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

Westley Richards - SxS, 28ga. 25" Barrels Choked F/M. CASE INCLUDED
Westley Richards – SxS, 28ga. 25″ Barrels Choked F/M. CASE INCLUDED

Westley Richards – SxS, 28ga. 25″ Barrels Choked F/M. CASE INCLUDED: Full & Modified SxS, 2 3/4″ chamber, automatic ejector, Churchill style rib, proof at 3 1/4 tons, coin finish receiver, with game scenes of flying quail and woodcock, surrounded by magnificent scroll, the bottom of the frame has a pointer surrounded with scroll, straight grip, checkered butt, double trigger, automatic ejector, in English – canvas case, Gun is as new and unfired with case accessories. 5 lbs. 7 oz.  15 1/4″ x 1/2″ x 2 x 1/16″. Price: $13,995

Fabulous high original condition Ithaca NID Model 4E 20ga - All original and near mint - Best example I've seen
Fabulous high original condition Ithaca NID Model 4E 20ga – All original and near mint – Best example I’ve seen

Fabulous high original condition Ithaca NID Model 4E 20ga – All original and near mint – Best example I’ve seen: Absolutely dynamite all original Ithaca NID Model 4E 20ga. Made with 26″ Fluid steel barrels, splinter forend, gold plated double triggers, auto ejectors, automatic safety. Gun has very nice flame figured American Walnut capped pistol grip buttstock with original buttplate. Engraved in beautiful and tasteful Grade 4 pattern as seen in the photos. Gun is accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum research letter identifying it as found today including the original initials in the gold stock shield. Gun remains in superb all original and investment grade condition. Barrels with nearly all of their original blue. Frame with more than 95% bold original case colors throughout. Stocks are sound and near mint with nearly all of their original finishes remaining. Checkering is crisp and untouched. Bores are brilliant and shiny. Mechanics are perfect. Gun shows very very little use. Ithacas have only recently started gaining the collector interest that they deserve when compared to other makers and have an incredibly bright future with the records having come available to collectors. This gun is as good as they get for untouched and all original in every respect! Price: $12,950*

1907 Parker A5 Quality BHE 12 Gauge Double Pigeon Gun w/ 30" Acme Steel Barrels ** Mod./Full **
1907 Parker A5 Quality BHE 12 Gauge Double Pigeon Gun w/ 30″ Acme Steel Barrels ** Mod./Full **

