Double: N.R. Davis 20 ga Ajax 28 in F & M Good Solid 1920s

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Double: N.R. Davis 20 ga Ajax 28 in F & M Good Solid 1920s  Guns > Shotguns > Stevens Shotguns
Description: Fjiestad has only recently, in the past decade or so, added N.R. Davis to his Blue Book index. N.R. Davis was an independent company until 1929, when it merged with Crescent Firearms, and then shortly thereafter merged with Savage and Stevens. The fact that the gunmaker considered itself, or at least this Ajax variant 20 gauge, significant is attested by the fact that this shotgun is serialized on its water table, forend, and barrel, # E2xx. While we have from time to time had Davis shotguns float through our store since our inception, what made this one stand out is its gauge and mechanical condition. Apart from butchering a Pachmayr 660 pad, this little old shotgun has not been tampered with. Walnut buttstock still has 14 inches of length from the forward, right-barrel trigger. The buttstock is only slightly loose, and has 2-3 mm detectable wobble. There is an inconspicuous double hairline crack from the top tang extending about an inch back from the center of the tang with no separation. As the photos should show, there is about a 1 mm gap between tang and wood all the way around. We detect no other cracks in the wood. We believe that the retaining studs visible behind the receiver in the lateral sides of the pistol grip are original to the shotgun. Another strong suite is that there are no dimples anywhere visible in the barrels. True, the original bead is quite flat; and true, the barrels have a gunmetal gray patina with about 30 percent splotchy brown and several small short shallow scratches and scuffs – the metal, however, is quite even and attractive. There is even some original finish still visible on the upper edges of the receiver. Underside forward screw has only very mild stress, and there is a brass head replacement old screw directly behind the trigger guard.

Barrels are reasonably thick at the muzzle, as the photos show; right barrel muzzle constriction is .592 and its mate’s is .588. Safety is tight, and the shotgun cocks and fires as it is supposed to. Receiver left side is marked:

N.R. Davis & Sons

AJAX

Davis Warner Arms Corp

Norwich, Conn U.S.A.

This shotgun needs $50 - $75 worth of work on the buttstock and bead, which we may have performed when our only area gunsmith gets caught up on his workload. In the meantime, we’re offering this solid old American Double for only $ 369.95




Condition: Used, Minor Wear
Caliber: 20 Gauge
Location: TN

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Item #: 933014835
Stock No.: LG0634
Seller Since: Jul. 2007
Seller Level: Trusted Seller
This seller is an FFL
City: Henderson
State: TN
Price:
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