What’s original look like? A lesson from two VH-grade Parkers…

TOP: A 28g Parker VH BOTTOM: a 12g Parker VH
TOP: A 28g Parker VH BOTTOM: a 12g Parker VH

When it comes to vintage shotguns, especially vintage American shotguns, original condition matters the most. But what does “original condition” look like, especially on a couple VH-grade Parkers that are 80+ years old.

28g Parker VH SxS
28g Parker VH SxS

Take a look at these two. The first is a 28g that looks like it spent most its life in the field. The second is a 12g that looks like it was locked in a gun case since new. Both look all original to me.

28g Parker VH SxS
28g Parker VH SxS

 

28g Parker VH SxS
28g Parker VH SxS

 

28g Parker VH SxS
28g Parker VH SxS

Parker VH 28ga 28” SxS for sale: All original gun that has never been fooled with. These are very hard to find and super rare in original condition. Bright, shiny, 28″ bores choked f/f.Serial Number: 165290, Barrel Length: 28”, Barrels: 28”, Gauge: 28ga, Stock Dimensions: 14”, Stock Comb: 1 1/2”, Stock Heel: 2 1/2″ Price: $14,500 

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun: Advanced collectors always have what they call “reference guns”. A gun that they know to be all original to compare other guns to. This particular gun, a 225k SN range VH 12ga with original 28″ Vulcan Steel barrels is absolutely a reference gun. Made with capped pistol grip, splinter forend, double triggers and extractors.

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun

The gun remains in exceptional near mint original condition with more than 98% original barrel blue, virtually all of its bold original case color, and nearly all of its original stock finish. Here are the technical details on the gun: made on a 1-1/2 frame with drops of 1-1/2″ at comb and 2-3/4″ at heel and LOP of 14-1/2″ over the original DHBP. The gun weighs 6lbs 15oz and the barrels measure .730 (R) with .018(mod) and .732 (L) with .028 (imp. mod) and both barrels have .028MWT.  This gun is guaranteed authentic and completely original in every respect and comes to me from one of the great Parker collections in the country. PGCA Letter included identifying the gun exactly as found today. It is very near mint and truly fantastic. I wish every Parker I owned was this fine and easy to describe. Simply put, no excuses on this gun. Price: $5995

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun

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HARTMANN & WEISS BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 410
HARTMANN & WEISS BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 410

HARTMANN & WEISS BOSS STYLE OVER UNDER 410: 27″ SOLID RIB MOD AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS, SINGLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, BOSS-STYLE FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, MAKER’S CASE, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 5LBS 5 OZ, 1 7/16″ DAC, 2 3/16″ DAH, 14 1/4″ LOP. Price: $135,000

WESTLEY RICHARDS 410 Hand detachable (droplock) SxS
WESTLEY RICHARDS 410 Hand detachable (droplock) SxS

WESTLEY RICHARDS 410 Hand detachable (droplock): Scalloped action ejector with 28-inch chopper lump barrels chocked full and full. C bolt dolls head, double trigger, splinter forend with Deeley & Edge release. Length of pull is 14 9/16″ to a checkered bull. Drop is 1 1/2″ X 2 1/8″  Condition is excellent, almost as new condition, with upgraded wood and it’s original Westley Richards case. Completed in 2011. Price: $65,000

Ithaca Classic Doubles 4E hard to find 28 Bore
Ithaca Classic Doubles 4E hard to find 28 Bore

Ithaca Classic Doubles 4E hard to find 28 Bore: This is a beautiful Ithaca 4E in the hard to find 28 Gauge. This Classic Double was hand made to order and have beautiful wood, ejectors and 30-in barrels choked IC & M. The lop is 15 1/8 in over factory pad to front trigger. It will make a fine addition to your collection. Price: $6,499

Westley Richards (LONDON) Best Quality boxlock 20ga. 5lbs. 9 ozs.
Westley Richards (LONDON) Best Quality boxlock 20ga. 5lbs. 9 ozs.

Westley Richards (LONDON) Best Quality boxlock 20ga. 5lbs. 9 ozs: 28″ tapered small swamp rib, IM/IC, DT’s, Ext. intricate 75% coverage R&S engraved,, fine checkered elegant English walnut 14 1/4″ LOP straight stock, 65% CC., 95% bbl. blue, light handling only,  1 5/8 DAC – 2 1/2″ DAH – 14 1/4″ LOP over factory buttplate – 5 lbs. 9 ozs. Very tight, mint bores. Price: $4,995

High Condition Parker VH 12Ga.
High Condition Parker VH 12Ga.

High Condition Parker VH 12Ga: In remarkable all original condition. Built-in 1922, this gun retains 98% of the original case colors,985 of the original barrel blue, and 98% of the original wood finish. The gun has 28″ Vulcan steel barrels choked improved modified (.030″) and full (.040″). The bores are mint and free of any rust, dents, or pitting. The wood is sound with no cracks or damage. A few very light handling marks are all that keep the wood from being 100%. The gun is built on a 1-1/2 frame and weighs 6-14. The stock dimensions are 141/4″ LOP over the dog’s head buttplate,1 1/2″ at comb, and 2 5/8″ at heel. The barrels lock up tightly and the top lever is to the right as it should be. This is a great example of the classic Parker. It is all original and would make a great addition to any collection. It would also make a fantastic dove or pheasant gun.VH grade guns are extremely hard to find in this condition because most of them saw very hard use. Nice enough to be proud off but not too nice to shoot. Price: $2995

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E.J. Churchill Premier O/U 28 ga., 29" barrels:
E.J. Churchill Premier O/U 28 ga., 29″ barrels:

E.J. Churchill Premier O/U 28 ga., 29″ barrels: Choked .005/.009 (improved cylinder/open modified)  feature a raised, tapered file cut game rib.  Auto ejectors, auto safety, single trigger.  The round bar action is engraved in the finest small scroll with a fabulous scene of flushing quail on the action bottom and framed with “EJ Churchill Premier” in gold.  The locks also bear the Churchill name, also in gold, contrasting against the old silver finish.  Truly a sensational visual treat!  Pistol grip stock of dark, old-world burl walnut with extraordinary figure measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2-3/8″ heel, 14-3/8″ to a checkered butt, slight cast for a right-hand shooter.  Slight forward bias, weighing only 5 lbs., 10 oz., results in an exceptional feel and swing.  A true masterpiece! Just the ticket for quail and dove! Deluxe brass cornered leather case with outer canvas cover. Offered at half of replacement. Price: $57,500

Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge (Extra Finish) King Holland & Holland Royal
Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge (Extra Finish) King Holland & Holland Royal

Piotti Monte Carlo 20 Gauge (Extra Finish) King Holland & Holland Royal: 26″ 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 Price: $14,900

Scarce Parker VH 28ga "00" Frame Gun with perfect dimensions
Scarce Parker VH 28ga “00” Frame Gun with perfect dimensions

Scarce Parker VH 28ga “00” Frame Gun with perfect dimensions: Made in 1927, this handy little gun made on a “00” frame with 26″ Vulcan Steel barrels.  Made with splinter forend, double triggers, and extractors.  The gun has been completely restored by Larry Del Grego and Sons and made into a straight grip gun with fantastic modern stock dimensions with a long LOP.  Overall, the gun remains in superb condition as restored by Del Grego.  It retains virtually all finish to both wood and metal showing only very minor use and handling marks.  Mechanics are crisp and the bores are bright and shiny. Price: $14,500

William Evans Sidelock 16g in wonderful condition~ Check out the engraving and case color!
William Evans Sidelock 16g in wonderful condition~ Check out the engraving and case color!

