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# 13574 - Remington Model 34
7/28/2009
Mike

Remington - Model 34 Bolt Action - 22 Short, Long, Long Rifle - 23 Inches - Blue - 150270 -

In very good condition, stock has been refinished though! Bore is rifled and shows no pitting or any considerable wear, condition seems to indicate that it has not been fired in years! Some light surface rust, nothing major! Year of manufacture would like to be known as well as any value!

Answer:
Mike, Remington manufactured about 170,000 Model 34 rifles between 1932 and 1936. If you would like to pin down the date of manufacture further than that, try the Remington dates of manufacture link on our OldGuns.net menu bar. Blue book value for this model ranges from about $60 to a little over $200. I would expect to see a model 34 with re-finished stock and slight rust selling at a gunshow in the $100 range. It may be a good idea to put a light coat of gun oil or light machine oil on the metal parts of your rifle to prevent further rusting. Marc


# 13561 - Looking For Father-in-Law's M1 Garand
7/28/2009
Scott

M1 Garand -

I am hoping to find the rifle that was issued to my father in-law during his enlistment. Serial #1303807 Can you give me any advice where to look? Or, if finding the same rifle is even a possibility? Thank you for your time and consideration. Scott

Answer:
Scott- You might try CALLING the folks at the CMP office and tell them what you are looking for. They MAY have it in their inventory and be willing to help. .

Otherwise, I think your quest is hopeless as there is no centralized database of the current locations of these rifles, and most were sold off as surplus or given to foreign countries or scrapped years ago. John Spangler


# 13560 - Seeking Stock For Combination Rifle/shotgun
7/25/2009
Bob

I have a combination gun, that a friend of mine acquired through a relative that passed away. The gun has no stock and he brought it to me to see if I could make one for it. The gun has no name on it, only what looks like a triangle or pyramid with the letters o.e.h.c. inside. The top barrel is a 12 gauge and the lower barrel is a rifle caliper, I believe to be a 30-06. There are some serial numbers on the action and barrels that match. I would appreciate if you could help me to find the maker and where I might find an end stock for it.

Answer:
Bob- Sorry, we cannot help with that one. I think you are stuck with working with a custom stock maker. Their work is usually very good to superb, but not cheap, or fast. I would expect a delay of a year or more to get the work done, and figure several hundred dollars (or more) perhaps over a thousand dollars as this would be all hand work from scratch, and stockmaking is a highly skilled talent that few people have. In short, the stock may cost more than the completed gun would be worth. Hope that helps. John Spangler


# 13571 - French Bayonet
7/25/2009
Geno, Laguna Niguel, CA

Blue -

I have a bayonet that is marked Lt Elienne Juillet 1874. The bayonet is about 3 feet long with a t- shape blade, brass handle. Can you tell me the origin and approximate value. It is in very good shape.

Answer:
Geno, you have a French bayonet, the writing on the blade of this model is often mistaken for a presentation inscription but it really indicates the place and date of manufacture, translated as “Manufacture of Arms, St. Etienne, July 1874”. These were made by several different arsenals, and some saw service as late as WW1. These bayonets are very common, and although old and fancy looking, do not bring much money. Prices range from $35-$75 depending on condition. You did not mention that there is a scabbard. If the scabbard is missing, value will be in the lower end of the range. Marc


# 13570 - Colt 25
7/21/2009
Ken, Oshkosh Wi

Colt - Colt Automatic - .25 - Blue - 123444 -

Colt's PT. F. MFG. Co. HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A PAT'D AUG 25, 1896 APR. 20. 1897 DEC 22. 1903 JAN. 25. 1910 COLT AUTOMATIC CALIBRE 25 Could you please tell me when this gun was made and whether I should get it refinished or leave as is. It has some rust spots on it. What would the gun be worth? Thanks,

Answer:
Ken, it sounds like you have what is known as a Colt Vest Pocket Model 1908-Hammerless. This model was a licensed copy of the FN Browning Model 1906. About 409,000 were sold from 1908 to 1941. My references indicate that your pistol was manufactured in 1915.

