BILL GOODMAN, 280 W. KAGY BLVD. SUITE D #152, BOZEMAN, MONTANA 59715
TEL. (406) 587-3131 FAX (406) 219-3415
Bill Goodman has been a collector of antique/collector firearms for well over 40 years and a full time dealer for over 30 years. Traveling around the country constantly seeking good quality collector arms at REALISTIC PRICES, Bill sells exclusively by mail order. Until recently, 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/classic 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 or email to check availability and for 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. AND PLEASE, MAKE CHECKS TO WILLIAM (OR BILL) GOODMAN AND NOT GOODMANGUNS
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD:
An interesting thing happened a few weeks ago that got me thinking… Here in Montana we had an early snow storm while most of the trees still had their leaves. As usually happens with these storms, lots of aspen and other tree branches broke under the weight of the snow. My brother called to have me come over to his place and help him cut up some branches. I arrived ready for action with my Home Depot purchased aluminum branch clippers. He met me at his garage holding MY FATHER’S OLD BRANCH CLIPPERS. So what’s the big deal? Well, I remember those clippers as a kid in the 1960s and I’m sure he owned them long before that. This tool was made of solid steel and had (wait for it…) riveted wood slab handles. This thing really had some weight to it! It also had a kind of double hinge for extra leverage cutting of larger diameter branches. It sure put my flimsy aluminum clipper to shame! I bet this solid steel beauty was made in the 1940s or maybe even before W.W.II. For all I know, it might have belonged to my grandfather! The point of all this is that it reminded me of why we all like antique/classic firearms. They too were made of steel and wood- no synthetics or alloys. They were made to last, and they have. My modern clippers are getting loose and worn. I was thinking of replacing it for another. Not my Dad’s clipper! It is generational. Same goes for the guns of that period and earlier. Not that I’m knocking modern firearms, but there’s something hard to describe about holding a Colt New Service or S&W .44 Hand Ejector revolver or shouldering a Winchester Model 71 .348 caliber… I know you get it or you wouldn’t be on this website.
COLT FIRE ARMS (click text for photo)
1) COLT’S FIRST MEDIUM FRAME SIDE-SWING CYLINDER TARGET MODEL IS THIS OFFICERS MODEL WITH LEFT TURNING CYLINDER BUILT ON THE OLD NEW ARMY & NAVY .38 DA MILITARY MODEL, .38 SPECIAL, #290XXX, MADE 1907. These distinctive revolvers are easy to spot as they have the double row of locking notches on the outside of the cylinder enabling the cylinder to turn in a counter clockwise direction (often called “left wheelers). Correct checkered walnut grips without the Colt medallions, checkered back strap and trigger, flat top frame with target sights. These earliest target models have the last patent date on the barrel of 1901 and on the left side of the barrel have “OFFICERS MODEL COLT D.A. 38”. Excellent overall condition with just the lightest of carry/handling wear- a spot of gray at the muzzle, light edge wear on the cylinder and a little thinning of the blue on the right side of the frame between the trigger and hammer. Interestingly, this one has the name “COX” lightly scratched into the butt between two tiny holes in which I assume a very small identification plate was once affixed. Inside each grip panel, aside from the matching assembly number, is “L-H COX, WATERLOO, GA. in pencil. The previous owner thought Cox had something to do with Georgia railroads. Overall, an interesting, high condition 116 year old Colt Target model whose history is worth investigating. A Colt letter might prove valuable on this one. (4 photos) $795
2) MEDIUM FRAME LIGHTNING RIFLE IN .38-40 CALIBER WITH 26″ SCARCE ROUND BARREL, #88XXX, MADE 1901. Overall the blue has thinned on the receiver, barrel and mag tube and mixed evenly with plum and gray. There is still some good blue overall and all markings including the rampant colt on the left side of the frame are fine. The action locks tight and will not “pump” when at full cock. Original buckhorn rear sight with Rocky Mountain blade front sight. Fine wood showing only light handling. Probably had a tang sight on at one time as there is an empty threaded hole in the upper tang behind the hammer. bore is fairly bright with sharp rifling and any roughness very light and scattered. (5 photos) $2150.
3) BISLEY .38-40, 5 1/2″ BARREL, #239XXX, MADE 1903. Fine example better than usually encountered. This one has a mottled gray frame with some good case colors remaining in the forward portion in front of the cylinder on each side. Screw heads are generally excellent along with exc. markings including the correct “(BISLEY MODEL) .38 W.C.F.” and single line barrel address on the barrel top. Still some good blue on the barrel top and sides with some holster wear mixing in. The ejector housing is gray on the outside with some good blue on the under side. Excellent cylinder pin with nice blue. Thin blue on the cylinder mixing gray with better blue in the flutes. Fine blue on the butt and upper grip straps with the balance an uncleaned gray/brown. Good blue on the trigger guard. Fine action with only the first small click weak. Fine+ bore should clean out to about excellent with good rifling all the way through and excellent, unchipped grips. Front sight has not been filed or alttered. Nice, 120 year old Colt Bisley. $2495.
4) VERY EARLY COLT NEW SERVICE, .38-40, 7 1/2″ BARREL, #17XXX, MADE 1907. This is a fairly scarce combination as most .38-40 caliber Colts (Single Action Army also) were made in the shorter barrel lengths. This example has all the correct markings including the last patent date on the barrel of 1900 and the rampant colt stamping on the left side of the frame being circular with COLT’S NEW SERVICE in a circle around the horse. Shows normal light holster wear with some thinning blue to silver on the barrel sides, some thinning on the cylinder and grip strap wear. The back of the hammer shows nice fire blue, grips are excellent, nice blue on the frame with a little thinning mainly on the left rear portion. Lanyard swivel intact, very tight action with perfect, no movement lock up of the cylinder. Bright excellent bore, front sight has not been altered and only the ejector rod tip appears to be a replacement. A really attractive and scarce variant 116 year old Colt New Service! $1350.
5) ARMY SPECIAL .32-20 CALIBER WITH DESIRABLE 6″ BARREL, #589XXX, MADE 1927. Fine example with perfect bore and exceptionally tight action with no movement to the cylinder upon lock-up. Fine blue with just normal thinning on grip straps and toward the muzzle on the barrel. Cylinder shows some light thinning on the outside edge. Nice fire blue on the hammer back and trigger. Exc. markings, grips appear to be a correct replacement that fit fairly well with some slight overhang at the butt that could easily be polished down- minor. Unaltered front sight. Made the year Charles Lindbergh flew solo across the Atlantic for the first time in his single engine plane THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS. ! Most of these revolvers that were chambered in .32-20 instead of the standard .38 Special were used by outdoorsmen who paired them with .32-20 rifles/carbines. Hence, it is not uncommon to find .32-20 revolvers in much used and often abused condition. This is a nice one. $795.
