Model: Model 61
Serial Number: 299599
Year of Manufacture: 1959/60 (Proofhouse.com)
Caliber: .22 Magnum WMRF
Action Type: Pump / Slide Action Rifle
Markings: The serial number is on the underside of the barrel assembly and the frame. The Winchester proof mark is on top of the barrel and the frame. The left side of the barrel is marked “Winchester / Trade Mark / Made In U.S.A. / Model 61 / 22 Win. Mag. R. F.”
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a dovetail set beaded blade and the rear sight is a dovetail set leaf and elevator notch sight, with the elevator remaining.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are original finish smooth wood, with a ribbed forearm. The wood to metal fit is very good, even proud. There is some tiny chipping at the forearm screws, and a few other scattered dings here. The belly of the stock has a few dings, with others scattered elsewhere; nothing is severe. There is finish wear at the edges. The LOP measures 13 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the checkered hard rubber Winchester plate. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows thinning at the edges of the trigger guard and other scattered marks on the underside of the trigger guard. The top of the receiver shows marks from a scope once being mounted. There is a tiny scratch and another mark from reassembly on the upper tang. The top of the barrel shows a small patch of thinning from rack storage, and scattered freckles of discoloration and erosion. There is wear to the barrel from operation of the slide. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp, raised and sharp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The .22 WMR was introduced in 1959 by Winchester, but was not used by Winchester until the Winchester Model 61 slide rifle could be chambered for it, in 1960. By that time, Smith and Wesson and Ruger had revolvers for it, and Savage had come out with the Model 24 and since late 2012, the model 42, a more modern update than the 24, a .22/.410 combination rifle. It was the only successful rimfire cartridge introduced in the 20th Century.
This sharp rifle is the first model Winchester ever made in .22 WMRF and from the first year it was made. The gun is as sharp as could be expected, and absolutely original; an early variation of a desirable gun in great condition. What more could we Winchester collectors ask for?
Sold For: $1,750