Check it off your list now: Shooting in UK or Spain…

Discover Delaney & Sons: European shooting specialists
Discover Delaney & Sons: European shooting specialists

One thing covid has made more apparent to me is that if there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, do it now. You never know what the tomorrow will bring.

Make some memories at Delaney & Sons 2017 Beacons Shoot
Make some memories at Delaney & Sons 2017 Beacons Shoot

If shooting in the UK is on your bucket list, once of the best ways to experience it is by booking a trip with Delaney & Sons.

Make some memories at Delaney & Sons 2017 Beacons Shoot
Make some memories at Delaney & Sons 2017 Beacons Shoot

They offer driven shooting for pheasants and grouse on famous estates in England, Wales, Scotland as well as driven partridge in Spain. They’re offering a full range of trips for the 2021 season.

One of the most exciting ones is the chance to complete a traditional Scottish MacNab Challenge (a brace of grouse, a stag, and an Atlantic salmon in one day) at a stunning estate on the Isle of Harris in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.

Location of Delaney & Sons 2021 MacNab Challenge. Amhuinnsuidhe Castle is a 55,000 acre sporting paradise.
Location of Delaney & Sons 2021 MacNab Challenge. Amhuinnsuidhe Castle is a 55,000 acre sporting paradise.

I’ve known Sean & Liz Delaney since they started their shooting trips to the UK. I’ve watched their business grow and their clients list expand.

The Harding Shoot with Delaney & Sons, traditional shooting in Wales, tailored for Americans
The Harding Shoot with Delaney & Sons, traditional shooting in Wales, tailored for Americans

They’ve done this by offering clients great sporting experiences at prices that are more affordable than what British companies charge for the same thing. See for yourself what people say about Delaney & Sons in this long list of testimonials.

Why? James MacNaughton’s 28g ‘Edinburgh’ gun …

J. MacNaughton Double Barrel 28 Gauge Shotgun with Case from Rock Island Auctions Dec, 2014, sale
J. MacNaughton Double Barrel 28 Gauge Shotgun with Case from Rock Island Auctions Dec, 2014, sale

“Why …?” is a question I ask a lot when looking at  guns. Why did Parker use a doll’s head? Why did Greener think a side safety was a great idea?

Another “Why?” I’ve asked many times is “Why did MacNaughton build a 28g Round Action shotguns?”

MACNAUGHTON “THE EDINBURGH” 28 BORE ROUND ACTION LIGHT GAME GUN. SN 1620. FROM JAMES JULIA'S FALL 2013 SALE
MACNAUGHTON “THE EDINBURGH” 28 BORE ROUND ACTION LIGHT GAME GUN. SN 1620. FROM JAMES JULIA’S FALL 2013 SALE

These guns pop up every now and then, and every time I see one, I scratch my head and wonder what the thinking was behind them. The one’s I’ve seen were made in the 1890s, had 24″-24 1/2″ barrels, and weighed around 5lbs. They also had adult-size stocks dimensions (which kills the whole “made for kids” idea).

MACNAUGHTON “THE EDINBURGH” 28 BORE ROUND ACTION LIGHT GAME GUN. SN 1620. FROM JAMES JULIA'S FALL 2013 SALE
MACNAUGHTON “THE EDINBURGH” 28 BORE ROUND ACTION LIGHT GAME GUN. SN 1620. FROM JAMES JULIA’S FALL 2013 SALE

People have told me these guns were made for walked-up woodcock shooting in the UK. I’ve also heard these SxS were made for naturalists gathering birds for avian collections. Both sounded like plausible explanations to me.

To learn more about MacNaughtons and their mysterious 28-gauge side-by-sides, check out this post from the John Dickson & Son site:

28g James MacNaughton 'Edinburgh' shotgun, now for sale on the John Dickson site
28g James MacNaughton ‘Edinburgh’ shotgun, now for sale on the John Dickson site

James MacNaughton was the real inventor of the ‘Round-Action’ but there are many unanswered questions on how MacNaughton became the most successful 28 bore retailer in Edinburgh in the form of his flagship ‘Edinburgh’ gun.”

We present this beautiful early ejector ‘Edinburgh’ gun for sale to help us tell the story…. 

