Guns, Firearms, Projectile Weapon Sports/batavia leader shotgun


Hello,Im trying to restore my Batavia leader 12 ga double barrel shotgun. And I have one thing left. The forearm My uncle  told me that it had a Ebony insert in the end. And there is a place for it. What I want to know is what did it look like are there any pictures of it? More important is there a chance I could purchase one? My grandson and me are working together to finish this gun he wants it on the wall in his room. And to be able to finish the forearm would be a great victory for both. Any input info or suggestions would be a big help. Thank you so much for your time.

Hello Tim.
  I suggest going to the Internet and searching for pictures of your firearm. As far as finding parts, I have checked in the past and not found any source. Larry Potterfield, CEO of Midway U.S.A., has many videos of his gunsmithing techniques on youtube. I do remember one video he did about restoring the ebony tip to a forearm. You can join his group and have each new video come to your e-mail. You can, also, view full length videos in his library. I really enjoy them. I'm glad you are doing this project with your grandson.
  I hope this helps and thank you for asking for me. 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.


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.

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.

Awards and Honors
New Mexico Hunter Safety Program Instructor 15 year award.

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