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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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F.lli Piotti King I Sidelock I 20 Gauge I Sidelock
F.lli Piotti King I Sidelock I 20 Gauge I Sidelock

F.lli Piotti King I Sidelock I 20 Gauge I Sidelock: 28″ Chokes: IC – M L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 6 lbs 4 oz Ser. #: 9189 Price: $25,900

PURDEY "LIGHTWEIGHT", 12 gauge, 1937
PURDEY “LIGHTWEIGHT”, 12 gauge, 1937

PURDEY “LIGHTWEIGHT”, 12 gauge, 1937: This little Purdey is amazing.  It is very close to the way it left the makers in 1937.  It is safe to say that the blue and case color show at least 90% of their original glow.  The barrels are 26″ with 2 5/8″ chambers, proofed for 1 1/8oz., choked cylinder and improved cylinder.  The stock measures 14 1/2″  with 1 1/2″ drop at comb and 2 1/2.” at heel.  The gun weighs 6 1/4 lbs.  Checkering is sharp and both stock and forend are sound, no blemishes or repairs.  This little gun hasn’t been out very much. Now for the wonderful surprise.  The case includes all of the original tools, unused.  As pictured, they include:  three turnscrews, oil bottle, bore and chamber brushes, a field pull through, various small brushes and a stuck case remover, all in their leather pouches.  There is a spare set of firing pins, with their springs, housed in an ivory bottle. And the case is original for the gun. Reduced price is firm and includes 2 flats of RST ammo. Price: $22,500

Parker - GHE, 12ga, 100% New:
Parker – GHE, 12ga, 100% New:

Parker – GHE, 12ga, 100% New: 30” barrels choked Mod./Full, 1 ½ frame, late Parker/Remington production that is 100% new with very minor handling marks. Double trigger, automatic ejector, pistol grip, long length of pull, original factory pad. One of the highest conditioned guns we have ever owned. Collector quality, guaranteed authentic. It has all of the original trigger guard blue and even the forend has all the original case color. This gun is just new, untouched and authentic. If you are looking for the best, here it is. Price: $14,995

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE WAR 16 GAUGE
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE WAR 16 GAUGE

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE WAR 16 GAUGE: #67XX, 26″ IC AND MOD 2 3/4″, SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER, EJECTORS, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, MINTY ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS 14 OZ, 2 7/16″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP Price: $7,950

A.H.Fox 16ga. Sterlingworth 30" Barrels
A.H.Fox 16ga. Sterlingworth 30″ Barrels

A.H.Fox 16ga. Sterlingworth 30″ Barrels: Built-in Philadelphia in 1926. This gun has the hard to find 30″ barrels choked modified .015″ and full .035″.The gun is in outstanding all original condition. It retains 98% of the original case colors, 99% of the original barrel blue, and 98% of the original wood finish. All screws are still timed and appear to be unturned. The bores are mint with no dents, rust, or pits. The stock is sound with no cracks or damage. The top lever is far to the right and the barrels lock up with no play. This gun has been shot very little. I used it on doves this season and it handles and patterns beautifully. At 6 lbs 2 ounces, it would make a great walk up pheasant gun. Very hard to find in the configuration and condition. Price: $2995

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Beautiful James Purdey 16ga Self Opener -- 29" 1908 gun
Beautiful James Purdey 16ga Self Opener — 29″ 1908 gun

Beautiful James Purdey 16ga Self Opener — 29″ 1908 gun: Ic/Ic .006/.010 — 1908 Best quality and Cased with original trade label and charge card — 2 1/2 ” lightweight gun 5lbs 13oz — super engraving that still shows a considerable amount of original color — straight hand stock with excellent dimensions 14 1/4  1 1/2 x  2 3/16  to checked butt. A wonderful gun to carry afield. The heyday of Purdey production. .028 thous in both tubes. This little gun carries like a 28ga. Gun is in the Purdey log book as listed. 14 1/4″ x 1 1/2 ” x  2 3/16″  checkered butt. 5lbs 13oz. Price: $29,500

1926 AH FOX CE 20 Gauge, 28" Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel bbls., 100% Original:
1926 AH FOX CE 20 Gauge, 28″ Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel bbls., 100% Original:

1926 AH FOX CE 20 Gauge, 28″ Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel bbls., 100% Original: SxS boxlock w/ Game scene engraved case hardened action, 28″ Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel bbls. w/ 2 1/2″ chambers, Filed concave rib w/ double ivory beads, Chokes: Right .621 / .009 / M & Left .623 / .021 / F, Double triggers, Automatic ejectors, Automatic safety, Well figured straight grip stock w/ original buttplate, Splinter forearm, Stock Dimensions: DC: 1 9/16″ x DH: 2 7/8″ x Cast: 3/8″ OFF at Heel x LOP: 14 3/4″, Weight: 5 lb. 13 oz., Condition: 100% Original unaltered condition, 99%+ Original Blue, case colors and stock finish, Made in USA circa 1926, Serial #202682. Price: $20,000.

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

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

CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG CO RBL LAUNCH EDITION 20GA S/S SHOTGUN
CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG CO RBL LAUNCH EDITION 20GA S/S SHOTGUN

CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG CO RBL LAUNCH EDITION 20GA S/S SHOTGUN: CASE COLORED ACTION WITH SCROLL, 28″ BBLS, 2 3/4, MULTI CHOKES, STANDARD RIB, EJECTORS, SST, 3X WALNUT STOCK, PISTOL GRIP, SMALL BEAVERTAIL FOREND, LOP 14 3/8, 1 1/2, 2 3/8, 6LBS 9OZ, CASED WITH ALL ACCESSORIES, AS NEW! Price: $3,695

A & F - 1970 - F.lli. Rizzini - BLNE 20ga, 26", 3", IC / M
A & F – 1970 – F.lli. Rizzini – BLNE 20ga, 26″, 3″, IC / M

A & F – 1970 – F.lli. Rizzini – BLNE 20ga, 26″, 3″, IC / M: Extractors, Double Triggers, Prince or Wales Grip, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-5/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. Price: $2650

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PURDEY BEST HAMMER PIGEON GUN SXS 12 GAUGE
PURDEY BEST HAMMER PIGEON GUN SXS 12 GAUGE

PURDEY BEST HAMMER PIGEON GUN SXS 12 GAUGE: #17XXX, ORIGINAL 30″ STEEL BARRELS 027 AND 036 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EXTRACTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MINTY ORIGINAL CONDITION, 8LBS, 2 3/16″ DAH, 1 3/8″ DAC, 15 1/4″ LOP. Price: $42,500

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

Webley & Scott M701 (M700) – 16 Gauge: This Webley, serial number 131366, has strong case color and bluing and the wood is in excellent condition showing minimal signs of use. The right barrels is marked “Webley & Scott Ltd.” while the left barrel is marked “Birmingham”.  The barrels sport a single, silver bead. It has the following attributes: Barrel Length: 28”: Choked: Imp Cyl / Full, Ejectors, Overall weight:  6lb 2oz, LOP: 14-5/8”, DAC: 1-3/8”, DAH: 2-1/8”. Price: $3,195 

Fabrique National 16 gauge side by side sidelock shotgun
Fabrique National 16 gauge side by side sidelock shotgun

Fabrique National 16 gauge side by side sidelock shotgun: 30″ demi bloc barrels, 2 3/4″ chamber, Ejectores, Modify & full shocks. English straight stock LOP 14 1/8″ to front trigger. Mirror Bores. Shotgun is tight with or without the forearm. Barrels have some finish scratches as well as the stock, very good checkering, mechanical is excellent, ejectors are strong and on time. triggers are strong and crisp. weight 6.75 lb. Price: $2,995

BERETTA - Orvis Uplander - 686 Onyx - 26-1/2" IC /M - Like New:
BERETTA – Orvis Uplander – 686 Onyx – 26-1/2″ IC /M – Like New:

BERETTA – Orvis Uplander – 686 Onyx – 26-1/2″ IC /M – Like New: 20ga, 3″, 26-1/2″, IC / M (.017 / .029), LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/4″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. MINT – As New! Appears unfired. I think this was a leftover from the Orvis Shop. They didn’t have any high grade wood for it, so they ordered up a standard set of wood from Beretta. Price: $1675 

