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PARKER DHE SxS 16 GAUGE: REMINGTON GUN, O FRAME
PARKER DHE SxS 16 GAUGE: REMINGTON GUN, O FRAME

PARKER DHE SxS 16 GAUGE: REMINGTON GUN, O FRAME, #238XXX, 28″ FULL AND FULL 2 3/4″, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH MOST OF THE CASE COLORS, 6LBS 15 OZ. 2 1/4″, 1 1/2″, 14 1/4″ Price: $11,000

EARLY POST WAR WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK 12GA.-3” SHOTGUN WITH 32” BARRELS. CIRCA 1947
EARLY POST WAR WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK 12GA.-3” SHOTGUN WITH 32” BARRELS. CIRCA 1947

EARLY POST WAR WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK 12GA.-3” SHOTGUN WITH 32” BARRELS. CIRCA 1947: All original and never on market in excellent as found, untouched condition from family of the original owner. Bottom of frame stamped “DUCK”. Barrels marked “WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL” and both marked “FULL”. Serial in the 19,xxx range and matching. Selective factory single trigger, automatic ejectors and nickel bead front sight. Extra quality factory walnut checkered stock and beavertail forend with the original finish. Some minor oil staining. Excellent checkering which is original and not refreshed. Chip out of forend at the left front which is an easy repair by a good stock man. Original factory “WINCHESTER” pad(pliable and no shrinking or petrification). Length of pull 13 5/8″, 2 3/8″ drop at heel, 1 1/2″ drop at comb as backed up by accompanying factory letter. 98-99% original blue and all the original wood finish with only very slight wear. Monogram “JSB” inset in silver in pistol grip base. Perfect working order and excellent, bright bores. Has seen only modest use and is in it’s original condition which is rare for a Model 21 Duck as most saw hard weather use and many are refinished. They were only made until 1952. With factory letter. Price: $6,500

RIZZINI B Upland EL Side by Side, 20ga 29" M&IM, NEW
RIZZINI B Upland EL Side by Side, 20ga 29″ M&IM, NEW

RIZZINI B Upland EL Side by Side, 20ga 29″ M&IM, NEW: Barrel Length (in Inches)  29″, Choke R  M(.018), Choke L  IM(.023) Trigger  DT (Double), Stock Configuration  Straight Grip, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm, Rib Type  Smooth Concave Rib, Receiver Finish  Casehardened, Engraving Type  Border Engraving with hand carved oak leaf fences, Other Options  Pierced top lever, Scalloped frame, 3″ chambers Condition  NEW Weight  6#2oz, Dimensions  1 3/8 2 1/4 x 15 1/8 with 1/4 cast off. Price: $4,250

B. RIZZINI -410 GAUGE O/U AURUM SMALL ACTION - CASE COLORED ACTION - 28" VENT RIB BLS W/CHOKE TUBES - STRAIGHT HAND STOCK
B. RIZZINI -410 GAUGE O/U AURUM SMALL ACTION – CASE COLORED ACTION – 28″ VENT RIB BLS W/CHOKE TUBES – STRAIGHT HAND STOCK

B. RIZZINI -410 GAUGE O/U AURUM SMALL ACTION – CASE COLORED ACTION – 28″ VENT RIB BLS W/CHOKE TUBES – STRAIGHT HAND STOCK: LOP 14  9/16″ – DC  1 7/16″ – DH 2 1/4″ – SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER –  WEIGHT 5 LBS. 12 OZS. – WITH FACTORY PLASTIC HARD CASE. – NEW UNFIRED. Price: $2,750

August Lebeau Liege SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 16 Ga
August Lebeau Liege SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 16 Ga

August Lebeau Liege SxS Boxlock Shotgun, 16 Ga: Very good, some finish, small nicks and scratches. Nicely finished wood, sling swivels installed, Pachmayr pad. Both barrels choked Improved Cylinder. 16 Gauge. Metal Condition: Very good, Wood Condition: Very good, Bore Condition: Bright Barrels: 28″, Triggers: Double triggers, Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP, Fore End: Checkered, Butt Pad: Pachmayr recoil pad, Sights: Single gold bead Chokes: Fixed IC / IC. Price: $1,499.99

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

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

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

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

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

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

It should look like this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online auction alert: 20g Parker Brothers GHE, no reserve …

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

UPDATE: BEFORE BIDDING, READ ABOUT 2 IMPORTANT ISSUES THIS SHOTGUN HAS

Normally, I’m not the biggest fan of refinished shotguns.

Why? Because most of them are refinished incorrectly, and most of the refinished Parkers out there are overpriced.

