Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
MSG766 HUNTER ARMS SxS 20 GAUGE
Item # MSG766
This is "The Fulton" model. "The Fulton" is also on each side of the frame. Hunter Arms is noted for being the producers of the famed L.C. Smith shotguns. A very good quality shotgun that was not as expensive as the L.C. Smith and was used to compete with other manufactures such as Stevens Savage and other imports of the times. An added bonus is that this is a 20 ga and not as common as the 12 ga. Overall cond is VG with nearly all blue remaining. A couple of light wear marks. Case colors are pretty much all there except for wear at the carry point. Stock is in very nice cond. Good fitting forearm and buttstock. Unfortunately some one shortened it and put on a pad. LOP 13-5/8". Tight lock up. Nice bright shiny bores on the 28" bbls. A great SxS for anyone.
Modern $ 595 sale pending.
R2115 EXTREMELY RARE GRADE 5 REMINGTON WHITMORE
Item # R2115-25-409
10 ga. Serial number 54. Records show that it is one of 9 1873 Whitmores in this configuration. It has the New York and London bbl rib address. 30" bbls with a beautiful Damascus pattern. Nice smooth metal with no pitting on bbls and receiver. Receiver still display some case colors. Being a grade 5 it has some very delicate engraving which is beautiful. The action is solid with no wiggle. Dlx wood equals the cond of the rest of the gun. Nothing missing. Beautiful fit. Just a few hunting mars but overall in excellent cond for being over a century and a quarter old. This old shot gun has it all. Rare. Condition. Function. Nice old shotgun!
Antique $ 3,975 .
MSG730 ITHACA HAMMERLESS
Item # MSG730 -25-379
This is the early Ithaca SxS shotgun that was extremely heavy duty built. Looking at it you would swear it was a 10 ga but it is a 12 ga. Equipped with 32" bbls. The exterior of the bbls have some areas of blotchy rust, mostly on the top but are overall good cond. Inside they are very nice with just a little roughness towards the chamber area. It has a heavy duty bbl as stated. At the chamber the wall thickness is over 1/3". Lock up is solid. Stock isn't too bad either but has been repaired at the top on both sides. Forearm is good cond. Stock has the orig Ithaca hard rubber butt plate. Wood has a coat of varnish put on. This is a nice old Ithaca.
Antique $ 550.
XW7X EARLY PARKER FISHTALE SHOTGUN
Item # XW7X-25-396
This is a hammerless SxS 12 ga with 30" bbls. P grade. Good looking old shotgun. Metal is mostly grey throughout. All markings very readable. Bores are VG. Bright and shiny with no pitting. One ding on the left bbl. Wood is also VG cond. Has orig distintive Parker butt plate and pistol grip cap. This is the fishtale lever variety. Nice old quality American shotgun.
Antique $ 1,495.
MSG740 G GRADE PARKER SIDE BY SIDE
Item # MSG740
30" Damascus bbls with 2-5/8" 12 ga chambering. The bbls are mostly grey showing the pretty damascus pattern that Parker had. Bbls are in VG cond except for one dent in the bottom of the left bbl. The interiors are VG. Frame shows age and is mostly grey with some light case color showing. Stock has been reworked and is in VG cond. Pistol grip cap has the Parker marking and in VG cond. Also has the trademark Parker butt plate with the dog. Parker's are always sought after and this is a decent looking gun.
Modern $ 1,975.
W648 WINCHESTER MODEL 21 20 GAUGE 2-BARREL SET
Item # W648-25-369
This gun is featured in the Winchester Model 21 publication of 1930. Very elaborately done with No.6 style engraving. Deep relief panels featuring a Labrador on each side of the receiver. On the bottom is a pair of pheasants. The trigger guard has a Labrador retriever holding a duck. Very beautifully done. Featuring 2 28" bbls. One is full and full and the other is skeet 1 and skeet 2. LOP 14". Beaver tail forearm. Checkered straight grip circassian style wood is in excellent cond with a checkered wood butt plate. Overall gun is in fine cond showing only light wear and retains a considerable amount of bright blue on both the bbls and the frame. Very elaborately done. Probably one of the nicest model 21 20 gauges I have encountered. Apparently made for exhibition purposes. Serial range is in the 8900's. Excellent+ inside and out.
Modern $ 75,000.
