BILL GOODMAN,  P. O. BOX 2002,  BOZEMAN,  MONTANA  59771

 

 

   TEL. (406) 587-3131        FAX (406) 219-3415

      Bill Goodman has been a collector of antique/collector firearms for well over 40 years and a full time dealer for over 28 years.  Traveling around the country constantly seeking good quality collector arms at REALISTIC PRICES, Bill sells exclusively by mail order.  He has advertised in every issue of The Gun List  (now Gun Digest the Magazine) since it's first small issues in the early 1980s (as well as The Shotgun News before that). All items are photographed. To view them just click the text of the item you want to see. Be sure to scroll down as most items have more than one photo.  All guns are sold as collector's items, not shooters.  If you wish to shoot an item listed here, it is strongly recommended that you have the item checked out by a competent gunsmith who specializes in antique firearms. All items are sold with the usual three (3) day inspection.  If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, call to say you are returning the item and you will receive an immediate refund when the item is received back in the same condition it was originally shipped. This list will be constantly updated as new items become available.  Use the above phone number to call to check availability and for further info on any item you wish to purchase. Prices do not include shipping. All federal/state laws concerning the transfer of firearms are strictly followed.  Modern firearms must be shipped to an FFL dealer (or "Curio & Relics" license holders where applicable).  Pre-1899 antiques may be shipped to non-FFL holders. All Layaway sales are final.    21

 

 

 

 

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NOTES FROM THE FIELD (9/14/15) THE TREND IN BLACK GUNS IS ACTUALLY HELPING ANTIQUE/COLLECTOR GUN SALES! I speak with people from all across our great country every day and more and more I'm hearing the same complaints about the state of the current firearms market- new and used. The sentiment is becoming almost universal with the over 30 year old set, that the guns manufactured today "have no soul." Gun shops offer racks and display cases of plastic/polymer firearms all of which are identical. Yes, they are made well and generally built to last, but firearm ownership is more than simply having and using a utilitarian object. There is the important matter of pride of ownership. I remember long ago when I was in college and got invited on a dove hunt.  I don't think I got off a shot that day, but I vividly recall sitting by a fence line with my Beretta Silver Snipe 12 ga. over/under across my knees.  It was a nice, but lower end, Beretta. But to me the wood grain made it unique and the coin silver receiver  contrasted beautifully with the blued steel vent rib barrels... I still have that shotgun and wouldn't sell it even though I don't use it much any more. I also have some synthetic stocked stainless steel bolt action rifles that are wonderfully accurate and that I've taken a good deal of game with. Somehow the memories and attachment to those rifles just aren't there. I could sell them and it wouldn't hurt at all. So, back to the main topic here, a lot of people are feeling the way I do (and probably you do too). This is why we are so drawn to walnut and blued steel in a rifle (and one that required the original owner to carefully stalk his game) that won't be effective at five or six hundred yards. We are also drawn to a hand-tuned revolver put together by a true craftsman, not injection molded and CNC machined by some technician. So again, the guns we like and want "have soul."  And this lack of new products containing this important virtue are what's keeping antique/collector firearms prices on the rise.  And maybe that's not such a bad thing for our investment portfolios!

 

COLT FIRE ARMS (click text for photo

  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. BEAUTIFUL, HIGH CONDITION SINGLE ACTION ARMY, .32-20 CALIBER, 5 1/2" #354XXX, MADE 1930, an outstanding investment quality example Pre-War First Generation Single Action Army that has seen little to no real use, about all the original blue remains with only minor thinning on the back strap, light edge wear on the cylinder and a touch of gray at the extreme forward edge of the ejector housing and muzzle on the left side, nice vivid case colors wit fading to silver only on the outside of the loading gate and minor fading on the left side of the frame (still good color) and a little on the top strap (again, good color), all matching numbers including the grips, tiny flake out of the bottom rear corner of the right grip- doesn't go all the way through, very minor, front sight has not been altered, most of the blue remains on the face of the cylinder indicating this one was rarely if ever fired, exc. vivid case color on the hammer, exc. blue on the screws and cylinder pin, tight action, exc. inside, a great start-of-the-Great-Depression Colt.     (four photos) $5200.

  4. REALLY FINE CONDITION SINGLE ACTION ARMY .38-40, 5 1/2" MATCHING  #255XXX MADE 1904, nice example of a very early turn-of-the-20th Century Colt, fine deep blue on the barrel and ejector housing only minor thinning from holster wear at the end of the ejector and on the left side of the muzzle where there is light indication of some surface rust that was wiped off long ago- very minor, fine cylinder blue that shows some thinning, grip straps and trigger guard also retain good blue that is lightly thinning but mainly fine blue with exc blue on the outside edges and a little more thinning on the back strap, still some good light case colors on both sides of the frame with more vivid color in the protected areas with the balance a cloudy mottled gray, exc. markings, exc. screws, left grip has a repaired hairline crack through the middle probably from tightening the grip screw to much, exc. very tight action and bright bore, front sight has not been altered, really fine example of a nearly 112 year old Single Action! (four photos) $3850.

  5. BISLEY .32-20, 5 1/2" BARREL, MADE IN 1904, a nice one that came out of here in Montana, retains thin blue on the cylinder with fine blue in the cylinder flutes, barrel blue intact on the top and more protected areas with the left side gray from holster carry, outside of the ejector housing also gray with blue on the bottom inside area, grip straps gray with some light scratching (initial?) on the back strap with good blue at the top of the grip area on sides and by hammer, also on the butt and around the trigger guard sides, silvery gray frame, front sight slightly filed down, one tiny ding on left bottom edge of trigger guard- very minor, exc. screws and markings, fine+ grips show light wear only, action locks up tight, four hammer notches there but a little light, bore will clean about exc., attractive example better than normally encountered for one this early in production, (four photos)  $1995.

