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    SMOF6833 - TL34 - RARE COLT U.S. ARMY MODEL 1900 MILITARY PISTOL .38 CALIBER (FIRST CONTRACT) WITH SIGHT SAFETY Serial number 185. These are historically significant as the FIRST SEMI-AUTO PISTOLS ADOPTED BY THE U.S. MILITARY. These are also considered to be the “Paterson” of Colt Semi-auto pistols, being the first model semi-autos ever made by Colt, and the beginning of John M. Browning’s long pistol relationship with Colt, although he had been working with them on his “Potato Digger” machine guns for a few years. Browning’s first semi- auto pistol production was in 1899 by FN in Belgium of an entirely different model. But, the Model 1900 was the FIRST U.S. MILITARY semi-auto pistol. The initial order for only 75 guns was filled in 1900 with guns having serial numbers under 207, and only about 30 surviving examples are known today.

    This gun was shipped from Colt to Springfield Armory June 1, 1900 in a shipment of 25 guns, per the Colt Factory Letter which is included with the gun. These pistols were subsequently issued to U.S. Cavalry and Infantry units stationed in the Philippines, Cuba and Puerto Rico for testing in the field. Each pistol was issued with a holster and 200 cartridges.

    These are identical to the civilian model except for the U.S. marking on the left web of the trigger guard, and the cartouche on the left grip of 1900 over inspector initials JTT for John T. Thompson, best known for his later “Tommy gun” invention. An additional 200 were delivered in a second contract serialized 1501 to 1700 with inspector cartouche RAC. The U.S. Navy also purchased some but they are relative common and found in better condition than the Army guns.

    One of the interesting features is the “rear sight safety” where the sight pivots up or down slightly. In the up position you can see the sight picture and the gun is ready to fire. When the sight is pressed down, it blocks the hammer from hitting the firing pin, and is too low for a sight picture so you can tell it is on safe. This was an awkward arrangement, which Browning corrected in later designs to a more intuitive thumb safety. Many of the Model 1900s had the goofy sight safety replaced with a dovetail and fixed rear sight, but this one still has it. The notch in the rear sight has been filed deeper, but unless you have another to compare it with, you probably would not notice this.

    Overall condition is good to very good with about 15-20% original blue, mostly thinning, hiding in protected areas. The sides of the slide are a dull steel gray with only traces of finish and a few tiny pits near the markings on the right side. The sides and top of the slide show some scratches and scrapes like they were heavily cleaned at some point decades ago. The walnut grips are solid, unsanded, and have pretty good 1900/JTT cartouche. Bore is about good, but these should not be shot with current hot .38 ACP cartridges intended for later models. The non-original magazine fits properly and the mag catch on the base of the grip has to be pushed forward to remove the mag, another ergonomic annoyance that Browning fixed in his later designs.

    While the overall appearance is not as appealing as most auto pistols on the market, this is a great historical rarity, seldom seen in any condition. It is absolutely the KEY PIECE in a modern U.S. martial pistol collection, and extremely hard to find in any condition. Another example in similar or slightly lesser condition with the rear sight safety replaced by a dovetail sight, but having an original magazine sold at auction in 2014 for $9,200. (https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/63/1580/colt- 1900#detail) This one is only $7500.00 (View Picture)

    **HOLD** SMOF6818 - ENFIELD  MARK I* PISTOL.  SERIAL NUMBER M451 MADE IN 1941.  CALIBER 38 SMITH AND WESSON. The British Army clung onto revolvers longer than any other major army, not adopting an automatic pistol, the Browning High Power, until the late 1940`s.  They used the break top Webley pistol in 455 caliber through the World War I. After that war they decided to move to 38 caliber, and adopted the Smith Wesson 38, but firing a 200 grain slug.  The Royal Small Arms factory at Enfield redesigned the six shot Webley pistol to shoot a 38 caliber cartridge, dropped the single action components of the lock, and called it the Pistol Mark I. The demand for pistols during World War II led to further simplification and the pistol went through two changes in internal design leading the addition of ** after the Mark I. The hammer was also bobbed to simplify manufacture. These pistols were standard issue throughout the British army until the 1950`s

    This pistol is all matching with serial numbers on cylinder, frame and barrel assembly. The cylinder is stamped "ESC 199"It has the usual British military acceptance marks. The finish is thin, it would rate about 60%. These are double action only, with a bobbed hammer. No unit markings of any sort and it has the correct plastic grips.  A good example of the standard British Army sidearm of World War II.

    (PROVENANCE NOTE-  This item is from the Howard P. Hart and Jean H. Hart Collection of Historical Arms.  Mr. Hart was a career Central Intelligence Agency Officer as well as an avid arms collector.  A large part of their collection was donated to the Virginia War Memorial Museum in Richmond, VA, and many other items donated to the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans, LA.   This item has the Hart Collection inventory tag attached, and has a certificate of provenance and a copy of Howard’s fascinating autobiography, signed by Jean Hart.  The association of this item with Mr. Howard Hart, and this outstanding collection adds to its desirability for your collection and for future owners and helps preserve the legacy of Mr. Hart.)  Read more about the biography of this remarkable American patriot on the Hart Collection Biography page $395.00 (View Picture)

    **HOLD** SMOF6855 - BRITISH WW2 WEBLEY & SCOTT MARK IV "WAR FINISH" REVOLVER, .38 CALIBER. SERIAL NUMBER 126100. The British Army clung onto revolvers longer than any other major army, not adopting a semi-automatic pistol, the Browning High Power, until the late 1940's. They used the top-break Webley revolver in 455 caliber from the Boer War through the World War I.

    At the end of the First World War, the British military decided that the .455 calibre gun and cartridge was too large for modern military use and—after numerous tests and extensive trials—that a pistol in .38 calibre firing a 200-grain bullet would be just as effective as the .455 for stopping an enemy. This became the “.380" Revolver Mk IIz cartridge in British terms, but is basically interchangeable with the American .38 Smith & Wesson cartridge.

    Webley & Scott immediately proposed the .38/200 caliber Webley Mk IV revolver, which, as well as being nearly identical in appearance to the .455 caliber Mk VI revolver (scaled down in size for the smaller cartridge), was based on their .38 caliber Webley Mk III pistol, designed for the police and civilian markets. Much to their surprise, the British Government took the design to the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock, which came up with a revolver that was externally very similar looking to the .38/200 caliber Webley Mk IV, but was internally different enough that no parts from the Webley could be used in the Enfield and vice-versa. The Enfield-designed pistol was quickly accepted under the designation Revolver, No. 2 Mk I, and was adopted in 1932. followed in 1938 by the Mk I* (spurless hammer, double action only), and finally the Mk I** (simplified for wartime production) in 1942. The Enfield and contractor made Revolvers, Number 2 are fairly common on the collector market.

    Webley & Scott sued the British Government over the incident, but Enfield insisted that the Enfield No. 2 Mk I was designed by Captain Boys (Assistant Superintendent of Design, later of Boys Anti-Tank Rifle fame) with assistance from Webley & Scott, and not the other way around. Eventually Webley & Scott was paid £1250 for their work.

    RSAF Enfield was unable to manufacture enough No. 2 revolvers to meet the military's wartime demands during WW2, and as a result Webley's Mk IV finally ended up being adopted as a standard sidearm for the British Army, supplementing its bastard brother, the Number 2 revolver.

