I am interested in any information you can provide. I am not gun savvy, hoping the pictures can help describe it. I inherited this from my Dad. Help please!
Such great information!Hello, Tracy Ann! Welcome to the forums from the cotton and peanut covered plains of the Wiregrass! Mark has got it pretty well covered. It is a beautiful inheritance. Just a couple of comments...first, if you are storing it in the holster, I recommend taking it out and putting it into a silicone gun sock or zippered gun rug. Leather can hold moisture and cause the metal surface to rust. Second, someone has tried to remove the sideplate using a flat blade screwdriver that was too wide for the screw head. That has scored the metal around 3 of the 4 sideplate screws. That damage has reduced the value of the gun substantially. However, it is an inheritance from your Dad and therefore priceless. There is usually no reason to take off the sideplate. The gun action can be cleaned and lubricated without removing it. Someone can explain how to do that if you are interested in cleaning it. The white scored areas around the screw heads is bare metal where the protective blue finish has been removed. Those areas need to be coated with oil to make sure they don't rust. There is also a gun product called known as cold blue that can be used to touch up the scoring so it is not as unsightly. Birchwood Casey makes a cold blue that is usually carried at big box sporting goods stores and gun shops. However, any cold blue will work. It is not permanent, though. So, those areas may need to be touched up from time to time.
These are fun guns to shoot. You should find some .22 Long Rifle standard pressure ammo and try it out. Let us know how you make out.
I live in California. Near Sacramento.Tracy Ann, I would be happy to give you my opinion on value for insurance purposes. I am not an expert appraiser so other more knowledgeable members may want to comment. If it was mine, I'd value it at $1400 for insurance. Gun values vary by locales. It would be more valuable in California, for example, than here in rural Alabama. Now, Mark may want to weigh in 'cuz he lives near Hot Lanta where everything is "mo valuble".