A comprehensive selection of fine or historically-important firearms and sporting collectibles currently offered by Sportsman’s Legacy.
Biesen custom Winchester pre-64 Model 70 .338 Winchester Magnum, exceptional wood, Biesen integral brake, jeweled, contoured, trapdoor, 99 percent

Al Biesen custom Winchester pre-64 Model 70 .338 Winchester Magnum. Serial 69077 (circa 1947) features a 22-inch custom barrel (23 inches with Biesen’s integral brake), jeweled follower/extractor/bolt body, reshaped and checkered bolt release button, cloverleaf tang, contoured bottom metal, checkered floor plate release button and a tuned trigger. Capacity is four rounds (3+1) and the extractor has been modified to smoothly “snap over” hand-fed rounds. Buehler mounts (1-inch low rings) secure a viable period Redfield 2-7x scope with a straight crosshair reticle. WOOD: Stocked from a AAA blank with rioting full-length figure, formalities include an ebony forend tip, borderless 26 lines-per-inch wrap checkering accented with Biesen’s signature fleurs, scalloped cheek rest with shadow line, checkered steel butt plate with trapdoor and widow’s peak, checkered steel grip cap and sling swivel studs. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.8 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: The bore is superb. Mechanics are snappy. Metal and wood finishes crowd 99 percent. The price is firm and layaway is available. $6,500 plus shipping.


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Al & Roger Biesen left hand custom .338 Winchester Magnum, three position wing safety, banded, outstanding execution, 98 percent

Al & Roger Biesen custom left hand Remington Model 700 .338 Winchester Magnum. Serial C6448884 is a highly refined Remington 700 LH barreled action. The 23-inch barrel (24 inches long including the integral brake) remains provisioned for open sights and wears a sling swivel stud. The action features polished rails, jeweled bolt body and follower, custom bolt shroud with three-position wing safety, custom steel bolt handle with four checkered teardrop panels, custom steel bottom metal with inside-the-guard release button and a wonderfully-tuned trigger. A Leupold VX-II 3-9×40 scope with Duplex reticle is secured in custom-contoured mounts. The stock is extraordinary. Beginning with a heavily-figured walnut blank no doubt selected as much for its strength, formalities include an ebony forend tip, 26 lines-per-inch borderless wrap checkering with accenting fleurs, slight Monte Carlo comb, scalloped cheek rest with shadow line, steel grip cap and an inletted sling swivel stud. All screws are timed. MARKINGS: “Al & Roger Biesen Gunmaker Spokane WN” is centered on the barrel. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.0 pounds with the optic. Length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: The bore is pristine. Metal finish (rust blue) exceeds 98 percent and wood finish/condition crowds 100 percent with but a single minor impression. The optic is clear. The price is firm and layaway is available. $7,500 plus shipping.


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Left hand Bolliger custom Dakota 76 .458 Winchester Magnum, Kehr engraving and finishes, express, drop box, AAA, Leupold, 95 percent

John Bolliger custom left hand Dakota 76 .458 Winchester Magnum. Serial 0034L has a 23-inch tapered heavy sporter barrel (.730-inch muzzle diameter, blade front sight with brass wedge, banded sling swivel stud, island rear sight with drift-adjustable express blade – remains green). Features include a jeweled bolt body and follower, three-position wing safety with hand-filed serrations and a drop box magazine (four plus one capacity, inside-the-bow release). STOCK: Crafted from an outstanding AAA-grade walnut blank with full-length figure and proper grain structure, highlights include an ebony forend tip with widow’s peak, 26 lines-per-inch borderless checkering fields accented with tapering ribbons and fleurs, scalloped cheek rest with shadow line, checkered steel grip cap, inletted sling swivel stud, timed screws and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. Finish is of course hand-rubbed oil. The action is glassed at the recoil lug as well as at a secondary lug dovetailed into the barrel below the rear sight. ENGRAVING & FINISHES: Roger Kehr attended to the intricate finish details beginning with a polished rust blue over the barrel. The action, sight bases, sling swivel studs and rings wear a contrasting French gray while the express sight blade, extractor, bolt release lever, bolt handle, shroud, safety, cocking piece, grip cap and trigger are dressed in polished blue. The action screws are further accented with nitre blue. Kehr also engraved and checkered the bolt knob (five teardrop panels bordered in gold) and added gold wire bands near the barrel shank and muzzle. MARKINGS: The maker’s legend “Bolliger – Kehr” appears on barrel right while “Dr. Peter Fenchak” shows on barrel left. OPTIC: A Leupold Vari-X III 1.5-5x with Duplex reticle is secured by Leupold mounts. DIMENSIONS: Weight (inclusive of optic) is 9.2 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.4 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Mechanics are crisp. Metal finish is approximately 95 percent with occasional tarnish traces in the French gray. Wood is approximately 97 percent. The optic is clear and exhibits strong lens coatings. No papers or history. The price is firm and layaway is available. $10,000 plus shipping.


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Left hand Empire Rifles Professional Grade .300 Winchester Magnum, 2009, integral mounts, claw, three-position, AA-grade English, test targets, over 95 percent

Left hand Empire Rifles Professional Grade .300 Winchester Magnum. Made in 2009, serial ES00278 has a 24-inch plain sporter barrel (.640-inch muzzle diameter) sans provisions for open sights. Features incluse a Mauser Model 98-type action (full-length claw extractor) with integral mounting system (steel 30mm medium rings are included), three-position wing safety, straight bolt handle with checkered knob and steel bottom metal with inside-the-bow release. Metal finish is matte and appears to Cerakote (or similar). Drawn from a AA-grade blank of English walnut with flaring figure, the stock is dressed with an ebony forend tip, 26 lines-per-inch borderless wrap checkering accented with fleurs, scalloped traditional (pancake) cheek rest with shadow line, ebony grip cap, inletted sling swivel studs and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.0 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: The bore is pristine. Metal finish is approximately 97 percent. Wood finish/condition is approximately 95 percent overall. The ebony forend tip has three trace hairline cracks (none gapped) and the walnut has a scattering of minor rubs and impressions. ACCURACY: Three factory test targets are included, each showing three or four shots at 100 yards. Measuring center-to-center and discounting the fouling/zeroing rounds, results are .760-inch (three rounds Federal Premium 180-grain TSX), .969-inch (four rounds Nosler 180-grain Accubond) and 1.060-inches (three rounds Federal Premium 180-grain Nosler Accubond). INCLUSIONS: Factory letter from 2009 to the original purchaser, period catalogs and literature, along with what is believed to be the original aluminum hard case in which the rifle was received. The price is firm and layaway is available. $7,000 plus shipping.


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Left hand Empire Rifles .375 H&H Magnum, express, drop box (6+1), square bridge, Talley, 98 percent

Left hand Empire Rifles .375 H&H Magnum. Serial number DL2736 has a 23-inch heavy sporter barrel (.725 muzzle diameter) with dished crown, banded front sight with white fiber optic bead, banded sling swivel stud and an adjustable ERA island express rear sight. Important features include a double square bridge action machined for Talley rings (quick detaching 1-inch high rings are included), jeweled extractor/bolt body/follower, straight bolt handle, three position wing safety and a steel drop box magazine (6+1 capacity). The bolt closes (snaps over) rounds not fed from the magazine. Metal finish is satin rust blue. STOCK: With the generous profile of a dangerous game rifle, the stock is fashioned from a AA-grade blank of claro walnut with straight grain for strength. An ebony forend tip, 26 lines per inch wrap checkering, double cross bolts, open pistol grip with steel cap, scalloped traditional (pancake) cheek rest with shadow line, inletted sling swivel stud and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad dress things up. Finish is a satin hand-rubbed oil. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 10.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Mechanics operate properly. Metal finish is approximately 97 percent, with a few small scratches into the metal on the front sight band and on the underside of the barrel near the muzzle, plus one small rubbed area on the magazine box. The stock is at least 99 percent. The price is firm and layaway is available. $9,000 plus shipping.


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Colonel Charles Askins’ Griffin & Howe left hand 8mm Remington Magnum, Remington 721B, Guise bolt and safety conversion

Colonel Charles Askins’ Griffin & Howe custom left hand 8mm Remington Magnum. Based on a Remington Model 721B action with a left hand bolt and safety conversion by Guise, G&H rifle number 2572 (serial number 346297) was gifted to the Unrepentant Sinner in 1982. Features include a 24-inch barrel, left hand bolt and safety conversion, five-panel checkered and engraved bolt knob, jeweled bolt body/follower/rails and a tuned trigger. The stock wears an ebony forend tip, 24 lines-per-inch borderless wrap checkering, steel grip cap, cheek piece with shadow line and a steel butt plate with widow’s peak. Additional appointments include an engraved crossbolt, sling swivel studs and a Redfield base. PROVENANCE: A search of Griffin & Howe records indicates “…a note back on the datebook entry says: 1982 Converted to 8m/m Remington Magnum. Given Col. Charles Askins – American Rifleman. MARKINGS: “No. 2572 Griffin & Howe . Inc . New York . NY.” and “8 m/m Rem. Mag.” appear on the barrel. “By Guise” shows on the right rear of the action. CONDITION: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The polished blue stands well above 90 percent, with scattered light scratches and tarnish on the sling swivel studs, grip cap and butt plate. Wood is about 85 percent overall, with a significant impression on the left side of the forearm, a chip at the point of the upper tang (repaired), slight chipping at the edge of the pistol grip cap and some light spotting in the finish (mostly along the toe line). The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,000 plus shipping.


