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Antique BELGIAN VAL HATNER 16 Ga. PINFIRE SxS Double Barrel HAMMER Shotgun Nicely ENGRAVED and CHECKERED 16 Gauge HAMMER GUN!
Antique BELGIAN VAL HATNER 16 Ga. PINFIRE SxS Double Barrel HAMMER Shotgun
Nicely ENGRAVED and CHECKERED 16 Gauge HAMMER GUN!
Here we present an antique Belgian made Val Hatner Pinfire Double Barrel Side by Side Hammer Shotgun, manufactured circa the 1850s likely in Liege, Belgium. This shotgun is nicely engraved with checkered stocks.
In 1835, notable gun maker and inventor Casimir Lefaucheux patented one of the first self-contained firearms cartridges. This very early design included a case with ball, powder and primer, but what made it different from what was to come later in cartridge development was the “firing pin” that projected out of the side of the case. It was this pin that was struck and detonated the primer inside. His son, Eugene, would build on Casimir’s invention, designing a pistol to take advantage of it. The hammer would be flat and smash down on the side of the cylinder, from which the pin of the cartridge would project. This revolver and pistol design would become prolific, especially in Europe throughout the 19th Century, being adopted by militaries, used by civilians and police, and even being sold for use during the American Civil War. Many makers made both licensed and unlicensed copies.
There is nothing under the sun that this shotgun hasn’t seen. Both bores are in good shape, have dimmed and are slightly frosted. No action (the hammers are “stuck” and do not drop). The stock has a crack that wraps the wrist and shows movement with slight hand pressure. Nicely refinished (nickel). Lightly engraved example.
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Barrels: 30-5/8 inches.
Caliber: 16 Gauge Pinfire
Length of Pull: 14-1/8 inches
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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