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I have a single shot 22 Bearcat by Century Arms Co. in

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Numrich Archiver
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Posted: March 26, 2006 05:19 PM
Numrich Archiver
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Posted: March 26, 2006 05:55 PM

George, Can you list all the markings, exactly as they appear and where they appear. Remove the stock,also and check under there as well. Give a complete physical discription. Perhaps then someone can make an ID. The name "Bearcat" is currently a name used by Ruger on a single action .22 revolver. You may be able to acertain this rifles origins from a search by www.bluebookinc.com. The fact that it is chambered for the .22 short,long and long rifle narrows it down a bit,but not much. The short was introduced in 1857, the long in 1871 and the long rifle in 1887, Bolt action rifles came along a little later than that. Chances are that this is a "hardware" gun made up for Century Arms(a name currently used by a company in Vermont/Florida) with their name stamped on it. Many companies, including current ones have done this for years. Some names may only have a few examples ever marketed and the history is long gone.

Numrich Archiver
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Posted: March 26, 2006 06:44 PM

I can't tell you much about your "Bearcat", but I can tell you about a second one that's for sale. Go to, http://www.colectorsnet.com/hoffmeyers/ This site has one listed,sans bolt, for $10. Maybe he can tell you something about them. Then again for $10...maybe not!

Numrich Archiver
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Posted: March 26, 2006 07:43 PM

George, double check the name. Is it Century or perhaps, could it really be Central Arms Co. St Louis?

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Posted: March 26, 2006 08:10 PM

I found a listing for "Century Arms Co" in one of my references. Its a trade name used by the Shapleigh Hardware Co. of St. Louis Missouri on some of the firearms they distributed. As your rifle would be classed as a "Hardware Gun" and Shapleigh went out of business during the depression, no telling who actually made it?

Numrich Archiver
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Posted: March 26, 2006 10:41 PM

Rufe, You're right, Shapleigh used both Central and Century. George, if you pull the wood as E-Z advised, if you find a Elg in an Oval it was made in Belgium. No proof markings then it was made in the U.S. There was no Centruy Firearms Co. At that time , if you paid for the tooling, you could have any name you wanted impressed into the barrel.

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Posted: March 31, 2006 04:40 PM

George, I had one of these back in 1950 I think.I had bought it from Our chief of police for $4.00 it was very accurate! Someone talked me out of it for $7.00. Oh well you got to make a buck where you can!