New changes to GunsInternational.com
Let’s face it….none of us like change, but the technology world puts new demands upon us daily. We at GunsInternational.com have always strived to keep all navigation and processes on our website as simple as possible for our users. We are not about a flashy appearance, just a good solid website that delivers the tools our buyers and sellers need to operate successfully and in a safe environment. That is why our motto is… Gun Classifieds - The Easy Way!
Guns International is proud to have launched additional improvements to the website. The new update is packed with upgrades that our users have been requesting. To keep things as smooth as possible for our users, the inner workings of the site read more
Digital Assets The World of Online Gun Sales
Mark Kakkuri, Gun Digest contributor
GunsInternational.com is known for selling high-end guns, both custom and collectible. Top that off with a site that is completely user-friendly and you have a recipe for success in the online world of gun sales. Expect continued growth as more and more buyers and sellers meet online. Gun Digest the Magazine recently talked with David and Deb Powell to learn more about GunsInternational.com, the online gun classified website. Based in Palm Harbor, Florida, the duo sought out to connect firearm sellers and buyers and now they manage the cyber traffic that has over 30,000 guns for sale and over 1.8 million visitors to the site each month. GDTM: Tell GDTM readers about you and the company's history. Deb: GunsInternational.com was developed approximately six years ago and went public a little over five years ago. My husband, W. David Powell and I developed and operate the website. David brings his 45 years of hunting and gun expertise to GunsInternational.com and I am in charge of the site development and marketing. read more
NRA Gun Safety Rules
Simple Guidelines for Antique Gun Care
David Arnold, the conservator at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts says there are a few simple guidelines to help care for an antique gun (or a collection). Preventive Care Environment
Avoid dramatic swings in relative humidity (RH). Try to keep the humidity stable and between 40 and 50 percent. Consistency is more important than precise maintenance of a specific RH reading, though RH control is critical because of an unusual physical property of wood called anisotropy. Wood cells expand or contract very differently in response to changes in read more
Are your guns insured?
Are Your Guns Insured?Are your guns insured for an amount that will replace them in case they are lost in a fire? Don’t assume your homeowner’s policy will cover them if they are lost. Are your guns insured for an amount that will replace them in case they are lost in a fire? Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover personal losses only up to a set amount. Unless, of course, you realized you own some items – jewelry, antiques, firearms, first edition books on a specific subject, and the list goes on – that are worth more than average value, and you insured them appropriately.
Let’s say, for example, you have a homeowner’s policy that will pay $20,000 for personal effects in case of fire, theft, etc. That amount will hardly cover your clothes, much less read more
The Other Martial Henry
by Rob Kassab
Seldom do we know any specifi c information or history regarding the arms we collect. It is however wellknown that the Henry Rifl e played an important part in the Civil War. Of the approximate 13,000 Henry rifles produced, 1,731 were purchased by the U.S. government during the Civil War to arm Union soldiers. In addition, other Henrys were privately purchased by individual soldiers, offi cers, militias and
regular military units using private funds. First Model Henry rifl es ordered under government contract in the 3000-4000 serial range were inspected at the New Haven Arms Company plant in New Haven by the ordnance department’s sub-inspector Charles G. Chapman, and stamped on the right side of the barrel were his initials “C.G.C.”. These guns are generally known and referred to today as the classic “Martially-Marked Henry Rifle”.
