Do you dare? MacNab Challenge in Scotland with Delaney & Sons …

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

“The challenge is simple, but very tall; land a salmon on the fly, put a grouse in the bag, and take a red stag off the hill…all between dawn and dusk on the same day.”

How do you make three great sporting adventures more exiting and memorable? You complete them in a single day. That’s what Delaney & Sons’ 2022 Macnab Challenge gives you the chance to do.

Based out of  Amhuinnsuidhe Castle on the the Isle of Lewis and Harris in Scotland’s Hebrides island, Delaney & Sons’ 2022 Macnab Challenge is a unique way for you to experience the ultimate in traditional British country sports–and the sporting trip of a lifetime.

Delaney & Sons has been hosting American shooters in the UK, Spain, and Morocco for years now. In this video, you can see why their trips have such a hit. If you’ve ever wanted to shoot overseas, their fully-outfitted adventures are a great introduction to authentic British shooting.

MACNAB: Take a stag, bag a brace of grouse, land a salmon on the fly…all between dawn and dusk.

Watch: Successful MacNab Challenge Scotland – Grouse, Stag, Salmon Video

Successful MacNab Challenge Scotland - Grouse, Stag, Salmon Video
Successful MacNab Challenge Scotland – Grouse, Stag, Salmon Video

 

MacNab Challenge in Scotland with Delaney & Sons ...
MacNab Challenge in Scotland with Delaney & Sons …
MacNab Challenge in Scotland with Delaney & Sons ...
MacNab Challenge in Scotland with Delaney & Sons …
Location of Delaney & Sons 2021 MacNab Challenge. Amhuinnsuidhe Castle is a 55,000 acre sporting paradise.
Location of Delaney & Sons 2022 MacNab Challenge. Amhuinnsuidhe Castle is a 55,000 acre sporting paradise.

SEPTEMBER 17 – SEPTEMBER 24, 2022

7-day adventure
Cost Per MacNabber: $13,550
Cost Per Companion: $1,750

INCLUSIONS:

Three days of MacNab attempts including trophy fees

Stag, Salmon, Grouse over pointers

Accommodations in a historic Castle

Gourmet cooking featuring local seafood, produce and game

All meals and wine with dinner

Vintage & Modern Shotguns and Rifles plus shells

Ground transportation to and from Stornoway Airport

Visitor Permits and Insurance while in the field

Two days of fishing when not a MacNab day

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

Stunning high original condition W.C. Scott “Premier” Quality 12ga hammer gun - the finest example I have seen! W/orig. Case
Stunning high original condition W.C. Scott “Premier” Quality 12ga hammer gun – the finest example I have seen! W/orig. Case

Stunning high original condition W.C. Scott “Premier” Quality 12ga hammer gun – the finest example I have seen! W/orig. Case:
Absolutely gorgeous high original condition W.C. Scott 12ga “Premier” Hammer gun.  Virtually never seen with an original straight grip, this gun has got it all!  This gun made with 30″ Damascus barrels, checkered splinter forend with long fully engraved release lever at tip, double triggers and extractors.  The gun has a very fine piece of English Walnut which is checkered in a point pattern with tear drop behind the locks and terminates with its original lined horn buttplate.  The case hardened receiver is beautiful engraved in fine scroll as are the hammers and fences.  Large gold shield behind top tang.  The gun is near full coverage engraved and remains in exceptionally fine all original condition. Overall the gun remains in exceptional original condition with more than 90% of the Damascus pattern remaining.  Receiver retains more than 75% vivid original case color and the screws are all near mint retaining nearly all of their fine nitre blue.  Stocks are sound and retain nearly all of their original finish with checkering being very crisp for a gun of this vintage.  Stocks with minor handling marks and impressions, but nothing serious to note.  Bores are mostly bright and shiny with some light orange peel ahead of the chambers.  Mechanics are crisp. These high grade English hammer guns are impossible to source in original untouched condition as they were virtually all sent back to the maker for service annually.  This gun has exceptional merit to a collector and belongs in a distinguished collection. Price: $12,500

AyA Aguirre y Arranzabal - 410ga Round Body “No. 2” SLE Baby Frame - 27” - IC/IC - 3” - 99% In Original Maker’s Box & Paperwork - ca. 1999 - Rare! for sale
AyA Aguirre y Arranzabal – 410ga Round Body “No. 2” SLE Baby Frame – 27” – IC/IC – 3” – 99% In Original Maker’s Box & Paperwork – ca. 1999 – Rare! for sale

AyA Aguirre y Arranzabal – 410ga Round Body “No. 2” SLE Baby Frame – 27” – IC/IC – 3” – 99% In Original Maker’s Box & Paperwork – ca. 1999 – Rare! Fine English Scroll – Deep Case Colors – Checkered Butt – Blank Gold Oval – 7 pin sidelock – cocking indicators – double trigger – wonderful flushing bird gun Manufacturer: AyA Aguirre y Arranzabal Model: No. 2 Round Body SLE Serial Number: 051-99 Barrel Length: 27” Bore Info: 99% Chambers: 3” Ejectors: Auto Timed Crisp Condition: 99% Metal Condition: 99% Wood Condition: 99% Bore Condition: 99% Triggers: Double Stock: English Grip Stock Comb: 1 1/2” Stock Heel: 2 1/2” Stock Cast: Slight Right Hand – off Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: Checkered Butt LOP: 14 7/8” Rib: Concave Game Rib Finish: Hand Rubbed Oil Weight: 5 lbs 5 ozs Manufacture Date: 1999 Choke Left: .009 Choke Right: .009 Engraving: Fine English Scroll. Price: $7,995

