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E. J. CHURCHILL CASED SHOTGUN - 12 ga Side by Side Hammerless 'Utility' Model
E. J. CHURCHILL CASED SHOTGUN – 12 ga Side by Side Hammerless ‘Utility’ Model

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, ME, is holding there FALL FEATURE AUCTION OF FINE ART & ANTIQUES this weekend. These side-buy-side shotguns are going off on Sat, Nov 08 2014, and the sale starts at 11:00 AM.

Lot 967: E. J. CHURCHILL CASED BOXLOCK SHOTGUN: 12 ga Side by Side Hammerless ‘Utility’ Model, s/n 3900 (circa 1937), double trigger, 30″ barrel, 2 1/2 choke, with crown V and other English proof marks, walnut stock with checkered pistol grip and fore-end, heavily engraved, gold inlaid ‘Safe’ mark, cushioned butt, rib sight, nicely blued finish. 46″ overall. Still has cleaning rods. One small nick in top edge of barrels, otherwise very good condition. Estimate $ 3,000-4,000

 

Winchester Model 21 Side by Side 16ga. Trap / Skeet
Winchester Model 21 Side by Side 16ga. Trap / Skeet

Lot 968: WINCHESTER MODEL 21 16 GAUGE Trap / Skeet SHOTGUN: Winchester Model 21 Side by Side 16ga., s/n 7353 (mfg in 1937), 26′ barrels, WS1/WS2 choked, pistol grip stock, beaver tail fore-end with kidney style checkering, single selective trigger, automatic ejectors, non-auto safety, solid matte rib, 43″ long overall. Includes original hard leather case. Excellent overall condition with a few light marks. Estimate $ 2,500-3,500

 

Lot 988: FRENCH SHOTGUN – St. Etienne Manufrance Robust No 32 S, 16 gauge: Breech Break Double Barrel Shotgun, serial number 99916, circa 1920, with engraved silver plate block and trigger guard, walnut stock. includes modern soft case. With appropriate manufacturer’s and proof marks. 27 1/2″ barrel, 44 1/2″ long overall. Good condition, minor wear to silver plating, all original except added butt cushion. Estimate $ 800-1,000

St. Etienne Robust No 32 S, 16 gauge Breech Break Double Barrel Shotgun
St. Etienne Manufrance Robust No 32 S, 16 gauge Breech Break Double Barrel Shotgun

Good Gun Alert: a 12g Verney-Carron sidelock shotgun…

12g Verney-Carron Sidelock Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun
12g Verney-Carron Sidelock Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun

Price and quality aren’t always linked together in the gun world. You can pay a lot for a mediocre shotgun, and you can pay a little to get a great double.  The little/great scenario is the case with this 12 gauge sidelock side-by-side by Verney-Carron. At just $1,795, it looks like top quality at a rock-bottom price.

Verney-Carron is one of Europe’s oldest gunmakers. Founded in 1820, they’re  one of few old-school, Euro makers around today. The reason for this longevity is simple: they make nice guns.

12g Verney-Carron Sidelock Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun
12g Verney-Carron Sidelock Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun

The shotgun pictured here is a true sidelock and it also has ejectors. The 27″ barrels are made of Verney-Carron’s top grade “Acier Diamant” (Diamond Steel), and the shotgun is stocked with a nice piece of walnut. Best of all, it weighs just 6 3/4 lbs – just right for an all around game gun.

12g Verney-Carron Sidelock Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun
12g Verney-Carron Sidelock Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun

So why is it so cheap? In France, shooters know and respect the Verney-Carron name. Over here, that’s not true. And because most guys buy names, shotguns by unknown makers are hard to sell (and cheap to buy).

BTW: check out this video on gunmaking from Verney-Carron. It’s a fascinating look at how much time and skill goes into a quality double-barrel rifle and shotgun.

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