MSG462 PARKER D GRADE HAMMERLESS SHOTGUN
Item # MSG462-25-401
12 Gauge with 30 Damascus bbls that are a silver gray coloration. Bores are good with slight roughness at chamber end. Receiver has mostly silvered out but retains all of the fine engraving and artwork that Parker guns are so noted for. Wood is good but scarred up; has a few dings and lock up spring is not functioning. Priced accordingly.
Modern $ 1,450 sale pending.
MSG437 L.C. SMITH DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG437-25-417
26 inch barrels, marked 'Specialty Grade', M & M chokes, right bore excellent, left tube has some tiny ripples. Ejectors, checkered beavertail forearm, checkered straight grip deluxe buttstock, 13-3/4" pull, double triggers. Engraving includes a duck on the right and pair of game birds on the left.
Modern $ 3,100.
MSG561 10 bore percussion SXS J.H. Johnston Pittsburgh PA
Item # MSG561-25-433
34-3/4" London twist bbl. Barrels have a very rich looking antique brownish color to them. They probably were browned to start with. Lock plates are very nice looking, smooth metal in an antique greyish brown. The wood is VG in this old gun. Nice figuring in the stock. Small compartment in the bottom opens. Hammers and triggers work well. A good looking old shotgun!!
Antique $ 1,695.
MSG601 DOUBLE BARREL CAPE GUN
Item # MSG601-25-363
45 cal rifle bbl and 20 ga shotgun bbl. Marked on top of the rib is "Blissett and Son High Holborn London." 4-leaf folding express sight. Period front sight. Nicely figured European Circassian Walnut stocks with shotgun style buttplate. Checkering has been freshened. Looks good. Complete with correct sling eyes. Back action locks are very delicately engraved and marked "Blissett and Son". Nice looking gun. Double trigger bottom opener. Double hammer. Beautiful delicate looking gun! Bbls have been refinished a long time ago. Still retain about 90% of the professional refinish. Receiver has about 20% nickeling original case colors. No pitting. Smooth sharp crisp action.
Antique $ 4,500.
MSG394 HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON TOPPER SHOTGUN CUT-AWAY
Item # MSG394-25-378
The top and the side of the action is cut away to show operation and transfer bar safety system. No barrel portion or stock. Don't wait on this one, every H & R collector would die to have one of these.
Antique $ 350.
MSG597 LANE & READ BOSTON MARKET GUN
Item # MSG597
Very pretty gun with deluxe stock in VG condition. The furniture is a mixture of iron and brass. The forearm tip being brass and the trigger guard being iron along with the lock plate, buttplate and a couple other parts. Inset gold medallion says "Daniel Webster." Setup more like a standard percussion shotgun, although it is big bore! Approximately a 1" bore. Definitely sets it aside from your average shotgun. The trigger guard is of the square front variety. Rather unique. Dimension wise, this gun makes a little more sense than some of them. The bbl is a reasonable 34" and weight is approximately 10-3/4 pounds. It is a half stock and has a cleaning rod, dark brownish metal that has faded and a very pretty deluxe stock with a cheek piece. Top of the bbl has a rather unique spear shaped flat making sort of a rib for about 1/3 of the bbl length. Action is nice and solid. Daniel Webster must have been a hell of a man to pull the trigger on this baby!
Antique $ 5,275.
MSG241 SERIAL #1 SPENCER 1884 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG241-25-427
32 Damascus barrel and Damascus magazine tube have turned a dark plum blue brown patina coloration; most Damascus pattern visible. Receiver turned mostly dark on right side and forward area of left-balance is a nickelly gray patina; sharp scroll and vine engraving with a hunter and dog scene on left side. Interesting that right side is marked 'Spencer Arm Co.' (without patent date). Engraving appears to be done by the New York master Louis D. Nimschke-quite elaborate. SN 1 is present on numerous parts throughout the gun. Of further interest is that the barrel bears the Model 1886 type address, the cond matches the rest of the gun perfectly and it appears no alterations have been made. VG walnut, short non-checkered pump handle, checkering on pistol grip somewhat worn; otherwise VG+ walnut. The carrier's forward area is of a different design than seen on other 1884's, etc.; the slot is very short. VG shiny bore with a few pits. Interesting Spencer; possibly one-of-a-kind.
Antique $ 7,750.
MSG404 PROBABLE ONE-OF-A-KIND DELUXE PROTOTYPE ITHACA SEMI AUTO 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG404-25-383
Serial number 'EX 1'. 24" barrel, modified choke, bottom load, bottom eject. This same gun is listed in 'The Ithaca Gun Company' book by Snyder. Near excellent overall retaining 99% of the lustrous barrel blue, 95% receiver blue; just a little flaked from top left receiver. Excellent deluxe walnut with fleur d'lis style checkered pistol grip stocks, virtually all lacquer is intact, excellent bore. This gorgeous gun is most interesting.