6) VERY LIMITED PRODUCTION .32 (.32 S&W LONG CALIBER) OFFICERS MODEL HEAVY BARREL TARGET REVOLVER, #640XXX, MADE NEAR THE END OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION IN 1939. Colt only turned out a few hundred of these before ceasing production for World War II. All .32 caliber target revolvers are rare- both Colt and S&W produced very few in all models. It seems most shooters wanted either a .22LR or .38 Special in their target revolvers- some big bore target revolvers were turned out, but like the .32s, they are rare. This example has seen some less than ideal storage, but is still in excellent condition overall. There is a little spotting to the blue finish on the left side of the frame behind the cylinder latch and some light wear to the front strap and butt with the balance fine blue. Checkered back strap and trigger, tight action, perfect bore, unaltered adjustable target sights, retains about all the blue on the front face of the cylinder indicating that this one may not have been fired at all. I believe the above mentioned spots are from poor storage more than actual usage and handling. Excellent Colt medallion walnut grips with sharp checkering and one tiny surface chip in the middle bottom edge of the left grip- minor. Amazing Great Depression hand fitting and workmanship! This kind of individual care and craftsmanship would be too expensive to provide today aside from custom shops. $1895.
7) CLASSIC 1903 POCKET HAMMER AUTO PISTOL, .38 ACP, #28XXX, MADE 1911. This whole .38 ACP series (Model 1900, 1902 Sporting and Military and 1903 Pocket Hammer) has that great early Colt auto appearance that all changed with the later more modern looking hammerless pocket models and the Model 1911. Never made in the quantity of the later models, these John Browqning designed .38 ACP slab sided autos are truly the grandfathers of modern auto pistols. The Pocket Hammer, which was still a fairly good sized auto by today’s standards, was made without a safety, aside from the half cock on the hammer (people were more responsible in those days and didn’t blame gun manufacturers for their stupidity when an unintended discharge happened!). This example shows fine high polish blue on the frame with good thinning blue on the slide and grip straps. Exc. markings and exc. grips. The magazine bottom is marked “CAL 38″ over ” COLT” and the right side of the slide is marked “AUTOMATIC COLT” over “CALIBRE 38 RIMLESS SMOKELESS.” The left side of the slide has the Colt address and last patent date of 1902. Still retains some good case color on the hammer and fire blue on the trigger. Exc. mechanically and exc. bore. The .38 ACP is exactly the same case as the more modern .38 Super, just loaded to lower pressure. Firing a .38 Super in a .38 ACP will no doubt cause damage! Only 26,000 of these were made between 1903-1929. Great looking 112 year old Colt automatic! $1295.
8) LAST STYLE DETECTIVE SPECIAL .38 SPECIAL IN SCARCE NICKEL FINISH, #SH3XXX, MADE 1973-1986. These fine “Snubby” revolvers don’t often show up in nickel and this one is in about new condition inside and out. With their oversize grips full lug heavy barrel, these have a great feel. Just needs a box! $995.
MARLIN (click text for photos).
1) SCARCE MODEL 1889 .44-40 OCTAGON RIFLE, #97XXX, MADE 1894. This was Marlin’s first side-eject rifle that was only made in limited numbers for a few years before being replaced with the updated Model 1894. Easily identified by the frame “hump” in front of the trigger and the lever catch, the Model 1889 was made in .32-20, .38-40 and .44-40, with the latter being the most difficult to find and most desirable. This example shows good aged blue mixing with some gray and brown on the 24″ barrel. The mag tube is mainly gray. The receiver is mixing very aged blue with gray/brown and shows some signs of light rust that was wiped off- minor. Exc. markings, lever catch intact (these often missing), fine stock and forend with tight wood to metal fit and one shallow flaked/chip behind the lower tang. Tight action and fine bore that is a little dark with strong rifling and what appears to be some old leading in the grooves midway in the bore- should brush out- much better bore than usually encountered. Buckhorn rear sight with elevator bar intact and Lyman “Jack” front sight (half-moon with ivory bead). Strong safety half-cock on the hammer. These are hard to find and this is an attractive example in the most desirable caliber. $1795.
2) A TRULY UNIQUE, ONE-OF-A-KIND MARLIN LEVER ACTION RIFLE! MODEL 1892 .32 CENTER FIRE CALIBER WITH 32 INCH ROUND BARREL, #428XXX, MADE c.1910. This model was ONLY OFFERED IN BARREL LENGTHS OF 24″, 26″, AND 28″. This exact rifle is pictured in the Marlin Book by Brophy and identified by serial number (Page 187). The .32 caliber Model 1892 was factory equipped with a rim fire firing pin, but was provided with an additional firing pin for .32 Center Fire. So, the rifle could be fired with .32 Short and long RF and .32 Short and Long Center Fire ammunition. This rifle has both condition and rarity! The receiver retains most of the original blue that is mixing a little plum with age and shows minor thinning/age. The barrel and mag tube also show fine lightly aged blue. It has the typical buckhorn rear sight and Rocky Mountain blade front sight. The sling swivels appear original and are mentioned in the caption on this rifle in Brophy’s book. The upper tang has the correct Model ’92 marking and the barrel also has the normal marking for this model. The bore is bright and excellent and the action is tight. A rare opportunity to own such an unusual and probably unique Marlin! $4950.
3) 1895 .40-82 OCTAGON RIFLE, #170XXX, MADE 1898. Very fine example with even lightly aged blue on the barrel, exc. markings including the “SPECIAL SMOKELESS STEEL” barrel stamping, mag tube turning an uncleaned plum, dark mottled receiver, fine+ wood with tight wood to metal fit, original buckhorn rear sight with original Rocky Mountain blade front sight. Bore is only a little dark with deep, sharp rifling throughout. Tight action and strong safety half-cock on the hammer. The .40-82 was the largest .40 caliber Marlin chambered in the big Model 1895 and is simply the .45-90 case gently sloped to .40 cal. When these go off with a full load of black powder it is impressive! A fine, uncleaned and unmessed with example. These have gotten very hard to find. $3250.
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. UPDATE: My understanding is that Remington is now in a bankruptcy situation and has sold the Marlin line to Ruger. Ruger is now producting some Marlin models with more to come. In my opinion, all of this confusion and past quality control problems will make the CT manufactured Marlins even more desirable as shooters and collectibles. I know I’ll be looking for them, especially the limited production models.
