Antique Rifles & Carbines

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

$850.00

A desirable 1895-dated Oberndorf Mauser-made Swedish M1894 6.5×55 sporter.  The walnut stock is a custom-made Monte Carlo pattern with a raised cheekpiece and drop heel. It has some nice cross-figure and a contrasting ebony nose cap. Typical of custom sporters re-built in the late 1960s and early 1970s, this little Swede has had a folding-leaf rear sight dovetailed into the barrel, a nicely-executed muzzle piece (with thinning bluing) and dovetailed front sight installed. The receiver has NOT been drilled and tapped, so this is a great candidate to turn into a scout carbine. Has a nice shiny bore. Nice crisp receiver ring markings–clearly dated 1895! Serial numbers are mismatched. Serial # 1034X.  (BEK-163) Form price:  $950

$950.00

A scarce Chilean contract Model 1895 very early production Ludwig Loewe Saddle Ring Carbine 7×57 Mauser. 17.7″ barrel. Good to Very Good overall condition. Made circa 1895. No import marks. (A pre-1968 import.)  Serial numbers are mostly matching except for the safety lever. Crest is intact on the receiver ring but faint. Bore is fairly good (gray) with sharp rifling but light pitting. Wood and metal show typical service wear, but no abuse. There are few dents beneath the bolt handle that could be steamed out. Note that this rifle is missing its swivels, saddle ring, front sight earpiece, and rear sight slider, so it is priced accordingly. The finish all looks original except for the stock, which may have been sanded at one time. (See photos.) The magazine follower still shows lots of electric blue. Serial number A126X. The A-prefix Model 1895s were some of the very earliest produced. (Circa 1895.) Most of these saddle ring carbines got rough treatment, so it is rare to find one in this condition.  This rifle is worthy of restoration with some readily-obtainable parts, or it would be a good candidate to convert into a Federally-exempt scout carbine.  (KBK-161) Firm Price: $750

$750.00

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. 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, so it is rare to find one in this condition.  (ILM-160) Firm Price: $975

$975.00

A custom Mannlicher-stocked M1894 Swedish Mauser, chambered in 6.5×55. Made by Mauser in Oberndorf, in 1895.  Clearly dated 1895 on the receiver ring, making its Federally exempt status indisputable. Serial numbers match. Has a “VT” Swedish arsenal inspector’s stamp. This a very attractive Swede! Typical of high-grade sporters that were made in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  Very nicely polished and blued, with 99% of the bluing remaining.  Original Swedish arsenal steel barrel has been polished and expertly re-blued. Has a Lyman windage and elevation-adjustable receiver sight (with a quickly-removable aperture, if you prefer a ghost ring). Has a brass front sight on what appears to be a Williams checkered ramp. Nice checkered full-length Mannlicher-style walnut stock with nicely-blued Mannlicher end cap. Well-fitted Pachmayr White Line recoil pad, in excellent condition. White line grip cap with one scratch and minor scuffs. The checkered walnut stock appears to be an upper-grade, made by Reinhart Fajen, with just very minor handling marks. The stock looks strong, with straight grain in the wrist, and subtle figuring below the semi-MonteCarlo cheekpiece.  The stock was not notched for installation of the Lyman receiver sight, so a standard or scout style scope mount could be substituted if you prefer. All in all, this looks like a Swede sporter that was done at considerable expense, but then just tucked away for 40+ years–so it doesn’t have the normally-found wear from hunting. The rifling is very nice — sharp and pronounced.  (EEPL-462)  Firm price: $1,575

$1,575.00

Nice condition WWII Finnish Model 1939 Mosin Nagant rifle in 7.62 x 54r caliber from the final “Sneak” arsenal production in 1968. Rifle was re-arsenalized by Finland on an antique (pre-1899) hexagonal receiver from the Sestroretsk Arsenal. Receiver tang is internally dated “96” for 1896. Serial # 31083X.  This is one of a group of M39s that was imported and hand-picked by Pat Burns in the 1990s. Rifle is import marked on the barrel and has matching numbers. Metal finish is original blue showing just a little wear, mostly on the buttplate and the sight ears. Barrel has no maker’s mark, but is dated 1968. Bore is very shiny mirror bright, with strong rifling. Bolt number matches (probably re-numbered by the Finnish arsenal.) Floorpate is un-numbered. Original postwar stock has excellent original finish and shows a few very minor handling marks. (See photos.) Complete with a correct original cleaning rod. A good example of a scarce Sneak M39 arsenal built on a scarce and desirable antique receiver! (EEYM-184)  Firm Price: $1,475

