Auction alert: 28g Arrieta – Orvis Uplander sidelock SxS…

Amoskeag Auction Company has this great little Orvis / Arrieta Uplander in their No. 130 Featuring Fine Collectible Arms sale on Saturday, June 5, starting at 9:00 AM Eastern.

I’ve always liked these guns. I think they’re great looking birds guns and great values.

(BTW: Sorry I don’t have more pics to post, but the auctioneer only posted the two I’ve used here. Why? I have no idea.)

Lot 45. An Orvis Custom Uplander Sidelock Smallbore Double Ejectorgun by Arietta
Lot 45. An Orvis Custom Uplander Sidelock Smallbore Double Ejectorgun by Arrietta

Lot 45. An Orvis Custom Uplander Sidelock Smallbore Double Ejectorgun by Arrieta: Serial #57-03-100-00, 28 ga., 28” barrels choked improved cylinder and modified with excellent bores. The barrels retain 99% original deep blue with some light border engraving at the breeches and tight matting along the rib. The locks and frame retain 98-99% original blue with very slight thinning and some small blemishes, the locks have multiple fine lines engraved around the borders with geometric patterns on the screw heads and hinge pin. The checkered straight grip walnut buttstock and forend are very good, there is a small hairline crack on each side of the forend at the frame and some lightly-added varnish on the forend and around the locks. The figure is quite nice and the butt has been skip-line checkered, the length-of-pull is 14 3/8” with drops of 1 1/4” and 1 7/8”. The gun also features double triggers, 2 3/4” chambers, the butt is cast-on, there are dial-style cocking indicators and the ejectors are robust. ESTIMATE: $2000-$3000

Lot 45. An Orvis Custom Uplander Sidelock Smallbore Double Ejectorgun by Arietta
Lot 45. An Orvis Custom Uplander Sidelock Smallbore Double Ejectorgun by Arietta

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12g Charles Daly Regent Diamond Boxlock Shotgun
12g Charles Daly Regent Diamond Boxlock Shotgun

12g Charles Daly Regent Diamond Boxlock Shotgun: Serial Number: 1873. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 30 inches. Action: SE. Triggers: Double Trigger. Gauge: 12 Gauge. Stock Comb: 1 3/8 inches. Stock Heel: 2 1/2 inches. Fore End: Splinter. Butt Pad: 1 inch. LOP: 13 3/4 inches. Weight: 7 lbs. 11 oz. Price: $39,500

Awesome and beastly Parker DH 20ga 32" - Dubray Gun with factory 2-7/8" chambers:
Awesome and beastly Parker DH 20ga 32″ – Dubray Gun with factory 2-7/8″ chambers:

Awesome and beastly Parker DH 20ga 32″ – Dubray Gun with factory 2-7/8″ chambers: I have for sale an awesome and very early 20ga magnum DH Grade Parker. The gun was ordered in 1903 by Arthur DuBray and is Serial Number 119,763. It was ordered with factory original 32” Barrels on a “0” Frame. This is the earliest 20ga gun I have encountered with factory original 2-7/8″ chambers and the gun is an absolute beast. Made with double triggers, extractors, and splinter forend. The gun now has an older silvers type pad with 14 1/2” LOP. As best I can tell it has 0 cast and Drop at comb 1 5/8 “ and Drop at heel 2 5/8 “. These dimensions are fantastic! Here are the barrel measurements on the gun: Chokes R .019 L .027, Bore R .617” L .618” Barrel Wall Thickness (At thinnest point) R .044 L .041 Weight 7lbs. Overall, the gun remains in pleasing condition with more than 95% barrel blue, around 30-40% case color. Stocks have been expertly freshened up. The gun is mechanically superb, on face, and tight. These 32″ 20ga guns are highly coveted and this gun being a DuBray ordered gun with the letter, magnum chambers and straight stock/double trigger combo is absolutely a show stopper. Price: $16,500

CSMC RBL SxS 20Ga Launch Edition Shotgun 28" Barrels Unfired
CSMC RBL SxS 20Ga Launch Edition Shotgun 28″ Barrels Unfired

CSMC RBL SxS 20Ga Launch Edition Shotgun 28″ Barrels Unfired: Serial No 1878 Purchased New by Current Owner in November 2007. Has a Single Selective Trigger and a Straight Grip with Walnut Stock. This gun has never been fired – complete with CSMC Custom Case and original accessories. Has 5 choke Tubes. Chambers: 2 3/4″. Ejectors: Ejector. Condition: ANIB. Metal Condition: 100%. Wood Condition: 100%. Bore Condition: New. Barrels: Double. Barrel Type: SxS. Action: BLE. Triggers: Single. Stock: Walnut. LOP: 14 1/4″.  Finish: Satin. Chokes: 5 Tubes. Engraving: Scroll. Price: $3,900

