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Oldie but Goodie: 1928 Baker Single Barrel Trap

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by train222, Oct 28, 2008.

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  1. train222

    train222 Well-Known Member

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    Oldie But Goodie: 1928 Baker Single Barrel Trap Gun


    They don’t make them like this anymore! This a Vintage, Circa 1928, BAKER Single Barrel Trap Gun..

    12 Gauge 32” barrel full choke…

    When I brought this one the bluing was gone along with the varnish. The metal was in good shape and the wood had no cracks or major dings. This was another candidate for total restoration.

    Wouldn’t it be nice to see wood like this, from the factory, on today’s modern shotguns….

    Thanks for looking,

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)


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  2. jakearoo

    jakearoo Active Member

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    Very nice old gun. Thanks. Jake
     
  3. Hauxfan

    Hauxfan Well-Known Member

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    It looks like a heck of a gun for it's time period.

    Thanks for posting it. I didn't even know there was a gun named Baker.

    Hauxfan!
     
  4. michshooter

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    Great old gun and nice restoration. Now for the $64 question, How does it shoot??
     
  5. Bruce Specht

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    Great old gun
     
  6. phirel

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    At one time I had a small collection of Bakers. They fascinate me. If you visit the ATA Hall of Fame you can see three of the Bakers I donated. I have looked with great care at about 50 different Baker shotguns and have never seen two of them alike.

    Pat Ireland
     
  7. MAL-53

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    Where was it made? What do you figure it`s worth? Mark
     
  8. train222

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    MAL-53

    The Baker shotguns where manufactured in Batavia, NY from 1889 to 1933. As far as Value is conserned it's priceless to me. Restoration costs where in excess of $1600.00....

    Thanks for the comments....

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)
     
  9. phirel

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    Both A.H. Fox and Parker worked for the Baker Company at one time.

    Pat Ireland
     
  10. wm rike

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    Pat - by Parker I presume you mean Chas. Parker, et al? If that is the case, how did Parker, either as a company or an owner, work for Baker isasmuch as Parker's continuous operation preceded and eclipsed Baker's tenure? Subcontracting? Curious.
     
  11. crusha

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    MAL-53,

    To answer your direct and fairly-posed question, the Baker Trap Guns in normal grade are not very valuable. Below $1,000. The phrases "fully-restored" and "priceless to me" should have been your tip-off. As such, they are good candidates for complete restoration and shootin'.
     
  12. phirel

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    C. Parker and Baker made several parts for each other. A.H. Fox was in the mix also. A Philadelphia Fox looks more like a Parker than a Fox. There is a relationship among these three that can get confusing and is only partially documented. When I did a little trap gun collecting, I leaned toward Fox and Baker. Everyone else seemed to want Parkers and that made the price of the guns I was seeking a bit lower. Also, the Bakers were hard to find, so I did not spend a lot of money on them. I did have two Elite grades and one Superba grade single barrel Baker.

    Pat Ireland
     
  13. wm rike

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    Pat - thanks for the note. The gunmakers were quite a community back then.
     
  14. BILL GRILL

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    Buzz-gun, Could you lead us in the right direction to buy such a gun for under a $1000.00 dollars? You will look long and hard to find one available for $2000.00 at this point in time. I have been collecting American made single and double barrel trap guns for some time and I have never seen one at that price in good shape. I did buy a project gun for $600.00 about a year ago with a few pieces missing and a cracked stock. At this time I do not think you can find a Baker for sale. Also I have 3 of them in my custody at this time that someone else will get when I am gone. JMHO Bill
     
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    Bill Grill,

    I agree with you 100% about the older shotguns, especially the Bakers....I am always on the look out for them. The ones I have seen in the past few years have not been in very good condition and the prices that they are asking for them are usually, well over $1,000.00.

    When I purchased this baker, I paid $950.00, several years ago. As I said the restoration cost where in access of $1600.00. So my investment is $2,500.

    If you want to go by the Blue Book numbers, than I have too much invested in the gun.

    But I don't look at this way. I own a piece of American Made Shotgun History. That I can enjoy and my Family can enjoy for years to come.

    I do not restore my olders guns to make a profit, but to enjoy them...

    I am glade to see that there are so many other fellow shooters that enjoy the older shotguns as much as I do....

    I want to thank you for posting your pictures of your Bakers...They are Fantastic!

    Thanks,

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)
     
  17. Gold E

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    Whether it’s old cars, antique furniture, or unique guns, it takes people with interest, determination and means to preserve history. Money is rarely the object; just a love of the history and craftsmanship.

    Thanks, train222. You have a beautiful collection, and I appreciate your willingness to share it with us.
     
  18. BILL GRILL

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    Stu, The middle one in my pictures was the basket case as in wood and parts missing. It now has the original wood back on it and all parts there. Did have to have some parts made from scratch but did not reblue the gun. They are all Sterlings no two the same. The top two have 32" barrels the bottom one is 34".
    Bill
     
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    I think Baker customized Nash Buckinghams Fox SxS, ol bewoop, as Nash called them.
     
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