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How can you find the age of a Bridge Gun Company shotgun?


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2015-07-15 21:22:35
2015-07-15 21:22:35

Bridge Gun Co was a trade name used by Shapleigh Hardware of St. Louis, Missouri, on guns by several makers. The "Belgian Laminated Steel" suggests that it was made in that country, and the crowned-oval-ELG* mark shows for certain that it was proof-tested there sometime after 1893. The import of these hardware store guns pretty much ended with the start of WWI, so you can say it is a century old, +/- a decade. It probably doesn't need a full refinishing. Remove any active rust with gun oil and copper wool, oil the metal parts lightly and use a good furniture polish on the wood. Then retire it to the mantle.

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Try the on line auction sites, do a web search, check gun shops, read Shotgun News, Gun List, etc..

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Yes, the Bridge Gun Company did make several gauges of shotguns. However, these were not made by the Bridge Gun Company. It was actually made be a diffrent company and marketed under the Bridge Gun Company banner.

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BRIDGE GUN COMPANY Tradename used by Shapleigh Hardware of St. Louis, Missouri on shotguns made by Crescent Fire Arms Company c. 1893-1930.

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Bridge Gun Company and Bridge Gun Works were trade names owned by Shapleigh Hardware Co of St Louis. The guns were made in Belgium by H. Pieper and Anciens Etablissment Pieper and in the US by Crescent, Stevens, and Harrington & Richardson. There's a good chance that a single shot would be a Stevens Model 94.


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