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Collectible Foreign Military Longarms
(post-1898)

SMOF5629 - EXCELLENT TYPE 99 JAPANESE WORLD WAR II RIFLE MADE AT THE KOKURA ARSENAL. SERIAL NUMBER 31501 22ND SERIES. Caliber 7.7 mm. ALL MATCHING with intact mum, and anti-aircraft sights.

The Japan entered the industrial age with single minded determination to create the industrial base equivalent to the one that had allow the European navies to force their country to open its people to trade. The Japanese quickly created a firearms industry unlike the Chinese who continued to purchased most of their small arms in Europe. By 1905 the Japanese Army had developed the strongest bolt actions rifle in the world when they adopted the Type 38 in 6.5 mm.

In 1939 the military decided to increase the caliber of their rifles to 7.7 mm, and introduced the Type 99 rifle. It used the basic action of Type 38, and was the first military rifle to have a chrome lined barrel. P.O. Ackley, the noted gunsmith compared the Japanese military bolt action rifles of World War II to those of Germany, England and the U.S. by seeing which ones could withstand the highest pressure loads. The Japanese bolt actions were still shooting when all the other actions including the Mauser`s had blown up.

The Imperial Japanese army had used their 6.5 mm Type 38 rifles in China. The units going to the Pacific island were generally armed with the Type 99 rifle. The Type 99 rifle was the ones most of our GI`s encountered in the actions that rolled back the Japanese Empire from Guadalcanal to Okinawa.

This rifle is is in excellent condition, all matching, with intact Mum and over 95% of the original bluing present, a bright bore and anti-aircraft sights. It does not have a dust cover, but we have dust covers available on our web page). All numbers match. The stock is also in good condition with just a few storage dings. $650.00 (View Picture)

**HOLD** SMOF7250 - 21253 - WW2 GERMAN G43 SEMI-AUTO 8MM RIFLE WITH SPARE PARTS & MANUAL- MINTY! Serial number 7024h, made by Walther in 1944. All correct, original and matching, vet bring-back, never dinked with in any way. Bore is about perfect.

The G43 was adopted to give German forces a rifle that was comparable to the semi auto M1 Garand, and its history and details are admirably covered in Darrin Weaver`s superb "Hitler`s Garands". There are a surprising number of variations among the estimated 450,000 total production, for the obsessive collector to pursue, although any one will be fine for most collectors who are content with just one example of the G43/K43. This was made at Walther`s Zella-Mehlis plant (factory code ac). It has some features showing the increasing desperation to produce arms with less attention to cosmetic details, such as the rough forged receiver. Throughout the production period there was a mix of late and early features, and this one has the single bolt guide on the left side, the smooth butt trap and the fully machined scope rail. The butt stock trap still has the original spare parts wrapped in paper, and the scarce butt trap manual. We did not take these out for photos since they paper is extremely fragile and hard to get the manual rolled up just right to fit back in again. Reprints of the manual are available I you want to show one for display, and Weaver`s book shows all the pages with a full translation, so there is no need to go thumbing through the brittle paper on this one. The G43s were intended to all have the scope rail but only a small number were to be issued with scopes. The K43 was the same rifle but with a new name to deceive the allies (and the German public) into thinking the clever Krauts has introduced another new rifle into service. Repro scopes and scope mounts for the G/K43 are available from various sources. This rifle is a vet bring-back that basically went in to a closet until his heirs decided to sell it.

Metal finish is excellent with about 97% original blue or phosphate finish remaining on various parts, with just minor wear on the sharp edges. Stamped action cover and firing pin cover retain nearly all their blue finish. Buttplate has two small rust spots, otherwise all original bright finish. Bore is dirty, but should clean to VG-excellent. The laminated stock is in excellent condition, never sanded or oiled, and only a few minor storage and handling scuffs and scratches. Stock markings include WaA 359 on the front of the wrist and left side of the butt; serial number 7024 across the bottom of the butt; and some sort of circle with initials(?) in the sling cutout. Magazine is aye [WaA] K43 with black painted finish. This is an absolutely superb example of the desirable G43/K43 rifle that has not been overhauled by anyone or messed with by previous owners. It has been in John`s personal collection for a long time, but he decided to focus on U.S. arms, so is putting this one up for adoption. The goodies in the butt are worth about $150, but come at no extra charge. It will be difficult to find a nicer example. $4250.00 (View Picture)

SMOF7223 - SCARCE WWI REMINGTON MODEL 1907-15 FRENCH BERTHIER 8 X 50MMR RIFLE - (NO SERIAL NUMBER) Manufactured by Remington circa 1916-17 under a French contract. There is a lot of misinformation on these, and the only reliable source is Luke Mercaldo`s "Allied Rifle Contracts in America." Prior to U.S. entry in WW1, Remington had signed up to make 1.5 million Mosin Nagants for Russia, 1 million Pattern 1914 Enfields for the Brits, and lastly some 250,000 Berthiers for the French. This far exceeded their capacity at Ilion, so the latter two were to be made in Remington`s new Bridgeport, CT, factory, delaying initial deliveries. Outrageous inspection demands from the Russians and French further hindered production. The U.S. entered the war in April 1917, and the Brits cancelled about half of their contract and U.S. orders for the M1917 poured in. The Red Russian Revolution in October 1917 resulted in repudiation of those orders, so it was constant chaos and uncertainty and financial unrest with all these contracts. Mercaldo`s research shows that fewer than 20,000 of the Mle 1907-15 Berthier rifles were made by Remington, and about half of those were shipped to France for acceptance and serial number application. The roughly 5,000-9,000 remaining on hand were eventually sold off to French colonial users, or as surplus on the American market. These are very high quality guns, and many of the surplus guns were butchered for sporter use, making totally original military configuration rifles relatively scarce.

This is a near excellent, unissued example which needs a gentle cleaning. The bright finished parts remain bright or slightly stained, and about 98% of the original blue remains. Bore is dirty but should clean to excellent as well. Marked "Remington Mle 1907-15" on the left side of the receiver and "RAC 1907-15" on the right side of the barrel. The round sling ring and stacking rod which are often missing are intact. Minor storage and handling blemishes here and there on the walnut stock. With Ian McCollum`s new book on French military arms it is likely that French arms collecting will gain some enthusiasm. WW1 French rifles are usually found in wretched condition, so don`t miss this chance to get a really nice example. $1295.00 (View Picture)

SMOF7123 - FRENCH MODEL 1866/1874/1880 ARTILLERY MUSKETOON- 11 X 59MMR, MADE AT MUTZIG - Serial number 36618, made at the Manufacture Imperiale Mutzig, one of the scarcer makers. It was made as a "needle fire" Chassepot breech loading rifle using self contained paper cartridges. Later converted to the 1874 "Gras" system, for use with the much better 11mm metallic cartridges. In 1880 this one was shortened and the bolt altered to a turn down style for use by artillery troops. Interest in French arms is about to increase with the publication of a major study on them by Ian McCollum, of ForgottenWeapons.com. An above average looking example, although the bolt numbers are mixed and do not match. Stock has nice tiger stripe figure, and while it has the assorted dings and bruises of an issued martial arm, it is free of the annoying French patches and repairs or dunking in foul motor oil. Brass buttplate marked 16 A. This has the bayonet lug for the awesome Chassepot bayonet with a 23" blade (28" overall) , which is very intimidating on the end of this musketoon`s 20 inch barrel! See bayonet page, (or ask) for a bayonet to fit. Rear sight is missing the slide and tiny retaining screw, but with a 23 inch bayonet, who needs sights! Steel parts are plum or smooth patina, but bright under the bands, so it would be easy to clean to bright if you like that look better. Fine bore. With the turned down bolt handle instead of the ugly knob on the standard Chassepot, these little musketoons are actually pretty cute. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $525.00 (View Picture)

SMOF7141 - ITALIAN MODEL 1870 VETTERLI SINGLE SHOT CARBINE FOR "TRUPPE SPECIALI" 10.4 X 47MM RIMFIRE ("MOSCHETTO PER TRUPPE SPECIALI MO. 1870")- NICE! - Serial number K5526. Made at at Torino in 1886. These short rifles are rare, especially ones like this which escaped the 1887 "Vitalli" conversion which added a four shot magazine; and remain in fine condition and still have the rotating dust cover. About 95% original blue, with a few surface rust freckles that should clean off okay. Excellent plus bore. Stock lightly sanded long ago, leaving only traces of the oval arsenal marking on the butt, but matching serial number is clear. Small age crack under the bolt handle. Italian military arms are an inexpensive collecting specialty, with a large variety, and this is a great example of one of the scarcer ones. See bayonet page, (or ask) for a bayonet to fit . ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $650.00 (View Picture)

SMOF7148 - BELGIAN MODEL 1853/67/80 ALBINI-BRAENDLIN BREECH LOADING SINGLE SHOT RIFLE - Serial number 2623. One of the many different attempts by various nations to convert their obsolete muzzle loading arms to breechloaders circa 1860-1870. This started out as a Belgian Model 1853 rifle, made in 1855 (as indicated by the PA over 55 marking on the lock). It was converted in 1868 as indicated by the barrel date. Matching numbers 26223 on buttplate, locking rod, barrel, middle band and even the cleaning rod. but breech block is number 179. The Albini was a typical conversion effort, with a hinged breechblock like a trapdoor, locked by the firing pin which was connected to the hammer, locking the breech as the hammer dropped, similar to the Austrian Wanzl or the U.S. Morse. Overall excellent condition with arsenal bright finish from time of conversion. Excellent bore. This has the Halkin patent extended volley sight bar on the rear sight, used with a button on the middle band, as modified in 1880. Wood has a mellow old patina, making it an handsome example of this historic design. The GB on the breech is the Government of Belgium property mark. The "P" above the serial number on the barrel and buttplate is a regimental marking. Some spotty staining on top of the barrel between the two lower bands which should clean off okay. See bayonet page, (or ask) for a bayonet to fit. An exceptional example of a scarce transitional rifle. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $1395.00 (View Picture)

SMOF7155 - SCARCE AUSTRIAN MODEL 1862/1867 WANZL BREECHLOADING CONVERSION OF LORENZ MUSKET (14 X 33MM RIMFIRE) - In 1866 the Austrians fought a disastrous seven week war with Germany, where the German breechloading needle fire rifles decimated the Austrians with their muzzle loading Lorenz rifles. The following January (1867), the Austrians adopted the Wanzl system for converting their muzzle loading rifles to breechloading cartridge arms. Six months later they adopted the rotary breech Werndl system for new rifles to be made by the newly formed firm of Steyr. This is the standard infantry model Wanzl, with total barrel length of about 37.5 inches and overall length of about 53 inches. The lock bears the original manufacture date of 1863, stamped in the Austrian method of only the last three digits, 863. The Wanzl conversion is somewhat similar to the later Allin Trapdoor system, where a new receiver is attached to the old barrel, having a breechblock that flips up like the trapdoor. The locking system is unusual, being an internal rod that locks into the rear of the breechblock as the hammer falls. The tang is marked G. PAPISTOK, the firm that did the conversion. The breechblock is marked BOLLMAN. The barrel is marked W 68 indicating acceptance at Vienna (Wein) in 1868. Overall condition is about fine. Most parts retain their original bright polished finish under a bit of dried oil and crud. The bore is excellent, but someone drilled a 3/16" diameter hole through the barrel about 8" from the muzzle for some unknown and regrettable reason. The hole on the top has been plugged so it is not real obvious, but it is open on the bottom, so this is not for shooting (like anyone has any 14 x 33mm Rimfire Austrian ammunition to shoot). The beech stock has a few assorted minor handling and storage dings and blemishes, and one messy area on the bottom of the forend as shown in the photos. The Wanzel is a very scarce gun, and would be an excellent addition to a collection of European military arms. An excellent collecting niche would be to specialize in the evolution of military rifle technology, something like "Single Shot Blackpowder Cartridge Military Rifles" or "Military muskets converted to breechloaders." Other examples that would fit in there are the British Sniders, the French Tabatier, the Swiss Milbank-Amsler; the U.S. first and second Allin trapdoors, some of the Remington rolling blocks, and several others. The best source of info on arms of this era is Keith Doyon`s superb site http://www.militaryrifles.com/ which we use often. (Note- The Lorenz muskets were nominally .54 caliber and the conversion used a rimfire cartridge variously called any of the following: 13.9 x 33mm Wanzel Model 1867 rimfire; 14 mm rimfire Wanzl ; 14.3 x 32.3mm rimfire Austrian Wanzel; 14.3 x 32.3mm rimfire Wanzel Mod. 1869; 14.5 x 32.5mm rimfire Austrian Wanzel; 14 mm Scharfe gewehrpatrone or the 14 x 33mm rimfire Wanzel. But whatever you call it, forget about ever finding any ammo for it!) Cleaning rod is a not quite correct replacement. See bayonet page, (or ask) for a bayonet to fit . Price is discounted significantly due to the hole problem, but few people will ever notice it. ANTIQUE- No FFL needed. $795.00 (View Picture)