FRENCH GUILD 16GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN
FRENCH GUILD 16GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN

FRENCH GUILD 16GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN A wonderful 16ga French Guild gun. Ready for forest range or field. No issues! Nice wood. Great barrels. Locks up tight. Functions well.
Chambers: 65MM, Condition: VERY GOOD, Metal Condition: VERY GOOD, Wood Condition: VERY GOOD, Bore Condition: BRIGHT, Barrels: 27IN, Gauge: 16GA, Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN, Stock Heel: 2 1/16IN, Butt Pad: LEATHER PAD, LOP: 14 1/2IN, Weight: 5LBS 15OZ, Choke Left: SKEET II, Choke Right: SKEET. Price: $875

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PURDEY BEST QUALITY OVER UNDER PAIR 16 GAUGE KELL ENGRAVED
PURDEY BEST QUALITY OVER UNDER PAIR 16 GAUGE KELL ENGRAVED

PURDEY BEST QUALITY OVER UNDER PAIR 16 GAUGE KELL ENGRAVED: PURDEY SAYS MADE 1949, NOTED IN RECORDS ENGRAVED BY  KELL, BOTH GUNS ARE THE SAME: 28″ SOLID RIB, CHOKED 012″ AND 032″, 2 1/2 CHAMBERS, SINGLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKERS OAK AND LEATHER CASE, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS 5 OZ, 2 1/2″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 14″ LOP FROM REAR POSITION SINGLE TRIGGER. Price: $139,500

Colt 1878 Grade 8 SxS Hammer Gun
Colt 1878 Grade 8 SxS Hammer Gun

Colt 1878 Grade 8 SxS Hammer Gun: Serial Number: 20648, Barrels: 30 inches, Triggers: Double Triggers, Gauge: 12 Gauge, Fore End: Splinter, LOP: 14 /14 inches, Weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz. Price: $24,500

Extremely Rare Sir Joseph Whitworth .451 Percussion Double Rifle With Hexagonal Bore
Extremely Rare Sir Joseph Whitworth .451 Percussion Double Rifle With Hexagonal Bore

Extremely Rare Sir Joseph Whitworth .451 Percussion Double Rifle With Hexagonal Bore, and Case: Extremely Rare Sir Joseph Whitworth Percussion Double Rifle with Hexagonal .451 Bores with case, and powder flask.  Very few were produced, and it is said that no more than 50 were made in total.  Possibly fewer. Whitworth’s single-shot rifles were prized by Confederate sharpshooters during the Civil War and were also used extensively in target shooting in the apex of the percussion rifle era. Parker Hale continues to market reproductions as to the Target rifle variants with the correct Hexagonal rifling. (I took a very large bull elk, quite cleanly, with one of these reproductions, before I owned this double!)  Far fewer Sporting rifles were produced by Whitworth, and, again, fewer still of the double rifle variety. These double’s barrels were produced from a single piece of bar stock which Whitworth bored. A very unusual method of production, but extremely effective when done right, and Whitworth was one of England’s most renowned machinists.  Hex bullets can be used of course, or, more commonly, people use .451 +/- conical bullets that simply bump up to hex shape upon firing.  These are very effective hunting rifles as the bullets have great sectional density when weighing 485-500 grains or so. This provides almost the perfect combination of bullet diameter and penetration.   Bullet molds are quite common in this configuration. Most users recommend a powder charge of approximately 90-95 grains of FF Black powder.  This example shows honest use, but was maintained properly, and is in excellent condition overall, as is it’s original case. Mechanically and functionally excellent, and very good as to appearance is the way I would grade this example.  Folding sights in 100-yard increments to 500 yards. Test targets are included showing how well this rifle’s barrels are regulated at both 50 and 100 yards, and the powder charge and bullet type used to achieve these tight groups. Bores are excellent, and show little if any frosting whatsoever.  Stock shows numerous handling marks and scratches, but no cracks or splits. Stock has pistol grip cap of steel, and a silver stock oval which is not yet engraved.  Rifle’s Bluing is browning on the tang, the locks and receiver, and is quite good on the buttplate. Barrels also quite good as to blue. Some Scattered scratches and handling marks in the barrel bluing. Locks and triggers work perfectly. Ramrod correct for rifle, and there is a period powder flask in the case. Weighs 9 pounds 8 ounces, and balances well.  The pictures tell the story, but feel free to contact me with questions. Try to find another! 🙂 For those with genuine interest, more photos can be supplied. A truly special rifle for the percussion enthusiast. Thanks for looking! Price: $19,999

PRUSSIAN CHARLES DALY - TIME CAPSULE CONDITION - MADE IN 1932 - EJECTORS - 30" BARRELS
PRUSSIAN CHARLES DALY – TIME CAPSULE CONDITION – MADE IN 1932 – EJECTORS – 30″ BARRELS

PRUSSIAN CHARLES DALY – TIME CAPSULE CONDITION – MADE IN 1932 – EJECTORS – 30″ BARRELS: Here is a Prussian Charles Daly 12 gauge made in 1932 with exceptional condition. Superior Quality with Krupp Steel Barrels. Original condition throughout. Strong case colors. Detailed scroll engraving. Scalloped action. Cocking indicators. Ejectors. Arcaded fences. Double underbite with a Greener Style Hidden Third Fastener. Auto safety. Elegant stock with Prince of Wales Round Grip. Tight on face / no loose ribs / 30″ barrels ring perfectly / no cracks to wood. Mirror bores with right measuring at .727 with 37/1000 choke (Full). Left measures .735 with 48/1000 choke (Extra Full). Chambers are 2 3/4″. Shipping is $40. Original basketweave butt plate. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 3/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″. Price: $5,500 

 

Emile Warnant - Liege Belgium - Excellent Quality - Sidelock Ejector - 1925 Gun - 28" Bbls - 2-3/4" Chambers for sale
Emile Warnant – Liege Belgium – Excellent Quality – Sidelock Ejector – 1925 Gun – 28″ Bbls – 2-3/4″ Chambers for sale

Emile Warnant – Liege Belgium – Excellent Quality – Sidelock Ejector – 1925 Gun – 28″ Bbls – 2-3/4″ Chambers: Well Made Side Lock Ejector in Very Nice Condition at a Reasonable Price. (.015 / .027), Ejector Bbls, Raised Solid Rib, Hidden Third Bite, Bushed Firing Pins, Double Triggers – Front Articulated, English Stock, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 13 oz. Price: $2450 

If you could only own 3 doubles, which would you pick?

If you could only own 3 double-barrel shotguns, which ones would you pick? This isn’t a question I want to face, but if I had to, my answer would be:

PURDEY - BAR IN WOOD 12 GAUGE
PURDEY – BAR IN WOOD 12 GAUGE

A 12-gauge hammergun like this JAMES PURDEY & SON BAR IN WOOD. I’ve always been fascinated by old school SxS shotguns. I’ve shot these SxSs, and every time I pull back the hammers I feel like I’m traveling back in time. I love how hammerguns do this and link you to a style of gunmaking and to a sporting world that’s long gone now.

LEBEAU COURALLY 12 1932 SIDELOCK EJECT 30" WHITWORTH CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. TOTALLY ORIG. AFTER 86 YEARS VERY NICE WOOD BUILT as a PIGEON GUN.
LEBEAU COURALLY 12 1932 SIDELOCK EJECT 30″ WHITWORTH CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. TOTALLY ORIG. AFTER 86 YEARS VERY NICE WOOD BUILT as a PIGEON GUN.

A true pigeon gun like this LEBEAU COURALLY 12 1932 SIDELOCK EJECT 30″ WHITWORTH CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. TOTALLY ORIG. AFTER 86 YEARS VERY NICE WOOD BUILT as a PIGEON GUN. Pigeon guns were built for competitive live pigeon shoots. These shoots were — and are — serious business. Up until around WW1, they were as popular as today’s professional sports and newspapers reported on them the same way they cover NFL games are today. Top competitors won thousands of dollars and demanded that their guns were built to withstand thousands and thousands of shots without fail.

LINSEY BROTHERS, LEEDS ENGLAND - CASED for sale.
LINSEY BROTHERS, LEEDS ENGLAND – CASED for sale.

