Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Location: Tappahannock, Virginia
Good evening gentlemen,
Iíve been on a search for a Sauer sidelock 16 for a while now. In the search, I have come across a few of the German and Austrian sideplated guns. Anyone here have any experience with these guns? I gather they have vertical mainsprings, and tend to be game weight guns.
Hereís a lightly engraved example of the action Iím referring to:
Germans did not make a lot of sidelocks, period. Austrians made a few.
The sideplated guns one does find out of Germany and Austria, like this one, are really just sideplated boxlocks. This particular gun is the basic Anson & Deely boxlock, the design of which continues to be used, modified to accommodate the sideplates.
One would have to take off the sides to see how the mainsprings are set up, but I'm guessing they're horizontal leaf springs like other A&D boxlocks.
Thieme & Schlegelmilch was a quality maker out of Germany. This particular gun appears to have been accurately described and in better-than-good condition, considering Thieme went out before WWI and it is therefore over 100 years old. Interestingly this one was set up as a left-handed gun - note that the cheekpiece was removed from the right side of the stock. Not that common.
IMHO, not unfairly priced, but it is optimistic. If I was in the market, and pending in-hand inspection, I'd like this gun at 800, and probably still like it at 1000. As always with sxs, buy the barrels - we don't see the muzzles and we don't see the bores, so we can't know whether it's as shiny as the seller represents, nor whether they've been honed or polished.
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