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DEFOURNEY BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE
DEFOURNEY BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE

DEFOURNEY BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE: 27″ FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 7LBS 3 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 9/16 X 14 1/8. Price: $7,500

WC SCOTT MODEL 67 CIRCULAR HAMMERS – FINE SCROLL AND GAME SCENE ENGRAVING – ORIGINAL CONDITION SINCE 1884Here is a WC Scott 12 gauge – Model 67 with elegant cicular hammers. Completely original condition.  Made in 1884. Elegant fine scroll and resting swan in water scene engraving. WC Scott patent lever forend latch. Double undebite. Rebounding hammers. Case colors. Strong damascus pattern. Bores as original – both barrels measure .730 with 30/1000 choke. Barrel length is 28″. Chambers measure just slighly less than 2 3/4″. Tight on face. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 3/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 7/8″, Drop at Heel – 3 1/2″. Price: $3,400

WC SCOTT MODEL 67 CIRCULAR HAMMERS - FINE SCROLL AND GAME SCENE ENGRAVING - ORIGINAL CONDITION SINCE 1884
WC SCOTT MODEL 67 CIRCULAR HAMMERS – FINE SCROLL AND GAME SCENE ENGRAVING – ORIGINAL CONDITION SINCE 1884
Rizzini - Aurum Classic - 20ga - 3" - 29-1/8" - Factory Chokes
Rizzini – Aurum Classic – 20ga – 3″ – 29-1/8″ – Factory Chokes

Rizzini – Aurum Classic – 20ga – 3″ – 29-1/8″ – Factory Chokes: Round Knob Pistol Grip, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 3 oz. Excellent Plus Condition – Metal is about 99% As New. Fired very little – lever is well over to right. Wood shows some handling marks from use in the field. Includes: Box, Papers, Six Chokes, Choke Wrench. Price: $2,350

J.P. SAUER & SOHN SUHL GERMANY.  12 GA DOUBLE: AUTO EJECTORS  DOUBLE TRIGGER. LOP 14 1/8″ DAH 1 1/4″ DAH 1 1/2″ WEIGHT 6 LBS  7OZ BARREL LENGTH 28 1/4″ CHOKES RIGHT BARREL MODIFIED LEFT BARREL FULL. SERIAL NUMBERS ALL MATCHING ((400401)) CHAMBER LENGTH MARKED 2 3/4″ FACTORY BARREL BLUE 90%, BUTT STOCK FACTORY SAUER PLATE FINISH VERY GOOD,NO CRACKS OR SPLITS, FOREARM EXCELLENT NO CRACKS OR SPLITS, GREENER CROSS BOLT  SCALPPED RECEIVER.  BORES EXCELLENT FREE ON DENTS AND NO PITTING.  BARRELS TIGHT TO FACE. HAS FACTORY LEATHER COVERED CASE WITH COMPARTMENTS((INTERIOR HAS BEEN REDONE ). Price: $1,795

J.P. SAUER & SOHN SUHL GERMANY.  12 GA DOUBLE
J.P. SAUER & SOHN SUHL GERMANY. 12 GA DOUBLE
BRUNO CASTELLANI (RETAILER) GARDONE, ITALY 410 O/U
BRUNO CASTELLANI (RETAILER) GARDONE, ITALY 410 O/U

BRUNO CASTELLANI (RETAILER) GARDONE, ITALY 410 O/USerial # 109xx, circa mid 1980’s.  Absolutely excellent ++, extractor, TL, O/U 410 with 27″ barrels, choked Full & Mod, 3″ chambers, machined vent rib, weighing 5.5 lbs and retaining 99+ blue. Double trigger, cross-bolt, side plated boxlock, border engraved with “Bruno Castellani” on the left, and “Gardone, Italy” on the right sideplates in banners.  Castellani was a retailer in Gardone during the 1980’s.  The entire receiver & sideplates covered in 100% casecolors and protective varnish.  Excellent, finely and extensively checkered european walnut with 1/2 PG, 1 1/2″ & 2 1/2″ drop, 14 3/8″ LOP over solid black pad and neutral cast. Price: $1395

Wow – check out the condition on this 130-year old W. & C. Scott…

10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887

Here’s a stunning SxS shotgun. This 10 -gauge W.  & C. Scott is almost 130 years old and it looks like it’s close to new and all original:

W. C. Scott & Sons SXS 10 GA, 30″ barrels Full and Full 14″ LOP 9.8 pounds great bores nice tight lockup.

This shotgun is an  W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triplex, Scott’s B-grade hammerless double and one step down from The Premier, their best quality double. (Scott also made at least two back-action “Premier Extra Specials” during this time, but I don’t think that grade was ever officially offered by the company.) The color-case hardening is fantastic and I love the acorns chiseled on the locks and action. The brown on the bbls is great, too and so is the blueing (note: Those bbls were browned originally and never finished in black & white like some people believe). Check out the shape of the stock, too. Nobody makes stocks like that anymore.

Scott made back-action Excellentia’s from 1884 to 1888. I think this one was made in 1887. It’s on a Scott & Baker patent action and it has Scott & Baker patent gas checks, a version of Scott’s patent Triplex Lever Grip and Crystal Cocked Indicators and Needham & Hinton-patent Block Safety (intercepting sears) on the locks. What a gun.

If you have a Scott shotgun and are looking to find out more about it or sell it, please let me know. I would be happy to help you with it.

10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887
10g W. & C. Scott Excellentia Triple back action sidelock SxS shotgun, circa 1887

 

An amazing 10g W & C Scott Premier hammergun…

SPECTACULAR W & C SCOTT & SON PREMIER QUALITY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES
SPECTACULAR W & C SCOTT & SON PREMIER QUALITY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES

Here’s one for my Gallery of Great Guns. This is a 10 gauge W & C Scott Premier-grade hammergun, made around 1878. James D. Julia Auctions had this gun in their Fall, 2008 sale. It sold for $13,800.As you can see, this Scott in spectacular original condition, with fantastic color case hardening and beautiful barrel browning. On top of its condition, it’s also in its original case – something that’s very hard to find on any gun that 100+ years old.

