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BILL GOODMAN, 280 W. KAGY BLVD. SUITE D #152, BOZEMAN, MONTANA 59715

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. 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 117 year old Colt Target model whose history is worth investigating. A Colt letter might prove valuable on this one. (4 photos) $795

2) VERY FINE CONDITION BISLEY, .32-20, 4 3/4″ BARREL, #299XXX, MADE 1907. This is a really nice example that came out of here in Montana.  Fine deep blue on the barrel with only the usual silvering/mixing on the left side from holster wear and some silvering on the outside of the ejector housing with deep blue on the upper and lower portion. Fine evenly thinning blue on the cylinder with deep blue in the flutes. Bright blue on the upper back strap around the hammer, around the trigger guard bow and on the butt with the grip straps mostly gray. The right side of the frame shows nice, even light case colots with more vivid color ahead of the cylinder. The Left side case colors have faded to a mottled gray with good color on the frame ahead of the cylinder. Exc. markings including the correct two line barrel address and Bisley Model marking on the left side as well as the patent dates/rampant colt on the left side of the frame. Exc. screws and cylinder pin. Matching numbers, nice fire blue on the trigger sides, exc. grips fit perfectly, front sight has not been altered and retains deep blue on the sides, tight mech. with four clicks to the hammer and a minty, bright bore! One of the better Bisleys I’ve offered in a while. Getting hard to find with this much blue and case color. A sharp 117 year old Colt! $3250.

3) PARTICULARLY FINE CONDITION LIGHTNING .32-20 OCTAGON RIFLE, #88XXX, MADE 1901. This one retains fine deep blue on the receiver with only normal edge wear. and bottom of the trigger guard thinning. All sharp markings including the Rampant Colt stamping on the left side of the receiver. Fine barrel blue with the magazine tube ageing to a mixture of uncleaned blue/plum. Screws look unturned and the dust cover retains most of the bright blue. Excellent stock and correct smooth forend. Excellent mechanically- important to note that when the action is cocked, the slide should NOT be able to be pulled back, it should lock up. On most of these this is not the case and the lock-up is either weak or non-existent. This one is tight. Original buckhorn rear sight with elevator bar intact and Rocky Mountain blade front sight. Strong half-cock safety on the hammer. Tight wood to metal fit. Excellent bright bore. One of the better Lightnings I’ve seen in a while. $3250. 

4)  NEW SERVICE “SHOOTING MASTER” .38 SPECIAL TARGET REVOLVER, #337XXX, MADE IN THE MOST DIFFICULT YEAR OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION- 1933. This was the culmination of the target New Service line and differs from the earlier models as this is a totally redesigned revolver that is more than the earlier flat top variation. The Shooting Master has a rounded grip frame and a barrel length of 6.” The standard caliber was .38 Special which was the most popular for bullseye matches at the time. During the 1930s Colt had to let go of many of its workers and kept only the most skilled gunsmiths and craftsmen. Since production was so small, a great deal of time could be spent on each revolver, with the target versions being meticulously fit, tuned and finished. The action and trigger on these has to be felt to be fully appreciated. This example is in excellent+ condition inside and out. It features factory checkered back strap, front strap and trigger. It retains nearly all the original deep blue with only a touch of wear at the muzzle and just a touch of wear at the forward portion of the trigger guard bottom. It also retains all the glare cutting stipled/matte blue on the top strap, around the hanmer and the hammer top. The grips are excellent with sharp checkering and one “impressed” area below the Colt medallion on the left side- still has good checkering in this spot. Small two-line scratch in the bottom of the right grip at the butt, meaning unknown (initial?) and minor. Even the front of the cylinder face retains about all the blue indicating that this revolver was rarely if ever shot. Mirror bright bore and super tight action with light jtrigger pull. Colt’s finest revolver then and now! $3650.

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) FINE  WORLD WAR I 1917 .45 ACP U.S. ARMY REVOLVER, #172XXX (#23XXX ARMY NUMBER ON BUTT). A really nice example that saw some holster/carry wear, but retains a mirror bore and tight action. Fine correct factory brushed blue with silvering on the grip straps and some thinning on the bottom of the trigger guard and on the rear of the frame on the right side. Excellent blue on the hammer back. Retains the “UNITED STATES PROPERTY” stamping on the bottom of the barrel with Colt address/patents on the barrel top and “COLT D. A. 45”  on the left side with only light muzzle wear on each side. U.S. inspector stamp on the upper right side of the frame and has the correct U.S. Army stampings/number on the butt with lanyard swivel intact. Exc. smooth walnut grips show only some oil staining on the edges. Fine deep cylinder brushed blue with one small area of corrosion by a single flute edge (minor). Sharp rampant Colt stamping on the frame. One frame screw may be a replacement on the right side. Front sight has not been altered or filed. Mnay of these were still in use during W.W. II. Lots of history here. $1195.

7) 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.

