Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by car, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. car

    car New Member

    Sep 1, 2006
    recently acquired a muzzle loading shot gun made by W.A.Moody and co. and thats all of the identifacation on the gun. under the forarm guard it says 15 and there are some small stampings of flags or coat of arms etc. any one have any ideal what I have. Thanks Bill
  2. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    Feb 23, 2001
    Minn-eeee-sota, ya, sure, you bet!
    Hi Car......welcome to TFF. :)

    Those "small stampings of flags or coat of arms etc." are proofmarks and indicate that your shotgun was made in Europe. If one of those proof marks is an "E" with an "LG" and a crown, your gun was made in Belgium (the most likely source).....If not, I'd have to see the proof marks to tell you where it was made.

    Since your shotgun is a muzzle loader, it was probably made before 1870 or so. This is a blackpowder gun and should never be used with modern smokeless powder.

    W.A. Moody & Co. is most likely the store or chain of stores that imported the gun and put their name on it.