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….

Read all of A.J. DeRosa’s: The Affordable Side-by-Side Shotgun Is Making a Comeback with American Bird Hunters

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.

Online auction alert: 16g Parker VH, No Reserve …

Parker Bros VH, 16 Gauge, 0 Frame, 26" Barrels, No Reserve
Parker Bros VH, 16 Gauge, 0 Frame, 26″ Barrels, No Reserve

I’ve always liked beat up, old birds guns, especially ones like this 16g Parker VH that’s on Gunbroker.com right now. This old SxS looks like it spent decades chasing quail behind a couple pointers and making memories.

Parker Bros VH, 16 Gauge, 0 Frame, 26" Barrels, No Reserve
Parker Bros VH, 16 Gauge, 0 Frame, 26″ Barrels, No Reserve

While it has problems (like a stock that’s cracked in a couple places), the issues I can see can be fixed. If the barrels and the rest of the gun are sound, there’s no reason you can’t take this shotgun back into the field to hunt again.

Parker Bros VH, 16 Gauge, 0 Frame, 26" Barrels, No Reserve
Parker Bros VH, 16 Gauge, 0 Frame, 26″ Barrels, No Reserve

Parker Bros VH, 16 Gauge, 0 Frame, 26″ Barrels, No Reserve: Sights: Front Bead, Choke: Improved and Modified, Chamber: 2 1/2 Inches, Stock: LOP: 13″ – 14″ (Dual Triggers), DAH: 2 5/8 Inches, DAC: 1 5/8 Inches, Weight: 6.0 lbs, Serial Number: 157060. Additional Features: Barrel, receiver, and forend all have matching serial numbers. Original factory buttplate. Automatic safety. Overall Condition: Good -Several small cracks throughout the wrist. Bore Condition: Good Finish Condition:  Good Mechanical Condition: Good

Parker Bros VH, 16 Gauge, 0 Frame, 26" Barrels, No Reserve
Parker Bros VH, 16 Gauge, 0 Frame, 26″ Barrels, No Reserve
Parker Bros VH, 16 Gauge, 0 Frame, 26" Barrels, No Reserve
Parker Bros VH, 16 Gauge, 0 Frame, 26″ Barrels, No Reserve
Parker Bros VH, 16 Gauge, 0 Frame, 26" Barrels, No Reserve
Parker Bros VH, 16 Gauge, 0 Frame, 26″ Barrels, No Reserve

Original or redone? You decide. A 20g Parker GHE …

Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28" 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28″ 20g

Original condition is THE most important factor to consider when determining the value of old shotgun — especially a classic American SxS like this Parker GHE.

Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28" 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28″ 20g

Guns with more original condition are worth more; guns with less are worth less — and sometimes worthless.

Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28" 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28″ 20g

To complicate things, a lot of vintage guns have been redone (AKA refinished). Some have had their barrels reblued, and their actions recolored actions. Some have had their wood refinished and checkering recut. Others have had all this done to them and more.

Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28" 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28″ 20g

Most refinished guns stand out like pen-raised quail. But some are trickier, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can make an expensive mistake.

So what do you think of this Parker? Original or redone? Scroll down to find out.

Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28" 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28″ 20g

This Parker GHE 20g SXS is….ORIGINAL.

It was built by Remington in Ilion, New York, and it was one of the last Parker shotguns ever made.

Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28" 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28″ 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28" 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28″ 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28" 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28″ 20g

Online auction alert: A 16g Fox Sterlingworth to stare at …

A. H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga SxS Shotgun
A. H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga SxS Shotgun

If I had a $1 for every time someone said to me “I would like find a nice, original Fox Sterlingworth”, I’d have enough money to buy nice, original 16g Sterlie you see here.

A. H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga SxS Shotgun
A. H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga SxS Shotgun

It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction ends 2/21/2021 @ 8:33 PM.

While Fox Sterlingworths are far from rare (more than 150,000 were built), ones in solid, original condition are hard to find, especially in 16 gauge.

