SOLD FOR: $1052.50
Model: 57 Target
Serial Number: 12760
Year of Manufacture: 1927-1936
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Bolt Action Magazine Fed Bolt Action Rifle
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “—MODEL 57—”, “WINCHESTER / –TRADE MARK–”, “–22 LONG R–”, and a “PW” in an oval proof mark. The left side of the receiver is marked with a “PW” in an oval proof mark, and the right side is marked with the serial number, “12760”.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed into the barrel. The rear sight is a Lyman aperture sight. The original rear sight dovetail notch has been filled with a tab.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a one-piece smooth wood with semi-pistol grip, straight comb, and a checkered black hard rubber buttplate. There is a forend barrel band. There are sling swivels on the belly of the buttstock and the underside of the forend. There are scattered light nicks and minor compressions most notable on the left side of the forend by the receiver The stock has some dark areas where consistent handling is evident both on the comb and forend. The LOP measures 13″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear along the right side with a few areas where the checkering is worn down. Overall, the stock rates in Very Good-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 84% of its original metal finish. Most edges have light thinning and nearer to the front there are scattered light nicks and scuffs, mostly on the top. The receiver has scattered light surface oxidation. The action has light operational wear with the bolt handle having gone to a light patina. Screws are lightly tool marked with usable slots. All markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The safety is engaged by turning the rear of the bolt to the right. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: One (1) 5-round box magazine, and a brown leather sling.
Our Assessment: The Winchester Model 57 is the target version companion to the Model 56, and is an ideal rifle for younger or smaller shooters. Equipped with Lyman target sights and a heavier stock, the user interested in dipping a toe into the waters will do well to try this rifle first. Like a few other Winchester rifles of the time, sales were lower on the 57 due to the great depression, and as such, fewer of the 57 were made and sales were generally lower. This example is in Very Good-plus condition with a clean, bright bore, and wear across the rifle that is in line with normal, consistent use. Good luck and happy bidding!