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

Fortunately, the refinished 20g Parker GHE you see here doesn’t have either of these issues. As you can see, whoever refinished did an excellent job. It’s being auctioned off now at Gunbroker.com. There’s no reserve on the listing and it ends 10/18/2020 @ 9:00 PM.

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

The “GHE” in “Parker GHE” designates the gun’s grade (GH) plus the fact that it has ejectors (E). GH-grade Parkers were the company’s middle-quality guns. Shooters liked them, and the company sold more than 30,000 GH-grades.

The vast majority of these guns were 12 gauges. So a 20-gauge like this is not that common — especially a 20-gauge with ejectors and a straight grip.

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

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

This is a no reserve penny auction for a Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0 side by side shotgun in 20ga with Ejectors! Serial number- 176719. 14″ LOP from front Trigger. We are unsure of the chokes but took close-ups of all markings so please refer to the pictures. 2 3/4″ Chamber. Drop at comb is 1.75″, drop at heel is 3″. This piece is in Excellent condition and also comes with the case, cleaning rods, snap caps, and everything pictured! We believe this shotgun was manufactured in 1917 and was restored by DelGreco. Grade 2 has a higher quality of American walnut. The barrels are made of Parker Special Steel and feature unique engravings of a multitude of game birds. Ejectors were an option on GH grade. These guns with ejectors (GHE) are desirable to collectors and can add as much as 50% to their collector value. The GH Grade filled a gap between the lower grade or “knockabout” guns and the higher grade or “fine” guns, offering a finer quality fit and finish, engraving and style in a gun which could still be taken to the field without feeling like you’re ruining a presentation piece. We took several photos to help you evaluate this gun’s condition. Please review the photos and zoom in to see the details! This is a used gun so there may be signs of use and wear. If there is not a magazine in the photos or stated in the description, then one is NOT included with the gun.

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

An awesome 12g Parker Bros AHE-grade SxS shotgun …

VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN AT MERZANTIQUES.COM
VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN AT MERZANTIQUES.COM

The side-by-side, double-barrel shotgun you see here is one of the icons of American gunmaking.

VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN AT MERZANTIQUES.COM
VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN AT MERZANTIQUES.COM

It’s a Parker Bros A.H.-quality with ejectors (which makes it an A.H.E.) and ACME fluid steel barrels. Back when it was built in 1917, it was Parker’s third-best gun, two down from the top-of-the-line A1 Special and a single step below the company’s famous AAH-quality shotguns.

Parker AH Grade Shotgun, page from a Parker catalog, from parkerguns.org
Parker AH Grade Shotgun, page from a Parker catalog, from parkerguns.org

As you can imagine, it was expensive in its day. It cost more than most guys took home in six months, and that’s one big reason why Parker only built a total of 306 AH-grade shotguns. They were just too expensive for most folks.

Parker AH Grade Shotgun, page from a Parker catalog, from parkerguns.org
Parker AH Grade Shotgun, page from a Parker catalog, from parkerguns.org

But if you had the money ($250 in the 1920s), you could buy yourself a great looking gun.

VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN AT MERZANTIQUES.COM
VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN AT MERZANTIQUES.COM

VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: Gun features a 30 inch barrel with an unusual 2 Ivory beads on it. Choked improved cylinder and modified. AH stamp on the water table as well as a number 6. 175k serial range. Original straight grip stock measuring 14-5/8 inches to the end of the Josten pad. Excellent condition with most original varnish. Sharp checkering. It has a gold inlaid unused inscription plate in the stock. This Parker is in beautiful shape with 85-90% bright case colors on the frame. Bottom of the receiver retains just traces of case color. The trigger guard is nicely engraved with a dog and has traces of blue remaining. Bottom of the receiver has a beautifully done dog with a bird in it’s mouth and a running deer. Both sides of the receiver are game scene engraved. Quite delicately done. Gun has the correct splinter forearm as well automatic ejectors. Also has the correct barrel markings “Acme Steel” on top of the rib. Overall this just a great gun. This is the 3rd A grade I have bought this week. This one came from an estate out of Fargo North Dakota. It has been identified in the Parker gun identification and serialization book having all the mentioned features. Has never been on the market before. Gun weighs 7pounds 5 ounces. Price: $ 41,500.

Rare American classics: 12g L.C. Smith Long Range Water Fowl SxSs….

Scarce L.C.. Smith Specialty grade 12ga "Long Range" 32" fantastic duck gun!
Scarce L.C.. Smith Specialty grade 12ga “Long Range” 32″ fantastic duck gun!

Power and range have always been obsessions with shooters, and as long as people have been using shotguns, they’ve tried to build ones that can reach out further and take game at longer ranges.

