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Side by side shotgun with dual hammers?

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2009-07-08 00:26:59
2009-07-08 00:26:59

Possibly a BAYER 12 Gauge side by side ? Mine has two hammers and triggers. The trademark of a knight on horseback is inscribed on both barrels, and also 'Anc.Etabl.Pieper Herstal Belgium' inscribed on the barrel rail. Have any older shotgun checked by a gunsmith before using, it may not be up to modern loads. I cant find any other markings except for Occidential stamped on the side and it has a police shield on the but of the handle

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