BILL GOODMAN, P. O. BOX 2002, BOZEMAN, MONTANA 59771
TEL. (406) 587-3131 FAX (406) 219-3415
Bill Goodman has been a collector of antique/collector firearms for well over 40 years and a full time dealer for over 30 years. Traveling around the country constantly seeking good quality collector arms at REALISTIC PRICES, Bill sells exclusively by mail order. 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
LIGHTNING RIFLE IN DESIRABLE .44-40 CALIBER WITH OCTAGON BARREL, MADE 1889, fine example throughout with nice even dark barrel and mag blue that has naturally aged and is mixing with a little plum but never cleaned, receiver also retains most of the blue that has aged similarly to the barrel and magazine, exc. markings on barrel and still retains the rampant colt stamping on the left side of the receiver, fine+ wood with tight wood to metal fit, good checkering on the forend with only one minor age crack on the right side coming forward from the rear to the first screw and goes no further, tight action which locks up properly when the rifle is cocked (most don't), original buckhorn rear sight (needs elevator bar only) and Rocky Mountain blade front sight, near excellent bore is a little dark only with sharp rifling and any roughness is minor and surface, a true unmessed with Lightning that has never been cleaned or "helped" by anyone in the last hundred+ years! $2350.
CLASSIC ANTIQUE SERIAL NUMBER SINGLE ACTION ARMY, IN .45 COLT CALIBER, 5 1/2" BARREL, #165XXX, MADE 1896, a true cowboy revolver that came out of Arizona, overall metal is gray with some evidence of rust pitting mainly on the frame on the left side ahead of the cylinder and scattered on the barrel- not real deep, but there and never buffed out or heavily scrubbed, fine single line barrel address, patent dates on the frame and ".45 COLT" marking on the side of the barrel is weak but mostly readable, matching serial numbers, fine+ screws, original front sight has not been filed, tight action, bore dark with good rifling, exc. grips fit perfectly, lots of Old West history and hard to find with antique serial numbers!(4 photos) $2650.
OUTSTANDING CONDITION AND RARE CONFIGURED SINGLE ACTION ARMY! THIS ONE IS A SCARCE 7 1/2" BARREL .38-40 CALIBER (FEW .38-40s MADE IN THIS LENGTH) WITH BEAUTIFUL FULL NICKEL FINISH (ALSO RARE), WITH FACTORY LETTER SHOWING SHIPMENT TO MONTGOMERY WARDS, CHICAGO, IL JANUARY 28, 1899, the letter indicates serial number 1831XX, .38-40, 7 1/2" barrel, nickel finish and rubber stocks, overall this is truly an exceptional Single Action, all matching numbers including the grips, bright original nickel finish overall with only a couple of small spots of peeling by the muzzle, some freckling & very light peeling around one cylinder flute (positioned so it can be seen in the photos) and on the frame ahead of the cylinder and minor spots of the same on the back strap- all extremely minor and in small areas, exc. blued screws, exc. cylinder pin, sharp markings overall, exc. grips, even retains most of the nickel on the front face of the cylinder indicating this gun was fired little if at all, tight action, barely a cylinder ring on the surface of the nickel, mint bore, very rare barrel length with this caliber and even more rare special nickel finish, a fabulous investment Colt! ( four photos- difficult to photograph as lots of light reflection can distort things, the nickel is all bright and smooth, back strap and top strap too) $8250.
FINE CONDITION U.S. MARKED MODEL 1878/1902 DOUBLE ACTION .45 COLT "ALASKAN" OR "PHILIPPINE" MODEL, 6" BARREL, #45XX X, all correct Colt markings plus the government inspector stamps of "RAC" and "JTT" plus "1902" on the frame, this is the distinct model having the large trigger guard which gave it the erroneous name "Alaskan" model as some people thought it was for people wearing gloves in the cold country. This is actually wrong. Other wrong info on this model suggests it was issued for use in the Philippines where the locals were of smaller stature and their hands weren't big enough to easily fire this big revolver, so they put the large trigger guard on it to allow for a TWO FINGER TRIGGER PULL! This makes sense (as the arsenals also issued the Krag Philippine Constabulary Rifle which was an 1899 Krag CARBINE made with longer wood to resemble a short military infantry rifle- again better suited to the local people's size)-BUT WRONG AGAIN. The real reason, as explained in Wilkerson's excellent book on the Colt 1878 is simply that the main hammer spring wasn't strong enough in the 1878 to reliably ignite the primers on military manufactured .45 Colt ammo meant for the more powerful hammer fall of the Single Action Army. In order to increase the spring power and still make it possible to fire the revolver double action, the trigger had to be lengthened for more leverage and thus the bigger trigger guard! It's as simple as that. This is a better than usually found example with nearly all the barrel blue intact with only some holster wear on the left side for a couple inches back from the muzzle, fine deep blue on the cylinder, only the outside of the ejector housing shows holster wear with the protected areas on the sides showing fine blue, fine frame blue showing normal light thinning, dulling blue on the grip straps and trigger guard bottom, exc. fire blue on the hammer back and trigger sides, fine Colt hard rubber grips showing some scratches and wear on the right panel which is typical of holster wear, lanyard swivel intact, front sight has not been altered, exc. markings, exc. bright bore, (3 photos) $1795.,
VERY EARLY 1908 .380 POCKET HAMMERLESS AUTO, #11XXX MADE THE YEAR THE TITANIC SANK IN 1912! A good example that was carried and used lightly, but not abused, shows good blue overall with normal edge wear and back strap/grip safety wear to gray, original stylized "C" with rampant colt grips- right grip has a small edge chip on upper inside area, two-tone magazine is marked "CAL 380" over "COLT" bore will clean exc., unaltered sights, tight mech, unaltered sights, still retains some fire blue on the trigger and safety, (photo lights reflected badly- looks better than photos) $895.
NOW DISCONTINUED AND VERY EARLY 3RD. GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY SHERIFF MODEL, 3" BARREL WITH DUAL CYLINDERS FOR .44-40 AND .44 SPECIAL, UNFIRED IN WOOD GRAINED CARDBOARD BOX MADE 1980, this is a blue and case color revolver from the custom shop, interestingly this one was ordered with rosewood grips and gold Colt medallions, no cylinder drag line- looks unturned! comes with Colt booklet etc. box is a bit scuffed and tattered, but basically very sound, Styrofoam is fine, even has the Colt hang tag! Never to be made again and already 36 years old! These will only increase in value over time, (note: photo light reflection makes the blue looked washed out and thin... just the light, it's all like new) $2150.
ONE OF THE RAREST AND HARDEST TO FIND OF THE POST WAR DOUBLE ACTION COLTS! THIS IS THE COURIER MODEL MADE FROM 1953-1956 ONLY AND LIMITED TO CALIBERS .32 NEW POLICE (.32 S&W LONG) AND THE MUCH MORE RARE AND DESIRABLE .22LR. THIS ONE IS IN .22 LONG RIFLE CHAMBERING! According to The Book of Colt Firearms by R. L. Wilson, only about three thousand of this model were made in both calibers combined. Wilson says: "The Courier is one of the seldom-encountered cartridge revolvers produced by the Colt Company. Advertised only in 1954-1955, it was quickly superseded by the Agent model. Both guns are the Cobra with stubbier butts. The Courier was available in .32 and .22 calibers and with 3" barrel." All had alloy frames, steel cylinders and checkered walnut grips with Colt medallions. Most of these that I've seen over the years have been in .32 caliber and because of the alloy frames often have a good deal of wear to the anodized finish that didn't hold up as well as a blue finish on steel. This example is one of the best I've seen as it has almost all the original finish and appears about unused. Even the face of the cylinder retains nearly all the blue indicating that it was seldom if ever fired. At worst it has a fleck or two of the tiniest of edge wear that you'd have to look carefully to find! Some of the most advanced Colt collections lack a .22LR Courier model! $1795.
MARLIN (click text for photos)
1) FINE EARLY 1881 OCTAGON RIFLE IN DESIRABLE .45-70 CALIBER, #5XXX, MADE 1883, WITH AGENT MARKINGS ON THE BARREL, top of the barrel ahead of the receiver marked in very small letters in two lines: "V. Kindler" over "East Saginaw," I have seen his marking before, he was a very large firearms dealer in Michigan, barrel correctly marked "45 GOVT" or .45-70 caliber, 28" octagon barrel, receiver is uncleaned and aged to an honest brown patina with aged blue on the bolt and sliding loading gate, barrel and mag show good very aged blue that has turned/mixed plum/brown, buckhorn rear sight with brass blade front, fine+ wood showing only very light handling and is NOT cracked ahead of the loading gate on the forearm as most seem to be, appears to have some nice fiddle back grain under 130+ years of grime! Good wood to metal fit, wood has never been sanded or even cleaned, tight action, bore is a little dark with very strong rifling and only minor scattered surface roughness that might even clean out better, overall a desirable big .45-70 Marlin in unfooled with condition, $2950.
