276. J.P. Sauer and Son Scalloped Boxlock Drilling

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serial #344038, 12 ga. (2 1/2'') by 9.3x74R, 25 1/2'' barrels choked a light full and a tight full, all showing bright excellent bores, the right tube showing evidence of a professionally raised dent near the muzzles. The barrels show about 98% later, good quality restored blue which is a pleasing plum brown. The frame and triggerguard retain 98% stunning vivid original color case-hardening, showing only a few spots of very light toning with some flaking in the grasping area of the long tang. The top lever shows excellent original blue with both triggers fading to a plum. The frame shows light open sparse loose scroll and is maker marked on both flats. The checkered European walnut capped pistolgrip buttstock and forend rate excellent with only a few very light handling marks here and there. The steel pistolgrip cap shows strong original color case-hardening and the length of pull to the Sauer and Son logo buttplate is 14 1/8'' with drops of 1 1/2'' and 2 1/2''. The arm is sighted with a simple silver bead front sight and flip-up rear when rifle barrel is actuated (it does not lay completely flat). Features double triggers, the front a single set, Greener style safety and cocking indicators. The swivel has been removed from the factory front hanger mounted to the under barrel, the original rear swivel has been removed and a QD stud put in its place. The gun locks up tightly and was no doubt ''liberated'' by some G.I. as it was proved in January 1945, owing to its very fine shape (no doubt the barrels rusted at some point necessitating the refinish). Included with the gun is a letter from Elmer Keith when with Guns and Ammo magazine, detailing some loading information, another letter from George Nonte when with Shooting Times Magazine, referencing short chambered shotguns and a letter from Frank deHaas on NRA letterhead referencing how to measure chamber length. A lovely Sauer and Sohn drilling from the late Second World War. (39035-1) {C&R} (2000/3000) Sold For 3220.00

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