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Charles Gage


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I can answer questions dealing with firearms and their development due to western expansion. I can answer most questions about any firearms of the world manufactured after the Civil War(1868 - present. I can offer safety warnings about these. I can offer opinions and the reasons behind these. I can also answer questions about Iver Johnson firearms. I can identify by pictures most firearms. If your question involves a firearm you have access to, please include a good quality photo with your question.

Experience in the area

I have been at the study of firearms and their use since my first issue of Field and Stream in 1962.At that time I was completely devoted to rifles, but over the years I have experienced the thrill of the hunt with handguns, shotguns and of course rifles. I moved from Oklahoma to New Mexico in 1972 and, since, I have taken numerous game and non-game animals with all firearms (cannons excluded)including blackpowder muzzleloading rifles,shotguns and handguns. My favorite handgun for large non-game animals, such as feral hogs, is my Uberti replica of a 1847 Colt Walker. Very heavy, but accurate.


I am a 1973 high school graduate. Junior and senior year I developed a class on Wildlife Depredation and Conservation of our Rocky Mountain states. My specialty was the brown bear.

Awards and Honors

New Mexico Hunter Safety Program Instructor 15 year award.

What do you like about this subject?

The opportunity to share my research with anyone wanting to learn.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Through constant research and hands on experience, I will feel more confident in my knowledge of firearms.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

The firearms that they see, in museums or in person or actually own, will come to life and revolve around an important date in history.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

I want them to see the firearms as those they 'ALL' pray for in the US Olympics to bring home the GOLD! To educate them in the non-violent sport of target shooting. To know that proficiency with a firearm will help them be safe around them.

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2017-02-25 Colt .38 Police Positive 11683:

Hello Nathaniel.     The Colt Police Positive .38 was first manufactured in 1905. Your serial number places yours at 1907. This revolver does NOT shoot the .38 Special, but the .38 S&W cartridge, since

2016-12-26 Sears, Roebuck and Co. Mod.42DL (Marlin 80 Deluxe):

Hello Lester.     Only information I found was a parts schematic at under Marlin/Glenfield Model 80. Field strip, such as remove bolt from action and remove barreled action from stock

2016-12-04 My 20 gauge:

Hello Thomas.     Your shotgun was manufactured from 1959-1968 by O.F. Mossberg. You ask if it is either a "slug gun" or a "plain shotgun". If it has a smooth bore, it was designed as a 'shotgun'. However

2016-11-11 firing pin availibilty:

Hello Big Mike.     There are a number of firearm companies who could have manufactured your shotgun. Crescent Firearms is a possibility, especially if there are no company names on it. Montgomery Wards

2016-10-30 Colt SAA:

Hello Bob.      First, Is it a COLT ? Like the Colt, it was manufactured for 'blackpowder cartridges' as shown by the screw in the front part of the frame. This has to be removed in order to remove the


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