Serial Number: 2552
Year of Manufacture: 1925 This gun was manufactured in the second year of production.
Caliber: .25-20 WCF
Action Type: Lever Action, Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “Model 53 Winchester / Trade Mark Nickel Steel 25-20 W.C.F.”. The right side of the barrel is marked “Made in U.S.A. Winchester Repeating Arms Co. / New Haven, Conn.”. The top tang is marked “Winchester / Trade Mark / Made in U.S.A.”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number and the number “41” is on the left side, next to the trigger.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a front sight in a dovetail, and an elevator leaf rear sight also in a dovetail. The elevator is present.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are wood. There are many nicks, dings and scratches. The forend looks like there has been a piece of tape wrapped around it at some point. There is one small gouge behind the lower tang. The LOP measures approx. 13”. The stocks rate in about fair overall condition, while sound.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dark and the rifling is shallow. There is erosion the full length of the barrel.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 30% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows mottling, thinning, surface erosion, light rust and roughness on the barrel. The barrel at the muzzle shows discoloration and loss of finish. The screw heads are serviceable and show minor disfiguration. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about fair - good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this gun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: From Homestead Firearms: “In 1924, Winchester introduced the Model 53 lever-action rifle as a more modern version of the 1892 Winchester. The Model 53 was available in 44-40, 32-20, and 25-20 calibers. This rifle could be ordered only with a round 22 inch barrel, the forearm smooth, half-magazine, a plain or pistol grip walnut straight-grip stock, and shotgun butt. The frame and barrel were blued and had either a solid or takedown feature. The Model 53 was manufactured through 1932 with approximately 25,000 guns produced during the 8-year production period. The Model 53 was discontinued along with several other Winchester models because it could just not compete in sales with the 1894 and the impact of the Great Depression on Winchester Arms.” This is an early gun from a limited production run, far rarer than even the 1892. This one is a great restoration project, and with three more months of winter, this should keep you busy. When you finish you will have a highly desirable collectable and shooter, or leave it as-is for a representative example for the Winchester collection.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This gun can be transferred in California and is C&R eligible.
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