A.H. Fox 12 ga. Double Barrel Shotgun Grade A 2nd Year
A.H. Fox 12 ga. Double Barrel Shotgun Grade A 2nd Year

A.H. Fox 12 ga. Double Barrel Shotgun Grade A 2nd Year: A super original high condition A.H. Fox Shotgun…Grade A…serial # 91xx…28 inch barrels…Krupp barrels…Mod. & Full…90% original case colors on the frame and water table…98+ original blue on the barrels…beautiful mint bores…looks like new! Original horn butt plate…14″ LOP…beautiful original case colors on the upper tag…beautiful original blue on the lower tang…action and barrels lock up like New! Original checkering looks like new… They are 2 small dings in the butt stock…1 on each side…stocks are perfect and original…no cracks or repairs…original varnish. Price: $3,850

Fabarm Autumn "As New" 20 Gauge 28 inch English Stock *Best Price Anywhere* for sale
Fabarm Autumn “As New” 20 Gauge 28 inch English Stock *Best Price Anywhere* for sale

Fabarm Autumn “As New” 20 Gauge 28 inch English Stock *Best Price Anywhere* for sale: This gun is being sold in as near as new condition as possible because I have never fired it and it has only been assembled for the pictures. It has the full factory warranty available to the buyer. Fabarm Autumn side-by-side shotgun in 20 gauge. 28″ barrels, 3″ chambers. Swamped top rib with textured finish to reduce glare. Color case hardened receiver. Highly figured Deluxe Turkish Walnut. Splinter forend with straight English stock. 4 Lug locking system for a very strong lock-up between the monoblock and the action. Monolithic forged action for ultimate in strength. Auto ejectors.Shotgun Gauge: 20 Gauge Manufacturer: FABARM Model: Autumn Barrel Length: 28″ Bore Info: 20 Gauge Chambers: 3 inch Ejectors: Selective Condition: As New Metal Condition: As New Wood Condition: As New Bore Condition: As New Barrels: Double with game rib Barrel Type: Side by Side Action: Box Lock Triggers: Single Selective Stock: Straight Grip Stock Drop: 2.25 inch Stock Comb: 1.5″ Stock Cast: Slight RH Cast Off Fore End: Splinter Style Butt Pad: Fitted Walnut LOP: 14.5″ Rib: Swamped textured Game Finish: Case color action/Blued barrels Weight: 6 lbs 4 oz. Sights: Single metal bead Manufacture Date: 2021 Chokes: Interchangeable Choke Tubes Engraving: 100% Extras: CTs, Case, Sleeves Mfg Shipping box. Case: Intergale Item Location: Florida Minimum Wall Thickness Left: New Minimum Wall Thickness Right: New Price: $3,650

NICELY DONE DAVID KIRKWOOD SxS 2-BARREL SET 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
NICELY DONE DAVID KIRKWOOD SxS 2-BARREL SET 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

NICELY DONE DAVID KIRKWOOD SxS 2-BARREL SET 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN: 30 inch and 28 inch barrels with fine bores. Kirkwood made some of the finest guns seen. Checkered pistol grip wood is in good condition.  13-1/2 inches LOP. Engraving is sparsely applied. Barrels retain about 70% Damascus finish. Action retains about 10% case color in protected areas. Price: $2,650

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

E.J. Churchill Premiere Grade composed pair of 12 gauge over & unders with 28 inch barrels
E.J. Churchill Premiere Grade composed pair of 12 gauge over & unders with 28 inch barrels

E.J. Churchill Premiere Grade composed pair of 12 gauge over & unders with 28 inch barrels: Caliber: 12 gauge Action: Sidelock Ejector with pinless locks Triggers: Double with front articulated Safety: Automatic Barrel Length: 28 inches Chamber: Number 1 gun 2 1/2 inches -Number 2 gun 2 3/4 inches Rib: Game solid rib Chokes: 1/4 & 1/2 Stock Length: 14 1/4 inches Grip: Full pistol grip with horn cap Butt End Finish: Chequered Forend: Game Style Engraving Description: Decorative fine scroll Finish: Case Colour Weight: Gun Number 1 – 7lbs – 5oz – Gun Number 2 – 7lbs – 11oz Case: Double Leather Motercase Date of Manufacture: Gun Number 1 – 1926 – Gun Number 2 – 1930 Price: $57,500

Winchester ~ Model 21 Duck ~ 12 Gauge SxS Shotgun
Winchester ~ Model 21 Duck ~ 12 Gauge SxS Shotgun

Winchester ~ Model 21 Duck ~ 12 Gauge SxS Shotgun: In excellent condition. This Winchester features 32-inch barrels with textured rib and fixed front bead sight. Blued finish. Base of receiver marked: DUCK. Checkered walnut pistol grip stock and fore-end. Factory rubber recoil pad. Overall showing scattered light and handling wear on the finish and stock. SN: 29563 Price: $5,999.99

Beretta 471 Silver Hawk Case Color 20ga 26" IC/IM 3" Double Triggers 2005, NOS
Beretta 471 Silver Hawk Case Color 20ga 26″ IC/IM 3″ Double Triggers 2005, NOS