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Holland & Holland .240 Apex takedown, serial 49, quick release mounts, Swarovski, outstanding bore

Holland & Holland .240 Apex takedown. Based on a much-refined Mauser 98 action, serial number 49 is a spectacular example of why Holland & Holland is regarded among the world’s finest riflemakers. The sleek little rifle features a 23-inch light sporter barrel with partially-banded front sight and sling eye, banded rear sight with one standing (marked 50/200) and one folding (marked 350) leaf, single-lever detachable mounting system, modified bolt handle, conventional two-position safety, trapdoor grip cap and horn butt plate. The safety lever can only partially rise when the scope is in position (remaining “on safe” with some tension although not locked and still allows free bolt operation). MARKINGS: Serial number (49) appears on front ring and guard. “Holland & Holland, 98 New Bond St., London” centers on the barrel, “Holland’s .240 Bore APEX Regd. Super Express Rifle” as well as “Nitro Proved” shows at the shank. “SANS-NOM TACOMA WA” appears under the wood on the front ring. ENGRAVING: .240 APEX CAL.” tops the front scope ring and “No. 49” the rear scope ring, “SAFE” appears in gold and “49” graces the guard. Both the takedown, guard and butt plate screws are timed and enhanced with scroll. OPTIC: A new Swarovski Z3 3-9×36 with plex reticle is included. DIMENSIONS: Weight (scoped) is 8.4 pounds. Length of pull is 14.15 inches. CONDITION: The bore is extraordinary – mirror bright and nearly pristine. Metal finish appears to be original and stands at approximately 70%, although most of the bottom metal coverage has thinned and silvered. Wood finish has thinned, with possible additions of oil. Checkering is worn and flattened. The stock itself bears the impressions of many days afield, in particular on the right side just forward of the butt plate. The barreled action has been glassed its full length. The horn butt plate is flaking and has some chipping and the right butt shows a teardrop area of finish that likely refreshed over a small knot. The scope is essentially new. The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $16,500 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon Model 82 Custom Cascade .22 LR consecutive pair, 1986, boxed, papers, targets, likely unfired

Consecutive pair Kimber of Oregon Model 82 Custom Cascade .22 LR rifles. Made in 1986, serials 52748B and 52749B originate from a short run of rilfes produced for Cabelas. Each has a polished blue finish, 22-inch barrel, dovetailed receiver and a five-round magazine. Cascade stocks are shaped from select claro walnut and appointed with an ebony forend tip, 24 lines-per-inch wrap checkering, raised cheek rest, skeleton grip cap, checkered steel butt plate with widow’s peak, inletted sling swivel studs and a satin finish. DIMENSIONS: Weights are 6.6 pounds and lengths-of-pull are 13.7 inches. CONDITION: Bores are strong and bright. Metal and wood finishes exceed 99 percent. INCLUSIONS: Each rifle is supported by its original box with correct end label (foam insert for 52748B has a broken end), test target, instructions flyer and warranty card. The price is firm and layaway is available. $8,000 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon Model 82 Cub .22 LR, 1985, box, target, over 99 percent

Kimber of Oregon Model 82 Cub .22 LR. Made in 1985, serial CUB 44 features an 18.5-inch barrel, dovetailed receiver, straight bolt handle, two-position disc safety, five-round magazine and an A-grade claro walnut stock (uncheckered, no sling swivel studs, steel grip cap, checkered steel butt plate). DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. INCLUSIONS: The original factory box with correct end label, instruction manual, marketing questionaire and serialed test target (dated 11/11/85) are present. CONDITION: Thought to be unfired since factory accuracy confirmation, condition exceeds 99 percent with only trace suggestions of handling. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,000 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon Model 82 Cub .22 LR, special order, AA-grade claro, checkered, 98 percent

Kimber of Oregon Model 82 Cub .22 LR. Likely a special order, serial number CUP92081 features an 18.5-inch barrel, dovetailed receiver, straight bolt handle, two-position disc safety, five-round magazine, AA-grade claro walnut stock (panel checkering, checkered butt plate, no sling swivel studs). DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.0 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.3 inches. No box, papers, target or additional accessories are present. CONDITION: The bore is superb, strong and bright. Metal and wood finished are approximately 98 percent. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,750 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon 82B Brownell .22 LR, AAA claro, flat bolt handle, banded, 99 percent

Kimber of Oregon Model 82B Brownell .22 LR. Made in 1986, serial number LB176-500 has a 19.75-inch tapered sporter barrel with banded front sight (fluted pedestal, sculpted ramp, brass-beaded blade), island rear sight (sculpted base, fixed express blade plus folder), Kimber bases, flat bolt handle (checkered underside), AAA-grade claro walnut with rich crossing grain, full stock with end cap, panel checkering, checkered steel butt plate with widow’s peak, steel grip cap, inletted sling swivel studs and timed screws. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.7 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Both metal and wood are approximately 99 percent with but trace suggestions of handling. No box, target or literature. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon matched pair serial number 4 Laminated Super Continentals in .22 LR and .223 Remington, both new and unfired in box

Kimber of Oregon matched pair of Laminated Super Continental (full stock) rifles in .22 LR. and .223 Remington. Originating from the famed Earl Kelly collection of serial number 4 rifles (others also listed), serials LSM04 (.22 LR, Model 82) and LSM04 (.223 Remington, Model 84) are thought to be one of only three such pairs ever created. Features include 20-inch barrels with banded front sight assemblies topped by brass-beaded blades, scalloped rear sight bases topped with express blades (one fixed and one folding leaf each, the folders remaining green), Kimber bases and flat bolt handles with checkered undersides. The sleek full-length brown laminate stocks wear bordered wrap checkering, scalloped and beaded “Continental” cheek rests, Howell-type inletted sling swivel studs, steel grip caps and checkered steel Neidner butt plates – each with a widow’s peak. Some of these features are thought to be unique among the three pairs. DIMENSIONS: Weights are each approximately 6.9 pounds and lengths-of pull are 13.4 inches. CONDITIONS: New and unfired since factory proof. INCLUSIONS: The original Kimber boxes are present. The price is firm and layaway is available. $10,000 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon 82 Continental .22 Hornet, serial 4, express sights, AA-grade claro, new in box

Kimber of Oregon Model 82 Continental .22 Hornet. Originating from the famed Earl Kelly collection of serial number 4 rifles (others also listed), serial CH4 has a 19-inch barrel fronted by a banded and scalloped front sight assembly backed by a scalloped island rear sight assembly with express leafs (one fixed and one folder, the folder left green). Additional features include a dovetailed receiver, disc safety and a detachable magazine. The full stock is fashioned from AA-grade claro walnut and dressed with partially-bordered checkering panels, steel grip cap, checkered steel butt plate and Howell-type inletted sling swivel studs. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.8 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: New and unfired. The original box with correct end label is present. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,750 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon Model 82 S-Series double prototype .22 K-Hornet, Hart, AA-grade claro, Neidner, box, provenance

Kimber of Oregon Model 82 double prototype .22 K Hornet. Originating from the famed Earl Kelly serial number four collection (others also listed), serial H4 is the only surviving .22 Hornet prototype (the other three were disassembled) and was repurposed at the factory to become the first .22 K-Hornet prototype. Features include a 22-inch match grade stainless steel Hart barrel (1/14 twist), dovetailed receiver and rocker safety. The S-Series stock is shaped from AA-grade claro walnut and appointed with an ebony forend tip, wrap checkering, scalloped cheek rest, checked steel Neidner butt plate with widow’s peak and a steel grip cap. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.8 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Metal and wood finishes are approximately 98 percent. INCLUSION: The original box with end writing for both calibers is present. PROVENANCE: An included factory letter signed by Greg Warne attests to the information presented above. RELATED RIFLES: Several serial number 4 Kimber of Oregon rifles from Kel’s collection are offered separately. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,000 plus shipping.


