An big 8 gauge from a mysterious American maker..

P. Mullin New York SxS 8 Gauge Hammer Shotgun
P. Mullin New York SxS 8 Gauge Hammer Shotgun

Here’s a tough shotgun to find. It’s an 8 gauge waterfowler by an American “maker” named Patrick Mullin, and it’s on a Henry-Jones Patent action. It was probably built in 1870s.

In its day, this big-bore shotgun was far too expensive to be used by a commercial hunter as a “market gun”. Instead, a wealthy sportsman would have specially ordered it and used it in marshes, shorelines and flyways to pass shoot waterfowl at long ranges (80+ yards) and knock down big birds like geese and swans.

P. Mullin New York SxS 8 Gauge Hammer Shotgun
P. Mullin New York SxS 8 Gauge Hammer Shotgun

Patrick Mullin made guns in New York City from around 1850-1870. He was born in Donegal, Ireland, in 1814 and trained in Dublin and London before moving to the U.S.

On his death in 1895, the New York Times published his obituary and wrote “He turned out guns of his own handiwork that were unsurpassed in excellence.” Here’s a Mullin 8 bore muzzeloader that shows just how beautiful his work could be.

But while we know who Mullin was, the mysterious part of his legacy is just how much of his guns he actually built. On this 8 gauge,  I’m calling Mullin the “maker” because he didn’t make that much of it. Even though his name is on the locks and barrels, all of those, plus the action and leverwork, came from the UK. Mullin may have stocked the gun and finished it off. But that’s it.

Regardless, though, it’s beautifully made. Too bad it isn’t in better shape like the one you see here.

P. Mullin New York SxS 8 Gauge Hammer Shotgun

8 gauge Mullin shotgun, top-quality British locks
8 gauge Mullin shotgun, top-quality British locks
8 gauge Mullin shotgun, first-rate inletting for locks
8 gauge Mullin shotgun, first-rate inletting for locks
Stock Dimensions 13 3/4″ LOP
Status available
Metal Condition Fair, Finish Wear Nicks and Scratches, Areas of Light Corrosion
Trigger Double Triggers, Side Hammers
Gun Library LaVista, NE
Barrel 38 1/2″
Fore End Checkered
Butt Metal Butt Plate
Sights Single Gold Bead
Wood Condition Stock is Fair, Small Nicks, Scratches and Dents and Large Split Left Side
Weight 14 Lbs 12 ozs

Gallery of Great guns: a Parker, an Ithaca, and a Mullin……

More fine guns, in superb original condition. These are from James D. Julia’s October 2013 Auction.

EXCEPTIONAL INVESTMENT QUALITY HIGH CONDITION PARKER LIFTER HAMMER GUN. SN 13722. (ca. 1878) Cal. 10 ga. 2-7/8" Chambers. 30" Damascus bbls
EXCEPTIONAL INVESTMENT QUALITY HIGH CONDITION PARKER LIFTER HAMMER GUN. SN 13722. (ca. 1878) Cal. 10 ga. 2-7/8″ Chambers. 30″ Damascus bbls

EXCEPTIONAL INVESTMENT QUALITY HIGH CONDITION PARKER LIFTER HAMMER GUN. SN 13722. (ca. 1878) Cal. 10 ga. 2-7/8″ Chambers. 30″ Damascus bbls. Sold for $10,350

EXCEPTIONAL, ONE-OF-A-KIND, ITHACA NID SOUSA/ $1000 GRADE 12 GAUGE MAGNUM. SN 500536. Cal. 12 ga. 3" Chambers.
EXCEPTIONAL, ONE-OF-A-KIND, ITHACA NID SOUSA/ $1000 GRADE 12 GAUGE MAGNUM. SN 500536. Cal. 12 ga. 3″ Chambers.

 

 

 

TRULY EXCEPTIONAL, ONE-OF-A-KIND, ITHACA NID SOUSA/ $1000 GRADE 12 GAUGE MAGNUM. SN 500536. Cal. 12 ga. 3″ Chambers. Sold for $69,000

EXCEPTIONALLY FINE HIGH CONDITION PATRICK MULLIN 8 BORE PERCUSSION WATERFOWLER. Sold for $9,775
EXCEPTIONALLY FINE HIGH CONDITION PATRICK MULLIN 8 BORE PERCUSSION WATERFOWLER. Sold for $9,775

 

 

 

EXCEPTIONALLY FINE HIGH CONDITION PATRICK MULLIN 8 BORE PERCUSSION WATERFOWLER. Sold for $9,775

Vintage double of the week: Patrick Mullin 8 gauge…

Let’s celebrate one of America’s finest gunmakers: Patrick Mullin. Don’t feel bad, most people have never heard of him. Patrick Mullin’s double barrel shotguns were some of the finest ever made on this side of the Atlantic.  This 8 gauge, 11lb 5oz., percussion shotgun with 33″ barrels is an excellent example of his work. It glows with excellence and proves that a best-quality gun doesn’t need engraving.

Patrick Mullin 8 gauge percussion shotgun
Patrick Mullin 8 gauge percussion shotgun

Patrick Mullin made guns in New York City from around 1850-1870. He was born in Donegal, Ireland,  in 1814 and trained in Dublin and London before emigrating to the US. His guns retailed for $400-$1000 — more than Purdeys made at the same time.

Patrick Mullin 8 gauge percussion shotgun
Patrick Mullin 8 gauge percussion shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Mullin’s death in 1895, the New York Times published his obituary and stated “He turned out guns of his own handiwork that were unsurpassed in excellence.” This 8 gauge shows that they were right. Pics courtesy Dismal River Armory.

Patrick Mullin 8 gauge percussion shotgun
Patrick Mullin 8 gauge percussion shotgun

 

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