SOLD FOR: $3226
LSB#: 210226PM04, 210226PM05, 210226PM06
Make: PM04: Ruger PM05: Winchester PM06: Browning
Model: PM04: New Model Blackhawk PM05: 94AE PM06: BPS
Serial Number: Ruger: 86-17011 Winchester: 5558426 Browning: 09444PP152
Year of Manufacture: Ruger: 1989 Winchester: 1989 Browning: 1988
Caliber: Ruger: .44 Remington Magnum – Winchester: .30-30 – Browning: 12 GA 2 3/4 & 3”
Action Type: Ruger: Single-Action Side-Gate Loaded Revolver – Winchester: Tubular Magazine-Fed Lever Action Rifle – Browning: Pump-Action Shotgun
Ruger: The left side of the barrel is marked with a two-line Ruger warning. The left side of the frame under the cylinder is marked “RUGER® .44 MAGNUM CAL. / NEW MODEL SUPER BLACKHAWK®”. The right side of the frame under the cylinder is marked with the serial number “86-17011”. The back of the cylinder is marked “S” and hand-scribed “10”. The cylinder is marked with “NEVADA / 1864-1989” over a detailed engraving of the state and a prospector, “125 / YEARS / OF VISION”, and the Nevada state seal. The underside of the frame in front of the trigger guard is marked “28 of 125” in a scroll over “MARK ARMSTRONG / ENGRAVING / RAPID CITY MD”. The top of the grip frame is marked “1864-1989” in a scroll. The barrel, frame, and trigger assembly feature fine floriate engraving. Both grip panels are marked at the top with Ruher logos.
Winchester: The left side of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER ® MODEL 94 AE”, “CAL. 30-30 WIN. / —MADE IN NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL—”. The left side of the receiver is marked with “NEVADA / 1864-1989” over a detailed engraving of the state and a prospector and “125 / YEARS / OF VISION”. The right side of the receiver is marked “NEVADA” inside the state of Nevada, “NEVADA / 1864-1989”, and the Nevada state seal. The top of the receiver is marked “28 of 125” The underside of the receiver is marked with the serial number “5558426” and “MARK ARMSTRONG ENGRAVING / RAPID CITY MD”. The top of the barrel, both sides of the receiver and the receiver tang feature fine floriate engraving. The buttplate is marked with the Winchester logo.
Browning: The left side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P. Q. / MADE IN JAPAN”. The right side of the barrel is marked “INVECTOR BPS SPECIAL STEEL”, “12GA–2 1/4” AND 3””, AND “FIELD MODEL–30””. The left side if the receiver is marked with the Nevada state seal over “NEVADA” and the serial number “09444PP152”. The right side of the receiver is marked with “NEVADA / 1864-1989” over a detailed engraving of the state and a prospector and “125 / YEARS / OF VISION”. The underside of the receiver is marked “28 of 125” and “MARK ARMSTRONG / ENGRAVING / RAPID CITY MD”. The trigger guard is marked with the Browning Buck in gold inlay. Both sides of the receiver and the receiver tang feature fine floriate engraving.
Choke: Invector Threaded, Full installed
Barrel Length: Ruger: 7 1/2″, Winchester: 20”, Browning: 30” with vented barrel rib
Sights / Optics:
Ruger: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade integral to a base fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a black square-notch in a base pinned to the topstrap and is adjustable for elevation and windage.
Winchester: The front sight is a protected beaded blade on a base screwed to the barrel. The rear sight is a u-notched elevator sight with white diamond dovetailed into the barrel.
Browning: There is a silver bead fixed to the front of the barrel rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition:
Ruger: The grips are two-piece smooth wood panels. Both panels show light handling marks and light discoloration. There is a more notable nick on the heel of the left panel. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good-to-Fine condition.
Winchester: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut wood with straight grip, straight comb, and checkered hard rubber buttplate. The buttstock shows scattered light nicks and dings, most notable on the left side with a more notable scuff on the right side. There are a few nicks on the bottom of the grip. The forend shows a few light dings and one more notable series of nicks on the underside. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate shows light scuffing on the toe. Overall, the stock rates in Very Good-to-Fine condition.
Browning: The stocks are two-piece smooth wood with checkered pistol grip and forend, fluted straight comb, and checkered rubber buttpad. The buttstock shows scattered light nicks throughout with an area of moderate dings and nicks on the right side of the grip. The front of the grip shows a more notable ding near the trigger. The LOP measures 14 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The buttpad shows light handling wear. Overall, the stock rates in Very Good-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Each gun features custom Gold Plating
Finish Originality: Original to engraving
Ruger: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Winchester: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Browning: The bore is bright and there is no erosion.
Ruger: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The cylinder shows a faint turn line, but otherwise this revolver shows only scattered light scuffs and handling wear. Pins are unmarred, and all markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Excellent condition.
Winchester: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The lever shows light operational wear and the magazine tube shows a series of light scuffs on the underside. Other plated surfaces show only light handling wear and light scuffs. The screws are sharp with strong slots, and all markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine-plus condition.
Browning: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are scattered light nicks along the barrel, most notable on the left side of the muzzle and along the left over the magazine lug. There is light operational wear, most notable on the bottom of the magazine tube. The receiver shows scattered minor scuffs throughout. Pins are unmarred, and all markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The actions for all three guns function correctly. The cylinder on the Ruger locks with only minor play on each chamber. We did not fire these guns. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: We have included with this set a certified letter of authenticity.
Our Assessment: This trio of firearms are just plain spectacular. Each features fine foliate engraving and finely detailed images of Nevada that celebrate the state’s 125th anniversary. Each gun is a great example of its type—a Ruger revolver, a Winchester rifle, and a Browning shotgun, in this case a matching trio with rather beautiful customization by Mark Armstrong Engraving of Rapid City, SD. This set is number 28 of only 125 and were once owned by the late philanthropist Barron Hilton, CEO of the Hilton Hotels Corporation, and this auction includes a certified letter of authenticity from the Hilton estate. Each of these firearms are in Fine or better condition, but weren’t just show pieces—it’s clear that Mr. Hilton enjoyed these greatly, and who wouldn’t? Imagine yourself on the range with these, looking for all the world like the coolest person anyone has ever had the privilege to know. You know you would—and that’s hot. Good luck and happy bidding.