William Evans Sidelock 16g in wonderful condition~ Check out the engraving and case color: This London 16 is in wonderful condition with over 90% original case color remaining. It is light and balances well and is tight as a drum. The trigger pulls are crisp and the auto ejectors shoot the shells across the room. Beyond wonderful condition, this London sidelock has near full coverage acanthus leaf engraving that is just stunning. What a wonderful little bird gun! Serial Number: 16988, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 26 1/2″, Barrel Type: Steel Action: Sidelock ejector, Gauge: 16 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 3/8″, Stock Heel: 2 5/16″, Stock Cast: 7/16″, LOP: 14 7/8″, Weight: 6 lbs. 1/2oz.,  Choke Left: .032 extra full, Choke Right: .010 IC, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .032″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .032″. Price: $4,900

Browning Superposed 20ga in Tolex Case
Browning Superposed 20ga in Tolex Case

Browning Superposed 20ga in Tolex Case: Early Browning Superposed 20ga with 28″ vent rib barrels in very nice original Tolex case made in 1950.  Gun has been used and shows some finish loss on the bottom of the receiver and stock but is otherwise in very good condition.  The 28″ vent rib barrels are choked IC/M and are for 2 3/4″ shells.  The Tolex case is in excellent condition however the inside strap is missing. Price: $4000

Online auction alert: 16g Fox Sterlingworth, No Reserve…

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun
FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun

For as long as I can remember, the Fox Sterlingworth has been the go-to shotgun for bird hunters looking to jump into the world of vintage American side-by-sides.

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun
FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun

Typically, these guns cost less than comparable Parkers and weigh less than comparable L.C. Smiths and Ithacas.

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun
FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun

The Sterlingworth is also a great looking gun built on a solid, dependable design. In its day, it was marketed as “… a plain, staunch, trustworthy gun, at a reasonable price, that will make good all the time and under all conditions.” That’s still true now.

This one’s on Gunbroker.com now. It looks like a good, honest gun that has seen plenty of field use and been well taken care of its entire life. The online auction for it ends 5/31/2020 @ 8:08 PM.

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun
FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun

BTW: To learn more about why hunters have been fond of these Fox shotguns for so long, READ: A LOVE FOR THE FOX STERLINGWORTH.

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun: This auction features the pictured 16 Gauge Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun built while under Savage ownership.  This gun has 28-inch barrels choked Full and Modified.  The length of pull measures 14 and 1/8 inches.  The bores are bright and shiny.  The front bead will be replaced before the gun is shipped.

FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun
FOX STERLINGWORTH by SAVAGE 16 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun

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PARKER AHE 20 GAUGE:
PARKER AHE 20 GAUGE:

PARKER AHE 20 GAUGE: #184302, O FRAME, 26″ MOD AND FULL, 2 3/4″, CHAMBERS,  .012″ AND .024″ CONSTRICTION, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, SKELETON BUTT, ORIGINAL METAL, WOOD HAS HANDLING MARKS, INCREDIBLE ENGRAVING, 5LBS 10 OZ, 2 1/2″ DAH, 1 7/16″ DAC, 14 1/4″ LOP Price: $39,500

William Greener 10g Percussion Side-by-Side 1853 New York Exhibition
William Greener 10g Percussion Side-by-Side 1853 New York Exhibition

William Greener 10g Percussion Side-by-Side 1853 New York Exhibition: An incredible William Greener 10g Percussion Gun made for the 1853 New York Exhibition and remains in remarkable original condition.   The gun is fitted with bar action locks with “Newcastle” style hammers and engraved in wonderful game scenes, obviously inspiring the engraving patterns of the later W.W. Greener high-grade guns. The right lock plate shows two setters pointing a brace of grouse, one looking over its shoulder (a tell-tell characteristic of original Greener guns). The left lock shows two running setters behind the hammers and a brace of snipe, one flushing one looking over its shoulder surrounded by full coverage and expertly engraved acanthus scroll, The trigger bow engraving shows a brace of pointers surrounded by scroll. Hammers and the breach block feature a dog’s head surrounded by matching scroll engraving. Furniture is also fully covered in matching scroll. The 29 3/4″ William Greener’s Laminated Steel barrels have a smooth game rib, platinum inlays with extensive engraving scroll along the full length of the rib, at the breaches, in the middle of the barrels and at the muzzles. The highly figured walnut is beautifully checkered in a point pattern on a straight hand grip and forend.  The stock has a 14″ LOP over a smooth steel butt plate with a game scene engraved 4-tiered “widow’s peak” depicting a brace of pheasant, the hen flushing, and the rooster looking over his shoulder surrounded by matching scroll. The original gold-stock shield between the hammers remains blank. Finally, the gun is housed in its original Oak & Leather case lined in a blue calf’s skin with its original trade label and host of accouterments.  Retains probably 20% original case colors in protected areas. Much of the original black remains on trigger bow and there are strong traces of original black on trigger bow tang and butt plate. The balance of metal having a soft silvered patina and the engraving remains sharp showing all its original shading and detail. The platinum letters on top rib remain all intact and remain flush. The bores remain in excellent condition and the barrels are bulge and dent free. Finally, the original case remains sound and sturdy and in equally remarkable condition as the gun. In addition to its history and provenance, this is without a doubt the oldest gun I have ever handled in such high, original condition and a testament to the illustrious reputation the elder Greener is famous for.  Price: $25,000

SANDRO LUCCHINI 28 & 20 BORE SIDELOCK HAMMER GUN- BOTH Bbls. 29" CHOPPER LUMP- MADE 2001- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- EXC. ENGRAVING- OVERALL 98%
SANDRO LUCCHINI 28 & 20 BORE SIDELOCK HAMMER GUN- BOTH Bbls. 29″ CHOPPER LUMP- MADE 2001- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- EXC. ENGRAVING- OVERALL 98%

