This is a unique
double barrel shotgun. It was made in Belgium about
1870-1880 and is rifled. The 28" barrels are 12
gauge and have four lands and grooves with a slow twist.
Probably designed for a conical hollow base bullet like
the Minie ball. Most rifling for round balls have more
grooves. Not sure how well a patched ball would work in
these now as the rifling is shallow and a bit rough. I
honed the bores slightly and found the grooves so I
didn't go any deeper to preserve the grooves. They are
smooth enough for shot and must have been used recently
as the gun had new nipples installed. The nipples are
standard ¼x28 thread.
I tightened up the breech/tang fit and repaired
the locks to work nicely. The French walnut stock has a
crack in one side up by the tang but has been repaired
and is sound. There are a few chips out along the barrel
channels. Someone has added a new wedge and wedge
plates. There are also two mother of pearl inlays in the
butt sides. It sports an old original ramrod.
Overall a sound
tight gun that would be a fine shooter.
Weight is 7 lbs.
8 oz. Pull is 14".