24. Rare U.S. Model 1903 Springfield Coast Guard Line Throwing Gun

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serial #995825, 30 cal. blank, 24" smooth bore 5-29 dated barrel with a bright very good plus bore which shows scattered very light pinprick pitting. The metal surfaces on the arm retain perhaps 95% later dark gray-green parkerizing with sparsely scattered areas of very light surface oxidation here and there and one small spot of pitting on the underside of the barrel 2" from the muzzle. Made by Price Brothers Inc. of Frederick Maryland, the stock has been shortened just ahead of the rear barrel band, as has the handguard. The floorplate and magazine spring and follower have been removed as have the rifle's open sights. Price Brothers then affixed a line throwing canister to the underside of the arm utilizing the original rear band and an additional band which encompasses the forestock and handguard. The arm is ruggedly cased with the appropriate line throwing accessories. The stock itself rates very good showing an old light cleaning, no doubt done by Price Brothers themselves, who also affixed a 1" Hawkins recoil pad to the arm. There are the minor expected dings and handling marks here and there and the arm does show evidence of having been fired, with 2" cracks at the rear of the triggerguard left and right; the handguard with a couple of small cracks as well. The bolt shows a cleaned spot where it has been neatly electric DC-pencil numbered to the receiver, no doubt by the manufacturer. The arm comes in a heavy finger-jointed oak case black-stenciled on its lid "U.S. Coast Guard/Shoulder Line/Throwing Equipment" with the Price Brothers manufacturers plate affixed to the front edge of the lid. On the interior we find a complement of accessories including a half-dozen bronze and steel 13 ounce projectiles and a single 15 ounce projectile. There are three spools of Manila line and one empty spool, a single mallet, brass cleaning rod with brush and there are two boxes of Frankford Arsenal rifle grenade, caliber 30, blank cartridges included, both are partials, both have some damage to the boxes themselves. The case itself is very good plus with the expected dings, handling marks, chips here there and some light warping of the lid, complete instructions for use and operation of the arm are included affixed to the interior of the lid. In 1914 Price Brothers was formed, the partnership between Osborne and Joseph Price, initially producing brass, bronze and aluminum castings and machine products. From the inception of the corporation until 1935, the company's activities consisted of the manufacture of various electrical and mechanical devices. The U.S. Coast Guard continued to be an important consumer of its products comprising telescopic antennas, relays, controls, life line-throwing equipment, remote control apparatus and trainee communications equipment. The increase in business during the National Defense Preparedness Program resulted in considerable expansion in the operations between 1935 and 1938, they were eventually bought out just prior to the Second World War. This rifle is described in detail in Brophy's monumental work The Springfield 1903 Rifles and this exact rifle and its case are pictured on page 151 of that book. Overall this is a very nice, very rare , and published piece of United States Coast Guard history, quality-made throughout, with some very nice original accessories. [Former Bob Rosenthal Collection] [Extra Shipping Will Apply] (35865-279) {C&R} (4000/6000) SOLD FOR $6,325.00

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