Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:24 PM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:46 PM
Here is a thread that may shed some light on "your" 416.
Edited by graycrait, 07 February 2013 - 06:47 PM.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:04 PM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:21 PM
Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:50 AM
My brother paid $400 for a 416 with that scope mount and sight set up recently.It lacks the DOD markings.The rear sight was worn to the point of being sloppy.He bought bases from Brownell's that fit the existing screw holes and accommodate Weaver style rings.He mounted a vintage Weaver K10 w/AO.A very accurate combo.It's the rifle he used to shoot cleanly through the hole in the Lifesaver candy I posted of a little while back.He is very well pleased with the rifles' performance.
What would a government marked one be worth?
Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:08 AM
later became Savage-Stevens-Springfield adding to the confusion.
First of all, this is a very good rifle. The Stevens 416 was purchased in the 1940's as a Military training rifle as illustrated in Army Technical Manual TM 9-280. Of course, those with a military heritage
command a higher price since they are marked "US PROPERTY". It is good that the rifle pictured has the correct rear micrometer sight. These are extremely hard to find by themselves. What front sight does the rifle have? Is it the "tombstone" front sight? If so, inserts for these are also difficult to find, but still proper.
If you have 2 sets of holes in the barrel approx. 7 inches apart, these would be for the mounting blocks for a Unertl, Lyman, Fecker, etc. scope. The Army did not use scopes for general training, excepting for snipers. The holes drilled into the receiver may have been gunsmithed later depending on when the rifle was manufactured. (short, receiver mounted scopes did not begin to come into vogue until the late 1950's. "Long" scopes were the norm.
The stock may be a replacement by someone who wanted to create an ersatz military 416. I've never encountered one marked DoD as in WWII we still had the Department of War.
If the price is right, then buy it. You'll thoroughly enjoy shooting it.
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:56 PM
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