1) THE RAREST AND HARDEST TO FIND OF THE JM MARKED LIMITED PRODUCTION NORTH HAVEN, CT MADE RIFLES IS THIS 1894CB “COWBOY LIMITED” 20″ OCTAGON RIFLE IN .32 H&R MAGNUM CHAMBERING, #95203XXX, MADE 2005. I’m not sure how many of these were made, but couldn’t be many as they almost never show up anyplace. They are unique in the 1894 line as they don’t have a loading gate and instead load through the magazine tube like the Model 39 .22 rifles and carbines. This example appears about like new having seen little to no use. $2150.
ANTIQUE & CLASSIC RIFLES, SHOTGUNS AND PISTOLS (click text for photos)
1) SHARPS 1878 BORCHARDT .45-70 MILITARY RIFLE, #7XXX. The barrel retains fine aged blue with excellent markings including the OLD RELIABLE stamping. Correct military style ladder rear sight with slide intact. The receiver has aged to a dark gray/brown with worn markings. The butt stock has had a triangular piece of walnut spliced into the right side wrist/upper tang juncture, smooth steel butt plate, forend is fine and shows normal wear and handling, but is solid. The cleaning rod is an incorrect replacement (looks like from a muzzle loader), Bore is bright with a few small spots of corrosion, action is tight with the safety working. Comes with a heavy military style sling. $2150.
2) VERY FINE CONDITION SHARPS 1863 CARBINE IINDIAN WARS CONVERSION TO .50-70 CARTRIDGE. A particularly nice example that retains the original unlined 6-groove barrel. Most of these were sleeved with a 3-groove liner. Fine deep barrel blue with sharp Sharps markings and New Model 1863 stamping. The Lawrence rear sight is original. The receiver is mostly a mottled gray with some fine case colors mainly on the top of the receiver and loading channel. Generally excellent stock and forend with only light/normal handling marks, but no cracks etc. Sling ring and bar intact. Tight action and bright sharp excellent bore. Lots of history in these as they were originally issued as percussion carbines to the Union cavalry during the Civil War, then in 1867/68 converted to .50-70 for the Indian Wars and lastly most were sold as surplus where many went West and used by frontiersmen and buffalo hunters. Fine example better than usually encountered. $2850.
3) MARBLE GAME GETTER, FIRST TYPE MODEL 1908 WITH TANG SIGHT, #6XXX, MADE 1908-1914. This is the earliest and most desirable of the Marble over/under .22 Rimfire/.44-40 smooth bore “for shot or ball.” Latere models (Type II and Model 1921) did not have provision for a tang sight. This example retains the important tang sight- these are often missing. Has the desirable 18″ barrel length making this one perfectly legal- the other lengths were 12″ and 15″ and now require special paperwork and registration or are illegal. Has the correct skeleton stock that folds under the receiver and barrels for easy storage in a pack basket, canoe etc. Overall shows good blue that has aged somewhat with some thinning with all metal surfaces uncleaned and dark. Bottom shot barrel is bright and exc., the .22 RF top barrel shows good rifling with some light corrosion. All sharp markings, fine original hard rubber grips show some wear, but are not chipped or cracked.Stock folds and locks into place correctly- if there is a spring in the latch for folding it is either weak or missing- not sure if it is supposed to have one- if so, easily replaced. Has the small buckhorn sight with blade front sight. Flayderman’s guide describes these best: Invented by William Marble based on his 20 years experience in the Northwoods as a trapper and timber cruiser, as an all-purpose, easily carried firearm that could dispatch at reasonable distance anything swimming, walking or flying in the woods. Overall, a difficult to find early First Type with tang sight intact and legal 18″ barrels. Many of these saw very hard extended use in the backwoods and when found today are in very rough condition, often missing the folding stock etc. $2150.
MODERN AND /OR OUT OF PRODUCTION FIREARMS
1) ONE OF THE MOST RARE AND UNUSUAL AMERICAN MADE AUTO PISTOL: J. KIMBALL ARMS CO. .30 CARBINE CAL. AUTO PISTOL, ONLY 250-300 WERE MADE IN 1955. This Detroit, Michigan company attempted to produce a pistol for the popular .30 M1 Carbine round. During this time surplus ammo was cheap and readily available. However, there were problems with the basic design of this pistol and the company went out of business soon after production began. This example with adjustable target rear sight and serial number 1X IS BRAND NEW IN THE ORIGINAL BOX WITH OWNERS MANUAL! The box is in excellent condition with only some normal scuffs and handling. All end and top markings are sharp and clear. The owners manual is also fine. Even the most advanced auto pistol collections probably lack one of these. Of those that still exist, this may be the best. $3850.
REMINGTON (click text for photos)
1) MODEL 14 PUMP ACTION RIFLE IN .35 REMINGTON CALIBER, #108XXX. These fine rifles were made from 1913-1934 and were no doubt another victim of the Great Depression. This one has a tight action and bright excellent bore. The blue is intact overall but showing age and turning dull with plum mixing. the butt stock finish has “raised” and has gotten “crinkly” which is fairly common on these. It can usually all be removed with mineral spirits that often reveals nice walnut underneath. Looks like there may be a small crack in the corner of the wood by the safety on the left rear of the receiver/tang juncture. The stock retains the unusual “reverse” crescent butt plate with toe plate on the bottom. The forend is solid and shows only light wear. All markings are sharp and clear. Has a buckhorn rear sight with elevator bar and the barrel is also cut for the sometimes seen “wheel adjustable” buckhorn rear sight. Probably once had a tang sight as the two filler screws are missing from the rear top of the receiver- easily replaced. There is a hook-eye sling swivel in the butt as well as in the magazine retaining band. The safety functions and in all a rifle that ought to clean up nicely. This is the most desirable caliber in the Model 14. $795.
2) WORLD WAR II MODEL 11 U.S. MARKED SHOTGUN (see below in Springfield & U.S. Military section)
3) REMINGTON NEW YORK CONTRACT .50-70 ROLLING BLOCK MILITARY RIFLE (see below in Springfield & U.S. Military section)
4) CUSTOM SHOP .45-70 ROLLING BLOCK MID-RANGE SPORTER (see below in the Shiloh Sharps/Reproduction section)
RUGER (click text for photo)
1) SCARCE, LONG OUT OF PRODUCTION, NEW IN BOX, BISLEY MODEL SINGLE SIX IN .32 H&R MAGNUM CALIBER, 6 1/2″ BARREL, #650-25XXX, MADE 1987. This is the model with fully adjustable rear sight. Unfired with Yellow box inside the cardboard protective outer box numbered to this revolver etc. Complete with paperwork, manual, plastic bag etc. Just flat new. $1295.
