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What gauges did Janssen shotguns come in?


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2005-10-07 21:20:50
2005-10-07 21:20:50
Janssen was a major gunmaker in Belgium c. 1880-1915, so probably made shotguns of every size from little 9mm garden guns up to 6 or even 4 gauge market guns. Almost all of those made for import to the US would have been 12 gauge double barrels with a few 16's, 20's, and 28's, but probably nothing smaller unless maybe a few single-shots in .44XL were ordered.

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There have been several variations of Janssen shotguns. Large gunmaking family in Belgium. J JANSSEN shotguns are typical hardware-store imports that top out at $250, but JANSSEN FRES (for example) can bring several times that.

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The same reason rifles come in different sizes. Smaller gauges generally have less recoil, throw a smaller pattern, and some people just prefer different sizes.

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guage refers to the size of the shell any particular shotgun will fire.

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Janssen & Co, Leige, Belgium became Janssen Fils & Co., c. 1892. Sometime between 1895 and 1914 the company became part of Simonis, Janssen, Dumoulin & Co. They would have marked guns intended for export to the United States "Sons" instead of "Fils".

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J Janssen was one of the partners of Simonis, Janssen and Dumoulin which was a Belgian gunmaking firm that produced shotguns for the American hardware store trade from the late 1880's through about 1910. Value is for decoration, and rarely exceeds $250.


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