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**NEW ADDITION** 20798 COLT “SIGNATURE SERIES” MODEL 1847 WALKER .44 CALIBER REVOLVER (NEW IN BOX) - Serial number 6206 absolutely new in the original numbered box. These are superb quality guns, beautifully fitted and finished with deep blue and brilliant color case hardening. In addition to original Colt markings, they bear the Sam Colt signature on the backstrap. These “3rd Generation” models were manufactured from 1994 to 2002 under a licensing agreement with Colt Firearms by Colt Blackpowder Arms Company – the same company (and many of the same craftsmen) responsible for the 2nd Generation Colt revolvers. Like the “2nd Generation” Colt percussion revolvers made 1971-1982, many of the parts were roughed out in Italy and then fully assembled and hand finished in the United States using the proprietary Colt formulas for bluing and color case hardening. Note that we have the correct accessory set for this model listed elsewhere. The Colt Walker was one of the most significant firearms in U.S. history, being the first revolver adopted by the U.S. Army, and with only abut 1,100 originals made the chances of the average collector ever owning one are near zero. The amazing technology of a revolving cylinder was enough to overlook the 4 pound 9 ounce weight of these massive handguns, and they were very popular. This is identical to the originals, and at a price that the average collector can afford so you can show this historically important arm in your collection. A really beautiful gun, new in the box $650.00 (View Picture)
**NEW ADDITION** 20796 COLT “SIGNATURE SERIES” MODEL 1860 ARMY .44 CALIBER REVOLVER (NEW IN BOX) - Serial number 217932 absolutely new in the original numbered box. These are superb quality guns, beautifully fitted and finished with deep blue and brilliant color case hardening. In addition to original Colt markings, they bear the Sam Colt signature on the backstrap. These “3rd Generation” models were manufactured from 1994 to 2002 under a licensing agreement with Colt Firearms by Colt Blackpowder Arms Company – the same company (and many of the same craftsmen) responsible for the 2nd Generation Colt revolvers. Like the “2nd Generation” Colt percussion revolvers made 1971-1982, many of the parts were roughed out in Italy and then fully assembled and hand finished in the United States using the proprietary Colt formulas for bluing and color case hardening. Note that we have the correct accessory set for this model listed elsewhere. The Model 1860 Army was the most popular revolver used in the Civil War, and remained in use until replaced by the Model 1873 Single Action Army. A really beautiful gun, new in the box $595.00 (View Picture)
**NEW ADDITION** 12816 M1855 PISTOL-CARBINE REPLICA SHOULDER STOCK - The .58 caliber M1855 Pistol-Carbine was one of those nifty ideas to save money by having a weapon that could be used for two different purposes, but inevitably does neither very well. In this case, it was a very large, awkward and muzzle heavy “horse pistol” when used as a pistol. And, when the detachable shoulder stock was attached, it became a too short and inaccurate shoulder weapon. The pistols were to be issued in pairs to Dragoons or Cavalry troops, along with a single shoulder stock, so twice as many pistols were made as stocks. However, every collector fortunate enough to own one of the pistols needs a stock to display with it, hence a strong demand for stocks, but a very limited supply. This appears to be Italian made, but it is totally unmarked, while the originals were marked US on the buttplate tang, and had a “matching” number on the attachment piece which would be matched to the two pistols it was issued with (usually numbered from 1 through 20, but not as “serial numbers.”). This stock is gently used, excellent, and is a good fit to an original Pistol-Carbine, as shown in the photo. Workmanship and materials are pretty good, but not quite as nice as an original compared side by side. However, comparing the price of an original stock (usually almost as much as the pistol by itself!) will reveal at least a thousand good reasons to get this! First one of these I have ever found loose. $295.00 (View Picture)
20737 ENGLISH DOUBLE BARREL FLINTLOCK “TAP ACTION” PISTOL- WITH BARREL WRENCH/BULLET MOLD TOOL! - Made by James Richardson of Manchester, who worked at Deansgate circa 1793-1830, and was also a cutler and medical instrument maker. London proofs (pre-1813 style) on the bottom of the frame. About .42 caliber with 2 1/8” smoothbore barrels. The muzzles have eight shallow notches that look like rifling but are actually used to engage the square lug on the combination tool to unscrew the barrels for loading. To load the barrels were removed and a powder charge placed in each of the holes in the breech plug, and a snug fitting bore size ball was placed on the rounded area, and then the barrel was screwed back in place. Since the ball was bore size, not undersize as with muzzle loading guns, it would remain in place, not jiggle out of the barrel while the gun was being carried in a pocket. Finally, a priming charge for the lower barrel was placed in the appropriate part of the drum, which was rotated and the priming added for the top barrel, and the frizzen was closed. Many of the box lock actions included a sliding safety to lock the hammer in half or full cock, a feature found on this one as well. The ability to use a snug fitting