SANDRO LUCCHINI 28 & 20 BORE SIDELOCK HAMMER GUN- BOTH Bbls. 29″ CHOPPER LUMP- MADE 2001- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- EXC. ENGRAVING- OVERALL 98%: #60978, Sandro Lucchini, Brescia, Italy: A Bar Action Sidelock Manual Cocking Extractor Hammer Gun with 20 & 28 Bore 29″ Barrels, Made in 2001, Each set of barrels with their own splinter forend, Both barrels are Demibloc and chopper lump, Top tang safety, The 20 bore chopper lump barrels at .623 .015 & .021″ (Mod. & Full), 3″ chambers, 1.160 KG weight barrels; The 28 bore chopper lump barrels at .547 .014 & .020″ (Mod. & Imp.Mod.), 2 3/4″ chambers, 1.120 KG weight barrels, Double triggers with the front articulated, Splinter game forend with a frontal Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 2” over a 9/16″ removable leather pad, It will go 15 5/16″ LOP with a 1″ pad installed, True game gun weight at 6 lbs. 9 oz. with the 28 bore barrels and 6 lbs. 10 oz. with the 20 bore barrels, Excellent Turkish Walnut that borders on being exhibition wood, 25% coverage of superb scroll engraving and signed on a coin finished frame; The engraving covers the top lever, hammers, trigger plate, forend metal, trigger guard and tang; Gold inlaid border surrounding the entire lockplates, frame and trigger guard, Gold inlaid serial number on the guard tang, Gold crown on the toplever; “S. Lucchini” in Gold on the left lockplate, It has very nicely carved fences that complement the 19th Century styled hammers plus a very nice carved frame. This exclusive 20/28 Bore Game Gun remains totally original. The barrels are new inside and out and ring with an awesome chime. This piece retains 99% blue on both barrel sets, the wood is 97% with very light hunting marks, the checkering is at 100% and the coin finished frame and forend iron are at 98%. The whole is cased in the maker’s leather cornered leather trunk. Here is another Classic Italian game gun with manual hammers with a top tang safety for fun 20 & 28 Bore gunning by one of the leading Italian gunmaking firms in the world. This is an exclusive side by side hammer gun which combines 19th century traditional lines with 21st century metallurgy and mechanics. This is a treasure in the field and in the gun cabinet. Price: $15,500

Auguste Francotte 20ga 25E Jubilee- REAL PHOTO's of a Gorgeous shotgun
Auguste Francotte 20ga 25E Jubilee- REAL PHOTO’s of a Gorgeous shotgun

Auguste Francotte 20ga 25E Jubilee- REAL PHOTO’s of a Gorgeous shotgun: Superb condition lightweight game gun- 28″ bores choked .001″ & .017″ are perfect. Appears to have been used little.  Serial num,mber 88396 would indicate by published tables to be 1937.  Stamped on barrels ABERCROMBIE & FITCH CO US AGENTS NEW YORK. Exceptionally well executed deep relief engraving, enough case colors to show she is honest. Sideclips, ejectors.  Locks like a vault with the best of sounds. 14 1/4″ LOP over a real horn buttplate 5lbs 14oz. 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ with 1/8″ of cast.  Multi lifetimes of use to be had out of this gun.  You simply could not find this level of build quality today for quadruple the money-can’t be done. Price: $6900

Kimball 2" 12 Gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun
Kimball 2″ 12 Gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun

Kimball 2″ 12 Gauge SxS Boxlock Shotgun: 25″ Chokes: Cyl – Cyl L.O.P. : 14 1/4″ Drop: 1 1/2 C x 2 1/4″ H Weight: 5 lbs 2 oz Ser. #: 87246 Used. Price: $3,995

Ahhh…so this is how it works. A 10g Lefever sidecocker …

Daniel Myron Lefever was a gun-making genius, and the great-looking side-by-side you see here was one of his creations. This shotgun is a 10-gauge, D-grade Lefever “Sidecocker”. Check out the video above to see how it earned the “Sidecocker” nickname and how it overcame a “problem” hammerless shotguns had when they were introduced in the late 1870s and 1880s.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

Lefever patented his sidecocker design in 1880. According to the Lefever Arms Collectors Association site, it was the first commercially successful American hammerless shotgun.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

While there are several interesting features on these guns — the compensating action, the push-up lever on the top that opens the gun, the cocked-indicator nipples on the locks — the most interesting one is the lever on the left side of the action. That’s the “cocker” in sidecocker. When you push it down, it pushes the into the “cocked” position.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

OK. But doesn’t it eliminate one of the key advantages of the hammerless design  — self cocking? Yes, but back when this gun was introduced, not everyone loved the idea of a shotgun that cocked on its own. Up until the 1870s, almost every firearm had external hammers that shooters manually cocked. People liked the control and sense of security this gave them. The sidecocker design created a hammerless shotgun that retained the hammergun attributes some shooters still wanted in a new gun.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

Lefever used his sidecocker design from around 1883-1889 to build approximately 750 firearms, including a handful of double rifles and 3-barrel models (two shotgun barrels, one rifle). The shotguns came in six grades: AA, A, B, C, D, & E.

In 1883, the D-grade shown here cost about $125 — a lot of money back when a $5-$6 a week was good wage.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels: Truly a beautiful early sidecocking gun made with original 30″ Bernard Damascus barrels.  The gun made with capped pistol grip buttstock which is of very fancy flame grained American Walnut and terminates with an original checkered horn buttplate.  The splinter forend with triangular horn tip is nicely and finely checkered.  Action is finely engraved, likely by Jacob Glahn with well detailed dogs on both sides as seen in the photos.

Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels
Extremely rare and fine Lefever D Grade 10 Bore Sidecocker with original Bernard Damascus barrels

The gun remains in fine totally original untouched condition.  Barrels retain about 90-95%.  Frame has toned to a pleasing gray with perhaps as much as 25% color in the protected areas around the lever on the left side, engraving is crisp throughout.  Stocks are excellent, checkering has thinned from handling but is all still present and visible and original.  Buttplate is original and excellent.  Bores are mostly bright and shiny with a hint of frosting ahead of the chambers but overall excellent.  Truly a rare and untouched Sidecocker!

Antique: Yes. Serial Number: 6032. Barrel Length: 30″. Bore: 10 Bore. Chambers: 2-7/8″. Condition: Excellent. Metal Condition: Excellent. Wood Condition: Excellent. Bore Condition: Excellent. Barrel Type: Bernard Damascus. Triggers: Double Triggers. Stock Comb: 2-1/8″. Stock Heel: 3-3/8″. Fore End: Splinter Forend. Butt Pad: Original checkered horn BP. LOP: 14″. Weight: 9lbs 1oz. Choke Left: .776″ with .033″ choke. Choke Right: .767″ with .024″ choke. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .045″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .039″

Price: $7795

Ahhh...so this is how it works. A 10g Lefever sidecocker ...
Ahhh…so this is how it works. A 10g Lefever sidecocker …

Let’s take a closer look: An awesome Francotte SxS …

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE
FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE

Here’s a gun you don’t see every day — and that’s one of the reasons I featured it yesterday as one of this week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss. The other reason? Well, just look at it.

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE:
FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE:

Auguste Francotte & Cie. was one of the world’s premier gunmakers. Founded in 1805, they built guns in Belgium and exported them around the world. Von Lengerke & Detmold brought them into the US from 1889 to 1929; Abercrombie & Fitch took over in 1930 and continued until 1971. Altogether, about 5,000 or so new Francottes were shipped to the US.

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE:
FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE:

Most were high-quality Francotte boxlocks like this and this. A few were top-of-the-line sidelocks like what you see here — possibly one of these “De Luxe” models Abercrombie & Fitch offered in 1930.

Francotte Deluxe models, from a 1930 Abercrombie & Fitch catalog
Francotte Deluxe models, from a 1930 Abercrombie & Fitch catalog

Of course, the first thing about this gun that catches your eye is the metalwork. I think it uses a combination of engraving and chasing (if I have the terms right). Overall, the work reminds me of guns done by Aristide Barré, the French artist who embellished some of the finest Purdeys out there.

