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# 12788 - Krag Rifle Or Carbine?
3/29/2008
Tina, Cleveland, Ohio

Springfield Armory - 30-40 Krag - Don't Know - 171305 -

I have a Springfield Armory model 1898 in 30-40 Krag caliber. My dad had in his collection. a U is on the ring by the barrel the serial # is 171XXX. the gun has not been restored but seems to be in nice shape. Could you tell me if it's an original carbine and its approximate value. Thank you! Tina

Answer:
Tina- The serial number of your Krag confirms it was made as a rifle, not a carbine, so if it is carbine length (barrel less than 30 inches) then it has been cut down. John Spangler


# 12787 - Zouave Bayonet?
3/29/2008
Spencer, Eden,N.C.

Zouave Bayonet - Blue -

The bayonet has F.H&C stamped at the bottom of the blade. Also has D stamped above the other 3 letters. Also has JAP with a circle around these 3 letters above the D mark. I would like to know any information on this bayonet but I'm not finding any but pictures of bayonets that look like this one that claim to be Zouave.

Answer:
Spencer- I am pretty sure your bayonet is NOT for the Remington Model 1863 "Zouave" rifle. The proper bayonet has a bright finished blade, and a cast brass hilt. The key markings are the letters "B.H" stamped on the top of the grip, behind the crossguard.

There are a handful of other similar looking bayonets with the wavy "Yataghan" blade and brass hilts, which are identified with specific guns, but many others remain unidentified. Most seem to date from circa 1840 to 1870 when the sword bayonet was a big military fashion fad. John Spangler


# 12234 - Savage 1903
3/29/2008

Savage - 1903 - 22 - 24 - Blue - 137500 -

It would be greatful for any info on this gun? Manufacture date? Anything?

Answer:
Doug, the Savage model 1903 is reported to have been a good design, it had a round-back receiver with a sliding safety on the upper tang. Standard configuration had a ribbed slide handle, a shallow pistol grip type buttstock which Savage would checker to order, and a crescent-shape butt plate. Swivels could be fitted on the butt stock at the rear and at the front by using a special strap which encircled the barrel. Special order options included barrels as much as 30 inches in length, and gold or silver plated metalwork.

There are no records available on this model to give me the year of manufacture from your serial number. The best I can do is to tell you that the Savage 1903 was introduced in 1903 and discontinued in 1922 after about 13,000 rifles had been sold. The blue book sets values between $90 and about $350 depending on condition. Marc


# 12786 - Trapdoor With GA 27 Marking
3/25/2008
Buddy, The Villages, Fl

Springfield - Model 1873 - 45-70 - ?32 5/8''? - Blue - 383778 -

Top of stock, at bottom is the stamp: GA 27 What does the GA 27 signify?

Answer:
Buddy- Although stamping unit marks on arms was prohibited, (and largely obeyed by regulars) some state militia units did mark their arms anyway. Some Georgia units did this on the comb of the stock, just ahead of the buttplate. I am not sure of the exact pattern they followed, but it seems that often the G is larger than the A, and the number may be that of the regiment or an individual number within a company. John Spangler


# 12191 - Spanish Revolver
3/25/2008
Pete

Don't Know - .32 - About 2-1/4'' - Blue - CAN'T FIND ANYWHERE -

''Le Secours'' Brevette, Pistolet automatique, No. 44 Spain, grip hard black plastic, Bakelite or? Not wood or metal. Has the head of an old world style helmeted Spaniard Who manufactured this gun and when? Some hidden area for the serial number as there are no areas scratched or re- touched. Parts available? Took it out to shoot today and the gun did very well. Any info would be appreciated.

Answer:
Pete, my guess is that you have one of the Spanish Smith and Wesson copies which were imported into the United States in the first half of the 20th century. There were several companies in Spain manufacturing this type of revolver during that time. Information about individual makers is often hard to find, without a brand or model name it is almost impossible.