2) EXTREMELY RARE TOP-EJECT MODEL 1888 OCTAGON RIFLE IN .32-20 CALIBER, MADE 1889, it seems almost all of this model (which was only made for two years) saw very hard use and often abuse, this one certainly saw hard use and has the common "horse roll-over" cracked wrist area of the butt stock which has been frontier/blacksmith repair with screws and bolts (see my Notes From the Field" concerning these cracked rifles at the bottom of this site), aside from that the balance of the rifle is fine, only 4,814 Model 1888s were made and of these only 1,785 were in .32-20 caliber, overall barrel, magazine and receiver are an even and uncleaned dark aged blue that is mixing plum/brown, exc. markings, tight action, bore is dark with good rifling and scattered light roughness throughout, buckhorn rear sight with small copper blade/bead front sight, the most difficult Marlin model to find in any condition, great frontier appearance, $1495.
3) 1889 .44-40 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1891, I think this one suffered slightly poor storage as it retains most of the deep blue but has some light scattered surface freckling that is really minor on the barrel and magazine and has never been cleaned, receiver shows fine deep blue with some thinning on the sides but mainly all intact with a little edge wear, bore has one area of pitting a few inches back from the muzzle with the rest of the bore fine+ and fairly bright, original buckhorn rear sight with Rocky Mountain blade front sight, fine+ forend, solid butt stock with a couple usual very small chips at the upper tang/receiver juncture, probably had a tang sight on at one time as the filler screws in the factory drilled holes are missing, half cock/safety notch very weak, light trigger pull, still retains the lever catch which is often missing on this model, $1195.
4) CLASSIC 1893 .38-55 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1903, fine aged barrel blue, original buckhorn rear sight with Rocky Mountain blade front sight, mag tube aged to an uncleaned and pleasing plum/brown, exc. markings, receiver also an uncleaned mottled brown, fine wood with good wood to metal fit and one crack/chip repair to the left side of the wrist coming back from the receiver to the lower tang- nicely repaired with no gaps and blends very well, bore a little dark and worn, but NOT heavily pitted with good rifling, marked "Special Smokeless Steel" on the barrel, tight action, $1195.``
A NOTE ABOUT "MODERN MARLINS": Marlin has closed its doors for good in North Haven, Connecticut and been bought out by the folks who own Remington. It looks like some models have been put back into production with the barrels marked "Utica, New York." I did see one of the new ones with the old North Haven barrel address so I assume they had left over barrels they were using up. Quality in wood to metal fit was fair at best and trigger pulls were off the scale heavy! I don't know if any of the octagon barrel "cowboy models" will be produced again, although their online catalogue does show a model 1894 cowboy-type with octagon barrel in .45 Colt caliber only. I believe these traditional Marlins made in limited runs in North Haven, CT are going to be tomorrow's sought after Marlin collectibles. Already prices for them are escalating rapidly.
1) SCARCE MODEL 375 CHAMBERED FOR THE FINE .375 WCF CARTRIDGE AND ONLY MADE IN LIMITED QUANTITIES FROM 1980-1983, a really great short to medium range caliber (I have one in a Ruger No.3 single shot that shoots amazingly small groups), 20" barrel with 2/3 mag., factory sling swivels and factory drilled and tapped for scope mounting, this one is in near new condition, $995.
2) NICE CONNECTICUT MADE 1894 .44 MAGNUM 20" CARBINE, excellent overall condition, has the factory Weaver style scope base installed with the correct hammer spur side extension to make cocking easier with a scope mounted (this piece is removable), perfect bright bore, tight action, has the factory folding buckhorn rear sight, looks like one of the filler screws only is missing from the receiver side, at most, a few very light handling marks that you have to look carefully to find, $795.
BALLARD SINGLE SHOT RIFLES (click text for photos)
1) TWO EXCEPTIONALLY RARE BRASS FRAME BALL AND WILLIAMS MANUFACTURED BALLARD OCTAGON RIFLES, MADE 1862-1865, Flayderman's Guide states "Under 50 estimated made." While John Dutcher states in his impressive Ballard book, "I've recorded the following brass action rifles..." (he lists the numbers) "That's sixteen rifles, and I'd guess something over 200 were made." Either way, these are extremely rare Ballard variations and one of the more striking in appearance. I have two: 1A) The first is serial number 316 AND IS PICTURED ON PAGE 19 OF JOHN DUTCHER'S BOOK. This is a particularly fine example in .38 RF caliber that still retains a good portion of the silver plating on the brass butt plate and some on the lower tang, the balance of the brass frame and brass breech block is a pleasing mellow uncleaned brass, bore is fine+, fine deep barrel blue showing just a little age only, Ball and Williams markings on the 24" octagon barrel top flat ahead of the receiver along with Ballard's Patent markings on the right octagon flat, matching numbers, aside from the serial number, no markings on the brass receiver, exc. stock and forearm, fancy small buckhorn rear sight with small blade front, truly exceptional and documented in the Ballard book, $3450. SOLD
1B) A higher serial numbered example in .44 RF caliber with matching number later style steel breech block and lever (Dutcher states they have brass breech blocks, but obviously some had steel!), serial number 16694 and not one of the sixteen rifles recoded in Dutcher's book, 26" octagon barrel is marked only "No. 44" (for caliber) and the serial number, right side of the brass receiver marked with the usual two line "Ballard's Patent" and the left side marked in two lines "Merwin & Bray, Agt's. New York" interestingly, the left side of the long hammer has patent markings that indicate the breech block has the Merwin & Bray alternate percussion system built into the Ballard's rim fire only breechblock (as shown on P.15 of Dutcher's book), deep aged blue/brown barrel patina, fine bore, two leaf flip up rear sight with blade front, mellow brass receiver and butt plate, fancy walnut showing higher grade grain and burl has had a 1" by 3" triangular chip replaced on the right side at the bottom juncture of the receiver/tang, forend has a shallow sliver out on the right side by the forend tip and is inletted for a late Ball & Williams metal tip- as the lever and breech block is steel, a replacement in steel or iron would be appropriate and probably not too hard to find or could be made, a very unusual variation of an already rare rifle! $2450.
ANTIQUE & CLASSIC RIFLES, SHOTGUNS AND PISTOLS (click text for photos)
FINE SHARPS 1878 BORCHARDT MUSKET, .45-70, SERIAL NUMBER IN THE 6XXX RANGE, it looks like this one was part of a state's militia arsenal as the receiver ring is stamped with the rack or unit marking of "P V" over "53" This is a really attractive example that hasn't been cleaned or sanded, the barrel blue is all intact and showing only some freckling age plum/brown mixing and could use a good oil soaking, receiver turning an even plum/brown with good blue in the more protected areas, all sharp and correct markings including the "Old Reliable" barrel stamping, cleaning rod intact, fine+ forearm with only normal handling marks, butt stock has had a triangular chip come out of the toe of the stock probably from being banged on the bottom tip of the but plate- common on these military models but the good news is the piece was put back and in barely visible unless you look for it- I didn't notice it when I acquired this one, correct checkered steel butt plate, tight action, safety functions properly, exc. sharp bore could use a clean only, original Lawrence ladder sight with slide intact, I don't see these as often as I used to and this is a really attractive example, $2350.
