This a standard rifle produced in 1939 in the scarce .38-55 chambering. The .38-55 was not a factory standard chambering; this was a special-order rifle. The .38-55 cartridge originated in the 1880's and is still produced today. Note that the barrel is stamped with 1935 manufacturing date, indicating it was probably a left-over from the production of the model 54's (the model 70's used the same barrel as the model 54's). The rifle is in very good to excellent condition and presents in the correct factory configuration with all original factory finishes at 95%+.
The stock is a deeply colored piece of American walnut which retains its factory finish in excellent condition with a few very slight blemishes. The original bluing is also excellent, grading at better than 95% with just a hint of edge wear and muzzle wear. The bottom metal is excellent as well. The factory steel buttplate is intact but with noted wear; additionally, there are blemishes on the bottom of the recoil lug. The bore of the 24" barrel is in near-perfect condition and a borescope inspection shows no evidence that this rifle was ever fired. The bolt is serial numbered matched to the receiver and the bolt face also shows no signs of use.
The receiver has been professionally repaired in the bridge, which had been drilled for mounting a scope (see photos). This very discreet repair appears to be the only modification to the rifle.
NOTE: This rifle must be shipped to an FFL or C&R holder who can complete the transfer. If needed, we are happy to assist you in locating an FFL holder near you who receive and transfer the rifle to you.