Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Photos for identification of possible CP Railroad shotgun


We have recently come across a shotgun with markings on it that we believe come from the CPRR. ... some photos for identification ...

[Below] are three photos of the shotgun. The butt stock, the top of the stock and a full length photo. Here is what we have discovered already, it is a Belgium made, double-barrel, 10 ga. shotgun. Both locks are marked: H. Pieper. The rib on top of the barrels is marked: H. PIEPER PATENTED APRIL 23, 1881.

On the left side of the stock, it is marked approximately 7/8 inches forward of the butt stock with 1/4 inch figures 82 over CP, this marking also appears on the top of the stock, just behind the right hammer.

The other marking of real interest is also on the top rib: MADE FOR J. BROWNING BROS. OGDEN UTTAH. (Yes, Utah is spelled with two T's) Browning would have been the obvious place to purchase firearms for the railroad. I read on one of the links you sent to us about a Winchester Model 1885 (Browning design) with a number over the CP.

If they are Central Pacific guns, would the number be that of the locomotive the gun was issued to? ...

Brenda & Greg Dixon

Browning 'CP'

Browning 'CP'

Browning 'CP'