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE:
FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE:

The proportions and lines of the gun also stand out. I like how rounded the backs of the locks are and how your eye passes from there into the drip-like drop points. The stock looks broad and substantial, and there’s a little belly in it to secure and position the shooter’s hand. But it doesn’t look cumbersome or overwhelming. Overall, the gun stands out, without screaming for attention.

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE:
FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE:

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE: 28 1/2″, CHOKES .022′ AND .022″, 2 3/4 CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, LEATHER CASE, EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS, 7LBS 5OZ, 1 3/4″ DAH, 1 7/16″ DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $16,500

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE:
FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE:
FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE:
FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE:
FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE:
FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE:

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Holland & Holland Royal SxS double rifle
Holland & Holland Royal SxS double rifle

Holland & Holland Royal SxS double rifle: Chambered in .240 flanged, Great bores, strong original blue on the 25″ barrels and original stock finish, LOP 14&7/16″ over a Silvers pad. Top strap extended over the comb. Formerly had a bolted safety, the bolted portion has been removed. 8lbs 14 ozs. Tight and in proof. Carries the Cordite MKI proof Marks for 31&1/2 grains of powder and 100-grain bullet Max and a 2&1/2″ case. Lovely stalking rifle in fine condition. Price: $34,000

CSMC - A.H. Fox - CE 16 gauge - 2 barrel set
CSMC – A.H. Fox – CE 16 gauge – 2 barrel set

CSMC – A.H. Fox – CE 16 gauge – 2 barrel set: Spectacular New Britain Fox, CE 16 gauge 2 barrel set. As New, Appears Unfired, Flawless, Mint. 28- and 30-inch Chromox  barrels, Chrome lined (steel shot compatible), Solid matte ribs 28″ barrels choked .011 / .007 , 30″ barrels choked .026″ / .020″. 2 3/4″ chambers, Double trigger, non automatic safety, single silver bead. Splinter and Beavertail forends, interchangeable with either barrel set. Exhibition American Black Walnut, 1 9/16 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 to Makers Skeletal Buttplate, neutral cast, 6 lbs with 30″ barrels and Splinter forend. Best leather case with all accouterments. Tuscano engraved. Price: $25,499

PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN:
PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN:

PARKER VH .410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: 26″ BARRELS, .005/.005 CHOKES, 3″ CHAMBERS, SPLINTER FOREND, FACTOR STRAIGHT GRIP “RARE”, 14″ 1 3/4″-2 7/8″, OOO FRAME, BRIGHT SHINY BORES, 95% BARREL BLUE, TIGHT ON FACE, GOOD SHOOTER ALL ORIGINAL UNALTERED PARKER CORRECT TO THE RECORD BOOK CURIO AND RELIC ELIGIBLE. Price: $24,500

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE
FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR BEST SIDELOCK EJECTOR SXS 12 GAUGE: 28 1/2″, CHOKES .022″ AND .022″, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT, LEATHER CASE, EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS, 7LBS 5 OZ, 1 3/4: DAH, 1 7/16″ DAC, 14″ LOP Price: $16,500

ARMY & NAVY SIDELOCK EJECT 16 BORE- MADE by WEBLEY in 1906 & SOLD by A&N in 1908- 28" Bbls.- DOLLS HEAD THIRD BITE- LONDON PROVED & in PROOF
ARMY & NAVY SIDELOCK EJECT 16 BORE- MADE by WEBLEY in 1906 & SOLD by A&N in 1908- 28″ Bbls.- DOLLS HEAD THIRD BITE- LONDON PROVED & in PROOF

ARMY & NAVY SIDELOCK EJECT 16 BORE- MADE by WEBLEY in 1906 & SOLD by A&N in 1908- 28″ Bbls.- DOLLS HEAD THIRD BITE- LONDON PROVED & in PROOF: #45968,  28″ Ejector Dovetail Lump Barrels with a rib extension dolls head & third bite, .665 .004 & .013″ (Skt.I & Mod.), 2 1/2″ chambers, Wall thickness on both the right & left barrels at .033″, London proved with these bore dimensions, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson frontal release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/8 x 1 5/8 x 2 3/16″ over a checkered horn buttplate, Slight cast-off for the right hand, 5 lbs. 15 oz., Border engraving only, Very nice wood with excellent black/brown contrast; Mr. Hugh Lomas from Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin recently did a complete strip, clean & lubricate, adjusted the strikers and rust blued the barrels, The barrels now retain 100% black, A nice patina on the frame and locks, The wood remains very sound and is at 80% with a lot of honest handling marks, The checkering is at 75%, The bores are very good with some blemishes but no pits, The barrels are certainly solid and ready for a lot more shooting with the excellent wall thickness. It remains tight on the face and the barrels ring with a very nice chime. Price: $2,700

What a Woodward! A great gun from a mysterious maker …

James Woodward & Sons, St. James St., Gunmaker case label
James Woodward & Sons, St. James St., Gunmaker case label

Of all the famous London gunmakers, James Woodward & Sons is the most mysterious. Great examples of their doubles are hard to find. So is reliable information about the company.

JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE
JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE

We do know that James Woodward opened his business in 1874 and that his company was bought by James Purdey & Sons in 1948. In its 74 years, Woodward may have built around 4,500 guns or so — no one is sure about the exact number. The company introduced its famous Woodward over & under in 1913.

JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE
JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE

The James Woodward & Sons side-by-side you see here is one of the nicest Woodward SxSs I’ve seen on the market in years. It made around 1930, and according to the seller it’s in minty condition. It’s a big gun, and its weight, broad, file-cut rib, sideclips, and 2 3/4″ chambers make me thing it may have been made with live-pigeon shooting in mind.

The deep cut, arcaded fences on this gun are one of Woodward’s signature features. So is this gun’s T-shaped safety.

JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE
JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE

Read this article from Gray’s Sporting Journal to learn more about James Woodward & Sons: The enduring influence of the gunmaker’s gunmaker.

Go here to see from great OUs: James Woodward & Sons. A pair of 12g over and under guns.

JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE
JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE

JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE: #6952, 30″ BARRELS, CHOKES .008″ AND .027″, CHAMBERS 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTOR, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MINT, MAKERS CASE, 7LBS 11 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 3/4″ LOP. Price: $39,500

JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE
JAMES WOODWARD BEST SXS 12 GAUGE

Which 20g would you pick? A Webley & Scott or A.H. Fox …

Which 20g would you pick? A Webley & Scott or a. A.H. Fox ...
Which 20g would you pick? A Webley & Scott or a. A.H. Fox …

Two classic side-by-sides. Similar in some ways, different in others.

Which would you pick?

 Webley & Scott - Model 720 - 26" IC / IM - All Original
Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original

This 20g Webley & Scott Model 720 is a basic British boxlock built by one of the UK’s most famous makers. It was made to be rugged, reliable, and relatively affordable.

To that end, it was built on one of the most reliable actions ever conceived — the Anson & Deeley boxlock action. Harrington & Richardson imported them into the US in the ’70s, and back then they cost $1400 and came with a case and cleaning accessories.

Compared to the Fox, it has longer, 3″ chambers, shorter barrels, and a straight-grip stock that’s higher and longer. It’s a more modern gun and it’s cheaper, too ($3650 vs. $5900).

