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 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. 21
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD (9/14/15) THE TREND IN BLACK GUNS IS ACTUALLY HELPING ANTIQUE/COLLECTOR GUN SALES! I speak with people from all across our great country every day and more and more I'm hearing the same complaints about the state of the current firearms market- new and used. The sentiment is becoming almost universal with the over 30 year old set, that the guns manufactured today "have no soul." Gun shops offer racks and display cases of plastic/polymer firearms all of which are identical. Yes, they are made well and generally built to last, but firearm ownership is more than simply having and using a utilitarian object. There is the important matter of pride of ownership. I remember long ago when I was in college and got invited on a dove hunt. I don't think I got off a shot that day, but I vividly recall sitting by a fence line with my Beretta Silver Snipe 12 ga. over/under across my knees. It was a nice, but lower end, Beretta. But to me the wood grain made it unique and the coin silver receiver contrasted beautifully with the blued steel vent rib barrels... I still have that shotgun and wouldn't sell it even though I don't use it much any more. I also have some synthetic stocked stainless steel bolt action rifles that are wonderfully accurate and that I've taken a good deal of game with. Somehow the memories and attachment to those rifles just aren't there. I could sell them and it wouldn't hurt at all. So, back to the main topic here, a lot of people are feeling the way I do (and probably you do too). This is why we are so drawn to walnut and blued steel in a rifle (and one that required the original owner to carefully stalk his game) that won't be effective at five or six hundred yards. We are also drawn to a hand-tuned revolver put together by a true craftsman, not injection molded and CNC machined by some technician. So again, the guns we like and want "have soul." And this lack of new products containing this important virtue are what's keeping antique/collector firearms prices on the rise. And maybe that's not such a bad thing for our investment portfolios!
COLT FIRE ARMS (click text for photo
RARE POST-CIVIL WAR CIVILIAN 1860 .44 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER, MADE 1868, much more scarce than the usual U.S. marked and cut for shoulder stock model, these were very popular on the Western Frontier well into the cartridge era as running out of cartridges was not a laughing matter when none could be procured, but powder and lead could always be found, even Wild Bill Hickok carried a pair of Colt 1851 .36 caliber percussion navy revolvers until his death in 1876, this is a fine example easily recognized by not having the recoil shields cut away and notch in the butt for shoulder stock, attachment, all matching numbers including the wedge in the 175XXX range, fine markings, fancy one piece walnut grips are excellent, still some blue in the more protected parts of the barrel but overall mostly an attractive uncleaned gray/brown patina with some scattering evidence of light rust and normal surface dings etc., nice screws, tight action and a particularly fine engraved cylinder scent, front sight has not been altered, very hard to find in this desirable civilian form, $2450.
VERY HARD TO FIND 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! $3950.
BEAUTIFUL, HIGH CONDITION SINGLE ACTION ARMY, .32-20 CALIBER, 5 1/2" #354XXX, MADE 1930, an outstanding investment quality example Pre-War First Generation Single Action Army that has seen little to no real use, about all the original blue remains with only minor thinning on the back strap, light edge wear on the cylinder and a touch of gray at the extreme forward edge of the ejector housing and muzzle on the left side, nice vivid case colors wit fading to silver only on the outside of the loading gate and minor fading on the left side of the frame (still good color) and a little on the top strap (again, good color), all matching numbers including the grips, tiny flake out of the bottom rear corner of the right grip- doesn't go all the way through, very minor, front sight has not been altered, most of the blue remains on the face of the cylinder indicating this one was rarely if ever fired, exc. vivid case color on the hammer, exc. blue on the screws and cylinder pin, tight action, exc. inside, a great start-of-the-Great-Depression Colt. (four photos) $5200.
SINGLE ACTION ARMY .44-40, 4 3/4" BARREL, MADE 1902, a well used but obviously well taken care of early smokeless Single Action (Colt warranted their revolvers for smokeless powder around 1900), fine action, worn but solid grips with letter "E" scratched in the bottom of one, (inside one is a set of initials scratched in with the date 1906- common among cowboys so they could easily prove their gun in case of theft), fine screws, overall metal an even gray/brown patina, fine bore may clean better, matching numbers, some very minor blue in the most protected areas, fine markings including the correct two line barrel address and COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER on the barrel side, nice overall appearance, great hard to find desirable frontier caliber, $2450.
SUPERB CONDITION LIGHTNING .32-20 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1901, About as fine an example as one could hope to find, this one retains nearly all the original bright and deep blue- a few of the most minor scratches/scuffs that you'd have to look hard to find and a little blue turning brown on the back quarter of the upper tang are the only parts where there isn't bright blue, mint bore, great case colors on the back of the hammer, perfect markings including the rampant Colt on the left side of the receiver, original sights, small British proof mark on the left forward part of the receiver and others on bottom part of barrel just ahead of the receiver, exc. wood, tight action, would be hard to improve upon, $3950.
SCARCE LONG BARREL OFFICERS MODEL .38 SPECIAL WITH 7 1/2" BARREL, MADE 1910, most of these hand fitted target models had 6" barrels with this longer length available on special order, correct markings with last patent date 1905, checkered back strap and checkered trigger, exc. bright bore, tight exc. mech., fine blue with some normal holster/handling wear to the barrel sides, edges, some on the right side of frame etc., still some fine fire blue on the trigger sides etc., checkered walnut Colt grips are from a later gun, but fit well, a class act that would cost too much to manufacture and hand fit/tune today! $795.
AMAZING COLT FIND! MODEL 1900 SIGHT SAFETY FIRST and MODEL AUTO, ONE OF 200 U.S. ARMY SECOND CONTRACT TRIAL PISTOLS, SHIPPED JANUARY 1901! This run of 200 guns for the U.S. Government is a distinct model unto itself as it is the only Model 1900 Sight Safety auto issued with coarse checkered walnut grips, correct front slide serrations, matching number on slide and frame, U.S. marking and R.A.C. inspector marks correct, (listed by serial number in Goddard's book), original 1884 patented nickel plated magazine (almost always missing or replaced), SIGHT SAFETY INTACT AND ORIGINAL (many of these were later altered), serial number in the 16XX range, fine blue on the frame sides with normal edge wear, bottom of the frame blue mixing gray, gray grip straps and trigger guard bottom, still some good fire blue on the trigger sides with some dark aged case color on the hammer, slide shows some good blue around the front sight and above the grip area with the balance gray/brown, exc. markings and mech., fine bore, not many of these exist especially in unaltered condition, truly the first U.S. Military Auto Pistol! These seldom come up for sale, $7850.
