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**NEW ADDITION** SMOF6346 - (LL) U.S. MODEL 1917 COLT REVOLVER. SERIAL NUMBER 238360. CALIBER 45 ACP.
When the United States entered World War I in April 1917 support troops (the cooks, clerks, etc.) were to be armed with pistols only, and the only pistol was the immoral Model 1911 automatic pistol. The problem was only a few thousand were in inventory and Colt simply could not meet the demand. The Government decided to contract with Colt for its existing New Service revolver to meet the demand. But to simplify the ammunition supply problem the pistol was to be chambered for the rimless 45 ACP round fired by Model 1911. To hold the rimless cartridges in the cylinder it was necessary to insert them in a metal clip, usually referred to as a “half moon clip”. Colt modified the New Service to meet these requirements, and the pistol was referred to as the U.S. Model 1917 revolver. Eventually about 150,000 of the newly designated Model 1917 were delivered to the U.S. military.
This pistol was made in 1918. It is all correct with the military markings on the butt, and military inspectors markings on the frame. All numbers match. The original bluing is intact but there is some fading over the back strap and trigger guard. Overall finish would rate about 95%. To speed production Colt was instructed not to perform the final polishing to remove the coarse machining marks on the frame and barrel. These marks are still present and show almost no evidence of wear. The walnut grips are original, with a couple of small dings. This pistol did not see much use and is much better than average for a military pistol of this vintage. $1395.00 (View Picture)
**HOLD** SMOF6332 - EARLY WAR P.38 MADE BY WALTHER IN 1941 (CODE AC 41) SERIAL NUMBER 7138 I CALIBER 9 MM LUGER
The German firearms industry has a long history of innovations. The P38 pistol was one of these. While the Luger was an excellent semiautomatic pistol it was made to tight tolerances and frequently jammed when exposed to small amounts of dirt. It also required a much machining, took a long time to manufacture and was expensive. Starting in the 1930's the German army began looking for a new pistol to replace the Luger. The Army finally accepted the design by the Walther company. The new pistol was designated the P38 for Pistole 1938, the year it was adopted. It featured a double action lock, the first adopted by any major army. It was also much easier to manufacture, and far less sensitive to dirt. While the Lugers were the most prized souvenirs captured by our soldiers, the P38 was a close second.
The German army armed it's non-commissioned officers and the soldier who carried the MG 34 or MG42 machinegun for each infantry squad with a P38. The demand for them was great. A 1939 German infantry division needed 1100 P38’s and paratrooper company 51. It's estimated that about 3.5 million were produced between 1939-1945. The Walther company was the exclusive maker until 1942 when the Mauser company started production.
This pistol was made sometime in mid-1941. It is all matching including the slide, barrel, frame and locking block. The bore is bright with strong riflings. The magazine is a correct Walther magazine. The original finish would rate about 95% and the grips are original and have the correct 359 waffenamt code stamped on the inside. This an an excellent example of an early war pistol. $950.00 (View Picture)
**NEW ADDITION** SMOF6320 - (LL) U.S. PISTOL MODEL 1911A1 PISTOL REMINGTON RAND. SERIAL NUMBER 2178173 MANUFACTURED IN 1945. CALIBER 45 ACP.
Colt’s Patented Firearm company entered into an arrangement with the firearms designer John M. Browning in the late 1800's for the design of automatic pistols. Between 1900 and 1910 Browning designed and Colt manufactured the Model 1900, 1901, 1903 Pocket, the 1903 hammerless, and 1905 and the 1908. Mr Browning and Colt began to develop an automatic pistol for the U.S. Army, to replace the Colt double action revolvers then the Army’s standard side arm. The result was the Colt Model 1911 in 45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol), the most widely recognized and copied pistol in the world. The Model 1911 (and its product improved offspring the 1911A1) equipped the U.S. Army till replaced by the Beretta M9 in the 1980's.
When World War II broke out the military knew that the Colt could not meet the demand for the Model 1911A1 so the Ordnance Department contracted with four other manufacturers to make this pistol. The four were Singer Sewing Machine Company, Remington Rand Typewriter Company, Ithaca Firearms Company, and Union Switch and Signal Company. Of the four Remington Rand made the most, nearly one million. Remington Rand pistols were considered by the military to be built to the tightest tolerances, this is why the Army used their frames to create National Match pistols in the 1960's.
