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# 15123 -
Jared, Auburn Ga. USA
Carl Gustafs Stads -
Not Sure -
Not Sure -
30 Inches Ish -
A crown above the words ''Carl Gustafs Stands Gevarsfaktori 1907'' there is also a brass medallion
inlaid into the right side of the stock with lots of numbers and a few words ''torped'' and ''Overslag''
''str'' what type of gun is this and what would the value be to another collector and what would the
insurance value be and any history on this gun would be wonderful it has 100% matching
numbers and all original parts except for the rear sling attachment point
Answer: Jared, you have what is referred to as a Swedish Mauser. It is
patterned on the Mauser Model 1893 bolt action that cocks on the opening stroke. The 30 inch
barrel means it is the standard Model G96. About 535,000 of the long barrel rifles were made at
the Carl Gustafs arms factory. (The first one were made by Mauser in German.)
In the 1990's Sweden sold these into the international arms market and many thousand were
imported to the U.S. Since the Swedes have not had to fight anyone for well over 100 years most
were in excellent (almost new) condition. Current prices are hard to determine but the Blue Book
of Gun Values lists the Model 1896 at $600 for a absolutely new rifle, and $400 for a 95%
condition rifle. We see them at gun shows selling in the $300 to $400 range. I'm not aware of any
history on the use of any of these rifles. They are well made and quite accurate.
Can You Tell Me The Date Of Manufacture Of This Rifle? Thanks.
Answer: Gary- The Model 1859 carbine was made between 1859 and 1863,
but I do not have an exact date of manufacture, nor do I know if or where such information might
be found. The NRA museum has M1859 carbine serial number 45479 which was captured
November 7, 1863 from Confederate forces at Rappahannock Station (“Remington”) Virginia.
Presumably the Confederates had captured it from Union cavalrymen earlier. Records do show
some in that general serial number range being issued in May, 1863, so a good guess might be
that yours was made in late 1862 or more likely early 1863. John
# 15122 -
Walther Model 4 Found In Attic
Gregory, Islip, NY, USA
Don't Know -
None Gun was found in my attic. Would like to know if it has any value.
Answer: Gregory, it took Walther quite some time to put the Model 4 into
production, introduction was scheduled to happen in 1910 but records indicate that the model did
not become available until about 1915. The model 4 was one of the first firearms to be
manufactured in the newly-extended Walther factory.
The Model 4 was a larger design than its predecessors and it was probably developed with sales
to police departments and the military in mind. The design was based on the earlier Model 3 but
it had a longer grip which would accept an eight-round magazine instead of the previous six-
round type, and a barrel that was lengthened from 67 mm to 85 mm. The slide was another part
that was based on the Model 3 and it was extended to accommodate the longer barrel. The
earliest Model 4 pistols came from the factory equipped with left-over Model 3 slides.
It is estimated that well over 100,000 Model 4 pistols were purchased by German army officers
and other military personal during the First World War. Model 4 Production continued after the
end of WWI until about 1923.
The blue book lists values for Walther Model 4 pistols between $80 and $250 depending on
condition. If you decide to sell, it may pay to check your pistol closely as it has been my
experience that these pistols are more valuable and far easier to sell if they have military
Has a dot with line from the dot like a sun or maybe an explosion on the top of the barrel.. Will
take pictures in the future, also looks very similar to the Reading, Pennsylvania rifle Mike D`Ambra
talked about on the History of the Long Rifle part 2. Has the ornate brass on the stock My friend
wants to know more about who made the rifle.. It doesn't have a signature or letters but has
markings including a dot with lines outward like a sun or explosion on top of the barrel, also a
couple of circles, etc.. I will try to come up with a picture for the future. It doest have the fancy
brass patch lock on the stock... Would like to contact Mike D`ambra with questions..
Answer: Sir- Many, perhaps even most, Pennsylvania or Kentucky rifle were
not signed by the maker. However, many can be attributed to a known maker or at least a
geographic region by various characteristics. Rifles tend to follow the examples of other makers in
a region or “school.” At first glance all Kentucky rifles may look the same, but subtle differences
in the shape of the stock, the design of the sideplate, the design elements of the patchbox (if any)
widths and curvature of the buttplate, and the like can provide a lot of clues to an expert. Mike
D’Ambra is an expert on the subject of Kentucky rifles, and he would be a good person to contact.
