A rare 16g Heym OU, Grade 9D, at auction, no reserve …

Friedrich Wilhelm Heym Grade No 9D 16 Ga 28" Over/Under Shotgun 1919-33
Friedrich Wilhelm Heym Grade No 9D 16 Ga 28″ Over/Under Shotgun 1919-33

High quality doesn’t always equal high price. Case in point: I’ve always been amazed by how well-made pre-World War II German OUs are and how low their prices remain.

The 16g F.W. Heym Grade 9D you see here is a great example

It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction listing ends Sunday, 10/2/2022 @ 8:25 PM EST.

Friedrich Wilhelm Heym Grade No 9D 16 Ga 28" Over/Under Shotgun 1919-33
Friedrich Wilhelm Heym Grade No 9D 16 Ga 28″ Over/Under Shotgun 1919-33

F.W. Heym was founded in Suhl, Germany, in July 1865. The company is still around today. They built this shotgun in the 1920s. It features a Merkel-style triggerplate action, sideplates, ejectors, and 28″ barrels with a full-length vent rib. It also has original 2 3/4″ chambers.

Back in the ’20s, this shotgun was one of the highest-grade F.W. Heyms imported into the US. It was expensive and costs about as much as Paker BHE SxS.

I’ve shot fancy British OUs that cost 10x-12x more than guns like this Heym. Are those Purdeys and Woodwards 10x-12x better? I didn’t think so.

Friedrich Wilhelm Heym Grade No 9D 16 Ga 28" Over/Under Shotgun 1919-33
Friedrich Wilhelm Heym Grade No 9D 16 Ga 28″ Over/Under Shotgun 1919-33

Friedrich Wilhelm Heym Grade No 9D 16 Ga 28″ Over/Under Shotgun 1919-33: Make: Friedrich Wilhelm Heym of Suhl, Germany Model: Grade No. 9D Serial#: 5805AH Year of Manufacture: Circa 1919-1933

Finish Originality: Original

Friedrich Wilhelm Heym Grade No 9D 16 Ga 28" Over/Under Shotgun 1919-33
Friedrich Wilhelm Heym Grade No 9D 16 Ga 28″ Over/Under Shotgun 1919-33

Gauge: 16 Gauge, 2 3/4″ chamber.

Weight: 6 Pounds and 7.9 Ounces

Friedrich Wilhelm Heym Grade No 9D 16 Ga 28" Over/Under Shotgun 1919-33
Friedrich Wilhelm Heym Grade No 9D 16 Ga 28″ Over/Under Shotgun 1919-33

Barrel Length: 28” with a ventilated rib, the ribs are sound and tight.

Friedrich Wilhelm Heym Grade No 9D 16 Ga 28" Over/Under Shotgun 1919-33
Friedrich Wilhelm Heym Grade No 9D 16 Ga 28″ Over/Under Shotgun 1919-33

Choke: The top barrel has a Full choke and the bottom barrel has a Improved Modified Choke. Both chokes are fixed.

Action Type: Over/Under Hammerless Top-Break Shotgun with a Barrel Selector and Ejectors

Markings: The receiver is covered in floral scroll engravings and on the bottom is marked “FR. WILH. HEYM, SUHL / GERMANY”. The top of the receiver, obscured by the barrel when it is in the down position, is marked with two Weimar-era proof marks (a German Eagle and a crowned “U” which was a definitive proof) above Germany on the right side and features the serial number on the right “5805AH”. The belly features a medallion marked “G.P.” The upper left portion of the top barrel, concealed by the side panel, is marked “ROECHLING”, “GTC” inside an oval, “ELEKTROSTAHL”, and has faded German proof marks concealed by a wood side panel (an eagle next to “NITRO” which was a nitro proof, two faded eagles, a corwned “U” definitive proof, “16” inside an oval which was the gauge designation and some marks that are no longer legible). The bottom barrel, visible when the forend is removed, is marked “ROECHLING”, “GTC” inside an oval and “ELEKTROSTAHL”. The bottom of the lower barrel is serial matched. The left rear portion of the upper barrel, which is visible when the gun is fully assembled,  is marked “NEW-YORK”, “GRADE No 9 D” and Nitro next to a faded mark.  The right rear portion of the upper barrel, which is visible when the gun is fully assembled, is marked “SLOANS SPORTING GOODS Co INC”. The forend iron is serial matched.

Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a red bead and there is a red colored bead about half way down the rib.

Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The stock is 4 piece wood featuring a checkered detachable forend, two smooth wood side panels, a checkered semi-pistol grip with a engraved metal cap, a fluted straight comb, a medallion on the belly and a textured black synthetic butt-plate. The stock has some light handling marks, nicks and scuffs. Notably, there is a tiny crack at the tip of the top tang. The LOP is 14.5” from the trigger to the rear of the butt-plate. The drops are approximately 1.75” and 2.5” inches from the comb and heel respectively. The butt-plate has some light handling marks. Overall, the stock is in Very Good-Fine condition.

Type of Finish: Blue and Case Color

Bore Condition: The bores are mostly bright with some light erosion concentrated around the muzzles.

Overall Condition: The shotgun retains about 65% of its metal finish. There are some light-moderate handling marks, nicks and scuffs. Notably, the case-colored receiver’s finish has largely worn off, with some surviving finish on the top tang, concealed by the barrel and on the sides. The barrels have a patch of moderate finish loss on the forward left side, light wear around the leading edges and some light wear around the muzzles. Some of the markings have faded but most remain clear. The screwheads are lightly tooled and remain serviceable. Overall, the shotgun is in Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrels lock with no play on the frame. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box Paperwork and Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: Friedrich Wilhelm Heym was a Suhl based industrialist who founded his namesake company in mid 1865. The company is most famous for the shotguns and rifles it has produced. The company primarily exported its goods to the Russian Empire before shifting its focus to the United States around the time WWI broke out (Germany and Russia went to war in 1914). Ironically, Germany would end up fighting the United States as well in 1917. Despite this, when WWI ended the company continued to export arms to the U.S., primarily exporting shotguns and drillings. The company survived WWII and remains in operation today.

This particular specimen is an over/under shotgun, designated the Grade No. 9D, which was made during the Weimar-era based on the proof marks. The gun has some handling wear but it retains its beautiful engravings and is still mechanically sound. The gun should make a wonderful addition to any collection. Good luck on your bid!

Awesome! A super original 1933 Holland & Holland Modele De Luxe double rifle…

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED

Many collectors believe that London-made shotgun built between World War 1 and World War 2 are among the finest side-by-sides and over-unders ever created. Take a look at the double rifle you see here and you’ll understand why. Holland & Holland was known for making the best double rifles in the world, and the Modele De Luxe was the top gun – the absolute very best of he best in 1933 and today.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED: #31475, Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond Street, London: A Holland & Holland Hand Detachable Back Action Sidelock Royal “Modele De Luxe” Ejector 240 Magnum Flanged with the Bolstered Frame, Made in the Golden Era of 1933. It has 25″ Ejector Chopper Lump barrels with rib extension third bite, 1/4 rib with 1 standing & 2 folding rear sights, Fold over night sight, Original Nitro Proof at 31 1/2 Cordite – 100 grain bullet & a 2 1/2″ case. The small size action body is complete with a bolstered frame, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, Hand detachable locks, Extended top tang over the comb of the stock, Rolled trigger guard edge, The stock with a trap grip cap with a spare front sight, Shadowline cheekpiece, 13 7/8″ LOP over a 7/8″ Silvers pad, Proper 240 weight at 8 lbs. 5 oz.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED

This Royal “Modele De Luxe” has 100% coverage of the typical but seldom seen pre-war Deluxe engraving with baroque gargoyles, serpents, dragons, grotesque masks and sneering faces. This is very well cut engraving with a fair amount of cut relief. The stock on this gun is with Deluxe wood that has excellent color and contrast of deep blacks and brown. It has an engraved trap grip cap with a sneering face and a spare front sight inside.

