Is there a “problem” with side-by-side shotguns?

Side-by-side or OU — which’s better? This debate that’s been going on for over 100 years now. In this video The Problem With Side by Side Shotguns, the folks at  The Gun Shop in Botley Mills, Hampshire, UK have their say on this issue.

They point some of the “problems” they see with SxS and also bring up some valid points on why these doubles are falling out of favor in the UK. Here’s a taste of what they have to say:

“They’re beautiful and anyone should be proud to own and use one. However, there are a few things to consider in the discussion of side by side vs over and under.”

The video makes several excellent points. Overall, I have to agree with him, and many of the trends he points out are also leading to the decline of the SxS over here.

The Problem With Side by Side Shotguns
The Problem With Side by Side Shotguns

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

 

PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE
PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGE

PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS 12 GAUGEALLISON HUNT ENGRAVED, 28″ BARRELS, CHOKED .015″ AND .022″, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 6LBS 13 OZ, STOCK DIMENSIONS: 2 14/: DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 15 1/4″ LOP. Price: $49,500

L.C. Smith A-2 Special - 12ga - 30” - IM/F - 13 7/8 X 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 X 7 lbs 13 ozs - SN: 3517 - Spectacular Condition - Beautiful Gun!
L.C. Smith A-2 Special – 12ga – 30” – IM/F – 13 7/8 X 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 X 7 lbs 13 ozs – SN: 3517 – Spectacular Condition – Beautiful Gun!

L.C. Smith A-2 Special SxS – 12ga – 30” – IM/F – 13 7/8 X 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 X 7 lbs 13 ozs – SN: 3517 – Spectacular Condition – Beautiful Gun!: Price: $19,995 

Boss & Co. Sidelock from 1899 ~ two barrel set at an exceptional price
Boss & Co. Sidelock from 1899 ~ two barrel set at an exceptional price

Boss & Co. Sidelock Side-by-Side from 1899 ~ two barrel set at an exceptional price: Hammerless Sidelocks – According to Boss records, this fine shotgun was ordered by William Fitzgerald Esq. of Dublin Ireland on November 1st, 1899. Serial Number: 4713, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 28″, Stock LOP: 13 1/2″,  Comb: 1 9/16″, Stock Heel: 2 3/16″, Stock Cast: 1/4″, Weight: 6 lbs. 8.5 oz. Choke Left: Orig. .005 Skeet – #, Choke Right: Orig. .006 Skeet – #, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: Orig. .026 – #2 set, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: Orig. .020 – #2 set. Price: $9,400

Beretta - SO 3, 12ga., Sidelock, OU Shotgun
Beretta – SO 3, 12ga., Sidelock, OU Shotgun

Beretta – SO 3, 12ga., Sidelock, OU Shotgun: 27 ½” barrels, IC/M choked, Pre-war full side lock over and under, beautiful European walnut straight grip stock, vent rib, double triggers, recoil pad, Boehler steel barrels, automatic ejectors, non-auto safety, excellent overall condition, all original, the engraving features magnificent floral and scroll engraving, handmade to the very highest quality, a beautiful gun with great modern dimensions, available for immediate delivery. 7 lbs.  2 oz. 14 3/4” X 1 5/8” X 2 5/8”. Price: $8,995

Parker/ Winchester Reproduction DHE 12 Gauge SxS
Parker/ Winchester Reproduction DHE 12 Gauge SxS

Parker/ Winchester Reproduction DHE 12 Gauge SxSRare 2- barrel 12 gauge set with 28” full/modified and 26” modified/improved cylinder barrels. Has pistol grip stock, single trigger and beavertail forend. Beautiful condition with original factory leather covered case. A very desirable Parker Reproduction shotgun. Price: 5,995.00

Grouse hunters: Here’s your dream Parker SxS…

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE
PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE

Ruffed grouse hunting isn’t for sissies. There are no horse-drawn carriages to ride in or wide-open fields to stroll through, and no one pushes birds your way as you block a shelterbelt.

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE
PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE

If you want to chase these ruffed grouse, you need to get in the woods and get dirty. You’re going to get scratched up and bruised, and you’re going to carry your gun a lot.

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE
PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE

That’s why lightweight doubles are popular with experienced grouse guys.

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE
PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE

The Parker VH you see here is 16 gauge built on a 0 frame (frame = action, Parker actions ran from 000-frames, used on .410s and 28 gauges, to 7-frames, used on 10 and 8 gauges). It weighs just 5lbs, 13oz — lighter than a lot of 20-gauges – and about a pound less than your typical 16-gauge Parker.

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE
PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE

PARKER VH GRADE 16 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE26″ BARRELS, IMP-CYL. AND FULL, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, JIM GEARY STAMP. TIGHT ON FACE, BARRELS RING BEAUTIFULLY.  UNTURNED SCREWS, GOOD CASE COLOR INCLUDING THE BOTTOM OF FRAME.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, VERY GOOD WOOD WITH WORN CHECKERING.  GOOD DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2 3/4″ X 14 1/2″ WITH WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE ORIGINAL SILVERS 1/2″ PAD, 5 POUNDS 13 OUNCES.  MADE IN 1913, ALL ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price: $3250

Good gun alert: 16g Parker DHE SxS, $4250 …

Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

“Fair price” and “Parker shotgun” aren’t words see near each other very often — especially when a Parker is a sixteen-gauge DHE. But from what I can see, that’s just how I would describe the SxS you see here.

Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

This 16 gauge Parker DHE looks like it’s in decent shape. If that’s the case, $4250 is a very fair price for it.

The DHE was Parker’s entry-level, “custom gun” (meaning it had to be custom ordered from the factory) and the company considered it “The Best Gun Value of Which We Know.”

Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun: This good condition Parker was manufactured in 1910, it has 2 1/2″ chambers and automatic ejectors. The barrel is 28″ choke improved modified/ modified. The LOP is 14 1/4, DAH is 2 7/8 and DAC is 1 3/4, weight is 6lb 14oz. The 14 1/4 LOP is to end of the pad and the gun is on a 1 frame. I do have a Parker Gun Club letter for the gun, it was ordered by the Tufts Lyons Arms Co. of Los Angeles Ca. on October 22, 1908.

Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

The Hawkins recoil pad was added to the gun. There is still 95% finish on the barrel, looks to be original and 30% muted case color. The quality refinished wood has crisp checkering with small dings. The only issue that I know of is a repair on the forearm a small crack that was professionally repaired, you have to look for it. Price: $4250

Auction alert: 20g AYA Grade 4 SxS Spanish boxlock shotgun …

AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain

Here’s a great little double that has everything a bird gun — and a bird hunter — needs. Best of all, it’s in excellent, original condition. It’s on Gunrunner auctions now and the listing ends tomorrow, 12/19, in the afternoon.

AYA is probably the most famous Spanish gunmaker in the world. They’ve been hand-making doubles for decades. In that time, they’ve earned a reputation for good-quality guns at fair prices.

AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain

The AYA you see here is one of their Anson & Deeley boxlock models. Even though it’s one the company’s least expensive models, it costs around $4995 brand new today.

Lot 10. AYA Grade 4, 20 gauge side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain: Serial #552293, mfg. Spain. Excellent condition. Very, very nice AYA 20 ga. side by side on the tiny frame and dainty wrist. 28″ tubes have excellent shiny bores and bluing is 98%+. Choked IC/M. Ejectors. Double triggers. 3″ magnum chambers. Wood is excellent with nice figure and has a modern solid brown pad with white spacer nicely fitted. LOP is 14 1/2″ over pad. Splinter forearm has nice checkering. All matching iron and forearm wood. Case-colored receiver is 97% with slight lower edge wear and one scratch on bottom. Some light scroll work. Tang safety. Dandy quail or dove gun! Elegant and the best of Spanish craftsmanship! Light and dainty!

AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain
AYA Grade 4, 20 ga. side by side shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors, Hard Cased, Spain

Good gun alert: 20g Browning SxS, straight grip …

Browning BSS BOXLOCK SXS 20GA
Browning BSS BOXLOCK SXS 20GA

Sure Browning is famous for their Superposed and Citori OUs, and their A5 autoloaders.

But the company also “made” some great SxSs. I say “made” because Browning had their SxSs built by another company (just like they did with their OUs). For the BSS, that copy was Miroku in Japan.

Browning offered the Miroku-made BSS from 1971 to 1988. With a straight grip and a slim forend, the gun you see here is a Sporter model, which was Browning lightweight version of this gun. These doubles are great for grouse, woodcock, and qual, and at this price, this one is a fair deal.

Browning BSS BOXLOCK SXS 20GA
Browning BSS BOXLOCK SXS 20GA

Browning BSS BOXLOCK SXS 20GA: 26″ solid rib barrels modified to accept choke tubes, Colonial Arms choke tubes installed MOD – SKEET, smooth shiny bores, blued finish, white mid-bead, white bead front sight, very nice checkered straight buttstock – forearm, light marks consistent with field use, LOP – 14 1/2″, DAC – 1 5/8″, DAH 2 5/8″, and black Decelerator recoil pad. Price: $1,399

This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss….

 

E.J. CHURCHILL PREMIER QUALITY OVER UNDER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS PAIR
E.J. CHURCHILL PREMIER QUALITY OVER UNDER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS PAIR

E.J. CHURCHILL PREMIER QUALITY OVER UNDER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS PAIR: BOTH GUNS ARE THE SAME DIMENSIONS, 28″ SOLID RIB, CHOKED .007″ AND .014″ with 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT MINT CONDITION MAKERS CASE, 7 LBS 4 0Z, DIMENSIONS: 2″ DAH,1 9/16″ DAC, 14 1/8″ LOP. Matched pair E.J. Churchill O/U The Premier Quality.  12 Bore game guns.  Gun I made in 1926, Gun II Made in 1929. Serial Nr. 4220 was made for Abercrombie & Fitch and 3173 for a Mr. Wilson in San Francisco. They were both originally pigeon guns with 32” barrels. They were matched up as a pair and re-barreled to 28” through Churchill, Atkin, Grant & Lang, and Don Masters chocked IC/M and probably restocked by the maker, work which was done for a Danish nobleman whose coat of arms are on the escutcheon.  Both guns have a full London proof.  The actions of these guns are exact copies of the Woodward O&U actions, and were made by the firm of Hills, who also made the actions for Woodward. It was said at the time that Woodward built the Over & Under guns for Bob Churchill. This may be indeed true, but it is not likely, I believe Hill did all the actioning and in addition, they both used the same outworkers. A marked difference is the ejector system, which differs from Woodward and shows the Churchill input, as Bob Churchill felt it needed improvement. In total only 15 Over & Under guns were built by Churchill before WWII, of which this pair is believed to be in the best condition of those remaining.  One of these guns is pictured in the book “The House of Churchill” by Don Masters. Price: $46,500

F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE, Boxlock, SxS, 16ga 29" Upgraded wood, Upgraded action shaping, 6#3oz Near Perfect condition
F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE, Boxlock, SxS, 16ga 29″ Upgraded wood, Upgraded action shaping, 6#3oz Near Perfect condition

F.LLI PIOTTI Model BSEE, Boxlock, SxS, 16ga 29″ Upgraded wood, Upgraded action shaping, 6#3oz Near Perfect condition: Serial #  A03. Barrel Length (in Inches):  29″,  Choked R  SKT(.005) Choked L  IM(.020), Trigger  DT (Double), Straight Grip, Splinter Forearm, English-style Smooth Concave Rib, Fine Scroll & Rosette Engraving, Upgraded wood, Upgraded action shaping, Checkered butt, Original box. Near PERFECT Condition. Weight  6#3oz. Dimensions  1 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 with 1/4 cast off. Mfg 2007, The ideal upland bird gun. Price: $14,900

Stephen Grant Classic Hammer Sidelever SxS with original Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels
Stephen Grant Classic Hammer Sidelever SxS with original Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels

Stephen Grant Classic Hammer Sidelever SxS with original Nitro Proofed Damascus Barrels Serial Number: 3822, Ejectors: No, Barrels: 30″, Barrel Type: Damascus, Action: back-action side lever with rebounding hammers, Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 7/16″, Stock Heel: 2 1/4″, Stock Cast: 1/8″, LOP: 14 1/2″, Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz., Choke Left: .003 Near Cyl., Choke Right: .003 Near Cyl.
Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .030″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″. Price: $6,900