1907 Parker A5 Quality BHE 12 Gauge Double Pigeon Gun w/ 30″ Acme Steel Barrels ** Mod./Full **: This is a VERY classy and beautiful Parker Brothers “Quality A5” BHE 12 gauge double “Pigeon Gun” with 30″ inch “ACME” fluid steel barrels choked “Full” and a tight “Modified”.  Built in 1907, this gun originally had a capped pistol-grip stock set according to the Parker book, but is now stocked with a straight-gripped and checkered American Walnut stock set that has been on the gun at least 30 years that we know of, and likely much, much longer.  When we acquired it the butt was fit with a white spacer and a collapsed rubber pad that was hard as a rock!  We had the white spacer removed and a new pad that looks period-correct installed in place of the collapsed hard one.  The length of pull was kept the same as it would have been if the old pad wasnt collapsed, at 14″ inches from the front trigger to the end of the pad.  The rest of this spectacular gun is in exactly the same configuration as the book says it was when it left the factory, a “Quality – A5″ BHE Grade on a size 2 frame with double triggers, ejectors, and 30” inch Acme steel barrels. As you can see from the pictures, this has some spectacular factory hand-cut engraving on it consisting of floral/scroll patterns.  You will notice that there is a panel on each side and the bottom of the receiver with particularly striking engraving with more relief than the engraving around them.  These side panels are round in shape and feature two types of flowers with 7 blooms in each one.  The panel on the bottom is rectangular and is also a floral pattern, with two types of blooms and 5 total flowers surrounded by leaves.  The remainder of the engraving is made up of intricate scroll designs and some classic patterns and detail work.  The receiver still shows some faint case colors in some areas, with the protected areas having much more vivid colors.  Where there are no case colors showing on the receiver it is a very pleasing light gray color. The receiver as a whole has a very uniform patina to it, with no blotches or areas that look out of place.  The gloss blue finish on the barrels, the lower tang, the forearm hardware, and the triggerguard is handsome and bright, showing only minor wear and handling marks.  There are no eyesores or bad spots that stand-out.  All of the screws are original and in good shape, with many “timed” together and only a few that have a little marring of the slot.  All of the markings on this gun outside of the engraving are 100% legible, crisp and clear, including the water tables.  The face of the receiver is in excellent condition, with no damage to the firing pin holes and no circular primer ring erosion visible. This Parker never had a safety, as you can see the upper tang is solid and not plugged.  This is very common for a gun made for live pigeons as these competitive shoots generally are “no alibi”, meaning you do not get another chance to shoot for forgetting to take off the safety, or a safety malfunction. The barrels on this beautiful Parker are 30″ inches with a solid rib, ejectors, and 2.75″ chambers.  We measured the constriction and the barrels are choked at the very tightest end of “Modified” and a normal “Full”.  The bores in both barrels are clean and bright with no dents, bulges, pitting, or defects of any kind.  The checkered Walnut stock set is in very good condition and quite attractive.  It shows some very nice dark figure in it, and the checkering still looks sharp. Both the forearm and buttstock are free from any major damage, cracks, chips, or repairs.  Both parts are nice and tight to the gun with no wiggle, and the joints between metal and wood are tight.  This double is in perfect working order, and the barrels are perfecty on-face and lock up rock-solid to the receiver.  Price: $12,250*

Browning Superposed 20 Gauge - 1959, SOLID RIB, 97%, Over Under Belgian Shotgun
Browning Superposed 20 Gauge – 1959, SOLID RIB, 97%, Over Under Belgian Shotgun

Browning Superposed 20 Gauge – 1959, SOLID RIB, 97%, Over Under Belgian Shotgun: General Specs: Browning, Year 1959, 20 Gauge, 6lbs. 4oz., Chokes IC/LM, LOP 14 5/16″, DAH 2 1/4″, DAC 1 7/16″ Serial Number: 14157 The Browning Superposed is one of the finest over/under shotguns in history and one of John Browning’s most brilliant designs.  Produced in Belgium, running strong from 1931 through 1977 when traditional production stopped, The Superposed is well known in the upland world here and abroad.   Here we have the venerable Browning Superposed Grade 1 in 20ga. with hard-to-find field chokes.  Most of these guns are found with skeet chokes and are less desirable.  This gun has 26.5″ barrels choked IC/LM, the perfect upland gun.  As you compare this gun to others, keep in mind that the most desirable Superposed guns are the SOLID RIB, FIELD CHOKED, LONG TANG, ROUND KNOB guns built before 1966.  This 6lb. 4oz. gun (ABOUT ¼ POUND LIGHTER THAN MOST), sn14157 built in 1959, is all factory original and still retains 98% factory finish on wood and metal…it is an untouched, factory original Browning Superposed Lightning (except M/F chokes were changed to IC/LM)! The stock has the original curved butt with factory butt plate intact measuring 14 ¼” LOP.  The finish is factory original hand-rubbed varnish with the expected field marks but nothing notable. Price: $3,250*

Browning Citori 20 ga O/U shotgun 26" Barrels  * Engraved * Ejectors * Light Weight * Upland Special
Browning Citori 20 ga O/U shotgun 26″ Barrels  * Engraved * Ejectors * Light Weight * Upland Special

Browning Citori 20 ga O/U shotgun 26″ Barrels  * Engraved * Ejectors * Light Weight * Upland Special Browning Citori 20 ga Over Under Shotgun. I believe this is the upland special version (feel free to reach out and correct me if I’m wrong). The metal is 98% and mechanically in perfect condition. the stock has multiple handling marks and dings from field use. Most of these marks could be polished out but some are deeper and would not. Very light and easy handling shotgun. It has a single selective trigger with auto ejectors. It comes with Two installed choke tubes in Improved cylinder and Modified. It has fine scroll engraving on the right and left side of the steel receiver and the bottom has a gold feather. Just a great upland bird gun. 14-1/4″ LOP and 26″ barrels. Price: $1,549*   

