Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
Colt Rifles & Shotguns
C056 COLT 1883 DAMASCUS BARREL 10 GAUGE SXS
Item # C056
Hammerless solid rib SxS shotgun with single brass bead sight and double triggers. Choked improved modified and full. 14-1/4 LOP. Drop at comb is 2". Drop at heel is 3-5/8". 0 cast. Bbls retain a good portion of re-brown with some light wear at the muzzle. Frame shows traces of orig case colors with the balance being a grey color with some brown spotting. Basic engraving that extends to the trigger guard, break lever and forearm hardware. Wood is overall good with a repair at the wrist. Mechanics are good.
Antique $ 2,775.
C039 COLT LEVER ACTION BURGESS RIFLE
Item # C039
Cal 44-40. Orig sights. Oct bbl and full length mag tube. VG shootable bore. Wood has a few dings and missing a few slivers by the lower tang which isn't real noticeable. Rifle style buttplate. Metal has some bad storage with some pitting on the receiver. Bbl is about 60-70% blue turning brown. Good markings and sharp corners. Nice functioning action. A scarce gun as only about 6000 of these were made. They were problematic and many were disposed of.
Antique $ 3,995.
C027 COLT LIGHTNING BABY CARBINE
Item # C027
Cal 44. 20" bbl, medium frame and carbine buttplate. Sights include standard blade front sight and ladder rear sight. Metal shows traces of blue in protected areas with the remainder having turned to a pleasing brown patina. Bore is fairly bright with somewhat rounded rifling, scattered pitting and a ring. There is just barely a shadow of the Rampant Colt on left side of the receiver. Wood has an old refinish and shows lots of use. Worn checkering on the two piece forearm. Complete with correct saddle ring and stud.
Antique $ 2,100.
C1834 RARE NICKEL PLATED COLT LIGHTNING SRC
Item # C1834
20 inch round barrel with full mag. chambered in 38 WCF caliber. There is still traces of nickel but most has turned an antique plum/brown color. Has a VG+ bore. Bright shiny with good rifling. A couple of very light pitting spots towards the muzzle and a very slight amount of scattered roughness. Generally you don't find these bores nearly this good. A decent old Colt with an antique look to it.
Antique $ 3,450.
C1090 COLT MEDIUM FRAME SRC
Item # C1090
Previously in the collection of Alberto de Quintana. I personally bought this gun from his great-great grandson along with the entire collection that was offered for sale. A family legend has it that Colt presented this to him personally while he was the Spain's acting Ambassador to Cuba. The gun is well documented with a lot of paperwork and guaranteed absolutely 100% authentic. Overall condition of the gun is approximately 75% blue starting to tone and plum to a brownish plum patina but still good blue showing. Bore has good rifling with scattered pits. Muted case colors remain on hammer. Original sights. Crisp action. Original wood has a few handling mars but generally VG+ with most varnish remaining. Complete with saddle ring and sling swivels. This is a historically significant gun.
Antique $ 22,500.
C1782 COLT MEDIUM FRAME BABY CARBINE
Item # C1782
Scarce 32-20 WCF caliber. Gun has excellent wood with standard 20 inch carbine configuration. Checkered forearm. All metal is a brown/plum patina. Some very fine pin prick pitting on the receiver. A few buggered screws. Original sights. Nice functioning action. Original saddle ring. The 32-20 is the rarest of all the baby carbines in the Colt line. This is an early first model with no dust cover. It has an interesting importers name inscribed on the top of the receiver. "Watson and Hancock". I believe this would have been done at the factory. English proof marks are evident on bbl and receiver. Still a nice example of an early baby carbine.
Antique $ 4,100.
C1725 COLT LIGHTNING SRC
Item # C1725
Awesome condition 44 WCF caliber medium frame Colt SRC with a 20 inch barrel and full mag. Nearly all bbl, receiver and mag tube blue remains. Receiver has a few scratches and saddle ring wear. Original sights. Crisp action. Some handling marks but VG overall cond. Smooth slide handle wood on the forearm. The bore matches the rest of the gun being VG cond. Still nice case colors on the hammer and Colt fire-blue still visible on the trigger. Sling swivels. Nice example that would fit into any gun collection!
Antique $ 5,975.
