Auction alert: 20g Beretta 686 Onyx Ducks Unlimited OU, No Reserve …

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″

I like getting a deal. You like getting a deal. And it looks like the 20g Beretta OU you see here is going to be just that — a deal.

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″

It’s on Gunbroker.com now with No Reserve. The online auction ends 7/14/2019 @ 9:00 PM.

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″

These Beretta over-unders are tough guns to beat. They handle well, they’re well made, they’re durable, and they’re easy to fix. With its open chokes inserted, this one can handle steel shot, too. I’ve seen these sell for $1500+. If you can get it for less than, you’ve got a deal.

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″

Here’s more about it from the dealer who is selling it:

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″ No Reserve: Keystone Arms is proud to offer up today at $.01 with no reserve this spectacular Beretta 686 ONYX, chambered in 20 ga. This Limited Edition piece is part of the Ducks Unlimited banquet prizes done in 2008. This spectacular specimen remains in outstanding condition appearing to have not seen any action since the factory test firing.  Features include a jeweled receiver, high gloss hardwood stocks, and 28” vent rib barrels. This offering is complete with the 2 factory cases shown in the photos. A fabulous lightweight 20ga for your collection or next trip afield this Fall.

Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3"
Outstanding Beretta 686 ONYX D.U. 20 Ga 3″

Auction alert: 20g Beretta BL-3 OU, an all around great double …

Beretta BL-3 20 gauge 3-inch chamber 28-inch o/u
Beretta BL-3 20 gauge 3-inch chamber 28-inch o/u

Still kicking yourself for missing the last one of these I posted? Well, here’s another chance for you to get a deal.

This 20-gauge BL-3 is on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends 6/30/2019 @ 2:06 PM. Even though the starting bid is $850, if you can get this over-under for less than a grand you’ll be getting a deal.

Beretta BL-3 20 gauge 3-inch chamber 28-inch o/u
Beretta BL-3 20 gauge 3-inch chamber 28-inch o/u

Beretta’s BL-line of OUs were imported into the US in late ’60s and into the ’70s and marketed as solid shotguns at fair prices. They still are both those things, and with low-profile actions and modern dimensions, they’re great hunting guns.

Beretta BL-3 20 gauge 3-inch chamber 28-inch o/u
Beretta BL-3 20 gauge 3-inch chamber 28-inch o/u

Beretta BL-3 20 gauge 3-inch chamber 28-inch o/u: Gun is in excellent condition. Bright bores choked modified and improved modified. Single selective trigger. LOP 14 1/4 inches. Extractors. Weighs 6lbs 3oz. Wood has a few light marks and scratches. No chips or cracks. Metal finish is nice-just a couple very small marks. Test fired-works as it should. Starting bid: $850

What-the-what? A 12g W.W. Greener OU hammer rifle …

W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition

The OU rifle you see here is an oddball, a freak and weirdo. Of course, I would love to own it. Built in 1886, it’s breechloading British OU hammer rifle — the only one I’ve ever seen or hear about.

W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition

Hammerless over-under rifles aren’t uncommon. I’ve seen a number by Belgian and German makers and some British makers built them, too — including Boss.

According to the seller, this gun was made in 1886. That’s twenty-three years before Boss & Co patented their OU shotgun (1909), and even before Merkel started building their “Bock” hammerless OUs in the 1890s.

W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition

At close to 14.75bls, it’s a beast of a gun. I’m not sure what it was made to hunt — Cape Buffalo?, Rhinos? — but judging by its condition, it never made it into the field to do it.

W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition: Serial # 35494, Barrel Length: 25″ Damascus barrels, Triggers:  DT (Double), Forearm Type: Lever release, Rib Type:  1/4 Rib with express sights (1 standing and 3 folding), Receiver Finish: Casehardened, Engraving Type: Unusual basketweave style engraving, Other Options: Original Oak & Leather case including accessories, Silvers pad, Silver oval, Condition: Excellent, Weight: 14lb 10oz, Dimensions: 14 1/4 LOP, Other Details: Mfg 1886, spotless bores with sharp rifling. Price: $25,000

W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition

Auction alert: 16g Auguste Francotte OU shotgun, No Reserve …

 

Auguste Francotte 16ga Over/Under London Retailer
Auguste Francotte 16ga Over/Under London Retailer

Here’s something you rarely see. It’s a vintage 16 gauge over-under with double triggers, and it appears to be in decent original condition. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends tomorrow, 4/21/2019 @ 9:15 PM.

Auguste Francotte 16ga Over/Under London Retailer
Auguste Francotte 16ga Over/Under London Retailer

Back before WW2, the OU was the latest thing in firearms. Even though gunmakers had been building them for centuries, over-unders didn’t become popular until companies like Merkel and then Boss and Woodward started offering hammerless designs.

I’m not sure what patent this gun is built on. Even though it looks a bit clunky, I bet it handles really well.

