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

 

LePage BL 32 Gauge SxS Shotgun
LePage BL 32 Gauge SxS Shotgun

LePage BL 32 Gauge SxS Shotgun: Serial Number: 13290, Barrels: 27 3/8 inches, Triggers: Double Trigger, Gauge: 32 Gauge, Stock Comb: 1 3/8 inches, Stock Heel: 2 1/4 inches, Fore End: Splinter, LOP: 13 7/8 inches, Weight: 4 lbs. 7 oz. Price: $7,395

BROWNING SUPERPOSED SUPERLIGHT GRADE I 20 ga. Tapered Vent Rib 26-1/2" Imp. Cyl. & Mod. - Great Condition
BROWNING SUPERPOSED SUPERLIGHT GRADE I 20 ga. Tapered Vent Rib 26-1/2″ Imp. Cyl. & Mod. – Great Condition

BROWNING SUPERPOSED SUPERLIGHT GRADE I 20 ga. Tapered Vent Rib 26-1/2″ Imp. Cyl. & Mod. – Great Condition: Browning Superposed Super Light Grade I  20 ga. 2-3/4″ chambers  26-1/2″ barrels with Tapered Vent Rib.  Factory choked Imp. Cyl. & Mod.  Straight English style stock with factory butt plate, factory 14-1/4″ length of pull.  Small tapered style fore-end and stock are French Walnut with nice grain pattern and color.  Metal and wood are factory original with Serial #614XX V70 indicating a 1970 Belgium manufacture.  This was the 2nd year of the 20 ga. Super Light model and featured the slim fore-end and the tapered vent rib.  Chambers and bores are clean and bright.  The opening lever is far to the right and the lock-up is tight as new.  This Superposed Super Light is in great condition, it was used very little and has been well cared for.  There may be a couple of tiny marks in the wood finish and a very, very small mark in the bluing on the right side of the receiver.  These may not even show in the pictures.  The price is adjusted to compensate for these very minor issues. Price: $4065

Mortimer & Sons Boxlock 12ga 28" w/ Ejectors
Mortimer & Sons Boxlock 12ga 28″ w/ Ejectors

Mortimer & Sons Boxlock 12ga 28″ w/ Ejectors: Gun remains in very good condition; boxlock ejector gun with 2 1/2″ chambers Nitro Proof for 1 1/8 oz, English grip and splinter forend. Price: $2,500

Joseph Winkler - Ferlach - Over Under - 12ga 26" Ejectors - - Engraved
Joseph Winkler – Ferlach – Over Under – 12ga 26″ Ejectors – – Engraved

Joseph Winkler – Ferlach – Over Under – 12ga 26″ Ejectors – – Engraved: 1952 – Joseph Winkler – BLE – 12ga, 2-3/4″, 26″ IC / F (.008 / .034) LOP 14-1/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs. 10 oz. This is a very SOLID gun. Action tight. Excellent Bores. Price: $2350

LC Smith Field Grade Featherweight 20ga, 28" Brls., Excellent Condition
LC Smith Field Grade Featherweight 20ga, 28″ Brls., Excellent Condition

LC Smith Field Grade Featherweight 20ga, 28″ Brls., Excellent Condition: For sale is a clean Extractor Featherweight Field Grade LC Smith with nice wood and original color case hardened locks and frame.  A 1/2″ Pachmyer Decelerator Pad was professional installed. End of wood to rear of pad is 3/4″. Weight: 6-lbs 8-oz LOP: 14 3/4″ (to front trigger). Drop Comb: 1 3/8″. Drop & Heal: 2 1/2″. Right Bore: .610 Right Choke: .603 (Improved Cylinder) Left Bore: .610 Left Choke: .596  (Modified) Front Trigger: 4-lbs 9-oz Rear Trigger: 5-lbs 9-oz. Barrel Length: 28, Bore Info: 20, Stock Comb: 1 3/8″, Stock Heel: 2 1/2″. LOP: 14 3/4″, Choke Left: IC, Choke Right: Modified. Price: $2,000

Good gun alert: AyA ~ No. 2 ~ 12 — $2,399.99…

AYA is one of Spain’s most famous gunmakers, and the No. 2 is probably AYA’s most famous shotgun. This model was introduced in the ’50s and went on to become the company’s top seller. Today, these guns gun around $8000 brand new.

The one you see here looks like it’s in good shape. If it is, it’s a great deal.

AyA ~ No. 2 ~ 12 -- $2,399.99
AyA ~ No. 2 ~ 12 — $2,399.99

AyA ~ No. 2 ~ 12 — $2,399.99: The Aguirre Y Aranzabal No. 2 is a handmade side by side shotgun with hand detachable side locks, cocking indicators, automatic ejectors, double triggers and case hardened frame with scroll engraving. There are few spots of finish damage on the barrels. The action is tight, the barrels are on face and the top lever is right of center. This is a truly fine shotgun at a very affordable price. Manufactured 1999 in Spain. 12 Gauge. Chambers: 2 3/4 inch chambers. Metal Condition: Good overall with some scratches, small spots of finish damage on the barrels and some wear on the sharp edges. Wood Condition: Good with some scratches and dents. Bore Condition: Very good. Barrels: 28 inch barrel. Triggers: Double triggers with articulated front trigger Stock Dimensions: 15 1/4 in. LOP, 1 5/8 in. DAC, 2 3/4 in. DAH Fore End: Splinter fore end Butt Pad: Rubber pad Weight: 6 Lbs. 10 Oz. Sights: Concave game rib with single bead Chokes: Improved cylinder and modified. Price: $2,399.99

AyA ~ No. 2 ~ 12 -- $2,399.99
AyA ~ No. 2 ~ 12 — $2,399.99
AyA ~ No. 2 ~ 12 -- $2,399.99
AyA ~ No. 2 ~ 12 — $2,399.99

How to buy vintage shotguns without getting burned: The 2nd most important questions to ask a seller

Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world! Super investment
Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world! Super investment

So I’ve had tech issues with Dogs & Doubles, and it has taken me a while to get things sorted out. Sorry for the trouble. But now I’m back. So here’s the next part of How to buy vintage shotguns without getting burned.

A few weeks ago, I talked about the first of the three most important questions you need to ask a seller before you buy a gun:

Question 1: Is the gun all original or has it been redone?

This week, we’ll cover: Question 2: What’s the condition of the barrels?

One thing I learned quickly in my gun-hoarding days was that bad barrels equal a bad gun. I know this sounds extreme, but it’s true for 2 reasons.

This gun was intentionally destroyed with a gross overcharge of smokeless powder. Pic from MidwayUSA website
This gun was intentionally destroyed with a gross overcharge of smokeless powder. Pic from MidwayUSA website

1: Safety. If the integrity of the barrels is compromised in any way, you can’t count on them to constrain the forces that are unleashed when you fire a gun.

16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun
16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun

2: Barrels are never worth replacing. OK, almost never. But on an old Parker or Fox, a new set made from scratch will cost your $8,000+ — if you can find someone to do it and do it right. You can send a British SxS or an OU back to the UK for new barrels, but you’re talking at least $10,000. European stuff can be just as pricey.

So when you’re buying a vintage shotgun, you need to figure out the condition of the barrels right away. Here are 5 questions to ask the seller.

Are these barrels their original length? I hope so -- I own the gun!
Are these barrels their original length? I hope so — I own the gun!

1. Are the barrels their original length? Back in the day, gunsmiths used to hack off a couple of inches from shotgun barrels all the time, usually to open up the chokes or to remove damage at the muzzle end. Unfortunately, this can affect how the barrels shoot and how the gun balances. It also lowers a gun’s resale value and can look lousy. So if the barrels are no longer their original length, the smart move is to pass on the gun.

Ouch. A nasty dent in a set Parker barrels. Image from the PerlicanParts forum.
Ouch. A nasty dent in a set Parker barrels. Image from the PerlicanParts forum.

2. Are there are any dents, dings, or bulges in the barrels? If so, you may be able to fix them. But depending on where they are, how bad they are, and the overall quality of the gun, it may not be worth doing. Determining the severity of a dent, ding, or bulge requires a gunsmith. The moment you consult one, you’ll start running a tab that could go to $200+ if you move ahead with any work. BTW: Check out this article to read more about dents what goes into repairing them: The Ins And Outs Of Shotgun Barrel Dents

Bad pitting inside a shotgun barrel
Bad pitting inside a shotgun barrel

3. Is there any pitting or corrosion, inside or out? Rust is never good. But some pin-pricks and small blooms of it can be easy to deal with if they’re on the exterior of the bbls. The same is true with a little light frosting inside the tubes. But thick rust and pits can only be removed with honing and polishing. These fixes aren’t cheap and they can create thin spots in the tubes. None of that is good.

4. Are the ribs tight?  Shotgun ribs are fastened to the barrels with soldering. When this soldering comes loose and falls away, moisture works underneath and rust follows. While loose ribs can be relayed, you don’t know how extensive the rust damage is until you remove the ribs. Plus, relaying ribs is expensive and you’ll have to reblue the barrels once it’s done.

5. Are there are any signs of repairs? Barrels get dented and fixed. Sometimes they bulge and are repaired. When they rust, people clean them up and reblue them (but won’t always reblue them the right way). While minor repairs aren’t a huge concern, major fixes are. If a set of barrels has been repaired, you (or more likely a gunsmith) will have to inspect them to see if the repair was done correctly and if the area around the repair has been compromised. And you know what that means — $$$$.

