John Moses Browning was one of the most inventive minds in firearms. Born in 1855, he awarded his first patent at age 24. Between then and when he died in 1926, he designed and patented for everything from pistols and shotguns to rifles, machine guns, and cartridges. Mr Browning’s last design was for the famous Suporposed shotgun. Even though he passed away in 1926, his design was completed and introduced in 1931. The Superposed would go on to become one of the world’s great shotguns.
The 20 gauge Browning Superposed you see here looks like it’s in great shape. If you’re a collector, or if you would like to buy a classic shotgun that’s still basically brand-new, this is the one for you. This gun is on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends this Wednesday, 5/21, @ 2:44:08 PM ET.
20g Belgian Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun: You won’t find a better one. Gorgeous striped walnut with 99% original finish. Original blue of 99%. 28 inch barrels choked IC& Mod. Mechanically perfect with mint bores. Solid rib , long tang , round knob , ejectors , 2 3\4 inch chambers. Light as a feather and comes up like a dream !!! 1952 gun with serial number 49XX. LOOKS NEW !!!!!!!
HOLLAND & HOLLAND 450 #2 N. E. ROYAL DOUBLE RIFLE VERY RARE CARTRIDGE in a H&H- EXC. PLUS BORES- EXC. GUN INSIDE & OUT: #19100, Holland & Holland Sidelock Royal Ejector 450 No. 2 Nitro Express Finished at the Factory on August 30, 1906. This gun is a new offering on the U. S. market in a very rare cartridge offering of the great 450 #2 chambering, It has 26″ Ejector Chopper Lump barrels with rib extension third bite, 1/4 rib with 1 standing & 2 folding rear sights, Fold-up night sight, London proof at 80 Cordite and 480 grain bullet, Bushed strikers, Double triggers with the front articulated, An extended top strap over the comb, Trapdoor grip cap with spare strikers and 2 spare front sights, Original LOP at 14 11/16″ over the original 1″ Silvers pad that is removable with plugs over the tiedown screws, Cast-off for the right hand, Proper weight of 10 lbs. 13 oz., The gun with 98% coverage of typical H&H Royal scroll, The frame retains 75% of original case colors, The breech face with 95% case colors, The inside forend metal with 99% case colors, The barrels have 96% original blue, The outside barrel striking is perfect, The buttstock re-oiled professionally and remains in 98% condition, The checkering remains at 96%, The bores are excellent plus and remain in super condition and for all intents and purposes look like they did over a 100 years ago, It is smack on the face, It has a Deluxe Oak & Leather brass cornered trunk case that is more modern than the gun and has a reproduced H&H trade label. This is flat out one nice 450 #2 Royal in a very rare chambering that is seldom ever seen or heard of in a H&H. Then top it all off; it has super bores, great condition, points like a dream with the proper cast-off and is offered in one of the greatest English cartridges of all time that shoots .458″ diameter bullets all day long. This is nice stuff here, most likely the only one of its kind on the world market. ////////////////////////////// Relative to the records from Holland & Holland, it was originally to be built as a 500/450 3 1/4″ nitro express. On the original build sheet it has a memo on June 12, 1906 that it was shot with Eley’s No. 2 nitro cartridge with 80 grs cordite and a 480 grain bullet. The gun is so marked and was proved accordingly. The length of pull on the build sheet is exactly as the gun measures to this day. Another memo on August 10, 1906 mentions fitting a spare Ivory front sight and it still is there in the trap grip cap and never installed. This piece remains almost exactly as it left H&H in August 1906. It was ordered by Fusils Guinard Armuriers in Paris and there is a very strong chance it never made it to India or Africa. Also, a very good chance that the First World War interupted the intended purpose or use of this gun and it remains to this day a very well kept piece. Price: $89,000
FRANCOTTE PRE WAR SIDELOCK 20 BORE SIDE x SIDE – RARE: This a wonderful little Francotte Pre War Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge, with 2.5 inch chambers, auto ejectors, double triggers, splinter forearm, English stock w/checkered butt, etc. Barrels are 25 & 5/8 Inches in length choked imp cyl & modified. European 3/4″ swivels are installed on the buttstock and bottom center of barrels. Barrels marked under the forearm Fluid Compressed Steel, Left barrel marked A Francotte Maker & Patentee Liege. Barrels retain most all blue and receiver retains approx 95% original blue finish. Gun was not a case colored gun. Wood is totally original with original finish and while solid with no cracks, chips, or issues I would (if I kept it) bring the wood to new and to include a freshening of the very fine checkering. Very minimal engraving on receiver for a sidelock firearm. Serial number range indicates gun was made circa 1937/38. Price:$8,995.