  6. BEAUTIFUL 1877 .38DA LIGHTNING REVOLVER WITH FULL NICKEL AND MELLOW  IVORY GRIPS, MATCHING #94XXX MADE 1893, this one has the 3 1/2" ejectorless barrel roll marked "COLT D.A.38" with correct two line address on the top, exc. markings including the patent dates on the left side, nearly full bright nickel remains with only minor peeling at the last half inch of so at the muzzle and some minor peeling at the sharp edge of the butt and a little on the back strap edges, exc. blued screws still retain most of the blue, exc. blued cylinder pin (these often chewed up), exc. fire blue on the hammer back and trigger, exc. action and mech., bore should clean exc., gorgeous yellowed/aged ivory is solid and not chipped, overall an outstanding and most attractive antique Lightning.(4 photos)  $2450.

  7. ANTIQUE SERIAL NUMBER .44-40 OCTAGON LIGHTNING RIFLE, MADE 1895, still retains excellent markings including the rampant colt on the left side of the receiver, barrel, mag. and receiver a nice uncleaned mixture of aged blue mixing plum and brown with a little scattered light surface freckling only- all very minor and blending nicely into an attractive overall appearance, original buckhorn rear sight with small Rocky Mountain blade front sight, EXCELLENT BORE, fine forend with only a few small handling marks, butt stock has a couple cracks coming back from the receiver on the left side of the wrist with a small chip at the tang/frame juncture but aside from this stock is solid and tight, action locks up tight, hard to find and most desirable caliber especially with an exc bore, $1795.

  8. HARD TO FIND .32-20 CALIBER ARMY SPECIAL DOUBLE ACTION WITH 6" BARREL, MADE 1920, excellent blue overall with just very light edge wear and a touch of muzzle wear, some dulling of the blue on the grip straps from age,  still retains exc. fire blue on the hammer back and trigger, exc. bore bright and mech., exc. original hard rubber stylized Colt embossed grips, exc. markings including the ".32-20 WCF" barrel marking,, last patent date is 1905, even the ejector rod retains about all the blue, exceptional for a 96 year old .32-20 Colt! $795.

  9. FINE CONDITION RARE EARLY 1905 .45 ACP AUTO PISTOL WITH ROUND HAMMER, #2XXX, MADE 1907, only about 6100 of these were made from 1905-1911 and many of those that have survived are in hard used and abused condition, this is one of the better ones I've seen in a while, exc. original checkered walnut grips show light wear only, fine aged and thinning blue on the slide with most of the blue ageing and wear to the edges with the tip and sides showing better color, exc. markings, fine frame blue with grip straps and bottom of trigger guard aged to brown, still some nice light case color on the stub hammer, exc. inside, unaltered sights, very difficult to locate especially this nice, (photo light reflection- looks better than photos) $4250.

  10. CLASSIC EARLY 2" SNUB NOSE LIGHTWEIGHT COBRA .38 SPECIAL, MADE 1955, probably a cop-gun as it shows holster and carry wear but very little shooting (still retains most of the blue on the face of the cylinder- this usually blasts off from even limited firing) the alloy frame is getting silvery on the grip straps and on the right side of the frame just below the hammer where the holster retaining strap obviously rubbed, also has a little top strap wear on the edges and some edge wear on the cylinder, right grip has the checkering worn at the bottom edge- again typical of right handed carry, tight action and exc. bright  bore, it's a shame Colt doesn't make guns like these anymore! $575.

                            

 

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 EARLY 1881 .38-55 24" OCTAGON RIFLE, #16XXX, MADE 1887, nice unaltered example with excellent wood showing only light handling and good wood to metal fit, mostly gray/brown receiver, barrel and mag retain fine very dark aged blue mixing a little plum/brown, original sights include buckhorn rear and Rocky Mountain blade front sight, lever spring only just a little weak, bore a bit dark with deep rifling and ought to scrub out fine+ to near exc., great caliber, nice appearance, $1895.``

3) RARE AND DESIRABLE CALIBER .44-40 MARLIN FIREARMS COMPANY MARKED BALLARD No. 2 OCTAGON SPORTING RIFLE, usually these are found in either .32 or .38 Long Rim fire/Center fire caliber, I've only seen a few in .44-40, 28" medium weight barrel with correct original Rocky Mountain blade front sight with original buckhorn rear sight (needs elevator bar only), dark aged brown patina on receiver and lever, barrel blue also deep and aged/mixing plum, never cleaned or steel wooled, stock appears a little dry and has some age cracks extending back from the receiver, stock and forend show normal handling marks/dings as one would expect from a frontier caliber Ballard of the 1880s period, one small worn in chip at end of forearm on the right side, bore is dark with good rifling and should scrub out fine or better, lever spring a little weak, matching numbers, barrel top correctly marked "44 W," $1195.

