Lot 315: Mannlicher Schoenauer Sequoia model 1924 rifle belonging to Harry Sefried

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November 19, 2011
Manchester, NH, US

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Description: serial #155 (Sequoia #40), 30-06, 23 1/2" barrel with a bright about excellent bore.The barreled action retains about 90% original blue, the loss due primarily to even fading and high edge wear.The bottom metal shows perhaps a bit more wear, retaining about 85% original blue with some minor scratches on the long tang triggerguard.The bolt catch and cartridge stop exhibit fading straw color with the receiver race still brilliant.The classic style European walnut halfstock rates very good overall with very minor dings and light handling marks from the years of use afield.The stock features a bone pistolgrip cap, European swivels and a steel trapdoor buttplate.This rifle was owned by the late Harry H. Sefried II and was actually given to him by William Ruger sometime in 1959 or 60.For those unfamiliar with Sefried, he was a firearms engineer and designer of particular note and was chief engineer at Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. from 1959 until his retirement in 1979.He had also worked at Winchester with David Marshall Williams, better known as "Marsh'' or "Carbine Williams'' and was a self-employed firearms consultant, testifying as an expert witness in many high-profile trials.The enclosed notarized letter from Herb Houze testifies to the gift from Ruger to Sefried and mentions the rifle by serial number but misquotes the Sequoia serial number as 42.The model 1924 was actually a special import brought in by "Sequoia Importing Company" of San Francisco California.They ordered about 1000 rifles in 30-06, evidently with the disappointing sales results.This example features a standard front sight, three folding-leaf rear express sight, single trigger and Griffin & Howe dual-lever quick release scope mount and rings which mount a nice Lyman Alaskan telescopic sight with post and crosshair reticle and very good optics.The original cleaning rod is in place beneath the trapdoor buttplate.A very nice and very rare Mannlicher Schoenauer rifle in its own right, all the more desirable by its connection to these two famous gun men.(34695-34) {C&R}
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