BILL GOODMAN, 305 DONEGAL DRIVE, BOZEMAN, MONTANA 59715
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 28 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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COLT FIRE ARMS (click text for photo
GREAT COLT FIND! 1871-72 OPEN TOP .44 RIM FIRE SINGLE ACTION, #3XXX WITH ORIGINAL UNCUT 7 1/2" BARREL, most of these went to Mexico and I believe this one is one as this revolver walked in to a California gun shop by a Spanish Speaking individual who said it was his grandfather's gun and he wanted to sell it! This is a really nice uncleaned and unaltered example! Most have had their barrels cut etc. overall metal surfaces are an uncleaned deep brown patina with fine markings on barrel top (New York address) and patent dates on left side of frame, matching numbers on barrel, cylinder, trigger guard and frame, and best of all a fine cylinder scene! Grips show wear but are solid and show some shrinkage on sides- has a silver shield inletted in left grip with some small tacks around it, right side shows what looks like a spur has rolled on it a bit, brass trigger guard is an unpolished mellow mustard color, fine screws, tight action, front sight has been filed low, barrel shows some muzzle wear on left side from being in and out of a holster, ejector spring intact, but a little weak and needs the loading gate spring only, this one has a great look to- especially with the cylinder scene visible and uncut barrel! $4850.
EARLY BLACK POWDER SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45 COLT, 4 3/4" BARREL, #117XXX, MADE 1886, overall metal aged a fairly even brown, correct two line barrel address, generally excellent screws and markings (top line of patent dates on frame a little worn, but visible). one spot on right side of barrel above rear portion of ejector housing cleaned but minor, bore will clean exc., fine mech., grips appear to be reproduction and "aged," matching numbers, overall, fine appearance, a true frontier .45 Colt, (Note: photo light reflected off "cleaned" spot on barrel in top photo making it look much worse than it is- if metal was lightly darkened in this area it would about disappear) $2650.
HIGH CONDITION BISLEY, .32-20, 4 3/4" BARREL, MADE & SHIPPED 1907, WITH FACTORY LETTER SHOWING SHIPMENT TO ST. LOUIS, particularly fine example that shows light holster/handling only, some blue wear to the front half of the right side of the barrel and the front 2/3 of the outside of the ejector housing on the right side with the balance of the barrel showing most of the bright, deep blue and correct two line barrel address, front sight shows most blue and is not filed or altered, butt and front strap show fine blue with only a little thinning, back strap aged brown with good blue toward the upper region around the hammer etc., fine cylinder blue with minor thinning and some edge wear, exc. blue on the bottom of the trigger guard, nice fire-blue on the trigger sides, exc. screws- some with fire blue intact, fine case colors fading on the more exposed areas and vivid in the more protected areas, exc. grips, exc. action and bore, nice case colors on hammer, one of the better Bisley Models I've offered in a long while, $3250.
FANTASTIC SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45 COLT, 5 1/2" #348XXX, NICKEL WITH FACTORY LETTER SHOWING THIS REVOLVER WAS SHIPPED TO WOLF AND KLAR, FORT WORTH, TEXAS ON MARCH 31, 1926, absolutely beautiful bright nickel overall with only some very minor freckling/peeling on a couple cylinder flutes and barely discernable on some sharp edges, basically nearly all the nickel is intact with exc. bore and mech, exc. grips are numbered to the gun, all matching numbers, sharp markings, simply a superb Texas shipped Single Action Army i the classic .45 Colt chambering, wonderful investment Colt at a realistic price, (note: lots of light reflection off the bright nickel- hard to photograph) $5850.
TRULY OUTSTANDING BLUE AND CASE COLOR LIGHTNING .38 DA REVOLVER DESIRABLE EJECTOR MODEL WITH 4 1/2" BARREL, MADE 1901, one of the best I've seen in a long while, this one retains rich deep blue overall with only the most minor of edge wear on the cylinder, muzzle, outside of the ejector housing and a little thinning (barely) of the blue on the back strap, vivid case colors on the entire frame with only some fading on the loading gate, exc. fire blue on the hammer back and trigger sides, exc. screws and grips, exc. markings, matching numbers, unaltered front sight, tight exc. mech., a great investment piece, these are still under priced but starting to take off in the higher grades of condition, a really great example, (four photos) $2650.
UNUSUAL LIGHTNING SADDLE RING CARBINE, .44-40 CALIBER, WITH FULL NICKEL FINISH AND SCARCE RAMPANT COLT EMBOSSED RUBBER FOREND, MADE 1890, almost all of these full nickel carbines (Remington did the same finish on a lot of their Baby Rolling Block .44-40 Carbines) went to Mexico where they saw extremely hard use and abuse, this is one of the better ones I've seen as it retains most of the nickel on the barrel with only light freckling and minor peeling near the muzzle end, mag tube retains good nickel on the top half to third with the bottom freckling and peeling from carry wear, good nickel on the receiver sides with normal scattered freckling/peeling, dust cover may be a replacement, upper tang retains nice nickel, lower tang and trigger guard flaked/peeled to an uncleaned brown with traces of nickel in the more protected areas, rubber forend shows wear to the checkering and has a tiny chip at the right upper rear corner along with a very short minor crack, butt stock shows handling wear and dings with a sliver out of the top left wrist, still retains some nickel on the butt plate, bore dark with good rifling and normal light scattered roughness, original carbine sights, lots of history and adventure in this one! $2850.
FINE CONDITION No. 2 DERRINGER, .41RF, ONLY 9000 MADE 1870-1890, a scarce early cartridge Colt that is rarely found with any finish remaining, this one much better than normally seen with fine aged blue mixing dull on the barrel, exc. markings and mech., uncleaned brown iron frame with nice simple factory engraving, exc. single screw, exc. checkered walnut grips, bore will clean about exc., #5XXX (Flayderman's Guide- last edition, now 7 years old- shows these in fine condition at $2000), my price $1395.
VERY EARLY NEW SERVICE .45 COLT CALIBER, 7 1/2" MADE 1904, this one came out of here in Montana and no doubt had quite an adventurous life! Overall an uncleaned gray/brown aged patina with maybe some traces of blue in the most protected areas, exc. early markings including the last patent date of 1900 on the barrel, lanyard swivel intact, front sight unaltered, grips fit well but are probably a later replacement, exc. bore and fine action, exc. screws, lots of life still left in this big Colt! $795.
MODEL 1908 VEST POCKET .25ACP AUTO PISTOL, MADE 1930, made just after the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the beginning of the Great Depression/Gangster Days! This example was obviously carried a bit as the blue is a little aged and it shows normal edge wear, fine checkered walnut grips with Colt medallions, original Colt marked magazine, fine mech., exc. markings, never cleaned or fooled with, as good a pocket auto today as when it was made 85 years ago! Lots of character, $450.
GORGEOUS NEW FRONTIER SINGLE ACTION ARMY IN RARE AND DESIRABLE .44 SPECIAL CALIBER! MADE ABOUT 1980, 7 1/2" barrel with adjustable sights, blue and case color finish, walnut grips, all in about like new condition ( if you look carefully you can find one tiny rub spot on the right side of the barrel and one on the cylinder), very hard to find in this great caliber and condition, (note: lots of photo light reflection, all blue intact, you can see the barrel spot in top photo at top of ejector housing front edge- all the rest is high polish blue) $1495.
