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#1 Dr_rambow

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:56 AM

I just stopped into a an antique shop on a whim, and was looking around at their military stuff. I saw a Paris Dunn trainer rifle, which I thought was priced accurately (a little high for my budget still). Next to it was a trainer rifle I did not recognize at all.

The asking price was $275, which given the uncertainty of what it was, I decided to come home and look it up. It had a 1907 leather sling (didn't know the model at the time, so I didn't check for dates), and was in working condition. It showed it's age, but was complete. The side of the stock was marked with "PROPERTY Company A" with a few other numbers. A smaller "118" and a larger "45##" (I don't remember that one exactly).

Turns out it was a United States Training Rifle Co. product from WWI! I might have to go back and grab it, but I really don't know what these go for. From what I gather they are difficult to find.

Have any advice folks?

As a refresher here is another one that was posted here. The one I'm looking at is not nearly in as nice condition:
http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt263/rldarmstr/2010%20purchases/TrainingRifle010.jpg

http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt263/rldarmstr/2010%20purchases/TrainingRifle002.jpg

http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt263/rldarmstr/2010%20purchases/TrainingRifle003.jpg

#2 Bob Hudson

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:13 AM

For $275 with the sling might not be a bad deal. Here's one that sold in August, and an earlier listing for another one.

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#3 Dr_rambow

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:22 AM

Hell, the guy said he had $100 offers for just the sling! Condition not withstanding, still might be a good price. Lord only knows when I'll see another one.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 01:18 PM

I don't know where these came from all of a sudden; I saw two for sale at the Raleigh Militaria Show this weekend, one for $225 (no sling) and one for $250 with a sling (if I remember correctly). Before that I've not seen any for sale.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 06:25 AM

If the sling dates to WWI or earlier then depending on condition it could be worth $60-100. But it really depends on the condition of it and if it's dated.


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