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This is a really nice little Charles Daly 12 bore gun weighing 6 3/4 lbs with 28" barrels. No markings on gun to indicate maker though it appears to be Prussian. Early gun, perhaps around 1871. Great wood and mechanically fine and original. Unfortunately it appears someone stored it in a fleece case and there is significant corrosion on the action, etc. but that's not the question I have.

A very old addition to the gun is a solid nickel scroll behind the trigger guard. It was neatly added by someone who knew what they were doing. They slightly filed 1/4" and 3/8" flats on the tang front and rear and secured it with brads.

I am debating whether to leave it as is or remove it. It's not really comfortable in the hand and just sort of interrupts the lines of the original straight wrist. If I do remove it the tang would show the little flats that were filed and the two holes, which I would plug.

In favor of leaving it as is would be the addition is very old, probably dating back to the 70's and is part of the gun's history. A quaint piece of Americana.

What say this august body? Leave it as is or remove it?

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P.S. Oh, it is a "mystery gun". Barrels were welded in Birmingham and carry only provisional proof. Tubes were joined by brazing. Nickel plating on all hardware appears original. Serial number of 15,251 on all metal parts would fit nicely with W. & C. Scott series. I dunno....parts sourced in England and assembled in Prussia?










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Originally Posted By: Joe Wood
What say this August body? Leave it as is or remove it?


I think this is a November body, not an August body.

Have your gun mechanic remove it and reshape it. Have it engraved to match the original. Put it back on.

I emailed you but no reply. Do you want to go hunt quail tomorrow?

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I dunno, Joe. Depends on whether or not you intend to hunt it. If you do then I'd have the 'metallic pistol grip' removed. Document it, of course, just because & keep it in a baggie or something tagged so that can be tied back to the gun if ever needed. Looks to me like someone was trying to make it work for a person with a small hand or one who prefered a pistol grip. People at that time tended to be smaller in stature, so could have been man or woman, but I'd suspect the former. Just thinking out loud, not always the most intelligent choice on a public forum, but you asked.

Have you checked on Mike? Holed up in the cellar w/five dogs and no whiskey sounds to me like an invitation to more trouble. My own dog just said to me that he should take lessons from me in digging holes. We be holed up in the back, not having a cellar. Just as well that he does not drink, no tellin' whot he'd be tellin' me then.

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Take it off, Take it ALL off.
Good luck on the hunt with Mike tomorrow
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It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. I'd take it off.

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That's a beautiful stock. I would definitely remove that piece of metal if the gun were mine. A bit of an eyesore IMO.


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Does it work to open bottles of Lone Star when you wiggle them into the opening?
If you can get it to work for that use, then, leave it.

None of my doubles has a "church key" installed, but, the more I think about it, the more I like the concept.


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Now Ted, I think we're on to something real revolutionary. Lord help us if the fellers in the Robinson clan down in Louisiana get tipped off on this improvement. Might just find 'em more common than choke tubes.


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It looks like part of a gate from a wrought iron fence in a cemetery. sick


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