Want to see what a 182-year-old defunct military academy has for sale?
Located in New Bloomfield, Carson Long Military Academy had a history that goes back to 1836 but sadly announced this summer that, due to declining admissions, the institution would not reopen for the 2018-2019 school year.
Go ahead and try not to recall the old 1982 flick, Taps.
However, all things being relative, Carson Long was closed during the summer with a whimper. As a part to liquidate its holdings, the school contracted with Cordier’s Auctions in Harrisburg to sell the contents of the school’s armory, and it is an interesting collection.
Among the more than 400 lots up for grabs are four Pennsylvania Long Rifles with guns by renowned Perry and Lancaster county gunsmiths John Shuler, Daniel Crum, and William Sweger and dozens of M1903 rifles– Smith Coronas, Remingtons, Springfields– to include barreled actions, drill rifles etc.
Target guns including nine Anschutz Model 54s, assorted Winchester 52s and 75s, a Savage 1933, and a couple of S&W M-15/22s.
The institute also had a decent arms museum complete with Japanese samurai swords, an M1917 Eddystone, a Winchester 1873 rifle marked “59 Atlanta Police” on the receiver, an 1884 Trapdoor Springfield, a Japanese Type 99 rifle, and these bad boys:
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