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What was the first pump shotgun?

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  1. Bushmaster1313

    Bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

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    What was the first pump shotgun?
     
  2. Savage99Stan

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    Might have been a Spencer.
     
  3. j2jake

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    Mine was a JC Higgins, that I still have, purchased for me when I was born. Jake
     
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    Spencer it was back in 1882.


    Eric
     
  5. MTA Tom

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    "(The) Spencer was the very first successful pump action shotgun to hit the market back in the year 1882. It was invented by Christopher Spencer, the same man who designed the Spencer rifle and carbine used in the Civil War. Spencer's design of a repeating shotgun was so advanced that it was more than a decade before Winchester or Marlin had a similar design to put on the market. This new design signaled the end to the dominance of the double barrel shotgun but due to financial troubles, Spencer sold his company in 1890. Still his shotgun was produced for another 17 years by Francis Bannerman."

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  6. W.P.T.

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    Put an adjustable rib, comb, and gooie pad on that baby and be ready to go ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  7. wireguy

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    Great pics. Is the forward facing trigger the slide release?
     
  8. short shucker

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    wireguy,

    Nope. That's the trigger for the southpaws. Here's your sign:)

    ss
     
  9. Barry C. Roach

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    Just think what genius it is to invent something completely different from anything else that had gone before. True genius and fascinating.
     
  10. sliverbulletexpress

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    The forward facing trigger was an early attempt at a release trigger. LOL

    How bout this Question, who made the first 20 ga pump?
     
  11. Barry C. Roach

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    That gun was probably presented new to a TS member. Check for initials on that thing.
     
  13. MTA Tom

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    The "backwards trigger" at the front of the triggerguard is a cocking lever. If you hold it forward while pulling the trigger, the action decocks. Pushing it forward then cocks the action when you're ready to fire. There is no other safety.

    This information came today from my good friend George Spencer, who owns and shoots an original Spencer shotgun. George is an excellent Michigan gunsmith, and a distant relative of the gunmaker.
     
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