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.    

 

 

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NOTES FROM THE FIELD: AMMUNITION AND RELOADING FOR OLD AND CLASSIC FIREARMS! I was perusing a long list of available brass put out by a major supplier of reloading supplies and was truly amazed by what I encountered! It seems we are living in a remarkable time for reloading and shooting obsolete firearms.  I can remember not that many years ago, if you wanted to shoot an "odd-ball" cartridge, you'd have to figure a way to reform brass from an existing case etc. etc. etc. and then try to find a bullet- either cast or jacketed- that would work.  All very difficult and often expensive. Well, not any more! This list of available brass cases (yes, almost all were available for immediate shipment) was extensive indeed. The more simple brass like .44 Russian, .44 Colt,  .45 Schofield, all the Sharps Straight cases, and semi-obsolete brass like .256 Win. Mag, .25-35, .32WS, etc. were all there. But what amazed me were correctly head-stamped brass cases for rounds like .35 &.401 Win. Self-Loading, .43 Spanish, 303 Savage, .40-65 WCF, .33 WCF, .40-60 WCF, .22 Savage Hi-Power, .38-72 WCF, .40-72 WCF,  .44-77, all the skinny small bore Stevens calibers, .25-20 Single Shot, .32 Ideal, the British Big-Bores...and the list went on and on.  As for bullets, if jacketed slugs are unavailable, there are a number of custom mould makers who can provide just about anything. And let's not forget Lyman, Lee, Hoch, Redding and RCBS moulds! Then, there are the Mag Tech brass shotshells for loading black powder rounds for older scatter-guns (see my "Notes From The Field" at the very bottom of this website on loading and shooting 12 ga. black powder ammo). Today, I think it would be actually harder to find a caliber you couldn't get brass for than one you can get brass for! This is a great time to be a shooter of older calibers!

 

 

COLT FIRE ARMS (click text for photo

 

  1. ANTIQUE SERIAL NUMBER, EARLY LIGHTNING RIFLE IN DESIRABLE .44-40 CALIBER WITH OCTAGON BARREL, MADE 1889, fine example throughout with nice even dark barrel and mag blue that has naturally aged and is mixing with a little plum but never cleaned, receiver also retains most of the blue that has aged similarly to the barrel and magazine, exc. markings on barrel and still retains the rampant colt stamping on the left side of the receiver, fine+ wood with tight wood to metal fit, good checkering on the forend with only one minor age crack on the right side coming forward from the rear to the first screw and goes no further, tight action which locks up properly when the rifle is cocked (most don't), original buckhorn rear sight (needs elevator bar only) and Rocky Mountain blade front sight, near excellent bore is a little dark only with sharp rifling and any roughness is minor and surface, a true unmessed with Lightning that has never been cleaned or "helped" by anyone in the last hundred+ years! $2250.

  2. ANTIQUE SERIAL NUMBER SINGLE ACTION ARMY, .38-40, 4 ¾” BARREL, #180XXX, MADE 1898, al correct with matching numbers, exc. screws and cylinder pin, overall gray/brown with some traces of blue in the most protected areas like in the flute under the ejector housing, around the trigger guard etc, very tight action, bore a bit dark with good rifling and scattered light roughness, front sight filed for “sighting in,” exc. markings including the correct two line barrel address,  fine un-chipped and un-cracked grips that show normal light wear and fit perfectly, an obviously carried and used but cared for cowboy revolver that came out of Arizona, hard to find antique .38-40s, $2250.

  3. FINE CONDITION SINGLE ACTION ARMY, .32-20, 5 1/2", #326XXX, MADE 1913, much better than normally seen with fine deep barrel blue that only has some gray toward the last inch or two at the muzzle on the left side and on the outside of the ejector housing from holster carry , unaltered front sight which also retains nice blue, sharp barrel address and caliber markings, cylinder blue is deep in the flutes and fine overall with normal light thinning but good coverage, back strap and front strap mostly gray with good blue on the butt and around the trigger guard and upper portion of the back strap by the hammer etc., dark mottled frame with some good case color ahead of the cylinder and only a little evidence of rust on the top strap and a spot or two on the cylinder- all minor, exc. cylinder pin and nice screws, grips show normal light wear and fit perfectly, fine action, light trigger pull, four clicks to the hammer when cocked, exc. bright bore, (4 photos) $2850.

  4. NICE CONDITION U.S. MARKED MODEL 1878/1902 DOUBLE ACTION .45 COLT "ALASKAN" OR "PHILIPPINE" MODEL, 6" BARREL, #45XX X, all correct Colt markings plus the government inspector stamps of  "RAC" and "JTT" plus "1902" on the frame, this is the distinct model having the large trigger guard which gave it the erroneous name "Alaskan" model as some people thought it was for people wearing gloves in the cold country.  This is actually wrong. Other wrong  info on this model suggests it was issued for use in the Philippines where the locals were of smaller stature and their hands weren't big enough to easily fire this big revolver, so they put the large trigger guard on it to allow for a  TWO FINGER TRIGGER PULL! This makes sense (as the arsenals also issued the Krag Philippine Constabulary Rifle which was an 1899 Krag CARBINE made with longer wood to resemble a short military infantry rifle- again better suited to the local people's size)-BUT WRONG AGAIN. The real reason, as explained in Wilkerson's excellent book on the Colt 1878 is simply that the main hammer spring wasn't strong enough in the 1878 to reliably ignite the primers on military manufactured .45 Colt ammo meant for the more powerful hammer fall of the Single Action Army.  In order to increase the spring power and still make it possible to fire the revolver double action, the trigger had to be lengthened for more leverage and thus the bigger trigger guard! It's as simple as that. This is a better than usually found example with nearly all the barrel blue intact with only some holster wear on the left side for a couple inches back from the muzzle, fine deep blue on the cylinder, only the outside of the ejector housing shows holster wear with the protected areas on the sides showing fine blue, fine frame blue showing normal light thinning, dulling blue on the grip straps and trigger guard bottom, exc. fire blue on the hammer back and trigger sides, fine Colt hard rubber grips showing some scratches and wear on the right panel which is typical of holster wear, lanyard swivel intact, front sight has not been altered, exc. markings, exc. bright bore,  (3 photos) $1595.,

 

                             

MARLIN  (click text for photos)

1) FINE EARLY 1881 OCTAGON RIFLE IN DESIRABLE .45-70 CALIBER, #5XXX, MADE 1883, WITH AGENT MARKINGS ON THE BARREL, top of the barrel ahead of the receiver marked in very small letters in two lines: "V. Kindler" over "East Saginaw,"  I have seen his marking before, he was a very large firearms dealer in Michigan, barrel correctly marked "45 GOVT" or .45-70 caliber, 28" octagon barrel, receiver is uncleaned and aged to an honest brown patina with aged blue on the bolt and sliding loading gate, barrel and mag show good very aged blue that has turned/mixed plum/brown, buckhorn rear sight with brass blade front, fine+ wood showing only very light handling and is NOT cracked ahead of the loading gate on the forearm as most seem to be, appears to have some nice fiddle back grain under 130+ years of grime! Good wood to metal fit, wood has never been sanded or even cleaned, tight action, bore is a little dark with very strong rifling and only minor scattered  surface roughness that might even clean out better, overall a desirable big .45-70 Marlin in unfooled with condition, $2950.