A lightweight, 12g game gun like this LINSEY BROTHERS, LEEDS ENGLAND – CASED for sale. As an upland hunter, I carry my gun far more than I shoot it. So I like to hunt grouse and woodcock with a gun that weighs around 6 1/4 pounds. But I also like the proportions of a 12 gauge (most of the time, anything smaller than a 16 feels too small). Twelve-gauge ammo is also easy to come by, and it comes in all sorts of loads. So with one gun, I can hunt quail on Monday, pheasants on Tuesday, and grouse the rest of the week (in theory, anyway), and I can always use ammo that’s just the day’s game.

A first time for me: a 20g P.V. Nelson sidelock …

 

P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS

Here’s something I’ve never seen before: it’s a Peter V. Nelson shotgun for sale on the open market.

Peter Nelson is one of the world’s greatest gunmakers. He also a gunmaker few people know anything about.

P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS

Nelson started his career in the 1950s as an actioner at James Purdey & Sons. From there, he worked on guns for Hartmann & Weiss. In 1989, he went out on his own and built guns under his own name. I think he retired from gunmaking in 2012. This Queen’s Golden Jubilee Gun was one of the last firearms he built.

According to Vic Venters, Nelson built around 84 guns in all. Nine clients commissioned these guns; two clients ordered around 60 of them. I believe a few of these guns have changed hands over the years, but it was always done with just a phone call. These guns were not advertised anywhere or on display at a gunshow or in a gunshop. Take a look at the craftsmanship of the SXS show here, you can see why.

P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS

P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS: KEITH THOMAS ENGRAVED, MADE 1991, ROUNDED ACTION, 28″ 006 AND 006 2 3/4″, 26″ 009 AND 009 2 3/4″,  SINGLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, EXCELLENT WITH HANDLING MARKS IN THE WOOD, 5LBS 10 OZ, 2 1/2″ DAH,1 1/2″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $57,500

P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS
P.V. NELSON BEST SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE WITH EXTRA BARRELS

The Game Hog of Dallowgill, an article from Sports Illustrated, 5/22/1972…

Frederick Robinson, 2nd Marquess of Ripon was one of the UK’s most famous game shots. In his lifetime, he bagged more than 500,000 birds, plus countless hares and other animals. and he shot Purdey hammerguns, including this one shown here: J Purdey & Sons, a RARE 12-BORE HAMMER EJECTOR GUN, NO. 14981, BUILT IN 1895 FOR LORD RIPON (AS EARL DE GREY).

Sports Illustrated published a piece about Lord Ripon way back 1972. An excerpt is below, along with links to the entire article. It’s an interesting read and worth checking out.

Frederick Oliver Robinson, 2nd Marquess of Ripon © National Portrait Gallery, London
Frederick Oliver Robinson, 2nd Marquess of Ripon © National Portrait Gallery, London

THE GAME HOG OF DALLOWGILL

IN A LIFETIME OF WARFARE AGAINST THE WINGED KINGDOM, LORD RIPON DOWNED MORE THAN 500,000 BIRDS

Studley Royal, 1880, Lord Ripon's home
Studley Royal, 1880, Lord Ripon’s home

“At the top of the hill a pair of liveried Yorkshire gamekeepers whacked hard with their sticks at the tight thorn-bushes of the hedgerow. Fifty yards away, in a hollow, stood the owner of the land, with his shooting companion, the local vicar. As the keepers moved forward, there was a flap of bright wings, a shot, and the quarry spun to the ground. Then another type of prey emerged, flying low and fast toward the waiting guns. Again a clean kill. So, at the end of the drive, one butterfly and one bumblebee were solemnly added to the day’s bag …”

Read all of THE GAME HOG OF DALLOWGILL

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Parker Brothers ~ A-1 Special ~ 20 Ga. 
Parker Brothers ~ A-1 Special ~ 20 Ga.

Parker Brothers ~ A-1 Special ~ 20 Ga: S/N 158XXX – Circa 1912, Chambers: 2 3/4″ with Ejectors, Barrels: 28″, Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP – DAC 1 11/16″ – DAH 2 1/4″, Butt Pad: Engraved Skeleton, Weight: 6 LB. Wood shows a bit of age cracking with a couple of small storage marks and a bit of moisture damage to the right side of the buttstock. Blue remains at 100% with mint bores. Receiver shows 100% rose and scroll engraving coverage that remains excellent. Truly a remarkable example of the gunmakers art! Complete with a Parker Collectors “Letter of Originality”. Price: $79,999.99 

BOSS & Co Best SLE 20ga 26" IC&M Original 2 3/4" chambers, Makers leather case, Mfg 1947, rare and very nice
BOSS & Co Best SLE 20ga 26″ IC&M Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Makers leather case, Mfg 1947, rare and very nice

BOSS & Co Best SLE 20ga 26″ IC&M Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Makers leather case, Mfg 1947, rare and very nice: Serial #  8764, Barrel Length: 26″, Choke R  IC(.005), Choke L  M(.011), Trigger  ST (Single), Rib Type  Smooth Concave Rib, Receiver Finish:  Casehardened with most colors remaining, Engraving Type:  Boss style Fine Scroll & Rosette Engraving, Other Options:  Makers case with label, Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Condition  EXC. Plus Condition. Weight  5lbs 7oz. Dimensions  1 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 14 3/4 with 1/4 cast off. Other Details  Mfg 1947, Very high condition  Very hard to find in 20ga. Price: $59,000

J. Purdey & Sons - 12ga - SLE - Self Opener - 25” Barrels - .732/.729 Chokes - 2 3/4” Shells - 15 1/8” x 1 5/8” x 2 3/4” - 6 lbs 2 ozs - Lightweight!! 
J. Purdey & Sons – 12ga – SLE – Self Opener – 25” Barrels – .732/.729 Chokes – 2 3/4” Shells – 15 1/8” x 1 5/8” x 2 3/4” – 6 lbs 2 ozs – Lightweight!!

J. Purdey & Sons – 12ga – SLE – Self Opener – 25” Barrels – .732/.729 Chokes – 2 3/4” Shells – 15 1/8” x 1 5/8” x 2 3/4” – 6 lbs 2 ozs – Lightweight!! Self Opener – Great Quail & Grouse Gun – Fast Action Gun!  Original case and proof label – “WTC” on leather case and on stock – “Blue” Pins and hightlights on the Action – lever is plum.  This Purdey is Tight and handles gracefully in high-pressure shooting situations. The gun was a 2 1/2” gun and was sent back to Purdey to be Re-Proofed and opened up to 2 3/4” – performs beautifully! Price: $34,995

John Wilkes, 20ga. Sidelock Ejector 27" Barrels:
John Wilkes, 20ga. Sidelock Ejector 27″ Barrels:

John Wilkes, 20ga. Sidelock Ejector 27″ Barrels Ic/Mod: A custom stocked gun in England with an extremely high quality Turkish Circassian walnut with a straight grip, splinter forend, highest quality full sidelock gun double triggers, automatic ejector, checkered butt, full coverage miniature rose bouquet and scroll engraving Cast for a lefthanded shooter (we can adjust it back to neutral), gold oval, gun remains in pristine condition throughout, includes leather makers’ case with canvas cover, available for immediate delivery. LOP – 15 1/8” x 1 ½” x 2 3/8”. 5 lb., 12 oz. Price: $19,999

Magnificent Remington Parker VHE 16ga 1 frame with Condition
Magnificent Remington Parker VHE 16ga 1 frame with Condition

Magnificent Remington Parker VHE 16ga 1 frame with Condition: 28″ Mod/full and factory marked — incredible original wood and finishes — perfect screws — double triggers — 2 3/4 ” factory chambers — ejectors — 80% original color that is vibrant — 99% blue and varnish — late single line DHBP — splinter forend — Just a wonderful Remington era gun that has all of the zing you expect from Parker — A perfect gun for all occasions afield with the right dimensions and weight.
14 1/4″  1 1/2″ x 2 3/8″  7lb 3oz. Price: $6,950.00 

Wow – an awesome Purdey Pigeon gun…

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

When people talk about the very best shotguns, this is what they have in mind. The Purdey SxS you see here is one of the finest I’ve seen, and it’s in superb condition.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