Nearly all the M1911/A1 pistols we see today are so mixed up and have been through so many overhauls that they have little collector appeal. We believe this one to be pretty much original because it has all the following parts which are correct for 1945 Remington Rand production:
Slide - type 3 Remington Rand, short address.
Mainspring housing - arched, checkered (used after 1943).
Hammer - checkered (used 1943-45).
Slide stop - with serrations (used 1943-45).
Barrel - High Standard “HS” and “P” marked on the lugs.
Grips - Keyes Fibre Co. with reinforcing rings.
Magazine - " L " marked (M. S. Little Mfg. Co).
Trigger - stamped (used 1943-45).
This pistol in very good condition with about 95% + original dark gray/green Parkerized finish. The finish has few small scratches, slight wear on the sharp edges and there is some pitting mostly on the top right hand side of the slide . The barrel has the proper blued finish on the outside and the bore is bright and shiny with strong lands and grooves and no pitting. The frame is marked on the left hand side with the US inspectors initials "FJA" (Frank J. Atwood) and "P". The right side of the frame is stamped with the U.S. ordinance wheel. $1850.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6220 - ROTH-STEYR MODEL 1907 MODEL 1907 SERIAL NUMBER 2635 CALIBER STEYR 8 MM WITH AUSTRIAN ARMY UNIT MARKINGS.
The Roth- Steyr was developed for the Austro-Hungarian army and accepted into service. This was the era when armies were replacing their revolvers with semi-automatic pistols, and this was the contribution from the Austro-Hungarian empire. The design had an unusual trigger mechanism, that is now incorporated into all Glock pistols. When a round is loaded into the chamber the firing mechanism goes to half cock. In order to fire the pistol you then pull back on the trigger. This brings the firing pin to full cock and then drops it.
These pistols saw service throughout World War I. This pistol is marked 12FK;Z01 which most likely stands for Flieger Kompanie or Feldkanonen Regiment. This pistol would have been issued to either an airplane unit (Flieger) or to a field artillery regiment. The finish would rate about 90% with some slight fading. The bore is slightly dark but may clean up. The grips are ion good condition with no serious dings. The lanyard loop on the bottom of the magazine has been removed. $950.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6198 - U.S. MODEL 1911A1 ".45 AUTOMATIC" BY ITHACA SERIAL NUMBER 1838313 MANUFACTURED IN 1944.
This is a handsome looking gun, the classic John M. Browning design which served reliably in WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, and even today the Marine special Ops units have chosen to use a specially upgraded version of this old war horse. Ithaca manufactured 1911A1 pistols are getting hard to find in any condition. Nearly all the M1911 pistols we see today are so mixed up and have been through so many overhauls that they have little collector appeal. We believe this one to be original and unmessed with because it has all the following parts which are correct for 1944 Ithaca production:
Mainspring housing -arched, grooved with 7 ribs.
Hammer - with serrations Ithaca 1943-1945.
Slide stop - with serrations Ithaca 1943-1945.
Barrel - correct High Standard “HS” and “P” marked on the lugs.
Grips - Keyes Fibre Co. without reinforcing rings.
Magazine - "R" marked for Risdon Mfg. Co.
Trigger - stamped (used 1943-45).
This pistol in excellent condition with about 95% - 97% + original dark gray/green parkerized finish with a few small scratches and wear on the high sport. The barrel has the proper blued finish on the outside and the bore is bright and shiny with strong lands and grooves and no pitting. The left trigger guard is lightly marked at the top with an Ithaca factory proof mark (wine cup?). The barrel is shiny with strong lands and grooves and is marked with the correct "HS" and "P" markings on the lug. The frame is marked on the left hand side with the US inspectors initials "FJA" (Frank J. Atwood) and "P". The right side of the frame is stamped with the ordinance wheel.
