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Model 1906 Question
June 19, 2013
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Since there has been several post about the 22 caliber rifles, now I have a question. On Gunbroker.com, they have about a dozen 1906 pumps and several have the ribbed forearm and some have a smooth one. Were they available with both or what is right?
I can post photos if needed or the GB #

Paul

June 19, 2013
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Paul,

Both types are correct depending on when specifically the rifle was manufactured. Ned Schwing covers it is very good detail in his reference book.

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June 19, 2013
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Thanks Bert
I found Ned's books on ebay and amazon but, unless I decide to get into them more than a passing fancy, $225.00 to $550.00 is a little steep for me. Will have to see if I want to branch out into something other than the 94 short rifles.

Paul

June 19, 2013
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Paul,

I did not realize that the books were selling for that much [color=green:9d0c04bd32]$$$[/color:9d0c04bd32]

From memory, I believe that the smooth (non-ribbed) slide handle stocks were used on the very early production Model 1906 rifles that were 22 Short only. Those rifles also have the internal locking lugs. Without looking it up, I do not remember what the serial number range is when the ribbed slide handle stock was introduced for the Model 1906.

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June 19, 2013
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The s/n for 2 of them with ribs are
443960 and 526141 = 1914 & 1918 by Red Book
the one with smooth forearm is 306713 = 1912 by Red Book
The seller of the other smooth one hasn't responded with a serial number.

These rifles are all in the range of $600.00 starting bids. Would this be about right? These little pumps are starting to get to me. 😮

June 19, 2013
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Paul,

I will check Ned's book this evening and see what he had to say about the transition from the early stock to the later one.

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June 19, 2013
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Hey Paul:

Are you going to Cody this year? The number of displays is lagging somewhat so I decided to do a display entitled "Rare Model 1894 "Shorties" (and yes, I did borrow the phrase from you).

I will have my 18" T/D 25-35 rifle & 18" carbine that were the subject of my recent article in "The Winchester Collector" along with a high condition 16" baby carbine with 3 special order features and my recently acquired 23" rifle.

Hope you can make it!

June 19, 2013
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Paul,

According to Ned, the ribbed slide handle was introduced in 1914. He lists the serial number range for the change from the smooth to the ribbed slide handle to be 335,000 - 385,000.

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June 20, 2013
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Bert:
Thanks for that info. The fourth 06 that I was watching with a smooth slide handle has a s/n of 375288 so that is right in the range. Red Book dates it at 1913.

Paul

June 20, 2013
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Paul,

Per Schwing and the PR records, serial 375288 is May 1913.

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June 22, 2013
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Paul,
I have (2) 1906's with smooth slides. #333108, and #366334. 1912, and 1913 respectively. With the 1906 being an economy version of the 1890, so to speak, I prefer the smooth slides as it gives that cheaper look to go along with the gumwood stock, hard rubber butt plate, and shorter round barrel. They seem to go for $600-$900 depending on condition. I also have an "Expert" model which I'm very fond of with the pistol grip and special slide handle. These seem to go for $1000+. It's hard to find 1906's in good condition. There are way more 1890's in high condition, from what I've seen.

Gary

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