Back when this side-by-side was made, The Premier Quality was W & C Scott’s finest shotgun. It was also cutting edge, and it came with almost all of the company’s newest innovations: their patent toplever/action spindle, their patent takedown lever on the forend, their patent adjustable front lump on the barrels, and rebounding hammers. Centerfires were still new back in the 1870s, so whoever ordered this gun

SPECTACULAR W & C SCOTT & SON PREMIER QUALITY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES
SPECTACULAR W & C SCOTT & SON PREMIER QUALITY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES

SPECTACULAR W & C SCOTT & SON PREMIER QUALITY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES: SN 10666. Cal. 10ga. 2-7/8″ Chambers. Dbl trigger. 32″ Dove-tailed Damascus bbls are marked “Scott’s Patent Triplex. W & C Scott & Son. (THE PREMIER QUALITY) 10. GT. Castle Street. Regent. Circus. London” and have a triangle of scroll engraving on the extension of the smooth concave rib. Bbl flats have provisional and definitive black powder Birmingham proofs and are marked “10 B” “11 M” and “Not for Ball” and the left flat is marked “The Premier Gun.” Bottoms of the bbl are stamped w/ SN “10666″(1878). The front lump is fitted w/ Scott’s patented action tightening screw and is marked “USA Nov. 1-1870 Patent” The water table is marked “W.CS. S Patent Oct 65″ “2752″ in a rectangle, as well as, “W & C Scott & Son Makers”,”Patent Action” ,”The Premier Gun”, Scott castle logo, SN, and proofs. The action and lock plates have 85% coverage of beautifully executed scroll engraving. The serpentine hammers are nicely filed and scrolled engraved as well. Top lever is marked “W & C Scott & Son Patent”. Trigger guard has scroll, and is engraved “No.10666″. The well figured and streaked Circassian walnut full pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over a checkered horn butt plate and features drop points, horn grip cap, and a gold shield behind the top tang, as well as, 20 LPI borderless checkering. The splinter forend is fitted w/ Scott’s patent take down lever and is checkered to match the buttstock. Bore diameter: left -.777, right -.777. Bore restrictions: left -.027, right -.026. Wall thickness: left -.029, right -.033. Drop at heel:2-7/8″, drop at comb:1-7/8″ . Weight:10 lbs 9oz. The original leather case has a green cloth interior, and original W & C Scott label marked w/ number “10666.” Case contains a leather wallet w/ 2 top lever springs, a 3-pc ebony cleaning rod w/ German silver furrels, cleaning brushes, and reloading tools to include rosewood capper and decapper by BGI, wad rammer by BGI, and roll crimping tool by James Dixon, and stuck case remover by J.L.Rawbone. There’s also a glass oil bottle w/ pewter top and a reproduction W & C Scott paper label. PROVENANCE: Notes from consignor detailing history of the gun.

SPECTACULAR W & C SCOTT & SON PREMIER QUALITY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES
SPECTACULAR W & C SCOTT & SON PREMIER QUALITY TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES

CONDITION: Extremely fine. BBls retain 97-98% orig Damascus finish w/ a few rub marks at muzzle, and breech, finish thinning in an area 9″ from the breech from handling. Bores are bright and shiny w/ minor pitting just in front of chamber in the right barrel. Action retains 95% orig brilliant case color, silvered on the action beads, and thinning on the outer area of the fences. Lock plates and hammers retain 98%+ of their brilliant case color. Trigger guard retains 40% orig case color mostly faded to silver. Top lever retains 97% orig blue. Screw slots are excellent. Top lever screws show use. Wood retains 98% of orig oil finish w/ very few minor handling marks. Without doubt as fine an example of a gun from this era that you will find. Consignor states that this gun took a gold medal in the “Concours d’Elegance” in Millbrook, NY in 2003. Case: Leather is dry, cracked and rubbed, w/ pieces missing on the front and rear edge. Interior partitions are good and tight. Accessories are excellent. 4-35486 MGM17 (11,000-15,000)

Good gun alert: a nice looking 16g Webley & Scott Model 700…

Webley & Scott model 700E 16ga M/F
Webley & Scott model 700E 16ga M/F

I’ve raved about Webley & Scott’s Model 700 shotguns a bunch of times. Rugged and dependable, the M700 was introduced in the 1950s as an entry-level shotgun and it went of to become one of the most popular side-by-sides ever made. While 12 gauge Model 700s are easy to find, 16 gauges are not. The one you see here is on Gunbroker.com now and the auction ends on 11/16/2014 3:07:58 PM ET.

The Brits were never big fans of 16s. But here in the US, a small number of upland hunters have preferred them. Sixteens tend to weigh less than twelves, and they push more than enough lead to drop any grouse, woodcock, or quail.

Webley & Scott model 700E 16ga M/F: Scarce 16 gauge English shotgun by Webley and Scott Birminham England. Gun is 98% original finishes, tight as the day it was made. Nice color case frame and perfect dent free barrels with bright bores. Factory marked 2 3/4 chambers proofed for 3 1/4 tons ejectors are timed and work flawlessly. Wood is a nice grade of English walnut, double triggers 14 1/2 over checkered but. 1 3/8 comb 2 1/8 heal. slight cast for right hand shooter. Auto safety 6lbs-1/4 oz Chokes are .011/.035 both bores are .662.

Webley & Scott model 700E 16ga M/F
Webley & Scott model 700E 16ga M/F
Manufacturer:  Webley & Scott
Model:  700-E
Barrel Length:  28 inch
Gauge:  16
Capacity:  2

A nice 12g Webley & Scott Model 700 SxS shotgun…

12 gauge Webley & Scott SxS Shotgun @ Cherry's Fine Guns
12 gauge Webley & Scott SxS Shotgun @ Cherry’s Fine Guns

New to side-by-sides and looking for a good buy? Then check out this 12g Webley & Scott Model 700 listed at Cherry’s Fine Guns (Scroll down-it’s near the end of the list.)

This twelve gauge is more than enough gun for upland hunting. For pheasants, you can load it up with 1 1/8oz of shot. If you’re after quail or woodcock, you go down to 7/8oz. And on a sporting-clays course, Winchester’ Featherlight rounds should work just fine (if this gun’s 2 3/4″ chambers are original – something to have checked out before you guy the gun.

