BILL GOODMAN,  P. O. BOX 2002,  BOZEMAN,  MONTANA  59771

   TEL. (406) 587-3131        FAX (406) 219-3415

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      Bill Goodman has been a collector of antique/collector firearms for well over 40 years and a full time dealer for over 30 years.  Traveling around the country constantly seeking good quality collector arms at REALISTIC PRICES, Bill sells exclusively by mail order.  He has advertised in every issue of The Gun List  (now Gun Digest the Magazine) since it's first small issues in the early 1980s (as well as The Shotgun News before that). All items are photographed. To view them just click the text of the item you want to see. Be sure to scroll down as most items have more than one photo.  All guns are sold as collector's items, not shooters.  If you wish to shoot an item listed here, it is strongly recommended that you have the item checked out by a competent gunsmith who specializes in antique firearms. All items are sold with the usual three (3) day inspection.  If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, call to say you are returning the item and you will receive an immediate refund when the item is received back in the same condition it was originally shipped. This list will be constantly updated as new items become available.  Use the above phone number to call to check availability and for further info on any item you wish to purchase. Prices do not include shipping. All federal/state laws concerning the transfer of firearms are strictly followed.  Modern firearms must be shipped to an FFL dealer (or "Curio & Relics" license holders where applicable).  Pre-1899 antiques may be shipped to non-FFL holders. All Layaway sales are final.    

 

 

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NOTES FROM THE FIELD: 23 JUNE 2016.  I have found a new shooting activity that I'm sure a number of folks who check out my website will either want to try themselves or will at least find interesting reading.  I've discovered the fun of BLACK POWDER SHOTSHELLS. And no, I'm not new to black powder.  I've been shooting muzzle loaders since I was a kid (I was too young to buy ammo, but a can of black powder and a single shot muzzle loading pistol kept me shooting!) I've shot black powder cartridge rifles and some handguns since the 1970s.  I've also tried a few muzzle loading shotguns, but a while back I noticed Midway was offering reloadable brass shotshells made by Magtech in Brazil.  They cost about a buck a piece and come in a box of 25.  So I thought this looked interesting and bought a box.  They prime with a large pistol primer (I use CCI  Large Pistol Mag. Primers) and require no special tools to load.  I did buy a "cowboy 12 ga. shell holder" by RCBS which makes priming easier, but one can prime using a dowel, hammer and a flat surface to seat the primer. Anyway, I loaded with various loads of black powder as well as Alliant Black MZ black powder substitute. 27.3 grains equals one dram, so a typical field load of 3 1/2 drams equals about 95 grains of black powder or substitute.  I load that through a drop tube to better settle the powder, using a wood dowel I seat an over powder card wad, then a cushion wad, pour in 1 1/8 oz. of shot from an antique shot dipper I picked up somewhere along the line, top with another over powder wad and then put about three small drops of Elmer's glue on this top wad at the edge. Last, using a Q-tip sweep it around the wad edge. It dries making a nice seal with the inside of the brass case and holds everything together. Firing removes any glue residue from the case.  I picked up a particularly nice Remington 1889 double barrel with exposed hammers (damascus with exc. bores) and tried out my loads on some thrown clays.  I'm not a good shot with a scattergun, but when I felt I was on, the clay targets broke as nicely as if I'd been using a modern smokeless shotgun. I used this double on a pheasant hunt last fall and did just fine with it.  Truthfully, it made the hunt so much more fun I don't know if I'd go again with one of my modern guns! Today I tried the same shells in a Winchester 1887 Lever Action 12 ga. that was made in 1888. It fed beautifully and was a blast to shoot (no pun intended). The brass cases de-prime with a simple Lee type punch and clean up with hot soapy water. No resizing is required for the next loading.  Pretty simple.  The 12 ga. cases are 2 1/2" long, which is exactly what a modern 2 3/4" case measures LOADED AND UNFIRED. Remember, many of the older guns, like the Winchester 1887, have 2 5/8" chambers. You don't want to shoot a 2 3/4" shell in them as they won't be able to open up all the way causing pressures to jump etc. I don't think Magtech offers brass cases in 10 ga. but they do in the smaller gauges.  There are a lot of older shotguns out there that can often be purchased inexpensively and make wonderful shooters.  Be sure to have any gun checked out by a gunsmith if you have doubts about it. With these brass cases and ease of loading, it's worth trying.  Buffalo Arms in Idaho sells the correct size wads for these brass cases- they actually take 11 ga. wads. If you give this a try, I think you'll be glad you did-   Bill Goodman

 

COLT FIRE ARMS (click text for photo

  1. EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION POCKET NAVY CONVERSION IN .38 CENTER FIRE, MADE 1873-1880, this is the desirable blue and case color round barrel model without ejector of which only about 10,000 in all were made, all matching numbers serialized within the Model 1849 range 313XXX (wedge only mismatched), excellent vivid case colors remain on the frame sides, cartridge loading area and hammer with fading only on the outside part of the left recoil shield (nice color on bottom section of shield and area closest to the hammer), exc. barrel blue with only very light thinning and edge wear, correct pin style front sight is not altered, fine deep blue on the rear rebated part of the cylinder with thinned blue on the balance with excellent, sharp full cylinder scene, exc. sharp markings, uncleaned mellow brass back strap and trigger guard with silver remaining by the trigger guard serial number and in protected areas, tight action, exc. one piece walnut grips  showing a little wear to the left side and near perfect on the right side with much of the varnish remaining, great appearance, very hard to find this nice especially in blue and case color finish. ( four photos)$2850.

  2. VERY EARLY SINGLE ACTION ARMY, #21XXX, .45 COLT, 7 1/2" BARREL, MADE 1875! During this time, Colt was concentrating most of its manufacturing on the U.S. Government contract revolvers and few commercial models were tuned out in these first early years of production, this is a fine example that has that great and attractive "chocolate brown" even patina overall indicating that this revolver has never been cleaned, steel wooled, "helped" etc. etc., all matching numbers including the cylinder and barrel (marked under the ejector housing), has the original bullseye ejector head and the very early Type 1 ejector housing used only on the first couple of years of production before changing to the Type 2, fine early markings with only the "4" in 45 Cal. weak on the back of the trigger guard bow, exc. tight action (!), not quite perfect but near exc. bore (!), unaltered front sight, fine screws, fine one piece walnut grips show normal wear and fit well, shows a little wear mainly on the right side of the muzzle from holster carry- adds to the wonderful old west character of this fine Colt. A very fine super early Single Action! ( 4 photos) $6850.

  3. OUTSTANDING CONDITION AND RARE CONFIGURED SINGLE ACTION ARMY! THIS ONE IS A SCARCE 7 1/2" BARREL .38-40 CALIBER (FEW .38-40s MADE IN THIS LENGTH) WITH BEAUTIFUL FULL NICKEL FINISH (ALSO RARE), WITH FACTORY LETTER SHOWING SHIPMENT TO MONTGOMERY WARDS, CHICAGO, IL JANUARY 28, 1899, the letter indicates serial number 1831XX,  .38-40, 7 1/2" barrel, nickel finish and rubber stocks, overall this is truly an exceptional Single Action, all matching numbers including the grips, bright original nickel finish overall with only a couple of small spots of peeling by the muzzle, some freckling & very light peeling around one cylinder flute (positioned so it can be seen in the photos) and on the frame ahead of the cylinder and minor spots of the same on the back strap- all extremely minor and in small areas, exc. blued screws, exc. cylinder pin, sharp markings overall, exc. grips, even retains most of the nickel on the front face of the cylinder indicating this gun was fired little if at all, tight action, barely a cylinder ring on the surface of the nickel, mint bore, very rare barrel length with this caliber and even more rare special nickel finish, a fabulous investment Colt! ( four photos- difficult to photograph as lots of light reflection can distort things, the nickel is all bright and smooth, back strap and top strap too) $8250.

  4. EARLY CLASSIC SINGLE ACTION ARMY .44-40 CALIBER, 4 3/4" BARREL, #110XXX MADE 1884, great old west example that has seen use on the frontier but no abuse front sight is unaltered, fine hard rubber eagle grips show some wear but are solid and fit well, overall metal is a gray/brown patina, metal is basically smooth but shows signs of scattered rust that has merely been wiped off with an oily rag- not much more than what one would expect of a Colt of this style and age, two line barrel address a little weak, but readable, "44C.F." on front left side of trigger guard bow, good patent markings on the frame,  matching numbers, nice screws, very tight action with fine+ bore that ought to scrub out even better, great untouched and unmessed with appearance, $2650.

  5. ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT AND SCARCE BISLEY VARIATIONS IS THIS 7 1/2" BARREL VERSION IN .41 COLT CHAMBERING, MADE 1900, for whatever reason, the .41 Colt chambering is almost never found in SAAs or Bisley Models with 7 1/2" barrels, in fact in about 30 years I've only seen a very small few and those seem to have been made in the first year or so of the last century, this one is basically a gray/brown revolver with matching numbers (194XXX), aside from stag grips, the only alteration is the front sight blade which is a replacement, there is still some aged blue in the cylinder flutes and some traces of blue in the most protected frame and ejector housing parts, fine markings (the "BISLEY MODEL" marking on the barrel is a little weak but readable), fine action with only the first notch  weak or gone, locks up fine, bore should scrub out about exc., you could look for years and never find another .41 Colt Bisley with 7 1/2" barrel, $2350.``

  6. U.S. MARKED MODEL 1878/1902 DOUBLE ACTION .45 COLT "ALASKAN" OR "PHILIPPINE" MODEL, 6" BARREL, #45XXX, all correct Colt markings plus the government inspector stamps of  "RAC" and "JTT" plus "1902" on the frame, this is the distinct model having the large trigger guard which gave it the erroneous name "Alaskan" model as some people thought it was for people wearing gloves in the cold country.  This is actually wrong. New info on this model suggests it was issued for use in the Philippines where the locals were of smaller stature and their hands weren't big enough to easily fire this big revolver, so they put the large trigger guard on it to allow for a  TWO FINGER TRIGGER PULL! This makes sense as the arsenals also issued the Krag Philippine Constabulary Rifle which was a 1899 Krag CARBINE made with longer wood to resemble a short military infantry rifle- again better suited to the local people's size. This is a better than usually found example with nearly all the barrel blue intact with only some holster wear on the left side for a couple inches back from the muzzle, fine deep blue on the cylinder, only the outside of the ejector housing shows holster wear with the protected areas on the sides showing fine blue, fine frame blue showing normal light thinning, dulling blue on the grip straps and trigger guard bottom, exc. fire blue on the hammer back and trigger sides, fine Colt hard rubber grips showing some scratches and wear on the right panel which is typical of holster wear, lanyard swivel intact, front sight has not been altered, exc. markings, exc. bright bore,  (3 photos) $1950.

