Auction alert: 16g Auguste Francotte OU shotgun, No Reserve …

 

Auguste Francotte 16ga Over/Under London Retailer
Auguste Francotte 16ga Over/Under London Retailer

Here’s something you rarely see. It’s a vintage 16 gauge over-under with double triggers, and it appears to be in decent original condition. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends tomorrow, 4/21/2019 @ 9:15 PM.

Auguste Francotte 16ga Over/Under London Retailer
Auguste Francotte 16ga Over/Under London Retailer

Back before WW2, the OU was the latest thing in firearms. Even though gunmakers had been building them for centuries, over-unders didn’t become popular until companies like Merkel and then Boss and Woodward started offering hammerless designs.

I’m not sure what patent this gun is built on. Even though it looks a bit clunky, I bet it handles really well.

Auguste Francotte 16ga Over/Under London Retailer
Auguste Francotte 16ga Over/Under London Retailer

Auguste Francotte 16ga Over/Under London Retailer: Very nice Belgian made 16ga over/under shotgun. Retailer marked “L. Le Personne & Co., LTD, London” on left side of barrel and “Auguste Francotte” on right side. All numbers match. LOP of 14.5” to end of stock which is finely checkered. 27” barrel choked Full/Full. For use with 2 3/4″ shells. Drop at heel of 2″ and drop at comb of 1.5″. Weighs approx. 6.5 lbs. Probably made between 1930-1950. Original finish on both metal and wood with nicely blued trigger guard and latch offset by fine muted case color receiver. Barrels have their original blue and are nice and shiny inside. Mechanics work well and are still stiff. The handguard has a hairline crack on each side that is hardly noticeable, common on these hand made forearms that are very slight in nature. We sold this one a few weeks back and it was returned because it lacked the AF mark typically seen on both barrels on Francotte shotguns- take a look at the pictures and you decide. This London retailer and Auguste Francotte marked 16ga over/under shotgun is offered with no reserve!

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

Parker VHE 28ga., 26” barrels choked IC/M, 00 frame
Parker VHE 28ga., 26” barrels choked IC/M, 00 frame

Parker VHE 28ga., 26” barrels choked IC/M, 00 frame: Choked IC/M. 00 frame, pistol grip, beavertail, single selective miller trigger, DHBP, very late Remington Gun.  100% original case color with absolute perfect screws, 100% of the trigger guard blue, all the original barrel face scrapes, no rib marking, (factory installed trigger because it is a 14 ½” LOP with the trigger.)  This gun is guaranteed to be 100% original case color and blue. About as perfect a gun as you can get. 6lb 0oz. Price: $26,995

EJ CHURCHILL XXV Easy Opening True Pair 12ga Mfg 1937 cased in maker's leather case
EJ CHURCHILL XXV Easy Opening True Pair 12ga Mfg 1937 cased in maker’s leather case

EJ CHURCHILL XXV Easy Opening True Pair 12ga Mfg 1937 cased in maker’s leather case: Serial #  5981 & 5982, Barrel Length: 25″, Choke R  IC(.008) Choke L  M(.014), Stock Configuration  Straight Grip, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm, Rib Type  Churchill Rib, Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving TypeFull coverage Fine Scroll & Rosette Engraving, Other Options: Self-opening mechanisms, Maker’s leather motorcase for a pair
Condition  EXC. Condition, Weight  6#7oz, Dimensions: 1 3/8″ x 2 1/4″ x 15 3/4″ with 3/8 cast off, Other Details  Mfg 1937. Price: $12,000

JP Sauer & Son SXS 20ga Ejector
JP Sauer & Son SXS 20ga Ejector

JP Sauer & Son SXS 20ga Ejector: This JP Sauer was imported by Abercrombie & Fitch and features beautiful engraving with a scalloped frame. The gorgeous wood is in excellent condition.  It has ejectors, side clips and Greener cross bolt lock up. It is 20ga that is choked Imp. cyl. / Mod. It has a checkered butt with an engraved skeleton butt plate.  Please see the pictures of this beautiful shotgun! Barrels: 26″, Action: boxlock , Gauge: 20, Stock Comb: 1 1/2′, Stock Heel: 2 5/16″, Butt Pad: skeleton, LOP: 14 3/8″, Weight: 6lbs, Chokes: IC & Mod. Price: $4500

Zoli - Rizzini ~ Abercrombie & Fitch ~ Over Under ~ 28 Ga
Zoli – Rizzini ~ Abercrombie & Fitch ~ Over Under ~ 28 Ga

Zoli – Rizzini ~ Abercrombie & Fitch ~ Over Under ~ 28 Ga: Beautiful, lightweight over/under with Greener Cross Bolt action & single trigger. Manufactured: 1965, Caliber: 28 Gauge, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Metal Condition: Shows good case color at the frame & locks with some carry wear visible at the bottom. A bit of blue wear shows near the muzzles, Wood Condition: Wood appears in very good condition with some handling wear showing in the checkered fields, Bore Condition: Shiny & bright, Barrels: 26″ Vented Rib, Triggers: Single non-selective, Stock: Checkered Prince of Wales style grip, Stock Dimensions: 13 1/2″ LOP, 1 3/8″ DAC, 2 1/4″ DAH, Fore End: Checkered Semi-beavertail with Deeley style release, Butt Pad: Composite Checkered, Weight: 4 lbs 14 oz, Chokes: Fixed Modified & Improved Cylinder, Extras: Hard luggage case & snap caps. Price: $2,999.99 

J.D. DOUGALL 12 gauge Hammer Gun, 29 3/4" bbls.
J.D. DOUGALL 12 gauge Hammer Gun, 29 3/4″ bbls.