2) TERRIFIC MARLIN FIND! 1881 WITH EXTRA LONG 30" HEAVY OCTAGON BARREL, FANCY WALNUT AND DOUBLE SET TRIGGERS, #9XXX, MADE 1885, this one is chambered for the .40-60 Marlin cartridge (which is identical to the .40-65 Winchester), I've only seen a very small number of these long and heavy 1881s and this is the first I've encountered in .40 caliber- all the rest have been in .45 Government (.45-70), weight of this massive lever gun is 11 1/2 lbs! Fine condition overall with solid butt stock showing fancy fiddle back grain and tight wood to metal fit, forearm shows only light handling and is not cracked (as many of this model are), fine receiver blue on the right side that has some minor dulling and edge wear, left side shows some blue that is mixing heavily brown, good blue on the bolt, exc markings, fine aged and lightly thinning barrel blue, correct two inch short magazine (all are this way as they were made for the standard 28" length), blue ageing nicely to plum, overall uncleaned and unmessed with, double set triggers function fine, exc. bore is only a little dark, nice screws, original buckhorn rear sight with original Rocky Mountain blade front sight, exc. mech., an incredibly rare Marlin 1881 variation in fine condition! $3950. ``

3) EXTREMELY RARE TOP-EJECT MODEL 1888 OCTAGON RIFLE IN .32-20 CALIBER, MADE 1889, it seems almost all of this model (which was only made for two years) saw very hard use and often abuse, this one certainly saw hard use and has the common "horse roll-over" cracked wrist area of the butt stock which has been frontier/blacksmith repair with screws and bolts (see my Notes From the Field" concerning these cracked rifles at the bottom of this site), aside from that the balance of the rifle is fine, only 4,814 Model 1888s were made and of these only 1,785 were in .32-20 caliber, overall barrel, magazine and receiver are an even and uncleaned dark aged blue that is mixing plum/brown, exc. markings, tight action,  bore is dark with good rifling and scattered light roughness throughout, buckhorn rear sight with small copper blade/bead front sight, the most difficult Marlin model to find in any condition, great frontier appearance, $1395.

4) GORGEOUS CASE COLOR RECEIVER 1893 ROUND BARREL RIFLE IN CLASSIC .30-30 CALIBER, this is one of the last of the 1893 marked rifles because in 1905 the designation was changed to "MODEL '93." No doubt a late Model 1893 because it has a letter-prefix serial number, yet retains the early style crescent butt plate, barrel address, etc. of typical early guns. Excellent vivid case colors on the receiver, exc. blue on the barrel and magazine, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit and only some minor dings on the bottom of the forend, perfect bright bore, tight action, original buckhorn rear sight with original Rocky Mountain blade front sight, exc. screws, overall a stunning case colored Marlin! (5 photos) $2350.

 

 

                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.

1) SCARCE MODEL 375, CHAMBERED FOR THE FINE .375 WCF CARTRIDGE AND ONLY MADE IN LIMITED QUANTITIES FROM 1980-1983, a really great short to medium range caliber (I have one in a Ruger No.3 single shot that shoots amazingly small groups), 20" barrel with 2/3 mag., factory sling swivels and factory drilled and tapped for scope mounting, this one is in near new condition, $895.

2) HARD TO FIND! MODEL 1894 .357 MAGNUM PRE-SAFETY MODEL, these just seem really difficult to locate, all correct and showing little use with the only addition being a sling swivel stud in the butt stock and a magazine-band type swivel stud on the magazine, original folding buckhorn rear sight with bead front, probably had a scope mounted at one time as the filler screws are missing from the factory drilled holes on top of the receiver (easily replaced or mount your own scope), these little 18 1/2" barrel carbines are getting nearly impossible to find- especially the early pre-safety models, (NOTE: second photo shows photo light reflection off receiver, its all blue)  $995.

3) PRE-SAFETY MODEL 1894, .44 MAGNUM CARBINE, appears about new and unused, has the hammer extension, so may have had a scope mounted at some time, but retains the filler screws in the receiver top, only needs the little Marlin "Bullseye" medallion in the bottom of the stock- obviously fell out of the factory provided hole- easy to replace from either Marlin or Brownells or Midway etc., still retains the front sight hood, another early Connecticut made Marlin that is hard to find now, Note: lots of photo light reflection off the receiver, it has full deep blue) $895.

 

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

  1. PROBABLY INDIAN USED SHARPS 1859/63 .50-70 CONVERSION CARBINE, this is an untouched and unfooled with relic that has had no "faking" or "improving" done to it.  Simply shows amazingly hard use with very saddle worn butt stock and forearm, metal is a deep brown patina, pellet prime parts removed from the lock, sling ring and bar removed, half cock holds fine with full cock not holding, otherwise fine and functional with surprisingly fine but worn bore with light scattered pitting, front sight missing and has an empty dovetail slot, rear sight is an sheet metal buckhorn in the original sight saddle, wood missing around the upper tang on both sides with heavy saddle wear, frontier repaired upper tang so no serial number is visible (I removed the butt plate and forearm but found no serial numbers there- typical of military arms- I don't think either had been off before!) one tiny copper or brass nail/tack  in top of stock ahead of butt plate, possibly an "N" or something similar carved in the right side of stock, wonderful history and character in this frontier survivor AND NOT MESSED WITH! ( 4 photos ), $1495. ``

  2. HIGH CONDITION SHARPS 1863/68 CIVIL WAR CARBINE CONVERSION TO .50-70, INTERESTING EVEN SERIAL NUMBER 86000,these fascinating historical Sharps have double history: first going through the Civil War as percussion breech loaders and then being sent back to Sharps for re-furbishing and converting to the powerful .50-70  center fire cartridge and re-issued to the cavalry for the Indian Wars. Often during the re-furbishing process the markings on the barrel were removed before refinishing, this one retains the "NEW MODEL 1863" designation stamping ahead of the receiver on the top of the barrel as sell as the lock and receiver Sharps markings and patents. Here's the interesting part, this carbine turned up here in Montana and was covered in hard, dry grease. I carefully removed some of it only to find a mint bright bore,  a sharp stock cartouche (!), deep barrel blue and some fine case color on the receiver, lock plate, lever etc.!! Even the butt plate is coated with a thin layer of hard grease!  I left a good portion of the grease in place for whoever buys this fine carbine to remove, exc. wood, correct Lawrence ladder rear sight, sling ring intact. Overall a very fine Sharps .50-70 Carbine that was obviously put in storage decades ago! ( five photos- what looks like a brown film in some of the close up photos is the dried grease still on the gun!) $2950.

  3. EASY FIX, WORTHWHILE PROJECT GUN, EXCELLENT CONDITION SHARPS 1878 BORCHARDT .45-70 MUSKET THAT SIMPLY NEEDS A BUTT STOCK AND CLEANING ROD! Bore is mint! fine deep blue on the barrel, aged blue mixing plum on the receiver, exc. markings, has the correct forend and barrel bands and forend screws, original Lawrence rear sight, even has the original checkered steel butt plate with screws! also still has the original long cross bolt screw that holds the stock on!  I have no idea why the butt stock is missing, but these are easily replaced (Treebone Carving offers them and I'm sure other places do to, or an original might be found), sharp overall with tight action and correctly functioning safety, $1600.``

  4. BUFFALO GUN CATEGORY, WHITNEY-LAIDLEY STYLE 1 ROLLING BLOCK 30" OCTAGON SPORTING RIFLE IN RARE AND DESIRABLE .44-90 BN CALIBER! These were only made from 1871-1881 (the buffalo hunt years!) with sporting rifles being scarce in all calibers, but especially in the big center fire cartridges like this one, This one is serial numbered in the 6XXX range and the barrel and receiver numbers match, surprisingly about exc. bore is only a little dark, medium-heavy octagon barrel shows even aged blue mixing plum and brown, gray/brown receiver, correct Whitney-Laidley markings on the upper tang, tight action, fine wood shows normal light handling only, probably had a tang sight on at one time as the two holes in the upper tang lack the filler screws, small blade front sight with rear sight having two buckhorn flip ups, rear of the barrel correctly marked "44" and the chamber measures out to be .44-90, correct rounded metal forend tip, these big early Whitney-Laidley sporters rarely turn up in any condition, $2350.``

