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

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

                                              EMAIL:  montanaraven@hotmail.com

      Bill Goodman has been a collector of antique/collector firearms for well over 40 years and a full time dealer for over 30 years.  Traveling around the country constantly seeking good quality collector arms at REALISTIC PRICES, Bill sells exclusively by mail order.  He has advertised in every issue of The Gun List  (now Gun Digest the Magazine) since it's first small issues in the early 1980s (as well as The Shotgun News before that). All items are photographed. To view them just click the text of the item you want to see. Be sure to scroll down as most items have more than one photo.  All guns are sold as collector's items, not shooters.  If you wish to shoot an item listed here, it is strongly recommended that you have the item checked out by a competent gunsmith who specializes in antique firearms. All items are sold with the usual three (3) day inspection.  If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, call to say you are returning the item and you will receive an immediate refund when the item is received back in the same condition it was originally shipped. This list will be constantly updated as new items become available.  Use the above phone number to call to check availability and for further info on any item you wish to purchase. Prices do not include shipping. All federal/state laws concerning the transfer of firearms are strictly followed.  Modern firearms must be shipped to an FFL dealer (or "Curio & Relics" license holders where applicable).  Pre-1899 antiques may be shipped to non-FFL holders. All Layaway sales are final.    

 

 

MORE GUNS WERE POSTED 6/22/16. WATCH FOR FREQUENT POSTINGS THROUGH JUNE.

 

 

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: 23 JUNE 2016.  I have found a new shooting activity that I'm sure a number of folks who check out my website will either want to try themselves or will at least find interesting reading.  I've discovered the fun of BLACK POWDER SHOTSHELLS. And no, I'm not new to black powder.  I've been shooting muzzle loaders since I was a kid (I was too young to buy ammo, but a can of black powder and a single shot muzzle loading pistol kept me shooting!) I've shot black powder cartridge rifles and some handguns since the 1970s.  I've also tried a few muzzle loading shotguns, but a while back I noticed Midway was offering reloadable brass shotshells made by Magtech in Brazil.  They cost about a buck a piece and come in a box of 25.  So I thought this looked interesting and bought a box.  They prime with a large pistol primer (I use CCI  Large Pistol Mag. Primers) and require no special tools to load.  I did buy a "cowboy 12 ga. shell holder" by RCBS which makes priming easier, but one can prime using a dowel, hammer and a flat surface to seat the primer. Anyway, I loaded with various loads of black powder as well as Alliant Black MZ black powder substitute. 27.3 grains equals one dram, so a typical field load of 3 1/2 drams equals about 95 grains of black powder or substitute.  I load that through a drop tube to better settle the powder, using a wood dowel I seat an over powder card wad, then a cushion wad, pour in 1 1/8 oz. of shot from an antique shot dipper I picked up somewhere along the line, top with another over powder wad and then put about three small drops of Elmer's glue on this top wad at the edge. Last, using a Q-tip sweep it around the wad edge. It dries making a nice seal with the inside of the brass case and holds everything together. Firing removes any glue residue from the case.  I picked up a particularly nice Remington 1889 double barrel with exposed hammers (damascus with exc. bores) and tried out my loads on some thrown clays.  I'm not a good shot with a scattergun, but when I felt I was on, the clay targets broke as nicely as if I'd been using a modern smokeless shotgun. I used this double on a pheasant hunt last fall and did just fine with it.  Truthfully, it made the hunt so much more fun I don't know if I'd go again with one of my modern guns! Today I tried the same shells in a Winchester 1887 Lever Action 12 ga. that was made in 1888. It fed beautifully and was a blast to shoot (no pun intended). The brass cases de-prime with a simple Lee type punch and clean up with hot soapy water. No resizing is required for the next loading.  Pretty simple.  The 12 ga. cases are 2 1/2" long, which is exactly what a modern 2 3/4" case measures LOADED AND UNFIRED. Remember, many of the older guns, like the Winchester 1887, have 2 5/8" chambers. You don't want to shoot a 2 3/4" shell in them as they won't be able to open up all the way causing pressures to jump etc. I don't think Magtech offers brass cases in 10 ga. but they do in the smaller gauges.  There are a lot of older shotguns out there that can often be purchased inexpensively and make wonderful shooters.  Be sure to have any gun checked out by a gunsmith if you have doubts about it. With these brass cases and ease of loading, it's worth trying.  Buffalo Arms in Idaho sells the correct size wads for these brass cases- they actually take 11 ga. wads. If you give this a try, I think you'll be glad you did-   Bill Goodman

 

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, $2250.

  2. EXTREMELY RARE COLT BURGESS .44-40 CAL. LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH ROUND BARREL, SERIAL NUMBER 5XX, ONLY MADE 1883-1885, all of these Colt Burgess .44-40 rifles are difficult to find now as only a total of 6403 OF ALL MODELS were made- 1521 octagon rifles, 35 half oct rifles, 1621 saddle ring carbines, 972 "Baby" saddle ring carbines and only 1219 round barrel rifles- which makes the round barrel rifle actually more rare than the Colt Burgess Saddle Ring Carbine! This is a particularly fine example with even very dark aged blue on the receiver with only a hint of plum mixing, sharp and distinct rampant colt stamping on the left side of the receiver, barrel and mag are also deep aged blue with excellent Colt markings on the barrel top, original sights, correct 25 1/2 inch barrel, fine+ wood showing only normal light wear and handling, correct butt plate with trap for cleaning rods, original buckhorn rear sight with Rocky Mountain blade front, exc. action, fine bore with deep rifling and only minor scattered roughness more toward the middle, great appearance and rarity all rolled into one very historic limited production Colt rifle! $4850.``

  3. EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION POCKET NAVY CONVERSION IN .38 CENTER FIRE, MADE 1873-1880, this is the desirable blue and case color round barrel model without ejector of which only about 10,000 in all were made, all matching numbers serialized within the Model 1849 range 313XXX (wedge only mismatched), excellent vivid case colors remain on the frame sides, cartridge loading area and hammer with fading only on the outside part of the left recoil shield (nice color on bottom section of shield and area closest to the hammer), exc. barrel blue with only very light thinning and edge wear, correct pin style front sight is not altered, fine deep blue on the rear rebated part of the cylinder with thinned blue on the balance with excellent, sharp full cylinder scene, exc. sharp markings, uncleaned mellow brass back strap and trigger guard with silver remaining by the trigger guard serial number and in protected areas, tight action, exc. one piece walnut grips  showing a little wear to the left side and near perfect on the right side with much of the varnish remaining, great appearance, very hard to find this nice especially in blue and case color finish. ( four photos)$2850.``

  4. OUTSTANDING CONDITION AND RARE CONFIGURED SINGLE ACTION ARMY! THIS ONE IS A SCARCE 7 1/2" BARREL .38-40 CALIBER (FEW .38-40s MADE IN THIS LENGTH) WITH BEAUTIFUL FULL NICKEL FINISH (ALSO RARE), WITH FACTORY LETTER SHOWING SHIPMENT TO MONTGOMERY WARDS, CHICAGO, IL JANUARY 28, 1899, the letter indicates serial number 1831XX,  .38-40, 7 1/2" barrel, nickel finish and rubber stocks, overall this is truly an exceptional Single Action, all matching numbers including the grips, bright original nickel finish overall with only a couple of small spots of peeling by the muzzle, some freckling & very light peeling around one cylinder flute (positioned so it can be seen in the photos) and on the frame ahead of the cylinder and minor spots of the same on the back strap- all extremely minor and in small areas, exc. blued screws, exc. cylinder pin, sharp markings overall, exc. grips, even retains most of the nickel on the front face of the cylinder indicating this gun was fired little if at all, tight action, barely a cylinder ring on the surface of the nickel, mint bore, very rare barrel length with this caliber and even more rare special nickel finish, a fabulous investment Colt! ( four photos- difficult to photograph as lots of light reflection can distort things, the nickel is all bright and smooth, back strap and top strap too) $8250.

