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Joined: 07 Mar 2010
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Location: pittsburgh pa

PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:34 am    Post subject: Saved Heritage Reply with quote

MY grandpa was talking about selling this so he and my grandma could have some extra money once they moved out of their house. after having many weeks of bad feelings and hesitation over it, I told him I'd take it, not so much because its worth money, but because its been in my family for now 4 generations. I haven't had much time to yet to get it fixed, but I'm still living in the Butler Pa area, and in the next few weeks will be moving to Cincinnati. My grandpa lives in Erie, and was considering taking it to Herb Gornflow, whose been doing my grandpas gunsmithing since the beginning of time. Any suggestions for others in any of the areas listed to possibly be able to fix whats ailing it would be a great help!

With the forum moderator's help, I was informed it is a 1923 nitro special 12 gauge, and besides what looks to be usual wear on something thats 90 years old, its in what i think is pretty good shape, and here are some pictures to boot!

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Location: NW OHIO

PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:11 am    Post subject: lefever Reply with quote

Since you want to keep it and fix a few things on it to make it safe
I would send it to Keith Kearcher in Bend Or
he is fast and cheap and knows Lefevers well
he can get the forearm to attach, refresh the metal, refinish the stock and you would have a beauty to show and shoot for many years.
Paul Devers
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are you looking to do with this gun... Make it safe and functional, or make it look like new, or something in between? A total restoration will cost more than the book value of this gun but this is one of those cases where the gun has been in the family and has sentimental value. The cost becomes less of an object if you intend to keep it and pass it on to your son or grandson.

I see a split forearm that has been repaired with a cross bolt and the original screws that held the forearm iron to the wood obviously stripped out and it is now attached by machine screws and nuts. The nuts may be what's preventing the forearm from latching. Is the tape on the pistol grip there to hold the trigger guard in place or is it holding a cracked pistol grip together? I see Nitro Special forearm wood and buttstocks on e-bay fairly often as there were a lot of these guns made. It might be more economical to first find good sound original factory wood that can be refinished and have checkering recut if needed than paying a pro to repair what you have or making and checkering a new stock. Cheap amateur restocking jobs almost always look cheap and amateur. What other issues does this gun have?

I don't know of any good double gunsmiths in your area. I am less than an hour north of you and shot a deer in Butler county during this flintlock season. Lots of nice country in the northern part. You might get some lines on gunsmiths at the next Penna. Gun Collectors Assn. show near Greensburg at the Westmoreland Mall Event Center on June 19-20.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If that fabulous looking Double Wedding Ring Quilt was made by your Grandma, you might want to find something else to lay the old oily gun on & preserve it as well.
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