Make: Crescent Fire Arms Co.
Model: No. 60 Empire Hammerless
Serial Number: 51497
Year of Manufacture: 1922-1935
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Action Type: Sidelock Side by Side Shotgun With Double Triggers
Markings: The left side of the barrel’s locking lug is marked “51497” and the bottom of the lug is marked “8”. The inside of the fore arm’s hardware is marked “51497”. The left side plate of the receiver is marked “No. 60 Empire Hammerless” and the right side plate is marked “Crescent Fire Arms Co. / Norwich, Conn. U.S.A.”. The water table is marked “51497”.
Barrel Length: 30”
Choke: The bore of left barrel measures .690” at the muzzle and the bore of the right barrel measures .700” at the muzzle.
Sights / Optics: The shotgun is mounted with a brass bead front sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are smooth wood. There is the start of a crack at the rear of the left side plate, the rear of the top tang and the right rear of the trigger guard. The butt stock appears to have been refinished and has several compression marks, the most notable of which are to the right of the top tang. The fore arm has two lengthwise cracks down the center and numerous compression marks. The LOP measures 13 7/8” from the front of the front trigger to the rear of the butt stock, which is missing the butt plate. The stocks rate in about Fair overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue Barrels and Case Colored Receiver
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is some very light erosion in the 9” from the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This shot gun retains about 30% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows gray patina on the barrels with some scratches through the finish towards the muzzles. There is some light erosion showing on the receiver. The screw heads are mildly distressed but still serviceable. The word “Crescent” on the right side plate is lightly stamped and partially obscured from minor impacts. The markings are clear except as previously described. Overall, this gun rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This shotgun is fitted with an extractor. We have not fired this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The Crescent Fire Arms Company is famous for manufacturing “house brand” shotguns, of which more than 100 different private labels have been documented. This old SXS was made for smokeless powder, still locks up tightly, and with the installation of a butt plate or recoil pad could still be used in the field.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible shotgun can be transferred in California.
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