. CHE 12ga 3″ Magnum w/32″brls – Late Remington gun with incredible wood and dimensions in outstanding condition: Exceedingly rare gun made in 1939, this is the only 3″ marked “CHE” Grade I’ve ever seen. This exact gun, pictured on page 296 of the “Parker Story”. The gun made on a #2 frame (rare to find this late) with a beavertail forend, high raised rib, Parker Single Selective Trigger, auto ejectors, capped pistol grip buttstock, and original skeleton buttplate. The gun has fabulously figured American Walnut stocks with what are unquestionably factory sling swivels. Beautifully engraved by Runge with large flying duck on the trigger plate. This is a beast of a gun and the rarity cannot be overstated! Overall the gun remains in super condition. Barrels and trigger guard retain about all of an older restored factory correct quality rust blue. Receiver retains about 40% original case color- engraving is super crispy and well defined. Stocks are sound and retain most of an older professionally restored finish with only minor handling marks. Bores are brilliant and shiny. Mechanics are crisp and the gun is tight on the face.Serial Number: 241,442 Barrel Length: 32″ Chambers: 3″ Ejectors: yes Condition: Excellent Metal Condition: Excellent Wood Condition: Excellent Bore Condition: Brilliant and shiny Barrel Type: Acme Steel Triggers: Parker SST Stock Comb: 1-5/8″ Stock Heel: 2-1/2″ Fore End: Original Beavertail Butt Pad: Original Skeleton BP LOP: 14-1/4″ Weight: 8lbs 12oz Choke Left: Full Choke Right: Full Price: $25,000
MERKEL 1953 MOD 303E SUHL- TOTALLY LIKE PRE-WAR QUALITY- GAME SCENE- TOTALLY ORIG- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION- 28″ V R Bbls.- OVERALL 98-99% PIECE: #37917, A Classic 1953 Proper Period Suhl Made Gebruder Merkel 12 Bore O/U Model 303E Hand Detachable Sidelock that was proved in November 1953, Best and top of the line 300 series action body with double underlugs with double bite, Kersten cross bolt, 28″ Vent Rib Ejector Bohler Stahl barrels, .722 .042 & .045″ (Full & Full), Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Bolstered frame, Double triggers with the front articulated, Cocking indicators, Sidelock plates with a concealed folding release, The inside of the locks and forend are jeweled, 3 piece game forend with horn escutcheons around the forend tiedown screws, This is found only on best Merkel O/U’s, Open round pistol grip stock at 14 5/8 x 1 1/2 x 2 5/8″ over a 3/4 checkered butt, Cast-off for the right hand, 7 lbs. 12 oz., Excellent wood with excellent color and contrast of black & browns, Both the forend and buttstock match well, No sling swivels or cheekpiece, 99% coverage of 1953 game scene engraving that is absolutely Pre-War Quality with a Setter and Partridge plus a Fox with Ducks, This is definitely Pre-War quality and execution, The original barrel blue remains at 99%, The trigger guard & tang blue is 100%, The original stock finish is at 98-99%, The checkering is at 99%, The bores are as new, Every screw remains directly north and south, This is almost like buying it brand new in late 1953 or early 1954. You can investigate buying a recent Merkel O/U and see what you pay and what you get. These early 1950’s Merkel’s are for all intents and purposes no different than the Pre-War guns. Price: $8,950
BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20GA–RKLT 1961 28″ SKEET/SKEET: BEAUTIFUL BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20GA–RKLT 1961 — 28″ SKEET/SKEET — ALL ORIGINAL GUN THAT RETAINS STRONG ORIGINAL BUE WITH SLIGHT LOSS AT CARRY POINTS ON BASE — 98% BARREL BLUE — 99% VARNISH — FACTORY BUTT PLATE — AN ALL ORIGINAL GUN THAT IS TIGHT AND ON FACE AND READY FOR ANOTHER 60 YEARS !!!!!!! THESE ARE REALLY STRONG INVESTMENTS AND WILL CONTINUE TO CLIMB AS THE CITORI ARE TAKING OFF IN VALUE — PRICE TO MOVE! Serial Number: 22413 Barrel Length: 28″ Bore Info: 20 Chambers: 2 3/4″ AND 3″ Ejectors: YES Condition: EXCELLENT Triggers: SINGLE Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 3/8″ Butt Pad: PLATE, LOP: 14 1/4″, Rib: VENT, Choke Left: SKEET, Choke Right: SKEET. Price: $3,750
William Ford in wonderful condition with 3″ proofs shoot your 2 3/4″ shells all day long: This is a great opportunity to have an English shotgun to use in the field or sporting clays that can easily shoot American 2 3/4″ shells. This gun features beautiful barrels inside and out and extremely tight on face using the Purdey double underbite and the Greener cross bolt. William Ford was known for their excellent barrels. Side clips and quality rose and scroll engraving with an action that still has 50% case colors complete what is a very sound and well made English double.: William Ford in Wonderful Condition with 3″ proofs ~ Shoot your 2 3/4″ shells all day long! Serial Number: 15294, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 30″, Barrel Type: Steel, Action: Box lock ejector, Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 1/2″, Stock Heel: 2″, Stock, Cast: 3/16″, LOP: 14 3/16″ Weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz. Choke Left: .030″ full Choke Right: .029″ full Proof:Nitro: 3″ Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .035″ Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .033″ Price: $3,200
Franchi Instinct L – 28 Gauge – OU – Shotgun DISCOUNTED DUE TO DISPLAY DAMAGE: Franchi’s Instinct L is a well-balanced, fast handling over/under shotgun that gets on target quickly so you can down flushed birds before they’re out of range. This is an ideal upland bird gun—like its name, the gun handles instinctively. This Instinct L comes with an A-grade walnut Prince-of-Wales stock and fore-end that are finely checkered to provide a secure grip. The buttstock features an open-radius pistol grip to provide comfort and style. A hard-heeled recoil pad shoulders effortlessly, and stays put on the shoulder for quick follow-up shots. A color case hardened receiver adds elegance to purpose. The auto safety doubles as a barrel selector, and auto ejectors send spent cartridges clear for unhindered reloading. The vent rib has a fiber optic sight. The Franchi Instinct L Over/Under Shotgun comes with a custom-fitted hard case, 3 choke tubes (IC, M, F) and wrench. Price: $1099.97
Superb Charles Boswell 410ga O/U Pinless sidelock – Truly a bespoke gun in every regard! Long barrels with superb dimensions: This gun made in 2007, after Chris Batha obtained the rights to the Charles Boswell name in 2004, to make bespoke best quality guns under this name, with prices starting at $85,000.00. This beautifully filed, fitted, and finished creation of functional art by many Purdey and Holland trained gunmakers (Gerry Swanson, finisher) would certainly be well in excess of that number. This gun has 30 – 1/4″ demi bloc barrels fitted with solid matted rib. Left side of top barrel is engraved “Charles Boswell London.” Breech end of top barrel and ejector bolsters are scroll engraved. Flat of bottom barrel is stamped with 2007 London nitro proofs for 3″ chambers. Serial number is engraved on bottom barrel. Beautifully sculpted small sized over/under action fitted with pinless sidelocks is somewhat rounded with nicely filed beads. Action features non-automatic safety and gold plated non-selective single trigger and is engraved with near full coverage well cut rose and scroll by noted ex-Purdey engraver Dave Tallet. (Signature on trigger plate) “Charles Boswell” is in gold diagonally across front portions of lockplates, and also in arched banner on bottom of action over “London”. Blued single beaded small bow trigger guard with matching scroll has serial number in gold on tang. Well marbled and figured European walnut straight grip buttstock with checkered wood butt with engraved steel heel and toe plates. Classic drop points are behind lockplates, and well cut semi flat top point pattern checkering is at grip. A silver oval engraved “CW” is on toe line. Matching slim one piece ejector forend has Anson type release. Gun is housed in a best quality oak and brown leather case by Ian Tomlin, has gold canvas brown leather trimmed outer cover. Case is lined in burgundy cloth and has Boswell paper label in lid. Tops of case partitions are also of oak, and case contains Boswell marked square oil bottle and snap caps. Two piece cleaning rod is still in its original wrapper. Cleaning brushes are in black leather case. Price: $47,500