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

Charles Hellis Pair of 12 gauge Feather Weight Model Sidelock Ejector Shotguns with 26 inch barrels:
Charles Hellis Pair of 12 gauge Feather Weight Model Sidelock Ejector Shotguns with 26 inch barrels:

Charles Hellis Pair of 12 gauge Feather Weight Model Sidelock Ejector Shotguns with 26 inch barrels:
A Pre-Owned Pair of Charles Hellis 12 gauge Feather Weight Model Sidelock Ejector Shotguns with 26 inch barrels. Calibre: 12 gauge Action: Sidelock Ejector Triggers: Double Safety: Automatic Barrel Length: 26 inch Chamber: 2 1/2 inch Rib: Game concaved Chokes: 1/4 & 1/2 Type: Deluxe Length: 14 1/2 inches Grip: Classic striaght hand Butt End Finish: Chequred Forend: Game Style Description:  Traditional Scroll Finish: Case colour Weight: 6 lbs – 4 oz Case: Double leather Moter-Case Date of Manufacture: 1934 Price: $19,500

LC Smith 4E (16 Gauge) SxS Shotgun
LC Smith 4E (16 Gauge) SxS Shotgun

LC Smith 4E (16 Gauge) SxS Shotgun: Curio/Relic: Yes Manufacturer: LC Smith Model: 4E (16 Gauge) Serial Number: 211678 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 28 inches Triggers: Hunter One Single Trigger Gauge: 16 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 5/8 inches Stock Heel: 2 3/4 inches Fore End: Splinter LOP: 14 1/4 inches Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz. Price: $24,500

WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST 12G Best Grade Droplock in very good condition. Includes original leather motor case.
WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST 12G Best Grade Droplock in very good condition. Includes original leather motor case.

WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST 12G DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN: Description: Best Grade Droplock in very good condition. Includes original leather motor case. Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge Manufacturer: Westley Richards Model: Best Droplock Caliber Info: 12 Gauge Ejectors: Yes Condition: Preowned Metal Condition: Very Good Barrels: 26″ Action: Droplock : Side by Side Triggers: Double Gauge: 12 Gauge Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2″ Stock Cast: On Fore End: Splinter LOP: 15 1/8″ Rib: Raised Rib Weight: 6.250000 Chokes: IC/M Case: Leather Motor Case. Price: $13,750

L C SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, SPECIALTY GRADE 20 GAUGE - 100% ORIGINAL FINISH
L C SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, SPECIALTY GRADE 20 GAUGE – 100% ORIGINAL FINISH

L C SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, SPECIALTY GRADE 20 GAUGE – 100% ORIGINAL FINISH: L C SMITH, HUNTER ARMS, SPECIALTY GRADE 20 GAUGE.  28″ NITRO STEEL BARRELS, MODIFIED (.010) AND FULL (.025), 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS.  VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR-PERFECT BORES, NO DINGS OR DENTS, SINGLE BEAD SIGHT, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, BARRELS RING LIKE A BELL. FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, TYPICAL ENGRAVING WITH A DUCK IN FLIGHT ON THE RIGHT LOCKPLATE, A PAIR OF SITTING QUAIL ON THE LEFT, PLUS ACANTHUS SCROLLWORK AND FINE BORDERS.  EXCELLENT ENGRAVED SCREWS, LIGHT CASE COLOR OVER MOST OF THE FRAME, EXCELLENT TRIGGERGUARD BLUE, TOP LEVER IS TO THE FAR RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE, STRONG EJECTORS. PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, VERY GOOD WOOD AND CHECKERING, NO CRACKS OR PROBLEMS.  ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE, 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, 6 POUNDS 4 OUNCES.  THE GUN HAD SLING SWIVELS, WHICH ARE INCLUDED, ALONG WITH A 1930 HUNTER ARMS PARTS AND REPAIR LIST SHOWING SLING STRAP EYES INSTALLED FOR A PRICE OF $1.00.  MADE IN 1923.  ONLY 450 GUNS WERE MADE IN THIS CONFIGURATION.  100% ORIGINAL FINISH. Price: $5,500

