Long Tom I would like to know when was shotgun was built. There is no serial number or
manufacture date on it. I believe it is about 110 years old.
Answer: Larry, my references indicate that `LONG TOM`was a trade name
used by J. Stevens Arms Company and that the name `TEXAS RANGER` was used by J. Stevens
Company on single-shot shotguns for Montgomery Ward & Company. My guess is that your
shotgun is a Stevens Model 94.
I do not have a lot of information on the Stevens Model 94 but a quick internet search yields that
they were manufactured from 1925 to 1929. 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.
# 14095 -
A couple weeks ago I ordered a case of ammo for my svt40 tokarev (7.62x54) I didn't pay any
attention at first but the other day I noticed it said 7.62x59! I have looked all night tonight and an
hour the other day and all I have seen it mentioned as is "7.62x59 nato" and "7.62x59 / 308". It is
an old wood box with galvanized sheet metal inner container that is soldered closed with 4 pull tabs
on the flap. There are markings on the box 7.62x59 nclp 1.2x04/1.2-kf nma (might be... nctp
1.2x04/1.2-kf nma) 25/72-bxm fbpl/fe What the hell is this stuff?? Tony
Answer: Tony- You are a victim of people who write funny. You will probably
notice that many of the markings look a little strange, sort of like they are written in Russian or
Bulgarian, or Chinese or something. The NATO round is 7.62x51mm (Bullet diameter of 7.62mm,
and case length of 51mm). .30-06 ammo in metric terms would be 7.62x63mm. So neither of those
is 7.62x59. Your Tokarev uses 7.62x54R (7.62 bullet same diameter as the others above, but the
case if 54mm long, and the "R" indicates is has a rim. The Commies may have assumed that
everyone knew it had a rim, and not bothered to use the "R" as part of the markings, so don't get
worried about that. The tin cans inside a wooden box is pretty standard packing for the 7.62x54R
ammo. I would be 99% positive you got what you ordered. Go ahead and open one up and see what
is inside. Bet you will find you lost a lot of sleep over nothing.
# 14066 -
MAB Model F Take Down
Marked Pistolet Automatique MAB Brevete s.g.d.g. Where can I find info on this gun? I would like to
take it apart to clean it and put it back.
Answer: Charles, I was
unable to find take-down instructions for the Model F but I did find something for the Model R. The
Model R is basically the same design as the Model F except that it has an external hammer so
possibly the following information will apply to your Model F also:
Pull the slide back about 1.5 centimeters and lock it open by moving the safety lever up into
the middle detent on the slide.
Insert the take-down tool into the bottom hole in the latch and pull the latch downward. The
spring-loaded plunger will catch in the upper hole and hold the latch open.
Grasp the slide, pull it to the rear, and lift it up out of the rail on the frame.
Carefully ease the slide off the front of the gun.
Hope this helps - Marc
# 14086 -
Spanish Made .30 Colt Revolver
38 Long -
I have a revolver made in Spain. On the top of the barrel it says Pat. 11 June23 July 1908. On the
left side of the barrel 38 long CTG. Below the cyl. made in Spain. On the butt Number 23130. Is
there ammo for this revolver and how old might it be? Thank You.
Answer: Bob- I am not a fan of any of the Spanish made revolvers which often
used poor quality material and poor workmanship. Personally I would never attempt to fire one.
This may be .38 Long Colt caliber, or .32 S&W Long. Your only safe option is to have a competent
gunsmith examine it to determine the proper caliber ammunition and if it is safe to fire at all.
# 14065 -
S&W History And Value
Donna - Irving, Texas
Smith & Wesson -
Not Sure -
3 Or 5 Inch -
Don't Know -
Smith and Wesson Emblem on both sides of handle. Small piece on bottom of handle cracked off.
Overall the gun is in good condition and all parts work as they should. 5 shell cylinder. Has a leather
belt holster with it. How old is it, how do you find out the history of the gun, and what is the value of
Answer: Donna, sorry but you did not provide me with
enough information to answer most of your questions. Smith and Wesson will provide a letter giving
the history of the pistol, the date it was shipped, and to whom it was shipped, for $50. If you go to
their website at www.smith-wesson.com and look under customer support, you will find the form.
You print the form from the website, fill it out, and mail it to them. They do need to know what type
of pistol (break top, swing out) and its caliber, in order to provide accurate information. They accept
personal checks. You can expect to wait up to three months for a response.