8) ONE OF THE ABSOLUTE RAREST OF THE COLT “SNAKE GUNS” IS THIS COBRA, .38 SPECIAL WITH 5″ BARREL AND VENEZUELA POLICE MARKINGS, #770XX LW, MADE 1958! The standard barrel length for the .38 Special Cobra was 2″ (the .22 LR model was standard with 3″) and anything longer than this is quite scarce. According to the excellent book SEVEN SERPENTS The History of Colt’s Snake Guns by Gurney Brown, the First Issue Cobras were offered with barrel lengths of “…2, 3, 4, or possibly 5 inch in .38 special only.”  He further rates rarity of the Cobra variations 1-5 with 5 being the most rare. The 5″ barrel is listed as a “5+” rarity (the only variation to have a “+” after it). This example has checkered walnut grips without the Colt medallion and appear original as they fit perfectly and have the correct checkering pattern- perhaps this Venezuela contract revolvers had grips that didn’t have the medallions?  The left side of the frame below the cylinder release has the Venezuela crest stamping. The backstrap is stamped “POLICIA DEL DISTRITO FEDERAL” and the butt has the number “189” stamped. The barrel has the standard Colt address stamping on the right side and “COBRA” over “38 SPECIAL CTG.” on the right side. The allow frame retains fine black with edgee wear and obvious light rub marks from holster carry. The barrel blue is thinned a little with some holster wear on the sides toward the muzzle. There are some tiny stampings under the barrel above the ejector rod that are indecipherable that may be some kind of import markings- only visible by opening the cylinder. Exc. cylinder blue with only some light edge wear. Tight action and exc. bright bore. Unaltered front sight. One of the rarest of the Post War Colts! The most advanced Colt collections lack a 5″ barrel Cobra! $1895

9) MODEL 1902 MILITARY .38 ACP AUTO PISTOL, #33XXX, MADE 1911. This is a fine, unaltered and uncleaned example that shows deep blue on the frame sides and ahead of the trigger guard below the slide. the grip straps show blue wear to brown. The slide retains fine blue on the top with dulling blue on the sides. Exc. markings including the 1897 and 1902 patent stampings on the left side along with the Colt address. The right side of the slide has clear Colt Automatic pistol etc. markings. Exc. grips, original magazine. Some good aged case color on the hanner and fire blue on the trigger sides. Tight mechanically, solid half-cock on the hammer and bright excellent bore. Unaltered original sights, lanyard swivel intact.  Nice 103 year old example of the early days of auto pistols. $2250.

MARLIN (click text for photos).

1) MODEL ’93 CARBINE, .30-30 CALIBER, #3XX WITH SCARCE “MARLIN FIREARMS CORPORATION” BARREL MARKING, MADE 1922-1924. According to the Marlin book by Brophy, this marking was only used for the years shown after which the usual “Marlin Firearms Company” marking was used. This carbine retains the earlier style “S” steel butt plate and has the early, traditional ladder carbine sight with slide (later replaced with the buckhorn variety). This is a fine example with fine lightly fading case colors on the receiver sides and top with some silvering toward the forward portion on the right side and bolt. There are two receiver sight drilled and tapped holes on the left side for a typical Lyman-style sight that may or may not be factory- both holes have filler screws. Fine deep barrel, magazine and loading gate blue. The lever shows some case color remaining on the sides. Exc. walnut stock and forearm with tight wood to metal fit. Has the “star” stamping on the upper tang that is addressed in Brophy’s book from Marlin literature published in 1926-1927, “…when a Marlin gun leaves the factory bearing the marlin star stamped into the metal, it is ‘as near perfection as the finest of materials, equipment, and skill can make it.’ The star was usually stamped on the top tang of lever action guns…” Tight action with strong safety half-cock on the hammer. Minty bright excellent bore. $1395.

2) HIGH CONDITION MODEL 27S .25-20 PUMP ACTION OCTAGON RIFLE. This is an interesting model that was first introduced as the Model 27 in 1909 and changed around 1913 to the Model 27S. It was ofered in .25 Rim Fire, .25-20 and .32-20 calibers. The improvement came in the form of a sliding button on the right side of the frame that facilitated unloading live rounds from the magazine. With a fully loaded rifle, the button was pushed forward while also pushing forward on the firing pin while the hammer was cocked. The forend or pump would then unlock and move rearward for ejecting live shells. All Model 27/27S rifles were made as takedowns. The Model 27S was made from about 1913-1932- another casualty of the Great Depression. Ths example with 24″ octagon barrel is in excellenbt overall condition and retains nearly all the receiver, barrel and magazine blue with only some very light thinning on the bolt and some equally light edge wear. All markings are sharp and the stock and forend are excellent. Original buckhorn rear sight with elevator bar intact and ivory bead/blade front sight. Exc. bright bore. Tight action. Note: the two holes in the left side of the receiver are factory and hold internal parts, they are NOT gunsmith drilled sidemount holes. The upper tang is also drilled and tapped for a tang sight and retains the correct original filler screws. “SPECIAL SMOELESS STEEL” marked on the side of the barrel.  Exc. stock and forend. This model has no visible serial numbers. A particularly fine example. $1395.