SMOF7118 - FRENCH MODEL 1866 CHASSEPOT NEEDLEFIRE RIFLE CONVERTED TO .43 MAUSER BY KYNOCH IN BRITAIN CIRCA 1873 - Serial number 79717 matching on barrel and bolt. Comes complete with the hard to find original Chassepot cleaning rod (numbered 91848). This rifle was originally made as a needlefire rifle circa 1866 and would have been used by the French losers during the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871). Many in the French military pointed to the finnicky Chassepot Model 1866 and its fragile cartridge as the reason for the defeat, which led to the adoption in 1874 of the Gras rifle firing an 11mm metallic cartridge, basically a modified Chassepot. Large quantities of surrendered or captured Chassepots were converted in Germany to use 11mm Mauser cartridges, and many others were sold on the surplus markets. Some people incorrectly claim that in 1873 the French government contracted with Kynoch Gun Factory in Aston, England, to convert some of their Chassepots to centerfire cartridges pending arrival of sufficient 1874 Gras rifles. Actually, there were no French contracts, and rifles like this one were converted by Kynoch for the commercial trade, possibly for China or South American use. Neither the Kynoch Chassepot conversions nor their Kynoch patent revolvers were a commercial success, so Kynoch abandoned the arms making business and stuck to their highly successful ammunition work. Conversion included modifying the bolt for cartridges and rechambering the barrel. Original markings were removed during conversions and new marks applied: "KYNOCH-GUN-FACTORY-ASTON", "MUSKET-43-77-380" and "KYNOCH`S-PATENT." Birmingham proof marks on barrel, receiver and bolt. The numbers on the bayonet lug, barrel and bolt match. Overall very good to fine. About 80-90% of the original blue finish remains on the rifle, although mostly turned to plum. The stock shows typical handling marks. and there is an old fashioned anchor carved on the left side of the butt, possibly reflecting naval use. Butt plate is stamped "120." The bore is dirty but should clean to excellent. A scarce and interesting French rifle from the rapidly changing arms technology evolving in the 1870s. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $550.00 (View Picture)

SMOF7117 - DANISH ROLLING BLOCK RIFLE M1867/1896 11.5 X 51MMR CALIBER Serial number 56254. One of about 30,000 made at the Danish Arsenal at Copenhagen 1870-1908, under license from Remington. This one marked on the tang KJOBENHAVNS TOIHUUS 1879 with crown and M-1867 on left side of receiver. Barrel has serial number 56254, also found on stock. Crown markings sharp and clear adjacent to serial number on barrel and also on left side of forend and buttstock. Stock never sanded but has assorted mostly minor bruises and bumps on the wood. Brass marking disc on right side of butt is not marked. Barrel marked at top rear with crown indicating conversion in 1896 to improved 11.5x51R smokeless powder centerfire cartridge, hence the 1867/96 designation. An interesting feature is that the breechblock retains a hole to allow firing pin installation for use with rimfire cartridges. Faded color casehardening on the receiver. Barrel with about 80% original blue finish mostly worn thin. Excellent shiny bore. Long range rear sight with arm for volley sight and middle band retains the screw head type volley sight. Front sight blade is a recent replacement. Barrel bands were originally finished bright but now mostly a dull steel gray/patina mix. Overall fine condition or a bit better. These are chambered for a Danish round that is slightly shorter than the .45-70 cartridge, and a bit fatter near the head. While we do not recommend shooting these, some people reportedly fire light loads using trimmed .45-70 cases and only neck size them afterwards. We sell all guns as collector items only and they must be approved by a competent gunsmith prior to firing. These are very reasonably priced examples of a late 19th century military black powder cartridge rifle. A very nice example of this model, and a key piece for a collection of Danish or Scandinavian arms. Bayonet for these is an impressive long sword type with the fancy "Yhataghan" blade, and we might have one listed on our edged weapons page http://oldguns.net/catedw.htm Antique- no FFL required. $750.00 (View Picture)

SMOF7144 - SCARCE SWISS MODEL 1870 VETTERLI SINGLE SHOT CADET RIFLE Serial number 6046 made by Rychner & Keller, Aarau. According to SwissRifles.com website, the single shot Model 1870 Cadet Rifle was authorized for production by the Eidgenossische Military Department on November 22nd, 1870 and apparently all made 1870-1873. These were specifically made for cadet use, with a single shot action, one piece stock, 26.75" barrel and weight of 7.16 pounds. This was significantly different from the full size infantry tubular magazine repeating rifle with a two piece stock and a 33 inch barrel, weighing 10.4 pounds. Both were chambered for the 10.4 x 38mmR (or .41 Swiss) rimfire cartridge, but the cadet model was intended for use with a special cadet cartridge with a lighter powder charge, although the regular service rounds will chamber and fire in the cadet rifles.

Collecting Swiss rifles is an interesting and fairly affordable collecting specialty, and this is one of the hardest rifles to find.

Fantastic bore, bright and sharp. Missing the cleaning rod with a slotted brass tip. Good mechanics. Bolt shroud retains 95% blue finish. Barrel has mix of blue and patina and looks like the barrel was actually polished bright long ago. Unsanded walnut stock is excellent except for barely noticeable repair at the toe where flimsy buttplate results in easy breakage there. Good inspector cartouche of Swiss cross over a shield with letter T on right side of the butt. A very nice example of a scarce and desirable Swiss rifle, and one which will attract more attention than any variation of its larger, clunky cousins. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $650.00 (View Picture)

SMOF7198 - SPANDAU GEWEHR 88/05 CALIBER 8MM MAUSER SERIAL NUMBER 8744 ALL MATCHING WITH UNIT MARKINGS. The French invented smokeless powder and adopted the first rifle firing smokeless powder, the Lebel M 1886 in 1886. In order to keep up with the French the German Army immediately replaced their blackpowder rifle, the Gewehr 1871/84, with the Gewehr 1888. It used the Mannlicher system of a charger loading with metal clip that held five rounds and dropped out the bottom of the magazine when the fifth round was chambered. It also had a sheet metal heat shield around the barrel, and used a two piece bolt.

By 1898 the metal clip loading system was soon superseded by the stripper clip loading and the German Army replaced the Gewehr 1888 with the Mauser designed Gewehr 1898. Military funding, even in country as warlike as German, was insufficient to provide reserve units with the Gewehr 1898 so the Gewehr 88 was converted to be loaded with a stripper clip. A metal covered the hole in the bottom of the magazine, the left side of the receiver was milled to allow the thumb to load the magazine a spring loaded piece of metal was added to the receiver to keep the cartridges from coming out of the top.

The Gewehr 88/05 was still the standard rifle of many German army units when World War I broke out. Many were also sent to Turkey who entered the war on the side of Germans, and most G88 seen in the U.S. have Turkish markings.

This rifle is rare because it has no Turkish markings, and is also united marked for a German Infantry unit. The upper barrel band is marked 9 R 8 189. We believe this stands for the 9 Infantry regiment, 8th company, and the 189th rifle in the company.

The rifle was made at the Spandau arsenal in Berlin in 1896. The numbers on the bolt, stock and barrel bands match. The bluing would rate about 90% with some fading from age. The stock has the usual small dings from use and storage. An overall excellent example of rare early German rifle that undoubted saw service in World War I. $750.00 (View Picture)

SMOF7134 - URUGUAY DAUDETAU-DOVITIIS-MAUSER 6.5 X 53.5MM RIFLE Serial number 90590, single shot. Born as a German Mauser Model 1871 rifle (marks on left side of receiver "I.G. Mod 71" for Infantire Gewehr Model 1871. Right side marked 82 and 1881, showing it was made in1881 and initial German military issue was in 1882. These were converted circa 1895 for the 6.5x53.5mm Daudetau No. 12 semi-rimmed cartridge by the French "Societe Francaise des Armes Portatives of Saint Denis, Paris, France, as indicated by the markings on the barrel "S.F.A.P/St. Denis."

In the 1880s, the South American nation of Uruguay had purchased a quantity of Mauser Infanteriegewehre Model 1871 rifles. When neighboring Argentina adopted the 7.65mm small bore smokeless cartridges and Model 1891 Mauser rifles in 1891, Uruguay felt a need to keep up with the neighbors. But funding was very limited. As a stopgap measure it was decided in 1894 to have their Model 1871 rifles re-barreled for a modern cartridge.

Enter Antonio De Dovitiis (usually mispelled Dovitis), an immigrant tailor actually born in Picerno, Potenza Province, Italy, but usually claimed to be from Greece.

De Dovitiis had a military equipment store specialized in tailoring articles and bladed weapons, located at 18 de Julio street no. 130, Montevideo. He was also personal tailor of Julio Herrera y Obes, president of Uruguay between 1890-1894, and that probably accounts for him being sent to Europe on the armament mission. Dovitiis took advantage of business contacts in France to arrange for the work to be done by Societe Francais des Armes Portative, which was then promoting the a rifle designed by Frenchman Luis D`Audeteau who had also designed several 6.5mm cartridges. His "Cartouche No. 12" was pushed on the gullible Uruguayans as a wonderful choice as their new service cartridge. The chief benefit seems to be that SFAP St. Denis would be able to use their existing machinery to produce the barrels, sights and other fittings necessary to convert the Mausers.

The conversion consisted of fitting a new barrel, bolt head, extractor, sights, bands and a stock. In fact, the only original Mauser parts retained were the receiver, trigger mechanism, buttplate, and brass trigger guard while the sights and bayonet were the same pattern as those used on the Lebel. Approximately 10,000 pieces were converted, including some cut down to a short rifle configuration.

Although sounding good on paper (or because of the assorted cash under the table which seems probable) this international cross breeding program was a failure. The main problem was the ammunition which had hard primers while the rifles had weak springs, and there were extraction problems caused by differences in rim dimensions, but most South American countries were reluctant to allow the troops to shoot very much as it might encourage them to overthrow the current governments.

This is a good representative example, with lots of finish on the metal parts. The stock has assorted minor dings and bruises and could use a good cleaning. Excellent bore, (but no one has any ammo for these!). Receiver, bolt and stock fitting retain most of the bright polish finish from the time of conversion. The barrel retains about 90-95% of its blue finish. Bolt and receiver numbers all match, but the buttplate does not, same as the others we have seen.

Missing the cleaning rod, but one from a M1896 Swedish Mauser would be a good substitute. One of the oddball features of this rifle is the fact that the cleaning rod was mounted on the side instead of underneath the forend. There are only a few other examples with this feature, and for a rather eccentric collecting niche, that might be fun to explore. Look for the French Model 1892 carbines, Portuguese Model 1886 Kropatshek rifles, the Russian Model 1938 Tokarevs, a few Winchester Model 1876 rifles, some of the Remington Keene military rifles, and maybe a few others.

So, we have a rifle made in Germany, sold to Uruguay, converted in France to use a French designed cartridge, in a transaction brokered by an Italian tailor. While lacking much of a service history, they are certainly one of the most unusual stories of military arms on the cheap, and such an abject failure.

This is a really unusual early South American military rifle, a field with a lot of variety and mostly reasonable prices, and this would be a key piece in such a collection. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $595.00 (View Picture)

SMOF7150 - RUSSIAN M1870 BERDAN II BOLT ACTION SINGLE SHOT RIFLE MADE AT SESTRORYETSK IN 1880 Serial number 59331 made in 1880 at the Sestroryetsk Arsenal, which was one of the smaller facilities. The Berdan was designed by American Civil War sharpshooter and General Hiram Berdan (also inventor of the Berdan primer). His first "Berdan I" rifles were sort of a trapdoor design, made by Colt 1868-1870. The improved "Berdan II" rifles adopted in 1870 were initially made by Birmingham Small Arms in England, then in Russian Arsenals on BSA supplied machinery. The Berdan was rugged, simple to operate, and reasonably effective even at long ranges. They were replaced by the Mosin Nagant design in 1891 although many continued to serve with second line troops as late as WW1. The Berdan ammunition was comparable to the 11mm Mauser, 43 Spanish, .45-70 or .577/450 used by other powers at that time. Officially the 10.75 x 58mm Rimmed cartridge with a paper-patched lead bullet, also known as the 4.2 line or .42 Berdan, or 10.66 x 58mmR, depending on who is writing about it.

