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# 11581 -
Preduzcece 44 Model 98 Mauser
Don't Know -
Matt, Falling Waters, WV
Preduzece 44 Has Mod. 98 stamped on side Has six eagle symbols throughout gun. I have a Preduzece 44 that has
Mod. 98 stamped on the side. Also it has about six different eagle symbols on it. Is it a Nazi rifle or a
Matt- Preduzcece 44 is the term used by Communist
Yugoslavia for the arsenal at Kragujevec where Mausers had been repaired for decades. After the 1920s they made
Mauser rifles there on machinery purchased from FN. I believe that some of the "Model 1948" Mausers from
Preduzcece 44 may have used salvaged parts form captured or purchased WW2 German K98k rifles. Thus, your rifle
would be classified as a Yugoslavian rifle, not a German rifle. John Spangler
# 11254 -
High Numbered - High Standard D
High Standard -
22 Long Rifle -
6 Inches -
Carol, Charlotte, NC
What is an approximate value of this pistol. It is in good condition? Thanks
Carol, the serial number that you sent me is inconsistent with Model D production
records. In 1938 High Standard decided to serial number all pistols consecutively regardless of model.
Development of the Model D began in late 1937 before the consecutive serial number policy was adopted so a few
pistols were made with serial numbers beginning at 500, but regular production guns were numbered in the normal
sequence. The first regular production Model D was serial number 33216, it was shipped April 22, 1938. Total
production of the Model D was a little more than two thousand five hundred and the model was discontinued in 1942
when serial numbers were in the 96600 range. The serial number that you sent me ''332704'' is well above the range
and it would date your pistol in 1951. Possibly you sent the wrong number or maybe the frame is mismatched to
the slide (I am not sure if this is possible or not with a Model D). Blue book values for Model D pistols range
from about $200 to over $900 depending on condition but in the past few years collector demand for High Standard
pistols seems to have somewhat diminished and these values may be a little high. If your pistol is mismatched with
a Model D slide on some other frame, value will be in the low end of the range at most.
# 11253 -
Marlin 1895 Value
Jamie . Blairsville, GA,
none How much would this gun be worth?
Jamie, Marlin manufactured the Model
1895 from 1895 to 1915. Typical examples came with a case colored receiver, 9 shot tube magazine 24 or 26 inch
round or octagon barrel open sights and plain straight or pistol grip stock but other configurations were
available on special order from the factory. The blue book tells me that values for Model 1895 rifles ranges from
about $900 to over $3000 depending on condition. Marc
# 11576 -
Sporting Rifle Or Sniper Rifle
Bolt Action -
Brian, Pryor, Oklahoma
The rifle has BNP stamped on it with a crown stamp underneath it. The 25-06 has xx listed after it. It says Made
in England on the barrel and has Leslie Edelman, Horsham, PA and DEB stamped on the bottom. It also has Bz under
the magazine and the number 43 as well. Any ideas as to what this gun could be? My brother's son in law said it
was a British Sniper Rifle. I have my doubts. Mike says it has a heavy barrel, just not a bull barrel. Thanks,
Brian- quick, sell it to your brother's son in law, since
he is such an expert, and probably thinks it is very valuable. Leslie Edelman is/was a dealer in guns and related
stuff, including the mid-Atlantic dealer for Herters products in the 1960s. (I got my reloading gear from them,
way back then.) As far as I know, the .25-06 cartridge has never been used as a sniper cartridge by any country
ever. I think Edleman was located in Philadelphia origianlly and then later moved to Horsham, so this is probably
a 1970s gun. Herters, and probably Edelman, imported a number of rifle models from England, usually built on
Mauser type actions. They were good quality guns, but have little or no collector interest. It will be a good
hunting rifle for someone, or you can make a nice profit, and your know it all shirt tail relation very happy, if
you sell this "rare" gun to him. John Spangler
# 11572 -
Strawvick Pennsylvania Rifle
Pennsylvania Long Rifle -
Don't Know -
Robert Kempner, TX
Dated on top of barrel 1832 Initials A S A. Strawvick My wife's brother has in his possession a Pennsylvania
long rifle which has been in his family since about 1832. The weapon is percussion lokced and has a half stock.
