SOLD FOR: $1150.01
Serial Number: 353604
Year of Manufacture: Barrel Date: June, 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 / 353604”. The front of the Winchester barrel is marked “W / flaming bomb / 6-18”. The left side of the receiver and the top of the bolt handle are both marked with an Ordnance Department “flaming bomb” proof. The top left of the receiver is marked with 2 “eagle head” inspection stamps. The bottom of the bolt handle and bottom of the cocking indicator are both marked “R” for Remington. The bottom of the bayonet lug is marked “W”. The belly of the stock and bottom of the grip are both marked with “eagle head” inspection stamps. There are a few other small stampings on the rifle. The sling is marked “W.T. & B.CO. / 1918 / CAC”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 26 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a bladed post set between 2 protective ears. 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 wood shows scrapes & scratches which have been oiled over. The buttplate shows scrapes & small scratches. The nosecap has been refinished. 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 to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The lands are semi bright and the grooves are light grey. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and intermittent light erosion in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its current metal finish. The metal shows scrapes and small scratches. The front of the barrel and the bottom metal show and areas of discoloration. The screw heads show heavy use. Most of the markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine 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 requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a leather sling. It shows discoloration on the leather and oxidation on the metal. Overall it is in about Very Good Plus condition.
Our Assessment: This Winchester Model 1917 is over 100 years old. It looks great for a Military service rifle that has been around for WWI and WWII. It has nice Winchester markings on the receiver & barrel as well as “eagle head” & “flaming bomb” stampings. The rifle fires the hard hitting .30-06 cartridge and will be putting lead down range for a long time to come.