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U.S. Military Antique Longarms
Non-Military Antique American Longarms (Kentucky Rifles, pre-1898 Winchesters, etc)
Foreign Antique Longarms (Military and non-military)
Miscellaneous Stuff and Restoration Projects!

U.S. Military Antique Longarms

**NEW ADDITION** 23065 U.S. MODEL 1896 .30-40 KRAG RIFLE- CHEAP! - Serial number 58767 made in 1896. This is a good representative example which has been restored after the forend was chopped off by some barbarous Bambi blaster many decades ago. The color and finish match are pretty good, although the upper band is the post 1900 style with the slit on the bottom, and the stacking swivel is heavily rusted and pitted but could be dressed up with some careful file work. There is a tiny repaired wood chip by the buttplate tang, and a small piece about ¼” tall missing from the wood between the bolt notch and magazine. Legible circle P but no traces of the cartouche. The bore is excellent- bright and sharp, and it has the correct M1896 front and rear sights with the proper handguard, so other than the replaced upper band and forend it is a totally correct M1896 as was used in the Spanish American War. The bolt sleeve is the earlier type with the grooves, but such transition parts are normal. Metal parts with a blue/plum finish, perhaps lightly touched up at some point, although the buttplate as usual is a bit lesser condition. Pre-1898 Krags are getting hard to find, and appearance wise this one is a bit above average. Because of the restoration work the price is significantly lower than it would otherwise be. ANTIQUE, no FFL Needed. $695.00 (View Picture)

**NEW ADDITION** 20544 U.S. MODEL 1873 .45-70 TRAPDOOR CARBINE PROJECT - Serial number 507474 on the receiver with rifle barrel cut to 22 inch carbine length. Bore is excellent plus- bright and sharp, and the exterior has much of the original blue turning plum in places. This was made as a M1888 Rod bayonet rifle but butchered long ago into a shorter “cadet” gun, so we did not initiate the atrocities committed upon this, but are helping salvage what can be used. The muzzle has been crowned and a flat spot milled for a front sight. The stock has been cut to carbine length and the ramrod groove filled and the tip shaped to the proper carbine shape. Buttpalte is a junky one which ad the tang broken but has been welded and needs the upper screw hole cleaned up and countersunk. A sight protector barrel band in rough condition is included if you want to use it. You will need to come up with a lock, trigger guard, and breechblock, bandspring and sights, but they are all out there and can be inexpensive if you are patient and not too picky about finish. When done this should be a great shooter or reenactor gun, but obviously is not a collector prize. Using a cut down original stock will save many hours of tedious labor trying to do finish inletting on a repro stock. Bargain price for what you see is $249.00 (View Picture)

17435 U.S. MODEL 1896 .30-40 KRAG RIFLE MADE IN 1898 - Serial number 105563 made early in 1898, just before the start of the Spanish American War and the switch to the Model 1898 rifles. Of the nearly a half million Krags made, only about 62,000 were Model 1896 rifles, the vast majority being Model 1898 rifles and then smaller numbers of Model 1892 rifles and Model 1896, 1898 or 1899 carbines. The Model 1896 rifles were the ones that were the main U.S. combat rifle of the Spanish American War, seeing lots of service in hot and humid tropical climates of the Philippines, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Most of the Model 1896 rifles were later updated with later model sights, and after the Spanish American Ware many were overhauled and placed in storage but some were reissued during WW1 for secondary units (Engineers, training, etc). An all correct and original Model 1896 rifle is much scarcer than most people realize. This one was arsenal “cleaned and repaired” and the excellent Model 1901 rear sight installed, along with the handguard and higher front sight blade for that model. The stock was cleaned as well, so there is no trace of the cartouche or circle P, or perhaps they installed a replacement stock if needed. The upper band was also updated with the newer type with the slit at the rear. The action has most worn or flaked to a silvery tone. The bolt has most of the bright polished finish. Barrel, bands, trigger and butt swivel are a mix of some blue, some plum. As usual the buttplate finish is all gone and it shows a fair amount of dings and scrapes. The stock and handguard are solid, free from any of the usual cracks, but are very dry and would look a lot better with a bit of linseed or tung oil carefully rubbed in. Bore has sharp rifling and should clean to excellent. There is no documented history for this rifle, but surviving records indicate that most of the 1896 rifles were issued for the Spanish American War in 1898, so this one likely saw action too. A good solid example of the Model 1896 Krag Spanish American War rifle which saw service and was cleaned and updated for later use. Not quite as pretty as some of the more common M1898 rifles that hid in some dark armory while this one was probably out on the campaigns “…under the Starry Flag, civilizing with a Krag.” ANTIQUE- No FFL needed. $995.00 (View Picture)

