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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. BISLEY MODEL SINGLE ACTION IN .38-40 CALIBER, 4 3/4" BARREL, MADE 1904, mostly a gray/brown example with some traces of aged blue in the usual protected areas, fine screws and exc. markings, fine grips show light handling only, some small scattered areas where there might have been surface rust that was wiped of- minor, nice screws, fine action and bore, front sight slightly filed on top only, nice appearance and matching numbers,  $1795.

  5. 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.

  6. AMAZING COLT FIND! MODEL 1900 SIGHT SAFETY FIRST 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.

  7. GORGEOUS CONDITION AND SUPER RARE MODEL 1905 U. S. MARINE CORPS .38 DA REVOLVER, ONLY ABOUT 800 MADE FOR THE USMC! This is one of the finest examples of this extremely hard to find model that I've seen. It retains nearly all the bright factory blue with only very minor thinning on the back strap, some very small areas of light pin prick freckling on the top strap and barrel top, and the smallest amount of edge wear/handling wear, exc. fire blue on the trigger and hammer back & screws etc., about perfect sharply checkered walnut grips, I believe this is an especially early or prototype example (I've seen these before) as the frame, yoke and cylinder release are all stamped with the serial number 2X. Most of the Colt books say serial numbers began with 10001 and went to 10800. Obviously, this example  is all original and in near pristine condition having never been refinished or altered. It is possible Colt used an un-numbered extra frame that was out of range to make this one, or like I said, it could be a prototype. All correct butt markings: "US" over "MC" with swivel in the middle and below: "No." over "5XX." still retains nearly all the blue on the cylinder face, bore has a couple light surface spots of corrosion that ought to scrub out, unaltered front sight, tight action, for an issued USMC revolver, this one would be hard to improve upon. $4250.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. FINE CONDITION EARLY NEW SERVICE .44-40 WITH DESIRABLE 7 1/2" BARREL, MADE 1913, fine deep blue overall with wear/thinning to grip straps and a bit on the forward sides of the barrel from holster wear, top strap shows light evidence of some old rust that was wiped off- very minor pin pricking only, exc. markings, last patent date on barrel 1905, fine fire blue on hammer back and trigger sides, lanyard swivel intact, tight action, exc. bore, front sight has not been altered, exc. grips with a couple of the smallest and most minor "flakes" on the outside lower edge only that are very shallow, even the areas of the front of the cylinder face and inside the frame by the firing pin hole retain most of the blue indicating this big revolver was rarely shot, $975.``

  11. PRE-WAR MATCH TARGET WOODSMAN FIRST SERIES "BULLSEYE" MODEL, MADE 1939, only 11,000 of these were made between 1938 and 1942, unquestionably one of the finest .22 auto pistol of the time, this one has a bright mint bore and exc. mech., original wood grips have been replaced with a fancy checkered fancy synthetic (that look good), correct Match Target marked magazine, blue shows some small areas of freckling and dulling, but basically good with one small finger-tip spot of pitting on the right upper slide edge, exc. markings, if you ever wanted one of these to actually use instead of put away as an investment piece, this could be it, one of Colt's most distinctive and short-lived Great Depression Era autos, $1295.``

  12. SELDOM SEEN EARLY ALLOY FRAME COBRA .38 SPECIAL WITH RARE 4" BARREL, MADE 1957! All of these are becoming hard to find, but anything other than the standard 2" "Snubby" is rare, this one shows light holster wear only and has a perfect bore and tight mech., exc. checkered walnut grips with the right one a bit worn on the edges from carry- typical for right handed holster carry to have the outside exposed grip to show more wear, normal scattered edge wear from carry. These "snake guns" from Colt are rapidly going up in value, especially the unusual ones like this. (lots of photo light reflection- frame has more blue than appears in the photos) $795.



