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I have an old shotgun I would like to restore. It is a BELKNAP HDW & MFG CO., LOUISVILLE KY, one 1 side, BLUE TRADE-KNAP-GRASS MARK, on the other side. Would like to know about age, possible parts, value, any history I could get. Couldn't find any numbers on gun, I might not know where to look.

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Hello, George.
 Your shotgun was manufactured for Belknap Hardware by a company such as Crescent Arms, Hopkins Allen, or any number of independent arms manufacturers from late 1890's to about 1960. There were well over a hundred contract companies such as Sears & Roebuck, Montgomery Wards, Belknap HDW, etc. They each had a chosen name put on their shotguns to attract business to their stores. Most were mail-order catalogue stores, like we have today. These manufacturers used some less expensive parts, such as stocks and trigger guards, etc. They were still very dependable firearms. As far as parts to restore your shotgun, there are a few companies (Numerich Gun Parts; Bob's Antique Gun Parts; etc.)that carry some parts for these old shooters, however, the parts may be more expensive than the value of your shotgun. One of these shotguns, such as yours, generally sell, in good condition, under $200. I hope this helps, and thank you for asking for me.

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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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