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P.V. Nelson - Best - 16 ga - SxS
P.V. Nelson – Best – 16 ga – SxS

P.V. Nelson – Best – 16 ga – SxS: Action: Sidelock. Gauge: 16 ga, Chamber: 2 3/4 “, Length: 29 “, Chokes: IC/MEjectors: Yes. Trigger: Double, Grip: Straight Grip. Forend: Checkered, Lop: 15 1/2 “, Type of butt: Checkered Wood, Drop comb: 1 3/8 “, Drop heel: 2 1/8 “, Cast amount: 3/16 “,Cast: Off,Weight: 6 lbs Manufactured in: England, Finish: Case Colored, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Stock: Original finish. Metal: Original finish, Type of Case: Oak & Leather. Price: $55,000

Churchill Premiere 12g Sidelock Best Quality Matched Pair
Churchill Premiere 12g Sidelock Best Quality Matched Pair

Churchill Premiere 12g Sidelock Best Quality Matched Pair: Serial Number: 1335 & 1336 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 30 inches Action: SE Triggers: Double Trigger Gauge: 12 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/4 inches Stock Heel: 2 7/16 inches Fore End: Splinter LOP: 14 7/8 inches Weight: 7 lbs. 1 oz. Cased. Price: $49,500

Parker - DHE, 16ga. 28” Barrels Choked F/IM
Parker – DHE, 16ga. 28” Barrels Choked F/IM

Parker – DHE, 16ga. 28” Barrels Choked F/IM: #1 frame, double trigger, auto ejector, pistol grip, skeleton butt, 98% original case color, NOT REFINISHED, extremely highly figured original wood. 209xxx serial #, perfect screws and still has all the fire blue on the screws and the original finish marks on the barrel. Exceptional Gun. 13 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″. Price: $12,500

1950 - Beretta - ASEL - - OU -- 20ga, 2-3/4", 26" M / IM (.013 / .022)
1950 – Beretta – ASEL – – OU — 20ga, 2-3/4″, 26″ M / IM (.013 / .022)

1950 – Beretta – ASEL – – OU — 20ga, 2-3/4″, 26″ M / IM (.013 / .022): Solid Rib, Ejectors, Double Triggers, LOP 14″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs 10 oz. Action is Tight. Bores are Perfect. Forearm has been replaced – a long time ago. Price: $4750

BC Miroku "My Luck" 12 ga model FE sidelock
BC Miroku “My Luck” 12 ga model FE sidelock

BC Miroku “My Luck” 12 ga model FE sidelock: Holland and Holland style 7 pin.  Gun comes with the most beautiful piece of wood I have seen on. Miroku gun.  It has English stock with pad and original l plate and splinter foreend.  Barrels are 28 inch IC/Full and blueing is excellent… other than a little case color wear on corners of receiver, gun is in excellent plus condition. My guess based on Miroku history, My Luck guns were made in the 50s. Stock has great dimensions at 14 5/8″ x 1.5″ x 2.5″. Price: $3500

Online auction alert: Parker VH 12g, #1-frame, NO RESERVE…

PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26" VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!...MFD 1918
PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26″ VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!…MFD 1918

Here’s your chance to get a deal on an American classic and a great vintage bird gun. For reasons I’ll explain below, this regular looking 12g VH-grade Parker is really a super hard-to-find shotgun. It’s in Gunauction.com now, and it has No Reserve. The listing ends November 1, 2020, @ 5:07pm.

While 12g VH-quality Parkers are easy to find, most of the ones out here weigh around 8 lbs. Some come in at 7.25 – 7.5 lbs. Very few are as light as the one you see here: 6-pounds, 12-ounces.

PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26" VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!...MFD 1918
PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26″ VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!…MFD 1918

Why? Because this 12g Parker was built on a 16-gauge action.

On Parkers, each gauge was built on a range of different sized frames (AKA actions). These frame sizes correlated with the gun’s weight.

PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26" VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!...MFD 1918
PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26″ VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!…MFD 1918

On hammerless 12-gauges made in the 20th-century, the standard frame was a #2. Lightweight, hammerless 12s from this period were built on 1-1/2 frames. When someone ordered an ultralight model, it came on a #1 frame — the standard frame for 16-gauge Parkers.

PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26" VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!...MFD 1918
PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26″ VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!…MFD 1918

PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26″ VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!…MFD 1918: NO RESERVE!! Here’s a Parker Brothers VH Grade Hammerless Side-by-Side 12-gauge shotgun. This gun is built on the light #1 frame and has 26-inch Vulcan fluid steel barrels with 2-3/4″ chambers. It features double triggers, extractor, and automatic safety. Overall condition is very good although the metal finish shows wear and the stocks have been repaired/refinished. The barrels have not been cut and the chokes measure Cylinder (Left/.000″ constriction) and Modified (Right/.019″ constriction). The original finish on the barrels shows handling wear with various small nicks & dings but no dents. The finish is thin at the rear part of the barrels but I’d grade the barrel finish at about 65% overall. The finish on the frame has worn mostly to silver but there is some original case colors visible internally and in the most protected areas (inside the trigger guard, under the top lever). The serial numbered parts are matching and the screws are all nicely timed. The wood is quite sound but has been refinished and the checkering recut in the past. There are a couple of small chips along the upper tang and a small tight crack running back from the rear of the upper tang. A small chip is missing from the toe of the original dog’s head hard rubber buttplate. Length of Pull measures 13-7/8″ to the forward trigger; Drop @ Comb is 1-1/2″; Drop @ Heel is 2-7/8″. Weight is just under 6-pounds, 12-ounces. The mechanics are in good working order and the gun locks up tight with no signs of being off face. The triggers, safety, and extractor all work properly. The gun is just a little stiff to open which should improve with some shooting. The bores are bright and free of pitting, dents of bulges. The barrels “ring” when struck indicating the solder joints are solid. The serial number indicates this Parker VH was manufactured back in 1918. This would make someone a pretty decent vintage upland game gun!

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Parker - VHE, 0 Frame Skeet, 20ga. 26" Barrels Choked SKEET IN/SKEET OUT
Parker – VHE, 0 Frame Skeet, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SKEET IN/SKEET OUT

Parker – VHE, 0 Frame Skeet, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SKEET IN / SKEET OUT: Parker factory original single selective trigger, automatic ejectors, factory beavertail, checkered butt, 14 1/8″ LOP, straight grip. This is an untouched, unmolested, straight out of an estate gun. 90% brilliant case color. The only reason we’re knocking down the percentage is because there’s some patinna mixed in. There’s untouched screws never taken apart. The trigger guard has over 90% of the original blue. Minor handling marks in the wood with a beautiful piece of feathered walnut. The gun has minor handling marks and is untouched and we we guarantee it. Twin ivory sights, 98% barrel blued. If you want one of the best small bore skeet guns on the market. 6 lbs. 6 oz. 14 1/8″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″. Price: $12,995

Beautiful and near mint W.C. Scott "The Chatsworth" Model 20ga with case
Beautiful and near mint W.C. Scott “The Chatsworth” Model 20ga with case

Beautiful and near mint W.C. Scott “The Chatsworth” Model 20ga with case: Stunning and beautiful little 20ga gun made by W&C Scott.  Likely made in the late 1970’s, this gun with 27″ barrels, splinter forend with Anson push bottom release, straight grip buttstock which terminates in finely checkered butt, double triggers, and auto ejectors.  Beautifully engraved with case hardened action and blued trigger plate.  The stocks have a diamond shaping on both the forend and the butt.  The gun is lively and balances well.  Cased in a tan canvas case with original owners initials which are also in gold towards toe of the stock as seen in the photos. This gun is near mint and appears test fired only.  There are a couple of minor handling marks but overall the gun is near mint.  Case is excellent with some light fading.  Bores are brilliant and shiny and mechanics are crisp. Price: $7295 

H&H Cavalier 12 ga. best boxlock SxS shotgun
H&H Cavalier 12 ga. best boxlock SxS shotgun