4) VERY EARLY ANTIQUE SPECIAL ORDER 1894 .38-40 OCTAGON RIFLE WITH 2" LONGER THAN STANDARD 26" OCTAGON BARREL, #144XXX, MADE 1896,  overall barrel, mag. and receiver show some small amounts of very aged blue mostly worn to gray/brown- better blue in the most protected areas and on the loading gate, bore is a little dark with some scattered very surface roughness with deep rifling and should clean out to fine+, fine-exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, original buckhorn rear sight with Rocky Mountain blade front sight, tight action, came out of an estate in Arizona and even has some targets with it that were shot using this rifle, scarce barrel length, $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 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) 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 SOLD

8) JUST IN: VERY HARD TO FIND 1894CB "COWBOY LIMITED" IN .38 SPECIAL/.357 MAGNUM CALIBER WITH 20" OCTAGON BARREL, has some fancy grain walnut in the butt stock, about like new overall, $1150.

9)  JUST IN: MODEL 1894S .44 SPECIAL AND MAGNUM DELUXE CARBINE WITH FANCY CHECKERED STOCK AND ORIGINAL MARLIN SLING, this is the later safety model, comes with original hooded sight and hammer extension used when scoped, about new overall, $875.

10) JUST IN: SCARCE MODEL 375 RIFLE CHAMBERED FOR THE FINE .375 WCF CARTRIDGE, ONLY 16,315 MADE BETWEEN 1980 - 1983, one of the more difficult of the "Modern Marlin" models to find today, in near new condition overall and complete with factory sling swivels and front sight hood, looks like it once had a scope on it that was removed and filler screws replaced in the factory mounting holes on the top of the receiver, great caliber (I have a Ruger No.3 single shot carbine in this caliber that shoots amazingly well), seldom seen model never to be made again, $1150.

 

 

ANTIQUE & CLASSIC RIFLES, SHOTGUNS AND PISTOLS (click text for photos) 

 

  1.  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.

  2. 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.

  3. HUGE AND MASSIVE 8 GAUGE PERCUSSION DOUBLE BARREL MARKET GUN! 40" BARRELS, WEIGHS 14 POUNDS! both engraved lock plates are marked "GILLESPIE"  who was a New York derringer pistol and gun lock  maker from the late 1840s to about 1870, Twist Steel marked barrel rib, fancy walnut butt stock is checkered at the wrist and forend and is solid showing wear and handling but no abuse, double keyed forend, all iron parts- trigger guard, butt plate etc. scroll engraved and uncleaned to an attractive brown patina, uncleaned brown barrels show twist pattern, left hammer an old plain replacement that matches well, silver initial shield on bottom of stock, market hunting became outlawed and by the very early 1900s came to an end (fortunately). This is a great relic of a past time in the history of the U.S. before game laws and conservation laws were mandated to protect wildlife. Most big Market Guns like this show heavy use and abuse and usually have broken stocks etc.  This is one of the better ones I've offered, (shows in first of three photos with a Remington 1889 12 ga. hammer double with 30" barrels for comparison) $1895.``

  4. STEVENS POCKET RIFLE No. 40 IN DESIRABLE .22LR, 12" PART OCTAGON TO ROUND BARREL, WITH MATCHING NUMBER SHOULDER STOCK, totally original including the ladder sight with slide intact and globe front sight with pin head, retains nearly all the original nickel on the frame, grip straps and stock, fine barrel blue that is thinning/mixing brown, still some fine fire blue on the hammer, bore is a little worn but should scrub out to fine, exc. walnut grips show light handling only, $995.``

  5. GREAT WORLD WAR II ARTIFACT: EXCELLENT CONDITION 1942 DATED R. F. SEDGLEY SIGNAL/FLAIR GUN, synthetic rubber grip and frame with "USN" in a circle on the left and right grip centers, 6 3/4" barrel with the top rib marked "SIGNAL PISTOL MARK 5   R. F. SEDGLEY INC. 1942"  I believe this is for the 10 ga. flair, all the dark finish remains on the barrel, exc. bore and mech., lanyard ring intact on the butt, not often seen,  $250.

  6. BALLARD RIFLES: (see above in Marlin 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) A TRUE VERY EARLY REMINGTON  BUFFALO RIFLE! HEAVY NO. 1 ROLLING BLOCK SPORTING RIFLE WITH 30" OCTAGON BARREL LARGER DIAMETER THAN THE RECEIVER! ALL MATCHING SERIAL NUMBER 1XXX, bottom of the barrel marked "44 CTGE S" ( the "S" is for Sharps), either a .44-77 or .44-90 caliber, forend, barrel and butt plate all have the same matching number (I think I was the first to pull the butt plate as it was thick with rust inside- which I removed with oil and rubbing to reveal the matching number), barrel measured about 1.1" at the muzzle and the rifle weighs about 11 1/2 lbs- extremely heavy for a Rolling Block sporter, uncleaned barrel blue is aged and mixing brown, mottled silver/brown receiver shows a hint of case color around the pins on the left side, Remington markings on the tang, tight action with surprisingly fine+ bore- deep rifling and any roughness is minor and scattered, no rear barrel sight in the original dovetail, Beach combination folding globe front sight, obviously had a tang sight on at one time as it is now removed with the mounting screws left in place, generally fine+ wood showing normal light handling with the beginnings of an age crack coming back from the upper tang for an inch or so that you have to look carefully to detect-all solid and tight with exc. wood to metal fit, these Buffalo Rolling Blocks with barrels larger than the receiver are exceptionally rare (more rare than Sharps), and this is a very fine one that is early and all matching, $5200.

3) 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.

