Gun collectors of all types gathered for a unique offering of weapons at Kramer Late Summer Gun Auction Aug. 16 in Prairie du Chien, Wis. A rare offering of six registered and transferable machine guns were due for top billing on this day. Registered, transferable machine gun can be owned by individuals, not just Class III dealers in most states and jurisdictions.
The top-selling machine gun of the day was a rare Beretta Model 38/42. These guns had a great reputation with the Italians and German troops. This nice original example burst to a final price of $13,200.
Next, a Smith & Wesson Model 76 9mm sub-gun followed closely at $9,900. A little known 45ACP Sub-gun mfg. by Phoenix Cartridge Co. finished third. This machine gun looked a little like a cross between a German MP40 & US grease gun. This was Serial #1 and functioned flawlessly running to a final price of $6,325.
A Reising Model 50 45 ACP, once popular with police agencies in the 1950s and '60s ran strong at $6,100, followed by a remanufactured 30 cal M2 carbine at $5,500, and finally the STEN MKV rounding out at $5,225.
Kramer’s will have three additional full auto transferable sub-machine guns from the same collection on their Oct. 18 auction later this year. So if you missed your chance at these make sure to participate at the Fall Auction online at www.proxibid.com/kramer or call 608-326-8108 for more details.
Early percussion guns, a long ways from spectrum of machine guns, made a strong showing as well, proving there are gun collectors for every aspect of the hobby. A fine Colt Civil War production model 1849 pocket pistol commanded $2,115. A Midwestern made Swivel Breech by J. Coleman of Freeport, Ill., showed strong local interest at $1,925. Another semi local percussion combo gun by E. Rodgers of Dubuque Iowa stayed strong at $1,375.
A fine example of Colts 1855 Root Revolver snapped to $1,650 and a Revolutionary War-styled Flintlock musket sparked to $1,265. An early and scarce Evans repeating rifle loaded up at $1,425 with a good Winchester 1892 Lever action demanding the same.
Other sporting guns, military weapons and Winchester hardware store items also made a strong showing and remained in demand by in-house and online bidders throughout the day:
Kramer’s Fall Firearms auction scheduled for Oct. 18 will feature a great collection of early Winchesters along with early arms from the Menke Est. Collection. Highlights of this auction will include a rare Winchester 1873 22 cal Takedown rifle in fine condition, a truly exceptional standard Model 1876 Rifle; Model 1866 & 1873 Saddle Ring Carbines; Rare 22 models from Thumb triggers; Model 61 Smoothbore to scare Winchester scoped 22 models, plus lots of great Winchester hardware store items, and collectible ammo. Then a fine early collection of military rifles & pistols (Mausers & Lugers) for military enthusiasts, and 3 Transferable Machineguns. Also an estate collection of NIB Colt & Winchester Commemorative weapons. This will be a great 400+ gun auction with nice desirable models, calibers & configurations all day long.
Keep up with this & Kramer’s Winter Firearms auctions at www.kramersales.com or call Curt at 608-326-8108 for more details.