BILL GOODMAN, 305 DONEGAL DRIVE, BOZEMAN, MONTANA 59715
TEL. (406) 587-3131 FAX (406) 219-3415
Bill Goodman has been a collector of antique/collector firearms for well over 40 years and a full time dealer for over 28 years. Traveling around the country constantly seeking good quality collector arms at REALISTIC PRICES, Bill sells exclusively by mail order. He has advertised in every issue of The Gun List (now Gun Digest the Magazine) since it's first small issues in the early 1980s (as well as The Shotgun News before that). All items are photographed. To view them just click the text of the item you want to see. Be sure to scroll down as most items have more than one photo. All guns are sold as collector's items, not shooters. If you wish to shoot an item listed here, it is strongly recommended that you have the item checked out by a competent gunsmith who specializes in antique firearms. All items are sold with the usual three (3) day inspection. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, call to say you are returning the item and you will receive an immediate refund when the item is received back in the same condition it was originally shipped. This list will be constantly updated as new items become available. Use the above phone number to call to check availability and for further info on any item you wish to purchase. Prices do not include shipping. All federal/state laws concerning the transfer of firearms are strictly followed. Modern firearms must be shipped to an FFL dealer (or "Curio & Relics" license holders where applicable). Pre-1899 antiques may be shipped to non-FFL holders. All Layaway sales are final.
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COLT FIRE ARMS (click text for photo
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, $2650.
GREAT COLT FIND! 1871-72 OPEN TOP .44 RIM FIRE SINGLE ACTION, #3XXX WITH ORIGINAL UNCUT 7 1/2" BARREL, most of these went to Mexico and I believe this one is one as this revolver walked in to a California gun shop by a Spanish Speaking individual who said it was his grandfather's gun and he wanted to sell it! This is a really nice uncleaned and unaltered example! Most have had their barrels cut etc. overall metal surfaces are an uncleaned deep brown patina with fine markings on barrel top (New York address) and patent dates on left side of frame, matching numbers on barrel, cylinder, trigger guard and frame, and best of all a fine cylinder scene! Grips show wear but are solid and show some shrinkage on sides- has a silver shield inletted in left grip with some small tacks around it, right side shows what looks like a spur has rolled on it a bit, brass trigger guard is an unpolished mellow mustard color, fine screws, tight action, front sight has been filed low, barrel shows some muzzle wear on left side from being in and out of a holster, ejector spring intact, but a little weak and needs the loading gate spring only, this one has a great look to- especially with the cylinder scene visible and uncut barrel! $4850.
EARLY BLACK POWDER SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45 COLT, 4 3/4" BARREL, #117XXX, MADE 1886, overall metal aged a fairly even brown, correct two line barrel address, generally excellent screws and markings (top line of patent dates on frame a little worn, but visible). one spot on right side of barrel above rear portion of ejector housing cleaned but minor, bore will clean exc., fine mech., grips appear to be reproduction and "aged," matching numbers, overall, fine appearance, a true frontier .45 Colt, (Note: photo light reflected off "cleaned" spot on barrel in top photo making it look much worse than it is- if metal was lightly darkened in this area it would about disappear) $2650.
BISLEY IN CLASSIC .44-40 CALIBER WITH 4 3/4" BARREL, MADE 1901, nice example with correctly marked barrel "BISLEY MODEL" over " COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER" fine markings including the correct two line barrel address, overall metal is an uncleaned dark patina with nice screws, exc. lightly worn grips, fine action, bore a bit dark with good rifling and needs a good scrubbing out- any roughness appears to be fairly surface and light- attractive untouched appearance overall, this caliber Bisley was very popular in the Southwest during this time, $2150.
UNUSUAL LIGHTNING SADDLE RING CARBINE, .44-40 CALIBER, WITH FULL NICKEL FINISH AND SCARCE RAMPANT COLT EMBOSSED RUBBER FOREND, MADE 1890, almost all of these full nickel carbines (Remington did the same finish on a lot of their Baby Rolling Block .44-40 Carbines) went to Mexico where they saw extremely hard use and abuse, this is one of the better ones I've seen as it retains most of the nickel on the barrel with only light freckling and minor peeling near the muzzle end, mag tube retains good nickel on the top half to third with the bottom freckling and peeling from carry wear, good nickel on the receiver sides with normal scattered freckling/peeling, dust cover may be a replacement, upper tang retains nice nickel, lower tang and trigger guard flaked/peeled to an uncleaned brown with traces of nickel in the more protected areas, rubber forend shows wear to the checkering and has a tiny chip at the right upper rear corner along with a very short minor crack, butt stock shows handling wear and dings with a sliver out of the top left wrist, still retains some nickel on the butt plate, bore dark with good rifling and normal light scattered roughness, original carbine sights, lots of history and adventure in this one! $2850.``
FINE CONDITION No. 2 DERRINGER, .41RF, ONLY 9000 MADE 1870-1890, a scarce early cartridge Colt that is rarely found with any finish remaining, this one much better than normally seen with fine aged blue mixing dull on the barrel, exc. markings and mech., uncleaned brown iron frame with nice simple factory engraving, exc. single screw, exc. checkered walnut grips, bore will clean about exc., #5XXX (Flayderman's Guide- last edition, now 7 years old- shows these in fine condition at $2000), my price $1195.