4) SPECIAL ORDER 1899 LEE SPORTING CARBINE IN .30-30 CALIBER WITH 24" BARREL!!! I can't find any mention of this configuration in the Remington Lee book by Eugene Myszkowski, carbines had 20" barrels and were mainly made in a couple of military calibers (.30-40 Krag and 7mm Mauser), The barrel is clearly marked on the top  with the Remington address in one lime and then "30 . 30"  has the correct carbine stock and forearm all in one and the correct handguard- which is a little unusual as the front end stops under the barrel band instead of extending a half inch in front of it- removing the band shows it appears the wood has always been this length, exc. lightly aged barrel blue, fine blue on the receiver, exc. markings, correct small ladder carbine sight, fine+ bore only a little dark with sharp rifling, probably non-factory (but who can tell?) curved rear sling bar on bottom of stock, Possibly made by the factory from left over parts when the model was discontinued, I've never seen one like it and probably won't see another again! $1650.

5) MODEL 25 PUMP ACTION RIFLE IN DESIRABLE .32-20 CALIBER, most of these seem to be in .25-20 caliber with .32-20 scarce, fine lightly aged blue overall with a few small areas where some surface rust has been wiped off- not buffed or steel wooled- original sights include a blade/bead front and a buckhorn rear, one old repaired crack coming back from the receiver on the left side, but not going through and is seen as a long "glue line" only, solid wood, correct crescent Remington marked butt plate, fairly bright bore, exc. forend, tight mechanically, these center fire Remington pumps are becoming hard to find, $795.

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) SCARCE BLACKHAWK "BUCKEYE" CONVERTIBLE REVOLVERS: HAVE TWO MATCHING SETS (4 REVOLVERS): ONE IN .32-20 WITH EXTRA .32 H&R MAGNUM CYLINDER AND ONE IN .38-40 WITH EXTRA 10MM AUTO CYLINDER, both pairs are brand new and unfired in the original Ruger boxes with cardboard sleeves, all paperwork included- just as made in the 1980s for "Buckeye Sports" in Ohio as a special run, all steel construction (no alloys) with distinctive "buckeye" logo stamped on the top strap. These were shipped together and share the same serial number. Stored in a vault since purchased new. In any condition these are rapidly escalating in price as there will never be any more like these.  $2400 set of TWO matching serial number revolvers (NOT ALL FOUR).

 

 

SAVAGE FIREARMS (click text for photos)

1) 1899-C HALF OCTAGON RIFLE IN STANDARD .303 SAVAGE CALIBER, MADE 1908, one of the more scarce in the 1899 line, fine aged and thinned barrel blue mixing a little brown, receiver the same with good blue in all the protected areas ageing and mixing plum and brown on the balance, never scrubbed or cleaned, generally fine+ wood shows light handling only with tight wood to metal fit, stock behind upper tang has one very small chip that was repaired and the usual age crack or two coming back for an inch or so- all very minor and typical for this model as the stock is held to the receiver with a long cross bolt running under the butt plate to the receiver, exc. markings serial number in the 77XXX range, Lyman blade/bead front sight with semi buckhorn rear sight, bore a little dark with fine rifling throughout, tight action, brass rotor magazine exc., matching number inside crescent butt plate and stamped in stock also, nice unfooled with example, $950.``

2) DESIRABLE .380 CALIBER MODEL 1917 AUTO PISTOL, MADE 1920-1928, much more scarce than the more common .32 caliber pistols, this one seems to have had very little use and retains nearly all the factory dull-type blue finish, shows vivid case colors on the trigger sides, tight action, left grip only has a very small "flake" on the bottom edge that does not go all the way through- minor, exc. inside and out, with correct .380ACP marked magazine, a fairly difficult pistol to find in this caliber and especially in this condition. $595.

 

 

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) SHILOH SHARPS 1863 .54 CALIBER PERCUSSION CARBINE, MADE IN BIG TIMBER, MONTANA, this is an early Montana manufactured Sharps as it has the C. Sharps barrel marking plus the Shiloh Rifle Mfg., Big Timber, Montana marking on the left side of the receiver, also has the tiny "wolf's head" stamping on the very lowest part of the barrel on the right side flat ahead of the receiver which signifies the founder, Wolf Droege, either built this one himself or had something to do with its manufacture personally, has the sling ring and bar (an extra option) and overall is in near new condition throughout, comes with two Lee bullet moulds and some Hornady Great Plains factory lead slugs. No longer catalogued by Shiloh. $1795.``

2) SCARCE LONE STAR ROLLING BLOCK SPORTING RIFLE, MADE IN CONROE, TEXAS, SN 3XX,  .38-55 CALIBER, 26" MEDIUM HEAVY BARREL (SAME DIAMETER AS THE OCT. REC. TOP), weighs right at about 10 lbs, nicely figured better than standard walnut with a rich brown color, schnable forend top, absolutely gorgeous vivid bone and charcoal case hardening on receiver and butt plate, High polish deep blue on barrel, hammer and block, "Rough and Ready" ladder rear sight (ladder needs the eye piece- I believe these can be had from MVA sights), very light single trigger, new inside and out, no longer made as the owner of this fine company was killed in a tragic accident a while ago ending production of the finest Rolling Block rifles made since Remington stopped production a hundred years ago! These are hard to find now and prices are rising. $2350.