H&H Cavalier 12 ga. best boxlock SxS shotgun: For a few years H&H took what was essentially a best quality Birmingham boxlock similar to a W C Scott Bowood; added H&H improvements and extra finish to make the Cavalier.  Such upgrades as a removable hinge pin for future tightening capabilities, chopper lump barrels, higher grade wood and better finishes.  It is my understanding that H&H could never market/sell the Cavalier for enough money to cover their costs, so production stopped after three years for economic reasons. This is a Holland & Holland.  The 28” chopper lump barrels are finished in a dark rust blue and are fitted with a tapered, concave smooth solid rib and just a front silver bead.  The bore diameters are as stamped, .728” with the right barrel choked .010” (IC) and the left barrel choked .020” (Mod) and minimum wall thicknesses of .035” in each. The frame in nicely finished with original case colors retaining over 85% and a blued floor plate and blued trigger guard. The handsome walnut straight hand stock has a 15” LOP over and original ½” full leather recoil pad.  There is 1 3/8” DAC, 2 ¼” DAH and 14” right hand cast.  The splinter forearm is fitted with a Deeley release. This truly delightful game gun weighs 6 lbs. 5 oz., lively and balanced perfectly between the hands. The gun comes cased with H&H accessories. SN:  5002. Price: $8,475

Browning Superposed 20ga - SOLID RIB - 28” Barrels - IC/M - The Coolest Grade One Guns Ever Made in the 1950’s for sale
Browning Superposed 20ga – SOLID RIB – 28” Barrels – IC/M – The Coolest Grade One Guns Ever Made in the 1950’s for sale

Browning Superposed 20ga – SOLID RIB – 28” Barrels – IC/M – The Coolest Grade One Guns Ever Made in the 1950’s: 14 1/8″ x 1 5/8″ x 2 3/8″ – 6.6 lbs – SN: 6523 – Horn Buttplate with lots of worm character – this is a cool gun with lots to offer in nostalgia and field performance. Price: $4,995

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

2 important issues with yesterday’s 20g Parker GHE …

Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26", Bore Condition: Excellent
Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26″

Yesterday, 10/14, I posted an online auction alert for this shotgun:

Today, I learned that I missed two issues it has thanks to a person following Dogs and Doubles on Facebook. Because of these issues, I’m shifting my “recommended” to a “be forewarned”.

ISSUE 1: The checkering pattern on the forend is incorrect for a GH-grade Parker.

Checkering recut to the wrong pattern for a GH-grade Parker
Checkering recut to the wrong pattern for a GH-grade Parker

It should look like this:

Correct forend checkering for a GH-grade Parker
Correct forend checkering for a GH-grade Parker
Correct forend checkering for a GH-grade Parker
Correct forend checkering for a GH-grade Parker

ISSUE 2: The “2 3/4 SHELL” stamp on the barrel flats was not put there by the maker.

This "2 3/4 SHELL" mark is not original
This “2 3/4 SHELL” mark is not original

While the incorrect checkering pattern doesn’t bother me much, that 2 3/4 SHELL stamp gives me pause. Was it put there to inform — or deceive? And what should you make of it?

Chamber-lengths on older Parker shotguns are a confusing topic and trying to figure them out makes my head hurt. From what I can figure out, this 20g GHE was probably made with 2 3/8″ chambers for low-pressure 2 1/2″ shells.

No, that’s not a typo: 2 3/8″ chambers for 2 1/2″ ammo. Parker often bored chambers 1/8″ short, believing it improved shot patterns.

Once 2 3/4″ became the standard shell length for American-made game loads, gunsmiths and gunmakers often lengthened short chambers to 2 3/4″.

So is that what happened with this gun? Sort of. If the chambers really are 2 3/4″, a gunsmith — not Parker or Remington — did the work. As for the stamp, it’s not from the factory. But the person who had the gun redone may have asked to have the chambers opened and the gunsmith obliged and marked his work.

Or maybe a gunsmith opened the chambers to 2 3/4″ before the gun was redone and then later someone else added the mark to make the longer chambers appear original. Possible, but unlikely.

Regardless, one thing we do know for certain is if you were to buy this gun, you need to have a qualified gunsmith take a close look at the barrels and action to be sure everything is still in sound, safe, and shootable condition.

And even if they are, remember that you can’t shoot modern, high-pressure 2 3/4″ loads in this gun. You must still use vintage-style shotgun ammo.

Online auction alert: 20g Parker Brothers GHE, no reserve …

Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26", Bore Condition: Excellent
Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26″, Bore Condition: Excellent

UPDATE: BEFORE BIDDING, READ ABOUT 2 IMPORTANT ISSUES THIS SHOTGUN HAS

Normally, I’m not the biggest fan of refinished shotguns.

