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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Parker GHE 410
Parker GHE 410

Parker GHE 410 SxS Shotgun: Curio/Relic: Yes, Serial Number: 239263, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 26 inches, Action: SE, Triggers: Factory Single Trigger, Stock Comb: 1.5 inches, Stock Heel: 2.5 inches, Fore End: Splinter, LOP: 15 inches, Weight: 5 lbs. 12 oz. Price: $37,500

Westley Richards - Best Drop Lock - 12 ga - SxS - Shotgun
Westley Richards – Best Drop Lock – 12 ga – SxS – Shotgun

Westley Richards – Best Drop Lock – 12 ga – SxS – Shotgun: Shotgun type: SxS, Action: droplock, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Double Grip: Straight Grip, Forend: Splinter, Lop: 15 1/8 “, Pad thickness: 0.75 “, Type of butt: Leather Covered Pad, Drop comb: 1 1/2 “, Drop heel: 2 “, Cast amount: 1/8 “, Cast: On, Weight: 6 lbs, 4 oz, Manufactured in: England, Manufacture Year: 1951, Finish: Case Colored, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Stock: Original finish, Metal: Original finish, Type of Case: Leather Motor Case Barrel info: Gauge: 12 ga, Chamber: 2 3/4 “, Length: 26 “, Chokes: IC/M, Rib type: Raised, Comments : Best Grade Droplock in very good condition. Includes original leather motor case. Price: $14,000

Beautiful high original condition L.C. Smith Pigeon Grade 12ga Game Gun with straight stock and modern dimensions
Beautiful high original condition L.C. Smith Pigeon Grade 12ga Game Gun with straight stock and modern dimensions

Beautiful high original condition L.C. Smith Pigeon Grade 12ga Game Gun with straight stock and modern dimensions: Fine early L.C. Smith made in 1897 with 30″ Sir Joseph Whitworth Fluid Steel barrels, splinter forend which is fully checkered, straight grip buttstock with original buttplate, double triggers, and auto ejectors.  Beautifully engraved in early Pigeon Grade pattern with large pigeon engraved on rib extension as well.  This is easily the nicest Pigeon Grade gun I have offered for sale in recent memory. The gun remains in fine all original condition with about 85% toned original blue, 95% wood finish, and about 1/2 of the original case color remaining.  The buttplate is crisp and original.  Stocks are sound and unbroken with beautiful checkering which is also original.  Bores are bright and shiny, and mechanics are fine. Antique: Yes. Serial Number: 2458. Barrel Length: 30″. Chambers: 2-3/4″. Ejectors: Yes. Condition: Excellent and original. Metal Condition: Excellent and Original. Wood Condition: Excellent. Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: Sir Joseph Whitworth Fluid Steel. Triggers: Double Triggers. Stock: Straight Grip. Stock Comb: 1-9/16″. Stock Heel: 2-7/16″. Fore End: Fully Checkered splinter forend. Butt Pad: Original Buttplate. LOP: 14-1/8″. Weight: 7lbs 8oz. Manufacture Date: 1897. Choke Left: .724 with .035 (full choke). Choke Right: .723 with .009 (Imp. Cyl). Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .025″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .024″. Price: $5895

AyA No. 2 sidelock 20ga shotgun
AyA No. 2 sidelock 20ga shotgun

AyA No. 2 sidelock 20ga shotgun: Like new AyA No. 2 20-ga shotgun. Minor handling marks. 27in Briley choked barrels(briley can make more chokes)perfect small bore upland gun. Serial Number: 283-99. Barrel Length: 27″. Ejectors: yes. Condition: Very good. Stock Comb: 1 1/2″. Stock Heel: 2 3/8″. LOP: 14 1/4″. Weight: 6lbs 1oz. Chokes: Briley. Choke Left: Mod. Choke Right: IC. Price: $4,200

 

Browning BSS 12Ga Sidelock New
Browning BSS 12Ga Sidelock New

Browning BSS 12Ga Sidelock New: Browning Model BSS 12Ga with Sidelocks. Silver with Engraving. Has 26″  Barrels. New, No Box. Price: $3,995

3 good looking Spanish doubles coming up at Morphy’s auction…

Check’em out. Here are three decent looking Spanish sidelock shotguns coming up at Morphy Auctions Field & Range Firearms – Day 4 sale, which starts Friday, December 18, 2020, @ 10:00 AM EST. There are many other decent looking doubles in the sale, including SxSs & OUs by Ithaca, Parker, Fox (including this 16g Sterlingworth Brush gun), Connecticut Shotgun, Browning, LC Smith, Winchester, and other makers. So if you have the time, it’s worth wading through the listings.

