Double Guns

The16 Gauge Hun Gun

A 16 Gauge German Guild  Gun

Italian Guns and Bobwhites

Italian Guns and Bobwhites

Having a  Side x Side Shotgun fetish is addcitive.You might become possessed  about collecting guns from a certain Maker or Country.You may get on a Hammer Gun kick or become a collector of American built L.C. Smith’s or Parker’s.Budget conscious( myself included) Folks stick to Box Locks as there are plenty around.Of course a nice Side Lock is pretty awesome and they have a huge following most are out of my range,however it’s fun to drool over the pics when surfing Gun Porn Sites.It all depends on how much you want to spend.

A custom built AYA Boxlock and a Hun.

A custom built AYA Boxlock and a Hun.

It’s also very personal.I have been on the look out for a 16 Gauge Belgian Gun built in Leige,Belgium’s fabled Gun manufacturing center.No luck so far but I will keep on looking as I have been for the last 6 years.Recently a Friend purchased a really nice Dickinson Round Action 12 gauge.He paid a lot for it,he now has what he always wanted and shot a double with it the first day he took it out.Obviously the gun was meant to be.

 

20 Gauge Army and Navy and a Oklahoma Pheasant

20 Gauge Army and Navy and a Oklahoma Pheasant

Prices vary ,2-3K will get you a nice little Box Lock,while a custom built Side Lock from a British Maker could cost$100,000.Spanish and Italian Makers offer new guns at very reasonable prices.You can go the used route which to me makes the most sense.Especially if you want to start collecting guns and  add an element of Old and Funky to your game.

Male Mearns Quail and a Holland and Holland-AZ

Male Mearns Quail and a Holland and Holland Dominion grade  12 Bore -AZ

16 gauge and a Sharptail

an old 16 gauge and a Sharptail

The guns I own range from a W.M.Cashmore 16 Gauge Box Lock complete with Damascus Barrels built somewhere around 1875 to a more modern Spanish AyA 20 Gauge built in the 80’s.There is my recent purchase a 12 Gauge E.Greeley Side Lock built in 1905 followed by my 16 Gauge German Guild Gun and a 16 Gauge G.Lewis British Box Lock which is  my go -to for Quail hunting.A total of 5 Guns and all have their purpose.

 

Male Mearns Quail

Male Mearns Quail & my AyA 20 Gauge

 

Covering a point with a SXS

Covering a point with a SXS

A male an female Mearns Quail

A male an female Mearns Quail and a Purdey 20 Gauge Side Lock.

The Craftsmanship is apparent in the older guns.They come  from an era where things where made by hand.The details are all there.Screw heads are engraved,the wood is nicely figured and despite the age the mechanisms function well.The major plus is they weigh they less than most contemporary guns do.They are a joy to carry on the field,quick and lively to mount and fire.

Texas Bobwhites & my Greeley 12 bore

Texas Bobwhites & my Greeley 12 bore

My favorite Quail Gun.A G.Lewis 16 Gauge choked Skeet and Skeet2

My favorite Quail Gun.A G.Lewis 16 Gauge choked Skeet and Skeet2

You may like to hunt the Grouse Woods,The wide open Northern Plains,or The Desert South West,no matter what, there is a SxS that is up for the task.All you have to do is find it.

Covering a point with a SxS

Covering a point with a SxS

Side by Side Resources 

Willian Larkin Moore  -Scottsdale AZ

Hill Rod and Gun – Bozeman MT.

Orvis -Manchester VT

Vintage Doubles

Low Pressure Shotgun Shells 

The Classic Shotgun Shell Company

Author: Dave Brown

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