Auguste Francotte 16ga Over/Under London Retailer
Auguste Francotte 16ga Over/Under London Retailer

Auguste Francotte 16ga Over/Under London Retailer: Very nice Belgian made 16ga over/under shotgun. Retailer marked “L. Le Personne & Co., LTD, London” on left side of barrel and “Auguste Francotte” on right side. All numbers match. LOP of 14.5” to end of stock which is finely checkered. 27” barrel choked Full/Full. For use with 2 3/4″ shells. Drop at heel of 2″ and drop at comb of 1.5″. Weighs approx. 6.5 lbs. Probably made between 1930-1950. Original finish on both metal and wood with nicely blued trigger guard and latch offset by fine muted case color receiver. Barrels have their original blue and are nice and shiny inside. Mechanics work well and are still stiff. The handguard has a hairline crack on each side that is hardly noticeable, common on these hand made forearms that are very slight in nature. We sold this one a few weeks back and it was returned because it lacked the AF mark typically seen on both barrels on Francotte shotguns- take a look at the pictures and you decide. This London retailer and Auguste Francotte marked 16ga over/under shotgun is offered with no reserve!

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

Holland & Holland Royal SxS Double Rifle .303 British
Holland & Holland Royal SxS Double Rifle .303 British

Holland & Holland Royal SxS Double Rifle .303 British: A Back-Action Sidelock Double Rifle chambered for the .303 British cartridge. It has 28” rifled barrels, File cut quarter rib with platinum lined express rear sights – 1 standing (100 Yds) and 2 folding (200 & 300 Yds). Island base foresight, Bushed strikers (Disk set strikers) with retaining set screws, Double triggers, An extended top strap over the comb, Holland & Holland traditional full coverage “Royal Scroll” engraving pattern with case color hardened finish, Full length trigger guard tang to an engraved steel grip cap, Best quality walnut stock has shadow line (Beaded) cheekpiece, Drop points, Pistol grip, Splinter forend with Anson release, 14 1/8” LOP to a horn plate, 9 Lbs. 9 Oz. Price: $39,750 

GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT
GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT

GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT: 26″ SOLID RIB IC AND MOD 2 1/2 CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, 3-PIECE FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 5LBS 14 OZ, 3″ DAH, 2″ DAC, 14 1/2 LOP. Price: $13,500

John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case!
John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case!

John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic 12 Gauge Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case! This gun dates from 1934 . A very nice Dickson from between the wars with great wall thickness and dimensions. This is the period that many consider to be the pinnacle of the UK gunmaking trade. The Bores are bright and shiny with a few pits in the right barrel towards the muzzle but in proof and nothing deep. Serial Number: 7279, Ejectors: Yes , Barrels: 27″, Barrel Type: Fluid steel, Action: trigger plate round action, Stock Comb: 1 7/16″, Stock Heel: 2″, Stock Cast: 1/4″, LOP: 14 3/8″ to wood butt, Weight: 6 lbs. 4.5 oz., Choke Left: .028 full, Choke Right: .015 IC-Mod, Proof: Nitro: 2 1/2″ nitro, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .029″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″. Price: $12,000

BERETTA - SO3 - 12ga 28" Boehler Barrels - Checkered Butt - All Original
BERETTA – SO3 – 12ga 28″ Boehler Barrels – Checkered Butt – All Original

BERETTA – SO3 – 12ga 28″ Boehler Barrels – Checkered Butt – All Original! 28″, 2-3/4″”, IM / F (.028 / .042), Vent Rib, Single Trigger, Pistol Grip, Checkered Butt, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 7 lbs. 4 oz. Nice Original Gun. About 95+% Overall. Price: $5975 

RIZZINI AURUM CLASSIC OU 28 GAUGE
RIZZINI AURUM CLASSIC OU 28 GAUGE

RIZZINI AURUM CLASSIC OU 28 GAUGE: 29″ VENT RIB WITH SCREW CHOKES, SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 6LBS, 2 3/8″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 14 9/16″ LOP. Price: $2,950

All about the new Beretta’s new SL3 OU shotgun …

New Beretta SL3 OU shotgun
New Beretta SL3 OU shotgun

Last April I traveled to Italy for the launch of the Beretta’s new SL3 Over Under shotgun. Here’s an article I wrote about the trip for Shooting Sportsman magazine. Pics are from Project Upland’s A.J. DeRosa.

The Italian Way

Give me a ‘friggin break, Italy. It was a Sunday, almost 7 pm. After an overnight flight into Milan and a couple of hours on trains, I was in Brescia, sitting at the edge of a square called Piazzale Arnaldo, jet-lagged, cranky, and hungry enough to eat a gunstock.

I had booked a hotel in the part of town known for dining and nightlife, so I had charged out of it an hour earlier expecting to find crowds of people and bustling restaurants everywhere. I had imagined laughter, palmed glasses of red wine, and plates of Risotto alla Milanese and Tortelli di Zucca. But instead of walking into a scene from La Dolce Vita, I walked into ghost town out of a spaghetti western.

Everywhere I went, the streets were deserted: Via Tosio, Via S. Faustino, Via Crispi. Windows were shuttered; shops were closed; restaurants were empty. Nothing was open. I was looking to EAT, and my outfit, a dark shirt topped with a darker jacket, was ready to mask some spilled sauce. But there was no risotto or tortelli to be found anywhere. I couldn’t even get pizza. In Italy. Defeated and fading, I considered my situation. Room service at my hotel? Vending machines in the lobby? Did my hotel have vending machines? Ugh.

As I wondered, bells in towers throughout the city started to ring-in 7 pm. Dong, dong, dong. By the time they finished, the Piazzale Arnaldo had come to life. Couples appeared from around the corner and strolled by hand in hand. The Osteria Vecchio restaurant flicked on its lights and a waiter lined up tables on the stone walkway front. An old man with a cane tapped past. Within an hour or so, everything I had hoped to find earlier had appeared: Chatting people, open restaurants, and, finally, dinner: Casoncelli alla Bresciana (raviolis stuffed with meat, showered with sage butter, guanciale, and parmesan cheese). My shirt did not stay clean.

