Originally Posted by Cowgirlfromhell_o
I bought my son a Fulton Special 12 Ga DBL serial number S 87263. Hunters Arm Co Inc. M'F'R'S' Fulton , NY USA. What is this gun worth and should I let my 13yr ols hunt with it or should I put it up.. Please Help I need some guidance .. I have went to the web site and studied about this gun. I understand the make and the years it was made.. I know it was sold in 1937 for $31.00.
Your shogun was part of the L.C.Smith family of shotguns by Hunter Arms Co. Fulton NY. Essentially it was a more economical version in L.C.'s line of shotguns. Your shotgun sold new as you mentioned for around $35 which was the top grade for that particular model.
I looked at some auction sites and it looks as though folks are trying to get around 3 to $400 for your particular model. It's not considered an antique since it is not quite 100 yrs old yet and it should be safe to shoot but I'd still have it checked out by a reputable gunsmith.
I had a friend that inherited an Old Colt dbl and had taken it out and fired it "once" just to make sure it worked. He was not aware that his double was made with damascus steel barrels until after I told him. He will not be shooting it again with modern ammunition
Your double should be good to go but I'd still check it out before letting it go with the 13 yr olds...