Beretta 471 Silver Hawk Case Color 20ga 26″ IC/IM 3″ Double Triggers 2005, NOS!: SN is S093xxA, made in 2005. Factory finish on both wood and metal, facotry recoil pad. Gun looks brand new in factory hard case. Factory articulated double triggers, factory ejectors that you can also make manual. Mint all original hard to find gun!  Price: $5,999

CSMC RBL 28 Gauge 30"BBL's Briley choke tubes
CSMC RBL 28 Gauge 30″BBL’s Briley choke tubes

CSMC RBL 28 Gauge 30″BBL’s Briley choke tubes: Very good condition CSMC RBL 28 gauge with 30″ barrels. Briley choke tubes. 2-SK, 2-IC, LM & M 2X American Black Walnut long tang capped pistol grip stock, forend, TruOil finish, single selective trigger, automatic ejectors, automatic safety, solid game rib, game scene engraving surrounded by full coverage scroll over a bone and charcoal case colored finish, Pachmayr SC100 recoil pad. Includes case and some accessories. Shotgun Gauge: 28 Gauge Manufacturer: CSMC Model: RBL Barrel Length: 30″ Chambers: 2 3/4″ Ejectors: yes Condition: very good Metal Condition: Very good Wood Condition: Very good Bore Condition: excellent Triggers: Single Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 3/8″ Stock Cast: 0 Fore End: Beaver tail LOP: 14 1/2″ Weight: 6 lbs. Price: $5900

12 gauge Holland & Holland Dominion back action sidelock ejector
12 gauge Holland & Holland Dominion back action sidelock ejector

12 gauge Holland & Holland Dominion back action sidelock ejector: The Holland & Holland ‘Dominion’ was introduced in the late-19th century to meet a growing demand for firearms to be used overseas in austere conditions where access to a competent gunsmith could not be guaranteed. The Dominion is a robust, back-action design and was available in both shotgun and rifle form. Today, these firearms have many devoted followers who continue to enjoy the long lasting reliability not always found in vintage guns. This is the second of a two gun set. Length: 28 inches, Chopper lump barrels  Chamber: 2½ inches  Weight: 6.6 pounds. Price: $4250

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Exceptionally rare and near mint Lightweight Parker CHE 12ga side-by-side game gun with ventilated rib – Straight stocked w/ double triggers – a true rarity: Offered here is an exceptional Parker Game Gun.  Very rare gun made in 1927 on a #1 Frame, this Parker CHE Grade with 28″ Acme Steel barrels that have factory original Ventilated rib.  Made with splinter forend, nickel plated double triggers, straight grip buttstock with very fine French Walnut, which terminates with an older Silvers type pad.  The gun matches the serialization book exactly as found and is engraved in typical CHE Grade pattern with large flying goose on the trigger plate. Known as an option “21” in the Parker Gun Identification and Serialization book, this is an exceptionally rare gun.  The barrels retain more than 98% original blue.  The frame retains virtually all of its bold original case color.  The trigger guard retains more than 95% of its original blue with some minor flaking.  Stocks are excellent to near mint with nearly all of their original hand rubbed finish remaining with only minor handling marks.  Bores are brilliant and shiny and the mechanics are crisp.  The breechface shows almost no use and this is very much a near mint gun.  Metal and wood finishes are guaranteed original.  The ultimate Pheasant hunting Parker! Price: $21,500

Parker Reproductions DHE 12 Gauge Matched Pair of SxS Shotguns
Parker Reproductions DHE 12 Gauge Matched Pair of SxS Shotguns

Parker Reproductions DHE 12 Gauge Matched Pair of SxS Shotguns: 28″ Barrels Marked IC & Modified, Both Right Barrel .006 & Left Barrel .012, 2 3/4″ & 3″ Chambers, Single Selective Triggers, Splinter Forends, English Grips, 14 1/4″ Length of pull, Drop 1 1/4″- 2 1/8″, Special Ordered Pair, A1 Special engraved Barrel Wedges, Gold Line Border, Both Shotguns show some light field use, Makers Cases, Factory Letter. Price: $14,500

Ithaca Flues Grade 4e SxS 28 ga
Ithaca Flues Grade 4e SxS 28 ga

Ithaca Flues Grade 4e SxS 28 ga: We have a very hard to find grade 4 Flues in 28 ga , the gun was built in 1915 it features 26”  barrels that are choked imp/cyl…..imp/mod , ejectors that are in time, pistol grip stock , there are no cracks in the wood , the metal is very good with no rust or bulges , there is slight pitting in both chambers LOP is 13 3/4 to a Ithaca hardplate , DAC 1 5/8 DAH 2 5/8 weight is 5.2. Price: $13,500

PHILADELPHIA MANUFACTURED GUN MARKED "KRIDER" 8 GAUGE
PHILADELPHIA MANUFACTURED GUN MARKED “KRIDER” 8 GAUGE

PHILADELPHIA MANUFACTURED GUN MARKED “KRIDER” 8 GAUGE: 8 gauge barrels measure about 40 inches. Gun is in beautiful condition. Case hardening is quite vivid. Barrels retain most all of the bright Damascus pattern. No signs of abuse. Wood is excellent with nice checkering and steel buttplate. Barrels are held by 2 keyed slots. This beautiful lengthy shotgun weighs just under 13 pounds. Price: $8,500.

