serial number 1


STEN MkII submachine gun

Manufactured in Long Branch, Toronto, Canada c.1944 - serial number 1?L6733.
9x19mm Parabellum 32-round detachable box magazine, blowback open-bolt semi-automatic, removable skeleton stock.
I love these khaki cloth magazine pouches.
Bonus round, a STEN MkIIS fitted with a pistol grip :


Daewoo DR300

The 7.62x39mm version of the Daewoo DR200, it uses AR-15 pattern magazines in the Russian caliber. Although the DR300 is rare on its own, the fact that this one in the photos is serial number 1 makes it special value wise. Not sure exactly how many DR300′s were imported but its very few; I’ve probably seen less than 10 available for sale on the used market in the past 10 years. However, rarity doesn’t mean high dollar value; there isn’t exactly a huge Daewoo following so I doubt the seller will get his $5,999 “Buy It Now” price…even his initial starting bid of $2,999 is a bit steep. (GRH)


Mle 1854 Imperial Guard Cuirassier’s Cuirass and Helmet

Helmet manufactured c.early 1870′s by Delachaussée - serial number 1.
Cuirass made by the Manufacture Impériale de Klingenthal c.1856, size 2 width 1 - serial number 89.
Steel with brass fittings, stamped imperial crest on the helmet, with horsehair on the comb.

Although mostly obsolete by the time of the Franco-Prussian war, these suits of armor were still impervious to any melee weapons, and pistol shots up to point-blank range.


Eggers 1878 Patent whaling gun

Manufactured by Selmar Eggers c.1878 in New Bedford, Massachusets - serial number 198.
1″ Pierce bomb lance propelled by a blank rifle cartridge, single shot falling block, gunmetal everything.

You might be thinking hey neat harpoon gun, but that would be underestimating that more refined age when people looked at a whale and went “I want to blow up that smug motherfucker to hell”.
And they did.

By gosh, they did.


Pistola ConCaricato

Manufactured in Italy in the early 20th century, serial number 1, likely a prototype that failed to pique anyone’s interest.
.25ACP/6,35x16mmSR, 18 rounds cylinder loaded with moon clips, three barrels, top break action and shrouded hammer.

This bulky contraption features a selector switch acting not only as a safety but as a way to fire either single one of the three barrel or all three at once. For what purpose, no one can tell. I assume concaricato is Italian for ‘overloaded’.

Sauce : Horst Held Antiques


Galand Mle 1867 needlegun prototype

Manufactured by Charles-François Galand in Paris, France c.1867, a year before he patented his better-known double action revolver.
10mm self-contained paper cartridge, needle fire, single shot, serial number 1.

This elegant pistol had a design similar to that of the Dreyse M1856 wall gun, in that it used an artillery-style breech opening system with a copper obturator. This assured an efficient gas-seal in the barrel.


US Colt Franklin bolt action trials rifle,

from Rock Island Auctions,

“This is an extremely rare Colt manufactured Franklin Military Model Serial Number 1 bolt action repeating "Trials” rifle. These rifles are really an enigma in the Colt collecting community as well as in the martial arms field as only an extremely small quantity were ever produced with an even fewer number actually surviving. As noted on pages 480-481 in “The Book of Colt Firearms” by R.L. Wilson, there were exactly 50 of these rifles manufactured. This specific rifle is serial number “1” and was probably retained by the Colt factory as the original first production rifle after actually being submitted to the Government for testing. This model represents an important step in the development of repeating military bolt actions rifles based on two features. It uses a lifting bolt mechanism (later used on numerous military rifles) and it has a multi-shot box magazine, (which is included and attached on this rare rifle) both features were very advanced for their time. These rifles were the brainchild of General William Franklin, who was the Vice President of Colt in the 1880-1900 time frame and is actually credited with the patents for this design. The obvious most unique feature of this rifle is the top mounted 9 round box magazine with a receiver mounted cutoff. Both were very innovative for the time. This rotary design in a modified form was subsequently used in several later rifles like the Krag, Johnson and Ruger 10-22 rifles, albeit with a spring mechanism inside. The obvious idea was to increase the firepower of the standard infantry rifle by adding a simple gravity feed magazine. The magazine itself has a simple loading port on the underside that once loaded, inverted and attached to the rifle fed the rifle by gravity and the slight recoiling/shaking of the rifle during firing. This design proved to be extremely simple and reliable and was extensively tested by both the U.S. Navy Bureau of Ordnance and the U.S. Army Ordnance Board in the 1887-1888 time period. After firing over four thousand rounds with no apparent failures to feed or fire, they determined the design to be simple, reliable and was more solid and safe than any other system known at that time and satisfactory for military service but none were ordered. The rifle itself was built on a modified Springfield rifle as the rear sights, barrel bands, barrel, ramrod and buttplate are all similar to the 1863 and later 1873 trapdoor rifles. The barrel has the standard “V. P. and Eagle Head” proofs, with a single “A” stamped on top in front of the receiver.“