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My stepdad gave me this old shotgun barrel and action to take pics of and try to find out what it is. He picked it up at a yard sale years ago for a couple bucks and has no idea what it is. I have no idea what it is, but figured somebody here could probably figure it out.

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No holes for firing pins at all??? :confused: might it be an actual breech loading musket? Edit. The biggest problem is that it looks like the conventional European side by side centerfire shotguns, with that lever and break open action... but the firing pin holes may have been welded over ?
 
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No evidence of there ever being breech holes...

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I did notice a couple of new symbols. One I have no idea of and the other an "M" with a crown over it...

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Possibly welded plugs there and then filed flat... it does look like there are rings/depressions where breech holes were. Its possible it was welded and filed to make a non functional display/movie piece

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I think that is just pitting from years of blackpowder use since there is nothing on the back besides some old glue and what looks like JB Weld...

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Agree this is a Belgian shotgun. The Perron mark, the E.L.G. are both Belgian. The crown M is the initial of an inspector.

Back when this was made, there were very many smaller manufacturers of small arms, particularly in Belgium. It might be difficult to narrow it down to a particular maker.
 
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Agree this is a Belgian shotgun. The Perron mark, the E.L.G. are both Belgian. The crown M is the initial of an inspector.

Back when this was made, there were very many smaller manufacturers of small arms, particularly in Belgium. It might be difficult to narrow it down to a particular maker.
Very helpful! Thanks! Any idea of source of ignition? Pan fired and the mechanism long gone? Any idea of the period of manufacture? 1800's?
 
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