Antique Rifles & Carbines
A Boer War-vintage M1895 Ludwig Loewe Mauser custom scoped sporter in a Kimber camouflage ca mouflage stock. It is equipped with a Weaver scope base, Weaver detachable scope rings, and a classic Weaver K6 scope with fine wire crosshairs. This rifle is in excellent shape overall. The dark green, tan, brown, and black leaf camouflage pattern stock has standard QD sling swivels and is in excellent condition–showing just a tiny bit of handling wear since it was sporterized. (Apparently, it has had very little use, since then.) Many of these stocks were made of Dupont Rynite fiberglass by Garth Choate, and supplied to Kimber. The “Ludw. Loewe & Co. Berlin” marked receiver has no prefix. (Serial # 932X.) These markings are most often seen on those purchased in 1896 and 1897 by the South African Republic (ZAR), during the Boer War. The square-bottom bolt is also typical of Boer rifles. The bolt sleeve and bolt stop are not numbered. The bolt is still cock-on-closing (which many shooters prefer) and has been equipped with a low “MARK II” swing style safety for scope clearance. The bolt handle was very gracefully converted fro scope clearance and it has a drilled-out handle ball. This rifle has a commercial adjustable trigger. This rifle has a thin profile Kimber-marked recoil pad. The bore is fairly shiny and it has nice sharp rifling. The barrel is a modern commercial straight taper type replacement from an unknown maker–possibly Shilen–with no front sight. I suspect that it is a Shilen, because of the Shilen-style muzzle crowning. (See closeup photo.) The barrel length in 19.5-inches. It is clearly stamped “6.5×55” All-in-all this is a great 6.55×55 sporter that is the best of both worlds: A Federally-exempt pre-1899 antique but with a modern barrel and capable of great precision shooting as a deer rifle or counter-sniper rifle. (ZFGZ-892)
I recently found this nice Swedish M1894 6.5×55 Sporter languishing on a dusty rack in a small town gun shop. It is in a Bishop walnut sporter stock, and equipped with an original Lyman-made ghost ring receiver sight. Although presently set up for snap shooting, the Lyman sight is threaded for whichever diameter insert you’d prefer — for more precise shooting. (Those inserts are widely available on eBay, very inexpensively.) It has a checkered Williams brand ramp front sight with a faux ivory bead. This carbine is in very nice shape overall. There is some minor thinning of the bluing on the barrel, but the rest of the finish is excellent. The stock has a dainty profile and is also in excellent condition–showing just a hint of handling wear since it was sporterized. (Apparently, it has had very little use, since then.) The Oberndorf Mauser-marked receiver ring is clearly dated 1895–confirming its pre-1899 bona fides. The visible serial numbers all match. There is a small, tasteful white diamond inlay on the left side, 1960s-style quick detachable sling swivels (inexpensively replaceable if you’d prefer a more contemporary style) and a hard black plastic Bishop logo buttplate with a white spacer. (Again, easily replaceable, if you prefer a recoil pad.) The bore is fairly shiny and has nice sharp rifling. This would make a great little deer hunting gun for anyone who is recoil shy. Or it could be camouflage dipped to turn it into a Federally-exempt practical self-defense carbine. (ZFGZ-891)
Arriving in late September: Scarce Winchester Model 1890 Takedown 2nd Model chambered in .22 W.R.F.. 1898 production. (Serial # 5759X.) This is an early production style takedown with case-colored receiver. Has a standard 24-inch tapered octagon barrel. This rifle is in unusually nice condition. Good bore with a light ring halfway down that should not affect accuracy. The action is tight and functions well. Nice solid walnut stock and forend with no cracks. Faint original color case hardening is still visible on the receiver. The .22 W.R.F. cartridges are still factory-made my Winchester and surprisingly still available despite the current .22 rimfire ammo drought. Can be shot as-is, or it is a good candidate for re-lining to .22 Long Rifle. Because of the nostalgia factor, Winchester Model 1890 rifles have become very collectable in recent years, and those that were made before 1899 now bring a 30% or more premium! (EEIU-337)
