Model: 141 Gamemaster
Serial Number: 76566
Year of Manufacture: 1950 (WW Date Code)
Caliber: .35 Remington
Action Type: Pump / Slide Action, Tube Magazine Fed Rifle
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “REMINGTON ARMS CO. INC. ILION, N.Y. MADE IN U.S.A. / PATENTS 1,043,354-1,044,568-1,071,173-1,072,982″, “.35 REM, L WW” and two inspection marks, the right side of the barrel is marked with an ovalled “REP” and two inspection marks. The left side of the receiver is marked “THE / GAMEMASTER / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. / MODEL 141”, with a stamped .35 Rem cartridge head and “Remington / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF.” and the serial number. The left of the trigger guard is marked “33” with two smaller inspection marks.
Barrel Length: 25”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade, with a black finish, integral to a base that is dovetailed onto a serrated ramp base that is screwed to the barrel and the rear sight is a “U” notched leaf and slide-step elevator, dovetailed onto the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece extra fancy fire-grain burl set, this rifle was sent from Griffin & Howe to Fowler Gun Room in Orange, California in 2008, we believe it was a special order rifle commissioned by G&H. The forend has a few small compression marks. The butt stock shows a checkered black pistol grip cap, pinched comb and trap-door butt plate. There is a chip loss on the heel, the other areas have a few mild scrapes. The stocks rate in about Fine Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Blue & Case Colored
Finish Originality: We believe this rifle to have been restored by Griffin & Howe as per the included G&H paperwork.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp, there is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 87% of its metal finish. The magazine tube and its rear base have rubbing wear from normal operation. The other metal surfaces show a few small scratch marks, with two small tool marks on the flanks of the barrel by the rear sight elevator. Case coloring is present on the trigger, the right of the receiver has a few scratches. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine Plus condition.
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: Included is a sale invoice from Griffin & Howe to the Fowler Gun Room in Orange, California, it is serialized to the rifle.
Our Assessment: From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griffin_%26_Howe “Griffin was employed as the in-house carpenter and cabinetmaker at the Hotel Bretton Hall in Manhattan at 2346 Broadway. In 1910 Griffin, having read of the African safari of Theodore Roosevelt and his use of a sporterized Springfield 30-06, decided to turn his own Springfield rifle into a sporter. He purchased a French walnut blank from Von Lengerke & Detmold. In his spare time at the woodwork shop of Bretton Hall, Griffin continued to produce restocked Springfield rifles. Colonel Townsend Whelen who was then in command of the Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. played a large role in the inception of the company. In April 1923 Col. Whelen told Griffin about the talents of the head of the machine shop at the arsenal, James Virgil Howe, and suggested that they combine their skills to produce custom rifles. Also assisting, and providing the necessary startup capital, were James M. Holsworth, and James L. Gerry. On June 1, 1923 Griffin & Howe opened its doors and built rifles out of a New York City loft. In 1927 the Griffin & Howe Sidemount scopemount was introduced. This mount allowed for a mounted and sighted scope to be removed and replaced without the zero being affected. During the Great Depression Griffin & Howe fell on hard times and was bought by Abercrombie & Fitch in 1930. Griffin & Howe became the main firearm and gunroom of the outfitter for the next 45 years. From the 1930s to the 1960s, G&H supplied sporting rifles to customers including Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Robert C. Ruark.” The company lives on restoring and re-stocking rifles and shotguns of all stripes. This is a BEAUTIFUL Remington 141 Gamemaster with stunning stocks and high marking retention despite being restored. The metal to metal fit is spot on, the bore is near perfect and the action is still tight. We are convinced that a collector will win the day on this piece, but those who owned a 141 ‘back in the day’ know how nice they shoot and someone may step to the plate to win a childhood favorite, especially with the fire grain stocks and sleek finishing. 35 Remington packs enough punch to take most of North America’s game, with the pump action, you’ll get a follow up shot or two in case whatever you are shooting at was mad enough to come your way. Please see our pictures and good luck.