So what had happened? Basically, Italians do things their own way. On Sundays, that means spending the afternoon with family. Instead of going out around 5 pm (like an American expected them to do), they waited until later. As I would find out, the Italians also do things their own way when it comes to building firearms, and this is what made Beretta’s newest over-under so worthy of attention.

Beretta's new SL3 OU, different engraving patterns
Beretta’s new SL3 OU, different engraving patterns

Confusingly, Brescia is both una citta and una provincia in northern Italy. The second contains the first, and both are nudged against the Italian Alps, closer to Geneva than to Rome. The Provincia di Brescia is the industrial capital of Europe. Along with being a top producer of everything from automobile wheels to pipe fittings, the provincia builds 40% of the sporting guns sold throughout the world. In 2016, the province of Brescia sent more than 395,000 sporting guns to the U.S. alone. Most were built in Gardone Val Trompia, a town 30 miles north of the città di Brescia.

Gardone Val Trompia is squeezed into a valley (il Val Trompia) between mountain and peaks with wonderfully euphonic names like Monte Rodondone, Punta Almana, and Corni di Sonclivo. Unfortunately, the views of them from town aren’t worth seeing. This and Gardone Val Trompia industrial-park vibe keeps the area off of most tourists’ lists. Chances are, anyone traveling there isn’t looking for scenery; they’re looking for guns. Dozens of gunmakers and gun-related business are stacked into Val Trompia, from Zoli and F.lli Rizzini to the famous Creative Art engraving studio. The king of all them all is Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A. I was in Gardone Val Trompia to learn more Beretta’s new SL3, an over-under shotgun the company introduced to the U.S. at the 2018 Safari Club International Convention in Las Vegas. Compared to all the other OUs already on the market, I wanted to see if the SL3 was worth paying attention to at all.

At the range with Beretta's new SL3 OU
At the range with Beretta’s new SL3 OU

“With the SL3, we took all our experience in ballistics, all our experience in manufacturing premium guns, and all our experience in designing beautiful guns, and we put all of this together.” That’s Roberto Zarrillo, Marketing Manager at Beretta. If you know much about his employer, you realize Mr. Zarrillo’s saying a whole lot when he refers to “all our experience.”

Beretta is the world’s oldest gunmaker. It was established in 1526 by Bartolomeo Beretta. That was during the reign of England’s King Henry VIII and hundreds of years before James Purdey or Charles Parker were born. Over the last 492 years, Beretta has made everything from arquebus barrels to the M9 pistol used by today’s U.S. Armed Forces. Of course, Beretta has also made all types of shotguns.

In 1933, the company created its first breechloading OU: The Model S1. With sidelocks and a Woodward-style low-profile action, the Mod. S1 looked like a best-quality British OU. What set it apart was how Beretta built it–and its price. Using high-precision industrial techniques they perfected when building guns like their Model 1915 semiautomatic pistol, they updated traditional gunmaking techniques and turned out a world-class shotgun. Price wise, in the ‘50s, Beretta’s top-of-the-line SO3 cost $750, and a Purdey OU was $2,300. This combination of high-quality and affordability made the Mod. S1 and the sidelock Beretta OUs that followed revolutionary. It also made them the first successful Italian over-unders of the twentieth century and the foundation for all the over-unders Beretta builds today, including the new SL3.

Il Maestro Ferdinando Belleri, Beretta’s master gunmaker,

“Il Maestro” is a tough title to pull off, but with the just the right mix of sophistication and flair, Il Maestro Ferdinando Belleri, Beretta’s master gunmaker, nails it. When I met him, I didn’t know if I should shake his hand–or kiss it. We were in Beretta Due, home of the company’s Premium Division and where Maestro Belleri oversees the gunmakers who hand fit, stock, engrave, and finish Beretta’s finest firearms. As Il Maestro prepared to introduce me to his team’s new OU, I flipped through a brochure about this gun and read “The SL3 heralds a new era of Beretta premium shotguns, combining the finest Beretta technology available from our various product families.” Interesting, I thought. But that’s just ad copy. Let’s see what you’ve got.

What they had impressed.

Like Il Maestro, the Beretta SL3 has plenty of sophistication and flair. It’s a sideplated, over-under game gun available in 12 and 20 gauge, and it features a triggerplate-style action with V-springs, ejectors, and a single, selective trigger. The steel-shot approved barrels use screw-in Optima HP chokes, and right now they come in 28” and 30”. The pistol grip stocks are made of rich Turkish walnut, hand checkered (or not checkered, as an option) and dressed in a matte oil finish. Priced at $20,000, the SL3 is far from cheap. But it is more affordable than Beretta’s sidelock, SO-series over-unders which start at $27,500 and run to $90,000, and it’s less than other OUs aimed at the same market, like the sideplated Boxall & Edmiston (£25,200) and the James Purdey & Sons Trigger Plate (£55,000).

While the SL3 retains the classic features I’m used to seeing on Beretta OUs –trapezoidal locking shoulders on the barrels, pronounced hinge pins on the sides of the action, monoblocked barrels–the rest of the gun is unlike any other Beretta I’ve seen before. It’s slimmer than an SO10 and far rounder than a Beretta Giubileo. With its low profile, lack of sharp edges, and sweeping lines, it looks like it was designed in a wind tunnel. The stock is trim and minimalistic through the head and into the hand. There are no raised panels around the sideplates and there are no drop points. The forend iron, action, toplever and triggerguard complement one another with curves, sweeps, and sculpted layers finished in a mix of engraved, polished, and matte surfaces.