Values for Colt Vest Pocket .25 pistols range form around $200 to over $400 in the blue book depending on condition. If you have your pistol re-finished value will be in the $150 range. I would strongly advise you to leave the pistol as it is. Marc


# 13559 - WW2 M3 Shoulder Holsters
7/21/2009
Ken

I am hoping you can give me some info about the WWII issue M3 shoulder holster. I see many of these available that are dated. What I don't understand is the undated ones that people claim are from the war years. Enger-Kress seems to have dated holsters and many that are undated, Why the undated ones, and is there a way to tell if an undated one is from WWII or a post war model? Could the dates have been some how added to the dated ones you see on the internet? I am a WWII collector and haven't been able to find any info on this topic. I hope you can help with this. Thank you, Ken

Answer:
Ken- In my opinion, WW2 procured stocks of M3 holsters were adequate to meet demand for many years after, and the later M7 was adopted which made the M3 obsolete. I do not think there was any M3 procurement post-WW2. .

Some makers included dates and some did not. No real reason that I know of, and I consider both to be correct and authentic. .

In 1956 regulations changed the color of leather gear to black instead of the russet or tan color previously used. Some of the old stuff on hand was dyed black at the unit level and remained in use, but all new procurement was black. .

The best reference is Scott Meadows' U.S. Military Holsters and Pistol Cartridge Boxes. A really great book, but out of print and pricey now, but well worth it for the holster collector. John Spangler


# 13558 - Civil War Springfield Sniper Rifle Telescope
7/18/2009
Anita

Springfield - Sniper -

I have Springfield sniper rifle from the Civil War. Do you have a scope from that era that would be appropriate for it? Thank you for any help or advice you can give. Anita

Answer:
Anita- Sorry, we cannot help with that one. I am not familiar with ANY Springfield rifles used for sniping prior to a few experimental Krags in 1898-1902.

The VERY few sniper rifles used in the Civil War were primarily commercially made target rifles, and a few British made Whitworth rifles. Telescopes of that period were rare, and exclusively the very long "tube" type. John Spangler


# 13568 - Stoeger Lugers
7/18/2009
Carol, Jacksonville Beach, FL

Stoeger Arms Corporation. Luger - 22L.R. - Don't Know - 60795 -

Two birds facing each other, on the top, back of the upper part of gun. The Luger name is on the left side of barrel. The name is all caps and is surrounded by an oval line. There is some ornate circle decorations outside and at the end of the oval, which ends with a marking similar to the French Fancy Arrow. This was my father in-law's gun. He has now passed away, served in WW 2 and was in both France and Germany. Any Information would be appreciated.

Answer:
Carol, sorry to say that your father in law's Stoeger Luger .22 did not serve in WWII as he did. The Stoeger Arms Company, of South Hackensack, New Jersey started marketing a .22 LR Luger replica pistols in 1976. Stoeger Lugers were manufactured by Replica Arms, a subsidiary of Navy Arms. When Stoeger abandoned the project in 1986, Navy Arms continued marketing Luger replicas as the ``Navy Arms Luger``.

Stoeger Lugers had an aluminum forged frame with a barrel inserted from the front and pinned in place. Steel inserts supported the breech block bolt. Standard and Target Lugers were available. The target model had an extended frame mounting an adjustable rear sight. Both models were available with 4.5 and 5.5 inch barrels. These pistols were marked with the word ``LUGER`` in a decorative floral scroll on the right side of the frame.

Blue book values for Stoeger Lugers are in the $150 range depending on condition. Marc


# 13557 - M1917 Enfield Front Sight Question
7/14/2009
Phill

Enfield - M1917 -

I just found your site-it is a trove of information!! Thanks!! My question: I have an Enfield M1917 30-06 Manufactured Mar 1918 that has been molested by Bubba, but it shoots about 2" at 50 yards, and is built as tuff as a rock. In other words, it would be a perfect truck gun. It currently has a scope on it. The scope is going and steel sights will replace it. I ordered the correct sight base and sight from Numrich (VERY fast service), and downloaded the military manual for it.

When I went to install the sight ther was no slot for the "sight spline" to fit. The barrel is marked 3- 18 on the end, but there is no grove to place the spline. Is the spline supposed to compress that much? There are no marks where there had ever been any attempt to fill or machine on the end of the barrel. If I am just overlooking something obvious, please tell me-it wouldn't be the first time! Thank you very much for your advice, Phill

Answer:
Phill- Thanks for contacting Antique and Collectable Firearms and Militaria Headquarters. Glad you like the site.

