SOLD FOR: $7025
Model: 61 Deluxe
Serial Number: 260137
Year of Manufacture: 1957
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 PROOF STEEL-”, “-WINCHESTER- / -TRADE MARK- / ” and “MODEL 61-22 SHORT”. The top-rear of the barrel and the top-front of the receiver each have an ovalled “WP” proof. The serial number is marked on the bottom-front of the receiver and trigger guard assemblies. The sides of the receiver have Winchester No. 1 engraving.
Barrel Length: 24?
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “U”-notch elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The top of the receiver has a male dovetail mount.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with “E” style carving, flat-bottom slide handle, capped pistol grip, straight comb and checkered black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. The stocks have light handling wear with a couple tiny compressions on the right side of the buttstock that will likely go unnoticed. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 13 3/8? from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear at the heel and well defined checkering. Overall, the stocks are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The barrel has faint wear at the from test firing at the factory, this is hardly noticeable but worth mentioning for the discerning collector. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: Given the condition of this rifle we elected not to function test it but guarantee correct function. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a serial matching box with a serial matching label, paperwork including a manual, hangtag, and wax paper. The box has some edge wear and some light creases. The box has a little puncture on the interior but it does not go through to the exterior. One of the inserts has some little spots of dark discoloration. The box is in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Our Assessment: The Winchester Model 61 rifle was introduced in 1932, and was a hammerless design with a tubular magazine. It was actually released after the Model 62, which like the previous Models 1890 and 1906 also had a hammer. The Model 61 was Winchester’s answer to the hammerless Remington and Marlin rifles being produced. Round and octagon barrels were available in .22 S, L and Long Rifle, and the octagon barrels were also available in .22 WRF. After WWII, the octagon barrels were discontinued and the .22 WRF chambering was offered in round barrels. This one is 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 port has a triangular shape, which facilitated the use of the speedloaders which helped get the guns into the hands of the next customer faster. This rifle was made in 1957 with deluxe “E” carved walnut stocks and number 1 engraving. The rifle is in about Excellent condition with about 99% of its original finish remaining and comes with its original box. This is a beautiful-looking rifle, and we are sure it will take its rightful place in a collection alongside its Model 1890, 1906 and 62 cousins. Please see our photos and good luck!