Lot #3541
Lot #3543

Lot 3542: Rare and Well Documented Winchester Model 70 U.S.M.C.

Outstanding, Rare and Well Documented Winchester Model 70 U.S.M.C. Bolt Action Sniper Rifle with Unertl Telescopic Sight

Auction Date: September 9, 2018

Lot 3542: Rare and Well Documented Winchester Model 70 U.S.M.C.

Outstanding, Rare and Well Documented Winchester Model 70 U.S.M.C. Bolt Action Sniper Rifle with Unertl Telescopic Sight

Auction Date: September 9, 2018

Estimated Price: $15,000 - $25,000
Price Realized:

Outstanding, Rare and Well Documented Winchester Model 70 U.S.M.C. Bolt Action Sniper Rifle with Unertl Telescopic Sight

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 70
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30-06
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut checkered
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 224
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Winchester Model 70 "standard Rifle" manufactured in 1941 with medium-heavy target barrel and "U.S.M.C.-SNIPER" Unertl telescopic sight. The rifle retains the original style sporter stock with checkered pistol grip and forearm and steel checkered buttplate. The Marine Corps utilized Winchester Model 70 rifles in this configuration in 1966 and early 1967 as the primary sniper rifle until the adoption of the Remington Model 700 sniper rifles in mid 1967. This rifle is the same as the Model 70 sniper rifle used by famed Marine sniper Carlos Hathcock near Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, in 1966. Most of the Model 70 sniper rifles issued by the Marines to snipers in the early stage of the Vietnam War were pre-war or early WWII production Model 70 .30-06 Standard Rifles purchased during WWII. These rifles were subsequently used for recreation and target shooting. In 1966, the Marines determined that the M1C and M1D Garand sniper rifles lacked the accuracy required for operations in Vietnam and modified the available Model 70 target rifles and standard rifles to sniper configuration by fitting them with the 8x Unertl "USMC-SNIPER" telescopic sights mounted on the Springfield M1903A1 sniper rifles during WWII and the Korean Conflict. The Model 70 Standard Rifles were fitted with Winchester medium-heavy target barrels in modified stocks and the Unertl telescopic sights. The stock were fitted with 1 1/2-inch sling swivels. Some of the stocks were fiberglass bedded. This rifle is illustrated and described on pages 66 and 67 of "The One Round War" by Peter Senich. The serial number of this rifle, "48213" falls within the serial number range of Marine WWII Model 70 rifles listed on pages 49-50 of Death from Afar Volume 1" by Chandler & Chandler but is not included on the list. This rifle has all of the characteristics of the Marine Model 70 sniper rifles issued in Vietnam c. 1966. The barrel, receiver, bolt handle, cocking piece trigger guard, and buttplate have the Winchester charcoal blue finish. The bolt body is polished bright and electro-penciled with the rifle serial number "48213". The stock is nicely figured American walnut with checkered forearm and pistol grip and has the Winchester semi-gloss varnish finish. The medium-heavy target barrel is a post war replacement. The left side of the barrel has the standard Winchester legend and trademark followed by: "MODEL 70-30-06 SPRG.-". Oval Winchester "W/P" proof marks are stamped on the left side of the barrel and receiver. "WINCHESTER/-TRADE MARK-" is roll stamped on the left side of the receiver rail. The serial number, "48213" is roll-stamped on the right side of the receiver below the rear sight base. The rifle has no Marine or U.S. property marks on any component. A Lyman micrometer sight base is mounted on the left side of the receiver. The WWII U.S.M.C. Unertl 8X telescopic sight has a charcoal blue finish and is fitted with anodized aluminum Unertl target mounts on Winchester bases. The scope tube is roll-stamped: "J. UNERTL/USMC-SNIPER" in two lines above the serial number "2232". The scope has a fine crosshair reticle and is fitted with screw-on steel lens covers.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The rifle retains nearly 95% of the original blue finish with very minor handling wear. All of the markings are crisp. The stock is in very fine condition. The checkered panels are sharp; wear is limited to scattered visible sling hardware marks near the buttplate and upper sling swivel. The Unertl telescopic sight is in excellent condition. The scope tube retains 95% plus of the original blue finish with sharp markings. The optics are clear. The anodized aluminum Unertl target mounts have a blue-brown patina that is typical of these WWII production mounts. This is an excellent example of a Winchester Model 70 rifle in Vietnam Marine sniper configuration with scarce and very desirable WWII Unertl "U.S.MC.-SNIPER" telescopic sight and correct anodized aluminum target mounts. It would be hard to find a better example of this classic Marine sniper rifle from the Vietnam War.



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