The Rifle No One Wanted

I have a friend that is selling out his collection. He is older, has had two heart attacks, and has a wife with disabilities. He has seen it happen before. An older shooter dies, his wife and family have no idea, and all his “best friends” show up to help the widow with the collection. So he decided to sell them now, before they were in the safe for his family to deal with.

I’m not involved, another club member with a lot more experience is helping him. I’m not buying, either. This stuff was out of my price range. Colt Python, O/U shotguns, custom 1911s, Tubbs rifle in 6mm-br, lots of other rifles, everything in good shape, with excellent scopes, and so on.

Anyway, there was one that didn’t sell. An orphan rifle. Too modified to interest a military collector, and not modern or custom enough for the guys in the arms race that “F” Class has become.

It’s a 1903A3 from 1943, taken when they sold for about $25.00 and modified to be a long range rifle. Laminated stock, heavy barrel, aftermarket trigger, Redfield sights, and so on. It was a project gun, something to do to see what could be done with 30.06.

He brought it over and offered it to me as a surprise. I installed the sights last night, took it to the range this afternoon with some reloads. Here’s my first 100 yard group. 1st_100yd_tgt_sm

And here’s the rifle no wanted.Old_rifle1_sm

By the end of the afternoon my face hurt from grinning.

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