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Extraordinary early Parker A1 Special 12ga 2 barrel set- 30” and 34” - PGCA letter ordered by W.F. Parker! Deepest relief engraving I’ve ever seen
Extraordinary early Parker A1 Special 12ga 2 barrel set- 30” and 34” – PGCA letter ordered by W.F. Parker! Deepest relief engraving I’ve ever seen

Extraordinary early Parker A1 Special 12ga 2 barrel set- 30” and 34” – PGCA letter ordered by W.F. Parker! Deepest relief engraving I’ve ever seen!: Per the PGCA Research Letter – This gun Ordered by and likely used by Wilbur F. Parker!  Truly Exceptional Parker A1 Special 12ga two barrel set, made in 1907 on a #2 Frame.  This very rare gun is equipped with two sets of Whitworth Fluid Steel barrels- one set is 30″ long (original set), the other is 34″ (also definitely factory) long- an extreme rarity in these guns and also extremely desirable today.  This gun would make the ultimate vintage Pigeon Gun.  This gun currently sports a fantastic straight stock with gold plated double triggers, beavertail forend, and was made with auto ejectors, auto safety, and has older Silver’s type pad.  The top lever is beautifully sculpted as are the breech balls as seen in the photos.  These early A-1 Specials are some of the best engraved of all the Parker shotguns and this one is no exception.  The quality of the relief flowers are spectacular and by far the best executed I have seen.  The depth of the relief engraving and the quality is the finest on any Parker I have examined.  The fully engraved safety with gold inlaid “SAFE” in front.  See the photos for details on the engraving – it is breathtaking.  The PGCA letter for this gun is fascininating and worthy of review- see the photos for this as well. This gun remains in pleasing overall condition.  The gun has been updated, likely by Remington with both sets of barrels now having ventilated ribs, which are good and sound.  Mechanics are crisp throughout.  The gun has been completely restored with later Remington case color- likely done when the gun went back in for service in 43,45, or 46, though undoubtedly a Remington Parker work and quality.  The mechanics are crisp and the bores are brilliant and shiny. This extremely rare and desirable Parker is both pleasing to look at in the gun room and in the field.  Price: $60,000

ARRIZABALAGA SLE 20 GAUGE
ARRIZABALAGA SLE 20 GAUGE

ARRIZABALAGA SLE 20 GAUGE: Gun is in very good condition with some light handling marks. Oval is initialed. Caliber Info: 20 Gauge Ejectors: Yes Metal Condition: Very Good Barrels: 28″ Action: Sidelock Triggers: Double Gauge: 20 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 3/8″ Stock Cast: Off Fore End: Checkered LOP: 15 1/4″ Rib: Concave Weight: 6.5 lbs Chokes: IC/IM Case: Leather Luggage. Price: $12,775

“SCARCE” James Purdey of London Double Rifle chambered in .450 BPE that was manufactured in 1868 for the 15th Duke of Norfolk
“SCARCE” James Purdey of London Double Rifle chambered in .450 BPE that was manufactured in 1868 for the 15th Duke of Norfolk

“SCARCE” James Purdey of London Double Rifle chambered in .450 BPE that was manufactured in 1868 for the 15th Duke of Norfolk:  The amount of man hours was very high when one of these rifles was made. From the factory letter we know that this rifle was completed in 1868. It was built for the Duke of Norfolk and stocked by John Robertson. The caliber is listed as a 60 bore which is the equivalent to the .450 BPE cartridge. This J. Purdey .450 “BPE” Black Powder Express Rotary Underlever Big Game Hammer Double Rifle is all matching with no alterations. The bores are in excellent condition being bright with excellent lands and grooves in the 30” barrels. It has a 3-leaf rear sight with one fixed and two folding blades. Each blade has a Platinum center line and are marked “100, 200 and 250.” The finish shows no signs of rust or pitting with strong pattern colors. The forearm is in very fine condition with no cracks and one chip as shown. The butt stock is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. This after 153 years is quite amazing. The receiver shows very fine and detailed engraving as you can see in the pictures. The rifle is tight and obviously has seen very little use over the decades. The rifle functions as it should with no issues. The original oak case has some accessories and the original cleaning rod. The center lock mechanism is missing but both side levers are present. No FFL transfer is needed to transfer this antique. The factory letter will be included. Price: $10K

MERKEL 200E 20ga 26" IC&M, DT, Mfg 1955 Excellent
MERKEL 200E 20ga 26″ IC&M, DT, Mfg 1955 Excellent

MERKEL 200E 20ga 26″ IC&M, DT, Mfg 1955 Excellent: Serial  #  41176 Country of Origin  Germany Barrel Length (in Inches) 26″ Choke U  IC (.005″), Choke O  M (.015″) Trigger  DT (Double) Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip, Recoil pad Forearm Type  3-piece Forearm Rib Type Solid rib Receiver Finish  Casehardened Engraving Type  Ornamental Scroll Engraving Other Options  2 3/4″ chambers, Cocking indicators, Horn grip cap Condition  EXC. Condition Weight  6#0oz Dimensions  1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″  x 14″ with 3/8″ cast off. Other Details Mfg 1955. Price: $5,500

Beretta ~ Model S686 Special ~ OU ~ 20 GA
Beretta ~ Model S686 Special ~ OU ~ 20 GA

Beretta ~ Model S686 Special ~ OU ~ 20 GA: Description: This Beretta S686 is in overall very good condition. Metal Condition: Very Good Wood Condition: Very Good Bore Condition: Excellent Barrels: 26″ Triggers: Single Selective Safety Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP Fore End: Checkered Walnut Semi Pistol Grip – Checkered Walnut Forend Butt Pad: Black Rubber Butt Pad Weight: 6 lbs Sights: Front Bead – Mid-Bead Chokes: With Screw in Choke Tubes Wood shows some light handling marks and dings. Complete with case! 20 Gauge. Price: $2,099.99

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Exceptionally fine, lightweight high original condition Parker DHE 12ga Game gun - Straight Stock, Parker SST, great wood and perfect dimensions
Exceptionally fine, lightweight high original condition Parker DHE 12ga Game gun – Straight Stock, Parker SST, great wood and perfect dimensions

Exceptionally fine, lightweight high original condition Parker DHE 12ga Game gun – Straight Stock, Parker SST, great wood and perfect dimensions: Absolutely beautiful high original condition Parker DHE 12ga gun in a rare configuration.  RARE Transition gun NOT marked Parker anywhere on the frame!  Just a few known like this!!!

This gun made in early 1932 with 28″ Titanic barrels on a 1-1/2 frame.  Made with splinter forend, original Parker SST, auto ejectors, straight grip buttstock with original leather faced pad.  The gun is beautifully engraved in standard DHE 12ga pattern with pheasants on trigger plate.

