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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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ANTIQUE VETTERLI M1881 SWISS SERVICE RIFLE.
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE VETTERLI M1881 SWISS SERVICE RIFLE.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
ANTIQUE GEW 88 COMMISSION CARBINE GERMAN MILITARY.
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE GEW 88 COMMISSION CARBINE GERMAN MILITARY.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Providence Tool Co. Peabody Rimfire Saddle Ring Carbine
May 17, 9:00 AM CDT
Providence Tool Co. Peabody Rimfire Saddle Ring Carbine
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,500- $3,750
$2,0000 Bids
Garate Anitua y Cia El Tigre Model 1892 Style Carbine
May 18, 9:00 AM CDT
Garate Anitua y Cia El Tigre Model 1892 Style Carbine
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $3,500- $5,500
$3,0000 Bids
Norwegian Jarmann M28 Harpoon Rifle with Case, Harpoons and Ammo
May 18, 9:00 AM CDT
Norwegian Jarmann M28 Harpoon Rifle with Case, Harpoons and Ammo
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$3,5000 Bids
Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd. Pedersen Self-Loading Rifle
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd. Pedersen Self-Loading Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $9,500- $16,000
$8,5000 Bids
1913 Dated U.S. Rock Island Arsenal 1903 Rifle with Bayonet
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
1913 Dated U.S. Rock Island Arsenal 1903 Rifle with Bayonet
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,800- $2,750
$1,6000 Bids
WAFFENFABRIK BERN A SWISS 10.4MM RIMFIRE M78 VETTERLI BOLT-ACTION SERVICE R
May 01, 10:00 AM BST
WAFFENFABRIK BERN A SWISS 10.4MM RIMFIRE M78 VETTERLI BOLT-ACTION SERVICE R
by Gavin Gardiner Limited
Est: £300- £500
£3000 Bids
18th Century Continental French Style Flintlock Officer's Fusil
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
18th Century Continental French Style Flintlock Officer's Fusil
by Hindman
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
Indian Wars Era U.S. Spencer-Burnside 1865 Carbine
May 18, 9:00 AM CDT
Indian Wars Era U.S. Spencer-Burnside 1865 Carbine
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $4,500- $6,500
$4,0000 Bids
WWI French RSC Model 1917 Semi-Automatic Rifle
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
WWI French RSC Model 1917 Semi-Automatic Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $5,500- $8,500
$4,7500 Bids
US Model 1875 2nd Type Trapdoor Officers Rifle
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
US Model 1875 2nd Type Trapdoor Officers Rifle
by Hindman
Est: $5,000- $8,000
$2,5000 Bids
WWI Russian Contract Winchester Model 1895 Lever Action Musket
May 18, 9:00 AM CDT
WWI Russian Contract Winchester Model 1895 Lever Action Musket
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $8,500- $13,000
$7,5000 Bids
STEYR AUSTRIAN MILITARY RIFLE 308 CAL.
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
STEYR AUSTRIAN MILITARY RIFLE 308 CAL.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
ANTIQUE M95 MILITARY BOLT ACTION RIFLE.
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE M95 MILITARY BOLT ACTION RIFLE.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Military Antique Rifles


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

William Smith Auctions

William Smith Auctions

Hindman

Hindman

Gavin Gardiner Limited

Gavin Gardiner Limited