3492 RARE! U.S. MODEL 1892 KRAG .30-40 CALIBER RIFLE- NICELY RESTORED - Serial number 8991. This is a nice restoration with mostly correct original parts. 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 or 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 no more than 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 upper band having a small guide for the rod; the flat no-trap buttplate, not curved at the toe; the short handguard leaving the receiver ring exposed; the flat, uncrowned muzzle; the lack of a hold open pin on the extractor and a corresponding notch on the receiver; and the back of the cocking piece being box shaped instead of tapered. This restoration uses correct original parts with only three exceptions, and only one of those is obvious. Here are the details so you will know, although most people will not notice them. 1. 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. 2. The extractor is M1896 type modified to eliminate the hold open pin, looking like the original, even though it is not. 3. The cleaning rod is a good quality reproduction. 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. The upper band is a correct original part with the rare guide for the cleaning rod. 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. This is a very good visual representative example of the very rare Model 1892 Krag and you can take care of the minor detail of the cocking piece at your convenience or just leave it as is. 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. $3450.00 (View Picture)

22737 U.S. M1879 .45-70 "TRAPDOR" RIFLE - Serial number 1173?? (possibly 117375?) made in 1879. No specific history on this rifle, but many trapdoors were used in the later days of the Indian wars, and/or by volunteer units in the Spanish American War of 1898. The finish on this one is the dull type blue commonly found on arms which were “cleaned and repaired” using a different process than originally used at Springfield, with the breechblock and breech plug finished in blue instead of the original color case hardening. Blue is turning plum in places and there is a patch of pinpoint roughness which makes the serial number illegible. Overall a very nice representative example of a trapdoor rifle. Bore is fine to near excellent with sharp grooved, mostly bright but with some tiny roughness in the grooves. The wood has fairly legible circle P, and remnants of a cartouche, but enough minor scrapes and dings that it cannot be read. Stock has assorted minor dings of an issued arm, but nothing worth specific mention, and is a medium-dark brown with a mellow old patina. The hammer screw is broken off, but it is a relatively easy job to remove the remnants of the old one. If the purchaser wants, I will remove the old one and replace it with a new screw that is not correct (M1855-1870 with flat head instead of the M1873-88 which had a rounded head) or you can find a trapdoor hammer screw on your own. ANTIQUE, so no FFL is needed. $795.00 (View Picture)

20875 U.S. MODEL 1870 .50-70 “TRAPDOOR” SPRINGFIELD RIFLE- SCARCE! - (Not serial numbered- correct for this model.) A nice example of this fairly scarce trapdoor. A total of only about 11,531 of these were made 1870-1873, compared to 52,145 Model 1868 or 52,300 Model 1866 rifles. These were very similar to the Model 1868 except for the shorter nose on the front of the receiver, the same length as was later used in the .45-70s. As with the earlier model, the 1870 continued to cut costs by using many parts salvaged from the hundreds of thousands of obsolete .58 caliber muskets on hand. The locks, most stock furniture and the stocks themselves were used with whatever minor modification were necessary. Unlike the earlier .50-70 rifles, the Model 1870s mostly used newly made barrels instead of sleeved musket barrels. The action has most of its original oil blackened finish, and the trigger and rear sight retain some of their original blue. The lock was originally color case hardened but the colors are largely gone and it looks like it has been touched up with blue finish of some sort of blue type finish. The remaining parts have the correct “bright” finish, probably lightly cleaned many years ago. The breechblock is marked 1870/[eagle head/crossed arrows] over U.S. The bore is fine to excellent with strong rifling and only a bit of scattered roughness or dirt. The walnut stock was lightly sanded long ago slightly rounding the sharp edges of the lock panels, and removing any cartouches on the left side, and it now has an old coat of varnish which looks like a glazed donut. It really should be stripped and then maybe a coat of walnut stain and some linseed or tung oil for the original type appearance. The scarce Model 1870 is missing from many U.S. martial collections, but here is a chance to get a well above average example at a reasonable price. ANTIQUE- No FFL required. $1450.00 (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)

