Obsolete Calibres

This page updated 25th March 2019


Welcome to one of our newer pages. We have been accumulating a small number of obsolete calibre firearms over the past year or so, mostly as an extension to Roger’s hobby interest in many of these old firearms!    However, due to Sheila’s insistence we (she) has decided to offer some of these for sale. Although Roger may have fired some of the rifles shown they are all offered for collecting only under Section 58 of the Firearms Act which means that no licence is required to purchase them. Should you wish to fire any of them this will be entirely at your own risk and they must be entered on your FAC before doing so and we would strongly advise that the gun is submitted to one of the Proof Houses for testing.  We should also point out that we do not claim to be experts in this field….just possessed with a total and absorbing fascination for these fine old guns! However we will try to answer any questions you may have as best we can, and will happily take further photographs of any particular part which you may require.

NB. Following recent changes to firearms legislation certain offences and lengths of custodial sentences passed means that we will need to ask purchasers of Section 58 firearms to sign a disclosure that they are not prohibited from possessing such firearms under the terms of the Violent Crime Reduction Bill 2017

12.7 x 44 Husqvarna rolling block rifle in sound, clean condition all round. The barrel shows a fair amount of pitting but also very strong rifling consistent with the use of black powder cartridges. The receiver has the date 1878. The stock is tight and sound with no cracks or splits. The rifle has an excellent trigger pull …… £595

Rogers & Spencer .44 cal black powder revolver:

A rare opportunity to acquire an original Rogers and Spencer percussion revolver. Approximately 5,000 of the revolvers were manufactured under contract for the US Government near the end of the American Civil War. However the war ended before they were delivered and almost the entire shipment was disposed of to the civilian market by the well know company of Francis Bannerman in New York. This particular revolver is numbered 4307 and shows the Government inspectors cartouche on the grips and other inspectors marks on some metal parts. The revolver shows original blue finish together with areas which have turned to a brown finish (we have tried to show this in the photographs but it’s not easy)

Mechanically the gun is in fine condition with what appears to be the original bluing still present inside the chambers of the cylinder. Most importantly the bore is in superb condition and it is possible that this example has never been fired but of course we cannot be sure of this. The cylinder lock up is superb and the nipples are undamaged, the grips show very minor chipping at the lower edges …….. £2,500

Merril carbine:

This .54 cal single shot percussion carbine #9102 has a 22″ barrel with strong rifling and some pitting. It was a popular American Civil War carbine which fired a combustible cartridge, the breech being sealed by a copper plunger on the end of the lever used to open the breech. All markings are fairly clear and the whole rifle is in overall very good condition, the walnut woodwork showing very few minor dings but no cracks. There is the slightest hint of an inspector’s cartouche on the left side of the stock. The leaf rear sight is complete and the trigger guard and barrel band are brass. The iron barrel and lock plate have faded to a brown patina. The action is fine. This is a nice, clean example of a carbine purchased in some quantity by a number of Union cavalry regiments …… £2,700

WE CURRENTLY HAVE AROUND A FURTHER TWENTY ANTIQUE OBSOLETE CALIBRE RIFLES TO ADD TO THE SITE. AND MORE DUE TO ARRIVE FROM THE US NEXT MONTH. PLEASE CHECK BACK AS WE DESPERATELY TRY TO FIND THE TIME TO ADD THEM TO OUR LISTINGS! We have Martini Henry, Smith, Werndl, Remington Creedmoor rolling block, Albini-Braendlin, Mauser 1871/84, Roberts conversion Enfield, Sharps sporting rifle, Marlin .32-40, Gallager, Model 1 1/2 Remington rolling block sporting rifle, Frank Wesson two trigger, Sharps & Hankins, Ball, Springfield Miller conversion, Starr carbine, Springfield .50-70 Trapdoors and probably others I can’t remember!

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