# 14085 -
M1911 Serial Number Question
Sirs: I have a Remington-Rand 1911A1 serial # 1,590,451. Various other sources I have researched
show this to be solidly in a 1944 block of production (1,471,143-1,609,528), yet your data base puts
this gun in 1943. Can you provide any insight that might help me to determine the correct production
year? At this point, I don't dispute anyone's data, but am merely looking for clarification. Thank you
for any assistance you can provide. PS- your website is fantastic!
Answer: Frank Mallory's list of serial numbers painfully dug out of the National
Archives over 20+years of research has no production dates for anything nearby that might help with
a date, only later dates where arms were in use by various units, mostly 1945-47.
I am sorry we cannot be more precise with the date of manufacture data for you, but it is the best
out there. I trust Clawson's data more than any other author.
I believe you transposed some numbers in the opening serial number of the range you listed, which
should be 1,471,431-1,609,528
Hope that helps. John Spangler
# 14061 -
Should I Fire My P.38?
Pat Taddeo, Hopatcong, NJ United States
Wermacht Stamp, Will the guns value be reduced if fired.
Answer: Pat, it should not hurt the value of most P.38 pistols to fire them. If
your pistol is in brand new condition and it is obvious that it has never been fired because there are
no markings on the breech face, then it will lower the value of the pistol if you do fire it.
With any pistol this old, I recommend that you have it checked by a competent gunsmith prior to
Good Luck, Marc
# 14084 -
J.P. Lindsay Two-shot Arms
Hi I was wondering if the J.P. Lindsay Two-shot pocket pistol was a rare gun from the 1860's. I was
also wondering about the value of these as well....I'm sure it depends on the condition, but any
information would be appreciated!
Answer: Sir- One recurring
idea for increasing firepower has been to place more than one cartridge (or load) in a barrel, then fire
the front one first, then the next (and if more than two, the next and next...)
The problem is that of preventing the burning powder from the cartridge fired first from igniting the
powder of the next charge(s) which would cause problems. This was a very difficult challenge in the
flintlock era if you added in the need for loose powder for the priming charge. However, the idea was
tried repeatedly with the best known example being the Ellis-Jennings variation of the Model 1817
common rifle made with a sliding lock which would ratchet back from the top load to the next
position. About 520 of these were made in either a four shot or a ten shot version in 1829.
John P. Lindsay made his "double shot-single barrel" guns around 1860. This was a bit easier as
percussion ignition eliminated the need to mess with loose priming powder, and made ignition more
reliable. (You had real problems if the top load failed to fire and you then fired the load behind it!)
Lindsay made three different styles of pistols in .41 or .45 caliber, with production of around a
hundred for two of them and several hundred of the other model. I would need to see some photos
to identify the exact model and put any sort of value on it, but it looks like most run from about
$1,000 in NRA antique good condition up to several thousand dollars for better examples or scarcer
Lindsay's most successful gun was the U.S. Model 1863 .58 caliber Double Musket, with about
1,000 made at Springfield Armory sometime in 1863-64. This resembled the standard single shot
.58 caliber musket but had a different breech with two nipples and two hammers in a centrally
mounted lock assembly.
Apparently these were only issued to the 16th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, and used briefly in the
fall of 1864 during the Petersburg campaign with lackluster results.
The other notable superimposed loaded gun was the Walch revolver, which used a similar concept of
two loads in a single chamber, in a longer cylinder with five or six chambers, making it a ten or
twelve shot revolver. Walch had a partner, none other than John P. Lindsay. Together they fared
slightly better than Lindsay had on his own, with about 200 of the 12 shot .36 caliber revolvers
made, and around 3,000 of the ten shot .31 caliber revolvers.
All of these interesting guns fall into the category of "firearms curiosa" which sometimes translates
into "cool sounding ideas that did not work out very well."
Does this rifle have a S/N? We can't find anything on the barrel except the following:
Marline Firearms Co.--Model 31
New Haven, Conn USA--22-S-L-LR
This belongs to my 75 yr old husband who got it from his g/father. Can't seem to find any
information on it and would appreciate anything you can tell us. Thank you.
Answer: Marge- I believe it is a Marlin Model 81, if it is a bolt action rifle. The
Model 31 is a shotgun.
If it is the Model 81, that was made in the late 1930s. There was no requirement to put serial
numbers on guns until 1968, so most of the inexpensive .22 rifles and shotguns made prior to that
were not numbered.
Value is probably modest, in the $50-150 range depending on condition, but it probably has more
sentimental value. Marlins are well made and this would be nice to keep in the family.
# 14060 -
Beretta Service Issue Model?