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)

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 76th 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)

**NEW ADDITION** 19296 CHILEAN MODEL 1895 (7 x 57mm) MAUSER RIFLE- NICE! - Serial number E9327. A very nice ALL MATCHING example of one of the early Mauser military rifles with the double row magazine. Escellent bright and sharp bore. In the late 19th century arms race in South America, Argentina started with the Model 1891 which had the single row box magazine and a small caliber (7.65mm) using smokeless powder. Peru also adopted some Model 1891s. Brazil adopted some Model 1893 (also described as Model 1894) Mausers which were copies of the Spanish model with the double stack flush magazine and a few minor mechanical improvements. Chile then adopted the Model 1895 which was another variation based on the Spanish model 1893. Of course, later other countries adopted many variations of the classic Gew 98 Mauser rifles. This Model 1895 Chilean Mauser is in near excellent condition, with close to 95% of the original blue finish on the action, barrel and bands. The bolt retainsmost of the original bright polished finish. The butt plate even has about 80% of the blue finish. The stock is unsanded with the sharp cartouche of the Chilean crest over 1895 date. The stock shows assorted minor dings and bruises, and would look a lot nicer with a gently cleaning and judicious light sanding and new oil finish. Bottom of barrel has tiny import marks. Even the cleaning rod is correct, original matching numbered part. A fine addition to a collection of South American military arms, or a military Mauser collection. These are just beautiful examples of the quality of fit and finish that was expected of pre-1900 German craftsmen. ANTIQUE, No FFL needed. $550.00 (View Picture)

