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Re: Great deal on Brophy Plans and Specs ....
Bob that break is a separation to where the top rib extension is brazed onto the barrels. On the higher graded guns that joint was filled with silver and on the highest graded guns is was gold.
The barrels were held together by solder and the top rib extension was brazed for strength.
Some very good information in that book and the other by Colonel Brophy, "L.C. Smith Shotguns".