This is the standard infantry model with 33 inch barrel with provisions for cleaning rod underneath the barrel, missing as with most of them. Maker markings, date and serial number are marked on the barrel. Serial numbers also on bolt in two places, neither matching the number on the barrel, a result of most of the Berdan rifles` long service and arsenal visits. This has a bronze buttplate with the Ishvesk bow and arrow marking, so other parts may be mixed as well. Bore is excellent. Metal parts with about 80% thinning blue, just honest wear in the hands of ignorant peasants in harsh climates. Crest of Tsar Nicholas II on the receiver. Wood has period military oil finish with assorted minor dings of an issued arm, the worst being a deep scratch on the right side of the comb about 3" long. The sling swivels are probably old field replacements, and the narrow sling looks period but we have no idea what it was originally used on.

The Berdan II is a historically significant military rifle, designed by an American, made in Russia using British machinery; and technically interesting as a very simple and reliable single shot bolt action during a time of rapid change. Lots of people collect Mosin Nagant rifles, and this is a very nice example of the model which preceded the M-N. These are uncommon in the U.S., and indeed anywhere, due to the high attrition rate during Russian wars. By WW2, the remaining Berdans were pretty well rear echelon arms by that point, while front line troops were waiting for a comrade to be shot so they could take their Mosin-Nagant rifle. ANTIQUE- No FFL needed. $1650.00 (View Picture)

SMF7103 - YUGOSLAVIAN MODEL 1924/47 8MM MAUSER SHORT RIFLE MADE BY KRAGUJEVAC ARSENAL (ZAVOD 44) Serial number M24012436 dot punched on the receiver by the importer. Left receiver rail marked ZAVOD 44 (in Cyrillic letters) one of the scarcer names of the Kragujevac Arsenal only used 1945-1948. Arsenal refinished to as new condition. Bore about excellent. The seemingly limitless supply of Yugo Mausers has pretty much been absorbed into the market as more collectors appreciate the quality and value from the very modest prices of these rifles.

Prior to WW2 Yugoslavia had purchased a number of Model 1924 short rifles and a full set of machinery to make them from FN in Belgium. Then they made more rifles in their own Kragujevac Arsenal, later known as Factory 44 (PREDUZECE 44). The Model 1924 rifles had an "intermediate length" action about 1/4 inch shorter than the standard Model 98 Mauser actions used in the Gew 98 and K98 series rifles, but were otherwise very similar to the K98k. During the post- WW2 rearming of Yugoslavian forces under Marshall Tito and the Communists virtually all old rifles on hand were refurbished, and remarked with the communist crest (two sheaves of wheat bordering a torch, with the commie star above) and given a new model designation. This rifle is one of the Model 1924 short rifles, upgraded to Model 24/47 configuration with the new markings, and totally refinished at that time.

About 95% of the arsenal refinish remains, with just a bit of wear and a few minor scratches. The arsenal refinished stock is a low quality wood compared to prewar standards, with a pleasing honey brown color oil finish with the assorted dings of surplus arms as shown in the photos. Import marked (of course) and 9202 number marked on the stock and floorplate, with M3421 on the bolt. An interesting variant of the classic 98 Mauser family. Collecting Yugoslavian Mauser variations is a fun and inexpensive specialty. See Robert Ball`s superb "Mauser Military Rifles of the World" for more on any type of Mauser rifle, and the definitive North Cape book, "Serbian and Yugoslav Mauser Rifles" by Branko Bogdanovic, devoted exclusively to the Yugos. $385.00 (View Picture)

SMF7104 - YUGOSLAVIAN MODEL 1924/47 8MM MAUSER SHORT RIFLE MADE BY KRAGUJEVAC ARSENAL (PREDUZECE 44). Serial number A8415 matching on the receiver, bolt, and stock and floorplate. Left receiver rail marked PREDUZECE 44, one of the various names of the Kragujevac Arsenal. Arsenal refinished to as new condition. Bore about perfect. The seemingly limitless supply of Yugo Mausers has pretty much been absorbed into the market as more collectors appreciate the quality and value from the very modest prices of these rifles.

Prior to WW2 Yugoslavia had purchased a number of Model 1924 short rifles and a full set of machinery to make them from FN in Belgium. Then they made more rifles in their own Kragujevac Arsenal, later known as Factory 44 (PREDUZECE 44). The Model 1924 rifles had an "intermediate length" action about 1/4 inch shorter than the standard Model 98 Mauser actions used in the Gew 98 and K98 series rifles, but were otherwise very similar to the K98k. During the post- WW2 rearming of Yugoslavian forces under Marshall Tito and the Communists virtually all old rifles on hand were refurbished, and remarked with the communist crest (two sheaves of wheat bordering a torch, with the commie star above) and given a new model designation. This rifle is one of the Model 1924 short rifles, upgraded to Model 24/47 configuration with the new markings, and totally refinished at that time.

About 99% of the finish remains, with just a few minor scratches. The arsenal refinished stock is a pleasing medium brown color with a nice oil finish. Import marked (of course) and the A8415 number is marked on the receiver with dot stamp process in addition to the deeper original numbers. An handsome and interesting variant of the classic 98 Mauser family. Collecting Yugoslavian Mauser variations is a fun and inexpensive specialty. See Robert Ball`s superb "Mauser Military Rifles of the World" for more on any type of Mauser rifle, and the definitive North Cape book, "Serbian and Yugoslav Mauser Rifles" by Branko Bogdanovic, devoted exclusively to the Yugos. $450.00 (View Picture)

SMOF7105 - SCARCE YUGOSLAVIAN SKS-STYLE M59/66A-1 SEMI-AUTO RIFLE- SUPERB! Serial number M486659 all matching numbers, in 7.62 x 39mm built at the famous Zastava State Arsenal for the Yugoslavian military. These are high quality rifles made with all milled parts, not cheap stamped junk like some of the Chinese rifles. The 11.5 inch blade type bayonet folds under the barrel. Perfect bore. The M59 was the basic Yugo made version of the SKS rifle, and the Model 59/66 added a 22 mm diameter grenade launcher which looks more like a flash suppressor or muzzle brake on the end of the barrel. The front sight has a fold-up "ladder" for use in grenade sighting. When the grenade sight is raised, the gas system is automatically blocked and the action must be manually cycled for safety as rifle grenades must be fired with a special grenade launching blank cartridges only, and this feature helps ensure that a ball round is not loaded from the magazine. The gas system is not automatically unblocked when the sight is folded, however, and must be manually opened to again allow semi-automatic operation. Barrels are not chrome-lined. Both the grenade launcher and grenade sight are NATO spec, which is a bit odd for a Commie bloc weapon, but they must have had their reasons.

The M59/66A-1 added night sights with radium painted dots, like on this one, while another variation uses glass vials of tritium.

This is excellent plus unissued condition, with 99% or better original finish and only a few of the most minor storage and handling blemishes. Wood has the raised grain of unissued martial arms. Tiny import marking PW ARMS REDMOND WA 7.62x39 YUGO M59/66 on left side of receiver rail. This was made in 1974, but is C&R eligible per the BATF list.

Collecting SKS rifles is a popular specialty with a lot of good info for beginners at http://www.ogca.com/sks_rifles__by_adrian_van_dyk.htm

Probably the nicest Yugo SKS we have ever seen, and one of the few of the 59/66A-1 variation. $595.00 (View Picture)

**HOLD** SMOF7092 - FINNISH (SUOMI) MODEL 1931 SUBMACHINE GUN (SEMI - AUTOMATIC VERSION) CALIBER 9 MM SERIAL NUMBER H6755 During World War I a number of inventors developed guns that we would classify as submachine guns. These were fully automatic guns firing a pistol caliber cartridge and fed from a high capacity magazine. The first to reach front line service was the German MP 18i.

After the war ended other designs were produced, the most famous being the Thompson Submachinegun. The Finnish designer E. Lahti developed a version for the Finnish Army and it was adopted in 1931 as the M31. It was a simple blowback action and fed from a 71 round drum magazine. It was noted for its reliability even in below freezing weather.

When Russia attacked Finland in the fall of 1939 their army had no submachine guns, only bolt action rifles. The Finns used their M31 submachinegun to devastating effect on the Russians, especially in night attacks and ambushes. After the end of this war the Russians began their own development of a submachine gun, and they copied the 71 round drum magazine from the Finnish M31.

This gun is a semi-automatic version of an MP31. The receiver has been newly manufactured, but the barrel, stock and drum magazine are from an MP 31. The overall condition is about 100% as it has been newly manufactured, or the older parts have been refinished. $1495.00 (View Picture)

SMOF7079 - 21620 - SCARCE WW2 GERMAN K98K-ZF 41 SNIPER RIFLE WITH SCOPE & MOUNT (AR 42 RIFLE MAKER CODE) - Serial number 5927k made in 1942 by Mauser-Werke, Berlin-Borsigwalde. The K98k-Zf 41 was officially introduced 14 July 1941 and only factory assembled by ar, byf and duv. This is an original factory made Mauser Werke Borsigwalde- (ar code) sniper rifle with an original WW2 scope and mount and base. Most of the German sniper rifles seen on the market today were cobbled together from a mix of original rifles and repro bases, mounts and/or scopes, so be careful out there. Matching numbers 5927 on the rifle parts except for the bolt assembly which is 8849. Metal parts with about 80-85% original blue finish, thinning from normal were and worn on the high points. Stock has a mellow patina never refinished. Bore is sharp but dirty in the grooves and needs a good cleaning.

Richard Law`s "Sniper Variations of the K98k Rifle" covers the Borsigwalde K98k- Zf 41 on pages 87-88 and illustrates a K98k-Zf 41 rifle serial number 5212k, fairly close to this one. See the book for full details on all the sniper rifles, scopes and related accessories.

The Scope was made by clb - Woehler, Dr FA, Optische Fabrik, Kassel, and the mount has the tiny nomenclature markings stamped on the back side of the rear arm, and the duv maker markings on the side for Berliner-Luebecker Maschinenfabrik, Luebeck plan, along with the serial number 45872, mmismatched to the rifle. Optics are a bit cloudy and dirty with a couple of specks on the inside.

The zf-41 was the most widely used German sniper rifles of WW2, and there were many others if you want to chase them all.

This has been in John`s collection for many years but it is time to let someone else enjoy it $3750.00 (View Picture)

SMOF7044 - MATCHING IZHEVSK 1916 91/30 UPDATED MOSIN NAGANT SERIAL NUMBER 24252 CALIBER 7.62 X 54R The Mosin Nagant rifle has a unique history among battle rifles from the early 20th century. It was adopted by the Russian Imperial government in 1891, updated by the Communist government in 1930, and distributed to satellite nations for usage in proxy warfare up until the collapse of the Soviet Union. Few rifles can claim as colorful a history as the Mosin Nagant.

During the First World War the Imperial Russian government quickly discovered that it had not calculated its need for arms and ammunition properly for a protracted conflict. Wastage of rifles was calculated at approximately 200,000 units per month due to damage, theft, attrition, or other undetermined causes. Because of this American firms Remington and New England Westinghouse were contracted to produce model 1891 Mosin Nagant rifles, Winchester began production of the lever action model 1895 chambered in 7.62 x 54r for sale to the Czar, and Japan, an enemy of recent memory, provided rifles and ammunition to the Russian Army.

In 1930 the Soviet government began an overhaul program to update and repair rifles currently held in inventory. Old rear sights measured out in arshini were discarded in favor of new metric sights, the old front sight blade was traded for a globe and post style front sight, barrel lengths were standardized, and remnants of Imperial markings were scrubbed or defaced.

The markings on this rifle tell an interesting story. The receiver is Izhevsk marked and 1904 dated. The barrel shank, which reads "Ordnance Factory Izhevsk," is dated 1916. It is likely that this rifle saw conflict in the First World War, and usage caused it to require a new barrel. This was completed at a time when the Imperial Russian government was breathing its dying breaths. At some point, likely in the 1930"s, this rifle was updated to 91/30 specifications. It is interesting to note that the imperial crests can still be observed on both the receiver and barrel shank. These are uncommon on updated rifles. Finish on this rifle rates at 95%. All parts are matched and no import marks are present. The bore is good to very good. Mosin Nagant rifles that date to the First World War are becoming more and more scarce, and this is an exceptional example with an interesting history. $595.00 (View Picture)

SMOF7057 - MATCHING TULA 1927 91/30 UPDATED DRAGOON MOSIN NAGANT SERIAL NUMBER 38030 CALIBER 7.62 X 54R The Mosin Nagant rifle has a unique history among battle rifles from the early 20th century. It was adopted by the Russian Imperial government in 1891, updated by the Communist government in 1930, and distributed to satellite nations for usage in proxy warfare up until the collapse of the Soviet Union. Few rifles can claim as colorful a history as the Mosin Nagant.

