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16101  - Spandau Gew 98 Value
9/17/2019
Mcgregor

Maker: Spandau, Model: Gew 98, Caliber: 8mm, Barrel Length: ?, Finish: Brown, SN: ?

Question:
Hey there my name is Mcgregor and was seeing if y`all refinished old guns or valued them? I have a Gew 98 with all same marking on each part it was me grandfathers he served and all of the men in our family as well so it`s been handed down to me. Could y`all take a look at it and tell me what y`all think or if it`s worth anything? Or maybe y`all could refinish it for me etc. I will try to send pics with.

Answer:
Thanks for sending the pictures, they help allot with determining condition but they are too small for me to be able to tell much about details. From what I can see, it looks like a WWI German military Gewehr 98 with a `Quill` type WWI German bayonet. The scabbard has unit markings that were hard for me to make out but the markings are a plus. Condition is pretty rough, it is a `brown gun` with most of the original metal finish gone and the stock looks like it is a little rough also. If all of the numbers are matching that is a plus. I would expect to see a Gewehr 98 in this condition selling at a gunshow in the plus or minus $400 range.

I do not think that it would be a good idea to refinish this rifle, you would be better off to give both the rifle and the bayonet a good cleaning and then put on a light coat of oil to prevent further rust.




16071  - Darne Shotgun
9/17/2019
Greg

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

Question:
I have a Darne shotgun, 16 gauge. Serial number is SS 330 and I would like to know how hold it is.

Answer:
Greg- Sorry, we cannot help much with that one. The Darne is a very clever design which looks pretty much like other double barrel 12 ga. shotguns, but is opened by the upper part of the breech section sliding directly to the rear, extracting and ejecting the fired cases, and ready to load new ones.

This design originated around 1893, and has been in more or less continuous production ever since, although sometimes under a different name before the Darne name came back. Some have been sold in the U.S. but they seem to mainly fill a niche market in Europe.

However, I do not know of any source for serial number info to assist in dating. The changes in proofmarks over the years may help narrow it down. Or check auction listings and they may include some clues that will help date your gun.

Here is a link to a site with more info on these, so visitors here will see what we are talking about.

https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/11/02/french-darne-shotguns-sliding-breech-block/

Hope that helps. John Spangler




16098  - Mystery Sawed Off Shotgun
9/14/2019
Mike

Maker: ?????, Model: Shotgun, Caliber: 20 Gauge, Barrel Length: Sawed-off, Finish: Blue, SN: 53742

Markings:
None it has no marking at all just the number

Question:
What year and make is this old shotgun

Answer:
Mike with the information that you provided, there is not a lot of information that I can give you on this firearm, it could be one of a huge number made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and sold through various retail outlets. This type of firearm falls into the category of ``old guns`` that no one seems to be interested in as shooters, but collectors do not want them either. Generally these were basic inexpensive simple guns which sold at modest prices and still have little interest or value on market today. On the retail market they usually sell in the $25-125 range depending on condition and general appearance.

You should be aware that ``Sawed Off Shotguns`` (shotguns with barrels less than 18 inches long) are not legal to own, unless you have registration papers from the BATF. Persons in possession of one of these firearms would be subject to 10 years and or $10,000 fine if the feds catch you with it. You may want to consider placing a call to the BATF (look in blue pages under US Treasury Dept) and making arrangements to turn it in to them for destruction. Marc




16070  - Old Gun Marked ``Romania`` In Old Building
9/14/2019
Nicole

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

Question:
My family farms, and sometimes on or near the farm land there are old wood houses or barns, left to rot. Well my brother and another guy where taking a break and kicking around an old wood barn/house and found this old rusted up gun. Original everything it seems. Can`t pull up anything via serial number, and no idea what kind it is. Tried to clean it some. We can`t make out the writing, I believe I found the word ``Romania`` on it and VT maybe. The rest I can`t make out or read. I have photos, hoping someone can tell us what it is.

Answer:
You have a semi-automatic version of the AK-47 rifle, made in Romania in 2003. These have been very common in the surplus market, originally at pretty low prices ($150-250 retail range) but have climbed up to about $750 for a new condition one now.

The model is ``SAR-1`` and it uses 7.62x39mm ammunition, like all the AK-47 and SKS rifle family. Serial number is ``S1-77609-2003.`` Everyone refers to these as ``AK-47s`` which technically only applies to the ones which can fire full auto and are illegal, while this one is only semi-auto and therefore it is legal to own- in most states.

