Gold Medal Concours d'Elegance of Fine Guns

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Gold Medal Concours d'Elegance of Fine Guns



GMC VI

 
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LeBeau Courally .470NE -- Best in Show


AT THE VINTAGE CUP, SEPTEMBER 19/20, 2003

Final Results - Awards
Despite the threat of Hurricane Isabel, which never really affected New York's Hudson Valley, the sixth Gold Medal Concours d'Elegance of Fine Guns, held at The Vintage Cup, saw record attendance and a turnout of some 75 rare, historic and collectible shotguns and rifles from the USA, England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Belgium and Italy.
          On Saturday morning, September 20, the NRA Foundation hosted a by-invitation breakfast for Concours participants. The featured speaker was Mr. Ken Waite, a veteran of the Remington Arms Co. and a noted firearms collector, who presented a brief history of the Parker 'Invincible' guns. These three ultra-rare double-barrel shotguns, which normally are behind glass at the National Firearms Museum, in Fairfax, Virginia, were on display at the Concours by special permission of their owner, Mr. Bob Petersen.
          After the breakfast the panel of eight judges began their deliberations-categorizing the entries by age, country of origin, type of action and other criteria and then selecting those whose quality, condition or history made them worthy of Gold, Silver or Bronze prizes.
          As a special honor, the top three guns-winners of Best in Show, the Boothroyd Award (the people's choice, by popular ballot) and the NRA Cup-will be invited to be displayed at the National Firearms Museum. The Museum is administered by the National Rifle Association, whose Institute for Legislative Action has been the presenting sponsor of the Gold Medal Concours since its inception.
          Listed below are the Concours class awards and special awards sponsored by affinity groups and publications; judges; and contacts for digital photography and more information on the event or specific guns.


GOLD MEDAL CONCOURS VI AWARDS & WINNERS

BEST IN SHOW
LeBeau Courally Ejector SxS .470NE Rifle No. 45458 (c.2001)
Carl Calandra
THE BOOTHROYD ('PEOPLE'S CHOICE') AWARD -- named in honor of the late British gun writer Geoffrey Boothroyd and determined by popular ballot
Peter V. Nelson 20-Bore sidelever SLE O/U No. 1190 (c.2003)
Peter Nelson
Runner-up: FAMARS 12 -- Gauge Excalibur Boxlock Over/Under No. F0315 (c.2001) "The Patriot"
Charles Speck
THE NRA CUP -- awarded to "the gun or rifle of greatest historical significance to the development of sporting firearms"
Spandau Sporter 8x57mm Takedown Bolt-Action Rifle No. 1 (c.1903)
Logan Reed
THE Shooting Sportsman MAGAZINE AWARD -- for "a contemporary custom-fitted game gun that best typifies the ideal for upland hunting"
Krieghoff SxS SLE 20-Gauge No. 7904 (c.2003)
Krieghoff International
THE VINTAGER AWARD -- for "the vintage side-by-side that best exemplifies the standards and traditions of The Order of Edwardian Gunners."
J. Woodward 12-Bore SxS Hammer Gun No. 3411 (c.1875)
John Batzold
THE Upland Almanac AWARD -- "the ideal light-gauge upland gun"
Lefever Optimus 20-Gauge Ejector No. 62082 (c.1909)
Frank Finch, Jr.
THE GERMAN GUN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION AWARD -- for the Best Germanic Gun
J. Ansorg 16-Gauge damascus hammer gun (nsn) (c.1885)
William Ferriell
VINTAGE EUROPEAN BOXLOCK
Gold Medal Prussian Daly (Linder) 12-Gauge Shotgun No. 3749 (c.1895)
Eldon J. Owens
VINTAGE BRITISH HAMMER GUN
Gold Medal J. Woodward 12-Bore No. 3411 (c.1875) / John Batzold
Silver Medal W&C Scott Premier 10-Bore No. 10666 (c.1878)/ Jim Godo
VINTAGE AMERICAN SHOTGUN
Gold Medal Ithaca 12-Gauge Crass Model SxS No. 19832 (c.1892) / James Malone
Bronze Medal Clark & Sneider 10-Gauge SxS No. 461 (c.1881) / Bill McPhail
VINTAGE BRITISH HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE
Gold Medal .500/.450 No. 1 Purdey No. 9567 (c.1879) / Malcolm MacGregor
Silver Medal J.D. Dougall .675 pinfire No. 2085 (c. 1865) / James Stockham
VINTAGE BRITISH HAMMERLESS DOUBLE RIFLE
Bronze Medal H&H .450 3-1/4 BPE No. 17848 (c.1898) / Malcolm MacGregor
VINTAGE BRITISH SIDELOCK SHOTGUN
Gold Medal W&C Scott 12-bore back-action No. 42494 (c.1885) / Joe Gessner
GUNS OF HISTORICAL INTEREST
Honorable Mention Army & Navy 16-bore rifled howdah pistol (nsn) (c. 1885)
Bruce Cohen
CLASSIC PRE-WAR AMERICAN SHOTGUN
Silver Medal Parker BHE 16-Gauge No. 130128 (c.1904) / Howard Loewensteiner
CLASSIC POST-WAR AMERICAN SHOTGUN
Gold Medal Winchester M-21 Grand American 20/28/.410 set No. W32664 (c.1984)
David Riffle
NEW BRITISH SIDELOCK
Gold Medal P.V. Nelson 20-Bore Sidelever SLE O/U No. 1190 (c.2003) / Peter Nelson
Bronze Medal Adam Davies 20-Bore SLE SXS No. 001 (c.2000) / Adam Davies
NEW EUROPEAN SIDELOCK
Gold Medal LeBeau Courally Ejector SxS .470NE No. 45458 (c.2001) / Carl Calandra
Silver Medal Krieghoff SxS SLE 20-Gauge No. 7904 (c.2003) / Krieghoff International
BEST RESTORATION
BEST MATCHED PAIR
Henry Atkin Hammer Ejector pair Nos. 766, 767 (c.1892/2002) / Ron Hansen, Jr.
BEST UPGRADE
Parker 20-gauge VHE No. 222730 (c.1929-2002) / Lee Griffiths
GOLD MEDAL CONCOURS VI JUDGES
Chris Batha -- E.J. Churchill Gunmakers; competition and game shooter, shooting instructor, former partner at Atkin, Grant & Lang and a veteran of the British gun trade. St. Albans, England
Lewis Drake -- 40 years experience dealing in antique and vintage sporting arms. Founder of Lewis Drake and Associates; co-founder of Roosevelt and Drake. Murray, Kentucky.
Jack Dudley -- Co-founder of the Order of Edwardian Gunners (the Vintagers) and producer of The Vintage Cup and World Side by Side Championships & Exhibition. Sales Manager, Rizzini USA. Henniker, New Hampshire.
David Moore -- Long-time sales manager of William Larkin Moore, dealers & importers of fine guns, primarily from Italy and Spain. Scottsdale, Arizona.
Stephen Helsley -- NRA, ret.; former law-enforcement executive; tactical shooter, shooting writer and photographer, collector of (among many other things) British rifles. El Dorado Hills, California.
Jan Roosenburg -- A game shot and gun collector from an early age. From 1991 through 2000, Manager North America and then Vice-President Sporting Weapons of Holland & Holland. Greenwich, Connecticut.
Ray Roy -- Recently retired head of quality control at Sturm, Ruger and Co.; New England representative for The NRA Foundation; lifelong shooter and connoisseur of fine guns. Enfield, New Hampshire.
Charles Shrewsbury -- The Right Honourable The Earl of Shrewsbury & Talbot DL is a sitting Member of the House of Lords. Lord Shrewsbury is Honorary President of the Gun Trade Association and Chairman of the British Shooting Sports Council. Staffordshire, England.
Chief Judge
Silvio Calabi -- Co-founder and producer of the Gold Medal Concours. Camden, Maine.
THE LEFEVER ARMS COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION AWARDS
(selected by the LACA)
BEST FACTORY UPGRADE
Lefever H-Grade 12-Gauge Nos. 35931/57394 (c.1902-'04) / Ken Poust
Upgraded from damascus to fluid steel, with engraving, in 1904
BEST LATE SMALL-BORE
Lefever Optimus 20-Gauge Ejector No. 62082 (c.1909) / Frank Finch, Jr.
BEST EARLY SMALL-BORE
Lefever A-Grade 16-Gauge No. 13128 (c.1890) / Ray Shotwell
BEST EARLY HIGH-GRADE
Lefever Optimus 12-Gauge No. 10256 (c.1887) / Ray Shotwell
FINEST WORKMANSHIP
Lefever Special Order Display Gun No. 20901 (c.1894) / Chris Schotz
BEST DISPLAY OF LEFEVER HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT
Ray Shotwell
BEST LEFEVER IN SHOW
Lefever B-Grade Presentation 12-Gauge No. 38807 (c.1901) / Ray Shotwell


