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Old 08-16-2010, 11:17 PM   #1
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So here's the deal. My grandfather was an infantryman during WWII and he picked up guns from the fallen and sent them home. He also came across a few civil war guns and added them to the collection.

There are 55 rifles and some swords that are stored in my crawl space. He intended them to be sold and the money to be used for education for my siblings and I but I have not been making great progress figuring out what most of these guns are. Out of the 55 I have been able to somewhat identify 30. I'll take any advice I can get and post pics if desired.

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Old 08-17-2010, 11:46 AM   #2
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The site below should help you identify old military rifles. Post pix here, what you still have trouble with. Remember a clean & fully functional weapon always brings more.

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So here's the deal. My grandfather was an infantryman during WWII and he picked up guns from the fallen and sent them home. He also came across a few civil war guns and added them to the collection.

There are 55 rifles and some swords that are stored in my crawl space. He intended them to be sold and the money to be used for education for my siblings and I but I have not been making great progress figuring out what most of these guns are. Out of the 55 I have been able to somewhat identify 30. I'll take any advice I can get and post pics if desired.
Post a few detailed pics at a time. Pick 2 or 3 rifles, start a photobucket account (free) and post the pics! I'll gladly help.
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The pics that I took are not very big because they were taken with my cell phone. Here's one thing that I'm having trouble with... Whatever this is I have never seen anything like it before. It's got a blade that stands maybe 4in tall with circular holes cut into it standing off wood shaped like the stock of a rifle...

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Another one that's been puzzling me is this...

The marking that I can make out are C Sharps Pat Sept 12th 1848 and Caliber 30 30.

It has an octagonal barrel, double trigger and looks like a model 1949 or 1950 but doesn't match the pictures I can find exactly.

It has a silver tip where the wood stock ends instead of a band and the caliber with the double trigger doesn't match either. I read that sometimes officers weapons had the silver tip? No serial number or any other markings were visable.

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Here's the pictures I have. I'm working on making them bigger and more clear.
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Bother, I am sorry, but your photos do not have enuff pixels to allow us to see details- just a very blurry outline. I can only make a couple of them, and that is just an educated guess.

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The pictures are better than they appear. I bypassed a step and am making a new album link. Same pics, way better quality. It'll be up soon.

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The first bladed impliment is a war club, but doesnt look old, maybe a quality replica. The Sharps rifle is not an older one if it is chambered in the 30-30 cartridge.The older Sharps company never chambered a rifle for the 30-30 cartridge, in fact Sharps had been out of buisness for 15 years prior to the 30-30 cartridges introduction. Closer more detailed photos would help.

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It could be a post Civil war modification to .30-30 done for a rifle in which bore quality had seen better days, or by an owner who.was having problems locating 56 Sharps ammo. Also copies of the Sharps have been made several times. Could also be a replica made in 30-30. Better pictures would help.

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