12g Wallis Brothers Excellent Sidelock Ejector ~ Features Chopper-lump Sir Joseph Whitworth Barrels
12g Wallis Brothers Excellent Sidelock Ejector ~ Features Chopper-lump Sir Joseph Whitworth Barrels

12g Wallis Brothers Excellent Sidelock Ejector ~ Features Chopper-lump Sir Joseph Whitworth Barrels: 9-pin sidelocks, stocked to the fences. Serial Number: 760. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 30″. Barrel Type: Steel. Action: Sidelock. Gauge: 12 gauge. Stock Comb: 1 1/2″. Stock Heel: 2 1/16″. Stock Cast: 3/16″. LOP: 14 3/8″ to checkered butt. Weight: 7 lbs. 1 oz. Choke Left: .035″ Full. Choke Right: .008″ IC. Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .032″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″. Wallis Brothers was in business at 364 High St, Lincoln circa 1886, 156 High St circa 1890-97, High St & Corporation St circa 1901-05, 4 Saint Mary St. 1913-40. Price: $3,800

Beretta s56e 20ga 28" 3" OU like new factory pad
Beretta s56e 20ga 28″ 3″ OU like new factory pad

Beretta s56e 20ga 28″ 3″ OU like new factory pad: M / F (.014 / .031), Ejectors, Factory Pad, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. RARE European Market 20ga Magnum with a Factory Pad. This gun has seen very little use. I rate it 99% overall. It is mechanically perfect – very tight, perfect bores. A few minor handling marks on the stocks. Price: $1575

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PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN:
PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN:

PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN: MADE 1913, #20925, 28″ SOLID RIB BARRELS (004″ AND 028″ CONSTRICTIONS), 2 5/8″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, CHECKERED BUTT, 6LBS 7 OZ, 2 3/16″ DAH, 1 3/8″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP, MAKERS OAK AND LEATHER CASE. Price: $35,500

Extremely rare and awesome original Parker GH 12ga with 34" steel brls orig chambered for 2-7/8" -An amazing vintage California Duck
Extremely rare and awesome original Parker GH 12ga with 34″ steel brls orig chambered for 2-7/8″ -An amazing vintage California Duck

Extremely rare and awesome original Parker GH 12ga with 34″ steel brls orig chambered for 2-7/8″ -An amazing vintage California Duck: One of just 18 made with 34″ barrels and made in 1914, this awesome Parker G Grade gun made with original 34″ steel barrels.  The gun made with original straight grip stock, splinter forend and double triggers.  Made on a #2 frame. This gun is accompanied by a PGCA letter that matches the gun to a “T” and it appears untouched and all original, including the hardened original Silver’s pad. This gun remains in fine original condition with more 50% original case color, 95% original barrel blue, and 95% original stock finish.  The bores are brilliant and shiny, and the mechanics are crisp.  This is a stout gun and ready for incoming ducks this fall!  Price: $8995

Fabarm Autumn 20ga/30" SxS Shotgun
Fabarm Autumn 20ga/30″ SxS Shotgun

Fabarm Autumn 20ga/30″ SxS Shotgun: Case colored receiver with scroll engraving, scalloped frame, splinter forend, straight grip stock, deluxe grade Turkish walnut with checkering and oil finish, rounded action, wooden butt plate, TriBore barrels with five flush choke tubes, 3″ chambers, selective safety. Comes with factory case and paper work. Gun remains in “as new” condition and is unfired by the original owner. Price: $3,100

JOHN DICKSON & SON BOXLOCK EJECTOR 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN - 28" BARRELS
JOHN DICKSON & SON BOXLOCK EJECTOR 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN – 28″ BARRELS

JOHN DICKSON & SON BOXLOCK EJECTOR 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN – 28″ BARRELS: A 12 gauge boxlock ejector shotgun with 28” nitro proved barrels nicely fit with ejectors and a smooth concave game rib. The rib reads “JOHN DICKSON & SON.EDINBURGH.” Proved for 2-3/4″ cartridges and choked Improved Cylinder (Right) & Full (Left). Scroll engraving with “JOHN DICKSON & SON” in banner on both sides of the action body and case color finish going to a soft patina, Double triggers, Best Quality Walnut Stock, Traditional English straight hand grip, Vacant stock oval and Splinter forend with Anson type release, 14-1/2” LOP to a checkered butt, Cast Off 1/4” at face, 6 Lbs. 11 Oz. Price: $2,950