Overall the gun remains in superb high original condition with more than 95% bold original case color.  Barrel blue shows some handling marks at 95% original, and barrels are undented and bores are brilliant and shiny.  Stocks are sound with minor handling marks and retain more than 97% of their original finish.  The pad is hardening and appears original.  Loaded with original trigger guard blue which is toning at grip.  Checkering is crisp as we expect to find on a very lightly used gun like this.  Mechanics are crisp. If you have been looking for a great lightweight and dynamic Parker, you know guns in this shape are near impossible to source.  Straight grip is the cherry on top with this rare gun!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me at (704) 280-2382 with any questions or reasonable offers on this fine Parker. Price: $9250

DOUBLE BARREL PERCUSSION RIFLE MADE BY HORSLEY OF YORK
DOUBLE BARREL PERCUSSION RIFLE MADE BY HORSLEY OF YORK

DOUBLE BARREL PERCUSSION RIFLE MADE BY HORSLEY OF YORK: A very interesting gun. Barrels only measure about 17 inches. Bores are about 40 caliber. Gun is in excellent condition. Gun is finely engraved with scroll work on the hammers, sideplate and upper tang. Gun features hammer locks mounted on the sideplate. Has a 3-leaf express rear sight with an of the period mounted scope which matches the Damascus pattern on the barrel. Nicely checkered forearm and buttstock are in very nice condition. Steel shotgun style buttplate. Overall metal has about 75% Damazien pattern on the barrel. Lock and upper tang retain about 75% case colors. Half the blue remains on the trigger guard which has a lion engraved on it. This is a high quality rifle and in fine condition. Price: $ 7,775.

Parker 20Ga. VH SxS Shotgun
Parker 20Ga. VH SxS Shotgun

Parker 20Ga. VH SxS Shotgun: Built in 1926. This gun has 28″ Vulcan steel barrels choked modified (.015″) and full (.025″) with 25/8″ chambers. The gun is built on an O frame and weighs 6-0. The gun is in original condition retaining traces of the original case color in the protected areas,95% of the original barrel blue,and 95% of the original wood finish. The stock still retains the original dogs head buttplate. The action is tight and the barrels on face. The bores are mint and free of any dents or pits. This is a fine lightweight Parker for the shooter who actually uses his guns. It would make a great all around upland gun and a fun gun for vintage clays shoots. Price: $3295

Ithaca NID SxS Shotgun 16ga
Ithaca NID SxS Shotgun 16ga

Ithaca NID SxS Shotgun 16ga: Very good plus overall condition sporting original finish to metal. Light coat of varnish added to wood. Thinning original blue to barrels. Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Full and Cylinder Drop at Comb: 1 – 5/8″ Drop at Heel: 3″ Length of Pull: 14″ with extractor.

This Ithaca NID No. 2 Grade SxS Shotgun was made by the Ithaca Gun Company in Ithaca, New York in 1940. The NID No. 2 Grade incorporates a walnut checkered pistol grip stock with black hard rubber grip cap and Ithaca logo marked hard rubber buttplate. This vintage design also features a walnut checkered splinter forearm with friction release, fluid steel barrels with matted rib and bead front sight, and extractors, and barrels marked on flats with Ithaca choke codes “4” and “2” for Full and Modified. Case hardened Boxlock frame depicts bird imagery and scrolled No. 2 style engraving. This valuable shotgun also has double triggers and an automatic safety. Price: $2,295.

B.C My Luck ~ Model M ~ 12 GA. ~ SxS Boxlock Shotgun
B.C My Luck ~ Model M ~ 12 GA. ~ SxS Boxlock Shotgun

B.C My Luck ~ Model M ~ 12 GA. ~ SxS Boxlock Shotgun: Chambers: 2 3/4″ Chamber, Metal Condition: Good, Wood Condition: Good, Bore Condition: Good, Barrels: 28″ Barrel, Triggers: Double, Stock Dimensions:, 14″ Length Of Pull, Fore End: Checkered Wood, Butt Pad: Plastic Butt Plate, Weight: 6lb, Sights: Front Bead, Chokes: Left: Cylinder / Right: Full. Price: $449.97

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

F.lli Piotti King I 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS: 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 Stock #: 852. Price: $22,000

Gebruder Merkel 12 Gauge – MOD. 127E, PRE-WAR SIDELOCK SIDE-BY-SIDE, MINTY
Gebruder Merkel 12 Gauge – MOD. 127E, PRE-WAR SIDELOCK SIDE-BY-SIDE, MINTY

Gebruder Merkel 12 Gauge – MOD. 127E, PRE-WAR SIDELOCK SIDE-BY-SIDE, MINTY: Year 1926, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 2oz, Chokes F/F, LOP 14 1/4″, DAH 2 3/4″, DAC 1 5/8″, Serial Number: 14777. I have been collecting, buying, and selling fine shotguns for over 30 years.  It is a treasure hunt extraordinaire that I have enjoyed immensely.  There are times when you think you have seen it all, and then you come across a truly rare and amazing shotgun.  Merkel has been building fine firearms since 1898 and built its first side x side in 1914.  Mostly known for their fine shotguns made post-WWII after the lifting of the Iron Curtain, it is their PRE-WAR guns that collectors and shooters covet most.  Pre-war Gerbruder Merkel is associated with finely crafted over/under guns more than the side x side guns.  I have seen many of their over/unders.  However, I was unaware of their BEST GUN sidelock side x sides known as the Model 127E as shown here with the fine Merkel we are offering for sale today.  This Merkel, sn14777 built in 1926, remains in incredible factory original condition with 99% factory barrel blue, 99% vivid, bold factory case color, 99% charcoal blue trigger guard, and 98% factory finish remaining on the wonderfully figured European walnut stocks.  This is a Holland & Holland style 9-pin sidelock action, complete with beaded fences, sculpted bolster on the frame, cocking indicators, and ALL GOLD-WASHED INTERNALS, INCLUDING THE EJECTOR RODS, EJECTOR HAMMERS, COCKING RODS, TRIGGERS, AND ALL PARTS OF THE LOCKS INCLUDING THE PINS THAT SHOW TO THE OUTSIDE.  You just don’t see these features on anything but the company’s finest offering of the day.  The engraving is the most detailed and perfectly executed rose and scroll engraving I have witnessed from any maker in the world.  Study the photos on our and you will see what I mean.  The gun is in as new condition both visually and mechanically.  This is a VFI CERTIFIED GUN WITH A 90 DAY MECHANICAL WARRANTY.  We have stripped the action and forend to its smallest parts, Ultrasonic cleaned the old, dried oil from all the parts, inspected all for function and integrity, lubricated all and reassembled.  The barrels have a wedge of engraving on the Krupp Steel rib, are tight on face and the hinge pin like a new gun, with ribs tight and barrels that ring true.  See the specifications below for stock measurements, chokes, barrel wall thickness, etc.  This is a rare gun, and a rare opportunity to own the finest Merkel has ever offered as a named Model 127E.  Thanks for looking! Price: $17,950

Whitworth Company Limited .451 SxS Percussion Double Rifle Cased
Whitworth Company Limited .451 SxS Percussion Double Rifle Cased

Whitworth Company Limited .451 SxS Percussion Double Rifle Cased: This one of very few percussion double rifles built by the Whitworth company, the pair of barrels were built out of one bar of steel! No rib, regulated in the boring! This rifle is cased in the original cased and has been shot by Ken Owen as well as myself and the owner. 485-500 grain bullets, hex bores that are very clean, 1 standing, 5 folded to a front sight that is adjustable for windage. The action is clean with stalking safe and engraved Whitworth crown detail, clean screws, original nitre blue on the safeties. The barrels are 26″ with what appears to be original blue, a few rack/ handling marks, the ramrod is period correct. The stock is very stable with no oil soaking, no cracks, good chequering, original appearing oil finish with scattered handling marks and dents, 14 1/2″ length of pull to a steel plate with good blue. This rifle is wonderful at the shoulder with no excessive drop and wonderful balance. The sights come up as a modern rifle would. The Case is in fair condition. 9lbs 10oz. Price: $15,000

H. S. Greenfield & Son Matched Pair Lightweight 12g SxS Boxlock
H. S. Greenfield & Son Matched Pair Lightweight 12g SxS Boxlock

