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Ruana hatchet, last one made by Rudy Ruana, 1983, signed, never afield, history letter

Likely the last Ruana hatchet made by Rudy Ruana. Signed “1983 R. H. Ruana“, and accompanied by an interesting history, this hatchet was purchased directly from Rudy Ruana shortly before his death by the consignor’s brother (as detailed in a letter to be personally addressed to the purchaser). Mr. Ruana was losing his sight during this time and would align the metal pieces by touch prior to welding. He also dated and signed some of the pieces he did in 1983 as he knew retirement was imminent. To the best of anyone’s ability to determine, it has never been used or taken afield. $1,250 plus shipping.


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Jack O’Connor’s .222 Remington, Sako L46, custom by Lenard Brownell, superb condition and flawless documentation

Jack O’Connor’s personal .222 Remington. Based on a Sako L46 barreled action, serial number 51330 was stocked by Lenard Brownell in 1963.

In his Getting The Range column from the January, 1965 issue of Outdoor Life (page 79), O’Connor writes of this rifle: “The most accurate light, really featherweight, varmint rifle I have ever owned is one I had put together some time ago. It is a Sako-barreled action made in Finland. The barrel is the light, not the heavy, one. Stocked by Lenard Brownell of Sheridan, Wyoming, and fitted with a Weaver K-6 scope on Sako mount, the little musket weighs a shade less than 7 1/4 lb. and is a joy to carry back into the canyons where road hunters don’t have the rock chucks spooked. Factory load that agrees with it best is the .222 cartridge turned out by Federal. With that rifle and ammunition, groups run from 1/2 to 1 in., and I think the difference between the 1/2 and 1 in. groups is me. In all, it is an astounding little rifle and top-quality ammunition.” (Photocopy included.)

In The Rifle Book (3rd edition, 1978, page 190), O’Connor penned: “One of the most accurate rifles I have ever owned was an 8 1/4-pound .25/06. Two other very accurate light jobs are my .222, a Sako barreled action stocked by Lenard Brownell, and a .244 custom made for me by Al Biesen on a 7mm Mauser action. Either will put the first three shots out of a cold barrel into about 3//4 inch.” (Photocopy included.)

O’Connor’s Shooting column from the April, 1966 issue of Outdoor Life (page 140) revisits his satisfaction: “I have a handsome little .222 that I carry on long hikes back into the canyons of Idaho and Washington for rock chucks. It is based on a light Finnish Sako barreled action. It was stocked in a fine piece of handsomely figured French walnut by Lenard Brownell and is fitted with a Weaver K-6 scope with Sako rings on the Sako receiver with the the logical male dovetail. The outfit weights a bit less than 7 1/2 lb. It is partial to the Federal factory .222 cartridges and will group them into 3/4 in. or less. With handholds, it does extremely well with Speer 50, 52 and 55-gr. bullets and with the Sierra 50 and 55-gr. bullets. (Photocopy included.)

In the O’Connor biography (Jack O’Connor, The Legendary Life of America’s Greatest Gunwriter, second edition, 2002, Safari Press, page 196) contributing author Eldon “Buck” Buckner references this rifle by serial number. Note that the book indicates 1964 as the year Brownell stocked the rifle, the year later amended by Buckner to 1963. (Photocopy included.)

Finally, O’Connor’s handwritten firearms log indicates this rifle was sold to Fred Huntington in March, 1973. (Photocopy included.) Huntington was the founder of RCBS and owned the rifle until his passing in 1998.

The rifle features a 23-inch factory barrel with the original ramped front sight and remains untapped for a rear sight. The bolt body and extractor have been most properly jeweled. The Weaver K-6 scope was replaced sometime after the sale to Huntington with a Leupold M8 6x scope (Duplex reticle) that has turned full plumb. Brownell’s stock is a work of art. Shaped from a broad-grained English (French) walnut, it wears a borderless multi-point wrap checkering pattern with crossing accents, a scalloped Monte Carlo cheek rest with shadow line, steel grip cap and a color case steel butt with widow’s peak. The stock is fitted with sling swivel studs. A single detachable magazine is included. DIMENSIONS: Weight, including scope, is 8.0 pounds. Length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. The polished blue finish stands at approximately 97 percent, the color case of the butt plate approximately 90 percent and the magazine approximately 80 percent. Wood finish is approximately 97 percent, with slight indications of thinning. Wood integrity is approximately 95 percent, with a modest distribution of minor field impressions and scratches. Mechanics appear to be in order and the optic is clear. The price is firm and layaway is available. $15,000 plus shipping.

 


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D-Max .45 ACP Sten clone semi-auto from the collection of Soldier of Fortune Magazine’s Robert K. Brown, special serial number, unfired

D-Max .45 ACP semi-automatic Sten clone from the collection of Robert K. Brown. Serial number 450C-007 (incorporates RKB’s unique 007 serial number) features a 16-inch barrel with ventilated shroud and blade front sight, Williams adjustable aperture rear sight, optic rail (drilled and tapped for conventional base attachment), three-piece premium walnut stock with oil finish and a single stick magazine. CONDITION: New and unfired. No box, papers or additional accessories. LT. COL. ROBERT K. BROWN, USAR (Ret.) has lived a life of incredible adventure. He served as a Green Beret in Vietnam, trained troops from other countries and fought communists alongside them in hotspots around the globe, and has diligently defended the Second Amendment via his long-held seat on the NRA Board of Directors. Brown’s publishing career began when he founded Panther Publications, which later merged into Paladin Press. In 1974, RKB sold his portion of Paladin Press and shortly thereafter founded Soldier of Fortune Magazine. Always willing to use the platforms he created in support of what he believes without the slightest regard for the fallout sure to follow, Brown has been praised and damned in equal parts by those dumbstruck that such a person or personality actually exists. Now 87, RKB has elected to part with a number of his special firearms and memorabilia accumulated over the years. The purchaser of each item will receive a personalized letter from RKB discussing its known history, along with a vintage “Communism Stops Here” poster of Brown cradling his sniper rifle during his time in El Salvador from the archives of Soldier of Fortune Magazine. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,500 plus shipping.


