If you scroll back throught this thread , one post has picks of a prototype and a couple early numbered models that are truly beautiful. The poster says they fathers shop made the prototypes for Mr. Cole.A friend of mine had one of the first Cole Guns made. It was made for Moe Bragg of Shooters Emporium in Portland, OR. I believe it was stamped PRO 000 for Prototype 000, It had a fixed full barrel for handicap and a fixed barrel with .010 for singles. This was the Tiger Tank version of the Cole Gun. It weighed close to 12 pounds and Moe couldn't handle the weight. Later the drilled the receivers to lighten the weight of the gun. I don't know what rib number the barrels were fitted with.
When my friend passed I wish I could have afforded to purchase his gun but the funds weren't there at the time. That is my loss,
Got the stock back. Turned out ok. Sorry no before pics. Not much of a photographer though.That would be great. Can you list the serial number too. Can you also show before picture too with the refinished stock? Thanks.