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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:55 pm 
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I found this US Property marked Stevens 416 .22 today at a local pawn shop. I guess it is a refurb as it is gray parked. To be honest it was right fugley and covered in sawdust of all things. The rust had got to the gray park so it a odd brown/gray now. The good news is the bore is fine as is the well marked stock. It has the Stevens Tombstone F&R sights along with scope bases and after cleaning it functions well.

It's not much of a looker metal-wise but it should be a good shooter. I gave $95.00 for it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:21 pm 
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That's a nice one.
I need to add some US trainers to my collection.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 5:19 pm 
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Nice find! I think the old .22's floating around make a good score when you find one. You did well.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:05 pm 
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Very cool!

I'll give you $100 for it! :mrgreen:

It's funny how much like the old Mossbergs that stock looks. Hope she shoots like the sights make it look like it should. :thumb:

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:59 pm 
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I've found out that the weapon was procured during WW-2 and inspected at Augusta Arsenal AAD (D was a unknown inspector) then later sent to Rock Island Arsenal for a post war refurb (where it likely got it's gray park) and it was inspected/stamped by Elmer Bejrke [RIA/EB] sometime between '46-'58.

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that's a nice one. I've been wanting another for decades. I had one as a kid, it was my second gun, first rifle. It was stolen not long after I got it. I still have the bolt tho. It's a long story... Was hoping Numich had barreled recivers. then i'd build one.


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I wonder if the CMP will ever have these, or has had them in the past.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:30 pm 
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Wow, Roland!
The 416 is hard enough to find at any price, & you find one for less than $100.
You & sandlapper seem to find all the great buys on the eastern coast.

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Wow, Roland!
The 416 is hard enough to find at any price, & you find one for less than $100.
You & sandlapper seem to find all the great buys on the eastern coast.



There is one on GunPorker now for $275.00 BIN but I think it's a civilian model. Of course it has the usual fuzzy GunPorker pics. I think they must require fuzzy or out of focus picks to list guns there. :wink:

Had you seen my rifle before I got it you would understand why it sold so cheap. You could not even see the US Property mark or the stock marking other than the P. The P and the flaming bomb/serial was about all you could make out to tell it was a US military trainer. Lucky for me the stock was in great shape after I cleaned it with Old English and put a coat of Tom's on it.

Evidently it must have sit near a table saw or some such as it was slam full of fine saw-dust powder that had got mixed in with oil. It looked as if someone had had just took a oily rag and wiped it off enough to make out the serial and maker. There was lots of rust I had to get shed of too. Cleaning the rear sight was a bear because I had to take it completely apart to get it clean.

I read of a couple of folks who went through basic around the Great Lakes for the US Navy in the 50s and they claim to remember the gray parked trainers. Others recall them from high school shooting team days. I've not read of the CMP selling any of them in recent times. The military only procured a bit better than 10K of them.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:02 pm 
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Only ~10,000 in military use? Oh well that's too bad, I doubt I'd find one then.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:27 pm 
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I got to wring the 416 out at my range this morning and it did not disappoint. First off I had to make a tapered post insert for it as I just could not see a target clearly even at 25 yards through the post/circle insert that came with it. The one I made worked great and is just as robust as the orgional..

Once I got it dialed in at 25 yards it would shoot one hole groups with no problem. I figured I'd try it at 50 (limit of my old eyes on a 1" target square) and after a bit of adjustment I shot this 6-round group. At 75 yards I had no problem hitting a 3" spinner.

I was using some 80s vintage Win. Super X RN I have a pile of. Goodness knows what the weapon would do with a scope or with someone with fewer cups of coffee in them. :lol:

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:42 pm 
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That's mighty fine shooting! Who needs a scope it you can do that! I'd say you did real well on that rifle.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:11 am 
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I picked up the Ranger" version of this--drilled and tapped for a huge scope and missing the rear sight. Can anyone tell me what the original rear sight was? Thanks


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What an excellent find.The patina on the metal is beautiful.That fact that it shoots like it does is some sweet icing on the cake.Easily worth three times what you paid .I love those pawn shop sleepers hiding under dust,rust and a bore full of lead. We know what is likely hiding under all the crud.

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