Model: 720 Military Aerial Trainer
Serial Number: 82195
Year of Manufacture: 1941-1945
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Action Type: Semi-Auto
Markings: The left side of the receiver is stamped with the Flaming Ordnance Bomb, "P" proof mark, and "U.S." The left side of the barrel is stamped, “Savage / Savage Arms Corporation / Utica, New York, USA / Model 720”. It has the correct Flaming Ordnance Bomb and "P" proof mark on the barrel with the four "asterisk" choke marks which show that this is an original long barrel for aerial gunnery training. The serial number “82195” is stamped on the bottom of the receiver. The right side of the barrel is marked, “Proof Tested – 12 Gauge / - 2 ¾ Inch Chamber –“. The choke is marked, “12 Gauge / Weaver Choke / El Paso Tex. U.S.A. / Pats Pend. / Pat. No. 1773260”.
Barrel Length: 29” with Weaver choke in place, 24” without the choke.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a screw for a front sight, and a striated groove rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are oiled wood. The LOP measures 14 ¾”. There is a recoil pad indifferently fitted. It has the correct forend for the Savage 720, with the longitudinal groove down it’s length. The wood is surprisingly good showing handling but very few nicks. There is one nick on the bottom of the butt and one on the bottom of the pistol grip. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is shiny, showing good care. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 75% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows some turning to brown patina. There are scuffs through the bluing on the lower right side of the receiver, the bottom of the tang, and on the Weaver choke, at the muzzle. The Screw heads are good. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions smoothly and correctly; the bolt locks open and releases, and the trigger trips the striker. We have not fired this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: A Weaver Choke/compensator is attached to the barrel.
Our Assessment: This is a very interesting shotgun! A martially marked Savage 720 is one of the rarer military shotguns ever procured by the U.S. Less than 15,000 of these were ever made; even fewer survived the conflict. This one is correctly marked with the four stars beneath the Flaming Bomb Ordnance marking, which marks it as a correct military trainer. These were used to help train aerial gunners to hit flying objects. The Weaver choke may actually be an original piece; we have seen them attached to a couple of other military-marked 720s; if you know more about this possibility, please contact us! The Savage shotguns are near copies of the Browning A5, one of the all-time classic semi-auto designs. In any case, there aren’t many around. This one is in strong working condition. This is a good find for the WWII collector.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This shotgun can be transferred in California and is C&R eligible.
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