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Silver mounted Winchester Model 1894 Lever Action Rifle decorated by Tiffany and Co., late 19th century.

Currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Turkish Model 1903 Mauser,

From the late 19th century up until World War II Germany was the main supplier of the Ottoman Empire for arms.  The Turkish Army was especially fond of Mauser Rifles.  In 1903 the Ottoman Empire ordered 200,000 Model 1903 Mauser rifles.  The Model 1903 was a copy of the older Model 1893 “Spanish” Mauser specially produced for the Turkish Army.  While made in Germany, the M1903 was stamped in Turkish markings.  Subsequent models produced at the Ottoman national armory in Ankara are specifically marked “ANKARA” on the receiver.  Like the earlier Spanish Mauser, the M1903 was chambered 7.65mm, however most were later rechambered and rebored for 8X57, especially when the Ottoman Empire and Turkey became allies during World War I (8X57 was Germany’s main infantry rifle caliber).  Some features unique to the Model 1903 are a teardropped shape bolt knob, a rear tangent sight marked in Eastern Arabic Numerals rather than Western Arabic, and special pieces to the receiver for use with Turkish stripper clips.  Many Model 1903 rifles also had a magazine cutoff, so that it could be used as a single shot breechloading rifle.  However, this feature was discontinued and removed before World War I.

The Turkish Mauser Model 1903 served the Ottoman Army throughout World War I, along with older model Mauser bolt action rifles.  After the war and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire many were used as spare parts to produce newer model rifles.  Many were captured by British and ANZAC forces during the war, and were converted into hunting and sporting rifles or shotguns.

An all original Winchester Model 1890 pump action rifle with colorful case hardened action.

Estimated Value: $22,500 - $35,000

A heavily engraved and chiseled percussion muzzleloading rifle crafted by Giacomo Rinzi of Milan, circa 1834.

Estimated Value: $100,000 - $150,000

Winchester Hotchkiss Model 1883 magazine rifle with bayonet, marked US Navy.
Sold at Auction: $1,900

Winchester Hotchkiss Model 1883 magazine rifle with bayonet, marked US Navy.

Sold at Auction: $1,900

America’s first bolt action military rifle —- The Greene Bolt Action Underhammer Rifle,

One of the more unusual designs of the American Civil War, the Greene rifle holds the distinction of being the first US bolt action military rifle.  Invented by Lt. Col. J. Durham Greene in 1859, the Greene rifle was certainly an unusual firearm.  It utilized a bolt action mechanism based on the Prussian Dreyse rifle.  It was not a repeater, but a single shot only.  To load the user opened the action by drawing the bolt back, inserted a combustible paper cartridge, then closed the bolt which loaded the cartridge into the chamber.  It was not ready to fire, however, as the cartridge lacked a primer or ignition system.  The Greene rifle was a percussion rifle, but while most percussion rifles of the day featured a nipple on top of the chamber, the Greene rifle was an underhammer.  The nipple was located under the rifle, in front of the trigger, where a percussion cap was placed.  The hammer took the form of a ring in front of the trigger, which would have been cocked with the users index or middle finger.  An odd design, it also had its problems.  Often when the hammer was cocked, gravity would do it thing and the percussion cap would fall off the nipple, causing a misfire.

Due to the complexity of its design and its flaws, the Greene rifle was only produced in limited numbers.  1,500 were produced in the United States, of which only 900 would be issued to troops during the Civil War.  Another 3,000 were produced for the Russian Army.

A Modern Day Handcrafted Martini Style Sporting Rifle.

Single shot breechloading martini action chambered for .222 Remington. Action and barrel fabrication by Robert Snapp.  Stock by Maurice Ottmar.  Engraving and gold inlay by Boucher.  Mounted with a Leupold M8-4X Scope.

Estimated Value: $12,000 - $18,000

Marble Arms Game Getter Model 1908 .22 long rifle .410 shotshell combo.

The Mossberg Model 42M-B Lend Lease .22 caliber rifle,

During the early years of World War II, Britain suffered a terrible shortage of small arms.  To better arm themselves, the British turned to the United States, which supplied weapons through the Lend Lease Act.  One unique shortage was in the supply of small caliber rifles to train raw recruits who had little or no experience with rifle shooting.

In the United States the firearms company Mossberg and Sons was famous for producing sporting firearms, especially bolt action shotguns and small caliber bolt action rifles.  During World War II Mossberg was contracted by the US Government to produce .22 caliber bolt action rifles for training purposes.  One contract was for a supply of .22 caliber training rifles to Britain.  The Mossberg Model 42 was a .22 bolt action rifle popular in America for target shooting, plinking, and small game hunting.  Mossberg modified the Model 42 design by including a more durable, beefier stock, a grip which contoured with the hand, and a more durable trigger guard.  Many of these modifications would become common in later Mossberg bolt action rifle and shotgun designs.  Chambered in .22 long rifle, the new Mossberg design used a five round detachable magazine.

Called the Model 42M-B, all of the rifles were stamped “United States Property”.  They were also stamped with with British markings, including Birmingham “crown” proof marks.  Between 1941 and 1943 around 46,000 Model 42M-B’s were produced and delivered to Britain.  After 1943 it is unknown how many more were produced and shipped to British destinations.  Many were also sent to other allies such as the Soviet Union and China.

Custom Remington Model 1872 Rolling Block engraved by Master Engraver Robert Auth.

A Native American decorated and used Winchester Model 1892 lever action rifle with interesting metal inlays and original leather scabbard. Late 19th century.

Engraved bone and pearl mounted full stocked Kentucky flintlock rifle, circa 1839.

Lovely factory engraved Winchester Model 90 pump action .22 caliber rifle, late 19th century.

Estimated Value: $40,000 - $50,000

A single shot breechloading rifle with carved stock and engraved reciever.  Crafted by Ernst Kerner of Germany, late 19th century.

Rare engraved Winchester Model 1866 “Musket Model” lever action rifle.