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Stunning Special order Ithaca Grade 2E 32 in Sxs
Stunning Special order Ithaca Grade 2E 32 in Sxs

Hard-core trap shooters are an odd bunch. They’ll do anything to get an edge. They’ll even shoot a gun with a stock like you see here.

Stunning Special order Ithaca Grade 2E 32 in Sxs
Stunning Special order Ithaca Grade 2E 32 in Sxs

Stunning Special order Ithaca Grade 2E 32 in SxS: Unique and historic Ithaca trap gun. 32 in SWAMPED RIB barrels and High Monte Carlo stock. As shown in other Ithaca Models in Lawrence (Lon) Smith’s book Better Trap Shooting. IN exceptional original condition, this gun would make a superb addition to a serious double gun or trap shooting collection.

Stunning Special order Ithaca Grade 2E 32 in Sxs
Stunning Special order Ithaca Grade 2E 32 in Sxs

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

E.J.CHURCHILL PREMIERE XXV 28 GAUGE
E.J.CHURCHILL PREMIERE XXV 28 GAUGE

E.J.CHURCHILL PREMIERE XXV 28 GAUGE: 25″ BARRELS, 007″ AND 010″, 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKERS CASE, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 4LBS 12 OZ, 2  1/8″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 14  1/16″ LOP. Price: $28,500

Westley Richards 20 Bore Drop Lock Deluxe
Westley Richards 20 Bore Drop Lock Deluxe

Westley Richards 20 Bore Drop Lock Deluxe: This is the early variation that has the removable bottom plate.  Engraving is the Deluxe style with dogs and game with deep relief Chisel type scroll.  Overall condition is about excellent.  Engraving is crisp, checkering is sharp to the touch and well defined. Barrels show the typical early style of London re-black. Bores are mint. Absolutely beautiful gun. Barrels: 28 Inch with 2 1/2″ Chambers. Bores; .624 R & .625 L Min. Wall: .024 R & .026 L, Chokes: IC & Mod.  Constrictions: .008 R & .020 L, Engraving: Deluxe Grade Game Scene and Relief, Action: Hand Detachable Lock (Droplock), Stock: High Quality Circassian, Butt: Half Inch Black Pachmayr Old English, L.O.P.13 3/4″, Weight5 lbs. 14.7 oz, Stock Dimensions:1 3/8″ x 2 1/8″ x 13 3/4″ with 3/8 cast off at heel and 1/2 cast off at toe. Price: $25,900

Army & Navy - Box Lock Ejector - .470 Nitro Express
Army & Navy – Box Lock Ejector – .470 Nitro Express

Army & Navy – Box Lock Ejector – .470 Nitro Express: 26″ Barrel, LOP 15-1/2, Weight 11 lbs. 1 oz. Bore is Excellent Plus with Sharp Rifling the Entire Way. Price: $22,750

James MacNaughton ~ This is the rare and sought after Skeleton Frame gun which is so beautiful
James MacNaughton ~ This is the rare and sought after Skeleton Frame gun which is so beautiful

James MacNaughton ~ This is the rare and sought after Skeleton Frame gun which is so beautiful!: Hammerless Sidelocks – This is the highly sought after Scottish round action with the skeleton frame giving it the appearance of a bar in wood. What a joy this would be to carry on that late winter snowy pheasant hunt. Where the metal action-ed double would be nice in your hand, this lovely killing machine with mostly wood in the hand would be warm to the carry. Serial Number: 2087, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 28″, Barrel Type: Steel, Action: Trigger plate round action, Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 9/16″, Stock Heel: 2 3/16″, LOP: 15 7/16″ ( 14 3/8″ of wood), Weight: 7 lbs. 1 oz., Choke Left: .013 IC, Choke Right: .006 Skeet, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .030″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .027″. Price: $16,500

Parker side by side, 16ga, VHE-grade, 28” barrels
Parker side by side, 16ga, VHE-grade, 28” barrels

Parker 16 Gauge VHE – Grade double barrel: 28” barrels, ejectors. Manufacturer: Parker
Serial Number: 217568. Price: $1,800

Holy cr@p. This thing’s worth how much?

(A) TRULY SUPERB QUALITY, BEAUTIFULLY RELIEF GOLD INLAID AND ENGRAVED PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY KOEZ
(A) TRULY SUPERB QUALITY, BEAUTIFULLY RELIEF GOLD INLAID AND ENGRAVED PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY KOEZ

Sometimes I think I know a lot about old doubles. Then a gun like this one pops up, and I realize how much I need to learn.

(A) TRULY SUPERB QUALITY, BEAUTIFULLY RELIEF GOLD INLAID AND ENGRAVED PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY KOEZ
(A) TRULY SUPERB QUALITY, BEAUTIFULLY RELIEF GOLD INLAID AND ENGRAVED PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY KOEZ

Morphy Auctions sold it last month, and it hammered down for $225,000. With the 20% buyer’s premium, that means someone thought this gun was worth $270,000! I’ve studied the pictures and read the description over and over, and I have to say: I have no idea why a person would think that.

(A) TRULY SUPERB QUALITY, BEAUTIFULLY RELIEF GOLD INLAID AND ENGRAVED PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY KOEZ
(A) TRULY SUPERB QUALITY, BEAUTIFULLY RELIEF GOLD INLAID AND ENGRAVED PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY KOEZ