J.D. DOUGALL 12 gauge Hammer Gun, SxS, 29 3/4″ bbls: Fine English scroll engraved case hardened island lock action, 29 3/4″ British Nitro Proofed Damascus bbls. w/ 2 3/4″ chambers (in proof), Concave rib marked “J.D.DOUGALL, GUN & RIFLE MANUFACTURER TO H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES, 59 ST JAMES’S STREET, LONDON W”, Chokes: Right .744 / .040 / F w/ .044 wall thickness & Left .740 / .035 / F w/ .040 wall thickness, Double triggers, External Hammers, Extractors, Well-figured straight stock w/ horn buttplate, Splinter forearm, Stock Dimensions: DC: 1 3/8″ x DH: 2 1/8″ x Cast: 0″ at Heel x LOP: 14 1/4″, Weight: 6 lb. 15 oz., Condition: Very Good Antique, Made in England Pre-1898, Serial #3695. Price: $2995

Auction alert: Insanely rare 16g D.M. Lefever 16g SxS, 9F grade…

 

D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun
D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun

The shotgun you see here is one of the rarest of all vintage American double-barrel shotguns. It’s a D.M. Lefever 16g in 9F grade and is on Gunbroker.com now. The listing ends on 3/24/2019 @ 7:51 PM. Even though it’s a No Reserve auction, bidding starts at $5,995.

Daniel Myron Lefever was an American inventor and gunmaker. In his lifetime, he patented a number of gun designs, including the one built by the Lefever Arms Company from 1883 until 1916 (here’s a gun built on that patent).

D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun
D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun

In 1902, D. M. Lefever formed the D. M. Lefever, Sons & Company. The gun he built with that company is the type of SxS shotgun listed in this auction. Called a Lefever Cross-Bolt, it’s a very different design, and it was very successful for D.M. Lefever. The company only made about a 1,000 of them before going out of business. The one shown here is a 9F grade, one up from D.M. Lefever bottom of the line 0 Excelsior model.

D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun
D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun

Dan D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun: You are bidding on a fantastic and rare D.M. Lefever and Sons Co. shotgun! This has its ORIGINAL FACTORY ORDER TAG!!! D.M. Lefever and Sons only made about 1000 guns in the short span of their production, and this one is special in several ways! It is a snappy little 16 Ga. and has factory documented 26″ barrels. VERY EARLY production! It also has a straight grip English style stock, Imperial Steel barrels, 9F grade, and this actual gun was featured in the Double Gun Journal Winter 1992 Issue that has the great article on D.M. Lefever crossbolt guns. It is in beautiful condition with 90% plus original bluing on the barrels and high condition on the action and stock. Original butt plate with unturned screws. Barrels ring true and are plenty thick, bores are excellent. I took the D.M. Lefever to Britannia Sporting Arms in Cape Neddick, Maine and the proprietor Stephan Hutton (worked at Churchill’s in England) thoroughly looked the gun over and gave a glowing condition report! The states that it is a “very clean, solid gun that has seen very little use, and has been well-looked after over the years”, he noted that most of the small amount of wear has been because of handling.

D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun
D.M. Lefever Sons 16 Ga 9F SxS double shotgun

It is completely original, locks up tight, is on face, and functions correctly as it is (the ejector spring was removed from the gun at some point, but is present with the gun and can be re-installed if desired) The chambers are 2 3/4” long and there are no signs of them having been “opened up”, so he believes that it left the factory this way. The stock and forearm are original to the gun and their conditions match nicely. He said that it is possible that the stock was refreshed at some point in the distant past, but that he personally highly doubts, it given the patina of the wood and the high original condition of the rest of the gun. The consensus was that it just remains in pretty amazing condition overall. The Length of Pull is a little over 14” and drop at comb was over 1 1/2”, drop at heel was 2 3/8” with no cast and will fit shooters of modern dimensions. These dimensions are all within 1/8” of the dimensions listed on the original factory tag, which are nominal dimensions. The bores have NO dents, bulges or pits, the ribs are sound, the minimum wall thicknesses on the barrels are healthy at .030 for the left barrel, and .029 for the right barrel. The chokes are listed as Cyl and Modified, and he found that the Cyl barrel had .003 constriction which could be considered Cyl or Skeet 1, other barrel was Modified. There were no signs of the chokes being modified after it left the factory. He noted that there is an almost imperceptible dent in the left barrel choke area at approx the 7 o’clock position, but stated that it was of absolutely no concern. The bore size was .675 in the right barrel and .679 in the left barrel, which is over nominal barrel size for a 16 gauge, but states that given the healthy wall thicknesses, that it most likely left the factory this way and was not polished at a later time. He stated that he does not know the reason that the ejector spring was removed, but that a previous owner may have not wanted the shells to eject or it could have been giving him problems. He said that without re-installing the ejector spring that it was impossible to know if there was a functional reason it was removed. The gun functions properly as it is, but he stated that with the ejector spring not in place, that care must be given when re-attaching the barrels to the action, as if the ejector arms rotate and go over other parts that you will not be able to re-attach the barrels until they are placed back in their proper position where they are normally held in place from the ejector spring. Although he has examined and worked on several D.M Lefevers, he stated that this one has a different action mechanism than the others that he had seen personally. He did not expressly say so, he did give the overall impression that this was the nicest, original D.M. Lefever that he had seen. With its Double Gun Journal provenance, desirable gauge, unusual features, and original hang tag, you probably won’t have many (if any) opportunities to find a nicer, better example of an early D.M Lefever! Buyer to pay actual shipping and INSURANCE costs. Payment by certified funds or cash. FFL or C&R required for shipment.

Auction alert: 28g Parker DHE SxS shotgun…

Check out the video above to get a closer look at this nice looking 28 gauge Parker Bros DHE side-by-side. This gun, and a lot of other great doubles, are coming up at the end of the month at Poulin Auctions Spring 2019 Firearms sale.

PoulinAuctions.com, Spring, 2019 sale, Lot: 1089, PARKER DHE GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
PoulinAuctions.com, Spring, 2019 sale, Lot: 1089, PARKER DHE GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

Lot: 1089, PARKER DHE GRADE SXS SHOTGUN: Cal. 28 Ga. S# 207714. Bbls. 28″ w/ 2 3/4″.chambers. Choked imp. cyl. & mod. 1924 Production. Single trigger serial numbered to gun. 00 Frame, ejectors & color cased hardened action. Blued bbls. Capped pistol grip stock. Skeleton buttplate. Splinter forend. LOP: 14 1/8″. DAC: 1 5/8″. DAH: 2 1/2″. Weight: 5 lbs., 14 oz. CONDITION: action retains 60% original color case hardening w/ colors fading to gray w/ noticeable wear along sharp edges & where carried. Bbls. retain better than 90% original blue w/ slight fading around forend & unusual engraved rib legend. Wood remains proud to metal w/ some scattered compression marks. Wood grain is rather plain w/ some very light fiddleback. Checkering remains crisp w/in skeleton buttplate. Grip cap remains crisp. Bores are bright & shiny & measure .552″ right & .550″ left. Action locks up tight & on face though top rib extension shows slight gap at breech end. (19-154/TB). CURIO. Estimate $20,000-28,000.

