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Watson Bros. BEST SLE 28ga - 27” - IC/M - DT - Checkered Butt - Splinter - K.L. Smith Engraved in Magnificent English Custom Scroll
Watson Bros. BEST SLE 28ga – 27” – IC/M – DT – Checkered Butt – Splinter – K.L. Smith Engraved in Magnificent English Custom Scroll

Watson Bros. BEST SLE 28ga – 27” – IC/M – DT – Checkered Butt – Splinter – K.L. Smith Engraved in Magnificent English Custom Scroll: This is an uplander’s dream gun – slender and sleek – beautiful with the finest accoutrements in detail and design. Condition: 97% Metal Condition: 95% some minor bluing wear Wood Condition: 98% Bore Condition: 99% Triggers: Double English Stock: Straight Grip Stock Comb: 1 3/8” Stock Heel: 2 1/4” Stock Cast: Right handed cast off Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: Checkered Butt LOP: 14 1/4” to front trigger Rib: Concave Game Rib Finish: Hand Rubbed Oil Weight: 5 lbs 4 ozs Chokes: .009/.015 IC/M. Further Notes: Mike Louca is the foremost Barrel Smith, extant.  Watson Brothers was purchased, the name, from Atkin, Grant, and Lang about 1988 when Mike was still working at Purdey as the lead barrel maker. Watson Brothers is the last gunmaker owned English Gun builder in England. Watson Brothers truly carries on the British Bespoke Gunmaking tradition – this gun is built on a modified Beesley Action, the same action on which the Purdey SXS is built.  The innovation is beyond cool.  He has changed the ejectors, massive improvement, triggers, and barrels.  One could easily argue that this is the finest English gun made today. Shotgun Gauge: 28 Gauge Model: Best SLE Serial Number: 20015 Barrel Length: 27” Chambers: 2 3/4” Ejectors: Self Opener. Price: $69,500

Greifelt - Highest Grade 1 Miniature, .410. OU shotgun, 26" Barrels
Greifelt – Highest Grade 1 Miniature, .410. OU shotgun, 26″ Barrels

Greifelt – Highest Grade 1 Miniature, .410. OU shotgun, 26″ Barrels: Extremely rare! Imported by Von Lengerke & Detmold. Double trigger, auto ejector, front trigger hinged, solid rib, butt plate, scalloped frame, made in 1929 and is virtually new, unfired, 100% case color, 100% wood finish, and 100% blue including trigger guard. Couple of handling marks. This gun is considered one of the many to be none finer, extremely complex, beautifully scroll engraved. The very finest available. The smallest high-grade gun. 3lbs. 14 oz. 14 3/8″ x 1 ½” x 2 ¾” Price: $39,500

The finest Parker GH 16ga Extant - an early Damascus Gun that remains as new - impossible to improve on and guaranteed original in every respect
The finest Parker GH 16ga Extant – an early Damascus Gun that remains as new – impossible to improve on and guaranteed original in every respect

The finest Parker GH 16ga Extant – an early Damascus Gun that remains as new – impossible to improve on and guaranteed original in every respect: Without question, the single finest 16ga Damascus hammerless I’ve offered in recent times, this GH 16ga made on a #1 frame with 28″ damascus barrels.  Made with double triggers, extractors, splinter forend, auto safety, capped pistol grip buttstock with original Dogs Head Buttplate.  Engraved in standard early Grade 2 pattern as seen in the photos. Overall, this gun remains in as close to mint original condition as can be obtained. Retaining virtually all of its original finishes to wood and metal surfaces with brilliant shiny bores and crisp mechanics.  The gun appears factory test fired only and is remarkable for being over 110 years old!  It is impossible to find a better, more original or mint example of this configuration and I guarantee the finishes to be original in all respects.  This gun comes to me from one of the finest Parker Collections ever assembled and was used as a benchmark in that collection for more than 20 years. Price: $18,500

AYA 12 BORE 2 Bbl. SET BEST MOD 52 SIDELOCK- SUPERB ENGRAVING- MADE in 1947- BOTH Bbls 27 3/4" CHOPPER LUMP THIRD BITE- ALL ORIG BORES & CHOKES
AYA 12 BORE 2 Bbl. SET BEST MOD 52 SIDELOCK- SUPERB ENGRAVING- MADE in 1947- BOTH Bbls 27 3/4″ CHOPPER LUMP THIRD BITE- ALL ORIG BORES & CHOKES

AYA 12 BORE 2 Bbl. SET BEST MOD 52 SIDELOCK- SUPERB ENGRAVING- MADE in 1947- BOTH Bbls 27 3/4″ CHOPPER LUMP THIRD BITE- ALL ORIG BORES & CHOKES: #9853, 12 Bore 2 Barrel Set AYA-Aguirre & Aranzabal-Made in Spain: A Super Engraved Model 52 Assist Opening Bar Action Sidelock Ejector 12 Bore Made in 1947, Both barrels are 27 3/4″ Nickel-Chrome Chopper Lump barrels with a Hidden Third Bite, Hand detachable sidelocks with a hidden release, Gold plated internals on the locks, The original set of barrels at .725 .000 & .023″ (Cyl. & Slightly Open Imp.Mod), Original 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on both barrels at .034″, 1,440 KG weight barrels, Original bores and chokes as proofed; THEN in 1955 the AYA Factory installed another set of barrels at .727 .031″ & .049″ (Tight Imp.Mod. & Extra Full), Original 2 3/4″, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .031″ and .035″ on the left barrel, 1,390 KG weight barrels, Original bores and chokes as proofed, Double triggers with the front articulated, Rolled trigger guard edge for the right hand, Splinter forend with a frontal Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 13/16 x 1 9/16 x 2 1/8″ over a 1″ pad, Neutral stock for the right or left hand, 7 lbs. 4 oz. with the original barrels and 7 lbs. 2 oz. with the 1955 barrels, Very nice wood with nice black/brown contrast, The butt matches the forend well; 100% engraving coverage of very fine scroll, roses, floral and ribbons, This is very well cut engraving with excellent detail that is seldom seen on a Spanish gun, This engraving doesn’t take a back seat to most of the best guns coming out of England or Europe, The barrel blue on both at 99%, The frame finish at 96%, The stock finish at 92%, The checkering at 96-97%, The bores on both barrel sets are excellent, Both set of barrels are smack on the face, This piece points great with these stock dimensions. A Slight Crack on the Forend Repaired by English Gunmaker Jack Rowe. The whole is cased in a metal cornered Spanish trunk case. Price: $6,400