Webley and Scott 16 gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun
Webley and Scott 16 gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun

Webley & Scott 16 gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun: Nice old prewar Webley & Scott 16 ga. Choked imp and full 29” barrels, DT, AE, LOP is 14 3/4”, leather pad, this piece has a third fastener, really nice old shotgun. Price: $3,895

Ithaca Model 280 is a side by side 20 Ga. shotgun
Ithaca Model 280 is a side by side 20 Ga. shotgun

Ithaca ~ 280 ~ 20 Ga. ~ Side-by-Side ~ Boxlock Shotgun: This Ithaca Model 280 is a side by side 20 Ga. shotgun. It has 25 inch barrels with a solid rib and 3 inch chambers. A checkered grip walnut straight grip stock and beavertail forearm. Has a very nicely engraved receiver with birds in flight. In over all good condition it comes as is.Ithaca-SKB checkered black plate. Weighs 6 lbs. 3 oz. Shows a little use and wear. Price: $1,699.99

Auction alert: Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun …

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

I’ve seen lots of hammer guns. LOTS. But this Tolley is totally new to me. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and it’s being sold at No Reserve. The listing ends tomorrow, 12/16/2018, @ 11:00 PM EST.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

J & W Tolley, Gunmakers, was established around 1859 in Birmingham, England. They opened a shop in London in 1883, and in 1955, the final guns carrying the J & W Tolley name were made.

The double you see here was made early in the company’s history — around 1870 — and it has a couple unique features: the shape of its action and the way the barrels lock onto that action. Take a closer look at the pics to see what I mean.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

BTW: Something else worth mentioning is how great this auction listing is. Not only are there a lot of pics, but the seller gives you a lot of info about the gun, including an outline of the gun’s flaws. A listing like this make me feel a lot better about bidding on this gun. I wish more sellers would follow this example.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun: 1870s era, game-scene & scroll engraved Hammer gun. Established ca. 1859, Tolley gained their excellent reputation building top-shelf big bore shotguns and rifles. 8 lbs. dead-on and built like a tank with heavy duty top lever, back action locks, stout hammers & oversized “Mushroom-cap” firing pins. Has a unique, hidden fastener system that has to be one of the earliest examples of a hidden bite as Purdey’s, (known for 3rd bites) didn’t offer theirs until the late 1880s. Another unique feature is the cut-away “I-Beam” frame which was likely an attempt to shave off weight or to stiffen it up. Never the less, it gives the gun a distinctive look. To top it off, there’s an odd protrusion at the underside of the muzzles – most likely to prevent damage. The Ivory bead is also unusual on a gun from this period. This is a real piece of British gun innovation – we’ve never seen anything like it from any maker. The Game-scene & scroll engraving is top-rate and also unusual for a heavy-duty gun from this era. With sculpted percussion fences, detailed hammer filing, fine Damascus steel barrels, this gun is as distinctive as it is classy.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

EXTERNAL CONDITION: Looks like the gun was stored on a wall as one side is clean and shows quite a bit of original finish whereas the exposed side has what appears to be a light coat of cabin soot. NOTE: An expert cleaning of the duller side would likely reveal some very nice condition. The barrels have nearly all of their original Chocolate brown and fine Damascus pattern – Barrel lettering and proof marks are clear and sharp. The action and balance of metal show no evidence of polishing or buffing – everything is crisp and sharp and mechanically excellent! Barrels are an UN-CUT 28 3/16” (see pic of muzzles). Bores are very shiny with just a few light blemishes scattered throughout and we’d rate them a solid 9.5 / 10. Chambers are 2 ¾” with bores measuring R: .0736 & L:.731 min walls @ .733 / Choked: R: .011 / R: .007. The Horn capped ½ grip stock with “Gentleman’s” dimensions measures 14 ¼” x 2 ¼ x 3 ¼” drop at heel. Don’t snicker at these dimensions – the gun shoulders quite well and the boys back in the day were well known for their high percentages using these measurements. 8 lbs. dead on.

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

FLAWS: There’s a small nick on the top outside of the L bbl. a few inches from the muzzles at the 12:00 position that’s barely visible from the inside. There’s also a 1/8” long sliver of wood missing alongside the top-tang (easy fix) and somebody made a small & careful attempt to remove some of the soot from the right side of the stock, but only a small patch – but that’s it. Take a close look at the wood-metal & metal-metal fit and the nearly spotless breech-face showing very little evidence of firing – this gun is tight and crisp! Lock-up is solid, gun is on the face and barrels ring true – no loose ribs! All-in-all, here’s a unique example that’s built like a tank from a well respected Birmingham maker in excellent condition. Sure, it’s had the screws turned a few times, and the bores touched-up, but the overall excellent, lightly used condition and unique design make this an unusual and rare find!

NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun
NO RESERVE, Excellent and Unique 12 gauge J&W Tolley English Hammergun

Amazing engraving & more by Phil Coggan on Boss SxSs …

Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.

Engraving’s funny. While not even the best work can make a bad gun great, lousy engraving can ruin an otherwise fantastic double.

Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.

Phil Coggan is one of world finest gun engravers; his work improves the finest shotgun and increases their value. In the pics posted here, you can see why.

Phil Coggan's work on a pair of Boss & Co SxS shotguns. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a pair of Boss & Co SxS shotguns. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan's work on a pair of Boss & Co SxS shotguns. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a pair of Boss & Co SxS shotguns. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan's work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.
Phil Coggan’s work on a Boss & Co SxS shotgun. Pic courtesy of Phil Coggan.

Auction alert: 12g AYA No. 2, 28″ bbls, No Reserve …

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve
AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve

The decades now, the AYA No. 2 shotgun has been one of the most highly regarded Spanish shotguns on the market (read reviews of the shotgun in American Rifleman and in Shooting Times).

Why? Because it’s a reliable, well-built sidelock shotgun that combines best-gun features like chopper-lump bbls and hand-detachable locks with an affordable price.

