Re: American Side Snap
to add confussion there were two actual companies that went by the name 'american arms co". and a couple more that used different variations of the american name. one made "smith carbines" during the civil war and was located in chicopee falls, mass. the best known manufactured shotguns double & single single barrels and revolvers about 1870 through 1893. this company was also located in milwaukee,wis. 1893-1899 and i believe moved to alabama in 1900. the type of single barrel shotguns this company manufactured is hazy today as they are better known for their revolvers and double barrel shotguns although they stopped manufacturing revolver about 1895 of so.
c.s. shattuck also known for a short time as shattuck & hyde did make make a side lever (known as a side snap) single barrel shotgun under the name brand of "american" these were sold through wholesaler/retailer like J.P. Lovell Co. of boston. and portland maine.
before 1883 the shattuck sidesnap single barrel was also sold by j.p. lovell co. as the 'champion side snap single barrel'. after 1883 (when iver johnson started manufacturing firearms for J.P. Lovell Co.) a new side snap single barrel was manufactured and sold by j.p. lovell co.as the 'new champion side snap', it was completely different from the earlier shattuck model. in the 1887 j.p. lovell co. catalog both models are shown with the shattuck version being listed at a reduced price.
i believe this is the source of the misinformation about iver johnson having manufactured a side snap single barrel marked 'american'. i have yet to see a single barrel shotgun marked 'american' that was actually manufactured by iver johnson.
more useless information; in the 1887 j.p. lovell co. catalog one of the two single barrel marked with the 'american' name was a trigger action (barrel release) also manufactured by c.s. shattuck. the other 'american' marked single barrel was a hammerless design that looks a whole lot like one of the early remington designed that had a top lever to break open the action and a side lever to cock the internal hammer.
other actual companies that used variation of the "american" name;
american machine works
american nut & arms co.
american repeating rifle co.
american standard tool co.
and lastly, only good quality pictures of this shotgun can determine who actiually made it.
Last edited by b.goforth; 05-06-2009 at 03:45 PM..