Thoughts on this wood “Heym”

Andrew Short

Silver supporter
AH fanatic
Joined
Jul 9, 2020
Messages
725
Reaction score
679
Location
Jasper Alabama
Media
8
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Mex/S.Amer
1
Member of
Lifetime member NRA
In my opinion, this wood looks rather plain. Is it the lighting, quality of the wood or just a lackluster finish? @TOBY458
D3694D49-B552-4935-A9B9-90FCF6B8B19B.jpeg
4D024433-B418-4AB5-851E-C49094763609.jpeg
5A8DD2D0-29E1-4441-A429-8CE859CCA64E.jpeg
 
Last edited:

BeeMaa

AH legend
Joined
Jun 11, 2017
Messages
3,007
Reaction score
5,198
Location
Eastern US
Media
103
Hunting reports
Africa
1
Member of
NRA Life Member, SCI
Hunted
Eastern US & RSA
Quite possibly lighting, IMO.

Would it be possible to do an inspection of the rifle before the sale is final?
Not sure you would want to absorb the cost of shipping a rifle (plus insurance), possibly both ways if you are not happy with it.
Although it would still be less expensive than trying to unload a Heym with ugly wood.

Edit - it would be difficult to say "no" to a rifle in hand. I hear it's worth two in the bush.
 

CAustin

Bronze supporter
AH ambassador
Joined
May 7, 2013
Messages
14,460
Reaction score
11,778
Media
258
Hunting reports
Africa
7
Member of
Courtney Hunting Club, NRA Life Member, SCI Kansas City Chapter
Hunted
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Kalahari, Northwest, Limpopo, Gauteng, APNR Kruger Area. USA Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas

Andrew Short

Silver supporter
AH fanatic
Joined
Jul 9, 2020
Messages
725
Reaction score
679
Location
Jasper Alabama
Media
8
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Mex/S.Amer
1
Member of
Lifetime member NRA
Quite possibly lighting, IMO.

Would it be possible to do an inspection of the rifle before the sale is final?
Not sure you would want to absorb the cost of shipping a rifle (plus insurance), possibly both ways if you are not happy with it.
Although it would still be less expensive than trying to unload a Heym with ugly wood.

Edit - it would be difficult to say "no" to a rifle in hand. I hear it's worth two in the bush.
It’s within driving distance but I’m skeptical as it is. I’m not sure what it would cost to ship it here for inspection.... or if the dealer would be willing too.
FaceTime the owner! That way you can see it better. From the pictures I would say the wood is nothing special.
That’s actually a good idea! I’ll do that tomorrow. I agree though, nothing special...
 

Muskox

AH veteran
Joined
Jun 1, 2013
Messages
227
Reaction score
269
Hunting reports
USA/Canada
1
Hunted
Namibia, Australia, Spain, Germany, all over the United States
A lot of Heym rifles have been imported by servicemen over the past 60 years.

Looks a lot like the Heym's you see for sale in Germany.

Plain open pore wood, and a matte finish.
 

Razorback

AH member
Joined
Jan 21, 2021
Messages
34
Reaction score
54
That’s a Martini Express rifle. They don’t make them in matte finish. The pictures are low resolution in poor lighting. I have 3 of them, my hunting partners have 2 more and I’ve handled a few dozen. I’ve never seen one with bad wood. This one might not be their best but I guarantee if you saw it in person it would be fairly nice. If it’s a good price, I’d request better high resolution photos or better yet get if for 3 day inspection.
 

Andrew Short

Silver supporter
AH fanatic
Joined
Jul 9, 2020
Messages
725
Reaction score
679
Location
Jasper Alabama
Media
8
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Mex/S.Amer
1
Member of
Lifetime member NRA
That’s a Martini Express rifle. They don’t make them in matte finish. The pictures are low resolution in poor lighting. I have 3 of them, my hunting partners have 2 more and I’ve handled a few dozen. I’ve never seen one with bad wood. This one might not be their best but I guarantee if you saw it in person it would be fairly nice. If it’s a good price, I’d request better high resolution photos or better yet get if for 3 day inspection.
I’m calling the dealer this morning to see what he will allow. Hopefully it works out.
 

