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MATCHED PAIR PIOTTI KING 12GA SLE WITH 27" CHOPPER LUMP BARRELS
MATCHED PAIR PIOTTI KING 12GA SLE WITH 27″ CHOPPER LUMP BARRELS

MATCHED PAIR PIOTTI KING 12GA SLE WITH 27″ CHOPPER LUMP BARRELS: CHOCKED .007/.018.  GUNS ARE 100% ROSE AND SCROLL ENGRAVED, RETAIN 100% ORIGINAL CASE COLORS, HAVE OUTSTANDING MACHED STOCKS AND ARE CASED IN FACTORY OAK AND LEATHER CASE. #8931/32 REMAIN IN AS NEW CONDITION, 1 1/2″ X 21/2″ X 14 7/8″, 6LBS 8OZS EACH.  Price: $41,000

PARKER SxS DHE 16 GAUGE REMINGTON GUN
PARKER SxS DHE 16 GAUGE REMINGTON GUN

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE: REMINGTON GUN O FRAME #238XXX 28″ FULL AND FULL (.023 AND .029 CONSTRICTIONS)  2 1/2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH MOST OF THE CASE COLORS 6LBS 15 OZ 2 1/2″ DAH 1 5/8″ DAC 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $9,250

Arrieta 557 Sidelock 20 gauge SxS
Arrieta 557 Sidelock 20 gauge SxS

Arrieta 557 Sidelock 20 gauge SxS: Perfect upland bird gun if you hunt Grouse, Woodcock, or Quail.  Barrels are 27 inch, neither stubby or whippy in the woods.  Perfect chokes at .003 Right and .006 Left.  Both bores measure .617 and match proof marks exactly.  Swamped rib with single metal bead.  Stock is straight English, with 1 1/2 DAC, 2 3/8 DAH, and measuring 14 3/4 LOP over checkered butt.  Slight cast off.  Splinter forend with Anson push button release.  Gun equipped with double triggers (front articulated), bushed strikers, cocking indicators, and hand-removable locks.  Weight of gun perfect at 5 pounds, 15 ounces.  Comes in a nice luggage case with snap caps. Gun condition is near perfect.  Stock has a couple of light impressions (not photographable), and no cracks, dents, or chips.  Blueing and case coloring near perfect.  No indentation on the breech face, indicating the gun has been fired very little.  Gun is as close to new as a used gun can be.  A real treat at a very fair price for some bird hunter. Price: $ 5,250

B. Jenkinson English Boxlock SxS Double gun 20g
B. Jenkinson English Boxlock SxS Double gun 20g

B. Jenkinson English Boxlock SxS Double gun 20g: B. Jenkinson New York, N.Y.   English Side by Side. 20 gauge. Double triggers with ejectors. No. 763.  What a sweetheart of a gun! A light 20 g. with narrow stock dimensions. 26″ barrels choked Mod and Full. 14″ LOP. 1.5 drop at comb 2.5 drop at heel. Modern Proof, 2 3/4″ chamber. Barrels ring like a bell and bores are bright. Case colors are strong on action with some wear on the underside.  Oil finish on stock with red pad. Monogram oval has a nick on the edge. Previous owner did have the action professionaly tightend. So the forend iron is tight fitting and the barrel hook bushed. The action closes as a new gun. Price $3995.

Very nice Lefever H Grade 12ga made with steel barrels- good shooting dimensions and under 7lbs
Very nice Lefever H Grade 12ga made with steel barrels- good shooting dimensions and under 7lbs

Very nice Lefever H Grade SxS 12ga made with steel barrels- good shooting dimensions and under 7lbs: Nice later steel barreled Lefever H Grade 12ga.  Made with 28″ Carmen Fluid Steel barrels, checkered splinter forend, double triggers, extractors, and capped pistol grip buttstock with original Lefever Arms Co. monogrammed buttplate.  Each sideplate with a flourish of scroll as is typically found on the H Grade guns.  This gun remains in very nice condition.  The barrels retain most of an older restored rust blue and bores are bright and shiny.  There is evidence of an old repaired dent or two at the bottom of the left barrel about 16″ from the muzzle.  The locks and top of the action retain more than 90% of their bold original case color.  Bottom of frame has mostly toned to a pleasing gray.  Stocks are sound with most of their original finish and only minor handling marks.  Mechanics are crisp. This gun is in way above average condition and is bargain priced at $995 plus shipping to your FFL. Price: $995 

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Peter Chapman Pair of 12 Gauge Deluxe Self Opening Sidelock Ejector Shotguns with two sets of 27 inch interchangeable barrels:
Peter Chapman Pair of 12 Gauge Deluxe Self Opening Sidelock Ejector Shotguns with two sets of 27 inch interchangeable barrels:

Peter Chapman Pair of 12 Gauge Deluxe Self Opening Sidelock Ejector Shotguns with two sets of 27 inch interchangable barrels: Chamber: 2 3/4 Inch, Rib: Game Concaved, Chokes: Right: 1/4 Left: 1/2 Length: 14 1/2 inches Grip: Classic English straight hand grip Butt End Finish: Chequered Forend: Splinter Description: Deluxe Acanthus Leaf Scroll with Shaded Background & carved fences Finish: Brush Silver Weight: 6lb – 4oz Case: Double Leather Moter Case Date of Manufacture: 1990 Price: $75,000

Browning Belgium Superposed SuperLight - 20ga - As New In Box - IC/M - Hand Engraved - ca. 1983 (1 of 109 in 1983) - 26.5”
Browning Belgium Superposed SuperLight – 20ga – As New In Box – IC/M – Hand Engraved – ca. 1983 (1 of 109 in 1983) – 26.5”

: 1 of 227 made in 1983/1984 cumulatively – Extremely Rare Shotgun. Serial Number: 223PX02432 Barrel Length: 26.5” Chambers: 2 3/4” Ejectors: Auto As New Condition: As New Metal Condition: As New Wood Condition: As New Bore Condition: As New Barrels: As New Action: Boxlock Triggers: Single Gold Stock: Straight Grip Stock Comb: 1 1/2” Stock Heel: 2 1/4” Fore End: Schnabel Full Checkered LOP: 14 1/4” Rib: Ventilated Finish: Factory Hand Rubbed Oil Weight: 5 lbs 11 ozs Chokes: IC/M Price: $11,995

Abercrombie & Fitch - Zoli & F.lli Rizzini - BLNE - .410ga - 26" M / F
Abercrombie & Fitch – Zoli & F.lli Rizzini – BLNE – .410ga – 26″ M / F

Abercrombie & Fitch – Zoli & F.lli Rizzini – BLNE – .410ga – 26″ M / F: 3″, 26″ M / F (.020/.036), Hidden Third Bite, Double Trigger, Prince of Wales Grip, Beaver Tail Forearm, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/2″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 5 lbs. 9 oz. Early Fratelli Rizzini production. Very High Quality Gun! Excellent Condition! Shipping to CONUS included in price. Price: $4275

