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I was asked by a friend how much this thing was worth. It is a Connecticut Valley Arms inc, 50 caliber black powder shotgun in "fair" condition. It has the seal of the Navy on it. I really have no other info, I don't know anything about it other than the owner is in a bad financial situation and is considering taking it to pawn. If any of you guys know anything about these to know the value or even a window of value, it would be appreciated. If I were near them, I would at least go snap a picture, but I am not.
 

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From some searching and questions... I have found that the plate looks like the picture below.


It is wood stocked not synthetic

It is old enough to not have a serial number.
 

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I don't know when they started serializing their guns but black powder is not considered a firearm by the ATF so it did not fall under the 64' GCA. You may be better served by calling CVA to get a better idea of what you have and when it was made.
 

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I doubt that any "modern" (last 50 years' production) CVA blackpowder shotgun is going to have collector's value.
As a shooter, it should be worth about what a modern cartridge-using single-barrel break-open shotgun with an exposed hammer would.
Maybe $100? $150?

Here's a double barrel side by side from CVS that just sold at auction for $150.
www.icollector.com/Spanish-made-CVA-SxS ... a_i9480487
 

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Thank you very much for the help. As I said, I have no clue about black powder weapons when it comes to what they are worth, etc... I will pass along the info.
 
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