Why? Because most of them are refinished incorrectly, and most of the refinished Parkers out there are overpriced.

Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26", Bore Condition: Excellent
Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26″, Bore Condition: Excellent

Fortunately, the refinished 20g Parker GHE you see here doesn’t have either of these issues. As you can see, whoever refinished did an excellent job. It’s being auctioned off now at Gunbroker.com. There’s no reserve on the listing and it ends 10/18/2020 @ 9:00 PM.

Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26", Bore Condition: Excellent
Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26″, Bore Condition: Excellent

The “GHE” in “Parker GHE” designates the gun’s grade (GH) plus the fact that it has ejectors (E). GH-grade Parkers were the company’s middle-quality guns. Shooters liked them, and the company sold more than 30,000 GH-grades.

The vast majority of these guns were 12 gauges. So a 20-gauge like this is not that common — especially a 20-gauge with ejectors and a straight grip.

Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26", Bore Condition: Excellent
Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26″, Bore Condition: Excellent

Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26″, Bore Condition: Excellent:

This is a no reserve penny auction for a Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0 side by side shotgun in 20ga with Ejectors! Serial number- 176719. 14″ LOP from front Trigger. We are unsure of the chokes but took close-ups of all markings so please refer to the pictures. 2 3/4″ Chamber. Drop at comb is 1.75″, drop at heel is 3″. This piece is in Excellent condition and also comes with the case, cleaning rods, snap caps, and everything pictured! We believe this shotgun was manufactured in 1917 and was restored by DelGreco. Grade 2 has a higher quality of American walnut. The barrels are made of Parker Special Steel and feature unique engravings of a multitude of game birds. Ejectors were an option on GH grade. These guns with ejectors (GHE) are desirable to collectors and can add as much as 50% to their collector value. The GH Grade filled a gap between the lower grade or “knockabout” guns and the higher grade or “fine” guns, offering a finer quality fit and finish, engraving and style in a gun which could still be taken to the field without feeling like you’re ruining a presentation piece. We took several photos to help you evaluate this gun’s condition. Please review the photos and zoom in to see the details! This is a used gun so there may be signs of use and wear. If there is not a magazine in the photos or stated in the description, then one is NOT included with the gun.

Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26", Bore Condition: Excellent
Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26″, Bore Condition: Excellent

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Piotti Boss style pre-owned pair of 28 gauge sidelock over & under's with 30 inch barrels
Piotti Boss style pre-owned pair of 28 gauge sidelock over & under’s with 30 inch barrels

Piotti Boss style pre-owned pair of 28 gauge sidelock over & under’s with 30 inch barrels: Action: 28 gauge, Sidelock ejectors, Single triggers Non-Automatic safeties. Barrel Length: 30 inches, Chamber: 2 3/4 inch, Rib: Game solid rib, Chokes: Bottom : M/C Top : M/C.  Deluxe Grade Walnut Stock. Length: 14 3/4 inches. Grip: Semi pistol grip. Butt End Finish: Chequred. Forend: Game Style Forend. Fine Rose & Scroll engraving. Case Colour finish. Weight: 6 lbs – 4oz. Double leather case. Date of Manufacture: 2013.  Price: $175,000

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

Extremely Fine Documented Parker $135 Grade 14 Bore - The finest early 14 bore known
Extremely Fine Documented Parker $135 Grade 14 Bore – The finest early 14 bore known

Extremely Fine Documented Parker $135 Grade 14 Bore – The finest early 14 bore known! This incredible early Parker Hammer gun is recognized widely by advanced collectors as the finest 14 bore hammer gun known. The gun is pictured on page 233 of “THE PARKER STORY” and described as a $135 Grade Gun. It was made with straight stock which terminates with a blued full steel buttplate, splinter forend with wedge fastener, and 30″ Damascus barrels. The gun is an early “Pin Lifter” as seen in the photos. The gun weighs 8lbs 8oz and retains about 60% gorgeous original case color. The barrels retain about 90% original damascus pattern. Bores are very good with some minor freckles but incredibly nice for a gun of this vintage. The checkering is original and crisp. The gun retains about 90% original stock finish. There are some minor ancient grain separations at the bottom stock fingers which have been expertly repaired. The full steel buttplate retains about 40% original blue! Unheard of on a gun of this vintage. Trigger guard retains about 70% original blue, toned a bit on the bow, quite strong on the tang. Widely recognized as the “finest 14 bore hammer gun known” this gun is a true treasure for a serious student of the Parker Gun. Price: $9500