B. Woodward High Grade English Hammer double
B. Woodward High Grade English Hammer double

B. Woodward High Grade English Hammer double: Benjamin Woodward & Sons was as far as we can discern was not directly related to James Woodward but I think James would approve of the quality of this distant relatives accomplishment. The craftsmanship is very high. Antique: Yes, Serial Number: 6331, Ejectors: No, Barrels: 30″, Barrel Type: Damascus, Action: top lever back action with non-rebounding hammers, Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 7/8″, Stock Heel: 2 7/8″, Stock Cast: 0, LOP: 14 3/8″, Weight: 7 lbs. 3.5 oz., Choke Left: Cyl., Choke Right: Cyl. Proof:Black: 2 1/2″ Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .031″ Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .033″ Price: $2,400

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Purdey sidelock Over-Under 20 gauge, 30" Bbls, 2003 and mint, Teage Choke Tubes, Leather Case w/canvas cover
Purdey sidelock Over-Under 20 gauge, 30″ Bbls, 2003 and mint, Teage Choke Tubes, Leather Case w/canvas cover

Purdey sidelock Over-Under 20 gauge, 30″ Bbls, 2003 and mint, Teage Choke Tubes, Leather Case w/canvas cover: I am original buyer and owner of this Purdey sidelock 20 Gauge, Over and Under, with 30″ Barrels, Teague Chokes.  Specs were to make the ideal driven pheasant shotgun, as well as for partridge and other small bird game.  It’s a marvelous shotgun and here is the whole story on the shotgun which was ordered in 2001 and delivered in Declember 2003.  Description per the mini Purdey book included with the gun as follows: 20 Bore, Over & Under Square Bar, Trigger Single, Beaded Edge, Automatic safety, weight 6lb 8 oz, Barrels 30″, Chamber 2 and 3/4″, Rib solid matted, Chokes Teague x 6 tubes, Proof 1200 BAR, Weight of Barrels 2 lb 12 oz, Stock Pistol Grip with Metal Cap, Chequered Butt, Measurements 1 3/8 x 1 7/8, Length 15 3/8 Mid, Cast off 3/8″ Heel, Forend Slim Tapering, No oval, Case Light Tan + Canvas Outer.  Engraving Fine Rose & Scroll.  Gold Purdey name on Locks and Forend Iron; Colour Hardened Finish.  Total shells fired less than 3 boxes; used once in the field.  Gun is in excellent plus condition per photos posted here; no bad surprises!  All the little parts that Purdey delivers with shotgun are here:  Purdey engraved snapcaps, Purdey cleaning rod, Purdey mini leather holder with chamber brushes, a mini Purdey book with all specs of gun.  There is also a thumb drive with photos of the making of this shotgun in the Purdey factory in England.  Stock was hand selected in the Purdey wood room at Audley House.  Gold Purdey name on Locks each side, and on Forend iron add a touch of distinction.  The 30 inch barrels with the Teague chokes allow you many possible uses of just one gun, from open chokes for Partridge to full chokes for driven pheasant; you get to pick which of the 6 chokes you want.  I thought the 20 gauge over-under was the best option for various game events, and that would include skeet and even sporting clays.  Note in the leather case–and case was made specifically for this gun–the Teague chokes come with one small wrench which is eacy and fast to change choke tubes; each of the tubes is fitted into the case.  Also note that the case holds small silver colored bottle for oil, and small tan leather holder for barrel brushes, and the rod with Pudey naming is tucked neatly into the case, along with Purdey engraved snap caps.  The good news is that all the mini parts are here and included.   It’s a marvelous gun looking for a new home!  (PS:  Using 2017 Purdey price list, this shotgun prices out at $165,117 plus Duty $4170 Excise Tax $17,644 and shipping w/insurance $3,000. ) Price: $125,000

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

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

E. J. Churchill The Regal 20ga/25" Boxlock SXS
E. J. Churchill The Regal 20ga/25″ Boxlock SXS

E. J. Churchill The Regal 20ga/25″ Boxlock SXS: 23xxx serial number range Churchill “The Regal”: case colored scalloped frame boxlock with floral and scroll engraving, double trigger, ejectors, drop points, solid raised rib with twin beads, straight grips, splinter forearm, 2 3/4″ chambers. Right barrel measures .615″ with .008″ choke, left barrel measures .615″ with .025″ choke. Stock measures 1 1/2″ x 2″ x 14 1/4″ over a checkered butt. Weight is 5 pounds 2 ounces. Comes with a factor leather case and cleaning accessories. Price: $8,995