1937 Merkel Combination 16 Gauge / 7X57R: Serial #20329 This beautiful gun includes the original Carl Zeiss 4X scope and a very complementary case is also included. Barrel length is 26 & 3/4 with the length of pull set at 14″. Price: $8,500
Winchester Model 21 field 12 gauge SxS shotgun. 32″ bbls: A very early Model 21 with double triggers, extractors and splinter forearm. This 21 appears, in all regards, to be almost completely original and untouched. The 32” barrels are chambered 2 3/4″ and choked Mod & Full: measuring Mod (.018) and Full (.035(; the bores are perfect and barrel blue retains over 95% original blue. The frame has bright spots on the fences and on the bottom edges..otherwise the frame has 90-93% original blue. The back of the top tang is bright and I think the trigger guard has been “freshened”. The wood finish is original. No major damage or cracks; just an assortment of 70+ years of handling; checkering is smooth in spots. Butt plate is original and in great shape. 14” LOP, 1 9/16” DAC & 2 7/8” DAH. Weighs 8 lbs. Price:$3700
With modern dimensions, 2 3/4″ chambers, and reliable single triggers, twenty-gauge Browning Superlights are fantastic O/U shotguns for grouse and woodcock. Here’s your chance to get a deal on one: This one is online at Gunrunner Online auction, and sale ends this Saturday, 12/14 @ 19:50:00.
Browning Superposed “Superlight”, 20 ga. Over/Under shotgun. Serial #62939V70, mfg. Belgium. Grade One. Excellent condition. The super light version with small frame, short barrels and straight grip stock. 97% blue with some marks on barrels and some light receiver edge wear. Blue receiver with border scroll work. Has been hunted with, but nicely cared for. 26 1/2″ barrels have bright bores. Tight action. 2 3/4″ chambers.
Straight grip stock has nice checkering and only a few marks – nicely figured with plastic Browning marked buttplate. Ejectors. Single blue selective trigger. Very light and dainty! Hard one to find! Perfect for this winter’s bird hunting! Includes brown Browning hard case in excellent condition with keys. Great little gun!
Alderfer Auction Co. in Hatfield, PA, is having a big firearms auction on September 17, 2013, 12:00 PM EST. Here are few of the double barrels in the sale that caught my eye.
Ithaca Grade 2 side by side double barrel shotgun: 12 ga. 30″ bbls. 2-3/4″ shells. Full chokes. SN 183829. Blued finish on barrels, barrels show several areas of freckling and light pitting, barrel rib approximately 3″ from muzzle shows a small dent, lightly engraved receiver shows no case color, bores are slightly dirty but look good, checkered walnut stock and forend show light handling marks and has 1-1/2″ crack, factory plastic butt plate shows wear but is intact as does the pistol grip cap, white bead front sight, double triggers and automatic ejectors. Good. Estimated: $400 – $700
Von Lengerke & Detmold Knock About Gun side by side double barrel shotgun: 12 ga. 30″ bbls. 2-3/4″ shells. IM/Full chokes. SN 87884. Blued finish on barrels, small amount of case color on receiver, bores are slightly dirty but look good, very small amount of light oxidation on barrels just below muzzle, right side lock has light freckling, right side barrel to include the rib shows areas of freckling, checkered walnut stock and forend shows handling marks some deep, plastic spacer and after market butt plate added. Estimate: $400 – $600
Browning Superposed Midas Grade over/under double barrel shotgun. 12 ga. 29-3/4″ bbls. 2-3/4″ shells. Full/Modified chokes. SN 1289S71. Blued finish on metal, highly engraved receiver, excellent bores, select checkered walnut stock and forend show no handling marks, rubber butt pad, white bead front and middle sights. Stamped on barrels “Browning Arms Company Morgan Utah & Montreal PQ Made in Belgium”. Serial number on barrels match receiver. In factory Browning marked hard side lockable case (with keys) with warranty card. Estimate: $5,000 – $7,500
