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Hello - I am trying to determine if a Fox Sterlingworth in the 60xxx sn range should have a slotted hinge pin, or if this is maybe a replacement? Thanks - Chuck
 

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Probably original.

I have a "pin gun" (588xx) from late 1911. Although pin guns over 60xxx are somewhat rare, in the book "A.H. Fox - The Finest Gun in the World", Michael McIntosh mentions specific pin guns in the 60xxx range, and one at 62262. I few "leftovers" even became graded guns.
 

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I've been recording observed Sterlingworths since we were working on the Fox book with McIntosh. I've observed "pin guns" up to 62,244, while Mike claimed to have seen one a bit higher. The lowest serial number I've recorded with a smooth dressd hinge pin is 61,960. The highest number "pin guns" I've recorded appear to have a pressed in pin with no slot on either side.

I've never seen or even heard of a documented graded A.H. Fox Gun Co. gun with a recessed hinge pin. I've seen several after-market upgrades though. Even one where they tig-welded in the last digit of the serial number to give a 6xxx number which would be a proper graded 12-gauge serial number!!
 
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