How to buy vintage shotguns without getting burned: The 2nd most important questions to ask a seller

Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world! Super investment
Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world! Super investment

So I’ve had tech issues with Dogs & Doubles, and it has taken me a while to get things sorted out. Sorry for the trouble. But now I’m back. So here’s the next part of How to buy vintage shotguns without getting burned.

A few weeks ago, I talked about the first of the three most important questions you need to ask a seller before you buy a gun:

Question 1: Is the gun all original or has it been redone?

This week, we’ll cover: Question 2: What’s the condition of the barrels?

One thing I learned quickly in my gun-hoarding days was that bad barrels equal a bad gun. I know this sounds extreme, but it’s true for 2 reasons.

This gun was intentionally destroyed with a gross overcharge of smokeless powder. Pic from MidwayUSA website
This gun was intentionally destroyed with a gross overcharge of smokeless powder. Pic from MidwayUSA website

1: Safety. If the integrity of the barrels is compromised in any way, you can’t count on them to constrain the forces that are unleashed when you fire a gun.

16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun
16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun

2: Barrels are never worth replacing. OK, almost never. But on an old Parker or Fox, a new set made from scratch will cost your $8,000+ — if you can find someone to do it and do it right. You can send a British SxS or an OU back to the UK for new barrels, but you’re talking at least $10,000. European stuff can be just as pricey.

So when you’re buying a vintage shotgun, you need to figure out the condition of the barrels right away. Here are 5 questions to ask the seller.

Are these barrels their original length? I hope so -- I own the gun!
Are these barrels their original length? I hope so — I own the gun!

1. Are the barrels their original length? Back in the day, gunsmiths used to hack off a couple of inches from shotgun barrels all the time, usually to open up the chokes or to remove damage at the muzzle end. Unfortunately, this can affect how the barrels shoot and how the gun balances. It also lowers a gun’s resale value and can look lousy. So if the barrels are no longer their original length, the smart move is to pass on the gun.

Ouch. A nasty dent in a set Parker barrels. Image from the PerlicanParts forum.
Ouch. A nasty dent in a set Parker barrels. Image from the PerlicanParts forum.

2. Are there are any dents, dings, or bulges in the barrels? If so, you may be able to fix them. But depending on where they are, how bad they are, and the overall quality of the gun, it may not be worth doing. Determining the severity of a dent, ding, or bulge requires a gunsmith. The moment you consult one, you’ll start running a tab that could go to $200+ if you move ahead with any work. BTW: Check out this article to read more about dents what goes into repairing them: The Ins And Outs Of Shotgun Barrel Dents

Bad pitting inside a shotgun barrel
Bad pitting inside a shotgun barrel

3. Is there any pitting or corrosion, inside or out? Rust is never good. But some pin-pricks and small blooms of it can be easy to deal with if they’re on the exterior of the bbls. The same is true with a little light frosting inside the tubes. But thick rust and pits can only be removed with honing and polishing. These fixes aren’t cheap and they can create thin spots in the tubes. None of that is good.

4. Are the ribs tight?  Shotgun ribs are fastened to the barrels with soldering. When this soldering comes loose and falls away, moisture works underneath and rust follows. While loose ribs can be relayed, you don’t know how extensive the rust damage is until you remove the ribs. Plus, relaying ribs is expensive and you’ll have to reblue the barrels once it’s done.

5. Are there are any signs of repairs? Barrels get dented and fixed. Sometimes they bulge and are repaired. When they rust, people clean them up and reblue them (but won’t always reblue them the right way). While minor repairs aren’t a huge concern, major fixes are. If a set of barrels has been repaired, you (or more likely a gunsmith) will have to inspect them to see if the repair was done correctly and if the area around the repair has been compromised. And you know what that means — $$$$.

So that’s a lot to ask — I know. Later this week I’ll go over the rest of the things you need to find out about a set of shotgun barrels before you guy the gun, including chamber lengths, bore sizes, and minimum wall thicknesses. Stay tuned.

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PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN

PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: 26″ BARRELS, .005/.005 CHOKES, 3″ CHAMBERS, SPLINTER FOREND, FACTOR STRAIGHT GRIP “RARE”, 14″ 1 3/4″-2 7/8″, OOO FRAME, BRIGHT SHINY BORES, 95% BARREL BLUE, TIGHT ON FACE, GOOD SHOOTER ALL ORIGINAL UNALTERED PARKER CORRECT TO THE RECORD BOOK CURIO AND RELIC ELIGIBLE. Price: $24,500

Webley & Scott 20 Gauge Box Lock SXS Ejector Cased
Webley & Scott 20 Gauge Box Lock SXS Ejector Cased

Webley & Scott 20 Gauge Box Lock SXS Ejector Cased: 2 3/4-inch box lock ejector cased with accessories. Improved Cylinder and Modified chokes. English stock without cast, Strong case colors and 40% engraved. Leather-covered pad. Very light handling marks. Lockable case with a wood cleaning rod, jag, mop, and brass brush. Oil bottle and snap caps. 14 1/2 inch pull to front trigger. 5 pounds 11 ounces. 26-inch barrels. Checkering is sharp. Price: $4000

Merkel "Walter Uhlig" Over Under Double Rifle in 9.3 x 74R
Merkel “Walter Uhlig” Over Under Double Rifle in 9.3 x 74R

Merkel “Walter Uhlig” Over-Under Double Rifle in 9.3 x 74R: This Over/Under rifle has three claw mounts (no scope).  Boasts a 26″ barrel, with a 13 3/4″ LOP over pad.  Perfect bore!  This rifle is out of an estate that we are doing (No History). Serial Number: 24887. Barrel Length: 26″. Weight: 8 lbs 5 oz. Price: $3,995

Chapuis Orvis Classic SxS 20g 28"
Chapuis Orvis Classic SxS 20g 28″

Chapuis Orvis Classic SxS 20g 28″: Excellent condition. SN- 61905. IC/M. 3″ chambers. Ejectors. Automatic safety. 6 lbs. Comb 1 1/2″. Heel 2 1/2″. LOP 14 7/8″. Cast 1/4″ off. Double Triggers. Rare opportunity to get a high-quality Chapuis/Orvis sxs field gun at a great price. Orvis demo gun, maintained by Orvis Gunsmithing. Super clean with some minor nicks and handling marks. Pretty much like new. Hard case and materials. Seen little use. Price: $3600

BERETTA - 686 Onyx - OU - 20ga - 28" bbls Mobilchoke
BERETTA – 686 Onyx – OU – 20ga – 28″ bbls Mobilchoke

BERETTA – 686 Onyx – OU – 20ga – 28″ bbls Mobilchoke: LOP 14-5/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs 1 oz. Good Solid Working Gun. Shows some wear, but still tight and ready for the field. Price: $1485

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Parker Bros Grade PH 8 Gauge SxS
Parker Bros Grade PH 8 Gauge SxS

Parker Bros Grade PH 8 Gauge SxS: Serial Number: 157318, Barrel Length: 36″, Ejectors: No, Condition: Original, Metal Condition: Nice, Wood Condition: Nice, Bore Condition: Good, Triggers: 2, Fore End: Splinter, Weight: 13 1/2 lbs. Price: $35,000 

Truly superb and extremely rare 20g Charles Daly Diamond Quality boxlock - Early Lindner made gun!
Truly superb and extremely rare 20g Charles Daly Diamond Quality boxlock – Early Lindner made gun!

Truly superb and extremely rare 20g Charles Daly Diamond Quality boxlock – Early Lindner made gun!: Antique: Yes, Shotgun Gauge: 20 Gauge, Manufacturer: H.A. Lindner, Model: Diamond Quality, Serial Number: 1516, Barrel Length: 26″, Chambers: 2-5/8″, Ejectors: yes, Condition: Excellent, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Excellent, Bore Condition: Excellent, Triggers: Double Triggers, Stock: Round knob grip, Stock Comb: 1-1/2″, Stock Heel: 2-1/4″, Fore End: Splinter, Butt Pad: Silvers Type, LOP: 14-3/8″, Weight: 5lbs 10oz, Choke Left: .630″ with .012″, Choke Right: .630″ with .008″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .030″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .030″. Very rare and lightweight Charles Daly Diamond Quality gun made in Prussia.  Lindner made gun with 26″ barrels. These early guns are of incredibly high quality and this gun made with sideclips, auto-ejectors, double triggers, and auto-safety. The gun is near full coverage engraved in fantastic detailed scroll and game scenes as seen in the photos.  Gun is very lightweight and handles like a wand.  Beautiful original stocks with fine checkering are nicely figured.  Housed in a green canvas, green felt interior case with leather appointments. Overall the gun remains in extremely fine pleasing original condition with more than 75% bold original case colors, 95% original barrel blue and stocks are superb with some finish added for preservation. Bores are brilliant and shiny and mechanics are crisp. Price: $27,500

Francotte - 20E, 20ga. 26" Barrels Choked SK/IM:
Francotte – 20E, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SK/IM:

Francotte – 20E, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SK/IM: Semi pistol grip, small leather face pad, double trigger, AE, Abercrombie and Fitch gun in A&F case with all of its accessories. Sideclip, 3rd fastener, 90% plus case color, barrel blue and wood finish. Not a screw has been turned. Untouched great gun, splinter forend. A Great, Great untouched gun. 5 lbs. 6 oz. 14 ½” x 1 3/8″ x 2 ½” Price: $9,995

