Auction alert: 20g Beretta Silver Snipe OU …

Auction alert: 20g Beretta Silver Snipe OU
Auction alert: 20g Beretta Silver Snipe OU

Fancy engraving doesn’t kill birds. Neither does pretty wood. This 20g Beretta Silver Snipe OUT shotgun has neither of those, but it does what it needs to do its job.

Merrill’s Auctioneers & Appraisers in Williston, VT, has it. It’s coming to auction this Friday, January 24, 2020. The sale begins at 9:45 AM EST.

Auction alert: 20g Beretta Silver Snipe OU
Auction alert: 20g Beretta Silver Snipe OU

Beretta made these over-unders from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. They were no-frills shotguns, but they were rugged and reliable. If this one is in good, shootable condition (and you should ask lots of questions to find out — or better yet, go see the gun for yourself), it could be a great deal.

Lot 33: Pietro Beretta Silver Snipe Shotgun in 20ga: 26″ barrel mild crazing to finish

Auction alert: 20g Beretta Silver Snipe OU
Auction alert: 20g Beretta Silver Snipe OU

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

Army & Navy - Box Lock Ejector - .470 Nitro Express - SOLID Rifle
Army & Navy – Box Lock Ejector – .470 Nitro Express – SOLID Rifle

Army & Navy – Box Lock Ejector – .470 Nitro Express – SOLID Rifle!: 26″ Barrel, LOP 15-1/2, Weight 11 lbs. 1 oz. Very Tight Solid Rifle. Bore is Excellent Plus with Sharp Rifling the Entire Way. Price: $19,450

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

W&C SCOTT PREMIER MONTE CARLO 12 GAUGE: 30″ STEEL BARRELS 024 AND 037 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 7LBS 3 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $13,500.00 

 

Beretta S3 sidelock 12 gauge Game Gun OU
Beretta S3 sidelock 12 gauge Game Gun OU

Beretta S3 sidelock 12 gauge Game Gun OU: Made in 1970 this beautiful example of Beretta’s best craftsmanship has 28” vent rib barrels, double triggers, automatic ejectors, non-auto safety, straight grip stock to a checkered butt.  The specifications of the Boehler Antint steel barrels are:  bottom barrel has a bore diameter of .732”, choke of .024” (IM) and minimum wall thicknesses of .035”; top barrel bore diameter of .725”, choke of .043” (XF) and minimum walls of .041”; the vent rib gradually tapers from 3/8” at the breech to 19/64”; front bead.  The coin finished side-lock receiver is elegantly hand engraved in a floral and scroll pattern covering 100% of the surface.  The straight grip stock and forearm were crafted from a nicely grain piece of French Walnut with the straight grip stock having a 14 1/8” LOP to the checkered butt; 1 ½” DAC and 2 1/8” DAH with a very slight cast favoring a right-hand shooter.  98% overall original finishes with only a few handling marks.  At 7 lbs. 1 oz. the handles beautifully and is ready to be your next fine game gun. SN:  36807. Price: $7,150

Parker reproduction 16/20 two barrel set
Parker reproduction 16/20 two barrel set

Parker reproduction 16/20 two barrel set: 28″ / 26″ choked IC /M 16 ga barrels are marked Kreigoff. Chambers: 2 3/4″. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 28”/26”. Triggers: 2. Stock: Straight. Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″. Stock Drop: 1 1/2″. Stock Comb: 2 1/4″. Fore End: Splinter. Butt Pad: Skeleton. LOP: 14 1/4″. Choke Left: Mod. Choke Right: IC. Case: Yes. Price: $6800

 

ITHACA SKB 280 20 GA. 25" IC. & MOD. 99% COND
ITHACA SKB 280 20 GA. 25″ IC. & MOD. 99% COND

ITHACA SKB 280 20 GA. 25″ IC. & MOD. 99% COND: ENGLISH STOCK, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER & EJECTORS. Price: $1,995

Auction alert: 20g Beretta 686 Onyx …

LNIB Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga 26"
LNIB Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga 26″

Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of my favorite OUs. The Beretta 686 is the first double-barrel shotgun I lusted after. With it’s simple, Onyx-colored action, it’s a sexy gun. It’s also a gun that’s reliable and great handling.

