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Remington Model 81 Semi Auto Rifle 30 Rem 1937

The model 81 was introduced in 1936 as a refinement of the model 8 which was John Browning’s first successful autoloading rifle and was pictured in those great ads from the 30’s & 40’s where our hero was looking into the eyes of a huge beastly threat while reaching for his trusty model 81. John Browning sold his 1900 patent to Remington who produced over 80,000 model 8’s and over 55,000 model 81’s which attests to the level of trust hunters placed in them. This example is in 30 Remington, was made in 1937 (barrel code OF) and features a 22” barrel, 5 shot magazine, last shot hold-open, lever safety, Lyman #3 front bead and Redfield 102 aperture receiver sight (barrel sight replaced by blank) and checkered walnut stocks with Schnabel forend and White Line ventilated recoil pad (LOP is 13-1/2” with pad). It retains about 80% blue with edge and carry point thinning to gray patina with some small scratches and dings scattered about while the bore is smooth and shiny with strong, sharp rifling and just a very slight hint of very thinly scattered frosting (most people wouldn’t notice it). The stocks are completely sound with thinly scattered handling marks and a thick, user applied finish that looks like it got hot at some point and softened to the point of crazing somewhat and picking up the imprint of some fabric. A nice example of John Browning’s first successful autoloader that entered an age of romantic high adventure and conquered the beast. If you have questions please email us at This will be listed for Gun Broker the evening of September 24th. Please go to the top of auction on the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 09-18-18A--18-48-06