I’ve always liked these guns. I think they’re great looking birds guns and great values.
(BTW: Sorry I don’t have more pics to post, but the auctioneer only posted the two I’ve used here. Why? I have no idea.)
Lot 45. An Orvis Custom Uplander Sidelock Smallbore Double Ejectorgun by Arrieta: Serial #57-03-100-00, 28 ga., 28” barrels choked improved cylinder and modified with excellent bores. The barrels retain 99% original deep blue with some light border engraving at the breeches and tight matting along the rib. The locks and frame retain 98-99% original blue with very slight thinning and some small blemishes, the locks have multiple fine lines engraved around the borders with geometric patterns on the screw heads and hinge pin. The checkered straight grip walnut buttstock and forend are very good, there is a small hairline crack on each side of the forend at the frame and some lightly-added varnish on the forend and around the locks. The figure is quite nice and the butt has been skip-line checkered, the length-of-pull is 14 3/8” with drops of 1 1/4” and 1 7/8”. The gun also features double triggers, 2 3/4” chambers, the butt is cast-on, there are dial-style cocking indicators and the ejectors are robust. ESTIMATE: $2000-$3000
Nice grouse gun, nice price. That’s what I thought of when I saw this 20g Orvis Arrieta Uplander. New England Custom Gun in Claremont, NH, has it, and this true sidelock shotgun looks fairly priced at $2,795.
I remember seeing these shotguns in Orvis’s catalogs years ago. Their no-frills looks just feels right for upland hunting in New England. They’re basically 557’s with a plain, blacked finish, which I prefer over the engraving and color-case hardening Arrieta applies to their other guns.
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 CURIO AND RELIC ELIGIBLE. Price:$24,500
Webley & Scott 20 Gauge Box Lock SXS Ejector Cased: 2 3/4-inch box lock ejector cased with accessories. Improved Cylinder and Modified chokes. English stock without cast, Strong case colors and 40% engraved. Leather-covered pad. Very light handling marks. Lockable case with a wood cleaning rod, jag, mop, and brass brush. Oil bottle and snap caps. 14 1/2 inch pull to front trigger. 5 pounds 11 ounces. 26-inch barrels. Checkering is sharp. Price:$4000
Merkel “Walter Uhlig” Over-Under Double Rifle in 9.3 x 74R: This Over/Under rifle has three claw mounts (no scope). Boasts a 26″ barrel, with a 13 3/4″ LOP over pad. Perfect bore! This rifle is out of an estate that we are doing (No History). Serial Number: 24887. Barrel Length: 26″. Weight: 8 lbs 5 oz. Price:$3,995
Chapuis Orvis Classic SxS 20g 28″: Excellent condition. SN- 61905. IC/M. 3″ chambers. Ejectors. Automatic safety. 6 lbs. Comb 1 1/2″. Heel 2 1/2″. LOP 14 7/8″. Cast 1/4″ off. Double Triggers. Rare opportunity to get a high-quality Chapuis/Orvis sxs field gun at a great price. Orvis demo gun, maintained by Orvis Gunsmithing. Super clean with some minor nicks and handling marks. Pretty much like new. Hard case and materials. Seen little use. Price:$3600
When I was a kid, the Orvis News was a paper that arrived in our mailbox every month. It featured fishing stories, product plugs, pictures from customers — that kind of stuff. It also listed the shotguns Orvis had on hand in their Manchester showroom. I swear I saw one these Orvis Arrietas back then. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew I wanted it.
These Orvis Arrietas are similar to Arrieta 557s. Their blacked-actions are stunning looking, and overall, this one is a great looking side by side. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and this online auction listing ends on 3/29/2020 @ 7:24 PM
The opening bid is $2700 and if you can get it for that much, I think you’ll get a good deal. Here the information about the gun from the seller:
Length of pull is approximately 14 1/8 inches from front trigger to the end of the wood. Stock currently has a ½ inch Pachmeyer Decelerator pad on it. Drop at the end of the buttpad is 1 7/8 inches and 1 3/8 at the comb. It has a brass oval that is non-engraved and the finish has a slight shine to it.
