By Phil Bourjaily
Over/Under or side-by-side? That’s the question in today’s Gunfight. Personally, my answer is “some of each, please,” although I probably shoot O/Us better if only because I shoot them much more often. Double guns are better looking, I think, and that wide expanse of barrels makes them easy to put on target. At any rate, today we have a couple of neat guns representing the O/U and SxS perspectives today. Unfortunately, neither is made anymore. The Fox Savage BSE was a solid, if heavy, workingman’s double made in the U.S.A. by Savage, which bought out A.H. Fox in 1929. This gun is not an A.H. Fox but an upgraded Stevens double that Savage introduced in the ’40s. It lasted until 1988, and was discontinued when Savage eliminated everything but the Model 110 from production. It’s a rugged double, not refined, but they rarely break, and I wish I had them in all gauges. The “SE” in BSE stands for “single trigger, ejectors,” incidentally.