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The most extraordinary Fox Shotgun upgrade Extant - A Grade Special Made for W.H. Gough with nearly a dozen Gold Inlays- Truly Exceptional!!!
The most extraordinary Fox Shotgun upgrade Extant – A Grade Special Made for W.H. Gough with nearly a dozen Gold Inlays- Truly Exceptional!!!

The most extraordinary Fox Shotgun upgrade Extant – A Grade Special Made for W.H. Gough with nearly a dozen Gold Inlays- Truly Exceptional!!!: Easily the most extraordinary and exceptional A.H. Fox shotgun we know of is serial number 6500, made for W.H. Gough.  This gun, an exact duplicate of the the original is truly the epitome of the gun makers art.  This gun, also serial number 6500, made with 30″ Krupp fluid steel barrels that have a fully hand engraved top rib and floral scroll wedges at the muzzle ends as well as gold inlays and 3″ floral scroll wedges at the breech.  The gun has a splinter forend, capped ball grip, gold plated double triggers, auto ejectors, and auto safety.  The gun is completely and fully engraved in exact duplication of serial number 6500 with full Gough floral scroll throughout the frame.  Gold “SAFE” in front of safety as well as gold inscription on top rib which reads “Built Expressly for W.H. Gough by A.H. Fox Gun Co, Philadelphia, PA”. This gun was made with extraordinary European Walnut stocks which are fabulously carved in leafy and floral patterns.  The butt terminates with a 1/2″ full leather covered pad.  Ball grip with incredible horn and gold cap.  The quality of the workmanship on this gun cannot be overstated. This gun is truly a display of what can be done, when no expense is spared in the art of gunmaking.  The gold inlays speak for themselves and the beauty of this gun cannot be overstated. If you are someone who is only satisfied by “the very best” look no further.  The cost of the work on this gun would far exceed $100k if done today, and the original gun is not obtainable at 2 or 3x that amount. This gun is offered at $64,500 plus shipping and insurance to your FFL. Price: $64,500

ABBIATICO & SALVINELLI SELF COCKING EJECTOR HAMMER GUN 28 GAUGE
ABBIATICO & SALVINELLI SELF COCKING EJECTOR HAMMER GUN 28 GAUGE

ABBIATICO & SALVINELLI SELF COCKING EJECTOR HAMMER GUN 28 GAUGE: SEVERIN ENGRAVED, #143, 26″ 002 AND 003 2 3/4″, SINGLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, NEW TEST FIRED ONLY, 5LBS 2 OZ, 1 3/4″ DAH, 1 5/16″ DAC, 14 5/16″ LOP. Price: $35,000

CASED J. PURDEY & SONS BEST QUALITY EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1912
CASED J. PURDEY & SONS BEST QUALITY EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1912

CASED J. PURDEY & SONS BEST QUALITY EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1912: 30”, 1 1/4oz. Sir Joseph Whitworth barrels with original 2 ¾” chambers choked Improved Cylinder and Modified. Double triggers. Extra grade engraving with Purdey’s classic relief chiseled “LEAF” motif fences. A number “2” gun of a set with top lever engraved in a floral circular cartouche “2”. Fancy walnut stock with solid pad (14”pull, 1 ½”,2 ½” drop, ¼”cast off) with silver “2” inlaid at heel and a silver monogram plate. Matching forend. Weight 7 pounds, 7 ounces. All matching and original with barrels re-proofed and refinished in Britain. Excellent condition with much original color case hardening. Mounts and screws with considerable original blue. Barrel with all the blue. Engraving and barrel address in top condition with the latter as sharp as can be attesting to the quality of the finishing. Perfect working order and excellent bright bores. Original Purdey best grade oak and leather luggage case with label with original serial number label for a similar gun a few hundred numbers away originally owned by the same person who ordered this gun. Direct from estate of the descendant of the original owner of both this gun and it’s case. Price: $18,500

Ithaca NID magnum field grade 10ga 3.5in
Ithaca NID magnum field grade 10ga 3.5in

Ithaca NID magnum field grade 10ga 3.5in: Very nice late gun with border engraving and nice stock wood. Original condition gun never refinished. Great vintage Duck, Goose or Turkey gun. Serial Number: 500616, Barrel Length: 32″, Ejectors: yes, Condition: very good, Triggers: double, Stock Comb: 1 1/2″, Stock Heel: 2 1/2″, LOP: 14 5/8″, Weight: 11lbs 4oz, Choke Left: full, Choke Right: full. Price: $4,500

BROWNING SUPERPOSD SUPERLIGHT OU SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE
BROWNING SUPERPOSD SUPERLIGHT OU SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE

BROWNING SUPERPOSD SUPERLIGHT OU SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE: 1972 Belgium mfg. 26.5 inch IC and Mod. Long tang. 13 1/8 LOP Pachmayr White Line pad. 97%. Excellent bores. Price: $2,895

Auction alert: a decent looking 20g A. H. Fox A grade…

Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun
Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun

Alderfer Auction in Hatfield, PA, is holding a Firearms & Ammunition Sale next week on Tuesday, 5/11.

Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun
Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun

While most of the shotguns in the sale are semi-autos or pumps, there are few OUs and some SxSs, including a decent looking 16 guage Sauer and this 20 gauge Fox A grade–which looks like a good shooter.

Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun
Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun

Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun: 20ga. 30″ bbls. 2 3/4″ chambers. IC/Mod chokes. SN 202360. 95% reblue finish on barrels shows light handling with small areas of light freckling and small area of oxidation 1″ from muzzle on under side of right barrel, good bores, gray with traces of case color full coverage engraved receiver, ejectors, checkered wood stock and forearm show light handling. LOP 14 1/4″ front trigger, 13 1/4″ rear trigger. Very good condition. 21-384. (C&R)

Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun
Lot #1096: A H Fox Gun Co. A Grade Side by Side Shotgun

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Piotti 28 gauge BSEE Model boxlock ejector side by side
Piotti 28 gauge BSEE Model boxlock ejector side by side

Piotti 28 gauge BSEE model boxlock ejector side by side: Action: Boxlock ejector, Triggers: Double, Safety: Non-Automatic, Barrel Length: 29 1/2 inches, Chamber: 2 3/4 inch, Rib: Game Concaved, Chokes: Right : 1/4 Left : Tight 1/4. Stock Length: 14 1/2 inch, Grip: Classic Straight hand, Butt End Finish: 1/2 inch recoil pad, Forend: Game style. Engraving: Fine Decorative Scroll, Finish: Case Colour, Weight: 5 lbs – 13 oz, Case: Makers Leather Case, Date of Manufacture: 2008. Price: $19,995

A. H. FOX XE SxS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX XE SxS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

A. H. FOX XE SxS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN: #224XX, PHILLY GUN, 30″ FULL AND FULL 2 3/4, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 7LBS 3 OZ, 2 3/4″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $18,500

