This is a hard to find National Match rifle made in 1950. The National Match rifle is one of the rarest model 70 configurations ever made. Just 1,971 National Match rifles were produced, second in rarity only to the Super Grade Featherweight.
The National Match was born out of Winchester's desire to create a lightweight target rifle. The NM rifle is built on a target rifle action (stripper clip slot and the "T" stamped target trigger), mated to a special 24" sporter-profile barrel, and all of it tucked into a tailored target stock. The barrel differs from a standard sporter in that it is drilled for the target rifle scope block, and has a unique low-profile sight ramp which is not slotted for a sight hood. The stock differs from a standard target stock in that it is uniquely inletted for the sporter barrel profile.
This particular rifle retains its factory finishes on both the stock metal and grades in NRA very good to excellent condition. The metal finishes are excellent throughout, with bluing grading at better than 97% and no noteworthy blemishes. The barrel has a dark factory blued finish with virtually no blemishes or wear. The bottom metal shows light thinning of the bluing, but no metal damage and n noteworthy finish blemishes. The receiver has bridge mounts for scope bases and a deep factory satin finish with only a hint of edge wear. The action and bore are in excellent condition and grade as mechanically excellent. The rifle includes the "T" stamped target trigger, rear sight slot blank, and special front globe sight mounting block - all correct for the National Match rifle. The bolt is correct to the action, with serial number present and matched to the receiver. The stock is an exceptional piece of American walnut with an outstanding figure on the buttstock. It has has handling marks throughout, but no chips or cracks. The factory buttplate remains, and the angle of the butt has been matched to the model 70 field rifles, rather than the target rifle. All original swivel hardware is present, including the adjustable bakelite forward hand-rest.
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