A rare Orange Free State (O.V.S.) Boer War contract and Chilean contract Model 1893 DWM full-length 7×57 Mauser rifle. 28″ barrel. Near excellent overall condition with 98%+ original arsenal blue–except on the butplate. Made in late 1897 or early1898. No import mark. Bolt serial numbers mismatched to receiver—typical of early rifles that went back to the Chilean for arsenal re-build. This rifle likely started out with a straight bolt, but was retrofitted with a cavalry-syle bolt. Chilean crest is intact on receiver ring. Cleaning rod is present and number-matching! Bore is bright, with sharp rifling. The rifle’s wood and metal show only light service wear. (See photos.) The stock shows a faint cartouche. The bolt stop and follower still show some brilliant electric blue color. A later-style russet leather sling is included. Serial number 812X. Matching number on cleaning rod, triggerguard, and floorplate, but not the bolt. The no-prefix Model 1893s were some of the first produced after Ludwig Loewe was merged into DWM in 1897. Often mistakenly called “Model 1895”, these are mechanically the Model 1893, because they have a square-bottom bolt and don’t have the Chilean Model 1895-style locking lug. This rifle was initially slated for delivery to the Orange Free State in South Africa during the Second Boer War. But this is one of the last batch of O.V.S.-marked rifles that were intercepted by the British in 1899. They were returned to DWM, and subsequently marked with the Chilean crest for inclusion in one of the Chilean contract orders. (For some great historical background, see the video by firearms historian Ian McCollum: Boer Mausers. And this from the NRA: Boer Mauser Rifle.) The Model 1893s like this with “O.V.S.” (“Oranje Vrystaat”) Boer contract markings on the receiver are very rarely seen, and this one is in particularly good condition.(EMIL-082)
A rare early production Winchester Model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine (SRC) in the desirable caliber .44-40, serial number 11508X, made in 1883. Of the more than 750,000 Model 1873’s made by Winchester less than one third were carbines, and of those carbines, the most powerful caliber was .44-40. This is the most desirable M1873 variant, for collectors. Because Saddle Ring Carbines often got rough treatment carried horseback for decades on western ranches, most of these guns were damaged and got heavy wear to their exterior. This example came out of a ranch in Arizona. It displays fine wood with very tight wood to metal fit, showing that the walnut stock and forend have not been sanded or replaced. The forend shows some honest saddle wear on the rear right side. The metal on the receiver, correct 20” barrel and magazine display a wonderful soft aged blue patina with fine original blue on the loading gate. One small dent in magazine tube that should not impede cartridge feeding. The original rotary charging lever lock is intact and functional. The unpolished brass lifter on the bottom of the receiver displays a desirable mustard yellow uncleaned finish. It retains the original front sight and saddle ring. The rear sight is a simple buckhorn often seen on early production 1873 Saddle Ring Carbines where the rear sight dovetail is cut too close to the receiver for the more common later style ladder rear sight with longer base. The dust cover, although slightly loose, is also intact which is unusual as most are missing from this model, especially on carbines. The correct carbine buttplate has the brass sliding trap door for cleaning rod storage and the lever catch is also intact and functional, albeit loose. The barrel top is clearly marked in two lines: “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS NEW HAVEN CT” over “KING’S IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED- MARCH 29, 1866 OCTOBER 16, 1860.” The upper tang is also clearly marked “MODEL 1873.” The action is tight and fully functioning. In all, an exceptional early example 1873 Winchester Saddle Ring Carbine in superior, unaltered, original condition. These are significantly more rare than the Winchester 1873 rifle version. The survival rate of pre-1885 Model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbines is small. (UPEA-944)
Just Arrived: A very rare first-year of production Model 1894 chambered in the very desirable .38-55. This rifle is a special order takedown variant. It was ordered with a round barrel and a crescent buttplate. This rifle came from a ranch in the vicinity of Post Falls, Idaho. Serial number under 10,000! (# 911X.) Great mechanical condition. The takedown mechanism is nice and tight. (Has no rattle or looseness, so I suspect that it was only rarely disassembled in the 126 years since it was made.) Original walnut furniture is in very good condition and appears to be original, with some slight shrinkage at the buttplate heel. Has some attractive cross-grain in the foreend and in the grip area. The rifle’s bluing is largely intact, especially on the top of the bolt. (Barrel: 50% blued with some scattered pitting. Receiver: 80% blue. Bolt top: 90% blue, Lever plate: 90% blue, Lever: 40% blue, Magazine tube: 50% blue, Buttplate: 70% blue.) Very good shootable bore with some shine, distinct rifling, and just a bit of light pitting. Buckhorn stair-step rear sight appears to be original. This would make a great practical shooter, and also has considerable collector appeal. The hard-hitting .38-55 is factory-loaded by Winchester, HSM, and Black Hills Ammunition, with bullet weights between 240 and 255 grains. Early Model 1894s are very difficult to find with this much finish. All-in-all, this is a nice honest “fresh off the ranch” takedown Model 1894 that was made in 1894! (PMYR-KK-855)