1989 Arrieta - Crown Grade - 20ga - 27" 3" IC / M - Like New w/ Long LOP
1989 Arrieta – Crown Grade – 20ga – 27″ 3″ IC / M – Like New w/ Long LOP

1989 Arrieta – Crown Grade – 20ga – 27″ 3″ IC / M – Like New w/ Long LOP: Sidelock Ejector, Double Trigger, English Stock, Splinter Forearm, LOP 15-1/4″ to a Checkered Butt, Drop 1-7/16″ to 2-1/8″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 6 lbs. 3 oz. Very Nice Gun. Made for Gunmark (GMK) a British Firearms Distributor. 99% Like New Condition! Shipping to CONUS included in price. Price: $4250

REMINGTON Model 1894 Grade CE 12ga 30" Damascus, IM&IM, Spotless bores, Tight on face, Exceptional, all original and unmolested, Mfg 1900
REMINGTON Model 1894 Grade CE 12ga 30″ Damascus, IM&IM, Spotless bores, Tight on face, Exceptional, all original and unmolested, Mfg 1900

REMINGTON Model 1894 Grade CE 12ga 30″ Damascus, IM&IM, Spotless bores, Tight on face, Exceptional, all original and unmolested, Mfg 1900:
Serial #  122635 Country of Origin  America Barrel Length (in Inches  )30 with beautiful damascus pattern visible throughout Choke R  IM(.030) Choke L  IM(.030) Trigger  DT (Double) Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip, Original hard rubber buttplate, Gold oval Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib Receiver Finish  Casehardened with most of the color remaining Engraving Type  Fine Scroll Engraving Other Options  Automatic ejectors, Automatic safety, 2 3/4″ chambers Condition  EXC. Condition Weight  7#11oz Dimensions  1 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 14 with 1/8 cast off Other Details  Mfg 1900, Spotless bores, Tight on face, A wonderful untouched example. Price: $3,500

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REMINGTON 1894 EE GRADE 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN
REMINGTON 1894 EE GRADE 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN

REMINGTON 1894 EE GRADE 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN: 28 inch barrels with excellent bores. Choked Full and Mod. Pistol grip walnut stocks 14 LOP. 2-piece steel buttplate. Checkering is excellent. Receiver has game scenes on both sides. The bottom has a deer scene. According to Charley Simmer there were less half a dozen EE grade made in the 16 gauge. I have this in my personal collection for many years. Price: $39,500

PERAZZI GORGEOUS MUST SEE!! Very RARE Perazzi SHO SIDELOCK Perazzi !! 12 ga 2 Barrel set 31" and 28" PRISTINE CONDITION
PERAZZI GORGEOUS MUST SEE!! Very RARE Perazzi SHO SIDELOCK Perazzi !! 12 ga 2 Barrel set 31″ and 28″ PRISTINE CONDITION

PERAZZI GORGEOUS MUST SEE!! Very RARE Perazzi SHO SIDELOCK Perazzi !! 12 ga 2 Barrel set 31″ and 28″ PRISTINE CONDITION: 31″ Barrel 12 ga  IM/FULL, 28″ Barrel 12ga LM/Mod, Original Perazzi Case Color Hardened with Factory Engraving. Condition is 99%  Stunning wood with Approximate stock dimensions 14.5″ LOP 1.5″ DAC 1.75″ DAH This is one of the very few Perazzi SHO Sidelock guns ever produced, and it is in very spectacular shape. A true show piece and work horse that is built tough as nails by Perazzi and will only go up in value! This Perazzi make absolute puff balls on the clays course and absolutely dominates in the pigeon ring and colombaire bringing birds down like wet rags. Price: $25,000

CSMC RBL "Reserve" 28ga 30" SKT&IC, AS NEW
CSMC RBL “Reserve” 28ga 30″ SKT&IC, AS NEW

CSMC RBL “Reserve” 28ga 30″ SKT&IC, AS NEW: Model  RBL “Reserve”. Configuration  SXSSerial #  RBL005830. Country of Origin  America. Barrel Length (in Inches) 30″. Choke R  SKT(.004). Choke L  IC(.007). Trigger  DT (Double). Stock Configuration  Straight Grip, Butt plate. Forearm Type  Semi Beaver Tail Forearm. Rib Type  Smooth Concave Rib. Receiver Finish  Casehardened. Engraving Type  Game Scene Cameos Engraving, Engraved wedges on barrels. Other Options  Factory case, 2 3/4″ chambers. Condition  AS NEW. Weight  5#12oz Dimensions  1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ x 14 3/4″ with 1/4″ cast off. Other Details  Test fired only, Appears new in every way. Price: $5,900

Halliday of London Cased 12 gauge Two-Inch Boxlock 5 lbs 5 oz
Halliday of London Cased 12 gauge Two-Inch Boxlock 5 lbs 5 oz

Halliday of London Cased 12 gauge Two-Inch Boxlock 5 lbs 5 oz: A very good little two-inch boxlock non-ejector by B. Halliday, built circa 1940’s.  The barrels are 28″ with 2″ chambers and very good bores, choked .003/.033 (about skeet/full).  The rib is engraved: B. HALLIDAY & CO. 63. CANNON ST. LONDON. E.C. and the tubes are engraved: FOR 2 INCH CASE ONLY and THE 20TH CENTURY GUN.  The receiver has the maker’s name in a flowing banner surrounded by simple border and scroll engraving.  There are traces of case colors still present.  The action locks up tight.  The fore-end has an Anson push-rod release.  The lightly figured stock measures 1 5/8″ x 2 1/8″ x 14 5/8″ with cast off.  The stock was originally shortened by 1 1/2″ (likely for a young shooter), and the original piece was later added.  It was done very well.  The weight is 5 lbs 5 oz.  A very nice double for the aficionado of 2 inch guns. Comes in its maker’s case. Price: $3995

Beautiful high condition nitro proved Bar In wood Westley Richards "Crab knuckle" 12 bore - An ultra lightweight hammer gun with original case
Beautiful high condition nitro proved Bar In wood Westley Richards “Crab knuckle” 12 bore – An ultra lightweight hammer gun with original case

Beautiful high condition nitro proved Bar In wood Westley Richards “Crab knuckle” 12 bore – An ultra lightweight hammer gun with original case:
Made in 1871, this beautiful early Westley Richards 12bore hammer gun.  Made with 30″ nitro proved damascus barrels, checkered splinter forend which is wedge fastened.  Made with crab knuckle joint at forend and bar in wood action.  Side plates are nicely scroll engraved as seen in the photos.  Made with double triggers and extractors.  Straight hand fiddle back figured English buttstock is nicely checkered in two point pattern through the wrist and terminates with its original checkered horn buttplate.  Housed in its original oak and leather case with felt interior. Overall the gun remains in excellent condition with fine mechanics.  The nitro proved barrels are excellent and retain most of an older rebrown.  Bores are bright.  Stocks are sound and retain nearly all of their older hand rub finish.  The locks are excellent and crisp.  The gun is nice and tight.  Case is very good with the interior having been restored long ago.  Exterior shows age and original name on top is somewhat illegible.  Price: $3695

