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Connecticut Valley Arms- Value?
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Jimbob    Posted 12-21-2003 at 11:13:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got this at an auction with a some other items. It is black powder .54 caliber. Looks like never used. What is the value of this item? I want to sell it, but have no idea of its value.

TimV    Posted 12-21-2003 at 19:46:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jimbob: Assuming the rifle is in excellent shape, it's still only going to be worth between $50-100. The in-line market has really knocked the value of the older side-lock guns down. In addition, if it's rusted at all, most gun dealers won't want it--they're too hard to clean properly, especially considering their rather low value to begin with.

Mark    Posted 02-02-2005 at 20:20:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a 50 cal. black powder rifle that says Gamester Hawken. Does anyone know where I can get any information about it?

Ron/PA    Posted 12-21-2003 at 11:41:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
JB, CVA is a good black powder gun, but not a high end or appreciating gun. You don't say if it's cap, flinlock, inline, or model.
I would look up the price of the model you bought, then try to talk to a dealer about depreciation.
Here's a link, I'd pay particular attention to the recall on the 95 and 96 model.

Jimmy    Posted 12-21-2003 at 12:28:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe I found it on the CVA site. It is the St. Louis Hawken model in .54 caliber.

Salmoneye    Posted 12-21-2003 at 11:35:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is it a sidelock or an inline?...If sidelock, is it cap or flint?...Any other markings, such as 'PLAINSMAN', 'KENTUCKY' or such?

CVA is a good shooter, but they do not command huge prices...

dale geschke    Posted 12-25-2004 at 10:18:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have recived a rilfe for chrismas and would really like to know more about it.i tryied to look it up but i couldn't find it anywere. it is a connectut valley arms plainsman 941859 .50 cal. sidelock cap. i was really wanting to go hunting with it but i would also would like to know more a about it it is my first balck powder rifle and it has never been shot. please help me

Jimmy    Posted 12-21-2003 at 12:29:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do not know what 'in-line' means but think this is a 'sidelock' model.

Jimmy    Posted 12-21-2003 at 12:16:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do not find a model number. It has a cap style igniter and is on the right side. The barrel is octagon & has serial number 01522. This rifle has two triggers & one of the two is a mystery for whatever function. The stock is trimmed in what looks like brass & the stock is not stained or sealed with a coating. I know by looking at it that it could not be worth $100 & most likely much less.

I know little about arms.

Ron/PA    Posted 12-21-2003 at 12:31:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
The two trigger system is a "Set trigger" and "Fire trigger"
Assuming its unloaded, cock it, pull the front trigger and it will click, then the 2nd trigger will pull easy. or just pull the 2nd trigger and you will see that it pulls harder.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 12-21-2003 at 15:58:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have several CVA rifles that I have assembled from kits. They are all good shooters and fairly accurate, as long as you keep the barrel clean and the powder charge the same. I don't believe they accrue much value over the years.

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