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 Competitor to John Garand's Rifle, and Historically Significant to the Development of 21st Century Semi-Automatic Longarms
This model, as noted, is the rifle version of the original Pedersen model only designated the “T2” series for the British trials. The left side of the receiver is marked “U.S. SEMI-AUTO RIFLE T2/CAL .276-PEDERSEN PATENTS”. The right side is stamped with only serial number “2”. The top chamber is marked “SA,” indicating Springfield Armory. It is fitted with a 24 inch barrel with the unique spiral cooling fins on the rear area of the barrel, all milled components, and the perforated sheet metal handguard. It is fitted with a full length walnut stock with finger grooves on the side, and cooling holes on the under of the forearm, and a heavy cupped brass buttplate. This model also used the fixed extended box magazine chambered
for the noted .276 Pedersen cartridge. It has the fully adjustable rear sight and
the fixed high front sight. This is an unbelievably rare test model of the original Pedersen rifle. This super rare test rifle is complete with a WWI era leather sling, one unidirectional en-block clip containing 10 rounds of original .276 ammunition and a full box (20rds) of the original .276 Pedersen cartridges.
CONDITION: Exceptionally fine with 80% plus of the original blue/black finish overall, wear and finish loss on the trigger guard area, and thinning on the edges and high spots. The top of the breech block (toggling mechanism) is still in the white from the factory. The stock is in fine condition with original medium red finish overall showing only minor handling marks on the sides with the right side having numerous small bullet tip indents where they used the side of the stock to seat the cartridges deeply into the en-bloc clip. Mechanically excellent. Provenance: The George Moller Collection.
Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000

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