BILL GOODMAN, P. O. BOX 2002, BOZEMAN, MONTANA 59771
TEL. (406) 587-3131 FAX (406) 219-3415
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. Until recently, 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 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. AND PLEASE, MAKE CHECKS TO WILLIAM (OR BILL) GOODMAN AND NOT GOODMANGUNS.
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD: FINALLY, MY SECOND NOVEL IS OUT! First, I'd like to thank everyone who read my first novel, DESERT SUNDAYS, and kept after me to get the second one done and published! So, after the usual delays and hitches, here it is. This one is called AN OBVIOUS SLAM DUNK and if you like courtroom scenes and a story that not only makes you think, but surprises you...well, this is a page turner I know you'll like. And before anyone asks, yes, the third novel is almost done and I hope to get that one out before too long. All three form a trilogy, but each stands alone, so it doesn't matter which you read first. Both are available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble (Kindle downloads too). If you want to save some money and have a signed copy, I have books here that I can sell cheaper than online at $13 each including shipping. Click here to see both books front and back with a synopsis of each. Don't bother to call to reserve a copy, just toss a check in the mail with shipping instructions. Thanks, Bill Goodman
COLT FIRE ARMS (click text for photo)
1) ONE OF THE BEST U.S. ISSUED ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS I’VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME! This example is typical of the mixed number alteration/refinishing done before re-issue with 5 ½” barrel. I have gone over each part of this revolver while researching in the Kopek books on the Single Action and everything appears to check out as it should. I am always cautious about any U.S. marked SAA and this one looks to be a gem. Also, it surfaced here in Montana at a small local auction and not at a gun show. The frame is a mottled gray with some case colors in the most protected areas in front of the cylinder and inside the loading gate. It is clearly stamped with the “R.A.C.” (Renaldo A. Carr) inspector stamp by the serial number of 136XXX. Screws in the frame are excellent. The cylinder shows a clear “P” and “H.N.” inspector stamp with a faint, partial serial number on the side while the rear face of the cylinder has the “O.C.A.” and “K” inspector stamps. The hammer is the correct early style. The back strap is numbered 132XXX and retains nice blue on the upper section behind the hammer and on the butt. The trigger guard has the same matching number as the back strap with a light "K" stamping. The ejector housing shows gray holster wear on the outside rounded edge with the balance showing exc. blue along with fine blue on the ejector housing screw. The barrel shows most of the deep blue with only some very light wear to the muzzle on the left side and some very minor thinning also on the left side. Removing the cylinder pin (which is in particularly excellent condition with nice deep blue overall), reveals a sharp “P” stamp over a weak original “J.T.C.” (John T. Cleveland) inspector stamp. This is because the barrel, as most parts on Artillery Models, were refinished by either Colt or Springfield Arsenal before reissue. The barrel address on top is good and there is sharp, beautiful “feathering” on each side of the front sight- this is important as an outside or later refinish would not have this (d not show up in photo, but the feathering is excellent). The one piece walnut grips fit beautifully, show only very light handling and are stamped “R.A.C.” on the bottom of each panel. The action is tight with four clicks to the hammer and an excellent bore! Just enough wear to show it was used, but about as nice as one could hope to find. (9 photos) $6250.
2) VERY SELDOM ENCOUNTERED AND CONSIDERED EXTREMELY RARE IS THIS FACTORY NICKEL NEW SERVICE REVOLVER IN .38-40 CALIBER WITH 5 ½” BARREL, #308XXX, MADE 1920. Standard finish on these largest of the Colt double action side swing cylinder revolvers was blue. Very few were finished in nickel as a special order. One can go years and not see a nickel New Service come up for sale. This is a fine example that shows most of the nickel intact with only some peeling in the cylinder flutes and on the left side of the barrel. All markings are sharp and clear including the rampant Colt on the left side of the frame. The grips fit perfectly, are numbered on the inside to match the rest of the gun and are in excellent condition with only one small chip at the extreme bottom right panel. Very tight action, bore is a little dark and appears to have some leading in it that ought to brush out to make the overall bore condition fine+ to about excellent. The butt swivel has been removed and should be easy to replace or just leave as is. Front sight has not been altered or filed and the dark areas on the cylinder where the nickel has peeled could easily be polished brighter to blend in with the lightly aged overall nickel. Considering the different calibers and barrel lengths offered in the New Service and the rarity of any revolver in this line having nickel finish, there simply can’t be many .38-40, 5 ½” factory nickel New Services in existence. $1395.
3) NEW SERVICE .45 COLT CALIBER WITH DESIRABLE 7 ½” BARREL, #317XXX, MADE 1923. This is a really nice example that only shows normal, light holster and handling wear- mainly to the grip straps, a little on the bottom of the trigger guard, light wear to the barrel sides, top strap and some edge wear to the cylinder. All very sharp markings including the rampant colt on the left side of the frame, Colt address and patent dates ending in 1905 on the barrel top and “NEW SERVICE .45 COLT” on the left barrel side. Retains nice fire blue on the hammer back and trigger, exc. hard rubber grips, lanyard swivel intact, exc. screws, unaltered front sight, very tight action and perfect bright bore. These biggest of the Colt side-swing revolvers are getting hard to find. This is a fine one. $1295.
4) EXCEEDINGLY RARE NEW NAVY DA 6” BARREL REVOLVER IN .32-20 CALIBER! The New Army (.41 Colt caliber) and New Navy (.38 Colt caliber) revolvers were introduced in 1892 and made until about 1908 when it was replaced by the Army Special revolver. The earlier New Army/Navy revolvers are easily identified by their cylinders that revolve counter-clockwise and have the locking notches on the rear outside of the cylinder. This model is often referred to as a “Left-Wheeler” because of the counter-clockwise action. The .32-20 chambering was introduced at the very end of production in the 246000 serial number range in 1905. This example with # 292XXX is in the very last of the New Navy serial numbers. Again, the most common calibers were .41Colt and .38 Colt with .32-20 made in very limited numbers for only about three years. They are rarely seen now. This one turned up here in Montana and shows fine blue overall with only normal moderate holster/handling wear- back strap, extreme bottom of the trigger guard, thinning on the barrel sides, high edges etc. Fine grips that fit perfectly, fine action, nice fire blue on the trigger sides and hammer back, exc. markings including the last patent date of ’95 on the barrel top and ".32 W.C.F" (.32 Winchester Center Fire) on the left side of the barrel. Unaltered front sight, exc. bore. You could search for years and not find another .32-20 in this model. In fact, I think in 30+ years this is the first of these I’ve offered. $1195.