Spanish Smith and Wesson copies have a reputation in general for making use of low quality, steel which may not be strong enough to handle modern day high- pressure loads. My advise would be to retire this weapon and not fire it. There is no collectors in the Spanish S&W copies, I often see revolvers in perfect condition being offered in the $50.00 range. Marc


# 12204 - Another Universal M1 Carbine Question
3/25/2008
Diane, Pearland, TX

Universal M1 Carbine - Model # 57028 - .30 - Don't Know -

91 year old aunt has this gun my uncle purchased new many years ago. Fired maybe a dozen times. Hangs on wall in house for last 25? years Wants to sell due to having to go into nursing home. Called all local pawn/gun shops, did not get much info. Any info. would be appreciated so we can help her sell this for what it's worth. Thank you, D. Crochet

Answer:
Diane, Universal Firearms Corporation of Hialeah, Florida is best known for their copies of the .30 M1 Carbine, and M1 Carbine variations with different stocks and sights. Universal operated from the late 1950s until 1983 when they were taken over by Iver Johnson and the Universal Firearms facilities were moved to Arkansas in the summer of 1984. The blue book lists values for most models of Universal carbines between about $100 and about $350. Marc


# 12754 - M1903 Springfield Finishes
3/22/2008
Bill, Round Rock, TX

Springfield - .30 - 24'' - Parkerized - 877032 -

J69 Barrel code (hidden under stock); Bbl mkgs: SA Flaming Bomb 5-18 A; AA-L, boxed AAJ, just ONE Circle P; no. 4 stamped on underside of 4/100ths '' National Match peep sight; x & j sub inspector's marks in magazine cutoff recess. Hello and thank you for your service and due diligence, sir(s). I have a May 1918 Springfield Armory M1903 that I have been told has been arsenal rebuilt, likely during WW II. I don't doubt that fact for a couple of reasons, i.e. a Rock Island Arsenal rear leaf sight, just to name one. My question is regarding the finish to the barrel and the receiver. If my (seemingly) Parkerized barrel and receiver are not in their original finish, how can it be that I can't find a single photographic example of a high number, pre-Mark I, M1903 still ''in the blue?'' I've been looking for well over a year and I can find more examples of rod bayonet 03s than I can of an 800K or 900K M1903 with an ''original'' blue finish. Every M1903 I have come across in the aforementioned serial no. range has had a gray-to-OD colored finish. Again, I appreciate you responding to my question.

Answer:
Bill- Look carefully at the "A" on the barrel and the finish around it. Most people accept that the presence of an "A" indicates an overhauled rifle on which the barrel was not changed. This would have been stamped through any original finish, and if there is finish over the "A" then that would have been applied after the rifle entered rework. Some contend that the "A" merely signifies that the barrel blank was provided by the Avis Rifle Barrel Company, and that the finish there would not tell us anything. Finding any WW1 era M1903 rifle with original finish is pretty hard, and I cannot say for certain when the finish changed. I think it was mid 1918, or around the same time they switched to "high numbers (800,000). I am sure some of the advance collectors have pristine examples in their collections. You might check the Springfield Armory site and see if they have a photo of the "stripped for air service" rifle in the 862,000 range and if you can figure out the finish on it. John Spangler


# 12753 - How To Remove Krag Bolt
3/22/2008
John, Beaumont, TX.

Springfield Armory - Model 1898. - 30/40 - 30'' - Blue - 160068 -

Stock has been refinished, so it is a little tough to read the stamping. How in the heck is the bolt removed? I have tried every combination I can come up with. Would this action require a special tool? Thank you very very much. John

Answer:
John- Unless someone shows you how, your odds or figuring it out are about the same as the apocryphal chances of a roomful of monkeys with typewriters figuring out how to write Shakespeare. However, we are glad to show you how to remove the Krag bolt, and have posted the info with (hopefully idiot proof) photos at http://armscollectors.com/kragboltremoval.htm on our other site ArmsCollectors.com. John Spangler


# 12179 - Sounds Like A Samstag Nacht Speziell
3/22/2008
Danny Blytheville AR

German Crown Over N - .22 Short Revolver - 2'' - Nickel - 114571 -

Right side loading Nickel Framed Cylinder and barrel seem to be blued, but gun is in great working condition. What might this gun be worth and how old is it? Thanks, Danny in Blytheville

