Octagon barrel has a bulge 7 inches from end of barrel. I believe it was fired with moisture in the
barrel. Is it safe to shoot?
Answer: James, you would be foolish
to trust the word of someone who has never even seen your rifle to tell you weather or not it is safe
to fire. In our society where everyone seems to be ready to file a law suit for even the slightest
provocation, I would be just as foolish to answer that kind of question. Take the safe rout and
consult a local gunsmith who will be able to examine the rifle.
# 15280 -
Making M1903 Rifle From Scratch
Question - I'm trying to CNC a new stock for a 1903 Springfield but I need to know the dimensions
of the stock inside and out first. Any information about the stock dimension is greatly
Answer: Cole- That sounds like an interesting
project. Fortunately, your request is an easy one, if you look at the right resources.
A complete stock will be a very difficult project, mainly due to the length and the tendency of the
wood to flex during machining, and the likely need for many specialized cutters. Also, finding a
reliable source of gun stock quality American black walnut may be difficult and expensive.
Dunlap Woodcarving makes a pretty good quality 90% finished M1903 stock (along with a long
list of other gun stocks, mostly for muzzle loading muskets.)
As a starter project, you may want to play around making the "spare parts containers" that fit in the
M1903 butt stock. These were usually made from walnut. Details including drawings are on
pages 240-242 of the link below. I think there is a collectors' market for these.
The complete stock details are found starting on pages 244-268.
Fred H. Colvin & Ethan Viall, Manufacture of the Model 1903 Springfield Service Rifle.
This is available as a soft cover Wolf reprint edition for about $70.00, and also under the original
title "United States rifles and machine guns, a detailed account of the methods used in
manufacturing the Springfield, 1903 model service rifle, also descriptions of the modified Enfield
rifle and three types of machine guns" in the original 1917 hardbound edition (with brittle old
paper) or in "print on demand" paper copies, but on smaller paper, and also as "print on demand"
Unlike many of the print on demand books, the drawings should be okay in these, because the are
printed on the regular pages, not fold out plates in the back which the copiers usually do not
bother to copy.
Hope that helps! Let me know how the project turns out. John
# 15279 -
Winchester Model 1897 Shotgun
Model 1897 -
I am trying to get information on a 12ga. model 1897, serial number 149374. I have been told
in that when they were made, Winchester had a great fire and most that were saved did not have
matching numbers but, a few did, and mine has matching numbers.
I have looked over your numbers and dates, and I can not find my serial number, can you help
me with this. Thank you.
Answer: Sir- Your gun was made in
October 1901, and as far as I know there was no major fire around that time, or any other time.
Nearly all the Winchester Model 1897/97 shotguns are found with matching numbers, and only a
few ended up with mixed numbers over the years, so I think the value of your gun will depend on
the condition alone, or any special features. They are good guns, and most are still used
regularly. I seem values running from maybe $250 up depending on condition and gauge and
Hope that helps. John Spangler
# 15322 -
Broomhandle Parts Source
Ken, Coral Springs, FL
C 96 Broomhandle -
9 Mm -
Do you have in stock or able to get an Extractor New Style (Late Model) for the above captioned
Answer: We do not have the part that you need.
Recommend you check with Gun Parts Corp (the old Numrich Arms people) at the following URL:
Gun Parts Corp has just about everything. If that doesn't work, try posting it on our free "Wanted"
page at the following URL:
# 15323 -
S&W Duty Weapon
Valuation for insurance purposes - S&W revolver with holster, belt and badge.
My son in law has inherited his grandfather's duty weapon which was worn while serving in the
Prescott Arizona PD from 1946 to 1950. It is a S&W 4 screw with barrel shroud. Barrel appears to
me to be about 3" with no markings, .38 Special caliber. Weapon is in about 90% condition - the
grips are in really good shape for a duty weapon, they are usually banged up getting in and out
of vehicles - and the bore is bright and sharp. The internals are in excellent condition, the
cylinder is timed correctly and locks up perfectly. No model designation
Answer: This is a tough one. I believe Smith and Wesson changed from the
five screw to the four screw frame about 1956 or 1957. The frame could not have been used in
1946 to 1950. The barrel with no markings is not original to the gun, and has to be replacement
barrel. So if the barrel is a replacement and the frame are newer than the time of service with the
police department the pistol is really a shooter worth what someone will pay for it as shooter,
likely around $150 to $200.
This gun has a very slight bulge in the barrel with a hairline crack above it. I believe there is a
bullet lodged in it. It is not really noticeable until you look at it hard but it`s there. How much does
a defect like this take away from it`s value ? It`s in otherwise pretty decent condition. Thanks in
Answer: Jerry- Thanks for the excellent description of
the gun. But, the answer is not easy.
Some collectors are “condition collectors” and they would not want this one at any price. Others
are bargain hunters and willing to accept guns with flaws and I suspect they would pay about half
to two thirds of what a similar gun without the bulged/cracked barrel might bring. Others are
“history collectors” and for them, they might overlook the flaws IF there was some documented
A few years ago I saw a M1851 Colt Navy with one chamber in the cylinder cracked, but with
documented history to a specific Civil War regiment. I considered getting this one, and it is not
too hard to find original parts and the cylinder could have been replaced. But, then the drop in
value for mismatched numbers would probably cancel out any increase from the lack of damaged
parts. Such a gun might bring a bit more from someone who is more of a “Civil War collector”
than a “gun collector.”
Just for info, there is no documented history available on your gun, but others in the same serial
number range were in the hands of different Civil War cavalry regiments as of November, 1862.
Hope that helps. John Spangler