Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 424: Rare Winchester Thumb Trigger Bolt Action Rifle

Auction Date: April 24, 2015

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,200 - $1,700

Rare Winchester Thumb Trigger Bolt Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: Thumb Trigger
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 22 S & L
Barrel: 18 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: gumwood
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 131
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

This rifle was a modification of the Model 1902 without a traditional trigger. The rifle is fired by depressing the trigger with the thumb which is part of the sear and extractor located behind the bolt. Standard markings and features including "THUMB TRIGGER MODEL" and 1899 and 1905 patent dates marked on top of the barrel. Fixed sights and one-piece straight grip gumwood stained stock with a black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. Winchester sold approx. 76,000 of these rifles between 1904 and 1923.

Rating Definition:

Very good overall with 89% of the original blue finish displaying scattered age spots as well as scattered areas of mild pitting, spotting, and a few nicks. The wood is very good with attractive color and scattered light scratches as well as light pressure indentations. Mechanically excellent.

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