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Griffin & Howe 1903 Springfield .30-06, 22-inch, 8.0 pounds, 14.3 LOP, jeweled and checkered

Griffin & Howe custom Springfield 1903 .30-06. Serial number 1509264 and G&H number 2650-0 is a classic sporter that wears a 22-inch barrel with a banded, hooded and stippled front ramp front ramp with brass-beaded blade sight, jeweled bolt body, extractor, raceway and follower, Lyman adjustable aperture rear sight, three-position Model 70-type wing safety, checkered bolt knob (two bordered panels), contoured bottom metal, steel grip cap and timed screws. The stock has been shaped from a well-figured walnut blank with an elegant reddish hue and dressed with an ebony forend tip, Howell-type inletted sling swivel studs, borderless wrap checkering (22 lines per inch), scalloped and bordered pancake cheek rest and a 1-inch recoil pad with widow’s peak spacer. An plate on the toe line bears initials “RWM”. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.0 pounds and length-of-pull is 14.3 inches. CONDITION: The front ring has somehow avoided the drill. The bore is bright and shows the barest hint of roughness. Metal finish (a deep rust blue that appears to be properly refreshed) is approximately 97 percent, with a tiny freckle on the underside of the sight band. Wood is approximately 95 percent, with a scattering of minor impressions around the balance point. The trigger pull is quite good. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,000 plus shipping.


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Holloway Arms Model 7 .308 Winchester side folder, collection of Robert K. Brown with his special “007” serial number, box and papers, unfired

Holloway Arms Model 7 (HAC-7) .308 Winchester from the collection of Robert K. Brown. Serial number RB007 (RKB’s unique 007 serial number) was made in 1984 and features a 20-inch barrel (21.5 inches with flash hider), elevation-adjustable front sight, barrel-mounted sling attachment fixture, factory drilled/tapped receiver, day/night rocking aperture rear sight and side-folding stock. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.2 pounds. CONDITION: New and unfired. Finish condition is approximately 99 percent with but traces of handling and storage wear. MAGAZINE: The included magazine (a later DPMS) does not properly lock in position. See below for explanation. If correct magazines are located, they will be forwarded to the purchaser immediately. INCLUSIONS: The original box with correct serial on the end flap is present, but much taping and storage wear has rendered it to but fair condition. The original invoice dated July 31, 1984, shows the rifle shipping to RKB’s FFL dealer. An included letter from Holloway Arms Company apologizes for not having the correct magazines available for inclusion and promises to send them at a later date. The referenced “converted AR-10 magazine that permits firing of the rifle” is also absent. This same letter states that a proper instruction manual is yet to be printed (a stapled copy of the text to be presented in the manual is included). Finally, a letter from Holloway EVP Thomas E. Cook to RKB dated October 11, 1983 addresses their meeting at the recent SOF Convention and discusses Holloway’s interest in supporting recon teams in El Salvador. MEDIA: Gary Paul Johnston, co-author of the soon-to-be-published The World’s Assault Rifles, Volume II, provided this draft caption for a photo showing RKB with his Holloway “007” – Bob Holloway’s idea of combining features from Armalite, the FN, FAL and the AK along with his own “improvements” resulted in a .308 (7.62MM NATO) caliber rifle he called the HAC-7 in the early 1980’s. Some 350 HAC-7 serial numbers are known (with 350 being the highest) and HAC-7 rifles were made from about 1984 to 1985 from 1984 to 1985. However, serial numbers were not sequential with custom numbering done on request with spaces in between, so the true number of HAC-7’s made is not known, but is substantially less than 350. I saw Col. Brown’s rifle in the early 1990’s. The HAC-7 has quite desirable with a large following continually seeking any that come up for sale. Col. Brown offered to provide this and a few other photos of his rifle for inclusion in Volume II of “The World’s Assault Rifles.” Because of Col. Brown’s reputation, his early number “007” is undoubtedly one of, if not THE most desirable of all HAC-7’s made! This rifle is also as new and remained unfired while he owned it. LT. COL. ROBERT K. BROWN, USAR (Ret.) has lived a life of incredible adventure. He served as a Green Beret in Vietnam, trained troops from other countries and fought communists alongside them in hotspots around the globe, and has diligently defended the Second Amendment via his long-held seat on the NRA Board of Directors. Brown’s publishing career began when he founded Panther Publications, which later merged into Paladin Press. In 1974, RKB sold his portion of Paladin Press and shortly thereafter founded Soldier of Fortune Magazine. Always willing to use the platforms he created in support of what he believes without the slightest regard for the fallout sure to follow, Brown has been praised and damned in equal parts by those dumbstruck that such a person or personality actually exists. Now 87, RKB has elected to part with a number of his special firearms and memorabilia accumulated over the years. The purchaser of each item will receive a personalized letter from RKB discussing its known history, along with a vintage “Communism Stops Here” poster of Brown cradling his sniper rifle during his time in El Salvador from the archives of Soldier of Fortune Magazine. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Paired Kimber of Oregon Model 82 Classic .22 LR rifles with consecutive serial numbers, 99 percent

Kimber of Oregon Model 82 Classic .22 LR pair. Serialed 7013 and 7014, each features a 22-inch barrel, dovetailed receiver, steel grip cap and a steel butt plate. One rifle, 7013, wears open sights with a brass beaded front blade and folding rear blade. DIMENSIONS: Each weighs 7.0 pounds and lengths-of-pull are 13.5 inches. CONDITIONS: (7013) – The bore is flawless. Metal finish is 99 percent, with a few micro-scratches on the right side of the receiver just ahead of the bolt cut. Wood is also 99 percent, with a few tiny impressions and one small scratch on the belly of the pistol grip. (7014) – The bore is flawless. Metal finish is 99 percent with a tiny spot of thinning on the barrel. Wood is at least 99 percent, with one small impression. No boxes or papers. The price is firm, layaway is available and the pair will not be separated. $2,500 plus shipping, the pair.


