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Collectible Antique Longarms for sale (pre-1899)
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U.S. Military Antique Longarms

**NEW ADDITION** 3492 RARE! U.S. MODEL 1892 KRAG .30-40 CALIBER RIFLE - Serial number 8991.  This is a nice restoration with mostly correct original parts, but needing a few finishing touches.  The original Model 1892 Krag rifles did not actually begin production until 1894, due to delays caused by complaints about adoption of a “foreign” instead of domestic invention.  Only about 24,562 Model 1892 rifles were made, before switching to the Model 1896.  In 1900 Springfield Armory recalled all of the M1892s still in service and updated them to Model 1896 configuration.  Some 18,559 are documented as being converted, but as Mallory notes in his book “…evidently many of these unconverted rifles were lost of destroyed in service or were scrapped, because unaltered Model 1892 rifles are extremely scarce.”   The consensus among advanced collectors is that they are about as scarce as Gas Trap Garands, or M1903 Rod Bayonet rifles or Pedersen devices, with an estimated 50 to 100 examples surviving in, or restored to, original configuration.
 
The Model 1892 is easily recognizable by the full length cleaning rod mounted under the barrel; the flat no-trap buttplate, not curved at the toe; the short handguard leaving the receiver ring exposed; the flat, uncrowned muzzle; and the lack of a hold open pin on the extractor and a corresponding notch on the receiver. 

This restoration uses original barreled receiver and stock and most action parts.  Only five things keep it from being a totally accurate restoration.  Here are the details so you will know, although most people will not notice the difference.
1.  Missing the cleaning rod under the barrel (S&S or Butch’s Antique Gun Parts usually have repro rods.)
2.  Upper band is M1896 type without the small loop to guide the rod.  It would be easy to make the loop and epoxy it in place for looks, but it is hard to see anyway.  Forget about finding a loose M1892 band.
3.  The extractor is M1896 type modified to eliminate the hold open pin, so it looks good, but is not an original part.
4.  The cocking piece is M1896 type with a bevel on the bottom leading to the sear notch.  The M1892 had a squared off part instead of the bevel. 

The action is marked on the left side 1894 SPRINGFIELD ARMORY 8991 and the sideplate and loading gate have matching numbers.  The safety is the correct early type with flat spring instead of the later plunger.  The  visible surfaces are free from pitting, but there is some moderate pitting on the barrel below the wood line.  Bore has strong rifling, but is worn and dark in the grooves, not real bad, not real good. 
This rifle never had the notch added for 1896 upgrade, and the muzzle is original flat face with the original front sight and blade. It has the correct M1892 rear sight and short handguard.  The ORIGINAL unmodified M1892 stock has the flat butt and cleaning rod inletting.  A correct flat straight buttplate with no trap is installed, replacing an incorrect one that a previous owner had installed.  He had straightened out the toe of a later trap type buttplate and gouged a hole in the butt where the trap parts went, but this is invisible unless you remove the buttplate.  Large buttplate screw is correct oval head type.
The stock has a fairly legible JSA cartouche but the date is not visible.  Circle P is faint. 
With the easy fix of the cleaning rod, and buttplate screw this will be a good visual representative example of the very rare Model 1892 Krag and you can take care of the other minor details at your convenience. 
The extreme scarcity of surviving unmodified M1892 rifles eliminates the chances for most collectors to ever own one, so this is an excellent opportunity to get one at a very reasonable price.  Antique, no FFL needed. $3250.00 (View Picture)

**HOLD** 5164 RARE U.S. SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1865 JOSLYN .50 CALIBER BREECHLOADING RIFLE - Serial number M35. The Joslyn rifle is one of the most historically significant, yet little known U.S. martial long arms. It was Springfield Armory’s first breechloading rifle (made as a breechloader) to be produced in quantity, and only 3,007 were made in the first half of 1865. (Springfield’s earlier effort was conversion of 54 .69 caliber muskets to Morse breechloaders in 1860-61 but they were never issued and the experiment ended at the start of the Civil War.) The Joslyn rifle design was simple, the marriage of the simple and field tested rotating breech design of the Joslyn carbines with a full length rifle stock and furniture adapted from the Springfield .58 caliber muskets. The breeches were actually purchased from Joslyn, which had supplied 16,000 carbines with this system during the War. Everything for the rifles but the breeches were made by Springfield. These were chambered for a .50-60-450 rimfire cartridge made at Frankford Arsenal specifically for these rifles. Although a .56-50 Spencer would fit and fire, that was a much less powerful cartridge. Of the 3,007 Springfield Joslyn rifles made, some 1,600 were converted to .50-70 centerfire in 1870 and sold to France, with many of those eventually being converted to shotguns, making surviving examples in original rimfire or altered to centerfire much scarcer than most people realize. By June, 1865, some 794 Joslyn rifles had reached the field, in the hands of the newly raised 5th and 8th U.S. Veteran Volunteer Infantry (VVI) Regiments, along with 200,000 rounds of ammunition. The Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiments were raised mainly from soldiers who had completed a previous enlistment, or had recovered from wounds, and one of the incentives was to be issue of the best possible arms, which included Henry rifles for some Regiments, and Joslyns for others. Since the war ended about the same time the VVI units were raised, they performed mainly garrison type duties, with the 5th serving around Washington and also at fortifications in Rhode Island and New York. The Veteran Volunteer units were mustered out in 1866 as part of the “peace dividend” when the Army was slashed from over 1,304,000 men at the time of Lee’s surrender to only 54,302. When the 5th and 8th VVI were mustered out 171 of the soldiers took advantage of the May 30, 1865 General Orders 101 which allowed discharged troops to buy their arms at very low prices. ($6.00 for muskets, $10.00 for Spencer carbines, or $8.00 for all other carbines, $15 for Henry rifles, all revolvers $8.00 and swords for $3.00.) I am certain that this Joslyn, serial number M35 is one of those issued to the VVI troops, and sold and taken home. It had a brass shield shaped insignia added on the right side of the buttstock. This was the insignia of the 23rd Army Corps (which served in the Departments of Ohio and North Carolina). The soldier who purchased this probably had initially served in the 23rd Corps and this was to commemorate that service. (The 1st Veteran Volunteer Crops badge was a seven pointed blob with a circle in the center, and probably never used to any extent.) Long ago the stock was given a thick coat of varnish. The metal parts have accumulated a patina from neglected storage, ranging from very light surface rust and smooth brown patina on most parts to heavier rust on the buttplate. This really should be cleaned up, with the varnish stripped off and the stock oiled. As a minimum, the metal parts should have the patina removed carefully with an artist’s palette knife lubricated with WD-40. If you want to restore the original bright finish appearance, carefully polish most parts with fine abrasive cloth (about 320-400 grit). Remember, the lock and breech were case hardened and left with a splotchy gray-black appearance, and the trigger and rear sight were blued. The cleaning rod is an incorrect Remington replacement, but pretty close to the original style. Otherwise all correct and original as issued. Fine to excellent bore, in case you have pile of .50-60-450 rimfire ammo to shoot up. Again, The Springfield Joslyn is a key milestone in Springfield Armory production, and a great starting point for a collection of Springfield Armory cartridge arms. McAulay’s “Rifles of the U.S. Army” is the best source of info on these rifles. This is an item from John’s collection, well worth the modest effort needed to clean it up and it will look a lot better, but that is reflected in the price. $2,250.00 (View Picture)

**NEW ADDITION** 22839 U.S. MODEL 1898 .30-40 KRAG RIFLE MADE IN 1898 (ANTIQUE) - Serial number 113228, made very shortly after the switch to the Model 1898 design in 1898 which took place at about 110,000, and well before the end of the year, so it qualifies as an ANTIQUE with none of the FFL hassles. This is a very nice complete and original barreled action which has had the badly damaged stock replaced by another. The replaced stock is identical to the original, but it has a crisp 1903 dated cartouche and circle P. The forend on this one had been split but has been nicely repaired and is not noticeable unless you remove the action and note the epoxy on the lightening cuts in the forend and the absence of one small piece normally found between a pair of the cuts. There is another small almost unnoticeable repair at the left side of the buttplate by the tang. The metal parts retain nearly all of the original mottled gray-black casehardening on the action, the original bright polished finish on the bolt body, and nearly all the blue on the barrel with slight less on the bands and trigger guard and as usual almost none on the buttplate. Excellent bore. This has the M1896 rear sight, which is correct as they had not yet perfected the M1898 rear sight for the early production. In fact, at various times, every different type of Krag sight was arsenal installed on new made Krags (including the M1892, 1896, 1898, 1901 and 1902. Sure sounds like a real collector needs one of each type, right? Tell your spouse, they will surely agree.) A really handsome example of a very early ANTIQUE M1898 Krag rifle. Again, this was made in 1898, so despite the 1903 date on the stock cartouche, it is an ANTIQUE and no FFL is needed. $995.00 (View Picture)