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Jim Carmichel’s Kimber of Oregon Model 84 .223 Remington, serial 13, provenance, dovetailed receiver, rosewood, AA claro, 85 percent

Jim Carmichel’s serial number 13 Kimber of Oregon Model 84 .223 Remington. Made in 1996 and presented to famed gunwriter and Kimber mentor Jim Carmichel by company owners Jack and Greg Warne, this special rifle has a 22-inch sporter barrel and dovetailed receiver. Stocked in select AA-grade claro walnut, appointments include a rosewood forend tip, wrap checkering, checkered steel butt plate with widow’s peack and a steel grip cap. PROVENANCE: A letter from Carmichel supports the presentation history and notes this was one of several Kimbers in his collection bearing this serial. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.0 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. CONDITION: The bore has moderate roughness attesting to its pedigree. Trigger pull is spectacular. Metal finish is approximately 85 percent with a few freckles. Wood is at least 95 percent. ACCURACY: The included factory test target shows a five-shot, 50-yard group of .180-inch. The original manual is present. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,750 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon Model 84 .223 Rem. serial number 3, dovetailed, ebony, 99 percent

Kimber of Oregon Model 84 .223 Remington serial number 3. Features of this very special rifle include a 22-inch sporter barrel, dovetailed receiver, backswept bolt handle, rocker (disc) safety, claro walnut stock, ebony forend tip, panel checkering, steel grip cap, checkered steel butt plate with widow’s peak and sling swivel studs. Metal wears a polished blue finish, the stock satin. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 5.8 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.85 inches. CONDITION: The bore appears new. Metal finish is approximately 99 percent with a portion of the bottom metal showing a uniform plum. Wood is approximately 99 percent as well. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Safari by Elmer Keith, first edition, from library of publisher and signed by the cover illustrator, support materials, exceptional condition

Inscribed by the cover illustrator, Cynthia Jackson (Roesch) and originally acquired from the estate of Truman Fowler (the book’s publisher and Keith hunting companion), this first edition of Elmer Keith’s classic was published in 1968 by Safari Publications. It remains in pristine condition and includes an original folding promotional flyer and nine original cover tear sheets with promotional text. PROVENANCE: Letter from Jackson, apparently to the book’s former owner and a letter from Julia Fowler which discusses her late husband’s library. CONDITION: Exceptional, the lot. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,000 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon Model 84 .257 Kimber, gunwriter provenance, dies, magazine article, box, 95 percent

Outstanding Kimber of Oregon Model 84 prototype .257 Kimber. Made circa 1985, serial number 257KX3 (Kimber Experimental Number 3) was originally field-tested by cartridge developer Mike Hill. It then passed to gunwriter Layne Simpson who owned it for some time. Simpson wrote a feature article detailing load development and ballistic performance (published in the May/June 1987 edition of Handloader Magazine) based on his most favorable experiences. Features include a 22-inch (1/10 twist) barrel, Model 84 action (repeater) and a claro walnut stock (panel checkering, steel grip cap, checkered steel butt plate, sling swivel studs). DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.65 inches. CONDITION: The bore is bright with but a hint of roughness (possibly from machining). Mechanics are solid. Metal and wood finishes each exceed 95 percent. INCLUSIONS: Redding Custom .257 Kimber (two piece) die set, original letter from Layne Simpson discussing the origins and performance of the rifle/cartridge, the original factory two-piece cardboard box with correct end label and Simpson’s shipping label, instruction flyer, marketing card and true copy of Handloader Magazine with Simpson’s article are present. Kimber bases are attached. The price is firm and layaway is available. $12,500 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon Model 89 Big Game Rifle 7mm Remington Magnum, circa 1988, show gun, factory engraved, gold, select wood, unfired

Kimber of Oregon Model 89 BGR 7mm Remington Magnum. A unique and desirable Kimber, serial SC6000 was created circa 1988 and displayed at national hunting shows including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation “Elk Camp”. The 23-inch barrel wears a polished blue finish and has a hooded ramp front sight (white bead) along with a quarter rib rear sight (with one standing and one folding express blades). The receiver sports a matte finish (bolt handle, shroud, bottom metal and grip cap are polished to match the barrel) and has integral (square bridge) mounts for Kimber rings, jeweled bolt body/extractor/follower and a checkered bolt knob (four teardrop panels). The stock is shaped from a AAA-grade English blank, wears a gloss finish and is accented with an ebony forend tip, wrap checkering, inletted (Howell-type) sling swivel studs, scalloped cheek rest with shadow line and a steel grip cap. ENGRAVING: Factory engraver J. Michaluk executed a superb bull elk in 24K gold relief on the floorplate, framing the game scene portion with gold wire and then bracketing with bordered leaf and vine. The pattern continues over the guard and the theme reappears on the grip cap. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.2 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Almost certainly unfired outside proof and clearly never taken afield, the bore is pristine. Barrel blue is approximately 99 percent, with light rubbing over a portion of the muzzle. Action finish is essentially 100 percent. Wood is approximately 99 percent, with two insignificant impressions on the toe line. The recoil pad is hardening and darkening. No box is present but the correct manual and marketing questionnaire are included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $6,000 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon Model 89 BGR .300 Winchester Magnum, factory engraved game scene, gold relief, BGRX 300-1, 99 percent

Kimber of Oregon Model 89 Big Game Rifle in .300 Winchester Magnum. Completed circa 1987, serial BGRX 300-1 is an outstanding example of Clackamas’ best efforts. Features include a 24-inch tapered medium sporter barrel, square bridge action with recoil shoulders, three-position safety and timed screws. STOCK: Shaped from a AA-grade blank with strong crossing grain, appointments include an ebony forend tip, 26 lines-per-inch wrap checkering, scalloped ejection port shoulder, scalloped cheek rest with shadow line and inletted (Howell-type) sling swivel studs. ENGRAVING: Signed by factory engraver Larry Peters, a gold relief brown bear in a wilderness setting spans the bottom metal. A supporting pattern of fine scroll and intricate leafy vine borders the scene and extends over the guard, receiver, bolt handle, barrel shank, grip cap and rings. The bolt knob is checkered (four complex teardrops over a sunburst). RINGS: Engraved 1-inch medium double lever rings are attached. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.2 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.3 inches. CONDITION: Likely unfired since factory proof and certainly never hunted. Metal (rust blue) and wood (satin) finishes are at least 99 percent with traces of handling. The ebony tip shows a trace of a stabalized hairline and what appear to be two ink lines under the finish are below the ejection port. No box or papers. SISTER RIFLE: BGRX 375-1, a similar .375 H&H Magnum in equally pristine condition, is available separately. The price is firm and layaway is available. $10,000 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon Model 89 African Big Game Rifle .375 H&H Magnum, show gun, engraved, gold, serial BGRX 375-1, quarter rib, express, square bridge, drop box, straight bolt, unfired, over 99 percent

Kimber of Oregon Model 89 Big Game Rifle “African” model in .375 H&H Magnum show gun. Completed circa 1987, serial BGRX 375-1 is an outstanding example of Clackamas’ best efforts and was no doubt created to showcase both factory engraving as well as the African model (the dangerous game version of the BGR, this rifle not being marked “African” or having an African serial prefix). Features include a 24-inch tapered heavy sporter barrel, banded front sight with conventional brass-beaded blade and flip-up moon sight, barrel-mounted sling swivel stud, quarter rib (hand-matted top and leafs, one fixed and one folder, each with gold sighting lines), magnum-length square bridge action with recoil shoulders (accepts Kimber rings), straight bolt handle, three-position Model 70-type safety, drop box magazine (6+1 capacity, extractor snaps over) trap door grip cap and timed screws. STOCK: Shaped from a straight-grain blank selected for strength, appointments include an ebony forend tip, 26 lines-per-inch wrap checkering, double crossbolts with ebony plugs, scalloped ejection port shoulder, open grip profile, traditional (pancake) scalloped cheek rest with shadow line, inletted (Howell-type) sling swivel stud and timed screws. ENGRAVING: The late Larry Peters, Kimber’s factory engraver, once remarked that he spent more time on this particular rifle than any other during the time of his service. The complex and detailed supporting pattern radiates outward from a gold relief maned lion that graces the floorplate. Bordered by arches of leafy vine, the supporting pattern covers the entirity of the bottom metal, receiver and grip cap. It then reappears on the band, quarter rib, barrel, shroud and bolt handle. “Kimber of Oregon. Inc., Clackamas, Oregon, U.S.A.” is engraved just forward of the rib. The bolt knob is hand-checkered (four complex teardrops over a sunburst). Peter’s signature is engraved on the tang (under the bolt shroud). RINGS: Engraved 1-inch medium double lever rings (not pictured) are included. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 10.0 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Likely unfired since factory proof and certainly never hunted. Metal (rust blue) and wood (satin) finishes are at least 99 percent with traces of handling. The ivory moon sight bead is missing (will be replaced upon request). No box or papers. SISTER RIFLE: BGRX 300-1, a similar .300 Winchester Magnum in equally pristine condition, is available separately. The price is firm and layaway is available. $10,000 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon Founder’s Edition Model 89 Big Game Rifle .375 H&H Magnum, second created, engraved, gold, select AAA-grade English, unfired

