Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by joed, Sep 10, 2016.
Thanks! Yes, it is -- a Model 12. I was very lucky to find it. Actually, it sort of found me.
"There are .22's......then there's the 52's"
1936 Winchester 52 Speed Lock
1948 Winchester 52B Sporter
Al Freeland equipped 52
My oldest .22 is also a gun that my Dad bought, this one after he got of the Navy in the very early '50s. Come to think of it, I don't know if he bought it new, or slightly used, but it's a 1950 model Remington 121. I shot it quite a bit growing up but it as did my brothers. It's in amazing cosmetic condition but has something broken about the lifting mechanism (assume one of my younger brothers messed it up or otherwise it just broke somehow). I just brought it home with me a couple years ago and keep intending to look into fixing it, but never have. A old gun, though!
Beautiful 52s, Rembrandt! I really love that Sporter in the 2nd photo.
I hunt with it all the time, I even carry it on my trap line sometimes, because you never know what you might see and the rim fire is very handy to keep noise down,
Lot's of nice rim fires in this thread!
That is the most interesting Drilling I have ever seen. It looks like the top two barrels were originally shotgun barrels and one was adapted to shoot 22 Rimfire.
Am I correct?
What make is it?
Here is my "current" favorite older gal,,,
Here is my ES340B Mauser, single-shot .22 LR.
I was told on another forum that she dates to the late 1930's,,,
All I know is she is as inherently accurate as any other rifle I own.
When you pick her up you really want to don a pith helmet and go on safari.
I have a 1890 22 short that I got from my step-grandfather it had a broken stock so made the butt stock in shop class back in high school although I didn't know enough to get a crescent butt plate.
I also have my first a 10/22 my dad bought me from David's when I was 11 or 12 still have the box with the $59.95 price tag. It now has a heavy barrel and a 6-18X scope and sits in a purple laminate Boyd's stock.
Since then I've added quite a few classic 22s some old some not so old.
I have a Marlin 39A dated to 1951, a Mossberg 44USd and the newer ones I have a Japanese Browning 22 auto, a Henry 22 Mag and a new Stevens Favorite.
I do commercial trapping and prefer the Rem pumps and the Browning SA-22s. BTW my favorite ammo is CCI mini-mag HP.
That one came from an ex-wifes father. After he died I found it in the basement in pieces. He had sanded the stock so I finished it off with a lot of coats of Polyurethane.
I guess the question is how old does the gun have to be to be "old". If a 35 year threshold is good enough, then my current .22 is an Armi Jager, AP-74 (an Italian Rimfire made to look like an AR).
Accuracy is on par with any other decent made 22 rimfire...
They are supposed to visit us in a few weeks and I am going to try my best get him to bring it down here and get him to sell it to me.
I don't know if it is a BDL or ADL, but I have always wanted one, and I am going to make him a deal he cannot refuse. An ADL would be fine refurbished a bit.
Shoots S, L & LR. I have no idea when it was manufactured. It also is a tack driver.
I don't see why not. These are all guns we shot in our younger days.
It's really nice to see what sort of family history is associated with these old-school .22s. Thanks for sharing the pics.
I know I have enough to put one in front of each of my nine grandkids on our trips to Whittington.
I have a couple that are special to me, in fact they are the first two guns I ever fired. One is a Stevens Springfield single shot given to my dad by my granddad on dad's 12th birthday, in 1939. Granddad bought it used. One winter night in 1951, mom and dad lived in a trailer and dad decided to refinish the stock on his rifle. He sanded it down and inlaid his and my mom's initials on the sides by the receiver. He inlaid a pair of dice into each side of the stock also. I got it after dad passed in 2008, I replaced the "repaired" firing pin and it's still a fine shooter!
The other one is equally special to me. In the 1920s, my great grandpa must have had a good year in the cattle business because he ordered seven brand new Winchester 1890s (shorts only) from Sears, reportedly for $3.95 each, for his seven sons. I have the only one still working. It's a little rickety, but I still take it out once in a while for old times sake.
I could post pictures, but there's really nothing special about either of these rifles, other than the "custom" work my dad performed on the single shot 65 years ago.
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