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#594537 03/26/2021 7:48 PM
by Glacierjohn
Anybody here shoot a Darne? There’s a 16 gauge, straight stock in reasonable original condition at our local gun show. No rust or pitting, I’d say 50% blue, action gone grey but original stock and checkering is good. Anyway, do you find that sliding breech awkward, or do you get used to it with use?

This gun is very light and handy with 27.5” barrels.
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#594578 Mar 27th a 04:35 PM
by Ted Schefelbein
Ted Schefelbein
And, just like that, down the rabbit hole we go....

An R model Darne is locked closed by a rather fearsome main spring, that is pinned into the lower metal, and actually sprung into the opposite bend of what it is when it is at rest. There is a fair amount of resistance getting the little guy closed, always. The opening lever gives you enough mechanical advantage to get that task done. A Charlin sliding breech gun opens and closes without any resistance, assuming the gun hasn’t been fired-if it has, you are cocking the gun on opening, and meet that resistance.

A Darne R model isn’t like that. As you already noted, keep any of your skin out of the closing operation, as it is always painful and bloody if you try to close the gun with your hide in the workings.

I’m going to go out on a limb, and speculate there was nothing wrong with the Darne clone you saw, or, at least nothing wrong with opening and closing, other mentioned issues I haven’t reviewed.

It was just unfamiliar to you.

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#596682 May 8th a 12:51 PM
by Ted Schefelbein
Ted Schefelbein
The Halifax marked guns seem to have a different numbering sequence then the graded monobloc guns referenced in the chart, above. The biggest problem with the chart above is that it was specific to guns sold in France. Exports were numbered differently.
The capital letter B on the guns barrel lug seems to indicate a gun with brazed, non monobloc barrels (tip of the hat to Dustin on that one). The most important clue on this gun is the “No 4” you see on the flats.
The Halifax existed because there were economic times that didn’t allow for people to part with the money for a graded Darne, which, was always an expensive gun. When times were really tough, there were several grades of Halifax gun. Your No 4 was produced in a window from about 1930 to sometime in the late 1930s. A number 4 was the most expensive of the Halifax guns.
A 16 gauge Darne is a pretty sweet spot to be in for a gun you can comfortably carry all day without growing weary of same. It isn’t a high volume clays gun, but, you already knew that. If you search the forum you should be able to come up with tips I posted here about a million times on how to keep your gun healthy, and you happy with using it, otherwise, ask again.

Good hunting. That is what it is for.

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