The stock is inlaid with brass and silver fittings. The butt stock is crescent in shape and there is a
rectangular patch box. The barrel is octagonal and there are 7 lands. Along the top of the barrel, next to the
owner's name is the date 1832. The barrel is also marked A. Strawvick and has the initials A S with the A lacking
a cross bar and looking like a Greek lambda. The original owner lived in the Butler County area of Pennsylvania.
Do you have any information concerning the gunsmith who made this weapon?
Robert- That is a nice gun, probably made as a flintlock full stock and later converted
to the more efficient percussion lock, and more fashionable half stock configuration. The only info I have is
from Frank Sellers' "American Gunsmiths" which lists Andrew Strawvick as working in Butler, PA and being
associated with a percussion fullstock rifle. It is wonderful to see an old piece like that remaining in a family
where it is appreciated, and a tangible link to ancestors and their lives and experiences. John
# 11220 -
Alamo Ranger -
R. E. TN
3 hallmarks on frame forward of cylinder - Letter A with star on top, rampart lion, shield with a crown on top. On
frame above trigger guard - words ''Made In Spain''. on barrel near frame -Rampart Lion and initiala T. U.. Along
top of barrel the words- ALAMO RANGER. below that the words 38 SPECIAL S & W CTGS. The finish is a brown steel.
What is the history of this weapon and what is it's value?
The Alamo Ranger
was manufactured in Spain circa 1928 to 1930. It was an anonymous 38 caliber six-shot double-action model with
no note-worthy or distinguishing features. Typical examples were marked ALAMO RANGER EIBAR 1929, and MADE IN SPAIN
/ 38 CTG. They have Eibar proof marks and some are occasionally dated. The frame was solid with a loading gate,
there was no ejector but the cylinder arbor pin could be unscrewed, allowing the cylinder to be removed for
reloading. The quality of material and the finish of these pistols is generally poor. I have read in a major
gunsmithing text book that the metals used in most of the Spanish revolvers of this type is of very low quality
making them dangerous to fire. Values are very low, probably in the $50 range.
# 11768 -
Sniper Named FAGEN?
US Model of 1917 -
Bobby, Houston Texas
Stampings on barrel and receiver, Logos? Name on buttplate is ''FAJEN''. What is this? Was told was name of
sniper to use this weapon.
Bobby, as far as I have been able to research,
M1917 rifles were NEVER used as snipers. Fagen is a well known maker of after market replacement sporter stocks.
I can not know for sure without seeing the rifle, but my guess is that you have a sporterized M1917 in a Fagen
stock. It may be a good deer rifle but it is not a rare and valuable sniper rifle. Hope that you did not pay a
sniper rifle price for it. Marc
# 11766 -
RG Industries -
2 3/8 '' -
John New Fairview Texas
This item was apparently made in Miami. Is the $20-$25 range fairly accurate for this item?
John, RG firearms were manufactured in West Germany, one the importers was in Miami. I
don't know why anyone would want to purchase an RG, but if you do, $20 is about the right price.
# 11571 -
Samel Hutson Percussion Rifle
Long Gun Make Unknown Ball And Cap -
Unknown Has Cincinnati Below Trigger On Right
40 Inches -
Don't Know -
Robert Waco, Texas
Has (S Hutson) on top center of barrel. I would like any information I can get on this gun as I am having very
little luck on the internet. Thank You
Robert- This was most likely made
by Samuel Hutson of Logansport, Indiana (just down the river from Cincinnati) and perhaps sold through a dealer in
the larger city. In the 1860 census, he was listed as Samuel Hudson, but that was likely a typographical or
penmanship error. That area probably supplied many guns to travelers heading down the Ohio River to the
Mississippi, perhaps then bound down river to New Orleans or intervening points, or heading west overland from St.
Louis to the plains or the West. John Spangler
# 11556 -
Lever Action -
26.00 In -
Did Spencer ever make a lever action shot gun?
Hank- No. Please don't
bother asking us questions if you don't want to give us the full serial number, or you will get stupid answers
like this. Recommend you buy Roy Marcot's excellent Spencer Firearms book and look it up yourself. (In a dark
closet so the space aliens in the black helicopters don't find out the serial number on your gun.) John
# 11555 -
Stevens Springfield M1 Looking Training Rifle
Ron San Antonio TX
I once saw a picture of a .22 Cal training rifle that looked a little bit like an M1. I think that Stevens or
Springfield may have made it. Sorry that my information is very slim, but I would like to find one of these.