W.W. Greener FT-30 Hammerless 8 Gauge Shotgun
W.W. Greener FT-30 Hammerless 8 Gauge Shotgun

W. W. Greener FT-30 Hammerless 8 Gauge Shotgun: Very scarce W.W.Greener FT-30 snap underlever 8 gauge wildfowler S/N 58410 was made in 1911. F is for the Facile Princeps action and T is Greener’s code for an 8 gauge. This gun is super quality and undoubtedly worked on by the same team of gunmakers and engravers that Greener assigned to the G guns(G50-70). According to Graham Greener, this gun, obviously a special order, was started on Sept. 22,1910, and completed March 1, 1911. It has 32″ Sandvik(Swedish) steel barrels Birmingham nitro-proved for 2 1/4 oz. loads with 4″ chambers. Nominal proof is 9/2 and bore diameters are .824. Bores are mint. Gun is tight and on-face and retains almost all of vivid case color and has approx. 50% fine scroll and dogs and birds . Forend has Deeley lever takedown with horn tip. Triggers are gold plated and Greener name is inlaid on both sides of frame.Greener side safety. Serpentine fences are by Gardner, and engraving by Tomlinson, both of whom were on the team that built the top grades. Weight of the gun is 10 lbs. 14 ozs. Stock dimensions as follows; LOP =13 5/8″, DAC= 1 13/16″ DAH= 2 15/16″ with a highly figured straight grip butt stock. Screws are all clean, no rust, barrel blue is original and 98%. Stock has factory horn butt plate with several wormholes. Just a spectacular old gun in great untouched condition. You won’t find another one like it. For the advanced Greener collector. Price: $11,950

Francotte 20E SxS 16 gauge Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
Francotte 20E SxS 16 gauge Boxlock Ejector Shotgun

Francotte 20E SxS 16 gauge Boxlock Ejector Shotgun: #81889, Barrels: 28 inches, Double Triggers, Stock Comb: 1 1/4 inches, Stock Heel: 2 1/8 inches, Fore End: Splinter, LOP: 14 1/8 inches, Weight: 5 lbs. 12 oz. Price: $5,750

Parker Repro - DHE Steel Shot Special - 12 ga
Parker Repro – DHE Steel Shot Special – 12 ga

Parker Repro – DHE Steel Shot Special – 12 ga: Action: Boxlock, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Double, Grip: Straight Grip, Forend: Checkered, Lop: 15 1/4 “, Pad thickness: 1.25 “, Type of butt: Leather Covered Pad, Drop comb: 1 3/8 “, Drop heel: 2 1/4 “, Cast amount: 0 “, Weight: 7 lbs, 5 oz, Manufactured in: Japan, Finish: Case Colored, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Stock: Original finish, Metal: Original finish, Type of Case: Leather Luggage Case Gauge: 12 ga. Chamber: 3 “, Length: 28 “, Chokes: IC/M, Rib type: Game. Comments : Gun is in very good condition with some light handling marks, right barrel has a small scratch near the muzzle. Oval is initialed. Price: $5,200

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William Evans 410 Gauge Deluxe Sidelock Over & Under With 28 inch Barrels
William Evans 410 Gauge Deluxe Sidelock Over & Under With 28 inch Barrels

William Evans 410 Gauge Deluxe Sidelock Ejector Over & Under Shotgun with 28 inch Barrels: Chamber: 3 Inch Mag, Rib: Ventilated, Chokes: Bottom : Full Top : Full, Length: 14 1/4 inches, Grip: Pistol Grip With Horn Cap, Butt End Finish: Chequered, Description: Game scenes featuring Quail & Dove with supporting deluxe Acanthus leaf and shaded background, Finish: Brush Silver, Weight: 6 lbs-1oz, Case: Single Oak & Leather Date of Manufacture: 1999. Price: $95,000

Holland and Holland #2 sidelock SxS double rifle 303 British
Holland and Holland #2 sidelock SxS double rifle 303 British

Holland and Holland #2 sidelock SxS double rifle 303 British: Excellent original condition (matches H&H letter) with great bores. Rifle shoots off the shelf ammo very well. Cased in fitted H&H oak and leather case. Quick detach Trijicon rmr reflex sight installed by JJ Perodeau. H&H letter and records included. Great wild boar and deer rifle.Curio/Relic: Yes. Serial Number: 17504, Barrel Length: 28 in, Condition: excellent, Triggers: double, LOP: 14 5/8″, Sights: express and Trijicon reflex, Manufacture Date: 1896, Case: yes, Optic: Trijicon reflex sight. Price: $20,000

Gerbruder Adamy 28 ga Over and Under Shotgun
Gerbruder Adamy 28 ga Over and Under Shotgun

Gerbruder Adamy 28 ga Over and Under Shotgun: Pre-War Gerbruder Adamy, Diamond Grade, 28ga., 27″ barrels choked SK/SK. Double trigger, straight grip, extractors, double triggers,leather pad, solid rib. Scroll and Game Scene Engraving of rabbits, dogs and birds. Has almost all of it’s case color, barrel blue and wood finish. A very high quality, hard to find small bore German Shotgun. Stock measures 14 1/8, 1 3/8, 2 3/4. Weight is 5lbs 9oz. Price: $12,995

Holland & Holland Top Lever Hammergun 12ga, 30"
Holland & Holland Top Lever Hammergun 12ga, 30″

Holland & Holland Top Lever Hammergun 12ga, 30″: A very nice ca.1875 back action hammer gun with good color remaining on the locks and hammers, Damascus barrels with rich brown finish and wedged forend. Dimensions are: LOP 14 1/4″ over a steel butt plate, DOC 2 1/4″, DOH 2 3/4″, chambers are 2 1/2″ and the weight is 7lbs 3oz. This is a high condition piece we believe to be original. Price: $8,495

