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Military Antique Rifles

Military antique rifles are collected for a variety of reasons by historians and firearms collectors. Some admire the craftsmanship and the mechanics while others see their historical value.

Antique military rifles are important pieces of history. They allow collectors and even casual users to, if only for a moment, feel what historic soldiers felt in the moments of battle. Models from these antique rifles exist from as far back as the 16th century. The condition and grade of antique military rifles varies greatly, with some purely museum pieces and others considered shooting models.

With military antique rifles, there are a number of different factors that influence value, including condition and grade, the weapon’s age, and how mass produced the weapon was. Rifles like the Mosin Nagant were produced in the millions and are not considered as valuable as the less-produced Krag Jorgensen. Military rifles, especially antique rifles, are often well built and designed to withstand close combat. This leads to very strong and durable rifles that can work a century after they were produced.


Quick Facts

  • Production numbers of the Mosin Nagant range up to 14 million for the M1881/1930 model alone
  • Antique military rifles are more collectible when their parts match, meaning they are the same parts included during the rifle’s original production
  • Some special models of particular rifles are particularly valuable, including the M1C Garand, Mosin Nagant Sniper, and Enfield Jungle Model

Recommended Items at Auction

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British Martini-Henry Mark III Rifle
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
British Martini-Henry Mark III Rifle
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$3253 Bids
(A) RARE JOSEPH PERKIN PHILADELPHIA MARKED FLINTLOCK FOWLER WITH ORIGINAL 1781 PERKIN AD.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
(A) RARE JOSEPH PERKIN PHILADELPHIA MARKED FLINTLOCK FOWLER WITH ORIGINAL 1781 PERKIN AD.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $8,000- $12,000
$4,0001 Bid
An 1854 model Dornstutzen (Lorenz)
Dec 16, 10:00 AM CET
An 1854 model Dornstutzen (Lorenz)
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €400- €600
€4001 Bid
British Lee-Metford Mark I Rifle & Bayonet
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
British Lee-Metford Mark I Rifle & Bayonet
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
British Martini-Henry Mark II Rifle
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
British Martini-Henry Mark II Rifle
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Swiss Vetterli Model 1869/71 Infantry Rifle
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Swiss Vetterli Model 1869/71 Infantry Rifle
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $150- $200
$751 Bid
An infantry flintlock gun
Dec 16, 10:00 AM CET
An infantry flintlock gun
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €500- €800
€5000 Bids
A carpenter-type percussion musket of the National Guard
Dec 16, 10:00 AM CET
A carpenter-type percussion musket of the National Guard
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €400- €800
€4000 Bids
(A) MODEL 1766/68 MAUBEUGE ARTILLERY CARBINE, FEATURED IN NEUMANN.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
(A) MODEL 1766/68 MAUBEUGE ARTILLERY CARBINE, FEATURED IN NEUMANN.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0000 Bids
(A) A DUTCH TYPE IIB MUSKET WITH A REPLACED LOCK FROM DANNENBERG.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
(A) A DUTCH TYPE IIB MUSKET WITH A REPLACED LOCK FROM DANNENBERG.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $800- $1,500
$4000 Bids
(A) RARE PATTERN 1760 FLINTLOCK BRITISH LIGHT INFANTRY CARBINE.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
(A) RARE PATTERN 1760 FLINTLOCK BRITISH LIGHT INFANTRY CARBINE.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $20,000- $30,000
$10,0000 Bids
(A) AMERICAN STOCKED FRENCH MODEL 1754 MUSKET.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
(A) AMERICAN STOCKED FRENCH MODEL 1754 MUSKET.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $4,000- $8,000
$2,0000 Bids
(A) NEW ENGLAND MILITIA STYLE FLINTLOCK MUSKETOON.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
(A) NEW ENGLAND MILITIA STYLE FLINTLOCK MUSKETOON.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,600- $2,400
$8000 Bids
(A) FLINTLOCK MILITIA MUSKET WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE MARKED BARREL.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
(A) FLINTLOCK MILITIA MUSKET WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE MARKED BARREL.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
An 1878 model Vetterli rifle with bayonet
Dec 16, 10:00 AM CET
An 1878 model Vetterli rifle with bayonet
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €300- €600
€3000 Bids
Austrian Model 1886 Mannlicher Infantry Rifle
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Austrian Model 1886 Mannlicher Infantry Rifle
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $150- $250
$750 Bids
German Model 1888 Infantry Rifle
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
German Model 1888 Infantry Rifle
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Model 1895 Mannlicher Infantry Rifle and Bayonet
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Model 1895 Mannlicher Infantry Rifle and Bayonet
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $150- $250
$750 Bids
Austrian Model 1890 Steyr Extra-Corps Carbine
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Austrian Model 1890 Steyr Extra-Corps Carbine
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
(A) BRITISH PROOFED PEABODY RIFLE.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
(A) BRITISH PROOFED PEABODY RIFLE.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
(A) SIR WILLIAM PEPPERELL BRANDED 51ST REGT. LONG LAND PATTERN BRITISH BROWN BESS MUSKET.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
(A) SIR WILLIAM PEPPERELL BRANDED 51ST REGT. LONG LAND PATTERN BRITISH BROWN BESS MUSKET.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $10,000- $20,000
$5,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Military Antique Rifles


Morphy Auctions

Morphy Auctions

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

Czerny's International Auction House

Czerny's International Auction House