Sold For : $ 1,365.00
Model: 99-R Solid Frame
Serial Number: 953920
Year of Manufacture: 1957
Caliber: .243 Winchester
Action Type: Lever Action, Internal Rotary Magazine Fed Internal Hammer Rifle
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “SAVAGE ARMS CORPORATION / CHICOPEE FALLS, MASS. U.S.A.”, the left is marked “.243 WIN” with “SP” in oval, the right is marked “HI-PRESSURE STEEL – PROOF TESTED”. The rear of the forend, rear of the butt stock and inside of the butt plate are marked “ZQ12” with the rear butt also marked “N”, “3” on the rear of the forend. The underside of the receiver has the serial number, the lever boss has date code “6I”.
Barrel Length: 24”, Tapered
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a high profile brass beaded blade, dovetailed onto a serrated ramp base that is integral to the barrel and the rear sight is a “U” notched leaf with a white diamond reference, in a flip-up base on top of the barrel. The upper tang has two screw-filled holes for the addition of a tang sight (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are hand-rubbed oil finished walnut items. The forend has a rounded tip and checkers on the flanks, a QD swivel stud is mounted underneath, the rear one is on the butt stock’s belly; the butt has a flank checkered wrist and black capped pistol grip, both show flush fit to the metal. The stocks have a few mild scrapes and small bruises, most are on the rear flanks of the butt and under the forend tip, the upper right of the wrist has a deep ding by the receiver. The LOP measures 13 5/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the serrated blue steel butt plate; the plate has several small marks and rubbing on the outer edges. The stocks rate in about Fine Plus to Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue with Case Colored Lever
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 94% of its metal finish. The bolt body is in the white and shows spots of dark brown patina. The other surfaces have a few tiny isolated spots of frosting with brilliant case coloring still found on the lever, especially when fully opened. The blue is deep with some handling rub wear under the receiver, the lever also has some wear around the edges and light erosion on the rearmost curve. Most screw slots are strait a few have light tooling at worst. The butt plate screw heads have light frosting. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The rifle has a small thumb safety that locks the lever and disables the trigger, which breaks crisp. 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: None
Our Assessment: From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savage_Model_99 “The Model 99 was preceded by the Model 1895, which was the first hammerless lever-action rifle produced. The hammerless design was a useful improvement as it reduces the lock time (the time from trigger pull to firing). This allows the rifle to be fired more accurately, because the rifleman’s muscular tremors have less time to move the rifle off-aim. A hammerless design is also less likely to jam in brush or clothing. The immediate predecessor of the Model 1895, the Model 1892, was one of the contending rifle models offered to the U.S. Army when they were looking to replace the Springfield Model 1873 trapdoor rifle. The Krag–Jørgensen was chosen over the Savage and other models. The Model 1892 was never put into production (and indeed predated the actual establishment of the Savage Arms Company; the Model 1892 was a collaborative venture between Arthur Savage and Colt’s Manufacturing Company), and instead it was further developed into the Model 1895. The Model 1895 musket in .30-40 Krag was the winner of an 1896 competition for a New York National Guard rifle contract, beating out the Winchester Model 1895. Political controversy led to the cancellation of the contract and the New York National Guard was therefore equipped with obsolete single-shot Trapdoor Springfield rifles during the Spanish–American War. Later refinements to the Model 1895 design led to the Model 1899, later simply shortened to the Model 99.” This rifle was made in 1957, retaining 94% of its blue and case colored finish. The bore tells us it was probably not used very often, the stocks are beautiful walnut with an oiled finish, showing tight fit to the metal, free of visible cracks. This will probably go to a collector but if you want a deer rifle for next season, this one will fit the bill.