Any person familiar with the collecting of antiques will tell you that it is impossible to properly identify or to appraise accurately any piece without actually seeing the piece in question. It is especially difficult to provide any real accuracy from descriptions written by persons unfamiliar with the items that they are attempting to identify.
The purpose of this web site is to use my forty five years of experience and my extensive arms library to provide the writer with an honest and thoughtful answer that will provide enough information for the writer to more intelligently seek out additional information. In some cases the answer will be easy and 100 percent correct, in other cases where important facts have been misstated or omitted the answer will be a “best guess” on my part. In any case the answer should provide information that can be then researched further by the person asking the question.
A large percentage of questions to this site include a request for an approximate value of the firearm in question. Let me restate it is IMPOSSIBLE to provide an accurate appraisal without examination of the firearm. If I state a value it means I believe I have enough information to make an intelligent guess as to the rough value of the firearm in question. Usually I refer to accepted handbooks of values, auction catalog prices, or my own experience at shows and sales. Always be aware when searching previous questions values change over time and new information is always coming to light.
In many cases the question, as written, requires me to provide a “best guess” as to what is being described. In most cases I will try to provide enough information about what I believe is being described so the owner can determine if I have guessed correctly. My answers are, and must be, determined by my personal interpretation of the information provided in your question.
Normally the gun being described was produced in a wide variety of models, grades, barrel lengths, caliber’s, over a number of years. The gun value, of course, is dependent on which type you have and its condition and quality. As this information is usually impossible to determine without handling the piece my answers normally consider average guns in average condition. This should make my answers correct 50 percent of the time. Very rare guns command high prices because they are rarely encountered. It would be wrong for me to suggest to all their gun might be rare, as it most likely is not.
Please use my answers and evaluations as a guide for seeking additional information. Before you sell any piece you should have it properly appraised by a professional who can carefully examine the piece in question.
I will do my best, using the information provided, to tell you what you have. Assuming I am correct I will, when asked, use my published sources to give an approximate value. Again, based on the information provided. If a piece of information is missing that will drastically change the value it will not be assumed to exist unless I advise you of that assumption.
ALL ANSWERS ARE BASED UPON MY BEST GUESS AS TO WHAT YOU ARE DESCRIBING AND ALL VALUES ARE ESTIMATES BASED UPON MY PERSONAL OPINION AND SHOULD NEVER BE CONSIDERED ACCURATE WITHOUT FURTHER STUDY ON YOUR PART OR WITHOUT BEING BACKED UP BY A PROFESSIONAL APPRAISAL.