Ron- That would be the Stevens Model 87. They do have a long
stock with handguards and Garand type sight picture. I believe that I heard they were developed for a possible
Canadian contract during the 1950s which never materialized. A fair number were made, but they never seem to have
been very popular, and collector demand is very weak since they were never purchased as military trainers (by any
country). I have seen a number at various shows at very modest prices (and a few that the owners were quite
proud of and will never sell). I think the American Rifleman had an article on these in 2002 or 2003 if you want
more info. John Spangler
# 11206 -
Black Diamond Trap Gun
Black Diamond Trap Gun -
12 Gauge -
Black diamond old English stock, trap I can't find any information on this gun or what it's worth. Can you help me
Chris, references indicate that Winchester Model 12 "Black Diamond" trap
shotguns came in various configurations with straight or pistol grip stocks and a solid rib. They all featured a
small ebony diamond inlaid on each side of the grip area of the stock. Blue book values for Black Diamond trap
guns range form about $700 to over $2000 depending on condition. Marc
# 11205 -
Luger - Need More Info.
63 63 This gun was given to me by my wife's grandfather. I need to know how much it is worth. Also, can any
repairs be made to it?(firing mechanism) Is there a history along with it.
Ken, values for P.08 (Luger) pistols can range from around $300 to well over $10,000
depending on make, markings variation, accessories, matching numbers and condition. You did not give me enough
information to pin a value down closer than that for you. If your serial number is 6009 then all the small parts
should be marked with "09" The "63" that you mention could be anything from WaA 63 German
WW-II Heerswaffenamt inspector's mark on arms produced at Mauser-Werke AG, Oberndorf am Neckar - Germany, to
mis-matched parts numbers. If the parts are mis-matched and the pistol is in need of repair value will be in the
$300 to $500 range.
Any competent gunsmith should be able to repair your Luger. Remember that if the repair requires replacement
parts to be installed, it is most likely that the numbers on the replacement parts will not match the numbers on
the pistol, this will lower the value. I would advise you to check the Yellow Pages and to call some local gun
shops in your area, ask them for a referral to a gunsmith who knows Lugers.
# 11200 -
Sell Mondial .22
Don't Know -
Margaret, Springfield, MO
ivory colored handle, small What is the value? Where do I sell it?
Margaret, there is not much collector interest in this type of firearm. I would expect
to see one offered for sale at a gunshow in the $50 range. Possible approaches to sell the gun would be to take
it to local pawn shops, gun stores, gun shows or try a newspaper add. Marc
# 11552 -
1863 Springfield Musket
David, Killeen TX, USA
I kid you not the ser# is 1863 (located on the top flat of the octagon barrel) The right side plate is stamped
1863 (to the rear of the hammer) and has the eagle crest and ''Springfield'' to the front of the hammer. The
wood is in good shape although very dark and shows no grain - it seems like it is still preserved with cosmoline
or some kind of oil or wax. There is what appears to be a 4 leaf clover stamped into the center of the butt
plate. I bought this rifle for $300.00 at an estate auction in Upstate New York 2 years ago. I am just wondering
what your opinion of the worth of this rifle is? It's in very good shape Should I clean it up or leave it as
David- "I kid you not?" (The old Jack Paar line---kids ask your
grandparents who he was- sorta like Jay Leno a million years ago...). Well the number 1863 may be on the barrel,
but, and this ain't no BS (a little sailor talk there) it is not the serial number but just the date the barrel
was made. It is good when the barrel date and the lock date match, and based on your description it sounds like
the musket is pretty much original. The four leaf clover is not a mark I recognize, but a three leaf clover was
the badge of the 2nd Corps of the Army of the Potomac, so maybe this has some connection with a veterans group or
Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) post. I would be reluctant to attempt to clean it unless you really know what you
are doing. Done poorly it will greatly reduce the value. Most Civil War Springfield muskets seem to sell in the
$1000 and up range. John Spangler
# 11543 -
Anchor Marked Japanese Type 99 Rifle
Arisaka Type 99 -
One vent hole, no mum present nor filed off. Just above vent hole is a single circle about the size of a dime
containing an anchor, a flower, and what appears to be a banner with letters on it. The serial number on the
rifle is 18505. The bayonet is marked by National Denki under Kokura supervision. I just received this from my
father-in-law today. He is a WWII Navy vet who brought the rifle home. We have searched for hours online, but
find no clue as to the symbol of the anchor/flower/banner. Is this a Navy Special of some specific ship's
markings? Thank you! My 16 year old son and I are working on this together.
