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SMOF6707 - (MJ) EXCELLENT U.S. M1903A3 REMINGTON SN 3559553 CALIBER 30-06 WITH 4 GROOVE BARREL AND ALL CORRECT REMINGTON PARTS. The U.S. Model 1903 was the standard service rifle of the U.S. military from 1903 till the late 1930's with well over one million produced. The action owes much to the German Mauser Gewehr 98, but also has some unique features including a magazine cutoff to hold 5 shoots in reserve till the enemy charged. After the disaster at Dunkirk in June 1940, the British approached Remington Arms Company about making a Model 1903 in caliber 303 to reequip their army. The U.S. government released the Model 1903 tooling from the Rock Island Arsenal to Remington, and two prototype Model 1903 rifles in 303 were made. (They can be seen at the Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming.) But with the U.S. heading for war, the Army commissioned Remington to restart manufacture of the Model 1903, with the first rifles turned out in October 1941. Between October 1941 and January 1943 Remington produced about 330,000 Model 1903 rifles. Remington made numerous changes to speed manufacture and by early 1942 the rifle was called the U.S. rifle 1903 Modified. These included changing the barrel bands, sling swivels, buttplate, and triggerguard from machined to stamped. When the rear sight was moved from the area in front of the receiver to the rear receiver bridge the rifle’s designation was changed from Model 1903 Modified to Model 1903A3. The production of the 1903A3 was phased in between December 1942 and January 1943, and about 700,000 were made when production ceased in early 1944.

This is an excellent rifle, the greenish-gray Parkerized finish would rate about 95% + with a little bit of wear on a few high points. The barrel is 4 groove and the bore is bright with crisp riflings. All of the parts are correct for those manufactured by Remington. The small parts have the correct blued finish. The stock good cartouches and markings. $950.00 (View Picture)

**SOLD** SMOF6878 - HPH19 U.S. SPRINGFIELD RIFLE CALIBER .22 M2- SUPERB! (FROM THE HOWARD HART COLLECTION) U.S. SPRINGFIELD RIFLE CALIBER .22 M2- SUPERB! (FROM THE HOWARD HART COLLECTION) U.S. SPRINGFIELD RIFLE CALIBER .22 M2- SUPERB! (FROM THE HOWARD HART COLLECTION) Serial number 10859 with SA 5-39 barrel. This is a beautiful pre-WW2 example of the final version of the .22 caliber rifles made by Springfield. It has a superb bore, with 98-99% of the dark parkerized finish remaining. The M2 stock has sharp M2 on the base of the grip and drawing number on the lower edge by the butt swivel and the coarse checkered no-trap buttplate. Stock is near perfect with only a hint of any tiny storage or handling bumps or bruises. Even the Lyman 48 rear sight retains most of its blue finish. The only issue is that the M2 bolt has the serial number 2743B electric penciled on the bottom, so it has been switched at some point. It is exactly the same bolt as the rifle was originally assembled with, just a different serial number. Yes, we wish it matched, but it does not, so we reduced the price to reflect this issue which may bother some people a bit and others not at all. Comes with one 5 round M2 magazine.

(PROVENANCE NOTE-  This item is from the Howard P. Hart and Jean H. Hart Collection of Historical Arms.  Mr. Hart was a career Central Intelligence Agency Officer as well as an avid arms collector.  A large part of their collection was donated to the Virginia War Memorial Museum in Richmond, VA, and many other items donated to the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans, LA.   This item has the Hart Collection inventory tag attached, and has a certificate of provenance and a copy of Howard’s fascinating autobiography, signed by Jean Hart.  The association of this item with Mr. Howard Hart, and this outstanding collection adds to its desirability for your collection and for future owners and helps preserve the legacy of Mr. Hart.)  Read more about the biography of this remarkable American patriot on the Hart Collection Biography page

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON .22 SPRINGFIELDS- Following WW1, the U.S. Army searched for better gallery practice rifles than the various rifles previously used which included the Model 1903 Springfields in .22 caliber (the “Hoffer-Thompson”) with its troublesome cartridge holders for .22 shorts, and the three Winchesters purchased during the War: (Model 1885 single shot “Winder musket”; Model 1890 .22 pump rifles and Model 1903 semi autos). The emphasis for gallery practice was changing from basic marksmanship familiarization for raw recruits to more serious competitive shooting for Army teams and ROTC units in high schools or colleges. The excellent Winchester Model 52 target rifle introduced in 1920 was briefly considered, but Army pride and the high cost of the Winchester rifle led the Army to develop its own .22 caliber target rifle, the U.S. Rifle Caliber .22 Model of 1922.

The Model 1922 Springfield was similar to the Model 1903 service rifle and good for marksmanship training. However, it was also superbly designed and engineered and the accuracy was comparable to the best commercial target rifles of the era.

The .22 Springfields evolved over the next 20 years with numerous variations for the obsessive collector to chase, but all have a reputation as rugged and very accurate shooters. The basic Model of 1922, Model 1922M1 and the M2 are briefly explained below. See the lengthy section in Brophy’s “The Springfield Rifles” book for full details on these and the many variations. Note that when the Model 1922 was upgraded to M1922M1 configuration they usually had “M1” stamped after the 1922 and “A” added to the prefix. When updgraded to M2 configuration the “M1” was stamped to read “M11” and a “B” suffix added to the serial number, but sometimes they were upgraded without changing the markings.

A- The original Model 1922- used a longer magazine which sat lower in the receiver, and the non- adjustable headspace on the bolt was set at the Armory. The bolt uses a double striker firing pin. Marked U.S./ SPRINGFIELD/ ARMORY/ MODEL OF 1922/ [serial number]. Serial numbers started at 1 and went to about 2020, made 1922-1924. Stock was the NRA sale type.

b- Model 1922M1- a modification of the M1922 which retains the non-adjustable headspace feature but has single striker firing pin. Magazine is shorter type. Receiver markings U.S./ SPRINGFIELD/ ARMORY/ MODEL OF 1922/ M1. CAL..22/ [serial number]. Serial numbers 1 to about 20010 between 1925-1933. Stock usually “service type” or the ugly “B” type, but sometimes the NRA sales stock.

c- U.S. Rifle Caliber .22 M2- Marked U.S./ SPRINGFIELD/ ARMORY/ CAL..22 M2 [serial number]. Bolt has adjustable headspace design, and higher seated magazine for better feeding. Magazine marked M2. Serial numbers started at 1 and went to about 12323 between 1933 and 1942. Stock usually the handsome M2 type with service buttplate. $1350.00 (View Picture)

**HOLD** SMOF6898 - U.S. MODEL 1903A3 MADE BY SMITH CORONA SERIAL NUMBER 3658941 CALIBER 30-06 BARREL DATE 3-43 The U.S. Model 1903 was the standard service rifle of the U.S. military from 1903 till the late 1930s with well over one million produced. The action owes much to the German Mauser Gewehr 98, but also has some unique features including a magazine cutoff to hold 5 shoots in reserve till the enemy charged. After the disaster at Dunkirk in June 1940, the British approached Remington Arms Company about making a Model 1903 in caliber 303 to reequip their army. The U.S. government released the Model 1903 tooling from the Rock Island Arsenal to Remington, and two prototype Model 1903 rifles in 303 were made. (They can be seen at the Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming.) But with the U.S. heading for war, the Army commissioned Remington to restart manufacture of the Model 1903, with the first rifles turned out in October 1941. Between October 1941 and January 1943 Remington produced about 330,000 Model 1903 rifles. Remington made numerous changes to speed manufacture and by early 1942 the rifle was called the U.S. rifle 1903 Modified. These included changing the barrel bands, sling swivels, butt plate, and trigger guard from machined to stamped. When the rear sight was moved from the area in front of the receiver to the rear receiver bridge the rifle’s designation was changed from Model 1903 Modified to Model 1903A3. The production of the 1903A3 was phased in between December 1942 and January 1943, and about 700,000 were made when production ceased in early 1944.

Because of the need for rifles Smith Corona, one of the largest typewriter makers in the U.S. also received a contract to make the M1903A3, and produced about 250,000. The first rifles were produced in late 1942 and production was continued till early 1944. They are the rarer of the two makers, and much sought after by military collectors.

This rifle was made during the winter of 1943. The barrel is a four groove dated 3-43. The rifle has the correct Parkerized grayish-green finish seen on many Smith Corona rifles. Finish on the receiver, barrel, barrel bands, and trigger guard is over 95%. All parts on this rifle are matching Smith Corona except for the butt plate, which is a correct for period Remington part. This rifle is an overall excellent example of a Smith Corona 1903A3. $1050.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6911 - 19207 – RARE- U.S. WW2 ITHACA MODEL 37 TRENCH GUN RLB MARKED- RESTORATION PROJECT - Serial number 61558 12 GA. 20 inch barrel with correct original Ordnance Bomb on the receiver and matching serial number 61558 on the barrel. The barrel has the three notches on the bottom for the trench gun handguard screws. The barrel has been threaded for a Poly Choke, a very common modification after WW2 to turn “undesirable” trench or riot guns with 20 inch cylinder bores into more useful sporting guns. At some point the buttstock has been replaced with one made by Boyd. About 98% of the parkerized finish remains, either original or arsenal refinish on the major parts with the action slide, magazine cap and band having blue finish, and the cap marred with Bubba’s pliers scars.