This is a used gun. I bought it used and have hunted and killed with it. I do not know the number of rounds it has fired but it still locks up tight and is on face. It has some minor hunting bruises to the wood but no dents or gouges to the metal. Some of the sharp edges have had some bluing loss. I an only selling because I bought a 30” LS Smith in 16 gauge to dove/quail hunt in the brush.
This gun is not overly engraved. Having only a tasteful border line and a couple engraved screw heads. some would call it a “funeral model” . I like the look.
These Spanish made doubles are getting harder to find at a reasonable price. Recent or current manufactured sidelocks from either Spain or Italy seem to start around 5 grand and go up from there. Here’s your chance to get a great shooting double at a reasonable price that has lots of hunt still in it.
Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of the nicest upland guns you’ll find. This gun is a Beretta 686 Onyx that was fitted with upgraded wood and retailed by Orvis as their “Upland” gun. I think they offered these from around 1995 – 2005.
This one is on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction listing ends 8/20/2019 @ 2:04 PM.
P. Beretta Orvis Uplander 20ga 26.5 O/U Shotgun: You are bidding on a beautiful P Beretta Orvis Uplander 20ga 26.5 O/U Shotgun. LOP 14.5″ including 3/4″ pad. It is a very clean and well cared for shotgun. The bores are clean and free of damage. I see no finish issues or damage to the barrels aside from one tiny spot I tried to photo. I can barely see it but I can feel it when I run my finger along the side. Looks lightly used. I pictured two very small 1mm dings on the left side of the stock. Those 2 spots are the only damage I can find. Checkering looks 100%. It comes with the green soft case that is pictured.
Even though most people think of as just a fishing company, Orvis has been selling hunting clothing and gear for as long as I can remember. For a while, they partnered with Arrieta to import different models of side-by-side shotguns.
The “Uplander” may have been their most basic model. I think it’s basically an Arrieta 557 with a color-case hardened action and no engraving.
Regardless, this one looks like a classy little double and its price makes it hell of a deal.
A breeder I used to know was a blunt SOB. Within 30 minutes of our first meeting he cut me off mid sentence and said this: “Someday you’ll grow up and be done with that.”
We had been talking about pheasant hunting in South Dakota, and I had mentioned the numbers of birds we were killing out there. This was back in ’03, when we were seeing 4-500 pheasants a day on the ground we hunted. Limiting out wasn’t the problem. Limiting out before noon was.
But this arrogant breeder wasn’t impressed. He looked down on anyone who gauged success by the number of bird killed — especially if the birds were wild.
Back then, his attitude pissed me off. I get it now, though.
These days, even though I love to upland hunt, killing birds is far from my top priority. Feathers in hand are nice, and a dead bird every now and then does a lot to keep a bird dog interested in the game. but there’s a lot more that
Here’s a great O/U at a very fair price. These Beretta/Orvis Uplanders are great handling guns with excellent single triggers.
20 GAUGE BERETTA ORVIS UPLANDER: GUN IS IN GREAT SHAPE. ALL ORIGINAL. LOP 15″ TO END OF ORVIS LEATHER PAD. 28″ PIPES. GUN WEIGHS 6# 2 OZ. REMOVABLE CHOKES. COMES WITH IC/MOD. ACTION IS STILL TIGHT BARELLS ARE BRIGHT AND SHINY NO RUST ANYWHERE. I HAVE USED THE GUN SO IT HAS SOME SMALL SCRATCHES IN THE WOOD AND METAL I TRIED TO PHOTGRAPH ALL OF THE DEFECTS BUT THEY DONT SHOW UP. OVER ALL THE GUN IS IN VERY GOOD SHAPE. FAST HANDLING ENGLISH STOCK WITH AMAZING WOOD. NOT THE FAKE PAINTED ON CRAP LIKE YOU SEE TODAY. IF YOU BUY THIS GUN NEW FROM ORVIS THEY ASK $3K+ I AM. Price: $1950 – 0B0.
It has been a busy month for me – work, getting ready for the hunting season, walking Lexi, keeping the wife happy with non gun/dog related activities, writing, etc. All this has left me with little time for Dogs & Doubles. I’m trying to do better, though., and I’ll do all I can to be more consistent with my posts in the month to come.
