locking a 1896 shotgun

Old 07-21-04, 09:24 AM
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locking a 1896 shotgun

Hi all,

I have an 1896 single shot 12 guage that I would like to put over the mantle. The problem is, I don't wish to ruin the looks by placing a trigger lock on it.

My thinking has led me to the possibility of taking a spent 12 guage shell, drilling a hole (where the firing pin would strike), placing a metal drywall anchor in the shell, installing it in the chamber using a security screw (cannot be removed, without alot of trouble). It would take a lot of work to remove the shell, and there would be telltale signs if it was tampered with.

We have one child in the house, but she is only 21 days old. So there is no current threat of a kid getting hold of the gun. The gun takes an odd size shell, not the 2 3/4 or 3 inch commonly sold.

Any thoughts on how to lock this weapon? One person had mentioned taking the firing pin out. This is not a bad idea, but I would prefer to not alter the gun as it is an antique.

Old 07-21-04, 01:21 PM
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your idea sounds as good as any. in resturants and whatnot they plug the barrel with wax. i agree, dont alter the gun. personally i would just put it up there as is. #1. it would be very tough to even get to it, #2. todays shells wont work in it, as you said. or, how about mounting it in a class case? that would make a nice presentation.
Old 07-22-04, 05:14 AM
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DUDE! The glass case is a great idea!


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