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Offline kodiak10

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Inherited an Old Shotgun
« on: January 14, 2020, 11:04:35 AM »
I inherited an old Charles Daly shotgun from my stepmother.  Her grandfather was a big duck hunter back in the day and left her with this shotgun. She is deathly afraid of guns, and decided to pass it on to me, as I am the only person in the family that has any experience with firearms. My father sent me these pictures, and it will be a few weeks before I get to see it in person. He has no idea where the serial numbers are on it and knows nothing of guns either.

Attached are some photos, what are you guys' thoughts? I know nothing of guns of this age. Is it most likley just a collector's item, or does it have the potential to be used in the field one day?

Either way, I am estatic. Never imagined I would inherit a gun.  Will be awesome to pass on my collection when I am an old man, I just hope someone will appreciate them!

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Re: Inherited an Old Shotgun
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2020, 11:17:03 AM »
Nice.  I know nothing of its collector value, but I love doubles with external hammers and double triggers.

That looks well-loved.

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Re: Inherited an Old Shotgun
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2020, 11:22:41 AM »
Waaaay cool would sure look good above a fireplace, I'm jealous. :tup:

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Re: Inherited an Old Shotgun
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2020, 11:36:39 AM »
Waaaay cool would sure look good above a fireplace, I'm jealous. :tup:

I agree 100%. You can just feel the history.

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Re: Inherited an Old Shotgun
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2020, 12:16:30 PM »
Hard to be positive by the photos but that was likely imported by Daly from Suhl Germany looking at the side lever.  Late 1880's is my guess, with Damascus barrel.   

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Re: Inherited an Old Shotgun
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2020, 12:22:44 PM »
Very cool old gun!

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Re: Inherited an Old Shotgun
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2020, 12:35:39 PM »
 Congratulations!

 Assuming you live here in Washington, keep in mind it is subject to the states “use” tax.
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Re: Inherited an Old Shotgun
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2020, 01:10:42 PM »
He has no idea where the serial numbers are on it and knows nothing of guns either.

It probably doesn't have a serial number.  They weren't required back in the day.


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Re: Inherited an Old Shotgun
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2020, 01:16:27 PM »
Kodiak, have it checked out by a gunsmith. might be able to shoot low pressure loads.
If looking for value, contact some of the firms that deal with high end shotguns. good luck.
either way cool gun.

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Re: Inherited an Old Shotgun
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2020, 01:26:19 PM »
Be very careful with Damascus barrels as HenryDog noted. "Is it most likely just a collector's item, or does it have the potential to be used in the field one day?" It most likely has 2 1/2 or 2 inch chambers so if it was shootable you would need to load your own shells. Also look at getting it sleeved for 20 gauge. I've know a few folk who have done this. To bad that RWS moved out of state, he did most of his hunting with old SXS like this. Good Luck
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Re: Inherited an Old Shotgun
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2020, 01:45:11 PM »
Look's like a Linder.  Charles Daly didn't make guns, they imported them and sold them under their name.


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Re: Inherited an Old Shotgun
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2020, 03:32:25 PM »
Thanks everyone for the awesome information. I expect it will be more or less an art piece, but still am very excited to hang it up one day. Beautiful gun for sure, I will have to take it to a gunsmith and see what else I can learn about it.

It could absolutely be from around the 1880s, as it belonged to the grandfather of my stepmother who is in her 50s. So cool it survived in the family for that long.

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Re: Inherited an Old Shotgun
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2020, 07:05:03 PM »
Those old doubles and even the single breach loaders look awesome up on the wall!
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Re: Inherited an Old Shotgun
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2020, 08:06:00 AM »
Neat, if you choose to display it think of security, they are a burglar magnet, thanks

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Re: Inherited an Old Shotgun
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2020, 06:56:12 PM »
what a fantastic old gun!

 


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