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15823  - HUNGARIAN G98/40 8mm RIFLE
Danny Garrison, St. George, Utah

Maker: Gwar, Model: 44, Caliber: 8mm, Barrel Length: 23, Finish: Don`t Know, SN: G98/40

Has Hitler`s 3rd Reich marks on it.

Question is, I would like to know anything about it. Not much online about them. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. It also has 1637 all over it. Does that mean its the 1637th produced that year? An are you interested in purchasing it? Thank you for you time, be safe.

Danny- During WW2 Germany occupied many other countries and in order to arm their vast armies (including those from the countries they occupied) they had occupied nations’ arms manufacturers shift to making German models, or adopted many foreign arms without change, or minor modifications. These ranged from Browning Hi-Power pistols in Belgium to Model 1911 (or 1914 as the locals called them) .45 automatics in Norway, up to tanks and artillery. Even captured foreign (Allied) arms were swept up into the German weapons inventory, mostly with a model number followed by a letter to indicate the source country in parentheses. In the case of the Norwegian .45s, they were officially the “Pistole 657(n).”

The Hungarian “Feg 35M” rifle was a bolt action rifle in 8 x 56mmR caliber with a two piece stock design. After German occupation began, however, Wikipedia tells us:

“During World War II, military cooperation with Germany and a shortage of standard Mauser K98k rifles German army led to modifications to the 35M. It was rechambered to the standard German 7.92×57 IS cartridge with a fully enclosed flush magazine, the bolt handle was made angled, the bayonet socket was changed to accept German bayonets and some alterations was made to the sling mount. In addition, the rifle was adopted to use standard Mauser 5-round charger clips and its sights were recalibrated to match the ballistics of the 7.92mm IS cartridge. In German service this modified weapon was known as the G98/40. Hungary also adopted this version, slightly modified, as the 43M.”

Since this was not just an existing foreign arm, but a new model made to German specifications they gave it the model name “Gewehr 98/40(u) [with umlaut above]” although the (u) was seldom used.

These were inspected by German inspectors, accounting for the eagle/swastika markings. The “1637” is a serial number, and I don’t recall if these were numbered in one continuous series reaching several hundred thousand, or if they followed German practice of going 1-9999 and then adding a letter for each subsequent batch (1a-9999a; 1b-9999b, etc). In any case, I don’t think the serial number is an important factor for value.

If you, or anyone else has guns to sell, please contact us on our email links on the site (not the Q&A submission) and we will get back to you and tell you how to send photos if it is something we can use.

Hope that helps. John Spangler

15910  - K 22 Date Of Manufacture

Maker: S&W, Model: K 22, Caliber: 22, Barrel Length: 6", Finish: ?, SN: K 2701

In have a S&W K 22 with 6 inch barrel. barrel has "22 Long Rifle CTG" The S/N is K 27011 I would like to know approx year for this gun.

The “K-frame” revolver is S&W’s medium size frame long used in many of their .38/.357 caliber revolvers, originally introduced more than 100 years ago in the Military and Police model. It is a very ergonomic design, proven popular with shooters for decades. Many shooters preferred to have their .22 and “centerfire” (which was usually .38 Special caliber) target revolvers built on the same frame so practice with one would benefit competition with either caliber. The K-22 Masterpiece was one of the most popular revolvers for shooters. In 1957 the model designation was changed to the Model 17.

K-22 revolvers that do not have a letter before the serial number were built before WW II. K prefix guns started after WW II to 1970. My references indicate that serial numbers K18732-K73121 were manufactured in 1948. Hope this helps, Marc

15897  - J.C. DANE SHOTGUN
Ron New York

Maker: J.C. DANE, Model: ?, Caliber: ?, Barrel Length: ?, Finish: ?, SN: ?