**NEW ADDITION** 20798 U.S. MODEL 1898 KRAG SADDLE RING CARBINE (RESTORATION PROJECT) - Serial number 111799, made in 1898. The Model 1898 Carbines are pretty scarce as most were used during the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection, and later overhauled where the original short (M1896 style) stocks were replace by the longer M1899 style and the sights updated. Only about 5,000 Model 1898 Krag Carbines were made, in the serial number range 125,000-135,000 per Flayderman, but examples in the SRS database show the spread is much broader- from 112,000 to 149,000. The one has the original short (M1896 style) stock and the receiver is numbered just a bit lower than the documented range, so it may have originally been a carbine or a rifle which was later cut down and put in a carbine stock. The barrel is a M1903 Springfield barrel with fine to excellent bore which was probably installed circa 1920-1950 when Krags were among the most popular hunting rifles, and gunsmiths routinely uses M1903 barrels for a quick and easy replacement at a handy carbine length. The front sight is a stamped part made specifically for that purpose back then. CMP has repro Krag carbine barrels which would be perfect for restoration, and East Taylor LLC has repro handguards. The saddle ring plate is present, but the staple was filed flush. The barrel band is a later M1899 type instead of the humped M1896 type. The rear sight is a M1892 rifle sight, and while a correctly marked M1896 carbine sight will be hard to find, an identical size M1896 rifle sight is easy to find. Overall condition is G-VG with the barreled action probably reblued long ago. One minor easily overlooked wood repair at the square shoulder by the left side of the receiver ring. This one deserves some TLC to restore it. ANTIQUE- No FFL needed. $750.00 (View Picture)

**SOLD** 14841 U.S. MODEL 1871 .50-70 SPRINGFIELD ROLLING BLOCK- MINTY EXCEPT STOCK DINGS - (Not serial numbered) In 1870 the Army experimented with a number of breechloading systems, both conversions of existing surplus Civil War Arms (like the Sharps or Spencer) and the new Ward Burton, and also the Remington which the Navy had been using in various forms since 1867. In 1871-72 Springfield made 10,001 rolling block rifles as the U.S. Army Model 1871, but eventually the Army decided to stick with the Allin "Trapdoor" system. Some claim that "not invented here" was a major factor, and note that Remington's widely used rolling block system was even adapted to smokeless cartridges and used as late as WW1 by the French, and even later in remote colonies. This example is one that was apparently unissued, but suffered from poor storage and handling over the years. The unsanded walnut stocks are mostly excellent with crisp ESA cartouche. (Circle P was not used on these). However, there are a number of assorted bruises and dings, the worst being three large ones on the underside of the forend near the upper band and a bunch on the right side of the wrist. Many of these would come out with steam and a gentle refinish. Metal parts (except receiver) were all finished bright and are now a dull steel gray with some staining and dried crud and a tiny bit of surface rust. These would respond well to a gentle cleaning. Right side of receiver has the eagle /U.S / Springfield with a fair amount of case hardening colors. Left side of the receiver has even more case colors and the MODEL 1871 marking. Bore looks like it will clean to excellent. Correct original double shoulder cleaning rod. After a careful cleaning this rifle will look a lot better than in the photos. This is an important item for any collector of U.S. martial arms, Springfield Armory products or Indian War arms. We sell all guns as collectors items which must be checked by a competent gunsmith prior to firing, but believe that this one would be an excellent candidate for occasional use in black powder cartridge rifle matches. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $,1,495.00 (View Picture)

**NEW ADDITION** 13549 U.S. MODEL 1861 .58 CALIBER RIFLE MUSKET- SUPER BORE! CHEAP! - This is an inexpensive example of the classic Model 1861 .58 caliber rifle musket that served throughout the Civil War, and used the Minie ball for far greater range and accuracy than the old smoothbore muskets, driving major changes in battlefield tactics.
The good news is that the barrel has been relined, possibly by Bob Hoyt who is noted for his excellent work with his guns prized by skirmish shooters.  But the barrel is not marked, so we cannot be sure if it was done by Hoyt, or not, but it does have the original style three wide lands and grooves which Hoyt does, but very few others.  The outside of the musket is not very pretty, with light to moderate pitting on most of the parts.  The barrel and bands are not too bade, the lock and trigger guarda bit rough and the buttplate is heavily pitted.  The lock is marked 1863 and SAVAGE R.F.A.Co., MIDDLETOWN, CT.  That was Savage Revolving Firearms Company, and  had nothing to do with the later Savage Arms Company eventually merged into Stevens.  The walnut stock has been lightly sanded and refinish a dark brown that goes nicely with the “old” looking metal.  The stock was broken through the wrist area, but has a very well done repair (probably with epoxy) and it should be at least as strong as original.   Nipple and ramrod are replacements.  It probably will be a good shooter, if your gunsmith approves it as safe to use- we sell all guns as collector items only and they must be checked by a competent gunsmith prior to use.  In any case it is a good representative example of a Civil War musket, at a very reasonable price. $695.00 (View Picture)

22562 U.S. MODEL 1892 .30-40 KRAG ARSENAL UPDATED TO M1896 - Serial number 3421, with receiver dated 1894. Like nearly all of the early Model 1892 rifles which were made with a cleaning rod in the forend, this one was recalled and updated to the improved Model 1896 configuration. The changes included cutting a notch on the right rear part of the receiver so that a pin on the new style extractor would hold the bolt back in the open position to make single loading easier. Also, adding a trap in the butt for a cleaning rod and oiler, and eliminating the rod channel in the forend. The upper bands were modified to eliminate the guide loop for the rod. Rear sights were changed to the Model 1896, and improved front sights were installed and the muzzle was crowned instead of flat. The lower part of the butt plate was curved at the toe, and the toe of the stock modified accordingly. This rifle has the usual changes. In some cases the M1892 stocks were salvaged and the rod channel filled, and the butts modified, but in other cases, including this one, a new made M1896 style stock was used. The stock is in excellent condition, although there is only a hint of a cartouche. There is a small chip on the right side of the receiver tang as shown in the photos. At some time in its history, probably prior to the 1950s when there was a limit on maximum length for packages and guns often were disassembled and stocks cut off if necessary to meet the limit so they could be shipped. Such was the case with this one which has the forend cut about 4 inches below the upper band. This cut has been expertly repaired with epoxy and the finish nicely blended in so it is really barely noticeable, except in the reduced price. The metal parts retain lots of the mottled gray-black case hardened finish on the action parts, with about 90-95% blue on most other surfaces except for the buttplate which is worn bright as is almost always the case with Krags. Bore is very good with strong rifling, but not pristine. Overall a very nice example of the first model of Krag rifle as arsenal updated to improved configurations so as to continue in service. ANTIQUE- no FFL needed. $995.00 (View Picture)

22830 CIVIL WAR .58 CALIBER RIFLE MUSKET MODEL 1861/1863- MARKED BRIDESBURG 1862 (ALFRED JENKS)- NICE BORE! - Alfred Jenks & Son was one of the most successful contractors for, and makers of, .58 caliber rifle muskets during the Civil War. He had two shops in the Philadelphia area, and delivered 98,464 guns marked either Bridesburg or Philadelphia on the lockplates with dates from 1861 to 1865. Some sources indicate that Jenks shifted production to the Model 1863 type arms in 1863, but this may or may not be correct. In any case, this musket has the Model 1863 type stock and bands, although all other parts are strictly M1861, including the ramrod. This may be a transition piece, or, in my opinion, the replacement of a broken stock with a M1863 stock in later years, perhaps even the late 20th Century when North South Skirmish Association shooters competed with original arms. The full length unsanded walnut stock has assorted nicks and dings of an issued military weapon, and its mellow old oil finish. There is a small age crack neat the toe of the butt. Two good inspector cartouches on the left stock flat. The bore is near excellent, very strong with a few dark spots, but much nicer than most muskets found today. The metal parts mostly have a layer of dried crud mixed with some patina and light surface rust. The bands have a bit more rust, and as usual the butt plate is the worst, but still not too bad. These arms were originally finished polished “arsenal bright.” While some collectors are passionate about preserving “original rust” others prefer to clean their arms to the way they were during service and see nothing wrong polishing away with some 320 or 440 grit to remove the accumulated non-regulation patina. After you pay your money, you can exercise your choice about how you want your new old gun to look. This is a very nice representative Civil War Springfield .58 caliber musket, typical of the main arm of the Union Infantry. Back in my high school days I bought one of these and shot it for several years, having great fun. In college I took my history professor out to shoot it once and it was amazing how much smarter I got after that, or at least my grades went up. (Of course now, a student would be thrown in jail for having a gun on campus!) ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $1095.00 (View Picture)

