Q: I own A Remington U.S. Army 1911, serial number N0366XX. It's in excellent condition and was purchased from the CMP about 50 years ago. It has all the original parts. What can you tell me about it? If I were to donate it to a museum, what would be the best place?
--J.T., Uncasville, NY
A: Remington-UMC 1911s are on the scarce side. They were only made from 1918 to 1919. Your serial number is a bit mystifying. It is not in the proper military style or sequence. Plus, the pictures you sent show plastic grips (they should be checkered walnut), and it appears to have been Parkerized (it should be blued). It could have been refurbished for World War II. In answer to your last question, there are a number of fine museums out there, but my choice would be the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia. It is world-class and has a high visitor rate. You can contact the museum at NRA Foundation, 855/467-2333.
WINCHESTER MODEL 64
Q: I have an old Model 64 Winchester.30-30. The barrel is 24 inches long, with a half magazine and pistol-grip-type stock. The serial number is 2,046XXX. Overall condition appears to be approximately 80 percent. The bore is pristine. I intend to issue the piece to a fine, promising young Boy Scout, so he will need to know its ballpark value to protect himself (my state is overrun with guys who deal in firearms, trying to make their millions. I showed it to a couple of them and even explained it wasn't for sale, but they insisted on offering me $400 for it after they ran it down). Please CTM (Army-speak for "continue the mission'7)- You're doing a wonderful job.
--J.S.R., Prattville, AL
A: Thank you for the kind words and for your generosity to the Boy Scout. I can think of no better place for your rifle to find a home. The Winchester Model 64 was actually a variant of the Model 94, manufactured from 1933 to 1957 (and reintroduced for a short time from 1972-73.) Some 66,783 were produced, your gun having been made in 19S4. According to the Thirty-Second Edition Blue Book of Gun Values, a Model 64 in 80 percent condition is worth $675.
THIRD GENERATION COLT SAA
Q: About 10 years ago, 1 acquired two Colt SAA.45 revolvers. Supposedly, they have never been fired, and they are in their original boxes. Both firearms are nickel-plated and have engraving from the Colt Custom Shop. They also have genuine ivory grips. The serial numbers are SA93XXX and SA67XXX. Any info you can provide as to value and date of manufacture would be greatly appreciated. --M.E., Brooklyn, NY
A: Yoo have a pair of Colt Third Generation Single Actions. SA93XXX was made in 1986 and SA67XXX in 1984. Without knowing the extent of engraving coverage, it's difficult to make an evaluation. They sound quite nice, but I'd need a bit more information.
Q: I was recently given two stainless Ruger revolvers: a Redhawk.44 Magnum with a [7.bar.1/2]-inch barrel (serial number 500-01XXX) and a.357 Security Six with a six-inch barrel (serial number 156-01XXX). Both are part of a set called the Sturm, Ruger Police Marksman Association Collector Set. Both guns are stamped with "Police Marksman Assoc. Limited Edition" on the left side below the cylinder, and both have a logo stamp on the top area above the cylinder. Neither revolver has ever been shot, and I have all the certificates of authenticity. I'm having a difficult time finding any historical information about this limited-edition set and its value. "Gun Room" is my favorite part of your magazine.
--S.C., Omaha, NE
A: Thank you for your nice comments about "Gun Room." I do have a lot of fun ferreting out the info and end up learning a lot myself. Your set was produced in 1980 and apparently offered in an edition of 1,000 units by the Ruger Collector's Association. They do turn up for sale fairly frequently and rarely sell for more than $1,000, nice as they are.
REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY
Q: I have an old cap-and-ball revolver. The revolver seems to be in fine working order with a very strong cocking spring and a cylinder that rotates freely There is no bluing left on it, and there's pitting on one side of it. On the outside of the brass triggerguard there is a "D" stamped near the letters "MB." On the bottom of the barrel the numbers 790XX are stamped. On top of the barrel is stamped "Patented Sept 14 1858 Remington & Sons Ilion New York USA."
--C.N., Georgetown, TX
A: You have a Remington New Model Army revolver. This excellent percussion A4 was made from 1863 to 1888 in numbers totaling some 135,000 guns. It was a popular revolver during the Civil War, and there are many photos of soldiers wielding them. Since your gun does not have "New Model" on the barrel, it's one of the earlier address markings. In the condition you describe, it is worth in the $1,500 to $2,000 range.
