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    **NEW ADDITION** 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)

    **NEW ADDITION** 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)

    **NEW ADDITION** SMOF6336 - U.S. MODEL 1917 COLT REVOLVER. SERIAL NUMBER 109880. CALIBER 45 ACP. When the United States entered World War I in April 1917 rifles were in extremely short supply and a decision was made to arm the support troops (the drivers, cooks, clerks, etc.) with pistols. The supply of the incomparable Model 1911 automatic pistol 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 simply 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. Over 150,000 Model 1917 revolvers were delivered to the military.

    This pistol was made in September of 1918. It has the serial number on the butt, and military inspectors markings on the frame but the U.S. property markings have been removed from the frame and also from the bottom of the barrel. The bluing would rate about 80-85% with some areas thinning and areas turning to brown patina. The bore is dark but has good lands and groves. Colt was told to not remove the final machining marks from the frame and barrel. These marks are still visible. The right hand grip has four notches cut into it. This would be a good filler for a collector on a budget who is looking for an example of one of the two major pistols using by U.S. troops during World War I. $595.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6114 - WWII GERMAN P.38 MANUFACTURED BY WALTHER (CODE AC 43). SERIAL NUMBER 967. 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 January of 1943 at the Walther factory in Thurginia. All the parts match including the barrel, slide, frame, and locking block. The bluing would rate about 95% with some edge wear. The grips are the plastic with some wood fiber content as a filler and correct for this pistol. The magazine was also made by the Walther factory and their inspection mark (Waffenamt 359) on the spine. An excellent example of a pistol that might have seen service in Normandy or the Battle of the Bulge. $995.00 (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)

    SMOF6291 - 16192- GERMAN MODEL 1883 10.6MM REICHS REVOLVER- UNIT MARKED - Serial number 607 matching on all parts including screws. Made at Erfurt in 1892, and probably used in WW1. Authorities differ on the correct terminology for the caliber, and it is usually listed as 10,6mm Deutsche Ordonnanz or 10.6mm German Ordnance. It also goes by the names 10,6mm Deutscher Ordonnanz Revolver M.1879/1883; 10,6mm Deutscher Reichs-Revolver; 10,6mm Deutscher Revolver M. 1880/84; 10,6mm Dienst-Revolver; 10,6mm Kavallerie Revolver M. 1880; 10,6mm Offiziers Revolver M. 1884; 10,8 x 25 M.R.R.; 10,8 x 25 R. (D.Reichs Rev.); 10,8 x25 R.R.; 10,85 mm Deutscher Reichsrevolver M. 79 & 84; 10,85 x 24,90 Revolver M. 79 & 83; 11 mm Deutscher Deinst-Revolver, and also by the DWM catalog designations DWM 200; DWM 200 A; or DWM 200 B You may call the caliber whatever you like! Regardless of name, the cartridge was pretty close in size and power to the then popular .44 S&W Russian cartridges (but that DOES NOT mean it would be safe to try to substitute those for the correct ammunition!)

    This is a massive, and frankly, pretty ugly revolver. The size and weight are excessive, and ergonomically it is difficult to handle, and the safety on the left side is poorly designed for use. There is no ejection system other than removing the cylinder pin to remove the cylinder and then using the pin to poke out each empty case one at a time. Compared to the Colt Single Action Army or the S&W No. 3 models, or even the French Lefaucheaux pinfires, all designed several years earlier, this design was already obsolete. However, it is a tribute to the folly of having a committee design guns and everyone getting their favorite idea incorporated even though the total package is seriously flawed. Remarkably, these clumsy contraptions were the official German military sidearm from its adoption in 1879 (with a longer barrel) until replaced by the Pistole 08 Luger semiautomatic pistol in 1908. But the Reichs Revolvers remained in service through WW1 with secondary units.

    Cancelled unit marking on the backstrap “1.M.II.13.R.53” indicating it was assigned as Leichte Munitionskolonne der II Abteilung des 13th Reserve Feld Artillerie Regiment, waffen 53 ( translated as Light Munitions Column, Second Detachment of 13th Field Artillery Regiment, weapon number 53). There is a second marking “1.FM.II.43.180” documenting issue as Leichte Feldhaubitzen Munitionskolonne der II Abteilung des 43rd Feld Artillerie Regiment, waffen 180 (translated as Light Field Howitzer Munitions Column, Second Detachment of 43rd Field Artillery Regiment, weapon number 180). Most of these were refinished over the years, but this one escaped and retains about 50-60% of the original bright blue finish showing normal wear with some areas worn bright or dull steel gray, some areas turned plum or patina and a small area of pitting on the cylinder and a patch or rust on the right side of the barrel near the muzzle. Bore is very good and mechanics are fine in single action, but not in double action. A historically significant design, as well as one that is odd enough that people will surely ask about it instead of some of the much more valuable but “common looking” guns in your collection. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $750.00 (View Picture)

    **NEW ADDITION** 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)

    SMOF6301 - SMOF5557 U.S. PISTOL MODEL 1911A1 MANUFACTURED BY REMINGTON RAND. SERIAL NUMBER 1347454 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 - "R" marked (Risdon).
    • Trigger - stamped (used 1943-45).