I am certain that the military markings are authentic, but Canfield specifically states that the very scarce Ithaca trench guns (only 1,422 made) were all in the range of 57820 to 61450 per Ithaca shipping records. However, I have seen the Ithaca shipping records for M1911A1s, and they are a chaotic jumble and it would be easy to overlook numbers. This number is only 133 higher than Canfields’ highest number and I suspect that if not actually included in a shipment, this is an “overrun” which was available if some lower numbers failed final inspection. Ithaca delivered the fewest martial shotguns of any WW2 maker because the Ordnance Department ordered them to drop the shotgun production in order to step up delivery of M1911A1 pistols. In any case, even if restored, it is probably as close as any of us will ever get to owning a totally original WW2 Ithaca 37 trench gun. This is a project from John’s collection ready for you to finish the restoration. $1995.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6918 - EARLY U. S. CARBINE M1 MANUFACTURED BY ROCKOLA SERIAL NUMBER 1705436. U. S. 30 CALIBER CARBINE. With the adoption of the U.S. Model 1903 rifle the United States Army was one of the first in the world to abandon the concept of a short rifle usually called a carbine for use by cavalry, artillery, etc., and a long rifle for use by infantry. The developments of smokeless powder had made this possible. But doubts still persisted about the wisdom of this decision. Large numbers of personnel in support roles (cooks, clerks, truck drivers, etc.) had been given the U.S. Model 1911 pistol during World War I, and most had difficulty obtaining any competence with it. In 1940 with war already underway in Europe the U.S. decided to develop a semiautomatic carbine firing a round intermediate between a pistol and rifle to arm these support personnel. Winchester won the design competition, but could not meet the anticipated production schedule of several million carbines, so nine other manufactures were recruited. None had prior experience with firearms manufacturing, but most had experience with precision machining of metal. Two were typewriter/adding machine companies, Underwood and IBM, one a juke box manufacturing company, Rockola, and several were automotive parts manufacturers, Inland, Standard Products, and Saginaw. This system of manufacture was so successful that over 5 million carbines were produced well ahead of the original schedule.

We are offering this handsome Rockola carbine which was made in the first production run which ended about March 1943. The Rockola company, founded by David Rockola in 1927, made about 228,000 carbines of the 5 million produced, so they are one of the rarer and most desirable variants. This carbine has the early flip up rear sight, a Rockola made stock plus the bolt and trigger group have the R mark indicating manufacture by Rockola. This gun underwent an arsenal refurbishment, and a bayonet lug was added. A proof letter P was added to the pistol grip. The finish is about 95% and the wood is in very good condition. Rockola is one of the most sought after of the manufactures of carbines with the early features like this one, they are difficult to find. $1300.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6874 - HPH 18 - U.S. MODEL 1903A3 RIFLE WITH PRESENTATION MARKINGS- FROM THE HART COLLECTION Serial number 3561966 with 7-44 barrel date with excellent plus 4 groove bore. Other than the milled trigger guard assembly which bears the presentation markings and milled lower band, this is a standard Model 1903A3 rifle made by Remington. The stock has been nicely refinished with most of a rack number “819” visible on the right side of the butt.

We really cannot add much to the description beyond what is shown in the photos and the notes from Mr. Hart’s records which indicate he purchased the rifle in April 1997 from Steve Hagen for $2,000. Hart’s notes are quoted below: “US Rifle, Model 1903A3, Presentation Rifle, “Marine Raider Battalion – Guadalcanal” The magazine floor plate of this rifle is inscribed as follows:

PRESENTED TO THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY IN REMEMBRANCE AND HONOUR OF THE 4TH MARINE RAIDER BN WHO GAVE THEIR ALL ON THAT BLOODY CANAL. COL. R. SEARS, U.S.A., RET’D JULY 4, 1946 NO. 3561966

Col. Robert Sears was an Army Inspector of Ordnance in the Hartford Ordnance District from 3 August 1937 to 30 June 1941. His inspectors mark can be found on M1911A1 Pistols manufactured by Colt in the following serial number range: 723000-750000.

This Remingtom M1903A3 rifle is in 100% correct as-issued condition. It has not been re- arsenaled. Aside from the inscription on the floor plate, the only unusual marking on the rifle is the number “819” stamped in ¼ inch high letters on the right side of the butt approximately 2 inches from, and parallel to, the butt plate. This is almost certainly a Naval Academy registration/identification number.

The presentation was intended to commemorate the 4th Marine Raider Battalion, which was heavily involved in the savage fighting for Guadalcanal Island early in World War Two.”

Our research turned up the following interesting information on Sears in Wikipedia: “Robert Wilson Sears (30 November 1884 – 9 January 1979) was an American fencer and modern pentathlete. He won a bronze medal in the team foil event at the 1920 Summer Olympics.

A 1909 graduate of the United States Military Academy, he was captain of the Army team that twice won the IFA foil team title. In 1909 he shared individual honors with his teammate, Reginald Cocroft. At the 1920 Olympics, Sears won a bronze medal in foil team at the age of 36, participated in the épée team event, and finished eighth in modern pentathlon. Sears spent most of his military career as an Ordnance officer but during World War II was a regimental commander in the 35th Infantry Division in France. At the age of 60, he was the oldest combat soldier in the European Theater of Operations. He retired in 1946 with the rank of colonel.”

No further information on the details of this presentation are known to us, so what you see is what you get, along with Mr. Hart’s original note.

The rifle itself is in excellent condition as visible in the photos. A nice rifle with an intriguing presentation inscription for which we wish had more information.

PROVENANCE NOTE- This is item number 18 from the Howard P. Hart and Jean H. Hart Collection of Historical Arms. Mr. Hart was a career Central Intelligence Agency Officer as well as an avid arms collector. A large part of their collection was donated to the Virginia War Memorial Museum in Richmond, VA, and many other items donated to the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans, LA. This item has the Hart Collection inventory tag attached, and comes with a certificate of provenance and a copy of Howard’s fascinating autobiography, signed by Jean Hart. The association of this item with Mr. Howard Hart, and this outstanding collection adds to its desirability for your collection and for future owners and helps preserve the legacy of Mr. Hart.) Read more about the biography of this remarkable American patriot on the Hart Collection Biography page- http://oldguns.net/Hart_Collection_Bio.html $1995.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6906 - U.S. WW2 M1903A4 SNIPER RIFLE MADE BY REMINGTON- BEAUTIFUL RESTORATION Serial number 3418172 with the offset receiver markings, and correct RA 7-43 barrel with superb bright and sharp two groove barrel. This has about 98-99% original finish on the barrel, receiver and scope base. This was probably one of the M1903A4s without scopes sold to NRA members in the early 1960s which the purchaser chopped the stock for use as a hunting rifle but never got around to taking it into the field. A subsequent owner very carefully restored it with a correct “C” type full pistol grip stock and military hardware. The stock as probably made by Keystone, although the “K” usually found in the cutoff recess is not visible. The stock and handguard are sort of dry, as with an unissued gun, and have picked up a few very minor dings or scrapes as shown in the photos, but still appear near new. The stock furniture shows a mix of parkerized finishes with some wear on the lower band. The bandspring is a milled one instead of stamped, and the windage screws on the scope mount base are blued commercial style instead of parkerized military, about the only difference between its current configuration and original issue (besides the 330S scope discussed below).

The Model 1903A4 sniper rifle was the first mass produced U.S. sniper rifle, unlike previous attempts where a few dozen to a few hundred rifles were fitted up with scopes such as the Warner- Swasey Model 1908 or Model 1913 scopes used by the Army during WW1, and the Winchester A-5 and Unertl 8 power target scopes used by the Marine Corps during WW1 and WW2 respectively. Later in WW2 the Army adopted the M1C and M1D sniper rifles, although production was only started on the M1C during WW2, with M1D production delayed until 1952. The M1903A4, M1C and M1D are realistically the sniper rifles available to most collectors, but if you look long, get lucky and have a fat wallet, you may find the others, but watch for fakes. The CMP program has some excellent deals on M1C and M1D rifles… while they last.

The M1903A4 was actually made in three separate serial number ranges. These used receivers with the maker and serial number markings specially offset to be visible with the scope mount in place, and were drilled and tapped for the Redfield Junior base. The bolts were bent to clear the scope, and the stocks (either the semi-pistol grip “scant” or full pistol grip “Type C”) had a notch for the bent bolt handle. Otherwise, all parts, including the barrels, were run of the mill standard 03A3 parts, although the front sight base was omitted from the barrels set aside for M1903A4 use. Most of the M1903A4 rifles were made with two grooves, although a small percentage used four groove barrels.

The M1903A4 was originally issued with the Weaver 330C/M73B1 with the ¾ inch tube. Later the M81 and M82 scopes were issued, which were slightly modified versions of the Lyman Alaskan, using single split 7/8” rings. Lastly with the M84 scope which used the double split 7/8” rings was issued, so any of these would be correct on a M1903A4 rifle at various times.

The Weaver 330 Scope on this rifle is a commercial 330S which differs very slightly from the 330C used by the military under the designation Telescope M73B1. The difference is that the 330S has sloping pyramid type adjusting knobs for a screwdriver adjustment while the 330C has cylindrical knobs with serrations around the top with a small flat spring to keep them from moving unless deliberately turned, and this gives a “click” adjustment instead of the “silent” adjustment. The other difference is the markings which sometimes were stamped on the data plate as a M73B1, and other times marked on the side of the tube with electric pencil. This has excellent clear optics with the same crosshair reticule used on the M73B1.

