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How old is a Shapleigh King Nitro shotgun?

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2014-02-04 20:49:16
2014-02-04 20:49:16

You have already identified it as a Shapleigh's King Nitro. Shapleigh Hardware was in St Louis Missouri from the mid 19th century until the middle of the 20th. Their King Nitro guns were manufactured by W.H. Davenport and later by Stevens/Savage.

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