Browning Hi-Power collectors! Here’s a tough one to locate. This is a Belgian made/Belgian engraved “D-DAY COMMEMORATIVE” that was manufactured to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Allied landing at Normandy. The D-Day landing would eventually free Belgium and the rest of occupied Europe from the Nazis during WWII. There were just 150 of these produced, this one signed by FN engraver Edouard Vos. There is intricate floral scroll engraving on both sides of the frame and slide. The left side of the slide has gold lettering which reads “NORMANDY JUNE 6, 1944″; the right side is marked “D-DAY COMMEMORATIVE”, also in gold. The left side of the frame is engraved Made in Belgium. The top of the slide features more scroll engraving as well as the gold bust of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander. Above this is a grouping of flags representing those nations involved in the D-Day landing. The trigger, hammer, safeties, slide stop, rear sight button, magazine release, and grip screws are all gold plated. The grips are bordered smooth walnut stocks. These also received special serial numbers. Chambered for the 9mm Parabellum, this is a variation of the desirable “Capitan” model and it features the adjustable 500-meter tangent style rear sight with front sight dovetailed to the slide. Being of later production, it also features the improved elongated ambidextrous safety levers. Condition is excellent and the pistol is new in every way, never fired and free of handling marks, storage issues, or other detractors. It comes in the original factory box with a Browning letter of authenticity, FN factory certificate, owner’s manuals, two 13-round magazines, and cleaning rod. Note: the Norma ammunition box is empty (no cartridges) and is for display as it fills a slot in the case.
A beautiful handgun that is seldom available for sale!
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Here’s an interesting revolver for the Colt collector. This is a Colt Python that had been kept in the Colt factory collection as a “sample and prototype” of the Python Silhouette Model. It was sold from the factory collection via Greg Martin Auctions back in 2008. Chambered for the .357 Magnum, it wears an 8-inch vent-rib barrel with adjustable sights and the standard Python barrel markings. This beauty is finished in Colt’s highly polished “Royal Blue” and remains in excellent, as new condition. There are a few very tiny handling marks so I’ll grade the gun at 99%. It does appear that the gun was fired at some point, probably by the factory. The checkered walnut grips are in excellent condition, free of cracks, chips or significant wear. The mechanics are in perfect working order and the bore is excellent as well. This revolver comes in a Colt factory box with owner’s manual and includes the Colt factory letter which describes the prototype status of this desirable revolver.
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HK Collectors! Here’s one that you’ve been looking for! This is a very hard to find complete HK P9S Sport Group III package…complete & appears unfired since factory test fire!! The P9S is an interesting pistol and uses a form of HK’s strong and reliable roller locking system (as used in various rifles…HK91, HK93, etc). It incorporates a double action trigger (DA/SA), has a slide mounted safety, a frame mounted cocking lever that doubles as a slide release, and a cocking indicator that protrudes from the rear of the slide when the pistol is fully cocked. The barrels feature polygonal rifling. The grip frame is constructed largely of a composite material with molded-in checkering and finger grooves (the bearing surfaces and internal components are steel). This variant of the P9S comes complete with two slide & barrel assemblies…each component serial numbered to the frame. The Sport slide features an adjustable rear sight, 5″ barrel, and barrel weight with front sight. It is accompanied by the over-sized wood target grip. The Combat slide features a 4″ barrel with conventional sights and a standard polymer grip is included. Condition is excellent and the gun appears “as new”. Two magazines are provided…both appear new, never loaded. This set comes in the factory case which is serial numbered to the pistol. Also included is the factory test target, owner’s manual, warranty card, wrenches & barrel weight alignment tool. The test target and “IB” date code on the pistol indicate 1981 production. A real prize for the HK lover!
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What a gorgeous pistol! This is a WWII vintage 1911A1 U.S. Army .45 Automatic that has been heavily engraved and silver plated. There is a platinum plated Grizzly on the left side of the slide and a Mountain Lion on the right. The pistol is extensively engraved in a classic oak leaf and acorn pattern. I understand that the work was done in Germany during the post-war occupation. I don’t know the name of the engraver, but the work shows that he was a master. The gun is fitted with a beautiful set of carved ivory grips. The left panel features an Elk, the right side a wild boar. All original rollmarkings have been removed and the original serial number was relocated to the bottom of the front strap. The serial number could be correct for either a WWII Colt OR a WWII Union Switch & Signal (US&S) since Colt duplicated the US&S serial numbers in this range by mistake. Lack of the usual internal Colt inspection markings makes me think it is likely a US&S frame at least. Overall condition is excellent and the pistol retains nearly all of the silver plate. There is some slight toning in areas but no pitting. The grips are in excellent condition…free of any cracks or chips. The mechanics appear to be in perfect working order and the bore is excellent. A truly one-of-a-kind 1911A1 and a beautiful work of art!