FINE CONDITION RARE EARLY 1905 .45 ACP AUTO PISTOL WITH ROUND HAMMER, #2XXX, MADE 1907, only about 6100 of these were made from 1905-1911 and many of those that have survived are in hard used and abused condition, this is one of the better ones I've seen in a while, exc. original checkered walnut grips show light wear only, fine aged and thinning blue on the slide with most of the blue ageing and wear to the edges with the tip and sides showing better color, exc. markings, fine frame blue with grip straps and bottom of trigger guard aged to brown, still some nice light case color on the stub hammer, exc. inside, unaltered sights, very difficult to locate especially this nice, (photo light reflection- looks better than photos) $4250.
EARLY MODEL 1908 .380 ACP HAMMERLESS POCKET AUTO, # 17XXX, MADE 1914, nice example that was used and carried but not abused, fine blue that is ageing and mixing plum fairly evenly with better blue in the more protected areas, exc. bright bore, exc. mech., fine solid hard rubber grips, nice, honest unaltered appearance with exc. markings, 101 year old Colt auto pistol in a great caliber! becoming very hard to find, $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, $375.
MARLIN (click text for photos)
1) EARLY J. M. MARLIN MARKED MASSIVE BALLARD No. 5 PACIFIC "BUFFALO" RIFLE, .45-70 CALIBER, 32" HEAVY OCTAGON BARREL, WEIGHS OVER 12 LBS, MADE 1876-1881 (after 1881 the rifles are marked Marlin Firearms Co.), rear of barrel correctly stamped "45 Govt" with matching numbers on the bottom of the barrel and on the inside of the crescent butt plate, fine markings, fine action, double set triggers function fine, correct ring lever, barrel is a mixture of very aged dark blue mixing brown/gray, original sights, gray brown receiver, forend shows saddle and probably cross-stick wear as it has the usual worn sliver of wood missing from the right side of the forend- almost all heavily used Sharps and Ballard buffalo rifles show this, solid wood with the usual couple age cracks coming back from the upper receiver and one in the bottom forward part of the forend- just age/stress cracks that go nowhere, wiping rod with brass tip may or may not be original (I'm sure these broke all the time), bore shows fine rifling with some usual light scattered roughness more toward the chamber area, the Ballard Pacific rifle was made for western frontier usage and the early heavy ones in big calibers are especially desirable and hard to find. $3650.
2) RARE AND DESIRABLE CALIBER .44-40 MARLIN FIREARMS COMPANY MARKED BALLARD No. 2 OCTAGON SPORTING RIFLE, usually these are found in either .32 or .38 Long Rim fire/Center fire caliber, I've only seen a few in .44-40, 28" medium weight barrel with correct original Rocky Mountain blade front sight with original buckhorn rear sight (needs elevator bar only), dark aged brown patina on receiver and lever, barrel blue also deep and aged/mixing plum, never cleaned or steel wooled, stock appears a little dry and has some age cracks extending back from the receiver, stock and forend show normal handling marks/dings as one would expect from a frontier caliber Ballard of the 1880s period, one small worn in chip at end of forearm on the right side, bore is dark with good rifling and should scrub out fine or better, lever spring a little weak, matching numbers, barrel top correctly marked "44 W," $1195.
2) PARTICULARLY FINE CONDITION 1881 .32-40 OCTAGON RIFLE WITH 28" BARREL, MADE 1888, most in this caliber were made with 24" barrels, all original throughout with fine deep barrel and mag blue showing light age only, original buckhorn rear sight with original Rocky Mountain blade front sight, fine receiver blue that is mixing a little with plum/brown, exc. butt and forend- NO cracks in forend as is typical on most of these ahead of the sliding loading gate, exc bore tight action, one of the better ones I've seen in a while, $2250.``
3) RARE 1888 OCTAGON RIFLE IN DESIRABLE .44-40 CALIBER, MADE 1889, only 4814 of this model was made from 1888-1889 and of those only 1727 were in .44-40 caliber. Most of the 1888s that are encountered are in hard, frontier used condition- especially those in the larger .38-40 and .44-40 calibers, this is one of the better one's I've seen in a long time, fine deep barrel blue with exc. correct markings, mag tube shows good blue on the top protected area below the barrel with the balance mixing brown, right side of receiver shows fine blue that is mixing lightly with some brown, fine deep blue on loading gate, left side of receiver shows good blue in the forward protected area with the balance gray/brown with some surface freckling toward the rear, flat top buckhorn rear sight with small blade front sight, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit shows very light handling only, tight action and EXC. BORE (needs a clean only), very very hard to find caliber in this model in this condition, $2495.
4) BEAUTIFUL CONDITION AND RARE M-93 .38-55 SPORTING CARBINE WITH 18" BARREL, also has the seldom seen MARLIN FIREARMS CORPORATION barrel address that was only used from 1922 to 1924, very unusual to find a carbine in this caliber at this late date as by this time most were .30-30 or .32WS, exc. barrel and mag. blue. correct 2/3 mag., exc. markings, vivid case colors showing only minor age/fading, exc. blue on the butt plate and barrel band with only edge wear, exc. wood, buckhorn rear sight with blade/bead front sight, MINT BORE, exc. markings with Special Smokeless Steel marking on the barrel, $2950.
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, $995.
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) 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
2) 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
3) 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
4) VERY HARD TO FIND 1894C .38 SPECIAL AND .357 MAGNUM CARBINE WITH 18 1/2" BARREL, COMPLETELY NEW IN BOX, with all paperwork, safety lock, hammer extension etc., $995. SOLD
5) EARLY MODEL 1894 .44 SPECIAL AND MAGNUM CARBINE, PRE-SAFETY, MADE LATE 1970s, complete with front sight hood and in about new condition overall, $895, SOLD
6) RARE MODEL 336CB "COWBOY" 24" OCTAGON RIFLE IN .38-55 CALIBER, this was a very limited run from the old Marlin company in North Haven, CT and are rarely seen now, fancy checkered with traditional diamond pattern in the middle of the wrist and forearm, basically new without box, $1195. SOLD
7) 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, $975 ``
8) JUST IN: VERY HARD TO FIND 1894CB "COWBOY LIMITED" IN .38 SPECIAL/.357 MAGNUM CALIBER WITH 20" OCTAGON BARREL, has some fancy grain walnut in the butt stock, about like new overall, $1150.