Answer:
Danny, you did not furnish me with a brand or model, without this information it is hard to say for sure what you have. My guess is that the revolver is a typical cheap German Saturday night special type import from the 1960s. Value for this type of handgun is typically in the $50 or less range. Marc


# 12186 - Mauser HSc
3/18/2008
Bill New Carlisle In

Mauser-Werke HSc - Semi auto - 7.65 - About 3 inches - Blue - 842097 Barrel 097 slide 097 -

The gun has what looks like an eagle wings spread on the right front of the slide and by the right trigger guard. It has a blue finish and wood checked grips with the screw about 1 1/4 in. from bottom and 3/4 in from rear Is this the military Germany Mauser and who would it have been issued to? Or was it made after the French took over the Mauser plant. Any information you can give me about the weapon would be a big help. Does it have any value.

Answer:
Bill, the eagle that you mention should have the letter "N" below it. This is a German commercial test proof, the design was set forth in the National Proof Law of 7 June 1939, which became effective 1 April 1940. The "N" was the abbreviation for Nitro, meaning smokeless Powder. The Commercial proof should be stamped on the right side of the trigger guard, on the right side of the slide near the muzzle, and on the right side of the chamber (barrel).

Your serial number falls in the late range for WWII HSc pistols. If the pistol is military issue, it will have eagle over 655, eagle over 135 or eagle over WaA135 stamped on the left side of the trigger guard. Your pistol probably won't have this but early manufactured pistols also have a military test proof (eagle over swastika in a circle) stamped on the left side of the frame to the rear of the left grip.

If the pistol does not have military markings or police markings (eagle over "x" in a circle next to the letter "L") stamped on the left side of the trigger guard, it was probably purchased commercially.

Values for WWII German Military HSC pistols range from $100 to about $595 depending on condition. Values for commercial and police models top out at around $450. Marc


# 12178 - Titan Tiger
3/18/2008
Randy, Danville, VT

Titan Tiger - 22 - 2 inches - Stainless Steel - 169393 -

Wood on the handle, Davis Industries, Chino, Ca Model DM-22 Cal. 22 Mag What is this worth and how old is it?

Answer:
Randy, references indicate that this model was imported by FIE in the 1980s. Values are in the $100 range with not much demand. Marc


# 12752 - M1917 Colt In 45 Colt ( Not 45 ACP Or 45 Auto Rim)
3/18/2008
Mike, Coatesville, In.

1917 Colt 1917 D A - 45 ACP - 51/2 '' - Blue - 28 4 200--(134-074 MILITARY

Colt DA 45 SIDE OF BARREL United States Property on the underside of the barrel Has an H on the underside of the barrel next to the barrel lug Supposedly it only shoots 45 auto rimmed or 45 ACP, However 45 Colts fit just fine in the cylinder and it closes fine with room left over and the ballistics are very close, with the exception I read that the 45 ACP dia. is 452 and the 45 Colt is 454, but due to all the different loadings for the cowboy shooting that lots of the 45 Colt are 452 dia, so My question is can I shoot 45 Colt in the gun, your best guess would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Mike

Answer:
Mike- The Colt Model 1917 revolvers were a variation of the New Service Model, and New Service parts fit just fine. I suspect that someone has either replaced the original .45 ACP cylinder with a New Service cylinder chambered for .45 Colt. The other possibility is that someone reamed out the chambers to accept the .45 Colt cartridge. That would explain why .45 Colt ammo may fit in the gun, but we are not qualified to say if it is safe to shoot that combination, although I suspect many people have done so. John Spangler


# 12751 - Springfield Krag Carbine Model 1899
3/15/2008
Errol Hicks

Springfield Armory 1899 - 30 - 22'' Breach To Tip - Don't Know - 288 787 -

Unique side loading,5-6 shell magazine that flips down, flip up rear site for yardage. I would like to know about the history and deployment of this rifle, and any significant information about its manufacture.

