Auction alert: a 28 gauge Ruger Red Label O/U….

28 gauge Ruger Over/Under Red Label
28 gauge Ruger Over/Under Red Label

A lot of people live Ruger’s 28 gauge Red Label over-under shotguns , including me. When it comes to an upland gun, they’re good, solid shooters that offer a lot of bang for the buck (hahaha). Five Star Auctions has this nice looking one coming up tomorrow, 3/1:

Ruger Over/Under Red Label Model English Field: SN# 420-10594. 2 3/4″ Chamber 28 Ga. Shotgun, 26″ Barrels w/ Vent Rib, 5 Choke Tubes (Full, Improved Cylinder, Modified & 2 Skeet). New in Box.

28 gauge Ruger Over/Under Red Label
28 gauge Ruger Over/Under Red Label

I shouldn’t share this: a 28 gauge Ruger O/U, 28″ bbls, straight grip…

28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip

If people are still collecting shotguns in 2114, one double I’m sure they’ll be call an American classic is the 28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under.

Ruger introduced their Red Label shotguns in 1977 and offered them until 2011 (and they’re introducing a modified version this year, btw). First available as 20 gauges and then 12s, the Red Labels were decent guns. In most of the shops I visited as a kid, they were the most expensive shotguns on the racks, right up there with the Belgian Browning Superposed and the Beretta 686s.

One-hundred percent American made, Red Labels tended to be heavy, and the fit and finish on a lot of them was not good. But the 28 gauge Ruger Red Labels were different – like a single, gorgeous pup in a litter of malformed runts. These Red Labels were lightweight and sleek. If you could find a good one, they were beautiful upland guns.

And it looks like the one you see here might be a good one. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing end on 1/21/2014 5:15:24 PM ET. So if you like what you see, step up and get it. The price looks very fair.

28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under, 28″ bbls:  VR barrel…boxlock, SST, auto ejectors, checkered English straight grip stock, stainless steel frame…Comes with the original box, manual, choke wrench and all 5 choke tubes…Gun is mint/hard to even tell if it has been fired/Like New.

28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip

 

Good gun alert: 28 gauge Ruger Red Label, 28″ bbls…

Here’s one of the best American-made doubles you’ll find for grouse & woodcock hunting. Most of these I see have 26″ barrels and pretty plain wood. So the longer barrels and the nicely figures stock made this Red Label a special little gun.

Ruger Red Label 28ga. Over-Under 28″ barrels with Ruger chokes: New and unfired in the original box. Price: $1,795.00

Ruger Red Label 28ga. Over-Under 28" barrels
Ruger Red Label 28ga. Over-Under 28″ barrels
Ruger Red Label 28ga. Over-Under 28" barrels
Ruger Red Label 28ga. Over-Under 28″ barrels

Auction Alert: Winchesters, Brownings, Griffin & Howe, L.C. Smith, Ruger…

http://www.armsbid.com/
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Kull Auction & Real Estate Co. in Topeka, KS, is having a big gun auction tomorrow and Saturday. There are a bunch of Winchesters in the sale (Model 42s & Model 12s, Model 21s & 101s) plus many other side-by-sides and over & unders. Here are a few shotguns that caught my eye.

Lot 840 – Winchester – Model 42 – .410 – shotgun: Excellent condition – 28″ PROOF STEEL barrel – retain 97% blue finish with mild wear to top grooved receiver.

Lot 846 – Winchester – Model 12 – 28 ga – shotgun – SCARCE: Excellent condition – 26″ Proof Steel barrel.

Lot 857 – Winchester – Model 21 – 12 ga – shotgun: Excellent condition – 30″ barrels – retains 98% remaining blue.

Lot 859 - Griffin & Howe - Round Body Game Gun - 28 ga - shotgun
Lot 859 – Griffin & Howe – Round Body Game Gun – 28 ga – shotgun

Lot 859 – Griffin & Howe – Round Body Game Gun – 28 ga – shotgun – RARE: ANIB condition – 28″ SxS barrels with textured solid center rib.

Lot 864 – LC Smith – SxS – 12 ga – shotgun Skeet & Specialty grade: Very Good condition – 28″ SxS barrels with extra set of 30″ SxS barrels.

Lot 880 – Greener – Hammer SxS Top Lever – 12 Ga – shotgun : Very Good condition.

Lot 1168 – Aya Aguirre & Aranzabal – SxS – 12 ga – shotgun: Excellent condition – 28″ barrels.

Lot 1168 - Aya Aguirre & Aranzabal - SxS - 12 ga - shotgun
Lot 1168 – Aya Aguirre & Aranzabal – SxS – 12 ga – shotgun

 

Good gun alert: 20 gauge Ruger Red Label Over/Under…

Ruger Red Label 20 gauge Over & Under Double Barrel Shotgun
Ruger Red Label 20 gauge Over & Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Ruger Red Label O/Us were THE double barrel shotguns to have when I was a kid. Quality guns, American made, reasonable prices, they had a lot going for them.

A friend of mine’s father had one and I remember admiring it through the glass of the family gun cabinet, wondering what it would feel like in my hands (we were absolutely forbidden to take it out).

Looking at this little 20g  Ruger Red Label, remind me of what I liked about that O/U.  Even Ruger Red Labels were pretty unadorned and no nonsense, they were still good looking guns. With it’s straight-gripped stock, this 20 gauge is look trim and sleek, just like a great upland shotgun should. And with it’s 28″ bbls, I bet its a pleasure to shoulder, swing and shoot.

Ruger Red Label 20 gauge Over & Under Double Barrel Shotgun
Ruger Red Label 20 gauge Over & Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction Alert: Cowan’s — May 2-3, plenty of decent doubles…

Cowan's Auctions, May 2-3
Cowan's Auctions, May 2-3

Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, OH, is having a Firearms & Early Militaria auction on May 2-3. Here’s a complete list of all the shotguns in the sale.

This bunch of Parker side by sides is coming up, along with a handful of other interesting doubles. Here are some that caught my eye:

-12 gauge W.W. Greener Empire Boxlock Double-Barrel Shotgun – straight grip, looks very original

-12g Parker Double-Barrel Shotgun DHE Grade, Two Barrel Set – later production, 60% original case color

-20g Browning BSS Side-by-Side Double-Barrel Shotgun – looks new, 28″ bbls, in original box

-20g Browning Citori Upland Special Over/Under Shotgun – Like-new condition, 24″ barrels

12g Special Order Winchester Model 12 Pigeon Deluxe Pump Action Shotgun – new & unfired, all original, in original box, mfg. for Ed Ulrich

-20g Beretta Model 686 Black Onyx Over/Under Shotgun – straight, new condition, cased

-28g Ruger Red Label Over/Under Shotgun – 28″ bbls, new condition, in original box

 

 

 

 

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