I wouldn't sell it for the world, but just to perhaps kick off some discussion on this forum, I have my grandfathers old Long Tom 12 ga shotgun. I believe he bought it when he was a boy for $7 and that would make it about 100 years old now. He must have fired a million shells through it and I've probably added several hundred thousand more. It's still my favorite shotgun to shoot but it's getting so loose and the firing pin has worn down to where it mis-fires....so I've relegated it to the gun case for now.
Does anyone know how common this shotgun was and know any history behind it?
If it is marked Long Tom, it was probably a J Stevens Arms single shot. They were once very common as they were a Sears owned and widely distributed item. Not sure how many survive today. Like anything else, value depends on condition but I have seen them anywhere from $50 to $350.
This shotgun is labeled "Long Tom" with no other markings whatsoever. It's certainly just a utilitarian shotgun with no fancy scrolling etc. However, the long, gracefull barrel just seems to fit my body perfectly and I shoot better with that shotgun than my high dollar Baretta O/Us. The value of it is in the memories and sentiments it stirs in me....so that makes it priceless.
I'm hoping that I will pick up my great grandfather's Winchester Model 24 the next time I go to my grandparents house. It's a double barrel, striker fired shotgun with a trigger for each barrel. The mechanism is in good shape (I've taken it down and cleaned it). The bores have 0 corrosion in them, and are still shiny.
Good idea about posting some shotgun pics. My problem is being technically challenged and it takes me twice as long to do anything on a computer other than email.....and time seems to be one thing I have very little of. Perhaps this weekend I'll pull out the camera and post some pics.
it isnt for sale but I have a very old single shot 12 gage. it is a ..... well it isnt marked as to who made it. the only thing it says on the gun is cannon breech and it really does have one too. the breech is huge, it tapers down to the barrel.