 

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: Remington has sold the Marlin line to Ruger.  Ruger is now producing some Marlin models with more to come. In my opinion, all of this with 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)

1SHARPS 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 SAVAGE MODEL ’99 .30-30 20″ CARBINE, #357XXX, MADE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION IN 1936. Some of the finest firearms were made during this time as only the best craftsmen were retained and with demand limited, extra time could be put in to each firearm. This Savage is in particularly fine condition retaining about all the receiver  blue with barely any edge wear. The lever shows fine case color and the barrel blue shows minor wear only. All sharp markings. Fitted with a correct Marble tang sight and Marble marked dovetail blank filler, blade/bead front sight. Stock and forearm are excellent showing tight wood to metal fit and NO cracking around the upper tang.  Original smooth steel butt plate retains good blue in the center portion and both the butt plate and stock are matching numbered to the receiver. Tight action with good spring in the brass rotory magazine. Exc. sharp bore. A scarce model in a scarce caliber (most of these were .303 Savage caliber) made when total production was limited, but when quality was exceptionally high. $1595.

3) THOMAS SHELHAMER STOCKED CUSTOM STEVENS 44 1/2 .32-40 SPORTER, #9XXX, WITH 6X UNERTL SCOPE. Thomas Shelhamer was a famous stock maker during the time when Griffin & Howe, Neidner and other gunmakers topped the gunmaking world. His stocks can be found on the finest rifles of the Pre/Post World War II era. This Stevens in .32-40 has a medium weight 26″ round barrel with concave target crown. It is fitted with scope blocks and mounted with a 6X Unertl scope with cross hair reticle, fine optics and steel protective end caps. There is a third block installed toward the muzzle. The barrel is unmarked and shows all the deep blue. The receiver is blued with case colored lever. Action is tight and the bore is perfect. In the wood under the finely checkered steel butt plate is stamped “T. SHELHAMER” over “1247.”  The stock work is simply incredible on this one. The fancy grained walnut is a dark blonde color with fine, sharp checkering on the pistol grip. The raised cheek piece is accented with a shadow line and there are half-moon panels behind the receiver on each side. There is also an unusual and most attractive raised “double accent” around the back of the pistol grip. Similarly, the forend  swells gracefully from the receiver and is finely checkered in a full pattern that completely wraps around the entire mid-section with flawless execution. The forend tip is a traditional schnable. It is fitted with quick detachable swivel studs. In all, a spectacular rifle by a famed stockmaker. $3450.

4) SHARPS 1863 UNALTERED .52 CAL. PERCUSSION CIVIL WAR CARBINE (see below in Springfield & U.S. Military section)

5) REMINGTON .50-70 UNUSUAL NICKEL FINISH NEW YORK STATE ROLLING BLOCK (see below in Remington section)

 

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.

2) REMINGTON 760 PUMP RIFLE, .30-06 (see below)

3) WINCHESTER CUSTOM MODEL 71 .450 ALASKAN BY P. O. ACKLEY (see below in Winchester section)

REMINGTON (click text for photos)

 

1) VERY UNUSUAL .50-70 NEW YORK STATE CONTRACT ROLLING BLOCK MILITARY RIFLE WITH FULL NICKEL PLATE FINISH, MADE 1871. Over the decades I’ve seen a few of these. Whether they were plated experimentally or perhaps for parade use is unknown. It is known that some of these were finished “in the white” with polished barrels and receivers, some had blued barrels and polished receivers and some had case colored receivers with blued barrels.  Lots of good info on these in George Layman’s book Remington Rolling Block Military Rifles of the World. This example is full nickel plated including the hammer, breech block furniture, sights and even the cleaning rod. The nickel shows age and is getting a thick/cloudy/dull look to it. There is minor freckling in areas and some edge wear, but most is intact. Solid stock and forrrend with rack numbers in the side and top of the stock along with a  light inspector cartouche. Tight wood to metal fit, all correct, exc. mech. and fine bore with stront rifling all the way through with some light corrosion that a good oil soaking and brushing should improve considerably. Correct early Remington markings on the upper tang identify this as one of the first contracts with the state of New York in 1871. Most unusual and handsome! $1695.

2) HIGH CONDITION No. 4 TAKEDOWN ROLLING BLOCK WITH OCTAGON BARREL, .22 SHORT & LONG. These were pretty high-end boys’ rifles from the turn of the last century or a little before. Any kid who had one of these probably had the best rifle of all his friends (back when young boys were actually given rifles and encouraged to learn marksmanship and safety!). When found now, these little single shot rifles are typically in rough condion, having been “loved to death” by their young owners. This example retains fine case colors on the receiver with a bit more on the left side. The barrel retains fine, uncleaned blue showing light age with excellent markings and original small buckhorn rear sight. Excellent stock and forend with correct Remington marked steel butt plate. Tight wood to metal fit. Tight action and takedown. Strong safety half-cock on the hammer. Fine correct hanmmer and breech block blue. The bore is generally excellent and fairly bright with at worst a little corrosion ahead of the chamber that may clean out. One of the better ones I’ve seen in a while. and very hard to find with good case color on the receiver and decent bore. $895

3) REMINGTON  EARLY MODEL 760 GAMEMASTER, .30-06 PUMP RIFLE. This one with serial number 387XXX was probably made in the mid-1950s and has the early features of a checkered aluminum Remington marked butt plate and serated forend without checkering at the wrist. Wood is excellent showing only minimal handling. Retains about all the blue with only minor ageing/freckling/wear. Original rear buckhorn rear sight with ramped front sight. Correct detachable magazine, sling swivel in the butt stock and half barrel band. Fitted with a Weaver style scope base. Tight action, exc. bright bore, military style sling included. With 22″ barrel, these are still popular fast action powerful rifles. $695.

