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Biesen / O’Connor custom Winchester Model 70 Featherweight .270 Win., 2006 FNAWS & O’Connor Center raffle rifle, spectacular engraving, unfired

Imagined in 2002, commissioned in 2004 and raffled in 2006; this one-of-a-kind custom rifle is the result of superb cooperation between the O’Connor family, the Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center and the Idaho Chapter of FNAWS. Recently donated to the Boone and Crockett Club by the raffle winner, it is presented to the market through the Club’s Guns For Conservation Program. Proceeds from the sale will be directed to the Boone and Crockett Club Foundation and benefit wildlife conservation efforts in perpetuity.

Those who are familiar with O’Connor’s writings will remember that Al Biesen stocked and customized two nearly-identical Winchester pre-64 Model 70 Featherweight .270 Winchester rifles for the legendary writer. As O’Connor wrote in Sheep and Sheep Hunting (Winchester Press, 1974), “The No. 2 rifle is my particular pet. Month after month, year after year, in sunshine and in rain it puts its favorite load with the 130-grain Nosler bullet into a little group three inches high at a hundred yards.” The Biesen / O’Connor rifle offered here is a faithful reproduction of “No 2”. As it should be, the original is owned by the O’Connor family and destined to forever remain in their care.

Built by Al & Roger Biesen, the Model 70 Featherweight barreled action is flawlessly stocked in French walnut, graced with a fine borderless 24 lines-per-inch checkering accented with fleurs and finished with an ebony forend tip. Additional features include a jeweled bolt body, extractor and follower, two-panel checkered bolt knob, recontoured and checkered bolt release and a recontoured (cloverleaf) tang. The stock itself is dressed out with a steel bottom metal and grip cap, initial shield on the toe line (blank), cheek piece with shadow line and a Biesen trapdoor butt plate with widow’s peak.

ENGRAVING: Engraved by Paula Biesen-Malicki (Roger’s daughter), the bottom metal is accented with delicate scroll. The steel grip cap continues the theme, surrounding a bust of one Jack’s finest Coues’ deer. The butt plate is nothing short of spectacular, as it presents the bust of O’Connor’s 44-inch Dall’s ram taken in 1950 on Pilot Mountain in the Yukon Territory.

SCOPE: In order to create as exact a duplicate as possible, a Leupold Mountaineer 4x scope with a “straight crosshair” reticle rides in favored Tilden mounts. The only aspect of the rifle not in perfect condition, it retains some 95 percent of the original finish.

DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.8 pounds, length-of-pull is 13.5 inches and the balance point is two inches behind the forward guard screw.

CONDITION: New and unfired since completion.

INCLUSIONS: As assembled by the raffle winner and donor, a three-ring notebook approximately one-inch thick contains original and copied correspondence between the O’Connor family members, O’Connor biographer Eldon “Buck” Buckner, FNAWS, Roger Biesen, Wolfe Publishing (Rifle Magazine), a final draft of Craig Boddington’s August, 2005 “Gunnotes” column on the rifle, original promotional flyers and a raffle ticket stub. Original and copied photos include the Biesen’s with the rifle in progress and finished, along with a pair of O’Connor’s field photos with trophy rams. Finally, a single live Winchester Super Speed .270 round is included. Some would say it to be worth more than the rifle itself. The price is firm and layaway is available. $20,000 plus shipping.


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Browning BAR Grade IV .270 Winchester, 1973, engraved by Baerten, possibly unfired

Browning BAR Grade IV .270 Winchester. From Belgium in 1973, serial number 71955M73 has a 22-inch plain barrel (no provision for open sights), game scene engraving and spectacular wood with intricate borders and carved accents. ENGRAVING: Signed by C. Baerten (left, above trigger), the well-executed game scenes feature pronghorn antelope (right) and whitetail deer (left), each in turn surrounded by an elegant leaf and vine border design. The magazine base and trigger guard wear a continuance. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.0 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. CONDITION: The bore is new-penny bright. Metal finishes are at least 99 percent, with only the slightest indications of handling. Wood finish and integrity are also at least 99 percent, with minor suggestions of handling and storage wear. As there is no indication of scope mounting, the rifle is quite possibly unfired since leaving the factory. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,500 plus shipping.


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Cooper Model 52 Jackson Hunter .30-06, one-hole test target, two magazines, box, 97 percent overall

Cooper Arms Model 52 Jackson Hunter .30-06. Made in 2012, serial number CF23393 wears a 24-inch stainless steel medium sporter barrel with a .660 muzzle diameter and recessed (stepped) target crown. Additional features include two detachable magazines and Warne bases. VERIFIED ACCURACY: The included factory test target shows three shots into a single ragged hole. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.8 inches. CONDITION: The bore is bright and shiny. Trigger breaks as sharp and quick as a sixteen-year-old’s heart. The barrel surface has minor rubs and scattered faint spots of tarnish. Bluing over the action stands at 97 percent, mostly from thinning on the bolt knob. Stock finish is about 95 percent, in large part to an area of gray under the right side of the rollover comb. INCLUSIONS: Two factory magazines, accuracy target, box/sleeve and papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,000 plus shipping.


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Dakota 76 .243 Winchester, 1991, 22-inch, 7.2 pounds, special order features, 97 percent

Dakota Model 76 .243 Winchester. Built in 1991 when Don Allen owned the company, serial number K0051 has a short action (repeater with blind magazine box), 22-inch light sporter barrel, full-length Mauser claw extractor, three-position wing safety and tuned trigger. Special order features include an ebony forend tip, wrap-around checkering, jeweled bolt body, and hollowed barrel channel and butt (to reduce weight and improve between-the-hands balance). DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.2 pounds (with Leupold mounts) and length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and metal finish (matte) is about 98 percent, both reflecting minimal exposure afield. Wood is about 97 percent, with only a modest scattering of scratches, impressions and thinning. The Pachmayr recoil pad is slightly puckered in the middle. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,500 plus shipping.


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William Evans .470 Nitro Express double rifle, 28-inch, 11.4 pounds, 14.5-inch length-of-pull, engraved, circa 1910

William Evans .470 Nitro Express double rifle. Made circa 1920, serial 12138 sports 28-inch barrels with a ramp front beaded sight, sling loop and a matted quarter rib with one fixed and two folding express leafs marked 100/200/300. The boxlock extractor action has an automatic safety, bushed strikers, double triggers and a lower tang that extends to the pistol grip cap. ENGRAVING: The action wears a well-executed medium scroll pattern to about 80 percent coverage, the pattern extending over the forend furniture and lever, barrel extension, opening lever, safety, guard, tangs, screws and grip cap. “SAFE” appears in gold. Initials “JAAH” (yeah, I know – so close!) appear on the toe line oval. A small “0” is pressed into the stock just under the grip cap. Serial number appears on the forend assembly, barrels, water table and tang. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 11.4 pounds. Length of pull is 14.5 inches over the pad. Drops are 1.5 and 2.4 inches, and cast off is a slight .25-inch. CONDITION: Barrels are full on face. Lever closes just right of center. Bores have a hint of roughness near the muzzle, but are otherwise smooth and shiny with strong rifling. As refurbished, barrel markings remain viable and blue is about 95 percent. The action retains a trace of color case, now browned. Engraving is sharp. Mechanically, the triggers are strong and both safety and ejector operate without hesitation. Wood integrity is also strong and absent concerns. Checkering is sharp as recut. The price is firm and layaway is available. $26,000 plus shipping.