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK - 3 INCH CHAMBERS - 32 INCH BLS. - FULL/FULL
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK – 3 INCH CHAMBERS – 32 INCH BLS. – FULL/FULL

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK – 3 INCH CHAMBERS – 32 INCH BLS. – FULL/FULL: SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER – PISTOL GRIP STOCK HAS SOLID RED WINCHESTER RECOIL PAD – WOOD OVERALL IS EXCELLENT WITH ONE EXCEPTION, SOME FINISH LOSS JUST LEFT OF TOP TANG – CHECKERING AND FINISH IS EXCELLENT ON BOTH BUTT AND BEAVERTAIL FOREND – DIAMOND PATTERN ON FOREND – RECEIVER BLUE 99.99% – BARREL BLUE 99.99% – TRIGGER GUARD BLUE 100% – LOP 13 1/2 INCH – WEIGHT 7 LBS 12 OZS. Price: $8,000

BROWNING CITORI 16 GA FEATHER SUPERLIGHT
BROWNING CITORI 16 GA FEATHER SUPERLIGHT

BROWNING CITORI 16 GA FEATHER SUPERLIGHT: MADE IN BELGIUM IN 2019.  BARRELS ARE 28” WITH A VENT RIB AND INVECTOR CHOKED.  NEW IN BOX. Condition: EXCELLENT, Metal Condition: EXCELLENT Wood Condition: EXCELLENT, Bore Condition: EXCELLENT, Stock Comb: 1 1/2” Stock Heel: 2 1/2”, LOP: 14 1/4”, Weight: 5 LB 14 OZ, Case: FACTORY BOX Price: $2,350

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OGDEN SMITH & HUSSEY IMPERIAL PIGEON SXS 12 GAUGE
OGDEN SMITH & HUSSEY IMPERIAL PIGEON SXS 12 GAUGE

OGDEN SMITH & HUSSEY IMPERIAL PIGEON SXS 12 GAUGE: 30″ WIDE PIGEON RIB 036 AND 038 CONSTRIXTION 2 3/4 NITRO, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 7LBS 15 OZ, 2 1/8″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $12,500

Francotte 20E 20 Gauge SxS - 1950, 99% CASE COLOR, MINTY!
Francotte 20E 20 Gauge SxS – 1950, 99% CASE COLOR, MINTY!

Francotte 20E 20 Gauge – 1950, 99% CASE COLOR, MINTY!, vintage firearms inc: General Specs: Francotte, Year 1950, 20 gauge, 5lbs 12oz, IC/M, LOP 14 7/16″, DAH 2 3/8″, DAC 1 1/2″, Serial Number: 89933. Auguste Francotte is world famous as a high-quality firearms maker from the gun making center of Leige, Belgium dating back as far as 1805.  Still making fine shotguns with price tags starting at $18,000, Francotte is a brand recognized and used by heads of state, business tycoons, and in some cases, the fortunate “Average Joe”. Search long and hard, you will not find another Auguste Francotte like this one.  First, this is the Model 20E, one of the higher grades A. Francotte offered in the boxlock ejector format and it has the sideplated action allowing for beautiful scroll engraving.  Second, the gun is 70 years old and RETAINS 99% OF THE FACTORY FINISH, INCLUDING ALL OF THE BOLD, VIVID, ORIGINAL BONE AND CHARCOAL CASE COLORS.  I HAVE NEVER SEEN A HIGHER CONDITION FRANCOTTE 20E!  Francotte guns are nicely built side by sides with a solid reputation for graceful looks and handling characteristics as well as rock solid dependability.  This fine Francotte, sn89933 built in 1950, has seen little use.  Beautifully hand engraved with FINE SCROLL ENGRAVING AND FOLIATE SCROLL BREECH BALLS, this is a very high-end side by side.  The wood is nicely figured European walnut showing lots of fiddleback figure and rich dark streaking, with most of the factory finish still there and the factory 28LPI hand-cut checkering in excellent condition.  There are field use marks in the buttstock wood, but all are superficial and there are no cracks or gouges in the wood.  We can restore the wood for you if you wish in a short period of time for an added cost; just ask about this in-house service we provide.  The gun weighs in at an ultra-light 5 3/4lbs. with its 26” Siemens Martin fluid steel barrels that are choked IC/M and have mirror perfect bores.  It is a very dynamic shotgun with the balance point on the hinge pin.  With the Prince of Wales style stock, it is lightning fast to the shoulder and puts a smile on your face when you handle her.  The gun is mechanically excellent with strong, well timed ejectors, barrels tight on the hinge pin and breech face like a new gun, perfect screws, crisp triggers…all in perfect working order and in need of no work at all.  THERE ARE 5 LOCKING POINTS ON THIS FRANCOTTE; A HIDDEN GREENER CROSS BOLT AT THE TOP RIB, DOUBLE UNDERLUG LOCKING BOLTS, SIDECLIPS, AND A THROUGH RECEIVER BARREL LUG, making sure the barrels are locked to the breech face laterally and vertically.  It just doesn’t get any better than that!  What a great gun for your upland pursuits, especially for the grouse and woodcock coverts and hunting over fine dogs.  She will represent well at the vintage sporting events too.  Francotte built some of the highest quality guns ever made and they are surprisingly affordable as this gun demonstrates.  Thanks for looking!  Price: $8,950

Parker Repro DHE - 20ga - 26” - IC/M - DT - Straight Grip - Skeleton Buttplate - High Grade Wood - Leather Maker’s Case
Parker Repro DHE – 20ga – 26” – IC/M – DT – Straight Grip – Skeleton Buttplate – High Grade Wood – Leather Maker’s Case

Parker Repro DHE – 20ga – 26” – IC/M – DT – Straight Grip – Skeleton Buttplate – High Grade Wood – Leather Maker’s Case: 14 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ – some case color wear – some handling marks – would make a great grouse, woodcock and quail gun – it’s TIGHT like new otherwise. Excellent Field Configuration worthy of an upland hunter. Price: $5,500  

BERETTA - SO4 - 30" M / F - Quality Sidelock Over Under - Completely Refurbished !
BERETTA – SO4 – 30″ M / F – Quality Sidelock Over Under – Completely Refurbished !

Beretta – SO4 – 30″ m / f – quality sidelock OU – completely refurbished: 12ga, 2-3/4″, 29-1/2″ M / F (.724 – .030 / .039) – Hand Filed Vent Rib, Ejectors, Single Non-Selective Trigger, LOP 14-7/8″, Drop 1-1/2 to 1-3/4″, Neutral Cast, Weight 8 lbs 4 oz. Completely refurbished gun, and used little – if any – since. Bores are perfect, and at factory original specs. This gun was reproofed in 1993, and possibly refurbished at that time. The gun is ready to shoot, but you can detect slight movement in the barrels. Price: $3950

A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun
A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun

A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model: My personal benchmark gun. Decided after it being in the safe for several years that someone else needs to own it. Will start it out here for a week and see what happens. Specs are 26″ barrels choked .013 and .020 and bores of .729 per my Skeets, and 2 3/4″ chambers and ejectors. LOP to end of wood 13 1/4″. To end of Antiflinch Pad 14 1/4″. DAC 1 5/8″, DAH 2 7/8″. Weight and this is downright lovely is 6 lb 9 oz. A 12 bore made for bird hunting as they say. Serial Number. is 122114. Call this my benchmark gun because the case colors are just about mint. Slight fading on the underside, but they are all there. Blueing is 100 percent except for some small spot right around the top rib where Dan Rossiter from Custom Stocks and Steel, believed there may have been a bit oil or whatever missed when the factory did the barrels. Gun has been apart one time and that was by Dan when he checked the internals. He added the Antiflinch pad (forgot what was on it). Bought this at a small in Va from a collector. Gun’s bores were covered in cosmoline and per the house the gun had not been fired for over 50 years (who knows). Wasn’t fired much if at all. Some flaking on the finish in spots. I’ve done nothing to the gun and its time to move it on. Pictures when the sun comes up. Serial Number: 122114, Barrel Length: 26″, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: Excellent, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Small bit of flaking, Bore Condition: Mint, Triggers: 2, Gauge: 12, Butt Pad: Jostam Anti flinch, Weight: 6 lb 9 oz, Choke Left: Mod, Choke Right: IC. PS.  This is a Savage marked gun with all the best Philly Fox features.   Also had twin Ivory beads (front and rear). Price: $1,950

What’s original look like? A lesson from two VH-grade Parkers…

TOP: A 28g Parker VH BOTTOM: a 12g Parker VH
TOP: A 28g Parker VH BOTTOM: a 12g Parker VH

When it comes to vintage shotguns, especially vintage American shotguns, original condition matters the most. But what does “original condition” look like, especially on a couple VH-grade Parkers that are 80+ years old.

28g Parker VH SxS
28g Parker VH SxS

Take a look at these two. The first is a 28g that looks like it spent most its life in the field. The second is a 12g that looks like it was locked in a gun case since new. Both look all original to me.