Answer:
Errol- Your rifle should be a standard Model 1899 .30-40 Krag carbine. We usually have some Krags on out antique longarms catalog page, or on the U.S. longarms page where we often have some history or background on the design that may answer your question. For a more detailed history, check out Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms and their Values, or books on Krags by William S. Brophy or Frank Mallory. John Spangler


# 12746 - Winchester Single Shot Rifle Used By Brinks?
3/15/2008
Steve Santa Barbara Ca.

Winchester - Octagon 18'' - Don't Know - 88379 -

Serial Number 88379. ''Pat Oct 14,1884, Jan 20, 1885'' H.O.P 661 and ''Manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co,New Haven, Conn. USA'' Info from Cody Firearms states this rifle was ''received in the warehouse on June 29,1894. Shipped from the warehouse on April 3,1895, order number 10075 I do not know much about older firearms. I had heard reference to brinks using these rifles. How would I know if I have such a gun? Where do I find a value for it? Thank you for your time.

Answer:
Steve- The patent dates confirm that this is one of the single shot rifles made under Browning's patents, and variously known as a High Wall or Low Wall model 1885 or 1887. I would expect that an 18 inch barrel would have been mentioned in the Winchester factory letter, or else I would consider this to have been cut down, drastically reducing value. I have not researched Brinks to find out when they started, but I really have a hard time thinking of any reason they would have a single shot rifle with an 18 inch barrel, so I think that any Brinks association is wishful thinking. John Spangler


# 12174 - S&W 422 Value
3/15/2008
Washington PA

S&W Model 422 - .22 Long Rifle - Six Inches - Blue - TZD48XX -

I have a S&W Model 422 in the box with the instruction booklet. The bluing is very good, like perfect, no mars or scratches. The sights are fixed and the grips are plastic (?). What's it worth?? Thanks, Joe.

Answer:
Joe, the Blue Book of Gun Values lists the 422 between $95 and $185 depending on condition. This seems a little low to me, I really like the model and it has not been avaliable for several years. Marc


# 12172 - What Ever Happened To Federal Ordnance?
3/11/2008
Robert

Federal Ordnance Inc - .45 Acp - N/A - Other - F906034 -

I have an aluminum frame made by the Federal Ordnance Inc. And after only 200 rounds of factory 230 ball. the entire rear rails on both sides broke. New recoil spring was used and slide was fitted well, good bbl and link as well, what's the scoop, I believe Fed Ord is gone, any info on this company would help, thanks.

Answer:
Robert, Federal Ordnance was located in South El Monte, CA, they were in business from 1966 to 1992 . They imported and distributed both foreign and domestic military handguns and rifles and they also fabricated their own firearms using mostly new parts. In late 1992 Brickley Trading Co. bought the remaining assets of Federal Ordnance, Inc. and they continued to import various firearms until about 1998. Marc


# 12171 - Chrome Plated 45
3/11/2008
Sheri

U.S Army Chrome Plated Pistol - Bought In Philippines In 1946 April - 45 - Guessing A 5 Inch Not Sure - Other - M1911A1 -

It has various dates on it from left to right. Dec,10,1905 Feb, 14, 1911 Aug 19, 1913. patent Apr 20, 1897 Sept 9, 1902 What's it worth? It is in great condition. Belonged to my Grandpa and was given to me. not sure I would really sell it but like to know the value. It has 2 of those things that hold the bullets leather gun holder made in USA and a black leather holder for the bullet things. The bullets are really rounded pretty cool looking. I want to know so I can store in a safe place. A cop friend of mine said it was really nice I asked if he would shoot it he said later he would. Any answers appreciated. Thanks Sheri

Answer:
Sheri, sorry to have to tell you, the chrome finish is not original. The fact that the pistol has been re-finished destroys most collector interest. In my opinion, value is in the $350 range as a shooter. Where there is any family history, we encourage people to keep these old guns for sentimental value. Marc


# 12744 - Griswold Confederate Revolver
3/11/2008
Frank, Wallingford, PA

Griswold - .36 Cal. - 7 & 1/2 - Rusty - 1891 -

''C.S.'' is stamped in the brass on the left side just beneath the cylinder. Were any Griswolds manufactured with the ''C.S.'' stamp?

