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Posted: 4/19/2007 1:41:22 PM EDT
12 gauge its in good condition. Is it safe to use normal shells in? It has around a 19 inch barrel.
Link Posted: 4/19/2007 1:42:03 PM EDT
[#1]
how many dig serial #?
Link Posted: 4/19/2007 1:42:45 PM EDT
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Quoted:
how many dig serial #?


Let me call dad and see.

Grr he went for dinner be a while.
Link Posted: 4/19/2007 3:54:26 PM EDT
[#3]
Based on the interest in the Cowboy action shooter, it's in the $300 to $600 range usually if in good condition.  Varying factors are letter model, takedown, barrel originality. etc.  BTW these are able to be slam fired safely.  Wait till you see the innards.  You see why they went out of production here in the states a long time ago.
Link Posted: 4/19/2007 5:00:43 PM EDT
[#4]
check gunbroker.com.  Eliminate the repros.  You'll get a fair idea of the range in condition/features/value.

Stay safe
Link Posted: 4/19/2007 6:28:48 PM EDT
[#5]
He said it has a Bayonet mount on the barrel. Be tomorrow before i know how many digit serial number. Supposed to be a old police gun.
Link Posted: 4/19/2007 6:32:13 PM EDT
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Quoted:
check gunbroker.com.  Eliminate the repros.  You'll get a fair idea of the range in condition/features/value.

Stay safe


+1

Good advice
Link Posted: 4/19/2007 6:34:59 PM EDT
[#7]
Bayonet mount (if it's original) makes it a trench gun. Lower value to cowboy shooters, but slightly higher value to collectors. However your potential market is much smaller. I would still say 300-600 dollars but you will have fewer potential buyers (it may take longer to sell). Also early 1897's have 2 1/2" chambers and have to be modified to shoot modern shells. If you do a google search you should be able to find a web site where you can enter your serial number and get the year of production. Any good gunsmith should be able to measure the chamber for you.


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He said it has a Bayonet mount on the barrel. Be tomorrow before i know how many digit serial number. Supposed to be a old police gun.
Link Posted: 4/19/2007 6:38:24 PM EDT
[#8]
It must be a newer one. He shot some 2.3/4 shells through it would they work in any of them? He couldn't care less about safety. He said it was a bayonet mount towards the end a piece comes down and has a place for something to hook onto. I haven't saw it yet, dad tried to describe it.
Link Posted: 4/19/2007 6:39:27 PM EDT
[#9]
You should measure your chamber to see if it can really shoot 2/3/4" shells safely.  If it is a 2 1/2" chamber, it will limit your market.  

Most of us are buying the Norchinacos, as they are very good quality and you can double load them.  That really kills your market.  

Post a photo.  You never know............
Link Posted: 4/19/2007 6:45:02 PM EDT
[#10]

Quoted:
12 gauge its in good condition. Is it safe to use normal shells in? It has around a 19 inch barrel.


I have one that I believe was made in 1904, that I shoot pretty often with standard low brass shells. I have tried shooting high brass before, but ran into some problems, mainly because it's a takedown model and the high brass tend to deform around the chamber ring.

Mine does run pretty well for a hundred year old gun, I did have to put a new bolt in it because the one in it when I bought it was fubar, big time. Some genius frankinsteined the thing with lots of brass to fill in gouges. Egunparts had a bolt in brand new condition so I was able to fix it easily.


ETA - I paid $250 for mine a couple years ago and put about another $100 in parts in to it (new stock, forearm, bolt, extractor)

Link Posted: 4/19/2007 6:45:36 PM EDT
[#11]
If it's an original trench gun, it's worth maybe $2300 in "good condition". It's it's military marked, add $1200 or so. These trenchguns are faked alot so be careful. People add the military markings (flaming bomb) and add the barrel shroud (after cutting barrel) trying to fook people over. Original trenchguns are very rare and highly sought after by collectors, especially if military marked.

Head over to this board with pics and specifics. These guys are the experts and can tell if your gun is original and what it's worth.

Link
Link Posted: 4/20/2007 7:22:28 AM EDT
[#12]
He said it has two numbers on it. He don't know which one is the serial number  388625  874882
Link Posted: 4/20/2007 9:29:28 AM EDT
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He said it has two numbers on it. He don't know which one is the serial number  388625  874882



Sounds like it's a "take-down" version (allows you to seperate the barrel/mag-tube from the reciever) and the serial numbers don't match. They should match as in the picture below. Looks like you got a 1908 and 1939 serial number parts gun.

1897 serial number database

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