13546 U.S. MODEL 1819 HALL BREECHLOADING RIFLE MADE IN 1832- PERCUSSION CONVERSION - The first breechloading rifle adopted by the U.S. military (or any other nation!), and the first to be made with 100% interchangeable parts. A total of about 55,000 Hall rifles and carbines were made 1819-1853 by Harpers Ferry and Simeon North of Middletown, CT. These were loaded from the breech by placing the powder into the open breech then pressing the ball into place, with no need for a ramrod, so they can be loaded in the prone position. They were popular with mounted troops because they were far more convenient to load on horseback than the traditional muzzle loaders. These have very shallow sixteen groove rifling, at a time when other military rifles had seven deep grooves. Halls also had about 1.5 inches at the muzzle bored out slightly oversize to facilitate loading from the muzzle in an emergency. Hall rifles were used in the Blackhawk, Seminole and Mexican wars. However, the novelty eventually wore off, and cheapskate Congress decided cheaper muzzle loaders were good enough. Many of the late production Hall rifles remained in storage and were converted to percussion at the start of the Civil War, and several thousand were issued (by both sides). However, by the end of 1862, all the Halls seem to have been retired from service. This rifle is one of the ones converted to percussion circa 1861, but by whom is uncertain. Previous owner claimed the tiny marks on the receiver indicate a Fayetteville Arsenal Confederate conversion, but I cannot confirm that. Overall condition is a bit rough, with salt and pepper pitting mixed with surface rust and patina. If desired, you could go ahead and do a thorough cleaning, taking everything down to bare metal, and then apply a “brown” type finish available from muzzle loader supply places to replicate the original brown finish, but it was actually a lacquer process, not the rust brown. Stock is good, free from the usual splitting behind the receiver from idiots taking it apart wrong, but there is an old age crack along the grain on the left side in the receiver area. Bore is good, but dirty in the grooves and needs a good cleaning but should clean to fine-excellent. The previous owner claimed they had fired this one, and it may be an instructive experience to do so (if you feel lucky) but we sell all guns as collector items only. Overall a good representative example, even in less than spectacular condition, of a very important and innovative U.S. military firearm. ANTIQUE- no FFL needed. $1895.00 (View Picture)

SMOF5980 - U.S MODEL 1884 .45-70 CADET RIFLE (SECOND TYPE) - Serial number 215289.  This is one of the earlier standard infantry rifles which was converted by Springfield Armory (NOT Bannerman) to Cadet style in 1895, when 1,800 were so converted, or 1901 when 5,000 were converted.  This involved shortening the forend about 3 inches, slimming the butt and installing the narrower cadet style buttplate, which was also converted from the regular buttplate and is visibly thicker than usual.  Barrels were shortened about 3 inches and tapered to accept the bayonet and the front sight replaced.  Overall excellent with about 90% arsenal blue finish remaining, thinning in places, and picking up some plum color here and there. Good case colors on the tang and breechblock.  Muzzle has the most wear from bayonet installation. 

Very handsome rifle.  Stock is lovely medium brown color with old oil finish from time of conversion, with a few very minor handling and storage dings, but nothing major.  No signs of cartouches, but as these were not "new" rifles, but rebuilt, they are found with cartouches in the 1895 lot, and often without in the 1901 batch.  Excellent bright shiny bore.  Cadet model rifles were made for issue to the cadets at West Point and other military schools and to what later would be called ROTC units.  Total production of all models (1873, 1877, 1879 and 1884 type 1 and 2) of the cadet rifle were about 65,000 or about the same quantity as trapdoor carbines.  Most cadet rifles were badly abused and really nice ones are tough to find.  While not quite in the minty category, this is a well above average example, and interesting to show the thrifty side of the Ordnance Department which altered early trapdoor infantry rifles (made obsolete by adoption of the ramrod bayonet in 1888) into cadet rifles to fill the growing demand for that type.  Every collector needs one of these to complete their collection of Springfield trapdoors.  ANTIQUE, no FFL needed.  $1095.00 (View Picture)

17359 LONDON ARMOURY COMPANY- POSSIBLE CONFEDERATE- PATTERN 1853 .577 “ENFIELD” RIFLE MUSKET - London Armoury Company was founded in 1859 by several British arms makers (including Robert Adams, Blackett Beaumont, and James Kerr) taking over the patents and machinery formerly used by Deane Adams & Dean for making revolvers. London Armoury company became famous for their high quality production of Kerr revolvers and machine made Enfield rifle muskets. In early 1861 Confederate agent Caleb Huse succeeded in getting London Armoury Company to commit to selling him their entire output. First they had to deliver some 1200 rifles on a Massachusetts contract which was completed by September, 1861. Eventually some 70,000 muskets were sold to the Confederacy. Thus, most London Armoury Enfields can be considered to be Confederate, realizing that there was the small Massachusetts contract, and that many rifles paid for by Huse ended up being captured by the Union Navy blockade fleet and diverted to use by federal forces. And a few may have been sold to other buyers. There is no way to tell for sure about a specific gun exactly where it may have served. At least this one doe NOT have the usual British crown over VR or other British military inspector marks which would be found on arms delivered to the crown, and unlikely to have reached America during the war. (Exception- the crown marked middle band, which may be a period or later collector replacement.) This is a standard 3-band rifle musket with 39 inch barrel, brass buttplate and trigger guard with a mellow old patina, and Baddley clamping bands. Front and rear sights are intact and not boogered by shooters. The lockplate markings are nicely engraved “LONDON ARMOURY.” and no date. The barrel is mostly dull steel gray mixed with some staining, and also having the expected light roughness and fine pitting around the breech. The European walnut stock shows normal shrinkage so that the buttplate stands a bit proud and the bands do not clamp real tightly. It has the usual assortment of minor dings and bruises, but no cracks, repairs or even significant dings to point out. Even the often rotted wood behind the nipple area is intact. Totally untouched and uncleaned. The bore is very sharp and smooth, although in need of a good cleaning. 31 over 31 stamped on the buttplate tang. The sling swivels have been removed, but very few troops actually used slings during the Civil War, so that was probably done during the period of use. A good solid representative Civil War imported Enfield .577 three band rifle musket, and quite likely a Confederate import. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $2350.00 (View Picture)

20131 CUSTER ERA TRAPDOOR CARBINE OR RIFLE RECEIVER (SERIAL NUMBER (24062) AND BREECHBLOCK - Serial numjber 24062 was made in 1874. Early Model 1873 Trapdoor rifles and carbines are very scarce because in the 1880s, most of the early guns were recalled and stripped down and the salvageable parts used to reassemble new rifles or carbines with the latest improvements, mainly for issue to the militia. Those are the ones with the “star” mark at the end of the serial number. Stock fittings, the locks, and some of the internal action parts were reused, but the barrels, receiver, breechblocks and stocks were all scrapped as not meeting current standards. They ended up in the hands of surplus dealers and many ersatz trapdoors were assembled with these parts, and Dixie Gun Works was selling low number trapdoor receivers until near the end of the 20th Century. Both rifles and carbines have been documents in the mid 20,000 range of serial numbers and there is no way to be sure if this came from a rifle or carbine, or where it might have served, but it is possible that it was a Custer gun, or at least well within the Custer serial number range. (It is also possible you may win the lottery next week, so understand possible is not proof.) This has been cleaned up and refinished with a color case hardened finish and is very attractive, if not totally authentic. The breechblock is the correct high arch type for that serial number range, with matching finish. Both receiver and block are stripped of all small parts, except the ejector permanently attached to the receiver. There is a FREE hinge pin (long one for the 1877 and later rifles, but missing the tiny tit at the bottom) to help hold the block in place. What you see is what you get, ideal for building up that :Custer range” gun as a filler for your collection. Better grab this before someone from a big gambling city snatches it up and we see it as a complete carbine with an elaborate history in a few months. $350.00 (View Picture)