Answer:
Frank- You may have a real winner there! Even in deplorable condition, Confederate guns seem to sell for huge piles of Yankee greenbacks, starting in the low five figures. Your serial number is within the range of some 3,500 Griswolds that were made. You need to have it examined by a reputable expert on Confederate arms, but be careful to check their reputation as there are a lot of carpetbaggers and other scoundrels out there, like the clowns that got kicked off Antiques Roadshow for their fraudulent actions. Note also that rare guns like yours have been faked for many years, with Bill Edwards warning in his 1962 classic “Civil War Guns” to check the frame with a magnet to make sure that some crook did not just brass plate an iron frame. John Spangler


# 12738 - WW1 Ammunition Cart - Wagon - Trailer
3/8/2008
jvwolfx@windstream.net

Military - 0 - 0 - Rusty - 0 -

VERY heavy WW 1 munitions pull type wagon, very heavy 40 inch cast iron spoke wheels, with Firestone hard rubber, hand lever brakes at rear wheels, all 4 sides hinged to open down, over 18 feet long, w/overhead canopy. everything is riveted together, and has pockets for hand tools as shovels, picks, etc. This wagon was intended for very heavy loads. What could the value be ? and who would be in the market for such a wagon ?

Answer:
Sir- I am not sure that this would be something that would appeal to gun collectors, but I am sure that military vehicle collectors would think it is pretty neat. They tend to travel in different circles than I do, and I have no feel for the demand, or value, or where to sell something like this. As long as you don't stress the "ammunition" aspect too heavily, this may be something that would sell on eBay- unless the delete it for offending their easily offended sensibilities. John Spangler


# 12737 - Forehand Arms Company
3/8/2008
Andrew, Davis, CA

Forehand Arms Co. - Top Break - .32 - 3'' - Blue - 12012 -

On top of the barrel the following is stamped: Forehand Arms Co. Worchester, Mass. U.S.A. / Pat. D Dec 7. '86. Jan 11 '87 & Pat. Applied For. Grips have a Stylized F&W at the top and an almost Fleur de Lis design toward the bottom. Is this gun really from the 1800's as I think I've found online? The serial number seems particularly low. Is it something an antiques collector might be interested in?

Answer:
Andrew- The F&W grips indicate that they were probably made by Forehand and Wadsworth, and probably used about the time the firm became the Forehand Arms Company after Wadsworth retired in 1890. Serial numbers are often not indicators of age or scarcity. On many old guns they are not true "serial numbers" but merely "batch" or "assembly" numbers assigned to allow parts to be matched up later after final finishing. In other cases, manufacturers intentionally used serial numbers in odd sequences, sometimes starting at a high number (to give the impression of great commercial sales) and working down, or starting at a high point and later going back and starting again at a lower number and filling in the gap. In general, there is almost no collector interest in Forehand & Wadsworth guns, so a high or low serial number makes almost no difference to anyone. John Spangler


# 12168 - MAB Model D
3/8/2008
Greg, Annapolis, MD

MAB - Model D - 7.65 Mm - Blue - PM4648 -

Left Slide Pistolet Automatique Brevete-S.D.G.D. Modele D Right Slide Made in France Right Barrel CAL 7'65 m/m Any info on manufacture date, usage, value would be helpful.

Answer:
Greg, the MAB Model D is a French design, which was first introduced in 1933 and was kept in production up until when the company went out of business in the mid 1980s. Much of the Model D design was copied from the 1922 Browning and the Colt Pocket automatic. The Model D recoil spring was held in place around the barrel by a retaining bushing that was mounted on the barrel and locked into the slide by a bayonet type catch. The slide and barrel are removed by rotating the barrel so that the lugs on the bottom disengage their mating grooves in the receiver.