VERY FINE CONDITION AND TOTALLY ORIGINAL SHARPS 1874 BRIDGEPORT SPORTING RIFLE, SHIPPED TO N. CURRY, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, SEPT. 21, 1876, this one is totally unfooled with and original, Sharps historical letter (which I sent for) lists this rifle as a ".40 caliber, case length not specified, with a 30 inch full octagon barrel, double triggers, open sights and oil finished stocks, the weight was given as 10 pounds 13 ounces..." There is more info about this order from Curry etc. There is a small "50" stamped on the rear of the barrel indicating a .40-50 BN caliber (which I have checked and it is still this caliber and unaltered), this is actually a fairly scarce caliber especially for a western shipped Sharps, it's also a surprisingly good caliber for medium large game, Still retains the original shotgun butt stock with checkered steel butt plate (these often are replaced with military style stocks if the original stock gets broken or damaged), correct forearm shows some honest saddle wear on the bottom and some wear/light chipping mainly to the front right side- minor, butt stock is solid without cracks or chips (very often found with chipped and cracked areas by the receiver, barrel shows about all the deep blue with only very slight edge wear and ageing, exc. markings including the iconic "OLD RELIABLE" barrel stamp, barrel number matches the receiver number, mottled gray/brown receiver (totally uncleaned), original rear Lawrence ladder sight, front sight is a blade in the original Sharps base, double set triggers work fine, fine+ bore has a little normal corrosion ahead of the chamber but overall should clean out near exc., overall a truly unmessed with and original true 1874 western shipped sporting rifle, getting almost impossible to find like this! $8950. (three photos)
NICE CONDITION AND RARE WHITNEY-REMINGTON STYLE II ROLLING BLOCK .30" OCTAGON SPORTING RIFLE IN DESIRABLE .38-40 CALIBER, these fine rifles were only made from 1881-1888 and when found usually show signs of hard use, this is one of the better ones I've seen in a long time, barrel, forend and receiver numbers match, exc. bright bore, underside of the barrel correctly caliber marked with ".38 CAL. C.F.W." (which is Center Fire Winchester or .38-40), fine deep lightly aged barrel blue, has buckhorn rear sight with Beach folding globe front sight (pinhead only missing from inside the globe- Montana Vintage Arms makes this sight and I'm sure they could replace the pinhead), also has a sporting tang sight, receiver shows light faded case color mixing with cloudy gray and has old dried grease on a good portion of it! Excellent stock and forend with ebony forend tip intact (these often broken or badly chipped), still retains most of the finish on the wood, fine original deep blue on the hammer and breech block, tight action, very hard to find these in this condition and especially in a desirable center fire caliber! $1895.
HARRINGTON AND RICHARDSON .32 ACP SELF LOADING PISTOL, MADE 1916-1924, interesting pocket auto designed by the British firm Webley & Scott who licensed H&R to manufacture and market them in the U.S., has manual and grip safety, correct nickel plated magazine and trigger guard, exc. hard rubber grips with H&R monogram, fine deep blue overall with normal signs of carry/handling, some edge wear with light scattered spotting (not pitting), even shows nice blue on the grip straps, tight mech. and fine bore, exc. markings with last patent date of 1909, a very well made and interesting U.S. manufactured auto nearly 100 years old. $450.
RARE U.S. MARKED HIGH STANDARD MODEL B .22LR AUTO PISTOL, these were purchased by the U.S. government in 1942-43 for training purposes, all were 4 1/2" barrel models and marked at the High Standard factory "PROPERTY OF U.S." over crossed cannon logo on the right side of the frame just behind the barrel and "PROPERTY OF U.S." on the barrel top, there is a good deal of info on these in Charles Pate's excellent and detailed book U.S. HANDGUNS OF WORLD WAR II, these are much less common than the U.S. marked H-D Military model which was ordered in larger quantities by the government, either of these variations are rarely encountered today, this one is in fine condition with original black hard rubber grips, in the correct serial range 101XXX, fine blue on the frame and back strap, front strap blue is thinning/mixing gray and has a lightly scratched in small "HK" monogram where the "K" is part of the "H," barrel blue lightly thinning on both sides, minty bright bore, tight mechanically, very scarce item from World War II, $795.
AN INCREDIBLE FIND! NEW IN THE ORIGINAL BOX WITH END LABEL AND MARKED CARDBOARD SHIPPING SLEEVE STEVENS MODEL 10 SINGLE SHOT .22LR TARGET PISTOL, ONLY 7,131 MADE 1919-1933! These limited production pistols are fairly scarce in their own right, but one New in the Box etc. is about unheard of. The box with end label is in remarkably fine condition considering it is probably 85+ years old and shows a few minor tape repairs with good original metal reinforced corners, the end label reads "SINGLE SHOT PISTOL" over "-STEVENS-" with address etc. below that. On the left side of the label is "NUMBER" over "10" and the right side says "CALIBER" over "22 L R" over "LENGTH" over "8 IN" The outside cardboard shipping sleeve has lots of Stevens "RIFLES, SHOTGUNS AND PISTOLS" etc markings and retains the shipping label addressed to "O. C. Alderman, Springfield, Mass." (a quick Google search shows this was a hardware store at the time). The inner box also contains the original wood block to keep the barrel of the gun secure during shipment. The pistol itself appears unused/new. Truly amazing! (4 photos) $1695.
MISCELLANEOUS (click text for photos) (MOST OF THESE ITEMS CAME FROM A GUN SHOP THAT WENT OUT OF BUSINESS.)
1) GREAT WINCHESTER ITEM! WINCHESTER HI-POWER SUPER SPARK BATTERY STAMP DATED JUNE 1951! This is a really colorful and rare item with both sides marked with large "WINCHESTER" red letters with yellow background etc. bottom of the battery marked "Winchester Repeating Arms Co., New Haven., U.S.A." etc. All in excellent condition with even the carry strap and terminal covers intact! A rare item as this is this kind of thing that would have been thrown away when no longer usable. Has a few small white paint spots on it that could be easily removed, really a great Winchester display item! $125.
2) EARLY PAIR OF WINCHESTER ROLLER SKATES! All steel construction and even has the key! Each is marked "Winchester Trade Mark" etc. on the top flat portion, never cleaned, just what you need to o with that early 20th Century .22 Winchester boy's rifle! $35.
3) NEW IN BOX MARBLES TANG SIGHT FOR MARLIN LEVER RIFLES, the end label shows this as the "Peep Tang Sight #009829. adjustable for windage and elevation. Never used, $80.
4) NEW IN BOX LYMAN "UNIVERSAL TARGET RECEIVER SIGHT- RIGHT HAND," the end label also says "90 MJT" and "Item #3902050." Unused precision sight, $60.
5) "CLAWMOUNTS" BASES AND RINGS FOR M-98 MAUSER, brand new and in the box, incredibly well made and machined, brand new, originally sold by Brownells, a spring loaded button releases the rings from the bases for easy take-off and remount of scope to return to exact zero! $150.
6) "CLAWMOUNTS" BASES AND RINGS FOR M-96 SWEDISH MAUSER, brand new and in the box, incredibly well made and machined, brand new, originally sold by Brownells, a spring loaded button releases the rings from the bases for easy take-off and remount of scope to return to exact zero! $150.
7) BRAND NEW IN BOX, STAINLESS STEEL "BIRDS HEAD GRIP FRAME" FOR RUGER VAQUERO/BLACKHAWK/SINGLE SIX! Another item originally sold by Brownells and manufactured by Qualite Pistol and Revolver in Aurora, Colorado. I believe these have to be individually fitted, new and never used, $85.
8) NEW IN THE BOX HOGUE GRIPS FOR COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS, made from rich dark Coco Bolo wood, with escutcheons attached and screw provided, unused, $35.
MODERN AND CUSTOM CLASSIC FIREARMS (click text for photos)
1) CUSTOM HEAVY VARMINT SINGLE SHOT RIFLE ON A MODIFIED ANTIQUE SERIAL NUMBER (NO FFL REQUIRED) WINCHESTER 1885 HIGHWALL ACTION IN .219 DONALDSON WASP CALIBER (BASICALLY A SHORTENED AND BLOWN OUT .30-30 CASE NECKED TO .22) BY NOTED GUNSMITH LECHNER, probably made in the 1940s or 1950s, dramatic high cheek piece butt stock with adjustable hard rubber butt plate, heavy wide nicely grained bench rest style forend, 26" heavy round barrel with nice recessed target crown, extended lever, sharp exc. bore, drilled for scope bases, barrel marked ".219 Don. Wasp" over "LECHNER" weighs right at 12 lbs (obviously without scope), silvered receiver, tight action, thin blue barrel, $1295. ``
2) TWO MAGNIFICENT REMINGTON ROLLINGBLOCK FULL CUSTOM TARGET RIFLES IN NEW, UNUSED CONDITION, THESE ARE TRULY SHOW PIECES! ONE IS A .32-40 CALIBER SINGLE TRIGGER (DARKER WOOD) AND THE OT HER IS A .40-65 DOUBLE SET TRIGGER (LIGHTER WOOD), BOTH ARE IDENTICALLY PATTERNED PISTOL GRIP FULL DELUXE TARGET RIFLES, very high grade Turkish walnut with correct style smooth steel shotgun butt plates, pistol grip bottoms have a stylish and authentic curved schnabel, forend tips are an elegant sweeping ebony schnabel, highly polished blue medium heavy 30" half octagon barrels, absolutely flawless bone/charcoal pack harden case colored receivers (octagon receiver tops) and trigger guards, mid-range Soule tang sights and Remington style spirit level fully adjustable globe front sights were made by Mike Stevens (It is my understanding that he was the top maker of this kind of sights in the 1980s and that he is now deceased) and are fitted with scope blocks. The .32-40 rifle weighs approx.13 lbs. and the .40-65 weighs approx. 12 1/2 lbs. Both of these rifles were built to be authentic Remington style rifles and NOT just someone's idea of what a target rifle might be like, these are works of art! $3650 each or $7000 for the pair. Would probably cost about twice this to have these made and sighted today! (NOTE: The .32-40 is sold)
3) BROWNING NOMAD .22 LR AUTO PISTOL WITH HOLSTER, BELGIAN MADE IN 1969, unquestionably one of the finest field .22 LR pistols of all time, these just have a great feel, adjustable rear sight with undercut ramped front sight, 6 3/4" barrel, black synthetic "Browning" marked target grips, all in excellent lightly used condition with some thinning of the blue on the front strap and a little muzzle wear on each side, early closed bottom Hunter holster (lightly blood stained on the bottom!), this one came out of here in Montana and probably saw some field use and may have been used as a "finisher" on big game that was down but not yet dead, one of the great Belgian Browning pistols complete with Browning marked magazine, interestingly, the rear sight assembly is attached to the barrel and doesn't move with the slide, great design. $595.
