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October 21, 1999, 06:56 PM
Harely, I've got this real old shot gun that my grandpa gave me. I've been looking around and no one has been able to give me any information. I would be grateful of any help you might offer.
On the side is stamped
Tobin Arm's mfg. Co.
Norwich, Conn.
It has the serial number under the foregrip that pops off for disassembly. A serial number is also stamped on the lower reciever under where the chamber would sit when the barrels are attached. Next to this patent pending date of May 23-93

Harley Nolden
October 21, 1999, 09:58 PM
I am assuming it is a double barrel. Does it have?
Exposed hammers?
Double Triggers?
Auto Ejectors?
Walnut Stock?
Beech wood stock?
Does the forearm release with a button, or do you just pull down on it?


October 21, 1999, 10:22 PM
Yes doubled barreled
No exposed hammers
yes Double triggered
Ejectors just lift the shells doesn't eject them
Forearm doesn't have a release button you just pull down on it. It feels like a spring type latch
I'm sorry I'm not sure about the wood.
Thanks again,

October 22, 1999, 07:56 AM
From the sound's of it this would be a gun
that was manufactured by Crescent fire arm's
co. located in Norwich, CT from 1888-1893,
before it merged with N.R. Davis in the 1900's. Crescent firearm's Company remains best known as a manufacturer of house brand
shotgun(Crescent private labeled gun's for retailers,distributors,mail order houses,etc.) Over 100 different trademarks have been observed to date. Almost all the
remaining specimens today are priced as shooters, and have no collector value.
Hope this helps, trapper

Harley Nolden
October 22, 1999, 08:06 AM
I have to agree with TRAPPER. Although this gun is not listed under the Cross Over with Cresent, this does not mean they didn't make it. It may have, as TRAPPER explained been made by N.R. Davis after the merge:

Good shotgun.


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James K
October 22, 1999, 02:52 PM
Hi, folks,

The Tobin Arms Co. operated in Norwich, CT, from 1905 to 1909, then moved to Woodstock, VT where they continued operations into the 20s. It was operated by G.B. Crandall, and made hammerless, double-barrel shotguns in 12 and 16 gauge. My source does not say who Tobin was; it may have been just a trade name.

There is no indication in my source of any connection with Crescent, which would have been succeeded by H.D. Folsom by that time.


October 22, 1999, 10:06 PM
Thanks guys, That is great to finally get some info on this gun. Are guns from this era ok to shoot with modern shot shells? Of course the gun must be in good working order yati yati yati...
Thanks again

James K
October 23, 1999, 03:05 PM
No. The gun may have Damascus barrels, but even if it doesn't, it will probably not be safe with modern ammunition. Please treat it as a memento and be safe.