In the early ’20s, Fox introduced its contribution to this tradition: the A.H. Fox HE-grade SxSs. These guns were built to take ducks at long ranges using Western’s new12-gauge Super-X shotgun shells.

Western Super X ammo
Western Super X ammo

Around the same time as Fox, L.C. Smith got into the long-range game with its Long Range Wild Fowl Guns. These Smiths were also made to shoot Western’s new ammo and the company claimed “The killing range of this gun is from 70 to 85 yards, and the gun is capable of killing at even longer distances.”

The L.C. Smith Long Range Wild Fowl Guns were big 12 gauges built with wide, heavy actions and barrels built to withstand the recoil from heavy loads. They weighed 8 – 8 1/2 lbs and had 30″ or 32″ barrels with 3″ chambers and were designed to handle 1 3/8-oz of shot. Chokes, as you can imagine, were tight.

Scarce L.C.. Smith Specialty grade 12ga "Long Range" 32" fantastic duck gun!
Scarce L.C.. Smith Specialty grade 12ga “Long Range” 32″ fantastic duck gun!

Scarce L.C. Smith Specialty Grade 12ga “LONG RANGE” 32″ – FANTASTIC Duck Gun: Exceedingly rare configuration with ONLY 2 made in this configuration!!  Matches the LCSCA letter as found today! 12ga L.C. Smith Specialty Grade Long Range gun made with 32″ barrels.  Gun with large original beavertail forend, capped pistol grip buttstock and made with Hunter One SST.  Very scarce gun.  The tip of the beavertail on this gun with a bone inlay that appears it could be original. This gun remains in fine condition overall.  Barrels show most of an older restored blue with an area of light pinprick pitting at the breech end of the left tube on top. Action retains about 35% light original color.  Stocks are sound and retain most of a restored finish. There is a small repair to the bottom left stock finger as seen in the photos. Mechanics are crisp and bores are bright and shiny. These Long Range Guns don’t come up very often and this is a particularly useful and popular configuration. Price: $5950  

L.C. Smith 12 Gauge - LONG RANGE, 3", STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN
L.C. Smith 12 Gauge – LONG RANGE, 3″, STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN

This Field grade Long Range Water Fowl Gun was made in 1922, a few years before L.C. Smith had fully developed the features of these guns and come up with a consistent way to designate them. I’ll let the seller tell you all about it:

L.C. Smith 12 Gauge – LONG RANGE, 3″, STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN:

Description:
General Specs: L.C. Smith, Year 1922, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 12oz, Chokes F/F, LOP 14″ rear trigger, DAH 2 7/8″, DAC 1 13/16″
Serial Number: RE51777

L.C. Smith 12 Gauge - LONG RANGE, 3", STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN
L.C. Smith 12 Gauge – LONG RANGE, 3″, STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN

Anyone who has studied L.C. Smith is aware of their famous “LONG RANGE” waterfowler.  Made to shoot a heavy 1 3/8oz. load while keeping patterns 90% 40 yards, the Long Range is very sought after and in high condition like this one, nearly impossible to find.  Special attention to chamber, bore, and chokes from the finest barrel men in the business is what made the L.C. Smith Long Range gun a legend.  The Long Range had heavy barrels with reinforced forend lug, standard frame, 3” chambers, long barrels, and tight chokes.  Those are the features that make a L.C. Smith a Long Range gun.  The Long Range was not officially introduced to the public until 1923 and most (definitely not all) were marked with “LONG RANGE” on the bottom of the barrel lug visible on the underside of the action.  This Field Grade Long Range, snRE51777, was built and shipped in 1922 and does not have the “LONG RANGE” marking on the barrel lug.  It does have all the features of a Long Range and we have the L.C. Smith Collectors Association letter and the Cody Firearms Museum letter documenting it is a Long Range, one of about 2000 ever made.  Not so “Rare”, but only 343 had ejectors, and only 66 had single selective triggers.  Now that is RARE!  Now consider the factory English stock (only found on about 10% of the total production of L.C. Smith guns) and you have A VERY RARE COMBINATION INDEED. NOW, FOR THE FINAL CLAIM TO AN EXTREMELY RARE FIND…THIS GUN HAS 98% FACTORY CONDITION TO GO WITH ALL THE REST!