4) CUSTOM ORDERED DAKOTA ARMS MODEL 97 STAINLESS HUNTER BOLT ACTION IN .338 WIN. MAG., this was a special ordered rifle for Shedhorn Sporting Goods store in Ennis, Montana (one of the largest independent outfitters in southwest Montana). I assume it was a display item as it is in unused, new condition with serial number "SHED 001" and ordered with a 24" FLUTED BARREL, special paint job synthetic stock (both offered as expensive options from Dakota), KICK-EEZ recoil pad (looks like a tiny piece of rubber chipped off the top edge- insignificant, inletted sling swivel studs and scope mounts, weighs just about 7 1/2 lbs as is now without scope etc., about the finest all weather big game and elk rifle made, according the the Gulf Breeze Firearms website (Dakota Arms largest dealer) the base price on this Stainless Hunter is just over $4,000, my price on this one is $3450.
5) KIMBER OF OREGON MODEL 52 GOVERNMENT MODEL .22LR SINGLE SHOT BOLT ACTION TARGET RIFLE, these were made in the late 80s for the Army's marksmanship training program, either never used or the contract was cancelled- not sure which- but anyway, they were eventually all sold to the public, this one appears unused ) factory scope mounting blocks show this one probably had a scope mounted at one time, target crown on heavy 25" barrel, attractively grained walnut stock with rail/sliding swivel in the bottom, Kimber embossed rubber butt plate, original target sights including the hooded front sight, about as high a quality .22 LR target rifle as you can get without going full custom, a bargain at $950 (4 photos).
6) ED BROWN PRODUCTS, MODEL 1911 EXECUTIVE TARGET .45 ACP, one of the finest custom 1911s on the market, this one is brand new in the original Ed Brown Products zipper case with lock, bottle of Ed Brown Firearm Lubricant, owners manual etc., these are stainless guns and this one has the attractive optional Gen4 black coating finish, Ed Brown Custom marked slide, with correct Ed Brown marked magazine, right out of the box about as superb a 1911 as you can buy and this one is brand new, there is one available on the Ed Brown website (without the optional Gen4 black coating) for $2895. My price on this exceptional 1911 target sighted auto without the long wait for a custom order is $2600.
REMINGTON (click text for photos)
1) No. 1 ROLLING BLOCK OCTAGON SPORTING RIFLE IN .38 CENTER FIRE CALIBER, 30" oct. barrel is numbered to the receiver and is only marked "38" on the bottom flat ahead of the forend, I believe this one may be chambered for the straight case .38-40 Remington cartridge which was made for the No.1 Rolling Block and the Hepburn single shot, overall dark, uncleaned patina metal with some very minor dings to the upper tang etc., exc. markings on barrel top and receiver side, 7XXX serial number range, medium weight barrel, original Remington style small buckhorn rear sight with short blade front sight, tight action, bore is dark with good rifling and scattered light roughness, fine wood shows only normal light handling, all of these original Rolling Block sporters are very hard to find in any condition , $1795.
2) ATTIC CONDITION, NEVER CLEANED .50-70 CALIBER NEW YORK CONTRACT ROLLING BLOCK MILITARY RIFLE, MADE 1871, sharp cartouche in the left side of the wrist with the usual rack number ahead of the butt plate on the top of the stock, nice aged gray/brown patina overall with fine tang markings, correct military style rear sight, exc. bright bore, correct swivels, wood has never been cleaned or sanded and shows normal light handling marks only, cleaning rod intact, tight action, getting hard to find untouched rifles like this, $1195.
3) SUPER CONDITION ROLLINGBLOCK 7MM MODEL 1901 MUSKET, still retains most of the /deep/dark case colors on the action and trigger guard (these military models did not have highly polished bright case colors), exc. barrel blue showing only light ageing, original sights, bright exc. bore, exc. wood with only the lightest of handling, cleaning rod intact, leather sling, deep original blue on the hammer and breech block etc., even the barrel bands still show most of the blue, sharp tang markings with the last patent date of 1901, about as nice as one could hope to find, (four photos- looks much better in person as photo lights make the case colors appear lighter/duller than they are) $1295.
4) PARTICULARLY FINE MODEL 30 EXPRESS BOLT ACTION RIFLE THAT CAME OUT OF HERE IN MONTANA, CALIBER ".30 SPRINGFIELD 1906" (.30-06), this one is in the 11XXX serial number range, exc. blue overall with only some light wearing on the bolt, exc. wood with sharp checkering, schnable forend tip, correct steel butt plate, not drilled for scope, may have had a correct receiver sight on at one time as the two filler screws are not in- no marks from ever having a receiver sight in either the metal or wood- exc. bright sharp bore, $895.
5) CLASSIC PRE-WAR MODEL 14 PUMP RIFLE IN SCARCE .25 REMINGTON CALIBER, a difficult item to find in this desirable caliber- especially since new ammo for the .25 Rem, .30 Rem. and .32 Rem. is now available again, generally fine aged blue overall with some thinning & some brown mixing on the sides of the receiver, nice barrel and mag blue that shows light age only, tight mech. and exc. bore that is only a little dark but not pitted, King heavy full buckhorn rear sight with Lyman blade/bead front sight, exc. forearm, butt stock has the usual couple of cracks coming back mainly from the receiver top but is solid, Remington/UMC embossed hard rubber butt plate, nice hard to find example, $695.
6) CUSTOM ROLLING BLOCK SPORTING RIFLE (see above in custom & classic section above)
RUGER FIREARMS (click text for photos)
1) CLASSIC MODEL 77 IN 7MM REMINGTON MAGNUM CALIBER, MADE 1981, a truly great rifle in every way that is no longer in production, this is the variation without open barrel sights, 24" barrel, comes with a sling and Ruger scope rings, seen very little use as about all the blue is present with barely any edge wear to the trigger guard, original Ruger rubber butt pad and grip cap, sharp checkering, there are some very shallow scratches to the wood on the left side of the receiver which are minor and hardly worth mentioning, classic tang mounted safety, exc. inside, about the most perfect "do anything" caliber available, if you wanted one rifle to hunt anything from antelope to big elk, this one would do it very nicely, $695.
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) HARRINGTON AND RICHARDSON "OFFICERS MODEL" TRAPDOOR .45-70 SPRINGFIELD REPRODUCTION, MADE IN THE 1970S IN THE U.S.A., a fine copy of the rare and valuable Springfield product of the 1870s intended for officers assigned to Western outposts for hunting purposes, checkered, wrist, engraved lock, hammer, barrel band, breech, pewter tip, etc., wiping rod under the barrel, sporting tang sight, checkered stock and forend- all a close copy of the original, In the 1970s, Handloader Magazine did an extensive article on reloading the .45-70, they used one of these in the test along with a bunch of other rifles and this one proved the most accurate, like new condition, the former owner put gold leaf (available at all hobby shops) in the engraving to make it stand out, easily removed with alcohol, these are getting harder and harder to find especially in this condition, still a bargain when you can find one, $1195.