BROWNING SUPERLITE OU 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN
BROWNING SUPERLIGHT OU 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN

BROWNING SUPERLIGHT OU 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN: 1984 BELGUIM MADE Barrels: 26.5 BARREL Gauge: 20 GA Finish: BLUE Price: $6,600.99

Warning: You will be jealous. Watch All Wild, quail hunting in AZ …

Patrick Flanaganm Border to Border Outfitters, is a wanderer, a dog lover, and a bird hunter. Living-the-dream he chases wild birds from Minnesota and South Dakota to Arizona. The guys at Project Upland caught up with him and some clients on a wild quail hunt. Check out this great film to join them: All Wild – An Arizona Quail Hunting Film

Hunting Mearns, Scaled, and Gambel's Quail in Arizona - All Wild - A Project Upland Original Film
Hunting Mearns, Scaled, and Gambel’s Quail in Arizona – All Wild – A Project Upland Original Film

Temperate, expansive and beautiful — bird hunting in Arizona proves the Grand Canyon State offers so much more.

Hunting Mearns, Scaled, and Gambel's Quail in Arizona - All Wild - A Project Upland Original Film
Hunting Mearns, Scaled, and Gambel’s Quail in Arizona, from All Wild – A Project Upland Original Film

See if you could handle Hemingway’s elephant gun…

*THE IMMORTAL ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST QUALITY HAND DETACHABLE SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE W/ORIGINAL CASE.

THE IMMORTAL ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST QUALITY HAND DETACHABLE SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE W/ORIGINAL CASE.
THE IMMORTAL ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST QUALITY HAND DETACHABLE SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE W/ORIGINAL CASE.

Way back in the early 20th century, Ernest Hemingway was the man and, in a lot of ways, THE MAN.

A literary icon by 27 (wow, that makes me feel like a chump), Hemingway was famous for his to-the-point, English-Pointer lean sentences and simple dialogue.

He was also famous for he-man exploits like African safaris.

Hemingway went to Africa in 1933 and 1954. On his second trip, the .577 Nitro Express Westley Richards you see here and in the video above was the gun he carried.

*THE IMMORTAL ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST QUALITY HAND DETACHABLE SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE W/ORIGINAL CASE.
*THE IMMORTAL ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST QUALITY HAND DETACHABLE SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE W/ORIGINAL CASE.

The .577 Nitro Express is one of the most bad-ass hunting rounds of all time. Hemingway’s rifle fired a 750 gr. bullet, and generated a crushing 7,010 ft⋅lbf. By comparison, a .30-06 Springfield shooting a 220-gr bullet generates a wimpy 2,981 ft⋅lbf.

Famous Africa hunter John “Pondoro” Taylor wrote that the .577 Nitro Express was “a magnificent killer – it literally crumbles up an elephant”. Unfortunately, it could have the same impact on the man shooting it.

Shooting Ernest Hemingway’s .577 Nitro Express
Shooting Ernest Hemingway’s .577 Nitro Express

The Game Hog of Dallowgill, an article from Sports Illustrated, 5/22/1972…

Frederick Robinson, 2nd Marquess of Ripon was one of the UK’s most famous game shots. In his lifetime, he bagged more than 500,000 birds, plus countless hares and other animals. and he shot Purdey hammerguns, including this one shown here: J Purdey & Sons, a RARE 12-BORE HAMMER EJECTOR GUN, NO. 14981, BUILT IN 1895 FOR LORD RIPON (AS EARL DE GREY).

Sports Illustrated published a piece about Lord Ripon way back 1972. An excerpt is below, along with links to the entire article. It’s an interesting read and worth checking out.

Frederick Oliver Robinson, 2nd Marquess of Ripon © National Portrait Gallery, London
Frederick Oliver Robinson, 2nd Marquess of Ripon © National Portrait Gallery, London

THE GAME HOG OF DALLOWGILL

IN A LIFETIME OF WARFARE AGAINST THE WINGED KINGDOM, LORD RIPON DOWNED MORE THAN 500,000 BIRDS

Studley Royal, 1880, Lord Ripon's home
Studley Royal, 1880, Lord Ripon’s home

“At the top of the hill a pair of liveried Yorkshire gamekeepers whacked hard with their sticks at the tight thorn-bushes of the hedgerow. Fifty yards away, in a hollow, stood the owner of the land, with his shooting companion, the local vicar. As the keepers moved forward, there was a flap of bright wings, a shot, and the quarry spun to the ground. Then another type of prey emerged, flying low and fast toward the waiting guns. Again a clean kill. So, at the end of the drive, one butterfly and one bumblebee were solemnly added to the day’s bag …”

Read all of THE GAME HOG OF DALLOWGILL

This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss….

