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Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge – EJECTORS, 5 ¾ POUNDS, 1915


SKU: Fox Sterlingworth 16ga Ej sn352087 Categories: , , , Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Call: 1 (616) 292-6240 To Purchase


General Specs: Fox, Year 1915, 16 Gauge, 5lbs. 11oz., SK/IC, LOP 14 1/8″, DAH 3 1/8″, DAC 1 3/4″
Serial Number:  352087

Upland bird hunters are aware that the Fox 16ga. guns are built on the 20ga. frame, and that is a very desirable feature.  This Sterlingworth 16ga. weighs 5 ¾ pounds (balanced on the hinge pin), the lightest of the vintage American 16ga. double guns made.  There are plenty of Sterlingworth guns offered for sale as they made a lot of them.  So…which one to buy?  Features, condition, clear photos that allow you to see the gun from butt to muzzle, accurate specifications so you know what you are buying, and superb mechanics so you don’t have to worry about using your 100 year-old Fox (few gunsmiths can work on these guns and not ruin them)…these are the parameters that should guide your choice of where to invest your hard earned dollars.  Most Sterlingworth guns have seen hard use and have lots of issues.  It is easy to buy the wrong gun.  This amazing Philly Fox, sn352087 built in 1915, is one of those hard-to-find Ejector guns.  Our gunsmiths at VFI have gone over this gun and it is ready for another 100 years of use.  The 26” number 4 weight barrels (Fox’s lightest) have mirror bores, 100% rust blue, ivory mid-bead, all lettering clear and sharp, and are tight as new on the hinge pin and breech face.   PRESENTLY IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND 2 ½” 16GA. SHELLS.  BECAUSE OF THIS, VFI GUNSMITHS HAVE CAREFULLY MEASURED THE BARREL WALL THICKNESS AHEAD OF THE CHAMBER AND HAVE LENGTHENED THE CHAMBERS TO 2 ¾” AND EXTENDED THE FORCING CONES TO 1 ½” TAPERS SO THAT YOU CAN SHOOT MODERN 2 ¾” HEAVY FIELD LOADS THROUGH THIS GUN.  This is a $360 service in our shop. The action retains 35% fading case color, 99% blue trigger guard, perfect screws, top lever right of center, all working correctly. THIS IS A VFI CERTIFIED GUN WITH A 90 DAY MECHANICAL WARRANTY.  The action and forend iron were stripped to their smallest part, cleaned in the Ultrasonic cleaner, scrubbed and inspected for function and integrity, properly lubricated and reassembled.  This is a $375 service in our shop.  The factory original wood has been VFI restored with a Truoil finish, checkering touched up, and it remains in 99% condition.  Look at the photos and specifications and you will see a gun that needs nothing in the way of work or attention, just some practice days at the clays course before the fast-approaching upland season is here.  See the specifications in the tables below. This is a quick handling, graceful little Fox that would be a pleasure to carry on those long days afield marching over hill and dale trailing after your favorite bird dogs.  You have the perfect investment grade gun that will be a joy to use afield while it appreciates in value, and a gun that is fully vetted and warranted in writing.  Thanks for looking!


Barrel Length:   26″ #4 weight
Chokes:   .002/.010 SK/IC
Bores:   excellent
Bore Diameter:   .656/.655
Wall Thickness:   .029/.032
% Blue:   100%
Chambers:   2 3/4 with cones by us
Ribs:   church bells
Sights:  ivory center, silver front
Action:  tight; well right of center
Ejectors:  strong/timed
Receiver Condition:   35% faded factory
Screws:   perfect
Engraving:   clear
Trigger Type:   double crisp
Trigger Guard Color:   99%
Type:   capped pistol grip/splinter; Nice figure
LOP:   14 1/8″
LOP To End Of Wood:   13 3/4″
DAH:   3 1/8″
DAC:   1 3/4″
Cast:   Neutral
Checkering Condition:   perfect
Butt Treatment:   Fox buttplate
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 $110.00 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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