Savage Arms Introduces New “Fox A Grade” Shotguns

Savage Arms now offers A Grade versions of the once famous high-end Fox shotguns. Savage makes these shotguns in 12 or 20 gauge. Both caliber options also come with either 26″ or 28″ barrels and only with side by side layout of the barrels.

Ansley Fox was engaged in firearms manufacturing business since 1896. He made several attempts at setting up a business with varying success. Fox made his shotguns in several grades designated by letters with A grade being the finest and most expensive, B grade being the second to A and so on. Ansley Fox was famous for a bold statement concerning his shotguns. He was calling them “Finest shotguns in the world”. Eventually, in 1929 this brand of hunting shotguns was acquired by Savage.

The new Savage Fox A Grade shotguns feature blued barrels and color case hardened receivers. The stocks are made of black American walnut and have a 14 1/2″ length of pull. These shotguns also have hammerless boxlock actions with double triggers. Regardless of the caliber and barrel length options, the MSRP for these shotguns is $4999.

To me, this is a great example of bringing back the forgotten brands. Imagine how cool it could be to see on the market guns by such brands and names as Peabody, Lee, Maxim, Garand, Reising, Pedersen and so on. It also should be quite profitable for the large companies to enter new market niches using such branding strategy.

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  • Tassiebush

    Gosh it looks pretty!

  • DIR911911 .

    $500 sure , $5000 NO.

    • Jeff

      Go check any name-brand SxS shotgun and see what the prices average.

      • J.T.

        Yep, and cheap Turkish guns don’t count. They don’t have nearly the amount of work in them that go into these.

      • DIR911911 .

        that’s always been an oddity to me. you can get all kinds of shotguns(pump,autos,hunting,tactical) for less than $1000 , so why does the price go through the roof for the oldest types of shotguns?not high end custom ones , that I get. just a basic quality gun

        • oldman

          Because building a SXS is a lot harder then the others just regulating the barrels takes time and skill It is not that easy getting them to hit at the same point of aim.

    • ExMachina1

      Anyone who drops $500 on a (new) double gun is taking a huge gamble, and is likely just wasting their money.

  • Jeff

    Those should be gauges, not calibers.

  • ExMachina1

    Will there be a “B” grade?

    • ostiariusalpha

      The old Savage Fox B-grades were pretty slick.

  • RocketScientist

    Wheres that one angry guy who pops up in EVERY post on TFB about dbl barreled shotguns, to angrily rant about how anyone who spends more than $200 on a double-gun is a complete fool, and theres no way a “set of glorified pipes with a spring on the ass end” should cost that much, and how his bolt action 12ga is the best shotgun ever made and everyone who doesn’t have one is “too damn stupid to realize they’re being screwed”? This post seems custom-made to draw out Noishkel.

    • DIR911911 .

      he hired a “RocketScientist” to take over so he could get a day off

  • Porty1119

    That’s…not out of line with typical pricing for high-grade SxS shotguns. I was sort of hoping for 16 and 28-gauge offerings, but those may come later.

    Savage has been releasing some interesting products lately.

  • Swarf

    Okay, gun manufacturers always use the term “case hardened”, but that implies to me that the rainbow discoloration we see would be from heat. Like when I weld.

    What I always see looks like the result of a pickling process. Am I missing a gunsmithing differentiation, or is this marketing creep?

    • Joshua

      it looks like the old color case hardening, which forms colors when the part is heated when immersed in carbon, calcium and arsenic. when the part was heated it would draw in carbon to harden the surface, and would discolor in beautiful mottled color which is what you see. Is this gun actually case color hardened? I don’t know, using modern steel it is unnecessary to undertake this process, but then when has the firearms industry ever done anything that was unnecessary.

      • ostiariusalpha

        Yep, old-school bone and charcoal case-hardening confirmed on these A-grades; same as what Doug Turnbull does.

      • Marcus D.

        It has a corrosion resistance quality as well, just like bluing, but much prettier.

  • C_Low

    I cannot figure out why a side by side shotgun cost is just so out of whack with a standard shotguns cost. The design is dam near ancient, moving parts are limited, and while a double barrel does add cost are we really talking orders of magnitude? WTF

  • Arie Heath

    Might have to pick one of these up in 20 gauge.

  • Marc

    The receiver looks way too short for my taste.

  • marathag

    Better if they had one in 16 ga.

  • Why in the heck do you have spend old truck money on a dadgum side-by-side to get two danged triggers like Gawd intended? Single triggers are for fruitcakes and cityfolk.

  • Avid Fan

    Doesn’t look like 5 grand worth of shotgun to me. Look at AyA for about a grand less.

  • Dylan Feliciano

    I picked up my 1910 AH Fox A model for 1 grand. Also, the A grade was the least expensive, not the most. The finest grade was the X model. On the old guns, any model letter with an E after it indicated an ejector model, rather than an extractor.

  • Bob

    Where are these shotguns made? I didn’t read/hear it in the article or vid..

    • Haulin’ Oats


      • Andrew

        I’m interested to know who actually makes them. The advertising just says “presented by Savage.”

  • Andrew

    These might be absolutely fantastic double barrel shotguns but selling it under the Savage brand is a deal killer. Savage makes good $400 rifles but they are considered budget guns. Nobody spending $5000 on a shotgun would want the Savage name.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Savage had always been a mix of high-end guns like these Fox shotguns and the M99 leverguns, and the budget rifles. They might have some trouble convincing people with no knowledge of their 20th century portfolio, but if the quality is there, it shouldn’t take long to rejuvenate their historic reputation.

      • Marcus D.

        Savage also makes some very well made and accurate rifles in the $1000 to $2000 range. Mossberg I associate with budget brand, Savage not so much. Yes they sell cheap, good value rifles in the $400 to $500 range that will bring home the game, but that is but one small segment of their sizeable production.

  • Marcus D.

    Gorgeous. I do love case hardening finish on a receiver. The walnut is nice, but not high grade Turkish or French walnut, though I am well aware that the wood alone can drive up the cost of a custom firearms by thousands of dollars. If I were a rich man, I would love one of these, but at the price, they are well over my pay grade.

  • jon spencer

    Why the price is so high is how many hours does it take to build one of these,
    Case hardening, checkering, regulating barrels, finishing the stock and fore ends then fitting it all together take time. You are probably looking at a minimum of around 80 hours of hand work.

    From the NRA,”At $5,000, the gun is not inexpensive, yet it is a classic American game gun updated, revised and now in production—in America.”.

  • James G. Mothes

    The Sterlingworth was the least expensive grade in the A. H. Fox line. There were two SP’s and a Skeeter grade. The letter grades started with A grade followed in order by B, H, C, D, F, G, J, K, L, M, and X. All could be had with ejectors. Savage bought the Fox company in November,1929 and continued to manufacture the Fox guns as designed until 1945. Then they used the Fox name on the Savage-Stevens line of doubles. I doubt if these new guns are built like the originals. They would probably cost way more than $5000.