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Old 11-22-2010, 10:34 AM
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I am but a simple man.

I realized quite some time ago don't need some new fangled whiz-bang belled and whistled tactical doomaflatchy to get the job done.

I don't have to have the latest and greatest to keep up with my friend down the street, nor do I allow myself to be swayed by trends or peer pressure.

I must admit I like single barreled shotguns, as they are what I grew up on.

There is something to be said about the feller that carries and uses one proficiently. No, that doesn't mean he can shoot it fast, although it can be done...it means making each shot count.

America does, or did have a love affair with them for so very long. To many a boy and man, from the latter half of the 19th century to the mid part of the 20th, the single shot .22 rifle and single barreled shotgun were the mainstay of the nation. How many doughboys were taught to shoot at an early age with these? How many people protected their life, livestock and property with them? How many brought home dinner during the depression with these things?

These pieces which have sustained families for so long are often maligned, forgotten, mistreated and taken for granted for the important piece of Americana they were and still are. Sure, they will never have the status of a Model 12, Remington 1100 or a Benelli, but can it take meat and be just as functional? Certainly, if you don’t mind being aggravated a bit by the fellers with the pumps and autos.

I’ve gone dove shooting with some friends that have some whiz-bang autos, and have been aggravated only once- likely because I brought home more doves, with less shells expended.

Freely admitting that it, in ways is hard to get excited about a single barreled shotgun, I do think many have some character that do set them apart from the rest of the pack.



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  1. Forehand and Wadsworth 12ga
  2. Remington #9 12ga side-cocker
  3. Excel Arms (Stevens) 1929 .410
  4. Stevens 1929 16ga, belonged to my father
  5. Winchester model 20, .410



  1. My father's second Stevens 94 16ga
  2. Ithaca 66 .410


That old Stevens 94, was bought when I was a kid at Hag Davenport's old store on US-64 on upper Shooting Creek NC (now old 64) when we were on a trip to Franklin NC for some reason- I do remember it started to snow on the way back and father didn't think we'd make it back across the mountain!

That 94 is the gun that he killed his only deer with- with a slug. He determined that killing a deer is too much darn work, and would stick with squirrels and such. Also, when he was growing up, there were very, very few if any deer in the area so it wasn't something he grew up doing.



Only thing I don't like about it now, is about 10 or so years ago I had it out hunting and the triggerguard broke on it during shooting! That ugly thing was the only thing I could find at the time- I need to find another one closer to original.

The only one I can't find is my Winchester 37 in 16 gauge...that bothers me. I'll find it sooner or later.

I did get back into buying some H&R's some time back too- when they came around for a good deal.
I did have one "card gun" made up locally so I could run with those fellers with the sleeved model 37's, but I didn't have to spend a mint to do it.

Here's a pic of a set of family: 10's (2 of 'em), 12 card gun, 16, 20, 28 and .410. I always picked them up when they were @ $50 or so.




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Maybe a better term is "single shot shotgun"? I'm asking, not telling, since pumps and autos technically have a "single barrel", and are simply fed extra shells from a magazine.

There was a 16 gauge Stevens that kicked around in my family for years. I think it is still sitting in my mother's closet. When I grew up, my grandfather had it. It sat on the steps leading up to the attic. After my grandfather died, we found three rounds of buckshot that he'd kept sitting next to it and a partial box of old Federal paper hull birdshot.

Before he had it, it belonged to my great grandmother as the farm gun. She gave it to great uncle Nicky who used to take it with him on his job as bus driver in Detroit, including during the riots. Family legend has it that at one point he was threatened by a group who mentioned that he only had one shot, and he responded by asking which of them wanted to take that one shot. When no one did, he threw them off his bus.

I've only owned two such guns. I had a break top NEF Tamer in .410 that was a lot of fun to shoot, but that I sold to a friend so that his son could learn to kill rabbits. I still have a cut down NEF 12 gauge - legal length - painted camo that I traded for. I've been meaning to put it in a Choate stock or something more useful, just haven't got around to it.
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Nice lookin' Chest-of-Drawers - Guns ain't too hard on the eyes either.


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Old 11-22-2010, 11:13 AM
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I agree with you Gator, but the term "single barreled" is what is more often used, at least around here. I think most people would know what we're talking about, if either term is used.

