SOLD FOR: $1,475.00
Model: 52 B
Serial Number: 62251 B
Year of Manufacture: 1948
Caliber: .22 LR
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “Made In New Haven, conn. U.S. Of America / Winchester Proof steel / Winchester / Trade Mark / Model 52 22 L. Rifle”. There is a “WP” proof mark on the barrel and receiver. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number “62251 B”. The right side of the receiver is marked “Winchester / Trademark” and “Made In U.S.A Winchester repeating Arms Co. New Haven, Conn. Patented”. The right side of the receiver at the bolt is marked “Safe”.
Barrel Length: 28″
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a globe front sight and a lollipop-shaped insert. The rear sight is a Marbles receiver mounted peep sight with large disk. There are two unused scope bases on the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are nicely finished smooth wood, with a checkered steel butt plate. There is a rail in the forearm, two forward sling swivels and a rear sling swivel. there are scattered marks and dings, though no splits or cracks and the vast majority of the finish remains. The LOP measures 13 1/2″from the trigger to the rear of the butt plate . The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Matte Receiver
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no pitting or erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There is some marking and spots of finish loss on the trigger guard. There is also marking where the magazine is inserted. The barrel shows only very light wear at the muzzle. Except for a mark or two on the receiver, the receiver is very sharp too. Even the bolt handle shows the majority of its original finish. The screw heads are lightly distressed. The markings are crisp. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions as designed, though we have not test fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: A single shot sled is included, as well as a second insert and magazine.
Our Assessment: “The Winchester Model 52 is a bolt-action .22-caliber target rifle introduced by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in 1920. For many years it was the premier small bore match rifle in the United States, if not the world. Known as the “King of the .22’s,” the Model 52 has been called by Winchester historian Herbert Houze “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; and the costly-to-produce Model 52, which had been a loss-leader prestige product for some time, was finally discontinued when US Repeating Arms took over Winchester in 1980”. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, and though no longer made, many still consider the Model 52 the best .22 target rifle ever made. We do…