    This example exemplifies the dire need for small arms, with no attempt at a fine finish, just rough tool marks with a hasty blue finish applied. Left side of the frame is stamped "WAR FINISH" to apologize for this. About 90-95% of the finish remains, worn on the backstrap and thinning on the frame, but strong on the barrel and cylinder. Matching numbers on the frame, cylinder and barrel. Plastic grips in very good condition and the often missing butt swivel is still there. Crisp, unbuggered screw heads and excellent bore and mechanics. Standard five inch barrel with the usual military inspector marks along with the mandatory British proof marks applied upon export when surplused in the 1960s, but not import marked. A very nice example of the last of the British military revolvers. $595.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6815 - P.08 BLACK WIDOW (LUGER) IN 9 MM SERIAL NUMBER 3459Z Maker Code "byf" (made by Mauser). Correct And Matching WWII Luger (Pistol 08) Made by Mauser in 1941. All Matching numbers and correct matching "fxo" magazine with un-numbered black plastic base. Magazine is marked with "fxo" "P.08" and eagle over "37" on the side. This is a nice Luger with about 95%. There is some slight holster wear on the usual high spots and sharp corners and some light pitting on the bottom of the barrel. The sides of the trigger guard have some scratches on them. The bore is bright and shiny with sharp lands and grooves. The black "Black Widow" grips are in excellent condition, sharp checkering with no cracks or chips missing.

    The toggle is marked "byf" (the German ordnance code for Mauser-Werke, Oberndorf am Neckar), the chamber is dated 1941. The eagle over "135" (German WW-II Heerswaffenamt inspector's mark on arms produced at Mauser Werke Ag, Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany) is stamped twice on the left side of frame near the barrel and once on the left side of the barrel. The bore size in millimeters and the serial number is stamped on the bottom of the barrel. The German military test proof (stylized eagle over swastika in a circle) is stamped on the forward right side of the receiver, rear right side of the barrel, and the left side of the breach block. Serial number "3459z" is stamped on frame and barrel with matching numbers "59" stamped on most small parts.

    The term Black Widow refers to 9MM Lugers with 4 inch barrels manufactured by Mauser during WWII that had byf markings and 41 or 42 chamber dates. The important aspect of Black Widow Lugers that sets them apart is they were issued with all black parts instead of the usual straw colored trigger, ejector, grip screws, take down latch, safety switch, magazine release and other small parts, "fxo" marked magazines with black plastic un-numbered bases and some had black plastic grips. Black Widow Lugers are in high demand and they usually sell for a premium.

    Overall this is very nice WWII Luger that would make an outstanding addition to any collection. Lugers were always the most highly prized war souvenirs, and Black Widows are one of the most popular of all. This is a GI bring back, not later surplus sale item, as the lack of any import markings reflects.

    (PROVENANCE NOTE-  This item is from the Howard P. Hart and Jean H. Hart Collection of Historical Arms.  Mr. Hart was a career Central Intelligence Agency Officer as well as an avid arms collector.  A large part of their collection was donated to the Virginia War Memorial Museum in Richmond, VA, and many other items donated to the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans, LA.   This item has the Hart Collection inventory tag attached, and has a certificate of provenance and a copy of Howard’s fascinating autobiography, signed by Jean Hart.  The association of this item with Mr. Howard Hart, and this outstanding collection adds to its desirability for your collection and for future owners and helps preserve the legacy of Mr. Hart.)  Read more about the biography of this remarkable American patriot on the Hart Collection Biography page $2395.00 (View Picture)

    **SOLD** SMOF6817 - WWII NAZI PROOFED MAUSER MODEL P-38 IN 9 MM SERIAL NUMBER 4042T The German firearms industry has a long history of innovations. The P.38 pistol was one of these. While the Luger was an excellent semiautomatic pistol it jammed when exposed to small amounts of dirt, and was quite expensive to make. 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. They new pistol was designated the P.38 for Pistole 38, the year it was adopted. It featured a double action lock, the first adopted by a major army. It was also much easier to manufacture. While the Lugers were the most prized souvenirs captured by our soldiers, the P.38 was a close second.

    The Walther company was the first maker, but as the war progressed and the need for pistols increased the Mauser company also began making P.38s, and then a company called Spreewerk, located in Berlin, but with its plant in Czechoslovakia, was assigned to make P.38s.

    This pistol was manufactured by Mauser in 1944, it is a G.I. Bring back not a recent import. The pistol is in excellent condition, all numbers are matching and the pistol retains over 98%+ of the original finish. The bore is shiny with strong lands and groves. Grips are the correct Mauser type with 6 separated lines, black in color and in excellent condition. The left slide is marked "P.38 byf/ 44". German W.W.II Heerswaffenamt inspectors mark for arms produced at Mauser-Werke AG, Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany (eagle over 135) stamped on the right side of the slide, barrel, take down block and frame. Military test proof (eagle over swastika in circle) stamped on barrel, right slide and take down block. The magazine is correct, Mauser made WWII vintage. It is marked with Mauser eagle over "135" inspection mark on the back.

    (PROVENANCE NOTE-  This item is from the Howard P. Hart and Jean H. Hart Collection of Historical Arms.  Mr. Hart was a career Central Intelligence Agency Officer as well as an avid arms collector.  A large part of their collection was donated to the Virginia War Memorial Museum in Richmond, VA, and many other items donated to the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans, LA.   This item has the Hart Collection inventory tag attached, and has a certificate of provenance and a copy of Howard’s fascinating autobiography, signed by Jean Hart.  The association of this item with Mr. Howard Hart, and this outstanding collection adds to its desirability for your collection and for future owners and helps preserve the legacy of Mr. Hart.)  Read more about the biography of this remarkable American patriot on the Hart Collection Biography page $1050.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6746 - U.S. PISTOL MODEL 1911A1 MANUFACTURED BY REMINGTON RAND. SERIAL NUMBER 1945951 MANUFACTURED IN 1944. 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.

    We believe this pistol to be pretty much original because it has all the following parts which are correct for 1944 Remington Rand production:

    • Slide - type 3 Remington Rand, short address.
    • Mainspring housing - arched, grooved with ribs (1944 & 1945 production).
    • Hammer - type 2 checkered (used 1943-45).
    • Slide stop - with serrations (used 1943-45).
    • Barrel - correct High Standard “HS” and “P” marked on the lugs.
    • Grips - Keyes Fibre Co.with reinforcing rings.
    • Trigger - stamped (used 1943-45).
    • Magazine - "S" marked for Scovill Mfg. Co., Waterbury, Conn.

    This pistol in Excellent condition, one of the nicest examples that we have had for a while, with about 97% original gray/green parkerized finish. The finish has a little wear on the sharp edges. The bore is bright and shiny with strong lands and grooves. 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. Overall an all correct example in excellent condition. $2250.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6828 - NAZI MARKED BROWNING HIGH POWER PISTOL. SERIAL NUMBER 29665P. CALIBER 9 MM. The Browning High Power pistol was the last pistol John M. Browning designed before his death in 1926. He used the locking systems from the U.S. Model 1911, but eliminated the swinging locking link to simplify the design. The High Power’s locking system is the most common system seen today, testifying to the brilliance of this innovation. He also introduced the first of the dreaded by liberals "high capacity" magazines with the double stacking of rounds to provide a magazine capacity of 13 rounds. The High Power was eventually adopted by the armies of 68 countries, and was used by both the Germans and the Canadians during World War II.

    In May 1940 the German Army overran the FN plant where these pistols were manufactured. Production of the High Power was continued with the pistols going to the German military. Many are believed to have been issued to the SS. This pistol was made after the Germans captured the plant, and it has all matching numbers. Overall finish would rate about 95% with some high edge wear. The plastic grips are in very good condition. The magazine is the correct type for this vintage pistol. The bore is shiny with sharp lands and grooves, but has one area that appears to be pitting, it may or may not clean up. Overall an excellent example of a pistol that was used by both sides during the years of WWII. $1295.00 (View Picture)

    **HOLD** SMOF6836 - 19379 - WW1 BRITSH WEBLEY MARK VI .455 REVOLVER MADE IN 1916- NICE! Serial number 241507, matching, generally excellent condition except for the inevitable alteration to the rear of the cylinder to permit use with .45 Auto ammo in half moon clips. These rugged and reliable revolves were the workhorse of British forces during WW1 and remained in use during WW2 as well. This is one of the nicer Webley Mark VI revolvers we have had. Most were used hard during WW1 and then arsenal overhauled afterwards, leaving them with worn bores, blurred markings and a dull bluish black finish. This one apparently saw little use and retains about 95% original bright blue finish, showing some very light wear on sharp edges, especially where it contacts a holster. The gripstraps are turning to a mix of plum and patina, not worn bright as seen on most.