There is a second type martially-marked Henry; not quite as well-known. Second model Henry rifles in the 7000-8000 and 8600-9700 serial range—a total of 627 arms ordered— were purchased in two government contracts specifi cally to arm the 3rd Regiment U.S. Veteran Volunteer Infantry, led by Major General Winfi eld S. Hancock, commissioned to guard Washington, D.C. towards the end of the war. As part of an enticement package for these veterans to volunteer for this duty, they would be allowed to keep their rifles when discharged. These 627 arms along with read more
The Walch Revolver
Article provided by the The Winchesters Collectors Association Much has been written about the innovative Walch Revolver, but very little published in the way of detailed
photographs of these fascinating arms. I have therefore focused on that aspect along with some basic operational descriptions and patent information. I know some are asking “Just what is a Walch Revolver
article doing in a Winchester publication anyway?” The discovery of the Walch / New Haven Arms Company relationship begins with our late friend George Madis who actually stumbled across this connection during his research. In addition to what George has written in “The Winchester Book”, there has been some excellent articles written by Herb Houze as well as others; but the following excerpt
from George’s book clearly describes the relationship between the two firms: “Many years ago, this writer was examining copies of letters in the Winchester archives. One group of letters were of particular interest and importance to collectors, and started one of the long searches one may pursue in a study of antiques. The letter read more
Getting Started in Gun Collecting
The reasons for collecting antique firearms are endless, but certain ones are basic. Although the investment angle must play a role, it should be but part and parcel of stronger motivations which tie the collecting activities to some personal preference that has captured the imagination and curiosity of the prospective collector. Appetites for gun collecting are often whetted by mechanical ingenuity, artistic features or historic associations. The possibilities and potential in collecting antique American arms are virtually unlimited; but these must be matched to both one’s pocketbook and the amount of time one can devote to what can become a possessive mistress. Probably the best approach read more
Gun Collecting and Grading
By Dan Shideler
Firearms collecting is a rewarding hobby. Firearms are part of our nation's history and represent an opportunity to learn more about their role in that American experience. If done skillfully, firearms collecting can be a profitable hobby as well. Firearms have been admired and coveted, not only for their usefulness, but also for their grace and beauty. Since the beginning of the 19th century, firearms makers have adorned their guns with engraving, fine woods, or special order features that set their products apart... read more
Gun Collecting: For Fun and Profit
Gun collecting can be a fun and profitable pursuit for any gun owner. But if you approach the craft with only a view toward investing, you're likely to have neither fun nor profit in the end. Here's how to get the most out of your firearms collection. Today’s old gun markets have almost everything for the gun collector. We collect because it is fun to learn about and possess these old firearms, whether they are the Guns that Won the West or the sidearm grandpa carried at Belleau Wood. Good collecting, the most satisfying kind of hunting and gathering or “accumulating,” becomes more than simple acquisition, more than decoration; it becomes a life-long passion that... read more
By Bill Marion
After restoring a dozen or so antique firearms, I felt that I was ready for a bit of a challenge. That is exactly what I found when I purchased an “untouched” P-1853 3-band Enfield from International Military Antiques (IMA). The Enfield Pattern 1853 Rifled Musket (also known as the Pattern 1853 Enfield, P53 Enfield, and Enfield Rifled Musket) was a .577 caliber muzzle-loading rifled musket, used by the British Empire from 1853 to 1867. Many Enfield 1853 Rifled Muskets were later converted to Snider-Enfield rifles which used a hinged breech block and a .577 black powder cartridge. During the American Civil War, the 1853 Enfield was used by both the Union and the Confederacy in great numbers. The Confederacy imported the Enfield P-1853 more than any other small arm, in spite of the fact......... read more
Restored to Life
By Terry Weiland
At what point does a gun stop having serious collector value, and become more valuable as a candidate for restoration? Follow a Winchester 1886 from the dusty confines of the past to a whole new life. The shabby old Winchester Model 1886, when it came into my possession, was almost indescribable. It could have been a good one: Chambered for the highly desirable 40-65, with an octagonal barrel, fine bore and clean internal mechanism, the rifle should have commanded a premium price. Instead, it was going for less than half of "book." There was no need to ask why.
At some point during its century on this earth, the hapless firearm had fallen into the hands of a man read more
THE MARQUIS DE MORES-THEODORE ROOSEVELT PRESENTATION RIFLE
By Edmund Lewis, M.D.
Winchester Valuation Factors
by Rick Hill & Rob Kassab, Winchester Arms Collectors Association
The following guidelines are offered to assist new collectors. For more details, visit www.WinchesterCollector.org.
