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Mfg. Hartford Pat. aug. 5, 1884 june 5, 1900 july 4, 1905 I would like a little history and approx. value of the gun. It is in good condition, but don't know if it can be safely fired. thanks
I would like to know if there is any information to the whereabouts of the pistols used in the duel between Aarron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. Wich we all know Hamilton lost. May have seen them and would like any info if possible. Thank you if you could answer me as soon as possible, just in case the are the real thing and may hit the road before I know for sure.
I am certain that the original pistols are in a museum or major collection somewhere, and were pictured on a cover of the American Rifleman sometime in the last30 years.
Now, what you really need to know. I am pretty certain that the American Historical Foundation of Richmond, VA, offered a copy of these about 10-20 years ago. Maybe it was another outfit, but since these folks have offered commemorative firearms for nearly every historical event (except National JELLO Week) I am pretty sure it was them. Certainly nice quality pieces, but not quite the same thing as THE originals. In my opinion their commemoratives, as well as most other commemoratives, are very poor investments although they may be fun to collect or have sentimental value for the purchaser.
If you think you have some pistols that may be the originals, first check carefully to be sure they are handmade, then be sure they are old. If they look like new, they probably are. If they look like they MIGHT be old, they MIGHT be, but MIGHT NOT be. Fakers are clever, and often skilled craftsmen.
If you are convinced they are real, be sure you get a written receipt specifying exactly what the seller purports them to be, and includes written promise of full refund if examination by an expert to be selected by the purchaser fails to support the seller's claims. I would them have them examined and appraised by Eric Vaule, Norm Flayderman, or a few other true experts. It may cost a fair chunk of change for this service but failure to be very cautious may just validate P.T. Barnum's claim that there is a sucker born every minute. Good luck. John Spangler
I have a single shot, bolt action rifle with the inscription ORIGINAL "HANEL LARENZ". I'll assume that it's German but I don't know why the word "ORIGINAL" would be on it unless it was a remanufactured original and the company doing the work wanted to highlight the fact. It also has a bayonet with matching serial numbers with the gun. Ever hear of the name?
Matching serial number bayonet is an interesting feature, and helpful note since you didn't tell us the model. With a bayonet it is probably one of the German service rifles Model 1871 (which was a single shot), the 1871/84 (a tubular magazine repeater) the 1888 or 1898 but both the latter were box magazine repeaters in the service model. However, target shooters have often used slightly modified version of military service rifles when allowed under the competition rules in effect at the time. (A current U.S. example is use of the commercial M1A and AR-15 rifles which are semi-automatic only, not the military issue M14 or M16 rifles which are full automatic "assault rifles.") In the pre-WW2 era German target shooters often used rifles similar to the Gewehr 98 Mauser but chambered for a 8.15x46mm cartridge. I think some of these were single shot instead of magazine fed, just as a very few M1903 Springfield rifles were made with solid bottom receivers for single shot target rifle use.
The "Original Hanel" markings are probably intended to assure the buyer that this is a real one made by the Hanel folks. Similar to the rampant colt marking on the AR-15s to identify them as the real Colt product instead of a clone by Bubba's aluminum screen door, frying pan, and rifle company.
I am sure a lot of other guys know a lot more about these, but think this is pretty close to the truth. Hope it helps John Spangler
I have a client who is having an estate sale. He has asked me to find information regarding a flintlock rifle left to him by his father. From what I can appreciate, it is:
W.Ketland & Co. manufactured flintlock rifle with a sailboat and thistle pod indentation stamped into the receiver group. I understand that it was made in Scotland and may be one of only 30 made. Your guidance and expertise would be appreciated.
I do not recognize either the "sailboat" or "thistle pod" markings as either U.S. or English proofmarks. Nor can I validate the "only 30 made" comment. Most guns of the period were virtually handmade to the customer's requirements (for better guns) or the maker's whims (or materials on hand at the time) for lesser quality guns.
We would need full description with dimensions, and some good photos of the lock, the markings, and other details, plus overall view in order to tell you much of anything.
In general, a plain smoothbore flintlock English fowler of the period 1808-1828 would probably run in the $300-500 range in average condition. Figure about half that if converted to percussion. Fine quality pieces or rifles would run higher, but without knowing more about the gun we could not even guess on values. John Spangler
Is there an advantage to the 38 vs 96 model? Thanks.