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! $875.
MODEL 1908 .380 HAMMERLESS AUTO PISTOL, MADE 1923, nice example with fine blue overall that is only lightly thinning, exc. checkered walnut grips with correct Colt medallions, Colt marked magazine, unaltered original sights, bright bore with some very minor and light surface scattered pitting in a spot or two, tight action, grip safety functions correctly, getting hard to find! $895.
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, $395.
HISTORICAL MODEL 1909 U. S. ARMY NEW SERVICE REVOLVER, .45 COLT CALIBER, nice example of a model becoming hard to find, exc. deep high polish blue on the frame and cylinder showing only normal light holster/handling/edge wear, exc. R.A.C. inspected walnut grips and frame, lanyard swivel intact, grip straps mostly gray, exc. markings on butt and exc. blue on butt, nice blue on top an bottom of barrel with sides thinning from holster wear, nice fire blue on hammer back, tight action , exc. bore, front sight not filed, "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" marked on the bottom of the barrel- this marking often ground off, I'm starting to see this model offered for ridiculously high prices! $1395.
CLASSIC DETECTIVE SPECIAL, .38 SPECIAL 2" SNUBBY, MADE 1967, one of the most iconic revolvers never to be made again, all solid steel and checkered walnut, shows only the slightest of edge wear you have to look for to find, these are becoming hard to find and are rapidly going up in value, (poor photos- one too dark and one too light from reflection- just go by my written description) $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. $3950.
2) DESIRABLE BIG 1881 IN .45-70 WITH SERIAL NUMBER 4570! I'm sure this was numbered intentionally to a like 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.
3) 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, $2350.
4) AMAZINGLY RARE ANTIQUE SERIAL NUMBER 1893 .38-55 DELUXE TAKEDOWN RIFLE WITH FACTORY 32" OCTAGON BARREL AND FULL MAGAZINE! PISTOL GRIP, CHECKERED, FANCIER THAN STANDARD WOOD, MADE 1895, this was the longest barrel length offered by Marlin and is rarely encountered, Interestingly, the longest magazine length offered was 30" so there is a two inch gap from the end of the mag tube to the muzzle- all 100% correct, mottled gray/brown with case color in protected areas, checkering worn on pistol grip and forend and some old stock finish was put on the wood (as a preservative- no sanding) that is old and flaking and would be easy to remove with #0000 steel wool, some on the metal too which looks like dried grease, fine blue on the loading gate, tight takedown, original barrel sights, aged and thinning barrel blue, thinning mag tube blue turning brown, surprisingly exc.+ bore!, tight action, a little careful cleaning would go a long way with this one, Cody Museum call in sheet confirms configuration and 1895 shipping date, about as rare as they come in a model 1893! $3850.
5) ANTIQUE SERIAL NUMBER 1894 .32-20 OCTAGON RIFLE, #130XXX, MADE 1895, fine aged barrel blue, mag tube an uncleaned brown patina, mostly aged brown receiver with good blue on the loading gate, VG dark bore with good rifling may clean fine, original buckhorn rear sight with Rocky Mountain blade front sight, looks like the ejector is a blacksmith/frontier replacement but should work- if not a new one is easy to get, fine wood, $995.
6) PARTICULARLY FINE CONDITION RARE 1895 .40-65 ROUND BARREL SPORTING RIFLE, MADE 1903, hard to find in any condition these days and this is a nice one, retains about all the deep barrel and mag blue, original buckhorn rear sight with original Rocky Mountain blade front sight, receiver shows fine light case color on right side with exc. blue on the loading gate, mottled bolt, left side of receiver is also mottled with some very light case color that is more vivid in protected areas, top of receiver shows darkened colors, fine screws, good case color on upper part of lever, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, good blue on forend cap, exc. bore, this one came out of here in Montana, super attractive un-messed with example of one of the most difficult Marlin models to find, (three photos ) $3950.