So that’s a lot to ask — I know. Later this week I’ll go over the rest of the things you need to find out about a set of shotgun barrels before you guy the gun, including chamber lengths, bore sizes, and minimum wall thicknesses. Stay tuned.

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

Holland & Holland - Royal “Pigeon” Gun - 12ga - 30” - 3” - Full/Half (.019/.038) - 15” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” - 7.7 lbs - March 17, 1958
Holland & Holland – Royal “Pigeon” Gun – 12ga – 30” – 3” – Full/Half (.019/.038) – 15” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 7.7 lbs – March 17, 1958

Holland & Holland – Royal “Pigeon” Gun – 12ga – 30” – 3” – Full/Half (.019/.038) – 15” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 7.7 lbs – March 17, 1958: Matted Rib – Hinged Front Trigger – Self Opener – Provenance Data Pictured (please read) – This is a gun that was built for a gentleman that was “staying at the Ritz Hotel whilst in London!” – the original “RBL” initials are on the case, but the oval now has been changed to “JBL” (perhaps a family heir of the gun) – **IMPORTANT NOTE: this gun was specifically built as a “Pigeon and Live Bird” gun – as stated in the Holland & Holland Letter. Price: $32,995  

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ A-10 American ~ Over Under ~ 20 Gauge:
Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ A-10 American ~ Over Under ~ 20 Gauge:

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ A-10 American ~ Over Under ~ 20 Gauge: American black walnut English grip stock, hunting forend, Galazan recoil pad, gold single selective trigger adjustable for length of pull. Full side lock shotgun with hand detachable locks, tasteful light scroll engraving over traditional bone and charcoal case coloring. Satin blue 26″ barrels. Excellent condition in makers travel case.Chambers: 2 3/4 Inch Barrels: 26 Inch Triggers: Single, Tang Select Stock Dimensions: 14 1/2 Inch LOP, 2 1/4 Inch DAH, 1 1/2 Inch DAC, Neutral Cast Fore End: Field Weight: 6 Lbs 2 Oz. Sights: Matted Vent Rib, Red Front Chokes: 5- Tube Set. Price: $7,999.99

Beretta S3 12 Gauge OU Shotgun
Beretta S3 12 Gauge OU Shotgun

Beretta S3 12 Gauge OU Shotgun: 28 1/2″ Chokes: F – F L.O.P. : 14″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 3/8″H Weight: 7 lbs 4 oz Ser. #: 19438 Stock #: 9481 Price: $5,950

Belgian Browning Super Light Superposed 20 Ga
Belgian Browning Super Light Superposed 20 Ga

Belgian Browning Super Light Superposed 20 Ga: Consigned to Cole’s is this very nice Belgian Browning Superposed Super Light in 20 ga with 26-inch barrels.  The shotgun bears serial # 223PW02990.  The bores are excellent.  The upper barrel is choked Mod (**) and the lower is choked IC (**-).  This shotgun weighs in at 5lbs 14 oz, a true super lightweight.  The shotgun has a long tang, straight grip.  The LOP is 14 ¾” and terminates with a Decelerator recoil pad.  The stock has various minor nicks and dings from days afield.    The gun is nice and tight and there is no looseness to be found open or when in battery. The bluing is just starting to flake from the bottom of the receiver from carry.  Some very minor loss of factory finish is observed along the tang as well.  Again, this from honest use pursuing dove and quail.  One of the best I have seen or found out here in a very, very long time. Price: $4650

Zoli & Rizzini Field Grade S/S 20 Gauge
Zoli & Rizzini Field Grade S/S 20 Gauge

Zoli & Rizzini Field Grade S/S 20 Gauge: Offered for sale is this classic Field Grade double trigger side-by-side shotgun manufactured by Zoli&Rizzini in Magno Italy and imported to the U.S. by Abercrombie & Fitch in the1960s. The overall condition of this gun is very good to excellent rating in the 90% range. It has magnificent case hardened scalloped coloring enhanced by intricate engraving patterns and a blue finish on the frame, boxlock, lever and breech areas. The hardwood checkered Wales type grip and forearm are distinct and show very little ware. The top lever and boxlock plate also show fine engraving patterns adding value to this gun. Lock up is tight and the trigger mechanics are crisp. Overall the bluing is very uniform on both barrels with the possible exception of some very small age spots on the right side barrel. The stock shows some limited handling marks on one side which is to be expected for a field grade gun of this age. Overall it was well cared for over the years and is a very collectible firearm. Excellent value in this price range. Manufacturer: Zoli & Rizzini, Model: A&F Field Grade. Serial Number: 2427, Barrel Length: 26″, Bore Info: 2 3/4″, Ejectors: No, Condition: Very Good, Metal Condition: Good, Wood Condition: Lite Handling Marks, Bore Condition: Good, Barrels: 2, Action: Box Lock, Triggers: 2, Gauge: 20, Stock: Walnut, Butt Pad: Original, LOP: 14.25 inches, Finish: Blue, Weight: 6.5 pounds, Manufacture Date: 1965, Choke Left: M, Choke Right: IC. Price: $1,995

Great gun alert: 20g Piotti King, $9,999.99 ….

Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case
Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case

Armi F.lli Piotti is one of Italy’s top gunmakers. Found more than 50 years ago, it’s a family operation that builds world-class shotguns and double rifles. The model you see here — a King — is one of their best-quality guns. It’s rare to see one in 20 gauge for under $15,000.

Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case
Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case

So if this one checks out and is all good, it’s a great deal. Cabelas in Owatonna has it. Here’s more info about it from them.

Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case
Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case

Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case: Price $9,999.99

This is an outstanding Piotti King 1 20 gauge shotgun. The blue steel, dovetail lump barrels with single brass bead sight on the matte, concave rib, standard markings, 3-inch chambers with automatic ejectors, cylinder/improved cylinder chokes, underside of left barrel marked “W L MOORE, WESTLAKE, CA, “MOD. KING 1.”, and standard Italian proofs on the flats. Casehardened receiver and Holland & Holland pattern side locks with cocking indicators, dual triggers, and automatic sliding tang safety. The receiver and locks feature full coverage, tight scroll engraving with detailed floral flourishes. The tangs and rolled trigger guard are engraved to match and signed “GRANETTI” on the left side of the trigger. Attractively figured, checkered walnut straight grip stock and splinter forearm with engraved fittings, Anson latch, Piotti crest in gold inlay, and leather wrapped recoil pad. With leather bound take down case with Piotti interior label. Stock measurements are: drop at comb 1 1/2 inches; drop at heel 2 1/2 inches; length of pull 14 3/8 inches. Excellent with 95% original blue finish on the barrels, some light muzzle wear, small surface scratches, and some bright forearm marks. The receiver and locks have 65% original casehardened finish with some edge wear, uniform gray patina on the underside, and crisp, well defined engraving. The wood is also excellent with attractive figure, sharp checkering, and some small dings. Mechanically excellent. Case is good with stiff straps, scuffs and dings throughout the exterior, and corner and edge wear.

Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case
Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case

Chambers: 3 inch side x side with ejectors., Metal Condition: Very nice with minor wear and a little fading of the case color., Wood Condition: Excellent with attractive figure, sharp checkering, and some small dings., Bore Condition: Bright and shiny., Barrels: 26 1/2 inch blue with a raised concave rib., Triggers: Double triggers, Stock Dimensions: Drop at comb 1 1/2 inches; drop at heel 2 1/2 inches; length of pull 14 3/8 inches. Fore End: Splinter forearm with engraved fittings, Anson latch, Piotti crest in gold inlay. Butt Pad: Leather covered butt pad. Weight: 6 Lbs. 4 Oz. Sights: Single front brass bead. Chokes: Fixed, Cylinder and IC.

Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case
Piotti ~ King 1 ~ 20 Gauge ~ Sidelock ~ SxS ~ In Hard Case

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

A pre-owned 20 gauge Holland & Holland 'Royal' Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26-inch barrels
A pre-owned 20 gauge Holland & Holland ‘Royal’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26-inch barrels

A pre-owned 20 gauge Holland & Holland ‘Royal’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26-inch barrels: Holland & Holland sidelock ejector with patent assisted opening mechanism, double triggers and automatic safety. Chamber: 2 3/4 inch, Rib: Game concaved with file cut surface, Chokes: 1/4 & 1/4 Stock: Length: 14 5/8 inches, Grip: Semi pistol grip, Butt End Finish: Chequred, Forend: Splinter Style Forend. Engraving: Description: Royal Scroll Finish: Case colour finish. Weight: 5lbs – 10 oz, Case: Single Leather case. Date of Manufacture: 1960. Price: $38,000

Perazzi MX20 SC3 OU 20ga with 27 3/4" bbls, Multichoke
Perazzi MX20 SC3 OU 20ga with 27 3/4″ bbls, Multichoke

Perazzi MX20 SC3 OU 20ga with 27 3/4″ bbls, Multichoke: Perazzi MX20 SC3 game gun with fine rose and scroll engraving, vibrant color case hardening, single selective non-removable trigger, rich-grained straight grip stock (14 7/8″ lop over leather covered pad), tapered forend, ventilated rib, and factory external choke tubes. This may be one of the most attractive versions of the SC3 upgrades offered by Perazzi through the years. Factory luggage case included. Price: $13,495

Winchester 21 Deluxe Grade IV Engraved 12 Gauge (W10734)
Winchester 21 Deluxe Grade IV Engraved 12 Gauge (W10734)

Winchester 21 Deluxe Grade IV Engraved 12 Gauge (W10734): Made in 1939. Has a 26” barrel. Beautiful gun in excellent condition. Engraving is nice and sharp in a number IV factory pattern. Wood is excellent. Gun comes with a factory letter. Excellent Deluxe gun! Price: $14,950