  7. UNCOMMON NICKEL PLATED 1903 .32 ACP HAMMERLESS AUTO PISTOL, MADE 1920, surprisingly difficult to find nickel plated examples of this popular handgun, fine nickel overall with excellent markings and only some minor scattered freckling to the nickel, gray grip safety, checkered walnut grips with Colt medallion probably a later addition as standard during this time was the hard rubber grips, two tone magazine marked "CAL 32" over "COLT" on the bottom, exc. mech. and bore, (lots of light reflection, go by my written description) $795.``

  8. ONE OF THE RAREST COLT U.S. MARTIAL REVOLVERS: MODEL 1905 U.S.M.C. .38 DA REVOLVER, ONLY 926 MADE! To quote Flayderman's Guide: The Marine Corps Model is one of the ultra-desirable handguns in Colt's double action revolver production. With a total made of only 926, and most of these experiencing service use, the surviving arms are few. The Marine Corps association also adds to the model's status and importance. This is an excellent example of a very difficult Colt to obtain. Fine deep blue overall with some normal holster wear around the muzzle area of the barrel, graying on the back strap, some gray on the bottom portion of the front strap with some scratching behind the trigger guard,  and light edge wear, fine fire blue on the trigger sides and hammer back, exc. markings including the USMC marking on the butt with the Marine Corps "No. 7XX" exc. checkered walnut grips unique to this model (when they are missing they are impossible to replace), sling swivel intact, correct last patent date on the barrel of 1895, exc. mech. and exc. bore, a super rare and important Colt in outstanding condition, $3850.

  9. SCARCE .32-20 CHAMBERED POLICE POSITIVE SPECIAL REVOLVER WITH 4" BARREL, MADE 1919, a fine piece that looks like it was carried a little and hardly shot at all as it still retains most of the blue on the cylinder face- after a box or so of cartridges have been fired most of the blue gets thin from the powder gases- fine deep blue overall with only minor brown and spotting on the rear of the frame above the trigger probably from light holster wear, minor edge wear only, exc. fire blue on the hammer back and trigger, exc. markings, last patent date 1905, tight mechanically with bright exc. bore, unaltered front sight and exc. Colt hard rubber grips, amazing quality from the Golden Age of double action revolvers! $495.``

  10. NOW DISCONTINUED AND VERY EARLY 3RD. GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY SHERIFF MODEL, 3" BARREL WITH DUAL CYLINDERS FOR .44-40 AND .44 SPECIAL, UNFIRED IN WOOD GRAINED CARDBOARD BOX MADE 1980, this is a blue and case color revolver from the custom shop, interestingly this one was ordered with rosewood grips and gold Colt medallions, no cylinder drag line- looks unturned! comes with Colt booklet etc. box is a bit scuffed and tattered, but basically very sound, Styrofoam is fine, even has the Colt hang tag! Never to be made again and already 36 years old! These will only increase in value over time, (note: photo light reflection makes the blue looked washed out and thin... just the light, it's all like new) $2350.

                             

 

MARLIN  (click text for photos)

 

1) PARTICULARLY FINE CONDITION SPECIAL ORDER 1881 WITH DOUBLE SET TRIGGERS, #5XXX, EARLY PRODUCTION 1883, IN .40-60 MARLIN CALIBER (THE SAME AS .40-65 WIN. WHICH IS SIMPLY THE .45-70 CASE TAPERED DOWN TO .40 CAL.), comes with a 1990 factory letter showing caliber, 28" oct. barrel, set trigger and shipping date of August 3, 1883 and signed by William S. Brophy (who wrote the Marlin book), a really nice example with about all the barrel remaining and showing only the slightest of age, mag tube also has fine blue that is mixing plum (more on the bottom third)  but still even and most attractive, fine receiver blue that is thinning/mixing a little plum- all uncleaned and unmessed with, original buckhorn rear sight with correct Rocky Mountain blade front, double set triggers function perfectly, nice blue on the loading gate, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, correct smooth steel butt plate, fine+ bore with deep rifling and only some scattered surface roughness toward the middle of the barrel that might brush out better- either way a nice bore, great appearance and rare in this condition and having double set triggers! 133 years old! $2950.``

2) NICE CONDITION 1889 .44-40 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1890, fine deep barrel blue, mag tube more mixing gray/brown, receiver also aged to gray/brown with one small area on the right side behind the loading gate where there is some evidence of old rust that was wiped off, good blue on the loading gate, fine blue on the forend cap, surprisingly excellent bore that isn't perfect but only has some very very light scattered surface corrosion that might clean out, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit and showing only light normal handling marks, lever catch intact (these often missing), original sights, exc. markings, a really hard caliber to find in a limited production model that was only made for a few years before being replaced with the Model 1894. $1695.

3) 1893 .32-40, 26" OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1902, barrel marked "Special Smokeless Steel" mostly gray receiver with good blue on the loading gate, fine aged barrel blue with high edge wear, mag tube turning gray-brown with good blue on upper section below barrel, has Lyman tang sight with blade/bead front sight and unusual replacement folding adjustable rear barrel sight, fine wood, tight action, bore is a little dark with strong rifling and no pitting, hard to find caliber especially with "Smokeless Steel" octagon barrel, $1100.

4) GORGEOUS VIVID CASE COLOR RECEIVER ON THIS SUPER RARE .38-55 CHAMBERED M-93 CARBINE  WITH MARLIN FIREARMS CORPORATION BARREL MARKINGS THAT DATE THIS ONE FROM 1922 TO 1924, but the amazing part is that the standard M-93 carbine was only catalogued in .30-30 and .32 Special. So, somehow this one was made in .38-55 caliber, perhaps on special order. Also has the six pointed star on the upper tang. According to Brophy's Marlin book, "Literature published in 1926-1927 states that when a Marlin gun leaves the factory bearing the Marlin star stamped into the metal, it is 'as near perfection as the finest of materials, equipment, and skill can make it.' "  Retains vivid case colors on the entire receiver with only fading on the lever, fine barrel and mag blue with some scattered areas where some light rust was wiped off- more toward the middle of the barrel and looks like finger print spotting, correct carbine ladder rear sight with slide intact, MINT BRIGHT BORE, exc. stock and forend with only normal "checking" to the surface wood finish and minor handling marks, tight action, even retains most of the blue on the butt plate (worn at bottom and top rounded edges), a stunning and rare caliber Marlin carbine, investment quality,  ( five photos ) $2895.``

5) 1894 OCTAGON RIFLE IN .25-20 CALIBER, MADE 1903, has a Lyman tang sight and also has a surprisingly fine bore that is a little dark but with fine rifling and should brush out near excellent- certainly much better than normally encountered on a 1903 vintage Marlin in .25-20, fine aged barrel and mag blue showing a little thinning, mostly mottled gray receiver with a little blue remaining on the bolt and loading gate, exc. markings, blade/bead front sight with buckhorn rear, generally fine+ wood with good wood to metal fit and has some light old and dry linseed oil or stock finish on the wood that will come off easily with #0000 steel wool, wood has not been sanded, nice appearance, $1195.

6) BEAUTIFUL CONDITION EARLY MODEL 27S, .25-20 PUMP RIFLE, according to the Marlin book by Brophy, the M-27S was introduced in 1910 in octagon barrel only, by 1913 round barrels were offered, this is an octagon rifle in the 2XXX serial range, about all the blue remains on this fine rifle with only some minor ageing to the blue on the bottom of the mag tube and some very slight edge wear, "Special Smokeless Steel" marked barrel, all markings sharp, exc. bore, exc. wood with what looks like very light scratching of "W T in the wood behind the lower tang- very light and easily rubbed out or just left, even the butt plate shows most of the blue except on the  upper and lower high edges, also interesting on this example is that it is stamped with a small six-point star on the upper tang.  According to Brophy's book, "Literature published in 1926-1927 states that when  a Marlin gun leaves the factory bearing the Marlin star stamped into the metal it is 'as near perfection as the finest of materials, equipment, and skill can make it.' " This model was discontinued about 1930. $1195.

7) SELDOM SEEN MODEL 62 LEVER ACTION RIFLE IN .256 WIN. MAG. CALIBER, ONLY MADE IN LIMITED QUANTITIES FROM 1963-1965, excellent overall with only the lightest of handling marks to wood and metal- you have to look carefully for anything to keep this from being like new, the only thing missing is the little plastic "Marlin Bullseye" round inlay in the stock just ahead of the rear sling swivel stud- Midway sells replacements for a couple bucks- mounted in Weaver type rings/rail is a 3-9X Hammers scope with exc. optics, this one should be a lot of fun to shoot- brass is simply the .357 mag. necked down to .25 caliber. I've made them by carefully running .357 brass into a full length .256 sizing die (you can, of course, by forming dies), One of the more rare post war Marlins that is rapidly going up in value. $1150.

 

 

                A NOTE ABOUT "MODERN MARLINS": Marlin has closed its doors for good in North Haven, Connecticut and been bought out by the folks who own Remington. It looks like some models have been put back into production with the barrels marked "Utica, New York."  I did see one of the new ones with the old North Haven barrel address so I assume they had left over barrels they were using up.  Quality in wood  to metal fit was fair at best and trigger pulls were off the scale heavy!  I don't know if any of the octagon barrel "cowboy models" will be produced again, although their online catalogue does show a model 1894 cowboy-type with octagon barrel in .45 Colt caliber only. I believe these traditional Marlins made in limited runs in North Haven, CT are going to be tomorrow's sought after Marlin collectibles.  Already prices for them are escalating rapidly.

1)  JUST IN: MODEL 1894S .44 SPECIAL AND MAGNUM DELUXE CARBINE WITH FANCY CHECKERED STOCK AND ORIGINAL MARLIN SLING, this is the later safety model, comes with original hooded sight and hammer extension used when scoped, about new overall, $875.