28g Parker VH SxS
28g Parker VH SxS

 

28g Parker VH SxS
28g Parker VH SxS

 

28g Parker VH SxS
28g Parker VH SxS

Parker VH 28ga 28” SxS for sale: All original gun that has never been fooled with. These are very hard to find and super rare in original condition. Bright, shiny, 28″ bores choked f/f.Serial Number: 165290, Barrel Length: 28”, Barrels: 28”, Gauge: 28ga, Stock Dimensions: 14”, Stock Comb: 1 1/2”, Stock Heel: 2 1/2″ Price: $14,500 

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun: Advanced collectors always have what they call “reference guns”. A gun that they know to be all original to compare other guns to. This particular gun, a 225k SN range VH 12ga with original 28″ Vulcan Steel barrels is absolutely a reference gun. Made with capped pistol grip, splinter forend, double triggers and extractors.

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun

The gun remains in exceptional near mint original condition with more than 98% original barrel blue, virtually all of its bold original case color, and nearly all of its original stock finish. Here are the technical details on the gun: made on a 1-1/2 frame with drops of 1-1/2″ at comb and 2-3/4″ at heel and LOP of 14-1/2″ over the original DHBP. The gun weighs 6lbs 15oz and the barrels measure .730 (R) with .018(mod) and .732 (L) with .028 (imp. mod) and both barrels have .028MWT.  This gun is guaranteed authentic and completely original in every respect and comes to me from one of the great Parker collections in the country. PGCA Letter included identifying the gun exactly as found today. It is very near mint and truly fantastic. I wish every Parker I owned was this fine and easy to describe. Simply put, no excuses on this gun. Price: $5995

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun

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HARTMANN & WEISS BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 410
HARTMANN & WEISS BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 410

HARTMANN & WEISS BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 410: 27″ SOLID RIB MOD AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS, SINGLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, BOSS-STYLE FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, MAKER’S CASE, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 5LBS 5 OZ, 1 7/16″ DAC, 2 3/16″ DAH, 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $135,000

WESTLEY RICHARDS 410 Hand detachable (droplock) SxS
WESTLEY RICHARDS 410 Hand detachable (droplock) SxS

WESTLEY RICHARDS 410 Hand detachable (droplock): Scalloped action ejector with 28-inch chopper lump barrels chocked full and full. C bolt dolls head, double trigger, splinter forend with Deeley & Edge release. Length of pull is 14 9/16″ to a checkered bull. Drop is 1 1/2″ X 2 1/8″  Condition is excellent, almost as new condition, with upgraded wood and it’s original Westley Richards case. Completed in 2011. Price: $65,000

Ithaca Classic Doubles 4E hard to find 28 Bore
Ithaca Classic Doubles 4E hard to find 28 Bore

Ithaca Classic Doubles 4E hard to find 28 Bore: This is a beautiful Ithaca 4E in the hard to find 28 Gauge. This Classic Double was hand made to order and have beautiful wood, ejectors and 30-in barrels choked IC & M. The lop is 15 1/8 in over factory pad to front trigger. It will make a fine addition to your collection. Price: $6,499

Westley Richards (LONDON) Best Quality boxlock 20ga. 5lbs. 9 ozs.
Westley Richards (LONDON) Best Quality boxlock 20ga. 5lbs. 9 ozs.

Westley Richards (LONDON) Best Quality boxlock 20ga. 5lbs. 9 ozs: 28″ tapered small swamp rib, IM/IC, DT’s, Ext. intricate 75% coverage R&S engraved,, fine checkered elegant English walnut 14 1/4″ LOP straight stock, 65% CC., 95% bbl. blue, light handling only,  1 5/8 DAC – 2 1/2″ DAH – 14 1/4″ LOP over factory buttplate – 5 lbs. 9 ozs. Very tight, mint bores. Price: $4,995

High Condition Parker VH 12Ga.
High Condition Parker VH 12Ga.

High Condition Parker VH 12Ga: In remarkable all original condition. Built-in 1922, this gun retains 98% of the original case colors,985 of the original barrel blue, and 98% of the original wood finish. The gun has 28″ Vulcan steel barrels choked improved modified (.030″) and full (.040″). The bores are mint and free of any rust, dents, or pitting. The wood is sound with no cracks or damage. A few very light handling marks are all that keep the wood from being 100%. The gun is built on a 1-1/2 frame and weighs 6-14. The stock dimensions are 141/4″ LOP over the dog’s head buttplate,1 1/2″ at comb, and 2 5/8″ at heel. The barrels lock up tightly and the top lever is to the right as it should be. This is a great example of the classic Parker. It is all original and would make a great addition to any collection. It would also make a fantastic dove or pheasant gun.VH grade guns are extremely hard to find in this condition because most of them saw very hard use. Nice enough to be proud off but not too nice to shoot. Price: $2995

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W. J. Jeffrey ~ Side-by-Side ~ Double Rifle ~ .475 NE
W. J. Jeffrey ~ Side-by-Side ~ Double Rifle ~ .475 NE

W. J. Jeffrey ~ Side-by-Side ~ Double Rifle ~ .475 NE: Metal Condition: Excellent with light mark, Wood Condition: Very good with handling marks, Bore Condition: Clean with no pitting or wear, Barrels: 24″, Stock: Checkered walnut, Stock Dimensions: 14.5″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered walnut, Butt Pad: Leather recoil pad, Weight: 11lbs 8ozs, Sights: Notch and blade sight with adjustable rear leafs. Price: $21,499.97

Parker VH 28ga 28” SxS for sale
Parker VH 28ga 28” SxS for sale

Parker VH 28ga 28” SxS for sale: All original gun that has never been fooled with. These are very hard to find and super rare in original condition. Bright, shiny, 28″ bores choked f/f.Serial Number: 165290, Barrel Length: 28”, Barrels: 28”, Gauge: 28ga, Stock Dimensions: 14”, Stock Comb: 1 1/2”, Stock Heel: 2 1/2″ Price: $14,500 

JOSEPH LANG & SONS BACK ACTION SIDELOCK REBOUNDING HAMMER DBL RIFLE , 450 BPE 3 1/4 WITH JONES UNDERLEVER
JOSEPH LANG & SONS BACK ACTION SIDELOCK REBOUNDING HAMMER DBL RIFLE , 450 BPE 3 1/4 WITH JONES UNDERLEVER

JOSEPH LANG & SONS BACK ACTION SIDELOCK REBOUNDING HAMMER DBL RIFLE , 450 BPE 3 1/4 WITH JONES UNDERLEVER: 450 BPE 3 1/4, SCROLL & VIVID CASE COLORED ACTION, 26″ BBL, STANDARD RIB, EXTRACTORS, DBL TRIGGERS, BEAUTIFUL HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, PISTOL GRIP, ENGRAVED GRIP CAP, SPLINTER FOREND, LOP 14 1/2, 9LBS 6OZ, 1 FX 1 FOLDING, BLADE FRONT, VERY FINE ORIGINAL CONDITION, WITH MIRROR BORES. Price: $11,495

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28"- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun: Advanced collectors always have what they call “reference guns”. A gun that they know to be all original to compare other guns to. This particular gun, a 225k SN range VH 12ga with original 28″ Vulcan Steel barrels is absolutely a reference gun. Made with capped pistol grip, splinter forend, double triggers and extractors. The gun remains in exceptional near mint original condition with more than 98% original barrel blue, virtually all of its bold original case color, and nearly all of its original stock finish. Here are the technical details on the gun: made on a 1-1/2 frame with drops of 1-1/2″ at comb and 2-3/4″ at heel and LOP of 14-1/2″ over the original DHBP. The gun weighs 6lbs 15oz and the barrels measure .730 (R) with .018(mod) and .732 (L) with .028 (imp. mod) and both barrels have .028MWT.  This gun is guaranteed authentic and completely original in every respect and comes to me from one of the great Parker collections in the country. PGCA Letter included identifying the gun exactly as found today. It is very near mint and truly fantastic. I wish every Parker I owned was this fine and easy to describe. Simply put, no excuses on this gun. Price: $5995

William Powell and Son Sidelock in very nice condition in its makers case ~ This is a super deal on an extremely nice English sidelock
William Powell and Son Sidelock in very nice condition in its maker’s case ~ This is a super deal on an extremely nice English sidelock

William Powell and Son Sidelock in very nice condition in its makers case ~ This is a super deal on an extremely nice English sidelock: Serial Number: 12001. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 29″. Barrel Type: Steel. Action: Sidelock ejector. Gauge: 12 gauge. Stock Comb: 1 1/2″. Stock Heel: 2″. Stock Cast: 3/16″. LOP: 14 5/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 9.5oz. Choke Left: .020″ full. Choke Right: .010″ IC. Proof: Nitro: 2 1/2″. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .025″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .023″ Price: $5,800

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E.J. Churchill Premier O/U 28 ga., 29" barrels:
E.J. Churchill Premier O/U 28 ga., 29″ barrels:

E.J. Churchill Premier O/U 28 ga., 29″ barrels: Choked .005/.009 (improved cylinder/open modified)  feature a raised, tapered file cut game rib.  Auto ejectors, auto safety, single trigger.  The round bar action is engraved in the finest small scroll with a fabulous scene of flushing quail on the action bottom and framed with “EJ Churchill Premier” in gold.  The locks also bear the Churchill name, also in gold, contrasting against the old silver finish.  Truly a sensational visual treat!  Pistol grip stock of dark, old-world burl walnut with extraordinary figure measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2-3/8″ heel, 14-3/8″ to a checkered butt, slight cast for a right-hand shooter.  Slight forward bias, weighing only 5 lbs., 10 oz., results in an exceptional feel and swing.  A true masterpiece! Just the ticket for quail and dove! Deluxe brass cornered leather case with outer canvas cover. Offered at half of replacement. Price: $57,500

Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge (Extra Finish) King Holland & Holland Royal
Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge (Extra Finish) King Holland & Holland Royal

Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge (Extra Finish) King Holland & Holland Royal: 26″ Chokes: CYL – CYL L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/8″H Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Ser. #: 8528 Price: $14,900

Scarce Parker VH 28ga "00" Frame Gun with perfect dimensions
Scarce Parker VH 28ga “00” Frame Gun with perfect dimensions

Scarce Parker VH 28ga “00” Frame Gun with perfect dimensions: Made in 1927, this handy little gun made on a “00” frame with 26″ Vulcan Steel barrels.  Made with splinter forend, double triggers, and extractors.  The gun has been completely restored by Larry Del Grego and Sons and made into a straight grip gun with fantastic modern stock dimensions with a long LOP.  Overall, the gun remains in superb condition as restored by Del Grego.  It retains virtually all finish to both wood and metal showing only very minor use and handling marks.  Mechanics are crisp and the bores are bright and shiny. Price: $14,500

William Evans Sidelock 16g in wonderful condition~ Check out the engraving and case color!
William Evans Sidelock 16g in wonderful condition~ Check out the engraving and case color!

William Evans Sidelock 16g in wonderful condition~ Check out the engraving and case color: This London 16 is in wonderful condition with over 90% original case color remaining. It is light and balances well and is tight as a drum. The trigger pulls are crisp and the auto ejectors shoot the shells across the room. Beyond wonderful condition, this London sidelock has near full coverage acanthus leaf engraving that is just stunning. What a wonderful little bird gun! Serial Number: 16988, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 26 1/2″, Barrel Type: Steel Action: Sidelock ejector, Gauge: 16 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 3/8″, Stock Heel: 2 5/16″, Stock Cast: 7/16″, LOP: 14 7/8″, Weight: 6 lbs. 1/2oz.,  Choke Left: .032 extra full, Choke Right: .010 IC, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .032″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .032″. Price: $4,900

Browning Superposed 20ga in Tolex Case
Browning Superposed 20ga in Tolex Case

Browning Superposed 20ga in Tolex Case: Early Browning Superposed 20ga with 28″ vent rib barrels in very nice original Tolex case made in 1950.  Gun has been used and shows some finish loss on the bottom of the receiver and stock but is otherwise in very good condition.  The 28″ vent rib barrels are choked IC/M and are for 2 3/4″ shells.  The Tolex case is in excellent condition however the inside strap is missing. Price: $4000

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Stephen Grant Classic Hammer Sidelever
Stephen Grant Classic Hammer Sidelever

Stephen Grant Classic Hammer Sidelever: Serial Number: 4896, Barrels: 30 inches, Action: SE, Triggers: Double Trigger, Gauge: 12 Gauge, LOP: 15 1/2 inches, Weight: 7 lbs. 2 oz. Cased with original gamebooks. Gamebooks detail all the game that was taken with the shotgun from its original estate. The shotgun was gifted to the gamekeeper when he retired and was then passed down to his kin before being exported to the United States. Price: $9,995

Extremely fine Parker VH 20ga with original hang tags
Extremely fine Parker VH 20ga with original hang tags

Extremely fine Parker VH 20ga with original hang tags: Rarely do we find Parkers in high original condition – even more rarely do we find them with original hang tags. Even more rare than that, is to have the lineage of the gun from the day it was born until today. This little VH 20ga was purchased by legendary Parker collector, Charlie Price from the original owner’s son some 30+ years ago.  The gun is a fine VH 20ga with 28″ Vulcan steel barrels made in 1921 and letters almost exactly as found today. It has a splinter forend, double triggers, extractors, and auto safety. The gun has a full pistol grip buttstock and the original DHBP. A photo of the PGCA Letter is attached. The gun remains in superb original untouched condition with more than 85% original case color. The barrels retain about 90% original blue with some minor spotting towards the muzzle. Stocks are crisp and sound and retain more than 95% original finish. The gun measures 14″ LOP with drops of 1-1/2″ and 3″ at heel- exactly as ordered. Gun has original 2-1/2″ chambers. Chokes measure .005 in the right and .017 in the left with bores both measuring .622. MWT are .022 (R) and .024(L). Original hangtags included. Finding these high condition smallbore Parkers is fun and this one is a gem. Having been the best one Charlie Price was able to acquire is like the cherry on top!  Price: $8995

Arrieta 2" 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS Spanish Shotgun:
Arrieta 2″ 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS Spanish Shotgun:

Arrieta 2″ 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS Spanish Shotgun: 28″ Chokes: IC – Full L.O.P. : 15″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 6 lbs 1 oz Ser. #: 570324899. Price: $5,950

Ruger 28 Gauge Red Label 99% in factory box
Ruger 28 Gauge Red Label 99% in factory box

Ruger 28 Gauge Red Label 99% in factory box: Made in 1996 with a straight grip stock and 26″ barrels.  It includes the original factory box, and retains 99% of the factory original finish.  The left side of the receiver near the bottom has one scratch that is visible in the photos.  It appears to have been fired very little and locks up proper and tight. These small frame 28 gauge Rugers are a delight to handle.  The stock has a length of pull of 14.25″ to the factory buttplate.  Includes all five factory choke tubes and wrench. All original and correct in every respect, featuring a nicely figured walnut buttstock. Price: $2,050

J. P. Sauer & Sohn - Habicht Ejector - - 1944 - - WWII Production - Great Quality & Great Dimensions
J. P. Sauer & Sohn – Habicht Ejector – – 1944 – – WWII Production – Great Quality & Great Dimensions

J. P. Sauer & Sohn – Habicht Ejector – – 1944 – – WWII Production – Great Quality & Great Dimensions: 1944 – J. P. Sauer Sohn – Habicht Ejector – 12ga, 28-3/8″, 2-3/4″, IM / F, Raised Solid Rib, Third Bite, Double Triggers, LOP 14-5/8″, Drop 1-9/16″ to 2-7/16″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 6 lbs. 6 oz. Solid – Tight Gun. All Original. Excellent Bores. Price: $1575

Connect yourself to the past: a Parker and Purdeys with famous owners …

J Purdey & Sons Pre-Owned Trio of 20 bore Sidelock Ejector Over-and-Under Shotguns ordered by Sir Joseph Nickerson with Single Triggers. Set of 3 guns - #1 & #2 guns with Spare 26"
J Purdey & Sons Pre-Owned Trio of 20 bore Sidelock Ejector Over-and-Under Shotguns ordered by Sir Joseph Nickerson with Single Triggers. Set of 3 guns – #1 & #2 guns with Spare 26″

One of the great things about shooting old shotguns is the way they connect to the past. While you can read about history in books, with an old shotgun, you can feel it in your hands. The guns you see here offer those kinds of connections in very specific ways.

This trio of Purdey OUs was made for Sir Joseph Nickerson, one of the UK’s most famous shooters and author of the book A Shooting Man’s Creed. Nickerson started out shooting SxSs, but switched over to OUs, first Woodwards and then Purdeys.

 

J Purdey & Sons Pre-Owned Trio of 20 bore Sidelock Ejector Over-and-Under Shotguns ordered by Sir Joseph Nickerson with Single Triggers. Set of 3 guns - #1 & #2 guns with Spare 26"
J Purdey & Sons Pre-Owned Trio of 20 bore Sidelock Ejector Over-and-Under Shotguns ordered by Sir Joseph Nickerson with Single Triggers. Set of 3 guns – #1 & #2 guns with Spare 26″

J Purdey & Sons Pre-Owned Trio of 20 bore Sidelock Ejector Over-and-Under Shotguns ordered by Sir Joseph Nickerson with Single Triggers. Set of 3 guns – #1 & #2 guns with Spare 26. In our Dallas Showroom: Triggers: Single, Safety: Automatic Barrels: Barrel Length: 26″ with extra set of barrels for number 1 & 2 gun. Chamber: 2 3/4″. Rib: Solid Tapered. Chokes: Right: Improved Cylinder Left 1/2. Stock: Type: Deluxe grade Walnut, Length: 15″. Bend: 1 1/2″ – 1 5/8″. Grip: Half pistol grip. Butt End Finish: Chequered. Forend: Game. Engraving: Description: Rose & Scroll Finish: Case Colour Finish. Case: Leather Motor. Date of Manufacture: 1978. Price: $205,000

Important & rare DHE 20ga 30" made for Famous Parker shooter Guy Lovelace w/Spec. features:
Important & rare DHE 20ga 30″ made for Famous Parker shooter Guy Lovelace w/Spec. features:

Guy Lovelace was a successful southern California trap shooter back in the days when target shooting was covered in major newspapers the same way NBA games are covered today.

