I found an old pistol about 25 years ago. Someone had used it to stir paint... When I got it cleaned up I wished I hadn't. Someone also tried to
scratch out the serial number. When it was covered in paint it was just an old artifact. With the paint removed it was a felony. How quickly things
Just to add a bit more, I was told of a find a few days ago that included, among other things, a Russian PPSh with the drum mag and a Sten gun. I'll
see if I can contact the bloke and maybe get a few photos.
I'm no expert but the butt is reminiscent of a Belgian pinfire however it could be made in country. 1870's is the appropriate time. 10mm was popular
in europe. 15mm in spain. $250 in rough shape. Yours however is in excellent shape so the previous posters range of $500-$1000 seems right hope this
helps in solving the caliber question.
The thing is, this whole area was a major front during the civil war, there's trenches and machine gun pits all over the place. you can't go for a
walk in the fields without tripping over a grenade of every type or mortar or just pieces of shrapnel. Needless to say, metal detecting is a favorite
pastime around here. A mate has the most incredible collection of grenades I've ever seen. I'll see if I can take a photo and post it.
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