WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Milestone Auctions, one of the nation’s fastest growing auction houses, will “showcase weapons” June 17-18, with a sale of 1,450 lots brimming with rare military, police, Wild West, Civil War, NFA and other collectible and historical weapons. The auction will take place at Milestone’s spacious, custom gallery in suburban Cleveland, with all forms of remote bidding also available, including live over the internet via Milestone’s website.
Highlights include an exceptional collection of M1 carbines and Johnson’s as well as numerous military gems such as an Izhmash 1975 Dragunov sniper rifle, a Barrett documented USMC Desert Storm semi-automatic rifle, a superb Luger Mauser Code S/42 from 1937 with rigging, and several early C-96 broomstick guns.
Since the first publication of the auction catalog, many inquiries have been received on the authentic Russian military sniper rifle SVD Dragunov manufactured in 1975 by Izhmash. This rarely encountered model was made in caliber 7.62X54R. The example offered by Milestone bears the serial number YK-237, has a suitable early infrared filter and detachable bipod, and comes with two extra magazines, a cleaning rod, and a magazine pouch. It is believed to have been acquired in Grenada or Panama and shows little actual use. Its presale estimate is $25,000 to $35,000.
Another popular military rifle, a Barrett M82A1, was manufactured in 1991 and adopted by the US Marine Corps for sniper use during Operation Desert Storm. This .50BMG pistol, serial number 0974, is documented by Barrett Manufacturing and in Marine Colonel Norman Chandler’s book Dead from afar (Vol. I, page 100). It is included in the inventory (a copy accompanies the auction lot) of the 100 rifles purchased by the USMC in 1991 for shipment to Saudi Arabia. In very good condition with smooth and correct action; bright, sharp bore and over 95% of its original finish, this modern classic is estimated between $25,000 and $40,000.
A full line of Colts will be offered, including coveted Civil War-era productions. One of the most sought after specimens of all Colt percussion revolvers is the Model 1861 Navy revolver. The example featured in the sale is one of less than 39,000 made by Colt and comes complete with a powder flask, an iron bullet mould, a boxed pack of 6 Colt fuel cartridges and a box of bullet caps. UMC percussion. It’s securely housed in a velvet-lined compartmentalized case and carries an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.
Another Colt rarity and one of less than 29,000 made, a Model 1862 Police Revolver, made in 1862, is a .36 caliber percussion firearm with a 5-round fluted cylinder, Diminutive pattern barrel Army with crawling loading lever. “It would be difficult for a collector to obtain another gun of this type in good or better condition.” cavity mold and a pack of cartridges marked “POLICE MODEL” with a box of Eley Bros. caps. correct of 250 units. An exceptional, rare and complete set, it is estimated between $12,000 and $17,500.
It’s not every day that collectors come across a Colt SAA (Single Action Army) revolver that was designed for commercial use, as most were made for the US military. The auctioned example Lot 329 was shipped in 1876 to H&D Folsom, a major distributor at the time. The .45 caliber Colt, serial number 28579, is smooth and clean with a crisp patina and matching numbers. Estimate: $5,500 to $7,500
The factory nickel Colt SAA .45 caliber revolver offered in Lot 333 was originally shipped on July 22, 1879 from Colt’s Connecticut headquarters to a Mexico City distributor, Wexell & DeGress. It was part of a shipment of 400 guns ordered by the Mexican government. This pistol is serial number 46165 and has a strong, clean bore, retains 85% to 90% nickel on its frame and slings, and has excellent grips. Bid estimate: $7,500 to $9,000
All Colt collectors know the name Cuno Helfricht. He was Colt’s chief engraver for 46 years (1876-1921) and his work was second to none. His shop is said to have been responsible for the carving on a pearl-handled .41 caliber Colt Army Special Revolver featured in the auction as lot 330. The design includes a sculpted ox head with ruby eyes, on the right side of the handle. The weapon was sent in 1909, in a single shipment, to distributor JB Crook & Co., in New York. In addition to her ornamental attributes, her special features include a checkered trigger and a 4-pound trigger. Estimate: $8,000 to $12,000
A recent discovery and outstanding example of one of the most sought after Confederate handguns, a rare LeMat Grapeshot revolver was manufactured between 1856 and 1865. The 9-shot .42 caliber percussion pistol with a secondary .63 caliber, the smoothbore cannon is capable of firing either buckshot or grapeshot. A winning bid in the range of $15,000 to $25,000 is expected.
An early Henry Patent Winchester Model 1866 rifle made in 1868, serial number 16098, is expected to generate wide interest from day one of the auction. Containing extremely sharp rifling in its bore, this .44 caliber RF firearm with a Henry patent stamp would deserve a place in any collection. Estimate: $15,000 to $20,000
Two outstanding firearms from the 1890s are among the highlights. An 1894 Steyr Mannlicher “Blow Forward” pistol in caliber 7.6, serial number 19. “This is one of the rarest upgradable automatic pistols, and in terms of condition, this one would be very difficult to improve,” Miles said. King. The presale estimate is $15,000 to $25,000. The second of the two is a huge Bland & Pryse .577 caliber Boxer revolver, serial number 1, manufactured around 1890. It was designed to protect against tigers and other man-eaters in the colonies of the British Empire , especially in India. In exceptional condition and described by King as “the finest example the specialists at Milestone Auctions have seen in the past 40 years”, it should fetch between $12,000 and $18,000.
Several NFA-regulated firearms will be auctioned, including a Harrington & Richardson Model 50 .45ACP caliber submachine gun. Manufactured circa 1940, this fearsome weapon was created for use by both US military and police personnel. The auction example comes in a vintage case marked “Property NC Highway Patrol” and is accompanied by six factory marked 20 round magazines and a very rare 30 round magazine. Note: This weapon only transfers ownership under the terms established by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). Estimate $5,000 to $8,000
The auction includes many other exceptional items, such as: an FN Model 2495, Stevens 520 Trench gun, 1903 A4 Remington sniper, Springfields, a beautiful Spencer, an engraved and gold-plated Smith & Wesson No. 2 Army, a Sharps New Model 1863 Rifle, a Schofield Hartley & Graham 1st Model, and several incredible 19th Century Colt holsters and matching rigs (including a Montana Territory marked rig), and JS Collins rigs and matching Collins & Morrison, all marked and in excellent condition.
The selection of top quality handguns includes an almost new 1950 Colt 1911 .38 Super Fat Barrel, large etched and gold washed Merwin & Hulbert frame, documented 1851 Navy used by Clint Eastwood in Outlaw Josey Walesa Gough engraved Colt Army with carved beads, a highly polished Colt 1902 Long Slide, an unfired boxed Remington Rider, two unfired Colt New Line .41 caliber revolvers and many more.
Milestone’s Collectible Firearms Auction June 17-18, 2022 will be held at the Enterprise Gallery at 38198 Willoughby Parkway, Willoughby (suburb of Cleveland), OH 44094. Start time: 10 a.m. ET . All forms of bidding will be available, including live over the internet via the Milestone Auctions auction platform or LiveAuctioneers. For more information, call 440-527-8060, email [email protected] Online: www.milestoneauctions.com