Webley & Scott introduced the M700 in the 1950s as an entry-level shotgun and it went of to become one of the most popular side-by-sides ever made. Built on an Anson & Deeley-style style action with Southgate ejectors, they’re workhorses that can handle lots of shooting, season after season.

If this one is as nice and original as it looks, the price is very fair.

Webley & Scott Boxlock, 12 Gauge SXS Shotgun: With 28″ Barrels, Choked Imp.Mod/Full, 2 3/4″ Chambers, Barrels Very Clean Inside, 90% Soft Blue, Case Colors 98%, Wood Is 95% Oil Finish, Checkered, Straight Stock, Nonfactory Pad, Double Triggers, Auto Ejectors, Nice Gun. PRICE: $2,500

12 gauge Webley & Scott SxS Shotgun @ Cherry's Fine Guns
12 gauge Webley & Scott SxS Shotgun @ Cherry’s Fine Guns
12 gauge Webley & Scott SxS Shotgun @ Cherry's Fine Guns
12 gauge Webley & Scott SxS Shotgun @ Cherry’s Fine Guns


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DEFOURNEY BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE: 27″ FULL AND FULL 2 3/4″ DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 7LBS 3 OZ X 2 1/2″ X 1 9/16″ X 14 1/8″. Price: $8,500.

DEFOURNEY BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE
DEFOURNEY BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE
WESTLEY RICHARDS CONNAUGHT MODEL SCALLOPED BOXLOCK 12GA SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS CONNAUGHT MODEL SCALLOPED BOXLOCK 12GA SHOTGUN

WESTLEY RICHARDS CONNAUGHT MODEL SCALLOPED BOXLOCK 12GA SHOTGUN: WITH GOLD NAME, CASE COLORED ACTION WITH SCROLL, 28″ BBLS, 2 3/4, IM/FULL, STANDARD GAME RIB, EJECTORS, DBL TRIGGERS, BEAUTIFUL HIGHLY FIGURED DARK WALNUT, ST/SP, LOP 14 5/8, 1 1/2, 1 3/4, 6LBS 10OZ, ORIGINAL A & F BEST LEATHER CASE WITH COVER AND ACCESSORIES, IN VERY MINTY ORIGINAL CONDITION! Price: $7,495

Beautiful Christophe of Brussels, Hammerless 450 BPE 3″: 24.75″ barrels with perfect bores. Lost of case color and very fine english rose scroll engraving. Scalloped action and a period Silvers pad. One standing and one folding rear sight. Tight on face. Bluing is problem free. Very nice wood, free of any cracks or gouges. Sharp , clean checkering too. LOP 14.75″ , DAC 2″, DAH 3″. Weight is 7.2 lbs. One very nice and classic double in amazing condition. If you have any questions let me know. Credit cards add 3%, we offer a 3 day non-firing inspection period. Must ship to an FFL and shipping will be the actual cost with Insurance as its going to be well packed in a hard case. Additional photos available. Price: $6,500

Beautiful Christophe of Brussels, Hammerless 450 BPE 3"
Beautiful Christophe of Brussels, Hammerless 450 BPE 3″
Beretta SO 2 12ga. Sidelock O/U Shotgun with 27 1/2" Bbls
Beretta SO 2 12ga. Sidelock O/U Shotgun with 27 1/2″ Bbls

Beretta SO 2 12ga. Sidelock O/U Shotgun with 27 1/2″ Bbls: M/F, made in 1957 Used One Time . This gun is as new except that the previous owner had more dollars than sense . Looks like at the most a box of shells was fired , but he must have got at least one pheasant as he left a spot of blood on the lower right side barrel and it slightly pitted . It was stored all these years and never used again . We cleaned the spot up and in the right light you can see it but would have to look for it ! ( See photo ) We also replaced the rock hard White Line vented pad w/a new one . This gun is tight – just like a new one at the Beretta Store . This is maybe as close as you can get to a new 1957 hand made sidelock Beretta . Wood looks good . Great closet queen looking to get out once in a while . LOP is 14 3/4 , weight 7# . Price: $5,995

Webley & Scott 20 gauge bird gun
Webley & Scott 20 gauge bird gun

Webley & Scott 20 gauge bird gun: Gun has 26 inch barrels choked IC/LMod with 2 3/4 inch chambers. Barrel rib is marked “Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Agents”. The case coloring on receiver is excellent with scroll engraving. Gun has double triggers and ejectors. Splinter forend and semi-pistol grip stock with silver engraving oval and black recoil pad. Feather light at 5 lbs 6 oz. Ready for grouse or woodcock. Price: $4,250

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J. Purdey SxS Double Rifle:
J. Purdey SxS Double Rifle:

J. Purdey SxS Double Rifle: Underlever chambered for the 577-500 No. 2 BPE cartridge. Rifle was made in 1873 for E.H. Buxton. Weight 9 lbs 12 oz with 29 inch damascus barrels. Stunning pattern on barrels. Bores remain in excellent shape with very little minor pitting inside. Rifling is crisp and shiny. Has island back action locks with some case color remaining. Has beautiful sharp engraving. Underlever is the trigger guard and locks into lower tang. Action is tight on face. Stock is in excellent shape and may have been refinished at some time. Forend is tenion mounted. Perfect wood to metal fit. Price: $16,000

W & C Scott & Sons SLE, Bar Action 12 Ga
W & C Scott & Sons SLE, Bar Action 12 Ga

W & C Scott & Sons SLE, Bar Action 12 Ga: 1899 proof, 2 3/4” chambers, 30” barrels, right barrel bored .731, choked .003, left barrel bored .731 choked .020, flat matted rib, 14” length of pull to horn buttplate on round knob pistol grip stock, 1 5/8” drop at comb, 2 ” drop at heel, double triggers.  Monte Carlo original stock with tear drops, splinter forend with Deeley type latch, fine small English scrolled action, vacant gold oval, concealed third fastener, proofed for black powder, retains substantial color-hardening, barrel bluing beginning to wear, good wall thickness, excellent bores, all original. 7lbs 0oz. Price: $5000