W & C Scott .410 – 1926, EJECTORS, 28”, IN PROOF, NICE WOOD
W & C Scott .410 – 1926, EJECTORS, 28”, IN PROOF, NICE WOOD

W & C Scott .410 – 1926, EJECTORS, 28”, IN PROOF, NICE WOOD: Serial Number: 98002. 5lbs 1oz, Chokes F/F, LOP 14 1/2″, DAH 2 13/16″, DAC 1 9/16″. What a delightful find we have here with a W & C Scott and Sons baby frame .410 BOXLOCK EJECTOR GUN WITH 28” BARRELS AND A FULL-LENGTH ORIGINAL BUTTSTOCK MEASURING 14 ½” LOP TO THE HORN BUTTPLATE.  I emphasize this as most British made .410 doubleguns have short barrels and short stocks, and usually are extractor only guns built for youthful shooters or ladies.  To find an example of a “full-size” .410 from a well-known British maker with a London address on the barrels is a treasure in hand!  This gun, sn98002, was built in 1926 and is in excellent condition, STILL IN PROOF WITH 2 ½” CHAMBERS AND BORE DIAMETER OF .411.  Weighing just 5lbs. 1oz. and balanced just ahead of the hinge pin, this is a true, scaled frame, boxlock ejector.  The hard-to-find 28” barrels have tight ribs, mirror shiny bores choked F/F, with no dents or dings, newly reblacked to perfection, fit tight as new to the hinge pin and breech face, and the engraved maker’s name and address still sharp and clear on the barrels.  The action and mechanics are superb, as this is a VFI CERTIFIED GUN, HAVING BEEN STRIPPED TO THE SMALLEST PART, ULTRASONIC CLEANED, EACH PART INSPECTED FOR INTEGRITY AND FUNCTION, PROPERLY LUBRICATED AND REASSEMBLED, NOW WITH A 90 DAY MECHANICAL WARRANTY.  The action retains about 30% fading factory original case color and the bottom plate retains 80% of the original blue, the ejectors are strong and timed, triggers are crisp, screws are excellent, fine English scroll engraving and fancy borders adorn the action in a most pleasant way.  The action is tight with the lever right of center.  The wood is well figured and freshly restored to perfection with hand-rubbed Truoil finish to bring out the figure.  The wood-to-metal fit is tight, the original flat-topped checkering has been cleaned up, and there are no chips or cracks anywhere.  THIS IS A GORGEOUS LITTLE BRITISH .410!  The stock dimensions are modern (see table below), and this gun is ready to shoot for another 95 years with proper care.  It is a rare find to have all the best features found in a scaled frame .410, ie 28” barrels, in proof, long LOP, ejectors, superb mechanics, and freshly restored barrels, trigger guard, and wood…there is nothing left to do but go break a few clays and then let the quail, woodcock, or other upland game realize that you are deadly with this diminutive British double.  This is an investment grade gun that you will enjoy as it continues to grow in value and demand will never cease for such a gun.  Don’t hesitate, as this one won’t last long at the fair price we are presenting here. Price: $6,750

Going to the Southern SxS? Be sure to see this 8 gauge….

Southern SxS Spring Classic 2015
Southern SxS Spring Classic 2021

For years now, the Southern SxS has been one of the finest events in the country for fine shotguns and doubles rifles. I’ve been to it many times, and I always come across guns that impress me–and that show me I still have a lot to see and learn.

Last year’s event was virtual. But this year, the Southern SxS year is roaring back. Judging by its solid list of exhibitors, it will be a great event.

If you go, one exhibitor you won’t want to miss is Lion Stone Consulting. Josh Lowensteiner at  told me he’s bring a ton of great doubles, including one of the Holy Grails of American shotguns: The awesome Lefever you see here.

Stunning, all original 8 gauge Lefever shotgun with 32" Whitworth fluid steel bbls. Thought to have been made for President Grover Cleveland.
Stunning, all original 8 gauge Lefever shotgun with 32″ Whitworth fluid steel bbls. Thought to have been made for President Grover Cleveland.

This guns is an all original, Special Order 8 gauge with 32″ Whitworth fluid steel bbls. It’s thought to have been made for President Grover Cleveland. If you would like to own an American SxS shotgun that has it all — condition, scarcity, provenance, prestige — talk to Josh. This Lefever has all that and much more.

Stunning, all original 8 gauge Lefever shotgun with 32" Whitworth fluid steel bbls. Thought to have been made for President Grover Cleveland.
Stunning, all original 8 gauge Lefever shotgun with 32″ Whitworth fluid steel bbls. Thought to have been made for President Grover Cleveland.

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THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE
THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE

THE LEFEVER ARMS COMPANY EXHIBITION 12 GAUGE: #20901, 30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS MOD AND FULL 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, HORN BUTT AND GRIP CAP, 7LBS 9 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP. Price: $69,500

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing (CSM) 16g Model 21 SxS:
Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing (CSM) 16g Model 21 SxS:

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing (CSM) 16g Model 21 SxS: Flat side action has factory double triggers and automatic safety. The action, barrels, guard & tang and the forend iron have a very deep black high-polished finish with very tastefully inlaid gold vine and leaf borders with single bird game scenes of a flushing duck in cattails on the right side, a flushing woodcock in the alders on the left side and a rooster pheasant in the grass on the bottom of the action. The stock is nicely figured American walnut with a straight hand grip, what looks like a leather faced red Winchester pad and standard Model 21 beavertail forend with an ebony wedge in the tip. Two barrel set consists of one set of 28” barrels choked WS-1 and WS-2 and one set of 29” barrels that are choked Lt. Mod and Full. Each set of barrels has machine matted solid ribs with single orange beads, and damascened barrel flats and water tables. Gun is in excellent shape overall with some very small handling marks on one side, otherwise wood and metal is superb! In a leather CSM two barrel set flat case with Maker’s leather trade label and canvas cover with blank initial patch. This is a very attractive and tastefully adorned gun. Price: $20,000

August Francotte SxS Model 20 - 20 ga., 28" barrels
August Francotte SxS Model 20 – 20 ga., 28″ barrels

August Francotte SxS Model 20 – 20 ga., 28″ barrels: Feature engine turned game rib, side clips, third fastener, 2-3/4″ chambers, choked improved cylinder and modified (.007/.014).  Double triggers, auto safe. The sideplated action is engraved in a fine English scroll and retains 98% original case color hardening.  The round pistol grip stock of nicely figured French walnut measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2″ heel, with a LOP of 14-3/4″ over a leather pad.  Marked with the Abercrombie and Fitch import name on the barrels, this is a classic double for about 100 years and a staple of the A&F line.  This is a fine example retaining nearly all of the original finish as seen in the photos.  There is a slight abrasion on the right barrel and some handling marks from use on the stock.  The gun remains tight as new and weighs 6 lbs., 2 oz.  Classy little upland double! Price: $5,750

Merkel ~ 203E Sidelock OU ~ 12 Gauge
Merkel ~ 203E Sidelock OU ~ 12 Gauge

Merkel ~ 203E Sidelock OU ~ 12 Gauge: This is a fully engraved sidelock ejector over under shotgun with hand detachable sidelocks. The ejectors are strong and well-timed, the double trigger are crisp with the front trigger being articulated. The 27″ Bohler Steel barrels are like new and have fixed FULL chokes. The butt stock is nicely figured with good shooting dimensions and the 3 piece forearm that fits nicely in hand. 100% coverage bank note scroll engraving on the sidelocks along with cocking indicators. This is a great looking and feeling shotgun. 12 Gauge. Chambers: 3″ Over/Under with ejectors., Metal Condition: Excellent with a touch of thinning blue on the trigger guard. The coin finished receiver is excellent. Wood Condition: Very nice with a few small dings and dents. Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 27″ blue with a solid rib. Triggers: Double triggers with the front being articulated. Stock Dimensions: “14 1/2″” LOP to the front trigger, 1 1/2″” DAC, 2 5/16″” DAH. Fore End: 3 piece forend with checkering. Butt Pad: Matching walnut with a checkered straight grip and a black butt plate. Weight: 6 Lbs. 12 Oz. Sights: Single white color front bead on a flat solid rib. Chokes: Fixed FULL and FULL. Price: $4,999.97

