Old Bridge Gun Company Shotgun

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Ramrod, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. Ramrod

    Ramrod New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    North Georgia
    Does anyone have any information on the Bridge Gun Company? I am told that it was a trade name for Shapleigh Hardware, St Louis, Mo and maybe manufactured by J Stevens Company and several other.
    I have a old single shot ,12 ga shotgun with The Bridge Gun Company stamped on the left side of the receiver, serial # A766177 stamped on the lower tang and #766177 stamped on the left side of the barrel lug.

    Any information will be greatly appreciated. :p
  2. Dan70

    Dan70 Member

    Jul 11, 2001
    I also have a Bridge Gun Co. shotgun. Mine is a single shot 20 ga. A couple years ago I asked about mine and was told it was manufactured by Crescent Firearms. I'm sure someone who knows more about these guns will be along shortly.

  3. crims40

    crims40 New Member

    Aug 5, 2004
    Yuma, Arizona
    Me too.......Mine is a single shot .410. It was my first shotgun bought for me in 1948 by my dad. Still have it and it is a model "Green Bug". The stock and forearm was originally green, although little of that is left. I've passed it on to my son, who passed it on to his daughter. I remember the S/N started with an "A".......:) :) Ahhh, the memories of an 8 yr old........

  4. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    "Bridge Gun Co." is on my list of over 150 trade names used by Crescent, although it doesn't say it was made for Shapleigh. Crescent did make quite a number of shotguns for Shapleigh Hdw. (Berkshire No. 3000, Central Arms Co., Diamond Arms Co., Enders Oakleaf, Enders Royal Service, Enders Special Service, Hartford Arms Co., K K, Keen Kufter, Mississippi Arms Co. St. Louis, Mississippi Valley Arms Co., Royal Service, Special Service....and probably others).

    Both Crescent and Stevens made large numbers of "Hardware Store" shotguns under various "House" and "Tradenames", a lot of Hardware Store chains, gun wholesalers, and Catalog companies had the same "tradenames" made by different manufacturers. Also a lot of them were imported from Belgium.

    Check the watertables of your shotguns....if it has proofmarks, it was imported. If not, it was American made.
  5. crims40

    crims40 New Member

    Aug 5, 2004
    Yuma, Arizona
    Xracer........On my old .410, there are no proofmarks. So, I guess it's American made. :) The only other markings besides Green Bug and Bridge Gun Company is "11mm choke". Thanks for the information.

  6. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    Well guys.....if your "Bridge Gun Co." shotguns were made in the U.S., they were probably made by Crescent, J. Stevens, or possibly Hopkins & Allen. They all made "Hardware Store" guns.

    Most likely, however, was they were made by Crescent, the largest U.S. maker of Hardware Store guns, who made inexpensive, but good quality, shotguns. The Crescent-made guns ranged from very inexpensive to moderate price......but even the cheapest Crescent I've seen was well-made and quite serviceable.

    Crescent was in business from 1888 until about 1932, so some were made in the blackpowder era, and some in the modern smokeless powder era.

    Sooooo.....if you want to shoot your guns, I'd suggest that you take them to a good gunsmith and find out whether or not yours is a blackpowder or modern powder gun.

    NOTE: Guns designed for blackpowder should not be used with modern shotgun shells!
  7. gunnerd

    gunnerd New Member

    Mar 2, 2009
    I also have a 'Bridge Gun Co.' shotgun in 12 ga., serial #A553590. It is in pretty ruogh shape. I contacted "Numrich Arms/Gun Parts Corp." on-line and went through the entire listing of parts for 'Crescent', 'Stevens' and 'H&A', and could not find anything that resembled the parts I have. I want to repair/rebuild the gun, but would it be worth the trouble? Can anyone tell me when it was made? Manufacture date codes?

    Lead Forever!
  8. Shotguns with the names Bridge Gun Co. Bridge Gun Company and Bridge Gun Works were made by Crescent Fire Arms Company of Norwich,CT (1892 to 1932) mostly with some being made by Harrington & Richardson and J. Stevens Arms Co. All were made for Shapleigh Hardware of St. Louis,MO who must have owned the name. Guns made by Crescent would have been made between 1910 and 1932. Those made by Stevens would have been made after 1915. Gunnerd, if your gun was made by Crescent, it was made in 1923. Ramrod. again if your gun was made by Crescent it was made in about 1928. Xracer, you need to update your list of names Crescent Fire Arms used. I was sitting here working on my listings and I'm up to about 400 names they used and that's not all of them. It has been said that Crescent would make as few a 12 guns with some name on them as long as the buyer paid for the die made up to stamp the name on the gun. Not all of these names were recorded. I find at least one unknown/unrecorded name a month. The best one I have come across and have one in my collection is HOO HOO.
  9. geedubcpa

    geedubcpa New Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    I have a double barrel crescent with exposed hammers - I believe it was made in the 1890's - how do I determine if the barrels are ok for todays shotgun shells? Also can you purchase blackpowder shells?

    The gun looks excellent in all aspects - I doubt it has seen much use based on its appearance - this is a family gun passed down to my father about 15 years ago.

    Thanks for any help.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2009
  10. ben2091

    ben2091 New Member

    Jan 16, 2011
    I am late on this discussion but I also have a Bridge Gun Company single 16 ga. It is marked on the side of the receiver Bridge Gun Company and on the top of the bbl 16ga choke (probably full choke) and Made in USA. Very tight old gun and wood fitted well. My first shotgun. Can't remember whether I was 10 years old and paid $12 or 12 years old and paid $10 to my uncle. So I have owned the gun for at least 59 years. Lots of rabbits and squirrels bit the dust over my friend's black and tan hounds to this gun. Serial # is A 931XXX. Is it probably a crescent? Or maybe a Stevens?
  11. hoohoomfg

    hoohoomfg New Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    hoo hoo mfg co. 16ga. anybody know this one?

  12. hoohoomfg

    hoohoomfg New Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    i have a shotgun not sure ga. but says only hoo hoo mfg. co. and barrel says choke bored and the handle/stock instead of most rifles they come to a 90 degree angle,mine however is factory smooth like that of a ball...never seen one like this before...
  13. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    Hoo Hoo Mfg Co. I've heard of the Hoo Hoo but no one seems to know who sold it. It is believed that it was made by Crescent Gun Co., at least it looks like a 1930's Crescent. Of course it is a Trade name or Store Brand name but as I stated, no one seems to know what store or hardware chain ( or perhaps a single independent store ) sold it. Crescent would special mark as few as 12 guns in an order if the purchaser paid for the roll die. I have read there are over 400 different trade names attributed to Crescent Gun Co.
  14. charlesr41

    charlesr41 New Member

    Apr 19, 2011
    Irwin County, GA
    I also have a "Bridge Gun Company" shotgun. It is a 16 ga and has the serial # A827650. It was made by H&R as the model 47. Numrich has a few parts for it under that listing.
  15. charlesr41

    charlesr41 New Member

    Apr 19, 2011
    Irwin County, GA
    Look on page 264 of Numrich catalog # 32. Parts for your shotgun are listed there as the H&R model 47. My 16 ga is serial # A827650 and was bought at a hardware store in the late 30's by my Dad.
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