5) VERY EARLY FIRST TYPE MODEL 1903 POCKET HAMMERLESS .32 ACP, #70XXX, MADE 1908. This is a really fine example of one of Colt’s earliest pocket autos. The First Type only ran from 1903-1908 and is easy to spot as only these early guns have 4” barrels (later ones have 3 ¾” barrels) with barrel bushings like on the Model 1911 .45 autos. This 111 year old Colt still retains fine even blue overall with normal light ageing, some edge wear and thinning/mixing heavily with gray on the grip straps. All markings are sharp and clear and it still retains the earliest style of hard rubber grips that are in excellent, un-chipped condition. Correct early unmarked magazine, sights have not been altered, nice fire blue remains on the safety lever and trigger sides, tight action, bright, exc. bore. Nice example of a very difficult early Colt auto to find. $875.
6) GORGEOUS WOOLY MAMMOTH IVORY GRIPS FOR COLT (AND OTHER) MODEL 1911 FULL SIZE AUTO PISTOLS! With elephant ivory in a "gray area" as for legality, this is the best and most interesting option for exotic grips. I have a set on my main 1911 and they get lots of attention! The Wooly Mammoth became extinct over 10,000 years ago and the great tusks and ivory from these magnificent beasts is getting harder and harder to find. The way to tell the difference between elephant ivory and mammoth ivory is in the grain structure. Elephant ivory has a straight grain pattern and mammoth ivory is "cross hatched" in the grain. Each is unique and displays colors absorbed from the minerals in the soil in which the tusks lay for thousands of years. When these are gone, I don't know if I'll ever be able to offer any again. Perfectly legal to own and transfer. Price is $495 per set. (If you are emailing or calling, please let me know 2nd. and 3rd choices as these probably won't last too long!)
MARLIN (click text for photos).
1) FANCY WALNUT STOCKED 1881 .45-70 OCTAGON RIFLE WITH DOUBLE SET TRIGGERS, #8XXX, MADE 1884. This is a fine rifle that has a surprisingly excellent bore with sharp rifling throughout and only lightly dark. The standard 28” octagon barrel shows good thinning and ageing blue with excellent markings and has the original buckhorn and Rocky Mountain blade sights. The mag tube blue has thinned and aged to mostly brown. The receiver shows some very thin and aged blue but is mostly a brown/gray mixture. Fine butt stock with fiddleback grain throughout and shows only normal light handling with one small chip at the lower tang/receiver juncture- minor. Forend also has matching fiddleback grain and shows similar handling with maybe only a hind of the usual crack ahead of the sliding loading gate (almost all Marlin 1881s crack in this area where the wood is thin). Tight action, correct smooth steel shotgun butt plate, double set triggers function properly and a great bore! This is a fancier than standard big frontier rifle with double set triggers with a very attractive appearance. $3250.
2) MODEL ’94 .38-40 OCTAGON RIFLE, #412XXX, MADE C.1909. A fine example that retains most of the deep factory blue on the barrel and magazine showing only light darkening from age, exc. markings, receiver case colors have faded to a heavily mottled gray with good blue on the bolt and loading gate, original Rocky Mountain blade front sight with original buckhorn rear sight, excellent walnut butt stock and forend with tight wood to metal fit and only a little spot of surface chipping by the side of the butt plate near the toe on the right side- very minor and hardly worth mentioning. Fine+ bore with some very light scattered surface roughness that ought to brush out better, tight action. Very attractive overall appearance, $1595.
3) SCARCE SADDLE RING CARBINE M-'94 IN .32-20 CALIBER, #357XXX, MADE C. 1907. Any Marlin saddle ring carbine in any model is more rare than most collectors realize. Later carbines made without the saddle ring are more common, but even these don’t show up frequently. This carbine has excellent walnut forearm and stock with correct steel carbine butt plate. The receiver is mostly gray/brown with good blue in the more protected areas (carbine receivers were usually blued while rifles had case colored receivers). The barrel and mag tube show good, thinning blue with excellent correct markings and original carbine ladder sight with slide intact. Probably had a tang sight on at one time as the normal tang sight mounting screws are in the factory drilled holes, but the tang sight has been removed. Bore shows a little wear and appears to have some leading in the grooves that should scrub out- when I got this one I ran a couple of patches through the bore and they came out black, but improved the bore greatly. Tight action. Nice, honest appearance and quite hard to find these days. $1495.
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.
1) PRE-SAFETY SCARCE 1894 .357 CARBINE, MADE 1982. These are particularly hard to find now, correct 18 ½” barrel, buckhorn rear sight with bead front sight, has a scope base correctly mounted in the factory holes, retains nearly all the blue, excellent wood and has a single quick detachable sling swivel stud in the “bullseye” in the bottom of the stock. If you wanted to, you could remove it and replace the little bullseye inlay that is available through several sources. Tight action and perfect bore. $995.
2) MODEL 1895CB, .45-70 WITH 26" OCTAGON BARREL, MADE 2008. This model has the "Ballard style" rifling that works well with cast or jacketed bullets. These are getting very hard to find now as shooters who own them aren't parting with them! This one is in near new condition with no extra holes or alterations. Aside from some very, very light handling marks on the forend (you have to look carefully to see them), it is basically like new. I have one like this that shoots great! $1195.
ANTIQUE & CLASSIC RIFLES, SHOTGUNS AND PISTOLS (click text for photos)
1) CUSTOMIZED, FACTORY ENGRAVED REMINGTON HEPBURN SINGLE SHOT RIFLE CONVERTED TO MEDIUM HEAVY VARMINT RIFLE IN .219 IMPROVED ZIPPER CALIBER, probably done in the 1930s-1950s when these rifles didn’t seem to hold a lot of value to collectors (lots of converted single shot rifles during this time!). This one is unusual in that the receiver appears to be factory engraved with scrolls and game scenes (rabbit on one side and a fox on the other) with reblued at time of conversion over the engraving, meaning the engraving was on the gun before refinishing/customizing! It was also converted to under-lever breech block opening (like on a Highwall or Sharps), it is fitted with a 24: medium heavy varmint barrel, nicely grained pistol grip stock with cheek piece and accent line, flat bottom varmint forend, sling swivels and topped with a (more modern) 6-24X BSA Platinum scope (here’s the factory info on the scope: “Extremely tight optical and mechanical tolerances give these scopes consistency a nd superb accuracy. Features multi-coated lenses, finger adjustable windage and elevation target turrets, generous eye relief and an adjustable objective that adjusts from 25 yards out to infinity. Completely waterproof, fogproof and shockproof. Comes with a limited lifetime factory warranty.”). Unmarked barrel, I was told by the previous owner that the caliber is .219 Imp. Zipper and that appears correct- it was also the most popular varmint caliber for rifles like this. Tight action, target crowned muzzle, light trigger and all in exc. condition overall. Would cost a fortune to have made today…if you could even find the action (not to mention engraving!) NOTE: three photos- the engraving didn't show up in the first two from light reflection, but you see it in the last photo- same on both sides. $2150.
