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Winchester Repeating Arms Co., New Haven, CT 967 Johnson, Thomas Crossley 5 American 350
sporting 150 curved steel buttplate globe target stock 186 prototype 11 barrel 187 varnished 52 recoil operated 2 open 55 magazine 88 round barrel 64 straight buttstock walnut 486 drift and screw adjustable front sight 59 also has adjustable tang peep sight with disk repeating 61 tubular 51 finish 98 blued except for bolt actuating rod rear sight 51
firearm 4093
semi-automatic 17 rifle 1140
ca. 1901
L: 36.25 in, Barrel length: 19.5 in, H: 7.5 in
Credit Line:
Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
The Model 1903 self-loading rifle, designed by Thomas Crossley Johnson, was the first semi-automatic arm made by Winchester. It was also the first successful blowback action made in this country to handle .22 caliber rim fire cartridges. A special cartridge, the .22 Winchester automatic rim fire smokeless, was designed for the action of this rifle. Magazine capacity: 10 cartridges. This Model 1903 prototype differs with the final model in that it has no mechanical safety device, the stock is attached to the receiver with a single screw through the wrist, and it has an extended upper and lower tang. The opening to load cartridges in the magazine is on the right side of the buttstock and mimics the .22 caliber shape. The bolt actuating rod is a plunger type on the tip of the forend.
Cataloged by BCD 4/91.
Model 1903
.22 caliber
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