(A) TRULY SUPERB QUALITY, BEAUTIFULLY RELIEF GOLD INLAID AND ENGRAVED PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY KOEZI: (ca 1850) This exceptional example of the gunmakers art has 31 – 1/8″ intricately patterned Damascus barrels with slightly raised broad game rib, gold inlaid with makers names and the addresses “Varsovie” (Warsaw) and “Faubourg de Eracovie” (suburb of Krakow), and with serial number “388”. Heer lists Jachimek I Sosnowski (circa 1850-60) in Warsaw but does not have an entry for Koezi. The rib is also flush gold inlaid with scenes of hounds, coursing stags and boar, as well as a small vignette of game birds, all in nicely detailed and engraved backgrounds. Sides of barrels are semi relief gold inlaid with mounted hunters and hounds chasing a fox on right, and a stag on left. These backgrounds are also well detailed; and gold inlaid rose bouquets accent ends of scenes. Bottoms of barrels are stamped with Belgian black powder proofs and bottom of right barrel is stamped “H. VINCENT”. An ebony ramrod with silver mushroom tip and brass tail (worm under cap) is held by two plain pipes. Patent breeches with vented platinum blow-outs are case hardened and nicely filed. Breech iron has integral fences, and is gold inlaid with mounted huntress. French grey isolated bar locks with tall serpentine round bodied hammers are relief gold inlaid and engraved en suite with barrels with hunters and hounds chasing fox on right and boar on left. Hammers are embellished with gold rose bouquets. Trigger plate, also French grey, has stylized pineapple finial matching thimble. These pieces also have gold rose bouquets. Blued trigger guard depicts more relief gold hunters with mounted pair on trigger guard about to finish off a wolf. Rifleman on trigger guard tang is taking aim at a lion. These scenes continue onto top tang of blued buttplate. A vacant silver shield is at top of grip, and rear of barrel channels in stock are protected by hallmarked gold washed silver guard. Superb lightly fiddle figured blackest ebony stock has relief acanthus carved panels at grip in place of checkering, and with triangles on sides of butt. Barrels attach to stock with captive sliding side bolt through oval steel escutcheons, lightly scroll engraved and with gold borders. Gun and accessories are housed in extravagant Brazilian rosewood case with four pin key-locking closure. Top of case is inlaid with engraved brass scrolls highlighted by tortoise shell infill with silver, ivory, and turquoise inlaid floral accents. Large central motif is topped by a pair of cherubs either side of an imperial crown. Top is outlined by brass and silver bands, and edge is of carved beaded rosewood. Interior is lined in red velvet with gold braid surround. A thin silk pillow with more gold braid accents separates top from bottom compartment. Bottom is French fitted for a multitude of exceptional quality steel and ebony accessories. These include a beautifully scroll and game scene embossed copper bodied German silver top powder flask by James Dixon with matching shot pouch having brown Morocco leather body. Other accessories include ebony handled nipple wrench, lead dipper, and cleaning rod. Steel accessories are all very finely turned, knurled and polished, and include a wad punch, mainspring vice, powder measure, oil bottle, and bullet mold. CONDITION: Excellent, showing little use, and only minor handling marks, and finish loss mostly from rubbing in case. Mechanically excellent. Case exterior shows added finish and considerable replacement of tortoise shell with red lacquer infill. 8″ piece of top surround is missing at right edge, and a 12″ crack is evident at lower right side of top. Interior cloth is very fine, somewhat faded, as would be expected. There are rubs and compressions from contact with gun and accessories. Protective pillow shows some fraying at right edge, gold braid somewhat tarnished. Accessories are generally excellent with minor staining and grime. Just a wonderful gun. MGM38. AccessoriesCase, Accessories Barrel Length31 – 1/8″ Barrel Wall Thickness(L) .030 (R) .036 Chamber ChokeNone Drop at Comb1 – 1/2″- Drop at Heel2″ FFL StatusAntique Gauge10 Bore Internal Bore Diameter(L) .745 (R) .745 Length of Pull14 – 1/8″ ManufacturerKoezi & Jachimek ModelPercussion SXS Paperwork Weight8 lbs. 0 oz. Serial Number388

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

 

JD DOUGALL Lockfast, Side Lever Back action hammer Express, .500 3" BPE Mfg 1869 Exceptional condition
JD DOUGALL Lockfast, Side Lever Back action hammer Express, .500 3″ BPE Mfg 1869 Exceptional condition

JD DOUGALL Lockfast, Side Lever Back action hammer Express, .500 3″ BPE Mfg 1869 Exceptional condition: Serial #  2719, Barrel Length (in Inches). 28″ Damascus barrels. Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip, Silvers pad. Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm with pin release. Rib Type  Level Flat Rib with express sights (1 standing 2 folding). Receiver Finish  Casehardened with lots of original colors remaining. Engraving Type  Fine Scroll Engraving. Other Options  Stalking safties and action safety. Condition  EXC. Plus Condition. Weight  8#14oz. Dimensions  14″ LOP. Other Details  Mfg 1869, Spotless bores with sharp rifling. Price: $18,500

Beretta ASEL 20g OU Shotgun 28" Bbls
Beretta ASEL 20g OU Shotgun 28″ Bbls

Beretta ASEL 20g OU Shotgun 28″ Bbls: Good to very good. SN- 12083. 5 1/2 lbs. Comb 1 1/4″. Heel 2 1/4″. LOP 14 1/4″ to checkered butt. Cast 0″. Ejectors. Manual safety. 28″ bbls. M/IM. Double triggers. 2 3/4″ chambers. Amazingly light bird gun. Sweet solid rib. Nice condition. Rear swivel stud replaced with screw. Stock appears refinished, but not over sanded or abused. Price: $7900

Parker VH 20 Gauge (High Original Condition)
Parker VH 20 Gauge (High Original Condition)

Parker VH 20 Gauge (High Original Condition): 28″ Chokes: M – F L.O.P. : 14 1/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 6 lbs 2 oz Ser. #: 215699. Price: $4,950

Renato Gamba - Princi Pessa, 28ga. 26" Barrels.
Renato Gamba – Princi Pessa, 28ga. 26″ Barrels.

