Manufactured between 1924 and 1933 for NRA civilian sales in addition to military match shooting. Fitted with blade front sight and Lyman adjustable rear peep sights, with a "SA/9-26" barrel and a "NS" bolt fitted with a high speed "knobless" striker. The front receiver ring has been drilled and tapped. Fitted with pistol grip stock stamped "RALPH WATKINS CHICAGO" on the bottom of the grip, with a brown leather sling and a thick checkered steel buttplate. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very fine, with 85% of the blue finish, showing areas of brown patina, mild spotting, and light handling marks. The bolt shows traces of two non-matching serial numbers, with cleaned-up pitting visible on the body and handle and a dark blue finish on the cocking piece, and the buttplate shows some heavy spotting. The stock is very fine, with stamp on grip (see above), a few dry spots around the toe and mild dings and handling marks overall. The bolt is a bit stiff, otherwise mechanically fine.
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