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"GECO" Shotgun?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by steveracer, Jun 18, 2007.

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  1. steveracer

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    Here are some pics. Somebody shed a little light for me?
     

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    New brand on me, but...

    Krupp steel means quality steel. The whole shotgun looks good. Doesn't seem to be a junker. Mayhap one of our many collectors cna help.
     
  3. Gordon

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    The GECO IS a quality gun. In that grade that gun is prolly worth noth of $600 and south of $900. The GECOs are made mostly in the 20- 30's but a few were produced post war. I tried to buy a GECO hammer 16ga in the condition of yours a few months ago, it was made in 1936 , and could not get the dealer to come down to below $999- so I passed!
     
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    I dont see that gun going for under 1200...nice 12ga ejector gun...looks like it has a 1144 date stamp...war years german shotgun???
     
  5. steveracer

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    That's what I was thinking, date wise.

    I didn't get a good picture, but the one emblem is an eagle and the other is either a snake or a strange "S". another one is 70" (like 70 inches) but I don't know what any of these mean.
    When I did a search for GECO, I only got J.P.SAUER and SONS, which this gun isn't. (or doesn't seem to be)
    I will try and get better pictures later.
    Steve
     
  6. .45Guy

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    70mm= 2.75" ;)
     
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    Thanks!

    I feel stupid now, but it's totally MM and not ".
    Nice catch, Mate.
     
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    I had to blow it up big but yes, that is a Nazi 'droop eagle' and I'd say November 1944 I never heard of a proof date that late! 70 = 2 3/4 chamber for sure. The Nazi marks might bring more but I'd say a grand or so. Once again these are well made guns with a more modern design than an LC or Lefever ect., which is a good thing IMHO.
     
  10. Jim Watson

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    GECO was the brand name of Gustav Genschow in Hamburg, Germany. I do not think they were manufacturers, just distributors of contract built guns. A good step up from the US hardware store guns, though.

    The 1144 looks more like a serial number than a date.
     
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    Thanks! You guys are a life saver! I went to the Gustav Genschow page and they have a lot of info (If, like me, you speak German)
    Steve
     
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    I think the 1144 is the date of the proof.
    This shotgun was most likely 'appropriated' out of the Sauer Plant after it fell into US Military hands and prior to the area being turned over to the Russians.

    The shotgun was probably in a batch awaiting shipment to their final sales outlet destination.

    Quite a few guns were brought back to the US as war booty from the Sauer Plant.
     
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    Geco sxs

    Hello,
    It seems I also have a GECO. The markings are as detailed and the year of mfg. is 1954. will try to post some pics ASAP.
     
  14. Loyalist Dave

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    I have a GECO .22 single shot bolt rifle, with mounts for a claw-mount scope. A great shooter, and good quaility, so the shotgun must be very nice indeed.

    LD
     
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    I'm sure that it's of higher quality and desirablity than a 'geco45':)
     
  16. steveracer

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    At least it isn't trying to sell car insurance.
     
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    How hilarious would it be if GECO made a 1911 clone at some point?
     
  18. Scottish shooter

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    Hi, I am new. Just wanted to add mold shotgun is a Geco, I have been trying to find out about it for years!! This is the first place I have ever seen anybody even know what it is! I will get it out tonight and take some pics and post them. Any help on dating it etc would be fantastic! I have bought an over and under BSA now as the Geco was beginning to get a bit loose when i was shooting clays!
     
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    I think in true Geco45 fashion, you should totally tactical that out.


    cut it down, paint it black, put 2 lights and a laser on it and go on patrol.
     
  20. Gordon

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    I STILL want a Geco 16 gauge !
     
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    And I want a Geco45 shotgun, complete with 6 accessory rails, 12 light/laser sight combos, 3 scopes, and dual M4 telescoping buttstocks.

    The .22 rifle looks kinda cool, one for sale on gunbroker. Bolt action, selling for $100, but old german-made firearms always interest me. Love to find one of these shotguns, as mentioned above, in 16ga.
     
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    Gordon,
    I've got one in 16ga! And a 12ga on the way. NOT the same builder though, from what I could dig up Sauer made many of the Gecos, as has been pointed out, they were a distributor who contracted for their guns. Geco16-3.jpg Geco16-2.jpg Geco16-1.jpg
    I believe mine is an FN build, and rather the worse for wear and tear and a LOT of rounds through her, but the price was right, and in the last 2 weeks she's digested well over 200 shotshells without a hitch. I've opened the chokes and lengthened the chamber to 2 3/4". Needs a new stock, and she's a tad loose on the sideclips, but nevertheless a beautifully made piece.
    Here's from an ad at Griffin & Howe of a current offering they have on their site. GHFN16ga.jpg Cheers gents,
    R*2
     
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    Are they the same Geco as the ammunition company?
     
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    Ayup!
     
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