View Full Version : Columbia Single Shot ???

August 21, 2001, 12:09 AM
Anyone know anything about Columbia shotguns?

I have an old 12 gauge single shot with the word "Columbia" engraved on the receiver. I don't know if this is a model name or a company name. I've done a search here as well as on Google, and I've checked out some of the auction boards like gunbroker, auctionarms, and gunsamerica. Nothing.

I'm curious as to where, when these were made. Seems like a solid shotgun. Reminds me of a NEF single shot.

Dave McC
August 21, 2001, 06:02 AM
S'funny,ran across one of these the other day.

You may do better posting this down on Harley's Forum, the regulars there are one knowing bunch.

The one I saw looked like an H&R, pretty much, it might be one of those under a "House" brand.

Harley Nolden
August 21, 2001, 06:54 AM
The only thing I have is that this was a registered trade name of Henry Keidel, of Baltimore MD. probably in the 1920,s & 30's. As previously stated, it is probably a "Hardware Gun" made by a major mfg, or an import for Henry Keidel.

Here's some trivia that may explain the "Hardware Gun."


This Company mfg’d good quality, inexpensive side by side and single Bbl shotguns and was founded in 1883. They were bought by the H&D Folsom Arms Company of New York, importers and distributors of firearms and sporting goods.

After the purchase of Crescent, the Folsom Company was able to offer a complete range of shotguns, imported English French, Belgium and American made Crescents. By the turn of the century Crescent Arms produced huge quantities of “Hardware Guns” it produced guns under direct contract to distributors, mail order housed and hardware distributors with any brand name the customer requested. Crescent also produced guns for its parent company, as Folsom house brands that were sold to customers that did not want their own brand name.

By the lat 1890's Crescent was producing basically five grade of dbl bbl shotguns offering a model for most tastes. The Crescent /Folsom Arms Company continued this type of business until 1930 when it merged with Davis Warner Arms Corp and became the Crescent-Davis Arms Corp. In 1932 it assets and machinery were bought by Stevens Arms Company, a victim of changing tastes and the depression