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve

The one you see here is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 12/16/2018 @ 8:00 PM. Because it’s listed at No Reserve, it could end up being a steal. Here’s more info about it from the seller:

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve
AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve: From what I understand, this is a number 2. The number one has higher grade wood. Chambered for up to 3-inch magnum shells. Excellent mirror shiny bores, modified and quarter chokes, 28-inch barrels retaining a conservative 96% finish. it appears that there were two sets of barrels for this side-by-side at one time, as indicated by the number 1 on the barrels. we have tried to locate them with no luck so far. The coloring on the receiver is better than 98%, the engraving is beautiful. The trigger guard is thicker on the right side, set up for right-hand shooting. The bottom of the trigger guard is engraved with three letters, the previous owner’s initials. The stock shows only a few very light handling blemishes and would rate 96%. The leather recoil pad is in excellent condition. LOP is 14 inches to the front trigger. On the forend, there is a very small crack that there will be photographs taken of. It appears to be non-structural. If not for that, it would rate 96%. everything is tight, along with lockup being rock solid. A beautiful double with Nice balance. Weighs exactly 7 pounds.

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve
AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve

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

 

Boss & Co. - Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set - 12 ga
Boss & Co. – Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set – 12 ga

Boss & Co. – Best Over/Under, 2 Bbl Set – 12 gaAction: Sidelock, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Single, Grip: Straight Grip, Lop: 15 “, Type of butt: Checkered Wood, Drop comb: 1 5/8 “, Drop heel: 2 “, Cast amount: 1/4 “, Cast: Off, Weight: 6 lbs, 8 oz, Manufactured in: England, Finish: Case Colored, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Type of Case: Oak & Leather Case w/Accessories, First set of barrels: 12 ga, 28″, 2 3/4 ” chambers, Chokes: F/F, Second set: 12 ga, 28″, 2 3/4 ” chambers, Chokes: IC/M. Beautiful two barrel set, open assist in very good condition. Price: $80,000

Parker VHE .410 - 26” - Ejectors - “Remington Era” - Beavertail - Single Trigger - “Skeet In Skeet Out” - 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 - 5 lbs 15 ozs
Parker VHE .410 – 26” – Ejectors – “Remington Era” – Beavertail – Single Trigger – “Skeet In Skeet Out” – 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 – 5 lbs 15 ozs

Parker VHE .410 – 26” – Ejectors – “Remington Era” – Beavertail – Single Trigger – “Skeet In Skeet Out” – 14 1/2 X 1 3/8 X 2 1/8 – 5 lbs 15 ozs: SN: 237186 – Beyond Nice – Spectacular RARE!!  “000” Frame – ca. 1935 – CLEAN!  Price: $36,995 

Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels
Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels

Exceedingly Rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga with beautiful Damascus barrels: For your consideration is an extremely rare Lefever FE Grade 20ga gun. Anyone who knows Lefever guns, knows well that the Lefever small bore guns simply don’t exist in nature. They are really rare and hard to find. This particular Lefever has gorgeous 28″ American Flag Damascus pattern. They are a thing of beauty!!!  The gun has DT, AE, and auto safety. The capped PG buttstock is checkered in a two-point pattern. The splinter forend is checkered in typical later FE pattern with engraved steel escutcheon. The action is engraved in typical FE pattern with flying duck on left, falling woodcock on right surrounded by light scroll engraving. The gun retains more than 1/2 of its original case color, particularly nice and dark on the left side and on top. Barrels retain about 85%+ original damascus pattern. Screws are all excellent and the gun is totally unmolested. The stocks are sound and measure 2″ DAC, 3-1/4″ DAH and LOP is 13-3/4″ over the original lined HRBP. Both barrels measure .620 on the money, and the chokes are .012 (right) and .020 (left). Min walls are about.028 in each barrel. The gun weighs right at 6lbs. This is an extremely rare gun and easily one of the top FE 20ga I have seen in more than 25 years of aggressively chasing Lefevers. Price: $6895 

Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61
Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61

Merkel 201E O/U 12 ga.Upland, mfg. 10/61: 28″ tapered file finished rib choked IM/M, DT’s, ejectors, Greener crossbolt, double underlugs, full coverage game scenes of pursuing fox, grouse, flying waterfowl, all in woods & marshland, cocking indicators, deluxe checkered walnut straight stock, 2 piece forearm, 15″ LOP over 7/8″ matched solid pad. 97% bbl. & receiver finish, some light handling. Price: $2,899

Beretta 686 20 ga 28", with straight, English grip and Briley chokes
Beretta 686 20 ga 28″, with straight, English grip and Briley chokes

Beretta 686 20 ga 28″, with straight, English grip and Briley chokes: Comes with a spare PG stock and 5 Briley thin wall chokes. Price: $1,700

Good gun alert: 20g Grulla sidelock, $2650 …

Grulla 215 20 gauge 26 inch barrels ic/mod,
Grulla 215 20 gauge 26 inch barrels ic/mod,

Following this AYA No. 2 I posted yesterday, here’s another Spanish SxS that looks like it could be a good deal. The seller’s calling it a Grulla 215, which it appears be.

That means it was made to be a solid, affordable, nice, but not out of reach for most people. It looks a bit rough, but sound, and I get it would benefit from a good cleaning and tuneup. Because it’s a Grulla (one of Spain’s top makers), it should be a good deal and an even better bird gun.

Grulla 215 20 gauge 26 inch barrels ic/mod,
Grulla 215 20 gauge 26-inch barrels ic/mod,

Grulla has been around since 1932, and many people consider them to be a step up from AYA or Arrieta. Maybe. I’ve seen a bunch of their guns, and I’ve always thought of them as some of the nicer doubles coming out of Eibar.

Grulla 215 20 gauge, Sidelock SxS, 26-inch barrels, ic/mod: STRAIGHT GRIP butt plate, double trigger, beavertail forend, 2 ivory beads, ejectors, side clipped, detachable sidelock, gold washed interior parts, bores bright/shiny, opens/closes tight.  Price: $2,650 

For the heart: My affair with shotguns, from Project Upland …

PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME NO. 1
PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME NO. 1

Why do we love what we love? Why are we drawn to certain things, even if those things make little sense in our lives?

Good questions, and ones I ask myself often.

Last fall, Project Upland’s A.J. DeRosa asked me to put pen to paper and write about my passion for fine shotguns. My piece is published below. It one of the essays featured in PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME NO. 1.

