SOLD FOR: $1525
Make: Cooper Firearms
Model: 21 Varminter Left Hand
Serial Number: VA857L
Year of Manufacture: 2004
Caliber: .223 Remington
Action Type: Single Shot Bolt Action Rifle
Markings: The right side of the receiver is marked with the serial number at the breech and “Cooper Arms Model 21” at the midsection. The right side of the barrel is marked “COOPER FIREARMS OF MONTANA, INC., STEVENSVILLE, MT USA” and “.223 Rem” on the chamber. The underside of the bolt handle is hand-marked “VA / 857 / L”.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: There is no provision for iron sights. The top of the receiver is installed with a pair of bases and rings.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is AA Claro walnut with a checkered pistol grip, straight comb, solid black rubber buttpad, and a beavertail forend. The stock was refurbished by Cooper in 2021. There are a few little marks in the wood on the right side of the forend. There are a few light compressions, some of the most noticeable are on the bottom of the forend, belly, and sides of the buttstock. There are no chips or cracks. There are some draglines. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures approximately 13 7/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the solid black rubber basketweave buttpad. The recoil pad exhibits light wear. The stock rates in about Fine Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Blued with Matte Stainless Barrel
Finish Originality: The receiver is Original, the rifle was sent back to Cooper in 2021 and they Refinished the barrel and trigger guard.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few little nicks on the right side of the barrel at the muzzle. There are some scattered light handling marks. The receiver has some light handling wear. The bolt handle has some scuffs that have thinned the finish, little marks through the finish, and a few spots of dark discoloration from previous oxidation. There is standard operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is light and crisp. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a test target and message from Cooper about the work that they did in 2021.
Our Assessment: This is a Model 21 Varminter bolt action rifle from Cooper Firearms of Montana. Cooper made their way into the rifle market producing high-quality rifles at “affordable” prices, though their quality means that affordable is in relation to rifles such as Blaser, Dakota and other high-end manufacturers. Beginning in 1990 a handful of former employees from Kimber of Oregon, with over 50 years in combined experience, set out to design and build the finest production rifles made in the United States. They have been known as one of the top makers of bolt action rifles ever since. This example has a 24″ barrel chambered for .223 Remington, beautiful AA Claro walnut stock, and a matte blued & stainless finish. The rifle was sent to Cooper in 2021 and had the stock and barrel cleaned up, they did a great job, without the factory letter one would think it’s completely original. This is a gorgeous rifle that will make short work of paper targets and varmints alike and this one is a must-have for a left-handed shooter. Please see our photos and good luck!