Incredible gun alert: 16g Lefever BE SxS …

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

Take a good, long look at this 16g BE-grade Lefever. Chances are good you’ll never see another one again.

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

Over its short history (XXXX-XXXX) the Lefever Arms Company made far fewer guns than the other major American SxS makers — Parker, Fox, L.C. Smith, and Ithaca. And as was the case with most gunmakers, most of the SxSs Lefever built were in their lower grades: I, DS, H, G, F. Very few of the company’s top-tier guns – the One Thousand Dollar Grade, the Optimus, the AA, A, & Bs – were made and most of these were 12 gauges.

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

So any B-grade Lefever is a scarce gun (a BE is a B-grade with Ejectors), and a 16 gauge BE is, well, super ‘friggin rare. In 20 years of following Lefevers, this is the first one I’ve seen on the open market.

BTW: If you own an old Lefever and would like to know more about it or sell it, please let me know. I would be happy to help out. Gregg@DogsandDoubles.com

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun: Offered here is the holy grail of Lefever collecting – an original Lefever BE Grade 16ga.  Made with original 28″ Krupp Steel Barrels, splinter forend with the rare clamshell release.  Original Lefever single selective trigger with selector in the safety slide.  Round knob pistol grip buttstock with gorgeous grain and fine checkering through the wrist. The gun weighs 5lbs 14oz and was made on the Lefever “XX” frame size as marked on the watertable. The gun has original 2-1/2″ original chambers, bright shiny bores.  The barrels measure .670 in both tubes (perfect for a 16ga Lefever) and have .020 choke (mod) in the right barrel and .028 (full) in the left barrel. Minimum wall thickness is .027 in both barrels.  The LOP is 12-3/4″ over a thick Lefever monogrammed buttplate (would be 13-3/4″ with double triggers) from the rear position single trigger with drops of  2″ at the comb and 2-7/8″ at the heel.  Barrels retain about 90% of the original blue.  Action retains more than 1/3 of the original case color with nice crisp engraving. Stocks are sound and retain most of their original finish with a few minors. Price: $18,500

Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun
Fantastic and Extremely Rare Original Lefever BE Grade 16ga SxS Shotgun

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: 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

Good gun alert: 12g Parker VH SxS, 1 1/2 frame …

12g Parker VH 12ga Side by Side shotgun, #172487: Price: $2,500.00

I’m going to out on a limb here and say this 12g Parker VH is a nice double. While the seller doesn’t say much about the gun, it gun looks pretty original and appears to be in OK shape. Sure it has some honest wear, but that adds to the gun’s charm.

12g Parker VH 12ga Side by Side shotgun, #172487: Price: $2,500.00 
12g Parker VH 12ga Side by Side shotgun, #172487: Price: $2,500.00

What I really like about this double is what it is and what it doesn’t have.

12g Parker VH 12ga Side by Side shotgun, #172487: Price: $2,500.00 
12g Parker VH 12ga Side by Side shotgun, #172487: Price: $2,500.00

First, it’s a 12g on a 1 1/2 frame. Standard 12g Parkers come on No. 2 frames. That’s why they’re heavy — usually 7.5lbs+ — and too much gun for the hunting I do. The 1 1/2 frame is smaller than the 2, and twelves built on it can be a half-pound lighter. That means this Parker could weigh under 7lbs–which light for a 12g VH.

Second, it doesn’t have ejectors — which is good. Upland hunters don’t need them, and Parker ejectors aren’t great. Not having them on a SxS  makes this gun reliable and it makes it weigh a bit less.

12g Parker VH 12ga Side by Side shotgun, #172487: Price: $2,500.00 
12g Parker VH 12ga Side by Side shotgun, #172487: Price: $2,500.00

12g Parker VH 12ga Side by Side shotgun, #172487Price: $2,500.00 

Good gun alert: a 16g Parker VH SxS shotgun …

PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: 
PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN:

A buddy of mine is a gun collector, raconteur, and international outdoorsman. He has owned everything from Fox and Fabbris to Perazzis and Bosses, and he has hunted everything from mourning doves in Texas to elephants in Tanzania.

PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: 
PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN:

A few years ago he gave me some advice: Stick to Parkers and Purdeys. Why? Because they’re great guns and everyone knows them and wants one. So they’ll always be demand for good ones.

PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: 
PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN:

He’s has a point. And if you buy into it, this is the next grouse gun you should own. Not only is it a Parker, but it’s a later gun in excellent original condition. So it has all the tweaks and modifications Parker Bros. made to improve their guns and it hasn’t been abused.

PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: 
PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN:

PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: 16 gauge, 28″ Vulcan steel barrel choked IMP. & MOD on a No. 1 frame.  Splinter forend and pistol grip buttstock measuring  LOP: 14 1/4″, Comb: 1 1/2″, Heel: 2 1/4″. Weight:  6lbs 12 oz. Serial range 217xxx.  In beautiful original condition with the barrels retaining 98% plus original blue. Much of the factory casehardened finish remaining on the frame. Super wood and checkering. Original factory buttplate. Perfect bores. 1926 mfg. Price: $4,495.

‘Friggin WOW. An incredible 28g Parker BHE side by side…

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. Here’s a double you don’t see every day–and may never see again.

It’s a 28 gauge Parker BHE built in 1916. When it was made, Quality B.H. guns were the 4th down in the company’s lineup, below the A. No. 1 Special, the A.A.H., and the A.H. (the first Invincible was completed in 1923).