Thanks for the comment on the little set of drawers. The set belonged to my great grandmother- but they were painted black! I stripped them and clear coated them and have a nice piece now.
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The term was probably coined when "double barreled" guns came out, long before lever actions, pumps and autoloaders came into being.
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I've got several, the first 20 ga. I ever shot, and my dads winchester that he had the barrel drawn down so tight a dime won't fit in it. He liked those meat shoots.
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When I was a kid about 11, I wanted to go deer hunting. I walked the road between the house and store (about a mile) until I came up with enough money from coke bottles @ 2 cents each, to pay the $.25 for three 16 ga shot shells (buck shot). Took my grandfathers single barreld shotgun and hit the woods. Some time long before I was born someone stuck it in the mud and fired it. My Grandfather had to cut a few inches off the muzzle so it didnt even have a bead.

I think it was suppose to be an older gun for BP only. It was shot loose before I got a hold of it. Also you had to pry the hulls out with a knife after firing.

I shot my first deer, scared the heck out of me, after shooting it, it would go down, then back up and still coming toward me. Took all three shells. I thought it was coming after me. After it was down and the fear wore off I was proud as punch.

My aunt had position of the gun and I wanted it. She said she needed it for protection (though I don't think she had any shells) Any way, years later I bought a RG 38 snubby, sat. night special, and convinced her it would be better for protection, and traded.

I still got the gun, some 50+ years later, though I don't think its safe to shoot. I have now idea who made it, it does have some checkering but pretty worn down. Not worth anything to anyone else, but It was my grandfathers and I killed my first deer, so I'll keep it, hoping one of my kids or grandkids will understand and give it a good home when I'm gone.

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I just returned from Kansas on a Pheasant hunt. I took my dad's 16 Ga Winchester Model 37 just to know that that's what he'd be using if he were still here. I got a bird on the first shot. Boy, was I proud.
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Here's a little survival single shot 410 that shoots great. This one doesn't have the additional .22 barrel.

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My dad gave me his M-37 410 and that gun frustrated me so. I killed one or two pheasants with it, but missed and or wounded many more. Whenever any one asks about a youth gun, I always strongly recommend a 20 gauge. The old M-37 is in my safe, but has not been fired in years.
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Nice guns. I really wanted an Ithaca 66 as a kid.
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My dad gave me a Stevens model 94 20 gauge when I was nine (44 years ago). I went on to kill my first of everything with that gun (deer, squirrel, rabbit, quail, duck, racoon, crow etc...). When I went into the military it stayed with my mom. My idiot brother-in-law got his paws on it and like everything else he touched, he messed up and lost the forearm. A workable replacement was found and installed. I then passed the gun down to my son when he turned nine, more game fell. It now reposes in my safe, waiting for the right time to be passed down to my seven year old grandson.
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I've got one of those old, single-barreled tomato stakes around here somewhere:



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Old 11-23-2010, 01:48 PM
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Ahh, the memories....When I was a young man, I had a Westernfield 20 guage single shot (Savage 220). I loved that gun and really liked the hammerless design. Let my uncle talk me out of it (for $15 no less)years ago and then of course, he would not sell it back to me. Every time I am around a gunshop or gunshow, I always look to see if I can find another in 12 guage, but have not ran across one yet. My wife likes to shoot blue rock (trap) and her arms are short enough that my guns are a reach for her, but one of the Savage 220's in full choke would probably fit the bill.
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This was an old red letter Winchester 37 20 gauge that accounted for a few grouse. I intend to try and buy this gun back from the current owner when I get some money squirreled away.
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I've got a Winchester Model 20 .410 that belonged to my grandfather. It was not in good shape when I got it years ago, the biggest problem is a huge crack in the stock. For years I've been meaning to get a new stock and have it restored, but haven't gotten around to it.
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I have got an old H&R single barrel (yup, read that single shot) with an 18 inch barrel and a 5 round butt cuff that I keep around in case of a critter....
I like to run a few shots a year thru it.....
Ain't no need a quit a gun just cause it ain't fancy....it works....that's what I need it to do
Guess if I painted it black and hung a light on it the kids around here would love it
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I was a kid when I got my first shotgun for a christmas gift.a single barrel stevens 12 ga.I took many a squirrel with it.the barrel bulged 3 inches from the end and my stepdad cut it back and taped it and set the bead back.used it to death it was my truck gun till I let a guy talk me out of it.then I got a pump winchester.and now I am hunting hard for a single barrel 410 savage 94.
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The Parker is really neato!