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Knight’s Manufacturing Stoner SR-25 .308 Winchester, from the collection of Soldier of Fortune’s Robert K. Brown, special serial number, unfired

Knight’s Manufacturing Stoner SR-25 .308 Winchester from the collection of Robert K. Brown. Serial number 007 (RKB’s unique 007 serial number is marked on both the upper and lower receivers) features a 24-inch barrel (.830 muzzle diameter) with recessed crown and integral optic rail. An ArmaLite magazine is included. MARKINGS: “Knight’s Mfg. Co, Vero Beach, FL. USA” appears on receiver right. In addition to the serial number (2x) and caliber, “Stoner Rifle SR-25” and the Knight’s Manufacturing Company logo appear on receiver left. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 11.2 pounds. CONDITION: Unfired since leaving the factory, the bore is bright and shiny. Overall metal finish is approximately 98 percent, with a scattering of minor storage and handling marks and rubs. No box, papers or additional accessories. LT. COL. ROBERT K. BROWN, USAR (Ret.) has lived a life of incredible adventure. He served as a Green Beret in Vietnam, trained troops from other countries and fought communists alongside them in hotspots around the globe, and has diligently defended the Second Amendment via his long-held seat on the NRA Board of Directors. Brown’s publishing career began when he founded Panther Publications, which later merged into Paladin Press. In 1974, RKB sold his portion of Paladin Press and shortly thereafter founded Soldier of Fortune Magazine. Always willing to use the platforms he created in support of what he believes without the slightest regard for the fallout sure to follow, Brown has been praised and damned in equal parts by those dumbstruck that such a person or personality actually exists. Now 87, RKB has elected to part with a number of his special firearms and memorabilia accumulated over the years. The purchaser of each item will receive a personalized letter from RKB discussing its known history, along with a vintage “Communism Stops Here” poster of Brown cradling his sniper rifle during his time in El Salvador from the archives of Soldier of Fortune Magazine. The price is firm and layaway is available. $7,500 plus shipping.


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MG Arms Ultra-Light .375 Ackley Improved, 6.0 pounds, Jewel, brake, skeletonized, 98 percent

MG Arms Ultra-Light .375 Ackley Improved. Based on a much-refined Model 700 action, serial C6387237 wears a sleek 22-inch barrel (including brake) and features a skeletonized receiver and bolt handle, fluted bolt body, hollowed bolt knob, Jewel trigger, synthetic stock, glass (at the lug) and pillar bedding, and Leupold mounts (1-inch low rings). DIMENSIONS: Weight, with mounts, is 6.0 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.7 inches. CONDITION: Lightly fired and seldom hunted, the bore is strong and bright. Surface finishes are at least 98 percent. The bolt operates with an incredible smoothness and trigger pull is superb. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,350 plus shipping.


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Remington Model 700 XCR Tactical .338 Lapua Magnum, collection of Robert K. Brown, featured in Soldier of Fortune Magazine, 98 percent

Remington Model 700 XCR Tactical .338 Lapua Magnum from the collection of Robert K. Brown. Serial number RR18708E wears a 26-inch (28.5 inches with brake) heavily-fluted threaded barrel, Trinyte finish, detachable box magazine, oversize trigger guard and premium synthetic stock with ambidextrous palm swells. ACCURACY: Included test target shows a pair of sub-MOA 100-yard groups (.561 and .670) fired with 250-grain “Scenar Match”. PRESS: This rifle was the subject of a feature article in the May, 2015 issue of Soldier of Fortune Magazine (copy included). INCLUSIONS: Correct manual with serial number, total of four Accurate-Mag detachable magazines. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: Bore is bright, with sharp rifling. Surface finishes are at least 98 percent with but minimal indications of use. LT. COL. ROBERT K. BROWN, USAR (Ret.) has lived a life of incredible adventure. He served as a Green Beret in Vietnam, trained troops from other countries and fought communists alongside them in hotspots around the globe, and has diligently defended the Second Amendment via his long-held seat on the NRA Board of Directors. Brown’s publishing career began when he founded Panther Publications, which later merged into Paladin Press. In 1974, RKB sold his portion of Paladin Press and shortly thereafter founded Soldier of Fortune Magazine. Always willing to use the platforms he created in support of what he believes without the slightest regard for the fallout sure to follow, Brown has been praised and damned in equal parts by those dumbstruck that such a person or personality actually exists. Now 87, RKB has elected to part with a number of his special firearms and memorabilia accumulated over the years. The purchaser of each item will receive a personalized letter from RKB discussing its known history, along with a vintage “Communism Stops Here” poster of Brown cradling his sniper rifle during his time in El Salvador from the archives of Soldier of Fortune Magazine. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,500 plus shipping.


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Rigby .375 H&H Magnum, Tomlin gold busts and scroll, Dakota 76 drop box barreled action, quarter rib, trapdoor, night bead, EAW mounts, fine condition

John Rigby & Company .375 H&H Magnum. Based on a Dakota Model 76 Safari magnum-length barreled action with a drop box magazine, serial 2373 is a well-appointed and lively dangerous game rifle that features a 23-inch medium sporter barrel wearing a banded front ramp with removable hood, sight blade with brass bead and a pop-up night sight, banded sling swivel stud, quarter rib with three leafs (one fixed and two folders, each with a gold sighting line and respectively engraved 75/150/250). The action is topped with EAW Quick-Loc pivot mounts (30mm rings) and has a full-length Mauser claw extractor, Model 70-type three position wing safety, jeweled bolt body, checkered bolt knob (three bordered teardrop panels) and a cloverleaf tang. Additional metal appointments include twin crossing bolts and a trapdoor grip cap. The stock is fashioned from a heavily-grained blank of English walnut and dressed with a contrasting forend tip, fine wrapping double-bordered checkering, a generous traditional scalloped cheek piece with shadow line and a Pachmayr recoil pad. ENGRAVING: Signed by Lisa Tomlin, the floorplate presents two magnificent lion busts in gold (inspired by artist Daniel Smith’s work “Allied Forces”) set in a oval border and further enhanced with elegant scroll. The pattern reappears on the guard, grip cap and crossing bolts. Additional gold highlights include “John Rigby & Co.” on the rib, “375 H&H Mag” on the barrel, “Rigby” on the receiver left, the Rigby addorsed Rs on the trapdoor cap and initials “JPB” on the guard. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.2 pounds and length-of-pull is 14.2 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. All aspects of engraving are flawless. The barreled action finish is approximately 90 percent, with thinning in spots. A small impression is visible on the left side of the quarter rib base at the barrel line. Stock integrity and finish are at least 98 percent. AMMUNITION: Available separately for $1,000 are 20 boxes of Federal Cape-Shok ammunition: 10 boxes 300-grain Nosler Partition and 10 boxes 300-grain Trophy Bonded Sledgehammer solids. INCLUSION: A premium leather padded cobra sling from Murray Leather is included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $12,500 plus shipping.


