The serial number is 18XXXX so I assume this was built early in the 1930's. I do not know why it appeals to me, but I have been thinking of learning to shoot a shotgun (skeet, trap or whatever) well enough to not embarrass myself if I go bird hunting with my son-in-law so I was looking around and saw it at a local pawn shop. It has a tiny crack in the forend but I see that they are still available new or I imagine I can epoxy in a bit of walnut using GunnyUSMC's tutorial. Everything looks like it works and the finish seems good (for a 1930's gun) but I was wondering how to carry out at least a bit of due diligence. Or, alternately, am I simply delusional and should I just use the field barrel that came with my Mossberg 500 that I've never even used? I suspect part of it is that it is an extremely cool old shotgun with wonderful patina and I'm kind of a sucker. Thanks for any words of wisdom, derision or whatever.