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Hasn't been anything in this sub heading for over ten days, so thought I'd start something.

In January 1900, the four folks that had been in partnership with Ansley H. Fox in the Fox Gun Co., Balto., MD, U.S.A., along with John Lloyd Tabb, became interested in a gun designed by Frank A. Hollenbeck and formed a new corporation under the laws of West Virginia, Baltimore Arms Co., with primary place of business Baltimore, Maryland. Frank's Patent No. 643,601 was granted February 13, 1900, and that is the date found on all the Baltimore Arms Co. guns I've examined. The guns were made in five grades and in 12- and 16-gauge.

The A-Grade was perfectly plain and came with either Twist or steel barrels --

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The B-Grade came with Damascus or Steel barrels and a bit of engraving --

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The C-Grade came with finer Damascus or Ortin (nitro spelled backwards) steel barrels, choice of grip style and a really nice ebony inlay in the half-pistol grip stocks.

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The Trap Gun came with a straight grip stock steel barrels especially selected for this grade and engraving suggestive of the gun's use.

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The D-Grade was top of the line with finest Damascus or Monumental Steel barrels.

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I've always suspected the steel barrels were named after Monumental Shooting Park in Baltimore. Meanwhile Ansley Fox became a professional shooter for Winchester representing their line of ammunition, first shooting a Parker Bros. gun but by August the Big W had him shucking their Model 1897.

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The Sporting Life, January 19, 1901 - The Sporting Life Collection - LA84 Digital Library
The Baltimore Arms Co., Baltimore, Md., have their new model hammerless shotgun ready for the public. It is the latest gun out and the manufacturers claim for it the highest degree of perfection in gun making. It In the result of years of experience of one of the most practical gun men in the world.
It is simple in parts, strong in action, safe to use, powerful in shooting quality, will not get out of order, miss fire or shoot loose. The stock is solid and cannot be blown out. The frame is strong and not cut away for lock work. With the improved circular locking bolt of the Baltimore gun the barrels are always held tightly to the frame and cannot be shot loose by the use of nitro powder. The cocking bolt is new and simple, allowing the gun to be cocked without any special effort.
The cocking bolt comes in direct contact with the hammers and the weight of the barrels almost cock the gun. The main springs act directly on the hammers, which have a throw of 5/8 of an inch, all of which positively prevent miss fires.
The outline, balance, finish and working of the Baltimore hammerless is all that could be desired. All of the guns are bored full choke for close, hard shooting, and on a principle which guarantees the highest velocity with even distribution of pellets.
The guns are now produced in three grades, being made with best English Stub twist barrels, choke bore. English walnut stock, half pistol grip, checkered and well finished; 28, 30 and 32 inch barrels. $35.
B grade has three blade Damascus steel barrels, choke bored, English walnut stock, half pistol grip, nicely checkered. 28, 30 and 32 inch barrels, $45.
C grade has fine fluid steel or fine Damascus barrels to order, straight or half pistol grip, finely checkered and engraved 28 and 30 inch barrels. ($80 in later ads)
The Baltimore gun is made particularly for the trap shooters and is guaranteed in every way by the manufacturer. Their new illustrated catalogue will be mailed free to all applications. Write Baltimore Arms Co.. Baltimore. Md., for catalogue and prices of their new gun.

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The Sporting Life, June 08, 1901 - The Sporting Life Collection - LA84 Digital Library

Hollenbeck Patent
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The Sporting Life, February 01, 1902 - The Sporting Life Collection - LA84 Digital Library
J. Prosser Tabb of the Baltimore Arms Co. is now working through the South, showing the fine samples of the Baltimore hammerless gun. He is meeting with good success as the gun he sells takes well with the trade.

Ridge B. Bond was the only competitor to use a Baltimore Arms gun at the 1901 GAH at Live Birds, and one of 22 going 25 straight to participate in the shoot-off
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"Monumental City" Tournaments

The Sporting Life, September 07, 1895 - The Sporting Life Collection - LA84 Digital Library
The first Grand Smokeless Championship Handicap Live-bird Tournament given by the E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co. took place October 22 - 25, 1895 at Baltimore, Md. All the events were at live pigeons, and three sets of traps were used. It was intended to have a handicap match at 15 birds, $15 on the first day, and a 20-bird, $20 handicap match on the second day in which high guns would win, but owing to the fact that many who intended to enter the big handicap match on the third day had not done so, it was decided by the Handicap Committee that it would be best to change the programme, and make the fourth event on the first day, which was called the “Maryland Handicap”, and the fourth event on the second day, which was called the “Monumental City Handicap” a sweepstake event and class shooting, instead of “high guns win”, and all stand alike on the 30-yard mark.

The Sporting Life, November 06, 1897 - The Sporting Life Collection - LA84 Digital Library

Monumental Shooting Park opened September, 1898
The Sporting Life, September 10, 1898 - The Sporting Life Collection - LA84 Digital Library

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Drew, you missed Feb 16, 1901, Sporting Life --

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The original version of the Baltimore Arms Co. gun was the 1900 Model, just available in 12-gauge and A-, B- and C-Grades. It had some issues, and several I've handled had the extension off the hammers that engaged the cocking slide on the lug broken off so the gun wouldn't cock. The 1902 Model strengthened this, moved the sear spring, and added the Trap Gun and D-Grade as well as the 16-gauge on a smaller frame. They finally got things right with the 1904 Model when they added rebates in the frame to more firmly engage the head of the stock. However by then they were way over extended and in February 1904, just about the time of the great Baltimore fire, their creditors called the loans and forced the company into receivership. The fire didn't get the Baltimore Arms Co. In later years the new factory building they built housed a paint company. Much of my information on the company was from the file on the receivership at the Maryland Archives at Annapolis. The assets were auctioned off in late 1904. Quite a bit of the machinery, jigs and fixtures were bought by Ansley H. Fox which I suspect is what he used to set up the A.H. Fox Gun Co. in the spring of 1905.
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