  5. BISLEY MODEL IN .38-40, 5 1/2" BARREL, MADE 1902, a really honest revolver showing no cleaning, steel-wooling, or "improving," still retains some good blue on about 2/3 of the barrel that has just aged dull and dark with brighter blue in the protected areas and in the ejector housing flutes etc., same with the grip straps with better/brighter blue around the top of the back strap by the hammer, the butt and protected areas of the trigger guard, exc. screws, fine markings, exc. lightly worn grips, aged dark cylinder blue, only needs the ejector head- should be an easy fix- the stud is still there and the ejector can be worked using just this, tight action, bore should clean fine or maybe better,   dark frame with a trace of case color in front of the cylinder on each side, front sight very slightly filed on top, nice appearance and 114 years old! (4 photos)  $1895.

  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. U.S. MARKED MODEL 1878/1902 DOUBLE ACTION .45 COLT "ALASKAN" OR "PHILIPPINE" MODEL, 6" BARREL, #45XXX, all correct Colt markings plus the government inspector stamps of  "RAC" and "JTT" plus "1902" on the frame, this is the distinct model having the large trigger guard which gave it the erroneous name "Alaskan" model as some people thought it was for people wearing gloves in the cold country.  This is actually wrong. New info on this model suggests it was issued for use in the Philippines where the locals were of smaller stature and their hands weren't big enough to easily fire this big revolver, so they put the large trigger guard on it to allow for a  TWO FINGER TRIGGER PULL! This makes sense as the arsenals also issued the Krag Philippine Constabulary Rifle which was a 1899 Krag CARBINE made with longer wood to resemble a short military infantry rifle- again better suited to the local people's size. This is a better than usually found example with nearly all the barrel blue intact with only some holster wear on the left side for a couple inches back from the muzzle, fine deep blue on the cylinder, only the outside of the ejector housing shows holster wear with the protected areas on the sides showing fine blue, fine frame blue showing normal light thinning, dulling blue on the grip straps and trigger guard bottom, exc. fire blue on the hammer back and trigger sides, fine Colt hard rubber grips showing some scratches and wear on the right panel which is typical of holster wear, lanyard swivel intact, front sight has not been altered, exc. markings, exc. bright bore,  (3 photos) $1950.

  8. NOW DISCONTINUED AND VERY EARLY 3RD. GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY SHERIFF MODEL, 3" BARREL WITH DUAL CYLINDERS FOR .44-40 AND .44 SPECIAL, UNFIRED IN WOOD GRAINED CARDBOARD BOX MADE 1980, this is a blue and case color revolver from the custom shop, interestingly this one was ordered with rosewood grips and gold Colt medallions, no cylinder drag line- looks unturned! comes with Colt booklet etc. box is a bit scuffed and tattered, but basically very sound, Styrofoam is fine, even has the Colt hang tag! Never to be made again and already 36 years old! These will only increase in value over time, (note: photo light reflection makes the blue looked washed out and thin... just the light, it's all like new) $2350.

                            

 

MARLIN & BALLARD  (click text for photos)

 

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

2) BIG, HEAVY 28" OCTAGON BARREL 1881 RIFLE IN DESIRABLE .45-70 CALIBER, EARLY SERIAL NUMBER 32XX, MADE SECOND YEAR OF PRODUCTION IN 1882, WEIGHS 11 POUNDS! This is a really fine unaltered and unmessed with early 1881, barrel correctly marked ".45 Govt" on the top of the barrel just ahead of the receiver, surprisingly exc. bore! barrel and mag show an uncleaned very aged blue mixing just a little plum/brown with deeper blue on the top part of the mag tube etc., exc. markings and original buckhorn rear sight with original Rocky Mountain blade front sight, gray/brown receiver with some small amount of aged blue in the most protected areas, exc. screws, fine+ butt stock showing only normal light handling with tight wood to metal fit, walnut is that attractive olive color used on some early Marlins and may have some fancier than standard grain under the last 136 years on uncleaned grime!, exc. matching forend that is NOT CRACKED on the right side in front of the sliding loading gate as most seem to be! tight action with half cock only a little weak, correct smooth steel slightly curved shotgun butt plate, really a big attractive frontier Marlin in a very difficult to find caliber, the first successful lever action to take the potent .45-70 cartridge- beat Winchester by five years! Great appearance, $3250.

3) 1893 .32-40, 26" OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1902, barrel marked "Special Smokeless Steel" mostly gray receiver with good blue on the loading gate, fine aged barrel blue with high edge wear, mag tube turning gray-brown with good blue on upper section below barrel, has Lyman tang sight with blade/bead front sight and unusual replacement folding adjustable rear barrel sight, fine wood, tight action, bore is a little dark with strong rifling and no pitting, hard to find caliber especially with "Smokeless Steel" octagon barrel, $1100.

4) 1894 OCTAGON RIFLE IN .25-20 CALIBER, MADE 1903, has a Lyman tang sight and also has a surprisingly fine bore that is a little dark but with fine rifling and should brush out near excellent- certainly much better than normally encountered on a 1903 vintage Marlin in .25-20, fine aged barrel and mag blue showing a little thinning, mostly mottled gray receiver with a little blue remaining on the bolt and loading gate, exc. markings, blade/bead front sight with buckhorn rear, generally fine+ wood with good wood to metal fit and has some light old and dry linseed oil or stock finish on the wood that will come off easily with #0000 steel wool, wood has not been sanded, nice appearance, $1195.

5) BEAUTIFUL CONDITION EARLY MODEL 27S, .25-20 PUMP RIFLE, according to the Marlin book by Brophy, the M-27S was introduced in 1910 in octagon barrel only, by 1913 round barrels were offered, this is an octagon rifle in the 2XXX serial range, about all the blue remains on this fine rifle with only some minor ageing to the blue on the bottom of the mag tube and some very slight edge wear, "Special Smokeless Steel" marked barrel, all markings sharp, exc. bore, exc. wood with what looks like very light scratching of "W T in the wood behind the lower tang- very light and easily rubbed out or just left, even the butt plate shows most of the blue except on the  upper and lower high edges, also interesting on this example is that it is stamped with a small six-point star on the upper tang.  According to Brophy's book, "Literature published in 1926-1927 states that when  a Marlin gun leaves the factory bearing the Marlin star stamped into the metal it is 'as near perfection as the finest of materials, equipment, and skill can make it.' " This model was discontinued about 1930. $1195.

