Model 1899 and Model 99 rifles were offered in many configurations over the years, including solid frame and takedown models, far too many to go into in detail here. A letter after the Model 1899 or Model 99 model number designated the specific variation, starting with the Model 1899A Rifle (round barrel), Model 1899B Rifle (octagon barrel) and Model 1899C Rifle (half octagon barrel), all introduced in 1899 with 26 inch barrels. There was also a Model 1899A Short Rifle with a 22 inch round barrel.
The principle model variations included musket (rare), rifle, short rifle, carbine, featherweight and takedown models with round or octagon barrels in lengths ranging from 20 to 30 inches. For most of the rifle's life, the most common barrel lengths seem to have been 20, 22 and 24 inches.
Various types of open rear sights were normally dovetail mounted on the barrel and the top tang was drilled and tapped for peep sights, at least until the safety was moved to the top tang. Some special models were supplied with peep sights. Telescopic sights can be conventionally mounted low atop the receiver and, after scopes became popular, Model 99s came drilled and tapped for scope bases.
Like most lever action rifles, the Model 99 uses a two-piece stock. The buttstock is attached by a draw-bolt, a stronger system than the tang screws used to secure Winchester 94 and Marlin 336 stocks. Due to the Savage's thicker receiver, there is more wood where the stock meets the receiver.
Buttstock and forend styles varied. Perhaps the most common forend shape for most of the model's history was a slender Schnable, but plain end and carbine ring forends were supplied on some models. There were also variations in the shapes of the Schnable forends.
This rifle is in the hard to find 38-55 caliber, the Winchester calibers in Savage 99's are always less common than the Savage calibers and 38-55 being the most difficult to obtain. This particular rifle has a beautiful bore, bright, shiny with very distinct sharp rifling. The wood is solid with expected bumps and bruises and possibly some addition finish, but all there, the metal finish is a dull grey blue black which would indicate a possible re-blue or cold blue application. mechanically it functions as expected and will make a great shooter/collector grade rifle.
From what I can tell, this rifle is in unfired condition. I don't know what else there is to say about it, other than it is missing the Marlin bulls eye from the bottom of the butt stock. Please look at the pics and if you have any questions please contact me.
The Snider first saw action with the British/Indian Army at the battle of Magdolia (Aroghee) in Ethiopia on 10 April 1868; during the battle the Kings own regiment alone fired 10,200 rounds. The Snider–Enfield served throughout the British Empire, including Cape Colony, India, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, until its gradual phaseout by the Martini Henry, beginning in 1874. Volunteer and militia forces continued to use it until the late 1880s. It stayed in service with the Indian Army until the mid-1890s.
The Snider–Enfield was produced in several variants. The most commonly encountered variants were the Rifled Musket or Long Rifle, the Short Rifle, and the Cavalry and Artillery Carbines. The Long Rifle has a 36.5 inches (93 cm) barrel and three barrel bands. Its total length (without bayonet) is 54.25 inches (137.8 cm) in length, longer than most rifles of the time. It was issued to line infantry and has three-groove rifling with one turn in 78 inches (200 cm). The Short Rifle has a 30.5 inches (77 cm) barrel and two barrel bands with iron furniture.
This variant was issued to sergeants on line infantry and rifle units. It has five-groove rifling with one turn in 48 inches (120 cm). The Cavalry Carbine is half stocked and has only one barrel band. It has a 19.5 inches (50 cm) barrel, with the same rifling as the Short Rifle. The Artillery Carbine has a 21.25 inches (54.0 cm) barrel with a full stock and two barrel bands, and the same rifling as the Short Rifle and Cavalry Carbine. There was also a shortened rifle for training purposes, aptly named the Cadet Carbine. It has a full size rear sight and not the small sight seen on Cavalry Carbines.
This example has a perfect bore, bright, shiny , with sharp, crisp, rifling.
The wood is also in excellent condition, solid with no major issues. Metal finish has turned a pleasing brown blue patina for the most part but there is still much original dark blue in areas. A nice historical piece and an antique in Canada.
$475 Canadian SOLD
The 1908 Pattern Cavalry Trooper's Sword (and the 1912 Pattern, the equivalent for officers was the last service sword issued to the cavalry of the British Army. It has been called the most effective cavalry sword ever designed, although its introduction occurred as swords finally became obsolete as military weapons. In use, it, like other thrust-based cavalry swords, is best described as a one-handed lance, due to its complete lack of utility for anything but the charge. In fact, the closely related US Model 1913 Cavalry Sabre was issued with only a saddle scabbard, as it was not considered to be of much use to a dismounted cavalryman. Colonial troops, who could expect to engage in melee combat with opposing cavalry frequently carried cut and thrust swords either instead of, or in addition to, the P1908/1912.