A fanatical collector simply must have a M1903A4 rifle from the first lot of 20,000 numbers around 3.41 million, plus a rifle from the smaller lot of about 7,500 in the 4.99 million range and of course one of the 2,920 rifles in the smallest lot with the Z prefix. It would be nice if you had at least one more, so each of the M73B1, M81, M82 and M84 scopes can be represented in your collection. Your cheerful spouse will surely understand the necessity of this! This is one of the best looking restored examples of the M1903A4 sniper rifle we have had. $2995.00 (View Picture)

**HOLD** SMOF6897 - 16964 - U.S. RIFLE CALIBER .30 M1 GARAND- EARLY ALL MATCHING BRITISH LEND LEASE – NICE!– Serial number 514154 with correct original SA 3-42 barrel. This is one of the small number of M1 Garands shipped to England during the desperate dark days of early 1942, when survival of England took precedence over even arming of the U.S. forces being raised. Thankfully, most of these rifles survived relatively intact as the British did almost nothing with them due to their non-standard .30-06 caliber and unfamiliar system of operation, saving them mainly as reserve for emergency issue. These are about the only correct and original examples of unaltered Garands available to collectors today. The Brits eventually sold them as surplus and in the early 1960s they were sold on the U.S. market for about $89.00 (while M1903s or M1911s were bringing all of $39.95-- The “good old days” when minimum wage was $1.25 per hour and a new Mustang was $2,000 or a VW Beetle about $1,200). The Garands issued to U.S. troops during WW2 were nearly all rebuilt one or more times, and almost always ended up with a mix of parts from cleaning at the unit level in the field. This rifle is totally correct and original with only a couple of minor flaws that keep it from being perfect. All parts are correct for the period, with about 97% of the original matching greenish parkerized finish, and black paint finish on the gas cylinder. Bore is sharp and mirror bright. (According to the previous owner it is an excellent shooter, but we sell all guns as collector items only and they must be approved by your gunsmith prior to firing, but really this one is too nice to shoot anymore anyway.) Unsanded walnut stock has sharp SA/GHS small wheel cartouche and circle P and the mellow original rubbed oil finish. Metal finish is worn only the high points and a bit of wear from cycling the action. Even the buttplate has about 90% finish remaining. We will fill out a Garand Collectors data sheet if desired, but everything is just the way it should be. The British proof markings applied at time of export are in place (although very faint on the receiver and bolt which proved to be harder than the British stamps!) The flaws noted are: (a) some ugly dints and dings on the right side of the stock near the front of the op rod cut; (b) the flush nut for the rear sight was boogered when the previous owner temporarily put in a NM aperture for shooting. Then he cleaned up the flush nut and the tip of the pinion when putting the original aperture back together, so the nut and tip of the pinion are ugly, but could be touched up to be less obnoxious; (c) the cap over the front sight screw has been removed.

Scott Duff did an excellent article on these early lend lease rifles “Garands in the King’s Service” in the April 2002 American Rifleman magazine.

Overall, a really handsome rifle (except as noted above) and having all the features of the early gas port rifles. This is the only one of these early lend lease Garands we have had in several years. $3500.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6912 - 20008 - WW1 WINCHESTER 1897 TRENCH GUN RESTORATION PROJECT Serial number 669812 right in the range of WW1 military serial numbers with original US and ordnance bomb stamped on the right side of the receiver. This is a great gun with about 70-75% original bright blue finish on the receiver, showing just normal wear patterns. Excellent mechanics. However, like so many of the short barrel military trench or riot guns it was later altered for sporting use. In this case, they removed the butt swivel (which was only used on the trench gun version of the Model 1897) shortened the butt and installed a recoil pad. The barrel was replaced with a Winchester made 26 inch barrel with modified choke, and of course Bubba threw away the useless handguard and bayonet lug. The receiver condition is one of the best I have seen on a WW1 trench gun and this is definitely worth the effort to restore it. This comes straight from John’s collection, but I have not found time to mess with most of the many projects I have accumulated, so it is time to pass them along to other collectors who will get the job done. $1150.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6857 - U.S. CARBINE CALIBER .30 M1 MADE BY WINCHESTER. SERIAL NUMBER 5716275 WITH MANY EARLY FEATURES

With the adoption of the U.S. Model 1903 rifle the United States Army was one of the first in the world to abandon the concept of a short rifle usually called a carbine for use by cavalry, artillery, etc., and a long rifle for use by infantry. The developments of smokeless powder had made this possible, but doubts still persisted about the wisdom of this decision. Large numbers of personnel in support roles (cooks, clerks, truck drivers, etc.) had been given the U.S. Model 1911 pistol during World War I, and most had difficulty obtaining any competence with it. In 1940 with war already underway in Europe the U.S. decided to develop a semiautomatic carbine firing a round intermediate between a pistol and rifle to arm these support personnel. Winchester won the design competition, but could not meet the anticipated production schedule of several million carbines, so nine other manufactures were recruited. None had prior experience with firearms manufacturing, but most had experience with precision machining of metal. Two were typewriter/adding machine companies, Underwood and IBM, one a juke box manufacturing company, Rockola, and several were automotive parts manufacturers, Inland, Standard Products, and Saginaw. This system of manufacture was so successful that over 5 million carbines were produced well ahead of the original schedule. <br/><br/>

This carbine was made by Winchester, one of the most desirable of the carbine manufactures. We did a quick inspection and most of the parts are Winchester marked including the following:

  • Bolt
  • Extractor
  • Firing Pin
  • Hammer
  • Handguard
  • Operating Slide
  • Receiver
  • Recoil Plate
  • Stock
  • Trigger
  • Trigger Housing

This it is a very handsome example of the classic M1 Carbine, with the added plus of being made by Winchester. It has many desirable early features including a high wood stock, flip sight and front band with no bayonet lug. It has an excellent bore and overall about 95% finish remains. The walnut stock is clearly marked "W" in the sling bevel. "W R A / G H D / Ordinance wheel" and with a rack 276. The carbine is not import marked, probably an old DCM sales gun from the 1960s. A nice substantially correct Winchester made M1 Carbine.

$1650.00 (View Picture)

SMOF5828 - U.S. MODEL 1903A3 MADE BY REMINGTON SERIAL NUMBER 3594983 CALIBER 30 06 BARREL DATE 3-43. The U.S. Model 1903 was the standard service rifle of the U.S. military from 1903 till the late 1930's with well over one million produced. The action owes much to the German Mauser Gewehr 98, but also has some unique features including a magazine cutoff to hold 5 shoots in reserve till the enemy charged. After the disaster at Dunkirk in June 1940, the British approached Remington Arms Company about making a Model 1903 in caliber 303 to reequip their army. The U.S. government released the Model 1903 tooling from the Rock Island Arsenal to Remington, and two prototype Model 1903 rifles in 303 were made. (They can be seen at the Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming.) But with the U.S. heading for war, the Army commissioned Remington to restart manufacture of the Model 1903, with the first rifles turned out in October 1941. Between October 1941 and January 1943 Remington produced about 330,000 Model 1903 rifles. Remington made numerous changes to speed manufacture and by early 1942 the rifle was called the U.S. rifle 1903 Modified. These included changing the barrel bands, sling swivels, buttplate, and triggerguard from machined to stamped. When the rear sight was moved from the area in front of the receiver to the rear receiver bridge the rifle’s designation was changed from Model 1903 Modified to Model 1903A3. The production of the 1903A3 was phased in between December 1942 and January 1943, and about 700,000 were made when production ceased in early 1944.

This rifle was made in the spring of 1943 to meet the increased demands for second line troopers in Europe and the Pacific. The greenish Parkerized finish is original as are all the parts. The bore is the more desirable four groove type and is bright with strong riflings. Overall condition is excellent, and the four groove barrel is a plus. $950.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6858 - U.S. CARBINE CALIBER .30 M1 MADE BY WINCHESTER. SERIAL NUMBER 5708367

With the adoption of the U.S. Model 1903 rifle the United States Army was one of the first in the world to abandon the concept of a short rifle usually called a carbine for use by cavalry, artillery, etc., and a long rifle for use by infantry. The developments of smokeless powder had made this possible, but doubts still persisted about the wisdom of this decision. Large numbers of personnel in support roles (cooks, clerks, truck drivers, etc.) had been given the U.S. Model 1911 pistol during World War I, and most had difficulty obtaining any competence with it. In 1940 with war already underway in Europe the U.S. decided to develop a semiautomatic carbine firing a round intermediate between a pistol and rifle to arm these support personnel. Winchester won the design competition, but could not meet the anticipated production schedule of several million carbines, so nine other manufactures were recruited. None had prior experience with firearms manufacturing, but most had experience with precision machining of metal. Two were typewriter/adding machine companies, Underwood and IBM, one a juke box manufacturing company, Rockola, and several were automotive parts manufacturers, Inland, Standard Products, and Saginaw. This system of manufacture was so successful that over 5 million carbines were produced well ahead of the original schedule. <br/><br/>

This carbine is a handsome example, made by one of the most desirable of the carbine manufactures, Winchester. We did a quick inspection of the carbine and most of the parts carbine are Winchester marked including the following:

  • Hammer
  • Operating Slide
  • Receiver
  • Recoil Plate
  • Stock
  • Trigger Housing

This it is a very handsome example of the classic M1 Carbine, with the added plus of being made by Winchester. The walnut stock is clearly marked "W" in the sling bevel and with "W R A / G H D / Ordinance wheel". The carbine is not import marked, probably an old DCM sales gun from the 1960s. A nice substantially correct Winchester made M1 Carbine.

