Horst Held  *  Antique Handguns
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U.S. Code: Title 18, 921: The term "antique firearm" means  any firearm  manufactured in or before 1898
Here no FFL required.
The reason for the law is, that arms made before 1899 are for black powder.
Antiques are not suited for shooting modern ammunition.

Texas hat pin used during the Civil War

Firearm Condition Standards


The following standards were set forth by the NRA for describing the condition of a firearm. 

Factory New = all original parts; 100% original finish; in perfect condition in every respect, inside and out.

Excellent = all original parts; over 80% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; unmarred wood; fine bore.

Fine = all original parts; 30% to 80% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood, good bore.

Very Good = all original parts; none to 30% original finish; original metal surfaces smooth with all edges sharp; clear lettering, numerals and design on metal; wood slightly scratched or bruised; bore disregarded for collectors firearms.

Good = some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned or re-blued; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; wood refinished, scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.

Fair = some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned or re-blued; rounded edges of metal and wood; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal partly obliterated; wood scratched, bruised, cracked or repaired where broken; in fair working order or can be easily repaired and placed in working order.

Common sense: mint and unfired weapons will not leave the factory = exaggerated description  of no value, and  I will not use.



money orders, personal and cashier's checks are welcome.

For buyers who prefer to pay in Euro I have since 1955 an account with the same bank in Dortmund.

unless otherwise agreed to I use only postal service priority with tracking = circa $15 for a handgun like Colt SAA inside the U.S.A.

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