Parker only made 1,034 B.H. grade guns. That’s not many, especially for a company that built 247,000+ doubles in all. Most of those B.H. grades were 12s. As it says below, only four were 28 gauges.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 
Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.  “00” frame. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety.  The gun is fabulously engraved with scroll and floral pattern – a special order feature. It has 2-7/8″ original chambers with excellent bright shiny bores, measuring .563 right and .557 left. Full length matted top rib with proper original Acme barrel legend.  The gun has a capped pistol grip, inlaid with a gold cap and a large “H” engraved on the cap. Original skeleton buttplate with traces of original blue remaining. Stock dimensions in the factory letter are LOP of 14-1/4″ with drop-at-comb of 1-3/4″ and drop-at-heel of 3-1/8″.  The gun has these exact specifications today. Weight is 5lbs 7oz – exactly as found in the PGCA letter.  Barrel blue is excellent and all original and appears to be in the 75% range. Price: $59,500 

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 
Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.  Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 

This week’s 6 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout - letters exactly as found!
Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout – letters exactly as found!

Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout – letters exactly as found!For your consideration is an extremely rare Parker BHE 28ga with original 26″ Acme Steel barrels.  “00” frame.  Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety.  The gun is fabulously engraved with scroll and floral pattern – a special order feature.  It has 2-7/8″ original chambers with excellent bright shiny bores, measuring .563 right and .557 left.  Full length matted top rib with proper original Acme barrel legend.  The gun has a capped pistol grip, inlaid with gold cap and a large “H” engraved on the cap.  Original skeleton buttplate with traces of original blue remaining.  Stock dimensions in the factory letter are LOP of 14-1/4″ with drop at comb of 1-3/4 and drop at heel of 3-1/8.  The gun has these exact specifications today.  Weight is 5lbs 7oz- exactly as found in the PGCA letter.  Barrel blue is excellent and all original and appears to be in the 75% range.  The gun does have some original colors as seen in the photos. Here is your chance to buy an incredibly rare Parker 28ga that is field ready for many more lifetimes ahead.  Please dont hesitate to contact me with any questions on the gun. Price: $59,500 

Parker AHE 12ga SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, ½ Frame Factory Two Barrel Set 26” and 28” Single Selective Trigger: LOP: 14” to end of pad, Hawkins Pad with 3/4″ Spacers. Barrel Set No. 1 is 28” choked RH: Modified and LH: Full   Weight of gun is 7.7 pounds with these barrels. Barrel Set No. 2 is 26” choked RH: Improved Cylinder and LH: Modified   Weight of the shotgun is 7.65 pounds with these barrels.

Parker AHE 12ga SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, ½ Frame Factory Two Barrel Set 26” and 28” Single Selective Trigger
Parker AHE 12ga SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, ½ Frame Factory Two Barrel Set 26” and 28” Single Selective Trigger

Both sets of barrels are 90% or better.  Both sets of barrels lock up tight and on the face.  There is no corrosion either inside or outside either set of barrels.  There are no dents or dings on either set of barrels.  Ejectors for both sets of barrels work properly and are in time.
The forearm wood shows little to no use.  All checkering on both forearms is in very fine condition.  There are no issues with either forearm.

The Stock checkering is in very fine condition showing little use.  The stock was cut and subsequently lengthened with the installation of 3/4″ total in spacers.  The Hawkins Pad is period correct.  The Parker letter does not indicate the stock treatment.  There are a few handling marks on both sides of the stock.

The action has 90% or better case colors.  There are Pheasant on the right and Quail on the left.  The bottom is engraved with two Setters and a fence row.  All screws are in fine condition and in time. The gold grip cap is in place and has initials engraved in it as well as a finely engraved border.

This is a fine condition Late Remington Parker AHE. This is one of the last three AHE’s manufactured according to the Parker Story.  According to the Parker Story there were only 4 total 12 gauge AHE’s manufactured with 26” Fluid Steel Barrels.  There were only 18 total 12 gauge AHE’s manufactured with 28” Fluid Steel Barrels.  This is also on a desirable and scarce Parker ½ Frame action.  This combination makes this Parker extremely rare and possibly the only one manufactured.  With the exception of the stock modifications listed above the firearm shows little use.  The firearm matches the Parker Letter.  This is a no excuses, no speculation, verified factory two barrel, high grade, 1/2 Frame firearm that can easily take its place as the centerpiece of a collection. Both barrel sets are stamped ½ and all measurements on the action confirm this is a ½ frame 12ga. Price: $55,000

Boss & Co. Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun 12 Gauge (Assisted Opening – 1 1/4″ oz. Nitro Proofed)30″ Chokes: Improved Mod – Full L.O.P. : 15″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/8″ H Weight: 7 lbs 14 oz Ser. #: 7726 Price: $49,500 

Boss & Co. Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun 12 Gauge (Assisted Opening - 1 1/4" oz. Nitro Proofed)
Boss & Co. Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun 12 Gauge (Assisted Opening – 1 1/4″ oz. Nitro Proofed)
John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED
John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED

John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED6lbs 6oz, SxS, IC/M, LOP 14 3/4″, DAH 2 5/8″, DAC 1 5/8″. Serial Number: 18475. Purpose built in 1992 for gunning American upland birds over fine dogs. Weighing just 6lbs. 6oz. and balanced perfectly 1/8” in front of the hinge pin, the gun is fast to shoulder and a pleasure to carry all day through tough terrain. With its 28” chopper lump barrels choked IC/M and the English style stock the gun is simply gorgeous. The sidelock action has side plates shaped in the traditional Rigby style, with cocking indicators, game scene/banknote scroll engraving, perfect screws and metal fit, and sculpted bolsters on the bottom of the frame. The original case color is still prominent and aged to that perfect hue and contrast. The gun is stocked to the fences with gorgeous English walnut with a diamond shape at the grip, drop points, perfect 28LPI checkering, and terminates in a gorgeous pigskin Purdey style leather covered pad. The gun has the Holland & Holland style assisted-opening feature that you would expect from a true LONDON BEST, and is housed in the factory oak & leather case with all the best accessories. THIS IS A RARE FIND THAT YOU WON’T SEE FOR SALE IN THE MARKETPLACE AGAIN FOR SOME TIME. The reputation of Paul Roberts building best guns in the finest English fashion is well established. The engraving, done by John Beech of London, is superb, with gorgeous scenes of woodcock, pheasants, and a setter on point. A finer investment in the gunmaker’s art would be hard to find, regardless of the name on the barrels. Thanks for looking! Price: $24,500.00 

 

W. J. JEFFERY 2 INCH 12 GAUGE, BOXLOCK EJECTOR, SXS, 5LBS 3OZ
W. J. JEFFERY 2 INCH 12 GAUGE, BOXLOCK EJECTOR, SXS, 5LBS 3OZ