Shortly after the adaptation of the 1891 pattern Mosin Nagant, the Russian Imperial government decided a shorter version of the standard length Mosin Nagant was required. Rifles were shortened by approximately two inches, equipped with a unique rear sight, and given the designation Dragoon for mounted infantry or Cossack for mounted cavalry. Production of Dragoon rifles continued at both Izhevsk and Tula until the Soviet update program of 1930, with some examples being seen as late as 1932. Production of the Cossack rifles was only conducted at Izhevsk and ceased in 1922.

In 1930 the Soviet government began an overhaul program to update and repair rifles currently held in inventory. Old rear sights measured out in arshini were discarded in favor of new metric sights, the old front sight blade was traded for a globe and post style front sight, barrel lengths were standardized, and remnants of Imperial markings were scrubbed or defaced.

This rifle is Tula produced updated Dragoon. Updated to 91/30 specifications, the metric rear sight is pinned to the barrel, and a gap is visible when viewed from the rear due to a different sight base needing to be used to update the old rifles. This is a mandatory feature of all rifles claiming to be updated Dragoons. The Cyrillic script on the barrel shank reads `Foremost Ordnance Factory USSR At Tula 1927.` The receiver is a matching Tula dated 1927 manufacture. All parts are matched, and no import marks are present. The barrel appears to have strong rifling. Finish would rate at 95%. This is an excellent example of an updated Dragoon, produced at the rarer of the two Russian arsenals. Mismatched bayonet included! $495.00 (View Picture)

SMOF7000 - FAZAKERLEY MODEL NO 5 MK I JUNGLE CARBINE DATED 1946 SERIAL NUMBER S8400 CALIBER 303 BRITISH The British Army adopted a magazine loaded bolt action rifle in 1888. The design came from a Scottish emigrant to the U.S. James Lee, and featured a 10 round, top loading, detachable magazine, and bolt with rear locking lugs. It was modified based on experience in the Boer War. The barrel was shortened, and a receiver bridge added for loading with stripper clips. The Lee-Enfield action continued in British (and Commonwealth) service till 1955 with about 17 million being made. It is considered one of the best designed battle rifles in the world. The ten round magazine gave it an advantage over all other bolt action rifles. The rear locking lugs were much less likely to foul with dirt, and the bolt could be operated more rapidly than the standard Mauser bolt.

During World War II the British Army was called on to fight in the jungles of Burma. A shorter rifle was needed. To meet this demand they shortened the standard No.4, Mk I rifle, put a flash hider on the barrel, added a hard rubber butt pad, and moved he sling attachment from the bottom to the side. It was officially called the No. 5, Mk I rifle, but picked up the nickname, `Jungle Carbine`. It proved popular with the troops. This rifle continued in British serve in the guerilla war that broke out in what is now Malaysia and was produced through 1947.

This rifle was made after the end of the war and has not been reworked. Numbers on the bolt handle and stock match the serial number. The metal was finished with a bake on black enamel paint over phosphate. The finish is about 95% intact with some high edge wear. The wood is dark from long exposure to linseed oil, but has no major defects. The rubber butt pad is intact, but has some dings, and is now quite hard. The bore is bright with sharp riflings. The magazine matches the rifle. This is most unusual. $750.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6982 - 7730D - AK-47 UNDERFOLDER 7.62 X 39MM SEMI-AUTO RIFLE Serial number A9804 made by Lancaster of Goodyear, AZ as the Model AUSA, sometime 2006 or early 2007. The date is important because the early Lancaster guns had an excellent reputation, but around 2008 the key personnel running the company left and a bunch of careless and/or clueless idiots kept it going under the Lancaster name and the quality declined drastically, especially with their AK-74 types in 5.45mm and those Lancaster guns certainly earned a reputation as crap guns. This is from the `good times` and is not to be confused with the later trash.

This was made after expiration of the silly `assault weapons ban` but still had to comply with `922(r)` regulations by incorporating a number of U.S. made parts (trigger, slant type muzzle brake, magazine, etc) with a foreign `parts kit` which in this case is a Polish kit (11 in oval) made in 1983 with matching numbers on the trunnion block, bolt carrier and receiver cover and possibly other parts. Except for a few dings on the bottom of the laminated wood forend this appears to be about new, and has not been fired since purchase in early 2007. This is a great item to fill a hole in any collection to show the evil `assault rifles` used by more countries than any other weapon in history, either their military forces or by surrogate puppet forces or indigenous rebels or radical terrorists. These are so ubiquitous because they are relatively easy and cheap to make, and are noted for their reliability even in the hands of ignorant savages with no training. They were used by the North Vietnamese, in Afghanistan and Iraq, and lots of other places against U.S. forces. Still, an important item for the collector of U.S. military arms to better understand the enemy. This cannot be sold to people in state run by idiots, so don`t waste your time or ours by asking. $695.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6986 - 7730K - AK-47 UNDERFOLDER 7.62 X 39MM SEMI-AUTO RIFLE - Serial number A5030 made by Lancaster of Goodyear, AZ as the Model AUSA, sometime 2006 or early 2007. The date is important because the early Lancaster guns had an excellent reputation, but around 2008 the key personnel running the company left and a bunch of careless and/or clueless idiots kept it going under the Lancaster name and the quality declined drastically, especially with their AK-74 types in 5.45mm and those Lancaster guns certainly earned a reputation as crap guns. This is from the `good times` and is not to be confused with the later trash.

This was made after expiration of the silly `assault weapons ban` but still had to comply with `922(r)` regulations by incorporating a number of U.S. made parts (trigger, slant type muzzle brake, magazine, etc) with a foreign `parts kit` which in this case is a Polish kit (11 in oval) made in 1981 with matching numbers on the trunnion block, bolt carrier and receiver cover and possibly other parts. This appears to be about new, and has not been fired since purchase in early 2007. This is a great item to fill a hole in any collection to show the evil `assault rifles` used by more countries than any other weapon in history, either their military forces or by surrogate puppet forces or indigenous rebels or radical terrorists. These are so ubiquitous because they are relatively easy and cheap to make, and are noted for their reliability even in the hands of ignorant savages with no training. They were used by the North Vietnamese, in Afghanistan and Iraq, and lots of other places against U.S. forces. Still, an important item for the collector of U.S. military arms to better understand the enemy. This cannot be sold to people in state run by idiots, so don`t waste your time or ours by asking. $750.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6969 - 19378 - RARE ISRAELI .22 SINGLE SHOT MAUSER MITARY TRAINING RIFLE MADE BY FN IN 1952 - Serial number 1192, one of only 1,000 made, all in the range 1001-2000. An earlier batch (1-1000) was reportedly made for South Africa, and another small batch was subsequently made for the Belgian Army with their ABL receiver markings.

These are NOT converted K98k rifles, but new made in 1952 specifically as single shot .22 Long Rifle training rifles with a solid bottom receiver, and stock specifically made for this use, and stamped with a large 0.22 on the right side of the butt. However, external appearance, weight and operation are identical to the K98k Mauser which was the mainstay of the Israeli Defense Forces from their founding in 1947 until replaced by the FN-FAL beginning in 1954 but remaining for reserve and emergency use at least 20 years after that.

Do not confuse these with the other Israeli Mauser .22 training rifles which were standard K98k rifles altered with Remington marked barrels and new bolts to make them .22s. Those Remington barreled guns were apparently done circa 1948-49, and seem to be even scarcer than the purpose-made FN single shots.

Overall condition is Very Good with about 50% thinning light gray Parkerized finish taking on a brownish-patina tone. NOT import marked. Stock is VG with the expected dings and scars of an issued military arm and paint markings on sides of the butt as shown in the photos. Remember, this is the correct original stock marked 0.22. Stock is yucky dark brown color and oil soaked like nearly all of these, and really needs to be stripped to remove the crud followed by a bit of stain and some oil finish which will tremendously improve the appearance of this scarce rifle. Comes with original Israeli leather sling. Nice bore with many more grooves than any other .22 bore I have seen, and is counterbored at the muzzle. A very scarce and desirable Mauser for the collector of military .22 training rifles, or a general Mauser collection. Military .22 training rifles are a popular collecting specialty and this is one was in John`s collection for many years but he is clearing those out to make room for more line throwing guns, so someone else can enjoy owning this one for a few years. While many of the .22 trainers are pretty easy to find, this one is very scarce. (C&R eligible) $1095.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6987 - 7730L - 7730D - AK-47 STANDARD WOOD STOCK 7.62 X 39MM SEMI-AUTO RIFLE - Serial number A6997 made by Lancaster of Goodyear, AZ as the Model AUSA, sometime 2006 or early 2007. The date is important because the early Lancaster guns had an excellent reputation, but around 2008 the key personnel running the company left and a bunch of careless and/or clueless idiots kept it going under the Lancaster name and the quality declined drastically, especially with their AK-74 types in 5.45mm and those Lancaster guns certainly earned a reputation as crap guns. This is from the `good times` and is not to be confused with the later trash. While the fixed wood stocks are not as `tacti-cool` looking as the folding stocks, they are actually noticeably lighter in weight and a handy size that is nicely balanced, only a bit bulkier than a M1 carbine.

This was made after expiration of the silly `assault weapons ban` but still had to comply with `922(r)` regulations by incorporating a number of U.S. made parts (trigger, slant type muzzle brake, magazine, etc) with a foreign `parts kit` which in this case is a Romanian kit (identified by the triangle mark on the trunnion block ahead of the parts kit serial number.. This was made in 1981 and has matching numbers on the trunnion block, bolt carrier and receiver cover and possibly other parts. This appears to be about new, and has not been fired since purchase in early 2007. This is a great item to fill a hole in any collection to show the evil `assault rifles` used by more countries than any other weapon in history, either their military forces or by surrogate puppet forces or indigenous rebels or radical terrorists. These are so ubiquitous because they are relatively easy and cheap to make, and are noted for their reliability even in the hands of ignorant savages with no training. They were used by the North Vietnamese, in Afghanistan and Iraq, and lots of other places against U.S. forces. Still, an important item for the collector of U.S. military arms to better understand the enemy. This cannot be sold to people in state run by idiots, so don`t waste your time or ours by asking. $650.00 (View Picture)

**SOLD** SMOF6841 - TNW SEMI-AUTO MG-34 VERSION OF WW2 GERMAN MG-34 8MM MAUSER CALIBER UNIVERSAL MACHINE GUN - NICE! Serial number 7798b on the newly made receiver. TNW`s semi-auto version of the MG-34 uses newly made receivers, with the other parts from originalWW2 German MG34 guns, some of the parts being modified to shoot from a closed bolt with other changes to gain approval by the BATF as semi-automatic weapons subject to the same treatment and sales as any other semi-auto rifle. (However, some states with goofy laws regarding magazine capacity may ban these since they fire from a 50 round link belt, although you can make five 10 round belts from a 50 round belt to comply with such nonsense.) TNW`s website states `You will find the detailed workmanship of this remanufactured weapon to be very close to the original. Due to the shrinking supply of MG34 parts kits, additional parts and labor; On January 1st 2017 the MG34`s price will be increased to $4699. 2017 will be our last production year of the MG34.` (See their page at: http://www.tnwfirearms.com/product-p/mg34-cplt-0008-bkxx-xxxx.htm and check their videos to see the incredibly complex work that goes into making these.)

These guns received a very favorable write up in the May 2013 Small Arms Review which can be read at:

http://www.smallarmsreview.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=1870

An excellent history of the MG-34 is available on the superb Forgotten Weapons website along with a 27 minute video on the history, disassembly and functioning of the MG-34.

This gun is in near new condition (as made by TNW using WW2 German parts) showing almost no signs of firing, and having about 98-99% of the dark gray phosphate type finish. It comes with the folding bipod used by ground troops, standard folding front and rear sights, with a base for a ring type anti-aircraft sight (not included). Also has one 50 round link belt and operator`s manual. There are some other MG-34 accessory items on our parts or German militaria pages if you want to add some bling to this beauty.

