SOLD FOR: $2603
Make: Bellmore-Johnson Tool Co. under license from Winchester
Model: 98 Breech Loading Signal Cannon
Serial Number: 003984
Year of Manufacture: 1975-2019, ATF Non-Firearm
Caliber: 10 Gauge BLANK ONLY
Action Type: Breech-Loading Blank-Firing Signal/Salute Cannon
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “MFG. BY THE BELLMORE – JOHNSON TOOL CO. / HAMDEN, CT. U.S.A. – UNDER LICENSE FROM – / _WINCHESTER_ DIV., OLIN CORP.” and with the serial number. The top is marked “USE 10 GA. BLANK ONLY”. Each side of the carriage has “W.R.A.Co / TRADE MARK / MADE IN U.S.A.” cast into the outside.
Barrel Length: 12″
Approximate Overall Dimensions, Assembled: W: 8″, H: 8″, L: 16″
Sights / Optics: None.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The gun is mounted on a cast iron carriage with metal wheels. The carriage shows only light handling marks. The markings on the carriage are clear. Overall, the carriage is in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Black
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is generally bright with some scattered minor fouling.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are only minor handling marks, faint operational wear, and minor storage marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this cannon is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: There is nothing to indicate that this cannon will not function properly. We did not fire this gun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This gun comes with the carriage mount as described, the cannon is housed in a Winchester Breech Loading Cannon crate with lid. The crate shows light storage wear, in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Our Assessment: Originally offered in Winchester’s 1903 catalog, the 98 Breech Loading Signal Cannon is a 10 Gauge blank-firing cannon intended for signaling and saluting celebrations such as the 4th of July as well as good clean fun firing off black powder blank shells. Produced for more than a century, production was licensed to the Bellmore Johnson Company just a few miles from the original Winchester factory in 1975. This is a Bellmore Johnson produced example, and it is in great condition. It comes with its original packing crate. This will be a great addition to any Winchester collection as well as being a fun piece to take out to the range. Please see our photos and good luck!