Prices for these pistols have been steadily rising in the past few years. At the spring gunshow in Denver this year, some dealers were asking twice our price for Remington Rand pistols that were not as nice. If you have always wanted a 1911A1 pistol for your collection, this would be a good choise before prices go even higher. $2395.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6274 - FRENCH MILITARY MODEL 1935A PISTOL WITH NAZI ACCEPTANCE MARKINGS. SERIAL NUMBER B1680A CALIBER 7.65
The French military adopted the this pistol in 1935 to replace the Model 1892 revolver. The design copied extensively from the John Browning designed semi-automatic pistols being produced by Colt, but added few features of its own including a different safety system. In June 1940 the French army surrendered to the Germans and French manufacturers began to produce pistols for the German army. They retained their French markings but a German weapons inspector mark (eagle / WaA251) was was stamped the left side of the frame. The stamp from inspector 251 appears on most pistols, except the early ones. This pistol was made by the company SACM (Societe Alsacienne de Constructions Mecaniques). It retains about 95% of the original baked on black enamel finish with some wear on the high spots. The German waffenamt stamp is visible on the left side of the frame. The black bakelite grips are in excellent condition. Overall a well above average example of a rarely encountered German military sidearm. $695.00 (View Picture)
**HOLD** SMOF6344 - 22234 - EARLY SMITH & WESSON “U.S. NAVY” VICTORY MODEL IN .38 SPECIAL WITH 4 INCH BARREL -
Serial number V143802, all matching except the grips which are numbered 201082. Excellent bore and mechanics. This is a fairly early "Victory Model" made in late 1942. After original Model 10 numbers reached 1,000,000 on April 24, 1942 the numbers restarted with a V (for Victory) prefix, marking the official start of the Victory Model. However military purchases were already well under way starting at about 612,000, and collectors lump all of these S&W .38 caliber Military & Police models made during WW2 with the rough finishes as "Victory Models." According to Charlie Pate's definitive study, “U.S. Handguns of WW2” the switch to the black magic (parkerize type) finish and plain walnut grips took place in March 1942, so everything indicates that this was made later in 1942. Topstrap has the scarce U.S. NAVY marking and most of these were issued for combat air crew survival guns. Overall condition is excellent with about 92-95% gray parkerize finish worn on the high places and thinning a bit on high use areas. Hammer and trigger retain most of the original color case hardening. Walnut grips, although mismatched, are an excellent fit and have an attractive old glossy oil or varnish finish.
A good representative example of an early, U.S. Navy issued Victory Model, as used by Navy and Marine Corps pilots during WW2 and even Vietnam. Most of the nearby serial numbers that have any documentation reflect U.S. Navy use. Remember, this is the U.S. military version factory chambered for .38 Special cartridges, not one of the lend lease guns in .38 S&W (.38-200) later rechambered for .38 Special. $750.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6297 - J.P. SAUER & SOHN 38H SEMI-AUTOMATIC POLICE PISTOL, 7.65MM (.32ACP) -
Serial number 292828 matching. The German Arms maker, Sauer, began making automatic pistols before World War I. In 1938 they introduced their model 38H. It had the most advanced design of any automatic pistol used by the German military during World War II, and introduced features copied by many large gun maker after the war. The most revolutionary feature of the 38H’s design was a cocking/decocking lever on the left side of the frame. The pistol could be cocked by working the action. Then the internal hammer could be safely dropped by pushing down on this lever. The hammer could also be recocked by pushing down on the this lever, or the first shot could be fired using the double action trigger. The lever made a safety unnecessary, but military insisted that Sauer add one anyway; so one was mounted on the slide.
This is known as the Second Variation pistol, with blue finish, and having both the manual safety and the cocking/decocking lever on the left side and a magazine safety. This has the two line marking on the left side of the slide- J.P. SAUER & SOHN, SUHL over CAL 7.65 and “PATENT on the right side. Magazine base is marked with the intertwined SS and Cal. 7,65. The Model 38H was made at Suhl from 1940 until the end of the war in April 1945, with about 50,000 estimated as being used by the Wehrmacht, 70,000 by the German police, and the remaining 130,000 were used by the Luftwaffe or commercial customers. This one has the eagle/N proof mark on the right rear of the frame and slide, and eagle/swastika/C on the left front trigger guard web. The Eagle/swastika/C is the distinctive Police inspection marking, which confirms this as a police issued weapon. Excellent bore and mechanics and unmarred hard rubber grips with the S&S logo. About 90 - 95% original blue finish remaining, thinning from normal wear and worn bright on the high points. No turning plum or any patina, but there is a small amount of pitting on the left hand side near the safety. The 38H is a very clever design with advanced features, and well made. These were important parts of the overall German armament during WW2. This model is getting very hard to find, especially examples with early features. $650.00 (View Picture)
SMF5526 - – 19753 - CZECH CZ-52 SEMI-AUTO 7.62 X 23 PISTOL WITH 1 MAGAZINE -
Serial number D08966 made in 1954 by Ceskoslovenska Zborjovka. These are one of the most interesting of all the surplus military pistols. It is chambered for the 7.62 x 25mm Tokarev pistol cartridge, which is found either in lighter loads for pistol use, or much hotter loads for use in submachine guns. These were designed so that use of the SMG loads would not be a problem, and incorporate a roller locking system (similar to the old MG-42, and the HK-91, 93, MP-5 and P-9 pistol.)
