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    LOT 1620
Scarce and Desirable World War II U.S. Marked Ithaca Model 37 Slide Action Shotgun - Serial no. 54004, 12 gauge, 20 inch round bbl.,
blue finish, walnut stock. Manufactured in 1942, this shotgun is believed to have been acquired as part of the 1942 “blanket procurement program”, a U.S. government initiative to scour commercial and civilian sources for new and used shotguns, of which the government had a mighty need; in addition to their versatility as training tools for aerial gunners, many were issued as
  primary armament to home front defensive units (like the “State Guard” units acting in lieu of federalized National Guard units or security forces at vital industrial establishments) and were also given to police and militia forces in lieu of weapons that could be recalled for Army issue. The accepted shotguns typically show a combination of standard commercial markings and hand-stamped inspection and approval markings, with this example having a “P” stamped on the chamber and receiver, “flaming bomb” on the barrel, and “US” on the receiver, in addition to the standard (matching serialized) barrel markings and roll-stamped receiver game bird scenes. The forearm and pistol grip are both checkered, with a serrated Ithaca buttplate and a 14 inch length of pull. CONDITION: Very fine, with 85% plus of the original blue finish, showing light scratches and dings overall, along with dings/scuffs around the muzzle. The forearm is fine, with some dents and scratches, while the buttstock shows multiple
repaired breaks and chips at the wrist and toe, areas of sanding and filler, and scattered scratches. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 4,500 - 7,000
dated Inland barrel and a Type I barrel band. Round blued bolt, milled
magazine catch, “I-I” hammer and an unmarked sear. The main stock body is of the four-rivet, correct low wood configuration, with a circled “P” on the rear, “crossed cannons” and “R.I.” on the grip,
steel rivets on the leather cheekpiece, green canvas sling and a swiveling spring-loaded buttplate with proper casting marks. Unmarked magazine. CONDITION: Very fine, retaining 85% plus original parkerized finish with scattered handling marks. Stock is also very fine with scattered dings and scratches, some fading on the grip cartouche, high edge wear, and some flaking on the cheekpiece. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000
LOT 1622
Scarce Springfield M1D Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle with Weaver K4 Sniper Scope - Serial no. 3366528, 30-06 cal., 24 inch bbl., parkerized finish, walnut stock. The receiver was originally manufactured circa January 1945 and subsequently upgraded to a M1D sniper rifle configuration by the installation of the barrel. The M1D sniper barrel is correctly marked “SA-6-52” with the integral scope base that has been fitted with one of the very scarce mid-1960s era “1 inch” M1D scope mounts with a Weaver 60-B commercial 4X scope. Development of this scope mount began in July 1964 with the issuance of the Purchase Order (No. LX-1095-X) from the American Firearms Corp. to the International Armaments Corp. of Alexandria, VA. It was eventually followed up with a formal order in mid 1965. The obvious intent was to field an improved sniper scope (in lieu of the WWII M84 sniper scopes) for use in Vietnam. It has been noted that the CMP has released several original M1D sniper rifles with these rare 1 inch scope mounts and also did sell approximately 75 of these rare mounts in the mid 1990s. The history and subsequent use of this rare variant sniper rifle is documented on pages 533-536 in the book “The M1 Garand” by Canfield. The Weaver scope has an all blued commercial finish with the desirable post and cross-hair reticle. It has a mix of WWII and early Korean War era internal components, the standard sights, and a post-war, wide base gas cylinder. It is fitted with an unmarked walnut stock and handguard set with no visible cartouches or proofs. The stock has a lace-on leather cheekpiece marked “MRT/11-58”. The scope tube has the standard Weaver commercial markings. It comes with a milled T-37 flash hider and post-war, green web sling and the correct gray plastic scope covers. CONDITION: Very fine as assembled with 90% of the current mixed parkerized finish overall with a green tone on the receiver and a slate gray finish on the barrel. The stock and handguards are in very fine plus condition with a nice medium brown color overall showing only very minor handling marks. The Weaver scope retains 98% of its original blue finish with clear sharp optics. Provenance: The George Moller Collection. Estimate: 2,500 - 4,000
LOT 1623 U.S. Springfield Model 1903 Bolt Action Rifle with Threaded Muzzle - Serial no. 474016, 30-06 cal., 24 inch round bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. Manufactured in 1911, the muzzle of this 1903 rifle has been outfitted with an uninterrupted threading for use with a Maxim pattern silencer. The subject of experimentation in the 1910s, when silencers were a fairly young technology, a number of virtues were found to issuing silencers to infantry, including improved operator comfort and greater ease in hearing verbal commands from officers/NCOs. Blade front and folding ladder rear sights, with a knurled thread protector installed on the “SA/6-11” barrel, a “J.F.C.” marked smooth straight wrist stock with sharply checkered buttplate, and a brown leather sling. CONDITION: Very fine, with 80% of the original blue finish, refinished floorplate, showing areas of brown patina on the balance, bright edge wear and light handling marks overall. The reoiled stock is also very fine, with some mild handling marks. Mechanically excellent. Provenance: The George Moller Collection. Estimate: 2,250 - 3,500
  LOT 1621
World War II Production U.S. Inland M1A1 Paratrooper Semi- Automatic Carbine - Serial no. 5390360, 30 M1 Carbine cal., 18 inch
round bbl., parkerized finish, metal stock, walnut grips. This is a solid representative example of an original Inland M1A1
Paratrooper Carbine as manufactured in World War II. “N” blade front and “H.I.” elevation adjustable peep rear sights, with a “7-44” “INLAND” trigger housing, unmarked button safety, “PI” operating rod, “M”

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