Good gun alert: Parker DHE 28 gauge …

PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN
PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN

Here’s something you don’t see too often these days: a good, original smallbore DHE Parker that’s fairly priced.

PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN
PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN

Parker’s Quality D.H. guns were the least expensive of their high-grade models (DH, CH, BH, AH, AAH, A-1 Special, Invincible).

Parker Quality D.H. shotgun, page from The Parker Gun catalog, image from www.ParkerGuns.org
Parker Quality D.H. shotgun, page from The Parker Gun catalog, image from www.ParkerGuns.org

This 28 gauge is from around 1936, making a Remington-era Parker (Remington Arms bought the Parker gun works in 1934, but didn’t move it to Ilion, NY, until 1938).

PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN
PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN

It looks pretty original, and like it was used a lot, but well taken care of and looked after.

PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN
PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN

PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN: #236XXX 26″ .012″ AND .013″ 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS SOLID RIB DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP SKELETON BUTT NO COLOR GREAT CONDITION 6LBS 2 OZ 2 7/8″ DAH 1 11/16″ DAC 14 1/16″ LOP. Price: $16,750

PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN
PARKER DHE 28 GAUGE SXS SHOTGUN

See this week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

CHARLES DALY LINDER MODEL 375 DIAMOND GRADE 20 GAUGE
CHARLES DALY LINDER MODEL 375 DIAMOND GRADE 20 GAUGE

CHARLES DALY LINDER MODEL 375 DIAMOND GRADE 20 GAUGE: #23XX, 26″ SKEET CHOKE AND MODIFIED 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE, TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MINT CONDITION, 5LBS 8 OZ, 2 5/8″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 14 7/16″ LOP. Price: $42,500

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

Ithaca NID magnum field grade 10ga 3.5in: Very nice late gun with border engraving and nice stock wood. Original condition gun never refinished. Great vintage Duck, Goose or Turkey gun. Serial Number: 500616 Barrel Length: 32″ Ejectors: yes Condition: very good Triggers: double Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 1/2″ LOP: 14 5/8″ Weight: 11lbs 4oz Choke Left: full Choke Right: full Price: $5,000

BROWNING - O/U BELGIUM SUPERPOSED SUPERLIGHT - 20 GA - 26 1/2" VENT RIB BARRELS CHOKED MOD/FULL
BROWNING – O/U BELGIUM SUPERPOSED SUPERLIGHT – 20 GA – 26 1/2″ VENT RIB BARRELS CHOKED MOD/FULL

BROWNING – O/U BELGIUM SUPERPOSED SUPERLIGHT – 20 GA – 26 1/2″ VENT RIB BARRELS CHOKED MOD/FULL: STRAIGHT STOCK AND SCHNAUBLE FOREND – BLUED ROUNDED FRAME – SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER – TOP LEVER WELL RIGHT OF CENTER – 99% CONDITION – 1976 MAUFACTURE – MECHANICAL TRIGGER. Price: $4,400

Parker VH 16 gauge on rare 0 Frame
Parker VH 16 gauge on rare 0 Frame

Parker VH 16 gauge on rare 0 Frame: 0 frames usually found on 20 gauge Parkers. This is an 0 frame 16 gauge with original factory 26 inch barrels with great bores. Chokes are Full and Full. Serial number 117334. 14 inch LOP over added pad. DAC 1 3/4. DAH 2 1/2. Weight is 6 pounds 6.6 oz. still has 2 5/8 inch chambers. More photos on request. Price: $1998

1970 - Beretta BL-4 - 28ga, 2-3/4", 28"
1970 – Beretta BL-4 – 28ga, 2-3/4″, 28″

1970 – Beretta BL-4 – 28ga, 2-3/4″, 28″: IC / IC (005″ / .005″) Vent Rib, Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger,  LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs. 3 oz. One owner gun. Shows some wear, but tight and properly functioning in every regard. The chokes were opened from F/M to IC/IC. The gentleman fell with the gun years ago and two chip of wood broke off at the bottom head of the stock. He had it repaired and the stock refinished. Nice condition BL-4 28ga at a reasonable price – especially for a 28 inch gun! Price: $1975

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   

Online auction alert: 8 gauge W.W. Greener hammergun, No Reserve …

W.W. Greener 8Ga Double Barrel SxS Hammer Shotgun BIG! NO RESERVE!
W.W. Greener 8Ga Double Barrel SxS Hammer Shotgun BIG! NO RESERVE!

