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Old 10-26-2011, 12:38 AM   #1
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Default Mystery 12 gauge, marked Utica Arms Co.

I bought this at a Gun show, the guy didn't know anything about it and either do i. I'm mostly interested in the manufacture date, but any information would be much appreciated.

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Old 10-26-2011, 01:35 AM   #2
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It was made August 16,1922.
Sorry I was just kidding. I doubt anyone can tell you when it was made. It is just one of thousands of different guns from that general time period about which not much is known.

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Look under the barrels at the breech end and see if there is an oval with the letters E over LG. If there is, it's a Belgium contract made import for the hardware and mail order trade at the turn of the 20th century. If no markings, it was most likely made by Crescent Firearms of Norwich, Ct.

This is a common smoothbore of the early 1900's manufactured by any number of contracted gunmakers and sold at retail.

Utica Arms is a trade name used by Simmons Hardware Company on their guns.

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The USUAL suspect for these type of shotguns is Crescent, but they did not use that name. Hopkins and Allen did make a Utica Arms, but not Utica Gun Company. This was from a time when, if your ordered a dozen guns, they would mark them with ANY name you wanted. Meriden (Sears Roebuck) may also be a suspect.

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