This gun is a great example of what a true Best-quality shotgun should be. Overall, it has a distinct look — handsome and proud, but not gaudy or ostentatious. Metal-to-metal and metal-to-wood fit is as perfect as it gets, all around. The action and little things like the toplever are filed up beautifully. And the stock and forend are shaped and proportioned perfectly. And check out those drop points.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

Because it’s all original, this SxS is also a great example of how a gun from that period was finished. Look closely. See how the hinge pin, safety, and screw in the toplever are all a bright blue, while the toplever itself, as well as the triggerguard and forend iron are an inkier blue to almost black? Now see how the blueing on the barrels has turned a purplish hue over time. This mix of finishes is a big part of what makes these old, original shotguns so beautiful — and desirable.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

Also, check out how the action looks a bit dull and dirty overall. That’s because it was varnished when new to protect the color-case hardening. Much of that original varnish remains, and over the last 80+ years, it has yellowed a bit, picked up some grime, and lost its sheen.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

Made for live-pigeon shooting, it was built in in the 1930s — one of the best periods for British shotguns. As crazy as it seems, it’s gun #3 of at least a trio. Perhaps that’s why it was never used — the owner had two others just like it to go to first.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE: #24XXX, 30″ SELF OPENING, CHOKED .041″ AND .041″, CHAMBERS 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 7LBS 6 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 14 3/4″ LOP. Price: $47,500

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE WAR PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

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

 

Armi Ivo Fabbri ~ Majestic Engraved ~ OU ~ 12 Ga
Armi Ivo Fabbri ~ Majestic Engraved ~ OU ~ 12 Ga

Armi Ivo Fabbri ~ Majestic Engraved ~ OU ~ 12 Ga: Made in 1972 and engraved with their “Majestic” pattern. Serial number 3198. Metal Condition: excellent. Wood Condition: excellent. Bore Condition: shiny. Barrels: 28. Trigger: single select. Stock Dimensions: 14.25″ LOP 1.5″ DAH 1.25″ DAC. Butt Pad: rubber recoil pad. Weight: 7lbs 6ozs. Sights: two beads. Cokes: Full and Modified fixed chokes. Price: $39,999.99 

James Purdey BEST Sidelock in 16g with 30" original chopperlump barrels ~ Oak & Leather cased
James Purdey BEST Sidelock in 16g with 30″ original chopperlump barrels ~ Oak & Leather cased

James Purdey BEST Sidelock in 16g with 30″ original chopperlump barrels ~ Oak & Leather cased: Hammerless Sidelocks – Stunning 16g. with excellent barrels! Serial Number: 19180. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 29″. Action: Sidelock self-opener. Gauge: 16 gauge. Stock Comb: 1 7/16. Stock Heel: 2 1/8″. Stock Cast: 1/8″. LOP: 14 1/16″ to checkered butt. Weight: 5 lbs. 14 oz. Choke Left: .005″ Skeet. Choke Right: Cyl. Proof: Nitro 2 1/2″. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .026″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″. Price: $16,900

Miller & Val. Greiss 20 Gauge O/U Trap Gun with 34” Bohler Special Steel Barrels
Miller & Val. Greiss 20 Gauge O/U Trap Gun with 34” Bohler Special Steel Barrels

Miller & Val. Greiss 20 Gauge O/U Trap Gun with 34” Bohler Special Steel Barrels: Handsome and unique German made 20-gauge trap gun with 34” Bohler Special Steel barrels and lots of engraving and case coloring. Stocked in a beautiful highly figured European walnut stock. The gun is marked Miller & Val. Greiss   Munchen who was a gunmaker that handmade fabulous quality shotguns and rifles from the late 19th century until the early 1930’s. The 34” Bohler Steel barrels are slender as is the forearm. It has double triggers, automatic ejectors, and a Kersten cross bolt. The gun weighs 7lb 13oz and handles like a dream. The 34” Bohler Special Steel 20-gauge barrels are chambered for 2-3/4” shotshells. Topped by a raised solid tapered crosshatched rib. The rib has front and middle beads. The under barrel is bored 0.628 and has a constriction of 0.035 for Full choke. The upper barrel is also bored 0.628 with a constriction of 0.035 for Full choke. Precise German manufacturing.   ***   The stock and two-piece forearm are made from highly figured walnut with intricate carvings and sharp checkering. Recently refinished there are just a few handling marks from normal usage. Stock dimensions are 14-1/2” over a 5/8” pad by 1-1/2” by 2-3/8”.   ***   I have never seen another like it. Well made and sturdy but very responsive. Would be a lot of fun to shoot on clays, trap or dove. Price: $9,850

Winchester Model 21 SxS, 12ga, 32" barrels, FULL/FULL
Winchester Model 21 SxS, 12ga, 32″ barrels, FULL/FULL

Winchester Model 21 SxS, 12ga, 32″ barrels, FULL/FULLEarly gun with four-digit serial number: double trigger, extractor, solid rib, splinter forend, 14 3/4″ LOP over a solid red Winchester rubber pad. Slight blue wear on the bottom of the receiver and trigger bow. This is a nice long barreled field gun. Price: $3,995

Browning Citori Superlight OU, Grade1 16 gauge
Browning Citori Superlight OU, Grade1 16 gauge

Browning Citori Superlight OU, Grade1 16 gaugeAs new in box, never fired. 26” barrels, 3 Invector Choke Tubes: IC, MOD and FULL. Original box w/papers. Built in 1994. Price: $1,900

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J. Purdey & Sons - Best - Ultra Round Body - 20 ga - Over Under Shotgun
J. Purdey & Sons – Best – Ultra Round Body – 20 ga – Over Under Shotgun

J. Purdey & Sons – Best – Ultra Round Body – 20 ga – Over Under ShotgunSerial #29778, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Single, Grip: Rounded Pistol Grip, Lop: 15 1/4 “, Pad thickness: 0.75 “, Type of butt: Leather Covered Pad, Drop at comb: 1 3/8 “, Drop at heel: 2”, Cast amount: 1/4 “, OFF, Weight: 7 lbs, 2 oz, Manufactured in 2001, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock: Original finish, Metal: Original finish, Gauge: 20 ga, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Length: 30”, Chokes: M/IM, Rib type: Solid, Comments : Bulino Game Scene engraved by Giancarlo Pedretti. Price: $140,000

James Woodward & Sons ~ London Best~ Pair ~ 12 Ga
James Woodward & Sons ~ London Best~ Pair ~ 12 Ga

James Woodward & Sons ~ London Best~ Pair ~ 12 Ga: Metal Condition: excellent, Wood Condition: excellent, Bore Condition: shiny, Barrels: 29″, Triggers: double triggers, Stock Dimensions:
14.5″ LOP 2″ DAH 1.75″ DAC, Butt Pad: leather pad, Weight: 6lbs 7oz, Chokes: modified and quarter chokes. Price: $19,998

PERAZZI 12 MIRAGE LIVE BIRD GUN- 1978- 28 3/8" VENT RIB Bbls. at 11mm x 7mm- DETACH SINGLE TRIGGER- EVERY SERIAL # MATCHES- 96% ORIG. CASE COLORS
PERAZZI 12 MIRAGE LIVE BIRD GUN- 1978- 28 3/8″ VENT RIB Bbls. at 11mm x 7mm- DETACH SINGLE TRIGGER- EVERY SERIAL # MATCHES- 96% ORIG. CASE COLORS

PERAZZI 12 MIRAGE LIVE BIRD GUN- 1978- 28 3/8″ VENT RIB Bbls. at 11mm x 7mm- DETACH SINGLE TRIGGER- EVERY SERIAL # MATCHES- 96% ORIG. CASE COLORS#52562, Live Bird Gun, Made in 1978, 28 3/8″ Low Step Ventilated Rib at 11mm x 7mm, Ventilated side/midrib, .725 .014 & .022″ Briley’s in bottom barrel only (Light Mod. & Light Imp.Mod.), Top barrel factory fixed choke at .725 .042 (Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, KG 1,460 weight barrels, (The side ribs are vented,) Detachable single trigger with flat springs, Full forend with the round bottom and flat sides, Type IV forend, Pistol grip Monte Carlo stock at 14 1/2 x 1 7/16 x 1 7/16″ and 2 1/4″ at the heel over a 1″ Kick-Eez pad, 8 lbs., The gun is totally original in every respect with every serial number matching, It retains 96% original blue, The original case colors remain at 96-97%, The wood is still at 92-93%, The checkering at 99%, The bores are excellent. This piece is still tight with very good bite remaining. The piece comes with the original factory trunk case and the proof paperwork. This Mirage still has a lot of shooting life left and was well kept all these years. Price: $3,850