LNIB Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga 26"
LNIB Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga 26″

This one is on Gunbroker.com now with No Reserve. The listing ends 1/14/2020 @ 2:07 PM. Here’s more about it from the seller.

LNIB Beretta 686 Onyx MC3 20ga 26″: Gun is in spectacular condition & comes complete with Original Box, hang tags & 4 Chokes. One owner, bought new & shot skeet with a few times. Gun is still very tight & not broken in.

LNIB Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga 26"
LNIB Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga 26″

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

 

PETER CHAPMAN BEST SIDELOCK SXS 28 GAUGE
PETER CHAPMAN BEST SIDELOCK SXS 28 GAUGE

PETER CHAPMAN BEST SIDELOCK SXS 28 GAUGE: 27″ SELF OPENER. CHOKES 006″ AND 008″, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, MAKER’S CASE, MINT CONDITION, 5 LBS 5 OZ, 2 3/16″, 1 3/8″, 14 9/16″ LOP. Price: $57,500

PIOTTI MONACO 2 SXS 410
PIOTTI MONACO 2 SXS 410

PIOTTI MONACO 2 SXS 410: ZACCHI ENGRAVED, 26″ MOD AND FULL 3″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT WITH ENGRAVED HEEL AND TOE PLATES, MARVIN HUEY OAK & LEATHER CASE, MINT CONDITION, 4LBS 15 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 7/16″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $29,500

W.J. Jeffery 12g Sidelock Ejector
W.J. Jeffery 12g Sidelock Ejector

W.J. Jeffery 12g Sidelock Ejector: A superb W.J. Jeffery No. 3 Model, 12g sidelock ejector in, what can only be described as, first class condition. Completed around 1930, the gun is built on a 7 pin, square body, sidelock action beautifully engraved with two bouquets of roses on each lock plate, both fences, forend iron and a single large bouquet on the bottom of the action, all surrounded by a fine scroll coverage. The action retains nearly all its original case colours and the file up and shape is of real quality. The 28” barrels feature 2 1/2” chambers and are choked 1/4 in the right and 3/4 in the left. The bores read almost as proofed and the wall thickness is .025? at the thinnest point. The stock measures 14 5/8” to the center of the leather-covered recoil pad and has a bend of 1 1/2” at the comb and 2 1/8” at the heel. The cast measures 1/4” off at the heel and 3/8” at the toe. The splinter forend has the Anson push rod release, forend diamond and engraved tailpipe. Weighing 6lbs 7.4oz the gun comes to the shoulder with ease and is as delightful to handle as it is to look at. Cased in a lightweight, compact, leather case with a set of cleaning rods, snap caps and cleaning accessories. A very beautiful but perfectly usable sidelock for a variety of game shooting. Price: $13,100

Greifelt & Co. BLE 20 Gauge
Greifelt & Co. BLE 20 Gauge

Greifelt & Co. BLE 20 Gauge: 26″ Chokes: SKT – IC L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 5 lbs 7 oz Ser. #: 31054. Price: $8,950

Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge for sale
Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge for sale

Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge: This handcrafted Pedro Arrizabalaga 20 gauge side by side features and English style straight stock. The deluxe walnut stock has an oil finish and fine checkering. The receiver is engraved with heavy scrollwork. There is a second fore-end, original paperwork, and literature. This shotgun is in excellent condition with little to no signs of wear and use. Chambers: 2-3/4 inch, Barrels: 27-1/2 inch barrel, Triggers: Smooth double triggers, Stock: Deluxe walnut with oil finish and fine checkering, Stock Dimensions: 14-1/8 inch to forward trigger, Fore End: Matching semi-beavertail, second forend splinter style, Butt Pad: Checkered, Weight: 5.95 pounds, Sights: Single front brass bead, Chokes: Barrels stamped “15 15.6” Gauges at Modified, Extras: Second forend, original paperwork and literature. Price: $4,599.99