    This probably was among the better batches of Mark VI revolvers that came into the U.S. before 1968, and thus not defaced by any import marks. British proof marks on the left side of the barrel. Unlike most Webleys the lanyard loop is still there. Bore is in excellent condition, bright and sharp although needing a good cleaning. Other than the cylinder being trimmed, there are only two other issues: First, there is a large chip on the bottom of the right grip, only visible when looking at it from the bottom, and easily repaired with a bit of epoxy with brown dye. Second, the tip of one of the extractor spurs has been broken off, but it should still extract okay as most of the work is done by the remaining part. A very handsome of a 100 year old military service revolver that survived the meat grinder battlefields of WW1, just so it could earn a place in your collection to be cuddled and loved. $725.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6240 - (LL) U.S. PISTOL MODEL 1911A1 MANUFACTURED BY REMINGTON RAND. SERIAL NUMBER 1415491 MANUFACTURED IN 1943. 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 1943 Remington Rand production:

    • Slide - type 3 Remington Rand, short address.
    • Mainspring housing - arched, 8 ribs.
    • Hammer - type 2 checkered (used 1943-45).
    • Slide stop - with serrations (used 1943-45).
    • Barrel - correct High Standard “HS” and “P” marked on the lugs.
    • Grips - Keyes Fibre Co. with reinforcing rings.
    • Magazine - "L" marked for M.S. Little Mfg. Co.
    • Trigger - stamped (used 1943-45).


    This pistol is in excellent condition with about 90-95% original dark gray/green parkerized finish. The finish has a few small scratches and slight wear on the sharp edge. The barrel has the proper blued finish on the outside and the bore is bright and shiny with strong lands and grooves. 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.

    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. $1850.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6218 - EXCELLENT LUGER - P.08 (BLACK WIDOW) IN 9 MM SERIAL NUMBER 3477A. ALL MATCHING INCLUDING THE CORRECT MAGAZINE. The term Black Widow refers to 9MM Lugers with 4 inch barrels manufactured by Mauser during WWII that had "byf" markings and 41 or 42 chamber dates. The important aspect of Black Widow Lugers that sets them apart is they were issued with all black parts including the grips and magazine base, instead of the usual wooden grips, alloy magazine base, straw colored trigger, ejector, grip screws, take down latch, safety switch, magazine release and other small parts. Black Widow Lugers are in high demand and they usually sell for a premium.

    The toggle of this Luger is correctly marked "byf" (the German ordnance code for Mauser- Werke, Oberndorf am Neckar), and the chamber is dated 1942. The eagle over "135" (German WW-II Heerswaffenamt inspector`s mark on arms produced at Mauser Werke Ag, Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany) is stamped twice on the left side of frame near the barrel and once on the left side of the barrel. The bore size in millimeters and the serial number is stamped on the bottom of the barrel. The German military test proof (stylized eagle over swastika in a circle) is stamped on the forward right side of the receiver, rear right side of the barrel, and the left side of the breach block. Serial number "3477a" is stamped on frame and barrel with matching numbers "77" stamped on all of the correct small parts. The Haenel magazine is correct and matching, with an un-numbered black plastic base. The magazine has the correct inspectors stamp (eagle over "37") on the side.

    Overall this is an excellent example of the infamous "Black Widow" WWII Luger that would make an outstanding addition to any collection. Lugers were always the most highly prized war souvenirs, and Black Widow Lugerss are one of the most popular of all. This is a GI bring back, not later surplus sale item, as the lack of any import markings reflects. $2595.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6427 - EXCELLENT JAPANESE WWII T-94 IN 8 MM SERIAL NUMBER 33443 MANUFACTURED IN JANUARY OF 1943 The Type 94 was designed by Kijiro Nambu in 1934, in response to army requests for an 8mm pistol for airmen, tank crews, and others for whom the standard T-14 pistol was too bulky. The type designation reflects a change in Japanese nomenclature, after 1930, the system was based upon calendar year instead of reign-periods, and 1934 was `2594` in Japan. The Type 94 chambered the standard 8mm T- 14 cartridge and relied on a vertically-moving block to lock the slide and barrel together at the instant of firing. The block is cammed out of engagement during a short recoil stroke. The sear is exposed on the left side of the frame, allowing the hammer to be released if a cocked pistol is carelessly handled.

    Enthusiasts recognize many variations of this model, this pistol was manufactured in January of 1943 at the Nambu (Kokubunji ) factory. The metal is in excellent condition with 97% plus original finish remaining and almost no wear. The bore has bright with good lands and groves. Grips are in good condition. Overall this is an excellent example of a T-94 pistol. $895.00 (View Picture)

    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)

    SMOF6611 - WWII GERMAN P.38 MANUFACTURED BY MAUSER (CODE BYF 44). SERIAL NUMBER 3801S. CALIBER 9MM 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 great deal of machining and was expensive to make. 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 much 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 soldiers who carried the MG 34 or MG42 machinegun for each infantry squad with a P38. The demand for them was great and it's estimated that about 3.5 million were produced between 1939-1945. The Mauser company began production in 1942 and ultimately made over one million.

    This pistol was made in 1944. The finish is in very good to excellent condition and would rate about 95% + with some light wear on the sharp edges and some small scratches on the right hand side of the slide. The numbers on the barrel, slide, and locking block all match the numbers on the frame. All of the inspector's and proofing marks are present. The magazine has WWII German inspector's stamps on the spine. The barrel is bright with sharp riflings. Overall a very nice example in well above average condition. $950.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6565 - RARE JAPANESE TYPE 26 REVOLVER IN 9 MM JAPANESE SERIAL NUMBER 54526 WITH HOLSTER. The Japanese military first adopted the Type 26 revolver in 1894. The Type 26 design is much like the Smith & Wesson top break revolvers that the Japanese had been importing at the time in that it uses the same top break loading system. The Type 26 used a Japanese designed rimmed 9mm cartridge. Other Type 26 features include a double action only lock with a hammer that could not be cocked by the thumb, following the pattern of the British military pistols of the day, and a hinged sideplate on the left side of the frame that swung open for easy access to pistol's internal parts for cleaning like the French 1892 revolver.

    Type 26 revolvers were initially issued as a replacement for the .44 cal. Russian Smith & Wesson. The model played its major role in the Sino-Japanese war of 1894-95, and the Russo-Japanese War 1904-05 but they served in the Japanese military all the way through the end of World War II despite being superseded by the Type 14 and Type 94 automatics.

    The fiinish on this reolver would rate about 75 - 85%, with some pitting, mostly in the area around the grips. This is the standard mid range production model and was manufactured at Tokyo-Kokura arsenal. The bore is bright and shiny with some dark spots which may or may not clean up. Grips are excellent with no cracks or dents.
    The holster is well used, it is missing the shoulder strap loops and is dark and worn. There is also some cracking, a hole or two and some missing stitiching. It could be improved with a little TLC by someone who is good with leather working. $595.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6330 - EXCELLENT JAPANESE WWII T-94 IN 8 MM SERIAL NUMBER 21992 DATED 16.4 The Type 94 was designed by Kijiro Nambu in 1934, in response to army requests for an 8mm pistol for airmen, tank crews, and others for whom the standard T- 14 pistol was too bulky. The type designation reflects a change in Japanese nomenclature, after 1930, the system was based upon calendar year instead of reign-periods, and 1934 was `2594` in Japan. The Type 94 chambered the standard 8mm T-14 cartridge and relied on a vertically-moving block to lock the slide and barrel together at the instant of firing. The block is cammed out of engagement during a short recoil stroke. The sear is exposed on the left side of the frame, allowing the hammer to be released if a cocked pistol is carelessly handled.

