Rigby .450 NE SxS Boxlock Extractor: .450 Nitro cal. Circa 1907. Highly figured wood. 28” Barrels with very good bores. Original configuration. Full rib, Border scroll & 1/8 coverage. Express sights. Faint case colors. 8lbs 13oz COST:$22,989
JOH. SPRINGER UNDERLEVER HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE 7X57R: SN# 94XX 23 3/4″ SOLID RIB BARREL WITH FIXED REAR SIGHT AND RAMPED FRONT SIGHT CLAW MOUNTED HENSOLDT 4X SCOPE DOUBLE TRIGGERS EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP RECOIL PAD SPRING LOADED POP UP COMB IN BUTT STOCK – ACTIVATED BY PUSHING RELEASE ON UNDERSIDE OF STOCK FORWARD WITH THUMB EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH SOME LIGHT HANDLING 8LBS 5 OZ 14 5/8″ LOP 7X57R AMMO AVAILABLE Price: $12,500
Winchester Pre War 21 20ga NICE: Ser no 4288, 26″, M/F, DT, Splinter Forend, 1 5/8″ X 2 3/8″ X 14″, 97-98% Blue and Varnish, Just a little bit of flaking on bottom metal, Shiney Bores. Price: $7,995
ITHACA 4E NID 12 GAUGE LIVE BIRD 32″ VENT RIB: ITHACA 4E, NID, LIVE BIRD, 12 GAUGE, 32″ VENT RIB, BEAVER TAIL FOREND, SINGLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS AND STRAIGHT STOCK. Very rare Ithaca NID sxs with all the options.8lbs 9oz, DAC 1 7/16″, DAH 1 15/16″, LOP 14 3/4″ to front position trigger, LOP to the trigger 14 1/8″. Beautiful example of a rare NID. Price:$5,635
Fantastic and near mint Ithaca NID Field Grade 10ga – Fabulous all original gun with bold vivid original case color!: Easily the very best 10ga NID Model Field Grade Gun I have seen, this one made before the era of the 10ga Magnums in the 500k SN range. This gun made with 32″ fluid steel barrels, checkered splinter forend, double triggers, extractors and safety. The case hardened frame is lightly border engraved. Capped pistol grip buttstock is point pattern checkered through the wrist and terminates with the original lined lined hard rubber buttplate. Overall, the gun remains in near mint original condition. Barrels retain nearly all of their original blue with only a very minor rub or two. Receiver retains virtually all of its bold original case color as seen in the photos. Stocks are sound and retain virutally all of their original finish with only very minor handling marks and upon very close inspection do show some repair work at wrist which is very near invisible. Bores are brilliant and shiny and mechanics are crisp. This is a very near mint gun which has been scarcely fired. Breech face shows almost no shell ring evidence. Price:$3,295
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Very fine 28ga Webley and Scott model 728 Boxlock SxS: These are high quality and dynamic guns – this one made with 25″ barrels that have checkered splinter forend that has Anson type push button release. Case hardened and engraved action is nicely scroll engraved with makers name on sides. Barrels with makers name on right tube and “Harrington and Richardson” on left. Blued trigger plate. Made with double triggers, auto safety, and auto ejectors. This gun made with straight grip buttstock that terminates with checkered butt. Overall, the gun remains in excellent lightly used original condition with nearly all original finish to wood and metal surfaces. The barrels retain more than 97% original blue. Action retains most all of its original case color. Stocks are sound and retain most all of their original finish. Trigger plate retains about all of its original blue. Trigger guard has toned at grip and retains about 1/2 of its original blue. Bores are brilliant and shiny. Mechanics are crisp. Price:$6,295
Johann Springer 16g. Boxlock. High grade with excellent triggers and long elegant barrels: Serial Number: 9045 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 75 cm (29 3/8″) Barrel Type: Steel Action: Side plated boxlock Gauge: 16 gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 1/4″ Stock Cast: 0 LOP: 13 7/8″ (13 5/8 Weight: 6 lbs. 6.5 oz. Choke Left: .037 extra full Choke Right: .012 IC-Mod Proof: Nitro 2 1/2″ Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .021″ Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″ Price: $5,200
