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Francotte Game Gun (will add $ & trade for Ljutic)

Discussion in 'For Sale- Members only' started by KennyRay, Feb 7, 2012.

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  1. KennyRay

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    Beautiful shotgun and somewhat popular in the late 1800's. I believe about 16 shooters used them in the 1898 Grand American Handicap and 22 contestants in the 1898 G.A. H. These were live pigeon tournaments as the first clay target G. A. H. wasn't to be until 1900.

    John L. Brewer, one of the best shots in the world used a Francotte, scoring 23 out of 25 birds in the 1898 G.A.H. with his two losses, dead out of bounds.

    W. S. Canon, from Newark, N.J. scored 23 as well. Only he was a one-armed shooter.

    Many of the Francottes seemed to be sold in the Northeast by the Von Lengerke & Detmold Company, but one of the Von Lengerke Brothers moved to Chicago and sold Francotte's in Illinois.

    I've seen them listed from 6 pounds to 8 pounds.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures.
     
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    Interest in knowing---Will it take 2 3/4" shells? What is yr of mfg---SJB
     
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