Modern $ 3,900.
MSG291 PARKER 10 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL HAMMER SHOTGUN
Item # MSG291-25-402
Under lever opener, 29 Damascus barrels have turned to a dark plum brown coloration, frame has turned quite dark as well. VG checkered semi-pistol gripped stocks, 14" pull to the end of the steel buttplate, VG bores. Nice looking Trojan.
Antique $ 1,475.
REMINGTON-WHITMORE MODEL 1878 ‘NEW MODEL HEAVY SHOTGUN’ IN 10 GAUGE
Item # R26-25-412
30 plum brown barrels with vivid Damascus pattern, pitted bores, receiver has turned to mostly a gray patina coloration, early style engraving. Straight grip stock in VG condition, has had a coat of varnish added some time ago.
Antique $ 2,100.
R1025 VERY SCARCE REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK SINGLE SHOT FORAGING SHOTGUN IN 20 GAUGE
Item # 0-28/R1025-25-585
Original 28 full round barrel, original wood shows some usage with an old repair at the wrist but is generally in VG condition; complete with traces of finish, the balance turning a smooth clean plum brown patina coloration. This is an excellent representative specimen of a hard to find foraging shotgun.
Antique $ 975.
MSG701 ITHACA 4E DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG701
28" bbl with mod and full choking. Excellent bores. Splinter forearm. Dbl triggers. Cocking indicators. Pistol grip fluer di lis checkered fancy grain stocks in excl cond with 14-1/4" LOP. Nice gun with about 90% orig bbl blue and 75% thinning case colors. Nice clean sharp gun with fancy wood.
Modern $ 4,575 .
MSG705 ITHACA SINGLE BARREL TRAP 4E
Item # MSG705-25-386
Bbl length is 32". Factory vent rib. Ivory bead front and mid. Choke full. Engraving is a little different on this one. On the right hand side is an Eagle holding arrow and "Made in USA". The rest is the typical scroll work seen on Ithaca shotguns. There is a trap scene on the left hand side. Receiver has greyed out with light traces of case colors remaining. Bbl retains most blue lightly thinning. A beautiful piece of dlx wood on this gun in VG cond. There is a pachmayr decelerator pad.Nice solid lock up. Excellent bore. These fine old single bbl traps are still seen at trap clubs today.
Modern $ 2,275.
MSG704 ITHACA 4E SINGLE BARREL TRAP
Item # MSG704-24-398
As with most single bbl traps, it is 12 ga. 32" with factory vent rib. Full choke. Front and mid ivory beads. Bbl blue nearly all there with just some wear in a few spots. Overall VG bbl finish. Like wise with the frame. Case colors still showing. This one has the Eagle motif. Fine scrolling on the bottom with VG case colors and some protective lacquer remaining. Bore is bright and shiny and in VG cond. Lock up is nice and solid. This gun is a little unusual in the fact that it is a straight grip shotgun. 14-1/2" LOP to the end of Ithaca rubber buttpad. Forearm is a semi-beaver tail style which is VG cond. A few light handling marks. No cracks or losses. A very fine gun that you could have a lot of fun with!
Modern $ 1,875.
MSG715 A H FOX A GRADE
Item # MSG715-25-375
This SxS shotgun is in 12 ga. Markings on the bbl are " Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel". Standard choking with a full and a modified bbl. 28" bbl. Frame is elaborately engraved with a deep scroll style. Frame is case colored with good case colors showing in protected areas. The remainder is mostly silver. Nice clean smooth metal. Bbl has most finish remaining thinning lightly in spots. Inside the bbls it is nice bright and shiny. Original wood is very nice cond and looks like it has been lightly freshened with re-cut checkering. Repaired hairline crack. A nice vintage shotgun!
Modern $ 2,875.
W748 WINCHESTER MODEL 11 FACTORY ENGRAVED 2-BBL SET
Item # W748-25-353
This gun comes complete with 2 forearms, 2 bbls, 2 fully engraved receivers and one stock. Probably one of the most elaborate model 11's I have ever seen. In excellent condition with nearly all bright blue. Sharp engraving with a game scene on both sides. Circassian walnut stocks in excellent condition with sharp checkering. Measures 13-3/4 " to the end of a red Hawkins pad. One is a 28" full matted bbl and the other a 26" cylinder bore bbl. One of the nicest sets I have ever encountered. Very rare!