H. S. Greenfield & Son Matched Pair Lightweight 12g SxS Boxlock: H. S. Greenfield & Son, 4 & 5 Upper Bridge Street, Canterbury, Kent consecutively numbered matched pair of lightweight game guns with 26″ ejector dovetail lump barrels with Churchill ribs. Birmingham proved at .729,  3 1/4 Tons,   2 3/4″ chambers. Both sets of barrels exhibit excellent bores. Bores and chokes are identical on both guns. Bores measure .732 on the right and .730 on the left. Choked .009 [IC] on the right and .019 [M] on the left. Fancy back scalloped receivers retain 90% vivid original color case hardening and 90% coverage of Holland & Holland style scroll engraving. Gold inlayed #1 & #2 on receiver, barrels, and forend on both guns respectively. Barrel, trigger guard, and floorplate blue remains at 98% on both guns. Stocked in nicely figured English Walnut with good color and contrast. Receiver drop points. Initialed stock ovals. Buttstocks show light field use with slightly more on the #1 gun.  Lop is 14 1/2″ to leather covered pads on both.  DAC-1 1/2″   DAH-2 1/8″   Cast off 1/2″   Both weigh 5lb 15oz. This is an outstanding and exactly matched consecutively numbered pair from an obviously very talented provincial maker that remain in high condition. Outstanding upland bird guns that you can carry all day. Top drawer stuff. I just doesn’t get any better than this. Cased in their original monogramed leather motor case with canvas cover and cleaning rod also in very good condition. Price: $9850

16g Parker VHE, SxS, 6 lbs. 9 oz
16g Parker VHE, SxS, 6 lbs. 9 oz

16g Parker VHE, SxS, 6 lbs. 9 oz: Serial Number: 158831, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 26 inches, Action: SE, Triggers: Double Trigger, Gauge: 16 Gauge, Stock Comb: 1 1/2 inches, Stock Heel: 2 3/8 inches, Fore End: Splinter, LOP: 14 1/4 inches, Weight: 6 lbs. 9 oz. Price: $4,500

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A GALAZAN - BEST BOSS O/U , 20 Gauge FANTASY ENGRAVED:
A GALAZAN – BEST BOSS O/U , 20 Gauge FANTASY ENGRAVED:

A GALAZAN – BEST BOSS O/U , 20 Gauge FANTASY ENGRAVED: CREATIVE ARTS FAUSTI ENGRAVED 29″ SOLID RIB 012 AND 017 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT WITH ENGRAVED HEEL AND TOE PLATES INCREDIBLE ENGRAVING AND WOOD NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE 6LBS 9 OZ X 2 3/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $39,500

Parker Reproduction BHE SxS 20 Gauge Shotgun
Parker Reproduction BHE SxS 20 Gauge Shotgun

Parker Reproduction BHE SxS 20 Gauge Shotgun: Cased. 0 Frame. Serial Number: 20-0059. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 26 inches. Triggers: Double Triggers. Stock Comb: 1 1/8 inches. Stock Heel: 2 inches. Fore End: Splinter. LOP: 14 3/4 inches. Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz. Price: $10,500

Thomas Bland SLE 20 Gauge
Thomas Bland SLE 20 Gauge

Thomas Bland SLE 20 Gauge: 28″ Chokes: IC – M L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 5 lbs 6 oz Ser. #: 17525 Price: $8,950

Beretta 689 Express 9.3X74R Over & Under Rifle
Beretta 689 Express 9.3X74R Over & Under Rifle

Beretta 689 Express 9.3X74R Over & Under Double Rifle: Listed as used, but in as new condition with Beretta hard foam lined case. Unsurpassed Beretta quality features solid rib, nicely colored, case hardened receiver, jeweled action, iron sights, claw mounts, double triggers, richly grained, satin finished and checkered walnut stock and fore end, sling bases with quick detachable loops, and factory recoil pad.  All this accompanied by a Zeiss Digital-Z 4X32 T* scope with integral mounting rail.  Appears unfired.  As always, let the pictures be your guide to condition.  Always glad to answer questions. Price: $7500

RUGER RED LABEL 28 GA., 28” BARRELS, 5 CHOKE TUBES & WRENCH, OUTSTANDING WOOD, AS NEW IN THE BOX WITH OWNERS MANUA
RUGER RED LABEL 28 GA., 28” BARRELS, 5 CHOKE TUBES & WRENCH, OUTSTANDING WOOD, AS NEW IN THE BOX WITH OWNERS MANUA

RUGER RED LABEL 28 GA., 28” BARRELS, 5 CHOKE TUBES & WRENCH, OUTSTANDING WOOD, AS NEW IN THE BOX WITH OWNERS MANUAL: Price: $2,595

Watch: Ron Spomer shoots a Hoenig Rotary Round Action double rifle …

Here’s an odd double rifle I would like shoot. It’s a Hoenig Rotary Round action–the quirky vision of a man named George Hoenig. Watch as Ron Spomer of Ron Spomer Outdoors tries out this one in 9.3x74R and then gentleman Mr Hoenig himself.

Watch: Ron Spomer shoots a Hoenig Rotary Round Action double rifle ...
Watch: Ron Spomer shoots a Hoenig Rotary Round Action double rifle …

Wow! Incredible condition on this Army & Navy 450BPE double rifle…

Army & Navy - Webley & Scott - Deluxe 450 BPE - High Condition - All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle !

You don’t often you see a 100+-year-old double rifle in this kind of condition. Not only is it all original, but it also retains a ton of that original finish.

Army & Navy - Webley & Scott - Deluxe 450 BPE - High Condition - All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle !

This gun was made by Webley & Scott for Army & Navy, a co-op that started in the 19th-century for military members. Army & Navy offered all kinds of firearms for its members, and Webley & Scott was one of the co-op’s biggest suppliers.

Army & Navy - Webley & Scott - Deluxe 450 BPE - High Condition - All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle !

This rifle is chambered for .450 Black Powder Express (.450 3​14-inch BPE), one of the most popular rounds of the late 19th century. Many different types of rifles were chambered for .450 BPE and these guns were used for everything from deer stalking in Scotland to elephant hunting in Africa. The round was replaced by the more potent .450 Nitro Express in 1898 (BTW: go here to see how the .450NE compares to a .470NE).

Army & Navy - Webley & Scott - Deluxe 450 BPE - High Condition - All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle !

Along with the gun’s original finish and overall finish, a few things about it caught my eye, from the engraving and the ribbon fences to the wide top strap, the long top lever, and the toe-and-heel plates. While this wasn’t a best-quality gun in its day, it was a very nice one.

Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle: 26″ Steel Barrels with a Dolls Head Rib Extension Third Bite, Full-Length Rib with 1 Standing & 1 Folding Platinum Lined Rear Sights, Bushed Strikers, Lever Release Forend, Steel Engraved Grip Cap, Shadowline Cheek Piece, Sling Eyes, Double Triggers, 14 1/2″ LOP to an Engraved Steel Butt Plate, Weight 8 lbs. 7 oz. All Original Rifle – Built on the Great Webley action. Sold in 1896 for 40 Pounds Sterling! Bores look day one new. Tight and Sound in Every Regard. Lots of handling marks from being around for 123 years. Price: $9995

Army & Navy - Webley & Scott - Deluxe 450 BPE - High Condition - All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy - Webley & Scott - Deluxe 450 BPE - High Condition - All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy - Webley & Scott - Deluxe 450 BPE - High Condition - All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy - Webley & Scott - Deluxe 450 BPE - High Condition - All Original 1896 Rifle !
Army & Navy – Webley & Scott – Deluxe 450 BPE – High Condition – All Original 1896 Rifle !