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Griffin & Howe 7mm Mauser (7×57), specular engraving with gold busts (attributed to Joseph Fugger), 7.2 pounds, 97 percent

Griffin & Howe 7mm Mauser (7×57). Rifle number 2284 is very special, a light sporter with spectacular engraving logically attributed to Joseph Fugger. The 21-inch barrel wears a banded front ramp and the commercial Mauser action has a jeweled bolt body, rail and follower. Additional features include a Lyman aperture sight, checkered bolt knob and two-position side safety. The stock begins with an ebony forend tip and is dressed with wonderful wrap-around 26 lines-per-inch bordered checkering, cross bolt, steel grip cap, scalloped cheek piece with shadow line, blank oval on the toe line and a steel checkered butt plate with widow’s peak. ENGRAVING: While unsigned, the superb engraving is logically attributed to Joseph Fugger. Highlights include a gold elk bust on the floorplate and gold antelope bust on the guard, both in flawless relief. Each bust is surrounded by intricate, delicate scroll, the pattern also appearing on the front ramp, barrel shank, bolt handle and screws. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.2 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.9 inches. CONDITION: The bore is pristine. The polished rust blue stands at approximately 97 percent, with only minor indications of being afield that include slight spots of tarnish and a bit of thinning on the bolt knob. The heavily-figured stock is also approximately 97 percent, with a modest scattering of minor field impressions. The bolt release button operates properly, although with a bit of resistance. HISTORY: As with many Griffin & Howe rifles, records are incomplete and do not reference the completion date, engraver or the original customer. Thus, no history letter is included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $6,500 plus shipping.


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Griffin & Howe .300 H&H Magnum, magnum Model 70 barreled action, 1950, Unertl Hawk 4x

Griffin & Howe .300 H&H Magnum on a Winchester Model 70 magnum action. Built in 1950, rifle number 2052 (serial number 123862) is a superb example of an American classic sporting rifle and was in fact inspired by the writings of Townsend Whelen. The 26-inch barrel has an integral front sight ramp with brass beaded blade and boss-mounted rear folding sight. The Model 70 magnum-length barreled action with cloverleaf tang was made in 1949 and sports a Griffin & Howe side mount. The bolt body, extractor, rail and follower have been carefully jeweled and the bolt knob has two hand-checkered bordered teardrop panels. Stocked from a walnut blank with bold and consistent grain plus hints of fiddle, finishing touches include an ebony forend tip, wrap-around bordered checkering, metal grip cap and sling swivel studs. The cheekpiece has a shadow line and the initial plate in the toe line is engraved “TJH”. CONDITION: Even after hunting much of Canada, the western United States and Zimbabwe, the rifle remains in high condition. The polished blue metal shows about 85 percent, mostly due to rubbing on the floorplate. The ebony forend tip shows some light crazing, including one line which might be a hairline drying crack. Overall stock condition and finish is strong, at least 90% with a collection of light scratches and impressions attesting to its 67 years of adventure. The recoil pad, a Pachmayr Decelerator, is a replacement. The bore is strong and bright. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.8 pounds with scope and length-of-pull is 14.0 inches. SCOPE: The Unertl Hawk 4x has a tapered post/crosshair reticle and a 1-inch tube. Optics are clear, inside and out. The price is firm and layaway is available. $7,000 plus shipping.


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Hoenig custom Winchester pre-64 Model 70 .30-06, AAA English, leather wrapped pad, from the estate of Tom Siatos

Winchester Model 70 .30-06 stocked and refined by George Hoenig. From the Tom Siatos estate and based on a refined barreled action (serial 33959 made in 1941) this is the literal definition of a classic American custom rifle. The metal has a superb rust blue finish and remains almost entirely original, the exception being a careful rounding of the bottom metal to blend with the contour of the stock. The metal grip cap is engraved “G. HOENIG BOISE ID”. The stock is shaped from an elegant blank of AAA-grade English walnut to the contour of a proper mountain rifle. The open grip, at least for an American custom rifle, is ahead of its time. Being a Hoenig, the 26 lines-per-inch wrap bordered checkering is wonderfully executed and perfectly compliments. Additional appointments include an English cheek with softened edge and a leather-wrapped recoil pad. DIMENSIONS: Weight (with mount) is 8.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: The bore shines like grandpa’s bald head in the sun. Metal and wood finishes are about 98 percent. Wood integrity is about 97 percent owing to a scattering of field impressions. TOM SIATOS (1923-2008) spent the majority of his life in close association with firearms and hunting. His professional contributions, tremendous category knowledge, bottomless enthusiasm and bold personality influenced the firearms industry and outdoor media to such a degree that it remains a viable force today. Tom was the second editor of Guns & Ammo Magazine. As such, he was responsible for the general tone of the iconic publication. A consummate hunter, spectacular all-around shot and true connoisseur of fine firearms, his interests spanned the full spectrum of the shooting sports. In 1942, Tom enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served in units that scouted and destroyed isolated enemy communication sites on a number of Pacific islands, eventually receiving a battlefield commission. After concluding his service, he attended UCLA and later joined the fledgling Petersen’s Publishing Company in 1958. A series of promotions led to him to become vice president of the Petersen’s Publishing Outdoor Division, which thrived under his leadership. Tom Siatos was a mentor, visionary, leader, father figure and a true original. We will never see his like again. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Holland & Holland .240 Apex, takedown, 23-inch, express sights plus aperture, scope in quick-detaching H&H rings, very good bore, cased

Holland & Holland .240 Apex takedown sporting rifle. Based on a Mauser 98 action, rifle number 944 wears a 23-inch light sporter barrel with banded front sight (ramp with blade, folding hood), banded sling eye and banded rear sight with the fixed leaf marked “50” (left) and “200” (right), and a folding leaf marked “350”. Both leafs have gold sighting lines. The action has a stippled front ring, bent bolt handle with hollow knob, swing-over safety and an adjustable aperture sight marked “200” and “350” mounted on the cocking piece. The stock has wrap-around bordered checkering, cross bolt, pistol grip cap with trapdoor, initial plate on the toe line (blank), pancake cheekpiece and a horn buttplate with delicate widow’s peak. CONDITION: The bore remains bright, with viable rifling and only the slightest scattering of roughness. Overall blue is about 60 percent, with general thinning and silvering. Wood finish is about 70 percent. Checkering is uniformly flattened and the stock exhibits a significant amount of character due to a general coverage of field impressions and scratches. SCOPE: Brand markings are obscured. The 30mm main tube and elevation adjustment (marked to 500 yards) integrates perfectly with the Holland & Holland detachable rings. The tapered post and cross reticle is ready for service, as the optics remain viable. Only a slight internal clouding is present. MARKINGS: Serial 944 appears on barrel, action, floorplate, trigger guard, stock, extractor collar, bolt handle, cocking piece, grip cap trapdoor and rear scope ring. Barrel is marked “Holland & Holland. 98. New Bond Street. London.” Barrel (at receiver) is marked “Holland’s .240. Bore Apex RGD Rimless Cartridge”. “SAFE” appears in gold on the safety lever. DIMENSIONS: Weight, with scope attached, is 8.0 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.25 inches. CASE: The leather-bordered and felt-lined takedown case retains the maker’s label. It remains solid, with the wear, fading and spotting expected with age. The price is firm and layaway is available. $13,000 plus shipping.


