Ralph Fitzwater said
This is a recent acqusition a nice clean 1932 barrel dated .22 Model 52. Second model with a Gumwood stock.
Ralph, Gumwood was never used on 52s. Might have been a lower grade walnut, but it wasn’t gumwood. Glad to see you didn’t apply any kind of gloss finish, & the color looks about right.
I found out all I wanted to know about walnut hull stain when my father set me the task of de-hulling a bushel basket of fresh black walnuts from a tree on our property.
March 12, 2008
I have to agree with Clarence on this one. I have owned and examined lots and lots of 52’s over the years. Never have I seen a gumwood stock on a 52. This was Winchester’s “flagship” rimfire target rifle and I cannot ever imagine them substituting a gumwood stock on these rifles. I have never seen a gumwood stock on any Winchester 22 except for the early low cost boy’s rifles. Not that it proves anything, but I happen to have the original Winchester blueprint for the rough cut blank of the stock used on your 52 rifle. As for material, it states “Selected American Black Walnut”.
I’m sure if someone wanted gumwood bad enough, Winchester would have made you one on a special order basis, but I have to ask “why”? If one was installed on a production, non special order rifle, I feel it was a mistake and not due to a lack of walnut.