Old gun: What is it? And what did they use it for?

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Old gun: What is it? And what did they use it for?

Post by GunsnLipstick » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:52 pm

Maybe impossible request? This is the only photo...
What type/kind/make/model?
What were they hunting? This is Polk County, 1925. And Melvin Latelle should be Melvin Littelle, anybody know any descendants? The other peeps are accounted for. Working on essay.
Appreciate educated guesses. :)
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Post by Rebel » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:04 pm

There are no apparent sights, and it looks like the bump on the top of the receiver is a lever, (not a hammer) so I think it's a break open singleshot shotgun.
No idea of the gauge or maker, but the frame looks heavy enough for a 12GA
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Post by GunsnLipstick » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:16 pm

Rebel wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:04 pm
There are no apparent sights, and it looks like the bump on the top of the receiver is a lever, (not a hammer) so I think it's a break open singleshot shotgun.
No idea of the gauge or maker, but the frame looks heavy enough for a 12GA
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Thanks Aaron! I couldn't even tell if it was a rifle or a shotgun.
So maybe a gator hunting trip? The photo was labeled hunting. But I couldn't figure out the axe and hatchet. Maybe to take tails?
They wouldn't have used a 12 gauge for squirrel, coon, etc, would they? More likely a .22?
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Post by n0rlf » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:18 pm

Blowing up the picture I would agree with it as a single shot 12 gauge.

And Jim is the smart one of the bunch with the Axe over his shoulder.

Want to know how I got to that conclusion...
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He is the one without a ring!
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Post by zeebaron » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:22 pm

For crackalackin'.

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Post by Rentprop1 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:49 pm

there were a ton of manufacturers up in the North East that made those single shot shotguns, American Arms or American Spirit or something like that, lots that rolled into what New England Firearms and Stevens-Savage etc all later duplicated
In the days of the old west a 6 shooter was as common as cell phones are today and just annoying if they go off in a theater.

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Post by GunsnLipstick » Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:56 pm

Y'all have been extremely helpful, thank you!

p.s. Ole Jim weren't as smart as he looked. He married three times. :ham'r
He was just too poor to buy a ring. :ber
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Post by Rentprop1 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:01 pm

GunsnLipstick wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:56 pm

p.s. Ole Jim weren't as smart as he looked. He married three times. :ham'r
He was just too poor to buy a ring. :ber
sometimes, you just gonna ask the funeral director for it back before they close the casket [smilie=011.gif]
In the days of the old west a 6 shooter was as common as cell phones are today and just annoying if they go off in a theater.

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Post by GunsnLipstick » Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:05 pm

Rentprop1 wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:01 pm
GunsnLipstick wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:56 pm

p.s. Ole Jim weren't as smart as he looked. He married three times. :ham'r
He was just too poor to buy a ring. :ber
sometimes, you just gonna ask the funeral director for it back before they close the casket [smilie=011.gif]
You ain't right!! [smilie=011.gif]
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Post by n0rlf » Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:13 pm

Same reason to visit the cemetery before the wedding. Flowers are cheaper there.
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Post by n0rlf » Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:35 pm

GunsnLipstick wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:56 pm
Y'all have been extremely helpful, thank you!

p.s. Ole Jim weren't as smart as he looked. He married three times. :ham'r
He was just too poor to buy a ring. :ber
I did not say he was not married. Just no ring.

In those days that could mean a lot of different things.
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