Some are, some aren't. If it has Damascus or Laminated steel barrels, do not shoot it. They were never intended for modern powder. Fluid steel or later production barrels may be safe, but if there is rust, dents, or other signs of high wear do not try it until after it has been inspected by a competent gunsmith.
Get your brother in law to shoot it for you.
Old Crescent was created in 1947.
Crescent gun co made shotguns under the name of American gun co. The problems is "How old is the shotgun?" Old shotguns where designed to shoot black powder at a much lower barrel pressure than today's gun powder. Old shotguns may literally explode if the wrong powder is used. I suggest that you take it to a gun shop and have them examine it to tell you the condition of the rifle and what shot you can use with it.
Victor shotguns were made by crescent firearms from 1904 to 1920. You can assume your shotgun is at least 90 +/- years old.
the Victor line of shotguns were made by Crescent Firearms Company, circa 1904-1920 Crescent was a sub contractor for many different shotgun distributors........... Crescent firearms were not high on collectors list..................
It was never documented when Crescent Firearms made these single shot .410 gauge shotguns.It should be noted that these shotguns were made with a 12in.barrel.Under today,s laws these short barreled single shot shotguns are considered illegal if they were not registered with BATFE and be subject to seizure.
Crescent, Davenport, and Harrington & Richardson all made guns with the Carolina Arms name for Smith-Wadsworth Hardware Co c. 1900. But no one made an OLD one, they were all made as NEW shotguns.
The Royal Crescent in Bath, England was built between 1767 and 1774.
L. R. Crescent has written: 'In old Belfast'
Not really much history. It was a brand name used by Sears Roebuck in the early 1900's. They were manufactured by Crescent Arms and possibly a few other US makers, but most were inexpensive Belgian imports. More information contributed by others: * I found from the Illinois State Museum section "Harvesting the River," that the T. Barker was sold in 1897 by Sears for $11.97. They're example was seized during the Taylor Mine Wars. My question is: Are the laminated barrels safe to shoot modern ammo? * If it has laminated barrels, it was probably proofed for black powder. There are people who shoot these old shotguns, but they load their own shells to 1900 specifications. Using a box of WalMart shells would be like driving your Model T down the Interstate at 75.
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