SAVAGE Model 23AA BOLT ACTION .22 Caliber Rimfire “SMALL GAME” Rifle C&R
Pre-World War II Era .22 Caliber Repeating Rifle
Here we present a C&R Savage Sporter Model 23AA Bolt Action Rifle, made in Utica, New York circa 1937 with a production run between 1933 and 1942. The rifle was an improved version of the Savage Model 23A, with a speed-lock and a checkered stock.
The founder of Savage Arms, Arthur W. Savage was a restless and very productive sort who did a little bit of everything during his lifetime. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica to British parents in 1857. He went to school in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States and then in the UK. From there he moved about until he found himself in Australia looking for precious stones, exploring, homesteading and running cattle. He married and started his family (8 children) there before moving to Jamaica to try his hand at agriculture. Some sources say that he grew coffee and some bananas; likely, it was both. Moving on from there, he managed the Utica Belt Line Railroad in New York. In the meantime, he was tinkering with firearms design. By 1894, he seemed to have found his niche and founded his namesake company. Going up against the likes of Winchester, Savage began his firearms line with a lever action rifle, the Model 1895. His Model 1899 is perhaps his most endearing. The cartridges and detachable rotary magazine he developed are two of his most lasting impacts in the firearms industry today. True to character he sold out of the company in about 1905 and moved to California, where he founded the highly successful Savage Tire Company and continued to dabble in firearms.
Savage targeted advertising for “Those sportsmen who desire to use the .22 caliber cartridges for shooting squirrels, woodchucks, rabbits, coons, muskrats and other small game valued for fur, or to be exterminated as Pests, will find the Model 23-AA Sporter an ideal small game rifle.” The speed of the lock is less than 2/1000 of a second. This speed eliminates shift in aim between release of trigger and ignition.
The overall condition is good. Robust action. Bright, nicely rifled bore. Solid stock, contains average wear with light handling. Sharp markings. Magazine and front sight are absent. This example features scope mounts (scope not included).
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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