E.J. Churchill “The Regal Model” XXV London Baby Frame BLE – 28ga – 25” – Sk/IMSK – Abercrombie & Fitch – Double Trigger – Checkered Butt: Abercrombie & Fitch – Fine Tapered Raised Hand Matted Rib – Double Trigger – Checkered Butt – 99% Condition – The Lightest Weight 28ga I have ever listed for sale – This Shotgun is Tiny but graceful in the hands – Amazing Little English VC Case. Price: $21,995
F.W Heym 20 Bore O/U German Shotgun: A super nice Heym circa 1926 20 bore O/U bored .010 and .013 – Mod and Mod. 28″ Solid Rib barrels. Bores are perfect with good walls. Stock Dimensions: 1 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ x 14 3/8″ with 1/4 cast off at heel. Weight 6 lbs. 2.3 oz. Price: $9850
MERKEL 200E EJECTOR 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN: 28 inch barrels. Extra Full & Extra Full. .052 & .057. Solid rib. Double triggers. Hinged front. Ejectors. Cocking indicators. 3 piece forearm. 14 1/4 LOP butt plate. 2 3/4 chambers. 50-60% case color. 96% blue. Excellent bores. 1957 mfg. Price: $1,895
BERETTA SILVER SNIPE 20G OU SHOTGUN: Solid gun in good condition with some light handling marks. Extractors Condition: Preowned Metal Condition: Good Barrels: 26″ Action: Boxlock Triggers: Single Gauge: 20 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 1/4″ Stock Cast: Off Fore End: Checkered Weight: 6lbs Chokes: IC/F Case: No. Price: $800
Extraordinary early Parker A1 Special 12ga 2 barrel set- 30” and 34” – PGCA letter ordered by W.F. Parker! Deepest relief engraving I’ve ever seen!: Per the PGCA Research Letter – This gun Ordered by and likely used by Wilbur F. Parker! Truly Exceptional Parker A1 Special 12ga two barrel set, made in 1907 on a #2 Frame. This very rare gun is equipped with two sets of Whitworth Fluid Steel barrels- one set is 30″ long (original set), the other is 34″ (also definitely factory) long- an extreme rarity in these guns and also extremely desirable today. This gun would make the ultimate vintage Pigeon Gun. This gun currently sports a fantastic straight stock with gold plated double triggers, beavertail forend, and was made with auto ejectors, auto safety, and has older Silver’s type pad. The top lever is beautifully sculpted as are the breech balls as seen in the photos. These early A-1 Specials are some of the best engraved of all the Parker shotguns and this one is no exception. The quality of the relief flowers are spectacular and by far the best executed I have seen. The depth of the relief engraving and the quality is the finest on any Parker I have examined. The fully engraved safety with gold inlaid “SAFE” in front. See the photos for details on the engraving – it is breathtaking. The PGCA letter for this gun is fascininating and worthy of review- see the photos for this as well. This gun remains in pleasing overall condition. The gun has been updated, likely by Remington with both sets of barrels now having ventilated ribs, which are good and sound. Mechanics are crisp throughout. The gun has been completely restored with later Remington case color- likely done when the gun went back in for service in 43,45, or 46, though undoubtedly a Remington Parker work and quality. The mechanics are crisp and the bores are brilliant and shiny. This extremely rare and desirable Parker is both pleasing to look at in the gun room and in the field. Price: $60,000
ARRIZABALAGA SLE 20 GAUGE: Gun is in very good condition with some light handling marks. Oval is initialed. Caliber Info: 20 Gauge Ejectors: Yes Metal Condition: Very Good Barrels: 28″ Action: Sidelock Triggers: Double Gauge: 20 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 3/8″ Stock Cast: Off Fore End: Checkered LOP: 15 1/4″ Rib: Concave Weight: 6.5 lbs Chokes: IC/IM Case: Leather Luggage. Price: $12,775
“SCARCE” James Purdey of London Double Rifle chambered in .450 BPE that was manufactured in 1868 for the 15th Duke of Norfolk: The amount of man hours was very high when one of these rifles was made. From the factory letter we know that this rifle was completed in 1868. It was built for the Duke of Norfolk and stocked by John Robertson. The caliber is listed as a 60 bore which is the equivalent to the .450 BPE cartridge. This J. Purdey .450 “BPE” Black Powder Express Rotary Underlever Big Game Hammer Double Rifle is all matching with no alterations. The bores are in excellent condition being bright with excellent lands and grooves in the 30” barrels. It has a 3-leaf rear sight with one fixed and two folding blades. Each blade has a Platinum center line and are marked “100, 200 and 250.” The finish shows no signs of rust or pitting with strong pattern colors. The forearm is in very fine condition with no cracks and one chip as shown. The butt stock is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. This after 153 years is quite amazing. The receiver shows very fine and detailed engraving as you can see in the pictures. The rifle is tight and obviously has seen very little use over the decades. The rifle functions as it should with no issues. The original oak case has some accessories and the original cleaning rod. The center lock mechanism is missing but both side levers are present. No FFL transfer is needed to transfer this antique. The factory letter will be included. Price: $10K
MERKEL 200E 20ga 26″ IC&M, DT, Mfg 1955 Excellent: Serial # 41176 Country of Origin Germany Barrel Length (in Inches) 26″ Choke U IC (.005″), Choke O M (.015″) Trigger DT (Double) Stock Configuration Capped Pistol Grip, Recoil pad Forearm Type 3-piece Forearm Rib Type Solid rib Receiver Finish Casehardened Engraving Type Ornamental Scroll Engraving Other Options 2 3/4″ chambers, Cocking indicators, Horn grip cap Condition EXC. Condition Weight 6#0oz Dimensions 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 14″ with 3/8″ cast off. Other Details Mfg 1955. Price: $5,500
Beretta ~ Model S686 Special ~ OU ~ 20 GA: Description: This Beretta S686 is in overall very good condition. Metal Condition: Very Good Wood Condition: Very Good Bore Condition: Excellent Barrels: 26″ Triggers: Single Selective Safety Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP Fore End: Checkered Walnut Semi Pistol Grip – Checkered Walnut Forend Butt Pad: Black Rubber Butt Pad Weight: 6 lbs Sights: Front Bead – Mid-Bead Chokes: With Screw in Choke Tubes Wood shows some light handling marks and dings. Complete with case! 20 Gauge. Price: $2,099.99
Merkel 220E 9.3x74R caliber Over Under Double Rifle: Top quality German made double rifle with engraved case hardened receiver, double triggers and auto ejectors. Excellent condition. Price: $8,995
Fox A Grade 16 Gauge – RARE WELL-FIGURED ENGLISH STOCK, Vintage Firearms, Inc: General Specs: Year 1937, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 4oz, Chokes IC/IM Factory, LOP 14 1/8″, DAH 2 3/16″, DAC 1 3/8″