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

J. PIRE (Belgium) Best Quality SLE 12ga 28" IM&F circa 1918
J. PIRE (Belgium) Best Quality SLE 12ga 28″ IM&F circa 1918

J. PIRE (Belgium) Best Quality SLE 12ga 28″ IM&F circa 1918: Model  Best Quality SLE Configuration  SXS Gauge / Caliber  12 GA Serial #  462 Country of Origin  Belgium Barrel Length (in Inches)  28″ Choke R  IM(.028″) Choke L  F (.034″) Trigger  DT (Double) Stock Configuration  Straight Grip, Drop points, Silver oval, Silvers pad Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib Receiver Finish  Blue Engraving Type  Fine Scroll Engraving Other Options  Articulated trigger Condition  EXC. Plus Condition Weight  7#5oz Dimensions  1 3/8 x 2 x 14 3/8 with 1/4 cast off Other Details  Built to the highest quality, equal to any gun anywhere, Mfg approx 1918. Price: $10,000

Alex Martin BLE (12 Gauge 2 inch) SxS Shotgun
Alex Martin BLE (12 Gauge 2 inch) SxS Shotgun

Alex Martin BLE (12 Gauge 2 inch) SxS Shotgun: Serial Number: 6841 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 26 inches Action: SE Triggers: Double Trigger Gauge: 12 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2 inches Stock Heel: 2 1/8 inches Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: 3/4 inches LOP: 14 3/4 inches Weight: 5 lbs. 8 oz. Price: $5,995

BC Miroku "My Luck" 12 ga model FE sidelock
BC Miroku “My Luck” 12 ga model FE sidelock

BC Miroku “My Luck” 12 ga model FE sidelock: Rare BC Miroku ” My Luck” FE sidelock 12ga Holland and Holland style 7 pin.  Gun comes with the most beautiful piece of wood I have seen on. Miroku gun.  It has English stock with pad and original l plate and splinter foreend.  Barrels are 28 inch IC/Full and blueing is excellent… other than a little case color wear on corners of receiver, gun is in excellent plus condition. My guess based on Miroku history, My Luck guns were made in the 50s. Stock has great dimensions at 14 5/8″ x 1.5″ x 2.5″. Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge Manufacturer: BC Miroku Model: FE Barrel Length: 28″ Chambers: 2 3/4″ Ejectors: Yes Condition: 95% Metal Condition: 95% Wood Condition: 99% Bore Condition: 100% Action: sidelock Triggers: Double Stock: English Stock Comb: 1.5″ Stock Heel: 2.5″ Fore End: splinter Butt Pad: Yes LOP: 14 5/8″ Finish: Oil Weight: 6 3/4lb Choke Left: full Choke Right: Ic Price: $3500

Webley & Scott Model 702 12 Ga Boxlock SxS
Webley & Scott Model 702 12 Ga Boxlock SxS

Webley & Scott Model 702 12 Ga Boxlock SxS: 12 Gauge, 28″ barrels, nitro proof, 2 3/4″ chambers, about 1/4 and full choke borings with ejectors, Bores at .731 & .730, minimum wall thickness at .026″ and .026″, Frame and top lever with scroll engraving, retaining virtually all of its original hardening colour, 14 3/4-inch well figured stock. The drop at comb is approximately 1-1/2″ and the drop at heel is approximately 2-3/16″.  There is very little cast, basically a straight stock.   6lb. 7oz., nitro proof. Comes in a lightweight case with original hang tag! Circa 1971.  This is a nice boxlock with very minor handling marks (one mark on left wrist, see photos) that includes a case, cleaning supplies, snap caps (one cap broken), and original hang tag. Sharp checkering, a nice example of an affordable british boxlock shotgun with great measurements. Price: $3,499

CHARLES OSBORNE - BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK EJECTOR - ACANTHUS SCROLL ENGRAVED - 30" BARRELS - GREAT WOOD
CHARLES OSBORNE – BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK EJECTOR – ACANTHUS SCROLL ENGRAVED – 30″ BARRELS – GREAT WOOD

CHARLES OSBORNE – BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK EJECTOR – ACANTHUS SCROLL ENGRAVED – 30″ BARRELS – GREAT WOOD: Charles Osborne, best quality boxlock ejector English made in 1920. This gun features superb Holland style acanthus scroll engraving and highly figured wood. Original case colors. Straight grip. Rib extension third fastener. Well timed ejectors. Barrels are 30″ with 2 3/4″ chambers. Right barrel measures .729 with 9/1000 choke (IC) while left barrel is .736 with 20/1000 choke (Mod). Gun is tight on face with forend attached, slight wiggle with forend off.  No cracks to wood. No loose ribs. Manual safety. Auto safety mechanism is included if you want to install it. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 8 OZ. Horn butt plate. Vacant stock oval. LOP – 14 3/8″. Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″. Drop at Heel – 2 1/4″. Price: $3,250

 

Auction alert: Dickson 2″ 12 gauge SxS boxlock ejector…

Check out this hard-to-find shotgun coming up tomorrow, 3/30 at Poulin Auctions.

