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Old September 2, 2008, 09:27 PM   #1
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Tobin Arms Mfg. SXS Shotgun 1903-1904 ?

I was wondering if you could help me out with an identification.
I came across this shotgun and would like to find out more about it.
I have found all the general info. about the company and it's history.
I would like to find out more on this particular model.
It is a low serial # 3XXX and seems to be in decent shape.
It is not a fancy model as it is without much engraving.
I am wondering anyone would know of the model and it's approximate value for ins. purposes or if I decide to sell or trade it.
I am not a shotgun collector and am more into rifles and pistols.
There seems to be a repair on the forearm and the buttplate is not original.
The serial #s match on the action and the barrels but there is a different # on the forearm.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old September 3, 2008, 06:28 AM   #2
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Boy, you couldn't have picked one much more obscure. As you probably already know, there's bupkis on the intarw3bz about them, the Blue Book is silent, and there's only a small blurb in the Standard Catalog of Firearms, which is pretty vague on values. ($200-$1000, depending on model and condition.)

All of my more detailed reference stuff is pretty specific to S&W revolvers or military rifles. Sorry!
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Old September 3, 2008, 09:05 AM   #3
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My standard catalog of arms is over 10 years old, but under firearms trade names there is a reference.

Tobin Simplex

Trade name used on shotguns of unknown manufacture that were retailed by the G.B. Crandall Company, Limited of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada

Thats all I have good luck Tom F.
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Old September 4, 2008, 09:08 PM   #4
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Thanks Tom,
I think I can safely say I am the only one on the block with one of these.
This is what makes it fun for me.
I have come across a few obscure ones in my day.
I did find this website and Emailed the gentleman no response yet.
Best Regards,Troy
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Old September 4, 2008, 09:20 PM   #5
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Tobin SxS More Info.

If you scroll down about 3/4 of the way it goes in alphabetical order and there it is.
The website is Aussie so I am not sure if that price is American dollars ???
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Old September 15, 2008, 12:23 PM   #6
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Shotgun mfg'r in Norwich CN from 1905-1909. Then in Woodstock Ontario Canada from 1920-1923

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Old September 20, 2008, 07:18 AM   #7
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THE DOUBLE GUN JOURNAL ran two articles on the Tobin, many years ago, in Spring 1994 issue (Vol.5, Issue 1) & the Spring 1997 issue (Vol.8, Issue 1) - and the magazine has a classified section.

The author's name was David J. Noreen.

If it were my gun, I would contact them, and place the F/S ad there also.

There were several model names/numbers/grades, different for both the Norwich, CT and the Woodstock, Ontario guns.

The Norwich guns were the Standard #20, Expert #30, Featherweight #40, Premium #45, Trap #21, Special Pigeon #50, Model #55, and Model #60.

The Canadian guns were the Leader #25 hammer gun, Standard #40, Black Diamond #55, Trap #70, Pigeon #100, Model #200, and the Regal #250.

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