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Quality 1, 1892 Laminated. Safe with RST or BP?
Posted by Sam Carpenter on July 6, 2020, 7:17 pm
I have what appears to be a quality 1 gun from 1892 (SN #34659). I had thought it to be a 0 grade but SN did not match. The historian Mr.Stubbendieck asked for pictures. Frame and everything matches to be a very early Fulton gun and a Hunter gun. I only have the Brophy book and information on this is slim. It does say that prior to 1899 that the barrels were 'Laminated'. Does this differ in any meaningful way from twist? I planned to shoot it with 3 dram 1oz loads but sure would love to shoot RST. Is this of similar strength to Damascus or Twist? I really want this one to be a shooter. It is untracked inside and out and shows no mechanical wear at all. Just dirty and dinged. Also some idiot took steel wool to the bbls and side plates. I assume that they wanted to obscure the pattern and maybe rub off the 'burned' looking stuff on the locks?
The gun is in Ohio at Black Diamond Gun Works and Matthew Begley is restoring it for me. He is going to send the frame and locks to Turnbull and he will do the rust bluing and wood. It looks like nice English Walnut with contrast. The fact that it is a really early Fulton gun is nice. It is the Laminated Barrels that scare me because I do not know much about them. Any input would be appreciated. I don't like the idea of a pretty gun that cannot be fired... Thanks