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Harry Selby’s Weatherby Mark V .300 Weatherby Magnum, 1967, engraved, gold initials, scoped, superb provenance and condition

Weatherby Mark V factory custom .300 Weatherby Magnum. Made in 1967 by special order for a satisfied safari client and presented to renowned African professional hunter Harry Selby, serial number P134412 stands tall among the most important and desirable West German Weatherby rifles ever created. Basic features include a 24-inch barrel, jeweled bolt body, two-panel checkered bolt knob, rosewood forend tip and pistol grip cap with double spacers, intricate skip-line checkering pattern, Buehler mounts and a Weatherby 2-7x scope with fine crosshair reticle. CONFIGURATION: The rifle has a right hand bolt and a left hand (right side) cheek rest, as was Selby’s preference. ENGRAVING: The floorplate presents initials “JHS” (for John Henry Selby – “Harry” was his nickname) in gold relief. The entirety of the action as well as the Buehler mounts wear full-coverage scroll intertwined with flowing grasses, the pattern continuing along the top of the barrel to the middle of the forend tip. PROVENANCE: Dated 2nd August, 2017, a letter with Mr. Selby’s original signature recounts his time with the rifle. MARKINGS: In addition to the standard Weatherby markings, a small “Griffin & Howe, Andover NJ” rides the bottom of the barrel just forward of the forend tip and “181529” shows on the bottom of the trigger guard, these both required as a condition of the recent repatriation from Africa. DIMENSIONS: Weight, with scope, is 8.8 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Engraving is flawless. The barrel blue is approximately 95 percent, with some thinning on the muzzle face and a highlight line along the top between the muzzle and forend tip (no doubt from riding the rack in a safari truck). One small freckle appears on the right side of the barrel a few inches aft of the muzzle. The action finish is 100 percent, with slight thinning on the bolt knob and some thinning following the edges of the floorplate. Even the gold plate on the trigger rates near 95 percent. The stock is also approximately 95 percent overall. The varnish has some light crazing and checkering is tack sharp. One minor impression appears on the left side of the barrel channel, some faint impressions show on the grip cap and along the toe line, and one small area of missing varnish tops the Monte Carlo hump. The scope is optically clear, with lenses and coatings in fine condition. The rubber “bumper” ring on the ocular housing as cracked from pressure of the included covers. HARRY SELBY (1925-2018) is one of the most famous and respected professional hunters who ever swung a rifle onto his shoulder and took up the track. By greatest fortune, he gained the both the respect and admiration of Robert Ruark , becoming internationally famous through Ruark’s writings. Selby served as the inspiration for Ruark’s hero Peter McKenzie in Something of Value and Ruark dedicated what many believe is the finest book ever written about safari life, Horn of the Hunter, to Selby. On a personal level, Ruark was honored to become Godfather to Harry’s son, Mark Selby. The price is firm and layaway is available. $30,000 plus shipping.


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Westley Richards .375 H&H Magnum, engraved, gold, Mauser, quarter rib, leather pad, 97 percent

Westley Richards .375 H&H Magnum. Serialed 43414, this wonderfully-balanced dangerous game rifle wears a 24.5-inch medium sporter barrel (.665-inch muzzle diameter). Heavily featured according to its intended purpose, the barrel is fitted with a scalloped island front ramp topped by a finely-beaded blade, large pop-up night sight and a classic folding hood. The forward sling mount extends from a perfectly blended band. A stout quarter rib (.650-inch wide) secures a pedestaled trio of windage-adjustable express rear sight blades, each engraved with a shadowed sighting line. Regulated for 300-grain bullets, the fixed blade is marked for 100 yards while the folders are marked 200 and 300 yards. The Mauser action has been drilled and tapped with no indication bases were ever added, the bolt body is jeweled and bearing surfaces polished for smooth operation. Feeding is flawless and the extractor “snaps over” cartridges thumbed into the chamber. A custom shroud with two-position serrated wing safety has been added while the trigger remains the original two-stage but now wears a stippled face. Additional appointments include drop box bottom metal (4+1 capacity) with an inside-the-bow release, along with a trapdoor grip cap. The stock blank was properly selected for stout figure and appropriately dimensioned to caliber. Finishing accents include an ebony forend tip, wrap point checkering with a partial double border, single crossing bolt, extended pistol grip, scalloped cheek rest with shadow line, rear sling swivel stud and a leather-wrapped recoil pad. An initial plate inletted in the toe line is blank (other than a minute and shallow “B-S 375 M”). ENGRAVING: The receiver, bolt handle, front sight base and hood, quarter rib, trapdoor, crossbolt and action screws wear an elegant vine and scroll. The pattern continues to full coverage over the bottom metal, highlighted by a tremendous greater kudu bust in gold relief. FINISHES: Metal surfaces wear polished rust blue, with the trapdoor, crossing bolt and action screws standing in contrast with their color case. The stock wears hand-rubbed oil. MARKINGS: Westley Richards & Co. England” rides barrel center. Maker’s name, caliber and serial show on receiver left and “Regulated for 300 Grn. Bullet” on receiver top. British proofs appear on both barrel and receiver. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright, with the look of new. Bluing is approximately 97 percent, with a bit of minor thinning/freckling at the carry points (near barrel band, forward edge of rib), bolt release lever and extractor. Markings are tack sharp and engraving is flawless. Wood is approximately 98 percent with but minor impressions. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.8 pounds. Length-of-pull is 13.85 inches, drops are 1.4 and 2.25 inches, and cast off is approximately .375-inch. No case, papers or additional accessories. The price is firm and layaway is available. $18,500 plus shipping.