Serial Number: 303595. Ansley H. Fox created a timeless, high quality, simply designed box lock at his A.H. Fox Gun Co. in Philadelphia, PA. Most vintage side x side lovers are well-aware the 20ga. and 16ga. Fox guns are the most dynamic, lightweight, best handling American double guns ever created. Best of all, the 16ga. guns were all built on the diminutive 20ga. frame. This Fox A Grade, sn303595 made in 1937, is one of only 2500 Fox A Grade 16ga. guns ever made, with about 2200 remaining in existence due to loss and destruction, so there are few offered for sale. Only 10% or so were ever made with the English style stock, or maybe a few hundred in existence. IF YOU ARE ONE WHO LOVES STRAIGHT STOCKED UPLAND GUNS…THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO OWN THE PERFECT LITTLE FOX 16GA.! Straight gripped guns almost never surface for sale. In this Fox we have a solid gun with excellent screws, factory 26” number 3 weight barrels factory choked IC/IM with mirror bores, factory bore diameter, 99% rich rust blue, double ivory beads, and lots of barrel wall thickness (see tables below for specs). The ribs are tight, barrels tight on the hinge pin and breech face with the top lever right of center…like a new gun. Take a good look at the photos and you will see a truly gorgeous Fox A Grade that has everything going for it. She is one of those guns that just looks “right”. The wood figure and finish is stunning, the wood-to-metal fit is superb, the action retains 70% factory case color and the engraving is sharp and clear, …JUST A CLASSY LOOKING FOX! Even the genuine Silvers pad has that aged look and is fit to perfection. Search long and hard and you will not find another Fox A Grade 16 with all these great features. What a great upland gun choked perfect for nearly any bird on the North American continent. Weighing just 6 1/4lbs. you can carry this gun all day over hill and dale without getting “long arms” by the end of the day. This is a gun with enough wear on it that you will not feel bad taking it afield and shooting your vintage gun at clay targets. This is the epitome of an investment quality Fox with desirable features, and affordability. Price: $5,950
Browning – Superlight, O/U, 20ga. 26 1/2” Barrels Choked IC/M: Nicely figured straight grip walnut stock, single selective trigger, factory Browning buttplate, Schnabel forend, rounded frame, vent rib, automatic ejectors, highest quality 1972 Belgian manufacture, gun remains excellent condition throughout, available for immediate delivery. 5 lbs. 12 oz.. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2 ¼”. Price: $5,500
Boxlock 12Ga. Shotgun By Alfred Davis of London: A very nice 12 gauge boxlock by Alfred Davis of London. This gun was built in the late 1920s and has 28″ barrels choked skeet (.004″) and full .035″). The gun is in excellent condition retaining around 40% of the original case colors, 95% of the original barrel blue, and 98% of the original wood finish. The receiver is scroll engraved in standard English scroll. The gun has very good stock dimensions of 14″ x 1 1/2″ x2 1/4″. The chambers are 2 1/2″ and the bores are mint and free of any dents or pits. The barrels are in proof and on face. They lock up with no play or looseness. The gun weighs 6lbs, 3oz and balances on the hinge. It comes cased in the original makers case with case labels and a reproduction copy of Davis’s catalog. This would make a great grouse, woodcock, or quail gun. It would also be a fine pheasant gun for walking those big cornfields. A great value in an English double. Price: $1595
G.E. Lewis 16 ga Boxlock Ejector SxS Shotgun: Serial Number: 16056, Barrels: 26″, Barrel Type: Steel, Action: Box lock ejector, Gauge: 16 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 9/16″, Stock Heel: 2 7/16″, Stock Cast: 1/4″, LOP: 14 3/4″, Weight: 5 lbs. 14.5 oz., Choke Left: .032″ full, Choke Right: .028″ full, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .026″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .032″. Price: $2,900
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: 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: 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: 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: 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
F.lli Rizzini R1 sidelock Ejector SS Firmo Fracassi Engraved: 12 gauge, engraved by the Master engravers Firmo Frassi (game scene) and A. Contessa, don’t think its ever been fired, pristine new condition, choked .013 and .034, 14 1/2″, checkered butt, weighs 6lb, 8 oz, straight grip, manificient highest grade turkish walnut, checkered butt, single trigger, DAC=1.5″, DAH= 2 3/8″, 27.5″ barrel, 1/8″ cast off for right hand shooter. From my personal collection. Cased with accessories and paper work from factory. Firmo Fracassi is without doubt one of the world’s finest engravers & his attention to details defies imagination. A Grand Master of Bulino engraving, see the unbelievable detailed game scene on this one, for many years he has worked directly with his private clients, most of whom give him carte blanche on how he designs & executes the engraving once the subject matter has been selected. A true Master Engraver, Fracassi never repeats or copies an existing engraving, including his own. Manufactured in Italy in 1990, serial # 1950. Contessa completed the scroll work. Price: $59,500
Exceptionally fine, lightweight high original condition Parker DHE 12ga Game gun – Straight Stock, Parker SST, great wood and perfect dimensions: Absolutely beautiful high original condition Parker DHE 12ga gun in a rare configuration. RARE Transition gun NOT marked Parker anywhere on the frame! Just a few known like this!!! This gun made in early 1932 with 28″ Titanic barrels on a 1-1/2 frame. Made with splinter forend, original Parker SST, auto ejectors, straight grip buttstock with original leather faced pad. The gun is beautifully engraved in standard DHE 12ga pattern with pheasants on trigger plate. Overall the gun remains in superb high original condition with more than 95% bold original case color. Barrel blue shows some handling marks at 95% original, and barrels are undented and bores are brilliant and shiny. Stocks are sound with minor handling marks and retain more than 97% of their original finish. The pad is hardening and appears original. Loaded with original trigger guard blue which is toning at grip. Checkering is crisp as we expect to find on a very lightly used gun like this. Mechanics are crisp. Price: $9500
MERKEL 200E 20ga 26″ IC&M, DT, Mfg 1955 Excellent: Serial # 41176, Country of Origin Germany, Barrel Length (in Inches) 26, Choke U IC(.005), Choke O M(.015), Trigger DT (Double), Stock Configuration Capped Pistol Grip, Recoil pad, Forearm Type 3-piece Forearm, Rib Type Solid rib, Receiver Finish Casehardened, Engraving Type Ornamental Scroll Engraving, Other Options 2 3/4″ chambers, Cocking indicators, Horn grip cap, Condition EXC. Condition, Weight 6# 0oz, Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 14 with 3/8 cast off Other Details Mfg 1955 Price: $5,500
A.D. JANSEN OVER UNDER BOXLOCK EJECTOR 28 GAUGE: 26 3/4″ IC AND FULL 2 3/4″, SOLID RIB, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 5LBS 6 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 3/8″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP. Price: $4,950
: Serial Number: 1650, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 27 3/4 inches, Triggers: Single Trigger, Gauge: 12 Gauge, Stock Comb: 1 1/4 inches, Stock Heel: 1 3/4 inches, Fore End: Splinter, LOP: 14 7/8 inches, Weight: 6 lbs. 15 oz. Cased. Price: $3,595
In support of my “Week of Great Guns” on Shooting Sportsman Magazine’s Instagram page (@shootingsportsmanmag), here’s today’s featured double — a 20g Krieghoff made in 1928.