BERETTA – Gallery Special – 686 Onyx – 20ga & 28ga Set – High Grade Wood – English Stock: Both Barrels 28″ Mobilchoke and Numbered 1 & 2 with 5 factory screw chokes each. English Stock, LOP 14-1/2″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/8″, Neutral Cast. Weight: – 20ga 6 lbs. – 28ga 6 lbs. 3 oz. Sold only through Beretta Gallery stores – Upgrade wood with oil finish and a stock oval. Schnabel forearm for each set of barrels. Original satin black finish at 98%, and original wood oil finish is at 98+%, bores are as new and the gun remains as tight as new. Price: $3,850

BERETTA - Gallery Special - 686 Onyx - 20ga & 28ga Set - High Grade Wood - English Stock
BERETTA – Gallery Special – 686 Onyx – 20ga & 28ga Set – High Grade Wood – English Stock
FN BELGIUM 12 SIDELOCK- 98% ENGRAVING with GROTESQUE GARGOYLES or DRAGONS- 1930- 30" EJECT CHOPPER LUMP
FN BELGIUM 12 SIDELOCK- 98% ENGRAVING with GROTESQUE GARGOYLES or DRAGONS- 1930- 30″ EJECT CHOPPER LUMP

FN BELGIUM 12 SIDELOCK- 98% ENGRAVING with GROTESQUE GARGOYLES or DRAGONS- 1930- 30″ EJECT CHOPPER LUMP: #160, Fabrique Nationale D’Armes De Guerre Herstal-Belgique: An FN Belgium 12 Bore Bar Action Sidelock Ejector Game Gun Made in 1930, 30″ Ejector Chopper Lump barrels with a rib extension hidden third bite, .727 .008 & .023″ (Imp.Cyl. & Mod.), Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .033″ & the left .034″, Nitro proved in Belgium, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Excellent wood with very dark black/brown contrast, Straight hand stock at 15 1/8 x 1 5/16 x 2 5/16″ over a 1″ Decelerator, Cast-off for the right hand, 7 lbs. 10 oz., This piece has 98% coverage of Renaissance style floral engraving with baroque and grotesque gargoyles or dragons, This is well cut engraving with a nice amount of cut relief, The barrels reblacked & now 99% blue, The wood has been reoiled and remains at 98%, The checkering is at 99%, The bores are excellent plus, It is on the face, The whole is cased in a leather trunk with a Lebeau trade label. The stock has a professional repair from the top tang to part way down the grip but it doesn’t go to the trigger guard. It is a start/stop crack and properly repaired. Price: $3,800

Webley & Scott 712 side-by-side 12 gauge shotgun: In excellent condition. Length of Pull:  14 1/2″. Barrel Length:  28″. Drop at Comb:  1 5/8″. Drop at Butt:  2 1/2″. 2 3/4″ chamber. Price: $3,500

 Webley & Scott 712 side-by-side 12 gauge shotgun
Webley & Scott 712 side-by-side 12 gauge shotgun

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WEBLEY & SCOTT BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE 250-3000
WEBLEY & SCOTT BEST QUALITY BOXLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE 250-3000

WEBLEY & SCOTT BOXLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE 250-3000: 28″ BARREL WITH A 5 LEAF 1/4 RIB EXPRESS SIGHT AND A RAMP FRONT SIGHT DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP MAKERS CASE A REAL TACK DRIVER EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION 8LBS 6 OZ X 14 1/8 LOP. Price: $24,500

12 gauge Winchester Model 21 Trap Double Barrel Shotgun: 1940s guns, 12 gauge, 2 3/4″ chambers, 30″ barrels, ejectors. Straight-grip stock. Beavertail forend. Bright bore. 14 3/16 LOP to Winchester recoil pad; 1 7/16 DAC; 2 3/16 DAH. Full & Full, 8lbs. Single select trigger. Some wear to metal finish, some dents, dings, and impressions on wood. Price: $8999

12 gauge Winchester Model 21 Trap Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Winchester Model 21 Trap Double Barrel Shotgun
THIEME & SCHLEGELMILCH NIMROD SIDELOCK DRILLING - 12/12/WIN 30-30
THIEME & SCHLEGELMILCH NIMROD SIDELOCK DRILLING – 12/12/WIN 30-30

THIEME & SCHLEGELMILCH NIMROD SIDELOCK DRILLING – 12/12/WIN 30-30: Extremely rare Thieme & Schlegelmilch Nimrod Drilling. Best quality drilling made in Suhl, Germany in 1919. Original: claw mounts, claws and Busch scope. Unusual straight grip stock. Sharp engraving and excellent original case color. Barrels are 26 ¾” with shotgun barrels choked full and full. All barrels Nitro Proofed. Shotgun barrels are Excelsior Steel while rifle barrel is Bohler Steel. Rifle barrel in original Winchester  30/30 caliber. Excellent bores. Disc set strikers for shotgun barrels. Top tang safety and rifle engagement with three positions. Gun is tight on face with light use. Stock LOP is 14 ¾” with cast off. Provision for cheek riser (riser not included). Weight of gun is 8 LBS 2 1/8 OZ with scope. Price: $7,500

A.H. FOX A grade SXS 20 GA Double Barrel Shotgun: Serial #200381. 26″ bbls. Chokes: Lt.M (.010) & Lt.M (.010). Double trigger. Round Knob Semi-PG grip, Splinter Forearm. Weight: 5lb, 13oz. Dimensions 1 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 14 1/8 with 1/4 cast off. Original butt plate. Phildelphia gun Price: $3,900

A.H. FOX A grade SXS 20 Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun
A.H. FOX A grade SXS 20 Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun
CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN SUPERIOR GRADE SxS SHOTGUN DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN SUPERIOR GRADE SxS SHOTGUN DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

CHARLES DALY DOUBLE BARREL PRUSSIAN SUPERIOR GRADE SxS SHOTGUN: 12 ga. 30″ bbls. Choked full and mod. Damascus steel pattern. A few minor pitting but generally VG bores. Has the desirable crossed pistols motif under bbl indicating it is a Prussian made. Ejectors. Original wood in VG+ condition with nice sharp checkering. Circasian style walnut measuring 14-1/8″ to end of the pad. Receiver retains about 25% case colors. Bbl has about 60-70% . Nice Damascus pattern showing. Very nice all original gun. Crisp mechanical condition. Price: $2,750.

