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Ex Tax: $5,950.00
Product Code: J.P.Sauer 17E, 280965


General Specs: J.P.Sauer 17E, Year 1928, 12 Gauge, 7lb, Chokes F/F, LOP 14 3/16", DAH 2 11/16", DAC 1 11/16" Serial Number: 280965 J.P. Sauer & Sohn have been makers of fine firearms for nearly 3 centuries, producing s...

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General Specs: J.P.Sauer 17E, Year 1928, 12 Gauge, 7lb, Chokes F/F, LOP 14 3/16", DAH 2 11/16", DAC 1 11/16"
Serial Number: 280965

J.P. Sauer & Sohn have been makers of fine firearms for nearly 3 centuries, producing some the most ornate, and well-engineered shotguns you will find.  This special Sauer, sn280965 proofed in 1928, is in very high, FACTORY ORIGINAL CONDITION INCLUDING WOOD AND METAL, ALL PARTS ORIGINAL TO THE GUN, UNMOLESTED FOR ALMOST 100 YEARS.  The Model 17E was the third and best variation of J.P. Sauer’s boxlock action, and was furnished with intercepting sears as part of the “upgrade”.  There were various models, from the plain Model 11, stepping up to the Model 14 scalloped action and lightly engraved, some with ejectors.  Then came the Model 17 like the Model 14 but much nicer engraving, often having ejectors, and many had special order features.  The Model 18 was the “Meisterwerk” or Masterpiece in the Sauer catalogues and came with elaborate engraving, highly figured wood, and special CHOPPER LUMP BARRELS, the only mention of this feature in Sauer’s literature.  This gun has the best engraving you will find on a Model 17E, deeply cut game scenes and scroll with expertly shaded background creating a notable depth of field, AND IT HAS KRUPP STEEL CHOPPER LUMP BARRELS LIKE SAUER’S MEISTERWERK MODEL 18.  This makes for a refined Model 17E from “between the wars”.  This Sauer is just how you want to find a vintage side x side…99% factory barrel blue, 95% factory case color, 92% factory trigger guard blue, most all the factory finish on the hard-to-find English style stock.  The barrels are tight as new on the hinge pin and breech face and are secured with 7 locking mechanisms including double underlug bites, sideclips, Greener cross bolt, rib extension, and barrel lug through the bottom of action, each preventing the movement of the barrels on the action during the firing sequence.  The wood has most all its factory finish, light field marks, no cracks, and the wood-to-metal fit is superb.  The 30” barrels have mirror shiny bores, tight ribs, clear engraving and matting, and we have carefully measured the barrels for wall thickness and lengthened the chambers to 2 ¾” with 1 ½” long tapered forcing cones to allow the use of modern field loads that are safe to shoot and readily available where you shoot and hunt (a $360 service in our shop).  No more worrying about where to find 2 ½” shells!  This is a VFI CERTIFIED GUN WITH A 90-DAY MECHANICAL WARRANTY, meaning we stripped the action and forend iron to the smallest part, Ultrasonic cleaned all, scrubbed each part to bare metal, inspected all for function and integrity, and then lubricated properly and reassembled, a $400 service in our shop.  Having these important services already complete should be a very comforting to the new owner of this J.P. Sauer shotgun.  Weighing just 7lbs. and balanced just forward of the hinge pin, she is sweet in the hand!  See the specifications in the tables below, and thanks for looking.  


Barrel Length:  30"
Chokes:  .038/ .042 F/F
Bores:  Mirror
Bore Diameter:  .723/ .724
Wall Thickness:  .030/ .027
% Blue:  99% Factory blue
Chambers:  2 3/4"  With long cones
Ribs:  Tight
Sights:  Front- Silver bead


Action:  Tight, Centered
Ejectors or Extractors:  Ejectors- Timed
Receiver Condition:  96% Factory Case Color
Screws:  Perfect
Engraving:  Crisp, clear; game scene, details
Trigger Type:  Double- Crisp
Trigger Guard Color:  92% Factory


Type:  Straight/ Splinter Forend
LOP:  14 3/16"
LOP To End Of Wood:  13 7/8"
DAH:  2 11/16"
DAC:  1 11/16"
Cast:  Heel 1/16"off, Toe Neutral
Checkering Condition:  Excellent and Sharp
Butt Treatment:  Hard rubber- Sauer & Sohn


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 jay@vfiguns.com or sales@vfiguns.com. 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 CO, FL, MI
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $125.00 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.