Woodward - SLE - 12 ga
Woodward – SLE – 12 ga

Woodward – SLE – 12 ga: SxS, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Double, Grip: Straight Grip, Forend: Checkered, Lop: 14 3/4 “, Type of butt: Checkered Wood, Drop comb: 1 1/2 “, Drop heel: 2 3/8″ Cast amount: 3/16” Cast: Off Weight: 7 lbs, oz Manufactured in: England Finish: Case Colored Overall condition: Very Good Stock condition: Very Good Metal condition: Very Good. Price: $8,200

AYA No 2 16 Gauge Sidelock SxS Shotgun
AYA No 2 16 Gauge Sidelock SxS Shotgun

AYA No 2 16 Gauge Sidelock SxS Shotgun: 28″ Chokes: IC – IM L.O.P. : 14 1/2″ Drop: 1 3/8″C x 2″H Weight: 6 lbs 6 oz Ser. #: 16-03-291-03
Price: $3,750

An awesome 12g Parker Bros AHE-grade SxS shotgun …

VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN AT MERZANTIQUES.COM
VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN AT MERZANTIQUES.COM

The side-by-side, double-barrel shotgun you see here is one of the icons of American gunmaking.

VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN AT MERZANTIQUES.COM
VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN AT MERZANTIQUES.COM

It’s a Parker Bros A.H.-quality with ejectors (which makes it an A.H.E.) and ACME fluid steel barrels. Back when it was built in 1917, it was Parker’s third-best gun, two down from the top-of-the-line A1 Special and a single step below the company’s famous AAH-quality shotguns.

Parker AH Grade Shotgun, page from a Parker catalog, from parkerguns.org
Parker AH Grade Shotgun, page from a Parker catalog, from parkerguns.org

As you can imagine, it was expensive in its day. It cost more than most guys took home in six months, and that’s one big reason why Parker only built a total of 306 AH-grade shotguns. They were just too expensive for most folks.

Parker AH Grade Shotgun, page from a Parker catalog, from parkerguns.org
Parker AH Grade Shotgun, page from a Parker catalog, from parkerguns.org

But if you had the money ($250 in the 1920s), you could buy yourself a great looking gun.

VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN AT MERZANTIQUES.COM
VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN AT MERZANTIQUES.COM

VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: Gun features a 30 inch barrel with an unusual 2 Ivory beads on it. Choked improved cylinder and modified. AH stamp on the water table as well as a number 6. 175k serial range. Original straight grip stock measuring 14-5/8 inches to the end of the Josten pad. Excellent condition with most original varnish. Sharp checkering. It has a gold inlaid unused inscription plate in the stock. This Parker is in beautiful shape with 85-90% bright case colors on the frame. Bottom of the receiver retains just traces of case color. The trigger guard is nicely engraved with a dog and has traces of blue remaining. Bottom of the receiver has a beautifully done dog with a bird in it’s mouth and a running deer. Both sides of the receiver are game scene engraved. Quite delicately done. Gun has the correct splinter forearm as well automatic ejectors. Also has the correct barrel markings “Acme Steel” on top of the rib. Overall this just a great gun. This is the 3rd A grade I have bought this week. This one came from an estate out of Fargo North Dakota. It has been identified in the Parker gun identification and serialization book having all the mentioned features. Has never been on the market before. Gun weighs 7pounds 5 ounces. Price: $ 41,500.

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Piotti King 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS
Piotti King 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS

Piotti King 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS: Barrels: 27 1/2″ Chokes: M – F L.O.P. : 14 1/2″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 6 lbs 7 oz. Price: $17,500

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 Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case: Hammerless Sidelocks – 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 Note the weight! Serial Number: 7279 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 27″ Barrel Type: Steel Action: trigger plate round action Gauge: 12 gauge 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

Superb high original condition Parker DHE 12ga 28" Game Gun with original SST and Straight Stock
Superb high original condition Parker DHE 12ga 28″ Game Gun with original SST and Straight Stock