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, $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) RARE "MODERN" MARLIN MODEL 336CB COWBOY 24" OCTAGON RIFLE IN .38-55 CALIBER, now discontinued an with Marlin being bought out by Remington, probably never to be made again, this was a limited run and few are found for sale now, fancy checkered with traditional diamond in the middle of the wrist and forearm, Marbles tang sight and globe front with apertures, original barrel sights included, very lightly used, $1150. SOLD) YET ANOTHER SCARCE "MODERN" MARLIN VARIANT: 1895 .45-70 COWBOY WITH 26" OCTAGON BARREL, this one is flat new, unfired in the original box and still even has the Marlin tag on the lever and all paperwork in the box with serial numbered end label! $1195. SOLD
2) LIMITED PRODUCTION AND VERY RARE 1895 .45-70 24” HALF OCTAGON BARREL FULL MAGAZINE RIFLE, the barrel is stamped “1895 LTD” and these were made some years ago in one small run, I don’t believe I’ve seen another, about new condition overall, $1195. SOLD
3) MODEL 1894CB "COWBOY LIMITED" IN .44 MAGNUM AND SPECIAL, 20" OCTAGON BARREL, a little nicer than standard wood usually seen, very hard to find and like new, $1195. SOLD
4) VERY RARE 1895 LTD-III .45-70 WITH 18 ½ INCH OCTAGON BARREL AND FULL MAGAZINE! This is the first one of these I’ve seen. Apparently they made the LTD series from I to V (5) for Davidsons Distributors I believe in the 1980s to 1990s. One Thousand of these were supposedly made in 1999 ony, but this is the first one I’ve seen or even heard of, I would bet a lot less than one thousand were made! It is in very lightly used condition (near new) with a blued screw going into the right side where the cross bolt safety is, I believe these "filler kits" are sold through Brownell's, the cross bolt can be seen on the left side, but there is no movement in it and it does not protrude. I imagine it would be easy enough to return to the normal cross bolt if one wanted to, also has a Redfield receiver sight with the normal Marlin folding buckhorn rear sight and blade/bead front, this model had the normal or “Ballard” style rifling as opposed to the regular Micro-groove rifling normally used- these are better for cast bullet shooting, a very rare Marlin that should appreciate in value over the years to come, $1195. SOLD
5) MODEL 1894CB "COWBOY LIMITED" .44 SPECIAL AND .44 MAGNUM WITH 24" OCTAGON BARREL AND CHECKERED STOCK AND FOREARM, these have Ballard Rifling instead of Micro-Groove, very hard to find now, about like new, $1195. SOLD
6) LONG DISCONTINUED MODEL 1894-CL (CLASSIC) IN SCARCE .25-20 CALIBER, These are great little guns with 22" round barrels and half magazines made in the late 1980s to the early 1990s, most seem to be made in .32-20 caliber (I have one I've been shooting frequently for years) with the .25-20 chambering not often encountered, tops of the receiver are factory drilled and tapped for scope mounting and the receiver sides are also drilled and tapped for a Lyman or Williams type receiver sight, this one is slightly used and shows maybe a touch of freckling to the blue on the left side of the receiver- minor, if I was ever going to scope a lever action rifle, this would be the one I'd use! $895 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, $995
ANTIQUE & CLASSIC RIFLES, SHOTGUNS AND PISTOLS (click text for photos)
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, $2350.
BEAUTIFUL, 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) $1395.
RARE AND UNUSUAL FANCIER THAN STANDARD WHITNEY-PHOENIX SINGLE SHOT SPORTING RIFLE IN DESIRABLE .45-50 BN CENTER FIRE CALIBER, these fine rifles were made from 1867 to 1881 and are very seldom seen or offered, most I've seen over the years have been in rim fire calibers, this one is marked on the barrel top ahead of the receiver "40 CAL 50 GR" and a check of the chamber shows this one has not been bored out or altered in any way and is still the .45-50 bottle neck chambering (simply a shortened .45-70 case and necked to .40 cal.), 28" round barrel shows most of the original blue with light age/thinning only, exc. "Phoenix" markings etc., receiver shows good blue with some thinning and wear on the bottom, tight action, surprisingly nice bore shows a little wear/corrosion mainly ahead of the chamber and is fairly bright with good rifling, rear barrel sight removed (dovetail empty) tang sight adjustable for elevation with unusual folding globe Beach front sight that is adjustable for windage (almost never seen adjustable!), exc. walnut stock and forearm with higher than standard grade wood, steel crescent butt plate, exc. screws, barrel number matches receiver number, this is a really rare gun made especially so in this caliber and upgraded wood and sights, plus condition, $2650.
HIGH CONDITION REID .22RF KNUCKLEDUSTER, MADE 1868-1882, still retains the original matching cylinder screw, retains most of the original nickel with freckling/flaking on the cylinder and very minor edge wear on the frame, sharp engraving, action functions fine, neat dual purpose revolver and brass knucks! Much better condition than normally found, $1595.
GREAT ODDITY! PERCUSSION "ANTI-GARROTING" BELT-BUCKLE GUN! These are described in the book FIREARMS CURIOSA by Lewis Winant (now out of print, but I’ll copy the pertinent pages with text and photos with the gun), “How the percussion cap belt pistol, figures 170 and 171, operates may be seen at a glance. The oval iron plate is about 7” long, and the pistol barrel protrudes about 1 ½”. In this gun the cord runs from the lock through a channel in the belt for a foot or more, before being carried up to the shoulder and down through a coat sleeve. A man ordered to put up his hands can grasp the weight and tighten he string as he raises his arms. A belt pistol such as this had no appeal as a work or art and it was unlikely to be treasured because of its history or associations. Once obsolete it is neglected, then discarded, soon it was rotted leather and scrap metal. Now this belt pistol is a scarce collector item.” That sums it up pretty well, aged brown patina, functions fine, $895.
EARLY BROWN MANUFACTURING "SOUTHERNER" .41 RF SCARCE IRON FRAME DERRINGER, #4XXX WITH 1867 PATENT DATE, MADE 1869, a really fine example with what I believe is a full silver plate finish (looks too dull to be nickel and many were silvered), barrel finish thinning somewhat and aged to an attractive silver/gray, frame retains good silver with some thinning/ageing on the edges and grip straps all of which blends beautifully, sharp markings including the classic "SOUTHERNER" marking on the barrel top, exc. mech, exc. highly finished rosewood grips, bore will clean exc., rare variation and really sharp example of one of the earliest and most popular cartridge derringers usually found in hard used/hard carried condition, this is a nice one and priced attractively at (looks much better in person as photo lights exaggerate any minor spots- all of which blend in well) $675.