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) VERY RARE AND EARLY BALLARD No. 6 SCHUETZEN OFF-HAND TARGET RIFLE RIFLE, THIS MODEL ONLY MADE BY J. M. MARLIN IN VERY LIMITED NUMBERS FROM 1876-1880, CALIBER 40-65, a very seldom seen early Ballard match rifle, this is a big and heavy example with 30" octagon barrel that weighs a solid 13 lbs., fancy walnut stock and forend, both checkered, heavy brass Swiss butt plate, cheek piece, horn forend schnabble tip, special loop lever with double set triggers- all factory correct for this model, mid-range tang sight with globe pin-head front sight and no dovetail for any kind of rear barrel sight (correct), bottom of the forend has an uncleaned, mellow inletted brass plate for a palm rest (no palm rest, but they are being made today if someone wanted to place one on this rifle), dark receiver with some very faded dark case color remaining , fine deep aged barrel blue, exc. bore, tight action, double set triggers function properly- adjustment screw intact, exc. wood with one or two tiny age cracks coming back from the receiver- typical for these Ballards, correct J. M. Marlin markings and early serial number in the 2XXX range, matching number on barrel and receiver, these beautiful early target rifles from the golden age of match shooting rarely come up for sale, this one has a very attractive appearance, $5200.

3) DESIRABLE BIG 1881 IN .45-70 WITH SERIAL NUMBER 4570! I'm sure this was numbered intentionally this caliber rifle at the factory in 1883 when this one was made, overall metal is an uncleaned heavily mottled gray/brown, wood looks a little dry but is solid and shows normal handling with good wood to metal fit, forend only has the usual hairline crack ahead of the sliding loading gate on the forearm, 28" oct. barrel with original sights, bore has scattered roughness with good rifling and needs a good brushing out to improve, tight action, great caliber and matching serial number! $2850.``

4) 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.

5) 1889 .44-40 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1891, another rifle that came out of here in Montana, this one still retains good thin blue on the receiver that is mixing gray/brown with fine blue on the loading gate, barrel blue very thin and mixing gray, exc. markings, mag tube also with traces of blue but mainly gray, three leaf express rear barrel sight (all three leaves intact) with small blade/bead front sight, tight action, fine wood shows normal light handling only, bore shows fine rifling throughout and any roughness is minor and surface, fine screws, a scarce early Marlin in the most desirable caliber, $1495.

6) EARLIEST FIRST TYPE 1893 .38-55 OCTAGON RIFLE MADE WITHOUT THE MODEL MARKING ON THE UPPER TANG, #99XXX, MADE 1894, only the first year or so of production had an unmarked upper tang after which "Model 1893" was stamped, this one came out of here in Montana and has heavy saddle wear on the left rear of the forearm (as carried over the front of a saddle by a right handed rider), still retains some very aged blue on the barrel, but is mostly an honest and uncleaned aged brown patina, fine butt stock, dark patina receiver with some blue on the loading gate, may have a couple of correctly replaced screws, original front and rear sights, tight action, bore a little dark but with good rifling all the way through, a nice uncleaned very early example that saw real hunting use in Montana! $1295.

7) 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.





  1. UNALTERED SHARPS NEW MODEL 1863 PERCUSSION CIVIL WAR SADDLE RING CARBINE, one of the classic and most popular/successful of the cavalry carbines, this one looks like it's been in storage for a very long time and was very "dry" when I got it, all original and functioning- including the primer feed mechanism, fine very aged dark barrel blue with exc. markings including the Sharps barrel markings and model 1863 marking, MINT BRIGHT BORE! correct sights, mostly gray/brown receiver, fine forend and butt stock- looks like the butt stock had a very slight crack in the comb behind the upper tang that was reinforced with a small tack on each side- minor, butt plate was rusted- probably stood for years on a dirt floor (barn perhaps?), really nice overall appearance, hard to find these that were not converted to cartridge, $2150.

  2. 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.

  3.  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.

