So did any American gunmakers use faux damascus shotgun barrels? Or was that pretty much confined to the cheaper Belgian guns? Any way of knowing by looking? I'm sure a lot of us have been told by a seller that the gun is fluid steel with a damascus pattern. I recently overheard a guy who I'm sure knew better tell a potential buyer that his grade 4 Ithaca was faux damascus and safe to shoot with modern ammo. He obviously cared much more about money than either getting this guy hurt and/or destroying a nice old double.
The majority of Belgian makers considered it a type of fraud. They petitioned vigorously to have laws enacted to short circuit the process. A law was enacted that basically stated only Damascus barrels could be so marked. Anything that was not damascus, twist, laminate, etc could not make the claim.
Again. NONE of the major US makers used faux damascus. Why should they when genuine Belgian twist aka laminate was so cheap? Destry astutely observed a Sears imported low end gun. On their own guns, Sears never used faux damascus.
Now having said this. There were at least 3 American patents filed to create various types of faux damascus. Rose 1862
, Sachs 1889
, Warner 1916
Both Rose and Sachs were before the Belgian outcry about faux damascus. There is no indication that either was ever used in production. Warner was an act of desperation during WWI. No barrels were reaching America. There are actually some records of American makers telling potential buyers they can not fulfill orders for Damascus. Warner's patent is interesting because it is essentially what many people do today with full length inserts. Again, no record of this ever going into production.