**STOLEN BY PERSON IN PORTLAND, OR AREA, or possibly a long haul trucker. $500 reward for return of this item or information leading to arrest and conviction of the thief, who got several other antique arms from other dealers by credit card fraud... $100 reward if you are first to spot this on an auction site.** 12036 U.S. MODEL 1863 TYPE II .58 CALIBER RIFLE MUSKET - Made at Springfield in 1864 and so marked on the lockplate. Barrel date not visible. Excellent bore. This is a good representative example of a .58 caliber Civil War musket, although not in the best condition. Basically a "brown gun" except for the trigger guard which has about 90-95% arsenal blue and must have been taken from a trapdoor (parts are identical except for being left bright on the M1855-1870 and blued on the M1873-1888 trapdoors. Otherwise all original and correct parts. Stock has been broken through he wrist and repaired long ago, but is not real tight and should be redone with epoxy which will make it stronger than the original wood. The stock has been sanded, but not badly. Metal parts (except trigger guard) mostly have a layer of brown patina/rust, with some light pitting under some areas, most notably around the nipple. Displays okay as is, or could be polished up with 320 emery cloth if you prefer the original bright look. The M1863 (type 2) which is sometimes called the M1864, was the highpoint in the development of the rifle musket for Infantry use, and the next year was replaced by the first of the Allin breechloding "trapdoors." The M1863 (Type 2) differed from the M1863 only in having the rounded bands retained by band springs instead of merely screw clamps. The M1863 differed from the M1861 which had flat bands retained by bandsprings, and the nipple bolster set out a bit further and having a clean out screw instead of an angled flash hole, and used a "swell" in the ramrod to hold it in place instead of a screw plate. All the .58 rifle muskets fired a 500 grain (little over 1 ounce) soft lead Minie ball with a hollow base. When the 60 grains of black powder was ignited by the flash from the percussion cap, the expanding gasses expanded the rear of the Minie ball to engage the rifling. Sights are provided for 100, 300 and 500 yards, but masses of troops could be engaged at ranges up to 1,000 yards. With a rate of fire of about 3 rounds per minute, and its long range, the .58 caliber rifle muskets forced dramatic changes in tactics from the massed formations used for the preceding several hundred years. Many collectors have a musket from the Civil War as a logical starting point for a collection of "modern" military rifles. This one comes with a good quality reproduction sling. Civil War muskets are getting more expensive but this one is affordable (due to the flaws) and has the potential to be much nicer after the stock has been repaired properly. $995.00 (View Picture)


Non-Military Antique American Longarms (Kentucky Rifles, pre-1898 Winchesters, etc)

**NEW ADDITION** 22256 LARGE AMERICAN PERCUSSION FOWLING PIECE CIRCA 1830 - This is the type generally called a “club butt” which has a much larger than usual butt stock and often more extreme drop to the butt, as was originally found on Dutch arms brought to the new world by Dutch settlers in the Hudson River valley. Overall length is 60 inches This has a 42 inches long .78 caliber barrel with remnants of the bands at the breech found on Brown Bess style muskets, and what look like English proof marks and the letters I.W. usually associated with James Wilson, a prolific British gun maker. There is a brass blade type front sight but no signs of a bayonet lug. The underside of the barrel has an iron rib soldered to it, with one ramrod pipe. The pipe holds a brass tube which extends full length of the rib, and houses an improvised iron ramrod which is too short for use, but is probably a later owner’s replacement for one that got lost or appropriated for more important uses. The rod looks good for decorative use, or could be replaced with a wooden rod by removing the brass tube. There is a large “76” engraved on the top of the breech, but the meaning is uncertain. It is (remotely) possible it indicates use by the 767th Regiment of Foot, MacDonald’s Highlanders which served in America 1779-1784 including the Charleston campaign and finally surrendering at Yorktown. The brass trigger guard, ramrod entry pipe and buttplate are all British Second Model (Short Land pattern) Brown Bess style furniture circa 1740-1790, likely salvaged from a Revolutionary War British musket. Since there were numerous campaigns and battles in the Hudson River valley or adjacent areas, it is reasonable to find them on a gun made in that area. The lock was made as a percussion lock, probably in England, with modest decorative engraving marked “MELCHIOR- WARRANTED.” It is likely that the barrel and furniture had originally be assembled into a fowler circa 1790-1810 as a flintlock, but probably was broken or damaged and the parts used again with a new-fangled percussion lock circa 1830 resulting in the gun as it is today. Overall condition is as shown in the photos- well used, trigger guard broken at the screw hole, and lock needs tinkering, but still an impressive old gun to hang on the wall, especially in an old house circa 1800-1850. Due to length and weight, shipping will have to be $65.00. ANTIQUE- No FFL needed. $395.00 (View Picture)



Foreign Antique Longarms (Military and non-military)

22873 SWISS MODEL 1878 (Repetier-Gewehr 1878) VETTERLI RIFLE .41 RIMFIRE (10.38 x 38mmR) - Serial number 187446 Receiver marked "[cross]/ Waffenfabrik/Bern/ 187446/M.78" with matching numbers on other parts. Metal parts with about 95% original blue finish on most parts with slight age toning toward plum color and some surface rust on the bolt handle. Excellent dark brown color walnut stock with good cartouches and old oil finish with a few assorted mostly minor storage and handling bruises. This was the standard Swiss Infantry rifle, a bolt action tubular magazine (12 round) repeating rifle from the period when we were still fussing with single shot flopdoor fusils. Admittedly the .45-70 cartridge was good for long ranges, while the .41 rimfire was a pretty puny load. Swiss military arms are an interesting collecting specialty, with a good variety to find, including the Federal percussion rifles, the Millbank Amsler, all the Vetterli family, several varieties of Schmidt Rubin rifles, and even the modern assault style guns, and you can go for the whole history, or just concentrate on one niche. Most are available at prices a mere fraction of what some other collecting specialties cost. Bore in the 33 inch barrel is abut excellent, but since you won’t find any ammo, it is irrelevant. The overall workmanship reflects the legendary Swiss precision workmanship. Upper band has stud on right side for sword bayonet, but these could also use a socket bayonet with a cruciform blade. Complete with the original cleaning rod, which is usually missing from these rifles. These were made between 1879 and 1881. A handsome example of 135 year old rifle! Antique, no FFL needed. A bargain price for a nice, but not quite minty example only $495.00 (View Picture)

15441 PORTUGUESE MODEL 1886/89 STEYR KROPATSCHEK RIFLE- NICE! - Serial number V821. Made by Steyer in Austria in 1886. Marked on receiver OE.W.F.G. Steyer/ 1886, crown over L.Io., and M.1886 due to old arsenal refinish. Receiver, barrel and stock with serial V821. Bolt mismatched V822 but very close. The Steyr Kropatschek is very similar to the German Mauser 1871/84 with a tubular magazine, but the details are slightly different throughout. Caliber is 8x60R Kropatschek, so you probably will not find any ammo. This example had the 1889 modification which added a handguard over the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the middle band, as shown by clearance cuts in the barrel channel for the clips to hold the handguard on. Handguard is missing (as with nearly all of these), leaving this looking just like the original M1886 if you don't spot the additional inletting for the clips. The 1886/89 model reportedly was sent to colonial outposts to minimize heat wave interference with the sight picture. Portugal had significant colonial holdings in Africa and Asia until early in the 20th century. Stock is a nice medium brown walnut with visible to fine cartouches. About 90-95% arsenal refinish blue on receiver and barrel, but the finish is mostly worn off the bands. Bolt and innards of action are nice and bright. Bore is about fine. Complete with the nearly always missing cleaning rod. Overall near excellent condition, and far above the condition of any other Kropatschek rifle we have had. ANTIQUE- no FFL needed. $750.00 (View Picture)

21532 SWISS MODEL 1878 (Repetier-Gewehr 1878) VETTERLI RIFLE .41 RIMFIRE (10.38 x 38mmR) - Serial number 185657 Receiver marked "[cross]/ Waffenfabrik/Bern/ 185657/M.78" with matching numbers on other parts. Metal parts with about 95% original blue finish on most parts with slight age toning toward plum color. Excellent medium brown color walnut stock with good cartouches and old oil finish with some assorted mostly minor storage and handling bruises. This was the standard Swiss Infantry rifle, a bolt action tubular magazine (12 round) repeating rifle from the period when we were still fussing with single shot flopdoor fusils. Admittedly the .45-70 cartridge was good for long ranges, while the .41 rimfire was a pretty puny load. Swiss military arms are an interesting collecting specialty, with a good variety to find, including the Federal percussion rifles, the Millbank Amsler, all the Vetterli family, several varieties of Schmidt Rubin rifles, and even the modern assault style guns, and you can go for the whole history, or just concentrate on one niche. Most are available at prices a mere fraction of what some other collecting specialties cost. Bore in the 33 inch barrel is very good to fine, but since you won’t find any ammo, it is irrelevant. The overall workmanship reflects the legendary Swiss precision workmanship. Upper band has stud on right side for sword bayonet, but these could also use a socket bayonet with a cruciform blade. Complete with the original cleaning rod, which is usually missing from these rifles. These were made between 1879 and 1881. A handsome example of 135 year old rifle! Antique, no FFL needed. $595.00 (View Picture)