UN-CATALOGUED, FIRST I’VE EVER SEEN OR EVEN HEARD OF!! HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON AUTO EJECT REVOLVER WITH KNIFE ATTACHMENT OR “AUTOMATIC BAYONET REVOLVER”… BUT WAIT, THIS ONE IS CHAMBERED FOR THE .32 SMITH & WESSON CARTRIDGE AND IS IN BLUE FINISH! To quote Flayderman’s Guide- about the only source on these- “Made only in .38CF according to their 1902 advertising. Made c.1901 to 1917. Estimated quantity 2,000…” These are really scarce items with great appeal and, of course, every one I’ve seen has been .38 caliber and almost all in nickel finish- blue is super rare. So, if the 1902 advertising says they are only in .38, and they started making them in 1901 perhaps they made a few in .32 that first year- I have no other ideas. The frame is clearly marked “AUTO EJECTING 32 S&W CTGE” Condition is really sharp with nice blue overall with normal age and wear to the back strap and bottom of trigger guard, some ageing on the barrel sides and cylinder edges, even the front strap has nice blue! Dagger blade has not been sharpened or chipped, spring that holds it under the barrel is still strong, bright exc. bore, exc. mech. Exc. grips, an incredible find! $1895.
VERY RARE PRE-WORLD WAR II HIGH STANDARD .22 SHORT CALIBER, MODEL C AUTO PISTOLS (HAVE TWO): A) VERY EARLY TYPE 1, 4 1/2" BARREL #15XX, MADE C.1936-1937, has the earliest features, fine deep blue overall with only minor edge/holster wear and some thinning of the blue on the grip straps, exc. mech. and bore, $795. B) LATER TYPE 2, 6 3/4" #49XXX, about the same condition as the first one described, $695.
BALLARD RIFLE: (see above in Marlin section)
SUPERB REMINGTON HEPBURN .45-90 CALIBER SPORTER (see below in Remington section)
MODERN AND MISCELLANEOUS
1) COOPER ARMS MODEL 38 MONTANA-VARMINT SINGLE SHOT BOLT ACTION IN .17 ACKLEY HORNET! Nicely figured rich walnut stock with "ventilated" forend for barrel cooling, matte blue action and trigger guard with stainless barrel, three-panel checkered bolt handle (I believe this is a custom extra), checkered wrist with smooth varmint style wide forend, complete with matching matte bases and rings, weighs 7 1/2 lbs as pictured, appears very lightly, these Montana made rifles are amazingly accurate and beautifully fit and finished (I am a fan of this caliber and was tempted to keep this one!), Here's their catalogue description: " The MTV is available in the Model 21/22/38/54/57M and features AA+ Claro walnut, hand checkered grip, oil finish, Pachmayr recoil pad, steel grip cap, a ventilated forearm, and a Wilson Arms stainless steel, straight taper premium match grade barrel. All of the metal work on the MTV is matte finish." Cheap at $1295.
2) KIMBER M-8400 CLASSIC BOLT ACTION SPORTING RIFLE IN SCARCE .325 WINCHESTER SHORT MAGNUM CALIBER, FANCY WALNUT STOCK WITH RCBS RELOADING DIES, BRASS AND AMMO, this one shows just a little handling/hunting use- a few light marks in the wood that are minor and hard to find, about all the blue intact, really fine piece of figured walnut, sharp checkered, steel grip cap, factory Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad, quick detachable swivel studs, 24" barrel, perfect inside, a great and classy big game rifle in an efficient and powerful "different" caliber, with Kimber's fine "Pre-64" action and delightful trigger, if you want something different from what everyone else has...this could be it, cheap at $895.``
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) No. 1 ROLLINGBLOCK 30" OCTAGON SPORTING RIFLE, .40-70 BN CALIBER, EARLY #4XXX SERIAL NUMBER, surprisingly one of the more difficult and desirable of the single shot sporting rifles to find in large center fire calibers, original barrel sights, tang never drilled for tang sight, barrel and receiver number match, aged and thinning barrel blue mixing plum-brown, uncleaned gray/brown receiver, tight action, fine+ wood shows light handling/use only, bore shows good rifling with the usual light scattered roughness mainly toward the breech end, very very hard to find! $3250.