Winchester Model 21 12 GA 30" #172
Winchester Model 21 12 GA 30″ #172

Winchester Model 21 12 GA 30″ #172: Offered for sale is a used, very early Win Model 21 ser. #172 . 30″ marked M/F measures (.010/.035) Here is a chance to own a first or second week of production Model 21. Gun has been stashed in the back of a safe for 35 years. Project never happened . Has normal use/ wear marks on wood and metal for an old classic sxs shotgun. Bluing wear  in all the usual places . Gun has been used for its intended purpose. 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2 ” 14″ lop to original butt plate . Gun functions as it should . We shot 5 stand with it last week. Vaporizes targets . Included with gun is a bonus semi inletted Fajen wood set from back in the day. Price: $3,350

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

C.S. ROSSON BEST "THUMB BREAK" SIDELOCK SXS 28 GAUGE
C.S. ROSSON BEST “THUMB BREAK” SIDELOCK SXS 28 GAUGE

C.S. ROSSON BEST “THUMB BREAK” SIDELOCK SXS 28 GAUGE: SN# 3359, MADE 1931, 27″ SWAMPED RIB BARRELS (.005 AND .016 CONSTRICTIONS) 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, NP 5/8 OZ, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, BUTT PLATE, EXCELLENT AS NEW CONDITION, MAKERS OAK AND LEATHER CASE, 4LBS 9 OZ, 2 1/2″ DAH, 1 3/4″ DAC, 14 5/8″ LOP. Price: $32,500

PERUGINI & VISINI CLASSIC 20GA. EJECTOR SIDELOCK DOUBLEGUN CIRCA 1980’S WITH CASE
PERUGINI & VISINI CLASSIC 20GA. EJECTOR SIDELOCK DOUBLEGUN CIRCA 1980’S WITH CASE

PERUGINI & VISINI CLASSIC 20GA. EJECTOR SIDELOCK DOUBLEGUN CIRCA 1980’S WITH CASE: 28” barrels with 2 ¾” chambers choked modified and improved modified. Classic Holland and Holland type hand detachable side locks, single trigger automatic ejector side by side in near new condition. Best Quality Holland and Holland style Celtic scroll engraving with full coverage. Maker’s name on barrels and lock plates. Blued barrels and coin finished locks, frame and mounts with all the finish remaining. Deluxe walnut checkered forend and stock with 14 5/8th inch pull and 2 ¼”-1 ½” drop. Diamond checkered butt. Weight 6 ¼ pounds. Mint bore and perfect working order. Original factory Brady full leather luggage case with brass corner mounts and original Perugini Visini & Co. label. Price: $22,500

Westley Richards - Boxlock, 16ga. 26" Barrels Choked IC/M:
Westley Richards – Boxlock, 16ga. 26″ Barrels Choked IC/M:

Westley Richards – Boxlock, 16ga. 26″ Barrels Choked IC/M: Barrels choked IC/Mod, beautiful circassian Turkish walnut capped pistol grip stock, checkered butt, beavertail forend, double triggers, automatic ejectors, solid game rib, crossbolt lockup, side clips, drop points on stock, absolutely gorgeous deep scroll engraving with WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO in ribbons, wedges engraved on breeches of barrels, wood and checkering in excellent condition, perfect and sharp engraving, strong case coloring, a great 16ga. lightweight game gun, available for immediate delivery.  5 lbs. 14 oz. 14 1/8” x 1 ½” x 2 ½” Price: $12,995