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

 

PIOTTI 20 MODEL MONACO 2 BEST GUN- 27" CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. w/ BRILEY CHOKES- 1983- OVERALL at 98%- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.- GREAT ENGRAVING
PIOTTI 20 MODEL MONACO 2 BEST GUN- 27″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. w/ BRILEY CHOKES- 1983- OVERALL at 98%- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.- GREAT ENGRAVING

PIOTTI 20 MODEL MONACO 2 BEST GUN- 27″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. w/ BRILEY CHOKES- 1983- OVERALL at 98%- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.- GREAT ENGRAVING: #7897, Fratelli Piotti, Italy: A 20 Bore Best & Highest-Grade Monaco 2 Bar Action Sidelock Ejector Game Gun Built on a True 20 Bore Frame, Finished in 1983, 27” Chopper Lump barrels at .623 .010 – .013 – .015 – .018 & .024″ Briley chokes (Skt.II – Mod. – Tight Mod. – Imp. Mod. & Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, KG 1,080 weight barrels, Flat matted top rib, Double triggers with the front articulated, Bushed strikers, Rolled trigger guard edge for the right hand, Splinter forend with an Anson frontal release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/8 x 1 7/16 x 2 3/8” over a 3/4″ pad and will go 14 9/16″ with a 1″ pad installed, Neutral stock, Gold crest on the forearm, Great 20 Bore weight at 5 lbs. 13 oz., A lot of 28 Bore Sidelocks weight this much, 90% coverage of gorgeous Monaco 2 rose, floral & very fine scroll engraving with a neat floral & vine border by Mr. G. Zacchi on a coin finished frame, Deep relief work at the action breech, G. Zacchi engraved some very high-end Perazzi guns as well, Carved fences and nicely carved frame, A superb piece of European Walnut that would almost go as Exhibition with excellent color & contrast of deep brown & black, The barrels with a pronounced chime, The whole is cased in the maker’s leather trunk with a trade label, This superb 20 Bore Game Gun has 98-99% original barrel blue, The coin finished frame remains at 99%, The original stock finish remains at 97% with very light handling marks, The checkering is at 99%, The bores as new, It remains as tight as the day it left the capable hands of all the Piotti craftsmen. Here is a Classic game gun, with the proper size action body with the correct weight, for 20 Bore gunning by one of the leading gunmaking firms in the world. This piece will remain a treasure forever. Price: $23,900

https://www.gunsinternational.com/guns-for-sale-online/shotguns/parker-shotguns/1938-parker-dhe-16-gauge-1-frame-26-quot-titanic-steel-bbls-100-original.cfm?gun_id=101353705
1938 PARKER DHE 16 gauge #1 frame, 26″ Titanic Steel bbls., 100% Original for sale

1938 PARKER DHE 16 gauge #1 frame, 26″ Titanic Steel bbls., 100% Original: SxS boxlock w/ Dog and game scene engraved case hardened action, #1 frame, 26″ Titanic Steel bbls. w/ 2 3/4″ chambers, Filed concave rib w/ ivory bead, Chokes: Right .674 / .010 / IC & Left .673 / .018 / M, Double triggers, Automatic ejectors, Automatic safety, Highly figured capped pistol grip stock w/ skeletonized metal buttplate, Splinter forearm, Stock Dimensions: DC: 1 5/8″ x DH: 2 11/16″ x Cast: 1/16″ OFF at Heel x LOP: 14 1/16″, Weight: 6 lb. 12 oz., Condition: 100% Original unaltered condition, 99%+ Original Blue, case colors and stock finish, Made in USA circa 1938, Serial #242277. $15,000. 