“You never pay too much for a good Winchester; you simply might buy a little early”--George Madis
Condition – Most dealers agree that condition is what sells in today’s market place. Values will span a 10 fold range
depending on the percentage of original condition. A piece that is in 100% original condition will be worth at least 10
times more than a piece that is in 10% original condition. However, this value equation is not linear. The value increase
between an 85% piece and a 95% piece being significantly greater than 10%!
Historical Significance – A piece with authentic documentation evidencing a role in an historical event will always have
significantly more value than a similar piece w/o historical significance. Values can be increased as much as
Model 1892 and 1894 Carbines with Canadian Proof Marks
By Rick Hill
Article provided by The Winchester Collectors Association For years collectors have been aware of Model 1892 and 1894 carbines marked with the DCP (Dominion of Canada Proof) surcharge. The 1892s dominate and the Model 1894s are relatively difficult to fi nd. I’ve read a lot of speculation concerning the history of these arms and it is only now that I finally understand how they came to be and where they were used. The Model 1892s generally fall within the 730,000 to 780,000 serial number range. I encountered and owned a couple of these which were acquired when we lived in Melbourne, Australia during 1996 and 1997. Like most of the lever actions that reside “down-under” they were well used and had little to no original fi nish remaining. The Canadian
surcharge was easy to research and being that Australia is a British Commonwealth Nation it seemed
logical that the carbines would be found there. As an 1894 collector, I really didn’t think too much about these carbines and I had quickly disposed of them in favor of something moreread more
Exploring Untamed Africa with Tall Grass Safaris
By Dirk Harris
THE GREAT BEARHUNT
By GARY MCCONNAUGHHAY
I was just sitting here thinking about how many years I've hunted Ontario black bear and some of my many adventures. I guess the best place to start is the beginning. The first year I hunted with GOUDREAU & SONS was in the early 1990's. The first trip I didn't have any ideal what to expect. The first day we unloaded our four wheelers and started out to bait. I was not expecting the work we had to do. We baited about 30 active baits and rode in some of the most scenic country I've ever hunted in. We covered somewhere ....... read more
The Broomhandle Mauser Pistol
By Bob Shell
Generally considered the second oldest successful semi auto pistol it came out in 1896. The Borchardt that came out in 1893 was the first successful auto loader though it didn’t stick around very long and was the forunner of the Luger. The Borchardt pistol came out with a 30 caliber bottle neck cartridge which was also adopted by the Mauser C 96 pistol in essentially the same loading though the C 96 was loaded a little hotter by some accounts. While the Broomhandle wasn’t designed by Paul Mauser three brothers who worked at his factory developed the design over a period of a couple of years starting in 1893. By March ........ read more
The “OTHER” Single Action: The S&W .38
by Dan Shideler
If there’s one gun that’s indelibly associated with the Old West, it’s got to be the Colt Model P, the 1873 Single Action Army. Yet not everyone back in those mid-Victorian days carried the big .45. Actually, if you rounded up a hundred hombres of the period and dumped their pockets, you’d probably find a motley assortment of .32- and .38-caliber Forehand & Wadsworths, Hopkins & Allens, Webleys and Suicide Specials of various persuasions. And you might even find a Smith & Wesson Single Action or two. The fact is, Smith & Wesson marketed a perfectly good line of self-defense revolvers as early as 1876 and read more
The .44 Special Begins Its Second Century - Part I
by John Taffin
In an age of magnums and larger caliber handguns, the .44 Special is just as relevant for today's shooters and hunters as it was in Elmer Keith's days. In this article from Gun Digest 2010, sixgun expert John Taffin shows this cartridge is still up to task. And with so many models still chambered in .44 special, there's plenty of reasons to champion read more
