SOLD FOR: $1125
Year of Manufacture: Circa 1927-1936, C&R
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Bolt-Action Rifle with a Detachable 5-Round Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER / PROOF STEEL”, “MODEL 57”, “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-” and “22 LONG R”. The receiver is marked with the serial number “26245”.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a dovetailed blade by the muzzle. The rear sight is a folding “V”-notch dovetailed ahead of the receiver. The left side of the receiver features a diopter with a narrow aperture.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The stock is one-piece wood featuring a barrel band, a magazine release on the left side of the forend, a semi-pistol grip, a straight comb and a metal butt-plate. There is a sling swivel fixed to the barrel band and one on the belly. The stock has light handling marks, nicks and scuffs. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP is approximately 13.5” from the trigger to the rear end of the butt-plate. The butt-plae has light handling marks and finish loss around its leading edges. Overall, the stock is in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 75% of its metal finish. There is finish loss concentrated on the receiver, trigger guard, barrel band and around the muzzle. The parts of the rifle where the finish has worn off are coated in light surface oxidation. There are also some light handling marks, nicks and scuffs. The markings remain clear. The screwheads have light tool-marks but they remain serviceable. Overall, the rifle is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: The rifle comes with a single 5-round detachable magazine. The magazine has some light handling wear, but it remains in Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This Winchester Model 57 is a bolt-action rifle chambered for .22 LR rounds. The rifle hit the market in 1927, but that was not a particularly good time to introduce a product. Two years later “Black Tuesday” hit Wall Street which ushered in the Great Depression and like most companies Winchester struggled to remain solvent. Sales for the Model 57 were adversely affected and the rifle was phased out in 1936 (18,281 units were manufactured in total). Although this specimen has some handling wear, it remains a well made utilitarian plinker that is mechanically sound. Good luck on your bid!