c1953 WINCHESTER 61 Slide Action .22 S, L, LR TAKEDOWN Rifle New Haven C&R
Post-War Pump Action from the 1950s
Here we present a C&R Winchester Model 61 Slide Action Rifle manufactured in 1953 in New Haven, Connecticut with a production run between 1932 and 1963. With its roots dating back to the 1890s with the successful Model 1890, it was followed by the equally successful Models 1906 and 62, each of which were based upon the 1890 rifle, and production of the Model 62 continued until 1958.
While sales of the Model 1890 and 1906 remained steady, some began to comment that Winchester’s pump guns looked a bit “old fashioned.” In an attempt to attract new customers during the dark days of the Depression, Winchester’s marketing department decided that the company needed a “modern” hammerless, .22 pump rifle in the catalog. As a result, the Model 61 Hammerless Rifle was released on the market in 1932. During its production life the Model 61 was offered with octagonal and round barrels, straight- and pistol-grip stocks, and long and short forearms. They could fire the .22 Short, .22 Long, and .22 Long Rifle rounds interchangeably. Factory options included “single caliber” rifles chambered for .22 Short, .22 LR, or .22 WRF only. Smooth-bore guns chambered for the .22 Shot cartridge were available, and models were offered with special sights, finish, stocks, engraving, and gold or silver inlays.
There are three recognized variations of the Model 61. The first was the “Pre-war Model 61” with a plain, walnut, straight-grip stock, a flat, shotgun-type buttplate, and a smaller, grooved forearm. The next version was the “Standard Model 61,” which differed by having a longer and more robust, grooved forearm. The third type was called the “Magnum Model 61,” and this model differed in that it was chambered only for the .22 WMR cartridge and also had the larger grooved forearm.
As did its predecessors, the Model 61 proved to be a popular rifle, and production continued until Winchester pulled the plug of the handy little guns in 1963 with over 340,000 units leaving the New Haven, Connecticut, factory.
The overall condition is fine. Original finish. Matching numbers. The action is excellent and the bore shows little use: bright with great rifling. The stock is smooth and solid.
This firearm is classified as a Curio and Relic.
Barrel: 24 inches
Caliber: .22 Rimfire (S, L, LR)
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 and Relic.
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