Action on the Beretta's new SL3 OU
Action on the Beretta’s new SL3 OU

While the overall design of the SL3 is very futuristic, the engraving patterns it’s offered in ground the gun in very 19th-century styles. Each pattern–floral scroll, gamescene, and fine English scroll–is cut with a five-axis laser system. While the first two patterns have their strengths, the gamebirds and rose bouquets look a bit flat and cumbersome. The floral scroll pattern doesn’t have either of these problems, and that’s one reason it’s the most impressive. It has a gorgeous Renaissance style with cross-hatch accents, and mesmerizing, three-dimensional look. The SL3 also comes in a stunning, unengraved, mirror-polished finish. Unengraved finishes are like Speedo bathing suits for firearms, and any gun wearing one better be flawless to avoid embarrassing itself. With subtle sculpting on the action and superb metalwork and fitting all around, the mirror-polished SL3s looks great. Even if they could blush, they wouldn’t have to.

Centuries from now, after artificial intelligence has taken over the world, our robot overlords may look back with fondness on their ancestors building shotgun components in Beretta Uno, the factory next to Maestro Belleri’s Beretta Due. Beretta Uno is home to the company’s cutting-edge gunmaking equipment. This is where the tubes that become the barrels are cold-hammer-forged into shape and then laser-welded together and the actions and other metal parts are milled out of bars of steel. The machines that do it do more than just run on their own, day in and day out without a break: they maintain themselves and, whenever needed, contact humans for assistance. That need doesn’t arise very often.

But even with all these high-tech techniques, the SL3 still requires at least a month of hand fitting by Beretta’s most skilled gunmakers to assemble and then stock, checker, fine tune, and complete. A good chunk of this time is spent “jointing” an SL3, gunmaking slang for fitting the barrels to the action and a skill machines are still far from mastering.

The SL3 unique three-point locking system secures the barrels to the action and displaces the forces released by firing the gun. The first of its three points is the hinge pins at the front of the action. Then there are the “lower hooks.” These are on the underside of the barrels, and they match up with blocks in the floor of the action. While the hinge pins and the lower hooks are designed to displace and spread out force, the third point in the locking system—the bolt and locking pins–keep the gun closed upon firing. The way the bolt and locking pins are built into the action is one of the most innovative aspects of the Beretta SL3.

On most Italian OUs, the locking pins (aka “bites”) fit flush against the face of the action. The bolt slides horizontally forward to engage with them and lock things down. Borrowing from their DT11 competitions guns, Beretta made a small modification to the SL3: Its locking pins slip into vertical grooves machined into the face of action and on either side of the firing pins. By moving these locking pins back from the hinge pin, Beretta increased their ability to keep the barrels from pivoting on the hinge. It’s a little detail that makes huge sense, and another example of how Beretta always looks to improve its guns.

In testing, the robustness of the SL3’s entire three-point locking system proved itself when it withstood the pounding of 11,500 magnum cartridges with no issues. Something else that’s special about the SL3 three-point locking system: All aspects of it–the hinge pins, lower hooks, and locking pins–are easy to replace. When any of them wear, new ones are easy to fit and the gun can be back to new—and back in the field—in no time.

At the range with Beretta's new SL3 OU
At the range with Beretta’s new SL3 OU

When it heads to the field, the SL3 shows off its Premium-gun lineage with the case it comes in. Handmade by Beretta’s in-house Custom Gun Case Atelier, it’s an upgraded version of the canvas-and-leather cases British shotguns used to come in. On the outside, it’s covered in blue cotton, with Italian leather straps and corner bumpers, and a Beretta-crested locking clasp. On the inside, it’s lined with quilted wool and features a removable leather pouch for chokes tubes and cleaning accessories. Very classy. And speaking of heading to the field, the SL3 shoots as good as it looks when it gets there. The 12 gauge I used on a five-stand course had a dynamic, weight-forward balance that made it easy to get on a target and swing through. Right off, I was dusting clays coming in, going away, dropping down, and crisscrossing. While the gun wasn’t lightweight, it didn’t feel clunky, and it did a great job of managing felt recoil.

The day after meeting Maestro Belleri and seeing his team’s new SL3, I was back in Brescia, eating pizza in the famous Piazza della Loggia, and thinking about Beretta and their contributions to gunmaking. Why had this company succeeded for almost five hundred years? And why are they still on cutting edge at the beginning of the 21st century? From what I could see, it was because Beretta did things their way, and that “way” included having the foresight to embrace technology and change. The SL3 is the most recent culmination of this vision. From what I saw, it’s an awesome shotgun that does a great job of updating classic shotgun aesthetics with the latest innovations in design and engineering. I would be proud to own one, and I’m sure anyone who purchases and SL3 will feel the same way, too.

Auction alert: 20g Browning Superposed OU …

The shotgun you see here is the only over-under I consider to be both vintage and American. Even this Superposed was made in Belgium, it was designed by John Moses Browning — one of America’s most famous gunmakers.

This 20g is coming up in Poulin Auctions Spring 2019 sale, being held 3/30/2019 – 4/2/2019.