2) VERY HIGH CONDITION SAVAGE 1899 26” ROUND BARREL SOLID FRAME RIFLE IN DESIRABLE .30-30 CALIBER, #257XXX, MADE 1924. One of the best I’ve encountered in a very long time, this example retains about all the blue on the receiver and barrel with excellent vivid case color on the lever- which still retains most of the lacquer over the colors! Excellent crescent butt stock and forend with one typical hairline crack coming back from the upper left side of the tang for a couple of inches- hard to detect unless you are looking for it. Almost all Savage 1899s have this as the stock is held to the receiver by a cross bolt running under the butt plate and through the stock. As the wood naturally swells and shrinks with changing humidity and temperature, the wood has no place to go… so these fairly meaningless stress cracks form. Savage marked buckhorn rear sight with correct Rocky Mountain blade front sight. Exc. bore and correct brass rotary magazine with strong spring and cartridge counter on the side. Savage 1899s seem to have nearly disappeared from the market and superior examples like this are really hard to locate. This is a great ’99 in desirable .30-30 caliber. (3 photos) $1395.
MODERN AND CUSTOM CLASSIC FIREARMS (click text for photos)
1) WOOLY MAMMOTH IVORY GRIPS FOR 1911 STYLE AUTO PISTOLS (see above in the Colt section)
2) HARRINGTON AND RICHARDSON MODEL 1871 "BUFFALO CLASSIC" .45-70 SINGLE SHOT RIFLE (see below in Shiloh Sharps and Reproduction section)
REMINGTON (click text for photos)
1) OUTSTANDING MODEL 1901 ROLLING BLOCK MUSKET IN 7MM MAUSER CALIBER. One of the best I’ve seen in a long time, this example shows fine case colors on the receiver, excellent blue on the barrel, exc. walnut stock and handguard, correct sling swivels and cleaning rod intact (these often missing), original military style ladder rear sight with slide intact (again, these often missing), excellent deep blue on the hammer and breech block as well as on the two main receiver pins and retainer on the left side, exc. deep barrel blue, tight action, bore needs a good scrub but will be excellent, sharp markings on the tang with last patent date 1901 with no foreign proofs or foreign cartouche stampings in the stock, and all in about as nice as one could hope to find without somehow being brand new! (4 photos) $1050.
2) HEPBURN SINGLE SHOT SPORTING RIFLE, 32-40 CALIBER, #55XX, MADE C.1880s. This one came out of right here in Montana. I’d say this is a good rifle to have and enjoy as it is, or a perfect example just right for a restoration or ready for customizing. The barrel is half octagon that appears to be turned from a full octagon as it lacks the caliber markings on the bottom and has a decorative “ring” ahead of the octagon part that does not look like factory work. The barrel measures 27 ½” so I assume it was cut back and re-crowned from a 28” or 30” standard barrel. Bore condition is fine with good rifling all the way through that looks a little worn, but still nice. The original butt stock has had a crack repaired in the wrist area and has had the checkering removed by light sanding. The forend is also original and numbered to the receiver (as is the barrel) and has a filled sling swivel hole just ahead of the forend screw (I assume it was a swivel hole, yet there is none in the butt stock). Correct butt plate and forend tip. There is a second dovetail just under the buckhorn part of the rear sight about 2” ahead of the receiver that may have been for a long telescope mount to be used with the dovetail holding the small blade front sight. Remington Markings on the barrel and receiver are fine. Tight action, gray brown receiver and mostly gray barrel. Again, a usable rifle as is…but I see lots of potential in this one…perhaps new wood and case coloring on the receiver, rebored and reblued barrel. Lots of potential here! $1795.
3) ALMOST NEVER SEEN MODEL 25R CARBINE PUMP RIFLE IN .25-20, #19XXX, MADE 1923-1936. The standard Model 25 rifle has a 24” barrel with pistol grip and usually a crescent butt plate, while the carbine version has a 17 ¾” barrel (often erroneously stated as having an 18” barrel in some books), straight stock and shotgun butt plate. Almost all the Model 25R carbines I’ve seen over the years have been in very hard used and often abused condition. This example came out of here in Montana, and while it shows use, it is fully functional and unaltered. Carbines came with hook-eye swivels in the butt stock and on the mag. retaining band. These swivels are intact. The butt stock is basically sound but has the usual small chipping of the wood directly behind the rear top of the receiver/stock juncture along with the typical thin crack coming back for a couple of inches. It has the original Remington/UMC marked steel shotgun butt plate. The forend is basically excellent. Overall metal surfaces are a smooth gray with little blue remaining, but excellent markings and original sights. The bore is fine+ and may scrub out exc. with the action being tight. A very difficult Remington to find. $1395.
4) CUSTOM HEPBURN VARMINT RIFLE (see above in custom & classic section above)
RUGER FIREARMS (click text for photos)
1) CLASSIC MODEL 77 IN 7MM REMINGTON MAGNUM CALIBER, MADE 1981, a truly great rifle in every way that is no longer in production, this is the variation without open barrel sights, 24" barrel, comes with a sling and Ruger scope rings, seen very little use as about all the blue is present with barely any edge wear to the trigger guard, original Ruger rubber butt pad and grip cap, sharp checkering, there are some very shallow scratches to the wood on the left side of the receiver which are minor and hardly worth mentioning, classic tang mounted safety, exc. inside, about the most perfect "do anything" caliber available, if you wanted one rifle to hunt anything from antelope to big elk, this one would do it very nicely, $575.
SHILOH SHARPS AND OTHER REPRODUCTIONS. Note: I am a Shiloh Sharps dealer and can order you any Shiloh you want. Check out my other website for Shilohs: www.shiloh-ballard.com (click text for photos)..
1) GORGEOUS FANCY BURL WALNUT ON THIS LIMITED PRODUCTION THOMPSON/CENTER HAWKEN “COUGAR” SPECIAL EDITION .50 CALIBER PERCUSSION HALF STOCK SPORTER. I believe T/C made a small number of these in the mid-1980s for only one year. They are distinctive in that they had upgraded walnut in the stock and “French Gray” steel furniture instead of the usual blued and brass fixtures like butt plate, trigger guard, ramrod thimbles, forend cap etc. This example has superior burl walnut in the stock along with the correct “Cougar” disc inlay. The barrel is blued and has the standard adjustable rear sight and blade front sight. These almost never seem to come up for sale and the wood alone in this one makes it an outstanding looking muzzle loader! Seen very little use and ready to be shot! If you don’t have at least one traditional styled muzzle loading rifle, you need one! These are simply too much fun not to own and shoot. (4 photos) $695.