Abercrombie & Fitch – 20ga SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 26” IC/Mod
Abercrombie & Fitch – 20ga SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 26” IC/Mod

Abercrombie & Fitch – 20ga SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 26” IC/Mod: Round knob pistol grip, ¾” leather faced pad, boxlock gun with scalloped receiver, gold oval, 95% case coloring remaining, 80% wood condition, 80% barrels with several light rust spots from normal use, solid game rib, double trigger,splinter forend,  hidden 3rd fastener lockup, extractor, manufactured in Italy by Zoli & Rizzini with 1970 proof, an excellent field gun, available for immediate delivery. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2 ½”, 6 lb., 6 oz. Price: $2,200

BERETTA S686 SPECIAL 28 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN
BERETTA S686 SPECIAL 28 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN

BERETTA S686 SPECIAL 28 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN: 26 1/2″ BARRELS WITH MOBIL CHOKES I.C. & MODIFIED TUBES INCLUDED, MINT BORES, 14 1/2″ LENGTH OF PULL OVER FACTORY BERETTA THIN RECOIL PAD, TIGHT ACTION WITH LEVER RIGHT OF CENTER, 98% OVERALL. Price: $1,550

 

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James Purdey Bar-in-Wood 12ga/30" Hammergun (2 1/2" Chambers)
James Purdey Bar-in-Wood 12ga/30″ Hammergun (2 1/2″ Chambers)

James Purdey Bar-in-Wood 12ga/30″ Hammergun (2 1/2″ Chambers): Serial #120XX — If you are looking for a high-quality hammer gun in excellent condition look no further. This gun is good and tight with modern shooting dimensions and what appears to be the correct case. 30″ barrels are choke CYL/CYL (.002″/.002″) with original 2 1/2″ chambers proofed 1 1/8″. This is a very nice gun overall. Price: $9,750

16 Gauge Fox Special SPE SXS
16 Gauge Fox Special SPE SXS

16 Gauge Fox Special SPE SXS: Extremely rare Fox 16 gauge SPE. I am told only about 48 SPE Foxes were made in 16 gauge. This gun SN 303359 has 26″ barrels with very good original blue and excellent bores. There is one minor ding on the left barrel near the muzzle. Straight grip stock with a 14 1/8″ LOP to the end of a worn leather covered pad. This Fox weighs 6.48 lbs on my digital scale with a DAC of 1 5/8″ and a DAH of 2 3/4″. The single trigger and BTF ejectors all function properly. This is a very nice gun. Price: $6500 

Rizzini ~ Artemis ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU ~ Game Gun
Rizzini ~ Artemis ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU ~ Game Gun

Rizzini ~ Artemis ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU ~ Game Gun: New with original case. Manufactured: Circa 2017, Caliber: 28 Gauge, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Metal Condition: New, Wood Condition: New, Bore Condition: New, Barrels: 28″ Blues Steel with Ventilated Rib, Triggers: Single Selective Trigger with Ejectors, Stock: Deluxe Checkered Walnut Round Knob Butt Stock , Stock Dimensions: LOP: 14 3/8″, Fore End: Checkered Walnut, Butt Pad: Wood Butt Plate, Weight: 5 lbs. 10 ozs., Sights: Single Brass Bead, Chokes: Rizzini Choke Tubes: Full, Improved Modified, Modified, Improved Cylinder & Cylinder. Price: $3,999.99 

Browning Citori Lightning Gr. 3, 16 ga., 28 in. barrels
Browning Citori Lightning Gr. 3, 16 ga., 28 in. barrels

Browning Citori Lightning Gr. 3, 16 ga., 28 in. barrelsInvector chokes (3). Used but extremely great condition with Box & Manual. Beautiful Wood & Engraving. Price: $3275.00 Shipped 

BERNARDELLI GAMECOCK 28GA SXS EXCELLENT
BERNARDELLI GAMECOCK 28GA SXS EXCELLENT

BERNARDELLI GAMECOCK 28GA SXS EXCELLENT: A very nice game gun ready for field or range. Gun is good to go with no issues and in Excellent condition! Chambers: 2 3/4″, Condition: EXCELLENT, Metal Condition: EXCELLENT, Wood Condition: EXCELLENT, Bore Condition: EXCELLENT, Barrels: 25 5/8IN (65MM), Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN, Stock Heel: 2 3/8 IN, Butt Pad: ORIGINAL, LOP: 14 1/4″, Weight: 5LBS 11OZ, Choke Left: MOD, Choke Right: IMP/CYL. Price: $1895

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PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE
PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE

PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGEALLISON HUNT ENGRAVED, 28″ BARRELS, CHOKED .015″ AND .022″, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 6LBS 13 OZ, STOCK DIMENSIONS: 2 14/: DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 15 1/4″ LOP. Price: $49,500

L.C. Smith A-2 Special - 12ga - 30” - IM/F - 13 7/8 X 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 X 7 lbs 13 ozs - SN: 3517 - Spectacular Condition - Beautiful Gun!
L.C. Smith A-2 Special – 12ga – 30” – IM/F – 13 7/8 X 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 X 7 lbs 13 ozs – SN: 3517 – Spectacular Condition – Beautiful Gun!

L.C. Smith A-2 Special SxS – 12ga – 30” – IM/F – 13 7/8 X 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 X 7 lbs 13 ozs – SN: 3517 – Spectacular Condition – Beautiful Gun!: Price: $19,995 

Boss & Co. Sidelock from 1899 ~ two barrel set at an exceptional price
Boss & Co. Sidelock from 1899 ~ two barrel set at an exceptional price

Boss & Co. Sidelock Side-by-Side from 1899 ~ two barrel set at an exceptional price: Hammerless Sidelocks – According to Boss records, this fine shotgun was ordered by William Fitzgerald Esq. of Dublin Ireland on November 1st, 1899. Serial Number: 4713, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 28″, Stock LOP: 13 1/2″,  Comb: 1 9/16″, Stock Heel: 2 3/16″, Stock Cast: 1/4″, Weight: 6 lbs. 8.5 oz. Choke Left: Orig. .005 Skeet – #, Choke Right: Orig. .006 Skeet – #, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: Orig. .026 – #2 set, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: Orig. .020 – #2 set. Price: $9,400

Beretta - SO 3, 12ga., Sidelock, OU Shotgun
Beretta – SO 3, 12ga., Sidelock, OU Shotgun

Beretta – SO 3, 12ga., Sidelock, OU Shotgun: 27 ½” barrels, IC/M choked, Pre-war full side lock over and under, beautiful European walnut straight grip stock, vent rib, double triggers, recoil pad, Boehler steel barrels, automatic ejectors, non-auto safety, excellent overall condition, all original, the engraving features magnificent floral and scroll engraving, handmade to the very highest quality, a beautiful gun with great modern dimensions, available for immediate delivery. 7 lbs.  2 oz. 14 3/4” X 1 5/8” X 2 5/8”. Price: $8,995

Parker/ Winchester Reproduction DHE 12 Gauge SxS
Parker/ Winchester Reproduction DHE 12 Gauge SxS

Parker/ Winchester Reproduction DHE 12 Gauge SxSRare 2- barrel 12 gauge set with 28” full/modified and 26” modified/improved cylinder barrels. Has pistol grip stock, single trigger and beavertail forend. Beautiful condition with original factory leather covered case. A very desirable Parker Reproduction shotgun. Price: 5,995.00

A beautiful Purdey double rifle. But what do you do with it?

Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories
Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories

There’s a list of things I like to see when I look at doubles. This James Purdey double rifle checks all my boxes: It’s vintage; it’s gorgeous; it’s by a famous maker, it’s top quality; it’s in great orginal condition; and it’s cased and comes with most, if not all, its original accessories.

Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories
Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories

Unfortunately, other than stare at it, I have no idea what I would do with it. Why? Because of its only flaw: It’s a 28-bore rifle. This means it has rifled barrels, but shoots a 28g shell (probably 2 1/2″) loaded with a lead slug. While this load would be fine for whitetails, getting the ammo would be a PITA.

Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories
Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories

Even if you could get it or wanted to do through the trouble or loading up your own, getting the rifle to regulate and shoot right could be just a difficult. A .450 BPE like this is more practical and, in a most ways, just plain better.

Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories
Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories

Lot 535: Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories: The makers have kindly confirmed that this rifle was completed on October 2nd 1867 for Viscount Downe of the 2nd Lite Guards, as a center fire double hammer rifle in 28 bore with 30 inch Damascus barrels. Only 327 hammer double rifles were manufactured by Purdey in 1880-1900 per page 200 of “Purdey: Gun & Rifle Makers, The Definitive History” by Dallas. A rather similarly laid out pinfire double rifle is pictured in plate 36. The rifle has the matching serial number on the bottom of the barrels, the forearm hardware, and the lever. The barrel rib has a bead blade front sight and four leaf rear sight (three folding leaves) with platinum sight lines and is signed “J. PURDEY 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET LONDON” on top ahead of the rear sight. The barrel flats have standard London black powder proof marks, and the water table has London view marks. The non-rebounding floating back action locks are signed “PURDEY” in small letters, and “PATENT” is marked on the upper tang. The checkered buttplate is marked “CHARGE/3 DMS No. 6 POWDER” at the heel. The action, locks, and furniture have fine English scrollwork engraving. The action has carved percussion fences, the pistol grip trigger guard acts as the rotary underlever, and the locks each have blued sliding safety catches. The well figured stock and forearm are checkered, and the length of pull is 14 3/8 inches. The initial escutcheon on the bottom of the buttstock is inscribed with a coronet and monogram. It comes in a factory oak case with a trade label with hand marked loading information and a second handwritten label indicating where powder could be purchased in Calcutta and Bombay indicating this rifle was likely taken to India at some point. The case contains a variety of equipment for loading and maintenance.

Condition: Very fine with 90% brown finish and distinct Damascus twist patterns along the barrel group which has some soft spots and small patches of minor surface oxidation, 75% plus original case colors with particularly vibrant colors in the protected areas, some mottled patina, and crisp engraving and marking; remnants of original bright blue finish on the heel of the buttplate and gray and brown patina on the balance, and general minor marks and scratches throughout. The wood is also very fine and has crisp checkering, some minor edge wear (including some small chips on the forearm), light pressure marks and scratches, and smooth oiled finish. Mechanically excellent. The case and accessories are fine with mild storage wear.

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James Purdey & Sons, pair 12 ga, best-quality sidelock game guns
James Purdey & Sons, pair 12 ga, best-quality sidelock game guns

James Purdey &Sons, pair 12 ga, best-quality sidelock game guns: The ultimate pair for driven grouse! 26″ barrels feature original 2-3/4″ chambers, 1-1/4 oz proof, with hand-stippled flat top tapered ribs,  choked improved cylinder/qtr and qtr/half.  Single triggers, straight stocks.   The actions are engraved in the traditional Purdey pattern rose and scroll complete with 99% rich case colors.  The barrels retain virtually all the original lustrous barrel blue.  The stocks measure 1 -1/2″ comb, 2″ heel 15″ LOP over the 1/2″ leather pads, slight cast off.  Perfect checkering original finish with some slight handling marks.  This quintessential pair, built with the balance and quickness essential for the grouse moor, has been in storage since the 1950s and remain in outstanding original condition.   A true consecutive pair, bearing numbers 1 and 2 on the top levers, weighing 6 lbs 12 oz.  Originally ordered by Dean Witter, the founder of the largest investment firm at the time, the twin motor cases are monogrammed “Dean Witter San Francisco”. A fabulous pair for the grouse butt, walk up, or just admiring in your armchair. Price: $59,900 

Ithaca 7E Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge, SxS
Ithaca 7E Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge, SxS

Ithaca 7E Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge, SxS: This is the first 7E Grade Ithaca we have ever seen, which is understandable since there were only 22 or 25 ever manufactured.  According to Walter C. Snyder, historian of the Ithaca Gun Company, this shotgun was shipped to an undisclosed location on 12/5/44.  The condition is superb, as one might expect from such a high-grade shotgun, it shows almost no wear or evidence of use.  The blue and case-colors are near 100%, the bores are perfect and the highly figured American Walnut stock is ornately checkered and is in near new condition.  It appears that the only non-original part is a proper “sunburst” Ithaca marked reproduction recoil pad.  The case hardened receiver is highly engraved and has six gold inlays including 2 ducks, 2 pheasants, a dog holding a duck and a bald eagle complete with a white gold head.  The shotgun is fitted with ejectors, double gold plated triggers, and the barrels are 28 inches in length, choked full and full (0040″ + .0040″).  The stock dimensions are 14-inch length-of-pull, 2 3/4 inch drop at the heel and 1 3/4 inch drop at the comb. The weight is 7 lbs. 13 oz. The 7E Grade Ithaca is one of the rarest of all American Doubles and it would be hard to find a better one. Comes with a letter from the Chronicler of the Ithaca Gun Company dated 9/5/07. PRICE: $35,000

Colt 1878 10 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun, Grade 8, 32 Damascus Barrel, 1881 Vintage
Colt 1878 10 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun, Grade 8, 32 Damascus Barrel, 1881 Vintage

Colt 1878 10 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun, Grade 8, 32 Damascus Barrel, 1881 Vintage: Nice Grade 8 configured Colt 1878, 10 Gauge, Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun.  This 1881 vintage gun is fitted with 32 inch damascus barrels (with engraving), double triggers, attractively engraved color case-hardened frame and side-plates, checkered Walnut forearm with ebony tip, checkered Walnut pistol grip stock with a Colt black hard-rubber butt-plate and silver initial plaque, engraved color case-hardened hammers, and blue finished and engraved trigger guard and lower tang.  The gun is in fine condition, retaining 20% of its original color case hardened finishes, with the rest turning a pleasing silver/brown patina.  The trigger guard/lower tang retain 50% of their original blue finish and the action top lever retains 85% of its original blue finish.  The action is tight and functions perfectly.  The damascus barrels look nice, with nice figure, and the bores are bright, there is a dent on the right barrel (see picture).  All screw heads are mostly unmolested.  The Walnut stock is nicely figured with minor handling marks and no cracks or chips.  The butt-plate is attached with engraved screws, it fits well to the stock and is in excellent condition, with no cracks or chips. The forearm fits perfectly and is in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks.  This is a very nice example of a Colt 1878 Double.  Comes with a Colt factory letter stating gun was shipped on April 18, 1881, to E.K. Tryon & Company located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PRICE: $3,550. 

Winchester Model 23 SxS Heavy Duck
Winchester Model 23 SxS Heavy Duck

Winchester Model 23 SxS Heavy Duck: Built in 1984, this gun is one of only 500 Heavy Duck model 23s built. It has 30″ barrels with a tapered solid rib. The chambers are 3″ with bore diameters of .730″ and choked full (.040″) and full .040″). This gun is in excellent all original condition retaining 95% of the original blue and 98% of the original wood finish. The wood is sound and free of any cracks or damage. The stock dimensions are 14″ over the factory Winchester pad,11/2″ at comb, and 21/4″ at heel. The gun weighs 8-0. This gun is a great duck, goose, or pheasant gun. Install screw in chokes in it and you have a great clays gun. Also a nice addition to any collection.  Price: $1995

L.C. SMITH FIELD 16 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE, INCREDIBLE ORIGINAL CONDITION
L.C. SMITH FIELD 16 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE, INCREDIBLE ORIGINAL CONDITION

L.C. SMITH FIELD 16 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE, INCREDIBLE ORIGINAL CONDITION26″ BARRELS, 100% BRIGHT BLUE, MIRROR PERFECT BORES, IM CYL. AND FULL.  FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, 100% BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR, PERFECT UNTURNED SCREWS, TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE, BARRELS RING NICELY.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE, EXCELLENT WOOD AND CHECKERING. VARNISH FINISH STARTING TO FLAKE, NO SIGN OF WEAR ANYWHERE ON THE GUN.  100% ORIGINAL CONDITION, 1 3/8″ X 2 1/4″ X 14 1/8″, 6 1/2 POUNDS.  MADE IN 1946. Price: $1775

