What is a proof mark?
: a distinctive symbol stamped into the metal of the barrel or other part of a firearm to indicate that testing of the part bearing the stamp by firing proof loads has been carried out.
Are old guns worth anything?
Just because a gun is old doesn’t necessarily make it valuable. In reality, most older, mass-manufactured guns are actually worth much less than a brand-new model. For example, if the gun you obtained is a Mossberg 500 made anytime in the 1960s to 2020, it’s worth approximately $75 to $300, depending on its condition.
What is proof firing?
In firearm terminology, a proof test is a test wherein a deliberately over-pressured round is fired from a firearm in order to verify that the firearm is not defective and will not explode on firing.
Is used as a proof for charge?
A “proof round” is an ammunition assembly designed to be used in proof testing; this can use a fixed cartridge, a semi-fixed cartridge, or separately loaded projectile, charge and primer.
Where is the Eaton mark on a shotgun?
Eaton’s sold shotguns made by Cooey and Belgium made shotguns under the Eaton name, with this mark. SO far as I know, the mark was normally placed on the side of the action, toward the rear stock.
Where are the proof marks on a British breechloader?
But if the gun is a British or Continental breechloader, it should have proof marks on the water table of the receiver and on the barrel flats near the breech. The first on the left and the fourth (the one that resembles a candlestick) indicate provisional proof. The second and third indicate it was proofed at Liège.
Where is the grade mark on a LeFever gun?
The Grades of the Lefever Arms Co (Syracuse) and DM Lefever guns is generally marked on the watertable. The watertable is the flat part of the frame that the barrels rest on. You have to remove the barrels to see the grade mark.
What was the shotgun barrel mark in 1912?
After 1912 marks were changed to show just bullet type and bullet weight as in: St m G 12 g, usually accompanied with a crown-over-N or the word Nitro, specifying smokeless powder. Shotgun barrels of this era are sometimes marked with a powder charge over a shot weight, but the style of those marks didn’t change markedly over time.