7733 RARE PORTUGUESE M1896 MANNLICHER CONVERTED TO MILITARY .22 RIMFIRE TRAINING RIFLE IN 1946 - Serial number 710 matching on receiver, barrel and bolt assembly, mismatched trigger guard and stock. Information on these is hard to track down, although there are some contradictory claims made on several internet forums. (You know they are all true, they are on the internet!) Here are links to the three that I thought were reasonably credible: http://randyrick.us/AustrianFirearms/rmportuguesemannlicher.htm http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?9318-Portuguese-1896-Steyr-Mannlicher-and-22-trainer http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?9256-Portuguese-Steyr-Mannlicher-M1893 Apparently Portugal purchased 4,000 Cavalry carbines from Steyr in 1896, which were basically the same as the Romanian Model 1892, in 6.5 x 53mmR caliber, plus a smaller number of short rifles for the Navy, and an additional 4,500 Artillery carbines in 1898. This has the Steyr name and 1896 date on the left receiver rail. The receiver ring has traces of the crown and barely visible bits of the C and I (For Carlos the First) underneath that. In 1946 the Portuguese converted a few hundred of their Mannlichers to the 5.6mm (.22 Long Rifle) caliber for training. Some more were converted in 1948, and it seems that the later ones had a special target type rear sight, while the 1946 conversions retained the original military rear sight. The conversion included a new (or sleeved) barrel, alterations to the bolt face and firing pin, and plugging the magazine well with a wooden block to make the rifle a single shot. The rifle was arsenal refinished at the time of conversion, and about 97% of the blue remains. Good bore. A rare example of a rather unusual military .22 training rifle. This is a pretty popular collecting specialty, with lots of variety, from all over the world, and many examples are fairly affordable, and they can be inexpensive fun shooters. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $895.00 (View Picture)

7725 SCARCE UNALTERED AND MATCHING- FRENCH MODEL 1866 CHASSEPOT 11mm NEEDLE-FIRE RIFLE- WITH BAYONET - Serial number N86873 matching on the receiver, barrel, bolt assembly and buttstock. Unsanded stock with sharp cartouche on right side with September, 1872, date of manufacture. Receiver is marked St. Etienne, and the original 1872 dated barrel by St. Etienne is still installed. Comes with a correct but non-matching Model 1866 bayonet and scabbard with impressively long Yataghan blade which makes this a formidable weapon when mounted on the rifle. The bayonet was also made at St. Etienne in October 1872, the month after the rifle was made, but a good match. The Model 1866 Chassepot was France’s initial attempt to arm its troops with a breechloading rifle, using a simple bolt action design. While a vast improvement over older muzzle loaders, the needle was fragile and the leather “O-ring” on the bolt to prevent gas leakage was not very effective after prolonged use. The needle gun used a paper cartridge which was inserted in the chamber, and there was a percussion cap or primer attached to the base of the bullet. The firing pin was a very long needle which had to penetrate the paper cartridge and the powder charge nearly two inches to reach the primer. However, the system worked, just as it had for the Prussians, who first adopted a needle-gun design in 1841 invented by Nicolas von Dreyse. But, needle guns were nowhere near as effective as the self contained metallic cartridges which were being used in the U.S. and elsewhere in 1865-1866. The French quickly figured out that a metallic cartridge was the way to go, and in 1874 introduce the Model 1874 Gras rifle, which was basically the Chassepot with the bolt modified slightly to eliminate the O-ring, add an extractor, and shorten the needle to a conventional firing pin to strike a primer in the base of the cartridge. Most of the Chassepots were converted to Gras configuration, making unaltered rifles fairly scarce. Especially scarce are Chassepot rifles that are not thoroughly trashed condition from multiple overhauls and years of neglect. I have seen scores of Gras rifles, and maybe a dozen Chassepots, but this is the only Chassepot seen which looked like it would clean up to be a really nice collector piece. This rifle is from John’s collection, and he did not get around to cleaning it up, but when this is done, it will be near excellent. The wood is dirty but should respond to a good cleaner, like Formby’s refinisher which will leave the cartouches sharp. The metal parts were originally finished bright, and one photo shows where a band was moved forward to expose the original finish on the barrel. It will be easy to remove the surface rust and patina from the steel parts with a palette knife lubricated with WD-40. If a bright finish is desired, a careful cleaning with 320 or 400 grit abrasive cloth will make this look great. The only exception will be the bolt handle and knob which have some moderate pitting. Excellent bore, if you have any 11mm needle gun ammo around. ANTIQUE- no FFL needed. $1095.00 (View Picture)

22112 SCARCE FRENCH GRAS 11mm CADET (“BATTALION ECOLE)” RIFLE CIRCA 1875- CUTE! - Serial number 2K123. This is a reduced size version of the French Model 1874 Gras rifle, using a shorter case cartridge and presumably much lighter load, and unable to load the regular 11 x 59mmR Gras ammunition. These cadet rifles us 11 x 48.5mmR cartridges, sometimes called 11 x 49,,R or 11 x 51mmR. The barrel is 27 ¾” long (instead of 32 inches for the full size Gras) and overall length is only 45 inches. These were made in France, although without the usual plethora for French stampings, only the serial number on the left rear of the receiver, a crown over C or G on the bolt and a few other parts, and a crown over script L mark on the side of the butt, and (inspector?) initials DB behind the trigger guard. The bore is about excellent, bright and sharp. Stocks is unsanded with only the original oil finish, but with assorted minor nicks and dings and one oil streak stain. The exterior metal is mostly dull steel mixed with some light staining and some extremely light surface rust that should come off with a good cleaning, or with a bit more work it could be restored to its original bright finish, if you like them that way. Again, this is not the full length infantry rifle with the 32 inch barrel, or the shorter Cavalry, Artillery or Gendarmerie versions, but a distinctly smaller scale overall version of the Infantry rifle, made specifically for cadet use. Note- there was also a similar size non-firing cadet rifle made, but with no chamber so no type of ammunition could be loaded, but this is the scarcer and more desirable live firing type. A scarce early single shot military arm to add to your French military rifle collection, and sure to draw more attention and questions than many of the other exotic variations that look like everything else. ANTIQUE- no FFL needed. $525.00 (View Picture)

22813 SWISS MODEL 1871 VETTERLI .41 RIMFIRE BOLT ACTION RIFLE MADE BY SIG, NEUHAUSEN - Serial number 85681 all matching Sometimes these are called the Model 1869/1871. These never used in combat (due to the Swiss policy of ensuring that all citizens were heavily armed skilled marksmen, not disarmed girly man peaceniks). The bolt action Vetterli rifle with its 11 round tubular magazine was adopted at a time when most nations were still diddling with single shots, or attempting cheapskate conversions of muzzle loaders. The U.S. Army was in love with Trapdoors, and rejected other options for more than 20 years after the Swiss adopted the Vetterli. The only downside of the Swiss Vetterli was the weak rimfire ammunition (nominally 10.4x46mmR). This rifle is the standard infantry model with 33 inch barrel. The Models 1869 and 1871 have the square checkering on the forend, while the later 1878 and 1881 models do not (but they had minor mechanical improvements and better sights). The 1869 had a sliding cover for the loading gate, which was eliminated on the 1871. Many of the Swiss rifles were sold off as surplus in the early to mid 20th century. Winchester loaded .41 rimfire ammo was loaded up until WW2. This rifle is in fine to excellent condition with about 90-95% of the original blue remaining although thinning. It looks a bit gray in the photos, but is actually a blue-gray shade, but definitely original, not touched up or anything. Buttplate suffers from a layer of rust due to poor storage, but the other parts are really nice. Walnut stock has assorted minor handling dings and bruises. Bore is excellent but irrelevant as you are unlikely to find any .41 Swiss ammo to shoot. This one even has the almost always missing cleaning rod. We get a lot of the Model 1878 and 1881 Vetterlis in minty condition but few of the M1871, and very seldom see any of the 1869 rifles. Swiss military arms are a varied and relatively inexpensive collecting niche. This is a good representative example of an uncommon, important and interesting rifle. $650.00 (View Picture)

21798 SCARCE SWISS MODEL 1870 VETTERLI SINGLE SHOT CADET RIFLE - Serial number 6058, made 1870-1873 by SIG, in Neuhausen, the only maker of this model. The single shot Model 1870 Cadet Rifle was authorized for production by the Eidgenossische Military Department on November 22nd, 1870. These were specifically made for cadet use, with a single shot action, one piece stock, 26.75” barrel and weight of 7.16 pounds. This was a big difference from the tubular magazine repeating rifle with a two piece stock used by infantry with a 33 inch barrel and weighing 10.4 pounds. Both were chambered for the 10.4 x 38mmR (or .41 Swiss) rimfire cartridge, but there was a special cadet cartridge with a lighter powder charge, although the regular service rounds will chamber and fire in the cadet rifles. No one seems to know the actual number of cadet rifles made, but this seems to be one of the highest serial numbers, so my guess would be maybe 7,500 or fewer total. Collecting Swiss rifles is an interesting and fairly affordable collecting specialty, and this is one of the hardest rifles to find. This example is in near excellent condition, with about 90% of the brown finish on the barrel, and about 80% faded color case hardening on the receiver, trigger guard and buttplate. The cleaning rod is the correct cadet type with a slotted brass tip. Good mechanics. The walnut stock was broken at the toe, and repaired long ago with a new piece of wood that shows a handful of small nails which held it in place, along with glue. It has been neatly finished and blends in nicely. Bore is excellent, like anyone has a bunch of .41 Swiss ammo to shoot or anything. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $775.00 (View Picture)