 

 

                A NOTE ABOUT "MODERN MARLINS": Marlin has closed its doors for good in North Haven, Connecticut and been bought out by the folks who own Remington. It looks like some models have been put back into production with the barrels marked "Utica, New York."  I did see one of the new ones with the old North Haven barrel address so I assume they had left over barrels they were using up.  Quality in wood  to metal fit was fair at best and trigger pulls were off the scale heavy!  I don't know if any of the octagon barrel "cowboy models" will be produced again, although their online catalogue does show a model 1894 cowboy-type with octagon barrel in .45 Colt caliber only. I believe these traditional Marlins made in limited runs in North Haven, CT are going to be tomorrow's sought after Marlin collectibles.  Already prices for them are escalating rapidly.

 

1)  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.

 

 

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

 

  1. VERY HIGH CONDITION TRUE 1874 SHARPS SPORTING RIFLE CONVERSIONS MADE BY THE SHARPS RIFLE COMPANY, BRIDGEPORT, CT., NOT A MEACHAM CONVERSION, There is a lot of misinformation about these, but the fact is that the real Sharps Company took Civil War carbines back to the factory and ground the lock plates to the appearance of the 1874 model, changed the tumbler in the lock, put a real Sharps barrel on the rifle with correct Sharps markings & sights and with a correct 1874 forearm. These were then sold to dealers at lower prices than their 1874 Sporters. The Meacham Sharps Conversions have non-Sharps barrels and forearms and are usually of lesser quality.  This example is one of the best I've seen and is interesting as the barrel is a true Model 1874 barrel with the M-1874 serial number correctly stamped under the forearm and neatly "lined out," but still readable (#162XXX- this number will actually letter), This was fairly common on conversions and even factory sporters as Sharps used barrels on returned guns or used extra barrels on many rifles and especially on conversions.  It is a .40 2 1/4" (.40-70) caliber, 30" half octagon barrel with original distinctive Sharps front sight and heavy full buckhorn Lawrence ladder rear sight- this sight was usually put on guns destined for the Western regions- The action and stock are typical Military Carbine style, the amazing part is that this rifle has a bright exc. bore, exc. barrel blue and fine case colors that are lightly fading on the hammer and receiver! Mostly gray lock plate with the early markings, exc. forend, butt stock shows normal light handling only and no abuse,  these are usually found in hard used condition and this is one of the best I've seen! Much more desirable and valuable than a "Meacham," (5 photos, note: case colors are actually better on the left side of the receiver, but photo lights reflected badly, also the dark line on the left side of the stock is simply a light stain that the photo lights picked up and exaggerated) $5400.

  2. EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION SHARPS NEW MODEL 1859 .50-70 CONVERSION INDIAN WARS SADDLE RING CARBINE, these interesting and very historical arms first went through the Civil War as percussion cavalry carbines and then in 1867-68 were returned to Sharps for refurbishing and the easy conversion to metallic cartridge and re-issued to the cavalry for western use in the Indian Wars. This is one of the best ones I've seen in a long time, the barrel retains nearly all the original deep blue finish that is only showing light age, clear "New Model 1859" barrel marking, original Lawrence ladder sight, receiver shows good deep case color being more vivid in the more protected areas- especially on the rear of the lock plate and around the hammer, cartridge loading well on top and in front of the breech block on both sides of the receiver, etc., even the butt plate retains nice light case color! fine+ wood shows only light handling/dings, tight wood to metal fit with no chips or cracks, sling ring intact, fine bright bore with some scattered light pitting mainly ahead of the chamber- minor, correct three groove rifling, tight action, really a superior example of a very historical arm, (note: four photos, very hard to get the case color to show in the photos, looks much better in person) $3250.``

  3. SHARPS 1878 BORCHARDT MUSKET, .45-70, SERIAL NUMBER IN THE 6XXX RANGE, it looks like this one was part of a state's militia arsenal as the receiver ring is stamped with the rack or unit marking of "P V" over "53"  This is a really attractive example that hasn't been cleaned or sanded, the barrel blue is all intact and showing only some freckling age plum/brown mixing and could use a good oil soaking, receiver turning an even plum/brown with good blue in the more protected areas, all sharp and correct markings including the "Old Reliable" barrel stamping, cleaning rod intact, fine+ forearm with only normal handling marks, butt stock has had a triangular chip come out of the toe of the stock probably from being banged on the bottom tip of the but plate- common on these military models but the good news is the piece was put back and in barely visible unless you look for it- I didn't notice it when I acquired this one, correct checkered steel butt plate, tight action, safety functions properly, exc. sharp bore could use a clean only, original Lawrence ladder sight with slide intact, I don't see these as often as I used to and this is a really attractive example, $2650.

  4. UNTOUCHED, UNCLEANED ATTIC CONDITION RARELY ENCOUNTERED REUTH'S DOUBLE BARREL PERCUSSION ANIMAL TRAP PISTOL, This was a pretty horrible devise made from the late 1850s to the early 1860s in small quantities, distinctive and unique action that sets with two muzzle loaded iron barrels and percussion caps with two large barbed bait hooks sticking out from the muzzle and acting as a trigger...so when some animal (preferably not a dog or cat pulls on the bait, he trips the "hammer bar" and both barrels discharge into his head.  Deeply cast into the barrels "F. REUTH'S PATENT" in the center with "MAY 12TH 1857" and "HARTFORD, CONN" on each barrel top, complete with rear bar and ring for attaching to a stake or tree, fully functional and deep dark patina overall with no evidence of cleaning or steel wooling etc. A uniquely American "Folk Art" curiosity  from a time long gone that is now almost never seen, $1295.

  5. SELDOM SEEN DISTINCTIVE ALLEN & THURBER SIDE HAMMER PERCUSSION TARGET PISTOL, ONLY A FEW HUNDRED ESTIMATED MADE LATE 1840s TO 1850s, 8" half octagon barrel about .36 caliber with correct thimbles and ram rod, correct trigger guard with finger spur, original small blade front sight in dovetail and original long target open rear sight with wheel adjustment for elevation- this sight which appears to be made from spring steel is bent slightly up, but is all there and could no doubt be bent back down, unmarked overall (typical of early Allen firearms), deep uncleaned brown patina, fine+ deeply rifled bore, exc. wood grips,  fine action with light target trigger pull, a scarce and uniquely American target pistol from one of the earliest American makers of firearms (an interesting note: a replica of this pistol was used in the Tom  Selleck movie, Quigley Down Under- in the end of the movie the sailor taking names as Matthew Quigley boarded the ship had one under a table) $1150.