Auction alert: Dickson 2" 12 gauge SxS boxlock ejector...
Auction alert: Dickson 2″ 12 gauge SxS boxlock ejector…

It’s a 12 gauge J. Dickson & Son boxlock ejector with short, 2″ chambers. Twelve gauge shotguns with two-inch chambers were popular in the 1930s. People liked how they were lightweight guns, but they were still big enough to feel right to people who had always shot 12-gauge guns.

Auction alert: Dickson 2" 12 gauge SxS boxlock ejector...
Auction alert: Dickson 2″ 12 gauge SxS boxlock ejector…

Today, these doubles are awesome side-by-sides for upland hunters.

Auction alert: Dickson 2" 12 gauge SxS boxlock ejector...
Auction alert: Dickson 2″ 12 gauge SxS boxlock ejector…

LOT 1067: J. DICKSON & SON TWO INCH BOXLOCK EJECTOR SXS SHOTGUN: Cal. 12 Ga. S# 18014. Bbls. 27″ w/ Churchill rib. Ribbed surface is hand filed. Choked .007″ / .017″ (Light Imp. Cyl. / Light Mod.). Dbl. triggers. Ejectors. Auto safe. Bbl. lockup is via dbl. under lugs. Action is in the white. Blued bbls. & furniture. Checkered walnut straight hand stock w/ splinter forend. Action decorated w/ acanthus scroll plus “John Dickson & Son” in a banner on each side. LOP: 14 3/8″ over 1″ leather covered pad. DAC: 1 3/8″. DAH: 2 3/8″. Cast off: 1/4″. Minimum measured wall thicknesses: .032″ left & .036″ right; both measured 8″ from muzzle. Weight: 5 lbs., 12 oz. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: leather very compact case w/ red baize lining. Accessory compartment in case holds case straps. Also includes Dickson & Son oil bottle & 2″ snap caps marked “MORTIMER & SON”. CONDITION: like many British guns, this Dickson has been freshened still retaining 95%+ bbl. finish w/ crisp engraving on the action & deep rich blue on the furniture. Wood shows minimal marking w/ 95% freshened finish. Checkering remains crisp where recut. Initial plate is engraved w/ “LCT”. Leather covered pad retains its dark brown color. Bottom of bbls. stamped w/ “GRIFFIN & HOWE” import marks. Bbl. flats wear 1979 London proofs w/ bore diameters marked at .729″ (still measure). Bright shiny bores. ESTIMATE: $1,500-2,500.

5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

WESTLEY RICHARDS - SXS SMALL ACTION SIDELOCK, .410 Gauge
WESTLEY RICHARDS – SXS SMALL ACTION SIDELOCK, .410 Gauge

WESTLEY RICHARDS – SXS SMALL ACTION SIDELOCK, .410 Gauge26″ M/F – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – AUTOMATIC EJECTORS – STRAIGHT GRIP STOCK HIGH COMB STOCK – THIN RECOIL PAD – HAND DETACHABLE LOCKS – SLIM BEAVERTAIL FOREND – FULL COVERAGE ROSE AND SCROLL ENGRAVING OVER A COLOR CASE HARDENED RECEIVER 4 LBS. 14 OZ. 14 1/2″ X 1  1/2″ X 1 1/2″. Price: $49,500 

DAN'L FRASER 500/450 #1 BPE- 96% COND. & ORIG. METAL & WOOD- MUSEUM QUALITY & MUSEUM CONDITION- BORES & CHAMBERS are PERFECT- ORIG. O&L CASE
DAN’L FRASER 500/450 #1 BPE- 96% COND. & ORIG. METAL & WOOD- MUSEUM QUALITY & MUSEUM CONDITION- BORES & CHAMBERS are PERFECT- ORIG. O&L CASE