**NEW ADDITION** 15936 URUGUAY DAUDETAU-DOVITIIS-MAUSER 6.5 x 53.5mm RIFLE WITH BAYONET - Serial number 70937, single shot. This is a key piece for any South American Mauser rifle collection, and it is nearly impossible to find bayonets for these. Born as a German Mauser Model 1871 rifle (marks on left side of receiver "I.G. Mod 71" for Infanterie Gewehr Model 1871. Right side marked 82 and 1879, showing it was made in 1879 and initial German military issue was in 1882. These were converted circa 1895 for the 6.5x53.5mm Daudetau No. 12 semi-rimmed cartridge by the French "Societe Francaise des Armes Portatives of Saint Denis, Paris, France, as indicated by the markings on the barrel "S.F.A.P/St. Denis." In the 1880s, the South American nation of Uruguay had purchased a quantity of Mauser Infanteriegewehr Model 1871 rifles. When neighboring Argentina adopted the 7.65mm small bore smokeless cartridges and Model 1891 Mauser rifles in 1891, Uruguay felt a need to keep up with the neighbors. But funding was very limited. As a stopgap measure it was decided in 1894 to have their Model 1871 rifles re-barreled for a modern cartridge. Enter Antonio De Dovitiis (usually mispelled Dovitis), an immigrant tailor actually born in Picerno, Potenza Province, Italy, but usually claimed to be from Greece. De Dovitiis had a military equipment store specialized in tailoring articles and bladed weapons, located at 18 de Julio street no. 130, Montevideo. He was also personal tailor of Julio Herrera y Obes, president of Uruguay between 1890-1894, and that probably accounts for him being sent to Europe on the armament mission. Dovitiis took advantage of business contacts in France to arrange for the work to be done by Societe Francais des Armes Portative, which was then promoting the a rifle designed by Frenchman Luis D’Audeteau who had also designed several 6.5mm cartridges. His “Cartouche No. 12” was pushed on the gullible Uruguayans as a wonderful choice as their new service cartridge. The chief benefit seems to be that SFAP St. Denis would be able to use their existing machinery to produce the barrels, sights and other fittings necessary to convert the Mausers. The conversion consisted of fitting a new barrel, bolt head, extractor, sights, bands and a stock. In fact, the only original Mauser parts retained were the receiver, trigger mechanism, buttplate, and brass trigger guard while the sights and bayonet were the same pattern as those used on the Lebel. Approximately 10,000 pieces were converted, including some cut down to a short rifle configuration. Although sounding good on paper (or because of the assorted cash under the table which seems probable) this international cross breeding program was a failure. The main problem was the ammunition which had hard primers while the rifles had weak springs, and there were extraction problems caused by differences in rim dimensions, but most South American countries were reluctant to allow the troops to shoot very much as it might encourage them to overthrow the current governments. This is definitely the nicest of the handful of these we have had over the years, with nice stock, nearly all the blue finish and complete with a bayonet. Excellent bore, (but no one has any ammo for these!). Receiver, barrel and most other parts retain about 95%+ of the blue finish from the time of conversion with only slight age toning in some places. The bolt retains all of its bright polished finish. Matching numbers on all the action parts and bolt. Brass trigger guard is nice and bright. Full length walnut stock is really nice with only a few minor dings, the worst being a several inch long scratch on the left side near the rear sight. The bayonet is a French Lebel type and the handle has been modified to fit with the cleaning rod in place. I am skeptical that this is the official Uruguyan modified item (which seems to be exceptionally rare if not extinct), but it still makes this one of the most impressive rifle-bayonet combinations when mounted so enjoy displaying it anyway. One of the many oddball features of this rifle is the fact that the cleaning rod was mounted on the side instead of underneath the forend. There are only a few other examples with this feature, and for a rather eccentric collecting niche, that might be fun to explore. Look for the French Model 1892 carbines, Portuguese Model 1886 Kropatshek rifles, the Russian Model 1938 Tokarevs, a few Winchester Model 1876 rifles, some of the Remington Keen military rifles, and maybe a few others. So, we have a rifle made in Germany, sold to Uruguay, converted in France to use a French designed cartridge, in a transaction brokered by an Italian tailor. While lacking much of a service history, they are certainly one of the most unusual stories of military arms on the cheap, and such an abject failure. This is a really unusual early South American military rifle, a field with a lot of variety and mostly reasonable prices, and this would be a key piece in such a collection. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $795.00 (View Picture)