  6. STEVENS NEW MODEL POCKET RIFLE No. 40 IN DESIRABLE .22LR CHAMBERING, 10" BARREL WITH MATCHING NUMBERED SHOULDER STOCK, a very nice condition example overall with nearly all of the original nickel remaining on the receiver, exc. stock also shows most nickel remaining with only a few light spots of normal wear/peeling, fine original barrel blue with light thinning on the sides, ORIGINAL SIGHTS including the correct globe with pinhead front sight and folding ladder rear sight with slide intact (when these sights are either missing or have been changed they are difficult and expensive to replace), tight action, exc. walnut grips, barrel number matches stock and receiver number, fine bore with good rifling has some scattered light roughness that might scrub out better, much better than usually encountered, $1195.

  7. EARLY BIG FRAME WHITNEY-KENNEDY OCTAGON RIFLE IN .45-60 CALIBER, WITH "S" LEVER, MADE EARLY 1880s, quite a bit more scarce than the .44-40 size medium frame model, this one shows use, but no abuse, a nice uncleaned and un-messed with example with 28" octagon barrel, overall metal is an uncleaned mottled gray/brown (receiver, barrel and magazine), exc. screws, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit shows only light handling, rear sight is a frontier period replacement of a fixed brass buckhorn placed in the original dovetail with no alterations, front sight is a small copper blade, early barrel marking "Whitneyville Armory CT USA" with correct patent markings on the upper tang, bore a little dark with sharp rifling and ought to scrub out to near excellent. This was a limited production very high quality rifle with only 15,000 of all models (medium and large frame) made between 1879 and 1886 when the company was bought out by Winchester who immediately stopped production, thus killing a serious potential competitor! The actions on these rifles are amazingly smooth. Nice example of a large caliber frontier rifle, $2650.

  8. ALMOST NEVER SEEN AND ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE FANCY STEVENS RIFLES IS THIS  IDEAL "LADIES MODEL" RIFLE No. 55 IN DESIRABLE .22 LONG RIFLE CHAMBERING, low serial number 6XX, made from 1897-1916, made with fancy walnut and light weight Schuetzen pistol grip stock with Swiss butt plate, fancy full checkered pistol grip and forearm and 24" half octagon barrel, made up on the light case colored "Favorite" single shot action and factory equipped with an open type rear barrel sight with vernier tang sight and Beach combination folding globe front sight- often the sights on these have been either removed altogether or changed- this one has the original factory sights and is totally unaltered, tight action with light trigger pull, fancy burl walnut stock with original heavy "piano finish" mostly remaining with only normal light scratching/handling marks, sharp checkering with only a small wear area on the bottom of the forend, exc. barrel blue with only minor thinning/ageing, receiver shows light case color on both sides that is fading but all visible, fine bore is a little dark with good rifling and some light scattered roughness that will probably clean better, fine blue on the hammer and breech block, exc. screws, tight takedown, super attractive rifle and extremely scarce in any condition, these were also made in other now-obsolete rim fire calibers leaving the .22 Long Rifle chambering the most desirable, $3250.

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

                             

 

 REMINGTON (click text for photos)

1) SCARCE NO. 1 ROLLING BLOCK 30" OCTAGON BARREL SPORTING RIFLE IN .40-50 BN CALIBER, nice early 1870s example in the 4XXX serial range with matching serial number barrel, fine  markings, this barrel length is actually 4" over the standard 26" length- customers were charged extra for every 2" over the standard 26" length, uncleaned gray/brown receiver, even thin aged blue on the barrel, some aged blue remains on the hammer and breech block, fine bore shows good rifling and some normal light wear/pitting but still fine, original buckhorn rear and small blade front sights, exc. butt stock, forend shows light handling only, early style metal forend tip, this was a popular deer and medium large game round that fired a 265 grain bullet at near 1500 feet per second and far outclassed the standard .44-40 round of the day, very hard to find good matching Rolling Block sporters! $2650

2) ROLLING BLOCK .50-70 NEW YORK STATE CONTRACT MUSKET, C.1871, exc. sharp cartouches in the butt stock with inspector initials in rectangle in the left side of the wrist and "GNY" in a rectangle on the right side, also has an additional similar cartouche in the center of the stock on the left side along with rack numbers on the top of the butt plate and comb of the stock by the butt plate, good Remington markings on the upper tang, original military style sights, cleaning rod only a too short replacement, barrel and receiver a silvery gray with some brown mixing on the barrel, bright exc. bore, tight action that is the same type as the Springfield 1871 Army variety with the high hammer that falls slightly forward to a safety notch when the breech block is rolled back and pushed forward when loaded- this is an excellent feature that all Rolling Blocks should have! After loading the rifle is safe to carry and only has to have the hammer pulled slightly back to put it into the full cock and firing position. These fine .50-70 rifles are still under priced on the collector market, but starting to rise, This is about what an Italian replica costs!  $1150.

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) EXCELLENT CONDITION ROLLINGBLOCK 7MM MODEL 1901 MUSKET, still retains most of the /deep/dark case colors on the action and trigger guard (these military models did not have highly polished bright case colors), exc. barrel blue showing only light ageing, original sights, bright exc. bore, exc. wood with only the lightest of handling, cleaning rod intact, leather sling, deep original blue on the hammer and breech block etc., even the barrel bands still show most of the blue, sharp tang markings with the last patent date of 1901, about as nice as one could hope to find, (four photos- looks much better in person as photo lights make the case colors appear lighter/duller than they are) $1295.

5)  PARTICULARLY FINE MODEL 30 EXPRESS BOLT ACTION RIFLE THAT CAME OUT OF HERE IN MONTANA, CALIBER ".30 SPRINGFIELD 1906" (.30-06), this one is in the 11XXX serial number range, exc. blue overall with only some light wearing on the bolt, exc. wood with sharp checkering, schnable forend tip, correct steel butt plate, not drilled for scope, may have had a correct receiver sight on at one time as the two filler screws are not in- no marks from ever having a receiver sight in either the metal or wood- exc. bright sharp bore, $895.

6) ONE OF THE BEST U.S. MARKED AND INSPECTED 1871 ARMY SINGLE SHOT ROLLING BLOCK .50 CALIBER PISTOLS I'VE SEEN! ONLY 5,000 MADE FOR THE U. S. GOVERNMENT BETWEEN 1872-1888. Beautiful vivid case color receiver sides with correct "P" and "S" inspector stamps on the left forward side, sharp Remington markings also on the left side, case color clearly visible but a little duller on the receiver ring and grip straps, fine blue on the barrel showing only light age and minor scuffing, exc. forend, grips have a very sharp and distinct inspector stamp on the left side with minor handling marks and some light dings on the butt, bright bore has some scattered surface roughness that is light and might even scrub out better, unaltered front sight, exc. mech. and exc. screws, tight action and breech block, many of these were later converted to target pistols (Models 1891 and 1901) by Remington and resold or by a number of other gunsmiths in independent shops- all of this makes an unaltered example more scarce than even the low 5,000 manufactured number would indicate, very hard to find in this investment quality condition! (3 photos) $2450.

7) 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! $2950.

