Good gun alert: 20g CSMC RBL SxS — $2750

Connecticut RBL Launch Field 20g 28" SN:#RBL004361, Pre-Owned
Connecticut RBL Launch Field 20g 28″ SN:#RBL004361, Pre-Owned

Connecticut RBL Launch Field 20g 28″ SN:#RBL004361, Pre-Owned: This shotgun has the original deluxe canvas and leather-trimmed case.  It has very nice wood with minor handling marks in 99% metal condition. 28″ bbls, 3″ chambers, Flush choke tubes, 14 7/8″ LOP, Drop at Comb: 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel: 14 7/8″. 6lbs 3oz. Price: $2750

Connecticut RBL Launch Field 20g 28" SN:#RBL004361, Pre-Owned
Connecticut RBL Launch Field 20g 28″ SN:#RBL004361, Pre-Owned

Auction alert: A nice looming 20g Parker VHE

 

PARKER BROS MODEL VHE, 20 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 26" BARREL, MADE IN 1913 WITH LETTER, SN-160945
PARKER BROS MODEL VHE, 20 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 26″ BARREL, MADE IN 1913 WITH LETTER, SN-160945

Here’s your chance to get a deal on what looks to be a very original little Parker side-by-side shotgun. It’s coming up tomorrow at Curless Auction in Pittsfield, IL.

PARKER BROS MODEL VHE, 20 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 26" BARREL, MADE IN 1913 WITH LETTER, SN-160945
PARKER BROS MODEL VHE, 20 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 26″ BARREL, MADE IN 1913 WITH LETTER, SN-160945

LOT #92: PARKER BROS MODEL VHE, 20 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 26″ BARREL, MADE IN 1913 WITH LETTER, SN-160945

PARKER BROS MODEL VHE, 20 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 26" BARREL, MADE IN 1913 WITH LETTER, SN-160945
PARKER BROS MODEL VHE, 20 GA, SIDE BY SIDE, 26″ BARREL, MADE IN 1913 WITH LETTER, SN-160945

The VH was one of up from Parker’s lowest grade hammerless shotgun (the Trojan). The “H” stood for “Hammerless” and the “E” was added to “VH” to indicate this gun was made with Ejectors, rather than extractors. According to Parker, the VH was “…strictly high-grade gun at a low price” and said they were “A gun for hard usage that cannot be equaled”. Introduced in 1899, it was the company’s most popular model, and 78,670 were made in all.

From what I can see, this one looks like pretty original. The pad is an addition, but the rest of the gun look good. If the barrels are in good shape and the rest of it is sound and shootable, this gun would be great for grouse, quail, woodcock, and anything else in the uplands.

How many are you making? Top 5 shooting mistakes and how to fix them …

The Gun Nuts over at Field & Stream are full of insights and information. In this video, Phil Bourjaily, one of the nuts (the right one?) and Shotgun Editor for the main magazine, gives you some tips on how to be a better shot.

I make mistakes #3 and #4 all the time. Which ones do you have problems with?

Top 5 shooting mistakes and how to fix them ...
Top 5 shooting mistakes and how to fix them …

Auction alert: 20g Parker GHE & a 20g Browning BSS …

Kramer’s 2020 Winter Gun & Military Auction starts this Saturday, January 11, 2020, @ 9:30 AM Central time. Here are a couple of doubles they have that caught my eye.

Auction alert: Parker GH 20 ga Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer's Auctions
Auction alert: Parker GH 20 ga Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer’s Auctions

The finish on this Parker GHE 20 ga is rough, but it looks original. It’s a late gun, built around XXXX, so it has all the upgrades the company built into its guns over the years. It also has 30″ barrels — unusual for a 20.

Auction alert: Parker GH 20 ga Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer's Auctions
Auction alert: Parker GH 20 ga Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer’s Auctions

Parker GHE 20 ga Dbl Bbl Shotgun: #232230; 20 ga. 30″ special steel bbls w/good bores. Bbls retain good original blue w/some small spots mixed. GH style engraved receiver, checkered wood stock is solid w/scratches & marks. The original butt plate appears to have period repair at the toe. Overall a nice 20 ga Parker double.

Browning BSS shotguns are as rugged & reliable as SxSs can be. This 20 looks like it’s in decent shape, and it comes with a case.

