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Old January 10, 2002, 06:10 PM   #1
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Longtom Shotgun

A friend of mine wanted to find out some information about a Longtom shotgun. He has is a single shot break open with a 36" barrel. He is retirement age and inherited it from his father in-law who purchased the gun sometime after WWI. I have never heard of this gun. Can anyone tell me who manufactured the gun? That is all he could tell me about it. He doesn't really care about the value of the gun.
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Old January 10, 2002, 07:33 PM   #2
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Hm...I don't know anything about shotguns really, but am bored, so I'm searching for stuff. Here are some choice bits of information:

Guns Magazine, Jan.2000: 'Goose gunners like Long Tom autoloaders chambering 3 1/2" 12 or 10 gauge magnum shells.'
(I guess 'Long Tom' is nowadays used for long-barrelled shotguns in general? )

From another site:
"Long Tom" was a trade name used by the J. Stevens Arms Company and was also a Sears Roebuck brand name for single barrel shotguns as long as thirty-six inches. Sears used the name on many models over a lengthly period.

From someone at Gun Parts Inc.:
Long Tom is a trade name used on guns sold by Sears Roebuck & Co.

Hope this helps.
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Old January 10, 2002, 07:46 PM   #3
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"Long Tom" became a generic name for long range, long bbled shotguns, mostly singles, around the turn of the last century.

There's plenty of these older models around. Most have steel bbls and cast iron receivers. Some are usable, but ALL old shotguns should be gone over by a competent smith before the very first shot is fired. Even then, I might tie it to a tree and use a long string to get the first shot or 5 off.

And if usable, this is a place for the low pressure loads now becoming common,like 7/8 oz in 12 gauge.CAS loads should do OK.

All that aside, there's something about easing through some hardwoods with one of these, with eyes cast up into the canopy, looking for that grey flash,and ears straining for the sound of acorns dropping. Or, partnering with a beagle and kicking brushpiles. A pocket of shells and a pleasing weight in the back of the vest can really make a monring...
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