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QUESTION: I have a old single shot shootgun with no markings on it besides for a four num serial number 0781 on side of receiver. It has a 32 in barrel. I believe it to be 16ga. It has a wierd spring acton on the side of it that releases it to break it over. Friend told me it was a 1941 Harrington Richards but I cant find nothing that looks like what I got. My questions are what is it and what may it be worth

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  I will be glad to help. Problem is that your pictures did not come through. Please try again. Thanks. Charles Gage

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ANSWER: Hello Tim.
Thank you for your pictures. This is going to be a challenge for me and I like a good challenge. First, I think it is much older than a 1941 Harrington & Richardson. I really can't tell if it is a fireing pin, or a percussion cap nipple, that is struck by the hammer? The push-pin latch may be English, but not sure. If you have time, I will start working on it. If not, there are several other firearm experts here on AllExperts.com. Thank you. Charles Gage

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QUESTION: It is a firing pin that the hammer strikes. A 20 ga shell is to small and a 12 ga round is to big. So I do believe it is a 16 ga. I believe it is chambered for 3 in

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Hello Tim.
  Thanks for the extra pictures. If it is a 16 ga., it will not be a 3" chamber. To measure the chamber correctly, You can use a set of depth calipers. Measure from the face of the chamber, down to the end of the chamber or beginning of the barrel. Subtract from that depth about a half inch, and this will give you the proper shell length. Charles Gage

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I can answer questions dealing with firearms and their development due to western expansion. I can answer most questions about any firearms of the world manufactured after the Civil War(1868 - present. I can offer safety warnings about these. I can offer opinions and the reasons behind these. I can also answer questions about Iver Johnson firearms. I can identify by pictures most firearms. If your question involves a firearm you have access to, please include a good quality photo with your question.

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I have been at the study of firearms and their use since my first issue of Field and Stream in 1962.At that time I was completely devoted to rifles, but over the years I have experienced the thrill of the hunt with handguns, shotguns and of course rifles. I moved from Oklahoma to New Mexico in 1972 and, since, I have taken numerous game and non-game animals with all firearms (cannons excluded)including blackpowder muzzleloading rifles,shotguns and handguns. My favorite handgun for large non-game animals, such as feral hogs, is my Uberti replica of a 1847 Colt Walker. Very heavy, but accurate.

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I am a 1973 high school graduate. Junior and senior year I developed a class on Wildlife Depredation and Conservation of our Rocky Mountain states. My specialty was the brown bear.

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New Mexico Hunter Safety Program Instructor 15 year award.

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