$1495.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6835 - 21431 - U.S. RIFLE CALIBER .30 M1 (GARAND) JUNE 1943- RESTORED - Serial number 1654941 made in June 1943 per Scott Duff’s research, with correct S- A-6-43 barrel, no import marks. Lock bar sight. Excellent shiny and sharp bore with breech and muzzle gage readings of 6 and 2 respectively. This is a very nice restoration that looks really great. About 95% dark green-gray Parkerized finish with slightly varying shades showing normal wear on the sharp edges. Parkerizing on the cuts at the breech end of the barrel indicate that the rifle was arsenal overhauled at some point. Previous owner did a nice job tracking down the correctly marked parts with appropriate finish and restored it to near original configuration. The only significant mismatch is the op rod which should be a -6 but is a flat side -9 (thankfully without the relief cut). The stock has just original GI rubbed oil finish along with the expected dings and bruises of an issued military arm, including several “bullet tap marks” on the right side by the receiver where troops tapped a clip of cartridges to ensure they were all seated (an unnecessary habit and responsible for messing up a lot of otherwise nice stocks!). Good original cartouche SA over GAW in a block with ordnance wheel and circle P on the front of the grip. Small ordnance wheel on base of the grip. Rack number “49” stamped on the comb of the stock at the buttplate.

This is a nice looking example of a mid-WW2 issue M1 Garand as was used in the Pacific campaigns or in the European theater from D-Day until the end. We usually have bayonets on the edged weapons page, and slings, cleaning gear for the butt, clips, etc on the parts or WW2 militaria pages. $1495.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6727 - U.S RIFLE CALIER .30 M1 (GARAND) MADE BY SPRINGFIELD NOVEMBER 1943 (RESTORED) SUPERB BORE! Serial number 2197812 which puts the production date as approximately late November 1943. This is a nice, substantially correct restoration of a typical WW2 Garand. The only incorrect part noted is the barrel which is S A 6-45 instead of the expected SA 10 43. The barrel was installed long ago, probably right after WW2 and refinished at that time leaving the markings very faint. However, the bore is excellent plus, bright and sharp with a breech bore gauge reading of about 2.5 and muzzle reading of 1.0, which shows very little wear at all from new. We suspect that the SA/GAW cartouche and ordnance wheel markings on the stock are restruck, not original, but they look good. Walnut stocks have a nice medium dark brown oiled finish. Overall about 95-97% old arsenal parkerized refinish of slightly varying shades. With the lock bar rear sight, this is visually correct and a good choice for a collector who can enjoy the significant savings over the cost of a totally original and correct rifle, especially with the superb bore. $1595.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6768 - U.S. RIFLE M 1917 EDDYSTONE SERIAL NUMBER 726111 CALIBER 30-06 WITH ALL MATCHING PARTS! When the U.S entered the First World War in April 1917 the number of rifles available to equip the expanded military was insufficient. The ordnance department realized that two private firearms manufacturers (Winchester, Remington, and the Eddystone subsidiary of Remington) had been making a service rifle for British Army, and had nearly completed this contract. There was intense pressure for rifles for the new draftees so the ordnance department approached these manufactures and asked them to convert their existing tooling and make the British designed rifle for our 30-06 cartridge. This was done and all three plants were in full production by the fall of 1917. The rifle was designated U.S. Rifle, Model 1917, but was commonly called the Enfield because of its British origins. The rifle was longer than the U.S. designed Model 1903, and the balance was not as good. But the action was stronger, and the rifle more accurate straight from the factory than the Model 1903. Over 70% of our troops who served in France carried this rifle, and it is claimed that Sergeant Alvin York won the Medal of Honor with a Model 1917 made by Eddystone. After the war most of the Model 1917's were arsenal reworked and put into storage. When World War II broke out we provided M1917's to many of our allies and also our own troops until the M1 Garand became available. After World War II many M1917's were sold to civilians by the Government, and became the basis for custom magnum actions.

The three makers stamped their names on the receiver. Eddystone made the most with about 1.6 million rifles completed by the November 1918. Winchester and Remington made about 500,000 each.

This rifle was made by the Remington Arms Eddystone factory at Eddystone, Pennsylvania in July of 1918. It still has the original bluing unlike most that we see which were re-finished and Parkerized for use in WWII. The bluing may have been touched up but it would rate about 95% + with some wear on the high points. All of the parts including the barrel, bolt and stock are marked with Eddystone’s E. The barrel is shiny but dark with small areas of pitting and the lands look weak in some places, it may or may not be improved from a good cleaning. Overall a excellent example of a Model 1917 that is still in original condition. $950.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6763 - EARLY HAND STAMPED U.S. CARBINE M1 MANUFACTURED BY IBM. SERIAL NUMBER 3652159. With the adoption of the U.S. Model 1903 rifle the United States Army was one of the first in the world to abandon the concept of a short rifle usually called a carbine for use by cavalry, artillery, etc., and a long rifle for use by infantry. The developments of smokeless powder had made this possible, but doubts still persisted about the wisdom of this decision. Large numbers of personnel in support roles (cooks, clerks, truck drivers, etc.) had been given the U.S. Model 1911 pistol during World War I, and most had difficulty achieving any level of competence with it. In 1940 with war already underway in Europe the U.S. decided to develop a semiautomatic carbine firing a round intermediate between a pistol and rifle to arm these support personnel. Winchester won the design competition, but could not meet the anticipated production schedule of several million carbines. As a result, nine other manufactures were recruited, none had prior experience with firearms manufacturing, but most had experience with precision machining of metal. Two were typewriter/adding machine companies, Underwood and IBM, one a juke box manufacturing company, Rockola, and several were automotive parts manufacturers, Inland, Standard Products, and Saginaw. This system of manufacture was so successful that over 5 million carbines were produced well ahead of the original schedule.

The IBM or the International Business Machine Company did not start making carbines until the summer of 1943. The first serial number is believed to have been 3,651,520 and about 346,500 produced by IBM. It was believed that the first 200 IBM carbines were hand stamped, but reports from collectors (The Carbine Club) and the U.S. Civilian Marksmanship Program) have identified hand stamped IBM carbines with over 1000 higher (3,662,999) than the starting serial number.

Oldguns.net is marketing this carbine on consignment for a highly regarded local collector of military firearms. His research has brought him to the conclusion that based on the serial number, this gun was 739th carbine ever produced by IBM. The IBM markings on the barrel are hand stamped as are the U.S. markings on the receiver ring and back of the receiver. The gun was at the Rock Island Arsenal sometime in its service life and it may have been upgraded to the later configuration with adjustable sight and bayonet lug. The sight that is currently on the carbine is an earlier flip type. An inspection of all of the small parts to determine which were manufactured by IBM has not been preformed. IBM carbines are highly sought after by collectors because of the company`s prominence in today`s computer industry, making an example like this one that is early production and hand stamped highly desirable.

This carbine is being offered by us on consignment for a local collector, John Spangler is not associated with it or the research that was done for it's description. $3200.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6663 - EARLY LEND LEASE U.S. RIFLE CALIBER .30 M1 (GARAND) WITH USMC MC-1 SCOPE ADDED Serial number 468405, made in December 1941. This is one of the excellent plus very early M1 rifles send to Britain during the dark days of 1941-42. Since they took non-standard (for Brits anyway) .30-06 ammunition, they were little used and in the 1960s were sold off as surplus and could be purchased at Sears Roebuck or gun stores for prices between $79.95 and $99.95. Prior to return to the U.S. they had the mandatory British Proof Testing done and marked on the barrels, receivers and bolts. They were superb rifles and a real prize for collectors.

Well, Bubba got his prize and screwed it up, which delighted him no end. He had access to a genuine U.S.M.C. Griffin & Howe mount and rings (and we believe the base is also original U.S. military issue) so he decided to make his Garand into a copy of the M1C sniper rifle, sometimes called the MC-1 or MC-1952 in this USMC configuration. Bubba, or a pretty decent gunsmith spot annealed the left side of the receiver and drilled and tapped holes to attach the M1C base, but did not drill the two holes for the dowel pins. Bubba must have been annoyed by all that writing on the stock so he vigorously sanded away the cartouche and circle P, proving that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, and also proving Bubba is an idiot. A genuine GI cheekpad (MRT 11-62 marked) was added, but no screws used so it can be easily unlaced and removed if you like.

The scope is the commercial Kollmorgen 4X Bear Cub model, identical to the USMC TELESCOPE 4XD except that the USMC scope has external adjustment knobs, while the Bear Cub has removable caps over the adjustment knobs. The same dark gray finish is used on both, so the Bear Cub is a good substitute for the very rare and costly USMC scope.

The scope mount, base, cheek pad all are in excellent condition with just the slightest hint of wear. This rifle turned up near the Tooele Army Depot and these parts probably came from there as surplus or something. These are very desirable parts, with the Griffin & Howe USMC mount alone bringing more than most really nice Garand rifles. The rifle itself, except for Bubba’s mischief, appears to be all correct and original with the possible exception of a few parts in the trigger housing which are slightly later than expected from Scott Duff’s data sheets. The cap is still over the front sight, this has the flush nut rear sight, and a 12-41 dated barrel with superb bore gauging 1 at the breech and less than 1 at the muzzle. Overall finish is about 98-99% of the beautiful dark greenish gray parkerize. There is a lot of value in the parts as is, or you could get the screw holes welded up and refinish the receiver and have a pretty decent (albeit restored) example of the M1 Garand as being made at the start of WW2.