The Model D was used by the French military and also by the German military during the French colloraboration with the Germans in WWII. There is not much collector interest in French military firearms, if your pistol has any German WWII military markings, collector interest and value will increase. Marc


# 12166 - Llama 22
3/4/2008
James, Tyler, Texas

Llama - Comanche I / Model XXVI - .22LR - 6 - Blue - 940866 -

''Gabilondo y Cia. Vitoria (Espana'') left side of barrel ''LLAMA <>, 22 Long Rifle'' Right side of barrel Llama trade mark, ''CMI Miami, Florida'' and ''Made in Spain'' on right side of frame ''Llama Mod. XXVI'' on what is claimed to be original box Just bought this gun on a whim the other day as it struck my fancy being a good-looking target .22 revolver. I have a few questions about this piece, however, not knowing much about Llama brand firearms. First, the box has it marked as a Model XXVI, which I have found out is a .22LR target piece with a heavy 6'' barrel, as this piece is. However, the barrel is marked as a Comanche I model. I was under the assumption that Comanches were all .357's. What gives? Is the Model XXVI a ''sub-model'' of the Comanches? Second, I understand there isn't much interest in Llamas or other Spanish firearms here, but what is the approximate value of this piece? It is in near mint condition, and still shoots very tight groups from 25 yards, which is the furthest I have so far shot it from, has a very tight action, and virtually flawless bluing and grip checking. Also has what is purported to be the original box with all the documentation, down to the original warrantee card that never got sent in! Thirdly, about when would this piece have been produced? I have found that Comanche II's started in '77, so I am presuming this piece would have been produced prior to '77. Lastly, who makes parts, such as grips and internals, for these should I ever want to modify it (I have no plans currently)? I haven't found much, are there European firms who produce some? I can speak German fluently and French just enough to make myself understood, so anything that might be in these languages would be preferable. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:
James, my condolences on your recent purchase. As you can probably tell, I am not a Llama fan. Since I don't like Llama firearms, I don't pay much attention to them. To answer your question, I will have to turn to my reference books. The blue book lists several Comanche models that were available in a variety of different calibers including 22 Long Rifle, .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, and .38 Special. My guess is that you have a Comanche I that is in the wrong box.

The Comanche I was manufactured from 1977 to 1982. Values for this model are listed in the blue book between about $100 and about $225 depending on condition, but I would not expect to see one sell at a gunshow for much more than about $150. If you look at the label on your box, you might be able find a serial number (the numbers on gun boxes are often pencilled in). You can compare with the numbers on your box and revolver to see if they match. Marc


# 12165 - Marlin Commemorative
3/4/2008
Joe, Union City, OK

Marlin - Marlin Limited Edition Model 3082 U.S. 30-30 - Blue -

Emblem in stock I just purchased a Marlin Limited Edition Model 3082 U.S. Calvary Commemorative in 30-30. Would you tell me when this model was manufactured and the approximate value of a used but mint condition model?

Answer:
Joe, I am not a big commemorative fan, in my opinion, commemorative firearms are poor investments and I almost never willingly purchase them. I was unable to find any information on the Marlin Limited Edition Model 3082 U.S. Calvary but I can tell you that if a commemorative has been fired, it's special value is gone, it will be worth about the same (or less) than comparable model that is not a commemorative. Marc


# 12723 - USMC Sniper M1903 Rifle
3/4/2008
Drew, Collegeville, PA USA

M1 - Blue - 559182 -

S A 9 - 13 Springfield Armory M1 - 559182 J. Unertle USMC Sniper 1990 As it is extremely difficult to prove an authentic sniper was ordered by Phila Marine Armory Depot (believe they were all made there?) how do I disprove this gun does not match this (authentic) J. Unertle scope ?? Scope has the correct Serial No. within lot ordered by Marine Commandant at Phila.