2) HARRINGTON AND RICHARDSON MODEL 1871 "BUFFALO CLASSIC" .45-70 TOP BREAK SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. This is a discontinued model that is still quite popular. This example has a 32” round barrel fitted with a Williams fully adjustable rear sight matched with a red fiber optic blade front sight for enhanced visibility especially in the hunting field. The checkered forearm and butt stock show some handling marks, but are basically solid and well fitting. There is some nice grain pattern to the stock which is fitted with a case colored butt plate. Stock screws are an attractive brass and the receiver is finished in a dark blue/gray case color pattern. Tight action and excellent bore with target crown. These don't turn up for sale too often. Lots of fun shooting without paying a fortune! $575.
SMITH AND WESSON (click text for photos)
1) PRE-WAR .44 SPECIAL SECOND MODEL HAND EJECTOR REVOLVER, 6 ½” BARREL, SCARCE NICKEL FINISH, MADE 1921. Only 15,510 of this model were made from 1915-1940 and I’m sure that low number reflects limited manufacture and demand during the Great Depression of the 1930s.The classic book STANDARD CATALOG OF SMITH WESSON indicates that nickel finish in this model is worth "a premium." This one retains nearly all the original nickel finish with only some scattered freckling mainly on the edges of the grip straps and on the right side of the frame behind the cylinder (this is typical as this is the area that holster straps rub), still retains some light case color on the hammer and trigger, sharp bright bore with only a spot or two of light surface corrosion that might brush out, tight action, exc. markings, matching numbers, exc. diamond checkered walnut grips, unaltered front sight, lanyard ring intact, these big frame pre-war .44sd are becoming very difficult to locate and this is a particularly fine example in desirable nickel finish. (4 photos) $1495.
2) VERY HARD TO FIND HIGH CONDITION PRE-WAR BIG N-FRAME .38-44 OUTDOORSMAN TARGET REVOLVER, .38 SPECIAL CALIBER, #55XXX, MADE 1938. Only 4,761 of these massive revolvers were made during the Great Depression years of 1931-1941. As sales were slow for all models at S&W during this time, only the finest craftsmen were retained to build, fit and polish the small number of guns turned out each year. Special care was taken with the target models and the action and trigger pull on these exquisite arms must be experienced to be believed! This example has all matching numbers including on the inside of the magna grips. It retains nearly all the gorgeous pre-war high polish blue with only a bit of slight muzzle wear on the left side, a touch of wear on the bottom of the trigger guard and maybe some edge wear on the cylinder. It even retains about all the blue on the front of the cylinder showing it was shot little if at all. It has excellent deep case color remaining on the hammer and trigger with the hammer having patent dates on the back portion. Correct original adjustable sights, excellent markings, grips show light handling wear only, tight action, perfect bore. About as nice as one could hope to find without being new in the box! These rarely come up for sale. One of the finest S&Ws ever made. $2250.
3) TARGET SIGHTED, PRE-WAR .38 SPECIAL HAND EJECTOR M-1905 4TH CHANGE, #582XXX, MADE DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION YEARS OF THE 1930s. This along with the Colt Officers Model revolvers were the most popular revolvers used in the popular bullseye matches of the day. During the Depression, with sales very low S&W kept only the best craftsmen employed. The fit, finish and hand honed actions of this decade were second to none. Simply put, the quality was unsurpassed and the actions and triggers have to be felt to be believed. This example with standard 6” barrel has a white outline adjustable rear sight paired with a tall “King Patent” front sight with red ball insert. It shows fine blue overall with just some blue wear on the sides of the barrel and on the edges. All markings are sharp and clear. Excellent diamond checkered grips, exc. bright bore and fine action. These would be too cost prohibitive to produce today! $950.
4) IF YOU LIKE HISTORICALLY MARKED REVOLVERS, THIS ONE IS A PRIZE! PRE-MODEL 10, FIVE-SCREW .38 SPECIAL WITH RARE 2” BARREL, ROUND BUTT, NICKEL FINISH WITH THE BACK STRAP MARKED “DETROIT POLICE 10204,” SERIAL NUMBER C208XXX, MADE IN 1950. The right grip panel has been replaced with a black synthetic grip panel with the top extension part made to act as a “belt stop” so the revolver could be worn inside the pants without a holster using the grip to catch over a pants belt! The left grip panel is the normal diamond checkered style with S&W medallion. There is a “N” stamping on the frame under the grips as well as under the barrel by the matching serial number to indicate nickel finish. Matching number on the butt, barrel and cylinder. About all the bright nickel remains with only minor edge wear and there is fine case color on the hammer and trigger. Probably a detective’s revolver. I’m sure there are a lot of great stories in this scarce variation Pre-Model 10! $895
5) EXTREMELY SCARCE ADJUSTABLE SIGHTED, TARGET VERSION M-36 CHIEF SPECIAL, 2” SQUARE BUTT .38 SPECIAL REVOLVER, ONE OF A RUN OF 1,001 OF THESE MADE IN 1966! This and the also rare and identical M-50 target sighted Chief Special are identical. Most of these seem to be the M-36-1 with fewer being the non-dash M-36, like this one. Looks to be unfired and about new as the blue is all intact on the face of the cylinder, and all the rest of the bright blue remains with only a very small spot of brown on the butt and a tiny peel spot on the left side of the frame at the juncture of the top of the recoil shield. The medallion diamond checkered grips are in similar condition. Interestingly, this revolver is in the correct 1966 serial range of these- 391XX1 and the grips are numbered identically except for the last digit which is 391XX2- obviously a factory mix-up during final assembly. One of the most rare and desirable of the Post-War S&Ws that just never seem to come up for sale. (note: what looks like scratches in the top photo is just light reflection off oil) $1295.
6) MODEL 29-3 .44 MAGNUM, 6” NICKEL PLATED REVOLVER, #N893XXX, MADE 1983. Retains about all the factory nickel with only normal very light surface scratching from holster carry and handling- all very minor. Has target hammer and target trigger, white outline rear sight and red insert front sight. Pachmayr “Presentation” rubber grips, tight action and bright exc bore. Nickel guns like this are becoming very scarce and collectable. $695.