Auction alert: Awesome 8 gauge W. & C. Scott coming up 3/29…

W & C Scott & Sons 8 Bore Double Hammer Shotgun With Extra 10 Bore Barrels
W & C Scott & Sons 8 Bore Double Hammer Shotgun With Extra 10 Bore Barrels

I used to have a thing for 8 gauges. I wanted badly to find one, like a tick wants to find a deer. I even bought a pile of 8 gauge ammo in anticipation of owning one some day. If I were still interested in 8s, I would be salivating over this one. It looks like a awesome gun, in excellent, original condition. Amoskeag Auction Company has it, and they’re selling it on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Big guns like this were used to pass shoot ducks, geese, and swans, and in the 19th century they were common along the big flyways up and down the Eastern Seaboard. In the 20th century, they fell out of favor and were eventually outlawed by the Federal Government for use on all migratory species. Today, some states allow them for use on other game species (like turkeys), while other states have completely outlawed their use for hunting.

W & C Scott & Sons 8 Bore Double Hammer Shotgun With Extra 10 Bore Barrels
W & C Scott & Sons 8 Bore Double Hammer Shotgun With Extra 10 Bore Barrels

Lot #185: A Tremendous W & C Scott & Sons 8 Bore Double Hammer Shotgun With Extra 10 Bore Barrels: Serial #29486, 8 bore, 36″ damascus barrels choked about .020 in each with bright excellent bores, and 10 bore, 32 3/8″ damascus barrels choked improved cylinder in each having bright very good bores showing very faint frosting. This gun was originally made as an 8 bore and the 10 gauge barrels along with a new forearm were added by the maker at a later date and serial numbered to the gun. The 8 bore barrels exhibit some pattern turning mostly silver with scattered light oxidation spots and an area of pinprick pitting at the breech to the right side of the rib. The 10 bore barrels exhibit 70% of their original brown color displaying an area of pinprick pitting on the top about ten inches from the breech along with some scratches and dings. Both sets of barrels have the maker’s name and London address engraved on the top rib with matching engraved borders around the breech ends and rib extensions.

W & C Scott & Sons 8 Bore Double Hammer Shotgun With Extra 10 Bore Barrels
W & C Scott & Sons 8 Bore Double Hammer Shotgun With Extra 10 Bore Barrels

The frame, locks, and hammers all display various shades of case color, the locks retaining 80% with the balance of the metal surfaces showing a mix of brown, pewter, and spots of color. All of the metal has border engraving with the top lever indicating the maker’s “Patent”. The figured straight grip stock rates very good displaying a few dings and scratches over the original polished oil finish with some staining evident around the butt pad and the grip is finely checkered in a well executed full wrap-around pattern showing some soiling.

The original splinter forearm is attached via a cross pin and rates similarly to the stock with well defined lightly soiled checkering; it has a nicely carved decorative metal tip. The second splinter forearm accompanying the 10 bore barrels is about an inch shorter and has a later lever release. Its condition is similar with good lightly soiled checkering. An old distorted rubber recoil pad is present providing a length of 14 1/2″ and the gun features double rebounding hammers with extractors and weighs 15 lbs. This shotgun was made in 1878 and the extra barrels and forearm were added a short time later as Scott stopped using that type of forearm release in 1892. It remains in remarkable condition considering its age and use. Est: $6000-$8000

A Webley & Scott 12 gauge hammergun…about as modern as they get.

12 gauge Webley & Scott hammergun, 30" bbls
12 gauge Webley & Scott hammergun, 30″ bbls

I love hammerguns, but while they have their pluses, one of their drawbacks is that most of them are real old – usually 125 years plus. A lot can happen to a gun in a century plus — poor cleaning, shoddy repairs, rough handling — and mistreatment can add up over the years and really take a toll on a gun.

The gun you see here caught my eye for a couple reasons. First, it’s relatively young for a hammergun. Made in the early years of the 20th century, it’s about as modern as British hammerguns get. Then there’s the fluid-steel barrels. Most quality hammerguns were made back in the days of damascus steel. Finally, it looks like it’s in excellent condition, and it even comes in its original case.

Webley & Scott 12ga Hammer Shotgun, 30″ bbls: Absolutely beautiful old W&S hammer gun with class and condition! Light as a feather at exactly 7lbs flat. Gun has a ton of condition and deminsions you could only dream of in a gun from this era! Real mans gun with a 14 5/8″ LOP with only 2 1/4″ DAH, I bet you could shoulder hundreds to find one with these total modern dimisions?? The pictures tell the whole story on this neat old English Straight Griped gun. FLUID STEEL barrels are 30″ long with IC/IM chokes with mirror bores,British Proofed 1904, still in the factory makers leather case , Extreamely nice for the classy collector,if you can find another one this good it will be twice this money, What a dandy!  Price: $3,295

12 gauge Webley & Scott hammergun, 30" bbls
12 gauge Webley & Scott hammergun, 30″ bbls
12 gauge Webley & Scott hammergun, 30" bbls
12 gauge Webley & Scott hammergun, 30″ bbls
12 gauge Webley & Scott hammergun, 30" bbls
12 gauge Webley & Scott hammergun, 30″ bbls

Auction alert: a real nice 12g W & C Scott hammergun…

12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition
12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition

Here’s another nice double barrel shotgun coming up tomorrow, 3/8, @ Poulin’s auction. It’s a W. & C Scott, with a ton of original condition and — amazingly — its original hang tag and case. W. & C Scott was founded in 1840 by brothers William & Charles, and their company went on to become one of the most important gunmakers in the world. In 1897, the firm merged with P. Webley to form Webley & Scott. Up until around WW2, Webley & Scott was one of the largest gunmakers in the world.

The side-by-side Scott you see here was made around 1885. It’s a mid-grade gun. Mid- and lower-grade doubles were usually used hard, so it’s incredible to see all the original color-case hardening, bbl brown, and oil finish. on this one. The gun is beautifully made, too. Just take a look through the pics at the bottom of this post to see what I mean.

12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition
12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition

The fact that this gun also comes with its original, handwritten hang tag and case with the dealer’s label is another plus. The gun was retailed by William Read & Son, Washington St, Boston, and I can’t believe both those items have made it through the last 129 years.

