From the B. Williams collection.
Very rare early production M-10 Ross .280 caliber, 26” barrel, deluxe, sporting rifle. The .280 Ross cartridge developed by Sir Charles Ross, in his quest to produce a light weight, high velocity long range hunting rifle, was the first to achieve muzzle velocities in the 3000 feet per second range, unheard of in 1907.
The barrels were made from chrome vanadium steel, a developmental amalgam in those days, and were tested (and stamped) to the British standard of “28 tons” breech pressures, which is outstanding even today.
With a mid 7000’s serial, it is finished in the early pattern of bright steel on barrel and butt plate, and a more matt blue (to reduce glare) on the action and bridge. Front sight is a gold target edition, with a barrel sight c/w a folding 500 yard leaf. The rare rear bridge mounted sight, (giving longer sight radius), is the first “Porter pop-up” folding version, and is fully functional and tight. Finally, the stock is inlet at the wrist for a Lyman folding target sight (removed) and a blanking plate is in place. The Lymans fell out of favour, as the opening of the bolt interfered with the sight staff, and the M-10s were already known to hold 1 minute of angle accuracy at 100 yards with the Porter bridge sight.
In overall excellent condition with a good but worn bore. Owned by a serious Ottawa based Ross collector for 40 years who is always looking for Ross related items, call oldguns.ca if you have any ross related items. If interested please contact me and I will put you directly in touch with Mr. Williams to work out payment and shipping details.
From the R. Cousineau collection.
Chambered in 35 WCF, this rifle sports a mint bright shiny bore. The wood is solid with only a small chip out of the wrist, finish on the barrel is 90% plus, finish on the receiver is 40-50 %. Mechanically is functions as it should. Barrel ring being knurled on top for glare is an interesting feature not normally encountered on standard rifles. Overall, a very nice example of an 1895, rifle. If interested please contact me and I will put you directly in touch with Mr. Cousineau to work out payment and shipping details.
The Winchester Model 71 was a lever action rifle introduced in 1935 and discontinued in 1958. Essentially, a slightly modified version of the Browning designed 1886, it was only chambered for the 348 Winchester round; except for an extremely rare 45-70 and 33 WCF. It was also (other than 400 rifles chambered for the .348 in the Cimarron 1885 Hi-Wall in 2005-06) the only firearm that ever used that cartridge. The Model 71 was conceived as a replacement for both the 1886 and the 1895 as a complement to the Winchester Model 70 bolt-action rifle and to replace a raft of cartridges (the .33 Winchester, the .45-70, the .35 Winchester, and the .405 Winchester) with just one (the .348 Winchester. The rifle and cartridge were very effective against any North American big game animal in heavy timber, including the great bears, if using the 250-grain (16 g) bullet. It was once very popular for hunting in Canada and Alaska. The 71 was built in 2 different barrel lengths the standard rifle and the short rifle and in two configurations, the standard rifle and the deluxe rifle. New research indicates that less than 5% were manufactured in the short rifle configuration. After a certain year Model 71's came from the factory drilled and tapped for side mounted peep sights. Unfortunately, economics caused the rifle to be very expensive, and with less costly lever action rifles available in common and fairly powerful rounds such as 35 Remington and the growing popularity of cheap bolt-actions in military and Magnum chambering, the Winchester 71 with its excellent but unique cartridge was destined for commercial oblivion. The .348 was also the only 34 caliber cartridge ever made by an American manufacturer and essentially the first short magnum cartridge, making it a little problematic for hand loaders, as there was never a wide selection of 34 caliber bullets. Cartridges of the World remarks that factory ammunition was available in 150, 200 and 250-grain (16 g) weights. Only the 200-grain (13 g) weight is still available in factory ammunition. Browning re-issued the Model 71 as a limited edition in the mid 1980s. The Winchester and Browning versions showed very high degrees of craftsmanship. As of August, 2013, the Winchester Repeating Arms website again lists model 71s as available, new from the factory. The Winchester Model 71 still has a loyal following for what is arguably "the finest big bore lever gun that has ever been" as well as being used as a strong and solid platform for various 'wildcat' projects. This example sports a 20" barrel with hooded integral-ramp front sight. Short tang. Super Grade swivel studs. Checkered walnut stock with capped pistol grip and original checkered steel buttplate. Bolt peep sight. Checkered hammer. No extra holes. Excellent bore, factory short rifles are extremely rare, this is the only one I have ever owned and frankly the only one I have ever seen.
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In 1763 France adopted a new infantry musket, much stronger than the previous design, to answer the needs of an accelerated fire coming from the war tactics developed during the Seven Years War. The new gun was found too heavy and was replaced after only three years by the 1766 Model. After this date it has been replaced by the Model 1770/71 and the muskets given back from the soldiers have been used in 1775 when the American Independence War started and France distributed numerous 1763 - 1766 muskets to the troops in the American revolution and of the newborn United States of America. Many Charleville Muskets were used in Upper and Lower Canada in the early 1800's and specifically the war of 1812. This example is is very fine condition with strong wood and excellent original finish. Mechanically it functions as it should. A very fine example with tons of history, American and Canadian.
The 44 WCF was standard for the “gun that won the West,” though it also was made in 38 WCF (first offered in 1879), 32 WCF (introduced in 1882) and .22 rimfire (1884), with a few special-order guns built in .22 extra long rimfire. Model 1873s had iron receivers until 1884, when a steel receiver was introduced. The Model 1873 was offered as a sporting rifle (with a 24” round, octagonal or half-octagonal barrel), a carbine (with a 20” round barrel) and as a musket (with a 30” round barrel). The Model 1873 was officially discontinued in 1919, after approximately 720,000 guns had been produced.
