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AYA No. 53 Presentation Sidelock 12 Ga SxS
AYA No. 53 Presentation Sidelock 12 Ga SxS

AYA No. 53 Presentation Sidelock 12 Ga SxS: Up for sale is a beautiful AYA presentation sidelock 12 Ga. This shotgun is in excellent condition with the exception of some slight handing marks on the stock. This gun was completed in February of 1949 and presented to General Lucas V. Beau, Commander of the United States Civil Air Patrol by a group of Spanish Aviation Cadets in 1951. This gun is very nice and also comes with a great story and factory leather case. If any questions or concerns arise, do not hesitate to call the number above or email. I don’t believe that this gun has ever been fired. Price: $7,950

The ultimate Lefever target/pigeon gun 32"krupp barrels, straight grip EE grade with insane modern dimensions
The ultimate Lefever target/pigeon gun 32″krupp barrels, straight grip EE grade with insane modern dimensions

The ultimate Lefever target/pigeon gun 32″krupp barrels, straight grip EE grade with insane modern dimensions: Beautiful later Syracuse made Lefever EE Grade made with 32″ Krupp fluid steel barrels.  This gun with splinter forend that has a clam shell release, made with double triggers, auto ejectors, auto safety.  Straight grip buttstock with long trigger guard tang, engraved stock oval with initials and original Lefever Arms Co. buttplate.  The gun is nicely engraved in standard late EE Grade pattern with Pointer in game scene on left, Setter in game scene on right and light scroll throughout. This rare Lefever remains in very nice overall condition.  The barrels retain virtually all of an older restored proper rust blue finish.  The receiver retains about 20% original case color.  Stocks are sound and retain most of an older restored finish.  The mechanics are crisp and the bores are bright and shiny.  The gun is tight on the face.  I believe the gun was made as a heavy proof type gun and the long chambers appear to be original. Price: $5795

Rizzini Artemis Light 16G OU Shotgun
Rizzini Artemis Light 16G OU Shotgun

Rizzini Artemis Light 16G OU Shotgun: 28″ in barrels as new condition wth case and all accessaries. 14 3/8 LOP Right hand cast. approx 6.5 lbs. Only shot a box of shells, beautiful gun!  Price: $3750

Webley & Scott Model 700 Side-by-Side12 Gauge
Webley & Scott Model 700 Side-by-Side12 Gauge

Webley & Scott Model 700 Side-by-Side 12 Gauge: Well used Webley & Scott 12 Bore Boxlock Ejector. 28″ Barrels, 2 3/4″ Chambers, choked IC & Full Frame and top lever with scroll engraving and retaining much of it’s original case hardening color Great measurements: 14 3/4″ LOP, DAH: 2 1/4″, DAC: 1 3/8″ Great barrel wall thickness at 0.031 & 0.028 Nitro proof Includes a Gunmark leather case 6lbs 7oz This is a well used Webley & Scott that has a good amount of handling marks/dents/dings.  No cracks or mechanical issues but a well used gun that would be a perfect addition for a rainy day. Price: $1,750

Dickinson Arms ~ Plantation ~ 28 Gauge ~ SxS ~ Shotgun
Dickinson Arms ~ Plantation ~ 28 Gauge ~ SxS ~ Shotgun

Dickinson Arms ~ Plantation ~ 28 Gauge ~ SxS ~ Shotgun: In excellent condition. This shotgun features a color case-hardened receiver, and a straight grip stock with double triggers. Only minor signs of use and handling marks. Includes case. Chambers: 2 3/4″ Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Excellent, Bore Condition: Clean, Barrels: 30″, Triggers: Double, Stock Dimensions: 14 3/4″ LOP, Butt Pad: Checkered Wood, Weight: 5 lb 8 oz. Sights: Single Bead. Chokes: IC, CYL. Price: $1,499.99

Auction alert: Dickinson Plantation 20ga, 28″, No Reserve…

 

Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28" bbls
Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28″ bbls

Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of the most impressive SxS shotguns to come on the market in the last five years: The Dickinson Plantation. These guns fstuff a ton of quality into an affordable package. And because they feature modern stock dimensions, choke tubes, and 3″ chambers, they’re far more shootable — and versatile– than vintage doubles.

Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28" bbls
Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28″ bbls

According to the Dickinson website: “The Plantation Series side-by-side shotgun features a precision trigger plate mechanisms with cosmetic side plates, beautifully finished and engraved receivers, and premium grade, hand-fitted Turkish walnut stocks and fore-ends. This is truly a shotgun that will meet the needs of the most demanding sportsman.” Brand new, I think they’re around $1500.

Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28" bbls
Dickinson Plantation 20ga 28″ bbls

This one is nearly new and comes in its original case with its original accessories. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the No Reserve listing ends Wednesday, 4/8/2020 @ 6:44 PM.

Dickinson Plantation 20ga, 28″ bbls, 3″ Chambers: Nice clean like new Dickinson Plantation side by side, double triggers, 5 screw in thin wall chokes. with case and papers. 6.40 pounds.

To learn more about these guns, check out this review:

Power duo: Quail hunting with a Pointer and a Cocker …

Here’s something I’ve always wanted to try. From what I’v read, this is how folks hunt quail on a lot of the plantations down south.

This video just shows a great looking Pointer doing what these dogs do so well.

Wild quail hunting at Sinkola Plantation…

There are very few places in the south where you can spend a day hunting wild quail (I should hunting and actually finding wild quail). This looks like one of them: “At Sinkola, we hunt quail the same way now as has been done here for the last century. The woods have been managed basically the same since the property was purchased at the beginning of the previous century. Through the use of annual prescribed fires, selective timbering and patch field planting, the habitat at Sinkola is a perfect haven for Bobwhites to thrive. ”

This quail hunting video kind of scares me…

I came across this video the other day on Youtube. The clip is from a quail preserve in Tennessee. From what I can see, the place puts hunters into lots of birds. It also has some dogs that really know how to find those birds and retrieve them.

But here’s what bothers me: The dogs are not steady to wing and shot (that means the dogs stay on point through the flush and the shot). When the birds go up, off go the dogs after them, and right into the area where the hunters are shooting. To me, that’s just too dangerous. What do you think?

Article in the WSJ about quail hunting…

Nice to see some positive press for a shooting sport in a major U.S. paper. I always forget that some people have never done this kind of stuff before. Check out the recommended gear at the end. Funny.

The Thrill of the Hunt

“In a late December chill, I went quail hunting amid tall pines and waist-high broomsedge grass. My mission was to shoot 10-inch bobwhite quail, and then to hear a guide shout to the hunting dogs ahead of me: “Dead in here! Dead in here!” That command alerts the hounds to locate a downed bird…only in South Georgia’s fabled quail plantation belt the drawled order sounds more like, “Deh-ud-n-heah! Deh-ud-n-heah!”…

You can read all of it and see more pics here.

Here’s a slide show of pictures from the hunt.

The Thrill of the Hunt, from Wall Street Journal
The Thrill of the Hunt, from Wall Street Journal
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