7) BIG AND ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT MODEL 329 PD "AIRLIGHT" .44 MAGNUM REVOLVER, 4" barrel with finger groove wood grips. When you want a lot of power, but don't want to lug around a heavy steel sixgun, this is the one to have! In fact, I do have one of these and carry it hiking here in Montana. The only .44 mag. I can carry for miles in the mountains and not even notice it's there! Not very pleasant to shoot, but it's not really made for that. Rather, it's to be carried a lot and fired a little. Adjustable rear sight with high visibility fiber optic front sight, wide checkered target hammer, great single action and double action trigger pull, this one has just a very little carry wear, but is as tight as new. Interesting tip: these fit the Bianchi U.S. flap holsters made for the M-9 Beretta! I often use this holster with mine as it keeps debris out and also keeps me from catching my arm on the hammer or sight when hiking. $795.
U.S. MILITARY AND SPRINGFIELD (click text for photos
1) VERY FINE CONDITION 1879 U.S. SPRINGFIELD .45-70 TRAPDOOR RIFLE, #190XXX WITH CORRECTLY CORRESPONDING, SHARP 1882 STOCK CARTOUCHE. This is the classic Indian Wars standard issue army rifle. It is also a little known fact that many cavalry units were also issued some rifles along with carbines for long range shooting. This example retains nearly all the deep blue on the barrel, barrel bands and trigger guard, as well as the deep blue/black oil quench case color on the lock plate and hammer. The breech block is correctly and clearly marked with the “US Model1873” and the lock plate is also clearly marked with the eagle and “U.S. Springfield.”. The top of the butt plate has the correct “U.S.” marking and there is a normal small rack number stamped in the wood just ahead of this marking. Retains the deep and clear circle “P” cartouche in the wood behind the trigger guard, exc. bright bore, correct swivels, cleaning rod intact, exc. wood with only the most minor of handling marks, correct “R” ( for rifle) marked 1879 rear sight that is mounted with the original “slotless” screws- most have been replaced with later slotted-head screws. This is a really fine example with a great deal of blue. Attractive early example and still the best bargains in the antique arms market! (4 photos) $950.
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VERY INTERESTING AND UNUSUAL 1873 .44-40 CALIBER 20” OCTAGON BARREL FACTORY SHORT RIFLE WITH HISTORY, #702XXX, SHIPPED TO G. AMSINCK AND CO., NEW YORK ON JULY 16, 1913. This information is from a call in sheet I received from the Cody Museum. Obviously, a very late manufacture 1873 rifle. A little Google searching turned up information showing the G. Amsinck Co was an importer/exporter. They also seem to have a bit of a checkered past wheeling and dealing for the Germans at the beginning of World War I. Many of these very last 1873s were exported to Latin America and third world destinations where they saw incredibly hard use and abuse. This one shows it must have had a hard but useful life. The metal is a dark, uncleaned patina with good markings. Similarly, the stock and forearm show wear and lots of handling, but both are basically sound. Surprisingly, the dust cover is intact and the action functions fine. Bore is better than would normally be expected for one of these as it has good rifling throughout with only light pitting. Fine brass lifter, original Winchester small blade front sight with three leaf express sight (middle leaf has one “wing” broken off). Correct one inch shorter forearm than on standard 24” barreled rifles. A scarce 1873 short rifle variation with an interesting history! Lots of character. $2250.
ALMOST NEVER SEEN 1876 FIRST MODEL OPEN-TOP RECEIVER ROUND BARREL RIFLE WITH SPECIAL ORDER SET TRIGGER, #7XX. This one came out of right here in Montana. Only the first batch of 1876 rifles were made with the open top, like on a Model 1866, without a dust cover. Soon after, dust covers became standard on this model and many of the open tops were returned to the factory and fitted for a dust cover. Obviously, this example is unaltered from its original open-top configuration. A Cody Museum call-in sheet comes with this one verifying that this rifle left the factory with a round barrel and set trigger. It was received in the warehouse November 8, 1877 and shipped November 15, 1877. All early 1876 rifles were chambered for the .45-75 cartridge and this one has a near exc. bore that has strong rifling all the way through and is only a little dark. It has a buckhorn rear sight with Rocky Mountain blade front sight. Correct 28” barrel, set trigger works fine and has the adjustment screw intact. Overall the metal is uncleaned and retains an attractive gray-brown patina with some aged blue in the protected areas and on the loading gate. The mellow brass lifter has never been cleaned or polished and is dent free. Screw heads are in fine condition and the stock and forend have never been sanded or cleaned and show only normal light handling with fine wood to metal fit. Tight action with good springs and the hammer holds firmly at half cock. Lever catch is intact. This is really a fine, 3-digit serial number, unmolested example of one of the most difficult to obtain of all the Winchester lever action rifles. Most of the finest Winchester collections lack a 1876 Open-Top rifle. (4 photos) $7250.
VERY DESIRABLE 1885 THICK SIDE HIGHWALL OCTAGON SPORTING RIFLE IN LOW PRODUCTION .40-65 CALIBER, WITH CODY VERIFICATION SHOWING SHIPMENT IN AUGUST 1894. Interestingly, with over 115,000 1885 Single Shot Rifles made, only 518 were made in this fine caliber (the .40-65 is simply the .45-70 case tapered to .40 caliber. They are easy to form or correctly headstamped excellent quality cases are currently made by Starline). This is the rare “thick side” receiver variation that is seldom seen. The No.3 weight barrel is 30” long and retains a fine+ bright bore that shows only light scattered roughness mainly ahead of the chamber. Full buckhorn rear barrel sight with Rocky Mountain blade front and sharp barrel markings. Barrel is a mixture of gray/brown with some small amount of very aged blue. Receiver is silvery-gray. Fine butt stock and forend with ebony wedge inlay intact. Only the lever shows slight bending and has the small under-piece ahead of the trigger broken off- not easily noticed unless looked at the bottom of the receiver with the lever down (you can see the flat piece on the lever bottom that I'm referring to in the bottom photo). Nice overall appearance. Seldom encountered variation in a scarce and useful caliber. My Cody Museum call-in sheet included. (3 photos) $2450.