Important & rare DHE 20ga 30" made for Famous Parker shooter Guy Lovelace w/Spec. features:
Important & rare DHE 20ga 30″ made for Famous Parker shooter Guy Lovelace w/Spec. features:

Important & rare DHE 20ga 30″ made for Famous Parker shooter Guy Lovelace w/Spec. features: Very rare Parker DHE 20ga with original 30″ barrels made for famed Parker Shooter Guy Lovelace and shipped to Tufts Lyon Co. in Los Angeles, CA for Guy Lovelace. Lovelace is easily googled and found in many shooting results as a champion shooter. He is also pictured on the rare Parker Bros 1905 calendar! I have some research and photos on email to go along with the gun to the successful purchaser.  Made on a “0” frame with splinter forend, straight stock, double triggers and original skeleton buttplate. This gun with several special order features which are mentioned in the PGCA letter (photo included), most importantly is the forend checkering which calls for the forend to be checkered all over- this is the only factory original fully checkered original DHE 20ga I have seen. It also has wood that is just stunning – showing incredible fiddleback and color. The gun remains in pleasing untouched original condition with about 20% original case color. Barrels are excellent with about 75% original toned blue. The stocks are sound (no cracks) and retain about 85% of their original finish wish scattered handling marks from time in the blind. Bores are brilliant and shiny. Mechanics are crisp. Price: $10,950

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A GALAZAN - BEST BOSS O/U , 20 Gauge FANTASY ENGRAVED:
A GALAZAN – BEST BOSS O/U , 20 Gauge FANTASY ENGRAVED:

A GALAZAN – BEST BOSS O/U , 20 Gauge FANTASY ENGRAVED: CREATIVE ARTS FAUSTI ENGRAVED 29″ SOLID RIB 012 AND 017 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT WITH ENGRAVED HEEL AND TOE PLATES INCREDIBLE ENGRAVING AND WOOD NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE 6LBS 9 OZ X 2 3/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $39,500

Parker Reproduction BHE SxS 20 Gauge Shotgun
Parker Reproduction BHE SxS 20 Gauge Shotgun

Parker Reproduction BHE SxS 20 Gauge Shotgun: Cased. 0 Frame. Serial Number: 20-0059. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 26 inches. Triggers: Double Triggers. Stock Comb: 1 1/8 inches. Stock Heel: 2 inches. Fore End: Splinter. LOP: 14 3/4 inches. Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz. Price: $10,500

Thomas Bland SLE 20 Gauge
Thomas Bland SLE 20 Gauge

Thomas Bland SLE 20 Gauge: 28″ Chokes: IC – M L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 5 lbs 6 oz Ser. #: 17525 Price: $8,950

Beretta 689 Express 9.3X74R Over & Under Rifle
Beretta 689 Express 9.3X74R Over & Under Rifle

Beretta 689 Express 9.3X74R Over & Under Double Rifle: Listed as used, but in as new condition with Beretta hard foam lined case. Unsurpassed Beretta quality features solid rib, nicely colored, case hardened receiver, jeweled action, iron sights, claw mounts, double triggers, richly grained, satin finished and checkered walnut stock and fore end, sling bases with quick detachable loops, and factory recoil pad.  All this accompanied by a Zeiss Digital-Z 4X32 T* scope with integral mounting rail.  Appears unfired.  As always, let the pictures be your guide to condition.  Always glad to answer questions. Price: $7500

RUGER RED LABEL 28 GA., 28” BARRELS, 5 CHOKE TUBES & WRENCH, OUTSTANDING WOOD, AS NEW IN THE BOX WITH OWNERS MANUA
RUGER RED LABEL 28 GA., 28” BARRELS, 5 CHOKE TUBES & WRENCH, OUTSTANDING WOOD, AS NEW IN THE BOX WITH OWNERS MANUA

RUGER RED LABEL 28 GA., 28” BARRELS, 5 CHOKE TUBES & WRENCH, OUTSTANDING WOOD, AS NEW IN THE BOX WITH OWNERS MANUAL: Price: $2,595

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PARKER AHE 20 GAUGE:
PARKER AHE 20 GAUGE:

PARKER AHE 20 GAUGE: #184302, O FRAME, 26″ MOD AND FULL, 2 3/4″, CHAMBERS,  .012″ AND .024″ CONSTRICTION, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, SKELETON BUTT, ORIGINAL METAL, WOOD HAS HANDLING MARKS, INCREDIBLE ENGRAVING, 5LBS 10 OZ, 2 1/2″ DAH, 1 7/16″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP Price: $39,500

William Greener 10g Percussion Side-by-Side 1853 New York Exhibition
William Greener 10g Percussion Side-by-Side 1853 New York Exhibition

William Greener 10g Percussion Side-by-Side 1853 New York Exhibition: An incredible William Greener 10g Percussion Gun made for the 1853 New York Exhibition and remains in remarkable original condition.   The gun is fitted with bar action locks with “Newcastle” style hammers and engraved in wonderful game scenes, obviously inspiring the engraving patterns of the later W.W. Greener high-grade guns. The right lock plate shows two setters pointing a brace of grouse, one looking over its shoulder (a tell-tell characteristic of original Greener guns). The left lock shows two running setters behind the hammers and a brace of snipe, one flushing one looking over its shoulder surrounded by full coverage and expertly engraved acanthus scroll, The trigger bow engraving shows a brace of pointers surrounded by scroll. Hammers and the breach block feature a dog’s head surrounded by matching scroll engraving. Furniture is also fully covered in matching scroll. The 29 3/4″ William Greener’s Laminated Steel barrels have a smooth game rib, platinum inlays with extensive engraving scroll along the full length of the rib, at the breaches, in the middle of the barrels and at the muzzles. The highly figured walnut is beautifully checkered in a point pattern on a straight hand grip and forend.  The stock has a 14″ LOP over a smooth steel butt plate with a game scene engraved 4-tiered “widow’s peak” depicting a brace of pheasant, the hen flushing, and the rooster looking over his shoulder surrounded by matching scroll. The original gold-stock shield between the hammers remains blank. Finally, the gun is housed in its original Oak & Leather case lined in a blue calf’s skin with its original trade label and host of accouterments.  Retains probably 20% original case colors in protected areas. Much of the original black remains on trigger bow and there are strong traces of original black on trigger bow tang and butt plate. The balance of metal having a soft silvered patina and the engraving remains sharp showing all its original shading and detail. The platinum letters on top rib remain all intact and remain flush. The bores remain in excellent condition and the barrels are bulge and dent free. Finally, the original case remains sound and sturdy and in equally remarkable condition as the gun. In addition to its history and provenance, this is without a doubt the oldest gun I have ever handled in such high, original condition and a testament to the illustrious reputation the elder Greener is famous for.  Price: $25,000

SANDRO LUCCHINI 28 & 20 BORE SIDELOCK HAMMER GUN- BOTH Bbls. 29" CHOPPER LUMP- MADE 2001- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- EXC. ENGRAVING- OVERALL 98%
SANDRO LUCCHINI 28 & 20 BORE SIDELOCK HAMMER GUN- BOTH Bbls. 29″ CHOPPER LUMP- MADE 2001- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- EXC. ENGRAVING- OVERALL 98%

SANDRO LUCCHINI 28 & 20 BORE SIDELOCK HAMMER GUN- BOTH Bbls. 29″ CHOPPER LUMP- MADE 2001- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- EXC. ENGRAVING- OVERALL 98%: #60978, Sandro Lucchini, Brescia, Italy: A Bar Action Sidelock Manual Cocking Extractor Hammer Gun with 20 & 28 Bore 29″ Barrels, Made in 2001, Each set of barrels with their own splinter forend, Both barrels are Demibloc and chopper lump, Top tang safety, The 20 bore chopper lump barrels at .623 .015 & .021″ (Mod. & Full), 3″ chambers, 1.160 KG weight barrels; The 28 bore chopper lump barrels at .547 .014 & .020″ (Mod. & Imp.Mod.), 2 3/4″ chambers, 1.120 KG weight barrels, Double triggers with the front articulated, Splinter game forend with a frontal Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 2” over a 9/16″ removable leather pad, It will go 15 5/16″ LOP with a 1″ pad installed, True game gun weight at 6 lbs. 9 oz. with the 28 bore barrels and 6 lbs. 10 oz. with the 20 bore barrels, Excellent Turkish Walnut that borders on being exhibition wood, 25% coverage of superb scroll engraving and signed on a coin finished frame; The engraving covers the top lever, hammers, trigger plate, forend metal, trigger guard and tang; Gold inlaid border surrounding the entire lockplates, frame and trigger guard, Gold inlaid serial number on the guard tang, Gold crown on the toplever; “S. Lucchini” in Gold on the left lockplate, It has very nicely carved fences that complement the 19th Century styled hammers plus a very nice carved frame. This exclusive 20/28 Bore Game Gun remains totally original. The barrels are new inside and out and ring with an awesome chime. This piece retains 99% blue on both barrel sets, the wood is 97% with very light hunting marks, the checkering is at 100% and the coin finished frame and forend iron are at 98%. The whole is cased in the maker’s leather cornered leather trunk. Here is another Classic Italian game gun with manual hammers with a top tang safety for fun 20 & 28 Bore gunning by one of the leading Italian gunmaking firms in the world. This is an exclusive side by side hammer gun which combines 19th century traditional lines with 21st century metallurgy and mechanics. This is a treasure in the field and in the gun cabinet. Price: $15,500