A Look at the U.S. Army .45 Model 1917 Revolver
by Corey Graff, Gun Digest Online Editor
Revolvers aren't the first thing that come to mind when I think about military guns. Standing in the shadow of the 1911, M1 Garand or M16 that's understandable, I suppose. But it's hard to miss a firearm like the Smith & Wesson Model 1917 Army revolver, with its classic-looking roundish front blade and western-styled grip. It was a hell-raisin' handgun for sure, one to be reckoned with, chambered like it was to take care of business. It shot the man-stoppers, the big .45 ACP or .45 Auto Rim. The U.S. was gearing up for World War I. Reflecting back on the inadequacies of the .38 used with marginal effect in the Philippines, the military adapted relatively quickly and went after a .45 caliber sidearm. No military gun collection would be complete without the Smith & Wesson Model 1917, which — along with read more
Classic Guns: High Standard .22 Pistols
James Card, Gun Digest editor
In a recent column, Gun Digest the Magazine contributor Walt Hampton wrote, "A gun with proper care can last several lifetimes and during those years as it is passed between family members or friends and is touched or used by various people it becomes woven into the fabric of our lives. This is the one reason I encourage every 'gun person' I know to jot down their recollections so they may be passed on to other hunters that may follow them, that may one day use that gun for their own pleasure." Matthew Hranek is a professional photographer that shoots for numerous glossy magazines and he spends his time on a farm in upstate New York. He's a hunter, angler and cook and has good taste in vintage goods. He recently posted some photos of a High Standard Field King .22 pistol. Mixed in with his father's things was a handwritten note on shooting advice that ended with three underlined words: Practice Practice Practice. Click here for a look at the gun and the note. I have some affection for old High Standard pistols. It was the first handgun I ever fired, and it was the first handgun I ever used to take a game animal (a wounded raccoon fighting off a pair of black and tan coonhounds). It was my father's gun and I remember holding it with great fascination and awe. He traded it off read more
Vats of ink have been spilled by gun writers over the decades praising the fast-handling characteristics of lever-action rifles, the rapid target acquisition iron sights provide and the quick followup shots the guns offer. Then, of course, there’s the value of a big bullet to compensate for less than perfect shot placement in low light or thick brush. But much of that has fallen by the wayside in recent years during this brave new era of long-range sniperstyle “hunting,” BDC reticles and shotdrop compensating laser range finders. A Timeless Appeal Gunwriters still, on occasion, crow about the pragmatic virtues and sex appeal of lever guns, but you’ll almost never catch a writer-type actually using one on an elk hunt. A bolt-action .300 WSM with a lot of glass on top is far more likely to be riding in that
saddle scabbard. Whiskey vs. single malt, I suppose. But there is no denying..... read more
Ernest Hemingway And His Westley Richards Double Rifle
By J. E. Fender
Every reader of the Double Gun Journal knows of Ernest Hemingway, has read some or all of his writings, and likely has opinions, either favorable or unfavorable, of the man’s writings and personae. Whatever your measure of the man Ernest Hemingway’s writings forced readers to reflect upon and question their own perceptions and beliefs, and irrevocably altered the way American literature is written, read, and understood. Fifty years after Hemingway committed suicide we remain interested in the iconic writer who is still the second most translated author who wrote in English (the mystery writer Agatha Christie is the most translated). We are well aware of his love of fishing and hunting, and of his long and abiding love of firearms. Any firearm with an impeccable Hemingway provenance interests us, and of particular interest is a Westley Richards double rifle in caliber .577 Nitro Express that went under the hammer at the distinguished Maine auction house of J. D. Julia in March
of this year with a pre-auction appraisal of $150,000–$200,000.