C1134 COLT LIGHTNING SLIDE ACTION RIFLE IN CALIBER 44
Item # C1134
Standard configuration rifle with 26 inch round bbl, full magazine and rifle butt. This is a fine example with most of the beautiful Colt blue intact and most of the fire blue remaining on the screws. Looks just as good on the inside with a fantastic bore. Most original blue thinning remains on barrel and mag tube. Receiver has most original blue with a few spots of flaking and some slight oxidation. Case colors present on hammer. Crisp action. This is the later style with the smooth grip handle. Orig sights. Sharp markings. Some dings and handling mars on the wood. Originally an export gun with British proof marks. Very nice Colt Lightning rifle.
Antique $ 4,375.
C340 COLT LIGHTNING BABY SRC MEDIUM FRAME WITH BRITISH PROOFS
Item # C340
The Baby Carbines were one pound lighter than the standard version. 20 inch round barrel chambered in 44 WCF caliber with a VG bore. Original sights. 80% shiny blue on bbl and receiver, 60% blue on magazine-balance turning a plum/blue coloration. Muted case colors present on hammer. Near exc walnut stocks. Factory Letter confirms this gun was shipped to London, England. A real nice collectable Colt baby carbine.
Antique $ 7,250.
C058 MEDIUM FRAME COLT LIGHTNING
Item # C058
Cal 38-40. 26" oct bbl, full length mag and crescent butt. Sights include a Rocky Mountain front sight and sporting rear sight. Metal retains above average amount of original finish overall with some slight edge wear. Stocks are in fine condition with just light handling wear. Bright shiny bore. This is a nice Medium Frame Colt Lightning!
Modern $ 4,995.
C028 COLT LIGHTNING SMALL FRAME RIFLE
Item # C028
Cal 22 RF. 24" oct bbl with standard sights and hard rubber buttplate. The elevator is missing from the rear sight. Metal retains a good amount of blue with some thinning and wear at the carry points. Some case color remains on the hammer. Good bore. Wood is overall in good condition with a chip out at the toe.
Antique $ 1,175.
C1762 44 CALIBER COLT LIGHTNING RIFLE
Item # C1762
26" round barrel chambered in 44 WCF caliber with full mag and rifle buttplate. This is a beautiful Colt with most blue remaining on the frame. Some light flaking. Bbl also retains nearly all blue as does the mag tube. Wood is excellent fitting on both upper and lower tang and the frame. The smooth type forearm is also very nice with a chip out of the top of the left side. Just a few usage dings. The outside looks great, but the inside is even better! Bright shiny nearly perfect bore!! This is a beautiful Colt rifle that anyone would be proud to own!
Antique $ 4,500.
C043 SMALL FRAME COLT LIGHTNING RIFLE
Item # C043
Cal 22 RF. 24" oct bbl with standard sights and hard rubber buttplate. Metal retains a good amount of blue with some thinning and wear. Bore has visible rifling with light scattered roughness. Wood is overall in good condition.
Modern $ 1,895.
C041 MEDIUM FRAME COLT PUMP ACTION RIFLE
Item # C041
32 Caliber 26 inch octagon barrel and full length mag tube. Correct sights including folding tang sight and buckhorn rear bbl sight. Wood has been lightly cleaned and is not undersized or sanded. Looks good. Rifle style buttplate. Bbl is mostly a plum/brown patina color. Receiver is semi-bright turning a plum/brown. Early 1st model open top style action.
Antique $ 1,675.
C13 HISTORIC 44 CALIBER COLT BABY LIGHTNING SRC WITH IMPERIAL GERMAN MARKINGS
Item # C13
This gun is 1 of 6 that was used by the Kaiser's Home Guards. Others markings indicate the regiment and the soldier it was issued to. The Lightning Baby Carbine was 1 pound lighter than the Carbine. 20 inch barrel chambered in 44 Cal. with 95% original bbl blue, mag tube about the same with slight toning. Bright shiny bore. Traces of case color remain visible on the hammer. Receiver also has quite a lot of original blue turning to a plum patina. Crisp action. Wood very near excellent. Great little baby! Factory Letter.
Antique $ 8,500.
