Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Like a thirst that couldn't be quenched I just "had to have" a top-lever Husqvarna shotgun. One day a tip from an internet "friend" steered me to Gunbroker and "Elin". She's a Model 51 Husky built in 1913 with steel barrels. The top-lever, back action hammer design makes her a joy to carry and shoot. Her barrels have already been to Mike Orlen's and been opened to .003 & .010 making her my late-season grouse gun, at least that's the reason I used to talk myself into getting her :).

The 1/2 inch hard rubber pad that brings her lop to my liking.

The Greener cross-bolt locking system.

Hattie says "you did good Dad".

The snows of the last week will keep me out of my grouse filled northern coverts so I'll be carrying her tomorrow into my southeastern coverts that I haven't hunted yet this year but hopefully will hold a grouse or two for me and Emma and Elin.


Ed said...

Nice looking gun, you have there Greyphase ! I have been trying to run Quig since the 13th, but the wind and cold has been brutal...Saturday for sure no matter what the weather!

Matt Ortiz said...

Looks like a beauty!

Gary Thompson said...

Okay, so Rick, you've got me curious about a couple of things. I've carried a hammer gun or two in my day. Remember, I'm not a ruff grouse guy. In the cover you photograph on your pages, how in the heck do you safely carry a hammer gun through the woods and have any hope of getting a shot off? I've carried mine breach open with hammers cocked while walking and then closing the gun as it's being shouldered when I'm ready to take a shot. Works great for walking up pheasants in an open field or for prairie chickens or sharptail. I can't imagine doing that though in the cover you illustrate. Plus, ruffs seems to offer only very quick shots, making it difficult to cock the hammers. I'd really like to know how you handle these guns in the conditions you describe.

Greyphase said...

Hi Gary

I've talked myself into only taking shots at pointed birds. I cock the hammers as I walk in for the flush. I've let some beautiful flush shots go with the hope that some other day the pup will find and point that bird (wishful thinking on my part maybe :) ). Two pointed grouse shots this year with no hits, thank god for woodcock or I won't know if the old guns really fired or not :).

Gary Thompson said...

Tee hee! That makes a lot of sense, not to mention being a noble cause. I'm not certain I've reached the point of self control to not shoot a flushed bird. I know I shouldn't. I keep telling myself I shouldn't. It would be better for my dog's progress if I didn't. But darn it, I just can't bring myself to not take the shot. The old, where there's lead, there's danger mindset I suppose. Probably explains why I'm unloading my last remaining hammer gun!

You have my admiration sir.