I have 2 1885 single shots. After removing forestock on both I find the 1904 does not have a screw in the front of the receiver to the right of the barrel which is marked 22 long r. The 1888 rifle has a screw in the front of the receiver to the right of the barrel. This rifle is marked 22 short. Is something missing on the 1904 rifle? Bert, you have info on 1904 rifle but may not on 1888 rifle. SN is 29223 with 24″ octagon No. 1 barrel. Low wall receiver and crescent butt plate. Rear sight is buckhorn? with a small screw to allow height adjustment. Info will be appreciated. Don
April 15, 2005
What is the serial number on the 1904 Single Shot? As Clarence mentioned, all factory original Single Shot rifles and Winder Muskets manufactured in .22 rim fire were made with a kicking extractor (ejector) which required a spring. The early production rifles had a flat solid L-shaped spring, whereas the later production rifles and muskets had a wire spring.
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member
I took both rifles to the range today. The 1888 kicked out the casings into my face. The1904 SN 97274 did not kick out casings. I had to pull them out by hand. When I got home I checked both guns. No screw in 1904 rifle so I got my NRA guide to assembly (page 392) and saw no reference to that screw and yes Clarence the hole is threaded. I now think I will need the necessary parts for this ejector.
I took both rifles to the range today. The 1888 kicked out the casings into my face. The1904 SN 97274 did not kick out casings. I had to pull them out by hand.
Becomes second nature with those of us shooting most Ballard & Stevens .22s, & many others, which lacked ejectors. In fact, I can’t think of another early single shot .22 equipped with an ejector, except Win.