Some characteristics:
J.C. Dane is inscribed on the left and right sideplates.
Made approx. 1870's - patent dates 1874. On top rib:"J.C.DANE. LACROSS. WIS. LAMINATED STEEL. THIS GUN IS FREE FROM ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE. PAT, JAN. 20 & MAY 5, 1874"
Breech-Loading 12ga
Damascus barrels (bores rough of course, but I've seen much worse!). Quite intricate pattern, but mostly hidden w/ a dark patina.
Exterior hammers,
Double triggers inside a very elongated trigger guard.
The "barrel release" is a forward-backward thumb lever located inside the trigger guard, forward of the triggers.
Forearm release is a Key/Wedge, as on muzzle loader forearms.
Much detail engraving over all receiver parts.
So far, 2 "serial" stampings found - both "100" (or closer look appears to be "001" and "100" - on the action flats and on the forend metal.
And most interesting -- the buttstock is removeable from the pistol grip - held by one bolt, with 2 metal concave/convex disks as mating surfaces for the 2 stock pieces.  I have sent pictures separately. I Thank you.  Ron

Hello - I have an old J.C.Dane 12ga SxS Hammered Double shotgun, manufactured in Lacrosse, WI, in apparently the 1870's. Information on this gunmaker, his company, and his guns has beed very difficult to find.  I'm hopeful that you, or someone you may refer me to, may have some knowledge of, or collector interest in this unigue firearm,


Ron-  Thanks for the photos, they help a lot, but first let’s review ehat we can find out without them.
Carder's "Side by Sides of the World" surprisingly has nothing on J.C. Dane, but Frank Sellers' "American Gunsmiths" does have a little on him. 
Sellers indicates that Joseph C. Dane worked in La Crosse, WI, circa 1870-1885.  He held two patents, 146658 of January 20, 1874 for a breechloading firearm, and 150538 of May 5, 1874 for a breechloading firearm or breechloading shotgun.

An article in the prestigious American Society of Arms Collectors Bulletin "The Parker Gun: Its History and Evolution"  lists another Dane patent 124939 of March 26, 1872 for a rebounding hammer lock was assigned to Parker Brothers the same day it was issued.

Additional searching reveals that in February 1884 he was granted patent number 292793 for a railroad car brake and three more patents in June 1884 (300042, 300043, 300044) for dry ore separators used in the mining industry.

The Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has two Dane shotguns, described in their records as:

(1)  1998.32.84 | ca. 1874-1877 | L: 44.9375 in, H: 9.375 in | Gift of William Furnish | [top of rib] J.C.DANE. LACROSS. WIS. LAMINATED STEEL. THIS GUN IS FREE FROM ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE. PAT, JAN. 20. & MAY 5, 1874 | [inside buttplate] H&A | [bottom of left barrel] 340 A.S. | Laminated steel barrels. Right hammer is a replacement. Release lever in tip of forend. Barrel release lever is forward part of trigger guard. Some border engraving. Pistol grip stock with steel cap. H.A. in inscription is for Hopkins and Allen, started in 1868.. Breech lock & rebound patent | Late model Dane Double Barrel Breech-loading Shotgun | 10 | 340 | 1998.32.84v1.jpg | 1998.32.84v2.jpg | shotgun | firearm | wood, steel | Joseph C. Dane, La Crosse, WI

(2)  1998.32.83 | ca, 1870-1877 | L: 47 in, H: 8.75 in | Gift of William Furnish | [top of rib] N.N. WILMOT. ST. LOUIS. J.C. DANE, MAKER. LACROSS, WISC'' | Damascus barrels. Deep scroll engraving with waterfowl scene on left sideplate, game bird scene on right sideplate, and hunting dog on trigger guard. Barrel release lever is forward part of trigger guard. Silver escutcheon plate on bottom of shoulder stock. Elaborate receiver design. Wrist broken and repaired. Forend broken in two places. One break repaired. N.N. Wilmot is a well-known St. Louis gun dealer. Name on rib as the retailer. Probably not a presentation gun as thought by the collector. Presentation: Wilmot, St.Louis | Dane Double Barrel Breech-loading Shotgun | 10 | not serially numbered | 1998.32.83v2.jpg | 1998.32.83v1.jpg | shotgun | firearm | wood, steel | Joseph C. Dane, La Crosse, WI