LOT 4353: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN.
LOT 4353: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN.

LOT 4353: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN. Arrieta Model 570 side by side shotgun made in Spain and imported by Quality Arms, Houston, Texas. Blued fine steel barrels with smooth concave rib with fixed chokes with ejectors. Silver finished scroll and floral engraved sidelock action with double triggers and automatic safety. Walnut checkered English straight grip stock with checkered wood butt. Walnut checkered splinter forearm with push-button release. Comes in Beretta hard plastic case. CONDITION: 90% overall finish with gun having the appearance of being fired very little. Gun has small handling marks and dings. Perfect bores and mechanics. Case is in good condition. DLM Accessories: Case Barrel Length: 28″ Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Imp Cyl and Cyl Drop at Comb: 1 – 1/2″ Drop at Heel: 2 – 1/4″ FFL Status: Modern Gauge: 20 Bore Length of Pull: 14 -1/4″ Manufacturer: Arrieta Model: 570 Serial Number: 57037511 Weight: 6lbs 2oz

LOT 4354: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 16 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN. 
LOT 4354: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 16 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN.

LOT 4354: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 16 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN. Arrieta Model 570 side by side shotgun made in Spain and imported by William Larkin Moore and Company in Scottsdale, Arizona. Fine blued steel barrels with matted rib, bead front sight, ejectors, and fixed chokes. Case hardened sidelock action with full coverage scroll and vignette engraving with engraved barrel lugs with side clips. Gun has double triggers and non-automatic safety. Walnut checkered pistol grip stock with checkered wood butt. Walnut checkered splinter forearm with push-button release. Comes with weather cased Maker’s label canvas trunk with accessories from Jeff’s Outfitters. CONDITION: 95% plus overall with some small usage scratches and some small dings in stock near comb. Gun looks to have been fired very little. Perfect bores with good mechanics. Case in good shape with some small handling marks. DLM Accessories: Case, accessories Barrel Length: 28″ Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Mod and Imp Cyl Drop at Comb: 1 – 1/4″ Drop at Heel: 1 – 7/8″ FFL Status: Modern Gauge: 16 Bore Length of Pull: 14″ Manufacturer: Arrieta Model: 570 Serial Number: 57031912 Weight: 6lb 5.6oz

LOT 4355: CASED AYA 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN.
LOT 4355: CASED AYA 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN.

LOT 4355: CASED AYA 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN. Aguirre y Aranzabal Model XXV side by side shotgun made in Spain circa 1988-1993. Blued fine steel barrels with Churchill rib, bead front sight, ejectors, and fixed chokes. Case hardened sidelock action with full coverage vignette engraved detachable sideplates with double triggers and automatic safety. Walnut checkered English straight grip style stock with raised diamond carving behind locks. Gun comes with added “Kick-EEZ” pad. Walnut checkered splinter forearm with push-button release. Comes in fitted canvas case with weather cover from Jeff’s Outfitters. CONDITION: Overall like new with some light usage scratches and marks. Stock cut for added recoil pad. Gun appears to have been fired very little. Perfect bores and mechanics. Case in great shape with some light handling marks. DLM Accessories: Case Barrel Length: 26″ Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Mod and Imp Cyl Drop at Comb: 1 – 1/4″ Drop at Heel: 2″ FFL Status: Modern Gauge: 20 Bore Length of Pull: 14″ Manufacturer: AYA Model: XXV Serial Number: 602227 Weight: 5lbs 11.6oz

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H.J. Hussey Imperial Sidelock Live Pigeon gun 12ga
H.J. Hussey Imperial Sidelock Live Pigeon gun 12ga