    Enthusiasts recognize many variations of this model, this is an early war pistol that was manufactured in April of 1941 at the Nagoya Nambu-Koubunji factory. The metal is in excellent condition with 95% plus original finish remaining and a small amount of light wear on the high spots. The bore has bright with good lands and groves. Grips are in good condition with no cracks or chips missing. Overall this isa very nice example of a T-94 pistol. $895.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6530 - EXCELLENT JAPANESE TYPE 14 PISTOL. SERIAL NUMBER: FIRST SERIES 75987, NAGOYA SUBCONTRACTOR. SHOWA 15.3. 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 March 1940 (15.3), the 15th year of the reign of Hirohito, the third 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 II. $795.00 (View Picture)

    **SOLD** SMOF6561 - WWII GERMAN P.38 MANUFACTURED BY WALTHER IN 1943 (CODE AC 43). SERIAL NUMBER 4097F. CALIBER 9MM The German firearms industry has been noted for innovations. The P38 was one of these. While the Luger was an excellent semiautomatic pistol it jammed when exposed to small amounts of dirt, and was quite expensive to manufacture. 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 38, the year it was adopted. It featured a double action lock, the first adopted by a major army. It was also much easier to manufacture. While the Lugers were the most prized souvenirs captured by our soldiers, the P38 came in a close second.

    This pistol was made in June of 1943 at the Walther factory. All the parts match including the barrel, slide, frame, and locking block. The bluing would rate about 95% + with some edge wear and some light pitting on the left hand side of the slide. The grips are classic brown Walther, plastic with wood fiber content as a filler and correct for this pistol. The magazine has the correct eagle over 359 inspectors stamping An excellent example of a pistol that might have seen service in Normandy or the Battle of the Bulge. $950.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6396 - 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 mimbered Walther magazine but the number does not match the pistol. 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. $1295.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6413 - RARE MAUSER BANNER PISTOL MADE FOR COMMERCIAL SALE IN 1942 (OR LATER). SERIAL NUMBER 8363Y CALIBER 9 MM. ALL MATCHING AND IN EXCELLENT CONDITION! George Luger introduced his semi-automatic pistol to world in 1900, and it quickly achieved the status of a classic. The Luger is comfortable in the hand, with a natural pointing ability seldom achieve by other pistols.

    The Swiss military immediately adopted the Luger as did many other countries. The German Army adopted it in 1908 and named it the Pistole 08. It was the most prized souvenir that our soldiers brought home from both the First and Second World War.

    Starting in 1930 the famous Mauser Company began making Lugers for the German military, they produced over one million of them until production was ended in 1942. Starting in 1937 Mauser made over 20,000 Lugers for the German police. A small number of Lugers were also made for commercial sales to private individuals living in Germany. For a citizen to obtain a Luger required permission from the police and the local Nazi party.

    When the German military switched over to the P.38 Mauser had a large inventory of Luger parts remaining, and a small number of these were turned into complete pistols between 1942 and 1944 for sale to civilians.

    This is one of the pistols made for sale to private individuals, it was made in 1942 at the end of production run of military Lugers. It is marked with the numbers 42 over the chamber indicting manufacture for military, but it was never delivered, and then completed for civilian sales.

    Commercial pistols only had a proof mark on the left side of the upper frame (an Nazi eagle over N) and a small eagle on the front sight base and on the toggle link with the firing pin). This pistol all of the correct proof marks. The barrels had the caliber marked on them. There were no other inspector’s marks on the pistol. The other small parts are all matching and marked with last two digits of the serial number.

    The stocks (grips) are unmarked. This is correct for commercially made Lugers. The grips are in excellent shape with sharp checkering and no chipping.

    The overall finish would rate about 97% with some wear on high edges only. The magazine is war time military and the numbers on it do not match the pistol.

    The pistol has the seven line Mauser Commercial Banner used on non-military pistols and rifles stamped on the top of the connecting toggle. Mauser Banner marked Lugers made for the commercial market are one of the rarest of all World War II Lugers. This one is in excellent condition. $3300.00 (View Picture)

    **SOLD** SMOF6526 - LATE WALTHER P38, CODE AC 45 SERIAL NUMBER 8270 B (NEVER ISSUED) CALIBER 9MM 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 often jammed when exposed to small amounts of dirt. It also required many machining steps making it expensive to manufacture. Starting in the 1930's the German army began looking for a new pistol to replace the Luger. The Army finally accepted the design submitted 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 required fewer steps to manufacture, and was far less sensitive to dirt. While the Lugers were the most prized souvenirs captured by our soldiers, the P38 was a close second. Every German infantry division was issued 1150 P38s. These were issued to soldiers designated to man the MG34 or MG 42 and his assistant gunner. Over 3 million were made.

    This pistol was made late in March 1945 at the Walther factory. Its serial number is near the end of the “b” block. The U.S. Army arrived in early April 1945. The pistol had been proofed and different inspectors waffenamt marks applied to the frame, slide, and barrel, but the final acceptance stamp by the German Army , an eagle of the number 359 on the right side of the slide, was never applied. The soldiers who captured the plant found thousands of pistols waiting to be shipped. Most were “liberated” as war souvenirs.

    Two other gun makers were enlisted to make component parts for the P38, the Bohmische Waffenfabrik in Prague, (code fnh) maker of the CZ 27 pistol, and the FN factory in Belgium. The barrel on this pistol as made by fnh and is so marked on the bottom of the barrel block. The finish on this pistol is the late war type with crude machining marks seen on late war P38s. All numbers match (barrel, receiver, slide and locking block). The grips are the late war shiny black plastic correct for late war P38s.

    We believe the gun was made from previously rejected parts. The surface on the top of the barrel over the chamber has small rough area. It is typical of steel where a tiny defect formed in the metal when it was originally poured. Under normal procedures the barrel would have been put aside to be cleaned up and used later. In March 1945 there was no time to do the necessary machining. The back of the frame under the swell to protect the thumb has to coarse machining marks, likely from minor defects in the forging, and also was set aside for further work.

    End of war P38’s especially those that were never issued are of major interest to collectors. It is also unusual to find a P38 pistol about which we can deduce so much about its history. As ever all guns are sold as, and if you plan to shot the gun you should have it checked by gunsmith. $1295.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6480 - EXCELLENT LATE WAR JAPANESE WWII T-94 IN 8 MM SERIAL NUMBER 63430 DATED 19.10. WITH MATCHING MAGAZINE. The Type 94 was designed by Kijiro-Nambu in 1934, in response to army requests for an 8mm pistol for airmen, tank crews, and others for whom the standard T-14 pistol was too bulky. The type designation reflects a change in Japanese nomenclature, after 1930, the system was based upon calendar year instead of reign-periods, and 1934 was `2594` in Japan. The Type 94 chambered the standard 8mm T-14 cartridge and relied on a vertically-moving block to lock the slide and barrel together at the instant of firing. The block is cammed out of engagement during a short recoil stroke. The sear is exposed on the left side of the frame, allowing the hammer to be released if a cocked pistol is carelessly handled.

    Enthusiasts recognize many variations of this model, this is a late war pistol that was manufactured in October of 1944 at the Nagoya Nambu-Koubunji factory. The metal is in very good to excellent condition with some light but hardly noticeable pitting in some areas. The finish would rate about 98%. The bore is bright and shiny. All parts on tis pistol are matching including the serail number on the magazine. Grips are the late war wooden type, in good excellent condition. Overall an excellent example of a late war T-94 pistol with the benefit of having a matching magazine which is hard to find. $850.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6527 - POLICE MARKED MAUSER BANNER PISTOL MADE IN 1941. SERIAL NUMBER 6305X CALIBER 9 MM George Luger introduced his semi-automatic pistol to world in 1898, and it quickly achieved the status of a classic. The Luger is comfortable in the hand, with a natural pointing ability seldom achieve by other pistols. The Swiss military immediately adopted it as did many other countries. The German Army adopted it in 1908 and named it the Pistole 08. It was the most prized souvenir that our soldiers brought home from both the First and Second World War.