3) SCARCE ROLLING BLOCK No. 1 1/2 IN .32WCF (.32-20) CALIBER WITH 30" OCTAGON BARREL, usually this model in found in rim fire calibers, this one correctly marked ".32W" on bottom of barrel, matching numbers on barrel and receiver, surprisingly fine bore that shows only a little wear, barrel shows even aged blue mixing plum, dark uncleaned receiver, fine forend with correct ebony inlay wedge at the schnabble tip, butt stock has two large pieces missing on top of wrist at each side and it looks like some epoxy or Accra-glass has been added to make the stock tight, aside from a good home, this one needs a little woodwork or perhaps just a new stock, fine markings, no sights on this one, tight action, definitely worth a little time and T.L.C. $895.``
4) ALMOST NEVER SEEN REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK TARGET PISTOL MODEL 1901 IN SCARCE AND DESIRABLE .44 RUSSIAN CALIBER! Remington made less than 750 of these fine pistols and most seem to have been in the small rim fire calibers, exc. correctly checkered stock and forend, exc. barrel blue showing one or two very tiny spots where some rust was wiped off- you have to look carefully to see it, fine high polish receiver, trigger guard and grip strap blue with some scattered brown freckling, exc. blue on hammer and breech block, nice screws, exc. markings, tight action, correct original rear target sight in the receiver ring with half-moon and ivory bead front sight, bright exc. bore! $2850.
5) THE FINEST HEPBURN SPORTING RIFLE I'VE OFFERED!! HEPBURN SPORTING RIFLE IN RARE CALIBER. 45 2.4" (.45-90) WITH ORIGINAL 30" HEAVY OCTAGON BARREL THAT MEASURES SLIGHTLY OVER ONE INCH AT THE MUZZLE, WEIGHS A LITTLE MORE THAN 11 POUNDS, matching numbers on barrel and receiver (#5XXX), bottom of barrel correctly marked "45 2.4/10" vivid case colors on the receiver with only some dulling on the bottom of the trigger guard, lever and lower tang, also excellent bright case color on butt plate and forend tip! Exc. blue on barrel showing the most minor age, exc. markings, exc. screws, exc. wood with sharp checkering, exc. bright bore, beautiful bright blue on breech block, original buckhorn rear sight with Beach combination folding globe front sight and correct long rang sporting tang sight, really rare and desirable in this big caliber and especially so in this remarkable condition! Almost never seen like this one! (six photos) $6250.
6) HIGH CONDITION MODEL 6 .22LR SINGLE SHOT BOY'S RIFLE, ONE OF THE BEST I'VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME, this one is complete with the little sheet steel tang sight which was something like a fifty cent option at the time and are not usually found intact on these, vivid case color on both sides of the receiver, fine deep barrel blue showing light age only, exc. markings, exc. wood, correct Remington UMC marked steel butt plate and best of all has a bore that should clean out about exc.- bores on these usually terrible- original fixed sights, $575.
7) GREAT 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.
8) PARTICULARLY FINE ROLLINGBLOCK MODEL 1902 SADDLE RING CARBINE, 7MM MAUSER CALIBER, WITH SHARP URUGUAY STOCK CARTOUCHE, fairly scarce Remingtons especially in fine condition, most of these went to South America and saw hard use and abuse, this one has excellent wood including the handguard (no cracks) shows light handling only, has the saddle ring and correct side mounted sling swivels, mottled dark receiver with traces of case color in the most protected areas, never cleaned, fine blue on the hammer and breechblock, fine lightly aged barrel blue, exc. sharp bore, certainly one of the better ones I've seen in a long while, $1100.
9) ONE OF THE FINEST MODEL 1901 ROLLINGBLOCK MUSKETS I'VE SEEN, 7MM MAUSER CALIBER, all correct with last patent date on upper tang 1901, retains about all the case color on the action including the upper and lower tangs, receiver ring top, bottom of the trigger guard etc.! Exc. blue on the barrel, hammer and breech block, exc. wood, cleaning rod intact, correct swivels, exc. bore, may be unfired, $1295.
10) 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, $395 & $275.
RUGER FIREARMS (click text for photos)
1) EARLY 10/22 CARBINE MADE 1972, has a beautiful deep reddish brown walnut stock with heavy straight grain, metal butt plate (!), no stamped barrel warning, this is the way these great little carbines should look! If I didn't already have one, I'd keep this one. All in about like-new condition. $450. ``
2) 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, $1495.
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.
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 No. 3 SPORTER IN .45-70 CALIBER, 30" OCTAGON BARREL FARMINGDALE, N.Y. MANUFACTURE PROBABLY IN THE EARLY 1980s, attractive heavy straight grain reddish/brown walnut, military butt stock with case colored butt plate, double set triggers, polished blue barrel, semi-buckhorn Lawrence ladder rear sight with globe front sight with pin head and mid range vernier tang sight, also comes with a new unused extra blade front sight and full buckhorn Lawrence ladder rear sight (these are listed at $65 in the catalogue), perfect inside, seen very light use only with barely a handling mark on it, weighs 10 1/2 lbs. $2150.