That was everything I was able to find about about Joseph Dane and his shotguns before seeing the photos.  After seeing the, I have to add:
It is an interesting gun.  The detachable butt is something I have never seen before, and very well conceived and executed.  I am not sure how useful a “whippet” style stock would be with long hunting barrels, but I guess Mr. Dane or his customer wanted it.  [“The term Whippet specifically refers to Bonnie Parker's 20 Gauge which was cut down so it could be concealed and then Clyde or her would “whip it out” from under their jacket for a devastating ambush. (From]
Overall quality of the engraving is/was far above the usual American made shotgun, so this would have been an expensive gun when new.  Perhaps even for Dane's personal use.  It certainly has seen a lot of use, with well worn wood.  The hammers are obviously replacements (and butt ugly) but better than nothing or even a mismatched pair.
This looks like is is pretty heavy compared to its competitors.  The trigger guard design is ugly, but necessary to accommodate the barrel release.  I suspect that the release if one of Dane's patented features.
The "safe from accidental discharge" probably refers to rebounding locks, and I am sure that Dane's agreement with Parker allowed him to use that in his guns.
Again, an interesting gun.  Enjoy.  John Spangler

15906  - Springfield Armory Geneseo 1911A1 Date Of Manufacture
Anthony Hollister, CA

Maker: Springfield Armory, Model: 1911 A -, Caliber: .45, Barrel Length: 5, Finish: Stainless Steel, SN: N503790


Year of make. My grandpa past and was passed to me.

Anthony your pistol was manufactured by Springfield Armory of Geneseo, Illinois, who first offered newly manufactured 1911A1s in 1985. An internet search revealed that pistols with "NM" and "M" serial numbers are Original Mil-Spec models with the following features:

  • Lowered and flared ejection port
  • Slanted slide serrations
  • Stainless barrel with chamber indicator
  • Three dot sights
  • Stainless bushing (some are Parkerized)
  • Rounded front strap
  • Less machining marks under slide
  • Has crossed cannons logo on slide
  • No lanyard loop
  • Serrated slide stop and mag release
  • Civilian teardrop safety
  • Short serrated trigger
  • Sear and hammer pins are flat on right side
  • Black checkered plastic grips
  • Comes in Parkerized, stainless, Armory Kote, and various sizes
  • Blue Plastic box

I have not been able to find anything in print regarding serial numbers and dates of manufacture for Springfield Armory Geneseo 1911A1 pistols. I was able to find that pistols with "NM" serial numbers were made in the USA while "N" serial numbers were made in Brazil. I think that the best way to find the date of manufacture for your pistol is to contact Springfield directly, here is a link to their web site: Good luck, Marc

15905  - When Was This Manufactured?
Ken, Washougal, WA

Maker: Winchester, Model: 94, Caliber: 30-30, Barrel Length: 20 (?), Finish: Blue, SN: 2403601

When was this manufactured.

Ken, the model 1894 Winchester is one of the world`s most popular firearms, to date over 6 million 1894's have been manufactured and they are still going strong. My records indicate that the year of manufacture for your Winchester (serial number 2403601) is 1960. This means that your rifle is what collectors call a "pre-64" model. In 1964 Winchester made significant design changes in most of the firearm lines that they were producing. The changes were intended to lower production costs but most collectors agree that quality suffered. Because of the 1964 changes, value for most models of pre-64 Winchester firearms is significantly higher than it is for post-64 production Winchester firearms. Value for your Winchester will depend on condition, it can range from around $150 for a well used example or one that has been modified and/or reblued, to over $700 for an example that is in excellent condition. Marc


Maker: ?, Model: ?, Caliber: ?, Barrel Length: ?, Finish: ?, SN: ?

Good day, I am writing to see if you have any information about a WW1 German shell casing I got recently. It is marked on the bottom: Patron Fabrik Karlsruhe, Feb 1 1918, Sp 255. It is 104.5mm long and is about 172/173 mm in diameter, internally. I was thinking it could be for the 17 cm SK L/40 i.R.L. auf Eisenbahnwagen. I can send pictures if you like, thank you for your time. Paul

