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#618287 08/18/22 01:02 PM
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I haven't bought a new gun in a while but I just won an auction on Gunbroker for a Franz Sodia, Ferlach Austria 12ga double. The action flats have two sets of numbers and I'm trying to figure out when it was built. The numbers are 33.97 and D959.46 one on each side of the flats. Anyone here able to translate that?...Geo

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George, I was wondering why you've been missing meetings of GA (Guns Anonymous). Gil

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The Birmingham proof was 1962 George; the crossed halberds with NB on the L barrel flat.
Odd looking '12' and .729" doesn't fit 13/1 which would have been .719 - .728"?

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Under the 1954 Rules of Proof the “Highest Mean (transducer) Service Pressure” for 2 1/2"/ 3 tons was 8,960 psi = 618 BAR

I'm interested in the Ferlach marks also

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It looks like 1946??

Serbus,

Raimey

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To Georg !
Sodia founded in 1870, Franz Sodia shutdown in 1994.
Instead of guessing/asking the BBS universe, there is still a Sodia clan member around,
its Werner Sodia, operating from an address in
Vienna, get in contact with him. Google should provide you contact details.
Good luck
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Dr. Drew, its a sleever so the 1962 Brit measurements might no longer be pertinent. I know that the Ferlach numbers on the action flats disclose the build date. I just wasn't sure which set of numbers. I expect Raimey is correct about the 1946 date.

Thank you for all responses.
Best...Geo

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Originally Posted by GLS
George, I was wondering why you've been missing meetings of GA (Guns Anonymous). Gil

I'd been doing pretty good in the clean and sober treatment for my gun problem, Gil. The wagon tipped a little when I saw the Sodia and I fell off. I bet I can hit something with this one...Geo

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Raimey is correct of course, this gun was first proofed in 1946; made under British, for the British.

BTW, if I see correctly this piece is signed Franc and not Franz Sodia.

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Interesting about ole Franc. But Franz's British issued house number - maker code - >>33<< is on the water-table.

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There is only one set of British 1954-1989 proof marks, placed in 1962 at the time of the sleeving. Had the gun been built for export to England immediately after the war, there would be 1925-1954 marks, including NITRO PROOF and 1 1/8 oz.
I don't see SLEEVED on the flats or the barrels which I believe was required, on both barrels, post-1954, but could not confirm.

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