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Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2009 9:31 a.m. PST

Mabye not an exact match but I guess this is the best place to ask.

I'm looking for an antique revolver, any realy that might have been used during the old west, so anything from colt navy and remington 1858, to colt peacemaker and such.

I don't want one in perfect condtion to shoot with, just one that dosn't fall to peices on you hands. but what do I have to pay for one such gun, from looking on the net the range from $1,000 USD to $25 USD 000, but it dosn't say what contidion they are in

the Gorb Inactive Member14 Feb 2009 10:13 a.m. PST

I guess it depends on what you want to use it for.

Unless you are going to hang it on your wall and just look at it, you may want to consider a reproduction. They run $200-$500.

Regards, the Gorb

Klebert L Hall Inactive Member14 Feb 2009 10:16 a.m. PST

Does it have to be authentic (i.e. actually over a century old) ?

If not, look into some of the reproduction guns that are made for the Cowboy Action hobby. Usually available in the $200-300 range, and are often good shooters, to boot.

Hmm… I have no idea of the laws in Norway. Perhaps, ignore everything I just wrote.

Daffy Doug Inactive Member14 Feb 2009 10:16 a.m. PST

The quality should be obvious when dealing with any reputable seller, like this one: link Here's an auction that just ended link ; the link shows how detailed the description is, along with copious piccies. Again, the price started at over $1,500, because that bid was too low!

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2009 10:29 a.m. PST

The problem is that reprodutions are classified as regular firearms, requering lots of paper work and the guns can't be on the wall, they would have to be locked up in a gun safe.

jdginaz14 Feb 2009 12:13 p.m. PST

The Black powder guns aren't regulated by the same laws as smokeless guns are by the Feds and don't require any paper work or much of anything else. Of course depending on were you live there may be State laws to contend with.


nvdoyle14 Feb 2009 1:15 p.m. PST

The problem is that reprodutions are classified as regular firearms, requering lots of paper work and the guns can't be on the wall, they would have to be locked up in a gun safe.

Doesn't this pretty much obviate having one in the play at all? I'd go find a sturdy toy gun and figure out a way to spray-paint it 'gun blue'. Maybe take off the grips, dunk it in some Simple Green for a day or two then scrub and rinse thoroughly. Spray it with something appropriate, let dry, replace the grips.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2009 1:40 p.m. PST

No, because if it's an antique(made before 1889)
I can have it on the wall even if it's just as deadly as a reproduction.
And it's the fact that I want to collect old guns, not toys

nvdoyle14 Feb 2009 4:13 p.m. PST

Aha! Thanks for the clarification.* Really, anything pre-1889 is going to be pricey. $1000+ isn't surprising at all.

*Sorry – someone was looking for fake bullets for a play, and I could have sworn it was you. My brain went right to that assumption.

the Gorb Inactive Member14 Feb 2009 4:43 p.m. PST

OK. That makes a big difference.

Unless you want to get into prices close to $4K then what you want to look for is a revolver where a previous owner has tried to 'restore it' or 'clean it up'.

Original patina is very important to real collectors. So look for one without. Another alternative is if the finish is pitted.

You will still be spending somewhere $1K-$2K.

You may run into trouble getting someone to export a firearm out of the US. Never done it so I'm not sure. Within the US a seller must send to a licensed gun dealer in the buyer's area who must them pick it up.

The 'ebay of gun sales':

Regards, the Gorb

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP15 Feb 2009 9:03 a.m. PST

Thanks for the help, I've sent a few mails asking diffrent sellers if they send to Norway

zippyfusenet Inactive Member15 Feb 2009 10:43 a.m. PST

Another good source for antique firearms is


I see a number of pieces at low prices with no reserve. These all seem to be the cheap models we discussed on another thread, like a .22 pocket revolver with the nickel plating flaking off. Very few of the sellers will ship internationally, but you might luck out and find one who will.

You might email this man at his gun store, he goes by the handle Wild Alaska. He does a lot of mail order business, might ship internationally, might have a wall-hanger in stock that would suit you.

Good luck.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2009 5:56 a.m. PST

Again thanks for the help, found a great seller at gunsinternational that will send to norway, I might even have found I gun I can buy allready.

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