8) RARE AND UNUSUAL FINE CONDITION MODEL 12 GALLERY SPECIAL HALF-NICKEL FINISHED .22 SHORT OCTAGON RIFLE, most of these true gallery rifles end up in terrible condition, this one has the scarce nickel receiver and butt plate and both retain nearly all the bright nickel with only the freckling and a tiny spot of peeling on the left side of the receiver that you have to look carefully for or you'll miss it! fine barrel blue that shows some light thinning only, mag tube shows fine lightly ageing blue, exc. wood with only a few light handling marks in the forearm, fine bore with only some scattered light roughness mainly toward the middle of the bore (usually these are found with totally trashed bores), original sights, tight action, exc. markings including the GALLERY SPECIAL marking on the left side of the receiver, $1295.``

 

 

RUGER FIREARMS (click text for photos)

1) ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL RUGER RIFLES IS THIS MINI-14 RANCH RIFLE, CHAMBERED IN .222 REMINGTON CALIBER! MADE 1984, apparently Ruger made these for export to countries that don't allow its citizenry to own arms in military calibers (like Mexico), so they made these up in .222 Rem. caliber instead of  the normal .223. Whether Ruger exported nearly all of them or whether they only made a few of these, they never seem to turn up. This is the first I've offered and I've been looking for one for a long time! Basically in like new condition overall with 5 round magazine. $1295.

 

 

SAVAGE ARMS (click text for photos)

1) INTERESTING AND SCARCE 1899C HALF OCTAGON IN DESIRABLE .30-30 CALIBER, MADE 1910 WITH EARLY WEAVER ALL STEEL 3/4" MODEL 1X SCOPE IN CORRECT SAVAGE 1899 MOUNTS with the rear ring using the two tang sight holes and the front ring using a dovetail in the barrel ahead of the receiver, fine+ wood with only a hint of the usual hairline crack coming back from the upper tang, crescent butt plate with perch belly stock, forend shows light handling only, fine barrel blue with some thinning on the round part, mostly gray receiver with some good blue on the upper portions, tight action, bore is excellent but a little dark, has a copper blade front sight that appears to be made from a coin with small buckhorn rear (needs elevator bar only), very unusual set up like this instead of simply drilling the receiver ring as was done on many of these in the 1950s and later, $1150.

 

 

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, MADE IN BIG TIMBER, MONTANA, "QUIGLEY STYLE" 1874 HARTFORD SPORTER IN .45-70, 34" HEAVY OCT. BARREL AND PATCHBOX,  this one was ordered to be just like the one used by Tom Selleck in the famed movie "QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER."  This is a recent production rifle that I believe to be unfired, comes with double set triggers, pewter tip on the forend, Hartford collar on the barrel, full buckhorn Lawrence style ladder rear sight with blade front and additional semi-buckhorn Lawrence style ladder rear sight (these are in the catalogue at $65), weighs a little over 12 1/2 lbs., all like new with original owners manuals and ready to go without the long wait time of ordering from the factory,  $2495.``

2) SHILOH SHARPS, MADE IN BIG TIMBER, MONTANA HARTFORD SPORTER IN .45-70 CALIBER WITH 30" HEAVY OCT. BARREL, this is a beautiful rifle with extra fancy walnut and AA finish on the wood, Hartford collar and pewter tip forend, slightly curved case colored military steel butt plate, double set triggers, comes with a full buckhorn rear barrel sight, Montana Vintage Arms long range Soule tang sight with MVA #113 globe front sight with spirit level, weighs a touch over 12 lbs and is in like new condition inside and out with only a couple of light handling dings/scratches in the bottom of the pewter forend tip that will easily rub out,. This one is a beauty. $3200.

4) SHILOH SHARPS, MADE IN BIG TIMBER, MONTANA, No. 3 SPORTER IN .40-65 CALIBER, WITH 30" HEAVY OCTAGON BARREL, made without rear barrel sight dovetail, has a Montana Vintage Arms mid-range vernier tang sight matched with a globe front sight that will take inserts, semi-fancy walnut with standard shotgun butt, double set triggers, weighs just over 12 lbs., one tiny and hard to find  handling mark in the stock is all that keeps this one from being new, $2100.

4) HARRINGTON AND RICHARDSON "OFFICERS MODEL" TRAPDOOR .45-70 SPRINGFIELD REPRODUCTION, MADE IN THE 1970S IN THE U.S.A., a fine copy of the rare and valuable Springfield product of the 1870s intended for officers assigned to Western outposts for hunting purposes, checkered, wrist, engraved lock, hammer, barrel band, breech, pewter tip, etc., wiping rod under the barrel, sporting tang sight, checkered stock and forend- all a close copy of the original, In the 1970s, Handloader Magazine did an extensive article on reloading the .45-70, they used one of these in the test along with a bunch of other rifles and this one proved the most accurate, like new condition, the former owner put gold leaf (available at all hobby shops) in the engraving to make it stand out, easily removed with alcohol, these are getting harder and harder to find especially in this condition, still a bargain when you can find one, $1195.

 

 

SMITH AND WESSON (click text for photos)

 

1) EARLY .44  DOUBLE ACTION FIRST MODEL No. 3 REVOLVER WITH 5" BARREL, LOW # 14XXX, C. 1880s, caliber .44 Russian, top break design, all matching serial numbers, this one was obviously a holster gun as the original nickel finish shows wear to the sides of the barrel- typical of holster carry, never cleaned, exc. grip strap nickel with only the most minor of edge wear, frame shows some small areas of flaking, cylinder too shows good nickel with flaking in the flutes and edges, fine blue on the trigger guard and sight latch, fine action, tight lock up, fairly bright fine+ bore may scrub out to exc., grips fit perfectly and are not chipped or cracked but show wear- especially on the right side, again indication of right handed holster carry where the left grip is protected against the body and the right side exposed and rubbed, great unmessed with and uncleaned frontier revolver from the 1880s! (4 photos) $1195.

2) EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION AND ONE OF THE RAREST, HARDEST TO FIND S&W MODELS, AND ONE OF THE RAREST U.S. MARTIAL ARMS! THIS IS A BEAUTY! MODEL 1899 U.S. ARMY REVOLVER, only 1,000 of these were ordered and issued in 1901, most surviving examples show very hard use and abuse, this was S&Ws only side swing revolver made in .38 Colt caliber. 1,000 were made for the Navy and 1,000 for the Army. Of these, the Army seems to be the most scarce. It is distinctive in that where the Navy model was marked with an anchor and Navy markings, it also had plain checkered walnut grips and no lanyard ring, the Army model had special checkered walnut grips with "J.T.T. 1901" stamped in the top part of the left grip and "K.S.M." stamped in the top part of the right grip. The butt is marked "U.S. ARMY" over "MODEL 1899" with a lanyard ring mounted between these markings.    Many, if not most, of these surviving revolvers have had their chambers reamed out to accept the longer .38 Special ammo, this one IS STILL IN ORIGINAL .38 COLT CHAMBERING! Excellent plus walnut grips, in the correct serial range of 13,001 to 14,000 (serial number 135XX), much of the early bright high polish blue remains with some edge wear and thinning/browning on the cylinder, some thinning/browning on the side plate and a little muzzle wear, exc. markings and has the correct K.S.M. inspector stamp on the frame and cylinder, matching numbers, lanyard ring intact, still has good case color on the hammer and trigger, front sight not filed or altered, just enough wear and edge wear to show this one has never been re-blued or "helped" in any way, tight action, minty bright bore, As this is an issued military model, it would be hard to improve upon! (interestingly, there is good info on the commercial and military Model 1899 in Timothy Mullin's excellent book THE K FRAME REVOLVER, published by Collector Grade Publications, the U.S. Army model pictured in this book is no where close to this one in condition)  -4 photos- $2650.

