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Re: Info on a gun.
Posted by Tom Archer on September 8, 2021, 9:22 am, in reply to "Info on a gun.
Your gun is definitely an Ideal Grade built on what is referred to as Hunter's "R" or regular sized frame; I suspect it is a 12-bore and the barrels should be marked "London Steel". It does have the Hunter-One trigger option and could have auto-ejectors, but more photos are needed to determine. Open and cock the gun, then push the roll-release forward to remove the forearm; post a pic of the underside of the forearm and we can determine if the gun has that option. Based on the serial number the gun would have shipped in the early 1920's; but I suggest you order a research letter, as the shipping records will contain all the information needed to authenticate the gun. The gun appears to be in need of a professional cleaning and should be checked by a qualified double gun smith. Ideal Grade guns in 12-bore are not considered rare but are desirable if they have survived in high condition. Hope this helps.