    Starting in 1930 the famous Mauser Company began making Lugers for the German military and produced over one million until production was ended in 1942. Starting in 1937 they also made over 20,000 Lugers for the German police. The pistol Lugers were marked with a firing proof on the left side of the upper frame behind the barrel, and the letter “L” after the firing proof on the right side. In addition a small bar was attached to the top of the sear assembly to prevent an accident discharge if the top receiver was removed from the bottom receiver. The Mauser Company also applied their logo, a banner with the Mauser name inside it, on the first toggle link.

    The overall finish of this pistol would rate about 94% with some wear on high edges on the back grip strip and some light freckling mostly on the left side of the barrel. The bore is bright with sharp riflings. The magazine is a standard police magazine with aluminum bottom stamped with a serial number and no waffenamt markings. It does not match the serial number on the pistol. The stocks (grips) have the 655 waffenamt on the left grip and a “W” on the right grip. This is correct for Police Lugers. The grips are in excellent shape with sharp checkering and no dings or chips.

    Police issued Mauser Banner marked Lugers are some of the rarest Lugers, and are eagerly sought after by collectors. This is the first we`ve had for sale in many years. $2800.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6234 - WWII LUGER (PISTOL 08) MADE BY MAUSER IN 1940 (MANUFACTURER’S CODE 42 - MAUSER) SERIAL NUMBER 1503E. Caliber 9 mm. George Luger introduced his classic pistol to world about 1900. The German Arm adopted it in 1908 and named it the P08. The pistol is one of the most ergonomically correct pistol ever made, with nature pointing tendency rarely attained by any other pistol. It was the most highly covet souvenir sought by the GI’s who fought the Germans in 1918 and again in 1942-1945.

    This pistol was made at the Mauser factory in Oberndorf am Neckar in 1940. The toggle is marked "42" (the German ordnance code for Mauser-Werke, Oberndorf am Neckar), the chamber is dated 1940. The eagle over "655" (German WW-II Heerswaffenamt inspector's mark on arms produced at Mauser Werke Ag, Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany) is stamped twice on the left side of frame near the barrel and once on the left side of the barrel. The bore size in millimeters and the serial number is stamped on the bottom of the barrel. The German military test proof (stylized eagle over swastika in a circle) is stamped on the forward right side of the receiver, rear right side of the barrel, and the left side of the breach block. Serial number "1503e" is stamped on frame and barrel with matching numbers "03" stamped on most small parts. All numbers except for the magazine match. Finish would rate better than 95% with the usual wear on the end of the barrel, and the high spots. The magazine is correct WWII vintage with aluminum base. Overall a good example of a World War II. $1895.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6280 - EXCELLENT JAPANESE WWII T-94 IN 8 MM PISTOL SERIAL NUMBER 58796 MANUFACTURED IN AUGUST OF 1944 The Type 94 was designed by Kijiro Nambu in 1934, in response to army requests for an 8mm pistol for airmen, tank crews, and others for whom the standard T-14 pistol was too bulky. The type designation reflects a change in Japanese nomenclature, after 1930, the system was based upon calendar year instead of reign-periods, and 1934 was `2594` in Japan. The Type 94 chambered the standard 8mm T-14 cartridge and relied on a vertically-moving block to lock the slide and barrel together at the instant of firing. The block is cammed out of engagement during a short recoil stroke. The sear is exposed on the left side of the frame, allowing the hammer to be released if a cocked pistol is carelessly handled.

    Enthusiasts recognize many variations of this model, this pistol that was manufactured in August of 1944 at the Nagoya Nambu-Koubunji factory. The metal is in excellent condition with 97% plus original finish remaining and almost no wear. The bore has bright with good lands and groves. Grips are in good condition. Overall this is an excellent example of a T- 94 pistol. $895.00 (View Picture)

    **SOLD** SMOF6199 - WWII LUGER (PISTOL 08) MADE BY MAUSER IN 1940 (MANUFACTURER’S CODE 42 - MAUSER) SERIAL NUMBER 6860G. Caliber 9 mm. George Luger introduced his classic pistol to world about 1900. The German Arm adopted it in 1908 and named it the P08. The pistol is one of the most ergonomically correct pistol ever made, with nature pointing tendency rarely attained by any other pistol. It was the most highly covet souvenir sought by the GI’s who fought the Germans in 1918 and again in 1942-1945.

    This pistol was made at the Mauser factory in Oberndorf am Neckar in 1940. The toggle is marked "42" (the German ordnance code for Mauser-Werke, Oberndorf am Neckar), the chamber is dated 1940. The eagle over "655" (German WW-II Heerswaffenamt inspector's mark on arms produced at Mauser Werke Ag, Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany) is stamped twice on the left side of frame near the barrel and once on the left side of the barrel. The bore size in millimeters and the serial number is stamped on the bottom of the barrel. The German military test proof (stylized eagle over swastika in a circle) is stamped on the forward right side of the receiver, rear right side of the barrel, and the left side of the breach block. Serial number "6860g" is stamped on frame and barrel with matching numbers "60" stamped on most small parts. All numbers match. Finish would rate better than 95% with the usual wear on the high spots. There is some pitting mostly on the right side of the end of the barrel and right front frame. The pitting is hard to see unless the pistol is examined closely. The magazine is correct WWII vintage with aluminum base and the serial number has been force matched to the pistol. Overall a good example of a World War II. $1995.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6273 - FRENCH “UNIQUE” MODEL RR51 SEMI AUTO 7.65MM (.32 ACP) PISTOL USED BY MOROCCO SERIAL NUMBER 114228 - Prior to WW2 the earlier Uniques were known as the Unique Model 17 and adopted for French military use. Following the arrival of Germans in 1940, production continued and after some improvements (mainly an external hammer and arched gripstrap) it was called the “Kreigsmodel” and many were German inspected and used. Production resumed after the Germans went home, and in 1951 a new variation was introduced featuring a longer extractor (abbreviated Rr in French).

    One Rr 51 “Police” variation had one line slide markings including the word Police, and checkered grips. This is the other Model Rr51 variation with two line slide markings, and vertical ribs on the grips instead of checkering, and the letters FR for République Française. Later commercial production pistols had grips with UNIQUE markings.

    Most of the Rr51 pistols were supplied to the French National Police, but this is one of the pistols sent to the Kingdom of Morocco to arm the Moroccan National Police Force and Royal Military Police Force. These were marked on the right rear of the frame with a Crescent over a Pole which collectors often refer to as a “Palm Tree.” Like all of the series it is chambered for .32 ACP (7.65 x 17mm) and has a nine round magazine and has a magazine safety.

    This is an excellent example with good bore, good mechanics, about 97% original finish, good grips and one original magazine. An interesting example of a well made gun with Browning influence, and possible the start of a collecting niche for French military or quasi military handguns (only surrendered once…) or French colonial arms. $550.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6467 - 22881 - NICE WW1 COLT MODEL 1911 MADE IN 1918- LOTS OF ORIGINAL FINISH - Serial number 490150 made in 1918 when the final polishing was omitted, leaving a coarse pattern of brush marks on most parts instead of a smooth commercial grade finish. This is a great looking example of a WW1 era Model 1911 which escaped the usual post-war refinishing. However, someone later replaced the barrel with a WW2 vintage High Standard made barrel with excellent bore. They also changed the sights to M1911A1 style with a wider front blade and replaced the rear sight with the wider notch 1911A1 part. Since the front sight needs to be staked (or soldered) in place, there was some damage to the finish around the front sight, poorly touched up, if you look closely. Otherwise this seems to be all correct original WW1. Remaining areas have about 95%+ original blue finish, except the mainspring housing has less and there is a fingerprint size area of flaked finish loss on the right side of the slide. Original large diamond checkered walnut grips are in excellent condition. While the few replaced parts diminish the value somewhat for a purist collector, this still is a very handsome example of the classic Model 1911 .45 caliber semi automatic pistol designed by John M. Browning. This is one that had been in John’s collection for many years, but some items have to be sold to make room for other junque. Really nice WW1 M1911s are very hard to find and the Centennial of WW1 is likely to drive prices up. $1795.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6271 - HANDSOME CZECH "TWO TONE" CZ 27 PISTOL , NAZI MARKED. SERIAL NUMBER 227732, CALIBER 32 AUTOMATIC. Caliber 32 Automatic. 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 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. The Czech army was equipped with the CZ 27 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.

