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15922  - Rossi Made In Spain?
11/14/2018
David San Antonio Texas

Maker: Rossi Made In Spain, Model: ?, Caliber: 38 Long Cartridge 6 Round Revolver, Barrel Length: 4 Inches, Finish: Blue, SN: 11417

Markings:
It has a 12 on the barrel

Question:
I can't fined any info about it or model number or what year it was made just know it was made in Spain and the s.n# 11417 Rossi has no Mach for it. Plez help thank you

Answer:
David, Rossi has a pretty good reputation among inexpensive revolvers for being well made and reliable, but since there is little or no collector interest in Rossi firearms, I have never paid much attention to them. I can tell you that Rossi was established in 1889 and located in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil. Since Rossi is a Brazilian company, your assumption that the revolver was manufactured in Spain is probably incorrect.

A Google search for Rossi manufacture dates pointed me to The Rossi Model Number Lookup System at http://www.rossiusa.com/find-model.cfm which is supposed to ``help you find detailed information about your Rossi Gun``. When I entered your serial number no results were retuned. The instructions on the page say that specific information for all serial numbers may not be available, especially on older models. If a serial number does not return a result, they ask you to call Rossi customer service at 305-624-1115. Good Luck Marc




15837  - National Postal Meter M1 Carbine Date
11/14/2018
Robert

Maker: Postal Meter, Model: M - Carbine, Caliber: 30 Cal, Barrel Length: ?, Finish: Blue, SN: 1955918

Question:
I`m looking for the manufacture year of this M - 30 Cal Carbine

Answer:
Robert- Thanks to the info in Larry Ruth’s superb books on the M1 Carbine (in this case War Baby Volume 1, page 458) we know that National Postal Meter delivered 413,017 carbines, with first deliveries in February 1943 and the last big batch in April 1944 with a final 239 in July 1944 but the latter were marked Commercial Controls.

NPM was assigned four serial number blocks, with 100,000 in the first bunch starting at 1450000, which would have lasted until mid-September 1943. Then they would have started on the second block of numbers beginning with 1937520 in September and probably reached your number in early October 1943. Many M1 carbine barrels included the date of manufacture (of the barrel) in the markings, and they are usually pretty close to the date the gun was assembled, maybe 1-3 months before, but close enough for government work. John Spangler




15830  - Turkish Mauser
11/10/2018
Germany

Maker: C.A.I. Georgia UT / Germany 1903 8mm, Model: 1903, Caliber: Sniper Rifle, Barrel Length: ?, Finish: Don`t Know, SN: TUO3000742

Markings:
1938/1903/20160 Joy/ 160/A9359/3f/788/ star w/half-moon & a crest symbol

Question:
Can you help identify this

Answer:
The marking information provided is very helpful. The “star with half moon” is found on most Turkish used arms. Century Arms International of Georgia, Vermont imported huge numbers of these, marking them (per federal law) with the importer name and location above and the country made (Germany) and caliber 8mm.

I am not familiar with any Turkish “sniper rifles” but they may have had some. I suspect that most of them with scopes today are the result of Bubba adding a scope for deer hunting. Frankly, my personal opinion is that while most Turkish arms started off as very well made guns with quality materials made by competent craftsmen, nearly all have subsequently been diddled with by Turkish armorers with very questionable skill and making modifications which may or may not degrade their safety to shoot. My personal stand is that I will NEVER attempt to fire any gun which has been used by Turkish military forces. (Some of their current commercial production is reportedly excellent, but that is far different from what is made or modified by illiterate conscripts in primitive shops.)

The “Model 1903/1938” designation is applied to rifles which started as a Gewehr 98, Cz 98/22, Turkish Model 1903 or the Model 1893, most in 7.65 x 53 Mauser caliber but were cobbled into more or less similar configuration regarding barrel length and bayonet lugs and converted to 8mm Mauser caliber.

In general the Turkish rifles seem to sell for a fraction of what a similar “un-Turked” rifle used by another country might bring, and for several years they were selling for $50-100 retail. (And, I never had any urges to buy one even at those prices!) John Spangler




15921  - Remington Model 12 Manufacture Date
11/10/2018
Roland

Maker: Remington, Model: 12, Caliber: 22, Barrel Length: 24, Finish: Blue, SN: RW 329595

Markings:
Pop up sight, crescent metal end of stock

Question:
I am trying to find the manufacture date of this rifle.

