Collectible Firearms and Edged Weapons

Kristopher Gasior and Kasia Matuszewska-Gasior

P.O. Box 8327 Fredericksburg, VA 22404-8327 USA

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Cartridge Antique Rifles

Albini-Braendlin
Beaumont
Berdan
Chassepot
Comblain
Dreyse
Experimental
Gras
Guedes
Henry
Jarmann
Kammerlader
Krag-Joergensen
Krnka
Kropatschek
Kynoch
Lebel
Lee
Milbank-Amsler
Mont Storm
Mosin-Nagant
Murata
Peabody
Podewils
Roberts
Schmidt Rubin
Sharps
Snider
Spencer
Springfield Trapdoor
Tabatiere
Terssen
Vetterli
Wanzel
Ward-Burton
Werder
Werndl
Westley Richards
Whitney
Winchester-Hotchkiss

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Albini-Braendlin
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Very Scarce Japanese Issue Albini-Braendlin M.1868 Rifle

Caliber: .577, rimmed

Price: $2975

Inventory # arc_0697

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Japanese issue Albini-Braendlin M.1868 rifle. This is an early breech loader converted from a percussion rifle. The rifle utilizes the breech with a locking bolt attached to the hammer-body. Royal Crown and a date, "1870" are present on the lock plate. The breech displays, "Albini-Braendlin Patent" markings. The right side of the breech displays Braendlin markings, "Two Pennants over B". There are also numerous other English markings on metal parts. The Imperial Chrysanthemum is still present on the chamber. Kanji and some other Japanese characters are stamped on the back of the receiver (please, see pictures). There is a fading cartouche stamped on the right side of the buttstock. Matching serial numbers are stamped on the breech mechanism, receiver and barrel. No serial numbers are present on all the remaining parts of the rifle, which is correct for this model. Correct style steel buttplate without a trap. Steel trigger guard and brass nosecap. Steel barrel rifled with five grooves. Correct military adjustable rear sights. Two barrel bands. The rifle has no sling swivels. Complete with an original cleaning rod. Overall length: 49 inch. Barrel length: 30.5 inch. CONDITION: Overall, in NRA antique low fine condition. 68% of blue turning to brownish color is still on metal. The balance is in white mixed with brown patina. The blue finish was most likely added when the rifle was converted to a breech loader. Some pitting on the barrel along the stock lines. The breech mechanism handle was crudely rewelded long time ago. The stock is smooth, with some handling marks and dings. Some wear to wood near the nosecap. Bore is in excellent condition, with strong and shiny rifling. Mechanically, the rifle is in fine condition as well, with crisp, strong action. All the internal parts of the rifle are in very good to fine condition, with no visible wear. All the markings and numbers on metal are clearly visible. Scarce Japanese Albini-Braendlin rifle! The rifle comes from my family member collection of military firearms (please, pay by check, money order, or bank wire transfer only). (Ref. "Military Rifles of Japan" , by Hunnycutt and Anthony, p.17).

Beaumont
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Berdan
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Very Scarce Imperial Russian Berdan M.II Dragoon Rifle

Caliber: 10.67 x 58 mm, rimmed

Price: $3000

Inventory # arc_0676

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Imperial Russian single shot Berdan M.II dragoon rifle! Designed by US Army General Hiram Berdan. Berdan M.II was patented in USA in 1870, and was adopted as a service weapon by only two states, Russia and Bulgaria. Some Berdans, from the Russian army stock, were also shipped to Serbia. At the time, Berdan II was among the most powerful service rifles and carbines in the World. These dragoon rifles were issued primarily to the Imperial Russian dragoon units. Berdans were still in use during the World War One, as secondary weapons. Some Berdan rifles and carbines in the Imperial Russian army service were converted to 7.62 x 54 mm Mosin-Nagant caliber. Many Berdans were captured by Austro-Hungarians and Germans, and consequently, were reissued to their armed forces. This particular dragoon rifle was manufactured in Tula in 1881, as indicated by markings on the barrel. The receiver displays Imperial Russian Double Headed Eagle and Cyrillic letters, "PK". All matching serial numbers. The same numbers are stamped on the barrel and bolt. No serial numbers are present on all the remaining parts, which is correct for this model. All the serial numbers are factory original, and they were not restamped. The rifle comes with an original cleaning rod! Fred Datig shows one of such rifles in his "Russian Military Firearms" story, published in the 5th edition of "Gun Collector's Digest" (p.17). Overall length: 48.75 inch. Barrel length: 28 inch. CONDITION: Overall, in NRA antique very good+ condition. Metal is mostly in white. The blue finish is preserved mainly in the protected areas. Occasional brown/gray patina. There are some cleaning marks on the receiver and barrel. The stock shows some usual handling marks, dings and scratches. The buttstock shows some hairline surface cracks and some holes covered with wood filing material (please, see pictures). Two hairline cracks in the stock (repaired?), just below the receiver (please, see pictures). Bore is in fair condition only. Darkness in the grooves. The action is strong. Very scarce Imperial Russian Berdan M. II dragoon rifle! Antique. Serial# 121XX. (Ref. "Gun Collector's Digest" , "Russian Military Firearms" by Fred A.Datig, p.17).

Very Scarce Imperial Russian Berdan M.II Dragoon Rifle

Caliber: 10.67 x 58 mm, rimmed

Price: $3000

Inventory # arc_0674

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Imperial Russian single shot Berdan M.II dragoon rifle! Designed by US Army General Hiram Berdan. Berdan M.II was patented in USA in 1870, and was adopted as a service weapon by only two states, Russia and Bulgaria. Some Berdans, from the Russian army stock, were also shipped to Serbia. At the time, Berdan II was among the most powerful service rifles and carbines in the World. These dragoon rifles were issued primarily to the Imperial Russian dragoon units. Berdans were still in use during the World War One, as secondary weapons. Some Berdan rifles and carbines in the Imperial Russian army service were converted to 7.62 x 54 mm Mosin-Nagant caliber. Many Berdans were captured by Austro-Hungarians and Germans, and consequently, were reissued to their armed forces. This particular dragoon rifle was manufactured in Tula in 1877, as indicated by markings on the barrel. The receiver displays Imperial Russian Double Headed Eagle and Cyrillic letters, "PK". Mismatched serial numbers. Different numbers are stamped on the barrel and bolt. No serial numbers are present on all the remaining parts, which is correct for this model. The serial numbers are factory original, and they were not restamped. The rifle comes with an original cleaning rod. Fred Datig shows one of such rifles in his "Russian Military Firearms" story, published in the 5th edition of "Gun Collector's Digest" (p.17). Overall length: 48.50 inch. Barrel length: 28 inch. CONDITION: Overall, in NRA antique very good+ condition. Metal is mostly in white. The blue finish is preserved mainly in the protected areas. Occasional brown/gray patina. The trigger guard shows some dents. Some patina and/or surface rust on the buttplate. There are some cleaning marks on the receiver and barrel. The stock shows some usual handling marks, dings and scratches. The right side of the buttstock shows a fading cartouche. Two hairline cracks in the stock, just below the receiver (please, see pictures). Bore is in good condition only. Darkness in the grooves. The action is strong. Very scarce Imperial Russian Berdan M. II dragoon rifle! Antique. Serial# 238XX. (Ref. "Gun Collector's Digest" , "Russian Military Firearms" by Fred A.Datig, p.17).

Very Scarce Imperial Russian Berdan M.II Dragoon Rifle

Caliber: 10.67 x 58 mm, rimmed

Price: $3000

Inventory # arc_0673

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Imperial Russian single shot Berdan M.II dragoon rifle! Designed by US Army General Hiram Berdan. Berdan M.II was patented in USA in 1870, and was adopted as a service weapon by only two states, Russia and Bulgaria. Some Berdans, from the Russian army stock, were also shipped to Serbia. At the time, Berdan II was among the most powerful service rifles and carbines in the World. These dragoon rifles were issued primarily to the Imperial Russian dragoon units. Berdans were still in use during the World War One, as secondary weapons. Some Berdan rifles and carbines in the Imperial Russian army service were converted to 7.62 x 54 mm Mosin-Nagant caliber. Many Berdans were captured by Austro-Hungarians and Germans, and consequently, were reissued to their armed forces. This particular dragoon rifle was manufactured in Tula in 1884, as indicated by markings on the barrel. The receiver displays Imperial Russian Double Headed Eagle and Cyrillic letters, "PK". Matching serial numbers, except for the bolt. The same numbers are stamped on the barrel, cleaning rod (!) and buttplate. Mismatched number is stamped on the bolt. No serial numbers are present on all the remaining parts, which is correct for this model. All the serial numbers are factory original, and they were not restamped. The rifle comes with an original cleaning rod. Fred Datig shows one of such rifles in his "Russian Military Firearms" story, published in the 5th edition of "Gun Collector's Digest" (p.17). Overall length: 48.25 inch. Barrel length: 28 inch. CONDITION: Overall, in NRA antique very good+ condition. Metal is mostly in white. The blue finish is preserved mainly in the protected areas. Occasional brown/gray patina. Some light patina on the buttplate. There are some cleaning marks on the receiver and barrel. The stock shows some usual handling marks, dings and scratches. The right side of the buttstock shows a fading cartouche. There are some hairline cracks on the right side of the stock, just below the receiver (please, see pictures). The stock is partially refinished. Bore is in low fine condition, with strong rifling. Some darkness in the grooves. The action is strong. Very scarce Imperial Russian Berdan M. II dragoon rifle! Antique. Serial# 3XX. (Ref. "Gun Collector's Digest" , "Russian Military Firearms" by Fred A.Datig, p.17).