A. H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga SxS Shotgun
A. H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga SxS Shotgun

A. H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga SxS Shotgun: This is a A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga and this gun is a jewel. Weighing in at 6 lbs (feels like a lot less) the LOP is 14 1/“ DOC 2” and DAH is “3 this little gun comes up like a dream! It has on little tiny chip on the edge of the forearm but other than that this is a super ALL ORIGINAL gun. The case color is 95% and the wood 85+ Only bc of the chip. The barrels are 28” imp modified/ Full.

A. H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga SxS Shotgun
A. H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga SxS Shotgun
A. H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga SxS Shotgun
A. H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga SxS Shotgun
A. H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga SxS Shotgun
A. H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga SxS Shotgun
A. H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 ga SxS Shotgun

A great looking Grulla No. 2, sidelock 20 gauge …

Grulla No. 2 20 gauge Sidelock SxS
Grulla No. 2 20 gauge Sidelock SxS

Here are all the reasons I love this little sidelock.

  • It’s a true sidelock with chopperlump barrels
  • It weighs less than 6lbs
  • It has a great looking, 14 1/2″ stock
  • It has cool, detachable locks

And most importantly, I love that this gun gives you all this for just $4,100. While that’s not cheap, it’s a ton of gun — and a ton of quality — for that kind of money.

Grulla No. 2 20 gauge Sidelock SxS
Grulla No. 2 20 gauge Sidelock SxS

Grulla No. 2 20 gauge Sidelock Ejector SxS Shotgun: Beautiful Grulla sidelock 20 gauge, 26 inch barrels, 3 inch chambers, factory choked at cylinder and improved cylinder, ejectors, well struck chopper lump barrels, double triggers with front hinged trigger, bushed strikers, and removable side plate lever, all very high grade appointments. Finish on barrels is perfect, beautifully figured wood with only a very few handling marks. Action is fully engraved and very tight on face;  bores are excellent. This light and fine little bird gun has seen very little use. The quality of workmanship on this gun is equal to guns of much higher grade, wood to metal fit, engraving, finish on metal, fit of barrels to action; excellent Grulla quality. Weight 5lbs, 14oz. Serial Number: 31155 Chambers: 3 inch Ejectors: yes Condition: excellent Metal Condition: excellent Wood Condition: excellent Bore Condition: excellent Barrels: 26 ” perfect Barrel Type: side x side Action: sidelock Triggers: two, front hinged  Stock: figured walnut Stock Dimensions: 14 1/2″ Lop Stock Comb: DAC 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: DAH 2 3/8″ Stock Cast: 1/4 in Fore End: British splinter Butt Pad: lined/checkered butt LOP: 14 1/2″ Rib: solid Weight: 5Lbs 14oz Sights: bead Choke Left: imp cyc Choke Right: cyc Price: $4,100

Grulla No. 2 20 gauge Sidelock SxS
Grulla No. 2 20 gauge Sidelock SxS
Grulla No. 2 20 gauge Sidelock SxS
Grulla No. 2 20 gauge Sidelock SxS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A lot of gun in a little package: A 2″ 12g from Charles Hellis ….

Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2" Chambered boxlock SxS game gun
Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2″ Chambered boxlock SxS game gun

From the 1860s to 1980s, twelve gauges ruled in my blog. They were the standard game gun and what most men shot. After the first World War, there was a movement in the UK toward lighter and lighter doubles, and 2″ 12gs like the one you see here were the result. These guns weigh 6lbs or less, but shill had the proportions and feel of a standard British game gun.

Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2" Chambered boxlock SxS game gun
Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2″ Chambered boxlock SxS game gun

Today, these guns are ideal for upland hunting, especially over pointing dogs. These guns throw great patterns and they’re built to push 7/8-ounces of lead, enough to knock down quail, woodcock, and most grouse.

Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2" Chambered boxlock SxS game gun
Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2″ Chambered boxlock SxS game gun

Charles Hellis was a well-respected London gunmaker, and this gun looks like it’s in great shape overall and very fairly priced. The seller is one of the most highly-respected dealers in the country, too.

Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2" Chambered boxlock SxS game gun
Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2″ Chambered boxlock SxS game gun

Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2″ Chambered boxlock SxS game gun: Absolutely dandy lightweight 12bore 2″ game gun weighing in at just 5lbs 6oz!  This petite case hardened box lock action with Anson pushbutton release splinter forend made with extractors, double triggers and straight hand buttstock. If you’ve never used a 2″ 12 bore cartridge before, you absolutely have to give it a try. It is a ball and this gun would be a joy to carry all day long and will knock down any game bird in North America! Price: $2995

Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2" Chambered boxlock SxS game gun
Beautiful and ultra lightweight 12 bore Charles Hellis 2″ Chambered boxlock SxS game gun

This 16g Parker VH is the classic New England grouse gun …

Parker VH - 16g - SxS- Shotgun
Parker VH – 16g – SxS- Shotgun

A hundred years, most of New England was excellent grouse cover, especially north of Boston and up into southern New Hampshire and Maine. As people abandoned their small farms for jobs in the factory towns, mother nature took over and turned the old sheep pastures and apple orchards into prime grouse and woodcock cover.

Parker VH - 16g - SxS- Shotgun
Parker VH – 16g – SxS- Shotgun

The guys alive then hunted a world that will never be again. I think of them sometime, and of all the birds they used to see. When I do, I imagine them carrying a gun like this Parker as they follow a setter through hundreds of acres of grouse dreamland.

Parker VH - 16g - SxS- Shotgun
Parker VH – 16g – SxS- Shotgun

Parker VH – 16g – SxS- Shotgun: Presented for you today is a pre-owned Parker VH 16 gauge shotgun. Carrying serial number 236444 this desirable American side by side was originally manufactured in 1934 in Parker’s Meriden, CT factory. Metal condition: 40% original case color, trigger guard burnished to white, engraving crisp, screws excellent. Very good rust blue on barrels. Excellent bore. Wood condition: Very good original condition with very good original checkering; 3/4″ Silvers pad (hard) with remnants of leather cover. Serial Number: 236444 Metal Condition: 40%, Bore Condition: Excellent, Action: Boxlock, Gauge: 16 Stock Dimensions: 1-1/2″ x 2-5/8″ x 14-1/2, Butt Pad: Silvers recoil pad,LOP: 14-1/2″, Chokes: Full/Modified Grips: Checkered Pistol. Price: $4,000

SuperBritte 16g OU: See how it’s like a SxS turned on its side …

Super Britte - Side Opening - 16 ga - OU - Shotgun
SuperBritte – Side Opening – 16 ga – OU – Shotgun

Of all the odd-ball shotguns I’ve handled, from Darnes and Manufrance Ideals to Lancaster 4-bbls, the SuperBritte is my favorite and the only one I would like to own. Unlike those other weird guns, the SuperBritte’s quirkiness is a benefit–instead of an impediment.

SuperBritte - Side Opening - 16 ga - OU - Shotgun
SuperBritte – Side Opening – 16 ga – OU – Shotgun

While the side-opening action and sidelever look odd, they made the gun extremely trim, lively, and easy to use. Learning how to operate a SuperBritte takes a box of shells or so. Then you discover it’s as easy to shoot as a SxS, but with pointability and precision of an OU.

SuperBritte - Side Opening - 16 ga - OU - Shotgun
SuperBritte – Side Opening – 16 ga – OU – Shotgun

A Belgian gunmaker named Theophile Britte patented the “SUPERBRITTE” side-opening OU shotgun in 1931. “Super” refers to “superimposed” (French for Over Under). Britte — obviously — his name and the name of well-known Belgian gunmaker.

SuperBritte - Side Opening - 16 ga - OU - Shotgun
SuperBritte – Side Opening – 16 ga – OU – Shotgun

The Britte gunmaking company built SuperBrittes from 1932 to 1936. Only 250 of them were completed. Sometime in the 1990s, Griffin & Howe acquired a small collection of finished SuperBritte OUs plus several 12-gauge SuperBritte action/barrel sets. I think the SuperBritte you see here is one of the original, completed guns in the batch Griffin & Howe’s acquired.