Auction alert: 20g Browning Superposed coming in Poulin Auctions Spring 2019 sale
Auction alert: 20g Browning Superposed coming in Poulin Auctions Spring 2019 sale

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

 

Armi Ivo Fabbri ~ Majestic Engraved ~ OU ~ 12 Ga
Armi Ivo Fabbri ~ Majestic Engraved ~ OU ~ 12 Ga

Armi Ivo Fabbri ~ Majestic Engraved ~ OU ~ 12 Ga: Made in 1972 and engraved with their “Majestic” pattern. Serial number 3198. Metal Condition: excellent. Wood Condition: excellent. Bore Condition: shiny. Barrels: 28. Trigger: single select. Stock Dimensions: 14.25″ LOP 1.5″ DAH 1.25″ DAC. Butt Pad: rubber recoil pad. Weight: 7lbs 6ozs. Sights: two beads. Cokes: Full and Modified fixed chokes. Price: $39,999.99 

James Purdey BEST Sidelock in 16g with 30" original chopperlump barrels ~ Oak & Leather cased
James Purdey BEST Sidelock in 16g with 30″ original chopperlump barrels ~ Oak & Leather cased

James Purdey BEST Sidelock in 16g with 30″ original chopperlump barrels ~ Oak & Leather cased: Hammerless Sidelocks – Stunning 16g. with excellent barrels! Serial Number: 19180. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 29″. Action: Sidelock self-opener. Gauge: 16 gauge. Stock Comb: 1 7/16. Stock Heel: 2 1/8″. Stock Cast: 1/8″. LOP: 14 1/16″ to checkered butt. Weight: 5 lbs. 14 oz. Choke Left: .005″ Skeet. Choke Right: Cyl. Proof: Nitro 2 1/2″. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .026″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″. Price: $16,900

Miller & Val. Greiss 20 Gauge O/U Trap Gun with 34” Bohler Special Steel Barrels
Miller & Val. Greiss 20 Gauge O/U Trap Gun with 34” Bohler Special Steel Barrels

Miller & Val. Greiss 20 Gauge O/U Trap Gun with 34” Bohler Special Steel Barrels: Handsome and unique German made 20-gauge trap gun with 34” Bohler Special Steel barrels and lots of engraving and case coloring. Stocked in a beautiful highly figured European walnut stock. The gun is marked Miller & Val. Greiss   Munchen who was a gunmaker that handmade fabulous quality shotguns and rifles from the late 19th century until the early 1930’s. The 34” Bohler Steel barrels are slender as is the forearm. It has double triggers, automatic ejectors, and a Kersten cross bolt. The gun weighs 7lb 13oz and handles like a dream. The 34” Bohler Special Steel 20-gauge barrels are chambered for 2-3/4” shotshells. Topped by a raised solid tapered crosshatched rib. The rib has front and middle beads. The under barrel is bored 0.628 and has a constriction of 0.035 for Full choke. The upper barrel is also bored 0.628 with a constriction of 0.035 for Full choke. Precise German manufacturing.   ***   The stock and two-piece forearm are made from highly figured walnut with intricate carvings and sharp checkering. Recently refinished there are just a few handling marks from normal usage. Stock dimensions are 14-1/2” over a 5/8” pad by 1-1/2” by 2-3/8”.   ***   I have never seen another like it. Well made and sturdy but very responsive. Would be a lot of fun to shoot on clays, trap or dove. Price: $9,850

Winchester Model 21 SxS, 12ga, 32" barrels, FULL/FULL
Winchester Model 21 SxS, 12ga, 32″ barrels, FULL/FULL

Winchester Model 21 SxS, 12ga, 32″ barrels, FULL/FULLEarly gun with four-digit serial number: double trigger, extractor, solid rib, splinter forend, 14 3/4″ LOP over a solid red Winchester rubber pad. Slight blue wear on the bottom of the receiver and trigger bow. This is a nice long barreled field gun. Price: $3,995

Browning Citori Superlight OU, Grade1 16 gauge
Browning Citori Superlight OU, Grade1 16 gauge

Browning Citori Superlight OU, Grade1 16 gaugeAs new in box, never fired. 26” barrels, 3 Invector Choke Tubes: IC, MOD and FULL. Original box w/papers. Built in 1994. Price: $1,900

Auction alert: 28g Sigarms L.L. Bean New Englander OU …

Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean "New Englander" 28 Bore O/U Shotgun
Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean “New Englander” 28 Bore O/U Shotgun

Here’s a great double that coming up at Morphy Auctions on Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019. The auction starts at 9:00 AM Eastern.

Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean "New Englander" 28 Bore O/U Shotgun
Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean “New Englander” 28 Bore O/U Shotgun

As the auctioneer states, these guns were made in Italy by B. Rizzini for Sigarms (Sig Sauer) and the retailed by L.L. Bean. I’ve always thought they were great looking double and great deals. This one looks little used, and it even comes with its original case, chokes tubes, and accessories.

