So I have an addendum to my last post about the Charles Daly double barrel coming to auction at Redding’s on Sunday: I’m not so sure that it left Prussia as a double rifle. Last night I spent a little time looking closely at the pictures and a few things about the gun jumped out at me:
-The forend. This gun has an extractor-style forend. It doesn’t have any of mechanics for ejectors.
-But in the pic of the barrels, you can clearly see that the extractors (the things that lift the shells out of the chambers) are split. This means these barrels were made for ejectors.
-Next, check the leaf sight. That’s not Prussian Charles Daly quality. I don’t know where that site came from, but it doesn’t look like it’s original to the barrels.
-Finally, the serial number on the forend and action is 1305. But it looks like the # on the action is 1365. This may be a maker’s mistake. But considering the gun’s other issue, it raises another big red flag.
So what are we looking at here? I’m not sure, really. But I’m not so sure this gun left the factory in Prussia as a double rifle. Someone has modified it, and maybe with a set of barrels from another gun.