 

RUGER (click text for photo),

1) OLD MODEL SINGLE SIX .22LR/.22 MAG CONVERTIBLE, 5 1/2″ BARREL, #436XXX, MADE 1960s. Fine condition Three-screw revolver that has NOT been converted to new model. Retains almost all the blue with just some muzzle wear on the left side and a smudge at the bottom of the back strap edge. It is fitted with high grade walnut oversize grips. On the inside is printed “A GENUINE HERRETT’S MODEL RX.”  Grips show only light wear. Tight action, excellent bright bore, extra .22 mag cylinder is also excellent and shows about all the blue. Classic early Ruger Single Six in very fine condition. $795.

2) RARE 10″ BULL BARREL MK II .22LR AUTO PISTOL, #210-75XXX, MADE 1984. These were made in limited numbers and don’t turn up too often. One of the more unusual variations of this fine pistol that began the Ruger Company in the Post War 1940s. Looks to be little, if at all, used and retains about all the blue. with one small rub spot at the very bottom of the back strap edge. Mecanically excellent with adjustable sights and factory grips. An interesting 40 year old .22 auto! $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) SCARCE SHILOH SHARPS 1863 .54 CALIBER PERCUSSION OCTAGON SPORTING RIFLE, #5XXX, PROBABLY MADE ABOUT 1980. This is a Farmingdale, NY made rifle before the move to Montana. It features a straight stock, case hardened steel military butt plate, double set triggers, 30″ standard octagon barrel fitted with a semi-buckhorn Lawrence ladder rear sight with elevation slide (an additional new full buckhorn Lawrence ladder rear sight is also included with this rifle), double set triggers and case hardened receiver, lever and hammer. the stock and forearm are medium/dark straight grained walnut. Octagon Sporters are much harder to find than the military carbine 1863s.  Weighs approx. 10 lbs. This one is in about like new condition. These can be fired using a paper cartridge or, as I shoot them (I have several Shiloh ’63 Sporters I’ve been shooting for decades) with breech seated lubed bullet and loose powder with percussion musket cap. With good target sights, these will shoot as accurately as cartridge models. Loads of fun without having to reload brass cartridges! $2300 (no FFL required)

 

SMITH AND WESSON (click text for photos)

1) 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 115 year old Smith with all matching serial numbers and great pearls! $795.

2) RARELY ENCOUNTERED MODEL 1891 .38 S&W CALIBER SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER, #10XXX, MADE 1890s. One of the most attractive of the top break line the Model ’91 looks  like a scaled down New Model No. 3. It was the only single action pocket revolver with a trigger guard instead of a spur trigger guard. Supposedly almost 27,000 of these were made, but as all the sources reveal, this model is seldom seen. Either the number produced is wrong (probably) or most of this model was exported (p0ssible) as most Americans by this time wanted their pocket revolvers t.o be double action- like the safety hammerless models in .32 and .38 S&W. Regardless, this is one of the most difficult models to find. This example with standard 3 1/4″ barrel and nickel plated finish has all matching numbers on the frame, cylinder, cylinder latch and barrel. It  has the correct black hard rubber grips with S&W monogram. Grips are fine with one chip on the bottom edge at the butt on the left side that is mainly visible when observed from the bottom. Fine nickel shows some flaking on the cylinder and some scattered light freckling on the barrel sides and frame sides. Still retains some light case color on the hammer sides and back. Exc. mech, tight overall, fine bright bore with scattered surface corrosion that ought to brush out. Excellent markings including the “MODEL OF 91” on the barrel top along with S&W address and patent dates etc. Comes with unmarked brown leather holster that is very aged but sound and obviously made for this revolver. Nice example and super difficult to find! $1495.

3) 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.

4) WORLD WAR I  UNALTERED .455 MARK II HAND EJECTOR 2nd MODEL, SCARCE CANADIAN ISSUE, #30XXX, MADE 1915-1917. As serial numbers for this model began in the 5000 to 6000 range and continued to 74755, this one was probably made in 1915 or 1916. Of these big N frame revolvers in .455 caliber 59150 were manufactured for English service and only 14,500 for the Canadian service. Many, if not most, of these were converted to .45 Colt or .45 Auto Rim (easily identified by having the back of the cylinder ground down and not showing the serial number… or just insert a .45 Colt or Auto Rim cartridge which will not chamber), this one is not altered. The Canadian models lack the British proofs especially in each cylinder flute etc. and are not marked “NOT ENGLISH MADE” etc. This is a very fine example that retains most of the original blue and shows only some normal very light holster wear on the barrel sides and no more than slight thinning on the bottom of the trigger guard and back strap (still retains almost all the blue in these areas). Even the cylinder face retains all the blue indicating that this one was rarely if ever fired. Nice case colors on the hammer sides and duller colors on the trigger. All sharp markings including the S&W logo on the frame. Exc. sharp diamond checkered walnut grips with deep dish medallions that fit perfectly. Lanyard swivel in butt intact. Matching serial numbers, tight action and minty bright bore. A very fine historical Canadian issue S&W from The Great War. $1295.