Auction alert: Browning BSS 20 ga. Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer's Auctions
Auction alert: Browning BSS 20 ga. Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer’s Auctions

Browning BSS 20 ga. Dbl Bbl Shotgun: #01208RR368; 20 ga. 26″ bbls. which are IMP cyl by MOD. Straight grip English checkered stock w/LOP approx. 13 3/4″, single selective trigger, ejectors & beavertail forearm. In nice, lightly used condition & comes in Browning luggage case.

Auction alert: Browning BSS 20 ga. Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer's Auctions
Auction alert: Browning BSS 20 ga. Dbl Bbl Shotgun @ Kramer’s Auctions

The History and Legacy of Side by Side Shotguns, from Project Upland …

Why shoot with a SxS shotgun? In this film from Project Upland, Joel Penkala tell you why: The History and Legacy of Side by Side Shotguns – A Grouse Hunting Tradition

“For Joel Penkala, Marketing Manager of Griffin and Howe, the idea of a legacy shotgun has personally come alive through the pages of grouse hunting classics. At its core, it is simply the shotgun that is truly worthy of being passed down from one generation to the next, a proven and treasured implement that will continue to not only meet but will exceed the demands of upland covers across time and space.”

The History and Legacy of Side by Side Shotguns - A Grouse Hunting Tradition
The History and Legacy of Side by Side Shotguns – A Grouse Hunting Tradition

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

 

PETER CHAPMAN BEST SIDELOCK SXS 28 GAUGE
PETER CHAPMAN BEST SIDELOCK SXS 28 GAUGE

PETER CHAPMAN BEST SIDELOCK SXS 28 GAUGE: 27″ SELF OPENER. CHOKES 006″ AND 008″, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, MAKER’S CASE, MINT CONDITION, 5 LBS 5 OZ, 2 3/16″, 1 3/8″, 14 9/16″ LOP. Price: $57,500

PIOTTI MONACO 2 SXS 410
PIOTTI MONACO 2 SXS 410

PIOTTI MONACO 2 SXS 410: ZACCHI ENGRAVED, 26″ MOD AND FULL 3″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT WITH ENGRAVED HEEL AND TOE PLATES, MARVIN HUEY OAK & LEATHER CASE, MINT CONDITION, 4LBS 15 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 7/16″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $29,500

W.J. Jeffery 12g Sidelock Ejector
W.J. Jeffery 12g Sidelock Ejector

W.J. Jeffery 12g Sidelock Ejector: A superb W.J. Jeffery No. 3 Model, 12g sidelock ejector in, what can only be described as, first class condition. Completed around 1930, the gun is built on a 7 pin, square body, sidelock action beautifully engraved with two bouquets of roses on each lock plate, both fences, forend iron and a single large bouquet on the bottom of the action, all surrounded by a fine scroll coverage. The action retains nearly all its original case colours and the file up and shape is of real quality. The 28” barrels feature 2 1/2” chambers and are choked 1/4 in the right and 3/4 in the left. The bores read almost as proofed and the wall thickness is .025? at the thinnest point. The stock measures 14 5/8” to the center of the leather-covered recoil pad and has a bend of 1 1/2” at the comb and 2 1/8” at the heel. The cast measures 1/4” off at the heel and 3/8” at the toe. The splinter forend has the Anson push rod release, forend diamond and engraved tailpipe. Weighing 6lbs 7.4oz the gun comes to the shoulder with ease and is as delightful to handle as it is to look at. Cased in a lightweight, compact, leather case with a set of cleaning rods, snap caps and cleaning accessories. A very beautiful but perfectly usable sidelock for a variety of game shooting. Price: $13,100

Greifelt & Co. BLE 20 Gauge
Greifelt & Co. BLE 20 Gauge

Greifelt & Co. BLE 20 Gauge: 26″ Chokes: SKT – IC L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 5 lbs 7 oz Ser. #: 31054. Price: $8,950

Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge for sale
Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge for sale

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 scrollwork. There is a second fore-end, original paperwork, and literature. This shotgun is in excellent condition with little to no signs of wear and use. Chambers: 2-3/4 inch, Barrels: 27-1/2 inch barrel, Triggers: Smooth double triggers, Stock: Deluxe walnut with oil finish and fine checkering, Stock Dimensions: 14-1/8 inch to forward trigger, Fore End: Matching semi-beavertail, second forend splinter style, Butt Pad: Checkered, Weight: 5.95 pounds, Sights: Single front brass bead, Chokes: Barrels stamped “15 15.6” Gauges at Modified, Extras: Second forend, original paperwork and literature. Price: $4,599.99