EXTREMELY UNUSUAL AND THE FIRST SPECIAL ORDER 1886 .45-70 I’VE SEEN LIKE THIS! EARLY EXTRA LIGHT MODEL WITH ALMOST UNHEARD OF 24” "NICKEL STEEL" MARKED BARREL! The standard barrel length for the extra lightweight 1886 in .45-70 was 22.” I’ve seen a couple special ordered with 20” barrels, but never an extra length 24” barrel. It comes with a factory letter stating: Serial number 119XXX, Rifle, .45/70, Round Barrel, 24 Inches, Extra Light, Plain Trigger, ½ Magazine, Shotgun Butt, Rubber butt plate, rec’d in the warehouse Sept. 26, 1899 with shipping date and order number blank. The only aspect of this rifle that is different from the letter is that it has a steel butt plate. Probably the original hard rubber one cracked/broke and was re shows some good thinning blue toward the back quarter and on the bolt and loading gate with the balance an uncleaned gray/brown. Screws look unturned, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit and shows only light handling. Buckhorn rear sight with small half-moon front sight in correct short ramp as used on these extra lightweight barrels that are too thin at the muzzle for a dovetail. Fine+ bore is only a little dark with very slight frost and strong rifling throughout. In the Winchester Handbook, George Madis states: Twenty-two inch round barrels were standard and “no others will be furnished,” according to catalogs and lists. About as rare a barrel length on an Extra Lightweight .45-70 Model as can be! (4 photos) $4600.
HIGH CONDITION AND FANCY STOCKED MODEL ’90 IN .22WRF, #768XXX. This is a very high serial number rifle that puts it in the category of a “parts clean-up” rifle made in the last year of production in 1941. During this last year serial numbers ranged from 752044 all the way up to 849100- serial numbers were assigned almost at random in this period. It is interesting to note that according to The Winchester Handbook by George Madis, in 1936 only 863 M-90s were made; in 1937 42 were made; in 1938 11 were made; in 1939 17 were made; in 1940 17 were made with no number listed for 1941. I have found that in all models of Winchester rifles assembled during the last year or two of “parts clean-up” that some unusual variations occur as some unusual unused parts were found and used to complete a rifle. Obviously, a fancy walnut stock with full fiddleback grain pattern turned up and was put on this rifle! The forend/pump appears to have been chosen to match the stock regarding color etc. Serial numbers match on the receiver and lower tang. The receiver retains almost all the blue with normal very light brown flaking showing through on the bolt and some on the receiver sides and bottom- still retains fine deep blue. The barrel shows nearly all of the deep factory blue and all late style markings are sharp. The bore is sharp, bright and excellent- not often seen for this caliber! The mag tube bottom half is mixing plum with deeper blue on the top half. Original standard open sights and excellent wood that shows very light handling only. A really unusual and attractive Model 90 in great condition! $1595.
1890 SEMI-DELUXE PISTOL GRIP .22 WRF CALIBER RIFLE, MADE 1916. This would make a good project gun or be a good candidate for restoration as the receiver serial number is in the 558XXX range and the mismatched rear stock and trigger assembly number is in the 246XXX range. It is a factory checkered pistol grip butt stock with correct Winchester embossed grip cap. Apparently it was reinforced with a thin cross bolt at the very forward part of the checkering pattern. The rest of the stock and forearm are fine with good wood to metal fit. Retains good markings and overall is a very thin aged blue mixing heavily with gray and brown. Original sights and functions okay. Bore is dark and only fair-good at best. Like I said, a good candidate for some T.L.C. $695.
VERY FINE CONDITION 1892 .32-20 OCTAGON RIFLE, #345XXX, MADE 1906. This is a really attractive rifle that came out of here in Montana. It retains nearly all the deep blue on the barrel and magazine with only a hint of ageing. Even the forend cap shows good blue that is naturally mixing with some plum. The receiver shows most of the blue that has dulled somewhat from age, but is still good blue. There is brighter/polished blue in the rear protected areas and on the loading gate with the balance mixing plum. Some case color remains on the lever on the very upper portion protected by the receiver. Original buckhorn rear sight with Winchester blade front sight, sharp markings, tight action, bore generally excellent with a few minor scattered spots of light pitting and fine rifling throughout. The stock and forearm are excellent with only a few normal handling marks/scratches. Screws look unturned. A classic octagon 1892 in really sharp, uncleaned condition. (4 photos) $1595.
1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN .25-20 CALIBER, #839XXX, MADE 1917. This one turned up right here in Montana and no doubt has good history in it. Fine wood with tight wood to metal fit and showing only normal handling/use. Receiver is an uncleaned gray/brown with some blue on the loading gate and excellent screws. The barrel and mag tube are a mixture of aged blue with plum/brown mixing in. Excellent markings, ring intact, original carbine rear sight with ladder and slide intact. Fine bore with good rifling throughout that needs a good clean. When I got this one I could barely see through the bore…a few patches and things seemed to clean up nicely. It would benefit from a good scrubbing out. Tight action and strong springs. Nice, attractive appearance. $1595.
SELDOM SEEN AND UNUSUAL SPECIAL ORDER EXTRA LONG BARREL 1892, .38-40 CALIBER OCTAGON RIFLE WITH 26” BARREL, #262XXX, MADE 1904. A call to the Cody Museum verified all aspects of this unusual rifle and showing a shipping date of October 13, 1904. According to the standard reference The Winchester Handbook by George Madis, the longer than standard barrels were only offered until 1908 and that only 744 rifles had longer than the standard 24” barrels. Interestingly, most of the few 1892s I’ve seen have been 28” or 30” and almost always in the smaller calibers- .25-20 and .32-20. The 26” length is almost never encountered especially in .38-40. Overall barrel and magazine are a fairly even aged blue mixing plum/brown with the receiver more brown with blue in the protected areas and loading gate. Wood shows light handling only with very tight wood to metal fit. Original buckhorn rear sight with typical Winchester blade front sight. Tight action with fine bore showing good rifling all the way through with scattered light roughness toward the middle of the bore that might scrub out better. Excellent markings. Nice, unmessed with appearance and extremely rare barrel length/caliber configuration! $2150.
HIGH CONDITION 1892 32-20 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1903, a really beautiful example that shows excellent deep barrel and mag blue with only the most minor of wear on the bottom of the mag tube and very slight ageing of the blue, receiver shows excellent deep blue with minor edge wear and a little plum mixing on the bottom and upper tang, but shows most of the bright blue with the lightest of wear only, exc. stock and forend with very minor handling marks only, tight wood to metal fit, still retains some good dark case color on the upper portions of the lever and on hammer, bore appears a little worn and may have some leading in it that should scrub out to fine or better, original buckhorn rear sight with standard Winchester blade front sight, exc. markings, unfooled with overall and super attractive. $2250.
SPECIAL ORDER ANTIQUE SERIAL NUMBER 1894 .38-55 HALF OCTAGON RIFLE WITH FULL MAGAZINE AND MINTY BORE! #89XXX, MADE 1897. This one comes with a Winchester factory letter verifying the features and showing a shipping date of August 9, 1900. The half octagon feature with a full magazine is actually TWO special order options because when the half octagon barrel was ordered it was automatically shipped with a half magazine unless specified for a full magazine. Fine aged barrel and magazine blue showing some thinning toward the forward half with some plum mixing more on the mag tube. Good case color on the upper part of the lever. Receiver shows some thin blue on the rear side portions and bolt with the balance brown, good blue on the loading gate, excellent wood showing only the lightest of handling and tight wood to metal fit, original buckhorn rear sight paired with a small Lyman blade/bead front sight. Amazingly bright, sharp, excellent bore! $2495.
