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Auction Date: November 30, 2012

Lot 3657: Vickers & Armstrong - Pederson

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Rare Vickers & Armstrong, Pedersen Designed Self-Loading Semi-Automatic Rifle
Estimated Price: $14,000 - $22,500
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Serial #Vickers & Armstrong - Pederson ManufacturerVickers & Armstrong ModelPederson
TypeRifle Gauge276 Catalog Page226
Barrel24 Inch Round FinishBlue Grip
Stockwalnut ClassCurio & Relic Long Gun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis is a beautiful example of a very rare Pedersen Self-Loading Rifle designed by John D. Pedersen, manufactured around 1930 in England by Vickers-Armstrong. In 1923 the Army hired J.D. Pedersen to design a semi-automatic rifle as a replacement for the Model 1903 and Model 1917 rifles. The first Pedersen Self-Loading Rifle was approved for testing in 1924 with Springfield Armory manufacturing twenty Pedersen rifles for initial field tests in 1927, that were to run concurrently with the .276 caliber semi-automatic rifle developed by John C. Garand. The Pedersen rifle performed well in the initial service tests; in 1929 Pedersen contracted with Vickers-Armstrong to manufacture the Pedersen Self-Loading Rifle in England. English-made rifles were used in the final Army tests between the Pedersen and Garand rifles. In 1932 the Army selected the Garand rifle for limited procurement and development of the Pedersen rifle for the Army ceased. Vickers-Armstrong manufactured less than 200 Pedersen Self-Loading Rifles for testing by China and Portugal. This example is chambered for a .276 caliber cartridge tentatively approved in 1927 by the U.S. Army as a replacement for the .30-06 cartridge. The rifle features a delayed blow-back action with toggling breechblock design that uses a 10-round, en-bloc clip similar to that used in the M1 Garand Rifle. The left side of the receiver is roll stamped "PEDERSEN SELFLOADER PA/VICKERS-ARMSTRONGS LTD". The serial number, "208" is located on the right side of the receiver, and the top of the receiver ring is stamped with a circled "C2" marking. The rifle has a distinctive half round barrel with spiral cooling fins that are covered by a steel handguard/heat shield with fourteen cooling holes on each side and is fitted with a Model 1917 type pattern upper barrel band. The bolt toggle has a sliding bar safety marked "REDY" on the left side of the bar and "SAFE" on the right side. The rifle is fitted with a one-piece walnut pistol grip stock with finger grooves on the sides of the forend with a series of cooling holes on the underside of the forend that extend from the upper barrel band to the trigger guard. The rifle is equipped with a unique, fully adjustable rear sight, that uses a rotary-drum mechanism for elevation adjustment with a sliding-bar/rear sight aperture for the windage adjustments. Both are graduated in half-minute of angle adjustments. Any examples of a Pedersen Self-Loading Rifle should be considered very rare and certainly a center piece of any British or early U.S. martial rifle collection.

ConditionExcellent with 95% of the original parkerized/blued finish overall with wear on the edges and high spot from handling and light firing. The stock is very fine with a nice original dark brown color overall showing minor handling marks, light pressure dents and dings from years of handling. This is a beautiful example of a really high end and very rare Pedersen Semi-Automatic Rifle.
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