I snagged a Savage Arms Model 69R-H today and I'm having some trouble finding any solid information about the gun. I haven't fired it yet, but from what I can tell it is mechanically sound. There are some scratches on the stock and fore end, but nothing that can't be fixed with some sand paper and stain.
What little bit of information I have found about the gun is that it is similar to the Savage Model 67, which was used as a trench gun in Vietnam. I've also read that the 69R model was more frequently used by police departments. There is no serial number on the gun, just the manufacturer's information. From what I've read, that means it was manufactured before 1969.
I admit I was going to try and modernize it (aka - make it tacticool), and make it my primary HD gun, but I would rather restore it to resemble it's trench gun heritage (if my research is correct). I was hoping to find a manual about the gun, or really anything that would help me identify how old the gun is, and what exactly I can do as far as restoring it. I should note that this will be my first restoration project, unless you count when I had to help my dad refinish and re-blu our hunting rifles after they got fire damaged.
Any information would be greatly appreciated, and hopefully I can post the restoration process once I feel comfortable getting started. I've attached a couple of pictures also.