W. J. JEFFERY 2 INCH 12 GAUGE, BOXLOCK EJECTOR, SXS, 5LBS 3OZ: Price: $3475

Chambers: 2 INCH
Condition: VERY GOOD
Metal Condition: VERY GOOD
Wood Condition: VERY GOOD
Bore Condition: BRIGHT
Barrels: 26 IN
Gauge: 12 GA
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 1/4
LOP: 14 3/4IN
Weight: 5LBS 2.6OZ
Manufacture Date: 1946
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: IMP/CYL
Proof:Nitro: YES

FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE - 28" BARRELS - BOXLOCK - EJECTORS - FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES DOUBLE BARREL SXSFRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE – 28″ BARRELS – BOXLOCK – EJECTORS – FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES DOUBLE BARREL SXSHere is a solid Francotte 20E with 28″ barrels and ejectors. This is a well made sideplated boxlock. Double underbite with concealed Greener style third fastener. Side clips. Tight and on the face. No loose ribs. No cracks to wood. A vintage VL&D Import. Auto safety. Right barrel measures .729 with 3/1000 choke (Skeet), while left is .730 with 8/1000 (IC). Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14″ Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″ Drop at Heel – 2 3/4″. Price: $1,200 

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

 

PHILIPP REEB Extra high-quality BLE 12ga 29" SxS Shotgun
PHILIPP REEB Extra high-quality BLE 12ga 29″ SxS Shotgun

PHILIPP REEB Extra high-quality BLE 12ga 29″: Price  $10,000.00
ID #  6754
Make:  PHILIPP REEB
Model:  Best quality BLE
Configuration:  SXS
Gauge / Caliber:  12 GA
Serial #:  3371
Country of Origin: Germany
Barrel Length (in Inches): 29″
Choke R: IC(.010)
Choke L: M(.017)
Trigger: DT (Double)
Stock Configuration: Straight Grip
Forearm Type: Splinter Forearm
Rib Type: Matted Concave Rib
Other Options:  Greener safety, Greener crossbolt, Cocking indicators, Skeleton steel buttplate, Horn accents, English proofs, 2 1/2″ chambers
Condition:  EXC. Condition
Weight: 6# 13oz
Dimensions: 1 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ x 14 3/8″ with 1/4″ cast off
Other Details: Mfg around 1920 this is a super high quality gun that is a cut above other similar guns

1980 – Perazzi MX8 Trap OU – SC3 Grade -Type IV Gun: Like New Condition! 12ga, 2-3/4″, 30″ Bbls IM / F(.727 – .030 / .727 – .040), 18.4 Bores, kg1610, Neutral Cast Stock at LOP 14-5/8″ Over Original Factory Pad, Drop 1-1/2″ to 1-3/8″ Across the Comb, and 2-1/4″ at the Heel. Weight 8 lbs. 12 oz. “As New” Condition – Fired Very Little. Looks like it came from a Time Capsule. Looks and feels like a brand new gun! Price: $8950

1980 - Perazzi MX8 Trap OU - SC3 Grade -Type IV Gun: Like New Condition! 12ga, 2-3/4", 30" Bbls
1980 – Perazzi MX8 Trap OU – SC3 Grade -Type IV Gun: Like New Condition! 12ga, 2-3/4″, 30″ Bbls

Parker Bros. DHE Grade 16 Gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun with 26″ Barrels: Number 1 frame.  The barrels are Titanic steel barrels with 90% bluing remaining.  They are 28″ in length and are choked Mod. and Full.  Bores are excellent with no pits or dings.  Engraving remains very sharp with 30-40% case colors remaining on receiver. A very solid 16 DHE Parker.  Price: $7,975.00

Serial Number: 223582

Parker Bros. DHE Grade 16 Gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun with 26" Barrels
Parker Bros. DHE Grade 16 Gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun with 26″ Barrels

Ejectors: Yes
Condition: Very Good
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Excellent
Gauge: 16 Gauge
Stock Comb: 1 5/8″
Stock Heel: 2 5/8″
LOP: 14 1/4″
Manufacture Date: 1928
Choke Left: Full
Choke Right: Mod

Belgian Browning 20ga Superlite Over Under Shotgun NIB: Built in 1983, this gun is new and unfired in the original box. It has a fabulous highly figured stock and forend. The barrels are 261/2″ and are choked improved cylinder and modified. The gun weighs just 5-12 and balances between the hands. A great classic upland bird gun for the shooter or collectors.  Price: $6495

Belgian Browning 20ga Superlite Over Under Shotgun NIB
Belgian Browning 20ga Superlite Over Under Shotgun NIB

Parker Brothers ~ VH ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel ShotgunNice example of an early ’30’s Parker Brothers side by side shotgun.  Price: $3,499.99 
Manufactured: 1930.
Caliber: 20 Ga.

Parker Brothers ~ VH ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker Brothers ~ VH ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Chambers: Break action side by side.
Metal Condition: Very good with, barrel blueing is intact except for the very end of the muzzle, smoke/ case finish is mostly worn off of the receiver.
Wood Condition: Walnut pistol grip stock, clean checkering on the fore end and rear stock, several dings and small scratches.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 28″ round Vulcan steel barrels.
Triggers: Double triggers.
Stock: 13″ LOP rear trigger, 14″ LOP front trigger.
Fore End: Satin walnut finish with checkering.
Butt Pad: Black synthetic butt pad.
Weight: 6.1 pounds.
Sights: Silver dot at the muzzle.
Chokes: Fixed chokes, both barrels are Modified.

For the heart, for Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Vol 1…

Essential reading: Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1
Essential reading: Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

I’ve been kicking around the upland world for a while. As my friends and covers get older, I wonder what will become of grouse and woodcock hunting. To keep it thriving, it’s important we to attract new voices and new perspectives. Both bring in new blood.

Through their videos, website, and now their first book, Project Upland offers readers and viewers fresh take on upland hunting, gun dogs, and fine shotguns. Last December, they approached me about writing an essay for their premier publication:  PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME 1.

The book came out a few weeks ago, and if you’re into bird hunting, it’s a must-read. It features lots of cool, full-color pics, and 10 essays with titles like The Quickest Path to Losing Hunting Partners, The Golden Hour, and, my piece, For the Heart. Here’s an excerpt. To read the whole thing, you’ll have to buy the book.