9) JUST IN: MODEL 1894S .44 SPECIAL AND MAGNUM DELUXE CARBINE WITH FANCY CHECKERED STOCK AND ORIGINAL MARLIN SLING, this is the later safety model, comes with original hooded sight and hammer extension used when scoped, about new overall, $875.
10) JUST IN: MODEL 1894CL "CLASSIC" .32-20 RIFLE, another fine limited production Marlin from the North Haven, CT plant, 24" round barrel with 2/3 mag., lightly used with minor handling marks only, I have one of these and it is a great shooter! $895.
ANTIQUE & CLASSIC RIFLES, SHOTGUNS AND PISTOLS (click text for photos)
TRULY FABULOUS CONDITION SCHUETZEN RIFLE BUILT ON THE TRADITIONAL AYDT GERMAN FALLING BLOCK ACTION, WITH DIES, BRASS ETC., mounted with a period Weaver 2.5X steel scope USING THE ORIGINAL GROOVED MATTED RIB MADE FOR WEAVER STYLE SCOPE MOUNTING (i.e., NOT DRILLED OR ALTERED FOR SCOPE USE)! Caliber is the usual 8.15 X 46R (included are two letters from the NRA dated 1975 giving info. on loading etc. for this caliber), included is a set of RCBS dies, loaded ammo and a load of cast bullets, brass is easily made from .30-30 cases shortened and run into the die, an amazing example of the gunsmith's art, this rifle has features that would cost thousands to include IF you could even find anyone capable of making the parts and installing them! The lower tang has a lever behind the double set triggers and fancy trigger guard/lever that when turned allows the entire lower tang with triggers to be removed for cleaning! The forend is held on by a wedge and A LEVER ON THE UNDERSIDE forward of the receiver (as shown in bottom photo), beautifully checkered wrist and forearm with thumb rest, schuetzen cheek rest with decorative rollover, Swiss/schuetzen butt plate, schnable forend tip, 31" octagon barrel with matted top, breech block marked "SYSTEM REFORM" and action is lightly border engraved, right side of barrel marked "Anton Freiberger" and the left side "Augsburg" (Germany's third oldest city) , exc. barrel blue, beautiful vivid case colors on the action and butt plate, bottom of the lever colors are more faded but good, sharp checkering, exc. wood, original sling swivels, ramped front sight with pinhead protected by "wings" on each side, tang has the original case colored base for a square shafted tang sight (which is not included, but would be easy to have made or found from a sight dealer), exc. bore, tight action, weighs about 13 1/4 lbs. I can't even imagine what a rifle like this would cost today to have built! (six photos) $2850.
HIGH CONDITION DOUBLE BARREL PERCUSSION 10 GA. MUZZLE LOADING SHOTGUN BY MOORE & CO., a truly fine English double with straight stock and smooth steel butt plate, checkered wrist and forend, both lock plates marked Moore & Co. and still retain fine case color, top barrel rib marked "London fine twist", original hammers retain some nice case color, barrels show almost all the twist pattern, sharp checkering, fine bright bores, single key forend, lightly border engraved lock plates, trigger guard, hammers, tang etc., twin silver bands at the breech, exc. mech., obviously a fine fairly high grade double in super condition, original ramrod, seldom seen in this condition! (hard to see case colors in photos) $1295.
OUTSTANDING CONDITION, SUPER RARE ODDITY .22RF CALIBER TAYLOR FUR GETTER! This is a very seldom seen animal trap gun (now fortunately outlawed for use!), solid brass construction with marking on the left side: TAYLOR FUR GETTER. over F. C. TAYLOR FUR CO., ST LOUIS, MO. The right side is stamped PAT'D JUNE 2, 1914 over OTHER PAT'S PENDING, cocking handle bait hook and ground spike/screw are steel, by throwing the lever on the right side the RIFLED barrel is pulled out for loading a single .22 RF cartridge, the steel ground spike can be removed by pulling a brass pin and sliding it off to reveal a screw for securing to a stump or wood stand, all steel parts retains a nice patina without any pitting, brass is uncleaned and unpolished with a beautiful mustard patina, bright bore, fully functional with all the setting adjustment dials for angle sets etc. intact, these are seldom encountered and when found are usually heavily weathered and cleaned from being left outdoors and later stored in barns etc. This is the best one of these rare devices I've seen. $2350.``
PARTICULARLY FINE 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, $1595.
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! $1695.``
GREAT WORLD WAR II ARTIFACT: EXCELLENT CONDITION 1942 DATED R. F. SEDGLEY SIGNAL/FLAIR GUN, synthetic rubber grip and frame with "USN" in a circle on the left and right grip centers, 6 3/4" barrel with the top rib marked "SIGNAL PISTOL MARK 5 R. F. SEDGLEY INC. 1942" I believe this is for the 10 ga. flair, all the dark finish remains on the barrel, exc. bore and mech., lanyard ring intact on the butt, not often seen, $250.
BALLARD RIFLES: (see above in Marlin section)
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 $1295.``
REMINGTON (click text for photos)
1) 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, $695.
2) VERY HARD TO FIND No. 1 ROLLINGBLOCK SPORTING RIFLE IN RARE AND DESIRABLE .45-70 CALIBER, factory standard medium heavy 26" octagon barrel with the correct and distinctive "Remington crown" at the muzzle (best way to tell if an octagon barrel Rollingblock or Hepburn has been cut down), uncleaned very aged barrel blue mixing brown, dark patina receiver with some aged blue on the breech block and hammer, looks like a few screws may be correct replacements- minor, original Remington style front sight and buckhorn rear sight, exc. markings on the left side of the receiver, fine forend, butt stock has a series of very small "kill notches" cut into the top of the comb- you can really only see them when looking down and not from the side, has a couple usual age cracks coming back from the receiver on the right side but everything solid and un-sanded etc., matching early serial numbers #3XXX, fine+ bore with good rifling throughout and some normal light scattered surface pitting, bottom of the barrel correctly marked "45" and "GOV . T" with the GOV . T part obscured by the forend- this is the way the factory stamped this barrel and it couldn't have been shortened by "setting back" or cutting the receiver end of the barrel because there would be an extra forend retaining screw hole and there isn't. This is a really scarce Frontier Rollingblock sporter in a great caliber with a lot of character and an un-messed with appearance. $2850.``
3) EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION .45-70 MODEL 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, $2250.
