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I have a 16ga HSBC & Russo Co, Chicago patent pending 1913

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I have a 16ga HSBC & Russo Co, Chicago patent pending 1913 gun. Visited Flint Gun Shop in Flint, Indiana and could not find it in his gun book. Suggested I try looking for it as an antique. Any info on this gun?
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Are there any other markings on that gun at all? Is it a single or double-barrel? Remove the barrels and look for markings on the areas on the frame and barrels that were hidden when the barrels were attached.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

The gun is at Flint Gun Shop now getting the firing pin fixed. The only other marking was a (if I remember correctly) Serial #197 with I think something like TK after it.


It's a single barrel.

Crescent Fire Arms Co. sold guns under the HSBC brand name (Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co. was a hardware store based in Chicago, Il.)

You should have the Crescent Single-Shot shotgun. They have an exposed hammer, a pistol grip stock, and are chambered in either 12, 16, 20, 28, or .410 with 26, 28, 30, or 32 inch barrels and a variety of chokes.

Retail values for the 16 gauge model:

Excellent: $140-$205
Very Good: $100-$120
Good: $80-$90

I hope this helps.

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