Here’s a rare, 8g W.W. Greener SxS that appears to be in excellent condition. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and this NO RESERVE online auction ends 1/10/2021 @ 8:29 PM.

W.W. Greener 8Ga Double Barrel SxS Hammer Shotgun BIG! NO RESERVE!
W.W. Greener 8Ga Double Barrel SxS Hammer Shotgun BIG! NO RESERVE!

Eight-gauge shotguns like these were popular with well-off waterfowl hunters, especially ones who hunted at the sporting clubs that dotted shorelines of Chesapeake Bay. These sportsman used their 8-gauges to pass-shoot ducks, geese, and swans at long ranges. Judging by the condition of this Greener, it doesn’t look like it was used much for this kind of — or any kind of — shooting.

W.W. Greener 8Ga Double Barrel SxS Hammer Shotgun BIG! NO RESERVE!
W.W. Greener 8Ga Double Barrel SxS Hammer Shotgun BIG! NO RESERVE!

BTW: 8-gauges like these are not “market guns” or “punt guns”. They cost a lot of money in their day — far more than a market hunter could afford to spend on a firearm.

W.W. Greener 8Ga Double Barrel SxS Hammer Shotgun BIG! NO RESERVE!
W.W. Greener 8Ga Double Barrel SxS Hammer Shotgun BIG! NO RESERVE!

WW Greener 8Ga Double Barrel SxS Hammers BIG! NO RESERVE!: Antique! Made in the mid 1870’s in England by W.W. Greener, very good condition, 34″ barrels, Solid wood, no cracks, Serial 11506, Locks up tight, I detect a little side to side movement of the barrels but no up/down play.

W.W. Greener 8Ga Double Barrel SxS Hammer Shotgun BIG! NO RESERVE!
W.W. Greener 8Ga Double Barrel SxS Hammer Shotgun BIG! NO RESERVE!
W.W. Greener 8Ga Double Barrel SxS Hammer Shotgun BIG! NO RESERVE!
W.W. Greener 8Ga Double Barrel SxS Hammer Shotgun BIG! NO RESERVE!

Auction alerts: 16g A.H. Fox CE, 16g Ithaca NID 4E & more…

Bauer Auction Service
Bauer Auction Service

To kick off the new year, Bauer Auction Service in Mattoon, IL, is their General Auction Gun Sales Ring 1 of 2 on this Friday, January 1. Here are a few doubles that caught my eye. Descriptions are from the seller.

Lot 276c: Winchester 21 12 Ga Shotgun
Lot 276c: Winchester 21 12 Ga Shotgun

Lot 276c: Winchester 21 12 Ga Shotgun: Excellent condition with leather hard case, hard to find pre war mfg, 28″ f/m choke barrels, checkered walnut stock, double triggers, Serial # 1024

Lot 385: Webley & Scott Double 12 Ga Shotgun
Lot 385: Webley & Scott Double 12 Ga Shotgun

Lot 385: Webley & Scott Double 12 Ga Shotgun: Excellent condition, England mfg, case hardened, 28″ barrels, double triggers, ejectors, checkered round knob walnut stock, checkered butt, Serial #140209

Lot 300a: Ithaca 4e 16 Ga Shotgun:
Lot 300a: Ithaca 4e 16 Ga Shotgun:

Lot 300a: Ithaca 4e 16 Ga Shotgun: Scarce model, excellent condition, mfg 1927, engraved, case hardened,28″ factory vent rib barrels, single trigger, ejectors, fancy walnut & fancy checkered stock, cocking indicators, serial # 447336

Lot 400a: Ah Fox Ce Grade 16 Ga Shotgun
Lot 400a: Ah Fox Ce Grade 16 Ga Shotgun

Lot 400a: Ah Fox Ce Grade 16 Ga Shotgun: Scarce model, excellent condition,mfg 1925, case hardened, engraved, 28″ barrels, single trigger, ejectors, checkered round knob fancy walnut stock, Serial # 302328

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Holloway & Naughton 12g Sidelock Boss-style Over/Under Sidelock Ejector
Holloway & Naughton 12g Sidelock Boss-style Over/Under Sidelock Ejector

