12 Gauge

A Merwin Hulbert chambered in .38 S&W. This is a 5-shot single-action revolver with spur trigger, scoop fluted cylinder, and round barrel. It has a 3.5” barrel. It retains 80%+ original nickel finish with just scratches and just a few small losses to the nickel. Some nickel losses and spotting on the backstrap. The patent date markings are crisp, so this does not appear to be have been re-nickeled. Has nice mechanical function with a fairly tight lockup. It has original “Dog’s Head” black gutta percha grips that are in very nice condition. Frame is marked Merwin Hulbert and the barrel is marked Hopkins & Allen — their sister company. This revolver’s low serial # (191X) would indicate early production, before 1885.  (CGUA-973)

$1,225.00 $1,050.00

A very scarce first year of production (1898) solid-frame Winchester Model 1897 12 gauge shotgun. Has a special-order (or retrofitted?) reddish walnut Winchester-made wide ribbed three-screw forend with a lacquer finish. The metal finish is mostly a nice even patina. There is very little original bluing remaining. (See photos.) The barrel is 25-1/2″ barrel with no choke (cylinder bore) and no choke marking. It has a standard Winchester bead front sight, so I suspect that this may have been a special-order barrel length. Buttstock is in an oiled smooth walnut finish, and appears to have been sanded. The forend finish is original. Both are smooth, with just minor handling dings. Has a black gutta percha Winchester logo checked buttplate that is in quite nice condition. The action functions fine. (Hammer does not follow or “push off”, and it holds half-cock safety position properly.) The action feels nice and smooth, yet it locks up tight.  No noticeable dents in the magazine tube or the barrel. Serial # 4238X. This gun would be fine to use “as is”, or would be a good candidate for shortening to a riotgun, and/or refinishing.  There were more than one million Winchester Model 1897 shotguns made, but only the first 63,633 were made in 1898. (Just six-tenths of one percent — making them very scarce!) Even when in rough condition, pre-1899 production Winchester Model 1897s have been selling for well over $3,300 in the past year. (PEIU-1897)

$3,200.00 $3,050.00

Winchester M1887 12 Gauge Lever Action Riotgun in very good refinished condition. Has a fluid steel barrel that has been shortened to 18.5”, with 2-9/16″ chamber (will NOT accept 2-3/4″ shells) and a very good bore. Bore has no choke (cylinder bore.) Overall nice wood with lacquer finish but with a few small paint splatters. This is a lever-action, magazine-fed, shotgun. Brass bead front sight. Metal appears to be an old re-blue, with touchup bluing at the muzzle. The receiver has WRA logo. Walnut stocks with steel butt plate.  All of this model were manufactured pre-1899. Serial number is not visible.  Note that Kent brand 2-1/2″ shotgun shells from England are now widely available in the U.S., and very reasonably priced. Kent makes a very mild 2-1/2″ load that is perfect for older shotguns with fluid steel barrels. (ZZZZ-888)

$2,450.00 $2,375.00

Scarce Colt Model 1883 Hammerless Shotgun, 12 gauge.  Serial # 426X. Manufactured in 1889. 26-7/8″ barrels with solid rib. 2-3/4″ chambers, modified-right/improved cylinder-left chokes, and 14 1/4″ LOP. Overall good condition.  With its Damascus steel barrels this gun is being sold as a non-shooter, unless Savage Four Tenner (.410 gauge) inserts, Chaszel 20 gauge inserts, or other inserts are exclusively used. I’ve test-fitted a pair of Savage Four Tenner inserts, so you can be assured that this gun is a good candidate for use with such inserts. Note that I have a pair of used Savage Four Tenners available — for an additional $180. (CGPC-133) $1,325

$1,325.00 $1,195.00

L.C. Smith Grade OO Double Shotgun, 12 Ga. with 2-3/4″ chambers, circa 1894.  Nice tight action.  Has gorgeous shiny bores. 30″ barrels with solid rib and full chokes, 2-3/4″ chambers with extractor, and 14 1/8″ LOP. The receiver still shows considerable original color casehardening. Serial # 3870X. Since this has Damascus steel barrels, it is being sold with the understanding that if it is fired with modern shotshells that chamber inserts must be used. (Made in 1894. No FFL Required.) KLFB-223  $1,225

$1,225.00 $1,050.00

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