Browning BSS, 20GA, 28″ bbls, Straight Grip, NEW in maker’s case: A beautiful example of a Browning BSS, 20, 28in brls, SST, SG, BTFE, barrels Choked Mod and Full. Serial Num: 02363 RP368. These guns are very very hard to find in there original Browning Factory Hartman Travel Case made for the BSS. Originally purchased new. Both wood and metal surfaces are very nice. We were told this gun lightly shot 4 or 5 shells as test fired. This example BSS is a bit of a time machine and with very rare fitted case. Shotgun Gauge: 20 Gauge Serial Number: 02363RP368 Barrel Length: 28in Bore Info: Mirror and Bright Chambers: 2 3/4in & 3in Ejectors: Yes, strong Condition: Minty Metal Condition: Minty Wood Condition: Minty Bore Condition: Minty Barrels: Special Steel Barrel Type: Side by Side Action: Break Action Triggers: Single Select Stock: Straight, English Stock Cast: Neutral for RH and LH shooter Fore End: Beavertail Butt Pad: Factory Browning (hard) LOP: 14 1/2 inches Rib: Factory Finish: Oil finish, as new Weight: 6lbs, 6oz Chokes: Fixed Choke Left: Full Choke Right: Mod Engraving: Factory, still sharp Case: Factory Hartman Case. Price:$3,895
Sig Arms ~ Aurora ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU ~ Italian ~ Shotgun: This gorgeous shotgun is a lightweight upland over and under featuring a color case-hardened receiver, removable chokes, selectable barrels, and an English style stock. In great condition for going out in the field with any field hunter. 28 Gauge. Metal Condition: Excellent Wood Condition: Very Good; light handling marks Bore Condition: Excellent Barrels: 28″ w/ Vented Rib Triggers: Single Select Stock Dimensions: 14.5″ LOP Fore End: Textured Wood w/ Ebony Diamond Inlay Butt Pad: Rubber Weight: 6lbs Sights: Front Bead Chokes: Full – Over; Modified – Under. Price: $2,499.99
L.C. Smith 20Ga. 30″ bbls. Field Grade. SxS. Shotgun: L.C. Smith 20 gauge field grade with 30″ Armor steel barrels. This gun is in excellent original condition. It retains around 25% of the original case color,90% of the original barrel blue,and 90% of the original wood finsh. The barrels have mint bores and are choked full and full with 23/4″ chambers.. The stock is sound with no cracks or damage. The gun is built on a featherweight frame and weighs 6-2. A fine walking pheasant gun or a fun vintage clays gun. Price:$1,895
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: 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! **: 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: 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?): 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
PARKER PH DAMASCUS SIDE-BY-SIDE 20 GAUGE: #88XXX, O FRAME, 30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS IC AND IC 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT NEAR MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH ALOT OF CASE COLORS 6LBS 11 OZ X 3 X 2 X 14 TO DOGS HEAD BUTT. Price: $5,500
J P Clabrough impressive 8 gauge Side-by-Side sidelock hammer double:SxS hammer shotgun, circa 1887. Until acquiring this gun I couldn’t use the words massive and beautiful in the same sentence when describing a shotgun! The 36” barrels are Damascus steel with the pattern showing nicely, slightly browning with flawless/bright bores and chambers. The barrels are fitted to a finely, fully engraved frame featuring with lots of scroll and game scene vignettes of pheasants on the left side and English black grouse on the right side with good traces of original colors present. The engraved English black grouse were something of a “signature” engraving pattern on Clabrough mid and higher grade guns. The double triggers are housed by a large trigger guard and the bottom tang that is fitted all the way to the engraved metal pistol grip cap. The stock has a 14” LOP to the center of the original horn buttplate, 2” DAC and 3” DAH with neutral cast. The stock and cross pin forearm have all of their original finishes with a fair amount of handling marks and yet no cracks or chips. This is a really spectacular example of a Clabrough gun and an even more incredible example of an early 8 gauge, graded hammer gun. By the “way” it weighs 13 lbs. 15 oz. SN: 16821 Price:$5,150
AyA No.1 Sidelock Ejector – 20ga, 2-3/4″, 25″ IC / M (.006 / .015) Churchill Rib: Double Triggers – Front Articulated, English Stock, Splinter Forearm, LOP 14-3/8″ over a very nicely executed 1″ Leather Covered Pad, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Slight Cast Off for the Right Hand. Weight 6 lbs. 1 oz. A Very Nice, High Quality, little gun that would be perfect for Quail or Grouse. Originally, the number 2 gun of a pair. Overall Excellent Condition. Metal finishes at 98% or better. Bores are flawless. Oil finished stocks excellent with some typical handling marks. This gun has more engraving than any Model No. 2 I’ve seen, so I believe it is a Model No. 1. Price:$3450