MARLIN (click text for photos)
1) GREAT MARLIN FIND! THE 57TH LEVER ACTION MADE BY MARLIN! THIS IS A MODEL 1881 IN .45 GOVERNMENT CALIBER (.45-70) WITH SERIAL NUMBER 57! Has the early heavy frame style and J. M. Marlin address found only on the first year 1881 rifles. This is the earliest, lowest number Marlin I've seen, 28" octagon barrel with full magazine, metal mostly gray/brown with fine markings buckhorn rear sight (needs elevator bar only) and small blade front sight, surprisingly decent bore shows some light spotting of minor roughness but has strong rifling throughout, fine action with lifter spring a little weak, usual small crack in forend ahead of loading gate that goes for an inch or so, butt stock has a thin crack behind the tang with a couple usual chips at the upper tang/receiver juncture with minor wood swelling, correct original steel shotgun butt plate that is serial numbered to the gun, couple small sling swivel holes in bottom of butt stock, not a high condition rifle, but a very historical Marlin and one of the very first in a long and successful line of lever rifles! (note: photos make this rifle look like it has blue on the receiver etc., it really is mostly gray) $2950.
2) FINE CONDITION 1889 .38-40 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1891, much better than normally seen for this early model, overall fine barrel, mag and receiver blue mixing with some plum from age, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit and only one very small chip at the rear of the forend on the top right side, original sights, fine bore is a little dark with some light scattered roughness but good rifling, half cock a little weak, tight action, really nice uncleaned and unmessed with appearance, $1395.
3) RARE MODEL '94 .44-40 20" OCTAGON SHORT RIFLE, MADE 1905, these were very popular in the border states with Mexico and this one came out of Arizona, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, fine screws, overall metal a gray/brown mixture, original sights, fine bore should clean up even better, fine markings, these are really quite scarce, $1950.
4) NICE CONDITION MODEL 1894, .32-20 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1904, this example has lots of appeal, fine deep barrel and mag blue showing just a slight tinge of plum from age, receiver mostly a mottled brown with good case color in the protected areas, fine blue on the bolt, loading gate and screws (which are excellent), original buckhorn rear sight with original Rocky Mountain blade front sight, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, even the forend cap shows good aged blue, bore is about excellent with only a minor surface spot or two that might clean out, tight action, a fine untouched example, $1395.
5) DELUXE FANCY FACTORY ENGRAVED MODEL 1898 12 GA. PUMP SHOTGUN, beautiful highly figured burl walnut butt stock with checkered pistol grip, 30" Special Smokeless Steel marked barrel, engraved with scroll and two upland birds on the right side of the receiver, scroll with ducks in an oval on the left side with minor scroll elsewhere, fine aged barrel blue with bright bore, tight action, mostly thin aged blue to gray/brown patina receiver with sharp engraving- does not look like it's ever been cleaned, there is a crack/large chip with wood intact in the left side of the pistol grip (does not go through pistol grip), and some wood fill at the bottom right side by the trigger guard, good checkering, hard rubber butt pate has a couple small chips by the toe, fine screws, $1295.
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 doubt 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 Marlins. Already prices for them are escalating rapidly.
1) RARE "MODERN" MARLIN MODEL 336CB COWBOY 24" OCTAGON RIFLE IN .38-55 CALIBER, now discontinued an with Marlin being bought out by Remington, probably never to be made again, this was a limited run and few are found for sale now, fancy checkered with traditional diamond in the middle of the wrist and forearm, Marbles tang sight and globe front with apertures, original barrel sights included, very lightly used, $1150. SOLD) YET ANOTHER SCARCE "MODERN" MARLIN VARIANT: 1895 .45-70 COWBOY WITH 26" OCTAGON BARREL, this one is flat new, unfired in the original box and still even has the Marlin tag on the lever and all paperwork in the box with serial numbered end label! $1195. SOLD
2) LIMITED PRODUCTION AND VERY RARE 1895 .45-70 24” HALF OCTAGON BARREL FULL MAGAZINE RIFLE, the barrel is stamped “1895 LTD” and these were made some years ago in one small run, I don’t believe I’ve seen another, about new condition overall, $1195. SOLD
3) MODEL 1894CB "COWBOY LIMITED" IN .44 MAGNUM AND SPECIAL, 20" OCTAGON BARREL, a little nicer than standard wood usually seen, very hard to find and like new, $1195. SOLD
4) VERY RARE 1895 LTD-III .45-70 WITH 18 ½ INCH OCTAGON BARREL AND FULL MAGAZINE! This is the first one of these I’ve seen. Apparently they made the LTD series from I to V (5) for Davidsons Distributors I believe in the 1980s to 1990s. One Thousand of these were supposedly made in 1999 ony, but this is the first one I’ve seen or even heard of, I would bet a lot less than one thousand were made! It is in very lightly used condition (near new) with a blued screw going into the right side where the cross bolt safety is, I believe these "filler kits" are sold through Brownell's, the cross bolt can be seen on the left side, but there is no movement in it and it does not protrude. I imagine it would be easy enough to return to the normal cross bolt if one wanted to, also has a Redfield receiver sight with the normal Marlin folding buckhorn rear sight and blade/bead front, this model had the normal or “Ballard” style rifling as opposed to the regular Micro-groove rifling normally used- these are better for cast bullet shooting, a very rare Marlin that should appreciate in value over the years to come, $1195. SOLD
5) MODEL 1894CB "COWBOY LIMITED" .44 SPECIAL AND .44 MAGNUM WITH 24" OCTAGON BARREL AND CHECKERED STOCK AND FOREARM, these have Ballard Rifling instead of Micro-Groove, very hard to find now, about like new, $1195. SOLD
6) JUST IN: MODEL 1894CB "COWBOY LIMITED" .44 SPECIAL AND .44 MAGNUM WITH 24" OCTAGON BARREL AND CHECKERED STOCK AND FOREARM, these have Ballard rifling instead of Micro-Groove, very hard to find now, about like new with only a few small handling marks on the left side of the receiver, $1100. ``
ANTIQUE & CLASSIC RIFLES, SHOTGUNS AND PISTOLS (click text for photos)
MARLIN-BALLARD No. 3 GALLERY RIFLE, .22RF CALIBER, 24" OCTAGON BARREL, SERIAL NUMBER 30XXX, MADE 1880s, the No.3 Gallery rifle is easy to tell from every other Ballard as it has a "fluted" receiver top for use with the light .22 caliber barrel where as all other models have the "flat" top receiver, these are more scarce than the more common No.2 standard sporting rifle usually found in .32 and .38 Rim Fire/Center Fire (reversible firing pin), fine barrel blue with some minor wear/scuffing mainly on top, uncleaned receiver is silvery with freckled brown and traces of original case color, fine+ wood with tight wood to metal fit, tight action, bore is dark with visible rifling but typically rough (the previous owner shot this rifle and said it "was very accurate!" Bore could use a good scouring and might come out better, buckhorn rear sight with small Winchester style blade front sight, matching serial numbers on receiver, forearm, butt plate and barrel, handsome little rifle, $1150. ``
UNUSUAL CONNECTICUT ARMS HAMMOND PATENT SINGLE SHOT "BULLDOG" .44RF PISTOL IN VERY RARE NICKEL FINISH, MADE 1866-1880s, only about 8,000 of these big caliber guns were made and nearly all were blued, Flayderman's Guide says "a few known with original nickel finish..." I've encountered only a very few in nickel over the years and this is one of the best, fine nickel with wear to brown around the high parts of the breech block left side and bottom and around the right side of the trigger and around the muzzle of the barrel- looks like this one might have been carried in a holster, still good nickel on most of the grip straps and barrel and left side of frame, exc. hard rubber "gutta percha" grips, exc. mech, bore will clean fine or better, a relatively big early cartridge derringer/pocket pistol in a rare finish in nice condition (Flayderman's latest edition- now 7 years out of date- lists these in exc. condition with standard blue finish at $1500), I have this one priced at $895.