4) THE MOST DIFFICULT TO FIND AND DESIRABLE CALIBER IN THE ROLLING BLOCK MUSKET LINE! THIS IS A SMOKELESS MUSKET .30 U.S. CALIBER (.30-40 KRAG), I had always read that these were made and I've looked at every Rolling Block musket I've encountered in the last 30 years (!) and never found one... until now! About the only thing I can find on these is in the very back of George Layman's fine new book REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK MILITARY RIFLES OF THE WORLD in which he lists a chart of all the calibers of rifles/carbines shipped between 1888 to 1921. He shows four small shipments of .30 cal. U.S. rifles shipped between 1898 and 1901 totaling only 94 rifles with a notation that "Smokeless powder rifles in .30-40 Krag caliber were supplied to the state of Colorado." Remington markings on the tang show last patent date of 1874. Fine aged barrel blue, barrel marked ahead of the handguard ".30 U.S." correct military rear sight with ladder and slide, uncleaned receiver aged to a mottled brown, exc. screws, bore should clean exc., tight action, fine forend shows light handling only, handguard has a couple hairline cracks coming back from the rear sight and go nowhere, exc. butt stock with a couple cracks coming forward from the toe of the butt plate for an inch or so, right side of butt stock in the middle has the number "45" stamped in very small numerals, also has an unusual screw with contoured washer around it behind the rear swivel and an inch or two in front of the butt plate- looks original, but meaning/use unknown (see 3rd photo), needs cleaning rod only, I don't ever expect to see another one of these! (3 photos) $2350.
5) No. 2 ROLLING BLOCK SPORTING RIFLE IN .22 RF CALIBER WITH 26" OCT. BARREL, early example with metal forend tip (late ones have the ebony inlay schnable tip), matching numbers, overall a dark patina with some aged freckled blue on the barrel, extractor appears partially broken and is stuck in the forward position as is the firing pin (probably a little soaking in oil will free it), needs a trigger return spring also, original sights, fine+ wood with tight wood to metal fit, fair bore, this would be a great one to restore or just fix up a little and enjoy as is, looks like this one was stuck away in an attic and left for decades! good appearance and worth a little TLC, a surprisingly hard to find model, usually found in .25 or .32 Rim Fire, $495.
6) POSSIBLY EXPERIMENTAL OR SPECIAL ORDER 1899 LEE SPORTING CARBINE IN .30-30 CALIBER WITH 24" BARREL!!! I can't find any mention of this configuration in the Remington Lee book by Eugene Myszkowski, carbines had 20" barrels and were mainly made in a couple of military calibers (.30-40 Krag and 7mm Mauser), The barrel is clearly marked on the top with the Remington address in one lime and then "30 . 30" has the correct carbine stock and forearm all in one and the correct handguard- which is a little unusual as the front end stops under the barrel band instead of extending a half inch in front of it- removing the band shows it appears the wood has always been this length, exc. lightly aged barrel blue, fine blue on the receiver, exc. markings, correct small ladder carbine sight, fine+ bore only a little dark with sharp rifling, probably non-factory (but who can tell?) curved rear sling bar on bottom of stock, Possibly made by the factory from left over parts when the model was discontinued, I've never seen one like it and probably won't see another again! $1650.
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, $375 & $250.
RUGER FIREARMS (click text for photos)
1) MODEL 77 "MADE IN THE 200TH YEAR OF AMERICAN LIBERTY" MARKED RIFLE IN RARE .250 SAVAGE CALIBER, UNFIRED WITH RINGS AND ORIGINAL BOX WITH PAPERS, this pre-warning rifle was obviously made in 1976, 22" barrel without sights, very hard to find caliber especially with these early markings, box was stored separately (fortunately!) and shows some staining and water damage mainly to the ends, yet has the end label intact, a rare Ruger collectable in new condition, $1150.
SAVAGE FIREARMS (click text for photos)
1) 1899 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN DESIRABLE .30-30 CALIBER, MADE 1910, comes with correct Lyman tang sight, Sheard marked Marble Rocky Mountain blade front sight and scarce Savage marked rear barrel sight with "wheel" elevation adjustments, exc. bore, tight action with lever spring only a little weak, generally excellent wood with tight wood to metal fit, barrel and receiver blue aged and thinned with some gray/brown mixing and a few very small spots where there was rust on the receiver and wiped off- really minor and hard to see, saddle ring intact, a nice uncleaned and unmessed with example of a rare 1899 model, most of these are found in .303 Savage caliber, $1395.
2) 1899-B OCTAGON RIFLE IN DESIRABLE 30-30 CALIBER, MADE 1909, a really nice example of a difficult to find configuration, better than standard grade walnut in the perch belly butt stock with crescent butt plate is solid and not cracked or chipped, exc. forend, exc. blue on the 26" octagon barrel, mostly gray receiver with some blue in the more protected areas, original buckhorn rear sight with Rocky Mountain blade front sight, exc. bore, (I have one like this I shoot cast bullets in- lots of fun at minimal expense!) $1295.``
3) 1899-C HALF OCTAGON RIFLE IN STANDARD .303 SAVAGE CALIBER, MADE 1908, one of the more scarce in the 1899 line, fine aged and thinned barrel blue mixing a little brown, receiver the same with good blue in all the protected areas ageing and mixing plum and brown on the balance, never scrubbed or cleaned, generally fine+ wood shows light handling only with tight wood to metal fit, stock behind upper tang has one very small chip that was repaired and the usual age crack or two coming back for an inch or so- all very minor and typical for this model as the stock is held to the receiver with a long cross bolt running under the butt plate to the receiver, exc. markings serial number in the 77XXX range, Lyman blade/bead front sight with semi buckhorn rear sight, bore a little dark with fine rifling throughout, tight action, brass rotor magazine exc., matching number inside crescent butt plate and stamped in stock also, nice unfooled with example, $950.
4) SUPERB CONDITION AND VERY RARE EARLY STYLE MODEL 1907 .32 AUTO PISTOL, #62XX, MADE 1909, has the early style metal grips with Indian head and checkering, retains nearly all the bright blue with only minor edge wear mostly toward the bottom of the butt area with even the grip straps retaining all the blue! fine case colors on the hammer, tight action, correct magazine, exc. markings, mech. and bore, these early models with the metal grips are rarely encountered and when found are usually lacking any finish, this is the best I've seen! (looks better than photos as lots of light reflection especially in top photo) $875.