Art- without photos we cannot be sure what you have. There is a "Type 99 Special" rifle
that was made very late in the war especially for Navy use with an anchor type crest on the receiver. The
receiver was a somewhat crude casting, with a distinct step or wider area starting about half way up the left
side. Serial numbers are known to go as high as about 14,000 but it is possible that more than that were made.
Rifles and bayonets were issued independently, so the bayonet maker info does not help much. Honeycutt &
Anthony's Military Rifles of Japan is the standard reference on these rifles. Regardless of collector interest in
these, each of the Japanese rifles has special meaning to the soldiers, sailors and Marines who brought them
home, and they should be valued for that, especially if it was a family member who served to defend out country.
# 11538 -
Afghan Enfield Musket
Crown behind lock with VoR under it, 1855 with ENFIELD in front of the lock. Small crown with broad arrow forward
of date. On Barrel, left side, two markings of Small Crown with Broad Arrow pointing to muzzle. I am currently
stationed in Afghanistan and have found this rifle. It is fair shape, all brass fittings are in place and the
sling swivels are also intact. The Ramrod is of the 2nd type. It meets all specs as far as I am aware until you
get to the fact that it is a long barrel and has only two bands, and the rear sight is a single blade type and not
the graduated scale. Will this be worth the $100.00 the vendor is asking?
Jeff- Thanks for your service to our country. Most of the percussion Enfields I have
seen from Afghanistan are actually copies made in the Khyber pass region. While interesting and sometimes actually
old, many turn out to be recently made copies for the tourist trade. If you like it as a souvenir of your
service, I guess it is okay. If you are thinking about making a quick profit by selling it when you get home, I
think it might be best to pass on it. The market is pretty well saturated, and demand was weak to start with.
Also, large quantities of real British military arms from that era have recently been imported from an old storage
depot in Nepal, so you face a lot of competition. John Spangler
# 11197 -
Unidentified Torre Annunziata
Torre Annunziata -
Don't Know -
XU 1176 -
Lori Slidell LA
It has the bayonet and cleaner with the same dates, 1885, and the same name which I understand to be the
manufacturer. We found this weapon during a French Quarter demolition. Can you tell me anything about it? Are you
interested in it?
Lori, it sounds like you have an Italian
Mannlicher-Carcano Model 1891 Carbine. Most of these were manufactured by Regia Fabbrica d' Armi Terni between
1892 and 1937 but prior to 1912 some were also manufactured by Torre Annunziata. The first Model 1891 rifles were
issued to the Italian military in the spring of 1894. The 1891 carbine was adopted on June 9th 1893 and issued to
cavalry, carabineri (mounted gendarmerie) and cyclists. The original carbine had a straight-wrist half-stock, a
turned-down bolt handle, and a folding bayonet attached to a special muzzle block. Early bayonets were locked by a
sliding catch on the blade, this was changed about 1897 to a radial lever on the right side of the muzzle block.
Total carbine production was 750,000 to 1,000,000. Mannlicher-Carcano values are often modest, we usually sell
them for under $200 (often well under $200). We would not be interested in purchase but thanks for offering.
# 11189 -
K 98 With No Markings
K 98 -
8mm ? -
28 -30 -
0000 NO SN -
Oliver Rainbow City Al.
There are absolutely no markings on this piece. What is a possible source/nationality this rifle. Why are no
Oliver, with the information that you provided, it is impossible
to guess what you have. If the rifle has been sporterized, it is not uncommon to have most of the markings except
for the serial number buffed off before re-blue. If your serial number has been removed the firearm is not legal
to own. If the rifle is a military K-98 that has not been modified, it may be something special that would be
quite a prize for a collector. Marc
# 11185 -
Luger in Bosnia & Herzegovina
Goran, Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina
World war II, war trophy How can I sell this gun and what would be the approximate price of it?
