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Baker Gun Co ELITE 12 Ga Single Barrel Trap Gun

Manufactured between 1915 and 1919 the Baker Elite was bought by serious and well-heeled trap shooters of the day. Superb design and quality endure and these guns were enthusiastically used by following generations and continue to powder birds to this day. It features a 32” vent rib barrel (Baker introduced both the single barrel trap and the vent rib to the industry) with 2-5/8” chamber and 0.693” muzzle ID, a matted rib mounting mid and front ivory beads, beautifully engraved scalloped frame with dog and game scenes, auto ejector, high grade walnut stocks with extensive checkering and a Pachmayr recoil pad. It retains about 88% original blue with generalized thinning and some scattered oxidation spotting while the bore is a perfect mirror and the stocks are completely sound. Lock up is 100% on-face with zero lateral or vertical movement and the top lever comes to rest just to the right of center. The forend has been modified by the addition of two pieces of pig skin positioned to protect the thumb and fingers from the hot barrel and the butt has been professionally refinished and lengthened to its current 15-1/8” LOP. Drops are 1-1/2” & 2”. The forend has some scattered light to moderate handling marks and some scrapes on the front left while the butt has some scattered marks as well. The rear tang of the trigger guard looks like it might have been modified at some point and we wonder if the gun didn’t leave the factory with a pistol grip instead of straight stock. A great old shotgun that’s been fooled around with a little and is looking for the guy who’ll fool around with her a little more. If you have questions please email us at tangoyankee_llc@yahoo.com This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of April 30th. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 04-27-18A--18-19-04