I'm not sure if this is the place to post this so moderators feel free to move if you have a more appropriate category in mind.
I recently picked up a Santa Fe Model 1946 Mauser from Golden State Arms. After searching through the internet for the last month I cannot find much info on any of this company other than they sporterized military arms mostly Enfields, Mausers, and a few 1903's back in the 50's and 60's then cased to exist.
My object here is to try and obtain a little bit of a database and get as much info as possible on the rifles that this company put out. For example...
-Model Name and Date (if available)
-Action type (Santa Barbra (no notch) or military k98)
-Number of Barrel Grooves
-Serial # if you want (not a big deal for now)
I know they were chambered into .30-06, .308 Win, .257 Roberts, .22-250 and a few others I'll add later.
The Blue Book of firearms lists the following data about Golden State Arms:
"Previous importer located in Pasadena, CA. Golden State Arms imported and subcontracted various firearms constructed by European and Japanese manufacturers - achieving private label status on some guns. Most firearms previously imported by Golden State Arms (including private labels) are not that collectible. In many cases, the shooting value will determine the price of a specimen. In some models or configurations which are currently desirable, however, premiums may exist."
Golden State Arms Corp. went out of buisness sometime in 1966 or 1967.
Here is Mine:
- Santa Fe Model 1946 (newer addition of stock and trigger)
- Mauser k98
- Cal. unknow (getting checked as we speak)
- 2 Groove Barrel!
- SN: 161XX
There is also a book called "World's guns and other weapons" by Golden State Arms Corporation, Pasadena.
Published in 1958, Peterson Pub. Co. (Los Angeles) if anyone has this book I would like to know if there is any usefull information in there about their guns!
I will be posting more information as I get it.
Any additions or info would be greatly appreciated!