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.

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.

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Holland & Holland Royal .577 Side-by-Side Double Rifle
Holland & Holland Royal .577 Side-by-Side Double Rifle

Holland & Holland Royal .577 Nitro Express Side-by-Side Double RifleCased. Hensoldt-Wetzlar Diasta 4×32 scope. Price: $124,500 
Serial Number: 35242
Caliber: 577
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 23 inches
Action: RE
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock Comb: 1 5/8 inches
Stock Heel: 3 1/8 inches
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: 7/8 inches
LOP: 14 1/4 inches
Weight: 12 lbs. 5 ounces

William Young, Bury St Edmunds, S’folk. Exceptional 19-bore double barreled flintlock sporting gun, ca. 1815
William Young, Bury St Edmunds, S’folk. Exceptional 19-bore double barreled flintlock sporting gun, ca. 1815

William Young, Bury St Edmunds, S’folk. Exceptional 19-bore double barreled flintlock sporting gun, ca. 1815: Weight: 5 Lbs. 15 oz.  Superb 30” Damascus barrels retaining much of an original brown finish have excellent bores which appear to be unaltered from their original boring. Stepped-in breeches with platinum touch hole liners retain much of the original hardening color and show little evidence of use. One of the gold breech poincon is a replacement. Extremely fine locks show little use and feather springs retain traces of the original fire blue from being “drawn” after tempering. Stock shows lots of minor handling marks but retains virtually all of the original varnish. Original ramrod. Overall in beautiful , little used, condition retaining a fair amount of original finish throughout and in superb mechanical condition. Extremely fast ignition comparable in lock time to the best British maker’s of the day. This gun (each barrel) will still place 37% of a 1 oz. load of #6 shot on a 22”x 32” sheet of paper at 43 yds. using 2 ¼ drams of Goex fffg powder (1100 ft/sec). Compare that performance with your favorite modern sporting gun ….. you might be surprised at the results! These late British flintlock-era double guns are quite rare in this condition and you would be hard pressed to find a better example. Price: POR

John Blanch Sidelock SxS Shotgun with Stunning nitro proofed Damascus and Woodward snap action style forward under lever:
John Blanch Sidelock SxS Shotgun with Stunning nitro proofed Damascus and Woodward snap action style forward under lever:

John Blanch Sidelock SxS Shotgun with Stunning nitro proofed Damascus and Woodward snap action style forward under lever:This high grade English sidelock is just plain elegant and beautiful. Look at the pictures and see the stunning Damascus pattern and the wonderful wood, engraving, and fences, and I am sure you will agree. The nitro proofed bores are totally shiny and clean with no pitting. The Balance is perfect. I hunt with a forward underlever and find them very ergonomic. I probably will never go back to a top lever gun I like these guns so much. Price: $4,800
Serial Number: 5263
Ejectors: No
Barrels: 28
Barrel Type: Damascus
Action: Sidelock
Gauge: 12 gauge
Stock Comb: 1 1/2
Stock Heel: 2
Stock Cast: 3/16
LOP: 14 3/4″ to heel and
Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz.
Choke Left: .034 full
Choke Right: Cylinder
Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″ nitro
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .025
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .021

BERETTA - SO2 - 28" Bbls - Double Triggers - Solid Vintage SidelocK OU
BERETTA – SO2 – 28″ Bbls – Double Triggers – Solid Vintage SidelocK OU

BERETTA – SO2 – 28″ Bbls – Double Triggers – Solid Vintage SidelocK OU: 12ga, 2-3/4″, 27-1/2″ IC / LM (.007 / .012) Boehler Steel Bbls, Ejectors, Double Triggers, Prince of Wales Grip, LOP 14-1/2″ Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-7/16″, Weight 6 lbs. 15 oz. A wooden spacer and Beretta butt plate have been fitted to extend the stock. The stock has NOT been cut. Very nice work. The stock is 13-7/8″ without the extension. So, remove the extension and add a pad and the stock will go almost 15″ with a standard 1″ pad. Excellent Condition. The stocks have been refinished. The barrels appear to be original. Price: $3550 

CHARLES DALY M-500 SXS 12 GA 2 3/4″ SxS Shotgun28″ bbls, bright shiny smooth bores, fixed FULL/MOD chokes, blued finish, very nice checkered grip stock and forearm, double trigger, LOP (front trigger) – 14″, DAC – 1 3/4″, and DAH – 2 3/4″. This shotgun is in excellent condition. Price: $699

CHARLES DALY M-500 SXS 12 GA 2 3/4" SxS Shotgu
CHARLES DALY M-500 SXS 12 GA 2 3/4″ SxS Shotgu

A tribute to Westley Richards tribute and Simon Clode …

Stunning Westley Richards Droplock Double Rifle, 300 Sherwood, Treasure Grade
Stunning Westley Richards Droplock Double Rifle, 300 Sherwood, Treasure Grade

Simon Clode, Chairman & Managing Director or Westley Richards, passed away this week. In honor of the man and company he worked so hard to keep at the forefront of British gunmaking, I’m going to dedicated a few posts to Westley Richards’ fabulous guns.

To start, let’s leap back in time and check out this jaw-dropping, “Treasure Grade” Westley Richards droplock double rifle in 300 Sherwood. Made in 1912, it’s 100+ years old and still in stunning original condition.

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

HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL DOUBLE RIFLE PRE WAR 500/465
HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL DOUBLE RIFLE PRE WAR 500/465

HOLLAND&HOLLAND ROYAL DOUBLE RIFLE PRE WAR 500/465MADE 1921 26″ BARRELS WITH GREAT BORES 1/4 RIB 3 LEAF EXPRESS SIGHT HOLLAND FLIP NIGHT SIGHT EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP LONG BOTTOM TANG WITH ENGRAVED TRAP DOOR GRIP CAP EXTENDED TOP TANG EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION IN MAKERS CASE 10LBS 5 OZ X 14 1/8″ LOP. Price: $95,000

FABBRI – O/U PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – HAND MADE IN 1967:  Here is a Fabbri “Tipo Piccione Extra”. This is a hand made gun of the finest quality, before Fabbri began using CNC machines. Barrels and Receiver are marked “ARMI FABBRI BRESCIA”. Engraving second to none with fine cut ribbons, roses and scroll. Case colored receiver exhibiting the majority of original case colors. Proof date code of XXIII indicating 1967 production date. Barrels are 29 1/2″. Bores are approximately .741 with 25/1000 (Imp Mod) for the under barrel and 43/1000 (Full) for the top. These were typical box pigeon chokes for that time period. Weight of the gun is 7 LBS 11 1/4 OZ. The gun is not formally cased, however a protective shipping case will be included. A high quality 4-way adjustable stock has been installed with the hardware polished to a high luster in keeping with the fine quality of the gun. Partial trades are possible on this gun with fair and reasonable valuations.  Price: $25,000

FABBRI - O/U PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE - HAND MADE IN 1967
FABBRI – O/U PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – HAND MADE IN 1967
CHARLES DALY (Lindner) 12ga 28" SxS Prussian Shotgun
CHARLES DALY (Lindner) 12ga 28″ SxS Prussian Shotgun

