Re: 1858 Remington Cap and ball
ASM stands for Armi San Marco, an Italian manufacturer of black powder replica guns which is now out of business. They got started in around 1960, about the same time as Uberti. ASM was know for making quality, near perfect reproductions, the first of which was the 1847 Walker.
The Blue Book of Modern Black Powder Arms offers the following:
"ARMI SAN MARCO -Previous manufacturer located in Gardone, Italy, acquired by American Western Arms, Inc. in 2000 and reorganized as American Western Arms, Italia. See American Western Arms Inc. listing. Previously imported by E.M.F., located in Santa Ana, CA, and sold through E.M.F., Traditions, Cabela´s, and retail gun stores.
All Armi San Marco black powder cap and ball and cartridge conversion models were discontinued in 2000. In 1993, the Hartford line was introduced by E.M.F. These models have steel frames with German silver plated backstrap and trigger guard, inspector´s cartouche on grip, and trade for approximately $20-$40 higher than standard Armi San Marco versions."
While I don't have enough info to suggest a value, $750 sounds a little strong. On the other hand, it is a cool gun. Replica guns are generally not collectible, so take it out, shoot it and enjoy it.
NOTE: The information herein is provided free of charge. In some instances, you may actually be getting your money's worth.
Author of: The History and Guns of Simson & Co., Suhl
Last edited by Contenderizer; 03-11-2011 at 09:16 AM..