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Franz Sodia Cape Gun...
Old 12-31-2008, 06:28 PM
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Default Franz Sodia Cape Gun...

Just got this yesterday. I saw it on Auction Arms, http://www.auctionarms.com/Search/Di...mNum=8930649.0 and found out it was being sold by a business in Anchorage called Wild West Guns. When I went in to Los Anchorage to pick up the Quigley, I stopped by WWG and 'put my hands on' this piece. As you can see from the pictures, it's not exactly "field ready". However, it spoke to me. It has all the "things" I like. It's:
1) Made by Franz Sodia - an oustanding, and world-renowned Austrian gunmaker, particularly well-known for "combination guns",

2) A SxS Cape gun

3) A 16 Gauge shotgun barrel

4) A 9.3x72R rifle barrel (8x57 would havbe been better, but the 9.3x72R is still "nice")

5) A Back action I LOVE those,
6) Has External hammers that "click" into place smartly,

7) Locks up tight - both breech and watertable

8) Has "doll's head" breech lockup system.

I got it for $487, about 20% ($2500) of what a Franz Sodia Cape Gun in "NRA Good" condition would cost. I didn't 'sneak' it away though. There were 30-some-odd bids for it. I'm probably the only bidder that actually put his hands on it before bidding. In fact, I probably wouldn't have paid more than $350 if I hadn't seen it first-hand.

Clearly I have "some work to do". Nonetheless, I am tickled pink. I may send it off to Doug Turnbull http://www.turnbullrestoration.com/ and see what his estimate is for returning it to as good as, or better than, new would be. Most likely he'll want more than I'm interested in paying, but the Turnbull shop does extraordinary work. A piece like this would be quite an heirloom if restored to glory.

Now I gotta go find some 9x72R brass.

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