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Old Shotguns

You watch westerns and the guns you see are Colt Single Actions, Winchester Rifles, Sharps and Spencer Carbines...... But the gun that really won the American West was the double barrel shotgun. Every ranch, Homestead, general store, livery stable, saloon, bawdy house and out-house had one hanging on the wall. The vast majority were foreign made by some maker long since forgotten. Anyone with from two bits to a dollar could buy one. Most were used by farm boys, who with a black powder flask, some tattered cloth for wadding and pea gravel for shot, would spend much of the day hunting the stream banks for supper. ......Antiqueguns.com

 

Due to the fact they have little value at this time and that there is a very limited amount of published serious research we have decided not to attempt to answer any more questions concerning old shotguns. I have answered many questions in the past on this site regarding these shotguns, check to see if your question may have already been answered. If not keep searching, the answers are out there. The vast majority of these guns are not of great value at present and account for more than fifty percent of the questions I receive. They are simply not worth the continued effort to answer currently.

I have answered many questions in the past on this site regarding these shotguns, check to see if your question may have already been answered. If not keep searching, the answers are out there. The vast majority of these guns are not of great value at present and account for more than fifty percent of the questions I receive. They are simply not worth the continued effort to answer currently.

The fact remains they are an important part of our history, they were there. As is the nature of antiques little by little they are being lost to the ages. Although they are basically worthless at this time except as wall hangers some forward looking collectors are beginning to research where they were sold, how they were marked, and when possible where they were made. Good specimens are beginning to be collected and researched for their historical value. And there is no doubt in my mind that some day in the future those collections will be valuable and books about them will be written. But for now, they remain of little interest.

If you are inclined to collect them look for nice clean, working examples. Yes, you can pick some up for one or two hundred dollars, but to be a serious collector look for the higher priced examples with good condition and clear markings. The best examples today will be the most treasured tomorrow. Look for hard to locate names and unusual markings. In time your collection will show a significant rise in value.

One very good book is "The Shotgun Encyclopedia" by John Taylor (Safari Press, Long Beach, CA, 2000)

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