Model: M1917 Enfield or United States Rifle, caliber .30, Model of 1917
Serial Number: Y302
Year of Manufacture: 1917 -1918
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield is pronounced "thirty-aught-six" or "thirty-oh-six". 7.62×63mm is the metric notation and called "30 Gov't 06" by Winchester.
Action Type: Bolt Action with Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The underside the barrel is marked with the serial number, partial proofs, “22”and a “cross”. The top of the barrel shank under the scope base is marked with an ordinance Department “flaming bomb”. It is also marked with an “unknown proof / 310”. The left side of the barrel shank is marked “30-06” and with a partial proof. The left side of the receiver is marked with a “flaming bomb”. The top of the bolt handle is marked “U” and with a partial proof. The underside of the bolt is marked “E”. The rear of the bolt body is marked “E”, and “R”. The safety is marked “E”. The metal just to the rear of the receiver is marked with an unknown proof / “282”. The two metal tabs on the leather sling are both marked “Straight Shooter” and with a “rifle”. The butt plate is marked “BISHOP”. The scope base is marked “BUEHLER / 697 VERNON ST. / OAKLAND CAL.” The scope is marked “LYMAN / ALL-AMERICAN 4X / MADE IN U.S.A.”
Barrel Length: about 24”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade set atop a ramped base. The rear sight is missing. The scope is a 4 power Lyman with fine duplex reticle. The lenses appear clear, but need cleaning. The tube shows wear and scratches. It is in about Very Good condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The one piece stock is hardwood with a gloss finish and a darkly stained nose cap. It has a pistol grip, raised comb, raised cheek piece, plastic pistol grip base, plastic butt plate and two sling loops. It has light handling and compression marks throughout. The butt stock is scuffed on both sides, has compression marks and a 1/8” x ¼” piece of wood scraped away from the bottom next to the butt plate. The LOP measures 13 5/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt plate. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is light erosion present.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 80% of its metal finish, as refinished. The balance of the finish shows some pin prick surface erosion. The barrel shows the most erosion. There are small scratches on the front of the barrel. The screw heads show use. The markings are legible. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition, as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. It needs a good cleaning. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork& Accessories: The rifle comes with a scope in about Very Good condition: see above for more. It also comes with a worn leather sling. The metal tabs on the sling show corrosion. It is in about Very Good Condition.
Our Assessment: This custom M1917 Enfield is a nice looking, hard hitting rifle. From Wikipedia: When the U.S. entered WWI, it had a need for rifles. The Springfield Armory had delivered approximately 843,000 1903 rifles, but due to the difficulties in production it was realized that it would be much quicker to adapt the British design for the U.S. .30-06 cartridge, for which it was well-suited. Accordingly, Remington Arms Co. altered the design for caliber .30-06, under the close supervision of the U.S. Army Ordnance Department, which was formally adopted as the U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, Model of 1917. In addition to Remington's production at Ilion, New York and Eddystone, Pennsylvania, Winchester produced the rifle at their New Haven, Connecticut plant. The 1903 was the unofficial service rifle. Eddystone made 1,181,908 rifles - more than twice the production of Remington (545,541 rifles) and Winchester (465,980 rifles) combined.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible rifle can be transferred/sold in California.
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