Lot 1477, Case for Sigarms L.L. Bean "New Englander" 28 Bore O/U Shotgun
Lot 1477, Case for Sigarms L.L. Bean “New Englander” 28 Bore O/U Shotgun

Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean “New Englander” 28 Bore O/U Shotgun: Made by B. Rizzini for Sigarms, this special series made exclusively for L.L. Bean of Maine. The gun is a boxlock over-under with auto ejectors, gold plated single selective trigger and non-auto safety. With the gun are interchangeable screw-in chokes. The barrels are fitted with a low profile matted ventilated rib with brass front bead. The well figured Turkish walnut, stock with ball grip and round nosed forend with Anson type push button release which is near fully checkered. Case colored frame. Both sides of the frame have “L.L. Bean” in gold. Bottom of frame has “New Englander” in gold. Housed in a “Sigarms” hard case with gray foam lining. Original paperwork is also included. CONDITION: Excellent as very lightly field used. Retains more than 97% original finish to both wood and metal. Checkering is crisp. Mechanics are crisp and bores are bright and shiny. Case is excellent with minor wear. JSL Accessories: Case Barrel Length: 26 – 1/2″ Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Tubes. Length Of Pull: 14 – 3/4″

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

H. Mahillon – SxS, Full Sidelock Ejector, 16ga, 27 ¾” choked Light Mod/Full
H. Mahillon – SxS, Full Sidelock Ejector, 16ga, 27 ¾” choked Light Mod/Full

H. Mahillon – SxS, Full Sidelock Ejector, 16ga, 27 ¾” choked Light Mod/Full: Nicely figured straight grip stock, leather covered pad, splinter forend, double triggers with the front trigger being articulated, automatic ejectors, splinter forend, game rib, full coverage ornamental scroll engraving over a coined finish, gun remains in excellent condition. 6 lbs. 2 oz, 14 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ Price: $9,999

Winchester Model 21 - 16ga - 28” - M/F - Splinter Forend - Pistol Grip - WInchester Red Butt Pad - 14 1/8 X 1 3/8 X 2 7/16 - 6lbs 13ozs
Winchester Model 21 – 16ga – 28” – M/F – Splinter Forend – Pistol Grip – WInchester Red Butt Pad – 14 1/8 X 1 3/8 X 2 7/16 – 6lbs 13ozs

Winchester Model 21 – 16ga – 28” – M/F – Splinter Forend – Pistol Grip – WInchester Red Butt Pad – 14 1/8 X 1 3/8 X 2 7/16 – 6lbs 13ozs: This gun is in fine-fine-fine shape. Nothing to apologize about here… ready for the field.  SN: 11852. Price: $7,995

Ed Kettner 24 gauge boxlock SxS shotgun
Ed Kettner 24 gauge boxlock SxS shotgun

Ed Kettner 24 gauge boxlock SxS shotgunThis is a sweet and trim little double. Kettner made very high-quality doubles. It has just been restocked and looks great. The 24 ga.was the European ga. for European woodcock.  Serial Number: 2686, Barrels: 28 1/4 inches, Action: extractor, Triggers: double, Gauge: 24, Stock: Comb: 1 & 1/2″, Heel: 2 & 3/8″, Cast: 1/4, Fore End: semi BT, Butt Pad: plastic, LOP: 14 & 3/4 inches, Rib: concave, Finish: blued and bright, Weight: 5 lbs. 7 oz. Chokes: ic/mod, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: 30 thou., Minimum Wall Thickness Right: 30 thou. Price: $4450

Parker VH 12ga, 1 1/2 frame, SxS Shotgun
Parker VH 12ga, 1 1/2 frame, SxS Shotgun

Parker VH 12ga, 1 1/2 frame, SxS Shotgun: Serial Number: 172487 Price: $2,300

.410 - SALVINELLI - AMBERCROMBIE & FITCH - BOXLOCK EXTRACTOR OVER/UNDER - 26" VENT RIB BARRELS CHOKED CYLINDER/FULL - 3" CHAMBERS
.410 – SALVINELLI – AMBERCROMBIE & FITCH – BOXLOCK EXTRACTOR OVER/UNDER – 26″ VENT RIB BARRELS CHOKED CYLINDER/FULL – 3″ CHAMBERS

.410 – SALVINELLI – AMBERCROMBIE & FITCH – BOXLOCK EXTRACTOR OVER/UNDER – 26″ VENT RIB BARRELS CHOKED CYLINDER/FULL – 3″ CHAMBERS: CASE COLORED  ACTION WITH 100% COLORS REMAIN – SEMI PISTOL GRIP SINGLE NON SELECTIVE TRIGGER IN REAR POSITION LOP 13  13/16″  X  1 1/4″  X  1  15/16″ – NEAR NEW CONDITION Price: $1,650.00

Auction alert: 20g Beretta BL3 OU, 26″ bbls …

 

Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

Yes — another auction alert for 20g Beretta BL-3. I can’t help myself. These are great guns for short money, and I feel obligated to get the word out about everyone one I come across. This one is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends Sunday, 1/20/2019 @10:00 PM.

But there’s one thing to point out about this listing: It’s an “AS IS – No refund or exchange” sale. So when you buy, it’s yours — regardless of any issues you discover. Even though this guns looks pretty clean and original, here are a few questions I suggest asking the seller before bidding:

  • Are the barrels tight and on the face?
  • Are there any dents, dings, or bulges in the barrels? Any pitting?
  • Does the gun cock, fire, and function as it should?
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

Beretta Model BL-3 in 20GA with 26″ Barrel: (IC/M) and inertia trigger. Barrels are Improved Cylinder and Modified with a selector which one will go first. Excellent condition. Manufactured about the end of the 60’s, beginning of the 70’s.

Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

Auction alert: Per-War, 12g Merkel 201E Over Under …

Lot #277 - Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun
Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun

Don’t be afraid of this double. I know it’s an old German OU with two features Americans shy away from (a cheekpiece and sling swivels), but I guarantee you it’s a nice shotgun. PA Auction Center in Quarryville, PA, has it and the live auction begins Saturday, Jan 19, 2019, @ 11:00 AM Eastern.

Lot #277 - Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun
Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun

Merkel is one of the world’s oldest gunmakers, and, in a lot of ways, they initiated the creation of the modern OUs we shoot today.

Lot #277 - Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun
Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun

According to the seller, this Merkel was built in 1937. That’s when the company’s gunmaking skills were near their peak, and OUs from that era are incredibly well made. They were also expensive. In their day, even lower-grade Merkels like this cost more than most Foxes, Parker, or L.C. Smiths.

Lot #277 - Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun
Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun

Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre-War 12 Ga: Over-and-under with auto ejectors, full choke, solid rib, boxlock, double trigger, ivory bead, elaborately engraved frame, raised cheekpiece stock, 28 1/2″ barrel, SN 24844. Made in 1937. 14 1/4″ LOP. Includes a copy of the production card. Condition: Some normal wear but in overall great condition. Mirror bores.

Auction alert: LNIB 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″, box & papers…

Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28" bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″ bbls, new in box

Here’s another chance to get his great all-around OU: the 20g Beretta 686 Onyx. Beretta introduced these guns around ’88 and built them until around ’99 or so. For some reason, whoever bought this one never used it even though it has these features:

  • 28″ barrels
  • Lightweight
  • Choke tubes
  • Single selective trigger

It’s on Gunbroker.com and the listing ends tomorrow, 1/10/2019, @ 2:31 PM.

Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28" bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″ bbls, new in box

Pre-owned Beretta Model 686 Onyx “Black” Over and Under shotgun chambered in 20 Gauge: This shotgun features a 28″ two shot 3″ capability vent rib barrel, a Walnut stock and forearm, manual safety w/ barrel selector and interchangeable chokes. This weapon originates from an estate and was pre-owned and never used nor fired by its previous owner and is LNIB. The weapon still has its hang tags and remnants of factory grease still under the forearm. Currently, the barrel has a FULL and a Modified choke installed from the factory. The third choke is an Improved unopened still in the box. The LOP is 14.5 and Overall length is 45″. Included with the weapon is its original factory box, manual, warranty papers inside their plastic sleeve and 20 gauge choke wrench. This weapon is over 20 years old and in pristine condition. It would make a wonderful augment to any Beretta shotgun enthusiast. Buyer agrees to pay a flat rate of $40.00 shipping in lower 48.

Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28" bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″ bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28" bbls, new in box
Auction alert: Vintage 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, 28″ bbls, new in box

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Auction alert: 28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls …

28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls

I’ve gushed about these Berettas many times before. Imported into the U.S. by the Garcia Corporation in the late ’60s and early ’70s, they were good deals in their day. Today, they’re one of the best buys you’ll find in a bird gun.

28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls

Simple, rugged, and well made, this 28g is a ton of gun in a sexy, lightweight package. And its 28″ barrels make it extra special.

It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends tomorrow, 1/5/2019 @ 11:23 AM. Even though the bidding on it starts at $950, it’s still a great deal (and it looks like it might sell for close to starting-bid amount).

28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls

Beretta BL3 28 gauge. 28″ barrels choked modify and full. Toe has a small crack that has not been repaired. LOP – 14 1/8″ DROP AT COMB – 1.5″ DROP AT HEEL – 2.5″. Weight: 6.00 Pounds

Good gun alert: 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, straight grip …

 

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s one of the all-time great doubles – and one of the best bird guns you’ll ever find.

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Beretta introduced the 686 Onyx around ’88 and built them until around ’99 or so. In that time, the gun gained a reputation for being a rugged, reliable OU that handled well and was easy to maintain and repair. I saw my first one in the mid ’90s and couldn’t get it out of my head. Like the one for sale here, it had a straight stock and its matte-black finished looked so ‘friggin cool.

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel ShotgunPrice: $1,399.99
Manufacturer: Serial # F0314XX
Caliber: 20 Ga.
Chambers: 3″
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good with few handling marks
Barrels: 26″ Blued with vent rib
Triggers: Single gold metal trigger
Stock: Walnut straight grip with checkering
Fore End: Matching walnut with checkering
Butt Pad: Rubber Butt Pad
Weight: 6 lbs
Sights: Silver bead
Chokes: IC and Cyl

Good gun alert: 20g Browning Citori OU, 28″ bbls …

Browning 20 ga Citori Superlight Beauty 28" barrel, straight stock not far from new BARGAIN
Browning 20 ga Citori Superlight Beauty 28″ barrel, straight stock not far from new BARGAIN

Here’s your chance to pick up a great, all-around bird gun at a fair price.

The Browning Citori is one of the all-time great OU shotguns, and while there are a lot of used ones out there, you don’t see with this guns features, condition, and  — most importantly — price.

