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The ugliest Anschutz 54 in america is still an Anschutz. 56 year old worn out Israeli training tool, what an amazing testament to good workmanship.

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Old 11-29-2019, 07:16 PM
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Undeniable built quality.

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What distance?
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Old 11-30-2019, 08:07 AM
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That 1963 rifle still shoots.

While not seen often, that stock configuration, if original to the lighter barrel Match 54's such as the one shown above, seems to have been used on heavy barrel models as well, although perhaps not as late as 1963.
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Very interesting!

This is the first photo I've seen of a 54 like mine .... I was beginning to think it was one of a kind as I was never been able to locate any information on it, mine also has the heavy barrel. What were the years of manufacture of these? Would really like to hear more info on it!

I got it to shoot in our club BR50 matches, I had a good stock of Center X at the time and was determined to use it up regardless of how it shot. The results were okay .... but have much improved when the switch to Eley Match was made. It can be a little finicky with the ejection, I have to keep it really clean and it seems to be fine 'most of the time'. As long as it keeps going I'll be very happy with it.

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Old 11-30-2019, 09:34 AM
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This one is a conglomeration of parts from a literal pile! They were stacked on a pallet! Maybe 50 left when I got there I bought one nice one for a great price, and this one for half of that! If I had half a brain I would have barrowed money and bought 20, I did try unsuccessfully to get the club to buy some.

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You do realize, that the barrel does not seem to be pinned anymore and that the barrel apparently moved forward and out of the receiver?


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Pretty awesome piece there, your a blessed man



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Old 11-30-2019, 11:43 AM
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You do realize, that the barrel does not seem to be pinned anymore and that the barrel apparantly moved forward and out of the receiver?
Has a non matching bolt; cut off the collar, set the headspace and glued it in. Was going to have it rebarreled. Would have done it too, but can't deal with one year turn around time.

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That 1963 rifle still shoots.

While not seen often, that stock configuration, if original to the lighter barrel Match 54's such as the one shown above, seems to have been used on heavy barrel models as well, although perhaps not as late as 1963.
PG,

I'd say the stock is not inappropriate for a light barrel. It's the lighter option that became the 1407, and the the 1408/1407 ISU Standard Rifles. The regular Match 54 heavy that became the 1411 had a broader and more rounded fore-end.
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The stock is really worn, oil soaked had letters and words in a different language stamped, painted and decals on it.the checkering was very worn,and sand and rock was embedded in the wood. I wish that I had taken a picture of it. The stock is definitely for a heavier barrel, and definitely from a few years prior to 1963.

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A heavy barrel wouldn't be normal for that stock, but if it was made before '63 the original barrel would have been tapered.
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PG,

I'd say the stock is not inappropriate for a light barrel. It's the lighter option that became the 1407, and the the 1408/1407 ISU Standard Rifles. The regular Match 54 heavy that became the 1411 had a broader and more rounded fore-end.
That stock is very similar to others that have the heavier barrel. It may have been available prior to what became more recognizable as a 1411.

Here are two heavy barreled Anschutz 54 recently for sale in Canada. Both have dovetails on the rear of the receiver only and have two vertical barrel retention pins. According to information in the stickies in this forum, the switch from a single horizontal barrel retention pin to two vertical ones was made around 1961-62. Neither barrels have grooves on the top. Serial numbers are not known.




I've not seen them first hand and there's no way of knowing for certain if there has been some mixing of stocks and barreled actions.

Here is a similarly stocked heavy barreled rifle. It's an older rifle with a serial number of 031xx. Although not visible in the picture below, other pictures show it has dovetails on the rear half of the receiver only, one horizontal barrel retention pin (not visible), and grooves on the top of what appears to be a tapered barrel.



The ad below, purportedly from 1958, shows an Anschutz Model 54 Match Rifle. The next ad, allegedly from 1962, shows a very similarly stocked rifle now bearing the model 1411 name. Neither of the stocks in the ads show any checkering on the forearm.




If those ad dates are correct, and unfortunately that can't be confirmed, then either the stocks shown in the pictures predates the barreled actions in which they sit or they are mismatched for those actions. Another possibility is that Anschutz had more than one non-thumbhole style stock available for 54 action match rifles at the same time.

For a contemporaneous comparison, in 1964 the 1411 looked like this



A 1408 from the same year has a slightly longer and slimmer barrel than that found on what later became the 1407.

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A heavy barrel wouldn't be normal for that stock, but if it was made before '63 the original barrel would have been tapered.
Perhaps not all heavy barreled rifles before 1963 were tapered. I had a 1962 barreled action with a heavy barrel that was not tapered. Here it is in a 1973ish stock.

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