Kimber of Oregon Model 89 Big Game Rifle Founder’s Edition .375 H&H Magnum. BACKGROUND: During 1987, Kimber of Oregon owner’s Jack and Greg Warne elected to expand from making only rimfire (Model 82) and short-action centerfire (Model 84) rifles. In order to accomplish this an injection of funding was required, so a private placement stock offering was established. The initial outline was to offer at least $1.5M of stock with a minimum investment of $50K per individual. Those investing would be deemed “Founders” and part of their consideration was a Founder’s Edition Model 89 Big Game Rifle in a caliber of their choosing. While the initial edition size was intended to be 14 rifles, only eight were ever produced (according to detailed records kept by Kimber factory engraver, the late Larry Peters). The subject rifle is the second to be created (as designated by its serial number – FE-2). DESCRIPTION: Wearing a heavy sporter barrel sans provisions for open sights, the rifle adopts a general SuperAmerica configuration. The metal wears a polished blue finish and the action the standard capacity (3+1, the full-length claw extractor easily snapping over a hand-fed round). Mounts for Kimber rings are integral (square bridged) with the receiver. The safety is a three-position (similar to a Winchester Model 70). The action, of course, is a true controlled-round feeding design – a hybrid of the Mauser Model 98 and the Winchester pre-64 Model 70. STOCK: Crafted from a specially-selected AAA-grade English walnut blank accented with an ebony forend tip and 24 lines-per-inch multi-point wrap checkering, appointments include recessed (Howell-type) sling swivel studs, scalloped cheek rest with shadow line, steel grip cap and a satin finish. ENGRAVING: Larry Peters centered the bust of a roaring grizzly in a circular French gray field, bordered it with gold wire and accented the balance of the bottom metal with bordered and shaded vine. The pattern continues over the receiver and the double lever rings (1-inch medium). The bolt knob is hand-checkered with four panels plus a starburst and the action screws have received similar attention. Signatures of both Jack Warne and Greg Warne are reproduced on gold on either side of the chamber, “Kimber Big Game Rifle” circles the grizzly bust and “Founders Edition, 1 of 14” boldy rides the barrel. Peter’s signature is engraved on the tang (under the shroud). DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.6 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Unfired and nearly pristine with only minor indications of careful handling, the exception being cracking and darkening on the right side of the recoil pad. INCLUSIONS: The original factory hard case (designated by the affixed Kimber label), box end label (separate from the case), and papers are present. The price is firm and layaway is available. $10,000 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon Model 89 BGR Founder’s Edition .375 H&H Magnum, serial FEG2, engraved, likely unfired

The father and son team of Jack and Greg Warne founded Kimber, then properly Kimber of Oregon, in 1979. They had an inkling gun-savvy American shooters were pining for a fine .22 sporting rifle and that building them would make for a fair business. Saying they were proved right is an extraordinary understatement. The Warnes were also pretty good at listening to their rapidly growing customer base, and it wasn’t long before they began offering a mini-Mauser christened the Model 84. Chambered in .223-length cartridges, orders rolled in and the Warnes struggled to meet demand. They also kept listening. Came the Model 89 BGR – the Model 89 Big Game Rifle to keep things formal. To the manner born, it combined the best features of the great Mauser 98 and Winchester’s superb pre-64 Model 70 – all in a sleek American sporter stock vetted by the sharpest eyes in riflery of the time. Swamped with orders, they decided to expand the company via a private stock offering that would raise enough scratch to make it happen. Putting pen to paper, the Warnes determined how much was required and what they could accept without giving up control of their company. The individual ante was set at $50,000, and that takers would be presented with a very special Founder’s Edition rifle wrapped in their stock certificate. Fourteen shareholder positions were offered. The money rolled in, but a combination of factors saw the company fall into bankruptcy several years later. According to records kept by factory engraver Larry Peters, only seven of the promised 14 Founder’s Edition rifles were ever completed. This rifle is one of them. Wearing a polished blue finish, it is stocked in fine English walnut appointed with an ebony forend tip, wrap-around checkering, Howell-type inletted sling swivel studs and the beaded cheekpiece found on Kimber’s top-end SuperAmerica model of that period. Elegantly engraved by Mr. Peters, the highlight is a roaring grizzly bust set in a French gray, gold-encircled background on the floor plate that incorporates the legend “Kimber Big Game Rifle.” In addition, scroll accents grace the floorplate, trigger guard, barrel shank, receiver and double lever rings (1-inch medium). “Founders Edition 1 of 14” is boldly engraved along the top of the barrel. The special serial number “FEG2”, engraved screw heads, checkered bolt knob and gold signatures of the Warnes complete the presentation. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.6 pounds and the length-of-pull over the Kimber recoil pad is 13.65 inches. CONDITION: Almost certainly unfired since factory proof, the bore is pristine. Metal finish is approximately 97 percent, with a modest distribution of micro-freckles scattered along the barrel and grip cap. Wood is at least 98 percent with a traces of handling and tiny spots of what is likely glue used to attach the recoil pad. No box or papers are present. The price is firm and layaway is available. $10,000 plus shipping.


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Marlin Model 39 AWL .22 LR, one-of-a-kind factory error, limited edition, display winner, provenance, box, unfired

Marlin 39AWL .22 LR with an incredible factory error. Produced among a limited edition of 2000 rifles created to raise funds for wildlife conservation, serial number WL000766 left the Marlin factory with an unmarked barrel (other than the “JM” proof). After the rifle was sold and the error discovered, a second barrel with correct markings – other than “JM” as it was not was not factory installed – was obtained. Features include an unmarked 24-inch half-octagon-to-round barrel, etched receiver with gold embellishments and upgraded walnut with double-bordered checkering. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 5.8 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.25 inches. CONDITION: New and unfired with traces of handling. DISPLAY HISTORY: Displayed at the 2019 Marlin Firearms Collectors Association Annual Meeting, it won a Special Judges Award. INCLUSIONS: Original AWL promotional poster, manual, optic base, hammer extension, copy of “The Marlin Collector” magazine referencing the award, large awards presentation plaque, paperwork from show display and a box with the correct end label. Digital copies of the display description and NSSF background letter are also available (hard copies not present). The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Marlin Model 39 .22 LR, marked “SECOND”, great bore, 95 percent metal, 85 percent wood

Marlin Model 39 .22 LR. Marked “SECOND” on the barrel (there is also a “-” following “39” on the barrel but no “A”), serial G16616 has a 24-inch barrel (hooded brass-beaded blade front sight, elevation-adjustable rear sight). DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.3 inches. CONDITION: The bore is superb. Metal finish is approximately 95 percent. Receiver left shows several small pits under the finish. Action operation is smooth but thumb-cocking the hammer reveals a mild roughness. Wood is approximately 85 percent with some finish loss. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,500 plus shipping.


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Custom Marlin Model 336 Zane Grey Century .30-30, outstanding wood, 22-inch octagon, over 99 percent

Custom Marlin 336 Zane Grey Century .30-30 Winchester. ATTRIBUTION: Consignor believes the original owner of this rifle was Robert Wallack, a period gunwriter and affiliate of Marlin. Writing “Robert Walack’s Zane Gray Custom Wood & Checkered” appears on the box end. There is no evidence that a medallion was ever attached to the receiver. Serial 72077843 has a 22-inch octagon barrel (full-length magazine tube, beaded blade front sight, adjustable rear sight blade). Features include a drilled and tapped receiver, gold trigger, brass forend cap and a custom stock (bordered checkering, Marlin butt plate). DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.2 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.4 inches. CONDITION: Almost certainly unfired since factory proof, the bore is strong and bright. Metal finish is new, other than some tarnish on the forend cap. Wood finish is new. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,500 plus shipping.


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Outstanding David Miller custom left hand 6mm Remington, made for gunwriter Dave Petzal of Outdoor Life, pictured in Miller book, several special features, 98 percent

Left hand David Miller & Curt Crum custom 6mm Remington. Made for Outdoor Life Magazine’s Dave Petzal and based on a much-refined and modified Remington Model 700 short action, serial A6304132 is spectacular in every respect. Important features include a sleek 23-inch barrel  (.525 muzzle diameter), large redundant (AR-15 type) extractor, jeweled bolt body, custom bolt shroud with two-position wing safety, custom bolt handle with three-panel checkered knob, recontoured tang and a checkered steel grip cap. A Leupold Vari-X III 2.5-8x with Duplex reticle is secured in a contoured Miller mount. Metal finish is an ideal rust blue. STOCK: Painstakingly shaped and detailed from an elegant English walnut blank with strong-running figure, appointments include 26 lines-per-inch borderless wrap checkering highlighted by elegant fleurs, sculped darts and scalloped cheek rest with shadow line. The finish is an elegant satin hand-rubbed oil. PROVENANCE: The David Miller legend appears on the barrel and Curt Crum’s stamping rides the inside of the barrel channel. A full page photograph of this rifle captioned as being made for Dave Petzal appears on page 97 of Tom Turpin’s Mastery of Wood & Metal, David Miller Co. book. The included copy is inscribed by the author to the consignor and page 97 is signed by both Miller and Crum. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.4 pounds (scoped) and length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. CONDITION: The bore is bright and shiny. Metal finish is approximately 98 percent. Wood approaches 99 percent, with but one tiny impression on the bottom of the stock near the forward attach screw. The price is firm and layaway is available. $15,000 plus shipping.


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Purdey .375 H&H Magnum, double square bridge magnum Mauser, Turkish, 4 + 1, express, quick detaching, engraved, superb condition

J. Purdey & Sons (London) .375 H&H Magnum. Made in 2001, rifle number 29783 wears a 23-inch tapering heavy sporter barrel (.765-inch muzzle diameter) fitted with a ramp front sight (stippled approaching face and flat, brass-beaded blade), banded sling loop (accepts .75-inch sling) and an island rear sight base (stippled faces and flat, drift-adjustable assembly with fixed express blade marked “50” and a folder marked “75”, each with a gold sighting line). The double square bridge magnum Mauser action with integral quick-release mounts (30mm medium rings) properly features a long bolt handle (slightly backswept and flared, two-panel checkered knob), three-position wing safety, drop box magazine and an inside-the-bow release button. STOCK: Drawn from an exhibition grade blank of Turkish walnut no doubt selected for its rioting figure and profiled stout, appointments include 26 lines-per-inch wrap checkering with partial Mullered borders, crossbolt, scalloped pancake cheek rest with shadow line, ERA grip cap with trap door and a leather-wrapped recoil pad. The stock wears a hand-polished oil finish and beds on metal pillars. CAPACITY: Four plus one. The extractor snaps over a drop-fed round with minimal pressure. ENGRAVING: The floor plate is graced with delicate bouquet and scroll to the borders, the pattern continuing over the guard and reappearing as accents over the chamber, on the receiver rings, along the bolt handle, over the shroud and finally on the trap. The maker’s name is engraved on both barrel and front ring. The rifle number rides the rear ring and bolt handle. Both the rifle number on the guard and “SAFE” are accented in gold. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.2 pounds and length-of-pull is 15.0 inches. CONDITION: The bore is superb to the point of suggesting little use. Mechanics are as solid as the boss on the Cape buffalo the rifle was made to hunt. Feeding/extraction/ejection are effortless. Trigger pull is positive and sharp. Safety glides between the clicks. Metal finish is over 95 percent with light thinning. Wood is approximately 99 percent. The price is firm and layaway is available. $40,000 plus shipping.


