SOLD FOR: $4,625
Make: Jean Glodt, FN Mauser Action
Model: Custom Sporting Rifle
Serial Number: 9302
Year of Manufacture: 1993 (K date code)
Caliber: .300 Winchester Magnum
Action Type: Bolt Action Hinged Floorplate Internal Magazine Fed
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “J. Glodt Armurier a Liege Pl Leonard Made in Belgium” in front of the rear sight, the left is marked “.300 WIN MAGNUM” and with Belgian proofs, the right is marked with the serial number. The extractor is marked “Jean Glodt Armurier a Liege Pl Leondard Belgique”. The top of the bolt handle has a Belgian proof. The receiver and bolt have intricate, fine relief scroll engraving throughout with gold motif on the bolt knob. The engraving continues forward on the barrel at the chamber, around the rear sight base and around the front sight base with gold motif including gold bands at the muzzle. The floorplate has matching relief scroll surrounding a sculpted gold Ibex scene, the scroll continues onto the trigger guard assembly with a shield-shaped blank on the bottom of the trigger guard. The screw heads also show decorative engraving.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade in-line dovetailed to a ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. The base is grooved for a hood which is not present. The rear sight has a fixed “U”-notch marked “100” with a folding notch behind marked “150” and another in front marked “200” with the markings in gold. This sight is dovetailed to a base fixed to the rear of the barrel. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled to accept a scope mount (none included). Even the cap screws are engraved!
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is finely checkered select walnut with wood forend cap and white spacer, inlaid white diamond in the bottom of the forend, wood grip cap and white spacer with inlaid white oval, monte-carlo comb and ventilated brown rubber Browning recoil pad. The stock has minor handling wear with only a few scattered marks, most notable a compression on the right toward the rear and another on the cheekpiece toward the top and rear of center. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad, 12 1/2″ to the back of the wood. The pad is still fairly supple showing minor wear. Overall, the stock is in about Fine-Excellent condition
Type of Finish: Blue & French Gray with Gold Motif
Finish Originality: Original to the time of engraving, it is unclear if this rifle was made from the ground up or created from an assembled rifle. If you can read French, please see the photocopy of Diet’s letter.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The bolt body has minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action works correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes in a luggage case with green canvas exterior with leather at the ends, English-style straps, brass locking latches (keys included), red felt interior with velcro straps for the rifle, one uncovered compartment with another velcro strap, and two lidded compartments with one having a “JP” initialled medallion and the other a brass elk’s head on their lids. Based on the key-fob, the case is likely made by Elk River Premium Gun Cases of Colorado Springs. The case has minor storage wear, intact stitching, and there appears to have been a label on the inside of the lid which has been removed, in about Fine-Excellent overall condition. Also included is a low-resolution photocopy of Jean Diet’s original hand-written letter of authenticity, listing the rifle’s serial number.
Our Assessment: This is a beautiful rifle which has absolutely gorgeous engraving and gold work from Belgian Master Engraver Jean Diet married to a wonderful walnut stock. The relief scroll engraving is intricate, detailed, and the coverage on the french-grayed receiver is nearly complete, even appearing on the rear face of the chamber ring and the front face of the bridge! The gold motif on the barrel, sights and bolt is outstanding. The rich figuring of the walnut is a sight to behold. Oh, and underneath it all is a .300 Winchester Magnum rifle with three-leaf iron sights and provision for mounting a scope. The included luggage case will help you safely transport and store this rifle, whether your intent is display or if you want to have the most beautiful rifle in the field next season. Whatever use you have for this rifle, this is a beautiful work from a true artist. It will certainly take a prized place in the lucky winner’s collection. Please see our photos and good luck!