2) JUST IN: VERY HARD TO FIND 1894 COWBOY LIMITED .357 MAG./.38 SPECIAL 24" OCTAGON BARREL RIFLE, this one has seen very light use and has better figure to the walnut than normally seen, shows only the slightest of handling, probably had a tang sight on at one time as one filler screw in the upper tang is missing and the main tang screw is a replacement that itself is threaded no doubt to take a smaller tang sight screw without replacing the long tang screw- either way is matters little, one of the most difficult of the North Haven, CT "Modern" Marlins to locate, $1100.

3) JUST IN: HERE'S ONE UNTIL NOW I DIDN'T KNOW EVEN EXISTED! 1894 COWBOY LIMITED CARBINE WITH 20" OCTAGON BARREL IN .32-20 CALIBER! This is the first one I've ever seen or even heard of! Basically like new condition. I think these are even more rare than the small run of rifles in .32 H&R Magnum caliber that Marlin made. Some online research shows that only 501 of these were manufactured for the firearms distributor Davidson's back in 2003.  These are sure to go up in value in the years to come! (note: what looks like edge wear on the receiver in the bottom photo is just light reflection)  $1395.

 

BALLARD SINGLE SHOT RIFLES (click text for photos)

1) TWO EXCEPTIONALLY RARE BRASS FRAME BALL AND WILLIAMS MANUFACTURED BALLARD OCTAGON RIFLES, MADE 1862-1865, Flayderman's Guide states "Under 50 estimated made." While John Dutcher states in his impressive Ballard book, "I've recorded the following brass action rifles..." (he lists the numbers) "That's sixteen rifles, and I'd guess something over 200 were made."  Either way, these are extremely rare Ballard variations and one of the more striking in appearance. I have two: 1A) The first is serial number 316 AND IS PICTURED ON PAGE 19 OF JOHN  DUTCHER'S BOOK. This is a particularly fine example in .38 RF caliber that still retains a good portion of the silver plating on the brass butt plate and some on the lower tang, the balance of the brass frame and brass breech block is a pleasing mellow uncleaned brass, bore is fine+, fine deep barrel blue showing just a little age only, Ball and Williams markings on the 24" octagon barrel top flat ahead of the receiver along with Ballard's Patent markings on the right octagon flat, matching numbers, aside from the serial number, no markings on the brass receiver, exc. stock and forearm, fancy small buckhorn rear sight with small blade front, truly exceptional and documented in the Ballard book, $3450. 

1B) A higher serial numbered example in .44 RF caliber with matching number later style steel breech block and lever (Dutcher states they have brass breech blocks, but obviously some had steel!), serial number 16694 and not one of the sixteen rifles recoded in Dutcher's book, 26" octagon barrel is marked only "No. 44" (for caliber) and the serial number, right side of the brass receiver marked with the usual two line "Ballard's Patent"  and the left side marked in two lines "Merwin & Bray, Agt's. New York" interestingly, the left side of the long hammer has patent markings that indicate the breech block has the Merwin & Bray alternate percussion system built into the Ballard's rim fire only breechblock (as shown on P.15 of Dutcher's book), deep aged blue/brown barrel patina, fine bore, two leaf flip up rear sight with blade front, mellow brass receiver and butt plate, fancy walnut showing higher grade grain and burl has had a 1" by 3" triangular chip replaced on the right side at the bottom juncture of the receiver/tang, forend has a shallow sliver out on the right side by the forend tip and is inletted for a late Ball & Williams metal tip- as the lever and breech block is steel, a replacement in steel or iron would be appropriate and probably not too hard to find or could be made, a very unusual variation of an already rare rifle! $2450.

2) J. M. MARLIN MARKED EARLY MODEL 1 1/2 HUNTER'S RIFLE IN DESIRABLE .45-70 CALIBER, 30" HEAVY ROUND BARREL, MADE 1879-1881, beginning in 1881 Ballard rifles were marked "Marlin Firearms Co." and this marking continued until the Ballard was discontinued in 1891. Those large caliber models marked J. M. Marlin could be considered in the category of possible "Buffalo Rifles" as the commercial hunting of these animals continued until about 1883. Serial number 15XXX matches on the receiver, barrel, forend and butt plate, fine+ bore that may scrub out near exc., gray/brown receiver with what look like a couple surface cracks in the top right octagon flat of the receiver ring, but I believe is just a forging flaw in the surface of the metal as it doesn't appear to go through the heavy receiver ring, mostly silver/gray barrel correctly marked "45 Govt." on the top ahead of the receiver, forearm shows normal handling, butt stock shows the usual couple of cracks coming back from the receiver that about all Ballards have and may have been lightly gone over as there is some small undersize of the wood at the bottom of the butt plate and receiver bottom- all minor, rear buckhorn sight removed (probably fairly recently as there is blue in this area) and a slot filler blank installed in the dovetail, probably recent manufacture correct sporting tang sight with Beech combination folding globe front sight, attractive early big bore Western sporting rifle from the Buffalo days! $1895.

3) VERY SCARCE CALIBER .44-40 No. 2 OCTAGON SPORTING RIFLE, MARLIN FIREARMS COMPANY MARKED BALLARD , usually these are found in either .32 or .38 Long Rim fire/Center fire caliber, I've only seen a few in .44-40, 28" medium weight barrel with correct original Rocky Mountain blade front sight with original buckhorn rear sight (needs elevator bar only), dark aged brown patina on receiver and lever, barrel blue also deep and aged/mixing plum, never cleaned or steel wooled, stock appears a little dry and has some age cracks extending back from the receiver, stock and forend show normal handling marks/dings as one would expect from a frontier caliber Ballard of the 1880s period, one small worn in chip at end of forearm on the right side, bore is dark with good rifling and should scrub out fine or better, lever spring a little weak, matching numbers, barrel top correctly marked "44 W," most difficult and desirable caliber to find in the No.2 Sporter, $1195.

4) ALMOST NEVER SEEN No. 3F FINE GALLERY RIFLE, .22RF CALIBER, MARLIN FIREARMS COMPANY MARKED, #32XXX matching on the receiver, barrel, forend and correct Swiss butt plate, surprisingly EXCELLENT BORE! Almost all the .22RF Ballards I've seen have poor to fair bores as they were all made during the black powder era, very hard to find a bore like this! 26" octagon barrel retains most of the original blue with only slight age and edge wear, receiver a pleasing mottled gray/brown with traces of aged case colors, correct full loop lever and unusual gold plated trigger that still retains much of the plating- missing mainly on the front part of the trigger, exc. butt stock and forend with sharp checkering on the pistol grip and ebony wedge inlay intact, stamped in tiny letters in the wood under the butt plate is "A.O. Neidner" who was a famed gunsmith born 1863 and died 1954, probably had a tang sight on at one time as the usual small non adjustable gallery sight on the barrel has been replaced with a dovetail slot filler blank and the two filler screws for a tang sight are gone, blade front sight, correct fluted octagon receiver top used on this model, tight action, an exceptional condition and seldom seen Ballard, $2650.

5) No. 5 PACIFIC RIFLE IN .38-55 CALIBER, MARLIN FIREARMS COMPANY MARKED, #27XXX serial number matching on the barrel, forend, receiver and butt plate, one of the more desirable and difficult calibers to find in the Pacific Model, 30" octagon barrel retains nearly all the aged blue that is mixing plum, .38-55 caliber marking on top flat ahead of the receiver, double set triggers function fine, generally fine+ to exc. stock and forend, fine bore a little dark with deep rifling and ought to scrub out fine+ or better, buckhorn rear sight with Rocky Mountain blade front, tight action, mottled gray/brown receiver with traces of case color, bottom of lever has two very small threaded holes where some kind of attachment was fitted at one time (pistol grip or perhaps a target style wood piece as seen on some target levers)- hardly noticeable, original twin thimbles intact with wiping rod, weighs just over 10 lbs., nice example in a desirable caliber, $1950. ``

6) No. 5 PACIFIC RIFLE IN .40-63 CALIBER, MARLIN FIREARMS COMPANY MARKED, #24XXX serial number matching on the receiver, barrel, forend and butt plate, 30" octagon barrel retains thin aged blue mixing some gray/brown, MINTY BRIGHT SHARP BORE! mottled gray brown receiver with some faded light case colors mainly on the right forward side and in protected areas, correctly stamped "40-63" on barrel top ahead of receiver,  fine+ forend, butt stock has a crack on each side of the receiver that comes back several inches, but is basically solid, double set triggers function fine, has a later replacement bolding rear sight in the factory dovetail along with a Lyman globe front sight that will take apertures and is adjustable for windage, also has a mid-range Soule type vernier tang sight adjustable for windage and elevation, original twin thimbles intact with wiping rod, this was considered the standard caliber for the No. 5 Pacific rifle and was very popular as a sporting round as well as a target cartridge, weighs approx. 10 1/2 lbs., nice sights and amazing bore! (three photos)  $2250.

7) No. 5 PACIFIC RIFLE IN .40-63 CALIBER, MARLIN FIREARMS COMPANY MARKED, #22XXX serial number matching on the receiver, barrel, forend and butt plate, 30" octagon barrel, a particularly fine example with fine deep barrel blue showing only very light age and wear, mottled silvery receiver, correctly stamped "40-63" on barrel top ahead of receiver, double set triggers function fine, exc. forend and butt stock with only a hint of a typical short hairline crack coming back from the receiver for an inch or so- difficult to see unless you look for it, minor- exc. bore needs a good clean only, fitted with a two leaf folding rear sight in the factory dovetail, Lyman style globe front sight that will take apertures, and very rare (and valuable in its own right) Lyman tang sight that is made with a graduated windage adjustment and eye disc, tight action, double set triggers function fine, twin factory thimbles intact with wiping rod, considered the standard caliber for the No. 5 Pacific rifle and was very popular as a sporting round as well as a target cartridge, weighs approx. 10 3/4 lbs., fine example in hard to find condition, $2650.

