Eight-gauges and even four-gauges were common in the US around the Chesapeake Bay and other big waterfowling areas. Affluent shooters used them to pass shoot ducks, geese, and swans.
While waterfowl hunting with shotguns larger than 10 gauges was outlawed in the US in the ’30s, it remained legal in the UK. Judging by fantastic condition of these guns, I doubt they’ve spent much time in the field.
Here’s a gun you don’t see every day. It’s a British 28g sidelock OU. In the past, twenty-eights weren’t popular with British makers. Up until the 1980s or so, they built very few 28g over-unders. But in the last 40 years or so, this gauge has caught gained popularity with shooters and the makers in the UK have responded.
This gun was made by Watson Bros in1995. It doesn’t look like it was used very much. It’s a beautifully proportioned gun with a couple unique features (watch the video below to see them).
This 27″ barreled 2 3/4″ chambered tight choked single trigger gun is complemented with a 15 1/4″ straight hand stock. Fitted with fine ebony heel and toe pieces and also ebony bottom horns. Wrapped in a best London French blocked case with all tools and accessories.
PIOTTI KING ROYAL SXS 16 GAUGE: MADE 1999 28″ 010 AND 018 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CASED EXCELLENT CONDITION 6LBS 8 OZ X 2″ X 1 7/16″ X 15″ Price:$29,500
J. Purdey & Sons .303 Sidelock Side-by-Side Double Rifle: Beautifully made J. Purdey & Sons .303 sidelock non ejector double rifle. 25 1/2″ barrels with a ramp foresight, one fixed 100 yard express sight and one folding leaf regulated at 200 yards. The barrels feature an extended third bite and a scope rail has been fitted to the rib. The bolstered, non ejector sidelock action is engraved with classic rose and scroll with some original colour, has two triggers, bolt safe, underlever opening and clipped fences. A nicely figured stock which has been refinished has a pistol grip with cap, cheek piece, chequered butt, sling swivel and silver oval. A very attractive Purdey in very good condition. Stock: Pistol Grip. LOP: 14″. Weight: 9lbs 1.6oz Price:$22,500
AyA Model No.53 Sidelock SxS in 20 Gauge: This No.53 features 27″ barrels with I.C. & Mod. (.011 & .019) chokes and a concave, tapered rib with a silver bead front sight, 2 3/4″ chambers, ejectors, double triggers with articulating front (hinged), engraved and extended trigger-guard, manual thumb actuated safety and gold-lined cocking indicators. For strength and safety there is the Purdey type triple-bite with side-clips and gas venting action and includes the two bite chopper lump steel barrels and a concealed third bite, released by top lever. And for beauty, the No.53, is fully engraved in a traditional European ribbon and floral pattern, and includes beautiful high grade walnut stocks, a straight-hand-grip and wrap-around extended checkered butt-stock with a leather covered red/orange recoil pad, and a checkered splinter forend with engraved iron and a push button release. Stock dimensions: LOP: 15 3/8″ to recoil pad, or 14 1/8″ to wood; DAC: 1 5/16″; DAH: 1 3/4″ & Cast Off: 3/16″. Weighs: 6 1/2 Lbs. All in very good to excellent condition. The barrel blue is near new with full coverage, a little lighting up of the blue on the exention of the trigger-guard, and the coin finished sidelock action is very bright and shiny with eye-popping engraving! The beautiful grained stocks and glossy lacquer finish shows some occasional light wear, a few wood scratches and smudges in the lacquer finish. There is tiny chipping of the butt-stock’s bottom fingers where they meet the action. Also includes a traditional oak hard-case fitted with with leather and canvas covers and red cloth interior, and inside are chrome snap caps and a chrome oiler, a bottle of Lightwood & Son neverust oil and a two piece wooden cleaning rod with brass jag and brush. Included in the ad are a total of 12 photographs, and all can be seen on Cabela’s Gun Library. Price:$3828.88
Jas. R. Watson – Nice English BLNE SxS – Great Handling Classic: 12ga, 2-1/2″, 28″ CYL / M (.000 / .020), Extractors, Double Triggers, English Stock, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2″, Weight 6 lbs. – 7 oz. Excellent original condition. Barrels measure to original specifications. Jas. R. Watson & Co. was in business from 1876 to 1976. This gun probably made between 1920 and 1939.Price:$1975