L. Van Cauwenberghe SxS Boxlock Shotgun 16 GA:$799.99
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Excellent, Light Finish Wear, Small Nicks & Scratches
Wood Condition: Stock is Excellent, Minor Nicks and Scratches
Bore Condition: Bright
Barrels: 27 1/2
Triggers: Double Triggers
PIOTTI BSEE – 16 GAUGE – SxS – BOXLOCK – SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN – 29″: Piotti 16 gauge BSEE with 29″ barrels. Granetti Engraved in a Special King I Pattern. Highly figured wood. Mint condition. Scalloped action. Hand filed slighly concave rib. Ejectors. Non-auto safety. Leather covered recoil pad. Bores at .670 with chokes at 7/1000 (IC) and 20/1000 (Imp Mod). “BS” proof date. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 11 1/2 OZ. LOP – 14 7/8″ Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″ Drop at Heel – 2 1/8″. Price: $14,500
JOHANN SPRINGER- 450 3 1/4″ BPE SIDE-BY-SIDE BOXLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE in INCREDIBLE 94% COND.- 1894 for the MAHARAJA of DHOLPUR- BORES ABSOLUTELY as NEW- 95% ORIG. CASE COLORS: #8449, Joh. Springer, Erben In Wien: A superb 450 3 1/4″ BPE Hammerless Toplever Boxlock Extractor Made for the HH Rana Nihal Singh the Maharaja of Dholpur in 1892 and delivered in 1894, 25 3/8″ dovetail extractor damascus barrels with bores like the day it was delivered in 1894, Rib extension crossbolt, 1 standing & 1 folding rear sights, Intercepting safety sears, Double triggers with the front articulated, Steel trigger guard tang to the grip cap, No sling eyes, Very nice piece of wood, Steel engraved grip cap, Anson forend release, 14 1/2″ lop over the original 1″ Silvers pad, 8 lbs. 8 oz., 85% coverage of very nice period scroll, 95% original & vivid case colors remain, 90% original browning on the barrels, The original wood finish remains at 95%, The original checkering at 98%, The bores are literally brand new, The inside of the forend has 100% case colors, The wood is as stout as it was 123 years ago. This friend is one incredible double rifle that remains in unbelievable and incredible condition in a cartridge you can find all kinds of ammo and it is fun to shoot. It has a Gold escutcheon on the stock line with a crown and the very distinct initials ‘NS’ (Nihal Singh). Price:$12,500
JOHANN SPRINGER- 360 2 1/4″ BPE SxS BOXLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE in INCREDIBLE 90% COND.- 1894 for the MAHARAJA of DHOLPUR- BORES ABSOLUTELY as NEW- 95% ORIG. CASE COLORS: #8451, Joh. Springer, Erben In Wien: A superb 360 2 1/4″ BPE Hammerless Toplever Boxlock Extractor Made for the HH Rana Nihal Singh the Maharaja of Dholpur in 1892 and delivered in 1894, 25″ dovetail extractor damascus barrels with bores like the day it was delivered in 1894, Sideclip action body, Rib extension crossbolt, 1 standing & 1 folding rear sights, Intercepting safety sears, Double triggers, Steel trigger guard tang to the grip cap, No sling eyes, Very nice piece of wood, Steel engraved grip cap, Anson forend release, 14 1/2″ lop over the original 1″ Silvers pad, 6 lbs. 12 oz., 85% coverage of very nice period scroll, 95% original & vivid case colors remain, 90% original browning on the barrels, The original wood finish remains at 92%, The original checkering at 96%, On the right side at the head of the stock a small piece of wood was replaced that is very well done and hardly noticeable, The bores are literally brand new, The inside of the forend has 100% case colors, The wood is as stout as it was 123 years ago. This flat out a neat double rifle at 6 3/4 pounds and it remains in superb condition. We can load the ammo for this piece. Price:$8,900
Barella was reported to have had clients such as the King of Italy and Romania as well as the Tsar of Russia.
Beautiful example of a needle fire shotgun made by Heinrich Barella of Magdenburg, Germany. Barella was born in Soest, Germany, in 1819 and at the approximate age of 24, attained the level of Master Gunsmith. In 1844, he founded his firm H. Barella Gewehrfabrik in Magdeburg, Germany. In the mid 1860s he was a gunmaker to the Prussian Royal Court and in 1871, he was the gunmaker to the Royal Court in Berlin. Barella died in 1893.
This shotgun features Damascus barrels. The breech end of the rib is gold inlaid “H. BARELLA KÖNIGL. PREUSSISCHER & KAISERL. RUSSISCHER HOFBÜCHSENM: BERLIN” flanked by relief oak leaf engraving.
