Somewhere around 1905, Franklin Hiram Walker, son of Hiram Walker, founder of Walkertown and Walker distilleries, contracted Holland and Holland to build him a double rifle for an upcoming Chamois hunt in Italy. The rifle pictured was the result, the story goes that Mr. Walker went to Italy shot his Chamois and put the rifle away, never to be used again. Apparently, 6 shots were fired. The rifle was bequeathed to Mr. Walker's house manager, which then passed it along to his son, from whom the rifle was purchased. The provenance is solid, the condition is impeccable, the rarity of caliber is undeniable 295/300 rook, the grade is of the highest quality, for the double rifle collector this is the holy grail. Please call for more information.
This is one of my latest builds. Chambered in 44 Special. This is an Antique status revolver, serial number brings date of manufacture to 1875 and was originally chambered in 41 Colt. It is now sporting a new barrel and cylinder, all work has been performed in my shop. Engraving is by Brian Frank, grips are elk stag and hand fitted. This revolver is in perfect working condition, with polished internals, making a very slick action. These are very difficult to come by these days and command a serious buyer. Serious collectors/shooters only please. The revolver comes with an R.C.M.P. Antique status letter, it does not require a license to buy, own or shoot, in Canada. Must be 18 years of age and of course I reserve the right to refuse anyone who I am not confidant is a suitable buyer. Previous buyers will receive preference.
$10,000.00 Canadian SOLD
Imagine yourself as the Chief of Ordnance at the end of the Civil War. You know the muzzleloader is obsolete, but you’re sitting on a stockpile of approximately a million perfectly functional .58 caliber rifled muskets. The Federal Treasury is nearly broke from a four-year apocalyptic conflict, but the military needs a battle-tough, breechloading rifle and they need it now. Trained as an officer to delegate problem solving to subordinates, you look around, identify your best mechanic and hand him the problem. The mechanic was Erskine S. Allin, the Master Armorer at the Springfield Armory. The assignment you give him?
“Devise a plan for altering the musket into a breechloader for metallic primed cartridges.” Allin’s solution was ingenious. Starting with a stock Springfield muzzleloading musket, a portion of the barrel just in front of the breech plug was milled off. The face of the breech plug was then milled to form a locking lug seat. The now familiar “Trapdoor” breechblock was fitted and attached to the top of the barrel with a hinge secured by soft solder and a single screw.
The cup face of the percussion hammer was milled off flat. Otherwise, the original 1861 lock, stock, sights, buttplate, trigger guard assembly, barrel bands, band springs, ramrod, etc. were retained. The Springfield muzzleloading musket had been successfully and inexpensively transformed into the Springfield Model 1865 breechloading rifle.
Because the first Allin conversion used the existing .58 caliber musket barrel, the new cartridge was a copper-cased, .58 rimfire cartridge loaded with a 480-gr. lead bullet and 60 grains of black powder. Velocity of the new round was approximately 960 fps, essentially duplicating the wicked .58 musket round. The .58 caliber rimfire was powerful but short-lived.
One year later, after a series of troop trials, the decision was made to reduce the caliber from .58 to .50 to accommodate a new .50-70 centerfire cartridge recently developed at the Frankfort Arsenal. In the name of frugality, the Trapdoor conversion was accomplished by reaming smooth the .58 caliber rifled barrel and inserting a .50 caliber liner. Thus the Springfield Model 1866 was born, later incorporating a number of improvements to be known as the Models 1868 and 1870.
It didn’t take long before the 1866 Trapdoor and the .50-70 cartridge made history in the hunting world.
William F. (Buffalo Bill) Cody christened his 1866 Trapdoor, “Lucretia Borgia,” and with it killed 2,480 buffalo in a period of 18 months between 1866 and 1868 to feed the crews working on the Kansas-Pacific Railroad. Chambered in Trapdoor, Sharps and Remington, the .50-70 was a popular caliber in the buffalo camps due to the availability of .50-70 Gov’t cartridges at government posts.
General George Armstrong Custer was particularly fond of the .50-70 for hunting and carried a sporterized Model 1866 Trapdoor with double-set triggers. Later in 1873 he switched over to a .50-70 Remington Rolling Block Sporter. Writing to Remington in 1873 at the conclusion of his Yellowstone Expedition, Custer tells of taking 41 antelope, 4 buffalo, 4 mule deer and 3 whitetail with his .50-70, noting the average range of all antelope taken was 250 yards with the farthest being 630 yards.
This old rifle should shoot as intended, the mechanical function is excellent, it has a bright shiny bore and good wood. In a great historic caliber, that is easily loaded and shot. Components for reloading are easily available. This rifle is an antique in Canada and does not require a license to purchase, buyer must be 18 years of age.
The Thompson submachine gun was also known informally as the "Tommy Gun", "Street Sweeper" ,"Annihilator", "Chicago Typewriter", "Trench Broom", "Chicago Submachine", "Chicago Piano", "Chicago Style", "Chicago Organ Grinder", "Drum Gun", "the Chopper", "the Tommy Boy" or simply "the Thompson".
The Thompson submachine gun is an American machine gun first invented byJohn T. Thompson in 1918, during World War I and became infamous during the prohibition era, being a signature weapon of various organized crime syndicates in the United States. It was a common sight in the media of the time, being used by both law enforcement officers and criminals. The Thompson was favoured by soldiers, criminals, police, FBI, and civilians alike for its fully automatic fire, while still being relatively lightweight, portable and easy to use. It has since gained popularity among civilian collectors for its historical significance. It has considerable significance in popular culture, especially in works about the Prohibition era and World War II, and is one of the most well known and recognized firearms in history. The original fully automatic Thompsons are no longer produced, but numerous semi-automatic civilian versions are still being manufactured by Auto-Ordnance. This example is completely deactivated as per Canadian compliance, the magazine is removable and has been welded with all insides removed. A very nice example of a famous or infamous firearm. No License is required to own or purchase. 18 years of age is mandatory.
