Francotte 20E 20 Gauge - 1950, 99% CASE COLOR, MINTY!, vintage firearms inc

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Description: General Specs: Francotte, Year 1950, 20 gauge, 5lbs 12oz, SN#89933

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, 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 Model 20E, one of the higher grades A. Francotte offered in the boxlock ejector format and it has the sideplated action allowing for beautiful scroll engraving. Second, the gun is 70 years old and RETAINS 99% OF THE FACTORY FINISH, INCLUDING ALL OF THE BOLD, VIVID, ORIGINAL BONE AND CHARCOAL CASE COLORS. I HAVE NEVER SEEN A HIGHER CONDITION FRANCOTTE 20E! Francotte guns are nicely built side by sides with a solid reputation for graceful looks and handling characteristics as well as rock solid dependability. This fine Francotte, sn89933 built in 1950, has seen little use. Beautifully hand engraved with FINE SCROLL ENGRAVING AND FOLIATE SCROLL BREECH BALLS, this is a very high-end side by side. The wood is nicely figured European walnut showing lots of fiddleback figure and rich dark streaking, with most of the factory finish still there and the factory 28LPI hand-cut checkering in excellent condition. There are field use marks in the buttstock wood, but all are superficial and there are no cracks or gouges in the wood. We can restore the wood for you if you wish in a short period of time for an added cost; just ask about this in-house service we provide. The gun weighs in at an ultra-light 5 3/4lbs. with its 26” Siemens Martin fluid steel barrels that are choked IC/M and have mirror perfect bores. It is a very dynamic shotgun with the balance point on the hinge pin. With the Prince of Wales style stock, it is lightning fast to the shoulder and puts a smile on your face when you handle her. The gun is mechanically excellent with strong, well timed ejectors, barrels tight on the hinge pin and breech face like a new gun, perfect screws, crisp triggers…all in perfect working order and in need of no work at all. THERE ARE 5 LOCKING POINTS ON THIS FRANCOTTE; A HIDDEN GREENER CROSS BOLT AT THE TOP RIB, DOUBLE UNDERLUG LOCKING BOLTS, SIDECLIPS, AND A THROUGH RECEIVER BARREL LUG, making sure the barrels are locked to the breech face laterally and vertically. It just doesn’t get any better than that! What a great gun for your upland pursuits, especially for the grouse and woodcock coverts and hunting over fine dogs. She will represent well at the vintage sporting events too. Francotte built some of the highest quality guns ever made and they are surprisingly affordable as this gun demonstrates. Thanks for looking!

Barrel Length: 26"**** Chokes: .008/.018 IC/M**** Bores: mirror**** Bore Diameter: .630/.628**** Wall Thickness: .027/.029**** % Blue: 99% factory**** Chambers: 2 3/4" factory**** Ribs: concave file cut tight**** Sights: brass front****

Action: tight center**** Ejectors or Extractors: ejectors, excellent**** Case Color: 99.5% factory**** Screws: perfect**** Engraving: sharp as new; 80% coverage tight scroll**** Trigger Type: double, crisp**** Trigger Guard Color: 97% factory****

Type: 1/2 round pistol grip/ splinter forend**** LOP: 14 7/16"**** LOP To End Of Wood: 14 1/8"**** DAH: 2 3/8"**** DAC: 1 1/2"**** Cast: neutral**** Checkering Condition: excellent, 28 lines per inch**** Butt Treatment: horn butt plate****

There are more photos upon request. There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on this gun. Call us for full details. Call to purchase. We employ full time gunsmiths on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase.

Condition: Used, Minor Wear
Brand: Francotte
Caliber: 20 Gauge
Location: MI

Trades Accepted: Yes.

LET ME SELL YOUR GUNS!!! As you can see, I do a thorough job, am nationally known, and have hundreds of existing customers looking for your gun! Federally licensed dealer of Classic American Doubles, i.e. Fox, Parker, Ithaca, L.C. Smith, Lefever. Guns must be shipped to licensed dealer. Layaways accepted. No returns on layaways. I BUY SHOTGUNS, COLLECTIONS OR ONE AT A TIME.

Shipping Notes: 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 $105.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK. We ship internationally with additional fees! Item Condition: Used Requires FFL?: Yes

Item #: 926263297
SKU: 89933
Seller Since: Jan. 2002
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City: Grand Rapids
State: MI
Phone: 616-292-6240
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