Auguste Francotte 20ga 25E Jubilee- REAL PHOTO's of a Gorgeous shotgun
Auguste Francotte 20ga 25E Jubilee- REAL PHOTO’s of a Gorgeous shotgun

Auguste Francotte 20ga 25E Jubilee- REAL PHOTO’s of a Gorgeous shotgun: Superb condition lightweight game gun- 28″ bores choked .001″ & .017″ are perfect. Appears to have been used little.  Serial num,mber 88396 would indicate by published tables to be 1937.  Stamped on barrels ABERCROMBIE & FITCH CO US AGENTS NEW YORK. Exceptionally well executed deep relief engraving, enough case colors to show she is honest. Sideclips, ejectors.  Locks like a vault with the best of sounds. 14 1/4″ LOP over a real horn buttplate 5lbs 14oz. 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ with 1/8″ of cast.  Multi lifetimes of use to be had out of this gun.  You simply could not find this level of build quality today for quadruple the money-can’t be done. Price: $6900

Kimball 2" 12 Gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun
Kimball 2″ 12 Gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun

Kimball 2″ 12 Gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun: 25″ Chokes: Cyl – Cyl L.O.P. : 14 1/4″ Drop: 1 1/2 C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 5 lbs 2 oz Ser. #: 87246 Used. Price: $3,995

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Flli Piotti - Monaco, OU, 16 gauge
Flli Piotti – Monaco, OU, 16 gauge

Flli Piotti – Monaco, OU, 16 gauge: CONTESSA ENGRAVED 28″ SOLID RIB TEAGUE CHOKES 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED BUTT AS NEW IN MAKERS OAK & LEATHER CASE 6LBS 12 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 5/16″ Price: $59,500

Garbi 28 gauge Model 100 Sidelock in near new condition

Garbi 28 gauge Model 100 Sidelock in near new condition: This appears to be a very well made look-alike of a Holland & Holland Royal. For a 28 gauge sidelock that takes 2 3/4″ shells. I do admit that this is a super value, especially as in this case where the gun is in near new condition. Deluxe features include chopper lump barrels, bushed firing pins, Hollands style hand detachable locks, and hinged front trigger. Serial Number: 15439. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 26″. Barrel Type: Steel. Action: Boxlock ejector. Gauge: 28 gauge. Stock Comb: 1 1/2″. Stock Heel: 2 1/4″. Stock Cast: 1/8″. LOP: 14 3/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 9.5 oz. Choke Left: .012″. Choke Right: .003″ Near Cyl. Proof: Nitro: 2 3/4″. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .036″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .035″. Price: $5,400

Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28 inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930
Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28 inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930

Parker VHE 20ga 0 frame factory 28 inch barrels Ejectors Double Trigger Original Case Perfect bores 1930: We are proud to bring you this listing for this mostly original condition Parker Brothers VHE 20 gauge shotgun on an “0” frame.  Serial Number: 233660. This was originally manufactured in 1930.  The shotgun features a set of factory 28 inch Vulcan Steel barrels with perfectly bright and shinny bores.  The finish on the barrels display some thinning and older rust spots that have been removed but not cold blued.  It displays factory automatic ejectors and 2.75 inch chambers.  It is equipped with double triggers.  The receiver still displays the factory case color with 85% coverage.  The stock has been cut one time in its life and a 2 inch piece of wood has been professionally fitted where it was cut.  The length of pull is 14.25 inches with a drop at the comb of 1.5 to 2 ¾ inches at the heel.  Neutral cast.  Total weight 6.08lbs total weight. Price: $5000

BERETTA - - BL-3 -- OU- - 28ga - 28" M / F - RARE - - MINT As New
BERETTA – – BL-3 — OU- – 28ga – 28″ M / F – RARE – – MINT As New

BERETTA – – BL-3 — OU- – 28ga – 28″ M / F – RARE – – MINT As New:1970 – Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28″, 2-3/4″, M / F (.007 / .024), LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″, Very Slight Cast Off, Weight 6 lbs. 3 oz. Like New – Looks Unfired – Metal 99++%, Wood 99% with a couple of very tiny marks. Price: $2075

L. Douard ~ Field ~ 12 Ga. ~ Boxlock ~ Side by Side:
L. Douard ~ Field ~ 12 Ga. ~ Boxlock ~ Side by Side:

L. Douard ~ Field ~ 12 Ga. ~ Boxlock ~ Side by Side: This is a very nice Belgian L. Douard double barrel boxlock shotgun in 12 Ga. Very good condition with bright shiny bores. Retains most of the original but thinning barrel blue and about half of the original case colors. The wood is very good to near excellent with minor dings and scratches. Chambers: 2-3/4″ with ejectors. Metal Condition: Very good. Wood Condition: Very good. Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 27″ blued with raised rib. Triggers: Factory double triggers. Stock: Checkered walnut with English style straight grip. Stock Dimensions: 14-1/2″ length of pull. Fore End: Matching checkered walnut splinter fore end. Butt Pad: Serrated wood butt plate. Weight: 6 lb 5 oz. Sights: Brass bead front sight on the raised rib. Chokes: Fixed improved modified x improved modified. Price: $799.97

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Holland & Holland Royal SxS double rifle
Holland & Holland Royal SxS double rifle

Holland & Holland Royal SxS double rifle: Chambered in .240 flanged, Great bores, strong original blue on the 25″ barrels and original stock finish, LOP 14&7/16″ over a Silvers pad. Top strap extended over the comb. Formerly had a bolted safety, the bolted portion has been removed. 8lbs 14 ozs. Tight and in proof. Carries the Cordite MKI proof Marks for 31&1/2 grains of powder and 100-grain bullet Max and a 2&1/2″ case. Lovely stalking rifle in fine condition. Price: $34,000

CSMC - A.H. Fox - CE 16 gauge - 2 barrel set
CSMC – A.H. Fox – CE 16 gauge – 2 barrel set

CSMC – A.H. Fox – CE 16 gauge – 2 barrel set: Spectacular New Britain Fox, CE 16 gauge 2 barrel set. As New, Appears Unfired, Flawless, Mint. 28- and 30-inch Chromox  barrels, Chrome lined (steel shot compatible), Solid matte ribs 28″ barrels choked .011 / .007 , 30″ barrels choked .026″ / .020″. 2 3/4″ chambers, Double trigger, non automatic safety, single silver bead. Splinter and Beavertail forends, interchangeable with either barrel set. Exhibition American Black Walnut, 1 9/16 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 to Makers Skeletal Buttplate, neutral cast, 6 lbs with 30″ barrels and Splinter forend. Best leather case with all accouterments. Tuscano engraved. Price: $25,499

PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN:
PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN:

PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: 26″ BARRELS, .005/.005 CHOKES, 3″ CHAMBERS, SPLINTER FOREND, FACTOR STRAIGHT GRIP “RARE”, 14″ 1 3/4″-2 7/8″, OOO FRAME, BRIGHT SHINY BORES, 95% BARREL BLUE, TIGHT ON FACE, GOOD SHOOTER ALL ORIGINAL UNALTERED PARKER CORRECT TO THE RECORD BOOK CURIO AND RELIC ELIGIBLE. Price: $24,500

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE
FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE: 28 1/2″, CHOKES .022″ AND .022″, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, LEATHER CASE, EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS, 7LBS 5 OZ, 1 3/4: DAH, 1 7/16″ DAC, 14″ LOP Price: $16,500

ARMY & NAVY SIDELOCK EJECT 16 BORE- MADE by WEBLEY in 1906 & SOLD by A&N in 1908- 28" Bbls.- DOLLS HEAD THIRD BITE- LONDON PROVED & in PROOF
ARMY & NAVY SIDELOCK EJECT 16 BORE- MADE by WEBLEY in 1906 & SOLD by A&N in 1908- 28″ Bbls.- DOLLS HEAD THIRD BITE- LONDON PROVED & in PROOF

ARMY & NAVY SIDELOCK EJECT 16 BORE- MADE by WEBLEY in 1906 & SOLD by A&N in 1908- 28″ Bbls.- DOLLS HEAD THIRD BITE- LONDON PROVED & in PROOF: #45968,  28″ Ejector Dovetail Lump Barrels with a rib extension dolls head & third bite, .665 .004 & .013″ (Skt.I & Mod.), 2 1/2″ chambers, Wall thickness on both the right & left barrels at .033″, London proved with these bore dimensions, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson frontal release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/8 x 1 5/8 x 2 3/16″ over a checkered horn buttplate, Slight cast-off for the right hand, 5 lbs. 15 oz., Border engraving only, Very nice wood with excellent black/brown contrast; Mr. Hugh Lomas from Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin recently did a complete strip, clean & lubricate, adjusted the strikers and rust blued the barrels, The barrels now retain 100% black, A nice patina on the frame and locks, The wood remains very sound and is at 80% with a lot of honest handling marks, The checkering is at 75%, The bores are very good with some blemishes but no pits, The barrels are certainly solid and ready for a lot more shooting with the excellent wall thickness. It remains tight on the face and the barrels ring with a very nice chime. Price: $2,700

Which 20g would you pick? A Webley & Scott or A.H. Fox …

Which 20g would you pick? A Webley & Scott or a. A.H. Fox ...
Which 20g would you pick? A Webley & Scott or a. A.H. Fox …

Two classic side-by-sides. Similar in some ways, different in others.

