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What is this shotgun accessory?

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by oldjeeps, Aug 31, 2008.

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  1. oldjeeps

    oldjeeps Member

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    Found an old "Columbia" 12 gauge single shot that had this attached to it's left side. Was wondering what anyone might know about it - it appears to be a 'reloader / autoloader' of some sort.
    This appears to be made of stamped steel and I know 30+ years old.
    Markings: "ALOFS MFG. CO", "G.R. MICH. PAT 99-24"
    It currently has some surface rust and a bad "control" spring but seems to be generally functional.
     

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  2. Vaarok

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    I'll be damned, sure looks like a quickloader. There were similar inventions for single-shot rifles in the late 1870s, like the Martini-Henry, but I've never seen something like it for a modern shotgun.

    Kewl!
     
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    Agreed, a speedloader to "automate" a single shot shotgun.
     
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  5. oldjeeps

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    Thanks for the link. That was very informative.

    Definitely think that I am going to have to have that setup brought back into working order. Can't say that I really want to spend much on the "columbia" (as I haven't heard much good about them), but between the quickloader and sentimental reasons it looks like it's on its way to the gunsmith.

    Anyone want to hazard a guess on value (not that it'll be up for sale at any point in the next 50 years)?
     
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    If the design is authentic for the late 19th century, "new" ones would be a hit with the SASS crowd and reenactors.
     
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    Novelty value alone, you could probably get several hundred dollars for it, I can't imagine they're common or that many have survived.
     
  8. oldjeeps

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    As stated, I won't be selling it. But also don't really want to invest too much more than the setup is worth (at the gunsmiths).

    The_Antibubba: IIRC the date on the patent that John posted was in the 20s.
     
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