Renato Gamba – Princi Pessa, 28ga. 26″ Barrels: Single trigger, straight grip,  ¾”pad, Splinter forend, extractor gun, beautiful gold inlayed woodcock on trigger guard bow, case colored frame, game rib, gun remains in great condition. Available for immediate delivery. 6 lbs. 0 oz. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2”. Price: $1,850

BERETTA 686 ONYX 20 GA., 28" BBLS, WITH BOXvv
BERETTA 686 ONYX 20 GA., 28″ BBLS, WITH BOX

BERETTA 686 ONYX 20 GA., 28″ BBLS, WITH BOX: LOP 14 1/2″. DROP 1 3/4″ X 2 1/2″. Price: $1500

Good gun alert: 12g Parker DHE Repro, double triggers …

Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26" IC & MOD
Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26″ IC & MOD

Here are 3 reasons I love this Parker Repro SxS: It has double triggers, it has a long-ish 14 3/4″ LOP, and it looks nearly new.

Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26" IC & MOD
Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26″ IC & MOD

Parker Reproductions came about in 1984, the Parker as the brainchild of Parker collector Tom Skeuse. These guns were made in Japan by Olin-Kodensha, builders of Winchester 101s.

They’re great guns for anyone who loves America’s famous double-barrel shotguns and wants all that vintag character without all the vintage-gun hassles (worn out parts, poor repairs, lousy stock dimensions, etc).

Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26" IC & MOD
Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26″ IC & MOD

Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26″ IC & MOD for sale: Just in time for hunting season a nice very lightly used 12ga with great chokes & dimensions.  Just a handful of teeny handling marks. Virtually all finishes remain…. deep case color & blue.  26″ IC & MOD chokes.  6# 11 oz. 14 3/4″ to a skeleton buttplate.  NO PAD!   1 5/16″  2 1/4″. Factory case & slipcover lightly used. Minor wear. Price: $3795

Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26" IC & MOD
Parker Reproduction DHE 12ga 26″ IC & MOD

Auction alert: 20g Savage Fox A Grade SxS, No Reserve…

Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:
Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:

The Savage Fox A Grade shotgun you see here is an odd duck. It’s on Gunbroker.com now with No Reserve. The listing ends 8/25/2019 1:50 PM.

Savage Arms introduced these Savage Fox A Grades a few years ago, and what makes them odd is the fact that the only thing they have in common with a vintage Fox A Grade is the “Fox” name.

Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:
Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:

But that doesn’t mean the Savage Fox A Grade is a bad gun. In fact, I think it’s better than the real thing, and right now, the one you see here is an absolute steal.

Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:
Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:

The new Savage Fox A Grade is actually a CSMC RBL with different aesthetics. That’s a good thing because the RBL is a well built, it used the tried-and-true Anson & Deeley-style boxlock action, and features modern metals, modern stock dimensions,  choke tubes, and comes with a case.

Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:
Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge:

Savage Arms FOX Grade A 20 Gauge: The Savage Arms Fox A Grade is a side by side shotgun. This particular version is chambered in 20 gauge and features a hammer-less Anson Deeley-style box lock action along with Holland & Holland style extractors. The double triggers and case colored receiver add to the overall look. Undoubtedly the precision cut checkered American Black Walnut stock featuring an oil finished is something for the eye to behold. The Fox A Grade side by side is a work of art which belongs in a museum but can happily reside on your arm and in the field with you for years to come. Savage Arms Fox A Grade Side By Side Shotgun, 20 Gauge 28″ barrel. Comes with original box, papers etc. It’s in unfired like new condition.

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

Piotti BSEE 28 Gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS
Piotti BSEE 28 Gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS

Piotti BSEE 28 Gauge Boxlock Ejector SxS: 29 1/2″ Chokes: Mod/Full L.O.P. : 14 7/8″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 5 lbs 12 oz Ser. #: A033. Price: $18,900

W.C.SCOTT BEST PREMIER QUALITY SXS 10 BORE
W. & C. SCOTT BEST PREMIER QUALITY SXS 10 BORE

W. & C. SCOTT BEST PREMIER QUALITY SXS 10 BORE: 32″  DAMASCUS BARRELS GREAT BORES, 2 7/8″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EXTRACTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR, VINTAGE ENGLISH CASE, 9LBS 11 OZ, 3″ DAH, 2″ DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $12,500

Superb Antique 12ga Parker DH in closet queen original condition! for sale
Superb Antique 12ga Parker DH in closet queen original condition! for sale

Superb Antique 12ga Parker DH in closet queen original condition: Rarely do we find early damascus guns in incredible condition. Most of the high condition Parkers are in the 175k SN range and newer. When you study a gun like this DH, you can see why Parker sold 240k guns. They made really beautiful firearms.

This particular gun is in the 82k SN range and made on a 1-1/2 frame. It has 28″ Damascus barrels with brilliant pattern, virtually all of which remains in pristine condition. The bores are brilliant and shiny. Made with splinter forend, double triggers, and extractors. The action is engraved in typical early DH pattern and retains more than 80% bold original case color. Stocks retain nearly all of their original finish. The quality of the wood on this gun cannot be overstated. The original skeleton buttplate retains more than 1/2 of the original blued finish as does the trigger guard.

Technical details: Right barrel- .731 with .025 Choke, Left Barrel .731 with .037 choke. Weight: 7lbs 5oz. 2-5/8″ chambers. LOP- 14″ to original skeleton BP. DAC 1-7/8″. DAH 3-1/8″

If you have ever wanted a truly high original condition early Damascus Parker, look no further. It would take a lifetime of searching to improve on the overall quality and condition of this fine early Parker. Price: $8395

Fox A Grade 20 Gauge – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK, NICE!, vintage firearms inc
Fox A Grade 20 Gauge – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK, NICE!, vintage firearms inc