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Purdey sidelock Over-Under 20 gauge, 30" Bbls, 2003 and mint, Teage Choke Tubes, Leather Case w/canvas cover
Purdey sidelock Over-Under 20 gauge, 30″ Bbls, 2003 and mint, Teage Choke Tubes, Leather Case w/canvas cover

Purdey sidelock Over-Under 20 gauge, 30″ Bbls, 2003 and mint, Teage Choke Tubes, Leather Case w/canvas cover: I am original buyer and owner of this Purdey sidelock 20 Gauge, Over and Under, with 30″ Barrels, Teague Chokes.  Specs were to make the ideal driven pheasant shotgun, as well as for partridge and other small bird game.  It’s a marvelous shotgun and here is the whole story on the shotgun which was ordered in 2001 and delivered in Declember 2003.  Description per the mini Purdey book included with the gun as follows: 20 Bore, Over & Under Square Bar, Trigger Single, Beaded Edge, Automatic safety, weight 6lb 8 oz, Barrels 30″, Chamber 2 and 3/4″, Rib solid matted, Chokes Teague x 6 tubes, Proof 1200 BAR, Weight of Barrels 2 lb 12 oz, Stock Pistol Grip with Metal Cap, Chequered Butt, Measurements 1 3/8 x 1 7/8, Length 15 3/8 Mid, Cast off 3/8″ Heel, Forend Slim Tapering, No oval, Case Light Tan + Canvas Outer.  Engraving Fine Rose & Scroll.  Gold Purdey name on Locks and Forend Iron; Colour Hardened Finish.  Total shells fired less than 3 boxes; used once in the field.  Gun is in excellent plus condition per photos posted here; no bad surprises!  All the little parts that Purdey delivers with shotgun are here:  Purdey engraved snapcaps, Purdey cleaning rod, Purdey mini leather holder with chamber brushes, a mini Purdey book with all specs of gun.  There is also a thumb drive with photos of the making of this shotgun in the Purdey factory in England.  Stock was hand selected in the Purdey wood room at Audley House.  Gold Purdey name on Locks each side, and on Forend iron add a touch of distinction.  The 30 inch barrels with the Teague chokes allow you many possible uses of just one gun, from open chokes for Partridge to full chokes for driven pheasant; you get to pick which of the 6 chokes you want.  I thought the 20 gauge over-under was the best option for various game events, and that would include skeet and even sporting clays.  Note in the leather case–and case was made specifically for this gun–the Teague chokes come with one small wrench which is eacy and fast to change choke tubes; each of the tubes is fitted into the case.  Also note that the case holds small silver colored bottle for oil, and small tan leather holder for barrel brushes, and the rod with Pudey naming is tucked neatly into the case, along with Purdey engraved snap caps.  The good news is that all the mini parts are here and included.   It’s a marvelous gun looking for a new home!  (PS:  Using 2017 Purdey price list, this shotgun prices out at $165,117 plus Duty $4170 Excise Tax $17,644 and shipping w/insurance $3,000. ) Price: $125,000

Piotti 28 gauge BSEE Model boxlock ejector side by side:
Piotti 28 gauge BSEE Model boxlock ejector side by side:

Piotti 28 gauge BSEE Model boxlock ejector side by side: A pre-owned Piotti 28 gauge BSEE Model boxlock ejector side by side. Calibre: 28 gauge, Action: Boxlock ejector, Triggers: Double, Safety: Non-Automatic, Barrel Length: 29 1/2 inches, Chamber: 2 3/4 inch, Rib: Game Concaved, Chokes: Right : 1/4 Left : Tight 1/4, Type: Deluxe, Length: 14 1/2 inch, Grip: Classic Straight hand, Butt End Finish: 1/2 inch recoil pad, Forend: Game style, Description: Fine Decrotive Scroll, Finish: Case Colour, Weight: 5 lbs – 13 oz, Case: Makers Leather Case, Date of Manufacture: 2008. Price: $19,995

E. J. Churchill The Regal 20ga/25" Boxlock SXS
E. J. Churchill The Regal 20ga/25″ Boxlock SXS

E. J. Churchill The Regal 20ga/25″ Boxlock SXS: 23xxx serial number range Churchill “The Regal”: case colored scalloped frame boxlock with floral and scroll engraving, double trigger, ejectors, drop points, solid raised rib with twin beads, straight grips, splinter forearm, 2 3/4″ chambers. Right barrel measures .615″ with .008″ choke, left barrel measures .615″ with .025″ choke. Stock measures 1 1/2″ x 2″ x 14 1/4″ over a checkered butt. Weight is 5 pounds 2 ounces. Comes with a factor leather case and cleaning accessories. Price: $8,995

Beautiful Parker DHE 16ga Game Gun - All original and in excellent condition
Beautiful Parker DHE 16ga Game Gun – All original and in excellent condition

Beautiful Parker DHE 16ga Game Gun – All original and in excellent condition: I have for sale a very nice all original Parker DHE 16ga. The gun was made in 1928 on a #1 frame with 28″ Titanic barrels. The gun was made with auto ejectors, a splinter forend, double triggers, and capped pistol grip buttstock with very fine grain which terminates with what I believe is the original pad. Nicely engraved in standard DHE pattern as seen in the photos. Overall the gun remains in pleasing original condition with 60% strong original case color, nearly all of the original barrel blue and more than 95% fine original stock finish. The gun has excellent screws and appears as it left the factory. Trigger guard retains about 1/3 of the original blue. Stocks are sound though there is a small scratch behind the right side of the frame – that is NOT a crack – guaranteed. Here are the technicals on the gun: 2 5/8” Chambers, 1 Frame, Weight 6lbs. 12 oz., LOP 14 1/8″ over orig. pad , Drop at comb 1 5/8″, Drop at heel 2 3/4″, Cast 0, Right Bore .665”, Left Bore .664”, Chokes R .023 (mod) L .029 (full) , Minimum Barrel Wall Thickness R .026″, L .023″. Price: $6500

Terrific Remington 1894 CEO grade 12-gauge side by side.
Terrific Remington 1894 CEO grade 12-gauge side by side.

Terrific Remington 1894 CEO grade 12-gauge boxlock side by side: Gun has 30” ordinance steel barrels with an English stock, double triggers, and ejectors.  Really nice engraving on a case-colored receiver.  Serial number P136362.  Gun is over 100 years old and in spectacular condition.  All original.  $4,500. From my family collection. Email or text seller with questions. Price: $4,500

Original or redone? You decide. A 28g Parker GHE Skeet ….

Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26"
Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26″

Welcome to another round of original or redone! I asked the same questions about this 20g GHE the other day. The answer was “all original”.

Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26"
Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26″

What do you think about this 28g Parker GHE SKEET gun?

Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26"
Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26″

At first glance, this old SxS looks pretty original. But when you look closer and do a little research, that changes.

Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26"
Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26″

Parker records show this double was made in 1936 with a beavertail forend, single trigger, 26″ barrels, and ejectors. The records also say it was made with an English-style straight-grip stock. As you can see, it now has a pistol-grip stock. Problem? Maybe.

Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26"
Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26″

Markings on the barrels that show the gun went back to Parker in 1937 for repairs. Did Parker restock it at that time? If they did restock, the stock looks barely used — unlike the barrels and the back of the triggerguard.

Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26"
Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26″

Turnbull Restorations confirmed they recolored the action. They may have reblued the triggerguard, too. The blueing on the barrels looks good, but it may have been redone (if you’re recoloring the action, why not reblue the bbls, too?).

Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26"
Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26″

That red bead on the front of the bbls is another head scratcher. It could be original Parker did offer those red beads as options back when this gun was made.

Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26"
Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26″

Regardless of originality this gun still hammered down for almost $26,000. Why? Because it’s scarce, and even though it’s not all original it’s still a nice vintage American double.

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

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

John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case!
John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case!

John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case: Hammerless Sidelocks – This gun dates from 1934 . A very nice Dickson from between the wars with great wall thickness and dimensions. This is the period that many consider to be the pinnacle of the UK gunmaking trade. The Bores are bright and shiny with a few pits in the right barrel towards the muzzle but in proof and nothing deep Note the weight! Serial Number: 7279 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 27″ Barrel Type: Steel Action: trigger plate round action Gauge: 12 gauge Stock Comb: 1 7/16″ Stock Heel: 2″ Stock Cast: 1/4″ LOP: 14 3/8″ to wood butt Weight: 6 lbs. 4.5 oz. Choke Left: .028″ full Choke Right: .015″ IC-Mod Proof: Nitro: 2 1/2″ nitro Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .029″ Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″. Price: $12,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GREIFELT PRE WAR CLAM SHELL SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 45-7
GREIFELT PRE WAR CLAM SHELL SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 45-7

GREIFELT PRE WAR CLAM SHELL SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 45-70: MADE 1923 25 1/2″ CHOPPER LUMP BARRELS 1 STANDING AND 1 FOLDING REAR SIGHT WITH ORIGINAL CLAW MOUNTS NEW CLAW RINGS BUILT BY DIETRICK APPEL WEAVER 2 1/2 POWER SCOPE DOUBLE TRIGGERS WITH BOTH BEING SET TRIGGERS EJECTORS PISTOL GRIP THE BARRELS HAVE BEEN REBLACKED THE REST OF THE GUN IS 100% ORIGINAL 10LBS 5 OZ WITH SCOPE 14 5/16 LOP. Price: $16,500   

Westley Richards 12g and .500 BPE 562 Grade Cape Gun
Westley Richards 12g and .500 BPE 562 Grade Cape Gun

Westley Richards 12g and .500 BPE 562 Grade Cape Gun: Made between the two World Wars and remaining in remarkably high original condition. Westley Richards & Co. offered multi-barreled rifle and shotgun combination guns for much of the first half of the twentieth century. These were offered in two-barrel side by side “Cape Gun” configurations as well as three-barrel drillings. In a supplemental list from 1912 of items offered by Westley’s at the time, these guns were listed as: “…made in all bores, suitable for Indian, African, and Colonial sports. Special attention and care are given to the most essential features, viz:-durability, boring, fine cutting of the rifling, the fitting and adjustment of the sights, and regulation of the shooting. Every gun is guaranteed accurately sighted and shot.”.  This is a 562 Grade completed November 14, 1924 for Mahomedally Noorbhoy, Bombay.  The combination shotgun and rifle is built on an A&D fixed lock, non-ejector action with a Greener type crossbolt, listed in our ledgers as a “treble bite with tang lever”. The color hardened action has two triggers, automatic beetle back safety, and is absent any engraving save for the Maker’s name and an engraved thin-line border with “cut-away” fences.
The dovetailed lump, 28″ barrels are of Westley Richard’s Special Quality steel and bear the “Golden Triangle” trademark. The full-length matted rib has a slightly raised quarter rib, fitted with two folding leaves and a Tangent sight and a ramp front sight with a low profile brass beaded sight blade. The sight leaves are platinum lined and engraved (100, 200, 300-1,200 yds) respectively.  The barrel is also engraved: “Westley Richards & Co. Birmingham”, “562 Grade” and “.500 Express 3 Inch Case Black Powder”.  The walnut stock has a nice straight figure, a semi-pistol grip, and a 14 1/2″ LOP over a smooth steel butt. The splinter forend has a matching steel forend tip with a Deeley latch. The rifle is finished with traditional sling eyes and the stock oval remains blank. On the bottom of the buttstock, just behind the pistol grip, the wood is correctly stamped “Made in England”. Gun retains nearly all of it is original color hardening and it remains vivid still protected by the original lacquer. The stock and barrels remain equally well preserved, retaining nearly all the original oil finish on the stock and nearly all of the original barrel black. The bores remain perfect, in both the shotgun and rifled barrels and are dent and rust free and all original. These combination guns from Westley Richards are quite rare today in any condition. And this gun is in as nice a condition as any collector could ask for. But for a gun made to a price point and intended to be used in the World’s most demanding environments, the overall quality and handling of the gun is superb and to find it so well preserved, is nothing short of a miracle. Price: $15,000

Piotti BSEE 20 Gauge Boxlock SxS
Piotti BSEE 20 Gauge Boxlock SxS

Piotti BSEE 20 Gauge Boxlock SxS: 28″ Chokes: SKT – IC L.O.P. : 14 3/8″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2″H Weight: 6 lbs 11 oz Ser. #: 8506 Price: $14,500

P. Beretta - SO3, 12ga. 27 ½”, OU, Italian, Shotgun
P. Beretta – SO3, 12ga. 27 ½”, OU, Italian, Shotgun

P. Beretta – SO3, 12ga. 27 ½” Barrels Choked IC/M: 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, hand made 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

Remington 1874 Whitmore ( SN # 19) 12 Ga. Shotgun, Early Engraved Barrel Address:
Remington 1874 Whitmore ( SN # 19) 12 Ga. Shotgun, Early Engraved Barrel Address:

Remington 1874 Whitmore ( SN # 19) 12 Ga. Shotgun, Early Engraved Barrel Address: This is the earliest Remington Whitmore Model 1874 I have ever seen. It has all matching serial numbers, #19. The original, engraved barrel address is truly a unique early feature. It is also engraved around the patent dates right in front of the lifter. The case hardening under the barrel on the frame and on the forearm steel is vivid. The case hardened locks and breech have turned a beautiful silver just like an old 1873 SAA. The 30-inch blued barrels go from blue to a thinning blue and plum color. The bores are in nice condition with a small amount of light pitting. This early hammer shotgun remains tight and the action is as solid as it was in 1874. The hammers cock crisply with a fine release on the triggers. The rebounding fire pins are just as crisp as the rest of the action. The buttstock is solid with no cracks but an inch and one-half above the steel butt plate there are two rack marks, one on each side (pictured) which are period usage. Fortunately, no one has ever tried to work on them. This is a beautiful and early American-made Remington cartridge shotgun that would stand proud in any fine Remington collection. Price: $1650

Rare! A Parker Bros. 12g VHE SxS on a 1/2 frame…

When I first got into Parker, the collector’s world for these shotguns was still filled with mysteries like the story of the Czar’s Parker and the whereabouts of the three Invincibles. While many of these mysteries have been solved, others, like the “why” of the Parker 12-gauge “1/2-frame”, remain.

Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame
Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame

PARKER VHE 12 GAUGE IN RARE 1/2 FRAMEHere is a Parker VHE in the rare 1/2 Frame size. Parker made a very low number of guns in 1/2 Frame size. Historians seem to believe that the total number was in the approximate 300-piece range. This gun has 26″ ejector barrels. Mirror bores at .731 with 15/1000 choke (Mod) and 28/1000 choke (Full). Chambers are 2 3/4″. All serial numbers match. Unrestored condition. Auto safety. Weight is 6 LBS 11 OZ. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/16″. Drop at Comb – 1 5/8″. Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″ Price: $3,995 

Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame
Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame

Parker built its first 12-gauge 1/2-frame guns in the fall of 1937 after the company had been sold to Remington and moved to Ilion, NY.

Michael McIntosh wrote a bit about the 1/2 frame. He speculated that it was Parker’s attempt to create a British-style, 12-bore game gun (basically a 12g weighs around 6 3/4 lbs and shoots a 1 1/8oz load).

Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame
Rare Parker VHE 12-gauge SxS shotgun on a 1/2 frame

Parker author & researcher Ed Muderlak disagreed and dedicated a full chapter and 10+ pages of Parkers Guns: The Old Reliable to prying apart McIntosh’s thesis.

Neither writer proved anything. While McIntosh told a better tale and Muderlak presented a sound argument, the 1/2-frame is still a mystery. Or as Muderlak finally states after showing off his argumentative skills  “… nobody knows what Remington had on its corporate mind when it retooled for the half-frame in 1937.”

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FABBRI OU PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE - 29 5/8" BARRELS
FABBRI OU PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – 29 5/8″ BARRELS

FABBRI OU SIDELOCK PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – 29 5/8″ BARRELS: Spectacular engraving featuring ribbons, scroll, vines and flowers. Gold Inlay pigeon in the forend. Bores at .732. Briley chokes. Chambers at 2 3/4″. Barrels are Phonix Steel and marked as such. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 10 1/4 OZ. Stock dimensions: LOP 14 3/8″ (13″ to end of wood), Drop at Comb – 1 7/16″, Drop at Heel – 1 3/4″. Price: $25.750

RARE HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON GRADE C HAMMERLESS BOXLOCK DAMASCUS 12 GAUGE DOUBLE GUN SERIAL #1 CIRCA 188230” Damascus barrels choked Improved and Full with original 2 ¾” chambers. Made as “Heavy Duc” weighing 9 pounds. Engraved on the rib “HARRINGTON &

RARE HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON GRADE C HAMMERLESS DAMASCUS 12 GAUGE DOUBLEGUN SERIAL #1 CIRCA 1882
RARE HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON GRADE C HAMMERLESS DAMASCUS 12 GAUGE DOUBLEGUN SERIAL #1 CIRCA 1882

RICHARDSON, WORCESTER, MASS. U.S.A.”. Frame engraved with maker’s name on both side in a banner cartouche. Water table engraved “ANSON & DEELEY’S/PAT. FEB. 1, 1876 NO. 1”. Excellent and all original with most of the Damascus finish on the barrels and considerable blue, grey case hardening on the frame. Floor plate with modest amounts of blue. Walnut pistol grip checkered stock and forend with the original finish in fine condition. Factory logo embossed hard rubber butt plate. Mint bores and perfect working order. Of special note-several sources including the late Norm Flayderman consider this the first American made hammerless double barrel shotgun. Serial number “1” would make this exact gun the very first American hammerless double barrel shotgun (1st of the 1st).  Price: $6,500

Parker VHE (Ejector) 20 ga., 28" Steel bbl, Factory Single Trigger, Made in 1928 "0" Frame
Parker VHE (Ejector) 20 ga., 28″ Steel bbl, Factory Single Trigger, Made in 1928 “0” Frame

Parker VHE (Ejector) 20 ga., Side-by-Side, 28″ Steel bbl, Factory Single Trigger, Made in 1928 “0” FrameHere is a used Parker VHE, auto ejectors, 20 gauge, Perfect lightweight “0” Frame, 28″ barrels (Rt–IC fixed choke, Lt–IM fixed choke with bright shiny bores).  20 gauge shotgun extremely light and balanced but enough gun for geese or long range sharptails. Built in the roaring 20’s when America was great!  The perfect balanced Parker is a 20 gauge on the “0” frame with 28″ barrels–arguable the best!!  Original finish, Rare Factory single trigger, 70% case colors on left side of receiver, 35% on right side of receiver, 90% case colors on the water table, bottom of receiver shows wear probably from leather glove from hours of being carried in the field. Screws are unblemished. Original grip cap and blank shield, wood shows handling marks from normal use. Left side of forearm shows slight chip at the front near the barrel. Please see pictures. Price: $6,500

ZOLI /F.RIZZINI 28 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:
ZOLI /F.RIZZINI 28 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:

ZOLI /F.RIZZINI 28 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUNA CLEAN SMALL FRAME BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR IN 28 GAUGE WITH 26″ BARRELS, CHOKED IC/MOD, VERY GOOD CONDITION. LOP 14 3/4″- 1 3/4″- 2 9/16″. 4 3/4 LBS. Price: $2,200

REMINGTON MODEL 1894 AE BOXLOCK DOUBLE BARREL12 gauge. 30″ Damascus bbls with matted rib. Choked improved cylinder & full. VG bright bores. Bbls retain most all the Damascus pattern. 2 3/4″ chambers. Vivid case colors on the frame and trigger guard. Checkered walnut pistol grip buttstock in VG condition. Checkered Remington Arms buttplate. LOP 14-1/8′. DAC 1-5/8″. DAH 2-1/4″. Features double triggers, and automatic safety. Ejectors work properly. Price: $ 1,275

REMINGTON MODEL 1894 AE BOXLOCK DOUBLE BARREL
REMINGTON MODEL 1894 AE BOXLOCK DOUBLE BARREL

Auction alert: Rare & light, 12 gauge Remington 1894 AE, 2 bbl set…

High condition, lghtweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set
High condition, lightweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set

Remington 1894 are the Rodney Dangerfields of American Doubles. Even though they’re as well made as other American SxSs from that period, they get no respect. They don’t command nutso prices, either. And hat’s great new for anyone who appreciates fine SxSs AND likes getting deal.