RARE AND UNUSUAL FANCIER THAN STANDARD WHITNEY-PHOENIX SINGLE SHOT SPORTING RIFLE IN DESIRABLE .45-50 BN CENTER FIRE CALIBER, these fine rifles were made from 1867 to 1881 and are very seldom seen or offered, most I've seen over the years have been in rim fire calibers, this one is marked on the barrel top ahead of the receiver "40 CAL 50 GR" and a check of the chamber shows this one has not been bored out or altered in any way and is still the .45-50 bottle neck chambering (simply a shortened .45-70 case and necked to .40 cal.), 28" round barrel shows most of the original blue with light age/thinning only, exc. "Phoenix" markings etc., receiver shows good blue with some thinning and wear on the bottom, tight action, surprisingly nice bore shows a little wear/corrosion mainly ahead of the chamber and is fairly bright with good rifling, rear barrel sight removed (dovetail empty) tang sight adjustable for elevation with unusual folding globe Beach front sight that is adjustable for windage (almost never seen adjustable!), exc. walnut stock and forearm with higher than standard grade wood, steel crescent butt plate, exc. screws, barrel number matches receiver number, this is a really rare gun made especially so in this caliber and upgraded wood and sights, plus condition, $2650.
"ATTIC" CONDITION RARE SIX SHOT DRAGOON SIZE ALLEN PEPPERBOX, .36 CALIBER 6" BARRELS, MADE LATE 1830's TO MID-1840s. Has the early "Dog Leg" sharp angle walnut grips with silver ovals, engraved frame and nipple shield, early fluted ribbed barrels, overall deep brown patina with ancient uncleaned inactive surface rust/crud that is ON the metal as opposed to "IN" the metal. I believe a good, long oil soak would remove most of it, fine grips, action works fine, these big holster size pepperboxes were very popular with the gold rush 49ers in California as well as many seeing use on the frontier and later in the Civil War. These dragoon size ones are hard to find and this one is really untouched with a great look and feel! $995.
HIGH CONDITION REID .22RF KNUCKLEDUSTER, MADE 1868-1882, still retains the original matching cylinder screw, retains most of the original nickel with freckling/flaking on the cylinder and very minor edge wear on the frame, sharp engraving, action functions fine, neat dual purpose revolver and brass knucks! Much better condition than normally found, $1695.
SECOND WORLD WAR BERETTA MODEL 1934 .380 AUTO PISTOL WITH ITALIAN ARMY PROOFS MADE 1938, lots of World War II history in this one! Fine blue overall with minor thinning/ageing on the slide and edges, exc. original grips, matching numbers, tight action, exc. inside, $395.
PARTICULARLY FINE WORLD WAR II WALTHER P.38 MARKED "AC 43" INDICATING WALTHER MANUFACTURE DURING 1943, all matching numbers, fine blue overall with just normal light wear to the front strap and a little on the bottom of the trigger guard, exc. action, exc. bore, exc. correct magazine unaltered, fine brown grips show light wear only, correct proofs and Nazi markings, one of the better ones I've seen in a while, these are still bargains, but rapidly going up in value (as are all WWII guns), still cheap at $795.
GREAT ODDITY! PERCUSSION "ANTI-GARROTING" BELT-BUCKLE GUN! These are described in the book FIREARMS CURIOSA by Lewis Winant (now out of print, but I’ll copy the pertinent pages with text and photos with the gun), “How the percussion cap belt pistol, figures 170 and 171, operates may be seen at a glance. The oval iron plate is about 7” long, and the pistol barrel protrudes about 1 ½”. In this gun the cord runs from the lock through a channel in the belt for a foot or more, before being carried up to the shoulder and down through a coat sleeve. A man ordered to put up his hands can grasp the weight and tighten he string as he raises his arms. A belt pistol such as this had no appeal as a work or art and it was unlikely to be treasured because of its history or associations. Once obsolete it was neglected, then discarded, soon it was rotted leather and scrap metal. Now this belt pistol is a scarce collector item.” That sums it up pretty well, aged brown patina, functions fine, $895.
EARLY BROWN MANUFACTURING "SOUTHERNER" .41 RF SCARCE IRON FRAME DERRINGER, #4XXX WITH 1867 PATENT DATE, MADE 1869, a really fine example with what I believe is a full silver plate finish (looks too dull to be nickel and many were silvered), barrel finish thinning somewhat and aged to an attractive silver/gray, frame retains good silver with some thinning/ageing on the edges and grip straps all of which blends beautifully, sharp markings including the classic "SOUTHERNER" marking on the barrel top, exc. mech, exc. highly finished rosewood grips, bore will clean exc., rare variation and really sharp example of one of the earliest and most popular cartridge derringers usually found in hard used/hard carried condition, this is a nice one and priced attractively at (looks much better in person as photo lights exaggerate any minor spots- all of which blend in well) $795.
REALLY NICE PARKER V-H, 12 GA., 30" SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN, #94XXX, much better than usually seen! Still retains some nice case color on the rear right side, on the bottom of the receiver ahead of the trigger guard and in protected areas, exc. stock and forearm with only a tiny beginnings of a chip at the right upper tang/receiver juncture, sharp checkering, no cracks in the wrist!, original Parker embossed butt plate, fine barrel blue showing light handling/scuffing only with no dents, right shiny bores choked Modified and Full, even has some blue on the bottom of the trigger guard, super tight, Vulcan Steel marked barrel (not damascus), If I didn't have one like this that I shoot regularly, I'd keep this one! Would cost a fortune to manufacture today! (3 photos) $1695.
UN-CATALOGUED, FIRST I’VE EVER SEEN OR EVEN HEARD OF!! HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON AUTO EJECT REVOLVER WITH KNIFE ATTACHMENT OR “AUTOMATIC BAYONET REVOLVER”… BUT WAIT, THIS ONE IS CHAMBERED FOR THE .32 SMITH & WESSON CARTRIDGE AND IS IN BLUE FINISH! To quote Flayderman’s Guide- about the only source on these- “Made only in .38CF according to their 1902 advertising. Made c.1901 to 1917. Estimated quantity 2,000…” These are really scarce items with great appeal and, of course, every one I’ve seen has been .38 caliber and almost all in nickel finish- blue is super rare. So, if the 1902 advertising says they are only in .38, and they started making them in 1901 perhaps they made a few in .32 that first year- I have no other ideas. The frame is clearly marked “AUTO EJECTING 32 S&W CTGE” Condition is really sharp with nice blue overall with normal age and wear to the back strap and bottom of trigger guard, some ageing on the barrel sides and cylinder edges, even the front strap has nice blue! Dagger blade has not been sharpened or chipped, spring that holds it under the barrel is still strong, bright exc. bore, exc. mech. Exc. grips, an incredible find! $1950.
