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Posted: 6/7/2003 12:35:06 PM EDT
My local fun shop has a Red chieftan side by side w/28" bbls and double triggers and a straight stock. No autoejectors.
Its in 16 GA and is in shooter grade condition.
It points really well and swings like a dream.

Can anyone look in thier blue book and find a price and any info on this shotgun? Please?

It wants to become my new upland shotgun but I need to know a little about it first.
Link Posted: 6/7/2003 4:17:10 PM EDT
Slacker,
I checked my Blue Book and my much better, IMHO, Standard Catalog of Firearms and don't see any mention of a "Red Chieftain" anything. That sounds more like a model and not a manufacturer - maybe take another look at the shotgun ??
Link Posted: 6/7/2003 5:15:34 PM EDT
I searched the heck out of Google and came up with this:

Red Chieftan: Trade name used by the Supplee Biddle Hardware Company of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania on inexpensive pocket pistols they retailed.

Perhaps they also made a shotgun with that name?
Link Posted: 6/7/2003 10:54:45 PM EDT
Nope - checked and nothing shows.
Link Posted: 6/8/2003 5:37:29 AM EDT
Both the Crescent Arms Co. (later bought by Savage) and the H&D Folsom Arms Co. built thousands of handguns and shotguns around and just after the turn of the century which were often marked with various trade names designated by the retailers who were their customers..."Red Chieftan" almost certainly being one. Possibly Suplee Biddle Hardware bought a few under their name and they did not sell well...who knows?
Link Posted: 6/8/2003 10:39:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ikor:
Both the Crescent Arms Co. (later bought by Savage) and the H&D Folsom Arms Co. built thousands of handguns and shotguns around and just after the turn of the century which were often marked with various trade names designated by the retailers who were their customers..."Red Chieftan" almost certainly being one. Possibly Suplee Biddle Hardware bought a few under their name and they did not sell well...who knows?



ikor,
actually I replied more completely via email and came to the same conclusion as you. Most likely "Red Chieftain" was a private label brand with the actual gun being manufactured by 'who knows'. Doesn't mean there's anything wrong with this shotgun but finding the manufacturer may be difficult though likely not impossible.
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