$2500 Can. SOLD
Intended to be a sales companion to the Model 1881, the Model 1888 was developed in response to the popularity of Winchester and Colt's pistol-caliber repeating rifles and carbines. While the 1888 was a solid design, Marlin's desire to distinguish itself from the competition resulted in the side-ejecting Model 1889, which would establish the signature Marlin configuration and condemn the 1888 to a one-year production run, with approximately 4,300 made in total of which around 1,776 were chambered in 38-40 and approximately 2400 in 44-40 and 32-20 combined.
This rifle has the blade and elevation adjustable sights, two-line address/1887 patent date barrel marking and smooth straight grip Claro Walnut stock with crescent butt plate. Sporting the most common and most desirable 24 inch octagon barrel, with and excellent bore, bright and shiny with deep sharp rifling and only minimal black powder freckling. It is one of my most favourite shooters. This rifle has been completely restored with case coloured frame. A beautiful example of a very rare rifle.
A Colony and Dominion of Britain until Confederation in 1867, the security of Canada was in the hands of the British Government.
As such, British forces were stationed in Canada to varying degrees, depending on need and perceived external threats. Those forces were armed and provided for at the discretion and expense of the British Government.
The need for an improved defence organization was an important contributing factor leading to negotiations for Confederation. Following Confederation, Sir George Etienne Cartier's first Militia Act for the Dominion of Canada created the Department of Militia and Defence in 1868. It drew heavily upon Canada's system of universal obligation for military service and volunteer units, which visibly embodied the militia.
The new Canadian armed forces continued to rely on Britain for the supply of arms, not always with success. Weapons from American suppliers crept into the chain to fill shortages. As ammunition development progressed, and following the introduction of Magazine Lee-Metford and Enfield rifles, many Martini arms on hand through the latter part of the 19th century were converted to .303” calibre. Thus Canadians were armed with a hodge-podge, depending on service and immediate need.
One exception was unique to Canada. Following approval by the Department of Militia and Defence, the .303” caliber Martini-Metford MkII rifle was ordered from Britain, along with the P1893 sword bayonet. The bayonets were contracted to Wilkinson of London, and a production run of 1,000 completed by 1894.
The hilt design of the bayonet was influenced by the British Martini Henry P1887 MkIII, and strongly followed the overall appearance of the British 1888 Trials bayonet.
All British markings on P1893 bayonets to date are marked as follows, the left ricasso bears a large Victorian crown over V.R, the issue date of 2 ’94, and maker's name WILKINSON, LONDON.
The right ricasso is stamped with the British ownership mark : WD over an arrow, the lone (Wilkinson) inspector's stamp on steel : a crown over 35 over W, and the ‘X’ bend test mark.
Both grips of each bayonet are also marked with a Wilkinson inspector's stamp : crown over 49 over W.
Of the 1,000 Martini Metford rifles and bayonets purchased from Britain, the majority were issued to the Royal Regiment of Canadian Infantry. The RRCI were formed on 23rd May 1893, and redesignated the Royal Canadian Regiment in November 1901.
Unique to Canada, these are scarce bayonets and are highly prized by collectors.
Antique percussion two blade knife pistol by James Rodgers, Sheffield, England, with what appears to be an octagonal, German silver barrel, approximately 30 caliber, 3 1/2" and is missing a front sight. The barrel has two proof marks over the horn handle, the drop down trigger between the two blades having the makers mark at the ricassos, the horn grips are slotted to hold nipple tweezers and a bullet mold.
Maker of this fine pistol is Edward Bond of London, England who worked 1746-1790, is also listed as a viewer to the Hudson Bay Company 1771-1789. Wood has the usual dings and scraps from hundreds of years of use but is still overall solid. The metal has turned different shades of patina with the lock plate, trigger guard and hammer being the darkest. This pistol functions as it should and would likely shoot just fine (although not recommended). Ram rod is period correct.
This is a very nice example of a sergeants model Snider Enfield, it has very strong wood with normal bumps and bruises from years of use, but no significant cracks or chips. Mechanically it is sound and should function as intended, it is missing the breech thumb button and spring, but does not impair usage. The condition of the metal finish is outstanding with lots of original colour mixed with aging blue brown patinas, this rifle sports an amazingly good bore with lots of sharp crisp rifling, minimal roughness, and is basically bright and shiny. It is chambered in the original .577 snider cartridge. Antique in Canada and does not require a license.
This is a very nice example of a deluxe Winchester Model 71 in 348 caliber. These are highly prized hunting rifles for larger species as the 348 packs a significant punch. From brown bear to moose this is a sought after hunting rifle. This rifle is in excellent condition, blueing is a solid overall 85% with wear in the expected carry areas, the wood is solid with no cracks, chips or splits. The bore is as expected in mint bright shiney condition. Deluxe rifles came standard with pistol grips, checkering, pistol grip caps and sling swivels. Post 1948 rifles were factory drilled and tapped for side mounted lyman No.56W peep sights, prior to 1948, rifles could be special ordered and drilled and tapped for different peep sights. Redfield and Williams peep sights were common factory installations. It is impossible to know if the mounted Redfield peep is factory installed. Overall this is a fine collectable hunting rifle.
$2750 Can. SOLD