For the Heart

LOVE CAN BE HARD TO UNDERSTAND, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S for anything other than babies, puppies, and ice cream. Of all the things I love about upland hunting—my pointers flashing through the woods, the whirl of a flushing woodcock, the cidery smell of old apple trees—my lifelong affair with shotguns is the most difficult for me to comprehend.

I’m not from a family of hunters or shooters. My grandfather never killed a bird in his life. While my dad was a fisherman, he never owned a gun or fired a rifle. And I didn’t grow up on a farm with cornfields or stands of aspen outside my door. I grew up in Connecticut, down the street from a 7-Eleven and a strip mall anchored by a bar called the Amber Light Lounge & Cafe. But despite all this, bird hunting, and especially shotguns, have always been my thing.

When I was a kid, I pestered my father to take me to gun shops. I didn’t care about the rifles, and I didn’t stare at glass cases lined with revolvers and pistols. I wanted to see the shotguns. Most of the ones I came across were autoloaders and pumps: Remington 1100s, Winchester Model 12s. Sometimes there would be an O/U, usually a Browning Superposed. Those always commanded my attention. When I was thirteen, my family moved to northern New Hampshire. Now there were woods behind our house and, I would discover, grouse.

Me & a Westley Richards I owned, from PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME NO. 1
Me & a Westley Richards I owned, from PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME NO. 1

Our first bird season there my father borrowed two shotguns. The one for me was a 16-gauge Savage Fox Model B. I was fascinated with it. I had seen side-by-sides in a little newspaper I received called the Orvis News, but this was the first one I had held in my hands. With its two barrels aligned next to each other and double triggers, it looked awkward and outdated. But it also seemed more refined and purpose-built than any other shotgun I had come across. It suggested something . . . different? better? I wasn’t sure, but I was reluctant to give it back at the end of the season.

My father and I hunted grouse throughout my high school years, but he had little passion for it. I tugged us out the door early Saturday mornings and insisted we hunt every weekend. Fortunately, my father obliged. When I was fifteen, he indulged me again by taking me to buy my first shotgun: a 20-gauge Remington pump with a twenty-one-inch barrel and a straight stock. I hunted with it into my twenties.

I went to college near one of the largest gun shops in the country. The sales floor was crowded with racks of firearms, hundreds in all, and there were always dozens of shotguns for me to look at. I spent many Sunday afternoons there looking at the Rugers, Berettas, Parkers, and Foxes—shouldering one, then another, and another, flipping over the price tags, trying to find anything I could afford.

Collectors and hoarders have a lot in common; the first group is just more discriminating than the other. In my first ten years or so of chasing doubles, I was a hoarder. If a gun had two barrels, I wanted it. My first double was an A. H. Fox Sterlingworth. Then there was a Parker VHE. Both were 12s and both weighed around seven pounds. The bluing on the barrels had been worn to gray, and the checkering on both had been rubbed smooth. Neither fit me well. But I didn’t care. They were the classic American shotguns, they killed birds, and they were mine. I was proud to own them, and when I bought them, I swore I would never part with either one. Of course, when other doubles came along, my resolve faded, and I sold both.

Over the next decade I owned Ithaca NIDs, a run of 16-gauge L.C. Smith No. 2s, a SuperFox, and more Parkers, including a 12-gauge DHE pigeon gun with thirty-two-inch barrels. There were Francottes, W & C Scott Premiers, and Charles Daly Diamond grades. Boxlocks and sidelocks. A Purdey hammergun from the 1860s and a Merkel double rifle from the 1950s. Guns, guns, and more guns. Some I shot; most I didn’t. Regardless of whether or not I fired them, I studied every one and noted their mechanics, styling, and workmanship.

Along with guns, I also hoarded information: The Double Gun Journal and Shooting Sportsman, old catalogs from gunmakers like Boss & Co. and retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch, books by Michael McIntosh, Stephen Bodio, Donald Dallas, and Major Burrard. I loved learning the obscure language and knowledge of doubles as much as I enjoyed the history of the classic American and British makers. All this was the sun and water that grew my fondness for shotguns into a full obsession. Losing money is an excellent way to learn a lesson, and my hoarding period was an expensive education in buying and selling guns.

Me & a lock from a Westley Richards I owned, from PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME NO. 1
Me & a lock from a Westley Richards I owned, from PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME NO. 1

I learned how to spot reblued barrels, the right questions to ask a seller, and what dealers mean when they say a gun is “as new” (it’s totally redone). I learned how to measure up a set of barrels and the arcane language of shotgun proof marks. I also learned the value of original condition and, more importantly, how to spot it.

The most important thing my hoarding period taught me was what I thought was important. Like most people who get into guns, I started with an interest in what everyone else said was special: Parkers, Winchester Model 21s, Purdeys. After a while, I learned what was special to me: vintage British doubles (especially ones in their original cases), German O/Us made before World War II, and, above all, high-quality shotguns in original condition. When I concentrated on what I thought mattered, I became a collector. I learned to discriminate, and this taught me more about what moved me and who I am.

Why do we love the things we do? Perhaps it’s a search for wholeness or inspiration. Perhaps we’re looking to bring some type of beauty into our lives or connect with deep, profound currents running through all people for all time. Regardless, I know I can’t decide what I’ll love. My heart makes these decisions, and most make little sense to me. But if I want to feel satisfied and make my hours and days feel worthwhile, I need to follow its commands.

Good gun alert: 20g AYA No. 2 SxS, $2695 ….

20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27" barrels
20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27″ barrels

According to the gunmaker’s website, the AYA No. 2 shotgun is “the pre-eminent “affordable” sidelock double gun, and the most famous model in the AYA line. Since its introduction in the late 1950s, tens of thousands of Nº 2’s have been sold in the United Kingdom, the United States, and everywhere that shooters value the superb balance and handling of a fine double gun.”

Fair enough, and pretty much in line with what I known about these Spanish sidelocks. The one you see here looks like a great deal. While it does have a slight issue (a crack in the stock, right behind the safety), but that should be easy to fix.