2) MODEL 77 “ULTRA LIGHT” IN .270 WIN. CALIBER, #79-81XXX, MADE 1985. This is the classic Model 77 with tang mountted sliding safety, walnut stock with ebony forend tip and blued steel. This one is outfitted with a Tasco 3-9X scope with clear optics set in Ruger rings. It is also fitted with a brown Pachmayr Decelerator solid recoil pad (length of pull correct 13 1/4″). This rifle has seen some normal use- it came out of here in Montana. The stock shows only light handling marks and there are some scratches to the finish of the bottom of the floor plate and trigger guard, very light blue wear on the 20″ barrel and some on the bolt handle. Nylon padded sling included. Overall an attractive and scarce model. I’m sure this one has taken its share of big game here in Montana and ready for more adventures! $795.
SHILOH SHARPS, MUZZLE LOADERS AND OTHER REPRODUCTIONS. Note: I am a Shiloh Sharps dealer and can order you any Shiloh you want. Check out my other website for Shilohs: www.shiloh-ballard.com (click text for photos).
1) SHILOH SHARPS, BIG TIMBER, MONTANA MADE 1863 .50 CAL. PERC. CARBINE WITH SLING RING/BAR, #6XXX MADE 1980s. This is an interesting Shiloh as it has the small “wolf’s head” stamping on the right side of the barrel indicating that the Shiloh founder, Wolfgang Droege, worked on this one. It also has the early Shiloh and C. Sharps markings (before the two split) and Big Timber, Montana markings. Has the extra cost sling ring and bar with nice better than standard grade dark walnut stock and forend. Nice case colored butt plate, receiver, lever, hammer etc. Exc. barrel blue. Lawrence ladder rear sight with slide intact. Exc. bright bore. This one has seen little if any use and you have to look close to find even a handling mark. The .50 caliber is particularly desirable as any .50 caliber bullet intended for cartridge guns will work when loaded into the breech with loose powder and a musket cap. There are also paper cartridge bullets available. The current catalog price on one like this is over $2600 with a very long wait and probable price increases. $2295.
2) PAUL SHUTTLEWORTH/CPA CORP. CUSTOM FANCY SCHUETZEN RIFLE, .32-40 CALIBER WITH LYMAN SUPER TARGET SPOT SCOPE. This is a gorgeous rifle built with highly finished extra fancy/presentation grade dark burl walnut with cheek piece. The schnable pistol grip and forearm are finely checkered and the butt stock is fitted with a single prong Swiss butt plate. The forearm is fitted with CPA’s case colored palm rest attachment (no palm rest with this one, but CPA can easily supply one). The half octagon barrel is fairly heavy and measures 30.” It has a globe front sight that will accept inserts and has scope blocks mounted for the above mentioned Lyman scope. The scope retains the rubber rear eye protector, steel lens caps and has a spirit level. Adjustable double set triggers, fancy schuetzen trigger guare and traditional Stevens case colored action. Overall weight with scope is just under 14 lbs. An absolutely superb rifle in like new condition. $3950.
4) COLLECTION OF THOMPSON-CENTER PISTOLS AND RIFLES. All American made and no longer produced. Highest quality. (CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS)
1) Patriot .45 caliber perc. pistol, about new inside and out. $495 SOLD
2) Patriot .36 caliber perc. pistol, unusually builty without the “humped” back strap.Rare caliber Patriot. Like new. $375
3) Patriot .45 caliber perc. pistol, new in original numbered box. $550.
4) Cherokee .32 cal. perc. 24″ oct. rifle, exc. inside and out with extra 27″ T-C .45 cal. barrel (shows a few scuffs, exc. inside), $595. SOLD
5) Seneca .36 cal. perc. 27″ oct. exc.+ inside and out with box, papers $795.(top in photo) SOLD
6) Seneca .45 cal. perc. 27″ oct. exc.+ insde and out with small stress crack from screw opposide lockplate- minor, with box, papers, needs minor adjustment to more securely hold full cock- light filing on the tumbler should do it- easy fix. $595. (bottom in photo) SOLD
7) Seneca .45 cal. perc. 27″ oct, exc. inside and out, lightly used. $650.
8) Renegade RARE LEFT HAND .54 cal. perc., exc. inside and out, $695. SOLD
9) Renegade .54 perc. exc. inside and out, $595. SALE PENDING
10) Renegade .54 caliber FLINTLOCK, very scarce. Exc. inside and out, very lightly used. $695.
11) Hawken .50 perc. exc. very lightly used, $695.
12) Hawken .54 perc.with unmarked/unfinished 35″ oct. barrel, Lyman receiver/Lyman globe front sight will take inserts, no rod, $395. SOLD
5) REMINGTON CUSTOM SHOP .45-70 ROLLING BLOCK PSTOL GRIP, CHECKERED MID-RANGE SPORTING/TARGET RIFLE, #RB02XX, MADE 2007. HERE’S FROM THE REMINGTON CATALOG OF THE TIME : (Click this section of text for photos)
For 2007 the No. 1 Rolling Block in .45-70 Government caliber is available through the Remington Custom Shop in Mid-Range Sporter (standard contour barrel) and Silhouette (heavy barrel) versions.
The Sporter combines a 30-inch round barrel with an American walnut, pistol-grip sporter stock. Cut checkering in a point pattern is applied to both forend and buttstock. The barrel and receiver have a polished, blued finish. The barrel is fitted with an adjustable, center-notch buckhorn rear sight and a front blade sight. The barrel is rifled 1 turn in 18″ for smokeless powder .45-70 cartridges.
In addition to the standard version, the Mid-Range Sporter Rolling Block is also available with a number of options. These include a single set trigger; semi-fancy American walnut stock with steel Schnabel fore-end tip and steel butt plate; case-colored receiver; and a leather-bound canvas covered motor case.
Here are the basic specifications of the No. 1 Sporter:
- Order number – 27567
- Action – single shot rolling block
- Caliber – .45-70 Government
- Barrel – 30″ sporter weight, 1 turn in 18″ twist
- Sights – blade front, adjustable buckhorn rear
- Trigger – single stage; single set trigger optional
- Stock – shotgun style buttstock with checkered pistol grip and checkered forend
- Overall length – 46.5″
- Weight – 8.75 pounds
- 2007 MSRP – $2665
This example appears brand new and unfired. It comes from the Remington Custom Shop with the optional single set trigger, filler blank in the rear dovetail, long range Soule tang sight and globe front sight that will take inserts. These were made in very limited quantities and are rarely encountered today. With Remington no longer turning out rifles, these are sure to increase in value even more than when Remington was in operation. I’m actually selling this for less than the 2007 price with optional sights, and single set trigger! $2650.