SHILOH SHARPS AND OTHER REPRODUCTIONS (click text for photos)
NOTE: I am also a Shiloh Sharps dealer. In fact, I am the only stocking dealer of Shiloh Sharps rifles. I frequently have a selection of NIB stock on hand for immediate delivery AT CATALOGUE PRICE WITH NO ADDITIONAL PREMIUMS OR FEES! For further info and lists of available rifles, see my other website, www.shiloh-ballard.com
1) SPECTACULAR SHILOH SHARPS, MADE IN BIG TIMBER, MONTANA, No. 1 SPORTER IN .45-90 (2.4" CASE), 30" heavy oct. barrel with Hartford collar and no rear dovetail, gorgeous extra fancy walnut, AA finish, pewter tip, brass escutcheons, accent line on the cheek piece and schnabble on the pistol grip, checkered steel butt plate, polished barrel, polished and fire blued screws, sling swivels, fitted with MVA 130 fully adjustable vernier tang sight and blade front sight, this rifle would cost about $4500 to order today and would take about two years to complete (with price increases along the way), all in like new condition, a beautiful Sharps! $3950.
SMITH AND WESSON (click text for photos)
1) ONE OF THE RAREST S&Ws I'VE SEEN OR OFFERED! NEW MODEL No. 3 CHAMBERED IN .45 SCHOFIELD CALIBER WITH TARGET SIGHTS! This revolver comes with a factory letter stating: "We have researched your Smith and Wesson New Model No. 3 44 Single Action Target, caliber .45 in company records which indicate that your handgun, with serial number 28XXX was shipped from our factory on Sept. 4, 1893 and delivered to Scott and Son, Birmingham, England. The records indicate that this handgun was shipped with a 6.5 inch barrel, blue finish and checkered black hard rubber grips." Apparently there were several of these manufactured for target shooting in England (tiny British proofs on barrel and cylinder) and they are somewhat of a mystery. This gun and another one or two were used in an article in the Smith & Wesson Collectors Assoc. Journal in 2012 (a copy of the article is included), all matching numbers, still some good blue on the frame around the cylinder and in the cylinder flutes with the balance a freckled gray/brown, exc. screws, exc. action, fine bore, still some nice case color on the hammer, finding a New Model No. 3 in anything but .44 Russian, .44-40 (rare), .32-44 and .38-44 Target models is almost unheard of! First I've ever seen in this caliber! The most advanced and complete S&W collections don't have one of these! $3450.
2) VERY DESIRABLE AND HARD TO FIND UNALTERED NEW MODEL No. 3 FRONTIER .44-40 #21X, 6 1/2 " BARREL, only 2072 of these were made between 1885-1908 and of those 787 were converted to .44 Russian caliber and sold to the Japanese Navy- so that left a total of only 1286 New Model No. 3 revolvers in .44-40 caliber, and this is one. Probably less than a third or so of the original nickel remains- a little difficult to tell as where the nickel has either peeled or worn the metal is fairly bright and all blends well making for a most attractive example of this rare revolver, there is some scattered evidence of light rust that was wiped off (not buffed) on the right side of the barrel and on the front sight and maybe a touch of this on the outside of the cylinder- minor, fine+ rubber grips, bright nickel in all the protected areas and underneath the frame, exc. markings and matching serial numbers on the butt, cylinder, barrel and barrel catch, fine mech. and bore is also fine+ that might scrub out to near exc., nice screws, great Western S&W not often seen, $2450.``
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, $2150.
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 a bit loose 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) $1595.
5) 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) $1395.
6) HIGH CONDITION .32-20 HAND EJECTOR MODEL 1905, 4TH CHANGE, #100XXX, MADE C.1930, scarce 4" barrel (usually these are 5" or 6"), exc. blue overall with only the most minor muzzle edge wear and a tiny bit of freckling/flaking on the side plate, exc. checkered walnut grips are matching numbered to the gun, bright case color on hammer and trigger sides, exc. markings, correct last patent date of 1914, unaltered, tight action, exc. inside, very hard to find caliber in this condition, (note: awful photos, lots of photo light reflection makes the blue look thin etc. you have to look close to find any blue missing on this one) $795.
7) SCARCE PRE-20 38/44 HEAVY DUTY N-FRAME REVOLVER, 4" BARREL, #S 148XXX MADE 1955-1956, these big .38 Special revolvers were very popular with law enforcement and border patrol agencies, tight action, exc. bright bore, diamond checkered magna grips, overall blue intact but dulling from age/carry and some mixing plum/brown on barrel, unaltered front sight, usual barrel length seems to be 5" with 4" less common. $795.``
8) ONE OF THE LESSER KNOWN POST-WAR S&W RARITIES: PRE-MODEL 12 AIRWEIGHT .38 SPECIAL M&P 2" WITH ORIGINAL MATCHING NUMBER ALUMINUM CYLINDER! Introduced as one of the first light weight alloy frame S&Ws in September of 1952. When cylinders started cracking from the use of hi-speed .38 Special ammo, the company changed to all steel cylinders in 1954. They also replaced many aluminum cylinders with steel. This example has all matching numbers including the diamond checkered grips and was made in 1953. An interesting feature on these is that the frames were made thinner and regular K-frame grips won't fit, exc. case color on hammer and trigger, most of the black finish remains with light cylinder edge wear, barrel marked "AIRWEIGHT" five screw frame has the scarce small "locking screw" to hold in the side plate screw in front of the hammer, tight action, exc. inside, rarely found example, and comes with a lined thumb-break Safariland holster, $895.
9) MODEL 40 "LEMON SQUEEZER" .38 SPECIAL 2" FLAT LATCH REVOLVER, #17XXX MADE 1960, only made from 1952-74, all steel with smooth walnut grips, surprisingly not very often encountered especially in the early version like this one, shows normal light carry/handling/holster wear mainly to the edge blue, tight action, perfect bore, another all blue steel discontinued S&W that is gaining collector status, (looks better than photos as oil on this one reflected light) $695.
