Bob, I have a question that you might be able to help me with. I have an old and I mean old shotgun that was my great grandfathers. It is an old mule kicking 12 gauge single shot. My question is that this gun was made by Meriden Firearms back after the turn of the 20th century (early 1900's), have you ever heard of this company? It was based out of Meriden, CT, thus the name Meriden Firearms Co. All I know is that this company existed and where it was located, and that they made guns and sold them through Sears and Roebuck and Montgomery Ward. I thought since you lived there in CT, that maybe you've heard of them or know someone that might have some good info on them. Thanks
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I live a stone's throw from Meriden and I've never heard of it. I know of New Britain shotgun but not Medien. I wonder if it's still around? I found the info below and I'll email some of my friends to see if they have anything on the company. I'll let you know. ~Bob
The Meriden Firearms Company of Meriden, Connecticut, USA manufactured small arms from 1895 to 1918. Meridan made both sidelock double-barrel shotguns and single barrel shotguns, as well as small revolvers.
The Meriden Firearms Company was formed when Sears Roebuck purchased the Andrew Fryberg & Sons firearms manufacturing plant in 1903 and moved the plant and machinery to Meriden, Connecticut, circa 1904. The company started manufacturing firearms circa early 1905. Around 1906 Sears acquired a Savage-held patent for the Model 15 slide-action .22 rifle that was not introduced until 1913. During 1918 Sears announced that the Meriden Firearms Company would discontinue the manufacture of sporting firearms.
From 1895 to 1915, Meridan manufactured their line of "pocket pistols", which were double-action top-break revolvers chambered in either .32 S&W or .38 S&W. The revolvers came in several barrel lengths and were offered with both exposed and enclosed hammers. Finish was Nickel-plated with rubber handgrips.
Meriden Firearms represented a selection of good quaility, relatively low cost firearms of which many survive in operational condition more than 100 years later.
That is more infomation than I have ever known about the company. Thanks Bob! If anyone else has any information on the company feel free to email us or leave a comment on the blog.