  5. EXCEPTIONALLY RARE BRASS FRAME BALL AND WILLIAMS MANUFACTURED BALLARD OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1862-1865, Flayderman's Guide states "Under 50 estimated made."  While John Dutcher states in his impressive Ballard book, "I've recorded the following brass action rifles..." (he lists the numbers) "That's sixteen rifles, and I'd guess something over 200 were made."  Either way, these are extremely rare Ballard variations and one of the more striking in appearance. This one is a higher serial numbered example in .44 RF caliber with matching numbered later style steel breech block and lever (Dutcher states they have brass breech b locks, but obviously some had steel!), serial number 16694 and not one of the sixteen rifles recoded in Dutcher's book, 26" octagon barrel is marked only "No. 44" (for caliber) and the serial number, right side of the brass receiver marked with the usual two line "Ballard's Patent"  and the left side marked in two lines "Merwin & Bray, Agt's. New York" interestingly, the left side of the long hammer has patent markings that indicate the breech block has the Merwin & Bray alternate percussion system built into the Ballard's rim fire only breechblock (as shown on P.15 of Dutcher's book), deep aged blue/brown barrel patina, fine bore, two leaf flip up rear sight with blade front, mellow brass receiver and butt plate, fancy walnut showing higher grade grain and burl has had a 1" by 3" triangular chip replaced on the right side at the bottom juncture of the receiver/tang, forend has a shallow sliver out on the right side by the forend tip and is inletted for a late Ball & Williams metal tip- as the lever and breech block is steel, a replacement in steel or iron would be appropriate and probably not too hard to find or could be made, a very unusual variation of an already rare rifle! Almost never encountered in any condition. $2450.

  6. SCARCE U.S. MARKED HIGH STANDARD MODEL B .22LR AUTO PISTOL, these were purchased by the U.S. government in 1942-43 for training purposes, all were 4 1/2" barrel models and marked at the High Standard factory "PROPERTY OF U.S." over crossed cannon logo on the right side of the frame just behind the barrel and "PROPERTY OF U.S." on the barrel top, there is a good deal of info on these in Charles Pate's excellent and detailed book U.S. HANDGUNS OF WORLD WAR II, these are much less common than the U.S. marked H-D Military model which was ordered in larger quantities by the government, either of these variations are rarely encountered today, this one is in fine condition with original black hard rubber grips, in the correct serial range 101XXX, fine blue on the frame and back strap, front strap blue is thinning/mixing gray and has a lightly scratched in  small "HK" monogram where the "K" is part of the "H," barrel blue lightly thinning on both sides, minty bright bore, tight mechanically, very scarce item from World War II,  $695.``

  7. AN INCREDIBLE FIND!  NEW IN THE ORIGINAL BOX WITH END LABEL AND MARKED CARDBOARD SHIPPING SLEEVE STEVENS MODEL 10 SINGLE SHOT .22LR TARGET PISTOL, ONLY 7,131 MADE 1919-1933! These limited production pistols are fairly scarce in their own right, but one New in the Box etc. is about unheard of.  The box with end label is in remarkably fine condition considering it is probably 85+ years old and shows a few minor tape repairs with good original metal reinforced corners, the end label reads "SINGLE SHOT PISTOL" over "-STEVENS-" with address etc. below that.  On the left side of the label is "NUMBER" over "10" and the right side says "CALIBER" over "22 L R" over "LENGTH" over "8 IN"  The outside cardboard shipping sleeve has lots of Stevens "RIFLES, SHOTGUNS AND PISTOLS" etc markings and retains the shipping label addressed to "O. C. Alderman, Springfield, Mass." (a quick Google search shows this was a hardware store at the time). The inner box also contains the original wood block to keep the barrel of the gun secure during shipment. The pistol itself appears unused/new.  Truly amazing! (4 photos)  $1395.

  8. CUSTOMIZED, FACTORY ENGRAVED REMINGTON HEPBURN SINGLE SHOT RIFLE CONVERTED TO MEDIUM HEAVY VARMINT RIFLE IN .219 IMPROVED ZIPPER CALIBER, probably done in the 1930s-1950s when these rifles didn’t seem to hold a lot of value to collectors (lots of converted single shot rifles during this time!). This one is unusual in that the receiver appears to be factory engraved with scrolls and game scenes (rabbit on one side and a fox on the other) with reblued at time of conversion over the engraving, meaning the engraving was on the gun before refinishing/customizing! It was also converted to under-lever breech block opening (like on a Highwall or Sharps), it is fitted with a 24: medium heavy varmint barrel, nicely grained pistol grip stock with cheek piece and accent line, flat bottom varmint forend, sling swivels and topped with a (more modern) 6-24X BSA Platinum scope (here’s the factory info on the scope: “Extremely tight optical and mechanical tolerances give these scopes consistency and superb accuracy. Features multi-coated lenses, finger adjustable windage and elevation target turrets, generous eye relief and an adjustable objective that adjusts from 25 yards out to infinity. Completely waterproof, fogproof and shockproof. Comes with a limited lifetime factory warranty.”). Unmarked barrel, I was told by the previous owner that the caliber is .219 Imp. Zipper and that appears correct- it was also the most popular varmint caliber for rifles like this. Tight action, target crowned muzzle, light trigger and all in exc. condition overall. Would cost a fortune to have made today…if you could even find the action (not to mention engraving!) NOTE: three photos- the engraving didn't show up in the first two from light reflection, but you see it in the last photo- same on both sides.  $2450.

     

     

 MISCELLANEOUS (click text for photos)  (MOST OF THESE ITEMS CAME FROM A GUN SHOP THAT WENT OUT OF BUSINESS.)

1) NEW IN BOX MARBLES TANG SIGHT FOR MARLIN LEVER RIFLES, the end label shows this as the "Peep Tang Sight #009829. adjustable for windage and elevation. Never used, $80.sold

2) NEW IN BOX LYMAN "UNIVERSAL TARGET RECEIVER SIGHT- RIGHT HAND," the end label also says "90 MJT" and "Item #3902050." Unused precision sight, $60.

3) "CLAWMOUNTS" BASES AND RINGS FOR M-98 MAUSER, brand new and in the box, incredibly well made and machined, brand new, originally sold by Brownells, a spring loaded button releases the rings from the bases for easy take-off and remount of scope to return to exact zero! $150. sold

4)  "CLAWMOUNTS" BASES AND RINGS FOR M-38 SWEDISH MAUSER, brand new and in the box, incredibly well made and machined, brand new, originally sold by Brownells, a spring loaded button releases the rings from the bases for easy take-off and remount of scope to return to exact zero! $150.sold

5) NEW IN THE BOX HOGUE GRIPS FOR COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS, made from rich dark Coco Bolo wood, with escutcheons attached and screw provided, unused, $35.sold

                               

MODERN AND CUSTOM CLASSIC FIREARMS (click text for photos)

1) FABULOUS REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK FULL CUSTOM TARGET RIFLE IN NEW, UNUSED CONDITION, TRULY A SHOW PIECE!  CALIBER .40-65, DOUBLE SET TRIGGERS, PISTOL GRIP FULL DELUXE OVERALL, very high grade Turkish walnut with correct style smooth steel shotgun butt plate, pistol grip bottom has a stylish and authentic curved schnable, forend  tip is an elegant sweeping ebony schnable, highly polished blue medium heavy 34"  half octagon barrel, absolutely flawless bone/charcoal pack harden case colored receiver (with octagon receiver top) and trigger guard, mid-range Soule tang sight and Remington style spirit level fully adjustable globe front sight made by Mike Stevens (It is my understanding that he was the top maker of this kind of sights in the 1980s and that he is now deceased) and fitted with scope blocks. Weighs approx. 12 1/2 lbs. Built to be authentic Remington style rifle and NOT just someone's idea of what a target rifle might be like, truly a work of art!  $3650. Would cost twice this amount to have built today!  (3 photos ) ``

2) BROWNING NOMAD .22 LR AUTO PISTOL WITH HOLSTER, BELGIAN MADE IN 1969, unquestionably one of the finest field .22 LR pistols of all time, these just have a great feel, adjustable rear sight with undercut ramped front sight, 6 3/4" barrel, black synthetic "Browning" marked target grips, all in excellent lightly used condition with some thinning of the blue on the front strap and a little muzzle wear on each side, early closed bottom Hunter holster (lightly blood stained on the bottom!), this one came out of here in Montana and probably saw some field use and may have been used as a "finisher" on big game that was down but not yet dead, one of the great Belgian Browning pistols complete with Browning marked magazine, interestingly, the rear sight assembly is attached to the barrel and doesn't move with the slide, great design. $595.