C1952 EARLY COLT LIGHTNING RIFLE
Item # C1952
This Colt Lightning Rifle is a medium frame and is chambered in the very popular 44 WCF caliber. 26 inch octagon barrel with full length mag tube. Condition-wise this is a nice rifle with nearly all metal finish remaining. Some light age spots and a little wear here and there. The receiver does have a few scratches on it, and a bit worn down towards the bottom of the receiver. Wood matches the rest of the gun being as being very good. Fits well to the upper and lower tang and the buttplate. Forearm is just as nice. Bore on this gun would be in a very good range, shiny bore with light roughness. Good collectible colt!
Antique $ 4,975.
C1617 FACTORY ENGRAVED MEDIUM FRAMED COLT LIGHTNING RIFLE
Item # C1617
Cal 32-20. 26" full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Orig sights. Fine bore. Special order checkered stocks of Sycamore. Factory Letter verifies this. Full pistol grips. Also verifies Factory Engraving and shipping to Spalding Brothers, Chicago, IL. This is one of about 20 Factory Engraved Colt medium framed rifles. This one features the typical grape leaf style of engraving with a squirrel on one side and Colt on the other. Wood is in exc cond with most orig varnish and very few mars. Metal is exc as well with about 90% slightly toning bbl and mag blue and about 50-60% sharp clean receiver blue. Very fine little gun!
Antique $ 26,750.
C1704 SMALL FRAME COLT LIGHTNING RIFLE
Item # C1704/XW9X
Nice cond 22 cal rifle with 24" oct bbl. Bbl has most blue remaining, thinning in spots. Receiver has most finish, some of it aging. The brass loading port has a nice butterscotch patina. Butt stock is in VG cond with the exception of a very small chip at the toe. Hard rubber butt plate is orig and in VG cond. Upper corners by the tang has very small slivers out. Smooth variety forearm in VG cond with no losses. One very light hairline crack coming off the screw going forward. Solid with no movement. Bore is dirty and has some roughness. Could use a good cleaning. Nice little rifle!
Antique $ 1,675.
C1848 HIGH CONDITION COLT SMALL FRAME LIGHTNING
Item # C1848 -26-527
22 cal Lightning rifle in very nice condition with 80%+ blue on bbl. The receiver has also has most of the lustrous Colt blue. Wood is VG overall cond. The forearm is not cracked. You usually don't see that much blue on a small frame Colt. The 22 Cal Lightning rifles will take all long or all short .22 cartridges, or part long and part short.
Antique $ 4,500.
C1827 VERY RARE COLT LIGHTNING RIFLE
Item # C1827-26-528
Small frame 22 cal Lightning with heavy bbl! I don't think we have ever had one like this in the shop. They are that rare. Muzzle is nearly 7/8" diameter. Bbl is mostly a medium brown color with light freckling. VG bbl marking. Replacement Marbles front sight and a flip up rear sight. Also equipped with a tang sight. Bore needs a good cleaning. Receiver has hints of blue but is mostly an antique brown color. Buttstock is in good cond. Has had a coat of varnish added. There is one slight chip out of the right top corner. Forearm is not cracked. Most 22 forearms are. If you need a unique Colt Lightning rifle this is the one! Comes with Colt Factory Letter. The 22 Cal Lightning rifles will take all long or all short .22 cartridges, or part long and part short.
Antique $ 3,975.
C1883 SMALL FRAME COLT LIGHTNING
Item # C1883
Small frame Lightning is of course 22 cal. Decent cond old Colt with quite a bit of blue remaining on the frame. Some of it turning an antique color. Bbl has nice smooth metal and also with a blue/brown patina. Wood is above average with normal wear marks. It likely had a coat of varnish or oil added at some time in it's long life. Forearm is VG for a 22. These were one piece and they generally broke but this one is not broken. It does have a hairline crack but it is solid. A nice Example of a 22 Colt. The 22 Cal Lightning rifles will take all long or all short .22 cartridges, or part long and part short.
Antique $ 1,795.