A.H.FOX HE SUPER FOX 12 GAUGE
A.H.FOX HE SUPER FOX 12 GAUGE

A.H.FOX HE SUPER FOX 12 GAUGE: #31532, 30″ BARRELS, FULL AND FULL (047 AND 051), 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 8 LBS 6 OZ, 2 3/8″ DAH,1 1/2″ DAC,14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $9,950

Beretta ~ DT 11 ~ 12 Ga. OU Shotgun
Beretta ~ DT 11 ~ 12 Ga. OU Shotgun

Beretta ~ DT 11 ~ 12 Ga. OU Shotgun: 3″ chambers, 32″ barrels with interchangeable chokes, Sporting Clays model with beautifully patterned select walnut stock and fore-end. Shows very little signs of use. Triggers: Single-stage trigger with barrel selector safety. Stock: Gorgeous select grade walnut checkered pistol grip stock with a satin finish. Stock Dimensions: 13 3/4 inch length of pull, standard Beretta palm swell and cast for right hand shooter, 1 5/8′ drop at the comb, 2″ and 7 1/4 ” drop at the Heel and Toe. Fore End: Beautiful Checkered walnut fore-end matches the stock. Butt Pad: Black rubber recoil pad. Weight: 9 pounds Chokes: Interchangeable chokes. Skeet over Cylinder are installed. Price: $7,499.97

Browning Superlight - 20ga - 1972 Man. Date - IC/M - 26.5” - 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” - 5 lbs 11 ozs - SN: 2871 V72 - In The Box!
Browning Superlight – 20ga – 1972 Man. Date – IC/M – 26.5” – 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” – 5 lbs 11 ozs – SN: 2871 V72 – In The Box!

Browning Superlight – 20ga – 1972 Man. Date – IC/M – 26.5” – 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” – 5 lbs 11 ozs – SN: 2871 V72 – In The Box!: Minor Field Evidence can be found on wood and metal.  Great Shooting Superposed! Price: $4,900

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Westley Richards 14-bore Flintlock Shotgun with extra set of .54 cal. hollow-point bullet barrels, ca.1841
Westley Richards 14-bore Flintlock Shotgun with extra set of .54 cal. hollow-point bullet barrels, ca.1841

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
MERKEL 203E LUXUS – 20 GAUGE – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – DEEP GAME SCENE ENGRAVED WITH OAK LEAF CARVED STOCK – OAK AND LEATHER CASE

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
High original condition Parker VH 16ga

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
Webley & Scott – 16ga. 26” barrels

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 Valu
PERAZZI – Grand American 1 – MX-8 – Type IV – Great Price and Valu

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

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

Joseph Manton SxS Flintolock 22-bore
Joseph Manton SxS Flintolock 22-bore

Joseph Manton SxS Flintolock 22-bore: Incredibly rare 22-bore, double-barreled, flintlock Sporting Gun, initially completed in 1815 and cased complete with the original Manton parts for the field conversion to percussion ignition, ca. 1820.   Weight: 5 Lbs 12 oz.   Stock Dimensions:
14 5/8”x 1 1/8”x 2 1/8”x straight. Superb 30” rebrowned Damascus barrels with no dents or dings, excellent bores (.599”/.599”) and walls (both .060”-.033”).  Joseph Manton Patent, Platinum-lined, touch holes. Manton Patent Stepped-in, and Inverted, Breeches which allowed for faster ignition in addition to directing rainwater away from the pan and toward a rectangular drain hole in the center of the breech allowing the water to flow out a hole in the bottom of the trigger plate just in front of the trigger guard bow. The Manton Patent Elevated Top Rib is engraved, “Joseph Manton’s New Improvements by His Majesty’s Patent”. Absolutely peerless quality locks, also loaded with Manton Patented features;  Cocks, reinforced at the neck, Patent Hammers (frizzen’s), Gravitating Stops, with platinum-inlaid counterweights, to prevent the cock accidentally falling during loading with cocks inadvertently left at full cock.  In addition to all these features,  included with the gun are the parts and tools for rapid field conversion to percussion ignition (can be accomplished in under 2 minutes for each lock), likely added by Manton, ca. 1820. Locks tight and mechanically perfect in every way. Tang screw, side nail, both cock screws, and left frizzen replaced by LDA. The iron mounts are all nicely engraved in the pattern common to Joe Manton sporting guns of the late flintlock, 1815 -1817, era. The Figured Walnut stock has a repair to the head done by LDA and an old minor repair to the wood just forward of the finial on the trigger plate.  Overall,  the stock is in fine condition showing minimal wear and no abuse. The whole is cased in an ultra-rare original, two-tiered (for a pair of Manton double flintlock sporting guns), Joseph Manton case complete with all period accessories and a proper original Trade Label from the 1815-17 period listing many of the Manton Patent features found on the gun. This extraordinarily rare gun represents the ultimate development of the British flintlock sporting gun by, arguably, the greatest British Gun maker who ever lived, having all of the best innovations present and in working order on a single firearm by Joseph Manton. Overall, mechanically perfect and in fine condition throughout with traces of original finish. Price: $75,000