Fox A Grade 20 Gauge – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK, NICE!, vintage firearms inc: General Specs: Fox, Year 1938, 20 Gauge, 5lb 14oz, Chokes M/F, LOP 14 1/4″, DAH 2 5/8″, DAC 1 9/16″. Serial Number: 203917. Many gun lovers reading this ad regularly scour the internet for good deals on Fox shotguns.  One thing for certain; the availability of graded 20ga. Fox shotguns has dwindled to nearly zero.  Shooter/collectors have recognized the Fox 16ga. and 20ga. guns are the most well balanced, lightest weight, best handling guns of all the vintage American doubles.  It is also known that they have the simplest, most reliable actions as well.  They only made about 2400 A Grade 20ga. Fox guns, with likely less than 2000 remaining in action due to loss and damage. This little Fox A Grade, sn203917 produced in 1938, is an awesome find.  First, it is a factory English style grip, which is very rare (less than 10% made with English grip, or 240 guns).  The handling characteristics and aesthetics of an English grip little Fox is as close as an American double gun will come to being comparable to the finest English makers.  This gun weighs just 5lbs. 14oz. and balances dead on the hinge pin…it seems to float to your shoulder and balances perfectly in hand.  Next, the wood on the gun has much more figure than you will normally find on and A Grade Fox, and we all love nice wood!  Then we have this beautiful condition and pleasing patina to this gun, with 65% bright vivid factory case color, perfect screws, superb wood to metal fit, modern dimensions with the original butt plate…all these things add up to a superior vintage Fox gun.  The factory order card shows the gun “as shipped”; even the chokes and chambers are unaltered since leaving the factory.  Due to damage, loss, poor restorations, etc. there are only a few genuine, honest, factory correct, high-condition straight stocked Fox A Grade 20ga. guns left in the world, and the guys that own them are not likely to be selling them soon.  This Fox has perfect mechanics, excellent bores, and is tight as new on breech face and hinge pin.  THIS IS A “VFI CERTIFIED” GUN, meaning we stripped the forend iron and receiver to the smallest parts, ran it through the Ultrasonic cleaner, inspected all parts for integrity and function, then lubricated and reassembled (a $275 service!). VFI CERTIFIED guns carry a 90-day mechanical warranty. It is hard enough to find a decent A Grade 20ga. nowadays, let alone with a well figured English stock. Don’t let this one escape you. It will be a long time until another Fox A Grade 20 this nice is offered for sale. It will continue to gain value as you enjoy its use, so it is a grand investment tool for your hard-earned funds. Thanks for looking! Price: $6,450

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga ~ OU ~ 28" bbls
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga ~ OU ~ 28″ bbls

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga ~ OU ~ 28″ bbls: Chambers: 3″, Metal Condition: Excellent , Wood Condition: Very good with light handling marks, Bore Condition: Bright, Barrels: 28″, Triggers: Single select trigger , Stock: Checkered walnut, Stock Dimensions: 14.75″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered walnut, Butt Pad: Rubber recoil pad, Weight: 6lbs 2ozs, Sights: Front bead, Chokes: Modified and Full, Extras: Comes with case. Item Location: Cabela’s. Fort Worth, TX. Price: $1,399.99

Auction alert: 12g John Dickson & Sons of Edinburgh Scottish SxS Shotgun …

John Dickson & Sons of Edinburgh Scottish 12 gauge SxS Shotgun
John Dickson & Sons of Edinburgh Scottish 12 gauge SxS Shotgun

Here’s a last-minute alert for what looks like a nice double. This Dickson SxS is on Gunbroker.com now. The listing end today, 4/15/2019, @ 9:36 PM. It’s a No Reserve sale and right now the gun is cheap. So if you like it, bid — you could get a deal.

John Dickson & Sons of Edinburgh Scottish 12 gauge SxS Shotgun
John Dickson & Sons of Edinburgh Scottish 12 gauge SxS Shotgun

John Dickson & Sons of Edinburgh Scottish 12 gauge SxS Shotgun: Double Hammerless Boxlock by J. Dickson & Sons of Edinburgh; ca.1920 Edinburgh Production; 12 Bore; Barrels: 30″ Chopper Lump Steel, Game Rib; Chambers: 3″; Choked: Modified & Full; Shared Extractor; Min. Wall Thickness: .033″ & .035″; Pistol Grip Walnut Stock: LOP: 14 1/2″; Drops: 1 3/4″ & 2 1/2″; Weight: 7lbs. 11oz.; Reproved at London Proof House in 1997 (Still in Proof)

John Dickson & Sons of Edinburgh Scottish 12 gauge SxS Shotgun
John Dickson & Sons of Edinburgh Scottish 12 gauge SxS Shotgun

Stunning, second-grade hammerless boxlock by J. Dickson & Sons of Edinburgh…manufactured between the wars, this bespoke J. Dickson represents a lovely example of the work produced by one of Scotland’s most celebrated makers. Identified by serial number and confirmed by feature, this model was regarded as the second of five grades, and would have been customized to the original buyers taste. The features include a 30″ barrel of durable fluid steel, shared extractor, Anson & Deeley action with third cross-bolt fastener, 3″ chamber, pistol grip stock of fancy flamed Walnut, and embellishment in the form of 75% coverage Acanthus scroll engraving from one of Edinburgh’s most accomplished masters. A remarkably original example, this gun was undoubtedly ordered by someone of means and-despite the British tradition of frequent refurbishment-appears to have only seen standard maintenance, as well as a period reblue of the barrels and refreshing of the stock, with the factory case colors, although softening, remaining at a lovely 60%. A stunning example of an English classic from the end of Britain’s golden age of gun making, this shotgun-reproved in 1997 and ready for trips afield this Fall-would be an outstanding addition to any discriminating collection.

Condition

Excellent, the re-blackened barrels are at 90%, the original bluing on the underside of the frame is evenly faded but remains at a lovely 75%, with the frame displaying softening but rich pastel case color hues trending from pink to violet and blue. There is dried lubricant, as well some honest fading, but neither rust or pitting are present on any metal surface. The markings include matching numbers, period Birmingham House proofs, J. Dickson & Sons signature on the sides of the receiver and Edinburgh address on the top rib of the barrel. None of the markings have been buffed, and the engraving is brilliantly executed, and finely preserved with crisp edges. Other markings include an importer mark on the barrel from the shotgun’s re-import in 1997, as well as London House proofing from that period-the gun remains in proof. The furniture displays some handling marks and a tight, non-flexing hairline crack extending from the right of the upper tang that, having been properly attended to, does not extend all the way through. The stock is capped with a horn grip cap and period Silver’s rubber recoil pad, and the forend, fitted with an Anson & Deeley release and ebony tip, is original and excellent. Mechanically flawless, the lock up is tight with both bores on face, the gun exhibits unparalleled balance, and both bores-clean and mirror bright-are excellent to near-mint.