CLASSIC MANNLICHER-SCHOENAUER MODEL 1905 FULL STOCKED CARBINE WITH DOUBLE SET TRIGGERS IN 9 X 56 CALIBER, AND RETAINS THE ORIGINAL CLAW MOUNTS AND "4X C. P. GOERZ, BERLIN" MARKED SCOPE! One of the classiest rifles ever produced and one that would be too expensive to manufacture today, great condition overall with about all the deep blue remaining on the original 20 1/2" barrel, forend cap, action and trigger guard/floor plate, even the butt plate with almost seamless trapdoor retains excellent bright blue with wear only on the upper and lower extreme edges, exc. wood with sharp checkering, wonderful tight claw mounts come off with in a second with a push of a single button and remount just as fast! They are also see through so the shooter has the option of using the two leaf folding express rear barrel sight or the scope, traditional oval cheek piece, original loop sling swivels intact, tight action, bright bore, cartridges are easily made from 8 X57 brass or can be found formed and loaded, exc. bright optics in scope with three post reticle. These are almost always found with the claw mounts intact but the matching rings missing- these mounts and rings alone are probably worth a thousand dollars with scope, truly a wonderful rifle from the golden pre-World Wars I and II age! (note: photo light reflection on bottom photo of stock) $2250.
VERY RARE PRE-WORLD WAR II HIGH STANDARD .22 SHORT CALIBER, MODEL C AUTO PISTOLS (HAVE TWO): A) VERY EARLY TYPE 1, 4 1/2" BARREL #15XX, MADE C.1936-1937, has the earliest features, fine deep blue overall with only minor edge/holster wear and some thinning of the blue on the grip straps, exc. mech. and bore, $795. B) LATER TYPE 2, 6 3/4" #49XXX, about the same condition as the first one described, $795.
EXCELLENT CONDITION BROWNING AUTO 5 BELGIAN MADE LIGHT 20 GA. SHOTGUN, serial number prefix is "3Z" which I believe puts this in a late 1950s to early 1960s production, 28" non-ribbed matted barrel, I believe it is full choked, beautiful golden/blonde stock with some light fiddle back grain pattern, sharp checkering on both the desirable early round bottom pistol grip and the forend, original unaltered Browning marked butt plate, nice engraving with "TWENTY" also engraved on the left side of the receiver toward the upper section (hard to see scroll engraving in photos), overall shows minimal use with only some very light blue thinning/wear to the bottom of the receiver ahead of the trigger guard and at balance point on rear of barrel top- really minor, has the usual tiny crack starting at the bottom of the forend just ahead of the receiver that goes nowhere and about all of these have it- minor, very hard to find in 20 ga., arguably the best (or at least the coolest!) semi-auto shotgun ever made! $1195.
LIKE NEW BROWNING AUTO 5 MAGNUM 12 GA. FOR 3" SHELLS, BELGIAN MADE SHOTGUN, serial number prefix is "4V" and has the desirable round knob pistol grip, nicely figured golden blonde stock with correct original Browning marked recoil pad, 30" full choke plain barrel, doesn't seem to have seen any real use, much nicer figured walnut than usually seen, engraved receiver, (photos show lots of light reflection- all deep blue) $975.
MODERN AND MISCELLANEOUS
1) COOPER ARMS MODEL 38 MONTANA-VARMINT SINGLE SHOT BOLT ACTION IN .17 ACKLEY HORNET! Nicely figured rich walnut stock with "ventilated" forend for barrel cooling, matte blue action and trigger guard with stainless barrel, three-panel checkered bolt handle (I believe this is a custom extra), checkered wrist with smooth varmint style wide forend, complete with matching matte bases and rings, weighs 7 1/2 lbs as pictured, appears very lightly, these Montana made rifles are amazingly accurate and beautifully fit and finished (I am a fan of this caliber and was tempted to keep this one!), Here's their catalogue description: " The MTV is available in the Model 21/22/38/54/57M and features AA+ Claro walnut, hand checkered grip, oil finish, Pachmayr recoil pad, steel grip cap, a ventilated forearm, and a Wilson Arms stainless steel, straight taper premium match grade barrel. All of the metal work on the MTV is matte finish." Cheap at $1495.
2) BERETTA MODEL 71 .22LR AUTO PISTOL, nice lightweight auto that should make for a nice trail gun, great Beretta made in Italy quality inside and out, seen very light use only, $450.
3) MASTERPIECE ARMS, COMER, GEORGIA MINI 9 (9MM LUGER CALIBER), like new with 35 round magazine, cartridge-loading accessory and detachable/threaded barrel extension (NOT a suppressor or silencer), all in original case with owners manual etc. Supposed to be one of the most reliable arms of this type, intimidating high capacity home protector! $475.
4) BROWNING BELGIAN AUTO-5 SHOTGUNS (see above in Antique/Classic section)
REMINGTON (click text for photos)
1)VERY UNUSUAL ROLLINGBLOCK TWO BAND MILITARY MUSKET IN DESIRABLE .50-70 CALIBER WITH FULL FACTORY NICKEL FINISH, this is the third one of these I’ve seen in about 20 years and all I’ve seen were in hard-used condition, this is the best condition one, There are no foreign proofs or markings and also no U.S. markings indicating that this was a commercial model sold in the United States as this cartridge wasn’t available any place else- except maybe Mexico, I have a copy of a the 1877 Remington catalogue that shows a similar rifle called “United States Model caliber .50” yet is shows a photo of a three band musket with 32 ½” barrel while this one has two bands and a 30 ½” barrel, nickel plating was very common on the “Baby Carbine” in .44-40 caliber and it’s my opinion this was just a civilian version that shooters wanted in nickel finish as black powder fouling cleaned off easier than blue, this was especially popular in the early southwest and Mexico, fine attractive aged nickel on the barrel and receiver with some flaking/browning on the bottom of the receiver and trigger guard, hammer and high edges of the butt plate, minor peeling/browning at the muzzle, original sights (small slide missing from rear sight- should be easy to replace), needs cleaning rod only, fine wood with a small sliver out of the left side of the forend by the receiver, fine bore will clean near excellent, a rare American frontier variation in a great caliber! $1150.
2) No. 1 ROLLINGBLOCK "TYPE 2" FACTORY SHOTGUN, chambered for the 16 gauge brass shell or the 20 gauge paper shell, 30" steel barrel (not damascus), fine walnut with tight wood to metal fit showing normal light handling/hunting wear, correct Rollingblock action with fluted top used only in shotguns, metal mostly an uncleaned gray/brown with good blue on the hammer and breech block, tight action, bore has some scattered light surface pitting but basically pretty decent for a black powder shotgun, correct military style butt plate, $795.