Very Scarce Imperial Russian Berdan M.II Dragoon Rifle

Caliber: 10.67 x 58 mm, rimmed

Price: $3000

Inventory # arc_0550

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Imperial Russian single shot Berdan M.II dragoon rifle! Designed by US Army General Hiram Berdan. Berdan M.II was patented in USA in 1870, and was adopted as a service weapon by only two states, Russia and Bulgaria. Some Berdans, from the Russian army stock, were also shipped to Serbia. At the time, Berdan II was among the most powerful service rifles and carbines in the World. These dragoon rifles were issued primarily to the Imperial Russian dragoon units. Berdans were still in use during the World War One, as secondary weapons. Some Berdan rifles and carbines in the Imperial Russian army service were converted to 7.62 x 54 mm Mosin-Nagant caliber. Many Berdans were captured by Austro-Hungarians and Germans, and consequently, were reissued to their armed forces. This particular dragoon rifle was manufactured in Tula in 1887, as indicated by markings on the barrel. The receiver displays Imperial Russian Double Headed Eagle and Cyrillic letters, "PK". All matching serial numbers! The same numbers are stamped on the barrel, buttplate and bolt. No serial numbers are present on all the remaining parts, which is correct for this model. All the serial numbers are factory original, and they were not restamped. The rifle comes with a cleaning rod, which is not correct for this model. Fred Datig shows one of such rifles in his "Russian Military Firearms" story, published in the 5th edition of "Gun Collector's Digest" (p.17). Overall length: 48.75 inch. Barrel length: 28 inch. CONDITION: Overall, in NRA antique fine condition. Metal parts have about 30-35% of original blue finish, turning to brownish color in some places. The barrel was over cleaned. The trigger guard and barrel bands were cleaned to white metal. Some light patina on the buttplate. There is also some light patina on the bolt. The bolt handle was crudely rewelded to the bolt main body (looks like an old field repair). The stock shows some usual handling marks, dings and scratches. Original finish on the stock. Bore is in fine condition, with strong rifling. Some darkness in the grooves. The action is strong. Very scarce Imperial Russian Berdan M. II dragoon rifle! Antique. Serial# 51XX. (Ref. "Gun Collector's Digest" , "Russian Military Firearms" by Fred A.Datig, p.17).

Chassepot
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Scarce Prussian Issue Chassepot M.1871 Carbine (Aptierter Chassepot-Karabiner M/71)

Caliber: 11 x 60 mm Mauser

Price: $2975

Inventory # arc_0618

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Prussian military issue Chassepot M.1871 carbine. The gun was originally made as a Chassepot M.1866 needle rifle by the Tulle arsenal, as indicated by markings on the receiver rail. Chassepot rifles gave an excellent performance to the French troops during the Franco-Prussian War. Yet, the war was lost to the French and hundreds of thousands of Chassepot rifles ended up in hands of Prussian military and its allies. Consequently, the Chassepot rifles were reworked by Prussian arsenals to cavalry style carbines. The needle mechanism was abandoned and the guns were converted to fire 11 mm Mauser ammunition, which, at the time, was standard in Prussian army. The French markings and proof marks are still present on the receiver. The left side of the chamber displays Prussian Crown over "FW" (Frederick Wilhelm, King of Prussia). The same markings are stamped on the right side of the buttstock. The right side of the chamber displays several Prussian proof marks (Gothic letters under the crown, please see pictures). Several other Prussian proof marks are stamped on the receiver and bolt. Matching Prussian serial numbers (stamped on the buttstock, nosecap, barrel band, rear sight, chamber, receiver, buttplate, trigger guard, rear sling swivel, bolt body and on the bolt cocking piece). Some parts are still displaying fading French serial, or assembly numbers. "Holy Water" plug is missing from the right side the buttstock (please, see pictures). The lower part of the buttstock also displays many Imperial German marks. The steel buttplate displays regimental markings, "R. S. 1. 192" and "3. S.". Ramp and leaf rear sight calibrated to 1500 meter. Full length cavalry style stock with no handguard. The carbine was manufactured with no provision for the bayonet. Complete with the cleaning rod. CONDITION: Overall, in NRA antique fine+ to low excellent condition. 90-92% of blue finish turning to brownish color in some places. The receiver and bolt are finished in white (polished steel), as they should be, and now show some scattered patina. Some scattered patina is also present on the buttplate. The stock shows some handling marks, light dings and minor scratches. No cracks in wood. Bore is in excellent++ condition, with strong and shiny rifling! The action works fine. The internal parts of the carbine are in fine to excellent condition with no obvious wear. Scarce Prussian issue Chassepot carbine with many interesting markings! Antique. Serial# R346XX.

Scarce Prussian Issue Chassepot M.1871 Carbine (Aptierter Chassepot-Karabiner M/71)

Caliber: 11 x 60 mm Mauser

Price: $2975

Inventory # arc_0510

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Prussian military issue Chassepot M.1871 carbine. The gun was originally made as a Chassepot M.1866 needle rifle by the St. Etienne arsenal, as indicated by markings on the receiver and barrel. Chassepot rifles gave an excellent performance to the French troops during the Franco-Prussian War. Yet, the war was lost to the French and hundreds of thousands of Chassepot rifles ended up in hands of Prussian military and its allies. Consequently, the Chassepot rifles were reworked by Prussian arsenals to cavalry style carbines. The needle mechanism was abandoned and the guns were converted to fire 11 mm Mauser ammunition, which, at the time, was standard in Prussian army. The French markings and proof marks are still present on the receiver. The left side of the chamber displays Prussian Crown over "FW"(Frederick Wilhelm, King of Prussia). The same markings are stamped on the right side of the buttstock. The right side of the chamber displays several Prussian proof marks (Gothic letters under the crown, please see pictures). Several other Prussian proof marks are stamped on the receiver and bolt. Matching Prussian serial numbers (stamped on the buttstock, nosecap, barrel band, rear sight, chamber, bolt body and on the bolt cocking piece). Some parts are still displaying fading French serial, or assembly numbers. "Holy Water" plug is still in the buttstock, but it was over stamped with Prussian property marks (Gothic letter under the crown). The lower part of the buttstock also displays many Imperial German marks. The steel buttplate displays regimental markings, "L.C.X.243" and a number, "13". Ramp and leaf rear sight calibrated to 1500 meter. Full length cavalry style stock with no handguard. The carbine was manufactured with no provision for the bayonet. Complete with the cleaning rod. CONDITION: Overall, in NRA antique fine condition. 85% of blue finish turning to brownish color. Occasional light patina. The receiver and bolt are finished in white (polished steel), as they should be, and now show some scattered patina. Scattered brown patina and/or light surface rust on the buttplate. The stock shows the usual handling marks, dings and scratches. Some wear to the wood near the buttplate and in front of the trigger guard (please, see pictures). Small hairline crack in front of the barrel band spring, on the right side of the forestock. Bore is in excellent condition, with strong and shiny rifling. The action works fine. The internal parts of the carbine are in fine condition with no obvious wear. Scarce Prussian issue Chassepot carbine with many interesting markings! Antique. Serial# H897XX.

German Chassepot Sporting Rifle

Caliber: 9 mm (?)

Price: $1975

Inventory # arc_0124

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DESCRIPTION: French Chassepot M.1866 needle rifle made in St.Etienne in 1869, converted to unknown 9 mm center fire caliber. The quality and style of the rifle indicates that the conversion was done in Southern part of Germany. The rifle was most likely captured during the Franco-Prussian War, and consequently sold on the commercial market in Germany. The barrel has a high quality 9 mm liner. The bolt head was replaced to accommodate for the new caliber ammunition. Double set trigger. Swiss style rear sight. Very fancy Schutzen style trigger guard with floral engraving. The same style of engraving can also be found on the receiver, bolt and butt plate. The barrel is finished in blue, while the receiver, bolt, trigger guard, rear sight and butt plate has very nice case coloring finish. Nice diamond checkering on both sides of bolt handle. The stock also displays diamond checkering at the wrist. The butt plate displays initials, "SL" (German gunsmith?). The stock was shortened to the half-stock configuration. Complete with old style commercial cleaning rod. CONDITION: Low excellent. The blue finish on the barrel is nice and crisp, and it was preserved in about 96%. The condition of the case coloring finish on the other steel parts is very much the same, except for the butt plate, that is slightly worn. Bore is in fine+ condition with a strong rifling. Strong and crisp action. The original military stock was reworked and refinished during the conversion works. The butt stock has some handling marks, that may be a result of an attempt to replace a firing pin in the bolt long time ago (please, see pictures). Small horizontal hairline crack on the left side of the front part of the half-stock (please, see pictures). Fading serial number on the stock. Antique. Very attractive, high quality sporting rifle!

Comblain
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Dreyse
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Beautiful Prussian Dreyse M.1857 Cavalry Needle Carbine

Caliber: 15.43 mm

Price: $9750

Inventory # arc_0661

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Prussian Dreyse M.1857 cavalry needle carbine made at the Gewehrfabrik Herzberg am Harz in 1870, as indicated by markings on the receiver. The Dreyse needle-gun (Zündnadelkarabiner) is a military breech loader. The gun was the invention of the gunsmith Johann Nikolaus von Dreyse, who in 1836 produced the the first complete needle-gun. It became famous as the main battle weapon of the Prussians, who adopted it for service in 1841. Its name comes from needle-like firing pin, which passed through the paper cartridge case to impact a percussion cap at the bullet base. The Dreyse was also the first breech-loader to use the bolt action to open and close the chamber, executed by turning and pulling a bolt handle. All matching serial numbers (stamped on the receiver, barrel, bolt, buttplate and on all the screw heads). All the serial numbers are original and they were not restamped. Numerous Prussian proofs on metal. The left side of the octagonal part of the barrel displays Prussian Crown over "FW" (Frederick Wilhelm, King of Prussia). The upper part of the chamber displays a word, "Stahl" (steel). The brass butt plate tang displays Imperial German Military acceptance mark, "Crown over Gothic D". Brass trigger guard. Iron nosecap. Steel barrel rifled with 4 grooves. Full-length walnut stock. Manufactured without barrel bands. Saddle ring is located behind the trigger guard. No provision for the cleaning rod. Overall length: 31.75 inch. Barrel length: 15 inch. CONDITION: Overall, in NRA antique excellent+ condition. The receiver, barrel and bolt have correct polished steel finish. All the markings and numbers on both, metal and wood are clearly visible. The bore is in excellent+++ condition with strong and shiny rifling. Mechanically, the carbine is in excellent++ condition. Strong action. Solid and smooth walnut stock with only minor handling marks. There are several bug holes in wood, mainly in the buttstock. Scarce and beautifully preserved Prussian Dreyse saddle ring cavalry carbine! Serial# 14XX. Antique. (Ref. "Militargewehre und Pistolen der deutschen Staaten 1800-1870", by Hans-Dieter Gotz, pp. 307-308).

