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Lot 497: Harrington & Richardson Reising Model 50 Submachine Gun

Auction Date: June 5, 2020

Harrington & Richardson/Reising Model 50 Fully Transferrable Class III/NFA C&R Submachine Gun with Extra Magazines

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $16,000 - $25,000

Harrington & Richardson/Reising Model 50 Fully Transferrable Class III/NFA C&R Submachine Gun with Extra Magazines

Manufacturer: Harrington & Richardson Inc
Model: Reising model 50
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 11 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 272
Class: Class III

This H&R Reising Model 50 submachine gun is chambered in 45 ACP. The Reising Model 50 saw limited early use by the U.S. Marines in the Pacific as a substitute for the M1 Thompson, eventually being replaced by the M3/M3A1 SMGs. These desirable commercial models feature a better high polish blue finish with a nicely varnished walnut stock. They were used extensively by State Police/Sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies in the mid to late 1940s throughout the 1950s. They were a blow-back operated designed which had the cocking handle located in a cutout on the underside of the forend. The markings are read from the right side of the receiver, from the back to the front as follows: "MODEL 50-H&R REISING --- CAL .45/HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON ARMS CO./WORCHESTER MASS.U.S.A. PAT PENDING". The right rear side of the receiver is marked: "12767" and "SAFE/SA/FA", for safe, semi-automatic and full automatic. They have a short, finned barrel to aid in cooling, similar to the Thompson, with a threaded on compensator/muzzle break on the end. They have a fixed front sight with a stamped sheet metal rear sight that is adjustable for elevation only. They have a one-piece pistol grip walnut stock with a flat sheet metal buttplate with the sling swivels on the side of the stock. It comes with a green M1 carbine type web sling, four original 20 round stick magazines ( all four are marked H&R REISING), seven extra firing pins and three spare internal springs and an instruction manual.

Rating Definition:

Fine condition with 80% plus of the original blue finish with edge and high spot wear with general light thinning on the exposed area of the barrel with evidence of firing residue on the inside of the compensator. The stock is also in fine condition with a medium brown color overall with 90% of its factory varnish showing numerous handling marks and light dings on both sides from handling and use over the years along with some cracking on the buttplate. Still a very nice, honest original H&R Reising Model 50 SMG. NOTE: This item is restricted as a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) that is classified as a "Curios or Relic" as defined in 27 CFR, 478.11. These weapons are still subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.

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