These were the Czechoslovakian service pistols from their adoption in 1952 until the fall of the Soviet Union. Between 1952 and 1954 more than 150,000 were made with some estimated production figures being just under a quarter million. Once the Soviet Union fell the Czechs switched to the more modern double stack 9 x 18mm CZ-82 pistols, and eventually the CZ-52s were sold off in the surplus market. .)
The CZ-52 also uses a decocker safety. These military pistols feature either a parkerized finish or a gray oxide coating, while some CZ 52s were arsenal reblued in the 1970s. This one retains about 95% original gray phosphate finish. Mainly just holster wear. Excellent bore. Light “dot type” Century import marks on the right side of the slide but they blend in nicely. Comes with one magazine. Since this gun was made in 1954 it is C&R eligible. $325.00 (View Picture)
**SOLD** SMOF5903 - EXCELLENT JAPANESE TYPE 14 PISTOL. SERIAL NUMBER: FIRST SERIES 11752, NAGOYA SUBCONTRACTOR. SHOWA 19.1.
The Japanese adopted this pistol in 1925, the 14th year of the reign of Emperor Taisho, thus the model designation Type 14. This pistol looks like the Luger, and has the instinctive pointing of the Luger, but the operating system is entirely different, with a swinging locking lever in the back of the frame. The war with the Chinese caused the Japanese to drop the small trigger in 1939 for a much larger one to accommodate a winter glove. The pistol was the primary pistol of the Japanese military till the end of the war.
This pistol was made in January 1944 (19.7), the 19th year of the reign of Hirohito, the seventh month of the year. (This is stamped on the right rear of the frame). The finish would rate 95+ precent and all serial numbers match except for the magazine. Overall this is an excellent example of one of the most desirable souvenirs of World War $795.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6035 - GERMAN MILITARY MARKED PISTOL MODEL 1907 - RMF RHEINISCHE METALLWARREN UND MACHIENFABRIK DRESYE SEMI AUTOMATIC PISTOL
Caliber 7.65 (.32) Serial Number 132109.
The Dreyse company made the first bolt action rifle ever adopted by a major army with their needle gun for the Prussian army. The Model 1907 was their effort to create a German competitor to the highly successful FN Model 1900 pistol designed by John M. Browning. The pistol remained in production until late 1918 when World War I ended with about 250,000 made.
The demand for side arms by the German Army during World War I meant that many private firearms were taken into service. This pistol is one of those. It is marked with the German Imperial Army markings on the slide and the frame indicating acceptance for service by the Germany military during World War I.
This pistol is in good condition. It has some minor dings in the metal, but the action is tight. The bore has sharp riflings, but there is some darkening in the grooves. It has the three commercial proofs on the left, and a fourth military proof on the right side in front of the ejection port. World War I unit pistols are rare, especially those from commercial arms makers. This one traces its history to one of the major German armies involved in Germany's last effort to win World War I.. $500.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5835 - CZECHOSLOVAKIAN CZ 27 (LATE WAR) SERIAL NUMBER 432486 CALIBER 32 AUTO (7.65 MM)
The Czech firearms industry grew up from the old Imperial arsenals that supplied the Habsburg empire with its weapons. World War I destroyed the empire and created the nation of Czechoslovakia. The then Czechs founded the CZ company which began designing and making weapons for use of their army and for export sales. CZ quickly established a reputation for high quality firearms including the British Bren gun. The Czech army was equipped with the CZ 24 when it was taken over by Germany in 1938-39.
The German Army took the standard service pistol of the Czech army, the CZ 24, changed the caliber from 380 automatic to 32 automatic, and designated it the CZ 27. Over half a million were made for the German army.
The earliest CZ 27's have the high polish blued finish seen on the CZ 24. As the German army found itself in one massive struggle after another with the Soviet army, the loss of small arms accelerated, and the arms makers were pressed to increase production. One way to achieve this was to reduce the high polish blued finish by omitting most of the polishing, the other was to substitute a phosphate (Parkerized) finish for the more labor intensive bluing. The Czech switched from a blued finish to parkerizing in late 1943 or early 1944.