20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27" barrels
20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27″ barrels

20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27″ barrels: Aguirre Y Aranzabal (AYA) No. 2 side-by-side shotgun in 20 gauge. 27″ barrel, 2 3/4″ chambers. Choked IC/Cyl. 14″ LOP. Good case coloring on single, select trigger. Metal retains a good amount of case coloring with moderate wear in the usual places. Wood is in good condition with scattered carry and safe marks. Very minimal crack behind top tang but it stops at the checkering. Bluing is in good shape with a few spots of bluing loss, see pics for details. This great little AYA will make for a wonderful quail or close-flushing hunting piece! Price: $2,695

20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27" barrels
20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27″ barrels

Auction alert: Parker Repro/Winchester 20g DHE SxS…

Parker Repro/Winchester 20g DHE SxS
Parker Repro/Winchester 20g DHE SxS

In 1984, America’s favorite vintage double-barrel shotguns — the Parker — was reborn as Parker Reproductions. The brainchild of Parker collector Tom Skeuse, these guns were made in Japan by Olin-Kodensha, builders of Winchester 101s.

Parker Repro/Winchester 20g DHE SxS
Parker Repro/Winchester 20g DHE SxS

Today, these doubles are perfect for people who want vintage-gun character without all the vintage-gun hassles (worn out parts, poor repairs, lousy stock dimensions, etc).

Parker Repro/Winchester 20g DHE SxS
Parker Repro/Winchester 20g DHE SxS

This one looks pretty much brand new. It’s coming up on Saturday, December 08, 2018, at Montrose Auction on Montrose, GA.

Parker Repro/Winchester 20g DHE SxS
Parker Repro/Winchester 20g DHE SxS

Parker Repro/Winchester 20g DHE SxS: Serial # P-00221 Parker Reproduction by Winchester in excellent overall condition. Metal surfaces rate 99%+. Wood rates excellent with scattered handling marks. Initial plate engraved GTE. LOP 14 1/2″ with ejectors with factory leather case and original cardboard shipping box in excellent overall condition numbered to gun. Barrel 28″ Modern.

Good gun alert: 20g Heym 4A SxS shotgun …

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Here’s a great looking double that probably won’t be on the market long. To me, this gun looks like it was made in the 1920s or 1930s. That’s was when Germany was building some of the finest doubles on the planet.

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Heym was one of Germany’s top makers, and their doubles were beautifully made, well balanced, and — as you can see — great looking.

Like what you see? Pounce on it. I doubt it will be around long.

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun: Price: $4,500.00 
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Pistol Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 15 1/8 ”
Type of butt: Checkered Wood
Drop comb: 1 1/2 ”
Drop heel: 2 1/2 ”
Cast amount: 1/2 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 5 lbs, 2 oz

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Manufactured in: Germany
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: Leather Case

Barrel info:
Gauge: 20 ga
Chamber: 2 3/4 ”
Length: 26 ”
Chokes: IC/IM
Rib type: Concave

Heym - 4A - 20 ga - SxS - Boxlock shotgun
Heym – 4A – 20 ga – SxS – Boxlock shotgun

Comments: Gun has some light handling marks, 1.5″ stock extension, initialed oval.

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

 

Flli Piotti King Grade side lock SXS 20 gauge 28
Flli Piotti King Grade side lock SXS 20 gauge 28

Flli Piotti King Grade side lock SXS 20 gauge 28″: Pre-owned in excellent condition Flli Piotti King grade SXS 20 gauge. Case coloring 98%, very minor handling marks on the stock. Fine rose and scroll engraving. 28″ fixed choke barrels (.005/.010), concaved rib. Double triggers with signal pins. Exhibition grade stock with straight grip and splinter fore end. Stock dimensions are: 1 1/2″ x 1 7/8″. LOP 15 1/4′. Over all weight 6 lbs 7 oz. Price: $22,995

Franchi Imperiale Montecarlo "best" sidelock 12 gauge SxS
Franchi Imperiale Montecarlo “best” sidelock 12 gauge SxS

Franchi Imperiale Montecarlo “best” sidelock 12 gauge SxS: Circa 1951 this Montecarlo was the absolute “best” gun available from Franchi for many years and since Franchi’s acquisition by Beretta it is still one of the “best” guns available from Beretta’s Premium gun line with a list price of over $100,000! This is a  perfectly configured game gun:  28 3/8” long chopper lump barrels, 2 ¾” chambers, both sides being .723” bore diameter with choke constrictions of .023” & .035” which translates to tight modified and full.  On top of the barrels is a hand-filed solid rib that tapers from 10mm (4/10”) to 6mm (1/4”) with a brass front bead. The coin finished frame is masterfully engraved in a 100% coverage fine floral, scroll and ribbon motif. The engraving continues on the fences, top tang and trigger guard.  Excellent work.  Double triggers with the front trigger being articulated.  Non-automatic safety. The stock and matching splinter forearm are cut from nicely grained French Walnut.  The straight grip stock has a 14 5/8” LOP over a Pachmayr presentation pad; 1 ½” DAC & 1 7/8” DAH with a slight cast for a right-hand shooter.  Fitted to the bottom of the forearm is the gold Imperiale Montecarlo insignia. Price: $19,875

PERAZZI DC12 SIDE BY SIDE 12GA 30" PIGEON BRAND NEW, NEVER FIRED
PERAZZI DC12 SIDE BY SIDE 12GA 30″ PIGEON BRAND NEW, NEVER FIRED

PERAZZI DC12 SIDE BY SIDE 12GA 30″ PIGEON, BRAND NEW, NEVER FIRED: 18.4 BORE, FIXED CHOKES, 1,630 KG, ENGLISH STRAIGHT STOCK, UPGRADED SC2/3 WOOD, 1 1/2″ X 2 1/8″ X 14 3/4″, MODIFIED BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, 8LBS, BRAND NEW, NEVER FIRED, CASED. Price: $14,900

PARKERS SIDE-BY-SIDE VHE SKEET 20 GAUGE
PARKERS SIDE-BY-SIDE VHE SKEET 20 GAUGE

PARKERS SIDE-BY-SIDE VHE SKEET 20 GAUGE: #241XXX, O FRAME, 26″ SKEET IN SKEET OUT, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, CONSTRICTION 005 AND 007, SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER, EJECTORS, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 6LBS 5 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 13 3/4″ LOP FROM REAR TRIGGER POSITION. Price: $13,500

Winchester Model 21 16 Bore SxS
Winchester Model 21 16 Bore SxS

Winchester Model 21 16 Bore SxS: 2 3/4″ 28″ choked IC/Mod. 14 1/2″ highly figured wood to checkered butt – also has checkered side panels. Blacking at 99% and overall the gun is very clean and tidy. 7lbs. Price: $7,500

A beautiful Purdey double rifle. But what do you do with it?

Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories
Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories

There’s a list of things I like to see when I look at doubles. This James Purdey double rifle checks all my boxes: It’s vintage; it’s gorgeous; it’s by a famous maker, it’s top quality; it’s in great orginal condition; and it’s cased and comes with most, if not all, its original accessories.

Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories
Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories

Unfortunately, other than stare at it, I have no idea what I would do with it. Why? Because of its only flaw: It’s a 28-bore rifle. This means it has rifled barrels, but shoots a 28g shell (probably 2 1/2″) loaded with a lead slug. While this load would be fine for whitetails, getting the ammo would be a PITA.

Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories
Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories

Even if you could get it or wanted to do through the trouble or loading up your own, getting the rifle to regulate and shoot right could be just a difficult. A .450 BPE like this is more practical and, in a most ways, just plain better.

Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories
Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories

Lot 535: Rare, Very Fine Cased Engraved J. Purdey 28 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Accessories: The makers have kindly confirmed that this rifle was completed on October 2nd 1867 for Viscount Downe of the 2nd Lite Guards, as a center fire double hammer rifle in 28 bore with 30 inch Damascus barrels. Only 327 hammer double rifles were manufactured by Purdey in 1880-1900 per page 200 of “Purdey: Gun & Rifle Makers, The Definitive History” by Dallas. A rather similarly laid out pinfire double rifle is pictured in plate 36. The rifle has the matching serial number on the bottom of the barrels, the forearm hardware, and the lever. The barrel rib has a bead blade front sight and four leaf rear sight (three folding leaves) with platinum sight lines and is signed “J. PURDEY 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET LONDON” on top ahead of the rear sight. The barrel flats have standard London black powder proof marks, and the water table has London view marks. The non-rebounding floating back action locks are signed “PURDEY” in small letters, and “PATENT” is marked on the upper tang. The checkered buttplate is marked “CHARGE/3 DMS No. 6 POWDER” at the heel. The action, locks, and furniture have fine English scrollwork engraving. The action has carved percussion fences, the pistol grip trigger guard acts as the rotary underlever, and the locks each have blued sliding safety catches. The well figured stock and forearm are checkered, and the length of pull is 14 3/8 inches. The initial escutcheon on the bottom of the buttstock is inscribed with a coronet and monogram. It comes in a factory oak case with a trade label with hand marked loading information and a second handwritten label indicating where powder could be purchased in Calcutta and Bombay indicating this rifle was likely taken to India at some point. The case contains a variety of equipment for loading and maintenance.

Condition: Very fine with 90% brown finish and distinct Damascus twist patterns along the barrel group which has some soft spots and small patches of minor surface oxidation, 75% plus original case colors with particularly vibrant colors in the protected areas, some mottled patina, and crisp engraving and marking; remnants of original bright blue finish on the heel of the buttplate and gray and brown patina on the balance, and general minor marks and scratches throughout. The wood is also very fine and has crisp checkering, some minor edge wear (including some small chips on the forearm), light pressure marks and scratches, and smooth oiled finish. Mechanically excellent. The case and accessories are fine with mild storage wear.

This week’s 5 double you don’t want to miss …

 

James Purdey & Sons, pair 12 ga, best-quality sidelock game guns
James Purdey & Sons, pair 12 ga, best-quality sidelock game guns

James Purdey &Sons, pair 12 ga, best-quality sidelock game guns: The ultimate pair for driven grouse! 26″ barrels feature original 2-3/4″ chambers, 1-1/4 oz proof, with hand-stippled flat top tapered ribs,  choked improved cylinder/qtr and qtr/half.  Single triggers, straight stocks.   The actions are engraved in the traditional Purdey pattern rose and scroll complete with 99% rich case colors.  The barrels retain virtually all the original lustrous barrel blue.  The stocks measure 1 -1/2″ comb, 2″ heel 15″ LOP over the 1/2″ leather pads, slight cast off.  Perfect checkering original finish with some slight handling marks.  This quintessential pair, built with the balance and quickness essential for the grouse moor, has been in storage since the 1950s and remain in outstanding original condition.   A true consecutive pair, bearing numbers 1 and 2 on the top levers, weighing 6 lbs 12 oz.  Originally ordered by Dean Witter, the founder of the largest investment firm at the time, the twin motor cases are monogrammed “Dean Witter San Francisco”. A fabulous pair for the grouse butt, walk up, or just admiring in your armchair. Price: $59,900 

Ithaca 7E Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge, SxS
Ithaca 7E Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge, SxS

Ithaca 7E Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 Gauge, SxS: This is the first 7E Grade Ithaca we have ever seen, which is understandable since there were only 22 or 25 ever manufactured.  According to Walter C. Snyder, historian of the Ithaca Gun Company, this shotgun was shipped to an undisclosed location on 12/5/44.  The condition is superb, as one might expect from such a high-grade shotgun, it shows almost no wear or evidence of use.  The blue and case-colors are near 100%, the bores are perfect and the highly figured American Walnut stock is ornately checkered and is in near new condition.  It appears that the only non-original part is a proper “sunburst” Ithaca marked reproduction recoil pad.  The case hardened receiver is highly engraved and has six gold inlays including 2 ducks, 2 pheasants, a dog holding a duck and a bald eagle complete with a white gold head.  The shotgun is fitted with ejectors, double gold plated triggers, and the barrels are 28 inches in length, choked full and full (0040″ + .0040″).  The stock dimensions are 14-inch length-of-pull, 2 3/4 inch drop at the heel and 1 3/4 inch drop at the comb. The weight is 7 lbs. 13 oz. The 7E Grade Ithaca is one of the rarest of all American Doubles and it would be hard to find a better one. Comes with a letter from the Chronicler of the Ithaca Gun Company dated 9/5/07. PRICE: $35,000

Colt 1878 10 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun, Grade 8, 32 Damascus Barrel, 1881 Vintage
Colt 1878 10 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun, Grade 8, 32 Damascus Barrel, 1881 Vintage

