Straight shooter: 5 fascinating vintage firearm appraisals from our gun expert


Firearms expert Dave Anderson appraises your vintage guns & ammo, including three fascinating shotguns, and a very unusual 19th century smoothbore

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I’m wondering what a realistic price would be for this Winchester Model 1901 lever action 10-gauge (above). It’s in very good condition. I obtained it from a good friend and old marine engineering teacher of mine from Cape Breton.




The 1901 shotgun was similar to the earlier Model 1887, but strengthened with a different steel and heat treatment to handle smokeless powder. It was made from 1901 to 1920, with a total production of approximately 13,500 guns. From what I can see in the photos, your 1901 appears to be in very good condition. I’m sure it would be of interest to Winchester collectors, so I suggest you get a factory letter from the Cody Firearms Museum, which would help to sell the gun (you can order the letter online for US$75 from At a Canadian firearms auction, I’d expect your 1901 to bring in $2,000 to $2,500, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it got into the $3,000-range.