3) BEAUTIFUL AND FANCY, CUSTOM C. SHARPS MADE IN BIG TIMBER, MONTANA,  1885 HIGHWALL SINGLE SHOT RIFLE IN .45-70 CALIBER, a really spectacular special rifle with 30" #4 weight heavy oct. barrel with Lawrence full buckhorn ladder rear sight and Rocky Mountain blade front sight (tang is drilled and tapped for vernier sight), extra fancy dark burl walnut in the pistol grip stock with cheek piece and accent line, checkered steel shotgun butt plate, fancy sharps style pewter forend cap, single set trigger, classy inletted sling swivel in the butt stock and a matching one with two screw base on the bottom of the barrel, case colored octagon top thickside receiver, all like new with a few minor handling marks in the wood- you have to look for it to see them- weighs about 11 3/4 lbs, one like this would cost about the middle $3K range with a long wait, I have this one priced at $2750.

 

 

SMITH AND WESSON (click text for photos)

1) SCARCE MODEL 1896 .32 HAND EJECTOR FIRST MODEL, #12XXX, S& W FIRST SIDE SWING CYLINDER MODEL, ONLY 19,712 MADE BETWEEN 1896-1903, this is a fine example with 3 1/4" barrel in desirable blue finish (most seem to have been nickel), original exc. hard rubber S&W logo grips, fine markings with all the unusual patent markings around the cylinder, overall fine blue that shows some ageing and freckling and some thinning in the normal areas at the sides of the barrel etc. unaltered sights, very tight action and bright bore, a very historical and significant S&W being the first "modern" solid frame model, not often encountered, (looks much better than photos show as photo light reflection makes the finish look more splotchy brown than it is) $595.

2) 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.

3) 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.

4) 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.

5) BIG .38/44 HEAVY DUTY MODEL OF 1950 (PRE-MODEL 20), #S 148XXX, 5-SCREW MODEL, MADE 1955-1956, this is a desirable 4" blued revolver that was probably a cop-gun as it has real pearl grips with classic Tyler grip adapter- from a long ago time when law enforcement were proud of their revolvers and dressed them up for show! This one shows most of the wear on the back strap, bottom of the trigger guard bow and all edges, typical of holster carry, tight action, bright bore, exc. screws, still has some case color on the hammer and trigger, getting hard to find these early pre and post war "N" frame S&Ws, $795.

 

 

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

 

1) ALMOST NEVER SEEN: UNALTERED FIRST MODEL 1873 TRAPDOOR RIFLE, .45-70, #28XXX, MADE 1873, very few of these survived the arsenal re-calls for updated parts, but this one somehow did, correct short comb-long wrist stock with faint ESA in the oval cartouche, correct first model rear sight with slotless screws intact, coarse knurled hammer, high arch breech block, no proof marks on the barrel, 1873 dated lock plate etc. etc.  And nice condition to boot! good thinning aged barrel blue mixing brown, correct cleaning rod, has a few small rack/unit markings in the stock behind the trigger guard and just behind the upper tang and by the butt plate top- mostly the letter "G" and "S" "C" "S" meaning unknown, all metal parts nicely aged patina with no rust or pitting and totally uncleaned! Exc. bore- even comes with some paper targets a previous owner shot with this rifle! One of the best untouched examples of a very early unaltered 1873 I've seen as many (most) have been "helped" at some point with parts, cleaning etc. Great Springfield find! (Flayderman's Guide last edition-now 9 years old- lists these in antique fine condition at $2000). (three photos NOTE: light reflection off tiny marks in the wood make the stock look very dinged up which it isn't)  I'm pricing this at $1895.``

2) SCARCE EARLY 1877 TRAPDOOR .45-70 RIFLE, #105XXX, C.1878, excellent example of a limited production model in the Trapdoor line as only about 20,000 were made and most got arsenal updated and altered over time, in the correct serial range that went from 75000 to 115000, rear sight correctly graduated to 1100 yards and secured with early "slotless" screws, light correct oval ESA 1878 dated cartouche in the stock along with the circle P proof behind the lower tang, fine deep barrel blue, also good blue on the front sight protector hood and the swivels, dark correctly marked breech block and lock plate (without the 1873 date on the lock as is correct), "MASS" stamped on the receiver ring, correct barrel proofs, exc. bore, exc. mech., fine+ wood overall with a few "rack dings" on the underside of the forend ahead of the trigger guard which is fairly common, later style cleaning rod, has an unusual circle stamping in the middle rear of the left side of the stock- meaning unknown- Native American or a brand?- one of the nicest examples I've seen in a while, $1295.

3) 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.

4) TRULY AMAZING HIGH CONDITION SPRINGFIELD OFFERING! UNALTERED 1892 KRAG RIFLE, 2ND. TYPE WITH CLEANING ROD, #13XXX, these cleaning rod early Krags were only made from 1894-1895 and nearly all of them were recalled and altered to the 1896 type without the cleaning rod and other upgrades, somehow this rifle remained as issued! It has all the early features including cleaning rod, upper barrel band made for rod, flat butt plate without trap, straight toe of stock, flat muzzle (no crown), short handguard which does not cover the front ring of the receiver, extractor is smooth with no hold open pin, 1894 marked receiver, sharp and crisp "JLA"  over 1895 dated stock cartouche along with sharp circle P cartouche, exc. plus wood has never been sanded or cleaned, fine lightly aged and lightly thinning barrel blue, uncleaned cloudy gray/brown receiver, swivels intact, EXC. BORE, the sight is the earliest 1896 type which was introduced in 1895, unaltered handguard matches stock perfectly, had a sling on it when I got it that was split at the bottom- included, bottom of the trigger guard worn bright from the sling with good blue on the front and back portions! no doubt one of the best extant, I've only seen a few of these over the years and this one is a gem! (five photos)  $8400.