Holloway & Naughton 12g Sidelock Boss-style Over/Under Sidelock Ejector: A faithful rendition of the Boss & Co. Over/Under Sidelock Ejector patented in 1909 with the same type of bifurcated lumps and trunnion system. These are Protruding studs on the bottom barrel that lay into semi-circular slots on each side of the action. These studs act as the barrel’s lumps and require a much shallower action shape to work with the stacked barrels, giving the guns a slimmer profile. The action is color hardened with a R&S type engraving, signed by the trigger “DELAHAUT G.”, with gold lined cocking indicators and the word “SAFE” and the serial number inlaid in gold. The gun has a single non-selective mechanical trigger. Gun is very nicely stocked in with a highly figured French walnut with characteristic light honey color and very dark marbling with “fiddle back” radiating through the entire butt stock. Traditional drop points and point pattern checkering and a Woodward style grip with a trigger bow that extends to an ebony pistol grip cap. Stock has 15 ½” LOP over a checkered butt. The forend matches perfectly and uses the Boss type ejector system, also patented in 1909, with the long cocking rods housed in the with the same type of Boss extended forend iron that runs the top edge of the forend. The 30” demi-bloc barrels have a solid machine matted top rib and semi-circular Boss type rib extension. The gun has original 2 ¾” (70mm) chambers with 2006 London proof marks. The barrels are fitted with Teague chokes and carry 2009 Birmingham proof marks from when the chokes were added. Gun has most likely been fired but appears as new in a Maker’s lightweight leather “VC” case with canvas cover. Price: $42,500

Otto Geyger 16ga SxS boxlock with ejectors
Otto Geyger 16ga SxS boxlock with ejectors

Otto Geyger 16ga with ejectors: An Otto Geyger of Berlin SXS 16 ga shot gun. 29 1/4″ barrels that are clean and  are choked F/XF. Ejectors work beautifully. Gun was finished in Oct of 1925. Greener safety and english style rose scroll engraving. LOP is 14″. DAC is 1.5″ and DAH is 2 1/4″. Wood is solid, Checkering on the splinter fore end is a bit worn. Wood has never been refinished or sanded. Price: $4500

BERETTA - SO2 - 30" Solid Rib IC / M - - Abercrombie & Fitch Gun with Letters
BERETTA – SO2 – 30″ Solid Rib IC / M – – Abercrombie & Fitch Gun with Letters

BERETTA – SO2 – 30″ Solid Rib IC / M – – Abercrombie & Fitch Gun with Letters:1947 – Abercrombie & Fitch – Beretta – SO2 – – 12ga, 2-3/4″, 30″ IC / M (.010 / .019) – Solid Rib, Ejectors, Double Triggers, Prince of Wales Grip, LOP 15″ to the Pad (13-5/8″ to edge of wood), Drop 1-3/8 to 2-3/8″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 7 lbs 8 oz. Tight Gun! Bores are Perfect, Ready for the Field! Price: $3750

Parker - VHE, 12ga. 26" Barrels Choked M/F
Parker – VHE, 12ga. 26″ Barrels Choked M/F

Parker – VHE, 12ga. 26″ Barrels Choked M/F: Capped pistol grip[ stock, original dogs head butt plate, double triggers, automatic ejectors, splinter forend, 234,xxx, 1 1/2 frame, 90% bluing, traces of case coloring remaining, light handling marks on wood, very clean and untouched gun. 6 lbs. 14 oz. 14 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″ Price: $2,499

 

Dickinson Plantation 28g 28 SxS Shotgun
Dickinson Plantation 28g 28 SxS Shotgun

Dickinson Plantation 28g 28 SxS Shotgun: SN- TRL1050, 28″ bbls, 2 3/4″ chambers, Ejectors, Manual Safety, 5 1/2 lbs, Comb 1 1/2″, Heel 2 3/8″, LOP 14 3/4″, Cast 1/8″ off, Full set of chokes, Double triggers. Not much to add. Clean with very little use. Price: $1800

The story of the boxlock, my latest from Project Upland…

Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE Grade 20ga two-barrel set with case
Gorgeous early CSMC Fox XE Grade 20ga. An American version of a boxlock shotgun.

The Anson & Deeley-style boxlock is one of the most successful shotgun designs of all time. It’s has been used by gunmakers worldwide to build SxS, and imitations of it include some of the most successful doubles ever built. Here’a a piece I wrote about it for Project Upland magazine.