Browning Superposed Diana Grade over/under double barrel shotgun. 12 ga. 28″ vent rib bbls. 2-3/4″ shells. Full/Modified chokes. SN 91091. Blued finish on barrels, highly engraved receiver, very good bores, select checkered walnut stock and forend show multiple light scratches, factory black plastic butt plate, single bead white front sight. Barrel is stamped “Browning Arms Company St. Louis MO & Montreal PQ Made in Belgium”. Serial number on barrels and receiver match. In factory marked Browning hard side lockable case (with keys). Very good. Estimate: $2,500 – $4,000
Browning Upland Special over/under double barrel shotgun. 20 ga. 26″ vent rib bbls. 2-3/4″ shells. Adjustable chokes. SN 12506PW123. Blued finish on metal, excellent bores, checkered walnut stock and forend show minor handling marks, factory plastic butt plate. Serial number on barrels and receiver match. In factory marked Browning hard side lockable case (with keys) and 4 choke tubes. Very good. Estimate: $200 – $400
JOSEPH MANTON 16 BORE PERCUSSION BALL & SHOTGUN. 16 bore, 32″ twist steel barrels, stepped at 22 1/2″ from the muzzle and intended for ball as well as shot. The barrel legend reads “JOSEPH MANTON & SON, 6 HOLLES STREET, CAVENDISH SQUARE, LONDON”. Serial number 10651 and listed in the Manton book with a full description including the stepped barrel. Cased in a magnificent pigskin lined oak box by John Dickson & Son’s for Charles Gordon around 1890. It is now in mint condition with all of the accessories that include both shot flask and mold. Price: $24,500.00
Beautiful Belgium Browning Superposed Midas 20 Gauge RKLT: Very desirable 28″ bbl, 3″ chambers, f/f, 14 1/4″ LOP. 100% factory original, original Browning pad. Vranken engraved, and signed 3 times! 1960 gun, RKLT. 1960 was the first year of the named Brownings, before that they were grades. Vranken was the engraver who designed the new Midas engraving, this is his work, possibly even one of the first. Conservative 95% condition. Cased. Price: $17,950
Westley Richards Droplock 12ga Single Trigger 27″: The nicest Westley I have seen weighs only 6lbs 9oz , has a factory single trigger, ejectors, 27in barrels,choked imp. cyl./ full ,unbelievable wood, 14 1/2 in LOP to a checkered butt, straight english stock gun is marked # 1 in gold. Price:$13,450.00
If had to come up with a list of the greatest grouse guns of all time, a 20 gauge Browning Superlight over-under like this one would be on it for a number of reasons: It’s lightweight (5lbs, 11oz), it has modern dimensions (1 3/8″ x 2 1/8″ X 14 1/8), it has 2 3/4″ chambers, and it has one of the most reliable single triggers ever made.
This one is on Gunbroker.com now and auction end on 9/4/2013 @ 8:31:51 PM ET. So if you like the looks of it, get on it now.
20 gauge Browning Superposed Superlight O/U Shotgun: Browning Superposed Grade 1 Superlight 20 ga. Serial number 59225V70. Excellent original finishes with minor bluing loss and just a few handling marks in the wood. Very attractive and tight gun. The wood finish is crazing and can be seen when held in the right light. Barrel length is 26 1/2 and measures as follows: Bottom .619 (.005) Top .619 (.005). Barrels are marked mod/full and clearly have been opened to skeet. The stock is crack-free and measures 14 1/8 to a Browning plate, 1 3/8 drop at comb, and 2 1/8 drop at heel. Overall, the gun weighs 5 lbs 11 oz.
Winchester Model 21 SxS hammerless shotgun, 12 gauge: 2-3/4” chambers, skeet and skeet choke, 26” nickel cromium steel barrels, blue finish, deluxe checkered wood stocks, KICK-EEZ hard rubber butt pad, double triggers, 14-1/8” length of pull, #2721. This gun is in overall fine condition showing approx. 98% original finish on the barrel assembly, approx. 96% original finish on the receiver with some spots of erosion at the edge of the recoil shield and at the front of the underside of the receiver with loss of finish to the underside of the trigger guard and barrel release latch; fine bores, crisp actions, sharp markings, fine wood stocks with deluxe checkering and beautiful flame graining. Est.: $3,500-$4,500.
Belgian-made Browning O/U shotgun, 20 gauge, 28”: Ventilated rib barrels, blue finish, checkered wood stocks, single trigger, hard rubber butt pad, #22441 in overall good condition showing considerable blue finish on barrels but scattered surface rust from poor storage, bores should clean to good, crisp actions, near fine stocks; a little TLC will greatly improve this early Browning. Est.: $550-$850.
