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I recently acquired a Winchester 69a. Can anyone on this forum help identify what year it is. As most know there isn’t a serial number on it (pre-1969). I found the link below and it looks like JWA is the expert. Hopefully he or someone will be able to assist. My barrel has a T  on the bottom. I have attached pictures of the rifle. Let me know if anything else is needed. Thank you very much!

 

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As I remember, if you remove the barrel you will find a number on the underside close to where screw attaches. Mine says 56 which I think is correct.

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I recently acquired a Winchester 69a. Can anyone on this forum help identify what year it is. As most know there isn’t a serial number on it (pre-1969). I found the link below and it looks like JWA is the expert. Hopefully he or someone will be able to assist. My barrel has a T  on the bottom. I have attached pictures of the rifle.Charles Askew said

  

The depth of detail in JWA’s 69 book will leave your head spinning!  Somewhere therein an explanation of the “T” mark can probably be found, but it would take time to find it.  Some brls have a date stamp on the bottom like Robt. Bolding’s for 1956, but not all, such as yours.

You’ve got to go through a photo-hosting site to post photos here, & even then they may not be accepted.  JWA is currently working out of the country, but has a website: https://www.rimfirepublications.com/

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Charles Askew said
I recently acquired a Winchester 69a. Can anyone on this forum help identify what year it is. As most know there isn’t a serial number on it (pre-1969). I found the link below and it looks like JWA is the expert. Hopefully he or someone will be able to assist. My barrel has a T  on the bottom. I have attached pictures of the rifle. Let me know if anything else is needed. Thank you very much!

 

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If you want to send photos to me at [email protected] I can reference JWA’s book and advise. There are approx 18 different variations of the 69A. 

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OK. Thank you all so far for the info. I am emailing RickC and we will go from there. 

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Hi Charles,

I sent you a reply email this morning. If you didn’t get it, check your junk folder. 

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Just an update to this thread.

Charles, after referencing JWA’s exceptional book on the model 69(A), I’m comfortable saying your 69A is a Winchester model 6901(Type 4A). Although it now has a scope installed, it has what appears to be the factory drilled holes on the flat side of the receiver for the 80A rear peep sight, Angled fore-end tip, 97B or 101B front sight, and the most distinguishing feature is the downturned bolt on yours versus a swept bolt on the 4B. The production dates for this model were circa 1946-September 1948.
 
I have attached photos below for reference. I hope this information is useful and answers any questions or inquiries you may have. JWA can confirm when his schedule permits but this is my personal determination at this time. 
 
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Another update:

I was fortunate to correspond with JWA late last night while he is out of country working and he downsized the photos for me to forward which I added in the above post. JWA also confirmed it is indeed a model 6901(Type 4A).  

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Who says a B&L mount won’t fit a 69? 

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Who says a B&L mount won’t fit a 69? 

  

Yes Clarence some ingenuity going on there. Can still go back to original configuration & remove scope & add an 80A rear peep sight but will it have non factory holes drilled for the scope mounts. 

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Hi Charles and welcome to the WACA Forum!

Sorry I am late to the party.

The gentlemen above have given you all of the correct information.  The only thing I have to add is the “T” on the underside of the barrel is an inspector’s mark.  Post-WWII the individual inspectors were each assigned a letter so your rifle was inspected by inspector “T”.  Unfortunately I have never been able to find a listing of the inspector/stamp assignments (as yet).

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PS, I am also moving this thread to the .22 Rim Fire section so it gets more attention.

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Thank you to Rick and JWA. The info is valuable to me and others. I will document it in my log and pass it along to my children. I will make sure they know the significance of keeping and sharing this info with others. 

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