12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition
12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition

W & C SCOTT SxS HAMMER SHOTGUN: Cal. 12 Ga., 2 1/2″. S# 36941. Bbls. 30″ Damascus steel. Fixed full & full chokes. Top rib marked “W&C Scott & Son. Makers & Patentees. London.” Case colored bar lock action with low style, rebounding circular hammers. Fine foliate scroll engraving featuring a swan on the left lock. Double triggers. Extractors. Splinter forend, with Scott-patent, pull down release lever. Round-knob stock of hand checkered fancy English walnut. LOP: 14 1/8″ over original checkered buttplate. DAC: 1 7/8″. DAH: 3 1/4″. Stock is cast off. Weight: 8 Lbs., 1 oz. Minimum wall thickness L. .040 & R. .040.

CONDITION: Bbls. retain 85% original brown finish having spots of light freckling & showing vivid Damascus pattern. Locks retain 90% original bright case colors with applied lacquer. Action retains 70% original bright case colors fading to patina in carry areas. Stock and forend have good original finish showing light wear with a few light marks & scratches. Very good, bright bores. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: original W.C. Scott & Son hang tag, numbered to gun, featuring original specifications. Upper right corner of tag missing. Original case with William Read & Sons trade label. Case in poor condition. ESTIMATE: $3000-4500

12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition
12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885, incredible condition

 

Original Hang Tag for 12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885
Original Hang Tag for 12 gauge W. & C. Scott double barrel shotgun, 1885

 

    Original case  for W. & C. Scott shotgun, provided by retailer
Original case for W. & C. Scott shotgun, provided by retailer

 

Original William Read & Sons case label for W. & C. Scott shotgun
Original William Read & Sons case label for W. & C. Scott shotgun

 

Real nice 16g & 20g Webley & Scott double barrel shotguns…

Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28" barrels Made in England
Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28″ barrels Made in England

I’ve written this before, but if  Webley & Scott is the Ford of British gunmaker, the Model 700 is their F150 pickup. Introduced in the 1950’s, the rugged and reliable M700 was the double of choice for thousands of shooters in the UK and Europe.

But almost all those Webleys were 12 gauges. The Brits have never loved the smaller bores, and their gunmakers have never made 16s & 20s in great numbers. That’s one of the things that makes the side-by-sides you see here special. The other thing that makes them unique is their condition. Both of these SxSs look new – pretty impressive when you consider they’re at least 40 years old.

Webley & Scott 700 series 16ga with 30" barrels.
Webley & Scott 700 series 16ga with 30″ barrels.

Webley & Scott Model 700 16 bore 30″ barrels: This is great well balanced bird gun.  I think 16ga Webleys with 2 3/4″ chambers are harder to find than the 28ga guns. 16ga, 30″ barrels, Imp/ Full (.008/.036), 2 3/4″ chambers, semi-pistol grip stock, 14 1/2″x1 1/4″x2 1/8″ and cast off,  6 lbs. Two triggers, ejectors, grooved stock end, excellent codition.  Barrel blue is 99%, case colors 99 %, wood 97 %. Bores are perfect with no dents or bulges. Price: $ 3995

Webley & Scott Model 700 16ga with 30" barrels.
Webley & Scott Model 700 16ga with 30″ barrels.
Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28" barrels Made in England
Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28″ barrels Made in England

Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28″ barrels: High condition W & S Model 700 20 bore with rare 28″ barrels with 3″ chambers. Original Birmingham nitro 3 1/2 ton proof. Gun remains in proof. Little used. Game rib.  Barrels have engine turned breech. 139xxx series made in Birmingham in the ’60s or ’70s. Lacquered original case colors. Original blacking. Slight wear at muzzles and sides of action from case. Shiny bores choked Skeet 1 right and Modified left. Double triggers. Pleasing wood and sharp checkering with a few marks. Blank oval. Checkered butt. Properly balanced gun.  Weight approximately 5 lb 9 oz. Dimensions 14 5/8 x 14 1/2 x 14 3/4. Drop 1 3/8″ x 2″. Cast off 1/4″. Ejectors in time, no buggered screws!  This is a nice, true English built gun. Price: $4795

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Purdey 10 ga. Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun
Purdey 10 ga. Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

Purdey 10 ga. Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun: 31″ Whitworth chopperlump barrels with semi-concave game rib, 2-7/8″ chambers,1-1/2 oz proof, choked full/full (.039/.039), double triggers, and auto ejectors.  Large frame sideclipped third fastening action engraved in the traditional Purdey fine rose and scroll, retains 95% original rich case color hardening.  Stock of striking figured French walnut with rich black figure and contrasting red and gold fiddleback with open pistol grip with carved cap measures 14-5/8″ to a checkered butt. The triggerguard retains virtually all the factory bright charcoal blue.  Weighs 8 lbs, 3 oz., housed in its original case with accessories.  Built in 1905. Price: $39,500

J&L WILKINS SXS 20 GAUGE Shotgun
J&L WILKINS SXS 20 GAUGE Shotgun

J&L WILKINS SXS 20 GAUGE: 28″ 012 AND 021 FACTORY 3″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP FANTASTIC WOOD EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS 5LB 15 OZ X 2 X 1 7/16 X 15. Price: $7,950.00

WEBLEY & SCOTT 16 BORE- 28″ EJECT Bbls.- 1968- OVERALL in 97% COND- 99% ORIG CASE COLORS- 6 Lbs. 5 Oz.- I.C. & I.M.:  Model 700 Made 1968 with 28″ Ejector Dovetail Lump barrels at .661 .008 & .021″ (Imp.Cyl. & Imp.Mod.), 2 3/4″ Original chambers, Churchill style tapered rib, Nitro Proved at 3 1/4 tons per square inch,

WEBLEY & SCOTT 16 BORE- 28"
WEBLEY & SCOTT 16 BORE- 28″

Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 5/8 x 1 3/8 x 2 3/8″ over a 1″ pad with a 1/2″ spacer, It will go 14 1/4″ if you remove the spacer and leave a 1″ pad, Slight cast-off for the right hand, 16 Bore weight at 6 lbs. 5 oz., 45% coverage of period engraving, The original barrel blue at 98%, The gun retains 99% original bright & vivid case colors, The stock finish is original and at 97-98%, The checkering at 98%, The blue on the floorplate, trigger guard, trigger guard tang and forend metal is 99%, The bores are as new from breech to muzzle, The gun is smack on the face with plenty of bite, The barrels ring with a nice chime. A very unusual chambering in a Webley, not a lot of 16 Bore Webley’s out there. This is flat out one excellent plus conditioned gun for you 16 game gun users. Price: $4,950.00