Goran, sorry but I do not know what your Luger is worth in Bosnia & Herzegovina or what
laws will pertain to selling it there. Values here in the USA for WWI vintage Lugers like you are describing
range from about $400 to over $1500 depending on many factors including markings, variation, matching parts and
# 11537 -
Brass Barrel Blunderbuss
Blunderbuss Flintlock C.1790 -
15'' Brass -
Don't Know -
Jim, Clemson, SC
Stamped on the brass barrel: 1. a flower with 2 petals and 2. a lion or horse or griffin inside a diamond What
country or gunmaker used these marks and when? email@example.com
brass barrel was popular on English made arms, But, the animal type markings do not sound English, maybe more
like Spanish or Italian. This type of gun has been widely reproduced in recent centuries and without photos I
cannot tell if it is even original, let alone where or when it was made. Too bad they did not have a bunch of
tigers on it for the Clemson fans.... John Spangler
# 11536 -
Military (?) Colt SAA
4 3/4'' -
Rodney Nowata. OK
The letter ''J'' is carved in the butt of the one-piece walnut grips. bought a Colt 45 SA out of a collection in
Kansas City back in 1960 or 61. I was told at that time, hat it was issued to a soldier at Ft Riley Kansas in
1876, but I don't know if that's true or not. It has the one-piece walnut grips with a ''J'' neatly carved in the
butt of the grips. The barrel length is 4 3/4 ''. The gun is in pretty good shape other than the bluing is worn
off over all of the gun except for the backside of the hammer. Can you give me any definite information as to
the year it was issued, to whom and a ball-park value?
Rodney- There are
some military Colt Single Actions in the 29,000 range, but this one is not listed. The military issue guns were
marked U.S. by the patent dates on the frame., and in 1876 had 7.5 inch barrels. Some were later converted to
"Artillery models" with 5.5 inch barrels, but 4 3/4 inch barrels were not military issue. Any early Colt SAA has
good collector value in almost any condition (really- even rusty dug up junk goes for $$$$!). Military models go
for more. You would need to have a reliable Colt expert look at it to give you an idea on value, but it should be
a lot. John Spangler
# 11535 -
Unidentified 4 Shot Pepperbox
Pepper Box Pistol -
Kevin, Utica, NY
I have what I believe to be a pepper box pistol. It is a 4 shot with 3'' barrel. The handle is wood (light to
medium) maybe Walnut, and the total length of the gun is 9''. The gun was found buried in dirt in old garage in
Utica, NY. The serial # is very clear to see underneath and in back of the trigger. There are 4 deep groves on
the outside of the barrel. The pistol fires one time and they you have to re-cock it with the hammer, and move the
cylinder. Don't know who manufactured it or when it was made but guessing maybe civl war era?
Kevin- Sorry, we cannot help with that one. It sounds like it would be a bit earlier
than the Civil War. It is the type of inexpensive, easily concealed weapon that might appeal to a boatman (or
passenger) on the Erie Canal. Perhaps it was lost when fleeing a dastardly crime scene, or dropped from a pocket
while engaged in amorous activity with a local lady, or gleefully discarded after purchase of a fine firearm from
the Remington works 15 miles to the west. .John Spangler
# 11757 -
What's It Worth?
themes a eagle on it+ two 88, with a line above it, could you tell me what its worth. Thanks
Doug, can I tell you what your pistol is worth? Not really. I don't know how you
expect me to give you a meaningful answer given the information that you have provided. I know that you have a
blue P.38 with a short barrel. There are a couple of 88s and an eagle stamped on it. You did not send me any
information about condition, matching numbers, other markings, missing or broken parts or accessories. You did
not take the time to measure the barrel, or even to look at the serial number. Does it have a holster with it? How
many magazines? Has it been re-blued? Did Bubba take a hack saw and cut the barrel down to 1 inch?
When a question has more than 2 or 3 of the following annoyances (like yours does) I usually just delete it.
- Inadequate information
- Poor spelling
- No spaces after commas
- Bad grammar
- Submitter does not even capitalize his own name
On the other hand, today is a slow day so what the heck?