H.J. Hussey Imperial Sidelock Live Pigeon gun 12ga: Amazing condition Hj hussey imperial ejector live pigeon gun. Great gun for driven birds, Helice/live birds or sporting clays. A less known but top english best gun maker. Serial Number: 14147 Barrel Length: 30 in Chambers: 2 3/4″ Ejectors: yes Condition: excellent like new Stock Comb: 1 7/16″ Stock Heel: 2 1/8″ LOP: 14 3/4″ Weight: 7 lbs 9 oz Choke Left: mod Choke Right: full Case: yes Price: $17,000

Beautiful ultra lightweight 16ga Lefever EE Grade Side-by-Side Game Gun
Beautiful ultra lightweight 16ga Lefever EE Grade Side-by-Side Game Gun

Beautiful ultra lightweight 16ga Lefever EE Grade Side-by-Side Game Gun: Made in the 39k serial number range with straight stock, double triggers, splinter forearm and LAC Monogrammed buttplate. This particular gun with 26″ (Original length) Krupp Steel barrels, 2-3/4″ chambers. Gun is beautifully engraved with much finer than normal game scenes on both sides of the gun. The gun remains in pleasing condition with about 80% toned original barrel blue, 20-30% original case color, and excellent wood finish with stocks being sound. Bores are bright and shiny and mechanics are crisp. Ejectors are in time and the gun is nice and tight on the face. Here are the technicals on the gun: LOP- 13-3/4″ to LAC Monogrammed Buttplate, DAC- 1-5/8″, DAH- 2-1/4″, Right Barrel- .663 with .005 choke , Left barrel- .664 with .005 choke, Weight – 5lbs 14oz , MWT- .028(L) and .026(R). Price: $7495

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

Johann Springer Boxlock Ejector SxS 12ga
Johann Springer Boxlock Ejector SxS 12ga

Johann Springer Boxlock Ejector SxS 12ga: Chambers: 2 3/4″ Metal Condition: Some Bluing Loss and Lite User Marks Wood Condition: Some User Marks Barrels: 30 Triggers: Double Triggers Stock Dimensions: 14 3/4″ LOP Fore End: Checkered Splinder Butt Pad: Butt Plate Weight: 7 lb. 10 oz. Sights: Front Bead Chokes: Full & Full. Price: $2,199.97

Savage ~ Fox Sterlingworth ~ 12 GA. ~ SxS ~ ("Skeet & Upland Game" model?
Savage ~ Fox Sterlingworth ~ 12 GA. ~ SxS ~ (“Skeet & Upland Game” model?)

Savage ~ Fox Sterlingworth ~ 12 GA. ~ SxS ~ (“Skeet & Upland Game” model?): This Savage Model Fox Sterlingworth is a 12 Ga. Side x Side shotgun. It has 26 inch barrels with extractors and a solid rib. With a 2 3/4 inch chambers it has fixed CYL and MOD chokes. A brass bead front sight. The butt stock is a checkered grip walnut straight grip. The forearm is a checkered grip walnut. It has double triggers. The receiver is case colored. S/N 160260. Chambers: 2 3/4 inch chambers with extractors. Metal Condition: Fair. Minor wear and handling / use marks. Wood Condition: Fair with many handling marks., Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 26 inch barrels with a solid rib. Triggers: Double. Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 5/8 inches. Fore End: Checkered grip walnut. Butt Pad: Ranger red rubber recoil pad. Weight: 7 lb. 2 oz. Sights: Brass bead front. Chokes: Fixed Cyl & Mod. Price: $999.99

Auction alert: 20g “Merkel” OU clone coming up on Sat….

LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK
LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK

I don’t know what to make of this great looking, 20g ‘Merkel’. It’s lot #2099 in Poulin Auctions Saturday, 12/12, sale.

LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK
LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK

The first time I saw this OU, I thought it was the real thing. But while it has all the features of the a genuine Merkel 304E — sidelocks, double Purdey-style bolts, double Kersten locks, scroll engraving, ejectors–and it has German nitro proofmarks, it’s actually a clone. A well-made clone, but still a clone.

LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK
LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK

So who made it? No idea. Did a couple Merkel’s gunmakers sneak parts out the door at lunch and build this gun at home? Maybe. Judging by the gun’s excellent proportions, the way the action is filed up, and great metal-to-metal fit, whoever built it knew what they were doing and probably. Germany was in tough shape after World War 2, and the people there did whatever possible to make money and survive.

LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK
LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK

If it were a real Merkel 304E, it would be worth $12,000+. Since it’s a clone, it will go for a less and give someone the opportunity to own a nice gun for a lot less money.

LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK
LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK

BTW: The pics here are a combo of images that I had of this gun and of the images  Poulin Auctions posted on its site.

LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK
LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK

LOT 2099. 20-GAUGE POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK: EJECTOR DOUBLE TRIGGER O/U GAME SHOTGUN IN HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION. Cal. 20 Ga., 3″. S# 30645. Bbls. 27 7/8″ Demi-bloc are fitted with low narrow ventilated rib. Left side of top bbl. engraved “GEBRUDER MERKEL SUHL”. Breech ends are engraved w/ attractively cut, large shaded scroll. Sides bottom bbl. are stamped w/ postwar German nitro proofs for 3″ chambers, choke information & S#. No date mark is found. Case hardened, double Kersten O/U, sidelock, action w/ double underbites & Purdey locking bolt features non-auto safety, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators & double triggers (front articulated). Action is engraved w/ near full coverage, lightly & attractively cut, large shaded scroll within geometric & sm. scroll borders. Bottom of action engraved “GEBRUDER MERKEL” (there is no “GM” logo on breech face). Single beaded blued steel trigger guard engraved to match w/ S# on tang. Nicely streaked European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 15″ over red “Old English” pad. Stock features semi-diamond hand, drop points, & closely spaced point pattern checkering w/ mullered borders. Grip cap is horn, deeply embossed w/ portrait of a “Green Man”. Matching 3-piece slim forend has Deeley release. MEASUREMENTS: BBLS Bottom: Dia – .608. Restriction – .010 (light mod.). Top: Dia. .610. Restriction -.004 (IC). Wall Thickness – Bottom .045. Top .044. STOCK – DAH – 2 3/16″. DAC – 1 5/8-“. Cast very slightly off. LOP – 15”. WEIGHT – 6 lb. 11 oz. CONDITION: very fine. Evidence of only very light field use. Bbls. retaining over 95% original blue w/ only a hint of silver on sharp edges. Action & locks retain over 95% of their original case hardening color w/ only a hint of silver & a few very light marks. Stocks retain nearly all of their original oil finish w/ some added oil on butt w/ installation of relatively new pad. Checkering very lightly worn. Bores are very fine. Action is tight. Bbls. are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. (20-3174/MGM). CURIO. ESTIMATE: $2,500-4,500.

LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK
LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK
LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK
LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK
LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK
LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK
LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK
LOT 2099. POST WAR NON-MERKEL MFG COPY OF A 304E SIDELOCK

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F.lli Piotti King I 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS
F.lli Piotti King I 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS

F.lli Piotti King I 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS: 28″ Chokes: IC – M L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 6 lbs 4 oz Ser. #: 9189 Stock #: 852. Price: $22,000

Gebruder Merkel 12 Gauge – MOD. 127E, PRE-WAR SIDELOCK SIDE-BY-SIDE, MINTY
Gebruder Merkel 12 Gauge – MOD. 127E, PRE-WAR SIDELOCK SIDE-BY-SIDE, MINTY