We took this to one show and everyone wanted us to sell the scope mount separately, but we will only sell this as a complete package, and the new owner can break it up and sell separately if they want to. $3995.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6724 - U.S. CARBINE CALIBER .30 M1A1 (“D-DAY PARATROOP”)- EARLY- NEARLY UNTOUCHED! Serial number 629149 made by Inland with correct original Inland 8-43 barrel Totally correct and original throughout with all correct early features- dog leg hammer, push button safety, flip sight, high wood, first type barrel band. Not a restoration, but the real deal, almost exactly as issued and carried by paratroops on D-Day June 6, 1944. See the M1 Carbine Data Sheet .pdf file for details on the various parts. The only thing changed is that the stock assembly is from the second batch of Inland M1A1 carbines which used grips made by Richardson with the RI/3 marks used on guns made May-December 1944, while it should have a stock from the first batch with grips made by Overton marked OI and made November 1942-October 1943. The stock was undoubtedly switched in service at some point early in its life, and the P on the grip reflects inspection at an ordnance depot very early before any changes to the sights, bands, safety, etc were being done. We believe all the barreled action parts are totally correct and original to this gun, although the stock is just a bit later. See the excellent site http://www.uscarbinecal30.com/modelM1A1.html for details on how to spot these subtle differences.

About 95% original dark gray-green parkerize finish remains, with blue bolt and some small parts. Finish wear is just honest wear from use, mostly on the bolt and receiver rail and thinning a bit on the barrel. Excellent bore, but the gun is absolutely filthy with a lot of carbon residue reflecting a lack of cleaning after shooting (thankfully not a problem as all U.S. military carbine ammo was non-corrosive primed!) and just old dirt from long storage. It needs a good cleaning, but is a consignment piece so we cannot do that. Stock has P on the front of the grip and RI over 3 on base of the grip (only visible when stock is folded) I did not find the expected OI in the stock well, but do not see that as a problem. The walnut stock parts just have the old GI oil finish, never sanded, refinished, or overhauled anywhere. There is a small scar where the folded buttplate hits the left side of the forend, but not as bad as on most. There is a tiny crack for about ½” on the right side just ahead of the hinge cap, a weak area where this often happens. This comes with an early GI “C” clip sling and an oiler (marked BK) but we are not sure if they were original issue or added later.

Most of the M1A1 carbines on the market today are either outright fakes, or restorations. This is the first one with all correct early parts and features that we have been sure is totally original and correct (except for the minor disparity in the date of the stock) in many years. It will be hard to improve on this one in terms of originality, and the condition of the wood and metal is really nice, especially for an original finish gun. A rare opportunity to get an original “D-Day paratroop style carbine” that has not been dinked with. $4250.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6783 - MODEL 1860 SPENCER SADDLE RING CARBINE, .52 CALIBER Serial number 24467, all correct and original. The Spencer is probably the most famous, and historically significant carbine of the Civil War period. Legend has it that it was adopted after the inventor demonstrated it to President Lincoln, who gave an order to the head of the Ordnance Department to quit resisting change and buy some of these. While Lincoln may have helped the process along, Gen. Ripley’s job running the ordnance department was chaotic with thousands of new troops needing arms each week, and only limited shipments of even traditional muzzle loading muskets being delivered despite numerous contracts for their manufacture. Sundry surplus European arms had been purchased and shipped across the Atlantic (as much to arm Union forces as to deny them to the Confederates). Several different breechloading carbines had been adopted, mainly with externally primed paper or brass cartridges. Every different type or caliber of arm needed its own peculiar ammunition, compounding a horrendous logistics problem dependent on horse drawn transportation and a few railroads. Spencer was among the first to use rimfire metallic cartridges, adding yet further demands and unproven technology to the complex needs of the service. Nominally the M1860 carbines used the “Number 56 cartridge” often described as .56-56 Spencer, but the bore is actually .52 caliber.

Spencers began reaching the troops late in 1863, and in large numbers in early 1864, with over 45,000 delivered by the end of the war. Many of these continued in use with the cavalry in the west, lasting until about 1873. About 8,000 were purchased by soldiers being mustered out and taken home at the end of the war. Ultimately, the Spencer proved to be a popular, reliable and sturdy carbine. The ability to fire from its seven round tubular magazine, reloading by simply cocking the hammer and operating the lever, provided devastating firepower compared to the single shot breechloaders with external percussion primers, and a decisive advantage in foul weather. (See John McAulay’s excellent “U.S. Military Carbines” for details on all U.S. carbines!)

This example is a good honest, representative example. Most of the finish has worn off and been replaced with a brown patina, with a lot of surface rust freckles on it and a couple of thumbprint size patches of heavier rust on the barrel. Overall this one needs a good cleaning, as it has been in an attic for about 15-20 years where an heir disinterested in guns had stored it. A careful cleaning should remove the rust freckles but still leave mostly nice smooth patina/dull gray mix which will be much more attractive. Bore in the 22 inch barrel is fine to near excellent with sharp six groove rifling, mostly bright (although a bit dirty) except for two areas of rust or pitting about an inch and 3 inches from the muzzle. The stock is a bit dried out, needing some linseed oil rubbed in, but does not have the crack along the magazine tube as is often the case. Complete with the magazine, and it does have a small crack at the tip where the follower screw impacts at the front- not a big deal, but we wanted to mention it anyway. Forend has a crack along the right side at the rear, and a small chip (1/16” x ½”) missing on the left side. There is a broken or missing spring for the cartridge follower (guide) finger that rides on the top of the breechblock (S&S has them for $30). There is no documented history on this serial number, but guns in this general range were in service with several different cavalry regiments in 1864. This one was carried a lot in the field, judging by the wear on the sling ring bar. Most of the Model 1860 Spencer carbines saw hard use, unlike the later Model 1865s which are found in much better condition as a result of their limited service. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $2395.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6780 - SCARCE MODEL 1882 U.S. REMINGTON-LEE .45-70 BOLT ACTION TRIALS RIFLE Serial number 9444, made by Remington Arms Company, Ilion New York. This .45-70 bolt action rifle is one of 770 purchased in 1882 under contract for U.S. Army trials, searching for a magazine fed rifle to possibly replace the trapdoor Springfield. The British conducted trials around the same time and ended up using the Remington Lee as the basis for the entire series of Lee Enfield .303 rifles that served for about 75 years. The U.S. however, clung to the fear that soldiers might waste ammunition and that the cost of a private invention was unaffordable compared to the cheap but reliable .45-70 single shot trapdoors, and waited another decade before adopting a magazine fed rifle as the standard infantry arm.

This is a very scarce gun, which had previously had the stock cut off at the lower band but has been nicely restored, The replaced forend wood needs a bit of work on the finish to make it blend in to match the rest of the original stock. It has the lightly struck US on left side of receiver below markings E REMINGTON & SONS ILION NY USA/ SOLE MANUFACTURERS AND AGENTS. Inspector marks D.F.C. are stamped on the right wall of the receiver, and on the bolt guide rib, but no traces remain of where it was on right side of buttstock near the buttplate. Receiver and bolt retain some original finish but the receiver has faded to a silver-gray case hardened appearance. The barrel and magazine are patina mixed with plum with some light roughness if you look really close. Good bore and mechanics. The rear sight is a Model 1884 Buffington style, but it should have the Model 1879 type with “R-L” on the base, but just a common M1879 trapdoor sight would be pretty nearly identical. Do not confuse this with the more common U.S. Navy Models of 1879 or 1885 which are very similar but differ in small details. ANTIQUE- No FFL needed! $1495.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6762 - COLT SP1 (AR 15) MADE IN 1978 SERIAL NUMBER SP86370 CALIBER 223 The history of the development of the AR15/M16 rifle by Gene Stoner are well known. It was introduced into service during the Viet Nam war and replaced the M14 (a product improved M1 Garand). It the time of its introduction there was much criticism and controversy over the nearly every aspect of the rifle from its aluminum receiver, plastic furniture, non-traditional gas system, and 5.56 mm diameter round. These criticisms have been addressed through modifications to the rifle and the basic M16 design is still the standard service rifle of the U.S. military.

Colt was the original manufacturer of the rifle, and also developed a semi-automatic version for the U.S. civilian market. As Colt’s patent ran out other manufacturers have started making variants of the AR15. There are now a large number of AR15 variants available to the general public.

This rifle was made in 1978 by Colt for the civilian market. It has many of the early features of the original AR 15/M16 that the U.S. used in Viet Nam including the triangular handguard, simpler rear sight, the narrow barrel and original type receiver without the forward bolt assist device. The changes from the earliest AR15 are a flash hider with a closed end rather than the original three pronged design, a butt trap for storage of cleaning materials, and a change in the rifle twist from 1 in 14 to 1 in 9.

The condition of the rifle would rate at 98% with minimal wear. The chrome lined bore is bright with strong riflings. The early versions the AR 15 made by Colt are highly collectible. $1700.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6377 - 17426 - RARE U.S. “RIFLE, ACCURACY. 7.62MM [NATO] D75533795” MADE ON MODEL 1903A3 ACTION - Serial number 3562032 on the Remington Model 1903A3 action.

