Sold For: $2,255
Serial Number: 4721
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Single Shot, Bolt Action
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “CAL. .22 l.r.” followed by an Eagle over “N” proof and ending with an “IA” date code with the Ulm Antler proof mark. The bottom of the barrel, just ahead of the stock is marked with two lines. The top line is illegible and the bottom line is only partially stamped. The bottom line reads “M_G 89448” where the missing letter is likely an “I” or a “T”. The left side of the receiver is marked with an Eagle over “N” proof, “m”, “4721” with “GX1” beneath the serial number. The top of the receiver is marked with a Walther Banner and “Carl Walther, Ulm/Do. Sportwaffenfabrik”. The bolt is marked in two places with the Eagle over “N” proof and a “V”.
Barrel Length: 25 ½”
Sights / Optics: There are two milled slots at the muzzle for mounting a front sight and there are two male dovetail mounts (each secured by two screws) for mounting optics or a rear sight. The top of the receiver also has two milled slots for mounting sights or optics. No sights are mounted on this rifle, but they are provided and discussed in the Box, Paperwork & Accessories section below.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a correct Walther GX1 stock. The stock is a thumbhole left-handed target stock made of stippled walnut. The stock is adjustable for comb height, for length of pull and the butt plate is adjustable for height, angle and left to right positioning. The LOP adjusts from about 12 ¾” to 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt plate. There is an about 10 ½” long rail inlet into the forearm with marks every 15 mm. The stippled area has survived well, but the smooth portions show some handling and compression marks. The stock rates in about Very Good to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is pronounced and sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows light handling marks. The screw heads, mostly Allen heads, are sharp. The markings are clear except as discussed. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The right hand action functions correctly. The trigger is adjustable for cant, length of pull and pull weight. The barrel is free floated. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: An about 10”L by 13”W by 2 ½”D black plastic hinged box with a cut out green foam interior is provided. The box is scuffed and missing one of its two latches. The box is in Poor overall condition. However, inside the box are a series of accessories for this target rifle. There is a “Walther” marked rear peep sight that is knob adjustable for windage and elevation. There is an unmarked globe front sight with an aperture insert marked “3,2” installed and a second aperture insert marked “3,8” provided. There is a “Parker-Hale” marked globe front sight with an unmarked aperture insert installed. There is a plastic bag with an Allen head screw that probably secures the hand stop on the pistol grip, two post aperture inserts and two more aperture inserts. There is a wooden hand stop for the pistol grip and an adjustable hand stop that mounts in the forearm rail. There is a hook that mounts to the butt plate and several hex wrenches. There is also a crossover bolt handle that allows the shooter to operate the bolt from the left side. Currently the bolt is not threaded to accept the handle. All of the accessories are in Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is a great opportunity to own a fine Walther GX1 target rifle. Not many of these were imported into the United States. It is even more difficult to find one that that is set up for a left-handed shooter. This one is, and it’s set up for competition with the original Walther rear peep sight and fully adjustable thumbhole left hand stock with adjustable comb, and butt plate. A whole box of sights and accessories is provided, for which you would spend hundreds of dollars purchasing individually. These rifles are frequently compared to the Anschutz 1813 and are very high quality target rifles.