Francotte 16 Gauge – BEST GUN 8-PIN SIDELOCK EJECTOR, 99% CONDITION
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Francotte 16 Gauge – BEST GUN 8-PIN SIDELOCK EJECTOR, 99% CONDITION

$13,950.00
Ex Tax: $13,950.00
Product Code: Francotte SLE 16ga sn90515

Overview

General Specs: Francotte, Year 1962, 16 Gauge, 5lbs 14oz, Chokes IC/M, LOP 14", DAH 2 1/6", DAC 1 9/16" Serial Number: 90515 Auguste Francotte is world famous as a high-quality firearms maker from the gun making center...

Call: 1 (616) 292-6240 To Purchase

General Specs: Francotte, Year 1962, 16 Gauge, 5lbs 14oz, Chokes IC/M, LOP 14", DAH 2 1/6", DAC 1 9/16"
Serial Number: 90515

Auguste Francotte is world famous as a high-quality firearms maker from the gun making center of Leige, Belgium dating back as far as 1805.  Still making fine shotguns with price tags starting at $18,000 and running north of $50,000 for their best quality guns, Francotte is a brand recognized and used by heads of state, business tycoons, and in some cases, the fortunate "Average Joe". Search long and hard, you will not find another Auguste Francotte like this one.  First, this is the highest-grade A. Francotte gun offered in their line up in 1962.  You will see a few SIDEPLATE BOXLOCK guns offered for sale on the internet today…grades 25E and higher.  But they are not sidelock guns, merely having a decorative sideplate added to the boxlock action to allow for more elaborate engraving.  This gun is a true 8-pin sidelock action, with cocking indicators and all the characteristics of a true BEST GUN FROM EUROPE OR GREAT BRITAIN.  Look closely and you will see chopper lump barrels, file-cut rib, hidden 3rd fastener at the breech, beaded fences, sculpted frame, bushed firing pins, lavishly figured European walnut full of fiddleback, stocked to the fences, and having drop points, checkered butt, and perfect flat-top checkering.  The engraving is double signed, first by R. Smeets.  It is hard to read but references as being engraver to His Majesty the King.  All these details are only found on best guns of the best makers.  Spanish guns simply cannot compare to the work of the Belgium masters.  Francotte guns are nicely built side by sides with a solid reputation for graceful looks and handling characteristics as well as rock solid dependability.  But when have you seen a 16ga. field gun weighing less than a 20ga?  Weighing just 5lbs. 14oz. and balanced perfectly on the hinge pin, this Francotte is the epitome of fine handling characteristics.  The condition is just short of brand-new and unfired, with 99%+ case color and blue, not a blemish anywhere, perfect bores and mechanics, the barrels still tight on face and hinge pin like a new gun.  The gun has barely been fired!  We have priced this fine shotgun to sell and if you are an upland hunter, especially for grouse, quail, or woodcock, this is your gun!  Details and specifications can be found below.  Thanks for looking!


Barrels

Barrel Length:  25" chopper lump
Chokes:  .007/.018  IC/M
Bores:  mirror
Bore Diameter:  .668/.668
Wall Thickness:  .024/.031
% Blue:  99% factory
Chambers:  2 3/4" factory proofed
Ribs:  solid - tight
Sights:  single

Action

Action:  tight, right of center
Ejectors or Extractors:  strong/timed
Case Color:  99% factory
Screws:  perfect
Engraving:  full coverage Holland style scroll; R. Smeets
Trigger Type:  double, crisp; articulated
Trigger Guard Color:  99% factory

Stock

Type:  english stock/splinter forend
LOP:  14"
DAH:  2 1/6"
DAC:  1 9/16"
Cast:  1/8" off/ neutral at toe
Checkering Condition:  perfect 28 lpi, flat top
Butt Treatment:  checkered butt



Other

There are more photos upon request. There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on this gun. Call us for full details. Please see all of our fine Vintage Firearms on this website. We have many more sxs shotguns for sale and soon to be listed, check back or email us for a preview. Thanks for looking!

Payment and Shipping

Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price represents the 3% cash discount price. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher cost)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: 6% Michigan Only
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $140.00 We ship internationally!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes

Other

Call to purchase #616-292-6240.  If you have any questions please call or email us, at jay@vfiguns.com or sales@vfiguns.com. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc

We employ a full time gunsmith 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.