SuperBritte - Side Opening - 16 ga - OU - Shotgun
SuperBritte – Side Opening – 16 ga – OU – Shotgun

SuperBritte – Side Opening – 16 ga – OU – Shotgun: Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Double, Grip: Straight Grip, Forend: Checkered Lop: 15 3/8 “, Pad thickness: 1 ” ,Type of butt: Leather Covered Pad, Drop comb: 1 1/2 “, Drop heel: 2 3/8 “, Cast amount: 3/8 “, Cast: Off, Weight: 6 lbs, 6 oz Manufactured in: Belgium, Finish: Coin, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Stock: Original finish, Metal: Original finish, Type of Case: G&H luggage case, Extra barrels: 0 Barrel info: Gauge: 16 ga, Chamber: 2 3/4 “, Length: 27 1/2 “, Chokes: M/IM, Rib type: Solid, Comments : A very unique side open action. Gun is in very good condition. Price: $30,000

A closer look at that fantastic 20g Krieghoff OU….

KRIEGHOFF 20 BORE 1928 SUHL BEST GRADE O/U- 99% ENGRAVING w/ GAME SCENES- 30" V R Bbls.- 100% ORIG. 1928 FINISH- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION-EXC. BORE
KRIEGHOFF 20 BORE 1928 SUHL BEST GRADE O/U- 99% ENGRAVING w/ GAME SCENES- 30″ V R Bbls.- 100% ORIG. 1928 FINISH- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION-EXC. BORE

In support of my “Week of Great Guns” on Shooting Sportsman Magazine’s Instagram page (@shootingsportsmanmag), here’s today’s featured double — a 20g Krieghoff made in 1928.

KRIEGHOFF 20 BORE 1928 SUHL BEST GRADE O/U- 99% ENGRAVING w/ GAME SCENES- 30" V R Bbls.- 100% ORIG. 1928 FINISH- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION-EXC. BORE
KRIEGHOFF 20 BORE 1928 SUHL BEST GRADE O/U- 99% ENGRAVING w/ GAME SCENES- 30″ V R Bbls.- 100% ORIG. 1928 FINISH- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION-EXC. BORE

Krieghoff was founded in 1886 as “Sempert & Krieghoff”. By the time this OU was built, the company had dropped the “Sempert” and earned a reputation for building several unique types of drillings. In the late ’50s, Krieghoff started making the Remington Model 32-inspired OU that they’re famous for today.

KRIEGHOFF 20 BORE 1928 SUHL BEST GRADE O/U- 99% ENGRAVING w/ GAME SCENES- 30" V R Bbls.- 100% ORIG. 1928 FINISH- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION-EXC. BORE
KRIEGHOFF 20 BORE 1928 SUHL BEST GRADE O/U- 99% ENGRAVING w/ GAME SCENES- 30″ V R Bbls.- 100% ORIG. 1928 FINISH- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION-EXC. BORE

The Krieghoff you see here is built on a type OU action created by Merkel in the 1900s. In the 1920s and into the early 1930s, German companies like Heym, Greifelt, and Krieghoff built their own versions of Merkel’s design and exported these guns to the US. These guns were expensive and cost as much — if not more than — most high-grade Parkers and Foxes when they were new. Today, they’re not cheap, but ones in good, original condition offer you a ton of quality at a very fair price.

KRIEGHOFF 20 BORE 1928 SUHL BEST GRADE O/U- 99% ENGRAVING w/ GAME SCENES- 30" V R Bbls.- 100% ORIG. 1928 FINISH- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION-EXC. BORE
KRIEGHOFF 20 BORE 1928 SUHL BEST GRADE O/U- 99% ENGRAVING w/ GAME SCENES- 30″ V R Bbls.- 100% ORIG. 1928 FINISH- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION-EXC. BORE

I’ve handled a lot guns like this Krieghoff, and two things always impress me about them.

First: they’re beautifully made. Fit and finish is great, the stock and action are well shaped, and the guns function like double costing much more.

SecondL Even though they look clunky, they handle really well. Even though this Krieghoff looks like it would be heavy, it comes in at just 6lbs 4oz. With it’s 30″ barrels, I bet it handles great. I love its double triggers, too.