  4. RARE AND UNUSUAL IVER JOHNSON AUTO-EJECT REVOLVERS WITH THE SCARCE MATCHING PATENTED "BOURNE KNUCKLEDUSTER ATTACHMENT" this devise was patented in 1904 and was used on a few guns serial numbered in their own range as special order until about 1910, they are serial numbered inside to match the revolver serial number- something to look out for if they don't match- I have two of these: one is a "small frame".32 S&W center fire nickel plated revolver that interestingly has the name "I. D. PERRY" engraved in the left side of the frame, this one also has a spur-less hammer that may or may not be factory (the factory would do custom work), excellent nickel overall with only the most minor of freckling/flaking, exc. "owl head" embossed grips, exc. mech., fine blue on the trigger guard, serial number 3XXX.  The second one is a "large frame".38 S&W center fire model also with matching number knuckle attachment, serial number 5XXX, fine nickel overall with some small areas of flaking near the muzzle and on the barrel ahead of the cylinder etc., exc. "owl head" embossed grips, fine blue on the trigger guard, still some good case color on the hammer and trigger sides, exc. screws on both, it is thought many if not most of these were shipped to Latin or South America and are now a seldom seen oddity,  priced at $795 each or $1500 for the pair.

  5. FRANK WESSON MEDIUM FRAME SUPERPOSED 32RF 2ND. TYPE OVER/UNDER SWIVEL BARREL DERRINGER, ONLY 3,000 MADE 1869-1880, mellow uncleaned brass frame with small "H D" barely scratched into the left side below the hammer (could be easily rubbed out or just left as is- minor), mostly gray/brown patina barrels, exc. mech, tight barrel lock up, exc. rosewood grips, fine markings with patent date, these have lots of appeal, nice example, $895.

  6. 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.

  7. EARLY BROWN MANUFACTURING "SOUTHERNER" .41 RF SCARCE IRON FRAME DERRINGER, #4XXX WITH 1867 PATENT DATE, MADE 1869, a really fine example with what I believe is a full silver plate finish (looks too dull to be nickel and many were silvered), barrel finish thinning somewhat and aged to an attractive silver/gray, frame retains good silver with some thinning/ageing on the edges and grip straps all of which blends beautifully, sharp markings including the classic "SOUTHERNER" marking on the barrel top, exc. mech, exc. highly finished rosewood grips, bore will clean exc., rare variation and really sharp example of one of the earliest and most popular cartridge derringers usually found in hard used/hard carried condition, this is a nice one and priced attractively at (looks much better in person as photo lights exaggerate any minor spots- all of which blend in well) $595.

  8.  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.

  9. SELDOM SEEN  PRE-WORLD WAR II HIGH STANDARD .22 SHORT CALIBER, MODEL C AUTO PISTOLS (HAVE TWO):  A) VERY EARLY TYPE 1, 4 1/2" BARREL #15XX, MADE C.1936-1937, has the earliest features, fine deep blue overall with only minor edge/holster wear and some thinning of the blue on the grip straps, exc. mech. and bore, $795.   B) LATER TYPE 2, 6 3/4" #49XXX, about the same condition as the first one described, $650.

  10. BROWNING A-5, LIGHT 12, BELGIAN MADE WITH ROUNDED PISTOL GRIP, 12 GA. WITH SCARCE 26" MODIFIED CHOKE BARREL, seen a little use, but solid with exc. barrel blue, receiver blue lightly dulling only, pistol grip checkering shows some wear on the right side, original butt plate, exc. forend- wood appears a little darker than the butt stock, exc. inside, lots of shooting left in this classic! $575.

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





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.

2) BROWNING BELGIAN A-5 12 GA. (see above section)



 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) DESIRABLE ROLLING BLOCK NEW YORK STATE .50-70 CALIBER MUSKET WITH EXCELLENT BORE, MADE C.1871, fine example with lightly cartouched stock, dark aged blue barrel, brown receiver, exc. Remington markings on the upper tang, fine wood may have very light shrinkage around the receiver- I don't believe sanded as the cartouche is intact- very minor, correct rear sight, has small round brass plate with the rack number "19" on top of butt ahead of butt plate,  gray receiver, needs the front swivel bail only on front barrel band- rear swivel bail intact, tight action, cleaning rod intact, fine appearance, one of the best of the Rollingblock muskets in one of the best calibers, $1150.``

4) EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION .45-70 MODEL 1882/1885 LEE BOLT ACTION MILITARY RIFLE, this one is not military marked and has no foreign proofs or markings, so it would be considered a civilian military rifle, exc.+ wood, correct sights, magazine, swivels and cleaning rod, full blue overall is excellent with minor plum/thinning, even the butt plate has most of the blue, bottom of the trigger guard only ageing/mixing brown with bright blue in the protected front and rear sections, sharp markings, tight action, perfect bore, even the barrel bands retain most of the blue, an amazing find, $2250.