This is an excellent opportunity to own a good representative example (albeit modified to semi- automatic only) of the famous WW2 German MG-34 machine gun. Remember, this is not a `dummy gun` with a solid receiver, but an actual firing weapon. Since it is semi-auto only, there are none of the Class 3 hassles and tax stamps and waiting associated with a live machine gun, and the price is only about 30% of what a live class 3 gun would be. Our price is significantly below what the TNW folks are getting and they are nearly sold out. $4250.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6366 - (LL) HUNGARIAN MODEL 98/40 RIFLE (CODE JHV MADE IN 1943) CALIBER 8MM MAUSER SN 7952L The Hungarians became a separate nation at the end of World War I with the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian empire. They adopted a home designed rifle, the Model 35 chambered for the 8 mm rimmed cartridge in 1935. The rifle used a two piece stock. With Nazi Germanys growing power they decided to change the rifle to be compatible with the German 8 mm rimless cartridge. The magazine was made flush with the bottom of the receiver and the bayonet lug modified to accept the German bayonet. German weapons inspectors took over the inspection and marking of the Hungarian rifles. The new rifles were given the code of `jhv` and the waffenamt (weapons inspector) code 56. These markings appeared on Hungarian rifles. These rifles were given the designation G98/40 and this was stamped on the left side of the receiver.

The Hungarian army participated in the invasion of Russia in the summer of 1941 and in many battles in Russia thereafter, they suffered heavy losses at Stalingrad in November 1942 and made little contribution to German military efforts thereafter.

This rifle was made in Hungarian in 1943 and has the jhv code for Hungarian firearms and standard waffenamts in the metal. The barrel bands and floor plate match, but the bolt does not match the receiver. This is a common problem with the 98/40 rifles. The stock is European hardwood. It has a good sized ding on the left side near the front. There is no pitting, and the bluing would rate about 90%. The bore is some darkening in the grooves, but sharp riflings.

Very few Hungarian G98/40 rifles appear on the U.S. collectors market. We suspect that most were lost in Russia. This a good example of one that saw considerable usage. $1400.00 (View Picture)

SMOF5495 - JAPANESE TYPE 38 RIFLE CONVERTED TO A TRAINER. CALIBER - BLANKS ONLY 6.5 ARISAKA. SERIAL NUMBER 10667 MARKED IN ENGLISH -"SASEBO NAVY BASE -1945" The Sasebo Naval base was the home of the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was established in the 1880`s and was base from which Admiral Togo sailed to defeat the Russian fleet in May 1905 at the Battle of Tsushima. The U.S. 5th Marines landed there after the surrender of Japan in August 1945. The base has continued to be used by the U.S. as a base for our fleet.

The Japanese converted many rifles to trainers by boring out the barrel to remove the rifling, and altering the bolt. This rifle was so altered. It appears to have been at Sasebo in 1945 because Sasebo and the date in English is stamped on the rifle. It is an interesting variant of the rifles that came home with our returning GI`s after the end of World War II. $350.00 (View Picture)

SMOF4627 - 14294 BRITISH "DRILL PURPOSE" PATTERN 1914 .303 CALIBER RIFLE BY REMINGTON Serial number 359704 with matching number on bolt. Other parts appear to be typical mix of makers including the "fat boy` Eddystone stock. Drill purpose rifles were made from obsolete patterns to provide non-lethal arms to be used by recruits or cadets learning the manual of arms, close order drill, punishment marching, etc where a current service rifle was not needed, but something with the approximate weight and feel was desired. This would be an interesting collecting niche, with the goal of including the many different '`Drill Purpose` arms from the British, the US Navy Mark I Training rifle made by Parris Dunn and the Mark V dummy drill rifle, , the M16 "Rubber Duck` and the CMP M1903 and M1 drill rifles. The Pattern 1914 DP rifles were converted by drilling a hole laterally through the chamber (and adjacent stock and handguard) and welding a steel rod in place, painting a red and white stripe around the action area, and stamping DP on just about every part. These rifles had seen hard use prior to conversion and usually show numerous stock repairs, as well as dings and bruises acquired throughout their career aggravated by clumsy handling by awkward recruits intimidated by screaming sergeants. A number of these came into the US in the 1980s or 90s, and sold for ridiculously low prices at the time, with most of them snatched up and stripped down for their actions to make sporters. This has left surviving examples rather scarce. A great addition for a British collection, or for the P1914/M1917 addict, or someone interested in "drill rifles`. Overall condition is VG. The wood continues to weep a bit of the heavy grease they were packed in for storage, although we cleaned all we could. Small split on let side above trigger that could be repaired or tripped to avoid splinters. Even though incapable of firing with the drilled and plugged chamber, this still is considered a "firearm` and must go to a FFL or C&R FFL. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $350.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6883 - NORINCO MAK-90 SPORTER (SEMI-AUTO AK-47) WITH CEINER .22 CONVERSION KIT INSTALLED (FROM THE HART COLLECTION!) Serial number 94144637 (with just the last digits 44637 on some parts) made by NORINCO in China in 1994. This is a semi-auto only copy of the infamous `Kalishnikov assault rifle` which was the standard arm of the entire communist world for most of the latter part of the 20th century, and is reportedly the most widely used military rifle in history. These have been made in most of the Soviet-bloc nations as well as in China and many other client states, and are commonly round in the hands of revolutionary groups around the world. They are very simply designed, crudely made and are very reliable, even when mistreated by untrained savages in extreme field conditions.

This rifle is in near new condition with about 98% original blue finish. This has a Ceiner .22 long rifle conversion unit installed and Mr. Hart reported that it worked well for him, but Ceiner products have a varied reputation. The Ceiner units sold for $160 but are no longer made. This is being sold as a 7.62 x39mm MAK-90, but at the moment you can only shoot .22 LR in it. We are attempting to locate the original 7.62 x 39 parts and will include them if/when found. This comes with one 10 round Ceiner magazine. Figure value of the MAK-90 at $700 and the Ceiner at $150 making the price

(PROVENANCE NOTE- This is item number 65 from the Howard P. Hart and Jean H. Hart Collection of Historical Arms. Mr. Hart was a career Central Intelligence Agency Officer as well as an avid arms collector. A large part of their collection was donated to the Virginia War Memorial Museum in Richmond, VA, and many other items donated to the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans, LA. This item has the Hart Collection inventory tag attached, and has a certificate of provenance and a copy of Howard`s fascinating autobiography, signed by Jean Hart. The association of this item with Mr. Howard Hart, and this outstanding collection adds to its desirability for your collection and for future owners and helps preserve the legacy of Mr. Hart.) $850.00 (View Picture)

SMOF5310 - 18435 - VERY UNUSUAL- CRUDE KHYBER PASS COPY OF BRITISH ENFIELD NO. 5 MARK I `JUNGLE CARBINE` - From a few feet away this looks like a standard British No. 5 Mark 1 .303 `Jungle Carbine.` However, closer inspection show that it is a crude hand made copy turned out in the `Khyber Pass` region of Pakistan/Afghanistan. These talented craftsmen make copies of an amazing variety of guns using whatever materials they can find, almost entirely by hand. The quality ranges from very good to laughably poor in appearance, but the quality of the materials and heat treatment (if any) and the tolerances make them all UNSAFE TO FIRE UNDER ANY CONDITIONS. While the locals do sometimes fire these things, they do so with reloaded ammunition, the bullets sometimes recovered from rifle ranges with the rifling marks filed off, and powder of varying quality. Most of these people are illiterate, so the markings (if any) are very creative in spelling, punctuation, and inexplicably mix stuff so you might find Broowneng Patant, and the crown/V.R. from the reign of Queen Victoria on a gun that is a mongrel mix of broomhandle Mauser and Astra features. Today their specialty is making copies of pre-1898 British arms for sale to American troops who can bring home `antique` guns but not modern guns. [See our main page for more on those...]

This `Jungle Carbine` is one of a handful that Century Arms found among the stuff they imported in the 1980s, and was sold via Springfield Sporters in Pennsylvania. They had the wisdom to cut off the firing pin and weld the firing pin hole shut so that no one can fire it. The bolt they used was made by Savage (square S on the back of the handle and old number removed). Or, perhaps the makers used this one, as it has been extensively filed so that it will fit the receiver and then refinished. The receiver shows all sorts of crude details, but is a faithful copy of the real Jungle Carbine. Similarly, the other parts show many crude features, and probably not a single part would interchange with a real Lee Enfield. The barrel and receiver have a nicely polished and blued finish of unknown age. The barrel may have been salvaged from a `real` Enfield, or at least the rifling looks well done (albeit rusty and rough) or they may have just gotten good at rifling barrels after many decades of practice. The stock is not too badly done, but the butt swivel is a non-regulation feature, and the recoil pad was probably cut from someone`s truck tire (with or without their knowledge!).

This is the perfect addition to an `Enfield` collection that has everything else. NOT SAFE TO FIRE, but we still need to transfer it to a FFL. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $625.00 (View Picture)

SMOF5000 - 16605 - ARGENTINE MODEL 1891 MAUSER 7.65MM RIFLE MADE BY DWM IN 1899 - Serial Number S3238 matching throughout, including the cleaning rod. These are 7.65x53mm Mauser caliber (sometimes called 7.65mm Argentine Mauser). The Model 1891 is an important milestone as the first of many Mauser models adopted by various South American countries. Marked on the left side of the receiver "MAUSER MODELO ARGENTINO 1891/ DEUTSCHES WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONS FABRIKEN/ BERLIN" Argentine crest has been ground off the receiver ring per Argentine law after some Argentine rifles showed up in a neighboring country`s guerilla forces.

Loewe was the original maker of the M1891 Argentine rifles, but after merging in 1899 with the Mauser brothers to form Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) filled the rest of the contracts under the DWM name. Overall excellent plus condition. The stock has just a few minor storage dings, the worst being shown in the photos. Bolt retains most of its original bright polished finish, including on the handle and knob which usually are darker, but nice and bright on this one. Other parts with about 95% original brilliant blue finish, except where the removed receiver crest was touched up to blend in; some wear on the magazine floorplate and adjacent sharp corners and some wear on the buttplate. Stock is a very pleasing light brown colored straight grain walnut with matching handguard. The stock has had the argentine crest removed by grinding. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item.

This is one of 53,000 Argentine rifles made in 1899 under the DWM name. From an old pre-1968 collection and not defaced by any import markings. This is among the very best of the M1891 Argentine rifles we have had in years. The bore is dirty (old grease?) although we expect it will clean to the same superb condition as the exterior. These are usually found in nice condition, but often with mismatched parts. South American military rifles are an attractive collecting specialty, with a wide number of examples, either limited to Mausers alone, or including all types. Most are still pretty reasonably priced, although it may take a while to find some variations, especially in decent condition. (We highly recommend Robert Ball`s Mauser Military Rifles of the World to learn more, or Colin Webster`s definitive Argentine Mauser Rifles for the 1891-1909 models and their variants and accessories.) Argentine Mausers made before the `O` prefix block were made in 1898 or earlier, but this one was made in 1899 and thus does not qualify as an `antique` so we need to ship to a FFL (C&R is okay). $675.00 (View Picture)

SMOF3919 - 10809- JAPANESE TYPE 38 6.5MM CARBINE MADE AT MUKDEN (MANCHURIA)- SERIAL NUMBER 41326 (SERIES 6). Probably the nicest Type 38 carbine we have ever had, and perhaps the nicest we have ever seen. The 6.5mm Type 38 rifle was the standards Japanese Infantry rifle from 1906 until 1939 when the 7.7mm Type 99 was adopted. During that time the short Type 38 Carbine was standard for the Japanese cavalry, and made in very small numbers compared to the rifles. In 1931 the Japanese took over the Mukden Arsenal in Manchuria (in China) and a few years later began rifle and carbine production there, although in much smaller numbers than at Japanese homeland facilities. Apparently about 110,000 Type 38 rifles were made at Mukden, and 51,000 Type 38 Carbines. Of the type 38 carbines, collectors recognize three serial number blocks- two without any series designation and only the final 15,000 or so having the "series 6" series indicator. This carbine has about 97-98% original blue finish mixed with a little light fingerprint surface rusting here and there and two tiny patches of pitting (less than 1/4" diameter) on the trigger guard- one hidden by the floorplate. Interestingly, the outside of the flooplate is nicely finished and blued, but the inside is really rough and crude and bare metal, so they must have used the rust blue method instead of a dip process. Bolt handle, safety and floorplate all have number 32 with an illegible mark, and I am not sure if that indicates that they are matching to the gun (which ends in 326) or if mismatched. The underside of the bolt handle and the firing pin are marked 135. I will let someone who knows more about Japanese arms decide if this is matched or mismatched, but it sure is nice anyway. Trigger, bolt catch spring, floorplate catch and sight spring are all straw colored, mixed with darker staining. Bolt body is bright but handle and exposed part of the body are stained dark to almost blue appearance. Bright finished cleaning rod, but exposed portion is stained dark. Superb bright and sharp bore. Unsanded stock has nearly all of the original shellac finish and a pleasing reddish brown color. Only a few mostly very minor storage and handling dings in the wood. Even the buttplate retains most of the blue finish, although thinning and worn bright on the heel. Mum has been lightly ground with a few chisel marks, but faintly visible, and the Type 38 markings are mostly intact. Not import marked. If you want a great example of a Type 38 carbine from the scarcest maker, this is for you. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $795.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6241 - 12767 - JAPANESE TYPE 38 CARBINE, 6.5MM, MADE AT NAGOYA (SERIES 5) REALLY NICE! - Serial number 82676 made at Chigusa factory of Nagoya Arsenal. Adopted in 1906, along with the long Type 38 6.5mm rifles, the Type 38 carbines remained in use until the end of WW2 with cavalry and other specialty troops. This one was made during WW2, but at a time when the quality of workmanship was still quite good. Complete and correct with all matching parts except missing the bolt cover, which is missing from most. Cleaning rod is included! Metal parts retain about 97+% original blue finish, showing a little wear on high points and some streaks on the bolt from operation, and even the buttplate retains over 90% original blue with a few scattered light rust freckles that will easily clean up. The unsanded stock has the original dark orange-brown finish, with quite a few shallow bumps and bruises, but few serious scars or dings. The carbines are usually found in relatively poor condition, and this is an exceptionally nice example. Overall, this is one of the nicest Type 38 carbines we have ever had. Bore looks excellent. These use the common Type 30 bayonet with the 16 inch blade and are a very impressive display when mounted on the carbine with a 19 inch barrel. The mum has been partially ground but is mostly visible. An excellent representative example of the Type 38 carbine as widely used by Japanese forces during WW2. $650.00 (View Picture)