Auction alert: 28g Sigarms L.L. Bean New Englander OU …

Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean "New Englander" 28 Bore O/U Shotgun
Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean “New Englander” 28 Bore O/U Shotgun

Here’s a great double that coming up at Morphy Auctions on Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019. The auction starts at 9:00 AM Eastern.

Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean "New Englander" 28 Bore O/U Shotgun
Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean “New Englander” 28 Bore O/U Shotgun

As the auctioneer states, these guns were made in Italy by B. Rizzini for Sigarms (Sig Sauer) and the retailed by L.L. Bean. I’ve always thought they were great looking double and great deals. This one looks little used, and it even comes with its original case, chokes tubes, and accessories.

Lot 1477, Case for Sigarms L.L. Bean "New Englander" 28 Bore O/U Shotgun
Lot 1477, Case for Sigarms L.L. Bean “New Englander” 28 Bore O/U Shotgun

Lot 1477, Cased Sigarms L.L. Bean “New Englander” 28 Bore O/U Shotgun: Made by B. Rizzini for Sigarms, this special series made exclusively for L.L. Bean of Maine. The gun is a boxlock over-under with auto ejectors, gold plated single selective trigger and non-auto safety. With the gun are interchangeable screw-in chokes. The barrels are fitted with a low profile matted ventilated rib with brass front bead. The well figured Turkish walnut, stock with ball grip and round nosed forend with Anson type push button release which is near fully checkered. Case colored frame. Both sides of the frame have “L.L. Bean” in gold. Bottom of frame has “New Englander” in gold. Housed in a “Sigarms” hard case with gray foam lining. Original paperwork is also included. CONDITION: Excellent as very lightly field used. Retains more than 97% original finish to both wood and metal. Checkering is crisp. Mechanics are crisp and bores are bright and shiny. Case is excellent with minor wear. JSL Accessories: Case Barrel Length: 26 – 1/2″ Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Tubes. Length Of Pull: 14 – 3/4″

Auction alert: 8-gauge Ralph Grant SxS plus ammo …

8 gauge Ralph Grant Boxlock SxS shotgun
8 gauge Ralph Grant Boxlock SxS shotgun

Here’s something you almost never see for sale in the U.S: A modern 8g SxS shotgun. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction ends on 2/4/2019 @ 8:30 PM.

These days, 8-gauge shotguns are mythical beasts, like Gryphons or a Hydras.  But at the end of the 19th century and into the first part of the 20th, good-quality 8 gauge shotguns were common up and down the Eastern seaboard and anywhere in the US where guys hunted waterfowl. And no, they weren’t used as “market” guns. Instead, they were used to pass shoot ducks, geese, and swans at long ranges.

8 gauge Ralph Grant Boxlock SxS shotgun
8 gauge Ralph Grant Boxlock SxS shotgun

Unfortunately, in the 1930s the Federal Government outlawed the use of 8 gauges on migratory birds, and that killed demand for them. Today, some states allow you to use them for turkeys and predator hunting. Others state don’t allow you to hunt with them at all.

That being said, the 8 gauges have always had a following in the UK and they remain legal. This gun was made to meet that demand. Built in Spain and imported into Great Britain, it found its way over here. Now you have the chance to bring it home.

8 gauge Ralph Grant Boxlock SxS shotgun
8 gauge Ralph Grant Boxlock SxS shotgun

Ralph Grant Eight Bore SXS Shotgun plus Ammo 8 Ga: Ralph Grant, a retailer from Leicester, England marketed these fine Spanish made shotguns in England and the water table bears both Eibar and Birmingham proofs. Made in 1985, it features 32” barrels with 3-1/2” chambers, full chokes (fixed) and raised matted rib with mid and front beads, engraved and coin finished double bite boxlock action with bushed firing pins and automatic safety, double bordered hand checkered stocks with beavertail forend with Anson release and 14-5/8” LOP butt with ventilated recoil pad.

8 gauge ammo for the 8g Ralph Grant Boxlock SxS shotgun
8 gauge ammo for the 8g Ralph Grant Boxlock SxS shotgun

It comes with two sealed boxes and two loose rounds of English made Gamebore Cartridge Company, Ltd. The Mammoth Heavy Load 3-1/2” black powder 2-ounce number 5’s for a total of 22 cartridges. It is in excellent condition retaining 98% high luster blue with thinning at the muzzles and breech ends, 99% bright finished frame, perfect bores and completely sound stocks with scattered light to moderate handling marks. Lock-up is 100% on-face with zero play, the top lever comes to rest well right of center and the action works perfectly. Ya know that bird that’s laughing at you from way up there? Ruin his day.

Auction alert: 20g Beretta BL3 OU, 26″ bbls …

 

Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

Yes — another auction alert for 20g Beretta BL-3. I can’t help myself. These are great guns for short money, and I feel obligated to get the word out about everyone one I come across. This one is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends Sunday, 1/20/2019 @10:00 PM.

But there’s one thing to point out about this listing: It’s an “AS IS – No refund or exchange” sale. So when you buy, it’s yours — regardless of any issues you discover. Even though this guns looks pretty clean and original, here are a few questions I suggest asking the seller before bidding:

  • Are the barrels tight and on the face?
  • Are there any dents, dings, or bulges in the barrels? Any pitting?
  • Does the gun cock, fire, and function as it should?
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

Beretta Model BL-3 in 20GA with 26″ Barrel: (IC/M) and inertia trigger. Barrels are Improved Cylinder and Modified with a selector which one will go first. Excellent condition. Manufactured about the end of the 60’s, beginning of the 70’s.

Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

Auction alert: Per-War, 12g Merkel 201E Over Under …

Lot #277 - Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun
Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun

Don’t be afraid of this double. I know it’s an old German OU with two features Americans shy away from (a cheekpiece and sling swivels), but I guarantee you it’s a nice shotgun. PA Auction Center in Quarryville, PA, has it and the live auction begins Saturday, Jan 19, 2019, @ 11:00 AM Eastern.

Lot #277 - Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun
Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun

Merkel is one of the world’s oldest gunmakers, and, in a lot of ways, they initiated the creation of the modern OUs we shoot today.

Lot #277 - Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun
Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun

According to the seller, this Merkel was built in 1937. That’s when the company’s gunmaking skills were near their peak, and OUs from that era are incredibly well made. They were also expensive. In their day, even lower-grade Merkels like this cost more than most Foxes, Parker, or L.C. Smiths.

Lot #277 - Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun
Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre War 12 Ga OU Shotgun

Lot #277 – Merkel 201E Pre-War 12 Ga: Over-and-under with auto ejectors, full choke, solid rib, boxlock, double trigger, ivory bead, elaborately engraved frame, raised cheekpiece stock, 28 1/2″ barrel, SN 24844. Made in 1937. 14 1/4″ LOP. Includes a copy of the production card. Condition: Some normal wear but in overall great condition. Mirror bores.

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

 

RARE PARKER BROS. AAH {LIVE PIGEON} DOUBLE 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
RARE PARKER BROS. AAH {LIVE PIGEON} DOUBLE 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

RARE PARKER BROS. AAH {LIVE PIGEON} DOUBLE 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN12 gauge, 30″ with the Whitworth steel barrels marked “PIGEON”, No. 2 frame,  extractor’s, gold plated double triggers, and non-automatic safety.   Shipped March 1, 1895, to Griffith & Temple Co., Louisville, KY. for P.L. Atherton.  The original stock was a half pistol grip.  Returned to the factory on Dec. 6, 1895 for a straight grip stock to be fitted to the gun with a pull measuring 14 1/2″.  Comb: 1 3/8″  Heel: 2 3/8″.  Factory records further indicate that Parker notables Runge, Rockwell, Stokes, and Phenix performed work on this gun.   The gun is accompanied by its factory letter and a copy of the ledger.  A letter from Larry Del Grego dated Feb 3, 1976, is included indicating the extent of his work on the gun.   Serial number 80729   In excellent condition with the barrels retaining all of the blue and perfect bores.  Beautiful wood and checkering.  Mechanically perfect. Price: $29,500

Scarce and Extremely Desirable Beretta AS-EL OU in 20ga
Scarce and Extremely Desirable Beretta AS-EL OU in 20ga

Scarce and Extremely Desirable Beretta AS-EL OU in 20ga: We are proud to bring to you this scarce and extremely desirable Beretta ASEL over and under shotgun in 20 gauge.  This shotgun appears to be in its original condition.  The 27.5-inch solid rib barrels displays a beautiful shiny bore with a fixed improved cylinder and modified choke.  The automatic ejectors work perfectly.  The action is smooth with a tight lock up.  The length of pull from the front trigger to the end of the checkered butt is 14 inch with a 1.25-inch drop at the comb and 2.25-inch drop at the heel.  This weighs in at a total 5.5lbs.  Don’t let this pass you by as they are extremely hard to find! Price: $8999.99

Stephen Grant Sidelock SxS with stunning Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels in its makers case:
Stephen Grant Sidelock SxS with stunning Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels in its maker’s case:

Stephen Grant Sidelock SxS with stunning Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels in its maker’s case: The condition of this fine shotgun is very nice and appears in original condition seeing little if no restoration. There is a small stock extension which we could remove and replace with a fine leather covered pad if one would like for a LOP up to 15 1/2″. Completed in 1903 this is a true Edwardian era gun ( Queen Victoria died in 1901 thank you Austin). The gun is found in an original Grant case which also is in very nice original condition. Serial Number: 7450, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 30″, Barrel Type: Damascus, Action: Sidelock  Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 7/16″, Stock Heel: 2″, Stock Cast: 1/8″, LOP: 15″ (14 1/2″ original), Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz., Choke Left: .017″ Mod, Choke Right: .010″ IC, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .025″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .024″. Price: $8,600

12G KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN
12G KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN

12G KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN: #654A, 12 ga., 31” bbls., extremely full choke almost down to a 16 bore, fully raised matted rib with 2 ivory beads, action engraved with game scenes, left side has a fox watching 4 pheasants flying, right side has 2 pointers watching 4 grouse flying, both are in an outdoor scene with brush, trees, hills & so forth, bottom of frame has a hawk sitting on a dead Mallard in an oval, also has “FCR” initials in gold on bottom of trigger guard with engraved scene around it, bbls. are also engraved & marked “Bohler Antinit”, the right side of bbls. marked “Nitro”, SST, ejectors, cocking indicators, top tang safety, flat panel on both sides of stock behind the receiver, fancy checkered PG with engraved steel PG cap, oval gold inlay in bottom of stock, leather covered recoil pad, 15” pull, checkered forend with Deeley lever forend release, beautiful condition with 100% bbl. blue, mint bores, 100% casehardening, very high quality. Price: $6950 

CASED ALEXANDER HENRY DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
CASED ALEXANDER HENRY DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

CASED ALEXANDER HENRY DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN: This gun features a top opening lever system. Excellent condition 28-inch barrels retaining nearly all the bright Damascus finish. Vivid case colors on the hammers and sidelocks. Walnut stocks are in very good condition measuring 14-1/4 inches to the end of the correct leather covered rubber buttpad. Checkering is crisp and sharp. Mechanical condition is excellent. This is an absolutely beautiful outfit fitted in an oak and leather case with brass corners. Looks like the inside has been re-lined with red felt. It has the original Alexander Henry label inside the lid. Complete with some snap caps, 3-piece cleaning rod, and an oil jar. Price: $ 5,975.