2) SHILOH SHARPS 1863 .54 CALIBER PERCUSSION 30" OCTAGON SPORTING RIFLE, I believe this is an interesting late Farmingdale/Big Timber, Montana rifle as the serial number is 56XX and while the receiver is marked Shiloh Rifle Manufacturing Co., Farmingdale, NY the barrel is marked with the later C. Sharps Arms Co., Inc. with the Old Reliable barrel stamp, this is a standard No.3 Sporter configuration with double set triggers, nice reddish/brown walnut in the straight stock with steel military butt plate, weighs right at 10 lbs., case colored receiver shows some fading/wear to the color on the left side breech block area and on the butt plate, blade front sight, semi-buckhorn Lawrence ladder rear barrel sight with mid range vernier tang sight adjustable for windage and elevation, tight action, mint bore, Shiloh no longer catalogues the percussion models and it is not known if they will ever make them again, the sporters especially are going up in value and becoming very hard to come by, $1950.``
3) BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM BALLARD No. 5 "PACIFIC" RIFLE, .45-70, BY RIFLE WORKS ARMORY, CODY, WYOMING ( the forerunner of the Ballard Rifle Co., Cody, Wyoming), hand built rifle with correct styling for this model complete with adjustable double set triggers, ring style lever, 30" barrel with wiping rod mounted underneath, attractive golden walnut with distinct dark straight grain pattern, long rang vernier tang sight adjustable for windage and elevation, globe front sight will accept apertures, richly blued barrel and case colored receiver, weighs about 11 3/4 lbs., superb rifle, $3250. ``
4) 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, $4350.
5) 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) $3250.
6) JONATHAN BROWNING MOUNTAIN RIFLE IN DESIRABLE IRON MOUNTED CONFIGURATION, .50 CALIBER, one of the absolute best of the Hawken style rifles, made in the U.S.A. in the late 1970s to very early 1980s, single set trigger, 28" oct. barrel, bright exc. bore, original buckhorn/blade sights, walnut stock, this one has seen little to no real use, very hard to find now especially in this condition, $895.
SMITH AND WESSON (click text for photos)
1) SUPER RARE AND SELDOM SEEN SINGLE SHOT MODEL 1891 IN .38 S&W CENTER FIRE CALIBER, ONLY 160 MADE 1893-1905, all matching numbers (very low number 20XX) and is listed in the Neal and Jinks S&W book by serial number as being originally chambered in .38 S&W (5th lowest serial number of the 160 numbers listed), also scarce 8" barrel (most were 10"), good barrel blue showing brown/gray mixing on the sides by frame, frame mostly gray with some blue on the side plate, bore should clean out fine or maybe better, needs rear target sight insert only, correct target blade front sight, black hard rubber extension grips have one chip/sliver out on the upper back strap, fine action, locks tight, almost never seen, $1195.
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) $995.
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, $2295.
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) EXCELLENT .44 SPECIAL HAND EJECTOR, SECOND MODEL REVOLVER, 6 1/2" BARREL, NICKEL FINISH, MADE 1921, only 17,510 of this model were made from 1915-1940 and I'm sure that low number reflects limited manufacture and demand during the Great Depression, this one retains nearly all the original nickel with only some scattered freckling mainly on the edges of the grip straps and on the right side of the frame behind the cylinder (this is typical as this is the area that holster straps often rub on), still retains some light case color on hammer and trigger, sharp bright bore, tight action, exc. markings, matching numbers, exc. checkered walnut grips, lanyard ring intact, these big frame pre-war .44s are becoming very hard to get, (note: lots of photo light reflection off bright nickel- looks better in person) $1450.
6) PRE-WORLD WAR II TARGET .38-44 OUTDOORSMAN REVOLVER, MADE DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION IN 1932, I believe some of the finest firearms were made during this time as sales were very low and only the best craftsmen were kept on the job which meant that extra time could be taken with each firearm made, it and finish were amazing during this hard time in U.S. history, this one retains nearly all the original blue with only light edge wear, still some good case colors on the hammer and trigger, unbelievably smooth action on this big N frame revolver, matching numbers, only the grips are of later manufacture, a really difficult model to find now, (photo light reflection makes the blue look thin, which it is not. Looks much better than photos) $1595.
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 BIG "N" FRAME POST WAR .38-44 OUTDOORSMAN TARGET REVOLVER, #S 144XXX, (PRE-MODEL 23) 5-SCREW VARIATION, MADE 1955, only 6,039 made from 1950-1966, 6 1/2" barrel, adjustable sights, fine deep blue overall with light edge/handling wear only, nice case colors on hammer and trigger, correct N-Frame grips are a later style and show holster wear mainly to the lower edges, exc. bright bore, one of the best shooting S&Ws made, $875.``
U.S. MILITARY AND SPRINGFIELD (click text for photos)
1) 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! $1595.
2) 1884 TRAPDOOR RIFLE, .45-70, cartouched stock, mostly aged blue mixing uncleaned brown patina, correct Buffington rear sight, bright bore, exc. wood, correct cleaning rod, fine markings, swivels intact, fine appearance overall, $795.
3) ANTIQUE SERIAL NUMBER 1898 KRAG RIFLE, #149XXX, MADE 1898, very hard to find these early first year 1898 Krags that are "antique," fine deep barrel blue, extractor on bolt top also shows some fine fire blue, dark receiver has never been cleaned or steel-wooled, fine dark walnut stock with good circle P cartouche and maybe a hint of a cartouche on the left wrist, bore is also dark, but should scrub out to VG or fine, windage adjustable Krag rifle rear sight, tight action, correct swivels, needs front sight blade only (it pins in place- easy), nice attractive example and super hard to find this early, $850.``
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)
WINCHESTERS (click text for photos) .