Prussian Dreyse M.1857 Cavalry Needle Carbine with Dragoon Regimental Markings

Caliber: 15.43 mm

Price: $3750

Inventory # arc_0643

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Prussian Dreyse M.1857 cavalry needle carbine made at the Dreyse, Sommerda factory in 1868, as indicated by markings on the receiver. The brass buttplate's tang displays regimental markings, "1. D. 5. 110" (1 Dragoner-Regiment). The Dreyse needle-gun (Zündnadelkarabiner) is a military breech loader. The gun was the invention of the gunsmith Johann Nikolaus von Dreyse, who in 1836 produced the the first complete needle-gun. It became famous as the main battle weapon of the Prussians, who adopted it for service in 1841. Its name comes from needle-like firing pin, which passed through the paper cartridge case to impact a percussion cap at the bullet base. The Dreyse was also the first breech-loader to use the bolt action to open and close the chamber, executed by turning and pulling a bolt handle. Matching serial numbers (stamped on the receiver, barrel, buttplate and on all the screw heads). All the serial numbers are original and they were not restamped. Numerous Prussian proofs on metal. The left side of the receiver and barrel displays a Prussian Eagle. The left side of the octagonal part of the barrel displays Prussian Crown over "W" (Wilhelm I, King of Prussia and the Emperor of Germany, 1871-1888). The upper part of the chamber displays a word, "Stahl" (steel). Brass butt plate and trigger guard. Iron nosecap. Steel barrel rifled with 4 grooves. Full-length walnut stock. Manufactured without barrel bands. Saddle ring is located behind the trigger guard. No provision for the cleaning rod. Overall length: 31.75 inch. Barrel length: 15 inch. CONDITION: Overall, in NRA antique very good+ to low fine condition. The receiver and bolt have correct polished steel finish, mixed with gray/brown patina. The browning on the barrel is well preserved. Occasional metal roughness, dings and handling marks. Most of the markings and numbers on metal are still visible. The bore is in excellent condition with strong and shiny rifling. Mechanically, the carbine is in very good condition. Strong action. It takes some effort to open bolt after it is fully cocked (may need to be polished, cleaned, or adjusted by a qualified gunsmith). The stock is dry and shows some hairline cracks. There are also some handling marks and two bug holes on the left side of the buttstock. There is an old nail in the stock in front of the trigger guard. The nosecap is most likely an old replacement. Scarce Prussian Dreyse saddle ring cavalry carbine! Serial# 19XX. Antique. (Ref. "Militargewehre und Pistolen der deutschen Staaten 1800-1870", by Hans-Dieter Gotz, pp. 307-308).

Experimental
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Very Scarce English Experimental Burton Patent Double Magazine Repeating Bolt Action Rifle

Caliber: .278

Price: $12750

Inventory # arc_0598

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DESCRIPTION: One of the kind English double magazine bolt action repeating experimental rifle designed by Bethel Burton. Between 1882 and 1886 a number of Bethel Burton experimental rifles were submitted to the English War Office for evaluation and testing. None of these rifles was accepted by the English military. This specimen features a rather unusual straight pull bolt action, with a bolt handle located under the receiver (!). The bolt handle travels back and forth between the two parts trigger guard. The trigger is located on the right side of the receiver assembly. Both sides of the receiver have magazines ports hidden behind the sliding gates. The magazines (not included) were fitted to the both sides of the receiver. English military style ramp and leaf rear sights with no calibration (not unusual for an experimental rifle). Steel barrel bands. Brass buttplate with a trap. Some kind of tool (empty case extractor?) is hidden in the buttstock compartment behind the buttplate. Walnut stocks. One sling swivel ( no sign that the second sling swivel was ever installed on the rifle). English type bayonet lug on the right side of the front barrel band. The receiver and barrel display a couple of English commercial proof marks. The right side of the buttstock displays two markings, "Flaming Grenade" and "Two Crossed Cannons and a Circle". The left side of the buttstock displays, "WB" (in a rectangular). The buttplate displays a number, "A1222". Overall length of the rifle is 52.25 inches. Barrel length: 32 inch. Complete with a cleaning rod. This is the only example of Bethel Burton experimental rifle in this particular configuration that I have ever seen. CONDITION: Low excellent. The rifle has about 95-96% of original blue finish, turning to brownish color in some places. Most of the finish wear is on barrel bands. Smooth stocks in original finish, with some wear and occasional handling marks. The right/rear side of the forestock has a chip. The left/rear side of the forestock has a crack (please, see pictures). All the markings and stamps are clearly visible on both, metal and wood. Bore is in fine condition with strong rifling. Mechanically, the rifle is in excellent condition with crisp, strong action. The rifle seems to be in all original condition with no alterations. Very scarce English experimental Burton bolt action repeating rifle!

Gras
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Guedes
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Henry
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Jarmann
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Very Nice and Extremely Scarce Swedish Royal Life Guard M.1881 Jarmann Rifle (First Model, Early Production)

Caliber: 10.15 mm x 61R (Jarmann)

Price: $5750

Inventory # arc_0646

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DESCRIPTION: Very nice Swedish Royal Life Guard M.1881 Jarmann rifle! This is an early production Swedish Jarmann rifle with slightly different design of the bolt, extractor and some other parts. The rifle was manufactured by Carl Gustafs Stads Gevarsfaktori in 1883, as indicated by markings on the barrel and receiver. Jarmann was among the first bolt action repeating rifles to be adopted in the world. It was designed by a Norwegian engineer Jacob Smith Jarmann. Several thousand of Jarmanns were manufactured to equip both, Norwegian and Swedish forces in the 1880-s (30,000 were manufactured for the Norwegian armed forces, 500 for the Swedish Royal Life Guard, and 1,000 were manufactured for the Swedish Navy). The Jarmann rifle was a remarkably accurate rifle for its time. The rifle utilizes a bolt action and a Kropatschek-style 8-round tubular magazine under the barrel. Early production configuration with one steel barrel band and a nose cap (the first 500 Swedish Jarmanns were made for the Swedish Life Guard with only one barrel band, while the remaining 1,000 Swedish Jarmanns, ordered by the Swedish Navy, had two barrel bands). Ramp and leaf rear sight. A notch on the extended rear sight slider in conjunction with studs on the band and nosecap could be used for long distance ranges. Complete with original cleaning rod with a brass tip. All matching serial numbers (stamped on the receiver, barrel, bolt, buttplate, rear sights, nosecap and on the barrel band). No serial numbers are present on all the remaining parts of the rifle, which is correct for this model. All the serial numbers are factory original, and they were not restamped. The left side of the receiver displays the maker markings, "Swedish Royal Crown over C", production date, "1883", and Swedish military inspectors acceptance markings, "J.P" and "J.G.". The chamber also displays, "Swedish Royal Crown over C" and a production date, "1883". Overall length: 53.25 inch. Barrel length: 32.25 inch. Very scarce early Jarmann rifle with a three digit serial number! CONDITION: Overall, in NRA antique excellent condition. 94% of blue finish is still on metal. The rifle shows only minor service wear. The blue finish is worn mainly on the nosecap and trigger guard. Some light brown patina on the barrel band, nosecap and on the bolt. Occasional patina on the barrel. The buttplate shows dark brown patina. The stock is smooth, with some handling marks and dings. There is a very small stress hairline crack in the upper part of the buttstock, just in front of the buttplate tang (please, see pictures). Very small chip of wood is missing from the buttstock just behind the receiver tang. Bore is in excellent condition, with strong and shiny rifling. Mechanically, the rifle is in excellent condition as well, with crisp, strong action. All the internal parts of the rifle are in excellent condition, with no visible wear. The lower nosecap screw is missing. All the markings and numbers on metal are clearly visible. Very nice example of an early production Swedish M.1881 Jarmann rifle! This is a very difficult to find Royal Life Guard variation of Swedish Jarmann rifle! Serial# 1XX.

Kammerlader
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Krag-Joergensen
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Krnka
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Kropatschek
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Scarce Portuguese M.1886/89 Kropatschek Short Rifle

Caliber: 8 x 60mm, rimmed

Price: $975

Inventory # arc_0698

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Portuguese Kropatschek M.1886 short rifle (Mosqueton). Manufactured by Steyr in Austro-Hungary in 1886, as indicated by markings on the receiver. The Kropatschek system was adopted by Portugal to replace the single-shot Guedes, which by then was considered obsolete. Kropatschek short rifles are relatively difficult to find, as only four thousand and eight hundred of them were ever manufactured. Short rifles were issued to Treasury Guards and were fitted with 6-round tube magazine. Many short rifles were altered in 1896 for more powerful ammunition. This specimen avoided such alteration, as indicated by rear sights still graduated to 1,500 meters. Kropatschek rifle had the smoothest action of any bolt action rifles of the period. It was the first military repeater manufactured in smaller, 8 mm caliber (11 mm was still a standard). Kropatscheks had a very long service life, with the last guns withdrawn from the Portuguese colonial forces in 1961. Kropatschek short rifles are very difficult to find in collectible condition. Most of these rifles were refurbished by Portuguese arsenals, with both, metal and wood refinished. Matching serial numbers, except for the bolt head ( the numbers are stamped on the receiver, barrel and on the bolt; the bolt head displays a different serial number). The stock displays neither a serial number, nor cartouches. This may indicate that the stock is an arsenal replacement, or that the stock was refurbished. There are no numbers stamped on all other parts of the rifle, which is correct for this model. All the serial numbers are factory original, and they were not restamped. Straight bolt handle. The rifle was issued without a handguard. Complete with an original cleaning rod. CONDITION: Fine. 85-87% of original blue remaining on metal. The finish is turning to brownish color in some places. Bore is in excellent condition with strong and shiny rifling. Strong action. All the internal parts of the rifle are in fine condition with no evidence of wear. All the markings are clearly visible on metal. The stock is nice and solid with some handling marks and light dings. Overall length: 45.75 inch. Barrel length: 26 inch. Nice Portuguese M.1886/89 Kropatschek short rifle! Antique. The rifle comes from my family member collection of military firearms (please, pay by check, money order, or bank wire transfer only). Serial# D1XX. 