U.S. MILITARY AND SPRINGFIELD (click text for photos)
1) SCARCE EARLY 1877 TRAPDOOR .45-70 RIFLE, #105XXX, C.1878, excellent example of a limited production model in the Trapdoor line as only about 20,000 were made and most got arsenal updated and altered over time, in the correct serial range that went from 75000 to 115000, rear sight correctly graduated to 1100 yards and secured with early "slotless" screws, light correct oval ESA 1878 dated cartouche in the stock along with the circle P proof behind the lower tang, fine deep barrel blue, also good blue on the front sight protector hood and the swivels, dark correctly marked breech block and lock plate (without the 1873 date on the lock as is correct), "MASS" stamped on the receiver ring, correct barrel proofs, exc. bore, exc. mech., fine+ wood overall with a few "rack dings" on the underside of the forend ahead of the trigger guard which is fairly common, later style cleaning rod, has an unusual circle stamping in the middle rear of the left side of the stock- meaning unknown- Native American or a brand?- one of the nicest examples I've seen in a while, $1295.
2) RARE MODEL 1881 TRAPDOOR 20 GA. FORAGER SHOTGUN, ONLY 1376 MADE BETWEEN 1881-1885, these interesting Springfields were made for use by government hunters and scouts at outposts in the West for hunting purposes, most saw very hard use and abuse, this one is complete and original, still retains a faint cartouche in the stock plus the circle P cartouche behind the lower tang, serial number 10XX, breechblock correctly marked "1881", barrel measures 25" so may have been shortened an inch during it's time of use- common as ice, snow or dirt stuck in the muzzle could cause a bulge that was quickly taken care of by shortening the barrel an inch or so, correct Civil War altered stock with filled ramrod channel, forend has a very old wood repair/fill at the tip and another small one toward the top of the lock plate, there is the letter "M" carved in the right side of the stock, slight crack coming back from the trigger area in the wrist on both sides that does not go through (common crack area), correct early style lock plate dated 1873, probably mismatched hammer- easily replaced with any Trapdoor hammer, surprisingly bright bore, dark patina metal, fine action and appearance, seldom seen U.S. martial arm with great western association! $1495.
3) TRULY AMAZING HIGH CONDITION SPRINGFIELD OFFERING! UNALTERED 1892 KRAG RIFLE, 2ND. TYPE WITH CLEANING ROD, #13XXX, these cleaning rod early Krags were only made from 1894-1895 and nearly all of them were recalled and altered to the 1896 type without the cleaning rod and other upgrades, somehow this rifle remained as issued! It has all the early features including cleaning rod, upper barrel band made for rod, flat butt plate without trap, straight toe of stock, flat muzzle (no crown), short handguard which does not cover the front ring of the receiver, extractor is smooth with no hold open pin, 1894 marked receiver, sharp and crisp "JLA" over 1895 dated stock cartouche along with sharp circle P cartouche, exc. plus wood has never been sanded or cleaned, fine lightly aged and lightly thinning barrel blue, uncleaned cloudy gray/brown receiver, swivels intact, EXC. BORE, the sight is the earliest 1896 type which was introduced in 1895, unaltered handguard matches stock perfectly, had a sling on it when I got it that was split at the bottom- included, bottom of the trigger guard worn bright from the sling with good blue on the front and back portions! no doubt one of the best extant, I've only seen a few of these over the years and this one is a gem! (five photos) $8400.
4) SCARCE EARLY "VARIANT" 1896 KRAG SADDLE RING CARBINE, .30-40 CALIBER, #32XXX, all correct and difficult to find now, made famous by Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders in Cuba in the Spanish American War, the "Variant" carbine is simply the early version marked simply "1896" on the receiver instead of "Model 1896" on later ones, faint stock cartouche on the wrist (the saddle ring always rubs on the cartouche) with sharper circle P cartouche behind the trigger guard, overall receiver metal in an uncleaned gray/brown, barrel has thinned and aged blue mixing heavily gray/brown- also uncleaned, exc. markings, correct fine+ wood and forearm, one very minor age crack for a half inch just ahead of the sling ring bar base going forward- hardly worth mentioning, correct "C" marked carbine rear sight (usually found with a replaced with a rifle rear sight), bore will clean about exc., tight action, correct rear sight protector barrel band, a nice unmessed with and uncleaned example, $2350.
4) REMINGTON MARK III WORLD WAR ONE SIGNAL PISTOLS (see above in Remington section)
5) COLT 1900 SIGHT SAFETY AUTO U.S. ARMY 2ND. CONTRACT (see above in Colt section)
6) SEDGLEY SIGNAL PISTOL, W.W.II, (see above in Antique/Classic 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.``
EXCEPTIONALLY RARE 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN .32-20 CALIBER! Almost all '73 carbines were made in .38-40 and .44-40 with very very few made in ,32-20. Most Winchester collectors have never seen one, easily identifiable by the lack of a front barrel/magazine band and having a small magazine retaining band dovetailed in the bottom of the barrel like on a Model 1892, this one is in particularly fine condition and was made in 1900, fine barrel and receiver blue that is dulling a little from age and mixing lightly plum, fine blue on the loading gate and richer blue in the more protected areas, mag tube shows some blue but is mostly aged to brown and has some light surface dings that are hardly visible, original carbine sights, exc. walnut stock and forend with tight wood to metal fit, exc. screws, fine+ bore, tight action, correct carbine butt plate without the trap door for cleaning rods (only used on .38 and .44 caliber rifles and carbines), mellow unpolished brass lifter marked "32 CAL," saddle ring intact, this is really a great carbine! $4950.
1873 .44-40 MUSKET, MADE 1894, very attractive example and all complete with original dust cover, military rear sight, swivels etc., uncleaned overall with aged blue-brown patina on the left side of the receiver with better blue in the protected areas and fine blue on the loading gate, barrel blue also aged to a nice even mellow plum, uncleaned mustard yellow brass lifter factory marked "44 CAL" exc. wood shows light handling only with three small script initials (?) that may be foreign arsenal markings or some other identification marks- all very old and worn in, tight action, exc. mech., exc. bore, really fine unmessed with example, plus antique serial number- many of these were made post-1898, $2450.
1885 RARE AND DESIRABLE THICKSIDE HIGHWALL OCTAGON SPORTING RIFLE IN UNUSUAL .38-56 WCF CALIBER, WITH FACTORY LETTER SHOWING SHIPMENT AS DESCRIBED BELOW IN 1894, really nice condition example in a scarce caliber of which only 610 Winchester single shots were made, this cartridge is simply the .45-70 case necked down to .38 caliber and holds a full 56 grains of black powder (compared to the more common .38-55 which in actuality is a straight .30-30 case and holds only about 45 grains of powder), 30" #3 weight octagon barrel, shipped from the warehouse in August 1894, the receiver still exhibits light wispy silvered case colors, exc. barrel blue showing only the lightest age and edge wear, buckhorn rear sight with Rocky Mountain blade front, exc. wood with very tight wood to metal fit, bore will clean exc. with only the lightest corrosion ahead of the chamber- really minor, tight action, great looking rare caliber and thickside Highwall, $3650.