SMOF5235 - 17813 - GERMAN KAR98K-ZF 41 SNIPER RIFLE WITH ZF/41 SNIPER SCOPE (REPLICA) Serial number 3388 made by Mauser-Werke, Oberndorf am Neckar (code 42) in 1939. The Kar98k Mauser with the Zf 41 telescope was the most widely produced German sniper rifle of WW2, but also the least preferred. The concept was simple- modify the rear sight base to accept a mount and put on a scope with a long eye relief and shazam! you got a sniper rifle. However, the 12- 15 inch eye relief and tiny tube diameter of the 1.5 power telescope meant that the field of view was almost useless except against a stationary target. Factory produced rifles were all dated 1941 or later, but Robert Ball`s `Sniper Variations of the German K98k Rifle` notes that some earlier rifles and even Gew 98s were converted for sniper use.

However, this one is NOT a genuine sniper rifle made with an original Zf 41 scope, as those are very rare, and therefore very expensive. Most of the Zf 41 snipers found on the market are at best replicas (if described honestly) or at worst fakes trying to steal your hard earned cash. This is a replica at an affordable price offered as a filler for a collector on a budget, or a reenactor. The rifle itself has virtually no finish, having had it all removed, except the trigger guard which has about 50- 60%. Metal parts are smooth with no pitting except a bit on the bands where they contact the wood. The scope mount bar is a repro mounting bar attached to a standard rear sight base by solder, instead of being machined integral with the sight sleeve. The stock has been altered to clear the scope mount. The scope and scope mount are very high quality reproductions, with correct period markings and excellent optics, probably better than the originals. The mount and base have 99% of their finish (except a couple of rust spots on the mount), so they look out of place on the mostly no finish rifle. This is an excellent candidate for someone to either take the time to do the simple (but time consuming) rust blue process on, or just hit it all with one of Brownell`s excellent cold blue products to turn it all a nice deep blue black color. If this were a genuine correct Zf 41 rifle and scope, the price would be many times higher, but being what it is, you can decide if it will fit your collecting needs, and save a bundle. $1150.00 (View Picture)

SMOF5281 - 18289 - SPANISH MODEL 1943 8MM MAUSER SHORT RIFLE MADE BY LACORUNA IN 1953 - Serial number Y8193 with matching numbers (although the bolt has 2H-8193 instead of Y2193). After receiving many weapons from German during the Spanish Civil War, they finally decided in 1943 to adopt the 8 x 57mm Mauser caliber as standard for their service rifles, replacing the well used 7 x 57mm Mausers dating back to the 1890s. This is essentially the familiar Kar98k style rifle with a bit different handguard arrangement, and dual sling swivels on the lower band. The bayonet lug has an adapter in place which was provided so that older style bayonets could be used (just as the Argentines did with their M1909 rifles). This one is a good representative example, with about 90-95% old blue thinning in places and a few areas turning plum from normal use. There is some heavy rust and `blood pitting` on the bolt release, but otherwise nothing remarkable. Bore is fair to good, worn and dirty. The stock is solid but with assorted dings and scars from service use. Unlike the junky Turkish rifles (which I would not shoot if you paid me!) these Spanish rifles were well made of quality materials and although not real pretty are solid old guns. Of course, we sell all guns as collector items only and they must be approved by a competent gunsmith prior to firing. This example is not import marked, so likely one of those which came in prior to 1968. Check our edged weapons page for bayonets for this one. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $425.00 (View Picture)

SMOF5307 - 18395 - CZECH MADE COLD WAR ERA K98K 8MM MAUSER (7.92 X 57MM) MILITARY RIFLE - Serial number 1701K matching on receiver and bolt, with no other parts numbered. Left side rail stamped "Ceskoslovenska Zbrojovka, A.S., BRNO" indicating manufacture at the Brno (`Waffen Werke Brunn` to the Germans) plant which had made K98ks during German occupation with the DOT code and then code SWP in 1945. This factory was largely untouched at the end of the War, and the Czechs made a small number of rifles for rearming their forces and for export sales circa 1946-1950. These were essentially the standard late war K98k `kreigsmodell` design with the stamped buttplate and bands and the laminated stocks, and no guide rib on the bolt body. As the Brno factory had largely gotten their trigger guard assemblies from German suppliers, they tooled up for a simple and cheap stamped trigger guard (similar to the U.S. M1903A3) with a large guard bow allowing use with gloves in cold weather. This has led to the collector term `arctic model` or `winter type` but they were never really sold as anything but a standard rifle. Some of these used salvaged German K98k parts, but others, like this one, were entirely new made. These were very well made and finished arms, not crude wartime `last ditch` jobs. Some had foreign crests, others no crests, but some had the Czech rampant lion crest, which was removed before being sold to foreign buyers (either military or surplus). Israel bought a lot of these (mainly the refurbished/salvaged German type) in 1947, but most of those were well used and later converted to 7.62mm. This one had the crest removed, but is otherwise in excellent condition with about 95%+ original blue remaining. Bore is superb, mirror bright and sharp. Bubba put a couple of coats of varnish on the stock, and added two screws to hold the end of his sling in place, but the holes will be hidden by t correct sling (or easily filled) and removing the varnish is a simple task with some paint stripper after you disassemble the rifle. Missing the cleaning rod.

This is significant as one of the last of the Model 98 Mauser rifles made for military use. See http://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=1735 for a lot more detailed info on this scarce K98k variant. Absolutely the best condition example of these we have ever seen. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $695.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6702 - JAPANESE WWII TYPE 99 RIFLE WITH LONG BARREL (LONG RIFLE) KOKURA ARSENAL SERIAL NUMBER 21030 SERIES 20 CALIBER 7.7X58 Japan entered the industrial age with single minded determination to create an industrial base equivalent to the one that had allowed the European navies to force their country to open its people to trade. The Japanese quickly created a firearms industry unlike the Chinese who continued to buy their small arms in Europe. By 1905 the Japanese Army had developed the strongest bolt actions rifle in the world when they adopted the Type 38 in 6.5 mm. In 1939 the military decided to increase the caliber of their rifles to 7.7 mm, and introduced the Type 99 rifle. It used the basic action of the Type 38, and was the first military rifle to have a chrome lined barrel.

P.O. Ackley, the noted gunsmith, compared the Japanese military bolt action rifles of World War II to those of Germany, England and the U.S. to determine which ones could withstand the highest pressure loads. The Japanese bolt actions were still shooting when all the other actions including the Mausers had blown up.

The Imperial Japanese army had used their 6.5 mm Type 38 rifles in China. The units going to the Pacific island were generally armed with the Type 99 rifle. The Type 99 rifle was the one that most of our GI`s encountered in the actions that rolled back the Japanese Empire from Guadalcanal to Okinawa.

The initial production of the Type 99 rifle, which began in 1939 features the 31 inch barrel seen on the Type 38 rifle. The Japanese military recognized that other nations such as Germany and the U.S. had adopted a 24 inch barrel for their service rifle. They then changed the barrel length and about 99% of all Type 99`s have the shorter barrel.

This rifle is one of the early production rifles from the Kokura Arsenal with the 31 inch barrel. It was brought back by a retuning serviceman after the end of the war because the Imperial marking (the chrysanthemum) has been ground off the top of the receiver ring

The original blued finish would rate about 95%. The chrome lined barrel is bright with no signs of wear. There is a noticeable ding in the left side of the stock. $1100.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6544 - 21030 - PERU- MODEL 1909 RIFLE IN 7.65MM MADE BY MAUSER - Serial number 19120, mismatched. Peru is a fascinating country, extending for more than a thousand miles along the Pacific coast of South American, between Ecuador and Chile, and up to about 500 miles inland into the Andes. Many Americans recognize the ancient mountain top ruins of Machu Picchu, or the name of the capital, Lima, but otherwise it is mostly a barren, arid region dependent on fishing and agriculture. Independent since overthrow of the Spanish in 1821, and impoverished after losing to Chile in the War of the Pacific (1879-1883) Peruvian arms were a hodge- podge of mostly obsolete types until they began to Purchase Argentine Model 1891 style rifles in 1892-1895, and thereafter continued periodic purchases of various (mostly) Mauser model rifles. Relatively few have appeared on the surplus market over the years, and almost always in very worn and abused condition.

This one is one of the 50,000 Peruvian Model 1909 rifles purchased from Waffenfabrik Mauser circa 1910-1914. Although looking like a standard Gew 98 Mauser at first glance, close inspection will reveal that the receiver ring is slightly longer, and there is a small rise for the stripper clips and a bolt release more like the 1891 Mauser than the other 98s, and a few other minor differences. Except for a few Model 1895 Mausers obtained via Chile which were 7 x 57mm, all the Peruvian Mausers were in 7.65 x 53mm caliber, the same as the Argentine and Belgian rifles. This is the first of the Model 1909 Peruvians we have had, and in typical (almost good) condition with virtually no finish, and lots of stock dings, and numbers mismatched. There is some pitting on the top of the barrel just ahead of the lower band, and probably more under the wood line. Bore is about good. No import marks noted. Another of the many variations of South American Mausers that can be an interesting collecting specialty at relatively modest prices. $525.00 (View Picture)

SMOF5793 - 22120 - JAPANESE TYPE 38 TRAINING RIFLE (BLANKS ONLY) - Serial number- none- maker unknown Japanese factory. These are pretty scarce compared to `regular` Type 38 rifles, and this is the only one we have seen that includes a bolt cover. Will look better cleaned up. An interesting addition to any WW2 or Japanese weapon collection.

Although some Japanese training rifles were damaged or obsolete arms slightly modified for training use, many, like this one, were purpose made using very crude materials totally unsafe for ever firing with live ammunition. These use cast iron for receivers and other parts were crudely fashioned and ill-fitting, but good enough for youngsters to practice drill. These were also used to fire blank cartridges (and those made from `real` guns were specifically marked to be used with blanks only). The bores on these barrels are simple smoothbore holes either crudely drilled of even cast, and the locking lugs on the bolt are more decorative than functional. The `cleaning rod` is a dummy part just stuck into the stock tip.

This is a good example of these somewhat scarce Japanese military arms with the typical one piece stock (instead of the usual use of a separate piece of wood for the lower part of the Buttstock) which is unsanded and has the original finish and an old rack number 82 painted on the right side. This one is a bit unusual in having a crudely made bolt cover. The rear sight sleeve is very loose on the barrel, and just about every part you look at is decidedly non-standard and `cheap Jap junk` quality.

Metal parts were originally finished some dark color, perhaps by bluing or some other process but that has turned mostly to light brown patina, but it may clean up with some patient work with some oil and steel wool.