BELGIUM GUILD GUN -20 GAUGE- SIDEPLATED BOXLOCK -EJECTORS - 26" BLS
BELGIUM GUILD GUN -20 GAUGE- SIDEPLATED BOXLOCK -EJECTORS – 26″ BLS

BELGIUM GUILD GUN -20 GAUGE- SIDEPLATED BOXLOCK -EJECTORS – 26″ BLS: SKT./IC – STRAIGHT HAND STOCK WITH WOOD BUTTPLATE – LOP 14 1/16″ – DROP 1 3/8″ X2″ – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – WT. 5 LBS. 6 OZS. Price: $3,800.00

BERETTA Model 470 Silverhawk – 12ga – 28″ M / F – English Stock: 1997 3″, M / F (.020 / .035), Single Selective Trigger, Selectable Ejectors (On/Off), English Stock, Splinter Forearm, LOP 14-3/8″ to a 1/2″ Decelerator Pad, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs. 12 oz. Very Nice 98+% Condition Overall. Not shot a much. Lever well over to right – lots of bite left. Price: $1,975.00

BERETTA Model 470 Silverhawk - 12ga - 28" M / F - English Stock:
BERETTA Model 470 Silverhawk – 12ga – 28″ M / F – English Stock

Good gun alert: a solid 12 gauge Webley & Scott 700…

12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com
12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com

If there’s a side-by-side that you could call the perfect starter double, Webley & Scott’s 700 is the gun. A basic boxlock built on the tried and trued Anson & Deeley action, 700s were made for decades.

They’ve always been great guns, and if you’re looking for a solid, reliable English shotgun that’s on the affordable side, it’s a great choice.

The one you see here, looks like it can be bought for $3,000 – a great price for a solid Birmingham boxlock in nearly-new condition. If this shotgun looks good to you, get on it now. The auction ends Wednesday, 6/12/2013 @ 12:07:43 PM ET.

12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com
12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com

Here’s more about it from the seller:

Webley & Scott 700 series 12ga 28″ barrels mod/full: in about 93% condition with a small area of freckling on right barrel. LOP is 15″ to front trigger w/ original Silvers pad. Case colors are strong.

Worth a closer look: More nice shotguns coming up at Julia’s…

THEATE FRERES 28 GA. DOUBLE BARREL HAMMER SHOTGUN
THEATE FRERES 28 GA. DOUBLE BARREL HAMMER SHOTGUN

Nice hammerguns are to find. So when I saw these three on Saturday at the preview for James D. Julia’s 3/12 auction, I stopped and gave each one a closer look. They’re nice shotguns, and all three –a 28 gauge, a 20 gauge, and a lightweight 20 gauge — are very hard to find.

LOT: 2202. THEATE FRERES 28 GA. HAMMER GUN. SN 2135. Cal. 28 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 29-1/2″ Dovetailed steel bbls are gold inlaid “Acier Extra” (Extra steel) and “Para Polvora Sem Fumaca” (For smokeless powder) on tops, which are also stamped “Theate Freres” and “Liege”. Raised, matted game rib is gold inlaid “Casa Laport”, breech end “28”. Bbl flats are stamped with Belgian nitro proofs for 28 ga 2-3/4″ chambers. Coin finished back sidelock hammer action features square crossbolt third fastener, side clips, and double triggers. Locks have rebounding hammers. Action is engraved with rudimentary scroll, and dog pointing flushing duck on each side. Nicely figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-7/8″ over red open sided pad. Matching forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.555, right -.550. Bore restrictions: left -.030 (extra full), right -.020 (full). Wall thickness: left -.024, right -.026. Drop at heel: 2-3/8″, drop at comb: 1-1/4″. Weight: 5 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-7/8″.

CONDITION: Excellent, retaining nearly all of its orig finish on wood and metal, bottom of action browned somewhat. Pad is petrified. Wood has some minor marks. Sling eyes have been removed from bbl and butt (replaced by Phillips screw). Bores are excellent, bright and shiny. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. Hammers are a bit loose on tumblers. Twenty-eight gauge hammer guns in this kind of condition are hard to find, especially with long bbls and stock. This sleek little gun should be a lot of fun to shoot.

Estimate: $1,500-$2,500

WILLIAM POWELL BAR IN WOOD 20 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun
WILLIAM POWELL BAR IN WOOD 20 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

LOT: 2183. WILLIAM POWELL BAR IN WOOD 20 BORE HAMMER GUN. SN 6920. Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 29″ Blued Damascus bbls are engraved “William Powell & Son, 13, Carrs Lane, Birmingham” on broad, concave game rib. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs for 20 bore and 22 muzzle, and “Not for Ball”. Bar in wood action is stamped “Powell’s Patent” on water table, referring to locking system, which in this case uses a pivoting top lever and mid mounted crossbolt instead of the usual Powell push-up lever. Rebounding sidelocks have high spurred, round bodied, serpentine hammers. Action and locks are engraved with nicely cut medium scroll. “William Powell & Son” is on each lockplate. Trigger plate has double ball finial with SN on tang. Trigger guard is scroll engraved on bow. Nicely marbled European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/16″ over leather faced Silver type pad with white line spacer. Flat top point pattern checkering is at grip and a vacant silver oval is on toe line. Matching, but fully checkered, splinter forend has Anson release with Anson patent marking on iron. Bore diameter: left-.622, right -.623. Bore restrictions: left -.015 (mod), right -.014 (mod). Wall thickness: left -.033, right -.035. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 5 lbs. 13 oz. LOP: 14-1/16″.

