SOLD FOR: $3,477
Make: Remington UMC
Model: 8D “Peerless”
Serial Number: 9854
Year of Manufacture: 1906-1916 (Remington Arms Co. would become Remington UMC in 1916)
Caliber: .25-35 Remington
Action Type: Long-Recoil, Fixed Magazine Fed, Semi-Automatic Rifle
Markings: The top of the barrel jacket is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE REMINGTON ARMS CO. ILION. N.Y. U.S.A. / BROWNING’S PATENTS OCT. 9. 900. OCT. 16. 1900. JULY 3. 1902″, the bottom of the receiver at the front is marked with the serial number, and the top of the barrel extension is marked “25-35 REM”. The rifle has D or “Peerless” grade scroll and border engraving.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to a base fixed to the front of the barrel jacket. The rear sight is a folding “U”-notch with the notch fine adjustable for elevation and a vertical white line aiming reference dovetailed to a base screwed to the rear of the barrel jacket. The rear of the receiver is drilled and tapped with a folding peep sight installed. The peep sight has some play to its base.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with schnabel forend, straight grip, straight comb, checkered black hard rubber Remington UMC buttplate, and a sling swivel integral to the forend mounting screw. The stocks have several scattered light-moderate compressions, scratches, scuffs and dings, more in the buttstock than the forend. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is well defined. The LOP measures 13 3/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered light wear and is not original to the stock. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is gray with well defined rifling. There is light erosion throughout the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 80% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The barrel jacket has scattered light wear, nicks and scratches with infrequent spots of light surface oxidation and slight discoloration from oxidation in the worn areas. The receiver has several scattered minor nicks, scratches and spots of very light surface oxidation with a few more notable dings at the front and rear edges of the receiver and a wear-line under the safety arm. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear, but the barrel jacket address was struck with a worn die, see the “L” in “ILION” and the missing “1” from “1900” in the first patent date. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The Remington Model 8 was the brainchild of John Moses Browning. Originally patented in 1900, it was the first successful high-powered semi-auto rifle made in the United States–or just about anywhere else, for that matter. The model 8 was chambered in four different Remington rimless cartridges, the smallest was .25 Remington. The eventual .25 Remington cartridge was preceded by an experimental .25-35 Remington cartridge, and few of the Model 8 rifles were shipped in this chambering before the change over to the .25 Remington chamber. This example not only has this scarce chambering, with its checkered walnut stocks and scroll engraving this is an 8D or “Peerless” model. The rarity of factory engraved model 8s as well as this being an early, pre-UMC production model in this uncommon cartridge will certainly interest Remington and early autoloader collectors. Please see our photos and good luck!