Mystery 16Ga Double-Barrel Shotgun

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  1. Hazwaste

    Hazwaste Member

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    My grandfather bequeathed this double-barrel shotgun to my dad back in 1972 when he passed away, and Dad left it to me. No markings of any kind that I can find. I have at least some of the missing pieces in a baggie.

    It's in the same condition that it was in 1972, which is poor. My grandfather told Dad it hadn't been shot in many years, which I can believe.

    Can someone identify what I have here?

     
  2. Col. Harrumph

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    You're handicapping us here with no in-focus closeups of the markings. Action and top and underside of barrels (fore end removed).
     
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  3. entropy

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    I agree with the good Col. Pic of the lockplate that's still on the gun, close up of the top of the barrels, if there is a gripcap, that, and buttplate,
     
  4. Hazwaste

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  5. Big Bore 44

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    Remove the fore-end and remove the barrels, there should be more markings on the water table and the underside of the barrels.
     
  6. mokin

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    A mystery! I'm intrigued. It's a pretty gun. Hopefully you can take it out and shoot it.
     
  7. entropy

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    I kind of wanted to be able to read the grip cap......I was thinking it could be an L.C. Smith, as they have plain false sideplates like that, but they usually say L.C. Smith across the front bottom of the sideplate.

    Why is the lever to the middle when the gun is open? That's not good.

    Are the barrels laminated or damascus? They will have diagonal stripes the length of the barrel if so.
     
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  8. Jim Watson

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    Not L.C. Smith, D.M. Lefever, or Baker. Likely foreign. Proof marks and maybe a manufacturer's code will be on the action and barrel flats.
    If you don't have ALL the loose parts in that bag, you are out of luck.
     
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  9. troy fairweather

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    Reminds me of one of the Hopkins and Allen, or a crescent after they got h&a
     
  10. Jim Watson

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    Crescent is the best bet so far. I didn't know they made a sidelock.
     
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  11. Hazwaste

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    I googled Crescent shotguns and found pictures that matched it almost exactly. Thanks!
     
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  12. Oldschool shooter

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    L.C. Smith was my first thought. The sidelocks look just like those on my 16 ga. L.C Smith, except as you noted, the sidelocks are clearly marked. The safety on the upper tang also looks like an L.C. Smith.
     
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  13. vintovka

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    "hardware store" shotgun that never got marked? Have a stock off a partial
    "American Gun Company" stock that looks very similar. Prolly a Crescent as well.
     
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