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Fox Sterlingworth 16 Ga – 1915, CONDITION, 28” #4 WT


SKU: Fox Sterlingworth 16ga sn352548 Categories: , , , , Tags: , , , , , , ,

Call: 1 (616) 292-6240 To Purchase


General Specs: Fox, Year 1915, 16 Gauge, 5lbs. 15 oz., Chokes IC/F, LOP 14 1/8″, DAH 2 15/16″, DAC 1 5/8″
Serial Number: 352548

News Flash!  The 16ga. Sterlingworth handling characteristics have been discovered, all built on the diminutive 20ga. frame making them notably lighter and better balanced than other American built 16’s.  The prices have gone up significantly with the nice 16ga. guns being bought up, leaving mostly hard-used guns left for sale. Most will agree that the Fox Sterlingworth 16ga. is the best value for a small gauge American double gun.  Balanced delightfully just ahead of the hinge pin and weighing just 5lbs. 15oz. with the 28” number 4 weight barrels, this Sterlingworth, sn352548 made in 1915, was built during the early years when the best Fox guns came to be.  If you look closely, you will notice this Sterlingworth has factory bone and charcoal case color.  The year 1915 is right about when A.H. Fox Gun Co. began using cyanide case color, and that practice continued until the end of production.  I like the bone and charcoal colors better.  THIS GUN IS COMPLETELY FACTORY ORIGINAL FINISHES ON ALL METAL AND WOOD, SOMETHING THAT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND IN TODAY’S WORLD, ESPECIALLY WITH THE HIGH CONDITION YOU SEE IN THIS FINE FOX.  The barrels retain 98% blue, the action 96% vivid case color, trigger guard 80% charcoal blue, and the original wood finish still shows strong with the normal field marks on the stock.  The mechanics are superb, the screws are perfect and unmarked over the years, the bores are like mirrors, and the barrels are tight on the hinge pin and breech face like a new gun with the top lever well right of center.  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” LOADS THROUGH THIS GUN.  This is a $360 service in our shop. Just look at the wood to metal fit and the factory original flat top checkering…there are few Fox Sterlingworth guns left on the planet in this nice of condition.  The gun has been used over the 109 years but has been well cared for.  She even has the original butt plate and good stock dimensions.  Priced affordably, it is a great bird or clays gun and will function flawlessly as you enjoy carrying a piece of American history.  If you like a “pretty gun” we can restore the wood on this gun at your request. The specifications can be seen below.  Thanks for looking!


Barrel Length:  28″ #4 weight
Chokes:  .007/.033  IC/F
Bores:  mirror
Bore Diameter: .662/.660
Wall Thickness:  .034/.030
% Blue:  98% factory blue
Chambers:  2 3/4″
Ribs:  tight
Sights:  front silver
Action:  tight way Right of Center
Ejectors or Extractors:  extractors
Receiver Condition:  98% factory bone and charcoal
Screws:  perfect
Engraving:  clear, sharp
Trigger Type:  double-crisp
Trigger Guard Color:  80% factory charcoal blue
Type:  capped pistol grip/splinter; lightly figured Euro walnut
LOP:  14 1/8″
LOP To End Of Wood:  13 7/8″
DAH:  2 15/16″
DAC:  1 5/8″
Cast:  neutral
Checkering Condition:  superb factory original flat top checkering
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
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $90.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK.
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes
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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.

Fox Sterlingworth 16 Ga - 1915, CONDITION, 28” #4 WT
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