The No. 5 was first made in 1894 and was manufactured until 1912 when it was replaced by the Crown Grade. The top of the rib is engraved “MADE TO ORDER BY THE HUNTER ARMS CO. FULTON, N.Y.” The buttstock and forend are made from French walnut and the gun has extensive engraving. Catalog copy about the new No. 5 said, “We are making these guns to suit the taste of the most fastidious.”
The Raffle Gun, Serial Number 204225, has 30-inch barrels, 2 3/4-inch chambers, a straight stock, two triggers, automatic ejectors and splinter forend, and was restored by Bachelder Master Gunmakers. In 1905, a No. 5E in the configuration of Serial Number 204225 would have retailed for about $225 (about $6,500 in current dollars). The Raffle Gun comes with an LCSCA Research Letter.
Plans call for the winning raffle ticket to be drawn on April 24 at the 2021 Southern Side by Side Championship and Exhibition at Deep River Sporting Clays, Sanford, North Carolina. You don’t have to be present to win if your ticket is drawn.
Raffle tickets are $25 for a book of six. Send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of books you want, and your mailing address. When you receive your tickets, fill out the ticket stubs and mail the stubs and your check for $25 per book of six to the address provided.