Lot 168

C. 1897 Stevens Diamond No. 43 Single Shot Pistol

Estimate: $1,250 - $2,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$25,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
Outstanding Stevens Diamond No. 43 Single Shot .22 Long Rifle sporting and target pistol. This 6 inch barrel example with serial number 77475 was made c.1897 and is in remarkable condition inside and out. Being exceptionally light and lacking the cumbersome features of a revolver, the Stevens Diamond No. 43 pistol was popular with outdoorsmen and trappers. It weighed little and could be put in a pack basket or rucksack while adding little bulk or weight. It was more than adequate for recreational shooting or hunting small game in the field. Additionally, it was a popular gallery target pistol that could be counted upon for exceptional accuracy. Being chambered for inexpensive .22 Long Rifle rim fire cartridges, most of these high quality pistols saw heavy and extended use either outdoors in the elements or indoors in the popular shooting ranges of the period. Either way, almost all of this model Stevens saw very heavy, often severe, usage. Examples encountered today rarely exhibit much original finish on the frame or barrel and frequently the bores are in poor condition. Additionally, sights are often missing or replaced with non-original replacements. This pistol retains all of the original nickel finish on the frame and grip straps. There are even traces of old, dried grease on the upper portions of the receiver indicating that this pistol was in storage for decades. The half octagon barrel retains all of the original blue that shows only the lightest of age toward the forward portion and only the most minute wear at the extreme muzzle edge. The rear left portion of the barrel displays excellent, clear Stevens markings. The bore is bright and excellent and the barrel to receiver is tight with no movement or looseness. Incredibly, #77475 retains the original round aperture rear sight that is still mated to the original globe with delicate pinhead front sight. The walnut grips are also excellent and retain original finish. This is a superb example of a pistol usually found in rough condition. One could search for years and not find one this excellent. Serial Number: 77475. This firearm qualifies as an Antique, and does not require FFL Transfer or NICS Background Check.