3) PRE-WAR  .44 SPECIAL SECOND MODEL HAND-EJECTOR 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) BEAUTIFUL CONDITION MODEL 1903, .32 HAND EJECTOR, FIFTH CHANGE WITH SCARCE LONG 6" BARREL, MATCHING # 147XXX, ONLY MADE FROM  1910-1917, chambered in .32 S&W Long, this model was only offered in 3 1/4, 4 1/4 and 6" barrels with 6" seldom seen on such a small frame "pocket revolver," this one is in desirable nickel finish with real pearl grips, about all the nickel remains with only a small spot of peeling at the muzzle on the left side only and some tiny pin-prick spots too small to describe and actually hard to see, all markings sharp, nice case color on hammer and trigger, only a slight cylinder drag line that doesn't even go through the nickel finish, very tight action (even opening the cylinder and pushing it to the side takes effort as if it were new and almost never opened and swung to the side for loading!), minty bore, exc. pearl grips are amazingly not chipped or cracked, untouched screws, by the serial number this was probably made around 1912 (104 years ago!), these are still "sleepers" and undervalued on the collector market, but starting to go up in value as nothing like these hand fitted revolvers are made today or will ever be made again, rare in this finish, barrel length and condition! $795.

5) ONE OF THE VERY LAST OF THE .32-20 HAND EJECTOR MODELS MADE! THIS IS A MODEL 1905 .32-20 H-E 4TH CHANGE #144296 WITH THE LAST ONE BEING #144694 IN 1940! This is a 4" example which is a little unusual as most in this caliber tend to be 6 or 6 1/2", last patent date is 1914,  obviously a carried and used revolver as the blue is showing some age "flaking" to plum on the frame sides, but generally find deep blue overall,  matching numbers except grips which are fairly heavily worn, good case color on hammer and trigger, exc. bore, exc action on double action, single action tends to stick a little- probably just needs a good internal cleaning and overhaul that any gunsmith can do, all these .32-20 S&Ws are getting hard to find, $450.``

 

 

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

 

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

2) 1884 TRAPDOOR SADDLE RING CAVALRY CARBINE IN THE 451XXX RANGE MADE 1888, nice cartouched example that shows honest saddle scabbard use, good aged barrel blue with uncleaned dark patina on the rest of the metal parts, sharp markings overall with only a couple digits in the serial worn but visible especially in good light with a magnifier to help, SWP cartouche is worn, sling ring intact, wood shows typical wear marks from riding in a scabbard but is sound, correct "C" marked (for carbine) Buffington rear sight, bright bore, good example of a late Indian Wars .45-70 carbine, $1595.

3) ESPECIALLY FINE CONDITION 1888 TRAPDOOR "ROD BAYONET" .45-70 RIFLE, the last and considered the finest shooting of the Trapdoor line, this one has a sharp and clear 1891 dated cartouche with the corresponding circle P cartouche behind the trigger guard, this one is somewhat unusual as it has a receiver serial numbered in the 140XXX range which would put it at an 1880 production which indicates that the receiver (not including the breech block) was either a left over one or one from a salvaged rifle returned to the arsenal, the breech block correctly stamped 1884, correct Buffington rear sight, superior condition overall with excellent deep barrel blue, exc. blue on the trigger guard, faded dark case colors on the breech block and upper tang, exc. oil quenched blue/black color on hammer and lock plate, bright minty bore, exc. blue even on the barrel bands! correct swivels, excellent attractive reddish brown wood with some extra grain to the butt stock! A great example of one of the last of the Trapdoor line. These are still under priced superb quality Springfield built rifles! $1195. ``

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) HARD TO FIND 1895 "VARIANT" KRAG SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH UNUSUAL FANCY WALNUT STOCK, these were the earliest of the later/standard Model 1896 carbines, but with only "1895" on the receiver- the later ones have "Model 1896"- early serial number 26XXX, all original and unaltered, light but readable stock cartouche and circle "P" cartouche, exc. reddish/brown walnut stock and handguard with high grade "fiddle back" grain in the butt stock- I've only seen this on one other Krag and it was a 1896 rifle- cleaning rods still in butt trap, aged and thinning barrel blue, original 1896 "C" marked rear sight ("C" for carbine), mottled gray receiver and trigger guard, correct barrel band/sight protector, fine bright bore looks a little worn, but should scrub out about exc., all Krag carbines are getting very hard to find and the early 1895 and 1896 "Variant" carbines are exceptionally scarce these days, overall a particularly fine cartouched example of America's last issued saddle ring carbine, $2850.

6) SMITH & WESSON 1899 U.S. ARMY .38 COLT REVOLVER (see above in S&W section)

7) REMINGTON 1871 U. S. ARMY ROLLING BLOCK PISTOL (see above in Remington section)

8) REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK .50-70 NEW YORK MUSKET (see above in Remington section)

9) COLT 1902 "PHILIPPINE" .45 COLT DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER (see above in Colt section)

 

 

WINCHESTERS (click text for photos)

 

  1.  COLORFUL FRONTIER USED 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN .44-40 CALIBER, MADE 1890, this one obviously accounted for a lot of saddle miles! The forearm is heavily dished/worn ahead of the receiver on the bottom and on the left side ahead of the receiver- the way a right handed rider would rest such a carbine over the saddle, also the forend is thinned along the entire left edge and has a big saddle rub spot ahead of the barrel band on the right side, butt stock looks a little dry and has the typical light crack coming back from the upper tang (see Notes From the Field below for a discussion about such cracks as "horse roll-over" caused etc.), butt plate pitted, overall metal a mostly smooth aged brown with a hint of plum, good blue on the loading gate, original carbine sights including the rear ladder sight with slide intact, original dust cover intact, tight action with surprisingly fine+ bore that might even clean out better, exc. screws, just needs the saddle ring staple (I have an original ring I'll include), good appearance and lots of history in this one! $1895.

  2. 1873 .32-20 ROUND BARREL RIFLE WITH FANCIER THAN STANDARD WALNUT, MADE 1891, this is a never-been-cleaned example that still has hundred year old grease in the screw heads etc.! exc. dark uncleaned wood shows nice fiddle back grain in the stock, tight wood to metal fit, correct crescent butt plate without the trap for cleaning rods (not used on .32-20 rifles- only on .38-40 and .44-40 rifles), fine deep aged blue on the receiver mixing plum (with plenty of good blue), also aged blue/plum barrel, mag. tube and forend cap with some black powder fouling roughness at the muzzle, original buckhorn rear sight with Winchester base front with small ivory or bone blade, fine markings, mellow un-polished brass lifter clearly marked "32 CAL"  original dust cover intact, tight action, bore is dark with some good rifling and some roughness,  this one has a really good untouched look to it that is hard to find today, (4 photos- receiver looks better in person, photo lights make blue look dull and more brown than it is) $1695

  3. 1873 .44-40 MUSKET, MADE 1894, very attractive example and all complete with original dust cover, military rear sight, swivels etc., uncleaned overall with aged blue-brown patina on the left side of the receiver with better blue in the protected areas and fine blue on the loading gate, barrel blue also aged to a nice even mellow plum, uncleaned mustard yellow brass lifter factory marked "44 CAL" exc. wood shows light handling only with three small script initials (?) that may be foreign arsenal markings or some other identification marks- all very old and worn in, tight action, exc. mech., exc. bore, really fine unmessed with example, plus antique serial number- many of these were made post-1898, $2250..