Beautiful A.H. Fox A Grade 16 Gauge SXS with Original Box
Beautiful A.H. Fox A Grade 16 Gauge SXS with Original Box

Beautiful A.H. Fox A Grade 16 Gauge SXS with Original Box: Beautiful A.H. Fox “A” Grade 16 Gauge shotgun. Has the original box. Made in 1937. 16 Gauge with 28” barrels. Gun is in mint condition. All of the original blue and case colors remain. Engraving is sharp. Wood is excellent. This is a double extractor gun. This gun comes in the original box and is in mint condition. There is a letter accompanying this gun confirming all features. Beautiful example of an A.H. Fox “A” Grade double-barrel shotgun. Price: $7,950

Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge
Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge

Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge: This handcrafted Pedro Arrizabalaga 20 gauge side by side features and English style straight stock. The deluxe walnut stock has an oil finish and fine checkering. The receiver is engraved with heavy scroll work. There is a second forend, original paperwork. Chambers: 2-3/4 inch, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Excellent, Barrels: 27-1/2 inch barrel, Triggers: Smooth double triggers, Stock Dimensions: LOP 14-1/8 inch to forward trigger; DAC 1 3/4″; DAH 2 1/2, Fore End: Matching semi beavertail, second forend splinter style, Butt Pad: Checkered. Price: $4,599.99

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

Parker Bros Grade PH 8 Gauge SxS
Parker Bros Grade PH 8 Gauge SxS

Parker Bros Grade PH 8 Gauge SxS: Serial Number: 157318, Barrel Length: 36″, Ejectors: No, Condition: Original, Metal Condition: Nice, Wood Condition: Nice, Bore Condition: Good, Triggers: 2, Fore End: Splinter, Weight: 13 1/2 lbs. Price: $35,000 

Truly superb and extremely rare 20g Charles Daly Diamond Quality boxlock - Early Lindner made gun!
Truly superb and extremely rare 20g Charles Daly Diamond Quality boxlock – Early Lindner made gun!

Truly superb and extremely rare 20g Charles Daly Diamond Quality boxlock – Early Lindner made gun!: Antique: Yes, Shotgun Gauge: 20 Gauge, Manufacturer: H.A. Lindner, Model: Diamond Quality, Serial Number: 1516, Barrel Length: 26″, Chambers: 2-5/8″, Ejectors: yes, Condition: Excellent, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Excellent, Bore Condition: Excellent, Triggers: Double Triggers, Stock: Round knob grip, Stock Comb: 1-1/2″, Stock Heel: 2-1/4″, Fore End: Splinter, Butt Pad: Silvers Type, LOP: 14-3/8″, Weight: 5lbs 10oz, Choke Left: .630″ with .012″, Choke Right: .630″ with .008″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .030″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .030″. Very rare and lightweight Charles Daly Diamond Quality gun made in Prussia.  Lindner made gun with 26″ barrels. These early guns are of incredibly high quality and this gun made with sideclips, auto-ejectors, double triggers, and auto-safety. The gun is near full coverage engraved in fantastic detailed scroll and game scenes as seen in the photos.  Gun is very lightweight and handles like a wand.  Beautiful original stocks with fine checkering are nicely figured.  Housed in a green canvas, green felt interior case with leather appointments. Overall the gun remains in extremely fine pleasing original condition with more than 75% bold original case colors, 95% original barrel blue and stocks are superb with some finish added for preservation. Bores are brilliant and shiny and mechanics are crisp. Price: $27,500

Francotte - 20E, 20ga. 26" Barrels Choked SK/IM:
Francotte – 20E, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SK/IM:

Francotte – 20E, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SK/IM: Semi pistol grip, small leather face pad, double trigger, AE, Abercrombie and Fitch gun in A&F case with all of its accessories. Sideclip, 3rd fastener, 90% plus case color, barrel blue and wood finish. Not a screw has been turned. Untouched great gun, splinter forend. A Great, Great untouched gun. 5 lbs. 6 oz. 14 ½” x 1 3/8″ x 2 ½” Price: $9,995

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK - 3 INCH CHAMBERS - 32 INCH BLS. - FULL/FULL
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK – 3 INCH CHAMBERS – 32 INCH BLS. – FULL/FULL

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK – 3 INCH CHAMBERS – 32 INCH BLS. – FULL/FULL: SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER – PISTOL GRIP STOCK HAS SOLID RED WINCHESTER RECOIL PAD – WOOD OVERALL IS EXCELLENT WITH ONE EXCEPTION, SOME FINISH LOSS JUST LEFT OF TOP TANG – CHECKERING AND FINISH IS EXCELLENT ON BOTH BUTT AND BEAVERTAIL FOREND – DIAMOND PATTERN ON FOREND – RECEIVER BLUE 99.99% – BARREL BLUE 99.99% – TRIGGER GUARD BLUE 100% – LOP 13 1/2 INCH – WEIGHT 7 LBS 12 OZS. Price: $8,000

BROWNING CITORI 16 GA FEATHER SUPERLIGHT
BROWNING CITORI 16 GA FEATHER SUPERLIGHT

BROWNING CITORI 16 GA FEATHER SUPERLIGHT: MADE IN BELGIUM IN 2019.  BARRELS ARE 28” WITH A VENT RIB AND INVECTOR CHOKED.  NEW IN BOX. Condition: EXCELLENT, Metal Condition: EXCELLENT Wood Condition: EXCELLENT, Bore Condition: EXCELLENT, Stock Comb: 1 1/2” Stock Heel: 2 1/2”, LOP: 14 1/4”, Weight: 5 LB 14 OZ, Case: FACTORY BOX Price: $2,350

A closer look: Not your normal 12g Fox Sterlingworth ….

A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun
A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun

As I’ve said before, the Fox Sterlingworth is the gateway drug for a lot of people who become addicted to vintage shotguns. These side-by-sides were rugged, reliable, and great deals when they were introduced and they still are today — especially when they’re in this kind of condition.

A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun
A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun

Even though there are lots of 12g Sterlingworths on the market today, few of them are as nice, or as unique, as the one you see here.

A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun
A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun

This is a 12-gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush with automatic ejectors and it appears to be in excellent original condition.

A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun
A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun

Back in the day, standard Sterlingworths came in four models: Trap (32″ bbls), Standard (30″ bbls), Field (28″ bbls) and Brush (26″ bbs). “Brush” guns were the lightest Sterlingworths available and they came standard with the most open chokes (Cylinder & Mod). I’ve always thought of them as the perfect Sterlingworths for upland hunting, especially if you’re into grouse and woodcock.

In addition, because this one is a “Deluxe” model Sterlingworth, this gun came with twin ivory beads and an original pad. Automatic ejectors were added as another feature.

Sterlingworth page from a 1930 Fox Shotgun catalog
Sterlingworth page from a 1930 Fox Shotgun catalog

Here’s the link to it: A.H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Ejector Brush Model: Price $1,950

A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun
A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun

More info about this one from the seller: My personal benchmark gun. Decided after it being in the safe for several years that someone else needs to own it. Will start it out here for a week and see what happens. Specs are 26″ barrels choked .013 and .020 and bores of .729 per my Skeets, and 2 3/4″ chambers and ejectors. LOP to end of wood 13 1/4″. To end of Antiflinch Pad 14 1/4″. DAC 1 5/8″, DAH 2 7/8″. Weight and this is downright lovely is 6 lb 9 oz. A 12 bore made for bird hunting as they say. Serial Number. is 122114. Call this my benchmark gun because the case colors are just about mint. Slight fading on the underside, but they are all there. Blueing is 100 percent except for some small spot right around the top rib where Dan Rossiter from Custom Stocks and Steel, believed there may have been a bit oil or whatever missed when the factory did the barrels. Gun has been apart one time and that was by Dan when he checked the internals. He added the Antiflinch pad (forgot what was on it). Bought this at a small in Va from a collector. Gun’s bores were covered in cosmoline and per the house the gun had not been fired for over 50 years (who knows). Wasn’t fired much if at all. Some flaking on the finish in spots. I’ve done nothing to the gun and its time to move it on. Serial Number: 122114, Barrel Length: 26″, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: Excellent, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Small bit of flaking, Bore Condition: Mint, Gauge: 12, Butt Pad: Jostam Anti flinch, Weight: 6 lb 9 oz, Choke Left: Mod, Choke Right: IC. PS.  This is a Savage marked gun with all the best Philly Fox features.   Also had twin Ivory beads (front and rear).

A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun
A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun

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

OGDEN SMITH & HUSSEY IMPERIAL PIGEON SXS 12 GAUGE
OGDEN SMITH & HUSSEY IMPERIAL PIGEON SXS 12 GAUGE

OGDEN SMITH & HUSSEY IMPERIAL PIGEON SXS 12 GAUGE: 30″ WIDE PIGEON RIB 036 AND 038 CONSTRIXTION 2 3/4 NITRO, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 7LBS 15 OZ, 2 1/8″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $12,500

Francotte 20E 20 Gauge SxS - 1950, 99% CASE COLOR, MINTY!
Francotte 20E 20 Gauge SxS – 1950, 99% CASE COLOR, MINTY!