Winchester 21 SxS Shotgun 12ga
Winchester 21 SxS Shotgun 12ga

Winchester 21 SxS Shotgun 12ga: Pre-World War II. 2 3/4 inch chambers with extractors, Winchester “WP” proofs on the flats, and “MOD./FULL” marked chokes. Standard markings and proofs on the water table with double triggers and tang mounted manual safety. Checkered walnut splinter forearm and pistol grip stock. Stock measurements: drop at comb 1 1/2 inches; drop at heel 2 1/2 inches; length of pull 14 inches. Excellent original finish. Price: $4,995

4 gauges, 8gs, & more. See an insane collection of big bores……

R.B Rodda 4 Bore hammer shotgun at Giles Marriott in the UK
R.B Rodda 4 Bore hammer shotgun at Giles Marriott in the UK

If you’ve ever wanted to own a big-bore shotgun, this is your opportunity to get one.

Giles Marriott is a dealer in the UK who specializes in vintage side-by-sides, over-unders, and other fine guns. Right now he has this amazing group of big-bore shotguns on his site.

Auguste Francotte 4 Bore hammer shotgun for sale now at Giles Marriott UK
Auguste Francotte 4 Bore hammer shotgun for sale now at Giles Marriott UK

It includes everything from 4-bores like this vintage SxS Francotte hammergun and this 2-gun set of modern Watson sidelocks (these guns must have have cost $100,000+ each to make).

Watson Brothers 4 Bore hand detachable, single trigger, sidelock ejectors, for sale at Giles Marriott, UK
Watson Brothers 4 Bore hand detachable, single trigger, sidelock ejectors, for sale at Giles Marriott, UK

The collection also includes bunch of 8 gauges and some nice 10 gauges, including this incredible bar-in-wood Horsley.

Thomas Horsley & Son 8 bore Bar-in-wood Shotgun for sale at Giles Marriott in the UK
Thomas Horsley & Son 8 bore Bar-in-wood Shotgun for sale at Giles Marriott in the UK

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.

Holland & Holland 8 bore double shotgun for sale by Giles Marriott in the UK
Holland & Holland 8 bore double shotgun for sale by Giles Marriott in the UK

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.

W.C Scott 10 bore shotgun for sale at Giles Marriott in the UK
W.C Scott 10 bore shotgun for sale at Giles Marriott in the UK

Great gun alert: 28-bore Watson best-quality OU shotgun …

Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN
Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN

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).

Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN
Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN

Watson Bros was founded in 1885. In 1989 the company was bought by a Purdey-trained gunmaker named Michael Louca. You can read more about all this here.

“Watson Bros. guns are made almost entirely by hand insuring individually and attention to detail, which no machine can equal.”

Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN
Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN

Here’s more about the gun from Watson Bros:

Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN: Made for the purist in our classical style with double beaded back and adorned with best small scroll and gold name all set off with colour case hardening.

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.

Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN
Watsons Bros 28 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SIDELOCK / SHOTGUN

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PIOTTI KING ROYAL SXS 16 GAUGE
PIOTTI KING ROYAL SXS 16 GAUGE

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

J. Purdey & Sons .303 Sidelock Side-by-Side Double Rifle
J. Purdey & Sons .303 Sidelock Side-by-Side Double Rifle
AyA Model No.53 Sidelock SxS in 20 Gauge
AyA Model No.53 Sidelock SxS in 20 Gauge

AyA Model No.53 Sidelock SxS in 20 GaugeThis 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 

Celta Borchers - Guernica, Spain - Sidelock Ejector - 28ga - Perfect Quail Gun - Long LOPCelta Borchers - Guernica, Spain - Sidelock Ejector - 28ga - Perfect Quail Gun - Long LOP
Celta Borchers – Guernica, Spain – Sidelock Ejector – 28ga – Perfect Quail Gun – Long LOP

Celta Borchers – Guernica, Spain – Sidelock Ejector – 28ga – Perfect Quail Gun – Long LOP1966 25-1/4″, IC / M (.005 / .010) Hand Engraved, Raised Rib, Rib Extension Third Bite, Hand Detachable Locks, Bushed Strikers, Automatic Safety, Double Triggers (Front Articulated), English Stock, LOP 15″ to Original Checkered Butt, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Weight 5 lbs. 12 oz. Excellent Condition. Tight. Barrels Ring Nicely. Price: $2975

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

Jas. R. Watson - Nice English BLNE SxS - Great Handling Classic
Jas. R. Watson – Nice English BLNE SxS – Great Handling Classic
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