.30-06 Springfield1903-A4 Sniper Rifle made by remington, Circa 1944.
Correct serial number range for late 1943/early 1944 production and with the barrel dated January 1944 (and showing no signs of having ever been replaced) it would appear to be correct for an early 1944 built example and with no sign of a forsight block ever having been fitted, the bore is good and clean and gauges well however it has some light wear to the lead – as one would expect especially as it appears to be the original barrel.
Lovely American black walnut stock of the correct pattern with feint F J Attwood inspection mark to the left hand side of the wrist (this has not come out well in the pictures however it is there in the flesh) with correct Remington inspection marks forward of the magazine well and proof “P”s to the underside of the wrist. Correct pattern bolt with dished handle and Remington acceptance mark in mismatched finish along with the chequered butt pad and magazine cut off/bolt release lever suggesting that it escaped post war refurbishment, small brass pin armourers stabilisation to a small crack (historic) behind the action and another (also historic) at the front of the forend. Correct and genuine phosphated telescope mount from the first batch of manufacture (no Redfield markings as on later and post war production) and correct military configuration telescope rings mounting a lovely Weaver Model 330C (C for clicks), these commercially produced Weavers were correct early pattern fitment and it goes hand in hand with the first batch scope mount and rings fitted.
The right hand side of the action has two neatly filled holes on the rear ring where I suspect in the past it has had a Lyman target sight fitted – these earlier A4’s were all sold out of service without telescopes, mounts and rings and in their early civilian careers very few people were that interested in their military past viewing them as merely surplus but accurate target rifles and with this in mind I suspect the telescope and mounts have been married up some point prior to 2016 but after disposal by the US government – thankfully whoever did so had the attention to detail to track down a correct early scope/mount/ring combination! Fitted with a leather 1907 pattern sling.
A lovely, highly collectable and seldom encountered sniper rifle in the UK.