SOLD FOR: $1,666
Make: Hatfield Gun Co. Inc. (2020 Colhoun St. Joseph MO.)
Model: Not marked to the model, We believe it to be the Boxlock Side by Side Grade III Super Pigeon
Serial Number: 262HR
Year of Manufacture: 1988
Gauge: 20 Gauge 76mm Chamber (3”)
Action Type: Side by Side Box Lock Shotgun with Ejectors
Markings: The left and right side of the receiver is marked “Hatfield”. There is heavy scroll engraving throughout the receiver including the trigger guard and lever. The water table is marked “262HR / HATFIELD / 2020 COLHOUN / ST. JOSEPH MO.” The underside of the barrel is marked “CAM 76 / 15.7 / 262 HR / KG1.240 15.8” with other Spanish firing proofs and date code “AT”.
Barrel Length: 26”
Choke: Left is Improved Cylinder, Right is Cylinder
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a bead at the muzzle and another bead at mid-way.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are Walnut with fine hand checkering at the wrist and to the underside of the forend. The wrist is solid and thin in diameter when compared to other guns, giving the shooter a delicate firm grip. It is like a firm handshake. There are two very small chips in the wood where the buttstock meets the receiver on the underside. They go easily unnoticed and only discovered on close inspection. That is about the only thing we could find wrong with the stock. There are no other chips, nor cracks, nor soft checkers worth noteing. This is a truly beautiful shogun with a very fine delicate shape. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the rubber recoil pad. The pad is firm and fits the gun well. The heel has been slightly profiled to reduce snagging from low mount. The Drop at Comb is roughly 2”. The Drop at Heel is just shy of 3”, roughly 2 15/16”. There is no notable cast in the stock. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Coin Receiver and Blue Barrel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is Bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows the slightest of finish loss and scratches from assembly and disassembly. There are a few light hints that the gun was shot and used. This gun was rarely used in our opinion and likely lived in the case. The wear and scratches are from storage and occasional use. We doubt that anyone would mind the marks, they are only visible on close inspection with the gun inches from your face. The gun has been well cared for. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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 is housed in a leather case with green interior. There is a small compartment for accessories. There is a place for two brass snap caps and English style oiler. The gun is held in place with a fine leather strap and buckle system. This is about as classy as you can get.
Our Assessment: This is a beautiful gun, and one of the first this writer has had the pleasure to handle and inspect. The gun is housed in a classic leather case. Combine that with the hand checkering and engraving on the gun and you have a beautiful overall piece, very impressive. This is the gun you buy just to show off to your friends the next time you go quail or dove hunting. They will be completely jealous and wonder why you brought such an art piece to the field for pleasure. Let’s face it, the dog breaks the brush and as long as you transport and gun responsibly and store clean you should have years of enjoyment and a great heirloom piece for the next generations. You could always stash it away as a safe queen, but that would only be because the queen of the house can’t see it….