KRIEGHOFF 20 BORE 1928 SUHL BEST GRADE O/U- 99% ENGRAVING w/ GAME SCENES- 30" V R Bbls.- 100% ORIG. 1928 FINISH- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION-EXC. BORE
KRIEGHOFF 20 BORE 1928 SUHL BEST GRADE O/U- 99% ENGRAVING w/ GAME SCENES- 30″ V R Bbls.- 100% ORIG. 1928 FINISH- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION-EXC. BORE

KRIEGHOFF 20 BORE 1928 SUHL BEST GRADE O/U- 99% ENGRAVING w/ GAME SCENES- 30″ V R Bbls.- 100% ORIG. 1928 FINISH- BEST 300 SERIES ACTION-EXC. BORE: #10838, A Krieghoff 20 Bore Suhl Made 1928 Boxlock Best Grade Over & Under Game Gun with 30″ Vent Rib barrels Imported to the U. S. by “B. H. Dyas Co. Los Angeles”, Built on their Best 300 series action body with double underlugs with double bite, A single extension Kersten hidden cross bolt, The 30″ Extractor Krupp steel barrels at .627 .013 & .017″ (Mod. & Imp.Mod), 2 3/4″ chambers, A neat Vent Rib with round posts, 3 piece forend with a horn tip, Bolstered frame, Scalloped action, Intercepting safety sears, Double triggers, Pistol grip stock at 13 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 2 3/8″ over a thin horn buttplate, We installed a 1″ pad without any alteration to the wood so the horn buttplate can go back on at anytime, It is 14 1/4″ LOP with the 1″ pad installed, Neutral stock for the right or left hand, 6 lbs. 4 oz. with the horn buttplate & 6 lbs. 5 oz. with the pad, 99% coverage of extremely nice pre-war Suhl engraving with 5 game scenes of birds and dogs with the balance in neat floral engraving, “B. H. Dyas Co. Los Angeles” in Gold inlaid on the top barrel, It has 2 retainer screws which secure key screws, This piece remains totally 1928 original from muzzle to butt, The original barrel blue remains at 88-90%, The original stock finish is at 85% with typical handling marks, The checkering is at 88-90%, The bores are excellent to near excellent plus. This is a doggone solid, tight, clean and well-made classic 1928 Krieghoff over & under game gun. Compare this Suhl made Sempert & Krieghoff to a current gun for the same price and Suhl in 1928 looks like a pretty strong value to me. Most current guns depth is a backyard wading pool; this Krieghoff’s depth is the ocean. The difference in liking a gun or loving a gun is in the details. This piece has all the solidity and majestic fit of closing a Bentley door. Price: $8,750

As good as it gets: a 10g Holland & Holland Royal SxS …

A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels

On the face of it, the word “best” s a simple meaning: Traditionally, it was the top-grade gun built by a manufacturer. But in an era when guns were almost entirely hand made, quality varied, and some best guns were best-er than others.

A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels

Check out this H&H Royal to see what I mean. I don’t know who they made this gun for or why they did such a nice job on it, but it’s one of the finest Holland & Holland Royal I’ve seen.

A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels

The Royal is Holland & Holland’s flagship gun. They’ve been building it since the 1890s, and it has been copied by countless makers in the UK to Spain, Germany, and Japan.

A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels

The engraving pattern on this gun is the company’s famous acanthus-scroll (inspired by the work of textile designer William Morris), but it’s executed a higher level than what you see on your average Royal. Everything is done a bit better, too. The action is a bit crisper, the wood a bit more elegant, the checkering a bit more careful. Overall, it’s a stunning gun.