SMITH AND WESSON (click text for photos)
1) SELDOM SEEN, EARLY MODEL 1899 .32-20 FIRST MODEL HAND EJECTOR, #11XX, MADE 1899-1902. This was the first of the famed Military & Police (M&P) line that continues to this day. Easily identified by the fully exposed and non-locking stud to the barrel ejector rod, the First Model was made in a quantity of only 5311 at which time the next model replaced it that did have the ejector rod connected to the barrel as on all models to the present time. The First Model was offered in .32-20 and .38 Special only. The .32-20 was mainly for outdoorsmen/frontiersmen who paired this revolver with an identically chambered rifle or carbine of the same caliber. As such, most of these early .32-20s saw some pretty heavy usage in the outdoors. When encountered, they often display hard use and often abuse. This example with 6 1/2″ barrel and blue finish has matching numbers on the butt, cylinder, barrel and inside the right grip at the top portion. This model was only made in round butt configuration and the early hard rubber grips have a light and small patent merking at the lower edge on the left panel- with any wear this marking disappears. This example retains the grip patent marking. Overall, the blue is fine with thinning a little on the sides of the barrel, grip straps and on the outer portion of the cylinder- typical handling and holster wear. Exc. screws and markings including the top barrel address and correct patent date ending in ’98 along with “32 WINCHESTER CTG” on the left side of the barrel. Nice case color on the hammer and trigger sides. Front sight has NOT been filed or altered. The action is excellent with very solid cylinder lock up. Bore is excellent and bright. One of the better ones I’ve seen in a long while. A difficult to find 120+ year old S&W and one of the most significant and historical introductory models. $1295
2) HIGH CONDITION NICKEL WITH MEDALLION PEARL GRIPS SAFETY HAMMERLESS 2ND MODEL .32, 3″ BARREL #161XXX, MADE C.1909. The 2nd. model top break safety hammerless revolver was made from 1902-1909. Serial numbers ran from 91418 – 170000. Judging from that, I’d assume this one was probably made during the last year of the 2nd Mod. production. The Safety Hammerless was a popular design for pocket carry as it had no hammer to snag on clothing and the grip safety, “lemon squeezer,” feature made it very safe to carry without fear it might go off unintended. The only way this revolver could fire is if the revolver was firmly gripped which depressed the grip safety and then the trigger pulled. The .32 S&W cartridge wasn’t a powerhouse, but five quick shots double action could be formidable at close range. Because this revolver was easy to carry, many or even most were frequently carried in pockets or purses. Often they are now found in fairly worn condition. This example is particularly fine and comes with factory pearl grips with deep dish S&W medallions (pearl grips without medallions are almost always non-factory replacements). The full nickel finish is generally excellent with only some minor pin-prick freckling on a few very small areas of the cylinder and frame. The trigger guard and barrel catch retain fine factory blue. The grips are excellent and not chipped or cracked. The action on these is interesting as the double action pull initially revolves the cylinder and cocks the internal hammer. It then comes to a bit of a stop before a little extra pressure fires the revolver. This actually makes sighting for a deliberate shot very possible. Action is excellent and the bore shows good rifling and some scattered very surface corrosion or possibly lead that may brush out. A most handsome 113 year old Smith with all matching serial numbers and great pearls! $795.
3) RARE 2″ BARREL “BICYCLE REVOLVER” SAFETY HAMMERLESS .32 S&W CALIBER, 3RD CHANGE, #189554, MADE C.1910-12. The 3rd Change Safety Hammerless was numbered from 170,000-242,981 and produced from 1909-1937. A very few were made with the short 2″ barrel and are considered rare. The 2″ variant has the S&W address etc. on the right side of the barrel as there is not enough room on the top- an easy way to tell an original, un-cut 2″ gun. This is a particularly fine example with excellent blue on the trigger guard and barrel latch, case colors on the trigger sides and exc. S&W embossed hard rubber grips. The nickel is also fine with only some light freckling on the top in front of and behind the barrel latch, and on portions of the cylinder, There is also some minor freckling/edge wear that is too small to describe. Exc. screws, matching serial numbers on the frame, cylinder, barrel and latch. Bright exc. bore and exc. mech. with the grip safety functioning correctly. Usually these show heavy wear from pocket/purse carry. This is a fine example. $895.
4) RARE .44 HAND EJECTOR 3RD MODEL (POST WAR-TRANSITIONAL/1926 MODEL .44 MILITARY), WITH ULTRA SCARCE 6 1/2″ BARREL (!), #S 63XXX, MADE C.1946. In any barrel length these fixed sighted .44 Special revolvers almost never seem to turn up as it is thought that only around 1400 were produced between 1946 – 1949 in the serial range of S62489-S75000. Standard barrel length was 4″ or 5″ and according to the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson 4th Edition by Supica and Nahas, “…4 inch or 5 inch round pinned barrel lengths with 6 1/2 inch very scarce; matte blue or nickel finish…” As for values with standard 4″ or 5″ barrels the book states, “Few sales reported; should bring a premium above .44 HE 3rd prewar values.” This example with all matching numbers on the barrel, cylinder and frame retains about all the original blue finish with only some light edge wear on the cylinder and top strap with some light muzzle wear. It still has excellent case colors on the hammer and trigger. The grips are correct “N” frame S&W medallion grips, but are of later manufacture. Action is very tight, excellent markings and the bore is bright and sharp. I don’t expect to see another of these rare early postwar .44s especially with a 6 1/2″ barrel. The most advanced S&W collections don’t have one of these! $2950
5) UNUSUAL SHORT BARREL .32 S&W LONG CALIBER REGULATION POLICE REVOLVER WITH 3 1/4″ BARREL, #364XXX, MADE 1922-1923. Made from 1917-1941, the Regulation Police series was different from the typical .32 Hand Ejector series in that the back strap is cut back so that oversized grips could be fitted that cover the butt of the revolver for a better grip. They were offered in 3 1/4,” 4 1/4″ and 6″ barrel lengths. Most that I have seen are in the 4 1/4″ length with less in 6″ and almost none in 3 1/4.” The reason is fairly obvious, since the short barrel version would be used for concealment use, most people who wanted this length would buy the standard .32 Hand Ejector with small rounded grips. This revolver was intended for police use as well as field use, so again, the short barrel doesn’t make much sense with large grips. All numbers match on the frame (located on the front strap on this model as the butt is covered by the grips), cylinder, barrrel and inside the grips. It retains nearly all the blue with only some slight wear/freckling on the top strap edge etc. Barely a cylinder line and the front of the cylinder still shows about all the blue. The excellent grips have sharp checkering and are crisply stamped on the bottom with the 1917 patent markings. Exc. markings and exc. case colors on the hammer and trigger. Bright bore may have some minor scattered surface corrosion that may just clean out. Overall an excellent example of that superb between-the-world-wars hand fitted craftsmanship. A seldom seen short barrel variant. $895.
