SOLD FOR: $3,405
Model: Model AIII
Serial Number: 531447
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Caliber: .270 Winchester
Action Type: Bolt Action with Hinged Floor Plate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “WEEMS / 270 WIN.” The left side of the receiver is marked “AIII 531447”, a Finnish proof and a “PV” proof.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights. A Buehler quick release sight mount is screwed to the top of the receiver and a Leupold VARI X III 2.5X8 scope is fitted into the mount. The objective bell is marked “LEUPOLD VARI-X-III 2.5X8. The scope body is marked with a Leupold logo and “K102332”. The ocular bell is marked with patent dates and “MADE IN U.S.A.” A tool mark can be seen on the right side of the scope at the forward mounting ring, otherwise few marks are visible. The scope is in Excellent condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The one piece deluxe walnut stock features a fluted buttplate with a right handed cheek piece and fine checkering with a fleur de lis design. The forend tip is rosewood and the grip end cap has a blue metal border with checkered rosewood in the center. The checkering is sharp and only a few shallow marks can be found in the wood surfaces. The LOP measures 13 ½” from the front of the trigger to the back of the rollover rifle style buttplate which is a blue border with checkered rosewood in the center. The metal surfaces of the buttplate exhibit a few marks at the heel and two dings into the metal at the toe. The buttplate is in Fine condition and the stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its current metal finish. The rifle has been rebarreled. This rifle has seen little use. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle is equipped with a Leupold scope as described above in Optics.
Our Assessment: This is a customized Sako Model AIII, which bears a 1980 date stamp. The side of the barrel is marked “WEEMS” and we were able to find references to a Texas gun maker named Cecil Weems who was known for his spectacular stocks. The stock on this rifle IS spectacular. It is made of deluxe walnut with a lovely grain pattern, possesses fine hand checkering with fleur de lis designs and a fluted buttstock. The forend tip is rosewood and the grip cap and buttplate consist of blue borders with checkered rosewood insets. The barrel sports no import or brand markings, but the name “WEEMS” is marked above the caliber stamp on the left of the barrel. Almost no evidence of use is present, save a few very light marks on the stock and marks on the buttplate. This rifle is chambered in .270 Winchester and is equipped with a Leupold scope on a Buehler quick release mount. This is an absolutely gorgeous custom Sako rifle which will bring a sparkle to any collection.