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

6) SEDGLEY SIGNAL PISTOL, W.W.II, (see above in Antique/Classic section)

 

 

WINCHESTERS (click text for photos) .

  1. 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.

  2. FINE CONDITION 1873 .44-40 OCTAGON RIFLE MADE 1890, this is the most desirable 1873 caliber/barrel configuration, fine deep original barrel blue showing just a little ageing, sharp oct. edges, mag tube has good blue in the upper areas and protected areas with the balance naturally ageing plum & brown, nice receiver blue on the right side with the side plate aging plum and brown with brown upper tang and dust cover showing blue in the more protected areas, and on the loading gate,  left side of the receiver shows fine blue with edges ageing, fine blue underside of receiver with mellow uncleaned brass lifter, generally exc. stock and forend with tight wood to metal fit and showing very light handling only, one small finger print on left side of receiver by hammer that was lightly rusted at one point and wiped off (not steel wooled or buffed) very minor and blends well, original sights, exc. screws, exc. markings, fairly bright bore shows only light scattered roughness that is very surface and minor- might scrub out better, great unfooled with and uncleaned appearance, really attractive 126 year old investment Winchester! $3450.``

  3. HIGH CONDITION SPECIAL ORDER 1873 EXTRA LONG 28" OCT. BARREL, .32-20 RIFLE WITH FANCIER THAN STANDARD WALNUT, MADE 1892, really fine example with fine deep barrel blue, mag blue mostly intact with a little plum starting to mix in small areas, fine deep receiver blue showing only minor edge wear and some light wear scuffing- all very minor, even the bottom of the receiver along with the lower tang show nice blue as does the original dust cover and top of the receiver, upper tang mixing plum, good case color on the hammer sides and nice bright blue on the loading gate, exc. wood showing only light handling with very tight wood to metal fit, fancier than standard grain walnut as was often selected for rifles that were ordered with extras- like extra long barrels, mellow brass lifter marked "32 CAL," generally excellent screws, bore a bit dark but should clean up to fine, original buckhorn and Winchester blade sights, tight action, nice investment grade antique Winchester 1873, $3450.``

  4. 1886 OCTAGON RIFLE IN .40-65 CALIBER, MADE 1894, fine example with good magazine blue showing a little ageing, also aged barrel blue in protected areas with the balance thinning/mixing gray brown, exc. markings, original sights, mostly mottled gray receiver with excellent screws and some good blue on the bolt, generally exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit and one almost imperceptible tiny chip at the upper tang/rec. juncture on the left side, bore will clean out near exc., tight action, good caliber and  nice appearance, $2650.

  5. VERY EARLY SPECIAL ORDER 1886 RIFLE IN .33WCF WITH SOLID FRAME AND FULL MAGAZINE, MADE 1905, as full magazines are rare and only special order on these lightweight 1886 models, I called the Cody Museum and confirmed that this rifle was originally shipped with "round barrel plain trigger, full magazine and shotgun butt rubber," most of these were also takedown with solid frame rifles more scarce, the .33WCF was introduced in 1903 making this one in the 137XXX serial range a very early example, exc. mag blue with only a little minor dulling spot toward the muzzle, fine barrel blue showing some thinning and age, original buckhorn rear sight with Lyman half-moon with ivory bead front sight,  exc. blue on the bolt, fine blue on the receiver sides that is thinning/ageing with some plum and brown mixing, receiver edges, top and bottom turning gray/brown, uncleaned appearance, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, exc. sharp bore and tight action, tang screw only appears turned, one of the few .33 caliber 1886 models that really looks like an '86 ought to look, $3200.

  6. ONE OF THE BEST 1887 LEVER ACTION SHOTGUNS I'VE OFFERED: 10 GA, 32" BARREL MADE 1894, usually these early lever shotguns are found with absolutely no finish remaining as most seem to have been used very hard- remember, these were some of the very first repeating shotguns and they were pretty expensive at the time.  Those who bought them really had a use for them or else they'd have bought any of a number of inexpensive double barrel shotguns available at the time very inexpensively from outfits like Sears and Montgomery Wards.  This one still retains nice blue on the barrel and magazine with only light thinning ahead of the receiver (balance/handling point), still has some good case color on the middle of both receiver sides (almost never seen on these) as well as more vivid coverage on the breech block, hammer and sides of the receiver around the hammer etc. with the balance aged to a cloudy mottled gray where the colors have faded, one small ding on the side of the mag tube, exc. screws,  exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit and original checkered steel butt plate, retains some case color on the sides of the lever, fairly bright bore should clean out near exc., exc. markings, tight action, probably better than 95% of the 1887s out there! ( 5 photos ) $2850.

  7. 1892 TRAPPER SADDLE RING CARBINE IN RARE 25-20 WITH FACTORY 16" BARREL, MADE 1917, almost all the short "Trappers" were in .44-40 caliber, anything else is rare, the previous owner of this carbine had an extra barrel made the same length in the same caliber and installed as he wanted a shooter with a perfect bore so this one has the original barrel with correct markings in the correct place etc. PLUS the professionally altered standard carbine barrel also in 16" length that is mounted on the rifle- it would be easy to re-install the original barrel- fine+ wood with tight wood to metal fit and CORRECT SHORT FOREARM show light handling only, mostly brown receiver with some light rust pitting on the bottom behind the serial number, original barrel and mag tube show blue with outside rust and scattered pitting that could be cleaned better- still some good blue on the barrel, bore is a bit worn and frosty- might clean better, fine markings, exc. screws, correct carbine rear sight (now on the replacement barrel) and carbine front (only the pinned blade was taken from the original barrel and put in the replacement), this is the shortest legal length barrel so no ATF papers are needed, $3650.

