SOLD FOR: $1004
Model: Mark XXII (KTG Japan)
Serial Number: J-30266
Year of Manufacture: 1967-1971
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Magazine Fed Semi-Automatic and Single-Shot Rifle with Trigger Pull Adjustment Screw
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “.22 L.R / CALIBER”. The right side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN JAPAN”. The left side of the receiver is marked “MARKXXII” over a US patent declaration and “Weatherby” in a cursive script. The right side of the receiver is marked with the serial number, “J-30266”.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed into a serrated ramped base that is fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a u-notch with two additional hinged u-notch leafs that are marked for “50” and “100” yards integral to a base that is dovetailed into the barrel. The receiver is grooved for optic rings (none included).
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is high gloss checkered wood with a rosewood capped forend, a capped pistol grip with a white diamond inlay, a Monte Carlo comb with a cheek piece, and a brown rubber press checkered Weatherby buttpad with a black spacer. There are sling studs on the belly of the buttstock and the underside of the forend. There are light handling marks, but otherwise the stock is free of any notable wera or damage. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the buttpad, which shows little wear, and the rubber is still supple. Overall, the stock rates in Fine-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: The barrel is factory refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 98% of its current metal finish. The receiver has a few light nicks and scuffs along the top. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This Mark XXII will ship with the following:
—a serial-matching Weatherby factory cardboard box
—the original test-fire target
—the original instruction manual
—a Weatherby invoice from 2014 denoting the refinishing of the barrel
Our Assessment: What a nice .22 bolt action rifle! Everyone needs a .22, they are loads of fun, great for training and field use, or filling the pot. This one is just exceptionally nice. Beautifully blued and wood finished, the Mark XXII is a true connoisseur’s rifle. The trigger features the rare trigger pull adjustment screw that was offered only by Beretta when they were manufacturing this rifle and KTG Japan—the maker of this example. This rifle was well-loved and well cared for with the previous owner having sent the rifle back to the factory to have the barrel re-blued. It was a worthwhile thing to do because this rifle is gorgeous top to bottom. Of note is the neat multi-leaf sight. If you need a fine rifle as a present you can’t do better than this. Please see our photos and good luck!