8) No. 5 PACIFIC RIFLE IN .45-70 CALIBER, MARLIN FIREARMS COMPANY MARKED, #23XXX serial number matching on the receiver, barrel, forend (butt plate numbered in the 15XXX range and may have been a left over part used by the factory- very common to find on Ballard sporters), special long 32" octagon barrel, correctly marked "45 Govt." on barrel top ahead of receiver, barrel blue aged to a deep uncleaned plum, dark mottled brown receiver, VG forearm with one sliver on the left front edge toward the tip- old and worn in and fairly common on heavy frontier sporters and a small crack coming forward from the receiver on the same side, aged dark wood, some small wood loss around the top of the receiver back where it meets the stock- probably from oil soaking- again minor and to be expected of a Western used .45-70, double set triggers function fine, tight action, hammer spring only weak but functions, bore is dark with fine rifling and ought to clean out fine+, correct original twin thimbles intact with wiping rod, weighs approx. 11 1/2 lbs., original buckhorn rear sight with Rocky Mountain blade front sight, great caliber in a big Western Frontier rifle with lots of character and history, $2150.``

 

 

ANTIQUE & CLASSIC RIFLES, SHOTGUNS AND PISTOLS (click text for photos) 

  1. VERY HIGH CONDITION TRUE 1874 SHARPS SPORTING RIFLE CONVERSIONS MADE BY THE SHARPS RIFLE COMPANY, BRIDGEPORT, CT., NOT A MEACHAM CONVERSION, There is a lot of misinformation about these, but the fact is that the real Sharps Company took Civil War carbines back to the factory and ground the lock plates to the appearance of the 1874 model, changed the tumbler in the lock, put a real Sharps barrel on the rifle with correct Sharps markings & sights and with a correct 1874 forearm. These were then sold to dealers at lower prices than their 1874 Sporters. The Meacham Sharps Conversions have non-Sharps barrels and forearms and are usually of lesser quality.  This example is one of the best I've seen and is interesting as the barrel is a true Model 1874 barrel with the M-1874 serial number correctly stamped under the forearm and neatly "lined out," but still readable (#162XXX- this number will actually letter), This was fairly common on conversions and even factory sporters as Sharps used barrels on returned guns or used extra barrels on many rifles and especially on conversions.  It is a .40 2 1/4" (.40-70) caliber, 30" half octagon barrel with original distinctive Sharps front sight and heavy full buckhorn Lawrence ladder rear sight- this sight was usually put on guns destined for the Western regions- The action and stock are typical Military Carbine style, the amazing part is that this rifle has a bright exc. bore, exc. barrel blue and fine case colors that are lightly fading on the hammer and receiver! Mostly gray lock plate with the early markings, exc. forend, butt stock shows normal light handling only and no abuse,  these are usually found in hard used condition and this is one of the best I've seen! Much more desirable and valuable than a "Meacham," (5 photos, note: case colors are actually better on the left side of the receiver, but photo lights reflected badly, also the dark line on the left side of the stock is simply a light stain that the photo lights picked up and exaggerated) $5400.

  2. SHARPS 1878 BORCHARDT MUSKET, .45-70, SERIAL NUMBER IN THE 6XXX RANGE, it looks like this one was part of a state's militia arsenal as the receiver ring is stamped with the rack or unit marking of "P V" over "53"  This is a really attractive example that hasn't been cleaned or sanded, the barrel blue is all intact and showing only some freckling age plum/brown mixing and could use a good oil soaking, receiver turning an even plum/brown with good blue in the more protected areas, all sharp and correct markings including the "Old Reliable" barrel stamping, cleaning rod intact, fine+ forearm with only normal handling marks, butt stock has had a triangular chip come out of the toe of the stock probably from being banged on the bottom tip of the but plate- common on these military models but the good news is the piece was put back and in barely visible unless you look for it- I didn't notice it when I acquired this one, correct checkered steel butt plate, tight action, safety functions properly, exc. sharp bore could use a clean only, original Lawrence ladder sight with slide intact, I don't see these as often as I used to and this is a really attractive example, $2650.

  3. SHARPS MODEL 1853 SLANT BREECH OCTAGON PERCUSSION SPORTING RIFLE IN .44 CALIBER, WITH SERIAL NUMBER 11000, MADE 1854-1859, only 2240 octagon sporters were made making these classic frontier rifles quite difficult to find, this one has a medium heavy 26" octagon barrel with factory original ladder rear sight with slide intact (these original sights are usually missing) and small blade front sight, matching serial number on barrel and patch box (this was the eleven thousandth Sharps made!), has the optional (special order extra) double set triggers with adjustment screw intact, exc. Sharps marking on barrel, lock plate and upper tang, double set triggers function fine, generally fine+ to about excellent stock and forearm without any of the usual chips around the tang and lock area, barrel blue aged to an uncleaned brownish patina, gray/brown receiver, bore is a little dark with deep rifling and needs a good scrubbing out- should clean out fine or better with some possible pitting ahead of the chamber on one side that might scour out, has the correct small rounded pewter tip on the forend, brass patchbox and brass butt plate, super attractive model and one that according to letters written to the Sharps factory in the 1850s attest to incredible shooting power and accuracy in the Western U.S. It's my opinion that had the metallic cartridge been popularized a dozen years LATER than it was, the percussion Sharps would have been the most popular rifle of its time. (Note of interest: I have several new made Shiloh Sharps percussion sporting rifles in different calibers that will shoot sub 1 1/2" five shot 100 yard groups with black powder and cast bullets breech seated- lots of fun), a much nice than normally encountered example, $3250. ``

  4. UNTOUCHED, UNCLEANED ATTIC CONDITION RARELY ENCOUNTERED REUTH'S DOUBLE BARREL PERCUSSION ANIMAL TRAP PISTOL, This was a pretty horrible devise made from the late 1850s to the early 1860s in small quantities, distinctive and unique action that sets with two muzzle loaded iron barrels and percussion caps with two large barbed bait hooks sticking out from the muzzle and acting as a trigger...so when some animal (preferably not a dog or cat pulls on the bait, he trips the "hammer bar" and both barrels discharge into his head.  Deeply cast into the barrels "F. REUTH'S PATENT" in the center with "MAY 12TH 1857" and "HARTFORD, CONN" on each barrel top, complete with rear bar and ring for attaching to a stake or tree, fully functional and deep dark patina overall with no evidence of cleaning or steel wooling etc. A uniquely American "Folk Art" curiosity  from a time long gone that is now almost never seen, $1295.

  5. SELDOM SEEN DISTINCTIVE ALLEN & THURBER SIDE HAMMER PERCUSSION TARGET PISTOL, ONLY A FEW HUNDRED ESTIMATED MADE LATE 1840s TO 1850s, 8" half octagon barrel about .36 caliber with correct thimbles and ram rod, correct trigger guard with finger spur, original small blade front sight in dovetail and original long target open rear sight with wheel adjustment for elevation- this sight which appears to be made from spring steel is bent slightly up, but is all there and could no doubt be bent back down, unmarked overall (typical of early Allen firearms), deep uncleaned brown patina, fine+ deeply rifled bore, exc. wood grips,  fine action with light target trigger pull, a scarce and uniquely American target pistol from one of the earliest American makers of firearms (an interesting note: a replica of this pistol was used in the Tom  Selleck movie, Quigley Down Under- in the end of the movie the sailor taking names as Matthew Quigley boarded the ship had one under a table) $1150.

  6. EARLY BIG FRAME WHITNEY-KENNEDY OCTAGON RIFLE IN .45-60 CALIBER, WITH "S" LEVER, MADE EARLY 1880s, quite a bit more scarce than the .44-40 size medium frame model, this one shows use, but no abuse, a nice uncleaned and un-messed with example with 28" octagon barrel, overall metal is an uncleaned mottled gray/brown (receiver, barrel and magazine), exc. screws, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit shows only light handling, rear sight is a frontier period replacement of a fixed brass buckhorn placed in the original dovetail with no alterations, front sight is a small copper blade, early barrel marking "Whitneyville Armory CT USA" with correct patent markings on the upper tang, bore a little dark with sharp rifling and ought to scrub out to near excellent. This was a limited production very high quality rifle with only 15,000 of all models (medium and large frame) made between 1879 and 1886 when the company was bought out by Winchester who immediately stopped production, thus killing a serious potential competitor! The actions on these rifles are amazingly smooth. Nice example of a large caliber frontier rifle, $2650.

  7. ALMOST NEVER SEEN AND ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE FANCY STEVENS RIFLES IS THIS  IDEAL "LADIES MODEL" RIFLE No. 55 IN DESIRABLE .22 LONG RIFLE CHAMBERING, low serial number 6XX, made from 1897-1916, made with fancy walnut and light weight Schuetzen pistol grip stock with Swiss butt plate, fancy full checkered pistol grip and forearm and 24" half octagon barrel, made up on the light case colored "Favorite" single shot action and factory equipped with an open type rear barrel sight with vernier tang sight and Beach combination folding globe front sight- often the sights on these have been either removed altogether or changed- this one has the original factory sights and is totally unaltered, tight action with light trigger pull, fancy burl walnut stock with original heavy "piano finish" mostly remaining with only normal light scratching/handling marks, sharp checkering with only a small wear area on the bottom of the forend, exc. barrel blue with only minor thinning/ageing, receiver shows light case color on both sides that is fading but all visible, fine bore is a little dark with good rifling and some light scattered roughness that will probably clean better, fine blue on the hammer and breech block, exc. screws, tight takedown, super attractive rifle and extremely scarce in any condition, these were also made in other now-obsolete rim fire calibers leaving the .22 Long Rifle chambering the most desirable, $3250.

  8. BALLARD RIFLES: (see above in Marlin section)

                             

 

 REMINGTON (click text for photos)

1) SCARCE NO. 1 ROLLING BLOCK 30" OCTAGON BARREL SPORTING RIFLE IN .40-50 BN CALIBER, nice early 1870s example in the 4XXX serial range with matching serial number barrel, fine  markings, this barrel length is actually 4" over the standard 26" length- customers were charged extra for every 2" over the standard 26" length, uncleaned gray/brown receiver, even thin aged blue on the barrel, some aged blue remains on the hammer and breech block, fine bore shows good rifling and some normal light wear/pitting but still fine, original buckhorn rear and small blade front sights, exc. butt stock, forend shows light handling only, early style metal forend tip, this was a popular deer and medium large game round that fired a 265 grain bullet at near 1500 feet per second and far outclassed the standard .44-40 round of the day, very hard to find good matching Rolling Block sporters! $2650

2) ROLLING BLOCK .50-70 NEW YORK STATE CONTRACT MUSKET, C.1871, exc. sharp cartouches in the butt stock with inspector initials in rectangle in the left side of the wrist and "GNY" in a rectangle on the right side, also has an additional similar cartouche in the center of the stock on the left side along with rack numbers on the top of the butt plate and comb of the stock by the butt plate, good Remington markings on the upper tang, original military style sights, cleaning rod only a too short replacement, barrel and receiver a silvery gray with some brown mixing on the barrel, bright exc. bore, tight action that is the same type as the Springfield 1871 Army variety with the high hammer that falls slightly forward to a safety notch when the breech block is rolled back and pushed forward when loaded- this is an excellent feature that all Rolling Blocks should have! After loading the rifle is safe to carry and only has to have the hammer pulled slightly back to put it into the full cock and firing position. These fine .50-70 rifles are still under priced on the collector market, but starting to rise, This is about what an Italian replica costs!  $1150.