FRANCOTTE SPECIAL BOXLOCK SXS 28 GAUGE
FRANCOTTE SPECIAL BOXLOCK SXS 28, A TYPE OF ANSON & DEELEY BOXLOCK

How the Boxlock Shotgun Became a Standard

For every first place there is a second, and for every top dog there are others snapping at its tail. In the nineteenth century, London was the capital of first-rate gunmaking. Birmingham, 100 miles north, was the runner-up, and the major gunmakers there–W. & C. Scott, W.W. Greener, Westley Richards–were doing all they could to develop new guns that would put them on top. Today, you and I owe a huge debt to this struggle and to the shotguns it created….

>> READ THE ENTIRE PIECE OVER AT PROJECT UPLAND

Westley Richards Anson-Deeley Cutaway, pic from The Explora
Westley Richards Anson-Deeley, the original boxlock shotgun. Pic from The Explora
PRUSSIAN CHARLES DALY - TIME CAPSULE CONDITION - MADE IN 1932 - EJECTORS - 30" BARRELS
CHARLES DALY – MADE IN 1932 – A SPIN ON THE ANSON & DEELEY DESIGN

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

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Exceptionally rare high original condition Special Order Lefever "E" Grade 8ga with 34" barrels
Exceptionally rare high original condition Special Order Lefever “E” Grade 8ga with 34″ barrels

Exceptionally rare high original condition Special Order Lefever “E” Grade 8ga with 34″ barrels: Easily the finest and most collectible Lefever to come to public market in the last several years.  This gun is an exceptionally rare and fine Lefever Arms Co. “E” Grade 8ga.  Made with 34″ Damascus barrels, splinter forend, double triggers, extractors, capped pistol grip buttstock and original lined buttplate.  The gun is in the 12k serial number range and is finely engraved with scroll and game scenes on side.  Special order original gold inlay on trigger guard.  This is the only original gold inlaid E Grade gun I have encountered in more than 30 years of aggressively chasing Lefever guns. The gun remains in superb original condition with more than 80% bold dark original case colors remaining.  The barrels are excellent with more than 90% bold original pattern and bright shiny bores.  The gun retains more than 70% original trigger guard blue and the gold inlay is guaranteed factory original.  The buttplate is sound.  The stocks are excellent with crisp checkering though there is a small shake in the wood at the toe that measures 4-1/2″.  This could easily be made invisible with today’s talented wood craftsmen and this is from the wood drying with a couple of small knots in it, not damage of any type.  Overall, the gun is crisp and in delightful untouched original condition. Price: $22,500

PARKER REPRODUCTION 20GA EXCELLENT
PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 20GA EXCELLENT

PARKER REPRODUCTION DHE 20GA EXCELLENT: A very lightly used Repro in a desirable configuration and in Excellent condition. With case, snap caps and cover.Shotgun Guage: 20 Gauge, Manufacturer: PARKER REPRODUCTION, Model: DHE, Barrel Length: 26IN, Chambers: 2 3/4 IN, Ejectors: YES, Condition: EXCELLENT, Metal Condition: EXCELLENT, Wood Condition: EXCELLENT, Bore Condition: EXCELLENT, Stock Comb: 1 7/16 IN, Stock Heel: 2 1/8IN, Butt Pad: SKELETON, LOP: 14 7/16IN, Weight: 6LBS 8OZ, Choke Left: MODIFIED, Choke Right: IMP/CYL, Extras: SNAP CAPS, Case: LEATHER HARD CASE AND COVER, Proof:Nitro: YES. Price: $4450

Browning BSS 20 Ga SxS Sporter
Browning BSS 20 Ga SxS Sporter

Browning BSS 20 Ga SxS Sporter:  3″ chambers.  26″ IC & M barrels.  SST, ejectors.  1″ scratch in buttstock, small nick in stock fence behind receiver.  Otherwise near new.  LOP 14 1/4″ over pad. Price: $1700

Fox Sterlingworth 20 Gauge SxS
Fox Sterlingworth 20 Gauge SxS

Fox Sterlingworth 20 Gauge SxS: 1924 Fox S/W 20 gauge. 26″ M/F.   Weight 5lbs. 15oz.  1 1/2′ X 21/2″ X14″ to an old Ranger pad. Good bores and mechanics. Leave your C grade ejector home on the rainy day. Price: $1550

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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

Online auction alert: 20g Browning BSS, no reserve….

BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION
BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION

Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of the most reliable and affordable side-by-side shotguns out there. It’s a 20g Browning BSS Sporter. It’s on Gunauction.com now and the listing ends Monday, November 30, @ 7:00pm.

Introduced in 1971, the original Browning BSS was an Anson & Deeley-style boxlock shotgun that combined a proven design with top-quality metals, excellent finishing, and an affordable price.