Francotte 20E 20 Gauge – 1950, 99% CASE COLOR, MINTY!, vintage firearms inc: General Specs: Francotte, Year 1950, 20 gauge, 5lbs 12oz, IC/M, LOP 14 7/16″, DAH 2 3/8″, DAC 1 1/2″, Serial Number: 89933. Auguste Francotte is world famous as a high-quality firearms maker from the gun making center of Leige, Belgium dating back as far as 1805.  Still making fine shotguns with price tags starting at $18,000, Francotte is a brand recognized and used by heads of state, business tycoons, and in some cases, the fortunate “Average Joe”. Search long and hard, you will not find another Auguste Francotte like this one.  First, this is the Model 20E, one of the higher grades A. Francotte offered in the boxlock ejector format and it has the sideplated action allowing for beautiful scroll engraving.  Second, the gun is 70 years old and RETAINS 99% OF THE FACTORY FINISH, INCLUDING ALL OF THE BOLD, VIVID, ORIGINAL BONE AND CHARCOAL CASE COLORS.  I HAVE NEVER SEEN A HIGHER CONDITION FRANCOTTE 20E!  Francotte guns are nicely built side by sides with a solid reputation for graceful looks and handling characteristics as well as rock solid dependability.  This fine Francotte, sn89933 built in 1950, has seen little use.  Beautifully hand engraved with FINE SCROLL ENGRAVING AND FOLIATE SCROLL BREECH BALLS, this is a very high-end side by side.  The wood is nicely figured European walnut showing lots of fiddleback figure and rich dark streaking, with most of the factory finish still there and the factory 28LPI hand-cut checkering in excellent condition.  There are field use marks in the buttstock wood, but all are superficial and there are no cracks or gouges in the wood.  We can restore the wood for you if you wish in a short period of time for an added cost; just ask about this in-house service we provide.  The gun weighs in at an ultra-light 5 3/4lbs. with its 26” Siemens Martin fluid steel barrels that are choked IC/M and have mirror perfect bores.  It is a very dynamic shotgun with the balance point on the hinge pin.  With the Prince of Wales style stock, it is lightning fast to the shoulder and puts a smile on your face when you handle her.  The gun is mechanically excellent with strong, well timed ejectors, barrels tight on the hinge pin and breech face like a new gun, perfect screws, crisp triggers…all in perfect working order and in need of no work at all.  THERE ARE 5 LOCKING POINTS ON THIS FRANCOTTE; A HIDDEN GREENER CROSS BOLT AT THE TOP RIB, DOUBLE UNDERLUG LOCKING BOLTS, SIDECLIPS, AND A THROUGH RECEIVER BARREL LUG, making sure the barrels are locked to the breech face laterally and vertically.  It just doesn’t get any better than that!  What a great gun for your upland pursuits, especially for the grouse and woodcock coverts and hunting over fine dogs.  She will represent well at the vintage sporting events too.  Francotte built some of the highest quality guns ever made and they are surprisingly affordable as this gun demonstrates.  Thanks for looking!  Price: $8,950

Parker Repro DHE - 20ga - 26” - IC/M - DT - Straight Grip - Skeleton Buttplate - High Grade Wood - Leather Maker’s Case
Parker Repro DHE – 20ga – 26” – IC/M – DT – Straight Grip – Skeleton Buttplate – High Grade Wood – Leather Maker’s Case

Parker Repro DHE – 20ga – 26” – IC/M – DT – Straight Grip – Skeleton Buttplate – High Grade Wood – Leather Maker’s Case: 14 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ – some case color wear – some handling marks – would make a great grouse, woodcock and quail gun – it’s TIGHT like new otherwise. Excellent Field Configuration worthy of an upland hunter. Price: $5,500  

BERETTA - SO4 - 30" M / F - Quality Sidelock Over Under - Completely Refurbished !
BERETTA – SO4 – 30″ M / F – Quality Sidelock Over Under – Completely Refurbished !

Beretta – SO4 – 30″ m / f – quality sidelock OU – completely refurbished: 12ga, 2-3/4″, 29-1/2″ M / F (.724 – .030 / .039) – Hand Filed Vent Rib, Ejectors, Single Non-Selective Trigger, LOP 14-7/8″, Drop 1-1/2 to 1-3/4″, Neutral Cast, Weight 8 lbs 4 oz. Completely refurbished gun, and used little – if any – since. Bores are perfect, and at factory original specs. This gun was reproofed in 1993, and possibly refurbished at that time. The gun is ready to shoot, but you can detect slight movement in the barrels. Price: $3950

A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun
A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model SxS Double Barrel American Shotgun

A. H. Fox/Savage Sterlingworth Deluxe Brush Model: My personal benchmark gun. Decided after it being in the safe for several years that someone else needs to own it. Will start it out here for a week and see what happens. Specs are 26″ barrels choked .013 and .020 and bores of .729 per my Skeets, and 2 3/4″ chambers and ejectors. LOP to end of wood 13 1/4″. To end of Antiflinch Pad 14 1/4″. DAC 1 5/8″, DAH 2 7/8″. Weight and this is downright lovely is 6 lb 9 oz. A 12 bore made for bird hunting as they say. Serial Number. is 122114. Call this my benchmark gun because the case colors are just about mint. Slight fading on the underside, but they are all there. Blueing is 100 percent except for some small spot right around the top rib where Dan Rossiter from Custom Stocks and Steel, believed there may have been a bit oil or whatever missed when the factory did the barrels. Gun has been apart one time and that was by Dan when he checked the internals. He added the Antiflinch pad (forgot what was on it). Bought this at a small in Va from a collector. Gun’s bores were covered in cosmoline and per the house the gun had not been fired for over 50 years (who knows). Wasn’t fired much if at all. Some flaking on the finish in spots. I’ve done nothing to the gun and its time to move it on. Pictures when the sun comes up. Serial Number: 122114, Barrel Length: 26″, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: Excellent, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Small bit of flaking, Bore Condition: Mint, Triggers: 2, Gauge: 12, Butt Pad: Jostam Anti flinch, Weight: 6 lb 9 oz, Choke Left: Mod, Choke Right: IC. PS.  This is a Savage marked gun with all the best Philly Fox features.   Also had twin Ivory beads (front and rear). Price: $1,950

What kind of Fox shotgun is worth $159,000? This one …

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

The gun you see here is one of the legends of American gunmaking. The FE was Fox’s finest shotgun. Few of them were built, and just six of those were twenty gauges. Morphy Auctions sold it this spring for $159,900 ($130,000+ buyer’s premium)!

Fox FE, page from 1939 Savage Fox Catalog. Gun cost $525.
Fox FE, page from 1939 Savage Fox Catalog. Gun cost $525.

Brand new in 1939, a twenty-gauge FE cost $525 — about the same as a Parker AHE and half what Abercrombie & Fitch wanted for a new Purdey. A Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors cost $57.75.

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

LOT 2237: FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN: Perhaps the most exciting discovery in American Sporting shotgun collecting in the past 20 years, and offered for sale publicly for the first time since new is the very last A.H. Fox FE Grade 20 Bore presented here. In total, there are believed to have been just six FE Grade 20 bore guns made, three in Philadelphia, and three by Savage Arms after their takeover of the A.H. Fox Gun Company.

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

Several of the other FE Grade 20 bore guns are known to collectors and this gun, previously rumored but not before offered publicly, has recently surfaced in Colorado where its current owner consigned it with our firm. The gun was made with #3 weight 28″ Chromox barrels which have a low profile raised ventilated matted rib with twin ivory beads. Barrels with chain border at muzzles and hand engraved “CHROMOX FLUID STEEL” / SAVAGE ARMS CORP., UTICA, N.Y. U.S.A.” on tops. Barrels also engraved with 2 – 3/4″ wedge of engraving at breech ends with gold lightning bolts – the signature on a FE Grade Fox! Made with beavertail forend which is finely checkered in point and tear drop pattern and also carved in fleur-de-lis towards action. The case hardened Deeley release is fully engraved as is forend iron, which is also hand engraved with serial number and simple scroll on the inside. Action is full coverage engraved, signed by W.H. Gough twice, once in front of the nickel plated trigger “ENG. BY W.H.G.” and once on the right side of the action on top of the game scene “Gough”.

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

Action with gold inlaid stars on hinge pin, gold inlaid setter on right, pointer on left, all surrounded by perfectly executed shaded floral scroll. Top lever and top tang are fully engraved and “SAFE” in gold in front of engraved safety button. One large quail and five chicks are found on the bottom ahead of the trigger plate in game scene. Trigger plate is fully engraved in floral scroll pattern. Trigger guard is fully engraved in floral scroll and gold inlaid “E.A. GRIM MD” on bow and serial number in gold on tang. Beautifully figured fiddleback European Walnut buttstock is of capped pistol grip configuration and terminates with its original skeleton buttplate which is case hardened and fully engraved. The butt is beautifully checkered in fleur-de-lis through the wrist with ribbands and checkered side panels with fleur-de-lis pattern. Housed in a beautiful Huey oak and leather case no. 194 made for this gun. Made with single selective trigger, auto ejectors and auto safety. According to the factory records, this gun was ordered new by Dr. E.A. Grim in the exact same configuration and nearly exact same condition as today.