2) INCREDIBLE SHILOH SHARPS FIND! HARTFORD COMMEMORATIVE .45-70 WITH TRULY AMAZING WALNUT! Exactly 100 of these fine rifles were made in the early 1990s. Each came with a silver and gold belt buckle showing a Sharps rifle etc. and was serial numbered prominently to match the rifle. This one has the boxed belt buckle. The rifles were all made with extra fancy walnut,30" heavy oct. barrels, had special silver banners on the lock plate stating "Hartford Model" as well as a silver serial number banner, plus a decorative silver band around the barrel at the Hartford Collar (this is a $300 option now)!. They also had heavy crescent style butt plates like some early original Sharps from the 1872 period had (this item is not available today on any Shiloh rifle), polished barrels and special polished screw heads, pewter forend tip, Hartford collar on the barrel and a silver band inlayed in the rear of the barrel just ahead of the receiver, full buckhorn Lawrence ladder rear sight, double set triggers, all were in a special serial range of B001 to B100. This one is B03X and is in unfired condition. HOWEVER, the walnut on this rifle is no less than spectacular for it's color, burly grain pattern with light flame throughout and consistency from butt plate to forend cap! I've seen a small number of Hartford Commemoratives and this easily has the finest walnut of any I've seen in person or in photos. As a Shiloh dealer since the 1990s I've seen and sold about two thousand of these rifles and I'd have to say this is one of the top pieces of wood I've seen on any Shiloh rifle! These are really going up in value fast...when they can be found. This one is simply stunning from butt to muzzle! (4 photos) $4750.
3) ANOTHER WONDERFUL, DISCONTINUED SHILOH SHARPS RARITY! 1863 GEMMER STYLE .54 CALIBER PERCUSSION OCTAGON RIFLE! This is a spectacular looking rifle made in the late Farmingdale, New York days before moving to their current Montana factory. Not only is the Gemmer Rifle no longer offered, all percussion models have been discontinued- which is a real shame as they are incredibly accurate if loaded correctly and just plain fun to shoot! This rifle has truly magnificent extra fancy reddish/brown burl stock and forend, classic Hawken style cheek piece, 34" oct. barrel with wood wiping rod held by two thimbles connected to a full rib under the barrel, forend is double keyed with steel nose cap, double set triggers, fire blued screws, special browned full crescent butt plate with toe plate as well as browned barrel and furniture, case colored receiver, long fancy Hawken style buckhorn rear sight with blade front sight, weighs approx. 11 lbs., AND ALL IN UNFIRED, NEW CONDITION! All Gemmer Rifles are rare as can be, but the 1863 Percussion Gemmer is almost impossible to find! (five photos) $4750. (no FFL required)
4) .44-40 CALIBER ROLLING BLOCK CARBINE, MADE BY PEDERSOLI, truly excellent quality (unlike some other imported Rolling Blocks), this model has the large No.1 action for strength, case colored action and trigger guard, 20" blued barrel with a case colored barrel band, military style rear sight with dovetailed blade/bead front sight, nice American color walnut (as opposed to European walnut) stock and forend with fancier than standard grain, nice light crisp trigger pull, perfect inside, shows no real use, like new overall, Dixie Gun Works lists these in their catalog at $1200. My price for this one is $895.
SMITH AND WESSON (click text for photos)
1) EARLY .44 DOUBLE ACTION FIRST MODEL No. 3 REVOLVER WITH 5" BARREL, LOW # 14XXX, C. 1880s, caliber .44 Russian, top break design, all matching serial numbers, this one was obviously a holster gun as the original nickel finish shows wear to the sides of the barrel- typical of holster carry, never cleaned, exc. grip strap nickel with only the most minor of edge wear, frame shows some small areas of flaking, cylinder too shows good nickel with flaking in the flutes and edges, fine blue on the trigger guard and sight latch, fine action, tight lock up, fairly bright fine+ bore may scrub out to exc., grips fit perfectly and are not chipped or cracked but show wear- especially on the right side, again indication of right handed holster carry where the left grip is protected against the body and the right side exposed and rubbed, great unmessed with and uncleaned frontier revolver from the 1880s! (4 photos) $1195.
2) ONE OF THE VERY HARDEST, MOST DIFFICULT TO FIND OF THE ANTIQUE S&Ws IS THIS MODEL 1891 SINGLE ACTION .38 S&W CALIBER REVOLVER WITH TRIGGER GUARD, AND EVEN MORE SCARCE 5" BARREL WITH ALL MATCHING NUMBERS! There is a good write-up and lots of info on these in the 4th edition of the excellent book The Standard Catalogue of Smith & Wesson by Supica and Nahas (anyone interested in S&W should have this relatively inexpensive book), briefly, they state what all S&W collectors know about this model is that for the supposed numbers produced they are extremely difficult to find, in fact you can go to a ton of gun shows a year (like I do!) looking for guns like this and simply never find any. I try to get these in whenever I can and if I offer one every several years that's a lot! Also, many of these have numbers that don't match because one can use the frame of a center fire (rare in itself) first model single shot and put a barrel and cylinder on it... with mismatching numbers, I've seen sets of single shots with extra barrel/cylinder assemblies like this where the extra assembly doesn't match, most of these also were made with 3 1/4" or 4" barrels with 5" and 6" even more rare. The appeal of this model is its attractive appearance looking like a 2/3 size New Model Number 3 revolver, This one has matching numbers on the frame, cylinder, barrel latch and barrel (#3XXX) and has the correct small stamping "MODEL of 91" on the barrel top with patent dates etc., retains good frame and grip strap nickel with normal small areas of flaking from age, barrel sides brown from holster carry with good nickel on bottom and rib, exc. S&W embossed hard rubber grips, tight action, exc. mech., fine bore should scrub out even better, unaltered correct pinned half-moon front sight, these are nearly impossible to find. (four photos) $1595.
3) SUPERB, INVESTMENT QUALITY LADYSMITH 3RD. MODEL (PERFECTED .22) REVOLVER, MADE FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION 1911! These petite .22s were made from 1911-1921 with only a little over 12,000 made in both blue and nickel finish. This one is the more desirable blue with 3 1/2" barrel. Serial numbers began with 13951 and went through 26154. The number on this example is 140XX no doubt from the first batch made the first year. Often these are found in terribly used and abused condition, this one retains most of the original blue with only some wear at the bottom of the back strap, minor flaking near the muzzle on the barrel and some light edge wear/thinning on the cylinder, exc. markings, exc. screws, exc. mech. (unusual!), exc. intact forcing cone- these often cracked, chipped or blown away altogether from the use of high speed ammunition- still retains most of the blue on the cylinder face indicating that this revolver was rarely shot, nice case color on the hammer and trigger sides, exc. fancier than standard walnut grips with deep dish gold S&W medallions, matching serial numbers, fine bore, one of the best of these I've seen! The 4th edition of the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson by Supica and Nahas, published last year (a must have book) lists these in excellent condition with a value of $2000. This one is certainly excellent, my price is $1695 (Note: looks much better in person than in photos as bright photo lights reflect off every surface scratch and oil that aren't really visible under normal conditions).
4) ONE OF THE RAREST POST W.W.II MODELS! THIS IS THE PRE-MODEL 37 CHIEF SPECIAL AIRWEIGHT WITH THE EARLY AND QUICKLY DISCONTINUED ALUMINUM CYLINDER, MADE 1953! This model was introduced in 1952 and by 1954 the aluminum cylinder was replaced with steel as the aluminum was prone to crack (or worse!) when used with anything more powerful than standard .38 Special "mid-range" loads, I believe most of these revolvers were either destroyed or returned to S&W for a steel cylinder. I can't recall seeing another of these with the original numbered cylinder intact. All matching numbers on frame, cylinder, barrel AND INSIDE THE GRIPS, beautiful condition overall with nearly all the blue intact on the barrel, case colors on the hammer and trigger and "black" finish on the aluminum frame and cylinder, an extremely difficult to find flat latch S&W in superb condition, (note: light reflection makes it look like there is blue wear/edge wear. It is near full blue overall) $1495.
5) ONE OF THE MOST PRACTICAL OF THE MODERN S&Ws IS THIS MODEL 63-5 STAINLESS STEEL .22LR KITGUN WITH EJECTOR SHROUDED 3" BARREL AND 8-SHOT CYLINDER, appears new in original box with S&W marked original finger grooved grips, target crowned barrel muzzle, red square faced fiber optic front sight and square notch fully adjustable rear sight, typical great S&W action and trigger pull, with factory provided lock, papers, fired case, mech. locking key etc. This is a great little carry/field gun! $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, $1195.
2) EXPERIMENTAL MODEL 1880 "TRIANGULAR BAYONET" TRAPDOOR .45-70 RIFLE, ONLY 1,000 MADE, everything appears correct on this one except it has an out of range serial number, according to Flayderman's Guide the serial number should be in the 154,000-158,000 range and this one is in a later 375XXX range, it is possible it was returned to the arsenal for a problem and a new receiver was fitted at that time with a higher serial number, about half of the cartouche is visible, but some of the right half is not- where the last two digits of the date are located, circle P cartouche intact, has the correct for this model compartment in the butt for tools/rods (some rods still in it), overall great condition with fairly vivid case colors on the correctly marked 1873 dated lock plate, exc. fairly bright barrel and trigger guard blue, fine deep blue color on the lock plate and hammer, stock shows some normal handling dings and scuffs with small rack number "23" stamped in right side of butt stock, has some wood chipping on the bottom by the rod channel, good blue on the barrel bands with swivels intact, BRIGHT EXC. BORE, seldom seen, (four photos) $1950.
