DUMOULIN ROUND ACTION SIDELOCK

There is no doubt that there were some fine Belgian Doubles built in the “Golden Age” of Liège at the turn of the 20th century. One of the well-known makers of this time was the firm François DUMOULIN & Co, Rue Thier de la Fountaine, 2 in Liège, registered with the Proof house of Liege from 1908 – 1968.

Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch

Especially remarkable is the year of proof, 1943, because this was in the midst of WW II. Belgium was occupied by the German Troops and making Double Guns was not given top priority. The stamp “AKAH” indicates that the gun was imported by one of the eldest German Outfitters of hunting gear, the Albrecht Kind company. Their connections to the Belgian trade originate from the 1850s, when they started their business.

Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch

The 71 cm barrels of the gun were made from Böhler Antinit Steel, Caliber is 12/70, proofed in 1943. The weight is only 2,8 Kg.

Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch
Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch
Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch

What makes the gun look so nice is the round action system. On the first glance you think it may be a twenty gauge.

Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch
Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch
Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch
Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch
Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch
Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch

Very nice sculptured fences and fine engraving are worth a closer look:

Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch
Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch
Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch
Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch
Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch
Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch
Fr. Dumoulin & Cie., 12 G Round Action Sidelock. ©Hunting-Heritage/Brauchitsch

Well, I gave the Dumoulin to my wife and I’m sure, she will be happy with this sweet little lightweight gun.

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