Which would you pick?

 Webley & Scott - Model 720 - 26" IC / IM - All Original
Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original

This 20g Webley & Scott Model 720 is a basic British boxlock built by one of the UK’s most famous makers. It was made to be rugged, reliable, and relatively affordable.

To that end, it was built on one of the most reliable actions ever conceived — the Anson & Deeley boxlock action. Harrington & Richardson imported them into the US in the ’70s, and back then they cost $1400 and came with a case and cleaning accessories.

Compared to the Fox, it has longer, 3″ chambers, shorter barrels, and a straight-grip stock that’s higher and longer. It’s a more modern gun and it’s cheaper, too ($3650 vs. $5900).

A H FOX, PHIL. A GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, 100% ORIGINAL
A H FOX, PHIL. A GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, 100% ORIGINAL

This 20g A.H. Fox A Grade is a great looking vintage SxS built by a legendary maker. It drips with the mystique that so many of us love about old American shotguns. It has great looking wood and it’s built on the reliable Fox boxlock action. It has ejectors, too.

Compared to the Webley, it has 2 1/2″ chambers, and a shorter, pistol-grip stock with a bit more drop, and longer barrels. It’s also a bit lighter. It’s also around 50 years older.

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

Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape: 3″, 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. Nice Original Gun that has been used in the field. Barrels 98+%, Wood 95+%, Frame shows some loss of finish – probably 85%. Price: $3650

A. H. FOX, PHIL. A GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS
A. H. FOX, PHIL. A GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS

A. H. FOX, PHIL. A GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS: 28″ CHROMOX FLUID COMPRESSED STEEL BARRELS, MODIFIED AND FULL, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, NUMBER FOUR WEIGHT, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS.  TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS.  GOOD CASE COLOR IN THE PROTECTED AREAS, STRONG TRIGGERGUARD BLUE, PERFECT ENGRAVED SCREWS, ATTRACTIVE ENGRAVING WITH BOLD SCROLLWORK WITH STIPPLED BACKGROUND.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, GORGEOUS HIGHLY FIGURED WOOD, ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE.  GREAT DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, 5 POUNDS 10 OUNCES.  MADE IN 1925.  100% ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price: $5900

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ABERCROMBIE & FITCH FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE
ABERCROMBIE & FITCH FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE: #1327, 28″, 019″ & 036″, 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER, FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS 15 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 7/8″ LOP. Price: $15,500

CASED J P SAUER DOUBLE RIFLE IN DESIRABLE CALIBER 9.3 X 72R
CASED J P SAUER DOUBLE RIFLE IN DESIRABLE CALIBER 9.3 X 72R

CASED J P SAUER DOUBLE RIFLE IN DESIRABLE CALIBER 9.3 X 72R: Hammerless with a delicate sized frame. Features the cross bolt safety. Wood is in fine condition with a nice aged oil finish. Just a few minor dings. No cracks. Has a cheek piece and fitted with a trap for 4 cartridges on the underside of the butt . Trapdoor is spring loaded and delicately engraved. 26 inch barrels. The weight of the entire gun is only 6 pounds 7 ounces. Bores are excellent. Original sling swivels and correct front sight. Rear sight is a 3-leaf flip up express which looks to be a more modern installation. Deeley type forearm release. Full sidelock action is delicately engraved with tight dramatic scrolls. Barrels retain about 75% original dull blue. The action has turned a silvery color and looks good. Trigger guard retains a fair amount of original blue. Set triggers work and action is tight. DAH 2-7/8 inch. DAC 1-13/16 inch. LOP 14-1/4 inch. Barrels are on face. Case has seen a fair amount of use and has some oil staining. Also accompanying this gun is a photo of 2 silver medals for winning first place in the World Side by Side Championship for Stalking Rifle. Also included is about 50 rounds of 9.3 x 72R hand loaded cartridges. A very nice little outfit! Price: $7,750

Charles Lancaster BLE 28ga
Charles Lancaster BLE 28ga

Charles Lancaster BLE 28ga: Barrels: 28″, Triggers: Double, Stock Comb: 1 1/2″, Stock Heel: 2 1/2″ Stock Cast: 1/8″ off, LOP: 14 1/2″, Rib: Concave, Weight: 6.03 Price: $5,500

Brand new Chapuis Super Orion O/U C35 28Ga 30"
Brand new Chapuis Super Orion O/U C35 28Ga 30″

Brand new Chapuis Super Orion O/U C35 28Ga 30″: #64105 Chapuis Super Orion C35 28 Ga. A brand new Chapuis O/U with double triggers, straight grip and 30 “ barrels.  2 ¾” chambers, bores measure .550  with fixed chokes (Improved cyl – Improved modified). Round action with trigger plate locks, Coin finish with English style engraving coverage with pheasants, partridges on the sides of the receiver and German Short Hair under receiver. The shotgun weighs 5 pounds 14 OZ . English stock in a nice piece of Turkish walnut with the following dimensions: 15 ½” LOP over ¼” wood plate,  1  ½”   and 2 ½”  drop and 3/8” cast off. As usual on a Chapuis product, the trunnions size , rear lump interlocking and locking surfaces are ample to insure an extremely long mechanical lifespan. Price: $4,990

PARKER VH 16 GA 1921 UNMOLESTED for sale
PARKER VH 16 GA 1921 UNMOLESTED for sale

PARKER VH 16 GA 1921 UNMOLESTED for sale: A classic American field gun in classic 16ga. Unmolested. Used but not abused. 99 years old and still going strong! Locks up tight. Barrels ring. Bright bores. See photos for condition. Ready for field, forest or range! Model: VH, Barrel Length: 28IN, Chambers: 2 9/16 IN, Condition: VERY NICE, Bore Condition: BRIGHT, Barrel Type: VULCAN STEEL, Gauge: 16 GA, Stock Comb: 1 7/16IN, Stock Heel: 2 1/2 IN, Butt Pad: ORIGINAL HORN, LOP: 14 3/8IN, Weight: 6LBS 7OZ, Manufacture Date: 1921, Choke Left: FULL, Choke Right: FULL. Price: $2250 

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JOHN DICKSON & SON 16 BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR
JOHN DICKSON & SON 16 BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR

JOHN DICKSON & SON 16 BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR: W/28″ 1/4-1/2 CHOCKED NITRO STEEL BARRELS.  100% FINE SCROLL ENGRAVED, D/T, P/G WITH GOLD OVAL AND CHECKERED BUTT.  5LBS 14OZS, 1 3/8 X 2 3/8 X 14 1/2″.  CASED IN FACTORY CANVAS AND LEATHER CASE. #6268. CIR:1910. Price: $11,500

Alex Martin BLE 12 gauge for 2-inch shells:
Alex Martin BLE 12 gauge for 2-inch shells:

Alex Martin BLE 12 gauge for 2-inch shells: Serial Number: 6841, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 26 inches, Triggers: Double Trigger, Gauge: 12 Gauge, Stock Comb: 1 1/2 inches, Stock Heel: 2 1/8 inches, Fore End: Splinter, Butt Pad: 3/4 inches, LOP: 14 3/4 inches, Weight: 5 lbs. 8 oz. Price: $5,995

Fine Lightweight L.C. Smith Specialty Grade 20 Bore - Superb Original Case Color: 
Fine Lightweight L.C. Smith Specialty Grade 20 Bore – Superb Original Case Color:

Fine Lightweight L.C. Smith Specialty Grade 20 Bore – Superb Original Case Color: This gun was made in 1917 with 26″ barrels, double triggers, splinter forend, capped pistol grip buttstock.  The gun remains in superb condition with more than 80% original case color, 99% restored wood finish, 97% plum barrel blue.  Trigger guard blue has been restored.  The gun has a super original stock with lovely figure and the original buttplate.  Bores are bright and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp. Price: $5995

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

Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 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. Nice Original Gun that has been used in the field. Barrels 98+%, Wood 95+%, Frame shows some loss of finish – probably 85%. Price: $3650

PARKER VH - 20 GAUGE - 28" MOD AND FULL - 0 FRAME WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR
PARKER VH – 20 GAUGE – 28″ MOD AND FULL – 0 FRAME WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR

PARKER VH – 20 GAUGE – 28″ MOD AND FULL – 0 FRAME WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR: Here is a Parker VH 20 Gauge “0” FRAME. Original case color in protected areas. Vulcan Steel Barrels – 28″ with mirror bores. Right bore measures .615 with 15/1000 Choke (Mod). Left barrel is .613 with 27/1000 Choke (Full). Chambers measure 2 5/8″ (Slightly less than 2 3/4″). All screw slots in nice order. Extractor gun. No loose ribs – barrels ring well. Tight on face with no wiggle. Auto safety. All serial numbers match. Configuration verified in Parker Book. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 5/8 OZ. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 3/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $3,350

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WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250-3000 CALIBER IN IT'S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE
WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250-3000 CALIBER IN IT’S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE

WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250-3000 CALIBER IN IT’S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE: 28″ barrels with five leaf express sight.  Engraved and casehardened  Anson and Deeley box lock receiver.  Top lever, extractors, and double triggers.   Checkered splinter forend and pistol grip buttstock with cheekpiece and leather pad.   LOP: 14 1/4″    Weight: 8lbs 6oz.   In beautiful original condition retaining all of the barrel blue, vivid case colors and excellent stock and checkering.  Mint bores.  In its original leather luggage case with canvas cover. Price: $18,500

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE SxS
PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE SxS

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE SxS: #1 FRAME, #232XXX, 28″ MOD AND FULL 2 3/4 CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT. Price: $13,900

Awesome California Duck Club DHE 20ga Parker with 30" barrels and special order features
Awesome California Duck Club DHE 20ga Parker with 30″ barrels and special order features

Awesome California Duck Club DHE 20ga Parker with 30″ barrels and special order features: Made on a “0” frame with splinter forend, straight stock, double triggers and original skeleton buttplate.  This gun with several special order features which are mentioned in the PGCA letter (photo included), most importantly is the forend checkering which calls for the forend to be checkered all over- this is the only fully checkered original DHE 20ga I have seen. The gun remains in pleasing untouched original condition with about 20% original case color.  Barrels are excellent with about 75% original toned blue.  The stocks are sound (no cracks) and retain about 85% of their original finish wish scattered handling marks from time in the blind.  Bores are brilliant and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp. Price: $10,500 

Francotte - 20E, 20ga. 26" Barrels Choked SK/IM
Francotte – 20E, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SK/IM

Francotte – 20E, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SK/IM: Semi pistol grip, small leather face pad, double trigger, AE, Abercrombie and Fitch gun in A&F case with all of its accessories. Sideclip, 3rd fastener, 90% plus case color, barrel blue and wood finish. Not a screw has been turned. Untouched great gun, splinter forend. A Great, Great untouched gun. 5 lbs. 6 oz. 14 ½” x 1 3/8″ x 2 ½”. Price: $9,995

JAMES WOODWARD 12g DAMASCUS HAMMERGUN MUST SEE
JAMES WOODWARD 12g DAMASCUS HAMMERGUN MUST SEE

JAMES WOODWARD 12g DAMASCUS HAMMERGUN MUST SEE: Stunning Hammergun from one of London’s finest makers. Best quality engraving, Damascus barrels and wood. See photos. Locks up tight, barrels ring, bright bores. no pits, no cracks and no dents. A well cared for gun from the 1870s. Barrel Length: 29IN
Bore: L .735 R.735, Chambers: 2 1/2 IN Stock Comb: 1 7/16 IN Stock Heel: 2 1/8IN Butt Pad: HORN LOP: 14 3/4IN Weight: 7LBS Manufacture Date: 1874-1879
Choke Left: CYL Choke Right: CYL. Price: $3475

Good gun alert: A 20g Parker Bros. VH SxS …

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.
Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.

I say “Grouse Gun” you say “Parker” — or at least a lot of guys do. And those guys have a side-by-side like this in mind.

It’s a VH-grade (or Quality V.H. as Parker used to say), and it looks like it’s in nice, original shape.

Parker Bros used to say their VH-grade guns were “A strictly high-grade gun at a very low price” and “A gun for hard usage that cannot be equaled”.

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.
Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price: This Little Parker was made in 1911. (Serial # 152279) According to records it was sold to a Vermont Doctor in 1911. The gun remained in Vermont for over 100 years. This gun has not been messed with like so many of the Parkers out there. It shows normal wear from careful owners for all those years. It has a pistol-grip stock with its original finish and original “Dogs Head” buttplate. It is stamped as an “0” size frame. Barrel length is 28 inches Chambers are 2& 3/4 inches. Chokes are Right= Cylinder  Left= Modified LOP= 13&3/4 inches. DAC= 1&5/8 inches. DAH= 3 inches. This is an extractor gun, no ejectors. Barrels marked “Vulcan Steel.” Bores are Bright and Shiny as Shown in the photo’s. There is some minor rivuling just forward of the chambers. Lock-up is like new. No movement between the action and the barrels, with or without forend attached. “Tight on the Face”. Finishes are all original and are what you would expect of a gun that was carefully used and maintained over 100 years. It retains most of the original blue on the barrels with some age toning. Typical wear near the breech from where the hand was placed. Some blue remains on the trigger bow. Case color is gone as is the case with most old parkers, due to their using cyanide For case harding, it does not hold-up as well as the charcoal-bone process. Most all screw heads are near perfect, Testimony to the fact that this gun has not been messed-with. This gun was originally intended for New England Grouse and Woodcock. It would serve that same purpose today and for the next 100 years in the hands of careful owners. Price: $3000

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.
Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.

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Beautiful and rare Parker AHE Grade 12 Bore
Beautiful and rare Parker AHE Grade 12 Bore

Beautiful and rare Parker AHE Grade 12 Bore: Beautiful and high art AHE 12ga gun.  Made with 30″ Acme steel barrels, straight stock, and double triggers.  The gun features superb engraving with 13 animals engraved in beautiful full coverage scroll.  Beautiful buttstock with thick comb.  When you study a gun like this, it is easy to see why Parker Bros. sold nearly 250k shotguns in their time in business! Overall the gun is in excellent condition.  The stocks have been expertly restored and retain nearly all of their hand rubbed oil finish.  Barrels have been expertly restored and retain virtually all of their proper, toned blue.  Action retains about 80% case color over the well defined and deep engraving. This is an extremely beautiful gun with a lot of merit.  If you have been looking for a fairly priced high grade Parker, look no further. Price: $15,500

A.H. Fox AE SXS Double Trigger Ejectors 16 GA 27-15/16" barrel
A.H. Fox AE SXS Double Trigger Ejectors 16 GA 27-15/16″ barrel

A.H. Fox AE SXS Double Trigger Ejectors 16 GA 27-15/16″ barrel: Stock has a few light handling marks but is in Excellent condition. LOP measures 14-1/4″. Drop at the heel measures 2-7/16″ and the comb measures 1-9/16″. Bore is smooth and shiny, looks excellent. The chamber wall thickness measures 5mm. Barrels look great. Both barrels are modified chokes. Gun is in excellent condition and ready for hunting. Price: $4,999.99

Charles Daly Prussian 12 Gauge (Lightweight Model)
Charles Daly Prussian 12 Gauge (Lightweight Model)

Charles Daly Prussian 12 Gauge (Lightweight Model): 28″ Chokes: IC – MOD L.O.P. : 14 1/2″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 6 lbs 8 oz Ser. #: 11555. Price: $4,950

Ed Kettner 24-gauge SxS
Ed Kettner 24-gauge SxS

Ed Kettner 24-gauge SxS: This is a sweet and trim little double. Ketnner 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: 281/4 inches. Action: extractor. Triggers: double. Stock Comb: 1 & 1/2. Stock Heel: 2 & 3/8. Stock Cast: 1/4. Fore End: semi BT. Butt Pad: plastic. LOP: 14 & 3/4 inches. Weight: 5 lbs. 7 oz.. Chokes: ic/mod. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: 30 thou. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: 30 thou. Price: $4450.

BERETTA - SxS - - 426E - 20ga 28" - SST - Ejectors:
BERETTA – SxS – – 426E – 20ga 28″ – SST – Ejectors:

BERETTA – SxS – – 426E – 20ga 28″ – SST – Ejectors: Raised Solid Rib, Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger, LOP 14-1/4, Drop 1-1/2 to 2-1/2″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs 4 oz. Metal is Excellent 98+%. Gun is mechanically perfect – very tight with lever well right of center. Wood has been refinished, and the sharp points of the checkering was taken down. Price: $1940

Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32″ bbls…

Here’s your chance to pick one of the rarest American SxS shotguns you’ll come across. This 20 gauge Parker AAHE is coming up at Gunslinger Auctions in Glendora, CA, this Sat, Feb. 1. The live auction starts at noon, west-coast time.

Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32" bbls...
Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32″ bbls…

Parker made 238 Quality AAH-grade shotguns. Most were 12 gauges. I can’t imagine more than a couple of those were 20 gauges with 32″ barrels. Back then this gun was made, it was one gun down from Parker’s top-of-the-line Parker Quality A-1 Special. While this 20 gauge has seen better days, I bet it will hammer down for $30,000+.

Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32" bbls...
Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32″ bbls…

Here’s more info about it from the auctioneer:
Make: Parker Bros.
Model: AAHE GRADE 7
Shotgun Gauge: 20 Gauge
Barrel Length: 32in
Condition: Excellent

Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32" bbls...
Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32″ bbls…

MADE IN APPROXIMATELY 1915. FINELY ENGRAVED FLORAL PATTERN THROUGHOUT RECEIVER AND BACKS OF BARRELS, ALSO TRIGGER GUARD. SCARCE 32in BARREL. LOP 13.5in TO REAR TRIGGER. 3in DROP. BUTTSTOCK SHOWS TYPICAL HANDLING MARKS, ALL CAN BE REMOVED BY COMPETENT GUNSMITH. BEAUTIFUL CHECKERING ON WRIST. CHOKES ARE FULL AND FULL. MINT BORES.
Serial #: 207210
Low Estimate: 25000.00
High Estimate: 45000.00

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