L.C. Smith 12 Gauge - LONG RANGE, 3", STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN
L.C. Smith 12 Gauge – LONG RANGE, 3″, STRAIGHT GRIP, SST, SxS SHOTGUN

For those of you that admire the famous Elsie LONG RANGE, and the magic and skills of some of the best bore and choke men that ever lived, this is the “Holy Grail”.  Truly a fine example of an untouched, factory original, 98% condition in case color, blue, and stock finish in a waterfowler from the heydays.  You can still see jeweling on the breech face of the barrel and all the original trigger blue remains on the trigger blade. The 32” F/F choked barrels match to perfection from left to right.  Of the last 1000 barrels I have measured up, this is the only set that has the same bore diameter, barrel wall thickness, and choke constriction.  It is simply unheard of.  And it is all untouched barrel work as it left the factory.  This gun even has a LONG STOCK WITH EXCELLENT SHOOTING DIMENSIONS and a 14” LOP measured from a single trigger in the rear position to the end of the butt plate.  Add a vintage pad and you will have 14 ¾” LOP.  This gun has everything the modern collector/shooter is looking for and is almost impossible to find.  You can tell this will be an amazing gun in the field.  A gun sure to increase in value as you enjoy its use.  A classic waterfowler at home in the blind or whacking turkey, blocking for pheasants, or blasting long range doves, this is a chance to own a very nice Elsie! Price: $5,750

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Piotti King 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS
Piotti King 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS

Piotti King 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS: Barrels: 27 1/2″ Chokes: M – F L.O.P. : 14 1/2″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 1/4″H Weight: 6 lbs 7 oz. Price: $17,500

John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case!
John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case!

John Dickson of Edinburgh Classic Round action with great original barrels and stock dimensions ~ Light at 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.! Makers case: Hammerless Sidelocks – This gun dates from 1934 . A very nice Dickson from between the wars with great wall thickness and dimensions. This is the period that many consider to be the pinnacle of the UK gunmaking trade. The Bores are bright and shiny with a few pits in the right barrel towards the muzzle but in proof and nothing deep Note the weight! Serial Number: 7279 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 27″ Barrel Type: Steel Action: trigger plate round action Gauge: 12 gauge Stock Comb: 1 7/16″ Stock Heel: 2″ Stock Cast: 1/4″ LOP: 14 3/8″ to wood butt Weight: 6 lbs. 4.5 oz. Choke Left: .028″ full Choke Right: .015″ IC-Mod Proof: Nitro: 2 1/2″ nitro Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .029″ Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .028″. Price: $12,000

Superb high original condition Parker DHE 12ga 28" Game Gun with original SST and Straight Stock
Superb high original condition Parker DHE 12ga 28″ Game Gun with original SST and Straight Stock

Superb high original condition Parker DHE 12ga 28″ Game Gun with original SST and Straight Stock: EXCEEDINGLY RARE TRANSITION GUN – not marked “Parker” anywhere on the action!  Very few of these (less than 6 in D Grade) known!!! Made on a 1-1/2 Frame with 28″ Titanic Steel barrels.  This scarce gun with splinter forend, straight stock and original Parker SST.  Gun has finely figured stocks with what is probably the original leather faced pad.  Perfect choke combo in this gun for upland game! Overall the gun is in superb original condition.  Retains about 97% original barrel blue, more than 97% bold original case color and crisp original wood finish.  Mechanics are crisp and bores are brilliant and shiny.  Gun has been fired but very very little. Price: $8750 

BERETTA - SO2 - 28" Bbls - Double Triggers - Solid Vintage Sidelock SO
BERETTA – SO2 – 28″ Bbls – Double Triggers – Solid Vintage Sidelock SO

BERETTA – SO2 – 28″ Bbls – Double Triggers – Solid Vintage Sidelock SO: 1968 – Beretta SO2 – 12ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ IM / F (.027 / .043) Boehler Steel Bbls, Ejectors, Double Triggers, LOP 14-1/2″ Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″,  1/8″ OFF,  Weight 7 lbs. 6 oz. Just in time for Bird Season! Mechanically Perfect Condition. This gun has seen very little use. It feels like a New Gun. Your chance to own a True U/O Sidelock of Beretta Quality. Serial Number: 34733 Barrel Length: 28″ Bore Info: Original Chambers: 2 3/4″ Ejectors: Strong Ejectors Condition: VG Bore Condition: Exc Barrels: Boehler Antinit Steel Action: U/O Triggers: DT Stock: POW Stock Drop: 1 1/2″ Stock Comb: 2 1/4″ Stock Cast: 1/8″ OFF Fore End: Game Butt Pad: Silvers LOP: 14 1/2″ Rib: Vented
Finish: Coin Weight: 7lbs 6oz Manufacture Date: 1968 Chokes: IM/F Engraving: Rose/Scroll. Price: $5,350