Here's another Forehand 12 gauge though not as nice as yours, Andy.




It's a big 'un! A Harrington & Richardson Model 176 10 gauge Magnum I purchased new in the 1970s when I was 18. I'd read of Elmer Keith shooting ducks and geese at 100 yards with his Ithaca 10 gauge magnum double so thought I needed one for my duck hunting. 100 yard duck shooting was a bust. The 10 gauge did work well as a varmint "rifle" though, taking called foxes and coyotes with No. 4 buckshot.









The barrel is so fat it is like a sewer pipe. It is so thick at the breech end that it appears humped when looking down the barrel toward the bead. Lot of scrap steel in this one for the original purchase price of $65.

There's another H&R or two around here along with a Winchester Model 37A 16 gauge, purchased the same day as the 10 gauge for $60. I bought it for my girlfriend to have something to hunt dove with. I got the gun back when she married me.
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Andy I am a big fan of these guns, and yes I call them single barrels too. I have yet to see a single barrel with more than one barrel (LOL)

I like the convenience of quick loading and unloading and it's very easy to get off a quick second shot by tucking a shell between the fingers of your left hand assuming you are right handed.

The Winchester model 37 in 16 ga. is my favorite of the breed.
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I enjoy reading about and seeing the pictures of shotguns. Thank you!
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My 5th Christmas I got a youth model Stevens 94 in 410. Even though it was a youth model Dad still had to cut half the stock off to make it fit me.
On my 6th birthday (3 months later) I killed my first rabbit and have been hunting ever since. When I was 9 I got "promoted" up to a 20 ga youth model 94. Still have that one (Dad found it disassembled in a dresser drawer last year and "regifted" it to me). Now it will be used to teach my three girls about the usefulness of a scattergun.

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I still got my Sears 20 Ga single shot.
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My favorite is a well worn NewEngland firearme 12ga with improved barrel
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I have two single barrel shotguns, both 410. One Iver Johnson my Dad bought used in the mid 60s it shoots 2-1/2" shells, the other a Springfield which I inherited from my Grandfather both older guns but in good shape.
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I just have my old Winchester model 37 20 gauge youth shotgun. Not sure how old it is but it's got some age to it. It was my first shotgun and was given to me when I was 7 or 8. The gentleman who gave it to me said it was his when he was a boy. He must have been in his 50's back in the mid 80's.

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Anyone who does any trap shooting will see that the single bbl shotgun is very much alive and well. Bushmaster 1313 has just shown us a very beautiful example of one. Today a shooter can buy a new,(Browning BT-99) low priced one for about $1200, and go easily up to $15,000 for a high end one. If one wishes fancy stocks and engraving then the cost easily goes up even higher. These shotguns are surprisingly very popular.
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... myself. I don't have a list in front of me but I'll track 'em all down and list 'em in the next day or two.

I admit I take one of the 12 gauges with me to shoot skeet and trap with the wife now and again instead of my Webley and Scott 12 gauge tactical pump. It's just easier to shoot and is a lot of fun. Of course, I can't do doubles or anything fancy like my wife can with her over and under, but I have a good time with it nonetheless.

My first gun was a single shot .22 that came from an old farm auction up in Maryland when I was 10 years old. That's about 1969 that I picked it up for about $7.00 at that auction. My Dad said it looked like a World War II training rifle to him, but he couldn't be sure. Pop and I got it sighted in and it was an accurate little gun for sure. The other thing about it was you had better be darned sure about that first shot or else because you couldn't just toss a round up in it and slam home the bolt. No sir, you had to put the round into the barrel and then slide the bolt closed, so it took a bit of practice to get that done quickly. I wish I still had the thing but a friend wanted it to do some plinking with and had a neat little .25 caliber pocket gun to trade for it. As I was heading to the USAF at the time I figured the pocket gun would take less space to store than the old .22. Funny what you regret later in life. Oh well, that rifle taught me to shoot and the basics of gun ownership and safety.

