Provisos & POlicies


They Won’t Be Perfect

When buying pre-1899 guns, keep in mind that these guns are all now a minimum of 125 years old!  So they will not look like newly-made guns.  They will have dings, scratches, worn finish, age-shrunken wood, possible refinishing, and even brown patina or pitting. (Whenever you see the words “patina”, “frosting”, and “pitting”, then those are evidence that corrosion has taken place at one time.)

Our guns are priced according to both their relative scarcity and their condition. We are picky buyers, so that you won’t be disappointed.

If you want a perfect gun, then please go buy a new-in-the-box gun at your local Federally-licensed gun shop. (And fill out the Federal Form 4473 paperwork, and get the “Mother May I?” blessing of a FBI Background Check.) But if you want an antique gun with character, and you want to avoid unconstitutional paperwork, and you value your privacy, then buy from us, at Elk Creek Company.

Travel and Out-of-Stock Shipping Hiatuses

During the weeks that I travel in search of inventory or when our inventory gets low, I don’t ship any orders. That essentially means that we are in a “hiatus” mode. We can’s sell what we don’t have. Thanks for your patience!  (See our Planned Gun Shows page, for a calendar of my planned travel days.)



Privacy and Return Policies

We take your privacy and our privacy very seriously. Here is the key point: We promise to never, ever sell your e-mail address to anyone.

Mail List

We keep only one Mail List, for new product updates, which you can opt in to, manually. If you don’t want to be on that list, then just don’t opt in

Legal Disclaimer

We reserve the right to disclose your personal information, but only as required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena, bankruptcy proceedings or similar legal process, and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our company. Pre-1899 guns are outside of Federal jurisdiction. So it would take extraordinary legal process to compel us to release any customer information to Federal authorities.  I will fight any such efforts to the best of my ability, but keep in mind that our legal budget is limited.

Access To Personal Information

Upon request we will provide you with information about whether we hold any of your personal information. If your personal information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may correct, update, delete or deactivate it through our Contact page.

We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.


The security of your personal information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information, such as login credentials and credit card information, we encrypt the transmission of that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).

We follow generally accepted standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have any questions about security on our website, you can contact us, though our Contact page.

What About Cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of text sent by your web browser by our website. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows us, our partners and other service providers to recognize you and make your next visit easier and our service more useful to you.

How Elk Creek Company Use Cookies

For your privacy, we minimize the use of cookies — only for our shopping cart, to remember your settings (e.g., language preference), and for authentication.

Your choices regarding Elk Creek Company cookies

You can control the use of cookies within your individual browser settings. If you reject non-essential cookies, you may still use our website, but your ability to use some features or areas of our website may be limited or unavailable. If you would like to delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse cookies, please visit the help pages of your web browser.

What About Log Files?

As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, the files viewed on our site (e.g., HTML pages, graphics, etc.), operating system,  and date/time stamp.

We use this information to analyze trends, administer our website, track visitors’ movements around our website, and gather demographic information about our visitors as a whole. We do link this automatically collected data to other information we collect about our website visitors.

Social Media Features

We minimize social media features — for your privacy, and ours.

Notification Of Privacy Policy Changes

We may update our privacy policy to reflect changes to our information practices. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.

Links To Other Sites

Our website includes links to other websites whose privacy practices may differ from ours. If you submit personal information to any of those websites, your information is governed by their privacy policies. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policy of any website you visit. This privacy policy applies only to information collected by our website.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy or any other matter, please contact us via our Contact page, or via e-mail to: [email protected], or by phone at: (308) 270-2535,  or by mail at P.O. Box 303, Moyie Springs, Idaho 83845.  But please make note that we are in the Mountain Time Zone. Please do not call on weekends, or either before 8 AM or after 8 PM, Mountain Time.

Cancellations and Refunds

If you are not satisfied with your order for any reason then you have a 30-day non-firing, non-alteration inspection period. This means that you may return a gun that you haven’t fired or altered for a full refund, less shipping, if within 30 days.  For any returns for refunds, please first contact us via our Contact page, for a Returned Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number for the exterior of your return package.

Customer Satisfaction

At Elk Creek Company, our goal is to have satisfied, repeat customers. We do our best to make sure you are satisfied by:

1.)  Grading our guns conservatively. We try to mention every flaw and defect that we see in our antiques, so that here are no surprises. We do our best to point out any evidence of alterations, stock refinishing, rebluing, or re-nickeling. What other dealers might call “mint” condition is what we would grade as “excellent”. And what other dealers might call 99% finish, we might only grade at 95%.  Our goal is to make every customer “pleasantly surprised” when they open that package.

2.) Offering a generous order cancellation and refund policy.

3.) Personal contact. We are a home-based business, and the phone number we provide is our home phone number here at the ranch. We  want to keep ourselves accountable to you. But please make note that we are in the Mountain Time Zone. Please do not call on weekends, or either before 8 AM or after 8 PM, Mountain Time.

4.) By taking in selected trades.

5.) By accepting precious metals in payment, as an option.

6.) By offering up to one hour of free consulting on the disposition of estate gun collections, even when none of the guns interest us, for our own  inventory. 

 7.) By stocking only quality merchandise. We don’t sells fakes, and we don’t sell junk!

8.) By including bonus items with any purchase of $200 or more.

These bonuses vary, but might include any of the following:

  • A gun case, sling, butt pad, or holster.
  • A waterproof SurvivalBlog archive 16GB USB stick.
  • An autographed copy of one of the books that I authored.
  • An original pre-1899 publication.
  • Some ammunition (only for orders shipped via UPS or FedEx.)
  • A spare part for the gun that you ordered.
  • An accessory for the gun that you ordered.
  • A reprint of a reference article on the gun that you ordered.
  • Gun or scope cleaning supplies.

Our available guns

Mosey in to our store to see one of the best selections of Federally-exempt pre-1899 rifles, revolvers, and shotguns in the nation.

For pre-1899 Antiques, no FFL is required!