Remember, this is NOT TO BE FIRED Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $225.00 (View Picture)

SMOF5356 - 19010 - EGYPTIAN HAKIM SEMI-AUTO RIFLE 8MM MAUSER CALIBER - SERIAL NUMBER 30052 made in 1961 at "Factory 54" which later became Maadi Military and Civil Industries Corporation. Once plentiful on the surplus market these are now hard to find, and they represent a very interesting era of small arms development. Based on the Swedish AG42B Ljungman rifle, these were made in Egypt, during the mid-1950s-60s. The FN-49 rifles had not performed well for the Egyptians, so they adopted the Hakim, but later found out that the fine tolerances that worked well in snowy Sweden with fastidious soldiers did not like the sand and grit in the desert in the hands of unenthusiastic conscripts. Following French and British attacks on Suez in 1956, the Egyptians sought small arms help from other countries, ending up under the influence of the Soviet Union, which resulted in the eventual adoption of the AK-47 and domestic manufacture of the 7.62x39mm Rashid rifles. The Hakim is in 8mm Mauser caliber, and is well made although not a very sexy looking rifle. Theya re also very heavy compared to other rifles. This one is in VG-fine condition (unlike most which are pretty beat up) with about 95% original blue-black finish, but everything is covered with a grimy layer of dried grease and crud and really needs a good cleaning. Bore looks like it will clean to excellent. Stock has some minor handling dings and is covered with grimy dirt and needs to be cleaned. Tiny Century import marks on barrel near the muzzle. A surprising number of former Egyptian arms are available on the collector market- Remington Rolling blocks, SMLEs, the FN-49s, Rashids, Helwan pistols, Greener shotguns, etc for an well defined collecting niche with interesting historical connections to the various eras represented. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $775.00 (View Picture)

SMOF5230 - 17871 - YUGOSLAVIAN MODEL 1924/47 8MM MAUSER SHORT RIFLE MADE BY KRAGUJEVAC ARSENAL Serial number R2280 matching on the receiver, bolt, and stock. Left receiver rail marked with script T.R.Z. 5 indicating it was reworked at some time in the refurbishing facilities in Hadzici (in the Bosnia-Herzegovina part of former Yugoslavia). See the article in Miitary Rifle Journal by Yugo expert James Golub for more on the work done by Hadzici and the marking variations.

Prior to WW2 Yugoslavia had purchased a number of Model 1924 short rifles and a full set of machinery to make them from FN in Belgium. Then they made more rifles in their own Kragujevac Arsenal, later known as Factory 44 (PREDUZECE 44). The Model 1924 rifles had an `intermediate length` action about 1/4 inch shorter than the standard Model 98 Mauser actions used in the Gew 98 and K98 series rifles, but were otherwise very similar to the K98k. During the post- WW2 rearming of Yugoslavian forces under Marshall Tito and the Communists virtually all old rifles on hand were refurbished, and remarked with the communist crest (two sheaves of wheat bordering a torch, with the commie star above) and given a new model designation. This rifle is one of the Model 1924 short rifles, upgraded to Model 24/47 configuration with the new markings, and totally refinished at that time. About 98-99% of the finish remains, although quality is sort of sloppy (as typical of unenthusiastic workers in most Communist regimes!). Bore should be excellent but filled with gooey cosmoline right now. Century import marked on barrel near the muzzle and a new serial number marked on the receiver M2401555. An interesting variant of the classic 98 Mauser family. Collecting Yugoslavian Mauser variations would be a fun and inexpensive specialty. See Robert Ball`s superb `Mauser Military Rifles of the World` for more on any type of Mauser rifle, and a new North Cape book, `Serbian and Yugoslav Mauser Rifles` by Branko Bogdanovic, devoted exclusively to the Yugos. $395.00 (View Picture)

SMOF5222 - 17812 - EGYPTIAN HAKIM 8MM SEMI-AUTO RIFLE- NICE! - - Serial number 34796, made in 1964 at "Factory 54" which later became Maadi Military and Civil Industries Corporation.

Once plentiful on the surplus market these are now hard to find, and they represent a very interesting era of small arms development. Based on the Swedish AG42B Ljungman rifle, these were made in Egypt, during the mid-1950s-60s, with this 1964 dated example being the latest date we have seen. The FN-49 rifles had not performed well for the Egyptians, so they adopted the Hakim, but later found out that the fine tolerances that worked well in snowy Sweden with fastidious soldiers did not like the sand and grit in the desert in the hands of unenthusiastic conscripts. Following French and British attacks on Suez in 1956, the Egyptians sought small arms help from other countries, ending up under the influence of the Soviet Union, which resulted in the eventual adoption of the 7.62x39mm Rashid rifles.

The Hakim is in 8mm Mauser caliber, and is well made although not a very sexy looking rifle. This one is in excellent condition (unlike most which are pretty beat up) with about 97-98% original blue-black finish. Just a bit of wear on the high points and a few streaks on the bolt carrier from cycling it. Bore has strong rifling but is dark and cruddy which may be just grease or may not clean up much. Stock is likewise excellent with just a few minor handling dings. Tiny Century import marks on barrel near the muzzle. A surprising number of former Egyptian arms are available on the collector market- Remington Rolling blocks, SMLEs, the FN-49s, Rashids, Helwan pistols, Greener shotguns, etc for an well defined collecting niche with interesting historical connections to the various eras represented. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $950.00 (View Picture)

SMOF4980 - 16368 - ARGENTINA MODEL 1909 MAUSER CARBINE 7.65MM MADE BY FMAP IN 1948 - Serial number 003037 matching. This is one of only 5,000 Model 1909/1926 first model Cavalry Carbines made in Argentina by DGFM-FMAP. (Dirrecion General de Fabricaciones Militares- Fabrica Militar de Armas Portatiles) This was the Argentine arsenal set up to make Mauser rifles on machinery purchased from Germany under license from Mauser. The equipment was purchased in 1926-27, but chronic financial problems delayed actual construction of the factory and production until 1947. The Model 1909 cavalry carbine was originally made without any provisions for a bayonet, but in 1926 the design was altered to add a bayonet lug under the stock, and a large muzzle cap for the muzzle ring, being a retrofit on the early carbines made by DWM in Germany. However, the bayonet provisions were added during manufacture on the DGFM-FMAP made guns. They first model carbines like this one were made 1947-1949 and are marked with the national crest on the receiver ring, and EJERCITO ARGENTIONO MAUSER MOD 1909 on the left side of the ring, with the DGFM-(FMAP) markings on the left rail. The more common second model carbines (11,905 made 1949-1959) used a simplified crest with EJERCITO ARGENTINO on the top of the ring

Colin Webster`s superb `Argentine Mauser Rifles 1871-1959` is the definitive study on the Argentine arms, and is highly recommended for anyone interested in South American military arms as it has info on several models provided to other countries

This example is in average condition for this model, well used and then arsenal refinished prior to export. Stock has large repair to the toe, as with most I have seen. Assorted dings and bruises and overall a very dark brown, almost black color. Metal with about 98-99% of the arsenal blue-black refinish and bright polished receiver for a handsome appearance. Bore is good, but shows use. There appears to be a small crack in the wood alongside the receiver tang inletting, but it does not appear to be anything serious. Chipped section at right front of the handguard. Tiny import marks on right rear side of receiver. A good example of this fairly scarce Argentine military arm. I have always recommended South American military arms as a collecting niche with a large variety of items available at mostly reasonable prices. And, most are types that should be immune to crazy gun ban schemes. First one of these we have had for sale in several years. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $525.00 (View Picture)

**SOLD** SMOF4838 - 15538 - YUGOSLAVIAN MODEL 24/47 8MM MAUSER SHORT RIFLE MADE BY KRAGUJEVAC ARSENAL Serial number A3499 matching on the receiver, bolt, and stock. Prior to WW2 Yugoslavia had purchased a number of Model 1924 short rifles and a full set of machinery to make them from FN in Belgium. Then they made more rifles in their own Kragujevac Arsenal, later known as Factory 44 (PREDUZECE 44). The Model 1924 rifles had an `intermediate length` action about 1/4 inch shorter than the standard Model 98 Mauser actions used in the Gew 98 and K98 series rifles, but were otherwise very similar to the K98k. During the post- WW2 rearming of Yugoslavian forces under Marshall Tito and the Communists virtually all old rifles on hand were refurbished, and remarked with the communist crest (two sheaves of wheat bordering a torch, with the commie star above) and given a new model designation. This rifle is one of the Model 1924 short rifles, upgraded to Model 24/47 configuration with the new markings, and totally refinished at that time. About 98-99% of the finish remains, although quality is sort of sloppy (as typical of unenthusiastic workers in most Communist regimes!). Bore is excellent- bright and sharp. Tiny SAMCO import marks on barrel near the muzzle. An interesting variant of the classic 98 Mauser family. Collecting Yugoslavian Mauser variations would be a fun and inexpensive specialty. See Robert Ball`s superb Mauser Military Rifles of the World for more on any type of Mauser rifle. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $375.00 (View Picture)

SMOF4837 - 15535 - JAP TYPE 99 7.7MM RIFLE (`LAST DITCH` SERIES 37) - Serial number 49194 made at Tokyo Juki Kogyo in Tokyo. Except for retaining the adjustable rear sight, this has most of the crude features which have earned the name `last ditch` rifles including: lack of protective ears on the front sight, single screw butt swivel, wood buttplate, no provisions for the monopod, two screw upper band, and very crude metal finish and woodworking. Although not as well made as the rifles used by the allies, these `last ditch` rifles were completely serviceable and were used in many of the Pacific battlefields. Bolt assembly numbers do not match, but are correct for this maker and serial number range. Metal parts with about 95-96% original blue finish showing just normal wear patterns. No dust cover or cleaning rod, as usual. The stock has not been sanded, but the finish appears to be just a simple brown stain, not the usual reddish-brown shellac, however we think it is probably original, not Bubba`s strip and stain work. There is some brown yuck on the upper and lower tangs that is some sort of tape residue or something and will flake right off to reveal the blue underneath. Excellent bore. A very nice representative `last ditch` rifle. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $395.00 (View Picture)

SMOF4629 - 14293 BRITISH "DRILL PURPOSE" PATTERN 1914 .303 CALIBER RIFLE BY WINCHESTER Serial number 51684 with matching number on bolt. Other parts appear to be typical mix of makers including the "fat boy" Eddystone stock. Drill purpose rifles were made from obsolete patterns to provide non-lethal arms to be used by recruits or cadets learning the manual of arms, close order drill, punishment marching, etc where a current service rifle was not needed, but something with the approximate weight and feel was desired. This would be an interesting collecting niche, with the goal of including the many different "Drill Purpose` arms from the British, the US Navy Mark I Training rifle made by Parris Dunn and the Mark V dummy drill rifle, , the M16 "Rubber Duck` and the CMP M1903 and M1 drill rifles. The Pattern 1914 DP rifles were converted by drilling a hole laterally through the chamber (and adjacent stock and handguard) and welding a steel rod in place, painting a red and white stripe around the action area, and stamping DP on just about every part. These rifles had seen hard use prior to conversion and usually show numerous stock repairs, as well as dings and bruises acquired throughout their career aggravated by clumsy handling by awkward recruits intimidated by screaming sergeants. A number of these came into the US in the 1980s or 90s, and sold for ridiculously low prices at the time, with most of them snatched up and stripped down for their actions to make sporters. This has left surviving examples rather scarce. A great addition for a British collection, or for the P1914/M1917 addict, or someone interested in "drill rifles`. Overall condition is VG. The wood continues to weep a bit of the heavy grease they were packed in for storage, although we cleaned all we could. Even though incapable of firing with the drilled and plugged chamber, this still is considered a "firearm` and must go to a FFL or C&R FFL. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $395.00 (View Picture)


Restoration Projects

**HOLD** SMOF7010 - JAPANESE 6.5MM ARISAKA TYPE 38 RIFLE SPORTERIZED IN .257 ROBERTS CALIBER- CHEAP! Serial number 27582 made at Kokura Arsenal. This still has the "mum" on the receiver, so it is one of the rifles captured during the war, not one of the occupation souvenir handouts. After the American soldier or Marine brought it home he decided to turn it into a hunting rifle. He had a gunsmith bend the bolt handle, and rechamber it from 6.5mm Japanese to the excellent .257 Roberts caliber, and add Weaver scope mounting blocks. The owner apparently did the stock work himself. Bore is rough looking, but these were usually chrome lined and might clean up. Yeah, it`s ugly, but a good gunsmith practice project, or parts, or a gun to leave out so burglars grab it instead of your valuable guns. Best part it is CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP $95.00 (View Picture)

SMOF5189 - WINCHESTER RECEIVER AND TRIGGER GUARD FOR A BRITISH PATTERN 14 RIFLE MADE BY WINCHESTER SERIAL W157760 The British Army, charged with maintaining order in a world wide empire, adopted a bolt action rifle firing a rimmed cartridge in 1892. After their experience of being wounded and killed by the 7 mm Mauser rifles during the Boer War, the British Army decided to adopt a new rifle in 7 mm using the Mauser bolt system. This rifle was called the Pattern 1913, and enough were made for trials by selected infantry units in 1913-14. The outbreak of World War I in August 1914 stopped the plan to adopt a new rifle, and the British Army fought World War I with their Lee Enfields.

