Hi. I’m here because I would like any information anyone may have about a shotgun my husband left behind when he passed away recently. I know it was his Grandfather’s. I’ve learned on line in gun enthusiast groups it is a shotgun, not a rifle as I thought. It’s a Spencer 1882 I think. Any history about who would have had this gun and what it was used for would be appreciated. How old is it and who would appreciate having a gun like this? It hasn’t been cleaned or used in many years. I’m reluctant to handle it, I don’t know if it’s loaded either. How can I safely find out? It looks like it was used allot. I’m learning that collectors may find some value in owning this gun. I would like to know it’s value as well, and especially what type of venue could appraise it and sell it. I hope you find it asas interesting as I do, simply because of its age and potential history. Thank you in advance for your contribution.