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The lost art of the side by side

For what seemed like a century the side by side double barrel shotgun ruled the roost.  It was cheap, simple to use, and its application nearly instantly understandable to anyone who laid eyes on it.  Two back to back shots of 12 gauge.  But today is seems to have fallen out of favor.  What did the pour thing in?  I’d say this topic is worth investigating.

The world of double barrels certainly has changed in the last century and a half.  Once upon a time in the early 1930’s, double barreled shotguns could be had for very little.  With some gun catalogs pricing them at $12 or less.  With an inflation adjustment that would come out to about $186.  Not a bad price at all for a highly versatile, easy to use firearm.  Now a days finding a quality gun at that price would be nearly impossible.  Now much of what you’d find at the double barrel section at a gun store would be high-end trap shooting over/under shotguns.

These gun from $500 all the way up to $2000 with a median price of about $1200.   These shotguns are quite a bit more mechanically complex and fragile than the side by sides of today and  yesteryear.  While fantastic choices for skeet and bird hunting, they’re generally poorly suited for combat or home defense with their long barrels and hefty price tag.  Only a few companies come to mind with a “combat over/under” in their line up.  The Stoeger Condor Outback is the only one i can think of.

As much handy and simple to use they are quite obsolete.  Since 1987, the year Winchester debuted the Model 1897, double barreled shotguns started to lose market share to their repeating counterparts.  While two shots of 12 gauge may seem powerful, it pales in comparison to 5 repeating shots of 12 gauge.

Pump-guns like the Remington 870 don’t break the bank and have been around since 1950.  That means gunsmiths and accessory manufacturers know the ins and outs of these quite well.   They stay strong and make for great guns to be passed down from one generation to the next.  Not to mention that their pump action makes them well suited for all kinds of ammo from low power bird shot to 3 inch magnum slugs.

Finally we have to mention one of the bigger side by side killers.  The automatic shotgun.  The first successful semi-auto shotgun to come out to the market was the browning Auto 5.

Once it hit the scene it was a instant hit with sport shooters and outlaws alike.  The auto 5 offered something that nothing else had before 5 shots as fast as you could pull the trigger.  Not to mention its reliability.  With its tagline of “come hell or high water” its easy to understand its popularity.  Nothing at the time offered as much as the Auto-5 could, reliability and great endurance.  The borrowed time the side by side was going off of finally ran out in the late 60’s.

It isn’t completely over for them tho.  Groups such as cowboy action shooting keep the spirit alive with their meet ups where people compete to see who’s the fastest and the most accurate.  Side by sides also keep them selves alive with pop culture.  They’re usually shown as close range annihilators in wild west shows, or video games.  It’s to let the audience know that no one who gets hit with one of these is walking out.  Not to mention they still are popular in places where firearm ownership is unfortunately highly restricted.

So if you’re thinking about getting a new shotgun maybe consider purchasing a side by side.  Whether they’re used or brand new, you’ll get years and years or enjoyment out of the side by side.  A true American classic!



Firearm purchase must be made at retail between FEBRUARY 1 AND MARCH 31, 2018.

If you have questions about any Winchester Repeating Arms promotions or rebates, visit the Winchester website. Full terms and conditions are posted online.

February 1, 2018 to March 31, 2018.

While the 2nd Amendment protects your right to keep and bear arms, Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to tax you. Here’s the good news: When you buy a new Browning firearm at H&H between February 1 and March 31, 2018, you will receive a rebate of 10% of the purchase price. That’s like throwing your own Boston Tea Party.

Visit the Browning website for more information on this rebate. Full terms and conditions can be viewed on Browning’s website. 

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You won’t want to miss the H&H Warehouse Clean-Out Sale, Sept. 22nd, 23rd, & 24th. This sale will have a large selection of Firearms & Ammo at incredible prices.

Unbelievable savings on Browning Camo Jackets & Pants –

Save $150 on All Pelican Coolers as a door buster deal –

Get the Walther Creed 9mm for the rock-bottom price of only $299.99 –

All Red Tag items have been moved for one final markdown, where you can take an additional 20% OFF the already reduced prices.

The H&H Warehouse Clean-Out Sale – September 22, 23, & 24. Only at H&H, Oklahoma’s Headquarters for Guns & Gear, just off I-40 & Meridian in OKC.


