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Here is Ron Gabel's answer to question number 13806


Greetings Guys, I've purchased and built several kits in the past and continue to have a vested interest in old black powder weapons. Recently i came into possession of a gun .... which i think is an Arquebus Matchlock (Searlock). These guns were popular in the late 14th and early 15th century. There is no brand name or manufacturer stamped on it. But there is an odd symbol etched into the barrel (looks like a fancy letter "K") This makes me think it's original. BUT, the octagon barrel looks to be stainless steel and the stock looks like it was refinished by an amateur. This makes me think it's a copy. I do know conclusively that the gun dates back at least 60 years. (but would a kit like this have been available in the 1950's ?) I like to forward some pictures to you and get your input. Thanks. Kelly


I would be happy to take a look at your photos. You can send pictures to R. Gabel, PO Box 97, Slatington, PA 18080. .

Submitted By: Kelly Skrobarcek On: 3/7/2016 10:14:49 AM

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