82. U.S. Model 1903 National Match Style B Rifle by Springfield Armory

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serial #1268516, 30-06, 24" "SA/(ordnance bomb)/12-24" dated star gauged barrel with a near excellent, otherwise bright bore which shows only some sparsely scattered very light frosting in some of the grooves, with strong rifling. The barrel retains about 95% plus original rust blue with front band retaining approx 92%, the receiver retaining about 95% original dark charcoal gray parkerized finish. The bottom metal retains 92-95% original parkerizing which is drifting to a darker gray. Bolt body and handle are still mostly bright with some minor staining, the knob toning to gray; the body is D.C. pencil-numbered "68516" and there is minor erosion around the firing pin hole. The shroud and scarce headless cocking piece retain very good original blue. The rear band is toning slightly and the coarsely checkered National Match buttplate has very good original blue. The Style B long pistolgrip American walnut stock rates excellent with virtually all of its original varnish and only minor handling marks and light dings present, showing a good circled "P" firing proof. There is a first style nickel oiler with thong in the butt, steel front sight protector and a P.J. O'Hare sight cover with flaking black enamel included with the gun and a 1 1/4" military leather sling dated 1918 with inspector's initials attached rating about very good. These rare 1903 National Match Special rifles were only available for purchase through the DCM from 1925-1932 and were discontinued quickly as the stock configuration was unpopular with riflemen of the period. They were offered drilled and tapped for a Lyman 48 receiver sight but none was provided with the guns. Overall this is an excellent example of an extremely rare rifle. [Former Carl Metz Collection] (35865-3){C&R} (2000/4000) SOLD FOR $2,760.00

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