3) 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! $2850.
4) HIGH CONDITION MODEL 6 .22LR SINGLE SHOT BOY'S RIFLE, ONE OF THE BEST I'VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME, this one is complete with the little sheet steel tang sight which was something like a fifty cent option at the time and are not usually found intact on these, vivid case color on both sides of the receiver, fine deep barrel blue showing light age only, exc. markings, exc. wood, correct Remington UMC marked steel butt plate and best of all has a bore that should clean out about exc.- bores on these usually terrible- original fixed sights, $575.
5) ONE OF THE FINEST CONDITION .45-70 MODEL 1882/1885 LEE BOLT ACTION MILITARY RIFLE, this one is not military marked and has no foreign proofs or markings, so it would be considered a civilian military rifle, exc.+ wood, correct sights, magazine, swivels and cleaning rod, full blue overall is excellent with minor plum/thinning, even the butt plate has most of the blue, bottom of the trigger guard only ageing/mixing brown with bright blue in the protected front and rear sections, sharp markings, tight action, perfect bore, even the barrel bands retain most of the blue, an amazing find, $2450.
6) PARTICULARLY FINE ROLLINGBLOCK MODEL 1902 SADDLE RING CARBINE, 7MM MAUSER CALIBER, WITH SHARP URUGUAY STOCK CARTOUCHE, fairly scarce Remingtons especially in fine condition, most of these went to South America and saw hard use and abuse, this one has excellent wood including the handguard (no cracks) shows light handling only, has the saddle ring and correct side mounted sling swivels, mottled dark receiver with traces of case color in the most protected areas, never cleaned, fine blue on the hammer and breechblock, fine lightly aged barrel blue, exc. sharp bore, certainly one of the better ones I've seen in a long while, $1295.
7) WORLD WAR I, MARK III SIGNAL PISTOLS, 10 GAUGE, (FLAIR GUNS), MADE 1915-1918, I have two of these from the same collection, one is in exc. plus condition with about all the blue on the barrel and uncleaned mellow brass, exc. original grips, (top gun in photo) and is about as nice as I've seen; the other is also uncleaned, but was obviously used during "The War To End All Wars" and shows aging blue with evidence of very light surface rust that was wiped off- minor, exc. markings, barrel could be tightened, fine original grips, overall fine used appearance (bottom gun in photo), great display and historical, $475 & $295.
RUGER FIREARMS (click text for photos)
1) EARLY FLATTOP .44 MAGNUM BLACKHAWK REVOLVER, 6 1/2" BARREL, MADE 1959, WITH ORIGINAL OWNERS MANUAL MARKED "REVISED MARCH 31 1957"! Hard rubber grips, light edge wear only, serial number 21XXX, outstanding example with manual, $1195.``
2) SELDOM SEEN BISLEY IN .41 MAGNUM CALIBER WITH ADJUSTABLE SIGHTS, very few of these were made and they are very difficult to find now. This one was made in 1990 and is in like new condition, $975.
3) EARLY 10/22 CARBINE MADE 1972, has a beautiful deep reddish brown walnut stock with heavy straight grain, metal butt plate (!), no stamped barrel warning, this is the way these great little carbines should look! If I didn't already have one, I'd keep this one. All in about like-new condition. $450.
SAVAGE FIREARMS (click text for photos)
1) MODEL 1920 BOLT ACTION RIFLE IN .300 SAVAGE CALIBER, #9XXX, this was America's first bolt action sporter- beating both Winchester and Remington by a number of years! This one came out of Northern Arizona and belonged to an old man who used it successfully for elk hunting, overall shows lots of handling wear with the barrel blue thinning/mixing silvery, worn but solid stock with old Red Head marked recoil pad, mounted with a steel Weaver, El Paso, Texas marked scope in steel mounts (somewhere between two and four power), bright exc. bore, fine action, fine optics, pinned front sight blade only removed (no doubt because of scope), this one still has a lot of life left in it and needs to go hunting again! $575.
2) MODEL 1917 .380 AUTO PISTOL, scarce item as only as only about 14,000 of these were made between 1920 and 1928, this is an early production example probably made first year, overall a solid gun that has seen use and carry, overall aged blue mixing plum/brown, never cleaned or steel-wooled, grips show wear but complete, correct magazine, exc. markings, tight action, exc. bore, $395.
SHILOH SHARPS AND OTHER REPRODUCTIONS (click text for photos)
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1) SHILOH SHARPS 1874 HARTFORD SPORTER, .45 2 7/8" (.45-110), MADE IN BIG TIMBER, MONTANA, this one was custom built to be like a slightly shorter and lighter "Quigley" model with 32" standard octagon barrel, patchbox, pewter tip, Hartford collar on the barrel, double set triggers, mid-range vernier rear sight with globe front sight that will take apertures (included), full buckhorn rear barrel sight, all excellent plus and appears to have seen very little use, weighs right about 11 1/4 lbs., nicely toned medium-dark walnut stock with some figure on the left side, $2600.``
2) SHILOH SHARPS RARE 1863 .54 CALIBER PERCUSSION OCTAGON SPORTING RIFLE, MADE IN BIG TIMBER, MONTANA, no longer catalogued and hard to find, 30" standard octagon barrel with full buckhorn rear sight and blade front sight, sporting tang sight, rich straight grain walnut stock with military butt plate, all in near new condition, weighs right at about 10 lbs., double set triggers, $1850.``
3) C. SHARPS 1875 .45-70 24" TAPERED ROUND BARREL, PISTOL GRIP CUSTOM SPORTING RIFLE, rich nicely figured fancy walnut stock and forearm, French Gray finish on the receiver, lever, hammer and checkered steel shotgun butt plate, has cheek piece with accent line, Lyman style sporting tang sight with pin head globe front sight and no dovetail for a rear barrel sight (a nice touch), one or two minor handling marks that you'd have to look hard to find, near new overall, light single trigger pull, should make a great hunting rifle, weighs about 8 1/2 lbs, really handsome rifle, $1850.
4) BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM BALLARD No. 5 "PACIFIC" RIFLE, .45-70, BY RIFLE WORKS ARMORY, CODY, WYOMING ( the forerunner of the Ballard Rifle Co., Cody, Wyoming), hand built rifle with correct styling for this model complete with adjustable double set triggers, ring style lever, 30" barrel with wiping rod mounted underneath, attractive golden walnut with distinct dark straight grain pattern, long rang vernier tang sight adjustable for windage and elevation, globe front sight will accept apertures, richly blued barrel and case colored receiver, weighs about 11 3/4 lbs., superb rifle, $3250.
SMITH AND WESSON (click text for photos)
1) SUPER RARE AND SELDOM SEEN SINGLE SHOT MODEL 1891 IN .38 S&W CENTER FIRE CALIBER, ONLY 160 MADE 1893-1905, all matching numbers (very low number 20XX) and is listed in the Neal and Jinks S&W book by serial number as being originally chambered in .38 S&W (5th lowest serial number of the 160 numbers listed), also scarce 8" barrel (most were 10"), good barrel blue showing brown/gray mixing on the sides by frame, frame mostly gray with some blue on the side plate, bore should clean out fine or maybe better, needs rear target sight insert only, correct target blade front sight, black hard rubber extension grips have one chip/sliver out on the upper back strap, fine action, locks tight, almost never seen, $1395.