5) 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.

6) 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) 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.




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,  

1) SHILOH SHARPS MADE IN BIG TIMBER, MONTANA SADDLE RIFLE IN UNUSUAL .40-50 BN CALIBER, 26" standard weight half-octagon barrel with semi-buckhorn Lawrence rear sight and blade front sight, also has mid-range sporting tang sight, very attractive rich and dense brown walnut with dark fancy grain stock and forend, pewter forend cap, accent line on the cheek piece, weighs about 10 lbs, this is an early Montana made rifle as the receiver has the Shiloh markings and the barrel has the "Old Reliable" and C. Sharps markings, In the 1870s this was a very popular mid-range target cartridge and medium game hunting caliber, cases are easily made by shortening and necking down .45-70 brass, really attractive rifle with double set triggers in near new condition throughout, $2350.

2) TRULY SPECTACULAR UNFIRED SHILOH SHARPS No. 1 SPORTER, .45-110 CALIBER, MADE IN BIG TIMBER, MONTANA, this one is unfired and comes with all paperwork and lifetime warranty card, 34" heavy octagon barrel, hand select extra fancy walnut with AA finish, pewter tip, polished barrel, polished black screws, antique finish (light on receiver only), custom bedded forend, brass escutcheons, checkered pistol grip and forend, checkered steel shotgun butt plate, accent line on  the cheek piece, double set triggers, Montana Vintage Arms mid-range vernier tang sight with globe front sight with two aperture insert cards plus semi-buckhorn rear sight with extra full buckhorn rear sight (these are listed in the catalogue at $65), this one was ordered with about an inch longer length of pull (I'm about average height and could shoot this one fine, but it would probably fit someone better who is over 6'2" or taller), also has factory sling swivel studs installed, new catalogue price on this rifle would be well over $5,000 with a long wait time.  I have this one priced at $4250.``

3) ONE OF THE FINEST or perhaps THE FINEST CUSTOM WINCHESTER HIGHWALL SPORTER I'VE SEEN! This one is built on a late smokeless Highwall action in the120XXX range and is in .30 US (.30-40 Krag) caliber, I was told by the previous owner it was made by a master gunsmith named Ferguson from Roseburg, Oregon, but aside from the caliber marking the rifle is unmarked, full blue overall is minty, spectacular English Walnut is a golden color with dark marble grain and some subtle fiddle back, Neidner style finely checkered steel butt plate with tear drop over the comb, steel grip cap, beautifully checkered pistol grip and forend, ebony forend tip, sling eye in butt stock and on barrel, classy barrel band hooded front sight with  5 inch barrel rib ahead of the receiver containing three flip up leaves as well as a Lyman tang sight adjustable for elevation and windage (windage adjustment screw either missing or intentionally removed), 23 1/2" light sporter weight barrel with perfect bore, THE WHOLE RIFLE ONLY WEIGHS 7 POUNDS! A true work of art in walnut and blued steel! Would cost an absolute fortune to have custom made from scratch, plus probably a few years of wait time! This is a true gem in every way, plus in a great classic caliber, $3850.

4) LONE STAR RIFLE COMPANY, CONROE TEXAS, CUSTOM REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK SPORTING RIFLE, .45-70, 26" STANDARD OCTAGON BARREL, about as perfect as a single shot hunting rifle can be! weighs just over 8 lbs., these will never be made again as the owner and one-man-show of Lone Star Rifles, Dave Higginbotham, was tragically killed in an accident some time ago, his rifles rarely come up for sale now, this one is number 1XX, single trigger, highly finished straight grain walnut stock and forend, deeply blued barrel, hammer and breech block, receiver, forend tip and butt plate show all of their gorgeous case color finish, standard open barrel sights, seems to have seen no real use, seldom offered and going up in value rapidly, (photos don't do it justice, lights made the case colors look bland when they have lots of color and are deep, rich and vivid) $2950.