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Clyde James custom pre-64 Winchester Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum, tremendous wood, 99 percent

Clyde James custom Winchester pre-64 Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum. Based on a magnum-length barreled action wearing serial number 123832 from 1949, features include a 25-inch heavy tapered barrel with integral hooded front sight ramp topped with a brass-beaded blade, barrel-mounted sling swivel stud, folding rear sight, contoured front base, shaped and checkered bolt release, blind cloverleaf tang and tuned trigger. Stocked from an exceptional blank of claro walnut with rampaging fiddle and rich colors, accents include an ebony forend tip with widow’s peak, fine wrap-around checkering in a generous bordered point pattern, cross bolt with ebony plugs, steel grip gap, blind inletted sling swivel stud and a beveled cheekpiece with shadow line. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.0 pounds with mounts. Length-of-pull is 13.7 inches and drops are approximately 1.3 and 2.0 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Metal finish (rust blue) is nearly 100 percent. Wood is 99 percent, with only the slightest indications of handling. The rear sight blade rotates past what would be a customary stopping point. INCLUSIONS: Redfield mounts (1-inch low rings). The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,250 plus shipping.


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Jarrett Model JS Coup de Mort .223 Remington, single shot, spectacular heavy varmint stock, 27-inch, brake, Talley

Jarrett Model JS Coup de Mort .223 Remington single shot. Made in 2002, serial RD2002 is a heavy varminter with a tapered 27-inch barrel (including brake) measuring .915-inch at the brake thread line. Additional features include a spiral-fluted bolt body, checkered and engraved bolt knob, auxiliary wide trigger shoe plate (removable) and a spooky trigger pull. The heavy varmint stock has an ebony forend tip, broad flat-bottomed beavertail for riding the bags, steel grip cap, scalloped cheek rest with shadow line and 26 lines-per-inch bordered checkering. MARKINGS: “Coup de Mort No. 06” on barrel right. DIMENSIONS: Weight (sans rings) is 11.6 pounds. Length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Bore is strong and bright, suggesting a low round count. Metal finish is approximately 99 percent, with only minor indications of handling. Wood integrity and finish is approximately 98 percent, with a modest scattering of faint impressions and scratches. FACTORY TUNING: Jarrett states this rifle was tuned with 40-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip bullets. INCLUSION: Talley 30mm medium rings with Jarrett logo (not pictured). The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Newton (Buffalo) First Model 1916 .30-06, serial 1104, Lyman 438 Field, cheekpiece, aperture front sight on banded pyramid base

Newton First Model 1916 .30 USG (.30-06). Made in Buffalo, New York, serial number 1104 (appears on underside of receiver, inside the stock and under the pistol grip cap) features a 26-inch barrel, aperture front sight on a banded pyramid base, banded sling swivel stud, folding rear sight on banded base, full-length claw extractor, checkered (underside) bolt knob, Lyman receiver sight, Lyman 438 Field scope and double set triggers. The stock has a Schnabel forend tip, bordered panel wrap checkering, steel grip cap and a cheekpiece. Takedown is both unique and innovative. The action secures against the rear portion of the tang, which in turn is anchored to the stock by a screw extending through the grip cap. The floorplate assembly rotates after opening the trap door to loosen the attaching screw. DIMENSIONS: Weight (scoped) is 8.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. CONDITION: Bore is bright and absent pitting, with some general softening to the rifling. Safety and set triggers operate properly. Barrel blue shows about 70 percent, with general thinning. Markings are sharp. The action blue is also about 70 percent and thinning. Both the bolt handle and knob are about 60 percent. The stock has a coating of extra finish, an added recoil pad, spliced wood base for the rear sling loop, a missing sliver under the safety on the right side of the tang and rough inletting under the receiver sight on the right side. There is also a general scattering of scratches and impressions. The scope is clear and viable, with a bit of visible debris. Eye relief is short, approximately two inches. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,750 plus shipping.


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Nosler M48 Trophy Grade Rifle (TGR) .308 Winchester, hand-lapped match grade barrel, Cerakote, guaranteed MOA, unfired

Nosler M48 Trophy Grade .308 Winchester. Serial N2119 features a 24-inch hand-lapped chrome moly match grade barrel, Cerakote and Micro Slick finish/coating, fluted bolt body, knurled bolt knob and a premium synthetic stock with glass bedding over an aluminum chassis. Light weight 1-inch medium height rings are also included. As with all Nosler rifles, it is guaranteed to shoot MOA with Nosler ammunition. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.4 pounds with rings and length-of-pull is 13.3 inches. CONDITION: New and unfired with scant evidence of handling. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,500 plus shipping.


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Left hand custom Sako AV .270 Winchester, checkered bolt knob, Warne, dynamic wood, 98 percent

Left hand custom Sako AV .270 Winchester. Unsigned but very well executed, serial 632644 has been fitted with a custom 22-inch sporter barrel. The action is topped with Warne rings (dovetail tops remain untapped), has a wonderful tune on the trigger and the bolt knob is dressed up with five-panel checkering. Heavily figured, the stock wears borderless wrap-around 24 lines-per-inch checkering, forend tip, inletted sling swivel studs, elegant cheekpiece with shadow line and a steel grip cap. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.4 pounds. Length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Bore needs a good scrub but clearly has seen little use. Metal finish is nearly 99 percent. Wood integrity is about 97 percent and wood finish about 98 percent, with only light indications of handling, use and storage present. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,500 plus shipping.


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Searcy PH .500 Nitro Express, ejectors, mechanical safety, engraved, case, 97 percent

Butch Searcy .500 Nitro Express double rifle. Built in South Dakota on a Searcy boxlock action, serial number BL-301 has 24-inch barrels with a ramp front sight, sling swivel stud, quarter rib with dovetail-mounted aperture (center threads out for low light), ejectors and mechanical safety. The quality of the wood is exceptional, with both splinter and butt showing strong, bold figure. Additional features include timed screws, steel grip cap, cheekpiece with shadow line and a Pachmayr recoil pad. ENGRAVING: Action, forend furniture, top lever, guard, tangs and grip cap showcase a well-executed delicate scroll to about 30 percent coverage. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 10.6 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.5 inches, drops are 1.5 and 3.5 inches, and cast off is approximately .375-inch. CONDITION: A veteran of but one safari, bores are pristine and the top lever closes well right. Ejectors, triggers and safety operate properly. Barrel blue is at least 95 percent, with scattered light marks and slight thinning. Action and forend metal finish is about 97 percent, with slight rubbing and tarnish (mostly on the forend release housing and top lever). Wood is at least 98 percent, with only light evidence of field use. INCLUSIONS: Takedown case (with loose internal stock strap), original rear express sight for the quarter rib dovetail and snap caps. The price is firm and layaway is available. $12,500 plus shipping.