DAN’L FRASER 500/450 #1 BPE- 96% COND. & ORIG. METAL & WOOD- MUSEUM QUALITY & MUSEUM CONDITION- BORES & CHAMBERS are PERFECT- ORIG. O&L CASE#2026, Dan’l Fraser & Co., 4 Leith St. Terrace, Edinburgh: A Daniel Fraser 500/450 No. 1 BPE Double Rifle That is Totally Museum Quality & Museum Condition, Overall a 96% Original Piece on both Metal & Wood, Made about 1891, 27″ steel barrels with perfect bores (I don’t like the word perfect but it applies here), Rib extension dolls head with a third bite, Fold-up night sight, Full length hand filed rib with 1 standing & 1 folding sights with Ivory & Platinum, Intercepting safety sears on a Boxlock action, Bushed strikers, Bolted safety block, Carved fences, Swing lever forend release, Full length trigger guard strap to the profiled horn grip cap, Shadowline cheekpiece, Sling eyes, 14 7/8″ LOP over a Fraser horn buttplate with their rubber divider (A patented Fraser buttplate/pad), 9 lbs. 4 oz., Excellent wood with excellent color contrast, 98% coverage of period scroll engraving including the top lever, trigger guard and forend lever, Absolute original barrel blue at 96%, It retains 98% bright & vivid original case colors, The breech face and receiver flats retain 100% case colors, The inside of the opening lever and forend retain 100% bright and vivid case colors, The striker bushings have 95% deep heat blue, The stock & forend remain at 97%, The checkering is at 100%, The bores and chambers are absolutely like brand new and totally look like the day they left #4 Leith Street, The total of all the screws are at 98%. It is smack on face with all the bite left on the double underlugs with double bite. The whole is cased in the maker’s original brass cornered oak & leather trunk, ivory container with spare strikers, fish-hook sling swivels, 2 boxes of original Kynoch bpe cartridges, some brass & cast bullets, original cleaning gear and the original & correct trade label. The trunk case remains in excellent condition as well. It comes with a set of RCBS loading dies plus a lot of loading information. This piece embodies classic Daniel Fraser with strength, distinctive styling, high quality, elegance, grace and from a firm that is all things Edinburgh and Scottish. There are double rifles and then there are serious double rifles. Dreams of tigers and ships and palaces, fine spices and women and silk. ////////////////////////////////////////// Daniel Fraser apprenticed 7 years with the famous gunmaker Alexander Henry. In 1880 his patent #5403 became the famous falling block Fraser rifle. He was the designer of the ‘Velox’ bullet. There are very few Fraser double rifles as the original Fraser Co. did not survive after the First World War. Every Fraser and nearly every Scottish gun usually have very few apologies. Daniel Fraser died in August of 1902 at the young age of 57.  Price: $23,500

F.LLI PIOTTI King No. 1 12ga Sidelock Best-Quality Pigeon gun
F.LLI PIOTTI King No. 1 12ga Sidelock Best-Quality Pigeon gun

F.LLI PIOTTI King No. 1 12ga Sidelock Best-Quality Pigeon gun: Price  $19,000.00
Configuration: SXS
Serial #:  8063
Barrel Length: 28″
Choke: R  M(.019)
Choke: L  IM(.031)
Trigger: ST (Single)
Stock Configuration:  Pistol Grip
Forearm: Beaver Tail
Rib Type: Level Flat Filed Rib
Action Finish: Coin
Engraving: King I fine Italian scroll and bouquets by Granetti
Other Options: Gold crest in forend, Gold crown on top lever, Extra fine 32lpi checkering, Recoil pad, Factory leather case,
Condition: EXC. Plus Condition
Weight: 7lb 15oz
Dimensions:  1 3/8″ x 1 3/4″ x 14 1/4″ with 3/8 cast off

 

SIACE 28 Gauge Side-by-Side Self-Cocking Hammer Shotgun
SIACE 28 Gauge Side-by-Side Self-Cocking Hammer Shotgun

SIACE 28 Gauge Side-by-Side Self-Cocking Hammer Shotgun: Imported by New England Arms Co.  Sidelock with self Cocking and 1999 Production Date, 28″ barrels with extractor choked IC and improved Modify, double trigger, articulated front trigger, engraved receiver by master engraver Cabrioli P. sharp checkering on both the grip and the butt plate Few small scratches on the stock and small oxidation in three spots nothing deep, bores are bright and shiny. Price: $5900
Manufacturer: Siace
Model: SXS
Bore: 28 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ejectors: Yes
Condition: Used
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Clean & Bright
Barrels: 28″
Action: Side Lock
Triggers: Double
Gauge: 28
Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 1/4″
Weight: 6.00 lb