Connecticut Shotgun RBL28 SxS 28Ga. Shotgun NEW IN THE BOX
Connecticut Shotgun RBL28 SxS 28Ga. Shotgun NEW IN THE BOX

Connecticut Shotgun RBL28 SxS 28Ga. Shotgun NEW IN THE BOX: SN #RBL002840. NEW IN THE BOX. LOP 14 5/8″. Chamber 2 3/4″. DAC 1 1/2″- DAH 2 1/8″. Chokes are  R/S Mod. and  L/S Full.   30″ barrels with a Traditional Game Solid Rib. Case Colored Receiver with Hunting Dogs Engraved on sides. Premium  checkered pistol grip Walnut stock and  Beavertail forend. Single select trigger with barrel  selector behind trigger. Ejectors. Comes in a nice Canvas Breakdown Case with Red Felt Interior and includes a  Chrome oil bottle, Chrome snap caps, cleaning brushes, cleaning rods, and eye and ear protectors. Weight: 6 lbs. Trigger Pull: 5 1/2 lbs. Price: $4600

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CSMC - A.H. Fox - CE 16 gauge - 2 barrel set
CSMC – A.H. Fox – CE 16 gauge – 2 barrel set

CSMC – A.H. Fox – CE 16 gauge – 2 barrel set: Spectacular New Britain Fox, CE 16 gauge 2 barrel set As New, Appears Unfired, Flawless, Mint 28 and 30 inch Chromox barrels, Chrome lined (steel shot compatible), Solid matte ribs 28″ barrels choked .011″ / .007″ , 30″ barrels choked .026″ / .020″. 2 3/4″ chambers, Double trigger, non automatic safety, single silver bead. Splinter and Beavertail forends, interchangeable with either barrel set. Exhibition American Black Walnut, 1 9/16 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 to Makers Skeletal Buttplate, neutral cast. 6 lbs with 30″ barrels and Splinter forend or 28″ barrels with BTFE. Best leather case with all accoutrements. Tuscano engraved. Price: $20,499

Caesar Guerini Apex Sporting 20-gauge with 32" barrels MINT
Caesar Guerini Apex Sporting 20-gauge with 32″ barrels MINT

Caesar Guerini Apex Sporting 20-gauge with 32″ barrels MINT: RH Palm Swell.  Factory extended choke tubes included along with all paperwork.  Purchased new by me in 2012 and hardly used.  There are 2 very tiny marks on the off-face side of the stock but they are hardly noticeable.  Other than that the gun remains as new throughout – the exterior barrels, bore, rib, receiver metal, stock finish, checkering – it is all in immaculate condition.  Factory original with no alterations of any kind. Price: $5,500

Parker Reproduction 28ga. w/the best options-SG-BT-DT and choked Q1&Q2! Killer wood!
Parker Reproduction 28ga. w/the best options-SG-BT-DT and choked Q1&Q2! Killer wood!

Parker Reproduction 28ga. w/the best options SG-BT-DT and choked Q1&Q2! Killer wood: Here’s a Parker 28 bore Repro that rings all the bells! A double trigger, straight grip with a beaver tail forend and the 26″ barrels are choked Quail 1 & Quail 2! It’s in the original factory case with snap caps, key and outer canvas cover. The condition is not perfect, but it’s very nice. The blue is all there, but the case colors have faded on the bottom and a little on the sides. I call it conservatively 50-60%. The wood is a terrific piece of claro with excellent figure. There was a chip just behind the top tang that was professionally repaired and will cause no further problems. Skeleton butt of course. The LOP is 14 5/8 inches and it weighs a delightful 5.67 pounds. There is no finer handling upland shotgun. Price: $5295  

Rizzini Artemis 410 Over Under Shotgun
Rizzini Artemis 410 Over Under Shotgun

Rizzini Artemis 410 Over Under Shotgun: This gun has 28″ vent rib barrels choked improved cylinder (.005″) and modified (.010″). Thie gun is in excellent original condition. It retains 90% of the original case colors, 99% of the original wood finish,and 99% of the barrel blue. The wood is nicely figured European walnut with a Prince of Wales grip and  a 145/8″ LOP over the factory wood buttplate. The chambers are 3″ and the bores are mint. The gun weighs 5-6 and balances at the hinge. This is a great little gun for preserve shooting or fun clays. The stock dimensions are 14 5/8″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″. Price: $3495

JP Sauer ~ Side by Side ~ 12 Ga ~ Boxlock
JP Sauer ~ Side by Side ~ 12 Ga ~ Boxlock

JP Sauer ~ Side by Side ~ 12 Ga ~ Boxlock: This JP Sauer Side by Side Model is a 12 Ga. shotgun. It has 28 inch barrels with extractors and a solid rib. White bead front and middle sights. With 2 3/4 inch chambers it has fixed M and IM Chokes. The butt stock is a checkered grip walnut straight grip. The forearm is a checkered grip walnut splinter style. It has a very nicely engraved receiver. Price: $1,499.99

It’s official: Now is the time to sell your guns …

12g Fox Sterlingworth sold for $3,650 on Sunday, 2/7
12g Fox Sterlingworth sold for $3,650 on Sunday, 2/7

At the start of this year, I had a feeling at the gun market was picking up again. I asked some dealers, checked with some friends, and they said they said the same thing: “Demand’s back!”

That’s when I put up this post:

It’s time to sell ! The gun market’s hot again …

A year ago, I wouldn’t have imagined this boxlock selling for more $4500. But guess what, it sold for $8000 a few weeks ago:

Griffin & Howe Boxlock shotgun built for the President of Packard Motor Co. Sold for $8,000!!
Griffin & Howe Boxlock shotgun built for the President of Packard Motor Co. Sold for $8,000!!

ALVAN MACAULEY “President of Packard Motor Co.” Griffin & Howe Boxlock

Guns aren’t the only things that are hot, either. The New York Times just reported that all sorts of collectibles are booming, from Rolexes to Nikes:

So if you’ve been thinking selling some guns, now’s the time to do it.

Turn them into cash today.

Wondering where to sell your guns — or any other collectibles — and how to get the best prices for them? I can help.

Learn how. Drop me an email at: Gregg@DogsandDoubles.com

Original or redone? A 12g Prussian Charles Daly Feather Weight …

Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26" Featherweight
Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26″ Featherweight

I’ve always liked vintage Charles Daly side-by-sides, and I think they’re some of the finest boxlock shotguns ever made.

Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26" Featherweight
Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26″ Featherweight

So when this 12g came up for auction on Gunbroker.com a few weeks ago, I was thrilled. But not as thrilled as some guys. This double hammered down for $6,125 — WAY than I wanted to pay for it (a far more than I thought it would bring).