XW9X COLT SMALL FRAME RIFLE
Item # XW9X-26-529
22 cal Lightning rifle with 24" oct bbl. A very nice little rifle and this is a good example. Receiver has most finish remaining and is a blue/brown color. Very nice blue on bbl. Some light wear on the octagons but nice overall cond. The bore could use a good cleaning and has some roughness. Wood is way above average. Very nice fitting on both upper and lower tang. There is a chip missing at the toe but orig Colt buttplate is intact. 2 very small chips at the upper corners by the frame. Forearm does have a light hairline crack from the screw going forward. A lot of these forearms are broken in half but this one is in good overall cond. Action works very well. This little Colt is a good collectable piece. The 22 Cal Lightning rifles will take all long or all short .22 cartridges, or part long and part short.
Antique $ 1,675.
C1799 SMALL FRAME COLT LIGHTNING RIFLE
Item # C1799-26-539
22 cal. Oct bbl. Nice condition gun with 70-80% blue remaining on the receiver and 80%+ on the bbl. Upper and lower tang have turned a bit. Wood is nice fitting and in overall VG condition. There is a chip on the hard rubber buttplate right at the toe. Forearm is nice condition but has a well done repair on the bottom. These 22's had a fragile slide handle. Action works well. Bore is dark and needs a good cleaning. Nice little Colt. The 22 Cal Lightning rifles will take all long or all short .22 cartridges, or part long and part short.
Antique $ 1,475.
XW8X SMALL FRAME COLT LIGHTNING RIFLE
Item # XW8X-26-532
22 cal. This is a very nice example with most shiny receiver blue remaining. Bbl also has nearly all blue with some aging to it and light frecking towards the muzzle. Bottom of the gun at the carry point has turned an aged brown color along with the trigger guard and lower tang. The upper tang is equipped with a Lyman tang sight with small aperture in tact. There is a couple extra holes in this sight. Evidently was used on a couple of different guns. It is an old sight and in period with the gun. Wood is very nice. Good fitting to frame and tangs. Normal handling marks but no cracks or losses. Very nice hard rubber buttplate. Forearm is VG. Looks nice with just one small hairline crack coming off the left side. Bore is shiny with decent rifling. No pitting. Appears to be some light roughness. Could be some leading and may clean up? Nice smooth action. A very nice example of a hard to find rifle. The 22 Cal Lightning rifles will take all long or all short .22 cartridges, or part long and part short.
Antique $ 2,295 .
C400, C401, & C402 CONSECUTIVE SERIAL NUMBER THREE GUN SET OF COLT LIGHTNING SADDLERING CARBINES
Item # C400-402-401-26-537
32 Caliber. All are in the same configuration, all have British proof marks and 'R.B. Rodda & Co. London & Calcutta'. These Colts are in the 57,XXX serial range. Gun #1: Very nice receiver blue with a little flaking and a few scratches. Thinning and turning bbl blue, VG bore, nice wood. Gun #2: This gun has nice bbl blue and a VG bore but appears like the receiver has been refinished a long time ago. Orig forearm wood and extra figure replacement buttstock. Gun #3: 95-98% bright shiny Colt blue on receiver, nice bbl blue which is thinning toward the muzzle. Exc bore, good case colors on hammer, great wood. This one is a dandy! To find two consecutive numbered guns is very difficult but to find THREE consecutives is very rare indeed. They should stay together but will sell separately.
Antique $ 16,250.
C512 VERY INTERESTING PAIR OF FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT PUMP ACTION LIGHTNING RIFLES
Item # C512-26-544
One is a 22 Caliber small frame and the other is a Medium frame rifle in cal 44-40. An extraordinary pair of guns. Both feature the typical Vine and Leaf scroll work. Both have pistol grip checkered maple stock. Both are oct. The 22 cal is consecutive serial numbered to another engraved gun that was presented by the president of Colt to Cyrus Skinner. It is identical to the gun pictured on pg 272 of The Colt Engraving Book" by R.L. Wilson. The other medium framed rifle is a 44 cal listed by serial number on pg 270 of the same book. It features identical style engraving pattern as that gun. There is only about 20 medium framed rifles engraved and about 20 small framed rifles engraved. This makes this a very scarce pair of guns. Tang sights. Fine bores. Excellent condition on both guns. Overall metal is near excellent as well with a considerable amount of blue retained on both guns. Very attractive and hard to improve upon. Very few of these engraved Lightnings ever hit the market. This is the only pair I have ever had or encountered.
Antique $ 49,500.