This double rifle was used by Hemingway during his second African safari in 1953–54, and while the essence of that safari was captured in an elaborate article in the 26 January 1954 issue of Look magazine, Hemingway never published during his lifetime.... read more
Bore - Rifles
By Sherman Bell
Reprinted courtesy of Double Gun Journal From my perspective, eccentric as it may be, there is romance and adventure in the study of big-bore
black powder rifles—rifles that shoot huge lead balls or conical bullets, propelled by multiple drams of real powder. In this context, “big bore” does not refer to the .450 or .500 caliber rifles or even the formidable .577s. I offer a study of rifles whose bullets are commonly quantified in fractions of a pound, rather than caliber. The light, handy and effective 16-bore rifles used a one-ounce ball. At the large extreme, the mighty 4 bore shot quarterpound spheres or even heavier conical bullets. The breech-loading bore-rifle was the dominant force for hunting big game and the biggest of big game during most of the last half of the nineteenth century. These big-bore wonders from the past, were not all doubles, some were fine single-barrel rifles and we will include them in our study. The singles used some of the
same action mechanisms, had the same high degree of workmanship and came from the same British workshops as our beloved doubles. They are wonders in their own right and surely deserve their place of honor—even in this journal, normally dedicated to doubles. Regardless of configuration, each “bore-rifle” is a rare vestige of centuries past. They will not be made again and although they still exist in some numbers, they are like the widely scattered members of an ancient fraternity. Most of them do not get read more
The Fine Firearms Find of the Century
By Guy Bignell
In the words of the immortal Michael McIntosh, "call this a tangled web with a happy ending, a story that unfolds like the plot of a Russian novel toward a conclusion in which one of the most venerable Belgian gunmakers and the most venerable American gunmaker undergo a renaissance and in the process bring back to life one of the more visionary guns of the twentieth century - invented by a Belgian maker whose relative obscurity belies his genius". read more
The Superposed Shotgun
By Steve Felgenhauer
The beloved Browning Superposed, coined by many to be John Browning’s greatest achievement, is still regarded as one of America’s most popular over and under shotguns. Even unlikely critics, like CNN Money.com lists the “Super” as one of the world’s finest shotguns. John Moses Browning, arguably America’s premier firearm designer, first visualized the Superposed as an affordable over and under shotgun for American hunters and target shooters, in contrast to... read more
Classy Double Guns
By Steve Hickoff
If it looks good, feels good, and kills birds dead, it qualifies as a Classy Double.My late grandfather — the one who manned a tank in WWII — gunned Pennsylvania red- and gray-phase ruffed grouse with the same Fox Sterlingworth I now carry afield.
This is how a double gun acquires history and meaning from one generation to the next (and what the anti-gun people don’t understand). Hunts add seasoned character to game-scene engraving and walnut stocks. Guys like us get warm and fuzzy feelings about such stuff.
Double guns, put simply, are shotguns with two barrels. Side-by-sides (not to be confused with the four-wheeled types that take us places), and over/unders (nothing to do with Vegas sports betting, mind you) qualify. The classy part has everything to do with read more
Discussion of Pressures
By Bob Shell
Some people think that all pressure in a gun is bad. Nothing can be further from the truth because without pressure the bullet wouldn’t exit the muzzle. When a gun is fired the primer ignites the powder which turns into gas. That process pushes the bullet out the end of the barrel as that is usually the point of least resistance. When the proper amount and type of powder are employed the gun goes bang and you hit your target without any problems. Or at least read more
Reloading: The Best Bullet for Your Gun
By Bill Chevalier
With so many projectiles available in so many shapes and sizes, how do you find the one that’s best? It depends what you’re looking for.
Most guns of today are standardized in terms of bore diameter and rifling characteristics. If you are dealing with a knowledgeable dealer, a simple request for “some hunting bullets for my 30-30" will probably get you what you want. Unfortunately there are dealers who are not very knowledgeable and a few who are mainly interested in unloading what they have in stock.
"Caveat emptor" is still the safest position to take. This section refers to getting the “best” bullet. The first thing you should have in mind when you go to buy bullets is a clear idea of what “best” means for your intended use. For any gun the first consideration for any use should be accuracy. Whether it’s for target or game, an inaccurate bullet is worthless.
The quickest and easiest rule of thumb when it comes to buying bullets is to get what duplicates the factory loading. If you want ammunition for special purposes, which most handloaders eventually will, then you will have to do a little research like reading this book. Old guns and those of foreign extraction can often be confusing in regard to what their bore and groove size actually is. The best information collected over the past century indicates that the most accurate bullet is the one that fits the groove diameter of the barrel exactly. In the final analysis this is determined by slugging the bore of your gun and measuring read more