Superb high original condition Parker DHE 12ga 28″ Game Gun with original SST and Straight Stock: EXCEEDINGLY RARE TRANSITION GUN – not marked “Parker” anywhere on the action!  Very few of these (less than 6 in D Grade) known!!! Made on a 1-1/2 Frame with 28″ Titanic Steel barrels.  This scarce gun with splinter forend, straight stock and original Parker SST.  Gun has finely figured stocks with what is probably the original leather faced pad.  Perfect choke combo in this gun for upland game! Overall the gun is in superb original condition.  Retains about 97% original barrel blue, more than 97% bold original case color and crisp original wood finish.  Mechanics are crisp and bores are brilliant and shiny.  Gun has been fired but very very little. Price: $8750 

BERETTA - SO2 - 28" Bbls - Double Triggers - Solid Vintage Sidelock SO
BERETTA – SO2 – 28″ Bbls – Double Triggers – Solid Vintage Sidelock SO

BERETTA – SO2 – 28″ Bbls – Double Triggers – Solid Vintage Sidelock SO: 1968 – Beretta SO2 – 12ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ IM / F (.027 / .043) Boehler Steel Bbls, Ejectors, Double Triggers, LOP 14-1/2″ Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″,  1/8″ OFF,  Weight 7 lbs. 6 oz. Just in time for Bird Season! Mechanically Perfect Condition. This gun has seen very little use. It feels like a New Gun. Your chance to own a True U/O Sidelock of Beretta Quality. Serial Number: 34733 Barrel Length: 28″ Bore Info: Original Chambers: 2 3/4″ Ejectors: Strong Ejectors Condition: VG Bore Condition: Exc Barrels: Boehler Antinit Steel Action: U/O Triggers: DT Stock: POW Stock Drop: 1 1/2″ Stock Comb: 2 1/4″ Stock Cast: 1/8″ OFF Fore End: Game Butt Pad: Silvers LOP: 14 1/2″ Rib: Vented
Finish: Coin Weight: 7lbs 6oz Manufacture Date: 1968 Chokes: IM/F Engraving: Rose/Scroll. Price: $5,350

REMINGTON 1894 - C GRADE - 32" ORDNANCE STEEL BARRELS WITH EJECTORS - 12 GAUGE
REMINGTON 1894 – C GRADE – 32″ ORDNANCE STEEL BARRELS WITH EJECTORS – 12 GAUGE

REMINGTON 1894 – C GRADE – 32″ ORDNANCE STEEL BARRELS WITH EJECTORS – 12 GAUGE: Here is Remington 1894 C Grade with the rare 32″ Ordnance Steel Barrels. This 12 gauge gauge gun has perefctly timed ejectors and sharp and well executed engraving. Mirror bores measuring .725 as original with 35/1000 Full Chokes in each barrel. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Tight on face. No loose ribs, barrels ring very nicely. No cracks to wood. Ivory front bead has cracked as photo shows. Auto safety. Weight of gun is 8 LBS 1 3/4 OZ.  LOP – 14 1/4″ Drop at Comb – 1 5/8″ Drop at Heel – 2 1/8″ Price: $3,750

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David McKay Brown Trio of 16g Side by Side Game Guns
David McKay Brown Trio of 16g Side by Side Game Guns

David McKay Brown Trio of 16g Side by Side Game Guns: Consecutively numbered, true trio of 16g round action trigger plate self-opening Side by Side game guns by Scottish maker, David McKay Brown. Each gun is built on the classic Scottish trigger plate action with its rounded bar. Each gun features two triggers, auto-safeties, color case hardening and wonderfully executed small English scroll by renowned engraver Dave Tallett. Each gun features the Maker’s name inlayed in gold on the bottom the actions. Finally, each gun is appropriately numbered “1, 2, or 3” in gold and and the word “SAFE” is also inlayed in gold. All three guns feature 29” chopper lump barrels with 2 ¾” chambers and 2002 London proof marks. All three sets of barrels are bored and choked the same at: 3/8 (.015″) and 1/2 (.020″) with smooth concave game ribs.  The guns are stocked in a lovely set of well matched stock blanks with straight hand grips and splinter forend. There is a 15″ LOP over checkered butts and the guns are cast off 1/8″.  The guns weigh a lively 6 lbs. 2 oz. and are complete in  the Maker’s three gun motor case. The guns show some signs of use, but are overall in excellent condition, tight on face, and the barrels and stocks free from any dents, bulges or cracks.  Each gun is a superb example of the classic Scottish round action game gun. According to Donald Dallas’ book, David McKay Brown, Scotland’s Gun & Rifle Maker, The definitive history authorized by David McKay Brown, (2011 Quiller Press), the three guns were finished in 2003 and are the only trio of 16g Side by Side Game Guns shown in the ledgers when the book was published. Price: $95,000

VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN
VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN

VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN: Gun features a 30 inch barrel with an unusual 2 Ivory beads on it. Choked improved cylinder and modified. AH stamp on the water table as well as a number 6. 175k serial range. Original straight grip stock measuring 14-5/8 inches to the end of the Josten pad. Excellent condition with most original varnish. Sharp checkering. It has a gold inlaid unused inscription plate in the stock. This Parker is in beautiful shape with 85-90% bright case colors on the frame. Bottom of the receiver retains just traces of case color. The trigger guard is nicely engraved with a dog and has traces of blue remaining. Bottom of the receiver has a beautifully done dog with a bird in it’s mouth and a running deer. Both sides of the receiver are game scene engraved. Quite delicately done. Gun has the correct splinter forearm as well automatic ejectors. Also has the correct barrel markings “Acme Steel” on top of the rib. Overall this just a great gun. This is the 3rd A grade I have bought this week. This one came from an estate out of Fargo North Dakota. It has been identified in the Parker gun identification and serialization book having all the mentioned features. Has never been on the market before. Gun weighs 7pounds 5 ounces. Price: $41,500

Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE-grade 20ga two-barrel set with case
Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE-grade 20ga two-barrel set with case

Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE-grade 20ga two-barrel set with case: Made in 1995, this fantastic early CSMC XE Fox has it all – and remains in exceptionally nice original condition to boot.  The gun is engraved in factory XE Grade pattern, signed by Leopold Schickl.  Made originally with two sets of barrels and two forends – one in 27″ and one 26″, this would be the one gun any man would need for all seasons.  The gun was made with straight grip, double triggers, and splinter forends with Schnabel tips.  The gun is beautifully engraved with quail on left, woodcock on right, and standing Fox on the bottom all surrounded by well executed factory oak leaf pattern. This gun was made with exceptionally nice highly figured dark wood, as per the original order.  The stock terminates with the original checkered butt, and the grip is diamond shaped which is smooth and delicate.  Initials “E.H.” in gold stock shield near toe.  Each barrel with single ivory bead.  The gun is housed in its original two barrel set case with all accessories. Overall, the gun remains in near mint original condition retaining nearly all of its original finish to both wood and metal.  Mechanics are crisp and bores are brilliant and shiny. Price: $17,000  

BERETTA - RARE - European Market - S57E - 20ga - English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors - Like New !
BERETTA – RARE – European Market – S57E – 20ga – English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors – Like New !

BERETTA – RARE – European Market – S57E – 20ga – English Stock Double Triggers Ejectors – Like New! Very Very few Beretta shotguns were imported to the U.S. with English Stocks. 1963 – Beretta – S57E – – 20ga, 2-3/4″, 26-3/4″ M / F (.014 / .024) Vent Rib, Mid Rib Bead, Ejectors, Double Triggers – Front Articulated, Completely Hand Engraved, Long Trigger Guard Tang, English Stock, Game Forearm, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-5/16″ to 2-1/8″, Very Slight Cast Off, Weight 5 lbs 14 oz. Very tight gun. Still doesn’t fall open. Perfect Bores. Shot very little. Metal is 99+%. Wood about 97%. Shipping to CONUS included in price. Price: $2850

AYA sidelock SxS shotgun, No. 1 20ga
AYA sidelock SxS shotgun, No. 1 20ga

AYA sidelock SxS shotgun, No.1 20ga: This AYA is a 20GA with double triggers and a 26″ barrel. Both barrels are set in improved cylinder for the chokes. It comes with a hard case. This Shotgun is in very nice condition with little to no use wear. 20 Gauge. Metal Condition: Very good, Minor to no use wear. Wood Condition: Very good, Minor to no use wear. Barrels: 26″ Triggers: Double triggers Stock Dimensions: LOP 13 1/4″. Weight: 6 lb. 8 oz. Sights: Front metal bead. Chokes: IC/IC. Price: $2,499.99

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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