My essay in Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1
My essay in Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, 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 even 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…”

Me & my old Westley in Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1
Me & my old Westley in Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

Hear my big mouth, now on on Clays & Birds …

My 15 minutes of fame are here — finally! Andrew Schatz over at www.ClaysandBirds.com interviewed me last Saturday.

Andrew’s a good guy (even though he runs Braccos -haha) and his podcast is worth subscribing to and checking out whenever possible. For this piece, Andrew and I talked a bit about where to find good vintage guns, what to look for when buying them and the #1 most important thing you must do before closing a deal.

Take a listen. My interview starts at 25:00.

Wow! What a Parker: 20g BHE, 32″ bbls, straight grip…

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

If you’re a Parker fanatic with deep pockets, grab your check book. Here’s a super rare one, and even though it’s 100 years old, it looks like this side-by-side remains in incredible original condition.

According to the Parker collector’s site, Parker Bros made just over 1,000 BH-grades (which are Quality Bs without hammers — BH). I imagine very, very few of those were 20 gauges with 32″ barrels, ejectors (the E in BHE) and straight grips.

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrelsVery rare, highly collectable 1916 Parker BHE (serial #174053) with straight stock and 32″ barrels. This Parker remains in high original condition with very good stock, B engraved receiver and Acme steel barrels. It is apparent that this shotgun has likely spent a lot of it’s 100 year old life tucked away in someone’s safe, leg-o-mutton gun case or closet. Shotguns of this quality rarely come up for as they are usually socked away in someone’s collection for many years and then passed on to family members, never to be seen by the general public. The consignor, after only a brief ownership, brought this Parker to me with hopes of alleviating homefront tensions. This little SxS features a straight stock, 32″ barrels with shiney bores, ejectors (which work with authority), “0” frame and double triggers. All desireable options for any SxS, but especially a high grade Parker. LOP is at 13 7/8″, DAC is 1 1/2″, DAH is 2 3/4″ and it weighs in at 6 lb 8 oz. Both bores measure .618 with .018 constriction on the right barrel and .024 on the left. Lock up is Parker tight and there is no movement between the barrels and the receiver with the forearm off. This is a seldom seen opportunity to own a high grade Parker. Also included with this Parker is the original leg-o-mutton case that A.T. DeForest bought for it. Price: P.O.R.

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Manufacturer: Parker
Model: BHE
Serial Number: 174053
Ejectors: yes
Metal Condition: very good
Wood Condition: verygood
Bore Condition: shiney
Barrels: 32 inch
Barrel Type: SxS
Action: boxlock

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Triggers: double
Gauge: 20
Stock: straight
Stock Comb: 1 1/2″
Stock Heel: 2 3/4″
LOP: 13 7/8″
Rib: solid
Weight: 6 lb 8 oz
Sights: single bead
Manufacture Date: 1916
Choke Left: full
Choke Right: mod
Engraving: B engraving

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Extras: Hard to find
Case: old leg-o-mutton

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Browning Superposed 28ga 28in M/F Straight English Stock
Browning Superposed 28ga 28in M/F Straight English Stock

Browning Superposed 28ga 28in M/F Straight English StockA very unique 28ga Browning Superposed it has a straight stock like a superlight but has a lightning frame with a field forearm   It has 28in barrels  choked Modified / Full it is in great condition  very tight  gorgeous wood. LOP 14 3/8″ to a Factory buttplate  This is a NO salt, vent-rib gun. Price: $8,500

BERETTA - Abercrombie & Fitch - ASEL - 20ga 28" - O/U Shotgun Solid Rib
BERETTA – Abercrombie & Fitch – ASEL – 20ga 28″ – O/U Shotgun Solid Rib

BERETTA – Abercrombie & Fitch – ASEL – 20ga 28″ – O/U Shotgun Solid RibHand Built Quality. Very Hard to Find with 28″ Barrels. 1951. Choked IC / M (.007 / .017), Double Trigger – Front Articulated, LOP 14-3/8″ Drop 1-7/16″ to 2-1/8″,Weight 5 lbs. 12 oz. Gun was very carefully restored some years ago, and remains 95+% condition. Bores are as they left the factory – except the chokes were opened to IC / M. Price: $5900

LC SMITH Model 2E 16ga Straight Grip Factory two barrel set 26 M&M, 30″ F&FAll original finish. Mfg 1912. Price: $4,500

Serial #  214934

LC SMITH Model 2E 16ga Straight Grip Factory two barrel set 26 M&M, 30" F&F
LC SMITH Model 2E 16ga Straight Grip Factory two barrel set 26 M&M, 30″ F&F

Choke 30″ F&F
Choke 26″ M&M
Trigger  Hunter one trigger
Stock Configuration  Straight Grip
Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm
Rib Type  Matted Concave Rib
Receiver Finish  Casehardened
Engraving Type  Game Scene Cameos Engraving
Other Options  Recoil pad
Condition  Near EXC. Condition
Weight  7#0oz
Dimensions  1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 14 with 0 cast

Abercrombie & Fitch F. Rizzini Side-By-Side 12 Ga
Abercrombie & Fitch F. Rizzini Side-By-Side 12 Ga

Abercrombie & Fitch F. Rizzini Side-By-Side 12 GaThis Italian double gun has a case colored, scalloped boxlock action with a checkered walnut stock set. The stock does not appear to have been cut for the recoil pad. The 28″ barrels are extractor only and have fixed Mod/Full chokes. Abercrombie & Fitch imported this shotgun. Price: $1,949.66
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Only a few light handling marks.
Wood Condition: There are a couple of very small cracks behind the scallops of the receiver.
Bore Condition: Bright, clean bores.
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double
Stock: Round knob pistol grip.
Stock Dimensions:
15 1/2″ LOP, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/2″ DAH
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Pachmayr White Line recoil pad.
Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz.
Sights: Brass bead.
Chokes: Fixed – Mod/Full

Browning Citori OU Double Barrel 12 gauge Shotgun
Browning Citori OU Double Barrel 12 gauge Shotgun

Browning Citori OU Double Barrel 12 gauge ShotgunBrowning Citori chambered in 12 gauge.  Shotgun has 28″ barrels and weighs 6lb 6oz.  Firearm has an English style straight stock and screw chokes. Price: $1,095