Krieghoff was founded in 1886 as “Sempert & Krieghoff”. By the time this OU was built, the company had dropped the “Sempert” and earned a reputation for building several unique types of drillings. In the late ’50s, Krieghoff started making the Remington Model 32-inspired OU that they’re famous for today.
The Krieghoff you see here is built on a type OU action created by Merkel in the 1900s. In the 1920s and into the early 1930s, German companies like Heym, Greifelt, and Krieghoff built their own versions of Merkel’s design and exported these guns to the US. These guns were expensive and cost as much — if not more than — most high-grade Parkers and Foxes when they were new. Today, they’re not cheap, but ones in good, original condition offer you a ton of quality at a very fair price.
I’ve handled a lot guns like this Krieghoff, and two things always impress me about them.
First: they’re beautifully made. Fit and finish is great, the stock and action are well shaped, and the guns function like double costing much more.
SecondL Even though they look clunky, they handle really well. Even though this Krieghoff looks like it would be heavy, it comes in at just 6lbs 4oz. With it’s 30″ barrels, I bet it handles great. I love its double triggers, too.
KRIEGHOFF 20 BORE 1928 SUHL BEST GRADE O/U- 99% ENGRAVING w/ GAME SCENES- 30″ V R Bbls.- 100% ORIG. 1928 FINISH- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION-EXC. BORE: #10838, A Krieghoff 20 Bore Suhl Made 1928 Boxlock Best Grade Over & Under Game Gun with 30″ Vent Rib barrels Imported to the U. S. by “B. H. Dyas Co. Los Angeles”, Built on their Best 300 series action body with double underlugs with double bite, A single extension Kersten hidden cross bolt, The 30″ Extractor Krupp steel barrels at .627 .013 & .017″ (Mod. & Imp.Mod), 2 3/4″ chambers, A neat Vent Rib with round posts, 3 piece forend with a horn tip, Bolstered frame, Scalloped action, Intercepting safety sears, Double triggers, Pistol grip stock at 13 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 2 3/8″ over a thin horn buttplate, We installed a 1″ pad without any alteration to the wood so the horn buttplate can go back on at anytime, It is 14 1/4″ LOP with the 1″ pad installed, Neutral stock for the right or left hand, 6 lbs. 4 oz. with the horn buttplate & 6 lbs. 5 oz. with the pad, 99% coverage of extremely nice pre-war Suhl engraving with 5 game scenes of birds and dogs with the balance in neat floral engraving, “B. H. Dyas Co. Los Angeles” in Gold inlaid on the top barrel, It has 2 retainer screws which secure key screws, This piece remains totally 1928 original from muzzle to butt, The original barrel blue remains at 88-90%, The original stock finish is at 85% with typical handling marks, The checkering is at 88-90%, The bores are excellent to near excellent plus. This is a doggone solid, tight, clean and well-made classic 1928 Krieghoff over & under game gun. Compare this Suhl made Sempert & Krieghoff to a current gun for the same price and Suhl in 1928 looks like a pretty strong value to me. Most current guns depth is a backyard wading pool; this Krieghoff’s depth is the ocean. The difference in liking a gun or loving a gun is in the details. This piece has all the solidity and majestic fit of closing a Bentley door. Price: $8,750
I don’t know what to make of this great looking, 20g ‘Merkel’. It’s lot #2099 in Poulin Auctions Saturday, 12/12, sale.
The first time I saw this OU, I thought it was the real thing. But while it has all the features of the a genuine Merkel 304E — sidelocks, double Purdey-style bolts, double Kersten locks, scroll engraving, ejectors–and it has German nitro proofmarks, it’s actually a clone. A well-made clone, but still a clone.
So who made it? No idea. Did a couple Merkel’s gunmakers sneak parts out the door at lunch and build this gun at home? Maybe. Judging by the gun’s excellent proportions, the way the action is filed up, and great metal-to-metal fit, whoever built it knew what they were doing and probably. Germany was in tough shape after World War 2, and the people there did whatever possible to make money and survive.
If it were a real Merkel 304E, it would be worth $12,000+. Since it’s a clone, it will go for a less and give someone the opportunity to own a nice gun for a lot less money.
BTW: The pics here are a combo of images that I had of this gun and of the images Poulin Auctions posted on its site.