A H FOX, PHIL. A GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, 100% ORIGINAL
A H FOX, PHIL. A GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, 100% ORIGINAL

This 20g A.H. Fox A Grade is a great looking vintage SxS built by a legendary maker. It drips with the mystique that so many of us love about old American shotguns. It has great looking wood and it’s built on the reliable Fox boxlock action. It has ejectors, too.

Compared to the Webley, it has 2 1/2″ chambers, and a shorter, pistol-grip stock with a bit more drop, and longer barrels. It’s also a bit lighter. It’s also around 50 years older.

Webley & Scott - Model 720 - 26" IC / IM - All Original - Nice Shape
Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape

Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape: 3″, IC / IM (.005 / .020), Ejectors, Double Triggers, English Stock, Checkered Butt, Splinter Forearm, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. Nice Original Gun that has been used in the field. Barrels 98+%, Wood 95+%, Frame shows some loss of finish – probably 85%. Price: $3650

A. H. FOX, PHIL. A GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS
A. H. FOX, PHIL. A GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS

A. H. FOX, PHIL. A GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS: 28″ CHROMOX FLUID COMPRESSED STEEL BARRELS, MODIFIED AND FULL, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, NUMBER FOUR WEIGHT, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS.  TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS.  GOOD CASE COLOR IN THE PROTECTED AREAS, STRONG TRIGGERGUARD BLUE, PERFECT ENGRAVED SCREWS, ATTRACTIVE ENGRAVING WITH BOLD SCROLLWORK WITH STIPPLED BACKGROUND.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, GORGEOUS HIGHLY FIGURED WOOD, ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE.  GREAT DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, 5 POUNDS 10 OUNCES.  MADE IN 1925.  100% ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price: $5900

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JOHN DICKSON & SON 16 BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR
JOHN DICKSON & SON 16 BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR

JOHN DICKSON & SON 16 BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR: W/28″ 1/4-1/2 CHOCKED NITRO STEEL BARRELS.  100% FINE SCROLL ENGRAVED, D/T, P/G WITH GOLD OVAL AND CHECKERED BUTT.  5LBS 14OZS, 1 3/8 X 2 3/8 X 14 1/2″.  CASED IN FACTORY CANVAS AND LEATHER CASE. #6268. CIR:1910. Price: $11,500

Alex Martin BLE 12 gauge for 2-inch shells:
Alex Martin BLE 12 gauge for 2-inch shells:

Alex Martin BLE 12 gauge for 2-inch shells: Serial Number: 6841, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 26 inches, Triggers: Double Trigger, Gauge: 12 Gauge, Stock Comb: 1 1/2 inches, Stock Heel: 2 1/8 inches, Fore End: Splinter, Butt Pad: 3/4 inches, LOP: 14 3/4 inches, Weight: 5 lbs. 8 oz. Price: $5,995

Fine Lightweight L.C. Smith Specialty Grade 20 Bore - Superb Original Case Color: 
Fine Lightweight L.C. Smith Specialty Grade 20 Bore – Superb Original Case Color:

Fine Lightweight L.C. Smith Specialty Grade 20 Bore – Superb Original Case Color: This gun was made in 1917 with 26″ barrels, double triggers, splinter forend, capped pistol grip buttstock.  The gun remains in superb condition with more than 80% original case color, 99% restored wood finish, 97% plum barrel blue.  Trigger guard blue has been restored.  The gun has a super original stock with lovely figure and the original buttplate.  Bores are bright and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp. Price: $5995

Webley & Scott - Model 720 - 26" IC / IM - All Original - Nice Shape
Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape

Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape: 2-3/4″, IC / IM (.005 / .020), Ejectors, Double Triggers, English Stock, Checkered Butt, Splinter Forearm, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. Nice Original Gun that has been used in the field. Barrels 98+%, Wood 95+%, Frame shows some loss of finish – probably 85%. Price: $3650

PARKER VH - 20 GAUGE - 28" MOD AND FULL - 0 FRAME WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR
PARKER VH – 20 GAUGE – 28″ MOD AND FULL – 0 FRAME WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR

PARKER VH – 20 GAUGE – 28″ MOD AND FULL – 0 FRAME WITH ORIGINAL CASE COLOR: Here is a Parker VH 20 Gauge “0” FRAME. Original case color in protected areas. Vulcan Steel Barrels – 28″ with mirror bores. Right bore measures .615 with 15/1000 Choke (Mod). Left barrel is .613 with 27/1000 Choke (Full). Chambers measure 2 5/8″ (Slightly less than 2 3/4″). All screw slots in nice order. Extractor gun. No loose ribs – barrels ring well. Tight on face with no wiggle. Auto safety. All serial numbers match. Configuration verified in Parker Book. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 5/8 OZ. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 3/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $3,350

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WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250-3000 CALIBER IN IT'S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE
WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250-3000 CALIBER IN IT’S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE

WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250-3000 CALIBER IN IT’S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE: 28″ barrels with five leaf express sight.  Engraved and casehardened  Anson and Deeley box lock receiver.  Top lever, extractors, and double triggers.   Checkered splinter forend and pistol grip buttstock with cheekpiece and leather pad.   LOP: 14 1/4″    Weight: 8lbs 6oz.   In beautiful original condition retaining all of the barrel blue, vivid case colors and excellent stock and checkering.  Mint bores.  In its original leather luggage case with canvas cover. Price: $18,500

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE SxS
PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE SxS

PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE SxS: #1 FRAME, #232XXX, 28″ MOD AND FULL 2 3/4 CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT. Price: $13,900

Awesome California Duck Club DHE 20ga Parker with 30" barrels and special order features
Awesome California Duck Club DHE 20ga Parker with 30″ barrels and special order features

Awesome California Duck Club DHE 20ga Parker with 30″ barrels and special order features: Made on a “0” frame with splinter forend, straight stock, double triggers and original skeleton buttplate.  This gun with several special order features which are mentioned in the PGCA letter (photo included), most importantly is the forend checkering which calls for the forend to be checkered all over- this is the only fully checkered original DHE 20ga I have seen. The gun remains in pleasing untouched original condition with about 20% original case color.  Barrels are excellent with about 75% original toned blue.  The stocks are sound (no cracks) and retain about 85% of their original finish wish scattered handling marks from time in the blind.  Bores are brilliant and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp. Price: $10,500 

Francotte - 20E, 20ga. 26" Barrels Choked SK/IM
Francotte – 20E, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SK/IM

Francotte – 20E, 20ga. 26″ Barrels Choked SK/IM: Semi pistol grip, small leather face pad, double trigger, AE, Abercrombie and Fitch gun in A&F case with all of its accessories. Sideclip, 3rd fastener, 90% plus case color, barrel blue and wood finish. Not a screw has been turned. Untouched great gun, splinter forend. A Great, Great untouched gun. 5 lbs. 6 oz. 14 ½” x 1 3/8″ x 2 ½”. Price: $9,995

JAMES WOODWARD 12g DAMASCUS HAMMERGUN MUST SEE
JAMES WOODWARD 12g DAMASCUS HAMMERGUN MUST SEE

JAMES WOODWARD 12g DAMASCUS HAMMERGUN MUST SEE: Stunning Hammergun from one of London’s finest makers. Best quality engraving, Damascus barrels and wood. See photos. Locks up tight, barrels ring, bright bores. no pits, no cracks and no dents. A well cared for gun from the 1870s. Barrel Length: 29IN
Bore: L .735 R.735, Chambers: 2 1/2 IN Stock Comb: 1 7/16 IN Stock Heel: 2 1/8IN Butt Pad: HORN LOP: 14 3/4IN Weight: 7LBS Manufacture Date: 1874-1879
Choke Left: CYL Choke Right: CYL. Price: $3475

Good gun alert: A 20g Parker Bros. VH SxS …

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.
Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.

