|I came across this sporterized S-R at a local shop many years ago.
like it was made just for me, what with the left-hand stock and all.
marked at $185 at the time, and I had better things to spend the money
Fast forward a few years later. The rifle was still sitting at
the shop. I
finally decided the time was right and went up there, cash in hand,
the rifle home. I noticed something was amiss when I walked in
the shop -
the display cases were smashed and several handguns and a few rifles
missing, including the S-R! Seems the night before some miscreants
truck to pull the front door off the shop and then looted the place.
Fortunately a passing driver saw this and alerted police. During
down I-55 the thieves started tossing guns out the window, including
S-R. Fortunately, the rifle sustained minimal damage, mostly
to the wood.
My dealer had an excellent gunsmith repair the stock so it appears
new except for a couple of deep scratches. Mechanically, everything
fine except that the follower in the magazine was lost.
After getting the rifle back from the gunsmith, my dealer put it back
the rack with an unmarked pricetag. Seems he was trying to find
for it before putting a price on it. He did offer to sell it
to me at cost,
but the lack of a follower discouraged me from purchasing it at the
A couple of years go by. In June of 1999 my dealer friend announced
quitting the business, getting married and moving to Colorado.
He sold me a
few guns and accessories at reduced cost. Knowing that I've always
wanting the S-R, he offered it to me for $75. I couldn't pass
it up, even
though it was missing the follower. He told me this was the only
he actually lost money on.