The term is used, but in our opinion this is not a well chosen description because what looks like a German gun to you might have been made in other countries, including the United States.
Introduction to German Hunting Gun Identification By Dietrich Apel It is not as easy to identify a German made gun as identifying a gun made in the USA, and the following articles explain why.
Even the most knowledgeable collectors and gun owners are often scratching their heads and sometimes give up and can only give you an educated guess. The famous first impressions should at best encourage you to not jump to conclusions too early.
Sometimes we can identify makers by the engraving because it is unique like a signature.
This identification must be left to the serious collector or engraver with historic interest.
It can usually be found on the top rib or on the barrels on both sides of the rib in front of the action. You first want to look for a maker’s trade mark or initials.
The same thing was done when guns were ordered by wholesale distributors, exporters or by importers in the United States. For the most popular and desirable guns, like the “Prussian Dalys” we can usually determine who made the gun. If found you can try to find the same one in , the lists of gun makers and dealers.
The following articles with the title “ are well worth reading, Proof Marks are usually found on the underside of the barrels, and if a gun has German proof marks and was made in 1892 or later, you know that the gun was proof tested in Germany.
This is no assurance however, that all components of the guns where made in Germany, The gun making center in Liege in Belgium was known for the good quality of their shotgun barrels that were used by gun makers in other countries.
World War II, the occupation of the eastern part of Germany by the Russians and a Communist Government contributed to the loss of most records in that part of the country. By Dietrich Apel The first gunsmith in Germany and other countries was the village or town blacksmith, and to set himself apart from those who mostly shoed horses, he called himself a gunsmith.
As ways were found to mine iron ore, refine it and work with it and turn regular iron into steel, and as more and more iron mining took place, the location where the iron ore, waterpower and wood for smelting the iron were available in abundance, gunsmiths were attracted to these locations.
But on guns made during the 19th Century, things began to change.