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WINCHESTER marked 62A with early serial number
January 10, 2021
11:05 pm
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Hi all - I have a Winchester .22 pump marked as a 62A but with serial number21722 in two places, which I understand to be from 1935.  The barrel markings says "Model 62 Winchester". The serial underneath the receiver says 21722 with a "A" underneath. The stock has 21722 without an "A". Ten groove forearm.

I thought that the 'A"designation did not happen until 1940. As a newbie to Winchesters, advice or comment would be appreciated. There will be complications in retaining it so I'm kind of trying to work out whether it is worth keeping.

January 11, 2021
4:45 am
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The barrel is likely newer than the receiver. 

Shoot low boys. They're riding Shetland Ponies.

January 11, 2021
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My understanding is that the "A"  in the receiver early serial numbers denotes the change to a newer bolt locking mechanism. Does the bolt on your gun have only one pin showing on the top and a lock mech. that looks like this....<img alt="" src="https://i.imgur.com/DSZ7fvQ.jpgImage Enlarger" />

January 11, 2021
10:56 pm
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Yes, it has a single pin on the top.  I have to do some work on the screws to remove the bolt but as best I can see, a lock mechanism is as pictured.

It has four holes on the lower tang, a chequered hammer and a ten-groove pump grip. 

The reason for my interest is that without some significant effort, the rifle will be handed in to be destroyed. Seems to me to be a shame

January 11, 2021
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Wow! Are you in New Zealand? That sucks. I would have the magazine shortened to 10 rounds. Not that hard.

January 12, 2021
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Worse - Australia.  Yes will need magazine shortened, and some registration complications, but all doable. 

I've decided to keep it. Thanks for the advice

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