M1903 rifle actions have periodically been used to make special accuracy test guns, and for other special needs such as pressure test guns. Accuracy rifles use carefully made barrel to precise specifications and are used to test ammunition to ensure it meets the required accuracy standards. To eliminate all possible excuses or errors caused by sighting, the barrels usually have two large circular collars secured around the barrel, and these rest in a precision machined “V” groove test bench at a range with the necessary distance (often 600 yards). Dr. Horace Mann, famed ammunition experimenter invented the fixtures used, and these are often called Mann barrels or Mann rests. Round counts are carefully logged and sometimes several accuracy rifles will be used and the results averaged. Ammunition which fails to perform adequately is rejected. (See the excellent article at http://www.odcmp.org/1001/mann_inc.asp)

This rifle is made with a Remington M1903A3 action, apparently taken from a lightly used rifle. The barrel was supplied by Walker, presumably related to Mike Walker who was connected with famed barrel maker Clyde Hart, and Remington where he perfected their button rifling process. (Mentioned in the interesting article on barrel making at http://www.firearmsid.com/feature%20articles/rifledbarrelmanuf/barrelmanufacture.htm ) The 22 inch long barrel is electric pencil etched near the muzzle D7553795/ F68-7005- #294/ WALKER with the #294 probably being a serial number. The stock assembly is cut off to be little more than a convenient grip for handling the device or while firing. There is a RA-P cartouche on the left side of the wood. There is a crack on the right side, probably from being tossed around by Army guys when they stacked them on pallets for shipment to CMP.

Bore is excellent, and most of these accuracy barrels were apparently assembled in the 1970s, and were unused when turned over to the CMP program. This is a really neat oddball device to add to any M1903 Springfield collection, or even to a M14 or Vietnam era collection. While a handful turned up in very advanced collections in the past, these were almost unknown except for brief mention in Brophy’s book until the Army transferred all remaining inventory of them (a few hundred) to the CMP program about 10 years ago. It seems that most were in 7.62 x 51mm NATO, some in .30-06, some in .30 carbine and a dozen or so in .22 Hornet. CMP has been sold out of these since 2012, and we were lucky to pick this one up out of a collection that was being sold off. $750.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6378 - 17434 - RARE U.S. “RIFLE, ACCURACY. CALIBER .30 CARBINE D45850” MADE ON MODEL 1903A3 ACTION - Serial number 3491634 on the Remington Model 1903A3 action.

M1903 rifle actions have periodically been used to make special accuracy test guns, and for other special needs such as pressure test guns. Accuracy rifles use carefully made barrel to precise specifications and are used to test ammunition to ensure it meets the required accuracy standards. To eliminate all possible excuses or errors caused by sighting, the barrels usually have two large circular collars secured around the barrel, and these rest in a precision machined “V” groove test bench at a range with the necessary distance (often 600 yards). Dr. Horace Mann, famed ammunition experimenter invented the fixtures used, and these are often called Mann barrels or Mann rests. Round counts are carefully logged and sometimes several accuracy rifles will be used and the results averaged. Ammunition which fails to perform adequately is rejected. (See the excellent article at http://www.odcmp.org/1001/mann_inc.asp)

This rifle is made with a Remington M1903A3 action, apparently taken from an unissued rifle. The barrel was supplied by Walker, presumably related to Mike Walker who was connected with famed barrel maker Clyde Hart, and Remington where he perfected their button rifling process. (Mentioned in the interesting article on barrel making at http://www.firearmsid.com/feature%20articles/rifledbarrelmanuf/barrelmanufacture.htm ) The 18 inch long barrel is electric pencil etched near the muzzle 30 CAL CAR/ WALKER/ C345 probably a serial number. The extractor claw was specially lengthened to grip the smaller .30 carbine case. The stock assembly is cut off to be little more than a convenient grip for handling the device or while firing. The wood is cutoff directly ahead of the front guard screw, and the crack seen there is not an issue.

The stainless steel barrel was electric pencil marked RIFLE, ACCURACY, CALIBER .30 CARBINE D45850 after assembly into a complete rifle to identify its present configuration. Bore is excellent, and most of these accuracy barrels were apparently assembled in the 1970s, and were unused when turned over to the CMP program. This is a really neat oddball device to add to any M1903 Springfield collection, or to a M1 carbine collection. While a handful turned up in very advanced collections in the past, these were almost unknown except for brief mention in Brophy’s book until the Army transferred all remaining inventory of them (a few hundred) to the CMP program about 10 years ago. It seems that most were in 7.62 x 51mm NATO, some in .30-06, some in .30 carbine and a dozen or so in .22 Hornet. CMP has been sold out of these since 2012, and we were lucky to pick this one up out of a collection that was being sold off. $795.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6012 - RARE SAVAGE MODEL 720 MILITARY MARKED RIOT GUN SERIAL NUMBER 66745 CALIBER 12 GAUGE The operation system for this shotgun, using the long recoil system where the barrel and bolt recoil together formed the basis for two other very popular shotguns, the Browning A5, the first semi-automatic shotgun, and the Remington Model 11. The design sprang from the creative mind of John Browning.

When World War II broke out the U.S. military began purchasing these shotguns with a 20 inch barrel length. They were called riot guns and were primarily used to guard critical facilities.

This shotgun is one that Savage had already configured for sale as high end commercial gun as evidenced by the machine engraving on the receiver. It is configured in riot gun length with a 20 inch barrel with the front sight bead on a separate base. Savage was the only company that did this. This is a re-blue and it has been heavily buffed. Overall condition would rate about 85-90% with fading of the bluing and some dings in the stock. It has the correct U.S. property marks. These are very rare, this is the only U.S. military marked Savage riot gun we've seen in over 10 years. $1095.00 (View Picture)


Restoration Projects

SMOF6912 - 20008 - WW1 WINCHESTER 1897 TRENCH GUN RESTORATION PROJECT Serial number 669812 right in the range of WW1 military serial numbers with original US and ordnance bomb stamped on the right side of the receiver. This is a great gun with about 70-75% original bright blue finish on the receiver, showing just normal wear patterns. Excellent mechanics. However, like so many of the short barrel military trench or riot guns it was later altered for sporting use. In this case, they removed the butt swivel (which was only used on the trench gun version of the Model 1897) shortened the butt and installed a recoil pad. The barrel was replaced with a Winchester made 26 inch barrel with modified choke, and of course Bubba threw away the useless handguard and bayonet lug. The receiver condition is one of the best I have seen on a WW1 trench gun and this is definitely worth the effort to restore it. This comes straight from John’s collection, but I have not found time to mess with most of the many projects I have accumulated, so it is time to pass them along to other collectors who will get the job done. $1150.00 (View Picture)


Classic & Collectible Commercial Longarms
(post-1898)

**SOLD** SMOF6903 - REMINGTON MODEL 12 STANDARD GRADE CALIBER .22 S/L/LR In 1907 Remington partnered with famous gun designer J. D. Pederson to set about designing a slide action gallery style rifle to compete with the Winchester Model 1890 and Model 1906. Remington sought to produce a rifle that appeared more elegant then the Winchester rifles by concealing the hammer inside of the body of the receiver. This had the added benefit of reducing the amount of dirt or other contaminants that could enter the receiver. After some modifications completed by in house Remington employees Crawford C. Loomis and G. H. Garrison, Remington introduced the Model 12 for sale in 1909 at the handsome price of $9.50 for a standard rifle. Production of the Model 12 ceased in 1936 after sales of approximately 800,000 units.

This rifle has a barrel code of WW, dating production to 1927. There is a slight amount of pitting on one side of the barrel but it is not too noticeable. The finish rates at about 90-95% and the bore is bright and shiny. Overall this is a fine example of an early .22 caliber rifle. Remington Model 12`s that don`t look they were lost in Bubba`s barn are getting harder and harder to find. This rifle is sure to please the Remington fancier or the .22 caliber fanatic. $495.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6415 - CUSTOM SPORTING RIFLE MADE ON A REMINGTON M1917 ACTION WITH 3 X 9 SCOPE AND SLING The U.S. Model 1917 rifle probably formed the basis for more customized and wildcat rifles than any rifle in U.S. history. This was because of the design of the rifle. A brief history of the rifle is in order. The US M1917 was certainly the rifle no one wanted until the custom gun makers got hold of it after 1945.

It was a British design, and thrust up on the army because of the manufacturing inadequacies of the Springfield Armory when we suddenly entered the First World War in April 1917. At the end of the war the Army found itself with 2.4 million rifles it never wanted.

During World War II we gave them to allies including Britain and China, and also to our own troops, but still had over a million left. After the end of World War II the government authorized sales to civilians. An excellent condition Model 1917 could be yours for $10 (about $133 today).

Gunsmiths suddenly had a supply of sturdy, inexpensive rifles with a Mauser action to play with. It had a bolt face that could be opened up for a belted magnum cartridge, and a long bolt and magazine well able to accommodate a magnum case.

This is a classic 1950s-early 60s vintage custom sporter, tastefully designed and nicely executed. Serial number 412026 with 24 inch barrel in 30-06 caliber. Bore is shiny and sharp. The rear sight assembly and protective ears have been neatly removed and the receiver has been radius, the front and rear rings each have holes drilled and tapped for an old style Weaver scope mount. The Tasco 3 x 9 Scope is in nice condition with a few minor dents and dings. Bluing would rate about 95%. The stock is a nice modified military with straight grain walnut a thick recoil pad. Comes with a nice wide suede backed sling. $395.00 (View Picture)

SMOF5995 - 23023 - WINCHESTER MODEL 1897 12 GAUGE PUMP SHOTGUN- Serial number 876463 made in 1932 with 30 inch 12 gauge barrel, full choke, mirror bright bore. This is the takedown model, and the lockup is nice and tight, and mechanics are fine. This is a field used gun that has been well cared for. Screw heads are crisp and unbuggered. Barrel has about 80-85% original blue, but the magazine tube has about 40-50% due to handling wear, and the almost none on the receiver. Buttstock is one of the few we have seen that is NOT cracked at the rear of the receiver, and while the varnish finish is flaked and scraped, overall the wood is pretty nice except for one long shallow bruise on the right side as shown in the photos. Missing the buttplate, but does not seem to have been cut down, just a case of the hard rubber buttplate getting broken and lost. Repro buttplates are readily available, and somewhere I have several old originals, but no idea where they are, or I would install one.