It appears that it is badly rusted in places, and the bore is probably pretty bad too. I would think that this might sell for about $100-150 due to condition. Maybe a little more if the bore is better than I think and the internals function okay. Hope that helps. John Spangler




16099  - H&R Sidekick
9/10/2019
Bob, Marshalltown, Iowa

Maker: H&R, Model: Sidekick, Caliber: .22, Barrel Length: 6'', Finish: Blue, SN: T25037

Markings:
diamond hammer

Question:
How old is this gun and what kind of value would it have?

Answer:
Bob, references indicate that the H&R Sidekick was first introduced in 1956. The model came with fixed sights and a square butt with brown laminate grips, it is a .22 LR, 9 shot revolver with blue finish, swing-out cylinder and 4 inch heavy barrel. A quick Internet search revealed that revolvers with ``T`` serial numbers were made in 1957. There is not allot of collector interest in H&R revolvers and I would expect to see one like yours for sale at a gunshow in the $250 or less range. Marc



16069  - Winchester Model 94 ` ` Low Number ``
9/10/2019


Maker: Winchester, Model: 94 Short Rifle, Caliber: 30-30, Barrel Length: ?, Finish: ?, SN: ?

Question:
I have a Winchester Model 94 short rifle 30-30 in new-in-box unfired condition. Serial number is:00001ZR94K. Does this low serial number add to the value of the firearm?

Answer:
Sir- Winchester Model 1894 serial numbers started at 1 and worked up to over 6.5 million.

The number you listed is in a new format, probably started in the last 10-20 years, using a sequential number, a year code and model code. So, if my understanding is right and yours is number 00001for a year (say 2012) I really don`t think that has much impact on value to most collectors. Certainly a bit of an oddity and conversation piece, but not nearly the same as serial number 1 made in 1894.

Speaking of serial number 1 guns, the NRA`s National Sporting Arms Museum at the Bass Pro Shops flagship store in Springfield, MO has a section with ``serial number 1 guns`` which is pretty interesting. The entire museum there is FANTASTIC and well worth a trip and admission is free. There is a very nice restaurant/buffet just across from the Museum area (all in the huge store complex) where you can get a good meal at reasonable prices. If you have time, be sure to go visit the Aquarium at the other end of the store. Admission is not free, but well worth it, and not just a couple of goldfish in a couple of tanks, but one of the most amazing wildlife exhibits I have ever seen. If you go to the NRA Museum and Aquarium first, your spouse may be too tired to do much shopping.

John Spangler




16097  - Danger - 308 M1 Carbine?
9/7/2019
Brad bethel nc usa

Maker: Universal Hialeah Flags M1, Model: M1, Caliber: 30, Barrel Length: ?, Finish: Don`t Know, SN: 402826

Markings:
Pat #3982766

Question:
What`s the history on this gun. What`s the value and what caliber bullet does it shoot. 7.62, 308 dont load.

Answer:
Brad, Universal Sporting Goods, Inc., of Hialeah and Miami, manufactured a variety of M1 Carbine types and derivatives from the early 1960s until the company was purchased by lver Johnson in January 1983. The quality of Universal carbines for the most part was not bad, but was defiantly not up to the standards of U.S. government issue carbines. Initially the bulk of the components Universal used in their carbines were U.S. government surplus except for the forged receivers which were made by Repp Steel Company of Buffalo. Surplus slides and trigger housings were used as long as possible but toward the end of the Korean Conflict, when the surplus part market dried up, Universal started manufacturing all of their own parts including barrels, die cast trigger housings, recoil plates, recoil plate screw, and springs. There is very little if any collector demand for Universal M1 Carbines, the blue book lists values for most models between about $100 and about $350.

For liability reasons, I will not speculate on what caliber your carbine is chambered in. I suggest that you take it to a competent gunsmith in your area for determination of the proper cartridges. Marc




16060  - Bayonet With Nickel Finish
9/7/2019
Gary-G MAYU@aol.com.

Maker: Bayonet Mauser, Model: ?, Caliber: ?, Barrel Length: ?, Finish: Nickle , Wood Handles, Blued Sheath, SN: NONE

Markings:
mfg. by Weyersberg Kirscbaum & Co.-overall 14.80 in.-blade 9.91 in. mfg. by Weyersberg Kirscbaum & Co. Solingen Shield with shooting five point star-Three circles, somewhat like the Olympic insignia. Nothing fancy but great mfg. quality. Not able to find information at local library.

