Make: Cogswell & Harrison
Serial Number: None
Year of Manufacture: 1960-1963 (pages 126, 316 and 491 of “THE GREENHILL Dictionary of Guns and Gunmakers” by John Walter)
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield (7.62×63mm)
Action Type: Bolt Action with Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The left side of the barrel shank is marked with a partial stamping, “18 TONS”, “11P”, and “.30’2.49’”. The top of the three flip up rear sight blades are marked “100 YDS 200 YDS 300 YDS”. The top of the barrel is marked “COGSWELL & HARRISON LTD. PICCADILLY. LONDON. ENGLAND.” The left side of the safety lever is marked “SAFE”. The extractor is marked “46”. The rear of the peep sight is marked “0” and “0 10 20 30”. There is decorative metal work on the receiver, bottom metal, front of the barrel and pistol grip base. The recoil pad reads “Pachmayr / GUN WORKS / LOS ANGELES CALIF.”
Barrel Length: Approximately 26”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a white bead set under a protective hood and atop a ramped base. The front sight is replaceable. There is a dark bead replacement stored in the pistol grip. The rear sights are three flip up “V” notch blades. There is an elevation adjustable aperture sight attached to the rear of the bolt. The aperture is in line with the bolt when in the down position so the flip up blades can be used. When flipped up, the aperture is used with the rear sight blades in the down position.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a pistol grip, decorative checkering on the pistol grip and forearm, metal pistol grip base with hinged door for storage, a raised cheek piece, dark colored nose, sling loop under the butt and a ventilated hard rubber recoil pad with a light colored spacer. The wood shows light scrapes and small light scratches. The checkering on the underside of the forearm has had small areas scraped away. The pistol grip checkering shows some wear. The recoil pad and spacer are dirty. The LOP measures 14 1/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The front of the muzzle and front sight base are scratched. The barrel shows a few light marks. The bolt handle knob is lightly scratched. The bolt release lever and top of the safety lever both show small areas of surface erosion. The screw heads are intact. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine to Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork& Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a beautiful Cogswell & Harrison Custom Mauser in .30-06. Cogswell and Harrison are known for their custom work on double barreled shotguns and double rifles. We are lucky enough to have a custom Cogswell and Harrison built on a Mauser frame and chambered in a great cartridge. The sights alone on this gun are impressive. The custom metal work is classic. The company has been making guns since 1770. For more history please go to: http://www.cogswellandharrison.com/.