3) COLT 1902 "PHILIPPINE" .45 COLT DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER (see above in Colt section)
4) HIGH STANDARD MODEL B .22 LR AUTO PISTOL, U.S. MARKED (see above in Antique/Classic section)
WINCHESTERS (click text for photos)
SPECIAL ORDER 1873 .38-40 ROUND BARREL RIFLE WITH SHOTGUN BUTT, MADE 1882, nice un-messed with rifle with mostly very aged blue to brown receiver with strong blue in the protected areas around the side plates and protected areas, original dust cover, barrel and mag an uncleaned very aged blue mixing heavily brown, original buckhorn rear sight with Winchester small blade front sight, mellow uncleaned brass lifter correctly engraved "38 CAL," exc. wood with only the tiniest of chips at the upper corners of the tang/receiver juncture (hardly worth mentioning), bore is a bit dark and worn but still shows good rifling, correct smooth steel shotgun butt plate, tight action, a very attractive special order 135 year old early 1873 rifle that still retains some nice blue, $2250.
NEVER CLEANED, ATTIC CONDITION 1873 .44-40 MUSKET, MADE 1894, this is a fine example that still retains fine aged blue overall that is naturally mixing plum/brown from the last 123 years! Shows no evidence of ever being cleaned or "helped" in any way, there is better blue in the usual protected areas with the balance a pleasing dark patina, exc. markings, exc. bore, original dust cover, uncleaned mellow brass lifter, exc wood that shows normal light handling only with tight wood to metal fit, right side of butt stock just ahead of the butt plate has three lightly stamped script letters- possibly from a foreign arsenal- original military style rear sight, tight action, correct swivels, exc. screws, really a very fine example of a hard to find variation, $2350.
BEAUTIFUL, HIGH CONDITION 1885 HIGHWALL OCTAGON RIFLE IN SCARCE .40-60 CALIBER (ONLY 1463 MADE THIS CALIBER), MADE 1903, I called this one in to the Cody Museum and everything checked out on it (call-in sheet included), very unusual caliber for this late a Highwall Sporter, correctly stamped "40-60 W.C.F." on the barrel top, excellent condition overall with deep barrel on the 30" #3 weight octagon barrel, original buckhorn rear sight with Rocky Mountain blade front sight, exc. blue on the receiver with only slight age dulling, tangs and receiver ring naturally mixing with a pleasing aged plum, never cleaned or "helped" really a fine untouched rifle with exc. stock and forend, tight action, tight wood to metal fit, MINTY BRIGHT BORE! This is a great investment Highwall! (note: light reflection in bottom photo makes the blue look thin on the receiver, it is like the top photo) $3850.
1886 SOLID FRAME EXTRA LIGHT WEIGHT .33WCF RIFLE, MADE 1905, correct 24" round barrel with half magazine and smooth steel shotgun butt late, fine deep barrel and mag blue showing light age only, receiver blue is fine on the bolt and both sides with gray/brown edge wear only, even the receiver bottom retains most of the blue with brown mixing near the forend section, Marble short buckhorn rear sight with Marble "Sheard" small blade bead front sight in the correct barrel boss, fine+ forend, fine butt stock with a couple crack lines coming forward from the toe of the butt plate- no doubt caused by dropping the rifle or a sharp blow to the butt stock in this area- blends well and shouldn't be a problem, tight wood to metal fit, bore a little dark and should clean fine+ to about exc., tight action, lots of blue! $2350.
SEMI-DELUXE 1890 IN CALIBER .22 LONG RIFLE! SUPER RARE CONFIGURATION AND CALIBER! This rifle is in the 790XXX serial range and was possibly a late parts clean-up model, I don't ever recall seeing a pistol gripped 1890 in .22 Long Rifle chambering before this one, matching numbers late tang marking and M-90 barrel markings, correct hard rubber Winchester embossed pistol grip cap, generally excellent wood overall with only very light handling, fine aged barrel blue, receiver aged to plum-brown, mainly brown magazine tube, tight action, EXCELLENT BRIGHT BORE, original sights, unmessed with and just plain super rare! $3250.
1892 .44-40 OCTAGON RIFLE, #35XXX, MADE SECOND YEAR OF PRODUCTION IN 1893, this rifle came out of right here in Montana, good aged and thinning barrel blue, with flat top buckhorn rear sight and small blade front sight, mag tube also has good aged blue mixing heavily brown especially toward the bottom, has a dented area of the mag tube on the right side about 2 inches behind the magazine retaining band that any gunsmith could take out, receiver shows some thinning blue on both sides and bolt with the balance aged gray, good blue on the loading gate, fine wood shows normal light handling and has very tight wood to metal fit, tight action with safety notch in the hammer starting to get a little weak but still holds unless the trigger is pulled with force, surprisingly fine bore with good rifling and some minor surface roughness toward the middle of the bore that might brush out better, hard to find such an early 1892 octagon rifle in .44-40, $1950.
FINE CONDITION 1892 .32-20 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1918, really attractive example in that the receiver has full blue that is naturally mixing/ageing with plum overall, fine deep barrel and mag blue that shows very light age only, flat top buckhorn rear sight with small blade front sight- both appear factory, exc. wood with a few light handling marks only and tight wood to metal fit, fine+ to near exc. bore, exc. screws, even the forend cap retains matching blue/plum patina, tight action and nice blue on the loading gate, a nice unmessed with 1892 oct. rifle, ( 3 photos ) $1595.
1892 .44-40 20" ROUND BARREL FACTORY SHORT RIFLE, MADE 1917, short rifles like this were very popular along the southern border and this one came out of Arizona, overall metal surfaces are an uncleaned dark brown with evidence of light scattered rust that has been wiped off without steel wool or scouring, fine markings, flattop buckhorn rear sight with small blade front sight, SPECIAL ORDER SHOTGUN BUTT STOCK with checkered steel butt plate shows normal hard use but is solid, forend is the correct 1" shorter than standard and looks to be a replacement as it is in better condition than the rest of the rifle, tight action, bore surprisingly fine with good rifling and light scattered roughness only, a scarce combination of features in a desirable caliber, $1950.
1892 .25-20 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1911, really fine appearance on this rifle as it retains fine deep barrel and mag blue with only light high edge wear, receiver shows fine aged blue on the sides, bolt and upper tang with some plum and brown mixing naturally and brighter blue toward the back half but evenly mixing to a pleasing appearance, fine wood showing normal light handling and tight wood to metal fit, original Winchester buckhorn rear sight with original small blade front, tight action, bore is dark and looks worn/leaded- I ran a brush through it and then a patch which came out black and full of crud- some scrubbing of the bore will probably help it considerably, really nice overall appeal with lots of blue, $1350.
1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN DESIRABLE .38-40 CALIBER, MADE 1907, this is another example that came out of Arizona and has seen typical hard western use, overall metal is a dark gray/brown with good markings overall, forend shows honest saddle wear on the bottom ahead of the receiver and overall wear but is sound, butt stock appears dry and has obviously been used and carried hard in a saddle scabbard, tight action, fine bore with normal light roughness mainly toward the middle of the barrel, original and correct carbine rear sight with slide intact, lots of stories in this one! $1395.
VERY RARE 1892 FACTORY 20" ROUND BARREL SHORT RIFLE IN .25-20 CALIBER (VERY RARE FOR A SHORT RIFLE AS MOST WERE .44-40), MADE 1912, another one that came out of Arizona where Short Rifles were popular, overall good aged blue on the barrel mixing brown with some light and scattered freckling/rust that could be carefully removed, aged plum mag tube with some minor surface dings on the bottom, aged blue/brown receiver is quite attractive with good screws, fine forend with the beginnings of a sliver/crack on the left side coming back from the forend cap for a couple of inches, fine butt stock with tight wood to metal fit and also the beginning of a crack coming back for an inch from the receiver on the left side of the receiver- also minor, buckhorn rear sight with typical small blade front sight, bore is worn but rifling visible throughout and looks to be leaded- a good scrubbing ought to improve things, very scarce rifle with a good uncleaned appearance, $1795.