Question:
Would like to find year of mfg. and what rifles used them. Where were they manufactured? If unable to answer questions, please submit book title that would have this information. Thank you, Gary

Answer:
Gary- Most of the nickel-plated bayonets are German "dress" bayonets. Don't let the name fool you, these were not for women troops, but for ceremonial occasions and "walking out" when off duty, in town trying to pick up those who wore dresses. The bayonets are found in many different styles and quality levels but all are similar to standard German bayonets of the WW1-WW2 eras. Many would fit the 98 Mauser series of rifles, but some were strictly decorative and lacked the slots and catches to attach on a rifle. Yours was made in Solingen, a town noted for high quality edged weapons for several centuries. There are several books dealing with bayonets. The best single volume for anyone even remotely interested in bayonets of all countries and all periods is Jerry Janzen's "Bayonets from Janzen's Notebook" which you can special order from a bookstore for about $35-40. There are some highly specialized volumes specifically dealing with German bayonets, (John Walters, I think is the author) but they are very difficult to find. Hope this helps... John Spangler



16059  - Sharps Civil War Carbine
9/3/2019
Greg gregham@philly.infi.net

Maker: Sharp's Carbine, Model: 1859 NM, Caliber: ?, Barrel Length: ?, Finish: ?, SN: 34XXX

Question:
A friend has a Sharp's Carbine manufactured in 1859 with the serial number listed above. He is trying to find out who this gun was originally issued to during the civil war. Based upon a book he has with some Sharp's Serial Numbers matched with the names of men who they were issued to, he believes that this is older may have been a member of the 19th Pennsylvania Calvery, Company K. Any hints on how to find this info out?

Answer:
Greg- It is always difficult, and often completely impossible to link a specific weapon with a specific soldier from any war. The records were simply not thought to be worth preserving. However, some information is occasionally found. Most by Frank Mallory, of the Springfield Research Service. He spends huge amounts of time in the National Archives going over records looking for this sort of info. Sometimes it only goes as far as connecting a gun to a unit, but sometimes to an individual. He has published his findings in four volumes, and they range from Civil War era arms up to the M1 and M14, and include pistols as well as longarms. I have probably checked close to 2000 guns, but only found a handful listed. For a fee, Mr. Mallory will provide a summary of the information on a gun with serial numbers listed in his book and often a copy of the official document where it was listed. These are often arms that were issued, damaged, lost, or used in some experiment. Real nice info for the collector to know. Serious US Military Collectors should get all four volumes, plus subscribe to his quarterly "U.S. Martial Arms Collector and Springfield Research Newsletter." ($25 per year P.O. Box 4181, Silver Spring, MD 20904). But, your friend's Sharps is not listed in any of the four volumes. There are entries for carbines in the 34xxx range associated with four different units, the 19th PA being one of them. There may be additional sources to check which can add more information but I am not aware of them... John



16095  - DWM? 42 Code Luger
9/3/2019
Dave H., Phoenix, AZ, USA

Maker: DWM, Model: PO-8, Caliber: 9 MM, Barrel Length: 4¨, Finish: Blue, SN: 5551

Markings:
The piece has all matching numbers with the exception of the magazines. The receiver is dated 1939. The portion of the toggle directly in front of the thumbgrips is stamped with the number '42'. The left side of the weapon shows no markings other than the full serial # just behind the barrel and the last two digits of the serial on the individual pieces. There is as mall eagle stamped in the forward toggle just in front of the connecting pin. The piece has checked wood grips (also marked '51' on the inside) and has a stock lug. The right side of the weapon shows three Waffenamt eagles; two of which are over the number 655. There is also an additional smaller eagle on the right side of the barrel. The underside of the barrel has the full serial # and the bore size, 8,81. In front and above the trigger guard; directly below the barrel appears the full serial # above a stylized 'y'. The pistol came in a brown leather, full flap holster. This is stamped on the inside of the flap ¨F.W.KINKEL, MAINZ, 1916. Scratched into the back of the holster is ¨LT DORMER F-28 INF¨.

Question:
Given the scratched in name and unit ID in the back of the holster, I am assuming that this piece was taken as a war trophy. Any help that you could provide towards the proper identification of the weapon, i.e., where it was manufactured and when, is it a common item, and an approximate value would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:
Dave, just about everything in your description is consistent with a WWII - 42- code Luger manufactured by Mauser. 1939 would be the date of manufacture while 42 is a WW-II German ordnance code assigned to Mauser-Werke, Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany. The eagles with 655 are German WW-II Heerswaffenamt inspector's mark placed on arms produced at Mauser Werke AG, Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany. Your description does not state that there are any DWM markings, so why do you list the maker as DWM? If your Luger is a Mauser 42 code, then it is one of the most common types of WWII military Lugers. 42 code Luger values range form $250 to $650 depending upon condition, and you can add another $30 to $100 for the holster. If you would like to sell your Luger let us know, or if you would like an appraisal take a look at our Appraisals page to find out how to arrange for us to do one for you... Marc