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# 15603 -
EIBAR .38 SPECIAL REVOLVER
38 Special -
I have that ebar 38 Special that's been in my family for a while and it says it's a US service ctg On the top
of the Barrel and it's made in Spain. And I was wanting to find more information about it
Sir- Several makers in the Spanish city of Eibar made copies of Colt or S&W
revolvers, varying in quality from pretty good to pretty miserable. These were intended mainly for the
export market, and markings could be misunderstood by purchasers to suggest that these were actually
made in the USA. Marks usually included ".38 Smith & Wesson Cartridge" or "U.S. Secret Service."
There is almost no collector interest in these, and values are modest, probably around $100 or less. John
# 15598 -
K98 In 16GA?
16 Gauge -
Clay, Clarksville, Tn
I would just like to know when it was made and an estimated value on it.
Clay, I have never heard of a K98 shotgun in 16 GA, I suspect that you need
to re-check your facts. Marc
# 15644 -
S&W Model 15 Combat Masterpiece
Smith & Wesson -
K 248448 -
Francis, Tulare, Ca
Could you please give me the age and approximate value. Thank you.
Francis, the S&W Model 15 Combat Masterpiece was manufactured from
1949 to 1999, your revolver (serial number K 248448) was manufactured in 1955. The double-action
revolver, was built on the S&W square butt K target frame which was continued from the postwar K-38
Combat Masterpiece. Revolvers came with 6-shot fluted cylinders and were originally offered with a 4 inch
barrel. Later in production, 2, 5, 6 and even 8 & 3/8 inch barrels became available, all of which had a
machined narrow rib on top. Available finishes were blue or nickel and the sights were Baughman Quick
Draw front sight on a plain ramp base with micrometer click adjustable rear sight. Values in the blue book
for this model range from about $200 to just under $600 depending on condition.
# 15587 -
M1903A1 NATIONAL MATCH SPRINGFIELD RESEARCH SERVICE
1903 National Match -
24 Inches -
Ken ,Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Star marking on the Barrel Crest, polished bolt with etched serial number Cocking piece Marked, other
marks consistent with National Match Springfield`s I am trying to obtain a letter for SRS. The link seems to
be broken. phone 843.940.3208
Ken- Your rifle is listed in my
copy of the SRS publications as a M1903A1 National Match, sold through the DCM program in 1937. It
would be an excellent idea to get a letter from SRS to document this, and they can usually provide a copy
of the original sales record listing the purchaser. However, you need to contact SRS for that, and the best
contact for the owner, Wayne Gagner seems to be: firstname.lastname@example.org or his website
# 15641 -
St. Louis, MO
Three pointed crown imprint above and forward of trigger Hi there. A friend forwarded me a photo of a
marking on a handgun right above the trigger. It`s a three pointed crown with circles at the top of each
point. I have a photo but no other info about the gun. Was curious if you know what mfr this could be.
Doesn`t appear to be Westinghouse. No other close matches. Thanks for your help.
Sorry, I do not recognize that marking so I can not be of much assistance. I
recommend you check your local library or Amazon for a gun markings book. I think that there is one called
The Official Guide To Gunmarks. I checked it out of my library at one time but I have not seen it in several
years. Good luck, Marc
# 15586 -
Colt New Army New Navy 1892 Revolver Grips
1892 DA -
Ken Leicester NC
Has Chrysanthemums on either side of the ''Colt'' round insert. A ''VA'' stampeded on bottom of trigger
housing. Gun was refurbished and now called an 1895 model What is the significance of the 2
Ken- The double action .38 caliber Colt revolvers
made circa 1889-1908 are filled with changes, variations, modifications, updates and switched parts. The
only way to make sense out of this entire family of guns is a thorough reading to Robert Best’s superb book
“A Study of Colt’s New Army and Navy Pattern Double Action Revolvers 1889-1908.”
Basically, the U.S. Navy adopted the “Model 1889 New Model Navy Revolver” (the .36 caliber percussion
revolver adopted in 1851 being the “old” model). The Army looked at the advantages of double action
revolvers and lighter cartridges and adopted a nearly (but not quite) identical gun as the Model 1892 New
Army Revolver. (The drugged up Islamic Moro rebels in the Philippines would not demonstrate the fallacy of
the lighter cartridge quest until about 1900.)
