Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
Colt Rifles & Shotguns
COLT MEDIUM FRAME RIFLE
Item # C1653
Cal 44-40 with 26" full round bbl and full length mag tube. Original sights. Nice bore with sharp rifling. Would benefit from a good cleaning. Original wood in VG condition as well with rifle style buttplate. A very minor crack in the front forearm with a sound solid repair. Rifle style buttplate. This is an early first model with the take down release in the front of the trigger guard. Overall metal is VG+ with 30-40% original bbl and mag blue turning a pleasing plum/brown patina. Receiver has about 10% original blue. Nice clean original early first model in 44-40.
Antique $ 1,875 sale pending.
COLT MEDIUM FRAME SECOND MODEL RIFLE
Item # C1651
44 cal.26" full oct bbl and scarce half length mag tube. Original sights. Near excellent bore. Original wood has some minor repairs along the top of the upper comb. A piece has been inleted and is hard to notice. Done very well. A very minor crack coming back from the front of the upper tang which has been repaired and is solid and serviceable. Overall metal is mostly a plum/brown with sharp corners and VG markings. Nice functioning action.
Antique $ 1,775.
COLT MEDIUM FRAME RIFLE
Item # C1652
Cal 32-20. 26" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Original sights. Near excellent bore. Original wood is VG with a few minor mars. Complete with a rifle style buttplate. Crisp tight action. Retains 90% bright shiny blue. All original in VG+ condition overall.
Antique $ 2,975.
COLT MEDIUM FRAME LIGHTNING RIFLE
Item # 4245-20-412
Cal 44-40. 26" full round bbl and full length mag tube. VG shootable bore with sharp rifling. Original sights include correct buckhorn style rear sight and replacement blade front. Wood is VG condition with only a few mars and dings. Overall metal is a gre/brown patina with traces of blue in protected areas. Should make a good shooter.
Antique $ 1,575 .
BABY COLT SRC
Item # 4247-20-408
Correct baby carbine lightweight style bbl. Fine bore. Original wood is generally VG with carbine style buttplate. Overall metal is VG with mostly a plum/brown patina and traces of blue in protected areas. Typical carbine style front sight and fixed blade rear sight. All original with correct saddle ring.
Antique $ 1,995 sale pending.
CONSECUTIVE SERIAL NUMBER THREE GUN SET OF COLT LIGHTNING SADDLERING CARBINES
Item # C400-402-19-275
32 Caliber. All are in the same configuration, all have British proof marks and 'R.B. Rodda & Co. London & Calcutta'. These Colts are in the 57,XXX serial range. Gun #1: Very nice receiver blue with a little flaking and a few scratches. Thinning and turning bbl blue, VG bore, nice wood. Gun #2: This gun has nice bbl blue and a VG bore but appears like the receiver has been refinished a long time ago. Orig forearm wood and extra figure replacement buttstock. Gun #3: 95-98% bright shiny Colt blue on receiver, nice bbl blue which is thinning toward the muzzle. Exc bore, good case colors on hammer, great wood. This one is a dandy! To find two consecutive numbered guns is very difficult but to find THREE consecutives is very rare indeed. They should stay together but will sell separately.
Antique $ 16,250.
VERY INTERESTING PAIR OF FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT PUMP ACTION LIGHTNING RIFLES
Item # C512-20-411
One is a 22 Caliber small frame and the other is a Medium frame rifle in cal 44-40. An extraordinary pair of guns. Both feature the typical Vine and Leaf scroll work. Both have pistol grip checkered maple stock. Both are oct. The 22 cal is consecutive serial numbered to another engraved gun that was presented by the president of Colt to Cyrus Skinner. It is identical to the gun pictured on pg 272 of The Colt Engraving Book" by R.L. Wilson. The other medium framed rifle is a 44 cal listed by serial number on pg 270 of the same book. It features identical style engraving pattern as that gun. There is only about 20 medium framed rifles engraved and about 20 small framed rifles engraved. This makes this a very scarce pair of guns. Tang sights. Fine bores. Excellent condition on both guns. Overall metal is near excellent as well with a considerable amount of blue retained on both guns. Very attractive and hard to improve upon. Very few of these engraved Lightnings ever hit the market. This is the only pair I have ever had or encountered.
Antique $ 49,500.
COLT BURGESS LEVER ACTION RIFLE
Item # C1032-18-509
With 25-1/2 oct bbl. Receiver has been cleaned and is mostly a grayish color, Rampant Colt is visible but a little faint, nice sharp octagons on the bbl, also good bbl markings, bore is in good cond, buttstock is quite nice with the normal dings, scrapes, etc. Forearm is also nice and of course, has the normal crack but no missing wood. Bolt does not lock up properly. A hard to find gun in presentable condition.
Antique $ 3,950.
COLT SMALL FRAME 22 CALIBER RIFLE
Item # C1174-19-267
This gun is in extraordinary condition. It retains about 98% bright shiny blue with just a light trace of freckling on the receiver. Still, all the blue is remaining. Action is excellent. Bore is fine. Original wood has just a few light handling mars but virtually all varnish remains. Complete with hard rubber buttplate. Correct dust cover. Original sights. Vivid case colors on the hammer. Hard to improve upon. Guaranteed all original.