    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 bluing. This transition is seen on a virtually all German small arms starting in 1944. There is now an active collecting market in the late war German firearms.

    This pistol is what collectors call a "two tone" variation, and while common with P38 pistols, is one of the few we've seen on CZ 27. It was manufactured during the switch over from blued finish to Parkerization and it has some parts which are blued while others that are Parkerized.

    This pistol has all matching numbers. The correct military acceptance stamp (eagle over "WaA76") are stamped on the right side just above the grip. Military test proof (eagle over swastika in a circle) stamped on the right side of the (barrel) chamber and on top of the slide just forward of the serial number. The pistol is in very good condition with 90-95% original finish remaining and a bright shiny bore. Overall this is a very good example of one of the pistols used by the Nazi troops in WWII. A good addition to any WWII collection. $575.00 (View Picture)

    **HOLD** SMOF5872 - -(L)- EXCELLENT EARLY SMALL GUARD NAMBU TYPE 14 SEMI AUTO PISTOL IN 8 MM NAMBU SERIAL NUMBER 24089 In 1925, the type 14 Nambu became the issue pistol for the armed forces of Imperial Japan. The T-14 designation was derived from 1925, being the 14th Year of the Taisho Era. Manufacture of the T-14 began in the Kokura Army Arsenal (previously known as the Tokyo Arsenal) and the Nagoya Arsenal in about 1927. In the early 1930s, production was concentrated in the Nagoya Arsenal which remained the sole manufacturing facility until the end of the war in 1945.

    This Pistol was manufactured in the Tokyo/Kokura Arsenal, it is dated "7.2" for February of 1932. The small trigger guard Type 14 pistols were only made from 1928 through 1939 with a total of about 100,000 made. Production then switched to the large trigger guard, and between 1939 and 1945 some 210,000 were made, so only about 1/3 of the Nambu pistols will be found with the small guard. The bore is in very good condition. Pistol retains 95 + percent original finish with very small, almost un-noticeable pitting in some areas. The grips may be replacements and the safety looks like it has a small repair, we have adjusted the price to reflect this. Overall this is a handsome example of the desirable variation with the rare small trigger guard. $850.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6113 - WWII GERMAN P.38 MANUFACTURED BY MAUSER (CODE BYF 44). SERIAL NUMBER 6266U. CALIBER 9MM 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 great deal of machining and was expensive to make. 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 much 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 and it's estimated that about 3.5 million were produced between 1939-1945. The Mauser company began production in 1942 and ultimately made over one million.

    This pistol was made in May of 1944. The finish is in very good to excellent condition and would rate about 95% + with some light wear on the sharp edges and some small scratches on the right hand side of the slide. The numbers on the barrel, slide, and locking block all match the numbers on the frame. All of the inspector's and proofing marks are present. The magazine has WWII German inspector's stamps on the spine. The barrel is bright with sharp riflings. Overall a very nice example in well above average condition. $950.00 (View Picture)


    Classic & Collectible Commercial Handguns
    (post-1898)

    SMOF6859 - SMITH AND WESSON 6.5 INCH MODEL 29-2 IN 44 MAGNUM SERIAL NUMBER N123977 MANUFACTURED IN 1973 This is the classic Dirty Harry gun with 6.5 inch barrel, pinned barrel and recessed cylinder. The 6.5 inch barrel length was dropped as standard in 1979 in favor of the 6 inch.

    The "Most Powerful Handgun in the World" was announced to the shooting public on January 19, 1956, with a special telecast from Springfield, MA. The NT-430 was initially offered in both a 6.5” and 4” barrels, blue or nickel finish, at a price of $135.00. Approximately 6000 .44 Magnums were produced in 1957.

    The new .44 Magnum quickly gained popularity with shooters and handgun hunters. The .44 Magnum became the Model 29 when S&W assigned model numbers in 1957. The release of the movie Dirty Harry starring Clint Eastwood made the .44 Magnum and the Model 29 known around the world. The "Most Powerful Handgun in the World" acquired a mystique unequaled by any other modern handgun. Interest in the .44 Magnums increased to the point where demand far exceeded supply.

    This revolver is in excellent condition with about 98% original finish on the metal and a little lightening at the muzzle. The bore is excellent and the grips are in good condition with no cracks or chips missing but showing some light wear. $1250.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6608 - UNFIRED! HIGH STANDARD SUPERMATIC CITATION MODEL 106 MILITARY - CALIBER .22 LR. SERIAL NUMBER 1889094 MANUFACTURED IN 1967. This pistol appears to be unfired and it comes with the original box and papers.

    The High Standard Supermatic line was introduced in 1951, it replaced the G series, and was a much more refined pistol with a slide stop, barrel balance weights, improved adjustable target sights and the lockwork refined. The Supermatic Citation was designed for target shooting, it's micrometer rear sight was mounted independently from the slide to improve accuracy.

    This pistol has a 5.5 inch bull barrel with slots for barrel weights, the serial numbers on the slide and frame are matching. The pistol was manufactured in 1968 and it is in brand new condition, probably unfired. It comes with the original box and papers. There is no visible finish wear, the bore is bright and shiny and the grips are nice and clean with sharp checkering, not dinged, cracked or oil soaked. The box is in good condition with some slight wear. $995.00 (View Picture)

    **SOLD** SMOF6603 - HIGH STANDARD MODEL HD MILITARY .22 LR SERIAL NUMBER 252246 IN 1948. 4.5 inch barrel. In 1943 the U.S. Army issued High Standard a contract for the production of their Model HD pistol in slightly modified form as the USA-HD for use as training and recreational weapons. High Standard manufactured USA-HD pistols until the end of the war in 1945. Development of the HD-Military began in 1944, the only change needed to adapt the USA-HD for the civilian market was the addition of an adjustable sight and to offer the choice of 4 1/2 or 6 3/4-inch barrels. Main production of the HD-Military began around serial number 147000 in early 1946 and continued well into the early 50s. Pieces are seen with serial numbers well over 300000, estimated HD-Military production was over one hundred fifty thousand.

    This pistol retains 95% + original finish with some holster wear on the sharp edges. The bore is shiny with strong lands and groves. The grips are in excellent condition with no carcks. Overall an excellent quality gun that would make nice plinker or could still be used for target shooting. $450.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6600 - RARE HIGH STANDARD MODEL C PISTOL CALIBER 22 SHORT. SERIAL NUMBER 75479 MANUFACTURED IN 1941. High Standard started out in 1926 manufacturing gun barrel drills, in 1932 they acquired the Hartford Arms and Equipment Co., of Hartford, Connecticut. Before going bankrupt, Hartford had developed and produced several pistol designs. The first High Standard pistols bore a close resemblance to the Hartford models. The early High Standard Model A, was provided with an adjustable rear sight and some dimensions were changed slightly. The early High Standard Model B was a replica of the Hartford. In 1940, the Model B was redesigned, a slide take-down lever being incorporated on the right side of the frame in place of the old style lever located on the left, just back of the safety. This model was chambered for the .22 L.R. cartridge, and a similar model, The Model C, was chambered for the .22 Short.

    This Model C pistol has the longer 6.75 inch barrel, it was manufactured in 1941. The pistol it retains over 95% of its original blueing with some fading on the front and backstraps. The barrel is bright with excellent riflings. Overall this pistol is an excellent example of the hard to find High Standard Model C .22 short pistol. It would make a great addition to any High Standard collection. $599.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6808 - SMITH AND WESSON 38/44 HEAVY DUTY SERIAL NUMBER S-93720 CALIBER 38 SPECIAL Smith and Wesson introduced their heavy duty or N frame in 1900 as the “New Century”. With some modifications the same frame continues in production today. They have made pistols in calibers from 38 special to 455 Eley. The calibers the American shooters know best are the 357 magnum and the 44 magnum. The 38/44 model was a pistol chambered for 38 Special cartridge but able to handle hot hand loaded cartridges with the muzzle velocity of a 357 magnum. S&W made 9493 of these pistols between 1946 and 1957.