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

The gun was special ordered with the skeleton buttplate, large forend, ventilated rib, gold name on trigger guard single trigger, and two ivory beads. Of note, the gun was requested to be proofed with black powder loads for 2 – 3/4″ chambers – a very late black powder proofing! According to our consignor, Dr. Grim died before taking possession of the gun. His widow then gave the gun to his physician partner who had it until the time of his passing in the 1970s. From there the gun was sold to a private collector in Colorado until being consigned to our firm earlier this year. CONDITION: Extremely fine and near mint. It would be hard to imagine a gun of this age and quality remaining in a finer state of preservation than this gun. It retains virtually all of its bold original barrel blue and case colors with almost no sign of any wear at all. The gun appears to have been test fired only with only the very faintest of shell ring on the right side of the standing breech. There are a couple of very minor handling marks and impressions in the stock but it is overall near mint. The case is very good with some rubs and scratches in the leather and outer straps are missing. Simply put, when it comes to Fox shotguns, truly there are none finer than this offering. This gun is suited for the most discriminating buyer of sporting arms and is a treasure in American Gun collecting and American Gun Art at its highest form. JSL Accessories: Case Barrel Length: 28″ Barrel Wall Thickness: (L) .023 (R) .026 Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: (L) .014 (R) .028 Drop at Comb: 1 – 11/16″ Drop at Heel: 3″ FFL Status: Curio & Relic Gauge: 20 Bore Internal Bore Diameter: (BOTH) .625 Length of Pull: 13 – 1/2″ From rear position single selective trigger Manufacturer: A.H. Fox Model: FE Grade SxS Serial Number: 203760 Weight: 6 lbs 6 oz. SOLD FOR: $159,900

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

What’s original look like? A lesson from two VH-grade Parkers…

TOP: A 28g Parker VH BOTTOM: a 12g Parker VH
TOP: A 28g Parker VH BOTTOM: a 12g Parker VH

When it comes to vintage shotguns, especially vintage American shotguns, original condition matters the most. But what does “original condition” look like, especially on a couple VH-grade Parkers that are 80+ years old.

28g Parker VH SxS
28g Parker VH SxS

Take a look at these two. The first is a 28g that looks like it spent most its life in the field. The second is a 12g that looks like it was locked in a gun case since new. Both look all original to me.

28g Parker VH SxS
28g Parker VH SxS

 

28g Parker VH SxS
28g Parker VH SxS

 

28g Parker VH SxS
28g Parker VH SxS

Parker VH 28ga 28” SxS for sale: All original gun that has never been fooled with. These are very hard to find and super rare in original condition. Bright, shiny, 28″ bores choked f/f.Serial Number: 165290, Barrel Length: 28”, Barrels: 28”, Gauge: 28ga, Stock Dimensions: 14”, Stock Comb: 1 1/2”, Stock Heel: 2 1/2″ Price: $14,500 

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun: Advanced collectors always have what they call “reference guns”. A gun that they know to be all original to compare other guns to. This particular gun, a 225k SN range VH 12ga with original 28″ Vulcan Steel barrels is absolutely a reference gun. Made with capped pistol grip, splinter forend, double triggers and extractors.

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun

The gun remains in exceptional near mint original condition with more than 98% original barrel blue, virtually all of its bold original case color, and nearly all of its original stock finish. Here are the technical details on the gun: made on a 1-1/2 frame with drops of 1-1/2″ at comb and 2-3/4″ at heel and LOP of 14-1/2″ over the original DHBP. The gun weighs 6lbs 15oz and the barrels measure .730 (R) with .018(mod) and .732 (L) with .028 (imp. mod) and both barrels have .028MWT.  This gun is guaranteed authentic and completely original in every respect and comes to me from one of the great Parker collections in the country. PGCA Letter included identifying the gun exactly as found today. It is very near mint and truly fantastic. I wish every Parker I owned was this fine and easy to describe. Simply put, no excuses on this gun. Price: $5995

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun

Online auction alert: 16g AYA No. 2, Sidelock, 29″ bbls…

Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

Here’s your chance to get a deal on a great upland gun. This 16g AYA No. 2 is on Gunbroker.com. The online auction ends on Sunday, 6/28/2020, @ 7:59 PM.

The AYA No 2 is a Holland & Holland-style sidelock shotgun, and it has been popular with shooters in the US and the UK for decades. According to Dave Florent of The Oxford Gun Co. it’s the best value you’ll find in a sidelock.
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
The one you see here is a recent gun, and it appears to be in excellent original condition.
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

Make: Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA), Gauge: 16 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Shells Model: Number 2 Serial Number: 238, Action Type: Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun with Ejectors. Barrel Length: 29” Choke: Left: Modified, Right: Improved Cylinder, both fixed. Weight: 6 lb. 8.2 oz.

Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

Year of Manufacture: 2012 (AyA guns have a coded serial number, 16-03 identifies the maker as AyA, 238 is the serial number, 12 is the year of manufacture), shipped January 2013 per AyA.

Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “AYA – AGUIRRE & ARANZABAL – MADE IN SPAIN” The top of the left barrel is marked “”NECG-Claremont NH” / 16 Gauge”, “16.9” is marked on the bottom of each barrel with the left “***” and the right “****”. The flat has the AYA proof and logo “16-03 / 2338-12” and a series of Spanish proofs. The top of the forend iron is marked “238-12”, the top of the forend is stamped “238 12”. The water table is marked with a series of Spanish proofs, the AYA logo, and “16-03 / 238-12”. The guard is marked “N238”. The receiver has extensive fine scroll and border engraving with engraving motif continued on the guard, lever, exposed portions of the forend iron and the rear of the barrel rib.

Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with splinter forend, straight grip, straight comb, gold-colored initial plate inlet to the belly and bare checkered butt. The stocks have only minor handling wear, most notable in the butt at the heel. The checkering is well defined, generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approximately 14 7/8″ and 13 7/8″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the butt. Drop at comb is approximately 1 3/8″, drop at heel 2 1/4″. The cast is about neutral. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Case Color and Blue Finish Originality: Original Bore Condition: The bores are Bright. There is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. Most of the balance is in light operational wear, concealed when assembled. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly including ejectors. The safety returns to safe when the action is opened. The barrels lock-up to the receiver with no play. 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.

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

E.J. Churchill Premier O/U 28 ga., 29" barrels:
E.J. Churchill Premier O/U 28 ga., 29″ barrels:

E.J. Churchill Premier O/U 28 ga., 29″ barrels: Choked .005/.009 (improved cylinder/open modified)  feature a raised, tapered file cut game rib.  Auto ejectors, auto safety, single trigger.  The round bar action is engraved in the finest small scroll with a fabulous scene of flushing quail on the action bottom and framed with “EJ Churchill Premier” in gold.  The locks also bear the Churchill name, also in gold, contrasting against the old silver finish.  Truly a sensational visual treat!  Pistol grip stock of dark, old-world burl walnut with extraordinary figure measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2-3/8″ heel, 14-3/8″ to a checkered butt, slight cast for a right-hand shooter.  Slight forward bias, weighing only 5 lbs., 10 oz., results in an exceptional feel and swing.  A true masterpiece! Just the ticket for quail and dove! Deluxe brass cornered leather case with outer canvas cover. Offered at half of replacement. Price: $57,500

Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge (Extra Finish) King Holland & Holland Royal
Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge (Extra Finish) King Holland & Holland Royal

Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge (Extra Finish) King Holland & Holland Royal: 26″ Chokes: CYL – CYL L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/8″H Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Ser. #: 8528 Price: $14,900

Scarce Parker VH 28ga "00" Frame Gun with perfect dimensions
Scarce Parker VH 28ga “00” Frame Gun with perfect dimensions

Scarce Parker VH 28ga “00” Frame Gun with perfect dimensions: Made in 1927, this handy little gun made on a “00” frame with 26″ Vulcan Steel barrels.  Made with splinter forend, double triggers, and extractors.  The gun has been completely restored by Larry Del Grego and Sons and made into a straight grip gun with fantastic modern stock dimensions with a long LOP.  Overall, the gun remains in superb condition as restored by Del Grego.  It retains virtually all finish to both wood and metal showing only very minor use and handling marks.  Mechanics are crisp and the bores are bright and shiny. Price: $14,500

William Evans Sidelock 16g in wonderful condition~ Check out the engraving and case color!
William Evans Sidelock 16g in wonderful condition~ Check out the engraving and case color!

William Evans Sidelock 16g in wonderful condition~ Check out the engraving and case color: This London 16 is in wonderful condition with over 90% original case color remaining. It is light and balances well and is tight as a drum. The trigger pulls are crisp and the auto ejectors shoot the shells across the room. Beyond wonderful condition, this London sidelock has near full coverage acanthus leaf engraving that is just stunning. What a wonderful little bird gun! Serial Number: 16988, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 26 1/2″, Barrel Type: Steel Action: Sidelock ejector, Gauge: 16 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 3/8″, Stock Heel: 2 5/16″, Stock Cast: 7/16″, LOP: 14 7/8″, Weight: 6 lbs. 1/2oz.,  Choke Left: .032 extra full, Choke Right: .010 IC, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .032″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .032″. Price: $4,900

Browning Superposed 20ga in Tolex Case
Browning Superposed 20ga in Tolex Case

Browning Superposed 20ga in Tolex Case: Early Browning Superposed 20ga with 28″ vent rib barrels in very nice original Tolex case made in 1950.  Gun has been used and shows some finish loss on the bottom of the receiver and stock but is otherwise in very good condition.  The 28″ vent rib barrels are choked IC/M and are for 2 3/4″ shells.  The Tolex case is in excellent condition however the inside strap is missing. Price: $4000

Online auction alert: 20g Beretta BL-4 OU shotgun …

BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER
BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER

Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of my all-time favorite over-under bird guns. This Beretta BL-4 has everything you need for upland hunting: 3″ chambers, ejectors, IC & Mod chokes, a single selective trigger. It looks a little used (yeah – the pics suck), but it also looks like you can get a great deal on it if you act now.

Beretta was one of the first gunmakers to offer an OU on a low-profile, Boss/Woodward-style action at a price most Americans could afford. The companies first generation of these OUs was launched in 1955. In the U.S., they were called the Silver Snipe, Golden Snipe, & Ruby Snipe.

BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER
BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER

They were followed by Beretta’s BL-line of OUs, which showed up in here in 1968 and were imported until 1973. Like on the Snipes, Beretta’s BL OUs used modern steels and a simple trigger plate action with dependable coil springs. The barrels were built with a unique monoblock design and the guns BL-4s came with vent ribs, automatic ejectors, and hand engraving.

BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER
BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER

Beretta Model BL-4 O/U 20 gauge shotgun. Serial Number: X02317. Manufactured by Beretta in late 1960s. The engraving was hand done. Barrels: 67 mm, 26 1/4”. Fixed choke: IC and Modified. LOP 14 3/8″ DAH 1 7/8” DAC 1 1/4”. Pachmayr Decelerator SC100 recoil pad installed in the fall of 2019. The gun shows normal wear from field use. The barrels are in very good condition and have no pitting.

BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER
BERETTA BL-4 20 Gauge OVER/UNDER

Connect yourself to the past: a Parker and Purdeys with famous owners …

J Purdey & Sons Pre-Owned Trio of 20 bore Sidelock Ejector Over-and-Under Shotguns ordered by Sir Joseph Nickerson with Single Triggers. Set of 3 guns - #1 & #2 guns with Spare 26"
J Purdey & Sons Pre-Owned Trio of 20 bore Sidelock Ejector Over-and-Under Shotguns ordered by Sir Joseph Nickerson with Single Triggers. Set of 3 guns – #1 & #2 guns with Spare 26″

One of the great things about shooting old shotguns is the way they connect to the past. While you can read about history in books, with an old shotgun, you can feel it in your hands. The guns you see here offer those kinds of connections in very specific ways.

This trio of Purdey OUs was made for Sir Joseph Nickerson, one of the UK’s most famous shooters and author of the book A Shooting Man’s Creed. Nickerson started out shooting SxSs, but switched over to OUs, first Woodwards and then Purdeys.

 

J Purdey & Sons Pre-Owned Trio of 20 bore Sidelock Ejector Over-and-Under Shotguns ordered by Sir Joseph Nickerson with Single Triggers. Set of 3 guns - #1 & #2 guns with Spare 26"
J Purdey & Sons Pre-Owned Trio of 20 bore Sidelock Ejector Over-and-Under Shotguns ordered by Sir Joseph Nickerson with Single Triggers. Set of 3 guns – #1 & #2 guns with Spare 26″

J Purdey & Sons Pre-Owned Trio of 20 bore Sidelock Ejector Over-and-Under Shotguns ordered by Sir Joseph Nickerson with Single Triggers. Set of 3 guns – #1 & #2 guns with Spare 26. In our Dallas Showroom: Triggers: Single, Safety: Automatic Barrels: Barrel Length: 26″ with extra set of barrels for number 1 & 2 gun. Chamber: 2 3/4″. Rib: Solid Tapered. Chokes: Right: Improved Cylinder Left 1/2. Stock: Type: Deluxe grade Walnut, Length: 15″. Bend: 1 1/2″ – 1 5/8″. Grip: Half pistol grip. Butt End Finish: Chequered. Forend: Game. Engraving: Description: Rose & Scroll Finish: Case Colour Finish. Case: Leather Motor. Date of Manufacture: 1978. Price: $205,000

Important & rare DHE 20ga 30" made for Famous Parker shooter Guy Lovelace w/Spec. features:
Important & rare DHE 20ga 30″ made for Famous Parker shooter Guy Lovelace w/Spec. features:

Guy Lovelace was a successful southern California trap shooter back in the days when target shooting was covered in major newspapers the same way NBA games are covered today.

Important & rare DHE 20ga 30" made for Famous Parker shooter Guy Lovelace w/Spec. features:
Important & rare DHE 20ga 30″ made for Famous Parker shooter Guy Lovelace w/Spec. features:

Important & rare DHE 20ga 30″ made for Famous Parker shooter Guy Lovelace w/Spec. features: Very rare Parker DHE 20ga with original 30″ barrels made for famed Parker Shooter Guy Lovelace and shipped to Tufts Lyon Co. in Los Angeles, CA for Guy Lovelace. Lovelace is easily googled and found in many shooting results as a champion shooter. He is also pictured on the rare Parker Bros 1905 calendar! I have some research and photos on email to go along with the gun to the successful purchaser.  Made on a “0” frame with splinter forend, straight stock, double triggers and original skeleton buttplate. This gun with several special order features which are mentioned in the PGCA letter (photo included), most importantly is the forend checkering which calls for the forend to be checkered all over- this is the only factory original fully checkered original DHE 20ga I have seen. It also has wood that is just stunning – showing incredible fiddleback and color. The gun remains in pleasing untouched original condition with about 20% original case color. Barrels are excellent with about 75% original toned blue. The stocks are sound (no cracks) and retain about 85% of their original finish wish scattered handling marks from time in the blind. Bores are brilliant and shiny. Mechanics are crisp. Price: $10,950

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

A GALAZAN - BEST BOSS O/U , 20 Gauge FANTASY ENGRAVED:
A GALAZAN – BEST BOSS O/U , 20 Gauge FANTASY ENGRAVED:

A GALAZAN – BEST BOSS O/U , 20 Gauge FANTASY ENGRAVED: CREATIVE ARTS FAUSTI ENGRAVED 29″ SOLID RIB 012 AND 017 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT WITH ENGRAVED HEEL AND TOE PLATES INCREDIBLE ENGRAVING AND WOOD NEW UNFIRED IN MAKERS CASE 6LBS 9 OZ X 2 3/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $39,500

Parker Reproduction BHE SxS 20 Gauge Shotgun
Parker Reproduction BHE SxS 20 Gauge Shotgun

Parker Reproduction BHE SxS 20 Gauge Shotgun: Cased. 0 Frame. Serial Number: 20-0059. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 26 inches. Triggers: Double Triggers. Stock Comb: 1 1/8 inches. Stock Heel: 2 inches. Fore End: Splinter. LOP: 14 3/4 inches. Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz. Price: $10,500

Thomas Bland SLE 20 Gauge
Thomas Bland SLE 20 Gauge

Thomas Bland SLE 20 Gauge: 28″ Chokes: IC – M L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 5 lbs 6 oz Ser. #: 17525 Price: $8,950

Beretta 689 Express 9.3X74R Over & Under Rifle
Beretta 689 Express 9.3X74R Over & Under Rifle

Beretta 689 Express 9.3X74R Over & Under Double Rifle: Listed as used, but in as new condition with Beretta hard foam lined case. Unsurpassed Beretta quality features solid rib, nicely colored, case hardened receiver, jeweled action, iron sights, claw mounts, double triggers, richly grained, satin finished and checkered walnut stock and fore end, sling bases with quick detachable loops, and factory recoil pad.  All this accompanied by a Zeiss Digital-Z 4X32 T* scope with integral mounting rail.  Appears unfired.  As always, let the pictures be your guide to condition.  Always glad to answer questions. Price: $7500

RUGER RED LABEL 28 GA., 28” BARRELS, 5 CHOKE TUBES & WRENCH, OUTSTANDING WOOD, AS NEW IN THE BOX WITH OWNERS MANUA
RUGER RED LABEL 28 GA., 28” BARRELS, 5 CHOKE TUBES & WRENCH, OUTSTANDING WOOD, AS NEW IN THE BOX WITH OWNERS MANUA

RUGER RED LABEL 28 GA., 28” BARRELS, 5 CHOKE TUBES & WRENCH, OUTSTANDING WOOD, AS NEW IN THE BOX WITH OWNERS MANUAL: Price: $2,595

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

GREIFELT PRE WAR CLAM SHELL SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 45-7
GREIFELT PRE WAR CLAM SHELL SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 45-7

GREIFELT PRE WAR CLAM SHELL SXS DOUBLE RIFLE 45-70: MADE 1923 25 1/2″ CHOPPER LUMP BARRELS 1 STANDING AND 1 FOLDING REAR SIGHT WITH ORIGINAL CLAW MOUNTS NEW CLAW RINGS BUILT BY DIETRICK APPEL WEAVER 2 1/2 POWER SCOPE DOUBLE TRIGGERS WITH BOTH BEING SET TRIGGERS EJECTORS PISTOL GRIP THE BARRELS HAVE BEEN REBLACKED THE REST OF THE GUN IS 100% ORIGINAL 10LBS 5 OZ WITH SCOPE 14 5/16 LOP. Price: $16,500   

Westley Richards 12g and .500 BPE 562 Grade Cape Gun
Westley Richards 12g and .500 BPE 562 Grade Cape Gun