BROWNING BELGIUM 20 BORE SUPERLIGHT- 1972- STRAIGHT STOCK- 26 1/2" VENT RIB BARRELS- ORIG. I.C. & M CHOKES- OVERALL a 99% GUN- ONLY 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.
BROWNING BELGIUM 20 BORE SUPERLIGHT- 1972- STRAIGHT STOCK- 26 1/2″ VENT RIB BARRELS- ORIG. I.C. & M CHOKES- OVERALL a 99% GUN- ONLY 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.

BROWNING BELGIUM 20 BORE SUPERLIGHT- 1972- STRAIGHT STOCK- 26 1/2″ VENT RIB BARRELS- ORIG. I.C. & M CHOKES- OVERALL a 99% GUN- ONLY 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.: #2448 V72, Belgium Browning 20 Bore Superlight with a Vent Rib and a schnabel forend Made in 1972; It has 26 1/2″ Ejector vent rib barrels at .624 .005 & .014 (Imp.Cyl. & Mod.), Factory choke markings are I.C. & Mod., 2 3/4″ chambers, Single selective trigger, Game forend with the schnabel, Straight hand stock at 14 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 2 1/4″ over the factory hard buttplate, 5 lbs. 13 oz., The gun retains 99% barrel blue, The receiver blue is 99%, The wood is 98% with very few & light handling marks only, The checkering is 100%, The bores and chambers look like new, It remains as tight as the day it left Belgium and the mechanical life left is 99-100%. This is almost like buying it new in 1972. Price: $4,400

Must read NatGeo article about grouse moors…

Grouse shooting in Scotland, from the BASC web site
Grouse shooting in Scotland, from the BASC web site

I’ve never been to Scotland and I’ve never shot a red grouse. But visiting the first to do the second is at the top of my bucket list. According to this article from National Geographic, I might want to cross it off soon.

The article’s well written and worth checking out if you’ve ever dreamed of traveling to the UK for the the Glorious Twelfth (simply August, 12, here) or if you just want to look at some gorgeous photographs.

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

A 12g John Dickson & Son Round Action you’ll drool over…

12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
CIRCA 1898

Of all the iconic British designs for hammerless double barrel shotguns, the Dickson Round Action is certainly the most unique.

And according to a lot of people, it’s also the most beautiful. Take a look at this one which just came up at Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers in Edinburgh, Scotland to see if you agree.

James MacNaughton filed a patent for a the world’s first trigger plate, round action hammerless breech loading SxS shotgun in July, 1879. Six months later (January of 1880), John Dickson filed a patent for what would become his company’s legendary Dickson Round Action.

Both designs were innovative and brilliant. By moving the lockwork onto the triggerplate and behind the breechface, MacNaughton and Dickson freed themselves to build trim, sleek actions which were still extremely strong.

On this Dickson, the full-coverage scroll engraving and the Acanthus-leave carvings on the fences are very unique, and part of what makes this side-by-side so beautiful.

12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN CIRCA 1898
12 BORE DICKSON ROUND ACTION SPORTING EJECTOR SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN
CIRCA 1898

The Untold Story: Driven Grouse Shooting…

The amount of money and effort that goes into driven grouse shooting is fascinating. This video gives you a bit of an idea of what it entails and results in. It’s a bit long, but it’s very well done and worth watching. It was produced for the Angus Glens Moorland Group, a collection of rural estates throughout Angus, Scotland.

You can find out more about shooting in that part of the UK in this arcticle from FieldsportsUK: Grouse at Glenogil

Glorious grouse shooting in Scotland …

BLACK CORRIES LODGE, BLACK CORRIES ESTATE, GLENCOE, ARGYLL
BLACK CORRIES LODGE,
BLACK CORRIES ESTATE, GLENCOE, ARGYLL

Yesterday was the Glorious 12th, the traditional start of the UK’s red grouse season. While most of these birds are shot driven style, some are still taken the more traditional way: over pointers. Check out this video for a glimpse at what this is like. It was shot on the 30,000 acre Black Corries Estate in Glencoe, Scotland, and there’s some great footage  — of the countryside and the dogs.