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Symes & Wright, London, Best Quality 20 bore Sidelock Purdey-style OU Shotgun
Symes & Wright, London, Best Quality 20 bore Sidelock Purdey-style OU Shotgun

Symes & Wright, London, Best Quality 20 bore Sidelock Purdey-style OU Shotgun: 28″ barrels, stippled solid rib, 2-34″ chambers choked improved cylinder and modified (.009/.016).   Based on a Purdey-Woodward patent, the finely sculpted rounded bar action is engraved in the finest rose and scroll with vivid case colors.  Single trigger.  Highly figured French walnut pistol grip stock with black and gold highlights measures 13-3/4″ to a checkered butt. Symes & Wright, the partnership of two very successful Purdey craftsmen, produced only the finest London guns.  The Firm consisted of some of the most talented artisans in the British gun trade.  A boutique maker, they built only a limited number of guns to the highest standard.  This 20 bore over/under illustrates the high level of craftsmanship and style which was the hallmark of Symes & Wright.  Weighs 6 lbs, 7 oz.  Complete with fitted oak and leather case, a London Best.  Price: $65,000

James Purdey double rifle in .303 British - In superb condition in its makers oak & leather case Exquisite!
James Purdey double rifle in .303 British – In superb condition in its makers oak & leather case Exquisite!

James Purdey double rifle in .303 British – In superb condition in its makers oak & leather case Exquisite!Ever have a “Wow” moment? I sure did when I lifted the lid of the case and beheld this stunning double rifle from 1899 with almost all its case color on its locks and its stunning marble cake wood. Built in the waning days of the Victorian era (The blessed queen died in 1901) James Purdey was then what I consider at the pinnacle of their gun craft. This beautiful double rifle is a physical testament to the craftsman and company that is still today setting the standard to compare other gun makers. Small bore English double rifles in usable calibers are quite rare. This rifle is in superb condition with an excellent bore. .303 is readily available and is not considered obsolete, in fact being recorded by many to be an excellent caliber for North American big game. This rifle features the Beasley patent self-opening mechanism. The next owner of this rifle is a very lucky man or woman and will not only have an excellent investment but a work of art and craftsmanship from the golden age of English gunmaking. Price: $48,000

Phillipson & Nephew 12g SxS Sidelock Ejector
Phillipson & Nephew 12g SxS Sidelock Ejector

Phillipson & Nephew 12g SxS Sidelock EjectorStunning 12g sidelock ejector shotgun made by Phillipson & Nephew of Birmingham. Famous for making and supplying the majority of the trade with actions, they made a few guns under their own name which were always extremely well made, high end guns. This gun features 30″ barrels, beautifully engraved sidelocks with game scene surrounded in scroll retaining some case colour, double triggers, handsome and highly figured walnut stock measuring 14 3/8″ to centre. Cased with accessories in a leather case. A chance to acquire a very attractive, rare gun in excellent condition. Price: $11,995

L. C. SMITH - LONG RANGE 12 GA. 32" BARRELS FULL/FULL - 99% COND
L. C. SMITH – LONG RANGE 12 GA. 32″ BARRELS FULL/FULL – 99% COND

L. C. SMITH – LONG RANGE 12 GA. 32″ BARRELS FULL/FULL – 99% COND3″ CHAMBERS -PISTOL GRIP STOCK LOP 14  1/6″ – DROPS 1  9/16″ X 2  5/8″ – CASE COLORS 95% – BLUEING 99% – WOOD 98% – GUNS APPEARS TO BE ALL ORIGINAL.   HARD TO FIND ANY SMITH WITH THIS MUCH ORIGINAL CONDITION, MUCH LESS A LONG RANGE 3″ GUN. Price: $4,800

BERETTA - SO2 - Sidelock Over Under -- 27-1/2 Bbls - Double Triggers
BERETTA – SO2 – Sidelock Over Under — 27-1/2 Bbls – Double Triggers

BERETTA – SO2 –  Sidelock Over Under — 27-1/2 Bbls – Double Triggers: 2-3/4″, 27-1/2″ IC / LM (.007 / .011) Boehler Steel Bbls, LOP 14-1/2″ Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-7/16″, Weight 6 lbs. 15 oz. Somone has added a wood butt spacer and fitted a Beretta butt plate. Very nice work. The stock is 13-7/8″ without the extension. So, remove the extension and add a pad and the stock will go almost 15″ with a standard 1″ pad. Price: $3950

Good gun alert: 12g Webley & Scott M700 SxS…

WEBLEY & SCOTT MODEL 712 12 GA SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
WEBLEY & SCOTT MODEL 712 12 GA SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN

Looking for a deal on a great double? Here it is.

This is one of the best all-around SxSs ever made. It rugged, reliable, and built on one of the most reliable designs ever–the Anson & Deeley. Webley & Scott build a ton of them after WW2, and its the side-by-side that a lot of people have started out with.

This one looks like it’s in great, original condition. The price is right, too.

WEBLEY & SCOTT MODEL 700 12 GA SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: 28″ BARRELS CHOKED (RIGHT BORE .726 CHOKE .014) (LEFT BORE .727 CHOKE .038), 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, MINT BORES, CHURCHILL GAME RIB, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREND, ENGLISH GRIP 15″ LENGTH OF PULL, DROP 1 3/8″ – 2″, EXCELLENT CONDITION. Price: $1,699

WEBLEY & SCOTT MODEL 712 12 GA SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
WEBLEY & SCOTT MODEL 712 12 GA SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
WEBLEY & SCOTT MODEL 712 12 GA SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
WEBLEY & SCOTT MODEL 712 12 GA SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
WEBLEY & SCOTT MODEL 712 12 GA SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
WEBLEY & SCOTT MODEL 712 12 GA SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
WEBLEY & SCOTT MODEL 712 12 GA SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
WEBLEY & SCOTT MODEL 712 12 GA SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN

Last minute auction alert: Early Winchester M21 SxS…

EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28" Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28″ Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28" Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28″ Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28" Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28″ Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28" Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28″ Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28" Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:
EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28″ Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:

I just found this one, and it looks like it could end up being a good deal. I love these Winchester M21s, and it’s tough to find them with 28″.

