A mate on the east coast specializes in punt guns but acquired this magnificent 4-bore front stuffer. He says: It's a double barrel 4 bore smooth rifle or ball gun made by Henry Beckwith between 1864-1868. The barrels are just 20" long. It was owned by a minister who held a mission in India. Apparently the gun was kept on hand to supply meat for the mission and to dispatch rogue elephants and other dangerous game if the need arose. It was sourced from the mission and brought to the US around the time of WWI where it remained in the same family until the gentleman who had it at Baltimore bought it. I wish I could find more info regarding who originally used it but I don't have any names to start with. The date 1871 is carved in the stock which may have some historical meaning? I mainly collect large waterfowl guns as you know but always wanted one good elephant gun and am excited to own this one. Take care!