Antique $ 7,500..
VERY FINE COLT MODEL 1855 REVOLVING SPORTING RIFLE
Item # C012-18-492
Only 200-300 Model 1855 rifles were made in this configuration. 44 Caliber. 24" bbls, exc bore, correct sights. Overall gun is in very fine condition with 75% bright shiny orig blue remaining; very slight toning. The orig wood is in exc cond with 95% of the orig varnish remaining; the usual 3" crack in front of the forearm that they all seem to have. Sharp markings, crisp mechanical cond. Hard to improve on.
Antique $ 15,500.
EXCEPTIONAL COLT LIGHTNING SLIDE ACTION RIFLE IN CALIBER 44
Item # C1134-18-506
Standard configuration rifle with round bbl, full magazine and rifle butt. This is a fine example with most of the beautiful Colt blue intact and most of the fire blue case colors remaining on the screws. Looks just as good on the inside with a fantastic bore. This is the later style with the smooth grip handle. Orig sights, all orig.Originally an export gun with proof marks. Very nice Colt!
Antique $ 4,375.
HISTORIC 44 CALIBER COLT BABY LIGHTNING SRC WITH IMPERIAL GERMAN MARKINGS
Item # C13-19-269
This gun is 1 of 6 that was used by the Kaiser's Home Guards. Others markings indicate the regiment and the soldier it was issued to. 95% bbl blue, mag tube about the same with slight toning. Receiver also has quite a lot of blue, turning to patina. Wood very near excellent. Great little baby! Factory Letter.
Antique $ 8,500.
MODEL 1864 DATED LOCK PLATE MARKED “US COLT PATENT MANUFACTURING COMPANY HARTFORD CT”
Item # C1203-19-305
This percussion shotgun that has been shortened and the bbl is approximately 32" now. The stock has been cut to overall length of 29". A very nice job done on the stock. Bbl has turned a plum-brown color with some pitting around the percussion cap. Lock plate has been re finished and retains all the glossy bright blue. Very sound good looking wood. Decent gun.
Antique $ 550.
COLT LARGE FRAME EXPRESS RIFLE IN CALIBER 50-95
Item # C1148-18-501
Exc bore, orig sights include the Lyman front sight with possibly an English style 3-leaf express replacement rear sight. Orig wood is in exc cond with most the orig varnish. Overall metal has turned a plummish blue brown patina coloration with some areas of pitting from poor storage, exc traces of orig finish on the bottom of the receiver. Appears to be some old cattle brand markings near the 3 digit SN and possibly some light proof marks on barrel. Scarce little gun. Factory Letter.
Antique $ 6,800.
BABY COLT LIGHTNING SRC
Item # C340-20-398
2nd Model, very near fine bore, strong sharp rifling, orig sights, 80% shiny blue on bbl and receiver, 60% blue on magazine-balance turning a plummish blue coloration. Near exc walnut. Letter.
Antique $ 7,250.
EXTREMELY RARE COLT BERDAN PRESENTATION RIFLE IN 42 RUSSIAN BERDAN
Item # MR431-17-379
Serial #2. Overall gun is in absolutely extraordinary condition, retaining virtually all of the orig nickel finish; I believe the gun to be unfired. Orig wood is exc+ with just a few light handling mars and all orig varnish remaining. Exc bore, correct sights. Superb cond with correct 32" full round bbl. This is the flrst cartridge rifle made by Colt and was made on contract for the Russian government. Just about none of them have surfaced in the U.S. This is the only one I've encountered an it's in absolutely incredible condition.
Antique $ 15,000.
COLT MEDIUM FRAME SRC
Item # C1090-20-417
Previously in the collection of Albert Quintana, the King of Spain. I personally bought this gun from the great-great grandson of the King along with the entire collection that was offered for sale. A family rumor has it that it was presented personally by a representative from Colt to the King. The gun is well documented with alot of paperwork and guaranteed absolutely 100% authentic. Overall cond of the gun is approximately 75% blue starting to tone and plum to a brownish plum patina but still good blue showing; fine bore, orig sights. Orig wood has a few handling mars but generally VG+ with most varnish remaining, complete with saddlering. This is a well documented, historically significant gun.
Antique $ 22,500.
SAN FRANCISCO POLICE MARKED COLT LIGHTNING RIFLE
Item # C1033-20-409
Caliber 44. 26 round bbl with fantastic bore, nice 95+% bright shiny Colt blue on receiver, bbl and mag tube. Wood is also in very fine shape. A few handling and rack marks on wood and metal. Would be hard to find a nicer police rifle.
Antique $ 5,500.
SAN FRANCISCO POLICE MARKED COLT MEDIUM FRAME LIGHTNING PUMP ACTION RIFLE IN .44-40 CALIBER
Item # C142-18-508
26 full round barrel, full length magazine tube, excellent bore, sharp corners, smooth metal retaining 95% bright shiny blue, the balance is just starting to turn a plummish coloration with a very few light scratches here and there. Most vivid case colors are remaining on the hammer; original sights and crescent buttplate. Fine walnut with a minimal amount of dings. Fine Colt. Complete with the 'SFP2' serial number. Factory Letter confirms that this was one of 150 rifles made for the San Francisco Police Department.
Antique $ 5,900.