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Winchester pre-64 Model 70 serial number 1 & serial number 2

A most remarkable pairing – serial number 1 and serial number 2 Winchester pre-64 Model 70 rifles. Absent anything short of absolute certainty, each of these rifles stands among the world’s most important and valuable sporting arms. That they are paired presents an unequaled acquisition opportunity. Both rifles have a captivating history. According to Roger Rule’s The Rifleman’s Rifle, serial number 1 was marked on January 20, 1936. As Winchester records are unavailable so far as supporting a proper factory letter is concerned, the actual shipping date and destination are unknown. As detailed in Winchester Model 70 No. 1, a feature article appearing in the June, 1990 issue of American Rifleman (bound copy included), the current owner’s uncle purchased the rifle from a hardware store in Durango, Colorado during the 1937 hunting season. Whether new or used when that sale was wrung, the rifle was already fitted with a Lyman receiver sight. Upon returning from the hunting trip, the owner had the rifle drilled and tapped in order to install a 10x Fecker scope, then hunted with it for the next forty years. In 1977, after borrowing it over the course of several deer seasons, the current owner formally acquired the rifle still wearing the Fecker and with the Lyman sight in tow. Staggeringly, another ten years passed before a chance showing resulted in a dealer getting the vapors and blurting a surprisingly high offer. This sparked a curiosity which lead to the realization that his plain old Model 70 was the first of its kind. With significant reservation, the rifle was retired from hunting after 50 years of faithful and flawless service. Published in 1982 by Alliance Books, The Rifleman’s Rifle did much to expand and solidify collector interest in Winchester pre-64 Model 70 rifles. Quite naturally, the owner of the number 1 rifle acquired a copy as part of his research. Page 193 carried a photo of serial number 2 from the author’s collection, and page 52 showed a photo of a letter from Richard Pelton, Winchester’s Director of Marketing dated March 6, 1980. Written to Mrs. Ethel M. Lied, the letter mentions the January 20, 1936 marking date for the number 1 rifle and also states that assembly of Model 70 rifles did not begin until 1937. Pointedly, the letter references Mrs. Lied’s inquiries as to the value of her rifle – serial number 2. No doubt, ownership of the number 2 rifle passed to Roger Rule at approximately this time. At some point thereafter, the number 2 rifle was presented for sale at a major gun show attended by the owner of rifle number 1. As things tend to do, one lead to another and ownership of serial number 2 transferred. To no surprise, both rifles are of “standard” configuration and chambered in .30-06 Springfield. Serial number 1 condition: The bore remains smooth, strong and viable. Drilling/tapping for scope mounting includes 2x on the barrel just forward of the rear sight boss and 2x on the front ring. The rear sight is absent and the dovetail is protected with a “plug”. Overall metal finish is approximately 65 percent, as expected after 50 years of use in the hunting fields. Wood integrity is strong (absent cracks or chips). Wood finish condition is also approximately 65 percent overall and the checkering is smoothing. Finish is thinning or absent in places and a general distribution of field impressions and scratches are in evidence. The bolt body is faintly marked “1” in electric pencil (or similar). The Fecker scope is viable and remains optically clear, with surface finish of approximately 70 percent. Serial number 2 condition: The bore remains smooth, strong and viable. Drilling and tapping for scope mounting includes 2x on the front ring, with the rear ring untapped. Overall metal finish is approximately 80 percent. Wood integrity is strong (absent cracks or chips). Wood finish condition is also approximately 80 percent overall. Checkering is strong. A general distribution of field impressions and scratches are in evidence. The bolt body is faintly marked “2” in electric pencil (or similar). Inclusions: In addition to a complete bound set of American Rifleman magazines from 1990 with the referenced article, a personalized letter detailing the known history and transfer details of the rifles will be provided by the owner. Price is firm at $1,750,000, and an installment purchase may be arranged following a suitable deposit. The pair will not be separated. All transportation arrangements and associated costs are the responsibility of the purchaser.


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Colt Officers Special .22 LR, 6-inch, 1951, 98 percent

Colt Officers Model Special .22 LR. Made in 1951, serial number 62342 wears a 6-inch heavy barrel with ramp front sight and Coltmaster rear sight. CONDITION: The bore is bright and shiny with no indications of wear. Mechanics are superb. Metal finish is approximately 98 percent, with the expected cylinder turning line along with a trace of handling and high edge brightness. The grips are flawless. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,250 plus shipping.


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Freedom Arms .454 Casull, created for Soldier of Fortune’s 10th convention in 1989, collection of Robert K. Brown, new and unfired

Freedom Arms .454 Casull from the collection of Robert K. Brown. Made to commemorate the 10th annual Soldier of Fortune Convention held in 1989, serial SOF-D007 (incorporates RKB’s unique 007 serial number) features a 4.75-inch barrel, adjustable rear sight and smooth laminated wood grips. ENGRAVING: “SOF Convention, 10th Anniversary 1989” appears on barrel right. CONDITION: Unfired, with but a hint of a turning ring. The original box with correct end label is included (one of its panels has separated at the sides). LT. COL. ROBERT K. BROWN, USAR (Ret.) has lived a life of incredible adventure. He served as a Green Beret in Vietnam, trained troops from other countries and fought communists alongside them in hotspots around the globe, and has diligently defended the Second Amendment via his long-held seat on the NRA Board of Directors. Brown’s publishing career began when he founded Panther Publications, which later merged into Paladin Press. In 1974, RKB sold his portion of Paladin Press and shortly thereafter founded Soldier of Fortune Magazine. Always willing to use the platforms he created in support of what he believes without the slightest regard for the fallout sure to follow, Brown has been praised and damned in equal parts by those dumbstruck that such a person or personality actually exists. Now 87, RKB has elected to part with a number of his special firearms and memorabilia accumulated over the years. The purchaser of each item will receive a personalized letter from RKB discussing its known history, along with a vintage “Communism Stops Here” poster of Brown cradling his sniper rifle during his time in El Salvador from the archives of Soldier of Fortune Magazine. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,000 plus shipping.