L.C. Smith/Hunter Arms Co. SxS hammerless shotgun, .410 gauge, 26” barrels: Blue and case hardened finish, checkered deluxe wood stocks, double triggers, 14-3/4” length of pull to end of hard rubber butt pad, #108450 in overall fine condition showing the majority of its original blue finish on barrels with some areas of wear on the sides of each barrel, majority of vivid original case colors on receiver, fine bores, crisp actions, sharp markings and fine wood stocks with beautiful graining patterns to wood. Est.: $2,500-$3,500.
Spanish Ugartechea 28 gauge, 28″, boxlock SxS hammerless shotgun: Ejectors, double triggers, 28 gauge, 28” barrels, blue and case hardened finish, checkered wood stocks, hard rubber butt pad, #AOC/SG-19 in overall fine condition showing the majority of its original finish on the barrels and original vivid case colors on the receiver, fine bores, crisp actions and fine wood stocks. Est.: $2,000-$3,000.
Browning’s Superposeds O/Us are one of America’s classic shotguns — even though they were made in Europe. From grouse in Pennsylvania to ducks in the Oregon, millions of birds have fallen to them, and millions of memorable days have ended with an proud owner oiling and admiring his prized Superposed.
While the Superposed was never really expensive shotgun (at least a Grade One), it was never cheap, either. In its day, owning one would have taken most people some patience and some saving. But it was available at a price within reach of many Americans (unlike O/Us by Boss, Woodward, and other British gunmakers).
Here’s more about this one from seller:
Belgian Browning 12ga Grade One Superposed: 28″ solid rib barrels choked modified(.015″) and full(.028″). Round knob,long tang gun made in 1951.98% finish remaining.Solid rib superposed guns are hard to find in this condition. Price: $2,195.00
AyA No. 2 20ga SxS shotgun: A new shotgun with 29″ barrels, 2 3/4″ chambers, a straight grip stock 14 3/4″ LOP; 1 3/8″ DAC; 2 1/4″ DAH, splinter forend. Price: $5,799.99
Fox A Grade 20 Gauge – PHILLY GUN, ULTRALIGHT, 5 1/2LBS: Sn 202455, made in 1926. The factory original (uncut) 26″ number 4 weight Chromox Steel barrels retain 97% blue, clear lettering, mirror bores, 2 3/4″ chambers, 2 3/4″ chambers, tight ribs, no dents or dings, extractors, barrels tight on breech face and hinge pin, bore diameter .619, choked IC/IC (.010 each barrel, can be altered to your choice within 21 days of purchase), minimum barrel wall thickness 20 thou right, 27 thou left, barrels tight on breech face and hinge pin. The action is tight with lever waaay right of center. The factory butt stock is uncut retaining most of a new Truoil finish, 14 3/8″ to the factory butt plate, 2 5/8″ drop at heel, 1 1/2″ drop at comb, 1/8″ cast off, excellent checkering, no cracks or splits, great wood to metal fit, and really great modern dimensions. One of 2000 Philly A Grade 20ga. guns ever made (2379 total A Grades including Savage guns). Price: $5,495.00
Sorry for being MIA the past few days. Work has been a bear the past few days – 10, 11 hours a day in the office – and I haven’t had extra time or energy to do much more. But now I’m back. And so are the good guns.
The Browning Superposed was the last firearm designed by John Browning, and this over-under shotgun went into production in 1931 – five years after its inventor’s death. I think the Superlights were introduced in the late ’60s and offered into the ’70s. The one you see here weighs just 6 lbs. 8 oz., so it looks like it lives up to its name.
JULES GERVAIS BEST SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE: 29 3/4 ” 012 AND 049 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS 7LB 4 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 1/2 X 14. Price: $7,500.00
Parker Reproduction – DHE – 28ga 26″ IC / M – – Beavertail Forearm – – As New – Cased: 2-3/4″, IC / M (.006 / .018), Pistol Grip, Single Selective Trigger, Beavertail Forearm, LOP 14-3/8″ with Drop 1-3/8″ to 21/8″, Weight 5 lbs. 9 oz. Gun is like new! The slightest hint of high edge color loss on the frame. A few very hard to see marks on the wood. A 99% gun by anyone’s measure. Lever is well right of center – clearly hasn’t been fired much – if at all. Includes: Gun, Case, and Snap Caps. Price:$4,950.00
AUG. FRANCOTTE 20 GA. GRADE 20E: BLS. 27 3/4″ – CYL/FULL – 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, SIDEPLATED BOXLOCK, CC 75%, ROUND KNOB SEMI-PISTOL GRIP, LOP 14″ OVER SOLID LEATHERFACED PAD, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, WEIGHS 5 LBS. 7 OZS., OVERBORED , MIN. WALL L.028/ R .022., LOCK UP BY DOUBLE UNDERBITES AND GREENER STYLE CROSSBOLT. SIDECLIPS. Price: $4,900.