20032 RARE WW2 JAPANESE TRAINING RIFLE MADE FROM GERMAN MODEL 1888 MAUSER COMMISSION RIFLE - Serial number 3078c, originally made at Danzig in 1889 for German military use. This is unquestionably an item extensively modified and used in Japan as a training rifle, not one of the Turked up pieces of junk, or a crude Chinese “Han rifle” copy. Merely an interesting oddity to normal collectors, this is an exotic and little known treasure for advanced and obsessive Japanese rifle collectors. Confuse and confound your friends when you start to talk about your GERMAN made Model 1888 Jap rifle. I found there is almost no information available on these except for a brief mention of a similar (but not identical) rifle on Malcolm MacPherson’s superb “Non-Firing Drill and Training Rifles” page, where he shows a M1888 Mauser with barrel jacket and magazine removed and restocked to resemble the Type 38 rifles. However, this one retains the standard M1888 magazine, but had the barrel jacket removed, Jap style sights installed, and a new Japanese stock assembly with band for the Type 30 bayonet and a dummy cleaning installed. Japanese markings are painted on the butt, but meaning unknown. MacPherson summarizes the Jap Training rifle program: “Starting in the 1920's, the Japanese government required all junior and senior high school boys to have two hours a week of military training. Several companies started producing the necessary training rifles for this purpose. Unfortunately most training rifles did not bear markings that identified their origin. These training rifles had no standard design and were often made from older models of military rifles or parts from these rifles. Therefore you will find many variations of the same model. There are known models that used 1888 Mauser, type 99, type 30, and type 38 rifle parts. These training rifles continued to be produced until the late 1930's. Some of these rifles could not be fired while others would fire wooden bullet blank ammunition. Many of the blank firing rifles were made with smooth bore barrels. Rarely would any of these rifles fire the standard service round. Nearly all of these training rifles could carry bayonets.” There is a more comprehensive discussion of Japanese training arms and equipment and use at http://www.japaneseweapons.net/gunyojyu/kyoren/english.htm but nothing specific on M1888 Mausers. This rifle is in overall VG-fine condition, as modified. Bore is mediocre, but these were not intended for firing, although I do not see that they did anything to prevent firing, and I assume it is still chambered for 8 x 57mm Mauser. We are selling as a training rifle for collectors and NOT SAFE TO FIRE. A very rare item for that very advanced collector of Japanese rifles or training rifles. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $350.00 (View Picture)

20634 Italian M1870/1887/1916 Vetterli-Mannlicher 6.5mm Bolt Action Rifle - Serial number R5928 probably made circa 1890 at Torino, (one of four Italian state run arsenals). This is one of the better examples of this model we have encountered, although a cynic would note that the competition is not keen. Originally made as a single shot Vetterli rifle firing the 10.35 x 47mm rimmed cartridge, the model 1870 rifles were altered after 1887 to add a Vitalli type box magazine, much like the Dutch and their Beaumont-Vitalli rifles. In WW1, shortages of arms led the Italians to further alter these rifles in 1916 by lining the bore to use the 6.5x52mm Carcano centerfire cartridge and replacing the magazine with a Mannlicher type magazine. This conversion was only marginally safe for the early loads first used in the 6.5mm, and they were generally issued to second line troops, or colonial infantrymen. Some of the rifles served with the Italian forces in North Africa in WW2, (where the Italians were notably defeated by Haille Selassie's spear wielding Ethiopian tribesmen). Lug on side of barrel for sword/knife bayonet. Barrel flats marked with illegible maker and date on one side and serial number R5928 on the other. Walnut stock has an old military oil finish and is also somewhat oil soaked. Except for a crack over the cleaning rod hole in the forend the stock is actually pretty good with a legible roundel on the left side, “REPARIZONE, FABR D’ ARMI GARDONE, VT” from the time of last conversion. Right side has deeply struck serial number 5928. Metal parts with about 50-60% thinning arsenal refinish on most parts, that seems to be blue on some parts and a black paint type finish on others, and some areas of light rust or patina. We have seen a number of these over the years and this is among the better of a sorry lot. Unlike every other one we have had, this one actually had the cleaning rod! Good mechanics. Bore is dark and rough looking and may clean, or may not, but in our opinion these are UNSAFE TO SHOOT under any circumstances. Unlike the later Mannlicher-Carcanos of WW2, these are not encountered very often. A good representative example of this important early European military bolt action rifle which served into the WW1 era and even to a limited extent in WW2. Antique, no FFL needed. $325.00 (View Picture)

23268 Swiss Model 1869/1871 .41 rimfire Bolt Action Vetterli Repeating Rifle - Serial number 7129 matching, made by Rychner & Keller, Aarau. Although never used in combat (due to the Swiss policy of ensuring that all citizens were heavily armed skilled marksmen, not disarmed girly-men peaceniks). The bolt action Vetterli rifle with its 11 round tubular magazine was adopted at a time when most nations were still diddling with single shots, or attempting cheapskate conversions of muzzle loaders. The U.S. Army was in love with Trapdoors, and rejected other options for more than 20 years after the Swiss adopted the Vetterli. The only downside of the Swiss Vetterli was the weak rimfire ammunition (nominally 10.4x46mmR). This rifle is the standard infantry model with 33 inch barrel. The Models 1869 and 1871 have the square checkering on the forend, while the later 1878 and 1881 models do not, although they had minor mechanical improvements and better sights. The 1869 had a sliding cover for the loading gate, which was eliminated on the 1871. Many of the Swiss rifles were sold off as surplus in the early to mid 20th century. Winchester loaded .41 rimfire ammo up until WW2 and in the 1960s nearly unissued Vetterli rifles were selling from “Ye Olde Hunter” for $9.95 each. Ah, the good old days. This rifle is in good condition except that it has been poorly stored, so much of the original blue finish has turned to plum patina or acquired some light surface rust. This needs a good cleaning of all the metal parts, and a good rubbing with linseed oil on the stock to make it look a lot nicer than it is now. The unsanded walnut stock is dry and has assorted minor handling dings and bruises. Bore is dirty but good, and may clean better, but irrelevant as you are unlikely to find any .41 Swiss ammo to shoot. This is complete with the cleaning rod, which is often missing. A good representative example of an important and interesting rifle. These early Model 1869-1871 rifles are much harder to find, and usually in lesser condition than the later Model 1878 and 1881 rifles. Swiss rifles can be a fun and (relatively) inexpensive collecting niche, with a wide variety of variations from the core group of muzzle loading Federal rifles, the Milbank Amslers, Vetterlis, and Schmidt-Rubins. All are made of the finest materials to the highest quality standards, and fairly easy to find at affordable prices. $595.00 (View Picture)

7358 Italian M1870/87/16 6.5mm bolt action Vetterli-Vitalli-Mannlicher Rifle - Serial number LO1708 made circa 1870-1878 at Brescia, (one of four Italian state run arsenals). This is one of the better looking examples of this model we have seen lately (although a cynic would note that the competition is not keen). Originally made as a single shot Vetterli rifle firing the 10.35 x 47mm rimmed cartridge, the model 1870 rifles were altered from 1887 through 1896 to add a Vitalli type box magazine, much like the Dutch and their Beaumont-Vitalli rifles. In WW1, shortages of arms led the Italians to further alter these rifles by lining the bore to use the 6.5x52mm Carcano centerfire cartridge and replacing the magazine with a Mannlicher type magazine. This conversion was only marginally safe for the old black powder loads, and they were generally issued to second line troops, or colonial infantrymen. Some of the rifles served with the Italian forces in North Africa in WW2, (notably defeated by Haille Selassie's spear wielding Ethiopian tribesmen). WE CONSIDER THES UNSAFE TO SHOOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTNACES AND SELL ONLY AS A COLLECTOR ITEM, NEVER TO BE FIRED! Lug on side of barrel for sword/knife bayonet. Barrel flats marked BRESCIA on one side and serial number LO1708 on the other. Walnut stock has been lightly sanded during the period of it service and now has an old military oil finish. Right side has deeply struck serial number LO1708. Metal parts with about 90-95% of an old black paint finish, probably not military, but it makes the gun look nice…from a distance. Unlike very other example we have seen, THIS ONE HAS THE CLEANING ROD! As is almost always the case, the cleaning rod is missing. Good mechanics. Rough bore. Unlike the later Mannlicher-Carcanos of WW2, these early Italian military rifles are not encountered very often. A good representative example of this important early European military bolt action rifle. Antique, no FFL needed. $325.00 (View Picture)