He advertises regularly in Man At Arms and Arms Heritage magazines, but I do not know if he has
a website. He is a very nice guy, but he travels a lot, so he may be hard to track down. John
I was just wondering the manufacture date and value of my grandpas old shotgun! ?Winchester
1912 12 gauge, nickel steel, full choke, all original, good condition (shows wear of course) serial#
53320. Also, what shells today are safe to fire out of it, if any?
Answer: Erik, Model 12 shotguns cannot handle steel shot so demand for
them in the shooting community has dwindled. Value in the blue book for standard 12 gauge
shotguns ranges from about $200 to $750 depending on condition. For Winchester manufacture
dates, follow the link on the OldGuns.net menu. Marc
Made In Belgium Please tell me the approximate age of this gun and its approximate value. I
know nothing about it other than the fact that my daddy acquired it about 40 years ago and it was
used when he received it.
Answer: Rodney- I am not sure who
made your gun, but it may be a very early gun sold by Turner Kirkland who started Dixie Gun
Works, and was one of the very early dealers in replica black powder firearms made in Belgium or
Italy for the American market. Although there may be a tiny bit of collector interest among the
people who collect replica black powder guns, I think this will be mostly valued for decorative use
or as a shooter. John Spangler
Answer: jerry, as the name
suggests, Marlin camp rifles were designed as utility firearms to be used around hunting camps.
The model was manufactured in both 9mm Parabellum and .45 ACP calibers and it was
designed to be able to make use of the same magazines as popular handguns in those calibers.
Stocks were walnut-finished birch and receivers were usually drilled and tapped for scope
I do not have any serial information on Camp riles, the best that I can tell you is that they were
manufactured from 1985 to 1999. Marc
Has an Arabic or Farsi mark on the trigger guard. In as much as you are one of the main players
in the sale of Civil War guns, I hope I may direct a question to you. During the American Civil
War as many as 1 million 1853 Enfield Rifle conversions were purchased by both the South and
the North. Is it conceivable that a portion of these rifles would carry the Arabic or Farsi marking on
the trigger guard, or were they ALL British made? Your answer is of much importance to me as I
consider you an expert in this field. My best regards, Jerry Swansboro, NC
Answer: Gerald- I am easily confused, and you have succeeded in doing that.
You start by asking about an Enfield “conversion” which I assume is the Snider breechloading
conversion with a breech block that is hinged to open to the side. Many of those ended up in the
middle east and acquired Arabic or Farsi markings during their service there. Many of those have
been brought into the U.S. over the years, and especially since troops in Afghanistan have been
allowed to ship home souvenir antique firearms. There has also been the huge cache of arms
brought here from Nepal.
Now, the Snider conversions began in 1867, and the U.S. Civil War was between April 1861 and
April 1865, so no Sniders were ever brought here for use in the Civil War. However, several
hundred thousand, perhaps even a million of the .577 caliber muzzle loading Pattern 1853
Enfield were imported during the war, but NONE of those would have Arabic/Farsi markings.
Our other site, http://ArmsCollectors.com has a very useful table with numbers in seven different
language formats. That may or may not help narrow down the exact language involved,
although this only covers numbers, not other letters or symbols. My gut feeling is that you are
looking at one of the rifles from Afghanistan, some of which are mostly original, but many are
crude copies recently made specifically for the “tourist trade.”
Hope that helps. John Spangler
# 15117 -
Radom P35 -
P 35 -
35/77 Date of manufacturing and value. Has holster - 1944
Answer: Randy, the Polish Government adopted the Radom pistol as their
standard sidearm in about 1935. The name Radom refers to the city in Poland where the pistols
were produced. The locking system was based on the Browning deigned, FN made High Power
pistol with a locking lug attached to the back of the barrel. When the German conquered Poland
in September 1939 the continued manufacture of the pistol and used it to arm their own military.
The Steyr Arms Company of Austria provided inspectors and technicians to oversee the
production, and as the Russians advanced into Poland in late 1944-45 production was moved to
I can't find my file of serial numbers by date, but the T in your serial number places it as made for
the German Army. Your pistol should have a spread eagle holding a swastika on the frame, slide
and barrel. These were Nazi proof marks. It should also have inspector's marks called Waffenamts
with the number 623 or 77 under an eagle.