Beautiful Parker DHE 16ga Game Gun - All original and in excellent condition
Beautiful Parker DHE 16ga Game Gun – All original and in excellent condition

Beautiful Parker DHE 16ga Game Gun – All original and in excellent condition: I have for sale a very nice all original Parker DHE 16ga. The gun was made in 1928 on a #1 frame with 28″ Titanic barrels. The gun was made with auto ejectors, a splinter forend, double triggers, and capped pistol grip buttstock with very fine grain which terminates with what I believe is the original pad. Nicely engraved in standard DHE pattern as seen in the photos. Overall the gun remains in pleasing original condition with 60% strong original case color, nearly all of the original barrel blue and more than 95% fine original stock finish. The gun has excellent screws and appears as it left the factory. Trigger guard retains about 1/3 of the original blue. Stocks are sound though there is a small scratch behind the right side of the frame – that is NOT a crack – guaranteed. Here are the technicals on the gun: 2 5/8” Chambers, 1 Frame, Weight 6lbs. 12 oz., LOP 14 1/8″ over orig. pad , Drop at comb 1 5/8″, Drop at heel 2 3/4″, Cast 0, Right Bore .665”, Left Bore .664”, Chokes R .023 (mod) L .029 (full) , Minimum Barrel Wall Thickness R .026″, L .023″. Price: $6500

Terrific Remington 1894 CEO grade 12-gauge side by side.
Terrific Remington 1894 CEO grade 12-gauge side by side.

Terrific Remington 1894 CEO grade 12-gauge boxlock side by side: Gun has 30” ordinance steel barrels with an English stock, double triggers, and ejectors.  Really nice engraving on a case-colored receiver.  Serial number P136362.  Gun is over 100 years old and in spectacular condition.  All original.  $4,500. From my family collection. Email or text seller with questions. Price: $4,500

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PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN

PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: 26″ BARRELS, .005/.005 CHOKES, 3″ CHAMBERS, SPLINTER FOREND, FACTOR STRAIGHT GRIP “RARE”, 14″ 1 3/4″-2 7/8″, OOO FRAME, BRIGHT SHINY BORES, 95% BARREL BLUE, TIGHT ON FACE, GOOD SHOOTER ALL ORIGINAL UNALTERED PARKER CORRECT TO THE RECORD BOOK. Price: $24,500

W & C SCOTT PREMIER MONTE CARLO SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE
W & C SCOTT PREMIER MONTE CARLO SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE

W & C SCOTT PREMIER MONTE CARLO SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE: 30″ STEEL BARRELS 024 AND 037 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 7LBS 3 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $13,500

William Ford Deluxe 20 gauge SXS Sidelock
William Ford Deluxe 20 gauge SXS Sidelock

William Ford Deluxe 20 gauge SXS Sidelock: A very handsome and somewhat hard to find high quality 20 gauge English Sidelock from well known maker William Ford. Ford was also a well known barrel maker who made barrels for some of London’s Best Makers. This gun is in excellent condition with 70% original case color . Barrels are 2 3/4 Nitro Proofed and 25″ with Churchill Rib and bored IC right and Mod left. Stock is dark highly figured near exhibition quality with an LOP of 15″ to checkered butt. There are no dents or marks. Bluing near mint on barrels and trigger guard (may have been reblacked long ago. Engraving is outstanding and done in Holland & Holland style (I would not be surprized if the same engraver for H & H did this gun as well).. engraving everywhere is very sharp. Don’t let the 25″ barrels sway you…..with a 15 LOP this gun fits and feels like the proverbial Magic Wand. To top it all of it weighs a feathery 5lb 6 oz. Price: $9950 

Parker Reproduction DHE 2 Barrel Set D Grade 3 inch Chambers 20 Gauge
Parker Reproduction DHE 2 Barrel Set D Grade 3 inch Chambers 20 Gauge

Parker Reproduction DHE 2 Barrel Set D Grade 3 inch Chambers 20 Gauge: Both barrels are 28 inch and D grade with 3 inch chambers. The first barrel is choked Improved Cylinder and Modified. The other barrel is choke Quail One and Quail Two. The gun set comes with the case cover in very good condition and the case in excellent condition as well as the case key and two 20 gauge snap caps. The gun is in excellent condition with some case color loss and slight use to the stock.  The length of pull is 14 inches. Price: $6000

1938 Vintage Lefever Arms Ithaca "A" Grade .410 Double w/ 26" Barrels, Ejectors, & Single Trigger ** RARE w/ Factory Letter! **
1938 Vintage Lefever Arms Ithaca “A” Grade .410 Double w/ 26″ Barrels, Ejectors, & Single Trigger ** RARE w/ Factory Letter! **

