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 LOT 1637
Excellent Lend-Lease Marked World War II U.S. Springfield Model 1903 Bolt Action Rifle with Bayonet - Serial no. 3036843, 30-06 cal., 24 inch round bbl., parkerized finish, walnut stock. Hooded blade front and folding ladder rear sight, with a “RA/2-42” barrel and “R” marked rear sight, bayonet lug, cut off, bolt, and bolt
safety. The left side of the rear sight base is marked with a series of British inspection marks, including a “crown
BMP” Birmingham proof and tonnage/caliber markings, and a band around the forearm appears to be aggressively cleaned; while not documented, these proof marks and a painted red band around the forearm (or evidence of such a band being scoured off) are often signs of an American rifle supplied to Great Britain as part of Lend-Lease and then returned to the States. Smooth scant pistol grip stock, with “RA”, “FJA” and “crossed cannons” ahead of the wrist, double-struck “P” on the wrist, “S.A./JQ” on the left side of the buttstock, “GDM” collection mark between the rear swivel and the toe, a green canvas sling, and a flat checkered buttplate. A “U.F.H. 1943” marked bayonet with sheath is also included. CONDITION: Excellent , with 95% plus parkerized finish, showing some light wear and handling marks overall. The stock is also excellent, with a few mild dents and scratches. Mechanically excellent. The bayonet is also excellent. Provenance: The George Moller Collection. Estimate: 2,500 - 4,000
LOT 1638
British Proofed U.S. Springfield M1 Garand Semi-Automatic Rifle with Bayonet - Serial no. 391239, 30-06 cal., 24 inch round bbl., parkerized finish, walnut stock. Manufactured in November of 1941, this rifle is fitted with a Springfield barrel stamped with a set of Birmingham proof and caliber markings on the right side of the chamber. Blade front sight with intact screw cover and peep rear sight with locking adjustment drums, with a Springfield “SA” bolt, trigger housing, hammer, safety, and early pattern uncut operating rod. The Birmingham barrel markings partially cover the original Springfield marks, obscuring the last digit of
the “9-4?” date, with a “crown/BNP” and “crossed scepter” stamps. The smooth pistol grip stock is stamped with “S.A./G.H.S.” and “crossed cannon” cartouches on the left side, a circled serifed “P” on the wrist, green canvas sling and a checkered buttplate. Includes a 1906 dated Rock Island bayonet and sheath. CONDITION: Very fine, with 85% plus original parkerized finish, showing discoloration and pitting on the operating rod, bright edge and cycling wear, and mild handling marks. The refinished stock is very good, with clearly legible cartouche, signs of light sanding and minor dings and dents overall. The bayonet has been shortened and refinished, with mild wear overall. Mechanically excellent. Provenance: The George Moller Collection. Estimate: 1,800 - 2,750 LOT 1639 U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1922 MI Bolt Action Rifle - Serial no. 9171, 22 LR cal., 24 inch round bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. 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. CONDITION: 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. Provenance: The George Moller Collection. Estimate: 1,800 - 2,750
LOT 1640 Scarce U.S. World War II L. C. Smith/Hunter Arms Co. Field Grade Double Barrel Shotgun - Serial no. FW199986, 12 gauge, 28 inch solid rib bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut stock. Blued Armor steel barrels with single brass bead front sight, standard barrel marking on the top sides, and 2 3/4 inch chambers with single extractor. The flats are marked with and “FJA” inspector’s mark, U.S. flaming bomb, and crossed cannons with “USA-F” on either barrel just ahead of the flats. “ILL 6/20” stamped on right side of frame. These U.S. marked L. C. Smith Field Grades were used for training aerial gunners during World War II. The U.S. ordered some 1,477 of these gun for this purpose. Standard casehardened receiver and locks, double triggers, and automatic tang safety. Multi-point checkered splinter forend and pistol grip stock with hard rubber buttplate. Stock dimensions: 1 1/2 inch drop at comb; 2 5/8 inch drop at heel; 14 inch length of pull; weight 7 lbs 1 oz. CONDITION: Fine, retaining 90% refurbished blue and 70% plus case colors, re-solder evidence on the underside of the
barrel rib, and mild handling evidence. The wood is also fine with numerous small dings and scratches and worn but well-defined checkering. Mechanically excellent.
Provenance: The George Moller Collection.
Estimate: 1,500 - 2,500
LOT 1641 World War II U.S. Marked Pennsylvania State Police Remington Model 11 Semi-Automatic Shotgun - Serial no. 479020, 12 gauge, 22 inch round bbl., parkerized finish, walnut stock. Single bead sight, 2 3/4 inch chamber, and Cutts Compensator with cylinder choke. The barrel is stamped “U.S.” and “flaming bomb”, and the receiver is stamped “U.S.”, flaming bomb” and “MILITARY FINISH.” The receiver also shows standard commercial engraving. Smooth pistol grip stock with the crossed cannons stamp, a partial “FJA” cartouche, a Pennsylvania State Police inventory tag, and a serrated Remington buttplate. These shotguns were used by the U.S. military for training soldiers on hitting moving targets for aerial gunnery. Length of pull is 14 inches. CONDITION: Very fine, retaining 85% plus arsenal parkerized finish, some streaking on the barrel, some mild discoloration, and scattered minor spotting. The wood is also very fine with scattered light marks and some fading of the cartouches. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 1,600 - 2,500
Collector’s Fact
Only 1,477 LC Smith Field Grade shotguns were ordered by the U.S. and used in the training of aerial gunners.

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