Answer:
Roland, Remington introduced their Model 12 .22 caliber slide action rifle in 1909 and over 840,000 were manufactured before the model was discontinued in 1936. The Model 12 was chambered for .22 Short, Long, and Long Rifle cartridges and came with a 22 inch round or octagon barrel, open sights, tubular magazine and a plain straight grip stock. The Model 12-B (introduced in 1910) was the gallery model, it was chambered in .22 Short only and came with 24 inch octagon barrel and a pistol grip stock. The Model 12-C (also introduced in 1910) was much like the 12-B except that it was chambered for .22 Short, Long, and Long Rifle cartridges. It came with 24 inch octagon barrel and pistol grip stock.

Starting in 1921 Remington rifles should have a code located on the left side of the barrel near the frame that identifies the year and month of manufacture. If your rifle has this date code, it will be easy to determine when it was made by looking at the information that we have posted at the following link: http://oldguns.net/sn_php/remdates.htm. If no date code is present, the best I can tell you is that your Remington was manufactured between 1909 and 1921. Hope this helps luck, Marc




15827  - Marlin Model 94 Value
11/6/2018
David Andover Minnesota

Maker: Marlin, Model: 94, Caliber: 38-40, Barrel Length: ?, Finish: Blue, SN: 124910

Question:
What is its worth

Answer:
David- Sorry, I really do not pay much attention to Marlin prices, and honestly cannot tell one from another without reading the markings. In general value seem to be far less than a comparable condition Winchester lever action, so my guess is maybe $300-700 retail. Your best bet is to find some that have sold at one of the big gun auction houses, or on GunBroker.com and see what people are actually paying. Make sure you compare apples to apples in terms of model, caliber, condition and any special features. Marlins are good guns, but frankly people just don’t seem to collect them. John Spangler



15920  - Winchester 670
11/6/2018
Mike

Maker: Winchester, Model: 670, Caliber: ?, Barrel Length: ?, Finish: ?, SN: G232751

Question:
I have a Model 670 that is in good condition with serial number G232751. My research has turned up that this was manufactured in 1952. Not sure if I want to sell but curious as to possible value.

Answer:
Mike, I believe that you are a little off on your serial number calculations. The Winchester Model 670 is an economy version of the popular model 70 that came with a hardwood pistol grip stock, 22 inch barrel, open sights and a non-hinged floorplate. Although it is a decent rifle for shooting and hunting purposes, the Model 670 never caught on with collectors like the Pre-64 Model 70 Winchesters did. The 670 was first cataloged for sale in 1967 and remained in production until 1973. Total manufacture is estimated to be under 300,000 total rifles. Information pertaining to the production runs for the 670 is at best speculative, as Winchester either did not maintain a serial number data base, or what data was retained has been lost or destroyed. Because of this, there is no way to know precisely when your rifle was produced. Values for 670 rifles are not high even if the rifle is in excellent condition.



15826  - Trusty Rusty .50 Caliber
11/3/2018
Michael. Midland mi

Maker: ?, Model: ?, Caliber: .50, Barrel Length: ?, Finish: Rusty, SN: 147299

Question:
I just bought this gun and I`m trying to find any information I can get

Answer:
Michael- Sorry, my crystal ball is cloudy today. I think it is a .50 caliber machine gun from a WW2 fighter plane or bomber. No, wait, it is a percussion primed Civil War Maynard carbine. Dang, now it seems to be one of those flintlock .50 caliber flintlock pistols made recently by Traditions. Maybe a heavy barrel Sharps rifle made for hunting buffalo?

In any case, you bought it, so you must think it is neat and worth the price. Every gun owner will agree that if that is the case, it was a good purchase. Even if we don’t have a clue what it might be. John Spangler




15919  - High Standard Sport King Date Of Manufacture
11/3/2018


Maker: High Standard, Model: Sport King, Caliber: 22, Barrel Length: ?, Finish: ?, SN: 482762

Question:
Hello, Trying to find manufacture date of a High Standard Sport King SK100 22 caliber pistol. Serial number is 482762. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.

Answer:
My records indicate that your pistol was manufactured in 1955. The High Standard Sport King and Field King models were introduced around 1950, they were "utilitarian range" versions of the more expensive Supematic Trophy, intended to satisfy shooters with lesser ambitions and shorter pockets. The Sport King was chambered for 22LR and came fitted with thumb-rest grips and fixed sights. Guns manufactured after 1954 had an improved safety catch and an alloy frame. Hope that this helps. Marc