Kalispell, Montana –June 2 2022 – Crafted in 1954 by legendary gunmaker Fred Wells for Jack O’Connor and backed with rock-solid provenance, the auction of this important rifle provides an opportunity to own a historic firearm while supporting the Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center.
Based on a recontoured 1946 Mexican Mauser action with a 21-inch barrel, period custom features include a Womack bolt handle, Dayton Traister Mark II trigger and a lightened or “Swiss cheese” magazine box and bottom metal.
The stock wears the contour of a sleek mountain rifle well ahead of its time. Appointments include an ebony forend tip, borderless wrap-around checkering with diamond accents and a scalloped cheek rest with shadow line.
The barrel is engraved “Built for Jack O’Connor by Fred F. Wells”. The floor plate is appropriately engraved what the bust of a mountain sheep bust surrounded by border and scroll.
Provenance includes a three-page research letter from O’Connor historian Eldon “Buck” Buckner. Other inclusions are three O’Connor books and a hand-signed letter from 1976 where O’Connor replied to a reader’s question as to the existence of “Big Foot”.
A significant portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage & Education Center in Lewiston, Idaho. Curated by Sportsman’s Legacy and hosted by GunBroker.com, the auction concludes Sunday, June 19, at 7:00 PM Eastern.
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