Vintage Firearms Inc


Fox Sterlingworth 16 Ga. – 70% CASE COLOR , 5LBS. 15OZ.


Call: 1 (616) 292-6240 To Purchase


General Specs: Fox, Year 1932, 16 Gauge, 5lbs. 15oz., Chokes SK/LM, LOP 14 1/8″, DAH 2 5/8″, DAC 1 1/2″
Serial Number:  368742

THE A.H. FOX 16 GAUGE STERLINGWORTH—THE BEST VALUE IN THE VINTAGE AMERICAN DOUBLEGUN WORLD, BAR NONE! Why such a bold claim? First, Fox 16-gauge guns are built on the 20-gauge frame, providing light weight, superbly balanced guns that outshine other American makers. The Fox 16ga. gun typically weighs from 5 ¾ lbs. to 6 1/4lbs. Parker, L.C. Smith, Ithaca, Lefever, or Winchester Model 21 guns in 16ga. typically weigh at least a 1/2lb. heavier. Second, the Fox Sterlingworth is mechanically the same as all other grades of the A.H. Fox gun, having the fewest parts and smallest action of any of its competitors. The Fox gun mechanism is reliable, simple, and efficient. The barrels and action made of the finest steels of its time, and the dynamic handling characteristics of the gun are superb. Third, because they made a lot of them, the price is very affordable. With so many of them out there, how do you know which one to buy? Many of the Sterlingworth guns were used hard and not well maintained. IT IS EASY TO BUY THE WRONG GUN WITH COSTLY ISSUES. At Vintage Firearms, Inc. (VFI) we inspect each gun before purchase. We NEVER buy a “lemon” so we never have to sell a “lemon”. On this gun, we stripped the action to the smallest part, Ultrasonic cleaned and scrubbed all parts to shiny metal, inspected all parts for integrity and function, lubricated and reassembled, providing a VFI CERTIFIED GUN for your purchase, a $275 service in our shop. VFI CERTIFIED GUNS have a 90-day mechanical warranty providing confidence you are buying a fine shotgun that will provide years of service in the field. Additionally, early American 16ga. guns were short chambered for 2 9/16” shells. PRESENTLY IT IS DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE, TO FIND 2 ½” 16GA. SHELLS TO PURCHASE. BECAUSE OF THIS, VFI GUNSMITHS HAVE CAREFULLY MEASURED THE BARREL WALL THICKNESS AHEAD OF THE CHAMBER, AND WHENEVER IT IS SAFE, HAVE LENGTHENED THE CHAMBERS TO 2 ¾” AND EXTENDED THE FORCING CONES TO 1 ½” TAPERS SO THAT YOU CAN SHOOT MODERN 2 ¾” FIELD LOADS THROUGH OUR GUNS. This is a $360 service in our shop. Modern chambers and long forcing cones makes for safe shooting with softer recoil and better patterns, which benefit the shooter and preserve the integrity of these fine older doubleguns. Other important factors are condition of the metal, screws, wood, and bores. We provide the most comprehensive photography and specifications in the marketplace, information that allows you to make a good choice. Just remember, nowhere is it more apparent than in the gun world…you get what you pay for! If you want an upland gun you can rely on, buy one that is field ready and can safely shoot modern, available field loads. This gun, sn368742 built in 1932 with all Philly parts, is a gun YOU SHOULD BUY, as it is in superb condition with 70% factory case color, VFI restored wood and checkering, and 26” number 3 weight barrels that have mirror bores, 98% factory blue, tight ribs, and are tight on the hinge pin and breech face like a new gun. See the specifications below. Weighing just 5lbs. 15oz. and balanced just right between the hands, this gun is VFI CERTIFIED AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, HAS 2 ¾” CHAMBERS WITH LONG FORCING CONES, AND NEEDS NOTHING BUT A DATE WITH THE UPLANDS OR CLAY TARGETS. Considering the condition of the gun, the over $1425 worth of services already completed on the gun (chambers, cones, stock restoration), we have priced her at a very affordable price. What a great gun, ready for generations of use, sure to go up in value, an heirloom for your loved ones, and a great investment. Thanks for looking!


Barrel Length:   26″ #3wt
Chokes:   .003/.015 SK/LM
Bores:   mirror
Bore Diameter:   .658/.658
Wall Thickness:   .033/.034
% Blue:   98% factory blue
Chambers:   2 3/4″ with long cones by VFI
Ribs:   tight
Sights:  Front brass
Action:  Tight centered
Receiver Condition:   70% factory case color
Screws:   perfect
Engraving:   clear sharp
Trigger Type:   double-crisp
Trigger Guard Color:   95% factory charcoal blue
Type:   Capped Pistol Grip/splinter; nice straight grain American walnut
LOP:   14 1/8″
LOP To End Of Wood:   13 7/8″
DAH:   2 5/8″
DAC:   1 1/2″
Cast:   neutral
Checkering Condition:   excellent
Butt Treatment:   factory plate
There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on long guns. If it is a “VFI Certified” gun there is a 90 day mechanical warranty. Call or email us for more details or questions. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc
Payment and Shipping
Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price reflects 3% cash discount. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher.)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: Collected in CO, FL, MI, WI
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $90.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK.
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes. We accept C&R licenses for shipping on C&R eligible guns.
Terms of Purchase: Check your local and state laws before purchasing. It is the buyer’s responsibility to confirm his/her right to own the firearm or any item before purchasing.
PLEASE SEE OUR OTHER FINE VINTAGE FIREARMS. View all listings and our full inventory of fine sporting and collectible arms will appear. Thanks for looking! We employ full time gunsmiths 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.
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