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Old Spanish Double

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by MCgunner, Mar 22, 2006.

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  1. MCgunner

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    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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    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
     
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    Thanks. I'll bet Amazon has it. ;)
     
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    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.


     
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    MCgunner, Looks like I was wrong about who wrote that book, I thought Micheal McIntosh wrote it. :banghead:

    I appoligize.

    Darkside
     
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    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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