1938 Vintage Lefever Arms Ithaca “A” Grade .410 Double w/ 26″ Barrels, Ejectors, & Single Trigger ** RARE w/ Factory Letter! **: This is a very special all-original Lefever / Ithaca “A” Grade .410 Ga. double-barrel shotgun made in 1938, complete with an original November of 1975-dated factory letter. One of only 150 made in .410 gauge, this extremely-cool and beautiful little double features a case-colored receiver, a factory gloss blue finish on the barrels, 26″ inch fluid-steel barrels choked “Modified” and “Full” with 3″ inch chambers, a checkered solid rib with a red front bead sight and an ivory mid-bead, automatic ejectors (special order), a single trigger (special order), a tang-mounted automatic safety, and a point-pattern checkered American Walnut stock set with a beavertail forearm and pistol-grip buttstock.  The beavertail forearm has a push-button release and an ebony diamond inlay at the front edge, and the buttstock features a factory black pistol grip cap and a factory black serrated buttplate. While the original Lefever Arms of Syracuse, New York Discontinued operations in 1916, it was bought by the Ithaca Gun Company sometime shortly after.  In 1921 Ithaca decided to use the Lefever name to brand a high-quality but lower-cost field gun they were manufacturing, calling it the Lefever Nitro Special.  This allowed Ithaca to maintain the prestige of the Ithaca name but still produce a lower-cost shotgun.  The Lefever Nitro Special was a big success for the company and by 1934 Ithaca decided to offer an “upgraded” version of the gun, calling it the Lefever “A” Grade.  The “A” Grade guns would feature a color case-hardened frame with some minimal engraving, an improved checkered solid rib design, and a better grade of wood.  Automatic ejectors and a single trigger could be special ordered on this model for an additional cost.  The production run of the Lefever “A” Grade ran from 1934 until 1940, with a total of only 2,350 guns produced.  Out of the 2,350 made, 1,000 were 12 Gauge, 600 were 16 Gauge, 600 were 20 Gauge, and only 150 were .410 Gauge.  This particular example is serial number 301038 and is one of the 150 .410 Gauge guns made.  It was shipped in 1938 to Herbert Hearn Hardware company in Cambridge, Maryland and is listed in their records as it sits now, as a 26″ inch gun choked “Modified” and “Full” with ejectors and a single trigger.  A quick internet search turns up some old pictures of the Hearn building when it was still in business as well as some pictures of what remains of the building today (which was being restored as of 2017).  As you can see from the pictures, this very handsome little Lefever has been used but not abused.  All of the finish that remains on this shotgun is original, and it has not been altered or “improved” in any way.  It is a very classy double with lots of original gloss blue showing on the barrels and patches of case colors still showing on the receiver, particularly in the protected areas.  The factory stampings of “Lefever Arms, Branch Ithaca Gun Co. Inc. Ithaca, N.Y.” and “LEFEVER A GRADE” on the top of the chambers is still clear and legible.  All of the serial numbered parts are matching and original, including the forearm metal, receiver, and barrels.  The stock set is stamped with the serial number as well, with the beavertail forearm stamped on the underside between the barrel channels and the buttstock stamped under the tang of the triggerguard.  The bores in the 26″ inch barrels are perfect and mirror-bright.  They are free from any pitting, dents, bulges, or damage of any kind.  The stock set on this Lefever is in very good condition overall, free from any cracks, chips, repairs, or major damage.  All of the factory stock hardware is intact and nothing has been modified.  The checkered panels on the wrist and forearm are still clean and show only light wear.  This “A” Grade Lefever has a perfect, tight lock-up, and is perfectly “on face” with no wiggle or slop.  The single trigger, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety all work perfectly.  We have no doubt that this Lefever will function just as well today as the day it left the factory, and should do so for many more decades.   If you have been looking for a classy and collectible American-made vintage .410 double, this is your chance to get one of the rarest we have had in decades.  This Lefever Ithaca should not only be an excellent field gun that you can enjoy shooting, but an excellent long-term investment as well.  There can’t be too many of the original 150 .410’s made that are still floating around out there in original condition, much less with special order automatic ejectors and a single trigger like this one! Price: $6,500

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

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

Here are all the reasons I love this little sidelock.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOLLAND & HOLLAND – ROYAL SXS 10 BORE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VERY RARE A -GRADE 12g PARKER HAMMERLESS SHOTGUN
VERY RARE A -GRADE 12g PARKER HAMMERLESS SHOTGUN