Take a look at. What do you think — is it all original? Or is it totally redone? I think it’s all original, including the finish on the bbls.

Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26" Featherweight
Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26″ Featherweight

This SxS was built in the 1890s, but not by anyone named Charles Daly.

Charles Daly was a businessman, not a gunmaker. He started branding guns with his name on them around 1875. At first, he used several makes in Europe. But by the late 1880s, he had settled on Heinrich A. Lindner for most of his shotguns.

Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26" Featherweight
Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26″ Featherweight

Lindner was a gunmaker in Suhl, Prussia (which is now Germany). Lindner took Westley Richards brilliant Anson & Deeley shotgun action, tweaked it, and made it his own.

In its day, this gun was one of Daly’s lower-grade models. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t high quality (or inexpensive). Everything Lindner made was beautifully built. You can see that in this gun. From the proportions of the action and the stock to the shaping of the triggers and the finish on the metal, everything is well done.

A page from a 1920s Schoverling, Daly & Gales catalog.
A page from a 1920s Schoverling, Daly & Gales catalog.

When this gun was built, the shooting world was experiencing a fad for lightweight, 12-gauge shotguns. Belgian and German makers like Francotte and Lindner responded by building twelves that came in right around 6lbs.

Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26" Featherweight
Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26″ Featherweight

Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26″ Featherweight:

  • Make: Charles Daly made by Charles Lindner in Prussia
  • Model: Empire grade Featherweight
  • Action: Side by Side
  • Serial number / year:  1046 / late 1800’s early 1900’s
  • Finish: The Damascus twist is a very pretty pattern and shows well.  The receiver is mostly in the white but we do see traces of the original case color under the lever and in the non-contact areas.
  • Caliber: 12ga – we do not know the chamber length.
  • Barrel Length: 26″ with fixed cylinder chokes
  • Bore Condition: Excellent – both are clean, smooth and bright.
  • Stock/grips: The stock and forend are in great shape with light use and handling wear.  The checkering is still fairly sharp.  We do not see any cracks, breaks or repairs.
  • LOP: 14″
    Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26" Featherweight
    Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26″ Featherweight

    Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26" Featherweight
    Prussian Charles Daly Lindner Empire Grade Damascus 12ga 26″ Featherweight

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Truly superb and rare Charles Daly "Regent" Diamond Quality 20 Bore shotgun in superb original condition
Truly superb and rare Charles Daly “Regent” Diamond Quality 20 Bore shotgun in superb original condition

Truly superb and rare Charles Daly “Regent” Diamond Quality 20 Bore shotgun in superb original condition: Easily the finest Charles Daly I have offered in recent memory, this particular gun made with 28″ Witten Excelsior barrels, with slender splinter forend which has a beautiful original bone tip.  Casehardened action is full coverage floral and scroll engraved with beautifully detailed gold inlays on all sides.  The gun has double triggers, auto ejectors, and auto safety.  Incredibly well figured ball pistol grip buttstock with cheekpiece on left side and terminates with the original lined horn buttplate.  It is my understanding that these guns were built for Von Legerke and Detmold of Chicago in the early 30’s.  This gun is cased.  The quality and condtiion of this gun cannot be overstated!!! The gun remains in superb original untouched condition with more than 80% bold original case color, 97% original barrel blue and crisp stock finish.  Bores are brilliant and shiny, mechanics are crisp, and the gun is tight on face. Price: $29,500

Purdey 12 Bore - Exceptional Condition - Cased:
Purdey 12 Bore – Exceptional Condition – Cased:

Purdey 12 Bore – Exceptional Condition – Cased: This is an absolutely exceptional Purdey finished in 1978.  I can’t imagine finding a pre-owned Purdey in higher condition. Gun is in its original case with all accessories.  The gun is still in spec with all the info stated on the build/service card installed the case.  Only possible alteration from new might be the pad.  If you want a like new Purdey at a fraction of a new gun – look no further! Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge Manufacturer: Purdey Model: SLE Serial Number: 28,xxx Barrel Length: 28 Bore Info: R .731″ L .729″ Chambers: 2 3/4″ Ejectors: Yes Condition: Excellent – Plus Metal Condition: 98% Wood Condition: 98% Bore Condition: As new Barrels: 28″ Barrel Type: Steel Action: Self Opening Triggers: Double
Stock: French Walnut Stock Dimensions: 1 3/8″ x 2″ x 15 1/8″ Stock Comb: 1 3/8″ Stock Heel: 2″ Stock Cast: 1/4″ Heel – 1/2″ Toe Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: Leather covered LOP: 15 1/8″ Rib: Game Finish: London Best Grade Weight: 6 – 10.0 oz Manufacture Date: 1972 Approx. Chokes: R .012 – L. .023 Choke Left: 65% Choke Right: 55% Engraving: Rose and Scroll Extras: Cleaning Rod 2-Piece Wood. Case: Motor Proof:Nitro: London Nitro Proof Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .034″ Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .035″ Price: $28,000.00

F.LLI POLI BEST SELF-COCKING EJECTOR HAMMER GUN 20 GA
F.LLI POLI BEST SELF-COCKING EJECTOR HAMMER GUN 20 GA

F.LLI POLI BEST SELF-COCKING EJECTOR HAMMER GUN 20 GA: Serial # 13718 Country of Origin   Italy Barrel Length (in Inches)   28-3/4″ Choke R/U M Choke L/O  IM Trigger   DT (Double) Stock Configuration   Straight Grip Forearm Type   Splinter Forearm Rib Type Smooth   Concave Rib Receiver Finish   Coin Finish Engraving Type     Pedretti Game Scene Cameos w/ Fine Scroll Engraving Other Options    FANCY TURKISH WALNUT, RECOIL PAD, CASE Condition    EXC. Plus Condition Weight    6LB 2OZ Dimensions  DAC 1.5 DAH 2.375, LOP14.75 CAST OFF .375. Price: $20,000

Caesar Guerini MAXUM - 12ga - 30” - Giovanelli engraved  - All Accessories - Leather and Airline Case - 99% Condition - Value Priced High Grade Sporting Gun
Caesar Guerini MAXUM – 12ga – 30” – Giovanelli engraved  – All Accessories – Leather and Airline Case – 99% Condition – Value Priced High Grade Sporting Gun

Caesar Guerini MAXUM – 12ga – 30” – Giovanelli engraved  – All Accessories – Leather and Airline Case – 99% Condition – Value Priced High Grade Sporting Gun: 15″ LOP with adjustable trigger x 1 1/2 x 2 1/4 – 8.2 lbs – 2 cases included – everything is in the case that it came with… nice shotgun for the club. Price: $5,995

MILLER & VAL GREISS 16 GAUGE HAMMER SHOTGUN - ANTIQUE MADE IN 1896:
MILLER & VAL GREISS 16 GAUGE HAMMER SHOTGUN – ANTIQUE MADE IN 1896:

MILLER & VAL GREISS 16 GAUGE HAMMER SHOTGUN – ANTIQUE MADE IN 1896: Made by JP Sauer in 1896. Elegant round bar action. Tight on face. Excellent bores. Original stock finish with sharp flat top checkering. No cracks to wood. Screw slots prestine. Extractors. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Right barrel measures .670 with 12/1000 choke (Mod). Left barrel is .672 with 24/1000 choke (Full). Excellent bores. Barrels are 28 3/4″. Rebounding locks. Miller & Val Greiss was a designated “Hofbuchsenmacher” which losely translates to a “gunmaker to the royal court”. Shipping is $50 and can be sent directly as local law allows. LOP is 13 15/16″. Drop at Comb is 1 9/16″. Drop at Heel at 2 5/16″. Price: $2,550

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Rigby Rising Bite Sidelock SxS Double Rifle 9.3x74R
Rigby Rising Bite Sidelock SxS Double Rifle 9.3x74R

Rigby Rising Bite Sidelock SxS Sidelock Double Rifle 9.3x74R: 26″ Ser. #: 17808 Price: $35,000

BERTUZZI - Venere - 410 Bore -Sidelock- SxS - 28" - Game Scenes with Gold by Dassa
BERTUZZI – Venere – 410 Bore -Sidelock- SxS – 28″ – Game Scenes with Gold by Dassa

BERTUZZI – Venere – 410 Bore -Sidelock- SxS – 28″ – Game Scenes with Gold by Dassa: Single Non-Selective Trigger, English Stock, LOP 15-1/8″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/4″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 5 lbs. 6 oz. Makers Case. Excellent Plus – 99% – Condition. Price: $27,950

William Evans - Boxlock Ejector, Side-by-Side, 12ga. 28" Barrels Choked IC/M
William Evans – Boxlock Ejector, Side-by-Side, 12ga. 28″ Barrels Choked IC/M

William Evans – Boxlock Ejector, Side-by-Side, 12ga. 28″ Barrels Choked IC/M: Nicely figured straight grip stock, period pad, gold oval, double triggers, splinter forend, automatic ejectors, boxlock gun, dolls head extension, third fastener, 85% barrel bluing and wood finish, full coverage rose bouquet and scroll engraving, marked William Evens from Purdey’s on rib and receiver, a very nice gun. 6lbs. 8 oz.
14 5/8″ X 1 ½” X 2 ½” Price: $8,500

Stephen Grant & Sons, 15,000 series, SxS, Boxlock, 28 Ga
Stephen Grant & Sons, 15,000 series, SxS, Boxlock, 28 Ga

Stephen Grant & Sons, 15,000 series, SxS, Boxlock, 28 Ga: All original, Serial Number: 15047, Barrel Length: 28”, Condition: 90%, Metal Condition: 90%, Wood Condition: Great Condition with some oil soak, Bore Condition: Excellent, Action: Top lever break action box lock, Triggers: Twin Stock: Wood, Manufacture Date: Early 1900’s, Chokes: Yes, but unmeasured, Engraving: Full Coverage English Scroll, Extras: Ejectors, Chisel fences, drop points, English stock with flat top checkering, Case: Original Canvas Case. Price: $7950

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing RBL 28g, 28" bbls
Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing RBL 28g, 28″ bbls

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing RBL 28g, 28″ bbls: #RB1003201, 28 inch barrels, blue and case color finish, select walnut stock and forerarm, pistol grip, checkered, factory case containing a full compliment of accessories, still wrapped in tissue paper. Condition: NI case, I don’t think this piece has ever been assembled after it left the factory. Price: $4800

Auction alert: AYA No. 2 sidelock 16g, NO RESERVE …

AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun
AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun

This nice looking 16g AYA shotgun is on Gunbroker.com now. It’s listed at NO RESERVE and the sale ends Wednesday, 3/24/2021 @ 3:21 PM EST.

The seller’s calling this side-by-side a No. 2, which AYA says is its “affordable sidelock double gun”. To me, it looks like a great grouse gun. It has a longish length of pull (14 3/4″) and it weighs just 5lbs 13oz. If I were bidding on it, I would ask for some more pics and info on it — specifically, I would want to see the proof marks, and I would want to know if the gun is tight, on the face and fully functional. I would also want to know if there are any issues with the barrels (bulges, dents, repairs).

AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun
AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun

I would ask about seller’s inspection/return policy, too. Sellers should give you 3 days to inspect a gun and allow you to return it within that timeframe if it has issues.

I’ve always heard good things about AYAs. Michael Yardley reviewed an AYA No. 1   for The Field back in 2008 and liked it. I guess the No. 2 is one step down from that gun.

AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun
AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun

AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun: 28” barrels. 14 3/4 LOP. Choked at IC/M. 5 lbs 13oz’s. Balances and swings great. Costs 8k new ! FREE SHIPPING.

BTW: The same seller is also offering this 20g AYA No. 3, which is worth checking out.

A bargain Purdey? Could be. See this 12g SxS now …

J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895
J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895

I have a thing for beat-up old guns. So when I saw this Purdey, I felt that tingly “I gotta have it” feeling right away. While it’s very well used, it looks like it was cleaned up right and made into a nice, everyday shooter.

J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895
J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895

It’s from 1895, which is my favorite time-period for Purdeys. Just look at how elegant everything is, from the shaping of the action and the triggerguard to the toplever and triggers themselves. The metal-to-metal fit looks great, too, which is impressive for a gun that 120+ years old.

J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895
J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895

If you like that stuff too and you’ve always wanted a Purdey, this may be the one for you. But act fast. I’m sure how much longer I can control myself.

J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895
J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895

J. PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK 12 GA. SHOTGUN MANUFACTURED IN 1895: Re-nitro proofed original 28” barrels choked Improved Cylinder and Modified with original 2 ¾” chambers. Double triggers. 15xxx serial range number “3” gun of an original set. Restored overall in England circa 1960’s with new deluxe walnut checkered straight wrist stock with checkered butt (15” pull, 1 ½”, 2 ½” drop and ¼” cast off at heel). Weight 6 pounds, 12 ounces. Original forend with wear. Barrels and mounts refinished and frame and side locks polished in the French manner. Completely refurbished locks and ejectors and as tight as a new gun. Bores and wall thickness in proof and bright and pit free. Engraving in perfect condition and Audley Street barrel address slightly polished down but fully legible. Nice resurrection of an 1895 “antique” Purdey. Price: $5,900

Auction alert: a 28g Ruger Red Label OU, 28″ bbls …

Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun
Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun

I’ve always been a fan of Ruger’s 28-gauge Red Label OUs. They handle well, they’re reliable, and they’re great all-around bird guns.

This one is coming up Saturday, March 13, @ Carol Watson Spring Antique & Modern Firearms Auction.

