SOLD FOR: $1,347.00
Serial Number: 3552
Year of Manufacture: 1923 (From CP Date Code on Barrel)
Caliber: .32-20 Winchester (.32 Winchester Center Fire)
Action Type: Pump Action With Takedown Receiver and Tubular Magazine. The Loading Port is at the rear of the magazine.
Markings: The top of the barrel at the receiver is marked “REMINGTON / TRADE MARK” and just below it with “MODEL 25 / 32 WCF”. The lower left side of the barrel is marked with the date code “CP” and with two inspection marks. The top of the barrel in front of the rear sight is marked “REMINGTON ARMS CO. INC. REMINGTON ILION WORKS, ILION, N.Y. U.S.A. / PEDERSEN’S PATENTS JANUARY 5, 1909. JULY 5, 1910 AND OTHERS PENDING”. The right side of the barrel is marked with “R.E.P.” in an oval and two inspection marks. The rear of the lower tang and the rear surface of the buttplate are marked “REMINGTON / UMC” in a circle over “TRADE MARK”. The front underside of the receiver is marked “AA / 3552”. The inside left wall of the receiver, visible through the port is marked “26” with the “6” slightly below the “2”.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a silver bead dovetailed into the barrel and secured with a set screw. The rear sight is a “U” notched semi-buckhorn elevator sight dovetailed into the barrel. A Lyman No. 1 Combination Tang Sight, 2nd Variation, is installed on the upper tang. The elevation stem is spring loaded and locks into position with a detent. It is a flip-down peep window, creating a larger aperture for close or moving targets.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are smooth walnut with a lacquered finish. The buttstock has a pistol grip and a smooth crescent shaped steel buttplate. The forend has 10 grooves. There is a spot on the left side of the comb where the finish is scraped off and a few smaller spots on the left side of the wrist. There are numerous tiny light marks on the right side of the buttstock, a few showing finish loss. There is also a spot of crazing on the right side of the buttstock. There are a few rough spots on the left side of the buttstock near the butt, but we can’t tell if the roughness is caused from crazing or if the stock was exposed to heat which caused the finish to boil. The forend shows only a few light marks. The LOP measures about 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate, which shows thinning, light wear at the heel and toe with two tiny dings at the toe, and a few light marks. The buttplate rates in about Fine condition. The stocks rate in about Very Good to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: All Original
2 Bore Condition: The bore is bright, tending to gray at the muzzle. The rifling is sharp and there is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 82% of its metal finish. There are small scratches along the left side of the barrel from the muzzle to the forend. The magazine tube shows a few strips of thinning, several long scratches on its sides, and a spot of pinprick surface erosion just in front of the rear tube hanger. There is thinning on the edges of the magazine hangers and on the edges of the rear sight base. There are a few light handling marks in the trigger guard with a few tiny dings in each of its tangs. There are two tiny marks at the back edge of the receiver on its right side and a sprinkling of pinprick surface erosion in the base of the tang sight. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. It has a push button safety mounted behind the trigger and the slide release is a small lever just in front of the trigger guard. The action is unique in that the magazine tube moves back and forth with the slide. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The Lyman No. 1 combination tang sight is included.
Our Assessment: Back in 1908 Remington wanted something to compete with Winchester’s famed Model 94 and the faster, smoother operation of a pump gun had a lot of advantages. John Pedersen, the inventor of the Pedersen device used on rifles in WWI, had already designed several Remington shotguns. He was given the assignment to design a high-power pump to compete with Winchester’s lever actions. That he did and the Model 14 was launched in 1912. It utilized the family of rimless cartridges introduced with the John Browning designed Remington Model 8, a semi-auto rifle. The Model 25 rifle was created in 1923 to work with the rimmed pistol cartridges made popular in the Winchester lever action rifles. This rifle is a Remington Model 25A chambered in .32-20 Win. The rifle is in about Fine overall condition with 82% of its original metal finish remaining. There are several scratches in the barrel and magazine tube. There is thinning on the edges of the magazine hangers and the edges of the rear sight base with strips of thinning on the magazine tube. There is a spot of pinprick surface erosion in the magazine tube and a sprinkling of pinprick surface erosion in the base of the tang sight. There are also a few light handling marks in the trigger guard, several tiny dings in its tangs and two tiny marks at the back edge of the receiver on its right side. The stocks are smooth walnut with a lacquer finish, pistol grip and a crescent shaped metal buttplate. There is a spot on the left side of the comb where the finish is scraped off and a few smaller spots on the left side of the wrist, with a spot of crazing on the right side of the buttstock. There are a few rough spots on the left side of the buttstock that could be caused by crazing or exposure to heat. There are numerous tiny light marks on the right side of the buttstock, a few showing finish loss, and a few light marks in the forend. The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. This is a nice little takedown rifle with a unique features we haven’t seen in other models: a spiral magazine tube that moves with the slide. This will make a great addition to a collection of early Remington pump action rifles, and would look great hung next to its Model 14 predecessor and semi-auto Model 8 cousin. It comes with a vintage Lyman No. 1 combination tang sight that is collectable in its own right.