Remington Model 8 .25-35 Rem. 22″ Semi-Automatic Rifle, MFD 1909 C&R
SOLD FOR: $1175
Serial Number: 14640
Year of Manufacture: 1909, C&R
Caliber: .25-35 Remington
Action Type: Long-Recoil, Fixed Magazine Fed, Semi-Automatic Rifle
Markings: The top of the barrel jacket is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE REMINGTON ARMS CO., ILION, N.Y. U.S.A. / BROWNING’S PATENTS OCT 9, 1900 OCT. 16, 1900, JULY 3, 1902”. The right side of the barrel jacket base is marked with an inspection mark. The right rear of the barrel, visible at the ejection port is marked “25-35 REM”. The bottom of the receiver and the bottom of the base of the barrel jacket are both marked with the serial number “14640”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with inspection marks. The left side of the base of the barrel jacket is marked “EU3”.
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 “U”-notch leaf and elevator sight screwed to the rear of the barrel jacket. The rear sight has a screw above the elevator which is likely for fine adjustment.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a flat butt pistol grip, straight comb, and a serrated steel Remington buttplate. There is a chip loss repair at the heel. There are little tiny chip losses on the bottom of the wrist at the corners where the tangs widen into the frame. There is a crack on the top of the wrist at the rear of the top tang. There are some scattered compressions, scratches, nicks, and dings. There are scattered handling marks. The LOP measures approximately 13 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered areas of oxidation, light erosion, scratches, and patina. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is gray, mostly in the grooves. The rifling is sharp. There are some areas of minor surface erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 50% of its metal finish. There are areas of finish loss, thinning, patina, nicks, scuffs, scratches, little areas of minor erosion, oxidation, discoloration from previous oxidation, and some dings. The most noticeable finish loss is scattered over the barrel jacket. The deepest ding is on the bottom of the magazine. The most noticeable erosion is on the right side of the trigger guard. The edges have some finish loss. There is a light patina. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Good-Very Good 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. It is a long-recoil operated rifle and feeds from a fixed magazine. The model 8 was chambered in four different Remington rimless cartridges, they were the .25, .30, .32, and .35 Remington. They were primarily used by hunters, though some law enforcement agencies adopted them and it was possible to modify them for removable magazines. It was even the preferred rifle of Texas Ranger Frank Hamer who used a customized .35 caliber model with 15-round magazines, and his was one of the two Model 8’s known to be at the ambush of Bonnie & Clyde. This example was made in 1909 based on its serial number and is chambered in .25-35 Remington, it is in about Good-Very Good condition with a shootable bore and good mechanics. This one has a pistol grip stock which was a factory option but seems to be a lot less common compared to the straight grip. This is the original American semi-auto rifle and something every collector needs! Please see our photos and good luck!