Gebruder Merkel 12 Gauge – MOD. 127E, PRE-WAR SIDELOCK SIDE-BY-SIDE, MINTY: Year 1926, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 2oz, Chokes F/F, LOP 14 1/4″, DAH 2 3/4″, DAC 1 5/8″, Serial Number: 14777. I have been collecting, buying, and selling fine shotguns for over 30 years.  It is a treasure hunt extraordinaire that I have enjoyed immensely.  There are times when you think you have seen it all, and then you come across a truly rare and amazing shotgun.  Merkel has been building fine firearms since 1898 and built its first side x side in 1914.  Mostly known for their fine shotguns made post-WWII after the lifting of the Iron Curtain, it is their PRE-WAR guns that collectors and shooters covet most.  Pre-war Gerbruder Merkel is associated with finely crafted over/under guns more than the side x side guns.  I have seen many of their over/unders.  However, I was unaware of their BEST GUN sidelock side x sides known as the Model 127E as shown here with the fine Merkel we are offering for sale today.  This Merkel, sn14777 built in 1926, remains in incredible factory original condition with 99% factory barrel blue, 99% vivid, bold factory case color, 99% charcoal blue trigger guard, and 98% factory finish remaining on the wonderfully figured European walnut stocks.  This is a Holland & Holland style 9-pin sidelock action, complete with beaded fences, sculpted bolster on the frame, cocking indicators, and ALL GOLD-WASHED INTERNALS, INCLUDING THE EJECTOR RODS, EJECTOR HAMMERS, COCKING RODS, TRIGGERS, AND ALL PARTS OF THE LOCKS INCLUDING THE PINS THAT SHOW TO THE OUTSIDE.  You just don’t see these features on anything but the company’s finest offering of the day.  The engraving is the most detailed and perfectly executed rose and scroll engraving I have witnessed from any maker in the world.  Study the photos on our and you will see what I mean.  The gun is in as new condition both visually and mechanically.  This is a VFI CERTIFIED GUN WITH A 90 DAY MECHANICAL WARRANTY.  We have stripped the action and forend to its smallest parts, Ultrasonic cleaned the old, dried oil from all the parts, inspected all for function and integrity, lubricated all and reassembled.  The barrels have a wedge of engraving on the Krupp Steel rib, are tight on face and the hinge pin like a new gun, with ribs tight and barrels that ring true.  See the specifications below for stock measurements, chokes, barrel wall thickness, etc.  This is a rare gun, and a rare opportunity to own the finest Merkel has ever offered as a named Model 127E.  Thanks for looking! Price: $17,950

Whitworth Company Limited .451 SxS Percussion Double Rifle Cased
Whitworth Company Limited .451 SxS Percussion Double Rifle Cased

Whitworth Company Limited .451 SxS Percussion Double Rifle Cased: This one of very few percussion double rifles built by the Whitworth company, the pair of barrels were built out of one bar of steel! No rib, regulated in the boring! This rifle is cased in the original cased and has been shot by Ken Owen as well as myself and the owner. 485-500 grain bullets, hex bores that are very clean, 1 standing, 5 folded to a front sight that is adjustable for windage. The action is clean with stalking safe and engraved Whitworth crown detail, clean screws, original nitre blue on the safeties. The barrels are 26″ with what appears to be original blue, a few rack/ handling marks, the ramrod is period correct. The stock is very stable with no oil soaking, no cracks, good chequering, original appearing oil finish with scattered handling marks and dents, 14 1/2″ length of pull to a steel plate with good blue. This rifle is wonderful at the shoulder with no excessive drop and wonderful balance. The sights come up as a modern rifle would. The Case is in fair condition. 9lbs 10oz. Price: $15,000

H. S. Greenfield & Son Matched Pair Lightweight 12g SxS Boxlock
H. S. Greenfield & Son Matched Pair Lightweight 12g SxS Boxlock