I am looking for information and an approximate value for this gun. It has been in a closet for about 30 years and was made in 1938 as far as I know. It is in great shape. Thank you.
Hi I am wondering if you could tell me what type of gun this is, It's stamped 1943 with a crown between the 19-43,it has a disk on the butt that is circular with two rows of numbers inner row (1) outer (25) the rows are Torped & Overslag the numbers are in a triangle. the really strange part is the breech section there are only two bumps to grab hold of and to load a round you push it forward then back, then it throws a round in the chamber, also it has a clip I think ten rounds. if you know what type this is could you please e-mail me and tell me.
I have a hunting rifle that belonged to Herman Goering (Adolf Hitler's General). I am interested in authenticating this rifle and finding a buyer. The rifle is in excellent condition and is obviously a very special piece. Can you help.
On the other hand, an inscribed firearm, with supporting documentation (photos of the owner holding it, newspaper account of presentation, "capture papers" records of being displayed as Goering's hunting rifle in museum, prominent gun shows, etc) and complete written chain of custody from time of capture to present might be authentic.
Buyers for top Nazi stuff are a special group (often weirdoes, in my opinion) and prices may reach astronomical levels for items that strike their fancy and area accepted as authentic.
We would be interested in marketing this for you if authenticating documentation is available. Otherwise, we probably cannot do much for you on this item. John Spangler
On the right side of the trigger guard an eagle over the letter N. Very good condition. Date of manufacture? What branch of the German armed forces used this? Value?
MF encircle on hand grip by wreath of leaves w/a bow at the bottom. Has writing on barrel, mostly unreadable. Look's like Manjfac...Francaise D'... Saint Etienne. Just want some information about the gun.
I am seeking info about an old bayonet. It looks like the pictures of your U.S. 1905 SME4 except it has US on one side of the blade and 1805 on the other side. It is in a leather sheath which I was told was handmade.
I recently purchased 1- 22 and 1-22 carbine as a birthday gift for a friend. The only info I could get was they were made between 1938 and 1941 for the German Youth Movement during W.W.II. Any other information as to manufacturer, value, or history would be appreciated. Thank-you for your time.
Value depends on condition, condition, condition, the exact variation, and any unusual markings. Figure $250 to $500 for most examples. Hope this helps. My birthday is not until July, so you have plenty of time to shop. John
I would like to know the year or at least the era this gun was made. Also if there is anywhere on this planet I could buy a stock for it.
Iv got a Remington shotgun, r.b. action , Top of stock is stamped, E. Remington & Sons. Ilion NY. U.S.A. PAT. MAY 3d 1864 etc all the way to March 18 1874 . Was this shotgun ever made or was it a rifle before? Any history or facts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
I understand that there is a someone in UT that has the appropriate cartouche stamps for the M-1 Garand. His name is Terry Smith. Do you have his number? Also, got my CMP Collector Grade M-1 the other day. Bit of a disappointment. The wood was dinged and gouged. The metal was very nice (1955 manufacture) but I don't think they are any great bargain at $750. I decided to keep it as I have a virtually new M-1 GI Springfields walnut Garand Stock with no cartouches (hence the interest in contacting Terry Smith). CMP will send a replacement stock when they find the appropriate one. Terry
Are their any tests or descriptions about this gun?
A friend of mine has two Canadian Calgary Stampede 1981 Commemorative rifles he wishes to sell. These rifles are in the original boxes not opened. He would like to know if you have any idea what the current value of these would be, and if there is a market for them. There were 1000 of them made according to the info he has. The cases are made of oak or mahogany, not sure of which. You have been of great help to me in the past, I hope you can be again. Thank you for all your help!!