HOLLAND & HOLLAND – ROYAL SXS 10 BORE

#23367. 31″ NITRO PROOFED STEEL BARRELS 2 7/8″ CHAMBERS, PROOFED FOR 1 1/2 OZ, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTOR, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MINT CONDITION, ORIGINAL, OAK AND LEATHER MAKERS CASE, 9LBS 4 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 3/4″ LOP. PRICE: $49,500

A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31" barrels
A superb Holland & Holland Royal 10g with 31″ barrels

Online auction alert: 16g Armas Garbi 101 sidelock shotgun…

Armas Garbi William Larkin Moore 101 Sidelock 28" 16 GA SXS Shotgun, 1998:
Armas Garbi William Larkin Moore 101 Sidelock 28″ 16 GA SXS Shotgun, 1998:

Here’s your chance to get a deal on a nice looking Garbi shotgun. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction ends Sunday, 2/7/2021, @ 7:59 PM.

The 101 was Garbi’s entry level shotgun, and it’s a true sidelock with ejectors and chopperlump barrels. Even though the stock is a bit short (13 1/2″ LOP) and the seller says there are a few cracks in the wood, these issues are fixable with a pad and a little repair work.

Armas Garbi William Larkin Moore 101 Sidelock 28" 16 GA SXS Shotgun, 1998:
Armas Garbi William Larkin Moore 101 Sidelock 28″ 16 GA SXS Shotgun, 1998:

Armas Garbi William Larkin Moore 101 Sidelock 28″ 16 GA SXS Shotgun, 1998: Serial Number: 27_03_059_98, Year of Manufacture: 1998 (Q2 Date Code), Gauge: 16, 2 ¾” Shells, Action Type: Side by Side, Side-Lock, Double Non-Selective Trigger Shotgun with Ejectors. Markings: The top of the right barrel is marked “ARMAS GARBI SPAIN.”, the top of the left barrel is marked “WILLIAM LARKIN MOORE & CO. WESTLAKE VILLAGE. CA. Ml 101”. The underside of the left barrel is marked with three stars and “17”, the underside of the right barrel is marked with four stars and “17”. Each barrel flat is marked “16-70” in oval,with three proofs on either side of the barrels and “900 bares”. The left barrel flat is also marked “G.A. 27_03_059_98”, the left with “Q*2 1230 gmos”. The inside of the forend is marked “059”. The water table is marked “16-70” in oval on each lug. The left lug is marked with Garbi’s logo and “G.A. 27_03_059_98″, the right with three proof marks. The receiver, sideplates, lever, guard and forend iron have foliate scroll and border engraving. Barrel Length: 28”. Choke: Left: Improved Cylinder, Right: Cylinder, both fixed. Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a steel bead, screwed into the barrel set’s solid rib. Weight: 6 lb., 3.2 oz. Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered select walnut with splinter forend, straight wrist, straight comb and checkered bare butt. The stocks have a few scattered light marks with a more notable scratch on the comb at the heel. There are a couple of tiny cracks at the rear of the top tang and a very thin grain-line crack at a knot on the bottom-right of the forend at the rear. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 13 1/2″ and 12 5/8″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the butt. The butt has light wear at the heel with sharp checkering. The drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2″, drop at heel 2 1/8”. The cast is about neutral. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good-Fine condition. Type of Finish: Blued & Coin. Finish Originality: Original. Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.. Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The coin finish has infrequent minor surface oxidation. The action has minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine condition.. Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The shotgun has double non-selective triggers and selective ejectors. The action closes tightly with no movement. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards. Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Armas Garbi William Larkin Moore 101 Sidelock 28" 16 GA SXS Shotgun, 1998:
Armas Garbi William Larkin Moore 101 Sidelock 28″ 16 GA SXS Shotgun, 1998:
Armas Garbi William Larkin Moore 101 Sidelock 28" 16 GA SXS Shotgun, 1998:
Armas Garbi William Larkin Moore 101 Sidelock 28″ 16 GA SXS Shotgun, 1998:
Armas Garbi William Larkin Moore 101 Sidelock 28" 16 GA SXS Shotgun, 1998:
Armas Garbi William Larkin Moore 101 Sidelock 28″ 16 GA SXS Shotgun, 1998:

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

Piotti --- King Model, Hand Detachable Sidelock Ejector --- 16 Gauge, 2 3/4" Chambers --- In Maker's Leather Case
Piotti — King Model, Hand Detachable Sidelock Ejector — 16 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers — In Maker’s Leather Case

