Price: $3,150.00
Product Code:Eduard Kettner 12ga sn25111
Availability:In Stock
Used SxS Shotgun For Sale - German Double

Eduard Kettner 12 Gauge Side-by-Side 


General Specs: Eduard Kettner, Year Pre-1921, 12 Gauge, 6lbs 14oz, SxS
Serial Number: 25111

Eduard Kettner was a well-known marketer of fine guns, and back in the early 1900’s was also a maker of guns.  I like the German made guns and we all know the quality and engineering is always “there”.  I don’t buy many as I favor the American makers, but when a gun in AMAZING FACTORY ORIGINAL CONDITION FROM PRE-WWI comes to me with great modern shooting dimensions and perfect mechanics, I just have to own it for a while.  This gun was built by Kettner in Suhl, Germany as is evidenced by the “Nitro” stamping on both barrels being in block style characters rather than script style characters.  The astute German gun collectors have given me that tidbit of valuable information.  If the “Nitro” stampings were written in script it would have been made by others and sold by Kettner.  Another stamping on the left barrel, “MARKE “RHENUS” was introduced by Kettner in 1907 and 1908 to note that a gun with that stamping was a premium gun in their product line-up.  This fine hammer gun, serial number 25111, has been difficult to pin down as to manufacturing date, but we know it built prior to 1921 because the proof marks on the gun were discontinued at that time.  We believe the gun to be built in the early 1900’s prior to WWI.  This is an incredibly special find in that the FACTORY ORIGINAL FINISHES rate at 98% strong barrel blue, 98% vivid case colors, 93% wood finish, perfect screws, checkering barely worn, mirror bores, and mechanically perfect in every way.  Another surprise is the awesome modern stock dimensions with 14 3/8” LOP to the horn butt plate, 2 ¼” DAH, 1 3/8” DAC, and 3/16” cast off and not a crack, split, or repair anywhere.  It appears the gun has never been disassembled…even the checkering on the hammer spurs feels sharp to the touch.  With 29.5” Krupp Steel barrels that are Nitro proofed, tight as new on the breech face and hinge pin and weighing just 6lbs. 14oz. and balanced 3/16” ahead of the hinge pin, this gun is ready for any outdoor challenge you want to put it through.   If you ever wanted a really nice German hammer gun for your vintage shoots or upland game, this is your gun.  It has the original XF/XF chokes and 2 9/16” chambers.  We can alter either to your desires within a few days of your purchase.  Thanks for looking at this fine Kettner hammer gun.


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Barrel Length: 29.5" Krupp
Chokes: .051/.053  XF/XF
Bores: perfect mirror
Bore Diameter: .725 both
Wall Thickness: .027/.029
% Blue: 99% factory 
Chambers: 2 9/16"
Ribs: tight
Sights: single silver


Action: tight
Ejectors or Extractors: extractors
Case Color: 99% factory
Screws: perfect
Engraving: light scroll
Trigger Type: double, crisp
Trigger Guard Color: 70% factory case color


Type: capped pistol grip, cheek piece; splinter forend
LOP: 14 3/8"
LOP To End Of Wood: 14 3/16"
DAH: 2 1/4"
DAC: 1 5/16"
Cast: 3/8" off
Checkering Condition: exc 26lpi
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. Please see all of our fine Vintage Firearms on this website. We have many more sxs shotguns for sale and soon to be listed, check back or email us for a preview. Thanks for looking!

COME JOIN US on SEPTEMBER 8-10, 2017 at the 2nd annual Tunnel of Trees Side X Side Tournament and Game Fair at the Emmet County Sportsmen’s club in Northwest Michigan! 

We employ a full time gunsmith on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase.


Payment & Shipping

Payment Methods: Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: 6% Michigan Only
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $45.00 We ship internationally!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes


If you have any questions about this item or payment, please email me at or You can also call us at #616-292-6240. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc

We employ a full time gunsmith on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs "tweaked", let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns "as found" and others want them "just so". We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.