1873 .38-40 WITH RARE 28" OCTAGON BARREL, MADE 1889, scarce 4" longer than standard barrel, overall metal an aged plum brown with good blue on the loading gate, dust cover intact, uncleaned brass lifter, generally fine+ wood with one ding in bottom of the forend- minor, original buckhorn rear sight with small blade front, dark bore will scrub out VG or better, overall uncleaned attic condition, $2195.
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, $2650.
1873 SPECIAL ORDER 30" EXTRA LONG ROUND BARREL .32-20 RIFLE, MADE 1883, included is a factory letter verifying barrel etc., overall a very pleasing and attractive plum color to the metal with better blue in the protected areas and around the side plates etc., good blue on the loading gate, exc. wood showing light handling only with good wood to metal fit, nice screws, brass lifter has never been cleaned or polished and is caliber engraved, original sights, fine bore is a little dark but has good rifling throughout, original dust cover intact, a really attractive and rare 1873 that hasn't been messed with, $2450.
1885 HIGHWALL .30-40 KRAG CUSTOM RIFLE (see above in Shiloh and Reproduction section).
PARTICULARLY FINE 1885 LOWALL .22 SHORT, U.S. AND FLAMING BOMB MARKED WINDER MUSKET, fine deep barrel blue showing light age only, receiver blue mixing plum, original fully adjustable Lyman receiver sight retains fine blue, EXCELLENT BRIGHT BORE (!), excellent stock and forend shows only light handling, tight action, hard to find them this nice, $1150.``
1886 WITH VERY LATE MANUFACTURE DATE FOR THE BIG .40-82 CALIBER, #145XXX, MADE 1908, usually by this year only the light weight models in .45-70 and .33WCF were commonly offered, quite scarce in this caliber and full length 26" barrel, good aged blue on the barrel with fine blue on the mag tube, receiver blue also aged and mixing brown, fine blue on bolt, original sights, tight wood to metal fit with some age cracks coming forward from the butt plate at toe etc., bore will clean about exc., nice appearance, $2650.
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, $1595.
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.
1892 .32-20 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1904, a really nice condition example that came out of Arizona and has a dry look overall- some oil with a little T.L.C. would go a long way with this one, MINTY BRIGHT BORE, fine deep blue on barrel and mag showing light age only, has magazine spring follower, but needs spring (should be cheap and easy to get) receiver also shows fine deep blue that is lightly mixing a little plum/brown toward the front section, looks like a replacement buckhorn rear sight with original Winchester front sight, fine wood- again, looks a bit dry- and has one tiny chip at the upper tang/receiver juncture on the left side- minor, tight action, even the forend cap shows good blue turning plum (not silver), hard to find early rifles like this with bores this good! $1695.
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.
SUPER RARE CHECKERED PISTOL GRIP 1892 WITH EXTRA LONG 28” OCTAGON BARREL AND FULL MAGAZINE! .25-20, MADE 1901, everything checks out with the Winchester records at Cody, all pistol grip 1892s are really rare and one with a 28” barrel is amazingly so! Aged and thinned barrel blue, mag tube mostly brown, original sights, uncleaned mostly brown receiver with some blue remaining on the loading gate, unusual that it has a crescent butt plate as most pistol grip guns have shotgun butt plates, checkering a bit worn but good on the pistol grip, checkering on forend visible but heavily worn, initials in right side of butt stock- old and worn in- could probably be rubbed out, tight action, bore a little dark with fine rifling, a true 1892 oddity! $2750
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.
INTERESTING GREAT DEPRESSION ERA M-94 TRANSITION CARBINE IN .30WCF, MADE 1937, these have the ramped front sight with buckhorn rear sight but still retain the earlier curved carbine butt (instead of the later shotgun butt), beautiful exc.+ condition reddish/brown deep walnut stock and forend, retains about all the deep barrel and mag blue, even the barrel band shows most of the blue, very tight wood to metal fit, receiver blue is thinning/flaking but retains exc. deep blue on the bolt and loading gate with about half on the receiver sides evenly thinning/mixing gray-brown, perfect screws, mint sharp bore, these unusual carbines are rapidly going up in value, $1295.
VERY RARE 1894 20" OCTAGON FACTORY ORIGINAL SHORT RIFLE IN .25-35 CALIBER, MADE 1918, this one came from a ranch in the Tucson, Arizona area- these short rifles were very popular in the Southwest and Mexico- almost all were .30WCF and any other caliber is rare in this variation, correct one inch shorter forend, fine butt stock shows normal handling, forend shows heavy saddle wear and scabbard wear giving it a weathered look, fine deep barrel blue shows light age only, mag tube turning brown on bottom section, exc. screws, deep aged brown receiver, pitted butt plate has never been cleaned, flat top buckhorn rear sight with small blade/bead front sight, EXCELLENT BORE, typical hard working ranch gun that was used heavily, but maintained inside, rare and colorful! $2150.