THE MOST BAFFLING AND MYSTERIOUS WINCHESTER 1894 I’VE EVER ENCOUNTERED! This is a Model 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine, .30-30 caliber, serial number in the 354XXX range…which puts it at a manufacture date of 1906. However, everything about this carbine is POST WORLD WAR II! It has typical 1940s-1950s wood including a checkered steel shotgun butt, hooded front sight, serrated hammer, and “Late Type 8” barrel markings using the .30-30 caliber designation rather than the earlier .30WCF marking typically used after serial number 1,550,000 or post-flat band models (all this is in Robert Renneberg’s excellent book on the Winchester 1894). It also has the sights from this time period. On top of all this, the overall blue (including the receiver) is of the type used during this time period. AND this carbine is in just about mint, new condition! It shows no signs of being a reblued or any kind of re-build and there are no extra proof marks etc. The sharp and clear tang markings are typical 1906 era stampings and show no sign of refinishing! So, whether someone at the Winchester factory found an old saddle ring receiver that was long lost or stored away somewhere and used it to make a carbine about 40 to 50 years after the serial number was applied…or something else is up for opinion. This carbine has been shown to a number of very astute 1894 collectors and all think it is 100% correct and original for a c.1950 carbine…yet the serial number and saddle ring are a mystery. I don’t know what else I can say about it. I called the Cody Museum, but the 1894 records stop about 500 numbers before this one. My personal opinion is that an old saddle ring receiver simply turned up at the factory and it was used long after the saddle ring was discontinued. Whatever the answer to this unusual ’94 Carbine might be, it is certainly an oddity and perhaps a one of a kind Winchester! $1895.
1894 .25-35 CALIBER SADDLE RING CARBINE, #277XXX, MADE 1903. This is a well used, but cared for carbine that came out of here in Montana. The barrel and mag show good thinning and aged blue with good sharp markings and original ladder carbine rear sight with slide intact. The receiver is mainly gray with good blue around the saddle ring and on the right side toward the rear. Fine walnut butt stock with a couple of typical age cracks coming back from the receiver on the right side that go nowhere plus the usual age crack coming forward from the barrel band. Fine wood to metal fit, exc. forend with only normal handling marks. Tight action and fine bore that is a little dark and possibly a little frosty- needs a good scrubbing out. $1295.
1894 .32-40 OCTAGON RIFLE WITH MINTY BORE, #372XXX, MADE 1906. A nice example that is super hard to find with a bore this excellent! Fine deep blue on the barrel and magazine showing only light age, original buckhorn rear sight and Winchester blade front sight. The receiver shows good blue mixing plum/brown on the left side with the right side ageing to a more brown with excellent blue on the bolt. Exc. receiver screws look unturned. Fine+ walnut butt stock and forearm showing only normal light handling. Still retains some case color on the upper portion of the lever, tight action and getting very difficult to find this most rare of all the ’94 calibers especially with a bright, excellent bore! $2150.
EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER, 1894 SEMI-DELUXE SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH HALF MAGAZINE, CALIBER .32 WS, #499XXX, MADE 1909. What is also especially rare and unusual is that it has a carbine butt plate. Almost all of the pistol grip carbines have a shotgun style butt plate. Very few were made like this and are almost never encountered! Fine aged barrel blue with light thinning on the forward half, fine deep receiver blue that is dulling somewhat, but still deep and showing most of the wear on the edges and bottom. The only flaw is a tiny crack on the upper tang at the juncture of the hammer on the right side only- does not appear all the way across this thin section of the upper tang and is minor. In no way does it hinder the integrity or strength of the action and is barely noticeable (see this area in the third photo). Has the three leaf express rear sight with the middle leaf broken (typical) along with a correct blade/bead carbine front sight. Excellent wood showing light handling only, exc. markings and minty bright bore with tight action. Has the correct Winchester embossed hard rubber pistol grip cap. This unusually configured and desirable carbine came out of Arizona. (3 photos) $2850.
LATE, TRANSITION 1894 CARBINE, #1059XXX, .32WS CALIBER, MADE 1929. This is another Winchester that came out of right here in Montana and was probably a ranch gun. Interesting variation made just after the saddle ring was dropped as a standard feature, yet the classic curved steel carbine butt plate was retained. This one has fine deep barrel and mag blue with light wear and exc. late markings. Has a D. W. King patent ‘07 buckhorn rear sight and a Sheard No.6 blade/bead carbine front sight. The receiver still retains some fine1920s blue/black finish that was known to flake easily and rapidly- this receiver is in the stage where the flaking has turned plum/brown before it silvers with brighter and deeper blue in the more protected areas and exc. blue on the loading gate. Exc. walnut stock and forend with only light handling and very tight wood to metal fit, tight action, exc. screws, and bright excellent bore! Nice appearance overall. $1195.
HIGH CONDITION MODEL 1895 RIFLE IN SCARCE .30-03 CALIBER, #93XXX, MADE 1915. It is unclear why Winchester would still chamber rifles for this caliber when the .30-06 had replaced the .30-03 nearly ten years before. It is my opinion that some rifles were chambered for the earlier caliber because the only difference between the .30-06 and the .30-03 is in the case neck- the .30-03 is slightly longer than the ’06. Standard .30-06 ammo can be fired in rifles chambered for .30-03, but not conversely. Perhaps there were still piles of surplus .30-03 ammo available to the public… Anyway, I’m sure most of these ’03 chambered Model 1895s were fired with normal and readily available .30-06 ammo. It does make for a rare chambering as according to the Winchester Handbook by George Madis, (discussing chambering dates) “In 1904 the .405 was added, followed by the .30-03 in 1905. When the .30-06 was added in 1908, the .30-03 was available on special order only.” Being special ordered in this chambering seven years after it was dropped is certainly unusual and an oddity! This is a very fine example with nearly all the deep blue remaining on the barrel with flattop buckhorn rear sight and Lyman blade/bead front sight in correct factory dovetailed ramp. Barrel is correctly stamped with the usual nickel steel markings plus “30 GOV’T 03.” Excellent markings on the receiver and excellent deep and high polished factory blue on the receiver sides and bolt with only light edge wear and some handling wear on the bottom extreme forward part of the receiver and box magazine. Exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit. Tight action and minty bright bore. A very unusual 1895 in great condition. $2350.