The breech end of the barrels are relief engraved with a broad scroll and oak leaf design. There are two gold wire inlaid bands on the muzzles and one on the breech end as well as a decorative design on each end. The bottom of each barrel under the forearm are marked with the serial number 1539. The receiver and under break lever are relief engraved with a floral scroll design and the rear portion of the forearm, has a scene of a hunting dog flushing a game bird on the left side and two deer on the right side. There are wide gold inlaid bands on the front and rear of the receiver and on the rear of the forearm. Double triggers with the forward trigger being a set trigger and a decorative horn grip extension. The forward wood portion of the forearm is carved with a floral vine design, as are the sides of the stock wrist and right side of the stock. The bottom of the forearm has a round silver initial plate which is engraved with a crown and inscribed “AK”. With the Baron crown, one can only suspect this shotgun was made for someone of royalty. The left side of the stock features a cheekpiece and a beautifully carved wooden scene of two deer. The iron buttplate is engraved with a floral vine design, there is a compartment for two shells, and the door is engraved with a buck in a field scene. The barrels have 2 1/2 inch chambers.
Joh. Springer, Vienna — Model 40, Matched Consecutive Pair Sidelock Ejectors — 12ga, 2 1/2″ Chambers: 28″ SxS chopper-lump barrels with concave matted ribs, all choked full. 14″ pull from articulated front triggers to striated horn buttplates. 1 3/8″ – 2 1/4″ drop. Trace of cast-off. Fully figured, dark, European walnut stocks with Anson-release splinter forends, classic point-pattern checkering with mullered borders, and diamond-section straight English grips. Sidelock actions with bushed firing pins, concealed third fasteners, intercepting sears, gold-washed internals, automatic ejectors and automatic top tang safeties with SAFE inlaid in gold, fully engraved in Springer’s Holland & Holland-type scroll. Weights: 6lbs, 12oz each. All components numbered 1 & 2; barrels & action being in gold. CV inlaid in silver on underside of forends. Built 1934. Gun No.1 retaining 98% blue and 30% casehardening colors. Gun No.2 retaining 99% blue and 60% casehardening colors. Tight, and with excellent bores. In original double motor case that has spared no sacrifice to protect the guns. Price:$27,950
Lebeau Courally 20 Gauge Sidelock Ejector Like New, 27″ BBLS, 15″ LOP: Lebeau Courally 20 Gauge Ejector “The Standard Pigeon Gun” The action is in 95% original condition with strong colors, double triggers articulated front, hand detachable locks, intercepting scears. The barrels are 27″ long with perfect blue and bores, measuring .630/.630, Mod/ Full, 2 3/4″ chamber and the pattern is wonderful! The stock is a straight hand/ splinter with a 15″ length of pull, 2 1/8″ drop at heel, 1 1/2″ drop at comb, the cast is neutral and the balance is just to the back of the pin, a nice quick one. 5lbs 14oz. Price:$17,500
JOSEPH LANG, BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK, 12GA, S/S SHOTGUN: 1913 MFG DATE, BEST PRE WAR ROSE & SCROLL, 26″ BBLS, 2 1/2, SK/MOD, STD RIB, EJECTORS, DBL TRIGGERS, GORGEOUS HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT, ST/SP, LOP 14 3/4 TO CK BUTT, 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 6LBS 5OZ, VERY MINTY ORIGINAL CONDITION, VARNISH IS STILL ON THE ACTION! MINT BORES! Price:$11,950
Model: BEST QUALITY SIDELOCK
Chambers: 2 1/2
Condition: VERY MINTY ORIGINAL CONDITION
Metal Condition: EXCELLENT ORIGINAL
Wood Condition: EXCELLENT ORIGINAL
Bore Condition: MINT!
Stock: HIGHLY FIGURED WALNUT
Fore End: STRAIGHT/SPLINTER
LOP: LOP 14 3/4 TO CK BUTT, 1 1/2, 2 1/2
Rib: STANDARD GAME RIB
Weight: 6LBS 5OZ
Manufacture Date: 1913 MFG DATE
Engraving: BEST PRE WAR ROSE & SCROLL
Here’s a dog I haven’t heard of before: The Sprocker. It’s a cross between a Springer Spaniel and a Cocker Spaniel.
According to SprockerSpaniel.co.uk, Sprockers have been around for over 2o years, and there are between 5,000 – 10,000 of them in the UK, making one of the most popular spaniel breeds there.
Other than color variations, I’m not sure what advantages a Sprocker offers, and I don’t understand what niche they fill in the gundog world. Is it a leggy, rangier Cocker? A stockier, close-hunting Springer? If you have one, please let me know. I would love to learn more.
