Burgess Folding Pump Shotgun

Burgess shotgun 2

Ian of Forgotten Weapons and RIA shows us a rather rare shotgun by Andrew Burgess. It is a 12Ga shotgun that folds for concealment. On top of that he designed it to be a pump action. Due to patents on existing pump actions, Burgess designed his pump action around the grip of the gun. Sort of like a hybrid of a pump and lever action. The grip is a sleeve around the wrist of the stock. The shooter would pull the grip sleeve rearward there by opening the action and push it forward to load the chamber.

This shotgun was made around 1894 and was not as popular as the Winchester. It is a very interesting design that you do not see often.

Burgess shotgun 1



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • Matrix3692

    I was always wondering, since the patents were long since expired, how come no one had even thought of reproducing these awesome (looking) guns?

    And just a curious thought, is it possible to adapt some kind of semi-automatic mechanism on the Burgess? Because “Semi-Auto” adds “Folding Shotgun” just sounds AWESOME, and more tactical……

    • MR

      Looking at recent ATF definitions, I think a shotgun designed with the intent of being concealable would be considered an AOW.

      • Porty1119

        Without delving into the legal specifics of that, NFA items are increasingly popular. There would be a market.

      • Nicholas Chen

        I dunno. You could hide a KSG under a coat too. But it wasnt designed to be concealable. So is a Sub2000. Although that is a rifle.

        • MR

          If you do hide a KSG under your coat, are they gonna say you “redesigned” it into an unregistered AOW? I’m certainly not going to tempt them.

        • Rick

          sub2K cant be fired in the folded configuration, so “concealment” doesn’t really apply. it’s essentially a “take down” rifle with a hinge.

      • lucusloc

        Most of the recent ATF decisions have been insane. Where you put parts of the gun on your body now constitutes manufacturing? Following the letter of the law, but “intending to circumvent” some other restriction automatically invokes that restriction? “We said it was OK until we diced it wasn’t”?

        ATF is past due for a major court smack-down. Failing that we need to vote in representatives that will dismantle the agency (as well as several others).

      • Rick

        only if it can be fired while folded. Like the keltec SU16, or SUB2K its folded size doesn’t count against it 🙂

        • Andrew R

          Some versions of the SU-16 can be fired while the stock is folded.

          • Rick

            only the Charlie model. but even that can be folded shorter in a non firing configuration

    • Isaac FluffyWolf Rader

      I realize that there’s a lot of gun laws we could go over, but aren’t semiauto shotguns a bit… temperamental?

    • Giolli Joker

      Maybe on a Benelli Inertia action shotgun a folding conversion wouldn’t be impossible, unlike gas operated shotguns there’s no mechanical linkage between the barrel+magazine part and the receiver, so it might be doable.
      More than a conversion it would be a transformation in a new gun with a completely new receiver, but most of the guts could be the same.

  • Riot

    I do not want this surprise….

  • theskeptical1

    The folded Burgess can be easily concealed under a coat as shown in the video. In 1895 Teddy Roosevelt was appointed New York City Police Commissioner. I heard a story that Andrew Burgess wanted to sell his shotgun to the NYC Police Department. He talked his way into an interview with Roosevelt, pulled the hidden shotgun from under his coat and blasted off 5 rounds right in Teddy’s office. Don’t know what TR’s reaction was, but since the rounds were almost certainly black powder the office must have been filled with smoke!

    • theskeptical1

      I meant to include the fact that they were BLANK rounds.!

    • MR

      “WHAT?!??” “HE SAID LOUD!!!”

    • Giolli Joker

      Almost:
      “One of the more significant purchases for Burgess folding shotguns was
      secured with the aid of just such a holster. Burgess salesman Charlie
      Dammon – an impressive exhibition shooter – made an appointment with
      then New York City Police Board President Theodore Roosevelt in 1885,
      and arrived concealing a loaded Burgess in a holster under his coat.
      After exchanging a few greetings, Dammon thoroughly startled Roosevelt
      by whipping out the gun, snapping it shut, and blasting six blanks into
      the ceiling of the office. Roosevelt, always one to be enthusiastic
      about weapons technology, promptly order one hundred of the guns for use
      in the New York State Penal System (these were eventually sold at
      auction in Canada around 1920).”

      From Forgotten Weapons linked below by tts in his comment.

      Pretty close though, just wrong shooter and a blank less. 🙂

  • Rick

    I want one

  • Rick

    well, dash my dreams why doncha LOL