 

E.J. CHURCHILL PREMIER QUALITY OVER UNDER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS PAIR
E.J. CHURCHILL PREMIER QUALITY OVER UNDER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS PAIR

E.J. CHURCHILL PREMIER QUALITY OVER UNDER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS PAIR: BOTH GUNS ARE THE SAME DIMENSIONS, 28″ SOLID RIB, CHOKED .007″ AND .014″ with 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT MINT CONDITION MAKERS CASE, 7 LBS 4 0Z, DIMENSIONS: 2″ DAH,1 9/16″ DAC, 14 1/8″ LOP. Matched pair E.J. Churchill O/U The Premier Quality.  12 Bore game guns.  Gun I made in 1926, Gun II Made in 1929. Serial Nr. 4220 was made for Abercrombie & Fitch and 3173 for a Mr. Wilson in San Francisco. They were both originally pigeon guns with 32” barrels. They were matched up as a pair and re-barreled to 28” through Churchill, Atkin, Grant & Lang, and Don Masters chocked IC/M and probably restocked by the maker, work which was done for a Danish nobleman whose coat of arms are on the escutcheon.  Both guns have a full London proof.  The actions of these guns are exact copies of the Woodward O&U actions, and were made by the firm of Hills, who also made the actions for Woodward. It was said at the time that Woodward built the Over & Under guns for Bob Churchill. This may be indeed true, but it is not likely, I believe Hill did all the actioning and in addition, they both used the same outworkers. A marked difference is the ejector system, which differs from Woodward and shows the Churchill input, as Bob Churchill felt it needed improvement. In total only 15 Over & Under guns were built by Churchill before WWII, of which this pair is believed to be in the best condition of those remaining.  One of these guns is pictured in the book “The House of Churchill” by Don Masters. Price: $46,500

F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE, Boxlock, SxS, 16ga 29" Upgraded wood, Upgraded action shaping, 6#3oz Near Perfect condition
F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE, Boxlock, SxS, 16ga 29″ Upgraded wood, Upgraded action shaping, 6#3oz Near Perfect condition

F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE, Boxlock, SxS, 16ga 29″ Upgraded wood, Upgraded action shaping, 6#3oz Near Perfect condition: Serial #  A03. Barrel Length (in Inches):  29″,  Choked R  SKT(.005) Choked L  IM(.020), Trigger  DT (Double), Straight Grip, Splinter Forearm, English-style Smooth Concave Rib, Fine Scroll & Rosette Engraving, Upgraded wood, Upgraded action shaping, Checkered butt, Original box. Near PERFECT Condition. Weight  6#3oz. Dimensions  1 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 with 1/4 cast off. Mfg 2007, The ideal upland bird gun. Price: $14,900

Stephen Grant Classic Hammer Sidelever SxS with original Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels
Stephen Grant Classic Hammer Sidelever SxS with original Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels

Stephen Grant Classic Hammer Sidelever SxS with original Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels Serial Number: 3822, Ejectors: No, Barrels: 30″, Barrel Type: Damascus, Action: back-action side lever with rebounding hammers, Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 7/16″, Stock Heel: 2 1/4″, Stock Cast: 1/8″, LOP: 14 1/2″, Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz., Choke Left: .003 Near Cyl., Choke Right: .003 Near Cyl.
Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .030″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″. Price: $6,900

Webley and Scott 16 gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun
Webley and Scott 16 gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun

Webley & Scott 16 gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun: Nice old prewar Webley & Scott 16 ga. Choked imp and full 29” barrels, DT, AE, LOP is 14 3/4”, leather pad, this piece has a third fastener, really nice old shotgun. Price: $3,895

Ithaca Model 280 is a side by side 20 Ga. shotgun
Ithaca Model 280 is a side by side 20 Ga. shotgun

Ithaca ~ 280 ~ 20 Ga. ~ Side-by-Side ~ Boxlock Shotgun: This Ithaca Model 280 is a side by side 20 Ga. shotgun. It has 25 inch barrels with a solid rib and 3 inch chambers. A checkered grip walnut straight grip stock and beavertail forearm. Has a very nicely engraved receiver with birds in flight. In over all good condition it comes as is.Ithaca-SKB checkered black plate. Weighs 6 lbs. 3 oz. Shows a little use and wear. Price: $1,699.99

For the heart: My affair with shotguns, from Project Upland …

PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME NO. 1
PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME NO. 1

Why do we love what we love? Why are we drawn to certain things, even if those things make little sense in our lives?

Good questions, and ones I ask myself often.

Last fall, Project Upland’s A.J. DeRosa asked me to put pen to paper and write about my passion for fine shotguns. My piece is published below. It one of the essays featured in PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME NO. 1.

For the Heart

LOVE CAN BE HARD TO UNDERSTAND, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S for anything other than babies, puppies, and ice cream. Of all the things I love about upland hunting—my pointers flashing through the woods, the whirl of a flushing woodcock, the cidery smell of old apple trees—my lifelong affair with shotguns is the most difficult for me to comprehend.

I’m not from a family of hunters or shooters. My grandfather never killed a bird in his life. While my dad was a fisherman, he never owned a gun or fired a rifle. And I didn’t grow up on a farm with cornfields or stands of aspen outside my door. I grew up in Connecticut, down the street from a 7-Eleven and a strip mall anchored by a bar called the Amber Light Lounge & Cafe. But despite all this, bird hunting, and especially shotguns, have always been my thing.

When I was a kid, I pestered my father to take me to gun shops. I didn’t care about the rifles, and I didn’t stare at glass cases lined with revolvers and pistols. I wanted to see the shotguns. Most of the ones I came across were autoloaders and pumps: Remington 1100s, Winchester Model 12s. Sometimes there would be an O/U, usually a Browning Superposed. Those always commanded my attention. When I was thirteen, my family moved to northern New Hampshire. Now there were woods behind our house and, I would discover, grouse.

Me & a Westley Richards I owned, from PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME NO. 1
Me & a Westley Richards I owned, from PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME NO. 1

Our first bird season there my father borrowed two shotguns. The one for me was a 16-gauge Savage Fox Model B. I was fascinated with it. I had seen side-by-sides in a little newspaper I received called the Orvis News, but this was the first one I had held in my hands. With its two barrels aligned next to each other and double triggers, it looked awkward and outdated. But it also seemed more refined and purpose-built than any other shotgun I had come across. It suggested something . . . different? better? I wasn’t sure, but I was reluctant to give it back at the end of the season.

