I have a very nice 12 ga SxS Tobin I inherited from my father. I believe Tobin made shotguns in Norwich Connecticut from about 1903 to 1908 I also understand that a Canadian company in Ottowa sold shotguns named Tobin for awhile before or after that time. My knowlege is sketchy,but I would be interested to learn anything I can about Tobin shotguns. I would also like to find a gunsmith knowlegable and experienced about repairing them.
I recently purchased a Tobin field grade SxS 12 gauge. I am going to re-blue the gun as part of the gunsmithing course that I am attending at Montgomery Community College in Troy NC. It is a 6 semester course that takes 2 years. I will be required to disasemble the gun as a presentation for the class, identifing each part, and explaining its function. I will be doing this with the assistance of my two instrutors if needed. I would be willing to repair your Tobin because I need 5 shotguns to repair for this semester. If you are interested you can reach me at 704-517-4044. This was posted on Dec. 21,2005. Scott
Tobin was in fact a Canadian company that after a decade of production in Woodstock Ontario moved after WWI (approximately) to the US before going bankrupt. There are two excellent articles on Tobin in the DOUBLE GUN JOURNAL a few years ago.
I have a decent Tobin field grade, which if I ever have any money, I'm going to have Purdey-trained Nick Makinson upgrade.
The Tobin Arms Co. manufactured hammer and hammerless sidelock shotguns (12 and 16 ga.) from 1904-1909 in Norwich,Ct. They moved to Woodstock,Ont., Canada and manufactured guns from 1910-1923 when the Tobin Arms Co. surrendered its charter. The guns were continued under the name " G.B.Crandall " for a number of years, some say till the early fifties! Information on these guns is available through the following articles: 1.DGJ (Double Gun Journal)Vol.5 Issue 1(1994) p.47-53 by David J. Noreen 2.DGJ (Double Gun Journal)Vol.8 Issue 1(1997) p.171-176) by David J. Noreen 3.The Canadian Journal 'Arms Collecting' Vol.14,No.1.p.13-29(Feb.1976) Reprint of Catalog No.311.(1911?) 4.The Canadian Journal 'Arms Collecting' Vol.34,No.3 p.75-82 by David J. Noreen (Aug.1996) Serial Numbers go to at least 22,700. I hope this is of some help. Most probably available at local libraries or through 'Museum Restoration Services'(on internet)
There's a whole shelf of books on firearms in your library. Or you may find information on www.savagearms.com
Blue Book of Gun Values
Library, gun shop, gun shows, the internet
What information do you want? Firearms have a wide variety of uses.
One website that allows people to list used firearms for sale has three Tobin 12 gauge shotguns listed, as of October 2014. They are priced from $399 to $600.
In firearms, antiques are LEGALLY defined as made prior to 1899, OR muzzleloading firearms. Newer than 1899, they are old, but not antiques. My best reference is Flayderman's Guide to Antique Firearms. You may also find a dealer or collector that can share some information with you. Check for gun shows in your area.
No known published data.
Any good sized library will have books on firearms and how they work.
The .454 Casull is a firearm cartridge. It was developed in 1957 by Jack Fullmer and Dick Casull. Wikipedia has some general information about the cartridge. More specific information can be found on firearms websites such as the Firearms Forum and the Firearm Blog.
Possible places to look include the internet, the library, company website.
You can go to their website http://www.hr1871.com/.
Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms
Yes, you can find information for Stevens firearms at the Savage Arms website. http://www.savagearms.com/
John A. Tobin has written: 'Tobin'
Not much information is available on Meriden Firearms, but you might go to the library and locate Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms. Then look through all the books on that shelf. The Meriden company was set up by Sears Roebuck to manufacture firearms for sale through their catalog and retail stores. It lasted from about 1905 to 1915.
Contact the Cody Firearms Museum.
Marlin Firearms: A History of the Guns and the Company That Made Them by William S. Brophy
Tobin Rote's birth name is Tobin Cornelius Rote.
Usually, you can go to the manufacturers website and find their contact information, unless you are talking about a manufacturer that no longer is around, then you may want to find a historian in regards of firearms.
Firearms marked Hartford were manufactured by Crescent Firearms for the Simmons Hardware Company of St Louis c. 1890-1930.
National Firearms Company was a trade name used by Hopkins & Allen @ 1900.
Marketed to hardware/catalog stores prior to 1930. email@example.com
Go online, and type in"Winchester Firearms". You should find the official website.
Tobin Bell's birth name is Joseph H. Tobin Jr..
You need to find a lawyer who is familiar with firearms law.