Standard models came in 12g & 20g with pistol grips, ejectors, single triggers, beavertail forends, and either 26″, 28″, or 30″ barrels. Sporters featured straight grips, 26″ or 28″ barrels, and a half-beavertail forends. Both were made in Japan by Miroku (the same company building Browning’s Citori OU).

In 1983, Browning introduced a sidelock BSS model, also made in Japan by Miroku.

BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION
BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION

BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION: ORIGINAL BROWNING BLUE FINISH 99.9% CONDITION, ENGRAVED BOXLOCK ACTION, AUTO EJECTORS, SINGLE NON-SELECTIVE TRIGGER , CHECKERED PISTOL GRIP WALNUT STOCK, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM WITH BEAUTIFUL THREE-DIMENSIONAL GRAIN, MECHANICAL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, TIGHT AND CLEAN, IN LIKE NEW CONDITION, 26″ BARRELS SOLID RIB, 14-1/4 LOP W/BUTT PLATE, NON-REMOVABLE CHOKE BORES ARE BOTH FULL, BORES ARE LIKE A MIRROR, 20-GA  2-3/4 AND 3″ CHAMBER, SN# 01857RN168 ALL MATCHING, NO BOX OR MANUAL FOUND.

BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION
BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION

 

BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION
BROWNING SIDE-BY-SIDE SXS B-S/S 20-GAUGE SHOTGUN LIKE NEW CONDITION

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12g Parker/Winchester Reproduction DHE SXS, New and in original box with the case
12g Parker/Winchester Reproduction DHE SXS, New and in original box with the case

12g Parker/Winchester Reproduction DHE SXS, New and in original box with the case: 26″ barrel, IC/MOD, double trigger, beaver tail forend, pistol grip stock . New and in original box with the case. LOP 14 1/4″, DAC 1 3/8″, DAH 2 1/4″. Price: $4995

CSMC RBL 28 ga 28 inch Deluxe wood English Stock, Auto Eject, Cased
CSMC RBL 28 ga 28 inch Deluxe wood English Stock, Auto Eject, Cased

CSMC RBL 28 ga 28 inch Deluxe wood English Stock, Auto Eject, Cased: RBL002862, Caliber/Gauge: 28 Ga., Barrel Length: 28 inch, Sights: Factory Original, Bore: Excellent, Rib: Solid, Choke: Improved Modified/ Modfied
Chamber: 2 3/4″, Length of Pull: 14 3/4 inches, Drop Comb: 1 1/2 inches, Drop, Heel: 2 1/4 inches, Weight: 5.52 lbs, Cast: Neutral, Finish: Factory Original, Grips/Stock: Factory Original. Beautiful nice little light weight CSMC model RBL chambered in 28 gauge.  28 inch barrel, bright shinny bores, automatic ejectors, double gold triggers, straight English stock, beautiful deluxe wood.  Two little blemishes on the finish shown in the pictures.  Comes with the original case, paperwork, cleaning rod, caps and oil can. Price: $4750

Belgian Browning Super Light Superposed 20 Ga
Belgian Browning Super Light Superposed 20 Ga

Belgian Browning Super Light Superposed 20 Ga: Consigned to Cole’s is this very nice Belgian Browning Superposed Super Light in 20 ga with 26-inch barrels.  The shotgun bears serial # 223PW02990.  The bores are excellent.  The upper barrel is choked Mod (**) and the lower is choked IC (**-).  This shotgun weighs in at 5lbs 14 oz, a true super lightweight.  The shotgun has a long tang, straight grip.  The LOP is 14 ¾” and terminates with a Decelerator recoil pad.  The stock has various minor nicks and dings from days afield.    The gun is nice and tight and there is no looseness to be found open or when in battery.  The bluing is just starting to flake from the bottom of the receiver from carry.  Some very minor loss of factory finish is observed along the tang as well.  Again, this from honest use pursuing dove and quail.  One of the best I have seen or found out here in a very, very long time. Price: $4650

BEAUTIFULLY MADE DOUBLE BARREL 14 GAUGE PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY JOHN BLANCH
BEAUTIFULLY MADE DOUBLE BARREL 14 GAUGE PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY JOHN BLANCH

