Re. Chicago Arms Co. Shotgun
I realize this is a rather old post, but I also have one of these mystery guns. Chicago Arms Co. 12 GA. Model A. serial # A5481 those are all the markings on the gun, but it is a 12 ga. pump with external hammer.
I was given mine by my grandfather, it had been in a closet in his house for at least 50 years at that time. He couldn't even remember exactly where it had come from, but thought it had been left to him by another relative. I took it home, cleaned & oiled it, & shot it a couple days later. It shot great! Functions smoothly, aims straight! I shot bird shot mostly & a few slugs I had laying around.
But was never able to find any info about it. One day I let a friend of mine take it over to show a friend of his who claimed to be an expert on old shotguns. He returned without my gun & told me his friend said that it is not safe to shoot with modern ammo, & probably not safe period. But, he would be willing to trade me a brand new 12 ga. pump for it. I had shot it quite a bit by this time with no trouble, & was not about to trade off the shotgun my grandpa gave me! & his eagerness to trade me a new gun for it seemed a little odd. Needless to say I kept my old shotgun!
So, how many people out there have these Chicago Arms shotguns? It seems to be a rare piece, & I understand that rare doesn't always translate to valuable. But I'm the type of guy that likes odd makes, I collect AMC Ambassadors. So, what more can you people tell me about this gun? I will try to get some pictures taken & loaded soon!
Here is some VERY limited info...................