Francotte Model 25E 12 Gauge –  ULTRA-LIGHT UPLAND GUN, 5LB. 13OZ., 1932, TOP NOTCH!

Francotte Model 25E 12 Gauge – ULTRA-LIGHT UPLAND GUN, 5LB. 13OZ., 1932, TOP NOTCH!

Price: $3,550.00
Product Code:Francotte 25E 12ga sn87437
Availability:In Stock
Used SxS Shotgun For Sale - Belgium Double

Francotte Model 25E 12 Gauge Side-by-Side


General Specs: Francotte, Year 1932, 12 Gauge, 5lbs 13oz, SxS
Serial Number: 87437

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.  We see the Model 25E often enough in 12ga., 16ga., and 20ga.  They are nicely built side by sides with a solid reputation for graceful looks and handling characteristics as well as rock solid dependability.  But when have you seen a 12ga. field gun weighing less than a 20ga?  This Francotte, sn87437 imported in 1932 by Von Longerke & Detmold New York, is a rare gun with 2 5/8” chambers and 26” SK/IM chokes, nicely stocked with European walnut, perfect checkering, 65% coverage engraving, strong well timed ejectors, just a great looking gun.  Why an ultra-light 12ga you ask?  Because of its larger bore diameter,  a 2 ½” 12ga. will be much more deadly with a 1 ounce load than a 20ga. because it produces a much shorter shot string allowing it to put a much higher number of pellets on a crossing target than the same load in a 20 ga.  Do the research and you will find the 12ga. load is far superior for your upland needs.  And why would you want to carry a 6 1/2lb. 20ga. when the 12 does the job better and can be bought at bargain prices compared to 20ga. guns?  Most all 12ga. guns made anywhere in the world will weigh well over 6 1/2lbs., so this is a true ULTRA-LIGHT 12 BORE, A VERY RARE FIND.  You will not likely see another for decades to come.  For those of you that recognize what you are looking at in this fine Francotte, don’t let this one get away.  It has everything you want in an upland gun is a delight to carry over hill and dale at an amazing 5lbs. 13oz.  Just in time for the upcoming grouse season, this gun is choked perfect for the coverts this fall.  Thanks for looking.


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Barrel Length: 26"
Chokes: .004/.026  SK/IM
Bores: perfect mirror
Bore Diameter: .728/.729
Wall Thickness: .020/.019
% Blue: 98%
Chambers: 2 9/16" 
Ribs: tight
Sights: single


Action: tight
Ejectors or Extractors: ejectors, strong, timed
Case Color: 30% faint
Screws: excellent
Engraving: 50% coverage fine scroll
Trigger Type: double, crisp
Trigger Guard Color: 90%


Type: 1/2 round pistol grip/splinter forend
LOP: 14 5/16"
LOP To End Of Wood: 14"
DAH: 2 1/2"
DAC: 1 5/16"
Cast: 1/4" off
Checkering Condition: excellent
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!


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.