MODEL 1903 The first semi-automatic rifle produced by Winchester was designed by T. C. Johnson. You may remember he designed the Model 12 and finished that odd duck the model 1911 shotgun after JM Browning left Winchester for Europe. This is one of only 126000 produced between 1903 and 1932. Usually the ammo for this model is not produced consistently however I see it at times on Auction Arms or the many other firearm auctions. This rifle was offered in a take-down version only and was available in a 20" round barrel chambered for the .22 Winchester Automatic Rimfire. This ammunition is produced on an irregular basis by a few specialty manufacturers and tends to be expensive. The tubular magazine is located in the butt-stock and holds 1O cartridges. The rifle was available in two different configurations: 1) Standard Rifle, 20" round barrel, plain walnut straight-grip stock. Steel crescent butt was standard. 2) Deluxe Rifle, 20" round barrel, fancy checkered walnut pistol-grip stock with checkered forearm. This rifle serial numbers place it’s manufacture approximately 1911-1912.
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