The 1894 you see here is a rare model. While almost all 12 gauge American SxSs (including most Remingtons) are heavy guns — 7 1/2 lbs+., this one comes in at a trim 6 lbs. 10 oz. Condition wise, this double is about as good as they good–especially for a gun that’s 100+ years old.
High condition, lghtweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set
High condition, lightweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set

So if you like what you see, bid now. It’s on Gunbroker.com now at No Reserve and the listing ends5/14/2017 @ 10:00 PM. So you have the chance to get a great deal on it. And BTW: And just for fun, check out a little Rodney on The Tonight Show back in 1974. He comes on about a minute in.

12 gauge, Remington 1894 AE 28″ & 30″ bbls, lightweight, ejectors, case color:  High condition Remington 1894 AE 12 ga. “Lightweight” ejector field gun, 2 barrel set. Up for auction is a very rare Remington 1894 “Lightweight” (6 lbs. 10 oz.) field gun in excellent un-touched condition, factory 2 barrel set. This is the only one we’ve ever seen being a long barreled American vintage double with English Game Gun weight.
High condition, lghtweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set
High condition, lightweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set

Remington catalog stated that the AE grades were available in weights from 6 ¾ – 8 lbs. Here’s one that weighs in at a featherweight 6 lbs. 10 oz. with both the 28 & 30” barrels. See specifications below, the gun has nominal bore diameters and thick walls. Small frame gun with frame width at a full .100 narrower than a standard frame gun. Appears to be a 12 built on a 16 sized frame – this is a true lightweight. Lots of case color and original barrel brown left on this one.

Standing breech shows little evidence of firing. Bores have no pitting, just a very light hint of frosting here and there…Otherwise excellent. Gun has excellent lock-up and no mechanical, or wood issues. High condition 1894 Ejector guns in high condition are hard enough to find, but even harder to find another lightweight much less one in this condition with 2 sets of barrels. This one is sharp all over!
High condition, lghtweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set
High condition, lightweight Remington 1894 AE 2 bbl set

Barrel specifications: 30” Barrels: Both diameter @ .732, chokes .013 R, .029 L. Min walls .037 28” Barrels: (27 13/16” actual). Un-cut (see pics) Diameters: R .726, L .728, chokes .003 R, .004L Min walls .046 Stock: 3 ½ x 2 ½ x 14 1/8” to original butt plate. Weight: 6 lbs 10 oz. with both barrels.

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Harris Holland 8 Guage SXS Hammer Shotgun
Harris Holland 8 Guage SXS Hammer Shotgun

Harris Holland 8 Guage SXS Hammer Shotgun: #3012, 13 lb, 36 in.Rebounding Hammers, No chokes.Silver sheild,
Gutta Percha Butt Plate, London Proofed 1874. 045 BBL thickness each BBL.excellent bores. Slight pitting on Breech end of chambers for 1/2 inch. BBLS refinished and rib address recut, Pitting on Breechface repaired, Butt Plate screws cleaned
Otherwise original finish. Nice gun Overall fine condition. Price: $19,500

CASED BERETTA S3EL (SO4 or SO-4) 12GA. OVER-UNDER EJECTOR SIDELOCK SHOTGUN CIRCA 1956: Profusely engraved superior quality gun from the mid 1950’s best era of engraving by the still working pre WW2 generation. Renaissance Scroll engraved side locks and mounts of the Master Quality signed in small engraved letters “U.G.” just forward of the trigger guard. 28 3/8th” solid rib barrels choked Improved Modified and Full. 2 ¾” chambers. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, cocking indicators and automatic safety. Straight grip fancy walnut checkered stock with 14 ½’ pull to checkered butt. 1 ½”, 2” drop. Matching checkered forend. Weight 7lbs. 2.5ozs. All original and about mint with all the blue and coin finish. Wood with the original finish in perfect condition. Mint bores and perfect working order. With original Beretta factory leather luggage case with Beretta label in upper left corner of inside of lid. Original canvas protective outer cover. Price: $12,500

CASED BERETTA S3EL (SO4 or SO-4) 12GA. OVER-UNDER EJECTOR SIDELOCK SHOTGUN CIRCA 1956
CASED BERETTA S3EL (SO4 or SO-4) 12GA. OVER-UNDER EJECTOR SIDELOCK SHOTGUN CIRCA 1956

Remington – Side-by-Side- Mod. 1894 – “C” grade – 30″ damascus barrels: 12 GA. EJECTORS – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – IC/MOD.14 1/2″ X 1 1/2″ X 2 /2″. Price: $5,900

Remington - Side-by-Side- Mod. 1894 - "C" grade - 30" damascus barrels
Remington – Side-by-Side- Mod. 1894 – “C” grade – 30″ damascus barrels

Lightweight 12g Parker DHE Reproduction by Winchester in near new condition with case and coverVirtually all its original case color and blue and I cannot even see any handling marks on the stock. Like buying a new gun! Very light for a Parker 12 being under 6 lbs. Price: $4000

Lightweight 12g Parker DHE Reproduction by Winchester in near new condition with case and cover
Lightweight 12g Parker DHE Reproduction by Winchester in near new condition with case and cover

Serial Number: 12-00250
Ejectors: No
Barrels: 26
Barrel Type: Steel
Gauge: 12 gauge
Stock Comb: 1 5/16
Stock Heel: 2
Stock Cast: 0
LOP: 14 3/8″ to skeleton
Weight: 5 lbs. 13 1/2 oz.
Choke Left: .004 Quail 2
Choke Right: .002 Quail 1
Proof:Nitro: 2 3/4
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .032
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028

Auguste Francotte 12 Gauge O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
Auguste Francotte 12 Gauge O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

Auguste Francotte 12 Gauge O/U Double Barrel ShotgunThis beautifully crafted Auguste Francotte 12 gauge Over/Under has deep engraving, nicely figured wood, Greener-type cross bolt, and auto ejectors.  It would be a fine addition to the gun cabinet of shooters or collectors of O/U shotguns, as it is a great example of the origins of what has become the most popular type of doublegun. The 28” barrels have 2-3/4” chambers and are choked Improved Modified (.025) in the lower barrel and Full (.030) in the upper barrel.  The wall thickness (right/left) for the lower barrel at 9” from muzzle is .035/.033 and at the middle of the barrel is .038/.036; the upper barrel is .035/.035 and .038/.038, respectively.  Bores 9” from the breach are .729/.729.  At some point in the gun’s history, the European-style sling mounts were removed from the lower barrel and stock. The stock and forearm are fine European walnut.  The drop at the comb is 1-1/2” and at the heel 2-1/4”.  Length of pull from the front trigger to the end of the wood is 14-1/4”.  The butt of the stock is checkered.  The gun locks up tight and on face; the top lever returns to the right of center.  All serial numbers, 53774, match.  The wood is refreshed and the barrels are refinished.  Price: $2,000

Good gun alert: 28g Parker Repro, 28″ bbls, double triggers …

28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls, double triggers
28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls, double triggers

Shotguns, like everything else, are subject to fads. When Parker Reproductions were introduced in 1984, 26″ barrels and single triggers were in. So today, finding them set up any other way is hard to do.