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

 

PIOTTI 20 MODEL MONACO 2 BEST GUN- 27" CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. w/ BRILEY CHOKES- 1983- OVERALL at 98%- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.- GREAT ENGRAVING
PIOTTI 20 MODEL MONACO 2 BEST GUN- 27″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. w/ BRILEY CHOKES- 1983- OVERALL at 98%- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.- GREAT ENGRAVING

PIOTTI 20 MODEL MONACO 2 BEST GUN- 27″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. w/ BRILEY CHOKES- 1983- OVERALL at 98%- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 5 Lbs. 13 Oz.- GREAT ENGRAVING: #7897, Fratelli Piotti, Italy: A 20 Bore Best & Highest-Grade Monaco 2 Bar Action Sidelock Ejector Game Gun Built on a True 20 Bore Frame, Finished in 1983, 27” Chopper Lump barrels at .623 .010 – .013 – .015 – .018 & .024″ Briley chokes (Skt.II – Mod. – Tight Mod. – Imp. Mod. & Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, KG 1,080 weight barrels, Flat matted top rib, Double triggers with the front articulated, Bushed strikers, Rolled trigger guard edge for the right hand, Splinter forend with an Anson frontal release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/8 x 1 7/16 x 2 3/8” over a 3/4″ pad and will go 14 9/16″ with a 1″ pad installed, Neutral stock, Gold crest on the forearm, Great 20 Bore weight at 5 lbs. 13 oz., A lot of 28 Bore Sidelocks weight this much, 90% coverage of gorgeous Monaco 2 rose, floral & very fine scroll engraving with a neat floral & vine border by Mr. G. Zacchi on a coin finished frame, Deep relief work at the action breech, G. Zacchi engraved some very high-end Perazzi guns as well, Carved fences and nicely carved frame, A superb piece of European Walnut that would almost go as Exhibition with excellent color & contrast of deep brown & black, The barrels with a pronounced chime, The whole is cased in the maker’s leather trunk with a trade label, This superb 20 Bore Game Gun has 98-99% original barrel blue, The coin finished frame remains at 99%, The original stock finish remains at 97% with very light handling marks, The checkering is at 99%, The bores as new, It remains as tight as the day it left the capable hands of all the Piotti craftsmen. Here is a Classic game gun, with the proper size action body with the correct weight, for 20 Bore gunning by one of the leading gunmaking firms in the world. This piece will remain a treasure forever. Price: $23,900

https://www.gunsinternational.com/guns-for-sale-online/shotguns/parker-shotguns/1938-parker-dhe-16-gauge-1-frame-26-quot-titanic-steel-bbls-100-original.cfm?gun_id=101353705
1938 PARKER DHE 16 gauge #1 frame, 26″ Titanic Steel bbls., 100% Original for sale

1938 PARKER DHE 16 gauge #1 frame, 26″ Titanic Steel bbls., 100% Original: SxS boxlock w/ Dog and game scene engraved case hardened action, #1 frame, 26″ Titanic Steel bbls. w/ 2 3/4″ chambers, Filed concave rib w/ ivory bead, Chokes: Right .674 / .010 / IC & Left .673 / .018 / M, Double triggers, Automatic ejectors, Automatic safety, Highly figured capped pistol grip stock w/ skeletonized metal buttplate, Splinter forearm, Stock Dimensions: DC: 1 5/8″ x DH: 2 11/16″ x Cast: 1/16″ OFF at Heel x LOP: 14 1/16″, Weight: 6 lb. 12 oz., Condition: 100% Original unaltered condition, 99%+ Original Blue, case colors and stock finish, Made in USA circa 1938, Serial #242277. $15,000. 

