November 1, 2013
A whole lot different now than when the rcvr. was serialized in 1888! Only the second DST LW I’ve seen, the other being the fabulous gun shown in Campbell Vol 1, which was also completely rebuilt from an earlier rcvr., another one of the early paneled frames using the standard HW block, but both now refitted with the cut-down LW block. But whereas the Campbell gun is fitted with a Winchester DST, this one has some kind of custom trigger. DST LWs are so rare because the standard Winchester DSTs would not fit the LW frame without major modification. (When I was too ignorant to know any better, I had a Winchester CC DS fitted to a LW by an expert trigger-smith who thought he could make it work, but it never did, reliably.)
What a shame the name of the shop or gunsmith responsible for this beautiful custom work has evidently been lost, though it obviously wasn’t done terribly long ago if a Model 52 brl. was used. Use of a 52 brl. isn’t too surprising, as I’ve seen them used on many custom 22s. 20 yrs ago, or maybe only 10, I’d have fought hard to acquire this gun, but now I must face the facts of my age & health.