SOLD FOR: $2,051
Make: Remington UMC
Model: 8C “Special”
Serial Number: 65871
Year of Manufacture: 1933 (OB date code)
Caliber: .35 Remington
Action Type: Long-Recoil, Fixed Magazine Fed, Semi-Automatic Rifle
Markings: The top of the barrel jacket is marked “REMINGTON ARMS UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE CO. INC., REMINGTON ILION WORKS, ILION, N.Y., U.S.A. / BROWNING’S PATENTS OCT. 9, 1900. OCT. 16, 1900. JUNE 3. 1902. MAY 14, 1907. AND FEB 14, 1911.”, the left-rear is marked with “OB” date code, the bottom of the barrel extension is marked “65871”. The underside of the receiver is marked with three inspection marks and the trigger guard assembly is marked with an inspection mark at the front of the magazine housing and with another behind the trigger guard in the lower tang. The left side of the receiver is marked “Remington / TRADE MARK / MODEL 8 / 65871″. The right rear of the barrel at the port is marked “.35 REM”.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed and screw-set to a base fixed to the front of the barrel jacket. The rear sight is a folding sight dovetailed to a base screwed to the rear of the barrel jacket. The rear sight’s notch is missing, leaving a broad “U”-notch. The rear of the receiver in front of the top tang is drilled and tapped with a peep sight installed, adjustable for elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with schnabel forend, semi-pistol grip, straight comb, serrated crescent steel buttplate, a sling eyelet in the belly and a sling swivel integral to the forend mounting screw (there is also a sling eyelet fixed to the bottom of the barrel jacket). The stocks have extensive but minor scuffing with some scattered more notable nicks and scratches. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 5/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered light wear with the worn areas showing light discoloration from oxidation. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The finish is lightly thinning at most edges, most notable at the front edge of the barrel jacket. The jacket has a line of light wear along the right at the front and a few other scattered light marks. The receiver has some scattered minor nicks, scratches and scuffs, most notable on the top-rear. There is infrequent scattered minor surface oxidation, easiest seen on the unfinished bolt assembly and barrel extension. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good-plus 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 largest .35 Remington. This example is in about Very Good-plus condition with about 95% of its metal finish remaining, light wear in its refinished stocks, a great bore and strong mechanics. With its checkered walnut stocks, this is an 8C or “Special” model. The high condition of the metal will likely interest Remington and early autoloader collectors, but with its bright bore and strong mechanics it will likely still make for a great brush rifle. Please see our photos and good luck!