Westley Richards 12g and .500 BPE 562 Grade Cape Gun: Made between the two World Wars and remaining in remarkably high original condition. Westley Richards & Co. offered multi-barreled rifle and shotgun combination guns for much of the first half of the twentieth century. These were offered in two-barrel side by side “Cape Gun” configurations as well as three-barrel drillings. In a supplemental list from 1912 of items offered by Westley’s at the time, these guns were listed as: “…made in all bores, suitable for Indian, African, and Colonial sports. Special attention and care are given to the most essential features, viz:-durability, boring, fine cutting of the rifling, the fitting and adjustment of the sights, and regulation of the shooting. Every gun is guaranteed accurately sighted and shot.”.  This is a 562 Grade completed November 14, 1924 for Mahomedally Noorbhoy, Bombay.  The combination shotgun and rifle is built on an A&D fixed lock, non-ejector action with a Greener type crossbolt, listed in our ledgers as a “treble bite with tang lever”. The color hardened action has two triggers, automatic beetle back safety, and is absent any engraving save for the Maker’s name and an engraved thin-line border with “cut-away” fences.
The dovetailed lump, 28″ barrels are of Westley Richard’s Special Quality steel and bear the “Golden Triangle” trademark. The full-length matted rib has a slightly raised quarter rib, fitted with two folding leaves and a Tangent sight and a ramp front sight with a low profile brass beaded sight blade. The sight leaves are platinum lined and engraved (100, 200, 300-1,200 yds) respectively.  The barrel is also engraved: “Westley Richards & Co. Birmingham”, “562 Grade” and “.500 Express 3 Inch Case Black Powder”.  The walnut stock has a nice straight figure, a semi-pistol grip, and a 14 1/2″ LOP over a smooth steel butt. The splinter forend has a matching steel forend tip with a Deeley latch. The rifle is finished with traditional sling eyes and the stock oval remains blank. On the bottom of the buttstock, just behind the pistol grip, the wood is correctly stamped “Made in England”. Gun retains nearly all of it is original color hardening and it remains vivid still protected by the original lacquer. The stock and barrels remain equally well preserved, retaining nearly all the original oil finish on the stock and nearly all of the original barrel black. The bores remain perfect, in both the shotgun and rifled barrels and are dent and rust free and all original. These combination guns from Westley Richards are quite rare today in any condition. And this gun is in as nice a condition as any collector could ask for. But for a gun made to a price point and intended to be used in the World’s most demanding environments, the overall quality and handling of the gun is superb and to find it so well preserved, is nothing short of a miracle. Price: $15,000

Piotti BSEE 20 Gauge Boxlock SxS
Piotti BSEE 20 Gauge Boxlock SxS

Piotti BSEE 20 Gauge Boxlock SxS: 28″ Chokes: SKT – IC L.O.P. : 14 3/8″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2″H Weight: 6 lbs 11 oz Ser. #: 8506 Price: $14,500

P. Beretta - SO3, 12ga. 27 ½”, OU, Italian, Shotgun
P. Beretta – SO3, 12ga. 27 ½”, OU, Italian, Shotgun

P. Beretta – SO3, 12ga. 27 ½” Barrels Choked IC/M: Pre-war full side lock over and under, beautiful European walnut straight grip stock, vent rib, double triggers, recoil pad, Boehler steel barrels, automatic ejectors, non-auto safety, excellent overall condition, all original, the engraving features magnificent floral and scroll engraving, hand made to the very highest quality, a beautiful gun with great modern dimensions, available for immediate delivery. 7 lbs. 2 oz. 14 3/4” X 1 5/8” X 2 5/8”. Price: $8,995

Remington 1874 Whitmore ( SN # 19) 12 Ga. Shotgun, Early Engraved Barrel Address:
Remington 1874 Whitmore ( SN # 19) 12 Ga. Shotgun, Early Engraved Barrel Address:

Remington 1874 Whitmore ( SN # 19) 12 Ga. Shotgun, Early Engraved Barrel Address: This is the earliest Remington Whitmore Model 1874 I have ever seen. It has all matching serial numbers, #19. The original, engraved barrel address is truly a unique early feature. It is also engraved around the patent dates right in front of the lifter. The case hardening under the barrel on the frame and on the forearm steel is vivid. The case hardened locks and breech have turned a beautiful silver just like an old 1873 SAA. The 30-inch blued barrels go from blue to a thinning blue and plum color. The bores are in nice condition with a small amount of light pitting. This early hammer shotgun remains tight and the action is as solid as it was in 1874. The hammers cock crisply with a fine release on the triggers. The rebounding fire pins are just as crisp as the rest of the action. The buttstock is solid with no cracks but an inch and one-half above the steel butt plate there are two rack marks, one on each side (pictured) which are period usage. Fortunately, no one has ever tried to work on them. This is a beautiful and early American-made Remington cartridge shotgun that would stand proud in any fine Remington collection. Price: $1650

Online auction alert: 16g Fox Sterlingworth, No Reserve…

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun
FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun

For as long as I can remember, the Fox Sterlingworth has been the go-to shotgun for bird hunters looking to jump into the world of vintage American side-by-sides.

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun
FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun

Typically, these guns cost less than comparable Parkers and weigh less than comparable L.C. Smiths and Ithacas.

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun
FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun

The Sterlingworth is also a great looking gun built on a solid, dependable design. In its day, it was marketed as “… a plain, staunch, trustworthy gun, at a reasonable price, that will make good all the time and under all conditions.” That’s still true now.

This one’s on Gunbroker.com now. It looks like a good, honest gun that has seen plenty of field use and been well taken care of its entire life. The online auction for it ends 5/31/2020 @ 8:08 PM.

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun
FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun

BTW: To learn more about why hunters have been fond of these Fox shotguns for so long, READ: A LOVE FOR THE FOX STERLINGWORTH.

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun: This auction features the pictured 16 Gauge Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun built while under Savage ownership.  This gun has 28-inch barrels choked Full and Modified.  The length of pull measures 14 and 1/8 inches.  The bores are bright and shiny.  The front bead will be replaced before the gun is shipped.

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun
FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun

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

PARKER AHE 20 GAUGE:
PARKER AHE 20 GAUGE:

PARKER AHE 20 GAUGE: #184302, O FRAME, 26″ MOD AND FULL, 2 3/4″, CHAMBERS,  .012″ AND .024″ CONSTRICTION, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, SKELETON BUTT, ORIGINAL METAL, WOOD HAS HANDLING MARKS, INCREDIBLE ENGRAVING, 5LBS 10 OZ, 2 1/2″ DAH, 1 7/16″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP Price: $39,500

William Greener 10g Percussion Side-by-Side 1853 New York Exhibition
William Greener 10g Percussion Side-by-Side 1853 New York Exhibition

William Greener 10g Percussion Side-by-Side 1853 New York Exhibition: An incredible William Greener 10g Percussion Gun made for the 1853 New York Exhibition and remains in remarkable original condition.   The gun is fitted with bar action locks with “Newcastle” style hammers and engraved in wonderful game scenes, obviously inspiring the engraving patterns of the later W.W. Greener high-grade guns. The right lock plate shows two setters pointing a brace of grouse, one looking over its shoulder (a tell-tell characteristic of original Greener guns). The left lock shows two running setters behind the hammers and a brace of snipe, one flushing one looking over its shoulder surrounded by full coverage and expertly engraved acanthus scroll, The trigger bow engraving shows a brace of pointers surrounded by scroll. Hammers and the breach block feature a dog’s head surrounded by matching scroll engraving. Furniture is also fully covered in matching scroll. The 29 3/4″ William Greener’s Laminated Steel barrels have a smooth game rib, platinum inlays with extensive engraving scroll along the full length of the rib, at the breaches, in the middle of the barrels and at the muzzles. The highly figured walnut is beautifully checkered in a point pattern on a straight hand grip and forend.  The stock has a 14″ LOP over a smooth steel butt plate with a game scene engraved 4-tiered “widow’s peak” depicting a brace of pheasant, the hen flushing, and the rooster looking over his shoulder surrounded by matching scroll. The original gold-stock shield between the hammers remains blank. Finally, the gun is housed in its original Oak & Leather case lined in a blue calf’s skin with its original trade label and host of accouterments.  Retains probably 20% original case colors in protected areas. Much of the original black remains on trigger bow and there are strong traces of original black on trigger bow tang and butt plate. The balance of metal having a soft silvered patina and the engraving remains sharp showing all its original shading and detail. The platinum letters on top rib remain all intact and remain flush. The bores remain in excellent condition and the barrels are bulge and dent free. Finally, the original case remains sound and sturdy and in equally remarkable condition as the gun. In addition to its history and provenance, this is without a doubt the oldest gun I have ever handled in such high, original condition and a testament to the illustrious reputation the elder Greener is famous for.  Price: $25,000

SANDRO LUCCHINI 28 & 20 BORE SIDELOCK HAMMER GUN- BOTH Bbls. 29" CHOPPER LUMP- MADE 2001- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- EXC. ENGRAVING- OVERALL 98%
SANDRO LUCCHINI 28 & 20 BORE SIDELOCK HAMMER GUN- BOTH Bbls. 29″ CHOPPER LUMP- MADE 2001- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- EXC. ENGRAVING- OVERALL 98%