**HOLD** 7192 RARE UNMODIFIED FIRST PATTERN MARTINI-HENRY CAVALRY CARBINE- SOUTH AUSTRALIA POLICE MARKED- SUPERB! - Serial number 2791 on back of sight leaf and should also be on the barrel or receiver face, but we did not disassemble to verify. This exceptionally nice condition example has about 90-95% original blue finish, worn on the edges and thinning in places, with the buttplate turning plum. Great bore. The unsanded wood has the original fine oil finish and crisp roundel R-M ENFIELD over 1 and also the point to point broad arrow indicated it was sold out of service. Receiver marked on right side with crown/ V.R./ ENFIELD/ inspector mark/ 1877 and also the South Australia rack humber SA over 249. A few minor storage and handling dings picked up over the last 140 years but about as nice an example of an early Martini-Henry as you are likely to find, and exceptionally desirable being the very rare unmodified first model of the Interchangeable Carbine Mark I. Officially adopted in September 1877 as “Arms Interchangeable, Carbine Breech loading Rifled, with clearing rod Martini Henry Mk1.” This was one of the periodic attempts by ordnance people to come up with a common arm for multiple users who were accustomed to having their own unique variations of pretty much the same weapon. In this case, the thought was a common carbine to be used by Cavalry, Artillery (which fancied themselves as needing distinct variations for Garrison, Horse and Field Artillery service), Engineers, Constabulary and everyone else not needing a full length infantry rifle. It was though that carbine users really did not need a bayonet, so this has no provisions for a bayonet. However, the Garrison, Horse and Field Artillery regiments had their special feelings hurt by the lack of a bayonet, so after April 1878 the original ICI was to be known as the "Martini-Henry Carbine, Cavalry Mark I" and a new variation (with bayonet!) was designated as “Garrison Artillery Carbine.” These initially used old Yataghan blade sword bayonets (21 inches long) modified to fit, but soon replaced by new sword bayonets with awesome 25 inch sawback blades. Perhaps the excessive bayonet length was necessary to compensate for shortness in other areas? In April 1879 use of a leather sight protector was approved for the carbines, attaching to two wood screws on the side of the stock, and all new production and nearly all of the early Cavalry Carbines were so modified, and on most a butt swivel was added. This carbine is one of an extremely small number which escaped modification! The single shot Martini action rifles and carbines were the descendant of the American designed Peabody rifles. (In fact, for nearly 100 years the main British military arms were had more American than to British origins. In 1855 the Pattern 1853 Enfield .577 rifle muskets were first made with interchangeable parts using American machinery from Robbins & Lawrence. The subsequent Snider rifles adopted in 1866 were the invention of American Jacob Snider. In 1871 they adopted the Martini rifles, derived from the American Peabody rifles. These were replaced in 1888 by the bolt action .303 caliber Lee-Enfield in its many variations, using the action invented by American James Paris Lee and first manufactured by Remington. The Australian Lithgow Lee Enfields were made on American machinery from Pratt & Whitney. These could form an interesting collecting or display theme.) Here is some information on the IC1 Cavalry Carbine from The Martini Henry Society (http://www.martinihenry.org/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=62) : “The Pattern was sealed and introduced on the 24th Sept 1877. LOC 3215 as “As Arms Interchangeable, Carbine Breech loading Rifled, with clearing rod Martini Henry Mk1.” “Interchangeable” was to be used in the description, and the actions were marked I.C.1. Not only did it simplify production, the carbine could be made as basic arm, with uniformed manufacturing techniques, sharing common rifle and carbine component parts, but providing an arm which simply required a change of furniture to convert from Artillery to Cavalry”. Complaints were reported of the rear sight leaf becoming entangled or damaged by the saddlery, on the 18.4.1879, the IC1 Cavalry carbines were supplied with a folding leather back sight protector held by two screws Between the years 1878 and 1889 the RSAF Enfield made 130,000 IC1 carbines, but with the adoption of the .303” calibre in the regular army, production ceased, with most of the component parts being utilized in the conversion to .303 Martini Metford and Martini Enfield carbines In 1893-94, Henry Rifled Barrel Co made an additional 30,000 I.C.1 Cavalry carbines from the Indian Government. A detailed discussion about an identical carbine (rack number SA 252) at http://britishmilitariaforums.yuku.com/topic/8937/Martini-Cavalry-Carbine-Mk1#.WKCmNX8y6Jc provides the following information: Anthony F. Harris's "The Military Small arms of South Australia, 1839 - 1901" reports several shipments of early Carbines spread over some years, the first being 300 Cavalry Carbines in 1878 which probably included this one, but the total quantity imported is unclear as records do not adequately distinguish between the Artillery & Cavalry carbines. However the first 300, given rack numbers 1-300 are Cavalry Carbines. The first shipment was intended for VMF use (Volunteer Military Forces) although 100 were transferred to the Police for mounted use. “Service Arms of the South Australian Police” by Max Slee has some information on the supply of the Martinis to the SA Police Force by the SA Military and a list of the “rack” numbers. At least 140 numbers were documented, and this carbine with Rack Number SA 252 [and our SA 249] on that list, confirming its being issued to the South Australia Police Force. [See the link for copy of the page with the numbers.] This also explains how it escaped any modifications, and why it is in an exceptional state of preservation. A prize piece to add to an advanced British military arms collection. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $1750.00 (View Picture)