Original Winchester Model 1873 lower tang with hammer and trigger. It was made in 1883 according to the serial number. (11098XA.) In fair condition, with no original bluing (light brown patina) and with some minor pitting but a nice clear serial number. These are very hard to find, separate from a rifle or carbine! This would be ideal for a restoration project, establishing the antique bona fides of a M1873 with a difficult-to-read serial number! (EAL-139)
A fancy grade H. Pieper Belgian Single Shot Riflem circa mid- to late-1880s. The underside of the octagonal barrel marked “ED”. Serial # 52X. This little rifle is in remarkable condition, for its age, Very few of these were ever imported into the United States, so this may have been a WWI or WWII bring-back. Has a nicely checkered stock that is in great shape! Has a very unusual stylized triggerguard. This rifle came from a collection in Illinois. (KPC-426) $850
A scarce Chilean contract 1895 early production Ludwig Loewe Saddle Ring Carbine 7×57 Mauser. 17.7″ barrel. Good to Very Good overall condition. Made circa 1896. No import marks. (A pre-1968 import.) Serial numbers are mostly matching except for the safety lever. Chilean crest is intact on the receiver ring. Bore is very good (gray) with sharp rifling. Wood and metal show typical service wear, but no abuse. Finish all looks original except for the stock, which may have been sanded at one time. (See photos.) The magazine follower still shows some electric blue. Serial number B215X. The B-prefix Model 1895s were some of the earliest produced. (Circa 1895.) Most of these saddle ring carbines got rough treatment in calvary service, so it is rare to find one in this condition. (ILM-160)
A scarce Winchester Model 1890 takedown pump action rifle chambered in .22 W.R.F. The top of the barrel is marked “-MANUFACTURED BY THE- / -WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A.-”, and at the receiver with “22 W.R.F.”. The upper tang is marked “WINCHESTER / -MODEL 1890- / PAT.JUNE 26-88.DEC.6-92.”. The lower tang is marked “5699X”. Barrel Length: 24″. The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” notched leaf sight screwed to the rear of the barrel, adjustable for elevation. The upper tang is a drilled, tapped and filled for a tang sight (none included). Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece walnut with a grooved slide handle, straight grip and steel crescent buttplate. The slide handle has a nick on the left at the second groove in front of the mounting screw, light handling marks, and some discoloration from age and oil. The buttstock has a cluster of bruises on the right-rear, several scattered nicks, dings, scuffs and scratches with a concentration along the belly toward the toe and a non-threatening crack at the rear of the bottom tang. The LOP measures 12 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has worn to white with scattered light nicks, scratches and surface oxidation. Overall, the stocks are in about Good-Very Good condition as Antique. Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color. Finish Originality: Appears original. Bore Condition: The bore is gray with well defined rifling. There is light erosion throughout the bore with infrequent light pitting. This should still be a good shooter. Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 65% of its metal finish. The exposed portions of the case color components have mostly worn to white with remaining color seen at the top of the trigger guard, on the hammer, and on the inside, concealed when assembled. The barrel has most notable finish loss at the rear with finish thinning at all edges and scattered lighter finish wear forward of the rear sight. There are light nicks, scratches, and surface oxidation scattered throughout. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good-Fine condition as Antique. Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The action locks-up correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety position. The rifle is chambered in .22 WRF, a cartridge originally developed to be more powerful than the standard .22 Long Rifle cartridge. With the development of new propellants and high-velocity .22 Long Rifle loadings, the .22 WRF lost favor with many shooters, although .22 W.R.F. cartridges are still regularly produced by CCI and they are available commercially from a number of Internet vendors. The rifle is in overall about Very Good-Fine condition with about 65% of its finish remaining. The rifle was made when the receiver and other parts were still color case hardened with a little bit of the figuring still visible on the exterior, more on the internal parts. This rifle has some normal handling wear, but the action is still tight and the bore shootable. Because of the nostalgia factor, Winchester Model 1890 rifles have become very collectable in recent years, and those that were made before 1899 now bring a 30% or more premium! (ENAU-725) $2,595