This is one of John M. Browning’s classic designs, with more than a million Model 97s made before production ended in 1957. It was the first really successful pump action shotgun made, and improved over the less successful Model 1893 Winchester which had been designed for blackpowder loads and. The only other pumps prior to these were one designed by C.M. Spencer (the Civil War carbine inventor!) and Andrew Burgess, the latter using an awkward but functional arrangement where the entire pistol grip would slide back along the axis of the stock to work the action. The Burgess was only built 1893-1897 and finally bought out by Winchester. Spencer was a good inventor, but lousy businessman and his guns were made starting about 1879, but in 1890 he sold out to Francis Bannerman, the big surplus dealer, who continued to make them under the Bannerman name until about 1910.

This classic old shotgun is one of the key historic arms for collectors of American sporting arms, and many are still enjoyed by shooters today. (We sell all guns as collector items only and they must be approved by a competent gunsmith before firing.) With a little refinishing on the stock and a new buttplate this will be a much nicer looking gun. C&R FFL okay for this one. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $575.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6681 - HANDSOME ORIGINAL PRE-64 WINCHESTER MODEL 70 IN 270 SERIAL NUMBER 176106. MANUFACTURED IN 1951. Many experts claim that the Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 is the best bolt action sporting rifle ever manufactured. This rifle is in excellent condition, the metal is very ood to excellent, with 95%+ original finish remaining and a bright shiny bore. The stock has one or two small dings, but unlike most Pre-64 Model 70s that we see which were cut down for a rubber recoil pad, it has survived intact with the original Winchester factory buttplate. Excellent Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 rifles like this one in original condition are seldom seen. This would make a good addition to a collection and also a good shooter assuming your gunsmith approves it as safe to fire, (we sell all guns as collector items only). $1095.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6762 - COLT SP1 (AR 15) MADE IN 1978 SERIAL NUMBER SP86370 CALIBER 223 The history of the development of the AR15/M16 rifle by Gene Stoner are well known. It was introduced into service during the Viet Nam war and replaced the M14 (a product improved M1 Garand). It the time of its introduction there was much criticism and controversy over the nearly every aspect of the rifle from its aluminum receiver, plastic furniture, non-traditional gas system, and 5.56 mm diameter round. These criticisms have been addressed through modifications to the rifle and the basic M16 design is still the standard service rifle of the U.S. military.

Colt was the original manufacturer of the rifle, and also developed a semi-automatic version for the U.S. civilian market. As Colt’s patent ran out other manufacturers have started making variants of the AR15. There are now a large number of AR15 variants available to the general public.

This rifle was made in 1978 by Colt for the civilian market. It has many of the early features of the original AR 15/M16 that the U.S. used in Viet Nam including the triangular handguard, simpler rear sight, the narrow barrel and original type receiver without the forward bolt assist device. The changes from the earliest AR15 are a flash hider with a closed end rather than the original three pronged design, a butt trap for storage of cleaning materials, and a change in the rifle twist from 1 in 14 to 1 in 9.

The condition of the rifle would rate at 98% with minimal wear. The chrome lined bore is bright with strong riflings. The early versions the AR 15 made by Colt are highly collectible. $1700.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6761 - CUSTOM SPORTING RIFLE MADE ON A WINCHESTER M1917 ACTION WITH CUSTOM TIMNEY TRIGGER, SCOPE AND SLING A classic vintage custom sporter, tastefully designed and nicely executed. Serial number 331424 with 23.5 inch barrel in 30-06 caliber. Bore is shiny and sharp, but slightly dirty. The rear sight assembly and protective ears have been neatly removed, the receiver has been radiused, and the front and rear rings each have holes drilled and tapped for a sturdy one piece rail scope mount. The 3 x 9 Tasco scope is in very condition. Bluing would rate about 95%. The stock is a military stock nicely modified with the addition of a high comb and pistol grip. Comes with a custom adjustable Timney trigger, nice wide suede backed sling and Decelerator recoil pad. $450.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6675 - WINCHESTER MODEL 70- PRE-64 .264 WINCHESTER MAGNUM Serial number 539665 made in 1961. This is a nice used example of a popular vintage hunting rifle with a period BALVAR FOUR 2.5 – 4 variable power scope installed using the unique Bausch & Lomb mounts with the adjustments on the mounts instead of internal in the scope. These used a stainless steel barrel which was given a black finish which does not hold up well in use, so it has a sort of splotchy flakey scratched appearance, so call it about 90-95% finish remaining on the barrel, and

The plastic buttplate is not a good fit, probably a replacement for one which was broken in the field, although it is the correct style and a bit of fitting would make it almost unnoticeable. We do not think the stock has been shortened, just the plate replaced.

Winchester introduced the Model 70 in 1936 and it quickly set the standard to which all other commercial bolt action rifles have been compared. Made in calibers ranging from the diminutive .22 Swift up to up the massive .458 Winchester magnum, there is a caliber for every purpose and a great variety for the obsessive collector to chase to complete their collection. These are the epitome of classic sporting rifles of the 20th century, and one of the high points of the entire Winchester line, these are proving to be a good investment since the shutdown of the Winchester factory in New Haven, Connecticut on March 31, 2006 which has driven up collector interest in “real” Winchesters.

The .264 Win Mag is a well respected cartridge, basically 6.5mm bullet diameter, and would have been even more popular if the ballistically similar 7mm Remington Magnum had not been introduced in 1962, dividing the market share for a hard hitting, flat shooting cartridge. $1500.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6688 - PRE-64 WINCHESTER MODEL 70 FEATHERWEIGHT IN 308 SERIAL NUMBER 580768 MANUFACTURED IN 1963. The Featherweight was a lightened version of standard Model 70 that came with an aluminum trigger guard and floorplate. The Featherweight was only manufactured from 1952 to 1963. Many experts claim that the Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 is the best bolt action sporting rifle ever manufactured. The metal on this rifle is in excellent condition, with 95%+ Original finish remaining and a bright shiny bore. The wood is excellent also with only a couple of insignificant dents or dings. A period micrometer peep sight has been added but no alteration were made to the rifle and it would be easy to remove with no evidence remaining that it was ever there. This rifle would make a great shooter (Assuming your gunsmith approves it as safe to fire, we sell all guns as collector items only.) Or because of the excellent condition it is in, it would be a great addition to a collection. $1195.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6720 - PRE-1964 WINCHESTER MODEL 70 (MADE IN 1946 – TRANSITION MODEL WITH THE PRE-WAR FEATURES) SERIAL NUMBER 58411 CALIBER 270 The Winchester Model 70 rifle is often referred to as the “Rifleman’s Rifle”. It was introduced in 1937 and is still in production. The Model 70 immediately established a reputation for accuracy and durability. It is made in calibers from 22 Hornet to 458 Winchester. It continues to be one of the most popular hunting rifles in the World and some experts claim that it is the best bolt action rifle ever made.

This rifle was made in 1946 and the barrel is stamped with that year. It is chambered for the ever popular 270 cartridge, a necked down 30-06 cartridge. It has the early features including the safety on the left side of the bolt, and strip charger guide on the receiver bridge, and the cloverleaf shaped rear tang.

The bore is bright with strong riflings. The bluing would rate about 95% with the expected high edge wear. The open sights are correct. The rifle been modified from original factory condition by the addition of a recoil pad. $950.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6575 - 19957 - RARE MOSSBERG 590 LINE LAUNCHER KIT KIT (Line throwing gun) Mossberg offered these circa 1994 to maybe 2002, but they have been discontinued for many years now. These were about the only commercial line throwing guns made post WW2, competing with the well established Naval Company of Doylestown, PA, who have been selling traditional single shot .45 caliber guns built on single shot shotgun actions for at least 80 years. The Mossberg guns were Coast Guard approved, but the approval would only remain in effect as long as cartridges less than five years old were available, but none have been made for several year now.

The Mossberg Line Launcher was offered both as a complete kit (catalog number 50298) including most parts (less barrel) of a Model 590 shotgun, but with orange stock and forend, in the satin nickel finish. It was also offered as a conversion kit (catalog number 90298) where the purchaser would furnish their own shotgun, and by removing the barrel and installing the line throwing barrel would be ready to go. The kit was a cheaper option and avoided any hassles with being a “firearm” and the purchaser had already jumped through those hoops when purchasing their shotgun. This is one of the kits with a Model 590 shotgun available as part of the sale (with FFL hassles) or without the gun with no FFL hassles- your choice.

The kit included the special 20inch satin nickel finished barrel with mounting loops that slip over the magazine tube and hold the canister for the line. Also three of the metal shafts for use as projectiles, having a 12 gauge piston at the rear for a close fit in the barrel. There are two plastic buoyant heads and two described as a “distance heads” which are more of a weighted slug. Special 2 ¾” 12 gauge blank “launching cartridges” were used and there are two five round boxes of these, although one cartridge is missing. The literature states that the maximum rand with the buoyant head projectile is 250 feet. Condition of the kit is basically new unfired, but the Model 590 shotgun is used excellent.