CONDITION: Good. Bbls retain most of an old matte re-black, no Damascus pattern showing. Action and lockplates mostly cleaned to pewter gray, with scant traces of orig color hardening visible where protected by hammers. Stock retains most of an old oil finish over visible sanding marks. Checkering re-run long ago on buttstock. Forend checkering is considerably worn. Action is slightly loose even though punch marks, from “blacksmith” tightening, are visible at hook and locking lug. Locks are crisp. Left hammer screw is a modern replacement. Bores are bright and shiny with some scattered pits. A rare, high grade small bore hammer gun that’s certainly worth restoring to its former glory.

Estimate: $1,500-$2,500

12 gauge W. & C. Scott Zephyr Lightweight Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun
12 gauge W. & C. Scott Zephyr Lightweight Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

LOT: 2181. W. & C. SCOTT “THE ZEPHYR” HAMMER GUN. SN 46949. (ca 1893) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. This unusual lightweight gun has 28-3/16″ two stripe Damascus bbls with concave, matted game rib engraved “W & C Scott & Son Makers & Patentees London.” on unmatted portion. Top of left bbl is engraved “The Zephyr”. Bbl flats are stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs, “Choke”, and “England”. Special lightweight action with tiny bar mounting rebounding hammer back action sidelocks derives extra strength from dolls head extension. Action is engraved with about 50% coverage medium scroll. Sidelocks are engraved with semi-relief shaded oak leaves. Locks are engraved “W & C Scott & Son”. Scroll engraved trigger guard has SN at grip. Broadly striped and nicely figured European walnut Prince of Wales grip buttstock measures 13-7/8″ over Silver pad, and features flat top point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a vacant silver oval on toe line. Fully checkered splinter forend has engraved metal tip and pluck-off tension spring release. Bore diameter: left-.734, right -.734. Bore restrictions: left -.030 (full), right -.010 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.029, right -.032. Drop at heel: 3-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-7/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 9 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″.

CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain nearly all of a very fine re-brown with good definition to pattern, over some scattered pitting. Action retains approx 30% orig case hardening color where protected, but is mostly pewter gray. Stocks retain most of an old rubbed oil finish with a few subsequent minor marks, checkering competently re-cut. All restoration work appears to have been done quite a long while ago. Action is tight. Bbls are somewhat off face. Dolls head shows some peaning. Locks are crisp. Left hammer is an unengraved replacement, but is of the correct style. Bores are very fine, shiny throughout, with some light frosting. Overall, a very unique and classic shotgun.

Estimate $1,000-$1,500

 

Good gun alert: a new Webley & Scott 28 gauge side-by-side….

Webley & Scott Model 702, 28 Gauge, double barrel shotgun
Webley & Scott Model 702, 28 Gauge, double barrel shotgun

Here’s another deal on a double: Webley & Scott Model 702 in 28 Gauge. This shotgun looks brand new, and it comes in its original case with accessories. Price? Just $2999.

Harrington & Richardson imported Webley & Scott boxlock side-by-side shotguns into the US in the early ’70s. Here’s another in 20 gauge. Check out the price on that 20g and you’ll see why this 28 gauge is such a steal.

With drop points and a some scroll engraving, the 702 was a step up from Webley & Scott’s workhorse Model 700. Even though this 702 has short bbls (25″), I bet it would be deadly on quail and woodcock over pointers.

Good Gun Alert: a Webley & Scott Model 700 12 gauge…

Webley & Scott Model 700 12 ga.
Webley & Scott Model 700 12 ga.

If Webley & Scott was the Ford of British gunmakers, the Model 700 was their F150 pickup. Rugged and dependable, the M700 was introduced in the 1950s as an entry-level shotgun and it went of to become one of the most popular side-by-sides ever made.

This 12 gauge Model 700 side-by-side on Gunbroker.com is a great example of how good a gun they could build, and of how a nice double don’t have to cost a fortune. It would be great for grouse and woodcock. Because it has been inspected, overhauled and maintained by one of the top gunsmiths in the country, you know it will be surprise free.

Webley & Scott Model 700 12 ga.
Webley & Scott Model 700 12 ga.

Specs:

-12 ga. with 26″ barrels, modern 2 3/4″ chambers and proofs (Birmingham proofed at 3 1/4 tons), choked R .011″ L .024″ (IC, IMod)

-Double triggers, splinter fore-end, straight grip stock

-Ejectors

-Stock – 1 3/8 x 2 x 15 LOP (15 1/8 x 15 x 15 3/8)

-Weighs 6 lbs 9 oz

-Bores are clean; no dents, dings or bulges on barrels

 

Couple cool double barrels: a W & C Scott & a J.D. Dougall…

Check ’em out. The first one is a 12g W.&C. Scott Premier. It’s a real early hammerless Premier side by side. According to the patent use number, it’s the 67th gun built on that action.

The second gun is an 8 gauge J.D. Dougall double barrel. Nice shotgun, but it needs work.

W. & C. Scott Premier on Gunbroker.com….

From about 1870 to the late 1880s, “The Premier Gun” was W. & C. Scott’s finest double barrel shotgun. Offered first as a hammer gun, and then in hammerless models, The Premier Gun was made right up until World War II.

12 gauge W. & C. Scott The Premier Gun double barrel shotgun
12 gauge W. & C. Scott The Premier Gun double barrel shotgun

Today, these side-by-side shotguns pop up on the market on a regular basis. This Premier was just on Gunbroker.com. I’m surprised by how much this one brought. While it’ looking pretty original, it does look like it as cracked through the hand at one time. But I guess at least a couple guys didn’t consider this a problem.

This Scott did come with some interesting accessories – including a mainspring compressor (pic #15) and a replacement set of mainsprings (pic #16). The paper shells an custom case were pretty cool, too.

BTW: I’m interested in purchasing any W. & C. Scott shotguns. If you have one for sale, please let me know.

Dang – I want this shotgun: an 8 gauge W. & C. Scott Excellentia…

I have a weakness for the impractical, especially impractical old shotguns. That’s why I love this 8 gauge W. & C. Scott Excellentia.

Considering that 8 gauge ammo is almost impossible to find, and that hunting with an 8 gauge shotguns is illegal in most states, I think this side-by-side is as far from sensible as a double barrel can be. Maybe that’s why I keep wishing I had bought it. Pic courtesy of Lewis Drake & Associates.

8 gauge W. & C. Scott Excellentia Double Barrel Shotgun
8 gauge W. & C. Scott Excellentia Double Barrel Shotgun

 

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