VERY RARE A -GRADE 12g PARKER HAMMERLESS SHOTGUN: Gun is in the 133k serial range. 30 inch barrels are choked Full and Full. On the water table is marked “7A”. Gun features automatic ejectors. Checkering is in fine condition. Gold oval inlaid on the grip cap. Wood is in beautiful condition with most original varnish. Measures 14 inches to the edge of an old White Line pad. Splinter forearm with sharp checkering. Receiver is elaborately engraved in a deep relief style with just traces of case color in areas. Barrels were most likely re-blued a long time ago with most of the old blue remaining. Marked on top of the rib is “Whitworth Steel”. Automatic ejectors. A fine original gun. Price: $39,500

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

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

The B. (Bernal) H. Dyas Department store was located on the corner of Hollywood & Vine in Hollywood, California. A 1921 history of Los Angeles recites that his sporting goods company, B. H. Dyas Company, was the largest west of Chicago. In 1919 he purchased Los Angeles’s largest department store, Ville de Paris, at Seventh and Olive Streets and it became the home of the B. H. Dyas Company with 21,000 square feet of floor space. The main store, referred to as a “sportsman’s paradise” included a rifle range, handball court, log cabins, mounted game animals and an aquarium of rainbow trout. The address also appears elsewhere as 426 West Seventh Street. It was often mentioned as “The Most Interesting Store in California”. Price: $8,750

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

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

B. Rizzini 28ga Aurum Small Action Over Under Shotgun
B. Rizzini 28ga Aurum Small Action Over Under Shotgun

B. Rizzini 28ga Aurum Small Action Over Under Shotgun, Double Triggers: Serial Number: 52107, Barrel Length: 28”, Chambers: 2 3/4”, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: Used- Very Good, Metal Condition: Very Good, Wood Condition: Very Good- light safe marks on toe, Bore Condition: Very Good, Barrels: 28”, Action: O/U, Triggers: Double Installed/ Single trigger included, Stock: Prince of Wales, Stock Dimensions: Double trigger-15 1/4” Single-14 3/4” Stock Comb: 1 1/2” Stock Heel: 2 1/4” Stock Cast: 3/16” off Fore End: Field Butt Pad: Wood Rib: Vent Finish: Oil Weight: 5lbs 13oz Chokes: CYL IC MOD IM F Engraving: Yes Extras: Sling swivels, Original papers, single trigger assembly Case: ABS. Price: $2,500

P. Bernardelli Armi - Diana 12 ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun
P. Bernardelli Armi – Diana 12 ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun

P. Bernardelli Armi – Diana 12 ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun: Nice gun in original shape, shows hunting use, bores are excellent with no pits or dents, stock has a factory fill spot with near toe on one side, locks up tight 28 ” barrels , mod and full chokes, works great, 2 3/4″ chambers. Price: $795

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

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

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

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

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

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

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J. Purdey & Sons - Best Sidelock Ejector - 410 ga - OU
J. Purdey & Sons – Best Sidelock Ejector – 410 ga – OU

J. Purdey & Sons – Best Sidelock Ejector – 410 ga – OU: #30309. Trigger: Single, Grip: Prince of Wales grip, Forend: Checkered, Lop: 15 1/8 “, Type of butt: Checkered Wood, Drop comb: 1 3/8 “, Drop heel: 1 7/8 “, Cast amount: 3/16 “, Cast: OFF, Weight: 5 lbs, 10 oz, Manufactured in: England, Finish: Coin & Black, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Stock: Original finish, Metal: Original finish, Type of Case: Leather Luggage Case, Chamber: 3 “, Length: 29 “, Chokes: F/F, Rib type: Solid, Comments : Beautiful gun with a small stock repair on left side of wrist. Price: $80,000

LANCASTER 450/400 3 1/4" BPE- DELUXE GRADE- SUPERB ORIG. COND.- FULLY ENGRAVED- DELUXE WOOD- ACCURATE- MADE 1884 for NAWAB of BAHAWALPUR- SCREWS
LANCASTER 450/400 3 1/4″ BPE- DELUXE GRADE- SUPERB ORIG. COND.- FULLY ENGRAVED- DELUXE WOOD- ACCURATE- MADE 1884 for NAWAB of BAHAWALPUR- SCREWS