BEAUTIFULLY MADE DOUBLE BARREL 14 GAUGE PERCUSSION SHOTGUN BY JOHN BLANCH: Gun is nicely done. Beautiful delicate engraving on the locks. Straight grip stock is in good condition with sharp checkering. Some missing wood on the left side forward of the lock. Trigger guard retains most original blue as does the safety release. Barrels are 31 inches and retain most of the bright Damascus pattern. Locks and upper tang retain 60-70% bright blue. A very beautiful gun. Nicely fitted in oak case with cleaning rod, leather shot cap and powder flask. Case has the John Blanch & Sons label inside the lid. A high quality gun. Price: $4,500

W.J. Jeffrey - BLE - 12ga 28" - Appears Original
W.J. Jeffrey – BLE – 12ga 28″ – Appears Original

W.J. Jeffrey – BLE – 12ga 28″ – Appears Original: 2-1/2″, 28″ CYL / F (.000″/.036″) Ejectors, Auto Safety, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2″, Cast Off, Weight 6lbs 6oz. Mechanically Sound. Barrels ring and have plenty of wall thickness. Price: $1950

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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

Online auction alert: Parker VH 12g, #1-frame, NO RESERVE…

PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26" VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!...MFD 1918
PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26″ VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!…MFD 1918

Here’s your chance to get a deal on an American classic and a great vintage bird gun. For reasons I’ll explain below, this regular looking 12g VH-grade Parker is really a super hard-to-find shotgun. It’s in Gunauction.com now, and it has No Reserve. The listing ends November 1, 2020, @ 5:07pm.

While 12g VH-quality Parkers are easy to find, most of the ones out here weigh around 8 lbs. Some come in at 7.25 – 7.5 lbs. Very few are as light as the one you see here: 6-pounds, 12-ounces.

PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26" VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!...MFD 1918
PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26″ VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!…MFD 1918

Why? Because this 12g Parker was built on a 16-gauge action.

On Parkers, each gauge was built on a range of different sized frames (AKA actions). These frame sizes correlated with the gun’s weight.

PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26" VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!...MFD 1918
PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26″ VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!…MFD 1918

On hammerless 12-gauges made in the 20th-century, the standard frame was a #2. Lightweight, hammerless 12s from this period were built on 1-1/2 frames. When someone ordered an ultralight model, it came on a #1 frame — the standard frame for 16-gauge Parkers.

PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26" VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!...MFD 1918
PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26″ VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!…MFD 1918

PARKER ~ VH GRADE 12-GAUGE, 26″ VULCAN STEEL BBLS, CYL/MOD, #1 FRAME, SOLID SHAPE & READY TO HUNT!…MFD 1918: NO RESERVE!! Here’s a Parker Brothers VH Grade Hammerless Side-by-Side 12-gauge shotgun. This gun is built on the light #1 frame and has 26-inch Vulcan fluid steel barrels with 2-3/4″ chambers. It features double triggers, extractor, and automatic safety. Overall condition is very good although the metal finish shows wear and the stocks have been repaired/refinished. The barrels have not been cut and the chokes measure Cylinder (Left/.000″ constriction) and Modified (Right/.019″ constriction). The original finish on the barrels shows handling wear with various small nicks & dings but no dents. The finish is thin at the rear part of the barrels but I’d grade the barrel finish at about 65% overall. The finish on the frame has worn mostly to silver but there is some original case colors visible internally and in the most protected areas (inside the trigger guard, under the top lever). The serial numbered parts are matching and the screws are all nicely timed. The wood is quite sound but has been refinished and the checkering recut in the past. There are a couple of small chips along the upper tang and a small tight crack running back from the rear of the upper tang. A small chip is missing from the toe of the original dog’s head hard rubber buttplate. Length of Pull measures 13-7/8″ to the forward trigger; Drop @ Comb is 1-1/2″; Drop @ Heel is 2-7/8″. Weight is just under 6-pounds, 12-ounces. The mechanics are in good working order and the gun locks up tight with no signs of being off face. The triggers, safety, and extractor all work properly. The gun is just a little stiff to open which should improve with some shooting. The bores are bright and free of pitting, dents of bulges. The barrels “ring” when struck indicating the solder joints are solid. The serial number indicates this Parker VH was manufactured back in 1918. This would make someone a pretty decent vintage upland game gun!