Lexi and I headed down to Orvis’s Game Fair and Country Sports Weekend last Saturday. The event was at the Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, NY — a very nice place north of New York City. It seemed to be well attended, with a mix of hunters, gun folks, outdoorsy types, and people curious to find out what it was all about.
There were a lot of guns on display, plus dog demos, shooting, and other events. Overall, it was a fun time, and I’m already looking forward to next year. This event does a great job of welcoming new people into shooting and exposing them to fine doubles. I hope Orvis continues it for years to come.
I saw a couple interesting doubles, some new, some old. The Merkel Paragon pictured here was one of them. It was absolutely stunning – a 20g sidelock with 32″ bbls, built on a Merkel 303 actioin. I know Merkel offered these guns in the late ’20s. I think they were the highest grade offered to the American market, This is the only one I’ve seen – or anyone else I know has seen. It was an absolutely spectacular shotgun.
SIMSON PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – HIGHLY ENGRAVED – 29 1/2″ BARRELS: Here is a Simson pigeon gun made in 1951. Elaborate scroll and game scene engraving. Oak leaf fences. Nicely stocked in an English style with tear drops at the lock plates. Double underbite with one lump protruding through the action. Concealed Greener style third fastener. Articulated front trigger. Long trigger guard tang. Anson style push rod forend fastening system. Ejectors. Manual safety. Slightly raised and tapered rib with metal front bead and white center bead. Bottom rib with threaded swivel holes. Two stock ovals – one with KHL and the other with a pigeon in flight. Outstanding condition showing light use. Nicely figured European walnut. Double boarder checkering pattern. Weight of gun is 8 LBS 4 5/8 OZ. Barrels are 29 1/2″ with bores of .729 right and .726 left and feature very typical pigeon chokes of 27/1000 (Imp Mod) and 45/1000 (Full). Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 5/8″ Drop at Comb – 1 9/16″ Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price:$9,500
Merkel 201E 20 Bore Over/Under Shotgun: Gun is in near new condition, may not have ever been in the field.
Exceptionally well executed engraving for this grade of gun. Barrels carry a proof date: 10 88.
Hinged front trigger. Ejectors. 26″ bbls with 2 3/4″ Chambers, IC & Mod. Hand checkered European walnut stock. Checkered Hard Rubber butt plate with Suhl Logo. L.O.P.14 1/4, Stock Dimensions1 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 14 1/4 x 1/4 cast off
Weight5 lbs. 15.4 oz. Price:$6950
Heinrich Krieghoff 32 12 Gauge shotgun: German made over/under skeet gun with 28” barrels with Briley thin wall chokes. Has an adjustable comb stock with 14½” LOP. Excellent overall condition, seems hardly fired at all. Proof date is 1965. A classic German made over/under, ready for the field or range with extra choke tubes and wrench. Price:$2,950
Orvis Beretta Uplander O/U 12 ga. 28: This is a 12 ga. Beretta 686 Over/Under, custom built by Orvis in Vermont, and called the Orvis Uplander. The gun is stocked in Claro walnut w/ a 14 1/8″ LOP over a leather pad and 2 1/2″ Drop at heel and 1 5/8″ drop at comb. Stock design is slimmer and much more lively than a factory Beretta w/ excellent 32 LPI checkering. 28″ VR barrel w/ Beretta screw chokes and 3″ chamber. Gun has some minor handling marks on wood, metal is super and gun is tight. Exceptional wood and checkering, dull matte finish metal. Marked Orvis Special. Unusual in that it is a straight stock O/U,. It also has an adjustable trigger position – a feature that I have never seen on ordinary 680 series Beretta shotguns. Price:$2,250
Lexi and I are making the long drive over tomorrow to the Orvis Game Fair and Country Sports Weekend in Millbrook, NY. This event is held at the Sandnona Shooting Grounds – a very nice place – and it should be a lot of fun. There will be a lot going on, from shooting to displays by gun dealers, shooting preserves, and other vendors in the outdoor world.
I’ll be hanging around with the folks from Covey Rise. Lexi will be crazy pointer who wants to be friends with everyone. Please say hello if you see us.
