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These days most of our stock is sold within our network of local collectors and dealers so most of it does not ever get to be displayed on the website. Feel free though to contact us and ask if you are looking for something specific.

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Welcome to your online firearms collectors dealer where you can buy and sell your used guns, collectable guns, antique guns, vintage guns, classic firearms, used rifles, used shotguns, used handguns, used military guns and used black powder firearms. The Kings Armoury provides and online catalog of collectible firearms, antique guns, used guns vintage firearms and other items for sale.

My name is Michael King, and I specialise in antique, vintage, classic and collectable firearms. While my primary focus is on military firearms, I will try my best to offer a wide-ranging selection of items for all collectors.

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My business philosophy is based on over 40 years of collecting experience and target shooting. If there were only one thing that I can share from these years of experience, it would be that "Reputation is Everything." I will always be a collector at heart, so I know what it is like to spend hard-earned money ordering something over the phone or Internet only to be disappointed. My main goal for this site is to have satisfied customers who will come back in the future to add to their collections without hesitation. I have made a commitment to represent every item with a thorough description and detailed photographs.

Some important points to understand about selling your item

  • With our purchases we always try to reach a price the the buyer is happy with however you must remember that we are a business.... you cannot reasonably expect to get retail prices for your items.Typically dealers offer to buy at around half retail which allows for it to be onsold then at a profit and to cover tax and operating overheads. We have very low operating overheads so consequently we are often able to offer more than other dealers.
  • Some items are difficult to price as they may not come up that often. Rare, old  or unusual does not necessarily mean expensive and just because you have seen something similar to your item sell at action for a high price once off does not mean your item is worth that much. Sometimes two or more collectors will start a bidding war at an auction which results in some item being sold for much more than it is worth normally.
  • Often prices vary enormously from country to country. The item you are trying to sell may be worth more or less here than in another country so just because a similar item is for sale at a particular price overseas does not mean yours will fetch the same amount here in Australia.


Words to the wise: Check back with us often and you will be rewarded for your efforts! We will constantly be updating this site with new items. Antique firearms are difficult to find these days and usually sell quickly - especially on the Internet.

SMLE in actionThe Kings Armoury also buys and sells antique and used gun parts, bayonets, swords, knives, daggers and other collectable militaria. Contact us if you have any of these items for sale. We are interested in single items, collections of any size, or estates. We are happy to sell items on consignment for you.

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If you live in Perth, Western Australia then we are also pleased to provide interstate firearms transfers for you, If you are purchasing a firearm from interstate you can have it sent to us and we will transfer it and hold it until you get your paperwork sorted out. Our fee for providing a Firearms Serviceability Certificate is $65 which includes our storage fee so there are no hidden or ongoing fees while you organise licensing.

As an ethical gun dealer I always endeavour to give you a fair price and service that you are happy with. I hope you find the antique gun, used gun, antique firearms, used firearms and collectible firearms you are looking for.

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Australian Antique Gun Laws

Single-shot or double-barrel muzzleloading firearms manufactured before January 1, 1901 are considered Antique Firearms in all States of Australia, and can be legally purchased, owned, (and in some states, used) without licences.

Cartridge-loading firearms manufactured prior to January 1, 1901 may or may not be considered "antique", depending on the commercial availability of ammunition. For example, a Martini-Enfield rifle manufactured in 1896 would NOT be considered antique in any state of Australia, as it is chambered in .303 British, a calibre which is still commercially manufactured and readily available in Australia. Conversely, firearms manufactured after 1/1/1901 are not considered antiques, even if they are replicas of antique firearms (such as modern reproductions of black powder guns), or if ammunition is no longer commercially available (such as the Arisaka Type 38 Rifle)

Antique cap & ball revolvers require licensing in all states except Queensland and Victoria, where an individual may possess such a firearm without a license, so long as it is registered with the police.

 

 

Legal Considerations for Antique Gun Collectors and Shooters

Gun control laws vary widely from country to country. Several nations such as Australia, Canada, Norway, the UK and the United States make special exceptions in their gun laws for antique firearms. The "threshold" or "cut-off" years defining "antique" vary considerably. The threshold is pre-1898 in Canada, pre-1899 in the United States, and pre-1901 in Australia. Some countries like England exempt certain antiques but they do not set a specific threshold year. Other countries treat antique handguns and long guns quite differently. For example, Norway has a pre-1885 threshold for rifles and shotguns, but a pre-1871 threshold for handguns.

 
Antique Gun Collecting

An Antique Firearm is, loosely speaking, a firearm designed and manufactured prior to the beginning of the 20th century- the Boer War is often used as a cut-off event, although the exact definition of what constitutes an "Antique Firearm" varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Antique Firearms can be divided into two types: Muzzleloading and Cartridge firing. Muzzleloading Antique Firearms are not generally owned with the intent of firing them (although many people do shoot original muzzleloaders, after having them thoroughly inspected and safety tested), instead being owned as display pieces or for their historic value. Cartridge firing Antique Firearms are more commonly encountered as shooting pieces, but it should be noted that most antique cartridge guns made from the 1860s through the 1880s were made with relatively mild steel and were designed to use black powder. They were limited to low bullet velocities and had heavily arcing "rainbow" bullet trajectories. However, advances in steel metallurgy and the advent of mass-produced smokeless powder in the early 1890s gave cartridge rifles of this new era much higher velocities and much flatter trajectories than their predecessors.

These advances, typified by cartridges such as 7x57 Mauser, .303 British, and 7.62x54R made many smokeless powder rifles manufactured in the 1890s quite capable of accurate shooting at long distances. In fact, many antique smokeless powder cartridge guns from the 1890s can still compete satisfactorily in target shooting events alongside modern guns.


Antique Gun Values

Given their increasing scarcity, the prices of antique guns have steadily risen over recent years. Overall they are an excellent investment. Current prices are best monitored by comparing prices at gun shows, and by studying gun auction catalogs, along with their accompanying realised price sheets. Just remember though that a once off auction price as the result of a bidding war on the day does not automatically create a new higher value generally.

 
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  • All guns are always loaded.
  • Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.


The rules are designed in such a way that in case one is broken the other three will protect you.

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