PARTICULARLY FINE AND ONE OF THE VERY LAST OF THE GREAT 1886 TAKEDOWN EXTRA LIGHTWEIGHT .33WCF RIFLES, PROBABLY A "PARTS CLEAN-UP" EXAMPLE, #159XXX, MADE 1928-1932, This is one of the highest serial number 1886 rifles I've seen and has the last "MODEL 1886" stamping on the right side of the barrel, exc. barrel and mag blue, original sights, fine deep blue on the receiver sides and on the bolt and loading gate with only normal edge wear and bottom wear, tight takedown, exc. screws, exc. bright bore, exc. wood showing only a few light handling marks with tight wood to metal fit, correct Winchester embossed shotgun butt plate, still a bargain in the Winchester lever action field, but starting to go up rapidly in value, $3200.
FIRST YEAR PRODUCTION 1887 12 GA. LEVER ACTION SHOTGUN, #31XX MADE 1887, fine uncleaned and unmessed with very early example, aged barrel and mag blue mixing heavily brown, receiver also aged dark, generally excellent stock and forend showing normal light handling marks only, tight wood to metal fit, correct checkered steel butt plate, exc. screws, tight action, bore has usual light surface pitting, uncut 30" barrel, exc. correct early markings including the Winchester monogram on the left side of the receiver, great appearance, very hard to find first year productions examples, $1395.
1892 TRAPPER SADDLE RING CARBINE IN RARE 25-20 WITH FACTORY 16" BARREL, MADE 1917, almost all the short "Trappers" were in .44-40 caliber, anything else is rare, the previous owner of this carbine had an extra barrel made the same length in the same caliber and installed as he wanted a shooter with a perfect bore so this one has the original barrel with correct markings in the correct place etc. PLUS the professionally altered standard carbine barrel also in 16" length that is mounted on the rifle- it would be easy to re-install the original barrel- fine+ wood with tight wood to metal fit and CORRECT SHORT FOREARM show light handling only, mostly brown receiver with some light rust pitting on the bottom behind the serial number, original barrel and mag tube show blue with outside rust and scattered pitting that could be cleaned better- still some good blue on the barrel, bore is a bit worn and frosty- might clean better, fine markings, exc. screws, correct carbine rear sight (now on the replacement barrel) and carbine front (only the pinned blade was taken from the original barrel and put in the replacement), this is the shortest legal length barrel so no ATF papers are needed, $3650.
VERY EARLY 1892 .44-40 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1893, barrel blue naturally aged to an attractive plum/brown with better blue between barrel and mag., mostly gray/brown receiver with some blue in the most protected areas, nice screws, original sights, generally exc. wood shows light handling only with very tight wood to metal fit, bore looks a bit frosty with some light scattered roughness and could use a good scrubbing out, tight action, fine blue on bolt, needs some oil and a little TLC, $1495.
1892 .32-20 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1910, honest uncleaned example with find lightly aged barrel blue, mag tube mixing plum, receiver blue aged to plum/brown with good blue on the loading gate, fine wood with very tight wood to metal fit shows normal light handling, buckhorn rear sight with unusual round base blade/bead front sight in factory dovetail, fine bore is s bit dark with good rifling and needs a good scrubbing out- any roughness is fairly surface and light, nice appearance, $1295.``
1892 .25-20 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1923, fine deep blue on the barrel and mag tube, forend cap blue ageing blue/plum, BRIGHT MINT BORE, aged receiver blue mixing brown, fine blue on the loading gate, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, original sights, tight action with half cock slightly weak, nice appearance with lots of blue and great bore! $1575.``
UNUSUAL SPECIAL ORDER 1892 WITH 26" OCTAGON BARREL AND FULL MAGAZINE, .25-20 CALIBER, MADE 1908, actually a very rare extra length as most people wanting a longer barrel ordered more than 2" over standard, bore a little dark with fine rifling, original sights, barrel and mag show good aged blue with a few scattered spots where some rust had been wiped off, receiver mostly dark aged metal with some blue in protected areas and again a couple minor spots of wiped off rust, generally exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit showing normal light handling only, tight action, a rare variation seldom encountered, nice appearance overall, $1650.
EXCELLENT CONDITION VERY LATE PRODUCTION 1892 OCTAGON RIFLE, .25-20 CALIBER, #996XXX, MADE 1929, ONE OF THE LAST OF THE 1892 RIFLES! Correct very late barrel markings including the "Model 92" stamping, retains nearly all the barrel and mag blue with only the lightest of handling marks, receiver retains most of the late 190s style of blue that looks more dull black- these late guns almost always have the receivers flaked to silver, this one shows only very minor thinning/freckling, exc. wood shows only light handling, tang sight with blade/bead front sight, filler in rear dovetail- doesn't look like it ever had a rear sight, bright minty bore, late rifles like this one especially in octagon are quite scarce, made in the year of the Great Stock Market Crash! $2250.
EXCELLENT CONDITION 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE, .32WS, MADE 1926, one of the last of the true classic saddle ring carbines, this one shows fine blue on the barrel and mag with only light age and a few normal scuffs, correct carbine ladder rear sight with slide intact, front sight correct "double base" Marble blade with bead, fine deep receiver blue that is typically duller than the high polish blue found on earlier vintage 1894s, receiver blue shows wear to the edges, bolt and under side and upper tang with most of the balance remaining, exc. walnut stock and forend with tight wood to metal fit, tight action, nice screws, MINT BRIGHT BORE, $1795.``
LOTS OF CHARACTER IN THIS CLASSIC 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN .30WCF, MADE IN 1919, AND CAME OUT OF RIGHT HERE IN MONTANA! nice uncleaned and unmessed with condition overall with good aged barrel and mag blue that is thinning/mixing brown and some gray, correct carbine rear sight with slide intact, correct carbine front sight with small brass blade in original base, receiver shows some very aged blue mixing brown on the sides with balance gray, good blue on loading gate, fine wood WITH INLETTED BUFFALO NICKEL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE STOCK (you gotta love this kind of stuff!) that was no doubt added with the rifle was in use here in Montana, couple minor age cracks coming back from the receiver that go nowhere, fine forend, bore a bit dark and shows some wear, but should clean out fine, great appearance and appeal, I almost kept this one for myself! $995.