Beautiful and desirable Parker Repro DHE 28ga - 28" PG,DT, BTFE, Long LOP with killer wood & case
Beautiful and desirable Parker Repro DHE 28ga – 28″ PG,DT, BTFE, Long LOP with killer wood & case

Beautiful and desirable Parker Repro DHE 28ga – 28″ PG, DT, BTFE, Long LOP with killer wood & case: The hardest of the 28ga guns to find, the 28″ barrel double trigger, beavertail forend, pistol grip with 14-3/4″ LOP.  Gun appears near mint in the case.  Canvas cover is missing.  Virtually all original finishes remaining on wood and metal surfaces.  Mechanics are crisp, bores are brilliant and shiny. Price: $7,795 

JEFFERY 12 BOXLOCK EJECT- MADE in 1938- 30" Bbls.- DOUBLE TRIGGERS- SPLINTER- STRAIGHT HAND- ORIG PIECE- CYL. & FULL- 2 1/2"- 14 1/2"
JEFFERY 12 BOXLOCK EJECT- MADE in 1938- 30″ Bbls.- DOUBLE TRIGGERS- SPLINTER- STRAIGHT HAND- ORIG PIECE- CYL. & FULL- 2 1/2″- 14 1/2″

JEFFERY 12 BOXLOCK EJECT- MADE in 1938- 30″ Bbls.- DOUBLE TRIGGERS- SPLINTER- STRAIGHT HAND- ORIG PIECE- CYL. & FULL- 2 1/2″- 14 1/2″: #37976, W.J. Jeffery & Co. Ltd, 9 Golden Square Regent St. London W1, 12 Bore Boxlock Ejector Game Gun Made in 1938, 30″ Dovetail Lump barrels at .727 .000 & .036 (Cyl. & Full), 2 1/2″ chambers, Double triggers, Splinter forend, Straight hand stock at 14 1/2 x 1 9/16 x 2 7/8″ over a grooved horn buttplate, Slight cast-off for the right hand, 6 lbs. 15 oz., 20% coverage of scroll & border engraving, Solid wood with decent color & contrast, The piece retains 70% original case colors, The original barrel blue is at 85%, The wood with the original oil finish is at 83-85% with scattered handling & hunting marks, The checkering still at 90%, Both the forend & buttstock is solid in every respect. The bores are excellent plus with one very small ding in the right barrel that is pinhead in size. All the screws are in excellent shape and the gun is totally original since built except the right barrel choke. A light 2 1/2″ game gun that has a lot of mechanical life left for many years of upland sport. Price: $2,850

FYI: The accuracy of these listings has not been verified by Dogs and Doubles. All information has been provided by the seller. Buyers are responsible for verifying the physical condition and all specifications of listed items. Dogs and Doubles recommends you and a qualified gunsmith physically inspect an item before purchasing.

What do you think of these insane double rifles?

Over the last few months, William Larkin Moore & Sons has posted some of the finest vintage double rifles I’ve ever seen. There’s quite a range of them, including these two droplock Westley Richards with a ton of killer original condition:

.577 Nitro Express WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector, Mfg 1903,
.577 Nitro Express WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector, Mfg 1903,

From the massive, like this side-by-side .577 Nitro Express WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Ejector, Mfg 1903. An elephant stomper like this can generate 7,010 Ft-lbf of punch with a 750-gr bullet — KABoom! Compare that to a .30-06, which generates 2,981Ft-lbf of smack with a 220-gr bullet.

WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition
WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition

To the mid-size, like this WESTLEY RICHARDS Deluxe Droplock Express .303 Savage Cased in Orig O&L case, Mfg 1907 Near new all original condition. With it’s lightweight, his double rifle would be perfect for deer hunting here in the States. And since it’s not a dangerous-game gun, the single trigger is just fine.

JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3" BPE Cased
JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3″ BPE Cased

The collection WLM is selling also contains stuff like super rare SxS rifle: JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3″ BPE Cased. To date, Dickson has made around 2,000 Round Action guns. Of these, fifteen have been double rifles and two have been .577s. And the one you see here is in fantastic condition. Special? You bet.