Modern $ 15,750.
REMINGTON MODEL 1894 HAMMERLESS 10 GAUGE
Item # R23-25-405
Smooth clean metal with quite a lot of case colors showing, 32 Damascus barrels with mirror bores. Only detractions are the letter 'KP' lightly carved in stock. Also white line recoil pad added. Good solid gun.
Antique $ 2,950.
PARKER VHE BOXLOCK DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN IN 12 GAUGE
Item # MSG263-25-399
30 Vulcan Steel barrels, Full and Full, near excellent bores, 97% original blue remaining, 1-1/2 frame, 99%+ of professionally re-done case colors-looks great! Checkered pistol gripped walnut VG+, 14-1/4" pull to end of replacement Parker hardrubber buttplate.
Modern $ 2,650.
MSG643 ITHACA DOUBLE BARRELED HAMMERLESS SHOTGUN
Item # MSG643-25-384
32" bbls choked full and mod. Marked on the receiver is "2". Has ejectors and double triggers. Ejectors function well. Excl bores. Wood is fine cond with sharp checkering. Stock measures 14" to the end of the orig hard rubber buttplate. Gun is in fine cond with 97-98% bright orig blue. Receiver is nicely engraved with 75% case colors turning nickel color on the bottom. Bright blue on trigger guard. Fine old gun.
Modern $ 1,875.
ITHACA 4E SINGLE BARREL TRAP SHOTGUN
Item # R90-25-382
Serial number over 400,XXX range. Orig 30 full choke bbl, exc bore, orig wood has filler piece expertly added to comb, looks pretty decent with a Morgan type adjustable metal pad. Other than alterations to the wood, gun is in fine cond with 98% bbl blue on the receiver, 75-80% vivid case colors. Should make fine shooter.
Modern $ 1,750.
MIROKU OVER AND UNDER 20 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG614-25-394
Miroku is of course well known in the firearms business as manufacturing guns for other companies such as Winchester, Browning, Charles Daily, Smith & Wesson etc. They are the prime builder of the reproduction classic guns. You do not normally find a Miroku marked without some other name on it. This one is marked " B.C. Miroku" . This is a vent rib o/u 20 ga shotgun with 26" bbls with modified chokes. It has a golden single trigger with select fire. Nearly all finish remains on both metal and wood. Overall condition is VG+. One scratch on the bottom of the buttstock, the only real detraction of the gun. This would be a very fine upland game shotgun.
Modern $ 1,150.
BELGIUM MADE BROWNING SUPER-POSED MIDAS GRADE OVER AND UNDER 12 GUAGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG605-25-362
30" bbl. Full and modified choke. Fitted with another bbl that is unmarked but still numbered to the gun. Probably made by Simmons. The gun has probably been re-stocked and it is beautifully done with Circassian Walnut. Highly figured contrasting black and blond stripes throughout. Stock dimensions measure 14-3/4" to the end of the brown Pachmayr pad. Gun was manufactured in 1968 and is in virtually un-used condition. The engraving was signed by Arno. This is a round knob short tang Belgium made Browning fitted in original Browning 2-bbl set case. Nearly new condition. Excellent throughout!
Modern $ 8,975.
MOSSBERG TARGO MODEL 340 TR IN .22 CALIBER SMOOTH BORE
Item # MSG308-25-395
This example has the .22 smooth bore insert screwed in. A previous owner then cut the excess portion so it's flush with the stationary muzzle. Bright shiny bore, 90%+ lustrous blue, sound wood with the usual dings and scratches.
Modern $ 395.
BELGIAN BROWNING AUTO-5 LIGHT 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG366-25-361
28 barrel, vent rib, excellent bore, 95% barrel blue, 90%+ shiny receiver blue with a few scattered light corrosion spots from bad storage; carefully cleaned and looks good. Nicely engraved, fine walnut retains most all original varnish, 14-1/2" pull to end of Pachmayr pad.
Modern $ 675 .
ITHACA FEATHERLIGHT REPEATERS ...THE BEST GUN GOING
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BAKER GUN CO. DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
Item # MSG427-25-358
B Grade, marked Batavia, NY". 28" Damascus barrels retain most vividness, shiny bores, fairly elaborate engraving with a falling duck on left sideplate and a grouse on the right side. Checkered splinter forearm and semi-pistol grip buttstock are in excellent condition; correct buttplate.
Antique $ 2,275.