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SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

What’s better than a double-barrel shotgun? How about a triple-barreled one.

While long guns with 3 barrels aren’t hard to find, top-quality 3-barrel shotguns are extremely scarce. John Dickson & Son made a few 3-barrel SxSs, and so did Westley Richards and  Boss & Co. Today, Johann Fanzoj builds high quality triple-barreled shotguns. These are best-quality guns, and they sell for €100,000+. (BTW: At the other end of the market, an outfit called Chiappa Firearms sell a Turkish-made 3-barrel shotgun call the Triple Threat. But from what I’ve seen, it’s junk.)
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

The Frederick Surkamer 3-bbl shotgun you see here was built on design patented by a R.M Jenkins in the 1930s.  The front trigger serves as a double single trigger firing the 9 o’clock and 12 o’clock barrels.  The firing sequence is 9 o’clock barrel, 12 o’clock barrel, and then 3 o’clock barrel — if done in order. But if you want, you can also fire the 9 and 3 and then pull the front again for the 12.  You can also fire the 3 first space and then the 9 and 12.

What makes this design unique is that the ejectors track whichever barrels have been fired — making it the only true three-barrel, selective ejection firing system in existence. No matter which barrel you fire, the correct  ejector will trip a kick the hull clear of the chamber.
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

Frederick Surkamer was  Chicago-area gunsmith who built custom rifles, worked for Von Lengerke & Antoine and Marshall Fields, and imported & finished drillings and shotguns from Europe.  I’ve been told that this 3-bbl gun was manufactured by him here in the United States. There are absolutely no proof marks on the gun anywhere, which helps supports this claim.

R.M. JENKINS SURKAMER THREE BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGEONE OF A  KIND GUN DESIGNED BY R.M. JENKINS FOR SURKAMER CHICAGO SERIAL #1 28″ BARRELS CYLINDER IC AND IM  CHOKES DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP NEW CONDITION 6LBS 6 OZ X 2″ X 1 9/16: X 13 1/2″. Price: $45,000

SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

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