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Geco 12 bore DBBL

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Hi All,

After all the delays finally here she is.

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Comparative pic after stock done up -

 

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Stock seems to have a lot of battle scars but nothing that cant be fixed.

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Early German made guns are often overlooked but are extremely well made. Nice piece. Quite rare to find them over here. Made (or sold by) Gustav Genschow in Hamburg, Germany (see website). Early 20th Century, probably one of their first guns made. Could have come into the UK when confiscated by the British Military in the First or Second World War. Nice piece like that may have been kept by a British army officer.

 

Been a top quality gun in its day, with the German side actions. Could be quite valuable to the right person today.

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Early German made guns are often overlooked but are extremely well made. Nice piece. Quite rare to find them over here.

 

 

He's based In India.

 

What's the going rate for Cartridges/Guns in India anyhow? - and how hard is it to get hold of them?

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In that case more likely than not confiscated from Germany at the end of the war by a British or Indian officer with an eye for fine guns. If it is in good condition would over here probably fetch about £500 or more to the right person, possibly more in Germany. The decoration is extremely fine and well executed.

 

Hammer guns were still popular on the continent well after they had been largely supplanted by hammerless in Britain.

 

You need to find a suitable shotgun/rifle sling to complete it. It would probably originally have been fitted with a plain-ish black or dark brown leather sling.

 

Continental guns were usually fitted with slings as the style of shooting is more rough / walked up shooting as opposed to driven game as in the UK.

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Thanks Hammergun - thats a lot of useful and encouraging information there. and Yes, part of the history of the gun i have is that it once belonged to an English Officer of the forest department, thats what the previous owner said to me.

 

I've got an Butler Creek - easy rider sling from Cabelas and it is very comfortable - had a tough time configuring it though. - The original i presume is long lost.

 

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/template...rm23&Go.x=0

 

Bleeh - Cartridges start at 55 Rs/- (thats like a Dollar and 10 cents) and go upto 450/- or more (ten dollars) for imported ones.

 

Guns - you will find guns like the one i have but they will cost a premium - any imported weapon irrespective of its age commands a very good rate - that is because import of guns is restricted. Having said that, there still are a lot many imported guns / rifles / small arms of all calibres floating around in India - some lying in remote ares with people who dont know their value and some who do know their value and refuse to part with them.

 

Locally made guns are available but their quality still needs a long way to go. Getting a license here has become very tough and hunting is banned except in a few areas.

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I have seen later Geco hammerless but they all seem to have a pistol grip stock. The Prince of Wales stock on yours looks much finer on a game gun IMO.

 

I thought there would be plenty of hunting in India, or is it the reserve of the Maharajahs?

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Hunting is only found in a few places where game like Blue Bull & wild boar destroy crops. So on a few rainy days the local state government there allows a few to be shot only on farm lands. There is however a lot of red tape involved there and this is usually hush hush.

 

As of late the population of Wild boars , blue bulls, Black Buck and spotted deer have increased a lot and there are talks of getting in a well monitored hunting season but however these are still on the board and might take a decade to get implemented.

 

Reserves of Maharajas no longer exist and all of them have been converted into wildlife sanctuaries.

 

Crows and bandicoots can be shot without a permit :-) all year round.

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