I've had this rifle above the mantle in our house for many years. My grandfather had bought it at an antique shop many years back and it was passed down to me when he died. Can anyone help me figure out what this is and any history about this model? It's labeled "Stoeger Arms Corporation" and "Made in Belgium". It appears to have some makers marks as well as a number "132" in the same area. It's 69 inches long. Thanks so much, any help is greatly appreciated!
Not the greatest blackpowder gun in the world but as proofed I'd shoot it with light loads if it isn't pitted. It is a mid 20th C. African Trade gun -- they pretended to sell alot more to Africans than they did so Americans would buy alot more to try and then hang up over the mantle.
These guns were sold by Sears in their 1960s catalogs. The Frizzens were too soft to spark and broke the flints as the one pictured. Many of these did not have the flash holes drilled properly or at all. The breech plugs were poorly fitted and can blow gas back in the shooters face. Make sure you wear glasses if you risk firing this poorly built firearm.