Re: Bay State shotgun question
Your new gun is an H&R manufactured shotgun derived from the Model 1908 with fixed hinge pin. Year of manufacture with that serial number, best guess, between 1915 and 1920. Research shows that H&R literature did not include the "Bay State" marked model 1908/08 Standard until around 1932. So, your piece (along with a couple others I've seen) allows inference that H&R was using this name earlier than previously suspected.
The Bay State name was used on pieces meant to be sold to wholesalers for distribution to stores, catalogue sales, etc. H&R did not sell that name through their authorized dealers nor by direct mail sales. The ones marked "MADE IN U.S.A." were marked such, in anticipation of export sales by the wholesalers.
Jim Hauff ~ H&R Collector In Memory of Bill Goforth and Jim Ritchie
Last edited by Jim Hauff; 12-27-2011 at 10:26 AM..