    This pistol has the five screw frame, under barrel lug, and adjustable target sights that became standard on N frame pistols after 1946. The grips are correct for this time period. The numbers on the barrel, cylinder and frame match. The bluing may have been touched up, it would rate about 97% with just a little fading. The barrel is bright with sharp riflings. Overall an excellent example of one of the rare N frame S&W revolvers. $1000.00 (View Picture)

    SMF6739 - RUGER STAINLESS STEEL NEW BEARCAT IN .22 CALIBER SERIAL NUMBER 93- 41161 MANUFACTURED IN 2008 The Ruger Bearcat was first introduced in 1958 and stayed in production until 1970. It is a design based on the classic Remington percussion revolvers of the mid- 19th century. Because of its compact size and frame, it was advertised as being ideal for hikers or campers in need of a .22 LR revolver, or "kit gun".

    Due to the popularity of the design Ruger reintroduced the model in 1993 as the New Bearcat. The New Bearcat features smooth rosewood grips with a Ruger medallion embedded. The New Bearcat makes use of the Ruger transfer bar safety system.

    This revolver was Manufactured in 2008, it is in excellent condition bit a bright and shiny bore. $550.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6642 - EARLY RUGER MK-I 5 & 1/2 INCH BULL BARRLE TARGET PISTOL IN 22 CALIBER SERIAL NUMBER 323063 MANUFACTURED IN 1965. The Ruger 22 Standard Model was introduced in 1949, and customers flocked to it by the thousands, America’s shooters found that it delivered outstanding performance and value. In 1951, the Mark I Target Pistol was introduced. This Mark I Target Pistol is an excellent choice for the target shooter who wants quality but does not want to invest a lot of money. The pistol has a blue finish and is set up with a 5.5 inch bull barrel and adjustable target sights. Excellent condition with an excellent bore, comes with one magazine. $350.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6606 - HIGH STANDARD SUPERMATIC MODEL S101 - CALIBER .22 LR. SERIAL NUMBER 573175 MANUFACTURED IN 1956. The High Standard Supermatic line was introduced in 1951, it replaced the G series, and was a much more refined pistol with a slide stop, barrel balance weights, improved adjustable target sights and the lockwork refined.

    This pistol has a 4.5 inch bull barrel with slots for barrel weights. The serial numbers on the slide and frame are matching. Pistol retains 90 to 95% original finish with some slight holster wear on the tip of the barrel and on the sharp edges. The bore is shiny with strong lands and groves. Grips are in very good condition with strong checkering and no cracks, chips or dents. This would make an excellent competition pistol or a handsome addition to a collection. $495.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6643 - EARLY RUGER STANDARD MODEL .22 SEMI- AUTOMATIC PISTOL MANUFACTURED IN 1964. The “standard model” was Bill Ruger’s first product, introduced in 1949, and with few minor improvements over the years remains in production today. The original design lasted from 1949 through 1982 with only the 1952 change in the color of the eagle on the grips from red to black in honor of the death of Alex Sturm, Ruger’s partner. In 1982 the Mark II was introduced and in 2005 the Mark III.

    This pistol is serial number 270792, it was made in 1964 with 4.75 inch standard weight barrel, fixed sights and nice checkered wood grips with the black Ruger eagle. The pistol is in excellent condition with a few small dings and scratches. Comes with one nine round magazine. $350.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6602 - HIGH STANDARD MODEL H-B PISTOL (EXTERNAL HAMMER VERSION). SERIAL NUMBER 292101 MANUFACTURED IN 1948. CALIBER 22. The High Standard Firearms Company of New Haven, Connecticut made high quality .22 caliber target pistols for many years. Many Model B pistols were used by the U.S. Government for training during World War II. The High Standard line began with the Models A and B, this makes the Model B a must for most High Standard enthusiast to have in their collections. Model A and Model B pistols were about the same design with an internal hammer and detachable box magazine that held 10 rounds, except that the Model B had fixed sights rather than the adjustable sights of the Model A. Barrel lengths of both 4.5 inches and 6.75 inches were available.

    The Model B was also produced in an external hammer version, without the thumb safety. External hammer versions are designated by the use of the letter H before the model letter used for the hammerless model. This pistol has the longer 6.75 inch barrel, it was manufactured in 1948. The pistol it retains over 90% of its original blueing with some fading on the back of the slide. The barrel is bright with excellent riflings. Overall this pistol is a very nice example of the H-B and it would make a great addition to any High Standard collection. $475.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6765 - SMITH AND WESSON MODEL 1926 FACTORY NICKEL FINISH SERIAL NUMBER 26077 CALIBER 44 SPECIAL The Smith and Wesson company developed a large frame pistol at the end of the 19th Century and introduced it in 1900 as the Model 1900, often called the New Century”. It was also identified as the N frame. It was chambered for the S&W 44 Special cartridge. During World War large numbers were made for the British military, and in 1917 it became the basis for the U.S. Model 1917 chambered in 45 ACP. After the war very few were made.

    In the mid-1920s a company in Dallas Texas named Wolfe and Klar who were a major supplier of pistols to police departments approached S&W and contracted for an order of 1000 N frame pistols chambered in 44 Special. These sold well and ultimately the N frame became the first pistol chambered for the 357 magnum cartridge. The N frame continues in production to this day.

    This gun was made in 1927 and shipped to Wolfe and Klar in Dallas. Like many early S&W pistols it revisited the factory in 1933 and again in 1951. These dates are stamped on the left side of the frame and hidden by the grips. There is no record of what work was done during these visits. The original hand grips have been replaced with the newer model, and the cylinder axis pin was also replaced with the newer model pin with the smaller head.

    The factory nickel finish would rate about 95% with some scratches. The grips are the later type introduced after 1945. The numbers on the frame, cylinder and barrel match. The bore is bright. This is a highly desirable gun for any S&W collector. $1095.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6766 - RARE SMITH AND WESSON MODEL 1900 TRIPLE LOCK TARGET SERIAL NUMBER 14264 CALIBER 44 SPECIAL The Smith and Wesson company developed a large frame pistol at the end of the 19th Century and introduced it in 1900 as the Model 1900, often called the New Century”. In order ensure an extremely tight lock up between the barrel and cylinder at the time of firing they engineered a small metal extension onto the yoke that locked into the frame. Because of this these pistols were called Triple Locks. This refers to the three points of locking, the under barrel lug that locks the cylinder axis pin, the lock at the rear that locks the cylinder, and addition lock added to the yoke. This system stayed in production until about 1917 when it was abandoned as too costly. Just over 15,000 Triple Locks were made and are eagerly sought after by collectors.

    A small number of Triple Lock pistols were made with target sights. This is one of those pistols. The pistol has been refinished at some time in it's past, overall finish would rate at about 90% with some fading. The barrel has strong riflings. Triple Lock target pistols are rarely seen in any condition. $2200.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6591 - COLT WOODSMAN “MATCH TARGET” PISTOL – THIRD SERIES WITH SCARCE 4.5 INCH BARREL - .22 SEMI-AUTO - NICE! Serial number 171927-S made around 1957 with the desirable short 4.5 inch barrel, not the usual longer six inch barrel. The Woodsman was one of firearms genius John M. Browning’s designs, first sold in 1915 and continued in production until 1977, with three distinct series, the first 1915-1947, the second from 1947-1955, and the third from 1955-1977. This gun is from the third series, which adopted the bottom latch style magazine release.

