|scarce Whitney-Howard "Thunderbolt" single barrel lever action shotgun - $350.00|
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scarce Whitney-Howard "Thunderbolt" single barrel lever action shotgun. Unusual action that slides a bolt back on the bottom of the frame for loading a single shotshell. Working the lever also cocks the action, and closing it readies for fire. Ultimately, the action proved not to be strong enough, and production ceased with only about 200 shotguns being produced. Marked on right side of barrel "WHITNEY ARMS CO WHITNEYVILLE CONN" and on left side of barrel "CHARLES HOWARD'S PATENTS OF SEPT 26 AND OCT 10 1865 AND MAY 15 1866". 30" barrel, 20 gauge. Metal parts have a dark patina overall. Several screws are replaced, the lever is a hand forged replacement and the upper tang is repaired. Stock has a replaced flake on right side by action that is well formed with the rest of the wood, the wood has a lightly cleaned appearance and a crack on left side by the action. Action does not open up, mechanical condition unknown. Firing this arm would be ill-advised as the action proved to not be robust. Sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.