Winchester Classic 28g. Side-By-Side Model 23 Shotgun With Case: Serial # CL28-2xxE. This is a beautiful Winchester Model 23 Side-By-Side in .28 gauge. The shotgun has 26’ barrels with a vent rib, length of pull is 14 ½”. Chokes are IC and M, it chambers 2 ¾” shells. The shotgun has a deeply polished factory blue finish and deluxe checkered wooden stocks, it has really classic lines, and it’s a beautiful shotgun to behold! The shotgun easily rates 95% overall condition inside and out, the bores are shiny. The gun comes in a canvas-covered Winchester case (no accessories). Price:$4,000.00
1969 Browning Superposed Superlight Solid Rib: This is a Browning superposed 12 gauge with 26 inch improved cylinder and modified choke solid rib barrels. This gun is 99% in the case. Very little to no use as the action will not open on it’s own. Serial # is 99xxxS9. DAC 1 1/2 DAH 2 3/8 LOP 14 1/4 Wt 6lb 9oz. Price: $3,000
Browning Superposed Diana O/U 20 GA Shotgun:Manufacture date: 1962. Serial #: 25309. Barrel length: 26″. Factory engraving and signed by Browning, master engraver, “M. Magis”. Frame is fully engraved with depictions of pheasants, ducks, game birds, and rabbits. Incredible Turkish Walnut stock and fore end with nice checkering . Estimate: $10,000.00 – $15,000.00
Remington M32 12 GA Shotgun: Serial #: 677. Barrel length: 30″. Chamber length: 2 – 3/4″. Choke dimension: M-Im. Length of pull: 14 – 1/2″. Drop on the heel: 2 – 1/4″. Drop at toe: 1 – 1/2″. Remington trap grade with recoil pad Bluing thinning on receiver barrels retain good bluing. Wood has a few handling. Estimate: $300.00 – $500.00
Savage-Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA SxS Shotgun: Serial #: 369643. Barrel length: 28″. Chamber length: 2 – 3/4″. Choke dimension: F-M. Length of pull: 14″. Drop on the heel: 2 – 3/4″. Vivid case coloring and barrel bluing is excellent. Mechanically fine with very few scratches on stock. Blued trigger shows a few scratches. Estimate: $400.00-500.00
Parker VH 12 GA SxS Shotgun: Serial #: 141071. Barrel length: 32″. Chamber length: 2 – 3/4″. Length of pull: 14 – 1/2″. Drop on the heel: 1 – 3/4″. Concave rib Parker barrels center white gear. Small spot of rust on rig and lever retains a right position. Vivid case coloring still remains on receiver with good. Estimate: $1,000.00 – $1,500.00
BERETTA 1964 ASEL 20- THE PROPER SIZE 20 GAME GUN- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD by BILL McGUIRE- 27 1/2″ BOEHLER ANTINIT Bbls: #31186, Beretta O/U Model ASEL 20 Bore Made in 1964 & Then Stocked by Master Stockmaker Mr. Bill McGuire with Exhibition Wood, It has 27 1/2″ Matted Vent Rib Boehler Antinit Steel barrels with top bite cross bolt lugs at .626 .011 & .025″ (Skt.II & Full), 2 3/4″ chambers, Correct factory bores and chokes as it left the factory in 1964, 1.185 KG weight barrels, Single non-selective trigger, Scalloped frame, Game forend, Straight hand stock at 14 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 2 1/8″ over a 9/16″ pad & can go 14 7/8″ with a 1″ pad, Neutral stock for the right or left hand; It is trim, slim and superb balance at 6 lbs. 2 oz., 95% coverage of scroll with light floral that is cut on a scalloped frame, The gun retains 99% of fresh rust blue, The frame has a soft patina at 98%, The wood is at 98%, The recessed fleur-de-lis checkering at 100%, The bores are excellent plus; A complete restock by Master Stockmaker Mr. Bill McGuire. The ASE/ASEL Model Beretta is the best Boxlock they ever produced and it will never be again at anywhere near this price. Price: $8,450.00
Ithaca (NID) 3 1/2 Mag 2E 10 ga: 3 1/2 Mag, Model 2E, Action SxS, Barrel Chamber 3 1/2 in, Barrel Length 32 in, Barrel Chokes .040 – .041, Barrel Rib Type Solid Rib, Drop At Comb 1 1/2 in, Drop At Heel 2 1/2 in, Gauge 10 ga, Grip Capped Semi Pistol Grip, Ejectors Yes, Forend Splinter, LOP 14 in over a Pad, Pad Thickness 1 in, Serial Number 500XXX, Shotgun Type SxS, Trigger Double Triggers, Type of Butt White Line Pad, Weight 11 lbs 2 ozs. Price: $ 7,950
