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What are facts about Hanover 12 gauge double barrel shotguns?


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2003-12-16 23:16:44
2003-12-16 23:16:44

From the late 1800's until WWI thousands of shotguns like this were imported from Belgium. If the country of origin is marked on the gun, it was probably made after 1893 when this was required by international trade agreements. The companies that retailed or distributed some of the trade names have been identified, but I don't find Hanover on that list. Although these guns were safe enough when new, the damsacus barrels may have deterioriated and should be retired. They usually bring $125-$150 as mantle decorations.

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