Paul- I cannot make a positive ID, based on Robert Hawkinson's book "Big Bore Ammunition". I assume that instead of a case length of 104.5mm your really meant 1045mm. If that is correct, then there are several potential matches, all listed as 170 x 1050mm Rimmed with rim diameter of 203mm and mouth ID of 175mm. These are: -- 17cm K (E) Samuel railway gun ( he also lists a 1938 vintage case for the same gun) -- 17cm K Bett-Gesch, emplaced Navy gun -- 17cm K. I.R.L heavy gun, navy gun on wheels -- 17cm SK L/40 Drh. L. C/1901 MPL C/ 1902-04 (probably too early for yours) -- 17cm SK C/95, WW2 Navy (it may be similar to yours but newer version) I only know what is in Hawk's book. The WW1 German artillery expert is Ralph Lovett and Google will find him easily. Sorry I could not help. John Spangler

15895  - Rusty Waters Pistol

Maker: J. A. Waters, Model: Unknown, Caliber: .54, Barrel Length: 8 7/16 Inches, Finish: Rusty, SN: 4 55

J.A. stamped in wood. Fully operational weapon. Deep Pitting in Spots.

Approx. value? Thank You.

Ray- I suspect that your pistol was actually made by Asa H. Waters who was a contract maker of several military pistols, as well as a thrifty Yankee who made sure to sell everything he could including junky pistols made up of left over or rejected parts. Without more details I cannot tell you much about value. It might be a Model 1836 flintlock pistol made for the U.S. Army, or one of those converted to percussion, or one made as percussion with some junk parts. Or maybe a pistol using a Model 1836 barrel mounted on a cast iron frame instead of a wooden stock. In any case, since it is rusty with some deep pitting, value is likely to be modest, perhaps in the few hundred dollar range at best, but maybe more if it is one of the scarcer types. John Spangler

15904  - Marlin/Glenfield Rifle
North Haven Conn.

Maker: Marlin, Model: GlenField 25, Caliber: 22 Cal, Barrel Length: 21 Or 22, Finish: Blue, SN: 23763648

How old is this gun and its worth

This rifle started out as the Marlin/Glenfield rifle in 1966 and it was marketed under that name until 1983 when the "Glenfield" part of the name was dropped. The rifle became known as the Model 60 and it is still being marked to this day. Model 60s are an entry level rifle, they usually come with 19 or 22 (disc. 2002) inch Micro-Groove barrels, plain birch stock with pressed checkering that usually includes a squirrel motif, Marlin's 'Wide-Scan' front-sight hood, simplified spring-leaf rear sight and 14 shot tubular magazine. A device that holds the bolt open after the last round has been fired was added to guns made after 1985.

I remember my first experience with a Glenfield rifle. My friends and I saw one for sale at K-Mart, brand new for under $60. We were surprised and excited that a brand new rifle could be purchased for such a low price so we pooled our money and got one of our parents to purchase the rifle for us. The ether wore off the first time that we took the rifle out to test fire, The rifle would not fire 2 rounds in a row without jamming. Many thousands of Glenfield rifles have been sold so someone must like them, or more likely, they just like the inexpensive price. I can not help with the year of manufacture for your rifle but I can tell you that value is probably in the $100 or less range. For more information try the Marlin collectors association at the following link: Marc

15903  - Spanish Eibar Revolver
Fred, Lander, WY

Maker: Spanish Eibar Revolver, Model: Unknown, Caliber: .38 Long Cartridge, Barrel Length: 4 Inch, Finish: Blue, SN: 6420

On one side of the barrel it`s marked 38 LONG CTG. Next to the serial number on the bottom of the frame below the grips it`s stamped MADE IN SPAIN. Underneath the wooden grips on the cylinder release side of the frame the letter O or the number 0 is stamped, below it the number 438 is stamped. On the other side of the frame under the wooden grip a * is stamped along with the letter N.

what model number is this revolver? How old is this revolver? I rate the condition of the revolver as 70%. Any idea on it`s value?

Fred, it sounds like you have one of the Spanish Smith and Wesson copies which were imported into the United States in the first half of the 20th century. There were several companies in Spain manufacturing this type of revolver during that time. Information about individual makers is often hard to find, without a brand or model name it is almost impossible.