2) GREAT CONDITION EARLY AND VERY RARE MODEL 1896 .32 S&W LONG CALIBER HAND EJECTOR FIRST MODEL, 4 1/4" BARREL, IN DESIRABLE AND SCARCE BLUE FINISH, #1XXX, ONLY 19,712 MADE 1896-1903, Smith & Wesson's first side swing cylinder model, this is probably a first year production gun and is superb condition for one of these which are usually found (if found at all) in very hard used and carried condition, has the correct patent dates on the cylinder, matching numbers, exc. blue overall with only the lightest thinning or edge wear with very minor browning on the "milling lines" on the frame- even the grip straps retain exc. blue, exc. grips, exc. mech., exc. markings, bright bore, about as early and as nice as one would hope to find especially in blue as most seem to turn up in nickel finish, super, (note: lots of photo light reflection especially in top photo, looks more like bottom photo) $1150.
3) ABSOLUTELY SUPERB CONDITION FIRST MODEL LADYSMITH .22RF REVOLVER COMPLETE WITH PEARL GRIPS AND EXCELLENT ORIGINAL SUEDE PURSE-TYPE CASE, SERIAL NUMBER 14XX, ONLY 4575 OF THESE MADE 1902-1906, retains about all of the original bright nickel finish, exc. screws and action, exc. grips fit perfectly and have no chips or cracks, this is the nicest I've seen, stunning example of a difficult to find model, $2450.
4) COLORFUL, FRONTIER USED SCHOFIELD 2ND MODEL .45 CALIBER U.S. MARKED REVOLVER, ONLY 5934 MADE 1876-1877, typical of those sold as surplus to New York dealer Schuyler, Hartley and Graham who cut the barrels down to 5" or so, often nickel plated the guns (like this one), sometimes added swivels to the butt, changed grips etc. and sold them for use on the frontier (and sold a bunch to Wells Fargo & Co.), this one obviously saw hard serious use, there is a visible mark where the swivel once was in the butt on each side of the swivel hole, nickel remains only in the more protected areas of the frame and cylinder, great worn and yellowed ivory grips, action is lose and sloppy, but mainly works, bore is surprisingly fine, U.S. marking intact on the butt as is the serial number (5XXX), great display, (three photos) $1795.
5) SELDOM SEEN SUPER RARE AND DESIRABLE NEW MODEL No. 3 FRONTIER .44-40 SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER, 6 1/2 ", #1XXX, There were originally only 2072 of these revolvers between 1885 - 1908, made to compete with the Colt Single Action Army .44-40 and of these 786 were converted to .44 Russian caliber and shipped to the government of Japan- that leaves only 1286 New Models ever produced in .44-40! In the last twenty years I've only seen a few of these and they all saw very hard use, this one is all matching numbers including the hard rubber grips, is completely unfooled with, and shows only honest holster wear, fine nickel remains on the left side of the frame- typical as this is the protected side when worn in a right handed holster, right side retains nickel in protected areas below the cylinder, on and behind the recoil shield etc., still good nickel on the front strap and back strap, looks like there was once a little rust on part of the cylinder that was wiped off leaving very minor pitting, nice case color on hammer and traces on the most protected parts of the trigger guard, barrel retains some nickel in the flute under the rib, exc. markings, tight action, extractor functions perfectly, fairly bright fine bore, unaltered front sight, exc. grips, An almost never seen or offered S&W, this is a fine example, $3950.
6) EXCELLENT .44 SPECIAL HAND EJECTOR, SECOND MODEL REVOLVER, 6 1/2" BARREL, NICKEL FINISH, MADE 1921, only 17,510 of this model were made from 1915-1940 and I'm sure that low number reflects limited manufacture and demand during the Great Depression, this one retains nearly all the original nickel 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 often rub on), still retains some light case color on hammer and trigger, sharp bright bore, tight action, exc. markings, matching numbers, exc. checkered walnut grips, lanyard ring intact, these big frame pre-war .44s are becoming very hard to get, (note: lots of photo light reflection off bright nickel- looks better in person) $1450.
U.S. MILITARY AND SPRINGFIELD (click text for photos)
1) ONE OF THE BEST FIRST MODEL 1873 TRAPDOOR CARBINES I'VE SEEN, this example appears correct in every way- long wrist/9 1/4" comb stock, correct first model carbine rear sight with correct slotless screws, high arch breech block with correct markings, correct 1873 dated lock plate, this one is a high serial number late 1875 to early1876 manufacture with the number in the 63XXX range- one of the highest carbine numbers I've seen, exc. stock is an attractive deep reddish/brown color with very clear and sharp ESA in oval cartouche behind the sling ring bar, has a sharp circle P cartouche behind the trigger guard, barrel band has the stacking swivel intact, sling ring and bar intact, bright bore, barrel blue aged to a pleasing plum/brown, dark breech block/hammer/lock plate, super example and very difficult to find, $3450.
2) SIMPLY THE FINEST CONDITION 1884 .45-70 TRAPDOOR RIFLE I'VE EVER OFFERED! About as close to new, mint condition as one could hope to find, #418XXX with correct original cartouched stock dated 1888, correct in every way with beautiful deep original Springfield blue on all parts including the barrel, cleaning rod, barrel bands etc. (only a little scuffing on edge of butt plate), gorgeous vivid case color on the breech block and upper tang, correct Buffington sight, perfect inside, almost never seen like this, (three photos)$2450.
3) ANTIQUE SERIAL NUMBER 1898 KRAG RIFLE, #149XXX, MADE 1898, very hard to find these early first year 1898 Krags that are "antique," fine deep barrel blue, extractor on bolt top also shows some fine fire blue, dark receiver has never been cleaned or steel-wooled, fine dark walnut stock with good circle P cartouche and maybe a hint of a cartouche on the left wrist, bore is also dark, but should scrub out to VG or fine, windage adjustable Krag rifle rear sight, tight action, correct swivels, needs front sight blade only (it pins in place- easy), nice attractive example and super hard to find this early, $875.
4) REMINGTON MARK III WORLD WAR ONE SIGNAL PISTOLS (see above in Remington section)
5) WINCHESTER HOTCHKISS 2ND. MODEL U.S. NAVY .45-70 RIFLE (see below in Winchester section)
WINCHESTERS (click text for photos) .
1873 .38-40 WITH RARE 28" OCTAGON BARREL, MADE 1889, scarce 4" longer than standard barrel, overall metal an aged plum brown with good blue on the loading gate, dust cover intact, uncleaned brass lifter, generally fine+ wood with one ding in bottom of the forend- minor, original buckhorn rear sight with small blade front, dark bore will scrub out VG or better, overall uncleaned attic condition, $2195.