I say “Grouse Gun” you say “Parker” — or at least a lot of guys do. And those guys have a side-by-side like this in mind.

It’s a VH-grade (or Quality V.H. as Parker used to say), and it looks like it’s in nice, original shape.

Parker Bros used to say their VH-grade guns were “A strictly high-grade gun at a very low price” and “A gun for hard usage that cannot be equaled”.

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.
Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price: This Little Parker was made in 1911. (Serial # 152279) According to records it was sold to a Vermont Doctor in 1911. The gun remained in Vermont for over 100 years. This gun has not been messed with like so many of the Parkers out there. It shows normal wear from careful owners for all those years. It has a pistol-grip stock with its original finish and original “Dogs Head” buttplate. It is stamped as an “0” size frame. Barrel length is 28 inches Chambers are 2& 3/4 inches. Chokes are Right= Cylinder  Left= Modified LOP= 13&3/4 inches. DAC= 1&5/8 inches. DAH= 3 inches. This is an extractor gun, no ejectors. Barrels marked “Vulcan Steel.” Bores are Bright and Shiny as Shown in the photo’s. There is some minor rivuling just forward of the chambers. Lock-up is like new. No movement between the action and the barrels, with or without forend attached. “Tight on the Face”. Finishes are all original and are what you would expect of a gun that was carefully used and maintained over 100 years. It retains most of the original blue on the barrels with some age toning. Typical wear near the breech from where the hand was placed. Some blue remains on the trigger bow. Case color is gone as is the case with most old parkers, due to their using cyanide For case harding, it does not hold-up as well as the charcoal-bone process. Most all screw heads are near perfect, Testimony to the fact that this gun has not been messed-with. This gun was originally intended for New England Grouse and Woodcock. It would serve that same purpose today and for the next 100 years in the hands of careful owners. Price: $3000

Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.
Parker VH 20 gauge, All Original Condition, (0) Frame 6 lbs. 2 oz. Fine Gun at a Great Price.

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WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Boxlock Ejector Nitro Express .240 HV Flanged NE Game Scene engraved Mfg 1934 AS NEW
WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Boxlock Ejector Nitro Express .240 HV Flanged NE Game Scene engraved Mfg 1934 AS NEW

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Boxlock Ejector Nitro Express .240 HV Flanged NE Game Scene engraved Mfg 1934 AS NEW: Serial #  T10943, Country of Origin  England, Barrel Length (in Inches):  26″, Trigger:  DT (Double), Stock Configuration:  Capped Pistol Grip, Panels, Gold oval, Silvers pad, Forearm Type:  Splinter Forearm with Anson latch release, Rib Type:  1/4 Rib with express sights (1 standing 2 folding), Condition  Near New All Original, Weight  8#3oz, Dimensions  14 1/2″ LOP, Other Details  Mfg 1934, Spotless bores, Totally original and like new. Price: $37,500

Webley & Scott - Model 720 - 26" IC / IM - All Original - Nice Shape!:
Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape!:

Webley & Scott – Model 720 – 26″ IC / IM – All Original – Nice Shape!: 2-3/4″, IC / IM (.005 / .020), Ejectors, Double Triggers, English Stock, Checkered Butt, Splinter Forearm, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. Nice Original Gun that has been used in the field. Barrels 98+%, Wood 95+%, Frame shows some loss of finish – probably 85%. Price: $3750

Beretta Onyx 20 gauge Over Under Case Colored Straight Stock
Beretta Onyx 20 gauge Over Under Case Colored Straight Stock

: 28 inch barrels.  This firearm is somewhat of an enigma.  I have not seen an Onyx case colored which was not part of a custom order.  At any rate, an Onyx with a straight stock and insignia oval is not your everyday find.  I have included pictures of any defects I could find.  The premium, oil-finished walnut stock and for end complement the gloss-finished blued receiver with gold P. Beretta engraving, not found on other 686 Silver Pigeon models. Serial Number: N87078B, Chambers: 3 Inch, Barrels: 28 Inch, Triggers: Single. Stock: Straight, Stock Comb: 1 3/8″, Stock Heel: 2 1/4″, LOP: 15″, Rib: Vent, Weight: 5.8lbs. Price: $3,499

CSM RBL 20g SxS 28" Multichoke BBls
CSMC RBL 20g SxS 28″ Multichoke BBls

CSMC RBL 20g SxS 28″ Multichoke BBls: Factory original and excellent with case and extras. Price: $3,295

Zoli/F.lli Rizzini A&F Game Gun 20 Gauge
Zoli/F.lli Rizzini A&F Game Gun 20 Gauge

Zoli-F.lli Rizzini A&F Game Gun 20 Gauge: Double Triggers, 26″ Chokes: Cyl – Mod L.O.P. : 14 1/4″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 5 lbs 10oz Ser. #: 2881 Price: $2,950

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

 

A. Chapu ~ Stunning from pre-WWII Paris BEST quality Sidelocks
A. Chapu ~ Stunning from pre-WWII Paris BEST quality Sidelocks

A. Chapu ~ Stunning from pre-WWII Paris BEST quality Sidelocks: Hammerless Sidelocks – This along with our number 3967 is a fabulous pair of Shotguns. Quality of a Boss, Purdey, or Holland Royal’s this pair is a joy to hold, fondle, and at a price much less than what the others would certainly cost you. BEST quality features include chopperlump barrels, double seared locks, bushed firing pins, and articulated front triggers. Featured in what I believe to be their original retailer’s trunk case these guns are in outstanding condition. The weight and choking combined with their original 2 3/4″ chambering make these guns an excellent choice for sporting clays or the hard dying Montana, Dakota\’s and eastern Oregon ringnecks. Price: $14,500

A.H. Fox CE 16 gauge SXS Philadelphia shotgun
A.H. Fox CE 16 gauge SXS Philadelphia shotgun

A.H. Fox CE 16 gauge SXS Philadelphia shotgun: Fine example of an original Fox CE with beavertail forend. A gorgeously crafted American-made shotgun in spectacular condition. Serial Number: 303164. Ejectors: Yes. Condition: Excellent. Metal Condition: Excellent. Wood Condition: Excellent original finish shows little wear. Bore Condition: Mirror. Barrels: 28″. Barrel Type: Chromox Steel. Triggers: Double. Gauge: Sixteen Stock Comb: DOC: 1 3/8″, Stock Heel: DOH: 2 1/2″. Stock Cast: Off. Fore End: Beavertail. Butt Pad: Leather. LOP: 14.5. Finish: Hand-rubbed Oil. Sights: Single Steel Bead. Manufacture Date: 1931. Chokes: Left: Modified (.017), Right: Improved Cylinder (.006). Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .043″. Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .039″. Price: $15,500