LOT 2099. 20-GAUGE POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK: EJECTOR DOUBLE TRIGGER O/U GAME SHOTGUN IN HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION. Cal. 20 Ga., 3″. S# 30645. Bbls. 27 7/8″ Demi-bloc are fitted with low narrow ventilated rib. Left side of top bbl. engraved “GEBRUDER MERKEL SUHL”. Breech ends are engraved w/ attractively cut, large shaded scroll. Sides bottom bbl. are stamped w/ postwar German nitro proofs for 3″ chambers, choke information & S#. No date mark is found. Case hardened, double Kersten O/U, sidelock, action w/ double underbites & Purdey locking bolt features non-auto safety, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators & double triggers (front articulated). Action is engraved w/ near full coverage, lightly & attractively cut, large shaded scroll within geometric & sm. scroll borders. Bottom of action engraved “GEBRUDER MERKEL” (there is no “GM” logo on breech face). Single beaded blued steel trigger guard engraved to match w/ S# on tang. Nicely streaked European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 15″ over red “Old English” pad. Stock features semi-diamond hand, drop points, & closely spaced point pattern checkering w/ mullered borders. Grip cap is horn, deeply embossed w/ portrait of a “Green Man”. Matching 3-piece slim forend has Deeley release. MEASUREMENTS: BBLS Bottom: Dia – .608. Restriction – .010 (light mod.). Top: Dia. .610. Restriction -.004 (IC). Wall Thickness – Bottom .045. Top .044. STOCK – DAH – 2 3/16″. DAC – 1 5/8-“. Cast very slightly off. LOP – 15”. WEIGHT – 6 lb. 11 oz. CONDITION: very fine. Evidence of only very light field use. Bbls. retaining over 95% original blue w/ only a hint of silver on sharp edges. Action & locks retain over 95% of their original case hardening color w/ only a hint of silver & a few very light marks. Stocks retain nearly all of their original oil finish w/ some added oil on butt w/ installation of relatively new pad. Checkering very lightly worn. Bores are very fine. Action is tight. Bbls. are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. (20-3174/MGM). CURIO. ESTIMATE: $2,500-4,500.
F.lli Piotti King I 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS: 28″ Chokes: IC – M L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 6 lbs 4 oz Ser. #: 9189 Stock #: 852. Price: $22,000
Gebruder Merkel 12 Gauge – MOD. 127E, PRE-WAR SIDELOCK SIDE-BY-SIDE, MINTY: Year 1926, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 2oz, Chokes F/F, LOP 14 1/4″, DAH 2 3/4″, DAC 1 5/8″, Serial Number: 14777. I have been collecting, buying, and selling fine shotguns for over 30 years. It is a treasure hunt extraordinaire that I have enjoyed immensely. There are times when you think you have seen it all, and then you come across a truly rare and amazing shotgun. Merkel has been building fine firearms since 1898 and built its first side x side in 1914. Mostly known for their fine shotguns made post-WWII after the lifting of the Iron Curtain, it is their PRE-WAR guns that collectors and shooters covet most. Pre-war Gerbruder Merkel is associated with finely crafted over/under guns more than the side x side guns. I have seen many of their over/unders. However, I was unaware of their BEST GUN sidelock side x sides known as the Model 127E as shown here with the fine Merkel we are offering for sale today. This Merkel, sn14777 built in 1926, remains in incredible factory original condition with 99% factory barrel blue, 99% vivid, bold factory case color, 99% charcoal blue trigger guard, and 98% factory finish remaining on the wonderfully figured European walnut stocks. This is a Holland & Holland style 9-pin sidelock action, complete with beaded fences, sculpted bolster on the frame, cocking indicators, and ALL GOLD-WASHED INTERNALS, INCLUDING THE EJECTOR RODS, EJECTOR HAMMERS, COCKING RODS, TRIGGERS, AND ALL PARTS OF THE LOCKS INCLUDING THE PINS THAT SHOW TO THE OUTSIDE. You just don’t see these features on anything but the company’s finest offering of the day. The engraving is the most detailed and perfectly executed rose and scroll engraving I have witnessed from any maker in the world. Study the photos on our and you will see what I mean. The gun is in as new condition both visually and mechanically. This is a VFI CERTIFIED GUN WITH A 90 DAY MECHANICAL WARRANTY. We have stripped the action and forend to its smallest parts, Ultrasonic cleaned the old, dried oil from all the parts, inspected all for function and integrity, lubricated all and reassembled. The barrels have a wedge of engraving on the Krupp Steel rib, are tight on face and the hinge pin like a new gun, with ribs tight and barrels that ring true. See the specifications below for stock measurements, chokes, barrel wall thickness, etc. This is a rare gun, and a rare opportunity to own the finest Merkel has ever offered as a named Model 127E. Thanks for looking! Price: $17,950
Whitworth Company Limited .451 SxS Percussion Double Rifle Cased: This one of very few percussion double rifles built by the Whitworth company, the pair of barrels were built out of one bar of steel! No rib, regulated in the boring! This rifle is cased in the original cased and has been shot by Ken Owen as well as myself and the owner. 485-500 grain bullets, hex bores that are very clean, 1 standing, 5 folded to a front sight that is adjustable for windage. The action is clean with stalking safe and engraved Whitworth crown detail, clean screws, original nitre blue on the safeties. The barrels are 26″ with what appears to be original blue, a few rack/ handling marks, the ramrod is period correct. The stock is very stable with no oil soaking, no cracks, good chequering, original appearing oil finish with scattered handling marks and dents, 14 1/2″ length of pull to a steel plate with good blue. This rifle is wonderful at the shoulder with no excessive drop and wonderful balance. The sights come up as a modern rifle would. The Case is in fair condition. 9lbs 10oz. Price: $15,000
H. S. Greenfield & Son Matched Pair Lightweight 12g SxS Boxlock: H. S. Greenfield & Son, 4 & 5 Upper Bridge Street, Canterbury, Kent consecutively numbered matched pair of lightweight game guns with 26″ ejector dovetail lump barrels with Churchill ribs. Birmingham proved at .729, 3 1/4 Tons, 2 3/4″ chambers. Both sets of barrels exhibit excellent bores. Bores and chokes are identical on both guns. Bores measure .732 on the right and .730 on the left. Choked .009 [IC] on the right and .019 [M] on the left. Fancy back scalloped receivers retain 90% vivid original color case hardening and 90% coverage of Holland & Holland style scroll engraving. Gold inlayed #1 & #2 on receiver, barrels, and forend on both guns respectively. Barrel, trigger guard, and floorplate blue remains at 98% on both guns. Stocked in nicely figured English Walnut with good color and contrast. Receiver drop points. Initialed stock ovals. Buttstocks show light field use with slightly more on the #1 gun. Lop is 14 1/2″ to leather covered pads on both. DAC-1 1/2″ DAH-2 1/8″ Cast off 1/2″ Both weigh 5lb 15oz. This is an outstanding and exactly matched consecutively numbered pair from an obviously very talented provincial maker that remain in high condition. Outstanding upland bird guns that you can carry all day. Top drawer stuff. I just doesn’t get any better than this. Cased in their original monogramed leather motor case with canvas cover and cleaning rod also in very good condition. Price: $9850
