Welcome to WACA and thanks for adding your rifle to the survey!
Vince has answered most of your questions, I will just add some refinements.
The Model 57 was also offered with an optional NoBuckl sling option as well as the leather sling. The NoBuckl sling is made from a khaki canvas type material.
When Vince mentioned “several sizes” of aperture disks I think he meant the actual aperture hole in the disc since there were several options. The Lyman 42W rear sight on the Model 57 only came with the 1/2″ diameter disk due to clearance issues on the back of the receiver so a larger disk will not work. In fact, if you look at the back of your receiver you will see a small scallop machined from the top and that was to allow clearance even for the smaller disk.
Lyman used to sell the apertures separately but I did not see parts listed on their website anymore. The best aftermarket apertures are made by Joe at Aperture’s N More. He lists the reproduction Lyman 1/2″ aperture for your sight at $11. http://www.aperturesnmore.com/category.sc?categoryId=10
Thanks again for participating and welcome!
Thanks for the reply and clarifications. I had searched and located Joe’s link you posted and was referring to a recommended aperture opening size as I’m a rookie and have no idea which size to choose. Also, are there any pics around of an original leather strap? I couldn’t locate any in searches. I really appreciate your time!
June 5, 2015
Original Winchester leather slings are very rare, so are photos of them. I know there are a few on this site, use the search tool there were discussions describing how to tell an original, with photos and dimension.
There are years of experience and knowledge on this site. You owe it to yourself to sit back with you favourite beverage some evening and give it a deep dive. I need to do that too. The old brain cells need refreshing on the many Winchester 22.
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My parents recently cleaned out my grandfather’s home and found a model 56, found this forum looking up the history. I’m really happy it seems you still check on this thread! This was one of my first few stops in searching, anything about the model 56 you’d like to share with me?
Caliber: .22 long
no upgrades or modifications, original sights, some nicks and dings but good shape.
I don’t want to sell it (family keepsake) but I am curious what model 56’s usually go for (fun little rifle, display on wall, or hide in safe and treat with gloves?)
Thanks in advance for any info!
I apologize for the delay in responding, I have not been home for awhile. Thanks for contributing to the survey, I have added your serial number.
Your rifle was made in the first year of production (1926) and likely has a “26” dated barrel marked on the underside.
To answer your question about additional info for the Model 56 about 10 years ago I wrote an article about them which is posted here –
Let me know if you have any other specific questions and congrats on your family heirloom!
while I was looking for a replacement magazine for my Model 56 I came across your survey. Here is another data point for you.
stainless steel barrel
Given to my grandfather in 1929/30 in Lompoc, CA by his parents.
Can you please verify the 2-digit year number stamped on the bottom of the barrel for us?
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member
it is stamped 27. So 1927.
Perfect, thanks for the info!
It does help. Can you take the barreled action out of the stock and verify the barrel date (most likely “27”) ? If possible, please send pictures of the rifle to – [email protected]
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member
Bought this in a pawn shop a couple of weeks back.
Caliber: 22 LR
Barrel date: 28
Barrel length: 22″
Front sight: Lyman Globe sight
Rear sight: Lyman 42
Hopefully this is a new addition,
Have a great day,
Yes, that is a new one for the survey – Thanks!
Hello, I recently acquired a model 57, and came upon this thread. It has serial number 13697. Optional No Buckle sling, serial number on the bolt, original 5 round clip, Lyman peep receiver mounted rear sight and folding rear sight, and Marble No. 6 front sight. 22 Long R. Rifle looks to be hardly used and shoots excellent with CCI mini-mag 22 LR 40 gr. ammo. Payed $700. Mark
February 1, 2011
Hello, didn’t realize I already had a membership and wanted to get this post this under the proper ID. Maybe someone can delete the previous post. I recently acquired a model 57, and came upon this thread. It has serial number 13697. Optional No Buckle sling, serial number on the bolt, original 5 round clip, Lyman peep receiver mounted rear sight and folding rear sight, and Marble No. 6 front sight. 22 Long R. Rifle looks to be hardly used, 95% and shoots excellent with CCI mini-mag 22 LR 40 gr. ammo. Payed $700. Mark
Thanks for sharing your info! Sound like you have a very nice example, we would love to see pictures if you get a chance.
October 10, 2022
1) Model 57 . 22 Short 2589 1926
2) Model 57 .22 LR 7967 1928
3) Model 57 .22LR 9416 1928
4) Model 57 22LR 12824 1928
5) Model 57 .22LR 21536 1931
All have the Lyman No.42W Receiver sight, Winchester 93A front sight and a Lyman No. 6 folding rear sight.
I hope this helps!