3) CUSTOM ORDERED DAKOTA ARMS MODEL 97 STAINLESS HUNTER BOLT ACTION IN .338 WIN. MAG., this was a special ordered rifle for Shedhorn Sporting Goods store in Ennis, Montana (one of the largest independent outfitters in southwest Montana). I assume it was a display item as it is in unused, new condition with serial number "SHED 001" and ordered with a 24" FLUTED BARREL, special paint job synthetic stock (both offered as expensive options from Dakota), KICK-EEZ recoil pad (looks like a tiny piece of rubber chipped off the top edge- insignificant, inletted sling swivel studs and scope mounts, weighs just about 7 1/2 lbs as is now without scope etc., about the finest all weather big game and elk rifle made, according the the Gulf Breeze Firearms website (Dakota Arms largest dealer) the base price on this Stainless Hunter is just over $4,000, my price on this one is $2950.

4) KIMBER OF OREGON MODEL 82 GOVERNMENT MODEL .22LR SINGLE SHOT BOLT ACTION TARGET RIFLE, these were made in the late 80s for the Army's marksmanship training program, either never used or the contract was cancelled- not sure which- but anyway, they were eventually all sold to the public, this one appears unused ) factory scope mounting blocks show this one probably had a scope mounted at one time, target crown on heavy 25" barrel, attractively grained walnut stock with rail/sliding swivel in the bottom, Kimber embossed rubber butt plate, original target sights including the hooded front sight, about as high a quality .22 LR target rifle as you can get without going full custom, a bargain at $795 (4 photos).

5) ED BROWN PRODUCTS, MODEL 1911 EXECUTIVE TARGET .45 ACP, one of the finest custom 1911s on the market, this one is brand new in the original Ed Brown Products zipper case with lock, bottle of Ed Brown Firearm Lubricant, owners manual etc., these are stainless guns and this one has the attractive optional Gen4 black coating finish, Ed Brown Custom marked slide, with correct Ed Brown marked magazine, right out of the box about as superb a 1911 as you can buy and this one is brand new, there is one available on the Ed Brown website (without the optional Gen4 black coating) for $2895. My price on this exceptional 1911 target sighted auto without the long wait for a custom order is $2400.

6) THOMPSON-CENTER SUPER 16 CONTENDER CARBINE IN .45-70 CALIBER, marked on the barrel "4 5-70 GOVERNMENT" over "SUPER 16" with the usual T/C markings, muzzle comes with integral muzzle brake (fortunately!), T/C synthetic forend and stock with factory recoil pad (fortunately again!), fully adjustable rear sight as well as being factory drilled and tapped for scope mounting, weighs only about 4 lbs and would make a terrific pack rifle or bush plane survival gun- especially as you can add interchangeable barrels in different rim fire and center fire calibers, all in like new condition inside and out, $695.

7) BELGIAN BROWNING "T-BOLT" .22 LR. RIFLE, nice rifle with perfect bright bore, 22" barrel with grooved receiver top and ramped front sight, not cut for a rear barrel sight, has an adjustable aperture receiver-type sight correctly mounted in the receiver groove that appears to be factory, exc. action and exc.+ wood with correct unaltered Browning marked butt plate, this was probably one of the notorious "salt-wood stocks" as there is some pitting on the rear of the barrel especially along the right side by the forend (that's why the stocks are "notorious"), the balance of the blue is excellent, retains the original magazine. Lots of life left in this fine .22LR rifle. $495.

 

 

 REMINGTON (click text for photos)

1) No. 1 ROLLING BLOCK COMMERCIAL SADDLE RING CARBINE IN .43 SPANISH CALIBER, these carbines are shows in the 1877 Remington catalogue as having 20 1/2" barrels and weighing 7 lbs. and chambered in either the .43 cartridge or the .50 Rim Fire or Center Fire cartridge and priced at the time of $16.00. The barrel retains the original short Remington carbine leaf sight with blade carbine front sight, barrel blue has aged to a deep plum, gray/brown receiver with Remington markings on the tang, bore looks a bit worn especially ahead of the chamber but should scrub out VG or better, fine action and fine butt stock and forearm, good aged, old west appearance. $750.

2) 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 bur 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 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 in this fine unaltered condition! $2650.

3)  REMINGTON'S FIRST MODERN BOLT ACTION SPORTING RIFLE: MODEL 30 EXPRESS  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 factory filler screws are not in- no marks from ever having a receiver sight in either the metal or wood- exc. bright sharp bore, $895.

4) EXTREMELY RARE 1901 ROLLING BLOCK TARGET PISTOL IN DESIRABLE .44 RUSSIAN CALIBER! Only 735 of these were made in all calibers (mostly small rim fires) between 1901-1909 and all were made on the left over 1871 Army frames making them all Pre-1898 antiques, correct 10" half octagon barrel, profusely factory checkered grip and forend, this one has a MINT BRIGHT BORE, exc. barrel blue only slightly aged, original semi-circular front sight blade with ivory bead, original adjustable target rear sight correctly mounted in the receiver ring, correct Remington markings on the top of the barrel with patent markings on the left side of the receiver, fine original blue receiver showing light wear mainly to the edges, fine bright blue also on the grip straps,  exc. grips and forend with sharp checkering, exc. screws, tight action, checkered trigger, almost never seen in any caliber or condition much less in .44 Russian and in an excellent unaltered state! $3250.

5) EARLY MODEL 51 .380 AUTO PISTOL, #16XXX, only 60,700 of these in both .380 and .32 ACP were made between 1918 – 1934, early examples like this one have nine slide grooves while later guns have fifteen grooves, fine blue with blue wear to gray/brown on the grip straps and bottom of trigger guard, exc. markings, exc. original Remington/UMC marked grips, exc. bore, exc. markings, exc. mechanics, considered one of the finest (if not THE finest) of the pre-WWII pocket autos, $595.

6) CUSTOM ROLLING BLOCK SPORTING RIFLE (see above in custom & classic section above)

7) CUSTOM HEPBURN VARMINT RIFLE (see above in custom & classic section above)

 

 

RUGER FIREARMS (click text for photos)

1) CLASSIC MODEL 77 IN 7MM REMINGTON MAGNUM CALIBER, MADE 1981, a truly great rifle in every way that is no longer in production, this is the variation without open barrel sights, 24" barrel, comes with a sling and Ruger scope rings, seen very little use as about all the blue is present with barely any edge wear to the trigger guard, original Ruger rubber butt pad and grip cap, sharp checkering, there are some very shallow scratches to the wood on the left side of the receiver which are minor and hardly worth mentioning, classic tang mounted safety, exc. inside, about the most perfect "do anything" caliber available, if you wanted one rifle to hunt anything from antelope to big elk, this one would do it very nicely, $675.

2) "MADE IN THE 200TH YEAR OF AMERICAN LIBERTY" MARKED MINI-14 .223 RIFLE WITH WOOD HANDGUARD, MADE 1976, Ruger used this marking only for guns made in the Bi-centennial year of 1976 and now these are eagerly sought after by Ruger collectors. This rifle comes with the original 5 round magazine and is a Pre-Warning rifle, early metal butt plate- later ones have plastic, overall exc. condition with only the most minor of handling marks here and there that you'd have to look for to find, a desirable variation not only because of the Bi-centennial marking but because of the early wood handguard, $950.

