SOLD FOR: $1225
Serial Number: 131600
Year of Manufacture: February, 1918 Barrel Date.
Production ran from October, 1917 to December, 1918 (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 / REMINGTON / 131600”. The front of the Remington barrel is marked “R / flaming bomb / 2-18”. The left side of the receiver and top of the bolt handle are each marked with a “flaming bomb” proof. The top left of the receiver (twice), bolt release lever, rear of the safety, bottom metal, bottom of the cocking piece, and bottom of the grip (twice) are each marked with “eagles head” inspection stamps. The bolt handle and right sight wing are both marked “482”. The bottom of the grip is marked “BW”, “circled P” and “P”. The nose of the stock is marked “26”. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, has been restamped with a rebuild mark “OGEK” . The left side of the grip is marked with a partial Benicia Arsenal Rebuild stamp “BA-WL in a rectangle”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 26 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a bladed post set between two protective ears. In the down position the rear sight is an aperture set between 2 protective ears. 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 with finger groove, cutouts for the bolt handle & safety, finger grooves along the sides, nosecap with bayonet lug, stacking loop, 2 sling loops, through bolt, and a metal buttplate with a hinged door for storage. The buttplate shows small scratches and surface erosion. The stock shows numerous scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Several have damaged or removed small portions of the surface wood. Most of the marks have been oiled 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 overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The lands are semi bright, the grooves are gray, and the rifling is deep. There is erosion in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, thin scratches, light thinning on the leading edges of the metal, and areas of light discoloration from oxidation. The screw heads show heavy use. Most of the markings are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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 Model 1917 was originally made during WWI by Remington. It has been Arsenal Rebuilt so it looks pretty good pretty good for being over 100 years old. The markings are well defined and the bore can still do tons of work out at the range.
This 1917 was most likely Arsenal Rebuilt at the beginning of WWII. Model 1917 Rifles were originally blued. At the onset of WWII Model 1917 Rifles that were pulled out of storage for use were re-blued during Arsenal Rebuilds when necessary. Model 1917 Rifles were later parkerized during Arsenal Rebuilds.