6) ONE OF THE MOST RARE OF THE TARGET SIGHTED S&Ws IS THIS .32 S&W LONG CALIBER REGULATION POLICE TARGET MODEL, #354XXX, MADE 1920s. All target S&W (and Colt) .32 caliber revolvers were made in very limited numbers and seldom come up for sale. The .32 Regulation Police Target revolver is particularly difficult to find. This example is in near mint, new condition. It has the correct oversize checkered S&W medallion target grips- note the serial number is always placed on the front strap when these grips are used as they cover the butt where numbers are normally placed. This revolver with matching numbers retains about all the blue with just a touch of wear at the muzzle on each side and some tiny, almost pin prick, spots of flaking by the screw in front of the hammer on the right side- hardly worth mentioning. Barely a cylinder drag line, exc. screws, markings and nice case color on the hammer and trigger. tight mech., bright exc. bore. As nice as one could hope to find. $2495.
7) PRE-WAR .38-44 OUTDOORSMAN TARGET REVOLVER, #41XXX MADE DURING THE WORST YEAR OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION IN 1933. These exceptionally well made adjustable sighted big “N” frame revolvers were only made during the Great Depression from 1931-1941 with only 4,761 made in those ten years. That breaks down to 476 produced each year or only about 39 per month! This is a fine condition example with matching numbers on the frame, cylinder and barrel. Only the diamond checkered grips show a higher serial number stamped on the inside. The blue is getting a little thin on the bottom of the trigger guard and grip straps with some light edge wear on the muzzle and cylinder. The pinned blade portion of the front sight has been slightly altered at the rear portion (only the pinned blade). Excellent sharp markings. Superb pre-war action and bright excellent bore. Still some nice case colors on the hammer and trigger. The hammer has the patent markings on the rear portion. Many of these were bored out to .357 magnum and this one is still the correct, unaltered .38 Special chambering. This one came out of here in Montana and probably has some good history in it! $1595.
8) A ONE-OF-A-KIND S&W! THIS IS REALLY UNUSUAL AND INTERESTING! .38 DOUBLE ACTION PERFECTED MODEL WITH 2″ BARREL, #3XXX, MADE C. 1909-1910. This nickel plated example with all matching numbers has to be unique. The Perfected Model was the only S&W top break with the addition of a side thumb release. It was made from 1909 – 1920 in barrel lengths of 3 1/2″ to 6.” This very early example is in near mint, perfect condition with full bright nickel, exc. sharp markings and fine case colors on the hammer and trigger with blued barrel latch/sight. There is the numbers “8” and “9” stamped on either side of the serial number on the butt along with a tiny five-pointed star at the base of the front strap- the star indicates the revolver was returned to S&W for refinishing or re-working/repair. Under the grips, stamped on the side of the grip strap is “10.46” indicating that this revolver was returned to S&W in October of 1946. It doesn’t appear to be re-nickeled as the edges are sharp as are the markings. I assume it was returned to have the barrel either replaced or cut to 2″. The barrel has the correct slightly recessed from the muzzle rib and pinned front sight. This is obviously all S&W factory work. All frame screws appear unturned and the pin holding the front sight to the rib is un-marred. My guess, especially as there is the “8” and “9” numbers on the butt, is that this was a special police/detective rework. There is some light wear to the rubber grips that fit perfectly, but aside from this and the tiniest of edge wear, there is almost no real wear to this revolver. This one came out of here in Montana. A truly fascinating S&W! $1450.
9) VERY FINE CONDITION .44 HAND EJECTOR 2ND MODEL, 6 1/2″ NICKEL FINISH, #24XXX, MADE 1925. Only 17,510 of these big “N” frame .44 Special caliber revolvers were made between 1915-1940 with the majority in blue finish. Nickel is fairly scarce and typically demands a premium especially in the higher condition. This example retains most of the bright nickel with only some very minor scattered areas of freckling , minor dulling/peeling or scratches etc.- you have to look carefully to see this mainly in some of the cylinder flutes or on the left side of the 6 1/2″ barrel, and some dulling on the right side of the frame behind the recoil shield- again, all very minor. Sharp markings, unaltered front sight, sharp bright bore, matching numbers on the frame, cylinder and barrel. Factory swivel in butt (with off-set serial number), tight action, exc. S&W diamond checkered grips. Very fine nickel example showing minimal wear/use. $1495.
10) EARLY POST-WAR K-22, PRE-17 REVOLVER, #K59XXX, MADE 1948. This one appears unfired as it has all the pristine blue on the face of the cylinder. Retains about all the blue with one less than 1/2″ spot of light corrosion on the right side of the barrel that would touch up nicely. Exc. diamond checkereed grips. Matching numbers. Superb 1940s quality. $1150.
11) EARLY PRE-35 .22LR, 6″ KITGUN, #23XXX, MADE 1955-1956. Also known as the .22/32 Post War Target Model, these are scarce. For some reason, S&W concentrated production on the common 2″ and 4″ Kitguns and made few 6″ barrel revolvers. This early example shows fine blue with slight thinning on the back strap and some blue wear to the front strap. The balance shows about all the blue with minor edge wear. Matching numbers on the frame, barrel, grips and cylinder. Excellent diamond checkered walnut grips. Tight action, exc. bright bore and the front face of the cylinder still retains about all the blue indicating that this one was rarely firred. A difficult to find model, especially this early as after 1957 they were stamped M-35. $1150.
SPRINGFIELD AND U.S. MILITARY FIREARMS (click text for photos)
1) WORLD WAR II REMINGTON MODEL 11 SEMI AUTO 12 GA. U.S. MARKED SHOTGUN, MADE 1943. This shotgun with 26″ barrel and “IMP CYL” choke markings on the left side of the barrel has the correct “U S” flaming bomb stamping on the barrel top and left top of the receiver along with “MILITARY FINISH” stamping also on the left upper side of the receiver. Further, the left side of the butt stock has the crossed cannon stamping along with “FJA” cartouche. These scarce shotguns were used for training purposes often by the navy for aerial gun training and practice. Most of these have longer barrels and full chokes. This one is a bit unusual regarding choke and shorter 26″ length. Most of these guns were purchased by the government and taken from existing Remington stock as all firearms were in short supply. This example is in excellent overall condition and has matching serial numbers on the receiver and on the barrel under the forend. It retains most of the finish on the barrel and receiver with only light wear and some minor staining on the receiver. The stock and forearm are fine with a slight stress crack in the bottom of the forend just ahead of the receiver that goes nowhere and is minor. Overall, all a scarce military shotgun in fine condition. (3 photos) $1495.