CLASSIC 1894 .30WCF ROUND BARREL RIFLE MADE 1927, one of the last of the rifle configurations of this model, has all the correct late "M-94" markings on the upper tang and on the barrel, fine barrel and mag blue showing light age and minor dulling, fine blue on the bolt and loading gate with the balance of the receiver flaked to gray as is typical of this 1920s vintage Winchester action, exc. screws, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, MINTY BRIGHT BORE, tight action, buckhorn rear sight with high blade front sight, these late rifles are surprisingly hard to find as by this date Winchester was turning out mainly carbines and fazing out the longer barrel rifles, $1395.
EARLY SPECIAL ORDER 1894 CARBINE WITH SHOTGUN BUTT, NO RING, .30WCF, MADE 1899, a "call in sheet" from the Cody Museum comes with this one and confirms it is a carbine in .30 caliber with "shotgun butt" and "no sling ring," fine barrel blue shows light dulling from age only, exc. mag. blue, mostly gray receiver with some blue in the most protected areas only, fine walnut stock and forend, hard rubber butt plate may be a correct old replacement as it seems slightly oversize (and has a couple shallow edge chips), tight action with bore that will clean exc., three leaf express sight with all leaves intact, priced right at $1195.
SCARCE AND COLLECTABLE M-94 XTR "BIG BORE" .375 WIN. CALIBER DELUXE CARBINE, ONLY MADE IN LIMITED NUMBERS FROM 1978-1987, near new condition with only a little freckling of the blue on the forward part of the lever mech. on the bottom of the receiver, sharp checkered stock and forearm, original Winchester embossed red rubber butt late, exc. wood, screws, mint bore etc., great caliber/rifle combination! Getting hard to find and going up in value rapidly, $975.
EARLY ANTIQUE SERIAL NUMBER 1895 STANDARD RIFLE IN .30-40 KRAG CALIBER, #6XXX, MADE 1897, thin blue/gray overall, exc. screws, tight action, original sights, barrel has been re-crowned- probably had either worn rifling at the muzzle or some dings- fine wood showing normal light wear and tight wood to metal fit, bore a bit dark with strong rifling throughout, ""30 US" on top of barrel. but no other markings which is correct on early rifles when the Winchester address markings are on the side of the receiver as on this one, correct early tang marked "WINCHESTER" over "MODEL 1895," correct ebony inlay in forend tip, hard to find antique serial number 1895s in any condition, $1195.``
ONE OF THE LAST OF THE 1895 SADDLE RING CARBINES, .30-40 CALIBER, MADE 1929, exc. walnut stock, forearm AND HANDGUARD, with tight wood to metal fit, nearly all the deep barrel blue remains, correct sights, receiver shows flaking/dull blue with about half mixing gray/brown, exc. bright blue on the bolt, saddle ring intact, two really tiny swivel holes filled in stock and forend- not much more than tack holes, pull through cleaning brush still in butt stock trap, exc. screws, MINTY BORE, great example and hard to find with original handguard intact, $2495.
RARE 20" CARBINE MODEL 64 IN SCARCE .32 WS CALIBER, MADE 1941, nice example that has seen light normal use only, ex. barrel and mag blue, flaking but some good blue on the forend cap, receiver sides and top show good deep blue with edge wear and some bottom wear, exc. stock and forend show light handling only, correct original checkered steel butt plate, tight action, rear buckhorn sight needs elevator bar only- minor, exc. bright bore, rare variation especially in this caliber, (looks much better than photos show as lots of light reflected off wood and metal- as always, go by my written description.) $1795.
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD: (27 April 2011) CRACKED STOCKS! Seems like an odd thing to write about, but this is something I've not seen in print before. I've observed a lot of rifles with cracks coming straight back toward the butt plate from the upper and lower tangs. Sometimes the cracks are severe enough to warrant repairs (like cross bolts etc. through the wrist or extensive gluing) and other times the stock remains pretty solid as is. So what caused this condition in the first place? I've hunted with all kinds of rifles in all kinds of weather and terrain and never had a gun get damaged like all these I've seen. And I've taken some pretty bad falls too. Once, on ice I couldn't see beneath a couple inches of fresh snow, my feet went out from under me and my rifle landed a number of yards away! Still, no cracks like these. So I've been puzzled by this for some time. Then it hit me, since these guns all seemed like Western big game rifles- large lever actions like 1876 and 1886 Winchesters or Marlin 1881 and 1895s as well as all over while the rifles were in saddle scabbards- fairly common in icy winter conditions, especially in the mountains. Also, sometimes horses will walk so close to trees that they rub against them. If a rifle is in a butt-forward position scabbard, the rifle can go on one side of the tree and the horse the other causing a stress cracked stock. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think so. The wrists are fairly strong on most rifles and it takes a lot to crack one. If anyone else has a different theory about this condition, I'd like to hear it!
NOTES FROM THE FIELD: (24 OCTOBER 2011) "GUNS OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION YEARS" When the Great Depression began with the Stock Market Crash of 1929 America was taken by surprise. Prior to this pivotal event, in the gun industry production was high and sales were brisk. Almost overnight sales fell off hugely. The Winchester Handbook by George Madis shows production numbers by years of some of the major models. This is pretty illuminating. Here are some examples: Model 1890 .22RF had 12,367 produced in 1928 and 696 made in 1932; Model 1892 saw 64,833 produced in 1910 and 491 in 1930; Model 53 had 2,861 produced in 1925 and 30 made in 1937; Model 1894 had 29,967 made in 1927 and only1,192 made in 1934; Model 55 had 3,064 made in 1927 and 42 made in 1936. Colt, Marlin, Savage, Remington and Smith & Wesson etc. all f elt the same pressure. With production down to a fraction of what it was, the big manufacturers had no choice but to fire employees. Those lucky enough to be retained were the most highly skilled and experienced craftsmen. They also had time to put extra fine fitting and finishing into each firearm. Generally, the quality of these guns is truly exceptionally. With production numbers of these late pre-war arms relatively small and quality without peer, their value should be assured. Some of the scarce large frame Colt and S&W handguns- especially the target sighted versions- are almost breathtaking in their fit an d finish. This has been an under-appreciated niche in arms collecting/investing. It is my belief Great Depression era arms are often "sleepers" on the antique market today and are bound to increase in value at a rapid pace making them excellent long term inv