With my Grandpap's teaching over the years, I did really well with firearms in the military. I was pretty proud of that at the time and my old Pap was too.

Anyway, thanks for bringing up the topic Andy~


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I realized quite some time ago don't need some new fangled whiz-bang belled and whistled tactical doomaflatchy to get the job done.

I don't have to have the latest and greatest to keep up with my friend down the street, nor do I allow myself to be swayed by trends or peer pressure.

I must admit I like single barreled shotguns, as they are what I grew up on.

There is something to be said about the feller that carries and uses one proficiently. No, that doesn't mean he can shoot it fast, although it can be done...it means making each shot count.

America does, or did have a love affair with them for so very long. To many a boy and man, from the latter half of the 19th century to the mid part of the 20th, the single shot .22 rifle and single barreled shotgun were the mainstay of the nation. How many doughboys were taught to shoot at an early age with these? How many people protected their life, livestock and property with them? How many brought home dinner during the depression with these things?

These pieces which have sustained families for so long are often maligned, forgotten, mistreated and taken for granted for the important piece of Americana they were and still are. Sure, they will never have the status of a Model 12, Remington 1100 or a Benelli, but can it take meat and be just as functional? Certainly, if you donít mind being aggravated a bit by the fellers with the pumps and autos.

Iíve gone dove shooting with some friends that have some whiz-bang autos, and have been aggravated only once- likely because I brought home more doves, with less shells expended.

Freely admitting that it, in ways is hard to get excited about a single barreled shotgun, I do think many have some character that do set them apart from the rest of the pack.



Ah heck, y'all just want to see some pictures!

  1. Forehand and Wadsworth 12ga
  2. Remington #9 12ga side-cocker
  3. Excel Arms (Stevens) 1929 .410
  4. Stevens 1929 16ga, belonged to my father
  5. Winchester model 20, .410



  1. My father's second Stevens 94 16ga
  2. Ithaca 66 .410


That old Stevens 94, was bought when I was a kid at Hag Davenport's old store on US-64 on upper Shooting Creek NC (now old 64) when we were on a trip to Franklin NC for some reason- I do remember it started to snow on the way back and father didn't think we'd make it back across the mountain!

That 94 is the gun that he killed his only deer with- with a slug. He determined that killing a deer is too much darn work, and would stick with squirrels and such. Also, when he was growing up, there were very, very few if any deer in the area so it wasn't something he grew up doing.



Only thing I don't like about it now, is about 10 or so years ago I had it out hunting and the triggerguard broke on it during shooting! That ugly thing was the only thing I could find at the time- I need to find another one closer to original.

The only one I can't find is my Winchester 37 in 16 gauge...that bothers me. I'll find it sooner or later.

I did get back into buying some H&R's some time back too- when they came around for a good deal.
I did have one "card gun" made up locally so I could run with those fellers with the sleeved model 37's, but I didn't have to spend a mint to do it.

Here's a pic of a set of family: 10's (2 of 'em), 12 card gun, 16, 20, 28 and .410. I always picked them up when they were @ $50 or so.




Now, I'm done playing for the week- I've got work to do!
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I got my own single barrel when I was 6. My buddies and me were yammering for 410s. The old man gave me a Stevens 94
12g. He bought me light sport loads from Sears. He claimed it
wouldn't kick much more and would be a better game killer than
410. At 6 I was small & OM bandsawed about 1" off the butt and
put a slip on pad on it. When squirrel hunting OM gave me 5
shells, 4Sport loads and a Mk 5 23/4"mg in case I got a long
shot. I had shot lots of Sport Loads but never Mk 5s. The first
time I touched one of them off I made a promise to my shoulder,
I wouldn't shoot another unless I was being attacked buy a
dinosaur! That load thrashed me properly.
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I have one, a Winchester Model 41, bolt action single shot 410, the 2 1/2 version. My grandfather traded a Stevens 12 gauge for it when my brother and I were about 10yo and gave it to us. It has bagged many a squirrel,rabbit, a few quail and ruffled grouse, and a few deer along the way. This one will never be sold, for any amount of $$$. too many good memories...
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