5) MID-1920s MANUFACTURE 22/32 HAND EJECTOR .22 LR TARGET REVOLVER, #384XXX.  This example has the “MADE IN U.S.A. ” frame stamping which began in 1922. It has the correct onc screw extension target grips with the June 1917 patent date stamped in the bottom. Grips are in excellent condition. Fine Cylinder and barrel blue with some edge wear and light holster wear on the barrel sides toward the muzzle portion. The frame shows some flaking to brown above the grips on both sides and on the portion where the barrel screws in.- a little blue touch up would go a long way. Corrrect adjustable target sights, very tight action, crisp light trigger pull, bright bore etc.- all from that wonderful hand fitted and tuned 1920s period of production! All sharp markings and matching numbers on the cylinder, frame and barrel. Still some good case color on the hammer and trigger. A beautifully crafted target/field revolver from 100 years ago. $595.

6) 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.

7) 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.

8) SCARCE .38/44 OUTDOORSMAN TARGET REVOLVER, #S 97XXX, MADE 1953-54. Only 6,039 of these big “N” frame revolvers were made between 1950-1957. All were hand fitted and tuned. This one has NOT been bored out to .357 Magnum as many were and is still in its original .38 Special chambering. Retains about all the blue with only some very slight wear at the muzzle and bottom  edge of the barrel lug with only a very light cylinder line. This one does not look like it was fired much if at all as it retains about all the blue on the cylinder face. Bright case color on the hammer and trigger, tight mech., adjustable target sights, bright exc. bore. Correct diamond checkered grips. All numbers matching on the frame cylinder and barrel. Only the grips not matching, but correct. Nothing like this made today! $1495.

 

 

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

 

1) 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.

2) U.S. 1899 KRAG CARBINE WITH FINE CARTOUCHE, #286XXX. These are getting very hard to find now especially in unaltered condition. This example has a sharp 1899 cartouche as well as the correct Model 1899 receiver stamping used ONLY on carbines. Fine deep barrel blue shows some age and is mixing a little brown, but all there. The receiver is a mottled uncleaned brown with some very minor surface pin-prick pitting on part of the loading gate that is hardly worth mentioning. It has the headless cocking piece only used on some of these 1899 carbines as well as the “C” marked rear sight (needs front barrel mounting screw). Only the front sight blade that is pinned in to the base appears to have been filed. The walnut stock, forend is a dark and uncleaned color with matching “humped” handguard that is also only used on these M-1899s. There is a shallow chip on the left side of the stock at the top side of the butt plate that is old and worn in. Fine action with functioning safety and exc. bore that is only a little dark, but not pitted. Good even aged blue on the extractor. This was the last carbine made by Springfield for the U.S. armed forces. An attractive, unmessed with example. $1895

3) SHARPS NEW MODEL 1863 UNALTERED .52 CAL. PERCUSSION CIVIL WAR CARBINE, #c9XXX. This is a particularly attractive “attic condition” example. The barrel retains the correct “New Model 1863” marking as well as the Sharps markings ahead of the original Lawrence ladder rear sight (slide intact). The barrel has naturally aged to mostly a pleasing uncleaned brown patina. Similarly, the receiver is an uncleaned mottled brown with fine markings. The action is crisp andonly the half-cock safety notch is weak. The lever catch is also intact. The bore is MINTY BRIGHT which is unusual on a percussion carbine. The stock is excellent, has never been cleaned and has a sharp inspector’s cartouche behind the sling ring bar and another in the middle of the stock on the left side. the forend is also excellent and has the three initials inspector stamp on the flat ahead of the receiver (these usually worn away). In all a really fine example with an outstanding bore! Many of these are still shot today using either a paper cartridge or with a lubed bullet and loose black powder with a musket cap. Lots of history in this one as many went home with soldiers after serving in the Civil War. Many also went West with hunters and homesteaders. Priced about the same as a good U.S. made replica. $2850.

5) RARE LATE FIRST MODEL 1873 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR RIFLE, .45-70, #83XXX, MADE 1878. This is a really interesting late First Model transition when the improvements were  being made to the later 1877 Model. This one still has the early markings of the First Model on the lock plate and high arch breech block. Importantly, it also has the short comb/long wrist stock of the First Model. It also has the two click tumbler in the lock and the rear sight base is graduated to “4” on the side, yet has the 1877 ladder graduated to 1100 yards. The barrel retains fine deep blue while the lock, breech block and hammer show the corrrect black oil quenched case hardening. There is still fine blue on the trigger guard with only minor wear. The U.S. marked butt plate has a small rack number stamped behind the top screw behind the U.S. marking. Correct cleaning rod intact. Wood is generally excellent and solid with only an age crack coming foreard from the lock plate screws on the left side. Also very importantly, there is the oval “ESA” script stock cartouche without a date underneath the initials (The Model 1877 has the date, but not the earlier Model 1873). Action is crisp and the bore is generally fine+ to excellent with any roughness scattered and minor. This is a very fine,condition, unaltered early Indian Wars rifle. Very difficult to find like this. $1950.

 

WINCHESTERS (click text for photos

 

1) VERY FINE CONDITION 1873 OCTAGON RIFLE, .38-40, #379XXX, MADE 1891. One of the nicest I’ve offered in a long time, this one shows fine deep receiver blue on both sides with just normal plum/brown edge wear, original dust cover and mellow, uncleaned brass lifter marked “38 CAL.”  The barrel shows about all the deep blue with only minor age and the mag tube blue is ageing/mixing plum. Original buckhorn rear sight with elevator bar intact and standard original small Winchester blade front sight. Sharp markings on barrel and upper tang. Exc. forend with tight wood to metal fit. The stock shows just a little more handling, but fine+ also with tight wood to metal fitl. Tight action with solid safety half-cock. Bore is excellent with sharp rifling and only slightly dark. Great appearance to this 133 year old ’73 and lots of original finish! These are getting  hard to find this nice. $3950.