H. S. Greenfield & Son Matched Pair Lightweight 12g SxS Boxlock: H. S. Greenfield & Son, 4 & 5 Upper Bridge Street, Canterbury, Kent consecutively numbered matched pair of lightweight game guns with 26″ ejector dovetail lump barrels with Churchill ribs. Birmingham proved at .729,  3 1/4 Tons,   2 3/4″ chambers. Both sets of barrels exhibit excellent bores. Bores and chokes are identical on both guns. Bores measure .732 on the right and .730 on the left. Choked .009 [IC] on the right and .019 [M] on the left. Fancy back scalloped receivers retain 90% vivid original color case hardening and 90% coverage of Holland & Holland style scroll engraving. Gold inlayed #1 & #2 on receiver, barrels, and forend on both guns respectively. Barrel, trigger guard, and floorplate blue remains at 98% on both guns. Stocked in nicely figured English Walnut with good color and contrast. Receiver drop points. Initialed stock ovals. Buttstocks show light field use with slightly more on the #1 gun.  Lop is 14 1/2″ to leather covered pads on both.  DAC-1 1/2″   DAH-2 1/8″   Cast off 1/2″   Both weigh 5lb 15oz. This is an outstanding and exactly matched consecutively numbered pair from an obviously very talented provincial maker that remain in high condition. Outstanding upland bird guns that you can carry all day. Top drawer stuff. I just doesn’t get any better than this. Cased in their original monogramed leather motor case with canvas cover and cleaning rod also in very good condition. Price: $9850

16g Parker VHE, SxS, 6 lbs. 9 oz
16g Parker VHE, SxS, 6 lbs. 9 oz

16g Parker VHE, SxS, 6 lbs. 9 oz: Serial Number: 158831, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 26 inches, Action: SE, Triggers: Double Trigger, Gauge: 16 Gauge, Stock Comb: 1 1/2 inches, Stock Heel: 2 3/8 inches, Fore End: Splinter, LOP: 14 1/4 inches, Weight: 6 lbs. 9 oz. Price: $4,500

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P.V. Nelson - Best - 16 ga - SxS
P.V. Nelson – Best – 16 ga – SxS

P.V. Nelson – Best – 16 ga – SxS: Action: Sidelock. Gauge: 16 ga, Chamber: 2 3/4 “, Length: 29 “, Chokes: IC/MEjectors: Yes. Trigger: Double, Grip: Straight Grip. Forend: Checkered, Lop: 15 1/2 “, Type of butt: Checkered Wood, Drop comb: 1 3/8 “, Drop heel: 2 1/8 “, Cast amount: 3/16 “,Cast: Off,Weight: 6 lbs Manufactured in: England, Finish: Case Colored, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Stock: Original finish. Metal: Original finish, Type of Case: Oak & Leather. Price: $55,000

Churchill Premiere 12g Sidelock Best Quality Matched Pair
Churchill Premiere 12g Sidelock Best Quality Matched Pair

Churchill Premiere 12g Sidelock Best Quality Matched Pair: Serial Number: 1335 & 1336 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 30 inches Action: SE Triggers: Double Trigger Gauge: 12 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/4 inches Stock Heel: 2 7/16 inches Fore End: Splinter LOP: 14 7/8 inches Weight: 7 lbs. 1 oz. Cased. Price: $49,500

Parker - DHE, 16ga. 28” Barrels Choked F/IM
Parker – DHE, 16ga. 28” Barrels Choked F/IM

Parker – DHE, 16ga. 28” Barrels Choked F/IM: #1 frame, double trigger, auto ejector, pistol grip, skeleton butt, 98% original case color, NOT REFINISHED, extremely highly figured original wood. 209xxx serial #, perfect screws and still has all the fire blue on the screws and the original finish marks on the barrel. Exceptional Gun. 13 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″. Price: $12,500

1950 - Beretta - ASEL - - OU -- 20ga, 2-3/4", 26" M / IM (.013 / .022)
1950 – Beretta – ASEL – – OU — 20ga, 2-3/4″, 26″ M / IM (.013 / .022)

1950 – Beretta – ASEL – – OU — 20ga, 2-3/4″, 26″ M / IM (.013 / .022): Solid Rib, Ejectors, Double Triggers, LOP 14″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs 10 oz. Action is Tight. Bores are Perfect. Forearm has been replaced – a long time ago. Price: $4750

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: 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″. Price: $3500

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PARKER DHE SxS 16 GAUGE: REMINGTON GUN, O FRAME
PARKER DHE SxS 16 GAUGE: REMINGTON GUN, O FRAME

PARKER DHE SxS 16 GAUGE: REMINGTON GUN, O FRAME, #238XXX, 28″ FULL AND FULL 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH MOST OF THE CASE COLORS, 6LBS 15 OZ. 2 1/4″, 1 1/2″, 14 1/4″ Price: $11,000