Portuguese M.1886/89 Kropatschek Colonial Infantry Rifle

Caliber: 8 x 60mm, rimmed

Price: $795

Inventory # arc_0696

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DESCRIPTION: Portuguese Kropatschek M.1886/89 colonial infantry rifle. Manufactured by Steyr in Austro-Hungary in 1886, as indicated by markings on the receiver and on the buttstock. The Kropatschek system was adopted by Portugal as, "Espingarda Kropatchek Modello 1886" to replace the single-shot Guedes, which by then was considered obsolete. Only about 49,000 of Kropatschek infantry rifles were ever manufactured. Many Kropatschek rifles were fitted with handguards at the Arsenal do Exercite in Lisbon in 1889. These rifles are known as "Espingarda Kropatchek Modello 1886/89". Some sources indicate that such modified rifles were issued to colonial troops in Africa and the Far East, in order to reduce the adverse effect of the radiated barrel-heat on the sight picture. Great majority of the Kropatschek rifles were altered again in 1896 to fire more powerful ammunition. This specimen was also modified, as indicated by rear sights graduated to 2,200 meter (originally, they were graduated only to 2000 meter). Kropatschek rifle had the smoothest action of any bolt action rifles of the period. It was the first military repeater manufactured in smaller, 8 mm caliber (11 mm was still a standard). The rifle was popular with the South African Boers and was used against the British during the Boer Wars. The Kropatschek rifles remained in front-line service of Portuguese military until about 1911. However, the rifles were continuously used by Portuguese auxiliary and native units in the first half of the twentieth century. Portuguese colonial native regiments used Kropatscheks in Angola and Mozambique against Imperial German Von Vorbeck`s colonial army in 1916-1918. The rifle was also used in World Ward Two in East Timor, against the Japanese and their local allies. Portuguese military used the rifle for the last time in the former Portuguese Indian territories of Goa, Damão and Diu to resist Indian invasion in 1961. Kropatscheks had a very long service life, with the last guns withdrawn from the Portuguese colonial forces in 1961. Until recently, Portuguese Kropatschek rifles were carried by Hawaiian king's guards for ceremonial purposes, as seen on some old photographs. Kropatschek rifles are difficult to find in collectible condition. Most of these rifles were refurbished by Portuguese arsenals, with both, metal and wood refinished. This rifle is in original condition, and it was not refurbished. The left side of the receiver of the rifle displays a Portuguese Royal Crown over "L I" (cipher of King Luiz I, who reigned from 1861 to 1889). The right side of the buttstock displays a Steyr cartouche with the following markings, "M. 1886, OEWG, Steyr 1886". The left side of the buttstock displays a Portuguese Royal Crown over "L I". Several smaller markings and numbers are stamped on the lower part of the buttstock. Matching serial numbers are stamped on the receiver and barrel. The bolt and stock displays mismatched numbers. No numbers are stamped on all other parts of the rifle, which is correct for this model. All the serial numbers are original and they were not restamped. Correct style, straight bolt handle. Complete with an original cleaning rod. CONDITION: Fine+. 90% of original blue finish is still remaining on metal. The finish is turning to brownish color in some places. Bore is in fine condition with strong and shiny rifling. Strong action. All the internal parts of the rifle are in fine condition, with no visible wear. The stock shows some handling marks, dings and scratches. No cracks in wood. The buttplate shows a couple of small dents (please, see pictures). Overall length: 52 inch. Barrel length: 32 inch. Nice example of Portuguese Kropatschek colonial infantry rifle! Antique. The rifle comes from my family member collection of military firearms (please, pay by check, money order, or bank wire transfer only). Serial# S9XX.

Portuguese M.1886 Kropatschek Infantry Rifle

Caliber: 8 x 60mm, rimmed

Price: $795

Inventory # arc_0695

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DESCRIPTION: Portuguese Kropatschek M.1886 infantry rifle. Manufactured by Steyr in Austro-Hungary in 1886, as indicated by markings on the receiver and on the buttstock. The Kropatschek system was adopted by Portugal as, "Espingarda Kropatchek Modello 1886" to replace the single-shot Guedes, which by then was considered obsolete. Only about 49,000 of Kropatschek infantry rifles were ever manufactured. Many Kropatschek rifles, designated for colonial service, were fitted with handguards in the Arsenal do Exercite in Lisbon in 1889 (they are known as "Espingarda Kropatchek Modello 1886/89"). This rifle was not modified, and remains in its original configuration. Great majority of the Kropatschek rifles were altered again in 1896 to fire more powerful ammunition. This specimen was also modified, as indicated by rear sights graduated to 2,200 meter (originally, they were graduated only to 2000 meter). Kropatschek rifle had the smoothest action of any bolt action rifles of the period. It was the first military repeater manufactured in smaller, 8 mm caliber (11 mm was still a standard). The rifle was popular with the South African Boers and was used against the British during the Boer Wars. The Kropatschek rifles remained in front-line service of Portuguese military until about 1911. However, the rifles were continuously used by Portuguese auxiliary and native units in the first half of the twentieth century. Portuguese colonial native regiments used Kropatscheks in Angola and Mozambique against Imperial German Von Vorbeck`s colonial army in 1916-1918. The rifle was also used in World Ward Two in East Timor, against the Japanese and their local allies. Portuguese military used the rifle for the last time in the former Portuguese Indian territories of Goa, Damão and Diu to resist Indian invasion in 1961. Kropatscheks had a very long service life, with the last guns withdrawn from the Portuguese colonial forces in 1961. Until recently, Portuguese Kropatschek rifles were carried by Hawaiian king's guards for ceremonial purposes, as seen on some old photographs. Kropatschek rifles are difficult to find in collectible condition. Most of these rifle were refurbished by Portuguese arsenals, with both, metal and wood refinished. This rifle is in original condition, and it was not refurbished. The right side of the buttstock displays a fading Steyr cartouche with the following markings, "M. 1886, OEWG, Steyr 1886". The left side of the buttstock displays a fading Portuguese Royal Crown over "L I" (cipher of King Luiz I, who reigned from 1861 to 1889). Several smaller markings and numbers are stamped on the lower part of the buttstock. The markings and cartouches on the stock are fading, but still partially visible. Matching serial numbers, except for the bolt (the matching numbers are stamped on the receiver, barrel and on the stock; the bolt displays a different serial number with the same "O" prefix; no numbers are stamped on all other parts of the rifle, which is correct for this model). All the serial numbers are original and they were not restamped. Correct style, straight bolt handle. Complete with an original cleaning rod. CONDITION: Fine. 86-88% of original blue finish is still remaining on metal. The finish is worn mainly on the trigger guard and barrel bands. Some blue is turning to brownish color. Bore is in excellent condition with strong and shiny rifling. Strong action. All the internal parts of the rifle are in fine condition, with no visible wear. The stock shows some handling marks, dings and scratches. A few bigger dings on the buttstock (please, see pictures). No cracks in wood. The buttplate shows a dent (please, see pictures). Overall length: 52 inch. Barrel length: 32 inch. Very nice example of Portuguese Kropatschek infantry rifle! Antique. The rifle comes from my family member collection of military firearms (please, pay by check, money order, or bank wire transfer only). Serial# O2XX.

Kynoch
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Lebel
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Lee
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Milbank-Amsler
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Scarce Swiss M.1817/1842 T.59-67 Milbank-Amsler Infantry Rifle with Matching # Bayonet (!)

Caliber: 18 mm

Price: $2750

Inventory # arc_0687

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Swiss large caliber Milbank-Amsler breech loading rifle in very nice condition! Complete with an original socket bayonet, which displays matching weapon number! Originally it was M.1817 flintlock infantry musket, purchased by Swiss cantonal militia. Later it was converted to M.1817/1842 smoothbore percussion musket, an then it was converted to rifled percussion musket M.1817/1842 T.59. The rifling was cut in the barrel and the new, modern style rear sights were added. Finally, the rifle was converted to breech loader M.1817/1842 T.59-67 in the late 1860-s. Swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863. Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler. Twenty gun makers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. The rifle displays conversion mechanism maker's markings on the breech, "GBR. SULZER" (Gebruder Sulzer, Winthertur). The lockplate still displays original flintlock musket maker name, "St. Blasien". Swiss cantonal militia property markings are stamped on the barrel, in front of the rear sight, "ZZ." (in the shield) and the weapon number "ZZ. 628" (Zeughaus Zurich, please, see pictures). The same markings are stamped on the socket bayonet. The right side of the buttstock displays a small cartouche and, "S.B. 1822". Several other Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts and on the stock. The rifle has all matching serial numbers (stamped on the barrel, stock and conversion mechanism only). The stock is made of walnut and extends to within three inch of the muzzle. The left side of the buttstock is scooped out for a cheek rest. The barrel is attached to the stock by three flat barrel bands, that are retained by springs. Two sling swivels are located on a stud in front of the trigger guard bow, and on the middle barrel band. There is a socket bayonet lug on the barrel, near the muzzle (please, see pictures). Flat, musket style steel buttplate. All steel furniture. Complete with an original cleaning rod (ramrod). CONDITION: Excellent. The rifle is in all original condition. The rifle has correct for this model polished metal finish. Some scattered light patina on the metal parts. Very nice and smooth walnut stock with some minor handling marks and light dings. There are no cracks in the stock. Original finish on the wood and metal. Excellent bore with sharp and shiny rifling. Action is very crisp and fully functional. All the internal parts of the rifle are in excellent condition as well. All the markings on metal and wood are clearly visible. Overall length: 58.25 inches. Barrel length: 40.75 inches. The socket bayonet is in excellent condition. All complete and original. Difficult to find variation of Swiss 18 mm Milbank Amsler rifle in very collectible, original condition with a matching number bayonet! Serial# 41XX. (Ref. "Hand- und Faustfeuerwaffen. Schweizerische Ordonnanz 1817 bis 1975", pp.76-77). (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

Scarce Swiss M.1856-67 Milbank-Amsler Rifle with Matching # Bayonet (!)