3) No. 1 ROLLING BLOCK COMMERCIAL SADDLE RING CARBINE, these carbines are shows in the 1877 Remington catalogue as having 20 1/2" barrels and weighing 7 lbs. and chambered in either the .43 cartridge or the .50 Rim Fire or Center Fire cartridge and priced at the time of $16.00, this one was a bit of a mystery as it looked like at some time the chamber was sleeved to accept a straight cartridge with the original .43 bore intact (which made no sense), but I think what I'm seeing is a stuck brass case that separated just ahead of the rim! Shouldn't be too hard to remove. The barrel retains the original short Remington carbine leaf sight with blade carbine front sight, barrel blue has aged to a deep plum, gray/brown receiver with Remington markings on the tang, bore looks a bit worn especially ahead of the chamber but should scrub out VG or better, fine action and fine butt stock and forearm, good aged and old west appearance, $795.

4) EXCELLENT CONDITION ROLLINGBLOCK 7MM MODEL 1901 MUSKET, still retains most of the /deep/dark case colors on the action and trigger guard (these military models did not have highly polished bright case colors), exc. barrel blue showing only light ageing, original sights, bright exc. bore, exc. wood with only the lightest of handling, cleaning rod intact, leather sling, deep original blue on the hammer and breech block etc., even the barrel bands still show most of the blue, sharp tang markings with the last patent date of 1901, about as nice as one could hope to find, (four photos- looks much better in person as photo lights make the case colors appear lighter/duller than they are) $1295.

5)  PARTICULARLY FINE MODEL 30 EXPRESS BOLT ACTION RIFLE THAT CAME OUT OF HERE IN MONTANA, CALIBER ".30 SPRINGFIELD 1906" (.30-06), this one is in the 11XXX serial number range, exc. blue overall with only some light wearing on the bolt, exc. wood with sharp checkering, schnable forend tip, correct steel butt plate, not drilled for scope, may have had a correct receiver sight on at one time as the two filler screws are not in- no marks from ever having a receiver sight in either the metal or wood- exc. bright sharp bore, $895.

6) ONE OF THE BEST U.S. MARKED AND INSPECTED 1871 ARMY SINGLE SHOT ROLLING BLOCK .50 CALIBER PISTOLS I'VE SEEN! ONLY 5,000 MADE FOR THE U. S. GOVERNMENT BETWEEN 1872-1888. Beautiful vivid case color receiver sides with correct "P" and "S" inspector stamps on the left forward side, sharp Remington markings also on the left side, case color clearly visible but a little duller on the receiver ring and grip straps, fine blue on the barrel showing only light age and minor scuffing, exc. forend, grips have a very sharp and distinct inspector stamp on the left side with minor handling marks and some light dings on the butt, bright bore has some scattered surface roughness that is light and might even scrub out better, unaltered front sight, exc. mech. and exc. screws, tight action and breech block, many of these were later converted to target pistols (Models 1891 and 1901) by Remington and resold or by a number of other gunsmiths in independent shops- all of this makes an unaltered example more scarce than even the low 5,000 manufactured number would indicate, very hard to find in this investment quality condition! (3 photos) $2450.

8) ALMOST NEVER SEEN REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK TARGET PISTOL MODEL 1901 IN SCARCE AND DESIRABLE .44 RUSSIAN CALIBER!  Remington made less than 750 of these fine pistols and most seem to have been in the small rim fire calibers, exc. correctly checkered stock and forend, exc. barrel blue showing one or two very tiny spots where some rust was wiped off- you have to look carefully to see it, fine high polish receiver, trigger guard and grip strap blue with some scattered brown freckling, exc. blue on hammer and breech block, nice screws, exc. markings, tight action, correct original rear target sight in the receiver ring with half-moon and ivory bead front sight,  bright exc. bore! $2950.

 

 

RUGER FIREARMS (click text for photos)

1) ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL RUGER RIFLES IS THIS MINI-14 RANCH RIFLE, CHAMBERED IN .222 REMINGTON CALIBER! MADE 1984, apparently Ruger made these for export to countries that don't allow its citizenry to own arms in military calibers (like Mexico), so they made these up in .222 Rem. caliber instead of  the normal .223. Whether Ruger exported nearly all of them or whether they only made a few of these, they never seem to turn up. This is the first I've offered and I've been looking for one for a long time! Basically in like new condition overall with 5 round magazine. $1295.

 

 

SAVAGE ARMS (click text for photos)

1) INTERESTING AND SCARCE 1899C HALF OCTAGON IN DESIRABLE .30-30 CALIBER, MADE 1910 WITH EARLY WEAVER ALL STEEL 3/4" MODEL 1X SCOPE IN CORRECT SAVAGE 1899 MOUNTS with the rear ring using the two tang sight holes and the front ring using a dovetail in the barrel ahead of the receiver, fine+ wood with only a hint of the usual hairline crack coming back from the upper tang, crescent butt plate with perch belly stock, forend shows light handling only, fine barrel blue with some thinning on the round part, mostly gray receiver with some good blue on the upper portions, tight action, bore is excellent but a little dark, has a copper blade front sight that appears to be made from a coin with small buckhorn rear (needs elevator bar only), very unusual set up like this instead of simply drilling the receiver ring as was done on many of these in the 1950s and later, $1150. ``

 

 

SHILOH  SHARPS AND OTHER REPRODUCTIONS (click text for photos)

NOTE:  I am also a Shiloh Sharps dealer.  In fact, I am the only stocking dealer of Shiloh Sharps rifles.  I frequently have a selection of NIB stock on hand for immediate delivery AT CATALOGUE PRICE WITH NO ADDITIONAL PREMIUMS OR FEES!  For further info and lists of available rifles, see my other website,  www.shiloh-ballard.com  

 

1) SHILOH SHARPS, MADE IN BIG TIMBER, MONTANA, No. 3 SPORTER IN .40-65 CALIBER, WITH 30" HEAVY OCTAGON BARREL, made without rear barrel sight dovetail, has a Montana Vintage Arms mid-range vernier tang sight matched with a globe front sight that will take inserts, semi-fancy walnut with standard shotgun butt, double set triggers, weighs just over 12 lbs., one tiny and hard to find  handling mark in the stock is all that keeps this one from being new, $2100.

2) AN UNUSUAL .45-70 SHILOH/C. SHARPS FACTORY NEW "HYBRID" HUNTER'S RIFLE! Box and paperwork included with this one, the 2015  invoice/owners warranty card lists this one as an 1874 carbine with "customer's Shiloh barrel,"  So, someone had an unusual 26" round Shiloh barrel (with all the correct Shiloh markings) that they sent to C. Sharps to be made into a long barrel "Hunters Carbine" WITH DOUBLE SET TRIGGERS, brass escutcheons.  All brand new and unused, has the barrel band forend with military style butt stock and C. Sharps 1874 action, Lawrence ladder rear sight, should make a great hunting Sharps, weighs approx. 8 1/2 lbs. (Standard military type carbines typically have 22" barrels and single triggers), very unusual and practical hunting Sharps.  $1995.``

3) HARRINGTON AND RICHARDSON "OFFICERS MODEL" TRAPDOOR .45-70 SPRINGFIELD REPRODUCTION, MADE IN THE 1970S IN THE U.S.A., a fine copy of the rare and valuable Springfield product of the 1870s intended for officers assigned to Western outposts for hunting purposes, checkered, wrist, engraved lock, hammer, barrel band, breech, pewter tip, etc., wiping rod under the barrel, sporting tang sight, checkered stock and forend- all a close copy of the original, In the 1970s, Handloader Magazine did an extensive article on reloading the .45-70, they used one of these in the test along with a bunch of other rifles and this one proved the most accurate, like new condition, the former owner put gold leaf (available at all hobby shops) in the engraving to make it stand out, easily removed with alcohol, these are getting harder and harder to find especially in this condition, still a bargain when you can find one, $1195.

4) JONATHAN BROWNING MOUNTAIN RIFLE IN DESIRABLE .54 CALIBER, BRASS MOUNTED WITH NICELY FIGURED DEEP REDDISH BROWN WALNUT! As I always say when I get one of these in that I have one just like this that I bought around 1979-1980- I still shoot it and wouldn't think of selling it! These are very high quality muzzle loaders with adjustable single set triggers, this one has seen very light use and has an exc. bore and overall shows very light handling at worst, original sights, really great rich walnut (I wish mine were as nice as this one!), 30" full browned barrel with distinctive "rams horn" bolster where the percussion nipple screws in,  super American made quality of the late 1970s-early 1980s. These are great fun to shoot and hunt with, $895.``

 

 

SMITH AND WESSON (click text for photos)

 

1) EARLY .44  DOUBLE ACTION FIRST MODEL No. 3 REVOLVER WITH 5" BARREL, LOW # 14XXX, C. 1880s, caliber .44 Russian, top break design, all matching serial numbers, this one was obviously a holster gun as the original nickel finish shows wear to the sides of the barrel- typical of holster carry, never cleaned, exc. grip strap nickel with only the most minor of edge wear, frame shows some small areas of flaking, cylinder too shows good nickel with flaking in the flutes and edges, fine blue on the trigger guard and sight latch, fine action, tight lock up, fairly bright fine+ bore may scrub out to exc., grips fit perfectly and are not chipped or cracked but show wear- especially on the right side, again indication of right handed holster carry where the left grip is protected against the body and the right side exposed and rubbed, great unmessed with and uncleaned frontier revolver from the 1880s! (4 photos) $1195.

2) EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION AND ONE OF THE RAREST, HARDEST TO FIND S&W MODELS, AND ONE OF THE RAREST U.S. MARTIAL ARMS! THIS IS A BEAUTY! MODEL 1899 U.S. ARMY REVOLVER, only 1,000 of these were ordered and issued in 1901, most surviving examples show very hard use and abuse, this was S&Ws only side swing revolver made in .38 Colt caliber. 1,000 were made for the Navy and 1,000 for the Army. Of these, the Army seems to be the most scarce. It is distinctive in that where the Navy model was marked with an anchor and Navy markings, it also had plain checkered walnut grips and no lanyard ring, the Army model had special checkered walnut grips with "J.T.T. 1901" stamped in the top part of the left grip and "K.S.M." stamped in the top part of the right grip. The butt is marked "U.S. ARMY" over "MODEL 1899" with a lanyard ring mounted between these markings.    Many, if not most, of these surviving revolvers have had their chambers reamed out to accept the longer .38 Special ammo, this one IS STILL IN ORIGINAL .38 COLT CHAMBERING! Excellent plus walnut grips, in the correct serial range of 13,001 to 14,000 (serial number 135XX), much of the early bright high polish blue remains with some edge wear and thinning/browning on the cylinder, some thinning/browning on the side plate and a little muzzle wear, exc. markings and has the correct K.S.M. inspector stamp on the frame and cylinder, matching numbers, lanyard ring intact, still has good case color on the hammer and trigger, front sight not filed or altered, just enough wear and edge wear to show this one has never been re-blued or "helped" in any way, tight action, minty bright bore, As this is an issued military model, it would be hard to improve upon! (interestingly, there is good info on the commercial and military Model 1899 in Timothy Mullin's excellent book THE K FRAME REVOLVER, published by Collector Grade Publications, the U.S. Army model pictured in this book is no where close to this one in condition)  -4 photos- $2650.

3) A TRULY AMAZING SMITH & WESSON OFFERING! VERY POSSIBLY THE FIRST TARGET SIDE SWING REVOLVER EVER MADE BY S&W!  This is a TARGET SIGHTED 1899 Military and Police .38 Special revolver serial number 19XX. I sent for a letter on this important revolver after finding it and the letter indicates this "SMITH & WESSON .38 MILITARY AND POLICE FIRST MODEL TARGET (MODEL 1899), CALIBER .38 SPECIAL..." with this serial number was shipped on January 31, 1900 to William H. Hoegee Hardware Co., Los Angeles, CA. (Lots of info can be found on this famous turn of the last century high class outfitter- big into high quality firearms of the time).  The letter indicates  revolver was shipped with 6 1/2" barrel, blue finish and checkered black hard rubber grips. There were very few target models made in this first run of 1899 M&Ps from 1899 to 1902 (20,975 revolvers in all) and this may just be the first! Generally fine deep blue overall with normal light handling wear and edge wear- grip straps thinning, a little flaking starting on the frame etc., exc. mech., fine bright bore with any roughness light and surface that ought to scrub out, good case color on the sides of the hammer and trigger, matching numbers except on grips which fit perfectly and are the correct type, blade/bead front sight with correct round notch rear target sight rear, very few M-1899s were made with target sights, super historical S&W as this is really the grandfather of all modern target models! $2595.

4) SUPERB CONDITION MODEL 1903, .32 HAND EJECTOR, FIFTH CHANGE WITH SCARCE LONG 6" BARREL, MATCHING # 147XXX, ONLY MADE FROM  1910-1917, chambered in .32 S&W Long, this model was only offered in 3 1/4, 4 1/4 and 6" barrels with 6" seldom seen on such a small frame "pocket revolver," this one is in desirable nickel finish with real pearl grips, about all the nickel remains with only a small spot of peeling at the muzzle on the left side only and some tiny pin-prick spots too small to describe and actually hard to see, all markings sharp, nice case color on hammer and trigger, only a slight cylinder drag line that doesn't even go through the nickel finish, very tight action (even opening the cylinder and pushing it to the side takes effort as if it were new and almost never opened and swung to the side for loading!), minty bore, exc. pearl grips are amazingly not chipped or cracked, untouched screws, by the serial number this was probably made around 1912 (104 years ago!), these are still "sleepers" and undervalued on the collector market, but starting to go up in value as nothing like these hand fitted revolvers are made today or will ever be made again, rare in this finish, barrel length and condition! $795.

5) BEAUTIFUL HIGH CONDITION SINGLE SHOT "PERFECTED MODEL" .22 LR WITH VERY RARE OLYMPIC CHAMBER! This is one of the last made as serial numbers went from 6949 to 11641 and manufactured only from 1909 to 1923, this one is numbered in the 11XXX range and has the rare "Olympic Chamber" with 10" barrel, described in the Supica and Nahas book STANDARD CATALOG OF SMITH & WESSON" Some versions found with Olympic Barrels; these engage the bullet nose into the grooves and lands and consequently require the cartridge to be pushed in the last 1/8". Worth premium.  Checking this one with a standard .22 LR cartridge confirmed this variation, overall excellent condition with only a slight line of gray coming back from the muzzle on each side of the barrel (from the gun lying on its side), exc. correct oversize walnut target grips show very light handling only and have two tiny chips on the upper under side where it meets the frame- you have to turn the gun upside down to notice them- matching numbers, perfect bright bore, interesting in that this model is supposed to fire single or double action, this one can only be fired single action and was probably ordered from the factory this way- a factory letter would be interesting and probably worth getting for this one, (NOTE: light reflection in photos makes the blue look thin and washed out- it is not)  $1395.

6) BIG "N" FRAME .44 HAND EJECTOR 2ND. MODEL REVOLVER WITH 6 1/2" BARREL, MADE 1925, this was probably a law enforcement gun as it shows lots of holster wear but no abuse, also the grips are the correct style, but are replacements- often factory grips were replaced with showy stag, pearl or ivory by the officers who were proud of their sidearms! This one still shows good blue on the top and bottom of the barrel and in the cylinder flutes and protected areas with the balance worn/aged to gray/brown, lanyard swivel intact, exc. markings with last barrel patent date of 1909, matching numbers, some light case color remains on the hammer and trigger, exc. screws and sharp exc. bore, a true classic from the middle of the Roaring Twenties! $850.

 

 

U.S. MILITARY AND SPRINGFIELD (click text for photos)

 

1) SCARCE EARLY 1877 TRAPDOOR .45-70 RIFLE, #105XXX, C.1878, excellent example of a limited production model in the Trapdoor line as only about 20,000 were made and most got arsenal updated and altered over time, in the correct serial range that went from 75000 to 115000, rear sight correctly graduated to 1100 yards and secured with early "slotless" screws, light correct oval ESA 1878 dated cartouche in the stock along with the circle P proof behind the lower tang, fine deep barrel blue, also good blue on the front sight protector hood and the swivels, dark correctly marked breech block and lock plate (without the 1873 date on the lock as is correct), "MASS" stamped on the receiver ring, correct barrel proofs, exc. bore, exc. mech., fine+ wood overall with a few "rack dings" on the underside of the forend ahead of the trigger guard which is fairly common, later style cleaning rod, has an unusual circle stamping in the middle rear of the left side of the stock- meaning unknown- Native American or a brand?- one of the nicest examples I've seen in a while, $1295.

2) RARE UNALTERED FIRST MODEL 1873 TRAPDOOR RIFLE, #56XXX, MADE 1875, very difficult to find unaltered first model 1873s, this one has the correct long wrist stock with good circle P cartouche behind the trigger guard, also has an oval with "NJ" in it as well as a NJ stamp on the left side of the receiver ring- I assume this had something to do with the state of New jersey, stock is basically very sound and solid with some rack/unit numbers stamped just ahead of the top of the butt plate, never been sanded, shows only normal light handling marks, barrel blue aged and mixing with an uncleaned attractive plum/blue patina, correct barrel proofs,  high arch breech block, correct hammer, 1873 dated lock plate, correct two click tumbler, correct cleaning rod, bright exc. bore, correct rear sight, $1295. ``

3) 1884 TRAPDOOR SADDLE RING CAVALRY CARBINE IN THE 451XXX RANGE MADE 1888, nice cartouched example that shows honest saddle scabbard use, good aged barrel blue with uncleaned dark patina on the rest of the metal parts, sharp markings overall with only a couple digits in the serial worn but visible especially in good light with a magnifier to help, SWP cartouche is worn, sling ring intact, wood shows typical wear marks from riding in a scabbard but is sound, correct "C" marked (for carbine) Buffington rear sight, bright bore, good example of a late Indian Wars .45-70 carbine, $1595.

4) TRULY AMAZING HIGH CONDITION SPRINGFIELD OFFERING! UNALTERED 1892 KRAG RIFLE, 2ND. TYPE WITH CLEANING ROD, #13XXX, these cleaning rod early Krags were only made from 1894-1895 and nearly all of them were recalled and altered to the 1896 type without the cleaning rod and other upgrades, somehow this rifle remained as issued! It has all the early features including cleaning rod, upper barrel band made for rod, flat butt plate without trap, straight toe of stock, flat muzzle (no crown), short handguard which does not cover the front ring of the receiver, extractor is smooth with no hold open pin, 1894 marked receiver, sharp and crisp "JLA"  over 1895 dated stock cartouche along with sharp circle P cartouche, exc. plus wood has never been sanded or cleaned, fine lightly aged and lightly thinning barrel blue, uncleaned cloudy gray/brown receiver, swivels intact, EXC. BORE, the sight is the earliest 1896 type which was introduced in 1895, unaltered handguard matches stock perfectly, had a sling on it when I got it that was split at the bottom- included, bottom of the trigger guard worn bright from the sling with good blue on the front and back portions! no doubt one of the best extant, I've only seen a few of these over the years and this one is a gem! (five photos)  $8400.

5) HARD TO FIND 1895 "VARIANT" KRAG SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH UNUSUAL FANCY WALNUT STOCK, these were the earliest of the later/standard Model 1896 carbines, but with only "1895" on the receiver- the later ones have "Model 1896"- early serial number 26XXX, all original and unaltered, light but readable stock cartouche and circle "P" cartouche, exc. reddish/brown walnut stock and handguard with high grade "fiddle back" grain in the butt stock- I've only seen this on one other Krag and it was a 1896 rifle- cleaning rods still in butt trap, aged and thinning barrel blue, original 1896 "C" marked rear sight ("C" for carbine), mottled gray receiver and trigger guard, correct barrel band/sight protector, fine bright bore looks a little worn, but should scrub out about exc., all Krag carbines are getting very hard to find and the early 1895 and 1896 "Variant" carbines are exceptionally scarce these days, overall a particularly fine cartouched example of America's last issued saddle ring carbine, $2850.

