I have been gifted a Perkins double shotgun. A family heirloom. Came here when family moved here in 1800s.
Was hoping to have a smith look at it. Needs some TLC (Beyond my skills). One hammer needs attention. Rt trigger does as well.
I want a smith who understands such things, and is willing to give me an accurate honest take on if it is safe to fire, and if so, someone who can repair the locks/hammer.
Took it to the local smith/dealer who sells plastic stainless bolt rifles and ARs, he blew me off after a quick glance. Told me to make a wall hanger out of it. I get that this was out of his regular parameters, so I ask here.
The plan is not volume shooting. But the person who gave it to me would like to hear it went for a day after pheasants or quail. He'd appreciate that.
If it ultimately ends up as a mantle piece, I'm fine with that too. So long as the smith looking at it is competent in antique arms (And actually looks at it for more than 3 seconds before leaping to a conclusion).