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Re: Help with ID on double barrel shotgun
Glad to know you plan to preserve your gun; and once you do you can enjoy shooting the gun with period correct ammo. As to the patent date, the earliest number I've seen with the words "Patent Applied For" was #5020. It was a very high grade, but your gun is also a low numbered gun; so I'm guessing, since the patent grant wasn't yet official and yours was a lower-grade model, the makers simply skipped that detail. Just one other detail that makes your gun a bit more interesting; but most interesting is that you have the ownership history of your gun.