28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: For sale is a sweet little parker reproduction in a 28 ga. with a very rare configuration. It comes with a Beavertail forearm, Double triggers and 28″ M/F barrels. To find all three of these hard to get options all in the same gun is very unusual. The only one i have seen. It also has a beautifully figured PG stock and forearm. The gun rates at a strong 98% in its case and overall condition. Price: $5195

28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls, double triggers
28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls, double triggers
28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" bbls, double triggers
28g Parker Reproduction SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ bbls, double triggers

On Ebay now: 1934 Original Parker Shotgun catalog

Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.
Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.

Parker shotguns are the most famous side-by-sides ever made in America. Parker Bros got into the shotgun game in 1866, and from their factory in Meriden, CT. The company’s gun business prospered into the twentieth century.

But then Great Depression hit and sales plummeted. In 1934, Remington stepped in and bought all of the Parker gun business and published the catalog you see here to announce their acquisition. It’s on Ebay now, and the auction ends tomorrow, 2/15 @ 04:35:22 PST. BTW: the pages shown here are just a few of the ones that make up the entire catalog.

Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog

Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.
Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.
Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.
Vintage 1934 Parker Gun Company/Remington Catalog.

A sweet little 20 gauge Parker Bros. GHE double barrel shotgun…

PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS

In his book Parker Guns: The Old Reliable, Ed Muderlak said something like “Parker shotguns aren’t rare. But Parker shotguns with lots original condition are.” Ed was right- of course. I live within a couple hours of a few large gun shops. These shops always have a few Parker on their racks. But rarely are these shotguns very original.

Original condition is everything to collectors, and that’s why Parkers like the one you see here drives them crazy. Made in 1923, it’s a 20 gauge G.H. with unusual 30″ barrels and what looks like a ton of original condition.

PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS: RIGHT BARREL BORE .616 CHOKE .011 IMPROVED CYLINDER, LEFT BARREL BORE .618 CHOKE .022 IMPROVED MODIFIED, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, TWIN IVORY SIGHT BEADS, O FRAME, 14 1/4″ LENGTH OF PULL OVER DOGS HEAD BUTTPLATE, DROP 1 1/2″- 2 3/4″, 98% BARREL BLUE, 95% TRIGGER GUARD BLUE, 85% CASE COLOR, WOOD FINISH EXCELLENT, NICE TIGHT AND CRISP PARKER. PRICE: $10,999

PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS

A pa’tridge gun: A 16g Parker VH double barrel shotgun…

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

In New England, a ruffed grouse is called a pa’tridge. I don’t know why. There’s always one gauge I associate with pa’tridge hunting: the 16. I don’t know why this is, either.

Sixteen gauges have been around forever, but they’ve been very popular. The British never loved them, at least not as breechloading centerfires. It think it’s because the standard British game gun is a 12 gauge that’s weighs around 6lbs, 12oz. and is proofed for 1 1/8 ounces of shot.

Most British 16 gauge shotguns weigh just a few ounces less, and they’re proofed for a 1 ounce load. So for a gun buyer in the UK, the sixteen offers little benefit in weight while it pushes a 10%+ smaller payload.

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

But American 12 gauges are bigger guns, usually in the 7 1/2 pound+ range. For most makers, you had to drop down a gauge to get a double in the 6 1/2 – 6 3/4 pound range. I think that’s why the 16 gauge was more popular in the States.

The sixteen you see here is Parker’s VH grade. The VH was Parker’s original knock-about gun, and even though it was the least expensive hammerless double the company offered until they introduced the Trojan grade in 1913, the VH was never a cheap gun. It cost $50 when it was introduced in 1899. The same year, Winchester Model 97 repeater retailed for $27.

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

Parker called the VH “A gun for hard usage that cannot be equaled” and most buyers purchased them off the rack in 12 gauges on No. 2 frames with pistol grips. With its straight grip, this one was probably specially ordered.

Here’s more about it from the seller:

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

Parker VH 16, Remington Era,  Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original: Serial Number 240237, made approx. 1937. It is a VH 16 gauge with 28″ barrels choked light modified and modified. 2 3/4″ chambers with excellent bores. Length of pull is 14″ over the original dog’s head plate. The original straight grip stock is in excellent condition with sharp checkering. Both the wood and trigger guard are number matched to the shotgun and are without any doubt original. The wood is probably 2X fancy and is the nicest peice of wood we have seen on a V grade.

Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28" Exc. original
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original

There are generous amounts of original case color remaining on the receiver sides and around the lever. Lock up is tight and the shotgun remains in excellent mechanical condition. DAH is 2 5/8″ DAC is 1 1/2″ and the weight is approx. 6 lbs 10 oz.. This is one fine original little English stock 16 gauge Parker with tons of condition. Price: $5,500.00

Busy, busy…The Vintagers, nice guns, and more…

The Vintagers 2013 Event
The Vintagers 2013 Event

Sorry for my lack of posts lately. My life has been crazy — shooting events, work, training for a race, plus a new house with a long list of honey-do’s to check off before my hunting season can get rolling.

On Saturday I made it down to Addieville, RI, to catch The Vintager’s annual event. The weather was great, and there were a hundred of nice guns there American, British, European. Check out the slideshow below to see a few.

The Fox Collectors and Lefever Collectors had a bunch of fabulous guns on display, and dealers like Steve Barnett and Griffin & Howe had some fabulous pieces on their tables. I hear the shooting was good, too.

Last week I drow 6+ hours and 400+  to check out the Orvis Game Fair in Millbrook, NY. I have to say, this event is turning into a great show. I number of gun dealers were on hand – Connecticut Shotgun, Griffin & Howe, Steve Barnett, etc – along with makers like Purdey and Williams & Son. It was much better attended than Vintagers, and it offered a lot more for everyone in the family. It was also free to get in.

Auction alert: 16 gauge Parker DHE double barrel shotgun…

Parker DH-grade Double Barrel Shotgun, the the The Parker Gun Collector's Association Site
Parker DH-grade Double Barrel Shotgun, the the The Parker Gun Collector’s Association Site

Here’s a tough 16 gauge side-by-side to find: a Parker Bros. DHE-grade double barrel shotgun. Also known as Grade 3s, Parker introduced its D-grade shotguns in 1875. With a price of $100, this model was the company’s least expensive “custom made” shotgun.

The DHE you see here was made in 1905 (the H is for hammerless, the E is for ejectors). It looks like it’s in nice condition. I’m not sure how many 16 gauge DHEs Parker made, but I can tell that you don’t see them on the market that often, especially nice shooters like this one. This one is online at Gunbroker.com and the auction ends 9/25/2013 3:15:42 PM ET. So if you like it, get on it now.

16 gauge Parker DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun: With steel 28″ barrels. 2-1/2″ chambers choked Imp. Mod and full according to my gauges. Bluing is thinning on barrels and stock has the usual dings and scratches for a gun this age. recoil pad is flat from sitting. 14″ LOP to the front trigger. Size 1 frame. Bores are great. Serial # 134521.