On the left side at the rear of the frame you may have a small level that is use to hold the slide
back. On later pistols this was dropped. If this hold open lever is not present then the pistol is
worth less. The slide has a serial number inside (you have to take the slide off and look at the
inside, and on the barrel that matches the frame number. If the pistol is mismatched then value
drops. Early Radoms with 95% or better finish, all matching numbers, and the hold open lever are
selling in the $800 to $950 range where I live. Later ones with poorer finish are selling for $100
to $200 less. I've not dealt with holsters for these pistols much but would expect one in excellent
condition to sell for $100 to $150. Marc
# 15082 -
Toni, Tacoma, WA USA
Made in Prussia before April1, 1893. Barrels swing to side to open/load. One firing pin is missing
Would like to find more information
Answer: Toni- We cannot
help much with that one, as we know very little about shotguns. Friederich Von Dryese was the
inventor of the “needle gun” early bolt action breech loading rifles used by the Germans to kick
French butts in the Franco Prussian War of 1870. He designed a number of different types of
firearms, including handguns, and likely shotguns, and also seems to have sold guns made by
other makers. Sorry, I cannot tell you more than that. John
M 81 -
Swiss marking on stock. Need help finding the complete bolt action for it. I would like to know the
history of the rifle if possible.
Answer: Robert- The Swiss
Vetterli rifles are pretty common on the collector market, and quite a few are found in cut down
boogered condition. I suspect you can buy one of those pretty cheap and pull the bolt for your
rifle, and sell the residue as a wall hanger for nearly as much as you paid for it. There is no
source of usage information on these, but sometimes the Canton (state) marked the rifles, and
sometimes individual Swiss reservists who took their issued rifle home with them would mark their
name on a piece of paper and put it under the butt plate.
The best source of information on all Swiss rifles is the site http://swissrifles.com.
Good luck! John Spangler
# 15102 -
FN 32 Pistol
Bobby Haughton La 71037
Fabriqe D''Armes -
De Guerre -
Hand grip has the word ROYAL on it when and where was it made also I need a magazine clip for
it` Whats the value`
Answer: Bobby, your pistol was made by
the famous FN factory (Fabrique Nationale) factory at Liege, Belgium. It may be a Model 1900 or
Model 1910 based on the caliber and the barrel length. The Model 1900 has the barrel under a
circular assembly that looks like another barrel. The Model 1910 has the recoil spring around the
barrel, and looks more like a modern automatic pistol. Neither pistol are rare with many hundreds
of thousand being made. I'm not sure what the marking Royal means, possibly the grips a
For parts, try checking with Gun Parts Corp (the old Numrich Arms people) at the following URL:
# 15075 -
Henry Rifle Questions
Michael, Sunset, TX
44 Rimfire -
24'' Octagon -
The barrel has the markings U -A- R on it. The serial number is stamped on the inside of the but
plate and the bottom of the receiver. The rifle has been in the family and passed down over the
years from my great grandfather and I have tried to find out what I could about it. The original
site was broke off but does not match any Henry rife I have seen so far. I have heard and read
conflicting stories about the serial numbers on the Henry Rifle. What ever information on this rifle
you could give me would be very much appreciated.
Answer: Michael- Unfortunately, I do not know much about Henry rifles, but
like any good history major, I do know where to find such information. The late Les Quick wrote
an excellent book, “The Story of Benjamin Tyler Henry and His Famed Repeating Rifle.” Since
Henry rifles routinely sell in the megabucks range ($25,000 seems to be a popular number but
some bring a lot more depending on features I do not pretend to understand). It would be worth
the $100 cost of the book to learn all you can about your rifle. You did not mention if you rifle
has a brass frame like most Henrys, or if it has an iron frame, which is very rare and worth a lot
more. Both apparently started with a serial number 1, so I cannot tell from the information
The only UAR marking I know of would be for arms of the United Arab Republic circa 1950s, so we
can rule that out. Many of the early Henry rifles were sold to individuals or volunteer units, at
$42.00 each, a pretty good amount of money, when standard muskets were priced about $20.00
and Army privates were paid about $13 per month.
I recommend you do some genealogical research to see if your ancestor had any Civil War
service, and that may lead to information about which units purchased Henry rifles, and such use
would add a premium to the value of your rifle. John