In military circles there had long been the debate over whether the use of the point or the edge was the better method of attack for a cavalryman. In the Napoleonic period, British cavalry doctrine as shaped by John Gaspard Le Marchant favoured the cut, resulting in the dramatically curved Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre. With the introduction of the 1822 Patterns, the British Army adopted a series of "cut and thrust" swords with slightly curved blades which were theoretically stiff enough for a thrust. The 1822 swords and their descendants were inevitably compromises and not ideal for either cutting or thrusting, but the Army considered the adaptability to be of more importance. By contrast the 1908 pattern was designed from the outset purely to give point (thrust) from horseback. The sword has lived on as the ceremonial sword for the British, Canadian and Australian cavalry units.
This sword is in excellent condition, as the pictures will show, I doubt you will find a better example.
The Martini–Henry is a breech loading single shot lever-actuated rifle that was used by the British army. It first entered service in 1871, eventually replacing the Snider enfield, a muzzle-loader converted to the cartridge system. Martini–Henry variants were used throughout the British Empire for 47 years. It combined the dropping-block action first developed by Henry O. Peabody (in his Peabody rifle) and improved by the Swiss designer Friedrich von Martini, combined with the polygonal rifling designed by Scotsman Alexander Henry. Though the Snider was the first breechloader firing a metallic cartridge in regular British service, the Martini was designed from the outset as a breechloader and was both faster firing and had a longer range. There were four main marks of the Martini–Henry rifle produced: Mark I (released in June 1871), Mark II, Mark III, and Mark IV. There was also an 1877 carbine version with variations that included a Garrison Artillery Carbine, an Artillery Carbine (Mark I, Mark II, and Mark III), and smaller versions designed as training rifles for military cadets. The Mark IV Martini–Henry rifle ended production in 1889, but it remained in service throughout the British Empire until the end of the WWII.
This is an extremely nice condition rifle with a mint bore chambered in 577.-.450. It has very nice blue finish remaining on the metal and the wood is in outstanding condition, with some handling marks as would have been experienced in the field. Mechanically it functions as intended and should make an excellent shooter as well as a historical piece. This is an antique in Canada.
This is a nice example of a rare Marlin Model 1893 Lever Action Rifle manufactured in 1907. Special order features include a beautiful half octagon to round barrel as well as factory sling swivels, most half octagon to round barrels had shortened magazine tubes, this one obviously has a rarer, full magazine, for this configuration. This rifle is chambered in the highly desirable 38-55 Caliber. Most examples are chambered in .30-30. It also has the earlier "Model 1893" designation. Later they changed it to "Mod 93". This particular example is in extraordinarily high condition. The barrel has retained most of its original dark rich bluing, a solid 95 % on the barrel and magazine. Just a hint of spotty patina here and there, mostly near the muzzle. There are areas that have hardened oil that appears brownish in the pictures, I have not cleaned this off as I believe it is in keeping with the rifle, however this is easily cleaned off. The receiver has virtually all of its original vibrant case-hardening, except for a little loss around the carry area, a solid 90 % case colours. The stock is very nice with minor storage marks, the butt stock sports the S shape butt plate. The bore has strong, sharp, rifling throughout with some minor black powder roughness. From the wear on the loading gate and the slight loss of colour in the carry area you can tell this rifle was obviously hunted in its day but not very often, as well it must have been put away in a dark place, early in its life, as that would be the only way to keep the original case colours from fading. This is a rare, high condition, highly collectable rifle, for a serious Marlin collector.
Foerster supplied guns to the Royal Court of Carl of Prussia, also to the Russian Tsars and to a son of King Friedrich William III of Prussia, The Förster business was founded in 1861 and had facilities in these two locations: Berlin W 8, Taubenstr. 47 and a branch in Berlin W 30, Mozarstr. 61. The company was last mentioned in 1920 as a member of an Association of Gun Makers and Dealers, possibly with a new owner. The Foerster side-by-side hammer shotguns, double rifles and stalking rifles are known to be outstanding in every respect. They are all very slim and nicely shaped. The bolt action rifles were mostly built on Mauser 98 actions, and they are also very slim and elegant looking, all with fine engraving. In the early years Foerster most likely made most of his guns in his shops in Berlin, but may have used other small gun makers and engravers who did the work in their own shops. Foerster guns are now very desirable to gun collectors and bring very high prices at auction. Among his later hunting rifles were bolt action rifles with Mauser 98 actions, and the company also became a representative of the Mauser Company.
The 9.3×62mm was designed to fit into the Mauser 98 bolt action rifle. European hunters and settlers in Africa often chose military rifles for their reliability and low cost, but colonial governments in Africa fearful of rebellions often banned military-caliber rifles and ammunition. The 9.3×62mm was never a military cartridge and so never had this problem. Like their military counterparts, Mauser rifles chambered in 9.3×62mm were relatively inexpensive and quite reliable. Because of these factors, 9.3x62mm quickly became popular, and usage of the cartridge became widespread. The 9.3 x 62 has taken cleanly every dangerous game animal in Africa.
This particular example is in fine condition, it has most likely been tastefully refreshed over the years. Other than a very tiny chip missing at the back of the upper tang the wood is in extremely good condition. Mechanically, it is in perfect working order, with the metal finish being in extremely good condition. All of the special features on this rifle can clearly be viewed in the pictures. It sports a claw mounted, Weaver scope, in a fixed power with a command post, optics are very clear.
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.