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Remington Model 720.

Q: Wayne van Zwoll's "Remington: First Then, First Now" feature in the November 2010 issue mentions the shortlived Model 720. In 1974 the U.S. Navy awarded me an unfired Model 720 in .30-06 for winning the Pacific Fleet Pistol Match. I understand that these were rifles bought up by the USN at the beginning of WWII and never issued by the Navy or Marine Corps, with none released to the public. I was told that the collector value was very good. My Model 720 has a 20-inch barrel, open sights and the serial number 422XX. The only marks it has other than proofmarks is some sort of ordnance insignia of crossed cannons in a circle on the left side of the stock on the butt. Next to the crossed cannons are three capital letters, "FJA." I have Instructions for Operations and Care dated 1941 and the inspection tag from NAD Crane, Indiana. This rifle is in mint condition. I would appreciate any additional information.

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--T.K., via e-mail

A: The Remington Model 720 bolt-action repeater was manufactured from 1941 to 1944. Calibers were .257 Roberts, .270 Winchester and .30-06. In 1942 the U.S. Navy bought a bunch of them, and they were eventually given out as trophies. Value on your piece, according to the Thirty-First Edition Blue Book of Gun Values (www.bluebookinc.com), in 100 percent condition is $2,400. The letters "FJA" are the initials of the inspector, Lt. Col. Frank J. Atwood. Nice rifle!

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Title Annotation:IDENTIFICATION & VALUES
Author:James, Garry
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 29, 2011
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