Of course, the civilian market was eager to get guns similar to the latest military issue, so Colt began making
and selling to that market as well, offering both the “New Navy” and “New Army” models. While the military
guns had walnut grips, the commercial guns had hard rubber grips with molded in checkering and an oval
with a logo at the top. The New Navy used a large “COLT” in the oval. The Model 1892 New Army was
introduced with grips that had a fancier design with a small “COLT” at the top, the rampant colt in the center
and the date 1892 underneath. This left blank spaces on either side of the prancing pony so two roses
were added. The grip size was identical on both the Army and Navy models, and perhaps the fancier
Army grips were simply a marketing or selling convenience to distinguish between them, or a ploy to sucker
collectors into buying one of each so they would have all the models.
In 1894, the military Army model had some changes resulting in a new designation as the Model 1894, and
of course civilian customers would be upset getting obsolete 1892 models instead of the current version,
so Colt changed the date on the grips from 1892 to 1894. In 1895 the Navy adopted an improved Model
1895, and Colt tired of playing the date game and modified their grip molds to eliminate the date entirely.
However, they continued to satisfy the civilian market with both a New Model Navy and New Model Army,
the only difference being the oval COLT only logo grips on the Navy and the COLT/[pony]/[roses] on the
Army grips. The grips are the same size and will interchange (and many have been by previous owners).
There will usually be an assembly number scratched on the inside of the grips which will confirm if they are
original to the gun.
In 1908 Colt replaced the New Navy and New Army models with the “Colt Army Special” Revolver which
was the mechanical basis for the later Official Police and all subsequent medium frame double actions
through the Python. The Army Special grips were checkered hard rubber with COLT in an oval at the top, a
large stylized “C” around the grip screw and scrolls or flames above and below. These grips remained
standard until about 1923 when walnut grips with nickeled Colt medallions replaced them.
In adition to the commercial New Army and New Navy models, the military models included the 1889, 1892,
1894, 1895, 1896, 1901 and 1903, all in the span of 18 years.
Bottom line is- Colt may have added the roses to the grip design to drive collectors nuts. John
# 15639 -
This Gun Belonged To A German Officer
I am looking into purchasing this firearm. I was told it belonged to a German officer. I am trying to find out if
this is true and how I would verify this. I am also looking for a approx value so I know what to offer. All the
serial numbers match. There is also a holster with a Nazi marking that comes with it.
Jonathan, I looked up a list of the 10 most common falsehoods on the internet, they include:
#10 "Your table will be ready in a minute."
#9 "One size fits all."
#8 "This will hurt me more than it hurts you."
#7 "I'm sorry I'm late. I got stuck in traffic."
#6 "The check is in the mail."
#5 "This offer is limited to the first 50 people who call in."
#4 "It's not the money. It's the principle of the thing."
#3 "I just need five minutes of your time."
#2 "I'll start my diet tomorrow."
#1 "I'm from the IRS and I'm here to help you."
I think that "this gun belonged to a German officer" should be added to the list as number 11.
I hear the German officer story just about every time I purchase an old German WWII handgun. I hear it so
often that I think that handguns that did not come from a German officer are much more scarce than ones
that did. There is no way to verify the history of WWII German military firearms because all records were
Value for a Spreewerk P.38 pistols can range from about $350 to a little over $950 depending on
condition. If the holster is military issue (not commercial), in the original configuration and has the correct
German military markings add $100 to $250 depending on condition. Many of the old German military
holsters have been cut down, modified, or they have had someone's initials carved into them. If this the
case, value for the holster will be in the $50 or less range. Marc
# 15585 -
Trying To Find Information About This Muzzleloader
Rob Evansville, IN USA
Tryon Philad A on barrel, RD and game engravings on side, Can send pics Trying to find out information
about this muzzleloader I inherited. It appears to be pre 1841 Tryon. I can send Pics
Rob- William K. Tryon of Philadelphia was a major player in the (mostly)
sporting arms field in the mid 19th century, but they also made Model 1841 Mississippi rifles under
government contract in the 1840s. Since this has game carvings it is not a military arm, so even with
photos we probably could not be very helpful with it.