The photos show the conversion kit installed on a Model 590 shotgun which is included. At the option of the buyer, we will keep the Model 590 shotgun and sell the complete kit which remains for the price of $895.00, and this can be shipped direct to the buyer with no FFL needed. Serial number of the shotgun is L870832, and a standard shotgun barrel that came with it will be included, although shipped separately. The kit with the shotgun included will have to be shipped to a FFL dealer since the line launchers are not C&R listed. Price for this configuration is $995.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6573 - NAVY ARMS- PEDERSOLI- ROLLING BLOCK HARPOON GUN- RARE- POSSIBLY UNIQUE Serial number 48, caliber .38 Special (blank) . Harpoon guns are used mainly in fishing for sharks and the like, as shown in the 1975 film “Jaws.” They are essentially the same as “spearfishing” but with a longer range using a firearm to drive the harpoon or spear into the fish at a longer distance or against a larger fish.

Serial number 48 is stamped on the front of the frame, and also on the barrel and forend and that is what we are using as the serial number. Although there is a visible number 23 stamped on the trigger guard, the number on the frame or barrel is usually used as the serial number of a firearm. Like all the Navy Arms/Pedersoli rolling blocks, the maker names are on the frame. But, most have the model and serial number stamped are on the exposed parts of the barrel near the breech. This strongly suggests this was not a cataloged model, but rather a prototype.

This is a very close copy of the Greener Light Harpoon gun, except for using the rolling block action instead of the Martini actions used by Greener. Navy Arms had been selling the Greener Light Harpoon Guns, and were familiar with them, and also sold Greener harpoons and the frame used for holding the line. This example was purchased about five years ago directly from the President of Navy Arms, Val Forgett, III, who said it was the only one they had left. He did not know exact numbers made, but had the feeling it was a very small number. My guess is that it was less than a handful, and perhaps even a single prototype example made for evaluation prior to entering production contracts. The only reference I can find on these was a September 2008 Gunbroker forum posting on the Greeners: “I spoke recently by E-Mail with Val of Navy Arms Inc. about the Greener Light Harpoon Gun, he advised me they were considering making them again. If you or anyone you know have ever had any interest in owning one of these classic you should contact Navy Arms…” That suggests that Navy Arms was out of Greeners by 2008, and that a replacement was being considered. This is possibly the design they had, but apparently there was insufficient demand to go into regular production.

The action and butt stock with brass trigger guard and buttplate are the same Pedersoli made parts as used on a large number of Navy Arms rolling block rifles, usually in .45-70 caliber. The barrel contours near the muzzle and design of the forend are identical to the Greener type guns with a Martini action, with the same style harpoon and line release frame arrangement.

The 20.5” long barrel on this one was turned down from an old 8mm barrel with a rough condition bore, and is chambered for .38 Special cartridges, but the smaller bore diameter makes it impossible (or probably a fatal accident) if anyone tried to fire a ball cartridge instead of a special purpose blank load. Reportedly these used “special tool” blanks originally made by Remington for use in their “Ramset Super Power Jobmaster nail driver.” (See more on cartridges for both the Greener and Navy Arms harpoon guns at http://iaaforum.org/forum3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=13210

This comes with the original 14” long tubular stainless steel Harpoon weighing 16 ounces having a hollow shaft which slides down over the barrel of the gun. It has two pivoting barbs to help in retrieving the target. A brass collar at the rear provides the attaching point for the approximately 1/8” diameter braided nylon line. The “line holding frame” is about 15” wide and has the original line still wrapped (with a couple pieces of nearly invisible fishing line securing it for display). The horns for wrapping the line are about 6” long. The end of the line holding frame slips into a hole at the front of the stock. There is a metal lined cross slot on the forend that lines up with a notch in the spreader bar, presumably for some sort of pin to latch the spreader bar in place, but it is missing.

Overall excellent plus, with about 98-99% original factory polished blue finish on metal parts. Brass parts with some mellow age tarnish. The varnished walnut stocks have a few tiny handling and storage blemishes, but no signs of use. Line frame and the harpoon are new, unused. Remember, this is for harpoon gun use only, and it is unsafe to attempt to fire a conventional .38 caliber cartridge in it.

People collect all sorts of firearms for different reasons. (John likes line throwing guns and got this before deciding that harpoon guns were outside his defined specialty.) This would be a great addition to a harpoon gun collection, or for someone who finds the field of “Navy Arms” brand guns to be their chosen specialty. This will have to go to a dealer FFl as it is not on the C&R list, or eligible under the “50 year rule” $995.00 (View Picture)

SMOF6534 - 19965 - RARE MBA GYROJET MARK I MODEL B 13MM ROCKET CARBINE- “SPORTER” MODEL WITH NICKEL FINISH - Serial number B0212. This is one of about 300 “sporter” carbines made circa 1965-1968.

Gyrojets are a wonderful invention from the 1960s, and played a role in the 1967 James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice” and were written up in Life Magazine. But, the reality of their inaccuracy and relatively high prices for the guns and very high costs of the rocket ammunition doomed them, The vast majority of Gyrojets were pistols, but MBA hoped to create a market for longarms as well. Initially they tried a version imitating the overall lines of the M16 rifle, and in hopes of generating civilian sales, made some resembling popular sporting rifles,. However, they were not successful and production of the longarms was extremely limited, and even pistol production numbers were small. The “Sporter carbines” were made using standard pistol frames with longer barrels, and walnut rifle stocks with rollover cheek rest and a Bushnell “Phantom” telescope. The large “bell” on the muzzle has no purpose and is only for appearance. The rubber Pachmayr recoil pad is also for appearance as there is no recoil from the rocket rounds.

The Sporter Carbine just one number lower -B0211- was presented to President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966. When originally sold, the Gyrojet Sporter Carbines cost $300.00. At that time, a Ruger 10-22 was $54; a Winchester Model 94 was $84; and a Winchester Model 70 was $140. Gyrojet rockets cost $1.35 each when a box of 50 .22 Long Rifle ammo was 80 cents, or a 20 round box of.30-06 soft point ammo, or a 50 round box of .38 special was under $5.00.

Visually this is a great looking example except for the stock having a scratch on the right side above the trigger, and a small chip (1/4” x ½”) on the right side by the tip of the forend as shown in the photos. The left side of the muzzle bell has a 1” area of corrosion where the nickel finish has peeled off. The hammer will not stay cocked although there is a nice "click" when it engages the sear, which must be worn or broken. Remember, the internal parts are of the same cast aluminum as everything else except the steel screws and springs. Also, the slide release lever on the right side will not stay engaged because its spring is missing, although externally it looks fine, but it just does not stay up when the slide is forward. These flaws are reflected in the price which is far below the usual price for one of these rare guns.

How a Gyrojet works- Gyrojet rockets are propelled by thrust from the burning propellant in the rocket passing out the nozzles, not by the force of an explosion contained in a barrel to expel a projectile. Gyrojet barrels have holes in them to vent the rocket blast. Rockets are fed from a magazine to a firing position aligned with the barrel. The hammer is located in FRONT of the rocket and when released the hammer drives the rocket backwards against a fixed firing pin which ignites the primer in the base of the rocket.

The hammer holds the rocket in position for a millisecond as thrust builds up, and then the rocket moves forward, cocking the hammer for the next shot. The rocket burns for about 1/10th of a second to achieve a velocity of about 1,500 feet per second at about 60 feet from the muzzle. Since there is no cartridge explosion in the barrel, there is no recoil in a Gyrojet, and the noise is a “whooshhh” sound, not a “BANG!” Note that although Gyrojets have a 13mm bore diameter, BATFE has removed them from NFA status and classified them as “Curio & Relic” firearms.

The definitive reference on all things related to MBA and the Gyrojets is Mel Carpenter’s superb book “An Introduction to MBA Gyrojets and Other Ordnance” which can be ordered from his website which is loaded with info on the Gyrojets at http://gyrojet.net

Price for this rare piece of firearms technology history is only $1595.00 (View Picture)

**SOLD** SMOF6411 - SUPERB CUSTOM SPORTER RIFLE BUILT ON A PRE WAR WINCHESTER MODEL 70 ACTION. SERIAL NUMBER 12850 (RECEIVER MADE IN 1937) This rifle displays exceptionally fine workmanship, with elegant lines and tasteful embellishments superbly executed. The receiver is a pre-WWII Winchester Model 70 bolt action fitted with an octagonal profile barrel drawn from a Shilen blank. The octagon barrel is 25" in length, about 0.930" flat to flat at the receiver and about 0.645" flat to flat at the muzzle. The bore is button rifled and chambered for .375 H&H Magnum, a classic and effective large game cartridge. Bore is new and test firing at 100 yards produced groups that were less than one inch in diameter. The barrel and receiver have 100% of a well done hot tank oxide blue finish. The rifle is fitted with a special recoil lug designed to deal with the strong recoil from the 375 cartridge.

This rifle is superbly stocked in a beautifully figured piece of premium grade European Bastogne walnut from a blank provided by Mr. Shang of Idaho. The checkering is among the best we have seen, superbly executed in a 22 lines per inch pattern. The butt has an attractive and functional European style oval cheek rest which features a shadow line around the lower edge. A Winchester recoil pad, most welcome to control the jolt of the .375 caliber, has been fitted. The result is a beautiful yet completely functional hunting rifle. It is suitable for the largest game on the North American continent and also meets the legal requirements for hunters contemplating an African safari!

It has been said that life is too short to hunt with an ugly gun, and this rifle will cure that problem in a hurry! Even the most hoplophobic spouse could grudgingly admit that this is a work of art, in the tradition of artistic arms made for wealthy patrons with good taste ever since the invention of firearms. Almost too nice to shoot, but why not enjoy it if you want to? If you’ve dreamed of an African safari this rifle is just what you need. $3500.00 (View Picture)


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