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#610621 02/05/2022 4:23 PM
by Ted Schefelbein
Ted Schefelbein
I still get calls and emails from folks, wanting to know more about their Darne guns. I think, I’m usually more help than harm, generally . This one showed up in my email, yesterday:

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An actual Darne try gun. You might think this inquiry came from someone in Europe, but, it is living in Idaho. The couple who own it have a collection of guns, mostly lever rifles, I think, and knew it was something special, but, not exactly what it was. They know what it is, now. Of course, they wanted a value, and, I really don’t have an answer for them. The gun is a turn of the century R11, in 16 gauge, and I would speculate it is perhaps 85% condition, and while I have a pretty good idea what a regular R11 from that era might be worth, a try gun, from this maker, is out of my wheelhouse.

The factory, in St. Etienne, France, at the time I was there, did not have a try gun. I asked.

Things like this are why I have always said I’m still a student. Still learning.

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by Jtplumb
Wow. I have always wondered how some of the rarest allied countries guns showed up here, I have to assume the Nazis robbed the guns and our soldiers liberated them 😀 from the Nazis.
What an awesome find!
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