Spanish Smith and Wesson copies have a reputation in general for making use of low quality, steel which may not be strong enough to handle modern day high- pressure loads. My advise would be to retire this weapon and not fire it. There is no collectors in the Spanish S&W copies, I often see revolvers in perfect condition being offered in the $150.00 range. Marc

15894  - Early .30-40 Krag With 22 Inch Barrel
Steve, American Fork, Utah

Maker: Springfield Armory, Model: Kraft, Caliber: 30 40, Barrel Length: 22'', Finish: Blue, SN: 21771

Yes, but I can't make them out

My dad gave me this gun and a friend suggested that I find out if it is worth anything before I use it. Is this gun worth anything? He hasn't shot it in over 40 years. Should I have it checked out before I shot it?

Steve- There is no documented history on your gun, but nearly all the nearby numbers are listed as rifles, so I am about 98% sure it started off as a Model 1892 Krag rifle, and surviving, UNMODIFIED examples of those are rare and valuable. However, they had 30 inch barrels, so we can be almost 100% sure it is not one of those. It has a very, very slim chance that it is a Model 1896 Carbine, since a few of those were made scattered in the 20,000 range. So, we need to know if there is (or was) a sling swivel inletted near the buttplate, and if there is a small “C” on the sight, and if the barrel band has a sling swivel or not, and if there is a metal plate on the left side of the stock about 3/8” x 2” held on by two wood screws. If the answer is “yes” to most of these questions then it may be a carbine and have pretty good value. Otherwise we can be certain it is a rifle that has been cut down for sporting use after being sold off as surplus many decades ago. These have been very popular hunting arms due to their smooth action. Many of them had the barrels replaced at some point in their history with barrels around 20-23 inches long, and we would need to see it, or good photos to tell if it is an original barrel or a replacement. In any case, the cut down rifles have modest value as shooters or for parts, but a fraction of what an unmolested gun would bring. It would be a good idea to have competent gunsmith look at it before shooting, but there is little that can go bad on these from just sitting around, so most likely he will approve it. Enjoy. John Spangler

15902  - Dreyse Model 1907 Disassembly
Mark, Fresno, CA

Maker: Dreyse, Model: 1907, Caliber: .32 ACP, Barrel Length: 3.6 inch, Finish: Blue, SN: 25111

What`s the best/easiest way to remove a barrel from this pistol? It twists and locks in, but is mostly covered by the barrel extension, so there`s no way to get any sort of grip on the outside of the barrel.

Mark, Waffenfabrik von Dreyse was founded about 1842, they initially made the famous Needle Gun for the Prussian army, the Dreyse concern had also made needle pistols and cap lock revolvers. The Dreyse Model pistol 1907 was broadly based on the 1906 Browning pattern without the grip safety.

Model 1907 pistols are usually marked DREYSE RHEINMETALLABT SOMMERDA on the left side of the frame, with an 'RMF' monogram on the grips. Early models may be marked DREYSERHEINISCHEMETALLWAAREN-UND MASCHINENFABRIK ABT SOMMERDA, while a few made in 1914, after adoption of the Rheinmetall acronym, omitted 'Dreyse' completely. Many Dreyse pistols were purchased by police forces, including the Royal Saxon Gendarmerie.

I do not have much interest in Dreyse pistols so I can not give you any advise on disassembly from personal experience. Smith's book of Pistols and Revolvers has the following instructions:

Pushing the catch at the top of the rear of the receiver frees the barrel and slide assemblies and as a unit they can be hinged open. The barrel bushing must be pushed in around the barrel far enough to permit the slide to he disengaged from the mounting lug on top of the bushing. The recoil spring can then be eased out. Raising the slide about 30 degrees will about 30 degrees will permit it to be drawn forward out of the support forging.

Hope this helps. Marc

15893  - Engraved Civil War Era Colt Army Revolver
Christopher, Fredericskburg, VA

Maker: Colt, Model: 1860 Army, Caliber: .44, Barrel Length: I Think 8 Inches, Finish: Blue, SN: 60036

Wolf head Engraving on the hammer. Engravings all over the barrel , cylinder and handle.

I am trying to find out as much as I can about this firearm. All the S/N match across all pieces. It has a Colt Patent on the cylinder and the ''Address Col Sam...'' on the top of the barrel. I showed a collector named Udo (you may know him) and he informed me that there are no markings indicating that it was used in the military, implying commercial use. I was thinking it may have been engraved by Gustave Young because of the Wolfhead Hammer. This is not a replica and is in perfect firing condition. We were also thinking it could have possibly been used by the South in the Civil War since it was commercial, but did not know how to track that. Thank you, Chris

Christopher- It certainly sounds like a nice gun. However, it is outside our area of expertise, and I could not authenticate the engraving as being original, or identify the engraver even if holding this gun in my hand while you held another to my head.