CHARLES DALY (Lindner) 12ga 28″ SxS Prussian Shotgun: Price: $8,500 
Make   CHARLES DALY (Lindner)
Model   Diamond Quality
Configuration   SXS
Gauge / Caliber   12 GA
Price   $8,500.00
Serial #   1390
Country of Origin   Germany
Barrel Length (in Inches)   28
Choke R/U   IM
Choke L/O   IM
Trigger   DT (Double)
Stock Configuration   Round Knob Semi-PG
Forearm Type   Splinter Forearm
Rib Type   Matted Concave Rib
Receiver Finish   Casehardened
Engraving Type   Fine Scroll Engraving with cameo game scenes on bottom
Other Options   Side clips, Cocking indicators, Drop points, Excelsior steel barrels, Gold oval in stock, Silvers pad, Horn tip on forearm and grip
Condition   Near EXC. Condition, all original finish
Weight   6#11oz
Dimensions   1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 14 3/4 with 1/8 cast off
Other Details   A really nice example of Linder quality

AyA SXS 28 Gauge sidelock shotgun, 28" bbls
AyA SXS 28 Gauge sidelock shotgun, 28″ bbls

AyA SXS 28 Gauge shotgun, 28″ bbls: Sidelock double with full coverage rose and scroll engraving, Double Triggers auto ejectors, and cocking indicators. Has 28” modified/improved cylinder chopper lump barrels. The straight stock is finely checkered and nicely figured. A beautiful bird gun, in excellent condition with canvas hard case. Price: $4,995

Merkel Over/Under Rifle with Hensoldt Wetzlar Scope, 9.3x74R
Merkel Over/Under Rifle with Hensoldt Wetzlar Scope, 9.3x74R

Merkel Over/Under Rifle with Hensoldt Wetzlar Scope, 9.3x74R Price: $3,999.99
Manufacturer: Merkel — Made in the German Democratic Republic.
Caliber: 9.3x74R
Metal Condition: Fair with scratches and surface rust. The blue finish remains on the barrels, while there is some CCH remaining on the receiver.
Wood Condition: Good with handling marks.
Bore Condition: Shiny with good rifling.
Barrels: 25 1/2″
Stock: Checkered walnut.
Fore End: Checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Factory black plastic.
Weight: 8-lbs., 14-ozs.
Sights: 4×32 Hensoldt Wetzlar Scope plus front bead and rear blade.
Item Location: Fort Worth, TX

Super rare: An Alexander Henry .303 hammerless double rifle…

Alexander Henry .303 "Duke of Atholl" best quality sidelock ejector double rifle
Alexander Henry .303 “Duke of Atholl” best quality sidelock ejector double rifle

Double rifles are another lust of mine. I’ve always wanted an Alexander Henry, and if I had to take it, this one would do just fine.

Alexander Henry was one of the most important gunmakers of the 19th century. These days, most of the sporting rifles you see from him have hammers like this one. Sidelock hammerless models, especially ones in .303, are very unusual.

(BTW: If you have an Alexander Henry double rifle or any other firearm you’d like to know more about, drop me an email. I would be happy to help you out: gregg@dogsanddoubles.com)

Alexander Henry .303 "Duke of Atholl" best quality sidelock ejector double rifle
Alexander Henry .303 “Duke of Atholl” best quality sidelock ejector double rifle

Alexander Henry .303 “Duke of Atholl” best quality sidelock ejector double rifle26″ chopperlump barrels with Metford rifling, proofed for 38 grains of Rifleite, an early nitro load.  Excellent bores. Double triggers, automatic ejectors.  Flat rib marked ” Alex. Henry Ltd. Makers to Her Majesty, Edinburgh and London”, single standing, one folding sight for 100 and 200 yards, auto-safe.  The wonderfully proportioned sidelock action features the finest foliate style engraving, carved serpentine fences and gold cocking indicators.  Beautifully endowed with rich vibrant case color throughout.   Splinter forend with lever release, capped pistol grip, classic kidney cheekpiece stock of nicely figured walnut measures 14-1/8″ to a checkered butt with steel heel and toe plates.  Stock oval bears original coat of arms.  Completed in 1897 for the 7th Duke of Atholl, noteworthy that he was the only British nobility that was allowed his own standing army.  Weighs 8lbs, 9oz.  Cased in a later period canvas and leather trunk. Price: $17,900

Alexander Henry .303 "Duke of Atholl" best quality sidelock ejector double rifle
Alexander Henry .303 “Duke of Atholl” best quality sidelock ejector double rifle
Alexander Henry .303 "Duke of Atholl" best quality sidelock ejector double rifle
Alexander Henry .303 “Duke of Atholl” best quality sidelock ejector double rifle

Sorry, but no. A letter from E. J. Churchill Gunmakers…

The British gun trade has always had ups and downs, but the 1950s were especially tough for the industry. Coming off of the ruin of WW2 and the hard times that followed for all of Europe, a lot of gunmakers were having a tough time finding people to build their shotguns and rifles.

E.J. Churchill was one of them, and as you can read in this letter, they were having so much trouble that they were turning away work. This letter was sent to an American customer looking to have a Churchill Premier sidelock double rifle made for him .22LR. Yeah – .22 Long Rifle! Talk about cool. To bad it was never built. Driven wabbits, anyone?

E.J. Churchill Letter, 1957
E.J. Churchill Letter, 1957

Take a closer look at these extraordinary 4 gauge stopping rifles…

Here’s some more about the fabulous big-bore rifles coming up next week in James D. Julia’s Spring 2016 Firearms Auction. The info is a little off, but it’s amazing to see so many of these beasts together in one place.

INCREDIBLE FOUR BORE HOLLAND & HOLLAND HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR THE NIZAM OF HYDERABAD WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND FULL COMPLEMENT OF ORIGINAL ACCESSORIES.
INCREDIBLE FOUR BORE HOLLAND & HOLLAND HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR THE NIZAM OF HYDERABAD WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND FULL COMPLEMENT OF ORIGINAL ACCESSORIES.

Incredible. And incredibly rare: MacNaughton .450 Skeleton-action double rifle…

EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE
EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE

James D. Julia’s Spring, 2016, Firearms Auction kicks off next Monday, 3/14. As usual, there a bunch of impressive doubles in this sale.

Along with a pile of big-bore rifles made for Indian Royalty (check out this 4 bore) and this great looking 12 gauge Lefever Optimus made for President Benjamin Harrison, the sale also include this exceptionally rare MacNaughton .450 BPE hammerless double rifle.

EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE
EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE

James MacNaughton was a gunmaker in Edinburgh, Scotland, and he opened a shop in the city’s center in 1864. In 1879, he patented his ‘Edinburgh Patent Hammerless Ejector’ design, on which this double rifle is based.

With the lockwork mounted on the triggerplate and behind the standing breech, the actions on MacNaughton’s guns were very strong. Because of their strength, they could be adapted to the “Skeleton” design you see here and also used in double rifles, which generate far higher pressures and strain than shotguns.

EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE
EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE

MacNaughton’s hammerless design evolved over time, and I think this rifle is built on one of the earlier, or the earliest, variation. It uses the opening-motion of its extra long toplever to cock the locks. Later ones had regular sized toplevers and cocked on the drop of the barrels (here’s one in 12 gauge).

EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLESN 1156. (ca 1885 ?) Cal. .450 BPE. 28″ Dovetailed steel bbls are fitted with full length matted rib with one standing, one folding leaf rear sight. Leaves are unmarked and unnotched. Standing leaf has inset “certifiable antique ivory” sighting triangle. Central portion of rib is swamped and rises at muzzle to ramp holding steel bead.

EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE
EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE

Tops of bbls are engraved “James Mac Naughton” and “26 Hanover Street. Edinburgh.” Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs, and bottoms of bbls with SNs. A sling eye is screwed into bottom rib. Bbls are fitted with early bail type extractor system, often used by Purdeys on early breech loaders. Round bodied, trigger plate action has wood which extends over bar in a style favored by MacNaughton, in which they referred to as their “Skeleton” action. This trigger plate action was the first (1879) of the famous “round” actions of Edinburgh. This basic design was used by John Dickson beginning in 1880 with resultant lawsuit over the concept. The action on this rifle is patent use no. “66”, and incorporates early long top lever which also cocks hammers. Central area is milled away to access action pin and view hammers through glass window as cocking indicators. Action also features MacNaughton’s toggling safety, pivoting third fastener, and dbl triggers. Large trigger plate has tail which extends to grip cap. Trigger guard is attached to trigger plate at front and back. Metal parts are engraved with near full coverage well cut scroll with Celtic knotwork borders. Top of action is engraved “MACNAUGHTON EDINBURGH”. Finely fiddle figured and lightly streaked, dense, European walnut horn capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over checkered horn buttplate, and features slim shadow line right hand cheekpiece, and flat top point pattern checkering with mullered borders. A gold oval on toe line is engraved with wild boar in sling held by cleft in oak tree all over motto “Lock Sicker” (Keep Securely) This is the Douglas family crest – either Kinglassie or Sir Arthur Percy Baronet of Carr. This crest plate is behind sling eye engraved with star. Matching splinter forend has forward pivoting lever release. Drop at heel: approx 2-5/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-7/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″.

EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE
EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE

PROVENANCE: Email stating that Dickson records indicate that a rifle with this SN was sold Aug 1895 to Sir A. M. MacKenzie (3rd Baronet), and “A relatively small amount of MacNaughton round actions were made about 400 in total. Of these, a mere handful were dbl rifles around 4 or 5.” (This rifle is most likely from an earlier period, and different SN series. Published records began with SN 110 in 1894. Info on Sir Arthur Percy Douglas and Banglapedia info on Sir Alexander MacKenzie (Not Alexander Muir MacKenzie).

EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE
EARLY AND RARE MACNAUGHTON “SKELETON” ROUND ACTION DOUBLE RIFLE

CONDITION: Excellent, original, as found. Bbls retain 80 – 90% orig blue thinning overall, silvering on sides of rear portion from normal hand wear, with some attendant minor scratches and marks. Action retains 70 – 80% orig light case hardening color. Top lever retain most of its orig fire blue, as does cocking window housing. Stocks retain nearly all of what appears to be their orig hand rubbed oil finish, with some fairly deep scratches on the right side of butt, and some minor marks and scratches scattered overall, checkering lightly worn. Bores are very fine, shiny with sharp rifling throughout. There is some pitting toward breech end of right bbl, and a few other scattered light pits. Action has a hint of looseness with forend removed, feels tight with forend installed. Bbls are slightly off face. A wonderful Scottish deer stalking rifle. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000

Bow down to this beast: 4 gauge SxS Holland & Holland elephant gun…

HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers
HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers

Like lightweight guns? Then you’ll hate this 4 gauge. At 21 lbs 4 oz., it weighs more than 3 Browning Superlights, and with its 4″, 4-bore chambers, it pushes out more lead, too.

Back in the 19th century, short barreled shotgun/rifles like this were used on the largest of large land mammals. They were essentially shotguns with rifled barrels. With it’s massive size, this one is more cannon than gun. It fires two shotgun-style shells, each stuffed with a single, ping-pong sized lead ball. That’s almost enough umph! to stop a train, and also why the thing is so heavy. Even at 20+lbs, I bet the recoil is more vicious than the animal you would be shooting at.

HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers
HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers

This particular one was made for an bigwig in India. Indian nobleman used to buy crates of shotguns and rifles from the major British makers. Who knows what this one saw or who hands touched it? We do know that James D. Julia Auctioneers sold it October, 2015, for $149,500. For a 130-year old gun, that’s a very princely sum.

BTW: If you have an old double barrel shotgun or rifle you would like to know more about (including its value), just drop me an email at gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

Here’s all the info on this double from the auctioneer:

HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE. SN 8336.: Cal. 4 bore. (.955 Groove diameter, 11 groove Enfield type rifling) 4″ Chambers. 24″ Fine Damascus bbls, swamped at center with slight flare toward muzzles, are fitted with full length flat rib with dolls head extension. Rear portion behind single standing leaf express rear sight marked for 50 yards, is file cut. Central portion of rib is engraved “Presented to Mirza Toffal Ali Beg Khan Bahadur by Nawab Salar Jung Mukhtar-ul Mulk, Prime Minister of Hyderabad, Ootagamund, June 15, 1885”. Silver bead front sight is longitudinally dovetailed into rib. Top of right bbl is engraved with H&H New Bond street address. Top of left is engraved “Winners of All the “Field” Rifle Trials London 1883″. Breech ends are engraved with wide acanthus bands behind 2-3/8″ triangles of exceptionally well cut scrolling acanthus with floral centers. Matching bands are at muzzles. Gun is numbered “2” on top of dolls head extension, top tang, and on forend iron. Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs for 6 bore. SNs are stamped on bottoms of bbls. A large sling eye is soldered to bottom rib. Massive case hardened Jones underlever round bar action (almost 3-1/2″ across breech face) has nicely filed fences, and is fitted with rebounding back action locks by Brazier sporting large, flat bodied, serpentine hammers with dolphin heads. Top tang extends over comb. Action and locks are engraved with 30% coverage well cut sprays of scroll, as background and accent to very well rendered scenes of big game animals, many for which this rifle would be suited. Right side of action depicts a rhinoceros with large deciduous and palm trees in background. Left side depicts an elephant strolling through open savannah with some trees and mountain in background. A bear in similar background is on left lockplate, and a well limned tiger burns bright from the right. A fine portrait of a lion is on top of action between hammers. SN and “2” are on trigger guard tang which extends to horn grip cap. Fiddle figured and lightly streaked dense European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over Silver type pad, and features right hand shadow line cheekpiece, point pattern checkering with mullered borders at grip, and a sling eye, matching but smaller than that on bottom of bbl, on toe line. Central portion of cheekpiece has inset gold circle engraved with complex monogram including the large letters “S” and “J” intertwined with smaller letters “M” and “K” and “JUS”. (This rifle is almost identical, except for some nuances of engraving, with four bore rifle no. 8333, made for the Nizam of Hyderabad, and pictured and described on pages 67-69 in HOLLAND & HOLLAND THE ROYAL GUNMAKER by Donald Dallas. Factory records indicate that both rifles were ordered through Rogers, Rock & Co., H&H’s Indian agents. This rifle was undoubtedly part of a large shipment of big bore rifles for various Indian princes.) Matching broad splinter forend has pivoting lever release. Drop at heel: approx 3-5/16″, drop at comb: approx 2-1/4″. Weight: 21 lbs 4 oz. LOP: 14-3/8”.

PROVENANCE: Copy of factory ledger page, confirming specs and stating rifle was regulated with 14 drams of powder in a spherical ball.

HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers
HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers

CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain over 80% orig Damascus brown with some areas of further browning and discoloration with a number of light marks and dings. Action and locks retain 60 – 70% orig case hardening color with some brown staining and high edges silvered. Top of action colors are vivid, fading and turning brown along grip strap. Trigger guard is essentially all gray to brown patina with traces of dark color hardening under opening lever. Stocks retain most of an old oil refinish over numerous marks and dings, both heavy and light. Sharp edges are slightly rounded. Wood is somewhat below metal at top of grip, which shows a number of well done repairs. Checkering nicely re-cut. Forend wood is fine, checkering re-cut, with a small chip at right front of bbl channel. Pad is an old replacement, fitted to orig curve, and factory specs state rifle was originally made with a “recoil buttplate”. Bores are excellent, very shiny with sharp rifling throughout, with one or two minor imperfections, most likely small flaws in Damascus. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. An exceptionally cool big bore. Estimate: $60,000-$90,000.

HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers
HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers
HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers
HUMONGOUS HOLLAND & HOLLAND FOUR BORE DOUBLE ELEPHANT RIFLE, From James D. Julia Auctioneers

Auction alert: Great H&H Royal hammerless double rifle …

RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE
RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE

The Holland & Holland Royal is one of the most iconic doubles every made. Introduced in 1885, the Royal’s design was based on a 1883 patent filed by Henry Holland and John Robertson. Throughout the 1880s, the Royal’s look & design was tweaked and refined until it evolved into the kind of gun we see here.

This Royal, coming up in James D. Julia’s Fall sale, was finished in 1894. At that time, the shooting world was transitioning from black powders to smokeless powders, and rifle makers were starting to introduced new “nitro express” loads to replace their black-powder express (BPE) cartridges.

The .450 BPE  3 1/4″ was one of the most popular cartridges of the black-powder era, and today it’s still a great round for anything you can hunt in North America. Because the 450BPE generates far less energy than the .450 Nitro Express, guns made for .450 BPE tend to be on the light side for double rifles. They ‘re also tend to be much more comfortable to shoot.

RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE
RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE

RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH CASESN 17818. Cal. 450 BPE. 28″ Dovetailed bbls are fitted with full length file cut rib, central portion swamped, and not file cut, forming long, low ramp for white bead front sight. Rear portion of rib is fitted with one standing, two folding leaf express rear sight. Tops of bbls are engraved “Holland & Holland. 98. New Bond Street, London.” and “Winners of All the “Field” Rifle Trials, London.” Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs for 450 express. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN. H&H Royal sidelock action with top tang extending over comb, features automatic safety with “SAFE and BOLTED” inlaid in gold. Action also has gold band tumbler end cocking indicators and dbl triggers. Action is engraved in early Holland “Royal” style with near full coverage well cut, varying sized, shaded scroll, surrounding “Holland & Holland” within broad scroll bordered device on front portion of each lockplate. Bottom of action is engraved “Charge 4 Drams” “Case 3-1/4 Inches”. Fences are engraved with exceptionally fine scallop shell central motifs, flanked by scroll and floral highlights. Trigger guard with scroll on bow has SN at grip, which extends to engraved steel cap. Lovely fiddle figured and lightly marbled European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over ribbed horn buttplate. Stock is finished in classic H&H style with drop points, and point pattern checkering at grip, with mullered borders and inward curving rear line. A gold oval on toe line is engraved “W. H. C. Ll” “FROM R. W. & H. A. Ll.” “Nov 1st, 1904″. Matching splinter forend has Anson release. Drop at heel: approx 2-13/16″, drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Weight: 8 lbs 7 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. What appears to be orig makers leather case with brass corners is embossed “Walter Lloyd” (matching engraving on gold oval on toe line) on top. Case is lined in royal blue cloth, and has large paper H&H label in lid, along with instruction label. The maker’s have kindly confirmed that the rifle was finished in 1894, and that in 1904 was sold 2nd hand to R. W. Llewelyn.

RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE
RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE

CONDITION: Very fine, original, as found. Bbls retain approx 60% orig blue, thinning overall, with some minor flecking. Action retains 50 – 60% orig case hardening color, strong where protected. Locks retain 60 – 70% orig color, right lock somewhat stronger. Top lever retains 80 – 90% of its orig blue, silvered on thumbpiece. Trigger guard retains perhaps 30% of its blue on bow, grip completely silvered. All engraving remains sharp and clear, no noted pitting. Stocks retain most of their fine orig hand rubbed oil finish, with some light marks and scratches, checkering lightly worn. Bores are excellent with bright sharp rifling throughout. A bit of looseness can be felt in action with forend removed, feels tight with forend in place. Bbls are very slightly off face. Case leather is darkening and has many light marks and scuffs. Straps and handle are good. Interior cloth is fine, with a bit of insect damage, and some blocks and partitions loose, with the butt block replaced and lined in green cloth. An exceptionally fine, elegant and rare, early top-lever Holland Royal rifle in a caliber suitable for almost any game with proper loads and bullets. Estimate: $27,500-$37,500

RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE
RARE EARLY HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL HAMMERLESS SIDELOCK TOP-LEVER DOUBLE RIFLE

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Westley Richards Droplock .500 Nitro Express SxS Double Rifle
Westley Richards Droplock .500 Nitro Express SxS Double Rifle

Westley Richards Droplock .500 Nitro Express SxS Double RifleBrand new. Fired only for regulation at factory. Regulated for 570-grain bullet. Articulated front trigger. Perfectly balanced.

Best double rifle maker in the world. Weight: 11 lbs. 4 oz. Barrel length: 24″. LOP: 14 3/4″. Price: $85,000

 

CSMC Inverness - SPECIAL, Round Body, O/U, 20ga, 30" barrels
CSMC Inverness – SPECIAL, Round Body, O/U, 20ga, 30″ barrels

CSMC Inverness – SPECIAL, Round Body, O/U, 20ga, 30″ barrels: A round elegant, classic timeless design that is more than just the sum total of its parts, TruLock chokes, Exhibition American black walnut pistol grip stock, Leather covered pad, TruOil finish, single selective trigger, Long tang trigger guard, automatic ejectors, automatic safety, vent rib, spectacular game scenes featuring quail in flight on one side and woodcock on the other with miniature rose & scroll engraving covering the rest of the receiver, the frame is French grayed and plasma hardened, available for immediate delivery. Base Price – $8,995.00, options include: Exhibition wood – $900, TruOil finish – $500, Long tang trigger guard – $700, Leather covered pad – $550, S&H – $75.00. 6 lbs.  10.6 oz. 14 ½” X 1 ½” X 2 3/8″. Price: $4,995

Browning, B-SS Sidelock, 12 gauge, SxS, DESIRABLE 28" BARRELS
Browning, B-SS Sidelock, 12 gauge, SxS, DESIRABLE 28″ BARRELS

Browning, B-SS Sidelock, 12 gauge, SxS, DESIRABLE 28″ BARRELSs/n 01092PX918 (mfg. 1983-1988 only). Action:   FULL SIDELOCK SHOTGUN,   double triggers,   floral and scroll hand engraved, satin grey finish. Barrels:  VERY DESIRABLE 28″ LENGTH,   CHOPPER LUMPED AS ONLY THE FINEST GUNS ARE,   double underlocking lugs,   AUTOMATIC EJECTORS,   choked Modified & Full. Stock:  English-style (straight) SELECT Walnut stock,   splinter forearm,   CHECKERED BUTT,   nicely checkered,   DAC 1 1/2″,   DAH 2 1/4″,   slightly cast off for a right hand shooter. 100% original metal and wood,   metal retains 100% bright blue,   receiver retains perfect satin grey finish,   wood is 98-99% exhibiting only two storage marks on right side of buttstock.  Price: $4,495

BERETTA - 424 - SxS - 12ga - 28" - M / F - Double Triggers - Extractors
BERETTA – 424 – SxS – 12ga – 28″ – M / F – Double Triggers – Extractors

BERETTA – 424 – SxS – 12ga – 28″ – M / F – Double Triggers – Extractors: 1981 – Beretta 424 12ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ M / F (.017 / .040) Vent Rib, Double Triggers, Extractors, LOP 14-1/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″,  Weight 6 lbs. 8 oz. Price: $1,350

BERETTA S685 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN: 26 1/4″ BARRELS, CHOKES IMPROVED CYLINDER & IMPROVED MODIFIED, MINT BORES, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, EXTRACTORS, MANUAL SAFETY, 13 9/16″ LENGTH OF PULL OVER PAD, 98% CONDITION. Price: $799

BERETTA S685 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN,
BERETTA S685 20 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN,

 

Wow – what a great looking J. Purdey percussion rifle …

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

A couples friends of mine are crazy about muzzleloading Purdeys. Take a look at this one and you’ll see why.

