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Just thought I’d throw this out there. It was my grandfathers and dug it it out from the back of a safe today. Not overly familiar with them but understand they were not made in great abundance. I did not take it apart to look under barrel for the date as I feel the pin holding the barrel band has ever been punched out, and I don’t want to be the first. Funny I remember  sneaking this little rifle out of his gun rack along with a couple .22 lr for a big hunt on the squirrels! So to the nuts and bolts of this, when was this made and what are they worth and how many did they make? I just remember this little gun since I was a very little kid.

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February 27, 2022 - 11:39 pm
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Great looking 57, thanks for the pictures!

It looks all original except for a missing leaf on the #6 folding rear sight.

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oldcrankyyankee said  So to the nuts and bolts of this, when was this made and what are they worth and how many did they make? I just remember this little gun since I was a very little kid.   

Mfg. 1926-1936; Watrous reports “about” 18,600.  Very well cared for, esp. if kids were using it.

See nothing unique about the brl band & swivel, so how was a patent justified?

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clarence said

oldcrankyyankee said  So to the nuts and bolts of this, when was this made and what are they worth and how many did they make? I just remember this little gun since I was a very little kid.   

Mfg. 1926-1936; Watrous reports “about” 18,600.  Very well cared for, esp. if kids were using it.

See nothing unique about the brl band & swivel, so how was a patent justified?  

His rifle was likely made in 1931 based upon the serial number.

Neither the band nor the idea of a fore-swivel was unique but the 1921 patent for the barrel band/swivel was for the trunnion (shoulder) recess on the sling swivel which fitted into the band and was then captured/retained by the spring loaded band.  It was also used on the subsequent 60-A Target rifle.  Most other similar designs of the era have the swivel eye crimped onto the band.

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