LANCASTER 450/400 3 1/4″ BPE- DELUXE GRADE- SUPERB ORIG. COND.- FULLY ENGRAVED- DELUXE WOOD- ACCURATE- MADE 1884 for NAWAB of BAHAWALPUR- SCREWS: #5415, Charles Lancaster: 151 New Bond Street, London: A 450/400 3 1/4″ Black Powder Express Deluxe Grade Double Rifle That Remains in Superb Condition, Fully engraved, Excellent wood, It is Accurate, Made in 1884 for Nawab of the Princely State Bahawalpur, A Jones action underlever back-action locks with non-rebounding hammers, London proved, 28″ “Non-Fouling Smooth Oval Bore Rifling” steel barrels with a rib extension dolls head, Full length matted rib with 1 standing rear sight that is Gold lined, Percussion style fences, Dolphin hammers, Rear sliding hammer safeties, A long trigger guard tang that is engraved and checkered, An absolute deluxe piece of wood with great color contrast, Extremely solid wood that will last another 137 years, Shadowline cheekpiece, Sling eyes, The forend release is a patented rotating snap that has a friction-reducing roller under the forend iron that is spring loaded to force the rod forward so it will snap into the bite on the forend loop mounted on the barrels, To remove it you insert your finger tip at the forward end of the forend and pull down so the roller allows the spring to compress, A novel and secure tiedown that came from George Hackett as patent #964 of 1878, 14 1/4″ LOP over a fully checkered and engraved steel buttplate, Great weight at 8 lbs. 7 oz., 95% coverage of excellent period scroll engraving that covers all the metal including the forend iron and trigger guard, The original & honest barrel blue remains at 94% with excellent striking, 40% original case colors that is very vivid in some areas, The breech face has 50% case colors with zero primer burn at the striker holes, The butt & forend are as solid as they were 137 years ago, The original stock finish is at 80% with 137 years of handling but never refinished, The original checkering remains at 95%, The bores and chambers are absolutely excellent plus without a pit to be had, The inletting looks like the tree grew around the metal, Every screw including the buttplate remains at 98% and they lay north & south, The inside of the forend almost looks like it left the shop yesterday, The dolls head fits like new. It is cased in a near vintage oak & leather trunk that is in very nice condition. It is very accurate with .406″ 250 & 254 grain bullets using 4198 powder at 50 yards and shoots to the point of aim. This is very nice stuff in a total Deluxe Grade double from the real Golden Era of the British gun trade. Dreams of tigers and ships and palaces, fine spices and women and silk. As my friend Mr. Wal Winfer would say, “We are but temporary custodians of all things on this planet. Treat this old piece gently. Load and shoot it with care. But, above all, preserve its integrity for the future enjoyment of the next temporary custodian.” Price: $12,750

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 20 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 20 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 20 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN: #178XX, 28″ IC AND M 006 AND 015 CONSTRICTION, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, EXCELLENT WITH LIGHT WEAR, 6LBS  4OZ, 2 3/16″ DAH, 1 1/4″ DAC, 14 3/4″ LOP. Price: $8,500

Charles Hellis & Sons Two Inch 12 gauge London Box Lock Ejector SxS Game Gun
Charles Hellis & Sons Two Inch 12 gauge London Box Lock Ejector SxS Game Gun

Charles Hellis & Sons Two Inch 12 gauge London Box Lock Ejector SxS Game Gun: This is a rare London address high grade box lock ejector in the Two Inch 12 bore. Built on a Birmingham proved action by London Best gun makers, Charles Hellis & Sons, it has fine, full coverage London rose, or bouquet, and scroll engraving, nicely figured walnut straight grip stock with drop points and fine checkering, excellent rust blue barrels and case colored action. Most two inch 12 bores were built very plain for low cost use by young shooters and ended up in poor condition. This one is quite the opposite, a beautiful higher grade London built boxlock in fine condition with adult dimensions and no problems. Very light weight and pleasant to shoot, it weighs just 5 pounds, 7 ounces.  It has automatic ejectors, 26 inch dovetail lump barrels, double triggers, auto safety, 14-1/4” stock over an Old English recoil pad. Bores are bright and shiny with no rust and measure .732 left and right. Both barrels are choked modified at .020, leaving room for adjustment if you desire. Bluing remains excellent overall with no rust and little wear.  Case coloring remains quite strong on the action. Engraving includes fences and splinter forend iron. The name C.Hellis & Sons, Ltd. Is engraved on both sides of the action, and the name and address is also engraved on the swamped game rib as ‘Charles Hellis & Sons, Ltd, 121 & 123 Edgeware Road, Hyde Park, London W.’   Also inlaid on the rib in either sterling silver or white gold are the words’FOR 2 INCH CASE ONLY’. Serial number is 4129 and it was likely built pre war in the early 1930s. Price: $6500

