Deactivated weapons are for many the easiest and most readily available method of participating in the interest of collecting military history. UK gun laws are some of the strictest in the world and the process of obtaining a licence to own live firing guns is for many enthusiasts either too much hassle, expense or is prohibitive for other reasons. For those wishing to own a real example of a firearm used in one of the conflicts of the 20th century, deactivated guns are often the best option available. The added benefit of a deactivated firearm is that it can be displayed rather than being locked away in a secure cabinet.
Our 25th February Arms and Militaria Sale has over 30 deactivated guns consigned to us from four separate vendors. These guns have all been deactivated to the current UK/EU specifications and can be purchased without licence by buyers in the UK over the age of 18. There have been deactivation standards in place in the UK since 1988 and these have been revised several times. The latest changes came into place in 2016 and 2018 which were largely dictated by the EU.
The collection of deactivated guns includes several famous pistols such as the venerable Luger 9mm semi automatic pistol and it’s WWI adversary the .455 Webley service revolver. There is Japan’s version in the Nambu 8mm service pistol and also the Luger’s replacement, the Walther P38. Also included in the sale is a Spanish Astra 300 7.65 semi automatic pistol, which unusually is stamped with Waffenamt marks making it a must for the student of WWII German weapons.
In the long arms front, there is the famous .303 SMLE or Short Magazine Lee Enfield, the rifle that carried Britain through WWI and into WWII. There is a Winchester P17 .30-06, the design originally produced at Enfield but fabricated in America, this rifle was carried by most US soldiers during WWI until the Springfield 1903 became more available. The infamous Ross Rifle is also featured in the 25th February auction as well as a German Mauser 7.92 Gew98, the weapon that fought robustly against all of these allied bolt actions.
Above: a deactivated Lanchester 9mm submachine gun, one of two included in the auction.
The February sale is online for previewing now but more lots will be added as they arrive at the saleroom so it is worth checking back regularly.
Should you have any items you would like to consign to this sale we would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact Chris Large on 01270 623878 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, click on this link to get an online valuation.
If you have any deactivated guns you wish to sell which do not comply with the current UK standards we can arrange for this work to be brought up to date and deduct the cost of this once the item has been sold by us. For more information please get in touch.