SOLD FOR: $2575
Model: 62, Gallery Gun
Serial Number: 187018
Year of Manufacture: 1947
Caliber: .22 Short
Action Type: Pump Action with Tubular Magazine and Takedown Receiver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. / -U.S. OF AMERICA-“, “-WINCHESTER- / -TRADE MARK-“, “MODEL 62- / 22 SHORT-”. The underside front of the receiver is marked “187018” and the lower tang is marked “187018”. There are ovalled “WP” proof marks at the top rear of the barrel and the top of the receiver’s chamber ring. The left of the receiver is roll-marked “WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK”.
Barrel Length: 23″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “U”-notch leaf and elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece walnut with a flat-bottom grooved slide handle, straight grip, straight comb and checkered black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. There is a little mark on the bottom of the wrist behind the tang, otherwise, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has minor wear at the heel and toe with well defined checkering and lettering. Overall, the stocks are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is a ring of erosion in the bore at about the midsection.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The action shows minor operational wear with light marks from cycling on the tube and barrel. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in appears in Excellent condition but rates Fine Plus due to the bore.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly, and locks up solidly. The hammer has a half-cock safety position. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: Ever since 1890 when Winchester brought out a slide-action rifle with that year’s model number, the Model 1890 pretty much ruled the roost for rimfire repeaters, also known as gallery guns. This tubular-magazine rimfire was wildly popular not only in the plethora of shooting galleries across the U.S. but in the hands of young boys and men who loved to shoot and hunt small game. The Model 1890 was a John Browning design and the first commercially successful repeating rimfire rifle. Sixteen years later an almost identical rifle sans the expensive-to-manufacture octagon barrel and crescent buttplate was introduced as the Model 1906. Both models continued to be produced until 1932, when they were replaced by a more modern Model 62. The Model 62 rifles proved extremely popular over the years. Their flat-sided receivers were dead flat, the round barrels were round and without ripples, the wood to metal fit was outstanding. The craftsmanship and work ethic that went into the guns was valuable to the shooters at the time, and this value remains to this day with the collectors. This Model 62 rifle was made in 1947, and is a rare and desirable Gallery Gun. True Winchester Gallery Guns have a few distinct features. They were chambered for .22 Short, more suitable for the short distances of shooting galleries and the generally crowded environments in which they were hosted. The loading ports had a triangular shape, which facilitated the use of the speedloaders which helped get the guns into the hands of the next customer faster. Lastly some, but not all, were roll-marked on the side of the receiver with the Winchester logo, the better to let the gallery’s customers know who made the rifle which brought them so much enjoyment. This example is in exquisite condition, retaining about 98% of its metal finish with barely any sign of use. This is a rifle which will make a great addition to even advanced Winchester collections, and an example such as this is a rare find, indeed. Please see our photos and good luck!