ball was a popular feature of all the “turn off barrel” pistols of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and did a way with the need for a ramrod, although you still needed the mold/barrel wrench tool. The “Tap Action” design was an early attempt to increase firepower with a multi-shot firearm. It eliminated the weight and bulk of a double barrel arm with two locks by using a single lock. The bottom of the pan area was fitted with a drum which was hollowed out on one side with a hole to communicate to the lower barrel. With the tap action pistol the two barrels shared and single hammer and frizzen, but the priming pan was a drum with two separate areas. With one part exposed, the sparks from the frizzen would ignite the powder in that part of the pan and pass into an exposed touch hole for the upper barrel. Then, the hammer could be cocked, and a lever on the side of the gun “tapped” or turned to expose the priming powder in the other part of the drum, which was connected to the lower barrel. For the time, this was a major advantage, although more expensive than common pistols. Therefore most tend to be a bit higher quality with fine fit and finish, and some tasteful decoration, and marketed to the wealthier clients looking for an effective self defense tool. Over the years nearly all the screw barrel pistols have become separated from their tools (unless part of a cased set) so having the tool is a huge plus for this gun! Condition is about fine, with no pitting, just a dull gray age toning with some light staining. The one piece walnut grip has some dings on the butt and pressure dents on one side. There is a small shield shape inlay missing off the top of the grip. A very nice example of a technologically important early attempt at increased firepower, as well as a neat little flintlock pistol. ANTIQUE- no FFL needed. $1395.00 (View Picture)
21732 REPLICA COLT 1860 ARMY .44 CALIBER PERCUSION REVOLVER - Serial number 88828 made in Italy by Armi San Marco as their “Hartford Model” which was a bit nicer quality than the run of the mill Italian repros. Excellent plus condition with about 99% original finish, showing just a few tiny almost unnoticeable scratches. This is the “four screw” model with cuts on the recoil shield for attaching a shoulder stock for cavalry use as a “pistol-carbine.” Bubba managed to lose one of the “fourth screws” on the right side of the frame that helps position the shoulder stock but that is totally unrelated to normal functioning of the gun, and easily replaced for about $5. A very handsome example of one of the most widely used and effective sidearms of the Civil War, and most popular shooters in the last 50 years since replica black powder revolvers entered the market in time for the Civil War centennial. Almost as nice quality as the Colt branded “second generation” replicas but a whole lot less expensive. This is great for someone wanting a representative Civil War revolver for display, or for a shooter (black powder only!- read and follow safety instructions first!) or living history use. These are considered to be ANTIQUES under federal law and no FFL is needed, but a few place run by idiots may have their own restrictions. $285.00 (View Picture)
17864 FRENCH/BELGIAN FLINTLOCK MILITARY PISTOL CIRCA 1800-1830 - This has the Belgian ELG in oval proof mark on the .69 caliber smoothbore barrel, eight inches long, along with a small crown over LF on the left flat. There is a poorly struck crown over E on the lockplate, similar to that used by several French arsenals. The basic design is typical of all European military pistols of the period, but has a swivel ring on the butt for a lanyard, and there are no provisions for a ramrod. These features suggest it may have been intended for use as an initial attack weapon with no intention to reload immediately, but follow up with hand to hand combat with a sword or cutlass- such as cavalry, naval use, or even coast guard/customs type groups. Although the precise identification is a bit murky, this is a handsome gun, in excellent condition. The brass butt cap, trigger guard and band have a mellow golden patina. The unsanded stock has a mellow old oiled patina, but there is a missing chip on the left side along the barrel channel. Left flat has an illegible oval cartouche of some sort. The barrel and lock are not rusted or pitted, but do have dried oil and crud and staining mixed with a dull steel gray. This would probably clean up with some steel wool and WD-40. Mechanically good, and in original flint, not a reconversion. Excellent bore. A handsome example of the classic military single shot flintlock pistol, albeit lacking specific identification. ANTIQUE- no FFL needed. $895.00 (View Picture)
FLARE GUNS FOR COLLECTORS:
**NEW ADDITION** 20671 “10 SIGNAL LIGHTS, MK II, VERY, RED STAR” FULL SEALED BOX - The 10 Gauge Very signal was a invented by U.S. Navy Lieutenant Edward S. Very and adopted in 1894 for use in a brass frame flare pistol Model 1894, replaced by the later Model 1895 and Mark II models, all made by Washington or New York Navy Yards. The virtually identical Mark III pistol was made in large numbers by Remington during WW1, and during WW2 a simplified Mark V pistol designed by Sedgley was made in even larger numbers for use by naval and aviation forces, and even some ground forces. They were also used in the Mark 3 and Mark 4 “Hand Projector” signal devices. This is a full, unopened box with June 16, 1941 Navy contract date and 19 December 1943 lot date. Made by “R.F” with headstampe “R.F. No. 10” indicating manufacture by Rockland Fireworks Co., Boston, Mass, packed in a heavily wax coated carton. We opened one box and show one of the cartridges, with the red colored paper case, red closing wad with a raised ridge for tactile identification in the dark. (Red = ridges; Green = smooth as grass; White= a raised teat I the center.) The Green and white signals had their paper cases green and white respectively for visual identification. These were used with any of the 10 ga flare guns for ships in distress, lifeboat signals, friend or for recognition signals, and for tactical communication during amphibious assaults. Great for display with any collection related to flare guns, or units which used them. One full sealed box of 10 rounds $69.00 (View Picture)
**NEW ADDITION** 9485 WW2 VINTAGE WOOD SHIPPING CRATE FOR 10 GAUGE RED VERY SIGNALS - This originally had 24 boxes of 10 rounds each, but is now empty. (ten boxes are shown in place to illustrate the proper packing layout, but are NOT included). Stenciled on both sides: SIGNAL KIGHTS MK 2 VERY RED STAR IN CARTONS CODE- 20020-B LOT- [number painted over]/ Just the thing to spice up your flare gun collection. Overall excellent condition. No lid. Other than the 10 boxes of ammo inside, what you see is what you get. $40.00 (View Picture)
22747 U.S. WW2 37mm AN-M8 FLARE PISTOL - This was adopted in 1942 after development by the Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Company, for use by both the Air Force and the Navy. Besides Eureka, they were also made by McNery Spring & Wire Company, who made this one. These usually had an ordnance acceptance stamp on the butt of the grip and the serial numbers stamped on the backstrap (after the previously marked “Serial No.” stamping), but neither seem to be on this one, and do not appear to have been removed. The muzzle has four square lugs which could be inserted into an adaptor in the fuselage of an aircraft to fire the flare outside without having to open windows and stick an arm out. The double latch on the top has an upper latch which engages the mounting adaptor, and the lower one is for opening and locking the breech. Not designed for target use, these have about 10 pound trigger pull. Originally these were blued like this one, but about 80% of the ones we have seen have been parkerized which held up a lot better. This one has a large spot on the left and right sides of the barrel which got rusty and were cleaned, and then covered with some clear varnish. It would be easy to remove the varnish and touch up the blue if you want to do that. There are also spots of rust on the top flat and the corner of the trigger guard. Even so, this has about 80-85% original blue remaining, and is a lot nicer than all but a handful of this model we have encountered. Excellent bore. This was one of the most widely used U.S. flare guns of WW2, and remained in service until the 1990s. You may have seen movies where bombers returning from raids would use these to shoot off flares to indicate if they had any wounded aboard or other emergency situations. In flight they could convey orders by pre-arranged sequences of colors or types of flares, without breaking radio silence. Flare guns are exempt from the normal gun control procedures, but we insist that you order on our order form with signature certifying that you are not prohibited from purchase of a firearm and that there are no restrictions on purchase in your address. $175.00 (View Picture)
21712 GREAT REFERENCE BOOK!- FLARE GUNS & SIGNAL PISTOLS: THEIR USE, DESCRIPTION AND ACCESSORIES - By Robert M. Gaynor, 178 pages 8.5” x 11” soft covers.
This book is the best single reference on this subject for collectors today. In fact, except for brief passage in obscure manuals, or discussion of a gun or two the scope of a more general work there is nothing conveniently available on this subject. Given the number of people who collect flare guns it is amazing that there is not more written on the subject. At this point, flare guns are still mostly modestly priced, and remain an attractive collecting field with few regulations and a good variety of items.
Some 96 different Flare or Signal pistols are covered, with dimensions and some historical background and information on maker and the intended use. This is on the same page as a good sketch of the item. There is not much information on total numbers made or other indication of relative rarity, but it is a good starting point for further research. The drawing allow you easily identify your gun with the one in the book. There is a drawing and info for each of 37 U.S. flare and signal guns, ranging from Civil War Army and Navy models up to late 20th century commercial products. He also covers 11 British or Canadian designs, 9 French, 17 German, 4 Italian, 3 Japanese, 6 Russian/Eastern European designs, and 9 from other countries.
Besides the guns Gaynor covers 29 holster or carrying kits, and 19 different types of cartridges, along with a 10 page table with more detailed info on cartridges. An excellent bibliography and good index complete this book.
This is a very useful and accurately researched book on this specialized topic, which we use every time we encounter any flare or signal gun, and one that anyone interested in Flare or Signal guns needs in their library. $25.00 (View Picture)
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