I suspect that Bubba decided that it was easier to chop a bit off the barrel and get rid of the front sight that way. M1917 barrels are usually 26" from the bolt face, while the M1903 and most sporters use a 24" barrel length. The barrel markings (E/R/W) are normally about an inch behind the front sight, and figure the sight and the exposed portion of the barrel for the bayonet add another 1.5", so chopping off 2" from the muzzle would leave the markings, but get rid of the sight, and eliminate the problem of having the "ugly" keyway for the front sight key exposed.

That's the problem. Now for a solution: The front sight will be a very tight fit when installed (a bit further back than normal, and the barrel probably has a slight taper so it will be thicker than the front sight is used to. Hand fit the front sight and eyeball it so that it is sticking straight up, then scratch an index line on the top of the barrel and on the sight so you will be able to tell when it is lined up when you put it on permanently. Polish the inside of the sight and the part of the barrel where it will fit (hope you made your index line deep!) and then clean thoroughly with lacquer thinner or alcohol. Mix up some epoxy and smear some on the inside of the sight and on the barrel and slide the sight into place matching the index line. Tap it lightly towards the breech to ensure it is on tight. It would be best to keep the barrel in a cool place (inside garage) and warm the sight in sunlight or on a heater vent (but not so hot you cannot handle it to apply the epoxy- plus heat accelerates setting up of epoxy). The tiny shrinkage of the barrel and expansion of the sight will allow them to slide together more easily. You should be able to wipe off any excess epoxy while it is still damp.

The epoxy should be enough to hold the front sight in place, but you could use a center punch held at an angle and a sharp hammer blow to upset a bit of barrel metal in front of the sight to minimize chances of it wanting to slide off forward when the rifle is fired. If obsessive about it not coming off, you could remove the front sight blade prior to installing the sight, and drill straight down and after positioning the sight (without epoxy!) then drill a tiny way into the barrel. Remove the sight and tap the hole and use a tiny set screw to anchor the sight in place with or without epoxy.

Frankly, I think I would go out and get a cheap scope to replace the old one and skip all the work. Hope that helps. John Spangler


# 13567 - Ducktown Value
7/14/2009
Phil, Wilson, Kansas

Cobray - O/U - 22/45 - Don't Know - E00004413 -

FMJ Ducktown, TN imprinted on barrel and Cobray imprinted on handle. I am not sure what a Parkerized finish looks like but the finish doesn't really appear to be bluing as I know bluing to look. It looks more like a matte black color. What is an ballpark re-sale price for this pistol in good condition?

Answer:
Phil, I have not been able to find a lot of information on this pistol and it is not listed in the blue book. A quick Internet search led to a forum posting that indicates that they have a nasty trigger pull and an awkward safety set-up that takes two hands to manipulate. The consensus on the internet forums seems to be that values top out at around $40. Marc


# 13556 - Remington Model 1903A1 Rifle With "C" Stock
7/11/2009
Herb

Remington - 1903A1 -

Hi , I am interested in purchasing a Remington 1903A1 and it is listed as having a type C stock. There is NO stamping on the stock at all and it looks as new with a pistol grip. The rifle has all Remington parts, but the bolt and sights are blue the receiver and barrel have a tannish look to it, and is claimed to be as new condition . How can I tell if this is a depot re-condition or one someone has upped himself? Thanks. Herb

Answer:
Herb- To the best of my knowledge, based on about 35 years of being a serious collector and student of M1903 Springfields, REMINGTON did not make ANY M1903 series rifles with the full pistol grip "C" stock which would make them a M1903A1. Any "C" stocks on them are later additions. (The exception being SOME of the M1903A4 sniper rifles where the "C" stocks has the notch for the bolt handle.)

Sadly, there are a lot of people out there faking cartouche markings, some easily detectable, others pretty obvious, so presence of a cartouche guarantees nothing any more. However, absence of a cartouche pretty well guarantees that the stock was a civilian (or at least unit level) replacement, not a depot job. Hope that helps. John Spangler


# 13564 - Young American Exploded Picture
7/11/2009
Australia

H&R - Young American Double Action - .32 Caliber - 2'' - Nickel -

.32 caliber Young American double action 5 shot barrel hand gun Can you supply me with a exploded parts and picture for this gun please and where your stores are in USA allowing me to purchase parts.

