SOLD FOR: $1125
Make: Ross Rifle Company, Canada
Model: Mk III or M-10
Serial Number: None
Year of Manufacture: 1914-1916 (page 61 of Joe Puleo’s book, Bolt Action Military Rifles of the World).
Caliber: .303 British
Action Type: Straight Pull Bolt Action, Fixed Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked “ROSS RIFLE CO. / CANADA / M-10 / PATENTED”, “crown / 9” and with a “crown / crossed flags / DCP” Dominion of Canada proof. The barrel shank is marked with inspection stamps. The safety lever is marked “SAFE READY”. The bolt body is marked with partial stamps. The left side of the butt is marked “91” in paint. The right side of the butt is marked “Rep. / 2-16” in paint as well as “95 / III”, “984”, “592” and with faded stampings.
Barrel Length: Approximately 30 ½ Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a bladed post atop a raised base and under a protective hood. The rear sight is a “U” notched blade when down. It flips up to become a sight ladder that uses a screw adjustable “U” notched blade & aperture. The right side of the sight ladder is marked “0 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12” and the right edge is marked “0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a pistol grip, nosecap with bayonet lug, 2 sling loops and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The buttplate shows scratches, discoloration from oxidation and light surface erosion. The barrel band and noscap show scrapes & scratches. The stock shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Several of the marks have damaged or removed small portions of the surface wood. The LOP measures 13 1/8 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The lands are bright, the grooves are semi bright and the rifling is deep. The muzzle & grooves near the muzzle are light grey. There is fouling and light intermittent erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves near the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 83% of its metal finish. The metal shows small scrapes, scratches and areas of thinning. The metal below the thinned portions of the finish shows discoloration. The screw heads show moderate use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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: None.
Our Assessment: This Canadian Ross Mk III Rifle (M-10 Rifle) was made sometime between 1914 and 1916. Its fixed magazine sets it apart from the earlier Ross Mk I & Mk II rifles. About 400,000 MkIII rifles were produced and many served during WWI. This M-10 is over 100 years old. It still looks good and can still do a ton of work at the range.