16g Parker VHE, SxS, 6 lbs. 9 oz: Serial Number: 158831, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 26 inches, Action: SE, Triggers: Double Trigger, Gauge: 16 Gauge, Stock Comb: 1 1/2 inches, Stock Heel: 2 3/8 inches, Fore End: Splinter, LOP: 14 1/4 inches, Weight: 6 lbs. 9 oz. Price: $4,500
Merkel 203E Luxus Gold SLE – 16ga – 28” – IC/M – Spectacular German Field Gun ca. 1955 – Beautiful: Spectacular German Field Gun ca. 1955 – Beautiful Shotgun with some field experience – wood and metal show field evidence – a hairline crack in the stock toe (easy fix $200) – 14 3/8 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 – 6.10 lbs – I’ve not polished the patina on the Sidelock Plates because I feel it may disturb the nostalgia of the gun – if polished and wood refinished the gun would look like a blue ribbon shotgun – but I like it the way it is… very slender 16ga for the discerning upland shooter/collector. Price: $21,000
Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE Grade 20ga two-barrel set with case: Made in 1995, this fantastic early CSMC XE Fox has it all – and remains in exceptionally nice original condition to boot. The gun is engraved in factory XE Grade pattern, signed by Leopold Schickl. Made originally with two sets of barrels and two forends – one in 27″ and one 26″, this would be the one gun any man would need for all seasons. The gun was made with straight grip, double triggers, and splinter forends with Schnabel tips. The gun is beautifully engraved with quail on left, woodcock on right, and standing Fox on the bottom all surrounded by well executed factory oak leaf pattern. This gun was made with exceptionally nice highly figured dark wood, as per the original order. The stock terminates with the original checkered butt, and the grip is diamond shaped which is smooth and delicate. Initials “E.H.” in gold stock shield near toe. Each barrel with single ivory bead. The gun is housed in its original two barrel set case with all accessories. Overall, the gun remains in near mint original condition retaining nearly all of its original finish to both wood and metal. Mechanics are crisp and bores are brilliant and shiny. Price: $17,000
12g D.B. Wesson Fire Arms Co. SxS RARE: This is one of the rare Wesson Fire Arms 12 gauge double hammer gun. The famous Gustave Young Shop engraved it. This is serial number 8 and it doesn’t have the barrel address. It has the Patent Dates on the water table. The Mechanical function is very good crisp and tight. The bores are very good bright and shiny and not a spec or rust or pitting. The checkering is very good and the butt stock is a very nice piece of stripped wood. The serial number 8 is under the thumb release stamped on the frame. The receiver, hammers, locks trigger guard and top tang are engraved. To save on weight the butt plate was skeletonized and the wood in the center of the place is nicely checkered. The receiver, hammers, trigger guard, top tang and bottom of the front wood still have blue 40-45% blue. The barrels have been rebrowned and there are no dents in the barrels. This is a very RARE item with only 219 being made. This comes with the original loading tools. These were made from 1868-1870, and also come with a copy of the patent information and a copy of the Descriptive Circular. Price: $7,495.
AUGUST SCHULER GERMANY, FABULOUS HERKULES 12GA O/U BOXLOCK PIGEON GUN: 1924 MFG DATE, CASE COLORED ACTION WITH TIGHT SCROLL & FLORAL PATTERN, 30″ BBLS, 2 3/4, CHOKED IM/FULL, SOLID RIB, EXRACTORS, DBL TRIGGERS, BEAUTIFUL HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, PISTOL GRIP, TRIM FOREND, LOP 14 3/4 TO SILVERS PAD, 1 3/8, 2 5/8, 8LBS 10OZ, 99% ORIGINAL FINISH WOOD & METAL. Price: $3,995
BERETTA – RARE – BL-5 – – 28ga 28″ M / F — OU – – Hand Engraved: A VERY RARE Gun! M / F (.010 / .023) Vent Rib, Mid Rib Bead, Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger, Hand Engraved, Long Trigger Guard Tang, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs 3 oz. Price: $3950
WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250-3000 CALIBER IN IT’S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE: 28″ barrels with five leaf express sight. Engraved and casehardened Anson and Deeley box lock receiver. Top lever, extractors, and double triggers. Checkered splinter forend and pistol grip buttstock with cheekpiece and leather pad. LOP: 14 1/4″ Weight: 8lbs 6oz. In beautiful original condition retaining all of the barrel blue, vivid case colors and excellent stock and checkering. Mint bores. In its original leather luggage case with canvas cover. Price: $18,500
PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE SxS: #1 FRAME, #232XXX, 28″ MOD AND FULL 2 3/4 CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT. Price: $13,900
Awesome California Duck Club DHE 20ga Parker with 30″ barrels and special order features: Made on a “0” frame with splinter forend, straight stock, double triggers and original skeleton buttplate. This gun with several special order features which are mentioned in the PGCA letter (photo included), most importantly is the forend checkering which calls for the forend to be checkered all over- this is the only fully checkered original DHE 20ga I have seen. The gun remains in pleasing untouched original condition with about 20% original case color. Barrels are excellent with about 75% original toned blue. The stocks are sound (no cracks) and retain about 85% of their original finish wish scattered handling marks from time in the blind. Bores are brilliant and shiny. Mechanics are crisp. Price: $10,500
Francotte – 20E, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SK/IM: Semi pistol grip, small leather face pad, double trigger, AE, Abercrombie and Fitch gun in A&F case with all of its accessories. Sideclip, 3rd fastener, 90% plus case color, barrel blue and wood finish. Not a screw has been turned. Untouched great gun, splinter forend. A Great, Great untouched gun. 5 lbs. 6 oz. 14 ½” x 1 3/8″ x 2 ½”. Price: $9,995
JAMES WOODWARD 12g DAMASCUS HAMMERGUN MUST SEE: Stunning Hammergun from one of London’s finest makers. Best quality engraving, Damascus barrels and wood. See photos. Locks up tight, barrels ring, bright bores. no pits, no cracks and no dents. A well cared for gun from the 1870s. Barrel Length: 29IN
Bore: L .735 R.735, Chambers: 2 1/2 IN Stock Comb: 1 7/16 IN Stock Heel: 2 1/8IN Butt Pad: HORN LOP: 14 3/4IN Weight: 7LBS Manufacture Date: 1874-1879
Choke Left: CYL Choke Right: CYL. Price: $3475
Hartmann & Weiss 16 Bore O/U on the Boss System: Gun was ordered in ’04 and delivered to my client in 2015! It took eleven years to complete this beautiful example of H&W’s magnificent work. There are hardly enough adjectives to adequately describe this piece; except perhaps, that it is available for immediate delivery! Barrels 29 Inch with Solid Raised Rib, Chokes Light Mod & Mod. Bottom barrel marked 1/4 and 1/2., Engraving Fine English Style Scroll, Stock Best Grade Turkish Walnut, Butt: Checkered, L.O.P. 15 3/8″, Weigh t6 lbs. 8.5 oz, Stock Dimensions1 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 15 3/8 to ctr. of checkered butt. Cast: 1/4 off at heel – 3/8 off at toe. Price: $135,000
HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL 10 BORE PARADOX DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR 1900 PARIS EXHIBITION: LETTER FROM HOLLAND IN THE PHOTOS, 27″ PARADOX BARRELS WITH GREAT BORES, WE HAVE LIVE ROUNDS AND DATA AVAILABLE, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EXTRACTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, UNTOUCHED GREAT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 13 LBS 8 OZ, 14 7/8″ LOP. Price: $59,500
Pre-War MERKEL 202E Over_Under highly engraved and optioned 20ga: 27″ barrels and according to Merkel Germany direct records, manufactured in 1944. A short look at this gun one realizes with the incredible detail and workmanship it absolutely could not be made today. The deep relief hand engraving is really unlike any other you will see in depth and detail. Ivory bead front sight, buffalo horn seamlessly blended in to form the rear trigger guard, and each and every exterior screw hand engraved-even the butt plate screws. Cocking Indicators, Greener crossbolt action, cross relief, Ejectors, with a 14 1/4″ LOP over a beautifully figured walnut stock, 5.9 lbs as shown. Price: $8930
Beretta ASEL 20 ga. O/UBeretta ASEL 20 ga. O/U: 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
Beretta BL4 (BL-4) – 28ga – 26 3/8” Barrels – Like New – ca. 1970 – Sk/Sk Chokes – 14 1/4” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 6 lbs – 99% Condition: Like New – ca. 1970 – Sk/Sk Chokes – 14 1/4” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 6 lbs – 99% Condition – Clean! Upland Bird Gun: Price: $3,995
Westley Richards 14-bore Flintlock Shotgun with extra set of .54 cal. hollow-point bullet barrels, ca.1841: Westley Richards, Birmingham. Magnificent, penultimate, 14-bore flintlock double-barreled sporting gun, #1556, the very last flintlock gun made by the firm for a gentleman in 1841, complete with a superb set of .54 cal. bullet-rifle barrels made for the gun just over 20 years ago by my dear friend and consummate gun maker, Michael Ehinger, of Stedman North Carolina. Weight: 7 Lbs. 2 oz. with original shotgun barrels. Stock dimensions: 13 7/8”x 1 ¼”x 2”x 3/16” cast-off. Superb 30” finest quality Damascus barrels with absolutely brilliant, pristine, bores (.702”/.702”) and breeches, and retaining most of the original finish except for some loss where the shooter’s hand would grip the forend when firing the gun. The 30” modern steel rifle barrels remain in mint condition with brilliant bores and breeches and retain all of their original brown, faux-Damascus, finish. The case-hardened stepped-in breeches have either stainless steel or Inconel touch-hole liners. Barrel sights consist of a fixed rear sight to 75 yds. and a single flip-up sight out to 150 yds. In addition, there are two hollow-point bullet molds that accompany the rifle, one for everyday use and another brass mold as finely crafted as any of the period (see photos). The exquisite locks, with “John Manton” deep-V pans complete with platinum divider bars in the bottom, self-priming frizzens, and extremely stout “solid cocks”, are of absolutely peerless quality demonstrated in the crisp snap upon cocking up along with that “oily” feel to the action so highly praised by the great Col. Peter Hawker who, in his book, “Instructions To Young Sportsmen”, referred so respectfully to Westley Richards of Birmingham as, “Joe Manton the second”. Locks are pristine and, like the false breech, retain most of the original hardening color without a speck of corrosion.
Beautifully engraved mounts retain much of the brilliant black finish with some flaking to the butt plate and moderate corrosion at the heel of the butt. The stock retains a fair amount of the original varnish with the dark, oil-stained, areas missing finish where the hands of the shooter rubbed during normal use. There is also some unavoidable damage to the leather cheek pad. The shotgun comes cased in an original Westley Richards case with original trade label and many period accessories along with spare ramrod and spare frizzens. A few later, but helpful in the field, accessories might also be found in the case as well. Unfortunately, there is no provision in the original casing for the additional rifle barrels. Overall an absolutely magnificent, one-of-a-kind, set for either the collector or the dedicated flintlock hunter. The ultimate Christmas gift for that special person in your life! Price: $59,500
MERKEL 203E LUXUS – 20 GAUGE – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – DEEP GAME SCENE ENGRAVED WITH OAK LEAF CARVED STOCK – OAK AND LEATHER CASE: Here is a Gebruder Merkel 203E Luxus in 20 gauge made in 1955 in the GDR. Outstanding deep game scene and oak leaf engraving. Oakleaf carving on the stock. Gun is in 99% + original condition. Toe under, compact oak and leather case with an unattached Gebruder Merkel Leather Trade Label. Q1 (Quality 1 ) stamped on barrel lump. Concealed top lever release. Hand detachable locks. Three-piece forend. Horn grip cap with two engraved screws. Auto safety. Bohler Barrels are 26″ with IC and Mod chokes. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Mirror bores. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 5 1/4 OZ. Double triggers with front trigger articulated. Ejectors well-timed. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/2″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″. Price: $14,500
High original condition Parker VH 16ga: Made in 1911 on a #1 frame with 26″ original length Vulcan steel barrels. Made with a capped pistol grip, extractors, double triggers, and splinter forend. Gun remains in extremely fine high original condition with more than 95% original blue, 95%+ bold original case colors. The gun has more storage wear than hunting wear and the stocks retain about all of the original finish with a few very minor marks. This is a crisp gun! Chambers: 2-1/2″, Stock Comb: 1-9/16″, Stock Heel: 2-3/4″, Fore End: Splinter, Butt Pad: Original DHBP, LOP: 14-3/8″, Weight: 6lbs 6oz, Chokes: Both barrels: .666″, Choke Left: .017″ (Mod), Choke Right: .003″ (Imp. Cyl). Price: $4995
Webley & Scott – 16ga. 26” barrels: Made expressly for SR Jeffrey and Son, 26″ barrels choked Mod/Full. Light edge wear. This is a custom stock gun in England with an extremely high quality Turkish Circassian walnut with a diamond grip. The value of the stock is more than the asking price of the gun. Double trigger, Auto ejector, Medium scroll engraved over bone and charcoal case coloring. Incredible workmanship throughout. Available for immediate delivery. 15 1/16″ x 1 3/8″ x 2 ¼”. 5 lbs. 12 oz. Price: $3,995
PERAZZI – Grand American 1 – MX-8 – Type IV – Great Price and Value: 12ga, 2-3/4″, 29-1/2″, Choked Full in Top Barrel and Choke Tube Bottom, LOP 14-1/2″, Drop 1-3/8″ Across the Comb, Slight Cast Off, Weight 8 lbs. 3 oz.
- All Numbers Match – Including Trigger Group.
- Brand New Factory Wood.
- In November 2019, the following work was done by Phillips Gunsmithing: New Locking Bolt, Top Lever Spring, Firing Pins, and Main Springs.
- Also, in November 2019 the Triggers were Tuned and Set by Lucio Sosta.