    These were one of the premier target pistols for competitive shooters, and the sporting market enjoyed the Sport Model, Huntsman and Challenger variations as well. This is a good collecting specialty with a number of variations, and the opportunity to narrow the scope by 1st, 2nd or 3rd series, or just the Match Target, Target, or sporting variation. Robert Rayburn has a superb site devoted to the Colt Woodsman family of guns which we highly recommend to everyone: http://colt22.com/cwpg.html for a thorough discussion of the topic. .

    This is an excellent example with about 95% original blue finish remaining, thinning on the gripstraps and slightly worn on the sharp edges. Minor scuffs on the grips, all evidence of use by a target shooter, which is what these were intended for, not “safe queens” to be handled only by collectors, but tools for shooters to enjoy. And, you won’t feel guilty if you go out and shoot it yourself to enjoy these fine guns. (Assuming a competent gunsmith approves it as safe, we sell all guns as collector items only.) Another timeless classic John M. Browning item. $750.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6598 - HIGH STANDARD MODEL B PISTOL. SERIAL NUMBER 46506. CALIBER 22. The High Standard Firearms Company of New Haven, Connecticut made high quality .22 caliber target pistols for many years. Many Model B pistols were used by the U.S. Government for training during World War II. The High Standard line began with the Models A and B, this makes the Model B a must for most High Standard enthusiast to have in their collections. Model A and Model B pistols were about the same design with an internal hammer and detachable box magazine that held 10 rounds, except that the Model B had fixed sights rather than the adjustable sights of the Model A. Barrel lengths of both 4.5 inches and 6.75 inches were available.

    This pistol has the longer 6.75 inch barrel, it was manufactured in 1939. The pistol it retains over 95% of its original blueing with some fading on the front and backstraps. The barrel is bright with excellent riflings. Overall this pistol is one of the best High Standard Model B Pistols that we have come across in a long time and it would make a great addition to any High Standard collection. $450.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6645 - SMITH & WESSON MODEL 41 TARGET PISTOL SERIAL NUMBER 17263 .22 LONG RIFLE WITH 7-3/8 INCH BARREL AND COCKED INDICATOR. NICE! The Model 41 is a semi-automatic pistol developed by Smith & Wesson after World War II as a competitive target pistol. Smith and Wesson designed the Model 41 to be the finest 22 target pistol that could be manufactured and many people believe that they were successful. It was designed with a 105 degree grip angle which is the same as the Colt M1911 pistol. This was intended to maintain a consistent grip angle for competition shooters who are often involved with both centerfire and rimfire shooting. Since the model is considered to be one of the world’s finest target pistols, it was purchased by the government for military marksmen as well as by civilian target shooters.

    Serial number range for this model began 1954 at 1001 and continued to 115000 in 1970. We believe this pistol (17263) was manufactured in 1959. The pistol is one of the highly sought after early model with 7-3/8 inch barrel and cocked indicator, the cocked indicator was dropped on later versions to reduce production costs. Pistol is in excellent condition with only a few small dings and scratches. $1200.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6743 - NORTH AMERICAN ARMS MINI 22 IN .22 LONG RIFLE CALIBER, SERIAL NUMBER L105290 The tiny single-action North American Arms Rimfire pocket revolver combines light weight and a low-profile for convenient carry. The stainless steel frames and cylinders make the durable and rugged. Cylinders hold 5 rounds and can be removed for reloading.

    This is a handsome little revolver in excellent condition. It is the perfect solution for small light-weight concealed carry. $250.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6277 - SAUER MODEL 1913 SEMI AUTO PISTOL SERIAL NUMBER 14611 IN 7.65MM (32 ACP). In 1900 the FN Company began selling their 32 caliber pocket automatic pistol. It was an instant success and the word “Browning” went into the French language to mean a pocket automatic pistol. Other companies hoping to take advantage began introducing their own pistols small automatic pistols. One of these was J. P. Sauer and Sons, a well-established German arms maker. Their first pistol was the Model 1913, a simple, yet effective design. The outbreak of World War I a year later gave them a large market among German officers who had to buy their own pistols.

    This is a nice looking pistol, it retains 95+ percent blue, that is likley an old refinish. Top of slide is marked "J.P. SAUER & SOHN , SHUL". Right hand side slide is marked "PATENT" and "CAL 7.65 is marked on the left. The bore is shiny with strong lands and grooves. The grips are white replacements, possible mother of pearl or some other material with the same look. The grips are in good condition with no cracks or chips. $375.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6413 - RARE MAUSER BANNER PISTOL MADE FOR COMMERCIAL SALE IN 1942 (OR LATER). SERIAL NUMBER 8363Y CALIBER 9 MM. ALL MATCHING AND IN EXCELLENT CONDITION! George Luger introduced his semi-automatic pistol to world in 1900, and it quickly achieved the status of a classic. The Luger is comfortable in the hand, with a natural pointing ability seldom achieve by other pistols.

    The Swiss military immediately adopted the Luger as did many other countries. The German Army adopted it in 1908 and named it the Pistole 08. It was the most prized souvenir that our soldiers brought home from both the First and Second World War.

    Starting in 1930 the famous Mauser Company began making Lugers for the German military, they produced over one million of them until production was ended in 1942. Starting in 1937 Mauser made over 20,000 Lugers for the German police. A small number of Lugers were also made for commercial sales to private individuals living in Germany. For a citizen to obtain a Luger required permission from the police and the local Nazi party.

    When the German military switched over to the P.38 Mauser had a large inventory of Luger parts remaining, and a small number of these were turned into complete pistols between 1942 and 1944 for sale to civilians.

    This is one of the pistols made for sale to private individuals, it was made in 1942 at the end of production run of military Lugers. It is marked with the numbers 42 over the chamber indicting manufacture for military, but it was never delivered, and then completed for civilian sales.

    Commercial pistols only had a proof mark on the left side of the upper frame (an Nazi eagle over N) and a small eagle on the front sight base and on the toggle link with the firing pin). This pistol all of the correct proof marks. The barrels had the caliber marked on them. There were no other inspector’s marks on the pistol. The other small parts are all matching and marked with last two digits of the serial number.

    The stocks (grips) are unmarked. This is correct for commercially made Lugers. The grips are in excellent shape with sharp checkering and no chipping.

    The overall finish would rate about 97% with some wear on high edges only. The magazine is war time military and the numbers on it do not match the pistol.

    The pistol has the seven line Mauser Commercial Banner used on non-military pistols and rifles stamped on the top of the connecting toggle. Mauser Banner marked Lugers made for the commercial market are one of the rarest of all World War II Lugers. This one is in excellent condition. $3300.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6273 - FRENCH “UNIQUE” MODEL RR51 SEMI AUTO 7.65MM (.32 ACP) PISTOL USED BY MOROCCO SERIAL NUMBER 114228 - Prior to WW2 the earlier Uniques were known as the Unique Model 17 and adopted for French military use. Following the arrival of Germans in 1940, production continued and after some improvements (mainly an external hammer and arched gripstrap) it was called the “Kreigsmodel” and many were German inspected and used. Production resumed after the Germans went home, and in 1951 a new variation was introduced featuring a longer extractor (abbreviated Rr in French).

    One Rr 51 “Police” variation had one line slide markings including the word Police, and checkered grips. This is the other Model Rr51 variation with two line slide markings, and vertical ribs on the grips instead of checkering, and the letters FR for République Française. Later commercial production pistols had grips with UNIQUE markings.

    Most of the Rr51 pistols were supplied to the French National Police, but this is one of the pistols sent to the Kingdom of Morocco to arm the Moroccan National Police Force and Royal Military Police Force. These were marked on the right rear of the frame with a Crescent over a Pole which collectors often refer to as a “Palm Tree.” Like all of the series it is chambered for .32 ACP (7.65 x 17mm) and has a nine round magazine and has a magazine safety.

    This is an excellent example with good bore, good mechanics, about 97% original finish, good grips and one original magazine. An interesting example of a well made gun with Browning influence, and possible the start of a collecting niche for French military or quasi military handguns (only surrendered once…) or French colonial arms. $550.00 (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)


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