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March 2, 2019
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Were the few single shot Winchester pistols that were made Ser#'ed, and how does one determine if it is a real Win. pistol or a fake. What value range  would a good one be in. Where would I find information on them. I have a fellow that says He has one, He also has a  "thumb trigger" that I really want. He's asking a lot of money (I think) for them.  

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March 2, 2019
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Henry Mero said
Were the few single shot Winchester pistols that were made Ser#'ed, and how does one determine if it is a real Win. pistol or a fake. What value range  would a good one be in. Where would I find information on them. I have a fellow that says He has one, He also has a  "thumb trigger" that I really want. He's asking a lot of money (I think) for them.    

Thumb Triggers are usually very expensive. Even the beaters usually are over $1,000+. What's he asking? Condition? Most have cracked stocks too. Big Larry

March 2, 2019
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The rare Winchester Singe Shot Target pistols were made using a Model 1902 bolt-action rifle, which were not serialized. I believe that Herb Houze mentions them in his book on Winchester .22 rim fire rifles. I have no idea what one of them is worth... to few of them were made (and authentic).

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March 2, 2019
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Many years back, I seem to recall a figure of about 3 to 4 thousand dollars being mentioned about these psitols.

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March 2, 2019
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Bert H. said
Henry,
The rare Winchester Singe Shot Target pistols were made using a Model 1902 bolt-action rifle, which were not serialized. I believe that Herb Houze mentions them in his book on Winchester .22 rim fire rifles. I have no idea what one of them is worth... to few of them were made (and authentic).
Bert  

In addition to what Bert has said, about a dozen other experimental models where made. At least 1 was sent to the Military for trials.  Lore has it that Winchester did this so Colt would stop making lever action rifles.  Many though believe this isn't true.

March 3, 2019
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There are 3 different types of "Winchester" handguns. First there's the revolvers from Oliver Winchester's time. They were contracted to manufacture a very nice large revolver. and when the order wasn't picked up or paid for Winchester rolled their identification on the overrun and these are very rare and extremely expensive. There's one at Cody.  

Then there's the 22's. The factory toyed with the idea of using excess 02 and 04 receiver/barrels , machining them down to pistol size and mounting then on brass and walnut pistol stocks. Some of these have x serial numbers (meaning experimental) and Winchester rolled onto the barrel. Very few made these are scarce and expensive. 

The third type is the same as the second except they are employee made and the pistol stocks show it. There are to examples on the Collector's site. These are almost common and not marked Winchester. When I lived in Connecticut you could find one easily in the early 60's.

This is as I remember the information and very close to being correct, so don't beat me up over errors. 

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March 7, 2019
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Here's a new one.  Hardly a Winchester original. 

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March 7, 2019
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Cool pump action pistol, don't think it fits into My collection though. The guy wants $5,000.00 Cdn. for the 2 guns. They're both ugly in My opinion but I understand rare.

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Vince said
Here's a new one.  Hardly a Winchester original. 

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Yeah unless that thing is an antique (even then it probably needs to be non-firing), the ATF may have something to say about that one.

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March 7, 2019
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Maverick said

Yeah unless that thing is an antique (even then it probably needs to be non-firing), the ATF may have something to say about that one.

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It is not antique.  It has a 3rd model receiver.

March 8, 2019
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Well there is not a tape measure in the photo, but I gather the barrel is shorter than 16 inches. And I won't take a guess as to what the overall length is either.

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