I just bought a (are you ready for this?) a Springfield/Savage Model 87S semiauto this afternoon. It had to have been made in the early 50's or so because it has the dovetail on top of the receiver for scope mount. Also, it has only two (2) gill slits on the left side of the receiver opposite the ejection port. It does have a serial number (8179xxx), which may make it even newer because some firearms weren't even given serial numbers until the GCA of '68.
It has a really funky cheap hardwood stock, but the barrel is very heavy. Fairly long creep on the trigger, but pretty smooth when it does trip. Haven't had a chance to shoot it of course, but looking forward to it. Didn't put much money into it; just something to fix up a little bit for my grand kid's next birthday (7).
I must correct myself
. Upon further inspection, I purchased a Spingfield (Savage) 187. The "1" is struck much lighter than the "87" and I didn't even notice it earlier. but things were not adding up on the information I was gleaning on the model, so I just went back to the gun room and checked it out further. Everything else above stands.
Edited by Tigerbeetle, 24 July 2008 - 06:22 PM.