Well, I am sorry if this topic has been beaten to death, but I am working on a few shotguns as a father-son project. I fished these out of a dumpster, and they are pretty rough. The one I am having trouble with is marked VICTOR EJECTOR AMERICAN GUN COMPANY NEW YORK. The serial number on the barrel is 295404. It is a 12 gauge single shot. The fit is tight and I was able to fire a primed empty hull with no problems. It is just in need of stock repair and rebluing. My questions... A date of manufacture? Is this safe to fire low brass bird shot? If not, I can load black powder in my new manufacture brass cases. Any info would be appreciated.