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Darne Shotgun Identification By Serial Number


Hello,I have a French made 16 gauge side by side shotgun that has been in my family for years. It is in excellent condition. It has not been fired in my lifetime. I'm 43.On the left side barrel it says: Fusil Robust Drevete S.G.D. GThe right side barrel reads: Manufacture Francaise D'armes et Cycles De St EtienneThe bottom says: No 10 RobustRemoving the forearm there is a number: 41737Removing the barrel shows: Epreuve Officielle Superieure - stetienne 17 0cal 16 demi-choke perfectionnePT (with a crown over it)dharge d epreuve fusil T:2:93-30charge normale 7 (T?) :1.70-28canon frette fabrication mecanidueacier herculeThere are also symbols with MF on either side of the symbol.I think the above words are correct, they are small and hard to see. I can take photos and post them on Yahoo! if that would help. Do you have any information on the gun like how much I can sell it for and if there is a dealer in my area? Southern Ocean county, New Jersey.Thank you very much.Wes Charles wesleygc@yahoo.com




Darne Shotgun Identification By Serial Number



hello, my father died a year ago and i'm trying to sort through everything. one item i need to sell but do not know very much about is a shotgun, made in france. its a NICKERSON... Verney Carron a saint-Etienne. on my fathers certificate there a nu, serial nu and 12 bore. it's in once only use and was brought around 1983. it's been store away in a safe for years. can anyone tell me if this is a sort after shotgun, what they think it could be worth. i have someone who could be interested in but i haven't a clue what value to put on it. it looks brand new. thank you


It is plain, no engraving. The serial numbers all match. Is there a web site with the manufacture dates by serial number? Would like to find out a little more about this particular shotgun. I really like the balance but will not have the opportunity to shoot it for a while. Live in the mountains and it has been snowing for what seems forever.Brian


New info from Johnny UK via email:"Sorry, but I am not up on Darne serial numbers, but if you look on Geoffrey Gournet's website , who is an agent for Herve Bruchet in US www.gournetusa.com/darne He shows the following info on dates :- SERIAL NUMBER FOR AFFIXED BARREL MODEL R V P & HS (Many Exceptions Occur)0-50000:up to 1910, one piece stockA001,A002...A999,B001...Z999:1910-1925AA001,AA002...BB001...ZZ999:1926-19353A001,3A002...3B001...3Z999:1935-19484A001,4A002...4B001...:1949-19554Z 1955-19525A001...5Z999:1962-19686A...1968-19747A...1974-19788A...up to 8F 19788G Bruchet8F890...8G204 1981-2004 Other than that, the only answer is to contact Herve Bruchet www.fusildarne.com/ Hope this helps


Previous comment:Verney Carron shotgun One item i need to sell but do not know very much about is a shotgun, made in france. its a NICKERSON... Verney Carron a saint-Etienne. on my fathers certificate there a nu, serial nu and 12 bore. it's in once only use and was brought around 1983. it's been store away in a safe for years. can anyone tell me if this is a sort after shotgun, what they think it could be worth. i have someone who could be interested in but i haven't a clue what value to put on it. it looks brand new. Comment : Hi there. I agree with Steve, that unless it is a really high quality weapon, 450 for a really mint one in 12G Ej, would be a top price in the current UK market. Verney Carrons were marketed for a while in UK, mainly O/U ejectors - very light and handy - mainly machine made, slim , low action, with large scroll engraving . One drawback was a strange safety catch alongside the triggers, which was difficult to operate. Not a good feature in my opinion.I had one for a time, but sold it.I think they ceased manufacture some years ago.JohhnnyUK


I don't have the book of Darne serial numbers. You might Google Geoffrey Gournet, the engraver who also imports Darnes. The number seems high, but I bet they made a lot of Halifax guns. Shorter chambers imply older guns. I liked the old Halifaxes, which were often more balanced because they had long barrels and no monobloc, thereby avoiding the muzzle light tendencies of high grade Darnes that can make them hard for English and US shooters to hit with.


I just acquired a 28 gauge Fireams Center Inc. Darne R11 - case hardened, lightly engraved - straight stock - serialized 4S23 on lever, sliding block, barrel and chassisUnfortunately mine has had Buttstock replaced - blonder walnut that does not match forearm. From your post and one here .. -shotgun-t23212.html where J.J. King also posts - that accounts for 3 of 25 I just ordered a period brochure from Gunnerman that was described as Firearms Center Inc. Darne brochure. Curious if you have any other info.


Darne 12 bore side by side shotgun, serial number 23066, the 28 inch barrels choked to full and 3/4, fitted with sling loops and bearing facsimile Darne signature, the opening lever with Francois Darne legend, numerous proof marks to barrels including five crowns, flower and scroll engraved action, and figured stock with chequered pistol grip.


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