HIGH QUALITY 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BBL HAMMER FRENCH MADE SHOTGUN: 28″ bbls choked full and modified, some pitting in both bbls, exterior finish is quite nice with a considerable amount of Damascus pattern showing. Back action locks have vivid case colors present, orig nicely grained wood shows a considerable amount of orig varnish, some wear to the checkering, 13″ pull, underlever opener, steel buttplate. Nice, clean and quite an attractive little gun. Price: $1,650.
A lot of nice doubles came on the market this week. Here are a few that caught my eye at Gunsinternational.com.
F.LLI PIOTTI, SXS, Model King Royal, 20 GA: 28”, IC& M, DT, Straight Grip, Splinter Forearm, Smooth Concave Rib, H&H Royal Style Engraving, Casehardened Receiver, Checkered Butt, Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 14 5/8 with 1/8 cast off, Weight 6#4oz, 3″ chambers, ID 3758, PERFECT Condition, UNFIRED. Price: $23,000.00
Browning B25 Superposed Traditional 20 ga: 28″ demi-block barrels – not monoblock. Factory fitted invector chokes. Action retains 100% case color hardening. Round knob, long tang stock of nicely figured European walnut with oil finish measures 1-1/4″ x 2-1/8″ x 14-3/8″ LOP over the original buttplate. This gun was produced in 1997 and is no longer available. In the original Browning case, with additional chokes in Browning-marked leather pouch, and all the original papers. 99.9% condition. Weighs just 6 lbs, 2 oz. Best price for this model on the market today! Price:$8,750
Francotte 14E 12 Gauge Ejector: This is a VL&D gun that is very near original condition. This gun has seen very little use. The action is very tight with a dolls head and a Greener crossbolt. The engraving is the standard 14E scroll on a case colour frame with 75% remaining. The barrels are 30″ with 95% blue and bores that measure: .728/.726 and chokes: .032/.030 bores are mirror. The stock is a pistol grip with a splinter and the buttstock has wonderful figure and great chequering including chequered sidepanels behind the action. The lop is 14 1/8″ to an original leatherfaced silvers pad and the drop is 3″. The gun weighs 7lbs 5oz. Price: $2650.00
LEFEVER G GRADE 10 GAUGE – HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION: Here’s “collector quality” LeFever G Grade 10 Gauge with all the original finish. Excellent case color throughout. Great damascus pattern. Mirror bores. Tight on face. Famous “Compensated LeFever Action”. Engine turned rib. Right bore measures .778 with full choke while Left bore measures .777 also with full choke. Great wall thickness with minimum wall thickness of 47/1000. Chambers measure slightly more than 2 3/4″ perhaps 2 7/8″. Weight of gun is 9 LBS 8 1/2 OZ. Auto safety. Original LeFever butt plate. Gun is tight on face. No cracks in wood. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/4″. Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″. Drop at Heel – 2 3/4″. Price: $2,400
One of the best shotguns to ever come out of America were Browning’s line of Superposeds. Created by John Browning and made in Belgium, the Superposed was introduced to the US in 1931 as a 12 gauge with the 20 gauge coming into this country in 1949.
The 20 gauge Superposed you see here was made in 1965 and it’s in excellent original condition. I’m interested to see how much it will bring. With great looking wood and high, easy-to-shoot dimensions, I think it would the perfect grouse gun — and something a lot of guys would like to own.
Browning’s problems with salt wood is a story that has been told many times (you can read all about it here). On the pic below you see what this salt wood did to guns. This O/U is a 20g Browning Superposed Lightning from 1968 – prime salt-wood time. Check out how that salt is eating away at the gun — not good.
