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JJWI
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History/Origins

Post by JJWI » Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:08 pm

I recently came into possession of a Ballard #8 that has been in storage since approx. 1934. I belive it was from a previous owner who lived around Milwaukee WI. I'm trying to research the rifle barrel that is a replacement and has a makers mark of M S Hendricks on it. Can anyone give me some direction on where to go to find info on this gun as it is in good condition with all serial numbers and marking still visible, stock and butt in fairly good shape, sites, lever and everything else I can find original also. I searched on several web sites and have had no luck with any mention of this barrel maker. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Re: History/Origins

Post by Regnier (gunrunner) » Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:30 pm

JJWI;

According to Frank Sellers book, American Gunsmiths there were 2 M.S. Hendricks. One died in 1888 and lived in Arkansas City, Arkansas. Probably not him as the other lived until 1930 in Aurora, Illinois and is listed as altering breech loading rifles. He was listed in Aurora from 1868 to 1930. You might try to contact the historical society there to see what they have on him.
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Re: History/Origins

Post by marlinman93 » Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:33 pm

If Aurora doesn't have a historical society, then try the state of Illinois historical society.
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Re: History/Origins

Post by JJWI » Fri Sep 05, 2008 6:46 pm

Thanks for the information! The gunsmith in IL definitely sounds like it would make sense. I'll post my findings once I research it a little deeper.

Thanks again,

JJ

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Re: History/Origins

Post by Regnier (gunrunner) » Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:32 am

JJ;

I did a quick GOOGLE search for Aurora Illinois Historical Society, and one is listed. I believe the entire name of your gunsmith was Melton S. Hendricks, which might help with your information search.
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Re: History/Origins

Post by JJWI » Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:31 am

Regnier,

Thanks for the follow up. It turns out a friend of mines brother is a member of the Aurora Sportsmen Club which has been around for more than a 100 years. He thinks he'll be able to find out a lot more about this maker just by talking to some of the old time members of the club. I think we'll definitely be able to trace the history of this gun with the help you guys have given me!

Thanks again,

JJ

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Re: History/Origins

Post by Ballard6 » Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:24 am

Kelvers book --100 Years of Shooters & Gunmakers of Single Shot Rifles has some info on M. S. Hendricks. Bob

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