Here’s a great upland gun at a fair price. These Beretta/Orvis Uplanders are tough to finds with 28″ barrels.
Beretta Uplander in 20 gauge 28″ barells 3 inch chamber: Beretta Mobile chokes IC/M included. LOP over leather butt pad is 15″. Drop 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 slight cast off for right handed shooter. weight 6lb 3 oz on my digital postal scale. HARD TO FIND! The gun has oil rubbed drop dead gorgeous wood. All metal is pretty matte blue. I have hunted with it so it has some small dents in the wood none of the dents go through the finish. I tried to photograph them but they are mostly so light they don’t show up in a photgraph but they are there. The metal is perfect the blueing is not rubed through any where and the barrels are shinny no rust of any kind anywhere not dents in the barrels chambers are shinny. The action is tight and the top lever is well right of center. The top rib has a slight imperfection I have tried to photograph in the up close pictures it is small and hardly noticible when you look down the barrels. The leather butt pad is in great condition. Price: $2,300
I love Beretta’s 686 Black Onyx O/Us . Close your eyes and put a 686 to your shoulder; swap it for a Boss O/U and do the same. The differences are slight. Believe me, I’ve done it many times.
But even though 686s feel great, they do have a weak spot: the wood. Plywood is more exciting to look it. So when Orvis developed their Uplander version of the 686, what did they do? They stocked them in fine walnut. Then they jacked up the price.
New, these I don’t think Orvis’s Uplanders were worth the money. But used, they can be good deals. If you can get this 20g Orvis Uplander for $2999, you will have paid a fair price for an awesome gun. Here’s more about this O/U from the seller. This gun is on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends 7/13/2014 @ 3:16:17 PM ET.
Orvis Upland/ Beretta 686 Black Onyx Double Barrel, O.U Shotgun: 20 ga., engraved boxlock action with sideplates, 28 in. VR barrels with choke tubes, SST, straight grip, select American black walnut with 24 LPI checkering, leather covered recoil pad, 6-7 lbs. Mfg. by P. Beretta of Italy. This shotgun is in excellent shape with no scratches or dents anywhere. The barrel looks like it hasn’t had any rounds through it. If you are looking for a premier shotgun this one would be it for you.
Here’s the perfect over-under forgrouse, woodcock, and quail. The listing says that it’s a left-hand gun. If they mean the stock is cast for a left-handed shooter, you should be able to bend to fit a righy.
Sorry for my lack of posts lately. My life has been crazy — shooting events, work, training for a race, plus a new house with a long list of honey-do’s to check off before my hunting season can get rolling.
On Saturday I made it down to Addieville, RI, to catch The Vintager’s annual event. The weather was great, and there were a hundred of nice guns there American, British, European. Check out the slideshow below to see a few.
The Fox Collectors and Lefever Collectors had a bunch of fabulous guns on display, and dealers like Steve Barnett and Griffin & Howe had some fabulous pieces on their tables. I hear the shooting was good, too.
Last week I drow 6+ hours and 400+ to check out the Orvis Game Fair in Millbrook, NY. I have to say, this event is turning into a great show. I number of gun dealers were on hand – Connecticut Shotgun, Griffin & Howe, Steve Barnett, etc – along with makers like Purdey and Williams & Son. It was much better attended than Vintagers, and it offered a lot more for everyone in the family. It was also free to get in.
The little Beretta O/U was in the rack behind the knife counter, at attention with a few 20gs just like it, some 12gs, and rifles with shining, stainless-steel bolts. It was a 686 Onyx with a straight stock. After my first dozen visits, the guys in the shop set it on the counter as soon as I walked in.
It wasn’t expensive, but it was too expensive for me. I had my first real job then, but also my first real debt (F150, college, credit cards). It took me fifteen years to be in a better place and make one mine.
Here’s one just like it that just popped up on the market:
Orvis Uplander by Beretta 20 Ga Over Under Shotgun: 3″- 26 1/2″ barrels with two Briley choke tubes- IC/Mod. Single selective trigger, straight grip. 14″ to a leather covered pad X 1 1/2″X 2 1/4″ with very nice wood. Wt.- 5 lbs. 13 ozs. A great little bird gun! Price: $2,450.00