This Model 1876 Saddle Ring Carbine was issued to the Canadian North West Mounted Police, Caliber is 45-75. These carbines saw service in the NWMP as well as other groups like the Legion of Frontiersmen from 1878 until the beginning of the First World War. This gun is in the 46,000 serial number range and is listed by serial number in "Arms and Accoutrements of the Mounted Police, 1873-1973" by Donald Klancher and "Winchester's North West Mounted Police Carbines" by Lewis Yearout. In 1885, the NWMP would face the task of putting down a full-scale uprising by the Cree Tribe and the "Metis" led by Louis Riel which became known as the North West Rebellion. The uprising ended on May 9 of that year. Yearout notes, "The Model 1876 played an important part in the battles that took place at "Duck Lake, Cut Knife Hill, Fort Pitt, and Batoche." A factory letter will be supplied with this rifle. The Winchester records indicate this rifle shipped from the warehouse on August 1, 1885. The condition is as expected, finish is well worn, with original blueing still visible in protected areas, fire blue amazingly appears on he loading gate and the Spanish metre sight. The bore is bright with very sharp and pronounced rifling and the usual black powder freckling through-out, overall a very good shootable bore. Early in its life, this rifle had the butt stock replaced, it is an old replacement and definitely a Winchester factory stock, likely done at the turn of the century, it has a rack number of 22. Apparently, since the police were always laying their horses down, the rifles which were in their scabbards would often get rolled on and broken. An incredible piece of Canadian history.
In the late 17th century plug bayonets were used by Infantry all over Europe as an attachment to the muzzle of a musket, once the last round had been fired, in order to turn the musket into a pike for dismounting Cavalry troops. The circular hilt was literally inserted into the bore effectively creating a long reaching spear or lance. Later replaced by a socket or other style bayonets. Plug bayonets made in the 19th century were intended hunting Wild Boar. Once the rifle was discharged, having a raging wild boar charging you was always a terrifying possibility, so these hunting knife style plug bayonets provided some "at a distance" protection. This is a classic example not sure of age. It features a circular horn hilt. Worn in a scabbard from the belt you can be sure these were often used in brawls in many a Tavern.
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This is a rare and unusual rifle. Not very common to see a heavy octagon, number 3, non tapered barrel in a take down and 25-20 SS. It should be pointed out that the barrel address is on the side of the barrel flat which means it was originally made for scope mounts. The 25-20 SS is a Single Shot, not to be confused with the 25-20 pistol cartridge the two are not interchangeable. The rifle is in fine condition with a mint bore, the wood is excellent with the metal finish being 90 % plus overall. The box is of very solid heavy construction, likely oak. Date of manufacture would be 1918. Call for more details.
Fausti, superposed, Model Conrad, 2 3/4 inch, 410 Gauge, with interchangeable chokes and 28 inch barrels. The pics will tell the story, this is a new unfired shotgun.
Fausti, SXS, DEA Model, 2 3/4 inch, 28 Gauge, with interchangeable chokes and 28 inch barrels. The pics will tell the story, this is a new unfired shotgun.
Fausti, superposed, Conrad Model, 2 3/4 inch, 28 Gauge, with interchangeable chokes and 30 inch barrels. The pics will tell the story, this is a new unfired shotgun.
This is a very rare shotgun, less than 500 of these were made, date of manufacture is 1868-1870. Apparently, Bacon was attempting to obtain a military contract with this shotgun, he did not meet with success , as the design, although ingenious, was not very strong. The double bolt actions are combersome to operate and make the wrist of the gun subject to breakage, which happens to this gun as well, you cab see an old repair to the wrist in the pictures. Gun appears to have been refreshed at some time in its life, with the damascus pattern very strong and the wood finish vibrant. It is chambered in 12 bore and sports 28 inch barrels This will make a nice addition for the shotgun collector.
Lancaster 28 Bore made in 1925. Not sure what there is to say about this piece that the pictures do not already tell. It is one of the best small bore guns I have ever had in my hands, from the 100% engraving to the ivory beads it is a beautiful gun. It sports 28 inch barrels and is a gem to shoulder, fits like a glove. This gun is nothing short of perfect.
Based on a John Browning patent, Model 1886 was one of the finest and strongest lever-actions ever utilized in a Winchester rifle. Winchester introduced Model 1886, in order to take advantage of the more powerful centre fire cartridges of the time. Most popular caliber was .45-70, 45-90. Model 1886 Rifles and Carbines were furnished with black walnut stocks, case-hardened frames, blued barrels and magazine tubes. In 1901, Winchester discontinued the use of case-hardened frames on all its rifles and used blued frames instead. This particular rifle is sporting a very nice bore, it has some black powder freckling through out and has an over all shiny bore with good strong sharp rifling, should make an excellent shooter. The metal finish is turning a nice plum brown/blue colour, with darker shade of blue in the protected areas. Mechanically it functions flawlessly. The wood has seen some repairs, the butt stock has a repair just behind the upper tang going all the way through the stock, it appears that it was well done and an epoxy was used. As well there looks to be some epoxy in the fore stock, maybe to fill in a hole. The wood has not been over sanded and is not receded from the metal, overall it looks like a decent repair.