2) FINE 1876 OCTAGON RIFLE IN .45-60 CALIBER, #87XXX, MADE 1883. This is a really nice looking, “attic condition” rifle that has that unmessed with and uncleaned look to it. All metal parts- receiver, dust cover, barrel and magazine have an aged blue, plum/brown patina. There is good blue on the loading gate and in the protected areas around the side plates, but the balance is an even aged plum. Even the receiver screws looked unturned. Mellow, uncleaned brass lifter is marked .45-60. All sharp markings and the barrel is mounted with the sporting ladder sight that is marked 1876 along with a standard Winchester blade front sight. The action is tight with secure safety half-cock. Bore is fine with good rifling and light scattered surface roughness- better than usually seen on these early big bore black powder cartridge Winchesters. Fine forend shows some honest saddle wear just ahead of the receiver, butt stock has two long hairline cracks coming back from each side of the upper tang- truly hairline, in fact I owned this one for some time before I noticed it- tight wood to metal fit and appears solid. This one recently came out of Arizona. This one just has a good look and feel to it. $3450.

3) UNUSUAL AND EXTREMELY RARE 1886 TAKEDOWN, FACTORY SHORT RIFLE: 22″ BARREL, .33 WCF CALIBER, #134XXX, SHIPPED 1905. The standard barrel length for all .33 WCF rifles was 24″ and all I have seen were this length. Obviously a special order, this one comes with the Cody Museum call-in sheet verifying the caliber, round barrel 22″, plain trigger, 1/2 magazine, shotgun butt- rubber, takedown, received in the warehouse June 24, 1905 and shipped July 8, 1905. This one is in fine condition showing about all the barrel and  magazine blue. The receiver shows some minor spotting to the blue on the upper left side of the receiver and silvering on the receiver bottom coming up the sides a little from handling. Exc. blue on the uppertang and bolt. Still some fine case color on the lever and hammer. Also fine blue on the forend cap, lower tangs and takedown ring. Stock and forend are excellent with tight wood to metal fit and exc. correct Winchester embossed hard rubber butt plate. Buckhorn rear sight with elevator bar intact and Lyman “Jack” front sight (half moon with ivory bead) in correct short base. Tight action with solid safety half-cock on the hammer and bright, excellent bore, sharp markings. Introduced in 1902, the .33 WCF is an verlooked caliber that was the only true smokeless round offered in the 1886. Simply a .45-70 case necked down to take standard .338″ bullets. It offered a lot more power than the popular .30 WCF. A super rare 1886. $3450.

4) FINE CONDITION 1890 IN SCARCE AND DESIRABLE .22 LONG RIFLE CALIBER, #670XXX, MADE 1920. This is an early .22 Long Rifle example as this caliber wasn’t introduced in the 1890 until 1919. For some reasonn, few of this popular caliber were produced in the “90 and they don’t turn up often. This is a nice condition example with most of the blue remaining on the receiver with only some very light plum mixing with the blue. Deep blue on the bolt with some blue turning plum brown on the upper tang and bottom of the trigger guard. Matching numbers on the receiver and barrel assembly. Fine deep barrel blue with only some very minor and light scattered freckling that is hardly worth mentioning. Mag tube turning brown. Original buckhorn rear sight correctly patent dated 1901 and 1902 patent marked small blade/bead front sight. Exc. stock and forend/pump with tight wood to metal fit. Tight takedown and action with solid safety half-cock on the hammer. Sharp markings including the correct “22 LONG R” caliber stamping. Bore a little dark with fine rifling all the way through and any corrosion minor and scattered. Fine appearance on a scarce 104 year old M-90. $1295.

5) VERY UNUSUAL SPECIAL ORDER 1892 .44-40 TAKEDOWN, FULL OCTAGON, HALF MAGAZINE, #922XXX, MADE 1923. The full octagon barrel and half magazine are actually TWO special order features because when a half magazine was specified the rifle came with either a half-octagon barrel or a round barrel. A full octagon barrel with half magazine was non-standard. This is a fairly late rifle and has all the correct late barrel markings etc. It retains fine barrel blue with some normal light wear. Theshort  mag tube retains fine blue. It has a buckhorn rear sight with elevator bar intact and a small blade front sight. The receiver blue has aged to mostly brown with blue in protected areas, on the loading gate and bolt with some gray mixing more toward the receiver bottom. Screw heads are excellent. The stock and forearm show tight wood to metal fit and could use a good clean to reveal a little better than standard grade of walnut, which was typical for special order guns. There is some staining on the comb of the butt stock that ought to be fairly easy to remove along with some old grime. The action is tight with a strong safety half-cock on the hammer. tight takedown and best of all, THE BORE IS BRIGHT AND MINTY. An interesting and rare variation in a great caliber. $3450.

