Jean Riga Stassart Shotgun
16 gauge Jean Riga-Stassart Belgium Shotgun made in 1924.
This shotgun is a work of art and a fine piece of workmanship that embodies Belgium’s long and admired history of firearm making. This shotgun reveals 100% engraving coverage and magnificent checkering that is an envy for the senses.
This 16 gauge Belgium side by side shotgun was made in 1924 by gunsmith Jean Riga-Stassart. It is a classic Anson & Deeley hunting rifle of Liège manufacture. It is a well-marked Jean Riga-Stassart, an arms manufacturer patented in Liege, Belgium. English stick. Barrel length 675mm (26.5748”).
- C: Year letter of 1924.
- P under star: countermark of a controller since 1877.
- Lion on PV: Smokeless powder test since 1898.
- Peron: inspection since 1853.
- 16 C in vertical diamond: size (between 1898 and 1924).
- ELG on star in crowned oval: acceptance between 1893 and 1968.
- P 1 K170 : weight of the barrel capable of firing smokeless powders (since 1924).
- D=65 on 18.9: length of the chamber in mm and diameter in mm after the provisional test.
- EL: provisional test since 1852.
- CHOKE 16.9 : choked barrels caliber at 22 cm from the breech.
- JM in oval: it could be the initials of the gunner Joseph Ch. Monisse.
- Martin Siemens Steel: type of steel produced according to the Martin-Siemens system (see Wikipedia: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procédé_Martin-Siemens ).
- Jean Riga-Stassart, patented arms manufacturer, 288 rue Vivegnis in Liege, was registered with the Liege proofhouse from 1908 to 1936. He filed a Belgian patent for a bolt lock for tilting barrel rifles. The activities were taken over by Léon Stassart in 1938.
- He also worked in export since we found his name on an advertisement by a Warsaw gunsmith in a 1928 Polish hunting magazine (on the second page) http://trofeamysliwskie.pl/admin/upload/File/LP/1928-42.pdf