W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition

And this ‘friggin oddball OU. It’s a WW GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition. This rifle is just weird, and I can’t imagine why it was ever built. No one I know has seen another like it, and I bet it’s a one-off. On top of that, it looks new. So whoever ordered in back in 1886 never bothered to hunt with it. Maybe once they got it they realized how odd it was and decided they would take something else to Africa.

Auction alert: 12g Westley Richards droplock with hidden value…

WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN

There are 4 things I love about this classy, little Best-Quality Westley Richards boxlock ejector droplock shotgun coming to auction May 7, 2018 at Poulin’s Antiques in Fairfield, ME.

1. It’s an Anson & Deeley-style boxlock. This is one of the classic British shotgun designs. Reliable & rugged, it’s been around since 1875 and is still used by Westley Richards today (those guns start at £54,500).

WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN

2. Droplocks (or”detachable locks,” as the Brits call them). Invented in 1897, droplocks are durable, easy to maintain, and just plain cool. Gunwriter Vice Venters wrote “Westley Richards hand detachable…are nothing short of a stroke of genius.”

3. Newish barrels by Westley Richards in 1954. They’re this gun’s hidden value–and a huge benefit. Even though this gun is 100+ year old, it has modern, 2 3/4″ chambers nitro-proofed for 1 1/4 ounce loads (and perfect upland chokes). That means it can shoot most easy-to-find, modern, 12-gauge ammo (just stick to light loads and lead shot).

4. Its estimate. With a low range of $3,000, it could go cheap. And if it goes anywhere with the $3-5,000 range, it’s a deal.

Lot 1014: WESTLEY RICHARDS DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN: Cal. 12 Ga., 2 3/4″. S# 9004. Bbls. 26″ Fluid steel w/ Nitro proofs for 1 1/4 oz. loads were new from Westley Richards in 1954. “Westley Richards” gold name model. Scalloped drop lock action having Case colored finish w/ blue floorplate & trigger guard. Removable locks have fully jeweled surfaces. Single selective trigger. Auto ejectors. Horn-tipped splinter forearm & straight hand stock of hand checkered fine English walnut w/ silver nameplate in toeline. LOP: 14 5/16″ over Universal solid red pad. DAC: 1 5/8″. DAH: 2 1/4″. Cast off. Bore diameter: right – .729, left – .029. Bore restriction: right – .010, left – .020. Wall thickness: right – .033, left – .030. Weight: 6 lbs. 5.9 oz CONDITION: 70% blue w/ fading along sides. Frame retains 30% lightly visible case colors. Floorplate shows 80% blue. Trigger guard has good blue on bow w/ silvering along grip. Stocks have lightly worn finish w/ scattered scratches & handling marks. Very good bright bores. (17-3919/DS). CURIO. $3,000-5,000.

WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN
WESTLEY RICHARDS Gold NAME 12 gauge DROPLOCK SXS SHOTGUN

Peculiar Purdeys: Two of their odder SxS shotguns…

James Purdey & Sons, 12g with detachable lockplates, by Harry Lawrence
James Purdey & Sons, 12g with detachable lockplates, by Harry Lawrence

Since James Purdey & Sons adopted the Beesley hammerless action in 1880, the company has done a remarkable job of building pretty much the same sidelock, side-by-side shotguns, over and over again. While modest updates and changes have been made, the guns have pretty much stayed the same. To see what I mean, compare this one from 1883 to this one 2006.

But every now and then Purdey did something unique. These are two side-by-side are a couple of those oddballs.

James Purdey & Sons, 12g with detachable lockplates, by Harry Lawrence
James Purdey & Sons, 12g with detachable lockplates, by Harry Lawrence

This first one looks pretty standard– until you see the hand-detachable locks. As far as I know, the first shotguns with easy-to-remove locks were droplock Westley Richards, introduced in 1897. But these were boxlocks. Holland & Holland was the first company to build sidelocks with hand-detachable locks, introduced in 1908.