3) CLASSIC No.1 B SINGLE SHOT RIFLE IN VERY HARD TO FIND DISCONTINUED .22 HORNET CALIBER, MADE IN VERY LIMITED NUMBERS IN 1993, 26" barrel, nicely figured deep walnut with sharp checkering, all in near new condition, $995. ``

 

 

 

SAVAGE FIREARMS (click test for photos)

1) SCARCE 1899 SADDLE RING CARBINE IN DESIRABLE .30-30 CALIBER, #41XXX, MADE 1904, this one turned up here in Montana and no doubt has had an adventurous life! Fine deep barrel blue with exc. markings, has an early 1890s patented Lyman half-moon front sight with ivory bead, folding rear buckhorn sight and a correct Lyman tang sight (mounting screws are brass instead of original steel), receiver mostly gray/brown, fine forend, butt stock with correct carbine steel butt plate has the usual couple of cracks coming back from the receiver and an age crack on the right side only (doesn't go through) coming forward from the butt plate in the middle caused by the wood simply drying- Montana has little humidity- bore a little dark and needs a good clean but should be about exc., tight action with good spring in the brass rotary magazine, saddle ring and staple intact (these often found cut off and missing), a difficult model to find especially in a Winchester caliber instead of the standard .303 Savage chambering, $995.

 

 

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) INCREDIBLE SHILOH SHARPS FIND! HARTFORD COMMEMORATIVE .45-70 WITH TRULY AMAZING WALNUT! Exactly 100 of these fine rifles were made in the early 1990s. Each came with a silver and gold belt buckle showing a Sharps rifle etc. and was serial numbered prominently to match the rifle. This one has the boxed belt buckle. The rifles were all made with extra fancy walnut,30" heavy oct. barrels,  had special silver banners on the lock plate stating "Hartford Model" as well as a silver serial number banner, plus a decorative silver band around the barrel at the Hartford Collar (this is a $300 option now)!. They also had heavy crescent style butt plates like so me early original Sharps from the 1872 period had (this item is not available today on any Shiloh rifle), polished barrels and special polished screw heads, pewter forend tip, Hartford collar on the barrel and a silver band inlayed in the rear of the barrel just ahead of the receiver, full buckhorn Lawrence ladder rear sight, double set triggers, all were in a special serial range of B001 to B100. This one is B03X and is in unfired condition. HOWEVER, the walnut on this rifle is no less than spectacular for it's color, burly grain pattern with light flame throughout and consistency from butt plate to forend cap! I've seen a small number of Hartford Commemoratives and this easily has the finest walnut of any I've seen in person or in photos. As a Shiloh dealer since the 1990s I've seen and sold about two thousand of these rifles and I'd have to say this is one of the top pieces of wood I've seen on any Shiloh rifle! These are really going up in value fast...when they can be found. This one is simply stunning from butt to muzzle! (4 photos) $4750.``

2) VERY FANCY SHILOH SHARPS MADE IN MONTANA SADDLE RIFLE WITH 34" HEAVY OCTAGON BARREL, .45-110 CALIBER AND FULL LENGTH MVA SCOPE IN CREEDMOOR DOVETAIL MOUNTS! This one is only a few years old and I believe is unfired, select extra fancy walnut that is more like Presentation Grade, AA finish on the wood, pewter tip forend, checkered steel butt plate, accent line on the cheek piece, bone and charcoal pack harden case colors, polished barrel, fire blue polished screws, brass escutcheons, rubber eye protector on scope with cross hair reticle, Absolutely magnificent walnut with regard to contrasting color, grain structure and coverage (3 photos don't do it justice!), weighs approx. 14 1/2 lbs., the catalogue price on this rifle would be well over $5,000 with a two year plus wait time! My price $4350. ``

 

 

SMITH AND WESSON (click text for photos)

 

1) ONE OF THE VERY HARDEST, MOST DIFFICULT TO FIND OF THE ANTIQUE S&Ws IS THIS MODEL 1891 SINGLE ACTION .38 S&W CALIBER REVOLVER WITH TRIGGER GUARD, AND EVEN MORE SCARCE 5" BARREL WITH ALL MATCHING NUMBERS! There is a good write-up and lots of info on these in the 4th edition of the excellent book The Standard Catalogue of Smith & Wesson by Supica and Nahas (anyone interested in S&W should have this relatively inexpensive book), briefly, they state what all S&W collectors know about this model is that for the supposed numbers produced they are extremely difficult to find, in fact you can go to a ton of gun shows a year (like I do!) looking for guns like this and simply never find any. I try to get these in whenever I can and if I offer one every several years that's a lot! Also, many of these have numbers that don't match because one can use the frame of a center fire (rare in itself) first model single shot and put a barrel and cylinder on it... with mismatching numbers, I've seen sets of single shots with extra barrel/cylinder assemblies like this where the extra assembly doesn't match, most of these also were made with 3 1/4" or 4" barrels with 5" and 6" even more rare. The appeal of this model is its attractive appearance looking like a 2/3 size New Model Number 3 revolver, This one has matching numbers on the frame, cylinder, barrel latch and barrel (#3XXX) and has the correct small stamping "MODEL of 91" on the barrel top with patent dates etc., retains good frame and grip strap nickel with normal small areas of flaking from age, barrel sides brown from holster carry with good nickel on bottom and rib, exc. S&W embossed hard rubber grips, tight action, exc. mech., fine bore should scrub out even better, unaltered correct pinned half-moon front sight, these are nearly impossible to find. (four photos) $1495.

2) SUPERB, INVESTMENT QUALITY LADYSMITH 3RD. MODEL (PERFECTED .22) REVOLVER, MADE FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION 1911! These petite .22s were made from 1911-1921 with only a little over 12,000 made in both blue and nickel finish. This one is the more desirable blue with 3 1/2" barrel. Serial numbers began with 13951 and went through 26154. The number on this example is 140XX no doubt from the first batch made the first year.  Often these are found in terribly used and abused condition, this one retains most of the original blue with only some wear at the bottom of the back strap, minor flaking near the muzzle on the barrel and some light edge wear/thinning on the cylinder, exc. markings, exc. screws, exc. mech. (unusual!), exc. intact forcing cone- these often cracked, chipped or blown away altogether from the use of high speed ammunition- still retains most of the blue on the cylinder face indicating that this revolver was rarely shot, nice case color on the  hammer and trigger sides, exc. fancier than standard walnut grips with deep dish gold S&W medallions, matching serial numbers, fine bore, one of the best of these I've seen! The 4th edition of the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson by Supica and Nahas, published last year (a must have book) lists these in excellent condition with a value of $2000. This one is certainly excellent, my price is $1595 (Note: looks much better in person than in photos as bright photo lights reflect off every surface scratch and oil that aren't really visible under normal conditions).

3) VERY RARE PRE-WAR "N" FRAME MODEL! CIVILIAN/COMMERCIAL (NOT U.S. ARMY) MODEL 1917 .45 ACP DA, #177XXX, MADE C.1920s, These are easily identified from the 1917 U.S. Army models as they have the S&W logo on the left side of the frame, they also lack the military markings on the butt and are fitted with checkered walnut grips instead of the smooth walnut type used on the U.S. contract guns, The STANDARD CATALOGUE OF S&W 4TH EDITION by Supica and Nahas simply says: "Commercial variation: Considered rare." This example is in very fine condition overall showing nice deep blue overall with normal dulling and brown on the back  with blue with some brown mixing on the front strap, normal light edge wear and carry wear with fine checkered walnut grips that show normal light wear also, lanyard ring intact, exc. bore and mech., some light case color remains on the hammer and trigger sides, exc. markings, matching numbers, unaltered front sight, $1495.

4) ONE OF THE RAREST POST W.W.II MODELS! THIS IS THE PRE-MODEL 37 CHIEF SPECIAL AIRWEIGHT WITH THE EARLY AND QUICKLY DISCONTINUED ALUMINUM CYLINDER, MADE 1953! This model was introduced in 1952 and by 1954 the aluminum cylinder was replaced with steel as the aluminum was prone to crack (or worse!) when used with anything more powerful than standard .38 Special "mid-range" loads, I believe most of these revolvers were either destroyed or returned to S&W for a steel cylinder. I can't recall seeing another of these with the original numbered cylinder intact. All matching numbers on frame, cylinder, barrel AND INSIDE THE GRIPS, beautiful condition overall with nearly all the blue intact on the barrel, case colors on the hammer and trigger and "black" finish on the aluminum frame and cylinder, an extremely difficult to find flat latch S&W in superb condition, (note: light reflection makes it look like there is blue wear/edge wear. It is near full blue overall) $1295.