6) FINE CONDITION UNALTERED AND UNMESSED WITH 1896 KRAG RIFLE, #102XXX, MADE 1898 WITH GOOD 1898 DATED CARTOUCHE, much more difficult to find than the more common Model 1898 which was made for a longer period of time, a really nice example with good lightly aged barrel blue, correct M-1896 rifle sight, fine solid original wood that shows only light/normal handling and storage marks/dings, attractive reddish/brown Springfield walnut finish, nice 1898 dated stock cartouche along with the circle P cartouche in the bottom of the stock, mottled gray/brown receiver with nice blue on the ejector, bore only a little dark with sharp rifling and will clean excellent, correct swivels intact, a really nice antique Krag with all the correct cartouches and a great bore, $895.

7) SMITH & WESSON 1899 U.S. ARMY .38 COLT REVOLVER (see above in S&W section)

8) REMINGTON 1871 U. S. ARMY ROLLING BLOCK PISTOL (see above in Remington section)

9) REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK .50-70 NEW YORK MUSKET (see above in Remington section)

10) COLT 1902 "PHILIPPINE" .45 COLT DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER (see above in Colt section)

11) COLT 1905 USMC .38 DA (see above in Colt section)

 

 

WINCHESTERS (click text for photos)

 

  1.  COLORFUL FRONTIER USED 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN .44-40 CALIBER, MADE 1890, this one obviously accounted for a lot of saddle miles! The forearm is heavily dished/worn ahead of the receiver on the bottom and on the left side ahead of the receiver- the way a right handed rider would rest such a carbine over the saddle, also the forend is thinned along the entire left edge and has a big saddle rub spot ahead of the barrel band on the right side, butt stock looks a little dry and has the typical light crack coming back from the upper tang (see Notes From the Field below for a discussion about such cracks as "horse roll-over" caused etc.), butt plate pitted, overall metal a mostly smooth aged brown with a hint of plum, good blue on the loading gate, original carbine sights including the rear ladder sight with slide intact, original dust cover intact, tight action with surprisingly fine+ bore that might even clean out better, exc. screws, just needs the saddle ring staple (I have an original ring I'll include), good appearance and lots of history in this one! $1895

  2. FINE CONDITION 1873 .38-40 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1890, nice example that has slightly fancier than standard walnut in the butt stock, even retains the five-piece cleaning rod set in the butt plate trap, fine receiver blue on about half the receiver with the balance mixing plum, mellow brass lifter marked 38 CAL has some typical dings/scratches, attractive aged plum barrel and mag, still retains some good blue on the forend cap, fine blue on the loading gate, original dust cover, fine+ wood with good wood to metal fit, tight action with half cock weak, original sights, fine bore that has some light roughness more toward the middle with good rifling throughout, very attractive 1873 with good blue and cleaning rods, $2250.

  3. A TRUE UNTOUCHED, ATTIC CONDITION, 1873 OCTAGON RIFLE IN .38-40 CALIBER, MADE 1890, THAT WAS OBVIOUSLY STORED AND UNTOUCHED FOR DECADES! Guns like these don't show up much any more, this one came from Hazelhurst, Georgia. Never cleaned or oiled and probably stored away dry when it was near new, this one retains nearly all the original blue that has dry freckling on it- not really dry rust, but you can feel it by running your finger over the metal- just needs oiling and careful cleaning to bring back the luster it had a hundred plus years ago! Exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit showing light handling only, mellow brass lifter engraved "38 CAL" and showing a few very shallow dings, original dust cover, original sights, nice screws BRIGHT EXCELLENT BORE, just needs careful cleaning by someone who knows how to do it! A great find!  (NOTE: blue looks better than in photos) $2650.``

  4. SUPER RARE AND DESIRABLE 1873 TRAPPER SADDLE RING CARBINE, .44-40 CALIBER WITH LEGAL 16" BARREL, MADE 1909, When I got this one the owner told me it was brought out of Mexico by Bob McNellis who ran El Paso Saddlery Co. in Texas back in the 1960s or early 1970s.  I can't substantiate this, it's just what I was told and I have no reason to doubt it, Has the correct one inch shorter forend used on Trapper Carbines and also has the correct Winchester barrel address markings AHEAD of the barrel band. This is a hard used Trapper from the Mexican Revolution days (Trappers were popular in Mexico and the Southwest- especially Texas), missing the dust cover and saddle ring (staple intact), overall metal a deep UNCLEANED plum/brown heavily freckled/lightly pitted patina, markings visible, but weak on the barrel, original sights including the correct ladder with slide rear sight marked "1873" at the top, mellow brass lifter, carbine butt with brass trap, lower tang has what appears to be a brass-weld repaired crack under the lever area only visible when the lever is lowered- small and neatly done- fine action and surprisingly bright bore that ought to scrub out to NEAR EXCELLENT! heavily weathered and saddle worn butt stock and especially forearm which has some very old age cracks, Overall a lot of history and character in this extremely rare 1873 variation, $3950.

  5. 1876 IN DESIRABLE .45-60 CALIBER ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1882, very aged and thinned barrel and mag blue that is now mostly an even brown, receiver shows good blue in the protected areas around the side plates with the balance aged blue mixing brown- attractive receiver overall- fine blue on the loading gate, mellow brass lifter engraved "45-60"  as is the barrel top "Cal. 45-60," fine barrel and tang  markings, has the desirable 1876 marked sporting ladder sight with slide intact (looks like an enlarged carbine sight) with original front sight, fine wood overall with a rub spot on the forward part of the comb probably from saddle scabbard use and one on the left side of the forend, tight wood to metal fit, tight action, dust cover intact, fine bore with good rifling and only light scattered roughness that might scrub out better, much better than average condition for one of these big frontier Winchesters, $3495.

  6. GREAT 1885 HIGHWALL RARITY!! THIS ONE IS A .32-40 CALIBER WITH CLOSE COUPLED DOUBLE SET TRIGGERS AND HAS A 32" No. 5 ROUND BULL BARREL! A call to the Cody Museum confirms the fact that this Highwall #94XXX was received in the warehouse in 1902 with these amazingly rare features. In many many years of examining hundreds and hundreds of Highwalls I don't think I've seen more than a few that had factory original No. 5 bull barrels. For the .32-40 caliber the standard barrel was 30" with a No.3 medium barrel. The  number 5 barrel was rarely ordered for any caliber. Exc. wood with hardly any handling marks and tight wood to metal fit, ebony inlay in forearm tip, overall metal- barrel and receiver- an aged blue mixing evenly plum with perhaps the receiver being a little more plum/brown, set triggers work fine and retain the adjustment screw (often missing), tight action, Lyman tang sight with fixed globe with pinhead front sight, slot filler in the rear dovetail (no mention of sights in the museum info), bore needs a good scrubbing but will clean exc., weighs 13 lbs. on my postal scale! possibly a one of a kind big impressive single shot Winchester! $4950.

  7. VERY EARLY 1886 .45-70 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, #18XXX, MADE 1888, a good solid early rifle that has generally fine+ wood and tight wood to metal fit, gray receiver with some very light evidence of past rust scattered mainly on the left side that you have to look for to see, mostly gray barrel and mag with some brown mixing, fine markings, buckhorn rear sight with Rocky Mountain blade front, bore a bit worn and frosty throughout, fine tight action, $2495.

  8. 1886 OCTAGON RIFLE IN .40-82 CALIBER WITH SURPRISINGLY EXCELLENT BORE! MADE 1890, overall barrel, mag and receiver an aged uncleaned brown patina, exc. markings, fine screws, flattop buckhorn rear sight with small blade front, fine deep color walnut with some burl in the butt stock and forearm, butt stock shows some very light shrinkage/wear around the upper tang that is minor and mainly on the left side, tight action, still retains some good blue on the bolt, bore is not quite perfect, but certainly excellent for a black powder 1886 showing almost no pitting or obvious wear- hard to find like this, $2395.

  9. GREAT CONDITION 2ND. YEAR PRODUCTION 1892 .44-40 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, #33XXX, MADE 1893! retains most of the bright blue on the receiver with some age and thinning on the bottom and bolt, even the upper tang retains most of the blue, barrel and mag also retain most of the blue that is only lightly dulled from age, still some good blue on the forend cap, generally exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, tight action and EXCELLENT BRIGHT BORE! has early style hook-eye swivel studs- one in butt stock and the other correctly placed in the forend cap that may be factory original, exc. screws, still some case color on the lever sides, only the sights have been changed to a Marbles buckhorn rear sight and a blade/bead front sight, really outstanding and hard to find this early and in .44-40 caliber, investment quality,  $2495.

  10. 1892 .32-20 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1904, nice condition rifle with even deep blue on the mag tube, also even deep blue on the barrel showing only light age, even deep receiver blue mixing plum, original buckhorn and Winchester blade sights, fine+ butt stock with very tight wood to metal fit- has "J M Moom" scratched in the stock just under the top of the butt plate on the right side in small letters as well as "J M" on the forearm right side just behind the forend cap- would probably be easy to rub out- fine forend showing normal handling, fine bore with good rifling and only light scattered surface roughness that should scrub out better, overall attractive with lots of blue, $1295.

  11. HIGH CONDITION RARE AND UNUSUAL COMBINATION SPECIAL ORDER 1892 WITH HALF OCTAGON BARREL AND FULL MAGAZINE, .25-20 CALIBER, MADE 1908, this is actually two special order features as rifles ordered with half-oct. barrels were automatically shipped with half magazines unless special order requested full mag., according to the Winchester Handbook by Madis, from the available records only 613 rifles had part-round barrels, this one retains nearly all the blue overall, barrel and mag blue is exc. and deep with only light scattered  thinning and scuffing receiver too shows exc. deep high polish blue with some light scattered spotting/thinning, even the upper tang shows most of the deep blue, some light thinning on bottom by the serial number, exc. untouched screws, exc. wood with only a few light handling marks and very tight wood to metal fit, still retains some dark aged case color on the lever and hammer, bore is fine-fine+ and might scrub out even better, original Winchester buckhorn and blade front sights, overall great condition in very scarce and desirable configuration, a fine investment 1892, $2450.

