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 Post subject: KESSLLR ARMS CORP- Mdl.128FR 12GA 2 3/4
PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:42 pm 
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yea i have this shotgun and have no clue about it. Can someone help? what is it worth ,what is this company, and can i get parts for it???????? thanks,shane

 Post subject: Re: KESSLLR ARMS CORP- Mdl.128FR 12GA 2 3/4
PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:10 pm 
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Kessler Arms Corporation is/was an out of business shotgun maker that was located in Silver Creek,NY. No dates are given except for the two models (sorry but no model numbers listed) and those are 1951 to 1953. The two models listed are the Levermatic Shotgun which is described as a lever action shotgun and a Bolt Action shotgun. All were made in the standard gauges 12, 16 and 20. As for any parts you can try Gun Parts Inc. or Popperts Inc. Valued for he guns run from about $100 to $35 depending on condition

 Post subject: Re: KESSLLR ARMS CORP- Mdl.128FR 12GA 2 3/4
PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:08 pm 
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Kessler Arms Corp. of Silver Creek, NY appears to have been in business between 1951 and 1953. Two models were produced. A bolt action shotgun was offered in 12, 16 or 20 gauge with a 26" or 28" barrel.The Levermatic Model, as the name implies, was a lever action shotgun available in 12, 16, or 20 gauge with a 26" or 28" barrel and a one piece wood stock. Values for the bolt action range from $20.- (poor) up to $125.- (Exc.). The Levermatic has higher values ranging from $ 75.- (poor) up to
$ 300.- (Exc.) depending upon condition. Combined production of both models exceeded 750,000 guns, the bulk of which appear to have been bolt actions. Since the firm ceased operations over 50 years ago, I would consider parts to be made of "unobtainium".

A 2005 article in The New Gun Week mentioned that when Kessler went into bankruptcy, Numrich/Gun Parts Corp. of West Hurley, NY has purchased all the remaining guns and parts. At some later date, Numrich contacted Marlin Arms Co. and supplied complete guns and parts for study. Marlin engineers were interested in further developing the action and negotiated a royalty agreement with the original inventors and patent holders. Marlin engineers Ewald Nichol and Tom Robinson adapted the design for rifles. The result was a short stroke lever action that was much faster than traditional lever action rifles. The first Marlin rifle to use this design was the .22 cal. rimfire Model 56 introduced in 1955. In 1963, Marlin added the Model 62 using the Levermatic action chambered for centerfire cartridges in .357 magnum, .256 and .30 cal. carbine.

If your Kessler is a Levermatic, you have a unique gun with an interesting design history. Sadly, the uniqueness is not reflected in the current value.

Numrich/Gun Parts Corp. also buy old beaters and salvage the parts. You may want to contact them regarding parts for Kessler guns.


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