The starting point to research this one will be to pull out your wallet and credit card and contact Colt for a factory letter. Their prices for percussion revolvers, especially engraved ones, can get VERY pricey, so either man up and buy the letter, or take your chances that you might find out something for free elsewhere. But, the Colt letter should tell if it was delivered on a military order, or if on a civilian order, possibly if it was factory engraved, or shipped “in the white” for engraving by one of the big resellers, and possibly the shipping destination. If it authenticates this as a factory engraved gun, the cost of the letter will be well worth it. Hope you have a winner! John Spangler

Joe, Missoula, MT, USA

Maker: Remington, Model: 513-T Matchmaster, Caliber: .22 Rimfire, Barrel Length: 26 Inches To The Firing Chamber, Finish: Blue, SN: 71573

How do I correctly mount and adjust the safety switch. How do I adjust the trigger pull weight, and the length of trigger travel.

Joe- We are not gunsmiths and cannot give gunsmithing advice, especially related to the potentially deadly topics of safety or trigger adjustments. Here is a link to a copy of Remington’s instructions and scroll down to the parts diagram to see how they fit together. Here are some folks (who may be experts, or just Bubba’s beer drinking buddies who found a Wi-Fi connection) discussing trigger adjustments: If you don’t feel confident about doing the work after reading those posts or others you find on line, we highly recommend you have a competent gunsmith do the work for you. It may cost a few dollars, but people get killed if safety or trigger problems allow a gun to discharge unintentionally. John Spangler

15901  - What`s It Worth
Leroy, New Castle, PA, USA

Maker: Springfield Armory, Model: Model 1898, Caliber: 30/40 Krag, Barrel Length: ?, Finish: Blue, SN: 141863

What is its value

Leroy, you did not give me much to go on. Without knowing the condition of your Krag, there is not allot that I can tell you. Value can range from $50 for a sporterized rifle in terrible condition with missing parts to well over $1000 for an example in good condition. Marc

15900  - Erma EM-1
John, Northville, Michigan

Maker: Erma Werkes, Model: EM1, Caliber: .22, Barrel Length: 24 Inch, Finish: Blue, SN: 00141

When would this have been manufactured?

John, Erma is an acronym for Erfurter Maschinen und Werkzeugfabrik, which was the firm’s original name. The company is well known for the submachine guns that they manufactured starting in the 1930s, including the famous MP38 and MP40.

The Erma EM-1 is a .22 LR, carbine which was styled after the US M1. The Erma rifles of this type that are based on the U.S. 30 Ml Carbine were developed in the late 1960s to satisfy requests from the U.S., but have since been marketed enthusiastically in Europe. Though they bear a close resemblance to their prototypes externally, they are quite different internally.

I do not have serial number information for this model but I can tell you that the EM-1 was introduced in 1966 and discontinued in about 1990. The EM-1 weighed 5.6 LBS, had an 18 inch barrel, adjustable aperture rear sights and came with a 10 or 15 round magazine. Marc

15879  - 1894 WINCHESTER PARTS

Maker: WINCHESTER, Model: MODEL 94, Caliber: .30 .30, Barrel Length: 20 INCH, Finish: Blue, SN: 1492936



Mark- In electronic communications, using ALL CAPS is considered to be “shouting” and impolite. But, we will quietly and patiently ignore that and answer anyway. You have the “saddle ring carbine” version of the Model 94 Winchester, and that would have had the ring on the left side of the receiver, but would not normally have had sling swivels, unless special ordered with them, so you really do not need both. Replacement rings and studs for the saddle ring are available from parts dealers, but we do not carry them.  One further correction, “cavalry” is the term for mounted soldiers. The name “Cavalry” is a geographic hill site with major religious significance. As far as I know, the Model 94 Winchesters were never used by any U.S. cavalry units, although a few thousand were used during WW1 by troops guarding the spruce forests and loggers working them to supply wood for airplane construction. John Spangler