It has 28″ barrels and nice wood, which makes it’s special, and it looks like it’s in great original condition.

Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun
Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun

Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun: #420-02582. 28 ga. 28” vent rib barrels have 2-3/4” chambers and are fitted with Ruger choke tubes (5 included: 2 Skeet, IC, Mod. Full). Gun also includes pair of Briley .410 bore conversion tubes with additional four choke tubes (2 Skeet, IC, Mod.). Stainless steel boxlock action features a single selective trigger, non-auto safety and auto ejectors. American walnut slender forend and pistol-grip buttstock feature standard Ruger checkering, Ruger metal grip cap and black buttplate; buttstock is of exceptionally nice grain. With choke tool in original Ruger boxes. Mfg’d approx. 1996. Condition is near excellent, with few small handling marks to wood and slight wear to action, which functions correctly and locks tight; bores are bright. Est.: $2,000-$2,600.

Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun
Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun
Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun
Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun
Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun
Lot #256: Ruger Red Label Field Grade Over/Under Shotgun

4 gauges, 8gs, & more. See an insane collection of big bores……

R.B Rodda 4 Bore hammer shotgun at Giles Marriott in the UK
R.B Rodda 4 Bore hammer shotgun at Giles Marriott in the UK

If you’ve ever wanted to own a big-bore shotgun, this is your opportunity to get one.

Giles Marriott is a dealer in the UK who specializes in vintage side-by-sides, over-unders, and other fine guns. Right now he has this amazing group of big-bore shotguns on his site.

Auguste Francotte 4 Bore hammer shotgun for sale now at Giles Marriott UK
Auguste Francotte 4 Bore hammer shotgun for sale now at Giles Marriott UK

It includes everything from 4-bores like this vintage SxS Francotte hammergun and this 2-gun set of modern Watson sidelocks (these guns must have have cost $100,000+ each to make).

Watson Brothers 4 Bore hand detachable, single trigger, sidelock ejectors, for sale at Giles Marriott, UK
Watson Brothers 4 Bore hand detachable, single trigger, sidelock ejectors, for sale at Giles Marriott, UK

The collection also includes bunch of 8 gauges and some nice 10 gauges, including this incredible bar-in-wood Horsley.

Thomas Horsley & Son 8 bore Bar-in-wood Shotgun for sale at Giles Marriott in the UK
Thomas Horsley & Son 8 bore Bar-in-wood Shotgun for sale at Giles Marriott in the UK

Eight-gauges and even four-gauges were common in the US around the Chesapeake Bay and other big waterfowling areas. Affluent shooters used them to pass shoot ducks, geese, and swans.

Holland & Holland 8 bore double shotgun for sale by Giles Marriott in the UK
Holland & Holland 8 bore double shotgun for sale by Giles Marriott in the UK

While waterfowl hunting with shotguns larger than 10 gauges was outlawed in the US in the ’30s, it remained legal in the UK. Judging by fantastic condition of these guns, I doubt they’ve spent much time in the field.

W.C Scott 10 bore shotgun for sale at Giles Marriott in the UK
W.C Scott 10 bore shotgun for sale at Giles Marriott in the UK

Last minute auction alert: A nice looking 12g British boxlock…

Lot 242: Charles Osborne Boxlock SxS Shotgun 12ga
Lot 242: Charles Osborne Boxlock SxS Shotgun 12ga

If I had to name the best SxS bargain out there, I would say “12g British Boxlock Non-Ejectors”, especially ones like the double you see here.

Lot 242: Charles Osborne Boxlock SxS Shotgun 12ga
Lot 242: Charles Osborne Boxlock SxS Shotgun 12ga

Montrose Auction Inc has this one by Charles Osborne. It’s coming up today in their firearms auction, and if it’s good, shootable shape, it may be worth chasing.

Lot 242: Charles Osborne Boxlock SxS Shotgun 12ga
Lot 242: Charles Osborne Boxlock SxS Shotgun 12ga

Even those these guns are 12 gauges, most of them weigh around 6 3/4 pounds and handle better than a lot of American SxS costing many times more

Charles Osborne opened a shop at at 1 Litchfield Street, Birmingham in 1838. The company was around until 1957.

Lot 242: Charles Osborne Boxlock SxS Shotgun 12ga
Lot 242: Charles Osborne Boxlock SxS Shotgun 12ga

This side-by-side was probably made before WW1. It looks like a standard Anson & Deeley boxlock — which is a good thing. The A&D boxlock is one of the best actions ever invented.

Lot 242: Charles Osborne Boxlock SxS Shotgun 12ga: Serial # 59518 Good to very good overall condition. 2 1/2″ chambers, modified/full chokes, 14 1/8″ LOP. Barrel 30″.

Lot 242: Charles Osborne Boxlock SxS Shotgun 12ga
Lot 242: Charles Osborne Boxlock SxS Shotgun 12ga

Auction alert: 16g L.C. Smith Field Featherweight, NO RESERVE…

NO RESERVE: LC Smith field FW Featherweight 16 ga 28in SxS
NO RESERVE: LC Smith field FW Featherweight 16 ga 28in SxS

This one is on Gunbroker.com now. The auction started out a penny and there’s NO RESERVE. It ends this Friday, 3/5/2021, @ 8:19 PM.

NO RESERVE: LC Smith field FW Featherweight 16 ga 28in SxS
NO RESERVE: LC Smith field FW Featherweight 16 ga 28in SxS

Back in the day, L.C. Smith was one of America’s most successful gunmakers. According to this timeline from the L.C. Smith Collector’s Club, the first “L.C. Smith” SxS shotguns appeared in 1884. The company went out of business in 1950. The name was revived in 1969 and retired for good in 1971. In that time, LC Smith built 250,000+  guns in several configurations and grades (learn more about them here).

NO RESERVE: LC Smith field FW Featherweight 16 ga 28in SxS
NO RESERVE: LC Smith field FW Featherweight 16 ga 28in SxS

The 16g you see here is a Field grade, the most basic SxS Smith offered from 1912-1950.

The Field-grade Smiths came in 10g, 12g, 16g, 20g, and .410. Regular and Featherweight (FW) models were offered. LC Smith built around 199,384 of them — 38,678 in 16-gauge alone.

LC Smith field FW Featherweight 16 ga 28in SxS: Wood finish is well worn, barrels have lot of blue with some wear spots, 2 9/16″ chambers, 14in LOP with drops of 1 11/16″ and 2 7/16″. imp mod and full.

