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To see the barrel date, you will need to first take the stock off of the barreled action, then look at the bottom of the barrel just in front of where it screws into the receiver frame. You should (most likely) see a “27” date indicating it was manufactured in the year 1927.

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model 56 

Serial #3382

22lr

looks standard config  

smooth stock

notched rear sight

5 round mag, plus I have a 10 round found somewhere 

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Thanks for posting your info, I have added you to the survey.  Thanks for sharing your early Model 56!

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I have had this for 8 years and just yesterday decided to look it up. I am pleasantly surprised to see how desirable a Rimfire model it is. It is in good condition, most blue is gone but the wood is nice with its fair share of nicks. From the looks of it, the barrel has never been off. I opted to leave it as such. I suspect from your information that it is a first year production. Happy to send pictures if helps your research. 

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I have had this for 8 years and just yesterday decided to look it up. I am pleasantly surprised to see how desirable a Rimfire model it is. It is in good condition, most blue is gone but the wood is nice with its fair share of nicks. From the looks of it, the barrel has never been off. I opted to leave it as such. I suspect from your information that it is a first year production. Happy to send pictures if helps your research.   

Hi,

I would love to see pictures, you can send them to Abendshien at AOL.com

Do you have a Model 56 or 57?  Short or LR?  Serial ?

Thanks for participating in the survey.

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#15283     model 57 long R

Adjustable sight hole in center

Factory sling

Stock has something like tiger stripes the wood grain looks really cool 

Short clip (2)

Barrel number?

Barrel has patent dates 1919 / 1920 / 1923

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Bruce,

The barrel date number is on the bottom of the barrel right next to where it screws into the receiver frame.  To view it, you need to take the barreled action out of the stock.

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Ok , I have limited knowledge on how that but will try.

Also how do you apply photos to messages?

Thanks for your patience will get back to you.

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Bruce T. Starkey said
Ok , I have limited knowledge on how that but will try.

Also how do you apply photos to messages?

Thanks for your patience will get back to you.  

Bruce,

As a Guest on the WACA website, you cannot directly upload pictures.  You can put them on a photo host website and then post the URL to them here.  You can also send them directly to me at [email protected]  

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Hi Bruce, thanks for contributing to the survey!

As a guest you will have to put your photos on a host site and post the link or, if it is easier, you can email them to me at Abendshien at Aol.com and I can post them for you.

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I have had several inquiries on how to disassemble the Model 56 and 57 since they were not designed as “take-down” models.

I have attached to the pertinent pages in the green “Winchester General Instructions” for use as a guideline. 

Hope that helps.

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Hello JWA,

I have one model 56 winchester here In Finland. Serial number is 5156 and caliber. 22 lr.

I dont know the Story behind that gun ang how it ended To Finland. Only know that friend of mine (old man about 80 years old) got it for his work at the big mansion More than 50 years ago. 

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jWA,

I have a model 57 22 LR serial 20842..it has a lyman rear sight but also the folding rear sight and front blade sight.

 

it appears someone ground or polished the bolt, so i do not see any serial numbers and it appears when the bolt is locked to have a bit of headspace (not flush)

 

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jWA,

I have a model 57 22 LR serial 20842..it has a lyman rear sight but also the folding rear sight and front blade sight.

it appears someone ground or polished the bolt, so i do not see any serial numbers and it appears when the bolt is locked to have a bit of headspace (not flush)

 
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Brian,

Can you tell us what the 2-digit year number is that is stamped on the bottom of the barrel near the receiver frame?

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I have not removed the stock from the barrel but when I do I will update.  I take it this is a new one for the survey?  a local gun store has a model 56 (#13134) for sale, but it is in fair to poor condition and folding rear site gone (just the empty dovetailed mount)  and a tang peep site is installed.

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Bryan,

Yes, it is a new entry in the survey. Which specific .22 cartridge is S/N 13134 chambered for?

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Nice Site here!

I’ve had my grandfather’s gun that was given to me by my dad 20+ years ago.  It is a model 57 LR he bought new in 1926 and is completely original.  The serial is 8066, it is stamped 26 on the barrel and the bolt is serially matched and has bluing only on the lever.  The barrel bluing is original with some discoloration due to wear and the original stock’s walnut finish is in great shape with typical minor scratches from use, originally by him and by my Dad since Grandpa taught him to shoot with it.  It has the original 5 round clip, sights on the barrel and the unmarked Lyman sight over the receiver.  It also has the checked metal butt plate and rings for a sling.  I’ve never fired it.

Questions I have:

1) The lyman site is missing an aperture.  Was this supplied with the site when the gun was new?  If so, which one did it come with?

2) There is no strap and I’ve never seen it with one.  DId they put rings on the gun and not include the strap?  Was the strap and rings an option or standard on the 57s?

3) Was the checked metal butt plate standard on the 57s?

 

I’m not a member so I can’t upload pics.

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To answer your questions

1) the Lyman receiver sight did come with  a aperture disk. Several sizes were offered.

2) a leather sling was an option at added cost.

3) yes, metal buttplate standard.

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Thx for the reply and answers to my questions.  

Me being a novice, can you recommend an aperture disc size that I can order?

I’ve also found a nice antiqued leather sling with no buckles to complete the look.  

I plan to leave it to my nephew when I’m gone to keep it in the family. Cool

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