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Custom Rigby Big Game PH .404 Jeffery, Pac-Nor, quarter rib, ERA quick release, banded, hooded moon, drop box, 97 percent

Custom Rigby Big Game PH .404 Jeffery. Based on a Mauser M98 Magnum double square bridge action with serial number 10703, the original .375 H&H Magnum barrel has been replaced with a 24-inch match grade Pac-Nor machined to the original contour (muzzle diameter .785-inch). Additional custom appointments include an ERA banded front sight assembly (folding hood, fixed blade with white bead, pop-up moon bead), quick release mounting system (ERA G9 Plus, 30mm low) and shroud with a three-position wing safety. Standard Rigby features include a banded sling swivel loop, quarter rib (one standing and two folding express leafs, each with a sighting line), straight bolt handle with checkered knob and a drop box magazine with an inside-the-bow release. STOCK: Shaped from a AA-grade walnut blank, dressings include bordered 24 lines-per-inch wrap checkering, cross bolt with steel caps, traditional (pancake) scalloped cheek rest with shadow line, trap door grip cap (engraved “PH”), sling loop on the toe line and a NECG Universal recoil pad. The action rests on twin pillars and is glassed at the lug. Screws are timed and the trigger is wonderfully tuned. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 10.8 pounds and the length-of-pull is 14.2 inches. CONDITION: The bore is superb. Mechanics are smooth and solid in dry operation. Rust blue is approximately 97 percent with minor instances of rubbing. Wood is well over 95 percent, with an insignificant distribution of modest field impressions. The price is firm and layaway is available. $11,500 plus shipping


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Rigby .450 Nitro Express, 1906, 28-inch, ejectors, long forend, great bores, exceptional regulation and accuracy, cased, ammo

Rigby .450 Nitro Express. Made in 1906 for the Honorable Captain Guy Wilson, serial number 17311 is a Class C double rifle wearing 28-inch barrels with a beaded blade front sight, filed rib, dovetailed rear leafs (one fixed express and three folders left green) and ejectors. Additional features include a barrel-mounted sling loop (1-inch), mechanical safety, bushed strikers, long forend (11 inches), drop points, steel grip cap, sling button and an initial plate (blank). ENGRAVING: The action is graced with bordered vine to 25 percent, the pattern continuing over the tangs, guard, grip cap and screws. “SAFE” appears in gold on the upper tang. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 11.2 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.7 inches over the pad, drops are 1.6 and 2.4 inches, and cast off is approximately .20-inch. CONDITION: The bores are strong and bright. Chambers are smooth. Barrels are full on face and the opening lever rests at center. Trigger pulls, safety, ejectors and the forend latch operate positively and properly. Barrel finish appears to be a vintage refresh (markings have softened although the rib marking remains sharp), the blue thinning to approximately 50 percent with rubs and a few scattered dings in evidence. The action finish appears original with colors given over to silver. Engraving remains sharp. The guard is appears to have refreshed blue with a hint of softening to its engraving. Wood is solid. Checkering is worn and a general distribution of impressions and scratches are present. The pad has hardened considerably and bulged at the ends. ACCURACY: Fired by the consignor with Hornady 480-grain DGX bullets, an included target shows a pair of two-shot, 100-yard groups with an extreme spread of 4.21 inches and superb regulation. AMMUNITION: Five rounds of Kynoch 480-grain softs, 24 rounds of Kynoch 480-grain solids, 24 rounds of Hornady 480-grain DGX and 75 fired cases are included. CASE: A vintage leather takedown case with new interior, sling, oil bottle and decocking block is present. The price is firm and layaway is available. $37,500 plus shipping.


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Smith & Wesson .30-06 prototype semi-automatic sporting rifle, 22-inch, detachable box magazine, 98 percent

Smith & Wesson prototype semi-automatic sporting rifle. Chambered in .30-06, serial number XP0046H was almost certainly made by Howa, as it is marked “Made In Japan”. Features include a 22-inch barrel with ramp front sight and Williams adjustable rear sight, drilled and tapped bridge, steel detachable box magazine, crossbolt safety and alloy trigger guard. The action profile is similar to that of a Remington Woodsmaster, yet the bolt release button is located just left of center and near the top of the action. MARKINGS: The Smith & Wesson logo appears on the grip cap and butt plate. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.0 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Bore is pristine. Metal finish is about 98 percent, with a few small areas showing light rubs from shipping and handling. Wood has a few impressions under the finish, with overall condition being about 98 percent with small scuffs at the lower rear of the forend and point of the butt just behind the guard. One of the two screws attaching the bracket for the bolt release button is missing. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,000 plus shipping.


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Harry Selby’s Weatherby Mark V .300 Weatherby Magnum, 1967, engraved, gold initials, scoped, superb provenance and condition

Weatherby Mark V factory custom .300 Weatherby Magnum. Made in 1967 by special order for a satisfied safari client and presented to renowned African professional hunter Harry Selby, serial number P134412 stands tall among the most important and desirable West German Weatherby rifles ever created. Basic features include a 24-inch barrel, jeweled bolt body, two-panel checkered bolt knob, rosewood forend tip and pistol grip cap with double spacers, intricate skip-line checkering pattern, Buehler mounts and a Weatherby 2-7x scope with fine crosshair reticle. CONFIGURATION: The rifle has a right hand bolt and a left hand (right side) cheek rest, as was Selby’s preference. ENGRAVING: The floorplate presents initials “JHS” (for John Henry Selby – “Harry” was his nickname) in gold relief. The entirety of the action as well as the Buehler mounts wear full-coverage scroll intertwined with flowing grasses, the pattern continuing along the top of the barrel to the middle of the forend tip. PROVENANCE: Dated 2nd August, 2017, a letter with Mr. Selby’s original signature recounts his time with the rifle. MARKINGS: In addition to the standard Weatherby markings, a small “Griffin & Howe, Andover NJ” rides the bottom of the barrel just forward of the forend tip and “181529” shows on the bottom of the trigger guard, these both required as a condition of the recent repatriation from Africa. DIMENSIONS: Weight, with scope, is 8.8 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Engraving is flawless. The barrel blue is approximately 95 percent, with some thinning on the muzzle face and a highlight line along the top between the muzzle and forend tip (no doubt from riding the rack in a safari truck). One small freckle appears on the right side of the barrel a few inches aft of the muzzle. The action finish is 100 percent, with slight thinning on the bolt knob and some thinning following the edges of the floorplate. Even the gold plate on the trigger rates near 95 percent. The stock is also approximately 95 percent overall. The varnish has some light crazing and checkering is tack sharp. One minor impression appears on the left side of the barrel channel, some faint impressions show on the grip cap and along the toe line, and one small area of missing varnish tops the Monte Carlo hump. The scope is optically clear, with lenses and coatings in fine condition. The rubber “bumper” ring on the ocular housing as cracked from pressure of the included covers. HARRY SELBY (1925-2018) is one of the most famous and respected professional hunters who ever swung a rifle onto his shoulder and took up the track. By greatest fortune, he gained the both the respect and admiration of Robert Ruark , becoming internationally famous through Ruark’s writings. Selby served as the inspiration for Ruark’s hero Peter McKenzie in Something of Value and Ruark dedicated what many believe is the finest book ever written about safari life, Horn of the Hunter, to Selby. On a personal level, Ruark was honored to become Godfather to Harry’s son, Mark Selby. The price is firm and layaway is available. $30,000 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 Stainless Featherweight Prototype .270 Winchester with detachable box magazine, one of two made, documented, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 Stainless Featherweight .270 Winchester prototype with detachable box magazine. One of only two rifles every made in this configuration, serial number G2025647 is supported by solid documentation and is certainly among the most unique and desirable Model 70 rifles ever presented to the market. Until now, both have remained in the collections of former Winchester employees. Special features include select walnut, single crossbolt, hand-honed action and hand-lapped barrel, jeweled bolt body, Custom Shop proof marking and “stainless colored one piece trigger guard”. All dimensions appear to be standard. CONDITION: The rifle is unfired since proof and remains in virtually new condition with only slight indications of handling and storage. DOCUMENTATION: Letter signed by Don Pind, Winchester Custom Shop Manager, dated February 8, 1993, detailing features and rarity. INCLUSIONS:Two original detachable magazines and a factory cardboard box with hand-written (on tape) model description. The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $12,500 plus shipping.