    This pistol is in excellent condition with about 97% 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. $2250.00 (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. $995.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF5815 - HANDSOME FN (BROWNING DESIGNED) MODEL 1922 WITH NAZI MARKINGS. SERIAL NUMBER 118619. CALIBER 7.65 (32 AUTOMATIC) The FN Model 1922 an developed from the FN Model 1910. The Model 1910 was designed by John M. Browning of Ogden, Utah, and was one of the many pistol designs he created between 1900 and his death in 1926. One thing that sets the design of the Model 1922 apart from other pistols of this type is that it has a longer barrel with a detachable slide end to simplify disassembly.

    When the Germans captured the FN plant in May 1940 they had the plant workers continue to make pistols for their military. Model 1922 production went almost exclusively to the Luftwaffe (air force) so there is a good chance that this is one that was used by them.

    The pistol is in very good to excellent condition with 95% plus of the original bluing remaining, it has all the correct Nazi inspection (waffenamt) and proof markings and the serial numbers on the barrel slide and frame all match. The grips in good condition but the right hand grip has a chip missing at the bottom back. This could be repaired by someone who is good with woodworking. The bore is shiny with has sharp riflings. $575.00 (View Picture)

    **SOLD** SMOF6197 - EXCELLENT! BRITISH WEBLEY MARK VI REVOLVER MADE IN 1919. SERIAL NUMBER 440242. CALIBER 45 ACP / 455 ELEY. The British presided over an Empire that stretched from the Canadian arctic to the tip of Africa. The extent of the empire demanded reliable small arms that worked in all conditions, were also sturdy, and required little maintenance. By the late 1880's the British Army adopted a break top, double action, six shot revolvers of 45 caliber made by Webley and Scott. This pistol went through 6 models (Mark I through VI) and continued in service until 1932, when the caliber was changed to 38. The same design in 38 caliber then served into the 1950's when it was replaced by the Browning High Power automatic pistol.

    This model is the last of the Webley revolvers made for service in World War I, the Mark VI. It was made in 1919. After British service it came to the U.S. Because the rimmed Eley 455 cartridge was almost impossible to find, U.S. gun smiths trimmed off the back of the cylinder making it possible to fire Colt 45 ACP cartridges using half moon clips. The revolver is in excellent condition with 95% + finish remaining. The lanyard ring is still present. The bore is bright with strong riflings. The serial numbers on the frame, cylinder and barrel all match. Overall an excellent example of one of the best service revolver designs ever produced. $695.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF6222 - RARE PRE-WORLD WAR II BELGIAN ARMY HIGH POWER PISTOL WITH SHOULDER STOCK HOLSTER. SERIAL NUMBER 27418 CALIBER 9MM LUGER 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.

    The High Power was the standard side arm of the Belgian Army. It was issued with a leather holster attached to shoulder stock. The Belgian Army fought bravely against the Germans in May 1940 but were finally forced to surrender.

    This pistol has the standard FN proof marks, and also the additional acceptance marks of the Pre-World War II Belgian army. All numbers match. The blued finish would rate at 95% with just some high edge wear. The walnut grips show a small amount on high edges. The bore is bright. Pistol comes with the standard issue shoulder stock/holster combination. This is a rare pistol and finding one with shoulder stock and holster is a real plus. $4200.00 (View Picture)

    SMOF5907 - EXCELLENT EARLY SMALL GUARD NAMBU TYPE 14 SEMI AUTO PISTOL IN 8 MM NAMBU SERIAL NUMBER 30936 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 Nambu (Kokubunji )Arsenal, it is the Original Series and is dated "12.5" for May of 1937. 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. All numbers are matching except the magazine. The bore is in good condition with strong lands and groves. Pistol retains 95 + percent original finish with very small, almost un-noticeable pitting in some areas. Overall this is a handsome example of the desirable variation with the rare small trigger guard. $995.00 (View Picture)

    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)


    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)

    SMOF5819 - HANDSOME FN (BROWNING DESIGNED) MODEL 1922 WITH NAZI MARKINGS. SERIAL NUMBER 23055B. CALIBER 7.65 (32 AUTOMATIC) The FN Model 1922 an developed from the FN Model 1910. The Model 1910 was designed by John M. Browning of Ogden, Utah, and was one of the many pistol designs he created between 1900 and his death in 1926. One thing that sets the design of the Model 1922 apart from other pistols of this type is that it has a longer barrel with a detachable slide end to simplify disassembly.