 

A great video I have to share…Stalking and salmon fishing in Scotland…

River Ling, Voop Productions
River Ling, Voop Productions

This video has nothing to do with gundogs or double-barrel shotguns and everything to do with what it’s like to be in the field with both.

Even though it’s about deer stalking and salmon fishing in Scotland, it’s really about the passion we into our sport and our love of the outdoors. It’s short, beautifully shot, and well worth you time. Enjoy.

Good gun alert: Great looking 12g Charles Ingram boxlock…

Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge
Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge

Someone needs to buy this great looking Scottish side-by-side right away. This gun was made for Charles Ingram Gunmakers, of Waterlook St. Glasgow– a business that began in 1835 — and it looks like it has a lot of original finish. I love the scroll engraving and the reddish cast of the wood, too. This SxS has post-1925 and post-1954 proof marks on it,  so it has been reproofed. I would take a close look at the wall thicknesses and also check to see if the barrels have been reblued.

British boxlocks like this are some of the best deals in the vintage gun market, so I’m sure it will sell quickly.

Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge. Price: $3,799.99

Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge
Charles Ingram BLE 12 Gauge
Caliber: 12 Guage
Chambers: 2 1/2
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 30
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered Walnut With Sraight English Grip
Stock Dimensions: 15″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Walnut Fore End With Anson & Deeley Latch
Butt Pad: Black Hard Rubber
Weight: 7 lbs.
Sights: Brass Bead Front
Chokes: Improved Cylinder (.008″) / Full (.040″)

Cool little double rifle: An Alexander Henry .300 Sherwood, 19 3/4″ bbls..

Alexander Henry, Gunmaker, Scotland, from Wikipedia
Alexander Henry, Gunmaker Scotland, from Wikipedia

After John Dickson & Son, Alexander Henry may be Edinburgh’s most famous gunmaker. Mr Henry   opened his business in 1853, and within a decade he was know throughout Scotland and the UK for his competition rifles, sporting rifles, and a major for the Henry rifling used in the famous Martini-Henry rifle. In 1870, he also invented snap caps.

Even though Mr Henry died in 1894, his is business lived up until about World War 1. The petite little double rifle / shotgun you see here was made at that time. The 300 Sherwood cartridge it uses was introduced by Westley Richards in 1901. Made for small game hunting, the cartridge pushes a 140 grain projectile at 1,400 feet per second and generates 610 foot pounds of energy — comparable to a .357 Magnum.

Alexander Henry & Co. Edinburgh. .300 Sherwood & .410 Sidelock Double Rifle & Shotgun
Alexander Henry & Co. Edinburgh. .300 Sherwood & .410 Sidelock Double Rifle & Shotgun

Alexander Henry & Co., Edinburgh, .300 Sherwood & .410 Sidelock Double Rifle/Shotgun: Scroll Engraved. AE, 2 Barrel Set: 19 3/4″ .300 Sherwood nitro proof. 1 standing & 4 leaf folding sights & 28″ inch Mod. & Full 3″ nitro proof. Pistol grip, Auto Safety, 14″ LOP to checkered butt. Highly figured Walnut Stock. 85% case color, 5 pound 1 ounce, & 5 pound 3 ounce. Original Oak and Leather Case with tools plus 50 rounds of Kynoch .300 Sherwood Ammunition. Price: $29,500.00

Alexander Henry & Co. Edinburgh. .300 Sherwood & .410 Sidelock Double Rifle & Shotgun
Alexander Henry & Co. Edinburgh. .300 Sherwood & .410 Sidelock Double Rifle & Shotgun
lexander Henry, Gunmaker, Edinburgh & London
lexander Henry, Gunmaker, Edinburgh & London
Box of .300 Sherwood Kynoch Rifle Cartridges
Box of .300 Sherwood Kynoch Rifle Cartridges

Did John Dickson & Son build Purdey shotguns? Yes…

16-BORE BEESLEY 1880 PATENT SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 6553
16-BORE BEESLEY 1880 PATENT SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 6553

Bespoke. In the shotgun world, it describes a custom made. A side-by-side or over under for you. Gauge, wood quality, engraving, grip style, barrel length, chokes, weight, triggers, and stock dimensions are a few of the features we imagine “bespeaking”.

But in the Golden Age of gunmaking, bespoke went beyond this. In the case of this side-by-side by John Dickson & Son – Scotland’s most famous maker built a shotgun on London’s famous Beesley action.

