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:
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.