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I have my Father’s shotgun. I would like to find out how old…

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I have my Father’s shotgun. I would like to find out how old it is. It says American Gun Co on barrel. When you cock open the gun you see 106669 on the action portion of the shotgun. It is a double barrel double hammer shotgun.

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I have my Father’s shotgun. I would like to find out how old it is. It says American Gun Co on barrel. When you cock open the gun you see 106669 on the action portion of the shotgun. It is a double barrel double hammer shotgun.

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Hi,

The American Gun Co., Norwich, Conn., around the turn of the century, sold these shotguns made by Crescent Firearms Co.. to be distributed by H. & D. Fulsom. These are sometimes known as "Hardware Store Guns", as that is where most of them were sold. The length of barrels varied as well as the chokes. Some were produced with damascus barrels, some with fluid steel. The latter being worth another 25%. They were said to be the best American hammer guns in the market for the money. Huge quantities of these "Hardware Guns" were produced by many brandsincluding Fulsom's house brand "American Gun Co. of NY." In 1922 the Crescent brand replaced the "American Gun Co. of NY".

So, all that being said, sometime between 1900 and 1922 this shotgun was made. I'm sorry it can't be nailed down closer than that, but there are no public records of these shotgun's serial numbers and manufacturing dates.

Here are some values from the Standard Catalog of Firearms that most of these shotguns are valued at:

Double hammer, double trigger sidelock :

Exc. cond.: $1025

Vgood: $825

Good: $700

Fair: $475

I hope this helps. Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with please.

Thank you,

Bill

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