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Remember the Zabala Hermanos I was asking about the other day?

Yup. Found it in the back of the car when I got home! LOL

10 ga, 32" barrel, SxS, hammerless, double trigger.

Engraving work was substantially better than I was expecting. I didn't see an importers name on it anyway but one of the proof marks may be for an importer.

Looks pretty pristine Spanish, and it's worth what it's worth, I suppose!

(Pictures should zoom pretty well.)

Road surface Wood Asphalt Grey Tar


Brown Tin Fluid Glass bottle Cylinder


Someone hand-etched their Social Security Number so I blotted it out.

Wood Gas Font Auto part Metal


Wood Musical instrument Musical instrument accessory Automotive exterior String instrument accessory


Brown Natural material Wood Metal Liver

Wood Tool Helmet Bumper Knife



Wood Everyday carry Knife Blade Hunting knife


Window Wood Rectangle Cylinder Auto part


Rectangle Audio equipment Gadget Wood Cosmetics



Brown Wood Tints and shades Wood stain Pattern
 

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From what I was reading about it, the ZH guns were considered lower tier but good workhorses. Since there is no importers name on it, I suspect it was brought to the U.S. in the mid 50's or early 60's. But I dunno.

It's heavy as hell. Can't wait to shoot it!

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It looks nice. Both of mine have blued receivers. The contrast on yours is appealing.

Alan
 
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Double barrel 10 ga? Can you shoot both barrels at once? Will you and the gun survive?
The gun will be fine. If the shooter enjoys heavy recoil they should have a literal blast doing that...

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Double barrel 10 ga? Can you shoot both barrels at once? Will you and the gun survive?
Been there done that! It was painful and involved an old 10 gauge. LC Smith Mule Ear Double. Both me and the gun survived but I acquired a badly bruised shoulder, and never had a desire to repeat the experiment. I think I was about 14 at the time.
 

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Very nice looking scattergun! The engraving on it reminds me of the Prussian made Charles Daly O/U shotgun my dad had. When was that made, in the 30's or so?
10gauge, ooooof! I like recoil but something about a 10 gauge makes me cringe, haha
 
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I noticed a couple of small cracks in the stock but they're in the burl area and shouldn't be a problem.
Those look more like voids than cracks. Sometimes in burls and knots you'll find voids in the wood. I'm guessing when that was made it was considered a lower end gun so they were less picky on what wood they used.
 

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The potential for heavy recoil does concern me. When I took the 45-70 out to the range, I had the voices of many online people saying how heavy the recoil is. However, six rounds in, it wasn't too bad. I did stop right then. Too many more rounds would have been more than I want to deal with.

The worst I've ever had was my 30-06. That thing REALLY packs a wallop. The 30-30 is pretty tough on the shoulder too. Those two rifles are the reason I prefer the gas-op rifles!

Many many years ago, when I was still a skinny, pre-pubesent 15-year old kid, my ******* cousin bought a 10ga. He was 17 and he was born and raised on the farm/ranch and grew up throwing hay bales. Big guy. Buffed in a big way.

He set up a paint can at the end of the driveway and loaded up. Fired off a round. Loudest BLAM I've ever heard from a gun. He gave out an, "uhhhhh," unloaded the other round and I never saw the shotgun again.

Another time, my old man bought what he called a "goose gun" but I don't know if it was a 10 ga or not. Similar story with him. One round was all it took. He was done.

I'll definitely let everyone know!

There are some voids in the stock but I'll need to take a closer look. I didn't notice any cracks, per se.

I haven't tried to find when it was made but I'll poke around later and see what's out there.

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Congratulations on the pair! I sometimes hunt pheasants with a .410 OU. YOU GOTTA BE FAST AND ON TIRGET. The 10 ga is going to be stout for sure. I have a few 12ga doubles and while it’s totally manageable, I really like the 20ga guns for less recoil. I do hunt Turkeys and goose with the 12 but deer get the 20 ga.
 

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Both are nice but that Zabala Hermanos looks to be in great shape.
I have to admit...I have never heard of Zabala Hermanos prior to your other thread.
Congrats on a great gun day. Both are beautiful pieces.
 

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Double barrel 10 ga? Can you shoot both barrels at once? Will you and the gun survive?
Decades ago, I borrowed an old Elgin sidelock double barreled 12 gauge from a friend. Apparently the locks were worn and the first time I fired it, both barrels fired. At the time, I wore glassed an it almost knocked me out from under my glasses which were cockeyed on my head. My wife, who was with me got a good cackle out of it.
 

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In my younger/dumber days I wouldn't have thought twice about shooting a 10 gauge. In my "advanced" years, a 12 gauge is the largest shotgun I would think about shooting, and that would be as few rounds as possible.
 
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