My father and I hunted grouse throughout my high school years, but he had little passion for it. I tugged us out the door early Saturday mornings and insisted we hunt every weekend. Fortunately, my father obliged. When I was fifteen, he indulged me again by taking me to buy my first shotgun: a 20-gauge Remington pump with a twenty-one-inch barrel and a straight stock. I hunted with it into my twenties.

I went to college near one of the largest gun shops in the country. The sales floor was crowded with racks of firearms, hundreds in all, and there were always dozens of shotguns for me to look at. I spent many Sunday afternoons there looking at the Rugers, Berettas, Parkers, and Foxes—shouldering one, then another, and another, flipping over the price tags, trying to find anything I could afford.

Collectors and hoarders have a lot in common; the first group is just more discriminating than the other. In my first ten years or so of chasing doubles, I was a hoarder. If a gun had two barrels, I wanted it. My first double was an A. H. Fox Sterlingworth. Then there was a Parker VHE. Both were 12s and both weighed around seven pounds. The bluing on the barrels had been worn to gray, and the checkering on both had been rubbed smooth. Neither fit me well. But I didn’t care. They were the classic American shotguns, they killed birds, and they were mine. I was proud to own them, and when I bought them, I swore I would never part with either one. Of course, when other doubles came along, my resolve faded, and I sold both.

Over the next decade I owned Ithaca NIDs, a run of 16-gauge L.C. Smith No. 2s, a SuperFox, and more Parkers, including a 12-gauge DHE pigeon gun with thirty-two-inch barrels. There were Francottes, W & C Scott Premiers, and Charles Daly Diamond grades. Boxlocks and sidelocks. A Purdey hammergun from the 1860s and a Merkel double rifle from the 1950s. Guns, guns, and more guns. Some I shot; most I didn’t. Regardless of whether or not I fired them, I studied every one and noted their mechanics, styling, and workmanship.

Along with guns, I also hoarded information: The Double Gun Journal and Shooting Sportsman, old catalogs from gunmakers like Boss & Co. and retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch, books by Michael McIntosh, Stephen Bodio, Donald Dallas, and Major Burrard. I loved learning the obscure language and knowledge of doubles as much as I enjoyed the history of the classic American and British makers. All this was the sun and water that grew my fondness for shotguns into a full obsession. Losing money is an excellent way to learn a lesson, and my hoarding period was an expensive education in buying and selling guns.

Me & a lock from a Westley Richards I owned, from PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME NO. 1
Me & a lock from a Westley Richards I owned, from PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME NO. 1

I learned how to spot reblued barrels, the right questions to ask a seller, and what dealers mean when they say a gun is “as new” (it’s totally redone). I learned how to measure up a set of barrels and the arcane language of shotgun proof marks. I also learned the value of original condition and, more importantly, how to spot it.

The most important thing my hoarding period taught me was what I thought was important. Like most people who get into guns, I started with an interest in what everyone else said was special: Parkers, Winchester Model 21s, Purdeys. After a while, I learned what was special to me: vintage British doubles (especially ones in their original cases), German O/Us made before World War II, and, above all, high-quality shotguns in original condition. When I concentrated on what I thought mattered, I became a collector. I learned to discriminate, and this taught me more about what moved me and who I am.

Why do we love the things we do? Perhaps it’s a search for wholeness or inspiration. Perhaps we’re looking to bring some type of beauty into our lives or connect with deep, profound currents running through all people for all time. Regardless, I know I can’t decide what I’ll love. My heart makes these decisions, and most make little sense to me. But if I want to feel satisfied and make my hours and days feel worthwhile, I need to follow its commands.

The first step to shooting a shotgun well…

Smooth and Consistent Shotgun Mount Video
Smooth and Consistent Shotgun Mount Video

Being an American, I grew up thinking there were some things I just knew how to do: skip a rock across a pond, spit, shoot a shotgun.

Of course, I wasn’t born knowing how to do any of these things. And when it came to shotguns, it took me a while to realize I didn’t know the first thing about shooting them.

Even though this video is called Smooth and Consistent Shotgun Mount – Sporting Clays Tip it’s really about picking up targets and getting in front of them, and breaking more clays (or dropping more birds). It takes a bit to get going, but the animation in the middle is worth checking out.

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.

Buy this gun! 20 gauge Beretta 686 Onyx OU, 2-bbl set …

Beretta 686 Onyx 20 gauge Over Under 2 Barrel Set
Beretta 686 Onyx 20 gauge Over Under 2 Barrel Set

Here’s one of the finest double-barrel shotguns you’re going to find. These Beretta 686s handle like OUs costing many times more. They’re also reliable, easy to fix, and with this kind of Onyx finish, just plain sexy. For grouse, woodcock, and quail, they’re just about ideal.

With two set of barrels, 26.5″ and 29.5″, and a price tag of just $1699.99, this one is extra special. That’s why I’m saying someone needs to buy this gun. If someone else doesn’t snatch it up soon, I just might be the one to do it.