NO RESERVE: LC Smith field FW Featherweight 16 ga 28in SxS
NO RESERVE: LC Smith field FW Featherweight 16 ga 28in SxS

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

Pair of Westley Richard Goldname Scalloped Frame Droplocks SxS
Pair of Westley Richard Goldname Scalloped Frame Droplocks SxS

Pair of Westley Richard Goldname Scalloped Frame Droplocks SxS: Consecutive Pair 16×16 ga. x 2-3/4 Westley Richard Special. Steel Nitro Proof 3-1/4 Ton per Square Inch. 28” Low Tapered Concave Rib Marked;  Westley Richards, 178 Band St. London. Gun Maker By Appointment his Majesty George Rexet Imp.  No 1 choke left .024 right .010.  No 2 choke left .020 right .011. 14-3/8 pull to checkered butt with heel & toe plates, 1-3/8 –  2-3/8 drop. Highly figured walnut straight stock. No cast of or on, good for right or left hand shooter. 6 lbs each, silver oval, auto ejectors, Westley Richards patent selective single trigger, auto safety with safe in gold. Jewel fin. droplocks & bottom of hinge plate. Drop locks gold inlaid L & R, compacted original maker. leather case with trade label & accessories. Factory letter, this pair made in 1910 Sr# 9503 & 9504. Fine condition no molested screws. mirro bores, 99% bluing, receiver 75% case color. Price: $26,950

W. J. Jeffrey & Co. ~ Double Express SxS Rifle ~ 475 Jeffrey
W. J. Jeffrey & Co. ~ Double Express SxS Rifle ~ 475 Jeffrey

W. J. Jeffrey & Co. ~ Double Express SxS Rifle ~ 475 Jeffrey: W. J. Jeffrey & Company of London. Double triggers with ejectors and auto safety. Stock shows scattered rubs and light handling marks, Very Good Plus barrel bluing, receiver offers only a suggestion of case colors. Solid boxlock action finely engraved with foliate patterns. .475 Nitro Express. Bore Condition: “Bright, Strong Rifling Barrels: 24 inch Triggers: Double Trigger Stock Dimensions: 14 5/8 Inch LOP Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: Leather Covered Recoil Pad Sights: “One Standing, 4 Leaf Express Rear Sight. Blade Front. Price: $15,999.97

AH FOX XE grade 12ga 28" #4 barrels, Mfg 1925:
AH FOX XE grade 12ga 28″ #4 barrels, Mfg 1925:

AH FOX XE grade 12ga 28″ #4 barrels, Mfg 1925: Serial #  30851, Barrel Length (in Inches)  28″, Choke R  M(.015), Choke L  F (.032), Trigger  DT (Double), Stock Configuration  Straight Grip, Checkered panels, Recoil pad, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm, Rib Type  Smooth Concave Rib, Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving Type  Ornamental Scroll with cameo game scene Engraving, Other Options  #4 weight barrels, Metal has all original finish and is super nice, Wood has been professionally refinished with 3/4″ wood extension, Condition  EXC. Plus Condition, Weight  6#13oz, Dimensions  1 1/2 x 2 1/4 14 1/2 with 1/8 cast off, Other Details  Mfg 1925. Price: $13,500

AUG. FRANCOTTE 20 GA. GRADE 20E SXS
AUG. FRANCOTTE 20 GA. GRADE 20E SXS

AUG. FRANCOTTE 20 GA. GRADE 20E SXS: BLS. 27 3/4″ – CYL/FULL – 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, SIDEPLATED BOXLOCK, CC 75%, ROUND KNOB SEMI-PISTOL GRIP, LOP 14″ OVER SOLID LEATHERFACED PAD, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, WEIGHS 5 LBS. 7 OZS., OVERBORED , MIN. WALL L.028/ R .022., LOCK UP BY DOUBLE UNDERBITES AND GREENER STYLE CROSSBOLT. SIDECLIPS. $4,500.

Beautiful lightweight all original Parker VH 16ga Game Gun with great dimensions
Beautiful lightweight all original Parker VH 16ga Game Gun with great dimensions

Beautiful lightweight all original Parker VH 16ga Game Gun with great dimensions: Gorgeous all original Parker VH 16ga made on a #1 frame in the 229k SN range.  Made with 28″ Vulcan Steel barrels, splinter forend, double triggers, extractors, capped pistol grip and original Dogs Head Buttplate. Overall, the gun remains in very fine original condition with 95% original barrel blue, 70% original case color, 60% original trigger guard blue and 95% original stock finishes.  Really a nice clean gun with bright shiny bores and excellent crisp mechanics. Price: $4395

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surprise! The affordable SxS is making a comeback …

FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun
FABARM Autumn SxS shotgun

Affordable SxSs were a thing of the past by the time I got out of college in the 90’s, found a job, and had money to spend on a gun.

SKB stopped making their side-by-sides in 1980. Stevens ended their low priced 311s and Fox Model Bs in 1989. AYAs and Arrietas were building SxS in the ’90s, but their lowest-grade guns cost more than my F150 was worth.

If I wanted a new double at a reasonable price, an OU was the only way to go: Berettas 686s, Browning Citoris, Ruger Red Labels.

But according to this new article in Outdoor life by A.J. DeRosa, that’s not the case anymore.

The Affordable Side-by-Side Shotgun Is Making a Comeback with American Bird Hunters, by A.J. DeRosa

CZ Bobwhite SxS Shotgun
CZ Bobwhite SxS Shotgun

The dampness of the cellar mixed with the smell of gun oil hit my nose. My eyes caught the fluorescent lights reflecting off blued metal. Well-kept barrels of various brands and models of vintage shotguns stood out in contrast against a worn table. My bank account was about to be sucked dry; I tried not to think about the overdraft fees. The affordable gun I had originally came for fell by the wayside as I shouldered an Italian-built shotgun with a slender English grip. Welcome to the world of side-by-side shotguns….

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AKUS SxS Shotgun
AKUS SxS Shotgun

Original or redone? You decide. A 28g Parker GHE Skeet ….

Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26"
Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26″

Welcome to another round of original or redone! I asked the same questions about this 20g GHE the other day. The answer was “all original”.

Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26"
Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26″

What do you think about this 28g Parker GHE SKEET gun?

Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26"
Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26″

At first glance, this old SxS looks pretty original. But when you look closer and do a little research, that changes.

Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26"
Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26″

Parker records show this double was made in 1936 with a beavertail forend, single trigger, 26″ barrels, and ejectors. The records also say it was made with an English-style straight-grip stock. As you can see, it now has a pistol-grip stock. Problem? Maybe.

Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26"
Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26″

Markings on the barrels that show the gun went back to Parker in 1937 for repairs. Did Parker restock it at that time? If they did restock, the stock looks barely used — unlike the barrels and the back of the triggerguard.

Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26"
Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26″

Turnbull Restorations confirmed they recolored the action. They may have reblued the triggerguard, too. The blueing on the barrels looks good, but it may have been redone (if you’re recoloring the action, why not reblue the bbls, too?).

Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26"
Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26″

That red bead on the front of the bbls is another head scratcher. It could be original Parker did offer those red beads as options back when this gun was made.

Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26"
Parker Brothers GHE Skeet SXS 28g 26″

Regardless of originality this gun still hammered down for almost $26,000. Why? Because it’s scarce, and even though it’s not all original it’s still a nice vintage American double.

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