Empire firearms were made by the H & D Folsom/Crescent Arms Co. in the very late 1800's thru the early 1900's. This organization manufactured low cost firearms under a number of different names. You could actually buy the same firearm at a number of different stores with three different names on it. Attempting to determine the age of this firearm is probably a lost cause as all the assets of this group were aquired, I believe, by the Stevens Arms Co. during the early 1930's. All records have since either been lost or destroyed.
I will assume that you would not consider shooting this firearm without first haveing it checked by a qualified gunsmith. I believe most of guns stamped Empire firearms were probably designed in the late black powder or very early smokeless powder era and as such their safety with modern ammo. is suspect.
By trhe way, their were also Empire Arms Co. marked firearms (again made by Cresent Arms Co.) made for Sears. I have no idea if they were the same guns or not.
It is worth what ever the market will bear.
80 years plus or minus...
@ turn of the century or so, 50-100 USD or so
What are the markings on the gun? email@example.com
No known sn data published. Most likely from turn of the century.
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I'm not sure of the value of your shotgun. I have a Montgomery Wards Hercules, double barrel shotgun, with external hammers. With all the research I have done it is a Stevens 217. I have been looking for a set of barrels for this gun. Can you describe your gun to me. Petter
Early sidelock double-barrel shotgun with external hammers. Please do not attempt to shoot it until you have it thoroughly checked by a reputable gunsmith. The barrels were not designed for today's ammunition in both chamber length (16ga was 2 9/16" back then), construction (shells were paper, not plastic hulled) and pressure. firstname.lastname@example.org
50-100 or so
I have a Henry Arms double barrel shotgun and am trying to find information on it. I have heard that it might have been produced in the 1800's. Serial # 55578 Thank you for any information you can give me.
By looking in the chamber.
Recently purchased 10 gauge side x side black power shotgun. Has double external hammers and double triggers. Stamped on top between barrels in front of hammers is WN More + Co. Superior Quality. Any information would be helpfull. Thanks
BRANDY - Your shotgun was probably manufactured between 1886 and 1916. The SxS has been around a long time. With the info given your gun may have been built in 1750 or it may be a new import from 2008. They have never stopped makeing this type of gun.
Can anyone advise me. I currently restoring a black powder 12 bore shotgun one of the the hammers is missing. The gun is circa 1860 Naylor & son Sheffield. Any advice would be welcome. many thanks. Dan.
manufacturing turned toward internal hammers about 1870 just about the same time the transition from twist to fluid steel barrels appeared. keep in mind that side hammers still appeared on center fire shotguns using brass cased shotgun shells that first appeared about 1860. if it is a percussion cap shotgun its probably pre 1860.
$700-$3500 depending on condition.
1905 it was invented by roger Arnold an it was fired by there pressure of the chambers
charles roges shotgun
If a shot has a 3inch chamber it will also shoot - 2 3/4 inch shells..