HARD TO FIND CALIBER 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN .32-40, MADE 1902, this is the scarcest caliber in the 1894 carbine line, a particularly attractive example that actually retains nearly all the original blue that has now turned a deep plum with generous blue in protected areas, correct original carbine sights, fine butt stock that looks a bit weathered from being exposed in a saddle scabbard, fine+ forend, tight action, bore shows wear and is heavily frosted with all rifling visible, a rare and uncleaned carbine with a fine appearance overall, $1695.``
1894 .38-55 EASTERN CARBINE (SPECIAL ORDERED WITHOUT SADDLE RING) MADE 1908, early for an Eastern Carbine as most of them were made after World War I, special three leaf express rear sight with all leaves intact, generally exc. walnut stock and forend show light handling only with tight wood to metal fit, barrel and mag blue thinning/mixing gray, receiver shows good fine on the bolt with the receiver sides blue mixing with brown/gray, bore a little dark with good rifling and should clean near exc., exc. screws, scarce early carbine, $1795.
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.
LATE MANUFACTURE MODEL 71 DELUXE RIFLE, .348 WCF, MADE 1956, ONE OF THE LAST OF THIS GREAT MODEL, a particularly fine example with exc. blue overall showing only a few minor barrel scuffs and some gray on the receiver bottom from normal hunting/handling, correct Lyman receiver sight with rear dovetail filler, generally excellent wood shows light normal handling, fine checkering and correct Winchester embossed grip cap and super grade inletted swivel studs, exc. bore and tight action, original checkered steel butt plate, tight wood to metal fit, (NOTE: lots of photo light glare and reflection makes the receiver blue look washed out and thin etc., it is deep bright blue except on bottom of rec. as noted, just go by my written description) $2495.
SCARCE THUMB TRIGGER MODEL (MODEL 99) .22 SHORT, LONG AND EXTRA LONG, these are usually found in terrible condition as they were boys' guns and almost all of them saw very hard use (by boys who found their souls in the woods instead of in front of computer game screens!), amazingly, this one has an EXCELLENT BORE, the wood is a deep reddish brown that has either been gone over or is a correct replacement stock as it is in excellent condition, original Winchester embossed hard rubber butt plate shows light wear and has the correct lightly engraved screws holding it on, barrel is an aged blue/brown patina with exc. markings, handsome and rare little rifle, $795.``
BILL GOODMAN, 305 DONEGAL DRIVE, BOZEMAN, MONTANA 59715 TEL. (406) 587-3131 FAX (406) 219-3415
THESE W WERE SUCH GOOD NOTES FROM THE FIELD I'M KEEPING THEM HERE.
NOTES FROM THE FIELD: (27 April 2011) CRACKED STOCKS! Seems like an odd thing to write about, but this is something I've not seen in print before. I've observed a lot of rifles with cracks coming straight back toward the butt plate from the upper and lower tangs. Sometimes the cracks are severe enough to warrant repairs (like cross bolts etc. through the wrist or extensive gluing) and other times the stock remains pretty solid as is. So what caused this condition in the first place? I've hunted with all kinds of rifles in all kinds of weather and terrain and never had a gun get damaged like all these I've seen. And I've taken some pretty bad falls too. Once, on ice I couldn't see beneath a couple inches of fresh snow, my feet went out from under me and my rifle landed a number of yards away! Still, no cracks like these. So I've been puzzled by this for some time. Then it hit me, since these guns all seemed like Western big game rifles- large lever actions like 1876 and 1886 Winchesters or Marlin 1881 and 1895s as well as all over while the rifles were in saddle scabbards- fairly common in icy winter conditions, especially in the mountains. Also, sometimes horses will walk so close to trees that they rub against them. If a rifle is in a butt-forward position scabbard, the rifle can go on one side of the tree and the horse the other causing a stress cracked stock. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think so. The wrists are fairly strong on most rifles and it takes a lot to crack one. If anyone else has a different theory about this condition, I'd like to hear it!
NOTES FROM THE FIELD: (24 OCTOBER 2011) "GUNS OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION YEARS" When the Great Depression began with the Stock Market Crash of 1929 America was taken by surprise. Prior to this pivotal event, in the gun industry production was high and sales were brisk. Almost overnight sales fell off hugely. The Winchester Handbook by George Madis shows production numbers by years of some of the major models. This is pretty illuminating. Here are some examples: Model 1890 .22RF had 12,367 produced in 1928 and 696 made in 1932; Model 1892 saw 64,833 produced in 1910 and 491 in 1930; Model 53 had 2,861 produced in 1925 and 30 made in 1937; Model 1894 had 29,967 made in 1927 and only1,192 made in 1934; Model 55 had 3,064 made in 1927 and 42 made in 1936. Colt, Marlin, Savage, Remington and Smith & Wesson etc. all f elt the same pressure. With production down to a fraction of what it was, the big manufacturers had no choice but to fire employees. Those lucky enough to be retained were the most highly skilled and experienced craftsmen. They also had time to put extra fine fitting and finishing into each firearm. Generally, the quality of these guns is truly exceptionally. With production numbers of these late pre-war arms relatively small and quality without peer, their value should be assured. Some of the scarce large frame Colt and S&W handguns- especially the target sighted versions- are almost breathtaking in their fit an d finish. This has been an under-appreciated niche in arms collecting/investing. It is my belief Great Depression era arms are often "sleepers" on the antique market today and are bound to increase in value at a rapid pace making them excellent long term inv