October 22-23, 2019 Extraordinary, Sporting & Collector Firearms
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/22/2019
Extremely attractive Colt Commercial Model 1928 Browning water cooled machine gun as registered by Charles Erb of Fredericktown, PA, and so marked on right hand sideplate, with added serial number in recessed portion after "U.S. NO." and registration serial number also visible engraved at bottom flat of right sideplate. Original Colt markings on left hand sideplate with Argentine property number visible at top of brass trunnion. Brass water jacket cap also very attractive. Wooden grips on pistol handle. Water fill and drain caps with original chains present. Included with this lot is a 1942 manufactured 1917A1 tripod, complete manufacturer's plate attached to leg. Shiny unmarked bolt in receiver. One ammo box and cloth belt are also included with this lot. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish fine to very fine with lustrous blue refinish with some dings visible under the refinish. Bronze trunnion and front cap of water jacket turning a pleasing dull patina with a little bit of green just starting at the trunnion cap. 1928 Colt Commercial style flash hider. Sight ladder and bolt are in the white. Charging handle just starting to turn a gray patina. 1917 A1 World War II era tripod is very fine, with original paint, with brass socket. Leather leg retention strap intact and in good condition. Gun attachment chain and pin are replacements. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant, bright bore. The Colt 1928 commercial gun was the product of Colt taking the left over World War I contract parts and assembling them into guns, making what new ones were needed and then marketing the guns as "new" models to the post World War I world. Fortunately for the US collector's market, many of the guns purchased by Argentina have found their way back to the United States almost exclusively as parts kits. These are very attractive machine guns and this model of the Browning machine gun is extremely popular at the range, not only for its reliability, but also for its versatility to be able to be readily converted to different calibers. By changing barrels, and spacers without altering the gun, one can readily change it to .30-06, .308, or 8mm Mauser. With a little more work it can be converted to 7.62 Russian. A very handsome piece of old world craftsmanship which still to this day is the very hallmark of quality American gunmaking. Very nice ensemble needing only some ammunition to take to the range for a shooting day. THIS IS A NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT ITEM AND REQUIRES BATF APPROVAL PRIOR TO TRANSFER. THIS ITEM IS FULLY TRANSFERABLE ON AN ATF FORM 3 OR 4. JWK CORRECTION: Great news! The consignor has added a mint condition original .30-06 barrel to this lot. The bore is near excellent as is the exterior finish.
Barrel Length
27 - 1/2"
7.65mm Argentine
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $6,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $15,600.00
Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
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