This pistol is one of those made late in the war. It is entirely parkerized with the German light gray finish. It is all matching with correct magazine. The finish would rate about 95% and the bore is bright. It has the correct grips and they are not cracked. An excellent example of late war CZ 27 with Nazi markings. $495.00 (View Picture)
**NEW ADDITION** SMOF6278 - HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON .32 ACP SEMI AUTO MADE 1914-1924
Serial number 32537, this is the second or third “issue” version with 16 slide serrations. H&R only made about 40,000 total in .32 ACP caliber between about 1914 and 1924, although unsold inventory was still offered as late as 1939. H&R had traditionally been a maker of pretty good pocket revolvers, and got into the semi-auto pocket pistol business after John M. Browning’s FN made Model 1900 and Colt produced Model 1903 and Savage Model 1907 pistols proved there was a demand for such items.
In 1905, the famous British revolver-making firm of P. Webley & Scott introduced a series of blowback-operated pistols in .25 and .32 calibers that were designed by William Whiting. The .32 model was adopted by a number of police departments in Great Britain and throughout the empire. H&R licensed the rights to produce these for the U.S. market, and in 1912 made a virtual copy of the .25 auto which proved to be unpopular and was dropped after three years. However, they made major changes to the .32 caliber design before beginning production, and it proved a bit more successful. We recommend the excellent history on these available at http://www.shootingtimes.com/handguns/handgun_reviews_st_harringtonpistol_200808/#ixzz 3IUgWTEO2 This example has some sort of mechanical problem that keeps the firing pin from releasing, which may be a problem with the magazine safety if it is the “second issue” or something else if the “third issue” which was made without the magazine safety. Overall blue finish has about 50-60% remaining but mixed with patina. Still, it is a good representative example of one of the less successful early American semi-auto pistol designs. Magazine is after market. Hard rubber grips are good. $225.00 (View Picture)
**NEW ADDITION** SMOF6284 - ORTGIES PISTOL CAL 6.35 (.32) SERIAL NUMBER 48915, MANUFACTURED CIRCA 1920S
Heinrich Ortgies was a German who lived in Liege for many years. During his residence in Belgium, Ortgies designed an automatic pistol incorporating certain design details which he patented in about 1916. After WWI, Ortgies returned to Germany and set up business in Erfurt manufacturing the Ortgies pistol. Ortgies manufactured upwards of 10,000 pistols and they proved to be such a great success that Deutsche Werke of Erfurt made him an attractive offer to buy his business which he accepted. In 1921 Deutsche Werke took over the Ortgies patents, tools and stock, and began making Ortgies pistols. Original Orgies made pistols are marked on the slide 'Ortgies & Co Erfurt Ortgies Patent', the grips came with a bronze medallion with the intertwined initials 'HO', these grip medallions were retained by Deutsche Werke for some years, and they also retained the wording 'Ortgies Patent'. Later production dropped both these features. At first under Deutsche Werke, only 7.65mm pistols were manufactured but Ortgies had also prepared designs for pistols chambered in 6.35mm and 9mm Short. 7.65mm pistols were manufactured from 1920 to 1928, 9mm Short pistols were manufactured from 1922 to 1926, and 6.35mm pistols were manufactured from 1921 to 1928. This pistol was manufactured in the 1920s, it is in excellent condition although it has been polished and chrome or nickel plated. The grips have been “upgraded” with grips of an unknown white material, possibly bone, or horn, mother of pearl, or maybe even synthetic, but they look better than the originals which the previous owner no longer had. The bore is shiny with strong lands and grooves and the pistol comes with one correct Orgies magazine. $175.00 (View Picture)
**NEW ADDITION** SMOF6286 - ITALIAN GALESI .25 ACP (6.35MM) PISTOL - MODEL 505-B(?)
- Serial number 395787. These pistols are manufactured by the Industria Armi Galesi, located in Brescia, Italy, which is home to many famous Italian gunmakers. The firm was founded in 1910 by Nicola Galesi, who began 6.35mm pistol production in 1914, basically a copy of John M. Browning’s .25 Auto design, which was copied by dozens of makers around the world. In 1923 Galesi added their Model 1923, basically a copy of Browning’s Model 1910 design, in either 6.35mm or 7.65mm. In 1930 this was replaced by the Model 1930 which cosmetically resembled the Walther pistols.