DELUXE PISTOL GRIPPED, CHECKERED MODEL 1903 .22 AUTO RIFLE, MADE 1915, fairly plain but uncracked walnut stock and forend, this was someone's well used and taken care of "pride and joy" rifle as the checkering is all there, but fairly worn, the blue on the receiver is pretty well worn off to an uncleaned gray with good blue in the most protected of areas, has the correct pistol grip cap, interestingly, this one was returned to the factory for a new barrel as the barrel has both the oval P "Mail Order" proof as well as the Winchester proof- this means, the rifle was sent back to Winchester who took a "Mail Order" replacement barrel out of stock and fitted it to the returned rifle, has all the correct Winchester and Model 1903 markings on the barrel, fine deep barrel blue, retains some thinning blue on the forend cap, exc. mech., exc. bright bore, buckhorn with blade/bead front sights, I believe I still sells .22 Auto ammo (different from .22 LR), pistol gripped/checkered Model 1903s are quite rare, $895.
SCARCE AND DESIRABLE LATE MODEL 04A .22 RIM FIRE BOYS RIFLE. This model started out as the Model 1904 introduced in that year and chambered in .22 Short, Long and Extra Long. Along the way there were small improvements and changes made with the last being the Model 04A which had the barrel marking changed to .22 Short, Long and LONG RIFLE in 1927. This rifle fell victim to the Great Depression and was discontinued in 1931. Interestingly, in 1927 there were 15,557 of this model made; by 1930 (after the stock market crash in October of 1929) only 5,299 were made and in the final year of 1931 only 68 were manufactured! The Model 1904 was a larger, heavier boys rifle than the more common and less expensive Model 1902. Because of this, the retail price was higher than the smaller ’02 Model and it did not sell as well. With its schnable forend tip and sweeping curved trigger guard that formed a semi-pistol grip, this was a particularly handsome single shot bolt action rifle. Most of these that I have seen over the years show very hard use by the lucky boys who owned them. Usually the stocks are badly battered and often cracked, the metal dinged and lacking any finish at all, and the bore heavily worn and pitted from the use of early corrosively primed .22 ammo. This example shows excellent wood with only normal light handling marks and NO cracks. It has the original and correct Winchester embossed hard rubber butt plate as well as the original adjustable rear sight and small blade/bead front sight. The barrel shows good blue in the more protected areas with the balance a thin blue naturally aged and mixing plum.. All markings are sharp and clear. The best part is that the bore is mirror bright with sharp rifling! This rifle has a great action for kids, as the bolt knob must be manually be pulled back to cock the rifle, making it safe to carry with a shell in the chamber. If I were a kid born in the World War I era, this is the exact rifle I’d be dreaming of finding on my birthday or under the Christmas tree! This one came out of here in Montana and I’m sure has lots of good history in it. I’ve heard the Old Timers who grew up in Montana speak of one room school houses with rifle racks in the back for the kids to store their rifles and shotguns so that after school was out they could hunt on the way home. I wonder what would happen today if someone went to a school-parent meet and suggested gun racks be placed in the back of classrooms… $495
GREAT DEPRESSION ERA MODEL 64 STANDARD RIFLE IN .30WCF CALIBER, #1166XXX, MADE 1938. The Model 64 was introduced in one of the worst economic years this country has known- 1933. It was basically an improved and deluxe version of the Model 1894 rifle that had been discontinued, leaving only the ’94 carbine in production. With its 24” barrel and half magazine, pistol grip and shotgun butt, the Model 64 was a superb lever action rifle. However, it began production during the Great Depression. Typical M-1894 annual production figures from the 1910s through the 1920 show most years 20,000 to 50,000 1894s were produced each year. In 1938 when this rifle was made, only 2,251 M-64s were produced! From 1933-1942 when production was halted for World War II, only a total of 29,000 M-64s were made! This is less than one normal production year in the previous several decades! So, for the collector/shooter today, finding a pre-war Model 64 is not all that easy. Most of this model was made after World War II when production resumed and lasted until about 1956/57. This example shows wonderful character. It recently came out of Arizona and shows what a dry climate can do to a rifle over time. The stock and forearm are fine+ to exc. and show only light handling/hunting use with tight wood to metal fit. It retains the original checkered steel shotgun butt plate. The barrel shows fine deep blue with maybe a touch of age/plum while the mag tube shows exc. blue. The receiver has “flaked” to an even and smooth plum/brown with exc. blue on the bolt and loading gate. It is fitted with a Williams receiver sight in the factory holes on the left side of the receiver. There is good blue around this sight and the rear sight dovetail on the barrel has been filled with a Marbles slot filler. It does not look like a rear barrel sight was ever fitted to this rifle. Front sight is a typical blade/bead fitted to the factory ramp. Bore is bright and sharp! I have one very similar in every way to this one that I shoot frequently with both cast and jacketed bullet loads and it is a very accurate and fun rifle to use! Superb Pre-war, Great Depression workmanship! $1100.
MODEL 71 DELUXE .348 WCF RIFLE, #44XXX, MADE 1956. One of the last of the big .348s. This example has seen normal light carry wear, but is excellent overall. This one came out of here in Montana and probably accounted for loads of deer, moose and elk! Retains fine deep barrel blue with only light and minor scuffing. Most of the blue wear is at the balance point on the bottom of the receiver and some on the receiver ring. Has buckhorn rear sight with hooded front sight- hood intact. Exc. wood shows only some finish wear around the butt plate and a few normal very light and minor handling marks. Has the correct checkered steel butt plate, steel grip cap, fine checkering and super grade inletted swivel studs WITH CORRECT SWIVELS. Tight action and bright sharp excellent bore. $2650.
MODEL 100 SEMI-AUTO RIFLE IN RARE .284 WIN. CALIBER, MADE 1967. This one came out of here in Montana and no doubt has accounted for lots of game! Excellent wood showing very light handling with almost no marks. Exc. blue on the barrel with original folding Lyman rear sight and hooded front sight. It must have had a scope mounted at one time as the factory drilled scope mount holes are lacking the filler screws and there is a light outline were a scope base was once mounted. Correct .284 marked magazine shows some blue wear. The bottom of the aluminum trigger guard has a slight ding and wear to the anodized blue/black finish. Overall a nice rifle in a great caliber (I’m a fan of the .284 and have used it quite a bit here in Montana for deer and antelope). $875.
BILL GOODMAN, P. O. BOX 2002, BOZEMAN, MONTANA 59771 TEL. (406) 587-3131 FAX (406) 219-3415 email@example.com
THESE WERE SUCH GOOD NOTES FROM THE FIELD I'M KEEPING THEM HERE.
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!
"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.
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