Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1528: Wise Lite Arms Model AJM 53 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Wise Lite Arms Model AJM 53 Semi-Automatic Rifle with Accessories

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,000 - $9,000

Wise Lite Arms Model AJM 53 Semi-Automatic Rifle with Accessories

Manufacturer: Wise Lite Arms
Model: AJM 53
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 7.92 mm Mauser
Barrel: 21 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: plastic
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 1515
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 398
Class: Modern Long Gun

This is an excellent semi-automatic only copy of the very desirable WWII MG-42 machine gun as manufactured by Wise Lite Arms of Boyd, Texas. This weapon has the same outward appearance, weight and feel as an original fully automatic MG, only in the semi-automatic mode. The AJM 53 utilizes a combination of new-made commercial and some military surplus components that functions and fires from a closed-bolt. It has a folding front and adjustable tangent leaf rear sight just like the originals with a stamped and welded receiver. The left rear side of the receiver is marked in five lines: "WISE LITE ARMS/BOYD, TX/MOD. AJM-53/WLA29-7556/8MM MAUSER". The top of the receiver under the feed tray cover is also marked to only use military spec ammo and not commercial grade ammunition. Includes an extra barrel in a metal carry can, three belt carrier drums, non-disintegrating cartridge belt links, a wooden ammunition crate, and a bipod.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as assembled in semi-automatic configuration, retains 95% plus of the blue finish with some scattered light wear. The buttstock is slightly loose with some minor dings and chips and a couple hairline cracks. Mechanically excellent. The accessories are fine or better with some showing mild wear.

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