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.