Browning 20 ga Citori Superlight Beauty 28" barrel, straight stock not far from new BARGAIN
Browning 20 ga Citori Superlight Beauty 28″ barrel, straight stock not far from new BARGAIN

Browning 20 ga Citori Superlight Beauty 28″ barrel, straight stock not far from new BARGAINFeatures 28″ Vent Rib Barrel, handsome straight stock, ejectors and selective safety with single trigger. Has had very little use, bore is perfect no dings and only minor handling marks. Tiny chip on butt plate at the toe. Has screw in Invector-type chokes…we do not know what chokes are in the gun. Shoots 2 3/4″ only. Price: $1,199

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Auction alert: A beautiful 12g Boss & Co OU …

LOT 332: BOSS & CO. A FINE 12-BORE SINGLE TRIGGER SIDELOCK EJECTOR OVER AND UNDER GUN, NO. 9990
LOT 332: BOSS & CO. A FINE 12-BORE SINGLE TRIGGER SIDELOCK EJECTOR OVER AND UNDER GUN, NO. 9990

The12g Boss OU see here is built on one of the most important shotgun designs of the 20th century. It’s also an absolute bargain.

The UK’s Gavin Gardiner is selling it in his Fine Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns Auction on 12 December 2018. Check out his video of it below to see just how nice it is.

Built on a design patented by Boss & Co in 1909, the Boss OU introduced the world to the low-profile OU. Up until 1909, breech-loading OUs had lumps on the bottom of the barrels like a side-by-side. This made them thick through the action and clunky looking.

LOT 332: BOSS & CO. A FINE 12-BORE SINGLE TRIGGER SIDELOCK EJECTOR OVER AND UNDER GUN, NO. 9990
LOT 332: BOSS & CO. A FINE 12-BORE SINGLE TRIGGER SIDELOCK EJECTOR OVER AND UNDER GUN, NO. 9990

Boss & Co go rid of lumps by mounting “trunions” on either side of barrels. This slimmed down the action, lightened the guns, and made Boss OUs look as sleek as their SxSs.

Today, most modern OUs owe a huge debt to Boss’s design, from a Beretta Silver Pigeon and a CSMC’s A10 to a Fabbri

Boss & Co is still in business and they’re still building their legendary OUs today. I think prices start at around $240,000. So if you can buy this gun for anything less than $100,000, you’re getting a fantastic deal.

LOT 332: BOSS & CO. A FINE 12-BORE SINGLE TRIGGER SIDELOCK EJECTOR OVER AND UNDER GUN, NO. 9990: 28-inch barrels with 2 3/4-inch chambers, about 1/4 and 1/2 choke borings, the frame, locks and top lever engraved with fine bouquet and scroll engraving and retaining almost all of its original hardening colour, the maker’s name signed within a scrolling banner, gold line cocking indicators, 14 1/2-inch well-figured stock and Boss half pistol grip, nitro proof, 7lb., in its maker’s lightweight case with canvas outer cover S2 The maker confirms that the gun was delivered in 1995. The gun remained in store with its maker for a number of years and remains virtually as new and unused.

The beast from the east: a Tula MC6-03 OU shotgun …

RARE 12g TULA 12g MC6-03OVER UNDER  SKEET/TRAP, TWO-BARREL SET, CUSTOM CASE
RARE 12g TULA 12g MC6-03OVER UNDER  SKEET/TRAP, TWO-BARREL SET, CUSTOM CASE

Back during the Cold War, America fought with the Soviet Union about most things, including about who could win the most medals at the Olympics Games.

As part of USSR’s attempt to beat at trap and skeet shooting, the country developed several shotguns for Soviet shooters. The most successful design was a plainer version of the OU you see here. With that gun, the Soviet shooters crushed other shooters at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games and piled on more medals in subsequent competitions through the 1970s.

RARE 12g TULA 12g MC6-03OVER UNDER  SKEET/TRAP, TWO-BARREL SET, CUSTOM CASE
RARE 12g TULA 12g MC6-03OVER UNDER  SKEET/TRAP, TWO-BARREL SET, CUSTOM CASE

Mechanically, the OU pictured here is the same gun those Soviet shooters used. I’ve shot one just like it many times, and I can tell you it’s a fantastic target gun. While it’s heavy (like a target gun should be), it handles well and is a pleasure to shoot. It smashes clays, too.

RARE 12g TULA 12g MC6-03 OVER UNDER  SKEET/TRAP, TWO-BARREL SET, CUSTOM CASE: EXTREMELY RARE ON CURRENT MARKET CASED RUSSIAN(USSR) TULA (NOT BAIKAL) MC6-03 TWO SET OF BARRELS CUSTOM SHOTGUN FROM 1978. BARRELS 28.5″ (FULL/IMP MOD) 26″ TULA RETRO CHOKES(SKEET/SKEET). Price: $3500

Greifelt & Co. 20g Over Under: Check out this pretty little double …

GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT
GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT

I love old, German OUs–especially smallbores. And the 20 gauge you see here really has my heart pumping.

Greifelt & Co used to be a major German gunmaker. Founded in 1885 in Suhl, the company went bust in 1945 at the end of WWII. In those 60 years, they exported shotguns and rifles throughout the world, including to Von Lengerke & Detmold (which was purchased by Abercrombie & Fitch in 1929).

GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT
GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT

This gun is typical of the German-style OUs that companies like VL&D imported into the US. It looks like it’s built on a Blitz-style triggerplate action with double Kersten locks. I love the engraving and the carving on the metalwork as well as the horn drop points on the stock. All very classy.

German over-unders like this were part of the first wave of the OU revolution that started in Europe and the UK before the first World War and then boomed in the US in the 1950s with the Browning Superposed.

GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT
GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT

GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT26″ SOLID RIB, IC AND MOD, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, 3-PIECE FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 5LBS 14 OZ, 3″ DAH, 2″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP. Price: $13,500

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