Caliber: 10.4 x 38 mm, rimfire (Swiss .41)

Price: $1975

Inventory # arc_0626

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Swiss breech loading M.1856-67 Milbank-Amsler rifle converted from percussion M.1856 rifle. Complete with an original socket bayonet, which displays matching serial number! Swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863. Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler. Twenty gun makers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. The rifle displays markings on the breech mechanism, "Huckstuhl". These are the markings of the factory, or the workshop, that converted the rifle from percussion to breech loading system. The Luzern cantonal militia property markings and weapon's number, "542", are stamped on the back of the barrel, just in front of the rear sight (please, see pictures). The same cantonal markings are also stamped on the right side of the buttstock. The lock plate displays following gun maker's markings, "Crown over IM" and "Two Crossed Rifles" with letters, "VTCE". The latter is also stamped on the left side of the stock. Several Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts and on the stock. Swiss style rear sight. All steel furniture. Rifle style, "flat" buttplate. Two, military style sling swivels. Complete with original cleaning rod (ramrod). CONDITION: Excellent. 84% of the finish is still present on the metal (turning to brownish color in some places). Somewhat fading case coloring on the lock plate and on some parts of the breech mechanism. Nice stock with some handling marks, minor dings and light scratches. Excellent bore with sharp and shiny rifling. Action is very crisp. All the internal parts of the rifle are in excellent condition, with no visible wear. All the markings on the stock and metal are clearly visible. Overall length: 52 inches. Barrel length: 34 inches. All complete and original. The socket bayonet is in excellent condition. Scarce Swiss M.1856-67 Milbank-Amsler rifle with a matching serial number bayonet! Serial# 15XX. (Ref. "Hand- und Faustfeuerwaffen. Schweizerische Ordonnanz 1817 bis 1975", p.75). (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

Very Nice Swiss M.1842 T.59-67 Milbank-Amsler Infantry Rifle with Matching # Bayonet (!)

Caliber: 18 mm

Price: $2500

Inventory # arc_0625

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Swiss large caliber Milbank-Amsler breech loading rifle in very nice condition! Complete with an original socket bayonet, which displays matching serial number! Originally, it was M.1842 smoothbore percussion musket, later it was converted to rifled percussion musket M.1842 T.59. The rifling was cut in the barrel and the new, modern style rear sights were added. Finally, the rifle was converted to breech loader M.1842 T.59-67 in the late 1860-s. Swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863. Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler. Twenty gun makers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. The rifle displays maker's markings on the breech mechanism, "Geb. Sulzer". Swiss cantonal militia property markings are stamped on the left side of the buttstock and barrel, "GB." (Canton Graubunden, please, see pictures). Several other Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts and on the stock. The lock plate displays Belgian gun maker markings, "Crown over BF" and "Beuret Freres, Liege". The "Crown over BF" markings are also present on the stock, counter plate, trigger guard, buttplate, all barrel bands and on the bayonet! Belgian gun makers manufactured percussion muskets for various Swiss cantons. The rifle has all matching numbers (stamped on the receiver, breech block, barrel and bayonet). All steel furniture. Three steel barrel bands. Flat, musket style steel buttplate. Complete with original cleaning rod (ramrod). CONDITION: Excellent. The rifle is in all original, uncleaned condition. The rifle has correct for this model polished metal finish. Some scattered light patina on the metal parts. Very nice and smooth walnut stock with some minor handling marks and light dings. There are no cracks in the stock. Original finish on the wood and metal. Excellent bore with sharp and shiny rifling. Action is very crisp and fully functional. All the internal parts of the rifle are in excellent condition as well. All the markings on metal and wood are clearly visible. Overall length: 57.50 inches. Barrel length: 40.50 inches. All complete and original. The socket bayonet is in excellent condition. Swiss 18 mm Milbank Amsler rifle in very collectible condition with a matching serial number bayonet! Serial# 2XX. (Ref. "Hand- und Faustfeuerwaffen. Schweizerische Ordonnanz 1817 bis 1975", p.77). (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

Swiss M.1863-67 Milbank-Amsler Rifle

Caliber: 10.4 x 38 mm, rimfire (Swiss .41)

Price: $1975

Inventory # arc_0363

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Swiss breech loading M.1863-67 Milbank-Amsler rifle converted from percussion M.1863 rifle. Swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863. Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler. Twenty gun makers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. The rifle displays markings on the breech mechanism, "Gebruder Sulzer, Winthertur". These are the markings of the factory that converted the rifle from percussion to breech loading system. The Bern cantonal militia property markings and weapon's number, "10336", are stamped on the back of the barrel, just in front of the rear sight (please, see pictures). The lock plate displays following gun maker's markings, "von Erlach & C. in Thun.". Several Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts and on the stock. Swiss style rear sight. All steel furniture. Rifle style, "flat" buttplate. Two, military style sling swivels. Complete with original cleaning rod (ramrod). CONDITION: Excellent. 78% of the finish is still present on the metal (turning to brownish color in some places). Some brown patina on the front barrel band and on the trigger guard. Couple of spots of light surface rust on the breech block and on the rear sight. Fading and worn case coloring on the lock plate. Very nice stock with some handling marks, minor dings and light scratches (mostly on the left side of the buttstock). Some oil stains on the left side of the stock, near the middle barrel band. Small hairline crack on the right side of the stock, between the breech block and the hammer (please, see pictures). Excellent bore with sharp rifling. Action is very crisp. All the internal parts of the rifle are in excellent condition, with no visible wear. All the markings on the stock and metal are clearly visible. Overall length: 54.25 inches. Barrel length: 36.25 inches. All complete and original. Scarce Swiss M.1863-67 Milbank-Amsler breech loading rifle in very collectible condition! Serial# 77XX. (Ref. "Hand- und Faustfeuerwaffen. Schweizerische Ordonnanz 1817 bis 1975", p.75). (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

Swiss Milbank-Amsler Schutzen Rifle

Caliber: 10.4 x 38 mm, rimfire (Swiss .41)

Price: $1875

Inventory # arc_0362

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DESCRIPTION: Beautiful Swiss Milbank-Amsler Schutzen rifle! The rifle features an extra long and very heavy octagonal barrel. It was manufactured specifically for Swiss-style long range target shooting. The rifle is a conversion of the M. 1851 Federal Percussion Stutzer. This type of the swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863. Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler. Twenty gun makers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. The rifle displays the maker's markings on the barrel, "Widmer Ettiswil". These are the markings of a gun maker who converted the rifle from military to target style. The back of the barrel displays the wording, "Acier Fondu". The lock plate displays a letter, "S". Several Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts of the rifle. The stock does not show any markings. Double set trigger mechanism. Swiss style butt plate. Swiss target style micro-adjustable rear sights (they can be moved on the rail, which is an integral part of the barrel). Target style front sight. Two sling swivels. All steel furniture. The rifle does not have a provision for the cleaning rod (ramrod). CONDITION: Low excellent. 92% of the finish is still present on the metal. Some finish is turning to brown color. Nice stock with few handling marks and light scratches. There is a small crack on the left side of the stock near the counter screw. A small block of wood was nicely replaced on the right side of the stock, just below the breech block. There is also a small chip on the right side of the stock just in front the the breech block (please, see pictures). Excellent bore with sharp and shiny rifling. Action is very crisp and fully functional. The double set trigger mechanism works very well. All the internal parts of the rifle are in excellent condition. All the markings on metal are clearly visible. Overall length: 54 inches. Barrel length: 34 inches. Scarce and very attractive Swiss breech loading Schutzen rifle! (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

Swiss M.1864-67 Milbank-Amsler Stutzer Carbine

Caliber: 10.4 x 38 mm, rimfire (Swiss .41)

Price: $2250

Inventory # arc_0361

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Swiss breech loading M.1864-67 Milbank-Amsler stutzer converted from Federal M.1864 percussion stutzer. According to the Swiss sources the stutzer is a type of carbine, although the weapon is long enough to be considered a rifle. Swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863. Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler. Twenty gun makers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. The stutzer displays markings on the lock plate, "F. Schlegel in Locle". These are most likely the markings of the factory, or rather a gunsmith workshop, that converted the carbine from percussion to breech loading system. The lock plate also displays Belgian gun maker markings, "Crown over BF" (Beuret Freres, Liege). Belgian gun makers manufactured percussion muskets, rifles and stutzers for various Swiss cantons. There are no Swiss cantonal militia property markings stamped on the rifle. Several other Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts and on the stock. The carbine does not show any serial numbers. Some assembly numbers are stamped on various parts of the carbine. Double set trigger mechanism. Swiss style butt plate and rear sight. The carbine has two military style sling swivels. There is a Swiss style bayonet lug on the right side of the barrel, near the muzzle. All steel furniture. Complete with original cleaning rod (ramrod). CONDITION: Excellent. 92% of finish is still present on the metal (turning to pleasing brownish color in some places). The lock plate shows about 87% of case coloring. Some wear and light patina on the barrel, near the muzzle. Some light cleaning marks and some metal roughness are visible on the rear sight. The front trigger guard screw is missing. Very nice walnut stock with only few handling marks. No cracks to the stock. Excellent bore with sharp rifling. Action is very crisp and fully functional. The double set trigger mechanism works very well. All the internal parts of the carbine are in excellent condition. All the markings on metal and wood are clearly visible. Overall length: 50 inches. Barrel length: 30.75 inches. Scarce Swiss breech loading M.1864-67 Milbank-Amsler Stutzer carbine in very collectible condition! (Ref. "Hand- und Faustfeuerwaffen. Schweizerische Ordonnanz 1817 bis 1975", p.75). (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

Swiss M.1864-67 Milbank-Amsler Stutzer Carbine

Caliber: 10.4 x 38 mm, rimfire (Swiss .41)

Price: $1975

Inventory # arc_0360

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Swiss breech loading M.1864-67 Milbank-Amsler stutzer converted from Federal M.1864 percussion stutzer. According to the Swiss sources the stutzer is a type of carbine, although the weapon is long enough to be considered a rifle. Swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863. Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler. Twenty gun makers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. The stutzer displays markings on the breech mechanism, "Zoller". These are most likely the markings of the factory, or rather a gunsmith workshop, that converted the carbine from percussion to breech loading system. The lock plate displays Belgian gun maker markings, "Crown over BF" (Beuret Freres, Liege). Belgian gun makers manufactured percussion muskets, rifles and stutzers for various Swiss cantons. Canton Thurgau militia property markings are stamped on the back of the barrel, as well as on the left side of the stock, "383 TH" (please, see pictures). Several other Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts and on the stock. The carbine does not show any serial/assembly numbers. Double set trigger mechanism. Swiss style butt plate and rear sight. The carbine has two military style sling swivels. All steel furniture. Complete with original cleaning rod (ramrod). CONDITION: Fine+ to low excellent. 84% of finish is still present on the metal (turning to pleasing brownish color). Scattered light patina and occasional peppering on metal. Very nice walnut stock with only few handling marks and light dings. No cracks to the stock. Original finish on the wood and metal. Excellent bore with sharp rifling. Action is very crisp and fully functional. The double set trigger mechanism works very well. All the internal parts of the carbine are in excellent condition. All the markings on metal and wood are clearly visible. The rear sight's butterfly screw is missing. Overall length: 49.50 inches. Barrel length: 30.50 inches. Scarce Swiss breech loading M.1864-67 Milbank-Amsler Stutzer carbine with canton Thurgau militia markings! (Ref. "Hand- und Faustfeuerwaffen. Schweizerische Ordonnanz 1817 bis 1975", p.75). (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

