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Lot 641: Kimball Arms .30 Caliber Carbine Semi-Automatic Pistol

Very Rare Two Digit Serial Number "12" Kimball Arms .30 Caliber Carbine Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Lot 641: Kimball Arms .30 Caliber Carbine Semi-Automatic Pistol

Very Rare Two Digit Serial Number "12" Kimball Arms .30 Caliber Carbine Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized:

Very Rare Two Digit Serial Number "12" Kimball Arms .30 Caliber Carbine Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box

Manufacturer: Kimball Arms Company
Model: Target
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 30 Carbine
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
Stock:
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 377
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

One of less than 250 manufactured between 1955 and 1958. The Kimball was a failed attempt at producing a blowback pistol in .30 Carbine using a series of cut rings in the chamber. In theory, on ignition the casing would swell to fill these rings, delaying extraction long enough for pressure to drop. Of only about 238 manufactured, many were destroyed during use by the severe recoil, making examples in this kind of condition even rarer. Blade front and fixed notch rear sights, with the Detroit address on the left side of the chamber, serial number on the right, and finely checkered grips. With correct Kimball box. Provenance: The Bailey Brower, Jr. Collection, author of “Savage Pistols”

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original blue finish with limited handling marks, an attractive purple hue on the frame, and crisp grip checkering. Mechanically excellent. Box is fine with storage and handling marks.



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