UZUMLU Shotgun (Turkey)


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skootbug
June 1, 2005, 07:38 PM
Anybody know much about these shotguns. A friend who served in Turkey is offering to sell me his NIB 20 Gauge over/under for $400. he showed me a receipt where he paid $700. It is hand carved and looks good with lots of engraving with a parkerized type finish. I have not been able to find much info on these guns. Thanks

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Preacherman
June 1, 2005, 11:34 PM
I don't know the Uzumlu name, but Turkish shotguns are widely sold under different brand names (IIRC, some of the Stoeger shotguns were once of Turkish manufacture, although in more recent years they've sourced from Brazil). Certainly, $400 is a fairly good price for any O/U or SxS shotgun if it's in good condition: and from the Turkish shotguns I've handled, they appear to be worth the money. I'd buy it.

Monkeyleg
June 2, 2005, 12:17 AM
Are you sure you're not talking about Huglu shotguns? (It's pronounced "hoo-loo").

The first I saw of them was about four years ago when a friend decided to bring some into his shop.

Bear in mind I'm not a shotgunner, but I thought the fit and finish were really good, especially for the price. Very tight, and solid lockup.

As my friend explained it to me, the problem was that the Turks like a high-gloss finish on their stocks, where American buyers prefer a semi-matte to open grain wood. So, the folks at Huglu started taking steel wool to remove the gloss finish. Some looked good, some didn't.

Since then, Huglu appears to have figured out the wood preferences for the American market.

Just my .02.

skootbug
June 2, 2005, 12:32 AM
He bought a Huglu also but they apparently were only manufactured in 12 Gauge. The shotgun name apparently is the village where they are manufactured. Huglu and Uzumlu villages are just a few clicks away from one another. The Huglu that he has appears to look more like a Winchester O/u copy.

Monkeyleg
June 2, 2005, 12:48 AM
"The shotgun name apparently is the village where they are manufactured."

Oh, that could get ugly. Here in Wisconsin, we have people making custom firearms in towns with names like Mukwanago, Prairie Du Chien, and Menominie. It's a marketing manager's nightmare. ;)

JohnBT
June 2, 2005, 08:28 AM
I'd never heard of them, but did find this old post...

"To: club@guns.ru
Subject: Re: Turkish shotguns (Valery Shilin guns club wwwboard)

in reply to: Turkish shotguns posted by shackandjill@aol.com Shack on January 21, 2003 at 00:05:47

> > > > I have a Turkish shotgun and I'd like to get more info on it and how much it's worth. The writing on it says UZUMLU and Derya Av Tufekleri Cal-12 Special Magnum and on the under side of it it says Super Gold.

Uzumlu is a village 5 kilometers away from Huglu village.
Both Huglu and Uzumlu villages of Central Anatolia
manufacture shotguns for 70-80 years, and they work on a
cooperative basis, every villager work for the cooperative,
one house makes the trigger part, the other makes the
receiver and so on... However, the Uzumlu cooperative
dissolved and many new family-owned companies emerged out
of it. Derya is one of them. I personally met the owner of
that company, an old and nice guy, who is in shotgun manuf.
business for at least 40 years. I visited his small atelier
and saw that every part of the shotgun is hand made, except
the barrel. Regards, Kamil from Istanbul"

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