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How do you find info on a Shapleigh King Nitro 410 shotgun with Diamond Arms on one side?

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Both 'King Nitro' and 'Central Arms Co' are trademarks of the Shapleigh Hardware Co, which was a major catalog retailer from the late 1800's well into the 20th century. The shotguns marketed under that name were made for Shapleigh by different companies, notably Davenport Firearms, Crescent, Hopkins & Allen, and Stevens. We'd have to see the shotgun to determine which manufacturer actually made the shotgun. www.countrygunsmith.net

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Diamond Arms Company and Nitro King are both trade name used by the Shapleigh Hardware Company of St. Louis, Missouri. Some of the guns were imported from various Belgian sources, but they were also made by W.H.Davenport Firearms Co (1890's - ), Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works (early 1900's - ), J. Stevens Arms (before 1942), and Savage Arms. If there is an oval with ELG* stamped on the barrel or action, it is from Belgium, but being a 410 makes that unlikely. That also eliminates Davenport as the maker.

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Some models of Diamond Arms were made by the Crescent Fire Arms Company for the Shapleigh Hardware Company of St, Louis, Mo. between 1982 and about 1922.

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Diamond Arms shotguns were made by several manufacturers, but if the rest of the patent date is '13', this one was by J. Stevens Arms and retailed by Shapleigh Hardware.

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KING NITRO Tradename used by Shapleigh Hardware Company of St. Louis, Missouri on shotguns made by Crescent Fire Arms Company and J. Stevens Arms Company

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King Nitro was a trade name used by Shapleigh Hardware of St Louise on guns made by Crescent Firearms and J. Stevens Arms.

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Diamond Arms Company: Trade name used by the Shapleigh Hardware Company of St. Louis, Missouri on shotguns they retailed. Probably manufactured by J. Stevens Arms, but possibly a Belgian import. Look for an oval around "ELG*". If it has it, it is Belgian, but most of these imports stopped coming over when WWI started.

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Utility gun, probably made in Belgium between 1890 and 1914, or by Crescent, Davenport, or Stevens between 1915 and 1940, and sold through Shapleigh Hardware.

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MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ARMS CO was a tradename used by Shapleigh Hardware of St. Louis on shotguns made by Crescent Fire Arms Company, 1893-1930. A .410 would be unlikely to have been made by Crescent before WWI. 1903

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Adco has no connection to your shotgun. They import semi-automatic shotguns made in Turkey. Diamond Arms Co was a trade name used by Shapleigh Hardware of St Louis, MO, on shotguns imported from Belgium c. 1880-WWI or made by Stevens and Iver Johnson from about 1900-1940. A single shot with serial numbers is most likely an Iver Johnson Champion.

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Diamond Arms was a trade name used on guns distributed by Shapleigh Hardware of St Louis Missouri. Vorisek's "Shotgun Markings" identifies 7 different makers, but a few can be eliminated as they furnished Shapleigh with only double barreled guns. If the gun is marked only "Diamond Arms Co" it could have been made by Harrington & Richardson (1872-1985), Hopkins & Allen (1898-1915), or J Stevens Arms (1920-1942). The "E" on the serial number indicate H&R manufacture in 1944, but I would not expect the "N" following it.

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The value of a 1905 model D single barrel choke bored Diamond Arms shotgun is actually dependent upon a number of things. Most importantly the condition of the shotgun.

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Central Arms was a trade name used by Shapleigh Hardware on guns made by several manufacturers, but the 812 would be a single shot by J Stevens Arms Co, 1920-1948.

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Trade name sold by Shapleigh Hardware of St Louis. Manufacturers included W H Davenport Arms (1880-1910), Crescent Fire Arms (1893-1930), and J. Stevens Arms Co (1920-1940's).

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Manufactured by Crescent Fire Arms, W.H. Davenport Arms Co, or J. Stevens Arms Co for Shapleigh Hardware Co, St Louis, Missouri, sometime between about 1890 and 1950.

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If this is one of the Diamond shotguns imported in the last few years, it had better be clearly visible on the receiver, but most likely it is a tradename single or double barrel sold by Shapleigh Hardware c. 1890-1945. These were made by a variety of US and Belgian manufacturers. Very few will have serial numbers and there will be no records for any that do.

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Sold through Shapleigh Hardware, St Louis, c. 1890-1930. Most likely manufactured by Crescent Firearms, Norwich, CT. No serial number lists are available for Crescent Arms.

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Crescent Fire Arms Company was the manufacturer of the Nitro Hunter shotgun. It was as an exclusive in-house brand of Belknap Hardware in Louisville.

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You can get parts for a Nitro Special shotgun made by Fall Arms Co. at specific gun dealers in your area. You can also check with pawn shops to find used parts to fit your firearm.

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The lefever Nitro special was made by Ithaca Arms from 1921-1948.That being said i believe that yours was made in 1927.I do know that you can contact Ithaca arms and they will date your shotgun for you.

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S.H.C. stood for Shapleigh Hardware Company. The shotgun was more than likely made by either a Belgium company or Cresent Fire Arms Com.. It was very common in the late 1800's and early 1900's for arms companies to stamp the hardware stores "logo" on a shotgun or .22 for a fee.

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Diamond Arms Company and Nitro King are both trade names used by the Shapleigh Hardware Company of St. Louis, Missouri. Some of the guns were imported from various Belgian sources, but they were also made by W.H. Davenport Firearms Co (1890's - ), Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works (early 1900's - ), J. Stevens Arms (before 1942), and Savage Arms. If there is an oval with ELG* stamped on the barrel or action, it is from Belgium. If it is a 410 that's unlikely, and that would also eliminate Davenport as the maker. If it says Armory Steel that suggests that it MIGHT be an Iver Johnson Champion. Most of the Belgian imports stopped coming over when WWI started. Add Crescent Firearms (1893-1930) to the list of manufacturers. If marked model 94, it's a Stevens up to 1948. 944 will be the same gun from Savage after 1948. I have a King Nitro, but it is a 22 pump with an octagon barrel, made by the Central arms company. I have never researched it but have always been curious about it. I would be interested in further information if available. Thanks, Wayne wknelson26@cox.net

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Known tradename used by Shapleigh Hardware. The guns were made by several different manufacturers, although your double is probably a Crescent. 1900-1930.


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