5 Doubles You Don’t Want to Miss….

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR SIDE-BY-SIDE PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR SIDE-BY-SIDE PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR SIDE-BY-SIDE PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE: #24XXX, 30″ SELF OPENING 041 AND 041 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 7LBS 6 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 14 3/4″ LOP. Price: $47,500

Armi. F.lli Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS (Extra Finish)
Armi. F.lli Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS (Extra Finish)

Armi. F.lli Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS (Extra Finish): 26″ Bbls. 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 Stock #: 7845. Price: $24,900

Parker Reproductions – DHE 28ga, SxS, Double Triggers, 26” IC/Mod
Parker Reproductions – DHE 28ga, SxS, Double Triggers, 26” IC/Mod

Parker Reproductions – DHE 28ga, SxS, Double Triggers, 26” IC/Mod: Beautifully figured pistol grip stock with skeleton butt, double triggers, splinter forend, automatic ejectors, gold oval, 99% case color, 99% wood and finish, 99% bluing, perfect condition throughout, includes maker’s case, canvas cover, manual, warranty card and hang tag. 5lbs. 4oz. 14 3/8” X 1 1/2” X 2 3/8″. Price: $5,250.00 

H. Mahillion 20g Sidelock SxS Shotgun
H. Mahillion 20g Sidelock SxS Shotgun

H. Mahillion 20g Sidelock SxS Shotgun: Barrels are 26 ¾ inches, excellent bright strong bores with a single bead at the muzzle and matted rib. The barrels are bored cylinder. This lovely looking, lightly used, plated box lock ejector gun has metal that is 95% finished. This is straight grip English style stock and a splinter fore-end both nicely checkered. The length to heel is 13 inches. The Length to toe is 13 ¼ inches and the length to pull is 13 inches. The gun weighs 5 lbs. 9 ounces. This gun is perfect for a person of smaller stature. It comes with some original paperwork from H. Mahillion describing the gun in French. Price: $4,495

Garbi Model 100 Sidelock Ejector Game 20GA
Garbi Model 100 Sidelock Ejector Game 20GA

Garbi Model 100 Sidelock Ejector Game 20GA: 26″ fixed choke barrels (IC/M) with a swamped game rib. Five-pin Holland style side-lock with scroll engraving. Double triggers, Straight-Hand English stock to a checkered butt, splinter forearm. Minor handling marks on stock and forearm, very minor bluing wear on barrels. Does not include a case. Price: $2,995 

Perfection. An awesome 12g by James Purdey & Sons …

12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920

If there were a Hall of Fame for sporting guns, this SxS would be in it.

12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920

It’s a 12 gauge James Purdey & Sons built in 1920 and upgraded with “Extra Finish” on the action and fences (or “detonating”, in Purdey lingo). The oak & leather case is lined in red velvet and it looks like all the original accessories are present.

12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920

It’s all original, pretty unmessed with, and one of finest doubles I’ve seen.

12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920v
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920

5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

 

J.P. SAUER PRUSSIAN GRADE 45 SXS 20 GAUGE
J.P. SAUER PRUSSIAN GRADE 45 SXS 20 GAUGE

J.P. SAUER PRUSSIAN GRADE 45 SXS 20 GAUGE: EXTREMELY RARE IN 20 GAUGE. #184XXX. 28″ FULL AND FULL, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS. DOUBLE TRIGGER. EJECTORS. SPLINTER FOREARM. ENGLISH GRIP. FACTORY SLING SWIVELS. EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH HONEST WEAR. 6LBS 1 0Z, 2 5/8 DAH, 1 5/8 DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $29,500

James Purdey & Sons 450 3 1/4" BPE SxS Double Rifle
James Purdey & Sons 450 3 1/4″ BPE SxS Double Rifle

James Purdey & Sons 450 3 1/4″ BPE SxS Double Rifle: Totaly original Purdey 450 3 1/4″ BPE double rifle, number 9809 made in 1877.  Jones underlever, non-rebounding hammers with safeties, island locks, side clip action body.  28″ steel barrels with perfect bores, rifling is 12 groove with rounded lands.  Obsolete scope mounts.  95%+ barrel blue.  Faded case color on action and metal parts.  No worn areas on action, locks, hammmers or underlever.  95% coverage of fine scroll.  Wood and checkering about 95%.  14 1/2″ length of pull to a checkered steel buttplate, cross pin forend attachment.  Original worn oak and leather case.  Accessories include:  318 gr. hollow point grooved bullet mold numbered to gun, nipple wrench, stab crimping tool and a sealed envelope marked 9809 extra strikers. Price: $15,000

John Dickson & Son - Round Action - 12 ga - SxS - Shotgun
John Dickson & Son – Round Action – 12 ga – SxS – Shotgun

John Dickson & Son – Round Action – 12 ga – SxS – Shotgun: #5894. Gun is in good condition with some light handling marks.  Price: $14,500
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Single
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 14 5/8 ”
Pad thickness: ”
Type of butt: Checkered Wood
Drop comb: 1 1/2 ”
Drop heel: 2 1/4 ”
Cast amount: 1/8 ”
Cast: OFF
Weight: 6 lbs, 8 oz
Manufactured in: Scotland
Finish: Coin
Overall condition: Good
Stock condition: Good
Metal condition: Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: none
Extra barrels: 0
Barrel info:
Gauge: 12 ga
Chamber: 2 3/4 ”
Length: 29 ”
Chokes: M/IM
Rib type: Concave

E.J. CHURCHILL REGAL XXV SXS Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
E.J. CHURCHILL REGAL XXV SXS Boxlock Ejector Shotgun

E.J. CHURCHILL REGAL XXV SXS Boxlock Ejector Shotgun: 12 ga with a 25″ bbls measuring 15″ to the end of the English recoil pad. The receiver is beautifully scroll engraved. Top opener, automatic ejectors and double triggers. A very light gun. Overall in excellent condition retaining virtually all the bright case colors and original blue. Would be hard to improve upon this beautiful gun. Marked on the bottom of the gun “The Regal”. Made in 1970. Price: $ 7,250

A.H. Fox A-Grade 20 Gauge, SxS – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK NICE
A.H. Fox A-Grade 20 Gauge, SxS – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK NICE

A.H. Fox A-Grade 20 Gauge, SxS – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK NICE: Many gun lovers reading this ad regularly scour the internet for good deals on Fox shotguns.  One thing for certain; the availability of graded 20ga. Fox shotguns has dwindled to nearly zero.  Shooter/collectors have recognized the Fox 16ga. and 20ga. guns are the most well balanced, lightest weight, best handling guns of all the vintage American doubles.  It is also known that they have the simplest, most reliable actions as well.  They only made about 2400 A Grade 20ga. Fox guns, with likely less than 2000 remaining in action due to loss and damage. This little Fox A Grade, sn203917 produced in 1938, is an awesome find.  First, it is a factory English style grip, which is very rare (less than 10% made with English grip, or 240 guns).  The handling characteristics and aesthetics of an English grip little Fox is as close as an American double gun will come to being comparable to the finest English makers.  This gun weighs just 5lbs. 14oz. and balances dead on the hinge pin…it seems to float to your shoulder and balances perfectly in hand.  Next, the wood on the gun has much more figure than you will normally find on and A Grade Fox, and we all love nice wood!  Then we have this beautiful condition and pleasing patina to this gun, with 65% bright vivid factory case color, perfect screws, superb wood to metal fit, modern dimensions with the original butt plate…all these things add up to a superior vintage Fox gun.  The factory order card shows the gun “as shipped”; even the chokes and chambers are unaltered since leaving the factory. Price: $6,250

Purdeys coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20 …

20 GAUGE J PURDEY EXTRA FINISH SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN, Poulinauctions.com, 10/20
20 GAUGE J PURDEY EXTRA FINISH SIDELOCK SXS SHOTGUN, Poulinauctions.com, 10/20

Here’s something new I’m trying: gun videos.

