436. Custom Left-Handed 1903 Springfield Sporting Rifle by R.F. Sedgley

Click on images for enlarged versions.

serial #1406928, (Sedgley No. 31), 30-06, 24'' barrel with a bright about excellent bore which shows only the very lightest frosting in the grooves. The metal surfaces on this nicely executed rifle retain about 97% maker blue. The arm is very lovely showing excellent quality tight flowing scroll on the barrel for about 6'' from the breech with additional engraving flanking the front sight. There is light engraving on the receiver itself with the front ringing neatly matted and light floral engraving around the tang. The bottom metal shows the same excellent quality engraving with light scroll, oakleaf decoration and flowing foliate scroll on the bow of the guard, the center of the floorplate with a standing bull Moose vignette. The bolt body and extractor are bright with overall fine jeweling, the bolt knob neatly checkered top and bottom. The locking lug portion of the receiver was beveled by Sedgley on its opposing ends, identically to the bevels seen on a right-hand locking rifle, the bolt handle was then re-attached, oriented toward the left-handed side of the arm, the bolt locking into battery in a counter-clockwise fashion, rather than clockwise. The bearing surfaces are identical as on the conventional action when in its original form, so headspace and lockup are identical, merely coming from a different direction; a very ingenious conversion. The arm is stocked classic style in a very nice grade of English walnut with a right-side rounded shadowline cheekpiece for a left-handed shooter. The stock features a nice engraved blued steel pistolgrip cap, bone forend tip, Sedgley-style quick detach sling swivel studs, three ebony and bone diamond inlays (no plastic here) with an un-engraved silver monogram plate along the toeline and a nice engraved and checkered trapdoor buttplate giving a 13 1/8'' length of pull. The rifle is sighted with a banded, hooded front bead sight, the ramp lightly engraved, and a Lyman receiver sight on the rear bridge. Sedgley has always been a desirable maker and customizer of vintage magazine sporting rifles, this example takes their work up another notch and can be used without the concerns associated with low numbered Springfield's. A superb left-handed Sedgley rifle. (38937-152) {C&R} [Cletus Klein Collection] (2500/4000) Sold For 4025.00

Do you have a similar item that you'd like to consign? Click HERE to fill out a form!