Mannlicher-Schoenauer Model 1903 takedown 6.5x54mm. Made circa 1922 for James Woodward & Sons (London) and later imported by Simpson, serial number 15426 (matching on receiver, barrel and bolt handle) features a 23-inch barrel with fluted front ramp topped with a brass-beaded blade sight, boss-mounted rear sight with one fixed and one folding (marked “300”) express rear sight leafs, rotary magazine, butterknife bolt handle, roll-over safety and a flip-up aperture sight on the cocking piece. The stock features panel checkering, scalloped pancake cheek rest, sling loops, pistol grip cap and a steel trapdoor butt plate with widow’s peak. MARKINGS: In addition to the usual proofs and import marking, “James Woodward & Son, 64 St. James’s Street, London S.W.” is centered on the barrel, the trigger guard wears the number “6651” and “33127” appears on the toe line of the stock. DIMENSIONS: Length-of-pull is 14.5 inches. CONDITION: The bore is excellent – strong and bright. The receiver has not been tapped. Metal finish is at least 80 percent, with some thinning/browning near the muzzle. Markings are tack sharp. Wood finish and condition is approximately 80 percent with a bit of uniform smoothing over the checkering fields, a scattering of field impressions/scratches and minor chipping at the tang. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,500 plus shipping.
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