  8. 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.``

  9. 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.

  10. FASCINATING, HISTORICAL 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN .44-40 CALIBER MADE 1902, MARKED ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BARREL "CHINA NAVIGATION CO. LTD."  this company was founded in 1816, headquartered in  London and is still in the import/export shipping business today, obviously they sailed to China (Hong Kong etc.)- their history and company story is interesting and easily found by Googling their name online, has the correct three tiny British Proof Marks (one on the upper left side of the receiver and the other just next to it on the barrel and one on the top rear of the bolt), stock and forend are solid but show numerous surface handling dings and one larger in the forearm on the bottom right ahead of the receiver (as seen in the photo)- no doubt this one has been all over the world! Mostly gray barrel and mag with blue in protected areas, also gray receiver with exc. screws and good blue on the loading gate, original carbine sights including the ladder rear with slide intact, ring intact, upper tang has some rack or ship numbers stamped in just behind the hammer and the small letter "G" stamped on the top of the receiver ring, tight action with bright about exc. bore, With all this interesting verifiable history I almost kept this one for myself...I still might! $1895.

  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 mag blue with only the lightest of handling marks, receiver retains most of the late 190s style of blue that looks more dull black- these late guns almost always have the receivers flaked to silver, this one shows only very minor thinning/freckling, exc. wood shows only light handling, tang sight with blade/bead front sight, filler in rear dovetail- doesn't look like it ever had a rear sight, bright minty bore, late rifles like this one especially in octagon are quite scarce, made in the year of the Great Stock Market Crash! $2250.

  12. SPECIAL ORDER 1892 .32-20 FULL OCTAGON RIFLE WITH HALF MAGAZINE, MADE 1918, nice condition overall with most of the original deep barrel blue intact, bright exc. bore, fine receiver blue that is ageing/mixing plum with plenty of deep blue remaining, generally exc. wood showing light handling only with tight wood to metal fit, original buckhorn rear sight with patent marked blade/bead front sight, tight action, full octagon barrels an half magazines were rarely ordered and is actually two special order features as half magazine rifles were automatically paired with round or half-octagon barrels unless specifically ordered as full octagon, a scarce combination not often seen in the Model 1892.  $2450.``

  13. SPECIAL ORDER 1894 .32WS CALIBER RIFLE WITH HALF OCTAGON FULL MAGAZINE, MADE 1907, fine blue on mag tube, barrel blue thinning/mixing gray, silvered receiver with some aged blue in protected areas and on loading gate, correct "smokeless" rear sight only used for this caliber, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, $good appearance, $1495.

  14. RARE SPECIAL ORDER 1894 .38-55 SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH SHOTGUN BUTT AND 2/3 MAGAZINE, MADE 1919, very unusual features seldom seen especially in this desirable caliber carbine, MINTY BORE, fine barrel and mag blue showing a little thinning/age and a small area of pitting on the right and top side of the forend barrel band and a little area on the barrel at the band juncture, silvered receiver with good blue on the loading gate, correct carbine sights, tight action, exc. butt stock with Winchester embossed hard rubber butt plate, tight wood to metal fit, fine forearm with a little wear or shrinkage by the receiver- minor and a tiny usual hair line crack starting to form ahead of the barrel band on the right side- also minor, unusual configuration in a great caliber with super bore! (lots of bright photo light reflection off receiver)  $1895.``

  15. FINE CONDITION 1894 .32-40 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1901, the most difficult caliber to locate in the Model 1894, this one retains fine blue overall that has simply aged instead of worn, the receiver is a very dark blue mixing plum with fine blue on the loading gate, the bolt has aged brown and has some light dings, barrel and mag show most of the deep lightly aged blue with a few small spots of light pitting on the right side of the barrel- minor and small, even the forend cap shows good aged blue mixing plum, exc. markings, generally exc screws- one a bit turned, original sights, exc. wood with normal very light handling and tight wood to metal fit, fine+ bore with only a few small spots of light pits that might brush out better, great appearance overall and looks like this one was put away and stored dry for many years, $1895.

  16. 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. ``

  17. RARE 1894 FACTORY 20" OCTAGON SHORT RIFLE, CLASSIC .30WCF CALIBER, MADE 1922, totally correct and original with one inch shorter than standard forearm measuring 8 3/8" as opposed to the 9 3/8" forearm used on standard length rifles, this is a particularly fine example as most of these short rifles saw very hard use and abuse, retains most of the deep barrel and mag  blue (better seen on bottom photo), original buckhorn rear sight with Winchester blade front sight, receiver mostly flaked to gray/brown as is typical of 1920s vintage Winchesters, good blue remains in the most protected parts of the receiver, exc. blue on the loading gate, mostly unturned screws, MINTY SHARP BORE, exc. wood that has a little better than standard walnut as often used on special order rifles, very tight wood to metal fit, tight action, all 1894 short rifles are scarce and this one is especially so because of its overall condition and bore, $2750.``

  18. 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 and a repaired crack), tight action with bore that will clean exc., three leaf express sight with all leaves intact, priced right at $1195.