The British Army contracted with three U.S. arms makers to produce the Pattern 1913. This rifle was called the Pattern 1914 rifle. Contracts were issued to Winchester, Remington, and Eddystone, a division of Remington, and several hundred thousand rifles were made. In one of the great ironies of history when the U.S. entered the War in April 1917, the U.S. could not made enough Model 1903 `Springfield` rifles, and turned to these firearms makers with existing equipment, changed the caliber to 30-06, and the Pattern 14 became the U.S. Model 1917, equipping the majority of U.S. troops who fought in France.

This receiver was in a rifle made by Winchester. The floorplate, and magazine are also included. The action has the letters DP inscribed on the trigger guard and bolt, but it intact. The Pattern 14 receivers are valued as the basis for magnum caliber sporting rifles because of their size and strength. $225.00 (View Picture)


Classic & Collectible Commercial Longarms
(post-1898)

**HOLD** SMOF7010 - JAPANESE 6.5MM ARISAKA TYPE 38 RIFLE SPORTERIZED IN .257 ROBERTS CALIBER- CHEAP! Serial number 27582 made at Kokura Arsenal. This still has the "mum" on the receiver, so it is one of the rifles captured during the war, not one of the occupation souvenir handouts. After the American soldier or Marine brought it home he decided to turn it into a hunting rifle. He had a gunsmith bend the bolt handle, and rechamber it from 6.5mm Japanese to the excellent .257 Roberts caliber, and add Weaver scope mounting blocks. The owner apparently did the stock work himself. Bore is rough looking, but these were usually chrome lined and might clean up. Yeah, it`s ugly, but a good gunsmith practice project, or parts, or a gun to leave out so burglars grab it instead of your valuable guns. Best part it is CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP $95.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6982 - 7730D - AK-47 UNDERFOLDER 7.62 X 39MM SEMI-AUTO RIFLE Serial number A9804 made by Lancaster of Goodyear, AZ as the Model AUSA, sometime 2006 or early 2007. The date is important because the early Lancaster guns had an excellent reputation, but around 2008 the key personnel running the company left and a bunch of careless and/or clueless idiots kept it going under the Lancaster name and the quality declined drastically, especially with their AK-74 types in 5.45mm and those Lancaster guns certainly earned a reputation as crap guns. This is from the `good times` and is not to be confused with the later trash.

This was made after expiration of the silly `assault weapons ban` but still had to comply with `922(r)` regulations by incorporating a number of U.S. made parts (trigger, slant type muzzle brake, magazine, etc) with a foreign `parts kit` which in this case is a Polish kit (11 in oval) made in 1983 with matching numbers on the trunnion block, bolt carrier and receiver cover and possibly other parts. Except for a few dings on the bottom of the laminated wood forend this appears to be about new, and has not been fired since purchase in early 2007. This is a great item to fill a hole in any collection to show the evil `assault rifles` used by more countries than any other weapon in history, either their military forces or by surrogate puppet forces or indigenous rebels or radical terrorists. These are so ubiquitous because they are relatively easy and cheap to make, and are noted for their reliability even in the hands of ignorant savages with no training. They were used by the North Vietnamese, in Afghanistan and Iraq, and lots of other places against U.S. forces. Still, an important item for the collector of U.S. military arms to better understand the enemy. This cannot be sold to people in state run by idiots, so don`t waste your time or ours by asking. $695.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6986 - 7730K - AK-47 UNDERFOLDER 7.62 X 39MM SEMI-AUTO RIFLE - Serial number A5030 made by Lancaster of Goodyear, AZ as the Model AUSA, sometime 2006 or early 2007. The date is important because the early Lancaster guns had an excellent reputation, but around 2008 the key personnel running the company left and a bunch of careless and/or clueless idiots kept it going under the Lancaster name and the quality declined drastically, especially with their AK-74 types in 5.45mm and those Lancaster guns certainly earned a reputation as crap guns. This is from the `good times` and is not to be confused with the later trash.

This was made after expiration of the silly `assault weapons ban` but still had to comply with `922(r)` regulations by incorporating a number of U.S. made parts (trigger, slant type muzzle brake, magazine, etc) with a foreign `parts kit` which in this case is a Polish kit (11 in oval) made in 1981 with matching numbers on the trunnion block, bolt carrier and receiver cover and possibly other parts. This appears to be about new, and has not been fired since purchase in early 2007. This is a great item to fill a hole in any collection to show the evil `assault rifles` used by more countries than any other weapon in history, either their military forces or by surrogate puppet forces or indigenous rebels or radical terrorists. These are so ubiquitous because they are relatively easy and cheap to make, and are noted for their reliability even in the hands of ignorant savages with no training. They were used by the North Vietnamese, in Afghanistan and Iraq, and lots of other places against U.S. forces. Still, an important item for the collector of U.S. military arms to better understand the enemy. This cannot be sold to people in state run by idiots, so don`t waste your time or ours by asking. $750.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6987 - 7730L - 7730D - AK-47 STANDARD WOOD STOCK 7.62 X 39MM SEMI-AUTO RIFLE - Serial number A6997 made by Lancaster of Goodyear, AZ as the Model AUSA, sometime 2006 or early 2007. The date is important because the early Lancaster guns had an excellent reputation, but around 2008 the key personnel running the company left and a bunch of careless and/or clueless idiots kept it going under the Lancaster name and the quality declined drastically, especially with their AK-74 types in 5.45mm and those Lancaster guns certainly earned a reputation as crap guns. This is from the `good times` and is not to be confused with the later trash. While the fixed wood stocks are not as `tacti-cool` looking as the folding stocks, they are actually noticeably lighter in weight and a handy size that is nicely balanced, only a bit bulkier than a M1 carbine.

This was made after expiration of the silly `assault weapons ban` but still had to comply with `922(r)` regulations by incorporating a number of U.S. made parts (trigger, slant type muzzle brake, magazine, etc) with a foreign `parts kit` which in this case is a Romanian kit (identified by the triangle mark on the trunnion block ahead of the parts kit serial number.. This was made in 1981 and has matching numbers on the trunnion block, bolt carrier and receiver cover and possibly other parts. This appears to be about new, and has not been fired since purchase in early 2007. This is a great item to fill a hole in any collection to show the evil `assault rifles` used by more countries than any other weapon in history, either their military forces or by surrogate puppet forces or indigenous rebels or radical terrorists. These are so ubiquitous because they are relatively easy and cheap to make, and are noted for their reliability even in the hands of ignorant savages with no training. They were used by the North Vietnamese, in Afghanistan and Iraq, and lots of other places against U.S. forces. Still, an important item for the collector of U.S. military arms to better understand the enemy. This cannot be sold to people in state run by idiots, so don`t waste your time or ours by asking. $650.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6883 - NORINCO MAK-90 SPORTER (SEMI-AUTO AK-47) WITH CEINER .22 CONVERSION KIT INSTALLED (FROM THE HART COLLECTION!) Serial number 94144637 (with just the last digits 44637 on some parts) made by NORINCO in China in 1994. This is a semi-auto only copy of the infamous `Kalishnikov assault rifle` which was the standard arm of the entire communist world for most of the latter part of the 20th century, and is reportedly the most widely used military rifle in history. These have been made in most of the Soviet-bloc nations as well as in China and many other client states, and are commonly round in the hands of revolutionary groups around the world. They are very simply designed, crudely made and are very reliable, even when mistreated by untrained savages in extreme field conditions.

This rifle is in near new condition with about 98% original blue finish. This has a Ceiner .22 long rifle conversion unit installed and Mr. Hart reported that it worked well for him, but Ceiner products have a varied reputation. The Ceiner units sold for $160 but are no longer made. This is being sold as a 7.62 x39mm MAK-90, but at the moment you can only shoot .22 LR in it. We are attempting to locate the original 7.62 x 39 parts and will include them if/when found. This comes with one 10 round Ceiner magazine. Figure value of the MAK-90 at $700 and the Ceiner at $150 making the price

(PROVENANCE NOTE- This is item number 65 from the Howard P. Hart and Jean H. Hart Collection of Historical Arms. Mr. Hart was a career Central Intelligence Agency Officer as well as an avid arms collector. A large part of their collection was donated to the Virginia War Memorial Museum in Richmond, VA, and many other items donated to the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans, LA. This item has the Hart Collection inventory tag attached, and has a certificate of provenance and a copy of Howard`s fascinating autobiography, signed by Jean Hart. The association of this item with Mr. Howard Hart, and this outstanding collection adds to its desirability for your collection and for future owners and helps preserve the legacy of Mr. Hart.) $850.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6573 - NAVY ARMS- PEDERSOLI- ROLLING BLOCK HARPOON GUN- RARE- POSSIBLY UNIQUE Serial number 48, caliber .38 Special (blank) . Harpoon guns are used mainly in fishing for sharks and the like, as shown in the 1975 film `Jaws.` They are essentially the same as `spearfishing` but with a longer range using a firearm to drive the harpoon or spear into the fish at a longer distance or against a larger fish.

Serial number 48 is stamped on the front of the frame, and also on the barrel and forend and that is what we are using as the serial number. Although there is a visible number 23 stamped on the trigger guard, the number on the frame or barrel is usually used as the serial number of a firearm. Like all the Navy Arms/Pedersoli rolling blocks, the maker names are on the frame. But, most have the model and serial number stamped are on the exposed parts of the barrel near the breech. This strongly suggests this was not a cataloged model, but rather a prototype.

This is a very close copy of the Greener Light Harpoon gun, except for using the rolling block action instead of the Martini actions used by Greener. Navy Arms had been selling the Greener Light Harpoon Guns, and were familiar with them, and also sold Greener harpoons and the frame used for holding the line. This example was purchased about five years ago directly from the President of Navy Arms, Val Forgett, III, who said it was the only one they had left. He did not know exact numbers made, but had the feeling it was a very small number. My guess is that it was less than a handful, and perhaps even a single prototype example made for evaluation prior to entering production contracts. The only reference I can find on these was a September 2008 Gunbroker forum posting on the Greeners: `I spoke recently by E-Mail with Val of Navy Arms Inc. about the Greener Light Harpoon Gun, he advised me they were considering making them again. If you or anyone you know have ever had any interest in owning one of these classic you should contact Navy Arms. That suggests that Navy Arms was out of Greeners by 2008, and that a replacement was being considered. This is possibly the design they had, but apparently there was insufficient demand to go into regular production.

The action and butt stock with brass trigger guard and buttplate are the same Pedersoli made parts as used on a large number of Navy Arms rolling block rifles, usually in .45-70 caliber. The barrel contours near the muzzle and design of the forend are identical to the Greener type guns with a Martini action, with the same style harpoon and line release frame arrangement.

The 20.5` long barrel on this one was turned down from an old 8mm barrel with a rough condition bore, and is chambered for .38 Special cartridges, but the smaller bore diameter makes it impossible (or probably a fatal accident) if anyone tried to fire a ball cartridge instead of a special purpose blank load. Reportedly these used `special tool` blanks originally made by Remington for use in their `Ramset Super Power Jobmaster nail driver.` (See more on cartridges for both the Greener and Navy Arms harpoon guns at http://iaaforum.org/forum3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=13210

This comes with the original 14` long tubular stainless steel Harpoon weighing 16 ounces having a hollow shaft which slides down over the barrel of the gun. It has two pivoting barbs to help in retrieving the target. A brass collar at the rear provides the attaching point for the approximately 1/8` diameter braided nylon line. The `line holding frame` is about 15` wide and has the original line still wrapped (with a couple pieces of nearly invisible fishing line securing it for display). The horns for wrapping the line are about 6` long. The end of the line holding frame slips into a hole at the front of the stock. There is a metal lined cross slot on the forend that lines up with a notch in the spreader bar, presumably for some sort of pin to latch the spreader bar in place, but it is missing.

Overall excellent plus, with about 98-99% original factory polished blue finish on metal parts. Brass parts with some mellow age tarnish. The varnished walnut stocks have a few tiny handling and storage blemishes, but no signs of use. Line frame and the harpoon are new, unused. Remember, this is for harpoon gun use only, and it is unsafe to attempt to fire a conventional .38 caliber cartridge in it.

People collect all sorts of firearms for different reasons. (John likes line throwing guns and got this before deciding that harpoon guns were outside his defined specialty.) This would be a great addition to a harpoon gun collection, or for someone who finds the field of `Navy Arms` brand guns to be their chosen specialty. This will have to go to a dealer FFl as it is not on the C&R list, or eligible under the `50 year rule` $995.00 (View Picture)


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