19435 SCARCE AUSTRIAN MODEL 1854/1867 WANZL BREECHLOADING CONVERSION OF LORENZ MUSKET (14 x 33mm Rimfire) - In 1866 the Austrians fought a disastrous seven week war with German, where the German breechloading needle fire rifles decimated the Austrians with their muzzle loading Lorenz rifles. Therefore, in January 1867, the Austrians adopted the Wanzl system for converting their muzzle loading rifles to breechloading cartridge arms. (Six months later they adopted the rotary breech Werndl rifles for new manufacture by the new firm of Steyr.) This is the standard infantry model Wanzl, with total barrel length of about 37.5 inches and overall length of about 53 inches. The lock bears the original manufacture date of 1862, stamped in the Austrian method of only the last three digits, 862. The Wanzl conversion s similar to the later Allin Trapdoor system, where a new receiver is attached to the rear of the barrel, having a breechblock that flips up like the trapdoor. The locking system is unique, being an internal rod that locks into the rear of the breechblock as the hammer falls. The tang is marked THERESIA- ZEILINGER in a circle, the firm that did the conversion. The barrel is marked W 68 indicating acceptance at Vienna (Wein) in 1868. Overall condition is fine but will easily clean to excellent. Most parts retain their original bright polished finish under dried oil and crud. Several areas of the barrel and a few other parts have some very thin surface rust that can be carefully cleaned and blended into the rest of the polished areas. The bore is fantastic- mirror bright and sharp. The unsanded beech stock has a few assorted minor handling and storage dings and blemishes, but nothing significant. Stock is somewhat sticky from old oil or grease whichi probably has accumulated a lot of dirt which will clean off with it. Several cartouches or other stampings are sharp. The Wanzel is a very scarce gun, and would be an excellent addition to a collection of European military arms. An excellent collecting niche would be to specialize in the evolution of military rifle technology, something like “Military muskets converted to breechloaders.” Other examples that would fit in there are the British Sniders, the French Tabatier, the Swiss Milbank-Amsler; the U.S. first and second Allin trapdoors, some of the Remington rolling blocks, and several others. The best source of info on arms of this era is Keith Doyon’s superb site http://www.militaryrifles.com/ which we use often. (Note- The Lorenz muskets were nominally .54 caliber and the conversion used a rimfire cartridge variously called any of the following: 13.9 x 33mm Wanzel Model 1867 rimfire; 14 mm rimfire Wanzl ; 14.3 x 32.3mm rimfire Austrian Wänzel; 14.3 x 32.3mm rimfire Wänzel Mod. 1869; 14.5 x 32.5mm rimfire Austrian Wänzel; 14 mm Scharfe gewehrpatrone or the 14 x 33mm rimfire Wänzel. But whatever you call it, forget about ever finding any ammo for it!) ANTIQUE- No FFL needed $1495.00 (View Picture)

17359 LONDON ARMOURY COMPANY- POSSIBLE CONFEDERATE- PATTERN 1853 .577 “ENFIELD” RIFLE MUSKET - London Armoury Company was founded in 1859 by several British arms makers (including Robert Adams, Blackett Beaumont, and James Kerr) taking over the patents and machinery formerly used by Deane Adams & Dean for making revolvers. London Armoury company became famous for their high quality production of Kerr revolvers and machine made Enfield rifle muskets. In early 1861 Confederate agent Caleb Huse succeeded in getting London Armoury Company to commit to selling him their entire output. First they had to deliver some 1200 rifles on a Massachusetts contract which was completed by September, 1861. Eventually some 70,000 muskets were sold to the Confederacy. Thus, most London Armoury Enfields can be considered to be Confederate, realizing that there was the small Massachusetts contract, and that many rifles paid for by Huse ended up being captured by the Union Navy blockade fleet and diverted to use by federal forces. And a few may have been sold to other buyers. There is no way to tell for sure about a specific gun exactly where it may have served. At least this one doe NOT have the usual British crown over VR or other British military inspector marks which would be found on arms delivered to the crown, and unlikely to have reached America during the war. (Exception- the crown marked middle band, which may be a period or later collector replacement.) This is a standard 3-band rifle musket with 39 inch barrel, brass buttplate and trigger guard with a mellow old patina, and Baddley clamping bands. Front and rear sights are intact and not boogered by shooters. The lockplate markings are nicely engraved “LONDON ARMOURY.” and no date. The barrel is mostly dull steel gray mixed with some staining, and also having the expected light roughness and fine pitting around the breech. The European walnut stock shows normal shrinkage so that the buttplate stands a bit proud and the bands do not clamp real tightly. It has the usual assortment of minor dings and bruises, but no cracks, repairs or even significant dings to point out. Even the often rotted wood behind the nipple area is intact. Totally untouched and uncleaned. The bore is very sharp and smooth, although in need of a good cleaning. 31 over 31 stamped on the buttplate tang. The sling swivels have been removed, but very few troops actually used slings during the Civil War, so that was probably done during the period of use. A good solid representative Civil War imported Enfield .577 three band rifle musket, and quite likely a Confederate import. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $2350.00 (View Picture)

22222 ARGENTINE MODEL 1891 MAUSER 7.65mm RIFLE- NICE! - Serial Number P8846 matching throughout, including the cleaning rod. These are 7.65x53mm Mauser caliber (sometimes called 7.65mm Argentine Mauser). These are important milestones as the first of many Mauser models adopted by various South American countries. Marked on the left side of the receiver "MAUSER MODELO ARGENTINO 1891/ MANUFACTURA LOEWE BERLIN" Receiver ring has the crest ground off, per Argentine law after some Argentine rifles showed up in a neighboring country's guerilla forces. Loewe later merged with the Mauser brothers to form Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM). This rifle is in excellent condition, with nearly all the bright polished finish on the bolt and about 98-99% original blue. There are a number of scattered light specks of surface rust, especially on the lower band that should clean off easily. The stock was lightly sanded in the past leaving only a faint trace of the liberty cap cartouche, but is free from any significant dings or blemishes other than those near the upper band spring shown in the photos. This is from an old pre-1968 collection and not defaced by any import markings. This is a very nice rifle. The bore is G-VG with strong rifling but dark in the grooves. This has the later features (wings on the bolt sleeve, long handguard, steel tipped cleaning rod, etc). South American military rifles are an attractive collecting specialty, with a wide number of examples, either limited to Mausers alone, or including all types. Most are still pretty reasonably priced, although it may take a while to find some variations, especially in decent condition. (We highly recommend Robert Ball's Mauser Military Rifles of the World to learn more, or Colin Webster’s definitive Argentine Mauser Rifles for the 1891-1909 models and their variants and accessories.) ANTIQUE- no FFL needed. $550.00 (View Picture)

17801 ARGENTINE MODEL 1891 7.65MM MAUSER RIFLE- Nice! - Serial Number N5873 matching throughout, except for the cleaning rod-P0825. These are 7.65x53mm Mauser caliber (sometimes called 7.65mm Argentine Mauser). These are important milestones as the first of many Mauser models adopted by various South American countries. Marked on the left side of the receiver "MAUSER MODELO ARGENTINO 1891/ MANUFACTURA LOEWE BERLIN" Receiver ring has the crest ground off, per Argentine law after some Argentine rifles showed up in a neighboring country's guerilla forces. Loewe later merged with the Mauser brothers to form Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM). This rifle is in excellent condition, with nearly all the bright polished finish on the bolt and about 97-98% original blue looking sort of ugly now. We think that is just from a coat of old dried up grease or oil, but may be the blue is starting to turn plum. The stock has been lightly sanded in the past leaving only a faint trace of the liberty cap cartouche, but is free from any significant dings or blemishes. This is one of 55,000 made by Loewe in 1894 under their third contract. This is from an old pre-1968 collection and not defaced by any import markings. This is a nice rifle, or will be after a light cleaning, and only the fact that some are found in even better condition make this one less nice by comparison. The bore is G-VG with strong rifling but dark in the grooves. This has the later features (wings on the bolt sleeve, long handguard, steel tipped cleaning rod, etc). South American military rifles are an attractive collecting specialty, with a wide number of examples, either limited to Mausers alone, or including all types. Most are still pretty reasonably priced, although it may take a while to find some variations, especially in decent condition. (We highly recommend Robert Ball's Mauser Military Rifles of the World to learn more, or Colin Webster’s definitive Argentine Mauser Rifles for the 1891-1909 models and their variants and accessories.) ANTIQUE- no FFL needed. $550.00 (View Picture)