$1,475.00

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

$2,595.00

A brand new in the box, 2019 release, Winchester Model 1886 Deluxe Takedown chambered in .45-90 Winchester. This rifle has a small indent in the butt stock and a couple small scratches, see photos. That’s how it came out of the box. The checkering on the left side of the buttstock panel is feathered and shallow in places, again see photos. The buttstock has some nice figuring, particularly on the left side. Serial number is 19X, with a total of 201 rifles made. Here’s the information on the rifle from Winchester: “Model 1886 Deluxe Takedown Half Octagon 26″ .45-90 Davidson’s Limited Edition High-grade takedown lever-action rifle, chambered for impressive .45-90 cartridge. Features a barrel that transitions from octagon to round. Barrel Length 26″, Overall Length 45 1/2″, Length of Pull 13 1/4″, Drop at Comb 1 1/4″, Drop at Heel 2 1/4″, Weight 8 lbs 8 oz, Magazine Capacity 7, Twist Rate 1:20″, Barrel Finish Polished Blued, Stock Finish Oil, Wood Grade Grade III/IV, Receiver Finish Polished Blued, Chamber Finish Polished, Barrel Material Steel, Barrel Contour Half Octagon, Stock Material Black Walnut, Recoil Pad Crescent Metal, Pistol Grip Cap Gloss Blue. A commemorative version of the Model 1886 Rifle, made for exclusive distribution by Davidson’s Gallery of Guns. This model comes with a special box sleeve and certificate of authenticity.” Barrel is marked BLACK POWDER ONLY”.  Important Note: The relevant Federal law that puts this rifle in the “Antique” category reads: “…any replica of an antique firearm if it is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition, or uses rimfire or conventional centerfire ammunition which is no longer manufactured in the United States, and which is not readily available in ordinary channels of commercial trade.”  – 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(3), (a)(16).(EINB-886)  Firm Price:  $2,150

$2,150.00

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)  $1,075

$1,075.00

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

$2,100.00

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) Firm Price: $1,275

$1,275.00 $1,175.00

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)  Price: $1,295

$1,295.00

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

$1,475.00 $1,375.00

Scarce Swedish Mauser M1894/14 Carbine. dated 1898. Low serial number 53X – making it one of the first ones made at the Carl Gustaf arsenal. Still in original military configuration, with a fairly dark walnut stock stock, and fair bore. 98% blue –likely refinished. Has a “S” brass tag affixed to the top of the stock, indicating that this was a Swedish militray training gun. Leather sling keeper buckle is intact, but has no sling. 1/2″ barrel extension shows that it is a pre-1968 import. Has no import marks. (EEPK-090) Firm price: $1,350

$1,350.00

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) Firm Price $2,900

$2,900.00

Chilean contract 1895 Loewe Sporter 7×57. This rifle has an usual thumbhole stock with tiny red and green speckled dots. (See closeup photo. If that is not your cup of tea, then the stock could easily be Cerakoted or camouflage dipped.) Not yet equipped with low-swing scope safety—and that should be done before hunting, for safety! Has Weaver-style scope bases. Equipped with a Simmons Whitetail Classic 6.5-20x (50mm objective) variable scope. (Note: This inexpensive scope is amateurishly mounted with rings that are not quite tall enough. This scope should be professionally re-mounted or replaced.) Also equipped with a a Harris Company 1A2 folding bipod. Blued 26″ sporter barrel. Bore is good. Made circa 1895 or 1896. (BUK-109) $725

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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

$1,295.00 $1,175.00

Scarce Spanish-American war vintage Spanish contract Mauser M1893 Rifle, 7x57mm Mauser, made by Ludwig Loewe, Berlin, in 1896. Still in original military configuration, with 28″ barrel. (Not sporterized.) Bore is worn, dark, and dirty. Serial #G 685X. Serialized parts are all matching, except for the bolt sleeve and safety. So the bolt serial number may have been force-matched. Cleaning rod is un-numbered, so it may not be original. Rifle appears to have been depot refinished at least once, but the original crest is intact and legibly reads “BERLIN 1896” with the Loewe Crest! The Loewe maker’s mark and Star of David are crisp, assuring it’s antique status. Original stock is numbered to the gun and in quite good condition for a Spanish Mauser, with just scattered dents and minor scratches. Stamped  “R” on butt, indicating it was an arsenal reconditioned rifle. Metal finish is slightly faded to brown. The rear sight elevator works perfectly. A great Spanish-American War vintage Loewe Mauser! (PLR-087) Price: $975

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Scarce Spanish-American war vintage Spanish contract Mauser M1893 Rifle, 7x57mm Mauser, made by Ludwig Loewe, Berlin. This one is a bit rough, but looks authentic. Still in original military configuration, with 28″ barrel. (Not sporterized.) Bore is worn, dark, and dirty. Serialized parts are mismatched, which is quite common for re-arsenalized Spanish Mausers. Stock has been sanded, and shows some flecks that should clean off with Scott’s Liquid Gold wood cleaner. Rifle appears to have been depot refinished at least once and the original crest is mostly gone from the receiver ring. However, the Loewe maker’s mark and Star of David are crisp, assuring its Spanish-American war vintage, authenticity, and antique status. (See photos.) The rear sight elevator is loose. This would make a great San Juan Hill display gun, alongside a pre-1899 Krag. (BBR-086) Price: $775

$775.00 $675.00

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) Price: $1,250

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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). Firm Price: $3,200

$3,200.00

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). Price: $1,575

$1,575.00 $1,425.00

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) Price: $2,375

$2,375.00 $2,275.00

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