(BTW: If you go here, you see how to remove Holland-style hand detachable locks.)

James Purdey & Sons, 12g with detachable lockplates, by Harry Lawrence
James Purdey & Sons, 12g with detachable lockplates, by Harry Lawrence

Whoever ordered this Purdey must have admired Holland’s idea and asked for it in his gun. Why? No idea. And even though I’m sure the request left the guys at the factory scratching their heads, they went about doing what the customer wanted (and could be billed more money for).

Unlike H&H-style actions, the locks on Purdey’s are not held together by a single pin running plate to plate. Instead, they’re attached to top, fronts of the action by separate screws. So to make the locks hand detachable, you have to build quick-release levers for of them. You can see them on either side of this shotgun. Not too very looking, but they do the job.

James Purdey & Sons Extra Finish SxS shotgun with W.W. Greener-style crossbolt
James Purdey & Sons Extra Finish SxS shotgun with W.W. Greener-style crossbolt

The next Purdey is one of the oddest hammerless Purdey’s I’ve seen, and the only one I’ve come across with a W.W. Greener-style crossbolt.

W.W. Greener introduced his rounded crossbolt in 1880 as part of his patent for the Facile Princips action. It’s not the most elegant way to secure a pair of bbls to an action, and with double underbites, it’s largely superfluous. But I guess no one told the guy who ordered this Purdey.

Auction alert: a nice looking 12g Westley Richards Droplock shotgun…

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

Quinn & Farmer Auctions in Charlottesville, VA has this nice looking double barrel shotgun coming up tomorrow at their a 2/8 sale. I know there’s a lot of vital information missing from the listing, but if you live within driving distance, you may be able to make it over today to see the gun for yourself.

Here are the details on it. This info comes from the actioneer. And BTW, according to the pics the auctioneer provided, at least one of the sets of bbls was made in or after 1954.

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun: 90-95% original condition, true droplock. Two-barrel set, 28″ & 30″, marked 2 3/4″. Gun made between 1901-1908. Strong traces of case hardening on frame, checkered stock grip. Serial number 16967. Gold oval inlay on underside of stock with intials, “RD.” Top of frame marked with numeral “1” in gold. The shotgun is accompanied by its original leather case with name plate “ROBERT W. DANIEL/BRANDON,” with the name Brandon referring to Brandon Plantation.  Serial # 16967.

12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards & Co. Ltd Double Barrel Droplock Shotgun

What’s this 20 gauge Westley Richard’s little secret?

20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun

Droplock Westley Richards shotguns are nice doubles, and they’re very collectible, especially in the smaller gauges. Most of the time, a 20 gauge will cost you at least $15,000 if it has any kind of condition.

20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun

So when I saw this little 20 gauge Westley Richards double barrel droplock shotgun on Gunbroker.com, I thought WOW – a deal! But after I took a longer look at the pics, I figured out why it’s priced so low.

Take a look at all the images. Then let me know if you can figure out what’s up with it:

20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock with a single trigger, straight-gripped stock, and 15″ LOP.

20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun
20 gauge Westley Richards Droplock Shotgun

The 14 gauge: no one ever loved it…

100 Winchester 14 gauge paper shotgun shells
100 Winchester 14 gauge paper shotgun shells

The history of the shotgun is littered with innovations that never went anywhere. From designs like this 10 gauge from Ethan Allen to the American Arms Co.’s Fox-patent Side Opener, some ideas sounded good, but never really caught on. The 14 gauge was another of ideas that never went anywhere.

Fourteen gauge shotguns used to be popular in the percussion era, and Parker, Lefever and several British & German makers built 14s at the end of the 19th century and into the twentieth. Winchester even tried to revive this oddball gauge in 1960s with a line of Model 50/59 semi-autos.

100 Winchester 14 gauge paper shotgun shellsBut no matter what makers have done, the 14 gauge has never caught on. That’s what makes this case of 14 gauge paper shells by Winchester so rare. I’m sure some cartridge collector will snap these up. I’m sure the price will be pretty high, too.