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Trio of Terry Tussey custom ultra-compact 1911 .45 ACP pistols prototyped for Kimber, unique compact .22 LR assembly, provenance, high condition

Trio of ultra-compact prototype 1911 .45 ACP pistols created by Terry Tussey for Kimber as the foundation for Kimber’s Ultra RCP II model. PISTOL 1 – Serial number KU29156 is based on an Ultra CDP II. While retaining the original (3-inch) bull barrel/sights/slide configuration, the grip has been shortened approximately .880-inch and a finger groove added for improved control. A special aluminum mainspring housing was also added and, along with the grip itself, modified to a round butt configuration. Additional custom appointments include skeletonized hammer, wide thumb safety, bobbed grip safety, thin rosewood grips with Tussey Custom logo and a unique blended magazine plate. Retained Kimber features include a stainless steel match grade bull barrel, stainless steel slide with lowered/flared ejection port, 30 lines-per-inch checkering under the trigger guard and a tuned match grade trigger. Included are two five-round magazines. Overall condition is approximately 97 percent with modest indications of handling and firing. The related highly-modified Rimfire Target .22 LR barrel/slide is shortened to 3.5 inches (from five inches). Included are four Kimber 10-round rimfire magazines, but none have been shortened or modified to operate with this pistol (Tussey single-loaded rimfire rounds during testing and never got around to modifying the lips so the slide would close). Provenance – a letter from Tussey states that both calibers are sighted in at 25 yards and includes a three-shot .45 ACP group measuring .643 center-to-center. PISTOL 2 – Serial number KU23983 is based on an Eclipse Ultra II and retains the original stainless steel slide, frame and major dimensions – other than the grip being shortened .430-inch. The sights have been removed in favor of a trough machined and blended into the top of the slide that features a recessed “shallow V” rear sight and red fiber optic front bead. Additional modifications include a recessed slide stop pin and magazine release button, slimmed slide release, bobbed hammer/thumb safety/grip safety, added aluminum mainspring housing, rounded butt and thin rosewood grips with Tussey Custom logo. Condition is approximately 97 percent with minor indications of handling and firing. One six-round magazine is included. PISTOL 3 – Serial number KU25552 is based on a Ultra CDP II with original dimensions. The original sights have been removed in favor of a sighting trough ending in an Trilux H3 night sight bead (dimmed with age). An aluminum mainspring housing has been added and the grip recontoured to round butt. Thin slant-checkered rosewood grips have also been added. One Officer’s length seven-round magazine is included. Condition is approximately 98 percent with only faint indications of handling. The price is firm, layaway is available and the group will not be separated. $10,000 plus shipping.


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Nowlin custom 1911 .45 ACP, Jet brake, Bo-Mar, superb attention to detail, 97 percent

Nowlin custom .45 ACP. Serial NM001116 was made circa 1998 and features a two-inch Jet muzzle brake, bold front and beveled rear slide serrations, Bo-Mar adjustable rear sight, Nowlin barrel, ambidextrous thumb safety, bumped and grooved beavertail grip safety, serrated slide release, front strap checkering, one piece mainspring housing and extended/beveled magazine well, double diamond checkered thin rosewood grips, amazing tuned trigger and gold hammer. The pistol is marked with the Nowlin script logo and American Pistolsmiths Guild logo (slide right) and the Nowlin crest logo (slide left). Three magazines with extended bumper pads are included, although two do not engage the slide lock. CONDITION: The bore is superb, indicating little use. Metal finish is approximately 97 percent. Grips are absent any flaw. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,500 plus shipping.


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Olympic Arms / Schuetzen Pistol Works Street Deuce .45 ACP, serial (SOF001) from the collection of Soldier of Fortune’s Robert K. Brown, 90 percent

Olympic Arms / Schuetzen Pistol Works Street Deuce .45 ACP from the collection of Robert K. Brown. Serial SOF001 (Soldier Of Fortune 001) is a refined full size two-tone 1911 pistol with a 5-inch Storm Lake barrel, Trijicon front sight (dimmed), Brown barrel bushing (matte silver finish), LPA adjustable rear sight, thin vertical rear slide serrations, Commander-style hammer and a matte black finish over the slide. The steel frame wears a matte silver finish and features a short trigger, extended slide release, high cut under the trigger guard, bumped and grooved beavertail grip safety, steel checkered mainspring housing, beveled magazine well, double diamond checkered rosewood grips and skateboard tape over the front strap. INCLUSIONS: One Wilson Combat stainless steel magazine with extended bumper and an aftermarket hard case bearing the label “SOF 001, Col. Brown’s”. CONDITION: The bore is strong and mechanics are solid. Metal finish stands at approximately 90 percent with predictable polishing over the high spots. Grips are approximately 90 percent as well, with scattered impressions and minor scratching. LT. COL. ROBERT K. BROWN, USAR (Ret.) has lived a life of incredible adventure. He served as a Green Beret in Vietnam, trained troops from other countries and fought communists alongside them in hotspots around the globe, and has diligently defended the Second Amendment via his long-held seat on the NRA Board of Directors. Brown’s publishing career began when he founded Panther Publications, which later merged into Paladin Press. In 1974, RKB sold his portion of Paladin Press and shortly thereafter founded Soldier of Fortune Magazine. Always willing to use the platforms he created in support of what he believes without the slightest regard for the fallout sure to follow, Brown has been praised and damned in equal parts by those dumbstruck that such a person or personality actually exists. Now 87, RKB has elected to part with a number of his special firearms and memorabilia accumulated over the years. The purchaser of each item will receive a personalized letter from RKB discussing its known history, along with a vintage “Communism Stops Here” poster of Brown cradling his sniper rifle during his time in El Salvador from the archives of Soldier of Fortune Magazine. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,750 plus shipping.