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Parker - VHE, 0 Frame Skeet, 20ga. 26" Barrels Choked SKEET IN/SKEET OUT
Parker – VHE, 0 Frame Skeet, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SKEET IN/SKEET OUT

Parker – VHE, 0 Frame Skeet, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SKEET IN / SKEET OUT: Parker factory original single selective trigger, automatic ejectors, factory beavertail, checkered butt, 14 1/8″ LOP, straight grip. This is an untouched, unmolested, straight out of an estate gun. 90% brilliant case color. The only reason we’re knocking down the percentage is because there’s some patinna mixed in. There’s untouched screws never taken apart. The trigger guard has over 90% of the original blue. Minor handling marks in the wood with a beautiful piece of feathered walnut. The gun has minor handling marks and is untouched and we we guarantee it. Twin ivory sights, 98% barrel blued. If you want one of the best small bore skeet guns on the market. 6 lbs. 6 oz. 14 1/8″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″. Price: $12,995

Beautiful and near mint W.C. Scott "The Chatsworth" Model 20ga with case
Beautiful and near mint W.C. Scott “The Chatsworth” Model 20ga with case

Beautiful and near mint W.C. Scott “The Chatsworth” Model 20ga with case: Stunning and beautiful little 20ga gun made by W&C Scott.  Likely made in the late 1970’s, this gun with 27″ barrels, splinter forend with Anson push bottom release, straight grip buttstock which terminates in finely checkered butt, double triggers, and auto ejectors.  Beautifully engraved with case hardened action and blued trigger plate.  The stocks have a diamond shaping on both the forend and the butt.  The gun is lively and balances well.  Cased in a tan canvas case with original owners initials which are also in gold towards toe of the stock as seen in the photos. This gun is near mint and appears test fired only.  There are a couple of minor handling marks but overall the gun is near mint.  Case is excellent with some light fading.  Bores are brilliant and shiny and mechanics are crisp. Price: $7295 

H&H Cavalier 12 ga. best boxlock SxS shotgun
H&H Cavalier 12 ga. best boxlock SxS shotgun

H&H Cavalier 12 ga. best boxlock SxS shotgun: For a few years H&H took what was essentially a best quality Birmingham boxlock similar to a W C Scott Bowood; added H&H improvements and extra finish to make the Cavalier.  Such upgrades as a removable hinge pin for future tightening capabilities, chopper lump barrels, higher grade wood and better finishes.  It is my understanding that H&H could never market/sell the Cavalier for enough money to cover their costs, so production stopped after three years for economic reasons. This is a Holland & Holland.  The 28” chopper lump barrels are finished in a dark rust blue and are fitted with a tapered, concave smooth solid rib and just a front silver bead.  The bore diameters are as stamped, .728” with the right barrel choked .010” (IC) and the left barrel choked .020” (Mod) and minimum wall thicknesses of .035” in each. The frame in nicely finished with original case colors retaining over 85% and a blued floor plate and blued trigger guard. The handsome walnut straight hand stock has a 15” LOP over and original ½” full leather recoil pad.  There is 1 3/8” DAC, 2 ¼” DAH and 14” right hand cast.  The splinter forearm is fitted with a Deeley release. This truly delightful game gun weighs 6 lbs. 5 oz., lively and balanced perfectly between the hands. The gun comes cased with H&H accessories. SN:  5002. Price: $8,475

Browning Superposed 20ga - SOLID RIB - 28” Barrels - IC/M - The Coolest Grade One Guns Ever Made in the 1950’s for sale
Browning Superposed 20ga – SOLID RIB – 28” Barrels – IC/M – The Coolest Grade One Guns Ever Made in the 1950’s for sale

Browning Superposed 20ga – SOLID RIB – 28” Barrels – IC/M – The Coolest Grade One Guns Ever Made in the 1950’s: 14 1/8″ x 1 5/8″ x 2 3/8″ – 6.6 lbs – SN: 6523 – Horn Buttplate with lots of worm character – this is a cool gun with lots to offer in nostalgia and field performance. Price: $4,995

ITHACA SKB 280 20 GA. 25" IC. & MOD. 99% COND
ITHACA SKB 280 20 GA. 25″ IC. & MOD. 99% COND

ITHACA SKB 280 20 GA. 25″ IC. & MOD. 99% COND: ENGLISH STOCK, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER & EJECTORS. Price: $1,995

Auction alert: 20g F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso …

LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059
LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059

Here’s your chance to get a deal on a great side-by-side. This 20g Piotti BSEE Lusso is coming up this Saturday at REATA PASS AUCTIONS INC in Humboldt, AZ. The auction begins at 11:00 AM Pacific time.

LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059
LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059

This gun is built on the Anson & Deeley boxlock action, one of the most reliable — and copied — shotguns designs ever created. Armi F.lli Piotti’s interpretation of it is one of the finest out there. New, BSEEs start at $23,150, and to get one like you see here, you’ll spend at least $30,000.

LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059
LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059

Here’s the auctioneer’s listing:

LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059
LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059

LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga SN: 8059: Superb quality side-by-side double barrel boxlock shotgun chambered for 2 3/4″ 20 gauge shells, carefully hand crafted in Brescia, Italy circa 1984. Masterfully engraved & signed by noted engraver Maestro Walter Patelli. Imported by William Larkin Moore of Westlake, CA with import information engraved on the underside of the barrel. Configuration: Blued 26″ chopper-lump barrels with fixed improved cylinder/cylinder chokes & matted solid sighting rib, silver bead front sight, automatic ejectors, single trigger, coin finished fancy back receiver featuring exquisite scrolling acanthus engraving with floral highlights, sliding tang safety, knurled top lever, super fine point highly figured black stripe walnut splinter forend with Anson release & inlayed diamond escutcheon, and straight grip shoulder stock with inlayed gold circle escutcheon & leather wrapped recoil pad. Stock dimensions: drop at comb 1 5/16″, drop at heel 1 7/8″, length of pull 14 3/8″ and cast-off approximately 1/4″. Includes a leather wrapped locking trunk case by Nizzoli with factory label and partitioned interior containing a three-piece wood cleaning rod, snap-caps & Fabbri lubricant. The barrels retain approximately 96% of their blued finish showing wear/thinning near the muzzle and scattered handling marks/scratched with no observed finish loss on the receiver. Action is smooth & on-face, the bores are pristine and the oil finished wood stocks are extra fine. Condition in near NRA Excellent. Estimate: $15,000 – $22,500

LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059
LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059
LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059
LOT 101: F.LLI Piotti BSEE Lusso 20 Ga Boxlock SxS Shotgun SN: 8059

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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

2 important issues with yesterday’s 20g Parker GHE …

Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26", Bore Condition: Excellent
Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0, Caliber: 20ga, Barrel: 26″

Yesterday, 10/14, I posted an online auction alert for this shotgun:

Today, I learned that I missed two issues it has thanks to a person following Dogs and Doubles on Facebook. Because of these issues, I’m shifting my “recommended” to a “be forewarned”.

ISSUE 1: The checkering pattern on the forend is incorrect for a GH-grade Parker.

Checkering recut to the wrong pattern for a GH-grade Parker
Checkering recut to the wrong pattern for a GH-grade Parker

It should look like this:

Correct forend checkering for a GH-grade Parker
Correct forend checkering for a GH-grade Parker
Correct forend checkering for a GH-grade Parker
Correct forend checkering for a GH-grade Parker

ISSUE 2: The “2 3/4 SHELL” stamp on the barrel flats was not put there by the maker.

This "2 3/4 SHELL" mark is not original
This “2 3/4 SHELL” mark is not original

While the incorrect checkering pattern doesn’t bother me much, that 2 3/4 SHELL stamp gives me pause. Was it put there to inform — or deceive? And what should you make of it?

Chamber-lengths on older Parker shotguns are a confusing topic and trying to figure them out makes my head hurt. From what I can figure out, this 20g GHE was probably made with 2 3/8″ chambers for low-pressure 2 1/2″ shells.

No, that’s not a typo: 2 3/8″ chambers for 2 1/2″ ammo. Parker often bored chambers 1/8″ short, believing it improved shot patterns.

Once 2 3/4″ became the standard shell length for American-made game loads, gunsmiths and gunmakers often lengthened short chambers to 2 3/4″.

So is that what happened with this gun? Sort of. If the chambers really are 2 3/4″, a gunsmith — not Parker or Remington — did the work. As for the stamp, it’s not from the factory. But the person who had the gun redone may have asked to have the chambers opened and the gunsmith obliged and marked his work.

Or maybe a gunsmith opened the chambers to 2 3/4″ before the gun was redone and then later someone else added the mark to make the longer chambers appear original. Possible, but unlikely.

Regardless, one thing we do know for certain is if you were to buy this gun, you need to have a qualified gunsmith take a close look at the barrels and action to be sure everything is still in sound, safe, and shootable condition.

And even if they are, remember that you can’t shoot modern, high-pressure 2 3/4″ loads in this gun. You must still use vintage-style shotgun ammo.

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