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How did the term 'damascus' barrel originate?


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What is a damascus or twisted barrel?

A damascus barrel is a barrel made of damascus steel, which is steel produced by hammering two different steels together. The twist refers to the pieces of steel being twisted while they are hammered, which produces the distinctive pattern on the steel.


What is canon damasse?

Damascus barrel (in French).


What is the age of an Ithaca damascus double barrel shotgun serial 49149?

With the serial number that you provided,your Ithaca double barrel shotgun with the damascus barrels was produced in the year 1900.


Is it a damascus barrel?

Impossible to answer without knowing make and model.


Does your HR M 176 have a damascus barrel?

Needs to be examined by a gunsmith


What is the difference in a damascus barrel?

Damascus steel is made by folding a mild steel together with a high-carbon steel to make it stronger, and gives it a pretty pattern. Problem with Damascus barrels is that, while they work fine with low pressure black powder loads, modern smokeless shotshells are likely to cause the barrel to rupture, which is bad. If a shotgun has a Damascus barrel, it's very old and probably just a wall-hanger.


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What does K D Y mean on remington model 1900 shotgun?

KD stands for damascus barrel I do not know what the Y stands for. You should not fire the gun with a damascus barrel because it is weaker and might explode with modern shells



What is a Damascus twist steel double barrel shotgun worth?

A Damascus twist steel double barrel shotgun is an antique shotgun made by layering iron and steel and welding them together. This kind of shotgun is worth approximately $3,000 depending on the condition of the weapon.


Does a smith and Wesson 40 have a damascus or a twist steel barrel?

If you are asking about a Smith and Weson handgun in .40s&w caliber,then no these firearms do not have a damascus,or twist steel barrel.This type of barrel was only found on shotguns made from the time period of 1880-1910.


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How can you tell if the barrel is Damascus steel on a 12 gauge J Stevens Model 335 serial 10884?

Damascus steel barrels can usually be recognized by visible (if the metal is bare) "twists" or striations. Do NOT fire a gun that has a Damascus steel barrel unless it has been proof tested by a qualified gunsmith. For that matter, do not fire any old firearm, Damascus steel or not, unless you are certain that the barrel can withstand the higher pressures of modern gunpowder. Safety first: take it to a qualified gunsmith if there's any doubt. See the following links for examples of Damascus steel barrels: http://www.peterdyson.co.uk/acatalog/ORIGINAL_DAMASCUS_BARRELS.html http://www.griffinhowe.com/damascus_twist.cfm


Can smokeless powder shells be used in a 20 gauge Excel shotgun?

as long as it is not a damascus barrel and is in safe working order yes i only use vintage single shots and use modern shells all the time but rember NEVER NEVER in a damascus barrel


1903 Ithaca double barrel shotgun what gaugeWhat is its value ser?

It is a 10 gauge if it has a damascus barrel and it in mint condition can be worth up to 2000 bucks


Where did the term Pogrom originate during the holocaust?

The term Pogrom did not originate during the Holocaust.



What is a double barrel Damascus shotgun worth?

Depending on who made it and when, it could be from 50 to multiple thousands of USD


What kind of shells can you shoot in a sam Holt damascus double barrel 20 gauge?

Most old Damascus barrels cannot hold the pressures of modern smokeless loads. I doubt that you will find any black powder loads for that type of barrel. Hang it on the wall and admire it.


What is a Damascus barrel?

A barrel which is fashioned by hammering 2 strips of metal together around a mandrel. They were expensive when they were in vogue 125 years ago but they are weak and unwanted now.


What is the value of a Hartford 16 gauge double barrel-damascus twist barrels?

About $100 or so. The damascus/twist steel barrels are generally considered unsafe to shoot with modern ammunition.



How do you telll a damascus shoyun barrel?

You will notice many small lines,circular lines through the steel. Damascus is actually laminated steel which could accept the much lighter pressure made by black powder shot shells. If the fine lines are visible in an area where the steel is lightly worn, then the barrel is likely damascus. If the lines are not visible, it is possibly "fluid" steel, meaning that it's not damascus. Up until early in the 20th century, gun manufacturers attempted to duplicate the appearance of damascus on what were stronger barrels. In either case, do not shoot the gun until you have had a gunsmith check it out.



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