PURDEY - BEST DELUXE EXTRA FINISH, TWO BARREL SET , 12 GAUGE/12 GAUGE
PURDEY – BEST DELUXE EXTRA FINISH, TWO BARREL SET , 12 GAUGE/12 GAUGE

PURDEY – BEST DELUXE EXTRA FINISH, TWO BARREL SET, 12 GAUGE/12 GAUGE:
29″ BARRELS, M/F CHOKED – 29″ BARRELS, SK/IC CHOKED – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – HINGED FRONT TRIGGER – ORNAMENTAL ENGRAVING – 3 1/4 TON PROOF – BEAVERTAIL FOREND & SPLINTER FOREND – TURKISH WALNUT STRAIGHT GRIP STOCK – CHECKERED BUTT – SIDE CLIP – 3RD FASTENER – RAISED MATTED RIB – MAKER’S LEATHER MOTOR CASE INCLUDED 7 LBS. 11 OZ. 14 3/4″ X 1 3/8″ X 2 1/4″. Price: $49,500  

Beretta AS-20EL 20g OU Shotgun
Beretta AS-20EL 20g OU Shotgun

Beretta AS-20EL OVER UNDER SHOTGUN (S 22364): 27 1/2″ barrels.  Ic/mod.  Solid rib.  Double triggers. Long length of pull to a checkered butt.  Straight grip.  All the good stuff.  5 lbs. 11oz.  One small depression in the stock (see photo) otherwise about perfect. Price: $8450

Perazzi MX28 (S138143) OU SHOTGUN
Perazzi MX28 (S138143) OU SHOTGUN

Perazzi MX28 (S138143) OU SHOTGUN: 28 guage. Ejectors: Yes. Condition: Good. Barrels: 30”. Stock Comb: 1 3/8”. Stock Heel: 2 1/8”. Fore End: English. LOP: 14 5/8”. Weight: 5lb 8oz. Single selective trigger.  Perfect bores.  Really pretty wood.  Few knicks and scratches but a dandy little bird gun. Comes with Perazzi hard case. Chokes: Briley. Price: $7950

PARKER BROS. 20 GAUGE VH - 26" BARRELS CHOKED FULL/FULL - STRAIGHT STOCK - DOUBLE TRIGGERS- SPLINTER FOREND -DOGS HEAD BUTT -CASE COLORS 45%
PARKER BROS. 20 GAUGE VH – 26″ BARRELS CHOKED FULL/FULL – STRAIGHT STOCK – DOUBLE TRIGGERS- SPLINTER FOREND -DOGS HEAD BUTT -CASE COLORS 45%