  19. 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, orig666inal 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.

  20. BEAUTIFUL HIGH CONDITION 1895 STANDARD RIFLE IN .30 ARMY (.30-40 KRAG), #75XXX, MADE 1915, surprisingly hard to find these in this kind of condition, retains nearly all the bright blue with some light age dulling on the upper tang and some scattered light thinning/mixing plum on the receiver, even the usual areas of wear like the receiver ring, edges and mag bottom etc. retain deep blue with a hint of age, exc. deep barrel blue, minty bore, original sights, exc.+ wood with tight wood to metal fit, no extra holes or alterations, simply a hundred year old excellent example of one of the lesser produced Winchester lever models of which most saw hard use by dedicated sportsmen who wanted more than the common 1894 .30WCF rifles and carbines so popular at the time, $2850.

  21. HISTORICAL EARLY 1897 12 GA. FACTORY RIOTGUN, MADE 1909, The former owner of this one said it came out of Mississippi and was owned by the famous (infamous?) Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. The right side of the stock is stamped with the number 12129 and the lower receiver ring by the serial number is stamped "I.P." over "188." Certainly no extra value was placed on this riotgun by this seller- he just told me the info he knew about it as "a matter of fact."  I don't know any more than this, but I'm not sure what the "I.P." actually stands for.  I did a quick Google search on Parchman Prison and found that in 1909- the year this gun was made- they expanded the prison etc.  This is the desirable early solid frame riotgun with "CYL" choke marking on the correct 20" barrel, fine bolt, barrel  and mag blue show light age only, mostly gray/brown receiver with thin scattered blue better in protected areas, exc. forearm, butt stock has some glued cracks coming back from the receiver on both sides but is fairly solid, worn original Winchester embossed hard rubber butt plate, tight action with exc. bright bore, no doubt lots of stories in this one (most of which probably unpleasant at the least!), $895.

  22. EARLY HIGH CONDITION FULL DELUXE 1907 .351 SELF LOADING RIFLE WITH FANCY WALNUT, PISTOL GRIP AND CHECKERING, MADE 1909, highly figured burl walnut with heavy "piano finish" is all excellent showing very minor handling only with most of the finish remaining, correct Winchester embossed butt plate and pistol grip cap, sharp checkering, exc. blue overall with light edge wear only and wear/flaking to the forend cap, tight action exc. inside, original sights, great example of one of the most early semi-auto center fire rifles! $3250.

 

 

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

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 THESE W WERE SUCH  GOOD NOTES FROM THE FIELD I'M KEEPING THEM HERE.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD:  (27 April 2011) CRACKED STOCKS!  Seems like an odd thing to write about, but this is something I've not seen in print before. I've observed a lot of rifles with cracks coming straight back toward the butt plate from the upper and lower tangs. Sometimes the cracks are severe enough to warrant repairs (like cross bolts etc. through the wrist or extensive gluing) and other times the stock remains pretty solid as is.  So what caused this condition in the first place?  I've hunted with all kinds of rifles in all kinds of weather and terrain and never had a gun get damaged like all these I've seen.  And I've taken some pretty bad falls too. Once, on ice I couldn't see beneath a couple inches of fresh snow, my feet went out from under me and my rifle landed a number of yards away!  Still, no cracks like these. So I've been puzzled by this for some time.  Then it hit me, since these guns all seemed like Western big game rifles- large lever actions like 1876 and 1886 Winchesters or Marlin 1881 and 1895s as well as all over while the rifles were in saddle scabbards- fairly common in icy winter conditions, especially in the mountains. Also, sometimes horses will walk so close to trees that they rub against them.  If a rifle is in a butt-forward position scabbard, the rifle can go on one side of the tree and the horse the other causing a stress cracked stock.  Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think so.  The wrists are fairly strong on most rifles and it takes a lot to crack one.  If anyone else has a different theory about this condition, I'd like to hear it!

          

 

NOTES FROM THE FIELD:  (24 OCTOBER 2011) "GUNS OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION YEARS"  When the Great Depression began with the Stock Market Crash of 1929 America was taken by surprise.  Prior to this pivotal event, in the gun industry production was high and sales were brisk.  Almost overnight sales fell off hugely.  The Winchester Handbook by George Madis shows production numbers by years of some of the major models.  This is pretty illuminating.  Here are some examples: Model 1890 .22RF had 12,367 produced in 1928 and 696 made in 1932; Model 1892 saw 64,833 produced in 1910 and 491 in 1930; Model 53 had 2,861 produced in 1925 and 30 made in 1937; Model 1894 had 29,967 made in 1927 and only1,192 made in 1934; Model 55 had 3,064 made in 1927 and 42 made in 1936. Colt, Marlin, Savage, Remington and Smith & Wesson etc. all f elt the same pressure.  With production down to a fraction of what it was, the big manufacturers had no choice but to fire employees.  Those lucky enough to be retained were the most highly skilled and experienced craftsmen.  They also had time to put extra fine fitting and finishing into each firearm.  Generally, the quality of these guns is truly exceptionally.  With production numbers of these late pre-war arms relatively small and quality without peer, their value should be assured.  Some of the scarce large frame Colt and S&W handguns- especially the target sighted versions- are almost breathtaking in their fit an  d finish.  This has been an under-appreciated niche in arms collecting/investing. It is my belief Great Depression era  arms are often "sleepers" on the antique market today and are bound to increase in value at a rapid pace making them excellent long term inv