8 Bore R.B. Rodda Double Rifle, owned by gun writer Jack Lott: 22″ barrels have very very good bores with strong rifling and mike at .875 which indicates a rare brass case rifle, actually a 7 Bore. The rifle has non-rebounding locks that work excellently and it locks up tight on the face. This was a working rifle and has sparse engraving and shows wear as there is very little finish left, however mechanically it is excellent! The stock is solid and the wood to metal fit is very good with no proud metal. The pull is about 14 1/2″ over a black recoil pad. The steel barrels were made by Adams and Tate and have a dolls head extension. It has a lever forend with a metal grip cap and vacant metal shield let into the stock. Jack Lott shot the rifle with 10 to 12 drams of black powder and either a 1000 grain round ball or a 1250 grain conical. He commented on how well it shot with the 12 dram load. The file cut rib has one fixed rear sight. It comes with a modern round ball mold, brass cases and wads. Here is a solid 8 Bore in the rare 22″ barrel length with steel barrels with an interesting provenance with Jack Lott, featured in the Guns and Ammo publication “Big Bore Rifles” authored by Jack Lott. Price:$28,500.00
Merkel — 303-EHand-Detachable Sidelock Ejector — 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers: 30″ O/U matted vent-rib barrels of Bohler Special steel with ivory bead choked extra full & extra full. 14 7/8″pull from articulated front trigger to thin black recoil pad. 1 1/2″ – 1 7/8″drop. 3/8″ cast-off. Highly figured walnut stock with slender three-piece Deeley-release forend, the captive sections of which each retained by four engraved horn-bushed screws, black capped pistol grip and with chinstrap and classic point-pattern checkering. Concealed-release, hand-detachable sidelock with intercepting sears, cocking indicators, double underbites and double Kersten locks, automatic ejectors and manual top tang safety, finished in French grey and finely game scene engraved with scenes of a hawk taking a pheasant to the left and a fox flushing grouse amongst the cornstalks on the right, all surrounded with scroll. Weight: 8lbs, 1oz. Built 1956, before the best craftsmen escaped the workers’ paradise. 99% blue. Tight, and with excellent bore. Price:$13,450
Johann Springer, Vienna — Boxlock Ejector Double Rifle — 9.3x74R : 25 1/2″ SxS dovetailed barrels of Krupp steel with full solid flat matted rib, 1 standing and 1 folding leaf sights engraved for 100 and 200 meters. Figured walnut stock with lever-release splinter forend, scalloped horn capped pistol grip, sidepanels, beaded pancake cheekpiece, sling swivels, classic point-pattern checkering and checkered steel trapdoor buttplate with compartments for three cartridges. Fine scroll engraved, scalloped, bolstered, casehardened action with Greener crossbolt passing through doll’s head extension, sideclips, double single-set triggers and automatic top-tang safety. Pull: 14 3/8″. Weight: 8lbs, 1oz. Built 1922. 99% barrel blue, fading dark case colors, tight action and excellent bores. Price:$6975.
L C Smith Hunter Arms No.2E 20 Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun Auto-Ejectors Rare: 26″ BARRELS, FULL & MODIFIED, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES. AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, FEATHERWEIGHT FAME, NO CASE COLOR. TYPICAL ENGRAVING WITH A QUAIL IN A CIRCLE ON THE LEFT AND A DUCK ON THE RIGHT, ALSO SCROLLWORK AND BORDERS. PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, GORGEOUS NICELY FIGURED WOOD. EXCELLENT SHARP CHECKERING, ORIGINAL CRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE. PROFESSIONAL REPAIR AT THE WRIST. LOW DIMENSIONS 1 3/4″ X 3″ X 14″, 5 POUNDS 10 OUNCES. SCARCE LITTLE SMITH. ONLY 91 GRADE TWO 26″ 20 GAUGE GUNS WERE MADE. Price: $3800.00
Drive is an odd instinct. Some dogs have it. Others don’t. And until you see what a dog with drive acts like, it’s hard to imagine just how bird-obsessed a pointer, setter, or spaniel, lab, or other true hunter can be. Check out this video to see just how wired this spaniel is for one thing: Birds.
I always enjoy watching a great bird dog do its thing. In this video, you can see Silverthorn’s Emma, a Springer Spaniel out of Silverthorn Gundogs in northwestern, PA, do just that. I love her energy & enthusiasm. She’s the perfect partnership, and you can see how fun she’s having in the field.