Military corrosive ammunition dating
Every screw and spring counted when these men staked their lives on these machines of war.
Each piece represents a nation’s best effort to produce a weapon on a massive scale; balancing machine time, material consumption, reliability, precision, and ease of use.
Photo Alex Henry Forend - A forend with a circumferential groove at the tip, typical of this fine Scottish maker, (for tying a rifle into a vehicle-mounted rack? Adopted by the traditionalist Bill Ruger for his single shot Model No. Photo Alkanet Root - Alkanna tinctoria or Anchusa officinalis, related plants of the Boraginaceae family, whose root, when steeped in a solution of turpentine and/or linseed oil makes a reddish stain favored by the London gun trade to impart an underlying reddish hue to fine gun stocks. Photo Ambidextrous Safety - A safety catch that can be operated by either hand.
Of benefit to left-handed shooters and in the event of an injury to the right hand.
Marked on top of receiver as well as on matching bbl “MARLIN ARMS CORPORATION NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT CAL-30 U. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is very good with about 50% coverage mostly on front of bbl and top of receiver. The more common Mannlicher pistol-carbine has the fore-end/hand guard attached to the barrel, and it recoils with the barrel to the detriment of handling, or, a more serious fault, the barrel is easily pulled back before firing to the point of unlocking the bolt if the fore-end is gripped to pull the gun into the shoulder, rendering this weapon unsafe, as was noted by contemporary writers. The front strap is marked “RHEINISCHE METALLWAAREN U. / EHRHARDT WERKE.”, translating “Rhenish Metalware and Machine Factory, Sommerda Division, Ehrhardt Works”.
This Marlin 1897 potato digger comes on a brass tripod with WWII era mounting nut. Rotary belt feed and feed lever articulate properly. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. Mag body is corroded and the bottom has a few minor chips. He further reports that the caliber utilized is the long 7.63x45mm cartridge, and that the design incorporates the last Mannlicher patents for a non-recoiling forend. ONCE WE HAVE THAT, WE’LL COLLECT THE PURCHASE PRICE FROM YOU AND PROVIDE YOU WITH THE CITES PERMIT AND AN ESA CERTIFICATE. Crown/Crown U proofing appears just over the SNs and on the left side of the slide.
A great historic box which, incredibly (and unlike most of these very early boxes which are most often found empty), retains 30 orig rds! Apparently a private label brand, they offered very few calibers.
"Keystone Metallic Cartridge Works, Philadelphia Penn'a". I'm only aware of .32 RF and .22 RF though there may be one or two more. This is the very scarce "Improved Semi-Smokeless " labeling which was around for only 2-3 years in the mid-1920s. Though found in this "Smokeless" labeled box, these very scarce green Lesmok shells, to the author's knowledge, have been found in no other labeling (see , pg 241).
Wooden hardware is complete and serviceable with no cracks and retains about 5% of its green paint. This would be a great addition to the collection of a WWI enthusiast who wants to shoot their guns as well as display them. PROVENANCE: The class III weapons formerly on loan to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is excellent. Brass retains a pleasing deep shine with several scratches particularly a series of about nine 1″ scratches 3-4″ from trunnion. Wooden roller has a couple of scratches and dings but is fully serviceable. Pistol is presented in an embossed and gilded leather marquetry case whose lid has a raised Hohenzollern crest surrounded by a multicolored, Arabic inspired design that is repeated around the base. Grips retain orig finish with negligible repair around escutcheon on right panel. Comparable condition oiler, screwdriver and cleaning rod. Mannlicher made a small number (ten were submitted to the Dutch Army) of short grip M1901/M1905 pistols for Dutch military testing in which the safety lever was reconfigured and moved to the left side of the slide at the request of the Dutch. Solid early-1890s blk pwdr "loose pack" box (as opposed to the later "heads & tails" box).Hall & Hubbard, a direct descendant of Smith & Wesson, evolved through the partnership of Smith, Hall & Farmer followed by that of Smith, Hall & Buckland, becoming Hall & Hubbard in 1869. Side label on this 50-rd loose-pack box is only about 1/3, but top label not only is all there but nearly perfect! Just kidding, of course, but little is actually known about this company.Annulus - A tiny circular recess at the base of a cartridge case surrounding the primer pocket.Recoil from fired cartridges invariably impress a discernable ring on the breech or bolt face of a firearm, providing some evidence of the amount of use it has seen.