I recently inherited a sizable collection of antique percussion/flintlock rifles and long guns, Civil War Colt sidearms, and percussion/flintlock pistols from my dad. You may know him, his name is Al -----. He was a school teacher from New Jersey who did most of his collecting in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He is still very much with us, but he wanted me to get a head start enjoying them, so I have them. My uncle is Dr. David ------, a Civil War historian and Great War buff. I did a search and your page came up. Your name is very familiar to me, and I think we might have met when I was very young. I am writing to inquire as to how to gain more information in my area about these beautiful artifacts. I do not shoot black powder, but am a tactical and defense shooter. There are people at the tac range that I overhear discussing long rifles, but I do not know who to trust. Are there reputable dealers, appraisers in my area? I want to get a feel for what I've got, and also meet other collectors with whom I might enjoy collecting and ownership with as a hobby. Let me know what you come up with. The firesticks are in safe storage at a remote location, and are difficult to transport. There are 24 rifles, 12 Colt sidearms, 14 assorted pistols, two matching dirks, two matching twigs, and about 15 powder horns. I am restricted from selling any of these items through a family trust agreement, but would like to learn more. Most of the people my dad dealt with are long gone -- like Hacker Martin - the bearded mountain man from Virginia who had no windows in his house and steadily filled up an old barrel full of bees which he'd grab out of the air and rip in two! Saw him get stung only once, and he actually shed a tear. Thank you for any help you can provide. Sounds like a wonderful collection, and I am delighted to see someone familiar with modern guns have the opportunity to get a better understanding of the older stuff. The only specific recommendation I have for a south Florida contact would be Norm Flayderman, one of the best and longest established dealers still in the business. Fine gentleman, but mainly into buying and selling. There may be a collector's group in your area. Ask around at any of the gun shows when you see a table with old stuff on it. The owner will probably know. Also ask if there is a club around affiliated with the National Muzzle-Loading Rifle Association. That is where the long-rifle shooters hang out, but be careful, they are mainly into modern copies and less well informed about the originals than perhaps 30 years ago when there were few "modern" copies so they all shot originals. To learn more, get a copy of Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms and their Values. Any bookstore should have it or can get a copy for you ($32.95). Read the general material in the front, then the opening comments in the chapters dealing with items in your new collection. Decide which area interests you most right now, and then look at Flayderman's listing of recommended books in that chapter. Buy the books, or get them from your local library on inter-library loan and read some more. Look for a GOOD gun show to attend. CADA (Collector Arms Dealers Assn) puts on one a year in Orlando, I think, and that will be an excellent chance to see some other nice old guns and people that are interested in them. You will also see one or two camouflaged SKS lovers who didn't realize this was a "real" gun show and not a surplus/flea market event that most shows have become. It is worth the time and travel to attend a good show. Here are two more books- Ned Roberts' The Muzzle Loading Cap-Lock Rifle, and Bill Edwards' Civil War Guns. Both are very readable, with a good mix of info on the history surrounding the guns, as well as nuts and bolts details on the hardware. If you ever decide to sell some of the pieces, we would be glad to have the opportunity to help find good homes for them. We would rather see you enjoy them for a while, but eventually every collector will have to pass them on to another generation. We just pay for the privilege of owning them for a few years. Enjoy your turn. John
Sounds like a wonderful collection, and I am delighted to see someone familiar with modern guns have the opportunity to get a better understanding of the older stuff.
The only specific recommendation I have for a south Florida contact would be Norm Flayderman, one of the best and longest established dealers still in the business. Fine gentleman, but mainly into buying and selling. There may be a collector's group in your area. Ask around at any of the gun shows when you see a table with old stuff on it. The owner will probably know. Also ask if there is a club around affiliated with the National Muzzle-Loading Rifle Association. That is where the long-rifle shooters hang out, but be careful, they are mainly into modern copies and less well informed about the originals than perhaps 30 years ago when there were few "modern" copies so they all shot originals.
To learn more, get a copy of Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms and their Values. Any bookstore should have it or can get a copy for you ($32.95). Read the general material in the front, then the opening comments in the chapters dealing with items in your new collection. Decide which area interests you most right now, and then look at Flayderman's listing of recommended books in that chapter. Buy the books, or get them from your local library on inter-library loan and read some more.
Look for a GOOD gun show to attend. CADA (Collector Arms Dealers Assn) puts on one a year in Orlando, I think, and that will be an excellent chance to see some other nice old guns and people that are interested in them. You will also see one or two camouflaged SKS lovers who didn't realize this was a "real" gun show and not a surplus/flea market event that most shows have become. It is worth the time and travel to attend a good show.
Here are two more books- Ned Roberts' The Muzzle Loading Cap-Lock Rifle, and Bill Edwards' Civil War Guns. Both are very readable, with a good mix of info on the history surrounding the guns, as well as nuts and bolts details on the hardware.