Very Nice Swiss M.1842 T.59-67 Milbank-Amsler Infantry Rifle

Caliber: 18 mm

Price: $2250

Inventory # arc_0357

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Swiss large caliber Milbank-Amsler breech loading rifle in very nice condition! Originally, M.1842 smoothbore percussion musket, later it was converted to rifled percussion musket M.1842 T.59. The rifling was cut in the barrel and the new, modern style rear sights were added. Finally, the rifle was converted to breech loader M.1842 T.59-67 in the late 1860-s. Swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863. Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler. Twenty gun makers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. The rifle does not display maker's markings on the breech mechanism. Swiss cantonal militia property markings are stamped on the left side of the stock, just above the counter plate, and on the barrel, in front of the rear sight, "CLG." (in the oval) and the weapon number "1899" (Canton Glarus, please, see pictures). Several other Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts and on the stock. The lock plate displays Belgian gun maker markings, "Crown over BF" and "Beuret Freres, Liege". The "Crown over BF" markings are also present on the counter plate, trigger guard, buttplate and on all barrel bands. Belgian gun makers manufactured percussion muskets for various Swiss cantons. The rifle has matching assembly numbers (stamped on the receiver, breech block and rear sight). All steel furniture. Three steel barrel bands. Flat, musket style steel buttplate. Complete with original cleaning rod (ramrod). CONDITION: Excellent. The rifle is in all original, uncleaned condition. The rifle has correct for this model polished metal finish. Some scattered light patina on the metal parts. Very nice and smooth walnut stock with some minor handling marks and light dings. There are no cracks in the stock. Original finish on the wood and metal. Excellent bore with sharp and shiny rifling. Action is very crisp and fully functional. All the internal parts of the rifle are in excellent condition as well. All the markings on metal and wood are clearly visible. Overall length: 57.50 inches. Barrel length: 40.50 inches. All complete and original. Swiss 18 mm Milbank Amsler rifle in very collectible, original condition! Serial# 18XX. (Ref. "Hand- und Faustfeuerwaffen. Schweizerische Ordonnanz 1817 bis 1975", p.77). (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

Mont Storm
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Swiss Military Style Breech Loading Percussion Schutzen Rifle

Caliber: 10.4 mm

Price: $3750

Inventory # arc_0119

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Swiss military style breech loading percussion Schutzen rifle. Interesting percussion breech loading mechanism, similar to the Mont Storm patent, and later cartridge rifles, Milbank-Amsler and Albini-Braendlin. The breech is locked by a massive steel rod operated by "Monkey Tail" style lever located on the receiver tang, above the butt stock. Swiss style butt plate, trigger guard and rear sight. Swiss style bayonet lug on the right side of the barrel (Swiss style target shooting requires the military style rifle with a bayonet lug). Two barrel bands configuration. All steel furniture. The right side of the chamber displays following maker's markings, "RAMEAU" (Swiss gun maker who built the schutzen rifle?). The left side of the chamber displays following maker's markings, "Crown over P&C" (Belgian gun maker who supplied the lock mechanism?). The rear sight is installed on the rail and can be adjusted forward and backward on the barrel. No provision for the ramrod. CONDITION: Excellent. The lock works fine. Some light patina on steel parts. Original finish on the stock. Overall length: 46 inch. Barrel length: 26.25 inch. Scarce! This is the only rifle utilizing such breech loading mechanism, I have ever seen!

Mosin-Nagant
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Murata
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Peabody
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Very Scarce Romanian Issue M.1879 Martini-Peabody Rifle

Caliber: .45, rimmed (11.43mm x 49R).

Price: $2500

Inventory # arc_0631

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Romanian military issue Martini-Peabody M.1879 rifle in its original, .45 caliber. This was the first rifle adopted by Romanian army after the country declared independence in 1878. The rifle was manufactured by the Oesterreichische Waffenfabriks - Gesellschaft Steyr in Austro-Hungary in 1882, as indicated by a beautiful cartouche stamped on the left side of the receiver block. The rifle is practically identical with the Turkish M.1874, except for the markings. The right side of the receiver displays a Romanian Royal Crown over the cartouche with wording: "ARMATA ROMANA, ARMA, Md. 1879". The rifle shows Romanian military issue markings stamped on the right side of the receiver and barrel, "Crossed Lances", "Royal Crown", "Arrow" and "Romanian Phoenix Rising from Ashes". The serial number is stamped on the right side of the buttstock, receiver, rear sights and barrel (matching). The left side of the receiver and buttstock displays the maker's cartouche, "OEWG Steyr 1882"(fading cartouche on the buttstock, please, see pictures). The markings on the receiver are very crisp. The assembly markings are present on all the metal parts. Short lever action. Correct military style ramp and leaf rear sights. Front barrel band with saber type bayonet lug. Complete with a cleaning rod. Overall length: 50 inch. Barrel length: 33 inch. CONDITION: Low fine. Metal is mainly in white, with some blue finish preserved in protected areas. Some cleaning marks are visible on metal. Occasional scattered brown/gray patina. The buttplate is covered with brown patina. All the markings on metal are clearly visible. The stocks are in fine condition with some handling marks and light scratches. Wood was refurbished long time ago, but the serial number and cartouche are still partially visible. The trigger guard sling swivel is missing. The lower part of the buttstock had, at one time, an extra sling swivel. The latter was removed and the opening in wood was camouflaged with some wood filling material (please, see pictures). The bore is in very good/low fine condition with strong rifling. The action works fine. The front barrel band screw is missing. One of the receiver screws is also missing. The cleaning rod shows some roughness and rust. Careful cleaning would greatly increase an appeal of this rifle! Scarce Romanian issue M.1879 Martini-Peabody rifle! Serial# R.77XX.

Very Scarce Romanian Issue M.1879 Martini-Peabody Cavalry Carbine

Caliber: .45, rimmed (11.43mm x 49R).

Price: $2975

Inventory # arc_0630

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Romanian military issue Martini-Peabody M.1879 cavalry carbine in its original, .45 caliber. This was the first carbine adopted by Romanian army after the country declared independence in 1878. The carbine was manufactured by the Waffen- und Guss-stahl Fabrik, Witten an der Ruhr in Germany in 1882, as indicated by a beautiful cartouche stamped on the left side of the receiver block. The markings on the receiver are very crisp. The carbine is very similar to the Martini-Henry cavalry carbine, except for the markings and location of sling swivels. The carbine shows Romanian military issue markings stamped on the right side of the receiver and barrel, "Crossed Lances over 2P" and "Crossed Lances over P". The carbine does not seem to have a serial number. Several steel parts of the carbine display assembly numbers (?), "C8", "C34", "C1", "C3", etc. The stocks do not display any markings. Short lever action. Correct military style ramp and leaf rear sights calibrated from 100 to 1000 meters (?). The carbine was manufactured without the bayonet lug (correct for cavalry issue). Two barrel bands configuration. Massive steel nosecap (similar to the one used in the Martini-Henry cavalry carbine). Two sling swivels. The front sling swivel is located on the right side of the rear barrel band. The rear sling swivel is located on the upper/rear part of the buttstock, just in front of the buttplate tang. This sling swivel seems to be of unique design with two steel plates and and a pin securing it to the buttstock (please, see pictures). Complete with an original cleaning rod (the tip of the rod fits nicely into the steel nosecap). Overall length: 40 inch. Barrel length: 23.25 inch. CONDITION: Very good+ to low fine. The carbine is in "as found", uncleaned condition. Metal is mainly in white, with some blue finish preserved in protected areas. Occasional scattered brown/gray patina. Some light pitting on the barrel, along the stock lines. All the markings on metal are clearly visible. The buttstock is in fine condition with some handling marks and light scratches. The forestock shows some wood filling material camouflaging some dings and some hairline cracks. The bore is in fine condition with strong rifling. The action works fine. Careful cleaning would greatly increase an appeal of this carbine! The forestock should be professionally redone. This is the only example of the Romanian issue Martini-Peabody cavalry carbine I have ever seen! Very few of these carbines were manufactured for the Romanian cavalry!

Very Scarce Romanian Issue M.1879 Martini-Peabody Rifle with Bayonet

Caliber: .45, rimmed (11.43mm x 49R).

Price: $1800

Inventory # arc_0348

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Romanian military issue Martini-Peabody M.1879 rifle in its original, .45 caliber. This was the first rifle adopted by Romanian army after the country declared independence in 1878. The rifle was manufactured by the Waffen- und Guss-stahl Fabrik, Witten an der Ruhr in Germany in 1879. The rifle is practically identical with the Turkish M.1874, except for the markings. The right side of the receiver displays a Romanian Royal Crown over the cartouche with wording: "ARMATA ROMANA, ARMA, Md. 1879". The rifle shows Romanian military issue markings stamped on the right side of the receiver and barrel, "Crossed Lances", "Royal Crown", "Arrow" and "Romanian Phoenix Rising from Ashes". The serial number is stamped on the right side of the buttstock, receiver and barrel (matching). The left side of the receiver and buttstock displays a crown over the maker's cartouche, "WITTEN 1879"(fading cartouche on the buttstock, please, see pictures). The markings on the receiver are very crisp. German assembly markings are present on all the metal parts. The buttstock is "decorated" with brass pins. Short lever action. Correct military style rear sights. Front barrel band with saber type bayonet lug. The cleaning rod is missing. Complete with original socket bayonet with quadrangular blade. Overall length: 50 inch. Barrel length: 33 inch. CONDITION: Good. The rifle was unprofessionally restored. The metal parts show, what seems to be, a worn cold blue applied over the surface that was not properly polished. Some light pitting and metal roughness under the reblue (mostly on the barrel). There are some filing marks on the barrel, near the muzzle. Stocks are in overall fair condition. A large piece of the forestock was replaced. The buttstock shows a couple of repaired cracks. Some filling material was used on the buttstock, near the receiver. A layer of varnish was added to the stocks' finish. All the markings on the metal are clearly visible. Fading , partially recognizable markings on the stocks. The bore is dark, but the rifling is still strong. Very crisp action. This scarce rifle is begging for a professional restoration! Serial# F.31XX.

