View Full Version : So is this how the early post-WWII west was won?

October 11, 2014, 21:57
And probably a few Rimfire Bullseye Matches with my newest acquisition; a Winchester Model 52B, made in 1949, complete with a 10X Lyman Targetspot Scope and Redfield Olympic Front, Redfield Palma rear sights including a total of 10 front sight inserts. When you look at the magazine please note that it is a factory single shot magazine; the follower wings are wider then the body. I've found a source for 52B 5 shot magazines, $60 each for NOS!

I've had some guns on consignment at a friend's gun shop for a while; he sold a Benelli M1 and an 870 Marine Magnum so I took this very clean target rifle in lieu of cash. I also got a Browning, made in Mexico Basketweave Western Style High Power Holster and a Bucheimer "Semi Shoulder" snub nose revolver holster; a high rise paddle holster that unsnaps and can be used as a belt holster.

Its a very clean example of a non-US marked early postwar .22 target rifle:


Despite me naming the photos as "52D" it is a 52B as noted by the serial number!

October 11, 2014, 23:36
Very nice! Looks new. Bore clean?

October 11, 2014, 23:51
I once had a model 52 with a Fecker scope that would split cards.

I am sure yours will also.

October 12, 2014, 13:47
Beautiful looking rifle!

October 12, 2014, 16:15
Great looking rifle.


Now all you have to do is find some of that very rare special unobtainium ammo it shoots to test it out.:bow:

October 12, 2014, 16:39
Nice! :bow:

Great rifles, mine is an older model, made in 1930 and looks more like a military rifle than target style. It took 15 years to find the special 82A sight for it, but one finally surfaced. I also picked up an 8X Unertl scope for it, cost was $20 more than I paid for the rifle.

Pretty sure your '52 uses the same 5-shot mag as the Winchester 69 and 75. I have both of these rifles and use the mags interchangeably. There are also some after market mags with a "W" on the floor plate. It looks and works as well as the origionals in my rifles.

My 52 is fond of Winchester stn'd vel T-22.

Enjoy your prize.

October 12, 2014, 18:22
That is a beautiful Model 52...congrats!

October 13, 2014, 14:51
Very nice :biggrin:
I started shooting small bore with a 52, before moving to an anschutz instead. Both are long gone today, but I still regret selling that 52 way more than the anschutz.

October 20, 2014, 12:12
I wish I still had my Model 54 Super Match 1813. Well, it was never "mine", it belonged to the high school then the next belonged to the military college. But I would really like to find one again with the transit case.

Oh, very nice Winchester by the way....