SOLD FOR: $835.00
Serial Number: 235458
Year of Manufacture: 1948 (http://proofhouse.com/win/index.html)
Caliber: .22 Short, Long & Long Rifle (Standard Velocity)
Action Type: Pump / Slide Action, Tube Magazine Fed Takedown Rifle
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. / U.S. OF AMERICA / WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK / MODEL 62A / 22 S,L OR L.R.”, the top of the barrel and receiver are marked with “WP” in oval, the underside of the receiver and lower tang are marked with the serial number. The butt plate is marked “WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.”
Barrel Length: 23”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade, integral to a base that is dovetailed onto the barrel and the rear sight is a “U” notched slide-step elevator that is dovetailed onto the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece walnut set. The grooved forend shows only a few minor shallow marks. The butt stock has a strait wrist and has a few shallow compression marks; the left side of the wrist has some shallow scrape marks, the upper tang has a very small splinter loss. The stocks are free from cracks and major damages. The LOP measures 13 ¼” from the front of the trigger to the back of the black checkered plastic shotgun-style butt plate; the plate has a few areas of compression to the checkers and scuffs in the details of the embossed logo; the plate is in about Fine condition. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 85% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows scattered light handling marks and scuffs on the surfaces, with some expected operational wear on the slide arm, top of the receiver, magazine tube and lower flanks of the barrel. The receiver tangs have handling wear, which is shifting to browned patina. The screw head slots display only a small amount of tooling and are highly serviceable. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This rifle takes down into two halves in seconds for easy storage and maintenance. The slide arm has minimal play, the action is smooth and the trigger pull is crisp. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a Winchester 62A that comes to us from just after the Second World War and by all accounts has survived quite well! The metal surfaces retain about 85% of their blued finish, the vast majority of the balance is attributed to handling and honest operational wear. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and the stocks are free from cracks or major damages. This rifle will make a great addition to any collection and is still sharp enough to provide accurate plinking fun for all ages. Please see our pictures and good luck.