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Fox BE 16 Gauge – 1 of 186, HIGH FACTORY CONDITION, vintage firearms inc
General Specs: Fox, Year 1919, 16 Gauge, 6lbs, Chokes M/F, LOP 14 1/8", DAH 2 7/16", DAC 1 7/16"
Serial Number: 300966
You will see the word “RARE” used in many ads from guys trying to sell their guns. Most of the time it is simply a word. The gun is not rare at all. The B Grade Fox small bore, cataloged for only 6 years, is indeed “RARE”. Small bore guns were not produced until 1912, and the B Grade was discontinued in the catalog offerings in 1918, with only 186 ever produced. Considering that as many as 15% may have left planet Earth due to damage and loss, there are likely only 160 or so in existence, and so very few of those are “as shipped” and intact. In all the years spent in search of quality American double shotguns, I have only seen a dozen B Grade 16ga. guns. I bought and sold 6 of them, presently have 3 ready to sell, and the rest were not worth owning. This Fox BE 16, sn300966 shipped in 1919, RETAINS ALL FACTORY METAL FINISHES, WITH 85% CASE COLOR, 98% BARREL BLUE, AND 90% CHARCOAL BLUE ON THE TRIGGER GUARD. The factory original wood has no signs of finish being added, but it likely has had some sort of finish applied as it is 102 years old and is in excellent condition. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST BE 16 GAUGE GUNS IN EXISTENCE, MAKING IT A VERY VALUABLE, INVESTMENT QUALITY FOX. The 28” number 4 weight Chromox Fluid Steel barrels have excellent bores, 2 ½” chambers, factory choked M/F, tight ribs, clear sharp lettering and barrel wedge engraving, and fit tight on the hinge pin and breech face like a new gun. The action has the late style, deeply cut B Grade engraving with full coverage scroll and a couple of quail on the bottom of the action. The mechanics are excellent with strong, well-timed ejectors, crisp triggers, top lever right of center, perfect screws, and 85% strong factory case colors. The stock is English walnut, as stated on the order card, and has modern dimensions of 14 1/8” LOP, 2 7/16” drop at heel, and 1 7/16” drop at the nose of the comb. Years ago, we bent the stock up for the owner of this fine Fox, as it was 2 7/8” drop at heel. THIS IS A VFI CERTIFIED GUN, WITH A 90 DAY MECHANICAL WARRANTY. We have stripped the action and forend iron to their smallest parts, cleaned in the Ultrasonic cleaner, inspected all for integrity and function, properly lubricated all and reassembled. When you look at the order card included with the photos, under “grip” it has the word “English”. This was conflicting, as this gun shipped with the ½ round pistol grip as photographed. To resolve the conflict, today I personally examined 1000 Fox 16ga. order cards and Fox NEVER used the term “English” to describe grip type. They use the terms straight, ½ round, full pistol grip, and there was one Monte Carlo. The A.H. Fox Gun Collectors Association can confirm this. THE STOCK ON THIS GUN IS FACTORY ORIGINAL, SERIAL NUMBERED TO THE GUN, AND GUARANTEED IN WRITING PER THIS DESCRIPTION. This is a “no excuse” A.H. Fox BE 16 gauge that weighs just 6lbs. The only alteration since shipping from the Fox factory is the stock bend, and it is now a more shootable gun for most shooter/collectors that may be looking for a graded Fox small-bore. Don’t hesitate on this one, they don’t come along hardly ever. Thanks for looking!
Barrel Length: 28" #4 weight
Chokes: .016/ .029 Modified/Full factory
Bore Diameter: .660/ .660 factory
Wall Thickness: .032/ .035
% Blue: 98% factory
Chambers: 2 1/2"
Sights: Front gold bead
Action: tight, right of center
Ejectors or Extractors: Ejectors, timed, strong
Case Color: 85% factory fading
Engraving: 95% cover, crisp; late B Grade
Trigger Type: Double, crisp
Trigger Guard Color: 95% factory
Type: round pistol grip/ Splinter forend
LOP: 14 1/8"
LOP To End Of Wood: 13 13/16"
DAH: 2 7/16"
DAC: 1 7/16"
Checkering Condition: excellent, FACTORY
Butt Treatment: fox buttplate
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. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc
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 $215.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK. We ship internationally with additional fees! (**NOTE that most all of this is INSURANCE. If you have your own, we could arrange your insurance covering it.)
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes
PLEASE SEE MY OTHER FINE VINTAGE FIREARMS. Just open one of my ads and click on the line that says “see all items from this seller” and a very nice list of fine sporting and collectible arms will appear. 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.
Shotgun Gauge: 16 Gauge