John G. Zimmerman
Based in our circa 1797 historic property, we offer a complete, full-service, range of gunsmithing services with the right equipment and tools to back them up.
Payment : We accept VISA, Discover, and Mastercard, Postal Money Orders, bank checks, and cash. Credit card purchases will be charged an additional 4%.
Returns: We offer a 3 day inspection period. If you return an item you are responsible for all shipping charges. If you return an item paid for with a credit card there is a 10% restocking charge. All items must be returned in the same condition as they were shipped for in order to qualify for a full refund.
Defarbing is the process of removing all modern markings from a reproduction firearm and replacing them with the correct period marks. Manufacturer's markings are removed and the serial number (req'd by federal law) is moved to an inconspicuous location on the bottom of the barrel. Then the barrel (and barrel bands on a Springfield) and stock are stamped with authentic inspectors and proofing marks. Any incorrect reproduction Enfield lockplate washers are replaced with correct washers. Unit information can also be stamped on the buttplate tang with original stamp.
TYPICAL MODIFICATION COSTS - Note: Updated 15 JUN 16
Please note that these are guide prices for new reproductions. Depending on the level of scratches and dings in the metal and wood of your firearm, rust, etc., prices may be higher. The more work required, the higher the price. While this may seem self-evident, it has occasionally been an issue.
As a guide, handgun defarbing is in the range of $150-200.
|Springfield, Model 1842|
Brass Front Sight
Restamp Lock for Harpers Ferry
Blue screws, spring and lock parts
|Springfield, Model 1855, 1861, 1863|
Blue screws, spring and lock parts
Restamp 1855 lock for Harper's Ferry
Restamp 1861 & 1863 for Contract lockplate
Replace lockplate washers w/correct style
Replace swivel with correct style
Polish barrel and parts
Re-blue barrel / case harden (& color) lockplate
Restamp lock plate with correct style
Strip and refinish
MODIFICATION OF P.53 THREE BAND ENFIELD TO P58 2 BAND ENFIELD
We sometimes receive requests for this modication and we can provide the service but it is time consuming and this is reflected in the cost. The total cost for the alteration is $1850. The cost breakdown is as follows: PARTS : Enfield rifle ($695); saber bayonet with scabbard ($150); Bayonet lug ($18); front sight ($15); rear sling swivel with stud ($32). LABOR: All Rates based on actual smithing, rounded up to 15 minutes. Prices given are a guide. This includes cutting barrel and stock to 33" rifle barrel ($75); refit brass nose cap ($65); refit front band with swivel ($65); strip and refinish stock ($125); fit bayonet lug to barrel ($65); refit new front sight to barrel ($65); fit bayonet to barrel and lug ($75); fit brass bar to trigger guard tag and drill for swivel stud ($60); fit trigger guard to stock ($75); fit swivel with stud to trigger guard and stock ($25); restamp barrel and stock (defarb) ($75); restamp lock plate ($60); reblue and case color ($100); replace lockplater washer ($25).
COMMON DEFARBED REPRODUCTIONS
In order to keep overhead down, and prices low for the customer, we will not be stocking much by way of modern replicas (aside from what is listed on our webpage). Taylor's and Co. (T&C), Navy Arms, Armisport, Dixie Gun Works (DGW), Chiappa Firearms, and Cabella's provide modern reproductions at the same price to you and us. If you purchase the reproduction and send it to us, we will defarb it and make repairs of imperfections. Most of these firearms are generally in stock and can be delivered in a minimum amount of time.
CUSTOMIZED CONTRACT LOCKPLATES
We offer customizing of your rifled musket lockplates for your Italian-made reproduction Armi Sport, Euroarms*, and Pedersoli rifled muskets. Excellent, unique, and PROPER quality eagles that are CORRECT for your choice of contractor are available along with stamps for a large variety of contractors. We will fabricate a lockplate from your blank or rework your lock assembly. Call to discuss your specific needs, pricing, and for additional information.
* Euroarms is no longer in business. Repairs depend on the availability of parts. See "Please Note" below...
Original firearms are restored using as many original parts as can be procured to ensure maximum authenticity. Reproduction parts are only used when it is not possible to obtain original parts or the customer requests them. Restoration work varies greatly, ranging from a simple replacement of a barrel band to the more complicated overhauling of a lock assembly. Cost of parts also varies from one firearm to another. And, of course, manhours required to perform the restoration is also a variable. Therefore, a separate estimate for each firearm restoration job is required. Estimates cannot be given without inspecting the firearm.
Repairs to reproduction firearms are performed using standard replacement parts and expert gunsmithing skills to meet specifications while keeping costs down.
