The History, Art, and Science of Pattern Welded Shotgun Barrels



 Gold is for the mistress - silver for the maid,

Copper for the craftsman cunning at his trade.

“Good” said the Baron, sitting in the hall,

“But, Iron - Cold Iron, - is master of them all.”

-Rudyard Kipling


 This site was established as a library for the acquisition, collection, and transmission of knowledge, new and old, regarding Pattern Welded (Crolle Damascus, Twist & Laminated Steel) shotgun barrels.  The history of Damascus barrels can not be understood apart from Damascus blades, but our focus is upon the former. This is not a commercial site; we are vending only the truth regarding Damascus as best as can be determined. It is very likely that our current fund of knowledge contains errors, and we are continually revising the contents as new information becomes available.
We welcome input from any source, and Dr Drew Hause may be contacted at drewhausemd@yahoo.com 
You are also invited to walk back in time to the Turn-of-the-Century Shooters and Shooting collection, and we  are always looking to add images of 1895-1915 trap shoots and shooters. 
Some of the pictures which appear originated on internet discussion forums and firearm auction sites. Attribution has been made when possible, but we will remove any image if notified that the use thereof is a violation of Copyright or Intellectual Property restrictions.