Shootist43

Gold supporter
AH ambassador
Joined
Apr 25, 2015
Messages
6,020
Reaction score
6,151
Location
Grosse Ile, Michigan
Media
25
Hunting reports
Africa
1
Member of
NRA
Hunted
Michigan, Texas, Missouri, Limpopo Province South Africa
Looks like an entry level working rifle. Send Hyem a photo with the serial number and ask their opinion.
 

Woodcarver

Bronze supporter
AH senior member
Joined
Dec 23, 2020
Messages
68
Reaction score
131
Location
Colorado
Media
3
Member of
NRA Benefactor Life, Ducks Unlimited Life, RMEF Life, NAHC Life
Hunted
USA (CO, KS, TX, WA, AZ, TN), Alberta, Canada
Bad lighting/photographer. There is figure. Color is wrong/flat for walnut. Metal finish is greyed as well as flat. Appears to have been shot under fluorescent lights, which will always yellow and flatten colors. The recommendation to facetime is an excellent way to see it, hopefully in better lighting.
 

Andrew Short

Silver supporter
AH fanatic
Joined
Jul 9, 2020
Messages
725
Reaction score
679
Location
Jasper Alabama
Media
8
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Mex/S.Amer
1
Member of
Lifetime member NRA
I guess the seller is no longer interested.... he hasn’t returned my call in over a week. Very well know dealer in the south.
 

Woodcarver

Bronze supporter
AH senior member
Joined
Dec 23, 2020
Messages
68
Reaction score
131
Location
Colorado
Media
3
Member of
NRA Benefactor Life, Ducks Unlimited Life, RMEF Life, NAHC Life
Hunted
USA (CO, KS, TX, WA, AZ, TN), Alberta, Canada
Makes you wonder if it sold already....
 

Andrew Short

Silver supporter
AH fanatic
Joined
Jul 9, 2020
Messages
725
Reaction score
679
Location
Jasper Alabama
Media
8
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Mex/S.Amer
1
Member of
Lifetime member NRA
The stock looks like not finished. Also look like oiled. Stock may need to be smoothed and either oil finished or gloss finished. Wood looks good.
Krish.
.
I agree that it looks unfinished... it’s not what I’d expect from a Heym Martini.

Is it worth it to buy it and ha e the stock refinished?
 

JHT

AH senior member
Joined
Dec 21, 2020
Messages
62
Reaction score
70
Media
2
Very true but you’re going to take it buffalo and elephant hunting. No sense in having to worry if it picks up a scratch. I bought a Model 70 myself and hope to beat the crap out of it.
 

Andrew Short

Silver supporter
AH fanatic
Joined
Jul 9, 2020
Messages
725
Reaction score
679
Location
Jasper Alabama
Media
8
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Mex/S.Amer
1
Member of
Lifetime member NRA
Very true but you’re going to take it buffalo and elephant hunting. No sense in having to worry if it picks up a scratch. I bought a Model 70 myself and hope to beat the crap out of it.
Very true but I have rifles for that. For a Heym it should be pretty
 

Forum statistics

Threads
37,357
Messages
712,258
Members
66,558
Latest member
LuellaMccr
 

 

 

Latest profile posts

degoins wrote on Treemantwo's profile.
I have a like new VC .450 I might part with. I had it built in 2013 and it has served me well. Also have a VC fitted leather trunk case for it along with the plastic case it came with. I'll take 14000 for all of it.
Matt W wrote on Jody's profile.
Hi Jody,
I have been looking for ideas on the best way to display my European mounts from Africa. I came across some of your shield work and was wondering if you would be willing to make one for me? If so, please let me know the cost. I like the shield with the two spears that you built for a member years ago. Thanks.
cal pappas wrote on Mnelson2's profile.
Nelson. Is this message a PM format. I want to send you my email, but don't know if this is the cirrect way to do it. I'm at <pappas@mtaonline.net> Send me an email with your phone and I will call you about a skull I have. I went to school in Boston and am from Bernardston in the west part of the state. Moved to Alaska in 1984 adn never looked back.
BeeMaa wrote on Justbryan's profile.
Sold a Blaser scope mount to him. He was a pleasure to do business with.
BeeMaa wrote on 375Fox's profile.
Sold a Blaser scope mount to him. Was a pleasure to do business with.
 
Top