SANDRO LUCCHINI 28 & 20 BORE SIDELOCK HAMMER GUN- BOTH Bbls. 29″ CHOPPER LUMP- MADE 2001- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- EXC. ENGRAVING- OVERALL 98%: #60978, Sandro Lucchini, Brescia, Italy: A Bar Action Sidelock Manual Cocking Extractor Hammer Gun with 20 & 28 Bore 29″ Barrels, Made in 2001, Each set of barrels with their own splinter forend, Both barrels are Demibloc and chopper lump, Top tang safety, The 20 bore chopper lump barrels at .623 .015 & .021″ (Mod. & Full), 3″ chambers, 1.160 KG weight barrels; The 28 bore chopper lump barrels at .547 .014 & .020″ (Mod. & Imp.Mod.), 2 3/4″ chambers, 1.120 KG weight barrels, Double triggers with the front articulated, Splinter game forend with a frontal Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 2” over a 9/16″ removable leather pad, It will go 15 5/16″ LOP with a 1″ pad installed, True game gun weight at 6 lbs. 9 oz. with the 28 bore barrels and 6 lbs. 10 oz. with the 20 bore barrels, Excellent Turkish Walnut that borders on being exhibition wood, 25% coverage of superb scroll engraving and signed on a coin finished frame; The engraving covers the top lever, hammers, trigger plate, forend metal, trigger guard and tang; Gold inlaid border surrounding the entire lockplates, frame and trigger guard, Gold inlaid serial number on the guard tang, Gold crown on the toplever; “S. Lucchini” in Gold on the left lockplate, It has very nicely carved fences that complement the 19th Century styled hammers plus a very nice carved frame. This exclusive 20/28 Bore Game Gun remains totally original. The barrels are new inside and out and ring with an awesome chime. This piece retains 99% blue on both barrel sets, the wood is 97% with very light hunting marks, the checkering is at 100% and the coin finished frame and forend iron are at 98%. The whole is cased in the maker’s leather cornered leather trunk. Here is another Classic Italian game gun with manual hammers with a top tang safety for fun 20 & 28 Bore gunning by one of the leading Italian gunmaking firms in the world. This is an exclusive side by side hammer gun which combines 19th century traditional lines with 21st century metallurgy and mechanics. This is a treasure in the field and in the gun cabinet. Price: $15,500

Auguste Francotte 20ga 25E Jubilee- REAL PHOTO's of a Gorgeous shotgun
Auguste Francotte 20ga 25E Jubilee- REAL PHOTO’s of a Gorgeous shotgun

Auguste Francotte 20ga 25E Jubilee- REAL PHOTO’s of a Gorgeous shotgun: Superb condition lightweight game gun- 28″ bores choked .001″ & .017″ are perfect. Appears to have been used little.  Serial num,mber 88396 would indicate by published tables to be 1937.  Stamped on barrels ABERCROMBIE & FITCH CO US AGENTS NEW YORK. Exceptionally well executed deep relief engraving, enough case colors to show she is honest. Sideclips, ejectors.  Locks like a vault with the best of sounds. 14 1/4″ LOP over a real horn buttplate 5lbs 14oz. 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ with 1/8″ of cast.  Multi lifetimes of use to be had out of this gun.  You simply could not find this level of build quality today for quadruple the money-can’t be done. Price: $6900

Kimball 2" 12 Gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun
Kimball 2″ 12 Gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun

Kimball 2″ 12 Gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun: 25″ Chokes: Cyl – Cyl L.O.P. : 14 1/4″ Drop: 1 1/2 C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 5 lbs 2 oz Ser. #: 87246 Used. Price: $3,995

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

WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST PRE WAR DROPLOCK DOUBLE RILE 9.3X74R
WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST PRE WAR DROPLOCK DOUBLE RILE 9.3X74R

WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST PRE WAR DROPLOCK DOUBLE RILE 9.3X74R: MADE 1921. STARTED LIFE AS A 400-360. REBORED AND REFINISHED BY WESTLEY RICHARDS. 26″ BARRELS WITH 1 STANDING AND 4 FOLDING LEAF SIGHTS. DOUBLE TRIGGER. EJECTORS. SPLINTER FOREARM. PISTOL GRIP. MINT CONDITION. HUEY CASE. WITH MAKERS LABEL. 9LBS 14 OZ.  Price: $29,500

F.LLI PIOTTI Model King No.1 20ga 27" LtM & IM, Fancy Turkish walnut, Factory leather case:
F.LLI PIOTTI Model King No.1 20ga 27″ LtM & IM, Fancy Turkish walnut, Factory leather case:

F.LLI PIOTTI Model King No.1 20ga 27″ LtM & IM, Fancy Turkish walnut, Factory leather case: Serial #  8891, Country of Origin  Italy, Barrel Length (in Inches) 27″, Choke R  Lt.M (.010″), Choke L  IM (.020″), Trigger  DT (Double), Stock Configuration  Straight Grip, Gold oval, Recoil pad, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm with Piotii gold crest, Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib, Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving Type  King I Fine scroll Engraving, Other Options  Upgraded fancy Turkish walnut, Factory Leather case, 2 3/4″ chambers, Condition  EXC. Condition, Weight  5lbs 15oz, Dimensions  1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ x 14 3/4″ with 0 cast, Other Details  Mfg 1990. Price: $20,000

WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK 12- 32" Bbls.- 1925 TOTALLY ORIG GUN (Except Pad)- "C" BOLTING w/ 3rd BITE- SCALLOPED ACTION- HINGED:
WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK 12- 32″ Bbls.- 1925 TOTALLY ORIG GUN (Except Pad)- “C” BOLTING w/ 3rd BITE- SCALLOPED ACTION- HINGED:

WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK 12- 32″ Bbls.- 1925 TOTALLY ORIG GUN (Except Pad)- “C” BOLTING w/ 3rd BITE- SCALLOPED ACTION- HINGED: #T8681, Westley Richards & Co. London: A Hand Detachable Modele de Luxe Ejector (Droplock) 12 Bore Completed in 1925 That Remains Totally Original Except for the Pad, 32″ barrels, “C” Bolting Dolls Head Third Fastener Rib Extension, Hinged cover plate, Scalloped action body, 32″ Ejector Dovetail Lump barrels originally proved at 1 1/4 ounce, The bores at .733 .015 & .042″ (Open Mod. & Full), Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .033″ and .032″ on the left barrel, Rounded action body, Original factory Single selective trigger and so marked, Scalloped action back, Splinter forend with a Deeley & Edge release, Straight hand stock at 14 1/16 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/8″ over a cushy pad with a rubber face (We will install a 1″ pad soon), Nice cast-off for the right hand, Very nice 32″ barrel weight of 7 lbs. 9 oz., 90% coverage of very well cut scroll engraving, Nice wood with very nice color and contrast, This Droplock remains totally original except the pad, Original 85% case colors, Original barrel black is at 90%, The barrel striking remains perfect, Original wood finish remains at 82-84%, The checkering remains at 94%, The barrels inside and out look like the day they left Westley and remain excellent plus, The breech face retains 90% case colors. It is cased in the original leather trunk with the proper trade label and cleaning accessories. Here is a Droplock Westley that qualifies as an exceptional piece from the Golden Era between the 2 great wars. This is a nice piece with desirable 32″ barrels. Price: $13,850

Caesar Guerini Revenant Game 20GA 30"
Caesar Guerini Revenant Game 20GA 30″

Caesar Guerini Revenant Game 20GA 30″: Pre-Owned Caesar Guerini Revenant Game 20GA with 30″ factory choke tubed barrels, factory solid game rib. Nitride finished side-plates with highly detailed game scene engraving with scrolls and grape leaves, gold motifs and highlights; Boss style forearm iron with full coverage engraving, long tang. Factory non-selective single trigger, Purdey style pistol grip stock to factory removable butt plate, fully checkered round game forearm. Outstanding condition, demo fired only-very minor handling marks 98%+ condition. Includes case, chokes and tools. Price: $10,995

Connecticut Shotgun RBL 16ga. – 29”, AS NEW, “RESERVE"
Connecticut Shotgun RBL 16ga. – 29”, AS NEW, “RESERVE”

Connecticut Shotgun RBL 16ga. – 29”, AS NEW, “RESERVE” VINTAGE FIREARMS INC: Serial Number: RBL004829. General Specs: Connecticut Shotgun, 2015±, 16 Ga, Weight 6lbs 12oz, Chokes LM/M, LOP 14 3/4″, DAH 2 1/2″, DAC 1 1/2″.  Many of you that enjoy shooting with the side by side shotgun are familiar with Tony Galazan’s well received RBL series of round bodied guns.  The gun presented here is an as new RBL RESERVE series from Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Co.  The RBL is a robust gun with excellent mechanics and a very appealing look with its bone and charcoal case colored receiver, gold plated triggers, and nicely figured walnut stock.  This gun shipped with 29” barrels that retain 100% of their fine rust blue, perfect bores, choked LM/M.  The metal overall retains 99.9% of the factory finishes, with the only wear of any kind at the safety on the top tang.  The wood has a very nice figure and retains all of its original finish and perfect checkering.  The gun balances dead on the hinge pin and has a very solid feel and comes to shoulder the way a fine side x side is supposed to.  Galazan has a solid performer with his RBL.  We have priced this gun to sell quickly, as I do not believe it has ever been in the field or used much at all.  There is only the faintest hint of a primer ring on the standing breech indicating very little shooting.  The RBL Reserve is a solid investment and will do you well on the sporting clays course or in the field. Price: $3,550

Let’s take a closer look: 16g Fratelli Piotti Monaco OU…

Flli Piotti - Monaco, OU, 16 gauge
Flli Piotti – Monaco, OU, 16 gauge

Here’s a great looking Italian over-under that deserves a closer look. This 16g Fratelli Piotti Monaco was one of last Sunday’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss.

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE

Fratelli Piotti was founded in 1960 by Araldo and Faustino Piotti. The company is a family operation that prides itself on combing traditional, handmade gunmaking with all the benefits of high-tech materials and the latest learnings and innovations.

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE

Their Monaco OUs are top-of-the-line guns. Their design and style borrows from both Boss & Woodward OUs and adds in Italian innovation and style. taken a classic British OU designs and updated them with modern innovations

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE

This one was engraved by Giorgia Contessa, one of Italy’s top talents in the field.

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE: CONTESSA ENGRAVED 28″ SOLID RIB TEAGUE CHOKES 2 3/4 SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED BUTT AS NEW IN MAKERS OAK & LEATHER CASE 6LBS 12 OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 5/16″ Price: $59,500

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO OVER UNDER 16 GAUGE
%d bloggers like this: