Sold For: $1,004
Make: Eddystone Arsenal; a Subsidiary of Remington
Serial Number: 1065449
Year of Manufacture: September, 1918 Barrel Date. Production ran from September, 1917 to January, 1919 (page 129 of Charles Stratton’s book, British Enfield Rifles Volume 4 – The Pattern 1914 and U.S. Model 1917 Rifles). C&R
Caliber: 30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The front of the barrel is marked “E / flaming bomb/ 9-18”. The chamber ring is marked “U.S. / MODEL OF 1917 / EDDYSTONE / 1065449”. The left side of the receiver is marked with a “flaming bomb”. The top left of the receiver, top of the buttplate, and the safety are each marked with an “eagle head” inspection stamp. The safety, underside of the rear sight, bolt release, both sling loops, right of the front sight base, top of the forend metal, rear sling swivel base, and the buttstock cleaning kit compartment door are marked “E”. The front sight is marked “0”. The bottom of the stock is stamped with an eagle head in front of the magazine and the nose is stamped “R”. There are a few more small stampings on the metal.
Barrel Length: Approximately 26 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a bladed post set between two protective ears. The rear sight is an aperture set between 2 protective wings. When flipped up it becomes a sight ladder that uses a sliding aperture. The ladder is marked from “2-16”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a semi-pistol grip, cutout for the bolt handle, finger grooves, nosecap, stacking loop, two sling loops, barrel band, a through bolt, reinforcing pins, and a metal buttplate with a hinged door for storage. The wood shows scattered light draglines and some light compressions. There are a few light scrapes and scratches but they have colored with age. The LOP measures 13 ½ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some impact marks, light pitting, and finish loss. The buttplate rates in asbout Very Good condition. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There are only a few little freckles of faint surface erosion. Our muzzle gauge gives us a reading of approximately 0.8.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 93% of its metal finish. The receiver has some thinning on the edges, a few scuffs, a few spots of mottled faint thinning and there are scratches on the left rear sight wing. The bolt release has some first and thinning on the edges. The bottom metal shows light scuffs that have thinned the finishblue a couple nicks and small scratches. The trigger guard has some mottled thinning and a few nicks. The bolt knob has finish loss from standard use and some small spots of discoloration. The barrel has some mottled light thinning and some impact marks. There is thinning on the muzzle and edges of the front sight protector. The receiver and barrel date markings are clear, some of the minor marks are light. The screwheads show use with strong slots. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action . We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a tan cloth sling. One of the metal fittings is marked NobuckL. The sling has light wear from standard use, in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This Eddystone Model 1917 is over 100 years old. It has been treated with respect by its previous owners and looks phenomenal for a service rifle of this age. It has nice markings on the metal as well as the wood. The bore is in absolutely stellar condition, I would love to shoot this classic U.S. workhorse. This 1917 can still put lots of .30-06 downrange or fill a hole in your WWI or WWII collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable? (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R rifle can be transferred in California. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.