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Old September 23, 2017, 06:30 AM   #1
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I bought an old hammer gun. It is a J. glement....not clement. I can find NO information about it. Anybody hear of this maker?

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Old September 23, 2017, 07:29 PM   #2
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Old September 25, 2017, 01:27 PM   #3
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Before W.W. I there were literally hundreds of small shops around Liege churning out shotguns of varying quality. Most were damascus barreled and therefore are not considered safe to shoot. Despite what you see on-line. J. Glement was probably one of 'em.
It's also possible the 'G' is actually a 'C'.
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Old September 26, 2017, 10:04 AM   #4
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No, it's definitely a G. This gun is of high quality. Decent engraving, 3rd fastener, and figured wood.
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Old September 26, 2017, 10:07 AM   #5
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My only source is littlegun.be and they do not show a Glement.
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Old September 26, 2017, 06:28 PM   #6
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Old September 27, 2017, 01:45 PM   #7
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Many of the Belgian second-tier guns were branded so as to be easily confused with big-name brand guns. Peiper instead of Pieper, Purdy instead of Purdey, Halland & Halland instead of Holland & Holland, or in your case Glement instead of Clement. The workmanship was fair, the materials fair, and the price point was within reach of even a modest earner. Many were private branded for stores with very small minimum orders. Many were very serviceable for the first owner, but wear and time were not always nice to them. I still see them, whenever grandpa dies and the kids think they got a treasure, or sometimes they just want to shoot grandpa's guns.
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Old October 18, 2017, 03:55 PM   #8
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Thanks Scorch. This is marked "the club gun" and I thought it might have been made for an English duck club or pigeon trap club.
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Old October 19, 2017, 08:19 PM   #9
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I just picked up a hammer double, marked "Belgium " and branded as W. Richards. No, it's not a Westley Richards, which is English. Just something to play with. "Cast steel" barrels, not twist or Damascus. Black powder proof marks and short chambers for 2 1/2" shells. Got some brass hull BP loads made up. Will strap it in the lead sled with a long cord on the triggers for a test before getting up close.
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