A Swedish M1894/14 carbine, 6.5×55 Mauser, that is nearly complete. Serial #5842. Dated 1895. 6.5mm Swedish, 18” barrel with a very good bore that has some minor freckling within the grooves. This is a Mauser Oberndorf-made carbine that has the modified 1914 nosecap with bayonet boss, and pre-’68 barrel extension fitted with glue (the screw holes are vacant and the wood is untouched beneath) that has run onto the barrel band as well. The metal retains about 60-70% of the original blue finish, with the balance faded to mottled, pewter gray. The non-matching numbered bolt has some of the original armory bright finish peeking through darker freckling on the bolt body and handle. The walnut stock and handguard are in good shape with numerous handling marks and scattered blemishes. There is a brass rack number disk on the comb of the buttstock: “106”. The only major detractor is that it is glaringly missing its sling retainer. But I’m also including a new original Swedish ordnance spare leather sling retainer that I obtained in Sweden for you to retrofit. It can be attached with two very commonly available brass wood screws. (See photo with green background, in the gallery.) Because this carbine is missing its foreend screw and has mismatched numbers, I’ve priced it low. This carbine can certainly be used as-is, but it is also a good candidate for polishing and restoration. (CBIH-1894)
Model 1884 Trapdoor Saddle Ring Cavalry Carbine .45-70, in overall good condition. 22″ barrel. Has typical stock dings for a 130+ year gun. This appears to be a correct original carbine rather than a cut-down rifle. Rear sight is correctly marked “C” for carbine. Serial # 39257X. Made in 1888. (PEHN-185) $2,100
Mauser 1895 Chilean contract (Ludwig Loewe, circa 1895 or 1896) Mauser that has been converted to a .45 ACP sporter carbine using a Rhineland Arms conversion kit. Uses standard M1911 magazines! Three Colt 6-round magazines and one 8-round Colt-made stainless steel .45 ACP magazines are included. Feeds from M1911 magazines, with difficulty. Fiberglass stock. 16.5″ barrel is new in the white, with threaded muzzle and thread protector. An XS Clifton 6″ long Scout (forward) scope mount Picatinny scope base has been installed. (Accepts any Picatinny-compatible rings or optics.) This will make a great suppressor host. Barrel, action, and scope base have been freshly Cerakoted in MagPul OD green, with contrasting brown Cerakote on the stock. The bolt still has a worn blued finish. (LAM-089)
An 1898-dated Swede Carbine from the Carl Gustaf arsenal that has a matching #s on buttplate, bolt, receiver, and floorplate, But the bolt’s cocking piece sleeve number are mismatched. (Receiver, bolt, buttplate, and floorplate have serial # is 531X, while the front band is #124, and the bolt sleeve is # 20. The bayonet lugs have been neatly removed, and the front metal re-blued. This little antique carbine has good bluing, a good shiny bore, and distinct rifling. There is some nice cross-grain tiger striping in the butt. The original stock disc has been replaced with a plain, un-marked zinc disc. The original leather sling keeper is in place. (EMLK-230)
U.S. Springfield Armory 1884 Trapdoor Rifle, chambered in .45-70. Serial # 52516X. Standard 32-5/8 inch round barrel. Good overall condition, with typical stock dings. Given its high serial number, it was likely produced in 1887 or 1888–just before introduction of the Model 1888. Has the desirable Buffington adjustable sight. The bore is far above average for a blackpowder-era rifle. The rifling is sharp and defined. The bore is not truly “shiny”– it is more “shiny-gray.” There are signs of just VERY slight pitting in the grooves –almost imperceptible. The trapdoor release lever has a slight wobble (typical), but the action is tight. The hammer click stops are all there — and crisp and solid. The trigger let-off is typical military weight, but crisp. I could only find one spot of finish pitting, and that is at the top-rear of the buttplate. There is only one significant stock ding, below the rear sight on the left side. Except for the top of the rear sight, which looks more shiny, the finish wear and patina all over this rifle is uniform, so this appears to be an unaltered rifle–although it may have gone back to the arsenal once early in its life. The cleaning rod shows little wear, so it mat have been replace or refinished. The cartouche box is visible, but faint. It seems to have been worn off in carry, rather than sanded off. All in all, this is a nice honest Trapdoor.