18333 Scarce Swiss Milbank-Amsler Infanteriegewehr Rifle Model 1863/1867 - Serial number 518 matching with added rack number 145 on the right side of the barrel and left stock flat. This is a superb example of a key milestone in Swiss military arms- the first model to use the .41 caliber rimfire cartridge (10.4 x 38mmR) which is familiar to most collectors as the Swiss Vetterli cartridge. This action is a flip up type initially designed by an American, Isaac Milbank, and refined and perfected by the Swiss Rudolf Amsler. It was adopted in 1867 as the standard action for converting several models of muzzle loading rifles then in service, all being designated by their original model and the addition of /1867 when modified. This was a modification of the Model 1863 infantry rifle which had been the first Swiss infantry arm that was rifled, although rifles had been used by Jaegers before that. The 1867 Milbank Amsler conversion was also applied to two different sharpshooter models (1851 and 1864) and the 1856 Jaeger and also to a Model 1842/59 infantry musket in .69 caliber (18mm) which used a different cartridge. The breech block is a two part hinged affair lifted by a round, flat, "beaver tail" paddle in a motion similar to the American “trapdoor” although mechanically quite different. Identifying a Milbank-Amsler is relatively easy, the flat, square, blocky two part breech-block is readily identifiable and seldom mistaken for anything else, but they are seldom seen in the collector world and this is the first we have ever found. Condition is spectacular with mirror bright and sharp bore, unsanded stock free from all but a few insignificant tiny blemishes, and about 96-97% original finish on the metal parts. The barrel and some other parts have a deep browned type finish, while others are blued or case hardened. There is one fingerprint size patch of light surface rust on the tang of the trigger guard. A really great example of an unusual early military cartridge rifle. I think that this could be an interesting collecting niche just looking for the different types of actions used to transform obsolete muzzle loaders into breech loading infantry arms. That would include the American Allin trapdoor, the British Snider, the Austrian Wanzel, whatever the French called the “Zulu” type action, etc. Or, just use this as the anchor for the earliest phase of a collection of Swiss military arms. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $1895.00 (View Picture)

17800 Swiss Model 1878 .41 rimfire (10.38 x 38Rmm) Vetterli Rifle - Serial number 190244 (Repetier-Gewehr 1878) Receiver marked "[cross]/ Waffenfabrik/Bern/190244/M.78" with matching numbers on other parts. Metal parts with about 80-90% original blue finish on most parts. The top of the barrel between the lower band and the rear sight has thinning finish turning plum and mixed with patina. Excellent medium brown color walnut stock with good cartouches and original oil finish with some assorted mostly minor storage and handling bruises. This one previously lived with a smoker and it reeks of tobacco smoke and has a thin film of crud that needs to be cleaned off and it will look much nicer. This is the standard Swiss Infantry rifle, a bolt action tubular magazine (12 round) repeating rifle from the period when we were still fussing with single shot flopdoor fusils. Admittedly the .45-70 cartridge was good for long ranges, while the .41 rimfire was a pretty puny load. Bore in the 33 inch barrel is sharp and mirror bright, and overall workmanship reflects the legendary Swiss precision workmanship. Upper band has stud on right side for sword bayonet, but these could also use a socket bayonet with a cruciform blade. Complete with the original cleaning rod, which is usually missing from these rifles. These were made between 1879 and 1881. A handsome example of 130 year old rifle! Antique, no FFL needed. $795.00 (View Picture)

17798 PORTUGUESE MODEL 1886/89 STEYR KROPATSCHEK RIFLE - Serial number Q940. Made by Steyer in Austria in 1886. Marked on receiver OE.W.F.G. Steyer/ 1886, faint traces of crown over L.Io., and M.1886 due to old arsenal refinish. Receiver, barrel and stock with serial Q940. Bolt mismatched O914 and other numbers. The Steyer Kropatschek is very similar to the German Mauser 1871/84 with a tubular magazine, but the details are slightly different throughout. Caliber is 8x60R Kropatschek, so you probably will not find any ammo. This example had the 1889 modification which added a handguard over the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the middle band, as shown by clearance cuts in the barrel channel for the clips to hold the handguard on. Handguard is missing (as with nearly all of these), leaving this looking just like the original M1886 if you don't spot the additional inletting for the clips. Stock is a nice medium brown walnut having been sanded long ago and picking up only a few tiny blemishes since then. There is a small crack on the left die of the wrist by the receiver tang, but it does not appear to affect strength much. About 90% thinning arsenal refinish blue on receiver and barrel, but the finish is mostly worn off the bands. Bolt and innards of action are nice and bright. Bore is about fine. Complete with the nearly always missing cleaning rod. Overall fine plus condition, much nicer than these are usually found. The 1886/89 model reportedly was sent to colonial outposts to minimize heat wave interference with the sight picture. Portugal had significant colonial holdings in Africa and Asia until early in the 20th century. ANTIQUE- no FFL needed. $650.00 (View Picture)


Miscellaneous Stuff and Restoration Projects!

Cootl stuf that does not fit well in the other categories. And, for those of you who have thoughtfully stashed away some stocks and hardware (or stocks and bonds with which to invest in stocks and bands) here are some prime candidates for restoration. Some of these rifles were converted to sporters many years ago when no one was interested in collecting "surplus" military  rifles and everybody was busy turning them into cheap deer rifles. While many people butchered the stocks and cut off barrels and refinished things, a few considerate (or lazy) people merely chopped off the stock and threw away all the useless bands and stuff. These rifles are very easy to restore if you have an appropriate stock and bands.

**NEW ADDITION** 20798 U.S. MODEL 1898 KRAG SADDLE RING CARBINE (RESTORATION PROJECT) - Serial number 111799, made in 1898. The Model 1898 Carbines are pretty scarce as most were used during the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection, and later overhauled where the original short (M1896 style) stocks were replace by the longer M1899 style and the sights updated. Only about 5,000 Model 1898 Krag Carbines were made, in the serial number range 125,000-135,000 per Flayderman, but examples in the SRS database show the spread is much broader- from 112,000 to 149,000. The one has the original short (M1896 style) stock and the receiver is numbered just a bit lower than the documented range, so it may have originally been a carbine or a rifle which was later cut down and put in a carbine stock. The barrel is a M1903 Springfield barrel with fine to excellent bore which was probably installed circa 1920-1950 when Krags were among the most popular hunting rifles, and gunsmiths routinely uses M1903 barrels for a quick and easy replacement at a handy carbine length. The front sight is a stamped part made specifically for that purpose back then. CMP has repro Krag carbine barrels which would be perfect for restoration, and East Taylor LLC has repro handguards. The saddle ring plate is present, but the staple was filed flush. The barrel band is a later M1899 type instead of the humped M1896 type. The rear sight is a M1892 rifle sight, and while a correctly marked M1896 carbine sight will be hard to find, an identical size M1896 rifle sight is easy to find. Overall condition is G-VG with the barreled action probably reblued long ago. One minor easily overlooked wood repair at the square shoulder by the left side of the receiver ring. This one deserves some TLC to restore it. ANTIQUE- No FFL needed. $750.00 (View Picture)

22740 RARE UNMODIFIED MODEL 1892 KRAG BUTTSTOCK- TYPE FOR CLEANING ROD - This is one of the few stocks which remains correct and escaped modification to the 1896 configuration by rounding the toe, drilling the butt for tools and oiler, and filling the ramrod groove. But, alas, Bubba wanted a Bambi blaster so he wacked the forend off. This stock has the correct original straight toe, with the thin, no-trap buttplate and very good legible JSA 1895 and circle P. It also has the letter “J: near the cartouche, which I believe is a Span-Am era overhaul marking, but I do not know the location. Initials WFP lightly scratched on the bottom of the stock ahead of the trigger guard but not very noticeable. Correct oval head large buttplate screw, but like most Krags, the finish is gone from the buttplate. It does not have any of the usual cracks or damage in the action area, but is good and solid. It is cut at the lower band, but the end of the cleaning rod groove is clearly visible, and it was never enlarged for the 1896 filler strip. It had some ugly varnish stripped without harming the markings, and has the expected assorted minor dings and scrapes of an issued arm. Restoration of the stock would involve splicing a new forend piece in place, with a groove for the cleaning rod. This is not a hard job, but requires some patience and skill. Finding an unmodified full length stock is less likely than winning the lottery the same say you marry a nymphomaniac heiress to a distillery, so finding even this one is about the only option to restore a M1892 Krag with correct metal but a later stock. $475.00 (View Picture)

14811 COMMIE BLOC "FENCING MUSKET" - Obviously patterned after the Mosin Nagant, but then altered with a block of wood resembling an AK style magazine added to the bottom, these were used for teaching bayonet fighting. The spring loaded tip can be depressed about 4 inches into the barrel, similar to a pogo stick. This is a fairly common approach, and I have seen fencing muskets with the same concept from Sweden and England as well. The U.S. used bayonets with passed spring steel blades, and later switched to "pugil sticks". Just collecting "fencing musket variations would be neat specialty with probably several dozen variations from all over the world to chase down. These may be East German as some are marked "MODELL 4.853" which sounds German to me. Overall excellent condition (except for some scattered light surface rust that should clean up). Complete with original excellent sling. Still legal in Kalifornia, but may be next on their ban list. Non-firearm, no FFL needed. Photo shows a typical example, but this is one we were going to keep and is nicer than the one in the photo. $95.00 (View Picture)


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