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WINCHESTER marked 62A with early serial number
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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.

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The barrel is likely newer than the receiver. 

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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” />

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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

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

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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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