Piotti — King Model, Hand Detachable Sidelock Ejector — 16 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers — In Maker’s Leather Case: 28″ SxS chopper-lump barrels with hand-matted concave rib, choked improved cylinder & modified. 14 7/8″pull from articulated front trigger to solid black Kick-Eez recoil pad. 1 1/2″ – 2 1/4″ drop. 3/8″ cast off. Highly figured European walnut stocks with Anson-pushbutton-release splinter forend, straight English grip with diamond cross-section wrist, fine classic point-pattern checkering, and beaded-edge triggerguard. Holland & Holland-pattern bar action sidelocks with tumbler cocking indicators, and manual top tang safety with S inlaid in gold. Holland & Holland-style scroll engraving by S. Panteghini. Weight: 6lbs, 8oz. Built 1999. 99% barrel blue. Tight, and with excellent bores. In maker’s leather trunk case with trade label. Price: $15,750

Beautiful, rare, and all original Parker $225 Grade 12ga Hammer Gun with 32" original barrels and excellent provenance
Beautiful, rare, and all original Parker $225 Grade 12ga Hammer Gun with 32″ original barrels and excellent provenance

Beautiful, rare, and all original Parker $225 Grade 12ga Hammer Gun with 32″ original barrels and excellent provenance: Made in 1880 on a #2 frame, this important Parker hammer gun was made to order for Judge Gildersleeve and the order for it taken by Charles Parker as noted in the PGCA research letter.  The gun was ordered as a $225 grade hammer gun (equivalenet to the B Grade) with 32″ barrels, and the order calls for a “nice stock”, very high rib, and chambered for 2-7/8″ shells.  The gun has a wedge fastened splinter forend, double triggers, fully checkered ball grip with gold oval, and skeleton buttplate.  It is beautifully engraved which I believe is the work of Jacob Glahn.  Engraved with rabbits on the right side which is quite beautiful and unusual! The gun remains in pleasing original condition being mechanically sound.  Bores are good for a gun of this vintage minor pitting ahead of chambers and orange peel.  Stocks are sound and original.  Engraving is quite nice as seen in the photos.  Comes with PGCA Research letter identifying the gun exactly as found today!  Judge Gildersleeve can be googled with a significant history to be found.  With modern dimensions, this gun is really quite a rarity! Price: $11,500  

HOLLOWAY & NAUGHTON Deluxe BLE 20ga Original 2 3/4" chambers, Mfg 1965
HOLLOWAY & NAUGHTON Deluxe BLE 20ga Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Mfg 1965

HOLLOWAY & NAUGHTON Deluxe BLE 20ga Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Mfg 1965: Model  Deluxe BLE, Configuration  SXS, Gauge / Caliber  20 GA, Serial #  5565, Country of Origin  England, Barrel Length (in Inches)  26″, Choke R  M(.018), Choke L  IM(.023), Trigger  DT (Double), Stock Configuration  Straight Grip,, Checkered butt, Drop points, Silver oval, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm, Rib Type  Churchill Rib, Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving Type  Game Scene Cameos Engraving, Other Options  Scalloped action with beaded fences, Automatic safety, Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Condition  EXC. Plus Condition, Weight  5#12oz
Dimensions1 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 14 7/8 with 3/8 cast off, Other Details  Mfg 1965, A super nice, high condition english 20ga that is affordable Price: $7,900

Parker VHE 12ga SxS Shotgun
Parker VHE 12ga SxS Shotgun

Parker VHE 12ga SxS Shotgun Nice: About excellent overall condition with vivid case coloring remaining, with a couple spots of finish loss present on barrel. Marring to original finish present on stock. Choked full/improved mod, LOP 14 3/8″ with ejectors. Mfd in 1928. Drop 1-1/2″:2-1/2″ 6lb 15oz 1-1/2 Frame. Price: $3295

S&W ~ Elite Gold ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector
S&W ~ Elite Gold ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector

