1956 Winchester 61 Pump Action .22S .22L .22LR
Pre-64 Production Model Original Blue 24" BBL - NR
Used Condition
FFL is required
Current Bid
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No Reserve!
13 Bids Bid History
Time Left 15 min rule
Item has Ended
8/6/2017 8:07 PM
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Item 670989040
Location Rio Rico, AZ 85648
Priority Mail$45.00
No international shipments
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Sales Tax
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AZ 6.6%   
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Pre 64 Production - Manufactured in 1956 – Winchester Model "61" - .22 Short .22 Long .22 Long Rifle - 24" Round Barrel - Legendary Pump Action Rifle - Select American Maple Stock - Grooved Slide Handle - 11 Round Tubular Feed System - 13 1/2" L.O.P. - Masterful American Made Field Rifle

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Up for auction is a Winchester Model 61, chambered for.22 Short, .22 Long & .22 Long Rifle cartridges. This old girl has a serial number of: 204806 and has been researched to be manufactured in 1956. The Winchester Model 61 was first manufactured in 1932. For 61 years old this rifle shows very well. Rifling mechanics are excellent and the bore is strong. Factory original bluing shows a little age, but is very nice and the American Walnut stock is equally fine. She is fit with the original checkered metal buttplate. Sights are drift adjustable up front and a adjustable rear leaf. The round barrel is 24” and she features a tubular feed system. Capacity varies on caliber. Plenty of plinking options with this classic American firearm designed by John Moses Browning. We have attached multiple Hi-definition photos for your review and consideration. She comes as photographed. Enjoy the auction!

Winchester 61 History

Winchester’s Model 61 was a popular pump-action .22 rifle that was made from 1932 until 1963. There were three variations of the production run:

  • 1st: “Pre-war Model 61” with a plain, walnut, straight-grip stock; a flat, shotgun-type buttplate; and a smaller, grooved forearm
  • 2nd: “Standard Model 61” which differed by having a longer and more robust, grooved forearm
  • 3rd: “Magnum Model 61” this model differed in that it was chambered only for the .22 WMR cartridge and also had the larger grooved forearm. As did its predecessors, the Model 61 proved to be a popular rifle, and production continued until 1963 with over 340,000 units leaving the New Haven, Connecticut, factory

Winchester was the first American company to offer a practical .22 pump-action rifle, the Model 1890. Designed by John Moses Browning, the Model 1890 - Winchester’s lever-action rifle with a tubular magazine under the barrel, an exposed hammer, and top ejection. It was an instant success and set the standard for all .22 repeaters that have followed. The Model 1890 was followed by the equally successful Models 1906 and 62, each of which were based upon the 1890 rifle, and production of the Model 62 continued until 1958. While sales of the Model 1890 and 1906 remained steady, some began to comment that Winchester’s pump guns looked a bit “old fashioned.” In an attempt to attract new customers during the dismal days of the Depression, Winchester’s marketing department decided that the company needed a “modern” hammerless, .22 pump rifle in the catalog. The resulting Model 61 Hammerless Rifle was released on the market in 1932. The Model 61 utilizes a streamlined receiver with the ejection port on the right side. When the forearm is pulled to the rear, a single action bar pulls the bolt down, unlocking it from a mortise in the top of the receiver. As the bolt travels to the rear, it extracts and ejects the spent cartridge case and cocks the hammer. As the bolt moves rearward, the next cartridge in the magazine enters the receiver and rests on the cartridge lifter. Pulling the forearm forward activates the cartridge lifter, aligning a cartridge so it can be chambered by the forward-moving bolt. As the bolt goes into battery, the rear is cammed up by the action bar, locking it into the receiver mortise. The magazine tube is loaded by rotating the knurled tip of the inner tube and pulling it forward, exposing a loading gate on the bottom of the outer tube. Cartridges are inserted base first and then the inner tube is pushed back in, whereupon a spring-loaded follower inside of it pushes the cartridges to the rear where they can be picked up by the lifter. A pushbutton safety is located at the front of the trigger guard, and a bolt release catch is at the rear, left side. All Model 61s are takedown rifles, and unscrewing a large-headed, knurled, captive screw at the left rear of the receiver allows the barrel receiver/stock trigger unit assemblies to be separated for cleaning or storage. During its production life the Model 61 was offered with octagonal and round barrels, straight- and pistol-grip stocks, and long and short forearms. They could fire the .22 Short, .22 Long, and .22 Long Rifle rounds interchangeably. Factory options included “single caliber” rifles chambered for .22 Short, .22 LR, or .22 WRF only; smooth-bore guns chambered for the .22 Shot cartridge; and special sights, finish, stocks, engraving, and gold or silver inlays.

Winchester 61 General Specifications

  • Make: Winchester
  • Model: 61
  • Features: Pre-64
  • Caliber: .22 Long Rifle, .22 Long, .22 Short
  • Finish: Factory Original Blue
  • Barrel Length: 24" Round
  • Action: Slide Action - Rim Fire
  • Capacity: Round Dependent - Round Tube Feed
  • Weight: 5.6lbs
  • Condition: Used
  • Stock: American Maple
  • Rear Sights: Adjustable Leaf
  • Front Sights: Slide Adjustable
  • Serial Number: 204806
  • Manufactured: 1956 - New Haven, Connecticut.

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.22 Short .22 Long .22 Long Rifle
Barrel Length
24 inch
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