Beretta 686 Onyx 20 Gauge Over Under 2 Barrel SetThis is a very nice Beretta 686 Onyx 2 barrel set. The pictured barrels are 26.5 inch matte black and the second set are 29.5 inch blue, both have vent ribs. The walnut stock and matching forearm are a nice grade of wood with a small hairline crack on the left side of the forearm. All in all a very nice shotgun at a very nice price.  Price: $1699.99
Caliber: 20 Gauge.

Beretta 686 Onyx 20 gauge Over Under 2 Barrel Set
Beretta 686 Onyx 20 gauge Over Under 2 Barrel Set

Chambers: 2 3/4 and 3 inch Over/Under with ejectors.
Metal Condition: Excellent.
Wood Condition: Very good with a small crack on the left side of the forearm.
Bore Condition: All are bright and shiny.
Barrels: 26.5 inch matte black and the second set are 29.5 inch blue.
Triggers: Single silver color.
Stock: Nice mid-grade walut with a checkered pistol grip.
Stock Dimensions:
15 inch LOP
Fore End: Matching checkered walnut with finger grooves.
Butt Pad: Replacement black rubber butt pad.
Weight: 6 Lbs 3 Oz with the 26.5 inch barrels.
Sights: Vent ribs with single front beads.
Chokes: Screw in, comes with 9 total chokes.
Extras: Comes with the second barrel and extra chokes.

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

Parker GH 8 Gauge SxS Shotgun
Parker GH 8 Gauge SxS Shotgun

Parker GH 8 Gauge SxS Shotgun36” Damascus Steel Barrels. 1 of only 16 made in this configuration. Year 1911. 13lbs, 2oz. Serial Number:  156790 Price: $14,000
Chokes: Full and Full, .048” Left and .054” Right
Bores: Very Good with very minor pitting (frosting) near the chambers.
Bore Diameter: 0.845” Left and 0.846” Right
Minimum Barrel Wall Thickness: 0.059” Left and 0.056” Right
Chambers: 3.25”
Ribs: Tight
Frame Size: #6
Extractors
Screws: Perfect
Engraving: Sharp
Trigger Type: Double
Type: Capped pistol grip with splinter forend, figured
LOP: 14.25”
DAC: 1.5”
DAH: 2.5”
Cast: 0
Checkering Condition: Excellent, Factory
Butt: Parker Dog’s Head Buttplate (DHBT)

ITHACA -20 GAUGE FLUES MODEL GRADE 4E - 28 INCH BARRELS CHOKED IC/M
ITHACA -20 GAUGE FLUES MODEL GRADE 4E – 28 INCH BARRELS CHOKED IC/M

ITHACA -20 GAUGE FLUES MODEL GRADE 4E – 28 INCH BARRELS CHOKED IC/MPISTOL GRIP WITH LOGO BUTTPLATE -EXCELLENT WOOD FIGURE -LOP 14″ DROPS 1 11/16″  X 2 3/4″ – WT. 5 LBS. 13 OZS. – GOLD PLATED DOUBLE TRIGGERS – AUTO SAFTEY – BARRLE BLUE 99% – CASE COLROS 90% – TOP LEVER RIGHT OF CENTER – SER.# 224XXX – IT WOULD HARD TO FIND ANOTHER 20 GA. 4E  WITH 28″ BLS. AS NICE AS THIS GUN .  APPEARS TO BE ALL ORIGINAL CONDIITON. Price: $9,000

BROWNING B25 GRADE 1 TRADITIONAL SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGEMADE 2002 30″ MOD AND FULL SOLID RIB 3″ CHAMBERS SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 6LBS 9 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 15 1/4″. Price: $7,500

BROWNING B25 GRADE 1 TRADITIONAL SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE
BROWNING B25 GRADE 1 TRADITIONAL SUPERPOSED 20 GAUGE
ANSLEY FOX 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN C GRADE
ANSLEY FOX 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN C GRADE

ANSLEY FOX 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN C GRADE: THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL ANSLEY FOX C GRADE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN WITH ENGRAVING.  THIS GUN HAS SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOOD I HAVE SEEN ON A GUN .  THIS GUN IS EQUIPPED WITH 30″ KRUPP BARRELS AND A 14″ LENGTH OF PULL.  THIS GUN WAS MANUFACTURED IN 1909. THIS GUN IS ALL ORIGINAL!!!!!!!!!!  Price: $6,300

BERETTA – RARE – S55  OU- 28ga – 28″ M / FVery Hard to Find in 28ga! 1976 – Beretta S55 – 28ga, 28″ M / F (.015 / .024) – LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 5 lbs. 13 oz. Condition is “Like New.” The S55 is the same gun as the BL3 – except for the engraving. Price: $1950

ERETTA - RARE - S55 OU- 28ga - 28" M / F:
ERETTA – RARE – S55 OU- 28ga – 28″ M / F:

Uplander. A quick video about what it’s all about…

Pheasant o2008 Pheasant opener in South Dakotapener in South Dakota
2008 Pheasant opener in South Dakota
A breeder I used to know was a blunt SOB. Within 30 minutes of our first meeting he cut me off mid sentence and said this: “Someday you’ll grow up and be done with that.”

We had been talking about pheasant hunting in South Dakota, and I had mentioned the numbers of birds we were killing out there. This was back in ’03, when we were seeing 4-500 pheasants a day on the ground we hunted. Limiting out wasn’t the problem. Limiting out before noon was.

But this arrogant breeder wasn’t impressed. He looked down on anyone who gauged success by the number of bird killed — especially if the birds were wild.