The American Society of Arms Collectors site
http://americansocietyofarmscollectors.org/resources/articles/ has an excellent article by Robert Sadler,
“100 Years of Tryon” in Bulletin 79 which tells a lot more about this interesting maker. John
# 15640 -
Duchenme Fletcher & Co. Shotgun
London Fine Twist -
Jesse, Farwell, MI
Duchenme Fletcher & Co. How old is this gun?
Jesse, I do not
have a lot of information on this firearm, it is probably one of a huge number made in the late 19th and early
20th centuries and sold through various retail outlets. This type of firearm falls into the category of "old
guns" that no one seems to be interested in as shooters, but collectors do not want them either. Generally
these were basic inexpensive simple guns which sold at modest prices and still have little interest or value
on market today. On the retail market they usually sell in the $25-125 range depending on condition and
general appearance for use as a "wall hanger" over a fireplace. Where there is any family history, we
encourage people to keep these old guns for sentimental value. Please be warned that most of these are
not considered safe to shoot.
Sorry for our lack of information, our main focus at FineOldGuns.com (OldGuns.net) is military firearms. We
sometimes list sporting shotguns for sale in our catalogs but we do not have a lot of interest in collecting
them and are by no means experts in this field. There are several dealers listed on our links page that
specialize in shotguns who would be able to give you a better answer to your
# 15584 -
International Flare Signal Company Flare Gun
International Flare Signal Co -
Brass Flare Gun With Lanyard -
Bob, Kailua Kona, Hawaii, USA
This flare gun does not have a trigger guard. Would like to know the difference between WWII flare gun
with trigger guard vs without. I have original metal box with cardboard insert for 10 cartridges and original
instructions. Cannot find another example of flare gun without trigger guard anywhere online. Wondering
what no trigger guard designates? Would you know today`s value. Thank you in advance.
Bob- Although most flare guns date to WW2, many continued in production to
outfit merchant ships in the post war period as well, so they are a bit hard to date. It is extra nice to have
the complete kit with the waterproof container and the flares, as intended for use in lifeboats.
Congratulations on this nice find.
The best reference on flare guns is a great book by Robert Gaynor “Flare Guns and Signal Pistols” which
has a lot of good info on U.S. and foreign military and commercial flare or signal pistols of all time periods,
along with ammo and accessories. We have these for sale on our http://OldGuns.net site.
Gaynor lists the Model 52 by International Flare Signal Company of Tippacanoe City, Ohio (sometimes just
Tipp City), The example in his drawing has a trigger guard which appears to be a separate piece not
integral with the frame, so perhaps the trigger guard on yours has been lost at some time. However, there
are so many variations in flare guns that virtually anything is possible. John
# 15636 -
Konkurrenz Und Meisterschafts -
14 5/16 -
NO SERIAL NUMBER -
Pres, Hobbs, New Mexico
left side of Receiver at the point of barrel are letters DRGM left side of barrel is 0.2 gr N.G.P m/71 Are
parts available - need the bolt, and square pivot pin
We do not
have the parts 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:
Hope this helps, Marc
# 15582 -
German Flare Value
Tom, Inver Grove Hgts, MN
Any idea of what a person might pay for a ''326 Wurfkorper''? It is a 26.5mm flare for a German Z flare
pistol. If you Google it, you will see a picture of it and it`s variants. Thanks Tom from MN
Tom- I am a bit confused. The German flare pistol is the “Worfkorper 361
Leuchtspistole” and there are a number of different munitions which can be used in it. The “326”
associated with them is usually the “Wurfgranatpatrone 326” which is a high explosive grenade described
“This projectile, which is painted yellow, has the appearance of a small mortar shell. It is attached to a
signal cartridge case by crimping. The head is hollow and contains a fixed needle which is separated from
a pellet containing the detonator assembly and a 7-gram
(0.247 ounce) TNT bursting charge by a creep spring.”
As an explosive projectile this is close enough to the ¼ ounce charge weight which would make it a
“destructive device” requiring BATF registration, and it would be dangerous in any case so be careful
when handling it.
Assuming however, that if it were actually a regular 26.5mm flare, not an explosive round, my guess is that
the value would be in the $20-50 range. John Spangler
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