Sold For: $1,050
Serial Number: 120866
Year of Manufacture: Barrel Date: January, 1918
Production ran from August, 1917 to April, 1919 (page 129 of Charles Stratton’s book, British Enfield Rifles Volume 4 – The Pattern 1914 and U.S. Model 1917 Rifles).
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / MODEL OF 1917 / WINCHESTER / 120866”. The front of the Winchester barrel is marked “W / flaming bomb / 1-18”. The left side of the receiver and the top of the bolt handle are both marked with an Ordnance Department “flaming bomb” proof. The left side of the receiver is also marked with a “circled star” which is an early Winchester mark indicating the receiver was acceptable for parts interchangeability. The top left of the receiver (twice) and the bottom metal are each marked with “eagle head” inspection stamps. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “W” for Winchester and “NS” for nickel steel. The left side of the front sight is marked “R”. The bottom of the grip is marked “3C”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 26 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight blade has been replaced. It is a beaded blade. The rear sight is set between two large protective wings. It is an aperture when down. 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 straight grip, cutouts for the bolt handle & safety, finger grooves, nosecap, 2 sling loops, through bolt, and a metal buttplate with a hinged door for storage. The refinished buttplate shows scrapes, scratches, and thinning. The refinished nosecap & barrel band show scrapes and small scratches. The wood shows scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Some have damaged small portions of the surface wood. Most of these marks have been finished over. The LOP measures 13 ½ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The lands are semi bright and the grooves are dark. The rifling is deep. There is erosion in the grooves; heavier in the grooves near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.8.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 87% of its current metal finish as refinished. Patches of oxidation and pin prick surface erosion show through the new finish on the receiver. The receiver also shows small scrapes. The barrel shows scrapes & discoloration from oxidation. The bottom metal shows scrapes, thinning, and light surface erosion. The screw heads show use. Most of the markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition as refinished.
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 requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This Winchester Model 1917 is over 100 years old and looks good for a Military service rifle that has been around for WWI and WWII. It has been refinished but still has nice Winchester markings on the receiver and barrel. The bore has deep rifling and fires the hard hitting .30-06 cartridge. It will be putting lead down range for a long time to come.
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.