5) INTERESTING HISTORY IN THIS .44 HAND EJECTOR TARGET  2ND. MODEL REVOLVER, #20XXX, MADE 1923, I picked this one up in Arizona and was told that it "Came out of Mexico...and belonged to a governor here," that's all I know about its history, this is a big nickel plated, .44 Special caliber, 6 1/2" revolver that retains most of the bright nickel with some peeling on the edges and cylinder- where peeled the metal is fairly bright and blends well, matching numbers, exc. markings, fine action, exc. bore, rear target sight needs the notched sight blade only- the tiny screw is intact, complete with S&W medallion Gen-U-Wine imitation pearl grips, these target sighted "N" frame Pre-War models are next to impossible to find these days, $1795.

6) ONE OF THE MOST ELUSIVE AND HARD TO FIND IS THIS FIRST MODEL MILITARY AND POLICE "MODEL 1899 HAND EJECTOR" IN .38 SPECIAL CALIBER, these "Grandfather of all the M&Ps" were only made from 1899-1902 and are immediately recognizable because it is the only Hand Ejector without a locking lug on the bottom of the barrel for the ejector rod to catch, also, all had round grip frames, this one with 5" barrel is in the 19XXX serial range and has matching serial numbers, very tight action and exc. bore, nice bright case colors on the hammer sides, case color on the trigger a bit dulled but shows some color, exc. correct hard rubber grips with patent dates on the bottom left grip panel, fine blue in all the usual protected areas with thinning/ageing blue on the more exposed parts- like the outside of the cylinder, back strap etc. yet retains plenty of blue overall on the frame, trigger guard and barrel, front sight has not been filed or altered, exc. screws and markings, a limited production fairly scarce model to locate, $795.

7) HIGH CONDITION, INVESTMENT QUALITY EXTREMELY RARE MODEL 1926 .44 SPECIAL HAND EJECTOR 3rd. MODEL REVOLVER WITH SELDOM SEEN 6 1/2" BARREL AND VERY LOW SERIAL NUMBER 29XXX, according to the excellent book The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson by Supica and Nahas, "Usually this model was available on special order only and not catalogued until 1940 when it officially replaced the 2nd. model." The book also states, "...barrel lengths of 4-inches or 5-inches with 6 1/2" barrels scarce..." Continuing is written, "The production of this revolver was ordered by Harold Wesson in June of 1926... but does not appear in production until production until October of 1929, 4,976 were reported manufactured circa 1926-1941...serial umber range 28358 to 61414 in the .44 Hand Ejector series overlapping the 2nd. Model." So, summing up, this example is an extremely early one with a serial number dating it to 1927, plus it is a scarce 6 1/2" barrel. About all of this model went to the dealer Wolf & Klar of Fort Worth, Texas. This one has all matching numbers including the grips (!) which are the early style without the medallions, retains most of the fine original blue with just a touch of muzzle wear on each side, some normal very light edge wear and some light scuffing on the back strap, exc. grips show light wear/handling only, even the front of the cylinder retains most of the blue indicating that this revolver was shot very little, exc. mech., exc. inside, bright exc. bore, minor thinning of the blue on the right frame, lanyard ring intact, these are almost impossible to find and those that do turn up usually show heavy wear and often refinish. (NOTE: LOOKS MUCH BETTER THAN PHOTOS SHOW AS LIGHT REFLECTED OFF OIL AND EVERY INVISIBLE SCRATCH NOT SEEN UNLESS UNDER HIGH INTENSITY LIGHT!) $2850.

8) ONE OF THE MOST PRACTICAL OF THE MODERN S&Ws IS THIS MODEL 63-5 STAINLESS STEEL .22LR KITGUN WITH EJECTOR SHROUDED 3" BARREL AND 8-SHOT CYLINDER, appears new in original box with S&W marked original finger grooved grips, target crowned barrel muzzle, red square faced fiber optic front sight and square notch fully adjustable rear sight, typical great S&W action and trigger pull, with factory provided lock, papers, fired case, mech. locking key etc. This is a great little carry/field gun! $650.

 

 

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

1)  RARE EXPERIMENTAL MODEL 1880 "TRIANGULAR BAYONET" TRAPDOOR .45-70 RIFLE, ONLY 1,000 MADE, everything appears correct on this one except it has an out of range serial number, according to Flayderman's Guide the serial number should be in the 154,000-158,000 range and this one is in a later 375XXX range, it is possible it was returned to the arsenal for a problem and a new receiver was fitted at that time with a higher serial number, about half of  the cartouche is visible, but some of the right half is not- where the last two digits of the date are located, circle P cartouche intact, has the correct for this model compartment in the butt for tools/rods (some rods still in it), overall great condition with fairly vivid case colors on the correctly marked 1873 dated lock plate, exc. fairly bright barrel and trigger guard blue, fine deep blue color on the lock plate and hammer, stock shows some normal handling dings and scuffs with small rack number "23" stamped in right side of butt stock, has some wood chipping on the bottom by the rod channel, good blue on the barrel bands with swivels intact, BRIGHT EXC. BORE, seldom seen, (four photos) $1795.

2) OUTSTANDING 1884 TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD .45-70 RIFLE, #472XXX, MADE 1889, one of the better Trapdoor rifles I've offered in a long time, this one retains most of the deep blue on the barrel and barrel bands, correct cleaning rod intact, exc. blue on the trigger guard, retains nearly all the "oil quench" black case hardening on the lock and hammer, exc. markings, FINE CASE COLORS ON THE BREECH BLOCK! Sharp "SWP 1889" stock cartouche and Circle P cartouche, minty bright bore, correct Buffington rear sight, exc. wood with hardly any handling marks, these are really getting hard to find this nice and still a bargain on the antique market today! (3 photos) $1295.

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

4) HIGH STANDARD MODEL B .22 LR AUTO PISTOL, U.S. MARKED (see above in Antique/Classic section)

 

 

WINCHESTERS (click text for photos)

  1. SPECIAL ORDER 1873 .38-40 ROUND BARREL RIFLE WITH SHOTGUN BUTT, MADE 1882, nice un-messed with rifle with mostly very aged blue to brown receiver with strong blue in the protected areas around the side plates and protected areas, original dust cover, barrel and mag an uncleaned very aged blue mixing heavily brown, original buckhorn rear sight with Winchester small blade front sight, mellow uncleaned brass lifter correctly engraved "38 CAL,"  exc. wood with only the tiniest of chips at the upper corners of the tang/receiver juncture (hardly worth mentioning), bore is a bit dark and worn but still shows good rifling, correct smooth steel shotgun butt plate, tight action, a very attractive special order 135 year old  early 1873 rifle that still retains some nice blue, $2150.    

  2. VERY INTERESTING AND UNUSUAL SUPER EARLY 1885 HIGHWALL SINGLE SHOT RIFLE IN .32 WCF (.32-20) WITH OCTAGON RECEIVER TOP, #93X, SHIPPED SEPTEMBER 7, 1886, when I found this rifle I called The Cody museum and it will letter exactly as it now is (call in sheet provided with the rifle), it is listed in the records as: "Rifle, .32 WCF, Round Barrel, #1 weight, 28" length, plain trigger, received in the warehouse June, 7, 1886 and shipped September 7, 1886."  Only some the earliest examples have the octagon receiver top (receiver ring) and they are especially rare on light weight round barrels, this is a nice uncleaned and unaltered rifle with deep plum barrel, slightly mottled dark uncleaned receiver, exc. screws, tight action, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, fine bore with good rifling and only minor scattered roughness, buckhorn rear sight, small blade front sight (may be a replacement as it has a bit more blue than the rest of the rifle), usually this caliber is found in the less desirable Lowall configuration, this one is really unusual with oct. receiver top etc. Great to see such an early rifle in this kind of un-fooled with condition! $2250.