Answer:
Drew- The USMC sniper rifles were mostly made at the Marine Depot of Supplies by USMC armorers. The starting point was a M1903 rifle used by the USMC rifle teams, or a 1903A1 National Match rifle, of fairly recent vintage. This work was done circa 1941-43 and most (if not all the rifles) will be found in the serial numbers ranges about 1.3 million through 1.5 million, and most will have characteristics of the M1903A1 National Match rifle to start with. Many M1903 rifles owned by civilians had scopes mounted in the 1930s, 40s or 50s for use as target rifles or hunting purposes. While some may be mechanically identical to the USMC sniper rifles, they are not true USMC sniper rifles. Additional rifles have been modified to look like USMC rifles, either sold with an honest description to fill collections as a "filler", or dishonestly described as a fraud perpetrated by dishonest sellers. Sadly, there are probably more of the latter than there are original USMC sniper rifles. Some Unertl scopes have also have fake USMC SNIPER markings applied. Many of the fake guns seem to have ties to a dealer in southern California who allegedly is known to sell a lot of beautiful (but refinished) guns and guns with exotic (but recently applied) markings. Frankly, unless you one of the handful of rifles which have USMC sales papers, then you have to either trust the seller, or have enough knowledge of the rifles used to make the snipers, the modifications which were made, and a feel for authentic workmanship in order to evaluate possible authenticity. Frankly, I think that any rifle in the serial number range you list is almost certainly NOT an authentic USMC sniper rifle. At least I would not bet a penny more than the value of the parts on it, if it were my money. Before spending several thousand dollars on one of these, a smart buyer would invest in the books by Brophy, Norm Chandler, and Bruce Canfield and Clark Campbell and study them carefully, and then try to examine rifles believed to be authentic which are in the hands of seriously advanced collectors and ask for their thoughts on what to look for on both the scopes and the rifles. John Spangler


# 12715 - K98k Mauser Serial Number
3/1/2008
Karen, Boardman, Oregon

Mauser - Mod. 98 - 8mm - Other - 3942 -

has a k on it and the eagle wings with a swastika under it. it cocks with the bolt is opened. Has a cherry colored wooden stock. as the number 26 imprinted three times on the receiver with a bar symbol on top of the numbers. at also as ''ar'' and under that a ''41'' on the top of the receiver. The barrel and receiver have matching serial numbers of 3942 and a ''k'' under the number. How unique is the serial number. Are there any other Mauser Model 98 rifles out there with the same serial number?

Answer:
Karen- There are dozens of other K98k rifles with the serial number 3942, so your serial number is not unique, if you consider ONLY the number.

German practice was that each of the dozen or so makers would start at number "1" at the beginning of each year, and go up through "9999" then start over at "1" with the letter "a" added, then after 9999a, they would start a "b" series 1b-9999b, etc. Thus a rifle can be uniquely identified when the description includes both the serial number and letter suffix, and the maker and the year. John Spangler


# 12706 - Maynard Carbine .50 Caliber
3/1/2008
Dan, Perkasie PA

.50 50 Maynard - M.F.G By MASS. ARMS. CO - .50 Cal. - 20 In. - Other - 9622 -

J.M stamped on left side of barrel Dear Sir/Madam, I have a .50 50 Maynard carbine that I inherited from my father. I am not able to get a straight answer from anyone about this rifle. How many were made? How much is worth? I was even told ''no such thing.. someone cut up a full length .50 cal. Maynard'' I know that is not true! If you have any info. on this weapon please share it with me. Thank you, Daniel P Carlin KDCENG@verizon.net

Answer:
Dan- There is nothing mysterious or unusual about your gun. The second model Maynard carbine was made with a 20 inch barrel, in .50 caliber, by the Massachusetts Arms Company. About 20,202 of these were procured during the Civil War for use by Union cavalry troops. This was found in a quick check of Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms and Their Values. Further details would be in Bob Reilly's U.S. Military Small Arms 1816-1865 or one of John McAulay's books on U.S. Military Carbines. John Spangler


# 12164 - Kodiak .22 Mag
3/1/2008
Ralph, Lexington, KY

Kodiak - Model 260 - 22 WMR - 22 Inches - Blue - 15925 -

No special markings. This was a gun my Father had. Would like to know more about this gun, date manufactured, value etc... but am having trouble finding any info. Thanks for you assistance.

Answer:
Ralph, the Kodiak 260 was the first semi- automatic rifle to be chambered in .22 magnum. Kodiak also manufactured a Model 158 centerfire bolt action rifle and a Model 458 slide action shotgun. Kodiak firearms were well made but there is not much collector interest in them, I would expect to see a rifle like yours sell at a gunshow in the $250 range. Marc


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