Jaco Durban South Africa
Pietro Beretta -
Service Issue -
Magazine is curved to the front, safety catch is on the left just above the trigger, just below the slide,
the magazine release is at the bottom of the handle I would like to know if there are any clear
instructions on how to disassemble clean and reassemble it again, and if there are any owners
manuals out there
Answer: Jaco, sorry but `Service Issue` is not
a Beretta model that I can identify. Many different models of Beretta pistols could be called
`Service Issue` because they were used by the military forces of one country or another. The Beretta
model 1934 / 1935 was Italy's service pistol during WWII and it was issued in both .32 and .380
calibers. If you are asking about the Beretta Model 1934 / 1935, here are instructions from
Smith's Book of Pistols and Revolvers:
Remove the magazine, then draw the slide back and glance in the chamber to check that it is
Turn the safety catch up to the rear or "safe" position.
Hold the pistol in the right hand. Push the slide back as far as it will go. using the left hand.
When it is in its fully rear position. it will force the safety catch to jump up into a notch on the lower
edge of the left side of the slide. This will hold the slide in rear position.
Holding the pistol firmly in the right hand. with the heel o£ the left hand push the barrel
straight to the rear to disengage its locking lug from the recess in the receiver. It may now be lifted
up by its breech end out of the long slot in the top of the slide.
Still holding the pistol in the night hand, grip the slide of the slide firmly with the left hand and
with the left thumb push the safety catch down to the fully forward or "fire" position. This
will release the slide and permit it to come forward on the receiver guides and off to the front.
The recoil spring and its rod may now be removed.
The safety catch can be shaken out of the left side of the receiver.
Removing the stocks will expose the lock work for cleaning or necessary repairs. This pistol is
so sturdy that it will seldom need repairs.
Replace the safety catch and turn it to its rear or "safe" position.
Replace the recoil spring and its rod, making sure that the collar on the rod is to the rear in
the receiver well.
Start the slide onto the receiver from the front end and push it steadily back. When it is in the
fully rear position, the safety catch will engage in the notch in the side of the slide and will thereby
hold the slide back.
Replace the barrel by inserting the muzzle through the top of the opening in the slide and push
it forward until the lug below the firing chamber section of the barrel engages in its recess in the
Holding the pistol securely in the right hand, grip the slide firmly with the left hand and with the
left thumb push the safety catch to the firing position. This will permit you to ease the slide forward
under tension of the recoil spring.
Holding onto the hammer, press the trigger to lower it. Inserting the magazine completes the
Forehand Arms Co -
Not Sure -
4 In -
None When was this handgun manufactured?
without knowing the model of your revolver, it is hard to say when it was manufactured. The best I
can tell you is that Forehand Arms Company was in business between 1890 and 1902 when the
company was taken over by Hopkins and Allen. The following is a little information from
Sullivan Forehand was first employed by Allen & Wheelock in 1860 in an administrative capacity. He
subsequently married Ethan Allen's daughter and their two sons were later to enter, with their
father, in the firearms business. Wadsworth, while an officer in the Union army during the Civil War,
also married one of Ethan Allen's daughters. Upon his discharge at the end of the war, he joined the
Allen firm. In 1865 the firm name was changed to Ethan Allen & Co. to reflect the new partnership
formed by E. Allen and his sons-in-law, Forehand and Wadsworth.
Following Allen's death in 1871, the firm was continued by Forehand and Wadsworth, undoubtedly
with the same line of guns that were currently in production with the markings on a few pieces
subsequently changed to reflect the new management. Forehand and Wadsworth continued
operations until Wadsworth's retirement in 1890. The company changed its name to the Forehand
Arms Company under which it operated until 1898 with the death of Sullivan Forehand. The heirs are
believed to have continued manufacturing operations until 1902 when taken over by Hopkins and
My husband believes he has Pancho Villa's colt 45. Please email with any questions you may have
to authenticate this gun. Thanks.
Answer: Pancho Villa was a
famous (or notorious, depending on your point of view) revolutionary leader in northern Mexico circa
1910-1914. Besides assorted heavy handed, near terroristic, campaigns in Mexico, he is best
known for his robbery/raid across he border into Columbus, New Mexico, which resulted in
Pershing's Mexican Punitive Expedition against Villa and his band of merry men/cutthroat
brigands/undocumented workers/agrarian reformers. Reportedly Mrs. Pancho Villa made a very nice
living after her husband's death selling off the [exceedingly large number of] guns which allegedly
had belonged to the late General. He may have actually owned some, but authenticating them is
the hard part.