Eagle over 88 was a German WW-II Heerswaffenamt inspectors mark, the number 88 was used on P.38 pistols
manufactured by Spreewerk. If your pistol is not mismatched, it should have the following markings:
- The serial number:
- On the slide just forward of the safety lever.
- On the frame above the trigger.
- On the front of the barrel group be-low the round section of the barrel.
- The last three digits of the serial number on the base of the barrel locking block.
- Heerswaffenamt inspectors mark - eagle over "88".
- Twice on the right hand side of the slide .
- Once on the frame above the trigger.
- Once on the right hand side of the barrel locking block.
- Once on the left side of the barrel group.
- "P.38 cyq" or "P.38 cvq"- The letters cyq were the manufacturer's code assigned to the
Spreewerk factory in March, 1941. Some collectors theorize that cvq stampings are due to the tail breaking off the
y in the cyq die, other collectors theorize that cvq is a legitimate code.
- Military test proof - eagle over a swastika on the right hand side of the slide.
- Spreewerke P.38 pistols typically exhibit rough machining with visible milling marks.
Values for Spreewerk P.38 pistols range from about $100 for a beat up example to over $850 for one in excellent
condition with all the accessories. Marc
# 11199 -
Remington UMC -
30 REM pump -
C 59273 -
Don, Lake Jackson, Texas
I inherited a 30 Remington pump rifle from my great aunt. There is a cartridge embedded in the left side of the
housing that reads ''REM-UMC 30 REM'' and there are 5 pat dates on the barrel, Oct.12,09. Jul.5,10. Nov.19,12.
Aug.28,13. and Sep.9,15. When was this rifle manufactured and how do I find a value?
Don, Remington firearms that were manufactured between 1921 and 1972 have a two or three
letter code on the left side of the barrel that identifies the month and year of manufacture. The first letter
identifies the month, the other letter(s) identify the year. OldGuns.net has provided a place where you can enter
the date code from your rifle and get a year of manufacture. You will find a link to the OldGuns.net Remington
dates program on our right hand menu bar.
The Blue Book of Gun Values is the best place to find a what a gun is worth. You can purchase a blue book from:
Blue Book Publications, Inc.
8009 34th Avenue South, Suite 175
Minneapolis, MN 55425 USA
Phone: 952-854-5229 • Orders Only (domestic and Canada): 800-877-4867
Fax: 952-853-1486 (available 24 hours a day)
Hope this helps. Marc
# 11171 -
R.F.V. 4126 W I have a Walther PP that was a bring back from World War II from my grandfather. He seems to think
it was a German officers pistol. From looking at your site the serial number doesn't seem to match the military
issued pieces you speak about. It does have a holster that is dated 1942 Berlin with an eagle and swastika. Does
the R.F.V. 4126 W signify anything?
Al, your serial number falls into
the beginning series range for PP pistols. The first PP serial number was 750000, when the numbers reached one
million, a new series was initiated which began with 100000. To the second series of serial numbers a letter 'P'
suffix was added.
RFV is an abbreviation for the Reichsfinanzadverwaltung (loosely the German Financial Organization). This was a
pre World War II German Government agency that responsible for collecting the fees on imports and exports, and
because of this was said to be closely associated with the German Border Police. The RVF pistols that I've seen
also have a number and the letter W after the number, I don't know what it means. There is collector interest
in the RFV marked pistols, but they are not as popular as PPs and PPKs issued to the military or Nazi party
members and so marked. I would estimate value for your pistol to be in the $300 to $500 range depending on
condition. If the holster has military markings add $50 to $150 for it depending on condition. If not military
marked and just dated value for the holster will be closer to $50. Marc
# 11531 -
24 Inch (octagonal) -
793617 (1915) -
Hamish. Broken Hill. New South Wales. Australia
I wondered if this configuration was rare. A few rifles in Queensland of this caliber, but not this
configuration. This gun was also purchased in Queensland, new, to shoot dingo's from horseback.
Hamish- On the Winchester Model 1892 rifle, the 24 inch barrel was standard, and
available either round or less often as an octagon barrel. Therefore, while not terribly uncommon, the octagon
barrel version would have a slight added value to a collector. I don't know if you should be allowed to shoot
dingos from horseback. If the clever little critters have learned to ride horses, that seem excuse enough to
spare their little lives. John Spangler
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