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Ever feel like you found buried treasure? DML 20 ga

 
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Marks_21
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:36 am    Post subject: Ever feel like you found buried treasure? DML 20 ga Reply with quote

Found this on the used gun rack in town
D. M. Lefever 20 gauge ejector is it an 8e or 9f? no marking
And can anyone tell me why such a sweet little gun would have 4.50 inches of drop ????













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DrBob
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations, all of us dream of walking into a small town pawn shop and finding a rare prize.
That looks to be a 9F. I don't see the "Not connected to..." disclaimer which would suggest that this is an Ohio gun. The 9F was only made in Ohio.
I have heard various explanations for guns with a very long drop. Supposedly women were taught to shoot with their heads up. It wasn't ladylike to hug the comb. I might guess that this was a gun special ordered (hence no grade mark) for a lady shooter. However, as with most Lefever history that is just speculation.
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Bob Noble
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello
These extreme drop guns are rare. ive only seen 3 or 4 of them. I dont know why they built them but to me its an interesting part of the Lefever story.
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terry buffum
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While your gun looks "normal" even with its extreme drop, take a look at this Lefever Arms Company 16 gauge D grade with even more drop. We saw this at the Las Vegas show in January, now it is part of the Amoskeag auction late next week.

http://www.amoskeagauction.com/82/48.html
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Harry Sanders
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When my parents made me, they specified 2" extra in the neck. This gun is meant for me. Can I buy it? Wink

I have an exceptionally late 9f, and it is more sparse than this gun. Hard to tell for sure but I would vote 8.
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terry buffum
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harry, is your gun grade marked? When you say "extremely late" are you talking about a serial number above 2000?

My 0 Excelsior (with a 0 and the serial number under the grip cap) has Krupp barrels rather than the expected "Imperial" and the D M Lefever Co name in script on the sides of the action, no other engraving. I wonder if it and your "sparse" gun might be similar in degree of ornamentation.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll correct myself - I apologize I too have a 0 grade gun in the 1600's with script D. M. lefever and nothing else. Barrels are not marked other than S/N. O and S/N under grip cap. My other DM is a 7 trigger plate, ejector, Damascus, straight grip.
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terry buffum
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The gun which started this thread has fore end ejectors as mentioned in the editor's note Jan-Feb 2013 LACA Newsletter. It seems odd that Dan Lefever would return to that design so many years after it was dropped at the Lefever Arms Co!
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