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Lot 1539: H&R Reising Prototype 7.62 Rifle, Full Transferrable Machine Gun

Auction Date: September 9, 2017

Rare Fully Automatic Class III/NFA Harrington & Richardson Redesigned/Prototype M14 Type Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $25,000 - $40,000

Rare Fully Automatic Class III/NFA Harrington & Richardson Redesigned/Prototype M14 Type Rifle

Manufacturer: Harrington & Richardson Inc
Model: EXP
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 7.62 mm
Barrel: 19 1/2 inch round
Finish: parkerized
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 289
Class: Class III

Clearly this was an attempt by H&R to develop an improved M14 type battle rifle based on design inputs from their designer engineer, Eugene Reising. The rifle was obviously developed while H&R were in production on the standard issue M14 rifle for the U.S. Military, as the front end of the rifle (barrel, flash hider, gas system and handguard) are basically the same as the standard M14 rifle. However, the rest of the rifle (operating rod, receiver, trigger housing and internal parts) have been completely redesigned. It appears H&R took some design cues from their Model 60, with the intent to make a cheaper, easier and more cost effective rifle to manufacture than the standard M14 rifle. The redesign aspects are: a new one-piece receiver with a completely enclosed top area and a small ejection port on the right side. The rear of the receiver has the same large screw/end cap as the Model 60. It has a round bolt, except for the rear area, which forms the rear locking area. During operation the bolt actually rotates (to unlock) and then the rear drops down some what like an M1 carbine. It has a completely redesigned, two piece operating rod with the same front round barrel section, with a completely redesigned, machined rear section. This rear section actually has twin operating rod arms or bars; one on each side of the receiver with the cocking lever (riveted) to the right side arm. The rear area of the operating rod is squared off, with the bolt actually fitting inside this rear area of the operating rod, between the arms. It features a new and completely redesigned, one piece, cast and machined aluminum trigger housing that runs the full length of the receiver. The housing encloses all the internal parts along with the magazine well. The internal parts appear to be a combination of both stamped and full machined parts and house the safety and fire control parts. The stock is very close the standard M14 design, only machined to fit this rifle with a stamped steel trigger guard that is permanently attached to the stock with three wood screws. The rifle is held into the stock by two screws one up from the underside in front of the magazine well that screws into the receiver with the other one a single cross-bolt screw that runs perpendicular to the action through the rear of the receiver. The top of the receiver is marked "X26" and "E.G. REISING", with "S A" (safe and automatic) marked on the right. The left side is marked "F and S" for fire and safe, however, there is no safety switch. It has the standard M14 front sight and a two position, flip rear sight as used on the M1 carbine with the side marked "RG-SG". It uses a standard M14 magazine, however one does not come with the rifle. No additional information on the origin or specific intent of this rifle is available, however, the associated BATF/NFA paperwork lists this rifle as being manufactured by Harrington & Richardson of Gardner, Massachusetts.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 95% of the original parkerized finish, showing minor light edge and high spot wear, evidence of limited test firing, some brown patina on the flash hider, and mild handling marks overall. The stock shows some factory repairs on the left side where a micrometer sight base filled in and some handling marks and scratches on the sides. Mechanically hand cycles and dry fires correctly. NOTE: This weapon is a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.

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