REMINGTON 1894 - C GRADE - 32" ORDNANCE STEEL BARRELS WITH EJECTORS - 12 GAUGE
REMINGTON 1894 – C GRADE – 32″ ORDNANCE STEEL BARRELS WITH EJECTORS – 12 GAUGE

REMINGTON 1894 – C GRADE – 32″ ORDNANCE STEEL BARRELS WITH EJECTORS – 12 GAUGE: Here is Remington 1894 C Grade with the rare 32″ Ordnance Steel Barrels. This 12 gauge gauge gun has perefctly timed ejectors and sharp and well executed engraving. Mirror bores measuring .725 as original with 35/1000 Full Chokes in each barrel. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Tight on face. No loose ribs, barrels ring very nicely. No cracks to wood. Ivory front bead has cracked as photo shows. Auto safety. Weight of gun is 8 LBS 1 3/4 OZ.  LOP – 14 1/4″ Drop at Comb – 1 5/8″ Drop at Heel – 2 1/8″ Price: $3,750

How to buy vintage shotguns without getting burned: The 2nd most important questions to ask a seller

Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world! Super investment
Boss & Co. 20 bore SLE ~ Simply outstanding! This is a chance to own the very best of the best real estate in the double gun world! Super investment

So I’ve had tech issues with Dogs & Doubles, and it has taken me a while to get things sorted out. Sorry for the trouble. But now I’m back. So here’s the next part of How to buy vintage shotguns without getting burned.

A few weeks ago, I talked about the first of the three most important questions you need to ask a seller before you buy a gun:

Question 1: Is the gun all original or has it been redone?

This week, we’ll cover: Question 2: What’s the condition of the barrels?

One thing I learned quickly in my gun-hoarding days was that bad barrels equal a bad gun. I know this sounds extreme, but it’s true for 2 reasons.

This gun was intentionally destroyed with a gross overcharge of smokeless powder. Pic from MidwayUSA website
This gun was intentionally destroyed with a gross overcharge of smokeless powder. Pic from MidwayUSA website

1: Safety. If the integrity of the barrels is compromised in any way, you can’t count on them to constrain the forces that are unleashed when you fire a gun.

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

2: Barrels are never worth replacing. OK, almost never. But on an old Parker or Fox, a new set made from scratch will cost your $8,000+ — if you can find someone to do it and do it right. You can send a British SxS or an OU back to the UK for new barrels, but you’re talking at least $10,000. European stuff can be just as pricey.

So when you’re buying a vintage shotgun, you need to figure out the condition of the barrels right away. Here are 5 questions to ask the seller.

Are these barrels their original length? I hope so -- I own the gun!
Are these barrels their original length? I hope so — I own the gun!

1. Are the barrels their original length? Back in the day, gunsmiths used to hack off a couple of inches from shotgun barrels all the time, usually to open up the chokes or to remove damage at the muzzle end. Unfortunately, this can affect how the barrels shoot and how the gun balances. It also lowers a gun’s resale value and can look lousy. So if the barrels are no longer their original length, the smart move is to pass on the gun.

Ouch. A nasty dent in a set Parker barrels. Image from the PerlicanParts forum.
Ouch. A nasty dent in a set Parker barrels. Image from the PerlicanParts forum.

2. Are there are any dents, dings, or bulges in the barrels? If so, you may be able to fix them. But depending on where they are, how bad they are, and the overall quality of the gun, it may not be worth doing. Determining the severity of a dent, ding, or bulge requires a gunsmith. The moment you consult one, you’ll start running a tab that could go to $200+ if you move ahead with any work. BTW: Check out this article to read more about dents what goes into repairing them: The Ins And Outs Of Shotgun Barrel Dents

Bad pitting inside a shotgun barrel
Bad pitting inside a shotgun barrel

3. Is there any pitting or corrosion, inside or out? Rust is never good. But some pin-pricks and small blooms of it can be easy to deal with if they’re on the exterior of the bbls. The same is true with a little light frosting inside the tubes. But thick rust and pits can only be removed with honing and polishing. These fixes aren’t cheap and they can create thin spots in the tubes. None of that is good.

4. Are the ribs tight?  Shotgun ribs are fastened to the barrels with soldering. When this soldering comes loose and falls away, moisture works underneath and rust follows. While loose ribs can be relayed, you don’t know how extensive the rust damage is until you remove the ribs. Plus, relaying ribs is expensive and you’ll have to reblue the barrels once it’s done.

5. Are there are any signs of repairs? Barrels get dented and fixed. Sometimes they bulge and are repaired. When they rust, people clean them up and reblue them (but won’t always reblue them the right way). While minor repairs aren’t a huge concern, major fixes are. If a set of barrels has been repaired, you (or more likely a gunsmith) will have to inspect them to see if the repair was done correctly and if the area around the repair has been compromised. And you know what that means — $$$$.