Back then, his attitude pissed me off. I get it now, though.

These days, even though I love to upland hunt, killing birds is far from my top priority. Feathers in hand are nice, and a dead bird every now and then does a lot to keep a bird dog interested in the game. but there’s a lot more that

Auction alert: 20 gauge Webley & Scott M700, 28″ bbls, nearly new…

WEBLEY & SCOTT Model 700 BLE, 20ga, 28" bbls
WEBLEY & SCOTT Model 700 BLE, 20ga, 28″ bbls

Here’s a chance to get a great SxS at a great price. This 20 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 SxS is on Gunbroker.com now, and it’s being sold without a reserve. The listing ends on 7/26/2016 @ 5:16 PM.

Scott M700s are the Timex watches of SxS, and this one is ready to take whatever licking you can give it. It’s built on Anson & Deeley-style boxlock actions, one of the finest shotgun designs ever created, and it looks unused and all original.

WEBLEY & SCOTT Model 700 BLE, 20ga, 28" bbls
WEBLEY & SCOTT Model 700 BLE, 20ga, 28″ bbls

WEBLEY & SCOTT Model 700 BLE, 20ga, 28″ bbls: Up for auction is a beautiful Webley & Scott model 700 side x side shotgun. This is a 20 gauge with 28″ inch ejector barrels that are choked IC and Mod. The LOP is 14 3/4 and the DAH is 1 3/4. This gun is very light and has fantastic balance. The gun is in excellent condition with all original finish. This is a 1960’s vintage gun that is very high quality and very hard to find. You will not be disappointed with this fine shotgun.

WEBLEY & SCOTT Model 700 BLE, 20ga, 28" bbls
WEBLEY & SCOTT Model 700 BLE, 20ga, 28″ bbls

Pointers aren’t supposed to do this….

You hear all sorts of “truths” about Pointers: They’re not personable; they make lousy house dogs; they don’t retrieve (not naturally, anyway). Sky is my third pointer, and just like my first two, she has shown me that all these “truths” are total BS. Watch this video to see her dispel the third.

Bargain bird gun: A 12g Bernardelli Gamecock boxlock…

ernardelli Gamecock 12g SxS 28" Straight Grip
Bernardelli Gamecock 12g SxS 28″ Straight Grip

A lot of people think you have spend thousands of dollars to get decent SxS shotgun. While you certainly can do that, you can also spend a lot less. Just take a look at this Bernardelli Gamecock. It’s just $800 and an absolute steal.

I think twelve-gauge game guns like this are the most versatile shotguns you can guy. You can load them up to take pheasants or down to hunt grouse or quail. Typically, they run around 6.5lbs — so not too heavy to carry all day and not too light to shoot well or soak up recoil.

This one is on an Anson &  Deeley action, so you know it’s tough and reliable. I’m pretty sure it has ejectors, too. Overall, it look like a real nice gun at an insanely low price.

ernardelli Gamecock 12g SxS 28" Straight Grip
Bernardelli Gamecock 12g SxS 28″ Straight Grip

Bernardelli Gamecock 12g SxS 28″ Straight Grip: DT, SS, SF, 12 gauge. This shotgun seems to have spent its life in a closet. Other than normal handling wear throughout its life, she is immaculate. All numbers match, checkering, blueing, bores are gorgeous. She still opens and closes like new. I had Mike Orlen hone the chokes to IC and Mod. Mike did his normal mirror finish and perfect regulation. Documentation included. Serial # is 97596. Excellent birdgun to last a lifetime and gorgeous, original case coloring. Price: $800

 

 

Auction alert: 28g Ruger Red Label, 28″ bbls, No Reserve….

Ruger Red Label 28g, 28" bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997
Ruger Red Label 28g, 28″ bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997

Here’s another one of these awesome OUs. These doubles are magic wands in the grouse woods. Most of the ones I see have pretty poor wood — but not this one. The 28″ barrels and straight grip are also hard to find.

This over-under is on Gunbroker.com now with No Reserve. The listing ends 7/24/2016 @ 9:18 PM.

Ruger Red Label 28g, 28″ bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997: This is an early gRed Label in a hard to find configuration. It comes with an english stock, 28″ barrels, 2 1/2″ drop and a 14 1/4″ LOP. Gun is about as nice as it gets. It comes with a very nice leather case with accessories and wooden cleaning rod as seen. Comes with 5 choke tubes.

Ruger Red Label 28g, 28" bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997
Ruger Red Label 28g, 28″ bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997
Ruger Red Label 28g, 28" bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997
Ruger Red Label 28g, 28″ bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997

Good gun alert: 20g Browning Citori OU, early model…

Browning Citori Superlight 20ga Over Under Shotgun
Browning Citori Superlight 20ga Over Under Shotgun

Here’s a deal on a great, all around upland shotgun. Browning introduced the Citori in 1973. Made in Japan, it was a simplified version of Browning’s already famous Superposed shotguns (which were made for them in Belgium).

Browning Citori Superlight 20ga Over Under ShotgunThis gun is an early Browning  Citori Superlight 20 ga with 26″ barrels choked improved cyl and modified fixed chokes. It is equipped with single selective trigger, ejectors, and 3″ chambers.  The gun comes as a straight gripped gun with Schnable forend. Price: $950

Browning Citori Superlight 20ga Over Under Shotgun
Browning Citori Superlight 20ga Over Under Shotgun
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