  4. SUPER RARE AND DESIRABLE 1873 TRAPPER SADDLE RING CARBINE, .44-40 CALIBER WITH LEGAL 16" BARREL, MADE 1909, When I got this one the owner told me it was brought out of Mexico by Bob McNellis who ran El Paso Saddlery Co. in Texas back in the 1960s or early 1970s.  I can't substantiate this, it's just what I was told and I have no reason to doubt it, Has the correct one inch shorter forend used on Trapper Carbines and also has the correct Winchester barrel address markings AHEAD of the barrel band. This is a hard used Trapper from the Mexican Revolution days (Trappers were popular in Mexico and the Southwest- especially Texas), missing the dust cover and saddle ring (staple intact), overall metal a deep UNCLEANED plum/brown heavily freckled/lightly pitted patina, markings visible, but weak on the barrel, original sights including the correct ladder with slide rear sight marked "1873" at the top, mellow brass lifter, carbine butt with brass trap, lower tang has what appears to be a brass-weld repaired crack under the lever area only visible when the lever is lowered- small and neatly done- fine action and surprisingly bright bore that ought to scrub out to NEAR EXCELLENT! heavily weathered and saddle worn butt stock and especially forearm which has some very old age cracks, Overall a lot of history and character in this extremely rare 1873 variation, $3950.

  5. 1876 IN DESIRABLE .45-60 CALIBER ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1882, very aged and thinned barrel and mag blue that is now mostly an even brown, receiver shows good blue in the protected areas around the side plates with the balance aged blue mixing brown- attractive receiver overall- fine blue on the loading gate, mellow brass lifter engraved "45-60"  as is the barrel top "Cal. 45-60," fine barrel and tang  markings, has the desirable 1876 marked sporting ladder sight with slide intact (looks like an enlarged carbine sight) with original front sight, fine wood overall with a rub spot on the forward part of the comb probably from saddle scabbard use and one on the left side of the forend, tight wood to metal fit, tight action, dust cover intact, fine bore with good rifling and only light scattered roughness that might scrub out better, much better than average condition for one of these big frontier Winchesters, $3495.

  6. GREAT 1885 HIGHWALL RARITY!! THIS ONE IS A .32-40 CALIBER WITH CLOSE COUPLED DOUBLE SET TRIGGERS AND HAS A 32" No. 5 ROUND BULL BARREL! A call to the Cody Museum confirms the fact that this Highwall #94XXX was received in the warehouse in 1902 with these amazingly rare features. In many many years of examining hundreds and hundreds of Highwalls I don't think I've seen more than a few that had factory original No. 5 bull barrels. For the .32-40 caliber the standard barrel was 30" with a No.3 medium barrel. The  number 5 barrel was rarely ordered for any caliber. Exc. wood with hardly any handling marks and tight wood to metal fit, ebony inlay in forearm tip, overall metal- barrel and receiver- an aged blue mixing evenly plum with perhaps the receiver being a little more plum/brown, set triggers work fine and retain the adjustment screw (often missing), tight action, Lyman tang sight with fixed globe with pinhead front sight, slot filler in the rear dovetail (no mention of sights in the museum info), bore needs a good scrubbing but will clean exc., weighs 13 lbs. on my postal scale! possibly a one of a kind big impressive single shot Winchester! $4950.

  7. 1885 SPECIAL ORDER LOWALL SINGLE SHOT IN SCARCE CENTER FIRE .32WCF (.32-20) CALIBER WITH 28" OCTAGON BARREL AND SPECIAL SHOTGUN BUTT, MADE 1889, getting hard to find Lowalls in center fire calibers, this is a really nice early example with fine deep barrel blue ageing with only a bit of plum mixing evenly, uncleaned dark patina receiver, exc. butt stock with correct smooth steel butt plate and tight wood to metal fit, exc. forend with original ebony inlay forend tip intact, both stock and forend showing only light normal handling, tight action, original sights, exc. markings, surprisingly fine bore with only some scattered light surface roughness mainly ahead of the chamber- bore may scrub out near exc., exc. screws, hard to find in this uncleaned and un-messed with condition, $1495.``

  8. EXTREMELY LOW SERIAL NUMBER FIRST YEAR PRODUCTION 1886 .45-70 OCTAGON RIFLE, #32X, SHIPPED FROM WINCHESTER OCTOBER 1886! Good uncleaned example with gray/brown receiver and excellent deep blue on the bolt, mostly gray/plum brown barrel and mag tube with some good aged blue in the more protected areas on the bottom of the barrel and on the top of the mag tube etc., has the desirable "Sporting Ladder Sight" that is the earliest style marked "1876" and has the slide intact and standard Winchester blade front sight, fine forend, fine butt stock with the usual small sliver/chip out at the upper tang/receiver junction on the left side, exc. markings, tight action with surprisingly good bore that has fine rifling throughout with some scattered light roughness mainly toward the middle, really fine appearance, I called the Cody Museum myself and had this one verified as a .45-70 oct rifle etc. One of the earliest and lowest serial numbered 1886s I've seen, and in the best caliber, $4850.``

  9. 1886 .40-65 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1890, barrel and mag tube aged to an attractive aged blue to plum/brown, buckhorn rear sight with small blade front, aged brown uncleaned receiver, fine+ wood with tight wood to metal fit and showing only light handling- there is a hairline crack coming forward from the lower screw in the butt plate on the right side only and does not go through to the other side- fairly common from pressure exerted to the stock from this screw, exc. markings, NEAR EXCELLENT BRIGHT BORE with only minor scattered surface roughness, fine appearance, $2450.

  10. FIRST INTRODUCTORY YEAR OF PRODUCTION FOR THE .33WCF CALIBER IN THE 1886 MODEL RIFLE, MADE 1902, desirable solid frame model with scarce rifle style crescent butt plate (shotgun butt is most common on these),  fine deep and even barrel and mag tube blue has a two leaf folding rear sight with blade/bead front matched with an unmarked side mounted receiver sight, mostly gray receiver with good blue in the rear portion and around the receiver sight- makes me believe that sight has been on for most of this rifles time, exc. screws, exc. blue on the bolt, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit showing very light handling, exc. sharp bore, $1695.``

  11. FINE CONDITION 1892 .38-40 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1910,  fine deep receiver and bolt blue with minor dulling aside from edge and bottom wear, also fine deep barrel and mag blue, original buckhorn rear sight with original blade front sight, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit showing light wear only, one screw in the right side of receiver buggered and ought to be replaced, exc bright bore with only a little pitting in one area toward the middle, $1795.