PARKER BROS. 20 GAUGE VH – 26″ BARRELS CHOKED FULL/FULL – STRAIGHT STOCK – DOUBLE TRIGGERS- SPLINTER FOREND -DOGS HEAD BUTT -CASE COLORS 45%: BLUE 90 % & – TRIGGER GAURD PATINA – CHECKERING VERY GOOD – ACTION TIGHT WITH TOP LEVER RIGHT OF CENTER – BLANK INITIAL SHEILD -LOP 14″ – DAC 1 7/16″ X DAH 2 1/16″ –  WEIGHS 6 LBS. 2 OZS. – ALL ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price: $4,500

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

 

JD DOUGALL Lockfast, Side Lever Back action hammer Express, .500 3" BPE Mfg 1869 Exceptional condition
JD DOUGALL Lockfast, Side Lever Back action hammer Express, .500 3″ BPE Mfg 1869 Exceptional condition

JD DOUGALL Lockfast, Side Lever Back action hammer Express, .500 3″ BPE Mfg 1869 Exceptional condition: Serial #  2719, Barrel Length (in Inches). 28″ Damascus barrels. Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip, Silvers pad. Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm with pin release. Rib Type  Level Flat Rib with express sights (1 standing 2 folding). Receiver Finish  Casehardened with lots of original colors remaining. Engraving Type  Fine Scroll Engraving. Other Options  Stalking safties and action safety. Condition  EXC. Plus Condition. Weight  8#14oz. Dimensions  14″ LOP. Other Details  Mfg 1869, Spotless bores with sharp rifling. Price: $18,500

Beretta ASEL 20g OU Shotgun 28" Bbls
Beretta ASEL 20g OU Shotgun 28″ Bbls

Beretta ASEL 20g OU Shotgun 28″ Bbls: Good to very good. SN- 12083. 5 1/2 lbs. Comb 1 1/4″. Heel 2 1/4″. LOP 14 1/4″ to checkered butt. Cast 0″. Ejectors. Manual safety. 28″ bbls. M/IM. Double triggers. 2 3/4″ chambers. Amazingly light bird gun. Sweet solid rib. Nice condition. Rear swivel stud replaced with screw. Stock appears refinished, but not over sanded or abused. Price: $7900

Parker VH 20 Gauge (High Original Condition)
Parker VH 20 Gauge (High Original Condition)

Parker VH 20 Gauge (High Original Condition): 28″ Chokes: M – F L.O.P. : 14 1/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 6 lbs 2 oz Ser. #: 215699. Price: $4,950

Renato Gamba - Princi Pessa, 28ga. 26" Barrels.
Renato Gamba – Princi Pessa, 28ga. 26″ Barrels.

Renato Gamba – Princi Pessa, 28ga. 26″ Barrels: Single trigger, straight grip,  ¾”pad, Splinter forend, extractor gun, beautiful gold inlayed woodcock on trigger guard bow, case colored frame, game rib, gun remains in great condition. Available for immediate delivery. 6 lbs. 0 oz. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2”. Price: $1,850

BERETTA 686 ONYX 20 GA., 28" BBLS, WITH BOXvv
BERETTA 686 ONYX 20 GA., 28″ BBLS, WITH BOX

BERETTA 686 ONYX 20 GA., 28″ BBLS, WITH BOX: LOP 14 1/2″. DROP 1 3/4″ X 2 1/2″. Price: $1500

Good gun alert: 28g Rizzini Aurum OU, 30″ bbls…

Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun
Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun

When it comes to nice OUs, Battista Rizzini is one of Italy best known gunmakers. He founded the Rizzini Company in 1966, and his shotguns have been popular in the US since the late 1990s. These OUs are built are time-tested triggerplate-style actions, and they proven themselves to be rugged, dependable doubles.

Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun
Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun

Today, these guns are imported into this country by Rizzini USA and the little 28-gauge you see here looks like a great deal.

Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun
Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun

Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun: A true collector’s firearm and Rizinni’s most popular field model, the Aurum Over & Under Shotguns exhibit some of the finest scroll-engraving artwork you’ll see anywhere. Rizzini artisans hand finish each engraving for a level of detail you won’t find in mass-produced firearms. Battista Rizzini himself, hand selects every piece of Turkish walnut to transform into polished, richly detailed stocks. Rizzini scales each frame to its corresponding gauge for ideal weight and swing balance. Chrome-lined precision barrels with vented top rib. Round-knob Prince of Wales grip and Schnabel forend. Single selective trigger can be used to fire either barrel. Includes five interchangeable chokes. Manufactured: 2004, Caliber: 28 Gauge, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Good with a lot of carry wear to left side of butt stock and where stock meets the frame., Bore Condition: Excellent, Barrels: 30″, Triggers: Single selective, Stock: Checkered Turkish walnut prince of wales grip, Stock Dimensions: 14 1/2″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered walnut schnabel, Butt Pad: Grooved hard wood butt plate, Weight: 6 lb, Sights: Ventilated rib with brass bead front sight, Chokes: Flush choke tubes, Full, IM, M, IC, Cylinder, Extras: With lockable cloth-lined fitted hard case. Made in Italy. Item Location: Columbus, OH. Price: $1,799.99

Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun
Rizzini ~ Aurum Small Action ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU shotgun

Auction alert: 28g Beretta S686 Special OU …

Lot #1875: 28g Beretta Model S686 Special Over/Under Shotgun with Case
Lot #1875: 28g Beretta Model S686 Special Over/Under Shotgun with Case

The Rock Island Auction Company’s September Premier sale starts tomorrow, 9/6. On Saturday, 9/7, the 28-gauge Beretta over under you see here is coming up for sale.

These 686-series Beretta’s are some of finest values you’ll ever find. If you’re a quail, grouse, or woodcock hunter, they’re all you need to hunt birds.

Lot #1875: 28g Beretta Model S686 Special Over/Under Shotgun with Case
Lot #1875: 28g Beretta Model S686 Special Over/Under Shotgun with Case

Here’s more info about this one from the auctioneer:

Lot #1875: 28g Beretta Model S686 Special Over/Under Shotgun with Case: Manufactured in 1992 with standard markings and features. Receiver has floral scroll engraving with two barrel bands near the breech. Includes a Beretta takedown case, warranty pamphlet and one snap cap. 28″ bbls, 2 3/4″ chambers, modified/improved cylinder chokes, and 14 5/8″ length of pull.

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

BEAUTIFUL GERMAN MADE 410 OVER AND UNDER SHOTGUN MADE BY GERBRUDER ADAMY
BEAUTIFUL GERMAN MADE 410 OVER AND UNDER SHOTGUN MADE BY GERBRUDER ADAMY

BEAUTIFUL GERMAN MADE 410 OVER AND UNDER SHOTGUN MADE BY GERBRUDER ADAMY: Gun is a fairly high-grade gun that is beautifully done. Marked on the outside is “Diamond Grade”. There is a relief game scene on each side. The balance of the receiver is done in a tight scroll engraving and shows vivid case colors. Top of the frame is matted. Gun is fitted with dense Circassian style Walnut checkered stocks. Gun has cocking indicators. Barrels retain most original blue and measures about 25 inches in length. LOP 14 inches. Manufacture date was about 1905. The Huey case is in very good condition and holds oil bottles, brushes, snap caps and a set of keys.  This gun is guaranteed not to disappoint. Very nice outfit. Price: $16,500. 

INCREDIBLE Benchmark Parker DHE 16 Ga. Very near mint and ALL ORIGINAL
INCREDIBLE Benchmark Parker DHE 16 Ga. Very near mint and ALL ORIGINAL

INCREDIBLE Benchmark Parker DHE 16 Ga. Very near mint and ALL ORIGINAL: Incredible BENCHMARK Parker with 30″ Titanic Steel barrels, made on a #1 frame.  Made with original Miller SST, auto ejectors, splinter forend, and caped pistol grip- gun also has the original leather faced Hawkins pad. This gun retains virtually all factory original finish to both wood and metal with only very minor handling marks in the wood.  Case colors are bold and vivid at 100% as is barrel blue.  Trigger guard blue is 100% original.  This is truly a benchmark Parker.  Guaranteed original in every respect.  This gun sparkles and the photos in no way do it justice! This superb investment grade gun is priced at $15,500 plus shipping to your FFL.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me via PM at (704) 280-2382 to discuss the gun or any reasonable offer. Price: $15,500 

Webley & Scott - Model 720 - 20 gauge - 26" IC / IM - All Original - Nice Shape!
Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 20 gauge – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape!

Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 20 gauge – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape! 2-3/4″, IC / IM (.005 / .020), Ejectors, Double Triggers, English Stock, Checkered Butt, Splinter Forearm, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. Price: $4450

Webley & Scott M701 (M700) - 16 Gauge:
Webley & Scott M701 (M700) – 16 Gauge:

Webley & Scott M701 (M700) – 16 Gauge: We are offering a Webley & Scott M701 (M700) in 16 gauge, one of many pieces from the private collection of firearms and outdoors retailer/distributor Lew Horton. This Webley, serial number 131366, has strong case color and bluing and the wood is in excellent condition showing minimal signs of use. The right barrels is marked “Webley & Scott Ltd.” while the left barrel is marked “Birmingham”.  The barrels sport a single, silver bead. Barrel Length: 28″, Choked: Imp Cyl / Full, Ejectors, Overall weight: 6lb 2oz, LOP: 14-5/8”, DAC: 1-3/8”, DAH: 2-1/8”. Price: $3,195 

Nikko Lightweight Ejector - 20ga - 28” Barrels - Straight Grip - M/F Chokes - Winchester 101 Style - Tight Action - 14 1/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”
Nikko Lightweight Ejector – 20ga – 28” Barrels – Straight Grip – M/F Chokes – Winchester 101 Style – Tight Action – 14 1/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”

Nikko Lightweight Ejector – 20ga – 28” Barrels – Straight Grip – M/F Chokes – Winchester 101 Style – Tight Action – 14 1/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”: 6 lbs 2 ozs – NICE!  Dove Gun Deluxe!  Perfect Chokes, Configuration and Weight – Very Nice Shotgun.  Minor handling marks on wood and bluing as seen in photos. Price: $1,495

Auction alert: Minty Beretta BL-3 20g, 28″ …

Beretta BL-3 BL3 20ga 20 Ga 28" STUNNER NEAR MINT
Beretta BL-3 BL3 20ga 20 Ga 28″ STUNNER NEAR MINT

Here’s another chance for you to get a deal on a great OUs. This Beretta BL-3 is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends tomorrow, Thursday, 8/29/2019, @ 8:10 PM.

Beretta BL-3 BL3 20ga 20 Ga 28" STUNNER NEAR MINT
Beretta BL-3 BL3 20ga 20 Ga 28″ STUNNER NEAR MINT

Beretta’s BL OUs are solid, reliable guns, and it looks like this one is in great shape. Here’s more info about it from the seller.

Beretta BL-3 BL3 20ga 20 Ga 28" STUNNER NEAR MINT
Beretta BL-3 BL3 20ga 20 Ga 28″ STUNNER NEAR MINT

Beretta BL-3 BL3 20ga 20 Ga 28″ STUNNER NEAR MINT: The gun is in excellent condition and functions perfectly. We grade this gun at a conservative 99%. Please look at the pictures and judge for yourself. The 28-inch barrels are marked ++/+++ which in Beretta signifies Improved Modified / Modified. The bores are both shiny and clean. It is equipped with a vented rib and a single brass bead front sight. The receiver is tastefully engraved on all sides. The walnut furniture is gorgeously grained with a matte finish and checkered for a secure comfortable grip. The gun has been shot very little and the mechanics are 100% and very tight as one would expect of a brand new Beretta. This is a perfect lightweight shotgun for bird hunting or a day of clay pigeons. No box is included. The following measurements were are approximate!!! 2.25″ Drop to heal. 7.75″ Drop at comb. 14″ Length of pull.

 

 

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″

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