If you like what you see, get on it right away. This gun is at GunAuction.com and the listing ends today February 14, 2016, @ 17:26:00 PT.

EARLY 4-digit Winchester Model 21 Double Trigger SxS Side By Side, Blue 28″ Full / Mod Shotgun, Rick Hacker Collection, C&R 12 Gauge 2 3/4 Inch:

Serial Number: 1438

Year of Manufacture: Likely a First year production. These guns were not assembled and completed in order of serial number. A Cody letter would show no records for this shotgun. All features and configuration lead us to believe this is is an early production shotgun.

Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” Shells

Action Type: Break-Open Boxlock Side by Side Extractor Shotgun

Markings: The side of the right barrel is marked “MODEL 21 – WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK – 12 GAUGE” The left barrel is marked “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / – NEW HAVEN. CONN. – PATENTS PENDING – ” and both barrel flats have Winchester proof marks. The underside of the right barrel is marked “WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL / MOD” followed by the verified proof “VP” in a circle. The bottom of the left barrel is marked “WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL / FULL” and Varified Proof. The barrel is numbered to the gun on the barrel flat. The inside of the forearm is stamped “1438” on the metal hardware. The right water table has the “WP” proof mark. The top tang is marked “1438”.

Barrel Length: 28”

Choke: Right Mod Left Full. The right bore at the muzzle measures .710”. The left bore at the muzzle measures .692”.

Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a steel bead front sight.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut. There are small light scuff marks on the left side. The belly and right side have light compression marks. The right side of the wrist just behind the tang has a light compression in the wood (it is in the exact place the thumb would rest on a right handed shooter just before pushing the safety forward). There is light oil staining to the wood where it meets the metal. There are no cracks or chips to the stock. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the front trigger and 13″ to the back of the checkered Winchester marked buttplate. The drop at the comb is 1 1/2” and the drop at the heel is 2 1/2” The stocks rate in about Very Good – Fine overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: All Original

Bore Condition: The bores are bright and there is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows thinning and gray / plum patina, mostly visible near the muzzle on the left barrel. There is light surface scratches from cleaning. The tangs and underside of the frame show the most finish loss (this is a field gun and this wear is common in the handled areas). The screw heads are slightly disfigured. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This shotgun has extractors. We have not fired this shotgun. We were told by the owner that it has been field tested and brought home it’s fair share of birds.

Rare gun alert: 16g Winchester Model 21, TWO TRIGGERS + ejectors…

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

I know what you’re thinking: What’s so rare about a 16 gauge Winchester Model 21? If that’s all this double was, I’d say “nuttin”.

But this SxS has three important important features which push it in the holi-cr@p-that’s-hard-to-find category: double triggers, ejectors, and very shootable dimensions.

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

The Winchester M21 was produced for 60 years: 1931 to 1991. In that time, Winchester built around 30,000. By the time the M21 hit the market, pumps and auto loaders were taking over the American market and SXS shotguns were on their way out. Fortunately, enough shooters preferred classics like this and kept the M21 in production for so long.

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS: #6012, Year 1941, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 7oz, Side by Side.

Barrel Length: 28″
Chokes: .007/.025  IC/F  factory marked M/F
Bores: mirror
Bore Diameter: .671/.669
Wall Thickness: .025/.025
% Blue: 100%
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ribs: tight
Sights: front

Action: tight, slight left of center

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

Ejectors or Extractors: ejectors, excellent, timed
Case Color: blue 100%
Screws: excellent
Engraving: 0
Trigger Type: rare double trigger
Trigger Guard Color: 100%

Type: pistol grip, splinter forend; nicely figured

Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS
Winchester Model 21 16 Gauge FIELD SxS: 6LBS 7OZ, SPLINTER, EJECTORS, 2 TRIGGERS

LOP: 14 1/4″
LOP To End Of Wood: 14 1/16″
DAH: 2 1/2″
DAC: 1 9/16″
Cast: 0
Checkering Condition: excellent
Butt Treatment: factory plate

Good gun alert: 16g Ithaca Flues Grade 1 1/2 …

ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED - EXCELLENT
ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED – EXCELLENT

I’ve always loved Ithaca’s Flues-grade SxSs. I don’t what it is about them, but every I see one, I get that urge to buy it — especially when I see one as nice as this.

The Flues was introduced in 1908 to 1926 when it was replaced by the NID.  Ithaca made a ton of them in that period — 223,000 — and it was certainly one of the most popular side-by-sides ever made in America.

Today, ones like this are great little grouse guns. Just be sure you shoot them with lightweight, low pressure shells.

ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED - EXCELLENT
ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED – EXCELLENT

ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED – EXCELLENTThis is a very unusual gun, in what I believe to be a factory fitted hard case from the period of manufacture – even though it does not have a factory label inside. This so called Flues Model Ithaca side by side is a 1&1/2 grade and so marked. Gun has 28 inch barrels with modified and full chokes, and plain extractors.  Barrels are like new in and out except for one small spot on the left barrel at breech which appears to be a rub mark from the case. Forearm is likewise like new.  Factory engraved receiver has just about all the case color with the exception of one small spot of pitting on top of the receiver to the right of the front of the toplever – hardly noticeable. Stock finish is original and excellent with slight bubbling – perhaps caused by heat in storage. Could easily be hand rubbed out to a wonderful finish – ditto for the forearm which has all the finish presently.  This gun and its wonderful case have definitely been in storage for many, many years and that is the reason it has most all of the original rust blue and vivid case colors. Even has the original Ithaca hard rubber buttplate.  Priced to sell quickly. Shipping will be $50.00 because of the weight of the hard case.  Price: $1,295

ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED - EXCELLENT
ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED – EXCELLENT

Model: Flues Grade 1&1/2
Serial Number: 300682
Caliber: 16 Ga
Ejectors: no
Condition: excellent
Metal Condition: excellent
Wood Condition: excellent
Bore Condition: excellent
Barrels: 28 inch
Action: side x side
Triggers: double

ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED - EXCELLENT
ITHACA 16 GA SIDE x SIDE FLUES MODEL, CASED – EXCELLENT

Gauge: 16 Ga
Stock: Standard
Fore End: excellent
Butt Pad: excellent
LOP: 14.0
Rib: flat/checkered
Finish: blue/cc
Chokes: no
Choke Left: full
Choke Right: modified

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