VERY RARE 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN ALMOST NEVER SEEN .32-20 CALIBER! (COMMON IN RIFLES, SUPER RARE IN CARBINES), A VERY LATE GUN IN THE #708XXX SERIAL RANGE, I called this one in to the Cody Museum and it letters as is and shows it was shipped in June of 1914 to Simmons Hardware, St. Louis, Missouri! I was surprised at this as most of these late 1873s were exported out of the country, (be nice to match it up with a fairly common Colt Single Action Army .32-20 shipped to Simmons- would be fairly easy to find), overall condition is particularly fine with most of the receiver blue intact but dulling from age, same with the barrel and magazine- more protected areas have brighter blue as does the loading gate, original dust cover intact, correct carbine rear sight needs slide on ladder only, correct front under-barrel magazine retaining band only found on this rare .32 caliber carbine as the .38-40s and .44-40s both have full bands that go around the magazine and the barrel, exc. screws, generally exc. wood shows light handling only, correct carbine butt plate without the trap for rods- not supplied with .32 caliber 1873s, uncleaned mellow brass lifter marked "32 Cal.", fine+ bore should clean better, one can look for one of these for years and not find one, especially this nice plus with a "destination" letter showing shipment in the U.S. (looks better than photos show) $4250.
INCREDIBLE 1873 OFFERING! .44-40 CALIBER TRAPPER SHORT-RIFLE WITH FACTORY 16" OCTAGON BARREL! All "trapper length" 1873s are rare, but the rifle version is probably many times more rare than the carbine version, the factory info on this one states: Serial Number Applied April 26, 1910, Type: Rifle, Caliber .44,, Barrel Type: Octagon, Barrel Length: 16 inches, Shipped to G. Amsinck & Co., New York, Received in the Warehouse May 07, 1910, Shipped from the Warehouse on July 28, 1910, Order number 266907. There is a lot of info online about G. Amsinck & Co. and it looks like they were a large company involved in exporting goods to other countries- especially to Spanish speaking countries etc. Probably this one went down to Central or South America, metal surfaces appear to have been cleaned a long time ago but retain good markings, brass lifter marked correctly ".44 Cal." possibly re-wooded at some time, barrel edges worn with magazine better and that may be a replacement because it seems in better condition than the rest of the gun, some old pitting on the receiver, two leaf rear sight with original front sight, action works fine, possibly a replacement dust cover, bore shows rifling but is pitted, action works fine, correct length short forearm, some replacement screws, a bit of careful restorative work would go a long way on this interesting and super rare Winchester, $3850. ``
PARTICULARLY FINE 1876 SADDLE RING CARBINE, .45-60 CALIBER, #24XXX, MADE 1882, this one shows nice uncleaned aged blue mixing plum on both the barrel and receiver with better receiver blue in protected areas, saddle ring intact, fine blue on loading gate, carbine rear sight, mellow uncleaned brass lifter, generally exc. screws, original dust cover, fine forend with light handling only, butt stock appears to have been lightly gone over, but not sanded and has tight wood to metal fit, exc. markings, bright bore will easily clean exc., really fine appearance, (note: in photo the color difference in stock and forearm is just angle of the light- note top versus bottom photos) $3950.
RARE U.S. NAVY HOTCHKISS 2ND. MODEL RIFLE, ONLY 999 MADE, .45-70 CALIBER, fine "SWP 1881" cartouche in the left rear of stock (rarely found on this model), one of the more difficult to find of the U.S. martial Winchesters because of such a low production number, "H.N." (Henry Nettleton) inspector marks on metal parts, minty bore, exc. mech., all correct U.S. and Navy markings, serial number in the 5XXX range, uncleaned metal with barrel showing aged and thinning blue, correct sights, cleaning rod and swivels intact, fine wood with the usual small hairline crack from the left side of the tang to the screw by the lever on the left side- almost all have this and it is caused by trying to remove the barreled action from the stock WITHOUT FIRST REMOVING THE BUTT PLATE AND REMOVING THE MAGAZINE TUBE. This is one of the better examples of this scarce model I've seen in a long time, $2250.
PARTICULARLY FINE 1885 LOWALL .22 SHORT, U.S. AND FLAMING BOMB MARKED WINDER MUSKET, fine deep barrel blue showing light age only, receiver blue mixing plum, original fully adjustable Lyman receiver sight retains fine blue, EXCELLENT BRIGHT BORE (!), excellent stock and forend shows only light handling, tight action, hard to find them this nice, $1195.
1886 .45-70 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1902, Winchester factory letter verifies all aspects of this rifle, fine magazine blue, barrel blue aged and mixing plum/brown, original front sight with three leaf express rear sight with all leaves intact (sights not mentioned in factory letter), fine wood with a shallow slivers out at upper tang juncture on each side, receiver mostly gray with some aged blue in the protected areas, bore should scrub out about exc., tight action, hard to find in this desirable caliber, $2750.
1886 .40-82 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1892, fine example with very good aged and lightly thinning barrel blue, mag tube mostly gray/brown with some blue on the very top section below the barrel, fine blue on the bolt, fine wood with tiny chip out of the usual upper tang/receiver juncture on the left side, mostly gray receiver with untouched screws, repaired crack in the upper tang just behind the hammer (this was always a weak spot) and is now solid- you have to look for it to really see it, original front sight, rear buckhorn may be a replacement and needs elevator bar only, fine bore has some scattered very light roughness that may scour out, tight action, this one came out of Idaho, sharp appearance, $2350.
FINE CONDITION 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN .25-20 CALIBER, MADE 1924, fine barrel and mag blue showing light age only, receiver a mixture of aged blue and brown with fine blue on the loading gate, exc. screws, original carbine rear sight with slide intact, front sight has a higher blade pinned in correctly, saddle ring staple intact with ring only removed, bore a little dark and looks like it has some leading in the grooves (rifling looks fine) and just needs a good scrubbing out, exc. walnut stock and forend with tight wood metal fit, attractive example, $1595.
ANTIQUE SERIAL NUMBER 1892 .38-40 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1896, fine example with nice aged blue on the barrel and magazine, receiver blue ageing and mixing an uncleaned and attractive plum/brown, fine blue on the bolt showing a little age only, fine screws, exc. wood to metal fit, fine blue on the loading gate, exc. stock and forend, surprisingly exc. bore shows only very minor surface scattered corrosion, attractive octagon rifle, $1950.
SPECIAL ORDER 1892 .32-20 ROUND BARREL RIFLE WITH HALF MAGAZINE, MADE 1911, aged barrel blue mixing heavily with brown, exc. wood (maybe slightly higher than standard grade walnut as usually picked for special order rifles) with tight wood to metal fit, uncleaned aged gray/brown receiver with good blue on the loading gate and some evidence of some old wiped-off rust- NOT steel wooled- very minor and barely noticeable, bore will clean excellent, original sights, tight action, $1295.
SUPER RARE CHECKERED PISTOL GRIP 1892 WITH EXTRA LONG 28” OCTAGON BARREL AND FULL MAGAZINE! .25-20, MADE 1901, everything checks out with the Winchester records at Cody, all pistol grip 1892s are really rare and one with a 28” barrel is amazingly so! Aged and thinned barrel blue, mag tube mostly brown, original sights, uncleaned mostly brown receiver with some blue remaining on the loading gate, unusual that it has a crescent butt plate as most pistol grip guns have shotgun butt plates, checkering a bit worn but good on the pistol grip, checkering on forend visible but heavily worn, initials in right side of butt stock- old and worn in- could probably be rubbed out, tight action, bore a little dark with fine rifling, a true 1892 oddity! $2850.