  12. 1892 .25-20 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1909, fine deep magazine tube blue with barrel showing aged and thinning blue, receiver shows some good blue that is mixing brown, exc. screws, flattop buckhorn rear sight with factory front sight, bore is dark and frosty- I ran a brush and a patch through it and it started to clean up a bit with lots of dark crud coming out, so it might clean better but will be a bit rough, small red diamond shape inlay in the bottom of the forend with a Marlin style "bullseye" small round inlay in the bottom of the butt stock- why this was done is anyone's guess! tight action, fine wood with one tiny chip at the upper tang/receiver juncture on the left side- hard to see, exc markings, (3 photos) $895.

  13. SCARCE 1894 20" OCTAGON FACTORY SHORT RIFLE, .30WCF, MADE 1910, has the correct one inch shorter than standard forearm, full magazine, original Winchester buckhorn rear sight and small blade front, good thinning barrel blue, mag tube ageing to gray/brown, mostly gray receiver with good blue on the loading gate, fine wood shows normal handling marks but no abuse, tight wood to metal fit with a couple tiny hairline cracks coming back from the receiver on each side of the wrist- minor and hard to see, means little- bore is a little dark but should scrub out about excellent, tight action, good screws, these were very popular on our southern border where most saw very hard use, a difficult model to find that is correct and not a cut-down, $2250.``

  14. GREAT DEPRESSION ERA M-94 .30WCF CARBINE, MADE 1938, very interesting and scarce transition carbine that still retains the curved steel carbine butt of the early style carbines yet has the ramped and hooded front sight and buckhorn rear sight of the later models, exc. deep barrel and mag blue, front sight hood intact, receiver shows traces of blue around screws and in protected areas with exc. deep blue on the bolt and loading gate, balance flaked to mostly gray with some brown on the left side and about half the blue that is thinning and flaking on the right side, MINTY BRIGHT BORE, exc. walnut stock with fancier grain than standard! $1150.

  15. 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN .30WCF CALIBER WITH SPECIAL SHOTGUN BUTT, MADE 1903, fine barrel and mag blue showing a little dulling from age only, two leaf rear express sight with standard carbine front sight, exc. screws, mostly gray/brown aged receiver with good blue in protected areas and around the ring, exc. butt stock with tight wood to metal fit and exc. Winchester embossed hard rubber shotgun butt plate, exc. forend, bore will clean out to fine+ or better, nice classic 1894 carbine with special butt stock, $1295.

  16. 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN RARE .32-40 CALIBER WITH SPECIAL 2/3 MAGAZINE, MADE 1896, exc. deep barrel and mag blue, original and correct carbine sights with slide intact on rear ladder, fine receiver blue that is thinning/mixing with some gray but still shows good blue coverage on the sides, fine blue on bolt and loading gate, exc. screws, exc. walnut stock and forend with tight wood to metal fit, EXCELLENT BORE, a call to the Cody Museum showed this one as a standard carbine in .30 caliber, so perhaps it was returned for a .32-40 barrel and 2/3 mag. with no notation made, certainly looks like it has always been like it is, I didn't question it when I acquired it, the most difficult caliber to find in the 1894 carbine,  $2250.``

  17. UNUSUAL 1894 .38-55 CALIBER HALF OCTAGON/FULL MAGAZINE RIFLE, MADE 1899, according to the Winchester Handbook by Madis, only 3633 1894s had part-round barrels and most that I've seen have had half magazines (which was standard when a half-oct. barrel was ordered unless specifically requested for a full mag.), this one also has slightly better than standard walnut in the butt stock with some fiddle back grain- often a hand selected piece of walnut was used on special order rifles- fine deep receiver blue that is ageing/mixing a little plum, exc. wood with very tight wood to metal fit, fine barrel and mag blue with some light normal scuffing and some ageing, exc. screws, original Winchester buckhorn rear sight with blade front sight, bore a little dark only and should clean about exc., overall very fine appearance, rare features, great caliber and fine condition make this a good  investment Winchester 1894, $2295. ``

  18. ONE OF THE LAST OF THE GREAT .38-55 CALIBER CARBINES! THIS ONE HAS ALL THE LATE FEATURES AND ACCORDING TO THE CODY MUSEUM HAD ITS SERIAL NUMBER APPLIED ON JULY 19, 1929 (JUST 3 MONTHS BEFORE THE GREAT STOCK MARKET CRASH OF OCTOBER 29, 1929!) This is a beautiful example of a very rare variation as the .38-55 caliber was discontinued from production in 1930 because of low demand for a cartridge deemed obsolete, very few in this decade were made in .38-55 and examples are very hard to come by, this one is surely one of the last, it has all the correct late markings on the barrel "-MODEL 94- WINCHESTER- NICKEL STEEL- 38-55-" serial numbered in the 1051XXX range, late tang markings, has the butt stock with the serrated steel butt plate like on the Model 55, carbine sights including the ladder style carbine rear sight (needs slide only), EXCELLENT DEEP BLUE OVERALL with only some edge wear mainly on the receiver bottom, even the upper tang shows about all the deep blue, exc. reddish/brown walnut stock and forearm with tight wood to metal fit, BRIGHT MINT BORE, untouched screws, super rare variation in investment condition, $3250.

  19. EXCELLENT CONDITION CLASSIC 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN .30WCF WITH MARBLE TANG SIGHT, MADE 1908, exc. receiver blue with only some edge wear mainly on the bottom portion and sharp edges, still retains some case color on the lever, barrel and mag show most of the original deep blue with only some very minor scuffing, fine gumwood stock and forend shows normal handling marks with tight wood to metal fit, exc. screws, ring intact, bright bore with sharp rifling has only a couple small pits about midway down the barrel- minor but there, has a Marble dovetail slot filler blank, getting hard to find early 1894 carbines with this much receiver blue, $1695.

  20. 1895 RIFLE IN .30-40 KRAG CALIBER, MADE 1925, a well used rifle that came out of Arizona, overall gray to gray/brown receiver and barrel, fine butt stock with tight wood to metal fit, standard 28" barrel, exc. barrel, receiver and tang markings, forearm has two old and worn in slivers out by the tip, forend tip has the correct original ebony inlay, bore is dark with good rifling and should scrub out fine+ or even better, flattop buckhorn rear sight with standard blade front sight, tight action, nice screws, lots of life still in this one! $895.

  21. HIGH CONDITION DELUXE MODEL 64 RIFLE, .30-30 CALIBER, MADE 1954, retains nearly all the original blue with only minor scattered edge wear, exc. bore, exc. wood with very light handling only, sharp checkering, original checkered steel butt plate and  forend cap, not quite a mint example, but certainly exc.+ overall, one of the last of the "deluxe" pre-64 Winchesters in really nice condition, over 60 years old and rapidly rising in value, $2150.

  22. PRE-WORLD WAR II MODEL 71 DELUXE .348 CALIBER RIFLE, #16XXX, MADE 1940, exc. condition overall and retaining about all the blue on the receiver, upper tang, barrel, magazine tube and forend cap with only slight gray near the muzzle and front sight hood and a little on the extreme end of the mag tube cap, has the correct super grade swivel studs, correct Lyman 56 receiver sight and a slot blank in the rear barrel dovetail with no signs of ever having had a rear sight installed, exc. wood with minor handling on the butt stock- mainly just some scuffing/scratching to the finish, correct original checkered steel butt plate, untouched screws, sharp checkering, minty sharp bore, hard to find pre-war examples this nice, $3250.

 

    BILL GOODMAN,  P. O. BOX 2002,  BOZEMAN,  MONTANA  59771           TEL.  (406) 587-3131          FAX  (406) 219-3415

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NOTES FROM THE FIELD: (27 April 2011) CRACKED STOCKS! Seems like an odd thing to write about, but this is something I've not seen in print before. I've observed a lot of rifles with cracks coming straight back toward the butt plate from the upper and lower tangs. Sometimes the cracks are severe enough to warrant repairs (like cross bolts etc. through the wrist or extensive gluing) and other times the stock remains pretty solid as is.  So what caused this condition in the first place?  I've hunted with all kinds of rifles in all kinds of weather and terrain and never had a gun get damaged like all these I've seen.  And I've taken some pretty bad falls too. Once, on ice I couldn't see beneath a couple inches of fresh snow, my feet went out from under me and my rifle landed a number of yards away!  Still, no cracks like these. So I've been puzzled by this for some time.  Then it hit me, since these guns all seemed like Western big game rifles- large lever actions like 1876 and 1886 Winchesters or Marlin 1881 and 1895s as well as all over while the rifles were in saddle scabbards- fairly common in icy winter conditions, especially in the mountains. Also, sometimes horses will walk so close to trees that they rub against them.  If a rifle is in a butt-forward position scabbard, the rifle can go on one side of the tree and the horse the other causing a stress cracked stock.  Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think so.  The wrists are fairly strong on most rifles and it takes a lot to crack one.  If anyone else has a different theory about this condition, I'd like to hear it!

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: (24 OCTOBER 2011) "GUNS OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION YEARS" When the Great Depression began with the Stock Market Crash of 1929 America was taken by surprise.  Prior to this pivotal event, in the gun industry production was high and sales were brisk.  Almost overnight sales fell off hugely.  The Winchester Handbook by George Madis shows production numbers by years of some of the major models.  This is pretty illuminating.  Here are some examples: Model 1890 .22RF had 12,367 produced in 1928 and 696 made in 1932; Model 1892 saw 64,833 produced in 1910 and 491 in 1930; Model 53 had 2,861 produced in 1925 and 30 made in 1937; Model 1894 had 29,967 made in 1927 and only1,192 made in 1934; Model 55 had 3,064 made in 1927 and 42 made in 1936. Colt, Marlin, Savage, Remington and Smith & Wesson etc. all f elt the same pressure.  With production down to a fraction of what it was, the big manufacturers had no choice but to fire employees.  Those lucky enough to be retained were the most highly skilled and experienced craftsmen.  They also had time to put extra fine fitting and finishing into each firearm.  Generally, the quality of these guns is truly exceptionally.  With production numbers of these late pre-war arms relatively small and quality without peer, their value should be assured.  Some of the scarce large frame Colt and S&W handguns- especially the target sighted versions- are almost breathtaking in their fit an  d finish.  This has been an under-appreciated niche in arms collecting/investing. It is my belief Great Depression era  arms are often "sleepers" on the antique market today and are bound to increase in value at a rapid pace making them excellent long term investments.