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Ex Tax: $1,675.00
Brand: Fox
Product Code: Fox 16 Gauge sn374902


General Specs: Fox, Year 1938, 16 Gauge, 6lb 7oz, Chokes .012/.030  LM/F, LOP 14 5/16", DAH 3", DAC 1 11/16" Serial Number: 374902 THE A.H. FOX 16 GAUGE STERLINGWORTH---THE BEST VALUE IN THE VINTAGE AMERICAN DOUBLEGUN W...

Call: 1 (616) 292-6240 To Purchase

General Specs: Fox, Year 1938, 16 Gauge, 6lb 7oz, Chokes .012/.030  LM/F, LOP 14 5/16", DAH 3", DAC 1 11/16"
Serial Number: 374902

THE A.H. FOX 16 GAUGE STERLINGWORTH---THE BEST VALUE IN THE VINTAGE AMERICAN DOUBLEGUN WORLD, BAR NONE!  Why such a bold claim?  First, all A.H. Fox 16-gauge guns are built on the 20-gauge frame, providing light weight, superbly balanced guns that outshine the other American makers.  The Fox 16ga. gun typically weighs from 5 ¾ lbs. to 6 1/4lbs.  If you examine Parker, L.C. Smith, Ithaca, Lefever, or Winchester Model 21 guns in 16ga. they typically weigh at least a 1/2lb. heavier.  Second, the Fox Sterlingworth is the same gun mechanically as all other grades of the A.H. Fox gun, having the fewest parts and smallest action of any of its competitors.  The Fox gun mechanism is utterly reliable, the locking mechanism simple and efficient, the barrels and action made of the finest steels of its time, the wood finely fitted to the action, checkering well cut, and the balance of the gun was superb.  Third, because they made a lot of them, the price is very affordable.  With so many of them out there, how do you know which one to buy?  Condition is important, and many of the Sterlingworth guns were used hard and not well maintained.  IT IS EASY TO BUY THE WRONG GUN WITH COSTLY ISSUES.  At Vintage Firearms, Inc. (VFI) we inspect each gun before purchase, our 4 gunsmiths clean and service each gun as needed.  This gun comes with 2 3/4" factory chambers. Modern chamber dimensions and long forcing cones make for safe shooting with softer recoil and better patterns, which benefit the shooter and preserve the integrity of these fine older doubleguns.  Other important factors are condition of the metal, screws, wood, and bores.  We provide the most comprehensive photography and specifications in the marketplace, information that allows you to make a good choice.  Just remember, nowhere is it more apparent than in the gun world…you get what you pay for!  If you want an upland gun you can rely on, buy one that is field ready and can safely shoot modern, available field loads.    

This Sterlingworth, sn374902 is Savage built. It has about 50% factory original case color with the commonly seen handling wear at the balance point, stock dimensions of a modern 14 5/16"x 3"x 1 11/16" with a slight off cast gives this gun a nice traditional fit. It is fitted with the bullnose style forend, pistol grip, and after market Pachmayr buttbad that has become aged (if you wish, VFI can fit a new pad, please call to inquire) the screws are perfectly clocked along the axis of the gun. This Sterlingworth has furniture of above average figure and retains 80% factory original varnish (the wood would also be a great candidate for restoration), hand cut flat diamond checkering at wrist and splinter and is in good condition with the forend checkering exhibiting the most wear. The Barrels show about 95% cover and excellent bores with some handling wear and fading near the breach and crowns, the 28" barrels have original factory extended cones and are choked LM/F. Rollmarks on the barrels have been highlighted with white, this can be removed by our gunsmiths if you so wish. The action is tight and to the right of center and closes with a vault like lock up. This gun is an ideal choice for just about any upland hunt. Weighing 6lb 7oz with a light #3 contour barrel that weighs a few ounces lighter than the factory standard #3, the gun carries beautifully and would be ideal for long treks through upland country, yet by virtue of its 16-gauge bores it punches well above its weight class.

An honest Sterlingworth with a great future, buy with confidence, enjoy.


Barrel Length:  28" #3wt
Chokes:  .012/.030  LM/F
Bores:  Excellent
Bore Diameter:  .660/.660
Wall Thickness:  .033/.030
% Blue:  95% Factory blue
Chambers:  2 3/4" Factory
Ribs:  Solid-tight
Sights:  Single silver


Action:  Tight-right of center
Ejectors or Extractors:  Extractor
Receiver Condition:  50% Factory
Screws:  Excellent
Engraving:  Sharp
Trigger Type:  Double-crisp
Trigger Guard Color:  30% Blue


Type:  Pistol grip/bullnose
LOP:  14 5/16"
LOP To End Of Wood:  13 5/16"
DAH:  3"
DAC:  1 11/16"
Cast:  Heel 1/16 off Toe 5/16 off
Checkering Condition:  Good
Butt Treatment:  rubber-Pachmayr


There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on this gun. Call us for full details, or to purchase #616-292-6240. If you have any questions please call or email us, at or Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc

Payment and Shipping

Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price reflects 3% cash discount. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher.)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: Collected in AR, IL, KS, MI, PA, TN
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $75.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK. We ship internationally with additional fees!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes


Please see all of our fine Vintage Firearms on this website. We have many more sxs shotguns, o/u shotguns, rifles and handguns not yet listed, check back or email us for a preview. We are a Wilson Combat dealer! Thanks for looking!

We employ full time gunsmiths on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs "tweaked", let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns "as found" and others want them "just so". We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.