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    1917 Unicorn

    After more than a decade, searching gun shows, and on line auctions, I finally completed my quest. I shoot in Mil-Spec matches, and one of the pieces I wanted to compete with has eluded me for ever!
    Couple of weeks ago, I got a lead that panned out. Hiding in an old guy's closet was an all original, not refurbed for WWII, Remington built Mod 1917 rifle. Serial # lookup says 9-18, barrel is original, 5 groove, with a 9-18 date. Throat measures a 2, head space at .002, crown perfect, muzzle at 1.5...bore like a mirror. There are a few out there, but none I could afford. This one came at just the right time for me to snap it up. Took it to the range on Tuesday, and @ 75 yards, kept all 10 shots I fired on the paper....Could be this is the first time it's been fired in decades...Especially happy with this one:

    Here's a few pictures after I got it home. Appears to have a WWII Garand web sling.....There are exactly 2 inspection marks on it, both on the stock. one is a number, the other an eagle, just behind the trigger guard. I'm going to bet that the last time daylight shone on the underside of the receiver, was in Illion N.Y.






















    Going to shoot it in the Spring match, next year. I have a Swede and a K98K for the Fall match all set up...
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    Very nice!!!!! Congrats.
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    Wow! Just . . . wow! Unicorns do exist, don't they? What a find. I can't imagine the decades of years it's been sitting patiently in some closet, waiting to be let outside to play again. Please let us know how it does in competition. And, thank you for sharing. If the rest of us don't find unicorns like this, it's nice that someone shows us that he did.
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    I had to go learn about the M1917... Congrats on the acquisition of a bit of history.

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    I have a 1916 German built K 98. Was obviously used in battle as there seems to be notches carved on the stock.
    Also have the bayonet for it.
    Never have fired it but with the Mauser action smooth as silk I bet it would be just fine.
    Uncle brought it back from WW 1.
    Keep it clean and well preserved. Never to be "restored"!
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    My Grandfather carried one in France in WWI....His was probably an Eddystone.

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    That is awesome, shoot it in good health!

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    I have a K98K...the original K98s are pretty rare, these days.
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