6) HIGH CONDITIOIN SPECIAL ORDER 1894 RARE HALF-OCT./FULL MAGAZINE, .30WCF CALIBER RIFLE, #408XXX, MADE 1908. This is a scarce combination that is actually two special order features as half-octagon barrels came with half magazines unless special ordered with full magazines. This example shows about all the original deep blue on the receiver, bolt and upper tang with only slight edge wear and light wear to the receiver bottom.  The lever shows some very light and faded case color. Exc. screw heads. Exc. barrel and magazine blue overall with sharp markings. Three-leaf express rear sight with all leaves intact and small Winchester blade front sight. Exc. stock and forend with tight wood to metal fit. The stock shows better than standard grade of walnut which is typical for special order rifles. Tight action, solid half-cock on the hammer, bore is a bit dark with sharp rifling all the way through and no pitting. A really attractive and sarce vatiation 116 year old 1894. $2950.

7) VERY FINE CONDITION 1894 TAKEDOWN, .30WCF ROUND BARREL RIFLE, #850XXX, MADE 1917. Retains about all the blue on the barrel and magazine with excellent markings, flat top buckhorn rear sight with elevator bar intact and Winchester smll blade front sight. The receiver also retains fine blue on the sides and bolt with only minor “flaky-brown” just beginning to show which is typical of receivers of ’94s made during this time, and only some edge wear/browning. Exc. screw heads and tight action with excellent sharp bore. Fine stock and forend with only light handling marks and tight wood to metal fit. These are getting hard to find in this condition especially in takedown. Really nice appearance on this 107 year old 1894. $2650.

8) CLASSIC 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE, .30WCF, #951XXX, MADE 1923. A solid example that shows good barrel and mag blue with some surface freckling from poor storage that ought to clean off with some oil and very fine steel or brass wool- either way it is minor. Receiver also shows good aged blue with better blue on the bolt and loading gate. Screw heads are excellent, action is tight and has a strong safety-half-cock. Has a Marbles buckhorn rear sight with ivory bead front sight in the carbine base. Butt stock is solid and appears to have been lightly sanded/gone over. Fine+ forend. The butt plate has two incorrect screws that should be replaced. Bore is a bit dark with strong rifling all the way through. $1250.

9) VERY FINE 1894 .38-55 OCTAGON RIFLE, #104XXX, MADE 1901. This is a truly “attic condition” 1894 that appears to have been stored away for decades.  The receiver shows most of the blue on both sides and is partially covered with hard-dried grease. Fine blue on the bolt and bottom of the receiver with normal light edge wear. Generally excellent screw heads (with grease in the slots) and good aged case color on the sides of the lever and hammer back. Fine deep blue on the barrel and mag tube (with some dried grease there too). Stock and forearm show only normal light handling marks with tight wood to metal fit. Tight action, strong springs, solid half-cock on the hammer and exc. bore that is only a little dark. Standard Winchester buckhorn rear sight with elevator bar intact and Winchester blade front sight. Exc. markings. I made no effort to disolve the dried grease as this is indicative of a rifle that hasn’t been messed with in years! $2750.

10) THREE HEAVY STEEL WINCHESTER MARKED TOOL ROOM “DIES” FOR THE MODEL 1895 MUSKET! Really interesting and unusual Winchester items that somehow survived to the present. Given their weight, it is surprising they weren’t sold for scrap at some point when 1895 Muskets were no longer produced and these tools became obsolete. First is is an oblong eight sided piece marked “95 MUSKET”  and “FRONT BAND” with a small etched measurement (?). With this is a corresponding “plunger” with stem/handle that fits perfectly in the milled center. It is marked along the stem in two lines on two sides, “MOD 95 MUSKET FRONT BAND” and “TEMPLET FOR MASTER GAGE” (yes gauge is misspelled). The polished flat bottom portion that fits into the milled section of the heavy gauge is stamped  “MOD”. Next is a rectangular piece marked “MOD. 95 MUSKET” over “FRONT BAND” over “1.875 = MOD” over some kind of very small circular etching. It comes with a perfectly machined unmarked “plug” that fits in the milled out section. Last is what I believe to be a butt plate die. It is a little difficult to read the stamping as there is some corrosion on this portion, but it can all be made read, “1895 BUTT PLATE MUSKET” over “B   U S H ..225 = MOD.” then there is a circle with a “J” and a small numberwithin  it and a small “s s”.  These are really great items for the specific 1895 collector or general Winchester enthusiast. The machining on these is amazing. The “plugs” or templets only go into the heavy gauges about 7/8 of the way before stopping and cannot be pushed all the way through. Perhaps a “go/no-go gauge arrangement. One-of-a-kind little collection that should remain together. For all three plus the two inserts/templets, $1600.

11) 1895 RIFLE IN .30 U.S. CALIBER (.30-40 KRAG), #44XXX, MADE 1904. This one is fitted with a deslirable Lyman 21 receiver sight. The receiver shows good blue in the bottom portion of the right side and more of the blue remains on the left side which was protected by the Lyman sight. Exc. blue on the bolt. The the standard 28″ barrel blue has thinned to the point where it is getting silvery with exc. markings. Blank in the rear dovetail with high blade/bead front sight. Generally excellet wood with tight wood to metal fit. Tight action with secure safety half-cock. The bore is only a little dark with sharp rifling and no pitting. The forend has the correct ebony wedge inlay. In all a very decent 120 year old 1895. $1895.

