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willie47 09-21-2009 02:15 PM

King Nitro 12 ga SxS
Well, I've done it again! I just picked up a "King Nitro" 12 ga dbl bbl at the Jockey Lot. It has sidelocks and exposed hammers. No other markings on the gun except serial number -- no proof marks that I can find. Also, I assume that the barrels may be the first generation after Damascus, as I can't see any tell-tale signs of being hammer-forged.

Has anyone ever heard of these guns? The Blue Book doesn't even list 'em, and they have some really obscure guns!

willie47 09-21-2009 02:21 PM

Just found this little piece on Wikianswers:

"Both 'King Nitro' and 'Central Arms Co' are trademarks of the Shapleigh Hardware Co, which was a major catalog retailer from the late 1800's well into the 20th century. The shotguns marketed under that name were made for Shapleigh by different companies, notably Davenport Firearms, Crescent, Hopkins & Allen, and Stevens.

We'd have to see the shotgun to determine which manufacturer actually made the shotgun.


CA357 09-21-2009 03:15 PM

willie47 09-21-2009 03:20 PM

Cute! I'll take a couple and post 'em.

CA357 09-21-2009 03:23 PM

That's me on the far right. ;)

willie47 09-21-2009 03:31 PM

You're fairly well-preserved! I could have served (drafted into Army but never served -- wierd!) in the USAF or Army beginning around 1965, and I don't look nearly as young!

I'll send you some high-protein bars . . .

CA357 09-21-2009 03:32 PM

Thanks. Make 'em the soft kind. I have some dental issues. :D

willie47 09-21-2009 03:41 PM

I took care of my dental problems about a year and a half ago, and they fit so poorly that I lost about 30 lbs just from getting tired of trying to eat. Best diet plan I've ever tried (not that I ever tried any other)! However, now that I'm used to 'em, I noticed that I'm back to 195 again.

willie47 09-21-2009 07:47 PM

Found info on King Nitro

I've found the following information on the King Nitro I inquired about earlier.

From “Shapleigh's Model KING NITRO is the Savage model 15.”

John S. provided this information to someone else inquiring about King Nitros: "King Nitro was a "house brand" name used by Shapleigh Hardware Company of St Louis for many years. Circa 1920-1940 their double barrel shotguns were Stevens model 315 but marked with the King Nitro name. Other makers may have made guns for them at different times. Charles Carder's excellent "Side By Sides of the World" is the source of this information."

I haven't found any pictures of Savage Model 15 or Stevens Model 315 yet, but I'm still looking.

I have already been admonished to provide pictures of the gun about which I inquire, and if my senility doesn't get the best of me, I will within a day or two.

Thanks, Bill

willie47 09-28-2009 07:07 PM

There's a few pictures of my King Nitro in my profile pictures if I can't figure out how to put them in this post.

I have found reference to Stevens 315, but I haven't seen any pictures, and the description says, "hammerless," so I'm a little suspect that the original model may be a Savage model 15.

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