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Old October 3rd, 2009, 07:00 PM #1
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Mystery .22

*** EDITED NOW WITH PHOTOS!!!***



Ok here is the story as I have been told it since I was a lil kid.

It was a dark and stormy ni.... just kidding.

My great Uncle was part of the D-day invasion of Normandy in WW2. As he was going through the French countryside he was picking up ummm "stuff" that was left laying about and shipping it home (Dad said his basement was full of backpacks flags helmets and all sorts of stuff).
He came along a french farmhouse and found a small .22 cal bolt action single shot rifle and decided that it needed to be sent home as well.
Long story short.... yea I know too late, my Dad and Uncle were given the rifle and they learned to shoot with it (in Baltimore no less). I learned how to shoot on it as a child as well. My Dad was down visiting his folks in GA and decided to surprise me and brought back the old .22 for me to have.
Yea a sweet guy I know.

Now here is the problem. There are NO markings on the rifle at all. I mean NONE!! zip zero nada blank gooseegg. The wood has been refinished as well and has no markings either. So all I have to go on is that my Dad thought that he remembers my Great Uncle saying it was orginally and English Rifle.


What I am hoping for is someone who can either say ... oh thats a .... or know of a site that has photos and info on some old bolt action rifles.
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Cool treasure, but BATFE nightmare. No serial # could pose a problem.
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I don't think no serial number will cause a problem. From what I rememebr when researching a particular .22 rifle, serial numbers were not required on rifles prior to 1968 and it's not a regulated firearm to begin with.

Fin has a nice little research project coming up. Rimfirecentral would also be a good place to ask the question and, especially, post the pics.

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Cool treasure, but BATFE nightmare. No serial # could pose a problem.
Many pre-68 Gun Control Act guns have no serial numbers. They are not a problem and neither is this rifle, especially since it's a family heirloom and has a known history.
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damn guys haven't even gotten through 3 crabs yet and I am washing my hands to reply.
Yea I am not too worried about the lack of serial numbers as one look and you can tell this is an OLD rifle.

Thanks Splinter I will have to check out that site and post there as well.
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You or your dad/uncle should write down as many details about the rifle and it's history as possibe. It should be kept with the gun. IMHO
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Once I get it all cleaned up and maybe re-refinish the stock and maybe get the barrel blued or parked or maybe just leave it as is, I will write up the story with a few more details such as dates and which unit and all if I can find them out. Make it a bit more of a story and frame the rifle... maybe.
Then again I remember having SO much fun shooting it as a kid I may want to just keep it and plink cans like in the good ol days when I was young and only worried about finding money to get a box of .22 at the store.


Sad fact is that my Dad was so young then that he doesn't know if there was much else to the story and his brother is no longer with us to ask him about it. I will have to ask PopPop and see what if anything he can remember about it.
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Wayyyyy cool rifle.

Now the choice becomes whether to refinish or leave it as is (stabilized of course).

I had a similar situation where I found a 45(?) year old family rifle in my dad's closet, also a .22. No one can rememebr exactly how old it is, but it pre-dated me and I am 40. My dad purchased it some time after highschool and that's as close as we can come. I chose to have Smores (a guy on this site) re-blue it fo me but did not refinish the stock. I figured there was family history in the handling marks on the stock, but the barrel and action were about as pitted as yours and I wanted them returned to something close to original (though his buling is better than factory given that it was a cheap rifle probably and he did an excellent job).

I shoot it fairly often and because the bore was near perfect, it shoots great out to 100yds....better than me at least . The danged mag won't feed with more than 4 bullets, but that's ok. I feel all of the failed squirel hunts every time I take it out of the case . Yours has an even better story.

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Nice old rifle don't worry about numbers it looks a lot like a old Remington in particular the shell lifter the stock is straight and most European rifles have the hump back I notice that it is a take down you may wish to lift the but plate as sometimes information may be there
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I just got done taking the metal piece off the butt but all it had was my Dad's name written on it in red pen.
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