The Most Expensive Shotguns You’ve Ever Seen

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This shotgun is one of a pair owned by the Nizam of Hyderabad. Purchased from Holland & Holland in London to prove to his British overlords that he was truly “civilized,” the guns are ornately decorated… You don’t care, do you? You just want to drool at the pictures? Fine. Have some more.



  • Antonio Miguel Silva
    June 2, 2015

    According to the card that is shown in the gun case, written in French, it is not a shotgun.
    The card states it is an Express Rifle in Calibre 10 and with the number 8266.
    The calibre is stated as 10 which is strange, for an Express Rifle, but the sights are not for a shotgun.
    The card states that the golden inlaid is in almost perfect condition and is ornated in the butt with the arms and monogram of the Nizam of Hyderabad.
    Perhaps Holland & Holland can give more details.

    • Neth
      June 3, 2015

      It’s not strange. Calibre 10 is roughly equivalent to 10GA. Because of the dangerous game, Holland and Holland was known to make shotguns/rifles for India and Africa. And I mean shotgun/rifle literally. They were smooth bore with the exception of the last few inches which was rifled. This allowed the shooter to use both shot and bullets (think black powder slugs).

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