So that’s a lot to ask — I know. Later this week I’ll go over the rest of the things you need to find out about a set of shotgun barrels before you guy the gun, including chamber lengths, bore sizes, and minimum wall thicknesses. Stay tuned.

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

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

Webley & Scott 20 Gauge Box Lock SXS Ejector Cased
Webley & Scott 20 Gauge Box Lock SXS Ejector Cased

Webley & Scott 20 Gauge Box Lock SXS Ejector Cased: 2 3/4-inch box lock ejector cased with accessories. Improved Cylinder and Modified chokes. English stock without cast, Strong case colors and 40% engraved. Leather-covered pad. Very light handling marks. Lockable case with a wood cleaning rod, jag, mop, and brass brush. Oil bottle and snap caps. 14 1/2 inch pull to front trigger. 5 pounds 11 ounces. 26-inch barrels. Checkering is sharp. Price: $4000

Merkel "Walter Uhlig" Over Under Double Rifle in 9.3 x 74R
Merkel “Walter Uhlig” Over Under Double Rifle in 9.3 x 74R

Merkel “Walter Uhlig” Over-Under Double Rifle in 9.3 x 74R: This Over/Under rifle has three claw mounts (no scope).  Boasts a 26″ barrel, with a 13 3/4″ LOP over pad.  Perfect bore!  This rifle is out of an estate that we are doing (No History). Serial Number: 24887. Barrel Length: 26″. Weight: 8 lbs 5 oz. Price: $3,995

Chapuis Orvis Classic SxS 20g 28"
Chapuis Orvis Classic SxS 20g 28″

Chapuis Orvis Classic SxS 20g 28″: Excellent condition. SN- 61905. IC/M. 3″ chambers. Ejectors. Automatic safety. 6 lbs. Comb 1 1/2″. Heel 2 1/2″. LOP 14 7/8″. Cast 1/4″ off. Double Triggers. Rare opportunity to get a high-quality Chapuis/Orvis sxs field gun at a great price. Orvis demo gun, maintained by Orvis Gunsmithing. Super clean with some minor nicks and handling marks. Pretty much like new. Hard case and materials. Seen little use. Price: $3600

BERETTA - 686 Onyx - OU - 20ga - 28" bbls Mobilchoke
BERETTA – 686 Onyx – OU – 20ga – 28″ bbls Mobilchoke

BERETTA – 686 Onyx – OU – 20ga – 28″ bbls Mobilchoke: LOP 14-5/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs 1 oz. Good Solid Working Gun. Shows some wear, but still tight and ready for the field. Price: $1485

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Holland & Holland - Royal “Pigeon” Gun - 12ga - 30” - 3” - Full/Half (.019/.038) - 15” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” - 7.7 lbs - March 17, 1958
Holland & Holland – Royal “Pigeon” Gun – 12ga – 30” – 3” – Full/Half (.019/.038) – 15” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 7.7 lbs – March 17, 1958

Holland & Holland – Royal “Pigeon” Gun – 12ga – 30” – 3” – Full/Half (.019/.038) – 15” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” – 7.7 lbs – March 17, 1958: Matted Rib – Hinged Front Trigger – Self Opener – Provenance Data Pictured (please read) – This is a gun that was built for a gentleman that was “staying at the Ritz Hotel whilst in London!” – the original “RBL” initials are on the case, but the oval now has been changed to “JBL” (perhaps a family heir of the gun) – **IMPORTANT NOTE: this gun was specifically built as a “Pigeon and Live Bird” gun – as stated in the Holland & Holland Letter. Price: $32,995  

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ A-10 American ~ Over Under ~ 20 Gauge:
Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ A-10 American ~ Over Under ~ 20 Gauge:

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. ~ A-10 American ~ Over Under ~ 20 Gauge: American black walnut English grip stock, hunting forend, Galazan recoil pad, gold single selective trigger adjustable for length of pull. Full side lock shotgun with hand detachable locks, tasteful light scroll engraving over traditional bone and charcoal case coloring. Satin blue 26″ barrels. Excellent condition in makers travel case.Chambers: 2 3/4 Inch Barrels: 26 Inch Triggers: Single, Tang Select Stock Dimensions: 14 1/2 Inch LOP, 2 1/4 Inch DAH, 1 1/2 Inch DAC, Neutral Cast Fore End: Field Weight: 6 Lbs 2 Oz. Sights: Matted Vent Rib, Red Front Chokes: 5- Tube Set. Price: $7,999.99