5) DISCONTINUED AND HARD TO FIND THOMPSON-CENTER "PATRIOT" SINGLE SHOT .45 CALIBER PERCUSSION TARGET PISTOL, highest quality overall and made in the United States! Double set triggers (remember, these work in the reverse of most- the front trigger is the set-trigger and the rear trigger is the "hair" or release/firing trigger), adjustable rear sight with open-top globe with pinhead front sight, blued barrel with case colored lock etc., walnut stock, all exc. overall, great fun to shoot (I've had one for years), no longer made and getting hard to find, $395.



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) GREAT CONDITION EARLY AND VERY RARE MODEL 1896 .32 S&W LONG CALIBER HAND EJECTOR FIRST MODEL, 4 1/4" BARREL, IN DESIRABLE AND SCARCE BLUE FINISH, #1XXX, ONLY 19,712  MADE 1896-1903, Smith & Wesson's first side swing cylinder model, this is probably a first year production gun and is superb condition for one of these which are usually found (if found at all) in very hard used and carried condition, has the correct patent dates on the cylinder, matching numbers, exc. blue overall with only the lightest thinning or edge wear with very minor browning on the "milling lines" on the frame- even the grip straps retain exc. blue, exc. grips, exc. mech., exc. markings, bright bore, about as early and as nice as one would hope to find especially in blue as most seem to turn up in nickel finish, super, (note: lots of photo light reflection especially in top photo, looks more like bottom photo)  $795.

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 lose and sloppy, but mainly works, bore is surprisingly fine, U.S. marking intact on the butt as is the serial number (5XXX), great display, (three photos) $1595.

5)  SUPER CONDITION, VERY EARLY SINGLE SHOT "PERFECTED" THIRD MODEL .22LR TARGET PISTOL, ONLY 6,949 MADE BETWEEN 1909-1923 IN THE SERIAL NUMBER RANGE OF 4618 - 11641, THIS ONE IS NUMBER 46XX AND IS ONE OF THE FIRST 50 MADE!  Overall beautiful blue with only a hint of edge wear, exc. walnut stocks with gold S&W medallions, exc. bore, matching numbers on frame, latch and barrel, would be hard to find an earlier example or one in better condition! (any bright spots in the photos is light reflection, it has full blue) $1495.``

6) EXCELLENT .44 SPECIAL HAND EJECTOR, SECOND MODEL REVOLVER, 6 1/2" BARREL, NICKEL FINISH, MADE 1921, only 17,510 of this model were made from 1915-1940 and I'm sure that low number reflects limited manufacture and demand during the Great Depression, this one retains nearly all the original nickel with only some scattered freckling mainly on the edges of the grip straps and on the right side of the frame behind the cylinder (this is typical as this is the area that holster straps often rub on), still retains some light case color on hammer and trigger, sharp bright bore, tight action, exc. markings, matching numbers, exc. checkered walnut grips, lanyard ring intact, these big frame pre-war .44s are becoming very hard to get, (note: lots of photo light reflection off bright nickel- looks better in person) $1395.

7) 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.

8) MODEL 1917 U.S. ARMY .45ACP/AUTO RIM CALIBER REVOLVER, classic World War I issue as there weren't enough Colt 1911s to go around! Many saw use in W.W.II also, an unaltered example with matching numbered barrel, cylinder and frame, correct U.S. markings on the butt and "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" on the underside of the barrel (this marking often ground off), shows normal blue wear to the grip straps and bottom of the trigger guard with some muzzle wear on each side of the barrel with normal light edge wear as would be expected and the balance still a nice deep original blue, fine action, bright bore, still retains some case color on the trigger and hammer, fine smooth factory wood grips, lanyard ring intact, $875.``

9) 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.

10) 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.