2) SPRINGFIELD 1896 KRAG RIFLE, #57XXX, MADE 1897. Much more difficlult to locate than the more numerous produced Model 1898. This example shows fine deep blue on the barrel, barrel band, bayonet lug and trigger guard. The 1896 dated receiver is darkly mottled and uncleaned. The stock is fine+ and shows a faint cartouche as well as a light Circle P cartouche. The handguard has the usual hairline age crack in front and behind the rear sight with no wood loss- minor. the rear sight only has been arsenal updated to the Model 1901 style with the lever in the front. The bore is a bit dark and worn, but shows fine rifling and a couple of spots of light pitting- all of which may brush out better. Comes with a military sling. A hard to find very early production Krag with a lot of finish. $1295.
3) REMINGTON 1871 U.S. ARMY ROLLING BLOCK PISTOL, .50 CAL., MADE 1872-1888. Approximately 5,000 of these handsome pistols were made for the U.S. Government. The big question is WHY? They are beautiful and powerful single shot pistols, but during this time there were a number of big S&W and Colt revolvers that were issued and were more effective. Regardless, they are interesting and scarce. This example shows some fine case color on the left side of the frame and on the frame around the hammer/breechblock and upper trigger guard sides with the right side more mottled and faded. The barrel blue has aged to a soft, uncleaned dull blue/brown. Unaltered front sight. The receiver has the correct P and S government inspector stamp along with the usual Remington markings. The left side of the grip has a crisp inspector stamp. Grip and forend are fine and show only normal light handling. Tight action, fairly bright bore with fine rifling and some scattered surface roughness that may scrub out. Many of these were later gunsmith altered to target pistols, this one is all original and a fine example. $2200
4) REMINGTON NEW YORK STATE ROLLING BLOCK .50-70 MILITARY RIFLE. Good example with excellent bright bore and sharp rifling. Mostly gray metal with correct military style rear sight with ladder and slide intact. Cleaning rod also intact along with correct sling swivels. Fine Remington markings and patent dates on the upper tang. This Rolling Block has the advanced action that Remington should have incorporated into all its Rolling Block rifles where tha hammer is pulled to full cock for retracting the breech block for loading/unloading and when the block is pushed forward to lock, the hammer falls slightly into a safety notch and cannot be fired until manually put to full cock. Sounds more complex than it is, but a great advancement- never good to load a rifle and have it instantly fully cocked and ready to fire! Wood is solid with legible cartouches on each side of the wristand rack number on toop of comb ahead of butt plate. Stock and forend are solid and show only normal handling and no abuse. These New York contract rifles from the very early 1870s are still underpriced, but probably not for much longer! $1195.
WINCHESTERS (click text for photos
1) VERY HIGH CONDITION MODEL ’90 IN .22 SHORT, #760XXX, MADE DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION ERA OF THE 1930s. One of the best of these I’ve offered. Most of these rifles saw heavy use and it is difficult to find one in about unused condition like this one. Retains about all the barrel and mag blue with correct sights and sharp late “Model 90” markings. The receiver retains about all the blue with only some dulling/plumming of the blue toward the forward portion of the right receiver side and some on the bolt- more visible in bright light and minor. Even the upper and lower tangs retain the original blue as does most of the butt plate. The stock and forend are excellent+, the action is tight and the bore minty bright. Would be hard to improve upon. $1695.
2) 1892 SPECIAL ORDER SADDLE RING CARBINE, .38-40, WITH HALF MAGAZINE AND RIFLE-STYLE CRESCENT BUTT AND THREE LEAF EXPRESS SIGHT, #607XXX, MADE 1911. </b>I have no doubt this is the original stock and not a replacement as the walnut grain and color match the forend exactly. Also, the wood to metal fit is tight and the wear to the stock is consistent with the rest of the carbine. Also, it was a special order to begin with as it has a half magazine. The three leaf express sight appears to have always been on this carbine (all three leaves intact) and the pinned carbine blade in the front is stamped “Pat.” on the left side snd “Nov. 4, 1902” on the right side- all in tiny letters/numerals. The front blade also shows no indication of having been a replacement as the pin is perfect. Barrel blue has thinned and is mixing heavily light brown with excellent markings. Similarly, the receiver blue has aged/thinned and is mostly a light brown with good blue in the protected areas and on the loading gate. The screws are generally excellent and the receiver retains the saddle ring staple with the ring removed. Action is tight with the safety half-cock on the hammer weak. The bore is bright and excellent! A rare and unusual special order 1892 carbine! $1950.
3) 1892 .44-40 ROUND BARREL RIFLE, #794XXX, MADE 1915. A really nice, unmessed with rifle with a bright excellent bore. Fine deep barrel and magazine blue showing just minor age. Exc. markings, buckhorn rear sight with elevator bar intact mated with a typical small one piece blade front sight. Receiver mostly aged to an uncleaned, natural plum/brown mixing gray. Fine blue on the loading gate. Fine forend and butt stock with good wood to metal fit and a couple of hairline cracks beginning to come back from the center of the receiver at the wist on each side- minor and go nowhere. Tight action, solid safety half-cock notch on the hammer. Nice 107 year old ’92 in desirable .44-40 caliber with great bore. $2450.
4) FINE CONDITION 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE, .32-20, #936XXX, MADE 1924. This is a surprisingly difficult caliber to find in a carbine. I tend to see more in .25-20 and .38-40 than in this caliber. Fine barrel and mag blue with some areas of light thinning toward the muzzle end. As is typical of 1920s vintage 1892s, the receiver shows some flaking of the blue, but still retains some blue in the more protected areas, on the bolt and loading gate. Correct original carbine rear sight with slide intact, exc. screws, fine+ walnut stock and forend with tight wood to metal fit and a only normal light handling marks, tight action with strong safety half-cock, bore is fairly bright with strong rifling and some light scattered surface corrosion that is minor. Nice appearance. $2250.
5) 1892 TAKEDOWN, OCTAGON BARREL, .32-20 CALIBER, #730XXX, MADE 1913. Fairly scarce in this caliber as most Takedown 1892s seem to be in .25-20 caliber. This example shows evenly aged barrel blue turning an uncleaned plum/brown. Mag tube shows good even blue, flat top buckhorn rear sight with small blade front sight showing 1902 patent date. Tight takedown, receiver is an uncleaned very aged blue to brown with some good blue on the loading gate, exc. screws, exc. stock and forearm show minimal handling with tight wood to metal fit. Bore is a little dark with good rifling all the way through and some light scattered pitting. Half cock holds, but a little weak. Overall, very nice, uncleaned and unmessed with appearance. Scarce 100 year old takedown. $1895.