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Precision Small Arms PSP-25 .25 ACP, 2.15-inch, nickel, 1995, Charlottesville, box, mint

Precision Small Arms PSP-25 .25 ACP. Made in Charlottesville, Virginia circa 1995, serial number 1VA00817 was distributed by KBI (marked on box) and sold on the retail market on 9/29/95 in California (per box sticker). Features include a 2.15-inch barrel, nickel finish, unmarked grips (no logo inside oval) and 6-round magazine. INCLUSIONS: The original box with correct serial number, manual and cleaning brush. CONDITION: New and unfired. The box has several stickers on the outside. The internal styrofoam portion is in strong condition. The price is firm. $750 plus shipping.


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Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum, blue, 7.5-inch, 1989, box, appears unfired

Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum. One of the last few made in 1989, serial 502-73144 has a 7.5-inch barrel, blue finish and walnut grips. The front sight blade has a red insert and the rear sight is adjustable. CONDITION: Appears unfired since leaving the factory. Finish condition is approximately 99 percent, with faint cylinder turning ring and some minor indications of storage bumps along the backstrap. What appears to be the original box (there is no serial) with logo plastic bag is included. The price is firm. $800 plus shipping.


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Ruger Super Redhawk .454 Casull / .45 Colt, Target Gray, 7.5-inch, 2000, box, rings, likely unfired

Ruger Super Redhawk .454 Casull & .45 Colt. Made in 2000, serial number 551-73453 wears the full Target Gray finish. Features include a 7.5-inch barrel, front ramp sight blade with red insert, adjustable rear sight, 1-inch scope mounts and a smooth rubber grip with wood inserts. CONDITION: Likely unfired since leaving the factory, the bore is pristine. Finish is nearly 100 percent, with but faint traces of storage and transport wear. INCLUSIONS: The original plastic hard case with correct end label, fired casing, manual and lock are present. The price is firm. $900 plus shipping.


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Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 629-6 .44 Magnum, stainless steel, 2.6-inch, round butt, red ramp, 2014, new in case

Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 629-6 .44 Magnum. Made in 2014 and never loaded or fired since leaving the factory, serial number CVN6356 is a stainless steel revolver with a 2.6-inch barrel, red ramp front sight, white outline rear sight, teardrop hammer, smooth trigger and round butt frame. CONDITION: New and unfired. INCLUSIONS: The factory Performance Center hard case with correct end label, fired casing, manual, warranty card and safety lock keys are included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,150 plus shipping.


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Smith & Wesson Model 29-2 .44 Magnum, engraved, 6.5-inch, pinned, recessed, circa 1977, presentation case, 99 percent

Smith & Wesson Model 29-2 .44 Magnum. Completed circa 1977, serial number N489216 features a 6.5-inch pinned barrel and recessed cylinder. ENGRAVING: Wearing what appears to be special order factory “B” engraving (as script initials “JMS” appear below the cylinder on the right sideplate), a bordered vine pattern extends over some 65 percent of the frame, cylinder, guard and grip, then reappears on the barrel to approximately 50 percent. CONDITION: Lightly handled and possibly unfired since leaving the factory, the bore remains pristine. Metal finish is approximately 99 percent, with a ghost turn ring and a few small areas of minor polishing from handling or shipping. The cylinder locks drum tight and grips are flawless. CASE: The factory wood presentation case remains in at least 95 percent condition externally and approximately 80 percent internally. Screwdriver, mop, rod, instructions, warranty card and promotional materials are present. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,500 plus shipping.


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Smith & Wesson Model 329PD .44 Magnum, likely first one shipped, featured in American Handgunner Magazine, solid provenance, 97 percent

Smith & Wesson Model 329PD .44 Magnum. Almost certainly the first revolver of its kind ever released by the factory, serial CFV9377 was shipped to American Handgunner writer Charles Petty on 4/16/03, his feature article being published in the July/August 2004 issue (electronic copy included). Features include a 4-inch barrel, red fiber optic front sight, “shallow V” adjustable rear sight, tuned trigger, smooth grooved rosewood grips and an extra set of textured rubber logo grips. Weight is just 27 ounces. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright, and the cylinder locks properly tight. Finishes are approximately 97 percent, with minor indications of handling, along with modest staining and imprinting toward the front of the cylinder. PROVENANCE: The original invoice detailing shipment to Mr. Petty is included and an electronic (scanned) copy of the feature article will be forwarded. INCLUSIONS: The original factory hard case with correct end label, fired casing (dated 4/9/03), instructions, warranty card, safety lock keys and an adaptor for the rubber grips are included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,750 plus shipping.


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Beretta 486 by Marc Newson 12 gauge, 28-inch IC/M, round action, ejectors, engraved, English walnut, 7 pounds, cased, 99 percent

Beretta Model 486 by Marc Newson 12 gauge. In every respect spectacular, serial MN0103B wears 28-inch barrels with fixed IC/M chokes and 3-inch chambers. The swamped rib has a single bead. Additional features include round action, ejectors, automatic safety with selector, single inertia trigger and a blended guard. Stocked from a carefully-chosen AAA-grade English blank pairing with an uninterrupted riot of heavy figure, added fields of 26 lines-per-inch borderless checkering fill the splinter, wrap the straight grip and grace the butt. ENGRAVING: The receiver is dressed to 100 percent coverage by a pair of dragons winding through a floral and vine background of Asian influence, the pattern extending over the guard and providing a blank initial field. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.0 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.5 inches, drops are 1.6 and 2.3 inches, and cast off is approximately .375-inch. CONDITION: Overall condition is 99 percent, with only slight indications of careful handling and a round or two over the course. INCLUSIONS: Factory takedown hard case, slips, box and papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $15,000 plus shipping.


