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Rare Smith & Wesson Mark I Semi-Automatic Light Rifle -
The action operates from an open bolt, with the cocking hook on the right side above the patent markings, and right side mounted rotary safety. The left side of the action is marked with the two-line Smith & Wesson address. The pistol grip stock is made of a black plastic/composition material and is fitted with a serrated metal buttplate that is marked with the serial number. Includes a leather sling.
CONDITION: Excellent, retains 98% original blue finish, showing a few light handling marks overall. Stock is fine with an applied hard rubber coating, a mended split in the wrist and some light scratches. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 5,500 - 8,500
 Serial no. 113, 9 mm para cal., 9 3/4 inch fluted bbl., blue finish, synthetic
stock. Developed at the tail end of the 1930s and early 1940s, the Smith & Wesson Light Rifle
was a contender for military contracts with both the British and the Americans and squared
off against the M1 Carbine as a pistol substitute for officers and support personnel. While it had some novel features, such as
the dual-purpose magazine well/ejector port, it failed at trials. Large numbers of the Light Rifle were destroyed, both during
testing and afterwards, including a reported incident of the British cutting their Light Rifle samples up with a blowtorch and
tossing the resulting scrap into the English Channel. According to Smith & Wesson historian Roy Jinks, a number of crated, unfired Model 1940 Light Rifles were found by Smith & Wesson in 1974 and subsequently sold as collector’s items. The information on page 240 of “The History of Smith & Wesson” by Jinks lists 137 Mark I rifles and 80 Mark II rifles in this found grouping. Fixed blade front and adjustable notch rear sight. The wide magazine housing serves a dual purpose; the front section holds the magazine, and the rear portion is the ejection port, so the fired cartridges are ejected directly to the ground instead of into the air.
LOT 335
According to Smith & Wesson Historian Roy Jinks, only 137 Smith & Wesson Mark I Light Rifles still exist
   Excellent and Scarce Vietnam Era U.S. Contract Stevens Model 77E Slide
Action Riot Shotgun - Serial no. 22697, 12 gauge, 20 inch round bbl., parkerized finish, walnut
stock. Originally developed with an eye for arming the people of Southeast Asia against the communists,
the United States Army and Marine Corps both took an interest in the 77E as a replacement for their aging stocks of
World War I and World War II vintage trench and riot guns. The 77E became very popular as an “anti-ambush” gun in the
jungles, as it was capable of delivering immediate and vicious fire at close ranges. While one of the signature weapons of the Vietnam War, relatively few can be found on the American market today in any condition. Single nickel bead sight, a full choke and a 2 3/4 inch
chamber. The frame is marked “U.S.” on the right, with “P” on the upper right side and on the breech of the barrel, and South Carolina Highway Department marking “SCHD” added to the right of the frame at the stock junction. Fitted with a ribbed forearm and smooth pistol grip stock with vented rubber recoil pad. 12 1/2 inch length of pull.
CONDITION: Excellent, retains 98% original parkerized finish with a few light cycling marks on the magazine tube. The forearm is very fine with an applied coat of varnish with some spots of flaking, the buttstock is excellent some light handling marks and defined edges. Mechanically excellent.
Estimate: 5,500 - 8,500
trigger guard marked “3” on the side, “EW” push button safety, “W” magazine catch, “W” hammer, “W” operating rod and “W” blued flat top bolt. Low wood stock, “W.R.A./G.H.D.” and crossed cannons cartouches stamped on the right of the buttstock, and “W” two-rivet handguard. Includes oiler and olive drab green canvas sling. Absent magazine.
CONDITION: Excellent, retains 98% original parkerized finish with a few light scratches on the barrel, very light loss in the operating rod track and crisp markings in the metal overall. 97% original blue finish remains on the bolt. Stock is also excellent with attractive original raised grain and rich oil finish, some light handling marks, defined edges, and crisp stampings. Mechanically excellent.
Estimate: 5,000 - 7,500
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Excellent World War II U.S. Winchester M1 Semi-Automatic Carbine - Serial no.
5653130, 30 Carbine cal., 18 inch round bbl., parkerized/blue finish, walnut stock. Manufactured in 1944. Blade front and “S” marked two position flip-up rear sight, undated Winchester “W” barrel, Type II barrel band, milled

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