12) SCARCE SEMI-DELUXE MODEL 1903 .22 AUTO RIFLE WITH CHECKERED STOCK AND PISTOL GRIP, WITH CODY MUSEUM CALL-and 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. $1695.

13) FIRST YEAR PRODUCTION SEMI-DELUXE MODEL 1907 .351 SELF-LOADING RIFLE, #7XXX, MADE 1907. Fine blue on the barrel and receiver with only light edge wear and some bottom wear ahead of the magazine. Tang sight with small ivory bead front sight and blank filler in the rear dovetail. Worn checkering with excellent stock and forearm that may have been lightly gone over, yet still has tight wood to metal fit. Correct sling-eye studs and fine blue on the forend cap. Serated steel butt plate may be a replacement as it seems most of these I’ve seen have hard rubber butt plates. Matching numbers and exc. markings. Correctly marked magazine. Exc. mech. and bore. Scarce 107 year old auto. $1595.

14) MODEL 53 SOLID FRAME RIFLE IN .25-20, #986XXX MADE THE YEAR OF THE GREAT STOCK MARKET CRASH IN 1929. Only 16,905 of these were made in this caliber between 1924-1932 (with some guns assembled from parts until World War II). Another fine rifle discontinued after limited production because of the Great Depression. This one shows fine deep barrel blue with the receiver flaked to silver/gray which is typical of receivers made during this time. Fine blue on the lever, bolt and loading gate. All correct markings and the barrel is fitted with the original flat top buckhon rear sight with elevator bar intact and Lyman blade/bead set in the correct short base at the muzzle of the standard 22″ barrel. Receiver screws look unturned. Excllent stock and forend show only light handling and the stock has a little better grade of walnut than standard. Tight wood to metal fit. Correct steel butt plate. Tight action with strong safety half-cock on the hammer. Bright, excellent bore. $1650.

15) SUPERB CONDITION AND EXCEPTIONALLY SCARCE MODEL 63 .22LR AUTO RIFLE WITH FACTORY GROOVED RECEIVER FOR SCOPE MOUNT, #165998, MADE 1958. This model was discontinued in 1958, making this one of the last produced. Only the last rifles had grooved receiver tops for clamp style scope mounts and they are rarely encountered. This one is about mint inside and out. It retains all the blue including the butt plate and forend cap, exc. sharp markings, original sights, exc. stock and forend with hardly a handling mark. Would be hard to improve upon. Probably the classiest .22 auto rifle ever manufacured. $1695.

16) MODEL 71 DELUXE .348 WCF, #33XXX, MADE 1952. A good, well cared for example that shows some spots of thinning blue on the receiver sides from normal handling/hunting. Fine deep blue on most of the sides and top with gray on the bottom. Correct checkered pistol grip with Winchester embossed hard rubber grip cap and checkered forend, both stock and forend cap inletted for super grade sling swivels. Fine barrel and short mag blue with light wear only. Bright, sharp excellent bore, receiver correctly factory drilled and tapped (with filler screws) for a receiver sight- only the early ones weren’t drilled and tapped at the factory. Fine wood with sharp checkering. Tight action with only the half-cock weak and releasing when the trigger is pulled- an easy fix. Original checkered steel butt plate. Marbles buckhorn rear sight with correct ramped front sight. Great walnut and blued steel hunting rifle from the early post war days, now 72 years old. $2450.

17) CUSTOM BY FAMED GUNSMITH P. O. ACKLEY MODEL 71 DELUXE, .450 ALASKAN CALIBER RIFLE, #39XXX, MADE 1954. Overall, this one is in about new condition. The barrel is unmarked except for “P. O ACKLEY” over “.450″ on the left side just ahead of the receiver. Ramped front sight with no provision for a rear barrel sight and fitted with a Lyman Receiver sight in the factory holes. Complete with original checkered steel butt plate, sharp checkering, Winchester embossed grip cap, 24” barrel and original super grade sling swivels.  Looks like it just came from Ackley’s shop! $2950.

 

BILL GOODMAN, 280 W. KAGY BLVD. SUITE D #152, BOZEMAN, MONTANA 59715 TEL. (406) 587-3131 FAX (406) 219-3415 montanaraven@hotmail.com

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

FINALLY, MY SECOND NOVEL IS OUT! First, I’d like to thank everyone who read my first novel, DESERT SUNDAYS, and kept after me to get the second one done and published! So, after the usual delays and hitches, here it is. This one is called AN OBVIOUS SLAM DUNK and if you like courtroom scenes and a story that not only makes you think, but surprises you…well, this is a page turner I know you’ll like. And before anyone asks, yes, the third novel is almost done and I hope to get that one out before too long. All three form a trilogy, but each stands alone, so it doesn’t matter which you read first. Both are available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble (Kindle downloads too). If you want to save some money and have a signed copy, I have books here that I can sell cheaper than online at $13 each including shipping. Click here to see both books front and back with a synopsis of each.  Don’t bother to call to reserve a copy, just toss a check in the mail with shipping instructions.  MY THIRD NOVEL IS AT THE PUBLISHER NOW AND SHOULD BE OUT THIS SUMMER!! Thanks, Bill Goodman

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     montanaraven@hotmail.com

 

 

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