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#616176 06/27/22 09:45 PM
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I bought a Lindner yesterday on Gunbroker after wanting one for a while. Probably gave too much but I'm not getting any younger. Actually it is one I hadn't seen for sale before. I read somewhere on the board, but can't find it now, a reference to a list being put together to document the earlier guns. I thought some one may know the link I am quoting. I would like to report the details and see if the gun was already listed or had any known history.

It is a 12 gauge Lindner Daly with a scalloped action, carved fences, no side clips with a crossbolted extension. Engraving is floral; no animals. Stocks in decent shape and an excellant quality of burl and black streaking. Nice checkering. The barrels are 28" Damascus with prominent pattern showing. Chokes Mod and Full. Top and bottom ribs are fancy laminate. Gun has ejectors. Stock is 1-3/8 x 2-7/8 x 14-1/8. Deeley forend latch with a wood wedge. 2-5/8" chambers. Proofs show HAL over pistols, serial number 969, barrels marked 1177. PRUSSIA marked on water table.

The gun weighs 6 # 3 oz. THe top rib is marked Charles Daly Fine Damascus Bbls Featherweight.

I am guessing from the research I have been doing that this is a Model 185 Featherweight, circa 1900-1901. The condition seems to be solid and presentable but needs a very good cleaning including maybe a good sonic cleaning session. (I have a 25" deep double frequency tank that can do a whole gun including barrels as long as they are run twice with reversing.) I don't have a photo hosting account right now, but you can view the auction pictures at www.gunbroker.com/item/936048750 .

I would appreciate any comment on the gun and if my assumed pedrigree is close. Has there been any record of this gun that anyone is aware of, and is the featherweight designation an uncommon model?

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Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a beautiful gun. You have found a treasure. Everything about it is wonderful quality. The barrels are very top quality forging work. Even the triggers are filed and formed to best quality standards and just look at the exceptional wood. With that light weight and barrel length it must handle and swing like a dream.

We all envy you. What ever you paid is not too much.

Kindest Regards;
Stephen Howell

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I think that was a good buy. Lot of drop at the heel, guys tell me they can shoot that. Lovely wood, I think you can splurge for a new pad.

I really hope you are going to use the gun. Maybe not for chopping at pheasants in sub-zero temps or in freezing rain, but, some use, anyway. Much too fine to be a safe qween . As you point out, you aren’t getting any younger.

Enjoy.

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Beautiful gun, I was watching it myself. I have a 1908 185 fluid steel barrels and yours just looked better and was about 3 oz lighter. I couldn’t justify 2 of them.
Great buy. Similar gun sold for over 5k just a year ago. You just don’t see featherweights much.

Found it 3/2021 $6125.00
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Very nice! Marked Featherweights are about the rarest configuration for Lindner Dalys and I don’t see very many with 28” barrels. I believe it is Ken Georgi who has the Daly data base. He is a member here and somewhere I probably have his email. I will look.

A couple other notes. I date it to 1899 but being specific is a mug's game. It's 1900 give or take a year. Model number is likely 155......it is an ejector model with Damascus barrels and a cross bolt from that time frame. Makes it a 155 FW.

I have compiled my own data base of about Lindner 75 guns. I haven't seen this one before although I do have note of serial number 968, it's likely bench mate.

There are "lightweight" Daly's and there are Featherweights. Just because it is light, doesn't mean it is a Featherweight. I have 5 Featherweights on my list.....a little higher than the percentage I was told from the big list.....roughly 3% of noted guns are inscribed Featherweight on that list. This is the only 28" barreled Featherweight I have seen. It's also the only one I have seen that is over 6 pounds. Although there are a good number of "lightweight" 12 gauge with 28" barrels coming in around 6 1/4 pounds.

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Originally Posted by Jtplumb
Beautiful gun, I was watching it myself. I have a 1908 185 fluid steel barrels and yours just looked better and was about 3 oz lighter. I couldn’t justify 2 of them.
Great buy. Similar gun sold for over 5k just a year ago. You just don’t see featherweights much.

Found it 3/2021 $6125.00
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If you can’t justify two of them, you just aren’t trying hard enough. laugh laugh


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Really nice honest gun neighbor.

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We Lindner collectors definitely missed the boat on this one. Yes, the Featherweight, marked as such, variation is a very uncommon Lindner subset. In that condition, should have sold for at least twice that price.

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Glad you ended up with it. I was watching but other guns just followed me home. Hope it is as solid as it looks.

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at 6 pounds 3, one wonders about barrel wall thicknesses...


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