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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:19 pm Reply with quote
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My grandfather gave me these 2 guns that he got from a family farmhouse. The cast iron one only says Model 1000 and has a patent date for 1893 on it. The other is a Columbian Model E 1000 shot. They are both in great shape and still shoot. Any idea about value and where is the best place to sell?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:19 pm Reply with quote
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A lot

Have them appraised they can be $1000+

You will need to go through a specialty auction or gun broker to get full value for those two

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:46 pm Reply with quote
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Sean is correct- take them to a professional to look over.

The Model 'E' (the shiny one) you have there has a 'book value' of $100-600 depending on condition- yours looks to be in quite exceptional condition (it's shiny, BTW, because it's nickel plated).

The black/embossed model I cannot make out well enough from the pictures, but it appears to be a model 1908 based on its appearance and the patent date you mention stamped on it- book value of the same, typically $100-600.

That being said, if we are missing something on the black unit and it turns out to be one of the first/second models built prior to 1900- "book value" could be $3-4000.

Both of these are effectively collectors pieces, they used slightly oversized BBs compared to more modern products (.180" instead of .177") and would not shoot very well using the .177s.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:29 pm Reply with quote
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Ya that's true.

They use true lead shot size "BB"

ie shotgun shot

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:41 am Reply with quote
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Thanks Guys. Do you have any recommendations on who to take them to in SC or NC?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:26 pm Reply with quote
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Reviving this. I've tried some of the gun stores around this area and have been told they don't deal with bb guns. Does anyone know of anyone in the SC or NC area that would want to take a look at these?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:33 pm Reply with quote
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FWIW, the 9th edition of the Blue Book of Airguns lists the Columbian air guns.
Columbian Model E; 95% = $550, 80%= $350, 40%= $195
If the cast iron one is a model 1900; 95%=$600, 80%=$400, 40%=$200

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:52 am Reply with quote
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thanks Lampy. I looked at it again. The number on it is a 1900 and not 1000 that I originally thought.
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