THE PARKER GUN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION AWARDS
(selected by the PGCA)
FOR FINE-GRADE SPORTING GUNS
Parker 16-Gauge BHE-Grade No. 130128 (c.1904)
Parker 10-Gauge AH-Grade No. 83183 (c.1897)
Howard Loewensteiner

"These are two fine examples of American sporting guns of the period."
FOR AN EARLY COMPETITION GUN
Parker 12-Gauge BH-Grade No. 83855 (c.1896; for Fred Gilbert)
David Trevallion

"This gun represents the period of transition in American shotgun competition and is associated with a distinguished competitor."
FOR AN OUTSTANDING SMALLBORE GUN
Parker 20-Gauge GH-Grade No. 184035 (c.1919)
Paul Brook

"Early smallbore guns are rare; this one is outstanding because of its condition and original hang tags."
FOR OUTSTANDING PROVENANCE AND ACCOUTREMENTS
Parker 16-Gauge A-1 Special No. 143556 (c.1907)
Jim Hall

"This gun represents a thorough search of its, and its original owner's, history."
FOR A DISTINGUISHED DISPLAY OF A LATE FIELD GUN
Parker .410-Bore GHE-Grade No. 226288 (c.1928)
Kevin McCormack

"This is a well-provenanced display, conveying substantial information on a rare sporting gun."
FOR SHOTGUN EXECUTION
Parker 11-Gauge Underlifter No. 2625 (c.1874) (built as a hammer gun, converted to a hammerless side-cocker by D. M. Lefever c. 1879)
Larry Schuknecht

"This gun represents a unique example of shotgun innovation by Dan Lefever, using a Parker mechanism."


CONTACTS
For the Gold Medal Concours:

Silvio Calabi
207-594-9544
scalabi@downeast.com
Roger Sanger
831-646-0315
rksanger@redshift.com
For Concours photography:
Steve Helsley
916-933-3538
schmjh@pacbell.net
For the NRA Foundation:
Steve Anderson
703-267-1127
sanderson@nrahq.org
For The Vintage Cup
Ray Poudrier
413-339-5347
vintagersray@hotmail.com



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