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Winchester pre-64 Model 70 serial numbers 1 and 2

Absent anything short of absolute certainty these rifles stand among the world’s most important and valuable sporting arms. That they are paired presents an unequaled acquisition opportunity. Both have a captivating history.

According to Roger Rule’s The Rifleman’s Rifle, serial number 1 was marked on January 20, 1936. As Winchester records are unavailable so far as supporting a proper factory letter is concerned, the actual shipping date and destination are unknown. As detailed in Winchester Model 70 No. 1, a feature article appearing in the June, 1990 issue of American Rifleman (copy included), the current owner’s uncle purchased the rifle from a hardware store in Durango, Colorado during the 1937 hunting season. Whether new or used when the sale was wrung, the rifle was already fitted with a Lyman receiver sight. Upon returning from the hunting trip, the owner had the rifle drilled and tapped in order to install a 10x Fecker scope, then hunted with it for the next forty years. In 1977, after using it over the course of several deer seasons, the current owner formally acquired the rifle – it still wearing the Fecker and with the Lyman sight in tow. Staggeringly, another ten years passed before a chance showing resulted in a dealer getting the vapors and blurting out a surprisingly high offer. This sparked a curiosity which lead to the realization that his plain old Model 70 was the first of its kind. With significant reservation, the rifle was retired from hunting after 50 years of faithful and flawless service.

Published in 1982 by Alliance Books, The Rifleman’s Rifle did much to expand and solidify collector interest in Winchester pre-64 Model 70 rifles. Quite naturally, the owner of the number 1 rifle acquired a copy as part of his research. Page 193 carried a photo of serial number 2 from Rule’s collection, and page 52 showed a photo of a letter from Richard Pelton, Winchester’s Director of Marketing dated March 6, 1980. Written to Mrs. Ethel M. Lied, the letter mentions the January 20, 1936 marking date for the number 1 rifle and also states that assembly of Model 70 rifles did not begin until 1937. Pointedly, the letter references Mrs. Lied’s inquiries as to the value of her rifle – serial number 2. No doubt, ownership of the number 2 rifle passed to Roger Rule at approximately this time. At some point thereafter, the number 2 rifle was presented for sale at a major gun show attended by the owner of rifle number 1. As things tend to do, one lead to another and ownership transferred.

To no surprise, both rifles are of standard configuration and chambered in .30-06 Springfield.

Serial number 1 condition: The bore remains smooth, strong and viable. Drilling/tapping for scope mounting includes 2x on the barrel just forward of the rear sight boss and 2x on the front ring. The rear sight is absent and the dovetail is protected with a “plug”. Overall metal finish is approximately 65 percent, as expected after 50 years of use in the hunting fields. Wood integrity is strong (absent cracks or chips). Wood finish condition is approximately 60 percent overall. Checkering is smoothing. Finish is thinning or absent in places and a general distribution of field impressions and scratches are in evidence. The bolt body is faintly marked “1” in electric pencil (or similar).  The Fecker scope is viable and remains optically clear, with surface finish of approximately 70 percent.

Serial number 2 condition: The bore remains smooth, strong and viable. Drilling and tapping for scope mounting includes 2x on the front ring. Overall metal finish is approximately 75 percent. Wood integrity is strong (absent cracks or chips). Wood finish condition is approximately 70 percent overall. Checkering is strong. A general distribution of field impressions and scratches are in evidence. The bolt body is faintly marked “2” in electric pencil (or similar).

Inclusions: In addition to a complete bound set of American Rifleman magazines from 1990 with the referenced article, a personalized letter detailing the known history and transfer details of the rifles will be provided by the owner.

An installment sale may be arranged following a suitable, non-refundable deposit. The pair will not be separated. All transportation arrangements and associated costs are the responsibility of the purchaser. The price is firm at $1,750,000.


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Clark Custom 50th Anniversary Millennium Meltdown .45 ACP, one of 50 made in 2000, Damascus, King, all literature, flawless

Clark Custom 50th Anniversary Millennium Meltdown .45 ACP. Made in 2000 as a limited edition of 50 special pistols to commemorate Jim Clark’s 50-year gunsmithing career, this incredible example wears serial number 45 (CCG045). Notable features include a Damascus steel flat top slide, Caspian fiber optic front sight (red), Caspian low mount adjustable rear sight (blade has rounded shoulders and serrated face), Clark Big Bushing with reverse plug, Clark barrel with integral feed ramp, lowered ejection port, Damascus combat hammer with serrated spur, Caspian steel frame with hard chrome finish, King ambidextrous extended thumb safety, King beavertail grip safety with serrated bump, King long target trigger, 20 lines-per-inch serrations on the front strap and mainspring housing, beveled magazine well and two sets of grips (black micarta with anniversary etchings and double-diamond checkered walnut). As an appropriate finishing touch, the entire pistol has been perfected with the Clark Meltdown for rounded and blended edges. CONDITION: Absolutely pristine, new and unfired. INCLUSIONS: Three Clark magazines with witness holes, two 2000 catalogs, copy of Shooting Times (May 2000) with a cover feature on these pistols, Operational Manual, test target (showing what appears to be a 8-shot, 50-yard group measuring just 1.915 inches center-to-center), logo bushing wrench and the original hard case with oversleeve used for shipping. The price is firm and layaway is available. $8,500 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon Model 84 Predator Super Grade .223 Rem., English, ebony, cased and boxed, 99 percent

Kimber of Oregon Model 84 Predator Super Grade .223 Remington. Serial P116 wears a 15-inch barrel. Features include an English walnut stock (ebony forend tip and grip cap, borderless wrap checkering, finger grooves, satin finish), polished blue metal finish and Kimber bases. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 4.2 pounds and overall length is 21.75 inches. CONDITION: The bore is pristine. Metal is at least 99 percent with only trace indications of handling. Wood is also over 99 percent with a few trace impressions on the bottom of the grip cap. INCLUSIONS: The original Gun Guard hard case, cardboard box with correct end label, cardboard overbox with Kimber logo (taping and shipping label cover most of logo), wrench, warranty registration card and NRA membership promo card are present. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,500 plus shipping.


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Kimber 1911 .45 ACP from very first production run, Clackamas-marked, never loaded or fired, gunwriter provenance, outstanding quality and flawless condition

Extraordinary and unfired Kimber 1911 .45 ACP with gunwriter provenance from the very first production release in 1996. BACKGROUND: Kimber 1911 pistols were initially released in small batches during the Spring and Summer months of 1996. All were marked as being made in Clackamas, Oregon (they were in fact made in Yonkers, New York but shipped in bulk to the Clackamas factory for actual distribution as the Yonkers 07 manufacturing license application was still pending). The serial sequence began with “K” prefix and first 1,000 numbers were reserved for later use, meaning the lowest possible serial number released would have been K001001. Each of these pistols was meticiously inspected and carefully tested for every aspect of function as well as accuracy. Many were also earmarked for gunwriters for testing and photography in support of feature magazine articles and covers. As would be expected, some did not survive the inspection process and those serial numbers were not reissued. All early pistols were identical and marked “Classic Model Custom .45 ACP” on slide right. The subject pistol, serial K001176, was shipped to the Techical Editor of NRA’s The American Rifleman, Bob Hunnicutt. For whatever reason, other pistols forwarded to the NRA were used for all of the NRA’s testing and evaluation, so this one remains untouched and unfired since the day it left Kimber. PROVENANCE: A letter of provenance from Mr. Hunnicutt attests to origin, the unbroken chain of possession and condition. INCLUSIONS: The original factory hard case with serialized end label and secondary date label (4/96), manual and logo bushing wrench are present. CONDITION: New and unfired since factory proof. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,500 plus shipping.


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Kimber LAPD SWAT Custom II .45 ACP, one of seven from first production overrun, factory case, correct tactical light, prop pistol from the movie SWAT, all pristine

Kimber LAPD SWAT Custom II .45 ACP, one of seven pistols from the first production overrun. Following extensive testing in 2001 and 2002, LAPD SWAT selected a modified version of the Kimber Custom II as their duty pistol. The initial order was delivered in 2002. Seven complete pistols remained as overruns and were sold to Kimber employees. This pistol, serial number KLA114279, is one of the seven. It remains new and unfired. Special markings include “LAPD SWAT CUSTOM II” on slide right and serial number K (Kimber) LA (Los Angeles) 114 (SWAT radio code), followed by a unique three-digit number. This is likely this is the most collectible Kimber pistol ever offered. INCLUSIONS: Molded prop pistol from the movie SWAT as gifted to a former Kimber employee, correct SureFire tactical light as issued by LAPD SWAT with the Kimber pistols (mount not included) and the Kimber factory hard case with correct end labels and all literature. CONDITION: The pistol is new and unfired. The prop pistol is pristine and the SureFire light remains sealed in its original packaging. The price is firm and layaway is available. $10,000 plus shipping.