ORIGINAL AND TOTALLY CORRECT 1892 TRAPPER SADDLE RING CARBINE IN RARE .25-20 CALIBER WITH FACTORY 16" BARREL, MADE 1917, almost all the short "Trappers" were in .44-40 caliber, anything else is unusual, 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 heavily frosted- might clean better, fine markings, exc. screws, correct carbine sight with carbine front sight, this is the shortest legal length barrel so no ATF papers are needed, $2950.
VERY UNUSUAL SPECIAL ORDER 1894 .38-55 OCTAGON RIFLE WITH NICKEL STEEL MARKED BARREL! MADE 1905, this is something almost never encountered in the two "black powder calibers" of .38-55 and .32-40. Fine condition overall with exc. barrel and mag blue with only the lightest of edge wear, receiver blue is dulling and thinning a bit from age with fine blue on the bolt and exc. screws, lever shows some case color in the more protected areas, exc. walnut stock and forend with the stock a little better than standard grade, butt stock may have been very lightly gone over at some time, but not heavily sanded or over cleaned- minor, has Marble tang sight with Sheard marked long blade/bead front sight (patented 1900 marking) and "W" marked slot filler in the rear dovetail, tight action, exc. bore that is slightly dark, very rare with Nickel Steel marked barrel! $2350.
SEMI-DELUXE TAKEDOWN 1894 OCTAGON RIFLE IN .25-35, MADE 1910, this one has a plain pistol grip with correct Winchester embossed grip cap, crescent butt plate, a little better than standard grade walnut especially in the forend, barrel blue is aged and thin with gray mixing, mag tube similar with a bit more blue, receiver mostly gray with good blue in the most protected areas and on the loading gate, tight takedown, Lyman tang sight with Marble/Sheard blade-bead front sight, Marble filler in the rear dovetail, bore is a bit dark and slightly frosty- should benefit from a good brushing and and cleaning with J-B bore paste (great stuff- I've been using it for years), wood shows normal light handling and has tight wood to metal fit, tight action, exc. screws, another rifle that came out of here in Montana! A really desirable special order variation especially in .25-35 caliber! $2750.
1894 OCTAGON RIFLE IN SCARCE .32-40 CALIBER, MADE 1903, this is the most difficult caliber to find in the Model 1894, this rifle retains exc. deep barrel and mag blue with barely some edge wear, buckhorn rear sight with small correct blade front sight, receiver shows fine thinning blue with nearly full coverage on the left side (with some thinning), right side shows fine blue with more thinning in the front half, exc. blue on the bolt, normal edge wear, exc. wood with only very light handling marks and tight wood to metal fit, exc. screws, exc. bore, tight action, very difficult to fine .32-40 octagon rifles especially in this fine overall condition, $2250.
SPECIAL ORDER 1894 .25-35 CALIBER RIFLE WITH UNUSUAL HALF OCTAGON BARREL AND FULL MAGAZINE, MADE 1902, a nice example in really fine condition, this one retains fine deep barrel and mag blue that is lightly aged only and has a good look, receiver blue is fairly even overall that is again showing a little dulling from age only with light mixing of plum and has some edge wear, still retains some case color on the upper portions of the lever sides, fine+ wood shows some light handling marks only, flat top buckhorn rear sight with Marble No. 3 blade/bead front sight, exc. bore is only slightly dark, a scarce configuration that is actually TWO special order features as when a half oct. barrel was ordered from Winchester it was standard to supply a half magazine also unless specified for a full mag., $2250.
1897 BLACK DIAMOND TRAP GUN, TAKEDOWN, 12 GA., FULL CHOKE, MADE 1908, unusual in that most of these have 30" or even 32" barrels, this one has a 28" barrel that has not been cut (still full choke) and was obviously special ordered this way, matching numbers, appears to have some fancy walnut hidden under a hundred years of uncleaned grime on the stock and forend! Checkering is visible, but worn, correct straight stock with black diamond inlays in the wrist and marked "TRAP GUN" on the bolt, good aged blue on the receiver sides with balance mostly gray and brown, barrel shows good blue in the more protected areas with the balance also gray/brown, exc. markings with the last patent date on the barrel of 1900, tigh action, bright mirror bore! solid wood, has an ancient solid rubber recoil pad marked "Jostam Mfg. Co" over "No Kick Coming Recoil Pad" I'm sure there were lots of great hunting and trap shooting adventures associated with this fine old '97! $995.
ONE OF THE BEST 1901 LEVER SHOTGUNS I'VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME, MADE 1915, these are much more scarce than the earlier black powder Model 1887 (64,855 manufactured), the Model 1901 was made from 1901-1920 with only 13,500 being made, this one retains excellent blue on the receiver with only light edge wear and a few very minor dings that are hardly worth mentioning, even the upper tang retains most of the blue, exc. deep barrel and mag blue with the only wear being at the balance point just ahead of the receiver where some of the blue is mixing brown from handling only, exc. screws, exc. butt stock with original checkered steel butt plate and tight wood to metal fit, exc. forearm with the following lightly scratched in three lines into the right side just ahead of the receiver: "R A HIET" over "DELAVAN" over "WIS" this is obviously a previous owners info and would be easy to rub out or just left as part of the shotgun's history- either way it is fairly minor, bright exc. bore, 32" full choke barrel, 102 year old super condition Model 1901! (four photos) $2150.
DELUXE PISTOL GRIPPED, CHECKERED MODEL 1903 .22 AUTO RIFLE, MADE 1915, fairly plain but uncracked walnut stock and forend, this was someone's well used and taken care of "pride and joy" rifle as the checkering is all there, but fairly worn, the blue on the receiver is pretty well worn off to an uncleaned gray with good blue in the most protected of areas, has the correct pistol grip cap, interestingly, this one was returned to the factory for a new barrel as the barrel has both the oval P "Mail Order" proof as well as the Winchester proof- this means, the rifle was sent back to Winchester who took a "Mail Order" replacement barrel out of stock and fitted it to the returned rifle, has all the correct Winchester and Model 1903 markings on the barrel, fine deep barrel blue, retains some thinning blue on the forend cap, exc. mech., exc. bright bore, buckhorn with blade/bead front sights, I believe CCI still sells .22 Auto ammo (different from .22 LR), pistol gripped/checkered Model 1903s are quite rare, $1195.
EXCELLENT CONDITION MODEL 1906 .22 SHORT, LONG AND LONG RIFLE PUMP ACTION BOYS' RIFLE, MADE 1919, usually this model is found in rough condition as the kids who were lucky enough to have them used them long and hard (this was a time when kids didn't want to stay indoors...), This rifle is one of the better ones I've seen in a while as it retains most of the receiver blue with only some brown/flaking toward the center of each side that blends well, exc. blue on the bolt and upper tang as well as the trigger guard and lower tang! Barrel blue is aged and lightly mixing/thinning plum/brown in some areas, but all blends and looks even and fine, fine lightly aged blue on the mag tube, exc. markings, original 1901 patented rear buckhorn sight with original small blade/bead front sight, exc. forend, exc. butt stock with only some minor handling marks around the wrist that are light and surface, fine original stock finish, correct Winchester embossed hard rubber butt plate, fine+ bore is slightly dark with good rifling and any roughness is minor and might clean out, tight takedown and matching numbers, very hard to find like this, $1395.
MODEL 43 IN DESIRABLE .218 BEE CALIBER, MADE 1950-1951, this model was introduced in 1949 and only made until 1957, and starting right about the time this one was made Winchester factory drilled the receivers for scope mounts- the way to tell is if the rear receiver ring slants back that's an early model NOT drilled for scope mounts and if the rear ring is cut straight up/straight down it was factory drilled- most people don't know that, this one is the latter variety and has Weaver bases mounted with a blank in the rear sight dovetail, the metal retains nearly all the bright blue and even retains the front sight hood, bore is perfect, the odd thing is the stock which is STRAIGHT without a pistol grip. I don't know if this was a special order from Winchester or whether someone simply filed it off- which would seem odd, there are no file marks in the wood to indicate this, but that may very well be what happened, correct magazine, front trigger guard screw may be a replacement, a very difficult model to find especially in this caliber, this should be a great little shooter, $850.