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

1) MODEL 1866 TRAPDOOR RIFLE, .50-70 GOVERNMENT CALIBER, these are wonderfully historic U.S. firearms with only 52,000 being built in 1866 right after the Civil War with almost all being issued to Western troops for the Indian Wars (about half of the 52,000 were later sold to France for the Franco Prussian War making these even more scarce in the U.S. today), After the 1873 .45-70 rifles and carbines became standardized many of these .50 caliber rifles were given out from forts to Western homesteaders and settlers for protection and hunting! This example is an uncleaned and unmessed with rifle with an honest and untouched even aged brown patina (barrels were originally left "bright" or "in the white"), correct 1864 dated lock plate with 1866 dated breech block, fine action, bore is dark with good rifling all the way through- could use a good scrubbing, wood has never been sanded and shows numerous small nicks and dings from use, but in not cracked or chipped, "EAVES" in small stamping is in each side of the butt stock- meaning unknown, correct sights and cleaning rod, correct swivels, ESA cartouched stock, lots of history and stories in this one, came out of here in Montana. My favorite Trapdoor model! $1195.

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) 1884 TRAPDOOR SADDLE RING CARBINE, .45-70, MADE 1888, this one probably went back to the arsenal at some point as it has an early 1873 dated lock plate and breech block, correct Buffington rear sight marked "C" for carbine, correct  sight protector barrel band, sling bar and ring intact, correct trap butt plate, uncleaned attractive aged barrel blue, fine wood shows light handling only, retains nice aged blue/black (oil quenched case color) on the hammer and breech block, bore should scrub out to be fine or better, nice example, $1495.

4)  REMINGTON MARK III WORLD WAR ONE SIGNAL PISTOLS (see above in Remington section)

5) SMITH & WESSON 1917 U.S. ARMY .45 REVOLVER (see above in S&W section)

6) COLT 1900 SIGHT SAFETY AUTO U.S. ARMY 2ND. CONTRACT (see above in Colt section)

7) COLT 1905 U.S.M.C. .38DA REVOLVER (see above in Colt section)


WINCHESTERS (click text for photos) .

  1. 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.

  2. 1873 .32-20 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1889, a truly "attic condition" uncleaned and unmessed with example that still retains nearly all the darkened-aged blue on barrel, mag and receiver! exc. screws, fine wood with one hairline age crack coming back from the receiver on the right side of the wrist (minor), exc. markings, buckhorn rear sight with front sight blade made from a Liberty Nickel! bore is dark with good rifling but roughness scattered throughout, original dust cover intact and matching color, uncleaned dark brass lifter, great untouched appearance, getting very hard to find looking as attractive as this! $1595.

  3. 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.

  4. SUPER RARE AND UNUSUAL EARLY 1885 "THICKSIDE" HIGHWALL SPECIAL ORDER RIFLE! This one was part of the estate of famed Winchester collector and author Lew Yearout, according to the Cody Firearms Museum call in sheet, this rifle #8XXX was received in the warehouse in 1887 as a "rifle, caliber .45-75, 26" round No.3 barrel, plain trigger, sporting leaf rear sight and shotgun butt.  It is British proofed and probably went to either India or Africa.  Often used to hunt tigers in India off the backs of elephants- hence the short 26" special order barrel length (standard length for this caliber was 30"), Also with this rifle are notes from Lew Yearout who mentions that according to the Winchester records only 91 Model 1885s were made in this unusual caliber that was standard for the big Model 1876 lever action rifle, All specs match including the long ladder with slide or sporting leaf sight often seen on Model 1876 and 1886 rifles. This one has obviously seen quite a bit of honest use as the scarce and desirable "thickside" receiver is an uncleaned dark patina, gray brown barrel all with exc. markings, solid wood appears a bit dry but no cracked or chipped, smooth steel butt plate, sometime during its long history the barrel was rebored to 20 Ga. shotgun smooth bore- my guess is that over time the .45-75 WCF ammo became difficult to find or the bore got rusted and it was deemed appropriate to make it into short 20 ga. shotgun that could fire bird shot, buck shot or a powerful slug. very tight action, exc. bore, exc. screws, lots of history in this one! $1495.

  5. 1886 .40-82 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1892, attractive uncleaned example with good aged barrel blue, mag tube mixing gray/brown, exc. screws, fine butt stock and forend- tiny chip at upper tang/rec. juncture on left side- minor, bore should scrub out to fine, buckhorn rear sight (needs elevator bar only) and original front sight, upper tang appears to have a repaired hairline crack just behind the hammer- fairly common and doesn't weaken the action, good blue on the bolt and loading gate, came out of Idaho. $2100.

