May 28 & 29, 2020 Extraordinary, Sporting, & Collector Firearms
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The easily recognizable Browning Model 1917 and 1917A1 saw widespread service in combat during two of history's biggest conflicts, World War I and II. While the Model 1917 saw little combat usage due to its late arrival at the end of World World I, the updated Model 1917A1 saw much multi-role usage with infantry, armored fighting vehicles, combat aircraft, and naval vessels with the Allies during World War II, and continued to be used up into the Korean War. Phased out of US military usage in the 1960's due to the adoption of the substantially lighter M60 light machine gun, the Model 1917A1 remained in use by Third World countries well within the late 20th century. This example of the 1917A1's receiver was manufactured by DLO and reads "NO 309546 U.S. INSP. (Rock Island Arsenal ordnance stamp) F.K./ BROWNING MACHINE GUN/ U.S. CAL .30 M1917A1/ MANF'D BY ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL/ PATENT 1,621,476/ DOUGLAS L. OEFINGER STAMFORD CT U.S.A". Inspection stamp "F.K." indicating inspection by Assistant Foreman Frank Krack who worked for Rock Island Arsenal between 1941 and 1946. Early World War I 1917 rear sight with multiple aperture sight disk is present. The receiver and jacket have been professionally restored in a green parkerized finish. Rear sight appears to have been reblued during its period of use. This 1917A1 is complete with an absolutely outstanding assortment of accessories that include a carrying case, restored 1917A1 tripod and cradle, two replacement barrels, extra barrel extension, U.S. GI ordnance tool box, one Argentine belt loader, one contemporary belt loader, four ammo cans, 16 cloth ammo belts, field manual, a 27" x 38" reproduction print of Norman Rockwell's "Lets Give Him Enough and on Time" World War II poster, three books "Browning Machine Gun Shop Manual" and "Hard Rain" by Frank Iannamico as well as "The Browning Machine Gun, Volume II" by Dolf L. Goldsmith, and a plethora of other parts and accessories to accompany this specimen. CONDITION: Metal components retain 90%+ of their reapplied parkerized finish, showing minimal wear and handling to the finish. Brass components retain a pleasing brown patina. Bore is bright and clean, showing strong rifling throughout. Tripod and cradle retain most of their reapplied paint, showing small concentrated areas of wear to the paint. Overall, this a fine example of the Model 1917A1 machine gun that's variants served the U.S. military through both World Wars and that, with all the additional parts, components, and accessories, is sure to keep one firing at the range! THIS IS A NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT ITEM AND REQUIRES BATF APPROVAL PRIOR TO TRANSFER. THIS ITEM IS FULLY TRANSFERABLE ON AN ATF FORM 3 OR 4. MLW
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Value
Accessories
Large assortment of accessories
Barrel Length
24"
Caliber/Bore
.30-06 Springfield
FFL Status
NFA
Manufacturer
DLO
Model
1917A1
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Sear Serial Number
Serial Number
309546
Bidding
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $6,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $19,200.00
Estimate: $12,500 - $17,500
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Friday, May 29, 2020.
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