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

CSMC RBL 28 ga 28 inch Deluxe wood English Stock, Auto Eject, Cased: RBL002862, Caliber/Gauge: 28 Ga., Barrel Length: 28 inch, Sights: Factory Original Bore: Excellent, Rib: Solid, Choke: Improved Modified/ Modfied, Chamber: 2 3/4 inches, Length of Pull: 14 3/4 inches, Drop Comb: 1 1/2 inches, Drop Heel: 2 1/4 inches, Weight: 5.52 lbs, Cast: Neutral, Finish: Factory Original, Grips/Stock: Factory Original Price: $4750 

PRE-WAR 1930 FRIEDRICH HEYM 12GA. 26" DELUXE 4A GRADE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN
PRE-WAR 1930 FRIEDRICH HEYM 12GA. 26″ DELUXE 4A GRADE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN

PRE-WAR 1930 FRIEDRICH HEYM 12GA. 26″ DELUXE 4A GRADE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: Serial number “60xx” and dated 11/30 (1930) on barrels. Raised solid ib engraved “Grade 4A Krupp Fluid Steel Barrels” so made for the American market. Barrels also engraved “Suhl, Germany” on left and ‘Fr. Wilh. Heym” on right. All the correct proofs on water table. Very old professionally reblued barrels(only barrels) choked improved cylinder and modified and chambered for 2 3/4″ shells. Markings still crisp. Mint brilliant bore with no dents or dings. Ejectors. Original splinter forend with horn tip, original checkering and no cracks, hairlines or wood losses(engraving superb including screw heads inside). Deluxe 4A case colored receiver with crisply heavy relief engraved game scenes(see photos) and most of the original case colors darkening to patina. Screws unturned. Cocking indicators. Boxlock with sideplates. Dbl triggers extending through 14 1/3″ length of pull over original basketweave horn buttplate with no losses(often chipped or worm eaten). Original buttstock with fabulous deluxe wood(match forend) having horn pistol grip cap and NO cracks, hairlines, or wood loss. Checkering original and very fine. Right hand cast. Lever at center and tight on face as would be expected with sideclips. Works perfectly. Heym still in business today. Very fine example of one of Germany’s greatest makers and never before been on the market. Weighs 6 lbs. Price: $3,850

ITHACA SKB 280 20GA
ITHACA SKB 280 20GA

ITHACA SKB 280 20GA: These are rock solid guns! No issues. Ready for field, forest or range. A few hunting marks keep wood from being Excellent. Chambers: 3 IN, Ejectors: Yes, Condition: EXCELLENT, Metal Condition: EXCELLENT, Wood Condition: VERY GOOD, Bore Condition: BRIGHT CHROME LINED, Barrels: 25IN. Barrel Type: CHROME LINED, Triggers: SINGLE SELECTIVE, Gauge: 20GA, Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN, Stock Heel: 2 3/8 IN, Butt Pad: ORIGINAL, LOP: 14 1/4 REAR POSITION SINGLE TRIGGER, Weight: 6 LBS 2 OZ, Choke Left: MOD Choke Right: IMP/CYL. Price: $1675

Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32″ bbls…

Here’s your chance to pick one of the rarest American SxS shotguns you’ll come across. This 20 gauge Parker AAHE is coming up at Gunslinger Auctions in Glendora, CA, this Sat, Feb. 1. The live auction starts at noon, west-coast time.

Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32" bbls...
Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32″ bbls…

Parker made 238 Quality AAH-grade shotguns. Most were 12 gauges. I can’t imagine more than a couple of those were 20 gauges with 32″ barrels. Back then this gun was made, it was one gun down from Parker’s top-of-the-line Parker Quality A-1 Special. While this 20 gauge has seen better days, I bet it will hammer down for $30,000+.

Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32" bbls...
Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32″ bbls…

Here’s more info about it from the auctioneer:
Make: Parker Bros.
Model: AAHE GRADE 7
Shotgun Gauge: 20 Gauge
Barrel Length: 32in
Condition: Excellent

Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32" bbls...
Auction alert: Super rare 20g Parker AAHE, 32″ bbls…

MADE IN APPROXIMATELY 1915. FINELY ENGRAVED FLORAL PATTERN THROUGHOUT RECEIVER AND BACKS OF BARRELS, ALSO TRIGGER GUARD. SCARCE 32in BARREL. LOP 13.5in TO REAR TRIGGER. 3in DROP. BUTTSTOCK SHOWS TYPICAL HANDLING MARKS, ALL CAN BE REMOVED BY COMPETENT GUNSMITH. BEAUTIFUL CHECKERING ON WRIST. CHOKES ARE FULL AND FULL. MINT BORES.
Serial #: 207210
Low Estimate: 25000.00
High Estimate: 45000.00

See for youself: 4-bore stopping rifles, about & shooting….

See for youself: 4-bore stopping rifles, about & shooting....
Shooting a 4-bore stopping rifle: Go to 20:06 in the video to see what it’s like. 

Go to 20:06 to see Ian shoot a 4-bore

Big-bores shotguns and rifles have always fascinated me: From 8-gauge shotguns like the one I wrote about here to the 4-bore rifles Ian features in this video: An Overview of 4-Bore Stopping Rifles.

Check out Ian’s video to learn more about the rifles and learn how — and why — people used them.

Auction alert: A.H. FOX 20g AE SxS …

 

ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN
ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN

Milestone Auctions in Willoughby, OH, has this 20g A.H. Fox AE side-by-side, and it’s coming up today, 1/25. The auction starts at 10am.

ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN
ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN

The A.H. Fox A-grade shotgun was one up from the company’s bottom-of-the-line Sterlingworth. Twenty-gauges were introduced in 1912. The one here has the second-engraving pattern on it.

ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN
ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN

Here’s the report on it from the auctioneer:

Lot #497 ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN: Serial #201716. Barrel length 28″. This is an A grade that has full and improved chokes. This beautiful shotgun features auto ejectors, solid rib, single bead blue barrels that retain approximately 97% of expertly re-applied blue finish Box lock is deep factory engraved, clean with traces of color. Checkered pistol grip stock with cap and composition black butt-plate. Has splinter fore-end with sharp checkering. The stocks have been beautifully restored to near mint condition. Bores are clean and this gun locks up like new.

ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN
ANSLEY FOX 20 BORE ENGRAVED SXS SHOTGUN

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

 

PURDEY BAR IN WOOD 12 GAUGE
PURDEY BAR IN WOOD 12 GAUGE

PURDEY BAR IN WOOD 12 GAUGE: MADE 1878 30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS 005 AND 025 CONSTRICTION MINIMUM WALL THICKNESS 30 THOU IN EACH BARREL NITRO PROOFED 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH ALMOST ALL THE PATTERN ON THE BARRELS 80% CASE COLORS THE BEST TO COME TO MARKET IN SOME TIME 6LBS 10 OZ Price: $24,500

Winchester 21 Duck 12 Gauge
Winchester 21 Duck 12 Gauge

Winchester 21 Duck 12 Gauge: 32″ Chokes: F – F L.O.P. : 13 1/2″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 7 lbs 11 oz Ser. #: 17803. Price: $8,950

Connecticut Shotgun RBL 28 Ga in case for sale
Connecticut Shotgun RBL 28 Ga in case for sale

Connecticut Shotgun RBL 28 Ga in case: It has a beautiful engraved cases colored receiver and English stock with 14 in LOP to front trigger. It has had Briley tubes added with receipt from Briley for $688. It will make a high-end gun for the field or clays. Price: $4,999.00

BROWNING BSS, 20GA, 28" Barrels, F/M, 1975
BROWNING BSS, 20GA, 28″ Barrels, F/M, 1975

BROWNING BSS, 20GA, 28″ Barrels, F/M, 1975: F/MOD, Single Non-Select Trigger,  SN#599B57, MFG: 1975.  This gun has seen Very Little Use, Fine Condition, Excellent Bores, Fine Walnut Checkered Wood. Price: $1599

Smith & Wesson ~ Elite Gold - Grade I ~ 20 Ga
Smith & Wesson ~ Elite Gold – Grade I ~ 20 Ga

Smith & Wesson ~ Elite Gold – Grade I ~ 20 Ga: It has 28 inch barrels with ejectors and a solid rib.  A white bead front sight and a brass middle bead.  3 inch chambers with fixed Imp.Cyl. and Mod. chokes.  A single trigger.  It has a checkered Grade III walnut round knob pistol grip stock and checkered Grade III walnut splinter forearm.  A scalloped boxlock action with color case hardened frame and light scroll engraving.  In as new condition. Manufacturer: Made in Turkey. Metal Condition: New. Wood Condition: New. Bore Condition: New. Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 1/2 inches. Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz. Sights: White front bead. Brass middle bead. Chokes: Fixed Imp.Cyl. and Mod. Extras: Comes in its original cardboard box. Price: $1,429.97

Rare! A 16g Parker CHE SxS shotgun …

16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun
16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun

I usually don’t go for restored or refinished guns. But I have to say, I could be talked into this 16g Parker CHE. Not only is it rare, it’s my favorite gauge, it’s stock has excellent dimensions and whoever refinished it didn’t a good job (according to the seller, the work was done by Turnbull).

According to the Parker Collectors website, Parker made just 1,673 CH-grade shotguns. These guns came with either damascus-steel bbls (regular or Bernard) or fluid Acme-steel barrels. According to the seller, Parker made just fifty-six CHE 16ga 28″ Acme Steel guns. BTW: CHE = C-grade, Hammerless, with Ejectors).

16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun
16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun

Parker CHE 16 ga Restored: This 1926 gun was completely restored, rust bluing and case color by Turnbull, wood professionally finish. This 16 ga is on a 1 frame 2 1/2″ chamber with 28″ barrels, modified and improved cylinder. The weight is 6 lbs 11 oz, the LOP is 14 5/8 DAC is 1 3/8 and DAH is 2 3/8. They only made 56 CHE 16 ga 28″ Acme Steel guns. It does have a Miller trigger and the gun is better then what the pictures show, everything works as it should. Price: $8,750

16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun
16g Parker CHE SxS Shotgun

Old and new: Great looking 20 gauge doubles…

When I first got into doubles, twenty-gauge shotguns weren’t my thing. I was more interested in 12 gauges and — my favorites — sixteens. But as I’ve aged, I’ve earned a respect twenties. Ammo is easy to find for them, most of them are lightweight, and the throw enough lead to kill the birds I hunt most of the time.

The four 20 gauge shotguns listed below are both and unusual and unusually versatile. Check them out now.

W&C. Scott & Sons 20 Bore Hammergun in Excellent Condition
W&C. Scott & Sons 20 Bore Hammergun in Excellent Condition

W&C. Scott & Sons 20 Bore Hammergun in Excellent Condition: This little gun has a lot of character. It has great lines and handles like a wand. My photos don’t do justice to the gun. The finishes are much better than the photos suggest. The gun was refurbished by Keith & Cody Kearcher in Bend Oregon. The case coloring is original and is fading in the usual areas. The bores are bright and shiny with no visible imperfections. Lock-up is tight with or without the forend attached. I have used this gun on pheasants with great success. I use RST 2&1/2 inch loads. These are light Smokeless loads. Stock dimensions are excellent for the average shooter. Collectors are aware that small bore English guns are rare. This is especially true of W&C, Scott small bores. I have only encountered 3 in over 40 years of collecting Scott guns. Here are the specifications on this gun: Barrel length =28 inches. LOP from front trigger=14&1/2 inches. Chokes are Cylinder and Cylinder Weight is 5 & 3/4 pounds. Serial # is 37622. Date of Manufacture is 1885. Price: $3,250

Exquisite and rare C. Pryse 20ga Hammer gun- nitro proofed! A vintage gunners DREAM small bore!
Exquisite and rare C. Pryse 20ga Hammer gun- nitro proofed! A vintage gunners DREAM small bore!

Exquisite and rare C. Pryse 20ga Hammer gun- nitro proofed! A vintage gunners DREAM small bore! For your consideration is a very fine and extremely rare 20ga English hammer gun.  The gun features back action locks which are very finely scroll engraved.  28″ Damascus barrels which have been fitted with Briley choke tubes.  The straight grip buttstock has excellent dimensions and terminates with a solid HRBP.  The splinter forend is near fully checkered.  The gun balances beautifully and is very lightweight – weighing in at 5lbs 6oz!  Stocks are extremely fine, as restored and checkering is crisp.  The grain pattern in the stock is superb.  Both bores measure .635 and minimum wall thickness is .028(right) and .029(left). Price: $5795 

Browning Superlight - 20ga - 1972 Man. Date - IC/M - 26.5” - 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” - 5 lbs 11 ozs - SN: 2871 V72 - In The Box
Browning Superlight – 20ga – 1972 Man. Date – IC/M – 26.5” – 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” – 5 lbs 11 ozs – SN: 2871 V72 – In The Box

Browning Superlight – 20ga – 1972 Man. Date – IC/M – 26.5” – 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” – 5 lbs 11 ozs – SN: 2871 V72 – In The Box! 1972 Man. Date – IC/M – 26.5” – 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2” – 5 lbs 11 ozs – SN: 2871 V72 – In The Box!  Minor Field Evidence can be found on wood and metal.  Great Shooting Superposed! Price: $4,900

Nikko Lightweight Ejector - 20ga - 28” Barrels - Straight Grip - M/IM Chokes - Winchester 101 Style - Tight Action - 14 1/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”
Nikko Lightweight Ejector – 20ga – 28” Barrels – Straight Grip – M/IM Chokes – Winchester 101 Style – Tight Action – 14 1/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”

Nikko Lightweight Ejector – 20ga – 28” Barrels – Straight Grip – M/IM Chokes – Winchester 101 Style – Tight Action – 14 1/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”: Nikko Lightweight Ejector – 20ga – 28” Barrels – Straight Grip – M/IM Chokes – 6 lbs 2 ozs – Clean and Tight Action – 14 1/8” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 6 lbs 2 ozs – NICE!  Dove Gun Deluxe!  Perfect Chokes, Configuration and Weight – Very Nice Shotgun

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