I recommend you read the excellent article by noted author Jim Supica at
http://armscollectors.com/provenance_supica.htm Due to problems being able to authenticate guns
attributed to famous figures, we just stay out of that market entirely. Many sell through auction
houses, including some with very shady reputations (both guns and auction houses) sometimes for
incredibly high prices. This proves that P.T. Barnum was right. There is a sucker born every
minute. John Spangler
# 14040 -
U.S. Arms.Co. Double Barrel Shotgun
U.S. Arms.Co. -
Double Barrel Shotgun -
I have a very old gun and there is only supposed to be two in the world. Its a U.S ARMS.CO. 12
gauge double barrel shotgun. I got this gun from my grandfather and I was just wondering what is
worth because I am interested in selling it. THANK YOU
Answer: Sir- U.S. Arms Company is a name used on guns manufactured for
and distributed by H. & D. Folsom of New York in the early 1900s. Some were made by Crescent
Firearms Company, which made guns under nearly 100 different brand names for various
wholesalers and retailers, mainly very inexpensive guns for the farm and ranch market. Other guns
with this name were imported from Belgium, and likely also in the less expensive types.
I think that pretty well dispels the theory that there are only two in the world.
There is no collector interest in these old "house brand" shotguns, and they are nearly all unsafe to
shoot with modern ammunition, so their real value is either sentimental or for decorative use. I
would expect to find one at a gun show offered at $150 retail or less, and probably be a slow seller
at any price. We do not deal in any of these. John Spangler
# 14054 -
Ajack Scope Info And Value
Adam, Meyersdale, PA
Ajack 2,4x56 -
I have an Ajackenkroll scope and I was wanting to know the estimated value of it.
Answer: Adam, Ajack was a German company who manufactured high quality
scopes. Ajack scopes were first imported into the United States from 1912 to 1914 and then again
from 1937 to 1940 by Stoeger Arms Corp. of New York, NY. Importation of Ajack scopes ceased
with the onset of WWII.
All early Ajack scopes had individual focusing like binoculars. Elevation adjustments were internal
and were locked in place with a set screw on the elevation turret. Windage on early scopes was
adjusted on the mounts. In 1939 all Ajack scopes were made available with internal windage
After the war in 1954, Flaig's Sporting Goods reintroduced the Ajack line to the United States by
importing the 2.5X, 4X, 6X and 7.5X, all of these were available with internal windage and elevation
adjustments but the 2.5X, 4X and 6X were available in elevation only configuration for $5 less. The
last listing for the Flaig's imported Ajack scopes was in the 1964 Gun Digest.
My book does not list a 2,4x56 model Ajack scope so it is hard to give you a value. I can tell you
that most of the Ajack scopes in my value book start out at around $125 and top out at around
$250. The highest value that I can find for any Ajack scope is around $350. Hope this helps,
# 14048 -
Walther Model 9 Value
Model 9 -
Gun is in excellent condition with scrolled engraving around the makers name on the barrel of the
gun. Left side of gun states Walther Patent Mod.9 within a rectangular box, ''Walther'' in the
common ''flag'' beneath the engraving. Right side of gun also engraved on the barrel ''Waffenfabrik
Walther Zella - Nehlis (Thur) Grips are black with a dark blue medallion on the right that states 6.35
circles in gold color, the left has the same blue medallion with the Walther ''W'' inside also circled in
gold color. I inherited this gun from my fathers estate. I only am aware that as a gun collector, he
was very proud of this little gun. It is in pristine shape and I have not seen any that look exactly like
it anywhere I have looked. I am wanting to insure it, but would be interested in knowing its value to
get a correct # for my policy.
Answer: Kandi, since I am not a big
fan of any of the little .25 caliber pistols you may have come to the wrong place to ask about the
value of your Walther. I can tell you that values for the Walther Model 9 in the blue book range
between $140 and $650 depending on condition but I have never had much luck with selling one for
over about $350. For more information you might want to try the following links:
My husband has a 300 Magnum he inherited from his uncle. The ammunition which came with the
gun was 300H&H. What is the correct type of ammunition for this rifle?
Answer: I cannot tell you what is correct for your rifle, but I am assuming that
the ammunition that came with it is correct.
In that case, it should use .300 Holland and Holland (H&H) Magnum cartridges.
You need to be very specific as ".300 Magnum" is not enough information as it
could result in getting any of the following instead of the .300 H&H Magnum:
.300 Lapua Magnum
.300 Remington Ultra Magnum
.300 Weatherby Magnum
.300 Winchester Magnum
.300 Short Winchester Magnum
None of these are interchangeable and using the wrong ammunition could be extremely
dangerous to the rifle and the shooter.
If there is any doubt at all that the .300 H&H Magnum was the ammunition actually used
in the rifle, then you should pay a competent gunsmith to do a chamber casting to verify the