From about 1936 to 1950, Galesi made their Model 6 in 6.35mm, 7.65mm, and during WW2 it was adopted for military use in 9mm kurz (.380) caliber. They also offered the Model 9, derived from their Model 1930, offered in .22LR and 6.35mm circa 1936-1950.
Around 1950, the Browning based Model 6 was given cosmetic upgrades and offered as the Model 50, or the 500 series, with numerous model numbers reflecting caliber, finish and grip types. .
As best we can figure out, this pistol is officially the Model 505-B, reflecting the factory engraving and nickel finish. The engraving is actual hand cut engraving, not rolled or stamped, and pretty good quality, with a tasteful scrollwork design for full coverage. The finish is nickel, and that shows some minor flaking. It originally had white plastic grips with two horizontal finger grooves and a Galesi medallion, which are frankly ugly. It now has been “upgraded” with white grips of unknown material, possibly bone, or mother of pearl, horn, or maybe even synthetic, but they look better than the originals which the previous owner no longer had.
Push the slide to the rear until the safety cut in the lower edge aligns with the pivot point of the safety lever. Trun the safety lever all the way to the rear, this will release the takedown latch.
With the slide about 1/8" back of it's normal closed position, lift up at the rear to clear the top of the barrel. Push the slide forward and remove it and the recoil spring.
The firing pin, spring, and spring guide will fall out of the slide somewhere during this process, pick them up from the floor and the pistol is field stripped.
Italian pistol proofmarks include a date code in either Roman numerals or an alphabet code. The XX code indicates this one was made in 1964. Importation of these was banned after 1968 due to the silly “points” criteria imposed by ATF at the time.
Until the, the Galesi pistols were widely advertised and apparently fairly well liked in this country with a reputation for reasonably good quality and reliability, although all of the little .25 autos are picky about ammo and magazines, so this is recommended as a collector item, not something to defend your life in an emergency. Since it was made in 1964, this qualifies as a Curio & Relic firearm. $175.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6293 - BELGIAN VELO-DOG HAMMERLESS FOLDING TRIGGER REVOLVER CIRCA 1890-1920 – 8MM OR .32 CALIBER CENTERFIRE
Serial number 504 with Belgian proof mark of crown over oval with ELG on the back of the cylinder. This style proof mark was adopted in 1894, so this is possibly an antique, but may have been made after 1898 so we need to handle this as a FFL item (C&R eligible). There is a (maker?) marking on the left side of the frame near the barrel that looks like a blacksmith at work, possibly the mythological figure Vulcan. Good bore, and good mechanics (although the trigger pull is about 20 pounds!). Ejection rod is intact and works fine as you pull it forward, swing it over and poke the empties out one at a time. Black hard rubber grips are excellent, and the squared off upper ends may be a clue to help ID the maker.
Velo-Dog revolvers were small pocket guns initially intended for bicycle riders to protect themselves from dogs, but the name has grown to cover a larger number of guns of this general style. These are important in the evolutionary history of concealed carry self defense guns. This one is chambered for a centerfire cartridge similar to the .32 Smith & Wesson blackpowder loads, but probably a European 8mm round, but we recommend against eventhinking about shooting any of these.
Overall condition is good, with about 60% original blue turning plum with some patina and bare spots. A nice addition to a collection of oddities, or as an example of the state of handgun development prior to WW1, and later these were pretty well replaced by the plethora of 6.35mm (.25 ACP) pocket pistols. $225.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6289 - BERETTA MODEL 418 SERIAL NUMBER 60381A CALIBER 25 ACP MANUFACTURED IN 1953. THIS MODEL WAS THE FIRST JAMES BOND PISTOL
Ian Fleming the author of the James Bond novels that were turned into the highly successful James Bond movies originally armed his hero with the Beretta Model 418 pistol in 25 caliber. When he wrote the "Dr. No" story, James' trusty Beretta was replaced with a Walther PPK, and he was told he needed a pistol with a more stopping power! This makes the Beretta 418 the pistol that Bond trusted as he disposed of his first set of villains.
The original design originated about 1919 and went through several design changes until the late 1920's. It was manufactured until the 1960's with a few minor changes thereafter. It follows the standard Beretta design with the safety lever the key to removing the barrel and the slide, the open topped slide, and metal reinforced grips. The design also incorporated an aluminum frame. During World War II, many of the pistols were purchased privately by officers in the Italian army.