The Beesley action is ingenious. But compared to other sidelock designs, it’s complex and a pain to build. That’s why so few makers copied it.

Atkin used the Beesley on their Spring Openers, and Francotte used it on a few of his Best-quality sidelocks. But that’s about it. If other makers used the Beesley action, I haven’t seen these shotguns.

16-BORE BEESLEY 1880 PATENT SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 6553
16-BORE BEESLEY 1880 PATENT SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 6553

So why did Dickson do it? They created the Round Action, one of the most elegant side-by-sides of all time. Why would they build a shotgun on another company’s design? I suspect it’s simple: that’s what the customer wanted.

Lot 150: JOHN DICKSON & SON. A RARE 16-BORE BEESLEY 1880 PATENT SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 6553: 28in. nitro reproved chopperlump barrels (in 2013, require bluing), rib gold-inlaid ‘2’ and engraved ‘JOHN DICKSON & SON. 63 PRINCES STREET. EDINBURGH’, 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 and 1/2 choke, wall thicknesses below recommended minimum, incorporating Beesley patent self-opening system, patent no. 31 of 3rd January 1880, toplever gold-inlaid ‘2’, automatic safety with gold-inlaid ‘SAFE’ detail, bold acanthus scroll engraving with decorative borders, the underside with a cartouche engraved ‘JOHN DICKSON & SON. EDINBURGH’, (some wear), 14 1/2in. replacement stock, weight 6lb.

16-BORE BEESLEY 1880 PATENT SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 6553
16-BORE BEESLEY 1880 PATENT SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 6553

Provenance: The makers have kindly informed us that this shotgun was completed as No.2 of a pair of ‘best sidelock hammerless ejectors (Purdey actions)’ with 28in. barrels in September 1913 for A.M. Spence.

Estimate £1,500-2,500

Gunmaking & gundog training in the UK…

Here’s a nice video showing a bit about gunmakers Dickson & McNaughton and UK gundog training. It’s well produced and definitely worth a watch. Check it out now.

Gun Dog from Ella Nodwell on Vimeo.

Auction alert: a 12 gauge Charles Ingram hammer shotgun…

Charles Ingram, gunmaker, rifle shooter. Courtesy, Mitchell Library, The Bailie, Scotland
Charles Ingram, gunmaker, rifle shooter. Courtesy, Mitchell Library, The Bailie, Scotland

If hammerguns are your thing, this 12 gauge Charles Ingram side-by-side should get you excited. The auction ends 4/22/2013 @ 10:22:41 PM EST, so if you like it, you should move on right away.

Charles Ingram was born in 1816.. A gunmaker and marksman, he opened Glasgow’s first gunmaking business in 1836. The operation was a success, and it lasted until 1945 — well passed Mr Ingram’s death in 1885.

Ingram called himself a “gun manufacturer” and his shotguns and rifles were highly regarded in throughout Scotland. In his rifles, Ingram combined his gunmaking and shooting skills to turn out impressive long-range target rifles like the one you see here.

12 gauge Charles Ingram Double Barrel Hammergun
12 gauge Charles Ingram Double Barrel Hammergun

The side-by-side hammer shotgun here looks like a solid, mid-grade double. Judging by the keyed forend, and what looks like rebounding hammers, it was probably made in the 1870s. I’m not sure how it locks up, though. There appears to be some kind extension coming off the breech end of the barrels. I’m not sure if it’s an Ingram-patent, or if it’s a design borrowed from another maker. Too bad the pictures fail to show it more.

12 gauge Charles Ingram Double Barrel Hammergun
12 gauge Charles Ingram Double Barrel Hammergun

Here’s more about the shotgun from the seller:

Charles Ingram 12 gauge Side-by-Side Double Hammer Double: Circa 1870. This beautiful gun was made, & marked, “Charles Ingram 18b Renfield St Glasgow”. Features include; 30″ uncut barrels, 13.5″lop, dt, extractors & is nicely engraved. Finish on metal & wood appears original. Bores show some pitting.

12 gauge Charles Ingram Double Barrel Hammergun
12 gauge Charles Ingram Double Barrel Hammergun

An incredible pair of Daniel Fraser shotguns hit the market…

A pair of 12 gauge Daniel Fraser boxlock side-by-side shotguns
A pair of 12 gauge Daniel Fraser boxlock side-by-side shotguns

My latest piece for Sporting Shot came out last week. Sporting Shot is the online brother of Shooting Sportsman magazine; my piece is about a spectacular collection of shotguns and rifles that I discovered last year.