James Purdey built 809 double-barrel percussion rifles.  The first was sold in 1827 and the last — 32-bore back action for eccentric Scottish collector Charles Gordon — left Purdey’s in 1896.

According to the The Early Purdeys, this percussion rifle was sold by Purdey in August of 1847. It was a 50-bore (not a 50 caliber) with 27″ barrels.The JP marks on the underside of the barrels indicate that these barrels were forged by James Purdey (the firm), instead of being outsourced to barrel maker like Charles Lancaster (CL).

When this rifle was made, James Purdey had been running his own business for 31 years. Shotguns, rifles, and pistols like this built his reputation and established his firm as one of the top gunmakers in the UK.

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

J. Purdey, 314 1/2 Oxford Street, London, 50-bore Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage: Hammergun with stalking safeties. Scroll engraved furniture and lockplates. Barrel Inscribed ” J.Purdey. 314 1/2, Oxford Street, London”. Price: $19,999.99

Antique: Yes
Manufacturer: 1848
Caliber: 50-bore
Metal Condition: Refreshed at sometime showing strong damascus brown patterns , Bluing worn on lower hardware.

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

Wood Condition: Shows a few dings and scratches
Barrels: 27 Inch
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: Straight Grip.
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/8″ LOP
Butt Pad: Blued Steel Plate
Weight: 6 Lbs 2 Ozs
Sights: Open Sights

 

J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore
J. Purdey Percussion SxS, 1847 vintage, 50 bore

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Griefelt Suhl Double Rifle with claw mount scope 45-70 Caliber
Griefelt Suhl Double Rifle with claw mount scope 45-70 Caliber

Griefelt Suhl Double Rifle with claw mount scope 45-70 Caliber: Auto ejectors, weight 10.2 LBS.,doub triggers w/sing sets, Barrels 25 1/2″ with exc bores, DAC 1 3/8″/ DAH2 1/8″ LOP 141/4″ to front trig. Weaver K-2.5 with see through claw mounts. Full Clam Shell Action, cocking indicators, 95% CC and blue. A wonderful Double Rifle in a great caliber. Price: $16,500

LANCASTER 8 BORE UNDERLEVER HAMMER LONDON NITRO PROVED- 13 Lbs. 12 Oz.- 36″ DAMASCUS NP Bbls.- 1882- TOTALLY ORIGINAL PIECEPrice: $11,500 #5156, Charles Lancaster, 151 New Bond St., London, Patent Breech Loader, Choke: A Massive Lancaster Jones Back Action Underlever 8 Bore Rebounding Hammer London Nitro Proved Smoothbore Made in 1882 with Barrels that are 3 Feet Long, .843 .043 & .043″ (Imp.Mod. & Imp.Mod.), 3 1/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .054″ & .053 on the left, 36″ Damascus Steel London Nitro Proved barrels at 2 1/4 ounce,

LANCASTER 8 BORE UNDERLEVER HAMMER LONDON NITRO PROVED- 13 Lbs. 12 Oz.- 36" DAMASCUS NP Bbls.- 1882- TOTALLY ORIGINAL PIECE
LANCASTER 8 BORE UNDERLEVER HAMMER LONDON NITRO PROVED- 13 Lbs. 12 Oz.- 36″ DAMASCUS NP Bbls.- 1882- TOTALLY ORIGINAL PIECE

Rebounding Hammers, Hinged front trigger, Long top tang that goes nearly to the point of the comb, Splinter forend with a lever release forend, Straight hand stock at 14 x 1 5/8 x 2 1/4″ over the original 3/4″ Silvers pad, Cast-off for the right hand, True 8 Bore weight at 13 lbs. 12 oz., Very nice wood with very nice color and contrast, 10% of nice border engraving, The original barrel browning remains at 70%, Original case colors at 25%, The original wood finish is still at 80%, The checkering at 85%, The wood remains excellent and super sound in every respect, The barrels are excellent inside and out without a pit to be had, The barrels ring with a very pronounced chime. It is cased in the original trunk with the original trade label. This is a very nice serious Big Bore piece that has London nitro proof barrels. It will take you shooting well into the 21st century. Here is the embodiment of 1882 Lancaster Quality; excellent bores, strong wood with nice figure, 8 bore weight, nitro proof barrels and it comes to the hand with ease even with this size and weight plus it balances very well. All these city-light gun writers that try to convince the shooting public that we all need shot barrels that are 3 feet long; here is there piece to grind clay targets into dust. We are working on a source for proper 8 bore loads that already have been used in this nitro proved piece that patterns well at 40 yards with either #5 or 6 shot. Fun stuff here. Price: $11,500

JP SAUER & SOHN - SUHL - MEISTERWERK - MODEL XVIIIE - MADE IN 1939 - 16 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS
JP SAUER & SOHN – SUHL – MEISTERWERK – MODEL XVIIIE – MADE IN 1939 – 16 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS

JP SAUER & SOHN – SUHL – MEISTERWERK – MODEL XVIIIE – MADE IN 1939 – 16 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS: Elaborate scroll and game scene engraving. Scalloped frame. Well figured wood with diamond grip. Engraved heel and toe plates. Cocking indicators. Sideclips and arcaded fences. JP Sauer engraved on the barrel bands and heel plate. Top rib is engrved W. Eblen, Stuttgart (a high end gun retailer – Waffen Eblen). Special Krupp “3 ring steel”. Barrels are 27 3/4″. Right bore measures .664 with 20/1000 choke (Mod) while left bore measures .664 as well with 25/1000 choke (Full). Unengraved stock oval. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 7 1/8 OZ. Last image is a scan of the JP Sauer Catalogue from 1938. Shipping is $50. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 5/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″. Price: $11,500

1950 LC Smith Field Grade 410 High Condition
1950 LC Smith Field Grade 410 High Condition

1950 LC Smith Field Grade 410 High Condition: This is a LC Smith field 410 with 28 inch full and modified choke barrels. This gun is 98% case on the receiver 97%, blue on barrels, 80% blue on trigger guard and 97% wood. Small chip in forearm. Serial # is 56057. Second to last known 410 serial number of 56059 on the LC Smith collectors. Price: $7,000

PARKER BROS DHE SXS 12 GA: Serial #190291. Barrel Length: 32″, Chokes F & F. Triggers:  DT (Double) Stock: Pistol Grip Foream: Splinter Forearm Rib: Matted Concave Rib. No.2 frame, 1920 gun special ordered with Damascus barrels and French walnut. EXC. Condition. Weight Description 8#4oz. Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 14 5/8 with 1/8 cast off. This is a very nice unmolested gun, The damascus barrels aree spotless and show no signs of tampering, All finish original, This gun would be ideal for Classic SxS sporting clays shooting. Price $6,500.00

PARKER BROS DHE SXS 12 GA
PARKER BROS DHE SXS 12 GA
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