Answer:
Try Gun Parts Corporation, they have some diagrams online that are free to look and others that they charge for. Here is a link to one of the free drawings that may be useful:

http://www.e- gunparts.com/productschem.asp?chrMasterModel=1560zNEW%20MODEL%20LARGE%20FRAME %20UNMARKED%20TOP%20BREAK

Good Luck - Marc


# 13539 - Romerwerk A.G. Rifle / Pistol Combo.
7/7/2009
Merritt, Easthampton, MA

Gerstenberger-Moritz - Romerwerk A.G. - .22 Long Rifle - Blue -

This is a rifle that can be turned into a pistol. Stock can be taken off and barrel changed to make a handgun. I've never seen one of these before and I'm wondering about how rare it is and if it has any value.

Answer:
Merritt, Moritz & Gerstenberger of Zella St Blasil, Germany began business in the nineteenth century. Just after the end of the First World War, they filed the Em-Ge trademark. Prior to 1945 sporting guns, airguns and cheap revolvers were their main focus. After the end of the Second World War, the company was moved to western occupation zones and they manufactured cheap starter pistols and revolvers under many names including Em-Ge, G&E, Omega and PIC.

Although the pistol/rifle design that you mention sounds like a pretty good idea, there is not much collector interest in firearms manufactured by Moritz & Gerstenberger. I would expect to see one offered for sale at a gunshow in the $100 range. Marc


# 13554 - Dummy Trainng Rifle Mark 1 USN
7/7/2009
Ashes

Parris Dunn Co. - Dummy Trainng Rifle Mark 1 USN -

I would like to know if you have information on the dummy training rifle Mark 1 USN. Manufactured by the Parris Dunn Co. in Clarinda, Iowa, grip has phsc 348. Does this mean anything? Also I would like to find the value of this rifle. Thank You.

Answer:
These were made in huge numbers during WW2 for Navy use in boot camp training, which freed up an equivalent number of "real" rifles for combat needs. After the war, they were sold as surplus, or given to schools for JROTC use, etc. PHSC is probably some sort of group or unit mark- along the lines of "Podunk High School Cadets" or something. Value for an nice condition one with no cracks, and all the swivels and sights, etc can be $125-200, but a beat up example taped together and missing parts would be more like $25-50. Hope that helps. John Spangler


# 13553 - Sharps Derringer Presentation Inscription
7/4/2009
Herb

Sharps - Derringer -

Can you tell me anything about a Sharp Derringer with an inscription on the back strap "N.K. from J. T. H. June 8th 1869"?

Answer:
Herb- Sorry, we cannot help much with that one. The guns themselves are pretty common, but still attractive and with a good market.

The inscription is interesting and could be anything from an anniversary gift to/from thoughtful spouses, a graduation or retirement gift, prize in a shooting contest, reward to a faithful watchman who chased away an intruder, something from a Madame to her best customer or girl, or ?????

Without further information on where the presentation took place, it is impossible to do much more than guess. If the location is known, then perhaps research in the newspapers may turn up something, but even that is a long shot. John Spangler


# 13534 - The Victor Manufacture Date
7/4/2009
Pierre from Malta - Europe

High Standard - The Victor - .22 - 5.5 - Don't Know - 2471486 -

In front of serial number there is stamped MILITARY Can you please tell me where was this manufactured and when it was produced?

Answer:
Pierre, High Standard introduced The Victor in 1972. At the time of introduction, The Victor was the best, most expensive - top of the line production High Standard target pistol. Early Victors had an all steel vented rib running the length of the barrel. In 1974 the vent rib was changed from steel to an aluminum alloy in an effort to reduce weight.

James Spacek's book, "HI-STANDARD PISTOLS & REVOLVERS 1951-1985" indicates that your Victor was manufactured at the Hamden, CT plant in 1975. The year 1975 was a turning point for Hi-Standard, In 1975 there were several management changes and assets such as the Hamden plant and the museum were sold. The company relocated to East Hartford in 1976. 1975 was also the last year of production for Victor pistols.

If you would like more information about High Standard firearms, here are some good links to try.

Good Luck - Marc


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