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Winchester Model 1894 .32-40 rifle
Next on the auction block: an early production Winchester Model 1894 rifle. Chambered for the .32-40 cartridge, it wears a 20-1/2″ octagonal barrel with iron sights. NOTE: Auction ends May 15, 2011. This rifle was most likely shipped with a 26″ barrel that has been shortened in the past. The metal has been reblued and the gun retains about 93-94% finish. The stocks are in very good shape and have not been sanded or refinished. There are no cracks or chips. There are sling swivels added to the underside of the butt and to the forend cap. The rifle appears to function perfectly and the action is as crisp today as it was 114 years ago when it was made. The bore looks very good with strong, sharp rifling and plenty of shine.
Now up for auction: one of the most popular of Civil War pistols, the Colt 44 Model 1860 Army Revolver. NOTE: Auction ends May 15, 2011. This antique pistol is a muzzle-loaded cap & ball .44-caliber revolver used during the American Civil War. It was used as a side arm by cavalry, infantry, and artillery troops. The Colt 1860 Army uses the same size frame as the .36 caliber 1851 Navy revolver. The frame is relieved to allow the use of a rebated cylinder that enables the Army to be chambered in .44 caliber. Also, the barrel on the 1860 Army has a forcing cone that is visibly shorter than that of the 1851 Navy, allowing the Army revolver to have a longer cylinder.
Now up for auction: a Sig Sauer P220 semi-automatic pistol. NOTE: Auction ends May 1, 2011. Chambered for the effective .45 ACP, this pistol features double-action operation (DA/SA) with a frame mounted decocker. It has a 2-tone finish…the steel slide is factory electroless nickel plated and the alloy frame anodized black. This pistol is in very good condition overall but has some fine rust freckling in some areas on the slide (this pistol used to live near the Oregon coast). The original grips have been replaced with a set of Hogue rubber grips. The mechanics are in perfect working order and the bore is excellent. Comes in factory plastic case with five magazines (3 factory, 2 good quality aftermarket), each showing some wear. According to the “KF” marking on the underside of the slide, this pistol was manufactured in 1995.
Now up for auction: a somewhat scarce WWII German handgun. This Walther PPK was manufactured later during WWII and is unique in that it utilizes a lightweight “Dural” aluminum alloy frame. NOTE: Auction ends May 1, 2011. Chambered for the 7,65mm (.32 ACP), this pistol is properly matching, and is NOT import marked. The right side of the slide, chamber and tip of barrel have the Nazi Eagle/N test proofs. Overall condition is very good with the usual fading of the anodized finish on the frame. The slide shows general thinning and some fine pitting near the muzzle and left rear. The original black 1-piece grips are in good condition but do have one crack at the top of the back strap and a small chip beneath the safety lever. The mechanics are in good working order and the bore is excellent with bright, sharp rifling. A popular and reliable pistol, this PPK would be especially easy to carry weighing in at less than 17-ounces.
Now on auction: a handy DSA Inc “SA-58 Carbine” that’s got both beauty and punch! NOTE: Auction ends May 8, 2011. Chambered for the .308 Winchester, this weapon features a 16-inch barrel with muzzle brake, a DSA Inc reciever cover with Picatinny rail, and a set of beautiful walnut stocks. It has the fixed style cocking handle and last shot hold-open. Condition is excellent with 98% of the original finish remaining. There is no rust, pitting, dings or ugly marks. The walnut stocks are also in fine shape with only a few minor handling marks but no cracks, chips or repairs. The mechanics appear to be in perfect working order and the bore is excellent. Comes with one metric pattern 20-round magazine (the finish on the mag is a bit uneven but mags are easy to come by). A classy looking semi-automatic “Assault Rifle” (please excuse the euphemism).
Now on the auction block: a very nice rifle for the target shooter. This is an Armalite M15A2 National Match rifle. NOTE: Auction ends May 8, 2011. Chambered for the .223 Remington, this rifle wears a 20″ stainless steel bull barrel on an A2 style upper receiver. It is fitted with a match grade trigger for a lighter, crisper pull. The upper receiver is serial numbered to match the lower. Has the O.D. colored stocks. Excellent condition with only very light handling wear. I’d grade this rifle at 96-98% overall. Excellent bore and mechanics. Comes with the original box but there is no magazine or manual. This rifle has been fired but I’m told that fewer than 500 rounds have been sent down range…she’s just nicely broken in!