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J.A.R. Elliott was the “American Field” Champion Live Bird Shot of American 1890-1896 using a Greener, which he also used at the 3rd Grand American Handicap at Live Birds in 1895 placing second.

After the GAH he shot for Winchester using a Winchester 1893 with “Leader” shells loaded with “E.C.” powder, and in 1897 when he was the Kansas City “Star” Live Bird Champion, winner of the Du Pont Trophy (99/100 pigeons defeating C.W. Budd) and defeated Fred Gilbert for the Du Pont trophy at Chicago December.

April 17, 1897 Sporting Life

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Sept. 4, 1897 Sporting Life J.A.R. Elliott
The Sporting Life, September 04, 1897 - The Sporting Life Collection - LA84 Digital Library

The Sporting Life, September 04, 1897 - The Sporting Life Collection - LA84 Digital Library

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Winchester promoted the $27 Repeating Shotgun of 1897 “like the one Mr. Elliott uses” during 1899. Elliott later used a 1897 Pigeon Gun
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In 1899, Elliott had the first three Long Runs on Live Birds - 100, 90, & 90; and held the DuPont Trophy, St. Louis Republic Cup, Cast Iron Medal – all at Live Birds – and the “E.C.” Target Championship Cup & “Republic” Inanimate Target Cup.

Sporting Life Sept. 16, 1899





Note Winchester listed the 1897 Pigeon GUN. I could not find when Winchester first offered the Black Diamond Pigeon GRADE

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The 1897 Tournament Grade was not offered until about 1909

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I love a good "97" but can not imagine taking a second shot with one of these clunky pumps with a LOT of money on the line.
I guess you do not miss on the first shot.
 

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Randy: I can't tell if the gun has the Black Diamond; introduced about 1901 in Tournament, Trap, and Pigeon grades.

Different DOB

December 20, 1890 Sporting Life
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joe: 25 birds killed with first barrel (1) or 2 barrels (2)
J.A.R. had lots of 1 barrel kills.

Breeder & Sportsman 1889 "2 Denotes killed with second barrel"

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BTW: Modern down-the-line is 3 points for first barrel kill, 2 points for a second barrel kill, 0 points for a lost target.
 

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The earliest Black Diamond 1897 I could find was made in May 1900, but can't find confirmation of when the Black Diamond was introduced

1905 1897 Black Diamond Pigeon Gun (not grade)

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