CAESAR GUERINI / LL BEAN .410 OU SHOTGUN
CAESAR GUERINI / LL BEAN .410 OU SHOTGUN

CAESAR GUERINI / LL BEAN .410 OU SHOTGUN: SPECIAL EDITION CAESAR GUERINI FOR LL BEAN,  410 UPLAND SHOTGUN WITH 28″ VENT RIB BARRELS. COMES WITH 4 CHOKE TUBES.  EXCELLENT CONDITION! 6LB….CASED LOP 14 7/8″-1 1/2″-2″. Price: $3,000

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J.P. SAUER SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE
J.P. SAUER SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE

J.P. SAUER SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 20 GAUGE: #391XXX, 26 1/2″ IC AND MOD 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS X 2 9/16″ X 1 5/8″ X 14 1/2″ Price: $7,950

Parker VH 20g 26" original...high condition
Parker VH 20g 26″ original…high condition

Parker VH 20g 26″ original…high condition: 26” solid rib barrels choke IC/F.  Double triggers, automatic safety, late Parker gun.  Capped pistol grip stock with 13 7/8” LOP over the dogs head butt plate, 1 5/8” DAC and 2 ½” DAH; splinter forearm. The frame is bright from carrying but there is at least 80% muted case colors, original barrel blue is excellent; trigger guard has only traces of blue.  Wood varnish appears to be original and there is on small repair at the rear of the top tang. The barrels have .618” bore diameters where .615 is standard so I will assume that the bores were lightly polished by .003” with nominal wall thickness of .027”.  “0” frame. So, this is a very nice, high condition VH 20…ready for upland hunting and as a great addition to your collection.  Made in 1935 and is exactly as specified in the Parker Gun Id book. SN:  238463 Price: $3,650

Browning Superposed 20ga Grade 1 w/28” barrels. A nice 1962 vintage O/U:
Browning Superposed 20ga Grade 1 w/28” barrels. A nice 1962 vintage O/U:

Browning Superposed 20ga Grade 1 w/28” barrels. A nice 1962 vintage O/U: Here’s a really nice 1962 RKLT 20 bore Superposed with desirable 28 inch barrels bored modified and full. It’s unaltered with the original buttplate. The blue is crisp at 99%. The wood has some marks and scuffs on it and rates 95%. Bores and mechanics are excellent. Price: $2850

Browning Citori Superlight 20ga In Factory Box
Browning Citori Superlight 20ga In Factory Box

Browning Citori Superlight 20ga In Factory Box: This Shotgun is ready for the field gun is still tight when opening but has blueing ware from carrying  Also a few handeling marks and 1 scratch in the wood. Serial Number: 24148NRA33 Barrel Length: 26″ Condition: Used with finish wear Chokes: Invector. Price: $1,675

Beretta Silver Pigeon 1 OU Shotgun, 28GA, 28IN, Mobile Chokes, SST, AE
Beretta Silver Pigeon 1 OU Shotgun, 28GA, 28IN, Mobile Chokes, SST, AE

Beretta Silver Pigeon 1 OU Shotgun, 28GA, 28IN, Mobile Chokes, SST, AE: Very Nice Beretta 28GA with 28 inch mobile choke barrels that has seen little use.  Comes with F, M, IC Mobile chokes with M/IC chokes installed.  Nice oil-finished wood with some light handling marks on the left side of butt stock that can easily be sanded out.  Bluing is perfect and bores are mirror.  Weight is slightly over 6 pounds. Price: $1,595   

Great gun alert: 28-bore Watson best-quality OU shotgun …

Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN
Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN

Here’s a gun you don’t see every day. It’s a British 28g sidelock OU. In the past, twenty-eights weren’t popular with British makers. Up until the 1980s or so, they built very few 28g over-unders. But in the last 40 years or so, this gauge has caught gained popularity with shooters and the makers in the UK have responded.

This gun was made by Watson Bros in1995. It doesn’t look like it was used very much. It’s a beautifully proportioned gun with a couple unique features (watch the video below to see them).

Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN
Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN

Watson Bros was founded in 1885. In 1989 the company was bought by a Purdey-trained gunmaker named Michael Louca. You can read more about all this here.

“Watson Bros. guns are made almost entirely by hand insuring individually and attention to detail, which no machine can equal.”

Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN
Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN

Here’s more about the gun from Watson Bros:

Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN: Made for the purist in our classical style with double beaded back and adorned with best small scroll and gold name all set off with colour case hardening.

This 27″ barreled 2 3/4″ chambered tight choked single trigger gun is complemented with a 15 1/4″ straight hand stock. Fitted with fine ebony heel and toe pieces and also ebony bottom horns. Wrapped in a best London French blocked case with all tools and accessories.

Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN
Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN
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