6) SPECIAL ORDER SEMI-DELUXE 1894 .30WCF, RARE HALF-OCT. BARREL WITH FULL MAGAZINE, PISTOL GRIP,, CHECKERED, SHOTGUN BUTT, #158XXX, MADE 1902. All aspects of this one are scarce with the half octagon barrel and full mag especially so as Winchester normally put a half-mag on half oct. barrels unless specifically ordered otherwise. I called this in to Cody and a call-in sheet comes included. It lists this as: rifle, cal. 30, 1/2 oct barrel, plain trigger, plain pistol grip stock checkered, Lyman front sight. Retains good thinning barrel blue with more consistent blue on the mag tube. Sharp markings on the barrel which is fitted with the standard buckhorn rear sight and, as listed in the ledgers, a Lyman marked small blade/bead front sight. The receiver blue has worn to gray/brown with some blue in the rear portions of the sides. Fine deep blue on the bolt. The wood shows normal light handling marks, but is solid with good wood to metal fit. Checkering shows some wear, but is all there and fine on both the forend and pistol grip. Correct Winchester embossed hard rubber grip cap. Smooth steel shotgun butt plate and tight action. Bore is typically a bit dark with sharp rifling all the way through. Nice appearance and rare barrel/mag. combination. $2950
7) VERY FINE CONDITIION 1894 .38-55 OCTAGON RIFLE #333XXX, WITH FACTORY LETTER, MADE 1907. A partiularly attractive example that retains fine blue on the receiver sides and bolt with only nomal upper tang, edge wear and receiver bottom thinning. Nice fire blue on the loading gate. Still some good case color on the more protected areas of the lever sides. Fine deep barrel and magazine blue with exc markings and original buckhorn reaar sight with elevator bar intact and Winchester small blade front sight. Screw heads appear unturned. Fine butt stock with one thin crack coming back from the receiver at the right lower wrist area- minor and goes nowhere. Fine forend. Overall wood shows only normal light handling. Action is tight and the bore is excellent and sharp. Hard to find 38-55s this nice. This one recently came out of Arizona. $2950.
8) SPECIAL ORDER 1894 .30 WCF RIFLE WITH HALF OCTAGON BARREL AND FULL MAGAZINE, #129XXX, MADE 1901. Most half-oct. rifles also have 1/2 magazines as this was standard. So, this is actually two special order features and one that is seldom seen. The receiver shows some evidence of old rust that was cleaned off- mainly a small spot in the middle of the left side and on the sharp edges. Looks like it was touched up at some point, but has a good appearance and mixes with the original blue. Fine blue on the loading gate and upper tang. Exc. markings. Fine thinning barrel blue with a bit morre thinning on the mag tube. Fine stock and forend. Tight action with strong half-cock on the hammer. Original buckhorn rear sight with elevator bar intact and Lyman ivory bead front sight. The bore is a little dark, with strong rifling and not pitted. Overall an attractive and scarce 122 year old 1894. $1795.
9) ABOUT NEW CONDITION, M-94 .30-30 FLATBAND CARBINE, #1494XXX, MADE 1948. This early Post-War carbine looks like it was purchased and never used. Even the sharp edges, sides and bottom of the lever show all the blue. Exc. stock and forend. Checkered steel butt plate also shows all the blue. Just needs a box! Superb 75 year old ’94 that is sure to increase in value over time. $1495.
10) SCARCE SEMI-DELUXE MODEL 1903 .22 AUTO RIFLE WITH CHECKERED STOCK AND PISTOL GRIP, WITH CODY MUSEUM CALL-IN LETTER, #27XXX, SHIPPED 1906. A very high condition example with about all the deep blue remaining on the barrel and receiver with one finger-nail size spot on the top right rear of the receiver and some thinning of the blue on the bottom & trigger guard. No telling how the spot happened, but could be easily touched up to blend better. Correct Winchester embossed pistol grip cap with fine checkering on the pistol grip and forend. the left side of the receiver is fitted with the correct Lyman receiver sight. Retains the correct original rear and front barrel sights. Bright excellent sharp bore. Winchester’s earliest model auto rifle. Factory ledgers verify pistol grip, checkering and shipping date. I believe CCI is offering .22 auto rim fire ammo. $1795.
11) RARE GROOVED RECEIVER TOP MODEL 63 .22LR AUTO RIFLE, #161XXX, MADE 1957. Only the very last of this great and classy model were made with grooved receiver tops for scope mounting before the model was discontinued in 1958. Unquestionably, one of the best of the .22 auto loaders, this example retains most of the receiver blue with only the most minor of edge wear that you have to look carefully for. Even the forend cap retains about all the blue. The barrel blue is fine and shows only some light age. Fine blue on the checkered steel butt plate. Original sights, excellent stock and forend show only the most minor of handling. Exc. bore and action. A very difficult and desirable Model 63 variation. These don’t show up very often. This one came out of here in Montana. $1495.
12) FIRST YEAR PRODUCTION MODEL 74 AUTO RIFLE IN .22 SHORT CALIBER, #18XXX, MADE 1939. Only the first group of Pre-War Model 74s were made in .22 Short. Soon after, they were chambered for the Long Rifle shell. I believe this is the ONLY Winchester auto rifle ever made for the .22 Short cartridge and then only for a very limited time This example shows nearly all the original blue with only some minor age. Even the trigger guard retains good blue. Excellent stock shows only light handling. Has the original buckhorn rear sight with elevator bar intact and small bead front sight. Tight action and mech. Bright excellent bore. These are not often seen and when encountered usually are in well used and often abused condition. Fine example of a Winchester more rare than most collectors are aware of $695.
13) MODEL 75 .22 LONG RIFLE TARGET RIFLE, #42XXX, MADE AT THE BEGINNING OF WORLD WAR II IN 1942. Retains nearly all the blue with slight wear to the bottom metal and edges only. Tight action, perfect bore, fully adjustable Lyman 58 E target receiver sight with globe front sight. Medium weight 28″ barrel, excellent wood with correct butt swivel and adjustable forend swivel holes. Correct “W” marked 5-shot magazine. These are classy rifles popular for 50 ft. bullseye matches of the day. Still great fun to shoot and finely accurate rifles to sharpen shooting skills with. And all with that early 1940s Winchester quality inside and out! $695.
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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 felt 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 heavy field load of 3 1/2 drams equals about 95 grains (by volume) 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 CLEAR NON-FOAMING Gorilla 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 (note: this is the best glue I’ve tried, but do NOT use the brown foaming Gorilla glue as it pushes the wad up when dry and is awful to correct!). 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! Recently 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
William T. Goodman, 280 W. Kagy Blvd., Suite D #152, Bozeman, MT 59715 (406) 587-3131 fax (406) 219-3415 firstname.lastname@example.org