The First Model 1873 (s/n 1 to about 31000) has grooved guides on each side to retain the dust cover (sometimes referred to as a “mortised dust cover). The Second Model (s/n 31000 to 90000) has a dust cover on one central guide secured to the receiver with two screws. The central guide rail on the Third Model is integrally machined as part of the receiver. The Model 1873 .22 Rimfire Rifle was the first .22 caliber repeating rifle in America was introduced in 1884 and discontinued in 1904. Winchester sold a little more than 19,000 .22 caliber Model 1873s.
This example was a barn find, it had been in the same family for generations and spent all of its life in the barn. The family member I got it from admitted that it had been lost in the barn until discovered recently and brought to me. It has been in my collection for many years. The outside appearance shows a very hard life as a tool, however, it functions flawlessly and has an amazingly bright shiny bore with really strong distinct rifling, only a bit of corrosion in a line, down one section of the bore, probably it was lying on its side for many years and that is where the moisture accumulated. It is an excellent shooter. As you can see in the pics the serial number is not visible, I attempted to polish the area where the number would normally be and tried etching chemical in an attempt to raise the serial number, I met with no success. Due to the fact that the upper tang is void of any model indication and there is no provision for a tang mounted peep sight, my research indicates that this carbine is definitely lower than serial number 31,000, and maybe lower than 600 and possibly lower than 350. Apparently, there are however a couple of conflicting components on this rifle, one being the hammer and the other being the dust cover, it has been proposed to me that these are of a later version. I am presently researching verification on these issues, however it is not impossible that these parts could have been changed. To date we have determined by the brass lifter that the corners are slightly rounded and that on the very first model variation the lifter corners were absolutely sharp, as viewed on Carbine serial number 47 from the W. Connor collection. One needs to ask the question, how rare is this rifle.......? Being such a low serial number how many of these carbines were produced and how many have survived.....?
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From the E. Lind collection.
Nearly every source describes this original Westley Richards patent, hinged tipping block, single-shot design as an "Improved Martini". This terminology is so ubiquitous that even prominent merchants of fine vintage arms use it unthinkingly. The esteemed Walter Winfer, acknowledged as the guru of British single shot lore, uses it freely. But Winfer at least makes it clear that the moniker is technically incorrect. The Martini design was a hammerless modification of the original Peabody action design. However, the Westley Richards design is similar only in the respect of a hinged breech block that tips down for loading. None of the rest of the internals share any commonality. Whereas the Peabody has an external hammer and the Martini a striker, the Westley Richards has an internal hammer with an integral firing pin. More to the point, the Westley Richards design predates the Martini, so it's clearly not an improvement on that design. In fact, the Westley Richards design was a competitor with the Martini for British military contracts. After losing out to the Martini for the British Army, the Westley Richards design was marketed heavily to the pioneers and settlers of the Dutch Boer colony of South Africa in both musket and sporting rifle forms.
The design (including the Model 1871 and its variants) was extremely popular in the Cape colony and was followed by improvements and variations for several years, competing well against Westley Richards' own Deeley-Edge patent falling block design and remaining in production until the expiration of the Gibbs Farquharson patent rights around the turn of the century and its release to the trade prompted the firm to develop the similarly styled Model 1897 Westley Richards New Model Underlever Rifle, which was the ultimate evolution of the Deeley-Edge action. There is much confusion regarding the various models, in part because Westley Richards continually advanced the design and also made individual rifles to order. The Model 1869 is distinguished from the later larger framed Model 1871 most easily by examining the length of the lever in relation to the trigger guard; in the Model 1869, the lever does not extend much rearward past the small trigger guard, whereas on the Model 1871, it comes well past the long trigger guard.
This is a beautiful example, wonderfully engraved in true Wesley Richards fashion. The wood is in excellent condition as is the rest of the rifle, the blueing shows very well and remains bright on most of the rifle, with the receiver showing most of the wear. Originally chambered in No. 2 Musket, it was sleeved with a Parker Hale insert many years ago. It is now chambered in
25-20. The bore is bright and shiny with excellent rifling. If interested please contact me and I will put you directly in touch with Mr. Lind to work out payment and shipping details.
From the E. Lind collection.
The Rolling Block Creedmoor rifles were originally in .44-77 Remington-Sharps bottleneck, but with rifling lead designed to allow the bullet to be seated out further to allow 90 grains of black powder. But soon they were chambered for a slightly longer case .44-90 Remington cartridge. Originally they were almost all 34" barrels as the rules allowed that as the maximum barrel length. The rules also allowed for a 10 lb. weight limit, so the half octagon barrel was specifically designed to meet that weight with a 34" barrel. In reality they are as you described as 1/3rd octagon, but still referred to as half octagon. They also all had single non set triggers, as set triggers were not allowed in Creedmoor matches. Sights were a Remington Long Range tang sight at the rear, and a windage globe in the front. Additionally a good number had a 2nd heel base mounted on the buttstock, near the buttplate to allow for shooters who preferred shooting in the prone back position. There were military stocked versions with a straight grip military 2 band stock, but sporting versions all had straight grip stocks that were nicely checkered on the grip, but not the forearm usually. I have seen them with checkered forearms, but it would have been a special order. Most Remington Creedmoor rifles were made between 1874 and 1880.
This particular example sports a 34 inch barrel, with an overall weight of just slightly under 10 pounds. As evidenced in the pics this rifle meets all the other requirements of the Creedmore rifles. The bore is in as new condition and mechanically it functions flawlessly. The vernier sights are new replacementments but the original sights are with the rifle. This rifle is in tremendous condition and a great example of a very rare rifle. If interested please contact me and I will put you directly in touch with Mr. Lind to work out payment and shipping details.
$ 12,000 Canadian