PLEASE NOTE: We recommend Tri "L" Machine Shop for the restoration of worn internals such as sear and tumbler. They will weld, grind, finish to specification and Cobalt coat these parts. This is the only option for the restoration of unavailable parts, and they will likely never wear out. Please call (973)-252-1978 . Speak to Rob Lewis, and tell them we sent you - for preferred pricing.
Custom-made reproductions take 12 months or longer to complete. American-made components are normally used when assembling longarm reproductions. These high quality components more closely match the original firearm. The first step in the production of a civil war era longarm is to purchase the needed parts. Reproduction parts are normally used but occasionally an original part may be used simply because it is available or because it is the only part which will work in the situation. The next step is the actual, labor intensive, custom assembly of the parts. This process varies from one longarm to another and requires experience and skill. The last step is the application of the finishing touches which add authenticity to the piece. This process requires many man-hours of labor. Various Contract muskets, cadet muskets and rifles can be produced if parts are available. Please call to verify that a specific contract rifle or musket can be made.
The many variables involved in producing a longarm (eg., cost of parts and time required) makes it impossible to give exact prices for every longarm. Price quotes will be given for a particular weapon upon request.
Estimates for weapon repairs or appraisals of a weapon's value can only be made if the weapon is in the shop. Either bring your weapon in, or ship your weapon, prepaid and insured via UPS or Fed-EX to our street address. DO NOT ship through the U.S. Postal Service!
The charge for a repair estimate is $25, credited to any repair work performed, plus a return shipping fee.
The charge for a professional appraisal is $25 (perhaps more depending on the amount of additional research required to make an accurate appraisal) plus a return shipping fee.
Do not seek estimates or appraisals over the phone as it is quite impossible to provide this information without having the weapon available for visual inspection. Please call before shipping your weapon and ship to the street address (not the \ P.O. box) listed at the top of this web page. Enter a detailed description of your product or service. You can add as much text as you like, and even add images to illustrate your offering. Tell your visitors why they should buy from you! Add a new section for each product or service.
Civil War Era Firearms Identification: For your convenience we offer a link to information about Civil War era firearms. Go to:
Other Firearms identification can be made by mailing or emailing photographs of the gun to us. We do not limit this service to antique firearms. If, in the unlikely event, identification cannot be made there is no charge to you. Send us the photograph and we will contact you and advise you that we have successfully indentified your firearm. You will then need to made a deposit of $10 into our PayPal account. Once that is done we will send you information about the firearm (but not an estimate of value). Of course you may bring the gun to our shop if this is more convenient to you.
We offer a variety of antique and reproduction fireams for sale.We also offer original and reproduction edged weapons, bayonets, militaria, tools, uniforms, and accoutrements for sale.
1805 Harpers Ferry. .54 caliber smoothbore. Faithful, fully functional, reproduction of America's first domestically-produced martial pistol. Deposits are being accepted for this award-willing pattern, with an expected two-year delivery date. These pistols are finished to the highest quality, and are simply stunning. In 250 years, your decendants will be proud to say they own a handmade John Zimmerman.
Photos do not do these firearms justice... When one holds the 1805 in thier hand, they hold a new 200 year old masterwork of the highest quality. Deposits of $500.00 will start the Master Gunsmith working on your 1805 Harpers Ferry flintlock pistol, with a further $2000.00 due upon completion (plus shipping and handling.) Act now, prices will be going up in 2017.
Colt Dragoon revolver. .44 caliber. British marked and proofed. Quality Italian reproduction by Pieatta. Defarbed by by John Zimmerman. $540 + $20 shipping and handling.
Colt M.1851 London Navy revolver. .36 caliber. British proofed and marked. Iron trigger guard. Quality italian reproduction. Defarbed by John G. Zimmerman. $495 + $20 shipping and handling.
Colt M.1860 Army revolver. .44 caliber. Quality Italian reproduction.. Defarbed by John G. Zimmerman to display correct period markings. $490 + $20 shipping and handling
Colt M.1860 Army revolver. 44 caliber. This one is sold, but the work is representative.
Colt M.1860 Army revolver. .44 caliber. Quality Italian reproduction by Uberti. Cut for shoulder stock. Defarbed by John G. Zimmerman to display correct period markings. $495 + shipping and handling (determined by you zip code). BACK IN STOCK - Picture is representative pending update.
Remington Model 1858 Army. .44 caliber. Quality Pietta Italian manufacture. This revolver has been defarbed; all Italian markings have been removed and the correct markings added. $ 575 + $25 shipping and handling. NOTE: This blued-frame pistol is sold, but the work is representative.
Remington Model 1861 Navy. .36 caliber. Quality Italian manufacture. This revolver has been defarbed by Master Gunsmith John G. Zimmerman. All Italian markings have been removed and the correct period markings added. $ 450 + $25 shipping and handling.