This pistol was made in 1952. The date is stamped on the back of the frame, as are the commercial proofs. Overall condition is very good with some wear and fading on the slide, and a few scratches. The grips are in very good condition with no chips. $225.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6196 - S&W MODEL 1950 22-4 THUNDER RANCH IN 45 ACP SERIAL NUMBER TRR1186
Here it is! A fixed-sight big bore wheelgun in .45 ACP. The Thunder Ranch model revolver was (re) introduced in October of 2005. The 22-4 TR features a 4 inch round, tapered barrel with pinned half-moon service front sight, a square notch rear sight, 6- shot fluted cylinder, and a shrouded ejector rod. One retro feature is that the side plate on the right side of the frame is held in place with 4 screws. The barrel is marked "45 cal Model 1950" on the left side. It is built on a true square butt N frame, and features checkered Cocobolo grips, with a laser-cut Thunder Ranch logo. These style grips are what Smith & Wesson used to advertise as Magna Grips, and they are in flawless condition. This is an unfired specimen (except at the factory) displaying faint turn marks on the cylinder, as one would expect on a prized possession being shown very rarely. The revolver ships with full moon clips and a green canvas gun rug with an embroidered Thunder Ranch trademark. $850.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6025 - EXCELLENT COLT MODEL NEW SERVICE SERIAL NUMBER 347246 CALIBER 357 MAGNUM.
Colt was in innovation leader in revolvers starting with the Paterson in 1836. They introduced the first double action revolver in 1877 and the first swing out cylinder revolver in 1889. The New Service revolver was next step. It was their large frame was chambered in everything from 38 caliber to 476 caliber. Colt made about 356,000 New Service revolvers, half for the U.S. army in 45 ACP.
The 357 magnum cartridge was first introduced by Smith and Wesson in 1935 and quickly became "The Cartridge" for hand gunners. Colt finally responded by chambering a small number of New Service revolvers in this caliber.
This pistol was manufactured in 357 magnum and the Colt factory letter confirms this. The pistol is in about 97% condition. The wood grips have a few minor dings. The frame came from the factory with hole for a lanyard loop. This was filled in with plug.
Though 356,000 New Service revolvers were made very few were made in this caliber. This pistol is in excellent condition. $2900.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6103 - EARLY 4 DIGIG SERIAL NUMBER THOMPSON CENTER .45 CALIBER “PATRIOT” SINGLE SHOT PERCUSSION PISTOL
Serial number 4176 [right side of bbl by rear sight] These are very popular with shooters due to their accuracy, well shaped grip, excellent adjustable sights, and double set triggers. The blued barrel, color case hardened lockplate and brass trim makes these really nice looking guns as well. Shooters advise people to hold the gun in your hand when ramming the ball, not resting the butt on a bench which places a lot of stress on the stock and could lead to cracks or breaking.
K.W. Thompson and Warren Center formed the company bearing their names in 1965 and began making the popular “Contender” single shot pistol. In 1970 the expanded into making high quality, but affordable black powder muzzle loaders, but with designs that appeal to modern shooters rather than trying to imitate traditional designs (which seldom look right anyway). (You must print out and read the owners instruction manual from http://www.tcarms.com/assets/manuals/noncurrent/Patriot_Supplement.pdf prior to firing.) This is a previously owned gun, with minimal signs of use, and is a nice item for the folks who collect Thompson Center products, as well as for someone looking for a potential shooter. Excellent bore. These are classified as ANTIQUE and no FFL is needed. $425.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6089 - SSP-91 (SINGLE SHOT PISTOL MODEL 1991) IN 7MM- 08 REMINGTON, MAGNAPORTED WITH RED DOT SCOPE MADE FOR MAGNUM RESEARCH BY ORDNANCE TECHNOLOGY, INC
Serial number MR4608. This fits into a narrow niche of single shot handguns, many for traditional rifle calibers that appeal to some people as innovative, powerful and exciting. Others look at them and wonder why anyone would want one. If these sound interesting, read on, and send us a check! Many people recognize these as a product of Magnum Research Corporation which made them from 1991 through 1993, but this is actually one made by Ord Tech in the brief transition period after Magnum Research bought the design, and is marked with both companies names.
