American Rifleman - August 2017 - 47
Winchester .22 Pump?
I inherited a pump-action rifle
I believe to be a Winchester
Model 1890. Stamped on the
gun is "22 SHORT" and the serial
number is 208XXX. I am interested
to know a little more about what I've
got. Is it possible to find out when
the rifle was actually made?
Your gun is a Winchester Model
1890 .22 rimfire pump-action
rifle. This was an extremely popular little gun, and some 849,000 were
manufactured between 1890 and 1932.
However, they were sold by Winchester
until 1941-that's when the existing
supply of parts dried up.
The first 1890s utilized a solid
frame, but after about serial number
15,500 Winchester changed to a takedown barrel/receiver combination.
Chamberings were .22 Short, .22 Long,
.22 Long Rifle and .22 WRF. They
were not interchangeable. The serial
number of your rifle indicates it was
made in 1904.
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