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Winchester Mod 52 target rifle, cal. 22

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by gp42305, May 4, 2014.

  1. gp42305

    gp42305 New Member

    May 4, 2014
    I have a Winchester mod 52. the serial number indicates it was made in 1935. I am trying to determine what series it is, B, C, or D. it has the original folding ladder style rear sight and a hooded post front sight. the stock is the beavertail style with no finger groove, the barrel has a slight taper but still heavy and scope mount blocks are attached. I don't believe this to be a sporter, as I would not want to lug it afield. the stock is in good shape and all metal retains 90% blueing. sling swivels and original leather sling are in good shape.
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Senior Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    A 1935 Model 52 is probably a 52A. Blue Book says the 52B came out in 1940
    Does it have a prominent checkered cocking knob sort of like a 1903 Springfield?
    If so, it is a basic M52. If it has a streamlined bolt shroud with only a large screw head, it is a 52A "Speedlock."
  3. natman

    natman Senior Member

    Feb 11, 2007
    It sounds like an "A", but pictures would help. If you want a detailed rundown, post pictures on the Winchester 52 forum on www.rimfirecentral.com.

    Those guys will look at your serial number and tell you what the shift foreman had for lunch on the day your rifle was made. Be aware that if there is anything altered, broken or unoriginal on your gun, it will be pointed out in great detail. ;)

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