Colt 1878 10 Gauge Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun, Grade 8, 32 Damascus Barrel, 1881 Vintage: Nice Grade 8 configured Colt 1878, 10 Gauge, Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun.  This 1881 vintage gun is fitted with 32 inch damascus barrels (with engraving), double triggers, attractively engraved color case-hardened frame and side-plates, checkered Walnut forearm with ebony tip, checkered Walnut pistol grip stock with a Colt black hard-rubber butt-plate and silver initial plaque, engraved color case-hardened hammers, and blue finished and engraved trigger guard and lower tang.  The gun is in fine condition, retaining 20% of its original color case hardened finishes, with the rest turning a pleasing silver/brown patina.  The trigger guard/lower tang retain 50% of their original blue finish and the action top lever retains 85% of its original blue finish.  The action is tight and functions perfectly.  The damascus barrels look nice, with nice figure, and the bores are bright, there is a dent on the right barrel (see picture).  All screw heads are mostly unmolested.  The Walnut stock is nicely figured with minor handling marks and no cracks or chips.  The butt-plate is attached with engraved screws, it fits well to the stock and is in excellent condition, with no cracks or chips. The forearm fits perfectly and is in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks.  This is a very nice example of a Colt 1878 Double.  Comes with a Colt factory letter stating gun was shipped on April 18, 1881, to E.K. Tryon & Company located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PRICE: $3,550. 

Winchester Model 23 SxS Heavy Duck
Winchester Model 23 SxS Heavy Duck

Winchester Model 23 SxS Heavy Duck: Built in 1984, this gun is one of only 500 Heavy Duck model 23s built. It has 30″ barrels with a tapered solid rib. The chambers are 3″ with bore diameters of .730″ and choked full (.040″) and full .040″). This gun is in excellent all original condition retaining 95% of the original blue and 98% of the original wood finish. The wood is sound and free of any cracks or damage. The stock dimensions are 14″ over the factory Winchester pad,11/2″ at comb, and 21/4″ at heel. The gun weighs 8-0. This gun is a great duck, goose, or pheasant gun. Install screw in chokes in it and you have a great clays gun. Also a nice addition to any collection.  Price: $1995

L.C. SMITH FIELD 16 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE, INCREDIBLE ORIGINAL CONDITION
L.C. SMITH FIELD 16 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE, INCREDIBLE ORIGINAL CONDITION

L.C. SMITH FIELD 16 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE, INCREDIBLE ORIGINAL CONDITION26″ BARRELS, 100% BRIGHT BLUE, MIRROR PERFECT BORES, IM CYL. AND FULL.  FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, 100% BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR, PERFECT UNTURNED SCREWS, TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE, BARRELS RING NICELY.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE, EXCELLENT WOOD AND CHECKERING. VARNISH FINISH STARTING TO FLAKE, NO SIGN OF WEAR ANYWHERE ON THE GUN.  100% ORIGINAL CONDITION, 1 3/8″ X 2 1/4″ X 14 1/8″, 6 1/2 POUNDS.  MADE IN 1946. Price: $1775

5 Doubles You Don’t Want to Miss….

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR SIDE-BY-SIDE PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE
JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR SIDE-BY-SIDE PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST PRE-WAR SIDE-BY-SIDE PIGEON GUN 12 GAUGE: #24XXX, 30″ SELF OPENING 041 AND 041 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 7LBS 6 OZ, 2″ DAH, 1 9/16″ DAC, 14 3/4″ LOP. Price: $47,500

Armi. F.lli Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS (Extra Finish)
Armi. F.lli Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS (Extra Finish)

Armi. F.lli Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge Sidelock SxS (Extra Finish): 26″ Bbls. Chokes: CYL – CYL L.O.P. : 14 3/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/8″H Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Ser. #: 8528 Stock #: 7845. Price: $24,900

Parker Reproductions – DHE 28ga, SxS, Double Triggers, 26” IC/Mod
Parker Reproductions – DHE 28ga, SxS, Double Triggers, 26” IC/Mod

Parker Reproductions – DHE 28ga, SxS, Double Triggers, 26” IC/Mod: Beautifully figured pistol grip stock with skeleton butt, double triggers, splinter forend, automatic ejectors, gold oval, 99% case color, 99% wood and finish, 99% bluing, perfect condition throughout, includes maker’s case, canvas cover, manual, warranty card and hang tag. 5lbs. 4oz. 14 3/8” X 1 1/2” X 2 3/8″. Price: $5,250.00 

H. Mahillion 20g Sidelock SxS Shotgun
H. Mahillion 20g Sidelock SxS Shotgun

H. Mahillion 20g Sidelock SxS Shotgun: Barrels are 26 ¾ inches, excellent bright strong bores with a single bead at the muzzle and matted rib. The barrels are bored cylinder. This lovely looking, lightly used, plated box lock ejector gun has metal that is 95% finished. This is straight grip English style stock and a splinter fore-end both nicely checkered. The length to heel is 13 inches. The Length to toe is 13 ¼ inches and the length to pull is 13 inches. The gun weighs 5 lbs. 9 ounces. This gun is perfect for a person of smaller stature. It comes with some original paperwork from H. Mahillion describing the gun in French. Price: $4,495

Garbi Model 100 Sidelock Ejector Game 20GA
Garbi Model 100 Sidelock Ejector Game 20GA

Garbi Model 100 Sidelock Ejector Game 20GA: 26″ fixed choke barrels (IC/M) with a swamped game rib. Five-pin Holland style side-lock with scroll engraving. Double triggers, Straight-Hand English stock to a checkered butt, splinter forearm. Minor handling marks on stock and forearm, very minor bluing wear on barrels. Does not include a case. Price: $2,995 

Perfection. An awesome 12g by James Purdey & Sons …

12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920

If there were a Hall of Fame for sporting guns, this SxS would be in it.

12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920

It’s a 12 gauge James Purdey & Sons built in 1920 and upgraded with “Extra Finish” on the action and fences (or “detonating”, in Purdey lingo). The oak & leather case is lined in red velvet and it looks like all the original accessories are present.

12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920

It’s all original, pretty unmessed with, and one of finest doubles I’ve seen.

12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920v
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
12 gauge James Purdey & Sons SxS shotgun with extra finish, 1920
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