EARLY POST WAR WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK 12GA.-3” SHOTGUN WITH 32” BARRELS. CIRCA 1947
EARLY POST WAR WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK 12GA.-3” SHOTGUN WITH 32” BARRELS. CIRCA 1947

EARLY POST WAR WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK 12GA.-3” SHOTGUN WITH 32” BARRELS. CIRCA 1947: All original and never on market in excellent as found, untouched condition from family of the original owner. Bottom of frame stamped “DUCK”. Barrels marked “WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL” and both marked “FULL”. Serial in the 19,xxx range and matching. Selective factory single trigger, automatic ejectors and nickel bead front sight. Extra quality factory walnut checkered stock and beavertail forend with the original finish. Some minor oil staining. Excellent checkering which is original and not refreshed. Chip out of forend at the left front which is an easy repair by a good stock man. Original factory “WINCHESTER” pad(pliable and no shrinking or petrification). Length of pull 13 5/8″, 2 3/8″ drop at heel, 1 1/2″ drop at comb as backed up by accompanying factory letter. 98-99% original blue and all the original wood finish with only very slight wear. Monogram “JSB” inset in silver in pistol grip base. Perfect working order and excellent, bright bores. Has seen only modest use and is in it’s original condition which is rare for a Model 21 Duck as most saw hard weather use and many are refinished. They were only made until 1952. With factory letter. Price: $6,500

RIZZINI B Upland EL Side by Side, 20ga 29" M&IM, NEW
RIZZINI B Upland EL Side by Side, 20ga 29″ M&IM, NEW

RIZZINI B Upland EL Side by Side, 20ga 29″ M&IM, NEW: Barrel Length (in Inches)  29″, Choke R  M(.018), Choke L  IM(.023) Trigger  DT (Double), Stock Configuration  Straight Grip, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm, Rib Type  Smooth Concave Rib, Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving Type  Border Engraving with hand carved oak leaf fences, Other Options  Pierced top lever, Scalloped frame, 3″ chambers Condition  NEW Weight  6#2oz, Dimensions  1 3/8 2 1/4 x 15 1/8 with 1/4 cast off. Price: $4,250

B. RIZZINI -410 GAUGE O/U AURUM SMALL ACTION - CASE COLORED ACTION - 28" VENT RIB BLS W/CHOKE TUBES - STRAIGHT HAND STOCK
B. RIZZINI -410 GAUGE O/U AURUM SMALL ACTION – CASE COLORED ACTION – 28″ VENT RIB BLS W/CHOKE TUBES – STRAIGHT HAND STOCK

B. RIZZINI -410 GAUGE O/U AURUM SMALL ACTION – CASE COLORED ACTION – 28″ VENT RIB BLS W/CHOKE TUBES – STRAIGHT HAND STOCK: LOP 14  9/16″ – DC  1 7/16″ – DH 2 1/4″ – SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER –  WEIGHT 5 LBS. 12 OZS. – WITH FACTORY PLASTIC HARD CASE. – NEW UNFIRED. Price: $2,750

August Lebeau Liege SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 16 Ga
August Lebeau Liege SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 16 Ga

August Lebeau Liege SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 16 Ga: Very good, some finish, small nicks and scratches. Nicely finished wood, sling swivels installed, Pachmayr pad. Both barrels choked Improved Cylinder. 16 Gauge. Metal Condition: Very good, Wood Condition: Very good, Bore Condition: Bright Barrels: 28″, Triggers: Double triggers, Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered, Butt Pad: Pachmayr recoil pad, Sights: Single gold bead Chokes: Fixed IC / IC. Price: $1,499.99

Great gun alert: Super rare 12g Boss OU, rising-bite action…

Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action

The sidelock, double-barrel over-under shotgun you see here is one of the holy grails of British shotguns — and one of the mysteries of British gunmaking. It’s coming up to auction tomorrow, 10/17, and it has an estimated hammer of $25,000.00 – $50,000.

Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action

Boss & Co. patented their OU action in 1909. According to the company’s website:

“Robertson did not invent the O/U shotgun, but he created an Over and Under gun that was elegant, shapely, strong and far lighter than any other on the market. Until that time Over and Under guns often hailed from Germany but were heavy and ungainly. But Robertson’s OUs were strong, lively, light and slender, marking the Boss & Co Over and Under as the best on the market as soon as it was introduced. Immediately it set the standard and became the benchmark, a celebrated design that remains unsurpassed.”

Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action

Since 1909, Boss & Co. has built around 600 over-under shotguns. Very, very few of them were built with a feature that’s on the gun being auctioned off tomorrow: A Boss-style rising-bite action.

Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action

No one knows how many OUs Boss built with its rising-bite style action. The feature  appears around 1920 and shows up on 12-gauges and 20-gauges through the ’30s (here it is on a gun they built in 1937). I’ve never seen it on a Boss OU built after WW2 (Note: Boss & Co just started building rising-bite actions again and completed one in the last year or so).

But Boss never patented their version of the rising bite. I’ve never seen any evidence that the company promoted this feature or offered it as an upgrade or an option. From what I can tell, it just appears on certain guns and then disappears.

One thing to note: While this gun was originally nitro-proofed with 2 3/4″ chambers for 1 1/4 – ounce loads, it wasn’t made to shoot modern, high-pressure/high-velocity shells. So if you buy it, do the gun a favor and use ammo like this.

Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action

Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Shotgun: One of England’s finest… Desirable, elegant, made for a shooter. This shotgun has simple lines yet elegant and exceptionally designed side lock. Currently, Boss & Co. only produces about 20 shotguns annually. This one was manufactured in 1919-1920, and proofed for modern shells. Solid rib barrels have a single silver bead front sight, marked with proofs, Nitro proofs and more near breech. Forend is highly ornate with metal side skirts along the back half of the top, engraved with a tight scroll and finely blued. Barrels mate with the hinge pin and special locking mechanism near top lever. Locks are engraved 1005 with fine English scroll. Top lever and trigger are blued and equally ornate. Case coloring is accented with lock pins in both a polished or bright blue. Chamber indicators have horizontal gold inlay. Auto ejectors are crisp and timed superbly. Auto safety. High grade straight English stock with oil rubbed finish completed with a checkered butt and metal plates protecting heel and toe. Choked “Full” and “Mod”, ideal for clays or pheasant. Includes original leather bound case, Boss & Co. label on inside. Factory accessories. Must ship to FFL or C&R Condition: Antique Excellent. Bluing is in the 90-95% with the loss in touch points only (lower tang, forend, top lever, etc.). Case coloring is around 40%, fences and transition areas exhibit fine color striations while side of locks is muted. Wood is excellent, hard to find imperfections, probably cleaned at some point. Mechanically excellent. Barrels and Bores are nearly blem free and mirror bright. Gun Measurements: Chamber size is 2 ¾” Bore Diameter: Over Barrel – From 9” at the breech .733, 12” from the breech is .731 and continues at .731 until it hits the choke and final measurement at muzzle is .714 giving it a “Modified” choke. Under Barrel- From 9” at the breech .7325, 12” from the breech is .7315 and continues at .7315 until it hits the choke and final measurement at muzzle is .694 giving it a “Full” choke. Barrel Wall Thickness: Over Barrel- 12” from breech is .038, 12” from muzzle is .033 and is consistent through to muzzle Under Barrel- 12” from breech is .039, 12” from muzzle is .033 and is consistent through to muzzle LOP @ Heel= 14 7/8″ LOP @ Toe= 15 1/4″ Choke: O=.709 (Mod) U=.689 (Full) Drop @ Comb = 1 1/2″ Drop @ Heel = 2 1/8″ Weight= 7.4 lbs Cast Neutral Barrel Length: 30″ Serial: 6605 Manufacturer: BOSS & CO., LTD. Gauge: 12ga Year-Range 1919 – 1920. Estimate: $25,000.00 – $50,000.00 USD

Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
Lot #110: Boss & Co. Best O/U 12ga Sidelock Shotgun with Rising Bite Action
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