Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 2636: Unidentified Experimental Slide Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 1, 2018

Unidentified Experimental Slide Action Rifle, Serial Number 1

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $16,000

Unidentified Experimental Slide Action Rifle, Serial Number 1

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Experimental
Type: Rifle
Gauge: Unknown .30
Barrel: 30 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 288
Class: Antique

Manufactured by an unknown maker and unmarked save for a repeating "1" on several components, this rifle appears to be a variant or refinement of the basic action seen in the previous lot in this auction. A reciprocating grip assembly operates a rotating bolt and a split lifter arm, though the arrangement is altered. Instead of an exposed metal framework, the grip rides on an internal track, concealed by the stock, with a checkered hardwood veneer for a more comfortable grip. The magazine has been relocated behind the trigger guard, concealed by the grip with the breech closed and integrating a more conventional hinged floorplate, with the follower and spring connected to it; the design invokes comparison to a Krag or a Mosin-Nagant, but the unconventional behind-the-trigger position invites comparison to modern "bullpup" style firearms. A small spring-loaded lever in the grip engages a notch in the magazine body when closed, reducing the chances of casual contact with the grip putting the bolt out of battery. The receiver has a round profile, with a top-oriented ejector port, and sighting is via a front blade and a rear screw-adjusted folding ladder, sans graduation markings. Fitted with a smooth one-piece stock, with dual barrel bands, a cleaning rod and a smooth steel buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, with 70% of the original blue finish, showing some areas of brown patina, bright edge wear and mild handling marks. A crack is visible in the lower left side of the grip, and the stock shows a number of scratches and dents, along with some chipping around the edges. Mechanically needs minor adjustment but functions well in demonstrating the core operation of the design.

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