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A friend of mine has a "family hand-down" shotgun that he wants me to clean up. It is a single barrel, 12 gauge, 2 hammer (the rear hammer is for barrel release), spring ejector, the action, hammers, trigger, trigger guard, butt-plate, and forearm release lever and connector are silver or alloy plated, and the barrel is 32" long. The serial number is: 195 and is located on the bottom of the barrel (forward of the chamber), the wood on the underside of the forearm, and on the metal of the forearm housing assembly. The only other markings on it are on the lower, left part of the barrel in the chamber area and it says, "DAVENPORT ARMS CO." There is also the name, "Moore" just forward of that on the underside of the barrel. The shotgun is in pretty good mechanical condition, but needs a good cleaning and some of the nicks sanded out of the stock. I just wanted to make sure that, before I touched it, that it wasn't a rare or valuable firearm. I realize that Davenport made a ton of these things, but I haven't run across one with the double hammer. It's also a low serial number, so I wanted to check with you before possibly destroyed the value of an old firearm. Any information that you can give me would be very much appreciated. Thank you very much.
Lonnie D. Brewer
Your shotgun is of little value at this time. Therefore, from a standpoint of present value you should not worry what you do. However, in regards to any future value I would not do any sanding of the stock, sanding will destroy any future value. Use a mild abrasive on the metal parts, like Flitz metal polish. Use a mild soap solution to clean the stock, dry and apply Renaissance Wax.
Submitted By: Lonnie Brewer On: 12/23/2014 2:16:56 PM
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