Just lately, a pal who lives out West requested me if I might reply some questions on this muzzleloading double. His neighbor knocked on his door and gave it to him kind of out of the blue. The neighbor knew solely that the gun was made in New York, “in one of many prisons” someday within the early 1900s. It’s a 12 gauge percussion-gun, with fluid metal barrels, a curly maple inventory, and hand engraving, together with the metal buttplate. The one markings on it wherever are a really faint lettering that appears like “M.H.” It’s in such fine condition; my pal says he’d haven’t any qualms about capturing it proper now.
The primary and most urgent query: Why doesn’t something like this ever occur to me? Mates, neighbors, and random acquaintances ought to give me weapons. But they by no means do.
Second, and maybe extra necessary to the remainder of you and definitely to my fortunate pal, what is that this gun?
The dearth of proof marks does recommend the gun is American. Actually, gun can be made in New York round 1900 isn’t any shock, because the New York-Connecticut–Massachusetts area was the middle of U.S. gun-making. The concept that a gun can be made “within the prisons” is a brand new one to me (“Carbine” Williams excepted), however I suppose it’s attainable prisoners used to make weapons as an alternative of license plates.
Maybe certainly one of you on the market can I.D. this gun. If not, you possibly can look on the photograph beneath and admire the workmanship and want that you just too had neighbors that will convey over muzzleloading shotguns as an alternative of plates of cookies.