This is a nice, original unaltered rifle that would make a good representative sample for a collection, or a practical shooter. (PEHN-184) $1,475
Very Rare Lee-Enfield .303 British Cavalry Carbine. This model was replaced by the Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) which was a compromise in length between a long rifle and carbine. These early Lee Carbines were used extensively in the Boer War and elsewhere in the Empire and also in WWI. (See the movie Breaker Morant.) This carbine was later reissued, after the Boer War. It shows British Hussar regimental markings in the stock disc. Later issued to The Canadian Royal North West Mounted Police for duty on the Frontier. The buttstock bears the RNWMP stamp with the issue number 408. These RNWMP carbines are extremely rare with only about 1,000 issued, and probably less than 400 still surviving. The rifle has a correct length 20-3/4″ barrel and is 40″ overall. The metal has excellent sharp markings, clearly dated 1896 – and hence antique. The barrel and receiver have the extremely low serial number of 33, but the bolt is mismatched–numbered 199. The metal surface shows about 70% blue overall with no pitting at all. The barrel receiver and rear sight match the bolt does not. The action works very well. The bore is very fine deep rifling with some shine to it. The correct 6 round magazine (with a bit of pitting) is present was made just for these carbines. The dust cover and magazine cut off are also present and working! The stock are very good with light wear. I found this very rare carbine in the town of Surrey, British Columbia. (PUUL-102)
Scarce Afghan War Bringback .303 Lee-Metford Rifle. This is a well-worn bringback that shows plenty of use in Afghanistan. The original metal finish is mostly gone—now in gray patina. Receiver is clearly marked “Enfield 1887” Serial # 984X with “M” re-work marking below serial number. This indicates that it was re-worked to the later specification .303 British specifications. Original rear sight and volley sight are in place, and function, but show considerable wear. Original brass buttplate. Magazine is a SMLE type, so it is not original. Has a notarized copy of the U.S. Army CENTCOM Afghanistan (OEF) bringback authorization paperwork in the butt-trap! Did not pass a bullet muzzle wear test, so this rifle will probably not shoot accurately unless cast bullet handloads are used. Should have its headspace checked by a gunsmith before firing. Not import marked. All in all, this rifle is a great properly-papered piece of Afghan War history that likely saw service in various hands from the late 1880s to at least the time of the Soviet invasion in the 1980s, and possibly much later. (NFPU-103) $1,295
Full length Springfield Model 1898 Krag rifle, in .30-40 Krag. Actually made in 1898. (Serial # 14640X.) Nice original metal finish. Nice wood – appears to be original finish. Top handguard is missing, but replica handguards are widely available. (See: this link.) Includes a new, well-made replica leather sling. Bright, shiny bore! A historical records check shows that it was issued to Company I of the 10th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. That regiment was called up and saw service in Cuba, during the Spanish-American War. However, given its 1898 date of manufacture, this rifle was probably issued to the 10th after their return from Cuba. (NFAB-110)
Original Springfield Armory Model 1896 Krag Cavalry Carbine, in .30-40 Krag. This is an original and correct Model 1896 Saddle Ring cavalry carbine! Nice bore! Passed a muzzle bullet test. Nice even and matching surfaces. 98%+ bluing. Wood finish is VG++ with sharp P cartouche and a faint 1897 cartouche. Correct cavalry saddle ring bar and saddle ring. Correct one-piece front sight. Some speckling-patina on buttplate, otherwise metal finish is VG++ to excellent, overall. Has a 7239X serial number. (Circa 1897). Includes an original 3-piece cleaning rod and oiler in the butt trap. (ELUB-106).
Springfield Armory Model 1896 Krag re-work carbine, in .30-40 Krag. This is probably an arsenal re-work or possibly a Bannerman re-work with a post-1900 style military 2-piece front sight. Good Bore, with solid rifling, but not shiny. Passed a muzzle bullet test. Nice even and matching surfaces. 90%+ bluing. Wood finish is VG++ with sharp cartouche. No saddle ring. Front band is pinned, as is typical of arsenal re-works. Some speckling-patina on buttplate, otherwise metal finish is VG+ to nearly excellent, overall. Has a 5073X serial number. (Circa 1897). Includes a period leather sling in fair to good condition. (EBLY-105).
Colt Lightning small frame .22 pump action. This shoots only .22 Short or .22 Long cartridges. (Both are still factory produced.) Original, and unaltered! This gun came from a ranch in Montana. Overall, it has a pleasant even gray patina. Metal shows no signs of refinishing. Original black gutta percha buttplate with rampant stallion logo has significant wear and just one non-threatening chip. The only remaining bluing I could see is on the barrel under the slide. Very early 157X serial number. Possibly first year of production, from 1887! The dust cover and screw are present and functional! Has the correct original fixed dovetail rear sight, in nice condition. Has a period fixed dovetail front sight, in nice condition—but possibly replaced, because its base sits slightly above the barrel. Has a correct 23-1/2″ round barrel with original 2/3-length magazine tube. The magazine tube has no dents! Wood is in very nice shape. Very good shootable bore. Checkering on slide is so sharp that it looks like it may have been a later Colt factory replacement. Mechanically sound, but since this is a blackpowder era gun, it should be inspected by a qualified gunsmith before shooting. (ELIR-104)