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With the purchase of any firearm at H&H you will receive a FREE H&H Shooters Pass. Each Shooters Pass will allow you to have up to 2 shooters on the same lane at our range for 3 range visits (a $55.50 value) Ask your firearms salesman at H&H about the Shooters Pass.



We will be giving this Shooters Pass away FREE with the purchase of any firearm at H&H.
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Just like any savvy consumer would, most of us turn to the internet or private sellers when making large item purchases to save a little bit of money — and our guns are no exception. There are a number of myths that have been circulating about how easy it is to buy a gun but the fact of the matter is they just aren’t true.

“Gun Show Loophole”

Some have been led to believe that one way to purchase a gun and avoid a background check is by obtaining a firearm at a gun show. However, there is no such thing as a “gun show loophole.” The only time that a gun is sold without a background check is when a gun is sold from individual to individual. As that guns are private property, they can be bought or sold without licensing just like your car or used sofa. The reason that the gun show loophole is unable to exist is that one person cannot be “engaged in business” in private selling of guns. If it is found that one individual is buying and selling guns as a means to support their livelihood, they will be investigated by the police. A one-time large selling event, such as a gun show, allows private sellers to display a large gun collection for sale at the one-time event without raising any eyebrows.

Online Sales

While it is true that private sellers may use the internet as a means to sell their guns, there are many rules and stipulations that outline the purchasing rights. All gun purchases from online retailers have a long lists of policies, guidelines and regulations to protect both the buyer and the seller. In fact, some online forums, like Craigslist, will not even allow the posting of guns for sale on their website. Sites like eBay will only allow postings if the seller and the item are in the United States. It is legal to advertise and sell firearms within your own state but unlawful to transport or sell with knowledge that they will be transported over state lines. Although private sales are technically legal, it is illegal for a person to sell to a buyer that they believe to meet any of the criteria that would otherwise not allow them to buy a gun from a retailer that would require them to get a background check (i.e, felon, illegal alien, etc).

Online Pre-Ordering

When purchasing from a reputable online dealer, you are required to fill out your location information, complete an age and compliance verification, read and accept the online firearms ordering guidelines before being taken to the payment screen. After submitting payment online, you still are required to submit a background check at a physical store that you will be picking up the item from. In addition to these safety measures, the firearm must picked up by the purchaser with ID in hand to be fully cleared to leave the store with the firearm. In the event that the item is paid for but the purchaser is unable to provide the needed information or pass the background check, the sale is simply refunded.

Knowing the laws and regulations when purchasing firearms is important to both the buyer and seller. The best protection is to educate yourself on the matter to avoid any penalties or setbacks in your purchases.

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In Store Specials offered until 2/28

From now until the end of February don’t miss these deals at H&H Shooting Sports. We have the Smith & Wesson M&P Sport II For only $639.99, the Springfield xds 9mm for only $599.99, and the Savage 93V 22 Mag Gator TL for only $349.99. Hurry in for these and many other great deals at Oklahoma’s Headquarters for Guns & Gear.



H&H Shooting Sports is doing the unthinkable – It’s the H&H End of the Year You Pay What We Pay Event – Happening NOW at H&H while supplies last.

Savings like you’ve never seen before on handguns from Smith & Wesson, Glock, Springfield Armory, and many more.

Over 160 models and 1,300 units must go! All will be sold for our cost.

So get to Oklahoma’s Headquarters for Guns & Gear while supplies last for the End of the Year – You Pay What We Pay pistol sales event.

H&H Shooting Sports just off I-40 & Meridian


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at H&H Shooting Sports

From December 4th to the 10th take advantage of special savings on handguns from Sig Sauer, Walther, Glock, and shotguns from Beretta, Benelli, Browning and many more.

Don’t miss out on the Browning Season of Safe-ings. One of the most secure places you can store a firearm and other valuables is in a Browning ProSteel gun safe. You can now get up to $100 back as a mail in rebate, PLUS this week only H&H will give you 20% OFF on the purchase of any Browning Gun safe!

Hurry in and Save – December 4th to 10th only at Oklahoma’s Headquarters for Guns & Gear

Look for the following ad in The Oklahoman on Sunday December 4th!

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