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Unread 04-17-2018, 09:27 PM   #11
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We suspect it is likely to be the rarest in existence, truly one of a kind, A. H. Fox Diana Grade mock-up made as an example of what the best of the best in the Fox gun works could produce as Fox's answer to the Parker Bros. Invincible.

If this picture is of the prototype we think it is, the barrels stop at about 4" in length and it has no forend or buttstock... but its beauty transcends what a buttstock or forend could possibly lend to the concept. There are stunning pictures of it in the DGJ I referenced earlier in this thread.

Those of us who have held it in hand will never again wonder to what breadth and depth the gunmaker's art can aspire.





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The Double Gun Journal, Volume Twenty-Three, Issue 1, pages 100 to 111.
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I was going to post asking which issue. Thank you Dave, i will see if i have it on hand here.
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Can you post a pic of the Fox Diana gun?
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Here are some pics of Mr. Gough's engraving exercise --

19522 01 Diana Barrels compressed.jpg

19522 02 Diana Bottom View compressed.jpg

19522 03 Diana Right Side compressed.jpg

19522 04 Diana Top View compressed.jpg
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Thanks Dave, is that the one that was featured in DGJ along with the mock-up with 4" barrels?





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Yes. Those pictures were sent to me probably a decade or so before the Double Gun Journal article. Back when we were first discussing how to approach the BATF for an exemption for this "sawed off shotgun".
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I well remember holding the "sawed off" in my hands feeling like I held the 'holy grail' of Foxdom as I admired it completely spellbound.

I may be wrong but isn't it a step above the Diana grade?





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The Diana was never a catalogued offering. That example was the prototype for it. So i suppose it cannot be a step above what is already is.
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It was explained to me that it was made as an example to show the Fox 'officers' at the time, what the gunshop and Gough could create as the answer to Parker Bros.' Invincible.





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