 

 

Grouse hunters: Here’s your dream Parker SxS…

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE
PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE

Ruffed grouse hunting isn’t for sissies. There are no horse-drawn carriages to ride in or wide-open fields to stroll through, and no one pushes birds your way as you block a shelterbelt.

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE
PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE

If you want to chase these ruffed grouse, you need to get in the woods and get dirty. You’re going to get scratched up and bruised, and you’re going to carry your gun a lot.

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE
PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE

That’s why lightweight doubles are popular with experienced grouse guys.

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE
PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE

The Parker VH you see here is 16 gauge built on a 0 frame (frame = action, Parker actions ran from 000-frames, used on .410s and 28 gauges, to 7-frames, used on 10 and 8 gauges). It weighs just 5lbs, 13oz — lighter than a lot of 20-gauges – and about a pound less than your typical 16-gauge Parker.

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE
PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE26″ BARRELS, IMP-CYL. AND FULL, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, JIM GEARY STAMP. TIGHT ON FACE, BARRELS RING BEAUTIFULLY.  UNTURNED SCREWS, GOOD CASE COLOR INCLUDING THE BOTTOM OF FRAME.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, VERY GOOD WOOD WITH WORN CHECKERING.  GOOD DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2 3/4″ X 14 1/2″ WITH WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE ORIGINAL SILVERS 1/2″ PAD, 5 POUNDS 13 OUNCES.  MADE IN 1913, ALL ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price: $3250

Auction alert: 28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls …

28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls

I’ve gushed about these Berettas many times before. Imported into the U.S. by the Garcia Corporation in the late ’60s and early ’70s, they were good deals in their day. Today, they’re one of the best buys you’ll find in a bird gun.

28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls

Simple, rugged, and well made, this 28g is a ton of gun in a sexy, lightweight package. And its 28″ barrels make it extra special.

It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends tomorrow, 1/5/2019 @ 11:23 AM. Even though the bidding on it starts at $950, it’s still a great deal (and it looks like it might sell for close to starting-bid amount).

28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls

Beretta BL3 28 gauge. 28″ barrels choked modify and full. Toe has a small crack that has not been repaired. LOP – 14 1/8″ DROP AT COMB – 1.5″ DROP AT HEEL – 2.5″. Weight: 6.00 Pounds

Good gun alert: 20g Beretta 686 Onyx, straight grip …

 

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s one of the all-time great doubles – and one of the best bird guns you’ll ever find.

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Beretta introduced the 686 Onyx around ’88 and built them until around ’99 or so. In that time, the gun gained a reputation for being a rugged, reliable OU that handled well and was easy to maintain and repair. I saw my first one in the mid ’90s and couldn’t get it out of my head. Like the one for sale here, it had a straight stock and its matte-black finished looked so ‘friggin cool.

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Beretta ~ 686 Onyx ~ 20 Ga. ~ OU ~ Double Barrel ShotgunPrice: $1,399.99
Manufacturer: Serial # F0314XX
Caliber: 20 Ga.
Chambers: 3″
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good with few handling marks
Barrels: 26″ Blued with vent rib
Triggers: Single gold metal trigger
Stock: Walnut straight grip with checkering
Fore End: Matching walnut with checkering
Butt Pad: Rubber Butt Pad
Weight: 6 lbs
Sights: Silver bead
Chokes: IC and Cyl

Good gun alert: 16g Parker DHE SxS, $4250 …

Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

“Fair price” and “Parker shotgun” aren’t words see near each other very often — especially when a Parker is a sixteen-gauge DHE. But from what I can see, that’s just how I would describe the SxS you see here.

Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

This 16 gauge Parker DHE looks like it’s in decent shape. If that’s the case, $4250 is a very fair price for it.

The DHE was Parker’s entry-level, “custom gun” (meaning it had to be custom ordered from the factory) and the company considered it “The Best Gun Value of Which We Know.”

Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun: This good condition Parker was manufactured in 1910, it has 2 1/2″ chambers and automatic ejectors. The barrel is 28″ choke improved modified/ modified. The LOP is 14 1/4, DAH is 2 7/8 and DAC is 1 3/4, weight is 6lb 14oz. The 14 1/4 LOP is to end of the pad and the gun is on a 1 frame. I do have a Parker Gun Club letter for the gun, it was ordered by the Tufts Lyons Arms Co. of Los Angeles Ca. on October 22, 1908.

Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

The Hawkins recoil pad was added to the gun. There is still 95% finish on the barrel, looks to be original and 30% muted case color. The quality refinished wood has crisp checkering with small dings. The only issue that I know of is a repair on the forearm a small crack that was professionally repaired, you have to look for it. Price: $4250

Auction alert: 20g AYA Grade 4 SxS Spanish boxlock shotgun …

AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain

Here’s a great little double that has everything a bird gun — and a bird hunter — needs. Best of all, it’s in excellent, original condition. It’s on Gunrunner auctions now and the listing ends tomorrow, 12/19, in the afternoon.

AYA is probably the most famous Spanish gunmaker in the world. They’ve been hand-making doubles for decades. In that time, they’ve earned a reputation for good-quality guns at fair prices.

AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain

The AYA you see here is one of their Anson & Deeley boxlock models. Even though it’s one the company’s least expensive models, it costs around $4995 brand new today.

Lot 10. AYA Grade 4, 20 gauge side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain: Serial #552293, mfg. Spain. Excellent condition. Very, very nice AYA 20 ga. side by side on the tiny frame and dainty wrist. 28″ tubes have excellent shiny bores and bluing is 98%+. Choked IC/M. Ejectors. Double triggers. 3″ magnum chambers. Wood is excellent with nice figure and has a modern solid brown pad with white spacer nicely fitted. LOP is 14 1/2″ over pad. Splinter forearm has nice checkering. All matching iron and forearm wood. Case-colored receiver is 97% with slight lower edge wear and one scratch on bottom. Some light scroll work. Tang safety. Dandy quail or dove gun! Elegant and the best of Spanish craftsmanship! Light and dainty!

AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain

Auction alert: Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun …

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

I’ve seen lots of hammer guns. LOTS. But this Tolley is totally new to me. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and it’s being sold at No Reserve. The listing ends tomorrow, 12/16/2018, @ 11:00 PM EST.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

J & W Tolley, Gunmakers, was established around 1859 in Birmingham, England. They opened a shop in London in 1883, and in 1955, the final guns carrying the J & W Tolley name were made.

The double you see here was made early in the company’s history — around 1870 — and it has a couple unique features: the shape of its action and the way the barrels lock onto that action. Take a closer look at the pics to see what I mean.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

BTW: Something else worth mentioning is how great this auction listing is. Not only are there a lot of pics, but the seller gives you a lot of info about the gun, including an outline of the gun’s flaws. A listing like this make me feel a lot better about bidding on this gun. I wish more sellers would follow this example.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun: 1870s era, game-scene & scroll engraved Hammer gun. Established ca. 1859, Tolley gained their excellent reputation building top-shelf big bore shotguns and rifles. 8 lbs. dead-on and built like a tank with heavy duty top lever, back action locks, stout hammers & oversized “Mushroom-cap” firing pins. Has a unique, hidden fastener system that has to be one of the earliest examples of a hidden bite as Purdey’s, (known for 3rd bites) didn’t offer theirs until the late 1880s. Another unique feature is the cut-away “I-Beam” frame which was likely an attempt to shave off weight or to stiffen it up. Never the less, it gives the gun a distinctive look. To top it off, there’s an odd protrusion at the underside of the muzzles – most likely to prevent damage. The Ivory bead is also unusual on a gun from this period. This is a real piece of British gun innovation – we’ve never seen anything like it from any maker. The Game-scene & scroll engraving is top-rate and also unusual for a heavy-duty gun from this era. With sculpted percussion fences, detailed hammer filing, fine Damascus steel barrels, this gun is as distinctive as it is classy.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

EXTERNAL CONDITION: Looks like the gun was stored on a wall as one side is clean and shows quite a bit of original finish whereas the exposed side has what appears to be a light coat of cabin soot. NOTE: An expert cleaning of the duller side would likely reveal some very nice condition. The barrels have nearly all of their original Chocolate brown and fine Damascus pattern – Barrel lettering and proof marks are clear and sharp. The action and balance of metal show no evidence of polishing or buffing – everything is crisp and sharp and mechanically excellent! Barrels are an UN-CUT 28 3/16” (see pic of muzzles). Bores are very shiny with just a few light blemishes scattered throughout and we’d rate them a solid 9.5 / 10. Chambers are 2 ¾” with bores measuring R: .0736 & L:.731 min walls @ .733 / Choked: R: .011 / R: .007. The Horn capped ½ grip stock with “Gentleman’s” dimensions measures 14 ¼” x 2 ¼ x 3 ¼” drop at heel. Don’t snicker at these dimensions – the gun shoulders quite well and the boys back in the day were well known for their high percentages using these measurements. 8 lbs. dead on.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

FLAWS: There’s a small nick on the top outside of the L bbl. a few inches from the muzzles at the 12:00 position that’s barely visible from the inside. There’s also a 1/8” long sliver of wood missing alongside the top-tang (easy fix) and somebody made a small & careful attempt to remove some of the soot from the right side of the stock, but only a small patch – but that’s it. Take a close look at the wood-metal & metal-metal fit and the nearly spotless breech-face showing very little evidence of firing – this gun is tight and crisp! Lock-up is solid, gun is on the face and barrels ring true – no loose ribs! All-in-all, here’s a unique example that’s built like a tank from a well respected Birmingham maker in excellent condition. Sure, it’s had the screws turned a few times, and the bores touched-up, but the overall excellent, lightly used condition and unique design make this an unusual and rare find!

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

Amazing engraving & more by Phil Coggan on Boss SxSs …

Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.

Engraving’s funny. While not even the best work can make a bad gun great, lousy engraving can ruin an otherwise fantastic double.

Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.

Phil Coggan is one of world finest gun engravers; his work improves the finest shotgun and increases their value. In the pics posted here, you can see why.

Phil Coggan's work on a pair of Boss & Co SxS shotguns. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a pair of Boss & Co SxS shotguns. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan's work on a pair of Boss & Co SxS shotguns. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a pair of Boss & Co SxS shotguns. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.

Auction alert: 12g AYA No. 2, 28″ bbls, No Reserve …

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve
AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve

The decades now, the AYA No. 2 shotgun has been one of the most highly regarded Spanish shotguns on the market (read reviews of the shotgun in American Rifleman and in Shooting Times).

Why? Because it’s a reliable, well-built sidelock shotgun that combines best-gun features like chopper-lump bbls and hand-detachable locks with an affordable price.

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve

The one you see here is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 12/16/2018 @ 8:00 PM. Because it’s listed at No Reserve, it could end up being a steal. Here’s more info about it from the seller:

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve
AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve: From what I understand, this is a number 2. The number one has higher grade wood. Chambered for up to 3-inch magnum shells. Excellent mirror shiny bores, modified and quarter chokes, 28-inch barrels retaining a conservative 96% finish. it appears that there were two sets of barrels for this side-by-side at one time, as indicated by the number 1 on the barrels. we have tried to locate them with no luck so far. The coloring on the receiver is better than 98%, the engraving is beautiful. The trigger guard is thicker on the right side, set up for right-hand shooting. The bottom of the trigger guard is engraved with three letters, the previous owner’s initials. The stock shows only a few very light handling blemishes and would rate 96%. The leather recoil pad is in excellent condition. LOP is 14 inches to the front trigger. On the forend, there is a very small crack that there will be photographs taken of. It appears to be non-structural. If not for that, it would rate 96%. everything is tight, along with lockup being rock solid. A beautiful double with Nice balance. Weighs exactly 7 pounds.

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve
AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve
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