Very Light Magazine is a magazine of The Antique & Historical Arms Collectors Guild of Victoria, Inc                                                                         No 83 October 2016


Monday Night Themes for 2016


The remaining themes for 2016 are –


31 October - General unthemed display night with buy & sell


28 November - Shotguns and hunting weapons, all periods, all nationalities. A supper will be served.

Monday Night Themes for 2017


30 January – Talk and display by Stuart Duff on the visit of the CSS Shenandoah, with related Civil War displays. A supper will be provided.


27 February – Early and ancient (pre 1800) arms & weaponry – This is a Noel Hall

                         Award night.


27 March – American arms and militaria – This is a Noel Hall Award night.


24 April – European arms & militaria – This is a Noel Hall Award night.


29 May – Asian & Middle Eastern arms & militaria – This is a Noel Hall Award night.


26 June – Small things of interest, any category – This is a Noel Hall Award night.


31 July – A story to Tell, arms & militaria with known provenance – This is a Noel Hall

                Award night.


28 August – Annual General Meeting and presentation of the Noel Hall Award. A supper

                     will be served.


25 September – Buy and sell night, books, parts, odds and sods – anything except reg.


30 October – General unthemed display night with buy and sell.


27 November – Vintagers Night – theme to be announced. Supper will be served.


Wanted to Buy


Magazine and dust cover for a Lee-Enfield cavalry carbine.

Contact John Suardi (03) 5753 5226



For Sale

A scarce .38-56-255 cal Colt Lightning Large Frame Express full magazine rifle . 28 inch octagonal barrel. 2nd year manufacture 1888. Two line Colt Hartford address, good bore, standard front and rear sights plus tang sight with adjustable peep. Clear address and calibre markings plus rampant Colt logo on the left hand side of the frame. 65% original blue on barrel while the magazine tube and receiver has mottled to a plum finish. The fore wood  and butt have some minor bruising. Overall in very condition.


Price $4750.00 ONO – may take a flintlock pistol as a part trade.


Contact Roger - 0401 222 267.



A Comment on Caps & Flints


We are a club for people who are interested in collecting and studying historic arms. Part of this shared interest is our magazine Caps & Flints. The magazine can only be produced if we have articles to go in it. As a club of arms collectors most of us have some interesting items or even single items in their collections and what could be better than sharing those with your fellow members than writing an article about them. Contact our editor David Kitchen via the Guild Office on (03) 9584 2907 or cupfire1@ozemail.com.au for information on preparing and submitting an article.



Vale Doug Mills


The Guild is very sorry to announce the passing of Doug Mills. Doug joined the Guild in 1963, the year of its founding. A firearms enthusiast and collector from a very early age Doug started off the way many of us do following that enthusiasm and buying whatever old guns and accoutrements he came across in his job and his travels. As his experience grew and his knowledge became more developed he began to focus on British naval and military items, then he discovered the delights of the fine English gunmakers the products of whom he steadily built into a truly magnificent collection. In fact his knowledge and the breadth of his collection came to the attention of the late British arms scholar and historian W. Keith Neal who he helped in moving his collection from Guernsey to England and the two formed a long friendship in which Neal and Doug exchanged knowledge – sometimes with Mr Neal having to admit that Doug’s understanding of something was greater than his. Doug Mills was a gentlemen and he will be missed.


An extended obituary will appear in the next issue of Caps & Flints.


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