Beretta S3 12 Gauge OU Shotgun
Beretta S3 12 Gauge OU Shotgun

Beretta S3 12 Gauge OU Shotgun: 28 1/2″ Chokes: F – F L.O.P. : 14″ Drop: 1 1/2″C x 2 3/8″H Weight: 7 lbs 4 oz Ser. #: 19438 Stock #: 9481 Price: $5,950

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

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

Zoli & Rizzini Field Grade S/S 20 Gauge
Zoli & Rizzini Field Grade S/S 20 Gauge

Zoli & Rizzini Field Grade S/S 20 Gauge: Offered for sale is this classic Field Grade double trigger side-by-side shotgun manufactured by Zoli&Rizzini in Magno Italy and imported to the U.S. by Abercrombie & Fitch in the1960s. The overall condition of this gun is very good to excellent rating in the 90% range. It has magnificent case hardened scalloped coloring enhanced by intricate engraving patterns and a blue finish on the frame, boxlock, lever and breech areas. The hardwood checkered Wales type grip and forearm are distinct and show very little ware. The top lever and boxlock plate also show fine engraving patterns adding value to this gun. Lock up is tight and the trigger mechanics are crisp. Overall the bluing is very uniform on both barrels with the possible exception of some very small age spots on the right side barrel. The stock shows some limited handling marks on one side which is to be expected for a field grade gun of this age. Overall it was well cared for over the years and is a very collectible firearm. Excellent value in this price range. Manufacturer: Zoli & Rizzini, Model: A&F Field Grade. Serial Number: 2427, Barrel Length: 26″, Bore Info: 2 3/4″, Ejectors: No, Condition: Very Good, Metal Condition: Good, Wood Condition: Lite Handling Marks, Bore Condition: Good, Barrels: 2, Action: Box Lock, Triggers: 2, Gauge: 20, Stock: Walnut, Butt Pad: Original, LOP: 14.25 inches, Finish: Blue, Weight: 6.5 pounds, Manufacture Date: 1965, Choke Left: M, Choke Right: IC. Price: $1,995

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A pre-owned 20 gauge Holland & Holland 'Royal' Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26-inch barrels
A pre-owned 20 gauge Holland & Holland ‘Royal’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26-inch barrels

A pre-owned 20 gauge Holland & Holland ‘Royal’ Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with 26-inch barrels: Holland & Holland sidelock ejector with patent assisted opening mechanism, double triggers and automatic safety. Chamber: 2 3/4 inch, Rib: Game concaved with file cut surface, Chokes: 1/4 & 1/4 Stock: Length: 14 5/8 inches, Grip: Semi pistol grip, Butt End Finish: Chequred, Forend: Splinter Style Forend. Engraving: Description: Royal Scroll Finish: Case colour finish. Weight: 5lbs – 10 oz, Case: Single Leather case. Date of Manufacture: 1960. Price: $38,000

Perazzi MX20 SC3 OU 20ga with 27 3/4" bbls, Multichoke
Perazzi MX20 SC3 OU 20ga with 27 3/4″ bbls, Multichoke

Perazzi MX20 SC3 OU 20ga with 27 3/4″ bbls, Multichoke: Perazzi MX20 SC3 game gun with fine rose and scroll engraving, vibrant color case hardening, single selective non-removable trigger, rich-grained straight grip stock (14 7/8″ lop over leather covered pad), tapered forend, ventilated rib, and factory external choke tubes. This may be one of the most attractive versions of the SC3 upgrades offered by Perazzi through the years. Factory luggage case included. Price: $13,495

Winchester 21 Deluxe Grade IV Engraved 12 Gauge (W10734)
Winchester 21 Deluxe Grade IV Engraved 12 Gauge (W10734)

Winchester 21 Deluxe Grade IV Engraved 12 Gauge (W10734): Made in 1939. Has a 26” barrel. Beautiful gun in excellent condition. Engraving is nice and sharp in a number IV factory pattern. Wood is excellent. Gun comes with a factory letter. Excellent Deluxe gun! Price: $14,950

Beautiful A.H. Fox A Grade 16 Gauge SXS with Original Box
Beautiful A.H. Fox A Grade 16 Gauge SXS with Original Box

Beautiful A.H. Fox A Grade 16 Gauge SXS with Original Box: Beautiful A.H. Fox “A” Grade 16 Gauge shotgun. Has the original box. Made in 1937. 16 Gauge with 28” barrels. Gun is in mint condition. All of the original blue and case colors remain. Engraving is sharp. Wood is excellent. This is a double extractor gun. This gun comes in the original box and is in mint condition. There is a letter accompanying this gun confirming all features. Beautiful example of an A.H. Fox “A” Grade double-barrel shotgun. Price: $7,950

Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge
Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge

Pedro Arrizabalaga ~ Side by Side ~ 20 Gauge: This handcrafted Pedro Arrizabalaga 20 gauge side by side features and English style straight stock. The deluxe walnut stock has an oil finish and fine checkering. The receiver is engraved with heavy scroll work. There is a second forend, original paperwork. Chambers: 2-3/4 inch, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Excellent, Barrels: 27-1/2 inch barrel, Triggers: Smooth double triggers, Stock Dimensions: LOP 14-1/8 inch to forward trigger; DAC 1 3/4″; DAH 2 1/2, Fore End: Matching semi beavertail, second forend splinter style, Butt Pad: Checkered. Price: $4,599.99

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Parker Bros Grade PH 8 Gauge SxS
Parker Bros Grade PH 8 Gauge SxS

Parker Bros Grade PH 8 Gauge SxS: Serial Number: 157318, Barrel Length: 36″, Ejectors: No, Condition: Original, Metal Condition: Nice, Wood Condition: Nice, Bore Condition: Good, Triggers: 2, Fore End: Splinter, Weight: 13 1/2 lbs. Price: $35,000 

Truly superb and extremely rare 20g Charles Daly Diamond Quality boxlock - Early Lindner made gun!
Truly superb and extremely rare 20g Charles Daly Diamond Quality boxlock – Early Lindner made gun!

Truly superb and extremely rare 20g Charles Daly Diamond Quality boxlock – Early Lindner made gun!: Antique: Yes, Shotgun Gauge: 20 Gauge, Manufacturer: H.A. Lindner, Model: Diamond Quality, Serial Number: 1516, Barrel Length: 26″, Chambers: 2-5/8″, Ejectors: yes, Condition: Excellent, Metal Condition: Excellent, Wood Condition: Excellent, Bore Condition: Excellent, Triggers: Double Triggers, Stock: Round knob grip, Stock Comb: 1-1/2″, Stock Heel: 2-1/4″, Fore End: Splinter, Butt Pad: Silvers Type, LOP: 14-3/8″, Weight: 5lbs 10oz, Choke Left: .630″ with .012″, Choke Right: .630″ with .008″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .030″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .030″. Very rare and lightweight Charles Daly Diamond Quality gun made in Prussia.  Lindner made gun with 26″ barrels. These early guns are of incredibly high quality and this gun made with sideclips, auto-ejectors, double triggers, and auto-safety. The gun is near full coverage engraved in fantastic detailed scroll and game scenes as seen in the photos.  Gun is very lightweight and handles like a wand.  Beautiful original stocks with fine checkering are nicely figured.  Housed in a green canvas, green felt interior case with leather appointments. Overall the gun remains in extremely fine pleasing original condition with more than 75% bold original case colors, 95% original barrel blue and stocks are superb with some finish added for preservation. Bores are brilliant and shiny and mechanics are crisp. Price: $27,500

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

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK - 3 INCH CHAMBERS - 32 INCH BLS. - FULL/FULL
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK – 3 INCH CHAMBERS – 32 INCH BLS. – FULL/FULL

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DUCK – 3 INCH CHAMBERS – 32 INCH BLS. – FULL/FULL: SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER – PISTOL GRIP STOCK HAS SOLID RED WINCHESTER RECOIL PAD – WOOD OVERALL IS EXCELLENT WITH ONE EXCEPTION, SOME FINISH LOSS JUST LEFT OF TOP TANG – CHECKERING AND FINISH IS EXCELLENT ON BOTH BUTT AND BEAVERTAIL FOREND – DIAMOND PATTERN ON FOREND – RECEIVER BLUE 99.99% – BARREL BLUE 99.99% – TRIGGER GUARD BLUE 100% – LOP 13 1/2 INCH – WEIGHT 7 LBS 12 OZS. Price: $8,000

BROWNING CITORI 16 GA FEATHER SUPERLIGHT
BROWNING CITORI 16 GA FEATHER SUPERLIGHT

BROWNING CITORI 16 GA FEATHER SUPERLIGHT: MADE IN BELGIUM IN 2019.  BARRELS ARE 28” WITH A VENT RIB AND INVECTOR CHOKED.  NEW IN BOX. Condition: EXCELLENT, Metal Condition: EXCELLENT Wood Condition: EXCELLENT, Bore Condition: EXCELLENT, Stock Comb: 1 1/2” Stock Heel: 2 1/2”, LOP: 14 1/4”, Weight: 5 LB 14 OZ, Case: FACTORY BOX Price: $2,350

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:

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

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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