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Most likely a Belgian gun. Take off the barrels and look at the barrel flats (breech end on the underside of the barrels). If you see the letters 'ELG' inside an oval then it's Belgian.


This is a method used to make shotgun barrels in the 1800's and early 1900's. Wires or thin steel strips were wrapped around a mandrel and hammer-welded. Belgian laminated would be one of the least expensive types of laminated barrels.


From markings and proof marks on the gun barrels and the frame. In some cases you need to remove the barrels, and look on the underside from markings.


the gun has two hammers and on the barrels is stated laminated steel


they were made out of steel in 1885 They were all made with steel barrels. The earliest, by Lefever & Barber Co in 1874-75 were damascus or laminated steel. Fluid steel barrels would have been introduced about 1900.


The gun was made c.1900, and the value is fairly low especially with laminated barrels. Under $200, certainly. Please do not attempt to fire it.



I own a Greenough dimascase forged barrel shotgun. I'm not familar with the stampted lam.


Elgin Arms Company: Trade name used on shotguns made for the Strauss and Schram Company of Chicago. The value will depend on the exact configuration and condition. If it is a boxlock, either hammerless or with back hammers, it probably has fluid steel barrels and could (if approved by an experienced gunsmith) still be used as a field gun and be worth around $200. If it has side hammers, it probably also has laminated barrels. These should be retired and usually sell for $125-$150 as mantle decorations.


This was the method of making shotgun barrels in the 19th century. Strips of metal or wire were wound around a mandrell and hammer-welded. "Twist", "Stubb Twist" and "Damascus" are all types of laminated barrels. Although they were safe enough when made, if a gun has not been properly cared for in the intervening 100 years, they may have developed sub-surface rust spots which could cause them to fail. And modern shells are much more powerful than the black powder ammunition that was available in the 1890's, so a gun with laminated barrels should not be shot unless it has been checked by an experienced gunsmith, and then only with the loads appropriate for its construction.



What is a Falcon Arms double barrel Hammerlock shotgun 20646 made with belgium laminated steel worth?


One or two, depending on how many barrels the shotgun has.




both barrels are not choked


Store brand shotgun with two barrels, side by side.


The value of a WM Moore Co London laminated steel double shotgun depends on its condition. This gun in excellent condition is valued between 75.00 and 125.00 as of 2014.


That would depend on the make and model of the shotgun in question,and the length of the barrel/barrels that came with the shotgun.



Damascus is a method of making laminated barrels. A series of wires is braided and hammer-welded to create a distinctive pattern of loops and swirls. Well-made Damascus barrels were the best available before modern steel and many well-maintained 100-year-old Damascus guns are still being used. On the other hand if the gun has not been properly cared for, hidden rust pockets may have compromised the barrels and cause a dramatic failure. If you are tempted to fire an old shotgun, have it inspected by a qualified gunsmith first.


They probably denote what choke the barrel has.


I'm not sure exactly what you're asking here. Generally a shotgun with Damascus barrels (those showing a spiral pattern on the outside, since they were made from spiralling layers of metal) will have been made for black powder only. In their time, fine Damascus barrels were considered a superior option, but caution should be exercised shooting such guns now, and definitely only black powder should be used. If in doubt, get the gun checked by a qualified gunsmith.


Sorry- not all guns are marked. Some may have markings concealed when the gun is closed- you need to remove the barrels and check underside of the barrel and the receiver. If you do not know how to do this, stop and take it to a gunsmith.


Open the barrels and look on the flat part of the watertable (the flat part of the frame where the barrels close up) or the bottom of the barrels for the serial number



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