I own a Model 1889 Remington 12 GA that I'm thinking of selling. I'm hoping that the folks here might be able to help me with a couple of questions before I make the attempt.
According to the Remington web page related to the Model 1889 (Model 1889
), there are several grades of this shotgun. The Grade 1 has de-carbonized barrels -- and I'm sure that's not what mine has -- but I'm not clear whether mine has "Fine twist barrels" (Grade 2) or "Damascus steel barrels, engraving" (Grade 3) since there's no indication of what type of engraving or where it's located. I've seen pictures of another 1889 that was listed as a "Grade 3" and which looked identical to mine.
The second question is what I should for ask it. I've seen prices from $550 to $1295 asked for others on auction sites. Mine is in really nice condition -- hardly a scratch on the stock, no external rust and only a small amount of pitting in the bores. All of the mechanisms work beautifully as well. My thought is that it is worth more than $1295 given that the one that sold for this price was a wreck compared to mine.
Lastly: Is this considered a "firearm" or an "antique" under the law? The law in my state (Maryland) says:
"An antique firearm is defined as a firearm manufactured before 1899, or any replica thereof, which is not designed for firing fixed ammunition or which uses fixed ammunition and is no longer manufactured in the United States or readily available commercially. Antique firearms are exempt from state law." (source: NRA)
The Model 1889 uses center-fire black power cartridges (I've purchased them but never fired one through the gun) and it could theoretically use modern ammunition if the shooter wanted to take the risk of having the barrels blow up in his face! My feeling, based on this fact, is that it actually does
qualify as a non-antique firearm. This will complicate the process of selling and shipping the item but I guess if I can get a good price, it'd be worth it.
Thanks in advance,