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Smith & Wesson K-22 Masterpiece, five screw, 6-inch pinned, serialed grips, super bore, box, 98 percent

Smith & Wesson K-22 Masterpiece (pre-17) .22 LR. Serial K209604 (4x: barrel, cylinder, butt and grips) has a 6-inch pinned barrel (integral serrated rib, blade front sight), adjustable rear sight, color case hammer (narrow, checkered spur), recessed cylinder, color case trigger (narrow, serrated face), five screw configuration and diamond grips. CONDITION: The bore is superb. Cylinder face is absent burn and the turning ring is faint. Metal finish is approximately 98 percent. Grips are 100 percent. The original box is in exceptional condition and includes a Safety Inspection Certificate from Birmingham, Alabama dated 5/1/54 with the revolver’s serial number. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,750 plus shipping.


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Smith & Wesson 29-2 .44 Magnum, 1979, N624927, 4-inch pinned, recessed, presentation case, at least 98 percent

Smith & Wesson Model 29-2 .44 Magnum. Made circa 1979, serial N624927 has a 4-inch pinned barrel (integral serrated rib, blade front sight with red insert), adjustable rear sight (white outline), color case hammer (wide, checkered spur), recessed cylinder, color case trigger (wide, serrated face) and checkered factory target stocks. CONDITION: Possibly unfired since factory proof, the bore is pristine. Metal finish is at least 98 percent with but trace indications of handling and transport. Grips are at least 99 percent. INCLUSIONS: A wood factory presentation case with tools and instructions is present. The original end label from the cardboard box is taped on the exterior and the case itself remains in excellent condition. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,750 plus shipping.


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Smith & Wesson Model Shop concept prototype Mountain Gun .44 Magnum built by Tom Campbell and Ross Seyfried, BDW0000, provenance, 98 percent

Smith & Wesson Model Shop Mountain Gun .44 Magnum prototype built by Tom Campbell (Model Shop) and Ross Seyfried (gunwriter, PH, competition shooter). Serial number BDW0000 is the hand-made concept revolver created in the late 1980s to embody what the pair believed was the “perfect revolver”. Features include a 4-inch barrel (thin, tapered, .585 muzzle diameter), chamfered cylinder, standard-width hammer and trigger, adjustable rear sight and a round butt. The trigger pull is magical. CONDITION: Acquired directly from Ross Seyfried by the consignor, it stands in approximately 98 percent condition with one minor finish rub and a light turning ring. PROVENANCE: An included letter from Seyfried confirms the concept and origin. The October, 1989 issue of Guns & Ammo Magazine (copy included, signed by the author) carries a feature article by Seyfried discussing this pistol in detail. The frame number is clearly visible in one of the article’s photos. The price is firm and layaway is available. $10,000 plus shipping.


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Browning Superposed B25 D6G pair 20 gauge, Belgium, 1999, Perfido game scene, 30-inch, 6 pounds, 13.5 LOP, tubes, cased, 98 percent

Browning Superposed B-25 D6G 20 gauge pair. Created by Browning’s Custom Shop in Belgium during 1999, serials 324NR02731 and 324NR02732 have 30-inch barrels (rust blued, vent ribs, single beads, Teague choke tubes, 2.75-inch chambers, ejectors). Features include mechanical safeties with selectors and single mechanical triggers with checkered faces. ENGRAVING: Signed by Perfido, each receiver presents three game scenes bordered by gold wire and intricate leafy vine with the supporting pattern continuing to full coverage. Gun numbers, “O”, “U” and “S” are accented with Gold. The initial shelds on the guards remain blank while the initial plates on the toe lines are engraved “CS”. STOCKS: Fashioned from matching sets of exhibition Turkish walnut and finished in hand-rubbed oil, forends have understated Schnabels and 26 lines-per-inch wrap checkering with double borders. Butts are detailed with scalloped drop points, round knobs and leather-wrapped pads. TUBES: Each gun has seven tubes (SK/IC/IC/M/M/IM/IM plus a wrench and case). DIMENSIONS: Weights are 6.0 pounds. Lengths-of-pull over the .5-inch leather wrapped pads are 13.5 inches. Drops are 1.45 and 2.0 inches and casts (off) are approximately .35-inches. CONDITIONS: Consigned by the original owner and known to have seldom been afield, bores are strong and bright. Barrels are full on the faces and mechanics are solid. Gun 1 – Barrel finish is approximately 99 percent. Receiver finish is approximately 98 percent with but a trace of tarnish. Wood is approximately 98 percent, with a few minor impressions. Gun 2 – Similar to Gun 1. Wood is approximately 99 percent. The bottom right of the fore appears to have a trace hairline under the original finish. Upon request, it will be examine and addressed if neccessary by a professional gunsmith prior to shipping. CASE: A fine leather double takedown case with a canvas cover is included. The leather is in very good condition. Surface dryness suggests an application of a proper cleaning product is warranted. The canvas oversleeve is in good condition with some staining. DOCUMENTS: The original Certificates of Identification, Certificates of Proof, box end labels (never attached), a warranty booklet and a manual are included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $27,500 plus shipping.


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Browning Superposed B25 pair 12 gauge, Belgium Custom Shop, 1994, Baerten, 32-inch, 14.25 inches, cased, 97 percent

Browning B-25 D4G consecutive pair 12 gauge shotguns. Made in Belgium during 1994, serials 325NM01647-1 & 325NM01647-2 have 32-inch barrels (fixed IC/M, vent ribs, double beads, 2.75-inch chambers, ejectors). Common features include mechanical safeties with selectors, single mechanical triggers and two-piece forearms. ENGRAVING: Signed 1x by Baerten, receivers showcase a trio of rising ducks on the right and three exploding roosters on the left. Game scene borders – along with the balance of coverage over the receivers and along the tangs, guards, levers and forend latches – consists of leafy vine. Gun numbers, “U”, “O” and “S” are filled with gold wire. Final details include timed/engraved screw heads and checkered triggers. STOCKS: Select walnut wears broad fields of fine checkering, delicate Schnabels, drop points, checkered butts and toe line plates (blank). DIMENSIONS: Weights are 7.4 pounds. Lengths-of-pull are 14.25 inches. Drops are 1.5 and 2.5 inches, and casts (off) are approximately .30-inch. CONDITIONS: GUN 1 – Bores are bright and shiny. Barrels are full on face. Ejectors ping with authority. The opening lever rests well right. Barrel finish (rust blue) is at least 98 percent. Receiver finish (coin) is approximately 97 percent with faint traces of tarnish. Wood is approximately 97 percent as well, with occasional faint impressions and one small chip at the toe. GUN 2 – Generally same. Wood is approximately 98 percent with occasional faint impressions. CASES: Each shotgun is individually cased in factory takedowns. Exteriors are very good and interiors are excellent. The original Certificates of Identity, proof certificates and manuals are present. The price is firm and layaway is available. $25,000 plus shipping.

 


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Famars / Abbiatico & Savinelli Excalibur round body 28 gauge and .410, 30-inch, 6.4 pounds, Volpi and Marocchi, 98 percent

Famars (Abbiatico & Savinelli) Excalibur round body 28 / .410. Made in 2007, serial F0715 has 30-inch barrel sets with solid hand-filed ribs, single beads, fixed M/IM chokes and ejectors. The .410 barrels have 3-inch chambers and are serialed F0716. Features include a mechanical safety (no selector) and a single inertia trigger. WOOD: AAA-grade walnut is dressed with fine wrap checkering and a leather-wrapped recoil pad. ENGRAVING: Signed by M. Volpi and C. Marocchi, three scenes of rising quail are set among fields of bordered leafy vine, the pattern extending over the latch, lever, guard and tangs to full coverage. Model name, barrel set numbers and “SAFE” are presented in gold. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.4 pounds (6.2 pounds with .410 barrels). Length-of-pull is 14.15 inches, drops are 1.4 and 2.45 inches, and cast off is approximately .35-inch. CONDITION: Bores are strong and bright, barrel sets full on face and the lever rests well right. Mechanics are lively. Blue over the 28 gauge barrel set is approximately 98 percent while the .410 set is at least 99 percent. Wood is approximately 99 percent as well, with a single small impression on the comb line. INCLUSIONS: An extra set of pins and springs, original proof certificates, stock tool and a factory (Negrini) takedown case are present. and in excellent condition. The price is firm and layaway is available. $22,500 plus shipping.


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Holland & Holland Royal 12, 28-inch IC/M, 6.5 pounds, 14.4-inch LOP, 1966, cased, 97 percent

Outstanding Holland & Holland Royal self-opener 12 gauge. Made in 1966, features of serial 36610 include 28-inch barrels (IC/M) with game rib, 2.75-inch chambers, ejectors, detachable locks, gold line cocking indicators, automatic safety and a rolled trigger guard. Barrels wear satin rust blue, an ideal contrast to the action’s coin. Double-bordered checkering (including butt) and drop points accent the select walnut. ENGRAVING: The action is dressed in the traditional leaf and vine to full coverage, the pattern continuing over the guard, top lever and a bit of the rib. “SAFE” appears in gold and the initial plate on the toe line bears initials “RJB”. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.5 pounds. Length of pull is 14.4 inches. Drops are 1.5 and 2.1 inches, and cost off is approximately .40-inch. Balance (charged) is .25-inch forward of the hinge. CONDITION: Bores are bright. Barrels are on face and ring with cheer. Ejectors pop enthusiastically . The opening lever rests on center. Finish over the barrels is approximately 99 percent. Action finish is approximately 97 percent with minute traces of tarnish. Wood is approximately 98 percent with a few minor impressions and instances of finish compression. CASE: The original leather takedown case with key is present, housing snaps, oiler and a two-piece rod. Case condition is approximately 80 percent, with some spotting on and name added to the exterior. The price is firm and layaway is available. $42,500 plus shipping.

