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Old November 10, 2002, 04:43 PM   #1
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Need help with shotgun ID

I have a 16 ga. side-by-side, at least 50 years old. The only markings are on the underside of each barrel, "St. Etienne" along with various proof marks. The lock is a Greener cross-bolt type, and the gun has the usual side-by-side features. Can you provide any help as to manufacturer or date? Thanks in advance.

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Old November 10, 2002, 04:57 PM   #2
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St. Etienne is a town in France, home of one of France's national arsenals, and a center for French firearms making for over 200 years, sort of like Belgium's Liege area.

Hard to say who made your shotgun. It could have been a "cottage" gun, with various components made by many manufacturers.

I'd say that the date may be closer to the turn of the 20th century, as WWs I and II were pretty hard on the gun making industry in France.
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Good info. Thanks!
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