  3. 1886 .45-70 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1889, a good solid rifle that came out of here in Montana, mostly gray metal that looks to have been cleaned a bit, but not buffed or abused, shows evidence of very light scattered roughness to some of the barrel, but not obvious or unsightly, surprisingly near exc. bore that is bright with fine rifling and only some minor very surface roughness that might brush out, fine+ solid wood with correct early style heavy crescent butt plate, tiny chip by upper tang/receiver juncture that has been filled and is hard to see, heavy King Patent full buckhorn rear sight with small blade front sight, nice screws, very decent appearance, a 128 year old rifle in a great caliber with a lot of life left in it! $2350.

  4. 1886 OCTAGON RIFLE IN .40-65 CALIBER, #116XXX, MADE 1898, Big, classic antique serial number Winchester showing fine aged barrel and mag blue that is naturally aged/thinned a bit from honest use and handling, but NOT cleaned or steel wooled, mottled gray/brown receiver with fine blue on the bolt, sharp markings, exc. stock and forend show normal light handling only and exhibit very tight wood to metal fit, original buckhorn and small blade front sights, bore is a little dark and shows some wear with scattered light roughness toward the middle of the bore which may scrub out better, tight action, this one came out of right here in Montana and no doubt has accounted for lots of successful hunts! Great appearance, $2650.

  5. NICE CONDITION 1886 SOLID FRAME EXTRA LIGHT WEIGHT .33WCF RIFLE, MADE 1905, correct 24" round barrel with half magazine and smooth steel shotgun butt late, fine deep barrel and mag blue showing light age only, receiver blue is fine on the bolt and both sides with gray/brown edge wear only, even the receiver bottom retains most of the blue with brown mixing near the forend section, Marble short buckhorn rear sight with Marble "Sheard" small blade bead front sight in the correct barrel boss, fine+ forend, fine butt stock with a couple crack lines coming forward from the toe of the butt plate- no doubt caused by dropping the rifle or a sharp blow to the butt stock in this area- blends well and shouldn't be a problem, tight wood to metal fit, bore a little dark and should clean fine+ to about exc., tight action, lots of blue! $2250.

  6. GREAT CONDITION AND ONE OF THE VERY LAST OF THE MODEL 1890 TO BE MADE! SERIAL NUMBER 848XXX, MADE 1941! CALIBER .22 SHORT. These last rifles were all assembled from receivers and parts that were from the last production run in 1932! Exc. deep barrel blue with all the correct M-90 late markings etc., EXCELLENT BRIGHT BORE! (very hard to find on any M-1890), mag tube with good blue on upper portion with bottom flaking to plum and brown, fine deep receiver blue showing wear to the upper and lower tangs and flaking on the bolt with the usual light edge wear, exc. wood, tight mechanically, a really sharp example and one of the very last made. $1195.

  7. HIGH CONDITION 1892 .38-40 OCTAGON BARREL TAKEDOWN RIFLE WITH MINT BRIGHT BORE, #92XXX, MADE 1923, very hard to find Takedowns in this model, retains fine deep blue on the receiver with only minor beginnings of flaking mainly on the edges and a little on the bottom sides- even the upper tang, bolt and receiver bottom shows exc. blue, forend cap shows most of the bright blue, barrel and mag retain exc. blue with only one thumbnail size spot of pitting on the left side of the barrel and magazine where it probably rested in a rack, exc. walnut with very tight wood to metal fit and only some rub marks on the left side, flat top buckhorn rear sight with small Winchester blade front sight, tight action and tight takedown, great high condition appearance with mint bore! $2895.

  8. UNUSUAL 1892 .44-40 20" ROUND BARREL FACTORY SHORT RIFLE, MADE 1917,  short rifles like this were very popular along the southern border and this one came out of Arizona, overall metal surfaces are an uncleaned dark brown with evidence of light scattered rust that has been wiped off without steel wool or scouring, fine markings, flattop buckhorn rear sight with small blade front sight, SPECIAL ORDER SHOTGUN BUTT STOCK with checkered steel butt plate shows normal hard use but is solid, forend is the correct 1" shorter than standard and looks to be a replacement as it is in better condition than the rest of the rifle, tight action, bore surprisingly fine with good rifling and light scattered roughness only, a scarce combination of features in a desirable caliber, $1895.

  9. 1892 .25-20 OCTAGON RIFLE, MADE 1911, really fine appearance on this rifle as it retains fine deep barrel and mag blue with only light high edge wear, receiver shows fine aged blue on the sides, bolt and upper tang with some plum and brown mixing naturally and brighter blue toward the back half but evenly mixing to a pleasing appearance, fine wood showing normal light handling and tight wood to metal fit, original Winchester buckhorn rear sight with original small blade front, tight action, bore is dark and looks worn/leaded- I ran a brush through it and then a patch which came out black and full of crud- some scrubbing of the bore will probably help it considerably, really nice overall appeal with lots of blue, $1295.

  10. VERY RARE 1892 FACTORY 20" ROUND BARREL SHORT RIFLE IN .25-20 CALIBER (VERY RARE FOR A SHORT RIFLE AS MOST WERE .44-40), MADE 1912, another one that came out of Arizona where Short Rifles were popular, overall good aged blue on the barrel mixing brown with some light and scattered freckling/rust that could be carefully removed, aged plum mag tube with some minor surface dings on the bottom, aged blue/brown receiver is quite attractive with good screws, fine forend with the beginnings of a sliver/crack on the left side coming back from the forend cap for a couple of inches, fine butt stock with tight wood to metal fit and also the beginning of a crack coming back for an inch from the receiver on the left side of the receiver- also minor, buckhorn rear sight with typical small blade front sight, bore is worn but rifling visible throughout and looks to be leaded- a good scrubbing ought to improve things, very scarce rifle with a good uncleaned appearance, $1695.

  11. 1892 .38-40 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, MADE 1904, fine example with fine deep magazine blue, barrel blue is aged and mixing/thinning brown, left side of the receiver shows good thinning blue with edge wear, right side shows less blue overall with good blue toward the back half, good blue on the bolt and loading gate, generally exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, fine bore with only some light roughness toward the middle section, flattop buckhorn rear sight with correct Winchester blade front, good screws and tight action, $1395.

  12. ORIGINAL AND TOTALLY CORRECT 1892 TRAPPER SADDLE RING CARBINE IN RARE .25-20 CALIBER WITH FACTORY 16" BARREL, MADE 1917, almost all the short "Trappers" were in .44-40 caliber, anything else is unusual, fine+ wood with tight wood to metal fit and CORRECT SHORT FOREARM show light handling only, mostly brown receiver with some light rust pitting on the bottom behind the serial number, original barrel and mag tube shows blue with outside rust and scattered pitting that could be cleaned better- still some good blue on the barrel, bore is a bit worn and heavily frosted- might clean better, fine markings, exc. screws, correct carbine sight with carbine front sight, this is the shortest legal length barrel so no ATF papers are needed, $2850.

