Went to the Midland Gun show today. Saw this self-same Remington Model 14 1/2 R carbine for sale on one of the tables there. Snagged the picture off of one of the auction sites this past summer. $2,295.00 Wow! Neat gun though, had the original "wheel" sight. Nice finish mostly, with some minor pitting on the receiver. Seller said the bore was real nice. Sigh...One of these days....
“War is an ill thing, as I surely know. But 'twould be an ill world for weaponless dreamers if evil men were not now and then slain.” ― Rudyard Kipling
...the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has always proved to be possible. - Hubert H. Humphrey, "Gun" magazine, Feb. '60
Thanks for posting a photo - the 14 1/2Rs are really something and given their rarity they are probably worth that kind of money. I'm lucky enough to own one and it still isn't clear to me why they weren't more popular?
My guess on the popularity would be the same reason the Colt Lightening didn't catch on; that is people were just used to lever action rifles and seemed to prefer them. No reflection on the quality of either the Colt or Remington. The slide action on shotguns sure caught on, even more popular than semi-auto, but the only lever action shotgun was Winchester's 1887, and the firt pump shotgun, the Spencer 1882, was bought up by Winchester and they didn't bring out a pump until 1893.
I got a "Guns Magazine" from July, 1955, for Christmas. There's an ad for 'Remington Pump Action Repeater, Cal. 44-40- Unusual opportunity to get this rifle at a low price. Limited quantity. Used-good condition. 49.95. Public Sport Shops, Phila. Pa.'