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Verney-Carron Azur .450-400 NE three-inch, round action, Kahles, EAW, 9.2 pounds, test targets, case, as new

Verney-Carron Azur .450-400 Nitro Express three-inch double rifle. Serial A1470 wears 24-inch rust blued barrels with ramp front sight (standing silver bead and flip-up night bead), sling swivel stud, quarter rib with a windage-adjustable express blade (gold sighting line), integrated mounting system and ejectors. The rounded boxlock action is finished in brilliant color case and features a mechanical safety and articulated front trigger. Finely stocked in what appears to be Turkish walnut (dark, rich grain with complex figure), both splinter and butt are dressed with well-executed 26 lines-per-inch bordered checkering and finished with hand-rubbed oil. Additional appointments include a steel grip cap, pancake cheek rest with shadow line, inletted sling swivel stud and recoil pad with a leather face. ENGRAVING: The action, ramp, quarter rib, forend furniture, top lever, guard, tangs, grip cap, rear stud and screws wear a light bordering scroll. The initial oval on the guard remains vacant. OPTIC: A Kahles K 15i 1-5x24mm scope with an illuminated reticle rides in EAW single lever quick-release mounts. ACCURACY: A pair of included factory test targets show center-to-center spreads of .690 and .700 inches at 50 meters with 400-grain Hornady ammunition. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.2 pounds sans optic. Length-of-pull is 14.5 inches over the pad, drops are 1.5 and 2.0 inches, and cast off is approximately .50-inch. CONDITION: The bores are pristine, barrels fully on face, action tight and the mechanics proper. In fact, all aspects of mechanical operation retain showroom stiffness. Overall finish is nearly 100 percent, with only slight indications of handling. A one-owner rifle, it is known to be lightly fired and never afield. INCLUSIONS: Factory hard takedown case with cloth sleeves, two test targets and manuals for both the rifle and optic. The price is firm and layaway is available. $15,000 plus shipping.


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Weatherby Mark V Custom Safari .378 Weatherby Magnum, 1985, drop box, checkered knob, rust blue, Talley, unfired

Weatherby Mark V Custom Safari .378 Weatherby Magnum. Made in 1985 (Japan), serial number H179370 wears a 24-inch number three contour barrel with four-port Mag-Na-Port process (from the factory), ramp front sight with brass bead, adjustable island rear sight and a drop box magazine. Additional features include a two-panel checkered bolt knob, Damascened bolt and follower, barrel band sling swivel stud, ebony forend tip and grip cap, and an elegant rust blue finish. The “Safari Grade” English (French, in Weatherby-speak) walnut stock has a hand-rubbed oil finish, Number 16 Safari Grade checkering with fleurs and a solid Pachmayr recoil pad. A set of Talley bases are included. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Like new inside and out, with only faint indications of handling. Probably unfired. All features are original, as detailed in a misplaced factory history letter, with the exception of the drop box which was purchased later from the factory. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,000 plus shipping.


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Westley Richards Gold Name droplock .500 Nitro Express, 1910, One Trigger, 11.6 pounds, tight, cased

Westley Richards .500 Nitro Express Gold Name droplock double rifle. Created in 1910 and refurbished by the maker, number 9022 features 26-inch barrels with a folding hood over the front sight (brass bead), sling attachment stud, rib-mounted express rear sight (one fixed and two folders, each with gold sighting lines and marked 100/200/300), ejectors, single select (mechanical) trigger and locking (automatic) tang safety. The forend is a modest beavertail and the butt has a full-length lower tang, trapdoor grip cap, traditional (pancake) cheekpiece with shadow line, plus both a vacant initial plate and sling attachment stud on the toe line. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 11.6 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.3 inches, drops are 1.4 and 1.9 inches, and cast off is approximately .65-inch. ENGRAVING: “WESTLEY RICHARDS.” appears in gold on the action sides, as does “SAFE” and “BOLTED” on upper tang and selector positions “L” and “R” beneath the guard. The rib (both top and bottom) is dressed with an attractive scroll at the ends, the pattern repeating on the extension, opening lever and screws. The locks are jeweled. CONDITION: The bore is bright, with scant evidence of roughness in the grooves. Rifling is strong. Barrels are full on face. Ejectors, trigger, safety and selector operate with authority. Folders stand solid when raised. Barrel blue is approximately 97 percent, with slight thinning over the chambers (from carry at the balance point) and occasional minor marks earned in the field. Rib marking shows a minor softening. Action colors are about 90 percent. Colors on the forend latch and upper tang are trace, with the balance of the forend furniture and trap door being strong. Blue on the opening lever, safety lock, safety and guard are about 95 percent, while the lock plate and lower tang are about 80 percent. Beavertail is at least 95 percent, with a modest chip at the front right just aft of the tip. The butt is cracked at the top tang (will stabilize on request) and appears to have a small stabilized hairline on the lower right side at the action. Metal along the toe line is slightly proud. CASE: A vintage leather takedown case with canvas and leather field cover is included. Worn proudly inside and out, it has a replacement maker’s label and oil bottle. Sling loops are also included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $45,000 plus shipping.


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Winchester Model 61 .22 Magnum, 348754A, seldom fired, 98 percent

