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Maybe my favorite picture ever. My 10 yr old son's first hunt on youth waterfowl day in MN. His first ducks ever, and his 20ga wingmaster. Both birds taken on passing shots.

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That is a great picture, you both look so proud!
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GJW- #5519 is an old friend of mine.

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Originally Posted By: Lloyd3
GJW- #5519 is an old friend of mine.


Hey Lloyd, let me guess....you used to own her. I have a big soft spot in my heart for this one. Just a class gun IMO.

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Greg:

She didn't fit me and I couldn't bring myself to mess with her. As best as I could tell she's as she was made, way back in 1887.

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Here's one I took last week

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Hi Greg: Your Blanch is a beautiful gun! jOe: nice turkey! I'm in Michigan UP now hunting Ruffed Grouse. Winter is here!!! Lots of snow, very cold and wet. Had a nice grouse dinner tonight, but it is very cold and wet. I'm ready to get out of here. Miserable weather, for sure!! Best, Buzz


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Originally Posted By: Lloyd3
Greg:

She didn't fit me and I couldn't bring myself to mess with her. As best as I could tell she's as she was made, way back in 1887.


Hi Lloyd, I think your right about the date, as far as I can research her, she was made between 1887 to 1889 or so.
Too bad she didn't fit you, I have a friend who also can't shoot her well, but I lucked out and she works great for me.

I know when I bought her she was a consignment piece and I want to thank you for accepting my offer. Never knew who the owner was, but I do now. I was really surprised to get all the nice accessories. That was abig bonus.

Thanks again for letting me have her!

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Greg: 1887 was a transitional year at the London Proofhouse and is the only year that used the specific combination of proofmarks that are on your gun. Normally, Blanch guns are very hard to date because of a German bomb through the roof of the business in 1940 that destroyed their records. There is an online Blanch database now (maintained by Toby Barclay @ Heritage Firearms), and using that, in combination with proof marks and patent-use numbers, you can at-least extrapolate a period of production for most Blanch guns (excepting yours). Per your description of her a "class gun", Edward Paddison at Boss agreed strongly with you and built Perke's Patent guns for a long period before John Robertson took over in 1891. You probably already know this, but Perke's guns are easy to operate because they only cock one hammer upon opening and then the second on closing. Another tidbit: the closest Blanch serial number to 5519 (that I could find) was 5517, which is a sidelever hammergun. Your gun is a very early hammerless action (perhaps the earliest of its type?) built when hammerguns were still very much mainstream. A period-correct English Best in every way. I'm pleased to know that she went to a good home.

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Here's one I took last week

jOe, that your Scott 10? Gil

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