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Kevingoetaski
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:47 pm  Reply with quote



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Hello,
My great grandfather bought a keystone sxs 12 gauge from around 1930s. This gun has never been fired and has made it to me. From what I can tell these guns were pretty cheap guns but I was wondering if anyone knows what they sell for since having some trouble finding myself.
Thank you.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:36 pm  Reply with quote
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Any pics?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:59 am  Reply with quote
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From a quick google search; no claims made for accuracy...

"Guns with the name KEYSTONE ARMS CO were made by either the W.H. Davenport Arms Co or the Hunter Arms co and they were made for and sold by the E. K. Tryon Jr. & Co of Philadelphia,PA. The same company used the names (just plain) KEYSTONE and KEYSTONE EJECTOR. These were inexpensive (cheap) shotguns selling for $15 to $25 when new. Value can range from a high of $150 for one that appears to have come out of the factory yesterday afternoon to less than $10 for a rusty rotten incomplete piece of junk fit only for a fireplace poker."

This was posted on Shotgun World and was actually in response to an inquiry about a single shot 12ga. A like new 16ga double could be a nice gun, particularly if it's one of the Hunter Arms guns.

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gunut
PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:41 am  Reply with quote



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if a hunter arms gun in v-good original condition....350-400....

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:11 am  Reply with quote



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The thing is, unused or nearly unused examples of these guns are quite scarce. Most of them were bought at the hardware store, used hard for many years (some were taken care of and others ridden hard and put away wet), and by now are likely about used up. So it's another example of something rare which is not expensive.

Tryon was a big sporting goods dealer in the Philly/SE PA/S NJ area and their products - at least those which have survived - are/were generally workmanlike, utilitarian, and aimed at a mass audience who didn't have boatloads of money to spend. I've got a "Kingfisher" spinning rod (one of their house brands). The high end of their house brands was made by Heddon, IIRC. This rod is made of the early "wood-look" fiberglass, probably from the 50s. It's nothing special - the cork is probably grade B-, the plating is worn off the ferrule and I had to get a new set of guides and totally rewrap it. It was a late uncle's. I think he bought it at the Western Auto. I retired it a couple years ago out of fear of breaking it, but before that I caught a lot of fish with it.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:10 pm  Reply with quote
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I have a Keystone double in 16 gauge. It's a boxlock gun and mechanically the same as a Hunter Arms Fulton. It was made about 1920.

I would think an unfired gun like yours would be very unusual. Most of the old 'hardware store' guns were bought to be used.

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gunut
PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:19 am  Reply with quote



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I had a 16ga Keystone made in 1920....sn. 2776x sold it last year for 400....in about 85/90% condition.....

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:17 pm  Reply with quote
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Kevingoetaski wrote:
Hello,
My great grandfather bought a keystone sxs 12 gauge from around 1930s. This gun has never been fired and has made it to me. From what I can tell these guns were pretty cheap guns but I was wondering if anyone knows what they sell for since having some trouble finding myself.
Thank you.


The gun is worth what you do with it. Do you intend to shoot it or just keep it as a wall hanger? If you will shoot it, then it all depends on how well you do w/ it. If it's a wall hanger, then it's value is as a keepsake from your father. In either case, who could put a value on it but you.
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