If you ever decide to sell some of the pieces, we would be glad to have the opportunity to help find good homes for them. We would rather see you enjoy them for a while, but eventually every collector will have to pass them on to another generation. We just pay for the privilege of owning them for a few years. Enjoy your turn. John
Hello! Glad to find help. I have an old mussel loading long rifle that has been in the family for generations. The only markings on it are LEMAN and below that LANCSTR,PA Can you tell me when the gun was made, and how it was used. Thank you so much. Larry
Dear Sirs, I am the proud owner of a Springfield 03 Mark I that has been handed down from my great great uncle, to my father to me. I understand that this rifle is designed to be compatible with the Petersen device. I was wondering, how can I get my hands on one? How expensive could I expect it to be. Secondly, I am very much ashamed to say that the barrel of my 03 is in poor condition. The rifle is scope mounted and will only hold about a 6" group at 100yds. Where could I find a quality replacement barrel and how much could I expect to pay for barrel and installation? The rifle is very important to me sentimentally, but the hunter in me can't stand the poor accuracy. What do you recommend.
You can get a M1903A3 two groove barrel new in the grease for about $40-50. These need to be installed by a gunsmith and have the final headspace adjusted by reaming the chamber. Plan on about $25-50 for the gunsmith. Two groove barrels have a bad rap on accuracy and shot just as well as the four groove. Since you already have a scope on the rifle, there is not collector value to it, only sentimental value, and usefulness as a shooter. If you only used the iron sights you would have to have a M1903 barrel with the rear sight base, but with a scope you don't need that and the 03A3 barrel will work fine. Good luck. John Spangler
I have a Single Shot rifle that was brought back to the US by a WW II soldier that I have never been able to identify (nor anyone at NRA). The following is what I Do know:
Action: Falling block similar to a Sharps, true hot water blued, some engraving not high quality, base for detachable adjustable aperture sight is integral on tang, trigger is adjustable for let-off on top of tang. Stock is two piece Schutezen style. It has a four digit serial number 62XX.
Barrel: Length 28 7/16, octagonal, .730" across flats, top flat is matted full length and 10" of rear of top flat is undercut to form a rail for some type of open (Anshultz style?) sight. Front sight is dovetailed fore and aft and quick removable.
Markings: Left side of falling block is marked with a circle divided into 3 sections with a single letter in each section (letters F L and Z ). The divided circle is circled by the words EINGETR MARKE
Receiver is marked with German Nitro proof marks.
Bottom of barrel is marked just ahead of the forarm:
FR LANGENHAN, ZELLA-MEHLIS.
Rifle is in excellent shape all original, with all sights and a trigger/sight adjusting tool. There is no sight for rail. Can you any provide history about it? I thought Langenhan was mostly noted for making pistols. Could he have also produced rifles? I have had it since the early 50's and occasionally shoot it being very careful. Any info or history would be greatly appreciated.
Smooth diamond pattern bolt carrier, "p" over "w" stamp on left side ,barrel and receiver. Empty cartridge remains loosely inside barrel and will not eject by the extractor unless pump is held, keeping action fully shut. I have the same model in a 20 gauge and have not seen this before, they both operate identical, have you seen this before? If so how may it be corrected?
I was referred to you by a buddy. I recently purchased an original condition 71/84 Mauser. Made by Spandau in 1888. All numbers match including the buttplate screw numbers. I would put overall condition at 95% + . I have no knowledge of these old girls and thought maybe someone here could help with- value, bit of history, ammo sources, etc. I see these at gun shows on occasion and this one is by far the best I've ever seen.
As far as ammo- you can get a few loose rounds now and then, or even a on original box if you get real lucky, but not enough to shoot. You might check our links page for "The Olde Western Scrounger" who specializes in obsolete ammo to see what he can provide. While we appreciate the match armorer's expertise, please refrain from tuning up the trigger, glass bedding the action and adding a scope on this one. Your job is to pass it on to the next generation of collectors in about 10-15 years in the same condition it is in now. John
I'm looking for any information on a 35 rem model 8 such as a price list or anything . Thanks
I am wondering if you can help me identify a rifle that I saw at an auction preview last night. It is a military weapon of approximately carbine length. Small bore (slightly larger than .22) with an integrated bayonet. The bayonet folds under the barrel and fits a few inches into the wooden stock. The bayonet is an unbladed triangular type. The rifle is clip fed, bolt action. The only markings that I can find is the word "MIDA" on the underside of the bolt with a 5 pointed star inside a circle under that word. So my questions are.... What kind of a rifle is it? There are no clips included. Will it be possible to get clips/ammo anywhere? And, I guess most important, Is it worth bidding on and how much would be a reasonable market price?