||Civil War Relicman
USA (changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!)
authentic Civil War relics,
bought and sold.
All items listed are guaranteed authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.
Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.
Any artillery or ordnance relics have been disarmed and rendered safe.
All weapons are pre 1898 antique weapons, and are exempt from Federal regulation, no licenses or permits are required.
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All weapons I sell are "pre 1898
weapons". This exempts antique firearms from regulation, which means
that they can be owned, or shipped through the mail, no permitting or licensing is required.
The complete text of the law can be found in the Cornell online law library:
The following relevant excerpt is taken from the law:
(3) The term (firearm) means
(A) any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may
readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive;
(B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon;
(C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or
(D) any destructive device.
Such term does not include an antique firearm.
(16) The term (antique firearm) means:
(A) any firearm (including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion
cap, or similar type of ignition system) manufactured in or before 1898; or.....
This means that pre 1898 weapons are excluded from the law by definition,
therefore none of the rest of the law applies to antique weapons made before
One caution though, the weapons can be dangerous if not properly
handled or used maliciously, so please be careful with them.
A note about safety
of antique weapons: Pre 1898 weapons are not regulated because the
law exempts them as weapons. They are old, they are antique, and some are compromised and altered well beyond their original design. Any of them can be fired, but safety
is always a concern with antique weapons. Safety is also a concern if you
drive an antique car on the road. With any antique, special care needs to be exercised, you do not want to simply take the thing off
the shelf and shoot it. It should be carefully inspected, cleaned, serviced, and tested before firing. Most
of these weapons have not been fired in at least 100
years, and the better ones have probably not been fired since the Civil War
itself. There is risk of blockage, stressed metal, improper loading, and other problems that might not be imagined. In addition many collectors
would consider any cleaning or use of a historic piece to be a compromise. A premium is paid for
originality and condition of a historic piece, sometimes this premium is very
significant for an unfired piece, a weapon never gets in better condition as it
gets handled. However
if you choose to fire an antique weapon versus displaying it, you will want to
take it apart, thoroughly clean and inspect it before you fire it, or at least
you ought to do that. These antique weapons require an entirely different
approach versus the licensed modern weapons that are readily available and more
easily and safely used for sport firing and hunting.
dealer selling strictly antique weapons, I do not warrant any use.
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