The piece retains 99% original & vivid case colors, The barrels have 99% original blue, The trigger guard blue is 100%, The original oil stock finish remains at 98%, The checkering is at 100%, Every screw is 100%, The bores are excellent plus and appear as new, The locks are in the same condition as the outside of the gun, The stock inletting is clean and solid in every respect and looks like it was cut yesterday. The whole is cased in the maker’s original brass cornered leather trunk with a canvas cover, all accessories including spare strikers, turnscrews, snap caps & cleaning gear.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED

The piece has all the appearance of never being fired and is almost like walking out of 98 New Bond Street 80 years ago with a brand new gun. This Classic Royal “Modele De Luxe” piece remains in superb condition, a fun cartridge, outstanding wood that will go a lifetime, bores like new, bolstered frame and is a top drawer Deluxe gun from one of the greatest sporting gun makers of the British trade. We have loaded for this cartridge and can do it again if you want us to go there but it appears unfired. Price: $85,000.00

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL "MODELE De LUXE"- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 MAG FLANGED ROYAL “MODELE De LUXE”- GOLDEN ERA of 1933- APPEARS UNFIRED

This week’s good guns: Powered by Gunsinternational.com…

Holland & Holland 12 gauge SXS Badminton High Grade 12GA sidelock TRIPTYCH
Holland & Holland 12 gauge SXS Badminton High Grade 12GA sidelock TRIPTYCH

Holland & Holland 12 gauge SXS Badminton High Grade 12GA sidelock TRIPTYCH: Serial #21564 ; 21565 & 24660, 30” bbls, IC & C, straight grip, almost mint overall condition, 6 lbs. 9,5 oz, makers Oak & Leather with accessories. Price: $69,000

CHARLES DALY DIAMOND REGENT 16 GAUGE SxS: 28″ IC AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS 5LB 13 OZ X 2 3/4 X 1 7/16 X 14. Price: $32,500.00

CHARLES DALY DIAMOND REGENT 16 GAUGE SxS
CHARLES DALY DIAMOND REGENT 16 GAUGE SxS
Outstanding Churchill PREMIER GRADE Pre War Game Gun Pinless Action
Outstanding Churchill PREMIER GRADE Pre War Game Gun Pinless Action

Outstanding Churchill PREMIER GRADE Pre-War Game Gun Pinless Action: Pinless Sidelock Action 90% + ORIGINAL COLORS, 95% Original barrel black. A fine example of an unmolested PreWar English Best A perfect gun for the vintage clays shooter or vintage flyer shooter.  30″ Barrels. 2 3/4″ Chambers  Choked F&F DT. Made in 1930. Price $25,000.

LC Smith Trap Grade 16 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun:
LC Smith Trap Grade 16 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun

LC Smith Trap Grade 16 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun: 28” bbls, 2 ½” chambers, Full & Fuller, Hunter One trigger, some dings in wood, bright bores, Finish and edge wear; rubs; case coloring remaining on receiver 14 LOP; 1 1/2 DAC; 2 1/8 DAH, Grooved composition plate butt, 6 lbs 9 ozs. Price: $2,999

ITHACA 12 Gauge Flues Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun: 32″ bbls choked full and mod. Marked on the receiver is “2”. Has ejectors and double triggers. Ejectors function well. Excl bores. Wood is fine cond with sharp checkering. Stock measures 14″ to the end of the orig hard rubber buttplate. Gun is in fine cond with 97-98% bright orig blue. Receiver is nicely engraved with 75% case colors turning nickel color on the bottom. Bright blue on trigger guard. Fine old gun. Price: $ 1,875.

ITHACA 12 Gauge Flues Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun
ITHACA 12 Gauge Flues Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun

 

Auction alert: a pre-war Krieghoff Neptun “Kurz” drilling…

Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock "Kurz" Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm
Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock “Kurz” Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm

Krieghoff is one of the world’s top gunmakers, and if you’re into target competition O/Us, you’re already familiar with their guns. This German company started as Sempert & Krieghoff in 1886, and in the late ’50s they started messing with the target shotguns that would build them into the name we know today.

Before that, the company was well known for European-style game guns: rifles, shotguns, combination guns, Drillings, Vierlings. The Neptun-grade drilling you see here may have been one of finest guns at one time. As you can see, is still a fantastic looking firearm today. If you like it, bid on it right away – the action ends Monday 4/15 @ 10:09 PM EST

Here’s more about the gun from the seller:

Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock "Kurz" Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm
Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock “Kurz” Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm

Pre-war Krieghoff Neptun “Kurz” Sidelock Drilling: 16 x 16 over 8 x 57 JR. This elegant powerhouse is a “Top-Of-The-Line” fully-featured unaltered example of the “Master Hunter’s” choice of weapon for close quarters driven Boar. Fast, light, powerful and deadly accurate. Fully engraved in beautiful Suhl scroll and traditional game scenes with extra fine detail only found on the top of the line guns from this period.

Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock "Kurz" Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm
Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock “Kurz” Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm

Gun has factory un-cut 21 7/8” barrels and weighs in at a featherweight 6 lbs 12 oz, (7 pounds 12 oz. with scope!) Both bores measure .673 with identical constrictions of .038 and show only the slightest sign of frosting. Rifle bore is excellent as well. Stock measures 13 5/8” over factory butt plate. Rifle has side-lever cocking and automatic flip up rear sight. Also has the only hand-detachable trigger group we’ve seen on a Krieghoff drilling. Has spring-loaded trapdoor butt stock cartridge magazine. Scope is a factory mounted Zeiss “Zielever” 4x with “post” reticle and an early attempt at bullet drop compensator and engraved quick detach mounts.

Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock "Kurz" Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm
Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock “Kurz” Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm

Recently serviced by “Scope Doctor” and is fully functional and crystal clear. Entire gun was gone over by a veteran Krieghoff factory smith and functions flawlessly. Case is contemporary Oak and Leather with custom fitted interior by none other than Mike Messina of NY. This drilling is top-notch all the way. Very rare to find this much firepower packed into such a high-grade, compact and lightweight package. Gun is totally original and has slight pitting on standing breech and dings in the wood alongside the trigger guard (see pictures), but overall is very good.

Keep in mind that this was likely a GI bring back and is nothing short of a miracle that it has it’s original scope still in excellent working condition.

Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock "Kurz" Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm
Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock “Kurz” Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm
Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock "Kurz" Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm
Pre-War Krieghoff Sidelock “Kurz” Drilling, 16g & 16g & 8mm x 57mm

Good gun alert: a 16g Charles Daly Diamond Quality side by side…

16g Charles Daly Diamond Quality Lindner-made double barrel shotgun
16g Charles Daly Diamond Quality Lindner-made double barrel shotgun

This super nice 16 gauge Charles Daly Diamond Quality side-by-side just popped up today on Gunsinternational.com. It’s is a Lindner-made, pre-war Daly and it looks like it’s in excellent original condition.

Lindner-made, Charles Daly side-by-sides are fantastic shotguns. Diamonds like this  are elegant, extremely well made, and absolute top-quality.

If you’ve ever wanted one of these double shotguns, I would get this one right away. At $7,750, the price is fair. I bet it won’t be around for long.

Gold inlays that don’t suck…

FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK PRE WAR 410
FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK PRE WAR 410

I’m not a big fan of gold on shotguns.  Too little of it looks out of place and too much of it makes a double look like it was overhauled by Pimp My Ride. This 20 L.C. Smith Deluxe Grade comes to mind. Yeah – yuck.

But when gunmakers get it right, gold can actually make a double barrel more elegant and beautiful. That’s the case with this .410 Francotte sidelock that Steve Barnett has right now.

The gold on this shotgun makes a statement. But instead of screaming “Look at me and how expensive I am” it encourage you to admire the entire gun. There’s plenty to admire, too.

FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK PRE WAR 410
FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK PRE WAR 410

First, there’s the overall composition and execution of the inlays. Instead of looking superfluous, this gold work is part of the action’s sculpting, engraving and overall design. By varying the size, style, and positions of the birds, the engraver added depth and life to the work. This makes the inlays interesting and far more appealing. Instead of being stuck on top of the lockplates, these birds look like they’re alive and in flight.

I also like how the flashiness of the gold is restrained by dusky color-case hardening on the action (gold on a coin-finish is a bad idea). The bling that’s there actually enhances the blood-red hues and chocolate swirls of the French-walnut stock, making both more pronounced and stunning.

Along with its perfect adornment, this .410 Francotte is also beautifully made. Check out how well the forend iron fits against the barrels and action. Then look at those drop points and the shaping of the stock. Again, first quality work.

Mention gold inlays to me and I’m going to think “ostentatious”. There’s no way around it. On a gun, gold is always flashy and almost never necessary. It’s only there to call attention to itself. How it calls attention to itself, and the impression it leaves, are what’s important. In the case of this .410 Francotte, the impression leaves me, well, impressed.

FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK PRE WAR 410
FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK PRE WAR 410

 

FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK PRE WAR 410
FRANCOTTE BEST SIDELOCK PRE WAR 410
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