The 12 gauge Daniel Fraser & Co. shotguns you see here are from that collection. As you can see, they’re fantastic side by sides. Check out the entire piece at Sporting Shot to find out more about them.

A Pair of Frasers, from Sporting Shot, Issue 15:

-So where do you want to start?” my host asked.

Daniel Frase & Co, original gunmaker's label
Daniel Fraser & Co, original gunmaker’s label

It was Saturday, a few minutes before noon. An hour earlier I had stepped off of a plane after a 1,200-mile flight, and my host had picked me up at the airport, driven me to his home in a suburban neighborhood of neat houses and nicely trimmed lawns. Now we were in his dining room,with the shades drawn against the midday sun. Ten leather shotgun cases were stacked on the table in front of us: Abercrombie & Fitches, nut-brown Bradys, and British oak & leathers with bright brass corners.

“How about right here?” I said, pulling aside an armchair and tapping one of the Bradys. I had a hunch about the case. It was tiny and had to hold a .410.

“Give it a go,” my host said, grinning like he knew I was about to be impressed. I sprung the case’s brass lock, lifted the lid and stopped.

After several moments of staring, all I could say was “Holy crap.” There, snug in the case’s red baize lining, was one of the rarest over/under shotguns on the planet: a Boss .410. And it looked brand-new.

“I told you,” my host said, grinning even wider. “And that’s just the start. We have nine more to go.”

Go here and click on A Rare Pair Head to Auction to read the entire piece and see more pics of these fantastic side-by-side shotguns.

Super rare Dickson Double Rifle brings big $$$$$….

Last week I put up this post about a rare Dickson Round Action double rifle. It went off at auction on Saturday, 10/6, and the hammer price blew away the pre-sale estimate. The Dickson hammered down at $23,700 vs. a pre-sale estimate of $6-8,000.

Dickson Round Action Double Rifle
Dickson Round Action Double Rifle

I was told that Dickson made fewer than 20 round action double rifles. That kind of scarcity, plus this examples good looking condition, are certainly the reason behind it’s high price. Here’s the info on the gun from the auctioneer:

John Dickson & Son side by side top lever double-barrel Express rifle, .500 cal., London and black powder proof barrels with ejectors, a highly scroll engraved receiver, trigger guard, lever and tang, a gold-filled safe indicator, a right-handed English walnut stock with a cheek rest, a pistol grip with checkering to the wrist and fore end and a brass escutcheon on the butt stock, serial #4655, 28″ barrels.

Auction alert: a John Dickson round-action double rifle…

John Dickson Round Action Double Rifle, .500EX
John Dickson Round Action Double Rifle, .500EX

Dickson round actions are one of those shotguns that guys go crazy about. First patented in 1880 and the refined throughout the 19th century, these doubles are made on a unique trigger-plate action that gives the guns their unique, rounded look.

Because they’ve been making side-by-sides for 100+ years, Dickson round-action shotguns are easy to find. Dickson round-action double rifles are not, though. In fact, this one coming to auction on Saturday, 10/6, is the first one I’ve ever seen. And from what I can tell, it appears to be a very nice, and very original rifle.

John Dickson Round Action Double Rifle, .500EX
John Dickson Round Action Double Rifle, .500EX

Lot 341: John Dickson & Son side by side top lever double-barrel Express rifle, .500 cal., London and black powder proof barrels with ejectors, a highly scroll engraved receiver, trigger guard, lever and tang, a gold-filled safe indicator, a right-handed English walnut stock with a cheek rest, a pistol grip with checkering to the wrist and fore end and a brass escutcheon on the butt stock, serial #4655, 28″ barrels. Estimated: $6000 – $8000

A look at the old days of bird dog training…

I just came across these videos over at Craig Koshyk’s Pointing Dogs blog and I wanted to share them here.

This first one shows some late summer training sessions, probably in Saskatchewan. The dogs look like pointers and setters, plus a nice cocker spaniel and springer spaniel. Check out the how reluctant that first setter is to point, and the low tail & body position when the dogs are on point. Also, check out the cover and the nice setter/pointer team at the end.

This video is from Scotland. Check out the size of the kennel operation, the quality of the facility, and how the trainer exercises all his dogs. You don’t see that kind of stuff today.

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