Remington Model 81 Woodsmaster .35 Rem 22″ Semi-Automatic Rifle 1949 C&R

SOLD FOR: $2426


Make: Remington

Model: 81 “The Woodsmaster”

Serial Number: 51091

Year of Manufacture: 1949 (EUU 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 “EUU”. 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. / 51091”. 

Barrel Length: 22”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed into a base that is fixed to the barrel. The front sight appears to previously had a bead that is no longer present. The rear of the barrel jacket has had the rear sight removed and Marbles brand flat piece of metal has been screwed to the barrel. The rear sight is a Redfield aperture peep sight screwed to the back of the receiver.

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 little spots of finish loss and scratches. The most noticeable scratches are on the right side of the buttstock and some of the most noticeable scrapes are on the belly. There are some scattered compressions and draglines. 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 few areas of light erosion.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. There are some scattered little nicks, light scratches, and scuffs, most noticeable on the barrel jacket. There are some areas of finish loss and thinning. There are a few areas of scabbing, the most noticeable are on the barrel jacket and top of the receiver. There are some light handling marks. There is some standard operational wear. The markings are clear. The screwheads are sharp to lightly worn. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good-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 towards the end of production in 1949 and is chambered in .35 Remington. It is in about Very Good-Fine condition with about 90% 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!

Remington Model 81 Woodsmaster .35 Rem 22" Semi-Automatic Rifle 1949 C&R
Remington Model 81 Woodsmaster .35 Rem 22″ Semi-Automatic Rifle 1949 C&R