Remington Model 1858 Navy. .36 caliber. Quality Italian manufacture. This revolver has been defarbed by Master Gunsmith John G. Zimmerman. All Italian markings have been removed and the correct period markings added. $ 475 + $25 shipping and handling.
Remington Model 1858 Navy - with lanyard swivel. While this one is sold, the work is representative. As a guide, to defarb your new reproduction, and fit swivel, price is approximately $250. The same is true of a Colt Navy Pattern.
Texas Confederate Revolver. .36 caliber. Made by the Dance Borthers in Texas during the Civil War. Quality Italian reproduction by Pietta. Completely reworked and defarbed by John Zimmerman from a Colt Navy. $495 + $25 shipping and handling.
Texas Confederate Revolver. .44 cal. M.1860 Army with 8" barrel made by the Dance Brothers in Texas during the Civil War. Quality Italian reproduction by Pieta, defarbed by Zohn Zimmerman. $495 + $25 shipping and handling.
Colt Walker - USED 44 caliber. Quality Italian reproduction by Armi San Marco. .44 caliber. Bore is very good with a little pit of pitting (not much, really) and sharp lands and grooves. Scattered frosting and some light pitting (lfront lower edge left frame), dings by the wedge (see photos) but general overall condition is very good. Action locks up well. $410 + $25 shipping and handling.
Model 1855 Second Pattern Harpers Ferry rifled musket. Cal. .58. Lockplated dated "Harpers Ferry 1859." Fully operational Maynard primer. All correct proofmarks; defarbed by John Zimmerman. Armi Sport manufacture. While this example is sold, send us your rifle, and we will set up a working Maynard tape system on it for $700.00 plus shipping/handling. Who else does a Maynard tape system? It is about a week's worth of smithing, but well worth the effort.
Enfield P-58 Rifle. .577 caliber. Superb high quality Italian-made reproduction by Pedersoli. Defarbed with the proper markings re-created by John Zimmerman. New in the original box (with the styrofoam). Includes sling. fitted bayonet, frog, tampion, DVD, and Pedersoli instruction booklet. $1575. Shipping and handling fee determined by your zip code. "New In Box" British pattern cartridge box, sling, and patch box available for $175 (see Accoutrements section, below). Consignment item.
M.1816 Harpers Ferry Musket. .69 caliber. 1833 Lock plate. H&P conversion. Good condition. $1,800. Shipping and handling fee determined by your zip code.
U.S. Springfield 1835/40. 1842 date. Confederate conversion. Rare gun, .69 caliber, solid example for the price. $1900.00 plus shipping and handling fee determined by your zip code.
U.S. Springfield 1866. Second Allin conversion. Rare gun, .50-70 caliber, solid example for the price. $900.00 plus shipping and handling fee determined by your zip code.
Enfield '42 Pattern. Interesting transitional musket, between the Brown Bess and the Model 1851. Rare gun, most ended up in India, made 1842-1853. This one came back from Afghanistan. .69 caliber, solid example for the price. $800 plus shipping and handling fee determined by your zip code.
Martini-Henri. Lock plate marked 1873 Enfield. .577/450 caliber, short lever Anglo-Zulu War. Excellent example, includes period bayonet and scabbard. $1375.00 plus shipping and handling fee determined by your zip code.
Custom Made Firearms
None in stock at this time.
Edged Weapons, Bayonets, and Accoutrements
Enfield Bayonet and scabbard. First quality, Indian-made, reproduction. Correct markings. $89. Shipping and handling fee determined by your zip code. If purchased with gun we will fit to your gun and charge no shipping fee.
Springfield bayonet and scabbard. First quality, Indian-made, reproduction. Correct markings. $89. Shipping and handling fee determined by your zip code. If purchased with gun we will fit to your gun and charge no shipping fee.
We're partners with a local collector who has modern (post-1898) firearms for sale. They require an FFL or a C&R license to be purchased. These firearms are not kept at our store. If you are in the neighborhood they can be viewed by appointment, otherwise photos are provided.
None available at this time. Check back, the stock is always changing.
Over his many decades of smithing, John has discovered the need for certain tools. To fit his need, he produces a couple which will save you time and effort.
Signature Nipple Wrench - Get a Grip! Hardened steel wrench riveted to hardwood handle. USA made, does not hurt your hands. $26.00 each, including shipping. Bears John G. Zimmerman's cartouche. This will be a gunsmithing collectable.
Enfield Wrench - Like They Should Have Made! You can push, pull, and twist this strong stainless turnscrew. USA made, $26.00 each, including shipping. Bears John G. Zimmerman's cartouche. This will be a gunsmithing collectable.