    When the Germans captured the FN plant in May 1940 they had the plant workers continue to make pistols for their military. Model 1922 production went almost exclusively to the Luftwaffe (air force) so there is a good chance that this is one that was used by them.

    The pistol is in very good to excellent condition with 95% plus of the original bluing remaining, it has all the correct Nazi inspection (waffenamt) and proof markings and the serial numbers on the barrel slide and frame all match. The grips in excellent condition and the bore is shiny with has sharp riflings. $675.00 (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)

    Classic & Collectible Commercial Handguns

    **SOLD** SMOF6285 - ITALIAN GALESI .25 ACP (6.35MM) FACTORY ENGRAVED PISTOL- MODEL 505-B(?) - Serial number 334651.  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 about1936 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.  .<br><br>
    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. 

    In case anyone is looking for disassembly instructions on these, a copy of the instruction sheet is available at with the English version at the lower left.  Note that this is actually TWO .jpg images so you need to copy and paste both parts to get them all.  Another source suggests:

    • Remove the magazine and clear the chamber.
    • 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 XVI code indicates this one was made in 1960.  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 1960, this qualifies as a Curio & Relic firearm. $350.00 (View Picture)

    **SOLD** SMOF6287 - SCARCE ERMA WERKE “BABY LUGER” KGP 68A .32 ACP (7.65MM) SEMI AUTO PISTOL Serial number 101644. This is a scaled down version of the famous German Pistole 08 Luger pistol most often seen in 9mm Luger caliber. Erma came out with their smaller versions and while those in .22 caliber have a reputation as being very unreliable (mainly due to the problems of using a design intended for rimless ammunition and converting it to small rimfire cartridges). They also made a version in .380 caliber which is fairly common and has a good reputation. And, they also made a small number in .32 ACP and this is the first of these we have encountered.

    Overall excellent condition with about 97% blue remaining on the upper, and black anodized type finish on the lightweight alloy frame. These have the distinctive Luger toggle action, although technically they operate a bit differently on a blowback principle. They have an excellent ergonomic fit but for a smaller hand. Comes with one magazine. The grips are white plastic, with a SS rune medallion on one, but no worse than the original brown plastic thumb rest grips. Nice bore, nice mechanics. A neat item for the Luger collector who needs “one of everything.” $395.00 (View Picture)

    **HOLD** SMOF6282 - FEG MODEL PA-63 PISTOL IN 9MM SHORT (380) SERIAL NUMBER H3309 FÉGARMY Arms Factory of Hungary started producing Walther PP/PPK clones in the late 1940s starting with their Model 48 which differed from the Walther PP only in minor details. By the late 1950s FÉG began making broader changes resulting in the PA- 63, which uses a 9x18mm Makarov round. It quickly became standard issue to both Hungarian military and police forces. Due to its popularity and relative durability FÉG later issued models using .32ACP and .380 ACP caliber rounds (FÉG AP9 and PMK-380 respectively).

    The Military standard PA-63 version sports a two-tone polished aluminum frame with black slide, grips, trigger and hammer assembly. While unusual for military issue in that a reflective polish was used, it was chosen due to its relative cheapness as well as quicker build time. Problems related to the durability of the aluminum frame were resolved prior to the development of the PA-63 in 1961 with the production of the FÉG R-61 Police Pistol. The addition of .1% titanium to the aluminum alloy solved premature alloy frame wear problems inherent in the earlier FÉG aluminum framed pistols. This development was then applied to all aluminum framed FÉG guns including the PA-63. This pistol is in like new condition. $195.00 (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 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)

    **SOLD** SMOF6090 - SMITH & WESSON MODEL 28-2 HIGHWAY PATROLMAN IN 357 MAGNUM SERIAL NUMBER N227626, 6 INCH BARREL. The Model 28, also known as the Highway Patrolman, traces its heritage back to the Smith & Wesson Registered Magnum which morphed into the Model 27. In the late 1940s and the first part of the 1950s Smith and Wesson was the only American gun company manufacturing a .357 magnum revolver. Since this relatively deluxe model was the only revolver available for this cartridge at the time, police departments, as well as individual officers and private shooters, requested from Smith and Wesson a more strictly utilitarian .357 magnum revolver. S&W responded with the Highway Patrolman (later renamed the Model 28 in 1957). The manufacturing changes made for a more affordable revolver, though mechanically the Highway Patrolman is the same as the more ornate Model 27. A classic N frame revolver, the Highway Patrolman is blued, but does not have the high polish finish, saving labor costs. The top strap and frame rounds are bead blasted to achieve a matte appearance.

    This is the earlier and more desirable version with a pinned barrel, it was manufacture between 1975 and 1977. The pistol is in Excellent condition with 98% original blue and an excellent bore. $795.00 (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)

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