**NEW ADDITION** 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 $1295.00 (View Picture)

21101 ARGENTINE MODEL 1891 MAUSER RIFLE – SUPERB! - Serial Number M5762 matching throughout, except for the cleaning rod. These are 7.65x53mm Mauser caliber (sometimes called 7.65mm Argentine or Belgian 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. The ground area has not had the finish touched up to blend in, but a few minutes with cold blue can do the job if you prefer to alter the history. Loewe later merged with the Mauser brothers in 1898 to form Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM). This rifle is in excellent plus condition, with all the bright polished finish on the bolt and about 98-99% original blue on other parts, with slight losses on some of the sharp corners, and a bit less finish on the buttplate. The stock is also in excellent plus condition, with just a few extremely minor bruises and dings and a bit of striped grain in the butt, but with little contrast. This is one of 130,000 made by Loewe in 1895, the fourth year of production with most of the late production features like the long handguard, gas deflection wings on the sides of the bolt sleeve, andr the magazine lock screw was adopted. From an old pre-1968 collection and not defaced by any import markings. This is among the top five examples of the dozens of these wonderful M1891 Argentines we have had over the years, and would be nearly impossible to upgrade. The bore is in the same superb condition as the exterior. Comes with original brass muzzle cover, not numbered. 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. $795.00 (View Picture)

16014 ARGENTINE MODEL 1891 MAUSER RIFLE – SUPERB! - Serial Number F9967 matching throughout, including the cleaning rod. These are 7.65x53mm Mauser caliber (sometimes called 7.65mm Argentine or Belgian 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. The ground area has not had the finish touched up to blend in, but a few minutes with cold blue can do the job if you prefer to alter the history. Loewe later merged with the Mauser brothers in 1898 to form Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM). This rifle is in excellent plus condition, with all the bright polished finish on the bolt and about 98-99% original blue on other parts, with slight losses on some of the sharp corners, and additional finish loss on the buttplate. The stock is also in excellent plus condition, with just a few minor bruises and dings. There is usually a serial number stamped on the right side of the stock below the numbers on the receiver and barrel, but no sign of one ever being stamped or removed. Good cartouches on the toe of the stock and traces of the liberty cap cartouche on the right side of the butt which may have been very lightly sanded many decades ago. This is one of 35,000 made by Loewe in 1893, the second year of production. This has mostly early features like the short handguard, and no gas deflection wings on the sides of the bolt sleeve, but was made after the magazine lock screw was adopted. From an old pre-1968 collection and not defaced by any import markings. This is among the top three examples of the dozens of these wonderful M1891 Argentines we have had over the years, and would be nearly impossible to upgrade. The bore is in the same superb condition as the exterior. 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. $750.00 (View Picture)

21160 SCARCE FRENCH MODEL 1874-80 GRAS ARTILLERY MUSKETOON 11 x 59mm Rimmed caliber - Serial number 42320 made at Manufacture D’ Armes Tulle in 1878 as indicated by the receiver markings and the T.1878 marks on the barrel. The 80 on the left receiver flat indicates it received the 1880 modification to the receiver to cut larger gas relief slots around the head of he bolt for greater safety. The Gras was the first French service arm to use metallic cartridges, and was very similar to the bolt action Model 1866 Chassepot “Needle Fire” rifles which used paper cartridges enclosing an 11mm bullet and a powder charge with a primer mounted on the back of the bullet base. An extra long firing pin would pierce the paper and penetrate the powder and hit the primer to ignite it. The bolt head had a large rubber washer around it to seal (ineffectively) against gas leakage. Many of the Chassepot rifles were modified to use Gras cartridges by replacing the bolts with ones having regular firing pins and an extractor and eliminating the rubber washer design. French military arms were traditionally made in several different variations, depending on the power and vanity of different factions who insisted their awesomeness justified a unique arm for some peculiar reason. By 1874, after the humiliating defeat by the Germans in the Franco Prussian War, these distinctive arms were down to only a long infantry rifle with a 32.3 inch barrel and a wicked long sword bayonet. The Cavalry carbine had a 27.6 inch barrel, turned down bolt and was not fitted for a bayonet. The Mounted Gendarmes Carbine was similar, but set up for a cruciform socket bayonet on the 27.6” barrel. The (unmounted) Gendarmes Carbine was the same as their mounted counterparts but with the long sword bayonet. The final variation was the Artillery musketoon, with a short 20 inch barrel, but still taking the long sword bayonet. It is really a very handy, and good looking firearm. This example is in excellent condition with excellent bore, and matching numbers except for the mismatched bolt assembly. The stock is excellent with the “holy water plug” still in place although the surrounding roundel is mostly cleaned away. The stock has none of the usual fussy French wood repairs or grungy oil soaked through it. Metal parts retain about 90-95% of the old arsenal refinish. A really nice example of the most desirable of the Gras family. ANTIQUE- No FFL needed. $775.00 (View Picture)

