Old Spanish Double


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MCgunner
March 22, 2006, 10:53 PM
I bought this old SxS in 1971 at a discount store's close out. It was a beautiful gun when I bought it, all hand checkered European walnut stock, light engraving on the breach of the barrel and the color case hardened frame. It's a box lock, imported by FIE of Florida at the time. It's inscribed "Felix Sarasqueta y Cia", a Spanish maker who I believe sold out, at any rate is now defunct.

Anyone got anything similar? Anyone know any history on this maker? I bought the gun for waterfowl, 28" barrels modified and full choked. It's an extractor gun, double triggers that used to have a nice gold plate. Even the trigger guard had engraving on it. It's a light gun and kicks like heck, but I've killed a lot of ducks and geese and one turkey with it. It's an old friend, but it's main duty now days is out in my shop as a defensive gun when I'm working out there. It's got some rust here and there, did many years duty in the salt marshes banging around in boats and such. The fore-stock split and I could never find a suitable replacement, so I drilled a hole in it, glued a dowel rod in it, sanded and refinished it. Later, I taped it with camo tape and decided to leave it on the fore-stock since it ain't beautiful anymore. Shame to beat up a pretty gun, but it wasn't that expensive and I bought it to use, after all.

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Darkside
March 23, 2006, 03:49 PM
McGunner, See if you can beg, borrow or steal.....scratch that last one:D ..a copy of Michael McIntosh's book "Spanish Best". I borrowed a copy from a friend when I was researching spanish doubles. That book has a lot of info on some of the smaller makers in Spain. It even goes into some of the makers family history.

IIRC. Sarasqueta is a very comon name listed in the book.

Darkside

MCgunner
March 23, 2006, 08:31 PM
Thanks. I'll bet Amazon has it. ;)

MCgunner
March 23, 2006, 08:48 PM
I found this just googling. Also got an address and number for current parts. Maybe I can at long last replace that fore-stock. Actually, would like to replace both stocks.

By this info, seems mine is medium quality. Anyway, it cost me all of $100 in 1971 at Cook's Discount of Bryan, Texas in their going out of business sale. :D I was making a buck sixty and a freshman in college at the time, so it was a chunk of change to me. I've got a lot of memories in this old double gun, ain't about to sell it, but would like to fix it back up a bit. Rebluing the barrels would be nice.


AS the previous writer noted there are 3 Sarasqueta names, Victor, Felix, and the third is JJ. Victor made fabulous guns; hand made sidelocks of best quality, Terry Weiland calls them the gunmaker to the kings in his book Spanish Best. Victor Sarasqueta (proof mark is VS on the gun) was absorbed in the DiArms consolidation, and did not survive its closing. Felix was a distant relative of Victor and made a very decent gun, but not true Best quality. JJ, as I understand it, was not related, and tried to capitalize on the name. Definitely the lowest quality, not particularly desirable in today’s market. Hope this helps.

Darkside
March 24, 2006, 11:47 AM
MCgunner, Looks like I was wrong about who wrote that book, I thought Micheal McIntosh wrote it. :banghead:

I appoligize.

Darkside

MCgunner
March 24, 2006, 06:10 PM
Ha! I didn't even notice that. I'm going to have to change the notepad I made for that info. :D

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