That seller has very nice stuff and as stated, gets top dollar for it. He seems to have a following of collectors who have very deep pockets when it comes to military collectables. I once tried to bid on an item and when I quit, the same guy who raised my bids got it. He was prepared to out-bid anyone because he wanted it at any price. That is why some of the stuff brings more than usual. Seems because they have money, they would rather shop at home rather than get out in the real world and actually search for items for their collection.
Perhaps the attraction was the serial number being placed in an unusual location on the bolt. All I have ever owned or handled that had what I considered the correctly numbered bolt had the numbers placed on the bottom of the bolt with some digits on either side of the line where the front and rear parts of the bolt meet. He says the finish is original but I would like to see a photo of the bolt well. As Reagan said "Trust but verify."
Last edited by Herschel; 06-29-2012 at 03:21.
like this on the bottom ...
I checked the Springfield database that I've been maintaining and believe that this rifle has its original barrel. S/N 11467 and S/N 12005 both have 1-42 dated barrels and bracket this rifle's S/N. I don't see an open-box SA cartouche on the stock. It's nothing special in my judgment and does have that funky-numbered bolt as Herschel pointed-out.
By the way, the highest S/N M2 I've ever observed was auctioned this May 2nd by Cowan's. It's S/N 21129 and went for $2,530.00 including b.p. Go to: http://www.cowanauctions.com/auction...?ItemId=110424 It would be almost impossible to improve on that one, from what I can see - and it might just be the last one. I called Cowan's and the barrel date is 7-42.
Next highest in my database is S/N 21089 owned by a forum member. I own S/N 20205. All of the S/N's given are "Issue" rifles.
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Last edited by LAH; 07-04-2012 at 11:55.
I would say the barrels have been replaced on the earlier rifles. The high number piece could have a 1942 barrel. The barrel does not appear to be the later, shorter variation. I , too, was surprised at the prices the M2's brought in the Cowan Auction. They actually brought more than a beautiful 1922M1 NRA model.
If that's a NRA M2 in the Cowan's link why isn't it drilled and tapped for bases? I thought all the NRA M2's were drilled and tapped.
Originally Posted by jansan
I went to the Cowan's listing and couldn't find anything saying it was an NRA M2. Where did that come into the discussion? You are correct in that the NRA M2's were drilled and tapped for scope blocks.
Herschel, here is the auction that Kragrifle was talking about I believe.
Originally Posted by Herschel
Herschel, you're right, it says nothing about it being a NRA M2...Not sure what I was thinking there, sorry about that...