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Old 05-08-2011, 02:58 AM   #1
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This gun has been around the family for a while and I decided to see if I could find out exactly what it is. I know nothing of it other than it was my Grandpas and I think he picked it up rather than being passed down. It has no markings at all other than gold and silver inlay, looks like it was repaired and for years I thought it was a shotgun but now I’m not so sure ….Thanks for the help




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Looks like an old rabbit-eared 12 guage shotgun with a Helluvalot of history. Whatever you do, don't try to clean it up, just keep it oiled and pass it on through your family. Boy if that thing could talk.

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thank you , I wouldnt dream of touching it.

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great piece! It would look awesome above a fireplace.

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It is a percussion shotgun. Probably Belgian made. You can remove the barrels and there should be proof marks under them that will identify the country of origin. The stock has been repaired, very tastefully in my opinion.

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thanks, My Dad was trying to talk me into taking it apart and looking but I'm a little sketchy to do it for some reason

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It looks like it has a hooked breech so taking the barrels off wont be a biggie. It should have either one or two barrel keys, just push them through as far as you can and pull the the rest of the way. You shouldn't need any tools. They may be pinned and not come all the way out but they will come far enough to get the barrel off. With the hammers on half cock lift the barrels out front first.



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