 

 


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Holland & Holland Royal 12 gauge two-barrel set, fantastic dimensions, 98% condition, oak & leather case,

Holland & Holland Royal 12 gauge hand-detachable sidelock ejector with two barrel sets. Made in 1926 and refurbished in the late 1970s, serial number 30786 presents at 98% overall condition while offering both features and measurements for outstanding field service no matter the circumstance. BARRELS: Both barrel sets are 27-inches long with 2.75-inch chambers, properly serialed and proofed. Each has a swamped rib with single bead. Number 1 is choked C/IC and number 1C is F/F. FEATURES: Rolled trigger guard, articulated front trigger, tuned ejectors and automatic safety. EMBELLISHMENT: The action is adorned with Holland’s elegant bordered scroll, the maker’s name appearing in ribbons on either side, “Royal Self-Opener” and patent date on the bottom and “Royal Ejector” on the opening lever. The pattern also graces the forend furniture, top lever, guard, safety and tangs, then continues two inches along the barrels and ribs. Gold highlights include “Holland & Holland” and “13. Brunton Street, London” on the barrels, “1” on the splinter and top lever, “1” and “1C” on the respective barrels, “Safe” and the serial number on the lower tang. Pins, triggers and cocking indicators are gold plated as well. The side lever and top lever screw are finished in niter blue. Checkering is a fine, bordered pattern which wraps both forend and stock, and then reappears on the butt. The initial plate on the toe line remains blank. CONDITION: At least 98% as completely refurbished. Engraving remains without blemish. Both barrel sets are fully on face, ring proudly and retain nearly 100% of their rust blue. Forend wood is about 95%, with a pair of indentations on the bottom just forward of the action. Stock is 99%, with a few minor field impressions. The opening lever camps at center and ejectors pop with authority. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.4 pounds. Length-of-pull is 15.25 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.25 inches and cast off is approximately .35 inch. CASE: Oak and leather maker’s case with brass fittings and felt interior includes Holland & Holland snaps, oil bottle and ebony cleaning rod, two leather barrel covers (one branded “Holland & Holland”), leather-cased pull with brush and jag, maker’s label and keys. Initials “RJH” appear on the lid. The case itself remains in approximately 95% condition, with light general wear and a partial separation of the carry handle. The price is firm and layaway is available. $57,500 plus shipping.


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Piotti King 1 .410, Ranetti full coverage, 5.4 pounds, 14.8 LOP, 1979, Granetti, cased, 99 percent

Piotti King 1 .410 SLE. Created in 1979, this spectacular little sidelock weighs just 5.4 pounds and feels even lighter due to its near-perfect balance. The barrels are 26 inches long, choked M/F, topped with a raised matted rib and have three-inch chambers and ejectors. Important features include bushed strikers, mechanical safety, articulated forward trigger, splinter forend, leather-wrapped pad and borderless checkering. ENGRAVING: Granetti’s delicate foliate and scroll graces the action, guard, tangs, lever, forend furniture and screws to full coverage. The execution is brilliant as well as appropriate at this scale. “PIOTTI” appears in gold just below the left lock, serial “7411” flows through a ribbon on the lower tang, a gold crown centers on the opening lever and a gold crest with the initials “LeB” is on the splinter. (The initials are small and very shallow, thus permitting easy alteration.) The engraver’s signature appears under the guard. DIMENSIONS: As stated, weight is 5.4 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.8 inches, drops are 1.6 and 2.4 inches, and cast appears neutral. CONDITION: Lightly handled and almost certainly never hunted, it stands at 99 percent overall with no shortcomings worth even a passing mention. In fact, the snap caps do not appear to have ever been inserted! CASE: The leather and felt-lined case is of the highest quality. It includes an oil bottle, snaps, two-piece cleaning rod and a leather pouch with customary jags and end pieces. The case is also 99 percent. The replacement cost on this shotgun is just over $50,000. The price is firm and layaway is available. $32,500 plus shipping.


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Ruger Red Label Woodside 12 gauge, factory engraved, 1 of 81 created, circassian butt stock, 98 percent

Factory engraved Ruger Red Label Woodside 12 gauge. One of only 81 engraved Woodside shotguns ever created, serial 430-00242 is an earlier version with a circassian walnut stock and claro walnut forend. Features include 26-inch barrels with choke tubes (M/F), matte double-beaded (white front bead) vent rib, 3-inch chambers, ejectors, automatic tang safety with selector and a single mechanical trigger. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.8 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.2 inches, drops are 1.4 and 2.35 inches and cast is near neutral. CONDITION: The bores are strong and bright, barrels full on face, mechanics operate properly and the opening lever rests well to the right. Metal finishes are approximaely 98 percent. Wood condition is approximately 99 percent. INCLUSIONS: None. No box, papers, additional choke tubes or factory letter. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Winston Churchill engraved Winchester Model 42 .410, 1972, one owner, gold relief, sinister walnut, solid rib, absolutely peerless, 98 percent

Staggering Winchester Model 42 .410 engraved by Winston Churchill. Completed in 1972 and consigned by the original owner, serial number 142075 has a 28-inch solid rib barrel (fixed SK, double ivory beads, 3-inch chamber). ENGRAVING: Commissioned by one of Churchill’s friends and best customers for his wife, receiver right is graced with a gold relief woodcock in flight against a mountained backdrop. Receiver left highlights a gold relief grouse rocketing through the timber. Each scene is surrounded by an intricate field of leafy vine, this in turn triple edge-bordered with fine lines. Detailing is, of course, extraordinary. The grip cap is equally dynamic, showcasing a bobwhite rising from a complex cluster of flora. Receiver right is signed “Winston Churchill Engr. For Cynthia 1972“. Additionally, both bolt and lifter are jeweled. STOCK: While unattributed, the stock is likely the work of Churchill as well. Fashioned from AAA-grade walnut with grain so dark it borders on sinister, the fore wears a wrap of fine checkering accented with intersecting ribbons and a single delicate fleur. The wrist echoes the theme through broad panels. A brass initial plate is inletted on the toe line. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.4 pounds. Length-of-pull is 13.4 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.0 inches, and cast off is approximately .40-inch. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Mechanics are smooth and tight. Metal and wood finishes easily exceed 98 percent. The price is firm and layaway is available. $30,000 plus shipping.


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Winston Churchill engraved Winchester Model 12 20 gauge, gold relief, superb stock, provenance, A&F case, 97 percent

Outstanding Winston Churchill engraved Winchester Model 12 Pigeon Grade 20 gauge. Consigned by the estate of the original owner, serial 1967907 has a 26-inch ribbed barrel with double beads, fixed WS-1 choke and a 2.75-inch chamber. ENGRAVING: Receiver right provides the backdrop for a brace of bobwhite exploding from tall grass, the left paired doves rising from harvested stalks of corn. Each bird is presented in gold relief and with Churchill’s unequaled detailing. The hunting scenes are surrounded by delicate leafy vine, this supported in turn by secondary bracketing accent fields and intricate borders. The pattern extends across the top of the receiver, over the guard and runs along both ends of the barrel. Featuring a quartering grouse, the grip cap is a masterwork in itself. Churchill’s signature appears under the gold serial number. Bolt and lifter are jeweled. STOCK: Shaped from AAA-grade walnut with a sunburst of heavy figure, the stock is most complimentary yet stops just short of distraction. The recoil pad is faced in leather. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.0 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.2 inches. Drops are 1.5 and 2.25 inches, and cast off is approximately .25-inch. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Metal finish (polished blue) is approximately 97 percent  owing to trace tarnishing on the front face of rib and an associated micro-spot on the muzzle. Wood is at least 98 percent. PROVENANCE: Several photographs (signed or inscribed) and a note from Churchill to the client are included. The undated note states this shotgun “will be in the Gun Digest this year“. CASE: An Abercrombie and Fitch zippered case with attached tag stating “Mod 12 20 ga Churchill Engraved & Stocked” is included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $25,000 plus shipping.


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Winchester Model 12 12 gauge custom, John Warren & Winston Churchill engraving, outstanding, 98 percent

John Warren and Winston Churchill engraved Winchester Model 12 12 gauge. Serial 1213412 has a 27-inch ribbed barrel with open choke, double beads and a 2.75-inch chamber. ENGRAVING: John Warren’s intricate leafy vine dresses either side of the receiver. Close examination reveals an exacting and complex border treatment that is art in and of itself. Winston Churchill’s grip cap presents a rising grouse against a forested background, further supported by his incomparable scroll and bordering. Warren’s signature appear on receiver right and Churchill’s initials are on the lower shoulder of the cap. Both bolt and lifter are jeweled. STOCK: Although unattributed, the stock showcases highest quality – in particular the checkering. A 26 lines-per-inch wrapping pattern with flowing ribbons capturing isolated fields is a masterwork. The butt is profiled with a soft Monte Carlo and ends in a checkered horn plate. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.8 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.0 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.7 inches, and cast off is approximately .35-inch. CONDITION: The bore has a delightful sparkle. Both rust blue and wood are approximately 98 percent. The price is firm and layaway is available. $7,500 plus shipping.


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