• 4
    Feb

They May not Look Like Much, but ‘Pete’ Miller’s Rifles are Beautiful

By R. Bruce Moon As the morning began to brighten, I watched the buzzards settle on the hog. I had shot the 180-pound boar two evenings before, taken the backstraps, then dragged the carcass to a clearing 200 yards from the tripod in the hope that a coyote would come to feed while I was […]

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  • 7
    Dec

Rare and Elegant—George Hoenig’s Rotary Round Action

By Ron Spomer Many premier side-by-side shotguns are sold as round actions, but rounded is the more accurate description. The sharp edges of the flat-sided action bar are sculpted with a gentle radius that blends smoothly into the similarly rounded grip and forend. The upshot is a graceful-looking gun that rides more comfortably in the […]

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  • 26
    Feb

Rare and Exceptional Weapons to be had in Julia’s March Firearms Auction

FAIRFIELD, Maine – James D. Julia, Inc., one of the nation’s top 10 antique auction houses, is excited to present an auction of exceptional—and in some cases one of a kind—firearms from the finest and most prestigious collections in the world and offer collectors, enthusiasts and museums the opportunity to own a piece of history […]

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  • 8
    Nov

Auction Report: Gettysburg Cannon Tops Dancy-Polk House Auction

DECATUR, Ala. — An authentic Civil War cannon, fired by Union troops at the Battle of Gettysburg, dated 1855 and complete with documented provenance, sold for $86,250 at an on-site sale of the contents of the Dancy-Polk House Inn on Oct. 12. The Dancy-Polk House Inn, constructed in 1829, is one of only four buildings […]

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  • 4
    Aug

Auction Report: World War I Squadron Insignia, Archive Take Top-Lot Honors

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. — A World War I squadron insignia and archive pertaining to American pilot Lt. Paul Green took the top lot with a winning bid of $13,200 at a live and Internet auction held June 8 and 9 held by Mohawk Arms. Lt. Green was assigned to the French Escardille 131, Bomber Group 4. […]

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  • 18
    Jul

Collecting Outlaws: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Recently, gangsters were in the news in many ways. Jimmy Hoffa was “unearthed”—or wasn’t—again. Respected actor James Gandolfini, who portrayed mob boss Tony Soprano, died. Whitey Bulger is on trial after a lifetime of killing and criminal behavior. As one CNN headline read: “Mob Week: Why we can’t get enough of the gangster life.” It […]

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  • 4
    Mar

Personal, Gold-Encrusted Carbine of King Louis XV to lead Julia Firearms Auction

FAIRFIELD, Maine — A one-of-a-kind German Sebastian Hauschka rifle—literally fit for a king—will be among the highlights in the upcoming Outstanding Firearms Auction to be hosted by James D. Julia, Inc., on March 11-12, 2013. This world-class lot—made for gun enthusiast and avid hunter King Louis XV of France—is certain to be of great interest […]

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  • 4
    Mar

Two Extraordinary Rifles Created for Auto Magnate John Francis Dodge to Sell

FAIRFIELD, Maine — A 33-caliber model 1886 Winchester rifle, made for Dodge Motor Company co-founder and magnate John Francis Dodge, is expected to challenge for top-lot honors at the upcoming Outstanding March Firearms Auction, to be hosted by James D. Julia, Inc., on March 11-12, 2013. Considered aesthetically and functionally flawless, the John Francis Dodge […]

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  • 14
    Jan

Winchester 1886 by Turnbull Makes the Case for Restoring Antique Rifles

I have been in the firearms business my entire career. And for as long as I can remember, it has been taboo to refinish American-made guns. For every original gun I’ve seen, there’s also been a version with refinished wood, re-blued metal or a chopped off stock. Unfortunately, the work was poor and the lost […]

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  • 1
    Jun

Kentucky Rifles: How to Gauge the Quintessential American Firearm

Surprisingly, one of America’s earliest triumphs in artistic and functional design, the “Kentucky rifle,” was not invented or generally fashioned in Kentucky. The name, instead, was coined from a hearty stock of Americans who plied it. Native Americans called Kentucky the “Dark and Bloody Ground” because of the unending wars between Iroquois and Cherokees for […]

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