Francotte Model 30E 16 Gauge - ULTRA-LIGHT,

GORGEOUS WOOD, 1931, vintage firearms inc
vintage firearms inc A+(302)
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Item 801529134
Location Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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Seller ships internationally
Payment Personal Check, Visa / MasterCard, American Express, Discover, USPS Money Order, Money Order, Certified Check
Checkout Yes
Sales Tax
Seller must collect taxes from the following states:
MI 6%   
Inspection/ Return Policy
Three Days from the date the item is received

The seller of this item assumes all responsibility for this listing. You must contact the seller to resolve any questions or concerns before placing a bid. Payment must be made using U.S. dollars ($) unless otherwise stated in the listing. Firearms may only be shipped to a licensed dealer (FFL Holder). Some listed items may not be legal in every state. Complete your purchase within the law.

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General Specs: Francotte, Year 1931, 16 Gauge, 5lbs 10oz, Chokes SK/M, LOP 13 1/2", DAH 2", DAC1 5/16"
Serial Number: 87282

Auguste Francotte is world famous as a high-quality firearms maker from the gun making center of Leige, Belgium dating back as far as 1805.  Still making fine shotguns with price tags starting at $18,000, Francotte is a brand recognized and used by heads of state, business tycoons, and in some cases, the fortunate "Average Joe". Search long and hard, you will not find another Auguste Francotte like this one.  First, this is the Model 30E, one of the highest grades A. Francotte offered in the boxlock ejector format.  They are nicely built side by sides with a solid reputation for graceful looks and handling characteristics as well as rock solid dependability.  But when have you seen a 16ga. field gun weighing less than a 20ga?  This fine pre-war Francotte, sn87282 built in 1931, has seen little use, still showing 98% blue and 85% vivid factory case color on the action.  Beautifully hand engraved with FULL COVERAGE FINE SCROLL ENGRAVING, GAME BIRDS IN FLIGHT, AND DEEPLY CARVED BREECH BALLS, this is a very high-end side by side.  The wood is highly figured European walnut with most of the factory finish still there and the factory 28LPI hand-cut checkering in excellent condition.  There are a lot of field use marks in the buttstock wood, but all are superficial and there are no cracks or gouges in the wood.  We can restore the wood for you if you wish in a very short period of time for an added cost; just ask about this in-house service we provide.  The LIMBSAVER Recoil pad is the most effective recoil absorption pad on the market today.  We can install a fine leather pad for you if that is your preference.  The gun weighs in at an ultra-light 5lbs. 10oz. with its 26” Siemens Martin fluid steel barrels that are choked SK/M and have mirror perfect bores.  It is a very dynamic shotgun with the balance point 3/16” in front of the hinge pin.  With the English style stock it is lightning fast to the shoulder and puts a smile on your face when you handle her.  The gun is mechanically excellent with strong, well timed ejectors, barrels tight on the hinge pin and breech face like a new gun, perfect screws, crisp triggers…all in perfect working order an in need of no work at all.  THERE ARE 5 LOCKING POINTS ON THIS FRANCOTTE; A HIDDEN GREENER CROSS BOLT AT THE TOP RIB, DOUBLE UNDERLUG LOCKING BOLTS, SIDECLIPS, AND A THROUGH RECEIVER BARREL LUG, making sure the barrels are locked to the breech face laterally and vertically.  It just doesn’t get any better than that!  What a great gun for your upland pursuits, especially for the grouse and woodcock coverts and hunting over fine dogs.  She will represent well at the vintage sporting events too.  Francotte built some of the highest quality guns ever made and they are surprisingly affordable as this gun demonstrates.  Thanks for looking!  


Barrel Length:  26"
Chokes:  .004/.019  SK/M
Bores:  perfect mirror
Bore Diameter:  .669/.670
Wall Thickness:  .027/.030
% Blue:  98%
Chambers:  2 5/8"
Ribs:  tight
Sights:  single


Action:  tight
Ejectors or Extractors:  ejectors, strong, timed
Case Color:  85% factory
Screws:  perfect
Engraving:  deep foliate fences; birds and scroll; trigger guard
Trigger Type:  double, crisp
Trigger Guard Color:  98% factory charcoal blue


Type:  English stock/splinter forend
LOP:  13 1/2"
LOP To End Of Wood:  12 9/16"
DAH:  2"
DAC:  1 5/16"
Cast:  neutral
Checkering Condition:  excellent, 28LPI
Butt Treatment:  kick eeze black


There are more photos upon request. We offer a 30 day mechanical warranty on this fine firearm. Call us for full details. PLEASE SEE MY OTHER FINE VINTAGE FIREARMS. Just open one of my ads and click on the line that says “see all items from this seller” and a very nice list of fine sporting and collectible arms will appear. I have many more fine sxs shotguns not yet listed. Thanks for looking!

Payment and Shipping

Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price represents the 3% cash discount price. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher cost)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: 6% Michigan Only
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $55.00 We ship internationally!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes


Call to purchase #616-292-6240.  If you have any questions please call or email us, at [email protected] or [email protected]. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc

We employ a full time gunsmith 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.

Advertised price represents the 3% cash discount price. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher cost.
Most of the shipping cost on higher priced items is for gun INSURANCE. If you have your own, we can arrange your insurance covering it.
Barrel Length
26 inch
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