Winchester Model 61 .22 Magnum (WMR) with grooved receiver. Serial number 348754A has a 24-inch round barrel. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.0 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: All original. Bore is strong. Metal finish is 98 percent, with a trace of thinning spots on the barrel. The receiver is also about 98 percent, with one light rub on the left side and a trace of freckling, mostly on the guard. Wood is 99 percent, with one scratch on the left side of the slide nose. Butt stock is very proud to the receiver and plate. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,500 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 .243 Winchester, CRF, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 .243 Winchester. Serial G151999 features a 26-inch stainless steel H-S Precision barrel with tapered target crown and .875 muzzle diameter. The stock is a right hand McMillan heavy varminter with an extra sling swivel up front for a bipod. The bolt body is jeweled. Weight is 11.2 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. The stock needs finish texture & paint (the consignor could never decide on color) to cover the filled right hand bolt slot, and a small impression (or flaw) on right side at inception of forend taper needs filling. It is interesting to note that this is a standard-length action with a spacer in the magazine box. CONDITION: Overall metal is 99.5%, with the slightest freckling on the front of the trigger guard (where it meets the floorplate). This caliber was never offered in production. BACKGROUND: This rifle originates from a spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). This .30-06 Springfield is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes. The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,000 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 .25-06, CRF, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 left hand .25-06 Remington. Serial number G151998 features a 24-inch barrel. Both the bolt body and follower are jeweled. The floorplate is marked “Super Grade”. Weight is 8.0 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Overall metal is 99%+, with small spots of surface rust on trigger guard and cocking piece. Safety moves hard off “Fire”, but that is likely to correct with disassembly and cleaning. This caliber was never offered in production. BACKGROUND: This rifle originates from a spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester (long action with magazine spacer, McMillan synthetic varmint stock modified for an H-S Precision heavy barrel) and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). This .30-06 Springfield is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes. The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 .270 Winchester, CRF, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 left hand .270 Winchester. Serial number G152001 has a 24-inch barrel marked “Classic Sporter” on the right side. The bolt body is jeweled. Weight is 8.0 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Overall 99 percent with only slight evidence of handling. BACKGROUND: This rifle originates from a spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester (long action with magazine spacer, McMillan synthetic varmint stock modified for an H-S Precision heavy barrel) and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). This .30-06 Springfield is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes. The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,000 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 7mm Rem. Mag., CRF, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 7mm Remington Magnum. Serial number G152004 has a 26-inch barrel marked “Classic Sporter” on the right side. Both bolt body and follower are jeweled. Weight is 8.0 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. Features include cheekpiece and single crossbolt. CONDITION: Overall 99.5%+, with one tiny ding in trigger guard finish. BACKGROUND: This rifle originates from a spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester (long action with magazine spacer, McMillan synthetic varmint stock modified for an H-S Precision heavy barrel) and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). This .30-06 Springfield is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes. The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,000 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 7mm STW, CRF, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 in 7mm STW (Shooting Times Westerner). Serial number G152005 has a 26-inch barrel. Bolt body is jeweled. Weight is 8 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. Features include cheekpiece and single crossbolt. CONDITION: Overall 99%. Metal finish on the barrel is pristine. Finish on the receiver has some faint spots of thinning (splotches) that likely will not show in photographs. The cocking piece has minor indications of surface rust. Wood finish has some very small and scattered “bumps” along the butt, possibly airborne contamination that settled when the finish was still tacky. There is also a tiny finish rub at the top of the butt just ahead of the pad. This caliber was never offered in production. BACKGROUND: This rifle originates from a spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester (long action with magazine spacer, McMillan synthetic varmint stock modified for an H-S Precision heavy barrel) and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). This .30-06 Springfield is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes. The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop left hand .30-06, Featherweight, very first post-64 Model 70 left hand CRF ever built, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 Featherweight .30-06 Springfield. Serial number G15200 is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes! Although a Sporter stock was specified, a Featherweight stock was delivered, thus it is also one of two left hand Model 70 Featherweight CRF rifles ever made with a long action (including production) . Both the bolt body and follower are jeweled. The barrel is 22 inches long, weight is 8 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Overall is about 99%, with area of flecking and surface rust on cocking piece and a small area of stock finish blotching just above the rear sling swivel stud on the left side. BACKGROUND: This rifle originates from a spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester (long action with magazine spacer, McMillan synthetic varmint stock modified for an H-S Precision heavy barrel) and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history. The price is firm and layaway is available.$7,500 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 .300 Winchester Magnum, CRF, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 .300 Winchester Magnum. Serial number G152002 has a 26-inch barrel. Length-of-pull is 13.5 inches and the stock has a single crossbolt. Barrel is marked “Classic Sporter” on right side. The bolt body is jeweled. CONDITION: Overall 99%+, with nearly perfect wood. The trigger guard as well as the forward sling swivel stud show small areas of surface rust. The cocking piece has a slight trace as well. BACKGROUND: This rifle originates from a spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester (long action with magazine spacer, McMillan synthetic varmint stock modified for an H-S Precision heavy barrel) and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). This .30-06 Springfield is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes. The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,500 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 left hand .338 Winchester Magnum, CRF, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 .338 Winchester Magnum. Serial number G152003 has a 26-inch barrel. LOP is 13.5 inches and the stock has a single crossbolt. Both the bolt body and follower are jeweled. CONDITION: Overall 99%, with two very small freckles on the barrel (left side of chamber area) and some light blotching of the receiver finish. Wood is pristine, other than a small impression on the nose due to careless bolt removal. This caliber was never offered in production. BACKGROUND: This rifle originates from a spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester (long action with magazine spacer, McMillan synthetic varmint stock modified for an H-S Precision heavy barrel) and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). This .30-06 Springfield is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes. The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Winchester Model 1876 Deluxe .50 Express (.50-95), engraved, ebony, shotgun butt plate, 26-inch round & matted, 1881, Cody letter

Winchester Model 1876 Deluxe .50 Express (.50-95) with Cody letter. Made in 1881, serial number 19556 features a 26-inch round barrel with beaded front sight, elevator rear sight, half magazine, color case action, pistol grip with ebony inlay, sling loops and a checkered shotgun butt plate with widow’s peak. The wood is exceptional, both forearm and butt shot through with a dynamic sunburst of dark grain graced with fine wrap-around bordered checkering. LETTER: Dated 7/19/99, the Cody letter list most features, then adds the comment “see order for balance”. ENGRAVING: Not referenced in the letter, what appears to be factory engraving highlights the forearm cap, sides and rear of the hammer, and sides and bottom of the lever. MARKINGS: A “P” and “123” appear on the underside of the barrel (under the forearm wood). Of note, there are no proof marks in this area to indicate the rifle was shipped to India or Africa. Also hidden, the front of the action has a mark best described as a “T” inside a “W”. “Winchester Repeating Arms New Haven CT” and “King’s-Improvement-Patented (and dates)” appear as two lines within the full-length matting on top of the barrel. “50” and “Cal.” appear on opposite sides of the matting at the base of the barrel. “Winchester Express” and “.50 Cal. 95 Grains” appear in two lines on the sliding dust cover, and “50-95” is engraved on the bottom of the carrier. “Model 1876” appears on the tang and the serial number is just below the lever lock. CONDITION: Engraving and markings are sharp. The bore is browning with a light scattering of roughness, but remains wonderfully viable. Barrel blue has thinned to about 40 percent, with some areas of surface roughness toward the muzzle. Action colors have browned to about 30 percent, yet the surface is absent any significant flaws. The lever locks up tight and the action operates with authority. Checkering shows minimal flattening and wood finish is both uniform and strong. Both stock and forearm have a scattering of small nicks and impressions. The stock as a small hairline of about .25-inch on the pistol grip between the tang and the grip’s ebony inlay. The butt plate is without issue. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. INCLUSIONS: Cody letter and photocopy of order book sheet. The price is firm and layaway is available. $21,500 plus shipping.


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Colt Woodsman Match Target pair, factory “C” engraved, gold, lettered, cased, 1983, unfired

As created in 1983 and fully supported by factory letters, this extraordinary cased pair of Colt Woodsman Match Target .22 LR pistols stands at the very pinnacle of the gunmaker’s craft. Serial 310375-S has a 4.5-inch barrel, while 058030-S wears a 6-inch barrel. Otherwise, as they were mated from inception, the pistols are identical in every respect. ENGRAVING: As flawlessly executed by Colt Master Engraver George Spring, the Grade C (in period Colt-speak, 75 percent coverage by a designated Master Engraver), a delicate floral and scroll extends along the slides, frames and flutes, then repeats on the lugs. In turn, these fields are accented by fine gold wire to such a high level of perfection it defies description. STOCKS: Each pistol showcases target stocks (right hand presentation) shot through with heavy figure. CASE: As lettered, the original walnut presentation case features a French-fitted interior and has the “Colt Custom” medallion inlaid on the outer lid. CONDITION: Near perfect and absent evidence of firing since delivery, only slight indications of handling are present. Magazines are proper. The case exterior has two minor edge impressions and two modest scratches on the lid. Interior is equally fine. (It is possible the case has been relined, as the factory letters seem to indicate lining color “Francis blue”.) Each set of stocks has minor wear (rubs and modest chipping under the finish) on the edges. FACTORY LETTERS: Each pistol is supported by an included individual letter detailing the features as well as the pairing. The price is firm and lawaway is available. $22,500 plus shipping.


