German Cape Gun, Blue & Case Color 23.5″ SXS 28 GA & .22 Centerfire Combination Gun MFD 1891-1939 &CR

SOLD FOR: $1,865.00
LSB#: 
181004CA01

Make: Unknown, German

Model: Cape Gun

Serial Number: NSNV

Year of Manufacture: 1891-1939

Gauge: 28 Gauge. We believe that the rifled barrel is chambered for .22 Winchester Centerfire, also known as 5.6x35Rmm Vierling. 22 Hornet fit the chamber very well but was just a little too long to chamber properly.

Action Type: Top Break Dual Trigger Side-By-Side Bottom Lever Cape Gun With Extractor & Cocking Indicators

Markings: The bottom of the rifled barrel is marked with crowned “B”, “G” and “U” as well as “527”, “8”, and “228”. The bottom of the rib is marked “4.09 / 221”. The bottom of the shotgun barrel is marked with crowned “S”, “W” and “U”, another crowned “S”, four German eagle proofs, “28” and another “28” in circle, and another odd mark we could not identify. All of these marks are concealed when the forend is installed. The left of the shotgun barrel at the chamber is marked with a German eagle, crowned “N” and “Nitro”. The right of the receiver behind the rifled barrel’s chamber is marked with a German eagle and crown over “U”. The receiver has scroll and floral engraving with a large patch of very fine matting on the top-front.

Barrel Length: 23 1/2”

Choke:  Full, Fixed

Sights / Optics: There is an in-line dovetail at the front of the rib which has no front sight installed. The rear sight is a folding leaf with a “U”-notch on one edge and a smaller, more shallow “U”-notch on the other edge. The leaf is pinned to a base which is dovetailed to the rib. The top of the rib is finely serrated to reduce glare.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with schnabel-tip splinter forend, round-bottom pistol grip, straight comb with cheekpiece, checkered black hard rubber buttplate, and a sling swivel mounted in the belly (the other is mounted to the bottom of the rib forward of the forend). The forend has a few scattered light compressions with a tiny loss at the bottom-rear edge at the receiver. The buttstock has a few more scattered light compressions, a more notable gouge on the comb toward the rear, just left of center, a series of drag lines and compressions behind the cheekpiece on the left, scattered light scuffing and handling marks and a few spots showing thinning finish. The checkering has smoothed only slightly with handling and is well defined. There are no cracks. The LOP measures 14″ and 13 1/8″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered small losses with checkering well defined outside the losses, in about Good condition. Overall, the stock is in about Very Good condition.

Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bores are Bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in either bore.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered spots of very light surface oxidation. The barrels have only a few scattered light marks. The receiver, lever and tangs retain the vast majority of their case color with the lever and trigger guard having spots of wear where they touch. The matted surface on the top of the receiver is uneven with matting in the uneven areas. The screw heads are sharp. The pin heads show finish loss but are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this Combination Gun rates in about Very Good-Fine condition and would be easily Fine but for the wear in the stocks and the missing front sight.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrels lock up to the receiver with no play. We have not fired this gun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment: This is a finely built custom Cape Gun made in Germany. It has an interesting chambering, with 28 gauge in the shotgun barrel and what we believe is .22 Winchester Centerfire in the rifled barrel. The .22 Winchester Centerfire was the basis for the later .22 Hornet and makes for a nice 100-150 yard target or small game cartridge. The 28 gauge can be used for upland bird and has been popular for most clay shooting sports for decades. The gun is light at just over 5 lbs and would be the perfect gun for carrying on a long hike for opportunities at small game or birds. It is also a beautiful gun which would be at home in a collection of fine European guns. Please see our photos and good luck!

CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible combination gun can be transferred in California.

German Cape Gun, Blue & Case Color 23.5" SXS 28 GA & .22 Centerfire Combination Gun MFD 1891-1939 &CR

German Cape Gun, Blue & Case Color 23.5″ SXS 28 GA
& .22 Centerfire Combination Gun MFD 1891-1939 &CR