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Model 60A production stats.
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March 14, 2024 - 11:43 am
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I copied and pasted part of an ad from Guns international below, can anyone confirm or refute these stats. 

The Model 60A, introduced in 1932, had two variants, the Sporter and the Target. The Sporter retained the 23” barrel length while the Target had the 27” barrel. The Model 60A was discontinued in 1939 and only about 6,100 of the Sporter & Target combined were sold.

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That conflicts somewhat with the description in the Red Book. Only the target model is described there but end date and production numbers agree.

 

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According to Watrous, 6,118 Target models were built between ’33 & ’39.  The combined production of 60 & 60A standard models (not actually designated “Sporter” by factory) was 165,754, from 12-30 to ’34, so it was selling well even in the Depression.  60s had 23″ brl, but 60A increased to 27″ in ’33.

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Picked up a high condition 60A Target last year, really like the gun

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According to Watrous, 6,118 Target models were built between ’33 & ’39.  The combined production of 60 & 60A standard models (not actually designated “Sporter” by factory) was 165,754, from 12-30 to ’34, so it was selling well even in the Depression.  60s had 23″ brl, but 60A increased to 27″ in ’33.

  

The information Clarence posted is exactly correct for the production numbers and barrel lengths.  Just to clarify, the 60A initially had a 23″ barrel like the precursor 60 but was later changed to a 27″ barrel so the 60A can be found with both barrel lengths while the 60 only has a 23″ barrel.

Some of the misinformation on the Model 60A stems from Herb Houze’s book “To the Dreams of Youth” where it appears as if he misinterpreted the production records and lumped the 60A “Takedown” rifle (again, as Clarence mentioned, “Sporting” or “Sporter” was not used on this model) in with the limited production 60A “Target”.  The other part of the confusion stems from the fact that Winchester did not call the revised 60A “Takedown” rifle by that number in the subsequent catalogs but still referred to it as a “Model 60” although the barrel roll-marking, finger grooves and barrel length clearly denoted a 60A in the illustrations.

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Thanks for the info guys, really appreciate it.

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I have the 60a with a 23” barrel, I think it’s posted here somewhere.

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