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Don’t know how rare,(scarce) these are, but I just bought this rifle off Wards Auction site. Pretty expensive compared to my other M1906’s, but I think a bunch scarcer. It’s a 1927 vintage M1906 with a factory installed Stainless Steel bbl. It joins the stable with my stainless M52. I have really gotten into the little M1906’s. Hard to find in great shape with a resemblance to a bore, and quite expensive. Really cool little boys rifles. Big Larry

 

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Nice! Wasn’t aware they put stainless on this model. Even looks like most of it is still there. Congrats! 

 

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Great score!  As I mentioned in the previous post you always come up with some neat stuff!

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Thanks JWA. Wards has not shipped it yet. Probably very busy.

It does appear to have quite a bit of the Japanned finish as well as the blue. Nice bore too, but you would expect that in a stainless rifle.

If I would just slow down on my S&W collecting, I could buy more M1906’s. Sweet little rifles in good shape.   Big Larry

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Nice find!  M1906’s with nice bores and decent finish are hard to come by.  In my years of collecting, most 1906’s I have found are in rough shape. 

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You are correct in your assumption that most are beaters. Kids guns never get the attention they should. I still have the Rem. Matchmaster 513-T my Dad bought me in 1955 for my 13th birthday. It’s still in good shape.

I now have 4 M1906’s and all 4 are at least 95%. They are expensive and I am picky. Real nice ones are very hard to find and some go near $2,000. Big Larry

 

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Big Larry said
You are correct in your assumption that most are beaters. Kids guns never get the attention they should. I still have the Rem. Matchmaster 513-T my Dad bought me in 1955 for my 13th birthday. It’s still in good shape

 

That’s generally true, though I never owned a BB-gun, toy, comic book, etc., or anything else, that wasn’t in pretty close to new cond when I finally put it away; I’ll bet you weren’t much different, either.  But for sure many, very many, folks are born slobs who handle their guns about like they do their garden tools.

But even if ’06 buttstocks are a bit shorter than those on ’90s, I think it’s not quite right to put them into the “boys’ rifle” category, due to their cost:  in 1933 an ’06 cost $19 vs. $23 for a ’90, while a Model 60 was only $7.  After ’33, even cheaper .22s were offered, not to mention all the low-priced .22s built by Stevens & other makers. 

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Early catalogues defer to them as Boys Rifles. Same with the 1900, 1902, 1904, and Thumb Trigger. I have all the models and can tell you, with my 6’2″ frame and long arms, I cannot shoot them accurately. All folks were smaller when these rifles came out.   Big Larry

 

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