2006

CLASSIC R. G. OWEN SPRINGFIELD RIFLE.

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CLASSIC R. G. OWEN SPRINGFIELD RIFLE.
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Cal. 30-06. S# 11434 (on bottom flat of receiver ring, visible when stock removed). Bbl. 24". R. G. (Bob) Owen was an English born gunsmith who, along w/ his brother, started building high end custom rifles in America starting in the 1920s. Their first guns were marked “Owen Brothers” & later guns were marked “R. G. Owen” w/ address of Sauquoit, New York. He was in direct competition w/ Griffin & Howe. This rifle, on a Springfield action, is fitted w/ reshaped 24" star gauge bbl. engraved on top “R. G. OWEN” “SAUQUOIT NY.”. Bbl. fitted w/ quarter rib, stippled on top holding 2 folding leaf rear sight w/ leaves for 100 & 200yds. A sleeved on sling eye is also fitted along w/ sleeved on front sight ramp holding silver bead w/ knurled sight cover retained by spring detent. Action checkered on top of receiver ring. Rear tang has been reshaped & a Lyman 48 receiver sight fitted. Bolt marked “NS”, has knob knurled & engraved on tip. Original cocking piece is retained. Flag safety is checkered & silver inlaid “READY” & “SAFE”. Military trigger is retained, finger blade slimmed & checkered. Standard bottom metal has trigger guard slightly thinned. Classically shaped stock of well marbled & lightly figured European walnut measures 13 3/4" over checkered & engraved steel buttplate w/ trap. Stock features Owen’s classic arrow head drop points & nicely shaped beaded shadow line right hand cheekpiece. Steel grip cap has some border engraving & is fitted w/ a trap. Very well cut point pattern checkering is borderless & there are uncheckered ribbons through pattern of forend, another Owen signature. A gold shield is inlet on toeline along w/ sling eye matching that on bbl. CONDITION: very fine as refinished; metal parts retaining nearly all of their well done rust reblue. Stock appears to be professionally refinished a long time ago w/ subsequent light marks, checkering slightly worn & has not been recut. Bore is fine, bright & shiny. Rifling a bit soft at breech end. (20-4337/MGM). CURIO. $3,000-4,500.