20827 URUGUAY DAUDETAU-DOVITIIS-MAUSER 6.5 x 53.5mm RIFLE - Serial number 91680, single shot. Born as a German Mauser Model 1871 rifle (marks on left side of receiver "I.G. Mod 71" for Infantire Gewehr Model 1871. Right side marked 82 and 1881, showing it was made in1881 and initial German military issue was in 1882. These were converted circa 1895 for the 6.5x53.5mm Daudetau No. 12 semi-rimmed cartridge by the French "Societe Francaise des Armes Portatives of Saint Denis, Paris, France, as indicated by the markings on the barrel "S.F.A.P/St. Denis." In the 1880s, the South American nation of Uruguay had purchased a quantity of Mauser Infanteriegewehre Moel 1871 rifles. When neighboring Argentina adopted the 7.65mm small bore smokeless cartridges and Model 1891 Mauser rifles in 1891, Uruguay felt a need to keep up with the neighbors. But funding was very limited. As a stopgap measure it was decided in 1894 to have their Model 1871 rifles re-barreled for a modern cartridge. Enter Antonio De Dovitiis (usually mispelled Dovitis), an immigrant tailor actually born in Picerno, Potenza Province, Italy, but usually claimed to be from Greece. De Dovitiis had a military equipment store specialized in tailoring articles and bladed weapons, located at 18 de Julio street no. 130, Montevideo. He was also personal tailor of Julio Herrera y Obes, president of Uruguay between 1890-1894, and that probably accounts for him being sent to Europe on the armament mission. Dovitiis took advantage of business contacts in France to arrange for the work to be done by Societe Francais des Armes Portative, which was then promoting the a rifle designed by Frenchman Luis D’Audeteau who had also designed several 6.5mm cartridges. His “Cartouche No. 12” was pushed on the gullible Uruguayans as a wonderful choice as their new service cartridge. The chief benefit seems to be that SFAP St. Denis would be able to use their existing machinery to produce the barrels, sights and other fittings necessary to convert the Mausers. The conversion consisted of fitting a new barrel, bolt head, extractor, sights, bands and a stock. In fact, the only original Mauser parts retained were the receiver, trigger mechanism, buttplate, and brass trigger guard while the sights and bayonet were the same pattern as those used on the Lebel. Approximately 10,000 pieces were converted, including some cut down to a short rifle configuration. Although sounding good on paper (or because of the assorted cash under the table which seems probable) this international cross breeding program was a failure. The main problem was the ammunition which had hard primers while the rifles had weak springs, and there were extraction problems caused by differences in rim dimensions, but most South American countries were reluctant to allow the troops to shoot very much as it might encourage them to overthrow the current governments. This is a good representative example, although in desperate need of a good cleaning as it lived in a home with smokers and there is a thin film of dried smoke, dirt and crud all over everything, along with a tiny bit of scattered light surface rust that will easily clean off. A small patch of light pitting on the top of the bolt sleeve or cocking piece. Excellent bore, (but no one has any ammo for these!). Receiver retains most of the blue finish from the time of conversion. The bolt retains most of its bright polished finish, turning dull steel gray. Buttplate and bands were originally finished bright but are now stained and lightly rusted and would clean up okay. Mismatched numbers on most parts but bolt and receiver seem to match, typical of all these. Brass trigger guard is a mellow old patina. Full length walnut stock looks like it was lightly cleaned and varnished long ago, and would look nice if stripped and finished with linseed or tung oil. Has correct brass tipped cleaning rod. One of the oddball features of this rifle is the fact that the cleaning rod was mounted on the side instead of underneath the forend. There are only a few other examples with this feature, and for a rather eccentric collecting niche, that might be fun to explore. Look for the French Model 1892 carbines, Portuguese Model 1886 Kropatshek rifles, the Russian Model 1938 Tokarevs, a few Winchester Model 1876 rifles, some of the Remington Keen military rifles, and maybe a few others. So, we have a rifle made in Germany, sold to Uruguay, converted in France to use a French designed cartridge, in a transaction brokered by an Italian tailor. While lacking much of a service history, they are certainly one of the most unusual stories of military arms on the cheap, and such an abject failure. This is a really unusual early South American military rifle, a field with a lot of variety and mostly reasonable prices, and this would be a key piece in such a collection. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $725.00 (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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

