MERIDEN FIRE ARMS Model 6 .22 RF Rolling Block Action C&R Rifle BOY’S RIFLE
Early 20th Century TAKEDOWN Rifle
Here we present a Meriden Fire Arms Company Model 6 Rifle made during its production run between 1905 and 1913 in Meriden, Connecticut. The Meriden Fire Arms Company operated in Meriden, Connecticut from 1905 until 1918. The company was formed when Sears, Roebuck & Co. of Chicago, Illinois purchased Andrew Fyrberg & Sons of Worchester, Massachusetts and moved the equipment to Meriden. At the time Sears was selling a great number of firearms through their mail order catalog. It is reported that the major manufacturers fell out of favor with Sears because of their “low-ball” pricing of their guns. In November of 1904, Winchester announced that it would no longer sell to Sears, Roebuck & Company, and they cancelled all unfilled orders. Most firearm manufacturing companies at the time agreed with Winchester, but only Winchester took any type of action.
Sears’ response was to simply buy a gun factory and start manufacturing firearms themselves for sale. Sears continued to use Meriden Fire Arms Co. to produce cheaply made, inexpensive guns. Most of their production was revolvers and shotguns, and most of these guns were “brand name” items simply marked New England, Ranger, Secret Service Spl., etc. The guns had no mention as to the company that actually made them.
The Model 6 is a single shot and uses a rolling block style action. It has a 22” barrel and is chambered in .22 short or .22 long rimfire cartridges. Many companies made small .22 rifles during this period, with most of them intended for kids, and have since become collectively known as “boy’s rifles”. The Meriden Model 6 is very similar to the Stevens rifles that were very popular at the time. The actions on the two company’s guns seem virtually the same, but the quality of the steel used in the Meriden was likely a bit inferior to the Stevens guns.
The overall condition is good. Robust action. The block pin is a replacement. Good bore for its age. The stock is in good shape, but does have a bit of wiggle where it meets the frame. Legible markings.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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