Sako AI .223 barreled action with custom synthetic sporter stock. From the estate of Tom Siatos, serial 157830 (factory barreled action) has a 23.5-inch heavy sporter barrel (.745-inch muzzle diameter), tuned trigger and synthetic stock with Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. Factory 1-inch medium rings are included. The barrel is marked with the Stoeger import legend. DIMENSIONS: Weight (with rings) is 8.2 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: Bore is bright with strong rifling. Metal finish is approximately 98 percent. Stock finish (prairie dogs silhouetted within hearts and “SIATOS” over black texture) is 99 percent. TOM SIATOS (1923-2008) spent the majority of his life in close association with firearms and hunting. His professional contributions, tremendous category knowledge, bottomless enthusiasm and bold personality influenced the firearms industry and outdoor media to such a degree that it remains a viable force today. Tom was the second editor of Guns & Ammo Magazine. As such, he was responsible for the general tone of the iconic publication. A consummate hunter, spectacular all-around shot and true connoisseur of fine firearms, his interests spanned the full spectrum of the shooting sports. In 1942, Tom enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served in units that scouted and destroyed isolated enemy communication sites on a number of Pacific islands, eventually receiving a battlefield commission. After concluding his service, he attended UCLA and later joined the fledgling Petersen’s Publishing Company in 1958. A series of promotions led to him to become vice president of the Petersen’s Publishing Outdoor Division, which thrived under his leadership. Tom Siatos was a mentor, visionary, leader, father figure and a true original. We will never see his like again. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,250 plus shipping.
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