SOLD FOR: $3550
Make: BAIKAL, imported by European American Armory (EAA)
Model: IZH-43K, Bounty Hunter, John Wayne Edition #823 of 2500
Serial Number: 0340878B
Year of Manufacture: 2004
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4” Chamber
Action Type: Side by Side Double Barrel Break Action Shotgun with Extractor
Markings: The top of the barrel rib is marked “12 ga. 2 3/4”” and “UNITED STATES SOCIETY OF ARMS AND ARMOUR®”. The left side of the barrels is marked with a quote “I WON’T BE WRONGED, I WON’T BE INSULTED” and a replica of John Wayne’s signature. The right side of the barrels is marked with a stagecoach design and “JOHN WAYNE COACH GUN”. The underside of the barrel rib is marked “EAA CORP – COCOA, FL – BAIKAL . RUSSIA IZH-43K”, a safety warning message and a hand-inscribed “114”. The underside of the barrels are marked each with a logo and “03”. The barrel flats are marked with inspection marks, inspection data and proof marks. The barrel lug is marked “0340 / 878B”. The water tables is marked with a logo. The forend iron is marked “40878B”. The receiver is engraved with a decorative foliate design. The underside of the receiver is marked “JW.0823”. The upper tang is marked with the serial number. The buttplate is engraved with a foliate design and a silhouette of John Wayne. The right side of the buttstock is carved with a portrait of John Wayne.
Barrel Length: 18 1/2”
Choke: Both barrels measured Improved Cylinder, Fixed
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a brass bead fixed to the barrel rib above the muzzles.
Weight: 6 lbs, 2.1 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered wood with a high gloss finish featuring a schnabel forend, semi-pistol grip, straight comb and metal buttplate. There is no notable wear or damage, just a few light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14” and 13” from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. Drop at comb is 1 1/2”, drop at heel is 2 1/8”. Cast is neutral. The stocks are in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Black & Gold
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are mostly bright. There is a small bit of erosion in either bore. In this writer’s opinion, these bores are a 9 or 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage, just some light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrel lockup is tight with no play. Please note that we have found the action lever works but the barrel lockup is very tight and may need some additional leverage to open the action. The action is tight but not stuck. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This shotgun comes with a black polymer case, instruction manual, original packing list, letter from America Remembers to the original owner, a Certificate of Authenticity, a legal disclaimer and other handouts.
Our Assessment: This is a Izhevsk Mechanical Plant Model IZH-43K which was imported by EAA Corp, specially designed and commissioned by America Remembers to commemorate John Wayne. This commemorative celebrates and honors the 19th Century style coach gun used by the Duke in so many of his iconic movies. The beautiful design makes this an exceptional display piece for endless admiring conversations among collectors. Yet, like the Duke himself, this fully functional coach gun is always ready to load up, go to work, and look good doing it. Also, worthy of note, this is a low numbered commemorative piece, #823 of 2500. A rare opportunity here that you do NOT want to miss out on! Please see our photos and good luck in your bidding! J. Ren