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Ithaca SBT (Single Barrel Trap) Grade 7 12 gauge, 32-inch, six birds in gold relief, ejector

Ithaca SBT (Single Barrel Trap) Grade 7 12 gauge. Serial 403788 features a 32-inch barrel with full choke, vent rib, white front and mid beads, ejector and an extended forcing cone. ENGRAVING: The entire receiver as well as the barrel shoulders, forend furniture, top lever, tangs and screws wear superb engraving. Receiver left features a pair of rising ducks, the right a brace of pheasants (one flying, the other standing alert), the bottom an eagle and the guard a snipe, each bird in detailed gold relief. The balance of bordering metal surfaces are dressed in a detailed vine and leaf pattern accented with sunbursts and figured borders. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright, and the barrel remains on face. The opening lever rests well to the right. The ejector pings properly. The barrel finish appears to have been carefully restored and currently rates at least 90 percent. Engraving is tack sharp. The wood finish has been restored as well and stands at approximately 95 percent. A Pachmayr Decelerator pad has been added. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.8 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14 inches. The straight comb drop is 1.5 inches and appears to be absent cast. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Krieghoff K-80 four barrel skeet set, 12/20/28/.410, 1984, 28-inch, Hydro-Coil, Briley, extra butt, cased

Krieghoff K-80 four barrel skeet set. Serial 12100 was acquired in 1984 at the U.S. Army Base Exchange in Ulm, Germany. Features include 28-inch (consecutively serialed) 12/20/28/.410 gauge ejector barrels with vent double-bead ribs tapering from .320-inch to .265-inch. Chokes (fixed) in the subs are marked SK/SK and the 12 (originally Tula chokes) has been outfitted with six Briley extended tubes (SK/SK/IC/LM/M/XF). Chambers are 2.75-inch in the 12 and 3.0 inches in the others. The receiver wears a nickel finish, the safety is locked off and the trigger (standard) is adjustable for length-of-pull. WOOD: A Hydro-Coil butt stock (works properly, air pump absent) and matching forend are fitted. A second stock with an adjustable comb and Kick-Eez pad is included (this length-of-pull is approximately 14.5 inches with trigger positioned as shown in the photos). DIMENSIONS: Weight (with 12 gauge barrels, choke tubes, Hydro-Coil) is 8.8 pounds. With Hydro-Coil and trigger positioned (rearward) as pictured, the length-of-pull is 14.0 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.0, and cast off is approximately .25-inch. CONDITION: The barrels are properly on face and the opening lever rests well to the right. Mechanics are proper in dry operation. The receiver finish is approximately 75 percent, with some thinning and tarnish. Each of the barrel sets has strong bores and at least 95 percent blue. The mounted stock and forend stand at approximately 99 percent, while the extra stock is about 97 percent with a scattering of light impressions. The case is approximately 85 percent. INCLUSIONS: Manual and the Briley invoice for the chokes (2011). The price is firm and layaway is available. $7,750 plus shipping.


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L.C. Smith Field Grade Featherweight .410, 26-inch, 3-inch, 1947, 6.0 pounds, 60 percent colors

L.C. Smith Field Grade Featherweight .410 gauge. Made in 1947, serial number 8778 (matching) features 26-inch barrels choked M/F, a single brass bead, solid rib, 3-inch chambers, extractor, mechanical triggers and an automatic safety. Both splinter and butt wear bordered wrap checkering. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.0 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.0 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.5 inches, and cast off is approximately .20-inch. CONDITION: The bores and chambers are smooth, strong and bright. The barrels are fully on face and the opening lever rests well right of center. Mechanics are solid. Barrel blue is approximately 65 percent, with thinning, browning and a few minor freckles on the right side of the rib. Colors are approximately 60 percent, with some browning. The guard is approximately 50 percent. Wood stands at approximately 80 percent overall, with light impressions along with superficial flaking to the varnish. The price is firm and layaway is available. $7,500 plus shipping.


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L.C. Smith Trap Grade 16 gauge, Hunter One Trigger, ejectors, 28-inch M/F, 2.5-inch, 6.8 pounds

L.C. Smith Trap Grade 16 gauge. Made in Fulton, serial number 68705 (matching) features 28-inch barrels choked M/F, a single ivory bead, solid rib, 2.5-inch chambers, ejectors, Hunter One Trigger (mechanical, with selector) and a mechanical safety. The forend is accented with a triangular ebony inlay at the tip and wrapped in a bordered multi-point diamond pattern. The butt continues the same checkering pattern and retains the original appointments. According to the LC Smith Collectors Association, just 282 Trap Grade models were made in 16 gauge. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.8 pounds. Length-of-pull is 13.5 inches, drops are 1.7 and 3.2 inches, and cast off is approximately .20-inch. CONDITION: The bores and chambers are smooth, strong and bright. The barrels are fully on face and the opening lever rests right of center. All mechanics of the ejectors and trigger operate as intended. The barrels appear to have been reblued and show at least 95 percent condition. The action, top lever, forend release and guard are original, with the action retaining 25-30 percent colors. All engraving is tack sharp. Wood finish and integrity stand at approximately 85 percent, with a scattered distribution of impressions and a bit of chipping at the locks. The butt plate has a single small chip at the lower left edge. The price is firm and layaway is available. $6,500 plus shipping.


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Winchester Model 12 Pigeon Grade 12 gauge, Wayne Wild engraving, Don Brinton stock ,30-inch, full, rib, 98 percent overall

Winchester Model 12 Pigeon Grade 12 gauge. Serial 1968329 wears a 30-inch ribbed barrel (vent, double bead, full choke, 2.75-inch chamber) and deep polished rust blue. ENGRAVING: The action, magazine band, magazine band pin and related screws are graced with the bold full-coverage floral scroll (inspired by the factory “B” pattern) of Wayne Wild. The superb jeweling of the breech bolt and carrier stand in near-perfect contrast. STOCK: Don Brinton created the stock from well-matched English walnut with broad sunburst figure accented by a complex checkering pattern with broad ribbons, diamonds and hearts. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.2 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.3 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.3 inches. Nearly absent cast, it appears to be approximately .15 cast on. CONDITION: The bore is superb and the action is tight. Blue is 99 percent, with but the slightest indications of post-custom handling. Wood is approximately 97 percent, with a few impressions, scratches and one area of thin finish application on the left side of the butt. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,750 plus shipping.


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