American Gunsmith, January, 1999 reveals the following history of the design: The single shot Pistol of 1986 (SSP-86) was designed by John Foote and produced by Ordnance Technology of Stetson, Maine. It featured a rotary breech based on artillery principles in use through World War I. The SSP-86 was primitive when compared to its improved successors, and it functioned best with rimmed pistol cartridges. One of the sub- contractors on the SSP-86 was AGS Machining Co. Inc. of West Groton, Mass, headed by Alfred R. Straitiff, which made gun parts for several firearm companies. Straitiff and his son Rich thought that the SSP-86 had merit, but needed a total redesign in cocking, extraction, safety, and barrel interchange and came up with 38 improvements to the original design. Al Straitiff created Competitor Corporation, Inc. in 1988, and began production of the Competitor. He didn't need permission from Ordnance Tech, since that firm since that firm didn't buy the design from John Foote, and since rotary-breech-cannon concepts are in the public domain. Straitiff and his son filed for a patent on their improvements to the SSP-86 on April 3, 1990, and patent #5,105,569 was issued on April 21, 1992. Ordinance Technology continued to produce the SSP-86 through 1990, and freely borrowed some improvements from Competitor to build their SSP-91. Magnum Research Inc. Of Minneapolis sold the SSP-91 from 1991 through 1993. In 1994, Magnum Research introduced the Lone Eagle, an updated SSP-91. These firearms have a separate cocking lever on the left side of the grip, are barreled actions only (not interchangeable barrels), and do not have a safety blocking the firing pin. Although very similar externally, the Competitor and the Lone Eagle do not share parts or even all functions. They are totally separate firearms that resemble each other due to their SSP-86 ancestry.
Other handguns in the single shot niche would include the Remington XP-100, the Thompson Center Contender, the Ruger Hawkeye, and I think that Colt, S&W and even H&R made some single shot target pistols similar to the Hawkeye.
This has a 1.5 to 4.5 power red electronic “Micro Dot” scope by Oakshore Electronic Sights, Inc. with Weaver bases and rings, contemporary with the pistol so it is a complete package for a collector. We are not sure what 7mm/08 loads might be suitable for this and will leave that for the purchaser to discuss with his gunsmith or lawyer. A rare treasure for someone with exquisite (or perhaps eccentric) taste, or exploring a unique collecting niche! Used excellent- and the price includes the scope. $495.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5560 - 19787 - RUGER BLACKHAWK IN .357 MAGNUM, OLD MODEL 3 SCREW, 6.5” BARREL -
Serial number 63425 made in 1965. A nice honest old used gun with just a bit of holster wear on the sides of the barrel and front of the cylinder, and sharp edges, so about 95% or more of the original finish remains. Excellent bore and mechanics. A very nice example of one of the early and desirable old model 3 screw Blackhawks in .357 Magnum caliber. $425.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5847 - - 22828 - GERMAN P-1 (P-38) 9MM SEMI AUTOMATIC PISTOL BY WALTHER
Serial number 019853, made by Walther. The classic WW2 era German P-38 pistol was such a good design that it was adopted after WW2 for use by West German military forces as the P-1 and also for their police forces. The only change was the use of aluminum for the frame instead of steel, which reduces the weight slightly. This “P-1” is in used excellent condition, made in October, 1973 with the usual Walther commercial marks and proofs. Right side of slide is marked “C.A.I. GEORGIA VT/ GERMANY” to comply with federal law. Excellent plus bore and mechanics, and it looks like it has been fired very little. About 95% of the finish remains, anodized on the aluminum frame and phosphate on the remaining parts, with mainly holster wear on the sharp edges of the frame, and a few minor handling marks anywhere. Slide is electric penciled 853 to match the frame number. A good representative example of the classic Walther designed P-38 pistol which proved to be a reliable sidearm for the Wehrmacht during WW2, and again with the West German forces with NATO, finally being phased out in 2004. The P-38/P1 is unusual in that it has a single action/double action trigger design, so that the pistol can be carried with the hammer down, but fired by pulling the trigger, instead of having to carry cocked and locked as with the M1911. This also allows the operator to take immediate action in case of a misfire to simply pull the trigger to try again before having to rack the slide to try a new cartridge. We sell all guns as collectors items only, not as shooters, but a competent gunsmith would almost certainly confirm that this is a great pistol. This comes with one original Walther magazine complete with the NATO stock numbers marked on it. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $425.00 (View Picture)