TOBIN ARMS MANUFACTURING CO.
Location: Norwich, Connecticut and Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Tobin Arms Manufacturing Co. operated from about 1905 to 1925 making an exposed hammer double and two hammerless models in four grades. The ?Simplex? was cleverly designed (based on a patent by C.M. Wollam) side plated double-barrel internal hammer shotgun which resembled the Hopkins and Allen guns of that time. Some may have been private branded. Most of the Tobin doubles were made in Norwich, Conn. and are so marked. After 1909, operations were transferred to Windsor, Ont., Canada. Some guns will be found with that address. Tobin guns are not often seen by collectors and are highly prized because of their relative rarity and they were considered good guns by top dealers such as C.J. Godfrey Co. of New York City and Iver Johnson Sporting Goods of Boston. Values depend on condition and range from $200 in poor condition to $1000 and up for engraved versions in good to very good condition.&break;&break;NOTE: Tobin also manufactured a .22 rimfire single-shot rifle apparently during the period 1910-1925. These are rather scarce and their value is estimated to be in the $500 - $700 range, depending on condition.&break;&break;A rough timeline of Tobin Arms Manufacturing Company follows:&break;1903: founded by Frank M. Tobin in Norwich, CT.&break;1904-1909: manufactured hammer and hammerless sidelock shotguns (12ga. and 16ga.) in Norwich, Connecticut, USA&break;1909: purchased by a group of Canadian Investors and moved to Woodstock, ON, CAN&break;1910-1923/25: manufactured shotguns and rifles (entire product list unknown)&break;1923/25: purchased by sporting goods distributor G.B.Crandall&break;1923/25-1951: G.B.Crandall continued production until 1951 (possibly under the name GB Crandall)&break;Thanks to Jack of Florida for furnishing us with this information!
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