Podewils
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Roberts
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Schmidt Rubin
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Sharps
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Scarce Nepalese Gurkha Sharps Percussion Rifle

Caliber: .577 (?)

Price: $2975

Inventory # arc_0595

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Nepalese issue Sharps breech loading percussion rifle. The rifle is based on the 1853-type Sharps. It was manufactured locally in Nepal in 1860-s. The rifle was issued to elite Gurkha regiments, and consequently it is often called, "Gurkha Sharps". Production of the rifle in Nepal caused serious logistical problems. Information about this rifle is still insufficient, but the most common opinion is that only a very limited number of guns of this pattern were manufactured for the Government of Nepal. Sharps rifles in Nepalese army were soon replaced by Sniders. Consequently, Nepalese Sharps rifles were withdrawn from service and stored for many decades in the government warehouse. Steel receiver. Steel barrel with 3 grooves. Fixed front sight. Ramp and leaf military style rear sights. Brass buttplate and nosecap. Three steel barrel bands. Two sling swivels. The barrel of the rifle displays a "Crown", stamped just behind the rear sights. No other markings are present on the rifle. Complete with an original ramrod. Judging the features of the action and the style of rear sights, this must be a late production Nepalese Sharps rifle. The early production Nepalese Sharps rifles had slightly different configuration with a very simple rear sights. Nepalese Sharps were until recently totally unknown on the collector market. A few rifles of this type were smuggled out of Nepal before 1990-s. The first example of this rifle I have seen in 1980-s, advertised as "Confederate Production Sharps" (sic!). More rifles of this pattern were imported from Nepal, along with Sniders and Martinis, in the last ten years. CONDITION: Excellent. About 85% of original finish is still present on metal. Some finish is turning to brownish color patina. Most of the wear is on the barrel bands, lever and on the receiver. No pitting. Solid stocks with some minor handling marks. No cracks of any kind to the stocks. The bore is in excellent condition with strong and shiny rifling. Mechanically, the rifle is in fine condition with crisp, strong action. Percussion lock works fine. All the internal parts of the rifle are in fine condition, with no obvious wear. Overall length: 53 inch. Barrel length: 36.75 inch. Scarce Nepalese Sharps rifle in very collectible condition! (Ref. "Guns of the Gurkhas", by John Walter, pp. 56-59).

Snider
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Scarce Portuguese Military Contract Snider Enfield Mk. III Artillery Carbine

Caliber: .577, rimmed

Price: $1875

Inventory # arc_0694

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Portuguese military contract Snider Enfield two band artillery carbine with all brass furniture. In 1874 B.S.A arranged a contract with the Portuguese government for ten thousand Snider long rifles and twelve hundred cavalry carbines. Portugal was a traditional England's ally, so the choice of weapons was politically justified. After the initial purchase from the B.S.A., Portugal decided to place orders for additional Snider rifles and carbines in different configurations with other English companies. This artillery carbine seems to be a part of this second order. The lockplate displays following markings, "Tower", "Arrow over 3.0" and "Royal Crown over VR". The breech displays, "SNIDER PATENT 'ARROW S'" markings. The left side of the stock displays Portuguese military property markings, "FA" (Forças Armadas - Armed Forces) and a date, "1885" (just below the breech). There are also numerous other English markings on metal parts. Strong, improved bolted action with the latch on the left side of the breech. Original carbine rear sight. Steel barrel rifled with 3 grooves. Correct brass trigger guard, nosecap and butt plate (without a trap). Two barrel bands. The front barrel band has a saber type bayonet lug on its right side. Complete with a cleaning rod. CONDITION: Fine+ to low excellent. About 90% of the original brown finish is still present on metal. Some finish is turning to light patina. Solid stock with some handling marks, scratches and dings. Some wear to the lower part of the buttstock, just in front of the brass buttplate (please, see pictures). There is also a minor wear to wood near the cleaning rod channel (please, see pictures). Bore is in excellent condition, with strong and shiny rifling. Mechanically, the carbine is in excellent condition with crisp, strong action. All the parts of the action are in fine condition with no visible wear. All the markings and stamps are clearly visible on the stock and on the metal. Very scarce Portuguese Snider Enfield artillery carbine in all original condition! Overall length is 40.25 inches. Barrel length: 21.5 inch. Antique. The rifle comes from my family member collection of military firearms (please, pay by check, money order, or bank wire transfer only).

Very Scarce Ottoman Empire (Turkish) Military Snider/Springfield Rifle

Caliber: .577, rimmed

Price: $3850

Inventory # arc_0597

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Ottoman Empire (Turkish) military Snider/Springfield breech loading rifle. This was originally a US Springfield percussion muzzle-loading rifle. Many Springfield rifles were sold to France during the Franco-Prussian War. The Prussians captured many such rifles and eventually sold them to the Ottoman Empire after the war ended. The Ottoman Empire also purchased many Springfield muzzle-loaders directly in the USA. All of these Springfields were eventually converted to Snider breech loading rifles. The conversions were done in English, Belgian a and Turkish arsenals. The Snider actions were purchased in England, Belgium, or manufactured locally in Turkey. This particular rifle features a US manufactured lockplate, stock and buttplate. The lockplate still displays original US markings, "U.S. Springfield, 1859, American Eagle". The buttplate tang also displays, "U.S.". The barrel and Snider Pattern II conversion block were manufactured in England, as indicated by English proof marks. The conversion block also displays, "SNIDER PATENT" markings with "Arrow S" mark. The hammer is rather crude and was most likely manufactured locally in Turkey. Although Ottoman Empire converted many muzzle loading rifles to Snider breech-loaders, because of their extremely long service life (they were still used in the early years of the World War One), only a few of them survived to these days. Today, an Ottoman Empire military Snider rifle is a difficult item to find on the collector market. This is only the first rifle of this pattern I have seen in the USA. English military style ramp and leaf rear sights. Steel trigger guard and barrel bands. Brass nosecap. Steel buttplate. Walnut stock. Two sling swivels. English type bayonet lug on the barrel. Overall length of the rifle is 48 inches. Barrel length: 31.50 inch. The cleaning rod is missing. CONDITION: Fine+ to low excellent. The rifle has a polished steel finish on the lockplate, hammer, trigger guard, buttplate and rear sights. These parts show some scattered light patina. The Snider conversion block has about 40% of original blue/brown finish. All the markings and stamps are clearly visible on metal. Solid and smooth stock with some occasional handling marks. Bore is in very good condition. Mechanically, the rifle is in excellent condition with crisp, strong action. Very scarce Ottoman Empire military Snider rifle!

Scarce Afghan Snider Enfield Pattern III Rifle

Caliber: .577, rimmed

Price: $750

Inventory # arc_0551

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DESCRIPTION: Afghan two band Snider Enfield Pattern III infantry rifle. This was originally English made Enfield percussion rifle. Consequently, the rifle was converted to the Snider breech loader configuration at the Royal Afghan Arsenal in Kabul in 1883, as indicated by markings on the lockplate (an arsenal trademark and a Muslim calendar date, "1261"). The breech displays a number, "1471". The back of the barrel also displays some symbols. There are also numerous other Afghan markings on metal parts. There is no cartouche stamped on the buttstock. All steel furniture. Steel buttplate without a trap. Steel trigger guard, barrel bands and nosecap. English walnut stock. Strong, improved bolted action with the latch on the left side of the breech. Steel barrel rifled with five grooves. Military adjustable rear sights. The rifle has two sling swivels; one under the front barrel band and one on the trigger guard tang. Complete with original cleaning rod (with fading War Department markings). CONDITION: Very good. The finish is mostly in white with some scattered light patina. The breech displays some dings and handling marks. There is some brown patina on the internal parts of the breech. The stock shows usual dings, scratches and handling marks. Stock is solid with no cracks of any kind. All the markings and stamps are clearly visible on the metal. Bore is in fine condition, with strong and shiny rifling. Mechanically, the rifle is in very good condition with crisp, strong action. The trigger guard was most likely replaced during the conversion (an extra space in front of the trigger guard was filled with a wooden block). The sling swivel in front of the trigger guard is missing. The receiver rails show some stress cracks. Scarce Afghan Snider Enfield Pattern III military rifle! Overall length is 49.75 inch. Barrel length is 31.75 inch.

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Scarce Belgian Manufactured Spencer M.1865 Cavalry Saddle Ring Carbine (Brazilian M. 1873/76 Military Contract)

Caliber: .50 RF Spencer Carbine

Price: $3975

Inventory # arc_0576

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Belgian manufactured Spencer M.1865 cavalry saddle ring carbine. This is a Brazilian M.1873/76 military contract carbine, as indicated by Brazilian arsenal cartouche stamped on the right side of the buttstock, "Fabrica d'Armas na Conceicao, AGC" (Arsenal de Guerra da Corte). Spencer M.1865 repeating carbine replaced Minie carbine as a primarily Brazilian cavalry weapon during the Paraguayan War. It was the first repeating long gun issued to Brazilian military forces (along with Winchester M.1866). Brazilian Spencers were purchased from the USA and Belgium. This carbine was manufactured by Union Armuriére Belge in Liege, Belgium, as indicated by marking on the upper part of the receiver. The left side of the receiver displays "Crown over E (in a circle)". The Liege house proof marks are stamped on the receiver and barrel. Several other Belgian maker's marks and proofs are stamped on various parts of the carbine. Spencer is a manually operated lever-action repeater fed from a tube magazine. It was adopted by the Union Army cavalry, during the American Civil War. Carbine style stock with one barrel band. Steel receiver. Ramp and leaf rear sight. Fixed front sight. Overall length: 37.25 inch. Barrel length: 20 inch. Scarce! CONDITION: Overall, in NRA antique fine condition. The metal parts are covered with uniform light patina. No pitting. The stocks show the usual handling marks, light dings and scratches. The finish on the stocks is original. No cracks in wood. Bore is in excellent condition, with strong and shiny rifling. Mechanically, the carbine is in fine condition with crisp, strong action. All the internal parts of the rifle are in fine condition, with no visible wear. All the markings and numbers on metal and wood are clearly visible. Excellent quality of machining and parts fitting! Nice example of scarce Belgian Spencer M.1865 cavalry carbine!