  6. 1885 HIGHWALL .30-40 KRAG CUSTOM RIFLE (see above in Shiloh and Reproduction section).

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 man 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.

  12. 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.

  13. VERY UNUSUAL AND RARE 1894 FACTORY 22" ROUND BARREL SHORT RIFLE WITH 2/3 MAGAZINE IN .32-40 CALIBER(!), MADE 1908, totally correct with forend measuring one inch shorter than standard (8 3/8" compared to the standard 9 3/8"), More scarce than the standard 20" short rifle length,  this is an almost unheard of caliber for short rifles as most were .30 WCF,  I don't recall ever before seeing another 1894 in this caliber/configuration! original front sight, flat top buckhorn rear (needs elevation bar only), fine walnut stock and forend with tight wood to metal fit  showing normal light handling/hunting wear, fine+ bore may clean better, barrel blue mixing an uncleaned brown, gray/brown receiver with some age blue mixed in, good blue on the loading gate, tight action, this is the kind of rifle that makes collecting interesting! This one came out of right here in Montana. $2350.

  14. 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.

  15. HIGH CONDITION 1894 .32-40 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1902, Cody call-in sheet confirms all, retains about all the deep barrel, magazine and forend cap blue, receiver blue nearly as complete except for a few light spots on the left side where someone did some light cleaning at some time and left some very shallow gray spots, even the upper tang retains about all the blue, mint bore, excellent case colors on the lever sides and hammer, exc.+ wood, exc. screws and original sights, would be near mint if not for the light cleaning I mentioned above and even that is pretty minor! $2950.``

  16. 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.

  17. 1894 .25-35 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1909, this one came out of Montana, fine lightly aged barrel blue, mag tube has good blue on top part with the balance aged brown, D. W. King heavy/thick full buckhorn rear sight with Winchester factory blade front sight, receiver mostly aged to gray/brown with some dull blue remaining, fine wood shows normal hunting/handling wear/dings, has four light "kill" notches in left side of the butt stock just below the forward section of the comb behind the upper tang, if you look very carefully you can find two tiny filled sling swivel holes- gotta look hard! Bore is a bit dark with good rifling all the way through, tight action, surprisingly hard to find oct. .25-35 caliber 1894s, this one had lots of character, $1495.

  18. 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.

  19. 1895 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN .30-06 CALIBER, MADE 1926, a late model with mint bore, exc. barrel blue with only light scuffing near the muzzle and on sides, original military style carbine ladder sight, exc. wood shows normal hunting/carry wear, handguard intact and has the usual beginnings of a hairline crack coming forward from the receiver for an inch or so- minor and common, saddle ring intact, has sling swivels that may be factory- rear swivel is the inletted type held in with two screws in the base and the front is mounted in the barrel band, receiver shows fine thinning blue- a little more wear to the right side of the receiver, exc. screws, tight wood to metal fit, trap in butt plate has the pull through barrel cleaner in it, $2150.

  20. FIRST YEAR PRODUCTION MODEL 63 .22LR 20" CARBINE, #1XXX, MADE 1933! Introduced during the worst of the Great Depression, these pre-W.W.II Model 63s are hard to find especially in the early 20" carbine version, this one has fine blue overall with light edge wear only and blue wear to the butt plate and forend cap, exc. wood with a few minor handling/hunting marks only, Marbles tang sight, exc. mech. and inside, bright exc. bore, $1495.

  21. PRE-WAR MODEL 64 RIFLE, .30WCF CALIBER, WITH TANG SIGHT, MADE 1938, excellent example that retains nearly all the barrel and mag blue, even the forend cap shows fine lightly freckled blue, receiver also retains most of the bright blue with light edge wear and minor flaking toward the front of the left side, untouched screws, Lyman tang sight, original buckhorn rear sight, bright minty bore, exc. markings, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, fantastic quality from the Great Depression Era, these are rapidly going up in value, $1395.



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




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