Currency:USD Category:Collectibles Start Price:1,500.00 USD Estimated At:5,000.00 - 10,000.00 USD
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Unique Sub-caliber Attachment 3.2” Springfield Armory Siege Gun, M97, .30-40 caliber, 29.5” round barrel, blue/case hardened finish; title of item is the name used for these units in the Chief of Ordnance Report that showed that 75 of them had been made. The action is standard Springfield U.S. Model 1898. It was made without a serial number in the normal place but on the bottom (#42); the number is repeated on the mounting pieces. “Springfield Armory” is also stamped on the rear of the 6.5” diameter breech plate. This plate fits over the rear of the breech of the 3.2” gun and the four interrupted threads on the face of the plate lock that locks it in place. The 1.75” diameter barrel cover extends to the 3.2” muzzle ring. A special barrel without sights was used for this gun. A hinged steel bracket with a shield for the trigger/sear mechanism is fastened to the rear of the breechplate. After the barreled action is inserted into the brass section, the bracket is raised, covering the trigger sides and trigger (also numbered to match). The only other reportedly known specimen of this device, the one shown in William Brophy’s Krag book, is a heavily restored gun that was rusted into a solid mass when it was dug up at Bannerman’s Island; overall very good to fine condition with a mellow patina on the brass and scattered mottled grey case colors remaining on the action; majority of blued finish remaining on the mounting bracket. Worthy of inclusion in any serious U.S. military enthusiast’s collection or museum! Est.: $5,000-$10,000.