Q: I have a Winchester Yellowboy that hasoeen in the family for years. On the barrel is "Winchester Repeating Arms N H Conn. Patented Mar. 29 1866 October 16 1866." It has some parts missing and is inoperable. My uncle refinished the stock. The serial number under the lever is 393XX with a horizontal "3." I have no interest in selling the rifle, but I would like to know its approximate value and whatever history you can provide.
--GB, White Castle, LA
A: From the pictures, it looks like you have a Second Model 1866 Winchester Carbine. Fortunately, the stock refin-ishing appears to be restorable. Also, parts can be found. It is worth having your piece restored. After a little work it could easily be worth in the $10,000 to $15,000 range or perhaps more. Based on the serial number, your carbine was made in 1870. Caliber is.44 Rimfire. Some 170,101 Model '66s in various configurations were made from 1866 to 1898. For restoration work, Id start with Doug Tumbull, 585/657-6338, www, tumbullmfg.com.
KADETS TRAINING RIFLE
Q: I have a Kadets of America Trainer Rifle. The pat number is 2,649,849. It also has a little flag that reads "Army Navy." It was made by Parris Manufacturing Company in Savannah, Tennessee. It looks just like an M1903 Springfield rifle. A WWII veteran gave it to me when I was about nine years old. It has a little rust and is missing the rear sights and rifle sling. I'd like to know what it is worth.
--B.D., via e-mail
A: The Parris Manufacturing Company, a toy maker, produced more than a half million Kadet rifles during World War II. As you note, the company mimicked the 1903, and the reproduction toys were used by the Army and Navy for training. After the war, they were surplused out and ended up with military school drill teams, etc. I, remember having one as a kid; I used to play "army" with it. Parris even formed Kadet Drill Teams in the early 1950s to promote its line of toy guns. The WWII-style Kadets are cool but have little value.
Q: When he passed away, my father left me a rifle that I don't have much info on. He bought it around 1953 on his way to Alaska, but the Air Force sent him to Korea instead. It's on a Mauser action, .30-06 caliber, serial number 17XXX, marked "Kodiak" from North Haven, Connecticut. It has a honey-colored stock with a darker-brown cheekpiece. Condition is about 80 percent. Any info would be appreciated.
--H.E.M., via e-mail
A: Kodiak Arms of North Haven, Connecticut, was in business from 1963 to 1966. The firm made rimfire and centerfire rifles, as well as a pump shotgun. Quality was quite good, though value on them is just so-so. You probably have a Model 158 Deluxe, though without seeing it I can't tell for sure. These were built on FN Mauser actions and offered in several calibers, including.30-06. Assuming you have a Model 158, it's worth in the $275 to $325 range.
RELATED ARTICLE: ON THE BLOCK
An absolutely spectac full-stock Colt Model 1855 Sporting Revolving Rifle sold for a hefty $92,000 plus premiums at the James Julia March 14, 2011, auction. This pristine.44-caliber percussion repeater was complete with its original English oak case and accessories to include a Dixon powder flask and oil bottle, as well as sling, bullet mold, percussion caps, cleaning implements and combination tool. According to the auction catalog, it is "likely the finest, highest-condition Colt full-stock sporting rifle extant." For more information concerning this and future auctions, contact James julia, 207/453-7125, www.jamesjulia.com.
RELATED ARTICLE: WHAT IS IT
Dr. Edward Maynard, who came up with a number of clever firearms patents, struck gold with this one, even though it wasn't really one of his better ideas. Percussion caps were easily lost and had to be manually placed on a nipple, adding an extra step to the loading process. Why not put 'em on a roll that would automatically advance every time the hammer was cocked? The device was incorporated into a number of different rifles, carbines and handguns, much to the enrichment of Dr. Maynard. The problem was, the material the tapes were composed of became sticky in hot weather and brittle in cold, rendering them useless and causing the user to fall back on the single percussion cap. While the MaynardTape primer ultimately fell into disfavor with serious shooters, its descendant, roll caps for toy sixguns, is still being made to this day.
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|Title Annotation:||GUN ROOM|
|Publication:||Guns & Ammo|
|Date:||Oct 18, 2011|
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