1218. Rare Factory Engraved Remington Model 81-D Peerless Grade Semi-Auto Rifle

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serial #41965, 35 Remington, 22'' barrel with a bright near excellent bore showing an almost imperceptible shallow ring about 1'' from the muzzle. This rifle has been nicely restored and retains about 99% good-quality blue finish showing some evidence of light buffing and remnants of a few small pits on the barrel jacket. The factory D-grade engraving along the frame is still almost completely intact featuring tight foliate scrollwork motifs and borders with just a little overall softening from the metal preparation. The bottom of the frame is appropriately marked ''MOD 81-D'' above the serial number and the lower tang is also correctly engraved with the serial number. No number is visible on the barrel jacket collar, the date codes are also no long visible and there is no embellishment along the barrel jacket but the address and patent markings are still mostly legible. Despite the absence of a date code and going by the serial number the rifle was likely produced in 1948. Strangely the rifle wears a set of E-grade stocks, the interior of the forend is stamped ''E'' while the interior of the buttstock is not letter-coded but is stamped with a ''5''. The stocks have likewise been nicely refinished, the raised cheeks no longer present on the buttstock and retain good checkering showing lovely figure throughout with some small dings and handling marks. The buttplate is numbered ''G45408'' on the interior and the black hard rubber Remington pistolgrip cap is completely intact. The rifle is sighted with a Lyman tang peep sight, original rear iron sight, Marble's No. 6 ivory bead front and the action seems to function well mechanically. Still an attractive rifle that may make for a nice upscale shooter. (138963-45) {C&R} [Tim Falvey Collection] (1500/2500) Sold For 2185.00

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