A.H.FOX HE SUPER FOX 12 GAUGE
A.H.FOX HE SUPER FOX 12 GAUGE

A.H.FOX HE SUPER FOX 12 GAUGE: #31532, 30″ BARRELS, FULL AND FULL (047 AND 051), 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 8 LBS 6 OZ, 2 3/8″ DAH,1 1/2″ DAC,14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $9,950

Beretta ~ DT 11 ~ 12 Ga. OU Shotgun
Beretta ~ DT 11 ~ 12 Ga. OU Shotgun

Beretta ~ DT 11 ~ 12 Ga. OU Shotgun: 3″ chambers, 32″ barrels with interchangeable chokes, Sporting Clays model with beautifully patterned select walnut stock and fore-end. Shows very little signs of use. Triggers: Single-stage trigger with barrel selector safety. Stock: Gorgeous select grade walnut checkered pistol grip stock with a satin finish. Stock Dimensions: 13 3/4 inch length of pull, standard Beretta palm swell and cast for right hand shooter, 1 5/8′ drop at the comb, 2″ and 7 1/4 ” drop at the Heel and Toe. Fore End: Beautiful Checkered walnut fore-end matches the stock. Butt Pad: Black rubber recoil pad. Weight: 9 pounds Chokes: Interchangeable chokes. Skeet over Cylinder are installed. Price: $7,499.97

Browning Superlight - 20ga - 1972 Man. Date - IC/M - 26.5” - 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” - 5 lbs 11 ozs - SN: 2871 V72 - In The Box!
Browning Superlight – 20ga – 1972 Man. Date – IC/M – 26.5” – 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” – 5 lbs 11 ozs – SN: 2871 V72 – In The Box!

Browning Superlight – 20ga – 1972 Man. Date – IC/M – 26.5” – 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” – 5 lbs 11 ozs – SN: 2871 V72 – In The Box!: Minor Field Evidence can be found on wood and metal.  Great Shooting Superposed! Price: $4,900

Auction alert: An awesome .410 Robertson boxlock SxS …

This great little double is coming up to auction tomorrow, December 10, 2019, @ 10:00 AM GMT, at  Holts Auctioneers.

JOHN ROBERTSON A .410 (2 1/2IN.) BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 8959,
JOHN ROBERTSON
A .410 (2 1/2IN.) BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 8959,

Description: JOHN ROBERTSON
A .410 (2 1/2IN.) BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 8959,
27in. nitro barrels, rib engraved ‘JOHN ROBERTSON. 41. ALBERMARLE STREET. LONDON. W.1.’, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/4 choke, automatic safety with engraved ‘SAFE’ detail, border and acanthus scroll engraving with ‘JOHN ROBERTSON’ in scrolling banners, retaining much original colour-hardening and finish, 14 1/2in. figured stock with flat top chequering, weight 4lb. 8oz., with a canvas and leather slip and a one-piece wood and brass cleaning rod.

JOHN ROBERTSON A .410 (2 1/2IN.) BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 8959,
JOHN ROBERTSON
A .410 (2 1/2IN.) BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 8959,
JOHN ROBERTSON A .410 (2 1/2IN.) BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 8959,
JOHN ROBERTSON
A .410 (2 1/2IN.) BOXLOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 8959,

Auction alert: 20g Browning BSS sidelock, 28″ bbls…

Browning BSS Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge Shotgun
Browning BSS Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge Shotgun

I’ve always loved these sidelock Browning SxSs shotguns. Not only are they great looking, but they’re also very well made. Built in Japan by Miroku, they’ve earned a reputation for high-quality at a relatively low price. With high-quality locks, excellent metal-to-metal fit, and nice wood & checking, it’s easy to see why.

Browning BSS Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge Shotgun
Browning BSS Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge Shotgun

Rock Island Auction Company has this one. It’s one of the nice doubles coming up tomorrow, 12/8, 2019, in their December 2019 Premiere Firearms Auction – Day 3. According to Rock Island’s description (pasted in below), it’s a pretty original gun. The estimate is $1,700 to $2,750. If you can buy it in that range, it will be a bargain.

Browning BSS Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge Shotgun
Browning BSS Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge Shotgun

Browning BSS Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge Shotgun: Factory Engraved Browning BSS Side Lock Side by Side 20 Gauge Shotgun. Single steel bead sight on the smooth, concave rib barrels with standard markings, 2 3/4 inch chambers, modified/full chokes, automatic ejectors, and light engraving around the breech. Bright coin finished action and lock plates with finely executed rose and scroll engraving, double triggers, manual sliding tang safety, and matching engraving on the trigger guard and tangs. Checkered splinter forearm with Anson style latch, engraved fittings, and straight grip stock with blank initial oval and skip-line checkered bare butt. The length of pull is 14 1/4 inches.

Class: Modern Long Gun

Excellent overall. 99% original polished blue finish remains with some light handling marks, crisp engraving, sharp checkering, and some very small dings on the wood. Mechanically excellent.

What the heck is this?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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