Author Topic: Old Belgium coachgun  (Read 129 times)

sonny

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Old Belgium coachgun
« on: November 22, 2018, 02:50:46 PM »
Don't really know much about it other than it's a 12 gauge with 2 3/4inch chamber and 20 inch barrels.

Made by Fabrique D Armes Liege.

Shot a half box of birdshot and it locks up tight and shoots good.

But 00 buckshot makes her kick a bit.  :o

I don't know when it was made but it looks pretty old,early 1900's maybe?

Doc Holliday carried a Meteor coach gun at the OK corral but his was a 10 gauge. 8)

There's just something about a short barrel hammer gun that makes it look badass. ;)

greylynx

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Re: Old Belgium coachgun
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2018, 04:03:55 PM »
Looks like there was some repair work around those extractors and further up on the locking portion has occurred. Look at the solder drops and repairs.

What is the pitting on the inside of the barrels like?

The outside portion of the stock looks nice, but how does the wood look inside that stock.???

Just my observations.


I would take it easy on the buckshot.  I believe the pressures involved could be somewhat hazardous given the quality of steel of the day and any weaknesses due to pitting in the barrel.


Suggestion: Go onto the Shotgun Sports website in the U.S. with your pictures. 








 






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sonny

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Re: Old Belgium coachgun
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2018, 06:06:18 PM »
No solder on this gun,extractors or lockup.That thing you are looking at on the lockup is a dab of grease.By the extractors there are paint flecks from the paint pencil they used to high light the stamps and markings.
Inside bores look bright and shiny and that little pitting on the outside,well some people call that patina. ;D

Inside wood looks good too but there has been some work done to it for sure and I never noticed it until it arrived from Quebec.Hammers don't match,one is slightly different than the other and I have no way of knowing which one is the original.
Yeah the pics the guy sent me weren't the best.

Don't worry about me using 00 buck in this gun,I have others that are better suited for that. ;) ;)

I picked up the gun because the price was very good and because a short double barrel hammer gun just looks cool. :)

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Re: Old Belgium coachgun
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2018, 06:10:19 PM »
Just to add that I was chatting with a guy from upstate NY and he said that the Meteor brand were some of the better Belgium shotguns as there were a lot of crappy Belgium shotguns sent over.

As for age he figures it was made sometime between 1893 and 1914.

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Re: Old Belgium coachgun
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2018, 07:02:25 PM »
That's a cool find Sonny, be fun to blast some clays with.
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Re: Old Belgium coachgun
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2018, 07:35:21 PM »

Those new pictures show a different story. A much better picture of your barrel locking mechanism is shown. Pretty good.  I continue to wonder what the filing done on the left barrel was done for.

Two other questions:

How much does the top locking lever go to the right?  How much the lever is off centre indicates how worn out the locking mechanism is.

When you twist the barrel and receiver portion, is there any sideways or up and down wobble indicating a lose barrel to receiver lock up.


Have fun with the new gun. 


P.S. It does not look like there is too much snow out your way.  I will bet the clay target range is still open.  I have met some ot the  clay shooters out of your club, and they are darn good.  You may want to use another shotgun if you compete with those dudes. :)









 


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Re: Old Belgium coachgun
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2018, 08:11:35 PM »
Holy smokes greylynx you're being a tough customer tonight. lol  ;D

But anyway I can twist it,shake it and there is no play in the action at all,locks up tight.

And as you can see in the pics the hammers don't match.They both work and go BANG but at some point in time one of them was replaced but I don't know which one.

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Re: Old Belgium coachgun
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2018, 08:35:53 PM »
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Re: Old Belgium coachgun
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2018, 08:40:24 PM »
Buddy in NY sent me these. ;)


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Re: Old Belgium coachgun
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2018, 09:11:28 AM »

I'm convinced Sonny. That should be one fun little gun.

I have been looking at some old Merkels, Husqvarna's, and Suhl side by sides for upland.

We still have a bit of a season left.

The prices are pretty good, but I am a risk averse person who keeps thinking I might get a stinker. :)

BTW:  How is your Italian police Berreta 92F holding out?  I was talking to a fella at Cabala's on Monday who thought the  price of new 92F was too steep.  I told him there were other options, and mentioned how you were quite happy with your purchase and service. You even had pictures.