This first one focuses on 4 Purdeys coming up at www.PoulinAuctions.com this Saturday, 10/20. There’s a nice, antique 20 gauge shotgun, a 12 gauge game gun, a 12 gauge Pigeon shotgun, and up last, a rare .360 Express underlever double rifle.

J. PURDEY & SONS SIDELOCK SXS .360 EXPRESS DOUBLE RIFLE, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.
J. PURDEY & SONS SIDELOCK SXS .360 EXPRESS DOUBLE RIFLE, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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

 

BOSS & Co.12 BORE PAIR- 3 SETS of Bbls. by PURDEY ABOUT 1970- ORIG. BOSS Bbls. LOST in SHIPMENT- ALL Bbls. ALMOST as NEW- ALL 28" & 2 3/4":
BOSS & Co.12 BORE PAIR- 3 SETS of Bbls. by PURDEY ABOUT 1970- ORIG. BOSS Bbls. LOST in SHIPMENT- ALL Bbls. ALMOST as NEW- ALL 28″ & 2 3/4″:

BOSS & Co. SIDELOCK SXS 12 BORE PAIR- 3 SETS of Bbls. by PURDEY ABOUT 1970- ORIG. BOSS Bbls. LOST in SHIPMENT- ALL Bbls. ALMOST as NEW- ALL 28″ & 2 3/4″: #6225 & 6226, Boss & Co. 13 Dover Street. Piccadilly. London. W.: A True 12 Bore Pair of Boss Bar Action Ejector Sidelock Game Guns Finished in 1913, Both guns with very attractive Sumner engraving. Both Guns 28″ Chopper Lump Barrels with the #2 gun with a spare 28″ chopper lump barrel; – The #1 Gun at .733 .008 & .009″ (Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Cyl.), 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on the right & left barrel at .030″; – The #2 gun is .733 .008 & .008″ (Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Cyl), 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .031″ & .033″ on the left; – The #2 gun spare barrel at .730 .015 & .038″ (Open Mod. & Full), 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on the right & left barrel at .034″; – All 3 barrels are modern Barrels by Purdey and each is marked accordingly “Barrels Made By. J. Purdey” with their address, All 3 are London proved at 3 1/4 Tons with 2 3/4″ chambers; All 3 have Purdey barrel numbers, the pair with barrel #’s 70927 to 70930 which should be about 1969 & the spare barrels with #’s 71703 & 71704 which should be about 1971, Double triggers, Rolled trigger guard edge for the right hand, Numbered 1 & 2 in Gold, Splinter forend with an Anson frontal release, Straight hand stocks and both at 15 1/16 x 1 7/16 x 2 1/8″ over a checkered butt with a 1 3/4″ extension that is expertly done, Remove the extension & add a 1″ pad & it will come out at 14 3/8″, 1/2″ Cast-Off for the right hand, They point like a dream, Both at 6 Lbs. 14 Oz.. Near exhibition wood on both with great black/brown contrast, Boss Classic Engraving by John James Sumner with his characteristic 6 bouquets of roses; – The #1 gun has Purdey barrel blue at 96%, The stock & forend re-oiled & is at 98%, The checkering at 99%, The original case colors remain at 40%; – The #2 gun has Purdey barrel blue at 97%, The stock & forend re-oiled & is at 97%, The checkering at 99%, Traces of case colors remain; – The Purdey barrel blue on the spare barrel for gun #2 is at 99%. All 3 sets of barrels remain in excellent plus condition inside & out with original dimensions and internally the bores are as new. All 3 barrels ring with a pronounced chime and remain smack on the face. The pair is cased in a fold-open leather cornered motor case with a trade label and no provision for the spare barrel. The original Boss barrels were lost in a shipment from the U. S. for a shoot in Scotland, hence the new barrels by Purdey. This is a very nice pair of Classic Boss Game Guns with 3 sets of barrels that remain as new.  Price: $39,000

H.J. Hussey IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, SIDELOCK EJECTOR SxS SHOTGUNS CASED BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS
H.J. Hussey IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, SIDELOCK EJECTOR SxS SHOTGUNS CASED BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS

H.J. Hussey IMPERIAL GRADE PAIR, SIDELOCK EJECTOR SxS SHOTGUNS CASED BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS: Year 1902-1904, 12 Gauge, 6lbs 9oz; 6lbs 8oz, SK/LM , LOP 15 1/4″, DAH 2 1/8″, DAC 1 1/2″. The fine matching pair of 12 bore Hussey guns offered here, serial numbers 14170 and 14171 ca. 1902, are LONDON BEST GUNS in every way, with 7-pin sidelock actions featuring beaded fences, finely filed bolsters on the bottom of action, gold lined cocking indicators, superb acanthus scroll with elaborate border work and adorned with the finest floral bouquets you will ever see.  The top tang is gracefully shaped and simply flows into the action.  VERY RARELY SEEN ARE THE BOSS SINGLE TRIGGERS IN THIS FINE PAIR OF HUSSEY GUNS, COMPLETE WITH THEIR REGISTERED NUMBERS. Price: $23,000

Beretta 450 sidelock side-by-side 12 gauge Live Pigeon gun:
Beretta 450 sidelock side-by-side 12 gauge Live Pigeon gun:

Beretta 450 sidelock side-by-side 12 gauge Live Pigeon gun: An interesting gun that was made in 1954 and it is as tight and fresh today as it was then, some 64 years ago!  Barrel markings tell that the monobloc barrels were made with the best Chrome Molybdenum Compressed Steel, Superior Type and that this gun was imported by the “Wilshire Gun House” in Los Angeles, CA.  Sometime in its life this gun was “freshened” professionally and the 28″ barrels were sent to England to be fitted with five Teague Precision thin wall chokes, that as you can see by the muzzle photo, are almost invisible.  The barrels have a raised solid rib which tapers from 11.3mm (7/16″) at the breech down to 5.4mm (7/32″) at the muzzle; there is a single small brass front bead. This 450 was restocked in Italy (probably by Beretta) with a spectacular and hefty piece of walnut configured with a right hand palm swell and the dimensions are: 14 ¾” LOP over a ½” Beretta pad, 1 5/16” DAC & 1 ¾” DAH with ¼” cast for a right hand shooter. A nicely scaled beavertail forearm with an Anson release allows the gun to be guided easily with the left hand. The sidelock action has cocking indicators, concealed third fastener, single non-selectable trigger, non-automatic top tang safety and it is completely covered in hand engraved a floral and scroll pattern then chrome finished for durability.  All original metal and wood finishes and all are 99%+. Weighs 7 lbs. 14 oz. It comes in a modern Beretta DT10 luggage case with the Teague choke tubes & wrench and with 4 serial numbered turn screws (screwdrivers) fitted to this gun. Price: $12,350

BOSS & Co. – Best Boxlock Ejector, SxS, 12ga, 30”:
BOSS & Co. – Best Boxlock Ejector, SxS, 12ga, 30”:

BOSS & Co. – Best Boxlock Ejector, SxS, 12ga, 30”: Mod./Full, straight grip stock with ¾” wood extension to a checkered butt and gold shield, double triggers, Schabel forend with horn insert, game rib, automatic ejectors, lovely full coverage scroll with BOSS & CO. engraved in ribbons on both sides of the receiver, rib marked with Boss & Co. St. James Street address, the wood finish remains in very good condition, traces of case coloring on receiver, most of the bluing remaining on the bottom plate of action and trigger guard,  95% barrel bluing, very clean and tight gun throughout, reproofed with 2 ¾” chambers, available for immediate delivery. 14 7/8” x 1 ½” x 2”
6lbs, 10 oz. Price: $6,995.

Parker Reproduction by Winchester DHE GRADE, 28ga
Parker Reproduction by Winchester DHE GRADE, 28ga

Parker Reproduction by Winchester DHE GRADE SxS, 28ga: 26in. barrels, IC/Mod, boxlock action, ejectors, double triggers, beavertail forend,  English stock, skeleton steel buttplate, engraving in original DH style, case hardened frame, rust blue barrels. Supplied with leather trunk case, canvas and leather cover, and snap caps. 14 1/4” LOP. 5 lbs., 8 oz. Price: $4,900

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