  13. RARE FACTORY 20" ROUND BARREL SHORT RIFLE MODEL 1894, .30WCF, MADE 1920, very scarce variation rifle with correct one inch shorter forend (8 3/8") used only on rifles with barrels shorter than standard (easy way to tell if a rifle has been "shortened" to 20" short rifle length outside the factory), these were particularly popular on the southern border in Texas and Arizona, mostly gray receiver with traces of blue in protected areas, exc. unturned screws, fine deep barrel and mag blue showing light age only, exc. markings, exc. stock and forend with tight wood to metal fit with only a very few light handling marks, flat top buckhorn rear sight with short blade/bead front sigh, tight action, bore has sharp rifling and is only a little dark, most of these short rifles saw hard use, this is one of the better ones I've seen in a long while, $2250.``

  14. RARE FEATURES ON THIS SEMI-DELUXE TAKEDOWN 1894 OCTAGON RIFLE IN .25-35, MADE 1910, this one has a plain pistol grip with correct Winchester embossed grip cap, crescent butt plate, a little better than standard grade walnut especially in the forend, barrel blue is aged and thin with gray mixing, mag tube similar with a bit more blue, receiver mostly gray with good blue in the most protected areas and on the loading gate, tight takedown, Lyman tang sight with Marble/Sheard blade-bead front sight, Marble filler in the rear dovetail, bore is a bit dark and slightly frosty- should benefit from a good brushing and and cleaning with J-B bore paste (great stuff- I've been using it for years), wood shows normal light handling and has tight wood to metal fit, tight action, exc. screws, another rifle that came out of here in Montana! A really desirable special order variation especially in .25-35 caliber! $2650.

  15. THE RAREST CALIBER AND HARDEST TO FIND IN THE 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE- .32-40, MADE 1906, for some reason this caliber that was fairly popular in the rifle is extremely difficult to find in the carbine version, This a nice example with fine aged blue on the barrel that is mixing a little plum mainly from handling at the balance point toward the rear of the barrel, mag tube shows nice deep blue with only light ageing, receiver retains good blue in the protected rear section of both sides with the balance aged to a natural plum & brown, correct carbine sight with slide intact, exc. screws, exc. bore is a little dark only, fine wood with the typical tiny chip at the right upper tang/receiver juncture (minor) and very thin inch long age crack coming back from the forend tip on the left side- also very minor, tight action and nice un-messed with appearance. Super hard to find! $1895.``

  16. VERY FINE CONDITION EARLY 1895 .30-40 KRAG CALIBER RIFLE, #23XXX, MADE 1899, this is an unusual rifle in that it has normal Winchester proof marks on the receiver and barrel which were not in use until 1905. This means that at some point this rifle was returned to Winchester- after 1905 all rifles returned without proof marks were "proofed" before being shipped back to the owners. I suspect this one may have been returned for a new barrel as this one has the very rare "MADE IN U.S.A." along with "WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL" and ".30 ARMY" caliber designation markings on the barrel, mint bright bore, exc. barrel blue shows only the lightest wear/age, fine deep receiver blue with mainly edge wear, exc. blue on the bolt, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, ebony wedge in forend tip intact, exc. screws look unturned, standard buckhorn and blade sights, really an outstanding condition 1895 inside and out! $2350.

  17. 1897 BLACK DIAMOND TRAP GUN, TAKEDOWN, 12 GA., FULL CHOKE, MADE 1908, unusual in that most of these have 30" or even 32" barrels, this one has a 28" barrel that has not been cut (still full choke) and was obviously special ordered this way, matching numbers, appears to have some fancy walnut hidden under a hundred years of uncleaned grime on the stock and forend! Checkering is visible, but worn, correct straight stock with black diamond inlays in the wrist and marked "TRAP GUN" on the bolt, good aged blue on the receiver sides with balance mostly gray and brown, barrel shows good blue in the more protected areas with the balance also gray/brown, exc. markings with the last patent date on the barrel of 1900, tigh action, bright mirror bore! solid wood, has an ancient solid rubber recoil pad marked "Jostam Mfg. Co" over "No Kick Coming Recoil Pad" I'm sure there were lots of great hunting and trap shooting adventures associated with this fine old '97! $895.

  18. DELUXE PISTOL GRIPPED, CHECKERED MODEL 1903 .22 AUTO RIFLE, MADE 1915, fairly plain but uncracked walnut stock and forend, this was someone's well used and taken care of "pride and joy" rifle as the checkering is all there, but fairly worn, the blue on the receiver is pretty well worn off to an uncleaned gray with good blue in the most protected of areas, has the correct pistol grip cap, interestingly, this one was returned to the factory for a new barrel as the barrel has both the oval P "Mail Order" proof as well as the Winchester proof- this means, the rifle was sent back to Winchester who took a "Mail Order" replacement barrel out of stock and fitted it to the returned rifle, has all the correct Winchester and Model 1903 markings on the barrel, fine deep barrel blue, retains some thinning blue on the forend cap, exc. mech., exc. bright bore, buckhorn with blade/bead front sights, I believe I still sells .22 Auto ammo (different from .22 LR), pistol gripped/checkered Model 1903s are quite rare, $1150.

  19. EXCELLENT CONDITION MODEL 1906 .22 SHORT, LONG AND LONG RIFLE PUMP ACTION BOYS' RIFLE, MADE 1919, usually this model is found in rough condition as the kids who were lucky enough to have them used them long and hard (this was a time when kids didn't want to stay indoors...), This rifle is one of the better ones I've seen in a while as it retains most of the receiver blue with only some brown/flaking toward the center of each side that blends well, exc. blue on the bolt and upper tang as well as the trigger guard and lower tang! Barrel blue is aged and lightly mixing/thinning plum/brown in some areas, but all blends and looks even and fine, fine lightly aged blue on the mag tube, exc. markings, original 1901 patented rear buckhorn sight with original small blade/bead front sight, exc. forend, exc. butt stock with only some minor handling marks around the wrist that are light and surface, fine original stock finish, correct Winchester embossed hard rubber butt plate, fine+ bore is slightly dark with good rifling and any roughness is minor and might clean out, tight takedown and matching numbers, very hard to find like this, $1295.

  20. GREAT WINCHESTER RARITY: FIRST YEAR PRODUCTION FULL DELUXE MODEL 1910 .401 SELF LOADING SEMI-AUTO RIFLE, #4XXX, MADE 1910! Only about 20,000 of this model were made when it was discontinued in 1932- another casualty of the Great depression- the rarest of the self loading series and the largest caliber, very few were made in deluxe grade, this one has truly magnificent burl walnut with heavy "piano finish" to the stock and forearm, checkered pistol grip with correct Winchester embossed pistol grip cap held by a single engraved screw, correct matching Winchester embossed hard rubber butt plate, sharp checkering, wood is excellent and un-cracked (forearms tend to crack on these), has the correct special order Lyman receiver sight made specifically for this model, exc. barrel blue, receiver blue flaking/ageing/mixing plum, correct magazine marked ".401 CAL," tight action, minty bright bore, not only a super rare Winchester, but this one is a first year production! $2350.

  21. LOW NUMBER, FIRST YEAR PRODUCTION MODEL 53 SOLID FRAME RIFLE IN .25-20, SERIAL NUMBER 9XX MADE 1924, only manufactured from 1924 to 1932 when it fell victim of the Great Depression and was discontinued, this is a fine example with exc. barrel blue and a bright exc. bore, flat top buckhorn rear sight with small blade/bead front sight, receiver blue flaked/aged to mainly brown with some good blue in protected areas and on the bolt and loading gate (typical of receiver blue of 1920s vintage guns), exc. screws that still show fine blue, exc. walnut stock and forend with tight wood to metal fit and only a few minor handling marks, butt stock shows some nicer than standard grain to the walnut, correct unaltered steel butt plate, exc. markings, a more scarce model than most collectors are aware of, $1595.

  22. MODEL 55 TAKEDOWN IN .30WCF, #32XX, MADE 1926, A more scarce model than most collectors realize as only about 20,000 of these were made between 1924 - 1936 (another casualty of the Great Depression!), This one shows fine deep barrel blue with exc. markings and exc. bore, tight takedown, receiver shows good traces of blue but mostly flaked to gray/brown as is typical of 1920s vintage Winchesters, tight action, exc. wood with tight wood to metal fit, one very small neat sling swivel hole in the butt stock and two small holes in the forend tip where once a "bail" type sling swivel was once installed- easily replaced or just kept as is as it isn't a big deal either way, original unaltered steel butt plate, original flattop buckhorn rear sight with small blade/bead front sight in the original raised base on the 24" barrel, nice example, $1195.

 

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

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

 

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

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

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