Price includes shipping to CONUS and a Browning O/U Hard Case. Price: $3575
WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Boxlock Ejector Nitro Express .240 HV Flanged NE Game Scene engraved Mfg 1934 AS NEW: Deluxe Boxlock Ejector Nitro Express, Serial # T10943, Barrel Length: 26″, Trigger DT (Double), Rib Type 1/4 Rib with express sights (1 standing 2 folding), Other Options Sling swivel eyes, Front sight hood, Automatic safety, SAFE in gold, Condition: Near New All Original, Weight 8#3oz, Dimensions 14 1/2″ LOP, Other Details Mfg 1934, Spotless bores, Totally original and like new. Price: $37,500
Fr. Wilh. HEYM – 20ga – 28” – Lightweight Game Gun – 2 3/4” – IC/M – Double Trigger – 14 5/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 3/8” – 5 lbs 12 ozs – SN: 6009 – Gorgeous!! SN: 6009 – there are three ebony inserts – auto safety – Gorgeous!! The Engraving is Outstanding – Field Gun for the Discerning Shooter. Some bluing wear – Case colors are in very good shape – mechanically tight and sound. Price: $21,900
Incredible High Original Condition Parker C Grade Hammer Gun with 32″ Bernard barrels: For your consideration is something truly astounding. This is one of 10 made in this configuration. The gun is a 12ga C Grade with 32″ Bernard barrels. It is SN 39432, having been made in 1884. According to the Parker Identification and Serialization book, this was one of three consecutive guns in a row in this exact configuration. The gun itself is in incredible original condition and retains more than 60% bright original case color. Stocks retain most of their original finish with some finish added for preservation. The barrels are stunning and retain nearly all of their bold original pattern. The gun retains its original skeleton buttplate with LOP of 14-1/4″. The gun weighs 8lbs 7oz having been made on a #2 frame and has drops of 1-15/16 DAC and 2-15/16 DAH. Bores are bright and shiny and mechanics are crisp. The gun balances and swings like a dream. Bores measure .754 (rt) and .752 (left) with .034 choke in the right and .032 in the left. If you have ever wanted a truly “world class” and heirloom quality Parker hammer gun, look no further. I don’t think there is a better C Grade 32″ Bernard barreled hammer gun than this one as I have never seen or heard of one better than this in this configuration. Price: $13,950
1961 Beretta SO3 English Stock Double Trigger: 12 gauge with 28 3/8 inch full and improved modified choke vent rib barrels. This gun is 98% with no box. Serial # is 26xxx. LOP 14 1/4 DAC 1 3/8 DAH 2 1/4 Wt. 7lb 4oz. Price: $7,350
Gebruder Merkel ~ Model 310E ~ 20 Ga: Wood is solid and without cracks showing only a few light use marks. Some light finish wear on butt stock. Nicely figured wood has darkened to a deep rich color with fine checkering and black diamonds behind receiver. Blue has worn thin on bottom tang and trigger guard but barrels remain good with only light thinning at muzzle. Small dent in bottom right barrel. Lockup is still tight with no wiggle and bores are excellent. Pre-War gun shows beautiful “Old World” craftmanship. Gun has top tang safety, Kersten Double Locks, auto ejectors and scalloped boxlock action. Manufacturer: S/N 233XX, Caliber: 20 GA, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Barrels: 28″ Solid Matte Rib, Triggers: Double , Stock: Checkered Walnut Straight Grip, Stock Dimensions: 14 1/8″ LOP – 1 3/4″ DAC – 2 3/4 Fore End: Checkered Walnut, Butt Pad: Checkered Bone Butt Plate, Weight: 6 LB , Sights: Single Front Brass Bead, Chokes: Imp./Imp. – Fixed. Price: $4,699.99
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 8 BORE HAMMER EXPRESS DOUBLE RIFLE: Serial # 8878, Barrel Length (in Inches): 24″, Trigger: DT (Double), Stock Configuration: Pistol Grip, Forearm Type: Splinter Forearm w/ lever latch, Rib Type: Level Flat Rib, Receiver Finish: Casehardened, Engraving Type: Border Engraving, Other Options: Jones underlever, rifled bores, rebounding hammers, doll’s head rib extension, standing sight, horn grip cap, long top tang, cheek piece, eyelet sling swivels, pretty wood, Silver’s pad, cased. Condition: Remarkable – EXC. Plus Condition. Weight 18lb 3oz, Dimensions: dac 1-5/8″, dah 2-3/4″, lop 14-3/8″, c/o 3/8″. Other Details: Charge data 10 Dram 3-3/4″ Case, date stamped on bbl, 1885. Price: $45,000
Merkel 303EL 16 gauge Sidelock Over-Under Exhibition Gun from 1948: Year of Proof: 1948 and 1950 Caliber: 16/70 Serial Nr: 29806 LOP: 14 1/4 in. Weight: 6lb. 14 oz, Barrel Length: 28 in. Overal Length: 44 3/8 in. Choke: Mod and Imp Extras: Gun made for Exhibition in 1948. Sold in 1950 (e-mail from Merkel stating the history is shown below). This Merkel 303 EL (Exhibition Grade) Sidelock O/U Shotgun in 16/70 from 1948 is a very fine example of German craftsmanship. LOP is 14 1/4 inches. Weight is approx. 6.9 lbs. This Sidelock O/U has very nice exclusive engraving on the side locks with 4 pheasants and a hawk on the right side, 6 Ducks on the left side. Country Side fill. Chokes are Mod and Imp in the 28 in Barrels. I recently received an e-mail from the Merkel Team in Suhl. This gun was made for an exhibition in 1948 for which it was first proofed. It was sold in 1950 and proofed again at that time. There are NO importer’s markings anywhere on the gun. Today’s value is in excess of $ 25.000. This is truly a great value for an investment or just a beautiful gun to hunt with. This is a fine gun for any collection. It will definitely make some collector or shooter very happy. Price: $13,950
J.P. SAUER SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE: #391XXX, 26 1/2″ IC AND MOD 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS X 2 9/16″ X 1 5/8″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $7,950
Charles Boswell London, Boxlock Ejector, 20ga, 26″ CLEAN: Double triggers, Fixed C and IC chokes (.000 and .010). Factory finish on both wood and metal. Great case colors! 15″ LOP to checkered butt, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1/4″ cast off. Price: $4,999
ITHACA NID – 12 GAUGE – MADE IN 1941 – 100% ORIGINAL CASE COLOR – TIME CAPSULE CONDITION: Here is a high condition Ithaca NID in 12 gauge made in 1941. This gun has 100% of theinal case color and 99% blue. Stock finish also at 99% with a few light handeling marks. Extractor gun. Barrels are 28″ with mirror bores. Right bore measures .734 with 20/1000 choke (Mod) while left is .732 with 37/1000 (Full). Chambers are 2 3/4″. All serial numbers match. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 14.3 OZ. Stock has Property Identification Marks from the Alabama National Guard. Marks are in light paint and can be removed if so desired. A property hang tag is also included. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 5/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $1,500