** HOLD** 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.

**SOLD** 11689 WINCHESTER LEE NAVY 6MM STRAIGHT PULL RIFLE (RESTORATION PROJECT) - Serial number 15044 (made in June 1898 per Winchester polishing shop records) marked on the receiver ring -U.S.N.- /[anchor]/ No. 15044/ J.N.J. An excellent all correct matching and unbuggered example of this historic type rifle- EXCEPT that Bubba shopped off the forend and lost a couple of parts. These feature an unusual straight pull action and extremely small bore (.236 bullet diameter) adopted when most military rifles had just made the change from about .45 caliber down to .30 caliber (11mm to 8mm in Europe). These were the standard U.S. Marine Corps rifles during the Spanish American War and the Boxer Rebellion, although replaced shortly afterwards in the interest of having all services using the same .30-40 Krag ammunition and rifles. (A nifty policy that was soon abandoned when the Army began issuing M1903 Springfields.) The Navy also used the Winchester Lee rifles. Only about 15,000 were purchased for military use, about half the number of M1903A4 sniper rifles made. They were the first U.S. military arms to be loaded with a clip, and the first smallbore service rifle adopted, and the first of two "straight pull" designs used by U.S. Forces. (The other being the 20,000 Ross rifles obtained from Canada during WW1.) Walnut stock is generally excellent with original oil finish and only a very few assorted minor storage and handling dings. Handguard is original to this rifle. Action is mechanically excellent and the often missing extractor is present. About 95% original blue finish on the bolt and magazine assembly. Barrel and receiver and buttplate show about 95% finish, but is it dulled and turning plum and needs a good cleaning to remove the patina and any accumulated crud and dirt. Buttplate has more patina than blue, but much better than usual. Bore is dirty but should clean to excellent, just in case you have a pile of 6mm Navy ammo sitting around. (WARNING- there are potentially deadly problems with some of the improvised 6mm ammo being sold and it is best not to even think about shooting any of these rifles. Google will tell you more.) Prices on these have risen dramatically in recent years as collectors seek the small supply of decent examples on the market. This would rate among the top three of these we have had in the last 20 years, except for Bubba’s maltreatment. However, reproduction forends are available, and if you are handy with woodwork you can save a very substantial amount over getting a totally original rifle. You will also need an upper band and both band screws, all of which are available from S&S. It is also missing the front sight cover, but you may or may not feel the need to replace that, and I do not know of a source on those. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $995.00 (View Picture)

**NEW ADDITION** 20544 U.S. MODEL 1873 .45-70 TRAPDOOR CARBINE PROJECT - Serial number 507474 on the receiver with rifle barrel cut to 22 inch carbine length. Bore is excellent plus- bright and sharp, and the exterior has much of the original blue turning plum in places. This was made as a M1888 Rod bayonet rifle but butchered long ago into a shorter “cadet” gun, so we did not initiate the atrocities committed upon this, but are helping salvage what can be used. The muzzle has been crowned and a flat spot milled for a front sight. The stock has been cut to carbine length and the ramrod groove filled and the tip shaped to the proper carbine shape. Buttpalte is a junky one which ad the tang broken but has been welded and needs the upper screw hole cleaned up and countersunk. A sight protector barrel band in rough condition is included if you want to use it. You will need to come up with a lock, trigger guard, and breechblock, bandspring and sights, but they are all out there and can be inexpensive if you are patient and not too picky about finish. When done this should be a great shooter or reenactor gun, but obviously is not a collector prize. Using a cut down original stock will save many hours of tedious labor trying to do finish inletting on a repro stock. Bargain price for what you see is $249.00 (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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