Hamilton Rifle web page updated Feb. 07
The Model 27 was the most popular of all Hamilton rifles. It is called a tip ?up model. To load, the hammer is first put to half cock, the small bolt, is turned upwards, and the barrel will then tip-up. Early model barrels were brass lined encased by stamp steel tubing. Later model barrels had steel liner. The barrel lengths vary from 147/8?to 16?. The frame is made of stamp steel and then blued. The stock is a flat board type with slightly rounded edges. Birch was used and stained to a walnut finish.
PATENT INFORMATION :
There are two different patent dates; The October 30, 1900 patent date is the Method of Rifling Gun Barrels which appears on all Hamilton rifles except the Model 7&11. Aug.13 1907 is the Model 27 Rifle Patent date.
RIFLE MARKINGS :
1. Early Models (1906): The HAMILTON RIFLE No 27.22cal. Patented Oct.30 1900, Other Pending, Mfd. by the Hamilton Rifle Co. Plymouth, Mich. U.S.A.
2. Later Models: The HAMILTON RIFLE No.27.22cal. Patented Oct.30 1900,-Aug.13, 1907 Mfd. by C.J Hamilton and Son. Plymouth, Mich.U.S.A.
Mechanism Type: Barrel opens like a double barrel shotgun
Weight: 2 1/2 lbs.
Caliber: .22 short and long
Barrel length: 14 7/8?-16?
Mfd. Date?s: 1906-1930
App. Mfd.: 500,000
"NO" Rifle Parts or Drawings
Rifle Value's Updated 2/23/07..
Poor $35/ Fair $90 /Good $135/ Very Good $190/ Fine $220/ Excellent $250/ Factory New $345
Note: Rifle values are Estimations based on dealers and collectors input and NRA Antique Condition Standards.
NRA ANTIQUE CONDITION DESCRIPTIONS
Factory New - all original parts; 100% original finish; in perfect condition in every respect, inside and out.
Excellent - all original parts; over 80% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; unmarred wood; fine bore.
Fine - all original parts; over 30% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood; good bore.
Very Good - all original parts; none to 30% original finish; original metal surfaces smooth with all edges sharp; clear lettering, numerals and design on metal; wood slightly scratched or bruised; bore disregarded for collectors firearms.
Good - some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned or reblued; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; wood refinished, scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.
Fair - some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned or reblued; rounded edges of metal and wood; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal partly obliterated; wood scratched, bruised, cracked or repaired where broken; in fair working order or can be easily repaired and placed in working order.
Poor - major and minor parts replaced; major replacement parts required and extensive restoration needed; metal deeply pitted; principal lettering, numerals and design obliterated, wood badly scratched, bruised, cracked or broken; mechanically inoperative, generally undesirable as a collector?s firearm.
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