Guns, Firearms, Projectile Weapon Sports/old shotgun


Can you tell me who made the federal side by side shotgun? It has exposed hammers & 32" barrels. Thanks.

Hello Joe.
  There was no Federal shotgun company. Your shotgun was most likely a 'hardware store' gun. This means that it was manufactured by a certain firearms company, (i.e. Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works; J. Stevens; Crescent Arms; etc.) for a late 1800's- early 1900's hardware company ( Sears Roebuck; Montgomery Wards; or others ). If it is twist-steel, or laminated-steel barrels, it was for use with black powder loaded shells, only. Therefore, I would strongly suggest that you have it checked by a competent licensed gunsmith before trying to fire it.
  I have several of these old 'hardware guns' in my collection. They have no collectors value, but they do make interesting wall hangings. 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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