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Colt Single Action Army .32 WCF (.32-20), 4.75-inch, 1906

Colt Single Action Army .32 WCF (.32-20). Made in 1906, serial number 277164 has a 4.75-inch barrel. MARKINGS: Serial appears on frame, guard and grip. “677” is rolled on the inside of the loading gate. Barrel has two-line address and “32 W.C.F.”. Inside both grip panels is scratched what appears to be “6893”. CONDITION: Bore is fair, with uniform roughness running the full length. Rifling remains viable. All hammer clicks are positive and the cylinder locks up tight. Trigger pull is superb. Barrel blue has thinned and faded to about 10 percent with splotches. Frame colors have faded to trace. Grip finish is about 30 percent and the grip panels are solid but show uniform wear. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,500 plus shipping.


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Colt 1862 Police .36 caliber, 1867, 35699 matching 5x, 5.5-inch, exceptional

Colt 1862 Police .36 caliber. Made in 1867, serial number 35699 (matching 5x, including grips) has a 5.5-inch barrel. CONDITION: Mechanics function properly. The bore is bright, with sharp rifling. Colors are approximately 60 percent overall. Brass on the frame has thinned to about 15 percent. Blue on barrel and cylinder is about 80 percent, with scattered spots of thinning and roughness. Screw slots remain squared and markings are sharp. The pistol appears to have seen little use. No case or accessories. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Colt Officer’s Model Special .38 Special, 1951, 98 percent, estate of Tom Siatos

Colt Officer’s Model Special .38 Special. From the estate of Tom Siatos and made in 1951, serial number 786380 has a 6-inch heavy non-tapered barrel, adjustable rear “Coltmaster” sight and checkered plastic grips. CONDITION: The bore appears new. Mechanics are flawless. Metal finish is 97 percent, with a small area of finish mildly disturbed on the underside of the barrel and a faint turning ring on the cylinder. Grips are 100 percent. TOM SIATOS (1923-2008) spent the majority of his life in close association with firearms and hunting. His professional contributions, tremendous category knowledge, bottomless enthusiasm and bold personality influenced the firearms industry and outdoor media to such a degree that it remains a viable force today. Tom was the second editor of Guns & Ammo Magazine. As such, he was responsible for the general tone of the iconic publication. A consummate hunter, spectacular all-around shot and true connoisseur of fine firearms, his interests spanned the full spectrum of the shooting sports. In 1942, Tom enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served in units that scouted and destroyed isolated enemy communication sites on a number of Pacific islands, eventually receiving a battlefield commission. After concluding his service, he attended UCLA and later joined the fledgling Petersen’s Publishing Company in 1958. A series of promotions led to him to become vice president of the Petersen’s Publishing Outdoor Division, which thrived under his leadership. Tom Siatos was a mentor, visionary, leader, father figure and a true original. We will never see his like again. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,000 plus shipping.


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Colt Single Action Army .44-40, 4.75-inch, 1913, good bore

Colt Single Action Army .44-40. Made in 1913, serial number 326082 has a 4.75-inch barrel. MARKINGS: Serial appears on frame, guard and grip. “Colt Frontier Six Shooter .44-40” is on barrel left. The barrel also has the two-line address. Inside grip panels is scratched what appears to be “6872” (left) and “6082” (right). A “1” appears on the left rear of the trigger guard and a triangular mark appears on the left front. CONDITION: Bore is viable and rates as good, with strong rifling and a light general roughness. All hammer clicks are positive and the cylinder locks up tight. Barrel blue has thinned and faded to about 15 percent with a bit of roughness on the ejector rod housing. Frame colors have faded to trace. Grip finish is about 40 percent and the grip panels show uniform wear and have cracks on the inside (only) around the screw holes. There is a small chip from the lower front corner of the right grip panel and the grip attaching screw protrudes slightly. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,500 plus shipping.


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Colt SAA .45 Colt, 7.5, 1905, 282607, strong condition

Colt Single Action Army .45 Colt. Made in 1905, serial number 282607 has a 7.5-inch barrel. MARKINGS: Serial appears on frame, guard and grip. “.45 Colt” is on barrel left and the barrel has the single line address. A “T” appears on the left rear of the trigger guard, a triangular mark appears on the left front and “4583” is on the inside of the loading gate. What appears to be a double-struck “V” is on the front of the cylinder. The inside grip panels is blank. CONDITION: Bore is very good and quite bright, with a minor area of roughness near the muzzle. All hammer clicks are positive and the cylinder locks up tight. Barrel blue is about 75 percent, cylinder blue about 70 percent and grip frame blue about 60 percent. Frame colors are about 30 percent. Screws have good finish and clean slots. Grip panels are solid, with uniform wear and have small cracks on the inside around the screw holes. There is a small chip from the lower rear edge of the left grip panel. The price is firm and layaway is available. $9,000 plus shipping.


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Freedom Arms Model 1997 .45 Long Colt, 5.5-inch, tuned, round butt, rosewood, adjustable, 99 percent, estate of Tom Siatos

Freedom Arms Model 1997 Premier Grade .45 Colt. From the estate of Tom Siatos, serial number P0853 features a 5.5-inch barrel with ramp front sight, adjustable rear sight, round butt, smooth rosewood grips and a wonderfully-tuned trigger. CONDITION: Bore is pristine and mechanics are perfect. Overall, it remains in at least 99 percent condition with scant evidence of handling and firing. No box or papers. TOM SIATOS (1923-2008) spent the majority of his life in close association with firearms and hunting. His professional contributions, tremendous category knowledge, bottomless enthusiasm and bold personality influenced the firearms industry and outdoor media to such a degree that it remains a viable force today. Tom was the second editor of Guns & Ammo Magazine. As such, he was responsible for the general tone of the iconic publication. A consummate hunter, spectacular all-around shot and true connoisseur of fine firearms, his interests spanned the full spectrum of the shooting sports. In 1942, Tom enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served in units that scouted and destroyed isolated enemy communication sites on a number of Pacific islands, eventually receiving a battlefield commission. After concluding his service, he attended UCLA and later joined the fledgling Petersen’s Publishing Company in 1958. A series of promotions led to him to become vice president of the Petersen’s Publishing Outdoor Division, which thrived under his leadership. Tom Siatos was a mentor, visionary, leader, father figure and a true original. We will never see his like again. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,500 plus shipping.