FIRST YEAR PRODUCTION MODEL 53 SOLID FRAME RIFLE IN RARE .32-20, #12XX, MADE 1924, this scarce model was only made from 1924-1932 when it was killed off by the Great Depression, .25-20 was considered the standard caliber and 16,905 were made, .32-20 caliber saw a limited production of only 4,718 so to find a first year production .32-20 is not easy! This is a particularly fine example with fine lightly thinning barrel blue with mostly full coverage blue, receiver shows normal 1920s flaking but has good blue on the back third of the right side, the left side shows over half the blue remaining with fine blue on the bolt, exc. screws, original flat top buckhorn rear sight, correct short ramped front sight with Lyman blade/bead, exc. stock and forearm with tight wood to metal fit, correct steel shotgun butt plate, bright exc. bore, Nickel Steel marked 22" barrel, even the forend cap retains about half the blue, a limited production rifle very hard to find in any caliber or condition, this one has a lot going for it. $1695.``
MODEL 55 TAKEDOWN RIFLE IN .30WCF CALIBER, #3XXX MADE 1926, this is an early production example as the model was introduced in 1924, only a little over 20,000 were made before it fell victim to the Great Depression and was discontinued in 1932, receiver mostly flaked to gray- which is typical of 1920s receivers- with some blue remaining in protected areas with good blue on the loading gate and some on the bolt, thinning barrel blue, fine wood looks a little dry and has either "MM" or "WW" lightly scratched in the wrist on the left side- easily rubbed out, exc. screws, bright minty bore, flattop rear buckhorn sight with Lyman ivory bead front in the correct base, original steel butt plate, tight takedown, came out of Arizona, a more scarce Winchester Model than most collectors realize, $1195.
MODEL 64 DELUXE 20" CARBINE, .30WCF, MADE DURING WORLD WAR II (#1375XXX) AND POSSIBLY FACTORY PERIOD SCOPED WITH NORMAN FORD & CO. "THE TEXAN" SCOPE IN WILLIAMS SIDE MOUNT, the scope has exc. options and appears to be 2.5X, I believe these were made in the early 1950s, overall the rifle is in superb condition with about all the blue remaining- even on the lever and forend cap with only some light scratches in the right side of the receiver that you have to be in the right light to even detect, correct checkering and Winchester embossed grip cap, complete with original super grade sling swivels and sling, probably had a late 1940s or early 1950s recoil pad that has been replaced with a handsome brown solid Decelerator pad, interestingly the scope is mounted to the left over the receiver which allows one to use the buckhorn and blade/bead iron sights too, crisp checkering, obviously this one saw little real use, tight action and perfect bore, rare configuration, $1695.
GREAT CONDITION PRE-WORLD WAR II MODEL 71 DELUXE .348 CALIBER RIFLE, #16XXX, MADE 1940, exc. condition overall and retaining about all the blue on the receiver, upper tang, barrel, magazine tube and forend cap with only slight gray near the muzzle and front sight hood and a little on the extreme end of the mag tube cap, has the correct super grade swivel studs, correct Lyman 56 receiver sight and a slot blank in the rear barrel dovetail with no signs of ever having had a rear sight installed, exc. wood with minor handling on the butt stock- mainly just some scuffing/scratching to the finish, correct original checkered steel butt plate, untouched screws, sharp checkering, minty sharp bore, hard to find pre-war examples this nice, $2950.
BILL GOODMAN, P. O. BOX 2002, BOZEMAN, MONTANA 59771 TEL. (406) 587-3131 FAX (406) 219-3415
THESE WERE SUCH GOOD NOTES FROM THE FIELD I'M KEEPING THEM HERE.
CRACKED STOCKS! Seems like an odd thing to write about, but this is something I've not seen in print before. I've observed a lot of rifles with cracks coming straight back toward the butt plate from the upper and lower tangs. Sometimes the cracks are severe enough to warrant repairs (like cross bolts etc. through the wrist or extensive gluing) and other times the stock remains pretty solid as is. So what caused this condition in the first place? I've hunted with all kinds of rifles in all kinds of weather and terrain and never had a gun get damaged like all these I've seen. And I've taken some pretty bad falls too. Once, on ice I couldn't see beneath a couple inches of fresh snow, my feet went out from under me and my rifle landed a number of yards away! Still, no cracks like these. So I've been puzzled by this for some time. Then it hit me, since these guns all seemed like Western big game rifles- large lever actions like 1876 and 1886 Winchesters or Marlin 1881 and 1895s as well as all over while the rifles were in saddle scabbards- fairly common in icy winter conditions, especially in the mountains. Also, sometimes horses will walk so close to trees that they rub against them. If a rifle is in a butt-forward position scabbard, the rifle can go on one side of the tree and the horse the other causing a stress cracked stock. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think so. The wrists are fairly strong on most rifles and it takes a lot to crack one. If anyone else has a different theory about this condition, I'd like to hear it!
"GUNS OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION YEARS" When the Great Depression began with the Stock Market Crash of 1929 America was taken by surprise. Prior to this pivotal event, in the gun industry production was high and sales were brisk. Almost overnight sales fell off hugely. The Winchester Handbook by George Madis shows production numbers by years of some of the major models. This is pretty illuminating. Here are some examples: Model 1890 .22RF had 12,367 produced in 1928 and 696 made in 1932; Model 1892 saw 64,833 produced in 1910 and 491 in 1930; Model 53 had 2,861 produced in 1925 and 30 made in 1937; Model 1894 had 29,967 made in 1927 and only1,192 made in 1934; Model 55 had 3,064 made in 1927 and 42 made in 1936. Colt, Marlin, Savage, Remington and Smith & Wesson etc. all f elt the same pressure. With production down to a fraction of what it was, the big manufacturers had no choice but to fire employees. Those lucky enough to be retained were the most highly skilled and experienced craftsmen. They also had time to put extra fine fitting and finishing into each firearm. Generally, the quality of these guns is truly exceptionally. With production numbers of these late pre-war arms relatively small and quality without peer, their value should be assured. Some of the scarce large frame Colt and S&W handguns- especially the target sighted versions- are almost breathtaking in their fit an d finish. This has been an under-appreciated niche in arms collecting/investing. It is my belief Great Depression era arms are often "sleepers" on the antique market today and are bound to increase in value at a rapid pace making them excellent long term investments.
I have found a new shooting activity that I'm sure a number of folks who check out my website will either want to try themselves or will at least find interesting reading. I've discovered the fun of BLACK POWDER SHOTSHELLS. And no, I'm not new to black powder. I've been shooting muzzle loaders since I was a kid (I was too young to buy ammo, but a can of black powder and a single shot muzzle loading pistol kept me shooting!) I've shot black powder cartridge rifles and some handguns since the 1970s. I've also tried a few muzzle loading shotguns, but a while back I noticed Midway was offering reloadable brass shotshells made by Magtech in Brazil. They cost about a buck a piece and come in a box of 25. So I thought this looked interesting and bought a box. They prime with a large pistol primer (I use CCI Large Pistol Mag. Primers) and require no special tools to load. I did buy a "cowboy 12 ga. shell holder" by RCBS which makes priming easier, but one can prime using a dowel, hammer and a flat surface to seat the primer. Anyway, I loaded with various loads of black powder as well as Alliant Black MZ black powder substitute. 27.3 grains equals one dram, so a typical field load of 3 1/2 drams equals about 95 grains of black powder or substitute. I load that through a drop tube to better settle the powder, using a wood dowel I seat an over powder card wad, then a cushion wad, pour in 1 1/8 oz. of shot from an antique shot dipper I picked up somewhere along the line, top with another over powder wad and then put about three small drops of Elmer's glue on this top wad at the edge. Last, using a Q-tip sweep it around the wad edge. It dries making a nice seal with the inside of the brass case and holds everything together. Firing removes any glue residue from the case. I picked up a particularly nice Remington 1889 double barrel with exposed hammers (damascus with exc. bores) and tried out my loads on some thrown clays. I'm not a good shot with a scattergun, but when I felt I was on, the clay targets broke as nicely as if I'd been using a modern smokeless shotgun. I used this double on a pheasant hunt last fall and did just fine with it. Truthfully, it made the hunt so much more fun I don't know if I'd go again with one of my modern guns! Today I tried the same shells in a Winchester 1887 Lever Action 12 ga. that was made in 1888. It fed beautifully and was a blast to shoot (no pun intended). The brass cases de-prime with a simple Lee type punch and clean up with hot soapy water. No resizing is required for the next loading. Pretty simple. The 12 ga. cases are 2 1/2" long, which is exactly what a modern 2 3/4" case measures LOADED AND UNFIRED. Remember, many of the older guns, like the Winchester 1887, have 2 5/8" chambers. You don't want to shoot a 2 3/4" shell in them as they won't be able to open up all the way causing pressures to jump etc. I don't think Magtech offers brass cases in 10 ga. but they do in the smaller gauges. There are a lot of older shotguns out there that can often be purchased inexpensively and make wonderful shooters. Be sure to have any gun checked out by a gunsmith if you have doubts about it. With these brass cases and ease of loading, it's worth trying. Buffalo Arms in Idaho sells the correct size wads for these brass cases- they actually take 11 ga. wads. If you give this a try, I think you'll be glad you did- Bill Goodman