  12. 1892 .25-20 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1909, fine deep magazine tube blue with barrel showing aged and thinning blue, receiver shows some good blue that is mixing brown, exc. screws, flattop buckhorn rear sight with factory front sight, bore is dark and frosty- I ran a brush and a patch through it and it started to clean up a bit with lots of dark crud coming out, so it might clean better but will be a bit rough, small red diamond shape inlay in the bottom of the forend with a Marlin style "bullseye" small round inlay in the bottom of the butt stock- why this was done is anyone's guess! tight action, fine wood with one tiny chip at the upper tang/receiver juncture on the left side- hard to see, exc markings, (3 photos) $895.

  13. NICE CONDITION AND HARD TO FIND 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN .32-20 CALIBER, MADE 1919, very difficult caliber to find in a carbine, this one has an excellent bore, shows fine deep blue on the barrel and magazine, receiver blue is ageing fairly evenly and mixing with attractive and uncleaned plum/brown with better blue in protected areas and on bolt, exc. screws, fine blue on the loading gate, exc. wood with very tight wood to metal fit, original carbine sights with slide intact, saddle ring intact, tight action, a particularly fine example of a difficult to locate caliber/carbine combination, $1795.``

  14. DESIRABLE 44-40 CALIBER 1892 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1906, attractive example with fine receiver blue on both sides with top and bottom ageing/mixing brown, fine aged barrel and mag blue with some evidence of light rust on the left side of the barrel by the rear sight (balance point) that was wiped off but not heavily cleaned or steel wooled, original buckhorn rear sight with factory blade front, fine+ wood with tight wood to metal fit showing light handling only, VG bore that has some scattered pitting throughout, overall fine appearance, very hard to find caliber, lots of blue, $1795.``

  15. CORRECT AND ORIGINAL 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, $2950.

  16.  HIGH CONDITION CLASSIC 1894 OCTAGON RIFLE IN .30WCF CALIBER, MADE 1905, great example of one of the most iconic rifles of the early 20th century, exc. deep barrel and mag blue showing only a little edge wear, excellent receiver blue with minor scuffing/wear and edge wear but nice even blue overall, exc. screws, exc. markings, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, express leaf rear sight (middle leaf only missing which is typical), original blade front sight, still retains some good light case color on the lever, EXC. BRIGHT SHARP BORE, a really fine early example, $1895.

  17. VERY RARE BARREL LENGTH, 1894 22" OCTAGON, FULL MAGAZINE, ORIGINAL SHORT RIFLE, .30WCF CALIBER WITH CORRECT 1 INCH SHORTER FOREND, MADE 1909. Almost all the 22" barrel 1894s I've seen have been the "Extra Light" version usually with a round barrel and half magazine, this one has the standard weight octagon barrel and most importantly has the  8 3/8" forend used only on rifles with special short barrels as opposed to the standard 9 3/8" used on other rifles. receiver is mostly an uncleaned aged blue to brown with some very aged blue in the more protected areas and on the loading gate, aged and thinning barrel and mag blue, has the special three leaf express sight with all leaves intact, fine wood, stock has a couple of holes near the toe from a past sling swivel base- should be easy to fill, bore a little dark with sharp rifling and will scrub out exc., tight action, much more scarce than the usual 20" length short rifle which was considered the standard, $2450.

  18. WORLD WAR II PRODUCTION 1894 .25-35 FLAT BAND CARBINE, serial number in the 1407XXX range, this one was obviously used but not abused in any way, fine receiver blue thinning to gray on the edges, bottom and upper tang, fine barrel and mag blue showing normal use and light wear, fine+ wood with tight wood to metal fit, correct checkered steel butt plate, buckhorn rear sight with blade/bead front sight in ramp dovetail, exc. sharp bore, $1295. ``

  19. UNUSUAL AND RARE 1894 DELUXE TAKEDOWN EXTRA LIGHTWEIGHT 22" SHORT RIFLE, .30WCF, MADE 1920, this one has a checkered pistol grip and forearm, correct fluted comb stock and Winchester embossed rubber shotgun butt, the forend is the correct one inch shorter than standard as used on short rifles, the barrel  is 22"  extra light weight round with the correct short ramped front sight (the barrel is too thin to dovetail on these so they were all fitted with the short ramp base on top of the barrel at the muzzle),  half magazine correctly extends about three inches from the forend to allow for the takedown lever to be used, this is a very unusual special order configuration, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, checkering at the wrist and forearm getting a little worn, but all distinct, exc. deep barrel and mag blue, even the forend cap retains most original blue, receiver blue is starting to thin/flake to an even plum/brown with good blue in protected areas and on the bolt & loading gate (which is typical for this vintage 1894 as Winchester changed the case hardening process on the receivers at this time and they didn't hold the blue as well as earlier models), tight takedown, tight action, exc. sharp bore, buckhorn rear sight, exc. screws, a very unusual short rifle deluxe variation in particularly nice condition, $4250.

  20. 1895 SADDLE RING CARBINE, .30-40 CALIBER, MADE 1902, a nice one with handguard intact (almost always missing), fine deep barrel blue showing light age only, fine receiver blue remains with most of the thinning along the top right and left sides, fine blue on the bolt, exc. sharp bore, good blue on the magazine sides and lever with some age brown mixing, fine wood with tight wood to metal fit and normal handling marks mostly to the bottom of the forend, saddle ring intact, correct carbine butt plate with trap for cleaning rods, one small sling swivel hole filled on the bottom of the forearm just ahead of the barrel band- common as the saddle ring was often used as a rear sling swivel for shoulder carry, tight action, fine screws, these were the arm of choice of the Arizona Rangers around this time, $2150. ``

  21. 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! ( 3 photos ) $3250.

  22. EARLY MODEL 55 TAKEDOWN RIFLE IN .30WCF, MADE 1927, these are more scarce than most collectors realize as only about 20,000 were made from 1924 when the 1894 rifle was discontinued until 1935 when it became a casualty of the Great Depression (see Notes from the Field at the bottom of this website for a discussion of this interesting time), fine+ wood with fancier than standard walnut in the butt stock, forearm shows a few nicks and light dings on the bottom, correct serrated steel butt plate, tight wood to metal fit, tight takedown, fine lightly aged barrel and mag blue, left side of receiver shows some good aged blue, fine blue n the upper tang (looks like it ad a tang sight at one time and has a replacement tang screw) and bolt, right side of receiver mostly gray from handling, bright exc. bore, exc. screws, $1195.

  23. HIGH CONDITION DELUXE MODEL 64 RIFLE, .30-30 CALIBER, MADE 1954, retains nearly all the original blue with only minor scattered edge wear, exc. bore, exc. wood with very light handling only, sharp checkering, original checkered steel butt plate and  forend cap, not quite a mint example, but certainly exc.+ overall, one of the last of the "deluxe" pre-64 Winchesters in really nice condition, over 60 years old and rapidly rising in value, $2150. ``

 

    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 investments.

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