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Luger 06-24 .30 caliber, 4.6-inch, matching numbers, spotless bore, from the estate of Tom Siatos

Luger 06-24 .30 caliber. From the estate of Tom Siatos, serial 21477 (all visible matching) has a 4.6-inch barrel and checkered wood grips. MARKINGS: Cross (6x), “P53”, cross over “M”, “Waffenfabrik Bern” and “44”. A “0” appears on the wood magazine base, but the magazine body is unmarked. CONDITION: Bore is bright and shiny. Mechanics appear to operate consistently with the high finish condition. Metal finish is well over 95 percent, with only minor evidence of handling. Wood grips are at least 95 percent as well, with modest scratches and impressions. TOM SIATOS (1923-2008) spent the majority of his life in close association with firearms and hunting. His professional contributions, tremendous category knowledge, bottomless enthusiasm and bold personality influenced the firearms industry and outdoor media to such a degree that it remains a viable force today. Tom was the second editor of Guns & Ammo Magazine. As such, he was responsible for the general tone of the iconic publication. A consummate hunter, spectacular all-around shot and true connoisseur of fine firearms, his interests spanned the full spectrum of the shooting sports. In 1942, Tom enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served in units that scouted and destroyed isolated enemy communication sites on a number of Pacific islands, eventually receiving a battlefield commission. After concluding his service, he attended UCLA and later joined the fledgling Petersen’s Publishing Company in 1958. A series of promotions led to him to become vice president of the Petersen’s Publishing Outdoor Division, which thrived under his leadership. Tom Siatos was a mentor, visionary, leader, father figure and a true original. We will never see his like again. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,500 plus shipping.


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Smith & Wesson Model 34 .22 LR, 1959, box, 4-inch, high condition, estate of Tom Siatos

Smith & Wesson Model 34 (22/32 Kit Gun) .22 LR. From the estate of Tom Siatos and made in 1959, serial number 59913 has a 4-inch pinned barrel with integral serrated rib and ramp front sight, adjustable rear sight, flat latch, recessed cylinder, checkered hammer, serrated trigger, round butt and diamond grips. CONDITION: Bore and mechanics are excellent. Metal finish is at least 95 percent, with light indications of handling/hoster wear and a light scratch on the right side plate from the holster’s snap. INCLUSIONS: Bianchi holster and original box with serial number written in white on the bottom. The box holds waxed protective paper and the original unsubmitted warranty card with serial number. TOM SIATOS (1923-2008) spent the majority of his life in close association with firearms and hunting. His professional contributions, tremendous category knowledge, bottomless enthusiasm and bold personality influenced the firearms industry and outdoor media to such a degree that it remains a viable force today. Tom was the second editor of Guns & Ammo Magazine. As such, he was responsible for the general tone of the iconic publication. A consummate hunter, spectacular all-around shot and true connoisseur of fine firearms, his interests spanned the full spectrum of the shooting sports. In 1942, Tom enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served in units that scouted and destroyed isolated enemy communication sites on a number of Pacific islands, eventually receiving a battlefield commission. After concluding his service, he attended UCLA and later joined the fledgling Petersen’s Publishing Company in 1958. A series of promotions led to him to become vice president of the Petersen’s Publishing Outdoor Division, which thrived under his leadership. Tom Siatos was a mentor, visionary, leader, father figure and a true original. We will never see his like again. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,250 plus shipping.


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Smith & Wesson Model 40 .38 Special, Centennial, flat latch, 97 percent, estate of Tom Siatos

Smith & Wesson Model 40 (Centennial) .38 Special. From the estate of Tom Siatos, serial number 20965 has a 1.875-inch pinned barrel with integral ramp, flat latch, steel frame, grip safety and smooth grips. CONDITION: The bore is bright and the double action trigger pull smooth. Metal finish is around 97% and grips are about 95 percent due to light impressions and rubs. Mechanics are superb. TOM SIATOS (1923-2008) spent the majority of his life in close association with firearms and hunting. His professional contributions, tremendous category knowledge, bottomless enthusiasm and bold personality influenced the firearms industry and outdoor media to such a degree that it remains a viable force today. Tom was the second editor of Guns & Ammo Magazine. As such, he was responsible for the general tone of the iconic publication. A consummate hunter, spectacular all-around shot and true connoisseur of fine firearms, his interests spanned the full spectrum of the shooting sports. In 1942, Tom enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served in units that scouted and destroyed isolated enemy communication sites on a number of Pacific islands, eventually receiving a battlefield commission. After concluding his service, he attended UCLA and later joined the fledgling Petersen’s Publishing Company in 1958. A series of promotions led to him to become vice president of the Petersen’s Publishing Outdoor Division, which thrived under his leadership. Tom Siatos was a mentor, visionary, leader, father figure and a true original. We will never see his like again. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,000 plus shipping.


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Smith & Wesson 460 XVR .460 S&W Magnum as pictured and showcased in American Rifleman and American Hunter, Bushnell, Galco, Warne, 98 percent

Smith & Wesson Model 460 XVR .460 S&W Magnum. Serial number CVD4202 features an 8.375-inch barrel with integral removable muzzle brake (can be replaced with included extended muzzle brake), green fiberoptic removable front sight (can be replaced with included beaded blade) and has a wonderfully tuned trigger. A Warne base with integral front sight and mounting bracket that accepts the factory adjustable rear sight is also included. OPTIC: A Bushnell Elite 2-6×32 scope with plex reticle mounted in Warne rings is included. MEDIA APPEARANCES: This pistol is pictured on the cover (inset) of the July, 2015 issue of American Rifleman and is the subject of a feature article which begins on page 52. Also, it was used in Africa on a hunt featured in the September, 2015 issue of American Hunter which begins on page 84. Copies of both magazines are included. LEATHER: A Galco Kodiak shoulder holster (right hand) with padded straps and open front (for use when scoped) is included. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. The cylinder locks up tight. Exterior finish is about 98 percent, with only minor evidence of careful use. INCLUSIONS: Upon request, the consignor will provide a personalized letter stating this pistol is the one showcased in both magazine articles. The factory hard case, fired casing (dated 1/14) and manual for the scope will ship with the the pistol. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,500 plus shipping.


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Wilson Combat Tactical Supergrade Compact .45 ACP, Crimson Trace lasergrips, 99 percent

Wilson Combat Tactical Supergrade Compact .45 ACP. Serial WCT20877 features a four-inch bushingless bull barrel, serrated flat top slide with night sights, rounded/blended slide serrations, steel frame (short Commander-style grip), beveled slide stop pin hole, recessed slide stop pin, ambidextrous thumb safety, beavertail grip safety with memory bump, checkered flat mainspring housing/rounded butt/front strap and Crimson Trace lasergrips (red dot). The slide finish is matte black while the frame is deep gray. CONDITION: The bore shows little evidence of use. Finish condition is over 99 percent, with only faint evidence of handling as the pistol was never carried. Night sight lamps are very dim. INCLUSIONS: One magazine. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,500 plus shipping.


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Browning Superposed 12 gauge two barrel set, 28-inch F/F & IC/M, 1972, Belgium, long tang

Browning Superposed 12 gauge two barrel set. Serial 2676S72 (matching, barrels marked “1” and “2”) was made in Belgium in early 1972. Barrels are 28 inches long with fixed chokes (F/F and IC/M), single bead ribs, 3-inch chambers and ejectors. Additional features include a mechanical trigger, mechanical safety with selector and a long tang. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.8 pounds, length-of-pull is 14.6 inches over a White Line recoil pad, drops are 1.5 and 2.5 inches with cast off of .20 inch. CONDITION: Bores are bright and mechanics flawless. Both barrel sets are on face and the top lever closes far to the right. Barrel set finishes each stand at about 98 percent with little evidence of use. Forend on set one is 98 percent and the forend on set two is about 95 percent due to a scattering of small field impressions. The action finish is about 85 percent, mostly due to thinning on bottom and tang. The butt stock is about 80 percent, with numerous impressions and scratches plus three gouges. The price is firm and layaway is available. No case, box or papers. $2,500 plus shipping.