1892 .44-40 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1907, fine deep magazine blue, barrel blue aged to an attractive plum, original sights, receiver blue aged to gray/brown with some better blue in protected areas, fine+ bore needs a good clean but has good rifling and only minor scattered surface corrosion toward the middle of the bore- again, minor, generally exc. walnut stock and forend with good wood to metal fit and show light handling only, hard to find caliber! $1895.``
HIGH CONDITION RARE 1894 .38-55 WITH FACTORY HALF OCTAGON BARREL AND FULL MAGAZINE, MADE 1904, factory call in sheet verifies the configuration of this rifle, exc. stock and forend show light handling only with very tight wood to metal fit, exc. screws, exc. barrel and mag blue showing only a few tiny wear/scuff marks in the blue, original sights, fine receiver blue on the sides with gray edge wear and wear to the bottom, exc. bolt blue, tight action, nice blue on loading gate, exc. bore, super attractive and a very rare caliber/barrel/mag. combination in nice condition should prove a fine investment Winchester, $3250.
CLASSIC 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE, .30WCF, MADE 1924, a particularly fine example with exc. barrel and mag blue with the lightest handling wear only, fine receiver blue that is starting to age/flake a little brown and gray, ring intact, exc. screws, exc. wood shows light handling only, correct carbine sight with slide intact, perfect bright bore, very hard to find these 1920s vintage 1894s with any blue on the receiver as during this time they changed the bluing process and almost all receivers flaked to silver, fine example, $1395.``
VERY EARLY FIRST YEAR PRODUCTION 1894 .32-40 OCTAGON RIFLE, #11XXX, MADE 1894, very hard to find these first year Winchesters, barrel and mag are an aged and thinned blue mixing plum/brown, receiver shows good blue on the bolt with the balance mostly brown with traces of blue in the more protected areas, good blue on the loading gate, buckhorn rear sight with Lyman half-moon/ivory bead front sight, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, tight action with bore a bit dark and a little frosty with good rifling that should clean about fine, lots of Winchester history in this one, $1595. ``
1894 .38-55 EASTERN CARBINE (SPECIAL ORDERED WITHOUT SADDLE RING) MADE 1908, early for an Eastern Carbine as most of them were made after World War I, special three leaf express rear sight with all leaves intact, generally exc. walnut stock and forend show light handling only with tight wood to metal fit, barrel and mag blue thinning/mixing gray, receiver shows good fine on the bolt with the receiver sides blue mixing with brown/gray, bore a little dark with good rifling and should clean near exc., exc. screws, scarce early carbine, $1895.
FIRST ONE LIKE THIS I'VE SEEN: MODEL 1912 20 GA. PUMP SHOTGUN WITH 25" SOLID RIB BARREL AND CYLINDER BORE CHOKE! MADE 1924, these CYL bored sporting shotguns (not riot guns or trench guns) are known as "Brush Guns" and are fairly scarce, this is the first I've seen in 20 Ga., this is a well used gun, but unaltered and taken care of, aged blue on the barrel, receiver is an uncleaned gray/brown with maybe some traces of aged blue, tight action, exc. wood with original Winchester embossed hard rubber butt plate, bright exc. bore, tight action and takedown, matching numbers on receiver and barrel assembly, a real rarity in the Model 1912! $895.
MODEL 55 TAKEDOWN RIFLE, .30WCF CALIBER, MADE 1929 (THE YEAR OF THE GREAT STOCK MARKET CRASH!), fine example of a scarce model of which only 20,580 of all styles and calibers were produced from 1924-1932, retains nearly all the barrel blue with only minor wear, Marbles buckhorn rear sight, receiver mostly flaked to gray with good blue in the more protected areas and nice blue on the bolt and loading gate, tight takedown, exc. wood with correct steel butt plate, tight wood to metal fit, exc. bore, exc. screws, another Montana rifle, $1295.
MODEL 63 .22LR 20" CARBINE, #8XXX, MADE 1935, this one obviously had a scope on it at one time as the left side of the receiver is neatly drilled with four holes for a side mount (now has correct filler screws) and is now mounted with a period correct all steel Redfield receiver sight with adjustments for windage and elevation, fine deep barrel blue, receiver shows fine blue with wear to the bottom and slight edge wear, bright bore has a slight ring about half way down which shouldn't affect function or accuracy, exc. wood, nice appearance, $695.
RARE PRE-WAR MODEL 64 20" CARBINE, .30WCF, MADE IN 1937, very few of this short barrel version were made and all of this pre-war Winchester production was limited because of the crippling effect of the Great Depression, fine example with nearly all the barrel blue intact and only light freckling near the muzzle end, fine receiver and bolt blue again with light edge wear only, exc. wood, bright exc. bore, front sight hood intact, correct checkered steel butt plate, a little nicer than standard grade walnut- select walnut was often chosen for special order rifles, very difficult to find variation, (note: dark lines on stock in top photo is actually the grain of the walnut, lots of light reflection, this one looks better in person.) $2350.
NICE CONDITION MODEL 65 IN DESIRABLE .218 BEE CALIBER, MADE 1937, these are really hard to find in unaltered condition, this is a fine one with about all the barrel blue remaining and even retains the original hood for the front sight, exc. blue on the forend cap (!), fine receiver blue with gray on the bottom forward section and edge wear, exc. stock and forend with correct checkered steel butt plate, tight action, exc. bright bore, another rare model that fell victim of the Great Depression with very few being made! $3950.
MODEL 71 DELUXE RIFLE, .348 WCF, MADE 1956, ONE OF THE LAST OF THIS GREAT MODEL, a particularly fine example with exc. blue overall showing only a few minor barrel scuffs and some gray on the receiver bottom from normal hunting/handling, correct Lyman receiver sight with rear dovetail filler, generally excellent wood shows light normal handling, fine checkering and correct Winchester embossed grip cap and super grade inletted swivel studs, exc. bore and tight action, original checkered steel butt plate, tight wood to metal fit, (NOTE: lots of photo light glare and reflection makes the receiver blue look washed out and thin etc., it is deep bright blue except on bottom of rec. as noted, just go by my written description) $2495.
SCARCE THUMB TRIGGER MODEL (MODEL 99) .22 SHORT, LONG AND EXTRA LONG, these are usually found in terrible condition as they were boys' guns and almost all of them saw very hard use (by boys who found their souls in the woods instead of in front of computer game screens!), amazingly, this one has an EXCELLENT BORE, the wood is a deep reddish brown that has either been gone over or is a correct replacement stock as it is in excellent condition, original Winchester embossed hard rubber butt plate shows light wear and has the correct lightly engraved screws holding it on, barrel is an aged blue/brown patina with exc. markings, handsome and rare little rifle, $895.
BILL GOODMAN, 305 DONEGAL DRIVE, BOZEMAN, MONTANA 59715 TEL. (406) 587-3131 FAX (406) 219-3415
THESE W WERE SUCH GOOD NOTES FROM THE FIELD I'M KEEPING THEM HERE.
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 investment.