S&W ~ Elite Gold ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Boxlock Ejector:  Single non-selective trigger and 28″ barrels with three inch chambers and ejectors. Right barrel is improved cylinder and left barrel is chocked light modified. Bores are bright. Checkered straight hand stock and splinter fore end have some light handling marks and some finish flaking off near the checkered wood butt. Chambers: Three inch chambers. Metal Condition: Action and barrels are in excellent condition. Wood Condition: Checkered straight hand stock and splinter fore end have some handling marks. The stock shows some finish flaking off near the checkered butt. Bore Condition: “Bright bores with no dings, dents, rings, or bulges. Barrels: 28″ barrels. Triggers: Single non-selective trigger. Stock Dimensions: 14 1/2″” LOP, 1 3/4″” DAC, 2 1/2″” DAH Fore End: Checkered splinter fore end. Butt Pad: Checkered wood butt. Weight: 6 lb 9 oz Sights: Solid raised matte rib with middle bead and white front. Chokes: Right barrel improved cylinder and left barrel light modified. Price: $1,499.99

Watch: An inside look at Darne and Charlin shotguns….

Darne ~ Sliding Breech Shotgun ~ 20 Gauge
Darne ~ Sliding Breech Shotgun ~ 20 Gauge

Darne ~ Sliding Breech Shotgun ~ 20 Gauge: French Darne sliding breech side by side shotgun in 20 gauge. Overall condition is excellent with some minor wear to the case coloring to the rear of the sliding breech near the wrist of the stock. Chambers: 2 3/4, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Excellent, Bore Condition: Excellent, Barrels: 26″ Barrels, Triggers: Double, Fore End: Checkered Walnut, Butt Pad: Factory Plastic Darne Butt Plate, Sights: Brass Metal Front Bead, Chokes: CYL/CYL. Price: $1,599.99

Darne ~ Sliding Breech Shotgun ~ 20 Gauge
Darne ~ Sliding Breech Shotgun ~ 20 Gauge

Good gun alert: Parker DHE 28 gauge …

PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN
PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN

Here’s something you don’t see too often these days: a good, original smallbore DHE Parker that’s fairly priced.

PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN
PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN

Parker’s Quality D.H. guns were the least expensive of their high-grade models (DH, CH, BH, AH, AAH, A-1 Special, Invincible).

Parker Quality D.H. shotgun, page from The Parker Gun catalog, image from www.ParkerGuns.org
Parker Quality D.H. shotgun, page from The Parker Gun catalog, image from www.ParkerGuns.org

This 28 gauge is from around 1936, making a Remington-era Parker (Remington Arms bought the Parker gun works in 1934, but didn’t move it to Ilion, NY, until 1938).

PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN
PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN

It looks pretty original, and like it was used a lot, but well taken care of and looked after.

PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN
PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN

PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN: #236XXX 26″ .012″ AND .013″ 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS SOLID RIB DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP SKELETON BUTT NO COLOR GREAT CONDITION 6LBS 2 OZ 2 7/8″ DAH 1 11/16″ DAC 14 1/16″ LOP. Price: $16,750

PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN
PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN

Good gun alert: 20g Orvis/Arrieta Uplander SxS….

Orvis "Uplander" by Arrieta in 20 Gauge
Orvis “Uplander” by Arrieta in 20 Gauge
Nice grouse gun, nice price. That’s what I thought of when I saw this 20g Orvis Arrieta Uplander. New England Custom Gun in Claremont, NH, has it, and this true sidelock shotgun looks fairly priced at $2,795.

I remember seeing these shotguns in Orvis’s catalogs years ago. Their no-frills looks just feels right for upland hunting in New England. They’re basically 557’s with a plain, blacked finish, which I prefer over the engraving and color-case hardening Arrieta applies to their other guns.

Orvis "Uplander" by Arrieta in 20 Gauge
Orvis “Uplander” by Arrieta in 20 Gauge

Orvis “Uplander” by Arrieta in 20 Gauge: 27″ barrels choked .005″ & .005″. 14 1/2″ Length of Pull. Has some character marks but a great grouse gun. Price: $2,795

Orvis "Uplander" by Arrieta in 20 Gauge
Orvis “Uplander” by Arrieta in 20 Gauge
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