Inherited Shotgun

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Vince, Jun 22, 2003.

  1. Vince

    Vince New Member

    Jun 22, 2003
    I just inherited my great grandfathers shotgun.

    It's a single barrel 12 gauge, with Finch Arms Co. stamped on the side. Genuine Armory Stell and Choke Bored stamped on the barrel near the breech.

    It's also got the number 243 stamped in the trigger guard, and finally the number 197243 stamped behind the trigger guard where the body joins the stock.

    I'd appreciate any direction on finding info on this shotgun.

  2. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    Well, howdy Vince and welcome to the forum. Nice to have y'all aboard. I can't help with your shotgun, but those that knows should be around shortly. Keep a watchin' and jump right into the other sections of this here forum.

  3. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    Feb 23, 2001
    Minn-eeee-sota, ya, sure, you bet!
    Hi Vince....and welcome to TFF!

    Are there any other markings on the gun? Particularly, any proof marks? These are often hidden under the forestock.

    I haven't been able to find any information on a "Finch Arms Co.".....but that's not unusual. From the 1880's until the 1930's there were many, many thousands of inexpensive shotguns sold under many hundreds of "private label" trade names.

    These are generally known as "Hardware Store Guns" or "Mail-order House Guns".

    Many were inexpensive Belgian imports.....they'll have proofmarks, usually a Crown over an ELG.

    But many were also made here in the U.S. by such companies as Crescent, Stevens, and Harrington & Richardson.

    Crescent alone is known to have made shotguns with over 120 different private label trade names.

    It's possible that there was a small company called the Finch Arms Company that made shotguns, but this is more likely a private label mail order or hardware store gun.

    Depending on when your gun was made, it may, or may not be safe to shoot. Many of the earlier guns were designed for blackpowder and are not safe with modern loads.

    If you're thinking of using it, by all means PLEASE take it to a competent gunsmith and have it checked out to see if it's safe to shoot.
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