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