16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun

Auction alert: Doubles by Francotte, Winchester, Browning, L.C. Smith & more…

Montrose Auctions, Montrose, GA
Montrose Auctions, Montrose, GA

Montrose Auctions in Montrose, GA, is having a firearms auctions tomorrow, July 27.  Here are a few of the doubles that caught my eye:

Baker 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun: Serial # 170423, 28″ bbls, Very good overall condition, with strong traces of case coloring on receiver, with extractor LOP 14 1/4.

Browning BSS 12 gauge SxS: 26″ bbls, Serial # 7829A72 Excellent condition LOP 14 1/4 barrel.

Winchester M21 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun
Winchester M21 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

Winchester M21 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun: Serial # 7470 Very good overall condition with blue loss on underside of receiver & trigger guard primarily due to flaking, light cracks in beaver tail forend, MFD. in the mid 1930s. Choked improved cylinder/light full, 2 3/4″.

Francotte Knockabout 20 gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun
Francotte Knockabout 20 gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun

Francotte Knockabout 20 gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun: Serial # 1069, 26″ bbls with ejectors. Very good overall condition, with 70% thinning blue remaining on barrels, LOP 15″.

L.C. Smith Field Grade 20 gauge SxS Shotgun: Serial # 22974, 28″ bbls, Very good overall condition with traces of original case coloring slightly thinning blue to barrels with extractor LOP 14 1/8.

L.C. Smith Field Grade 20 gauge SxS Shotgun
L.C. Smith Field Grade 20 gauge SxS Shotgun

Remington 3200 12 gauge O/U Double Barrel Shotgun: Serial # 0U11671, 30″ bbls, Good to very good overall condition with oil soaked stock & forend, choked full, LOP 13 3/4″, factory recall work complete.

Fabrique Nationale Liege O/U 12 gauge Shotgun
Fabrique Nationale Liege O/U 12 gauge Shotgun

Fabrique Nationale Liege O/U 12 gauge Shotgun: Serial # 76J23454, 30″ bbls, Very good to excellent overall condition, with light handling marks to stock & forearm, LOP 14 1/4″.

Good gun alert: a 28 gauge Parker Repro, 28″ bbls, double triggers…

28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun

In 1984, Winchester Arms introduced the “The Parker Reproduction by Winchester“, a double barrel shotgun based in the original Parker Bros. design. Made in Japan, these side-by-sides were vailable in three grades –DHE  BHE and A1 Special grades —  and produced until 1989.

28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun

In all, around 12,000 Parker Repros were made — 4,203 DHE in 28 gauge. Of these 4,203 shotguns, the one below is one of the hardest configurations to find. It’s also the most desirable. Take a good look at it. I get it will be gone soon.

28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Parker Reproduction Double Barrel Shotgun: A very rare configuration – 28″ bbls, straight-hand stock, double triggers and a beavertail fore end. In the factory hard case with canvas cover and snap caps.

Price: $4,999.99

Caliber: 28 gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Case color has faded some. Retains most of its original blue.
Wood Condition: Light marking if any. When installing the recoil pad, the stock was left as long as possible, so the widow’s peak left by the skeleton butt has been filled.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double
Stock: Straight-hand
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/2″ LOP. 1 1/2″ DAC. 2 3/8″ DAH.
Fore End: Beavertail
Butt Pad: Trim black recoil pad
Weight: 5 3/4 lbs.
Chokes: Mod/Full
Item Location: Sidney, NE

Auction Alert: 20g Browning Diana, Parker SC Trap, Remington M32, 16 Fox, 12g Parker…

Along with this 20g A.H. Fox, there a bunch of nice looking shotguns coming up this Saturday, Jun 15, at Morphy Auctions in Denver, PA. Here are the ones that caught my eye.

Browning Superposed Diana O/U 20 GA Shotgun
Browning Superposed Diana O/U 20 GA Shotgun

Browning Superposed Diana O/U 20 GA Shotgun:  Manufacture date: 1962. Serial #: 25309. Barrel length: 26″. Factory engraving and signed by Browning, master engraver, “M. Magis”. Frame is fully engraved with depictions of pheasants, ducks, game birds, and rabbits. Incredible Turkish Walnut stock and fore end with nice checkering . Estimate: $10,000.00 – $15,000.00

Remington M32, 30" bbls, double triggers
Remington M32, 30″ bbls, double triggers

Remington M32 12 GA Shotgun: Serial #: 677. Barrel length: 30″. Chamber length: 2 – 3/4″. Choke dimension: M-Im. Length of pull: 14 – 1/2″. Drop on the heel: 2 – 1/4″. Drop at toe: 1 – 1/2″. Remington trap grade with recoil pad Bluing thinning on receiver barrels retain good bluing. Wood has a few handling. Estimate: $300.00 – $500.00

Savage-Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA SxS Shotgun: Serial #: 369643. Barrel length: 28″. Chamber length: 2 – 3/4″. Choke dimension: F-M. Length of pull: 14″. Drop on the heel: 2 – 3/4″. Vivid case coloring and barrel bluing is excellent. Mechanically fine with very few scratches on stock. Blued trigger shows a few scratches. Estimate: $400.00-500.00

16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker VH 12 GA SxS Shotgun. 32" bbls.
Parker VH 12 GA SxS Shotgun. 32″ bbls.

Parker VH 12 GA SxS Shotgun: Serial #: 141071. Barrel length: 32″. Chamber length: 2 – 3/4″. Length of pull: 14 – 1/2″. Drop on the heel: 1 – 3/4″. Concave rib Parker barrels center white gear. Small spot of rust on rig and lever retains a right position. Vivid case coloring still remains on receiver with good. Estimate: $1,000.00 – $1,500.00

On Ebay now: an original 1937 “The Parker Gun” shotgun catalog…

1937 Parker Double Barrel Shotgun Catalog
1937 Parker Double Barrel Shotgun Catalog

Old gun catalogs from the original makers are one of the best places to learn about vintage shotguns. This Parker shotgun catalog on Ebay now is one of the nicest the company every produced. It’s also one of the most detailed and informative. If you’re really into Parker shotguns, it’s a must have.

This catalog is from 1937 – so well into Parker’s Remington period. I think it’s the final retail catalog Parker/Remington ever produced. With nice pictures, long descriptions and big pages (the catalog measures 11″ x 8 1/2″), it’s also one of the best. Ever single Parker shotgun available at the time is featured – from the A1 Special to single barrel Parker Trap guns. There are also accessories like butt pads and detailed instructions for ordering a new Parker side by side.

On the collector’s market, a catalog like this is a $400-$475 item, so if you can get this one for any less than that you’re going well. The auctions end on Feb 07, 2013 @ 17:30:18 PST, so get on it now.

Here’s part of the description of it from the seller’s listing:

1937 Parker Double Barrel Shotgun Catalog
1937 Parker Double Barrel Shotgun Catalog

“This is a all original Parker Gun Catalogue from when Remington took over production. The catalogue is in excellent condition with minimal wear , one small tear on one page…The catalog has all of the information when one was going to order one of these fine shotguns. It includes all of the grades from A1 Special to Trojan. It describes each grade in detail…”

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