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Tabatiere
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Scarce French M. 1867 Infantry Rifle "a Tabatiere"

Caliber: 17.8 x 35 mm, center fire

Price: $3975

Inventory # arc_0645

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce French "Fusil d'Infanterie Mle. 1867" in all original condition! Early single shot breech loading rifle, converted from the muzzle loading French Mle.1857 percussion infantry rifle. The rifle features a modified Snider hinged block action. Model 1867 is one of the rarest rifles of the Franco-Prussian War. Originally, the rifle was intended for use by the Garde Nationale Mobile, however later in the war, it was issued to many other French units. Different patterns of the Tabatiere ("snuffbox") breech loading rifles and carbines were manufactured for the French infantry, cavalry, artillery, dragoons, chasseurs, gendarmerie and navy. Shortly after the Franco-Prussian war, the French military decided that the rifle is obsolete. The Tabatiere rifles and carbines were sold as surplus. Consequently, they were converted to inexpensive commercial arms, with their stocks shortened, and their barrels bored smooth for shot shells. These cut down, smooth bored guns were sold all over the world and are known today on the collector market as "Zulu Shotguns". As a result, the original M. 1867 "a Tabatiere" rifles and carbines are very difficult to find on the collector market! This particular rifle was manufactured at the Tulle arsenal, as indicated by markings on the lock plate, "M-re Imp-ale de Tulle". Original walnut stock with steel buttplate and trigger guard. The right side of the buttstock displays a very nice cartouche with a "Holy Water" plug and arsenal markings with a date, "S. T. Septembre 1866 M.". Some other arsenal markings and poincons are present on both sides of the buttstock, as well as on its upper and lower parts. The metal parts of the rifle also display many French arsenal markings, poincons and numbers. Three steel barrel bands configuration. Steel breech mechanism and receiver. A pivoting-leaf rear sights graduated for 200, 400 and 600 meters. Original brass front sight blade on the upper/rear part of the nosecap. Typical French hammer with a straight spur. Socket bayonet lug under the muzzle. Two sling swivels. Matching serial and conversion numbers. The breech block displays a M.1867 conversion number, "6497". The stock and hammer display original M.1857 matching serial numbers, "1947". Both these numbers, "6497" and "1947", are stamped on the underside of the barrel, giving matching serial and conversion numbers for this rifle. Complete with an original ramrod. CONDITION: Low excellent. The rifle has a polished steel finish, which is original and correct for most of the guns of the period. Some, occasional light patina and peppering on metal. Some light metal roughness on the nosecap (please, see pictures). The cartouche, "Holy Water" plug and French poincons on the stock are clearly visible. Solid stock with usual handling marks, dings and scratches (the biggest scratches are on the left side of the buttstock, please, see pictures). The finish on the stock is original. There are no cracks in wood. Bore is in excellent++ condition, with very strong and shiny rifling. All the internal parts of the rifle are in excellent condition, with no visible wear. Mechanically, the rifle is in excellent condition as well, with a very crisp, strong action. All the markings and numbers are clearly visible on both, metal and wood. Very scarce, early breech loading "a Tabatiere" rifle, a veteran of the Franco-Prussian War! This is the nicest Tabatiere rifle I have seen for a long time! Serial# 19XX. (Ref. "French Military Weapons 1717-1938", by James E. Hicks, p. 28). (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $50 for this item only).

Terssen
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Vetterli
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Very Early Swiss M.1869 Vetterli Rifle (a Prototype?)

Caliber: 10.4 x 38R, Rimfire.

Price: $3475

Inventory # arc_0306

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DESCRIPTION: Unusual and one of a kind Swiss Vetterli M.1869 rifle! The rifle was made by Weber-Ruesch in Zurich, and is accordingly marked on the left side of the receiver. This maker was not awarded a Swiss army contract, so perhaps the rifle is one of the prototypes made for trials, or a sample presented to Swiss army for consideration. The other possibility is that the rifle was simply offered on the commercial market. The rifle is virtually identical with early military model 1869 trial rifle described in "Die Repetiergewehre der Schweiz" , p. 30. The M.1863 rear sights are similar to those found on Milbank Amsler and Peabody military rifles, as well as on some Swiss sporting and target rifles. I have also seen similar sights installed on Swiss Martini target rifles. Some early Vetterli M.1867, 1868 and M.1869 prototype rifles have also used this type of rear sights (see: "Die Repetiergewehre der Schweiz" , p.19, p.22, pp.25-30). The rifle has all the early features of M.1869 series. Some parts of the rifle are crudely manufactured, especially when compared to military M.69/71 (rear sling swivel!). High capacity tubular magazine under the barrel (12+1 rounds). The rifle does not show the usual Swiss Cross stamped on the receiver and buttstock. There is no serial number. Some parts are stamped with assembly numbers that should not be confused with the serial numbers. Right side of the buttstock displays a German silver shield inlaid in the wood (with no markings). The left side of the chamber displays a letter "K" and a small cantonal (?) crest (unrecognizable). The barrel displays following markings under the forestock, "C.W.& C. 3752". The metal displays also a couple of smaller marks. The lower part of the buttstock displays a museum, or a collection number black painted on the white background, "C111". The rifle still has a scarce loading gate cover and the magazine cut off lever, that were removed from most of the early Vetterli rifles. The receiver dust cover was removed from the rifle. The forestock has original checkering. Complete with commercial style, period cleaning rod, which is most likely not correct for this type of rifle. CONDITION: Fine+. The rifle has polished steel finish with traces of brown patina. The buttplate shows some darker patina. The stocks are in original finish. Some handling marks, dings and minor scratches are visible on the stocks. No cracks to the stocks. Very good bore with strong, shiny rifling (counter bored couple of inches from the muzzle). Action works fine. Very early and one of the kind Swiss M.1869/71 Vetterli rifle, that is worth further research! Serial# NN.

Wanzel
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Ward-Burton
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Werder
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Scarce Bavarian Gendarmerie Werder M.1873 "Lightning" Carbine

Caliber: 11.5 mm x 35R Werder Carbine (M.1869 short)

Price: $3975

Inventory # arc_0513

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Bavarian Gendarmerie M.1873 Werder breech loading single shot carbine (Gendarmeriegewehr M1873 System Werder). These carbines were manufactured by Amberg arsenal, although many parts were made by subcontractors. The action was manufactured by Greis in Munich, and is accordingly marked, "GF" on the breech. The barrel was manufactured by A. Francotte in Liege as indicated by its markings. The stock was also manufactured by Francotte, as indicated by a fading cartouche stamped on the right side of the buttstock. Some small marks are also stamped on various metal parts. Unusual, one of the kind action, which was was famous for a very high rate of fire, 15-24 shots a minute, hence a name, "Blitz" ("Lightning"). The action performed superbly during the Franco-Prussian War. The carbine fires the some round that was used in Werder M.1869 pistol: 11.5 mm x 35 R. Matching external serial numbers. The serial numbers are stamped on the right side of the buttstock, on the buttplate, on the barrel, on the trigger guard, on the front and back of the receiver and on all the screw heads. All the serial numbers are factory original and they were not restamped. Adjustable rear sight. One barrel band/nosecap. Two sling swivels. Complete with original cleaning rod with proper markings. Overall length: 37.75 inch. Barrel length: 21.5 inch. These carbines were issued to Bavarian Gendarmerie with socket bayonets. Similar carbines with saber bayonets were issued to Bavarian customs' officers (M1874 Zollkarabiner). CONDITION: Fine+ to low excellent, with 90-92% of original blue finish on metal. Blue is turning to light brown patina in some places. Some surface rust on the right side of the barrel, near the muzzle. Some scattered brown patina is also present on the buttplate. Excellent+ bore with strong and shiny rifling. Strong and crisp action. All the markings and numbers are clearly visible on metal. All the internal parts of the carbine are in fine condition, with no obvious wear. Very nice walnut stock with some handling marks and light dings. The stock is in original finish. No cracks in the wood. Scarce Bavarian Werder carbine in very collectible condition! Antique. Serial# 3XX.

Werndl
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Very Scarce Austro-Hungarian Werndl M.1873/1877 Jaeger Rifle

Caliber: 11 x 58 mm, rimmed

Price: $2975

Inventory # arc_0339

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DESCRIPTION: Interesting and very scarce Austro-Hungarian empire Werndl M.1873/77 Jaeger rifle! Werndl was still used by the Austro-Hungarian army as a secondary weapon during the World War One. The Jaeger rifle is identical with the infantry rifle except for the extra finger spur on the trigger guard. These rifles were originally built in 11 x 42R caliber, and they were converted to fire 11 x 58R from 1877 on. The rear sight was also replaced during the conversion works with the one for M.77 cartridge. The rifle features the modified and strengthened rotary-block breech design with central hammer. Developed from M.1867 action that was competing successfully in military trials with Remington Rolling Block. The rifle was made in 1876/1877, and all the major parts were stamped with one of these dates. The maker abbreviation, "OEWG" is stamped on the breech and on the lock plate (OESTERREICHISCHE WAFFENFABRIKS GESELLSHAFT STEYR UND PEST). The back of the barrel displays following markings, "Austro-Hungarian double headed eagle, 77". The lock plate displays, "OEWG 876". The rear sight displays arsenal markings, "OEWG". The barrel displays also a letter "T", which I believe indicates a new type, strengthened steel (the letter is stamped in front of the rear sight). Some small Austro-Hungarian proof marks are stamped on the lower part of the buttstock. The regimental markings are stamped on the butt plate tang, "26. LW. 282" (please, see pictures). Matching serial numbers, except for the rotary block (the matching numbers are stamped on the left side of the receiver, on the buttplate, on some screws and on the barrel; the rotary block displays a different serial number). The saber type bayonet lug is located on the right side of the muzzle. CONDITION: Fine+. Metal is covered by a mixture of blue finish and brown patina. The receiver shows two spots of light surface rust. Most of the blue finish wear is on the barrel bands. Solid stock with some handling marks, light scratches and dings. The stock is in original finish. The wood does not show any cracks. All the markings and numbers are clearly visible on the metal and stock. All the internal parts of the rifle are in fine condition with no obvious wear. Action works fine. Bore is in fine condition with strong and shiny rifling. Complete with cleaning rod.Very scarce Austro-Hungarian World War One rifle! Serial# 34XXW

Westley Richards
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Whitney
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