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You are bidding on a Massive C.S. Shattuck 8 Gauge Market Hunter's Shotgun. The shotgun features a 36" damascus barrel, break action, external hammer, extractor, walnut stock, and brass front bead. Market hunting was outlawed in the early part of the 20th Century, but until then many hunters shot vast quantities of water fowl to sell at market. Often the market hunter would sneak up on a resting flock of ducks or geese and fire upon them with similar shotguns to his one using very large powder and shot loads. In this fashion great numbers of birds were often killed with each shot. Most Market Guns were long and heavy to absorb the punishing recoil generated by the loads fired in them as well as to reach out great distances to kill game. Because of the weight of these guns, the stocks often cracked through hard use or if dropped. Nearly all Market Guns that have survived to the present show heavy use and often abuse. It is almost a universal fact that the stocks will be found in poor and cracked condition. This one shows heavy use, yet the beautiful damascus twist finish on the barrel remains. The action functions correctly and the stock shows typical blacksmith repairs to the cracks. Very few Market Guns have survived to the present time and they are a rarity on the collector scene today. Most of these unusual guns were made in Europe and an American manufactured and marked example is extremely rare as is any gauge larger than 10 gauge. 8 gauge cartridge guns like this are seldom seen at all on the collector market. This shotgun shows good condition for its age and use. The mechanics are functioning with some looseness. The bore shows some darkness and looks to need a good cleaning. The shotgun is marked on the left side of the receiver "C. S. Shattuck, Hatfield, Massachusetts. This behemoth has a 36 inch barrel, an overall length of 52 inches, weighs over 12 pounds and dates to the 1880 to 1895 era. Antique firearm. NO FFL transfer or NICS background check required. The serial number is 85


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Massive C.S Shattuck 8 Ga. Market Hunter's Shotgun

Estimate $850 - $1,600Mar 3, 2018