Beretta S2 12 gauge Over Under Gamegun: 28″ solid rib barrels choked improved modified and full (.020/.040), automatic ejectors. Imported and retailed by Abercrombie & Fitch New York and is so inscribed on the barrels. Produced in 1950, this example appears to be unfired. Save for a few of the most minor handling marks, this gun appears as new. Perfect screws, perfect wood to metal fit! The sidelock action is moderately engraved and retains all of its original bright finish. Double triggers, straight grip stock of nice figured European walnut measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2-3/8″ heel, and 14-3/4″ LOP to an original buttplate. No pad, no buggered screws, no excuses, if you want the best, this is it. Weighs 6 lbs, 15.5 oz. Complete with a full leather Beretta Gallery trunk case. Price: $7,250
E. J. CHURCHILL BY GRIFFIN & HOWE 12 Gauge: E. J. CHURCHILL BY GRIFFIN & HOWE -2″ CHAMBERS – BOXLOCK EJECTOR WITH SCROLLBACK ACTION,12 Gauge, D.T., STRAIGHT STOCK, 25″ BARRELS WITH CHURCHILL RIB, IC/IC, WT 5 LBS 7 OZS., LOP 14″ OVER LEATHER COVERED PAD, 1 1/2″ X 2 1/16″, CASE COLORS 90%. Price: $5,300.00
GRIFFIN & HOWE BEST PAIR 12 gauge, 2″ Game Guns: GUN #1 IS SIDEPLATED WITH 17 GOLD INLAYS 25″031 AND 042 2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SPLINTER FOREARM ENGISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT 5LB 5 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 5/8 X 14 GUN #2 IS A SCALLOPED FRAME WITH 26 GOLD INLAYS AND LOTS OF GOLD WIRE DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR BEAVERTAIL FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT 5LB 11 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 X 14 1/2 BOTH ARE CASED IN A MAKERS OAK AND LEATHER CASE. Price: $59,500.00
Beretta 687 Silver Pigeon V, 28 Gauge: 2 3/4 Inch, 28 Inch Vent-Rib Barrel, Walnut Straight Grip Stock, LOP 14 1/8 Inch, Beretta Recoil Paid, 6 lbs. Comes with a Beretta hard case, manual, and two choke tubes .Price: $3,899.99
JP SAUER BEST PRE WAR O/U 410: Made in 1936, 26” bbls, Full & Full, 3” chambers, double triggers, ejectors, field forend, pistol grip, incredible engraving and carving. Excellent original condition. 5lb 5oz. Stock 2 3/8 X 1 1/2 X 14 ½. Price: $35,000
Browning B25 Superposed “Traditional” 20 ga: Made in 1997, model is no longer available. 28″ demi-block barrels – not monoblock. Factory fitted invector chokes. 100% case color hardening. Round knob, long tang stock, 14-3/8″ over the original buttplate. In original Browning case, with additional chokes in Browning-marked leather pouch, and all the original papers. 99.9% condition. 6 lbs, 2 oz. Price: $8,750
Charles Lancaster 16 gauge, O/U, 1911: Excellent conditon with horn forend tip and leather recoil pad. Includes a letter of authenticity from Lancaster showing manufacture date and that the chamber was lengthened to 2-3/4″ in 1950 by Lancaster in London. Choked English 1/4 & ½. Stock dimensions: LOP 14-7/8″; DAC 1-5/8″; DAH 2-3/8; Cast-off 1/4″. Price: $9,995.00
When it comes to vintage shotguns, original condition is king. The more original condition a double has, the more people want it — 100% of the time. OK, but how much more are they really willing to pay for it?
Check out these two 20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightnings that just sold over at GunRunnerAuctions.com.
Browning’s O/Us are some of the most popular double barrel shotguns ever made. John Browning’s famous Superposed shotguns was introduced in 1931, and in 1973 the Browning company introduced their Citori line of O/Us.
Since then, Browning Citoris have earned a reputation as a well made double that delivers a lot of quality at a price many people can afford. In its lifetime, it has been offered in a wide range of gauges – 12g, 20g, 16g, 28g, & .410 – and configurations.
This 16 gauge Citori caught my eye as a good deal on an all around upland shotgun. If you want one gun that can handle everything from woodcock to pheasants, this is it. At $1,199 I don’t see how you can go wrong.