‘Pawn Stars’: A Rare Shotgun Is a Triple Shot in Value

by Amy Myers

When a “fancy” gun came into the Pawn Stars shop, Rick Harrison immediately knew he would be paying a pretty penny for it. A seller came in with a Boutet shotgun (pronounced Boo-tay) from the 1700s, and already it was clear that this was a must-have masterpiece. Originally, the seller’s asking price was just $10,000, and even this number wasn’t close to what the shotgun would sell for on the market. In need of a professional’s opinion, Harrison contacted Alex Cranmer of International Military Antiques. Not surprisingly, the firearms expert was more than happy to check out the rare piece.

During the late 1700s and early 1800s, Nicolas-Noël Boutet was the most renowned gunsmith in France and had even earned a seat beside King Louis XVI as his “gunmaker-in-ordinary.” Napoleon Bonaparte also made Boutet his gunmaker as well. Throughout his service to the French leaders, he created some of the finest, most artistic firearms that the world has ever seen.

Upon inspection of the shotgun that the Pawn Stars held, Cranmer revealed that this was a fairly ornate model for the gunsmith. “Simple Boutet’s” ran for roughly $10,000, but this one would definitely earn some extra bucks for its decorations. Of course, much of the value depended on whether the shotgun could still fire. So, the group took a trip to the designated gun range to see just how much money Harrison would be spending on the firearm. After knocking out a canteloupe in a cloud of black powder, the expert marked the value at a whopping $30,000.

‘Pawn Stars’ Make Hilarious Jokes About Shotgun’s Name

Of course, with a name like Boutet, Pawn Stars Rick Harrison and his son Corey just had to take advantage of all of the puns waiting to happen.

Before disclosing the range’s location to the current owner of the Boutet, Harrison turned to the camera with a mischievous grin on his face.

“I think my wife would get really mad if I came home and said, ‘I saw a really nice Boutet at work today,” Harrison said with a chuckle.

Once at the gun range, the jokes didn’t stop. The Pawn Stars team innocently commented on the shotgun’s “shiny” condition before Cranmer fired it.

“So, the Boutet looks all polished up and ready to go,” Harrison said.

“The Boutet is shiny, yeah,” Cranmer said, laughing along.

While firing the shotgun and talking specs, Harrison was all business. But once he shook hands on the price of just $16,000, he was back to his cheeky humor.

“So I now own a fine Boutet, not that I haven’t always had one,” he joked.

“Well, it took you 50-some years to get one,” Corey fired back.