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Holland & Holland Royal 12 gauge, 1964, 28-inch, 6.6 pounds 14.9-inch LOP, single trigger, case, 97% condition

Holland & Holland Royal 12 gauge self-opener with single (mechanical) trigger. Made in 1964 per history letter, it features 28-inch barrels choked IC/M, 2.75-inch chambers, ejectors, detachable sidelocks, concave (game) rib, rolled trigger guard and bright nickel finish. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.6 pounds and length-of-pull is 14.9 inches. Drops are 1.6 inches and 2.6 inches, and cast off is approximately .375-inch. CONDITION: Condition is superb, with metal being about 98% and wood about 97% with light field and storage impressions. Engraved to indicate it is the Number 1 of a pair, there is no mention of pairing in the history letter. At some point, the stock was slightly shortened (originally indicated LOP was 15.68 in history letter). Tight on face, lightly hunted and little fired. Includes trunk case with proper labels. The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $32,500.


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Parker VHE .410, 000, beavertail, double ivory, single select trigger, 3-inch, SI/SO, 1938

Parker VHE .410 serial number 241221. Made on the OOO frame in 1938, it features 26-inch barrels choked skeet in & sheet out, double ivory beads on an unmarked solid rib, 3-inch chambers, ejectors, single select mechanical trigger, mechanical safety and a capped pistol grip. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.4 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.25 inches over an unmarked plate, drops are 1.5 and 2.0 inches, and cast off is approximately .25-inch. CONDITION: The barrels are on face and the bores mirror bright. The ejectors pop with authority and the top lever closes right. It is reasonable to assume that the barrel blue has been refreshed at some point, as it currently stands at about 95 percent. Colors appear to be original and show at about 25 percent with some browning and tarnish. Bluing over the guard and tang is about 50 percent. The butt appears to be refinished or at least have added oil/finish, the beavertail less so. Currently, the BT is about 90 percent overall, with a number of smaller impressions. The butt finish has thinned in spots, under which the wood remains in at least 90 percent condition with minimal impressions. It appears the butt plate and its spacer have been added. The price is firm and layaway is available. $27,500 plus shipping.


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Parker VH .410, 26-inch M/M, 000, 2.5-inch chambers, 14-inch LOP

Parker VH .410 serial number 235862. Made on the OOO frame in 1931, it features 26-inch barrels choked M/M (on a plunger gauge), single bead, 2.5-inch chambers, extractor, automatic safety, mechanical triggers, capped pistol grip and a dog’s head butt plate. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.4 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.0 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.75 inches, and the butt is absent cast. CONDITION: The barrels are on face and the bores mirror bright. The top lever closes well to the right. Wearing an older restoration, barrel blue is 97 percent with tack-sharp rib markings. Colors are approximately 80 percent with small areas of browning. Engraving and screw heads remain generally sharp. Blue over the guard and on the triggers is about 97 percent. The splinter also shows at about 97 percent with strong integrity and sharp checkering. The butt comes in at about 96 percent, with sharp checkering, a few modest field impressions and bit of finish lift adjoining the butt plate. The plate itself remains in superb condition. The price is firm and layaway is available. $22,500 plus shipping.


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Parker VHE 16 gauge, hanging tags, 28-inch F/F, double beads, on face, great bores, 6.7 pounds

Parker VHE 16 gauge on the “1” frame with 28-inch barrels and hanging tags. Serial number 230505 (matching) features ejectors, double beads and 2 3/4-inch chambers (tag indicates 2 9/16). Barrel chokes are F/F, but gauge IM/IM and pattern wonderfully and as if they were M/M (per knowledgable consignor). DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.7 pounds. Length of pull is 13.7 inches over a new pad. Drops are approximately 1.5 and 2.5 inches. Cast (off) is slight, approximately .25 inch. CONDITION: Colors stand at about 60% overall, brighter on the action and fading over the latch, guard and tang. A modest hint of scaling appears on the sides. The guard has fully browned. The top lever, area near the safety and the length of the lower tang all show browning and some light pitting. Bottom screw heads are a bit roughed. Barrel blue is about 80%, with general field marks and some streaking. Checkering is very good. Wood condition is very good as well, with general scratches and impressions commensurate with many days spent afield. Wood appears to have been rubbed with oil or possibly refinished at some point. Bores are bright and fully on face. Ejectors pop like corks on New Year’s Eve. The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $3,500 plus shipping.


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Parker DHE 12 gauge, 1 1/2 frame, original rib, modified trap forend, 2 5/8, 1930, 234692, lettered

Parker DHE 12 gauge. Made in 1930 per included Parker Gun Collectors Association history letter, serial number 234692 features 30-inch Titanic Steel barrels with an original ventilated rib, F/F chokes, 1 1/2 frame, 2 5/8-inch chambers, ejectors, mechanical safety, “modified trap” beavertail forend and a capped pistol grip. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.2 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.5 inches over a Pachmayr White Line recoil pad. Drops are 1.375 and 1.5 inches and the stock is absent cast. CONDITION: Bores are strong and bright, barrels are on face and ejectors ping with a ring. Mechanics are proper and the top lever closes just a hair left of center. Barrel blue is about 70 percent overall with some thinning, light scratches and spotting. Action colors are about 25 percent. Forend finish is about 90 percent and integrity is about 85 percent with some scratches and field impressions. The butt is some 70 percent overall with well-distributed impressions and scratches. The pad is added and the lower tang slightly proud. INCLUSION: A copy of the PGCA history letter. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Piotti King 1 .410, Ranetti full coverage, 5.4 pounds, 14.8 LOP, 1979, cased, 99 percent

Piotti King 1 .410 SLE. Created in 1979, this spectacular little sidelock weighs just 5.4 pounds and feels even lighter due to its near-perfect balance. The barrels are 26 inches long, choked M/F, topped with a raised matted rib and have three-inch chambers and ejectors. Important features include bushed strikers, mechanical safety, articulated forward trigger, splinter forend, leather-wrapped pad and borderless checkering. ENGRAVING: Ranetti’s delicate foliate and scroll graces the action, guard, tangs, lever, forend furniture and screws to full coverage. The execution is brilliant as well as appropriate at this scale. “PIOTTI” appears in gold just below the left lock, serial “7411” flows through a ribbon on the lower tang, a gold crown centers on the opening lever and a gold crest with the initials “LeB” is on the splinter. (The initials are small and very shallow, thus permitting easy alteration.) The engraver’s signature appears under the guard. DIMENSIONS: As stated, weight is 5.4 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.8 inches, drops are 1.6 and 2.4 inches, and cast appears neutral. CONDITION: Lightly handled and almost certainly never hunted, it stands at 99 percent overall with no shortcomings worth even a passing mention. In fact, the snap caps do not appear to have ever been inserted! CASE: The leather and felt-lined case is of the highest quality. It includes an oil bottle, snaps, two-piece cleaning rod and a leather pouch with customary jags and end pieces. The case is also 99 percent. The replacement cost on this shotgun is just over $50,000. The price is firm and layaway is available. $32,500 plus shipping.


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