SOLD FOR: $1525
Model: 81 “The Woodsmaster”
Serial Number: 53289
Year of Manufacture: 1950 (LWW Date Code)
Caliber: .35 Remington
Action Type: Long-Recoil, Fixed Magazine Fed, Semi-Automatic Rifle
Markings: The top of the barrel jacket is marked “REMINGTON ARMS CO. INC., ILION, N.Y. MADE IN U.S.A. / BROWNING’S PATS. 659,507 – 659,786 – 701,288 – 853,438 – 984,263”. The left side of the barrel jacket is marked “LWW”. The underside of the receiver is marked with inspection marks in front of the fixed mag. The trigger guard’s left rear bow is marked “20”. The right rear of the barrel, visible at the ejection port is marked “35 REM”. The left side of the receiver is marked “THE / WOODSMASTER / TRADE MARK / MODEL 81” and “Remington / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. / 53289“.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed into a base fixed to the front of the barrel jacket. The rear sight is a flat-topped “U” notch elevator sight screwed to the barrel jacket.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a pistol grip, fluted straight comb, and a checkered alloy Remington buttplate. There are some scattered compressions, draglines, and a few little nicks through the finish. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate has finish loss, scrapes, and dings. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There are a couple of small patches of pitting.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. There is some scattered light surface oxidation. There are a few little nicks through the finish and light scuffs. There are a couple of small light dents on the bottom of the fixed magazine. Some of the edges have thinning and finish loss. There is some standard operational wear. The markings are clear. The screwheads are sharp to lightly worn. Overall, this rifle is in about 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 standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The Remington Model 8 was the brainchild of John Moses Browning. Originally patented in 1900, it was the first successful high-powered semi-auto rifle made in the United States–or just about anywhere else, for that matter. The model 8 was chambered in four different Remington rimless cartridges, they were the .25, .30, .32, and .35 Remington. The Model 81 Woodsmaster was an improvement on the successful design and was produced in the three original .30 Cal Remington cartridges and in 1941 .300 Savage was introduced. The main differences were a pistol grip stock and a sturdier forend. The internals are for the most part the same and many of the parts are interchangeable with the original Model 8. This example was made in the last year of production, 1950, and is chambered in .35 Remington. It is in about Fine condition with about 92% of its metal finish remaining, light wear in its stocks, a great bore, and strong mechanics. This will be a great shooter or nice addition to your C&R collection. Please see our photos and good luck!