c1947 mfr WINCHESTER Model 52B Bolt Action .22 LR TARGET Rifle PREMIER SMALLBORE C&R
“The 50 Best Guns Ever Made” – FIELD & STREAM
Here we present a C&R Winchester Arms Company Model 52B Bolt Action Target Rifle manufactured in 1947 in New Haven, Connecticut, with a production run between 1920 and 1980. The Winchester Model 52 was a bolt-action .22 caliber target rifle introduced by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in 1920. For many years it was the premier smallbore match rifle in the United States, if not the world. Known as the “King of the .22s,” the Model 52 Sporter was ranked by Field & Stream as one of “the 50 best guns ever made” and described by Winchester historian Herbert Houze as “perfection in design”. However, by the 1970s the World War I-era design was showing its age and had given way in top-level competition to newer match rifles from Walther and Anschütz. The costly-to-produce Model 52, which had long been a “loss leader” prestige product by that time, was finally discontinued when US Repeating Arms took over the manufacture of Winchester rifles from Olin Corporation in 1980.
The Model 52B, as is this rifle, was introduced in 1937 with the removal of the original left mounted wing safety with a more convenient sliding-plate safety on the right side of the receiver. The 52B design also raised the left receiver wall abreast the magazine higher than the right, whereas on earlier versions both sides were flush with the loading platform. It also modified the Speed Lock mechanism, including the addition of an adjustable trigger-return spring and a sprung sear-disengagement plunger.
The overall condition is very good. The action is excellent and the bore is fine: bright with great rifling. The stock is smooth and solid. Comes with the sight blocks and front sight only.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 28 inches.
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R Licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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